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.16THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDYWITH SHOWERS HIGH 72F LOW 65F By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net THE closure of BTC c ustomer service centres and Cyberworld stores throughout New Providence because staff have walked out cost the company significant revenue, said National Security Min ister Tommy Turn quest. Employees did not turn up for work at BTC offices yesterday despite a Supreme Court injunction barring union offi cials from encouraging staff to walk off the job. It's affected BTC's revenue, they haven't been able to collect any money, all the customer service outlets were closed," said Mr Turnquest, who has responsibility for the telecommunications company. H e said he has no idea why the unions are incensed, adding that government liaised with union officials before signing its Memorandum of Understanding with Cable and McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Significant cost of BTC walkout 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 Y Y O O U U R R E E S S S S E E N N T T I I A A L L F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L G G U U I I D D E E F F R R E E E E I I N N S S A A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y S S T T R R I I B B U U N N E E SEE page 14 B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c email@example.com BAHAMIANS have been w arned to take the new seat belt law seriously as police a nnounced an additional 50 officers will hit the streets to help enforce it. A t a press conference yesterday, Sergeant Garland R olle said the officers will be posted at various points throughout New ProviBAHAMIANS WARNED OVER SEAT BELT LAW SEE page 14 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net ANGRY BTC workers protested for a second day against sale conditions of the telecommunications company to Cable and Wireless. They staged a motorcade to Bay Street despite a Supreme Court order restricting union officials from encouraging industrial action. BCPOU President Bernard Evans said employees who did not show up to work were not coerced by the unions, adding that union officials did not violate any clause of their industrial agree ment with BTC during the two days of protest. "We're not guilty of such, they accused us as first defendant and second defendant of BCPOU and BCPMU. We are not restraining our workers, our members, we asked them to go to work they obviously have not lis tened to us so if they are charging us saying that we are causing them not to go to work they are incorrect and wrong," Mr Evans said yesterday, referring to BTC's court order against BCPOU and management union Bahamas Communications and Public Management Union. In the meeting, union officials claimed it was the government that violated the parties' industrial agreement by reportedly "locking out" employees who collectively marched WORKERS CONTINUE PROTEST AGAINST SALE PROTEST: The BTC workers motorcade makes its way along Bay Street yesterday. SEE page two By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLIC health fears were voiced after the water chiefs cut off supplies to several homes in Pigeon Pea, Abaco, in an exercise of mass dis connection by the Water and Sewerage Corporation. Officials at the utility denied installing pipes and pumps for new clients, and said the company merely engaged in the usual exercise of disconnecting delin quent meters and illegal hook-ups. Philip Beneby, assistant general manager in the Fam ily Island and Business Development Division, said: The only thing we did there was disconnect some accounts that had no ownership through the normal business exercise. There were about 10 meters or so that were consuming water but the customer could not be identified. As for new accounts, if we dont have any ownership we cant install a meter. Tribune sources claimed water was disconnected from the Pigeon Pea area last month. In light of the recent cholera outbreak in Haiti, and warnings from the Ministry of Health for Bahamian communities to take precautionSEE page 15 WATER CHIEFS CUT OFF SUPPLIES T O SOME PIGEON PEA HOMES REVENUE: Tommy Turnquest IN Astatement late last night the FNM said that, unlike the secrecy surrounding the PLPs agreement to sell BTC to Blue Water, when the terms now being negotiated for the sale of 51 per cent interest in BTC to Cable and Wireless have been completed, Bahamians will be informed before the required vote in parliament. FNM: B AHAMIANS WILL BE INF ORMED OF BTC TERMS BEFORE VOTE IN PARLIAMENT SEE page 16 Minister hits out at offensive remarks by union chief
to several BTC locations on Monday. The unions want the majority stake of BTC tor emain in the hands of Bahamians government plans to sell 51 per cent of the company to Cable andW ireless and is pushing for a ttractive severance packages for downsized staff. "We can accept that a n umber of persons might need to leave (when BTC is sold) but we have to leave in decency as Bahamians witht hree or four years salary w ith attractive packages with training elements included in that. Lets treat those who have to leave with respect, let's give them what is due t o them," said BCPMU offic ial Talbert Collie during the m eeting. He argued that for years BTC has been smothered by government involvement. He added that the staff is among the best in the telecommunications indus try and should be treated accordingly. "Batelco has one of the most trained and skilled workforce in the entire w orld, on the planet. Our success over the past ten years or so has been stif led due to everything being on hold privatisation coming, this project is on hold,t he next project is on hold in spite of all of that we have been able to thrive, excel and make millions of dol l ars," he said. The motorcade came after an emotional meeting at the Bahamas Communi c ations and Public Officers Union headquarters on Far rington Road yesterday m orning and ahead of a m ass rally last night. While waving placards and shouting words of protest, scores of employeesd rove from the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union headq uarters on Farrington R oad to Bay Street. Police blocked traffic along Bay Street and tem porarily diverted cars as the motorcade headed downtown but later allowed the protesters to continue along the thoroughfare. The protest forced the clo sure of BTC customer service centres and Cyberworld outlets for the second day in a row. Last week Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cable and Wireless to sell 51 per cent of the company for $210 million. Government will retain 49 per cent of BTC. It is anticipated the com pany will shed a significant portion of its workforce once privatised. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Workers continue protest against sale FROM page one SCENESFROM yesterdays BTC workers motorcade in the capital. The workers staged a second day of protest against the proposed sale.
By CELESTE NIXON T ribune STAFF Reporters email@example.com AN unemployed mother is desperately seeking financiala id for her 22-month-old baby after a near-fatal hit-and-run accident destroyed his chances for normal development. L atrell Lewis, 19, faces more than $30,000 in medical expenses for her son Kilano Capron. Ms Lewis recently learned that her son will have to undergor eflux surgery for a second time. She is making a plea for cont ributions to assist with the surgery expenses that are e xpected to be upwards of $50,000, in addition to other c ontinuously mounting medical costs. Diagnosed with cystic e ncephalomalacia "legal r etardation" according to his m other Kilano had to be referred to a neuro-developm ental facility outside the Bahamas and must travel to Joe D imaggio Children's Hospital in Miami, Florida every six weeks for check-ups. Kilano was only seven weeks old when an S10 truck hit his g randmother's truck broadside last year. T he impact pushed the truck, occupied by Ms Lewis, her g randmother and the infant, off the road and onto a wall, caus ing Kilano to fall from his strapped car seat onto the floor. Unconscious As Ms Lewis' mother pulled h er unconscious daughter and grandson from the smokingw reck, the two occupants of the S10 truck, who had stolen a b oat engine and were being chased by its owner, fled the scene on foot. At hospital, severely injured and presumed dead, doctors t old Ms Lewis that Kilano had "a one in 10 chance" of sur v ival. The infant spent the next t hree weeks in hospital, suffering from a broken leg, swollen heart, lung problems and bleeding in his skull. It would not be until much l ater that Ms Lewis would learn that the S10 truck that hit herw as reported stolen two hours after the accident. B oth vehicles involved were uninsured and those at fault are s till at large more than a year later. Although the family's medical insurance covers 80 per cent of the baby's fees, it does n ot cover the cost for flights, hotel rooms and specialists who do not accept insurance, such as Kilano's gastroenterologist. B orn healthy and without a ny complications, Kilano will have to undergo an intense therapy for his physical and mental development. And as h e gets older his chances for a full recovery lessen. In an effort to raise funds for the emergency surgery, the family will be hosting a cook o ut/family day this Saturday at L W Young Junior High School from 11am to 5pm. There will be food, games for t he children, face painting and a b ouncing castle. Any financial contribution, legal advice or support would be greatly appreciated. Persons c an contact Latrell Lewis for details at 448-9180. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T HREE men were remanded to Her Majestys Prison after being arraigned on armed robbery charges yesterday. Police have charged Dario Smith, 27, of Garden Wells Corner, Tokeil Tynes, 22, andG regory Taylor, 25, of Podoleo Street with six counts of armed robbery. It is alleged that the three men while armed on Friday,N ovember 26, robbed Shedrick McPhee of a $300 cellular phone, Sidney Bowleg of a $500 gold chain, Charles Walker of his wallet, containing his dri vers license and $3 cash. It is also alleged that the men robbed Kevin Woodside of a $250 gold chain, Allen Adderley of $175 gold chain as well as $20 cash. The men are also charged with assaulting Corpo-ral 2511 Evans and Reserve Constable 128 Dean with a handgun. The men who were arraigned before Magistrate Derrence Rolle-Davis in Court 5, Bank Lane were not required to enter a plea to the charges. They were remanded to Her Majestys Prison. Their cases have been adjourned to April 26 and 28, 2011. Three men arraigned on armed robbery charges Mothers pleas for infant injured by hit and run driver Cook-out this weekend to raise funds for medical expenses POLICE are investigating two shootings that took place on Tuesday night. At around 8pm, a 27-yearold man was shot on Augusta Street after being approached by a black Honda occupied by two men. One of the men reportedly pulled out a hand gun and fired at the victim, hitting him in the chest. He was rushed to hospital by ambulance, where he is said to be in stable condition. The second incident took place just after 1am near Wilson Track off Wulff Road. The 19-year-old male victim was on McCartney Lane when he was approached by a man wearing dark clothing and armed with a handgun. The man opened fire on the victim, hitting him in the arm. He was taken to hospital in a private vehicle and is listed in stable condition. Police probe shootings THE Progressive Liberal P arty is calling on government to immediately make public the details of its Memorandum of Understanding with Cable & W ireless. The PLP claimed the selection process of a buyer for BTC "has not been transparent" and u rged government "to cease and desist from the secrecy." T he party added that a cont ingent of opposition members m et with Cable & Wireless offic ials and were displeased that company officials did not d ivulge business plans for BTC and its future operations. P LP deputy leader Philip 'Brave' Davis, along with oppo-s ition MPs Dr Bernard Nottage and Shane Gibson, met with C able & Wireless Caribbean C EO David Shaw and the companys local representative S haron Brown during the "cordial" meeting. T o the PLP's displeasure, company officials did not revealt he details of its Memorandum of Understanding with governm ent. While Mr Shaw spoke candidly "about the difficulties and successes" of the company, he "was unable to share any details of its proposed business p lans for BTC and its future operations in the Bahamas." T he PLP is also disappointed about the selection process of C able & Wireless to take over BTC and government's deci sion to sell 51 per cent of the state-run telecommunications company for $210 million. The Progressive Liberal Party also reiterates its principle t hat the controlling interest of BTC should remain in the h ands of the Bahamian people," said the statement. PLP: Selection process of BTC buyer not transparent PHILIP BRAVE DAVIS
EDITOR, The Tribune. C hristmas is a time for giving selflessly and a time to take stock before heading into theN ew Year. The Bahamas Humane Soci ety would like to thank most s incerely the press of the Bahamas for being so very interested and supportive of the plight of animals in our country. I want to publicly thank The Tribune for their countless arti cles, and (listed alphabetically T he Bahamas Local, the B ahamas Weekly, Cable TV C hannel 12, Island FM (radio and TV), Jones Communica t ions, Love 97 (radio and TV t he Nassau Weekly, the Punch, a nd ZNS (radio and TV not name names because I am sure to leave somebody out and you are so numerous. I am sure that the general public has noticed the countless radio, TV and newspaper articles appearing over the year reporting the good news and the sad news regarding the ani mals of the Bahama Islands. Without this constant coverage, we, at the shelter, would not be able to get the word out and inform people of our needs. The press has made the difference! I honestly wish that we had the money to give you all a Christmas gift, but alas, even though we have expanded our work, and we save many more animals and travel more through the islands, our bank account is no bigger. It is a constant battle to keep the doors open and the work ongoingthe burden is bigger than ever. Several times during 2010 we have been faced with over crowding of dogs and cats, thanks to the media (and hats off to The Tribune who always publishes immediately). You have reported the plight and we were able to avert dis aster more than once and not have to put any healthy, adopt able animals to sleep. My goal as President of the Bahamas Humane Society was to turn the negative perception around that people had of the Society, and to try and ensure that every healthy and adopt able animal that comes into the shelter has a good and very reasonable chance of finding a home (Isaac lived at the shelter for nine months before he found this forever homeand many animals especially dogs reside for four to six months before being matched up)Just last week we sent out a plea (stop the press announcement to The Tribune and the very next day it was publishedThank you Tribune for your prompt actionWe still have many cats and kittens for adoption, but thanks to the quick media response no healthy adoptable cat or kitten was put down. That in itself is a cause for celebration. So, I wish every man and woman of the press and media who has stepped forward during 2010 and interviewed a Bahamas Humane Society rep resentative, run a BHS photo, visited the shelter, and helped us to make a difference in an animals life a very blessed and Merry Christmas from the Board and staff of the Bahamas Humane Society and from the very bottom of my heart. Thank you and God bless you KIM ARANHA President, Bahamas Humane Society. EDITOR, The Tribune. O n the Editorial page of todays (December 4th tion, appeared a letter written by one Rev Esther Thompson, P resident of the Straw Business Persons Society. After looking at the name of the author of the letter, I had to wonder if this was a new group or just ac hange of name from the old moniker of the Straw Vendors Association, if it is the same, then why the change? Is it to e nhance some kind of special status? The answer to the Revs question in para two of the article is, a seasoned or unseasoned minister of the government, anyg overnment not only can, but must prohibit the sale of counterfeit goods which is an illegalp roduct, from any entity that falls under his portfolio. It is true that the straw vendors carry a variety of products f rom China, Taiwan and other places most of which would look far better in a garbage bin than on a vendors stall. Yous aid that the late Diana Thompson cleared the way to sell products other than Bahamian made products. Rev Esther Thompson, let me say that yous hould have, at all cost, avoided mentioning that facet in thei ndustrys history. But, you were not satisfied with ending that segment there, you had to dramatized the occasion of such folly, by reminding the media t hat Diana Thompson was a straw legend and that the gov e rnment of the day was responsible for the introduction of fore ign and illegal products to the detriment of Bahamian made goods in our straw markets. The late Diana Thompson was a legendary straw vendor, b ut not a straw legend. The Bahamian legends in the strawi ndustry are Bertha Brown, Ivy Simms, a few in Red Bay A ndros, Mrs Pratt in ONeils, Long Island, the late Avis Cartwright of the Berries, Long Island, and indeed too many that space does not allow to be listed here. When the PLP government, in its indiscriminate use, abuse, a nd misuse of power, like in so many other instances, during that era, allowed the straw vendors to depart from the standing regulations of their prede-c essors of being able to sell any and all types of foreign products in a Bahamian entity whose only purpose for being in t hat enterprise was to sell Bahamian products to tourists visiting these shores. The Rev is lamenting the fact that they are being calledi ngrates, of course, in my opini on you all are less than ingrates. A segment of our soci e ty who can afford asues of throwing up to $400 per dayp er hand, operate a money changing business in the straw m arket at a higher rate of exchange than the commercial banks, while engaging in the i llegal trade of selling counterfeit goods, and hiring illegal m igrants. Who, when a disastrous fire d estroyed their venue for business some years ago, collected u ntold hundreds of thousands of dollars of our (peoples money for aid, that most, if not a ll, really did not need and when a number of them gotc aught in a foreign country engaging in illegal activities, the g overnment of this country went way beyond the call of their duties in providing legal assistance to them, which invit ed a lot of criticism that they, g overnment, could have done without. B ut when the same government, puts in place rules and r egulations for an entity that costs this nation some eleven million plus dollars, you, a socalled woman of God is making demands and dictating your t erms to the elected government of this country to the e xtent that, if your terms are not met, starting a war? Just how ungrateful and low can some of us get? A s president of these people, you, my dear reverend, should be assisting the government in ( 1) keeping illegal migrants out of the venue instead of condoning the illegal hiring of them. (2 b ers stop selling illegal counterfeit goods instead of defying the authorities and supporting the illegal trade and ( 3) See that the indiscriminate disposal of left over food and food containers by vendors is discontinued in order to decrease the number ofu nwanted inhabitants, (rats the market. In days gone by it was a pleas ure to see the late Bertha Brown in places like London and New York displaying Bahamian straw work. Not only w ere the items labelled as Bahamian made; but the producers name and the Island from which they came. The rep-r esentatives from areas like Long Island and Andros are partly to blame for not pushing to eradicate the presence of foreign items in our strawm arket. The teaching of inmates m ales and females at H M Resort (Fox Hill Prison an asset to this industry. Whilst at BAIC and the prisons, we started such a programme and i t was successful. Miss Don nalee Bowe of BAIC is quitef amiliar with it. It is time that we as a people must stop looki ng at everything foreign, as superior and expecting the Government to support our venture into criminal activities. My dear Reverend, crime in t his country is like a run-a-way train, instead of condoning you,a s a woman of God should be in the vanguard of those trying t o reduce or eradicating it com pletely. ERRINGTON W I WATKINS Nassau, December 4, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 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 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm W E ARE shocked at the behaviour of Bahamas Telecommunication Companys union members. They behave as though they and not the Bahamian people own this nations telecommunications company. Although we say we are shocked, we q uickly amend that statement on recalling the smug attitude in dealing with BTC when The Tribune was granted the first private radio licence and BTC officials felt we were trespassing on their hallowed ground. It was a fight every inch of the way to get the station running as they tried to block all growth with the smug reminder that BTC was prot ected by an Act that secured its telecommunications monopoly. It was only the Ingraham governments determination to f ree the airwaves and hence strengthen f reedom of speech that made private radio possible in this country. There are many stories that we could tell of the blocking tactics of certain individuals, which, because of the territorial attitude of many of them, explains the present behaviour of some of them. E ven in those days BTC was overcrowded with staff. By the time an order worked its way down through the various layers of man agers it was so garbled that the man who w as to carry out the instructions probably didnt understand what he was to do, and so did nothing. There was then no followthrough as to why a customers needs weren ot met. The top man was left with an embarrassed smile on his face and a promise that his staff would perform better next time. The union is agitated about redundancies. What it does not appreciate is that no company can succeed if more is going out in salaries than is coming in in revenue. BTC h as always been overstaffed and whether it continues under the ownership of Bahami ans, or foreigners, or a Bahamian-foreignc ombination, the size of the staff has to be r educed for it to succeed. National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest, whose portfolio includes telecommunications, was surprised at what can only be called an illegal strike against the compa ny, because, he said, government had liaised with union officials before signing its Memorandum of Understanding with Cable and Wireless for the sale of 51 per cent of the company. He shouldnt be surprised when he realises what politicians are working overtime behind the scenes. He is also alarmed by BCPOU president Bernard Evans declaration that we dont w ant to answer to the white man again. One has to pity such insecure people, because with that kind of plantation attit ude there is little place for them in todays world. Union leaders maintain that Bahamians h ave over the years proven that they are capable of running BTC, so why should they not continue? Here we pause to acknowl edge that there are many fine, well trained staff at BTC, staff that can make a tremendous contribution to a better operated, updated and modernised telecommunications company. H owever, to date, BTC has not demonstrated that it can carry the company to new heights. This will be particularly true when i t loses its cellular monopoly, which accounts f or at least two-thirds of its present business. It desperately needs an injection of capital, of expertise and technology that is not available here, and, which is desperately needed if it is to become a significant part of an international organisation. If the union, and its political handlers, w ere so interested in owning BTC why didnt they get together, formulate a business plan and submit a bid when the bidding process opened? T hree days before it was voted out of office the PLP government had planned to sell 49 per cent of BTC to Bluewater Ventures, a foreign company. According to MrI ngraham, it had no track record in telecommunications a hedge fund, which could have been owned by anybody. Instead Cable and Wireless will acquire 51 per cent majority equity in BTC, includ ing management control of the business, for US$210 million plus stamp tax. M r Ingraham fought hard to protect Bahamian staff, which reduced the final sale price of a company that the longer it sits on t he for sale block is diminishing in value. C able and Wireless wanted to fire one-third of BTCs staff. Mr Ingraham refused, instead insisting on redundancy negotiations for those who wanted to leave. However, if some of the staff continue with their present behaviour, they are, in our opinion, taking their future out of the hands of CWC and firing themselves. We agree with Mr James Smith, minister of state for finance (2002-2007 $210 million purchase price that the Bahamas got for a 51 per cent controlling interest in BTC is nothing to sneeze at. Just how low and ungrateful can some of us get? LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org $210m for BTC nothing to sneeze at The media deserve thanks for highlighting plight of animals
By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Kings Speech, an intimate portrayal of King George VIs struggle to overcome his stammer and make the speech of his lifetime, is making waves around the world and topping Oscar tiplists. Director Tom Hoopers period piece won over audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival to earn the festivals Peoples Choice Award, and was shown at the Atlantis theatre on closing night of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF on Sunday as it swept the prize for best picture, and five in total, at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs Historical, allegorical, and d eeply human, this simple story adapted from an original theatre production by Amer-i can screenplay writer David S eidler (awarded the BIFA for best screenplay) proves cinema need not require the grand scope of special effects to have a profound impact on its audience. Although scenes of Bucki ngham Palace and Westminster Cathedral were generated with CGI technology, the greatest sense of action takes place within the characters. In a crumbling studio of peeling painted walls and threadbare furniture, eccentric Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (played by BIFAs best supporting actor Geoffery Rush) peels away the layers of King George VIs stifling regal exterior to reach the vulnerable young boy who developed a stammer when neglected by his p arents and abused by his nanny. Moving The moving performance by Colin Firth earned him the best actor award at the BIFAs, an honour said to preempt Oscar success. As Logue stirs the Kings long-buried emotions and unhinges his stiff-upper lip, he feels safe enough to release the anger seething beneath the surface through outpouri ngs of expletives and share his quick, explosive wit. It was the kings devoted wife who sought out Lionel Logue when King George VI had given up hope, and Helena Bonham Carter won the best actress award at the BIFAs for her performance i n the role. Her interplay with t he king shows his love and humanity as husband and father, while Logue brings out the boy in him, to tell a complex human story that results in triumph. As the king connects with his true self to fill the emptiness left by his fathers death and brothers abdication of the throne, he rises to overcome his personal challenge and serves as an inspiration to the nation he calls to war in his first wartime broadcast on September 3, 1939. The broadcast made from a recording booth with Logues support set the pace for broadcasts throughout the war, which became a symbol for national resistance and were all made with Logues support. They remained lifelong friends and Logue was made a Commander of the Victoria n Order in 1944. The Kings Speech provides a well-researched insight into an important period of history, but it also brings to light the universal nature of our humanity, as we are invited to share in every joke, gesture and stammering word uttered by the king that led Britain through the war. Daniel Guando, head of acquisitions for the Weinstein Company, told the audience at Atlantis in an interview with Jeffrey Lyons how Weinstein made the film with the UK Film Council and shot it in just six weeks. The Kings Speech premiered in London on September 4, was given limited release in the United States on November 26, and will go on general release in the United Kingdom on January 7. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BIFF closing film makes waves around the world (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Laurie Sparham INTIMATEPORTRAYAL: In this film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Colin Firth portrays King George VI in The Kings Speech. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Laurie Sparham MAVERICK THERAPIST: In this film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Geoffrey Rush portrays Lionel Logue in The Kings Speech. R EVIEW (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson PREMIERE: From left to right, actors Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, and film director, Tom Hooper, arrive to the premiere of "The Kings Speech" in New York, Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. The film is based on the true story of King George VI and his remarkable friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Sir Gerald Cash N ational Distinguished Teachers' Awards culminated in a ceremony at Gov-e rnment House recently awarding 10 teachers $1,000 e ach and the honour of being inducted into the Sir Gerald Cash National Distinguished Teachers Hall of Fame. S ponsored by Fidelity Bank, in partnership with The Tribune Media Group, Cable Bahamas, Ministry of Education and the Bahamas Union of Teachers, NDTA's p urpose is to recognise and r eward outstanding teachers throughout the Bahamas. T his year, 10 teachers were selected for exemplifying conduct at a high and c onsistent level, qualities traditionally expected and revered of their profession.T hey were each awarded $ 1,000. Winners were Lenora Brown Gambier Primary;A lexya Young Willard Patton Pre-school; Joan Knowles Turnquest Oakes Field Primary; Gaynell F unes Padilla Burrows Palmdale Primary; Lynn GibsonL.W. Young JuniorH igh; Ramona Wells C.H. Reeves Junior High; David M indorff Lyford Cay; Demetra Rolle Anatol Rodgers; Josette GreenThompson Moore's Island, Abaco; Carolyn WrightM itchell Garvin Tynes. The National Distinguished Teachers' Awards came about when the sponsors realized the need to inspire and encourage the n ation's teachers. We are very pleased to be able to partner with Fidelity Bank, The Tribune,M inistry of Education and The Bahamas Union of Teachers to make the Sir G erald Cash National Distinguished Teachers' Awards possible. It is imper a tive that we, as a society, r ecognize our teachers. We must say thank you and we must continue to supportt hem," said Dr. Keith Wisdom, Secretary of the Cable Bahamas Cable Cares Foundation. E ducation Minister Desmond Bannister further noted that "while we aree xtremely delighted that National Distinguished T eachers Awards (NDTA provides a public platform for the acknowledgment of our exceptional educators, I want to encourage our par e nts to form partnerships with their children's teachers. Talk to them, find out how you can also help your child excel, make sure your c hild completes homework, g oes to school regularly and knows how to act appropri ately in a classroom. This s hows our teachers that we appreciate them on a daily basis and it shows our child ren that we endorse education and that we expect excellence." N ominations will open for t he Sir Gerald Cash Nation al Distinguished Teacher's Awards again in 2011. Form ore information about the NDTAs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 10 inducted into the Teachers Hall of Fame 2 010 SIR GERALD CASH NDTA WINNERS PICTURED L-R : David Mindorff-Lyford Cay School, J osette Green-Thompson-Moore's Island All Age School, Carolyn Wright-Mitchell-Garvin Tynes Primary School, Lynn Gibson-L.W.Young Jr. High, Gaynell Funes Padilla Burrows-Palmdale Primary School, Ramona Wells-C.H.Reeves Jr. High, Joan Knowles-Turnquest-Oakes Field Primary School, Alexya Young-Willard Patton Pre-School, and Lenora Brown-Gambier Pre-School.
By WARREN ARMBRISTER I WOULD like to express my disgust with the filthy conditions in which our public beaches and parks are left after cookouts, junkanoo practices and holiday functions. One of the main areas I want to call to your attention is theWestern Esplanade (Long Wharf Beach), this can be considered our front yard here in New Providence, and this beach is widely used by visitors as well as the Bahamian people. What disturbs me is the amount of garbage that is left on the grounds of these public spaces after such functions. It is a known fact that our people love to litter and have very little respect for the environment in which we live and it is the Governments responsibility to clean up after us. It appears that neither the vendors nor the patrons care about the spaces that they are using. I have made numerous inquiries to the government department, as well as The Grounds and Beautification Division of Environmental Health Services Department, on the proper procedures when holding a function at one of these public parks. Quite frankly, the requirements are unbelievable in my personal opinionw hen it comes to using these parks. Kindly see below. Apply for Health Certificates for persons preparing foods for the function, at a cost of $50 for the permits. A medical function is a no charge with a letter from a doctor. An inspection of the place w here the food for the said function is being prepared has to be done prior to the function. If selling alcohol, a letter has to be taken to the Central Police Station for normal fee. After begging the staff to please give me more information and requirements that are needed, she bluntly replied that there were none, and that she had stated everything that has been put in place. The cleaning and protection of these public spaces appears to be no ones concern from either the Gov-e rnment or the end user. The Government must be applauded for improving the infrastructure and green spaces on the northern side of New Providence for the benefits of all to enjoy. This is a full time effort by the Environmental Department Ground Teamsw ho keep these spaces in order. Why should they be raking and picking up garbage on Monday morning left by the persons who have held functions at these parks? It is just unethical. If I may, here are some suggestions to protect and make these parks environmentally friendly. T he time is now, to regulate and enforce codes/rules on parks in this country and to establish proper policies to protect the public investments. The present departments cannot do this job, Minister for the Environment we must launch a new depart-m ent to manage our parks and public beaches similar to the Antiquities and Monuments Department. I see lost revenue to the Government that is putting large amounts of public funds into these areas. Without the proper management there is room for vandal-i sm from the public and neglect from the Government respectively. Parks and beaches are places where massive numbers of persons gather with multiple events taking place, which can be a nightmare for public safety and security for all within the space and the surrounding roads a nd businesses. Control of these public spaces is a must. The Environmental Department needs to revamp the process for permits, in order to use these parks to cover not only health, also the environment cleanup, rules and public Safety. Here are some points and general codes/rules to assist in establishing good order in these spaces. Persons applying for permits m ust have in place a cleanup contract to include bins and transportation of garbage from the site. Portable toilets on site. Portable fire extinguisher for those who are using flammable appliances. Put in place No Bottle Zones for functions granted liquor permits. Appointment of Park Rangers by the Government through the Police Department, (for example, the Beach Wardens that we had in the past). Dogs are only allowed if they are muzzled and are on a short leash. Control of parking. DISCARDING REFUSE AND TRASH It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to bring or have brought in or to dump, deposit or leave any bottles broken glass, ashes, paper, boxes, cans, dirt, rubbish, waste, garbage, refuse, or other trash on park property. No such refuse or trash shall be placed in any waters in/or con tiguous to any park, or left anywhere on the grounds thereof, but shall be placed in the proper receptacles where these are pro vided. Where receptacles are not so provided, all such rubbish or waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence, and properly disposed of elsewhere. WATER POLLUTION, CONTAMINATION It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to throw, discharge, or otherwise place or cause to be placed in the waters of any fountain, pond, lake, bay or other body of water in or adjacent to any park or any tributary, stream, storm sewer, or drain flowing into such waters. Any substance, matter or thing, liquid or solid, which will or may result in the pollution, discoloration or contamination of said waters. PARKING It shall be unlawful for any person at a park to park a vehicle in other than an established or designated parking area, and such use shall be in accordance with the posted directions thereat and with the instructions of any attendant who may be present. PICNIC AREAS (a unlawful for any person in a park to picnic or lunch in a place other than those designated for that purpose. The director shall have the authority to regulate the activities in such areas where necessary to prevent congestion and to secure the maximum use for the comfort and convenience of all. Visitors shall comply with any directions given to achieve this end. (b unlawful for any person in a park to violate the regulation that use of the individual fireplaces together with tables and benches follows generally the rule of first-come, first-served, except in those cases where prior reservations have been made with the director. (c unlawful for any person in a park to use any portion of the picnic areas or any of the buildings or structures therein for the pur pose of holding picnics to the exclusion of other persons, or to use such area and facilities for an unreasonable time if the facilities are crowded, except in those cases where prior reservations have been made with the director. (d be unlawful for any person in a park to leave a picnic area before the fire is completely extinguished and before all trash in the nature of boxes, papers, cans, bottles, garbage or other refuse is placed in the disposal receptacles where provided. If no such trash receptacles are available, then refuse and trash shall be carried away from the park area by the picnicker to be properly disposed of elsewhere. EXHIBITION OF PERMIT It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to fail to produce and exhibit any permit from the Recognised Authority he claims to have upon request of any authorised person who shall desire to inspect the same for the purpose of enforcing compliance with any ordinance or rule. LOITERING, DISORDERLY CONDUCT It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to sleep or lounge on the seats, or benches, or other areas; or to engage in loud, boisterous, threatening, abusive, insulting or indecent language; or to engage in any disorderly conduct or behaviour tending to a breach of the public peace. RESTRICTED AREAS It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to enter an area posted as Closed to the Public; nor shall any person use, or abet the use of any area in violation of posted notices. APPROPRIATE CLOTHING It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to appear at any place in other than proper clothing. With the exception of the restricted bathing area, properly clothed shall be construed to prohibit the wearing of trunks or clothing that does not cover the upper portion of the body. FIREWORKS AND EXPLOSIVES It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to bring, or have in his possession, or set off, or otherwise cause to explode or discharge or burn, any firecrackers, torpedo, rocket, or oth er fireworks or explosives of C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 10, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Disgusted with condition of O PINION Put in place No Bottle Zones for functions granted liquor permits.
inflammable material, or discharge them or throw them into any park area from land or a highway adjacent thereto. This prohibition includes any substance, compound, mixture or article that, in conjunction with any substance or compound, would be dangerous from any of the foregoing standpoints, except under the sponsorship of organized groups and with the permission of the director FIRES It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to build or attempt to build a fire except in such area and under such regulations as may be designated by the director. No person shall drop, throw, or otherwise scatter lighted matches, burning cigarettes or cigars, tobacco paper or other flammable material, within any park area or on any highway, road or street abutting or contiguous thereto. INTOXICATING BEVERAGES It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to enter or be ina park with open Bottle Alcohol/ Beverages in areas Zoned as NO Bottle Zones. VENDING AND PEDDLING It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to expose or offer for sale any article or thing, or to station or place any stand, cart, or vehicle for the transportation, sale or display of any such article or thing. An exception is made as to any regularly licensed concessionaire acting by and under the authority and regulation of the director. POSTING SIGNS It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to paste, glue, tack or otherwise post any sign, placard, advertisement or inscription whatever, or to erect or cause to be erected any sign whatever on any public lands or highways or roads adjacent to a park. HOURS OF OPERATION Except for unusual and unforeseen emergencies, parksshall be open to the public every day of the year during designated hours. The opening and closing hours for each individual park shall be posted therein for public information. The parks below are open hours other than the standard of 6am to 11pm. CONFINEMENT OF DOGS (a person keeping, harbouring, owning or responsible for a dog to permit the dog to be off of the premises of the person keep ing, harbouring, owning or responsible for the dog unless the dog is held on a leash by a competent person. The provisions of this section shall not a pply to a dog in a vehicle being driven or parked upon a street if the dog is secured in a manner that prevents escape. (b tion shall not apply to any dog in a dog running area established by this section; provided, that the dog is under the control of a competent person and obedient to the command of such person. The following areas are designated as dog running areas, except that the parks department may designate leash areas within the areas: DOG WASTE IN PARKS (a responsible for a dog shall permit the dog to defecate on any public property or right of way or on any private property other than property owned or leased by the person owning or responsible for the dog. (b charge of violating this section that the person charged immediately removed the excrement and properly disposed of it in a sanitary manner. (c charge of violating this section that the dog involved is a certified working dog trained to assist disabled individuals and that the person charged has a disability which prevents the individual from removing the excrement and properly disposing of it in a sanitary manner. GAMES It shall be unlawful for any person in a park to take part in or abet the playing of any games involving thrown or otherwise propelled objects such as balls, stones, arrows, javelins or model airplanes, except in areas set apart for such forms of recreation. The playing of rough or comparatively dangerous games such as football, baseball and quoits is prohibited except in the fields and courts or areas provided PARK PROPERTY BUILDINGS and other PROPERTY No person shall wilfully mark, deface, injure in any way, displace, remove or tamper with any park buildings, bridges, tables, benches, grills, railings, paving or paving material, waterlines or public utilities or part or appurtenances thereof, park signs, notices or placards, whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts or other boundary markers, structures, equipment, facilities, park property or appurtenance whatsoever, whether real or personal. TREES, SHRUBBERY, LAWNS, etc. Tree shrubbery, lawns, etc, are real property assets of the park; and no person shall cut, carve, injure the bark, break off limbs, branches or mutilate in any way, or pick the flowers or seeds, of any tree or plant. Nor shall any person dig in or otherwise disturb grass areas, or in any other way injure or impair the natural beauty or usefulness of any area; nor shall any person pile debris or material of any kind on or about any tree or plant, or attach any rope, wire or other contrivance thereto, whether temporary or permanent in character or use, except that scientists or students of botany may procure from the manager or designee special permission to collect plant specimens. PUBLIC NUISANCE & DISORDERLY CONDUCT Whoever commits such acts that are of a nature to corrupt the public morals, outrage the sense of public decency or affect the peace and quiet of persons who may witness same, or engages in brawling or fighting, or engages in abusive or indecent language, or engages in such conduct to constitute a hazard to the health, safety or welfare of other park visitors, or violates the rules and/or regulations of any park area, shall upon due notice of violation be classified as a trespasser, and ordered to leave the park. Whoever engages in any activity which creates a disturbance or nuisance in a county park, including but not limited to usinga loudspeaker or other amplified equipment without authorisation of the Parks and Recreation Manager shall be upon due notice of violation be classified as a trespasser, and ordered to leave the park. In closing we have seen many cases of destruction, vandalism and neglect of beaches and parks such as dumping rubbish and vandalizing the Bone Fish Park signs on the south side of New Providence, not to mention the horrifying litter on Coral Harbour and Cabbage Beach. People of the Bahamas you must remember that visitors to this country are users of these delicate spaces; also these are our selling points, what kind of message is being projected here? Parks and beaches are supposed to be a countrys treasures in maintaining nature, if you have had the opportunity to travel to other countries and see how much value and the protection that they place on their parks and beaches then ask yourselves one serious question: Why cant our country do the same? C M Y K C M Y K T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM our public beaches and parks
By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The first round of contracts for the Baha Mar project, together v alued at between $60 and $ 70 million, will be awarded to Bahamian companies in the next two weeks. Robert Sandy Sands, senior vice president of external affairs for the Baha Marp roject, said a joint venture B ahamian company will get the contract for the reroute of West Bay Street. He also noted that contracts for the construction oft he police and fire station, C ommonwealth Bank, Fidelity Bank, and Scotia Bank will also be awarded to Bahamian construction companies. That is the first phase of work to be announced on D ecember 21, and that value o f work is between $60 and $70 million, Mr Sands said at a town meeting in Grand Bahama. Work on the $2.6 billion B aha Mar project is set to begin in January 2011 and willp rovide 4,000 jobs during the c onstruction phase. It is expected to be completed by December 2014. M r Sands stated that there are tremendous opportunities for Bahamian contractors of various sizes. H e noted that some $400 million in work packages has been designated for Bahamian contractors and trade package contractors. We have identified over 6 5 work packages in this project that companies of different sizes can bid on and will be awarded, in an effort to spread the economic pie over a wide range of construction c ompanies so that everybody c an benefit from the project, Mr Sands said. Village According to Mr Sands, contracts for a 200,000 square f eet ballroom/convention centre, a timeshare building, villas, pools, an entertainmentv illage comprising of restaurants and shops, multiple areas within the port area, ag olf course, landscaping work, a nd security buildings will all go to Bahamian contractors. Mr Sands said that Baha Mar is going to do its best use workers from as many islandsa s possible. We will provide bid forms with return-stamped envelopes for contractors, and construction employment application forms for persons want to participate, he told p ersons attending the town m eeting at the Foster B Pestaina Hall. Some $8 million will be allocated for training of Bahamians in the construc-t ion phase. One million will be seeded a s an initial contribution i mmediately on the deal being officially closed. Mr Sands said the Baha M ar project will provide tremendous economic bene fits to the Bahamas. During the first the year of o peration, he said, $878 mil lion will be paid in the form of taxes. Mr Sands further noted that the development will con-t ribute $14.8 billion to the B ahamas Gross Domestic Product over 20 years, and generate $500 billion in incremental government taxes over 25 years. Labour Minister Dion F oulkes said Baha Mar is a n ational project. He stated that all Bahamians who meet the requirements will be given the opportunity to work in thec onstruction phase and apply for jobs when the resorto pens. We want to congratulate Baha Mar for their approach to this project. It is not com-m on that a private corporate citizen would go to the extent that they are going through to be inclusive as possible, h e said. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org WELL-KNOWN Bahamian attorney Willie Moss has been named honorary chair for the first Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure, which will be held January 15, 2011, in New Providence. Veronica Duncanson, chief operating officer for Marathon Bahamas, made the announcement in Grand Bahama on Wednesday at the Graham Thompson and Co law firm, where Mrs Moss is a partner. Ms Duncanson said she believes that Mrs Moss, who is a breast cancer survivor, is the ideal Bahamian to fill such a prestigious role at the event, which aims to bring greater awareness of breast cancer int he Bahamas. The Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas Race weekend will be held January 15 and 16. A 5K race will be held on Paradise Island on Saturday, January 15. This event is in partnership with the Susan G Komen for the Cure the largest worldwide grass-root organisation dedicated to eradicating breast cancer in the world. The marathon will be held on Sunday, January 16. We are pleased that Mrs W illie Moss, who is an outstanding Bahamian, has consented to serve as honorary chair. With the Susan G Komen comes a number of different prestigious roles that need to be filled and we were very delighted to be able to say we had the ideal Bahamian to fill t his role. Because it is in the Bahamas everyone wanted to be honorary chair for this event, including some names from overseas, and we insisted that we wanted this to be a Bahamian, said Ms Duncanson. Marathon Bahamas forged a r elationship with Susan G Komen for the Cure in July of this year. Ms Duncanson said the joint ongoing partnership will help to assist with funding and edu cation for breast cancer awareness in the Bahamas. She noted that the Bahamas h as the one of the highest incidences of breast cancer in the world. The statistics reveal that whereas in other parts of the world it is detected in the early stages, for the most part, in the Bahamas it is detected in stage two, three, and four, and it is b eing detected in younger women than in other parts of t he world, she said. So breast cancer is really an issue in the Bahamas, and this partnership from Marathon Bahamas is very positive as we seek to help cause there to be early detection of breast cancer. Ms Duncanson said last year Marathon Bahamas was very successful and attracted over 500 participants in 18 countries. She reported that the num bers for 2011 have tripled. Mrs Moss said she is very pleased to be serving as hon orary chair for Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure. I am absolutely humbled by it all. I have for years heard about the Susan G Komen Foundation, and I know the story of how the founder madea promise to her sister, and it is a very touching story. I cant read it without getting all teary eyed, but what isi mportant about it is she is doing something for me and for every other person who has been faced with being told that they have breast cancer. She is trying to bring awareness to people so they can deal with diagnosis earlier, so they can get treated earlier, and pos s ibly be able to overcome the disease and be a survivor as I am. And so I am tremendously honored to have been asked to participate in this very impor tant event for the Bahamas, said Mrs Moss. I think the Susan G Komen R ace for the Cure is a wonder ful partnership that will meanso much for the Bahamas going forward and persons who are stricken with breast cancer, she said. Tyrone Sawyer, director of Sports Tourism Development, said the event is extremely sign ificant for the Bahamas. He said last years event was executed in accordance with inter national standards. The Ministry of Tourism is impressed with the quality of the organisation putting on this event. We think that Marathon B ahamas is going to be a template for how the Bahamas goes a bout promoting sports tourism. We are here to give our full support to the event, he said. Mrs Duncanson said Sun shine Insurance is the lead sponsor for the event. We are happy to be part of this. We are about promoting healthy lifestyles and this is our way of showing our commitment to a healthier Bahamas, she said. She also thanked other spon sors such as Spirit Airlines, Atlantis, Cable Bahamas, The Tribune and 100 JAMZ, and other sponsors that have come onboard. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM -RE 9DFDQF\$QHVWDEOLVKHG1DVVDXEDVHG FRPSDQ\VHHNVWRWKHSRVLWLRQRI $VVLVWDQW)LQDQFLDO&RQWUROOHU $OO DSSOLFDQWV0867SRVVHVVWKHIROORZLQJ 3DVVLQJJUDGHVRQDOOSDUWVRIWKH&3$ H[DPLQDWLRQ \HDUVH[SHULHQFHZRUNLQJZLWKDQ DFFRXQWLQJUP 6WURQJDQDO\WLFDOVNLOOV 6WURQJRUJDQL]DWLRQDOVNLOOVZLWKWKH DELOLW\WRZRUNLQGHSHQGHQWO\ $ WKRURXJKZRUNLQJNQRZOHGJHRI 0LFURVRIW([FHO 7KHDELOLW\WROHDUQTXLFNO\ ([FHOOHQWFRPPXQLFDWLRQDQGWHDP ZRUN VNLOOV 7KHDELOLW\WRPDQDJHPXOWLSOHWDVNV DQGUHVSRQVLELOLWLHVVLPXOWDQHRXVO\ ,QWHUHVWHGSHUVRQVVKRXOGVXEPLWWKHLU UHVXPHVYLDHPDLOWRDVVWQDQFLDOFRQWUROOHU#KRWPDLOFRP$OOUHVXPHVPXVWEHUHFHLYHGE\ WK 'HFHPEHU 2QO\SHUVRQVPHHWLQJ$// RI WKH UHTXLUHPHQWVDERYHQHHGDSSO\ Attorney named honorary chair for Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure First Baha Mar contracts will be awarded to Bahamian firms soon SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS FOR THE BAHA MAR PROJECT: Robert Sands
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 7+$1.<287KHDUHQWHDFKHU$VVRFLDWLRQ&RQJUDWXODWHVDOOSDUWLFLSDQWV RIRXUUVW+HDOWK$KRQKHOGRYHPEHUWK7KRPSVRQ7UDGLQJ-DPHV*RPH] .HOO\V+RPH&HQWHU:LOO\(FKR'RFWRU +RVSLWDO%$$$VDXWLOXVRELQ+RRGHJDWRUH 7KHDWXUH&RQVHUYDQF\$%RDUGHPEHUVt 3DUWLFLSDWLQJDUHQWV7HDFKHUVDQGWXGHQWV HEALTH and Education officials joined administrators, teachers and students from S C McPherson Junior High School to observe World AIDS Day last week. In attendance was Minister of Education Desmond Bann ister, who delivered the official World AIDS Day Message. He emphasised the need for increased awareness about t he disease, how it is contracted and how it can be prevented; and highlighted the urgent need for fundraising to help its victims. T he minister admonished government officials, faith based organisations, businesses and community activists to help r aise awareness about the epidemic, because statistics suggest the number of cases are on the rise around the world. Care T he minister noted that in the Bahamas, HIV/AIDS patients have been receiving quality medical care since the establishment of the National AIDS Programme in 1988. H e said patients now have access to free counselling, free testing and free medication from the Princess Margaret H ospital, the HIV/AIDS Centre and several government clinics in Nassau and in Grand Bahama. Despite these successes, the minister said, there is much m ore that can be done to ensure access to treatment and care in the Family Islands, and a safe and supportive environment for patients. SC McPherson Junior High School observes World AIDS Day ATTENTIVE: Students hear about the need for increased awareness about HIV/AIDS. RAISINGAWARENESS: Minister of Education Desmond Bannister, who delivered the official World AIDS Day Message. H EALTHAND E DUCATIONOFFICIALSJOINADMINISTRATORS TEACHERSANDSTUDENTSTOMARKOCCASION Share your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.
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Mr Turnquest said the government has worked hard to preserve as many jobs as possible, and he told how he was "offended" by public statements from Bahamas Communications and Public Officers U nion President Bernard Evans who stated earlier this week that he was not satisfied with BTC's sale conditions and did not want to answer to the "white man again." "I found it offensive to listen to the union president talk about 'the white man'. It was a very racist statement," Mr Turnquest said. He continued: "We've always t alked to them (BTC's unions with the prime minister before December 1, before the MOU was signed. We improved the deal to make sure there were no forced redundancies and that's at a cost to the Bahamas but we wanted to ensure we preserved jobs. "What we are doing is in the best interest of the vast majority of Bahamian people cell phone rates will go down (and there will be better telecommunications service. Cable and wireless, through LIME, has reinvented and re-engineered itself over the last decade and they are a respected telecommunications giant." For the second day in a row, the BTC stores were closed due to "ongoing illegal work stoppage organised by the company's management and non-management unions," said acting President and CEO Kirk Griffin yesterday. Up to press time, there were no reports of the industrial action reaching BTC offices in Grand Bahama or the other family islands. Yesterday, BTC employees convened at BCPOU Hall for a meeting with union officials and then took part in a motorcade throughout the capital in protest of BTC's sale conditions ahead of a mass rally last night. On Monday more than 200 BTC workers protested against the impending sale of the company to Cable and Wireless. This forced the company to petition the court for an injunction. Mr Griffin said BTC's executive team was "not happy" it h ad to seek legal recourse against the unions involved but hopes the court order will end the work stoppage. "We believe that there is a much more productive way to serve the interests of all BTC stakeholders and that is through open and honest dialogue with all the parties involved," said a statement released by Mr Griffin. "We hope this injunction wouldb ring an end to the illegal work stoppage and we know the parties in this process are open to discussion on all matters of mutual interest." The injunction calls for the unions to stop "interfering with or impeding the employees of BTC from engaging in their lawful occupations." The court order also restricts the unions involved from "induci ng employees of BTC to break their respective contracts of employment by taking part in any unlawful industrial action against BTC." dence, checking vehicles and handing out information pamphlets. A ccording to Superintendent Carolyn Bowe, there will be a two-week grace peri od in which the public will be allowed toa djust to the law. S he said that during this time, all persons s hould ensure their motor vehicles are fully equipped with proper safety belts and thatc hildren under five have car seats. W ith 40 traffic fatalities already this year, and an expected increase in accidents during the month of December, it is hoped the enforcement of the seat belt law will lessen the severity of injuries and assist in saving lives, said Sgt Rolle. The legislation, which will come into effect o n Monday, was passed in Parliament in M arch, 2002, but implementation of the act was postponed. S ection 42 of the Road Traffic Act, chapt er 220, provides that any person driving in a motor vehicle must be secured by a seat belt and ensure that any passengers in their car are similarly secured. C hildren under five must be in child safety seats and secured in the car's back pas senger seats. The law further states that "any driver of a motor vehicle who drives without a seat b elt or allows a passenger in such a vehicle t o ride without a seat belt commits an offence and is liable on summary convic-t ion to a fine of $300. A passenger who rides i n a vehicle without a seat belt commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $100". Any person found driving a motor vehicle at the time of breach, who permits a child to ride without a seat belt or secured in a child seat will be liable upon conviction to a fine o f $500 under the act. T hese provisions will not apply to motor cycles, tractors, buses and trucks (exceptf or the drivers seat and front passenger s eat). Vehicles designed for physically or m edically handicapped or disabled persons will also be exempt, provided they have necessary certificates. W hen asked whether police expect com pliance to prove difficult for some drivers, including those whose vehicles are lackings eat belts, Inspector Anthony Curtis said the public has had eight years to prepare for this; I see no reason why they shouldn't be ready. This law was enacted to savel ives. Bahamians warned over seat belt law FROM page one BTC employees at the BCPOUHall yesterday. F ROM page one Significant cost
It is expected, said the F NM, that this will take place b y the end of the second week in January next year. Following is the text of the statement: The Government has tak e n note that the Opposition delegation which met with the CEO of Cable and Wire-l ess Wednesday included Mr. Brave Davis, the attorney for the company (Blue Waterw hom the PLP Government had agreed to sell the Bahamas Telecommunica tions Company (BTC M r. Shane Gibson, a part owner of a telecommunications company. It is also noted that Blue Water was a foreign entity with no experience in the telecommunications sectora nywhere. Further, there was never clarity on the ownershipa nd beneficiaries of Blue Water. Opposition Leader Christie recently commented that he regrets not having sold BTC. Had such a sale gone through to a company that was not publicly traded and had no track record in telecommunications, BTC in all likelihood would now be in ruins financially, stripped of its assets and technological capacity. It will be recalled that the Prime Minister has on more than one occasion said, and subsequently caused to be put into law, that any sale of BTC would require the approval of Parliament. The Prime Minister has also advised the general public that all mat ters concerning the sale of BTC would be made public prior to the required vote in the House of Assembly. It is expected that a minimum of two weeks will elapse between the disclosure of all the terms of the sale and the vote being taken in Parlia ment. It should be noted that the FNM informed the Bahamian public that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU and Wireless on the day of the signature of the MOU 2nd December, 2010. The contract for the sale of 51 per cent interest in BTC is now being negotiated. When its terms are agreed and the contract has been signed, it will be publicly disclosed. It is now expected that this will take place by the end of the second week in January, 2011. An FNM Government will continue to act in an accountable and transparent manner as regards the sale of BTC. In stark contrast the Christie administration acted in a reckless, unaccountablea nd shadowy manner as they prepared to sell BTC to a group that seemed more likea financial scheme than a telecommunications company. The public will recall that w hen the PLP Government agreed to sell BTC to Blue Water it was done in the strictest secrecy and not even the Agreement for Sale was made public. Indeed, it was only following the 2007 gen-e ral election that the FNM government discovered and revealed to the Bahamianp eople that the PLP had determined to sell BTC to Blue Water, a foreign company, and that part of the purchase price would be paid in instalments over a number of years! The Opposition have complained that Cable and Wireless was unable to discuss its Business Plan with them. Of course Cable and Wireless was not in a posi tion to discuss the Business Plan because it is not yet finalized. As made clear in the Governments press release advising of the signing of the MOU between the Government and C&W, the MOU provides for CWC to work with the Government and the management of BTC to final ize a business plan for BTC, addressing its plans for the modernization of telecommunications throughout The Bahamas, for the development of BTC following privatization, and how service rates charged to Bahamian consumers could be reduced in the period leading up to the liberalization of cellular services. Those discussions are now taking place. The Bahamian public may be assured that as is its custom and practice, their FNM Government will make all details of the sale of 51 per cent of BTC to C&W avail able to them on the same day that the contract for sale is signed. Unlike what the PLP did with various secretive heads of agreements on a number of foreign investment projects, an accountable and transparent FNM will continue to conduct the peoples business in the sunshine. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FROM page one FNM:Bahamians will be informed of BTC terms before vote in parliament B TC WORKERS g ather for a rally last night at the BCPOUbuilding. F elip Major / Tribune staff
C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB email@example.com THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.30 $4.45 $4.34 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CLICO (Bahamas uidator has obtained an uncontested US court order requiring a Trinidad bank to hand over some $527,341 plus accumulated interest, which allegedly belongs to the insolvent insurers main asset, to himself. A December 7, 2010, order by the US Bankruptcy Court for the southern district of Florida has ordered First Citizens Bank, which did not oppose the order, to turn over the funds to Craig A. Tony Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, on the grounds that this asset belonged to Wellington Preserve, the real estate development that accounts for 63 per cent of CLICO (Bahamas Ordering that the funds be wire transferred to Welling ton Preserves account at City National Bank in Miami, which is under Mr Gomezs control, the US court also ordered the Trinidad bank to produce records relating to the account, including account opening documen tation, all regular periodic statements issued by the bank with respect to the account up to the present, and records of all transfers made into and out of the account. The latter is also intended to include cancelled cheques and wire CLICO LIQUIDATOR RECOVERS $527,341 FROM TRINIDAD BANK CRAIG GOMEZ Court orders return of assets to Bahamian insurer s liquidator who alleged there were no records to even indicate accounts existence Reasons for maintaining account presently unknown, as liquidator also wins document provision US entity seeks CLICO Enterprises records to prove real estate projects $73m debt to it, as row over $1.45m preferential judgment rages on SEE page 8B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C ity Markets customer count hit 62 per cent of pri or year levels last weekend, t he highest it has been since its majority ownership changed hands last month, as it targets getting total sales up to $120 million over the next 12 months. T elling Tribune Business that customer footCIT Y MARKET S FOOTFALL RISES 1 3% PT S AFTER OWNER CHANGE Supermarket chain sees customer count hit 62% of prior year figures over weekend, up from 49% when new majority shareholder took over last month* T argeting $120m in sales in first year of ownership Believes stars aligning in our favour, although quite concerned about increased food retail competition MARK FINLAYSON SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A top Bahamian banking executive yesterday said a trend of improvement in the sectors non-a ccrual loan situation will be established if November produces the third consecutive month of decreases,t he October figure having dropped by $18 million or 1.6 per cent to $ 1.135 billion. Yet he warned that it would take two-three years to reduce the more than 100 per cent increase in bad loans to pre-recession lev-e ls. Paul McWeeney, Bank of the Bahamas Internationals m anaging director, told Tribune Business that the October data, disclosed in the Central Bank of the Bahamas report on economic developments for that month, showedt he arrears/non-performing loan situation was moving in the right direction and that we can start to see the signs of a turnaround. November key to $1.135bn bad loan drop trend Top banking executive warns it will take two to three years to reverse bad loan trend back to pre-recession levels, given 100% increase over that time S EE page 9B PAULMCWEENEY By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamas Ferries, the inter-island transportation company, yesterday expressed its annoyance and frustration after being left without any telecommunications ser vices during what is one of its busiest periods, after the Water & Sewerage Corporation accidentally cut through the main T1 cable connecting Potters Cay on Saturday. Khaalis Rolle, Bahamas Ferries chief marketing officer, told Tribune Business that the severance of the phone cable, which happened as the Water & Sewerage Corporation car ried out maintenance work at the eastern edge of the Paradise Island off bridge on East Bay Street, had left the company without any phones. Unable to call out, or for customers to call in, Mr Rolle said of the phone out Bahamas Fer ries fr ustration over lost phone service Firm without phone for going on four days, after W ater & Sewerage Corporation accidentally cuts major cable link to Potters Cay, with strike hampering BTC repair efforts SEE page 9B B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org The number of people a warded unemployment bene fits by the National Insurance B oard (NIB between July and November of this year, according to figures f rom the agency. Data obtained by Tribune B usiness reveals that July 2010 saw the greatest number of u nemployment benefit claims awarded for any month of 2010 Jobless benefit claimants fall 85% between July-November More than 100 u nemployment benefit fraud cases referred to p olice Some 19,465 unemployment benefit claims awarded since scheme start, with $29.6 millionp aid out Benefit spending set to exceed contribution i ncome in 2010 SEE page 4B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com The National Insurance Board (NIB take legal action against just under 1,000 employers this year for alleged failure to pay national insurance contributions. This came despite the NIB c onsidering legal recourse a last resort, with our first course of action being always to negotiate arrangements with employers, said NIB director Algernon Cargill. Only when negotiation fails do we pursue legal action. The amount of prosecutions is down this year from last year, but NIB is continuing its efforts to ensure that there is an accounting of con tributions for all employed persons and self-employed persons in the country, said the NIB director. Each contribution is important as it could mean the difference between a claimant being awarded a benefit or being denied. Mr Cargill revealed yester day that for the second year running, benefit expenditure by the board in 2010, includ ing unemployment benefit, is set to exceed contribution income. However, he said that contribution income for the year remains strong and in line with budget estimates. We expect to surpass last years total of $160 million, due in part to a combination of the increase in the contri bution rate that took effect in June 2010 and continued compliance efforts. Evenw ithout the contribution rate i ncrease, budget is performing slightly ahead of last years results, said Mr Cargill. Notwithstanding expendi tures outweighting contribution income, the National Insurance Fund overall remains very strong, according to the director, standing at $1.6 billion. The NIB is now looking forward to the implementation of further key changes in January, in addition to the introduction of the permanent phase of the Unemployment Benefit Scheme, which tookp lace earlier this year, along with the National Prescription Drug Plan that allows certain categories of individuals to access prescription medication for particular ailments for free. Such alterations include a wage ceiling increase from $400 to $500. This increase will not just affect the amount of contributions paid by the majority of workers, who earn more than $400 weekly, that is, higher paid workers. More importantly, it will also impact positively the amount of benefit those workers will be eligible to receive when they involuntarily lose employment income, said Mr Cargill. 1,000 employers face NIB legal action in SEE page 4B ALGERNONCARGILL
BY DEIDRE M. BASTIAN W hat is the relationship link-i ng the g raphical world to a Digital Camera? Digital cameras and the graphical world can hardly exist in isolation, as digital cameras have helpedt o make photography easier and faster for millions in the technological era. If this is so, how much do graphic designers and web develop-e rs really know about them? Well, I know that they are small and compact, not like a biggie burger that takest wo hands. They have the ability to zoom in and out, a nd also have something called an auto flash mode. R eally? Graphic designers ought to be versed in production,e lectronic imaging and computer graphics using a scanner, plus a variety of soft-w are packages along with digital cameras. Digital m eans a photographic image divided into small units of squares or dots, otherwise known as the pixels. Pixels are programmable units of images which canb e processed through a computer. So what is a Digital Camera? Digital cameras store the photographed imagee lectronically, rather than o n film, in a format that is readable by a computer. When did this all start? P hotography, which started in the mid-1800s, has cont inued to evolve over the last two centuries and has changed the way we collect, store, modify, disseminate and display images. I n the year 1913, the 35mm still-camera was created. Then came the Polaroid camera, which was knownf or its instant photography in 1948. In 1991, Kodak introduced the first digital camera that was aimed at journalists and profession-a ls. Digital cameras represent one of the most remarkable shifts, as they are truly different from their predecessors and have rapidlyb ecome more popular as imaging technology improved. These amazingd igital-era devices are a major boost to the computer g raphic technology. What To Look For i n a Digital Camera? One of the factors a photographer looks for whens hopping is a large amount of Megapixels. Essentially, m ore megapixels implies more dots and not better image quality. E xtra Megapixels dont make better pictures, and v ery few people really grasp why. For example, a 10 megapixel camera is not" twice as good" as a five megapixel camera; it simply m eans that the images will be twice as large. Higher megapixels do d etermine print size, thats all. Anything above five megapixels should be capa ble of producing an image y ou'll be satisfied with. On the other hand, the newer, higher Megapixel camerasa re more advanced with much more to consider. N ow comes the cool part: Deciding the bells and whis tles that may make using y our camera much more robust and amusing. Things you absolutely need M emory Card: Most cameras come with some internal memory of at least 512 MB or 1 GB of data, allowing you to capture hundredso f images without the need of deletion for added space. Rechargeable Batteries: Using the traditional alka l ine 'AA' Batteries is a big pain and only indicates that youre still in the ponyl eague, or occupied on a field trip with the Girl Guide or Boy Scout team. A digital camera drains alkaline batteries and requires a lot of cash to stay powered up. Nonetheless, by using rechargeable bat teries you need only plug in, recharge and save. Sadly, like everything else i n life you can only get what you pay for. This is an important point. For example, you might accept a great deal on digital cameras,w hich results in a poor selection. Remember to always research, scan or read camera analysis to ensure the camera can meet youre xpectations. Camera Etiquette: Whether you consider yourself a newbie or a hobbyist, brush up on your dig-i tal photography etiquette skills. D o respect the signage. If a sign says: No Photograp hy or No Flash then obediently put your camera away. Its pretty straightfor-w ard. While it might seem cute or legally sound to photograph people in publicp laces, it is polite to seek their permission. W hile vacationing, I snapped a few shots of smiling street kids, as theyvea lways been fascinating to me, and their innocence was c ute and priceless... Well, at least I thought so. Minutes after the shutter flew upt hey chuckled, requested compensation and schedu led another date for further picture taking. Ive remembered to a lways ask permission thereafter. What happens now that weve photographed cute pictures, and how do wet ransport them to the com puter? The easiest and fastest way to ensure yourm emories are preserved is to transfer them on to your c omputer, which offers two viable options: Plug the cam era into the computer, or p urchase an additional memory card reader: a) Memory Card Reader option: If you are willing tom ake a small additional investment, a memory card reader is your guy. First, insert the card into the USB slot of your com-p uter and plug your camera card into the suitable-sized slot of the adapter. You may want to take your camera card along withy ou to the store, to ensure you get the right size adapter, but pretty mucht hey are usually standard. Your computer will now identify the camera card as a disk, and you will be able to access the card as you would one of the disks on your computer. For example, say you now have a C and D drive. It will add another drive, probablyc alled E. Go to My computer, double click on the new drive, and you will see your pictures. Now copy the pictures to y our computer, verify that the computer can identify them, and then delete from your camera card if you wish. Remove the card fromt he card reader and pop it back into your camera, and youre done. b) The USB Cable option Another option for transf erring photos is the use of the USB cable that came bundled with your camera.F ollow these simple steps: Step 1: Make sure your c amera is off before connecting. Step 2: Connect the USB c able to the camera and computer. Step 3: Switch the camera o n. Step 4: Your camera may i mmediately show up on your computers desktop. Use your mouse to dragy our photos to a folder, called My Pictures. A lternatively, your camera may appear via a popup window, giving you mul-t iple importing choices. Thereafter, organise, r ename and share your photos. Use this link for demons tration if you are experiencing difficulties: Just click Arrow on video. http://win dows.microsoft.com/enUS/windows7/How-do-I-g et-pictures-from-my-cam era-to-my-computer. There is little disagreem ent over the fact that the worldwide web, the software i ndustry and the camera in todays world are now irrev ocably interlinked with each o ther, empowering the users of digital cameras to experi ence their full potential usage. Based on this premise, d igital cameras will definitely take an important place and make an unfor gettable mark in the history of graphic development.T his is easily acceptable, but have you ever found yourself taking so many pictures that you miss the experience itself? W ell, it happens, but its OK to put the camera away and take some time to live iny our moment. So until we meet again, enjoy life, have fun and stay on top of your game. 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By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter email@example.com Bahamian aviation operators y esterday said they were in wait and see mode on the day that the Customs Department threatened it could seize their aircraft over allegedly unpaidi mport duties. While the majority of airlines who received letters from the Customs Department two w eeks ago, asking for them to contact it by today to arrange payment or else risk their planes seizure, had up to yesterday reached out to thea gency on the issue, some were still scrambling to do so leaving it unclear whether the department will act on its threat t oday. For those who did within the 14 days they were given, many said they had yet to receive a response from the CustomsD epartment and are therefore u nsure what happens next. Most got letters saying that t heir letters had been duly not ed, said Bahamas Aviation A ssociation (BAA SkyBahamas chief executive, Captain Randy Butler. The Customs Department alleged last month that ani nvestigation had revealed a large number of aviation oper-a tors in the Bahamas were using aircraft on which import d uty had not been paid. It is now attempting to recoup these funds, which could add up to millions of dollars, according to some estimates. However, Bahamian aviation operators claim they were prev iously informed no duty applied to these aircraft. S everal airline or aircraft operators expressed optimism y esterday that they had staved off any drastic action by the Customs Department for the time being. However, some, like Mr Butler, said he r emained in wait and see mode, given the unpre-d ictability of the revenue collection agency. P aul Harding, owner of smaller operator, Take Flight Charters, said he believed many operators are holding their breath to see what might happen. Meanwhile, Mr Butler said h e was still hoping to receive a formal response to a letter the BAA wrote to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, as Minister o f Finance, asking that the airlines get an exemption from the duty like other public transportation operators, such as taxis H e said such an exemption should be considered not only because of the hard-hitting economic impact the collection of t he duty estimated to amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars for some airlines would have on the industry at present, but also as a means of encour-a ging the future growth of the Bahamian aviation sector. Mr Butler added that on a daily basis local aviation opera tors carry local travellers and tourists who Bahamasair does not have the capacity to fly, further evidence of their importance to inter-island tourism. M r Ingraham previously state d that he did not feel Bahamian aviation operators had anyr ight to claim an exemption from paying the duty it is said t hey owe on the planes. What does the Prime Minister of the Bahamas say to those people who have brought stuff in that required duty tob e paid, who didn't pay it, other than to say talk to Customsa nd seek to make arrange ments. What else can he say? T hat it's OK for you? When I buy a boat, I have to pay duty. When you buy a car, you have to pay duty. What is it about an aircraft that says they do not have to pay duty? said Mr Ingraham. H owever, Mr Butler said Mr Ingraham had not received thei ndustrys letter on the issue at the time he made his statement, a nd he remains hopeful the Prime Minister may consider the operators position favourably. He suggested no move should be made by the C ustoms Department to collect any allegedly outstandingi mport duty on aircraft until the Prime Minister responds form ally to the industrys request. Meanwhile, Mr Butler said h e has referred the Customs Departments request that he pay up duty on the planes SkyBahamas operates to his attorn ey for legal advice. Chief among his objections are the fact that he leases his planes, and therefore believes t hat the owner of the planes, rather than SkyBahamas, should pay whatever duty is owing if it is found that funds a re owing. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM )25$/($ OOWKDWSLHFHSDUFHORUORWRIDQG NQRZQDVXSSHU(DVW&KDQQHO&D\ D QGEHLQJDSSUR[LPDWHO\HLJKW\ QLQHDFUHVDQGVLWXDWHLQWKH YLFLQLW\RI*UD\6HWWOHPHQW /RQJ,VODQG%DKDPDV 127,&( 7RXUDOXHG&OLHQWV 2XU$66$8IFHV :,//%(&/26('$ )5,'$ 7+ :HDSRORJL]HIRUDQ\LQFRQYHQLHQFHFDXVHG The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP B ahamas branch held its first ever moot competition on Tuesday, November 30, between Graham, Thompson & Company and McKinney Bancroft & Hughes. T he moot was of relevance to attorneys and trust and estate professionals alike, as it involved Section 7 of the W ills Act, which relates to Bahamian Wills made by nondomiciled persons from forced heirship jurisdictions. The judges for the moot were Lorris Ganpatsingh, former C ourt of Appeal judge and consultant at Lennox Paton; Thomas Evans QC, senior partner at Evans & Company; and Dr Earl Cash, partner, Higgs & Johnson. The moot competition was won by McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes based on the decision of the judges. TOP LAW FIRMS IN MOOT FACE-OFF PICTURED (Back row: L-R Samuel Haven, Randol Dorsett, Leif Farquharson, Sean McWeeney QC, Samantha Symonette, Karen Haven, Brian Moree QC, Timothy Eneas, Sean Moree, Beatrice Miranda, V. Moreno Hamilton, Timothy Colclough, Paul Winder (Front row: L-R Joanne Pyfrom, Earl Cash, Lorris Ganpatsingh, Thomas Evans QC, Tanya Hanna. Airlines wait and see mode as Customs D-Day arrives S EE page 4B
912 and the highest number since September 2009. This then saw a month-on-month d ecline to reach 138 in November 2010. Meanwhile, the NIB said it has acted quickly after detecting a number of cases of unemployment benefit fraud, and has so far referred 100 such cases to the police for further action since the inception of t he scheme in April 2009. Figures from the NIB show an overall decline in the numb er of unemployment benefits awarded in 2010 compared to 2 009. T o date, 19,465 unemployment benefit claims have been a warded since the inception of the benefit scheme in April 2 009, with a total value of $29.6 million. S ome $22.38 million was paid out in the nine months in which t he unemployment benefit was available in 2009, and $7.18 million has been paid out for 2010 to November 30. April 2009 registered the l argest number of claims awarded under the Unemployment Benefit Scheme 5,010 with an average weekly benefit of $ 134, adding up to a total of $8.103 million paid out that month. This fell in May 2009 to 1,957 claims paid ($3.12 millionB etween May and December 2009, the number of claims awarded monthly averaged 1,140, with a weekly pay out of $ 133. P ayout F or the entirety of 2010, the monthly average number of claims awarded has been 473, with a mean weekly payout of $140 per person. T he greatest number of unemployment benefits werea warded in New Providence (13,0543,757 m a (656 (498 (333 Grand Bahama (331 Speaking at the Rotary Club o f West Nassaus weekly luncheon last week, the Prime M inister suggested figures such as these from the National Insurance Board suggest that unemployment may have "levelled off", with NIB statistics o n unemployment and contributions implying the rate of layo ffs "has slowed and some com panies have begun hiring". Y esterday, Algernon Cargill, NIBs director, said that benefit expenditure by the Board in 2010, including unemployment benefit, was set to exceed con t ribution income. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM &RPIRUWDEOHRRPVDW&RPIRUWDEOHDWHV5RRPVIURPMXVWHULJKWSOXVJUDWXLW\5HVWDXUDXQWDQG%DURROHFUHDWLRQRRPHHWLQJRRP$OEDQV'ULYH Another concern is that evidence has emerged that prior to 2 008, planes imported into the Bahamas were duty-free, and it was o nly in 2008 that the 10 per cent tax was applied. In this case, said Mr Butler, there would be very few planes in the Bahamas on which duty would be owing even if it was not paid at the time of importation. M r Butler added that operators remain concerned that they have yet to have questions regarding the attempt to levy the tax answered, primary among them, who is being asked to pay, how much and on what basis. A nswers Operators are looking for answers on whether the duty would apply to leased or owned planes, or both; Bahamian-registered air c raft only, or planes owned by Bahamian-registered companies only; and whether private aircraft owned by the likes of wealthy res-i dents, second homeowners and investors would also be caught in the net. Wolf Seyfert, director of operations at Western Air, a dded: Theres an issue of value of the assets and theres no established value per se. It goes up and down over the years. It might have been worth $1 million a year ago but $100,000 now...Im not sure what the Customs Department has actually come to the conclusion on what they will assess on each asset. We presented our case and proposal to Customs, and we got a notification that they received correspondence and will respondb ack. Things are in motion and we are trying to work something out. We dont know what it is yet. We reminded them that we have p aid stamp duty before and we are seeking clarification on what we owe, said Mr Seyfert. Mr Harding, of Take Flight Charters, said: We sent a letter to Customs noting our request to the Minister that he consider an exemption for the industry, but we have yet to receive a response. We are trying to edify ourselves as to exactly who is involved with their request. They did not specify, and have not yet specified, w hich category in the aviation world they are trying to collect revenue from. Airlines wait and see mode as Customs D-Day arrives F ROM page 3B Jobless benefit claimants fall 85% between July-November The amendments also allow for bi-annual increases in the wage ceiling from $500 to $600 in July 2012, and every two years thereafter at the inflation rate plus 2 per cent. This change is an example of how National Insurance will continue to maintain its relevance to workers, said Mr Cargill. The amendments that will take place in January do not include a rate increase, and no increase in the contribution rate is being considered at this time. On the launching of phase two of the National Prescription Drug Plan, a contribution rate increase will be likely, but it is not clear when this will take place. NIB anticipates being ready on January 3, when most of the recently-made amendments will take effect. Changes to internal forms, procedures and computer programs are nearing completion. Our public education began in November and will continue through the New Year. Changes for pensionable civil servants and hotel sector workers will take effect July 2011, Mr Cargill told Tribune Business. 1,000 employers face NIB legal action in F ROM page 1B F ROM page 1B
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 7B f all equivalent to 62 per cent of 2009 levels was a 13 percentage point improvement over when Trans-Island Traders took majority control at the 10-store supermarket chain, principal Mark Finlayson said that while top-line recovery would not happen right away, the general economy was showing signs of improvement, prompting him to state: The stars area ligning for us. He told Tribune Business: The footfall over the weekend was increased it increased drastically over t he weekend compared to t he weeks before. Its still n ot at the level of the year b efore, but it got up to 62 per cent over the weekend.I t was 49 per cent when we bought the company, and now its up to 62 per cent. Winning back its former long-time customers, who gradually deserted the chain over the past two years as its financial woes under thep revious ownership resulted in a lack of inventory and uncompetitive pricing, is c ritical to returning City M arkets and its operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, to financial sustaina bility and, eventually, profi tability. Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business that apart from the ongoing marketing and sales promotions, the restocking of the 11-store chain with a full inventory complement w ould also help entice Bahamian and resident customers back to City Mark ets. The numbers have been g etting better, he added of f ootfall and top-line sales. Over the weekend, weve b een monitoring it very closely. Its promising. Itsn ot going to get up to where it was, or where we want it to be, right away. Sales lev-e ls are moving in the right d irection, not as quickly as we want them to, but that has all been based on the fact that the inventory has not been there. Weve stocked out the perimeters of the stores, them eats, the dairy, the frozen food. This week, were putting in the dry goods, so b y the end of the week, the stores will be properly stocked out and then well b e competitive again. Rebuilding Acknowledging that rebuilding City Markets top l ine was going to take a w hile, with the company unlikely to achieve the $144 m illion record achieved dur ing its 2008 financial yearf or some time, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business: Our t arget for this year what w ere trying to do on a 12month basis is get up to $120 million. Everything is w orking very well, so it seems as if were going to get to our target at this p oint. The $120 million sales targ et is for the 12 months b etween now and next D ecember 2011, not Bahamas Supermarkets financial year, which ends ate nd-June next year. As for returning to the black, MrF inlayson used a football analogy to describe his e xpectations here. I think weve got to work on our basics, blocking and tackling. Once we get this r ight, everything will take care of itself, he told thisn ewspaper. What weve got to do is get the customers back into the stores, give them what they want and get the sales up. The good news for us is that the economy is recovering. The stars are aligning for us, things are coming together for us. M r Finlayson praised former chief executive Derek Winford, who headed the company under BSL Holdings disastrous ownership, for trimming the company down pretty well, both ont he employee front and other things that had been put in place. He acknowledged, though, that there was concern about the increasedl evel of competition in the Bahamian food retailing m arket, which had seen numerous new entrants s uch as Robin Hood and Phils Food Services since he first looked at acquiring City Markets in 2005-2006. The traditional retail/wholesale relationship has also been put under pressure by these new entrants, and Mr Finlayson admitted: There is some concern. He added that C ity Markets had been posit ioned at the higher end of the Bahamian food retailing market, with Supervalue just below that and AML Foods pitching firmly at the middle market. Now, with Phils Food Services and Robin Hood targeting the middle andl ower ends of the market, Mr Finlayson said: Quite f rankly, the truth is that theres enough to go around in the market, but I think City Markets is not fighting at the same end that Phils is fighting at and that Mr S chaefer is fighting at, and when you take a look at it,t he amount of variety put into City Market as opposed to Phils and Robin Hood is very different We are quite concerned about it, no two ways about it, but were not going to lay down and will keep fighti ng. CITY MARKETS FOOTFALL RISES 13% PTS AFTER OWNER CHANGE FROM page 1B
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Mr Gomez had applied for the Order to recover the funds after discovering the Trinidad-based account during his p robe of Wellington Preserves affairs, h aving alleged that when he began his r ole as liquidator, there were no records to even indicate it existed. In his December 1, 2010, motion seeking the Order from the US Bankruptcy Court, Mr Gomez, pointing out that he was Wellington Preserves current president and director, said the Florida-based real estate development was a direct subsidiary of CLICO Enterprises, the Bahamian-registered affiliate of the insolvent insurer. During the course of his investigation of the financial affairs of CLICO Enterprises and Wellington, it has come to the attention of Gomez that, for reasons presently unknown, Wellington maintained a US dollar bank account n o. 1619246 in First Citizens Bank, the l iquidator alleged in his pleading to the court. As of July 31, 2010, Wellingtons denominated bank account statement from First Citizens Bank indicated an ending balance of $526,340. Alleging that these funds belonged to Wellingtons bankruptcy estate, and that First Citizens Bank maintained records relating to deposits into, and payments made, from that account, the Bahamian accountant added: When Gomez, as liquidator of Wellingtons parent compan y, CLICO Enterprises, took over poss ession of the assets of Wellington, there w ere no records with respect to the account at First Citizens Bank. The Trinidadian institution, Mr Gomez said, and its attorneys had indicated they would not oppose his motion, given that Wellington Preserve was the account holder and owner of the funds on record. The CLICO (Bahamas recovery of these assets, relatively small as they may be, should provide further encouragement to long-suffering Bahamian policyholders and creditors that he is making progress on their behalf in terms of returning assets and funds to them. Meanwhile, Mr Gomez also remains embroiled in efforts to prevent a US creditor enforcing a preferential $1.45 million judgment against Wellington Preserve, something that would deplete the asset pool and reduce the funds recovered for Bahamian creditors and shareholders. However, Brennan Financial, the entity that obtained the default judgment, has filed a motion with the US Bankruptcy Court for the southern district ofF lorida seeking an extension to courtimposed case management instructions, and also wants it to compel CLICO Enterprises to hand over discovery documents to it. Alleging that it had served CLICO Enterprises with six separate discovery requests, Brennan alleged in its December 2, 2010, filing: The discovery sought in the Rule 2004 exam is narrowly tailored to production of documents evidencing the $73 million indebtedness scheduled by [Wellington] in favour of CLICO. Deadline Brennan alleged that CLICO Enterprises response deadline had been December 1, 2010, but claimed that it had failed to do so. It had received communication from CLICO Enterprises attorneys on the same day, advising that the insolvent company needed more time to respond to Brennans request. In return, Brennan said it would agree to more time if CLICO Enterprises agreed to a 30-day extension for other case management deadlines, but claimed that the latter had not consented to this. Brennan Financial obtained its judgment on January 27, 2010, entering this into the public records the following day. Given that the judgment was handed down within 90 days of Mr Gomez plac ing Wellington Preserve into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in a bid to safeguard CLICO (Bahamas from its creditors, the liquidator's attor neys are arguing that it is tantamount to Brennan Financial getting a preference -p ayment in full of its claim, rather than being made to stand in line with other creditors and receiving a percentage of every $1. Therefore, Mr Gomez and his attorneys are asking the US Bankruptcy Court for the southern district of Florida to determine that Brennan Financial's judgment lien is avoidable under Chapter 11 laws, and therefore can be cancelled. Brennan, though, is challenging the presumption of insolvency. The case, which was filed on September 2, 2010, also sheds further light on the actions of CLICO (Bahamasc ontrolling mind, Trinidadian Lawrence Duprey, who headed the Bahamian insurer's parent, CL Financial. Brennan, at the request of Mr Duprey and his Dalco Properties entity, was alleged to have negotiated the purchase of property that formed the 545-acre Wellington Preserve in 2004. But, prior to closing the deal, Mr Duprey formed Wellington Preserve and took title to the acquired real estate in that company's name, thus allegedly denying Brennan Financial its sales commission. As a result, it sued Mr Duprey and Dalco Properties to recover the unpaid sales commission in the Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit Court. The matter was settled, but the deal saw Dalco and Mr Duprey "released from responsibility in the action", with Wellington Preserve (by extension, CLICO (Bahamas) and CLICO Enterprises) substituted as the entity obliged to pay Brennan Financial what was owed. "Wellington made the first two payments of the settlement pursuant to the terms of a confidential settlement agreement, but its parent company, CLICO Enterprises, was unable to fund the third, due to its insolvency and that of its affiliate, CLICO (Bahamas lawsuit alleged. "Wellington owes total debts of approximately $78 million. At all relevant times, Wellington was insolvent in that the total value of its assets in less than the amount of its debts. "The judgment lien would enable Brennan to receive more than it would have received had it not recorded its judgment, and Wellington filed for relief under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code; ie, payment in full rather than Brennan's pro rata dividend as an unsecured creditor." CLICO LIQUIDATOR RECOVERS $527,341 FROM TRINIDAD BANK F ROM page 1B
a ge: It has a tremendous impact. If people cant reach u s for information, its not an easy proposition to come down to Potters Cay to findi t, so theyre more than likely to go to the next best alternative for travel. While customers were still a ble to book travel to various destinations via Bahamas Ferries on theI nternet, Mr Rolle said the company had to date been u nable to get anyone to r epair the damaged cable because of the ongoing i ndustrial unrest at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC Critical D escribing December as a critical month for Bahamas Ferries, and a time when it wanted to enjoy good cash flow, Mr Rolles aid: If this continues, the numbers that were projecting will not look as good ast hey should. Our pre-bookings thus f ar have been good, but were concerned this may have an impact. Were annoyed, and the biggest concern is that it may not have an impact on sales, but it has a major impact on convenience fort he customer and our ability to communicate with customers. It does appear that were on target when compared to l ast year, based on preb ookings to date, but if this thing remains a problem, t heres no guarantee where were going to end up. BTC, Mr Rolle said, had i nformed Bahamas Ferries it was working on it, and trying to marshall the resources to address the problem at Potters Cay. Y et there was no clear plan on how BTC was going to respond, when workw ould start, and how long it would take to repair. Total Bahamian bank loans past due account for1 8.1 per cent almost one in every five dollars extended by the commercial banking sector to households, consumers and busi-n esses, and Mr McWeeney said the Central Banks October numbers were consistent with the trends Bank of the Bahamas Interna-t ional had seen internally with its arrears/non-performing loan portfolio. The BISX-listed bank, Mr M cWeeney said, was definitely below the 10 per cent t hreshold when it came to t his indicator, and was in line with the industry avera ge, bad credit being in the high 8 per cent region as a percentage of its total l oan portfolio. Its high for us based on historical patt erns, he added. Asked whether a trend had been established when itc ame to reduced arrears/non-performing l oans, Mr McWeeney, while cautiously optimistic, said that it was too early to say just based on September and October 2010 figures. If Novembers figures continue to move in that direction, I would say yes, he told Tribune Business, explaining that he wantedt o see three consecutive months of improvement. Its not dramatic movement, but its positive movement and movement in the right direc-t ion. If we can conclude fairly soon that this is a bottoming out, and move in a sustainable, positive direction, we can look forward to a better year next year. H e added: Its difficult to use December as a baromet er, as it tends to be a month of movement in a negative direction, as people use theirm oney for other purposes. But, asked how long it would take to geta rrears/non-performing loans in the Bahamian comm ercial banking sector back to pre-recession levels, Mr McWeeney said it would be at least two years; two to three years from now, given that the volume and size of such loans had more than doubled over the past twoy ears. Prior to this economic meltdown, the high point of the average non-performing loans was 4-5 per cent, andi ts more than 100 per cent above that now, so to get back to that level will take a little time and more provisions will be involved, theB ank of the Bahamas Intern ational managing director said. The Central Bank, in its monthly report, said the $18 million or 1.6 per cent decline in bad loans to$ 1.135 billion at end-October had resulted in a 22 basis p oint fall in the arrears ratio, as a percentage of all loans, to 18.2 per cent. L oan arrears in the 31-90 days past due category fell by $23.1 million or 4.4 perc ent to around $500 million, dropping to 8 per cent of all l oans. But non-performing loans those more than 90 days past due and upon w hich the banks have stopped accruing interest rose by $5.1 million or 0.8 per cent to $635.8 million, increasing these as a per-c entage of the total loan portfolio by 12 basis points to 10.2 per cent. The Central Bank attributed the reduction in totala rrears to a $29 million or 4.7 per cent drop in mortgage delinquencies to $593.6 million, with short-term arrears (31-90 days past duen arrowing by $35.1 million o r 10.5 per cent, offsetting the $6.2 million or 2.2 per cent gain in the non-performing segment. This indicates that while commercial banks are doinga good job in clawing back loans that slip into arrears, m ore are falling into the non-performing category due to borrowers inabilityt o repay. Consumer loan arrears fell by $8.8 million in Octo-b er or 3.2 per cent to $267.4 million, with the 31-90 day a nd non-performing segments dropping respectively by $4.1 million (3.4 per cent a nd $4.7 million (3 per cent However, bad loans to Bahamian businesses increased by $19.7 million or 7.8 per cent to $274.1 mil-l ion, led by a $16.2 million (24.6 per cent days past due loans, and a $3.6 million or 1.9 per cent rise in non-performing loans. 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J ILL LAWLESS, Associated Press RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press LONDON Hackers rushed to the defense of WikiLeaks on Wednesday, launching attacks o n MasterCard, Swedish prosecutors, a Swiss bank and others who have acted against the site and its jailed founder Julian Assange. Internet "hacktivists" operating under the label "Operation Payback" claimed responsibility in a Twitter message for causing severe technological problems at the website for MasterCard, which pulled the p lug on its relationship with WikiLeaks a day ago. MasterCard acknowledged "a service disruption" involv-i ng its Secure Code system for v erifying online payments. It was not clear how widespread the problem was. Earlier, MasterCard spokesman James I ssokson said consumers could still use their credit cards for secure transactions. The online attacks are part o f a wave of support for WikiLeaks that is sweeping the Internet. Twitter was choked with messages of solidarity for the group, while the site's Faceb ook page hit 1 million fans. MasterCard is the latest in a string of U.S.-based Internet companies including Visa,A mazon.com, PayPal Inc. and E veryDNS to cut ties to WikiLeaks in recent days amid intense U.S. government pressure. T he leaks of secret U.S. diplomatic cables have embarrassed U.S. allies, angered rivals, and reopened old w ounds across the world. U.S. o fficials in Washington say other countries have curtailed their dealings with the U.S. government because of WikiLeaks' a ctions. Visa said it was having no problems Wednesday. PayPal said it faced "a dedicated denial-of-service attack" Mond ay but had no problems with its website Wednesday. PayPal Vice President Osama Bedier said the compa-n y froze WikiLeaks' account a fter seeing a letter from the U.S. State Department to WikiLeaks saying that its activities "were deemed illegal in the U nited States." "It's honestly just pretty straightforward from our perspective," he told a web conf erence in Paris. O ffline, the organization is under pressure on many fronts. Assange is in a British prison fighting extradition to Sweden o ver a sex crimes case. Moves by Swiss Postfinance, MasterCard, PayPal and others that cut ways to send donations tot he group have impaired its ability to raise money. Neither WikiLeaks nor Assange has been charged with a ny offense in the U.S., but the U.S. government is investigating whether Assange can be prosecuted for espionage or other offenses. Assange has notb een charged with any offenses in Sweden either, but authorities there want to question him about the allegations of sex c rimes. Undeterred, WikiLeaks released more confidential U.S. cables Wednesday. The latest batch showed that the Britishg overnment feared a furious L ibyan reaction if the convicted Lockerbie bomber wasn't set f ree and expressed relief when they learned he would be released in 2009 on compassionate grounds. A nother cable revealed that American officials lobbied the Russian government to amend a financial bill the U.S. felt w ould "disadvantage U.S. paym ent card market leaders Visa and MasterCard." Yet another U.S. memo described German leader A ngela Merkel as the "Teflon" chancellor, but she brushed it off as mere party chatter. She was also called risk-averse and r arely creative. T he pro-WikiLeaks vengeance campaign appeared to be taking the form of denialof-service attacks in which comp uters are harnessed sometimes surreptitiously to jam target sites with mountains of requests for data, knocking t hem out of commission. xPer Hellqvist, a security specialist with the firm Symantec, said a network of web activists called Anonymous to which Opera tion Payback is affiliated appeared to be behind many of the attacks. The group, which has previously focused on the C hurch of Scientology and the music industry, is knocking offline websites seen as hostilet o WikiLeaks. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 6+,5,168+$6,1,6:$51$ RI&URFNHW'ULYH0DUVK+DUERXU$EDFR%DKDPDV 5$9,1'5$1$7+%(1(5-, 6:$51$RI&URFNHW'ULYH0DUVK+DUERXU$EDFR %DKDPDV -2+11<*(25*(RI 2/'(1*$7(631$66$8 %$+$0$6 Hackers strike at MasterCard to support WikiLeaks
MATTHEW CRAFT, AP Business Writer NEW YORK The compromise backed by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders on e xtending tax cuts crushed b onds Wednesday as traders e xpected the plan to lead to higher budget deficits and a pickup in economic growth. Stocks posted modest gains. Congressional Democrats could still scuttle the tax agreement, but bond traders are acting like it's a done deal. Treasury prices dropped sharply, sending their yields higher for a second day. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.23 percent, the h ighest level since June 21 and a huge jump from the 2.93 percent it was trading at Monday before the tax deal was announced. Part of the reason bonds are selling off is that investors now expect the tax package, which also includes an extension of unemployment benefits, to lead to better growth in the U.S. economy. That means less incentive to keep money parked in ultra-safe investments like Treasurys and also a greater likelihood of inflation, which would erode the value of the fixed payments from bonds. Economists are already r aising their estimates for economic growth as a result of the tax-cut package. Goldman Sachs economists released a rough estimate Wednesday saying that the tax relief couldw ind up adding between 0.5 a nd 1 percentage point to economic growth next year. "There is no question that near term this tax deal will bea net positive for the economy because it will help growth," said Nariman Behravesh,c hief economist at IHS Globa l Insight. Another reason the tax package is pushing bond prices lower is that it will lead to a greater supply of Treasurys in the marketplace as the U.S. government issues more debt to finance its increasingly large budget deficits. Estimates of the total cost of the tax-cut package vary widely but go as high as $900 billion over the next few years. Higher Treasury rates ripple through every corner of the economy, raising borrowing costs for the government, business and consumers. The Treasury Department auctioned another $21 billion in 10-year notes Wednesday at a rate of 3.34 percent, the highest since May. The Treasury will sell $13 billion in 30-year bonds Thursday. Selling longdated bonds is often tricky: investors like the higher yields, but 30-year bonds would get hit the hardest if inflation picks up. The Mortgage Bankers Association also reported that mortgage applications slipped last week as refinancing activity fell. The average rate for a 30-year fixed loan rose to 4.66 from 4.56 percent the previous week. S tock indexes opened higher but turned mixed in early afternoon trading. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up 10.94 points, or 0.1 percent, to 11,370.10. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 3.91 or 0.3 percent, to 1,227.66. The Nasdaq composite index rose 10.14, or 0.4, to 2,608.63. The higher rates in the Treasury market helped push the dollar up against other currencies including the Japanese yen and the euro. The dollar rose 0.3 percent against an index of six other major currencies. Large U.S. companies that rely heavily on overseas sales were among the biggest decliners as the dollar rose. The higher dollar reduces the value of earnings those companies make in other countries. Boeing Co. fell 1 percent and Caterpillar Inc. lost 0.7 percent. In corporate news, McDonald's Corp. fell 2.3 percent to $78.50, making it the biggest decliner among the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones industrial average. The company reported November sales figures that fell short of analysts' expectations. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM N OTICE is hereby given that SAMSON FRANCILLON C HATELAIN, BARTLETT HILL, EIGHT MILE ROCK, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible f or Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 9th day of D ECEMBER, 2010 to the Minister responsible for Nationality a nd Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.NOTICE Stocks edge higher, Treasurys fall on Obamas tax-cut plan (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon INTALKS: Google Books Director Dan Clancy, right, talks with Hachette Book director Arnaud Nourry in Paris, Wednesday Nov.17, 2010. Internet search giant Google Inc. says it is in talks with Europes biggest book publisher on a deal to digitally scan and distribute some of the companys estimated 1 million out-of-print French books. Clancy says Google would share in revenue generated by sales of the books through its Google Books platform. GOOGLE IN TALKS WITH BOOK PUBLISHER INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected claims that he betrayed Democrats by cutting a deal with Republicans on Bush-era tax cuts a nd implored his party to b ack the compromise, arguing it could jump-start the economy. Speaking to reporters at a joint appearance with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Obama said economists predict higher job growth in 2011 and 2012 if Congress passes the agreement and urged lawmakers to examine the details of the deal and "get this done." The White House has been l eaning hard on fellow D emocrats to support the tax deal that would extend the cuts at all income levels for two years, extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and cut the Social Security payroll tax for a year. But House Democratic leaders protest that the overall package gives up too much to the wealthy. They're putting Obama on the defensive, even as the deal picks up support among GOP lawmakers and business groups. The president forcefully rejected suggestions he had abandoned his allies to strike an agreement with the GOP. "I think it is inaccurate to characterize Democrats, writ large, as quote-unquote betrayed," he said. Obama was sending Vice President Joe Biden to Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon to urge resistant House Democrats to support the package. Biden lobbied Sen ate Democrats on Tuesday. Some Democrats are unhappy that Obama agreed to extend expiring tax cuts not just for the middle class but also for higher earners, and that he agreed to impose a lower estate tax on wealthy heirs. Both provisions are seen by many Democrats as giveaways to the rich that will do little to help the economy. In return, Democrats would get extended jobless benefits for people who have been unemployed for long stretches. Workers would also see their share of Social Security payroll taxes cut by nearly a third for the coming year, a boost in take-home pay meant to encourage spending and aid the economy. "So far, the response has not been very good," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. She called the estate tax provision "a bridge too far." If Democrats kill the package, it would mark a stunning defeat for Obama and a huge political bet that voters will blame Republicans as much as Democrats for an impasse that would lead to higher taxes starting Jan. 1. Many congressional insiders doubt that Democrats will take that gamble. But liberal lawmakers' discontent is hard to measure in the wake of last month's big election setbacks. 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By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Features W riter F OR individuals living on the island of Andros seeking to pursue tertiary education, traveling to the capital city is no longer the only option. W i t h t h e i n t r o d u c t i o n o f t h e Agriculture Bible College, the first of its located in Johnson' s Bay South Andros, individuals will have the opportunity to further studies. Agriculture Bible College was founded by retir ed Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe. It is supported by a non-profit organisation called the City of Refuge as well as the Seventh Day Adventist church. As the name indicates it has a bend towards agri culture and bible. Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe was bor n and raised in South Andros. At the age of 13 years he left the island and moved to the capital. V ision He had hopes of returning to his home. However he did not want to retur n with out nothing. So he decided to launch the Agriculture Bible College which was his way of giving back. In an interview with T ribune Religion P a s t o r D u n c o m b e e x p l a i n e d h o w h i s vision for the college came about. "I have discovered that youngsters ar e coming out of school with no marketable skills. And some of them don' t have the scholastic skills to get into college. And those who are in college sometimes leave college lacking the discipline and we want them to develop discipline and good work ethics. W e want our young people to pur sue higher education as well as learn dis cipline and work ethic which is the reason we opened the college," he explained. The college is connected with three highly r ecognised Seventh Day Adventist universities in the United States. They ar e A n d r e w s U n i v e r s i t y O a k w o o d University and Griggs University This c o n n e c t i o n a l l o w s i n d i v i d u a l s i n t h e Bahamas to pursue programs not offered in it ial ly by Agr ic ult u re B ib le Co ll ege. "Students can get up to their PHD with t h es e u n i ve r si t i es t hr o u g h t h e c o l l e ge based in South Andros. W e have been liaising constantly with the colleges and they assigned certain lecturers to teach these pr ograms at our school. Some will be taught locally while other courses will be taught online," Pastor Duncombe said. T h e u n i q u e n e s s o f t h e e d u c a t i o n a l experience offered at the tertiary level institution is seen in it' s work study pr ogram. This, Pastor Duncombe said sets the Agriculture Bible College from oth ers. "Although other colleges offer a work study program it will be compulsory for all full-time students. They will work par t of the day and attend classes part of the day ," Pastor Duncombe explained. Past o r Du nc omb e als o t ol d T r i b u n e Religion that after the completion of their pr ogram no student will be left unem ployed. W e are mak in g a p rop os it io n t hat none of our graduates wil l b e unemployed. Either they will find a job on their own or the institution will keep them on to work. Our program is designed as such that we can employ all of our graduates," he said. When asked why the college is agricul turally based, he explained the signifi cance of agriculture as it r egar ds to char acter building. W e at th e S even t h Day Ad ven t ist Church believe that the most foundation al learning tool with greatest character building benefits is agriculture. It was the first profession given to man by God. In agriculture you learn that what you sew you will reap. Some young people think that things just come easy but it doesn' t and the life long lessons that can be learnt from agriculture ar e significant." A d d i t i o n al l y P a s t o r D u n c o m b e sa i d that there are massive acres of land on the island that can be utilised and students attending the institution will help fill the free land. "It is believed that agriculture will be a great nation building tool. W e will see our economy incr easing while our communi ties grow str onger ," he said. While the college is geared towards young men, in the near future they will be expanding their facilities to accommodate females as well. "W e are operating a boarding facility that will enhance the ability to mold the young men." Course During the course of the program, stu dents of the boarding school will be occu pied with activities thr oughout their day They will have a time for bible study and worship, a time to attend to classes, a time to eat, a time to study and time for leisur e activities. "The pr ogram is designed to train and discipline the young men. They are going to learn skills that will allow them to be positive contributors to society W e will a l s o o f f e r e n t r e p r e n e u r i a l c o u r s e s t o encourage those to start or pursue lucra tive business ventures," he said. Classes ar e set to commence during January 2011. F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n l o g o n t o www .southandr oscollege.org. First Agriculture Bible College opens in Andros The Tribune's R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N T H U R S D A Y D E C E M B E R 9 2 0 1 0 PG 2 7 The program is designed to train and discipline the young men. They are going to lear n skills that will allow them to be positive c o n t r i b u t o r s t o s o c i e t y W e will also of fer entrepreneurial courses to encour age those to star t or pursue lucrative b u s i n e s s v e n t u r e s OPENING NEW DOORS: With the institu t i o n a l i s a t i o n o f t h e A g r i c u l t u r e B i b l e College in South Andros, Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe is giving young people the opportunity to achieve the scholastic skills necessar y to excel in job market. 12092010 CSEC RELIGION Jr 12/8/10 6:10 PM Page 2
By ALESHA CADET T ribune Features Reporter T h e r e n o w n e d S t M a t t h e w s S u n r i s e C h o i r a n d F r i e n d s will be swinging to the sounds o f t h e s e a s o n s i n g i n g o u t t h e sounds everyone loves to hear and ringing out the bells of joy to every one, in a swinging, singing, ringing i n a b r a n d N e w Y e a r c o n c e r t extravaganza. T h i s y e a r t he g r o u p w il l p r e s e n t r e n d i t i on s f r o m N o e l a mu s i c a l c ol l e c ti o n o f C h r i s tm a s mo m e n t s c r e a t e d b y D a v i d T C l y d e s d a l e a n d D e b o r a h C r a i g C l a a r T h e c ho i r i s k n o w n f o r p er f o r mi n g at G o v e r n m e n t H o us e a n d t h e R a in f or e s t T h e a t r e w i t h p e r f o r ma n c es s uc h as R e p e a t th e So u n d in g Jo y " N o e l T h e n a nd N o w a n d C hr i s t m a s o n B r o a d w a y T h i s y e a r th e y wi l l a l s o fe a t u r e v a r i ou s p e rf o r m in g a rt i s t s i n c lu d i n g C la u de t t e "C o o ki e A l l en s Ir ri n gt o n Mi n k y" I s a a cs D r Au s t in D a v i s a n d wi l l a l s o b e a cc o mp a n i e d b y t he di s t in g u i s h e d or g a n i s t pi a n i s t a n d m u s i ca l di r e c t o r D e x t e r F e r n a n d e r K e r vi n i q ue F er gu s on Nat ha n ie l B o s fe i l d a n d L a w r e n c e An t on i o a s we l l a s i n s t r um en t a l is t s R yan H ig gs S ha ve ll e D a r l i n g Ge r r a d H e p b u r n a n d Br i tt n e y B u l l a r d a n d ot h e r s w i l l a l l ha v e y o u s w i ng i n g a n d s i n g i ng th i s Ch r i s tm a s s e a s o n. T h e c on c e r t w i ll b e he ld u nd e r th e d i s tin guished pat ronage o f t he Rever e n d F at h e r J a me s B Mo u l t ri e an d Mr s Mo u l t ri e an d S o ci a l Mi n i st e r L o r e t t a B u tl e r T u r n e r a n d M e E dw a r d T u r n e r T he co ncert will be held on Frida y D e c e m b e r 1 0 a n d S a tu r d a y D e c e m b e r 1 1 a t t he Ch ur ch on Shi rl e y an d Chu r c h S t r e e ts a t 7 3 0 p m. T i c ke ts a r e a v a i la bl e a t a c o s t of $ 2 0 a t t h e ch u r c h o f fi c e o r a t t h e d oo r The T ribune PG 28 Thursday December 9, 2010 RELIGION A singing, swinging, ringing Christmas special St Matthews Sunrise Choir 12092010 CSEC RELIGION Jr 12/8/10 6:11 PM Page 3
JOHN.11: 44. Loose him, and let him go. AS WE c lose out 2 0 10 and w a lk i nt o t he Ne w Y ea r 2 0 11 it s of t he ut most i m p o r t anc e t ha t y ou be f re e d fr om w hat ev e r neg a t iv e s it ua t io n or neg a t iv e f ri e nds holdi ng y ou hos t ag e What y ou w e re a ble t o g e t a w ay wi t h i n 20 1 0 y ou most c er t ai nl y w i ll not be a ble t o do so in 2 01 1 Thi s ne w y e ar w i l l bri ng about a ze ro t ole ra nce f or m edi ocr it y ; t her e f o r e y ou' ve got t o be f rui t f ul a nd mul ti pl y ; i t' s no long e r j ust t ry ing t o surv i ve but r at he r you' v e g ot t o w i n; a nd w in bi g. I t s t im e t hat y ou l e av e t hose i ssue s / cha ll e ng es a nd me mori e s of t he pa st tha t y o u r e st rug gl i ng w i th ri g ht w he re t he y a re in t he pa st Onc e y ou' ve a l re a dy conf ess ed t he m t o t he Lord a nd hav e r e p e n t ed, He has for gi v e n y ou. So don' t y ou al l ow a ny body t o hol d y ou host a g e by tha t whi ch t he L ord has f org i ve n se t y ou fr e e o f No ma t t e r how v i le your pa st i ssue / cha ll e ng e ma y ha ve bee n, i t c ould ha ve bee n some t hi ng t ha t r ea l ly st unk; but y our s i n c e r e conf e ssi on and re pe nt anc e put y ou in a posi t ion f or Y a hshua M ess ia h (a ka Je sus t he C hri st ) t o do f or you, t hat w hi ch only He ca n. W atch this -Lazarus had passed away he'd been dead for four days and when Y ahshua Messiah showed up to work on his behalf; He was told that Lazarus' situ ation had stinketh' by now John.11: 39. Jesus said, T ake ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. At times, people (especially r eligiousfolks) or close relatives would have a pr ob lem with your restoration by the Lor d, and would give good reasonable comments as to why you should not be restored. But God, looks beyond our faults and despite the naysayer s His grace and mer cy reaches to the lowest valley and touches us. Here' s what Y ahshua said to the people af t e r H e r e s u r re c t ed L a za ru s f rom t he dead, that stink situation. John.11: 44. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Okay you might say to me: Pastor Allen, you don' t know my situa tion; I'm about to lose my home to the bank, I've lost my job, my child / childr en are in private school or away in college and I don' t have a dollar" "I'm getting pr essur e from all sides and now my wife / husband is threatening to leave due to our financial har dship / situation. W ell, it' s in times such as these that God (Y ahweh) wants to show you that He is God, and despite your doubt or unfaithful ness in the past He would yet do for you, that which only He can do. 2T im.2:13. If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. There is not a man or woman (dead or alive) that hasn' t had their share of chal lenges and as we continue to live; life' s test, trials and challenges will always seek to hold us hostage. But you've got to author i t a t i v e l y c o m m a n d t h e s e c h a l l e n g e s t o "loose me, and let me go" Please note: I'm not talking about reli gion, nor do I care which religion you fol low; as life' s challenges car e not if you're a Baptist, Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, or whatever other kind. This is solely about a move of God, His i n t e r v e n t i on i n t o y o u r s i t u a t i on s Y o u r obedience to receive what God is doing and speaking to your spirit as you'r e read ing this article will determine the outcome of your situation. As Y ahshua spoke to them (the people) present at Lazar us' resur r ection "Loose him, and let him go (John.11:44)" So do I speak to every negative spirit / force that' s trying to hold you hostage "Loose him / her and let them go" If God be for you, who can be against you: For questions or comments contact us via Emails:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or phone1-242-441-2021 Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l. THE NASSAU Renaissance Singers, under the direction of Mrs Audrey Dean W right, a gifted musical director pianist, and composer returns to performing at t h e G o v e r n m e n t H o u s e B a l l r o o m i n Nassau this month. Under the distinguished patronage of the Governor General Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes, the choir will present A C o n c e r t f o r C h r i s t m a s o n S a t u r d a y December 11 and Sunday December 12 at 8pm. At the conclusion of the concer t the audience will be invited to join the singers for concert wine and chat. O v e r t h e y e a r s t h e R e n a i s s a n c e Singers have ushered in the traditional annual Christmas festivities for many in the Bahamas. This year's concert promis es to be no different. Based on the pr ogramme selections, it will be a most mem orable concert. The pr ogramme includes classical and traditional Christmas music as well as music from around the region a n d, t he style of whic h f ormer Ch oir Dir ector E Clement Bethel was noted for The choir is proud to announce the wonderful mix of singers with the addi tion of new members. This year the Singers will feature some of the young artists of the Bahamas as special guests, which include Nikita W ells on the 11th, Dicey Doh Boys on the 11th and 12th and Osano Neeley on the 12th. This year the c ho i r i s g ra t ef u l t o h av e w el l k n o w n Raymond Antonio accompany them on the piano. T i c ke t s f o r t he Na ss au Re na is sa nc e Singers concer t may be purchased fr om Logos Bookstore at the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza, East Bay Street or fr om choir members. Pr oceeds from the Concert to benefit the Nassau Renaissance Singers Scholarship Fund. The T ribune PG 3 0 Thursday December 9, 2010 RELIGION The Nassau Renaissance Singers present a concert for Christmas ENCHANTING: The Nassau Renaissance are set to enchant patrons at their Christmas concert. Loose him! P AST OR MA TTHEW ALLEN 12092010 CSEC RELIGION Jr 12/8/10 6:13 PM Page 5
THE W o m e n s Ho m e an d O ver s eas M i s s i o n a r y S o c i e t y o f T h e A f r i c a n M e t h o d i s t E p i s c o p a l Z i o n C h u r c h re cen tl y h os ted th e i n agu rat io n o f th e D au ght ers o f Zi o n" at S h aw T e m p l e AME Z io n C h ur c h lo cat ed o n Peter S t r eet an d B lu e Hi ll R oad Th e m i s s i o n o f t h e D au gh t er s o f Z io n is to r en ew t he m i n ds ets o f th e w o r k f o r c e A c c o r di n g to th e W o m e n s Ho m e an d O ve rs e as Mi s s io n ar y S oc i ety: Th e D au gh ter s of Z io n i s a n o r g a n i s a tio n bei n g b i r thed b y ve ner ab l e p u b li c s e r va nts w ho ha ve b een ano i n ted to r e a c h t h e m a s s e s t h r o u g h o u t t h e B a h a m a s g i v i n g a t t e n t i o n t o t h e s t r a t e g i c r o l e s o f g o v e r n m e n t t h e c h u r c h an d c ivi l s er van ts to co m b in e ou r e f f o r t s to en s u re th e s u s tai nab i li ty of o u r n ati o n fo r th e fut ur e. Th e m eti cul o us fo c us i s ge are d to yo u th and w o m en t h r o u g h s h ar i n g, c ar i n g an d em po w er in g l ive s as G od d i r ects an d as th e H o ly Sp i ri t l ead s W e ar e h u m ani tar i ans and han d ma id en s c o mm i s si o ned to en su r e th at th e m an d ate o f go ver nm en t is car r i e d ou t thr o u gh effec tiv e p r ogr am s an d i ni tiat ives in o r d er th at Go d s gl or y is ma ni fes ted o n ear t h St atin g th ei r vis i on i n a s tatem en t, th e c h ur c h s ai d: "Th e D au gh ter s o f Zi o n ar e n atio n bu i ld er s of gr eat af f l u enc e an d i n flu en ce. They ar e s tr ategi c a l l y p o s i t i o n e d m e n t a l l y e q u i p p e d and p hy si cal l y p r e p a r ed i n o u r var i o us p o r t f o l i o s t o r e v i t a l i s e o u r g o v e r n m e n t s m i n i s t r i e s D e p a r t m e n t s Ju d ic ial an d So ci al s er vic es wi th s pec ia l em ph as i s on wo m en an d yo uth ." W e w i ll galv ani s e s tr on g w o men o f fait h f ro m th r ou gh o ut th e pu b li c and pr i vate s ec to rs ne two r k in g to w ar d on e co m mo n goal r eco ver in g o ur n atio n r e g a r dl es s o f o n e' s r el igi ou s po l iti ca l or so c io -eco n o m ic b ack gr o u n d T h e D a u g h t e r s o f Z i o n m u s t b y exam pl e d em o n st rat e a r en ew ed co m mi tm en t to goo d gov ern an ce as s tak eho l de rs u ni ti ng to wa rd on e co m m on goa l, a b etter Bah am as ." The T ribune Thursday December 9, 2010 PG 31 RELIGION The inauguration of the Daughters of Zion IN CE LE BRA TI ON of t he 70t h a n n i v e r s a r y o f t h e e s t a b l i s h m e n t o f t h e N o r t h e r n S t a r B u r i a l S o c i e t y a s p e c i a l M a s s o f T h a n k s g i v i n g w a s r e c e n t l y h e l d a t S a i n t M a r y M a g d a l e n e A n g l i c a n C h u r c h M a s t i c P o i n t N o r t h An d r o s T h e R e v e r e n d F a t h e r J u d e E d o m w o n y i P riest in -C harge o f S ain t Mar y M a g d a l e n e a n d S a i n t M a r g a r e t s P a r i s h w a s t h e p r e a c h e r a n d c e l e b r a n t. 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