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.28THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY WITH SHOWERS HIGH 78F LOW 63F By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A JUDGE yesterday dis charged a Supreme Court injunction that barred employees of the BahamasT elecommunications Corporation (BTC unlawful industrial actiona gainst the company. Justice Bernard Turner gave a verbal ruling yesterday, lifting the injunction. B TCs attorneys however indicated they intend to appeal the decision, and the unions representing BTC employees the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union (BCPMU and the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU en an undertaking to the court that no industrial action would be taken pending the outcome of that appeal. The injunction was issued two weeks ago after a successful petition by BTC, which claimed the unions were responsible for an "ille g al work stoppage. Due to protests against the proposed sale of 51 per cent of BTC toC able and Wireless Commu n ications (CWC nys retail and customer ser vice centres were shut down. T he protests lasted for three days. The injunction had restricte d the unions involved from inducing employees of BTC to break their respective contracts of employment by tak i ng part in any unlawful industrial action against BTC. Union leaders maintain h owever they did nothing illegal. Last Wednesday, several hundred people, including some BTC union members, gathered in Parliament Square to protest the BTC sale. Attorney Anthony McKinney, who represented the unions, told TheTribune yesterday: Justice Turner discharged the injunction against the unions and said that he would McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BTC unlawful action injunction is lifted 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 INTHISFRIDAYSTRIBUNE GET YOURFREESPORTSWEEKLYSUPPLEMENT SEE page 14 T elecoms chiefs intend to appeal B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t email@example.com C ABLE and Wireless has c leared up speculation that t hey paid millions of dollars in f inders fees to a local execu tive. I t was rumoured an individual will be paid three per cent of the $210 million salep rice of BTC to telecommunications giant, which has rebranded its Caribbean operations as LIME. Cable and Wireless offi c ials said they were aware of the rumours but denied the a llegation. "We're aware of the speculation, but the fact is that CWC has paid no 'finder'sf ee' of the type being C ABLE AND WIRELESS OFFICIALS DENY PAYING M ILLIONS OF DOLLARS I N FINDERS FEES SEE page 14 By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE SEARCH for possible buried pirate treasure at Fortune Hill, San Salvador, came to a halt yesterday after government officials discovered that workers on the island did not have the prop er permits to excavate anything from the ground. Yesterday, a Ministry source told The Tribune that a stop order had to be issued immediately after aerial photographs were delivered to the Ministry of Culture iden tifying a tractor on the property cutting down an area in BURIED TREASURE WORK HALTED OVER PERMITS ISSUE SEE page 14 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune FreeportR eporter d maycock@ tribunemedia.net FREEPORTThe Bahamas made history again after recording five million visitors for a second time, and is on course to receive its largest number of visitors ever at the end of the year. In recognition of this milestone, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace has announced that the SEE page 15 BAHAMAS MAKES HIS TORY WITH FIVE MILLION VISITORSF OR SECOND TIME JUNKANOOPREPARATION: Leo Major (foreground ons Superstars as work for the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade takes place at the Park Boys Shack in Masons Addition yesterday. IN A RUSHFORBOXINGDAYPARADE F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ALL NATURAL BAHAMIAN ART T HE Bahamian-made craft village located in Marathon mall is making this Christmas a Bahamian gift giving year. The store features handmade crafts and paintings from 18 local artisans who pride themselves in producing truly Bahamian treasures. Products showcased include shell, coconut and beaded jewellery, a wide range of straw products and paintings. The Bahamas National Craft Association in conjunction with the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation have joined the artisans to make this venture possible. The craft village will be at the mall until the end of the month. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff
A 24-year-old Peach Street man pleaded guilty yesterday to weapons and drugs charges. Mark Pierre was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, charged with two counts of possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition, and possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply. According to court dockets, on Monday Pierre was found in possession of a .357 revolver, a black .25 pistol and seven rounds of .25 ammunition. Pierre pleaded guilty to the charges. He also pleaded guilty to being found in possession ofa quantity of marijuana with intent to supply it to another. According to the prosecution, Pierre was found in possession of 108 packets of marijuana as well as two clear plastic sandwich bags containing marijuana. Pierre was remanded to Her Majestys Prison. He is expected back in court on December 28 for sentencing. By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AN INDEPENDENT i nvestigative body to probe c omplaints made against officers would be counter-productive to the work of preexisting agencies, according to senior officers. Hulan Hanna, assistant c ommissioner of police, said that in addition to the complaints unit at the RoyalB ahamas Police Force, there was also a statutory provis ion that allows for an inspectorate headed by a civilian. Mr Hannas response c omes amid recent demands by family members who a llege their loved ones were wrongfully treated while in police custody. They havee xpressed scepticism on the organisation effectively moni toring itself. Mr Hanna said: There is a full-time employee that man-a ges the office. They have the lawful authority to request and to require files so as to have a closer look as to the integrity of investigations,t he process of investigation, and any other interest they may have relating to investig ations. Calls for an independent investigation into the depart ment were renewed last w eek by the family of 35year-old Owen Rolle, who died shortly after his arrestl ast month. O wen was reported to h ave died less than an hour after he was arrested for questioning into the theft of copper wire from BTC onN ovember 26. Reaffirmed by t he results of his autopsy which stated Owen died of a sudden and unexplained death family members questioned the tears and bruising found on his face.T hey say the father-of-two was in good health before his arrest. O wens brother, Corey Rolle, claims that since his b rother's death, he has researched the interrogation tactics of officers at the Cen-t ral Detective Unit. His findings revealed that persons w ere beaten with various objects about the body, including their head and tes-t icles, and had been suffocated or shocked with a stun g un. Mr Hanna said: They [inspectorate] can call for af ile at any stage of investigation. They can require that answers or explanation be given as the process or whatever other aspect of investi-g ation may spark their interest, and by law the police must cooperate with thisb ody. He added: So to ask for an independent body, for another body, would bec ounter-productive. Those provisions are working extremely well. I n the most recent public c harge made by concerned f amily members, Reno Deveaux Sr, 45, a former police officer of 16 years, told of his long-standing andu nresolved dispute with an o fficer within the investigative department. Due to the feud, he said he believed his son, whom police wanted to question in connection witha house break-in, would not s urvive an interrogation at the CDU. R eferring to Mr Hannas c omments, Mr Deveaux said: "I don't agree with that. They're going to run out of good people and they wouldh ave a large body of people w ho are anti-police. All it takes is for one person to set up a network and start to fight back legally. A lot of people who are abused from police brutality haven o funds to hire a lawyer to pursue it deeper. But someb ody is gonna have the init iative to form a network where all those persons could pool their resources together and they could have a big class action lawsuit, and i t would cause a paradigm shift of the ancient way of doing policing in the Bahamas." C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Hanna: Independent investigative body would be counter-productive Man pleads guilty to weapon and drugs charges court BRIEF So to ask for an independent body, for another body, would be counter-productive. Those provisions are working extremely well. Hulan Hanna
E DITOR, The Tribune. Senator Halkitis' and the others who like to compare the PLP's sordid manipulations of t oday with the struggle for majority rule are guilty ofs omething approaching sacri lege. There is no comparison. T hen it was a national struggle for equality and democracy i n which all progressive Bahamians were involved: w orkers, unions, church leaders, politicians and ordinary B ahamians. There was nothing like it before and it is not likely that t here will be anything like it again. That noble struggle occu pies a special place in history which people like Mr. Halkitis should not try to devalue by c omparing it with the PLP's shenanigans of today. PROUD BAHAMIAN N assau, November 13, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. I recall the Rt Hon Prime Minister in the FNM second term raising this issue as his government argued strongly that the people have been locked out of access to beaches in this area, specifically Cable Beach. I believe it is a fact that all Crown Grants of beach frontage reserved a small r ight of way, access, to the foreshore guaranteeing that the public had access, not solely from the water side, but from the dry side. So what is going to happen on the tracts of once Crown land on which covenants and rights of way were established when granted when Baha Mar builds? Will Joe public be totally excluded? What financial consideration has been paid or will be paid to redeem this Public Access? Has the FNM changed yet again their policy on such a fundamental issue now beach access? Before ink hits paper and everything bush crack gone lets hear from the Rt Hon Prime Minister. Before it slips everyones mind Baha Mar owes the Treasurer of The Bahamas a lot of money for starters the stamp tax on the purchase of the old Radisson property some $10-4 million now plus interest I hope did they pay the stamp tax on the purchase of Ruffins Crystal Palace? Have they paid to date all their tax liabilities because I d ont think government should sign unless they change the policy of BEC BTC W&S. ABRAHAM MOSS Nassau, December 18, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 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 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm W ASHINGTON President Barack Obama, whose first two years were marked by staunchly partisan votes on his signature initiatives, finds himself at a crossroads. In the seven weeks since the election, Obama negotiated with Republican leaders on tax e s and left angry liberals on the sidelines. On a major nuclear treaty with Russia, he sidelinedG OP Senate leaders and negotiated with likeminded Republicans. And with a landmark r epeal of the ban on openly gay military service, he delighted liberals, won Republican rank-and-file support and left conservatives fuming. Obama is rebounding from his party's m idterm drubbing with the kind of lame-duck victories any White House would want. Andh is legislative partners have not come from his usual roster of allies they were Republ icans like Senate leader Mitch McConnell on taxes and foreign policy stalwart Richard Lugar on the New START treaty, and independent Joseph Lieberman on ending the Pentagon's don't ask, don't tell policy. Each achievement represents a different approach at deal-making, but none alone offers a clear path to governing in a divided capital over the next two years. Faced with an ascen d ant GOP and a restless electorate, the White House is happily holding up the president's r ecent successes as a sign of new outreach. During his 2008 campaign, Obama offered two visions of change. One was in policy: He would overhaul the nation's health care system and provide universal insurance. The other w as tone: His was a purple nation, not a red or blue America riven by partisanship. For mosto f his first two years, he managed to accomplish the first while sacrificing the latter. I n a shift dictated in part by urgency and by opportunity, Obama has shown a willingness in the past few weeks to bend and pull votes from the other side to get results at some cost within his party. Yet, as remarkable and surprising as those results are, the lame-duck congressional session i s not a clear template for the future. Next year Republicans will take over the H ouse and gain seats in the Senate. The issues that lent themselves to compromise in the lame duck session were easier than the hurdles the White House, Democrats and Republicans will have to clear in the months ahead. And the next two years also lead inexorably to the 2012 presidential elections, where confrontation, not cooperation, will dominate politics. What's more, Obama and Congress merely postponed key moments of reckoning. The tax cut agreement extended all Bush-era tax rates for two years. That leaves unsolved the question of what tax rates should be made permanent and which ones should be allowed to increase. That debate may well dominate the presidential election year. Congress also was unable to pass a major spending bill to keep the government operating, settling for a short-term, stop-gap mea sure that maintains current spending into early March. That means a new and contentious debate with a GOP-controlled House over money to implement new health care and bank oversight laws that many Republicans oppose. And the Senate failed to advance an immigrat ion bill that would have given a path to legal status to many young illegal immigrants who j oin the military or attend college. The legislation will be far more difficult to pass in then ew Congress. Congress and the White House also have vowed to tackle sky-high deficits and t he growing national debt, challenges that Obama himself acknowledged last week will be far more difficult than the tax deal he was signing. To many liberals, the end-of-year session marked Obama as a pushover and Republi-c ans, in the words of Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., as "better poker players." To some Republicans, Obama emerged as a self-interested pragmatist. And yet to others he showed himself to b e an agile and graceful politician. To achieve the tax deal, he abandoned his demand that tax rates for the wealthy had to go up and signed off on an estate tax rate that Democrats opposed. But he managed to win billions of dollars in jobless benefits, a payroll tax cut and breaks for businesses that were far more ambitious than many thought he could obtain to stimulate the economy. The deal avoided a tax increase for all. But while bargaining with McConnell, the lead GOP negotiator, the White House marginalized liberals, and they were livid. On the nuclear arms treaty, the White House saw the lame-duck session as a final opportunity to avoid a protracted debate next year. That could have doomed a treaty the administration sees as essential to establishing credibility abroad. But McConnell and his second in command, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, insisted on more time and decided to oppose it. To win support, the White House found an ally in Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana. Lugar is a for eign policy expert whom Obama first sought out during his early days in Washington as a senator from Illinois, more than four years ago. Systematically, the White House lobbied Republicans with a bipartisan array of foreign policy elders. Winning the repeal of don't ask, don't tell was less about bipartisanship than about finding the opening in the lame-duck calendar. Still, the measure passed with the type of Republican support Congress had not seen for two years. For the White House, it was also a wel come fulfilment of a campaign promise and proof to liberals that Obama was not throwing them under the bus. (This article was written by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press). Looking at rights of way on ex-Crown property LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org A political rebound, but can it hold? EDITOR, The Tribune. Do we really have to have blinding Junkanoo lights blaring i nto our eyes as we drive? Are the roads not already challenging enough with cars that have no lights or their drivers just won't use them to indicate their driving inten tions? Are the roads not in p oor enough condition that they already deserve our full attention?Apparently not. Now we have the added bonus ofi nsanely bright Junkanoo lights a imed r ight into the driver's eyes assuring a more hazardous driving condition.And,they a re put up weeks before Junkanoo to make sure you don't miss the season's joyful spirit...Heaven help the pedestrian too! And on another note: How about actually having police pres ence present! I want to see police on every street corner and then some put on the winter coats and protect us, please! J M JOHNSON N assau, December 14, 2010. Car drivers blinded by Junkanoo lights EDITOR, The Tribune I have been watching a feud generate itself between Public Works and the con struction industry where the public sector seem to be lagging far behind the private sector seem endangering the countrys growth due to civil servants who have obviously outlived their usefulness to the society at large and indeed the changing worlds situation. As a lay person, I was completely embarrassed after reading how the country has disgraced itself in its processing of construction permits. Even Ray Charles can see that real changes are needed to take the Bahamas up to the task in world ranking. Instead of our own building department shaping itself up, better still they should ship out. JASON ROGERS Nassau, December, 2010. Feud between Public Works and construction industry A noble str uggle nobody should tr y to devalue
FROM living and learning on the high seas, to studyingand skiing in Canada and reli shing the relics of a bygone e ra in Africa, more than 40 students at the College of the Bahamas have seized the dou ble benefit of earning a quality education while broadening their global perspectives on study abroad experiences. L aunched in Fall 2007, the study abroad programme has h elped build a cadre of individuals who are better prepared for the dynamism of an interconnected world that mandates a global citizenry, college staff say. And former College of the B ahamas president Janyne Hodder who both began and e nded her 40-year career in education at the institution was one of programmes strongest supporters and biggest promoters. Now, six months after her retirement from the leadership position, the group, Canadian Friends of the Bahamas, has l aunched an endowment in her honour that will ensure both current and future students at the college will forever have the chance to study in a foreign country, learning new cultures and life lessons, while earning transferable credits towards their academic pro g rammes. Chair of the group, Ross McDonald, head of Caribbean Banking for Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Friends of the Bahamas board mem ber, said creating the endow ment is a meaningful and tangible commemoration of Ms Hodders long and illustrious c areer in education. In particular we wanted to honour the time she spent at the College, the wonderful work she accomplished and the many milestones her leadership helped the college achieve. W hat better way to recognise and celebrate the lasting c ontributions of such an outstanding educator and leader than by providing students with the opportunity to study abroad to learn more about our world and themselves through travel, he said. Exploration Janyne's career has taken h er all over the world and it is our hope that this endowment will allow deserving students to begin their exploration of the world. We hope, that like Janyne, they embrace the new cultures they are exposed to; that they learn all that they can about the people and places they go; that they appreciate the differences they discover; that they share themselves and are fit ambassadors for the Bahamas on their travels. Since Fall 2007, 46 students have cultivated fresh global perspectives while participat ing in study abroad and student exchange programmes at partnering institutions in Canada, Cuba, England, Mexico, Spain, the United States. Architectural engineering major Kareem Cumberbatch, was the first student to complete an extraordinary voyage around the world on the Semester at Sea programme sponsored by the University of Virginia. Deeply impacted by the experience, Kareem learned about the diverse cultures of his fellow students, explored exotic cities and traditions and b roadened his world view. During my time abroad, I became a member of several organisations of which I am stilla part: Habitat for Humanity in Ghana, the Invisible Children Refuge in West Africa and the SOS childrens home inI ndia, he said. The study abroad prog ramme has changed my life and has given me the opportunity to experience things of which I had only dreamed. I am forever thankful to each person who contributed toward this endowment, for they havee xtended to more of my classmates this unparalleled opport unity to discover, live and learn abroad. Mrs Hodder said: The best national university will make sure that as many students as is feasible will also experience a period of study abroad, a time to benchmark their own learning against that of students in o ther countries, a time to forge relationships with young peo ple from different cultures and backgrounds and to explore their own nature in comparison with that of other young people. For this to happen, there needs to be a dream, a vision of w hat university education should be in this country, of how it should serve to support the growth and education of its future leaders. The Janyne M Hodder Endowment is intended to help make that happen. This benevolent endow m ent will ensure that our students continue to engage in learning opportunities that engender a keen appreciation for the cultural diversity in our global landscape, noted outgoing college president Dr Earla Carey-Baines. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t ftf ttff ttf FROM LEFT: Stuart Dunn, chairman, Holdun Asset Management; Ross McDonald, head of Caribbean Banking, Royal Bank of Canada; Janyne Hodder, former COB president; Kareem Cumberbatch, COB student and study abroad recipient; Judith Whitehead, College Council deputy chair; and Dr Earla Carey-Baines, college president. COB endowment seeking to make students global citizens
THE new six-legged roundabout, the first of its k ind in the Bahamas, is f unctioning as expected and providing a smooth flow of traffic for motorists, according to a government statement. The roundabout, which o pened on August 30, was c reated to improve traffic flow conditions on John FK ennedy Drive, Bethel A venue, Farrington Road, t he access to 21st Century R oad and Thompson Boulev ard, and to accommodate the newly constructed link from West Bay Street. The project is part of the New Providence Transport Programme. Motorists are learning h ow to use the roundabout; t raffic is flowing and it is working very well, said C harlene Collie, engineer a nd public relations repres entative for the New Providence Road Improvement Project. Traffic has been flowing since the roundabout opened. This is one of our objectives to cause traffic to flow in a safe manner along the roadways. We are encouraging m otorists to use their blinke rs in order to navigate the r oundabout properly and to plan ahead so when theys elect the lanes they can s elect them in a safe manner as they progress through the roundabout, Ms Collies aid. A dditional work on the roundabout includes line markings, landscaping, sig-n age and street lighting. Weve also completed the construction of side walks on both sides of thisj unction to accommodate t he heavy pedestrian traffic particularly as there are twos chools nearby. We have installed some of the permanent signs but there are more to come. Weve been pushing to have the junctions clearly marked so that motorists would be able to utilise the area prop-e rly, she said. Education campaigns on the use of roundabouts and roadways in New Provi d ence are among the Min istry of Public Works and Transport's plans for the upcoming year. The cam p aigns will be done in coll aboration with the Road Traffic Department and theR oyal Bahamas Police F orce. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Govt says six-legged roundabout is providing smooth flow of traffic LANDSCAPING: Workers begin the process of landscaping the six-legged roundabout PLANTS: Pictured are some of the plants that will be used to l andscape the six-legged roundabout.
A LOCAL entrepreneur h as built a cultural centre in South Beach in the hopes of creating a healthy and safe place for street vendors along East Street South. The South Beach Cultura l Centre has 30 stalls on the w aterfront where fish, crabs, c onch, vegetables and homemade crafts can bes old in a family-oriented environment. As the name implies, it is a local touristic fish fry, prod uce market, souvenir market, artistic performance centre, and everything cul-t ural, said Rupert Missick of the South Beach Cultural Centre. The closest we will get t o catering to tourism is to offer a lunchtime native show. They tried it downt own at the old Savoy some time back and some of the h otels offered it as well. But cruise ship passeng ers really dont have anyw here to go. They just knock around, s o we can tap into a tour of c ruise ship people. Then we c an give them a show during lunch, out here in the daytime. Other than that, we have the stalls with souvenirs and gift items, local art and crafts. They want to connect w ith the Ministry of Tourism to support their business endeavour, and say t he venture can employ at l east six people in the begin ning and up to 30 as the cul tural centre becomes more popular. Employment is flexible and when I say five to six, I mean a core staff of cooks,c leaners, and security, said Mr Missick. When youre talking about entertainment, we c ould easily include up to 30 persons in a week, which could possibly be full-time or permanent, depending on what we offer in terms of a show. S outh Beachs Cultural C entre hopes to attract local m usicians, straw vendors and other artisans, and inter-e st them in bringing their talents to the southern end o f New Providence, which c urrently has no outdoor c ultural hub. If we have a Junkanoo rush-out, a rake n scrapeb and, a bongo drum player, and a variety of activities, I think 30 persons during the course of a week would s eem reasonable, said Mr Missick. Although the centre is in a r esidential area that is also commercial, a few of the c ommunity leaders are supp orting the business venture. Mr Missick believes the concern about noise levels will be outweighed by the d esire to encourage shared cultural values. We dont intend to get t oo loud, nor do we intend to run late. So I dont see us being a disruption to the c ommunity.In fact, being here, we are offering a bit of culture that no one has to go across town for. You can come home and relax here for a few hours t hen go home without havi ng to go to the Fish Fry, Cable Beach, or Paradise Island, said Mr Missick. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM .,'=&,7< bIIWRUHZLGH6DWXUGD\'HFHPEHUWK)ULGD\'HFHPEHUWK Bahamian entrepreneur creates a new cultural centrein South Beach By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport R eporter email@example.com F REEPORT A man h ad to be rushed to hospi t al after being shot during an armed robbery in Gar-d en Villas. A ssistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey reported that police were on mobile patrol at around 9pm on Monday when a man stopped them and said he had just been s hot and robbed in the a rea of Dragons Plaza. The victim told officers t hat while purchasing a d rink, he was approached b y a short, brown skinned man wearing a black Ed Hardy jacket whod emanded money. The culprit attempted to grab at his pocket, but them an said he pushed him off and went in his car. But the attacker then entered the passenger side, pulled out a gun, ands hot the man in the leg. The man gave the culprit money and escaped. Ms Mackey said the officers took the victim to the Rand Memorial Hospital, where he was treated forh is injuries. I n other crime news, police are investigating a burglary in the Coral Reef E states area. According to reports, a woman reported that she was awakened around 5 am on Monday by noise i n her kitchen. Then, she saw a person wearing dark clothing looking into her room. When the woman asked Who is that? the culprit fled through a sliding door. Police are continuing their investigation into the incident. Ms Mackey said police are urging residents to ensure that their homes are properly secured and that exterior lights are turned on before going to bed. She also advised persons to travel with a friend, especially while shopping during the holiday season. MAN SHOT IN ARMED ROBBERY B AHAMIAN ENTREPRENEUR: Rupert Missick, created the South Beach Cultural Centre. A VIEW TO THE SEA: T he deck of the South Beach Cultural Centre offers a scenic view S OUTH BEACH CULTURAL CENTRE STALLS: M r Missick aims to connect with the Ministry of Tourism to support the venture.
T HENational Insurance Board launched a health andf itness challenge this week, targeting 40 Bahamians. Starting in January, those s elected will receive 12 weeks of professional wellness coachi ng and fitness training freeof-charge, as participants in the Get Well Bahamas Health and Fitness Challenge. The project is funded by the National Prescription Drug Plans Healthy People Prog ramme. It targets people with one or more lifestyle conditions, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and ischaemic heart disease. Currently the heavy burden of chronic non-communi-c able diseases affects one in t hree Bahamians or almost one person in every househ old, said NIB director Algern on Cargill. This burden is manifest in t he large number of premature deaths and disability among the population; the many days of hospitalisation a nd many cases requiring surg ical interventions; in the losses experienced at workplaces in terms of number of days ofw ork lost due to illness; and in the large expenses incurred by individuals, families, busin ess firms and government in c oping with the burden of illn ess in society, said Mr Cargill. D uring the 12-week challenge, each participant will receive a three-month gym m embership with the option t o train at either Body Zone F itness in Eastern New Providence or Jemi Health and Wellness, Caves Village, West Bay Street, according to Mr Cargill. T hey will receive wellness coaching and three personal fitness training sessions per w eek from Jemis and Body Zones experts. All participants will also u ndergo health screening and r isk assessment at the begin n ing of the programme and screening throughout to track t heir progress. The goal is that through a regimen of healthy living, and exercise, we will see a marked improvement in any chronic a ilments they may have, and t herefore, reduce their reliance or dependence on prescription m edication. At the end of the three-month period we will a ward a number of very attrac tive prizes to the three most i mproved participants. These prizes will include three oney ear gym memberships from Body Zone Fitness plus a number of gift certificates for the purchase of healthy foodsa nd new clothing, said Mr Cargill. A pplicants must be between 1 8 and 60, and suffer from at l east two of the chronic ailments or lifestyle conditions. A lbert Rahming, president o f Body Zone, said discipline will be a critical factor in the health transformation process. A major objective of what w ere trying to achieve is to a pply discipline to a persons life if you have a car and y ou want to have the car to become an antique car you c hange the oil, you put in gas and tune it up, and the samet hing applies to your life. If you want to have a long life y ou apply a discipline of healthy food intake, regular cardio and weight training... the whole objective is at thee nd of the day, persons would curb their behaviour and apply d iscipline to the way they live, s aid Mr Rahming. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 National Insurance Board launches fitness challenge CHALLENGE: TheNIB launched a health and fitness challenge this week. Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning f or improvements in the a rea or have won an a ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
A GROUP of Royal B ahamas Defence Force marines have returned home after successfully completing courses in various fields at the United States Coast Guard Traini ng Center in Yorktown, V irginia. A ble Seamen John Taylor, Randy Levarity, Antonio Fowler and Michael Wring, and Marine Mechanic Paul R olle all took part in the e xercise part of the International MilitaryE ducation Training ( IMET) scheme. Able Seamen Taylor a nd Levarity successfully c ompleted a four-month intensive BoatswainsMate Course, conducted at the United Stated Coast Guard (USCG Engineering and Weapons School. The marines improved their navigating skills while serving aboard D efence Force patrol c raft. T hey were exposed to i ntense lessons in seamanship, as well as firefighting, leadership, rules of the road, small boat handling, radar watch, deck officer watch, celes tial training, first-aid cer-t ification and team coo rdination training. C ourse participants were required to test their s kills and knowledge by p articipating in a twow eek on the job training p rogramme aboard a 41f oot training vessel. A ble Seaman Taylor joined the Force in June 1999 and serves in theF ast Patrol section of the Squadron Department. Able Seaman Levarity enlisted in July 2002 and i s assigned to the Harbour Patrol Unit. Able Seamen Antonio F owler and Michael W ring completed the G unners Mate A course at the US CoastG uard Engineering and W eapons School. The 10-week course provided participants with advanced academic and practical instruction on various types of small arms and ammunition. S tudents were required t o repair and perform routine and preventative m aintenance on all of the w eapons studied. Among the subjects covered during the training were: fundamentall eadership, elementary electricity, administrative and preventative mainte n ance, decoy launching systems and basic range work. The assembling and disa ssembling, along with the s afety and stoppage risks o f various weapons were also taught. Speciale mphasis was placed on p hysical fitness. Able Seaman Fowler serves aboard HMBS P49, and Able Seaman Wring works aboard HMBS P-48. Marine Mechanic Paul R olle was successful in c ompleting a 12-week Machinery Technician A School course. T he course, which was c onducted at the United States Coast Guard Engineering and Weapons School, aims to enhance the knowledge of participants in the maintenance and repair of various e ngines. Topics covered included: the fundamentals of a ssembling and disassemb ling diesel engines, r eduction gears, hydraulic systems and trou-b leshooting outboard e ngines. Marine Mechanic Rolle, who joined the Defence Force in January 2009, isa ttached in the engineering section aboard HMBS Bahamas. (Photos courtesy of R BDF Files) C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM RBDF marines complete International Military Education Training in the US Marine Mechanic Paul Rolle Able Seaman Randy Levarity Able Seaman John Taylor Able Seaman Antonio Fowler Able Seaman Michael Wring
UNDERthe leadership of US Ambassador Nicole Avant, US Mission staff and family members hosted three holiday events this season, bringing joy, laughter and h oliday cheer to more than 70 Bahamian children. On December 17, Mrs Avant hosted a special holi-day celebration at her Liberty O verlook home for the residents and staff of the Chil-d rens Emergency Hostel that included music, food and pictures with Santa Claus. The children, ranging in age from two to 11 years old,r eceived new clothing, toys, books, and toiletries through t he US. Marines annual Toys for Tots programme, which collects and distributes gifts d onated by members of the U S Mission community. On December 9, the US Marines also distributed Toysf or Tots gifts donated by US Customs and Border Protection staff at the Lynden Pin-d ling International Airport to u nderprivileged students attending a local primary school near the airport. T he Toys for Tots pro gramme which was established in 1947 by a group ofU S Marine Reservists in Los Angeles has become an annual tradition in more than 200 communities throughout the United States and 120 countries. The goal of Toys for Tots is t o deliver a message of hope, build self-esteem and motivate less fortunate children to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. Over the 62 years of the US M arine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Programme, Marines have distributed more than 400 million toys to more than 188 million children aroundt he world. We are so proud to share t his annual tradition with the children of the Bahamas thanks to Ambassador Avants enthusiastic support, the US Marines who collectedg ifts, and the generosity of the US Mission community, said S ara Lopez, the US Embassy in Nassaus US Marine Detachment Commander. T he US Embassys Foreign S ervice National Employee Association (FSNEA is led by Bahamian staff, alsos pearheaded a communitywide gift drive benefitting the children of the Nazareth Cen-t re. O n December 16, US Deputy Chief of Mission, Timothy Ziga-Brown, b rought holiday greetings on behalf of Ambassador Avant as US Embassy staff and theirf amilies shared food, presents and Christmas carols with more than 28 children. Each child, ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years old, received a special gift from Santa to place under the treet o open Christmas day. Giving to others who are less fortunate epitomises the spirit of the season and is a core value shared by Ameri-c ans and Bahamians alike, s aid Ambassador Avant. I am a so proud of the US Marines, the Foreign Service National Employee Association and the entire US Mission staff for organising three very special holiday events that brought joy and cheer tou nderprivileged children t hroughout New Providence. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM US Ambassador, US Mission host holiday events for underprivileged children HOLIDAYJOY: FSNEA Presid ent Shakeno Johnson, Judy F erguson, US Deputy Chief of Mission Timothy ZigaBrown, Marilu Gaspar, and Santa Claus flanked by his two helpers. SGT CHADD DOWNING Cpl Luis Medrano, DETCMR Sara L opez, US Ambassador Nicole Avant, The Childrens Emergency Hostels Merita Ferguson, Sgt Gene-Marie Albertsen, Cpl Emmanuel Diaz, LCDR Janice Smith.
B y A ZARIA and N DWARIKA Journalist for Panos Caribbean PORT of Spain, Trinidad The conditions vary in Trinidadian prisons. From air-conditioned holding areas to dark, dank and dirty cellblocks. But one thing remains the same for all 6,000-plus inmates in T rinidad and Tobagos handful three prisons there is no freedom, especially for pent-up sexual e nergy and frustrations. I t is a world in which one c an choose to use sex as a commodity in order to barter for goods and services to make a prison stay a bit more comfortable. Its also a part of society that suffers from the myriad of m yths about what goes on b ehind prison walls, when d ozens of virile, hard-bodied men are forced to sleep together in a cell that does not preclude even the most i nnocent of barest physical c ontact. S ometimes, it can be a s exual tripwire, in an envir onment that is estimated t o carry a 15 per cent HIV infection rate. According to the latest UNAIDS Report on the status of HIV in the C aribbean, the AIDS epidemic in the region officiall y began in 1981 when the first cases were recorded in Haiti. Patients H owever, retrospective a nalysis of patients has shown that the first cases of AIDS had already been documented in 1979. Cases had also been documented among Haitians living in the United States at that time. I n 1982, cases were reported in Jamaica and Bermuda and, by 1987, all C aribbean countries had r eported at least one case. B y 2001, there were 210,000 people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIVi n 2008, it was estimated that there were between 210,000 and 270,000 PLHIV in the wider Caribbean. By t he end of 2009, it was estimated that out of Trinidad and Tobago's 1.3 million population, 14,000 were PLHIV. Prisoners have also been affected by HIV. The lack of consistent access to prevention and treatment in penal settings increases their risk. Prevalence levels of between two and five per c ent have been reported in t he prison population of St L ucia and Guyana, respectively. Thats only what we know about, said one p rison officer, JA, who s poke on condition of a nonymity, since he is not a n authorised spokesperson. People do not advertise t hat they have HIV or some other disease... and even if a prison officer is aware, that information is not shared. But rumours of sadist rapes are mostly untrue, s aid the 15-year veteran. If a rape occurs, it is usually d one as an extraction of p ayment, with the owing p arty being fully aware of t he potential consequences before entering any deal. Rajkumar Ramroop, president of the Prison Officers Association, thinks that many rapes go unreported, since victims are usually too a shamed to pursue the matter. He says prison overcrowding with up to 10 m en in a single cell is a m ajor contributor the i ncrease of STDs at the nations prisons. In some cases sex o ffenders are placed in the same cell as minor offenders, who are taken advan tage of, he said, noting thatp oor identification procedures further complicate the situation. Sex in prison is illegal. H omosexuality is also against the law. Therefore, there are no sex education programmes within the prison, and condom distribution activities do not exist. Whatever sex goes on behind bars is raw and dangerous. When disease rears its head, things get out of h and quickly and outbreaks o f one type or another are r egular occurrences. And like their free brethren, inmates also complain bitterly about the poor s tate of healthcare, which s ees prisoners being treate d for ailments days and s ometimes weeks after their i nitial complaint. Vulnerable It means that healthy prisoners are always vulnerable t o the latest virus or bacteria making the rounds in the Big House. I t may be stories like t hese that prompted gov e rnment several years ago to embark on a programmeo r prison reform, which w ould focus more on reformation than retribution. To date, however, theres been very little visible progress. Even the issue of conjugal visits is being discussed at the highest levels. H IV and AIDS are also h igh on governments agenda, especially where it r elates to the prison system. In 2008, the government s ought to establish a policy on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections inT rinidad and Tobago prisons, recalls Ramroop. But the final document is s till being prepared. The Ministry of National Security is currently engaging a number of stake-h olders such as the Ministry of Health, the National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme, prison and other agencies with responsibility for social care, to assist in the fight against HIV in prison. HIV in prison is spread almost exclusively through h omosexual activities. Howe ver, it is reported that the g rowing culture of prison gangs is contributing to a sharp rise in prison tattoo operations. A drian R is a multiple o ffender who understands t he growing gang culture b ehind bars. Tattoos are beginning to g et popular, he said. The artists rarely use needles... they tend to rely on razor blades, which they use to m ake tiny slices on the surface of the skin, after which I ndian Ink is applied. Tattoo These razors are shared by dozens of inmates anda re never sterilised or c leaned in any significant way you are likely to start your tattoo with the dried blood of the last person who took a design. He says one of the latest trends in prison is called the domino. Prisoners smugg le domino pieces into their cells, and remove the metal p in or pivot from the middle o f the playing piece. I nmates share razors with which they make an incision in their penis, just above theu rethra, into which the domino pivot is implanted. The incision is allowed toh eal, and the sexual organ takes on a gnarly, reptilian texture, which prisoners claim increases their sexualp rowess. Practices in Trinidad and Tobago prisons raise concerns about HIV transmission Y OUR S AY C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 12, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM
C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 14, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM give his written reasons for his decision earl y in the new year. BTCs attorneys indicated t heir intention to appeal the ruling and asked for a stay of the discharge of the injunction until the appeal is heard. The unions opposed t he granting of a stay but gave an undertaki ng not to engage in any strike action pending the appeal. BTCs attorney Tara Cooper-Burnside could not be contacted for comment. described. The only fees paid by CWC/LIME relate to advice received from lawyers, reporting accountants and consultants which is a n ecessary part of a transaction of this type, said Usha Avatar, VP of Engagement & Inter nal Communications at LIME. None of these could be deemed a finders fee," she added, in an emailed response to The Tribune B TC Chairman Julian Francis also dismissed t he rumours, telling T he Tribune t hat he doubt ed the Government would be in final negotia tions with the company if a finder's fee was a ttached. "This idea of a finder's fee, I believe it is purely a distraction, I don't think that anyone believes it," Mr Francis said when asked about the speculation. "Government is very concerned about that kind of thing, they don't want any one profit i ng from the sale of a public company. I think the government's action would be to call the police (if they were approached about itt hey (C&W without publicly disclosing it," he said. The Ingraham administration is now in the final stages of offloading 51 per cent of the s tate-owned telecommunications company to C&W. The two unions representing BTC's workers, j oined by representatives of other trade unions, have objected to the sale of the utility company to foreigners. Demonstrations over the sales tarted on December 7 and reached a boiling point last Wednesday during a Rawson Square protest. Leaders from 10 different unionst hreatened to shut down a number of vital services throughout the Bahamas as Parlia mentarians convened for a brief session of the House of Assembly. T he company's selection has also attracted some criticism based on the company's previ ous track record. Recently Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham conceded the company has had problems in the past but added he is satisfied with theira bility to run BTC. "It did not have (a good reputation made substantial improvements. Ten years ago I would not have sold to Cable & Wireless. I am satisfied with the improvements they made in the region," said Mr Ingraham. Fortune Hill. Reportedly, when State M inister for Finance Zhivargo L aing recently travelled to San Salvador, permission had only been granted from theo ffice of the Prime Minister for the use of non-invasive sonar equipment to be used a t the site. T his equipment, it was said, w as to be used to identify if anything was indeed buried i nside the caverns underneath the hill. No permission, the government source said, was e ver granted for the use of h eavy equipment. Such a permit, the source s aid, would have to come from the Department of A ntiquities, Monuments, and M useums through a special e xcavation licence. However, t he current title holders to the land in question, they said, do not have possession of such a licence. Such a development will c ome as welcome news to at least two other claimants to the land who have been unanimous in their call for the gove rnment to intervene and stop t he work at Fortune Hill. Dennis Bethel and Vernay G ilbert have put forward arguments that they are the t rue owners of the land. Both c laimants insist there is a surv eying issue which the gove rnment must investigate before a true owner of the land can be decided. Currently Dorothy BlackBeal is the only person theg overnment has identified as having good title to the land. FROM page one Court lifts BTC strike injunction FROM page one CABLE AND WIRELESS OFFICIALS DENY PAYING MILLIONS OF DOLL ARS IN FINDERS FEES FROM page one Buried treasure work halted over permits issue B URIEDTREASURE? T he scene of the excavation work in San Salvador
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ministry initiated a process t o identify and award the five millionth visitor. A visitor to Grand B ahama was recognised as t he first five millionth to t he Bahamas on Saturday. Because there are as many as 20 ports of entryi n the country and arrivals are not fully automated, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said it was impossible tod etermine exactly which visitor is the five millionth. As a result, the Ministry selected arriving visitorst hroughout the Bahamas as candidates to be the five million on Saturday whent he statistics showed the t ally would be achieved. Through random draw ing, Randy Holmes, of Vancouver, British Colom-b ia, who arrived in Grand Bahama with his sister aboard an American Eaglef light around 11.45am on Saturday, was identified as the five millionth visitor to the Bahamas. T he Minister of Tourism m et and greeted Mr Holmes at Grand Bahama International Airport. We expect that by the e nd of this year, we will be beyond the numbers wehad the first time around, and we are delighted to have this year, the largest number of visitors ever, Minister Vanderpool-Wallace said. He stated that although the record number of arrivals has been achieved, the Bahamas still has much work to do to ensure eco nomic conditions are sustainable. The minister noted that most of the growth was in cruise arrivals. When looking at t ourism development, dest inations concentrate on growing high-spending stopover visitors, he said. M r Vanderpool-Wallace reported that total arrivals are expected to increase about 14-15 per cent over last years total, by the end of the year. He also reported that s top-over visitors would h ave grown about four and a half per cent. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace r evealed that 70 per cent o f cruises to the Bahamas only visit the Bahamas and no other destination. He said this is an impor t ant source of business for many small businesses, and the healthy cruise arrivalsa re also providing more business opportunities for Bahamians, especially in tours and attractions. LEFT: Randy Holmes of Canada is recognised as the countrys five millionth visitor. Pictured (from left n ander of Bahamas Customs, Mr Holmes, his sister Liana H olmes, and Ministry of Tourism & Aviation representatives B etty Bethel and Terrance Roberts. Andre Cartwright /Ministry of Tourism BELOW: Minister of Tourism & Aviation Vincent Vanderpool W allace selects Randy Holmes as the five millionth visitor to the Islands of The Bahamas for 2010. Also pictured are Basil Smith, chief communications officer of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (left the Bahamas Out Islands Promotion Board (right Derek Smith The Bahamas makes history with five million visitors for second time F ROM page one Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y
HAGERSTOWN, Maryland T he United Nations' top anti-torture envoy is looking into a complaint that the Army private suspected of giving classified documentst o WikiLeaks has been mistreated in custody, a spokesperson said Wednesday, according to Associated Press T he office of Manfred Nowak, special rapporteur on torture in Geneva, received a complaint from one of Pfc. Bradley Manning's supporters alleging conditions in a MarineC orps brig in Quantico, Virginia, amount to torture, s aid spokesperson Xabier Celaya. Visitors say he spends at least 23 hours ad ay alone in a cell. The U.N. could ask the U nited States to stop any violations it finds. The Pentagon has denied m istreating Manning. A Marine Corps spokesman says the military is keepingM anning safe, secure and ready for trial. M anning was charged in July with leaking classified material, including videop osted by WikiLeaks of a 2007 U.S. Apache helicopter a ttack in Baghdad that killed a Reuters news photographer and his driver. Hei s suspected of leaking troves of other material to t he government secrets pilling site, which is in the process of posting more than 250,000 secret U.S. State Department cables. Manning has not com m ented publicly on whether he is the source of the leaks. WikiLeaks founder JulianA ssange said the organization's "technology is set up s o we don't know" the sources of the material it gets. N owak is the special i nvestigator on torture, working for the U.N. H uman Rights Council. Rapporteurs regularly assess complaints from alleged vic-t ims of human rights violat ions. If a complaint is verified as legitimate, the invest igator sends an urgent letter or appeal to the government that it believes has commit-t ed the violation. I n an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday, A ssange called Manning a political prisoner and said C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 38%/,&,&( Invite applicants for participation in theELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: THENATIONAL INSURANCEBOARDJ EMI HEALTH & WELLNESS AND BODY ZONE FITNESS GET WELL BAHAMASis 40 FREE OF CHARGE: APPLICATION FORMS APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SELECTION PROCESS PRIZES: First Prize Second Prize Third Prize GETWELLBAHAMASisfundedbythe Healthy People component of The National Prescription Drug Plan. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky PROTESTING : A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hold poster with his photo during a protest in front of the of Sweden Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday,Dec. 22, 2010. NEW YORK A former spokesman for WikiLeaks is ready to tell all. C rown Publishers announced Wednes day that Daniel Domscheit-Berg, otherw ise known as Daniel Schmitt, has a book coming out in February. The book is called "Inside Wikileaks: M y Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website." Crown says it "will reveal the evolution, finances a nd inner tensions" of the organization that obtains and posts confidential government documents. Schmitt met Assange in 2007. He left WikiLeaks three months ago over per-s onal, ethical and political differences with Assange and announced plans to launch a platform on his own, Openleaks.org, tos tart early next year. Schmitt's book will also come out in G ermany, the United Kingdom and 11 other countries. EX -WIKILEAKS SPOKESMAN WRITING TELL-ALL BOOK SEE page 17 United Nations looking into WikiLeaks suspects treatment
C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 17 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) BACKINGASSANGE: A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange dressed as knight during a protest in front of the of Sweden Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday,Dec. 22, 2010. he believes the U.S. is tryi ng to get the soldier to testify against him. He called on human-rights organizat ions to investigate. "If we are to believe the a llegations, then this man acted for political reasons. He is a political prisoner int he United States. He has not gone to trial. He has been a political prisoner without trial in the United States for some six or seven months," Assange said. His conditions have been getting worse and worse and worse in his cell as they attempt to pressure him into testifying againstm e. That's a serious problem." Assange has not been c harged in connection with leaked documents but was j ailed in England this month after two women in Sweden accused him of sexc rimes, including rape. He was freed on bail last week and confined to a supporter's country estate while he fights extraditiont o Sweden, where authorities want to question him. Assange said it would be "absolute nonsense" for the U.S. to try to makeM anning a witness in a conspiracy case against him. "I never heard of the name Bradley Manning before it appeared in the media," he said. FROM page 16 g into WikiLeaks suspects treatment
JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press L EWISVILLE, Texas Archivists responsible for putting together the president ial library of former President G eorge W. Bush are tasked with processing 80 terabytes of electronic information 20 times the Clinton administrat ion's four terabytes. Bush's electronic archives contain more than 200 million e-mails, compared with about 2 0 million in former President B ill Clinton's. Bush's archives also include share drives, hard drives, scheduling systems and digital photography, which his a dministration switched to about halfway through his tenure. The average size of a quality d igital photo is about three m egabytes, meaning just one terabyte can store more than 300,000 such pictures. The Bush administration em ails alone would take up an e stimated 600 million printed pages, said Alan Lowe, director o f Bush's presidential library and museum. Combined with 70 million paper documents, the haul far eclipses the 550 to 580 million printed pages Lowee stimates are in all other National Archives' presidentiall ibraries. "In the old days, the Nationa l Archives went in and packed up trucks and trucks full of paper," Lowe said. The preponderance of electronic files presents new chal-l enges, ranging from dealing with the sheer volume to ensuri ng consistent redacting of information in an e-mail chaint hat may have been sent back and forth dozens of times. L ockheed Martin Corp. has created the Electronic Records Archives system for the Nation al Archives that is specifically designed to preserve the fede ral government's digital records. Lowe said the system w as designed to ensure digital files will be accessible as comp uter programs evolve. "It's not dependent on any s ort of operating system that we're using right now," he said. Bush archivists already have the ability to search the systema nd retrieve documents. Now they must begin processing the data, reading through each document to decide what might n eed to be redacted for personal or national security reasons. They'll also put even more specific topic designators on each document to maket hem easier to find. On Jan. 20, 2014 five years to the date after Bush left office citizens will be able to r equest access to his administration's archives through the Freedom of Information Act. Lowe said in anticipation, archivists already have startedp rocessing the administration's paper records and will start on electronic files in the next year, when the new system has finali zed redacting capabilities. Lowe said processing all the records ultimately will take decades, but some records also w ill be handled as requests come in. It's going to take a long time," Lowe said. "I have no i dea the number of years." It's slow-going even without a wealth of electronic files. N ational Archives' staff noted in an article in the "The PublicH istorian" that Ronald Reagan's presidential library only p rocessed about 9 percent of its records in the five years after h e left office, while George H.W. Bush's got through about7 percent. P residential archives in any form offer insight into ana dministration and can shed light on how policies developed, s aid Bruce Buchanan, a government professor specializing i n presidential studies at the University of Texas at Austin. "If you assemble these archives and interpret them carefully you can come to understand how a president makes decisions," Buchanan said. But he said e-mail is new e nough that until the archives can be accessed, it remains dif f icult to say how much additional insight can be gained from them. Much also will depend on researchers'p atience. "It's going to take lots of sifting and interpreting," he said. Former Bush adviser Karen H ughes said although they were told in initial staff meetings that all correspondence eventually would be public, "it's not something you think about everyt ime you send an e-mail." Still, she said, the most important conversations and decisions took place in face-tof ace meetings with the president. The George W. Bush Presidential Center including the library, museum and a policyi nstitute is set to open in February 2013 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Until then, the a rchives are being kept at a large warehouse in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville. Aside from electronic and paper files, t he archives also will include about 42,000 artifacts ranging f rom the bullhorn Bush used when visiting ground zero days a fter Sept. 11, 2001, to extravagant gifts from other heads of state. The archives will includer ecords from everyone who was part of the Executive Office oft he President, but don't expect to see e-mail from Bush hims elf. The former president said during an interview at Faceb ook's headquarters earlier this month that he didn't use the technology. I didn't want any of those (e-mails" The problem is that if you were to read some of my em ails today you can read anything you want into them." G eorge W. Bush's presidential library will be the 13th over seen by the National Archives and Records Administration; the first was President Herbert Hoover's. Some earlier presi dents have libraries that aren't part the National Archives' system and other presidential r ecords are kept at the Library of Congress, Lowe said. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 18, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Electronic info dominates George W. Bush's archive P RESIDENTIAL L IBRARY: I n this Jan. 15, 2009, file photo workers store thousands of boxes of documents from President Bushs years in the White House at a warehouse in Lewisville, Texas. Bush's electronic archives contain more than 200 million e-mails, compared with about 20 million in former President Bill Clinton's. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File
TAREK EL-TABLAWY, A ssociated Press KABUL, Afghanistan A provincial governor in A fghanistan said Wednesday that a battle between NATO and the Taliban the previous day killed three women and two children, and he called on the coalition to "pay attention" to civilian casualties. Afghan officials have often spoken out about civilian d eaths, arguing that the international forces are not being careful enough to avoid such casualties after 10 years of fighting. Insurgents also try to use civilian deaths as a way of rallying support for their cause. Also Wednesday, NATO said that a leader of the H aqqani network militants who operate out of western Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan was killed in a Dec. 18 operation by international forces and their Afghan counterparts in the eastern Khost province. In Helmand, a Taliban s tronghold and scene of some of the heaviest fighting in the war, the provincial governor's office said the five civilians died T uesday as militants attacked coalition forces in the Sangin district. Seven insurgents were killed in the battle, according t o the statement from the gove rnor's office. NATO has said it was investigating the civilian fatalities and that it exercises the utmost c aution during operations to minimize such occurrences. The coalition said Tuesday that insurgents were using a civilian h ome to attack its forces and t hat the insurgents launched their attack with assault rifles and a machine gun. NATO troops returned fire and used m ortars. A U.N. report this month said that Afghan civilian casualties increased by 20 percent in t he first 10 months of 2010, c ompared with the same period a year earlier. It said there were at least 6,215 conflict-related civilian casualties 2,412 d eaths and 3,803 injuries. The U.N. report also found that civilian casualties attributed to NATO and pro-government forces dropped by 18 percent compared to the first 1 0 months of 2009. The governor's office said it wants NATO "to pay attention to civilian causalities during o perations and prevent" them. T he Taliban on Wednesday rejected the U.N. report, saying in a statement that it was an exaggeration and "onesided." The statement, e-mailed to r eporters, said the U.N. had over the past year issued similarly biased reports and claimed the report was prepared in cons ultation with the U.S. The Tali ban dismissed the report as "politics" and called it "propaganda against us." C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t DOOWKHZD\RQERDUG 'LVFRYHU\&UXLVH/LQH Afghan official blasts NATO for civilian deaths WOUNDEDYOUTH: An Afghan injured youth lies on a hospital bed after he was injured by a suicide attack in Gardez, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Dec 5, 2010.
C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 20, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press L ONDON Managers at Heathrow Airport boasted last month that their s now team was working flat out to ensure the facility "will once again be prepared for the onset of winter." Then a few inches of snow fell, and Europe's busiest airport shut down. People slept on floors under foil blankets, or were turned away outside terminals, Christmas travel plans in ruins. F lights were returning to normal Wednesday, but the fallout continued, with Heathrow boss Colin Matthews renouncing his annu-a l bonus as a gesture of contrition. With passengers still deeply angry and politicians echoing their c omplaints, the most enduring damage from the snowstorm may be to the reputation of an airport that was already overcrowded, unloved and in need of an upgrade. Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, chief executive of airline BMI, put the blame squarely on Heathrow's owner, Spanish-owned companyB AA. "BAA was not prepared," Prock-Schauer told the Times newsp aper. "It did not have enough deicing fluid." Heathrow said the chaos was a result of the airport's lack of spare c apacity and unusually harsh weather Meteorological Office figures show 3? inches (9 centimeters quickly froze. The airport, which said 5 inches (12.7 centimeters fell, strongly denied running short on deicing fluid. On Wednesday, Heathrow said it was running almost 900 flights, 7 0 percent of a full service, after finally reopening both runways for the first time since Saturday. Many of the travelers who had slepto n terminal floors amid mounds of luggage were finally getting on planes. But they weren't happy. D avid Sorrell, trying to get to Australia with his wife and two children, said conditions this week were "atrocious people sleeping on the floor, people drunk, we had people shouting and screaming, people wanting to have fights. It's like a refugee camp." BAA would not reveal the size of the bonus Matthews is giving u p, but his salary and bonuses for last year came to 944,000 pounds ($1.46 million Wintry weather is latest woe for unloved Heathrow FROZENBRITAIN: A person walks by the Angel of the North statu e, with snow settled on the ground, in Gateshead, England, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. Britain shivered in subzero temperatures on Thursday as snow fell unseasonably early, with more wintry weather on t he way. Up to 4 inches of snow settled in northern Scotland and northeast England overnight.
C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org THURSDAY DECEMBER 23, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.36 $4.58 $4.61 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The International Monetary Funds (IMFIV report on the Bahamas shows theres an urgency involved in trying to stem the Bahamas fiscal bleed ing, a former finance minister said yesterday, adding that the Governments problems had in part been caused by over expenditure during the recession. James Smith, former minister of state for finance in the 2002-2007 Christie administration, told Tribune Business that with uncertainty continuing to surround the prospects for a US eco nomic recovery, the Bahamas may soon have to look at taking its own mea sures to get out of this, especially if visitor and for eign direct investment lev els did not rebound at the required rate. Urging that more be done Over spending added to nation s fiscal pr oblems JAMES SMITH Former finance minister criticises Ingraham administrations move to add 10% pts to 47% central government debt ratio in past two years* Urgency involved in stemming fiscal bleeding Bahamas may have to work itself out of recession, not rely on US SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CLICO (Bahamas uidator has applied to the US Bankruptcy courts for anoth er 60-day extension to file 2008 and 2009 tax returns for the Florida real estate project that accounts for 63 per cent of its assets, as the Interna tional Monetary Fund (IMF urges the Government to minimise fiscal costs asso ciated with the insolvent insurers wind down. Documents obtained by Tribune Business from the south Florida district bankruptcy courts reveal that US attorneys for Craig A. Tony Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and part ner, on December 21, 2010, sought another extension for the filing of Wellington Preserves tax returns in addition to the previous 180-day allowance granted on July 8, 2010. Pointing out that CLICO Enterprises, the whollyowned affiliate of CLICO (Bahamas cent owner of Wellington Pre serve, Mr Gomezs attorneys alleged that the extra time was required to enable a US accountant newly-hired by the liquidator to complete the returns. After diligent research, Gomez has been unable to locate books and records for [Wellington Preserve] since 2005, his attorneys alleged. This has necessitated the retention of accountants for Wellington in order to recon struct the books and records and file necessary returns. Due to the lack of books and records, Wellington did not have sufficient information to prepare tax returns for 2008 and 2009. Since the court issued its July 8, 2010, Order granting the original extension to Wellington to submit its tax returns, Wellington has issued subpoenas to its former attorneys and banks and has compiled, and continues to compile, the necessary documents to enable it to pre pare the returns. The CLICO (Bahamas uidation also reared its head IMF W ARNS: MINIMISE FISC AL C OS T S OVER CLIC O CRAIG GOMEZ Insurers liquidator seeks 60-day extension for filing main real estate assets tax returns SEE page 5B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Family Guardian yesterday said the 6 7 per cent increase in profits for the first nine months of 2010 had set it up for what it believes will be a better year in 2011, telling Tribune Busi-n ess that new monies coming into its m utual funds had exceeded $1 million over the past year. Amid continuing signs that Family Guardian has come to grips with the i ncreased health claims that impacted its 2009 financial performance, Patri cia Hermanns, the BISX-listed life and health insurers president and chief executive, said that the companys benchmarking assessment of all its products e nsuring pricing reflects claims experience, and benefits are competitive in the overall marketplace was due to conclude in 67% profit rise gives FamGuard platform for better 2011 BISX-listed insurer sees more than $1m rise in new monies coming intom utual funds over past year Product review set to be completed in 2011 first quarter SEE page 5B PATRICIA HERMANNS By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor High-end, low-density five-star boutique resort operations are where the money is for Bahamianw orkers and businesses in the Family Islands, not allinclusive or mega resorts,t he Hotel Corporations chairman telling Tribune B usiness: Youre going to see a lot of project and airlift announcements come ons tream in the New Year. Explaining the Governm ents new-found philosophy for Family Island tourism and resort develop-m ent, attorney Michael Scott outlined the delicate balance it is trying to strike i n terms of the Government land made available to such projects in the first phase,a s well as ensuring they remained true to an islands demographics, culture and infrastructure. First of all, that is where t he money is at, not these all-inclusive packages, and not even the large scaleh otel operations, Mr Scott said of low density, high-end F amily Island projects. What were looking to do, and also from a social,c ultural, economic perspective, is that these low densit y, high-end boutique operations are less invasive. The last thing we need in the OutI slands is a Hyatt or Mar riott, where you have this ostentatious consumpt ion....... The wealth and spending habits of tourists attractedb y such brands, often on allinclusive packages, was out of keeping with their host Family Island economies and societies, and Mr Scottt old Tribune Business: What we want is development that is in perfect har-m ony with the social, economic and cultural milieu of t hese islands. Thats where the money is. We have to change the t ourism model, the paradigm aspects, and refocus c ompletely. Thats a mission of mine, and also the Ministers, and how wed like tos ee the Family Islands devel Boutiques where all the money is n Numerous project and airlift announcements set for 2011 New Year, Hotel Corp chair says n O utlines governments Family Island development vision, saying last thing we need in Out Islands is Hyatt or Marriott SEE page 4B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com After a slide of around 20 per cent from pre-recession levels, hotels are seeing significantly improved levels ofg roup/convention bookings h eading into 2011 compared to 2009 and 2010. H owever, Frank Comito, executive vice-president of the B ahamas Hotel Association (BHA that the recovery does not make up for the loss sufferedi n this key business area since 2 008. We are seeing an increase in advanced group bookings, but its certainly not approaching p re-recession levels, he said. Prior to 2006, the US and the Bahamas negotiated a convention tax credit whereby peo ple could write off (on theiri ncome tax report) the cost of a convention trip to the Bahamas i n the same way as if they were in the US. That was intended to Resort group business struck 10% at bottom Hotels seeing significant i mprovement in c onventions after 20% slide during recession SEE page 8B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Businessmen yesterday expressed some optimism that economic conditions and the business environment in the Bahamas will improve in 2011, but recovery tempered by a variety of factors rising oil prices, government intervention, Bahamian consumer debt levels and the effectiveness of recent econom ic stimuli in the US. President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Khaalis Rolle, said he was cautiously optimistic for Bahamian economic prospects next year if conditions improve in the US, but with several caveats. RECOVERY OPTIMISM TEMPERED AMONG BAHAMIAN FIRMS SEE page 8B
By DEIDREM. BASTIAN W h ether a business is a multi-billion dollar n ational chain store or a small Mom and Pop shop, all should know the benefits of advertising. Whenever you pick up a n ewspaper, turn on the radio or watch television, youll be exposed to advertisements by businesses. I n today's society, advertisi ng has a profound impact on how people understand life, the world and themselves. The field is extremely broad a nd diverse, but has two basic purposes, which are to inform and persuade. W hat is advertising? I t is the name given to the process of commercial promotion of goods and services to increase their sales. Advertising can be done by means of a number of mediums, such as television, newspapers, wall paintings, billboards, magazines, Internet and word-ofm outh to name a few. The history of advertising is as old as business itself, with print advertising starting in the colonial era. Initially, advertisements (ads t he publisher of a newspaper as a service to the advertiser. After the US Civil War, advertising emerged in the 1840s and b ecame popular, with the first heavily advertised products being patent medicines. On the back of this, the first true copywriter in advertising came along in 1880, when retailer John Wanamaker hired John E. Powers to write ads for the Grand Depot department s tores in Philadelphia. I n the late 1980s and early 1990s we saw the introduction of cable television, which pioneered the concept of the music video, while the MTV channelu shered in a new type of advertising Eventually, home shopping networks devoted to advertising merchandise e volved. Marketing through the Internet opened new frontiers for advertisers, and led to the dotcom boom of the 1990s, whilet he 21st century revolutionised online advertising. Thereafter, technology has created even more opportunities to reach the p ublic. The benefits of advertising Advertising can explain how a recipe can improve a flavour,c ar dealers can introduce upgrades to models from the previous year, and cleaning manufacturers can demonstrate h ow stronger chemicals make the product more effective. Ultimately, improving brand recognition and awareness should lead to increased prod u ct sales. Advertising costs money A lways consider your ROI (return on investmenty ou start a campaign, so as to d etermine the cost of your a dvertisements against the doll ars they will bring in. T ime and persistence Its helpful to repeatedly r emind prospects and customers about the benefits ofd oing business with you. Luring potential customers to your s tore, who might otherwise never know you exist, is key. A storefront is only seen by peop le who walk past your door, but advertising can reach out t o customers in other surrounding areas. Ethical Concerns A dvertising typically plays upon emotions, but there are a number of advertising practices deemed unethical. One that comes to mind involves the old bait and switch scheme. An example would be an ad for a b rand new computer with DVD, CD-writer and free softw are advertised at only $600. What a bargain! After inquiring in-store you are told: Oh, Im terribly sorry, we are all sold out, why didnt you come soon-e r?However, you are special to us and today is your lucky day! I can show you another one, except it only has half as m uch processing power, ram or hard drive. Also, if you need the DVD I can have one installed for an additional $99..... Really? And off youg o being sold an item that you didnt initially want. Does this song and dance sound familiar? Well, its called Bait and S witch, and initially, the item was never in the store. I s it therefore ethical to sell the image instead of the product? Obviously, some strategies have the ability to be more subjective than others. For exam-p le, some strategies are used to sell a lifestyle that is only associated with status or success, and does not necessarily h ave anything to do with the real value or quality of the product itself. Be careful, it happens, it is business and it works. Types of Advertising Commercial advertising C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Advertising your greatest benefit THE ART OF GRAPHIX D EIDRE M.BASTIAN S EE page 11B
T he deputy chairman of a high tech start-up in the Bahamas, IP SolutionsI nternational, and the former chief executive of R euters TV, has weighed in o n the sale of 51 per cent of the Bahamas Telecommun ications Company (BTC to Cable & Wireless Communications (CWCi ng that that the latters broadband know-how w ould strengthen BTC's online services and build part of its business that has y et to reach its potential. Brian Quinn, a long-time r esident of the Bahamas, said the Bahamian government had "few options opent o it" when it selected CWC because of the "small size of the market, limited growth potential, BTC's intermediate technology and currentr eliance on its mainstream wireless business. Those conditions, coupled with BTC's valuation of under $250 million, ruledo ut attracting a major finance house with telecom experience, said Mr Quinn.W ithout a financial powerhouse behind it to drive a c hanging BTC and prepare it for competition when the market opens to otherp roviders in two to three years, the company needed an operator with solid expe rience and the agility to move quickly as technologyc hanges. For BTC to rapidly upgrade its delivery technology, it requires another more advanced operator toc ome in to make that change," said Mr Quinn, who has served as chairman of several international companies, including BrightStarw hen it was the world's largest wideband satellite carrier. The new route to consumers' pockets is via fast broadband, making a hostof new services available. This scene is changing rapidly and technology which effectively disrupts what wasin vogue yesterday is now becoming commonplace. This means being fleet of foot, and though BTC might enter this market in future, itw ill be difficult to do while at the same time radically overhauling its mainstream wireless business. However, C&W are highly knowledgeable of this market and clearly see a future for BTC." Mr Quinn, currently the deputy chairman of IP Solu-t ions International, is the immediate past directorgeneral of the International Institute of Communications, London, and the former chief executive of what is now Reuters TV. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM IP Solutions deputy chair backs BTC deal BACKING DEAL: Brian Quinn "The new route to consumers' pockets is via fast broadband, making a host of new services available. This scene is changing rapidly and technology which effectively disrupts what was in vogue yesterday is now becoming commonplace. INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays
o p. Such a strategy also relied on attracting the high-end European resort brands, opening for the Bahamast ourist markets on that continent, plus Asian operators such as Aman and Banyan Tree. With room rates ranging f rom the high hundreds to several thousand dollars per night, such operators could bring in the high-spending, high-yielding visitors whow ould appreciate the Out I sland and off-property experience. In terms of spin-offs and feed-off opportunities, thats w here Bahamians can and will benefit, Mr Scott told Tribune Business. Were looking at high-end, five-star operations, not three-fours tart operations. And with Cuba set to open up in five to 10 years, meaning the Bahamas would not be able to com-p ete in the mass tourism market, Mr Scott said the Governments Family Island development strategy would further aid the development o f this nations family tourism niche an area where it could specialise and gain competitive advantage. And the development s trategy would also fit in perfectly with the Ministry of Tourisms plans to market the Bahamas as a series of islands, each with its ownf eatures and attractions. One of the mistakes we made in tourism, and the chickens came home to roost in the economic meltd own, was the over-reliance on the US market, Mr Scott said, adding that the Ministry of Tourism was already reaching out toE uropean operators, tour promoters and airlines, plus their Asian counterparts. Theres a lot of activity going on right now, a lot of itq uietly, but were going to see a lot of announcements of projects and increased airlift in 2011, Mr Scott told Tribune Business. Its all g oing to come together next year. We have a number of irons in the fire, and it should come together next quite neatly next year. H e added that the timing was right with the world economy expected to recover next year, even though the Bahamas and rest of theg lobe may not enjoy the rapid growth acceleration they became used to in the 1990s and 2000s. An example of the Gove rnments strategy is the $20 m illion proposal from an Italian-based resort operator for a four-phase, high-e nd boutique hotel development at Orange Creek in Cat Island. T he developers were eyeing a low density, high-end o peration with associated real estate component of villas and cottages, Mr Scotta dding that they were looking at the 40-room hotel and 4 5 villas and cottages targeting the European market. E quinox SAs focus, Mr Scott said, would be on an environmentally friendly set-up, creating almost a village and ensuring Bahamians have various commercial opportunities, such ass etting up bonefishing operations. There is sufficient spin-off and trickle down for Cat Island. Their philosophy is one w hich highlights environmentally-friendly, eco-sensitive projects, Mr Scott told Tribune Business. In the Out Islands, therell ben o more Atlantiss and Baha M ars. The focus in the Out Islands, outside of New Providence and GrandB ahama, is low density, high-end boutique operations, with or without reale state components involved. E quinoxs projects, Mr Scott said, emphasised complete respect for thee nvironment, the nature of Cat Island, the architectural a nd cultural history of the Bahamas, coupled with five-star service and hospi-t ality quality. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /(*$/,&()',662/87,21 ,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW Q 9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQ 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK 6HFWLRQ RI WKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV RI (&/,36(%/22'672&. 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to sensitise the Bahamian public to the fact that the economic climate may not return to normal, at least for a long time, Mr Smith said the IMF report was a lmost akin to providing this nation with a road map toa voiding debt default, bailouts and governmentimposed austerity measures. Referring to the recession and the Bahamas current fiscal situation, Mr Smith told Tribune Business: This thing is still playing itself out, and a lot of it has to do with over expenditure by g overnments in the face of falling revenues here and elsewhere. Theyre [the IMF] being v ery cautious in terms of the contingencies they are suggesting, but its clear that whatever action is takent heres an urgency involved, because they are clearly saying to the Bahamas: You seem to be slipping a bit further, and unless you take some corrective action............... The former finance minist er said the continued response from the Government and private sector appeared to be to await aU S recovery but, given that the strength and timing of t his remained questionable, he suggested policymakers start to look inwards at restructuring the Bahamiane conomy. A failure to respond decisively, and implement the c orrect medicine, Mr Smith suggested, could see the Bahamas stuck with highu nemployment amid a vain wait for stopover visitor r ecovery to pre-recession levels for a long time. Right now, were kind of a ll waiting for a US recovery, and it may not be com-i ng, or not coming at a suffic iently fast rate to get out of this, and we need to look at other ways to get out of this, reforming the local e conomy, Mr Smith said. Its fairly obvious weve got to try and develop some kind of response to this. We can no longer behave as if things are back to normal. The former finance minister said key public and private sector policymakers may have to start looking at what if? scenarios when itc ame to taking the Bahamian economy forward, such as what if the economy does not recover to pre-recession levels?. E fficiency T hen the response, such as whether to improve effic iency in tourism service delivery, needed to bef leshed out, Mr Smith said. Apart from the recessions lingering effects, the Bahamas had a multitude ofc ompetitive issues confronting it, such as the pricing of Dominican Republic v acations and the plethora o f casinos in Florida, and he a dmitted: There are a number of issues that require our attention. What should be our r esponse? The Baha Mar project depends on these numbers going up, and if theyre not going up, if BahaM ar comes on stream and eats into Kerzners market, we may be worse off. Theres a lot of work to be done here. Above all, theres a need t o sensitise the public more to what may be on the horizon, because I dont think w ere out of the woods yet. We need to take things very seriously on this. Questioning whether anyone is going to take upt he IMFs suggestion that t he Bahamas replace its cur rent tax system with a Value Added Tax (VAT t hing the Fund suggested could increase government revenues by a sum equivalent to 2-3 per cent of GDP per annum, Mr Smith said: It is a serious problem, the f iscal situation, because its more preferable to grow ourselves out of this quagm ire, but our prospects for growth are dependent on t he US economy, and there a re difficulties on that side still. The lack of buoyancy in government revenues was being exacerbated by the growing demand on the Government for services, Mr Smith said, in addition to the recession. This meant revamping the Bahamian tax structure required serious consideration, and the former minister again warned that tax increases would not be helpful to an already-struggling economy. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM .LQJVZD\$FDGHP\ $Q(YDQJHOLFDORQGHQRPLQDWLRQDO&KULVWLDQFKRROf (QWUDQFH([DPLQDWLRQVIRU
I am beginning to see some levelling off, but 2011 is going to be all about recove ry. To the extent that the Government can implement and execute good recovery plans will determine whether we are successful in business next year, Mr Rolle said. There is a concern when you look at what is being forecasted by the IMF that if we dont develop plans that are going to reduce taxes and make it easier for the private sector to conduct business, then its going to be extremely difficult. I think we are at that threshold where we cant bear any more taxation or rise in operating costs, whether its utilities, National Insurance etc. He added that how the Baha Mar project is executed is also key, in terms of the ability for the economic impact to be widespread. Franklyn Wilson, chairman of Arawak Homes and Sunshine Insurance, said that ona macro, overall level he expects economic indicators to trend northwards in the Bahamas in 2011, but added that he has serious concerns about the level of debt many Bahamians are currently burdened with. We believe that the recovery is not going to be robust because its going to take time for a lot of people who have, in effect, disqualified them selves to gain re-entry to the credit market, and I think for a lot of businesses its going to be the same thing, Mr Wilson said. Too many people have encumbered themselves with too much debt, so it will take them a while before they see any person benefit from what might be improvement in terms of the overall economic circumstances. Meanwhile, Rupert Roberts Jr, president of Supervalue, told Tribune Business he is hopeful of a gradual pick up in the economy in 2011 and the potential for this to impact his companys bottom line. Trickle What is happening in the U S right now will trickle down to us, said Mr Roberts of his assessment of the prospects for 2011, adding that this view is tempered by the fact he believes it will be a s long as three years before employment returns to prerecession levels in the US, while the rise in oil prices that has been predicted for 2011, going into 2012, may stifle other positive effects. Some recent events in the US which boosted Mr Roberts confidence for 2011 include: the extension by President Obama and congressional Republicans of the Bush tax cuts and the poten-t ial for theis to pump money into the economy and create jobs in the Bahamas key tourism market. This month also saw the largest rise in consumer borrowing in North America since July 2008, and according to a Royal Bank of Canada Consumer Outlook Index published on December 2, the highest levels of consumer confidence since the 2008 economic meltdown. Such confidence, which has been on the rise for three months, is key to American willingness to spend on travel. Job openings in the US are now at their highest level in two years, according to new data from the Department of Labour. This includes openings in a variety of industries, including retail (6 per cent up), professional and business services, which includes temporary jobs (up 33 per cent and education and health services (up 19 per cent gests the possibility that more Americans who may be out of work will have an opportunity to find employment. Meanwhile, QE2, the second round of quantitative easing initiated by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, although controversial, is also giving somec ause for optimism for Mr Roberts and others. The exercise will see the Fed print money to purchase $600 billion in US treasury bonds in what it believes will result in a surge of investment and consumption spending by pushing down long term inter-e st rates. grow our group business and it d id until the recession hit. Then it went from being between 2530 per cent of our business to less than 10 per cent, said Mr Comito. In mid-2010, Mr Comito described the inability to grow group bookings at Bahamian hotels as the big bugaboo for t he Bahamian resort sector. This portion of arrivals to the Bahamas fell off for a number of hotels surveyed by 40 per cent in 2009. Mr Comito noted that the Bahamas had a lot more g round to make up in recent times than other Caribbean d estinations in terms of attracting leisure visitors to make up f or some of the group/convention/meeting shortfall. T he BHA executive said that in this regard, the tourism sec t or in the Bahamas has performed admirably. If you look at that and look at what weve been able to recapture to make up for that h uge shortfall over the last year or so, to grow our market share o n the leisure side, its signifi cant, said Mr Comito. A rrivals to the Bahamas overall are up around 14 to 15 per cent in 2010 over 2009, with the majority of the increase made up by cruise visitors, w hose numbers surged due to what Minister of Tourism, Vin-c ent Vanderpool-Wallace said was to their ability to access a high quality, low cost vacation by choosing a Bahamas cruise. Seventy per cent of all cruise visitors to the Bahamas in 2010 were on a Bahamaso nly cruise, added Mr Vanderpool Wallace. 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MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON More people bought previously owned homes in November, the third increase in four months after the worst summer season in more than a decade. Still, economists say it could take years for home sales to return to healthy levels. Buyers bought homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.68 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. Even with the rise, this year is shaping up to be the worst for home sales since 1997. Economists say it could take at least two years or longer to return to a more n ormal level for sales of around 6 million units a year. "The housing market is still flat on its back, but there are signs that it is starting to pick itself up," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. "Even with the improvements we expect, next year will still be a very weak market." The housing market is still struggling to recover from a boom-bust cycle which helped trigger a severe economic recession. Home prices have tumbled in most markets and many potential buyers worry that prices could fall further. The median price of a home sold in November was $170,600. Z andi said he expects prices will fall another 5 percent f rom where they are now, hitting a bottom in the summer of next year. A major problem is the glut of unsold homes on the market. Those numbers fell to 3.71 million units in November. It would take 9.5 months to clear them off the market at the November sales pace. Most analysts say a six to seven-month supply represents a healthy supply of homes. Analysts said the situation is much worse when the "shadow inventory" of homes is taken into account. These are homes that are in the early stages of the foreclosure process but have not been put on the market yet for resale. David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor's in New York, said when these homes are added, the inventory level would actually be about double where it is now. "There is a big shadow inventory out there of houses that are in the process of foreclosure or are underwater and will go into foreclosure," Wyss said. "We are still bouncing along the bottom in housing." Patrick Newport, a housing economist at IHS Global Insight, said he believed sales of previously owned homes could actually drop farther in 2011, dipping to 4.6 million u nits and then begin a gradual recovery in 2012. He said it c ould take until 2014 for sales to return to around 6 million units. For November, sales were up in all regions of the country led by an 11.7 percent rise in the West. Sales were up 6.4 percent in the Midwest, 2.9 percent in the South and 2.7 percent in the Northeast. The November increase was driven by a 6.7 percent rise in sales of single-family homes which pushed activity in this area to an annual rate of 4.15 million units. Sales of condominiums dropped 1.9 percent to a rate of 530,000 units. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEW YORK Oil prices climbed past $90 on Wednesday as the U.S. government reported a drop in the nation's crude stockpiles, according to Associated Press Benchmark oil for February delivery rose 66 cents to settle at $90.48 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In its weekly petroleum report, the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said crude supplies dropped by 5.3 million barrels last week from the week before. That's more than twice the decline expected by analysts surveyed by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos. EIA said gasoline supplies grew by more than 2 million barrels. Analysts said the drop appeared to be due to year-end inventory adjustments rather than significantly higher demand or a shortage of imports. "Traders should not be fooled by a big draw from today's DOE data," said Stephen Schork, editor of the Schork Report newsletter. While shrinking oil inventories could help support higher prices, he noted that total supplies remain more than 10 percent above the 2004-2008 period. Energy consultants Cameron Hanover said oil prices have been climbing and pulling up gasoline prices because investors are optimistic about the U.S. economy. Recent developments like the extension of tax cuts and the Fed's bond-buying stimulus program have convinced many that the economy will i mprove and, with it, demand for oil and gas. T he economic news Wednesday did not throw much cold water on that. The Commerce Department said GDP rose at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between July and September, slightly below what analysts expected but an improvement from an earlier estimate. And the National Association of Realtors said sales of previously occupied homes rose almost 6 percent in November. In other trading on the Nymex, heating oil added 1.21 cents to settle at $2.5285 a gallon, gasoline gained 2.60 cents to settle at $2.4245 a gallon and natural gas picked up 9.3 cents to settle at $4.152 per 1,000 cubic feet. In London, Brent crude rose 45 cents to settle at $93.65 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. OIL TOPS $90 AS US SAYS CRUDE STOCKS SHRANK Sales of previously occupied homes go up in November INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
JEANNINE AVERSA, A P Economics Writer WASHINGTON Expectations for economic growth next year are are turning more optimistic now that Americans will have a little more cash in their pockets. A cut in workers' Social S ecurity taxes and rising consumer spending have led economists to predict a strong start for 2011. Still, most people won't feel much better until employers ramp up hiring and people buy more homes. Analysts are predicting econ omic growth next year will come in next year close to 4 percent. It would mark an improvement from the 2.8 perc ent growth expected for this y ear and would be the strongest showing since 2000. "Looking ahead, circumstances are ripe for the econom y to develop additional traction," said Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at MFR Inc. in New York. He is estimating growth for 2011 to be above 3.5 percent. The economy grew at a mode rate pace last summer, reflecting stronger spending by businesses to replenish stockpiles, the Commerce Department r eported Wednesday. Gross d omestic product increased at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter. That's up from the 2.5 percent pace e stimated a month ago. While businesses spent more to build inventories, consumers spent a bit less. M any analysts predict the e conomy strengthened in the October-December quarter. They think the economy is growing at a 3.5 percent pace or b etter mainly because consumers are spending more freely again. Still, the housing market r emains a drag on the slowly i mproving economy. The National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday that more people bought prev iously owned homes rose in November. The sales pace rose 5.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.68 million units. Even with the gain, sales are still well below what analysts consider a healthy pace. E ven if analysts are right about 2011 being a better year for the economy, growth still wouldn't be strong enough to d ramatically lower the 9.8 percent unemployment rate. By some estimates, the economy would need to grow by 5 p ercent for a full year to push d own the unemployment rate by a full percentage point. Even with growth at around 4 percent, as many analysts predict, t he unemployment rate is still expected to hover around 9 percent. The third-quarter's perform ance marks an improvement f rom the feeble 1.7 percent growth logged in the April-June quarter. The economy's growth slowed sharply then. Fears a bout the European debt crisis roiled Wall Street and prompted businesses to limit their spending. It sure looks like the 'soft p atch' is over," said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight. In the third quarter, greater s pending by businesses on replenishing their stocks was the main factor behind the slight upward revision to GDP. Consumers boosted their spending at a 2.4 percent pace. That was down from a 2.8 percent growth rate previously esti-m ated. Even so, consumers i ncreased their spending at the fastest pace in four years. The slight downward revision reflected less spending on h ealth care and financial services than previously estimated. More recent reports from r etailers, however, show that s hoppers are spending at a greater rate in the final months of the year. Companies are discounting m erchandise to lure shoppers. A price gauge tied to the GDP report showed that prices excluding food and energy r ose at a 0.5 percent pace in the third quarter, the slowest quarterly pace on records going back to 1959. Americans have more reas ons to be confident. Stock prices are rising, helping Amer i cans regain vast losses in wealth suffered during the r ecession. Job insecurity remains a problem, but the hiring market is slowly improving. And loans aren't as difficult to obtain for those with solid credi t histories. Even with the improvements, t hough, consumers are showi ng some restraint. In the past, lavish spending by consumers propelled the economy to grow at a rapid pace. After the 19811 982 recession, the economy expanded at a 9.3 percent clip. Consumers increased their spending at an 8.2 percent pace. C onsumers have yet to display that level of confidence in the economy. While hiring is improving, employers stilla ren't adding enough jobs to lower the unemployment rate. Even with stronger economi c growth anticipated for next year, analysts predict it will still take until near the end of this decade to drop unemployment b ack down to a more normal 5.5 percent to 6 percent level. T he government's estimate of GDP in the July-Septemberq uarter was its third and final one. The government makes at otal of three estimates for any g iven quarter. Each new reading is based on more complete information. GDP measures the value of a ll goods and services from machinery to manicures pro-d uced within the United States. 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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM includes: radio, cinema and television adverts, w eb banners, mobile telephone screens, web p op-up, bus stop benches, magazines, newspapers, sides of buses, banners, taxicab doors, stickers in supermarkets, shopping cart handles, billboards, printed flyers, cinema and television ads,a nd the backs of event tickets. Radio Advertising While radio is a favourite of advertisers and the p ublic alike, the most resourceful buys are those scheduled around drive time in the morning and evening when people are on their way to and from work. B litz Adverting If you see a commercial for a certain candy bar dozens of times, I suspect the next time youre ina convenience store and see that candy bar again, y oure most likely to purchase one without any reasoning. Newspaper Advertising Are you aware that advertising to the wrong d emographic can result in a low turnaround on your investment? Today, most local newspapers have been fighting back by revamping their designs to appeal to younger readers, adding c olour and more appealing features. Are there drawbacks? Advertisements work best and cost less when planned and prepared in advance. For example, you'll pay less per ad in newspapers a nd magazines by agreeing to run several ads over time rather than deciding issue by issue. On-line Advertising B usinessmen continuously try to do more because they want more, so an extension of your office on the Internet is a viable and effectivem edium that will instantly draw a larger worldwide market. For instance, your communicationc ould be seen by millions of people 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, e ven while you sleep. Whats more, you save on printing, mailing costs, time and money for s ales and distribution. It is really cost effective. Measuring Ad e ffectiveness: There are many ways to measure whether onl ine advertising is serving its intended purpose. One significant benefit is that you can track the p rogress in a pay-per-click advertising service like Google Adwords, as it tells how many times a user visited your website and when. Some tracking tools can also alert you to which advertise ments directly resulted in a sale. This is powerful, since it helps to place more emphasis on the items that are evidently more successful. Billboards It is no wonder that so many business owners are currently using lighted billboard advertisem ent. These constant moving message boards are one of my favourite graphical outreaches. They are colourful, creative and eye-catching, a nd also reach thousands on a daily basis. S easonal promotions are great for advertising specialist items or seasonal products. Perhaps you sell products that only your store has locally, such as musical instruments. A dvertising special seasonal items, such as Christmas trees, can bring additional sales at certain times of the year. Perhaps someone has been thinking about purc hasing a new mattress, and when they learn a bout your store having a sale, it could be just the incentive to make a purchase. Hours of operation N othing is more frustrating than going to a store and realising it is closed. What do you think happens then? Absolutely! The potential customer will go elsewhere, especially if the item is u rgent. One of the benefits of advertising the d ays and hours of your store is to help prevent loss of sales. Word of mouth is said to be one of the fastest forms of advertising, and its true. A satisfied customer will often tell others of your superior message and their exceptional experience, which can result in increased sales for your business. But wait, dont smile too much y et, as a dissatisfied customer can be just as effect ive in a negative way. Competitive advantage Regardless of the medium, advertising during b ad economic times is critical. According to studies, promotion during a sluggish economy clearly creates a competitive advant age and capitalises on the synergies achieved through print and web sites. Essentially, you ought to give your customers compelling reasons to contact you. If your advertisement is drab and fails to grab the attention,d ont be troubled if customers do not respond. Timing is everything. O ne principle in advertising is placing your ads in strategic places that deliver the best results. A dvertising by itself may not create an instant customer base, cure bad management, produce instant cash, repair poor customer service, or sell unwanted products and services, but it will generate attention if you plan and strategise vigi-l antly. One study found that an ad which enjoys good e xecution but has poor selling proposition is 60 per cent likely to have an inferior persuasive s core. To this end, I am convinced that if consumers c an easily find a reason why they should buy your product or service, it is then that your ad or commercial would have served its purpose. Businessmen know your target customers and design a message that will sell and suit their need. I f you don't advertise, they may never find you, and if they dont find you, you wont make a s ale. Knowing is half the battle. So until we meet a gain, enjoy life, have fun and stay on top of your game. Happy Holidays! NB: The author encourages feedback at: email@example.com Advertising your greatest benefit F ROM page 2B
RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS RELIGION SECTION C PG 8 THURSDAY DECEMBER 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNES The Chur ch of God dedicates HM Pinder Senior Citizens Day Car e Center
Thursday, December 23, 2010 PG 9 By ALESHACADET T ribune Features Reporter T HE DEVOTED members of the Church of God Cathedral, East Street and Lily of the Valley Corner recently dedicated the HM Pinder Senior Citizens Day Care Center situated through Lily of the Valley Corner. This Center was designed and named in honour of the Churchs former Pastor, RevDr Harcourt Maxwell Pinder, who served faithfully fr om 1972 to 2003. He passed away at the age of 77 on August 13, 2009. Tribune understands that this project is the brain child of the pr esent Pastor Rev Dr Moses A Johnson Sr which star ted four years ago as a dr eam. The friends, parishioners, and the business community all came together to make this dr eam a reality. In an inter view with T ribune Religion Bishop Johnson said the center was builtin close range of the church, about five properties away. "W e bought the pr oper ty and built the center without having to go to the bank. We plan to open the center within the first quar ter of the new year 2011." Bishop Johnson said they decided to open a senior citzen centr e because there ar e a lot of people out ther e that are investing in young people and the members feel as if the senior citizens ar e often overlooked in our nation. "We thought that this particular center would memorialise Bishop Pinder." He continued: "W e also wanted to be in the area of the church, we want to give back to the community with assisting per sons who are in the twilight of their years." Bishop Johnson confir med that the building is valued at $650,000. The two stor ey building consists of the Day Car e Center down stairs and a Youth Activity Center upstairs in honour of the late Rev Michael A West. He was our youth pastor for three years who died at the tender age of 29. The second story will be called the Michael W est youth activity center. "The building consist of a living room, of fice room, kitchen, bathrooms, lounge chairs. Persons will also be there to care for the citizens, Bible studies will also be available. Its all to make their life more meaningful." He added: We want to give special thanks to the family of the late Ida Hall in whose honour the kitchen was named. This family donated all the furniture for the kitchen among other items. The widow of Bishop Pinder Sis Hazel Pinder and her family donated fur niture for the sitting ar eas. Giving special thanks to everyone, Bishop Johnson said: T o God be the glor y great things He has done. We want to thank corporate Bahamas for all their assistance and those individuals who gave liberally towar d this cause. It is the vision of Pastor Johnson to make a major impact in the community The church is investing in other properties in the same vicinity to enhance its Out Reach Ministry. Coming next year is Soup and Clothing day once per month. A Sunday School has also been started at the HM Pinder Center on Sunday after noons. It is our hope to win the lost at any cost. The Tribune RELIGION The Chur ch of God dedicates HM Pinder Senior Citizens Day Car e Center DEDICATION SONG: Minister Rachael Mackey singing a melody for members of the church. DEDICATION: Bishop Moses Johnson offers his dedication of the new HM Pinder Day Care Center. PROUD DAY: Bishop John Humes and Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd in attendance at the service.
The Tribune PG 10 Thursday, December 23, 2010 RELIGION The Christmas Story W hat in your life would be different if you had no Saviour? How would you feel when you were burdened with sin and there was no way to be washed anew and set free from the weight of the guilt? What if you had made a terrible mistake in your youth and now fifty years later, you still could not forgive yourself? What a wonder ful thing it is to know that our burdens were lifted on Calvary by the burden bearer. What a sweet relief it is to be able to go to God in prayer and leave the past completely behind, using the valuable lessons learnt, but no longer tormented by the shame. The blessings ar e innumerable when we think of each new day as a clean page, a fresh start. Suppose we had no recourse when we became ill and could find no medical assistance that made a difference? What would we do when we r eceived tragic news and we had no-one to whom we could tur n for consolation? Where would we find hope when faced with ugliness and evil? Thank God we have a Saviour who is a Healer, and sends the Comforter to keep us facing tomorrow with inner strength beyond our previous experience. Give God the praise for being our anchor in the storm, our strong tower in spiritual battle. Wher e would we go when our limitations are obvious, our weaknesses persist, temptations rage, hear ts br eak, the walls close in and there is no place to run? How would we come to our senses, orr egain our perspective if we only had bars, gyms, malls and such places to which we could escape? With grateful hearts, we celebrate the bir th of the church made possible by the birth of Our Lord. It is so sweet to trust in Jesus; it is a blessed assurance to know the per sonal and private love of God. To sit in the quiet of a sanctuary, to gaze at the wood of the cr oss, to be bathed in the light of stained glass windows, to feel the power of centuries of prayers, is to be eternally grateful for eter nal life, and to pos sess a ver y present hope in time of trouble. This is the Christmas stor y fr om our point of view. Our God love us and saves us with a Son, and we ar e never without access to love, joy peace, hope, faith, strength and wisdom. Is this the stor y of your life? Do you know Who was born in Bethlehem and has He changed your life for ever? If you are not willing to fall down and worship him, your Christmas has not yet come. Dont remain trapped in November. Dont allow your Advent to never end. Remove your hands from covering your ears and allow the host of angels to sing your hear t happy this year His story is our story. Celebrate Gods grace r evealed on Christmas Day. REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD PALACIOUS MEDITATION Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
The Tribune By MACIE E. DA WKINSHANNA CONGRA TULATIONS to Toastmasters Paulette and Johanzel Stuar t, members of Cable Beach West Branch Toastmasters Club 6796 on their or dination as ministers of the gospel in Temple Fellowship Ministries, Davis Street, Oakes Field. The cer emonies wer e pr esided over by Bishop Cannel F Swain, in the presence of a crowded congregation as witnesses, as the Stuar ts pledged their solemn commitment to God to teach and to pr each the gospel of Gods Kingdom. As members of the local Toastmasters organisation Pastors Paulette and Johanzel Stuar t join many persons of the various professions who use membership inthe programme to bring a new dimension to their pr ofessional lives. Many college and university graduates find that membership inT oastmasters is very rewarding. The programme provides training in communication and leadership skills that cannot be found anywhere else. So Pastors Paulette and Johanzel join other members of the programme who are also clergymen in their respective religious organisations: some of whom ar e bishops, priests, evangelists and other ministers of the gospel. They are not the only professionals in the programme. There are lawyers, doctors, engineers, bankers, accountants, teachers and many others. T oday, we encourage the newly or dained ministers, Pastor Paulette Stuar t, Ph.D. and Pastor Johanzel Stuart, M.A.; to let their light so shine that others may see what the T oastmasters pr ogramme can do to impr ove the quality life for mem bers and persons in the wider Bahamian community. The Club meets ever y T uesday night at 7:00 pm at Sheraton Nassau Beach Resor t, West Bay Street. Thursday, December 23, 2010 PG 11 RELIGION T oastmasters become ordained ministers TM Paulette StuartTM Johansel Stuart
By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer A COUPLE that has the patience enough to deal, is selfless enough to com promise, and extends unconditional love even when they donot want to, is meritorious. Realising that keeping a marriage going is not easy and r equir es the str ength of Samson and the patience of Job, Marriage Keepers, a nonprofit organisation saw fit to honour couples that have kept their mar riages together for over 40 years. This was part of the Marriage Keepers 12th anniversary celebration that was held at Superclub Breezes. And during that time, five couples wer e honour ed. e held our anniversary celebration a few weeks ago and we decided to honour couples that kept their mar riages togeth er for mor e than for ty years. W e wanted to sensitise and give encouragement to couples that may be experiencing difficulty in their relationship. We want to show couples that no matter what they ar e going thr ough their marriage can last, said Sandra Sealy founder of Mar riage Keepers. As the family str ucture is under attack Marriage Keepers is just one organisation designed to help couples strengthen their bonds, rekindle love, and create positive changes in a r elationship that maybe spiraling downwards. And in assisting couples with their r elationships, Mrs Sealy believes that the organisation is doing something incr edible for the community. e network to strengthen marriages. We also provide pre-marital counseling wher e we ensur e that couples have the sound background knowledge before taking that step to say I do, she said. The group has been pivotal in helping people with their issues. Mrs Sealy said over the years they have been able to advise couples on when it is the right time for mar riage. They have even helped a a divor ced couple get back together So many couples would come would to me asking me for my advice. There are couples who want to str engthen their mar riages and we have been able to help them do that. There was a couple who was even married, got divorce and remarried. Some couples have the answer to their problems but dont know how to apply it to their cir cumstances and that s wher e we come in, Mrs Sealy explained. There are some persons who shy away from marriage because they believe it may rob them of their freedom or they don t want to give an account for their actions. However, Mrs Sealy gave a word of advice to the person that shies away from the idea of an eternal commitment. Mrs Sealy said: Its better to mar ry than to burn with lust. To help that person we would have to ask them why is it that they dont want to get married? Why is it that they shy away fr om the idea of marriage and we are here to give individuals the principal. We want to give couples comprehensive marriage insurance, she explained. Mar riage Keepers is non-denominational group, which means that person with all r eligious affiliation can seek assistance fr om the or ganisation. W e ar e not a denominational gr oup. W e are black, we are white, we are all colours, Mrs Sealy said. Cur r ently the or ganisation is changing fr om its biweekly meetings to gr oup meetings. Persons interested in joining the Marriage Keepers group can contact 325-8193. The Tribune PG 12 Thursday, December 23, 2010 RELIGION Keeping things together PROUD COUPLE: Edward & Edith Beckford recieve their award. STILL SMILING: Mr and Mrs Anthony Beckford were just one of the couples honoured at the Marriage Keepers anniversar y celebration. TOGETHER FOREVER: Mr and Mrs Basil Johnson were given special commenda tion for maintaining a healthy relationship for forty years.
B y REV LAISH BOYD Bishop of the Anglican Diocese (KJV And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bringy ou good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Oftentimes, as human beings on the earthly journey, we do not feel as if we are getting what we want out of life. If you were to ask ten people or one hundred people or ten thousand people what non-material things they yearn for most in their lives, you would probably get a lot of the same answers: Happiness Peace of mind A closer relationship with God Better family relationships A peaceful home A clear conscience A good name A higher degree of personal integrity More respect of other people Better relationships with people in general These are all commendable goals, the kinds of things that we should all work towards and the kinds of things that do bring lasting peace. However they are all things that we individuals can do a lot to accom plish for ourselves. We live in a TV, instant-coffee, microwave-meal, fast-food world. W e want life to gratify us and to do it now. We want to be served.Human beings often look outside of self for answers, for satisfaction and for fulfilment. W e like to blame other people for our unhappiness or failure: the government, the society, the culture, the times we live in, the economy, my family, my neighbours are all to blame, and I am simply an innocent, helpless victim. This is nonsense. Beloved friends in Christ, WE shape our lives and our own destiny What we get out of life is based on what WE put in and how WE r espond to realities beyond our control. All of the deep desires listed earlier are things that we can work on in our lives for ourselves. No gover nment can do these things for us. No cultur e or downtur n in the economy can steal them fr om us. How do we accomplish these goals? Allow God, and God's planto control your life. Embrace the Bible's teaching as your guide for living. As the Epistle writer says: Let the wor d of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to t he Lord C olossians 3:16. In addition, this Christmas, seek to take a n umber of simple steps that bring lasting peace. 1. Put God first and foremost, His ways and His truth. Remember the biblical injunction: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33. 2. Make time to worship him in private and in public. Connection with the Divine is priceless. We rob ourselves of our full humanity when we have no space to worship God. 3. Lead your home, children, family or household along these lines. If you believe in something that is true and lasting, influence those ar ound you accordingly. 4. Strive to do what is right. You'll have less of a conscience pr oblem afterwards. Doing what is right is difficult, but it is surely best in the long r un. 5. When you make a mistake, admit it and seek to cor rect your mistake and/or to make amends for it. When you ignor e or refuse to acknowledge your own error, it wounds your spirit terribly and diminishes your capacity to r each your full potential. 6. Honour and respect all people no matter who they are or where they have come from. Everybody is somebody's loved one, even if he/she may not be your loved one. And every person is loved and valued by God. 7. T ry to build up and to heal and to affirm wherever you go: be a par t of the solution and not a par t of the problem. 8. Try to live in a way that others will be glad to have known you. Let even the stranger and the passing acquaintance be happy for the encounter with you. 9. Speak the tr uth in love. People may not be happy with you now, but they will r espect you in the long run. 10. Always do the best you can no mor e, no less. 11. Make time r egularly for family your own household and your immediate family, but also your relatives and friends. 12. Be a true friend to someone or some people. You don't need The Tribune Thursday, December 23, 2010 PG 13 RELIGION Christmas Message 2010 money to do that. You only need to care humbly and sincerely. These are things that WE can do. No government, no hard times, no society can take t hese things from us. These are things which we do to build a life of integrity and to make o ur environment a better place. These are things which, at the end of the day, make us happy and fulfilled. These things spring from within a person and, when Christians do them, they make the love of Christ and the message of the Holy Gospel real and relevant in people's lives. If you touch enough lives, you eventually touch the neighbourhood, the island and even the nation. This Christmas you will probably do lots of different activities: shop, give gifts, go to parties, share in family gatherings, go to Junkanoo, attend concerts and productions, etc. But I implor e you to go to church that's right, find yourself in the House of God. We can commune with God anywhere, but we have to admit that there is something special about holy gr ound and God's House. And don't stop there. Don't just go to chur ch. Also commit yourself to DOING those things that no one can do for you and that hard times cannot take from you... all of the things whichI have talked about w hich make for peace and build up t he common life. Anglicans in The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands, this is the good tidings of great joy that Luke talks about when the angels spoke to the shepherds in the field abiding. (HYMN 55 (A & M) VERSE 5: Forth from His Father to the world He goes, Back to the Father's Face His way regains, Far down to souls beneath His glor y shows, Again at God's right hand victorious reigns. Have a blessed Christmas Season and a happy new year! Bishop Laish Boyd
B y BISHOPDR ELGARNET RAHMING Church of God of Prophecy A T THISvery special time and festive season of the year, we pause from the normal hustle and bustle of life to reflect n Gods goodness anew, and to appreciate and celebrate with understanding and thanksgiving, the adventof the Christ Child into this world over two millennia ago. This blessed season of advent is marked by a wonderful spirit of joy, of hope, of expectation, of anticipation,and of preparation and longing. Yes, there is a longing and a yearning for deliverance fr om the injustices and the evils of this sin cursed world. As we are all aware, lawlessness, crime and violence, murders, the fear of crime, the high cost of living, the present state ofthe economy job redundancy and all of the other vexing state of affairs in our land have br ought many to the brink of hopelessness and despair. However all is not lost. In the midst of our social challenges ther e is progress, development and growing opportunities for a brighter future for many.I n the midst of our social challenges, the Almighty God is blessing our fair land with favour and sustained economic growth. Moreover, God is blessing our beloved land with redeeming grace and with spiritual str ength and prosperity. And so, no matter how dark the day might seem, there is hope in God. The spirit of advent is the spirit of hope. This, my friends, is the season of hope. Hope is not based on what one has. Y ou see, friends, due to cir cumstances beyond your control, you may not have many things that you desir e to have at this Christmastime. However if you have hope in God, if you know that God is with you and that He will come through for you regardless to your situation and circumstance, that is all thatr eally matters. God is unfailing. Expect, long for, yearn for, and expect to receive the best from God. Anticipate His working on your behalf. Keep hope alive!! The Psalmist declared to himself, WHY ART THOU CAST DOWN, O MY SOUL? AND WHY ART THOU DISQUIETED WITHIN ME? HOPE THOU IN GOD: FOR I SHALL YET PRAISE HIM, WHO IS THE HEALTH OF MY COUNTENANCE, AND MY GOD. (Psalm 42:11) And so, my friends, it is that hope, however faint at times; it is that GOD, however distant He might seem sometimes; which brings to this world the anticipation of a King who will someday r ule over His people and in all His creation with truth, justice and righteousness. Y es, hope thou in God. The spirit of advent is hope. Those who believe in Jesus Christ ought not allow their hope to be thwarted by lifes adverse circumstances. The reality of human existence is that Gods people experience a physical existence the same way others do.C hristians get sick and die. Christians are victims of violent crimes, and Christians are hurtand killed in traffic accidents, in train and plane crashes, in bombings, in wars, in natural disasters, and, in some parts of the world, in famine. And so, at this blessed Yuletide Season, let us hope not in circumstances, but in the unfailing God. Let us hope in the God who reveals Himself as the God of newness, of creativity, of endless possibility, of redemption, and of transformation, deliverance and victor y. Jesus Christ is alive and well! Friends, keep your hope in Jesus alive. For this is the season of hope. My wife, Minister Jacqueline and our childr en, Pastor Jarenda, Janeene, Jadeena and Elgarnet, Jr., join me in extending to you and your family a very Merry Christmas in Christ, and the hope of a happy and pr osperous New Y ear in Him. God bless you all! The Tribune PG 14 Thursday, December 23, 2010 RELIGION Christmas greetings Bishop Dr Elgarnet Rahming ON DECEMBER 18, The Christ Chur ch Cathedral Ensemble brought the joy of the Christmas message of giving from their hearts to a group of residents at The Unity House. In spite of the busy schedule which we all have, we at The Christ Church Cathedral Brass Ensemble recognise that Christmas for many of our people may not be as happy during this occasion. Christmas can be a lonely time for many folks and in keeping with our commitment to supporting the community, playing at the retirement home has become another Christ Chur ch Cathedral Brass Ensemble tradition, said Cathy Jirjaklke, Dir ector of The Christ Chur ch Cathedral Ensemble. According to the director, members of the ensemble look forward to being able to gr eet and extend a hand of fellowship to the staf f and residents of the home, and to fill the afternoon with familiar tunes of Christmas music. It is such a special treatto see the smiles on the faces of r esidents. It was not just a special treat for those whom we shared with, but was a special tr eat for ensemble members, it is such a wonderful feeling when we are able to set aside time to spend with the residents of the home, and after all that is what Christmas is all about, commented Ms Jirjahlke. e're glad they were able to come again this year, and we appreciate that very much. It puts everyone in the holiday spirit and brings out the best in our residents. It's hear twarming to see the smiles on ever yone's faces Rev Janet Smith Butler Administrator/Founder Unity House said. To further spread the Christmas cheer to The Unity House, the ensemble members brought along food items, clothing and Christmas gifts. The Christ Chur ch Cathedral Brass Ensemble, with a r eper toire of 10 popular Christmas songs, filled the courtyard. Musical selections including Christmas favourites: Come all ye Faithful, Hark the Herald, The First Noel, Angels we have hear d on High wer e enjoyed by all. Christ Chur ch Cathedral ensemble shares the spirit of Christmas The Christ Church Cathedral Ensemble
By REV WR 'BILL' HIGGS President Bahamas Conference ofThe Methodist Church Too Much StressToo Many Taxes Crime at an All-Time High Strife Everywhere Violence and Abuse Rampant These could be today's headlines but they could equally have been the headlines around the time Jesus was bor n. 'Emmanuel'-announced hundreds of years before He was born, and fulfilled in the arrival of Jesusmeans God is with us. Jesus the Messiah-comes into a world that is looking for economic and political solutions, not spiritual values. J esus the Prince of Peace-arrives in the midst of conflict caused by the Roman occupation of Israel. Jesus full of 'grace and truth'-is hunted by a power-hungry politician, and becomes a refugee even in His infancy. Jesus who would model righteousness-finds Himself in a situation where dishonesty and corruption are the norm. Jesus who would teach the way of lovemakes His advent into a world with too much hatred and violence, and ends up being treated like a criminal. Just as He did two thousand years a go, Jesus still enters our human experience. Jesus comes into our conflicts and stresses, our problems and difficulties, our relationships and realities. And He brings the same gifts now that He brought long ago Love because people are people, not because of what they can give you; Grace to support, help and care, even when there's no reward or benefit; Forgiveness not based on who deserves it, but on the power to offer it; Peace not because conflict is absent, but because righteousness is present; Joy rooted not in how much we have, but in knowing whose we are. I pray that there will be room in our lives for Jesus and all that God gives us in Him. May we open afresh our hearts, our wills, our attitudes, our values, and make the gifts that Jesus brings part and parcel of our everyday experiences. Just as Jesus came into a world that needed a lot of work, let us bring His presence into our world and work toward making it a better place. Emmanuel. God keeps promises. Jesus is still here, just not as a baby as us! The Tribune Thursday, December 23, 2010 PG 15 RELIGION Christmas Message ST MATTHEW'S Anglican Church located, Shirley and Chur ch Str eets r ecently dedicated their newly r efur bished $1.2 million Parish Hall by naming it in memor y of a former Rector, Bishop Donald R Knowles, OBE. The beautifully appointed multi-pur pose str uctur e is situated on the eastern side of Church Street, just across from the church. It will be used for hosting the chur ch's various pr ograms such as Sunday school, youth groups, special luncheons and drama productions. The Rt Rev Donald Rowland Knowles, OBE was a Caribbean Anglican Bishop in the late 20th centu ry who was born on Long Island, Bahamas on July 14, 1898 and educated at Hatfield College, Dur ham. Following his ordination in 1923, he began his career as a curate on Andros Island after which, he was Priest in charge on Acklins Island. Following his tenure as Rector of St Matthew's Chur ch in Nassau, he ser ved as Archdeacon of The Bahamas. In 1953, he was elevated to the Episcopate as Bishop of Antigua, a post he held for 16 years. Bishop Knowles died on 26 September, 1977. The pr eacher for the special ser vice of consecration and dedication was the Rt Reverend Laish Boyd, Lord Bishop of the Bahamas including the T urks and Caicos Islands. Several members of Bishop Knowles' family were in attendance for the historic event. Followingthe blessing of the building by Bishop Boyd, the engraved commemorative marble tablet was unveiled by Burton and John Knowles, sons of honour ee, Bishop Donald R. Knowles. The ribbon was cut by Bernadette Moultrie, wife of Rev James B Moultrie, Rector of St, Matthew's Chur ch. A delightful luncheon followed the ceremonies. The pr oject was funded by gener ous donations fr om members, friends and benefactors of the church under the theme, Foundations of Faith. St Matthew's Anglican Chur ch holds the distinction of being the country's oldest chur ch, dedicated July 18, 1802. The cur rent Rector is, Farther James B Moultrie, PhD and the Assistant Priest is Farther Don Haynes, MEd. St Matthews Anglican Church dedicates building in memory of former bishop T ABLET UNVEILING: (L-R including the Turks & Caicos Island. Anthony Longley /Photo
The Tribune PG 16 Thursday, December 23, 2010 RELIGION TUESDA Y mor ning br ought a br eath of fresh air as St Peters Parish Outreach Ministry made their bi-monthly tr ek to visit the sick and shut in members living in Long Island. Carols resounded through the crisp winter y air as the Social Outreach Ministry sang during their visit. On T uesday of last week the Island Link arrived at Simms Dock and br ought a pallet of supplies to be shared among the sick, shut-ins and members of the Anglican Church and wider community of Long Island. These were bread basket items sent to the parish annually by r etir ed priest Fr Addison Turnquest and native Long Islander and former rector of St Peters Parish. Fr Bur ton and members wer e grateful for the suppor t and help given. The first stop on the itinerar y was the northern settlement of Seymour s. Members were in jubilant spirits and many were donned in Christmas appar el, celebrating the real reason for the season giving. The St Peter s parish precious pearls should be saluted during this Y uletide season; It is indeed a fitting occasion, said Father Bur ton. Every sick and shut member r eceived a gift from the parish outreach program and some Christmas cookies fr om Fr Bur ton s wife, Coral Burton. Along with the fellowship of members singing Christmas carols together they reminisced on how things wer e back in the day The day was one of fellowship and festive fun. The journey ended in Doctors Creek, Long Island about 12.30pm as the bus and membersr eturned to the rectory. St. Peters Parish Outreach Ministry goes caroling to the sick and shut-ins REACHING OUT: Members of St Peter parish goes Christmas carolling to the sick and shut-ins.