By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AFFIRMING their commitment to keeping the streets safe in the midst of a surge in violent crime, police launched an island-wide night patrol in the capi tal. Commanding officers and top officials from each of the seven major dis tricts in New Providence hit the streets last night in an effort to deter criminal activity through increased presence. Each night patrol teams led by top officials from each district will execute road checks in different areas within their precinct. Emerick Seymour, Chief Superin tendent and officer in charge of the Central Police Station, said: This is just the tip of the iceberg, were starting tonight but we are going to go into the foreseeable future were going to be in different areas every night throughout the island of New Providence. Each 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.9WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 83F LOW 70F F E A T U R E S SEETHEARTS SECTION S P O R T S The fine art of SEESECTIONE photography Sailorman Sands! By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t email@example.com A SPATE of teenage suicide attempts at a Bahamas h igh school forced Ministry of Education officials to dispatch a research team to f ind out if there are com m on socio-economic threads b ehind the disturbing trend. Six students in the public high school system have tried to kill themselves during the fall term from Sep tember to December said adolescent psychologist Ster ling Gardiner, of the ministry's Special Services Unit. Four of these students attend the Anatol Rodgers High School, at Faith Avenue South, Nassau, "It has increased. For instance, right here in New Providence we've had two last week at one of the high schools, and that will make that the fifth or sixth for the term, most of them at one particular school, Anatol Rodgers. Compared to lasty ear, we had about two and both were in the out islands," said Mr Gardiner,w ho did not have more d etailed statistics. In September, a distressed 15-year-old student at the school was thwarted by an administrator but not before the teenager injured himself with a pair of scissors. The boy was talking to an official about his personal problems shortly before he began cutting himself. Education Minister Desmond Bannister called the incident a "cry for help" from the student. Education officials want to know if the worrisome development is a symptom of deeper issues affecting southern New Providence. Students enrolled at the school come from nearby South Beach, Carmichael and Cow Pen Road. Ministr y team attempts to f ind reasons for trend McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM School in shock suicide bid rate BAHAMAS BIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E P OLICE officers from the S outh Western Division have broken up three major house break-in rings, and are searching for the leaders of two other gangs. S howcasing thousands of dollars worth of electronics, jewellery, and other household items stolen from homes over the past few months, Superintendent Paul Rolle said officers have 10 people in custody in r elation to 44 house break-ins. They also expect to charge another six people they have inc ustody with a number of other THREE MAJOR HOUSE BREAK-IN RINGS SMASHED SEE page nine SEE page nine SEE page nine POLICE L AUN CH ISL ANDWIDE NIGHT P ATROL By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THERE is no policy or legal provision giving anyone in customs the authority to allow people to bring in airplanes without paying duty, Glenn Gomez, Comptroller of Customs, said yesterday There appears to have been some reason as to why the taxes were not collected. I am not privy to those reasons. I am not going to go back to try to find those people in retirement and ask them why. It happened. It is not my fault. It went on. My job is to cor rect that, said Mr Gomez, who assumed the head office in the Department of Cus toms last year. Members of the Bahamas Aviation Association claim it has always, always been the stated position of customs that CUSTOMS CANNOT ALLOW AIRPLANES IN C OUNTR Y WITHOUT P AYING DUTY SEE page nine By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Government is actively considering steps to regulate the gold-buying industry in the Bahamas, according to Minister of Finance Zhivargo Laing. Police note that there is no substantial evidence at this time to link the increase in break-ins and robberies to the increase of operators in the goldbuying industry. However, residents and victims of theft on two islands insist the growing number of robberies are directly correlated to the proliferation of gold merchants. Hulan Hanna, assistant commissioner of police, PATROL: Chief Superintendent Emerick Seymour ( below) speaks to the media last night about the new night patrol which is underway (main picture GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING STEPS TO REGULATE GOLD-BUYING INDUSTRY SEE page nine
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JOB VACANCYCable Bahamas Ltd. Nassau Bahamas Robinson Rd. at Marathon www.cablebahamas.com Job Objective: Responsible for all sales activities, from lead generation through close in an assigned territory. Responsibilities: Oerings within assigned territory in New Providence business owners and decision makers. and clients of the various solutions the company oers to their business issues. including sales calls, presentations, closed sales, and follow-up Tools to maintain accurate records to maximize territory potential. Job Specifications: requirements. Outlook). Please e-mail your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Closing Date: Cable Bahamas Ltd is looking for vibrant and energetic Sales Executives for its Commercial Sales Segment B y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff R eporter cnixon@ tribunemedia.net POLICE announced yesterday that the autopsy on 19-year-old S harmoco Newbold, w ho was shot and killed in Bain Town last week Monday, has been completed. Assistant Commiss ioner Hulan Hanna told The Tribune that Newbolds file has now b een sent to the Coron ers office in preparat ion for an inquest into h is death. Disturbance N ewbold was reportedly shot in the head w hile fleeing from police in the Hospital Lane and MeadowS treet area on November 20. H is death sparked a heated disturbance in t he area, which led to police officers being attacked by a crowd a nd pelted with rocks. Police initially p romised to make a statement on his death by Wednesday lastw eek, but then said they had to await the c ompletion of the autopsy. However, now that t he pathologists report is complete, it is unlikely that there will be a further state-m ent from the police b efore the matter goes before the Coroners Court. THE Bahamas Red Cross Society is Celebrating the Colours of the Bahamas in its Christmas card selection for 2010. The newest card depicts the splendor of the Royal Poinciana in May Bloom an oil on canvas painting by artist Anthony Big Mo Morley. A limited selection of cards remain from the 2009 and 2008 issues, the Red Cross said. The cards are available for purchase and early mailing at Red Cross Headquarters on John F Kennedy Drive. Sales support the ongoing relief efforts of the Red Cross Society throughout the Bahamas. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AGGRESSIVE confrontations between police and Bain Town residents will continue and possibly escalate unless the areas underlying social and economic issues are addressed, Rev CB Moss warned. In a press conference held yesterday, Rev Moss said the anger, grief and frustration expressed by the community following the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Sharmoco Newbold on November 20 was fueled by "long standing major social and economic structural deficiencies. Economic hardship, lack of discipline and a severe shortage of youth programmes, the breakdown of the family, limited and decaying infrastructure and the heavy-handedness of police were liste d as some of the sources of unrest. Although thankfully adverted, the situation threatened to "explode into a bloody riot" said Rev Moss. "The incident in all of its ugliness should be viewed as a wake-up call to the government and other authorities that unless these failures and deficiencies are urgently addressed, similar and even m ore serious incidents will occur. "The residents of Bain Town were traumatised by the tragedy and the effects are still widely felt," said Rev Moss. Conducting walkabouts and issuing press statements will do very little to reduce the high emotions still present in the community. R ev Moss called for a transparent investigation into the death of Newbold and for the results, in their entirety, to be made available to the public. The Bain Town Advancement Association and other residents of the community have requested a meeting with Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to discuss various necessary improvements to law enforcement protocol and other developments that the community deems critical to the orderly and peaceful development of the community. Rev Moss went said that the Bain Town community recognises its responsibility and obligation to contribute to its own advancement and has plans to develop several new initiatives and expand on programmes already in place in this regard. THE BAHAMAS VER YOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER AUTOPSY COMPLETED ON MAN SHOTIN BAIN TOWN Red Cross Celebrating the Colours of the Bahamas THE JUNKANOOER i s one of the designs of the limited selection of cards that remain from 2009 and 2008. THE RED CROSS newest Christmas card depicts a Royal Poinciana in May Bloom. Bain Town confrontations could escalate unless social issues addressed BAINTOWN: Rev CBMoss at the scene of the recent disturbance.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT Six men were arraigned in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrates Court in connection with the seizure of a large quantity of illegal drugs and possession of firearms and ammunition. Ezra Rolle of Bailey Town, Bimini; Shirlin Woodside of South Beach, New Providence; Jeffrey Rolle and Valentino Barr of Lowe Sound, Andros; and Grand Bahama residents Rafael Valdez of Freeport and Lincoln Johnson of Holmes Rock, appeared before Magistrate Gwen Claude. The men were charged with possession of illegal drugs with intent to supply. It is alleged that on November 28, Valdez being concerned together with others was found in possession of over 400 pounds of suspected marijuana. The men were also accused of possessing illegal firearms and ammunition. It is alleged that on November 27, at Bootle Bay, the accused were found in possession of a Magnum and ammunition. It is also alleged that Valdez was found in possession of a 9mm pistol with 16 live rounds of ammunition. The men pleaded not guilty to the charges. Valdez was denied bail and remanded in custody at Fox Hill Prison. The other five men were granted $10,000 bail with sureties. The matter was adjourned to July 13, 2011. In other court matters, Andrew Pinder was charged with possession of an illegal firearm. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted $7,500 bail. The matter was adjourned to March 1, 2011. OPPOSITION Leader Perry Christie, along with a number of his parliamentary colleagues, toured the $198 million first phase of the expansion of the Lynden Pindling International Airport yesterday. Noticeably proud at what he called the fulfillment of plans he left in place before his party left office in 2007, Mr Christie said it was pleasure for he and his colleagues to relive the original vision. Addressing the media outside of the new multi-million dollar US departure terminal, Mr Christie said the project is one that the Bahamian people can be very, very proud of. The first phase of the project, which is expected to be completed and open by March of 2011, includes the construction of a 247,000 sq ft US departure terminal and pier. The second phase will begin in October 2012, and includes the transformation of the existing US Departure terminal into an international terminal, while phase three will involve the construction of a new international and domestic arrivals terminal. At the time of the signing of the multi-million dollar management contract with the Canadian airport management company Vancouver Airport Services (YVRAS t hen minister of aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin, said the move will transform the countrys main gateway by giving LPIA a sense of place. After touring the facility yesterday with her party colleagues, Mrs Hanna-Martin said she was filled with pride. This airport is meant to illustrate, exhibit, and exemplify the importance of our economy and our archipelago configuration. To hear that our artists, our sculptors are going to have pride of place in this airport is such a wonderful experience of pride for me. So I am just very, very pleased. It is in itself an experience as you move through it, they will have bands outside playing Bahamian music. But also, we are an archipelago, this will be the central hub for our archipelago and all of our people will interconnect with each other through this place. And I think it will in that way serve to enhance our oneness, she said. Endorsing what his coll eagues had already said, former minister of tourism, Obie Wilchcombe, added that Grand Bahama likewise needs a company like YVRAS that can create an airport that will bring new business to the Bahamas. So you will have the partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, the partnership with the airport operator, and the government generally, and you will then ensure that your numbers will continue to improve, that your countrys economy continues to grow, and that you are presenting what they said already will be the best in the entire Caribbean, Mr Wilchcombe said. Mr Christie added: This is clearly a project that the PLPe nvisioned and left in place. It began when we came to powe r and had a disastrous experience when briefed that runway 1432 was a disaster waiting to take place. And we had to therefore embark on making that ready for the kind of industry that we have. And so truly beginning with that experience, and moving through the management agreement, the appointment, and where we are today, we are pleased as a political organisation, he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Christie relives Airport vision A JUDICIAL review will be sought over the decision to allow for the redevelopment of Bell Island, according to a local attorney. In a press release, attorney Keod Smith stated that steps will be taken to start a judicial review of the decision by Environment Minis ter Earl Deveaux to grant permission to dredge and excavate more than 12 acres of land and sea at the 349acre island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Plans to dredge three areas to accommodate vessels up to 150 ft long, exca vate a marina and redevelop a barge landing, were submitted by Islands of Discovery Ltd after Prince Karim Aga Khan bought the island last year. The permits will allow developers to excavate 4.32 acres of upland area for the yacht basin, 2.56 acres of marine area for an outer channel, 4.28 acres of marine area for a barge landing and 1.9 acres of marine area for the outer area of the barge landing within 11 months. Mr Smith said: I have been authorised to say that steps will be taken to com mence judicial review of the decision of Dr Deveaux in his capacity as minister to allow for the redevelopment of Bell Island in the manner which has been announced by him, his ministry and the BNT. The impact upon my clients, who are Bahamian citizens, is that the pristine nature of the park and the marine and land habitat of creatures inclusive of those that are endangered and/or under statutory protection will be put in jeopardy. This decision therefore will have a grave economic impact upon my clients and followed a process which we assert is both illegal and procedurally unfair. Mr Smith did not name his clients, stating only that he was approached by concerned citizens who wanted to explore the legal options available to them. JUDICIAL REVIEW TO BE SOUGHT OVER BELL ISLAND DECISION, SAYS LOCAL ATTORNEY Six in court in connection with seizure of drugs and the possession of fir ear ms and ammunition COUR T NEWS O P POSITION L E ADER P ARLIAMENTARYCOLLEAGUESTOUR $198 M FIRSTPHASEOFEXPANSION PERRY CHRISTIE EARLDEVEAUX
EDITOR, The Tribune. In the 23rd October edition of The Nassau Guardian appeared a letter from a senior resident of SanS alvador, who had no problem signing his name to an a rticle, calling for the erection of a statue in memory of the late Sir Milo Butler,a nd gave his reasons for making such a call. I disa greed with his call, and wrote to the press giving my reasons for so doing. Int odays publication (16th N ov. 2010) in the Letters to the Editor column of The Nassau Guardian is anotherl etter, whose author chose not to use his/her moniker, b ut rather hide under the blanket of a Concerned Citizen while making ani mpassioned plea for the erection of a 25 or 30 foot b ronze statue to commemorate the late Sir Lynden Pindling. I am obliged to repeat the same question that I asked of the senior citizen of San Salvador: For what? The w riter did say that he/she was making what many would consider a strangea nd somewhat startling proposition. I for one do not find it strange or startling. It would appear to me that the writer must have had an ightmare that he/she had mistaken for a dream. He/she said that some mays ay that it sounds unworkable, and even ridiculous; it r eally is. There is nothing, and I mean nothing that is histor-i cal about the round-about at East Street; Lynden Pindling was not born in East Street. There is no documentation to be found any-w here in this country confirming his birth, except an affidavit in 1948 by a Justice of the Peace, claiming that he was born in the Bahamas.I t has been claimed that he attended school in Jamaica until he was about twelve y ears old, when he came to Nassau on a three-masted schooner, The Vera P Thornhill, which plied between The Turks and Caicos, Nassau and Kingston, Jamaica, in care of one Mr Williams, the cook. He lived with his father on East Street until he left for the UK in the late 1940s to study law. While reading this letter, I was wondering if the writer was really referring to the Lynden Oscar Pindling whose father was a member of The Bahamas Police Force, who used to reside on the corner of Odle Corner and East Street next to the Coakleys. There must be another person with the same moniker whom the writer is referring to. To call the terms in reference to Lynden Pindlings status that were posthumously bestowed on him by political counterparts, viz: Father of the Nation, bringing into being Majority Rule, Fighting for Independence, and many more myths, meagre, is sheer lunacy. Lynden Oscar Pindling did make some substantial contributions to our social structure, but those mentioned above that are commonly referred to as contributions of his, are not among them. National Insurance, educating of the masses and the creation of a number of black millionaires, were his major contributions. He did absolutely nothing to earn the title of Father of the Nation, except being in the right place at the right time. Sir Randol Fawkes and Sir Alvin Braynen were responsible for bringing about Majority Rule, and as far as Independence for the Bahamas is concerned, no one had to fight for that. D uring the 1967 and 1968 General elections, Pindling and his party, the PLP cam-p aigned against Independence, telling the masses t hat if the UBP won the election, they would take the country into Independencea nd make slaves out of all black people. There are a n umber of persons involved in those elections still alive a nd who can attest to that fact. I t was after winning the 1968 elections and realising that Independence wasi nevitable and sensing an opportunity to gain political m ileage and glory from it, that he made an issue out of it. In fact, in his speech fromt he throne in 1968, he said that his government would not seek Independence. There are a large number of young people in this country who are under thei mpression that Lynden Pindling was one of the foundi ng members of the PLP; he was not. All of the members of the PLP, barring none,t hat rose to fame and glory as members of that party, were band waggoners; they hopped on when they saw that it was a very promisingv ehicle on which they could ride to Fame, Glory and Riches. Those who formed the entity, one of whom is still alive today languishingi n an old folks home (William Bill Cartwright in dire circumstances, are forgotten by the Fat Cats of the party, who are enjoyingt he fruits of the sacrifices and hardships rendered to them by the mercantile oli-g archy of that era. Yet we have an unknown writer calling for a 30-foot bronze statue, in these hard financial times, to be erected to one of the usurpers of the party, who became a political tyrant, and reversed racist, who victimised, intim idated and destroyed a galaxy of promising politicians in this nation, while victimising and destroying untold numbers of Bahamian families in his ruthless governance by victimisation, nepotism, cronyism, intimidation and corruption. A man whose Government appointed a Blue Ribbon Commission of Enquiry, that, in a minority report condemned him. A man who brought this nation into disrepute in the eyes of the international community and earned this nation the reputation of A Nation for Sale. If you, unknown writer, are so intensely interested in erecting statues to deserving Bahamians who fought, bled, sweated, suffered and shed tears while in the forefront of the battle to bring about most of the changest hat created the Bahamas of today, that so many of us e njoy without knowing how we have reached to this point, and a large numbero f us who were deluded by glory seekers and their g ofers as to why we are here, suppose you look carefully at the following andm ake a choice: S ir Randol Fawkes, the Father of Labour Unions and one of the men who wasr esponsible for Majority Rule and the formation of t he first and only Coalition Government in this nation up to this time. S ir Alvin Braynen, the other man responsible for M ajority Rule or Sir Etienne Dupuch, the man whose Resolution in Parliament in1 956 was responsible for the ending of discrimination in this country. Sir Stafford Lofthouse S ands, the architect of our successful financial system and Sir Henry Milton Tay-l or, Cyril St John Stevenson, William Bill Cartwright, Urban Knowles, and Charles Rodriquez, who were the founding fathers oft he PLP. I can assure you that you will find very few Bahami a ns, if any, of yesteryear who would object to the c hoice of any one of them; but I can assure you that there are tens of thousands,l ike me, who are in dis agreement with what you are now suggesting. I am not denying the fact that Lynden Oscar Pindlingd oes have a place in history; in fact, I will be the first to admit that he stands alone and, in my opinion is unequalled in the art of vic-t imization, intimidation, reverse racism and corrup tion. Also in my opinion hec ould stand tall beside the likes of Idi Amin, Mugabe, Gadaffi, Charles Taylor and Sadam Hussein. I am of the opinion that, but for Lynden Pindling, this archipelago called The Common wealth of the Bahamas would have been a far better place in which to live. He single handedly destroyed discipline and the morale in our once disciplined and efficient police force, and, again in my opinion, bears some responsibility for the wholesale corruption in the civil service. Please letter writer, give us a break. ERRINGTON W I WATKINS Nassau, November 17, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm I N HISTORIC Trinity Methodist Church yesterday afternoon the last chapter in the l ife story of a little Welshman, who touched the lives of so many generations of Bahami-a ns, came to an end. Fred Cadman, 89, a man with an easy s mile, a constant chuckle and a hand always e xtended in friendship, was born in the remote parish of Cileau-Aeron on the river A eron in Wales on June 10, 1921. His early life was not easy and during the d epression years he had to work hard with his parents, and elder brother to survive.T he boys planted the vegetables and coaxed eggs from the chickens. M atriculating at 15 he entered St Davids College in the nearby town of Lampeter where at 19 he earned his Bachelors degree, and starred as a long distance runner, a soccer player receiving his soccer colours at 1 7 and winning several trophies in track and field. B ut before his degree could be conferred upon him, he was drafted into the Royal A ir Force that famous air squadron of which Winston Churchill once said: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. He served in England, Scotland, Wales a nd Norway before joining the RAF station in Nassau during the second world war. He w as one of several young RAF boys about 12 in all who met their future wives h ere and put down permanent roots in the Bahamas. With his death their numbers are fast dwindling, thus ending a glorious chapter in the fight for a free world played out on the shores of the Bahamas. The only ones of t heir number now left are Roy Smith in Spanish Wells, Ron Hicks in Nassau, Fred R oss in Harbour Island, and Lynn Jones who moved to Canada. F red Cadman had many strings to his versatile bow. He worked his way through college as a freelance reporter, and after the war was given a refresher teachers course at Nottingham University. After demobilization, he taught at a private school in Wales. B ut for almost two years after the war the memory of a beautiful young girl Y vonne Curry who he had met at a dance during a rest and recuperation weekend at Spanish Wells disturbed his slumbers. He returned to the Bahamas in 1947 and a few days later Elizabeth Yvonne Curry a nd Charles Frederick Cadman were married in a ceremony that was attended by the w hole Spanish Wells community. He was 26 years old. For the next 63 years he trulyb ecame an integral part of the fabric of life in the Bahamas. In 1975 he was made a Belonger will full citizenship. M r Cadman taught at Queens College for a number of years, and several of his f ormer students, themselves now gray of hair, walked behind his coffin yesterday. F rom Mr Cadman, their teacher, he became Fred their friend when as grownm en they were taken into his inner circle. In recent years, he was a part of the coff ee group, made up of former presidents of Rotary, who met on a few Saturdays each month to chat and share companionship. Dr Sidney Sweeting, Trevor Sunderland, and other faithful friends always made certain t hat he was collected for the meetings and taken home afterwards. Dr Sweeting, one o f his students at Queens College, said that the last time he took him home he did not t hink that 10 days later he would be deliv ering the eulogy over the coffin of his old teacher and friend. Fred Cadman was active in the community belonging to groups and associations that w ould give him a wide circle of friends who he cherished and who cherished him. S itting in Trinity Church yesterday we thought of the miracle of one man who t ouched so many lives and felt at ease across a span of several generations. For example, in our family the late Sir Etienne Dupuch who was born 111 years ago was 22 years older than his dear friend Fred; his late soni n-law, Roger Carron, a fellow Rotarian, was 10 years younger, and Rogers son, R obert, 49 years younger still, yet all called him friend and felt as comfortable with him a s if they were of one age. That was indeed the miracle of Fred Cadman he was indeed a true friend to many. He came to the Bahamas and what he saw he loved. He became a part of a Spanish Wells family and identified with a cross-sec tion of the Bahamian community to which he m ade a great contribution. The Bahamas is indeed richer for having h ad this cheerful Welshman amongst us. He has left behind a fine Bahamian family to continue in his tradition of service and friendship. May his soul rest in peace. A bronze statue in memory of Sir Lynden Pindling? Give us a break LETTERS email@example.com Fred Cadman served his community well EDITOR, The Tribune. I suggest Baha Mar needs to make public their marketing study which can show and prove that both Baha Mar and Atlantis can in 2010 and futuristically after their opening co-exist. Whoever they used, be it Global Insight or HVS, to do their Strategical Studies, I suggest Bahamian Joe Public needs to know. The Opposition is supporting their position that both can co-exist based on a study written pre-2007 and the financial crisis of September, 2008. Check, Editor, rather than having more and more of our jour nalists swinged by the PR and simple propaganda of Baha Mar the truth is just a goggle away! Is Las Vegas doing better than Orlando at this time? Las Vegas mega resorts are all changing their marketing to include family whilst we hear that Baha Mar is going to do the opposite. Risque whatever that means so the couples-only marketing which Sandals does so very successfully is under fire and the hedonistic approach of Breezes also, so will Baha Mar put both of those hotels out of business? The spin that Mr Sands continues to use that there will only be 1,500 new rooms is a mirage as Baha Mar will be relaunched or launched as a 3,500 roomed comprehensive resort experience yes it is convenient now to say 1,500 rooms, but, in my opinion, it is a tall story of the truth. H HUMES Nassau, November 26, 2010. I SUGGEST BAHA MAR MAKE PUBLIC THEIR MARKETING STUDY
THE Bahamas is positioning itself to become a m ore competitive and a ttractive tourist and i nvestment destination, Ambassador Joshua Sears told the Americas Competitiveness Forum 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Taking part in the forums Regional Market O pportunities (RMO el, Ambassador Sears disc ussed national projects and competitiveness priorities over the next five years in terms of infrastructure, innovation, education and other sectors of strategic economic import ance, as well as the best p rospects and market o pportunities. T he Americas Competit iveness Forum (ACF t he Western Hemispheres pre-eminent event for government and business leaders to discuss innovative methods to achieve economic competitiveness and promote innovation in the A mericas. At the ACF, held November 14-16, more t han 1,000 participants had t he opportunity to con t ribute and learn how to improve the way business is done in the Americas. T he Bahamas is listed at 64th in the annual compet itiveness ranking of the worlds leading financial centres. Its financial services sector is the second s trongest pillar of the econo my, contributing more than 20 per cent of the countrys Gross Domestic Product. Ambassador Sears, who i s Director General in the M inistry of Foreign Affairs, listed a number of initiatives the Bahamas is undertaking to set itself up as a competitive and attractive place for doing business, and for economic g rowth and development. T he Bahamas is seeking m embership in the World T rade Organisation, which will result in major reforms i n foreign trade, internal t rade, intellectual property, t rademarks, copyright and industrial property, gov-e rnment procurement and i nvestment. The government is seeking to introduce laws that will significantly enhance the Bahamas competitiveness in the above-mentioned areas, A mbassador Sears said. The Bahamas is an open economy and we full y expect the Bahamian m arket for foreign goods a nd services to grow from current levels in line with t he overall continuing g rowth and development of the Bahamian economy. The government has also embarked upon a major i nfrastructural developm ent programme, which when completed will improve access to services and significantly improve the overall development and competitiveness of the Bahamian economy, the a mbassador said. O ther projects in the w orks are the implementat ion of an e-Government system allowing access to b usiness licenses online; t he Nassau Harbour Devel o pment Project and Port Relocation; the City ofN assau Revitalisation Pro j ect, to include the rebuilding of the straw market; the redevelopment of the Lyn den Pindling International Airport; and the New Providence Road Improve ment Project. A mbassador Sears also t old the forum that plans are underway for Abaco, t he third largest economy i n the Bahamas, where a $ 19.2 million government administrative office is to be constructed. T his island will also get a new power plant to meet t he energy needs of that fast-growing community. In terms of the private s ector, the Bahamas Oil Refinery Company in F reeport is up for expansion, which Vopak-Grand B ahama will undertake to t he tune of $300 million. And in New Providence, t he Baha Mar Cable Beach redevelopment project a $2.6 billion venture encompassing the construction of 2,200 new rooms, casinosa nd a golf course should soon be under way, A mbassador Sears said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A SECOND man charged in last Fridays armed robbery of BTCs Shirley Street office was arraigned in Magistrates Court yester d ay. Police have now charged 19-year-old Desmond Pratt of Elizabeth Estates in conn ection with the incident. P ratt, who was arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel, is accused of robbing Janet Cooper of $787.69 while being concerned with another and armed with a handgun. The accused is represented by lawyer Calvin Seymour and was not required to enter a plea to the charge. He is charged with 27-year-old Godfrey Hepburn of St James Road. Hepburn was arraigned on the charge on Tuesday. A nother man, 35-year-old Owen Rolle, w ho was also arrested in connection with the incident, collapsed and died while in custody at the Central Detective Unit( CDU). Police said the man was sitting quietly waiting to be questioned when it was noticed that he was breathing heavily and then he suddenly collapsed. Pratt was remanded to Her Majestys Prison. He and Hepburn are expected back in court on December 13 when prosecutors will indicate whether they will proceed witha Voluntary Bill of Indictment in this case, fast-tracking it to the Supreme Court, or by way of preliminary hearing in the Magistrates Court. THERE has been a 45 per cent decrease in the numberof Bahamians applying for the unemployment benefits assistance for the months of August, September and October compared to the same months last year, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes said. The significant drop-off in applicants for the unemployment benefits indicates that the economy is improv ing, he told those in atten dance at the opening ceremonies of the National Congress of Trade Unions (TUC Meeting this week. We firmly believe that we have seen the worst of the recession and as the prime minister recently said, we are now in the recovery mode. Giving details about the unemployment assistance programme, Mr Foulkes said in August 2009 there were 1,118 claims made; for September, 1,079 claims, and for October, 880; for a total of 3, 077 claims made during that three-month period in 2009. For this year the claims were as follows; August, 644; September, 623, and Octo ber, 441. This total is 1,708, the minister said. As in all relationships there have been areas of disagreement but we have been able to work through them. This is primarily because the government has maintained an open door policy and also helped to mediate a number of disputes, most recently the workers of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Bahamas Restaurants. Mr Foulkes said he has also given formal recognition to the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union as the bargaining agent for the mid dle management employees of the Central Bank of the Bahamas. Within the last month the government has successfully negotiated a mil lion-dollar training pro gramme for Bahamian workers, who will be employed in the construc tion of Baha Mar. I believe that the combined efforts of this govern ment and the National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas will ensure that the best days of the Bahamian worker lie ahead, he said. Drop-off in unemployment assistance claimants signals economy recovery Bahamas aims to be more competitive as destination COMPETITIVE: A mbassador Joshua Sears Ambassador speaks at forum in the US Second man charged in BTC armed robbery ECONOMY: Labour Minister Dion Foulkes PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti INTERNATIONAL observers played down allegations of widespread fraud in Haiti's critical post-quake election as ballots began to be counted at an industrial park in the capital Monday, a ccording to Associated Press. At the same time, a pair of leading presidential candidates, each sensing a potential berth in a likely runoff, broke with rivals who had said in the midst of voting Sunday that the election was illegitimate and should be thrown out. The largest observer mission, a joint effort by the Organization of American States and the Caribbean Community, said in a report Monday that the election was marred because many people were blocked from voting by rampant disorganization. It also cited fraudulent repeat voting facilitated by poll workers and party agents, "deliberate acts of violence and intimidation to derail the electoral process" and other infractions. But after considering those problems, the mission concluded that it "does not believe that these irregularities, serious as they were, necessarily invalidated the process." The mission's 120 observers had planned to visit about 40 percent of the 1,500 voting centers, OAS Assistant SecretaryGeneral Albert Ramdin said before the vote. Other observers included a small European Union team, a much larger group of national observers and visitors including a delegation of 12 U.S. Congress members. Concerns about the potential for unrest have risen since many of the 19 presidential candidates gathered at mid-afternoon Sunday to allege that the voting fraud was designed to help President Rene Preval's preferred successor, state construction company chief Jude Celestin. HAITI: LEADING CANDIDATES BACK OFF CALLS FOR VOTE CANCELLATION
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ( D F 5 5 )BA R B A R AJE S U B A T H A M& MA R T H ACA R T W R I G H TPresentDATE: Friday, December 3RD 10 a.m. 7 p.m. Saturday, December 4TH 10 a.m. 7 p.m. Sunday, December 5TH 10 a.m. 7 p.m.Christmas Soon Come!An Extravaganza ofStraw Work!Come Pick up a RealBahamian Gift!Venue: 57 Tuckaway Road (off Village Road) 2nd right turn, the 3rd house on the right. House name Serendipity MINISTER of Education Desmond Bannister hailed the new Academic Resilience Leadership Programme which seeks to offer students all the necessary guidance and resources during their tertiary education as a landmark u ndertaking. Not only have we piloted it here in the Bahamas, we have also pioneered the programme in both Jamaica and St Lucia and in the process have helped hundreds of students, Mr Bannister said during the ceremony to announce the conclusion of t he programme on Monday. The aim of the three-year project, which was coordinated by the College of the Bahamas Counselling Department and funded by the Organisation of American States, was to ensure students benefitted from the guidance and resources made available to them. There are a number of pundits who claim to be experts on Bahamian education who are prescribing their own quick fix es for some of the concerns which impact upon our education system in the Bahamas. Those naysayers are seemingly unaware of projects such as this one, which along with the outstanding leadership throughout the Bahamas are making a tangible difference for many of our students; and in this regard Im pleased to acknowledge the outstanding successes which we have experienced recently such a s the improved BJC and BGCSE examination results throughout the Bahamas, Mr Bannister said. The minister especially singled out and congratulated CR Walker Senior High School and S C McPherson Junior High in New Providence, and St Georges Senior High School a nd Sweetings Cay All-Age School in Grand Bahama for their achievements. Mr Bannister said that the ministry is seeing an emerging tangible difference for many of their students. The Ministry of Educations Guidance Counselling Unit as well as student tutors and mentors were also a part of the Academic Resilience Leadership Programme, which incorporated students from New Providence, Exuma, Grand Bahama and Long Island, Mr Bannister noted. The project provided comprehensive data to access stud ents mindset relative to tertiary education and what needs to done to ensure that as many of them throughout the Bahamas have an opportunity to pursue higher education, the Education Minister said. This programme seeks to create a tipping point so that i ts children can stay on track through college and go on to the job market prepared to meet the demands placed on them, he said. Our Academic Resiliency Programme is providing critical support at the school level and first year of college. The day may soon come however, to involve the entire Bahamian community at a greater level because too many of our students are falling through the cracks. Mr Bannister said resiliency is very important at every level of students progression (from kindergarten to college) to ensure that each and every student receives the support and encouragement that will enable them to thrive in education. We know that all of them do not have the same learning abilities, the same learning styles nor do you come from the same environment, he said. It is therefore imperative that those of us who are charged with education should employ innovative techniques and create sparks of zeal in our students so that they can look w ithin themselves and realise that they have the potential to go further than they or others think they can. COBs vice-president of Student Affairs Colyn Major said the colleges Counselling and Health Services Department led by the projects coordinat or, Dr Suzanne Newbold, discovered learning deficits and worked tirelessly to provide solutions to aid young Bahamian students. Mr Major said over 200 students and a total of 15 institutions benefitted from the programme. During the course of three years, students were assessed and their collective strengths and weaknesses were documented as it pertained to study skills, retention and recall of information, he said. Students were provided with information as to how to improve their learning ability. Peer mentors and tutors provided support for students with academic difficulties and at the end of the programme, students were able to use comput er-based technology to enhance their career and academic abilities, Mr Major said. T HE CUBAN Embassy in the Bahamas has announced that the Cuban Medical Brigade fighting the cholera epidemic in Haiti ist o be reinforced with the a ddition of 300 doctors, n urses and health technicians. The addition of this cont ingent, part of the Henry R eeve Brigade, will bring the number of Cuban med ical personnel working to stem the tide of the outbreak to 1,200. The announcement comes less than a week after Unit e d Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, ValerieA mos, declared that 350 doctors and 2,000 nurseswere urgently needed in H aiti. A statement from the Cuban Embassy said: Haiti needs the help of the inter-n ational community for fighting its cholera epidemic. Different UN officials w ere lamenting the fact in the last few days that the response from the internat ional community to the call for aid made to confront the situation was not evenr eaching 10 per cent of the $ 164 million urgently being requested. According to Haitis Ministry of Health, as of November 29, the death tolla s a result of the epidemic w as 1,721. T he head of Cuban Medical Brigade in Haiti has said almost 40 per cent of the s ick have been treated by C uban doctors. They have managed to reduce the number of dead to less than one for each 100, the embassys statement said. As a norm, the people dying were extreme l y weakened by malnutrition or other similar causes. Children, who are detectedo n time, generally do not die. The embassy said the C uban Medical Mission is l ooking after 37 centres dealing with the epidemic, and have so far cared for2 6,040 persons affected with cholera. They reportedly plan to a dd 12 more centres immed iately, with 1,100 new beds in purpose-build tents made in Norway, which have been p urchased with earthquake relief funds by Venezuela and donated to the Cubane fforts in Haiti. THE Bank of the Bahamas announced last week that it will sponsor all six Category A Junkanoo groups this year, donat ing $1,000 to each. We thank God for Bank of the Bahamas," said Dion Miller, vice-chairman of the Shell Saxons Superstars. We're going to be on Bay Street full f orce this year and put on a spectacular show, thank you. While the Saxons with some 3,000 members has secured sponsorship, most of the groups have not. A weakened economy has left many struggling. Leaders of the Music Makers, One Family, Prodigal Sons, Roots, Saxons and Valley Boys shared stories of the hard work, drama and fun that go into making Junkanoo one of the most anticipated events of the year. As a chairman, Ive inherited new caps. Im a guidance counsellor, marriage coun sellor and detective, said William Brown, chairman of the Music Makers. I am baffled at what we are committed to. Its far more than a parade. Its a social phenomenon of helping families, neighb orhoods and children. Other leaders echoed his words, talking of helping out entire communities, finding money for medical needs, funerals, births. We take care of them all from the gutter most to the uttermost," said Dencil Rolle, chairman of the Prodigal Sons. Preparation for next years parades begins soon after the last street sweeper finishes cleaning up. Months of costume designing, dancing auditions and band practice all come together for two days of cultural excitement. The events are local, but they reach the far cor ners of the globe. Prodigal Sons chairman Mr Rolle recalls seeing an American wearing a Saxons T-shirt while travelling to New York this past summer. When Mr Rolle told him he was from t he Bahamas, the New Yorker announced proudly that he was a Saxon supporter. Beverley Farquharson, BOB deputy managing director, said the bank is very pleased to lend our support to such an essential part of our culture. The Junkanoo groups perform a valu able service to our country and we trust that our contribution will go a long way toward assisting them in their preparation for another great season. M ICHELET COMPERE, 14, s uffering cholera symptoms, is carr ied on a stretcher by relatives during a four hour trip from their remote village of Pond Chevalier to the hospital in Grande Riu Du Nord village, Haiti, Monday Nov. 29, 2010. The cholera epidemic has killed at least 1,600 people. (AP CUBAN EMBASSY TO REINFORCE CHOLERA FIGHT IN HAITI FROM LEFT: DION Miller, vice-chairman of the Shell Saxon Superstars; Shelley Sweeting, treasurer of One Family; Toby Austin, chairman of the Sax ons; Beverley Farquharson, deputy managing director of BOB; Brian Adderley, chairman of the Valley Boys; William Brown, Music Makers chairman; Laura Williams, manager of Corporate Affairs at BOB; and Dencil Rolle, chairman of the Prodigal Sons. BANK OF THE BAHAMAS SPONSORS ALL SIX CATEGORY A JUNKANOO GROUPS Minister of Education hails new landmark programme D e r e k S m i t h J r f o r D P A DESMONDBANNISTER
By MATT MAURA MINISTER of Health Dr Hubert Minnis and AIDSF oundation of the Bahamas president Lady Camille Barnett teamed up Monday to bring the message of HIV/AIDS awareness to sixth-grade students of the Columbus Primary School ina novel way through book reading. D r Minnis and Lady Barnetts collaboration was part of a national effort involving officials from the AIDS Foundation and 17 guest readers who read excerpts from the book Under the Calabash Tree to sixth-grade students throughout thec ountry. The effort was part of an AIDS Foundation initiative to Combat HIV/AIDS through a Culture of Literacy and Learning and was organised just days ahead of Worlds AIDS Day which will be observed today. A IDS Foundation officials targeted sixth-grade students throughout the Bahamas, as adolescents are the fastest growing population segmentof HIV-infected persons in the Bahamas. Research shows that, on average, boys in the Bahamas a re sexually active as early as 11 years of age, while girls have their first sexual encounter at the age of 12. And so this is the agegroup that is most vulnera ble, Lady Barnett said. Literacy and education and awareness go hand-inh and and we thought we had to find creative ways to get the information across to the younger children in a way that they can comprehend it best, and what better way to do it than through a book and a guest reader to read to them. They say knowledge is power, and so we want to give them the knowledge, the information, so that they can make better decisions, she added. Lady Barnett said one of the primary objectives of the initiative was to get to students at an early age so that they can be aware of the pitfalls of having pre-marital sex, and to dispel some of the myths and/or taboos associ ated with the disease. Today provided us with an opportunity to get to them while they are still young and before the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS really sets in. That stigma and discrimination actually prevents people from going in and getting the medication that can save their lives, Lady Barnett said. People will not go into the clinic at the Princess Mar garet Hospital for their medication if they see someone they know in the clinic or sometimes just on the compound. What I liked about todays session was that the kids have the knowledge, they are not being shielded, which is often the case, and so we did not have to tip-toe around some of the issues. Health Minister Dr Minnis said he was most impressed with the level of the questions asked by the sixth-graders regarding HIV/AIDS. The questions were very intelligent and show that they have an understanding of how HIV/AIDS is contract ed and that you cannot get it by touching individuals, by hugging, by eating from them or being in the same room with them, Dr Minnis said. Kids can now relay this message to their parents because some parents still have it stigmatised, but now that the kids know better, they can have open, positive discussions with their parents on HIV/AID which may lead to some of the stigma being detached from HIV/AIDS. Dr Minnis said the education and awareness pro gramme instituted by the AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas is in line with his ministrys belief that prevention is always better than cure. Once the children under stand prevention, they can be your messenger. They are the ones that we must protect; they represent tomorrow and if they understand aspects of the disease how it is transmitted; what is HIV/AIDS they will protect themselves which can lead to a reduction in the number of HIV/AIDS transmissions in our country particularly considering the research on adolescents and HIV/AIDS, Dr Minnis added. Lady Barnett said there is an added value for the AIDS Foundation. The added value is that sometimes when children have to listen to older persons, the message can get lost, Lady Barnett said. Now these children (those across the Bahamas whose schools participated in the programme) can go into their various communities and have positive conversations about HIV/AIDS with other children their ages and so the message is more relevant coming from a peer. Lady Barnett said there is a secondary benefit as well. They now know what the truths and myths are with regards to HIV/AIDS and so when their peers start telling them things that are untrue, they can say I know what the truth is; I know what the sit uation truly is. It empowers them to be able to make wise decisions (with regards to sex and sexuality), Lady Barnett said. B y NICOLE AVANT US Ambassador to the Bahamas ON World AIDS Day, we pay tribute to the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide and continue to spread the word that in spite of m uch success, too many lives are still being devastated by this deadly disease. We have a shared responsibility to build on the success achieved to date by making smart investments that will ultimately save more lives. For the US Embassy, it is p articularly exciting to say that thanks to our many partners, the US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPF AR) has provided treatment and support to more than a million men, women and children around the world. Launched in 2003 to combat global AIDS, PEPFAR is the largest commitment in history by any nation to combat a single disease. T his year, through PEPFAR, the US government committed more than $1.6 million in assistance to the Bahamas in the areas of prevention, strategic information and laboratory strengthening as well as human capacity development and strengthening. This figure does not include additional assistance that is available through regional programmes operating in the wider Caribbean. The US commitment to the Caribbean region is on the order of more than $67 million. W e hope that these resources will have a cumulative, positive and enduring impact on the national public health system through the increasing access for all Bahamians, especially on the Family Islands. The Department of Health and Human Services through t he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bahamas Ministry of Health recently signed a five-year joint co-operative agreement C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 7KXUVGD\'HFHPEHUQGDWSP ,Q7KH%ULWLVK&RORQLDO+LOWRQ+RWHO 9LFWRULDRRP/XQFKHRQWLFNHWVDWSHUSHUVRQIRUPRUHLQIRFRQWDFWDWWUDFKDQDW 7 RU +DUU\.HPSDW7 US, Bahamas remain strong partners in HIV/AIDS fight MINISTER AND AIDS FOUNDATION PRESIDENT TEAM UP TO BRING AWARENESS through PEPFAR, to assist in strengthening the Bahamas national HIV/AIDS response with a view to ensuring sustainability. In addition, under PEPFAR, health experts from partnering US government agencies will work hand-inhand with government officials, civil society, the private sector and community leaders to support plans, improve oversight and enhance management of the National HIV/AIDS Programme and supported activities, as progress is made in meeting the combined goals of the 2010-2014 Caribbean Regional Partnership Framework and the Bahamas National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan. It is anticipated that this new partnership between the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bahamas Ministry of Health under the PEPFAR umbrella will prove beneficial to both entities. The United States looks forward to continuing our support of successes like these, and we are committed to furthering efforts that curb the spread of HIV in the Bahamas, and by extension the Caribbean region. However, we also know that there are a number of obstacles that threaten the success of future HIV prevention, treatment and care efforts, and we need your help to ensure that we overcome these barriers. This is a global fight and, as PEPFAR moves forward, the United States looks forward to working with you and our partners around the world to support the Bahamas leadership in its quest to end this epidemic. Over the next five years, the United States will continue to renew its commitment to partnering with the Bahamas in strengthening the Bahamas national HIV/AIDS response. The US Embassy in the Bahamas has seen first-hand the importance of country ownership, and will continue to work together with all sectors of the Bahamas as strategies are crafted and programmes expanded to stop the spread HIV/AIDS. And through PEPFAR, the United States lends support to the Bahamian leadership in its efforts to make uni versal access a reality. We know that an HIV/AIDS programme alone will not defeat this disease. As part of the United States Global Health Initiative outlined by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, PEPFAR funding will seek to support the Bahamas National Health Services Strategic plan to fully integrate and expand access to other health care services, including those that address tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health, chronic non-communicable diseases and family planning, with HIV/AIDS programmes. As we work together to defeat HIV/AIDS, we must also remember to ensure that the work we do addresses the human rights challenges that drive the spread of HIV those of stigma and discrimination against vulnerable, most at-risk populations. It is hoped that through our combined efforts more Bahamians will be able to access the care they need, and that we will assist in strengthening the Bahamas public health system to be able to withstand the challenges of the future. The United States is committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS, and is unwavering in its support. And today, on World AIDS 2010, we recommit ourselves to furthering our achievements and re-emphasise our continued commitment to the Bahamas as we partner to fight HIV/AIDS in the Bahamas and by extension, the Caribbean region. MINISTER OF HEALTH Dr Hubert Minnis was one of 17 guest readers who joined the AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas in a national reading effort involving officials from the Foundation who read excerpts from the book Under the Calabash Tree to sixth-grade students throughout the Bahamas. Y OUR S AY USAMBASSADOR NICOLE AVANT
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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The research teams findings will be used to develop a model that will bea pplied throughout the school system to identify suicidal students and hopefully prevent future incidents. "We want to look at some of the e lements in that particular communi ty that is generating that kind of behaviour. We are keeping an open mind, we are approaching it scientifically, we don't know the answers," Mr Gardiner, told The Tribune yesterday. A team of psychologists, headed by Nadia Cash, has been assigned to Ana tol Rodgers to assess the situation and document their findings. The ministry also plans to have suicide awareness discussions within the public school system. We were just discussing some new measures that we can put in place throughout the public school system. There are some socio-economic things that are going on in the community that are putting some extra strain on the family and as a result the school. We can add a new element to that a fter we find out what is going on at the Anatol Rodgers High School." Mr Gardiner suspects the attempted s uicides were spurred by strife within the home. He thinks the others could have been cries for attention or copyc ats. There are some suspicions, as r esearchers we're trying to keep an open mind but my personal belief is family problems. The family is under going socio-economic strain and the kids tend to see that in the family and take it on. Then there is the copy cat e lement (and want to jump to any conclusions. "With teenagers there is this myste rious kind of aura with them about life and death. Most of the teenagers that (try to kill themselves understand the gravity of what theya re doing. They want to get away from w hat's going on at the moment unlike an adult who is like 'I've had enough of this (life h ere. "A lot of it is a cry for attention. If I do this then they are going to think a bout me, feel sorry about me, not t hinking about the finality (of death T wo of the students have been eval uated by doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital's adolescent ward. The department of Social Services has also been brought on board to assess the teenagers' home lives. t hey were not going to enforce the 10 per cent tax on aircraft. Some members claim the practice dates back to the early 1990s. Randy Butler, president of the association, said there has been noe vidence to indicate customs decide d to do otherwise, until last week that is, when the Comptroller distributed letters to dozens of aircraft owners indicating the intention of Customs to collect. However it was done, it was not c orrect. If there are persons who g ave them that impression they were wrong. I have found nothing in the Tariff Act or (internal aircraft to be brought in domestically and to be used and not be required to pay the tax, said Mr Gomez. Locally registered and licensed a ircraft operators are expected to b ear the brunt of the financial impact. This includes the dozens of charter companies and local airlines serving the Family Island market. Some companies may be expected to pay hundreds of thousands in back t axes. Even though it is hurting me, we are law-abiding citizens, and I believe reasonableness will be the order of the day. I dont think theya re out there to kill us, but at the end of the day the law is the law. I too am impacted by this situation. I guess we had a good ride and we were able to get away with something, but now it is catching up, said Steve Mitchell, owner of RegionalA ir. It was only a loophole that allowed this to happen from the beginning. I am just hoping they will be lenient, said Mr Mitchell, who read with great interest what the Prime Minister had to say on the m atter. O n Wednesday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said it goes without saying that any duty owed needs to be paid. However, he said,q uestions about how much you pay, over what period of time are matters that are subject to discussion. Mr Gomez echoed these sentiments. We would like them to come in and then we can sit down and tell them what it is we expectf rom them. Based on that they w ould tell us what their position is in terms of how or when they can pay, or whether they would like a staggered payment schedule. It is understandable that with some of them it is quite a large sum o f money. We would not want them t o break the bank, he said. Industry members wrote letters this week to the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance seeking a taxe xemption. The Comptroller was also asked to hold and said the requests were under consideration. Lori Roach, owner of Golden Wings Charter, said members of the association are seeking similar treat-m ent from the government to that of t axi drivers and other commercial motor transportation operators. The Tariff Act exempts taxi drivers from paying duty on imported vehicles used for public transport. The commercial aircraft operators say they a re air taxis and should be treated s imilarly. They point to the governments recent change to the Tariff Act to allow exemption on aircraft parts. r elated matters. The majori ty of those in custody, he s aid, are in their early 20s. D etectives are seeking the publics help in apprehendi ng David Cunningham Cooper, of Life Boyd Street,a nd Keno Johnson, of C oconut Grove, who they believe are the leaders of the remaining two gangs. These men, police said, a re well known to investi g ating officers, with Cooper currently on bail for a number of armed robbery c harges. For these persons who d ont know how to behave themselves, we have a place f or them, Supt Rolle said. With these break-ins being targeted in the south-e rn part of New Providence p redominantly, Supt Rolle a sked for residents who have any information that might lead to the apprehension of these persons to contact the Carmichael Roadp olice station at 361 0481 or him directly on 357-9585. Adding a general warning t o residents in view of the u pcoming Christmas holid ay, Supt Stephen Dean, of the National Crime Prevent ion Office said shoppers should be on their guard. Be on the alert. Be on t he alert to make sure your h omes are properly secure, s aid Supt Dean. Make sure that your items are secured, because these housebreakers will be coming out. They will bec oming to try and steal your items. They know that you have gifts. So we are asking y ou to take care of your surr oundings. If you dont have an alarm system, put an alarm s ystem in your place. Make sure you have the proper locks on your doors,a nd make sure you know w ho all is visiting your h ome. This is Christmas time, but we dont want to just get mixed up in the Christmas spirit; we must make our personal safetyf irst. Customs cannot allow airplanes in country without paying duty F ROM page one Thr ee major house break-in rings smashed School in shock suicide bid rate FROM page one FROM page one d ivision will be represented throughout the streets of New Providence to ensure we keep the streets as safe as possible. Two fatal weekend shootings have pushed the country's h omicide count to 88, breaking the Bahamas' overall record for t he second consecutive year. W ith still one month left in 2010, the year's homicide count has already passed last year's record-setting number of 87. L ast night, top officials could be seen at major roundabouts including: Village Road, Fox Hill, East Street and Soldier Road, Carmichael Road and Baillou Hill Road, and the Inde-p endence roundabout. A s the country moves into the holiday season, it is believed the increased patrol will prove effective not only to prevent crime by limiting the mobility of culprits, but also provide a greater sense of security to citizens. Mr Seymour said: Its not only crime, but its the fear of crime that negatively impacts us as well. When a person cannotg o about their normal activities because they are afraid to go out at night that is a problem. What we are doing here tonight we are enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth of the B ahamas and we are preventing what we seek to do is ensure that the Bahamas is safe. Mr Seymour added: We also want to invite members of the p ublic, those of you who have information and can assist us in carrying out our laws, our duties and responsibilities, to come forward with any information any information you have that can help us arrest a wanted person or know where any crimi-n ality is being perpetrated within your community, it is your job as a citizen to assist the police force in making the Bahamas a safe place for us to live, work and play. Police launch island-wide patr ol FROM page one said: We have no knowledge of any outbreak of jewellery theft in the Family Islands. We dont have any information that would suggest there has been any increase. Meanwhile in Harbour Island, residents allege fre quent visits from gold mer chants have created a defi nite market for stolen gold items. One resident said: A gold trader comes here regularly from Nassau invitingpeople to sell their gold. Everyone knows his agent from the mainland. The taxi drivers know when he comes, everyone else knows when he is here all except the police. In response to yesterdays article concerning residential crime fears on the island, one Tribune reader, wrote: Sorry to disagree with the police but there are more break-ins. There is more crime, and the crimi nals are back on the streets shortly after being arrested. The gold buyers are on the corner buying anything you have to sell with no one checking. Its the Wild Wild West in Briland. Concerns towards the growing industry were raised earlier this year after a pawn shop in New Provi dence was raided by police less than one month after it re-opened. Although their confiscated goods were returned, due to stringent recordkeeping and security poli cies, Corey Rolle, managerof Nassau Pawn, located at the eastern end of Bay Street, said the time had come to regulate the quickly growing gold-buying industry in the Bahamas. In August, Mr Rolle said: "Gold-buying opera tions are springing up all over. Unfortunately, many of these are temporary. Generally, they pay cash on the spot, there are no records, the gold is melted down and since no one knows where it came from or if it is stolen, there is no way to trace it or ever return it to the rightful own er. Such quick-buy, norecords-kept businesses can encourage theft. We know how often this can happen because we turn down the majority of persons who come into Nassau Pawn, where we will not purchase anything without a photo ID of the seller." In response to concerns placed towards the lack of regulation yesterday, Mr Laing said: This matter is being given active consid eration by the Government, with extensive deliberations having taken place to this point. We are looking at very specific steps to regu late this area of activity and expect to be in a position shortly to announce and proceed upon those steps. Government considering steps to regulate the gold-buying industry REGULATE: Zhivargo Laing FROM page one
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM IN S A TURDAY TRIBUNE . PUZZLES, GAMES AND LOADS OF FUN IN YOUR FREE KID SCOOP LAST months Christmas Jollification saw probably the biggest crowd ever, according to public relations executive Keith Parker, who has covered the event since its inception. The cars filled practically all of Village Road, all the side roads and Queens College car park, it was amazing! he said. The event is organised by the Bahamas National Trust, and BNT officers were delighted with the turnout as were main sponsor Bristol Wines and Spirits, which were joined this year by Asa H Pritchard, The Nassau Florist, Somethings Different, Edible Art and Bahamia Rentals. During the pre-jollification members night, a constant flow of delightful finger foods was provided by Alexandras cater ing. The Somethings Different edible art stall, with literally hundreds of brightly decorat ed and uniquely flavoured cup cakes, also proved to be popular, especially with the youngest BNT members. Once again the silent auction of art pieces, donated by exhibiting artists, proved to be a major fundraiser for the Trust. Recently elected National Trust president Neil McKinney said: It was a hugely successful event, and we at the Trust really appreciate the support of the Public for Jollification, which is a major fundraiser for us and enables us to continue our work. It is also an opportunity for dozens of Bahamian artisans, artists and crafts persons, to dis play and sell their creations to a wider public. Our continuing major sponsor, Bristol Wines and Spirits, obviously contributes to the increasing success of the event and we are happy to report that a record number of attendees became new members or renewed their membership in the Bahamas National Trust. National Trust 2010 Jollification biggest yet R OBBIE MCKENZIE IT manager at Bristol Wines and Spirits head office, enjoyed meeting patrons at the Jollification. He is seen pouring Krystal Smith a generous serving of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. S IDNEY FRANCIS o f Alexandras Catering did his part in serving a seemingly endless supply of fin ger food delicacies at the mem bers night. Enjoying his offerings is Marcella Dean, a Jollification exhibitor of original B ahamian jewellery. NOW THATS WHAT I CALL COFFEE! s ays hospital worker Mari lyn Major as she samples the Patron Tequila XO Caf. Serving at the Patron booth were Vanessa Walkes and Hazel Johnson.
C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB email@example.com WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.30 $4.45 $4.34 By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC ing industry regulators to overturn a decision taken by their predecessor and reverse the block allocation of wireless spectrum t o a key rival, arguing that the current situation is anti-competitive and inefficient. Outlining its concerns in response to the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCAi ng of new spectrum bands, BTC said Systems Resource Group ( SRG), which does business as IndiGo Networks, had received far more WiMAX spectrum that it could use efficiently via the en masse assignment of two frequency bands. Railing against this, the 100 per cent state-owned incumb ent said: BTCs biggest current spectrum issue with URCA is the en masse assignment of WiMAX frequencies to a com p etitor, SRG, who have been assigned the bands 2150-2162MHz and 2500-2690MHz. BTC considers that this assignment was anti-competitive and resulted in one operator having far more spectrum suitable for broadba0nd wireless access than they could ever use efficiently. A frequency disaggregation of the said frequency band BTC demands that regulator overturn SRGs block allocation State-owned incumbent urges URCA to reverse decision by PUC predecessor to grant key rival two en masse wireless spectrum allocations, arguing this is anti-competitive SRG hits back, alleging that past spectrum allocations favoured BTC, which enjoyed different set of rules from rest S EE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Efforts to sell the last government-owned hotel have been radically restructured to focus solely on the initial d evelopment of the core h otel and marina, Tribune B usiness can reveal, a senior government minister confirming that avoiding massive upfront real estate sales to developers was a philosophy thats going to permeate everything we do. Implying that the initial Scheck Industries proposal for the Andros-based Lighthouse Yacht Club & Marina had been dropped, Vincent Van derpool-Wallace, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tri bune Business that the Illinois-based developer was still interested in the site and was expected to submit another bid this week. Tribune Business contacts this week said Cabinet had r ejected the initial Scheck d eal, which aimed to transf orm the Lighthouse property and surrounding real estate into the Andros Sporting Club, on the grounds that it did not want to convey to the developer the estimated 6,000-7,000 acres surrounding the resort property owned by the former Hotel CorpoCore focus over revised hotel deal n Deal to sell Lighthouse Club, last government-owned hotel, radically revised to avoid upfront sale of thousands of acres to developer, after Cabinet turns down initial proposal n Initial bidder still interested and expected to submit revised offer this week n Philosophy of no land give away will permeate everything we do n Italian developer/hotel owner interested in Eleuthera site, as government seeks to reclaim prime Mayaguana beachfront land V INCENT VANDERPOOL-WALLACE SEE page 2B B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org Vancouver Airport Services (YVRAS taking an equity stake in the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD ment-owned company through which it presently manages the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA its $409.5 million redevelopment. While declining to go into further details on what stage Vancouver Airport Services YVRAS still interested in airport equity stake SEE page 4B UPBEAT : NAD executives recently gave an Airport progress report. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Some developers use the Ministry of Works building permit a pproval process to obtain financing for their projects, but never go through with paying for the permit once it is approved, the B ahamian Contractors Associations (BCA Stephen Wrinkle, defending the Ministrys Building Control Department (BCD Bahamian Architects (IBA processes, said the permitting process was often clogged by appli cations from developers who either dropped projects or had no intention of paying for their final permit. Pointing out that to initiate the BCD process, applicants only had to pay 10 per cent of the final permits value, Mr Wrinkle said some developers once they received notification their project had Developers short change Ministry SEE page 4B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a email@example.com T he Ministry of Works yesterday said it had undertaken a review toa ssess how the building permit process could be s peeded up while complying with existing legisla-t ion, but warned that its key goal was to ensure that public safety is not compromised. Defending itself in the f ace of claims from the Institute of Bahamian A rchitects that bottlenecks and delays in approving building con-s truction permits were unnecessary and cost the Bahamian economy millions of dollars each year, the Ministry of Works told Tribune Business in a statement that it has inr ecent years placed partic ular emphasis on improving efficiency in meeting the needs of its cus tomers. T he Bahamas recently ranked 107 out of 183 countries when it came tot he ease of obtaining a construction permit in the W orld Banks Doing Business, report and the IBAs president, Amos Ferguson,l amented how unfavourably the average three-six month waiting period in this nation compared with major US citiesa nd rival Caribbean desti nations. Mr Ferguson criticised the BCD for trying to operate as a qualifyinga gency, rather than one that processes permits, for making the approval process more intensive and complicated with redundancies, and for allowing unqualified individuals having the power to stop and query the regis tered architect or engi neer's documents. The IBA noted that in New York it took an aver age of between one hour to 14 days to get a construction permit, while in Atlanta the process could take between one and 60 days. Mr Ferguson highlighted the potential for money earmarked for construction projects to be spent else where when approvals are not forthcoming and for delays in the process to MINISTRY ASSESSES BUILDING PERMIT PROCESS REFORMS SEE page 3B B ut adamant public safety is not compromised
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Premier HealthChoice and freedom of access to benefits (for elective care) remains a market leading feature of Premier Health By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Telecommunications C ompany (BTC an rival are at odds over when a key wireless spectrum band should be opened up, the state-owned incumbent w anting this to happen immediately to meet cellular demand, with its comp etitor advocating a strong argument f or this to be delayed. P aul Hutton-Ashkenny, president of S ystems Resource Group (SRG w hich trades as IndiGo Networks, urged the Utilities Competition & Regulation Authority (URCA o pening the 700 MHz wireless spectrum band until there was clarity on when BTCs cellular monopoly would end, adding that this would better serve the interests of the wider sector. Nor surprisingly, BTC disagreed, adding that since demand for broadb and mobile [cellular] access is growing r apidly, the whole of the 700 MHz b ands should be made available by URCA for use in the future. M r Hutton-Ashkenny, though, said that in opening new wireless spectrum, p otential bidders needed to know the c ost, islands covered, and restrictions t hat could be placed on any licence. Of particular relevance to the 700 MHz spectrum is the position regard ing BTCs mobile speech monopoly,s ince the technology available for deployment is specifically designed for mobile, the SRG president wrote in his response to URCAs spectrum opening consultation. The cost of constructing a network i s not less simply because the regulat ions in the Bahamas favour BTCs monopoly in mobile speech, and a h ighly important factor for interested p arties will be whether mobile speech will be permitted under the spectrum licence at the end of BTCs monopoly period. In the event that BTC were to successfully bid for 700 MHz spectrum, what would be the regulatory position regarding BTCs own use of the spec t rum for mobile speech? After all, were BTC in a position to utilise an allocat ion in 700 MHz for mobile speech, t hey would be handed a significant c ompetitive advantage in the event that other 700 MHz operators were denied t he same right. Indeed, BTC confirmed in its own consultation response that it had a strong interest in the 700 MHz band, and that its main use would be for broadband access and cellular services. Based on all this, Mr HuttonAshkenny said it would be virtually impossible for rival operators to determine whether a sound business case e xisted for developing their own net work and services, and suggested that a strong argument exists for intro d ucing a delay in the opening of the spectrum. O ther considerations, he suggested, were that Long Term Evolution (LTE technology, the Internet Protocol (IPb ased technology upon which all glob al cellular operators plan to migrate their networks to, was in its infancy and had yet to be rolled-out commer cially in the US. LTE is mobile technology, and yet BTC has a mobile monopoly that does not yet have a finite end date, MrH utton-Ashkenny said. Operators will be loath to commit to investment in t he absence of clear direction surrounding BTCs mobile speech monopoly and the services to be permittedu nder the available licences. Interest in the spectrum, and theref ore fees to be collected by the Trea sury, will be much higher once the technology is fully established, fees area ccurately known and permitted ser vices are properly understood. SRG respectfully submits that the sector may be better served by delaying the opening of the 700 MHz spectrumu ntil such time as URCAs review of spectrum fees has been concluded, there is a known end date for BTCs mobile speech monopoly, and a decision has been made with respect to thep osition regarding mobile speech in 700 MHz (and other spectrum bands following the end of the monopoly period. Stating that it was premature for U RCA to invite expressions of interest in using the 700 MHz band, SRG said it would not bid, simply because itsl icence prevented it from providing cellular services, and any winner would l ikely be similarly restricted until BTCs monopoly in this area was lifted. BTC, though, acknowledged that its c ellular network would have to adopt LTE/4G (fourth generation ogy to provide consumers faster speeds to support a wide range of mul timedia services, particularly web b rowsing and video applications. Urging that 700 MHz not be limited to fixed and broadband services, BTCs aid estimates that LTE technology subscribers could pass the 200 million m ark worldwide by 2015 could well prove conservative, with Verizon and NTT in Japan indicating their LTE ser v ices could be available by year-end, and other operators eyeing 2011 for c ommercial launch. BTC is assured that the probability of trials could be pursued shortly aftert he spectrum has been awarded, and it will provide coverage in New Providence and the other highly populated areas before expanding the coverage to rural areas, BTC said. LTE services should be commercially available much earlier than 2015 to ensure that the Bahamas is in step with other countries in offering highspeed mobile services, and can sup p ort roamers in the tourism and finance sectors as soon as they start arriving in any numbers. Telecoms rivals at odds on key spectrum band BTC aims for 4G/LTE technology introduction well before 2015 The cost of constructi ng a network is not less simply because the regul ations in the Bahamas f avour BTCs monopoly in mobile speech, and a h ighly important factor f or interested parties will be whether mobile s peech will be permitted u nder the spectrum licence at the end of B TCs monopoly period. PAUL HUTTON-ASHKENNY ration. The Government, Tribune Business understands, was concerned to avoid what might be perceived as another land/real estate giveaway, and huge tracts of Bahamian land being tiedup for decades with no development if the Scheck project failed. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace effectively confirmed this to Tribune Business, also acknowledging that the previous Scheck proposal which called for the redevelopment of the Lighthouse property in a project covering 600 acres, 350 freehold and 250 leasehold had involved the surrounding acreage. The property is obviously still available, and were likely to put it up for sale, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said of the Lighthouse Yacht Club & Marina. I believe Mr Scheck is very much interested in putting an offer in for it. Thats imminent, and should be received this week. He added: We have cut back significantly on what was is offered. We want to make sure the marina and hotel get going as the core part of Fresh Creek, and thereafter other people can come in and develop the surrounding land in planned phases. The minister indicated that the Government wanted any development at the Lighthouse Yacht Club & Marina to take place in carefully staged, managed phases, keeping pace with Andross infrastructure and population, rather than a developer getting their hands on all the real estate at once. The Bahamas has so many examples of development that has not worked out, and the land lies barren for decades with no development, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace told Tribune Business. We think its in the best interests of the Bahamian people and the best interests of developers to make sure the core part gets developed, and once that gets going we will give consideration to getting the land developed. That philosophy is going to permeate through everything we do, so we will not find ourselves approving the give away of large acreages of land to people that lie undeveloped for a long period of time. The initial Scheck project was said to include a marina, marina villas and shopping/retail facilities, fishing lodges and boutique hotels. The Lighthouse Yacht Club & Marina currently has about 30 employees, and features a 20-slip marina, beach frontage and a 20-room hotel. Yet the average occupancy at the Fresh Creek property is only about 35 per cent. Meanwhile, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said negotiations with the Boston-based I-Group to revise the Heads of Agreement struck with the former PLP administration for the $1.8 billion Mayaguana project were continuing. Adding that the main framework of a deal involved the Government relinquishing its 50 per cent joint venture equity stake in the project in return for the I-Group handing back 50 per cent (some 5,000 acres the minister told Tribune Business that some of the land being sought for return was Mayaguanas prime beachfront real estate. Were certainly interested in getting a significant part of it, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said, after Tribune Business sources said the Government wanted to reclaim all Mayaguanas prime beachfront real estate from the I-Group. We dont want to get back all of it, he added, saying the Government had embarked on this course so future developers and the people of Mayaguana have some prime beach front land available to them. M r Vanderpool-Wallace also confirmed that an Italian develo per and resort owner, Mira, which took over the Rocco Forte resort brand, was among those interested in developing the 3,500 acres of land formerly owned by the Hotel Corporation in the Winding Bay area of Eleuthera. They are among others who have expressed an interest, the minister confirmed, adding that the same principles laid down with respect to Lighthouse Yacht Club & Marina woulda pply. The Government, he added, was steadfast in its determination that any development at Winding Bay focus on a core, high-end, luxury boutique resort first before the surrounding real estate was built-out. Development, though, would not happen until we find a group to do precisely what Ive described in Andros. Core focus over revised hotel deal F ROM page 1B
B y KATHRYN CAMPBELL Bahamas Information Services A projected 2012 deadline for the New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP ed. We are still targeting our 2012 deadline for the NPRIP, said Charlene Collie-Harris, engineer and public relations representative. The contractor, Jose Cartel lone Construcciones Civiles,i s still covering approximatel y 1 per cent of the contract p er month. This has been consistent for the past several months and we are working towards that remaining the same. Ms Collie-Harris acknowl edged that they are working on several corridors at the same time, but she said the only way to meet the specification is to progress with different road ways at different stages. Paving work on the eastern side of Baillou Hill Road has begun, which means the contractor is progressing in line with what is expected of them in the contract. As we move north on Baillou Hill Road we will move west on Robinson Road. It is working in a systematic way, she said. There are plans to begin night work on some of the road projects in 2011. We started at night in the Robinson/Claridge Road area, but that caused a lot of challenges with the unknown. It actually doubled the time. So we try to prevent doing night work. We are aware that the costs doubles, but the safety aspect is paramount in night work, Ms Collie-Harris said. She explained that the Ministry of Public Works and Transport tries to minimise traffic impact as best as possible, but when this is not possible, a full closure must be implemented. The intention for the full road closure is not only for safety and for the work to proceed. It is also when we go under a closure that you can expect to see what we have completed and what we needed to do once we release traffic to that area, she added. Reopened As of December 5, Claridge Road to Mollie Street, the first area closed for road works on this corridor, will be re-opened for traffic flow. Drainage systems and water and sewerage facilities are presently being installed on Robinson Road near to RM Bailey Park and in front of the Mall at Marathon. It is anticipated that this work will be completed before December 15. The discovery of underground utilities posed a delay in completion of roadworks, particularly on Baillou Hill Road and Robinson Road, beginning from Claridge Road to Mollie Street. There were additional unknown utilities that were unknown to us even after our underground investigations took place, said Ms CollieHarris. We anticipate those challenges as we work on the urban roads, including East and Market Streets. However, we do have measures in place with how we deal with them. We apologise for the closures beyond the scheduled time, but most of them are due to unknown underground utilities. We have noticed challenges with persons finding their way through subdivisions on to the main thoroughfares. This is causing a challenge as it hinders the flow of traffic. Were asking the general public to stay on the main thoroughfares and eventually they will find their way to their destinations. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM (03/2<0(17 23325781,7<6KLIWSHUDWRUVHHGHGIRUZHOO HVWDEOLVKHGVHFXULW\UP5HTXLUHPHQWV 7RDSSO\SOHDVHHPDLOUHVXPHWRKXPDQUHVRXUFHVKU#JPDLOFRP introduce greater potential for BCD employees and a pplicants to be swayed by graft/corruption. The Ministry of Works said yesterday that delays in the approval process occur for many reasons, with submissionof incomplete applications and drawings in fact the most common reason for delay in the processing of applica-t ions by the Buildings Control Division. It added that because the building permit is a legal document issued by the Building Control Division on behalf of the Minister of Public Works, which describes what will be built and how, it is necessary for the BCD to ensure thata ll approved drawings are thoroughly examined. The statement highlighted how the present review procedure for obtaining a Building Permit consists of an application being viewed by as many as three different ministries, and sometimes more than one department or section in a ministry. The Ministry called this a one-stop-shop process, adding t hat if at any stage of the review the application is found to be incomplete, all efforts are made to contact the applicant o r his agent by either telephone or postal mail on resultant queries during the review, increasing the number of steps in the process. M eanwhile, suggesting that the high standards of the Bahamas Building Code factor into the length of time it t akes to approve permits to construct buildings, the Ministry charged that if the standards imposed by the national building code were taken into consideration, the Bahamass core in the World Bank ranking would have been considerably higher. It is necessary to ensure that drawings are in compliance with the minimum Code standards of the Bahamas Building Code for construction, regardless of whether or not thed rawings are submitted by a licensed architect, engineer or draftsman. The Bahamas Building Code has served us well in recent years when the country has been confrontedw ith some of the most severe hurricane conditions, said the statement. T he Ministry of Works admitted that with a view to service improvement it did undertake a review of processes several months ago to explore where enhancements could bem ade to the building permit approval process. In this regard, proposed revisions to the process were coll ated and the Ministry has subsequently been engaged in discussions with the Office of the Attorney General on the extent to which existing legislation would permit the sug-g ested revisions, it said. We will continue to seek ways in which we may satisfy the needs of our clients. However, we are committed toe nsuring that public safety is not compromised during this process. Speaking with Tribune Business following the publication of the Doing Business report last month, Minister of State for Finance, Zhivargo Laing, said the Government recog-n ises the need for significant reform in the area of con struction permit approval. Attempts to reach IBA president Mr Ferguson for com m ent on the Ministrys release yesterday were unsuccessful. MINISTRY ASSESSES BUILDING PERMIT PROCESS REFORMS F ROM page 1B Road project on target for 2012
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM should be pursued, forthwith, by URCA to allow for other operators within the sector toh ave this preferred option and propagation advantage within the aforementioned spectrum band. Just in case URCA had not got the message, B TC, in bold text later in its submission, added: BTCs biggest current concern is the block allocation of WiMAX spectrum to the competitor SRG. BTC would like to see this decision made by t he URCA predecessor reversed. 190 MHz is far too much for one operator. The decision was made when WiMAX was new and evolving. WiMAX refers to the deliver of communicat ions services, such as broadband and cellular, over a wireless network, and competition for spectrum is likely to intensify as companies seek to deploy expanded services to Bahamian consumers and businesses as the market liber-a lises. BTC added that it agreed with URCAs position that an entire spectrum band should not be allocated to just one operator, and said: BTC d oes not object to multiple operators per band; in fact, BTC supports this so that competition m ay be established. BTC would want to be convinced of the a rguments band by band for premium and standard designations. Such designations automati cally determine potential future competition in each band and for each service. Y et in its own response to the URCA consultation, SRG hit back by alleging that pasts pectrum allocations in the Bahamas appeared to favour BTC, which enjoyed a different set of r ules compared to those applied to other operators. Past practice with respect to spectrum allocation to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company appears not to have adhered to thes ame requirements as those applied to other operators, SRGs president, Paul Hutton-A shkenny, alleged. Specifically, in the past it would seem that the PUC [Public Utilities Commission, URCAs predecessor] apparently awarded spectrum in the 1900 MHz and 3.5 GHz to BTC without a ny public consultation or other transparent process. SRG believes that BTC should ber equired to adhere to the same set of rules as all other operators with respect to allocation of r adio spectrum. And, for good measure, he added: SRG respectfully submits thaty industry stakeholders mnust be able to have confidence that the past decisions and positions taken by the regulator, w hether or not its predecessor, will survive. Meanwhile, commenting on specific bands, BTC said in its consultation response that while the 850 MHz band was versatile, making it good f or both area and indoor coverage, the 1900 MHz band was not so good for building penetration, and is only really useful if held in parallel with sufficient 850 MHz spectrum. A nd the state-owned incumbent added: Since the Bahamas is relatively flat with low b uildings, and since the traffic generated in mobile networks is relatively low, upper bands a bove 2GHz are significantly less useful in the Bahamas for mobile services than in more dense countries like the UK or US. BTC trusts that URCA will consider such local considerations when designing packages of spectrum to ensure fair competition. M indful B TC also urged URCA to be mindful of its Universal Service Obligation (USO t hat spectrum frequency would be required for it to service some outlying communities in the F amily Islands. Given that BTCs USOs require BTC to provide service to all requestors in settlements of 10 households or more, BTC must be in a position to ensure it has the resources, including s pectrum resources, to meet these obligations, B TC said. W hile the USO currently requires the provis ion of basic telephone and broadband Internet s ervices over a fixed infrastructure, the telec oms provider warned that the rapid evolut ion of mobile services and the migration of users on to the mobile network without fixedline connections will require BTC to provide new and faster services using more spectrumintensive technologies. Hence BTC requires additional planning certainty as to the availability of spectrum for the present and future provision of services that include a USO component. BTC also urged URCA to avoid per-island licensing of spectrum bands, arguing that this was not practical economically. In addition to the resulting diseconomies, it would demand c oordination of spectrum allotment and assign m ent between islands, and an additional overh ead for URCA for no real benefit, it argued. BTC therefore suggests that for commerc ial use, national assignments or allotments are s uperior in that they are more efficient in the u se of spectrum; co-existence management b etween islands is avoided; and the cost-effec t iveness of small markets, which would result f rom an island-by-island approach, would be poor. BTC DEMANDS THAT REGULATOR OVERTURN SRGS BLOCK ALLOCATION F ROM page 1B (YVRAS art Steeves, NADs president and chief executive, t old Tribune Business the matter was under evaluation during a recent interview. YVRAS currently manages 18 airports globally, including Nassaus LPIA, and has equity stakes in several airports including Jamaicas Sangster International airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Arturo Merino Benitez airport in Santiago, Chile, and the Larnakos and Pafos International Airports in Cyprus. Y VRAS currently has a 10-year agreement to manage NAD and LPIA, with the airports assets having been transferred from the Airport Authority to NAD for a 30-year period. At the time the management agreement was finalised, George Casey, YVRASs chief executive, told Tribune Business that the Canadian-based company remained interested in obtaining an equity stake in NAD. M inister of Tourism and Aviation, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, said the fact YVRAS was considering buying into the airport operator showed the companys confidence in its ability to g enerate revenue going forward. The fact it is somethng they are considering is beginning to speak quite well about what they think about the future of that airport and its success. I can understand why they would thinkq uite favourably about that. We believe it will be a spectacular success and a wonderful help for the Bahamas, said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace. T he Minister, however, said he has not had a ny formal discussions with the company regarding the proposition. Asked whether he felt the Government would be in favour of the idea of the Canadian company taking a stake in what is curr ently 100 per cent government-owned, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace declined to comment. I cant say until I see something formal put forward, he said. I n its annual report released last week, the N assau Airport DevelopmentCompany showed a $1.1 million reduction in its operating expenses, coupled with a $4.4 million increase in its revenue and a $12.1 million rise in retained earnings o ver 2009. It is ahead of schedule with the redevelopment of the airport, with the new $198 million US departures Terminal set to open in earl y March. FROM page 1B YVRAS still interested in airport equity stake REDEVELOPMENT: The new $198 million US departures Terminal set to open in early March. been approved used this to o btain financing without ever p icking the permit up and payi ng the full fee. This, the BCA president explained, deprived the Ministry of Works and BCA of sign ificant revenues, and meant the latter was often not comp ensated for the time and work it put into reviewing a specific application. Theyre using the Ministry of Works to get themselves financing via the approval, and t aking up a lot of energy and resources for projects that do not move forward, Mr Wrin kle explained, adding that permit applications could go right through, and the client decide not to proceed. The Ministry n ever gets paid. Mr Wrinkle suggested that the BCD and Ministry of Works might soon increase the upfront payments associated with building permit applica t ions, so their work does not g o to waste if the client decides not to proceed. The BCA president said the increasing professionalism of the construction-related professions, with the architects and engineers both having their selfregulating Boards, and the Contractors Bill set to follow shortly, should enhance the quality of applications to the B CD and reduce its workload. Those Boards are bringing a new level of professionalism to the application process, and Im sure the Ministry is looking forw ard to that, Mr Wrinkle said. Anyone can go down there a nd throw their application on the table. Unless theres unique or s pecific elements to an applic ation, the process chugs along at a good pace, he added, p ointing out that in past years t he BCD had been overwhelmed by the amount of w ork it faced, with projects such as Atlantis Phase III, Albany and the airport redevelopment going through the system. Larry Treco, the BCAs treasurer, added of the building permit system: Thats been a problem, and is not a new issue. Thats been a problem for 25 years. The Institute of Bahamian Architects report, noting that a bout 5,000 construction projects were approved in 2006 by t he BCD, taking an average time of six months, said: "If the average construction cost for e ach project was $100,000, that would equate to $500 million that flowed into the construct ion industry. If the average processing time had been three months, while still not an acceptable time, the money in the con struction industry would have b een doubled and would have trickled down through most sectors of the economy." As for the delays being expe r ienced in approving construc tion permits, the Institute added: "Before the 1990s, it took substantially less time for building permits applications to be approved, they were a pproved with substantially less set backs and queries. This was also despite the fact that during this time there were more, less qualified people submitting plans and reviewing the plans at BCD." Now, with Bahamian engin eers and architects both required to be registered, most applications to the BCD were being submitted by qualified professionals. Yet the Institute said: "In s pite of this, the BCD has made t he building permit process much more intensive and com plicated, with the added prob lem of unqualified individuals having the power to stop and q uery the registered architect o r engineer's documents. "This has led to a dumbing down in the construction indus try documents by the architects and engineers. Instead of using the most i nnovative and cost-effective solutions, professionals instead choose systems that are top heavy with elements that often times are unnecessary." Reiterating that "while other l ocations have been busily trying to streamline their processes through new programmes and eliminating steps and redundancies, BCD has been doing the opposite of instituting more steps and redundancies," t he Institute's report said this expansion had resulted in an increased staff level at the Department that was not tied to the number or speed withw hich permit applications were processed. Developers short change Ministry F ROM page 1B
M ADRID Investors sold off government bonds from Spain, Portugal and Italy amid worries that Europe's debt crisis has not been contained by Ireland's bailout, which is putting even more pressure on other weak economies. Spain and Portugal, deemed the next w eakest links in the eurozone economy, have continually denied they will need outside help but investors have become skeptical that the bailouts will stop. At the heart of the problem is that the austerity measures these countries need to take to reduce their deficits threaten to backfire by weakening economic growth and hurting state revenues. That is what's h appening in Greece, which has been able to drastically cut its spending but is struggling to raise tax income as economic and corporate activity wilts. ___ LONDON Worries that Portugal or even Spain will have to seek outside help for their debts continued to unsettle Europ ean financial markets. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 0.4 percent, Germany's DAX fell 0.1 percent and the CAC-40 in France ended 0.7 percent lower. ___ TOKYO Earlier in Asia, Japan's N ikkei 225 stock average dropped 1.9 percent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.7 percent and Australia's S&P/ASX200 index s hed 0.7 percent. C hinese shares trimmed some losses a fter volatile trading that took the Shangh ai benchmark down 3.4 percent at one point on worries over fresh inflation-fighti ng measures. The Shanghai Composite Index closed d own 1.6 percent. Soaring prices in China, the world's No. 2 economy, are so far lim-i ted mostly to food, but analysts say price pressure could spread to other areas u nless Beijing hikes interest rates and further tightens credit. Investors worry that might slow economic growth or reduce t he amount of money flowing through the economy that is helping to finance stock t rading. ___ DUBLIN Carrying cardboard boxes groaning with crockery and clothes, Kylee O'Brien clears a space at her makeshift market stall and lays out her wares t rappings of a life in Ireland brought to an abrupt end by the country's economic cris is. The 34-year-old is selling almost every thing her family owns from a vintage t elephone to a child's bicycle and heading overseas, just like thousands of others f leeing the debt-wracked country, pushing emigration to a level not seen since Ireland's financial gloom of the 1980s. ___ L ONDON Inflation in the 16 countries that use the euro remained below the European Central Bank's target of 2 percent, but only just. ___ BERLIN The number of people u nemployed in Germany fell again in November as the job market benefited from the country's rebounding economy. ___ T OKYO Japan's factories cut production for the fifth straight month in O ctober, but the decrease wasn't as bad as expected and a turnaround may be on the h orizon. ___ NEW DELHI India's economy expanded 8.9 percent in the latest quarter, exceeding expectations and indicating the country's recovery is on track despite tur bulence globally, particularly in Europe and the U.S. __ WARSAW, Poland Poland's economy, one of Europe's strongest, grew 4.2 percent in the third quarter from a year ago. That's up from a 3.5 percent annual growth rate in the second quarter. Poland, the largest among the E uropean Union's ex-communist members, managed to keep its economy growing over the past two years thanks to upbeat shoppers even while the rest of Europe slipped into recession. Now it is getting a further boost from a strongerthan-expected recovery in neighboring Germany, a major trade partner, while domestic demand remains strong. __ J ERUSALEM Israel is charging toward 4 percent growth in 2010 more than twice the rise forecast for Western Europe and nearly three times that projected for the U.S according to the International Monetary Fund. The country got high marks from the I MF this week. They reflect economic stability that weathered both the years of Palestinian uprising and the more recent global economic crisis. ___ KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Malaysia's leader unveiled plans for tax incentives to bolster the country's oil and g as industry as well as new multibilliondollar projects to build energy plants, a massive energy hub and hotels with the a im of becoming a developed nation by 2 020. __ DUBLIN An Irish government mini ster who had dismissed as fiction reports Ireland was seeking an international b ailout said he planned to quit on health grounds, days after an economic rescuep ackage was sealed. ___ KIEV, Ukraine Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has vetoed a tax bill t hat sparked mass protests across the country. __ K UALA LUMPUR, Malaysia The stock exchanges of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand will link via an electronic trading system, giving investors access to all three markets simultaneously by the s econd half of 2011. ___ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates W ar-ravaged Afghanistan will see at least $10 billion in government spending and o utside investment in the coming years, the country's foreign minister predicted after a major conference meant to stir business interest. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press LAGOS, Nigeria Nigeria's anti-graft agency wants to question the local managing directors of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and oil service firm Halliburton over allegations they bribed authorities in Africa's most popu lous nation, an official said Tuesday. T he investigation by the nation's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission comes after U.S. authorities found those firms and others encouraged massive corruption within the troubled Nigerian Customs Service and elsewhere. The U.S. cases uncovered that S hell and other oil firms paid millions of dollars in bribes to customs officials to circumvent import rules for offshore rigs, ships and other equipment coming into the nation's notoriously slow ports. However, officials in oil-rich Nigeria, a major source of easily r efined crude for the U.S.' gasoline demand, have been slow to launch their own investigations into the allegations. "It will always start from somewhere," said Femi Babafemi, a spokesman for commission. "Since it started there, it is necessary f or us to take actions on our own part. It is a different thing (than i f we have the information and we look the other way." The requests to speak with Shell and Halliburton come from two different cases brought forward in the U.S. under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. That law makes it unlawful for companies d oing work in the U.S. to bribe foreign government officials or company executives to secure or retain business. The Halliburton case involves its former subsidiary KBR, a major engineering and construction services firm based in Houst on. In February 2009, KBR pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to a uthorizing and paying bribes from 1995 to 2004 for contracts in Nigeria, an OPEC-member nation. KBR split from Halliburton in 2007. It agreed to pay more than $400 million in fines in the plea deal. I n the Shell case, U.S. authorities accused the oil firm of bribing Nigerian customs officials with $3.5 million to quickly process needed equipment for its offshore Bonga field. That field can provide Shell and its partner, the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., with 225,000 barrels of oil and 150 million cubic feet of gas a day. G LOBALECONOMICNEWS A SSOCIATED P RESS A look at economic developments and activity in major stock markets around the world Tuesday: W ORRYINGTIMES: B rokers work at the Stock Exchange in Madrid Tuesday Nov. 30, 2010. Investors sold off government bonds from Spain, Portugal and Italy on Tuesday amid worries that Europes debt crisis has not beenc ontained by Irelands bailout but is putting pressure on other fiscally weak countries. NIGERIA: ANTI-GRAFT AGENCY SEEKS SHELL COMMENT
P ARIS G oogle announced an agreement Tuesday to use its technology to translate patents into 29 European languages, a deal officials h ope will smooth the way toward a simplified European patent system after years of infighting. Google Inc.'s deal with the European Patent Office, or EPO, will make it easier for inventors and scientists from across the continent to read and understand patents. The EPO has 38 member coun t ries. Disputes about which languages should take precedence on o fficial documents has long prevented the move to a European Union-wide standard patent. The European Commission has been p ushing for a unified system, but Spain and Italy have refused to accept its contention that it should be enough to have patents translated into English, French and German. The European Commission says the agreement with Google should help do away with the huge translation fees that prevent g rowth and hurt small businesses. It is presently 10 times more expensive to apply for a patent in Europe than in the UnitedS tates. Officials say they hope the Google translation will also appease s ome countries' fears that they will be at a language disadvantage. Benoit Battistelli, president of the European Patent Office, s aid for those countries the deal is "a kind of compensation, so they can accept the idea that for economic reasons it's necessary to c hoose only a few languages and not to use all of them." Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, Google's vice president for southern a nd eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the company did not expect any immediate financial profit from the deal. Sergio Dompe, chairman of the Italian Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, called Google's project "an interesting idea" but one that could run into legal issues. "Anything that brings the cost of innovation down is very welcome," he said. "On the other hand, I fear there are too many lawyers involved in the patent field for automatic translations to be granted legal value anytime soon." The agreement benefits Google by giving it access to a vast body of patents already translated into different languages. That will improve the Mountain View, California-based company's machine translation technology, which "learns" languages by com paring translations that have already been carried out by professionals. The EPO will feature the Google translation service on its web site. 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The European Commission's move, announced Tuesday, is t he first formal investigation by a major regulatory agency into these issues and could potentially result in billions in fines, as in the recent cases of M icrosoft Corp. and Intel Corp. Several competitors, one owned by Microsoft, say that links to their services appear t oo low on Google's general s earch results. They also claim that when Google offers similar services, such as online pricec omparison, it puts its own links higher on the sponsored searchr esults, the ones companies have to pay for. I n addition, the Commission will look into whether Google prevented advertising partners from posting ads from Google's competitors on their sites andw hether it was making it more difficult for customers to moved ata from their advertising campaigns to other ad platf orms. The issue could boil down to w hether Google has a right to program its search engine the way it wants or whether it is abusing the market power it has accumulated by processing about two out of three search requests made worldwide. T his much is clear: Google's own services consistently have ranked at or near the top of itss earch results. In some cases, there's clear logic to the rank-i ngs because some of Google's properties, including its mapp ing service and YouTube v ideo site, are considered to be among the best and most a uthoritative in their categories. But other Google services, s uch as finance and health, that aren't as widely used or as wellr egarded also tend to get high rankings in the search results. G oogle has steadfastly insisted that it avoids bias in its search results by using a closel y guarded formula for deter mining rankings. But at othert imes, Google executives have conceded they sometimes give their own services preferential treatment, and have argued if users aren't happy with ther esults, they can easily migrate to another search engine such as Bing. The three companies that lodged complaints in Febr uary are U.K.-based price comparison site Foundem, French legal search engine ejustice.fr and shopping site Ciao, owned by Microsoft through itso wn search engine Bing which has struggled to wrestle online market share away from Google. T he investigation does not imply any wrongdoing by Google, which controls about 90 percent of the online search market in Europe, but showst hat the antitrust watchdog is taking the complaints seriously enough to launch a detailed examination of the company's practices. Several websites in the U.S. h ave also complained that their links have been unfairly buriedi n Google's search results and, in some instances, have even f iled lawsuits in the United States. The company has also b een the target of national antitrust probes in Germany, Italy and France. T he Commission has notified the U.S. Department of Justiceo f its investigation, which is likely to take "at least a few m onths," said Amelia Torres, the spokeswoman for Compet ition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia. It is too early to say whether Google might have to disclose its closely guarded search algorithm to regulators, Torres said. Speaking to the European P arliament, Almunia said it was "far too early to say" whether there was definitely a problem with Google's conduct. "But we w ill investigate in-depth potential concerns as regards Google's conduct, notably on the way in which search results are set out," Almunia said." Vigorous competition of all players, including smaller and innovative ones must be preserved for the future." I n a Tuesday statement, Google reiterated its belief that it hasn't done anything wrong. "Since we started Google we have worked hard to do ther ight thing by our users and our industry ensuring that ads are always clearly marked, making it easy for users and advertisers to take their data with them when they switchs ervices, and investing heavily in open source projects,"G oogle said in an emailed statement. But there's always going to be room for improvement, and s o we'll be working with the Commission to address any concerns," the company said. G oogle also said that "there were compelling reasons" whyt he complaining companies "were ranked poorly." It said F oundem "duplicates 79 percent of its website content from o ther sites, and we have con sistently informed webmasters that our algorithms disadvantage duplicate sites." EU launches antitrust probe into Google TRANSLATION SERVICE: Internet search giant Google Inc. Director of D evelopment Chewy Trewhella delivers a presentation of Google translator for patents during a press conference in Paris, France, yesterday. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS GOOGLE SIGNS AGREEMENT TO TRANSL ATE EUROPEAN PATENTS TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer H AMTRAMCK, Michigan General Motors and Chrysler, two companies that nearly died last year before getting government bailouts, showed further signs of recovery Tuesday as each announced plans to hire 1,000 engi-n eers and researchers. GM's hiring will begin immediately and run through the next two years as it adds staff to work on the n ext generation of electric vehicles. Chrysler said it will hire during the next four months to help handle global growth as well as expansion of its small and midsize vehicle line-u p. The moves each are a sign of confidence as the automakers come back from stays in bankruptcy protection last year. GM is making m oney and Chrysler has narrowed its losses, both operating with far less debt and lower labor costs than when they were near to the brink of financial ruin. The GM hiring was announced by CEO Dan Akerson during a ceremony as the company prepares to deliver the first ChevroletV olt rechargeable electric cars to customers. Akerson also disclosed that GM is selling the $41,000 Volt at "close to cost," but said its vehicles of the future will benefit from Volt technology. GM, CHRYSLER EACH TO HIRE 1,000 ENGINEERS ( AP Photo/Paul Sancya) GENERAL MOTORS chief executive officer Dan Akerson raises his arms next to the ChevroletV olt.
CHIP CUTTER, AP Business Writer NEW YORK Stocks pared their losses Tuesday after President Barack Obama and Republican law makers promised to seek a compromise before the end of the year on extending Bush-era tax cuts. The Dow recouped most of i ts losses and was down 25 points in afternoon trading. It had been down as many as 110 points earlier on concerns that Europe's debt crisis was spread ing. President Barack Obama said that while differences r emain over how to address the expiring tax cuts, there was broad agreement" that both parties can work together to resolve the issue. Extending the tax cuts would motivate investors to hold s tocks since they wouldn't be subject to higher capital gains t axes next year. It would also encourage companies to cont inue paying dividends, which are taxed at a more favorable rate under the current tax cuts. Investors were also encour aged by a jump in consumer confidence reported earlier Tuesday. The Conference Board said its index of cons umer confidence jumped to a five-month high of 54.1 in N ovember from 49.9 in Octo ber. That's better than analysts expected but still well below the level of 90 that indicates a healthy economy. The index h asn't been that high since the recession began in December 2 007. The euro briefly fell below $1.30 for the first time s ince mid-September after investors sold off government bonds from Spain, Portugal and Italy. A bailout of Ireland's banks announced Sunday hasn't been enough to assuage worries that other weak European countries will also need t o be rescued. The Dow Jones industrial a verage fell 24.67, or 0.2 per cent, to 11,027.82 in afternoon trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 4.83 or 0.4 percent, to 1,182.93. The Nasdaq c omposite index dropped 24.63, or 1 percent, to 2,500.59. B arring a significant turn around, the Dow is on track to p ost its first monthly loss since August. The index is down 0.8 percent for the month. The S&P 500 is flat for November, and the Nasdaq is down 0.3 percent. Stocks had been on a nearly unbroken rise since lateA ugust, when the Federal Reserve first hinted at its plans t o stimulate the economy by buying Treasury bonds. The Fed's $600 billion program is aimed at encouraging borrow ing by keeping interest rates l ow. After climbing throughout September and October on hopes that the Fed's plan would lift the economy, the Dow and other indexes have been falling since hitting 2010 highs on Nov. 5, two days after the Fed announced its program. DAVID ESPO, Associated Press JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press W ASHINGTON H eralding a new era of divide d government, President B arack Obama and congressional Republicans pledged w arily to seek common ground on tax cuts and reduced spending Tuesday in their first meeting since tumultuous midterm elections. Obama also made a strong plea to Senate Republicans to permit ratification of a new arms control treaty with Russia by year's end, raising the issue first in a session in the White House's Roosevelt Room and then in a follow-up meeting without aides present, officials said. No substantive agreements o n essential year-end legislation emerged from the session, and none had been expected. Instead, the meeting was a classic capital blend of substance and style, offering a chance for O bama, House Speaker-inw aiting John Boehner and Sena te GOP leader Mitch McConnell to become more comfortable in one another's presence. "The American people did not vote for gridlock. They didn't vote for unyielding partisanship. They're demanding c ooperation and they're d emanding progress," the presi dent told reporters, referring t o elections that gave the GOP c ontrol of the House and a stronger say in the Senate. Back at the Capitol after the meeting, Boehner said, "I think that spending more time will help us find some common ground," and he credited Obama with opening the session bys aying he had not reached out e nough in the past to Republic an leaders. Even so, there was little or n o attempt to minimize the differences that divided the partiesd uring the election campaign, including a disagreement on l egislation to extend Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at year's end. "It is the view of 100 percent of Senate Republicans, and a n umber of Senate Democrats as well ... that we ought to treat a ll taxpayers the same," McConnell told reporters. Obama and most Democrats, b y contrast, want to extend existing tax cuts to all workers with family incomes under $250,000 but allow them to expire for those at higher levels. I n a sign of urgency, Obama and leaders of both partiesa ppointed a small group to begin talks immediately on r esolving the issue so lawmakers can approve a compromise before wrapping up their work. One possible compromise is for Democrats to agree toe xtend the tax cuts for all, and for Republicans to drop theiri nsistence that the lower tax rates be made permanent. Ane xtension for a few years would allow both sides to claim victor y while limiting the cost to the government at a time when deficit reduction is a major priority of both parties. Officials said there was relat ively little discussion of another major issue confronting lawmakers in the current postelect ion session, the need for a new spending bill so the government c an run without interruption. C urrent spending authority e xpires on Dec. 3, and majority Democrats intend to extend that to Dec. 17. The next steps are unclear, though, and a struggle is possible between Democrats who are about to lose their majority in the House, and Republicans who won the election with a call for significant spending cuts. In addition, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said it was important for Congress to pass an extension of unemployment benefits before heading home, officials said, adding that Obama concurred. T he president has called r epeatedly in recent days for t he Senate to ratify the proposed new START treaty with Russia. In remarks to reporters, h e called it essential for the n ational security and said it would permit the United States to "monitor Russia's nucleara rsenal, reduce our nuclear weapons and strengthen our relationship with Russia." Ratification requires a twot hirds vote, meaning Republican support is essential. Sen. J on Kyl of Arizona, the GOP p oint man on the issue, said in t he meeting that Democrats should quickly resolve the tax and spending issues to allow time for a debate on the treaty. Kyl did not say whether he intended to vote for or against the pact, according to officials. H e and other Republicans h ave been involved in intensive n egotiations with administration officials and Senate Democrats over terms of accompanying legislation covering the modernization and security of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. 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(Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-23201 9 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029TUESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,482.69 | CHG -0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -82.69 | YTD % -5.28BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%3 0 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.51221.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.51225.11%6.79%1.490421 2.92652.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91871.10%3.13%2.919946 1.56551.4954CFAL Money Market Fund1.56553.87%4.48%1.545071 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.8624-8.16%-7.49% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.56421.47%2.95% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.13671.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.13674.30%5.21% 1.09741.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.09742.75%6.87% 1.13631.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.13634.18%5.78% 9.74859.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.74584.35%5.22% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.6000-1.59%4.26% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.5037-4.96%-4.96% 8.16434.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.16435.79%9.42% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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Getting all air carriers that travel to or through the U.S. to provide this information m arks a milestone in the government's counterterrorism efforts and completes one of the 9/11 Commission's recom-m endations. The program, called Secure Flight, has been delayed for years because of privacy concerns and went through three versions beforei t was approved. It's designed to give U.S. authorities moret ime to identify and remove suspected terrorists from f lights and reduce instances when passengers are mistaken for people on terror watch l ists. Misidentification of passen g ers has been one of the biggest inconveniences in p ost-Sept. 11 air travel, and widely known for putting thousands of innocent travel ers and well-known figures like former Sen. Ted K ennedy, through extensive searching and questioningb efore they were allowed to fly. P reviously, airlines have been responsible for checking the passenger lists against terror watch lists. But the airlines did not have any information other than a name. Now the screening is done by t he Transportation Security Administration. The more i nformation available about a passenger, the less likely a passenger will be mistaken for someone on a watch list. When someone makes a flight reservation, that information goes to the Secure Flight datab ase within seconds, TSA Administrator John Pistole s aid. C HRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON State tax revenues rose over the summer for the third straight quarter, giving a much-needed boost to beleag uered government budgets. The Rockefeller Institute, a research group at the State University of New York, said Tuesday the amount of tax money states collected increased by an inflationadjusted 2.6 percent in the July-September quarter, comp ared to the same period a year ago, Still, the increases aren't enough to make life easier for governors and state legislators. Most states face persistent budget gaps that are forcing widespread spending cuts and tax hikes. Budget shortf alls have prompted many states to lay off government workers and cut programs,s erving as a drag on the broader economy. T ax revenue hasn't fully recovered from the impact oft he recession. It is still 7 per c ent below what it was two years ago. T he recent increases won't spare state governments from h aving to make tough budget choices. The Center on Bud g et and Policy Priorities estimates that states will faceb udget deficits of about $140 b illion in fiscal year 2012, which starts next July 1 inm ost states. Almost all states are required to balance their b udgets each year. "The immediate outlook is f or revenue collections significantly below prerecession lev e ls," the report's authors, Lucy Dadayan and Donald Boyd, wrote. "The overall picture remains: States will face continued, significant budget c hallenges in fiscal 2011 and beyond." R evenue rose in 42 of the 48 states that have reported d ata for the third quarter, the report said. Personal income and sales taxes both rose, while corporate tax revenue declined. Part of the increase i n revenue is due to tax increases, but the rise also r eflects "a slowly recovering economy" that is increasing i ncome and sales, the report said. New York reported the biggest dollar increase in total tax collections, with a rise of $ 577 million, or 4.5 percent. North Dakota experienced t he largest percentage jump, with an increase of 29.5 perc ent. That was due to a large rise in corporate income tax revenue. Utah, West Virginia, Connecticut and Delaware saw the next biggest gains. O f the six states to report declining tax revenue, A laska's fell 48 percent. That was the biggest drop, mostly b ecause of a decline in oil and gas production taxes. The price of both commodities fell and less of each was produced during the period, the report said. Hawaii, Louisiana, South Dakota, Virginia and Alaba ma were the other states to report drops. Wary meeting: Obama, GOP leaders pledge tax talks ( AP Photo /J. Scott Applewhite) TOUGHTALKS: President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House campus in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, about his meeting today with Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders. A LL US-BOUND AIRLINES TO GET INFO FOR WATCH LISTS STATE TAX REVENUES RISE FOR 3RD STRAIGHT QUARTER Stocks par e losses on optimism over tax cuts A IRPORTSECURITY: A TSA officer watches as a passenger goes through a metal detector as another collects her belongings behind at a security check-point Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at Seatttle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.
F rom rust ic roasted veg et ab l e s s o u p s m a d e o f i n e x p e n s i v e i n g r e d i e n t s l i k e b u t t e r n u t s q u a s h a n d p u m p k i n a n d c o m f o r t i n g c a s s e r o l e s a r e a l l s i m p l e e n o u g h to p r e p a r e a n d a r e v e r y fi l l i ng H e r e a r e s o m e o f m y fa v our i te di nne r r e cip e s th a t I e n j o y d u r i n g t h e c o o l e r m o n t h s BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP INGREDIENTS one butternut squash 3 cloves garlic 3 cups of vegetable stock a little water P r e h e a t o v e n t o 3 5 0 P o u r wa ter i n ba ki ng di sh so tha t i t's about half an inch deep. C ut the unpeele d squash in half, scoop out and discard the seeds. Place squash in the bak ing d is h, sk in s id e up. Pla ce th e garlic cloves, unpeeled, in the dish next to the squash. B a k e u n t i l t h e s q u a s h i s s o f t a b o u t an h o u r A f t e r c o o l i n g for a few minutes, then scoop f illing into in a blende r or f ood pr oce ss or. Sq ue ez e th e roa s t e d ga rl ic o u t o f i t s sk in and in t o the blender or food processor. B l e n d t h e i n g r e d i e n t s f o r a minute or two, until smooth. H e a t v e g e t a b l e s t o c k o v e r m e d i u m h e a t a n d s l o w l y a d d t he sq uash al on g. Sim mer f or 10 minutes. Add salt and pep per to taste. ROASTED VEGETABLES (from allrecipes.com) INGREDIENTS 1 small winter squash, peeled and cubed 1 s w e e t p o t a t o p e e l e d a n d cubed 1 small turnip 2 l a r g e c a r r o t s p e e l e d a n d s l i c e d into chunks 1 red onion, quartered 1 t a b l e s p o o n c h o p p e d f r e s h thyme 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 1/4 cup olive oil s al t an d g r o u n d bl ack pep p er to taste s p r i n k l e o f c a y e n n e p e p p e r (optional) DIRECTIONS 1 P r e h e a t o v e n t o 4 7 5 degrees 2. I n a l a rg e b o w l c o m b i n e the squash, sweet potato, car rots and turnips. Separate the o n i o n q u a r t e r s i n t o s m a l l e r p i e c e s a n d a d d t h e m t o t h e m i x ture. 3 I n a n o t h e r b o w l s t i r t o g e t h e r t hym e, rosemar y, o li ve o il, c a y e nn e pe p p e r s a l t a n d bl a c k p e p p e r T o s s w i t h v e g et a b l e s un t i l t he y a re c o at ed S p r e ad v e g e t a b l e s e v e n l y o n a l a r g e roasting pan. 4 Roa st for 3 5 t o 40 minute s i n the p r eh e a te d o v e n tur n ing e v e ry 1 0 mi nu tes o r u ntil v eg e t a b l e s a r e c o o k e d t h r o u g h a n d browned. C M Y K C M Y K T ASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y DECEMBER 1, 2010, P AGE 9B T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM J u s t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e B ah a m a s l oo ked l ike 40 ..5 0 ... 60 .. years in the past Flash Back A drop in temperature as we move into winter when makes it easier to enjoy hearty, cold weather friendly vegetarian dishes that will warm you on chilly nights with no stifling heat to pre vent you from pouring over a hot stove. In anticipation of a drop in temperature as we move into winter, I have been experimenting with dishes I would normally avoid during the summer months. A policeman's work is never done. Music makers, traffic patrol, funeral bearers, stop and look at those wonderful uniforms. BY ROLAND ROSE V e g e t a r i a n d i s h e s t o w a r m y o u u p t h i s s e a s o n WARM AND TASTY: Winter makes it easier to enjoy hearty, cold weather friendly vegetarian dishes that will warm you on chilly nights
C M Y K C M Y K ENTERT AINMENT P AGE 10B, WEDNESDA Y DECEMBER 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter A FTER weeks of preparation, five year old Syngular Journee Brown walked away with the Little Miss Petite Crown at the this year's 2010 Little Miss Bahamas Pageant held on November 28, at the Rainfor est Theatre. I n a n i n t e r v i e w w i t h T r i b u n e E n t e r t a i n m e n t S y n g u l a r s m o t h e r M s P a t r i c ia C hatt i said wh ile Syng S yng, as s h e i s o f t e n c a l l e d h a s b e e n m o d e l i n g since the ag e of thre e, this i s the first pageant she has entered. Filled with excitement, Ms Chatti sai d after w i nning, her daug ht e r told her, Mommy I was crying because m y b r a i n f e l t s o h a p p y I w a s p r o u d o f myself." M s C h a t t i c o n t i n u e d : S h e w a s spon sor ed by Just For Me ha ir produ c t s P h i l s F o o d S e r v i c e M a r i o s B ow l i n g Al l e y S h e l l G a s S t a t i o n a n d Jared Cyrus." I w a s u s i n g a l l o f m y o n l i n e a c c o u n t s t o p r o m o t e h e r i n t h e pageant, my Cia Monet company as we ll a s my M a ke Em L is te n a cc oun t. T o da t e th i s w ou l d be th e fi r s t ma j o r t hing I'v e done in ter ms of ma nagi n g m y d a u g h t e r I t h i n k p a r e n t s s h o u l d s u p p o r t t h e i r c h i l d r e n n o m a tter what, I support her in everything she does" Ms Chatti said. Little Queens Under the theme "It's A Princess A ffair" there were also six contestan ts i n tota l tha t we re a wa rde d with official titles. Prior to the final show, all of the g i r l s t o o k p a r t i n a n u m b e r o f rehearsals and pre pageant activities whic h in clud ed the pho to s hoots a nd the preliminary competition. A f e w o f t h e e x c i t i n g p l a c e s t h e y a l l v i s i t e d w e r e D o l p h i n E n c o u n t e r s Do m in oe s P iz za G a la Pr in ce s s Fl oa t P a r a d e F i l m i n g o f O p e n i n g a t A r d a s t r a G a r d e n s a n d W o r s h i p a t M t Tabor Full Gospel. P a g e a n t D i r e c t o r G a y n e l l R o l l e told Tribune Entertainment that this y e ar 's compe tition wa s v er y compe ti tiv e a nd by th e e nd of th e ni gh t the y had crowned six beauties. We were proud to say that all of them were all honour roll students. We crowned Syngular Brown, Little Miss Petite. She was also the nation a l c os tu m e w in ne r, w i nn in g t he o v e r a l l o f a l l a g e ca t e g or i e s S h e a l s o w o n o v e r a l l M i s s P o p u l a r i t y a n d M i s s P u b lic choice," she said. Winners M s R o l l e a d d e d : W e a l s o c r o w n e d L ittl e M is s La Pe ti te A lli so n T a y lor a n d f o l l o w i n g h e r w a s O u r L i t t l e M is s" Da ja ne ll D ix on a n d she a ls o w on li ttle Mi ss G li tz a n d Gla m or i n F r e e p o r t " W e a l s o h a d a n o t h e r a g e c a t e g o r y calle d Ide al Miss" won by Alex i s D ea n a n d t h e L i t t l e M i ss P r et e en B a h a m a s w a s w o n b y K e n d i c i a C l a r k e T h e o v e r a l l w i n n e r o f t h e e n t i r e s h o w w a s A n g e l K n o w l e s w i n ni ng t he L it t l e Mi ss Ba ham as 2 010 ti tle s he e x p la in ed T he ca te g ori es tha t we ha v e a re t h e s a m e a s o u r I n t e r n a t i o n a l P a g e a n t all of t he l it tl e beau ti es are o ff i cial t i t l e h o l d e r s Al l o f t h e m w i l l b e c o m p e ting in I nte r na tio na l Pa g ea n ts. S he co nti nue d : Th e pa re n ts this y e a r w a s s o a w e s o m e t h e y a l l w o r k e d s o ha r d. M s R oll e al so s ai d s he is s o p le a se w ith th e ac com pl is hme n t of the o utg o i n g q u e e n s t h e r e i g n i n g L i t t l e M i s s B a h a m a s A d r i a A l b u r y a n d R i k e n d r a K i n g t h e r e i g n i n g M i s s P r e T e e n Ba h am a s w hom bo th a ch ie v e d in t e rn at i o n al t i t l es at I n t er na t i on al C om pe titi on s, as we ll a s A ng e l Pri de w ho r ec ei v ed a nu mb er of aw ar ds T he Li ttle Mi ss Ba ha ma s Or ga n isa t i on re c or d ed a m aj o r su c c e ss a s Ad ri a a d va n ce d to the fin a ls to ca ptu re the ti tle o f Wo rl d's M in i Mi ss i n Ph oe ni x Ari zon a Adria Albury wa s the lucky conte st ant w ho n ot o nl y w on t he t it le b u t a l s o t o g e t h e r w i t h h e r m o m w o n i n the Mo the r /Da u gh te r ca te g or y. A g r o u p o f o v e r 3 0 B a h a m i a n s at t e n de d t h e in t e rn a t i on a l p age an t e v e nt a nd ce le b ra te d wi th Adr ia a n d h e r fa mil y things 2 D O The Little Miss Bahamas beauties By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL Tribune Features Editor W H A T began as a sho rt vi deo t o en co urage p erson s n ot t o f ol lo w t he crowd a nd bow to pe er p re ssur e ha s n o w b e c o m e a B a h a m i a n c u l t f o l l o wi n g wi t h p e r s o ns f r o m a l l w a l k s o f l i f e t e l l i n g p e o p l e t o s t o p l i k i n g m a n a n d h a v i n g t a g s o n e v e r y t h i n g Th re e me mb er s o f Col la g e E nte rt ai n m en t t h e m a st e rm i n d s b e h i n d t h e c r a z e b r o t h e r s T y r o n e a n d Val ent in o B urro ws and t h eir f ri end V a l e n t i n o B u r r o w s r e c e n t l y s a t down with Tribune Enterta inment t o disc uss ho w the me ssa g e ca me to be Ba si c al ly, w e u se d t o b e r eal ly i n v o l v e d i n d r a m a s a t t h e Y o u t h A l i v e c o n f e r e n c e h e l d e v e r y y e a r f r o m 2 004. W e w o ul d d o s k it s an d th en s hor t p lays, said Tyro ne. "Wh at we r ealis e d i s t hat p eopl e had no th ing to d o an d w ere l oo kin g f o r p o s i t i v e e n t e r t a i n m e n t a n d s o t h e y w o u l d r e a l l y l o o k f o r w a r d t o o u r p e r fo r m a n c e a n d th e n w e s ta r te d wi nni ng t alent sho ws w it h ou r pos it i v e m e s s a g e a n d i t g r e w f r o m t h e r e T h e y c h o s e t h e n a m e C o l l a g e ent e rt ain ment t o symb oli se a blen ding a n d var iet y of t he t alen ts in th e g r o u p "We wo rk u nder a co mmo n pu rp o s e t o p r o v i d e q u a l i t y B a h a m i a n base d entert ainment somet hing t hat p e o p l e c a n b e p r o u d o f s a i d T y r o n e He exp lain ed th at t he St op Li king Man" c on cep t came fr om you th p a s t o r C o r e y D J C o u n s e l l o r w h o w o ul d a lw a ys t e l l t h e Y ou t h A li v e a u di e nc e no t to fo ll ow fa s hi on o r the c row d an d t o be yo ursel f. "He w ou ld say b e yo urs elf be a real m an or w om an, and make yo ur o w n d e c i s i o n s S o t h a t i s h o w t h e S t o p L i k i n g M a n c o n c e p t c a m e a b o u t w e w a n t e d t o p o k e f u n a t s o m e o f t h e t h i n g s t h a t p e o p l e d o ju st bec ause ot her p eop le d o i t. Som e of the t hin g s featu re d in t he vid eos are gu ys w earin g t hei r p ant s tuc ke d into t he ir socks, buying Oa kl e y s u n g l as s es t o w ea r w i t h o u t t h e len ses, st ari ng peo pl e d ow n j ust f or f u n o f i t a n d g u y s d r e s s i n g a l i k e w e a r in g t he c ol our of t he d ay. Th ey also po ked fu n at guys wh o r e f us e d t o r e mo v e t h e la be ls o f f th e i r h a t s a n d c l o t h i n g p r o m p t i n g t h e ph rase Tags on everyt hi ng" The messa ge too k off and became a cu lt f ol lo win g p rom pt in g a sequ el a n d g e n e r a t i n g m e d i a a t t e n t i o n w hen a govern ment memb er in t he H ou s e o f A ss em bl y s h ou t ed "S t o p Li kin g Man" t o op pos it ion mem ber Gl ennys HannaMart in as she made a c o n t r i b u t i o n t o a d e b a t e o n c u l t u r e W e k n e w o u r f r i e n d s w o u l d l i k e i t a n d w e h ad a l o t o f p e o p l e a s k i n g f or a p a rt t wo, but wh a t surp rised us w it h t h e seco nd one w as t he b road sp e ctr um of p eo pl e who li ke d i t. T he f irst one, most peop le were betw e en the a g e s of 1 5 2 5 an d the se con d one p e o p l e o f a l l a g e s e n j o y e d i t Val entino s aid. He added that it wa s a big surp rise to hear leader s of t h e c ou nt ry ec ho ing th eir p hras e. T h e S to p L i k i n g M a n r e s p o n s e h a s b een a hu mb lin g experi enc e said G lenn w ho sai d peo ple st op h im all t h e t im e t o t ell h im ho w mu ch t h ey en jo y it T hey agree t hat w hat mak es i t so h u m o r o u s i s th a t i t d o e s d e p i c t t h i n g s t h a t p e o p l e d o w i t h o u t t h i n k i n g a b o u t "Yo u k no w yo u l ook at t he vi deo a n d y o u a r e l ik e y e a y a kn o w p e o p le d o t h at f o r t rue," said Tyro ne. T h e g r o u p p r o m i s e d t h a t h a v e som ethi ng e x citin g in the wor ks a nd en co uraged peo ple to st ay t un ed. DECEMBER 2 THURSDAY "BRINGIN' BACK DA GOOD OLE DAYS" ART AUCTION, E X H I B I T I O N A N D S A L E Capital City Marketing presents "Bringin' Back Da Good Ole Days", an art auc tion, exhibition and sale told through the eyes of Bahamian artist, Nicole Angelica. The show begins 7pm-10pm at the Balmoral Club. Proceeds will benefit the Young Arts Foundation for the Advancement of Art. For more information contact 323-5589 or kathy@ccmba hamas.com. DEC 1 5 7TH ANNUAL BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The acclaimed Bahamas International Film Festival returns for its 7th year. In addition to showing films that might not otherwise be released theatrically, BIFF provides unique cultural experiences, educational programs, and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. BIFF aims to raise the level of filmmaking, participation and education through The Bahamas. For more information contact 325-5747 or see http://www.bintlfilm fest.com. DEC 3 FRIDAY NATIONAL DANCE SCHOOL OF THE BAHAMAS' CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE The National Dance School of the Bahamas hosts its annual Christmas Open House performance, 6.30pm at the school, 5th Terrace Centerville. For more information contact children 3234380 or email national firstname.lastname@example.org. DEC 4 SATURDAY 4TH ANNUAL WAHOO CHALLENGE (LEG 1) Lightbourne Marine presents the 4th annual Wahoo Challenge with the first leg set for Entrance fee: $500/per boat (4 anglers); $100/additional angler. Sign up at Light bourne Marine, T: 393-5285 or 393-5549. E: rachel@light bournemarine.com. DEC 5 SUNDAY 37TH ANNUAL NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC The Rotary Club of West Nassau presents the 37th annual Night of Christ mas Music under the theme "Telling the Story of Christ mas", 8pm at the Rainforest Theatre. Entertainment provided by National Youth Choir, National Children's Choir, Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, The World Famous Glee Club, Freddie Munnings Jr and much more! Tickets: $25. Available at Watson Construction, The Juke Box, Esso on The Run (Baillou Hill), Shell Service Station (Marathon) and Centre for Specialized Dentistry. Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story Stop Liking Man TAGS ON EVERYTHING: The crew from Collage Entertainment recently joined forces with 100Jamz DJ Natural Empress for a charity drive at the Luna Nightclub. LITTLE QUEEN: Angel Knowles crowned the Little Miss Bahamas 2010! FULL OF SMILES: Syngular Journee gets crowned Little Miss Petite!
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Here, it see med, wa s braze n t h e f t o f i n t e l l e c t u a l p r o p e r t y w i t h o u t s o m u c h a s a S i l v o u s p l a i t " O u r f i r s t r e a c t i o n h a d b e e n : Y o u g o t t a b e k i d d i n g m e s a i d p r o d u c e r M i c h a e l N a id u s o n M o n da y B u t th e n a s w i th p r e tt y m u c h e v e ry t h i n g t h a t h a p p e n s t o u s o n t h e s h o w w e l o o k e d f o r t h e b e s t w a y t o m a k e i t f u n n y a n d en t er ta in in g. An d in th is cas e, t h a t d i d n t s e e m t o i n v o l v e l a w y e r s E x e c u t i v e p r o d u c e r P e t e r Las s all y ad ded "At o ne p oi nt Cr aig a sk ed u s, How s ho ul d I be fe e li ng a bou t t his? A nd w e s a i d 'Y o u s h o u l d b e am u s ed b y t h i s C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y DECEMBER 1, 2010, P AGE 1 1B T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter A TLANTA hip-hop star, Young Jeezy, is set to put a massive show at the Club Luna Night Club, West Bay Street, Saunders Beach this Saturday, December 4. U nd e r t h e th e m e D a L a s t L a u g h W e e k e n d T h e R e c e s s i o n g r o u p presents Young Jeezy Live in Con c e r t D a R e c e s s i on i s a p r o mo ti o n c o m p a n y t h a t i s b a s e d i n M i a m i Flor ida but it is sa id to be he a de d by a Bimini born native DJ extraordi na ir e D'a no a ls o k now n a s K i ng Dano Duncombe. Th e en tir e we ek en d i s s la te d to be fu l l o f e x c it e m e n t, w it h th e p r e -p a r ty kicking off at the Marley Resort on F r i d a y D e c e m b e r 3 w i t h d o o r s o p e n ing a t 8 pm. The co nce rt o n Sa turd ay will offer the first 100 ladies a free a d m i s s i o n a s a g i f t fr o m th e n e w p r o moters. I n a s t a t e m e n t T h e V e n d e t t a Group informed Tribune Entertain m e n t t h at ov er his ma ny ye ar s wo rki n g i n F l o r i d a D a n o h a s b e e n i n v o l v e d i n q u i t e a n u m b e r o f b i g shows and has made many valuable contacts A s D J K i n g D a n o h e h a s g a i n e d q u i t e a b i t o f n o t o r i e t y i n s o u t h F l o r i da for his mixing skills. His mix was or ig i na ll y bro a dca s ted on R id dim 9 4 a n d M i x 9 6 b u t h e h a s n o w m o v e d o n t o t h e d i g i t a l e r a a n d m i x e s o n 3kingsradio.com." Mr Duncombe explained this rea s on fo r g i v in g hi s co mp an y th e na m e "D a R ec e ss i o n. H e s ay s, i t w as because of the socio-economic envi ronment the world is presently in." H e we nt on to fur the r e la b or a te th at e v e n i n t h e s e t o u g h t i m es h e s t i l l w an t s p e op l e t o be e n t er t ai n ed b y top class performers. S p e a k i n g o n t h e r e a s o n s f o r c h o o s ing Young Jeezy for this particular concert, Mr Duncombe said: The streets demanded his presence after producing three classic albums and one classic mix tape." He continued: Jeezy is true to t h e w o r d s i n h i s s o n g s a n d n e v e r s e e ms to s wi tch on h is r oo ts a nd th at is why the people love him." With the holiday season just set tling in, The Last Laugh Weekend w i l l b e a p r o p e r wa y t o k i c k i t a l l o f promoters said. Ti c k et s p ri c es f o r t h e even t are $ 5 0 a n d $ 1 0 0 f o r V I P T h e y a r e a v a i l a b l e a t A l p h a S o u n d s J u k e b o x P a r t s World and Sunshine Auto. Y oung Jeezy all set to Rock Da Last Laugh W eekend in Nassau OCALA, Fla. Associated Associated F E D E R A L p r o s e c u t o r s o b j e c t t o a c t o r W e s l e y S n i p e s re q u es t t h at h e r em a i n f r ee o n b a i l w h i l e h e a p p e a l s t o th e U .S. Sup re m e C ourt his t h r e e y e a r p r i s o n s e n t e n c e f o r failing to pay taxes. Prosecutors filed a motion o b j e c t i n g t o t h e r e q u e s t o n T u e s d a y i n U S D i s t r i c t Court in Ocala, Fla. P r o s e c u t o r s s a y S n i p e s r eq ue st i s pre ma tur e si nce h e h asn t e ven yet f i le d a p et i ti on wit h th e Sup r em e Co ur t. T h e y a ls o s a y hi s c a s e d o e s n 't r a i s e a n y q u e s t i o n s o f l a w t h a t t h e S u p r e m e C o u r t l i k e s t o t a c k l e w h e n p i c k i n g c a s e s a n d t h a t h e h a s f a i l e d t o s h o w t h a t t he co nvi ct io n li kel y w il l be reversed. S n i p e s w a s r e c e n t l y o r d e r e d to b eg in se rv ing his se nte nce b u t t h e j u d g e d i d n o t s e t a s u r render date. Snipes has been free on bail w hile appea ling hi s 2008 c on vic t io n fo r wi ll ful failure to file income tax returns. Prosecutors: No bail for Snipes Wesley Snipes Eric Benet LOST IN TIME' (Reprise) The latest effort from Eric B e n e t i s t i t l e d L o s t i n T i m e a nd we ca n on ly ima gi ne t h at the crooner is alluding to the disappearance of his "sexy." The 44-year-old Benet got off to a great start with first s i n g l e S o m e t i m e s I C r y using his butterscotch vocals t o n a r r a t e t h e s h a k y f i r s t s t e p s o f l i f e a f t e r a b r e a k u p U n f o r t u n a t e l y t h e r e s n o t much else like it on the disc, heavy with retro soul. B e n e t p u t s h i s f a l s e t t o t o work on the saccharin sweet A l w a y s a Re a s o n B u t i t l i k e t h e a l b u m s t i t l e t r a c k h as the p re v iou sly s il ky R &B s i n g e r s o u n d i n g l i k e t h e l e a d e r o f a T e m p t a t i o n s c o v e r b a n d B e n e t h u s t l e s a l o n g s i d e Chrisette Michele on the dis c o r e a d y f l u t e i n f l e c t e d "Take It." And he's outdone by the O'Jay's Eddie Levert o n th e c oo l Pa i d ," wh i ch h a s t h e w o r l d l y s o p h i s t i c a t i o n a n d sound of the legendary funksoul group's 1972 hit "Back s t a b b e r s H e a l s o h a s a s w e e t song with his daughter India on "Summer Love." IN T HI S N ov 29 2 0 10 p h o to p r ov ide d b y C BS, Cra ig Fe r gu s on fo u r th fr o m r ig h t, st an d s n e xt t o Jacques Essebag, the host of "Ce Soir Avec Arthur", fifth from right, on the set of the "Late Late Show" in Los Angeles. Craig Fer guson welcomes French copycat to his show Benet loses sexy on 'Lost in T ime' M U S I C R E V I E W RE M E M BE RI NG L E S L IE NE IL S O N THE Canadian-born Nielsen, who went from drama to inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in Airplane!' and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun' comedies, has died. He was 84. His agent John S. Kelly says Nielsen died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he was being treated for pneumonia.