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By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE Adelaide Village
beachfront property is known
as “The Farm” — the area of
its location is also a “lover’s
lane” and the scene of the
country’s latest murder.

Shandie Cartwright, 22, of
Johnson Road, a bank
employee, was attacked and
fatally stabbed by two armed
thugs. A man, believed to be
her boyfriend, received
wounds to his arm.

According to police, the
couple were approached by
the men — one had a knife and
the other a handgun — who
attacked and robbed them.

The culprits, who wore
dark clothing, also stole their
car, a black Hyundai Accent,
licence plate 223079.

Police are questioning a 23-
year-old man in relation to
the incident.

Neither of the victims is
thought to be from the Ade-
laide community.

While the police top brass
visited the scene of the crime
with the lead investigator,
other divisional officers par-
ticipated in a walkabout of
the community.

The blood of the victims
still stained the sand on the
beach yesterday, as investiga-

SEE page eight

BAHA MAR CHINESE WORKERS ‘WILL GET
MINIMUM WAGES, ALL BENEFITS REQUIRED’

THE 8,150 Chinese workers set to enter the country to help
construct the $2.6billion Baha Mar project will be paid mini-
mum wages and receive all benefits required under Bahamian
law, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes confirmed yesterday.

Mr Foulkes made the announcement before heading to a
Cabinet meeting.

It follows concerns raised by the Opposition and several
union leaders over whether the rights of the Chinese will be pro-

SEE page 10

WALKABOUT: Four-year-old Roston Thurston, a Gambier Primary School student, wearing Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s hat yes-



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THE Bahamas has vot-
ed in favour of removing
gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender persons from
a United Nations resolution
that would condemn their
extra-judicial or arbitrary
execution because of their
sexual orientation.

Along with Iran, Saudi
Arabia, Zimbabwe, Rwan-
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African and Muslim coun-
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terday, said he would love to be the Commissioner for a day. Members of the police force held a walkabout in the area.

PM backs police force
in Bain Town aftermath

By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff
Reporter
tthompson@
tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister
Hubert Ingraham yes-
terday voiced his sup-
port for the Royal

in the aftermath of

the disturbance in Bain Town.
Mr Ingraham also hit back

at criticism from Opposition

leader Perry Christie who

claimed the current adminis-

tration failed to put its finger



SUPPORT:
Bahamas Police Force Hubert Ingraham also touched on ineffi-

on the pulse of crime
and spearhead com-
munity outreach pro-
jects.

He called the PLP
leader a "forgetful
man" who was silent
when crime rose
under his watch dur-
ing 2002 to 2007.

The nation's chief

ciencies within the
judicial system, such as delays
in bringing those charged with
serious offences to trial, thus
allowing accused criminals to

SEE page 10

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FATALLY SHOT EX-POLICEMAN ‘HAD WEAPONS’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

OFFICERS found three potentially-lethal weapons on
the ex-policeman who was shot dead by police on Robinson
Road Tuesday night.

Walden Mitchell, 38, was wanted in connection with the
attempted murder of Police Constable 3331 Johnson. Earli-

SEE page 10
MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

FREEPORT: A man wanted in connection with a shooting
incident at Garden Villas on October 25 was arraigned in
Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Rodnell Octavien, 25, of Imperial Gardens, was charged with
causing grievous bodily harm. He was not required to plea to the
charge. He remanded in custody at Fox Hill Prison until Janu-
ary 26, 2011.



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LOCAL NEWS





WORDS OF WISDOM: Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade speaks to students

at Gambier House during a police walkabout.

POLICE

WALKABOUT
IN GAMBIER



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Ellison Greenslade



HAVING A CHAT: Sergeant 2021 Rolle
talks to four-year-old Roston Thurston, a
student of Gambier Primary School, dur-
ing a police walkabout of the Gambier
community yesterday.

TAKING TIME OUT: Sergeant 2021 Rolle
along with Assistant Commissioner Hulan
Hanna took time out to talk to the students of
of Gambier Primary School during a police
walkabout of the area yesterday morning.

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Roadside vendors urged to visit Business

License Unit for information on legislation

ROADSIDE vendors unsure of
the stipulations they will have to
satisfy come January 1 when new
legislation comes on stream should
visit the Business License Unit for
more information, State Finance
Minister Zhivargo Laing said yes-
terday.

Under the new Business Licence
Act, the fee imposed for a licence
will depend on each street ven-
dor's declared income and will be
waived for those making less than
$50,000 a year, said Mr Laing. Still
all vendors have to apply for a
licence.

"Anyone in the Bahamas who is
selling or trading has to have a
licence, that's what the law
requires,” he said. "Most of them,
if they declare (income) under
$50,000, will be exempt anyway —

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that people, very,
very small business-
es would pay," he
said when asked if
vendors selling low-
end products like
newspapers, fruit
and peanuts would
pay the same price as large busi-
nesses.

Mr Laing said individual cir-
cumstances — such as those apply-
ing to roaming vendors with no set
place of operation — may be taken
into consideration at the time of
application.

"Once the Secretary of Revenue
examines the application and
understands the nature of that



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LAING

business he can apply conditions
to that licence. When they go into
the Business License Unit they will
be able to inquire about their
requirements and there would be
attached to their application forms
the requirements of that particular
business,” Mr Laing told The Tri-
bune ahead of yesterday's Cabinet
meeting.

At a town meeting earlier this
month, Mr Laing said once the act
is implemented, government
intends to develop a "tighter work-
ing relationship with police" that
will ensure swift action in response
to complaints about infractions by
businesses. This is part of a plan
for “stricter and stronger enforce-
ment than in times past” of rules
relating to business licence infrac-
tions, the Marco City MP said.

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i Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

TWO men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on

} armed robbery and attempted armed robbery charges.

Raymond Pratt Jr, 18, of Fourth Street, the Grove; and Roder-

ick Strachan, 19, of Palm Beach Street were arraigned before
? Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane on
: several counts of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

It is alleged that the two men attempted to rob Eugene Cook and

; also attempted to rob Super Wash on Robinson Road on Novem-
i ber 19. It is also alleged that on September 9, Pratt, while armed
? with a handgun, robbed Sabrina Heastie of cash, electronics and cell
i phones together worth $4,412, the property of the Sporting House.

It is further alleged that he robbed Darcell McKinney of a $200

cell phone the same day.

Pratt is also accused of attempting to rob Huling Minnis on

October 27. Court dockets also allege that on November 19, Pratt
i attempted to rob Super Wash on Robinson Road.

He is also accused of robbing Jelva Roxbury of a gold charm and

chain valued of $910. It is also alleged that he robbed Charles
i Sweeting of his wallet and $25 cash the same day.

Pratt is also accused of robbing Colin Thompson of $500 cash on

: October 31. Police have also charged Pratt with the armed robbery
i? of New Kids Sports Wear, where shoes and clothing altogether val-
i ued at $1,193 were taken. Pratt is also charged with the November
i S armed robbery of Shoe Land. Pratt and Strachan were not rep-
: resented by an attorney and were denied bail due to the nature of
: the charges. The case has been adjourned to December 15.

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manslaughter
at retrial

By NATARIO
McKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@
tribunemedia.net

A MAN pleaded guilty
to manslaughter at his
retrial yesterday, just two
weeks after his first trial
ended in a hung jury.

Two weeks ago jurors
were deadlocked in the
case of James Valentino
Adderley, voting 6-6 on
the charge of murder.
Adderley had been
charged in the April 2007
murder of Lavardo Col-
lie, 28. After several wit-
nesses had taken the
stand at his retrial yester-
day, including the wife of
the deceased, Adderley
asked to enter a plea.

He pleaded guilty to
manslaughter in the
death of Collie who was
stabbed to death during
an altercation on the
night of April 2, 2007 in
the Grove.

Mr Collie’s wife Crystal
testified yesterday that
her husband had left her
mother’s apartment on
Palm Tree Avenue
around 9.45pm to go toa
nearby gas station to get
lunch for their children.

Mrs Collie testified that
15 minutes after he left,
she heard a commotion
outside.

She further told the
court that she and her
brother went outside to
see what was going on
and that she observed
Adderley — whom she
recognised from the area
— sitting on the torso of a
man; “jabbing” him in the
chest. She told the court
that she watched as
Adderley stood over the
body and said, “Die boy
die, you joking.”

She said that she did
not realise that the victim
was her husband at that
time but was subsequent-
ly informed by her broth-
er.

According to an autop-
sy report, Mr Collie died
from hemorrhagic shock
due to blood loss from
stab wounds to the chest.
Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt
prosecuted the case.
Adderley was represent-
ed by attorney Dorsey
Mcphee.

Adderley, who has
been on remand since
2007, is expected to be
sentenced on December 3
before Senior Justice Jon
Isaacs.

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school security guard ‘not disruptive’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE removal of a security
guard in connection with a sex-
ual abuse complaint did not dis-
turb routine operations at
Gambier Village Primary
School, according to adminis-
trators.

“It was not a serious out-
break where it has disrupted
the movement of the school,”
said Phyllis Johnson, principal.

She said some students may
have noticed “someone miss-
ing,” but it is has not been a
topic of open discussion.

While the security guard was
arrested last week, it is unclear
whether he is still being
detained by police, or if they
plan to file formal charges.

Assistant Commissioner of
Police Hulan Hanna was
unavailable for comment up to
press time.

An investigation by educa-
tion and social services officials
into the sexual abuse claims
unearthed further concerns
about incest and sexual

exploitation in the wider Gam-
bier community.

Mr Hanna said the close rela-
tionship between the police and

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ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER:
Hulan Hanna

the primary school played a
vital role in this regard.

“The relations between the
police and the school in Gam-
bier historically have been pos-
itive. The bulk of the children
in our summer youth pro-
gramme come from Gambier.
We have a constant presence
there,” said Mr Hanna.

“The very fact that there
have been so many recent dis-
closures is a testament of the
work done by the police in the
community,” he said.

The assistant commissioner

burnt to a shell on Saturday following the fatal shooting.

INVESTIGATORS looking into the fatal shooting of
19-year-old Sharmoco Newbold are awaiting the results

of an autopsy.

During a walk-about in the Bain Town community on
Monday, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade told
residents and relatives of the deceased that an update

would be given yesterday.

However, due to a scheduling conflict, the pathologist
could not complete his findings.

Police officials said last night that further details would
be released as soon as more information is available.

praised parents and teachers in
the community for “empower-
ing” the children to speak up.

“A lot of children may know
(the abuse) is bad, but they may
not know it is okay to tell,” said
Mr Hanna.

According to a statement
from the Ministry of Education
(MoE), the school initiated a
series of workshops and forums
on inappropriate behaviour,
during which concerns about
the behaviour of some students
were first voiced.

The statement said that
shortly after one of the sessions,
a teacher brought to the atten-
tion of the principal an accusa-
tion involving a female student
and an adult man, which led to
a security guard being removed
from the school and later ques-
tioned by police.

The statement said another
student came forward to report
a claim of incest after further
forums were established by the
Special Services Unit of the
MoE.

Young victims are said to be
receiving medical and psycho-
logical assistance from the Min-
istry of Health and the Ministry
of Education, whose officers
continue to monitor the situa-
tion.





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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199]

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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A policeman’s awesome task

EVERY TIME crime becomes an issue —
and today it’s a constant issue, growing
worse — the phrase “Urban Renewal”
echoes from the sidelines as a soothing balm
to heal all community ills.

It was an idea recreated by the PLP and
staunchly believed to be the solution to
crime by Opposition Leader Perry Christie.
As a concept there was much merit in urban
renewal. However, as it was practised it was
a political tool that provided jobs for party
“generals” and supporters, and distracted
the police from their role as policemen. It
was good for the men and women of the
force to get to know their communities and
to try to understand the residents of their
precincts, but they were not social workers,
nor baby sitters, nor garbage removers. As
the 2007 election neared they were further
distracted from their policing duties by politi-
cians who needed their presence to make
them “look good” in their districts. No.
Urban renewal as practised had to go. The
police had to return to policing, and social
workers had to step up the pace and get into
the communities.

Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade
on the whole has a good force. However,
like all organisations, bad apples can be
found among its ranks — these are the weak
links that eventually snap and bring the force
down. The Commissioner is not slow in
weeding them out.

The police force is fortunate to have a
well trained young man at its helm. A man
whose strength is tempered by compassion.
He knows how to deal with people, he
knows how to pour oil on troubled waters.
But he has an overwhelming job, which
despite all of his attributes, he cannot achieve
without the full support of his force and the
community — and this includes the courts
and the lawyers.

A policeman’s job is not easy. Individuals
define the way they should perform their
duties. If they deviate from this in any way,
they are dismissed as corrupt officers. And,
mind you some of them are, as the ones who
break the law and stand in line at the number
man’s window, or the drug dealer’s back
door, or shake down the illegal immigrant for
a bribe, and the list goes on.

We constantly get angry comments from
Fox Hill residents about “yinna can’t trust
dem policemen; we does always see dem
talking with dem drug boys under de tree,
why ain’t they lock ’em up? Dey does know
dey’s our problem!”

Now are these policemen practising
“urban renewal,” or are they consorting with
criminals?

Thanksgiving

Blowout Sale.

There are so many guns on the streets
today and so many out-on-bail criminals
willing to use them that when a policeman
has to confront them it is understandable
that he will be quick on the trigger — often
with tragic results. But, as he puts himself on
the front line to protect the community, it is
natural that he is also concerned for his own
life. Lawyers are severely criticised for get-
ting bail for persons accused of murder, gun
possession and other serious offences — the
ones who are now causing havoc in the com-
munity. Everyone knows that while they are
out on the streets awaiting their day in court,
no one is going to employ them. Circum-
stances force them to commit crimes against
the community to feed themselves and meet
their lawyer’s fees.

We agree that every accused person is
entitled to his day in court and should have
a good advocate to plead his case. However,
the advocate has to draw the line, which, in
many cases among some lawyers today is so
smudged that it no longer exists.

We recall many years ago a young civil
servant — a fine young man, talented and of
good reputation — who was accused of steal-
ing by reason of employment. He sought
out one of this country’s leading advocates
— the late Hon. Eugene Dupuch, QC. Mr
Dupuch agreed to take his case. However,
during the course of debriefing, the young
man confessed his guilt to Mr Dupuch. Mr
Dupuch immediately declined his case, but
briefed him on the points of law on which he
should rely. He charged him no fee. The
young man took his own case and was
acquitted. We are certain that no jury would
have believed that a young man of such ster-
ling reputation would have done such a
thing. It was a close call and so frightened the
young man that he lived up to the fine rep-
utation that the community had of him,
made a mark for himself in his chosen calling
and never looked back. He is now dead.

We find today that many lawyers, know-
ing that their client has no case, will lead
him on, collecting his fees and getting him
further into debt.

Today the police are being frustrated by
the courts. They are tired of chasing the
same criminals, only to have some smart
lawyer get them out on bail. Even policemen
are human and there is a tremendous temp-
tation that if the courts won’t assist in keep-
ing criminals off the streets, then — well,
maybe justice should be exacted on the side-
walks.

Something has to be done about the
courts for the protection of the community.
The police cannot do it alone.



Sometimes
a rebellion
is necessary
to be heard

EDITOR, The Tribune.

After being bombarded with
face book statuses, twitter
updates, and negative press
attacking the participants of the
fiasco in Bain Town, and their
blatant disregard for legal
authorities following the police
shooting of a 18-year-old resi-
dent across the street from his
family’s residence, I thought it
fitting to express my support
for them and their actions in
spite of its unpopularity.

While the masses verbally
attack the actions of the com-
munity referring to them as
“ignorant” and “products of
poor parenting,” I passionately
disagree and feel obligated to
go against popular opinion on
this one. Even though I am a
law-abiding citizen I firmly
believe that sometimes a rebel-
lion is necessary in order to be
heard and taken seriously. This
is a proven and successful tactic
that has been employed
throughout the history of the
Bahamas, and the history of the
world.

Without fail we see it annu-
ally whenever unions engage in
talks with higher authorities to
request better work conditions
or salary increases. How do
they respond when their nego-
tiations reach dead ends, and
requests fall on deaf ears? They
so often resort to strikes, sick
outs and in some circumstances
sabotage! Is this not rebellion, a
clear statement that we will not
stand for this and something
must be done immediately!

A riot even though frowned
upon because of the presence
of violence is often an emo-
tional reaction to certain vari-
ables. In this case the variables
include the shooting death of a
young man a few meters away
from his home, and a police
officer’s decision justifying the
use of deadly force. This uproar
was an emotional response by
friends and relatives and neigh-
bours expressing their extreme
dissatisfaction with the outcome
of this event.

While accounts of the event
vary depending on the source, it
was alleged by the authorities
that the victim was carrying a
firearm and an exchange of
gunfire resulted in the death of
the teenager. On the other
hand onlookers claim that the
victim was fleeing from the
scene of a gambling game when
he received the fatal gunshot
wound to the head. Wherever
the truth lays the events that
unfolded afterward even
though lawless in nature, high-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ROBINSON PIERRE of DUNDAS
TOWN, P.O. BOX AB-20191, ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any

person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts

7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

within twenty-eight days from the 17° day of November, 2010
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-

LETTERS

letters@tribunemedia.net



lights a serious concern citizens
have with the authorities. With-
out placing blame on anyone
we ought to hold our law
enforcement officers to a high-
er standard of professionalism
and accountability. They are
tasked with an extremely hard
job and are often placed in
extremely hazardous environ-
ments and are asked to use
their discretion, in an extreme-
ly urgent manner plus achieve
the best possible outcome.

This is not an easy job and
many people tasked with these
duties do not possess the skills
and/or intelligence to carry out
this mandate effectively with-
out supervision. The chances of
these arduous tasks being
accomplished are only
improved with the recruitment
of high character individuals
and extensive training beyond
the initial basic recruit training
phase. Also going back a few
weeks when a man was shot
and killed in downtown Nassau
after a verbal altercation with
officers escalated at a nearby
bus stop. It made me wonder
again if deadly force was nec-
essary. How long will we accept
the primitive mediocrity of
firearms as the first and only
resource for law enforcement?

Technology has afforded us
more forgiving options of deal-
ing with an aggressor and yet
we allow our men and women
of law enforcement to go to
work daily unequipped.

In the state of Ohio where I
study, the utility belts of police
officers look like something
from inspector gadget cartoon
with everything from chemical
and acoustic irritants to tasers
in order to compel compliance
before resorting to a firearm.

This riot loudly professes
that enough is enough, and
something must be done imme-
diately! These “ignorant prod-
ucts of poor parenting” are say-
ing it is not acceptable, and has
successfully magnified a seri-
ous problem that could have
been swept away by a manipu-
lative nudge of the legal system
to favour one of their own with-
out a proper investigation.

These are the effects of a
riot and even though they have
the potential to cause serious
harm and property damage
they also have the power of
bringing about positive changes
through a bold statement of
unity and rebellion. I wonder if
the same remarks were made
of Sir Lynden Pindling when
he and his cohorts aggressively
rebelled against a regime and
subsequently tossed the sym-
bol of authority out of the
House of Assembly. It is impor-
tant to remember that while
violent acts of war and rebel-
lion are often frowned upon,
the only difference between a
revolution and an act of terror-
ism is the winner!

ALEX HALEY

Former Law Enforcement

Officer

Bain Town Resident (now a
college student in the USA).

November 22, 2010.

Thanks to police for easing Eastern Road frustration

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would like to send thanks to the police who direct morning traf-
fic on Eastern road. Because of you the level of frustration involved
in our "morning shuffle" is at an all time low. Gone are the panic
attacks and stress of "am I going to be late again?" to be replaced
by "wow, you mean I have time for Starbucks?". Thank you for a

job well done.

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card and newspaper vendors on the corner of Shirley Street and
Mackey Street. You make my mornings when I see you sharing
your good nature with everyone who is lucky enough to make
eye contact with you. There are different routes I could take to
work, but I choose to pass that junction just to get a dose of what
I know is in the heart of our Bahamian people. Thank you for
reminding us. Your positive energy is contagious and heart warm-
ing. You are a great example to other men and women that it is not
about the job, but rather how you perform on the job. You guys

are an inspiration. Keep it up !

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November 22, 2010.

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LOCAL NEWS



Minister hopeful of
COB, union agreement

LABOUR Minister Dion
Foulkes is hopeful that an
agreement between the Col-
lege of the Bahamas and the
union representing its educa-
tors will be signed by early
next week.

This could end two years of
wrangling over an industrial
agreement between the two
parties.

Negotiators met with col-
lege officials to decide on
clause numbering and a sig-
nature date on Monday.

According to Jennifer
Isaacs-Dotson, president of
the Union of Tertiary Educa-
tors of the Bahamas (UTEB),
the faculty voted unanimous-
ly to sign the document dur-
ing a poll last month.

“The vote on whether or
not to accept the lump sum
package was close, but the
majority voted in favour of
signing the document,” she
said.

In September, UTEB
made public their discontent

with the $500 lump sum
offered by arbitrators of their
new industrial agreement with
the College of the Bahamas.
In a press statement, the
union described the sum —
which would be the only
increase received by faculty
over the course of the pro-
posed four-year agreement —
as an “egregious wrong” and
"an insult to the professional
faculty of the College.”
Minister Foulkes yesterday
said it is his understanding

that the union wants three
points renegotiated.

“We are hopeful that very
shortly, not the end of this
week, by the beginning of
next week, that the agreement
between UTEB and College
of the Bahamas will be
signed,” Mr Foulkes told
reporters before he headed
into a Cabinet meeting.

"The three arbitrators have
already signed the report, it
was an unanimous agreement
that was about a month ago

Exuma

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air service to George Town
last week when American
Eagle replaced its daily tur-
boprop flights to the island
with jet service.

Minister of Tourism and
Aviation Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace welcomed the
flight on Thursday evening.

He said the arrival of the
jet helps his ministry’s effort
to strengthen the individual
awareness and reputation of
each island.

For too long, many people
thought of the Bahamas as
just Nassau and Paradise
Island, he said.

“The only way the cus-
tomer understands that we
are a great deal more than
that is by having products and
services that demand this kind
of attention and this kind of
attraction,” he said.

Minister Vanderpool-Wal-
lace gave credit to Sandals’
chairman Gordon “Butch”
Stewart for helping to attract
jet service to the island.

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their president Ms Jennifer
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The history of the 1,000
acre Baha Mar project

By LARRY SMITH

AFTER years of manoeu-
vering over the 1,000-acre
Baha Mar project on Cable
Beach, the Ingraham gov-
ernment (in its own words)
has finally made sweet
lemonade from the sour fruit
left on the table by the
Christie administration.

In April 2005 the newly
formed Baha Mar Develop-
ment Company (owned by a
Lyford Cay-based property
developer named Sarkis
Izmirlian) bought three aging
hotels on the Cable Beach
strip with a $200 million loan
from the Bank of Nova Sco-
tia. The venerable Nassau
Beach was subsequently
closed, while the Crystal
Palace and Cable Beach
Hotels were renovated and
re-branded.

That same year Baha Mar
concluded an agreement
with the Christie administra-
tion for a $1 billion-plus
development, including sev-
eral hotels, a casino, retail
village, convention centre,
expanded golf course, and
beach and pool amenities.
Tronically, had the project
got underway when it was
supposed to, it would have
opened in the midst of the
Great Recession — with
potentially devastating con-
sequences.

Side agreements to the
2005 agreement included
deferred taxes that could lat-
er be paid in instalments, a
$20 million marketing con-
tribution from the Ministry
of Tourism, and a commit-
ment to upgrade the airport
and other infrastructure.

There was also an agree-
ment to transfer to the devel-
oper hundreds of acres of
both Crown and government

land on Cable Beach worth
an estimated $150 million.

However, Baha Mar
proved unable to raise $400
million in capital, show evi-
dence of further financing,
produce detailed plans, or
attract world class partners
by the agreement's stated
deadline of October 2006.

With an election
approaching, the Christie
government scrambled to
revive the project. And by
early 2007 it had been reor-
ganised as a joint venture
with Harrah's Entertain-
ment. The planned capital
spent more than doubled to
$2.6 billion (along with more
than a quarter billion dollars
in government concessions)
and promoters were hailing
the project as unprecedented
in scope and character.

The revised project
included a larger casino, dou-
ble the meeting room space,
and 1200 more hotel rooms.

But despite "vigorous
negotiations” a deal could
not be finalised before May
2007. And when the electoral
dust had settled, Perry
Christie was replaced as
prime minister by Hubert
Ingraham, who immediately
launched a review of the pro-
ject.

Although the new gov-
ernment eventually decided
it would abide by the 2005
terms, Baha Mar insisted on
further negotiations, accord-
ing to the prime minister.
And by February 2008 he



unveiled a supplemental
Heads of Agreement that
trimmed some of the con-
cessions given three years
earlier.

"There is high expecta-
tion by the Bahamian pub-
lic about the Baha Mar pro-
ject," Ingraham acknowl-
edged in March, 2008 during
passage of a parliamentary
resolution to authorise the
transfer of public lands to
the developer. "We will do
all we can to facilitate it, but
I do not want to oversell it.”

March 2009 was the new
deadline set for the govern-
ment's conditions to be met
so that the deal could be
finalised. But long before
that could happen, Harrah’s
got cold feet due to the eco-
nomic downturn and pulled
out of the partnership,
putting the whole project in
jeopardy. Unable to obtain
regular financing in the cap-
ital markets, Baha Mar
turned to the cash-rich Chi-
nese government to save the
development.

Earlier this year, China's
Export-Import Bank agreed
to arrange $2.5 billion in
financing, and Beijing's state-
owned construction corpo-
ration signed on to build the
project, which will feature
six hotels and add 3,500 hotel
rooms and condos to the
country's current inventory
of 15,000 — more than half of
which in Nassau.

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to firm up the details of the
construction arrangements,
the House of Assembly
unanimously passed a gov-
ernment-sponsored resolu-
tion to approve the project,
including the unprecedented
issuance of up to 8,150 work
permits for non-Bahamian
construction workers.

After talks with the Chi-
nese, Ingraham was able to
announce that he had dou-
bled the share of business for
Bahamian subcontractors,
with more than construction
4,000 jobs now on offer, and
that some $8 million would
be spent on training pro-
grammes for Bahamian
workers.

"We put down some
benchmarks, like the $400
million in Bahamian con-
tracts, and said if they
accepted our terms we would
approve the project by the
end of November,” the
prime minister told me.

"We always disclose the
terms of deals — not like the
PLP when they signed the
2005 Baha Mar Heads of
Agreement with a confiden-
tiality clause, and contempo-
raneously issued side letters
containing larger exemptions
from taxes and committing
even more public money in
violation of the (phase three)
deal they had agreed with
Kerzner two years earlier."

In fact, this last point has
proven to be the only
remaining fly in the Cable
Beach lemonade.

The prime minister does
not accept that the current
Baha Mar deal violates the
guarantees to Atlantis devel-
oper Sol Kerzner that no
subsequent investor would
get more favourable terms.
Kerzner's complaint focused
on the ratio of Bahamian to
non-Bahamian construction
workers, presumably because
Baha Mar will benefit from a
cheaper, more skilled, and
more productive labour
force.

"Among the many
requirements that the gov-
ernment imposed (on us)
was a strict rule that at least
70 per cent of the total con-
struction labour force would
be Bahamian. However, this
new (Baha Mar) deal will



PLP leader Perry Christie, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Kerzner International CEO Sir Sol Kerzner

constitute a complete rever-
sal of (that) standard,"
Kerzner said angrily.

The prime minister's
response is that "the govern-
ment will review Kerzner's
claim and seek to resolve all
issues."

The question of whether
the Bahamas can accommo-
date thousands of new hotel
rooms opening at the same
time is another issue for
Atlantis.

"The reason is that the
tourism infrastructure needs
to catch up to additional
demand.

“Airlift is not going to
grow and develop in one day
just because another 3,000
luxury rooms are opened.
And I think that is very crit-
ical...and not easily done,”
Managing Director George
Markantonis told The Tri-
bune recently.

The Baha Mar project will
get underway before the end
of this year, with contracts
awarded to Bahamian firms.
The China State Construc-
tion & Engineering Compa-
ny should begin work by the
spring, and the project could
be substantially completed
by 2014.

In response to market con-
cerns, Baha Mar has agreed
to stagger the opening of the
new hotels over a five-month
period stretching into 2015,
and close the Crystal Palace
Hotel during renovations.

According to the Chinese,
the project relies on being
developed, marketed and
operated as a single phase
"to induce demand that
would not otherwise exist for
a series of standalone
hotels."

They point out that the
Hyatt, Morgan's and Rose-
wood hotel companies are
investing $62 million of their
own money into the project,
and note that the airport will
be redeveloped by the time
Baha Mar opens. Expecta-
tions are that the tourism
market will have rebounded
by then.

Another issue that has
received somewhat less
attention in the media is the
provision of water and pow-
er for such a massive pro-
ject being built and brought



on stream at one time. As
we all know, these com-
modities are relatively
scarce on New Providence
these days, and there are
fears that our infrastructure
will be further strained in
the short-term.

In fact, BEC will need to
generate an additional 25
megawatts of electricity to
accommodate the projected
power demand for Baha
Mar.

And the developer is sup-
posed to cover the cost of a
new BEC substation, as well
as build a central sewerage
system, and a reverse osmo-
sis plant for potable water.

Although there was
understandable shock and
dismay when Baha Mar's
requirement for such a large
foreign labour component
first became known, public
opinion seems to have quick-
ly moved to accept the
inevitable — no doubt fully
motivated by the recession.

For example, in June of
this year the PLP said it
would not involve itself in
the decision to allow thou-
sands of Chinese workers
into the country and seemed
determined to let the gov-
ernment twist in the wind.
But only two months later
they were singing a different
tune, based on the state of
the economy.

And from the sense of
jubilation conveyed by the
government since the Baha
Mar deal was approved, it
seems that the studied scep-
ticism of the past few years
was aimed not only at get-
ting the best deal possible in
a difficult environment, but
also at drawing the opposi-
tion into a full embrace of
the project's current frame-
work in order to minimize
the obvious political risks.

As one well-connected
insider told me: "I'm sure
there was some political
thinking involved, but for the
most part it was to get a
doable deal."

What do you think?
Send comments to
larry@tribunemedia.net
Or visit
www.bahamapundit.com

Senior Bahamian Marine completes
US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy

CHIEF Petty Officer (CPO)
Lloyd Ferguson has become the
most recent senior non-commis-
sioned officer of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force to grad-
uate from the United States Navy’s
Chief Senior Enlisted Academy in
Newport, Rhode Island. Mr Fer-
guson recently returned home fol-
lowing successful completion of a
six-week course which was
designed to prepare senior enlist-
ed leaders to face new leadership
challenges as they fulfill their
expanded leadership and manage-
ment roles in their armed force.

The training was made possible
through the International Military
Education Training (IMET)
scheme, which is facilitated by the
United States Embassy.

Studies in subjects such as man-
agement, organisational behav-
lour, management principles, leadership, per-
sonal and physical development, written and oral
communications, interpersonal relationships,
team building, national and international studies,
and human resource development were under-
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included lectures, discussions, case
studies, problem solving, and much
more.

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perform in a greater leadership
and management capacity upon
successful completion of the train-
ing, they were taught personal
counselling and advising tech-
niques.

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readiness to accept change, and his
diverse approach to leadership
responsibilities, coupled with his
demonstrated courage, he was

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 7



LOCAL NEWS



Bahamas seeks
support from
Spain in WTO

By LINDSAY THOMPSON

THE Bahamas is seeking
the support of Spain for full
membership in the World
Trade Organisation (WTO)
and in the area of renew-
able energy.

Governor-General Sir
Arthur Foulkes made the
request as he accepted Let-
ters of Credence presented
by Maria Celsa Nufio Gar-
cia, Ambassador of the
Kingdom of Spain to the
Bahamas, during a ceremo-
ny at government House
last Thursday.

Ambassador Garcia also
paid a courtesy call on
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham; Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Immi-
gration Brent Symonette;
president of the College of
the Bahamas Dr Betsy
Vogel and members of the
Diplomatic Corps.

In welcoming Ambas-
sador Garcia, who is resi-
dent in Jamaica, Sir Arthur
said he hoped that she
would visit the site of the
“encounter of two worlds”
that brought both countries
together 518 years ago on
San Salvador.

“Our two countries have
shared much since that
encounter in 1492. The full
potential in our bilateral
relations is still developing,
although our interaction at
the multilateral level has
been more active,” Sir
Arthur said.

Both countries share a
mutual commitment to and
an appreciation of the ben-
efits of multilateralism and
regional integration as
mechanisms to intensify the
pursuit of prosperity, par-
ticularly in the face of the
challenges of globalisation,
he said.

Dialogue and collabora-
tion between both countries
take place in international
bodies such as the United
Nations, the Organisation
of American States, the
European-Latin America
and Caribbean summits,

also through mutual sup-
port of international candi-
dacies and bilaterally
through established coop-
eration agreement with the
Caribbean Community, and
the Tax Information
Exchange Agreement
signed in March 2010.
“The Bahamas would
welcome the support of the
Kingdom of Spain for a fair
and universal solution to
the existing international
financial architecture, as
well as for the full accession
as a member of the World
Trade Organisation
(WTO),” Sir Arthur said.
Spain is also offering
assistance in tourism, cul-
ture and energy technolo-

y.

Ambassador Garcia not-
ed that Spain and the
Bahamas share common
values and aspirations; the
commitment to democratic
values the adherence to the
tenets of social justice and a
transparent and indepen-
dent judicial system.

“The recent signature in
March this year of a bilat-
eral agreement for
exchange of information
related to tax matters is the
best testimony to our mutu-
al commitment to trans-
parency in line with the
international trend for a
new economic governance,”
she said.

The ambassador said that
there are a number of areas
where both countries could
and should explore closer
cooperation, such as renew-
al energy/environmental
protection, energy security
and diversification.

“The Bahamas has great
potential and has already
taken important steps in
this regard with the recent
inauguration of a bio-diesel
plant,” she said.

Ambassador Garcia, 46,
served in Africa, Latin
America and the
Caribbean, having direct
concern for Asian affairs.
She joined the Spanish
Diplomatic Service as a
career diplomat in 1989 and

ROYAL BAHAMAS DEFENCE
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THE Information
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bier Primary School
last week as part of its
continued effort to
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munity.

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the immediate needs
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puter lab and facilitat-
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Basic IT needs were
identified and the
team rendered assis-
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with current anti-virus programmes and desktop publish-

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resources was made possible.

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with the students and staff of the school.


































































DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and
Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration Brent Symonette
(right) welcomes Maria Celsa
Nufio Garcia, Ambassador of
the Kingdom of Spain to the
Bahamas, during a courtesy
call at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs on Thursday, November
18, 2010.

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sor to the Deputy Prime
Minister of Spain.
Ambassador Garcia was
awarded the Order of Civil
Merit of Spain (Rank of
Dame) in 1992 and made
Commander of Order of
‘Isabel La Catélica of Spain
in 2004.

GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes
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by Marla Celsa Nufio Garcia (right), Ambas-
sador of the Kingdom of Spain to the Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas, during a cere-
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LOCAL NEWS



COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade and Assistant Com-
missioners Hulan Hanna and Glen Miller join detectives to view the
site of the country’s latest murder. A woman was fatally stabbed
on a property known as ‘The Farm’ in Adelaide.

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The family of the late Mrs, Manon Grau
Rodriguez of Edgewater Drive, Lyford
Cay, Nassau, Bahamas announce her
passing on l4th November, 2010 at
Doctor's
survived by her son Guillermo Pedro
Rodriguez, grand daughter Alexandra
Rodriguez,
Badimon Rodriguez, and many friends
and acquaintances particularly members
of the Bacardi family resident in Nassau
and Florida. According to her wish she
was burned at sea in Bahamian waters on

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tors returned to the scene in
the hunt for clues.

The incident is said to have
happened at about 9pm on
Monday. It is reported that
the male victim sought help
from nearby residents. At
least two heard a knock on

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one seeking assistance, but
opted not to respond, accord-
ing to Tribune sources,
because it was late and they
were home alone.

The man was finally able to
get assistance from a resident
who called the police. He was
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sively” from his arm.

His main concern, accord-
ing to sources, was for his girl-
friend, who he left on the
beach to get help after the
stabbing occurred.

He was treated and
released from hospital yes-
terday.

The abandoned-looking
beach house is known by
some in the area as a “lover’s
lane” and a place for parties.

“We were not expecting
something like that. This is a
quiet community. More town
people are coming this way,
and obviously their problems
follow them,” said a commu-
nity member.

“T only found out this
morning, but I should have
known something was suspi-
cious last night, because I
heard a car burn rubber,” he
said.

Superintendent Prince
Albert Smith, officer in
charge of the Carmichael
Division that shares respon-
sibility for Adelaide, said
many of the community mem-
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them during the walkabout.

“The people of Adelaide
feel safe in the community.
They do not have major con-
cerns.

“The incident last night is
seen as an isolated incident
by the community,” said
Superintendent Smith.

“This community has
always had rigid patrols.
There are not many com-
plaints coming from Adelaide,
and when there are com-
plaints they are mainly
domestic disputes,” he said.

Even at night, Mr Smith
said Adelaide is “a safe place
to come,” but people should
exercise reasonable precau-
tions when going to “isolat-
ed” places at night.

The murder victim was an
employee of the Palmdale
branch of the Royal Bank of
Canada. Upon learning of her
death, sources say co-work-
ers were shocked.

The office was closed for
the day as a mark of respect,
and employees were provided
with grief counselling.

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LOCAL NEWS

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be released on bail and have
the opportunity to reoffend.

"Many of the persons who
have been charged recently
have been on bail for some
time ... plenty people have
plenty things they need to do.
We will do the best we can.
One of the things we do not
do is control the courts but
we will give them the
resources they need and we
do call upon them to act effec-
tively and to take account of
the reality of this society and
to apply the law when per-
sons are charged before them.

"That is what the issue is
right now, the trying of cases
in areasonable period of time
that a person charged with
possession of guns and drugs
should not have to wait a
year, 18 months for the case
to be tried. That is wrong and
unacceptable and that must
change in the Bahamas."

Speaking to reporters
before entering a Cabinet
meeting, the Prime Minister
also expressed his sympathy
to the families of murder vic-
tims and those killed by
police.

"First of all let me express
my condolences to the fami-
lies of all those who've been
killed by criminals and to
those who have lost their lives
as a result of police action,
and to wish the police officer

FROM page one

who was shot a speedy recov-
ery. Secondly, I want to
express my appreciation and
thanks to the police force for
the work which they are doing
under very challenging and
difficult circumstances.

“Tt is the right of citizens to
feel safe in the Bahamas, and
residents and visitors, and we
shall do all in our power to
ensure that that happens.
Those who are in the front-
line on that fight — our police
force — they have our support
and the backing of the gov-
ernment to rid this country of
the violence which is afflicting
us at this time,” the Prime
Minister said.

Despite this support, he
said officers are not above
reproach and would be held
accountable for infractions if
found culpable.

"The police officer has
rules, which have been estab-
lished, as to when they may
use their weapon. Anytime
there is a killing as a result of
police action there is a public
inquiry, public inquest so that
all the circumstances are
known. Policemen are not
above the law, they are sub-
ject to the laws of the
Bahamas like everybody else.
Policemen also put their lives
at risk every day and the least
they ought to expect from the
state and those who occupy
high office is support.

Mr Ingraham insisted the
police have adequate

resources to do their job, and
if there is something they lack
“all they need to do is whisper
it to myself.”

Responding to increased
calls for the death penalty, the
Prime Minister said that if the
courts allow it capital punish-
ment will be carried out,
pointing out there is no law
that stands in the way of cap-
ital punishment.

"I cannot hang anybody
unless the court say yes, oth-
erwise I will be committing
murder also. What stands in
the way of capital punishment
being inflicted is the courts.
If, or when, they permit it,
hanging will take place in the
Bahamas as it did on my
watch before,” Mr Ingraham
said.

He also lambasted Mr
Christie for his recent state-
ments on crime.

"He is a forgetful man.
When they had the riot in
Nassau Village on his watch
or on Kemp Road, the public
of the Bahamas couldn’t hear
a word out of his mouth. He
had his Urban Renewal pro-
gramme then, crime has been
increasing in the Bahamas for
some years and it is impor-
tant for those of us in public
office to support our law
enforcement officials to
ensure that they act in accor-
dance with the law. ”

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countries abstaining from the vote, and anoth-
er 26 being absent.

The United States and Britain, with most
of Europe and South America, voted against
removing protection from gays.

Caribbean countries such as Jamaica and
St Lucia joined the Bahamas in supporting
the amendment, while others, such as Trinidad,
Barbados and Antigua, abstained.

This amendment will ultimately replace a
resolution which has stood for the past 10
years that has included sexual orientation in
the list of discriminatory grounds upon which
such genocidal killings are often based.

According to a Reuters report, Western del-

removing protection
for gay people in
UN resolution

future of the Bahamas is not threatened by
foreign persons of homosexual orientation.
Homosexuality is not a contagious disease;
and it is not a crime in the Bahamas.

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development” for the gay community.

Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of
IGLHRC said: “It essentially removes the
important recognition of the particular vul-
nerability faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people — a recognition that is cru-
cial at a time when 76 countries around the
world criminalise homosexuality, five consid-
er it a capital crime, and countries like Ugan-
da are considering adding the death penalty to
their laws criminalising homosexuality.”

Here in the Bahamas, the vote has also
drawn criticism from those who say it flies in
the face of the stated position of Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham on such matters.

When addressing a question about homo-
sexual tourists visiting the Bahamas in March
1998, Prime Minister Ingraham said: “The

incident.

the vote were not returned last night.

CHINESE WORKERS

FROM page one

tected as mandated by Bahamian law.

Mr Foulkes said: "All workers in the
Bahamas have to receive the benefits com-
pliant with our employment act, whether it’s
minimum wage or whether it is vacation or
sick leave or other benefits, they have to com-
ply with the employment act.

"So the China State Construction Company
has to comply with the provisions of our
labour act."

Ex-policeman
‘had weapons’

FROM page one

er that day, Police sources claim, Mitchell pistol-whipped his
girlfriend, and shot a motorcyclist before stealing his vehicle.
Hulan Hanna, assistant commissioner of police, said a hand
gun, pistol grip, shaved-off shotgun, and motor bike were con-
fiscated at the scene.
A second man was apprehended without injury during the

Both were riding the motorbike on First Street, when police
officers were tipped of about their whereabouts.

Uniformed and plain-clothed officers responded. The shoot-
ing occurred after requests for the men to voluntarily disarm
themselves and surrender were refused.

Mitchell’s last known address was Ronald Street, in New
Providence. It is unclear how and when he left the police force.

Mr Hanna said he was known to the police “professionally”
and otherwise.

Mitchell’s daughter was on the scene at the time of the
shooting. “They killed my daddy,” she cried, while being held
by family members.

Despite the exchange of gun fire, Mr Hanna said no members
of the public were “threatened” in any way. He said the com-
munity showed no “aversion” to the presence of the police, who

322-2188/ 9 handled the situation. He thanked the public for providing

necessary intelligence in the matter.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 11



Is the Bahamas mature enough to
vote for a white political leader?

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

This is my final column
before entering my final exami-
nation period for the Christmas
term. I will resume writing after
exams.

LOCALLY, although the
unambiguous and overt forms
of racism may have receded
since Majority Rule and con-
stitutional changes, in the polit-
ical realm, clearly race contin-
ues to be a relevant feature of
the political rhetoric. The con-
cept of race has greatly shaped
our society and national identi-
ty and its study provides us with
a framework to address issues
that may linger on and persist in
dividing our nation.

Race remains a prickly sub-
ject in the Bahamas.

In the years since the UBP’s
dismantlement/Majority Rule,
black Bahamians have become
apprehensive about white
Bahamians ascending to politi-
cal power, mainly due to the
angst that these Bahamians
could have a stranglehold on
both the economic and political
structure, turn the country into
some kind of racist backwater
where the masses are oppressed
and/or accrue more wealth in
the process.

Whilst there is a maturing
air of racial harmony in the
Bahamas, there are occasions
where antipathy and racism sur-
faces, particularly when self-
seeking, narrow-minded politi-
cians exploit the psychological
effects of slavery and the racist
injustices of the past. Indeed,
in the Bahamas, race issues and
classism go beyond the sphere
of political discourse, but also
influence attitudes, social inter-
action and settlement patterns.

In the mid-1990s, PLP sena-
tor Franklyn Wilson main-
tained that racial division is a
part of Bahamian history, and a
part of his resolve as a senator
was to “build bridges within our
community to help us come
together as a people.”

The fact that American vot-
ers rejected worn-out Repub-
lican orthodoxy and elected
Barack Obama in 2008—while
in many instances overlooking
race—demonstrates the evolu-
tion of the American electorate
and leaves a monumental ques-
tion about the evolution of the
Bahamian electorate. Would a
majority of Bahamian voters
rise above racial stereotypes
and, in many instances, mis-
placed fears/prejudices and
elect the nation’s first white
Prime Minister post-Majority
Rule/Independence?

Is the Bahamas now mature
enough to vote for a white
Bahamian to lead a political
party and eventually the coun-
try? Does the rhetoric of racial
propaganda in any way reflect
the real world social values
inherent in Bahamian society
today?

Are Bahamians ready to
move past the lingering resent-
ment of being shut out of pub-
lic places/activities and leader-
ship roles in a bygone era?

Would Brent Symonette or
any other white politician have
the ability to galvanize people
across the political spectrum
and lead their respective par-
ties to an electoral victory?

During the 2007 general
election, one PLP MP asserted
at a rally that Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham would turn
over the government to “the
UBP heir” (Brent Symonette).

Of course, rather than
addressing the issue, now
Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette was dismissive, say-
ing:

“They have opened this up
and exposed themselves for
what they are, and I have no
intention of entering a discus-
sion of race any further.”

In a 2005 interview with
another daily, when addressing
his heritage and culture, Mr
Symonette was again dismis-
sive and seemingly asserted his
disconnect and apparent cul-
tural demarcation, stating: “My
heritage is France, hence the
name “Symonette.’ France to
England and possibly to
Bermuda and then here. When
Alfred Sears stood up and
talked about Clifton, he painted
this very emotional picture of
the black slave captured in
Africa (sic) and landing into
freedom in The Bahamas. I
didn’t come that route. So my
cultural history isn’t based in
the navel string of Mother

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Africa, so how can you ask me
to celebrate that heritage?”

As was eloquently stated by
Helen Klonaris—a white,
Greek Bahamian—at that time:

“After reading this sentence,
I felt winded, the breath
knocked from me. [had read a
portion of it in Dr. Russell's let-
ter (on ontological whiteness),
but reading the entire conver-
sation trounced me. ‘I didn't
come that route,’ said Mr.
Symonette. As if African slav-
ery and the arrival of white
colonialists were not connected;
as if the two histories are not
integrally, irreversibly inter-
twined and still to this day rub
up against each other and hurt
when rain is coming, when hur-
ricanes start brewing, when it
is just another ordinary day in a
small place and we don't know
how to look each other in the
eye and tell the truth.”

“T cannot identify with Mr.
Symonette's feeling. I am only
the granddaughter of immi-
grants, still arriving in so many
ways, and yet, my own experi-
ence has rooted me in an
African and Greek cultural
reality which I could not shake
if I wanted to. I do feel that the
history of my sisters and broth-
ers of African descent in this
place is now a part of my histo-
ry, and that my Greek history
must also be a part of theirs. I
not only want to celebrate ‘that
heritage’, I want to love the
people connected to it, people I
consider to be my people. I am
no longer one, here in this new
world. I am more than one,”
she said.

She went on to further state:

“Know also that I have
grown up in this body, in this
white skin, and am conscious
of what racism feels like, looks
like, the power it has to keep
me from wanting to tell the
truth. I am conscious of what
white privilege feels like, how it
can separate me from Black
people, because it is supposed
to; how if I don't see it for what
it is, I too could be duped into
believing that whiteness and all
that comes with it is the way;
see everything and everybody
not white through that white
light that distorts faces, cultures,
histories, makes them all seem
less than 'mine'.”

Expounding on the issue in a
recent interview, Christopher
Curry, my former college lec-
turer and a white Bahamian
historian who recently returned
from university where he pur-
sued his doctoral studies, stated:

“Brent Symonette at times
appears to lack a sensitivity
regarding how our national
identity is construed as one that
is very much related to black
consciousness and our diasporic
identity. (When it comes to
ascending to the leadership) it
would be a rare individual! To
find a white Bahamian who
could truly empathize with and
understand and appreciate the
whole gravity of what colonial-
ism did for the Bahamian psy-
che and trying to be sensitive
to that. Generally, they’re not
interested in reading about this
stuff.

“Tt will take a different kind
of ‘Conchy Joe’ to be accepted
by blacks. And more impor-
tantly, even more practically
than that, would you see Brent
Symonette in Nassau Village,
would you see Brent Symon-
ette around Mason’s Addition,
would you see Brent Symon-
ette walking around Bain
Town? Ya see, the thing is
there is still that social stigma,
there’s still that social distancing
that we have going on where
whites either because of class
or race don’t feel comfortable
around blacks in certain places
and situations. And so, you
would have to have someone
who is embraced by blacks as
being from the grassroots, at
least who they can identify with
in a way that they feel as if their
concerns are at heart. I mean,
Brent Symonette, what’s his
constituency? St. Annes? What
is St. Annes? I mean that con-
stituency is tailor-made for him,
I don’t believe it includes some
of the more ghetto areas right?
He had it easy, he was cam-
paigning in an area that repre-
sents his ethnic identity! If that’s
the area you find whites, so

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that’s it—that wasn’t a big chal-
lenge,” he said.

Mr Curry went on to say:

“The day you see a white
fella could run in a black belt
area and successfully win then I
would start considering that
maybe this guy could possibly
be a Prime Minister.”

“From some of the com-
ments I’ve heard him say, he
doesn’t seem to be too sensi-
tive to what black Bahamians
have experienced. He comes
off as too white! He needs to
show a greater appreciation of
the struggle,” the historian
asserted. Former Director of
Culture and College of the
Bahamas lecturer Nicolette
Bethel, whose family is of
mixed heritage, when asked
about the prospects of Brent
Symonette or another white
Bahamian becoming Prime
Minister in the near future
(maybe 2017), and how far
removed one must be from the
notion of being a UBP heir or
tied to UBP/Bay Street inter-
ests, said:

“T don’t think that Brent
Symonette has good prospects
at this point, unless the Bahami-
an voting public has returned
to the time when it wants a
white Massa to look after it.
Part of the problem is his
‘whiteness’ (which is compro-
mised in any event, as his father
was not a white man) but part
of the problem is also his
UBP/Bay Street heritage. I
can’t say how far removed one
must be, but he isn’t anywhere
near removed enough.”

Asked whether she felt the
outlook of white Bahamians
and the perception of their
involvement in local politics had
evolved in the wake of Presi-
dent Obama’s ascendency to
the US Presidency, she wrote in
response:

“T have no idea, but I don’t
think it’s changed all that much.
There is a fundamental differ-
ence between the sort of minor-
ity that Obama represents and
the sort of minority that white
Bahamians represent — blacks
don’t have nearly as much con-
trol about their lot in society as
white have in any part of the
world. We can’t separate our-
selves from the global hierar-
chy that continues to expect
white skin to be equated with
power and dark skin to be
equated with powerlessness or
servitude. Whites have chosen
to remove themselves from
local politics, for the most part,
and I don’t see a whole lot of
change there. Here, of course, I
mean true white Bahamians,
rather than fair skinned
Bahamians of colour, who have
avery different perspective and
outlook, if one can imagine that
they share such a thing.”

She stated that “it’s not
impossible” for a white
Bahamian to ascend to the
Prime Minister’s post and/or be
embraced by black Bahamians
particularly if they recognize
the historic struggle of blacks,
slavery, etcetera. She notes that
this can happen, but only “as
long as he isn’t a Symonette (or
a Pindling or a Maynard or,
nowadays, a Christie or an
Ingraham).”

Previously, Dr Bethel not-
ed the inherent fears of some
Bahamians asserting that the
appointment of a “self-identi-
fied white Bahamian as Deputy
Prime Minister has raised the
fear that the oppressive force
that was fractured in 1967 will
return and change the Bahamas
back to what it was before
Majority Rule.”

Law professor Michael
Stevenson—son of PLP found-
ing father Cyril Stevenson—
took a somewhat divergent,
socio-legal perspective towards
addressing the question of race
and politics and the role of
Brent Symonette and whites.

He said:

“Minister Symonette today
could become, de facto, the
Prime Minister of The
Bahamas under a limited set of
conditions set out in the Con-
stitution. I say ‘de facto’
because technically the Deputy
Prime Minister can never
assume the office of Prime Min-
ister because of conditions that
would authorize him to per-
form the functions of Prime





WOULD Brent Symonette have
the ability to galvanize people
across the political spectrum and
lead their respective parties to an
electoral victory?

Minister. Of course, there is a
huge difference in the Bahami-
an imagination between the
possibility of Minister Symon-
ette being the Prime Minister
and him being authorized to
perform the functions of Prime
Minister as Deputy Prime Min-
ister. Still, I believe it is signifi-
cant that the heir of a quintes-
sential Bay Street Boy now has
the authority to perform the
functions of the Prime Minis-
ter if the occasion requires, and
that this authority has nothing
to do with the psychological
question whether black
Bahamians are prepared to
accept a white Prime Minister
or whether the outlook of white
Bahamians has changed since
1967. There has to be some-
thing comforting in that
thought, whether you are a fan
of Minister Symonette or not;
or whether you believe the
majority of Bahamians would
accept him as their legitimate
leader or not.”

It is not lost on me that oth-
er predominantly black coun-

tries in the Caribbean basin
with an even more dreadful
racial past have risen above the
colour/ethnic/gender lines and
elected whites, Indians and
women to high office. Howev-
er, locally, any white politician
seeking to lead the country
must have a transcendent polit-
ical aura about him and demon-
strate that he can embrace the
country’s African cultural and
genetic heritage whilst preach-
ing a message of unity and
inspiring citizens. Indeed, the
current political leadership
must encourage ethnic/minori-
ty political participation and
bridge-building. Rather than
alienating whites, or whites
themselves choosing not to par-
ticipate in the affairs of the
state, it will take a coalition of
blacks and whites to build a uni-
fied and prosperous country.

It is high time we disregard
partisanship and race/class to
incorporate the brightest talent
in any administration to work
towards developing a country
and formulating a progressive
national plan that is free of the
divisive politics that continue
to plague this nation. For far
too long, local politics has been
dominated by parochial figures
who cannot see beyond their
backyard, which is a stark con-
trast to the broad-based per-
spective so desperately needed
in establishing a different social
and political ethos.

TRIBUTE TO

TRACEY STRACHAN

Last Monday morning, I
received shocking news that my
friend and former colleague
Tracey Strachan had died from
complications during child
birth. “Strachany”, as I some-
times called her, was the most
outspoken, passionate and
hilarious combination ever to
come out of Fox Hill. Her hilar-
ity and mischievous smile was
unmatched!

I met Tracey when I first
entered the service at the LW
Young high school and I was a
little apprehensive as I had
heard that she was a head of
department who was quite
stern and vocal. Indeed, she
had a no nonsense persona and
took no prisoners! However,
before long we hit if off and, as
they say, the rest is history.

Tracey’s crowning glory
probably came after the 2007
general election as I can vividly
remember her exclaiming and
jokingly chanting “we red and
they scared!” However, regard-
less of her political choices and
playful teasing, she embraced
all people. If you could take a
good ribbing, you would easily
fit in as she was comedic, with
vivid descriptions and gestures
and a mischievous way of
speaking that was nothing short
of riotous. I could see her “full”
eyes popping open and shut-
ting as she laughed or was hav-
ing a good time. I am still
chuckling at the jokes she
cracked at the Fox Hill day fes-
tivities in 2009.

Tracey was a kindred spirit
and an educator extraordinaire.
Indeed, the DW Davis family
and indeed the world of edu-
cation has lost a hard working,
dedicated teacher who posi-
tively impacted so many chil-
dren as an agent of change dur-
ing her tenure. Life is short and
we are nothing more than
vapor. Indeed, this tells one
how important it is to cherish
each day like it’s our last.

I extend my condolences
and sincerest sympathies to her
husband and young, school-age
children and to her entire fam-
ily. Tracey — “Tis a Fox Hill gal”
Strachan — rest in peace my
friend!

I also wish to extend my
condolences to the family of
Joel “Uncle Joel” Pratt of
O’Neal’s, Long Island. Rest in

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Aruba:
Jawhone

not that of
Natalee
Holloway

(2

MISSING TEEN:



condoms,

i NICOLE WINFIELD,

? Associated Press

? VICTOR L. SIMPSON,
: Associated Press

: VATICAN CITY

In a seismic shift on one of

? the most profound — and pro-
? foundly contentious — Roman
? Catholic teachings, the Vatican
? said that condoms are the less-
? er of two evils when used to
? curb the spread of AIDS, even
: if their use prevents a pregnan-

Natalee Holloway Resource Cen- :
ter (NHRC) at the National Muse- :
um of Crime & Punishment in :
Washington, USA, Tuesday, June :

i tin, a prominent Jesuit writer
? and editor.

8, 2010.

DANICA COTO,
Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico i Pope Benedict XVI's com-

A jawbone found on an
Aruba beach does not belong
to missing Alabama teenager
Natalee Holloway, prosecu-
tors in the Dutch Caribbean
island said Tuesday.

The jawbone is human,
though it is unclear who it
belongs to.

Dutch investigators com-
pared the lone tooth on the
bone with dental records sup-
plied by Holloway's family
and “it can be ruled out that
the bone fragment came from
Natalee Holloway," the pros-
ecutors said.

The bone was found recent-
ly by a tourist on a beach, and
Aruba prosecutors had asked
forensic scientists in the
Netherlands to analyze it.

They assured that the Hol-
loway case has "the constant
attention from law enforce-
ment on the island."

But John Kelly, an attorney
for Holloway's mother, Beth
Twitty, hinted that the media
apparently found out first
about the test results.

"Beth accepts the forensic
conclusions, is emotionally
exhausted from the inexplica-
bly long wait and deeply dis-
appointed in the time and
manner in which she learned
of the results," he said in a
statement. "Apparently
Aruban prosecutors were
more sensitive to media con-
cerns than the painful vigil of
a mother."

It is unclear how exactly
Twitty learned of the results.
Family spokeswoman Sunny
Tillman did not immedately
return a message seeking
comment.

Tuesday's announcement
once again eliminates a hope
of evidence about the fate of
the Mountain Brook, Alaba-
ma, student who disappeared
while on a high school gradua-
tion trip in 2005, when she
was 18.

Aruba's attorney general,

Taco Stein, told The Associat- { secular, anti-Catholic culture.

ed Press that officials do not
know how old the bone is or
where it might have come
from.

"It's anybody's guess," he
said. "We're a small island."

He speculated that it could
even have come from nearby
Venezuela or Curacao, given
the intense hurricane season
that churned the ocean.

Stein said authorities will
check with police to see if the
jawbone might belong to a
missing person or the victim

said it was unlikely because
Aruba only has a handful of
those types of cases.

Holloway’'s parents, Dave
Holloway and Beth Twitty,
did not respond to calls for
comment. Family attorney
Vinda de Sousa told The
Associated Press that the fam-
ily might issue a statement lat-
er. Earlier in the day, Carol
Standifer, who said she is a
close friend of the teen's
mother, told CBS's "The Ear-
ly Show" that if the bone did
belong to the missing teen,
"there will be some sem-
blance of closure."

Holloway was last seen
leaving a bar with Dutchman
Joran van der Sloot, the prime
suspect in her disappearance,
on the final night of her trip.

Aruba prosecutors have
repeatedly said they lack evi-
dence to charge Van der
Sloot, who is in jail in Peru on
charges of killing a 21-year-

years to the day after Hol-
loway's disappearance. He
has denied killing Holloway.

USS. law enforcement offi-
cials have charged Van der
Sloot with trying to extort
money from Holloway's
mother to reveal the location
of Holloway's body.

i cy

Beth Holloway,
mother of Natalee Holloway, ; ©4gment that the church's long-

speaks during the opening of the held anti-birth control stance

The position was an acknowl-

against condoms doesn't justify
putting lives at risk.

"This is a game-changer,"”
declared the Rev. James Mar-

The new stance was staked

i out as the Vatican explained

? ments on condoms and HIV in
? a book that came out Tuesday
? based on his interview with a
? German journalist.

The Vatican still holds that

? condom use is immoral and that
? church doctrine forbidding arti-
? ficial birth control remains
? unchanged. Still, the reassess-
} ment on condom use to help
? prevent disease carries pro-
? found significance, particular-
? ly in Africa where AIDS is
? rampant.

"By acknowledging that con-

doms help prevent the spread
? of HIV between people in sex-
? ual relationships, the pope has

? completely

changed the

? Catholic discussion on con-
? doms,"” Martin said.

The change came on a day

? when U.N. AIDS officials
? announced that the number of
? new HIV cases has fallen sig-
? nificantly — thanks to condom
? use —and a U.S. medical jour-
? nal published a study showing
? that a daily pill could help pre-
? vent spread of the virus among
? gay men. "This is a great day in
i the fight against AIDS ... a
? major milestone,” said Mitchell
? Warren, head of the AIDS
i Vaccine Advocacy Coalition.

Theologians have debated

: for years whether it could be
? morally acceptable for HIV-
? infected people to use condoms
? to avoid infecting their part-
? ners. The Vatican years ago was
? reportedly preparing a docu-
? ment on the subject, but it nev-
? er came out. The groundbreak-
? ing shift, coming as it does from
? the deeply conservative pontiff,
? would appear likely to restrain
? any public criticism from
? Catholic conservatives, who on
: Tuesday insisted the pope was
: merely reaffirming the church's
? moral teaching.

Conservatives have feared

? that acomment like this would
? give support to Catholics who
? want to challenge the church's
? ban on artificial contraception
? in an environment where they
? feel they are under siege from a

George Weigel, a conserva-

? tive Catholic writer, said the
i Vatican was by no means
? endorsing condom use as a
? method of contraception or a
: means of AIDS prevention.

"This is admittedly a difficult

: distinction to grasp,” he told

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Vatican shifts ground on

HIV, conception.

- at ‘Dancing’



DANCING WITH THE STARS: In

Producers
acknowledge
voting issues



? an effort to show their improve-
? ment over the course of the sea-
? son, all three couples danced for
? redemption by re-choreograph-
? ing and doing a previously per-
i formed dance chosen by the
? judges with new music for a bet-
? ter score.

: SANDY COHEN,
? AP Entertainment Writer
: LOS ANGELES

Is a voting bloc of Sarah

Palin supporters enough to
? give daughter Bristol the mir-

by people such as male prostitutes was a lesser evil since it indicated they were taking a step toward a more
moral and responsible sexuality by aiming to protect their partner from infection.

The Associated Press in an e-
mail. What the pontiff is say-
ing is "that someone deter-
mined to do something wrong
may be showing a glimmer of
moral common sense by not
doing that wrong thing in the
worst possible way — which is
not an endorsement of any-
thing."

Orthodoxy

Benedict's comments come
at a time when bishops in the
United States are intensely
focused on upholding the
strictest views of Catholic
orthodoxy, emphasizing tradi-
tional marriage, natural family
planning based on a woman's
menstrual cycle and making
abortion the most important
issue. In the book, "Light of the
World: The Pope, the Church
and the Signs of the Times,"
Benedict was quoted as saying
that condom use by people such
as male prostitutes was a lesser
evil since it indicated they were
moving toward a more moral
and responsible sexuality by
aiming to protect their partner
from a deadly infection.

His comments implied that
he was referring primarily to
homosexual sex, when condoms
aren't being used as a form of
contraception.

However, questions arose
immediately about the pope's
intent because the Italian trans-
lation of the book used the fem-
inine for prostitute, whereas the
original German used the mas-
culine. The Vatican spokesman,
the Rev. Federico Lombardi,
told reporters Tuesday that he
asked the pope whether he
intended his comments to apply
only to men. Benedict replied
that it really didn't matter, the
important thing was that the
person took into consideration
the life of another, Lombardi
said. "I personally asked the

pope if there was a serious,
important problem in the
choice of the masculine over
the feminine," Lombardi said.
"He told me no. The problem is
this: ... It's the first step of tak-
ing responsibility, of taking into
consideration the risk of the life
of another with whom you have
a relationship."

"This is if you're a man, a
woman, or a transsexual. ... The
point is it's a first step of taking
responsibility, of avoiding pass-
ing a grave risk onto another,"
Lombardi said.

Those comments concluded
the press conference, and Lom-
bardi took no further questions
about how broadly this inter-
pretation could be applied.

The clarification is signifi-
cant. UNAIDS estimates that
22.4 million people in Africa
are infected with HIV, and that
54 percent — or 12.1 million —
are women. Heterosexual trans-
mission of HIV and multiple,
heterosexual partners are
believed to be the major cause
of the high infection rates.

Benedict drew harsh criticism
when, en route to Africa in
2009, he told reporters that the
AIDS problem couldn't be
resolved by distributing con-
doms. "On the contrary, it
increases the problem," he said
then. In Africa on Tuesday,
AIDS activists, clerics and ordi-
nary Africans alike applauded
the pope's revised comments.

"I say, hurrah for Pope Bene-
dict," exclaimed Linda-Gail
Bekker, chief executive of
South Africa's Desmond Tutu
HIV Foundation. She said the
pope's statement may prompt
many people to "adopt a simple
lifestyle strategy to protect
themselves."

In Sierra Leone, the director
of the National AIDS Secre-
tariat predicted condom use
would now increase, lowering
the number of new infections.

Brima Kargbo.

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Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by German journalist Peter Seewald, left, and by Monsignor Rino Fisichella holds : ie able and her a
a copy of the book “Light of the World” during a private audience at the Vatican, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. § Wi49 And how will voting
The Vatican broadened the scope of the pope’s comments about condom use being a lesser evil than trans- i issues at ABC Monday night

mitting HIV by saying the concept also applies to women. The Pontiff said in the book that condom use

affect the outcome?
"Dancing" producers said

: Tuesday that "a record

this weekend in the Vatican

confronting the problem.

condom," Accatoli said.

cation of event's significance.

between man and woman.

DAVID STRINGER,
: Associated Press

: LONDON

of an unsolved murder, but he ;

Britain will impose a tough annual limit

? on the number of non-Europeans allowed
? to work in the U.K. and slash visas for
? overseas students as it seeks to dramati-
? cally reduce immigration, the government
i said Tuesday.

Home Secretary Theresa May told the

? House of Commons that the number of
? non-EU nationals permitted to work in the
i U.K. from April 2011 will be capped at
? about 22,000 — a reduction of about one-
: fifth from 2009. But thousands of people
? who are allowed to work in Britain on intra-
? company transfers aren't included in those
? figures — or under the new quota. Critics
? said that means it's unclear how Prime Min-
? ister David Cameron's government will
? meet a pledge to cut net immigration, which
? also includes students and families of visa
? holders, to below 100,000 by 2015, from
? about 196,000 last year.

"We can't go on like this, we must tight-

? en up our immigration system," May told
i legislators as she announced details of the
? new rules. Public anxiety over immigration
? —and the burden on public services caused

old woman last May 30 — five : by new arrivals — was a key issue during
: the country’s national election, when then-

? leader Gordon Brown was angrily chal-
? lenged by an elderly voter over workers
? arriving from eastern Europe.

As a member of the European Union,

: Britain must allow citizens of most other
i member states freedom to live and work in
? the U.K. Business leaders had urged

? Cameron's government against stringent

restrictions on non-European workers,



BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: David Cameron

arguing vital sectors would be left short of
staff — particularly in health care and for
energy infrastructure projects.

Warned

Indian officials also warned Cameron
over restricting the rights of their citizens to
study and work in the U.K. during his vis-
it in July. May said Britain would reserve
1,000 visas each year for talented scien-
tists, academics and artists.

"Business will be pleased to see that the
government has taken its concerns
onboard," said David Frost, director of the
British Chambers of Commerce.

May said her changes would limit the

from offices overseas.
In the future, no staff member who earn

months — though they will be able to car-
ry out shorter contracts in Britain.

May did not specify how many people
the policy would affect, but figures for 2009

the category earned less than the new salary
criticized the government for failing to set
she confirm her supposed cap is in fact a

con, a guess, a fig leaf, no cap at all?" he
asked May in the Commons.

for about 20 percent of migration.

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pronouncement, his priests will } Sia cere oe ee
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Loibert said Housdier ? tering their votes for the
iguser Full weil that ‘ids: come ? Dancing with the Stars finale,
ments would provoke intense ? which affected each finalist

debate. Conservative Catholics } equally, show producers said
have been trying to minimize ue rae ee —
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since excerpts were published 8 :

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Grey comes into Tuesday's

dances on Monday's show.

Palin has made it to the

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Palin's improbable run to

? have been leading get-out-
? the-vote campaigns for Palin

? and partner Mark Ballas.

UK imposes new permanent immigration quota

"Are you planning on host-

? ing a Team Bristol Monday
? 7 : Night Dancing Watch party?”
number of staff that international corpora- } reads a post on his website.

tions are permitted to transfer to Britain { "You ... can actually vote

: together and send Bristol over

? the top ... while sending Left-
under 40,000 pounds (US$63,500) per year }

will be eligible to stay for longer than 12 }

ist heads into meltdown."
"Dancing" executive pro-

: ducer Conrad Green said it
? would be fair game if Palin's
? voters send her to victory

i Tuesday.

show that half of the 22,000 admitted under }

"If she ends up winning the

? show, she ends up winning the
criteria. Labour Party legislator Ed Balls :

show because more people

? decided to make the effort to
a limit on intracompany transfers. "Can
? reason they're passionate
? about her — than they did for
? other people, and that is a
May's quota will have only a limited }
impact on Britain's overall immigration }
rate — as work-related visas account only }

vote for her — for whatever

valid part of the show,” he
said.
Though Palin said on Mon-

? day's episode that "there's

Families of those with rights to live and :
work in Britain claim about 20 percent of }
visas, while non-European students arriving
to study in the U.K. account for 60 per- }
cent of immigration. May said those seek- }
ing a marriage visa will in the future need to :

English. Her ministry will also develop }
plans to drastically reduce Britain's for- ;
eign student population, likely allowing }
entry only to those working on college
degrees, or more advanced qualifications.
She told lawmakers there would be a more
stringent regime to check the credentials of }
schools that offer visas to overseas stu- }
dents. Police and security officials have :
recently raised concerns over the educa- }

gain permission to live in Britain.

lots of haters out there that
are waiting for me to fail,” the
20-year-old single mom said
after the show that she feels
she and Ballas deserve to win.
"We've been working our

prove they have a minimum standard of } butts off," she said.

Grey said she won't consid-
er the mirrorball trophy until
Tuesday's dances are done.

"T think it's bad juju,” she
said after earning a perfect
score Monday.

Massey and his partner,
Lacey Schwimmer, said
they've been having so much
fun dancing together, they can

tion system being targeted by terrorists to | hardly believe they actually

? have a chance at the title.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Obama pledge

US to defend its

ANNE GEARAN,
AP National Security Writer
WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged
the United States would defend South Korea
after what the White House branded a provoca-
tive, outrageous attack by North Korea on its
neighbor. Its options limited, the U.S. sought a
diplomatic rather a military response to one of
those most ominous clashes between the Koreas
in decades.

"South Korea is our ally. It has been since the
Korean war," Obama said in his first comments
about the North Korean shelling of a South Kore-
an island. "And we strongly affirm our commit-
ment to defend South Korea as part of that
alliance.”

Working to head off any escalation, the U.S.
did not reposition any of its 29,000 troops in the
South or make other military moves after North
Korea fired salvos of shells into the island, setting
off an artillery duel between the two sides.

The president, speaking to ABC News, would
not speculate when asked about military options.
He was expected to telephone South Korean
President Lee Myung-bak late Tuesday night.
He met earlier with his top national security
advisers to discuss next steps.

Washington has relatively few options when
dealing with Pyongyang. Military action is par-
ticularly unappealing, since the unpredictable
North possesses crude nuclear weapons as well as
a huge standing army. North Korea exists large-
ly outside the system of international financial
and diplomatic institutions that the U.S. has used
as leverage in dealing with other hostile countries,
including Iran.

Pressure

North Korea has also resisted pressure from its
major ally, China, which appears to be nervous
about the signs of instability in its neighbor.

"We strongly condemn the attack and we are
rallying the international community to put pres-
sure on North Korea," Obama said in the ABC
interview, specifically citing the need for Chi-
na's help. Obama said every nation in the region
must know "this is a serious and ongoing threat."

An administration official said Tuesday
evening that U.S. officials in Washington and in
Beijing were appealing strongly to China to con-
demn the attack by arguing that it was an act
that threatened the stability of the entire region,
not just the Korean peninsula. The official spoke
on the condition of anonymity because of the
sensitivity of the matter.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates phoned South
Korea's defense minister to express sympathy
for the deaths of two of the South's marines in the
artillery shelling of a small South Korean island
and to express appreciation "for the restraint
shown to date" by the South's government, a
Pentagon spokesman said.

Obama called North Korea's action "just one
more provocative incident" and said he would
consult with Lee on an appropriate response.

In his phone call to South Korea's defense
minister, Gates said the U.S. viewed recent
attacks as a violation of the armistice agreement
that ended the Korea War in 1953, and he reit-
erated the U.S. commitment to South Korea's
defense, said Pentagon press secretary Geoff
Morrell.

Obama was awakened at 4 a.m. Tuesday with
the news. He went ahead with an Indiana trip
focused on the economy before returning to the

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Oct. 30, 2010.

At the same time, other administration officials,

said rewards North Korean brinksmanship.

that includes North Korea's protector, China.

forward."

mish.

vated tensions on the divided peninsula.

The incident also follows the North's decision ;
last week to give visiting Western scientists a :
tour of a secret uranium enrichment facility, i
which may signal an expansion of the North's }
nuclear weapons program. Six weeks ago, North ;
Korean leader Kim Jong Il anointed his youngest ;

son, Kim Jong Un, as his heir apparent.

The administration official said the USS. did not ;
interpret North Korea's aggression as a desire to }
go to war, but as yet another effort to extract }

concessions from the international community.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said }
no new equipment or personnel have been relo- }
cated to South Korea, while Air Force Chief of i
Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz seemed to shrug off }
the latest incident as something that Seoul can }

handle on its own.

"The North Koreas have undertaken over time ;
a number of provocations that have manifested

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for their views on
honesty and choice

WINNERS of this year’s
Templeton World Charity
‘Laws of Life Essay Compe-
tition’ had their say on the
benefits of honesty and how
to use the power of choice
wisely.

Education Minister
Desmond Bannister com-
mended the students who
took part in this year’s Tem-
pleton Foundation essay
competition which allowed
them to discuss pertinent
issues with regards to ethics
and virtues on which the
‘laws of life’ are based.

The awards ceremony for

the 2010 Templeton World
Charity/Ministry of Educa-
tion ‘Laws of Life Essay
Competition’

was held on November 10
at the Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort.

Speaking at the event, Mr
Bannister applauded the
participants for their ability
to draw from someone else’s
work and combine it with
their life’s experiences to
develop their own master-
pieces.

He also thanked Sir Jack
Templeton, son of the late
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The entries for this year’s
contest doubled and saw
participation from both pri-
vate and public schools in
New Providence, Grand
Bahama and the Family
Islands.

Dante Wilkinson, an eight
grade student of Queen’s
College, was the winner of
the junior division of the
competition, while Lashie
Cleare of Temple Christian
Academy was the second
place finisher.

Warel Smith, also of
Queen’s College, was the
winner of the senior catego-
ry, while fellow student
George Zonicle tied with
Nakandria Neymour of Cen-
tral Andros High School
(Andros) for second place.

Students in the junior divi-
sion were required to select
from the topics: “As you give,
so shall you receive’; ‘“Hon-
esty is the best policy’ and
‘Where there is no vision,
the people perish’.

The senior students were
challenged to write on the
topics: ‘Accentuate the pos-
itive, eliminate the negative’;
‘Use wisely your power of
choice’ and ‘A soft answer
turns away wrath, but a
harsh word stirs up anger’.

In his essay Dante
explained that “the simple
truth is fast becoming an elu-
sive phenomena frequently
overshadowed by the dark
clouds of dishonesty.”

He questioned the wisdom
of telling the truth as in the
case of a soldier who is

caught behind enemy lines.

“Should he tell the truth
knowing that the outcome
could be death or betrayal,”
Dante asked.

The eighth grade student
admitted that there were a
few occasions when he told
white lies to avoid punish-
ment, but when he was even-
tually caught his father made
him aware that the penalty
for lying was severe.

He noted that the late Sir
John Templeton in his book
‘Laws of Life’ stated that
“deceit often takes a terri-
ble toll on our sense of
integrity and self-worth.”

He concluded his essay
stating that he would like to
be like George Washington,
the first president of the
United States who held the
most enviable of all titles of
an honest man and agreed
with Benjamin Franklin who
is credited with coining the
phrase, “honesty is the best
policy”.

Warel Smith addressed
the topic, “Use wisely your
power of choice”, stating
that the power of choice dis-
tinguishes us from following
a leader and being that
leader.

She said that the power of
choice enables persons to
conjure up anything they
want to see in society.

Likewise, power of choice
can be detrimental as in the
case of Adolf Hitler who
used his power of choice to
killed six million Jews during
the period of Nazi Germany,
Warel said.



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Desmond Bannister;
Warel Smith, senior win-
ner; Dante Wilkinson,
junior winner; Lashie
Cleare, second place
overall finisher; Dr Jack
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He cited Martin Luther
King Jr, the American civil
rights activist who along with
persons such as Malcolm X
and Rosa Parks fought
against discrimination of
African-American and other
ethic minorities in the US,
as a case of positive power of
choice.

The senior and junior win-
ners received laptops and the
runner-ups were given
Apple iPods and digital cam-
eras.

All participants were
awarded certificates of par-
ticipation. Queen’s College
was rewarded with a cheque
towards a White Board for
entering sixty students in the
competition; thirty-four who
were recognised for their
work including the two win-
ners in the competition.

Temple Christian High
School’s participation was
also recognised with a LCD
projector and screen for its
students’ efforts in the com-
petition.

Open house held as part
of ‘Deaf Awareness Week’

MEMBERS of the public are invited to
participate in ‘Deaf Awareness Weck’ by
attending the Centre for Deaf Children’s
open house today where arts and crafts
made by the students will be on display.

The students from the Centre for Deaf
Children kicked off the activities for Deaf
Awareness Week with a courtesy call Edu-
cation Minister Desmond Bannister on

Monday.

This year’s Deaf Awareness Week is being
held from November 21-26 under the theme
“Networking Hand in Hand”.

The Centre’s principal Tessa Nottage said
wood and straw craft as well as Christmas
wreaths and ornaments made by the chil-
dren will be on display beginning today from

10am.

She also announced that the Centre will
hold its Thanksgiving Service on Friday.

During the courtesy call, the Centre’s vice-
principal Sonja Rolle updated the minister
on the students’ progress by informing him

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that six of their students at the senior level
have successfully worked for brief periods in
several areas which include: banking,
accounting, computer repair, farming and
cosmetology.

She said that her wish was for each student
to have the opportunity to work for a short
while at each of the government’s ministries.

Minister Bannister told the students that

he was happy to see them once again, and

that he took careful note of the many talents
and abilities they displayed when he visited

them earlier in the year.

language.

He expressed that he would like to see
more children in the Bahamas learning
sign language and he encouraged the stu-
dents to teach the hearing students sign

Thanking the educators of the Centre for
Deaf Children and the corporate communi-
ty, the Mr Bannister encouraged all stake-
holders to provide even more opportuni-
ties for the students to shine.

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By ALISON LOWE
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A Bahamian security
services firm yesterday
urged the Government to
reduce or eliminate import
duties on security-related
products as a means to
curb the country’s crime
problem.

Clint Harding, president
of Harding Security, said
that despite a 30 per cent
increase in inquiries from
homeowners and busi-
nesses regarding upgrad-
ing their security systems
over the last two years as
the economy declined and
crime rates rose, cost
remains a major obstacle
to customers enhancing
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sures. A tariff reduction,
he added, would “help
tremendously”.

“In the Government’s
manifesto in 2007, one of
their items under ‘Crime’
said they would reduce
tariffs on security products
because they understood
there was a greater
demand. They’ve not
done that. We want to
know if it’s on the back
burner or been taken off
the table. I thought it was
a great idea that would
really help this country, as
there are people who want
(extra security) but can’t
afford it. Price is one of
the biggest concerns,” said
Mr Harding.

His comments came on
the same day as Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce
president, Khaalis Rolle,
said that in his opinion,
crime in the Bahamas was
“completely out of con-
trol”, and advocated for
the Government and oth-
er stakeholders to develop
a “clear strategy address-
ing every aspect of the
problem”, which he views
as a major impediment to
economic development.

In its 2007 election man-
ifesto, the Government
outlined nine steps it
would take as part of a
“comprehensive plan to
reduce crime”, one of
which stated it would
“assist homeowners and
businesses to help prevent
crime by reducing import
duties on security equip-
ment, components and
supplies”.

Minister of National
Security, Tommy Turn-
quest, has repeatedly
advised business owners
that installation of upgrad-
ed security equipment,
such as surveillance and
alarm systems, and quality
locks in their establish-
ment, is considered one
way in which the private

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THE Bahamian economy is “losing
millions of dollars” in economic activ-
ity due to the lengthy delays and bot-
tlenecks experienced in obtaining con-
struction permits from the Ministry
of Works’ Building Control Depart-
ment (BCD), a leading architect
charged yesterday, the average three-
six month waiting period in this nation
comparing unfavourably with major
US cities and rival Caribbean desti-
nations.

Amos J. Ferguson, president of the
Institute of Bahamian Architects, told
Tribune Business that many of the
delays resulted from the fact that the
Building Control Department was try-
ing to be a “qualifying agency”, rou-

¢ Architects say three-six month wait for Building
Control permission leaves nation well behind
major US cities like New York, Miami and Atlanta
e Says many projects ‘cancelled or postponed’
due to long wait, with process having
‘stranglehold’ on construction sector

tinely raising numerous “queries” over
plans submitted to it, rather than see-
ing its true role as the speedy pro-
cessing of such applications.

“Most jurisdictions are reducing the
number of steps to speed up the
process,” Mr Ferguson said of com-
petitors’ approaches to construction
permitting, “which stimulates the

industry. They [the BCD] are putting
more in.

“The main problem is that we have
persons down there processing these
things and coming up with queries,
which means they are putting them-
selves forth as experts and knowing
more than people qualified in the
industry. Yet they are not qualified

to do that. They [the BCD] are trying
to operate as a qualifying agency,
rather than one that processes per-
mits.”

An Institute report that compared
the building permitting process in the
Bahamas to those in major US cities,
focusing on time taken and the num-
ber of steps involved, found that while
it took between three to six months in
this nation if the project was “uncom-
plicated,” in New York it took an
average of between one hour to 14
days.

And New York regulators, accord-
ing to the Institute, accomplished this
even with applicants there required
to fulfil 31 steps, as opposed to the 24

SEE page 2B

New car sales at
‘acceptable level’ —

if back to 75-80%
of pre-bust data

* BMDA president says that although new auto
sales currently at 50-60% of pre-recession levels,
data shows sector moving in right direction

* New auto sales up 17.76% year-over-year for
October, and 1.84% rise for 2010 to date

* Industry in for ‘long haul’, as duty rate rises and
manufacturer price increases raise consumer

prices by five figures

* Bank lending unlikely to return to previous levels

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian new auto
market would have recovered
to an “acceptable level” if it
returns to 75-80 per cent of
pre-recession sales levels, the
Bahamas Motor Dealers
Association’s (BMDA) pres-
ident said yesterday, as cur-
rent sales levels - although 50-
60 per cent behind pre-reces-
sion levels - continue to show
improvement.

Andrew Barr, who is also
Friendly Ford’s sales manag-
er, said the 17.76 per cent
year-over-year new auto sales
increase reported by BMDA
members for October 2010,
coupled with the 1.84 per cent
improvement for the first 10
months of the year compared
to 2009, indicated the eco-
nomic climate facing the
industry was “becoming more
positive”.

However, he cautioned that
it was too early to tell if this
would continue to translate
into a sustained month-over-
month, year-over-year sales
recovery, telling Tribune
Business that employment
and income levels still had a
way to recover, while
Bahamian commercial banks
were unlikely to lend at pre-
recession levels.

“We are in this for the long
haul,” Mr Barr told this news-
paper. “We’ll see some
improvements from time to
time. Any improvement is a
good sign, but if it improves
month-to-month, year-to-
year, remains to be seen.

“Tt’s becoming more posi-
tive, judging by the numbers,
not hugely so but any step in
that direction is a good step.
The last nine months have
certainly been a little bit bet-
ter percentage wise than last
year. That is a significant
improvement.

“The first nine months of
this year have shown a rea-
sonable growth. It’s not what
anyone would like, but it’s
reasonable growth, and if that
continues in the future we’re
on the right track.”

Mr Barr suggested that the
main factors driving October’s
sales increases were moves by
consumers to purchase autos
that were imported pre-Bud-
get, thus attracting lower
Excise Tax rates, making their
prices cheaper.

Others, he suggested, were
being attracted to the smaller
engine size, value-driven vehi-
cles that dealers were now

importing, since these attract
lower duty rates following the
2010-2011 Budget, which
based Excise Tax rates on
engine size - a move designed
to push both dealers and con-
sumers to more fuel efficient,
smaller cars.

Friendly Ford, Mr Barr
explained, had already made
such adjustments to its inven-
tory, having just cleared an
order of Ford Fiestas with a
1.6 engine size.

He added that the increase

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with KPMG (Bahamas), and
who heads the firm’s corpo-
rate finance office, said there
was growing interest from
private investors in funding
public infrastructure devel-
opments, and urged that the
Bahamian government cre-
ate a “clear strategy and
plan” for infrastructure in
this country that will help
attract outside investors to
come and join it in public-
private partnerships (PPPs)
for this purpose.

His advice, he noted,
comes against a backdrop
that has seen the Bahamas’
national debt rise to over 50
per cent of gross domestic
product (GDP), and govern-
ment revenues and lending
opportunities shrink even as
infrastructural needs - such
as a new hospital, investment
in school buildings, roads and
the water supply - multiply.

Illustrating the magnitude
of the burden, analysis by
KPMG indicates that “short
to mid-term” infrastructure
needs over the next five
years in the Bahamas will
require an estimated $2.3 bil-
lion in financing, Mr Tow-
nend pointing to education,
healthcare, roads, airports,
sea ports, the prison, solid
waste, government buildings
and alternative energy as
areas to be addressed.

Putting this in perspective,
he said this sum was more
than a year’s revenue for the
Government, and 10 times
the capital expenditure bud-
get for 2010-2011, which
came in at $228 million,
meaning that it would take
10 - rather than five years - to
fund all of these areas based
on the Government’s current
capacity.

Referring to the impor-
tance of timely maintenance
and ongoing development of
a country’s infrastructure
investments, Mr Townend
described this as “building
for the future”.

“Tt’s not just about build-
ing things”, but “enabling
efficient and modern deliv-
ery of services to the public,”
he said.

Investment in infrastruc-
ture also has a multiplier
effect, wherein good infra-
structure plays a role in
attracting further foreign
direct investment. A recent
World Bank survey pointed
to the quality of a country’s
infrastructure as more impor-
tant to potential investors in
the Caribbean than “any oth-
er investment parameter”,
said Mr Townend.

Speaking at a Chartered
Financial Analyst (CFA)
Society of the Bahamas lun-
cheon, Mr Townend said of
attracting investors to invest
in public infrastructure pro-
jects in The Bahamas: “I

Plan required for
Bahamas’ $2.3bn
infrastructure gap

think (the Government)
needs to have a clear strategy
and plan, and the legislation
that facilitates it.

“For instance, in the ener-
gy sector we know the cur-
rent legislation and laws just
don’t accomodate private
investment, so I think funda-
mentally there’s the legisla-
tion issue.

“T think the Government
needs to clearly establish its
strategy so investors can
know what to look for, and
by doing so the Government
can put the word out, such
as they have done in the UK,
and you will get a lot of
attraction from investors who
are looking at this and can
say: ‘OK, The Bahamas is
serious about doing this and
we'll come and take a look’.”

The KPMG partner sug-
gested the Government must
begin by “clearly defining the
mid to long-term needs
across all sectors”, including
education, health, roads,
energy and more before it
can expect to attract part-
ners.

“T would say it appears this
government has made it its
mission to put the infrastruc-
ture in place and there’s a
plan there, but not in the
same way the UK govern-
ment and the Canadian gov-
ernment have done, where
they’ve set up groups and
have come together and
looked at infrastructure
needs in those countries over
the long term. I don’t think
the Bahamas has such a plan
yet,” Mr Townend said.

Aside from a strategic plan
which can be accessed by
potential investors, and
reforms to legislation gov-
erning the ability for foreign
investors to enter the
Bahamas for such purposes,
Mr Townend also highlight-
ed upgrades to the country’s
public procurement process-
es as key to encouraging
PPPs.

“The Government should
look at revisiting and mod-
ernising the procurement
process,” said Mr Townend.

Referring to the process
used in the Bahamas, he sug-
gested it lacks flexibility and
“does not so much look at
all the risks in the project and
make sure there’s a fair allo-
cation of risks” between the
Government and the private
company providing the ser-
vice being purchased, or
address the issue of perfor-
mance adequately.

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mance,” he suggested, adding
that a more modernised pro-
curement process could also
have a “budgetary impact on
how efficient the Govern-
ment is” when it comes to
capital expenditure.

Mr Townend explained
that for the year-to-date, $23
billion has been raised world-
wide to fund infrastructure
projects - more than in 2009 -
with “many more players
entering the infrastructure
markets”, including private
equity funds, pension funds,
insurance companies, sover-
eign wealth funds and state-
owned infrastructure
banks/funds.

As to why investors would
be interested in public infra-
structure, he noted that as it
relates to essential public ser-
vices, investors can be
assured of “strong, pre-
dictable, inelastic demand”
for the development they are
funding. Benefits can include
long-term high profit mar-
gins following a high initial
investment, often with regu-
latory and stable pricing con-
cessions attached to it, and
low volatility.

“Tt’s less risky than equi-
ty, less risky than corporate
bonds but better than gov-
ernment returns,” said Mr
Townend.

He feels the Bahamas has
the potential to be an attrac-
tive investment ground for
international entities inter-
ested in public infrastructure,
with the airport redevelop-
ment project - a “quasi” PPP
between the Government
and a company owned by it,
but managed privately by
Canadian company Vancou-
ver Airport Services - and
the $70 million Arawak Cay
Port, which is jointly funded
by the Government and the
private Arawak Cay Port
Development Company,
“good examples” of how
such initiatives can work in
the Bahamas.

“T think people will look
at the airport and say that’s
going well. It’s a good suc-
cess story to be able to talk
about.

“Then you’ve got the port
and all of these things that
are happening that investors
can see, which show the
country knows what it’s
doing, it’s progressive and
the Government is working
hard and is really driven to
make these things happen. I
think investors will look at
that and say: “This is a gov-
ernment we can deal with’,”
Mr Townend said.

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New car sales at ‘acceptable
level’ if back to 75-80 per
cent of pre-bust data

“Having said that, we’re seeing increases of
1-2 percentage points on a monthly basis. If we
get back to a level of 75-80 per cent of pre-

FROM page one

in Excise Tax duty rates, coupled with rises in
manufacturer prices as the car companies
added new technology to their models, had
increased prices to Bahamian consumers by up
to $10,000-$12,000 in certain cases.

Asked by Tribune Business about the medi-
um-term outlook for the BMDA and its indus-
try members, Mr Barr replied: “We’ll never get
back to the status quo as it was before, but
we will certainly show some improvement as
the year [2011] goes on. I think it will be small
improvements; I don’t think it will be a huge

improvement.

“Tt’s going to take a long time for job cre-
ation to come back, and for the banks to be

willing to lend money.

“Are the banks willing to lend on a general
basis to people who want that type of car.
Quality [of borrower will need to] be a lot
higher, and the banks’ ability to lend on vol-

ume will not be there.”

Asked by Tribune Business how current
Bahamian new car sales compared to pre-
recession levels, Mr Barr said:
that across-the-board, in general, the market is
down by anywhere from 50-60 per cent com-

pared to pre-recession.

“T would say

el to be at.”

recession sales, that will be an acceptable lev-

Yet he warned that it would be impossible
for “the economy to support” the high level of
commercial bank lending that aided the
Bahamian new car industry in the past, as
institutions would now demand that borrowers
provide proof of job security, employment his-
tory and show their income levels were suffi-
cient to service the loan.

Mr Barr suggested that the $2.6 billion Baha
Mar redevelopment of the Cable Beach strip,

which appears to be moving towards some

sion”.

the best.”

incomes.

sort of start, was the “only hope” and “only
thing left to lift the Bahamas out of reces-

And he added: “All the dealers need to
focus on the new government regulations.
There’s no point in loading up with large vehi-
cles to the extent of high prices and hoping for

Emphasising that Friendly Ford was focused
on delivering “true value” to consumers, he
added that buyer purchasing power had been
eroded by almost 25 per cent, due to a combi-
nation of inflation and reduced/stagnant

Building permit
delays cost the
Bahamas ‘millions’

FROM page one

in the Bahamas, according to
the BCD’s website. New
York, on average, also
processed some 43,000 con-
struction permits per year,
compared to the 2,000 stated
on the Ministry of Works’
website.

The Bahamas’ construction
permit processing time was
also well behind Atlanta,
where between one to 60 days
were required, and just sev-
en-nine steps involved, and
Miami, where it took between
23-103 days and 14-17 steps
were involved.

Asked what this is costing
the Bahamas, both in terms
of economic activity and a
seeming lack of competitive-
ness, Mr Ferguson told Tri-
bune Business: “It’s huge. I
don’t have a figure, but [ll
give you an example. I have
an application that’s been in
there since last October, and
it’s not passed the planning
process yet. That’s 13 months.

“In many instances, these
projects are cancelled or post-
poned. They never get on
track, so there are jobs for
construction workers they
never do, they never get, so
the cost is certainly in the mil-
lions of dollars.”

The Institute’s report, not-
ing that about 5,000 construc-
tion projects were approved
in 2006 by the BCD, taking
an average time of six months,
said: “If the average con-
struction cost for each project
was $100,000, that would
equate to $500 million that
flowed into the construction
industry.

“Tf the average processing
time had been three months,
while still not an acceptable
time, the money in the con-
struction industry would have
been doubled and would have
trickled down through most
sectors of the economy.”

As for the delays being
experienced in approving con-

struction permits, the Insti-
tute added: “Before the 1990s,
it took substantially less time
for building permits applica-
tions to be approved, they
were approved with substan-
tially less set backs and
queries. This was also despite
the fact that during this time
there were more, less quali-
fied people submitting plans
and reviewing the plans at
BCD.”

Now, with Bahamian engi-
neers and architects both
required to be registered,
most applications to the BCD
were being submitted by qual-
ified professionals.

Yet the Institute said: “In
spite of this, the BCD has
made the building permit
process much more intensive
and complicated, with the
added problem of unqualified
individuals having the power
to stop and query the regis-
tered architect or engineer’s
documents.

“This has led to a dumbing
down in the construction
industry documents by the
architects and engineers.
Instead of using the most
innovative and cost-effective
solutions, professionals
instead choose systems that
are top heavy with elements
that often times are unneces-
sary.”

Reiterating that “while oth-
er locations have been busily
trying to streamline their
processes through new pro-
grammes and eliminating
steps and redundancies, BCD
has been doing the opposite
of instituting more steps and
redundancies,” the 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 with which permit
applications were processed.

In addition, it warned that
the numerous delays and bot-
tlenecks being experienced
could result in an increased
temptation for both BCD
employees and applicants to

exploit the situation through
graft/corruption.

There was a perception in
some quarters, the Institute
said, that offering to “tip” or
“buy lunch” for some BCD
officials could result in faster
processing of a permit appli-
cations.

It added that the hold-up
of construction projects, due
to the long wait for permits,
could have “an adverse affect
on the economy” by “putting
untold scores of construction
workers out of work and tak-
ing their income out of the
marketplace.”

Contractors were deprived
of “continuous work”, with
delays impacting both
Bahamians and foreign
investors. Both might be
forced to use finances previ-
ously reserved for their con-
struction project elsewhere if
there was a long wait time,
resulting in the development
being abandoned.

Mr Ferguson yesterday
lamented to Tribune Business
that the Bahamas was ranked
107th out of 183 nations in
the World Bank’s Ease of
Doing Business report when it
came to construction permit-
ting, adding that this ranking
had been dropping “every
year.”

“Every country in the
region is ranked above us, and
most of them are rated in the
top 40, with the exception of
Trinidad, which is in the 80s,
sO we are not competitive at
all,” he added. “It is not a
good situation, and they (the
BCD) are very content with
it, rather than aiding the
industry and economy. We’ve
been fighting it for years.
They’ve got the construction
industry at a stranglehold.”

Mr Ferguson said he was
due to discuss the situation
this Friday with Stephen
Wrinkle, the Bahamian Con-
tractors Association’s (BCA)
president, and Robert Reiss,
head of the Bahamas Society
of Engineers.

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LS aD
RIBBON BALL

SCOTIABANK (Bahamas) joined with
the Bahamas AIDS Foundation in hosting
the 2011 Red Ribbon Ball. Hosted under the
theme, ‘Iam Accepted,’ the Ball is the Foun-
dation’s single largest fund-raising initiative,
now in its 17th year.

An annual supporter of the AIDS Foun-

dation, Scotiabank was an executive corpo-

rate partner at this year’s gala.

Scotiabank’s marketing & PR senior man-
ager, Leah Davis, said: “Our partnership
with the Bahamas AIDS Foundation under-
scores our commitment to be socially respon-
sible in this community. We will continue to
embrace our role as a global partner in cre-

ating a healthier world.”

Pictured (L-R): Sandra Smith, co-chair,
Red Ribbon Ball and Leah R. Davis, mar-

keting & PR manager.



Company’s outlets robbed
five times in 10 day-period

FROM page one

“everybody is in fear”, with
the crime situation likely to
get worse - not better - in
coming months.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar, a for-
mer Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president, while
praising the police and civic-
minded Bahamians for help-
ing to catch the suspects
alleged to be behind one of
the armed robberies afflict-
ing his business, blasted the
two main political parties for
lacking “vision and ideas” to
combat this nation’s crime
crisis.

He again called for the
Government and Bahamian
commercial banks to execute
urgently on strategies to
make this nation “a cashless
society”, explaining that this
would not only benefit the
conduct of commerce, but
also help to reduce violent
crime by eliminating the vol-
ume of cash businesses and
persons currently carry.

The failure to move for-
ward on this to date was
described by the former
Chamber president as “mind
boggling”.

Recalling Superwash’s
recent armed robbery night-
mare, which saw its Nassau
Street establishment held-up
three times, while its Blue
Hill Road and Robinson
Road/Minnie Street premis-
es were attacked one time
apiece, Mr D’ Aguilar said he
was “troubled” by the fact
that the most money stolen
in any one of these events
was a relatively meagre $200.

Superwash outlets, he
added, carried minimal sums
of cash, and the fact that the
alleged robbers had “decided
this was the way they were
going to make their living”
- risking everything, includ-
ing the lives of his staff and
customers, for relatively little
gain had disturbed him.

“T think everybody is in
fear,” the Superwash presi-
dent said of the general
crime situation. “Christmas
is coming, which is a tough
period for businesses as it
relates to crime.

“T think that businesses
have to take steps to ensure
their business is not attrac-
tive to be robbed.”

And he added: “It’s the
feeling of helplessness. It’s
sad our country has deterio-
rated to this, and there’s no
clear plan, no path out of it.
There’s this sense of help-
lessness that it can’t get any
better. Our political direc-
torate have no new ideas,
whether it’s PLP or FNM,
and have no vision...... No
one has any vision on how
to address this problem.”

Part of such a vision
should be moving the
Bahamas to a “cashless soci-
ety”, where banking was
done via debit cards and
electronic forms, such as cell
phones. This, Mr D’ Aguilar,
could remove one of the
main motivations for armed
robberies of businesses -
namely that they were per-

ceived to have large sums of
cash on the premises.

“Tt’s mind-boggling to me
that we have so much cash,
and the banks are not moti-
vated to diminish the amount
of cash used,” Mr D’ Aguilar
told Tribune Business.

While cash was often the
cheapest form of payment,
Bahamian commercial banks
needed to find ways to make
it a little more expensive, or
reduce the costs associated
with various forms of elec-
tronic.

Railing against what he
said were banking industry
plans to level a per debit
card transaction fee equiva-
lent to 3 per cent of the sales
price, Mr D’Aguilar told Tri-
bune Business: “Bahamian
businesses would be pre-
pared to absorb some costs,
at a reasonable level, to take
cash out of the system.

“T’ve always said that if we
can come up with a plan to
draw cash out of the com-
munity, and drive persons
who live here to use as a lit-
tle cash as possible, the nat-
ural roll-on effect is that
crime against businesses will
inevitably diminish. Take
cash out of the community
and I’m pretty damn sure it
would cause a reduction in
crime against businesses and
people robbing people for
cash.”

Bahamians needed to be
shown the advantages of e-
banking and cell phone
banking, and carrying less
cash, to ensure they bought
into the concept, Mr
D’ Aguilar said.

He urged the Government
to develop its plans, talk to
relevant parties and then
“make it happen”, adding:
“Crime is a problem. Every-
one is screaming from the
rooftops that crime is a prob-
lem. There’s nothing to indi-
cate to me it’s going to get
better.

“Nothing pops into my
mind to say there’s hope.
There’s nothing on the hori-
zon from the political lead-
ership to give us hope.”

The former Chamber pres-
ident called for a “greater
police presence on the
streets to give the people the
impression they’re in charge
of this town, not the crimi-
nals”, adding that he was dis-
appointed not to see more
roadblocks and a greater
street-level presence.

Describing the Royal
Bahamas Police Force as
“very much a police car and
station type of force”, as
opposed to one with a street
presence, Mr D’Aguilar said
it “certainly isn’t the impres-
sion in this town” that the
authorities were in control
of the streets.

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“They need to give the
perception that they are in
charge, whereas right now
it’s the Wild, Wild West,” he
added.

Mr D’Aguilar said he was
convinced that some busi-
nesses, especially at night,
were electing not to conduct
commerce in certain areas
because they were perceived
to be too dangerous.

The private sector was also
incurring increasing costs, in
terms of security cameras,
bars and guards/dogs to pro-
tect their premises against
crime.

Armed robberies had a
traumatic effect on staff who
had to deal with them, Mr
D’ Aguilar saying: “You have
to go through the consoling
process, calming staff down.
I think it’s important to
speak to staff, find out what
happened, that you feel their
pain, and let them know
what’s going on.

“Tve been held up twice,
and been a victim of violent
crime twice. You have to
walk them through the
process, and be seen to be
taking steps to ensure their
safety.”

Tariff cuts
urged for
security
products

FROM page one

sector can assist the Gov-
ernment in reducing crime
levels and help to protect
their own assets.

Mr Harding, whose firm
specialises in lock, safe and
vault installation, access con-
trol equipment installation
and alarm and surveillance
systems, said yesterday that
apart from a pre-2007 reduc-
tion to 10 per cent on the
duty on CCTV cameras -
the cameras themselves, and
not the related equipment
that is necessary for their
complete installation - “90
per cent” of all the security
products he imports for his
customers still attract a 35
to 45 per cent duty rate.

“The interest today is
stronger certainly than if we
go back two years,” Mr
Harding said.

“We are doing a lot of
estimates, and so I think
people are now starting to
take these measures seri-
ously, but they have half as
much to spend. I think peo-
ple would get better systems
if the tariff were reduced,”
he said, adding that people
are going more often for
“stripped down versions” of
the security systems they
were initially interested in
due to cost.

Stacy Lindsay, security
manager at Maximum Secu-
rity Services, told Tribune
Business that she, too, has
seen interest in alarm and
surveillance systems grow,
often in the case of business
owners who find they can
no longer afford to employ
as many security guards as
they might have had before
the recession.

Attempts to reach Minis-
ter of State for Finance,
Zhivargo Laing, were not
successful yesterday and an
e-mail message was not
returned.

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BUSINESS

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first thought. That modest

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enough to significantly low-
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ployment rate, and the Fed-
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much over the next couple
of years, according to ASso-
ciated Press.

The economy expanded
at a 2.5 percent annual rate
in the July-September quar-
ter, the Commerce Depart-
ment reported Tuesday.
That was up from the 2 per-
cent pace initially estimat-
ed, and better than the 1.7
percent growth rate in the
April-June quarter.

Stronger spending by U.S.
shoppers and better over-
seas sales of U.S. goods
were the main forces behind
an upward revision.

Still, the hiring picture
hasn't improved much —
even with U.S. companies
reporting their best quar-
terly profits after taxes on
records dating back to 1947,
After-tax profits climbed to
$1.22 trillion in the July-
September quarter, accord-
ing to the Commerce report.

The nation's unemploy-
ment rate has been stuck at
9.6 percent unemployment
rate for the past three
months. The Fed's latest
projections suggest that
won't change much for a
few years.

The Fed predicts roughly
2.5 percent growth and
between 9.5 percent and 9.7
percent unemployment for
the rest of this year. Those
are both downgraded fore-
casts from its June projec-
tions.

Growth will strengthen
over the next three years,
but not enough to bring
unemployment back down
to more normal levels of
around 5.5 percent to 6 per-
cent, according to the Fed's
forecasts. At best, the Fed
projects 3.6 percent growth
in 2011, and 4.5 percent
growth in 2012 and 2013.

The latest Fed projections
also suggest no better than
8.9 percent unemployment
next year, roughly 8 percent
in the 2012 presidential elec-
tion year and, at best, just
under 7 percent for 2013.

Analysts generally say the
economy would need to
grow 5 percent for a full
year to push down the
unemployment rate by a full
percentage point.

The Fed's acknowledged
that progress in reducing
unemployment has been
"disappointingly slow."



Economy sees growth, but
unemployment Stays high

IN THIS at aici Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, a sign ‘proclaims a
residential home sale has been made in Marborough, Mass. The
National Association of Realtors said existing-home sales dipped
2.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.43

million units. (AP)

The housing market has-
n't fared much better. The
latest reading showed sales
of previously owned homes
slipped slightly in October.

The National Association
of Realtors said existing-
home sales dipped 2.2 per-
cent last month to a season-
ally adjusted annual rate of
4.43 million units. That's
38.9 percent below their
peak of 7.25 million units
set in September 2005 dur-
ing the height of the housing
boom.

High unemployment and
tight credit kept buyers
away, even with mortgage
rates near the lowest levels
in decades.

The median price for a
home sold in October was
$170,500, down 0.9 percent
from a year ago. Prices con-
tinue to be depressed by
weak sales and a huge over-
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Americans are spending
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helped give the economy a
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consumer spending grew at
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need to spend more to have
a significant impact on the
jobs market. That's because
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On Wall Street, investors
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The Dow Jones industrial
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concerns about a Korean
military conflict and eco-
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Sales of U.S. exports to
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6.3 percent pace in the third
quarter, another factor in
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That compared with a 5
percent growth rate first
estimated. A weaker value
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The falling dollar makes
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Political chaos
engulfs Ireland,
threatens bailout

DUBLIN

POLITICAL infighting has
engulfed Ireland, threatening
to trigger a quick election and
delay a massive EU-IMF
bailout. Rebels from Prime
Minister Brian Cowen's own
party pressed to oust him and
opposition leaders demanded
an election before Christmas,
according to Associated Press.

Despite the discontent,
Cowen survived a meeting of
his Fianna Fail party lawmak-
ers on Tuesday without a direct
challenge to his leadership —
even though several told
Cowen to his face he should
quit because he lied to Ireland
about secret bailout negotia-
tions.

"I'm sick of it now. I'm sick
of having to face people. I feel
humiliated, frustrated and
betrayed myself," said one of
the Fianna Fail rebels, Noel
O'Flynn.

Budget

A downcast Cowen told Dail
Eireann, the parliament, he
wouldn't call an election until
Ireland's emergency 2011 bud-
get, to be unveiled Dec. 7, is
fully enacted in law. He said
that process would require sev-
eral close votes running into
February at least — which
would mean no election until
March.

That's too long a delay for
many within his own unravel-
ing government.

But Cowen refused opposi-
tion calls to bring the budget
forward a week, to extend par-
liamentary sessions from their
current leisurely three days a
week, and to fast-track votes
on tax-raising legislation so that
the effort could be finished
before Christmas — and before

Ireland's banks run out of mon-
ey.

"This will bring some mea-
sure of certainty to a govern-
ment that is out of control,"
Enda Kenny, leader of the
main opposition Fine Gael,
told Cowen during his vain
appeal for an accelerated
timetable.

Cowen countered that he
couldn't even get Kenny and
other opposition chiefs to
pledge to support the budget. If
opposition lawmakers vote
against the budget rather than
abstain, a single vote either way
could decide the outcome.

"It is a matter of personal
responsibility for us all to
decide if this country is going to
put forward the budget or not,"
Cowen told lawmakers.

At stake is the fate of the
reported euro8g5 billion ($115
billion) European Union and
International Monetary Fund
rescue of Ireland, a nation
heading toward bankruptcy
next year because the govern-
ment cannot pay an ever-esca-
lating bill to save its state-
backed banks.

Irish state broadcaster RTE
reported Tuesday that IMF
experts want Ireland's banks
to boost their cash reserves
dramatically using much of the
proposed euro85 billion for this
purpose.

Ireland's deficit this year is
32 percent of GDP, the highest
in Europe since World War II.
Its banks are running short of
cash because they can't borrow
on open markets, and instead
have been relying on short-
term loans from the European
Central Bank and Irish Cen-
tral Bank exceeding euro120
billion that they want back.

Analysts increasingly warn
that Irish taxpayers’ bank-
bailout bill could ultimately
reach euro90 billion — double

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cast — because of defaults
looming down the road, par-
ticularly in residential mort-
gages.

"The problem here is not
that the government is funded
into next year. It's that the
banks are funded, probably,
into next week. Do you hear
that sucking sound? It's the
sound of the deposits leaving
the banks," said David Roche,
president of investment con-
sultants Independent Strategy.

He warned that, if Cowen
were ousted now or the oppo-
sition shoots down the 2011
budget next month, Ireland
"won't have a banking system.
So if the opposition really
thinks that's an intelligent exer-
cise, somebody has loboto-
mized them of their IQ.”

Crisis

The Irish political and eco-
nomic crisis, and its uncertain
solution, also drove up bor-
rowing costs Tuesday for Por-
tugal, Spain, Greece and Italy,
all of whom face their own
debt-financing struggles. The
rising interest rates on euro-
zone bonds reflect fears that a
third member of the 16-nation
eurozone might soon join the
bailout club alongside the
Greeks and Irish.

Cowen said his government
on Wednesday would publish a
four-year plan spelling out how
it intends to slash its deficit by
2014 to just 3 percent of GDP,
the limit for eurozone mem-
bers. The plan proposes to
slash eurol5 billion ($20 bil-
lion) from the country's 2011-
14 budget deficits through a
combination of cuts and tax
hikes, and the biggest correc-
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A WOMAN clears debris from the office of Ireland's Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD of the
Fianna Fail party that was vandalized and painted with the words ‘traitors’ in the village of Trim, 30
miles north west of Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. (AP)

Cowen, who rose to power
in 2008 just as Ireland's vaunt-
ed Celtic Tiger economy was
unraveling, has conceded he
must call an election next year
but is seeking to delay it as long
as possible.

His hand was forced Mon-
day when the junior party in
his coalition, the Greens, said it
would withdraw support once
the 2011 budget passed.

The Greens said they expect
the country to hold an election
by late January, not the March
timeline suggested by Cowen's
more deliberate schedule.

The Fianna Fail minister for
tourism and the arts, Mary
Hanafin, accused the Greens
of undermining Ireland at a
critical moment.

"I'm very annoyed. ... I'm
not sure they (the Greens)
have shown they have the best
interests of the country at
heart," Hanafin told RTE.

Hanafin added she wouldn't
back any push to oust Cowen
— but would put her name for-
ward if the leader's post
became vacant.

At the European Parliament

in Strasbourg, France, EU
monetary and financial affairs
minister Olli Rehn gathered
Ireland's 12 European law-
makers for a confidential brief-
ing — and stressed they must
stop the political infighting long
enough to pass the 2011 bud-
get.

"It is essential that Ireland
pass the budget in the timeline
foreseen, and sooner rather
than later, because every day
that is lost increases uncertain-
ty,” Rehn said.

Shares in Ireland's three
remaining banks on the Irish
Stock Exchange tumbled for a
second day Tuesday as
investors foresaw increasing
bailouts and state control as
inevitable.

Patrick Honohan, the Irish
Central Bank governor, fueled
those fears with a speech Tues-
day to Dublin accountants. He
said Ireland's bank-rescue
efforts were right in theory but
had failed to restore the confi-
dence of foreign investors, who
have withdrawn tens of billions’
worth of deposits since the
summer.

He said Irish banks must
greatly increase their own
reserves in response and active-
ly seek foreign buyers.

"They're all for sale as far
as I'm concerned," he said of
Ireland's six banks, three of
which have already been
nationalized.

Bank of Ireland shares plum-
meted 33 percent to a new
record low of euro0.26 and
closed at euro0.30. Allied Irish
Banks fell 19 percent to
euro0.33.

Insurance and mortgage spe-
cialist Irish Life & Permanent
— Ireland's only bank yet to
receive a state bailout — shed
11 percent to euro0.75, also a
record low.

The government already
owns 36 percent of Bank of Ire-
land and 18 percent of Allied
Irish.

The latter bank expects to
hand more than 90 percent
ownership to the government
next month after it offers
euro6.6 billion in new, over-
priced shares for sale — and
finds the government is the
only buyer.

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Korean contiict,
European worries
weigh on stocks

NEW YORK

STOCKS FELL Tuesday
as a flare-up of tensions
between North and South
Korea combined with down-
beat news on the economy
gave investors plenty of rea-
sons to sell ahead of the
Thanksgiving holiday. The
dollar and gold rose as
investors sought safe places
to park money, according to
Associated Press.

North Korea and South
Korea exchanged artillery
fire, killing at least two
South Korean marines. That
came as investors were
already concerned that a
bailout of Ireland may not
be enough to contain
Europe's debt crisis. Bor-
rowing costs for Portugal
and Spain rose, leading
Spain to trim the size of a
debt sale.

In the USS., sales of previ-
ously-owned houses dipped
2.2 percent in October. Also,
Federal Reserve officials
became more pessimistic
and lowered their outlook
for economic growth for the
next year.

The Dow Jones industrial
average fell 142.21, or 1.3
percent, to 11,036.37.

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The clash between North
and South Korea was one of
the most dramatic between
the two rivals since the end
of the Korean war. Fifteen
South Korean soldiers and
three civilians were injured
in the artillery exchanges.

The escalating tensions
came shortly after the reclu-
sive North Korean regime
claimed to have a new ura-
nium enrichment facility and
six weeks after the country's
leader Kim Jong I anointed
his youngest son as his heir
apparent.

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sions in Asia, but was seen
as less of an immediate dan-
ger in the US. Traders said
the showdown was seen by
many as an excuse to pare
back exposure to risk ahead
of the Thanksgiving holiday
Thursday. Trading is expect-
ed to be light Wednesday as
people leave early. Markets
will be open for an abbrevi-
ated session on Friday.

"Investors don't want to
go into the holiday with any
lingering doubts,” said John
Derrick, director of research
for U.S. Global Investors.
"The tensions in Korea just
gave them another excuse
to sell."

Hewlett-Packard Co. was
the only one among the 30
stocks that make up the
Dow Jones industrial aver-
age to rise. Shares gained
2.2 percent after the tech-
nology company beat Wall
Street's expectations for rev-
enue and income thanks to
strong corporate spending.

Energy shares led the
decline as the price of crude
oil fell. Chevron Corp. fell
2 percent, while ExxonMo-
bil Corp. lost 1.7 percent.

Probe

A widening probe into
insider trading was still
weighing on financial shares
Tuesday, a day after FBI
agents raided the offices of
three hedge funds. JPMor-
gan Chase & Co. was the
worst-performing major
bank with a 2.3 percent
decline, followed closely by
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
with a 2 percent fall.

In other gloomy news on
the economy, the Federal
Reserve lowered its forecast
for growth through next
year.

In a report releasing min-
utes from its last meeting
Nov. 3, the Fed predicted
that the economy will grow
only 2.4 percent to 2.5 per-
cent this year. That's down
sharply from a previous pro-
jection of 3 percent to 3.5
percent. Next year, the
economy will expand by 3
percent to 3.6 percent, the
Fed said, also much lower
than its June forecast.

The darker view helps
explain why the Fed decided

at its meeting earlier this
month to launch another
round of stimulus. The cen-
tral bank plans to buy $600
billion in Treasury bonds
over the next eight months
in an effort to lower interest
rates and spur more spend-
ing.

Yields

Treasury prices rose,
sending their yields lower.
The yield on the 10-year
Treasury slipped to 2.78 per-
cent, down from 2.80 per-
cent late Monday.

That rate is a widely used
benchmark for business and
consumer loans including
mortgages.

The dollar rose 1.3 per-
cent against an index of six
other currencies and the
euro fell 1.8 percent against
the dollar. Gold rose 1.5 per-
cent to $1,377.60 an ounce.

The VIX, a measure of
volatility in U.S. stock
prices, jumped 14 percent to
21.

The index had been
steadily falling since May 20
when it went as high as 45,
its highest level of the year.

Among gainers was retail-
er J. Crew Group Inc., which
is being taken private in a
$3 billion deal with two
investment firms. Shares
rose $6.34, or 17 percent, to
$43.99.

Wednesday will bring an
unusually large amount of
economic data since several
reports that normally come
out Thursday are being
moved up because of the
holiday.

Reports are due out on
weekly claims for unem-
ployment benefits, durable
goods and personal income.

Falling shares outpaced
rising shares by four to one
on the New York Stock
Exchange. Consolidated vol-
ume was 4.2 billion shares.

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pyeong island near the border
against North Korea, in South
Korea, yesterday. North and
South Korea exchanged
artillery fire Tuesday after the
North shelled an island near
their disputed sea border,

killing at least two South Kore-

an marines, setting dozens of
buildings ablaze and sending
civilians fleeing for shelter.
(AP)



Maine economy
is picking up

AUGUSTA, Maine

IMPROVED state bud-
get estimates combined
with falling unemploy-
ment rates suggest that
Maine's long-suffering
economy is beginning to
lurch out of the doldrums,
but a few caveats are also
being issued, according to
Associated Press.

A nonpartisan state
panel of tax and econom-
ic experts on Tuesday
gave its blessing to signif-
icantly improved revenue
projections, which suggest
that Maine's $1 billion-
plus budget gap may not
be that big after all.

The Revenue Forecast-
ing Committee endorsed
figures that shrink the
shortfall through the next
two-year budget cycle by
more than $470 million,
which could ease
prospects of more deep
budget cuts. The figures
will be included in a
report due Dec. 1.

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The healthier revenues
stem from improved fore-
casts of individual income
taxes and corporate prof-
itability, said Grant Pen-
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Office of Fiscal and Pro-
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committee. Economist
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turning more positive,
and by the end of 2013
employment should get
back to pre-recession lev-
els,

The upbeat news came
as the state Labor
Department reported that
Maine's preliminary
unemployment rate was
7.4 percent in October,
down from 7.7 percent in
September and from 8.1
percent a year earlier.
The number of unem-
ployed totaled 51,100,
down 6,000 from a year
ago, state Labor Com-
missioner Laura Fortman
said.

Fortman noted that
unemployment declines
over the last three months
are due to a combination
of factors, including mod-
est job growth and peo-
ple leaving the labor
force.

Gov. John Baldacci
credited "hard decisions
made at the state and
national level since the
global recession began"
in 2007 for the improved
economic scenario.
Action in Maine that laid
the foundation for a
recovery included hold-
ing the line on broad-
based taxes, "smart and
targeted investments"
and government restruc-
turing, he said.

Baldacci said compa-
nies in Maine, after shed-
ding more than 30,000
jobs, are rebounding and
profits are improving.

"While job creation is
still lagging, Maine's
unemployment level is
dropping. There are still
too many people out of
work, but at least the
unemployment rate is
heading in the right direc-
tion," he said.

Figures

The Revenue Forecast-
ing Committee's upgrad-
ed figures are subject toa
number of assumptions
that aren't guaranteed to
bear out, according to a
panel of experts from out-
side government that
reports on key economic
indicators.

The Consensus Eco-
nomic Forecasting Com-
mission said in a state-
ment that the positive
revenue forecasts are
based in part on assump-
tions that tax cuts passed
during George W. Bush's
presidency will be extend-
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trends, the Consensus
Economic Forecasting
Commission added.

"Perhaps more impor-
tantly, the uncertainty in
the current economic cli-
mate is substantial," the
commission warned.

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BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF

ASSOCIATED PRESS



NEW YORK — Federal
officials are becoming more
aggressive in targeting insid-
er trading. In the latest
example, three hedge funds
were raided in what legal
experts say appears to be
one of the biggest probes in
Wall Street history.

But as investigators delve
into an ever more complex
financial world, they are also
entering a legal gray area,
and perhaps even redefin-
ing insider trading itself.

4] STATES SEE JOB
GAINS IN OCT.,
MOST IN 5 MONTHS

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Businesses and other
employers added jobs in 41
states in October, the best
showing in five months, the
Labor Department said
Tuesday.

The figures indicate the
job market is picking up a
bit in most parts of the coun-
try. Even the nation’s hard-
est hit states — Nevada and
Michigan — _ showed
declines in their unemploy-
ment rates.

But the gains weren't
enough to broadly reduce
unemployment rates. The
Labor Department said the
jobless rate fell last month
in 19 states, remained the
same in 17 and rose in 14.
Unemployment can rise
when jobs are created if
more people begin search-
ing for work.

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TARGET AFTER
IRELAND

LISBON, Portugal (AP)
— Europe's efforts to con-
tain its debt crisis came
under increasing strain
Tuesday as bond market jit-
ters shook Portugal and
Spain, seen as the 16-nation
eurozone's next weakest
links now that Ireland has
followed Greece by accept-
ing a massive international
rescue.

The nations’ borrowing
costs rose, suggesting
investors are more worried

about default, while Spain
limited the size of a bond

sale because traders
demanded sharply higher
premiums.

Stock traders panicked
and dumped shares across
all sectors, sending Portu-
gal's benchmark stock index
down 2.2 percent by the
close, while Spain's sank 3.1
percent to a level not seen
since July. The euro slid
below $1.34 for the first time
in two months.

Spooked by the scale of
Greece's bailout require-
ments in May and Ireland's
banking failures, interna-
tional investors are looking
much closer at the public
finances of eurozone coun-
tries and they don't like
what they're seeing, partic-
ularly in Portugal.

J. CREW MAKES
DEAL TO BE TAKEN
PRIVATE FOR $3B

NEW YORK (AP) —
Preppy fashion retailer J.
Crew Group Inc. on Tues-
day agreed to be taken pri-
vate in a $3 billion deal that
would be the second multi-
billion dollar specialty retail
buyout launched in two
months.

The announcement of an
offer from two investment
firms — including one that
used to own J. Crew —
came as the retailer reported
Tuesday that its third-quar-
ter net income fell 14 per-
cent, hurt by weaker wom-
en's clothing sales. The com-
pany also lowered its guid-
ance for the year.

Under the deal as pro-
posed, J. Crew shareholders
would receive $43.50 per
share from private equity
firms TPG Capital and
Leonard Green & Partners.
That is a 16 percent premi-
um to the stock's closing
price Monday of $37.65.

TREASURY GETS
$11.7 BILLION
FROM GM
STOCK SALE

WASHINGTON (AP) —
The Treasury Department

Janus receives
inquiry in insider
trading probe

BOSTON

MUTUAL FUND COMPANY Janus Capital Group Inc.
says it has received an inquiry in an investigation of insider
trading on Wall Street, according to Associated Press.

In a regulatory filing Tuesday, Janus said the inquiry
seeks "general information" in a probe that widened when
federal investigators raided offices of three hedge funds on

Monday.

The Denver-based manager of $161 billion says it intends

to cooperate with the request.

Media reports on Tuesday also identified other mutual
fund companies in connection with the probe, including
Wellington Management, MFS Investment Management,
Deutsche Bank and Prudential Financial.

An MEFS spokesman told The Associated Press that the
company has not received any requests for information in
the probe. Representatives for Wellington, Deutsche Bank
and Prudential declined to comment to AP.

Chemical firm to
pay $270M for
enviro cleanup

WASHINGTON

AN OKLAHOMA com-
pany that makes specialty
chemicals used in paints and
other products has agreed
to pay $270 million for
cleanup of contaminated
sites in 22 states, according
to Associated Press.

Tronox Inc. agreed to the
payments as part of a bank-
ruptcy settlement
announced Tuesday.

The company will pay the
money to states, the federal

government and court-
approved trusts for future
cleanup and administration
at sites contaminated by
Tronox and its predecessor
companies.

Tronox also will transfer
to the governments and
trusts an 88 percent share
of its interest in a pending
lawsuit against the compa-
ny's former parent compa-
ny, Kerr-McGee Corp.,
and its parent company
Anadarko Petroleum
Corp.

says it has received $11.7 bil-
lion from the sale of 358.5
million shares of General
Motors stock.

Treasury announced that
the net proceeds from the
GM stock sold last week
were delivered on Tuesday.

Treasury officials said that
the government could
receive an additional $1.8
billion assuming the bankers
exercise options to purchase
an additional 53.8 million
shares of GM common stock
within 30 days of the initial
stock offering.

The government put $49.5
billion into GM as part of
its bailout of the giant
automaker.

In addition, Treasury said
it will receive another $2.1
billion from GM when the
automaker repurchases pre-

ferred stock that was issued
under the government's
$700 billion Troubled Asset
Relief Program.

That sale is supposed to
take place in December.

TESTS ON TOYS FIND
FEW PROBLEMS
THIS SEASON

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Only a small fraction of chil-
dren's toys tested for toxic
substances and choking risks
have been found to violate
federal safety regulations as
holiday shopping shifts into
high gear, consumer advo-
cates said Tuesday.

The U.S. Public Interest

Research Group credited a
2008 law that set stronger
limits and standards for chil-
dren's products for helping
to make many of the prod-
ucts on store shelves safer
for youngsters. The law was
passed in the wake of a
wave of recalls of lead taint-
ed toys.

PIRG had 260 toys and
other children's products
from major retailers and
dollar stores tested for toxic
substances such as lead and
antimony as well as for the
risk of choking presented by
small parts.

Four of the items tested
violated federal safety regu-
lations for children's toys.

B The Dow Jones indus-
trial average fell 142.21, or
1.3 percent, to 11,036.37.

The Standard & Poor's
500 lost 17.11, or 1.4 percent,
to 1,180.73.

The Nasdaq composite
index fell 37.07, or 1.5 per-
cent, to 2,494.95.

Benchmark oil for Janu-
ary delivery lost 49 cents to
settle at $81.25 a barrel on
the New York Mercantile
Exchange.

In other Nymex trading in
December contracts, heat-
ing oil gave up 1.90 cents to
settle at $2.2496 a gallon,
gasoline dropped 1.77 cents
to settle at $2.1342 a gallon
and natural gas fell 0.7 cent
to settle at $4.264 per 1,000
cubic feet.

In London, Brent crude
lost 71 cents to settle at
$83.25 a barrel on the ICE
Futures exchange.



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Chrysler invests in US
plants, more GM jobs

DETROIT

HARD-HIT Kokomo,
Ind., got a big boost from
Chrysler on Tuesday when
the automaker announced
it plans to pump another
$843 million into three fac-
tories to build a new front-
wheel-drive transmission,
according to Associated
Press.

General Motors, mean-
while, will announce
Wednesday that it will invest
$163 million in two Michi-
gan plants and an Ohio
foundry to make small-car
engines, according to a per-
son familiar with GM's
plans.

The person was not
authorized to talk about the
plans ahead of the formal
announcement and asked
not to be identified. GM




Automaker plans to pump another
$843 million into three factories

says the moves will retain
184 jobs.

Both companies are
recovering from last year's
auto industry meltdown
when they were forced to
take government bailouts to
make it through bankruptcy
protection.

The Kokomo announce-
ment came just hours ahead
of a visit to the plants by
President Barack Obama
and Vice President Joe
Biden, who promoted the
benefits of the auto indus-
try bailout.

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in the Eastern District of the Island of
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persons indebted to the said Estate are
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jobs, equipping them to
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lion since it emerged from
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by Italy's Fiat Group SpA,
was near death before get-
ting a $12.5 billion bailout
from U.S. taxpayers to make
it through bankruptcy. In
exchange, the government
got a 10 percent stake in the
company, which still owes
taxpayers roughly $5.7 bil-
lion in loan payments.

Declared one of "Ameri-
ca's fastest-dying towns" by
Forbes magazine in 2008,
Kokomo hit bottom in June
2009 when unemployment
in that midsize city in north-
central Indiana reached 20.4
percent. Unemployment is
still higher than the national
average, but it dropped by
nearly 8 percentage points
to 12.7 percent in Septem-
ber.

The Chrysler bailout
helped keep the company's
Kokomo transmission plants
open. The Kokomo area
also benefited from about
$400 million in stimulus
money, including an $89 mil-
lion Energy Department
grant to help Delphi Auto-
motive Systems develop
electronic components for
hybrid vehicles.

The Kokomo investment
would be Chrysler's largest
in a single year. It's contin-
gent on the city approving
tax breaks.

Chrysler Group LLC has
said it will partner with Ger-
man-based ZF Group on the
next generation front-wheel
drive transmission. ZF is
providing design and tech-
nology.

Strategy

"For years, Kokomo has
been at the center of our
powertrain strategy and the
potential of an additional
investment reaffirms that
position,” Sergio Mar-
chionne, CEO of Chrysler
and Fiat, said in a statement.

The Indiana Transmission
Plant I in Kokomo now
makes a rear-wheel-drive
transmission for the Jeep
Grand Cherokee, Jeep Lib-
erty, Dodge Dakota and
Ram Trucks and a transmis-
sion for heavy-duty trucks.
Transmission Plant II makes
a five-speed transmission for
the Chrysler 300, Jeep
Grand Cherokee, Dodge
Nitro and Dodge Charger.
The Kokomo Casting Plant
manufactures aluminum
parts for transmissions and
other components.

Chrysler's finances have
been improving, although it
still is losing money. The
company cut its third-quar-

ter net loss to $84 million
but said it expects to make a
pretax profit of $700 million
this year, up from a previ-
ous forecast of $200 million.
It also expects to end the
year with $500 million in
positive cash flow. Previ-
ously, it expected to burn
through $1 billion in cash.
GM _ will announce
Wednesday that it's rehir-
ing or retaining 184 work-
ers to make 1.4-liter, four-
cylinder engines for the
Chevrolet Volt electric car
and Chevrolet Cruze com-
pact. The company said it
will invest $163 million at its
Flint Engine South plant, a
parts plant in Bay City,
Mich., and a foundry in
Defiance, Ohio. In Flint, the
company will rehire 135
workers; it will retain 49 jobs
in Bay City and Defiance.

Engines

The jobs are in addition
to the 160 people already
hired at the Flint Engine
South plant, which will begin
making the engines carly
next year. The new hires will
come from a pool of work-
ers laid off earlier this fall
when GM closed down a
neighboring engine plant in
Flint.

GM currently makes
engines for the Volt and
Cruze in Austria. It has
invested $250 million in the
Flint South plant to make
the engines there. GM will
be able to produce 400
engines per day initially, but
will gradually increase pro-
duction. The plant has the
capacity to make 1,200 1.4-
liter engines per day. In
another part of the plant,
400 workers make the 3.6-
liter, V-6 engine used in the
Chevrolet Traverse, GMC
Acadia, Cadillac CTS and
other vehicles.

The plant will make two
versions of the 1.4-liter
engines: A 100-horsepower
base engine for the Volt,
which is electric but has the
gas engine as a backup, and
a 138-horsepower, tur-
bocharged version that is
offered as an option on the
Cruze.

GM's fortunes also have
been improving. The com-
pany made $4.2 billion dur-
ing the first three quarters
of the year and pulled off an
initial public stock offering
last week. It, too, had to be
rescued by the U.S. govern-
ment. GM got a $50 billion
bailout to get through bank-
ruptcy protection.

PUBLIC NOTICE
CHANGE OF NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, RAMADAN KARIM
MUHAMMAD and CHARLES ANDREW McKENZIE
of #42 Paisley Place, South Bahamia, Freeport, Grand
Bahama, have legally changed my name by deed poll
to RAMADAN KARIM MUHAMMAD McKENZIE.
The Deed Poll has been duly recorded at the Registrar

General’s Office.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that EMMANUEL EUGENE of MARSH
HARBOUR, P.O. BOX AB-20291, ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 17° day of November, 2010
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-

7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CAROL LOWE OF 212 HARBOUR
HOUSE Il, P.O. BOX F-41736, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/ naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 24TH day of NOVEMBER, 2010 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085,

Grand Bahama, Bahamas.



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BY ALESHA CADET

One More NN

TRIBUNE FEATURES REPORTER

FTER a near two year absence in the Bahamas, Dance-
hall lovers can look forward to “One More Night With

Busy Signal.”

The event will take place on November 27 at Mario’s Bowling Alley
and Entertainment Palace.
A newly formed promotion company SiDy Production is responsible

for the dancehall superstar’s return to the Bahamas.

Since his last concert in the Bahamas, Busy Signal has become a more
profound artist with a string of wildly popular song such as, Tic Toc,

One More Night and many more.

SiDy Production is an event promotion company consisting of two
phenomenal young ladies, Siddeeqah Beneby and Dynasty Rolle.The
two have individually been deeply involved in entertainment in the
Bahamas around America.

According to the duo, the whole process of organising this particular
show was a “ long and tedious” process that was met with a slew of
problems but the pair chose to take on the concert with the utmost grace

and confidence.

In a statement, the Vendetta Group told Tribune Eniertainment that
the ladies have recently combined both their knowledge and skills to
create the soon to be entertainment Juggernaut SiDy Productions. “
One More Night with busy is the first in a long list of major concerts and
events the pair intend on bringing to the Bahamian public in the coming

year,” it stated.

In addition to Busy Signal, there will also be performances by local
rap-reggae sensation MDeez, whose breakaway hit “Times Hard” has
sized a spot in high rotation on local radio stations and Ipods.

Also set to entertain the crowd will be street acclaimed DJ Selector
Chronic and TG Movements who is said to most defiantly keep the

crowd moving and entertained.

Promoters said: “ Saturday night and Mario’s will be one no one

should miss for this is for one night only.”

The ladies behind SiDy Productions are keeping with their goal of
bringing innovation to Bahamian concerts by currently hosting a compe-
tition for all interested young ladies who are interested in competing to
win the opportunity to spend a day with Busy Signal and also attend the
concert with him. The winner will be awarded an exclusive photo shoot
with renowned Bahamian photographer Sasha Dunn. Applications
available online on Facebook at Si Dy or the Vendetta Group.



Busy Signal.

THAT SiDy FEVER-
Siddeeqah Beneby
and Dynasty Rolle
gives us just One
More Night With

POW

BIFF announces competition jury and panels

Films in Competition

New Visions Film

Crackie, directed by Sherry
Wood, in attendance

Hello Lonesome, directed by
Adam Reid, in attendance

Immigration Tango, direct-
ed by David Burton Morris, in
attendance

Norman, directed by
Jonathan Segal, in attendance

Pinoy Sunday, directed by
Wi Ding Ho

New Vision Jury
Peter Belsito — executive vice

president of Film Finders Divi-
sion at IMDb

Scott Budnick — producer
(“The Hangover,” “Starsky &

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RJ Millard — vice president of
publicity at Focus Features

Spirit of Freedom
Narrative Films

Atletu, directed by Davey
Frankel, Rasselas Lakew

Elisa K, directed by Judith
Colell and Jordi Candena, in
attendance

Master Harold and the Boys,
directed by Lonny Price, in
attendance

Little Rose, directed by Jan
Kidawa-Bionski, in attendance

Refractaire, directed by

Nicolas Steil

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Morris Ruskin — CEO of

Shoreline Entertainment
Rani Sitty — Paradigm Tal-
ent Agency
Hannah Fisher — Veteran
Film Festival executive

Spirit of Freedom

Documentary Films
Revolution 2012 , directed

by Christian Kohlert and
Christoph Lehmann, in atten-
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Bouncing Cats, directed by
Nabil Elderkin

From Somewhere to
Nowhere, directed by Villi Her-
mann

War Don Don, directed by
Rebecca Richman Cohen, in
attendance

Budrus, directed by Julie
Bacha, in attendance

Bhutto, directed by Duane
Baughman, Johnny O'Hara, in
attendance

Salam Rugby, Faramarz
Beheshti, in attendance

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Documentary Jury
Loredana Boboli de Lama —

Owner of Duna Film Interna-
tional

Sandy Cioffi - Documentary
Filmmaker (“Crocodile Tears,”
“Sweet Crude”)

Karina Rotenstein — Pro-
gramming Manager at Hot
Docs Canadian International
Documentary Festival

BIFF will showcase over 30
Short Films in Competition

Short Film Jury
Norman Golightly — Produc-

er (“Ghostrider,” “Shadow of
the Vampire”)

Sara Nodjoumi — Film Pro-
ducer/Programmer (“Santa
Smokes,” “Duke’s House”)

Craig Woods — Bahamas
Film Commissioner

Panel Discussions

Industry panels at this year’s
festival will cover a wide range
of topics including Acting,
Directing, Film Finance and
Distribution, How to Pitch your
Script, and the Art of Collabo-
ration

Monday, November 29

Master Class in Acting

with Raymond Forchion,
Actor/ Director/ Writer

College of the Bahamas (Per-
forming Arts Center)

5:30pm - 8.30pm - $25 (Stu-
dent) $30 (General Admission)

Tuesday, November 30

Master Class in Screenwrit-
ing and Directing

with Wil Shriner, Actor/
Director/ Writer/ Producer

College of The Bahamas

5.30pm - 8.30pm - $25 (Stu-
dent) $30 General Admission)

Saturday, December 3

Art Of Collaboration

Panelist: Ryan Fleck and
Anna Boden (Half Nelson,
Sugar, It's Kind Of A Funny

Story)
Galleria Cinema JFK
noon - 1pm - $10

Pitch This

Panelist: Peter Belsito - Exec-
utive Vice President of Film
Finders Division at IMDb

Galleria Cinema JFK

4pm - 6pm - $10

Sunday, December 4

The Festival / Market Circut
Year

Panelist: Peter Belsito - Exec-
utive Vice President of Film
Finders Division at IMDb

Galleria Cinema JFK

4pm - 5pm - $10

Film Financing and Distrib-
ution

Panelist: Morris Ruskin,
CEO Shoreline Entertainment,
Page Ostrow, CEO Ostrow and
Company

Galleria Cinema JFK

5.15pm - 6.15pm - $10

For more information visit
our events page at www.bintl-
filmfest.com

Filmmaker Residency

Program
Mentors:

Raymond Forchion —-
actor/writer/producer/director
(“Will and Grace,” “Last
Breeze of Summer”)

Kelly Moore — independent
producer

Andrew Trapani — producer
(“The Haunting in Connecti-
cut”)

Wil Shriner - director/
actor/writer/producer (Hoot,
Fraiser, Becker, Gilmore Girls,
Everybody Loves Raymond)

Participants:

Karen Webb, writer of
Arthur’s Salvation (US)

Sara Van Acker, writer of
Bloodlust (US)

Sonia Castang, writer of
Windward (UK)

Mark Cerulli, writer of Sun-
burn (US)

Andrew Beckford, wrtier of
Slavery in the Bahamas
(Bahamas)

Christina Smith, writer of
Fearless (US)

The complete program line-
up can be found online at
www.bintlfilmfest.com. Book
ending the festival this year are
Sony Pictures Classics’
acclaimed comedy “Tamara
Drewe,” which will open the
festival, Thursday, December
2 and The Weinstein Compa-
ny’s Oscar® contender “The
King’s Speech,” which will close
out the Festival on Sunday,
December 5th with Harvey
Weinstein in attendance.

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November 26 - Friday
Rotary Club of West Nas-
sau's “Soiree on The
Deck”

The Rotary Club of West
Nassau presents “Soiree
on The Deck”, a night of
art, food and music, 7pm
at Poop Deck West.
Donation: $50. Proceeds
in aid of Rotary Interna-
tional Foundation. Tele-
phone: 326-2430.

November 26 - Friday
“Autumn Leaves” Con-
cert

The Nassau Chapter of
The Links, Inc invites you
to attend “Autumn
Leaves”, an evening of
elegant music from home
and abroad. Concert fea-
tures 2010 Marlin award-
winning Mount Tabor Full
Gospel Praise Team, The
Bahamas National Youth
Choir, Pat Rahming and
Antoine Wallace and
Nikita Wells from the
Best of Broadway. 8pm at
College of the Bahamas’
Performing Arts Centre.
Dress: informal. Cost:
$25/adults; $12/children.
Proceeds in aid of projects
of the Nassau Chapter of
The Links, Inc

November 27 - Saturday
St Cecilia's PTA Souse-
Out, Fun Run/Walk and
Health Fair

St Cecilia's Parents-
Teachers’ Association
hosts its 3rd annual Souse-
Out, Fun Run/Walk, and
Health Fair on the school
grounds. Walk-a-thon
begins 6am. Come out and
get your blood pressure,
blood sugar and choles-
terol checked while enjoy-
ing some native souse at
the Health Fair, 8am-
12pm. Souse: $8/chicken,
sheep-tongue or pig feet.
Hope to see you there! E:

charlenecollie@gmail.com

November 27 - Nov 28
3rd Annual Bahamas Real
Estate Expo

All parties involved in the
Real Estate selling/pur-
chasing process gather
under one roof at the
Sheraton Nassau Beach
Resort. 11am-6pm. Here's
your chance to check out
the local exhibitors!

December 2 - Thursday
“Bringin’ Back Da Good
Ole Days” Art Auction,
Exhibition and Sale
Capital City Marketing
presents “Bringin’ Back
Da Good Ole Days”, an
art auction, exhibition and
sale told through the eyes
of Bahamian artist, Nicole
Angelica. 7pm-10pm at
the Balmoral Club. Pro-
ceeds to benefit the
Young Arts Foundation
for the Advancement of
Art. Telephone: 323-5589
E:

kath @ccmbahamas.com



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Bahamas Writers of Light

will present "Culture

Shock", a photo docu-
mentary highlighting beloved Bahami-
an Culture.

The event will take on Thursday,
November 25 at the Chapter One
Bookstore, Thompson Boulevard, start-
ing at 6.30 pm with free admission.

Since 2006, when Professor Hugo
Zarate first pitched the idea of turning
this particular course’s final project into
a full-fledged photography exhibition to
his students, the class has been highly
sought after by non-majors.

COB student, Anna Moss told Tri-
bune Entertainment that deciding on
the name of the exhibition was a task.
"There was this one photo that was tak-
en by a student with a chain which
depicted slavery and from that we
decided to look at the Bahamian
aspects that are still under slavery."

"Mr Z loved this idea and when we
realised that idea wouldn't not work, we
still continued to look at Bahamian
aspects but we decided to go with
Bahamian culture and how it has
changed and that’s is how the idea of
"culture shock" came about," she said.

The students of this photojournal-
ism class had the chance to take pic-
tures at Potters Cay Dock, the Fort
Charlotte and the downtown area.

Speaking on her experience in the
class, Ms Moss said: " I have a greater
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researching and realising that people
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tures, seeing their passion made me
become appreciative of it."

Mr Major added that in all of his
photos, his theme was " the way we
worship". " I am pretty pleased with
all of my photos, and there is one pho-
to I call the money shot because it is so
intense.”

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She continued: "I am probably going
to sell one, but I'm going to put the
rest on display at my home. One of the
photos I took consist of a man with a
pole in the water bring up conch, when
I took this particular picture I wanted to
focus on the blues and the man actual-
ly putting the pole into the water."

Noel Henderson said he is now pre-
pared for the exhibit, but it was indeed
a task for him. " I decided to go with a
theme of "island breeze" for my photos,
simply showing the beauty of Nassau. If
people are willing to buy my photos I
will sell them, I think they are good
enough to be sold."

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

LOCAL craftsman and artisans are getting ready to
showcase one of a kind handmade pieces at this year's
Authentic Christmas Ornament Show to be held this
weekend at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal

The event is being presented by the Authentic Craft
Market in partnership with the Wyndham Hotel.

The ornament showcase will feature special handmade
Christmas pieces. "This weekend is for the early Christmas
shoppers. They will have the opportunity to view as well as
purchase authentically Bahamian made items,” said Rowe-
na Rolle organiser of the event.

As always, artists who are showcasing pieces in this
year's show have tapped into their creative genius and
are using Bahamian products.

"Ornaments are made from pink and white sand. Some
of the pieces are also made from straw and there are also
some that are made from crepe paper. Conch shell and sea
shells have been used as well and I must say that the orna-
ments are very beautiful," Ms Rolle told Tribune Enter-

Ms Rolle also said the Christmas ornaments should be
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"These ornaments are just as beautiful as the ones that
people buy in the store so why not purchase something
beautiful that is Bahamian. These ornaments can also be
combined with the store bought ones. They are very beau-
tiful, different and authentic and they last very long,” she
said.

Culinary

There will also be a culinary tasting at the event. And
because it is the Thanksgiving season attendees will get to
sample turkey dishes as well an assortment of Bahamian
desserts. There will also be prizes and giveaways.

This is the first time the Christmas show presented by the
Authentic Craft Market will focus on ornaments. Howev-
er attendees will also be able to purchase other gifts.

The local craftsmen are seeking the support of the pub-
lic and they encourage individuals to come out to the
event.

"We are inviting the Bahamian public to attend the
event because artisans and craftsmen need support. It is
time the Bahamians people give support to local craftsmen
and this show provides the opportunity to that," Ms Rolle
said.

Admission is free and the show starts at 9am until 6pm
on Saturday, November 27.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010

ART EXHIBITION British Colonial Hilton

NICOLE ANGELICA

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3



Bringing Back

By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter

nternationally recognised
Bahamian artist, Nicole
Angelica will launch her
2011 tour Bringing Back
the Good Ole Day’s with
an exciting exhibition held
on Friday, December 3 at
the British Colonial Hilton. As is always
a part of the agenda of the artist, part
proceeds from the show will assist high
school seniors in their quest to continue
their education at the College of The
Bahamas.
Nicole is known to her global collec-
tors for producing representational real-
ism at its finest. She is a self taught and
self published artist.
Her journey of establishing her career
as a professional artist began after she
graduated from college and worked on
creative advertising and marketing cam-
paigns. At this point of her career, the
artist who is in her mid forties thinks
being an artist is one of the few voca-
tions where age is an asset.
Nicole Angelica sat down in an inter-
view with Tribune Features and said the
idea for an exhibition came from a com-
bination of factors.
"I've had some very strong challenges
in my life for the past few years and I
have also been observing what has been happening
with the Bahamas in particular in terms of the devel-
opment of our country. My personal life challenges
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that old Nicole Angelica and I found that it was
through my paintings."

Going further, she said more specifically it was
through her paintings of things that she remembers
were very pleasurable to her as a younger person. "

Those paintings are inspired by peo-
ple and places back in the day in Nas-
sau and also the other islands in the
Bahamas.”

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"T do have a daughter and some
other family members that are young
that think that the world is what it is
today and they don't know the things
like climbing the dilly tree, picking
tamarind and eating coco plum, walk-
ing on the beach basically having a
naturally fun time and I wanted to
be able to share that through my
work to not just the youth of today
but to those that have forgotten how
yesterday used to be, so you'll see in
my paintings a reflection of what I
call the good old days,” she said.

She continued: " I would very
much like to encourage artists. I
would like for them to come out to
the show so that they can have an
opportunity to chat with me, I per-
sonally have some things I would like
to share with them in terms of
encouragement.

" I do believe that a part of my
processing in the world of art is that
I share that talent with others. I
would also like to encourage the gen-
eral public to come out and see what
it is I do have to offer and I want at
this time to extend my appreciation

to the support they have shown me for the past sev-
eral years."

This specially themed series will exude an immea-
surable sense of "the real, the human, and the his-
toric view of Bahamian times" with over fifty paint-
ings chronicling our changing society and offering a
reassuring visual haven during a time of momen-
tous transformation as our country evolves into a
complex modern society.

Angelica's shows are known for elegance, style
and the ability to attract anyone who is anyone in the
world of art collection and appreciation.

Each painting from the artist's easel is a master-
piece created from her research of her subjects. She
sometimes uses old black and white photos as ref-
erence material and for ideas. Pencil sketches and
small colour studies help her to determine how to get
the most impact before painting the larger pictures.

The paintings of Nicole Angelica reflect a quality
of narrative peacefulness.

Her paintings of people and places unobserved
speak to Nicole's appreciation for the moments in life
which are so overlooked in the hubbub of modern
experience. She works with oil on canvas, spending
hundreds of hours on her paintings with the ulti-
mate goal of presenting a fresh, unique, and ele-
gant approach to familiar subjects. The detail in
each painting is remarkable, but the mood in each
one is equally impressive.

Nicole Angelica's paintings have won her inter-
national acclaim of Best of Show (Museum of Amer-
icas), first place awards (International Guild of Real-
ism) and Artwalk (Santa Fe, New Mexico) along
with numerous grants and honourable recognitions
globally. Her tour will continue into next year with
Angelica's scheduled participation at The Dubai
International Art Fair 2011; Artexpo New York and
Las Vegas 2011; Lineart SGent, Belgium; CArrousel
du Louvre (Paris); Holland Art Fair ( The Haye,
Holland); and the Shanghai (China) International
Att Fair.



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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.3WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER BREEZY, SUNSHINE HIGH 85F LOW 72F B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE Adelaide Village beachfront property is known a s The Farm the area of i ts location is also a lovers lane and the scene of the countrys latest murder. S handie Cartwright, 22, of Johnson Road, a bank employee, was attacked and fatally stabbed by two armed thugs. A man, believed to be her boyfriend, received wounds to his arm. A ccording to police, the couple were approached by the men one had a knife and the other a handgun who attacked and robbed them. The culprits, who wore dark clothing, also stole their c ar, a black Hyundai Accent, licence plate 223079. Police are questioning a 23year-old man in relation to t he incident. Neither of the victims is thought to be from the Ade l aide community. While the police top brass visited the scene of the crime with the lead investigator, o ther divisional officers participated in a walkabout of the community. T he blood of the victims still stained the sand on the beach yesterday, as investigaP olice hunt pair who stole car McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Woman murdered in lover s lane FREE IN YOUR TRIBUNE: YOUR VERY OWN 40-PAGE NFL THANKSGIVING ROUND-UP SEE page eight WALKABOUT: Four-year-old Roston Thurston, a Gambier Primary School student, wearing Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslades hat yesterday, said he would love to be the Commissioner for a day. Members of the police force held a walkabout in the area. SEE PAGE TWO HATSOFFTOGAMBIERSTUDENTS Felip Major /Tribune staff T HE Bahamas has voted in favour of removing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons from a United Nations resolution t hat would condemn their extra-judicial or arbitrary execution because of theirs exual orientation. Along with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Rwand a and 75 other mostly A frican and Muslim countries, the Bahamas helped see the amendmenta pproved 79 to 70, with 17 THE BAHAMAS BACKS REMOVING PROTECTION FOR GAY PEOPLE IN UNRESOLUTION SEE page 10 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham yes terday voiced his sup port for the Royal Bahamas Police Force in the aftermath of the disturbance in Bain Town. Mr Ingraham also hit back at criticism from Opposition leader Perry Christie who claimed the current administration failed to put its finger on the pulse of crime and spearhead com munity outreach projects. He called the PLP leader a "forgetful man" who was silent when crime rose under his watch during 2002 to 2007. The nation's chief also touched on ineffi ciencies within the judicial system, such as delays in bringing those charged with serious offences to trial, thus allowing accused criminals to PMbacks police force in Bain Town aftermath SEE page 10 SUPPORT: Hubert Ingraham By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net OFFICERS found three potentially-lethal weapons on the ex-policeman who was shot dead by police on Robinson Road Tuesday night. Walden Mitchell, 38, was wanted in connection with the attempted murder of Police Constable 3331 Johnson. Earli F ATALLY SHOT EX-POLICEMAN HAD WEAPONS SEE page 10 FREEPORT: A man wanted in connection with a shooting incident at Garden Villas on October 25 was arraigned in Freeport Magistrates Court yesterday. Rodnell Octavien, 25, of Imperial Gardens, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm. He was not required to plea to the charge. He remanded in custody at Fox Hill Prison until January 26, 2011. MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING THE 8,150 Chinese workers set to enter the country to help construct the $2.6billion Baha Mar project will be paid mini mum wages and receive all benefits required under Bahamian law, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes confirmed yesterday. Mr Foulkes made the announcement before heading to a Cabinet meeting. It follows concerns raised by the Opposition and several union leaders over whether the rights of the Chinese will be proB AHA MAR CHINESE WORKERS WILL GET MINIMUM WAGES, ALL BENEFITS REQUIRED SEE page 10

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ROADSIDE vendors unsure of the stipulations they will have to satisfy come January 1 when new legislation comes on stream shouldv isit the Business License Unit for more information, State Finance Minister Zhivargo Laing said yes t erday. Under the new Business Licence Act, the fee imposed for a licencew ill depend on each street ven dor's declared income and will be waived for those making less than $50,000 a year, said Mr Laing. Still all vendors have to apply for a licence. "Anyone in the Bahamas who is selling or trading has to have a licence, that's what the law requires," he said. "Most of them, if they declare (income $50,000, will be exempt anyway or they pay $100, I think that is the minimum amount that people, very,v ery small businesses would pay," he said when asked if v endors selling lowend products like newspapers, fruita nd peanuts would pay the same price as large businesses. Mr Laing said individual cir cumstances such as those applying to roaming vendors with no set place of operation may be taken into consideration at the time of application. "Once the Secretary of Revenue examines the application and understands the nature of that business he can apply conditions to that licence. When they go into the Business License Unit they will be able to inquire about theirr equirements and there would be attached to their application forms the requirements of that particular b usiness," Mr Laing told T he Tribune ahead of yesterday's Cabinet meeting. A t a town meeting earlier this month, Mr Laing said once the act is implemented, government intends to develop a "tighter work ing relationship with police" that will ensure swift action in response to complaints about infractions by businesses. This is part of a plan for "stricter and stronger enforcement than in times past" of rules relating to business licence infractions, the Marco City MP said. Roadside vendors urged to visit Business License Unit for information on legislation By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net TWO men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on armed robbery and attempted armed robbery charges. Raymond Pratt Jr, 18, of Fourth Street, the Grove; and Roderick Strachan, 19, of Palm Beach Street were arraigned before D eputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane on several counts of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery. I t is alleged that the two men attempted to rob Eugene Cook and also attempted to rob Super Wash on Robinson Road on Novem b er 19. It is also alleged that on September 9, Pratt, while armed with a handgun, robbed Sabrina Heastie of cash, electronics and cell phones together worth $4,412, the property of the Sporting House. It is further alleged that he robbed Darcell McKinney of a $200 cell phone the same day. P ratt is also accused of attempting to rob Huling Minnis on October 27. Court dockets also allege that on November 19, Pratta ttempted to rob Super Wash on Robinson Road. He is also accused of robbing Jelva Roxbury of a gold charm and c hain valued of $910. It is also alleged that he robbed Charles Sweeting of his wallet and $25 cash the same day. Pratt is also accused of robbing Colin Thompson of $500 cash on October 31. Police have also charged Pratt with the armed robbery of New Kids Sports Wear, where shoes and clothing altogether valued at $1,193 were taken. Pratt is also charged with the November 5 armed robbery of Shoe Land. Pratt and Strachan were not repr esented by an attorney and were denied bail due to the nature of the charges. The case has been adjourned to December 15. Pair ar raigned on ar med r obbery counts ZHIVARGO LAING C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WORDSOFWISDOM: Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade speaks to students at Gambier House during a police walkabout. TAKINGTIMEOUT: Sergeant 2021 Rolle along with Assistant Commissioner Hulan Hanna took time out to talk to the students of of Gambier Primary School during a police walkabout of the area yesterday morning. HAVINGACHAT: Sergeant 2021 Rolle t alks to four-year-old Roston Thurston, a student of Gambier Primary School, during a police walkabout of the Gambier community yesterday. HAVEAGO: Young RostonThurston hold the stick of the Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. POLICE WALKABOUT INGAMBIER PHOTOS: Felip Major/Tribune Staff

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter n mckenzie@ tribunemedia.net A MAN pleaded guilty to manslaughter at his r etrial yesterday, just two weeks after his first trial e nded in a hung jury. Two weeks ago jurors were deadlocked in thec ase of James Valentino Adderley, voting 6-6 on the charge of murder.A dderley had been charged in the April 2007 m urder of Lavardo Collie, 28. After several witnesses had taken thes tand at his retrial yesterday, including the wife of t he deceased, Adderley asked to enter a plea. He pleaded guilty to m anslaughter in the death of Collie who was stabbed to death duringa n altercation on the night of April 2, 2007 in the Grove. Mr Collies wife Crystal testified yesterday thath er husband had left her mothers apartment on Palm Tree Avenuea round 9.45pm to go to a nearby gas station to get l unch for their children. Mrs Collie testified that 15 minutes after he left,s he heard a commotion outside. She further told the court that she and her brother went outside tos ee what was going on and that she observed Adderley whom she recognised from the area sitting on the torso of a m an; jabbing him in the chest. She told the courtt hat she watched as Adderley stood over the body and said, Die boy die, you joking. She said that she did not realise that the victim was her husband at that time but was subsequent-ly informed by her broth er. According to an autopsy report, Mr Collie died from hemorrhagic shock due to blood loss from stab wounds to the chest. Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt prosecuted the case. Adderley was represent ed by attorney Dorsey Mcphee. Adderley, who has been on remand since 2007, is expected to be sentenced on December 3 before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs. Man admits manslaughter at retrial INVESTIGATORS looking into the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Sharmoco Newbold are awaiting the results of an autopsy. During a walk-about in the Bain Town community on Monday, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade told residents and relatives of the deceased that an update would be given yesterday. However, due to a scheduling conflict, the pathologist could not complete his findings. Police officials said last night that further details would be released as soon as more information is available. By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE removal of a security guard in connection with a sexual abuse complaint did not disturb routine operations at Gambier Village Primary S chool, according to administrators. It was not a serious outbreak where it has disruptedt he movement of the school, s aid Phyllis Johnson, principal. She said some students may h ave noticed someone missing, but it is has not been a topic of open discussion. While the security guard was a rrested last week, it is unclear whether he is still being detained by police, or if theyp lan to file formal charges. Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna was u navailable for comment up to press time. An investigation by educat ion and social services officials i nto the sexual abuse claims unearthed further concerns a bout incest and sexual exploitation in the wider Gam bier community. Mr Hanna said the close relationship between the police and t he primary school played a vital role in this regard. The relations between the police and the school in Gam b ier historically have been positive. The bulk of the childreni n our summer youth pro gramme come from Gambier. We have a constant presencet here, said Mr Hanna. The very fact that there h ave been so many recent disclosures is a testament of the w ork done by the police in the community, he said. T he assistant commissioner praised parents and teachers in t he community for empowering the children to speak up. A lot of children may know (the abuse not know it is okay to tell, saidM r Hanna. According to a statement from the Ministry of Education (MoE s eries of workshops and forums on inappropriate behaviour, during which concerns about the behaviour of some students were first voiced. The statement said that s hortly after one of the sessions, a teacher brought to the attention of the principal an accusation involving a female studenta nd an adult man, which led to a security guard being removed from the school and later quest ioned by police. The statement said another student came forward to report a claim of incest after further f orums were established by the Special Services Unit of the MoE. Young victims are said to be r eceiving medical and psychological assistance from the Min istry of Health and the Ministryo f Education, whose officers continue to monitor the situa tion. Sex abuse complaint: removal of school security guard not disruptive C OURT NEWS BAINTOWNMAYHEM: Pictured above is the patrol car which was burnt to a shell on Saturday following the fatal shooting. A SSISTANT COMMISSIONER: Hulan Hanna FREE IN SATURDAY'S TRIBUNE BODY & MORE, YOUR VERY OWN MONTHLY 24-PAGE GUIDE TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE. BE SURE YOU GET YOUR COPY. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. After being bombarded with f ace book statuses, twitter updates, and negative press attacking the participants of the fiasco in Bain Town, and their blatant disregard for legala uthorities following the police shooting of a 18-year-old resident across the street from his familys residence, I thought it f itting to express my support f or them and their actions in spite of its unpopularity. W hile the masses verbally attack the actions of the com-m unity referring to them as ignorant and products of p oor parenting, I passionately d isagree and feel obligated to go against popular opinion on t his one. Even though I am a law-abiding citizen I firmly b elieve that sometimes a rebellion is necessary in order to beh eard and taken seriously. This is a proven and successful tactic t hat has been employed throughout the history of the Bahamas, and the history of the w orld. Without fail we see it annua lly whenever unions engage in talks with higher authorities to r equest better work conditions or salary increases. How do they respond when their negotiations reach dead ends, and requests fall on deaf ears? They s o often resort to strikes, sick outs and in some circumstancess abotage! Is this not rebellion, a clear statement that we will not s tand for this and something must be done immediately! A riot even though frowned upon because of the presence of violence is often an emo t ional reaction to certain variables. In this case the variables i nclude the shooting death of a young man a few meters away f rom his home, and a police officers decision justifying the use of deadly force. This uproar was an emotional response by friends and relatives and neighb ours expressing their extreme dissatisfaction with the outcome o f this event. While accounts of the event v ary depending on the source, it was alleged by the authorities t hat the victim was carrying a firearm and an exchange of gunfire resulted in the death of the teenager. On the other hand onlookers claim that the v ictim was fleeing from the scene of a gambling game when he received the fatal gunshot wound to the head. Wherever the truth lays the events that unfolded afterward even though lawless in nature, high lights a serious concern citizens have with the authorities. Without placing blame on anyone we ought to hold our lawe nforcement officers to a higher standard of professionalism and accountability. They aret asked with an extremely hard job and are often placed in extremely hazardous environ m ents and are asked to use their discretion, in an extreme-l y urgent manner plus achieve the best possible outcome. T his is not an easy job and many people tasked with these d uties do not possess the skills and/or intelligence to carry out this mandate effectively with o ut supervision. The chances of these arduous tasks beinga ccomplished are only improved with the recruitment o f high character individuals and extensive training beyond t he initial basic recruit training phase. Also going back a few weeks when a man was shot and killed in downtown Nassau after a verbal altercation with officers escalated at a nearby bus stop. It made me wondera gain if deadly force was nec essary. How long will we accept t he primitive mediocrity of firearms as the first and only resource for law enforcement? Technology has afforded us more forgiving options of deal ing with an aggressor and yet we allow our men and women of law enforcement to go to work daily unequipped. In the state of Ohio where I study, the utility belts of police officers look like something f rom inspector gadget cartoon with everything from chemical and acoustic irritants to tasers in order to compel compliance before resorting to a firearm. T his riot loudly professes that enough is enough, and something must be done immediately! These ignorant produ cts of poor parenting are sayi ng it is not acceptable, and has successfully magnified a seri o us problem that could have been swept away by a manipu-l ative nudge of the legal system to favour one of their own witho ut a proper investigation. T hese are the effects of a riot and even though they have t he potential to cause serious harm and property damage t hey also have the power of bringing about positive changest hrough a bold statement of unity and rebellion. I wonder if t he same remarks were made of Sir Lynden Pindling when he and his cohorts aggressively r ebelled against a regime and subsequently tossed the sym-b ol of authority out of the House of Assembly. It is import ant to remember that while violent acts of war and rebellion are often frowned upon, the only difference between a revolution and an act of terrori sm is the winner! A LEX HALEY Former Law Enforcement O fficer Bain Town Resident (now a college student in the USA). November 22, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 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 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm E VERY TIME crime becomes an issue and today its a constant issue, growingw orse the phrase Urban Renewal echoes from the sidelines as a soothing balm t o heal all community ills. It was an idea recreated by the PLP and staunchly believed to be the solution to crime by Opposition Leader Perry Christie. As a concept there was much merit in urbanr enewal. However, as it was practised it was a political tool that provided jobs for party generals and supporters, and distracted the police from their role as policemen. It w as good for the men and women of the force to get to know their communities and to try to understand the residents of their precincts, but they were not social workers, nor baby sitters, nor garbage removers. As the 2007 election neared they were further distracted from their policing duties by politic ians who needed their presence to make them look good in their districts. No.U rban renewal as practised had to go. The police had to return to policing, and social w orkers had to step up the pace and get into the communities. Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade on the whole has a good force. However, like all organisations, bad apples can be f ound among its ranks these are the weak links that eventually snap and bring the forced own. The Commissioner is not slow in weeding them out. T he police force is fortunate to have a well trained young man at its helm. A man whose strength is tempered by compassion. He knows how to deal with people, he knows how to pour oil on troubled waters. B ut he has an overwhelming job, which despite all of his attributes, he cannot achievew ithout the full support of his force and the community and this includes the courts a nd the lawyers. A policemans job is not easy. Individuals define the way they should perform their duties. If they deviate from this in any way, they are dismissed as corrupt officers. And, mind you some of them are, as the ones who break the law and stand in line at the number mans window, or the drug dealers back door, or shake down the illegal immigrant fora bribe, and the list goes on. We constantly get angry comments from Fox Hill residents about yinna cant trust dem policemen; we does always see dem talking with dem drug boys under de tree, why aint they lock em up? Dey does know deys our problem! Now are these policemen practising urban renewal, or are they consorting with criminals? T here are so many guns on the streets today and so many out-on-bail criminalsw illing to use them that when a policeman has to confront them it is understandable t hat he will be quick on the trigger often with tragic results. But, as he puts himself on the front line to protect the community, it is natural that he is also concerned for his own life. Lawyers are severely criticised for get-t ing bail for persons accused of murder, gun possession and other serious offences theo nes who are now causing havoc in the com munity. Everyone knows that while they are o ut on the streets awaiting their day in court, no one is going to employ them. Circumstances force them to commit crimes against the community to feed themselves and meet their lawyers fees. We agree that every accused person is entitled to his day in court and should have a good advocate to plead his case. However, the advocate has to draw the line, which, inm any cases among some lawyers today is so smudged that it no longer exists. W e recall many years ago a young civil servant a fine young man, talented and of good reputation who was accused of steal ing by reason of employment. He sought out one of this countrys leading advocates the late Hon. Eugene Dupuch, QC. Mr Dupuch agreed to take his case. However,d uring the course of debriefing, the young man confessed his guilt to Mr Dupuch. Mr D upuch immediately declined his case, but briefed him on the points of law on which he should rely. He charged him no fee. The young man took his own case and was acquitted. We are certain that no jury would h ave believed that a young man of such sterling reputation would have done such at hing. It was a close call and so frightened the young man that he lived up to the fine repu tation that the community had of him, made a mark for himself in his chosen calling and never looked back. He is now dead. We find today that many lawyers, know ing that their client has no case, will lead him on, collecting his fees and getting him further into debt. Today the police are being frustrated by the courts. They are tired of chasing the same criminals, only to have some smart lawyer get them out on bail. Even policemen are human and there is a tremendous temptation that if the courts wont assist in keep ing criminals off the streets, then well, maybe justice should be exacted on the side walks. Something has to be done about the courts for the protection of the community. The police cannot do it alone. Sometimes a rebellion is necessary to be heard LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net A policemans awesome task 52%,16213,(55(RI'81'$6 73%2;$%$&2%$+$0$6 2.(()-$55(77RI3 &548((1&2857<(//2:(/'(51DVVDX %DKDPDV EDITOR, The Tribune I would like to send thanks to the police who direct morning traf fic on Eastern road. Because of you the level of frustration involved in our "morning shuffle" is at an all time low. Gone are the panic attacks and stress of "am Igoing to be late again?" to be replaced b y "wow, you mean I have time for Starbucks?". Thank you for a job well done. O n a further note, I want to s end a big thank youto the phone card and newspaper vendors on the corner of Shirley Street and Mackey Street. You make my mornings when I see y ousharing your good nature with everyone who is lucky enough to make eye contact with you. There are different routes I could take to work, but I choose to pass that junction just to get a dose of what I know is in the heart of our Bahamian people. Thankyou for reminding us. Your positive energy is contagious and heart warming.You are a great exampleto other men and women that it is not about the job, but rather how you perform on the job. You guys arean inspiration.Keep it up Proud to be a Bahamian. GREGORIA Nassau, November 22, 2010. Thanks to police for easing Eastern Road frustration

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LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes is hopeful that an agreement between the Col-l ege of the Bahamas and the union representing its educators will be signed by early next week. This could end two years of wrangling over an industrial agreement between the two p arties. Negotiators met with college officials to decide on clause numbering and a signature date on Monday. According to Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson, president of the Union of Tertiary Educa-t ors of the Bahamas (UTEB the faculty voted unanimously to sign the document during a poll last month. The vote on whether or not to accept the lump sum package was close, but the m ajority voted in favour of signing the document, she said. In September, UTEB made public their discontent with the $500 lump sum offered by arbitrators of their new industrial agreement witht he College of the Bahamas. In a press statement, the union described the sum which would be the only increase received by faculty over the course of the proposed four-year agreement a s an "egregious wrong" and "an insult to the professional faculty of the College." Minister Foulkes yesterday said it is his understanding that the union wants three points renegotiated. We are hopeful that very s hortly, not the end of this week, by the beginning of next week, that the agreement between UTEB and College of the Bahamas will be signed," Mr Foulkes told reporters before he headed i nto a Cabinet meeting. "The three arbitrators have already signed the report, it was an unanimous agreement that was about a month ago but as a result of that report the union wanted to consult their membership. That con-s ultation has taken place and their president Ms Jennifer Issacs-Dobson has written to the Tribunal asking them to reconsider three points. None of the points are fundamental, he said. H e declined to divulge the points the union wants changed but said he thinks two of those concerns are legitimate. In April, a stand-off b etween the two parties led to a strike of unionised faculty members at the college before a deal was made thats ent COB and the union back to the drawing board. Eleven COB faculty members have contested the legality of pay cuts following thet hree-and-a half day strike. T he case began this month in the Magistrate's Court. EXUMA welcomed faster a ir service to George Town last week when American E agle replaced its daily turb oprop flights to the island with jet service. Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderp ool-Wallace welcomed the f light on Thursday evening. H e said the arrival of the j et helps his ministrys effort to strengthen the individual a wareness and reputation of e ach island. F or too long, many people t hought of the Bahamas as just Nassau and Paradise I sland, he said. The only way the customer understands that wea re a great deal more than that is by having products and services that demand this kind o f attention and this kind of attraction, he said. Minister Vanderpool-Wallace gave credit to Sandals c hairman Gordon Butch Stewart for helping to attract jet service to the island. W ithout Mr Stewarts investment in a Sandals R esort on Exuma, the island w ould not have attracted jet s ervice from Canada, Atlanta a nd Miami, Minister Vanderpool-Wallace said. Mr Stewart pointed out that travellers always prefer to fly on jets. Destinations alwayst ry to offer jets to satisfy cus tomers, he said. People want jet service. T hat is the ambition for all of us in the travel business. This jet service to the island, It hink it also signals to the outside world that Exuma is now o n the map. B rian and Lisa Dickerman t ravelled to Exuma on Thursd ay evening on the American Eagle ERJ 145 jet. The Connecticut couple was pleased that the trip to Exuma was finally by jet. It was beautiful, smooth, very low noise, Mrs Dickerman said. It was just a brief, v ery quick flight. The jet is a smoother ride, a faster ride, and we feel safer o n a jet, Mr Dickerman added. B etty Wilson, country mana ger for American Eagle, said t his is only the beginning of n ew service options in the Bahamas. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE BAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER Exuma celebrates jet upgrade Minister hopeful of COB, union agreement D IONFOULKES

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B y LARRYSMITH AFTER years of manoeuvering over the 1,000-acre Baha Mar project on Cable Beach, the Ingraham government (in its own wordsh as finally made sweet l emonade from the sour fruit left on the table by the Christie administration. In April 2005 the newly formed Baha Mar Development Company (owned by a Lyford Cay-based propertyd eveloper named Sarkis Izmirlian) bought three aging hotels on the Cable Beach strip with a $200 million loan from the Bank of Nova Scotia. The venerable Nassau B each was subsequently closed, while the Crystal P alace and Cable Beach Hotels were renovated and re-branded. That same year Baha Mar concluded an agreement w ith the Christie administration for a $1 billion-plus d evelopment, including seve ral hotels, a casino, retail village, convention centre, expanded golf course, and beach and pool amenities. I ronically, had the project g ot underway when it was s upposed to, it would have o pened in the midst of the Great Recession with p otentially devastating con sequences. S ide agreements to the 2 005 agreement included deferred taxes that could later be paid in instalments, a $20 million marketing con tribution from the Ministry o f Tourism, and a commitment to upgrade the airport and other infrastructure. T here was also an agree ment to transfer to the developer hundreds of acres ofb oth Crown and government land on Cable Beach worth an estimated $150 million. H owever, Baha Mar p roved unable to raise $400 m illion in capital, show evidence of further financing, produce detailed plans, or attract world class partnersb y the agreement's stated deadline of October 2006. With an election a pproaching, the Christie g overnment scrambled to r evive the project. And by early 2007 it had been reorg anised as a joint venture with Harrah's Entertainment. The planned capitals pent more than doubled to $2.6 billion (along with more than a quarter billion dollars in government concessions) and promoters were hailing the project as unprecedented i n scope and character. T he revised project included a larger casino, double the meeting room space,a nd 1200 more hotel rooms. But despite "vigorous negotiations" a deal could n ot be finalised before May 2 007. And when the electoral d ust had settled, Perry Christie was replaced as p rime minister by Hubert Ingraham, who immediately launched a review of the proj ect. Although the new government eventually decidedi t would abide by the 2005 t erms, Baha Mar insisted on further negotiations, according to the prime minister.A nd by February 2008 he unveiled a supplemental Heads of Agreement that t rimmed some of the conc essions given three years e arlier. "There is high expectation by the Bahamian public about the Baha Mar pro-j ect," Ingraham acknowledged in March, 2008 during passage of a parliamentary r esolution to authorise the t ransfer of public lands to t he developer. "We will do all we can to facilitate it, but I do not want to oversell it." March 2009 was the new deadline set for the govern-m ent's conditions to be met so that the deal could be finalised. But long before that could happen, Harrahs got cold feet due to the economic downturn and pulled o ut of the partnership, p utting the whole project in jeopardy. Unable to obtain regular financing in the cap-i tal markets, Baha Mar turned to the cash-rich Chinese government to save the d evelopment. E arlier this year, China's E xport-Import Bank agreed to arrange $2.5 billion in f inancing, and Beijing's stateowned construction corporation signed on to build the p roject, which will feature six hotels and add 3,500 hotel rooms and condos to thec ountry's current inventory o f 15,000 more than half of which in Nassau. Following the prime min i ster's recent trip to China to firm up the details of the construction arrangements, the House of Assembly u nanimously passed a gov e rnment-sponsored resolution to approve the project, i ncluding the unprecedented issuance of up to 8,150 work permits for non-Bahamian construction workers. After talks with the Chin ese, Ingraham was able to announce that he had dou b led the share of business for B ahamian subcontractors, with more than construction 4,000 jobs now on offer, and that some $8 million would b e spent on training programmes for Bahamian workers. We put down some benchmarks, like the $400 million in Bahamian cont racts, and said if they accepted our terms we would approve the project by thee nd of November," the prime minister told me. "We always disclose the terms of deals not like theP LP when they signed the 2005 Baha Mar Heads of Agreement with a confiden t iality clause, and contempo raneously issued side letters containing larger exemptions from taxes and committing e ven more public money in violation of the (phase three deal they had agreed withK erzner two years earlier." In fact, this last point has proven to be the only remaining fly in the Cable B each lemonade. The prime minister does not accept that the currentB aha Mar deal violates the guarantees to Atlantis developer Sol Kerzner that no subsequent investor would get more favourable terms. Kerzner's complaint focused on the ratio of Bahamian to non-Bahamian construction workers, presumably because Baha Mar will benefit from a cheaper, more skilled, and more productive labour force. "Among the many requirements that the government imposed (on us was a strict rule that at least 70 per cent of the total construction labour force would be Bahamian. However, this new (Baha Mar constitute a complete reversal of (that Kerzner said angrily. T he prime minister's r esponse is that "the government will review Kerzner's c laim and seek to resolve all issues." The question of whether the Bahamas can accommodate thousands of new hotel r ooms opening at the same time is another issue for A tlantis. The reason is that the tourism infrastructure needs to catch up to additional demand. Airlift is not going to grow and develop in one day just because another 3,000 l uxury rooms are opened. And I think that is very critical...and not easily done," M anaging Director George Markantonis told The Tri bune recently. T he Baha Mar project will get underway before the end of this year, with contracts awarded to Bahamian firms.T he China State Construction & Engineering Compa ny should begin work by the s pring, and the project could be substantially completed by 2014. In response to market con c erns, Baha Mar has agreed to stagger the opening of the new hotels over a five-monthp eriod stretching into 2015, and close the Crystal Palace Hotel during renovations. According to the Chinese, t he project relies on being developed, marketed and operated as a single phase" to induce demand that would not otherwise exist for a series of standalone hotels." They point out that the Hyatt, Morgan's and Rose wood hotel companies are investing $62 million of their own money into the project, and note that the airport will be redeveloped by the time Baha Mar opens. Expecta tions are that the tourism market will have rebounded by then. Another issue that has received somewhat less attention in the media is the provision of water and pow er for such a massive pro ject being built and brought on stream at one time. As we all know, these commodities are relatively s carce on New Providence t hese days, and there are fears that our infrastructure w ill be further strained in the short-term. In fact, BEC will need to generate an additional 25 megawatts of electricity to a ccommodate the projected power demand for Baha M ar. A nd the developer is supposed to cover the cost of a new BEC substation, as well as build a central sewerage s ystem, and a reverse osmosis plant for potable water. Although there was u nderstandable shock and dismay when Baha Mar's requirement for such a large f oreign labour component first became known, public opinion seems to have quick-l y moved to accept the inevitable no doubt fully motivated by the recession. For example, in June of t his year the PLP said it would not involve itself in the decision to allow thou s ands of Chinese workers into the country and seemed determined to let the gov ernment twist in the wind.B ut only two months later they were singing a different tune, based on the state oft he economy. And from the sense of jubilation conveyed by the government since the Baha M ar deal was approved, it seems that the studied scep ticism of the past few years w as aimed not only at get ting the best deal possible in a difficult environment, but also at drawing the opposi tion into a full embrace of the project's current frame work in order to minimize the obvious political risks. As one well-connected insider told me: "I'm sure there was some political thinking involved, but for the most part it was to get a doable deal." What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The history of the 1,000 acre Baha Mar project PLP leader Perry Christie, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Kerzner International CEOSir Sol Kerzner CHIEF Petty Officer (CPO Lloyd Ferguson has become the most recent senior non-commissioned officer of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to graduate from the United States Navys Chief Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island. Mr Ferguson recently returned home fol lowing successful completion of a six-week course which was designed to prepare senior enlisted leaders to face new leadership challenges as they fulfill their expanded leadership and manage ment roles in their armed force. The training was made possible through the International Military Education Training (IMET scheme, which is facilitated by the United States Embassy. Studies in subjects such as management, organisational behav iour, management principles, leadership, per sonal and physical development, written and oral communications, interpersonal relationships, team building, national and international studies, and human resource development were undertaken. In order to encourage full participation by students, the classroom instructional methods employed by the trainers included lectures, discussions, case studies, problem solving, and much more. As participants are expected to perform in a greater leadership and management capacity upon successful completion of the train ing, they were taught personal counselling and advising techniques. As a result of Mr Fergusons readiness to accept change, and his diverse approach to leadership responsibilities, coupled with his demonstrated courage, he was awarded a Commendation for Mil itary Excellence. Mr Ferguson said that by having successfully completed the US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Programme he has enhanced his capac ity to provide leadership to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Enlisted Force, and offer advice to his command that is well founded and linked to mission accomplishment. Mr Ferguson is a 29-year veteran who is currently assigned to the Defence Force Headquar ters. Senior Bahamian Marine completes US Na vy Senior Enlisted Academ y CHIEF PETTY OFFICER LLOYD FERGUSON Photo courtesy/RBDF Files

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ByLINDSAY THOMPSON THE Bahamas is seeking the support of Spain for full membership in the World Trade Organisation (WTO and in the area of renewable energy. Governor-General Sir A rthur Foulkes made the request as he accepted Letters of Credence presented b y Mara Celsa Nuo Garc a, Ambassador of the K ingdom of Spain to the B ahamas, during a ceremony at government House l ast Thursday. Ambassador Garca also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immig ration Brent Symonette; p resident of the College of the Bahamas Dr Betsy V ogel and members of the D iplomatic Corps. I n welcoming Ambassador Garca, who is resident in Jamaica, Sir Arthurs aid he hoped that she would visit the site of the encounter of two worlds that brought both countries together 518 years ago on San Salvador. Our two countries have s hared much since that e ncounter in 1492. The full potential in our bilateral relations is still developing,a lthough our interaction at the multilateral level has been more active, Sir Arthur said. B oth countries share a m utual commitment to and an appreciation of the ben efits of multilateralism and r egional integration as mechanisms to intensify the pursuit of prosperity, particularly in the face of thec hallenges of globalisation, h e said. Dialogue and collabora tion between both countries take place in international bodies such as the United Nations, the Organisation of American States, the European-Latin America and Caribbean summits, also through mutual support of international candid acies and bilaterally t hrough established coope ration agreement with the Caribbean Community, and the Tax Information Exchange Agreement s igned in March 2010. The Bahamas would w elcome the support of the K ingdom of Spain for a fair a nd universal solution to t he existing international financial architecture, as well as for the full accession as a member of the World T rade Organisation (WTO S pain is also offering a ssistance in tourism, cult ure and energy technolog y. A mbassador Garcia note d that Spain and the Bahamas share common values and aspirations; the commitment to democratic values the adherence to the tenets of social justice and a transparent and independ ent judicial system. The recent signature in March this year of a bilate ral agreement for e xchange of information r elated to tax matters is the best testimony to our mutual commitment to trans-p arency in line with the international trend for a new economic governance, she said. T he ambassador said that there are a number of areas where both countries could and should explore closerc ooperation, such as renewal energy/environmental protection, energy securitya nd diversification. The Bahamas has great potential and has already taken important steps in this regard with the recenti nauguration of a bio-diesel plant, she said. Ambassador Garca, 46, s erved in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, having direct concern for Asian affairs. S he joined the Spanish D iplomatic Service as a career diplomat in 1989 and h as also as diplomatic advis or to the Deputy Prime M inister of Spain. A mbassador Garca was awarded the Order of Civil Merit of Spain (Rank of Dame) in 1992 and made Commander of Order of Isabel La Catlic of Spain in 2004. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM -RE 9DFDQF\ $QHVWDEOLVKHG1DVVDXEDVHGFRPSDQ\VHHNV W R WKHSRVLWLRQRI $ VVLVWDQW$GPLQLVWUDWRU L Q WKH3URFXUHPHQWDQG$VVHW0DQDJHPHQW / RJLVWLFV'HSW $OODSSOLFDQWV0867SRVVHVV WKHIROORZLQJ &ROOHJHGHJUHHLQ%XVLQHVV ,7NQRZOHGJH 7KH DELOLW\WROHDUQTXLFNO\ ([FHOOHQWFRPPXQLFDWLRQDQGWHDPZRUN V NLOOV 2 QO\FRPPLWWHGKDUGZRUNLQJDQGVHOI \ J PRWLYDWHGSHUVRQVQHHGDSSO\ S SSO\ 5HVXPHVVKRXOGEHVXEPLWWHGWR MREYDFDQF\EV#KRWPDLOFRP $OOUHVXPHVPXVWEHUHFHLYHGE\ 'HFHPEHU VW THE Information Technology Department of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force visited the Gam bier Primary School last week as part of its continued effort to give back to the community. The IT section of the RBDF assessed the immediate needsof the schools computer lab and facilitat ed repairs and upgrades. Basic IT needs were identified and the team rendered assistance in the areas of software applications and servicing. All computers in the Gambier Primary School Computer Lab were updated with current anti-virus programmes and desktop publish ing software. In addition, the lab was networked so that the sharing of resources was made possible. Members of the team also took some time to interact with the students and staff of the school. Bahamas seeks support from Spain in WTO DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Brent Symonette ( right) welcomes Mara Celsa Nuo Garca, Ambassador of t he Kingdom of Spain to the Bahamas, during a courtesy call at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, November 18, 2010. GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes ( left) accepts Letters of Credence presented b y Mara Celsa Nuo Garca (right s ador of the Kingdom of Spain to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, during a cerem ony at Government House on Thursday. 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t ors returned to the scene in the hunt for clues. The incident is said to have h appened at about 9pm on M onday. It is reported that the male victim sought help from nearby residents. At least two heard a knock on the door or calls from someo ne seeking assistance, but opted not to respond, according to Tribune sources, because it was late and they were home alone. T he man was finally able to get assistance from a resident w ho called the police. He was s aid to be bleeding extensively from his arm. H is main concern, according to sources, was for his girlfriend, who he left on the beach to get help after the stabbing occurred. H e was treated and released from hospital yes t erday. T he abandoned-looking beach house is known by some in the area as a lovers lane and a place for parties. We were not expecting s omething like that. This is a quiet community. More town p eople are coming this way, and obviously their problems f ollow them, said a commun ity member. I only found out this m orning, but I should have known something was suspicious last night, because I heard a car burn rubber, he said. S uperintendent Prince Albert Smith, officer in charge of the Carmichael D ivision that shares respon sibility for Adelaide, said many of the community members did not know of the mur der until police informed t hem during the walkabout. The people of Adelaide feel safe in the community. They do not have major concerns. The incident last night is seen as an isolated incident b y the community, said S uperintendent Smith. This community has always had rigid patrols. There are not many comp laints coming from Adelaide, a nd when there are complaints they are mainly d omestic disputes, he said. Even at night, Mr Smith s aid Adelaide is a safe place t o come, but people should e xercise reasonable precaut ions when going to isolated places at night. The murder victim was an employee of the Palmdale branch of the Royal Bank ofC anada. Upon learning of her death, sources say co-workers were shocked. T he office was closed for the day as a mark of respect, and employees were provided with grief counselling. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F ROM page one Woman murdered in lovers lane COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade and Assistant Commissioners Hulan Hanna and Glen Miller join detectives to view the site of the countrys latest murder. A woman was fatally stabbed o n a property known as The Farm in Adelaide. Felip Major /Tribune staff

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be released on bail and have the opportunity to reoffend. "Many of the persons who have been charged recently have been on bail for somet ime ... plenty people have plenty things they need to do. We will do the best we can. One of the things we do not do is control the courts but we will give them the r esources they need and we do call upon them to act effect ively and to take account of t he reality of this society and to apply the law when pers ons are charged before them. "That is what the issue is right now, the trying of cases i n a reasonable period of time that a person charged withp ossession of guns and drugs s hould not have to wait a y ear, 18 months for the case t o be tried. That is wrong and unacceptable and that must c hange in the Bahamas." S peaking to reporters b efore entering a Cabinet m eeting, the Prime Minister also expressed his sympathy to the families of murder victims and those killed by p olice. First of all let me express my condolences to the famil ies of all those who've been killed by criminals and to those who have lost their lives as a result of police action, and to wish the police officer who was shot a speedy recovery. Secondly, I want to express my appreciation and t hanks to the police force for the work which they are doing u nder very challenging and difficult circumstances. It is the right of citizens to feel safe in the Bahamas, and residents and visitors, and wes hall do all in our power to ensure that that happens. Those who are in the frontline on that fight our police force they have our support and the backing of the gov-e rnment to rid this country of the violence which is afflictingu s at this time, the Prime M inister said. D espite this support, he said officers are not above reproach and would be held a ccountable for infractions if found culpable. The police officer has r ules, which have been establ ished, as to when they may use their weapon. Anytime there is a killing as a result of p olice action there is a public i nquiry, public inquest so that all the circumstances are k nown. Policemen are not above the law, they are subject to the laws of the Bahamas like everybody else. Policemen also put their lives a t risk every day and the least they ought to expect from the s tate and those who occupy high office is support. Mr Ingraham insisted the police have adequate resources to do their job, and if there is something they lack all they need to do is whisper i t to myself. Responding to increased c alls for the death penalty, the Prime Minister said that if the courts allow it capital punishment will be carried out, pointing out there is no lawt hat stands in the way of capital punishment. "I cannot hang anybody unless the court say yes, otherwise I will be committing murder also. What stands int he way of capital punishment being inflicted is the courts.I f, or when, they permit it, h anging will take place in the B ahamas as it did on my watch before, Mr Ingraham said. H e also lambasted Mr Christie for his recent state-m ents on crime. He is a forgetful man. W hen they had the riot in Nassau Village on his watch or on Kemp Road, the public o f the Bahamas couldnt hear a word out of his mouth. He had his Urban Renewal prog ramme then, crime has been increasing in the Bahamas for some years and it is important for those of us in public office to support our law e nforcement officials to ensure that they act in accord ance with the law. SEEPAGETHREE C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t c ountries abstaining from the vote, and anothe r 26 being absent. The United States and Britain, with most of Europe and South America, voted againstr emoving protection from gays. Caribbean countries such as Jamaica and St Lucia joined the Bahamas in supportingt he amendment, while others, such as Trinidad, Barbados and Antigua, abstained. This amendment will ultimately replace a resolution which has stood for the past 10 y ears that has included sexual orientation in the list of discriminatory grounds upon which such genocidal killings are often based. A ccording to a Reuters report, Western del egations expressed disappointment in the vote, noting that the 2008 declaration included an explicit reference to killings committedb ecause of a victims sexual preferences. This explicit reference which referred to a persons sexual orientation was replaced witht he words discriminatory reasons on any basis. According to an International Gay and Lesb ian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC report, the vote is a dangerous and disturbing development for the gay community. Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of IGLHRC said: It essentially removes the important recognition of the particular vulnerability faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people a recognition that is cru cial at a time when 76 countries around the world criminalise homosexuality, five consider it a capital crime, and countries like Ugan da are considering adding the death penalty to their laws criminalising homosexuality. Here in the Bahamas, the vote has also drawn criticism from those who say it flies in the face of the stated position of Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham on such matters. When addressing a question about homo sexual tourists visiting the Bahamas in March 1998, Prime Minister Ingraham said: The future of the Bahamas is not threatened by foreign persons of homosexual orientation. H omosexuality is not a contagious disease; and it is not a crime in the Bahamas. Government has not been authorised to j udge man for sin; God is the judge; so let us l eave to God, the only righteous judge, the judgment of sin. Whether a private sexual act between con s enting adults is homosexual or heterosexual is not my business, and I do not think it is your business either. We cannot, and ought not, try to dictate or to legislate morality. In any event, a ll past efforts to do so have always failed miserably, he said. Calls to the Bahamas Permanent Mission to t he United Nations in New York and the Min istry of Foreign Affairs for an explanation of the vote were not returned last night. er that day, Police sources claim, Mitchell pistol-whipped his girlfriend, and shot a motorcyclist before stealing his vehicle. Hulan Hanna, assistant commissioner of police, said a hand gun, pistol grip, shaved-off shotgun, and motor bike were con fiscated at the scene. A second man was apprehended without injury during the incident. Both were riding the motorbike on First Street, when police officers were tipped of about their whereabouts. Uniformed and plain-clothed officers responded. The shooting occurred after requests for the men to voluntarily disarm themselves and surrender were refused. Mitchells last known address was Ronald Street, in New Providence. It is unclear how and when he left the police force. Mr Hanna said he was known to the police professionally and otherwise. Mitchells daughter was on the scene at the time of the shooting. They killed my daddy, she cried, while being held by family members. Despite the exchange of gun fire, Mr Hanna said no members of the public were threatened in any way. He said the com munity showed no aversion to the presence of the police, who handled the situation. He thanked the public for providing necessary intelligence in the matter. tected as mandated by Bahamian law. Mr Foulkes said: "All workers in the Bahamas have to receive the benefits compliant with our employment act, whether it's minimum wage or whether it is vacation or sick leave or other benefits, they have to comply with the employment act. "So the China State Construction Company has to comply with the provisions of our labour act." CHINESEWORKERS PMbacks police force in Bain Town aftermath FROM page one FROM page one FROM page one The Bahamas bac ks removing protection f or gay people in UN r esolution Ex-policeman had w eapons FROM page one

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By ADRIAN GIBSON a jbahama@hotmail.com This is my final column before entering my final examination period for the Christmas term. I will resume writing after exams. LOCALLY, although the unambiguous and overt formsof racism may have receded since Majority Rule and constitutional changes, in the political realm, clearly race contin-u es to be a relevant feature of the political rhetoric. The concept of race has greatly shaped our society and national identi-t y and its study provides us with a framework to address issues t hat may linger on and persist in d ividing our nation. Race remains a prickly subj ect in the Bahamas. In the years since the UBPs d ismantlement/Majority Rule, b lack Bahamians have become a pprehensive about white B ahamians ascending to political power, mainly due to the angst that these Bahamians could have a stranglehold on both the economic and political s tructure, turn the country into some kind of racist backwater w here the masses are oppressed and/or accrue more wealth in the process. Whilst there is a maturing air of racial harmony in the B ahamas, there are occasions where antipathy and racism surfaces, particularly when self-s eeking, narrow-minded politicians exploit the psychological effects of slavery and the racist i njustices of the past. Indeed, in the Bahamas, race issues and classism go beyond the sphere of political discourse, but also i nfluence attitudes, social interaction and settlement patterns. In the mid-1990s, PLP senat or Franklyn Wilson main tained that racial division is a part of Bahamian history, and ap art of his resolve as a senator was to build bridges within our community to help us come together as a people. T he fact that American vot ers rejected worn-out Repub lican orthodoxy and elected B arack Obama in 2008while in many instances overlooking racedemonstrates the evolution of the American electorate a nd leaves a monumental question about the evolution of the Bahamian electorate. Would am ajority of Bahamian voters rise above racial stereotypes and, in many instances, misplaced fears/prejudices and e lect the nations first white Prime Minister post-Majority Rule/Independence? I s the Bahamas now mature enough to vote for a white Bahamian to lead a political party and eventually the country? Does the rhetoric of racial propaganda in any way reflect the real world social values inherent in Bahamian society today? Are Bahamians ready to move past the lingering resent ment of being shut out of public places/activities and leadership roles in a bygone era? Would Brent Symonette or any other white politician have the ability to galvanize people across the political spectrum and lead their respective par ties to an electoral victory? During the 2007 general election, one PLP MP assertedat a rally that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham would turn over the government to the UBP heir (Brent Symonette Of course, rather than addressing the issue, now Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette was dismissive, saying: They have opened this up and exposed themselves for what they are, and I have no intention of entering a discus sion of race any further. In a 2005 interview with another daily, when addressing his heritage and culture,Mr Symonette was again dismissive and seemingly asserted his disconnect and apparent cul tural demarcation, stating: My heritage is France, hence the name Symonette. France to England and possibly to Bermuda and then here.When Alfred Sears stood up and talked about Clifton, he painted this very emotional picture of the black slave captured in Africa (sic freedom in The Bahamas. I didnt come that route. So my cultural history isnt based in the navel string of Mother Africa, so how can you ask me to celebrate that heritage? As was eloquently stated by H elen Klonarisa white, Greek Bahamianat that time: After reading this sentence, I felt winded, the breath knocked from me. I had read a p ortion of it in Dr. Russell's letter (on ontological whiteness b ut reading the entire convers ation trounced me. I didn't c ome that route,' said Mr. Symonette. As if African slavery and the arrival of white colonialists were not connected; a s if the two histories are not i ntegrally, irreversibly intert wined and still to this day rub u p against each other and hurt when rain is coming, when hurricanes start brewing, when it i s just another ordinary day in a s mall place and we don't know h ow to look each other in the eye and tell the truth. I cannot identify with Mr. Symonette's feeling. I am only t he granddaughter of immig rants, still arriving in so many w ays, and yet, my own experie nce has rooted me in an African and Greek cultural reality which I could not shake if I wanted to. I do feel that the history of my sisters and broth e rs of African descent in this place is now a part of my history, and that my Greek history must also be a part of theirs. I not only want to celebrate that heritage', I want to love thep eople connected to it, people I c onsider to be my people. I am no longer one, here in this new world. I am more than one,s he said. She went on to further state: Know also that I have g rown up in this body, in this white skin, and am conscious of what racism feels like, looks like, the power it has to keepm e from wanting to tell the truth. I am conscious of what white privilege feels like, how it c an separate me from Black people, because it is supposed to; how if I don't see it for whati t is, I too could be duped into b elieving that whiteness and all that comes with it is the way; see everything and everybodyn ot white through that white light that distorts faces, cultures, histories, makes them all seeml ess than 'mine'. E xpounding on the issue in a recent interview, Christopher Curry, my former college lecturer and a white Bahamian historian who recently returned from university where he pur sued his doctoral studies, stated: Brent Symonette at times appears to lack a sensitivity regarding how our national identity is construed as one that is very much related to black consciousness and our diasporic identity. (When it comes to ascending to the leadership) it would be a rare individual! To find a white Bahamian who could truly empathize with and understand and appreciate the whole gravity of what colonialism did for the Bahamian psyche and trying to be sensitive to that. Generally, theyre not interested in reading about this stuff. It will take a different kind of Conchy Joe to be accepted by blacks. And more importantly, even more practically than that, would you see Brent Symonette in Nassau Village, would you see Brent Symon ette around Masons Addition, would you see Brent Symon ette walking around Bain Town? Ya see, the thing is there is still that social stigma, theres still that social distancing that we have going on where whites either because of class or race dont feel comfortable around blacks in certain places and situations. And so, you would have to have someone who is embraced by blacks as being from the grassroots, at least who they can identify with in a way that they feel as if their concerns are at heart. I mean, Brent Symonette, whats his constituency? St. Annes? What is St. Annes? I mean that constituency is tailor-made for him,I dont believe it includes some of the more ghetto areas right? He had it easy, he was campaigning in an area that represents his ethnic identity! If thats the area you find whites, so thats itthat wasnt a big challenge, he said. Mr Curry went on to say: The day you see a white fella could run in a black belt area and successfully win then I would start considering that maybe this guy could possibly b e a Prime Minister. From some of the comm ents Ive heard him say, he d oesnt seem to be too sensit ive to what black Bahamians have experienced. He comes off as too white! He needs to show a greater appreciation of t he struggle, the historian a sserted. Former Director of C ulture and College of the B ahamas lecturer Nicolette Bethel, whose family is of mixed heritage, when asked a bout the prospects of Brent S ymonette or another white B ahamian becoming Prime Minister in the near future ( maybe 2017), and how far removed one must be from the n otion of being a UBP heir or t ied to UBP/Bay Street intere sts, said: I dont think that Brent Symonette has good prospects at this point, unless the Bahamian voting public has returned to the time when it wants aw hite Massa to look after it. Part of the problem is his whiteness (which is compromised in any event, as his father was not a white man) but part of the problem is also hisU BP/Bay Street heritage. I c ant say how far removed one must be, but he isnt anywhere near removed enough. A sked whether she felt the outlook of white Bahamians and the perception of theiri nvolvement in local politics had evolved in the wake of President Obamas ascendency to the US Presidency, she wrote inr esponse: I have no idea, but I dont think its changed all that much. T here is a fundamental difference between the sort of minor ity that Obama represents and t he sort of minority that white B ahamians represent blacks dont have nearly as much control about their lot in society asw hite have in any part of the world. We cant separate ourselves from the global hierar c hy that continues to expect w hite skin to be equated with power and dark skin to be equated with powerlessness or servitude. Whites have chosen to remove themselves from local politics, for the most part, and I dont see a whole lot of change there. Here, of course, I mean true white Bahamians, rather than fair skinned Bahamians of colour, who havea very different perspective and outlook, if one can imagine that they share such a thing. She stated that its not impossible for a white Bahamian to ascend to the Prime Ministers post and/or be embraced by black Bahamians particularly if they recognize the historic struggle of blacks, slavery, etcetera. She notes that this can happen, but only as long as he isnt a Symonette (ora Pindling or a Maynard or, nowadays, a Christie or an Ingraham). Previously, Dr Bethel noted the inherent fears of some Bahamians asserting that the appointment of a self-identified white Bahamian as Deputy Prime Minister has raised the fear that the oppressive force that was fractured in 1967 will return and change the Bahamas back to what it was before Majority Rule. Law professor Michael Stevensonson of PLP founding father Cyril Stevenson took a somewhat divergent, socio-legal perspective towards addressing the question of race and politics and the role of Brent Symonette and whites. He said: Minister Symonette today could become, de facto, the Prime Minister of The Bahamas under a limited set of conditions set out in the Constitution. I say de facto because technically the Deputy Prime Minister can never assume the office of Prime Minister because of conditions that would authorize him to perform the functions of Prime Minister. Of course, there is a h uge difference in the Bahamian imagination between the possibility of Minister Symone tte being the Prime Minister a nd him being authorized to perform the functions of Prime Minister as Deputy Prime Min-i ster. Still, I believe it is significant that the heir of a quintessential Bay Street Boy now has t he authority to perform the f unctions of the Prime Minister if the occasion requires, and that this authority has nothing t o do with the psychological question whether black Bahamians are prepared toa ccept a white Prime Minister o r whether the outlook of white Bahamians has changed since 1 967. There has to be some thing comforting in that thought, whether you are a fan of Minister Symonette or not; o r whether you believe the majority of Bahamians would accept him as their legitimate leader or not. It is not lost on me that oth er predominantly black coun tries in the Caribbean basin with an even more dreadful racial past have risen above the colour/ethnic/gender lines ande lected whites, Indians and w omen to high office. However, locally, any white politician seeking to lead the country must have a transcendent political aura about him and demonstrate that he can embrace thec ountrys African cultural and genetic heritage whilst preaching a message of unity and inspiring citizens. Indeed, the current political leadership must encourage ethnic/minority political participation andb ridge-building. Rather than alienating whites, or whites t hemselves choosing not to part icipate in the affairs of the state, it will take a coalition of blacks and whites to build a unified and prosperous country. It is high time we disregard p artisanship and race/class to i ncorporate the brightest talent in any administration to work towards developing a countrya nd formulating a progressive national plan that is free of the divisive politics that continuet o plague this nation. For far t oo long, local politics has been dominated by parochial figures who cannot see beyond their b ackyard, which is a stark con trast to the broad-based perspective so desperately neededi n establishing a different social a nd political ethos. TRIBUTE TO TRACEY STRACHAN Last Monday morning, I received shocking news that myf riend and former colleague Tracey Strachan had died from complications during child birth. Strachany, as I some t imes called her, was the most outspoken, passionate and h ilarious combination ever to come out of Fox Hill. Her hilarity and mischievous smile was unmatched! I met Tracey when I first entered the service at the LW Young high school and I was a little apprehensive as I hadh eard that she was a head of d epartment who was quite stern and vocal. Indeed, she had a no nonsense persona and took no prisoners! However, before long we hit if off and, as they say, the rest is history. T raceys crowning glory probably came after the 2007 general election as I can vividly remember her exclaiming and jokingly chanting we red and they scared! However, regardless of her political choices andp layful teasing, she embraced all people. If you could take a g ood ribbing, you would easily f it in as she was comedic, with vivid descriptions and gestures and a mischievous way of speaking that was nothing short of riotous. I could see her full e yes popping open and shutt ing as she laughed or was having a good time. I am still chuckling at the jokes shec racked at the Fox Hill day fes tivities in 2009. Tracey was a kindred spirit a nd an educator extraordinaire. I ndeed, the DW Davis family and indeed the world of education has lost a hard working, d edicated teacher who posi tively impacted so many children as an agent of change dur-i ng her tenure. Life is short and w e are nothing more than vapor. Indeed, this tells one how important it is to cherish each day like its our last. I extend my condolences and sincerest sympathies to herh usband and young, school-age children and to her entire family.Tracey I is a Fox Hill gal Strachan rest in peace my f riend! I also wish to extend my c ondolences to the family of Joel Uncle Joel Pratt of ONeals, Long Island. Rest in peace Uncle Joel! C M Y K C M Y K T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Is the Bahamas mature enough to vote for a white political leader? Y OUNG M AN S V IEW A DRIANGIBSON WOULD Brent Symonette have the ability to galvanize people across the political spectrum and lead their respective parties to an electoral victory?

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C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM DANICA COTO, A ssociated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico A jawbone found on an Aruba beach does not belong t o missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, prosecutors in the Dutch Caribbean island said Tuesday. The jawbone is human, t hough it is unclear who it belongs to. D utch investigators compared the lone tooth on the b one with dental records supplied by Holloway's family and "it can be ruled out that the bone fragment came fromN atalee Holloway," the prose cutors said. The bone was found recent l y by a tourist on a beach, and Aruba prosecutors had asked f orensic scientists in the Netherlands to analyze it. They assured that the Holloway case has "the constant attention from law enforce ment on the island." But John Kelly, an attorney for Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, hinted that the media a pparently found out first about the test results. "Beth accepts the forensic conclusions, is emotionally exhausted from the inexplica bly long wait and deeply disappointed in the time and manner in which she learned of the results," he said in a s tatement. "Apparently Aruban prosecutors were more sensitive to media concerns than the painful vigil ofa mother." It is unclear how exactly Twitty learned of the results. Family spokeswoman Sunny Tillman did not immedately r eturn a message seeking comment. T uesday's announcement once again eliminates a hope of evidence about the fate of the Mountain Brook, Alabama, student who disappeared w hile on a high school graduation trip in 2005, when she w as 18. Aruba's attorney general, T aco Stein, told The Associat ed Press that officials do not know how old the bone is or where it might have come from. "It's anybody's guess," he said. "We're a small island." He speculated that it could even have come from nearby Venezuela or Curacao, given the intense hurricane season that churned the ocean. Stein said authorities will check with police to see if the jawbone might belong to a missing person or the victim of an unsolved murder, but he said it was unlikely because Aruba only has a handful of those types of cases. Holloway's parents, Dave Holloway and Beth Twitty, did not respond to calls for comment. Family attorney Vinda de Sousa told The Associated Press that the family might issue a statement later. Earlier in the day, Carol Standifer, who said she is a close friend of the teen's mother, told CBS's "The Early Show" that if the bone did belong to the missing teen, "there will be some sem blance of closure." Holloway was last seen leaving a bar with Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in her disappearance, on the final night of her trip. Aruba prosecutors have repeatedly said they lack evi dence to charge Van der Sloot, who is in jail in Peru on charges of killing a 21-yearold woman last May 30 five years to the day after Holloway's disappearance. He has denied killing Holloway. U.S. law enforcement offi cials have charged Van der Sloot with trying to extort money from Holloway's mother to reveal the location of Holloway's body. Aruba: Jawbone not that of Natalee Holloway NICOLE WINFIELD, A ssociated Press V ICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press VATICAN CITY I n a seismic shift on one of the most profound and profoundly contentious Roman Catholic teachings, the Vatican s aid that condoms are the lesse r of two evils when used to curb the spread of AIDS, even if their use prevents a pregnancy. T he position was an acknowledgment that the church's longheld anti-birth control stance against condoms doesn't justify p utting lives at risk. This is a game-changer," declared the Rev. James Martin, a prominent Jesuit writer and editor. T he new stance was staked out as the Vatican explained Pope Benedict XVI's comm ents on condoms and HIV in a book that came out Tuesday based on his interview with a German journalist. The Vatican still holds that c ondom use is immoral and that church doctrine forbidding arti-f icial birth control remains unchanged. Still, the reassessm ent on condom use to help prevent disease carries profound significance, particularly in Africa where AIDS is rampant. By acknowledging that condoms help prevent the spreado f HIV between people in sex ual relationships, the pope has c ompletely changed the Catholic discussion on cond oms," Martin said. The change came on a day when U.N. AIDS officials announced that the number of new HIV cases has fallen sign ificantly thanks to condom use and a U.S. medical journ al published a study showing that a daily pill could help pre v ent spread of the virus among gay men. "This is a great day in t he fight against AIDS ... a major milestone," said Mitchell Warren, head of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition. Theologians have debated f or years whether it could be morally acceptable for HIV-i nfected people to use condoms to avoid infecting their part n ers. The Vatican years ago was reportedly preparing a document on the subject, but it never came out. The groundbreak ing shift, coming as it does from t he deeply conservative pontiff, would appear likely to restraina ny public criticism from Catholic conservatives, who on T uesday insisted the pope was merely reaffirming the church's moral teaching.. C onservatives have feared that a comment like this would g ive support to Catholics who want to challenge the church's b an on artificial contraception in an environment where they feel they are under siege from a secular, anti-Catholic culture. George Weigel, a conservative Catholic writer, said the Vatican was by no means endorsing condom use as a method of contraception or a means of AIDS prevention. "This is admittedly a difficult distinction to grasp," he told The Associated Press in an em ail. What the pontiff is saying is "that someone determ ined to do something wrong may be showing a glimmer of moral common sense by not d oing that wrong thing in the worst possible way which is n ot an endorsement of anything." Orthodoxy Benedict's comments come at a time when bishops in the United States are intensely focused on upholding the strictest views of Catholic o rthodoxy, emphasizing traditional marriage, natural familyp lanning based on a woman's menstrual cycle and making a bortion the most important issue. In the book, "Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times," Benedict was quoted as saying t hat condom use by people such as male prostitutes was a lessere vil since it indicated they were moving toward a more moral a nd responsible sexuality by aiming to protect their partner from a deadly infection. His comments implied that he was referring primarily to h omosexual sex, when condoms aren't being used as a form ofc ontraception. However, questions arose i mmediately about the pope's intent because the Italian transl ation of the book used the fem inine for prostitute, whereas the original German used the mas culine. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi,t old reporters Tuesday that he asked the pope whether he intended his comments to apply only to men. Benedict replied that it really didn't matter, the important thing was that the person took into consideration the life of another, Lombardi said. "I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, i mportant problem in the choice of the masculine over t he feminine," Lombardi said. "He told me no. The problem is this: ... It's the first step of taki ng responsibility, of taking into consideration the risk of the life o f another with whom you have a relationship." This is if you're a man, a woman, or a transsexual. ... The point is it's a first step of taking responsibility, of avoiding pass ing a grave risk onto another,"L ombardi said. Those comments concluded t he press conference, and Lombardi took no further questionsa bout how broadly this interpretation could be applied. T he clarification is signifi cant. UNAIDS estimates that 22.4 million people in Africa are infected with HIV, and that 54 percent or 12.1 million a re women. Heterosexual transmission of HIV and multiple,h eterosexual partners are believed to be the major cause o f the high infection rates. Benedict drew harsh criticism when, en route to Africa in 2009, he told reporters that the AIDS problem couldn't be r esolved by distributing condoms. "On the contrary, iti ncreases the problem," he said then. In Africa on Tuesday, A IDS activists, clerics and ordinary Africans alike applauded the pope's revised comments. "I say, hurrah for Pope Benedict," exclaimed Linda-Gail Bekker, chief executive of South Africa's Desmond TutuH IV Foundation. She said the pope's statement may prompt m any people to "adopt a simple lifestyle strategy to protect themselves." In Sierra Leone, the director of the National AIDS Secretariat predicted condom use would now increase, lowering the number of new infections. "Once the pope has made a p ronouncement, his priests will be in the forefront in advocati ng for their perceived use of condoms," said the official, Dr. Brima Kargbo. L ombardi said Benedict knew full well that his comm ents would provoke intense debate. Conservative Catholics h ave been trying to minimize the scope of what Benedict said since excerpts were published this weekend in the Vatican newspaper. Lombardi praised B enedict for his "courage" in confronting the problem. He did it because he believed that it was a serious,i mportant question in the world of today," Lombardi said, a dding that the pope wanted to give his perspective on the need for greater humanized, responsible sexuality. Luigi Accatoli, a veteran Vatican journalist who w as on the Vatican panel that launched the book, put it thisw ay: "He spoke with caution and courage of a pragmatic way t hrough which missionaries and other ecclesial workers can help to defeat the pandemic of AIDS without approving, but also without excluding in p articular cases the use of a condom," Accatoli said. T he launch of the book, which includes wide-ranging c omments on subjects from the sex abuse crisis to Benedict's belief that popes should resign if physically unable to carry out their mission, drew a packed audience to the Vatican press room. Making a rare appear-a nce, Benedict's secretary, Monsignor Georg Ganswein, s at in the front row an indi cation of event's significance. In the book, the pope reaf firms Vatican opposition to homosexual acts and artificial contraception, as well as the inviolability of marriage between man and woman. DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press LONDON Britain will impose a tough annual limit on the number of non-Europeans allowed to work in the U.K. and slash visas for overseas students as it seeks to dramatically reduce immigration, the government said Tuesday. Home Secretary Theresa May told the House of Commons that the number of non-EU nationals permitted to work in the U.K. from April 2011 will be capped at about 22,000 a reduction of about onefifth from 2009. But thousands of people who are allowed to work in Britain on intra company transfers aren't included in those figures or under the new quota. Critics said that means it's unclear how Prime Minister David Cameron's government will meet a pledge to cut net immigration, which also includes students and families of visa holders, to below 100,000 by 2015, from about 196,000 last year. "We can't go on like this, we must tight en up our immigration system," May told legislators as she announced details of the new rules. Public anxiety over immigration and the burden on public services caused by new arrivals was a key issue during the country's national election, when thenleader Gordon Brown was angrily challenged by an elderly voter over workers arriving from eastern Europe. As a member of the European Union, Britain must allow citizens of most other member states freedom to live and work in the U.K. Business leaders had urged Cameron's government against stringent restrictions on non-European workers, arguing vital sectors would be left short of staff particularly in health care and for energy infrastructure projects. W arned Indian officials also warned Cameron over restricting the rights of their citizens to study and work in the U.K. during his visit in July. May said Britain would reserve 1,000 visas each year for talented scientists, academics and artists. "Business will be pleased to see that the government has taken its concerns onboard," said David Frost, director of the British Chambers of Commerce. May said her changes would limit the number of staff that international corporations are permitted to transfer to Britain from offices overseas. In the future, no staff member who earn under 40,000 pounds (US$63,500 will be eligible to stay for longer than 12 months though they will be able to carry out shorter contracts in Britain. May did not specify how many people the policy would affect, but figures for 2009 show that half of the 22,000 admitted under the category earned less than the new salary criteria. Labour Party legislator Ed Balls criticized the government for failing to set a limit on intracompany transfers. "Can she confirm her supposed cap is in fact a con, a guess, a fig leaf, no cap at all?" he asked May in the Commons. May's quota will have only a limited impact on Britain's overall immigration rate as work-related visas account only for about 20 percent of migration. Families of those with rights to live and work in Britain claim about 20 percent of visas, while non-European students arriving to study in the U.K. account for 60 per cent of immigration. May said those seek ing a marriage visa will in the future need to prove they have a minimum standard of English. Her ministry will also develop plans to drastically reduce Britain's for eign student population, likely allowing entry only to those working on college degrees, or more advanced qualifications. She told lawmakers there would be a more stringent regime to check the credentials of schools that offer visas to overseas stu dents. Police and security officials have recently raised concerns over the education system being targeted by terrorists to gain permission to live in Britain. SANDY COHEN, A P Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES Is a voting bloc of Sarah Palin supporters enough to give daughter Bristol the mirr orball trophy on "Dancing W ith the Stars"? Will Jennifer G rey's perfect score and superior dance skills land her the w in? And how will voting issues at ABC Monday night a ffect the outcome? "Dancing" producers said Tuesday that "a record amount of activity" over-l oaded its online and telep hone voting systems after Monday's episode. Some viewers reported experiencing difficulties regist ering their votes for the Dancing with the Stars finale, which affected each finalist equally," show producers said in a statement. "The issue was p romptly addressed" and voting times were not extended. F inalists Grey, Bristol Palin and Kyle Massey performed t heir last dances for viewer votes on Monday's episode, w hich count for half of their overall scores toward the title. Grey comes into Tuesday's season finale in first place. The 50-year-old actress and h er professional partner, Derek Hough, earned a per f ect score of 60 for their two dances on Monday's show. M assey finished in second place with 56 points, while Palin landed in third with 52 points. All three will perform two dances on Tuesday's s how before a new "Dancing" champ is named. P alin has made it to the finals despite so-so and at t imes poor performances. She said it was challenging to overcome the flurry of media coverage that erupted when she was voted in over Brandy who had received a perfect score for her tango on the h it show, prompting some viewers to question the verac i ty of the "Dancing" voting system. At the announcement o f Brandy's elimination on that particular episode, Brandy was speechless, and Hough's jaw quite literally dropped. Palin's improbable run to the finals has been champi oned by websites such as conservative blogger Kevin DuJan's Hillbuzz.org, who have been leading get-outthe-vote campaigns for Palin and partner Mark Ballas. "Are you planning on hosting a Team Bristol Monday Night Dancing Watch party?" reads a post on his website. "You ... can actually vote together and send Bristol over the top ... while sending Left ist heads into meltdown." "Dancing" executive pro ducer Conrad Green said it would be fair game if Palin's voters send her to victory Tuesday. "If she ends up winning the show, she ends up winning the show because more people decided to make the effort to vote for her for whatever reason they're passionate about her than they did for other people, and that is a valid part of the show," he said. Though Palin said on Mon day's episode that "there's lots of haters out there that are waiting for me to fail," the 20-year-old single mom said after the show that she feels she and Ballas deserve to win. "We've been working our butts off," she said. Grey said she won't consid er the mirrorball trophy until Tuesday's dances are done. "I think it's bad juju," she said after earning a perfect score Monday. Massey and his partner, Lacey Schwimmer, said they've been having so much fun dancing together, they can hardly believe they actually have a chance at the title. Vatican shifts ground on condoms, HIV, conception Producers acknowledge voting issues at 'Dancing' UK imposes new permanent immigration quota (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO CONDOMCONTROVERSY: In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano P ope Benedict XVI, flanked by German journalist Peter Seewald, left, and by Monsignor Rino Fisichella holds a copy of the book Light of the World during a private audience at the Vatican, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. T he Vatican broadened the scope of the popes comments about condom use being a lesser evil than transmitting HIV by saying the concept also applies to women. The Pontiff said in the book that condom use b y people such as male prostitutes was a lesser evil since it indicated they were taking a step toward a more moral and responsible sexuality by aiming to protect their partner from infection. BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: David Cameron DANCING WITH THE STARS: In an effort to show their improvement over the course of the season, all three couples danced for redemption by re-choreographing and doing a previously performed dance chosen by the judges with new music for a better score. MISSINGTEEN: Beth Holloway, mother of Natalee Holloway, speaks during the opening of theN atalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC um of Crime & Punishment in Washington, USA, Tuesday, June 8 2010.

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JOE MORGAN, A ssociated Press RAY LILLEY, Associated Press GREYMOUTH, New Zealand A drilling team on Wednesday broke a narrow shaft through to the section of a New Zealand coal mine where 29 w orkers have been missing for almost six days, and was greeted by a blast of potentially deadly gases from inside. Officials have become increasingly pessimistic about the chances of pulling the men alive from a network of tunnels some 1 1/2 miles (2 kilometers d eep in the side of a mountain, following a powerful explosion on Friday. Nothing has been heard from t he missing miners since the blast. Toxic and potentially explosive gases have kept rescuers from entering the mine, though an army bomb disposalr obot crawled two-thirds of a mile (1 kilometer nel on Wednesday and found a miner's helmet with its fixed light still glowing. Drillers using a diamond-tipped drill bit to prevent sparks finished boring a 530-ft. (162-meter mine's main tunnel, close to where the missing men areb elieved to have been at the time of the blast. It was a keys tep, giving officials their first information from that section o f the mine and allowing testing for levels of dangerous gases. Hot air and gas rushed the hole when the chamber roof was punctured, and Pike RiverC oal Ltd. chief Peter Whittall said initial tests showed it was" extremely high in carbon monoxide, very high in m ethane and fairly low in oxy gen." Carbon monoxide the polluting gas from car exhausts is extremely poisonous, while explosive methane is the g as believed to have ignited in Friday's blast. "The environ m ent is still unstable, it is unsafe and it is not appropriate to send r escue teams underground at this time," said Gary Knowles, the police superintendent in charge of the rescue operation. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ANNE GEARAN, A P National Security Writer WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the United States would defend South Koreaa fter what the White House branded a provocative, outrageous attack by North Korea on its neighbor. Its options limited, the U.S. sought a diplomatic rather a military response to one of t hose most ominous clashes between the Koreas in decades. "South Korea is our ally. It has been since the Korean war," Obama said in his first comments about the North Korean shelling of a South Korean island. "And we strongly affirm our commitment to defend South Korea as part of that alliance." W orking to head off any escalation, the U.S. did not reposition any of its 29,000 troops in the S outh or make other military moves after North K orea fired salvos of shells into the island, setting off an artillery duel between the two sides. T he president, speaking to ABC News, would not speculate when asked about military options. H e was expected to telephone South Korean President Lee Myung-bak late Tuesday night.H e met earlier with his top national security advisers to discuss next steps. W ashington has relatively few options when dealing with Pyongyang. Military action is particularly unappealing, since the unpredictable North possesses crude nuclear weapons as well as a huge standing army. North Korea exists largel y outside the system of international financial and diplomatic institutions that the U.S. has useda s leverage in dealing with other hostile countries, including Iran. Pr essur e North Korea has also resisted pressure from its major ally, China, which appears to be nervous about the signs of instability in its neighbor. We strongly condemn the attack and we are rallying the international community to put pres-s ure on North Korea," Obama said in the ABC interview, specifically citing the need for Chin a's help. Obama said every nation in the region must know "this is a serious and ongoing threat." An administration official said Tuesday evening that U.S. officials in Washington and in Beijing were appealing strongly to China to con d emn the attack by arguing that it was an act that threatened the stability of the entire region, n ot just the Korean peninsula. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the s ensitivity of the matter. Defense Secretary Robert Gates phoned South Korea's defense minister to express sympathy for the deaths of two of the South's marines in the artillery shelling of a small South Korean island a nd to express appreciation "for the restraint shown to date" by the South's government, a P entagon spokesman said. Obama called North Korea's action "just one m ore provocative incident" and said he would consult with Lee on an appropriate response. I n his phone call to South Korea's defense minister, Gates said the U.S. viewed recent attacks as a violation of the armistice agreement that ended the Korea War in 1953, and he reit e rated the U.S. commitment to South Korea's defense, said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell. Obama was awakened at 4 a.m. Tuesday with the news. He went ahead with an Indiana tripf ocused on the economy before returning to the W hite House after dark. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the U.S. would take a "deliberate approach" in response to what he also called provocative North Korean behavior. At the same time, other administration officials,s peaking on condition of anonymity to describe the emerging strategy, said the White House was d etermined to end a diplomatic cycle that officials said rewards North Korean brinksmanship. I n the past, the U.S. and other nations have sweetened offers to North Korea as it has devel oped new missiles and prototype nuclear weapons. North Korea is now demanding new one-on-one talks with the United States, which r ejects that model in favor of group diplomacy that includes North Korea's protector, China. We're not going to respond willy-nilly," Ton er said. "We believe that it's important that we k eep a unified and measured approach going forward." Both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill accused North Korea of starting the skirmish. The violence comes as the North prepares for a dynastic change in leadership and faces a wint er of food and electricity shortages. It is the lat est of a series of confrontations that have aggrav ated tensions on the divided peninsula. The incident also follows the North's decision last week to give visiting Western scientists a tour of a secret uranium enrichment facility, which may signal an expansion of the North's nuclear weapons program. Six weeks ago, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il anointed his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, as his heir apparent. The administration official said the U.S. did not i nterpret North Korea's aggression as a desire to go to war, but as yet another effort to extract concessions from the international community. Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said no new equipment or personnel have been relocated to South Korea, while Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz seemed to shrug off the latest incident as something that Seoul can handle on its own. "The North Koreas have undertaken over time a number of provocations that have manifested themselves in different ways," Schwartz said. Obama pledges US to defend its ally South Korea Drill breakthrough in NZ mine; robot finds helmet RESCUEBID: A helicopter drops equipm ent to a d rilling rig at Pike River Coal mine near Greymouth, N ew Zealand, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. ( AP Photo / POOL) THOUGHTFUL: President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn as he leaves the White House in Washington for a trip to Philadelphia Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010.

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WINNERS of this years T empleton World Charity Laws of Life Essay Competition had their say on the benefits of honesty and how to use the power of choice wisely. E ducation Minister D esmond Bannister comm ended the students who took part in this years Tem-p leton Foundation essay c ompetition which allowed t hem to discuss pertinent i ssues with regards to ethics a nd virtues on which the laws of life are based. The awards ceremony for the 2010 Templeton World C harity/Ministry of Educat ion Laws of Life Essay Competition was held on November 10 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. S peaking at the event, Mr B annister applauded the p articipants for their ability to draw from someone elsesw ork and combine it with t heir lifes experiences to d evelop their own masterp ieces. H e also thanked Sir Jack Templeton, son of the late philanthropist and founder o f the Templeton Foundat ion, for reviving the competition. D r Templeton acknowle dged that his father would h ave been proud to know of the response to this years c ompetition. T he entries for this years contest doubled and saw p articipation from both priv ate and public schools in N ew Providence, Grand Bahama and the Family Islands. D ante Wilkinson, an eight grade student of Queens College, was the winner of the junior division of the c ompetition, while Lashie Cleare of Temple Christian Academy was the second p lace finisher. W arel Smith, also of Q ueens College, was the w inner of the senior categor y, while fellow student G eorge Zonicle tied with Nakandria Neymour of Cent ral Andros High School (Andros Students in the junior divis ion were required to select from the topics: As you give, s o shall you receive; Honesty is the best policy and Where there is no vision,t he people perish. The senior students were c hallenged to write on the topics: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative; Use wisely your power of c hoice and A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. I n his essay Dante e xplained that the simple truth is fast becoming an elusive phenomena frequently overshadowed by the dark clouds of dishonesty. He questioned the wisdom of telling the truth as in thec ase of a soldier who is c aught behind enemy lines. Should he tell the truth knowing that the outcome c ould be death or betrayal, D ante asked. T he eighth grade student admitted that there were a few occasions when he toldw hite lies to avoid punishment, but when he was eventually caught his father made him aware that the penalty f or lying was severe. He noted that the late Sir John Templeton in his book Laws of Life stated that deceit often takes a terrib le toll on our sense of i ntegrity and self-worth. H e concluded his essay s tating that he would like to be like George Washington, t he first president of the United States who held the most enviable of all titles of a n honest man and agreed with Benjamin Franklin who i s credited with coining the phrase, honesty is the best policy. W arel Smith addressed the topic, Use wisely your p ower of choice, stating that the power of choice distinguishes us from following a leader and being that l eader. She said that the power of choice enables persons toc onjure up anything they w ant to see in society. Likewise, power of choice can be detrimental as in the case of Adolf Hitler who used his power of choice to killed six million Jews during the period of Nazi Germany,W arel said. He cited Martin Luther K ing Jr, the American civil r ights activist who along with persons such as Malcolm X a nd Rosa Parks fought against discrimination of A frican-American and other ethic minorities in the US, as a case of positive power of c hoice. The senior and junior winn ers received laptops and the runner-ups were given Apple iPods and digital cam-e ras. All participants were a warded certificates of participation. Queens College was rewarded with a chequet owards a White Board for entering sixty students in the competition; thirty-four who were recognised for theirw ork including the two winn ers in the competition. Temple Christian High Schools participation wasa lso recognised with a LCD projector and screen for its students efforts in the com petition. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Students commended for their views on honesty and choice FROMLEFT: ELMA Garraway, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education; Mena Grif-f iths, Templeton Foundation; Dr Pena Templeton; Minister of Education,E ducation Minister Desmond Bannister; Warel Smith, senior winner; Dante Wilkinson, j unior winner; Lashie Cleare, second place overall finisher; Dr Jack T empleton, Templeton W orld Charity, and Pas t or Allen Lee of the Calv ary Bible Church. E dgar Arnette / MOE MEMBERS of the public are invited to participate in Deaf Awareness Week by attending the Centre for Deaf Childrens open house today where arts and crafts made by the students will be on display. The students from the Centre for Deaf Children kicked off the activities for Deaf Awareness Week with a courtesy call Edu cation Minister Desmond Bannister on Monday. This years Deaf Awareness Week is being held from November 21-26 under the theme Networking Hand in Hand. The Centres principal Tessa Nottage said wood and straw craft as well as Christmas wreaths and ornaments made by the children will be on display beginning today from 10am. She also announced that the Centre will hold its Thanksgiving Service on Friday. During the courtesy call, the Centres viceprincipal Sonja Rolle updated the minister on the students progress by informing him that six of their students at the senior level have successfully worked for brief periods in several areas which include: banking, accounting, computer repair, farming and cosmetology. She said that her wish was for each student to have the opportunity to work for a short while at each of the governments ministries. Minister Bannister told the students that he was happy to see them once again, and that he took careful note of the many talents and abilities they displayed when he visited them earlier in the year. He expressed that he would like to see more children in the Bahamas learning sign language and he encouraged the students to teach the hearing students sign language. Thanking the educators of the Centre for Deaf Children and the corporate communi ty, the Mr Bannister encouraged all stakeholders to provide even more opportunities for the students to shine. Open house held as part of Deaf Awareness Week

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By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamian new auto m arket would have recovered to an acceptable level if it returns to 75-80 per cent of pre-recession sales levels, the B ahamas Motor Dealers Associations (BMDA ident said yesterday, as cur rent sales levels although 5060 per cent behind pre-reces-s ion levels continue to show improvement. A ndrew Barr, who is also Friendly Fords sales manag er, said the 17.76 per cent year-over-year new auto sales increase reported by BMDA members for October 2010, coupled with the 1.84 per cent improvement for the first 10 months of the year compared to 2009, indicated the eco nomic climate facing the industry was becoming more positive. However, he cautioned that it was too early to tell if this would continue to translate into a sustained month-overmonth, year-over-year sales recovery, telling Tribune Business that employment and income levels still had a way to recover, while Bahamian commercial banks were unlikely to lend at prerecession levels. We are in this for the long haul, Mr Barr told this newspaper. Well see some improvements from time to time. Any improvement is a good sign, but if it improves month-to-month, year-toyear, remains to be seen. Its becoming more positive, judging by the numbers, not hugely so but any step in that direction is a good step. The last nine months have certainly been a little bit better percentage wise than last year. That is a significant improvement. The first nine months of this year have shown a rea sonable growth. Its not what anyone would like, but its reasonable growth, and if that continues in the future were on the right track. Mr Barr suggested that the main factors driving Octobers sales increases were moves by consumers to purchase autos that were imported pre-Budget, thus attracting lower Excise Tax rates, making their prices cheaper. Others, he suggested, were being attracted to the smaller engine size, value-driven vehi cles that dealers were now importing, since these attract lower duty rates following the2 010-2011 Budget, which based Excise Tax rates on engine size a move designed to push both dealers and con-s umers to more fuel efficient, s maller cars. Friendly Ford, Mr Barr explained, had already made such adjustments to its inven tory, having just cleared an order of Ford Fiestas with a 1.6 engine size. He added that the increase C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.36 $4.35 $4.36 B y ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net A Bahamian security s ervices firm yesterday u rged the Government to r educe or eliminate import duties on security-related products as a means toc urb the countrys crime problem. C lint Harding, president o f Harding Security, said t hat despite a 30 per cent increase in inquiries from homeowners and busin esses regarding upgrad ing their security systems over the last two years ast he economy declined and c rime rates rose, cost remains a major obstacle to customers enhancing their preventative measures. A tariff reduction, he added, would help t remendously. In the Governments manifesto in 2007, one of their items under Crime s aid they would reduce tariffs on security products because they understood t here was a greater demand. Theyve not done that. We want tok now if its on the back burner or been taken off the table. I thought it was a great idea that would r eally help this country, as there are people who want (extra security a fford it. Price is one of the biggest concerns, said Mr Harding. H is comments came on the same day as Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president, Khaalis Rolle, said that in his opinion, crime in the Bahamas was completely out of control, and advocated for the Government and oth e r stakeholders to develop a clear strategy addressing every aspect of the problem, which he views as a major impediment to economic development. In its 2007 election manifesto, the Government outlined nine steps it would take as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce crime, one of which stated it would assist homeowners and businesses to help prevent crime by reducing import duties on security equipment, components and supplies. Minister of National Security, Tommy Turnquest, has repeatedly advised business ownersthat installation of upgraded security equipment, such as surveillance and alarm systems, and quality locks in their establishment, is considered oneway in which the private By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T HEBahamian economy is losing millions of dollars in economic activity due to the lengthy delays and bottlenecks experienced in obtaining construction permits from the Ministryo f Works Building Control Departm ent (BCD charged yesterday, the average threesix month waiting period in this nation comparing unfavourably with major US cities and rival Caribbean desti-n ations. Amos J. Ferguson, president of the Institute of Bahamian Architects, toldT ribune Business that many of the delays resulted from the fact that the Building Control Department was try-i ng to be a qualifying agency, routinely raising numerous queries over p lans submitted to it, rather than seei ng its true role as the speedy processing of such applications. Most jurisdictions are reducing the n umber of steps to speed up the process, Mr Ferguson said of competitors approaches to constructionp ermitting, which stimulates the industry. They [the BCD] are putting m ore in. The main problem is that we have persons down there processing these things and coming up with queries, w hich means they are putting them selves forth as experts and knowing more than people qualified in thei ndustry. Yet they are not qualified to do that. They [the BCD] are trying to operate as a qualifying agency, rather than one that processes permits. A n Institute report that compared the building permitting process in the B ahamas to those in major US cities, focusing on time taken and the number of steps involved, found that while it took between three to six months int his nation if the project was uncomplicated, in New York it took ana verage of between one hour to 14 d ays. A nd New York regulators, according to the Institute, accomplished this even with applicants there required t o fulfil 31 steps, as opposed to the 24 By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net S trapped for cash and with l ittle capacity for more debt, the Government was yesterday urged that the sooner it can do what is necessary to attract f oreign investors to partner with it to develop much-needed public infrastructure projects, the better. Simon Townend, partner By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THESuperwash laundromat chain suffered five armed robberies in a 10-day period, prompting its president yesterday tod escribe the Bahamas as a Wild, Wild West society where New car sales at acceptable level if back to 75-80% of pre-bust data BMDA president says that although new auto s ales currently at 50-60% of pre-recession levels, data sho w s sector moving in right direction Ne w auto sales up 17.76% y e ar-over-year for October and 1.84% r ise f o r 2010 to date Industry in for long haul, as duty rate rises and m an uf a cturer price increases raise consumer pr i ces b y f i v e f igures Bank lending unlik el y to r eturn to previous levels C OMP ANYS OUTLETS ROBBED FIVE TIMES IN 1 0 DAY-PERIOD Laundr omat boss describes Bahamas as Wild, Wild W est where everybody is in fear and crime situation l ik ely to get worse P olitical parties blasted for lack of vision in combating cr ime problem Mind boggling failure to date to move Bahamas to cashless society SEE page 3B Building permit delays cost Bahamas millions Architects say three-six month wait for Building C ontrol permission leaves nation well behind major US cities like New York, Miami and Atlanta Says many projects cancelled or postponed due to long wait, with process having stranglehold on construction sector SEE page 2B PLAN REQUIRED FOR BAHAMAS $2.3BN INFRAS TRUCTURE GAP SEE page 2B Leading KPMG (Bahamas for government to attract private investors into public-privatep artnerships Adds that legislation and procurement process reforms needed, along with clear government strategy Bahamas spending needs more than one years government revenues and 10 times capital budget SEE page 2B S IMON TOWNEND D IONISIO DAGUILAR TARIFF CUTS URGED FOR SECURITY PRODUCTS F irm calls for FNM to fulfill Manifestoc ommitment, after 30% rise in inquiries SEE page 3B

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM H iggs & Johnson partner, Surinder Deal, has been reelected to the Board of Directors, reappointed regional vicechair for the Caribbean and Central America, and accepted the position of Meetings Com-m ittee Chair of TerraLex, a large global legal network of law firms. Surinder Deal has over 20 years of experience in real estate, trust law and corporate a nd commercial law. She is a m ember of the Bar Associat ions of Malaysia and the Bahamas, and of the International Bar Association. She is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. TerraLex has 160 member l aw firms in 100 countries and 41 US states, and is the one of the largest international legal networks. As a member of TerraLex, Higgs & Johnson has access to expertise around t he world from leading law f irms in each member country. Higgs & Johnson partner takes top legal position i n the Bahamas, according to the BCDs website. New Y ork, on average, also processed some 43,000 construction permits per year, compared to the 2,000 stated on the Ministry of Works website. The Bahamas construction permit processing time was also well behind Atlanta, where between one to 60 days were required, and just sev en-nine steps involved, and Miami, where it took between 23-103 days and 14-17 steps were involved. Asked what this is costing the Bahamas, both in terms of economic activity and a seeming lack of competitive ness, Mr Ferguson told Tribune Business: Its huge. I dont have a figure, but Ill give you an example. I have an application thats been in there since last October, and its not passed the planning process yet. Thats 13 months. In many instances, these projects are cancelled or post poned. They never get on track, so there are jobs for construction workers they never do, they never get, so the cost is certainly in the millions of dollars. The Institutes report, not ing that about 5,000 construc tion projects were approved in 2006 by the BCD, taking an average time of six months, said: If the average construction cost for each project was $100,000, that would equate to $500 million that flowed into the construction industry. If the average processing time had been three months, while still not an acceptable time, the money in the construction industry would have been doubled and would have trickled down through most sectors of the economy. As for the delays being experienced in approving con s truction permits, the Insti tute added: Before the 1990s, it took substantially less timef or building permits applicat ions to be approved, they were approved with substan tially less set backs and q ueries. 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 engi neers and architects both required to be registered, most applications to the BCD were being submitted by qualified professionals. Yet the Institute said: In spite of this, the BCD has made the building permit process much more intensive and complicated, with the added problem of unqualified individuals having the power to stop and query the regis tered architect or engineers documents. This has led to a dumbing down in the construction industry documents by the architects and engineers. Instead of using the most innovative and cost-effective solutions, professionals instead choose systems that are top heavy with elements that often times are unnecessary. Reiterating that while other locations 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, the Institutes report said this expansion had resulted in an increased staff level at the Department that was not tied to the number or speed with which permit applications were processed. In addition, it warned that the numerous delays and bottlenecks being experienced could result in an increased temptation for both BCD employees and applicants to e xploit the situation through graft/corruption. There was a perception in s ome quarters, the Institute s aid, that offering to tip or buy lunch for some BCD officials could result in fasterp rocessing of a permit applications. It added that the hold-up of construction projects, due to the long wait for permits, could have an adverse affect on the economy by putting untold scores of construction workers out of work and tak ing their income out of the marketplace. Contractors were deprived of continuous work, with delays impacting both Bahamians and foreign investors. Both might be forced to use finances previ ously reserved for their con struction project elsewhere if there was a long wait time, resulting in the development being abandoned. Mr Ferguson yesterday lamented to Tribune Business that the Bahamas was ranked 107th out of 183 nations in the World Banks Ease of Doing Business report when it came to construction permitting, adding that this ranking had been dropping every year. Every country in the region is ranked above us, and most of them are rated in the top 40, with the exception of Trinidad, which is in the 80s, so we are not competitive at all, he added. It is not a good situation, and they (the BCD) are very content with it, rather than aiding the industry and economy. Weve been fighting it for years. Theyve got the construction industry at a stranglehold. Mr Ferguson said he was due to discuss the situation this Friday with Stephen Wrinkle, the Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA president, and Robert Reiss, head of the Bahamas Society of Engineers. in Excise Tax duty rates, coupled with rises in m anufacturer prices as the car companies added new technology to their models, hadi ncreased prices to Bahamian consumers by up t o $10,000-$12,000 in certain cases. A sked by Tribune Business about the medium-term outlook for the BMDA and its industry members, Mr Barr replied: Well never get b ack to the status quo as it was before, but w e will certainly show some improvement as the year [2011] goes on. I think it will be small i mprovements; I dont think it will be a huge improvement. Its going to take a long time for job creation to come back, and for the banks to be willing to lend money. Are the banks willing to lend on a general basis to people who want that type of car. Q uality [of borrower will need to] be a lot higher, and the banks ability to lend on vol ume will not be there. Asked by Tribune Business how current B ahamian new car sales compared to prerecession levels, Mr Barr said: I would say that across-the-board, in general, the market is down by anywhere from 50-60 per cent com p ared to pre-recession. Having said that, were seeing increases of 1-2 percentage points on a monthly basis. If weg et back to a level of 75-80 per cent of prerecession sales, that will be an acceptable lev e l to be at. Yet he warned that it would be impossible for the economy to support the high level ofc ommercial bank lending that aided the Bahamian new car industry in the past, asi nstitutions would now demand that borrowers p rovide proof of job security, employment hist ory and show their income levels were sufficient to service the loan. Mr Barr suggested that the $2.6 billion Baha M ar redevelopment of the Cable Beach strip, which appears to be moving towards somes ort of start, was the only hope and only t hing left to lift the Bahamas out of recession. And he added: All the dealers need to focus on the new government regulations. T heres no point in loading up with large vehicles to the extent of high prices and hoping for the best. E mphasising that Friendly Ford was focused o n delivering true value to consumers, he added that buyer purchasing power had been eroded by almost 25 per cent, due to a combi n ation of inflation and reduced/stagnant incomes. w ith KPMG (Bahamas w ho heads the firms corpor ate finance office, said there was growing interest from private investors in funding public infrastructure developments, and urged that theB ahamian government crea te a clear strategy and plan for infrastructure in this country that will help attract outside investors to come and join it in publicprivate partnerships (PPPsf or this purpose. H is advice, he noted, comes against a backdrop that has seen the Bahamas national debt rise to over 50 per cent of gross domestic product (GDPm ent revenues and lending o pportunities shrink even as infrastructural needs such as a new hospital, investmentin school buildings, roads and the water supply multiply. I llustrating the magnitude of the burden, analysis by KPMG indicates that shortt o mid-term infrastructure needs over the next five years in the Bahamas willr equire an estimated $2.3 billion in financing, Mr Town end pointing to education, h ealthcare, roads, airports, s ea ports, the prison, solid waste, government buildings and alternative energy as a reas to be addressed. Putting this in perspective, he said this sum was more t han a years revenue for the G overnment, and 10 times the capital expenditure budget for 2010-2011, which came in at $228 million, meaning that it would take 10 rather than five years tof und all of these areas based on the Governments current capacity. Referring to the importance of timely maintenance and ongoing development of a countrys infrastructure i nvestments, Mr Townend described this as building for the future. Its not just about buildi ng things, but enabling efficient and modern deliv ery of services to the public, h e said. Investment in infrastruc ture also has a multiplier e ffect, wherein good infra structure plays a role in attracting further foreign direct investment. A recent W orld Bank survey pointed to the quality of a countrys infrastructure as more impor t ant to potential investors in the Caribbean than any other investment parameter, s aid Mr Townend. Speaking at a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFAS ociety of the Bahamas lun cheon, Mr Townend said of attracting investors to invest in public infrastructure pro-jects in The Bahamas: I think (the Government needs to have a clear strategy and plan, and the legislation that facilitates it. For instance, in the energy sector we know the current legislation and laws just dont accomodate private investment, so I think fundamentally theres the legislation issue. I think the Government n eeds to clearly establish its strategy so investors can know what to look for, and by doing so the Government can put the word out, such as they have done in the UK, and you will get a lot ofa ttraction from investors who are looking at this and can say: OK, The Bahamas is serious about doing this and well come and take a look. The KPMG partner sugg ested the Government must begin by clearly defining the m id to long-term needs a cross all sectors, including education, health, roads, e nergy and more before it c an expect to attract partners. I would say it appears this government has made it its mission to put the infrastructure in place and theres a plan there, but not in the s ame way the UK government and the Canadian gov e rnment have done, where theyve set up groups and have come together and looked at infrastructure needs in those countries over t he long term. I dont think the Bahamas has such a plan yet, Mr Townend said. A side from a strategic plan which can be accessed by p otential investors, and reforms to legislation governing the ability for foreign investors to enter theB ahamas for such purposes, M r Townend also highlight ed upgrades to the countrys public procurement process-e s as key to encouraging PPPs. The Government should l ook at revisiting and mod ernising the procurement process, said Mr Townend. Referring to the process u sed in the Bahamas, he sug gested it lacks flexibility and does not so much look at a ll the risks in the project and make sure theres a fair allo cation of risks between the G overnment and the private c ompany providing the service being purchased, or address the issue of perfor-m ance adequately. Theres not necessarily harsh enough penalties for lack of performance or incentives for good performance, he suggested, adding that a more modernised procurement process could alsoh ave a budgetary impact on how efficient the Government is when it comes to capital expenditure. Mr Townend explained that for the year-to-date, $23 billion has been raised worldwide to fund infrastructurep rojects more than in 2009 with many more players entering the infrastructure markets, including private equity funds, pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds and state-o wned infrastructure banks/funds. As to why investors would be interested in public infrastructure, he noted that as it relates to essential public serv ices, investors can be assured of strong, pre d ictable, inelastic demand f or the development they are funding. Benefits can include l ong-term high profit mar g ins following a high initial investment, often with regul atory and stable pricing concessions attached to it, and low volatility. Its less risky than equity, less risky than corporate b onds but better than government returns, said Mr T ownend. He feels the Bahamas has the potential to be an attractive investment ground for international entities intere sted in public infrastructure, with the airport redevelop ment project a quasi PPP b etween the Government and a company owned by it, b ut managed privately by Canadian company Vancouver Airport Services and the $70 million Arawak CayP ort, which is jointly funded b y the Government and the private Arawak Cay Port Development Company, good examples of how such initiatives can work in the Bahamas. I think people will look at the airport and say thats going well. Its a good suc cess story to be able to talka bout. Then youve got the port and all of these things that a re happening that investors can see, which show the country knows what itsd oing, its progressive and t he Government is working hard and is really driven to make these things happen. It hink investors will look at that and say: This is a government we can deal with, Mr Townend said. FROM page one Plan required for Bahamas $2.3bn infrastructure gap FROM page one Building permit dela ys cost the Bahamas millions New car sales at acceptable level if back to 75-80 per cent of pre-bust data FROM page one

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everybody is in fear, with the crime situation likely to get worse not better in c oming months. Dionisio DAguilar, a former Bahamas Chamber ofC ommerce president, while p raising the police and civicminded Bahamians for help ing to catch the suspects a lleged to be behind one of the armed robberies afflict ing his business, blasted the t wo main political parties for lacking vision and ideas tocombat this nations crime crisis. H e again called for the Government and Bahamian commercial banks to execute u rgently on strategies to make this nation a cashless society, explaining that thisw ould not only benefit the c onduct of commerce, but also help to reduce violent crime by eliminating the volu me of cash businesses and persons currently carry. The failure to move forw ard on this to date was described by the former Chamber president as mindb oggling. Recalling Superwashs recent armed robbery nightm are, which saw its Nassau Street establishment held-up three times, while its Blue Hill Road and Robinson Road/Minnie Street premis es were attacked one time apiece, Mr DAguilar said he was troubled by the fact that the most money stolen in any one of these events was a relatively meagre $200. Superwash outlets, he added, carried minimal sums of cash, and the fact that the alleged robbers had decided this was the way they were going to make their living risking everything, including the lives of his staff and customers, for relatively little gain had disturbed him. think everybody is in fear, the Superwash president said of the general crime situation. Christmasis coming, which is a tough period for businesses as it relates to crime. I think that businesses have to take steps to ensure their business is not attrac tive to be robbed. And he added: Its the feeling of helplessness. Its sad our country has deterio rated to this, and theres no clear plan, no path out of it. Theres this sense of help lessness that it cant get any better. Our political direc torate have no new ideas, whether its PLP or FNM,and have no vision...... No one has any vision on how to address this problem. Part of such a vision should be moving the Bahamas to a cashless society, where banking was done via debit cards and electronic forms, such as cell phones. This, Mr DAguilar, could remove one of the main motivations for armed robberies of businesses namely that they were perceived to have large sums of cash on the premises. Its mind-boggling to me t hat we have so much cash, a nd the banks are not motiv ated to diminish the amount of cash used, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business. W hile cash was often the c heapest form of payment, Bahamian commercial banks needed to find ways to makei t a little more expensive, or r educe the costs associated with various forms of elect ronic. Railing against what he said were banking industry plans to level a per debit c ard transaction fee equiva lent to 3 per cent of the sales price, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business: Bahamian b usinesses would be pre pared to absorb some costs, at a reasonable level, to take cash out of the system. Ive always said that if we can come up with a plan to draw cash out of the comm unity, and drive persons who live here to use as a little cash as possible, the natural roll-on effect is that crime against businesses will inevitably diminish. Take cash out of the community and Im pretty damn sure it would cause a reduction in crime against businesses andp eople robbing people for cash. Bahamians needed to be shown the advantages of ebanking and cell phone b anking, and carrying less c ash, to ensure they bought i nto the concept, Mr DAguilar said. He urged the Government t o develop its plans, talk to r elevant parties and then make it happen, adding: Crime is a problem. Every o ne is screaming from the r ooftops that crime is a prob lem. Theres nothing to indic ate to me its going to get better. Nothing pops into my mind to say theres hope. T heres nothing on the hori zon from the political lead ership to give us hope. The former Chamber pres i dent called for a greater police presence on the streets to give the people the impression theyre in charge of this town, not the crimi nals, adding that he was disappointed not to see more r oadblocks and a greater street-level presence. Describing the Royal Bahamas Police Force as very much a police car and station type of force, as opposed to one with a street presence, Mr DAguilar said it certainly isnt the impression in this town that thea uthorities were in control of the streets. They need to give the perception that they are in charge, whereas right now i ts the Wild, Wild West, he a dded. M r DAguilar said he was convinced that some businesses, especially at night,w ere electing not to conduct c ommerce in certain areas because they were perceived to be too dangerous. T he private sector was also i ncurring increasing costs, in terms of security cameras, b ars and guards/dogs to pro tect their premises against crime. Armed robberies had a traumatic effect on staff who had to deal with them, Mr D Aguilar saying: You have t o go through the consoling p rocess, calming staff down. I think its important to speak to staff, find out whath appened, that you feel their p ain, and let them know whats going on. Ive been held up twice, a nd been a victim of violent c rime twice. You have to walk them through the p rocess, and be seen to be taking steps to ensure their safety. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM s ector can assist the Gove rnment in reducing crime l evels and help to protect their own assets. Mr Harding, whose firm specialises in lock, safe and vault installation, access con-t rol equipment installation and alarm and surveillance systems, said yesterday that apart from a pre-2007 reduction to 10 per cent on the duty on CCTV cameras the cameras themselves, andn ot the related equipment that is necessary for their complete installation per cent of all the security products he imports for his customers still attract a 35 t o 45 per cent duty rate. The interest today is stronger certainly than if weg o back two years, Mr Harding said. We are doing a lot of estimates, and so I think people are now starting to take these measures serio usly, but they have half as m uch to spend. I think people would get better systems if the tariff were reduced,h e said, adding that people are going more often for stripped down versions of t he security systems they w ere initially interested in d ue to cost. Stacy Lindsay, security m anager at Maximum Secu rity Services, told Tribune Business that she, too, hass een interest in alarm and s urveillance systems grow, often in the case of business owners who find they can n o longer afford to employ as many security guards as they might have had beforet he recession. Attempts to reach Minister of State for Finance, Z hivargo Laing, were not successful yesterday and an e-mail message was not returned. T ariff cuts urged for security products F ROM page one BANK AIDS RED RIBBON BALL S COTIABANK(Bahamas the Bahamas AIDS Foundation in hosting the 2011 Red Ribbon Ball. Hosted under the theme, I am Accepted, the Ball is the Foundations single largest fund-raising initiative, now in its 17th year. An annual supporter of the AIDS Found ation, Scotiabank was an executive corporate partner at this years gala. Scotiabanks marketing & PR senior manager, Leah Davis, said: Our partnership with the Bahamas AIDS Foundation underscores our commitment to be socially responsible in this community. We will continue toe mbrace our role as a global partner in creating a healthier world. Pictured (L-R Red Ribbon Ball and Leah R. Davis, marketing & PR manager. Companys outlets robbed five times in 10 day-period F ROM page one

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WASHINGTON THE ECONOMYgrew a little faster over the summer than the government f irst thought. That modest pickup wasn't nearly enough to significantly lower the nation's high unemployment rate, and the Federal Reserve doesn't expect t he economy to improve much over the next couple of years, according to Associated Press. The economy expanded at a 2.5 percent annual rate i n the July-September quart er, the Commerce Departm ent reported Tuesday. That was up from the 2 percent pace initially estimated, and better than the 1.7 percent growth rate in the A pril-June quarter. S tronger spending by U.S. s hoppers and better overs eas sales of U.S. goods w ere the main forces behind an upward revision. Still, the hiring picture hasn't improved much even with U.S. companies reporting their best quarterly profits after taxes on r ecords dating back to 1947. A fter-tax profits climbed to $ 1.22 trillion in the JulyS eptember quarter, according to the Commerce report. The nation's unemployment rate has been stuck at 9.6 percent unemployment rate for the past three months. The Fed's latest p rojections suggest that w on't change much for a f ew years. T he Fed predicts roughly 2 .5 percent growth and b etween 9.5 percent and 9.7 percent unemployment for the rest of this year. Those are both downgraded forecasts from its June projections. Growth will strengthen o ver the next three years, but not enough to bring unemployment back down to more normal levels ofa round 5.5 percent to 6 perc ent, according to the Fed's forecasts. At best, the Fed projects 3.6 percent growthi n 2011, and 4.5 percent growth in 2012 and 2013. The latest Fed projections also suggest no better than8 .9 percent unemployment next year, roughly 8 percent in the 2012 presidential election year and, at best, justu nder 7 percent for 2013. Analysts generally say the economy would need to grow 5 percent for a fully ear to push down the u nemployment rate by a full percentage point. The Fed's acknowledged that progress in reducing unemployment has been "disappointingly slow." T he housing market hasn't fared much better. The latest reading showed saleso f previously owned homes slipped slightly in October. The National Association of Realtors said existingh ome sales dipped 2.2 percent last month to a season ally adjusted annual rate of4 .43 million units. That's 3 8.9 percent below their p eak of 7.25 million units set in September 2005 dur-i ng the height of the housing b oom. High unemployment and tight credit kept buyersa way, even with mortgage r ates near the lowest levels in decades. The median price for a h ome sold in October was $170,500, down 0.9 percent from a year ago. Prices con tinue to be depressed byw eak sales and a huge overhang of unsold homes. Americans are spending a little more, and that has h elped give the economy a boost. In the third quarter, consumer spending grew ata 2.8 percent pace, the most i n nearly four years. That was a stronger showing than the 2.6 percent pace firste stimated. E ven with the improve ment, consumers would need to spend more to have a significant impact on the j obs market. That's because consumer spending a ccounts for roughly 70 percent of all national economic output. P aul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics, said a "meaningful acceleration" in consumer spending seems u nlikely while job growth remains muted and Ameri cans are struggling to repairt heir finances at a time w hen their home values are d ropping. On Wall Street, investors l ooked past the better read i ng on third-quarter economic growth. The Dow Jones industrial a verage closed down 142.21 p oints, reflecting investors concerns about a Korean military conflict and eco n omic problems in Europe. Sales of U.S. exports to foreign customers grew at a 6.3 percent pace in the thirdq uarter, another factor in the third-quarter bump-up. That compared with a 5 percent growth rate firste stimated. A weaker value of the U.S. dollar is helping those sales. T he falling dollar makes U .S. goods cheaper and thus more attractive to foreign buyers. T he housing market, w hich led the country, into recession, remains a weight on the economy. Builders slashed spending on hous-i ng projects at a pace of nearly 28 percent. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM *UHDW*XDQD&D\$EDFR 7KH%DKDPDV(03/2<0(17,7<
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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Ansbacher (Bahamas PRIVATE BANKING ADMINISTRATOR Ansbacher (Bahamas DUBLIN POLITICALinfighting has e ngulfed Ireland, threatening to trigger a quick election and delay a massive EU-IMF bailout. Rebels from Prime Minister Brian Cowen's own party pressed to oust him and opposition leaders demanded an election before Christmas, according to Associated Press. D espite the discontent, Cowen survived a meeting of his Fianna Fail party lawmak-ers on Tuesday without a direct challenge to his leadership even though several told Cowen to his face he should quit because he lied to Ireland about secret bailout negotiations. "I'm sick of it now. I'm sick of having to face people. I feel humiliated, frustrated and betrayed myself," said one of the Fianna Fail rebels, Noel O'Flynn. Budget A downcast Cowen told Dail Eireann, the parliament, he wouldn't call an election until Ireland's emergency 2011 bud get, to be unveiled Dec. 7, is fully enacted in law. He said that process would require several close votes running into February at least which would mean no election until March. That's too long a delay for many within his own unraveling government. But Cowen refused opposition calls to bring the budget forward a week, to extend par liamentary sessions from their current leisurely three days a week, and to fast-track votes on tax-raising legislation so that the effort could be finished before Christmas and before Ireland's banks run out of money. "This will bring some meas ure of certainty to a government that is out of control," Enda Kenny, leader of the main opposition Fine Gael, told Cowen during his vain appeal for an accelerated timetable. Cowen countered that he couldn't even get Kenny and o ther opposition chiefs to pledge to support the budget. If opposition lawmakers vote against the budget rather than abstain, a single vote either way could decide the outcome. "It is a matter of personal responsibility for us all to decide if this country is going to put forward the budget or not," Cowen told lawmakers. At stake is the fate of the reported euro85 billion ($115 billion) European Union and International Monetary Fund rescue of Ireland, a nation heading toward bankruptcy n ext year because the government cannot pay an ever-escalating bill to save its statebacked banks. Irish state broadcaster RTE reported Tuesday that IMF experts want Ireland's banks to boost their cash reserves dramatically using much of the p roposed euro85 billion for this purpose. Ireland's deficit this year is 32 percent of GDP, the highest in Europe since World War II. Its banks are running short of cash because they can't borrow on open markets, and instead have been relying on short-t erm loans from the European Central Bank and Irish Central Bank exceeding euro120 billion that they want back. Analysts increasingly warn that Irish taxpayers' bankbailout bill could ultimately reach euro90 billion double the government's current forecast because of defaults looming down the road, part icularly in residential mortgages. "The problem here is not that the government is funded into next year. It's that the banks are funded, probably, into next week. Do you hear that sucking sound? It's the sound of the deposits leaving t he banks," said David Roche, president of investment consultants Independent Strategy. He warned that, if Cowen were ousted now or the oppo sition shoots down the 2011 budget next month, Ireland "won't have a banking system. So if the opposition really thinks that's an intelligent exercise, somebody has lobotomized them of their IQ." Crisis The Irish political and economic crisis, and its uncertain solution, also drove up borrowing costs Tuesday for Por tugal, Spain, Greece and Italy, all of whom face their own debt-financing struggles. The rising interest rates on euro zone bonds reflect fears that a third member of the 16-nation eurozone might soon join the bailout club alongside the Greeks and Irish. Cowen said his government on Wednesday would publish a four-year plan spelling out how it intends to slash its deficit by 2014 to just 3 percent of GDP, the limit for eurozone members. The plan proposes to slash euro15 billion ($20 bil lion) from the country's 201114 budget deficits through a combination of cuts and tax hikes, and the biggest correc tion of euro6 billion is set for next year. Cowen, who rose to power in 2008 just as Ireland's vaunted Celtic Tiger economy was unraveling, has conceded he must call an election next year but is seeking to delay it as long as possible. His hand was forced Mond ay when the junior party in his coalition, the Greens, said it would withdraw support once the 2011 budget passed. The Greens said they expect the country to hold an election by late January, not the March timeline suggested by Cowen's more deliberate schedule. T he Fianna Fail minister for tourism and the arts, Mary Hanafin, accused the Greens of undermining Ireland at a critical moment. "I'm very annoyed. ... I'm not sure they (the Greens have shown they have the best interests of the country ath eart," Hanafin told RTE. Hanafin added she wouldn't back any push to oust Cowen but would put her name for ward if the leader's post became vacant. At the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, EU monetary and financial affairs minister Olli Rehn gathered Ireland's 12 European lawmakers for a confidential briefing and stressed they must stop the political infighting long enough to pass the 2011 budg et. "It is essential that Ireland pass the budget in the timeline foreseen, and sooner rather than later, because every day that is lost increases uncertain ty," Rehn said. Shares in Ireland's three remaining banks on the Irish S tock Exchange tumbled for a second day Tuesday as investors foresaw increasing bailouts and state control as inevitable. Patrick Honohan, the Irish Central Bank governor, fueled those fears with a speech Tues day to Dublin accountants. Hes aid Ireland's bank-rescue efforts were right in theory but had failed to restore the confi dence of foreign investors, who have withdrawn tens of billions' worth of deposits since the summer. He said Irish banks must greatly increase their own reserves in response and actively seek foreign buyers. "They're all for sale as far as I'm concerned," he said of Ireland's six banks, three of which have already been n ationalized. Bank of Ireland shares plummeted 33 percent to a new record low of euro0.26 and closed at euro0.30. Allied Irish Banks fell 19 percent to euro0.33. Insurance and mortgage specialist Irish Life & Permanent Ireland's only bank yet to receive a state bailout shed 11 percent to euro0.75, also a record low. The government already owns 36 percent of Bank of Ireland and 18 percent of Allied Irish. The latter bank expects to h and more than 90 percent ownership to the government next month after it offers euro6.6 billion in new, over priced shares for sale and finds the government is the only buyer. Political chaos engulfs Ireland, threatens bailout A WOMAN c lears debris from the office of Ireland's Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD of the Fianna Fail party that was vandalized and painted with the words 'traitors' in the village of Trim, 30 miles north west of Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. (AP

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A UGUSTA, Maine IMPROVEDstate budg et estimates combined w ith falling unemploym ent rates suggest that Maine's long-suffering economy is beginning to lurch out of the doldrums, but a few caveats are also being issued, according to Associated Press. A nonpartisan state panel of tax and econom ic experts on Tuesday gave its blessing to signif i cantly improved revenue projections, which suggest that Maine's $1 billionplus budget gap may notb e that big after all. The Revenue Forecast ing Committee endorsed f igures that shrink the s hortfall through the next two-year budget cycle by more than $470 million, which could ease prospects of more deep budget cuts. The figures will be included in ar eport due Dec. 1. Forecasts The healthier revenues stem from improved forecasts of individual income taxes and corporate profitability, said Grant Pennoyer, director of the Office of Fiscal and Pro gram Review and mem ber of the forecasting committee. Economist Amanda Rector of the State Planning Office told the committee that wage and salary estimates are t urning more positive, and by the end of 2013 employment should get back to pre-recession levels. The upbeat news came as the state Labor D epartment reported that M aine's preliminary unemployment rate was 7 .4 percent in October, d own from 7.7 percent in S eptember and from 8.1 percent a year earlier. The number of unem-p loyed totaled 51,100, d own 6,000 from a year ago, state Labor Com-m issioner Laura Fortman s aid. Fortman noted that unemployment declines over the last three monthsa re due to a combination of factors, including modest job growth and peo-p le leaving the labor force. Gov. John Baldacci credited "hard decisionsm ade at the state and n ational level since the global recession began" in 2007 for the improved e conomic scenario. Action in Maine that laid the foundation for a r ecovery included hold i ng the line on broadb ased taxes, "smart and targeted investments" and government restructuring, he said. Baldacci said companies in Maine, after shed ding more than 30,000 jobs, are rebounding and profits are improving. "While job creation is still lagging, Maine's unemployment level is dropping. There are still too many people out of work, but at least the unemployment rate is heading in the right direction," he said. F igur es The Revenue Forecasting Committee's upgraded figures are subject to a number of assumptions that aren't guaranteed to bear out, according to a panel of experts from outside government that reports on key economic indicators. The Consensus Economic Forecasting Com mission said in a statement that the positive revenue forecasts are based in part on assumptions that tax cuts passed during George W. Bush's presidency will be extend ed and that the Federal Reserve Bank will expand monetary policy support for the economy. The recurrence of the European debt crisis also looms as a potential influ ence on the positive trends, the Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission added. "Perhaps more importantly, the uncertainty in the current economic cli mate is substantial," the commission warned. NEW YORK S TOCKS FELL Tuesday as a flare-up of tensions between North and SouthK orea combined with downbeat news on the economy gave investors plenty of reasons to sell ahead of the T hanksgiving holiday. The dollar and gold rose as investors sought safe places t o park money, a ccording to A ssociated Press. N orth Korea and South Korea exchanged artillery fire, killing at least two S outh Korean marines. That came as investors were a lready concerned that a bailout of Ireland may not be enough to containE urope's debt crisis. Borrowing costs for Portugal a nd Spain rose, leading Spain to trim the size of a debt sale. I n the U.S., sales of previously-owned houses dipped 2 .2 percent in October. Also, Federal Reserve officials became more pessimistica nd lowered their outlook for economic growth for thenext year. T he Dow Jones industrial average fell 142.21, or 1.3 percent, to 11,036.37. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost 17.11, or 1.4 percent, to 1,180.73. The Nasdaqc omposite index fell 37.07, or 1.5 percent, to 2,494.95 The clash between North and South Korea was one of the most dramatic between the two rivals since the end of the Korean war. Fifteen S outh Korean soldiers and t hree civilians were injured i n the artillery exchanges. The escalating tensions c ame shortly after the reclus ive North Korean regime claimed to have a new uranium enrichment facility ands ix weeks after the country's l eader Kim Jong Il anointed his youngest son as his heir apparent. T he showdown between the two countries raises tensions in Asia, but was seena s less of an immediate danger in the U.S. Traders said the showdown was seen bym any as an excuse to pare back exposure to risk ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday. Trading is expecte d to be light Wednesday as people leave early. Markets will be open for an abbrevia ted session on Friday. Investors don't want to g o into the holiday with any lingering doubts," said John Derrick, director of research f or U.S. Global Investors. "The tensions in Korea just g ave them another excuse to sell." Hewlett-Packard Co. was t he only one among the 30 stocks that make up the D ow Jones industrial average to rise. Shares gained 2.2 percent after the techn ology company beat Wall Street's expectations for reve nue and income thanks to strong corporate spending. Energy shares led the d ecline as the price of crude oil fell. Chevron Corp. fell2 percent, while ExxonMo b il Corp. lost 1.7 percent. Probe A widening probe into insider trading was stillw eighing on financial shares Tuesday, a day after FBI agents raided the offices of three hedge funds. JPMor g an Chase & Co. was the worst-performing major bank with a 2.3 percent decline, followed closely by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. with a 2 percent fall. In other gloomy news on t he economy, the Federal R eserve lowered its forecast f or growth through next year. In a report releasing minu tes from its last meeting Nov. 3, the Fed predicted that the economy will grow only 2.4 percent to 2.5 per cent this year. That's down sharply from a previous projection of 3 percent to 3.5 percent. Next year, the economy will expand by 3 percent to 3.6 percent, the Fed said, also much lower than its June forecast. The darker view helps explain why the Fed decided a t its meeting earlier this m onth to launch another round of stimulus. The cent ral bank plans to buy $600 b illion in Treasury bonds o ver the next eight months in an effort to lower interest rates and spur more spend i ng. Yields Treasury prices rose, sending their yields lower. T he yield on the 10-year T reasury slipped to 2.78 per cent, down from 2.80 per-c ent late Monday. T hat rate is a widely used b enchmark for business and consumer loans including mortgages. T he dollar rose 1.3 percent against an index of six other currencies and thee uro fell 1.8 percent against the dollar. Gold rose 1.5 percent to $1,377.60 an ounce. The VIX, a measure of v olatility in U.S. stock p rices, jumped 14 percent to 21. The index had been s teadily falling since May 20 when it went as high as 45, its highest level of the year. Among gainers was retail e r J. Crew Group Inc., which is being taken private in a $3 billion deal with two investment firms. Sharesr ose $6.34, or 17 percent, to $43.99. Wednesday will bring an u nusually large amount of e conomic data since several r eports that normally come out Thursday are being moved up because of the holiday. Reports are due out on weekly claims for unemployment benefits, durable goods and personal income. Falling shares outpaced rising shares by four to one on the New York Stock Exchange. Consolidated volume was 4.2 billion shares. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM :$17(' Korean conflict, European worries weigh on stocks SMOKE BILLOWS from Yeonpyeong island near the border against North Korea, in South K orea, yesterday. North and S outh Korea exchanged artillery fire Tuesday after the North shelled an island near their disputed sea border, killing at least two South Korean marines, setting dozens of buildings ablaze and sending c ivilians fleeing for shelter. (AP INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Maine economy is picking up

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NEW YORK Federal officials are becoming more aggressive in targeting insider trading. In the latest example, three hedge funds were raided in what legal e xperts say appears to be o ne of the biggest probes in Wall Street history. But as investigators delve into an ever more complex financial world, they are also entering a legal gray area, a nd perhaps even redefini ng insider trading itself. 41 STATES SEE JOB GAINS IN OCT., MOST IN 5 MONTHS W ASHINGTON (AP B usinesses and other e mployers added jobs in 41 s tates in October, the best showing in five months, the Labor Department said T uesday. The figures indicate the j ob market is picking up a bit in most parts of the count ry. Even the nation's harde st hit states Nevada and Michigan showed d eclines in their unemployment rates. B ut the gains weren't enough to broadly reduce unemployment rates. The L abor Department said the jobless rate fell last month i n 19 states, remained the same in 17 and rose in 14. Unemployment can risew hen jobs are created if more people begin searchi ng for work. POR TUGAL, SP AIN BECOME MARKET TARGET AFTER IREL AND LISBON, Portugal (AP Europe's efforts to con tain its debt crisis came under increasing strain Tuesday as bond market jit-t ers shook Portugal and Spain, seen as the 16-nation eurozone's next weakest links now that Ireland hasf ollowed Greece by accepting a massive international rescue. T he nations' borrowing c osts rose, suggesting i nvestors are more worried about default, while Spain limited the size of a bond sale because traders demanded sharply higher premiums. Stock traders panicked a nd dumped shares across a ll sectors, sending Portugal's benchmark stock index down 2.2 percent by the close, while Spain's sank 3.1 percent to a level not seen since July. The euro slid b elow $1.34 for the first time i n two months. Spooked by the scale of Greece's bailout requirements in May and Ireland's banking failures, internat ional investors are looking m uch closer at the public finances of eurozone countries and they don't like what they're seeing, particularly in Portugal. J. CREW MAKES DEAL TO BE TAKEN PRIVATE FOR $3B N EW YORK (AP P reppy fashion retailer J. Crew Group Inc. on Tuesd ay agreed to be taken private in a $3 billion deal that w ould be the second multibillion dollar specialty retail buyout launched in two m onths. The announcement of an o ffer from two investment firms including one that used to own J. Crew c ame as the retailer reported Tuesday that its third-quart er net income fell 14 percent, hurt by weaker women's clothing sales. The comp any also lowered its guidance for the year. Under the deal as pro posed, J. Crew shareholders w ould receive $43.50 per s hare from private equity firms TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners.T hat is a 16 percent premi um to the stock's closing price Monday of $37.65. TREASURY GETS $11.7 BILLION FR OM GM STOCK SALE W ASHINGTON (AP The Treasury Department says it has received $11.7 billion from the sale of 358.5 million shares of General Motors stock. Treasury announced that the net proceeds from the G M stock sold last week w ere delivered on Tuesday. Treasury officials said that the government could receive an additional $1.8 billion assuming the bankers exercise options to purchase a n additional 53.8 million s hares of GM common stock within 30 days of the initial stock offering. The government put $49.5 billion into GM as part of i ts bailout of the giant a utomaker. In addition, Treasury said it will receive another $2.1 billion from GM when the automaker repurchases preferred stock that was issued under the government's $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. That sale is supposed to take place in December. T ESTS ON TOYS FIND F EW PROBLEMS THIS SEASON W ASHINGTON (AP O nly a small fraction of child ren's toys tested for toxic substances and choking risks have been found to violate federal safety regulations as h oliday shopping shifts into h igh gear, consumer advoc ates said Tuesday. T he U.S. Public Interest Research Group credited a 2008 law that set stronger limits and standards for children's products for helping to make many of the products on store shelves safer f or youngsters. The law was p assed in the wake of a wave of recalls of lead tainted toys. PIRG had 260 toys and other children's products from major retailers and d ollar stores tested for toxic s ubstances such as lead and antimony as well as for the risk of choking presented by small parts. Four of the items tested v iolated federal safety regul ations for children's toys. n T he Dow Jones industrial average fell 142.21, or 1 .3 percent, to 11,036.37. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost 17.11, or 1.4 percent, to 1,180.73. The Nasdaq composite index fell 37.07, or 1.5 percent, to 2,494.95. Benchmark oil for January delivery lost 49 cents to settle at $81.25 a barrel on the New York Mercantile E xchange. In other Nymex trading in December contracts, heating oil gave up 1.90 cents to settle at $2.2496 a gallon, gasoline dropped 1.77 cents to settle at $2.1342 a gallon and natural gas fell 0.7 cent to settle at $4.264 per 1,000 cubic feet. In London, Brent crude lost 71 cents to settle at $83.25 a barrel on the ICE F utures exchange. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BUSINESSNEWSINBRIEF ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON MUTUAL FUND COMPANYJanus Capital Group Inc. says it has received an inquiry in an investigation of insider trading on Wall Street, according to Associated Press. In a regulatory filing Tuesday, Janus said the inquiry seeks "general information" in a probe that widened when federal investigators raided offices of three hedge funds on Monday. The Denver-based manager of $161 billion says it intends to cooperate with the request. Media reports on Tuesday also identified other mutual fund companies in connection with the probe, including Wellington Management, MFS Investment Management, Deutsche Bank and Prudential Financial. An MFS spokesman told The Associated Press that the company has not received any requests for information in the probe. Representatives for Wellington, Deutsche Bank and Prudential declined to comment to AP. J anus receives inquir y in insider trading probe WASHINGTON AN OKLAHOMAcompany that makes specialty chemicals used in paints and other products has agreed to pay $270 million for cleanup of contaminated sites in 22 states, according to Associated Press. Tronox Inc. agreed to the payments as part of a bankruptcy settlement announced Tuesday. The company will pay the money to states, the federal government and courtapproved trusts for future cleanup and administration at sites contaminated by Tronox and its predecessor companies. Tronox also will transfer to the governments and trusts an 88 percent share of its interest in a pending lawsuit against the compa ny's former parent company, Kerr-McGee Corp., and its parent company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Chemical f ir m to pa y $270M f or enviro cleanup

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DETROIT HARD-HITKokomo, Ind., got a big boost from C hrysler on Tuesday when t he automaker announced it plans to pump another $843 million into three factories to build a new frontwheel-drive transmission, a ccording to Associated Press. General Motors, meanw hile, will announce W ednesday that it will invest $ 163 million in two Michigan plants and an Ohiof oundry to make small-car e ngines, according to a person familiar with GM's plans. The person was not authorized to talk about thep lans ahead of the formal announcement and asked not to be identified. GM says the moves will retain 1 84 jobs. Both companies are recovering from last year's auto industry meltdown when they were forced to t ake government bailouts to make it through bankruptcy p rotection. The Kokomo announcem ent came just hours ahead of a visit to the plants by President Barack Obama a nd Vice President Joe Biden, who promoted the b enefits of the auto industry bailout. Chrysler said it will pay f or equipment to modernize the two Kokomo transmission factories and a casting plant. Plants T he investment will e xtend the life of the plants a nd help retain nearly 2,250 j obs, equipping them to b uild a new front-wheel-drive transmission for unspecified future vehicles, the company said. The automaker already has announced that it will b uild a new 8-speed automatic transmission in Kokomo in 2013. Chrysler said the new investment, to start early n ext year and run through the third quarter of 2012, w ould raise the company's commitment to the Kokom o plants to $1.1 billion, pushing its total U.S. factory investment to nearly $3 bill ion since it emerged from government-funded bankr uptcy protection in 2009. The Auburn Hills, Mich.based automaker, now run by Italy's Fiat Group SpA, was near death before getting a $12.5 billion bailout from U.S. taxpayers to make i t through bankruptcy. In e xchange, the government got a 10 percent stake in the company, which still owes taxpayers roughly $5.7 billion in loan payments. D eclared one of "America's fastest-dying towns" by Forbes magazine in 2008, K okomo hit bottom in June 2 009 when unemployment i n that midsize city in northcentral Indiana reached 20.4p ercent. Unemployment is s till higher than the national average, but it dropped by nearly 8 percentage points to 12.7 percent in September. T he Chrysler bailout helped keep the company's Kokomo transmission plants open. The Kokomo area also benefited from about $400 million in stimulus money, including an $89 mill ion Energy Department g rant to help Delphi Auto m otive Systems develop electronic components forh ybrid vehicles. T he Kokomo investment would be Chrysler's largest in a single year. It's contin gent on the city approving tax breaks. Chrysler Group LLC has said it will partner with Germ an-based ZF Group on the next generation front-wheel drive transmission. ZF isp roviding design and techn ology. Strategy "For years, Kokomo has b een at the center of our p owertrain strategy and the potential of an additional investment reaffirms that position," Sergio Mar c hionne, CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, said in a statement. The Indiana Transmission P lant I in Kokomo now makes a rear-wheel-drive transmission for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Lib erty, Dodge Dakota and Ram Trucks and a transmission for heavy-duty trucks. Transmission Plant II makes a five-speed transmission for the Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Nitro and Dodge Charger. The Kokomo Casting Plant manufactures aluminum parts for transmissions and other components. Chrysler's finances have been improving, although it still is losing money. The company cut its third-quarter net loss to $84 million but said it expects to make a pretax profit of $700 million this year, up from a previo us forecast of $200 million. I t also expects to end the year with $500 million in positive cash flow. Previously, it expected to burn through $1 billion in cash. G M will announce Wednesday that it's rehiring or retaining 184 worke rs to make 1.4-liter, fourc ylinder engines for the C hevrolet Volt electric car and Chevrolet Cruze com-p act. The company said it w ill invest $163 million at its Flint Engine South plant, a parts plant in Bay City, Mich., and a foundry in Defiance, Ohio. In Flint, thec ompany will rehire 135 workers; it will retain 49 jobs in Bay City and Defiance. Engines T he jobs are in addition to the 160 people already hired at the Flint Engine S outh plant, which will begin making the engines early n ext year. The new hires will come from a pool of workers laid off earlier this fall w hen GM closed down a neighboring engine plant in F lint. GM currently makes engines for the Volt and Cruze in Austria. It has invested $250 million in theF lint South plant to make the engines there. GM will be able to produce 400 engines per day initially, butw ill gradually increase production. The plant has the capacity to make 1,200 1.4-l iter engines per day. In a nother part of the plant, 400 workers make the 3.6liter, V-6 engine used in the Chevrolet Traverse, GMCA cadia, Cadillac CTS and other vehicles. The plant will make two v ersions of the 1.4-liter engines: A 100-horsepower base engine for the Volt, which is electric but has the gas engine as a backup, and a 138-horsepower, turbocharged version that is offered as an option on the Cruze. GM's fortunes also have been improving. The com pany made $4.2 billion dur ing the first three quarters of the year and pulled off an initial public stock offering last week. It, too, had to be rescued by the U.S. government. GM got a $50 billion bailout to get through bankruptcy protection. 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Films in Competition New Visions Film C rackie, directed by Sherry Wood, in attendance Hello Lonesome, directed by Adam Reid, in attendance Immigration Tango, direct ed by David Burton Morris, in attendance N orman, directed by Jonathan Segal, in attendance P inoy Sunday, directed by Wi Ding Ho New Vision Jury Peter Belsito executive vice president of Film Finders Division at IMDb S cott Budnick producer (The Hangover, Starsky & Hutch) RJ Millard vice president of publicity at Focus Features S pirit of Freedom Narrative Films A tletu, directed by Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew E lisa K, directed by Judith Colell and Jordi Candena, in attendance M aster Harold and the Boys, directed by Lonny Price, in a ttendance Little Rose, directed by Jan K idawa-Bionski, in attendance Refractaire, directed by Nicolas Steil Spirit of Freedom Narrative Jury M orris Ruskin CEO of Shoreline Entertainment R ani Sitty Paradigm Talent Agency H annah Fisher Veteran Film Festival executive S pirit of Freedom Documentary Films R evolution 2012 directed by Christian Kohlert and C hristoph Lehmann, in atten dance Bouncing Cats, directed by Nabil Elderkin From Somewhere to Nowhere, directed by Villi Herm ann War Don Don, directed by R ebecca Richman Cohen, in attendance B udrus, directed by Julie Bacha, in attendance Bhutto, directed by Duane B aughman, Johnny O'Hara, in attendance S alam Rugby, Faramarz Beheshti, in attendance Spirit of Freedom Documentary Jury Loredana Boboli de Lama Owner of Duna Film International Sandy Cioffi Documentary Filmmaker (Crocodile Tears, Sweet Crude) Karina Rotenstein Pro gramming Manager at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival BIFF will showcase over 30 Short Films in Competition Short Film Jury Norman Golightly Produc er (Ghostrider, Shadow of the Vampire) Sara Nodjoumi Film Pro ducer/Programmer (Santa Smokes, Dukes House) Craig Woods Bahamas Film Commissioner Panel Discussions Industry panels at this years festival will cover a wide range of topics including Acting, Directing, Film Finance and Distribution, How to Pitch your Script, and the Art of Collabo ration Monday, November 29 Master Class in Acting with Raymond Forchion, Actor/ Director/ Writer College of the Bahamas (Performing Arts Center) 5:30pm 8.30pm $25 (Stu dent) $30 (General Admission) Tuesday, November 30 Master Class in Screenwrit ing and Directing with Wil Shriner, Actor/ Director/ Writer/ Producer College of The Bahamas 5.30pm 8.30pm $25 (Stu dent) $30 General Admission) Saturday, December 3 Art Of Collaboration Panelist: Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson, Sugar, It's Kind Of A Funny Story) G alleria Cinema JFK noon 1pm $10 Pitch This Panelist: Peter Belsito Executive Vice President of Film Finders Division at IMDb Galleria Cinema JFK 4pm 6pm $10 Sunday, December 4 T he Festival / Market Circut Year P anelist: Peter Belsito Exec utive Vice President of Film Finders Division at IMDb Galleria Cinema JFK 4pm 5pm $10 Film Financing and Distribu tion Panelist: Morris Ruskin, C EO Shoreline Entertainment, Page Ostrow, CEO Ostrow and Company Galleria Cinema JFK 5.15pm 6.15pm $10 For more information visit our events page at www.bintlfilmfest.com Filmmaker Residency Program Mentors: Raymond Forchion actor/writer/producer/director (Will and Grace, Last Breeze of Summer) Kelly Moore independent producer Andrew Trapani producer (The Haunting in Connecti cut) Wil Shriner director/ actor/writer/producer (Hoot, Fraiser, Becker, Gilmore Girls, Everybody Loves Raymond) Participants: Karen Webb, writer of Arthurs Salvation (US Sara Van Acker, writer of Bloodlust (US Sonia Castang, writer of Windward (UK Mark Cerulli, writer of Sunburn (US Andrew Beckford, wrtier of Slavery in the Bahamas (Bahamas Christina Smith, writer of Fearless (US The complete program lineup can be found online at www.bintlfilmfest.com. Book ending the festival this year are Sony Pictures Classics acclaimed comedy Tamara Drewe, which will open the festival, Thursday, December 2 and The Weinstein Companys Oscar contender The Kings Speech, which will close out the Festival on Sunday, December 5th with Harvey Weinstein in attendance. C M Y K C M Y K TASTE PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e things 2 DO November 26 Friday Rotary Club of West Nassau's Soiree on The Deck The Rotary Club of West Nassau presents Soiree on The Deck, a night of art, food and music, 7pm at Poop Deck West. Donation: $50. Proceeds in aid of Rotary International Foundation. Telephone: 326-2430. November 26 Friday Autumn Leaves Concert The Nassau Chapter of The Links, Inc invites you to attend Autumn Leaves, an evening of elegant music from home and abroad. Concert features 2010 Marlin awardwinning Mount Tabor Full Gospel Praise Team, The Bahamas National Youth Choir, Pat Rahming and Antoine Wallace and N ikita Wells from the Best of Broadway. 8pm at College of the Bahamas' Performing Arts Centre. Dress: informal. Cost: $25/adults; $12/children. Proceeds in aid of projects of the Nassau Chapter of The Links, Inc November 27 Saturday St Cecilia's PTA SouseOut, Fun Run/Walk and Health Fair St Cecilia's ParentsTeachers' Association hosts its 3rd annual SouseOut, Fun Run/Walk, and Health Fair on the school grounds. Walk-a-thon begins 6am. Come out and get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked while enjoy ing some native souse at the Health Fair, 8am12pm. Souse: $8/chicken, sheep-tongue or pig feet. Hope to see you there! E: c harlenecollie@gmail.com November 27 Nov 28 3rd Annual Bahamas Real Estate Expo All parties involved in the Real Estate selling/purchasing process gather under one roof at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. 11am-6pm. Here's your chance to check out the local exhibitors! December 2 Thursday Bringin' Back Da Good Ole Days Art Auction, Exhibition and Sale Capital City Marketing presents Bringin' Back Da Good Ole Days, an art auction, exhibition and sale told through the eyes of Bahamian artist, Nicole Angelica. 7pm-10pm at the Balmoral Club. Proceeds to benefit the Young Arts Foundation for the Advancement of Art. Telephone: 323-5589 E: kathy@ccmbahamas.com BY ALESHA CADET TRIBUNE FEATURES REPORTER A F TER a near two year absence in the Bahamas, Dancehall lovers can look forward to One More Night With Busy Signal. T he event will take place on November 27 at Marios Bowling Alley and Entertainment Palace. A newly formed promotion company SiDy Production is responsible for the dancehall superstars return to the Bahamas. S ince his last concert in the Bahamas, Busy Signal has become a more p rofound artist with a string of wildly popular song such as, Tic Toc, One More Night and many more. SiDy Production is an event promotion company consisting of two phenomenal young ladies, Siddeeqah Beneby and Dynasty Rolle.The t wo have individually been deeply involved in entertainment in the B ahamas around America. A ccording to the duo, the whole process of organising this particular s how was a long and tedious process that was met with a slew of p roblems but the pair chose to take on the concert with the utmost grace and confidence. I n a statement, the Vendetta Group told Tribune E ntertainment t hat the ladies have recently combined both their knowledge and skills to c reate the soon to be entertainment Juggernaut SiDy Productions. One More Night with busy is the first in a long list of major concerts ande vents the pair intend on bringing to the Bahamian public in the coming year, it stated. I n addition to Busy Signal, there will also be performances by local rap-reggae sensation MDeez, whose breakaway hit Times Hard has sized a spot in high rotation on local radio stations and Ipods. Also set to entertain the crowd will be street acclaimed DJ Selector Chronic and TG Movements who is said to most defiantly keep thec rowd moving and entertained. Promoters said: Saturday night and Marios will be one no one s hould miss for this is for one night only. The ladies behind SiDy Productions are keeping with their goal of bringing innovation to Bahamian concerts by currently hosting a competition for all interested young ladies who are interested in competing to win the opportunity to spend a day with Busy Signal and also attend the c oncert with him. The winner will be awarded an exclusive photo shoot with renowned Bahamian photographer Sasha Dunn. Applicationsa vailable online on Facebook at Si Dy or the Vendetta Group. One More Night With Busy Signal! THAT SiDy FEVERSiddeeqah Beneby and Dynasty Rolle gives us just One More Night With Busy Signal. BIFF announces competition jur y and panels BAHAMASFILMFESTIVAL AR TIS T S OF THEBAHAMAS 64 films from 17 countries in 5 days, including 12 Bahamian Films, 26 Feature Films and 38 Short Films From Around the World. Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer LOCAL craftsman and artisans are getting ready to showcase one of a kind handmade pieces at this year's Authentic Christmas Ornament Show to be held this weekend at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino. The event is being presented by the Authentic Craft Market in partnership with the Wyndham Hotel. The ornament showcase will feature special handmade Christmas pieces. "This weekend is for the early Christmas shoppers. They will have the opportunity to view as well as purchase authentically Bahamian made items, said Rowena Rolle organiser of the event. As always, artists who are showcasing pieces in this year's show have tapped into their creative genius and are using Bahamian products. "Ornaments are made from pink and white sand. Some of the pieces are also made from straw and there are also some that are made from crepe paper. Conch shell and sea shells have been used as well and I must say that the ornaments are very beautiful," Ms Rolle told Tribune Entertainment. Ms Rolle also said the Christmas ornaments should be favoured as they are just as beautiful as the American ornaments. "These ornaments are just as beautiful as the ones that people buy in the store so why not purchase something beautiful that is Bahamian. These ornaments can also be combined with the store bought ones. They are very beautiful, different and authentic and they last very long," she said. Culinary There will also be a culinary tasting at the event. And because it is the Thanksgiving season attendees will get to sample turkey dishes as well an assortment of Bahamian desserts. There will also be prizes and giveaways. This is the first time the Christmas show presented by the Authentic Craft Market will focus on ornaments. However attendees will also be able to purchase other gifts. The local craftsmen are seeking the support of the public and they encourage individuals to come out to the event. "We are inviting the Bahamian public to attend the event because artisans and craftsmen need support. It is time the Bahamians people give support to local craftsmen and this show provides the opportunity to that," Ms Rolle said. Admission is free and the show starts at 9am until 6pm on Saturday, November 27. Craftsmen and artisans to showcase Christmas pieces By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter T H E College of The Bahamas Writers of Lightw ill present "Culture Shock", a photo docum entary highlighting beloved Bahamian Culture. The event will take on Thursday, November 25 at the Chapter One Bookstore, Thompson Boulevard, starti ng at 6.30 pm with free admission. Since 2006, when Professor Hugo Z arate first pitched the idea of turning this particular courses final project into a full-fledged photography exhibition to his students, the class has been highly sought after by non-majors. COB student, Anna Moss told Tri bune Entertainment that deciding on t he name of the exhibition was a task. "There was this one photo that was tak-e n by a student with a chain which depicted slavery and from that we d ecided to look at the Bahamian aspects that are still under slavery." Mr Z loved this idea and when we realised that idea wouldn't not work, we still continued to look at Bahamian aspects but we decided to go with Bahamian culture and how it has changed and thats is how the idea of "culture shock" came about," she said. The students of this photojournalism class had the chance to take pictures at Potters Cay Dock, the Fort Charlotte and the downtown area. Speaking on her experience in the class, Ms Moss said: I have a greater experience with photography and I now look at different aspects of it." Another student, Lewis Major said p hotojournalism is so much more than simply taking a picture. After r esearching and realising that people actually lose their life for taking pic t ures, seeing their passion made me become appreciative of it." Mr Major added that in all of his photos, his theme was the way we worship". I am pretty pleased with a ll of my photos, and there is one pho to I call the money shot because it is so intense." Katie Pratt, a communications major in the class told Tribune Entertainment that she has always enjoyed taking photos. I go out take photos that I know would inspire people. I am very pre pared for this exhibition, most of my photos were taken at Potters Cay D ock." She continued: "I am probably going t o sell one, but I'm going to put the rest on display at my home. One of the p hotos I took consist of a man with a pole in the water bring up conch, when I took this particular picture I wanted to focus on the blues and the man actual ly putting the pole into the water." N oel Henderson said he is now pre pared for the exhibit, but it was indeed a task for him. I decided to go with a theme of "island breeze" for my photos, simply showing the beauty of Nassau. If people are willing to buy my photos I will sell them, I think they are good enough to be sold." The College of The Bahamas Writers of Light presents Culture Shoc PHOTO DOCUMENTARYONBAHAMIANCULTURE INTHEPICTURE: The College of the Bahamas photo journalism students will highlight the art of photography as they bring you a Culture Shock! JUMPOFF EV OLUTIONARY STORY EXHIBITION B LACKANDCOLOUR AUTHENTICCHRISTMASORNAMENTSHOW

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C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune SECTIONB I N S I D E One More Night With Busy Signal See page ten WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 Thanksgiving the Bahamian way See page nine Bringing Back da Good Ole Days N I C O L E A N G E L I C A : A R T E X H I B I T I O N B r i t i s h C o l o n i a l H i l t o n F R I D A Y D E C E M B E R 3 By ALESHA CADET T ribune Features Reporter I n ternationally recognised Bahamian artist, Nicole Angelica will launch her 2011 tour Bringing Back the Good Ole Days with a n exciting exhibition held on Friday, December 3 at t he British Colonial Hilton. As is always a part of the agenda of the artist, part proceeds from the show will assist high school seniors in their quest to continue their education at the College of TheB ahamas. Nicole is known to her global collect ors for producing representational real ism at its finest. She is a self taught and s elf published artist. Her journey of establishing her career as a professional artist began after she graduated from college and worked on creative advertising and marketing campaigns. At this point of her career, the artist who is in her mid forties thinks being an artist is one of the few voca tions where age is an asset. Nicole Angelica sat down in an interview with Tribune Features and said the idea for an exhibition came from a com bination of factors. "I've had some very strong challenges in my life for the past few years and I have also been observing what has been happening with the Bahamas in particular in terms of the devel opment of our country. My personal life challenges encouraged me to find a mechanism to bring back that old Nicole Angelica and I found that it was through my paintings." Going further, she said more specifically it was through her paintings of things that she remembers were very pleasurable to her as a younger person. Those paintings are inspired by people and places back in the day in Nassau and also the other islands in the Bahamas." Climbing I do have a daughter and some other family members that are young that think that the world is what it is today and they don't know the things like climbing the dilly tree, picking tamarind and eating coco plum, walk ing on the beach basically having a naturally fun time and I wanted to be able to share that through my work to not just the youth of today but to those that have forgotten how yesterday used to be, so you'll see in my paintings a reflection of what I call the good old days," she said. She continued: I would very much like to encourage artists. I would like for them to come out to the show so that they can have an opportunity to chat with me, I per sonally have some things I would like to share with them in terms of encouragement. I do believe that a part of my processing in the world of art is that I share that talent with others. I would also like to encourage the general public to come out and see what it is I do have to offer and I want at this time to extend my appreciation to the support they have shown me for the past several years." This specially themed series will exude an immea surable sense of "the real, the human, and the historic view of Bahamian times" with over fifty paintings chronicling our changing society and offering a reassuring visual haven during a time of momentous transformation as our country evolves into a complex modern society. Angelica's shows are known for elegance, style and the ability to attract anyone who is anyone in the world of art collection and appreciation. Each painting from the artist's easel is a masterpiece created from her research of her subjects. She sometimes uses old black and white photos as reference material and for ideas. Pencil sketches and small colour studies help her to determine how to get the most impact before painting the larger pictures. The paintings of Nicole Angelica reflect a quality of narrative peacefulness. Her paintings of people and places unobserved speak to Nicole's appreciation for the moments in life which are so overlooked in the hubbub of modern experience. She works with oil on canvas, spending hundreds of hours on her paintings with the ulti mate goal of presenting a fresh, unique, and ele gant approach to familiar subjects. The detail in each painting is remarkable, but the mood in each one is equally impressive. Nicole Angelica's paintings have won her inter national acclaim of Best of Show (Museum of Americas), first place awards (International Guild of Real ism) and Artwalk (Santa Fe, New Mexico) along with numerous grants and honourable recognitions globally. Her tour will continue into next year with Angelica's scheduled participation at The Dubai International Art Fair 2011; Artexpo New York and Las Vegas 2011; Lineart SGent, Belgium; CArrousel du Louvre (Paris); Holland Art Fair ( The Haye, Holland); and the Shanghai (China) International Art Fair. THEORIGINALST.FRANCIS CATHEDRAL SUNDAYBEST OLDBAYSTREET CONCHBAIT




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By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE Adelaide Village
beachfront property is known
as “The Farm” — the area of
its location is also a “lover’s
lane” and the scene of the
country’s latest murder.

Shandie Cartwright, 22, of
Johnson Road, a bank
employee, was attacked and
fatally stabbed by two armed
thugs. A man, believed to be
her boyfriend, received
wounds to his arm.

According to police, the
couple were approached by
the men — one had a knife and
the other a handgun — who
attacked and robbed them.

The culprits, who wore
dark clothing, also stole their
car, a black Hyundai Accent,
licence plate 223079.

Police are questioning a 23-
year-old man in relation to
the incident.

Neither of the victims is
thought to be from the Ade-
laide community.

While the police top brass
visited the scene of the crime
with the lead investigator,
other divisional officers par-
ticipated in a walkabout of
the community.

The blood of the victims
still stained the sand on the
beach yesterday, as investiga-

SEE page eight

BAHA MAR CHINESE WORKERS ‘WILL GET
MINIMUM WAGES, ALL BENEFITS REQUIRED’

THE 8,150 Chinese workers set to enter the country to help
construct the $2.6billion Baha Mar project will be paid mini-
mum wages and receive all benefits required under Bahamian
law, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes confirmed yesterday.

Mr Foulkes made the announcement before heading to a
Cabinet meeting.

It follows concerns raised by the Opposition and several
union leaders over whether the rights of the Chinese will be pro-

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WALKABOUT: Four-year-old Roston Thurston, a Gambier Primary School student, wearing Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s hat yes-



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gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender persons from
a United Nations resolution
that would condemn their
extra-judicial or arbitrary
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sexual orientation.

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terday, said he would love to be the Commissioner for a day. Members of the police force held a walkabout in the area.

PM backs police force
in Bain Town aftermath

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Tribune Staff
Reporter
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tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister
Hubert Ingraham yes-
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port for the Royal

in the aftermath of

the disturbance in Bain Town.
Mr Ingraham also hit back

at criticism from Opposition

leader Perry Christie who

claimed the current adminis-

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on the pulse of crime
and spearhead com-
munity outreach pro-
jects.

He called the PLP
leader a "forgetful
man" who was silent
when crime rose
under his watch dur-
ing 2002 to 2007.

The nation's chief

ciencies within the
judicial system, such as delays
in bringing those charged with
serious offences to trial, thus
allowing accused criminals to

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FATALLY SHOT EX-POLICEMAN ‘HAD WEAPONS’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

OFFICERS found three potentially-lethal weapons on
the ex-policeman who was shot dead by police on Robinson
Road Tuesday night.

Walden Mitchell, 38, was wanted in connection with the
attempted murder of Police Constable 3331 Johnson. Earli-

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MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

FREEPORT: A man wanted in connection with a shooting
incident at Garden Villas on October 25 was arraigned in
Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Rodnell Octavien, 25, of Imperial Gardens, was charged with
causing grievous bodily harm. He was not required to plea to the
charge. He remanded in custody at Fox Hill Prison until Janu-
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talks to four-year-old Roston Thurston, a
student of Gambier Primary School, dur-
ing a police walkabout of the Gambier
community yesterday.

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along with Assistant Commissioner Hulan
Hanna took time out to talk to the students of
of Gambier Primary School during a police
walkabout of the area yesterday morning.

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Roadside vendors urged to visit Business

License Unit for information on legislation

ROADSIDE vendors unsure of
the stipulations they will have to
satisfy come January 1 when new
legislation comes on stream should
visit the Business License Unit for
more information, State Finance
Minister Zhivargo Laing said yes-
terday.

Under the new Business Licence
Act, the fee imposed for a licence
will depend on each street ven-
dor's declared income and will be
waived for those making less than
$50,000 a year, said Mr Laing. Still
all vendors have to apply for a
licence.

"Anyone in the Bahamas who is
selling or trading has to have a
licence, that's what the law
requires,” he said. "Most of them,
if they declare (income) under
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said when asked if
vendors selling low-
end products like
newspapers, fruit
and peanuts would
pay the same price as large busi-
nesses.

Mr Laing said individual cir-
cumstances — such as those apply-
ing to roaming vendors with no set
place of operation — may be taken
into consideration at the time of
application.

"Once the Secretary of Revenue
examines the application and
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business he can apply conditions
to that licence. When they go into
the Business License Unit they will
be able to inquire about their
requirements and there would be
attached to their application forms
the requirements of that particular
business,” Mr Laing told The Tri-
bune ahead of yesterday's Cabinet
meeting.

At a town meeting earlier this
month, Mr Laing said once the act
is implemented, government
intends to develop a "tighter work-
ing relationship with police" that
will ensure swift action in response
to complaints about infractions by
businesses. This is part of a plan
for “stricter and stronger enforce-
ment than in times past” of rules
relating to business licence infrac-
tions, the Marco City MP said.

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i Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

TWO men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on

} armed robbery and attempted armed robbery charges.

Raymond Pratt Jr, 18, of Fourth Street, the Grove; and Roder-

ick Strachan, 19, of Palm Beach Street were arraigned before
? Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane on
: several counts of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

It is alleged that the two men attempted to rob Eugene Cook and

; also attempted to rob Super Wash on Robinson Road on Novem-
i ber 19. It is also alleged that on September 9, Pratt, while armed
? with a handgun, robbed Sabrina Heastie of cash, electronics and cell
i phones together worth $4,412, the property of the Sporting House.

It is further alleged that he robbed Darcell McKinney of a $200

cell phone the same day.

Pratt is also accused of attempting to rob Huling Minnis on

October 27. Court dockets also allege that on November 19, Pratt
i attempted to rob Super Wash on Robinson Road.

He is also accused of robbing Jelva Roxbury of a gold charm and

chain valued of $910. It is also alleged that he robbed Charles
i Sweeting of his wallet and $25 cash the same day.

Pratt is also accused of robbing Colin Thompson of $500 cash on

: October 31. Police have also charged Pratt with the armed robbery
i? of New Kids Sports Wear, where shoes and clothing altogether val-
i ued at $1,193 were taken. Pratt is also charged with the November
i S armed robbery of Shoe Land. Pratt and Strachan were not rep-
: resented by an attorney and were denied bail due to the nature of
: the charges. The case has been adjourned to December 15.

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By NATARIO
McKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@
tribunemedia.net

A MAN pleaded guilty
to manslaughter at his
retrial yesterday, just two
weeks after his first trial
ended in a hung jury.

Two weeks ago jurors
were deadlocked in the
case of James Valentino
Adderley, voting 6-6 on
the charge of murder.
Adderley had been
charged in the April 2007
murder of Lavardo Col-
lie, 28. After several wit-
nesses had taken the
stand at his retrial yester-
day, including the wife of
the deceased, Adderley
asked to enter a plea.

He pleaded guilty to
manslaughter in the
death of Collie who was
stabbed to death during
an altercation on the
night of April 2, 2007 in
the Grove.

Mr Collie’s wife Crystal
testified yesterday that
her husband had left her
mother’s apartment on
Palm Tree Avenue
around 9.45pm to go toa
nearby gas station to get
lunch for their children.

Mrs Collie testified that
15 minutes after he left,
she heard a commotion
outside.

She further told the
court that she and her
brother went outside to
see what was going on
and that she observed
Adderley — whom she
recognised from the area
— sitting on the torso of a
man; “jabbing” him in the
chest. She told the court
that she watched as
Adderley stood over the
body and said, “Die boy
die, you joking.”

She said that she did
not realise that the victim
was her husband at that
time but was subsequent-
ly informed by her broth-
er.

According to an autop-
sy report, Mr Collie died
from hemorrhagic shock
due to blood loss from
stab wounds to the chest.
Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt
prosecuted the case.
Adderley was represent-
ed by attorney Dorsey
Mcphee.

Adderley, who has
been on remand since
2007, is expected to be
sentenced on December 3
before Senior Justice Jon
Isaacs.

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school security guard ‘not disruptive’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE removal of a security
guard in connection with a sex-
ual abuse complaint did not dis-
turb routine operations at
Gambier Village Primary
School, according to adminis-
trators.

“It was not a serious out-
break where it has disrupted
the movement of the school,”
said Phyllis Johnson, principal.

She said some students may
have noticed “someone miss-
ing,” but it is has not been a
topic of open discussion.

While the security guard was
arrested last week, it is unclear
whether he is still being
detained by police, or if they
plan to file formal charges.

Assistant Commissioner of
Police Hulan Hanna was
unavailable for comment up to
press time.

An investigation by educa-
tion and social services officials
into the sexual abuse claims
unearthed further concerns
about incest and sexual

exploitation in the wider Gam-
bier community.

Mr Hanna said the close rela-
tionship between the police and

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the primary school played a
vital role in this regard.

“The relations between the
police and the school in Gam-
bier historically have been pos-
itive. The bulk of the children
in our summer youth pro-
gramme come from Gambier.
We have a constant presence
there,” said Mr Hanna.

“The very fact that there
have been so many recent dis-
closures is a testament of the
work done by the police in the
community,” he said.

The assistant commissioner

burnt to a shell on Saturday following the fatal shooting.

INVESTIGATORS looking into the fatal shooting of
19-year-old Sharmoco Newbold are awaiting the results

of an autopsy.

During a walk-about in the Bain Town community on
Monday, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade told
residents and relatives of the deceased that an update

would be given yesterday.

However, due to a scheduling conflict, the pathologist
could not complete his findings.

Police officials said last night that further details would
be released as soon as more information is available.

praised parents and teachers in
the community for “empower-
ing” the children to speak up.

“A lot of children may know
(the abuse) is bad, but they may
not know it is okay to tell,” said
Mr Hanna.

According to a statement
from the Ministry of Education
(MoE), the school initiated a
series of workshops and forums
on inappropriate behaviour,
during which concerns about
the behaviour of some students
were first voiced.

The statement said that
shortly after one of the sessions,
a teacher brought to the atten-
tion of the principal an accusa-
tion involving a female student
and an adult man, which led to
a security guard being removed
from the school and later ques-
tioned by police.

The statement said another
student came forward to report
a claim of incest after further
forums were established by the
Special Services Unit of the
MoE.

Young victims are said to be
receiving medical and psycho-
logical assistance from the Min-
istry of Health and the Ministry
of Education, whose officers
continue to monitor the situa-
tion.


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A policeman’s awesome task

EVERY TIME crime becomes an issue —
and today it’s a constant issue, growing
worse — the phrase “Urban Renewal”
echoes from the sidelines as a soothing balm
to heal all community ills.

It was an idea recreated by the PLP and
staunchly believed to be the solution to
crime by Opposition Leader Perry Christie.
As a concept there was much merit in urban
renewal. However, as it was practised it was
a political tool that provided jobs for party
“generals” and supporters, and distracted
the police from their role as policemen. It
was good for the men and women of the
force to get to know their communities and
to try to understand the residents of their
precincts, but they were not social workers,
nor baby sitters, nor garbage removers. As
the 2007 election neared they were further
distracted from their policing duties by politi-
cians who needed their presence to make
them “look good” in their districts. No.
Urban renewal as practised had to go. The
police had to return to policing, and social
workers had to step up the pace and get into
the communities.

Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade
on the whole has a good force. However,
like all organisations, bad apples can be
found among its ranks — these are the weak
links that eventually snap and bring the force
down. The Commissioner is not slow in
weeding them out.

The police force is fortunate to have a
well trained young man at its helm. A man
whose strength is tempered by compassion.
He knows how to deal with people, he
knows how to pour oil on troubled waters.
But he has an overwhelming job, which
despite all of his attributes, he cannot achieve
without the full support of his force and the
community — and this includes the courts
and the lawyers.

A policeman’s job is not easy. Individuals
define the way they should perform their
duties. If they deviate from this in any way,
they are dismissed as corrupt officers. And,
mind you some of them are, as the ones who
break the law and stand in line at the number
man’s window, or the drug dealer’s back
door, or shake down the illegal immigrant for
a bribe, and the list goes on.

We constantly get angry comments from
Fox Hill residents about “yinna can’t trust
dem policemen; we does always see dem
talking with dem drug boys under de tree,
why ain’t they lock ’em up? Dey does know
dey’s our problem!”

Now are these policemen practising
“urban renewal,” or are they consorting with
criminals?

Thanksgiving

Blowout Sale.

There are so many guns on the streets
today and so many out-on-bail criminals
willing to use them that when a policeman
has to confront them it is understandable
that he will be quick on the trigger — often
with tragic results. But, as he puts himself on
the front line to protect the community, it is
natural that he is also concerned for his own
life. Lawyers are severely criticised for get-
ting bail for persons accused of murder, gun
possession and other serious offences — the
ones who are now causing havoc in the com-
munity. Everyone knows that while they are
out on the streets awaiting their day in court,
no one is going to employ them. Circum-
stances force them to commit crimes against
the community to feed themselves and meet
their lawyer’s fees.

We agree that every accused person is
entitled to his day in court and should have
a good advocate to plead his case. However,
the advocate has to draw the line, which, in
many cases among some lawyers today is so
smudged that it no longer exists.

We recall many years ago a young civil
servant — a fine young man, talented and of
good reputation — who was accused of steal-
ing by reason of employment. He sought
out one of this country’s leading advocates
— the late Hon. Eugene Dupuch, QC. Mr
Dupuch agreed to take his case. However,
during the course of debriefing, the young
man confessed his guilt to Mr Dupuch. Mr
Dupuch immediately declined his case, but
briefed him on the points of law on which he
should rely. He charged him no fee. The
young man took his own case and was
acquitted. We are certain that no jury would
have believed that a young man of such ster-
ling reputation would have done such a
thing. It was a close call and so frightened the
young man that he lived up to the fine rep-
utation that the community had of him,
made a mark for himself in his chosen calling
and never looked back. He is now dead.

We find today that many lawyers, know-
ing that their client has no case, will lead
him on, collecting his fees and getting him
further into debt.

Today the police are being frustrated by
the courts. They are tired of chasing the
same criminals, only to have some smart
lawyer get them out on bail. Even policemen
are human and there is a tremendous temp-
tation that if the courts won’t assist in keep-
ing criminals off the streets, then — well,
maybe justice should be exacted on the side-
walks.

Something has to be done about the
courts for the protection of the community.
The police cannot do it alone.



Sometimes
a rebellion
is necessary
to be heard

EDITOR, The Tribune.

After being bombarded with
face book statuses, twitter
updates, and negative press
attacking the participants of the
fiasco in Bain Town, and their
blatant disregard for legal
authorities following the police
shooting of a 18-year-old resi-
dent across the street from his
family’s residence, I thought it
fitting to express my support
for them and their actions in
spite of its unpopularity.

While the masses verbally
attack the actions of the com-
munity referring to them as
“ignorant” and “products of
poor parenting,” I passionately
disagree and feel obligated to
go against popular opinion on
this one. Even though I am a
law-abiding citizen I firmly
believe that sometimes a rebel-
lion is necessary in order to be
heard and taken seriously. This
is a proven and successful tactic
that has been employed
throughout the history of the
Bahamas, and the history of the
world.

Without fail we see it annu-
ally whenever unions engage in
talks with higher authorities to
request better work conditions
or salary increases. How do
they respond when their nego-
tiations reach dead ends, and
requests fall on deaf ears? They
so often resort to strikes, sick
outs and in some circumstances
sabotage! Is this not rebellion, a
clear statement that we will not
stand for this and something
must be done immediately!

A riot even though frowned
upon because of the presence
of violence is often an emo-
tional reaction to certain vari-
ables. In this case the variables
include the shooting death of a
young man a few meters away
from his home, and a police
officer’s decision justifying the
use of deadly force. This uproar
was an emotional response by
friends and relatives and neigh-
bours expressing their extreme
dissatisfaction with the outcome
of this event.

While accounts of the event
vary depending on the source, it
was alleged by the authorities
that the victim was carrying a
firearm and an exchange of
gunfire resulted in the death of
the teenager. On the other
hand onlookers claim that the
victim was fleeing from the
scene of a gambling game when
he received the fatal gunshot
wound to the head. Wherever
the truth lays the events that
unfolded afterward even
though lawless in nature, high-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ROBINSON PIERRE of DUNDAS
TOWN, P.O. BOX AB-20191, ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any

person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts

7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

within twenty-eight days from the 17° day of November, 2010
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-

LETTERS

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lights a serious concern citizens
have with the authorities. With-
out placing blame on anyone
we ought to hold our law
enforcement officers to a high-
er standard of professionalism
and accountability. They are
tasked with an extremely hard
job and are often placed in
extremely hazardous environ-
ments and are asked to use
their discretion, in an extreme-
ly urgent manner plus achieve
the best possible outcome.

This is not an easy job and
many people tasked with these
duties do not possess the skills
and/or intelligence to carry out
this mandate effectively with-
out supervision. The chances of
these arduous tasks being
accomplished are only
improved with the recruitment
of high character individuals
and extensive training beyond
the initial basic recruit training
phase. Also going back a few
weeks when a man was shot
and killed in downtown Nassau
after a verbal altercation with
officers escalated at a nearby
bus stop. It made me wonder
again if deadly force was nec-
essary. How long will we accept
the primitive mediocrity of
firearms as the first and only
resource for law enforcement?

Technology has afforded us
more forgiving options of deal-
ing with an aggressor and yet
we allow our men and women
of law enforcement to go to
work daily unequipped.

In the state of Ohio where I
study, the utility belts of police
officers look like something
from inspector gadget cartoon
with everything from chemical
and acoustic irritants to tasers
in order to compel compliance
before resorting to a firearm.

This riot loudly professes
that enough is enough, and
something must be done imme-
diately! These “ignorant prod-
ucts of poor parenting” are say-
ing it is not acceptable, and has
successfully magnified a seri-
ous problem that could have
been swept away by a manipu-
lative nudge of the legal system
to favour one of their own with-
out a proper investigation.

These are the effects of a
riot and even though they have
the potential to cause serious
harm and property damage
they also have the power of
bringing about positive changes
through a bold statement of
unity and rebellion. I wonder if
the same remarks were made
of Sir Lynden Pindling when
he and his cohorts aggressively
rebelled against a regime and
subsequently tossed the sym-
bol of authority out of the
House of Assembly. It is impor-
tant to remember that while
violent acts of war and rebel-
lion are often frowned upon,
the only difference between a
revolution and an act of terror-
ism is the winner!

ALEX HALEY

Former Law Enforcement

Officer

Bain Town Resident (now a
college student in the USA).

November 22, 2010.

Thanks to police for easing Eastern Road frustration

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would like to send thanks to the police who direct morning traf-
fic on Eastern road. Because of you the level of frustration involved
in our "morning shuffle" is at an all time low. Gone are the panic
attacks and stress of "am I going to be late again?" to be replaced
by "wow, you mean I have time for Starbucks?". Thank you for a

job well done.

On a further note, I want to send a big thank you to the phone
card and newspaper vendors on the corner of Shirley Street and
Mackey Street. You make my mornings when I see you sharing
your good nature with everyone who is lucky enough to make
eye contact with you. There are different routes I could take to
work, but I choose to pass that junction just to get a dose of what
I know is in the heart of our Bahamian people. Thank you for
reminding us. Your positive energy is contagious and heart warm-
ing. You are a great example to other men and women that it is not
about the job, but rather how you perform on the job. You guys

are an inspiration. Keep it up !

Proud to be a Bahamian.

GREGORIA
Nassau,
November 22, 2010.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that OKEEF JARRETT of P.O.Box
CR 56777, QUEEN’S COURT, YELLOW ELDER Nassau,
Bahamas, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 24'" day of
November, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



Minister hopeful of
COB, union agreement

LABOUR Minister Dion
Foulkes is hopeful that an
agreement between the Col-
lege of the Bahamas and the
union representing its educa-
tors will be signed by early
next week.

This could end two years of
wrangling over an industrial
agreement between the two
parties.

Negotiators met with col-
lege officials to decide on
clause numbering and a sig-
nature date on Monday.

According to Jennifer
Isaacs-Dotson, president of
the Union of Tertiary Educa-
tors of the Bahamas (UTEB),
the faculty voted unanimous-
ly to sign the document dur-
ing a poll last month.

“The vote on whether or
not to accept the lump sum
package was close, but the
majority voted in favour of
signing the document,” she
said.

In September, UTEB
made public their discontent

with the $500 lump sum
offered by arbitrators of their
new industrial agreement with
the College of the Bahamas.
In a press statement, the
union described the sum —
which would be the only
increase received by faculty
over the course of the pro-
posed four-year agreement —
as an “egregious wrong” and
"an insult to the professional
faculty of the College.”
Minister Foulkes yesterday
said it is his understanding

that the union wants three
points renegotiated.

“We are hopeful that very
shortly, not the end of this
week, by the beginning of
next week, that the agreement
between UTEB and College
of the Bahamas will be
signed,” Mr Foulkes told
reporters before he headed
into a Cabinet meeting.

"The three arbitrators have
already signed the report, it
was an unanimous agreement
that was about a month ago

Exuma

EXUMA welcomed faster
air service to George Town
last week when American
Eagle replaced its daily tur-
boprop flights to the island
with jet service.

Minister of Tourism and
Aviation Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace welcomed the
flight on Thursday evening.

He said the arrival of the
jet helps his ministry’s effort
to strengthen the individual
awareness and reputation of
each island.

For too long, many people
thought of the Bahamas as
just Nassau and Paradise
Island, he said.

“The only way the cus-
tomer understands that we
are a great deal more than
that is by having products and
services that demand this kind
of attention and this kind of
attraction,” he said.

Minister Vanderpool-Wal-
lace gave credit to Sandals’
chairman Gordon “Butch”
Stewart for helping to attract
jet service to the island.

Without Mr Stewart’s



investment in a Sandals
Resort on Exuma, the island
would not have attracted jet
service from Canada, Atlanta
and Miami, Minister Vander-
pool-Wallace said.

Mr Stewart pointed out that
travellers always prefer to fly
on jets. Destinations always
try to offer jets to satisfy cus-
tomers, he said.

“People want jet service.
That is the ambition for all of
us in the travel business. This
jet service to the island, I
think it also signals to the out-

side world that Exuma is now
on the map.”

Brian and Lisa Dickerman
travelled to Exuma on Thurs-
day evening on the American
Eagle ERJ 145 jet. The Con-
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that the trip to Exuma was
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very low noise,” Mrs Dicker-
man said. “It was just a brief,
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but as a result of that report
the union wanted to consult
their membership. That con-
sultation has taken place and
their president Ms Jennifer
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He declined to divulge the
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two of those concerns “are
legitimate”.
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The history of the 1,000
acre Baha Mar project

By LARRY SMITH

AFTER years of manoeu-
vering over the 1,000-acre
Baha Mar project on Cable
Beach, the Ingraham gov-
ernment (in its own words)
has finally made sweet
lemonade from the sour fruit
left on the table by the
Christie administration.

In April 2005 the newly
formed Baha Mar Develop-
ment Company (owned by a
Lyford Cay-based property
developer named Sarkis
Izmirlian) bought three aging
hotels on the Cable Beach
strip with a $200 million loan
from the Bank of Nova Sco-
tia. The venerable Nassau
Beach was subsequently
closed, while the Crystal
Palace and Cable Beach
Hotels were renovated and
re-branded.

That same year Baha Mar
concluded an agreement
with the Christie administra-
tion for a $1 billion-plus
development, including sev-
eral hotels, a casino, retail
village, convention centre,
expanded golf course, and
beach and pool amenities.
Tronically, had the project
got underway when it was
supposed to, it would have
opened in the midst of the
Great Recession — with
potentially devastating con-
sequences.

Side agreements to the
2005 agreement included
deferred taxes that could lat-
er be paid in instalments, a
$20 million marketing con-
tribution from the Ministry
of Tourism, and a commit-
ment to upgrade the airport
and other infrastructure.

There was also an agree-
ment to transfer to the devel-
oper hundreds of acres of
both Crown and government

land on Cable Beach worth
an estimated $150 million.

However, Baha Mar
proved unable to raise $400
million in capital, show evi-
dence of further financing,
produce detailed plans, or
attract world class partners
by the agreement's stated
deadline of October 2006.

With an election
approaching, the Christie
government scrambled to
revive the project. And by
early 2007 it had been reor-
ganised as a joint venture
with Harrah's Entertain-
ment. The planned capital
spent more than doubled to
$2.6 billion (along with more
than a quarter billion dollars
in government concessions)
and promoters were hailing
the project as unprecedented
in scope and character.

The revised project
included a larger casino, dou-
ble the meeting room space,
and 1200 more hotel rooms.

But despite "vigorous
negotiations” a deal could
not be finalised before May
2007. And when the electoral
dust had settled, Perry
Christie was replaced as
prime minister by Hubert
Ingraham, who immediately
launched a review of the pro-
ject.

Although the new gov-
ernment eventually decided
it would abide by the 2005
terms, Baha Mar insisted on
further negotiations, accord-
ing to the prime minister.
And by February 2008 he



unveiled a supplemental
Heads of Agreement that
trimmed some of the con-
cessions given three years
earlier.

"There is high expecta-
tion by the Bahamian pub-
lic about the Baha Mar pro-
ject," Ingraham acknowl-
edged in March, 2008 during
passage of a parliamentary
resolution to authorise the
transfer of public lands to
the developer. "We will do
all we can to facilitate it, but
I do not want to oversell it.”

March 2009 was the new
deadline set for the govern-
ment's conditions to be met
so that the deal could be
finalised. But long before
that could happen, Harrah’s
got cold feet due to the eco-
nomic downturn and pulled
out of the partnership,
putting the whole project in
jeopardy. Unable to obtain
regular financing in the cap-
ital markets, Baha Mar
turned to the cash-rich Chi-
nese government to save the
development.

Earlier this year, China's
Export-Import Bank agreed
to arrange $2.5 billion in
financing, and Beijing's state-
owned construction corpo-
ration signed on to build the
project, which will feature
six hotels and add 3,500 hotel
rooms and condos to the
country's current inventory
of 15,000 — more than half of
which in Nassau.

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to firm up the details of the
construction arrangements,
the House of Assembly
unanimously passed a gov-
ernment-sponsored resolu-
tion to approve the project,
including the unprecedented
issuance of up to 8,150 work
permits for non-Bahamian
construction workers.

After talks with the Chi-
nese, Ingraham was able to
announce that he had dou-
bled the share of business for
Bahamian subcontractors,
with more than construction
4,000 jobs now on offer, and
that some $8 million would
be spent on training pro-
grammes for Bahamian
workers.

"We put down some
benchmarks, like the $400
million in Bahamian con-
tracts, and said if they
accepted our terms we would
approve the project by the
end of November,” the
prime minister told me.

"We always disclose the
terms of deals — not like the
PLP when they signed the
2005 Baha Mar Heads of
Agreement with a confiden-
tiality clause, and contempo-
raneously issued side letters
containing larger exemptions
from taxes and committing
even more public money in
violation of the (phase three)
deal they had agreed with
Kerzner two years earlier."

In fact, this last point has
proven to be the only
remaining fly in the Cable
Beach lemonade.

The prime minister does
not accept that the current
Baha Mar deal violates the
guarantees to Atlantis devel-
oper Sol Kerzner that no
subsequent investor would
get more favourable terms.
Kerzner's complaint focused
on the ratio of Bahamian to
non-Bahamian construction
workers, presumably because
Baha Mar will benefit from a
cheaper, more skilled, and
more productive labour
force.

"Among the many
requirements that the gov-
ernment imposed (on us)
was a strict rule that at least
70 per cent of the total con-
struction labour force would
be Bahamian. However, this
new (Baha Mar) deal will



PLP leader Perry Christie, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Kerzner International CEO Sir Sol Kerzner

constitute a complete rever-
sal of (that) standard,"
Kerzner said angrily.

The prime minister's
response is that "the govern-
ment will review Kerzner's
claim and seek to resolve all
issues."

The question of whether
the Bahamas can accommo-
date thousands of new hotel
rooms opening at the same
time is another issue for
Atlantis.

"The reason is that the
tourism infrastructure needs
to catch up to additional
demand.

“Airlift is not going to
grow and develop in one day
just because another 3,000
luxury rooms are opened.
And I think that is very crit-
ical...and not easily done,”
Managing Director George
Markantonis told The Tri-
bune recently.

The Baha Mar project will
get underway before the end
of this year, with contracts
awarded to Bahamian firms.
The China State Construc-
tion & Engineering Compa-
ny should begin work by the
spring, and the project could
be substantially completed
by 2014.

In response to market con-
cerns, Baha Mar has agreed
to stagger the opening of the
new hotels over a five-month
period stretching into 2015,
and close the Crystal Palace
Hotel during renovations.

According to the Chinese,
the project relies on being
developed, marketed and
operated as a single phase
"to induce demand that
would not otherwise exist for
a series of standalone
hotels."

They point out that the
Hyatt, Morgan's and Rose-
wood hotel companies are
investing $62 million of their
own money into the project,
and note that the airport will
be redeveloped by the time
Baha Mar opens. Expecta-
tions are that the tourism
market will have rebounded
by then.

Another issue that has
received somewhat less
attention in the media is the
provision of water and pow-
er for such a massive pro-
ject being built and brought



on stream at one time. As
we all know, these com-
modities are relatively
scarce on New Providence
these days, and there are
fears that our infrastructure
will be further strained in
the short-term.

In fact, BEC will need to
generate an additional 25
megawatts of electricity to
accommodate the projected
power demand for Baha
Mar.

And the developer is sup-
posed to cover the cost of a
new BEC substation, as well
as build a central sewerage
system, and a reverse osmo-
sis plant for potable water.

Although there was
understandable shock and
dismay when Baha Mar's
requirement for such a large
foreign labour component
first became known, public
opinion seems to have quick-
ly moved to accept the
inevitable — no doubt fully
motivated by the recession.

For example, in June of
this year the PLP said it
would not involve itself in
the decision to allow thou-
sands of Chinese workers
into the country and seemed
determined to let the gov-
ernment twist in the wind.
But only two months later
they were singing a different
tune, based on the state of
the economy.

And from the sense of
jubilation conveyed by the
government since the Baha
Mar deal was approved, it
seems that the studied scep-
ticism of the past few years
was aimed not only at get-
ting the best deal possible in
a difficult environment, but
also at drawing the opposi-
tion into a full embrace of
the project's current frame-
work in order to minimize
the obvious political risks.

As one well-connected
insider told me: "I'm sure
there was some political
thinking involved, but for the
most part it was to get a
doable deal."

What do you think?
Send comments to
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guson recently returned home fol-
lowing successful completion of a
six-week course which was
designed to prepare senior enlist-
ed leaders to face new leadership
challenges as they fulfill their
expanded leadership and manage-
ment roles in their armed force.

The training was made possible
through the International Military
Education Training (IMET)
scheme, which is facilitated by the
United States Embassy.

Studies in subjects such as man-
agement, organisational behav-
lour, management principles, leadership, per-
sonal and physical development, written and oral
communications, interpersonal relationships,
team building, national and international studies,
and human resource development were under-
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studies, problem solving, and much
more.

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perform in a greater leadership
and management capacity upon
successful completion of the train-
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counselling and advising tech-
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diverse approach to leadership
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 7



LOCAL NEWS



Bahamas seeks
support from
Spain in WTO

By LINDSAY THOMPSON

THE Bahamas is seeking
the support of Spain for full
membership in the World
Trade Organisation (WTO)
and in the area of renew-
able energy.

Governor-General Sir
Arthur Foulkes made the
request as he accepted Let-
ters of Credence presented
by Maria Celsa Nufio Gar-
cia, Ambassador of the
Kingdom of Spain to the
Bahamas, during a ceremo-
ny at government House
last Thursday.

Ambassador Garcia also
paid a courtesy call on
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham; Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Immi-
gration Brent Symonette;
president of the College of
the Bahamas Dr Betsy
Vogel and members of the
Diplomatic Corps.

In welcoming Ambas-
sador Garcia, who is resi-
dent in Jamaica, Sir Arthur
said he hoped that she
would visit the site of the
“encounter of two worlds”
that brought both countries
together 518 years ago on
San Salvador.

“Our two countries have
shared much since that
encounter in 1492. The full
potential in our bilateral
relations is still developing,
although our interaction at
the multilateral level has
been more active,” Sir
Arthur said.

Both countries share a
mutual commitment to and
an appreciation of the ben-
efits of multilateralism and
regional integration as
mechanisms to intensify the
pursuit of prosperity, par-
ticularly in the face of the
challenges of globalisation,
he said.

Dialogue and collabora-
tion between both countries
take place in international
bodies such as the United
Nations, the Organisation
of American States, the
European-Latin America
and Caribbean summits,

also through mutual sup-
port of international candi-
dacies and bilaterally
through established coop-
eration agreement with the
Caribbean Community, and
the Tax Information
Exchange Agreement
signed in March 2010.
“The Bahamas would
welcome the support of the
Kingdom of Spain for a fair
and universal solution to
the existing international
financial architecture, as
well as for the full accession
as a member of the World
Trade Organisation
(WTO),” Sir Arthur said.
Spain is also offering
assistance in tourism, cul-
ture and energy technolo-

y.

Ambassador Garcia not-
ed that Spain and the
Bahamas share common
values and aspirations; the
commitment to democratic
values the adherence to the
tenets of social justice and a
transparent and indepen-
dent judicial system.

“The recent signature in
March this year of a bilat-
eral agreement for
exchange of information
related to tax matters is the
best testimony to our mutu-
al commitment to trans-
parency in line with the
international trend for a
new economic governance,”
she said.

The ambassador said that
there are a number of areas
where both countries could
and should explore closer
cooperation, such as renew-
al energy/environmental
protection, energy security
and diversification.

“The Bahamas has great
potential and has already
taken important steps in
this regard with the recent
inauguration of a bio-diesel
plant,” she said.

Ambassador Garcia, 46,
served in Africa, Latin
America and the
Caribbean, having direct
concern for Asian affairs.
She joined the Spanish
Diplomatic Service as a
career diplomat in 1989 and

ROYAL BAHAMAS DEFENCE
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Bahamas Defence
Force visited the Gam-
bier Primary School
last week as part of its
continued effort to
give back to the com-
munity.

The IT section of
the RBDF assessed
the immediate needs
of the school’s com-
puter lab and facilitat-
ed repairs and
upgrades.

Basic IT needs were
identified and the
team rendered assis-
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Members of the team also took some time to interact
with the students and staff of the school.


































































DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and
Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration Brent Symonette
(right) welcomes Maria Celsa
Nufio Garcia, Ambassador of
the Kingdom of Spain to the
Bahamas, during a courtesy
call at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs on Thursday, November
18, 2010.

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sor to the Deputy Prime
Minister of Spain.
Ambassador Garcia was
awarded the Order of Civil
Merit of Spain (Rank of
Dame) in 1992 and made
Commander of Order of
‘Isabel La Catélica of Spain
in 2004.

GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes
(left) accepts Letters of Credence presented
by Marla Celsa Nufio Garcia (right), Ambas-
sador of the Kingdom of Spain to the Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas, during a cere-
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COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade and Assistant Com-
missioners Hulan Hanna and Glen Miller join detectives to view the
site of the country’s latest murder. A woman was fatally stabbed
on a property known as ‘The Farm’ in Adelaide.

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The family of the late Mrs, Manon Grau
Rodriguez of Edgewater Drive, Lyford
Cay, Nassau, Bahamas announce her
passing on l4th November, 2010 at
Doctor's
survived by her son Guillermo Pedro
Rodriguez, grand daughter Alexandra
Rodriguez,
Badimon Rodriguez, and many friends
and acquaintances particularly members
of the Bacardi family resident in Nassau
and Florida. According to her wish she
was burned at sea in Bahamian waters on

Hospital, Nassau. She is

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20th November, 2010.
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FROM page one

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the hunt for clues.

The incident is said to have
happened at about 9pm on
Monday. It is reported that
the male victim sought help
from nearby residents. At
least two heard a knock on

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His main concern, accord-
ing to sources, was for his girl-
friend, who he left on the
beach to get help after the
stabbing occurred.

He was treated and
released from hospital yes-
terday.

The abandoned-looking
beach house is known by
some in the area as a “lover’s
lane” and a place for parties.

“We were not expecting
something like that. This is a
quiet community. More town
people are coming this way,
and obviously their problems
follow them,” said a commu-
nity member.

“T only found out this
morning, but I should have
known something was suspi-
cious last night, because I
heard a car burn rubber,” he
said.

Superintendent Prince
Albert Smith, officer in
charge of the Carmichael
Division that shares respon-
sibility for Adelaide, said
many of the community mem-
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“The people of Adelaide
feel safe in the community.
They do not have major con-
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“The incident last night is
seen as an isolated incident
by the community,” said
Superintendent Smith.

“This community has
always had rigid patrols.
There are not many com-
plaints coming from Adelaide,
and when there are com-
plaints they are mainly
domestic disputes,” he said.

Even at night, Mr Smith
said Adelaide is “a safe place
to come,” but people should
exercise reasonable precau-
tions when going to “isolat-
ed” places at night.

The murder victim was an
employee of the Palmdale
branch of the Royal Bank of
Canada. Upon learning of her
death, sources say co-work-
ers were shocked.

The office was closed for
the day as a mark of respect,
and employees were provided
with grief counselling.

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LOCAL NEWS

* PM backs police









Celebrate

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force in Bain
Town aftermath

FROM page one

be released on bail and have
the opportunity to reoffend.

"Many of the persons who
have been charged recently
have been on bail for some
time ... plenty people have
plenty things they need to do.
We will do the best we can.
One of the things we do not
do is control the courts but
we will give them the
resources they need and we
do call upon them to act effec-
tively and to take account of
the reality of this society and
to apply the law when per-
sons are charged before them.

"That is what the issue is
right now, the trying of cases
in areasonable period of time
that a person charged with
possession of guns and drugs
should not have to wait a
year, 18 months for the case
to be tried. That is wrong and
unacceptable and that must
change in the Bahamas."

Speaking to reporters
before entering a Cabinet
meeting, the Prime Minister
also expressed his sympathy
to the families of murder vic-
tims and those killed by
police.

"First of all let me express
my condolences to the fami-
lies of all those who've been
killed by criminals and to
those who have lost their lives
as a result of police action,
and to wish the police officer

FROM page one

who was shot a speedy recov-
ery. Secondly, I want to
express my appreciation and
thanks to the police force for
the work which they are doing
under very challenging and
difficult circumstances.

“Tt is the right of citizens to
feel safe in the Bahamas, and
residents and visitors, and we
shall do all in our power to
ensure that that happens.
Those who are in the front-
line on that fight — our police
force — they have our support
and the backing of the gov-
ernment to rid this country of
the violence which is afflicting
us at this time,” the Prime
Minister said.

Despite this support, he
said officers are not above
reproach and would be held
accountable for infractions if
found culpable.

"The police officer has
rules, which have been estab-
lished, as to when they may
use their weapon. Anytime
there is a killing as a result of
police action there is a public
inquiry, public inquest so that
all the circumstances are
known. Policemen are not
above the law, they are sub-
ject to the laws of the
Bahamas like everybody else.
Policemen also put their lives
at risk every day and the least
they ought to expect from the
state and those who occupy
high office is support.

Mr Ingraham insisted the
police have adequate

resources to do their job, and
if there is something they lack
“all they need to do is whisper
it to myself.”

Responding to increased
calls for the death penalty, the
Prime Minister said that if the
courts allow it capital punish-
ment will be carried out,
pointing out there is no law
that stands in the way of cap-
ital punishment.

"I cannot hang anybody
unless the court say yes, oth-
erwise I will be committing
murder also. What stands in
the way of capital punishment
being inflicted is the courts.
If, or when, they permit it,
hanging will take place in the
Bahamas as it did on my
watch before,” Mr Ingraham
said.

He also lambasted Mr
Christie for his recent state-
ments on crime.

"He is a forgetful man.
When they had the riot in
Nassau Village on his watch
or on Kemp Road, the public
of the Bahamas couldn’t hear
a word out of his mouth. He
had his Urban Renewal pro-
gramme then, crime has been
increasing in the Bahamas for
some years and it is impor-
tant for those of us in public
office to support our law
enforcement officials to
ensure that they act in accor-
dance with the law. ”

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countries abstaining from the vote, and anoth-
er 26 being absent.

The United States and Britain, with most
of Europe and South America, voted against
removing protection from gays.

Caribbean countries such as Jamaica and
St Lucia joined the Bahamas in supporting
the amendment, while others, such as Trinidad,
Barbados and Antigua, abstained.

This amendment will ultimately replace a
resolution which has stood for the past 10
years that has included sexual orientation in
the list of discriminatory grounds upon which
such genocidal killings are often based.

According to a Reuters report, Western del-

removing protection
for gay people in
UN resolution

future of the Bahamas is not threatened by
foreign persons of homosexual orientation.
Homosexuality is not a contagious disease;
and it is not a crime in the Bahamas.

“Government has not been authorised to
judge man for sin; God is the judge; so let us
leave to God, the only righteous judge, the
judgment of sin.



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report, the vote is a “dangerous and disturbing
development” for the gay community.

Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of
IGLHRC said: “It essentially removes the
important recognition of the particular vul-
nerability faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people — a recognition that is cru-
cial at a time when 76 countries around the
world criminalise homosexuality, five consid-
er it a capital crime, and countries like Ugan-
da are considering adding the death penalty to
their laws criminalising homosexuality.”

Here in the Bahamas, the vote has also
drawn criticism from those who say it flies in
the face of the stated position of Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham on such matters.

When addressing a question about homo-
sexual tourists visiting the Bahamas in March
1998, Prime Minister Ingraham said: “The

incident.

the vote were not returned last night.

CHINESE WORKERS

FROM page one

tected as mandated by Bahamian law.

Mr Foulkes said: "All workers in the
Bahamas have to receive the benefits com-
pliant with our employment act, whether it’s
minimum wage or whether it is vacation or
sick leave or other benefits, they have to com-
ply with the employment act.

"So the China State Construction Company
has to comply with the provisions of our
labour act."

Ex-policeman
‘had weapons’

FROM page one

er that day, Police sources claim, Mitchell pistol-whipped his
girlfriend, and shot a motorcyclist before stealing his vehicle.
Hulan Hanna, assistant commissioner of police, said a hand
gun, pistol grip, shaved-off shotgun, and motor bike were con-
fiscated at the scene.
A second man was apprehended without injury during the

Both were riding the motorbike on First Street, when police
officers were tipped of about their whereabouts.

Uniformed and plain-clothed officers responded. The shoot-
ing occurred after requests for the men to voluntarily disarm
themselves and surrender were refused.

Mitchell’s last known address was Ronald Street, in New
Providence. It is unclear how and when he left the police force.

Mr Hanna said he was known to the police “professionally”
and otherwise.

Mitchell’s daughter was on the scene at the time of the
shooting. “They killed my daddy,” she cried, while being held
by family members.

Despite the exchange of gun fire, Mr Hanna said no members
of the public were “threatened” in any way. He said the com-
munity showed no “aversion” to the presence of the police, who

322-2188/ 9 handled the situation. He thanked the public for providing

necessary intelligence in the matter.

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Is the Bahamas mature enough to
vote for a white political leader?

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

This is my final column
before entering my final exami-
nation period for the Christmas
term. I will resume writing after
exams.

LOCALLY, although the
unambiguous and overt forms
of racism may have receded
since Majority Rule and con-
stitutional changes, in the polit-
ical realm, clearly race contin-
ues to be a relevant feature of
the political rhetoric. The con-
cept of race has greatly shaped
our society and national identi-
ty and its study provides us with
a framework to address issues
that may linger on and persist in
dividing our nation.

Race remains a prickly sub-
ject in the Bahamas.

In the years since the UBP’s
dismantlement/Majority Rule,
black Bahamians have become
apprehensive about white
Bahamians ascending to politi-
cal power, mainly due to the
angst that these Bahamians
could have a stranglehold on
both the economic and political
structure, turn the country into
some kind of racist backwater
where the masses are oppressed
and/or accrue more wealth in
the process.

Whilst there is a maturing
air of racial harmony in the
Bahamas, there are occasions
where antipathy and racism sur-
faces, particularly when self-
seeking, narrow-minded politi-
cians exploit the psychological
effects of slavery and the racist
injustices of the past. Indeed,
in the Bahamas, race issues and
classism go beyond the sphere
of political discourse, but also
influence attitudes, social inter-
action and settlement patterns.

In the mid-1990s, PLP sena-
tor Franklyn Wilson main-
tained that racial division is a
part of Bahamian history, and a
part of his resolve as a senator
was to “build bridges within our
community to help us come
together as a people.”

The fact that American vot-
ers rejected worn-out Repub-
lican orthodoxy and elected
Barack Obama in 2008—while
in many instances overlooking
race—demonstrates the evolu-
tion of the American electorate
and leaves a monumental ques-
tion about the evolution of the
Bahamian electorate. Would a
majority of Bahamian voters
rise above racial stereotypes
and, in many instances, mis-
placed fears/prejudices and
elect the nation’s first white
Prime Minister post-Majority
Rule/Independence?

Is the Bahamas now mature
enough to vote for a white
Bahamian to lead a political
party and eventually the coun-
try? Does the rhetoric of racial
propaganda in any way reflect
the real world social values
inherent in Bahamian society
today?

Are Bahamians ready to
move past the lingering resent-
ment of being shut out of pub-
lic places/activities and leader-
ship roles in a bygone era?

Would Brent Symonette or
any other white politician have
the ability to galvanize people
across the political spectrum
and lead their respective par-
ties to an electoral victory?

During the 2007 general
election, one PLP MP asserted
at a rally that Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham would turn
over the government to “the
UBP heir” (Brent Symonette).

Of course, rather than
addressing the issue, now
Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette was dismissive, say-
ing:

“They have opened this up
and exposed themselves for
what they are, and I have no
intention of entering a discus-
sion of race any further.”

In a 2005 interview with
another daily, when addressing
his heritage and culture, Mr
Symonette was again dismis-
sive and seemingly asserted his
disconnect and apparent cul-
tural demarcation, stating: “My
heritage is France, hence the
name “Symonette.’ France to
England and possibly to
Bermuda and then here. When
Alfred Sears stood up and
talked about Clifton, he painted
this very emotional picture of
the black slave captured in
Africa (sic) and landing into
freedom in The Bahamas. I
didn’t come that route. So my
cultural history isn’t based in
the navel string of Mother

YOUNG MAN'S VIEW

A DRI

Africa, so how can you ask me
to celebrate that heritage?”

As was eloquently stated by
Helen Klonaris—a white,
Greek Bahamian—at that time:

“After reading this sentence,
I felt winded, the breath
knocked from me. [had read a
portion of it in Dr. Russell's let-
ter (on ontological whiteness),
but reading the entire conver-
sation trounced me. ‘I didn't
come that route,’ said Mr.
Symonette. As if African slav-
ery and the arrival of white
colonialists were not connected;
as if the two histories are not
integrally, irreversibly inter-
twined and still to this day rub
up against each other and hurt
when rain is coming, when hur-
ricanes start brewing, when it
is just another ordinary day in a
small place and we don't know
how to look each other in the
eye and tell the truth.”

“T cannot identify with Mr.
Symonette's feeling. I am only
the granddaughter of immi-
grants, still arriving in so many
ways, and yet, my own experi-
ence has rooted me in an
African and Greek cultural
reality which I could not shake
if I wanted to. I do feel that the
history of my sisters and broth-
ers of African descent in this
place is now a part of my histo-
ry, and that my Greek history
must also be a part of theirs. I
not only want to celebrate ‘that
heritage’, I want to love the
people connected to it, people I
consider to be my people. I am
no longer one, here in this new
world. I am more than one,”
she said.

She went on to further state:

“Know also that I have
grown up in this body, in this
white skin, and am conscious
of what racism feels like, looks
like, the power it has to keep
me from wanting to tell the
truth. I am conscious of what
white privilege feels like, how it
can separate me from Black
people, because it is supposed
to; how if I don't see it for what
it is, I too could be duped into
believing that whiteness and all
that comes with it is the way;
see everything and everybody
not white through that white
light that distorts faces, cultures,
histories, makes them all seem
less than 'mine'.”

Expounding on the issue in a
recent interview, Christopher
Curry, my former college lec-
turer and a white Bahamian
historian who recently returned
from university where he pur-
sued his doctoral studies, stated:

“Brent Symonette at times
appears to lack a sensitivity
regarding how our national
identity is construed as one that
is very much related to black
consciousness and our diasporic
identity. (When it comes to
ascending to the leadership) it
would be a rare individual! To
find a white Bahamian who
could truly empathize with and
understand and appreciate the
whole gravity of what colonial-
ism did for the Bahamian psy-
che and trying to be sensitive
to that. Generally, they’re not
interested in reading about this
stuff.

“Tt will take a different kind
of ‘Conchy Joe’ to be accepted
by blacks. And more impor-
tantly, even more practically
than that, would you see Brent
Symonette in Nassau Village,
would you see Brent Symon-
ette around Mason’s Addition,
would you see Brent Symon-
ette walking around Bain
Town? Ya see, the thing is
there is still that social stigma,
there’s still that social distancing
that we have going on where
whites either because of class
or race don’t feel comfortable
around blacks in certain places
and situations. And so, you
would have to have someone
who is embraced by blacks as
being from the grassroots, at
least who they can identify with
in a way that they feel as if their
concerns are at heart. I mean,
Brent Symonette, what’s his
constituency? St. Annes? What
is St. Annes? I mean that con-
stituency is tailor-made for him,
I don’t believe it includes some
of the more ghetto areas right?
He had it easy, he was cam-
paigning in an area that repre-
sents his ethnic identity! If that’s
the area you find whites, so

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that’s it—that wasn’t a big chal-
lenge,” he said.

Mr Curry went on to say:

“The day you see a white
fella could run in a black belt
area and successfully win then I
would start considering that
maybe this guy could possibly
be a Prime Minister.”

“From some of the com-
ments I’ve heard him say, he
doesn’t seem to be too sensi-
tive to what black Bahamians
have experienced. He comes
off as too white! He needs to
show a greater appreciation of
the struggle,” the historian
asserted. Former Director of
Culture and College of the
Bahamas lecturer Nicolette
Bethel, whose family is of
mixed heritage, when asked
about the prospects of Brent
Symonette or another white
Bahamian becoming Prime
Minister in the near future
(maybe 2017), and how far
removed one must be from the
notion of being a UBP heir or
tied to UBP/Bay Street inter-
ests, said:

“T don’t think that Brent
Symonette has good prospects
at this point, unless the Bahami-
an voting public has returned
to the time when it wants a
white Massa to look after it.
Part of the problem is his
‘whiteness’ (which is compro-
mised in any event, as his father
was not a white man) but part
of the problem is also his
UBP/Bay Street heritage. I
can’t say how far removed one
must be, but he isn’t anywhere
near removed enough.”

Asked whether she felt the
outlook of white Bahamians
and the perception of their
involvement in local politics had
evolved in the wake of Presi-
dent Obama’s ascendency to
the US Presidency, she wrote in
response:

“T have no idea, but I don’t
think it’s changed all that much.
There is a fundamental differ-
ence between the sort of minor-
ity that Obama represents and
the sort of minority that white
Bahamians represent — blacks
don’t have nearly as much con-
trol about their lot in society as
white have in any part of the
world. We can’t separate our-
selves from the global hierar-
chy that continues to expect
white skin to be equated with
power and dark skin to be
equated with powerlessness or
servitude. Whites have chosen
to remove themselves from
local politics, for the most part,
and I don’t see a whole lot of
change there. Here, of course, I
mean true white Bahamians,
rather than fair skinned
Bahamians of colour, who have
avery different perspective and
outlook, if one can imagine that
they share such a thing.”

She stated that “it’s not
impossible” for a white
Bahamian to ascend to the
Prime Minister’s post and/or be
embraced by black Bahamians
particularly if they recognize
the historic struggle of blacks,
slavery, etcetera. She notes that
this can happen, but only “as
long as he isn’t a Symonette (or
a Pindling or a Maynard or,
nowadays, a Christie or an
Ingraham).”

Previously, Dr Bethel not-
ed the inherent fears of some
Bahamians asserting that the
appointment of a “self-identi-
fied white Bahamian as Deputy
Prime Minister has raised the
fear that the oppressive force
that was fractured in 1967 will
return and change the Bahamas
back to what it was before
Majority Rule.”

Law professor Michael
Stevenson—son of PLP found-
ing father Cyril Stevenson—
took a somewhat divergent,
socio-legal perspective towards
addressing the question of race
and politics and the role of
Brent Symonette and whites.

He said:

“Minister Symonette today
could become, de facto, the
Prime Minister of The
Bahamas under a limited set of
conditions set out in the Con-
stitution. I say ‘de facto’
because technically the Deputy
Prime Minister can never
assume the office of Prime Min-
ister because of conditions that
would authorize him to per-
form the functions of Prime





WOULD Brent Symonette have
the ability to galvanize people
across the political spectrum and
lead their respective parties to an
electoral victory?

Minister. Of course, there is a
huge difference in the Bahami-
an imagination between the
possibility of Minister Symon-
ette being the Prime Minister
and him being authorized to
perform the functions of Prime
Minister as Deputy Prime Min-
ister. Still, I believe it is signifi-
cant that the heir of a quintes-
sential Bay Street Boy now has
the authority to perform the
functions of the Prime Minis-
ter if the occasion requires, and
that this authority has nothing
to do with the psychological
question whether black
Bahamians are prepared to
accept a white Prime Minister
or whether the outlook of white
Bahamians has changed since
1967. There has to be some-
thing comforting in that
thought, whether you are a fan
of Minister Symonette or not;
or whether you believe the
majority of Bahamians would
accept him as their legitimate
leader or not.”

It is not lost on me that oth-
er predominantly black coun-

tries in the Caribbean basin
with an even more dreadful
racial past have risen above the
colour/ethnic/gender lines and
elected whites, Indians and
women to high office. Howev-
er, locally, any white politician
seeking to lead the country
must have a transcendent polit-
ical aura about him and demon-
strate that he can embrace the
country’s African cultural and
genetic heritage whilst preach-
ing a message of unity and
inspiring citizens. Indeed, the
current political leadership
must encourage ethnic/minori-
ty political participation and
bridge-building. Rather than
alienating whites, or whites
themselves choosing not to par-
ticipate in the affairs of the
state, it will take a coalition of
blacks and whites to build a uni-
fied and prosperous country.

It is high time we disregard
partisanship and race/class to
incorporate the brightest talent
in any administration to work
towards developing a country
and formulating a progressive
national plan that is free of the
divisive politics that continue
to plague this nation. For far
too long, local politics has been
dominated by parochial figures
who cannot see beyond their
backyard, which is a stark con-
trast to the broad-based per-
spective so desperately needed
in establishing a different social
and political ethos.

TRIBUTE TO

TRACEY STRACHAN

Last Monday morning, I
received shocking news that my
friend and former colleague
Tracey Strachan had died from
complications during child
birth. “Strachany”, as I some-
times called her, was the most
outspoken, passionate and
hilarious combination ever to
come out of Fox Hill. Her hilar-
ity and mischievous smile was
unmatched!

I met Tracey when I first
entered the service at the LW
Young high school and I was a
little apprehensive as I had
heard that she was a head of
department who was quite
stern and vocal. Indeed, she
had a no nonsense persona and
took no prisoners! However,
before long we hit if off and, as
they say, the rest is history.

Tracey’s crowning glory
probably came after the 2007
general election as I can vividly
remember her exclaiming and
jokingly chanting “we red and
they scared!” However, regard-
less of her political choices and
playful teasing, she embraced
all people. If you could take a
good ribbing, you would easily
fit in as she was comedic, with
vivid descriptions and gestures
and a mischievous way of
speaking that was nothing short
of riotous. I could see her “full”
eyes popping open and shut-
ting as she laughed or was hav-
ing a good time. I am still
chuckling at the jokes she
cracked at the Fox Hill day fes-
tivities in 2009.

Tracey was a kindred spirit
and an educator extraordinaire.
Indeed, the DW Davis family
and indeed the world of edu-
cation has lost a hard working,
dedicated teacher who posi-
tively impacted so many chil-
dren as an agent of change dur-
ing her tenure. Life is short and
we are nothing more than
vapor. Indeed, this tells one
how important it is to cherish
each day like it’s our last.

I extend my condolences
and sincerest sympathies to her
husband and young, school-age
children and to her entire fam-
ily. Tracey — “Tis a Fox Hill gal”
Strachan — rest in peace my
friend!

I also wish to extend my
condolences to the family of
Joel “Uncle Joel” Pratt of
O’Neal’s, Long Island. Rest in

y7?

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Aruba:
Jawhone

not that of
Natalee
Holloway

(2

MISSING TEEN:



condoms,

i NICOLE WINFIELD,

? Associated Press

? VICTOR L. SIMPSON,
: Associated Press

: VATICAN CITY

In a seismic shift on one of

? the most profound — and pro-
? foundly contentious — Roman
? Catholic teachings, the Vatican
? said that condoms are the less-
? er of two evils when used to
? curb the spread of AIDS, even
: if their use prevents a pregnan-

Natalee Holloway Resource Cen- :
ter (NHRC) at the National Muse- :
um of Crime & Punishment in :
Washington, USA, Tuesday, June :

i tin, a prominent Jesuit writer
? and editor.

8, 2010.

DANICA COTO,
Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico i Pope Benedict XVI's com-

A jawbone found on an
Aruba beach does not belong
to missing Alabama teenager
Natalee Holloway, prosecu-
tors in the Dutch Caribbean
island said Tuesday.

The jawbone is human,
though it is unclear who it
belongs to.

Dutch investigators com-
pared the lone tooth on the
bone with dental records sup-
plied by Holloway's family
and “it can be ruled out that
the bone fragment came from
Natalee Holloway," the pros-
ecutors said.

The bone was found recent-
ly by a tourist on a beach, and
Aruba prosecutors had asked
forensic scientists in the
Netherlands to analyze it.

They assured that the Hol-
loway case has "the constant
attention from law enforce-
ment on the island."

But John Kelly, an attorney
for Holloway's mother, Beth
Twitty, hinted that the media
apparently found out first
about the test results.

"Beth accepts the forensic
conclusions, is emotionally
exhausted from the inexplica-
bly long wait and deeply dis-
appointed in the time and
manner in which she learned
of the results," he said in a
statement. "Apparently
Aruban prosecutors were
more sensitive to media con-
cerns than the painful vigil of
a mother."

It is unclear how exactly
Twitty learned of the results.
Family spokeswoman Sunny
Tillman did not immedately
return a message seeking
comment.

Tuesday's announcement
once again eliminates a hope
of evidence about the fate of
the Mountain Brook, Alaba-
ma, student who disappeared
while on a high school gradua-
tion trip in 2005, when she
was 18.

Aruba's attorney general,

Taco Stein, told The Associat- { secular, anti-Catholic culture.

ed Press that officials do not
know how old the bone is or
where it might have come
from.

"It's anybody's guess," he
said. "We're a small island."

He speculated that it could
even have come from nearby
Venezuela or Curacao, given
the intense hurricane season
that churned the ocean.

Stein said authorities will
check with police to see if the
jawbone might belong to a
missing person or the victim

said it was unlikely because
Aruba only has a handful of
those types of cases.

Holloway’'s parents, Dave
Holloway and Beth Twitty,
did not respond to calls for
comment. Family attorney
Vinda de Sousa told The
Associated Press that the fam-
ily might issue a statement lat-
er. Earlier in the day, Carol
Standifer, who said she is a
close friend of the teen's
mother, told CBS's "The Ear-
ly Show" that if the bone did
belong to the missing teen,
"there will be some sem-
blance of closure."

Holloway was last seen
leaving a bar with Dutchman
Joran van der Sloot, the prime
suspect in her disappearance,
on the final night of her trip.

Aruba prosecutors have
repeatedly said they lack evi-
dence to charge Van der
Sloot, who is in jail in Peru on
charges of killing a 21-year-

years to the day after Hol-
loway's disappearance. He
has denied killing Holloway.

USS. law enforcement offi-
cials have charged Van der
Sloot with trying to extort
money from Holloway's
mother to reveal the location
of Holloway's body.

i cy

Beth Holloway,
mother of Natalee Holloway, ; ©4gment that the church's long-

speaks during the opening of the held anti-birth control stance

The position was an acknowl-

against condoms doesn't justify
putting lives at risk.

"This is a game-changer,"”
declared the Rev. James Mar-

The new stance was staked

i out as the Vatican explained

? ments on condoms and HIV in
? a book that came out Tuesday
? based on his interview with a
? German journalist.

The Vatican still holds that

? condom use is immoral and that
? church doctrine forbidding arti-
? ficial birth control remains
? unchanged. Still, the reassess-
} ment on condom use to help
? prevent disease carries pro-
? found significance, particular-
? ly in Africa where AIDS is
? rampant.

"By acknowledging that con-

doms help prevent the spread
? of HIV between people in sex-
? ual relationships, the pope has

? completely

changed the

? Catholic discussion on con-
? doms,"” Martin said.

The change came on a day

? when U.N. AIDS officials
? announced that the number of
? new HIV cases has fallen sig-
? nificantly — thanks to condom
? use —and a U.S. medical jour-
? nal published a study showing
? that a daily pill could help pre-
? vent spread of the virus among
? gay men. "This is a great day in
i the fight against AIDS ... a
? major milestone,” said Mitchell
? Warren, head of the AIDS
i Vaccine Advocacy Coalition.

Theologians have debated

: for years whether it could be
? morally acceptable for HIV-
? infected people to use condoms
? to avoid infecting their part-
? ners. The Vatican years ago was
? reportedly preparing a docu-
? ment on the subject, but it nev-
? er came out. The groundbreak-
? ing shift, coming as it does from
? the deeply conservative pontiff,
? would appear likely to restrain
? any public criticism from
? Catholic conservatives, who on
: Tuesday insisted the pope was
: merely reaffirming the church's
? moral teaching.

Conservatives have feared

? that acomment like this would
? give support to Catholics who
? want to challenge the church's
? ban on artificial contraception
? in an environment where they
? feel they are under siege from a

George Weigel, a conserva-

? tive Catholic writer, said the
i Vatican was by no means
? endorsing condom use as a
? method of contraception or a
: means of AIDS prevention.

"This is admittedly a difficult

: distinction to grasp,” he told

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Is a voting bloc of Sarah

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by people such as male prostitutes was a lesser evil since it indicated they were taking a step toward a more
moral and responsible sexuality by aiming to protect their partner from infection.

The Associated Press in an e-
mail. What the pontiff is say-
ing is "that someone deter-
mined to do something wrong
may be showing a glimmer of
moral common sense by not
doing that wrong thing in the
worst possible way — which is
not an endorsement of any-
thing."

Orthodoxy

Benedict's comments come
at a time when bishops in the
United States are intensely
focused on upholding the
strictest views of Catholic
orthodoxy, emphasizing tradi-
tional marriage, natural family
planning based on a woman's
menstrual cycle and making
abortion the most important
issue. In the book, "Light of the
World: The Pope, the Church
and the Signs of the Times,"
Benedict was quoted as saying
that condom use by people such
as male prostitutes was a lesser
evil since it indicated they were
moving toward a more moral
and responsible sexuality by
aiming to protect their partner
from a deadly infection.

His comments implied that
he was referring primarily to
homosexual sex, when condoms
aren't being used as a form of
contraception.

However, questions arose
immediately about the pope's
intent because the Italian trans-
lation of the book used the fem-
inine for prostitute, whereas the
original German used the mas-
culine. The Vatican spokesman,
the Rev. Federico Lombardi,
told reporters Tuesday that he
asked the pope whether he
intended his comments to apply
only to men. Benedict replied
that it really didn't matter, the
important thing was that the
person took into consideration
the life of another, Lombardi
said. "I personally asked the

pope if there was a serious,
important problem in the
choice of the masculine over
the feminine," Lombardi said.
"He told me no. The problem is
this: ... It's the first step of tak-
ing responsibility, of taking into
consideration the risk of the life
of another with whom you have
a relationship."

"This is if you're a man, a
woman, or a transsexual. ... The
point is it's a first step of taking
responsibility, of avoiding pass-
ing a grave risk onto another,"
Lombardi said.

Those comments concluded
the press conference, and Lom-
bardi took no further questions
about how broadly this inter-
pretation could be applied.

The clarification is signifi-
cant. UNAIDS estimates that
22.4 million people in Africa
are infected with HIV, and that
54 percent — or 12.1 million —
are women. Heterosexual trans-
mission of HIV and multiple,
heterosexual partners are
believed to be the major cause
of the high infection rates.

Benedict drew harsh criticism
when, en route to Africa in
2009, he told reporters that the
AIDS problem couldn't be
resolved by distributing con-
doms. "On the contrary, it
increases the problem," he said
then. In Africa on Tuesday,
AIDS activists, clerics and ordi-
nary Africans alike applauded
the pope's revised comments.

"I say, hurrah for Pope Bene-
dict," exclaimed Linda-Gail
Bekker, chief executive of
South Africa's Desmond Tutu
HIV Foundation. She said the
pope's statement may prompt
many people to "adopt a simple
lifestyle strategy to protect
themselves."

In Sierra Leone, the director
of the National AIDS Secre-
tariat predicted condom use
would now increase, lowering
the number of new infections.

Brima Kargbo.

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Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by German journalist Peter Seewald, left, and by Monsignor Rino Fisichella holds : ie able and her a
a copy of the book “Light of the World” during a private audience at the Vatican, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. § Wi49 And how will voting
The Vatican broadened the scope of the pope’s comments about condom use being a lesser evil than trans- i issues at ABC Monday night

mitting HIV by saying the concept also applies to women. The Pontiff said in the book that condom use

affect the outcome?
"Dancing" producers said

: Tuesday that "a record

this weekend in the Vatican

confronting the problem.

condom," Accatoli said.

cation of event's significance.

between man and woman.

DAVID STRINGER,
: Associated Press

: LONDON

of an unsolved murder, but he ;

Britain will impose a tough annual limit

? on the number of non-Europeans allowed
? to work in the U.K. and slash visas for
? overseas students as it seeks to dramati-
? cally reduce immigration, the government
i said Tuesday.

Home Secretary Theresa May told the

? House of Commons that the number of
? non-EU nationals permitted to work in the
i U.K. from April 2011 will be capped at
? about 22,000 — a reduction of about one-
: fifth from 2009. But thousands of people
? who are allowed to work in Britain on intra-
? company transfers aren't included in those
? figures — or under the new quota. Critics
? said that means it's unclear how Prime Min-
? ister David Cameron's government will
? meet a pledge to cut net immigration, which
? also includes students and families of visa
? holders, to below 100,000 by 2015, from
? about 196,000 last year.

"We can't go on like this, we must tight-

? en up our immigration system," May told
i legislators as she announced details of the
? new rules. Public anxiety over immigration
? —and the burden on public services caused

old woman last May 30 — five : by new arrivals — was a key issue during
: the country’s national election, when then-

? leader Gordon Brown was angrily chal-
? lenged by an elderly voter over workers
? arriving from eastern Europe.

As a member of the European Union,

: Britain must allow citizens of most other
i member states freedom to live and work in
? the U.K. Business leaders had urged

? Cameron's government against stringent

restrictions on non-European workers,



BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: David Cameron

arguing vital sectors would be left short of
staff — particularly in health care and for
energy infrastructure projects.

Warned

Indian officials also warned Cameron
over restricting the rights of their citizens to
study and work in the U.K. during his vis-
it in July. May said Britain would reserve
1,000 visas each year for talented scien-
tists, academics and artists.

"Business will be pleased to see that the
government has taken its concerns
onboard," said David Frost, director of the
British Chambers of Commerce.

May said her changes would limit the

from offices overseas.
In the future, no staff member who earn

months — though they will be able to car-
ry out shorter contracts in Britain.

May did not specify how many people
the policy would affect, but figures for 2009

the category earned less than the new salary
criticized the government for failing to set
she confirm her supposed cap is in fact a

con, a guess, a fig leaf, no cap at all?" he
asked May in the Commons.

for about 20 percent of migration.

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pronouncement, his priests will } Sia cere oe ee
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condoms," said the official, Dr. } eres phe nes ‘
? experiencing difficulties regis-

Loibert said Housdier ? tering their votes for the
iguser Full weil that ‘ids: come ? Dancing with the Stars finale,
ments would provoke intense ? which affected each finalist

debate. Conservative Catholics } equally, show producers said
have been trying to minimize ue rae ee —
the scope of what Benedict said i a ng ae a om Any
since excerpts were published 8 :

"Some viewers reported

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give his perspective on the need ee Hicuoh: earned a Gee
for greater humanized, respon- } fect : 60 for thei
sible sexuality. Luigi Accatoli, a i eee See

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was on the Vatican panel that } Ge mee : ae ul
launched the book, put it this | Pace 1 (POIs; WAES

way: "He spoke with caution ? Palin landed in third with 52
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through which missionaries and } to suse on eae) Balk
other ecclesial workers can help } ae oe “a Bp
to defeat the pandemic of } “USP 38 Ramec.

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audience to the Vatican press : ity orthe oe ete YOURE
room. Making a rare appear- } systenn, oe ae
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Grey comes into Tuesday's

dances on Monday's show.

Palin has made it to the

? Hough's jaw quite literally

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contraception, as well as the } eivative biouver Kevin
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Palin's improbable run to

? have been leading get-out-
? the-vote campaigns for Palin

? and partner Mark Ballas.

UK imposes new permanent immigration quota

"Are you planning on host-

? ing a Team Bristol Monday
? 7 : Night Dancing Watch party?”
number of staff that international corpora- } reads a post on his website.

tions are permitted to transfer to Britain { "You ... can actually vote

: together and send Bristol over

? the top ... while sending Left-
under 40,000 pounds (US$63,500) per year }

will be eligible to stay for longer than 12 }

ist heads into meltdown."
"Dancing" executive pro-

: ducer Conrad Green said it
? would be fair game if Palin's
? voters send her to victory

i Tuesday.

show that half of the 22,000 admitted under }

"If she ends up winning the

? show, she ends up winning the
criteria. Labour Party legislator Ed Balls :

show because more people

? decided to make the effort to
a limit on intracompany transfers. "Can
? reason they're passionate
? about her — than they did for
? other people, and that is a
May's quota will have only a limited }
impact on Britain's overall immigration }
rate — as work-related visas account only }

vote for her — for whatever

valid part of the show,” he
said.
Though Palin said on Mon-

? day's episode that "there's

Families of those with rights to live and :
work in Britain claim about 20 percent of }
visas, while non-European students arriving
to study in the U.K. account for 60 per- }
cent of immigration. May said those seek- }
ing a marriage visa will in the future need to :

English. Her ministry will also develop }
plans to drastically reduce Britain's for- ;
eign student population, likely allowing }
entry only to those working on college
degrees, or more advanced qualifications.
She told lawmakers there would be a more
stringent regime to check the credentials of }
schools that offer visas to overseas stu- }
dents. Police and security officials have :
recently raised concerns over the educa- }

gain permission to live in Britain.

lots of haters out there that
are waiting for me to fail,” the
20-year-old single mom said
after the show that she feels
she and Ballas deserve to win.
"We've been working our

prove they have a minimum standard of } butts off," she said.

Grey said she won't consid-
er the mirrorball trophy until
Tuesday's dances are done.

"T think it's bad juju,” she
said after earning a perfect
score Monday.

Massey and his partner,
Lacey Schwimmer, said
they've been having so much
fun dancing together, they can

tion system being targeted by terrorists to | hardly believe they actually

? have a chance at the title.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Obama pledge

US to defend its

ANNE GEARAN,
AP National Security Writer
WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged
the United States would defend South Korea
after what the White House branded a provoca-
tive, outrageous attack by North Korea on its
neighbor. Its options limited, the U.S. sought a
diplomatic rather a military response to one of
those most ominous clashes between the Koreas
in decades.

"South Korea is our ally. It has been since the
Korean war," Obama said in his first comments
about the North Korean shelling of a South Kore-
an island. "And we strongly affirm our commit-
ment to defend South Korea as part of that
alliance.”

Working to head off any escalation, the U.S.
did not reposition any of its 29,000 troops in the
South or make other military moves after North
Korea fired salvos of shells into the island, setting
off an artillery duel between the two sides.

The president, speaking to ABC News, would
not speculate when asked about military options.
He was expected to telephone South Korean
President Lee Myung-bak late Tuesday night.
He met earlier with his top national security
advisers to discuss next steps.

Washington has relatively few options when
dealing with Pyongyang. Military action is par-
ticularly unappealing, since the unpredictable
North possesses crude nuclear weapons as well as
a huge standing army. North Korea exists large-
ly outside the system of international financial
and diplomatic institutions that the U.S. has used
as leverage in dealing with other hostile countries,
including Iran.

Pressure

North Korea has also resisted pressure from its
major ally, China, which appears to be nervous
about the signs of instability in its neighbor.

"We strongly condemn the attack and we are
rallying the international community to put pres-
sure on North Korea," Obama said in the ABC
interview, specifically citing the need for Chi-
na's help. Obama said every nation in the region
must know "this is a serious and ongoing threat."

An administration official said Tuesday
evening that U.S. officials in Washington and in
Beijing were appealing strongly to China to con-
demn the attack by arguing that it was an act
that threatened the stability of the entire region,
not just the Korean peninsula. The official spoke
on the condition of anonymity because of the
sensitivity of the matter.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates phoned South
Korea's defense minister to express sympathy
for the deaths of two of the South's marines in the
artillery shelling of a small South Korean island
and to express appreciation "for the restraint
shown to date" by the South's government, a
Pentagon spokesman said.

Obama called North Korea's action "just one
more provocative incident" and said he would
consult with Lee on an appropriate response.

In his phone call to South Korea's defense
minister, Gates said the U.S. viewed recent
attacks as a violation of the armistice agreement
that ended the Korea War in 1953, and he reit-
erated the U.S. commitment to South Korea's
defense, said Pentagon press secretary Geoff
Morrell.

Obama was awakened at 4 a.m. Tuesday with
the news. He went ahead with an Indiana trip
focused on the economy before returning to the

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Washington for a trip to Philadelphia Saturday,
Oct. 30, 2010.

At the same time, other administration officials,

said rewards North Korean brinksmanship.

that includes North Korea's protector, China.

forward."

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vated tensions on the divided peninsula.

The incident also follows the North's decision ;
last week to give visiting Western scientists a :
tour of a secret uranium enrichment facility, i
which may signal an expansion of the North's }
nuclear weapons program. Six weeks ago, North ;
Korean leader Kim Jong Il anointed his youngest ;

son, Kim Jong Un, as his heir apparent.

The administration official said the USS. did not ;
interpret North Korea's aggression as a desire to }
go to war, but as yet another effort to extract }

concessions from the international community.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said }
no new equipment or personnel have been relo- }
cated to South Korea, while Air Force Chief of i
Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz seemed to shrug off }
the latest incident as something that Seoul can }

handle on its own.

"The North Koreas have undertaken over time ;
a number of provocations that have manifested

themselves in different ways,” Schwartz said.

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The violence comes as the North prepares for
a dynastic change in leadership and faces a win- }
ter of food and electricity shortages. It is the lat- ;
est of a series of confrontations that have aggra- i

JOE MORGAN,
Associated Press
RAY LILLEY,
Associated Press

: GREYMOUTH, New Zealand

ally South Korea

A drilling team on Wednes-
day broke a narrow shaft
through to the section of a New
Zealand coal mine where 29
workers have been missing for
almost six days, and was greet-
ed by a blast of potentially
deadly gases from inside.

Officials have become
increasingly pessimistic about
the chances of pulling the men
alive from a network of tunnels
some 1 1/2 miles (2 kilometers)
deep in the side of a mountain,
following a powerful explosion
on Friday.

Nothing has been heard from
the missing miners since the
blast. Toxic and potentially
explosive gases have kept res-
cuers from entering the mine,
though an army bomb disposal
robot crawled two-thirds of a
mile (1 kilometer) into the tun-
nel on Wednesday and found
a miner's helmet with its fixed
light still glowing. Drillers using
a diamond-tipped drill bit to
prevent sparks finished boring a

i 530-ft. (162-meter) hole to the
? mine's main tunnel, close to

THOUGHTFUL: President Barack Obama walks on }

? where the missing men are

the South Lawn as he leaves the White House in : believed to have been at the

i time of the blast. It was a key
i step, giving officials their first
: information from that section

White House after dark. State Department : of the mine and allowing testing

spokesman Mark Toner said the U.S. would take :

a "deliberate approach" in response to what he }

also called provocative North Korean behavior. ; hole when the chamber roof

} was punctured, and Pike River
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the emerging strategy, said the White House was { Said initial tests showed it was

determined to end a diplomatic cycle that officials ; "extremely high in carbon

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rejects that model in favor of group diplomacy / 88% believed to have ignited in

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honesty and choice

WINNERS of this year’s
Templeton World Charity
‘Laws of Life Essay Compe-
tition’ had their say on the
benefits of honesty and how
to use the power of choice
wisely.

Education Minister
Desmond Bannister com-
mended the students who
took part in this year’s Tem-
pleton Foundation essay
competition which allowed
them to discuss pertinent
issues with regards to ethics
and virtues on which the
‘laws of life’ are based.

The awards ceremony for

the 2010 Templeton World
Charity/Ministry of Educa-
tion ‘Laws of Life Essay
Competition’

was held on November 10
at the Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort.

Speaking at the event, Mr
Bannister applauded the
participants for their ability
to draw from someone else’s
work and combine it with
their life’s experiences to
develop their own master-
pieces.

He also thanked Sir Jack
Templeton, son of the late
philanthropist and founder



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The entries for this year’s
contest doubled and saw
participation from both pri-
vate and public schools in
New Providence, Grand
Bahama and the Family
Islands.

Dante Wilkinson, an eight
grade student of Queen’s
College, was the winner of
the junior division of the
competition, while Lashie
Cleare of Temple Christian
Academy was the second
place finisher.

Warel Smith, also of
Queen’s College, was the
winner of the senior catego-
ry, while fellow student
George Zonicle tied with
Nakandria Neymour of Cen-
tral Andros High School
(Andros) for second place.

Students in the junior divi-
sion were required to select
from the topics: “As you give,
so shall you receive’; ‘“Hon-
esty is the best policy’ and
‘Where there is no vision,
the people perish’.

The senior students were
challenged to write on the
topics: ‘Accentuate the pos-
itive, eliminate the negative’;
‘Use wisely your power of
choice’ and ‘A soft answer
turns away wrath, but a
harsh word stirs up anger’.

In his essay Dante
explained that “the simple
truth is fast becoming an elu-
sive phenomena frequently
overshadowed by the dark
clouds of dishonesty.”

He questioned the wisdom
of telling the truth as in the
case of a soldier who is

caught behind enemy lines.

“Should he tell the truth
knowing that the outcome
could be death or betrayal,”
Dante asked.

The eighth grade student
admitted that there were a
few occasions when he told
white lies to avoid punish-
ment, but when he was even-
tually caught his father made
him aware that the penalty
for lying was severe.

He noted that the late Sir
John Templeton in his book
‘Laws of Life’ stated that
“deceit often takes a terri-
ble toll on our sense of
integrity and self-worth.”

He concluded his essay
stating that he would like to
be like George Washington,
the first president of the
United States who held the
most enviable of all titles of
an honest man and agreed
with Benjamin Franklin who
is credited with coining the
phrase, “honesty is the best
policy”.

Warel Smith addressed
the topic, “Use wisely your
power of choice”, stating
that the power of choice dis-
tinguishes us from following
a leader and being that
leader.

She said that the power of
choice enables persons to
conjure up anything they
want to see in society.

Likewise, power of choice
can be detrimental as in the
case of Adolf Hitler who
used his power of choice to
killed six million Jews during
the period of Nazi Germany,
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Minister of Education,
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Desmond Bannister;
Warel Smith, senior win-
ner; Dante Wilkinson,
junior winner; Lashie
Cleare, second place
overall finisher; Dr Jack
Templeton, Templeton
World Charity, and Pas-
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He cited Martin Luther
King Jr, the American civil
rights activist who along with
persons such as Malcolm X
and Rosa Parks fought
against discrimination of
African-American and other
ethic minorities in the US,
as a case of positive power of
choice.

The senior and junior win-
ners received laptops and the
runner-ups were given
Apple iPods and digital cam-
eras.

All participants were
awarded certificates of par-
ticipation. Queen’s College
was rewarded with a cheque
towards a White Board for
entering sixty students in the
competition; thirty-four who
were recognised for their
work including the two win-
ners in the competition.

Temple Christian High
School’s participation was
also recognised with a LCD
projector and screen for its
students’ efforts in the com-
petition.

Open house held as part
of ‘Deaf Awareness Week’

MEMBERS of the public are invited to
participate in ‘Deaf Awareness Weck’ by
attending the Centre for Deaf Children’s
open house today where arts and crafts
made by the students will be on display.

The students from the Centre for Deaf
Children kicked off the activities for Deaf
Awareness Week with a courtesy call Edu-
cation Minister Desmond Bannister on

Monday.

This year’s Deaf Awareness Week is being
held from November 21-26 under the theme
“Networking Hand in Hand”.

The Centre’s principal Tessa Nottage said
wood and straw craft as well as Christmas
wreaths and ornaments made by the chil-
dren will be on display beginning today from

10am.

She also announced that the Centre will
hold its Thanksgiving Service on Friday.

During the courtesy call, the Centre’s vice-
principal Sonja Rolle updated the minister
on the students’ progress by informing him

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that six of their students at the senior level
have successfully worked for brief periods in
several areas which include: banking,
accounting, computer repair, farming and
cosmetology.

She said that her wish was for each student
to have the opportunity to work for a short
while at each of the government’s ministries.

Minister Bannister told the students that

he was happy to see them once again, and

that he took careful note of the many talents
and abilities they displayed when he visited

them earlier in the year.

language.

He expressed that he would like to see
more children in the Bahamas learning
sign language and he encouraged the stu-
dents to teach the hearing students sign

Thanking the educators of the Centre for
Deaf Children and the corporate communi-
ty, the Mr Bannister encouraged all stake-
holders to provide even more opportuni-
ties for the students to shine.

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Firm calls for FNM
to fulfill Manifesto
commitment, after
30% rise in inquiries

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A Bahamian security
services firm yesterday
urged the Government to
reduce or eliminate import
duties on security-related
products as a means to
curb the country’s crime
problem.

Clint Harding, president
of Harding Security, said
that despite a 30 per cent
increase in inquiries from
homeowners and busi-
nesses regarding upgrad-
ing their security systems
over the last two years as
the economy declined and
crime rates rose, cost
remains a major obstacle
to customers enhancing
their preventative mea-
sures. A tariff reduction,
he added, would “help
tremendously”.

“In the Government’s
manifesto in 2007, one of
their items under ‘Crime’
said they would reduce
tariffs on security products
because they understood
there was a greater
demand. They’ve not
done that. We want to
know if it’s on the back
burner or been taken off
the table. I thought it was
a great idea that would
really help this country, as
there are people who want
(extra security) but can’t
afford it. Price is one of
the biggest concerns,” said
Mr Harding.

His comments came on
the same day as Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce
president, Khaalis Rolle,
said that in his opinion,
crime in the Bahamas was
“completely out of con-
trol”, and advocated for
the Government and oth-
er stakeholders to develop
a “clear strategy address-
ing every aspect of the
problem”, which he views
as a major impediment to
economic development.

In its 2007 election man-
ifesto, the Government
outlined nine steps it
would take as part of a
“comprehensive plan to
reduce crime”, one of
which stated it would
“assist homeowners and
businesses to help prevent
crime by reducing import
duties on security equip-
ment, components and
supplies”.

Minister of National
Security, Tommy Turn-
quest, has repeatedly
advised business owners
that installation of upgrad-
ed security equipment,
such as surveillance and
alarm systems, and quality
locks in their establish-
ment, is considered one
way in which the private

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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian economy is “losing
millions of dollars” in economic activ-
ity due to the lengthy delays and bot-
tlenecks experienced in obtaining con-
struction permits from the Ministry
of Works’ Building Control Depart-
ment (BCD), a leading architect
charged yesterday, the average three-
six month waiting period in this nation
comparing unfavourably with major
US cities and rival Caribbean desti-
nations.

Amos J. Ferguson, president of the
Institute of Bahamian Architects, told
Tribune Business that many of the
delays resulted from the fact that the
Building Control Department was try-
ing to be a “qualifying agency”, rou-

¢ Architects say three-six month wait for Building
Control permission leaves nation well behind
major US cities like New York, Miami and Atlanta
e Says many projects ‘cancelled or postponed’
due to long wait, with process having
‘stranglehold’ on construction sector

tinely raising numerous “queries” over
plans submitted to it, rather than see-
ing its true role as the speedy pro-
cessing of such applications.

“Most jurisdictions are reducing the
number of steps to speed up the
process,” Mr Ferguson said of com-
petitors’ approaches to construction
permitting, “which stimulates the

industry. They [the BCD] are putting
more in.

“The main problem is that we have
persons down there processing these
things and coming up with queries,
which means they are putting them-
selves forth as experts and knowing
more than people qualified in the
industry. Yet they are not qualified

to do that. They [the BCD] are trying
to operate as a qualifying agency,
rather than one that processes per-
mits.”

An Institute report that compared
the building permitting process in the
Bahamas to those in major US cities,
focusing on time taken and the num-
ber of steps involved, found that while
it took between three to six months in
this nation if the project was “uncom-
plicated,” in New York it took an
average of between one hour to 14
days.

And New York regulators, accord-
ing to the Institute, accomplished this
even with applicants there required
to fulfil 31 steps, as opposed to the 24

SEE page 2B

New car sales at
‘acceptable level’ —

if back to 75-80%
of pre-bust data

* BMDA president says that although new auto
sales currently at 50-60% of pre-recession levels,
data shows sector moving in right direction

* New auto sales up 17.76% year-over-year for
October, and 1.84% rise for 2010 to date

* Industry in for ‘long haul’, as duty rate rises and
manufacturer price increases raise consumer

prices by five figures

* Bank lending unlikely to return to previous levels

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian new auto
market would have recovered
to an “acceptable level” if it
returns to 75-80 per cent of
pre-recession sales levels, the
Bahamas Motor Dealers
Association’s (BMDA) pres-
ident said yesterday, as cur-
rent sales levels - although 50-
60 per cent behind pre-reces-
sion levels - continue to show
improvement.

Andrew Barr, who is also
Friendly Ford’s sales manag-
er, said the 17.76 per cent
year-over-year new auto sales
increase reported by BMDA
members for October 2010,
coupled with the 1.84 per cent
improvement for the first 10
months of the year compared
to 2009, indicated the eco-
nomic climate facing the
industry was “becoming more
positive”.

However, he cautioned that
it was too early to tell if this
would continue to translate
into a sustained month-over-
month, year-over-year sales
recovery, telling Tribune
Business that employment
and income levels still had a
way to recover, while
Bahamian commercial banks
were unlikely to lend at pre-
recession levels.

“We are in this for the long
haul,” Mr Barr told this news-
paper. “We’ll see some
improvements from time to
time. Any improvement is a
good sign, but if it improves
month-to-month, year-to-
year, remains to be seen.

“Tt’s becoming more posi-
tive, judging by the numbers,
not hugely so but any step in
that direction is a good step.
The last nine months have
certainly been a little bit bet-
ter percentage wise than last
year. That is a significant
improvement.

“The first nine months of
this year have shown a rea-
sonable growth. It’s not what
anyone would like, but it’s
reasonable growth, and if that
continues in the future we’re
on the right track.”

Mr Barr suggested that the
main factors driving October’s
sales increases were moves by
consumers to purchase autos
that were imported pre-Bud-
get, thus attracting lower
Excise Tax rates, making their
prices cheaper.

Others, he suggested, were
being attracted to the smaller
engine size, value-driven vehi-
cles that dealers were now

importing, since these attract
lower duty rates following the
2010-2011 Budget, which
based Excise Tax rates on
engine size - a move designed
to push both dealers and con-
sumers to more fuel efficient,
smaller cars.

Friendly Ford, Mr Barr
explained, had already made
such adjustments to its inven-
tory, having just cleared an
order of Ford Fiestas with a
1.6 engine size.

He added that the increase

SEE page 2B

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* Leading KPMG (Bahamas) partners says ‘sooner the better’
for government to attract private investors into public-private
partnerships

* Adds that legislation and procurement process reforms
needed, along with clear government strategy

“Bahamas spending needs more than one year’s government
revenues and 10 times capital budget

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

do what is necessary to attract
foreign investors to partner
with it to develop much-needed
public infrastructure projects,
“the better”.

Simon Townend, partner

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Strapped for cash and with
little capacity for more debt,
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* Laundromat boss describes Bahamas as ‘Wild, Wild
West’ where ‘everybody is in fear’ and crime situation
likely to get worse

* Political parties blasted for ‘lack of vision’ in
combating crime problem

* ‘Mind boggling’ failure to date to move Bahamas to
‘cashless society’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

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with KPMG (Bahamas), and
who heads the firm’s corpo-
rate finance office, said there
was growing interest from
private investors in funding
public infrastructure devel-
opments, and urged that the
Bahamian government cre-
ate a “clear strategy and
plan” for infrastructure in
this country that will help
attract outside investors to
come and join it in public-
private partnerships (PPPs)
for this purpose.

His advice, he noted,
comes against a backdrop
that has seen the Bahamas’
national debt rise to over 50
per cent of gross domestic
product (GDP), and govern-
ment revenues and lending
opportunities shrink even as
infrastructural needs - such
as a new hospital, investment
in school buildings, roads and
the water supply - multiply.

Illustrating the magnitude
of the burden, analysis by
KPMG indicates that “short
to mid-term” infrastructure
needs over the next five
years in the Bahamas will
require an estimated $2.3 bil-
lion in financing, Mr Tow-
nend pointing to education,
healthcare, roads, airports,
sea ports, the prison, solid
waste, government buildings
and alternative energy as
areas to be addressed.

Putting this in perspective,
he said this sum was more
than a year’s revenue for the
Government, and 10 times
the capital expenditure bud-
get for 2010-2011, which
came in at $228 million,
meaning that it would take
10 - rather than five years - to
fund all of these areas based
on the Government’s current
capacity.

Referring to the impor-
tance of timely maintenance
and ongoing development of
a country’s infrastructure
investments, Mr Townend
described this as “building
for the future”.

“Tt’s not just about build-
ing things”, but “enabling
efficient and modern deliv-
ery of services to the public,”
he said.

Investment in infrastruc-
ture also has a multiplier
effect, wherein good infra-
structure plays a role in
attracting further foreign
direct investment. A recent
World Bank survey pointed
to the quality of a country’s
infrastructure as more impor-
tant to potential investors in
the Caribbean than “any oth-
er investment parameter”,
said Mr Townend.

Speaking at a Chartered
Financial Analyst (CFA)
Society of the Bahamas lun-
cheon, Mr Townend said of
attracting investors to invest
in public infrastructure pro-
jects in The Bahamas: “I

Plan required for
Bahamas’ $2.3bn
infrastructure gap

think (the Government)
needs to have a clear strategy
and plan, and the legislation
that facilitates it.

“For instance, in the ener-
gy sector we know the cur-
rent legislation and laws just
don’t accomodate private
investment, so I think funda-
mentally there’s the legisla-
tion issue.

“T think the Government
needs to clearly establish its
strategy so investors can
know what to look for, and
by doing so the Government
can put the word out, such
as they have done in the UK,
and you will get a lot of
attraction from investors who
are looking at this and can
say: ‘OK, The Bahamas is
serious about doing this and
we'll come and take a look’.”

The KPMG partner sug-
gested the Government must
begin by “clearly defining the
mid to long-term needs
across all sectors”, including
education, health, roads,
energy and more before it
can expect to attract part-
ners.

“T would say it appears this
government has made it its
mission to put the infrastruc-
ture in place and there’s a
plan there, but not in the
same way the UK govern-
ment and the Canadian gov-
ernment have done, where
they’ve set up groups and
have come together and
looked at infrastructure
needs in those countries over
the long term. I don’t think
the Bahamas has such a plan
yet,” Mr Townend said.

Aside from a strategic plan
which can be accessed by
potential investors, and
reforms to legislation gov-
erning the ability for foreign
investors to enter the
Bahamas for such purposes,
Mr Townend also highlight-
ed upgrades to the country’s
public procurement process-
es as key to encouraging
PPPs.

“The Government should
look at revisiting and mod-
ernising the procurement
process,” said Mr Townend.

Referring to the process
used in the Bahamas, he sug-
gested it lacks flexibility and
“does not so much look at
all the risks in the project and
make sure there’s a fair allo-
cation of risks” between the
Government and the private
company providing the ser-
vice being purchased, or
address the issue of perfor-
mance adequately.

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mance,” he suggested, adding
that a more modernised pro-
curement process could also
have a “budgetary impact on
how efficient the Govern-
ment is” when it comes to
capital expenditure.

Mr Townend explained
that for the year-to-date, $23
billion has been raised world-
wide to fund infrastructure
projects - more than in 2009 -
with “many more players
entering the infrastructure
markets”, including private
equity funds, pension funds,
insurance companies, sover-
eign wealth funds and state-
owned infrastructure
banks/funds.

As to why investors would
be interested in public infra-
structure, he noted that as it
relates to essential public ser-
vices, investors can be
assured of “strong, pre-
dictable, inelastic demand”
for the development they are
funding. Benefits can include
long-term high profit mar-
gins following a high initial
investment, often with regu-
latory and stable pricing con-
cessions attached to it, and
low volatility.

“Tt’s less risky than equi-
ty, less risky than corporate
bonds but better than gov-
ernment returns,” said Mr
Townend.

He feels the Bahamas has
the potential to be an attrac-
tive investment ground for
international entities inter-
ested in public infrastructure,
with the airport redevelop-
ment project - a “quasi” PPP
between the Government
and a company owned by it,
but managed privately by
Canadian company Vancou-
ver Airport Services - and
the $70 million Arawak Cay
Port, which is jointly funded
by the Government and the
private Arawak Cay Port
Development Company,
“good examples” of how
such initiatives can work in
the Bahamas.

“T think people will look
at the airport and say that’s
going well. It’s a good suc-
cess story to be able to talk
about.

“Then you’ve got the port
and all of these things that
are happening that investors
can see, which show the
country knows what it’s
doing, it’s progressive and
the Government is working
hard and is really driven to
make these things happen. I
think investors will look at
that and say: “This is a gov-
ernment we can deal with’,”
Mr Townend said.

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Higgs & Johnson partner
takes top legal position

Higgs & Johnson partner,
Surinder Deal, has been re-
elected to the Board of Direc-
tors, reappointed regional vice-
chair for the Caribbean and
Central America, and accepted
the position of Meetings Com-
mittee Chair of TerraLex, a
large global legal network of
law firms.

Surinder Deal has over 20
years of experience in real
estate, trust law and corporate
and commercial law. She is a
member of the Bar Associa-

tions of Malaysia and the
Bahamas, and of the Interna-
tional Bar Association. She is
also a member of the Society
of Trust and Estate Practition-
ers.

TerraLex has 160 member
law firms in 100 countries and
41 US states, and is the one of
the largest international legal
networks. As a member of
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New car sales at ‘acceptable
level’ if back to 75-80 per
cent of pre-bust data

“Having said that, we’re seeing increases of
1-2 percentage points on a monthly basis. If we
get back to a level of 75-80 per cent of pre-

FROM page one

in Excise Tax duty rates, coupled with rises in
manufacturer prices as the car companies
added new technology to their models, had
increased prices to Bahamian consumers by up
to $10,000-$12,000 in certain cases.

Asked by Tribune Business about the medi-
um-term outlook for the BMDA and its indus-
try members, Mr Barr replied: “We’ll never get
back to the status quo as it was before, but
we will certainly show some improvement as
the year [2011] goes on. I think it will be small
improvements; I don’t think it will be a huge

improvement.

“Tt’s going to take a long time for job cre-
ation to come back, and for the banks to be

willing to lend money.

“Are the banks willing to lend on a general
basis to people who want that type of car.
Quality [of borrower will need to] be a lot
higher, and the banks’ ability to lend on vol-

ume will not be there.”

Asked by Tribune Business how current
Bahamian new car sales compared to pre-
recession levels, Mr Barr said:
that across-the-board, in general, the market is
down by anywhere from 50-60 per cent com-

pared to pre-recession.

“T would say

el to be at.”

recession sales, that will be an acceptable lev-

Yet he warned that it would be impossible
for “the economy to support” the high level of
commercial bank lending that aided the
Bahamian new car industry in the past, as
institutions would now demand that borrowers
provide proof of job security, employment his-
tory and show their income levels were suffi-
cient to service the loan.

Mr Barr suggested that the $2.6 billion Baha
Mar redevelopment of the Cable Beach strip,

which appears to be moving towards some

sion”.

the best.”

incomes.

sort of start, was the “only hope” and “only
thing left to lift the Bahamas out of reces-

And he added: “All the dealers need to
focus on the new government regulations.
There’s no point in loading up with large vehi-
cles to the extent of high prices and hoping for

Emphasising that Friendly Ford was focused
on delivering “true value” to consumers, he
added that buyer purchasing power had been
eroded by almost 25 per cent, due to a combi-
nation of inflation and reduced/stagnant

Building permit
delays cost the
Bahamas ‘millions’

FROM page one

in the Bahamas, according to
the BCD’s website. New
York, on average, also
processed some 43,000 con-
struction permits per year,
compared to the 2,000 stated
on the Ministry of Works’
website.

The Bahamas’ construction
permit processing time was
also well behind Atlanta,
where between one to 60 days
were required, and just sev-
en-nine steps involved, and
Miami, where it took between
23-103 days and 14-17 steps
were involved.

Asked what this is costing
the Bahamas, both in terms
of economic activity and a
seeming lack of competitive-
ness, Mr Ferguson told Tri-
bune Business: “It’s huge. I
don’t have a figure, but [ll
give you an example. I have
an application that’s been in
there since last October, and
it’s not passed the planning
process yet. That’s 13 months.

“In many instances, these
projects are cancelled or post-
poned. They never get on
track, so there are jobs for
construction workers they
never do, they never get, so
the cost is certainly in the mil-
lions of dollars.”

The Institute’s report, not-
ing that about 5,000 construc-
tion projects were approved
in 2006 by the BCD, taking
an average time of six months,
said: “If the average con-
struction cost for each project
was $100,000, that would
equate to $500 million that
flowed into the construction
industry.

“Tf the average processing
time had been three months,
while still not an acceptable
time, the money in the con-
struction industry would have
been doubled and would have
trickled down through most
sectors of the economy.”

As for the delays being
experienced in approving con-

struction permits, the Insti-
tute added: “Before the 1990s,
it took substantially less time
for building permits applica-
tions to be approved, they
were approved with substan-
tially less set backs and
queries. This was also despite
the fact that during this time
there were more, less quali-
fied people submitting plans
and reviewing the plans at
BCD.”

Now, with Bahamian engi-
neers and architects both
required to be registered,
most applications to the BCD
were being submitted by qual-
ified professionals.

Yet the Institute said: “In
spite of this, the BCD has
made the building permit
process much more intensive
and complicated, with the
added problem of unqualified
individuals having the power
to stop and query the regis-
tered architect or engineer’s
documents.

“This has led to a dumbing
down in the construction
industry documents by the
architects and engineers.
Instead of using the most
innovative and cost-effective
solutions, professionals
instead choose systems that
are top heavy with elements
that often times are unneces-
sary.”

Reiterating that “while oth-
er locations have been busily
trying to streamline their
processes through new pro-
grammes and eliminating
steps and redundancies, BCD
has been doing the opposite
of instituting more steps and
redundancies,” the 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 with which permit
applications were processed.

In addition, it warned that
the numerous delays and bot-
tlenecks being experienced
could result in an increased
temptation for both BCD
employees and applicants to

exploit the situation through
graft/corruption.

There was a perception in
some quarters, the Institute
said, that offering to “tip” or
“buy lunch” for some BCD
officials could result in faster
processing of a permit appli-
cations.

It added that the hold-up
of construction projects, due
to the long wait for permits,
could have “an adverse affect
on the economy” by “putting
untold scores of construction
workers out of work and tak-
ing their income out of the
marketplace.”

Contractors were deprived
of “continuous work”, with
delays impacting both
Bahamians and foreign
investors. Both might be
forced to use finances previ-
ously reserved for their con-
struction project elsewhere if
there was a long wait time,
resulting in the development
being abandoned.

Mr Ferguson yesterday
lamented to Tribune Business
that the Bahamas was ranked
107th out of 183 nations in
the World Bank’s Ease of
Doing Business report when it
came to construction permit-
ting, adding that this ranking
had been dropping “every
year.”

“Every country in the
region is ranked above us, and
most of them are rated in the
top 40, with the exception of
Trinidad, which is in the 80s,
sO we are not competitive at
all,” he added. “It is not a
good situation, and they (the
BCD) are very content with
it, rather than aiding the
industry and economy. We’ve
been fighting it for years.
They’ve got the construction
industry at a stranglehold.”

Mr Ferguson said he was
due to discuss the situation
this Friday with Stephen
Wrinkle, the Bahamian Con-
tractors Association’s (BCA)
president, and Robert Reiss,
head of the Bahamas Society
of Engineers.

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LS aD
RIBBON BALL

SCOTIABANK (Bahamas) joined with
the Bahamas AIDS Foundation in hosting
the 2011 Red Ribbon Ball. Hosted under the
theme, ‘Iam Accepted,’ the Ball is the Foun-
dation’s single largest fund-raising initiative,
now in its 17th year.

An annual supporter of the AIDS Foun-

dation, Scotiabank was an executive corpo-

rate partner at this year’s gala.

Scotiabank’s marketing & PR senior man-
ager, Leah Davis, said: “Our partnership
with the Bahamas AIDS Foundation under-
scores our commitment to be socially respon-
sible in this community. We will continue to
embrace our role as a global partner in cre-

ating a healthier world.”

Pictured (L-R): Sandra Smith, co-chair,
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Company’s outlets robbed
five times in 10 day-period

FROM page one

“everybody is in fear”, with
the crime situation likely to
get worse - not better - in
coming months.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar, a for-
mer Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president, while
praising the police and civic-
minded Bahamians for help-
ing to catch the suspects
alleged to be behind one of
the armed robberies afflict-
ing his business, blasted the
two main political parties for
lacking “vision and ideas” to
combat this nation’s crime
crisis.

He again called for the
Government and Bahamian
commercial banks to execute
urgently on strategies to
make this nation “a cashless
society”, explaining that this
would not only benefit the
conduct of commerce, but
also help to reduce violent
crime by eliminating the vol-
ume of cash businesses and
persons currently carry.

The failure to move for-
ward on this to date was
described by the former
Chamber president as “mind
boggling”.

Recalling Superwash’s
recent armed robbery night-
mare, which saw its Nassau
Street establishment held-up
three times, while its Blue
Hill Road and Robinson
Road/Minnie Street premis-
es were attacked one time
apiece, Mr D’ Aguilar said he
was “troubled” by the fact
that the most money stolen
in any one of these events
was a relatively meagre $200.

Superwash outlets, he
added, carried minimal sums
of cash, and the fact that the
alleged robbers had “decided
this was the way they were
going to make their living”
- risking everything, includ-
ing the lives of his staff and
customers, for relatively little
gain had disturbed him.

“T think everybody is in
fear,” the Superwash presi-
dent said of the general
crime situation. “Christmas
is coming, which is a tough
period for businesses as it
relates to crime.

“T think that businesses
have to take steps to ensure
their business is not attrac-
tive to be robbed.”

And he added: “It’s the
feeling of helplessness. It’s
sad our country has deterio-
rated to this, and there’s no
clear plan, no path out of it.
There’s this sense of help-
lessness that it can’t get any
better. Our political direc-
torate have no new ideas,
whether it’s PLP or FNM,
and have no vision...... No
one has any vision on how
to address this problem.”

Part of such a vision
should be moving the
Bahamas to a “cashless soci-
ety”, where banking was
done via debit cards and
electronic forms, such as cell
phones. This, Mr D’ Aguilar,
could remove one of the
main motivations for armed
robberies of businesses -
namely that they were per-

ceived to have large sums of
cash on the premises.

“Tt’s mind-boggling to me
that we have so much cash,
and the banks are not moti-
vated to diminish the amount
of cash used,” Mr D’ Aguilar
told Tribune Business.

While cash was often the
cheapest form of payment,
Bahamian commercial banks
needed to find ways to make
it a little more expensive, or
reduce the costs associated
with various forms of elec-
tronic.

Railing against what he
said were banking industry
plans to level a per debit
card transaction fee equiva-
lent to 3 per cent of the sales
price, Mr D’Aguilar told Tri-
bune Business: “Bahamian
businesses would be pre-
pared to absorb some costs,
at a reasonable level, to take
cash out of the system.

“T’ve always said that if we
can come up with a plan to
draw cash out of the com-
munity, and drive persons
who live here to use as a lit-
tle cash as possible, the nat-
ural roll-on effect is that
crime against businesses will
inevitably diminish. Take
cash out of the community
and I’m pretty damn sure it
would cause a reduction in
crime against businesses and
people robbing people for
cash.”

Bahamians needed to be
shown the advantages of e-
banking and cell phone
banking, and carrying less
cash, to ensure they bought
into the concept, Mr
D’ Aguilar said.

He urged the Government
to develop its plans, talk to
relevant parties and then
“make it happen”, adding:
“Crime is a problem. Every-
one is screaming from the
rooftops that crime is a prob-
lem. There’s nothing to indi-
cate to me it’s going to get
better.

“Nothing pops into my
mind to say there’s hope.
There’s nothing on the hori-
zon from the political lead-
ership to give us hope.”

The former Chamber pres-
ident called for a “greater
police presence on the
streets to give the people the
impression they’re in charge
of this town, not the crimi-
nals”, adding that he was dis-
appointed not to see more
roadblocks and a greater
street-level presence.

Describing the Royal
Bahamas Police Force as
“very much a police car and
station type of force”, as
opposed to one with a street
presence, Mr D’Aguilar said
it “certainly isn’t the impres-
sion in this town” that the
authorities were in control
of the streets.

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“They need to give the
perception that they are in
charge, whereas right now
it’s the Wild, Wild West,” he
added.

Mr D’Aguilar said he was
convinced that some busi-
nesses, especially at night,
were electing not to conduct
commerce in certain areas
because they were perceived
to be too dangerous.

The private sector was also
incurring increasing costs, in
terms of security cameras,
bars and guards/dogs to pro-
tect their premises against
crime.

Armed robberies had a
traumatic effect on staff who
had to deal with them, Mr
D’ Aguilar saying: “You have
to go through the consoling
process, calming staff down.
I think it’s important to
speak to staff, find out what
happened, that you feel their
pain, and let them know
what’s going on.

“Tve been held up twice,
and been a victim of violent
crime twice. You have to
walk them through the
process, and be seen to be
taking steps to ensure their
safety.”

Tariff cuts
urged for
security
products

FROM page one

sector can assist the Gov-
ernment in reducing crime
levels and help to protect
their own assets.

Mr Harding, whose firm
specialises in lock, safe and
vault installation, access con-
trol equipment installation
and alarm and surveillance
systems, said yesterday that
apart from a pre-2007 reduc-
tion to 10 per cent on the
duty on CCTV cameras -
the cameras themselves, and
not the related equipment
that is necessary for their
complete installation - “90
per cent” of all the security
products he imports for his
customers still attract a 35
to 45 per cent duty rate.

“The interest today is
stronger certainly than if we
go back two years,” Mr
Harding said.

“We are doing a lot of
estimates, and so I think
people are now starting to
take these measures seri-
ously, but they have half as
much to spend. I think peo-
ple would get better systems
if the tariff were reduced,”
he said, adding that people
are going more often for
“stripped down versions” of
the security systems they
were initially interested in
due to cost.

Stacy Lindsay, security
manager at Maximum Secu-
rity Services, told Tribune
Business that she, too, has
seen interest in alarm and
surveillance systems grow,
often in the case of business
owners who find they can
no longer afford to employ
as many security guards as
they might have had before
the recession.

Attempts to reach Minis-
ter of State for Finance,
Zhivargo Laing, were not
successful yesterday and an
e-mail message was not
returned.

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BUSINESS

THE ECONOMY grew a
little faster over the sum-
mer than the government
first thought. That modest

pickup wasn't nearly
enough to significantly low-
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ployment rate, and the Fed-
eral Reserve doesn't expect
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much over the next couple
of years, according to ASso-
ciated Press.

The economy expanded
at a 2.5 percent annual rate
in the July-September quar-
ter, the Commerce Depart-
ment reported Tuesday.
That was up from the 2 per-
cent pace initially estimat-
ed, and better than the 1.7
percent growth rate in the
April-June quarter.

Stronger spending by U.S.
shoppers and better over-
seas sales of U.S. goods
were the main forces behind
an upward revision.

Still, the hiring picture
hasn't improved much —
even with U.S. companies
reporting their best quar-
terly profits after taxes on
records dating back to 1947,
After-tax profits climbed to
$1.22 trillion in the July-
September quarter, accord-
ing to the Commerce report.

The nation's unemploy-
ment rate has been stuck at
9.6 percent unemployment
rate for the past three
months. The Fed's latest
projections suggest that
won't change much for a
few years.

The Fed predicts roughly
2.5 percent growth and
between 9.5 percent and 9.7
percent unemployment for
the rest of this year. Those
are both downgraded fore-
casts from its June projec-
tions.

Growth will strengthen
over the next three years,
but not enough to bring
unemployment back down
to more normal levels of
around 5.5 percent to 6 per-
cent, according to the Fed's
forecasts. At best, the Fed
projects 3.6 percent growth
in 2011, and 4.5 percent
growth in 2012 and 2013.

The latest Fed projections
also suggest no better than
8.9 percent unemployment
next year, roughly 8 percent
in the 2012 presidential elec-
tion year and, at best, just
under 7 percent for 2013.

Analysts generally say the
economy would need to
grow 5 percent for a full
year to push down the
unemployment rate by a full
percentage point.

The Fed's acknowledged
that progress in reducing
unemployment has been
"disappointingly slow."



Economy sees growth, but
unemployment Stays high

IN THIS at aici Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, a sign ‘proclaims a
residential home sale has been made in Marborough, Mass. The
National Association of Realtors said existing-home sales dipped
2.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.43

million units. (AP)

The housing market has-
n't fared much better. The
latest reading showed sales
of previously owned homes
slipped slightly in October.

The National Association
of Realtors said existing-
home sales dipped 2.2 per-
cent last month to a season-
ally adjusted annual rate of
4.43 million units. That's
38.9 percent below their
peak of 7.25 million units
set in September 2005 dur-
ing the height of the housing
boom.

High unemployment and
tight credit kept buyers
away, even with mortgage
rates near the lowest levels
in decades.

The median price for a
home sold in October was
$170,500, down 0.9 percent
from a year ago. Prices con-
tinue to be depressed by
weak sales and a huge over-
hang of unsold homes.

Americans are spending
a little more, and that has
helped give the economy a
boost. In the third quarter,
consumer spending grew at
a 2.8 percent pace, the most
in nearly four years. That
was a stronger showing than
the 2.6 percent pace first
estimated.

Even with the improve-
ment, consumers would
need to spend more to have
a significant impact on the
jobs market. That's because
consumer spending

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Paul Dales, an economist
at Capital Economics, said a
"meaningful acceleration"
in consumer spending seems
unlikely while job growth
remains muted and Ameri-
cans are struggling to repair
their finances at a time
when their home values are
dropping.

On Wall Street, investors
looked past the better read-
ing on third-quarter eco-
nomic growth.

The Dow Jones industrial
average closed down 142.21
points, reflecting investors
concerns about a Korean
military conflict and eco-
nomic problems in Europe.

Sales of U.S. exports to
foreign customers grew ata
6.3 percent pace in the third
quarter, another factor in
the third-quarter bump-up.

That compared with a 5
percent growth rate first
estimated. A weaker value
of the U.S. dollar is helping
those sales.

The falling dollar makes
USS. goods cheaper — and
thus more attractive — to
foreign buyers.

The housing market,
which led the country, into
recession, remains a weight
on the economy. Builders
slashed spending on hous-
ing projects at a pace of
nearly 28 percent.

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Political chaos
engulfs Ireland,
threatens bailout

DUBLIN

POLITICAL infighting has
engulfed Ireland, threatening
to trigger a quick election and
delay a massive EU-IMF
bailout. Rebels from Prime
Minister Brian Cowen's own
party pressed to oust him and
opposition leaders demanded
an election before Christmas,
according to Associated Press.

Despite the discontent,
Cowen survived a meeting of
his Fianna Fail party lawmak-
ers on Tuesday without a direct
challenge to his leadership —
even though several told
Cowen to his face he should
quit because he lied to Ireland
about secret bailout negotia-
tions.

"I'm sick of it now. I'm sick
of having to face people. I feel
humiliated, frustrated and
betrayed myself," said one of
the Fianna Fail rebels, Noel
O'Flynn.

Budget

A downcast Cowen told Dail
Eireann, the parliament, he
wouldn't call an election until
Ireland's emergency 2011 bud-
get, to be unveiled Dec. 7, is
fully enacted in law. He said
that process would require sev-
eral close votes running into
February at least — which
would mean no election until
March.

That's too long a delay for
many within his own unravel-
ing government.

But Cowen refused opposi-
tion calls to bring the budget
forward a week, to extend par-
liamentary sessions from their
current leisurely three days a
week, and to fast-track votes
on tax-raising legislation so that
the effort could be finished
before Christmas — and before

Ireland's banks run out of mon-
ey.

"This will bring some mea-
sure of certainty to a govern-
ment that is out of control,"
Enda Kenny, leader of the
main opposition Fine Gael,
told Cowen during his vain
appeal for an accelerated
timetable.

Cowen countered that he
couldn't even get Kenny and
other opposition chiefs to
pledge to support the budget. If
opposition lawmakers vote
against the budget rather than
abstain, a single vote either way
could decide the outcome.

"It is a matter of personal
responsibility for us all to
decide if this country is going to
put forward the budget or not,"
Cowen told lawmakers.

At stake is the fate of the
reported euro8g5 billion ($115
billion) European Union and
International Monetary Fund
rescue of Ireland, a nation
heading toward bankruptcy
next year because the govern-
ment cannot pay an ever-esca-
lating bill to save its state-
backed banks.

Irish state broadcaster RTE
reported Tuesday that IMF
experts want Ireland's banks
to boost their cash reserves
dramatically using much of the
proposed euro85 billion for this
purpose.

Ireland's deficit this year is
32 percent of GDP, the highest
in Europe since World War II.
Its banks are running short of
cash because they can't borrow
on open markets, and instead
have been relying on short-
term loans from the European
Central Bank and Irish Cen-
tral Bank exceeding euro120
billion that they want back.

Analysts increasingly warn
that Irish taxpayers’ bank-
bailout bill could ultimately
reach euro90 billion — double

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the government's current fore-
cast — because of defaults
looming down the road, par-
ticularly in residential mort-
gages.

"The problem here is not
that the government is funded
into next year. It's that the
banks are funded, probably,
into next week. Do you hear
that sucking sound? It's the
sound of the deposits leaving
the banks," said David Roche,
president of investment con-
sultants Independent Strategy.

He warned that, if Cowen
were ousted now or the oppo-
sition shoots down the 2011
budget next month, Ireland
"won't have a banking system.
So if the opposition really
thinks that's an intelligent exer-
cise, somebody has loboto-
mized them of their IQ.”

Crisis

The Irish political and eco-
nomic crisis, and its uncertain
solution, also drove up bor-
rowing costs Tuesday for Por-
tugal, Spain, Greece and Italy,
all of whom face their own
debt-financing struggles. The
rising interest rates on euro-
zone bonds reflect fears that a
third member of the 16-nation
eurozone might soon join the
bailout club alongside the
Greeks and Irish.

Cowen said his government
on Wednesday would publish a
four-year plan spelling out how
it intends to slash its deficit by
2014 to just 3 percent of GDP,
the limit for eurozone mem-
bers. The plan proposes to
slash eurol5 billion ($20 bil-
lion) from the country's 2011-
14 budget deficits through a
combination of cuts and tax
hikes, and the biggest correc-
tion of euro6 billion is set for
next year.

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ovember 26, 2010



A WOMAN clears debris from the office of Ireland's Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD of the
Fianna Fail party that was vandalized and painted with the words ‘traitors’ in the village of Trim, 30
miles north west of Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. (AP)

Cowen, who rose to power
in 2008 just as Ireland's vaunt-
ed Celtic Tiger economy was
unraveling, has conceded he
must call an election next year
but is seeking to delay it as long
as possible.

His hand was forced Mon-
day when the junior party in
his coalition, the Greens, said it
would withdraw support once
the 2011 budget passed.

The Greens said they expect
the country to hold an election
by late January, not the March
timeline suggested by Cowen's
more deliberate schedule.

The Fianna Fail minister for
tourism and the arts, Mary
Hanafin, accused the Greens
of undermining Ireland at a
critical moment.

"I'm very annoyed. ... I'm
not sure they (the Greens)
have shown they have the best
interests of the country at
heart," Hanafin told RTE.

Hanafin added she wouldn't
back any push to oust Cowen
— but would put her name for-
ward if the leader's post
became vacant.

At the European Parliament

in Strasbourg, France, EU
monetary and financial affairs
minister Olli Rehn gathered
Ireland's 12 European law-
makers for a confidential brief-
ing — and stressed they must
stop the political infighting long
enough to pass the 2011 bud-
get.

"It is essential that Ireland
pass the budget in the timeline
foreseen, and sooner rather
than later, because every day
that is lost increases uncertain-
ty,” Rehn said.

Shares in Ireland's three
remaining banks on the Irish
Stock Exchange tumbled for a
second day Tuesday as
investors foresaw increasing
bailouts and state control as
inevitable.

Patrick Honohan, the Irish
Central Bank governor, fueled
those fears with a speech Tues-
day to Dublin accountants. He
said Ireland's bank-rescue
efforts were right in theory but
had failed to restore the confi-
dence of foreign investors, who
have withdrawn tens of billions’
worth of deposits since the
summer.

He said Irish banks must
greatly increase their own
reserves in response and active-
ly seek foreign buyers.

"They're all for sale as far
as I'm concerned," he said of
Ireland's six banks, three of
which have already been
nationalized.

Bank of Ireland shares plum-
meted 33 percent to a new
record low of euro0.26 and
closed at euro0.30. Allied Irish
Banks fell 19 percent to
euro0.33.

Insurance and mortgage spe-
cialist Irish Life & Permanent
— Ireland's only bank yet to
receive a state bailout — shed
11 percent to euro0.75, also a
record low.

The government already
owns 36 percent of Bank of Ire-
land and 18 percent of Allied
Irish.

The latter bank expects to
hand more than 90 percent
ownership to the government
next month after it offers
euro6.6 billion in new, over-
priced shares for sale — and
finds the government is the
only buyer.

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Korean contiict,
European worries
weigh on stocks

NEW YORK

STOCKS FELL Tuesday
as a flare-up of tensions
between North and South
Korea combined with down-
beat news on the economy
gave investors plenty of rea-
sons to sell ahead of the
Thanksgiving holiday. The
dollar and gold rose as
investors sought safe places
to park money, according to
Associated Press.

North Korea and South
Korea exchanged artillery
fire, killing at least two
South Korean marines. That
came as investors were
already concerned that a
bailout of Ireland may not
be enough to contain
Europe's debt crisis. Bor-
rowing costs for Portugal
and Spain rose, leading
Spain to trim the size of a
debt sale.

In the USS., sales of previ-
ously-owned houses dipped
2.2 percent in October. Also,
Federal Reserve officials
became more pessimistic
and lowered their outlook
for economic growth for the
next year.

The Dow Jones industrial
average fell 142.21, or 1.3
percent, to 11,036.37.

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The clash between North
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the most dramatic between
the two rivals since the end
of the Korean war. Fifteen
South Korean soldiers and
three civilians were injured
in the artillery exchanges.

The escalating tensions
came shortly after the reclu-
sive North Korean regime
claimed to have a new ura-
nium enrichment facility and
six weeks after the country's
leader Kim Jong I anointed
his youngest son as his heir
apparent.

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sions in Asia, but was seen
as less of an immediate dan-
ger in the US. Traders said
the showdown was seen by
many as an excuse to pare
back exposure to risk ahead
of the Thanksgiving holiday
Thursday. Trading is expect-
ed to be light Wednesday as
people leave early. Markets
will be open for an abbrevi-
ated session on Friday.

"Investors don't want to
go into the holiday with any
lingering doubts,” said John
Derrick, director of research
for U.S. Global Investors.
"The tensions in Korea just
gave them another excuse
to sell."

Hewlett-Packard Co. was
the only one among the 30
stocks that make up the
Dow Jones industrial aver-
age to rise. Shares gained
2.2 percent after the tech-
nology company beat Wall
Street's expectations for rev-
enue and income thanks to
strong corporate spending.

Energy shares led the
decline as the price of crude
oil fell. Chevron Corp. fell
2 percent, while ExxonMo-
bil Corp. lost 1.7 percent.

Probe

A widening probe into
insider trading was still
weighing on financial shares
Tuesday, a day after FBI
agents raided the offices of
three hedge funds. JPMor-
gan Chase & Co. was the
worst-performing major
bank with a 2.3 percent
decline, followed closely by
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
with a 2 percent fall.

In other gloomy news on
the economy, the Federal
Reserve lowered its forecast
for growth through next
year.

In a report releasing min-
utes from its last meeting
Nov. 3, the Fed predicted
that the economy will grow
only 2.4 percent to 2.5 per-
cent this year. That's down
sharply from a previous pro-
jection of 3 percent to 3.5
percent. Next year, the
economy will expand by 3
percent to 3.6 percent, the
Fed said, also much lower
than its June forecast.

The darker view helps
explain why the Fed decided

at its meeting earlier this
month to launch another
round of stimulus. The cen-
tral bank plans to buy $600
billion in Treasury bonds
over the next eight months
in an effort to lower interest
rates and spur more spend-
ing.

Yields

Treasury prices rose,
sending their yields lower.
The yield on the 10-year
Treasury slipped to 2.78 per-
cent, down from 2.80 per-
cent late Monday.

That rate is a widely used
benchmark for business and
consumer loans including
mortgages.

The dollar rose 1.3 per-
cent against an index of six
other currencies and the
euro fell 1.8 percent against
the dollar. Gold rose 1.5 per-
cent to $1,377.60 an ounce.

The VIX, a measure of
volatility in U.S. stock
prices, jumped 14 percent to
21.

The index had been
steadily falling since May 20
when it went as high as 45,
its highest level of the year.

Among gainers was retail-
er J. Crew Group Inc., which
is being taken private in a
$3 billion deal with two
investment firms. Shares
rose $6.34, or 17 percent, to
$43.99.

Wednesday will bring an
unusually large amount of
economic data since several
reports that normally come
out Thursday are being
moved up because of the
holiday.

Reports are due out on
weekly claims for unem-
ployment benefits, durable
goods and personal income.

Falling shares outpaced
rising shares by four to one
on the New York Stock
Exchange. Consolidated vol-
ume was 4.2 billion shares.

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against North Korea, in South
Korea, yesterday. North and
South Korea exchanged
artillery fire Tuesday after the
North shelled an island near
their disputed sea border,

killing at least two South Kore-

an marines, setting dozens of
buildings ablaze and sending
civilians fleeing for shelter.
(AP)



Maine economy
is picking up

AUGUSTA, Maine

IMPROVED state bud-
get estimates combined
with falling unemploy-
ment rates suggest that
Maine's long-suffering
economy is beginning to
lurch out of the doldrums,
but a few caveats are also
being issued, according to
Associated Press.

A nonpartisan state
panel of tax and econom-
ic experts on Tuesday
gave its blessing to signif-
icantly improved revenue
projections, which suggest
that Maine's $1 billion-
plus budget gap may not
be that big after all.

The Revenue Forecast-
ing Committee endorsed
figures that shrink the
shortfall through the next
two-year budget cycle by
more than $470 million,
which could ease
prospects of more deep
budget cuts. The figures
will be included in a
report due Dec. 1.

Forecasts

The healthier revenues
stem from improved fore-
casts of individual income
taxes and corporate prof-
itability, said Grant Pen-
noyer, director of the
Office of Fiscal and Pro-
gram Review and mem-
ber of the forecasting
committee. Economist
Amanda Rector of the
State Planning Office told
the committee that wage
and salary estimates are

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turning more positive,
and by the end of 2013
employment should get
back to pre-recession lev-
els,

The upbeat news came
as the state Labor
Department reported that
Maine's preliminary
unemployment rate was
7.4 percent in October,
down from 7.7 percent in
September and from 8.1
percent a year earlier.
The number of unem-
ployed totaled 51,100,
down 6,000 from a year
ago, state Labor Com-
missioner Laura Fortman
said.

Fortman noted that
unemployment declines
over the last three months
are due to a combination
of factors, including mod-
est job growth and peo-
ple leaving the labor
force.

Gov. John Baldacci
credited "hard decisions
made at the state and
national level since the
global recession began"
in 2007 for the improved
economic scenario.
Action in Maine that laid
the foundation for a
recovery included hold-
ing the line on broad-
based taxes, "smart and
targeted investments"
and government restruc-
turing, he said.

Baldacci said compa-
nies in Maine, after shed-
ding more than 30,000
jobs, are rebounding and
profits are improving.

"While job creation is
still lagging, Maine's
unemployment level is
dropping. There are still
too many people out of
work, but at least the
unemployment rate is
heading in the right direc-
tion," he said.

Figures

The Revenue Forecast-
ing Committee's upgrad-
ed figures are subject toa
number of assumptions
that aren't guaranteed to
bear out, according to a
panel of experts from out-
side government that
reports on key economic
indicators.

The Consensus Eco-
nomic Forecasting Com-
mission said in a state-
ment that the positive
revenue forecasts are
based in part on assump-
tions that tax cuts passed
during George W. Bush's
presidency will be extend-
ed and that the Federal
Reserve Bank will expand
monetary policy support
for the economy. The
recurrence of the Euro-
pean debt crisis also
looms as a potential influ-
ence on the positive
trends, the Consensus
Economic Forecasting
Commission added.

"Perhaps more impor-
tantly, the uncertainty in
the current economic cli-
mate is substantial," the
commission warned.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS



NEW YORK — Federal
officials are becoming more
aggressive in targeting insid-
er trading. In the latest
example, three hedge funds
were raided in what legal
experts say appears to be
one of the biggest probes in
Wall Street history.

But as investigators delve
into an ever more complex
financial world, they are also
entering a legal gray area,
and perhaps even redefin-
ing insider trading itself.

4] STATES SEE JOB
GAINS IN OCT.,
MOST IN 5 MONTHS

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Businesses and other
employers added jobs in 41
states in October, the best
showing in five months, the
Labor Department said
Tuesday.

The figures indicate the
job market is picking up a
bit in most parts of the coun-
try. Even the nation’s hard-
est hit states — Nevada and
Michigan — _ showed
declines in their unemploy-
ment rates.

But the gains weren't
enough to broadly reduce
unemployment rates. The
Labor Department said the
jobless rate fell last month
in 19 states, remained the
same in 17 and rose in 14.
Unemployment can rise
when jobs are created if
more people begin search-
ing for work.

PORTUGAL, SPAIN
BECOME MARKET
TARGET AFTER
IRELAND

LISBON, Portugal (AP)
— Europe's efforts to con-
tain its debt crisis came
under increasing strain
Tuesday as bond market jit-
ters shook Portugal and
Spain, seen as the 16-nation
eurozone's next weakest
links now that Ireland has
followed Greece by accept-
ing a massive international
rescue.

The nations’ borrowing
costs rose, suggesting
investors are more worried

about default, while Spain
limited the size of a bond

sale because traders
demanded sharply higher
premiums.

Stock traders panicked
and dumped shares across
all sectors, sending Portu-
gal's benchmark stock index
down 2.2 percent by the
close, while Spain's sank 3.1
percent to a level not seen
since July. The euro slid
below $1.34 for the first time
in two months.

Spooked by the scale of
Greece's bailout require-
ments in May and Ireland's
banking failures, interna-
tional investors are looking
much closer at the public
finances of eurozone coun-
tries and they don't like
what they're seeing, partic-
ularly in Portugal.

J. CREW MAKES
DEAL TO BE TAKEN
PRIVATE FOR $3B

NEW YORK (AP) —
Preppy fashion retailer J.
Crew Group Inc. on Tues-
day agreed to be taken pri-
vate in a $3 billion deal that
would be the second multi-
billion dollar specialty retail
buyout launched in two
months.

The announcement of an
offer from two investment
firms — including one that
used to own J. Crew —
came as the retailer reported
Tuesday that its third-quar-
ter net income fell 14 per-
cent, hurt by weaker wom-
en's clothing sales. The com-
pany also lowered its guid-
ance for the year.

Under the deal as pro-
posed, J. Crew shareholders
would receive $43.50 per
share from private equity
firms TPG Capital and
Leonard Green & Partners.
That is a 16 percent premi-
um to the stock's closing
price Monday of $37.65.

TREASURY GETS
$11.7 BILLION
FROM GM
STOCK SALE

WASHINGTON (AP) —
The Treasury Department

Janus receives
inquiry in insider
trading probe

BOSTON

MUTUAL FUND COMPANY Janus Capital Group Inc.
says it has received an inquiry in an investigation of insider
trading on Wall Street, according to Associated Press.

In a regulatory filing Tuesday, Janus said the inquiry
seeks "general information" in a probe that widened when
federal investigators raided offices of three hedge funds on

Monday.

The Denver-based manager of $161 billion says it intends

to cooperate with the request.

Media reports on Tuesday also identified other mutual
fund companies in connection with the probe, including
Wellington Management, MFS Investment Management,
Deutsche Bank and Prudential Financial.

An MEFS spokesman told The Associated Press that the
company has not received any requests for information in
the probe. Representatives for Wellington, Deutsche Bank
and Prudential declined to comment to AP.

Chemical firm to
pay $270M for
enviro cleanup

WASHINGTON

AN OKLAHOMA com-
pany that makes specialty
chemicals used in paints and
other products has agreed
to pay $270 million for
cleanup of contaminated
sites in 22 states, according
to Associated Press.

Tronox Inc. agreed to the
payments as part of a bank-
ruptcy settlement
announced Tuesday.

The company will pay the
money to states, the federal

government and court-
approved trusts for future
cleanup and administration
at sites contaminated by
Tronox and its predecessor
companies.

Tronox also will transfer
to the governments and
trusts an 88 percent share
of its interest in a pending
lawsuit against the compa-
ny's former parent compa-
ny, Kerr-McGee Corp.,
and its parent company
Anadarko Petroleum
Corp.

says it has received $11.7 bil-
lion from the sale of 358.5
million shares of General
Motors stock.

Treasury announced that
the net proceeds from the
GM stock sold last week
were delivered on Tuesday.

Treasury officials said that
the government could
receive an additional $1.8
billion assuming the bankers
exercise options to purchase
an additional 53.8 million
shares of GM common stock
within 30 days of the initial
stock offering.

The government put $49.5
billion into GM as part of
its bailout of the giant
automaker.

In addition, Treasury said
it will receive another $2.1
billion from GM when the
automaker repurchases pre-

ferred stock that was issued
under the government's
$700 billion Troubled Asset
Relief Program.

That sale is supposed to
take place in December.

TESTS ON TOYS FIND
FEW PROBLEMS
THIS SEASON

WASHINGTON (AP) —
Only a small fraction of chil-
dren's toys tested for toxic
substances and choking risks
have been found to violate
federal safety regulations as
holiday shopping shifts into
high gear, consumer advo-
cates said Tuesday.

The U.S. Public Interest

Research Group credited a
2008 law that set stronger
limits and standards for chil-
dren's products for helping
to make many of the prod-
ucts on store shelves safer
for youngsters. The law was
passed in the wake of a
wave of recalls of lead taint-
ed toys.

PIRG had 260 toys and
other children's products
from major retailers and
dollar stores tested for toxic
substances such as lead and
antimony as well as for the
risk of choking presented by
small parts.

Four of the items tested
violated federal safety regu-
lations for children's toys.

B The Dow Jones indus-
trial average fell 142.21, or
1.3 percent, to 11,036.37.

The Standard & Poor's
500 lost 17.11, or 1.4 percent,
to 1,180.73.

The Nasdaq composite
index fell 37.07, or 1.5 per-
cent, to 2,494.95.

Benchmark oil for Janu-
ary delivery lost 49 cents to
settle at $81.25 a barrel on
the New York Mercantile
Exchange.

In other Nymex trading in
December contracts, heat-
ing oil gave up 1.90 cents to
settle at $2.2496 a gallon,
gasoline dropped 1.77 cents
to settle at $2.1342 a gallon
and natural gas fell 0.7 cent
to settle at $4.264 per 1,000
cubic feet.

In London, Brent crude
lost 71 cents to settle at
$83.25 a barrel on the ICE
Futures exchange.



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Chrysler invests in US
plants, more GM jobs

DETROIT

HARD-HIT Kokomo,
Ind., got a big boost from
Chrysler on Tuesday when
the automaker announced
it plans to pump another
$843 million into three fac-
tories to build a new front-
wheel-drive transmission,
according to Associated
Press.

General Motors, mean-
while, will announce
Wednesday that it will invest
$163 million in two Michi-
gan plants and an Ohio
foundry to make small-car
engines, according to a per-
son familiar with GM's
plans.

The person was not
authorized to talk about the
plans ahead of the formal
announcement and asked
not to be identified. GM




Automaker plans to pump another
$843 million into three factories

says the moves will retain
184 jobs.

Both companies are
recovering from last year's
auto industry meltdown
when they were forced to
take government bailouts to
make it through bankruptcy
protection.

The Kokomo announce-
ment came just hours ahead
of a visit to the plants by
President Barack Obama
and Vice President Joe
Biden, who promoted the
benefits of the auto indus-
try bailout.

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by Italy's Fiat Group SpA,
was near death before get-
ting a $12.5 billion bailout
from U.S. taxpayers to make
it through bankruptcy. In
exchange, the government
got a 10 percent stake in the
company, which still owes
taxpayers roughly $5.7 bil-
lion in loan payments.

Declared one of "Ameri-
ca's fastest-dying towns" by
Forbes magazine in 2008,
Kokomo hit bottom in June
2009 when unemployment
in that midsize city in north-
central Indiana reached 20.4
percent. Unemployment is
still higher than the national
average, but it dropped by
nearly 8 percentage points
to 12.7 percent in Septem-
ber.

The Chrysler bailout
helped keep the company's
Kokomo transmission plants
open. The Kokomo area
also benefited from about
$400 million in stimulus
money, including an $89 mil-
lion Energy Department
grant to help Delphi Auto-
motive Systems develop
electronic components for
hybrid vehicles.

The Kokomo investment
would be Chrysler's largest
in a single year. It's contin-
gent on the city approving
tax breaks.

Chrysler Group LLC has
said it will partner with Ger-
man-based ZF Group on the
next generation front-wheel
drive transmission. ZF is
providing design and tech-
nology.

Strategy

"For years, Kokomo has
been at the center of our
powertrain strategy and the
potential of an additional
investment reaffirms that
position,” Sergio Mar-
chionne, CEO of Chrysler
and Fiat, said in a statement.

The Indiana Transmission
Plant I in Kokomo now
makes a rear-wheel-drive
transmission for the Jeep
Grand Cherokee, Jeep Lib-
erty, Dodge Dakota and
Ram Trucks and a transmis-
sion for heavy-duty trucks.
Transmission Plant II makes
a five-speed transmission for
the Chrysler 300, Jeep
Grand Cherokee, Dodge
Nitro and Dodge Charger.
The Kokomo Casting Plant
manufactures aluminum
parts for transmissions and
other components.

Chrysler's finances have
been improving, although it
still is losing money. The
company cut its third-quar-

ter net loss to $84 million
but said it expects to make a
pretax profit of $700 million
this year, up from a previ-
ous forecast of $200 million.
It also expects to end the
year with $500 million in
positive cash flow. Previ-
ously, it expected to burn
through $1 billion in cash.
GM _ will announce
Wednesday that it's rehir-
ing or retaining 184 work-
ers to make 1.4-liter, four-
cylinder engines for the
Chevrolet Volt electric car
and Chevrolet Cruze com-
pact. The company said it
will invest $163 million at its
Flint Engine South plant, a
parts plant in Bay City,
Mich., and a foundry in
Defiance, Ohio. In Flint, the
company will rehire 135
workers; it will retain 49 jobs
in Bay City and Defiance.

Engines

The jobs are in addition
to the 160 people already
hired at the Flint Engine
South plant, which will begin
making the engines carly
next year. The new hires will
come from a pool of work-
ers laid off earlier this fall
when GM closed down a
neighboring engine plant in
Flint.

GM currently makes
engines for the Volt and
Cruze in Austria. It has
invested $250 million in the
Flint South plant to make
the engines there. GM will
be able to produce 400
engines per day initially, but
will gradually increase pro-
duction. The plant has the
capacity to make 1,200 1.4-
liter engines per day. In
another part of the plant,
400 workers make the 3.6-
liter, V-6 engine used in the
Chevrolet Traverse, GMC
Acadia, Cadillac CTS and
other vehicles.

The plant will make two
versions of the 1.4-liter
engines: A 100-horsepower
base engine for the Volt,
which is electric but has the
gas engine as a backup, and
a 138-horsepower, tur-
bocharged version that is
offered as an option on the
Cruze.

GM's fortunes also have
been improving. The com-
pany made $4.2 billion dur-
ing the first three quarters
of the year and pulled off an
initial public stock offering
last week. It, too, had to be
rescued by the U.S. govern-
ment. GM got a $50 billion
bailout to get through bank-
ruptcy protection.

PUBLIC NOTICE
CHANGE OF NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, RAMADAN KARIM
MUHAMMAD and CHARLES ANDREW McKENZIE
of #42 Paisley Place, South Bahamia, Freeport, Grand
Bahama, have legally changed my name by deed poll
to RAMADAN KARIM MUHAMMAD McKENZIE.
The Deed Poll has been duly recorded at the Registrar

General’s Office.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that EMMANUEL EUGENE of MARSH
HARBOUR, P.O. BOX AB-20291, ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 17° day of November, 2010
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-

7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CAROL LOWE OF 212 HARBOUR
HOUSE Il, P.O. BOX F-41736, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/ naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 24TH day of NOVEMBER, 2010 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085,

Grand Bahama, Bahamas.



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BY ALESHA CADET

One More NN

TRIBUNE FEATURES REPORTER

FTER a near two year absence in the Bahamas, Dance-
hall lovers can look forward to “One More Night With

Busy Signal.”

The event will take place on November 27 at Mario’s Bowling Alley
and Entertainment Palace.
A newly formed promotion company SiDy Production is responsible

for the dancehall superstar’s return to the Bahamas.

Since his last concert in the Bahamas, Busy Signal has become a more
profound artist with a string of wildly popular song such as, Tic Toc,

One More Night and many more.

SiDy Production is an event promotion company consisting of two
phenomenal young ladies, Siddeeqah Beneby and Dynasty Rolle.The
two have individually been deeply involved in entertainment in the
Bahamas around America.

According to the duo, the whole process of organising this particular
show was a “ long and tedious” process that was met with a slew of
problems but the pair chose to take on the concert with the utmost grace

and confidence.

In a statement, the Vendetta Group told Tribune Eniertainment that
the ladies have recently combined both their knowledge and skills to
create the soon to be entertainment Juggernaut SiDy Productions. “
One More Night with busy is the first in a long list of major concerts and
events the pair intend on bringing to the Bahamian public in the coming

year,” it stated.

In addition to Busy Signal, there will also be performances by local
rap-reggae sensation MDeez, whose breakaway hit “Times Hard” has
sized a spot in high rotation on local radio stations and Ipods.

Also set to entertain the crowd will be street acclaimed DJ Selector
Chronic and TG Movements who is said to most defiantly keep the

crowd moving and entertained.

Promoters said: “ Saturday night and Mario’s will be one no one

should miss for this is for one night only.”

The ladies behind SiDy Productions are keeping with their goal of
bringing innovation to Bahamian concerts by currently hosting a compe-
tition for all interested young ladies who are interested in competing to
win the opportunity to spend a day with Busy Signal and also attend the
concert with him. The winner will be awarded an exclusive photo shoot
with renowned Bahamian photographer Sasha Dunn. Applications
available online on Facebook at Si Dy or the Vendetta Group.



Busy Signal.

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BIFF announces competition jury and panels

Films in Competition

New Visions Film

Crackie, directed by Sherry
Wood, in attendance

Hello Lonesome, directed by
Adam Reid, in attendance

Immigration Tango, direct-
ed by David Burton Morris, in
attendance

Norman, directed by
Jonathan Segal, in attendance

Pinoy Sunday, directed by
Wi Ding Ho

New Vision Jury
Peter Belsito — executive vice

president of Film Finders Divi-
sion at IMDb

Scott Budnick — producer
(“The Hangover,” “Starsky &

64 films from 17 countries in 5 days, including 12 Bahamian Films, 26 Feature Films
and 38 Short Films From Around the World.

Hutch”)
RJ Millard — vice president of
publicity at Focus Features

Spirit of Freedom
Narrative Films

Atletu, directed by Davey
Frankel, Rasselas Lakew

Elisa K, directed by Judith
Colell and Jordi Candena, in
attendance

Master Harold and the Boys,
directed by Lonny Price, in
attendance

Little Rose, directed by Jan
Kidawa-Bionski, in attendance

Refractaire, directed by

Nicolas Steil

Spirit of Freedom

Narrative Jury
Morris Ruskin — CEO of

Shoreline Entertainment
Rani Sitty — Paradigm Tal-
ent Agency
Hannah Fisher — Veteran
Film Festival executive

Spirit of Freedom

Documentary Films
Revolution 2012 , directed

by Christian Kohlert and
Christoph Lehmann, in atten-
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Bouncing Cats, directed by
Nabil Elderkin

From Somewhere to
Nowhere, directed by Villi Her-
mann

War Don Don, directed by
Rebecca Richman Cohen, in
attendance

Budrus, directed by Julie
Bacha, in attendance

Bhutto, directed by Duane
Baughman, Johnny O'Hara, in
attendance

Salam Rugby, Faramarz
Beheshti, in attendance

Spirit of Freedom

Documentary Jury
Loredana Boboli de Lama —

Owner of Duna Film Interna-
tional

Sandy Cioffi - Documentary
Filmmaker (“Crocodile Tears,”
“Sweet Crude”)

Karina Rotenstein — Pro-
gramming Manager at Hot
Docs Canadian International
Documentary Festival

BIFF will showcase over 30
Short Films in Competition

Short Film Jury
Norman Golightly — Produc-

er (“Ghostrider,” “Shadow of
the Vampire”)

Sara Nodjoumi — Film Pro-
ducer/Programmer (“Santa
Smokes,” “Duke’s House”)

Craig Woods — Bahamas
Film Commissioner

Panel Discussions

Industry panels at this year’s
festival will cover a wide range
of topics including Acting,
Directing, Film Finance and
Distribution, How to Pitch your
Script, and the Art of Collabo-
ration

Monday, November 29

Master Class in Acting

with Raymond Forchion,
Actor/ Director/ Writer

College of the Bahamas (Per-
forming Arts Center)

5:30pm - 8.30pm - $25 (Stu-
dent) $30 (General Admission)

Tuesday, November 30

Master Class in Screenwrit-
ing and Directing

with Wil Shriner, Actor/
Director/ Writer/ Producer

College of The Bahamas

5.30pm - 8.30pm - $25 (Stu-
dent) $30 General Admission)

Saturday, December 3

Art Of Collaboration

Panelist: Ryan Fleck and
Anna Boden (Half Nelson,
Sugar, It's Kind Of A Funny

Story)
Galleria Cinema JFK
noon - 1pm - $10

Pitch This

Panelist: Peter Belsito - Exec-
utive Vice President of Film
Finders Division at IMDb

Galleria Cinema JFK

4pm - 6pm - $10

Sunday, December 4

The Festival / Market Circut
Year

Panelist: Peter Belsito - Exec-
utive Vice President of Film
Finders Division at IMDb

Galleria Cinema JFK

4pm - 5pm - $10

Film Financing and Distrib-
ution

Panelist: Morris Ruskin,
CEO Shoreline Entertainment,
Page Ostrow, CEO Ostrow and
Company

Galleria Cinema JFK

5.15pm - 6.15pm - $10

For more information visit
our events page at www.bintl-
filmfest.com

Filmmaker Residency

Program
Mentors:

Raymond Forchion —-
actor/writer/producer/director
(“Will and Grace,” “Last
Breeze of Summer”)

Kelly Moore — independent
producer

Andrew Trapani — producer
(“The Haunting in Connecti-
cut”)

Wil Shriner - director/
actor/writer/producer (Hoot,
Fraiser, Becker, Gilmore Girls,
Everybody Loves Raymond)

Participants:

Karen Webb, writer of
Arthur’s Salvation (US)

Sara Van Acker, writer of
Bloodlust (US)

Sonia Castang, writer of
Windward (UK)

Mark Cerulli, writer of Sun-
burn (US)

Andrew Beckford, wrtier of
Slavery in the Bahamas
(Bahamas)

Christina Smith, writer of
Fearless (US)

The complete program line-
up can be found online at
www.bintlfilmfest.com. Book
ending the festival this year are
Sony Pictures Classics’
acclaimed comedy “Tamara
Drewe,” which will open the
festival, Thursday, December
2 and The Weinstein Compa-
ny’s Oscar® contender “The
King’s Speech,” which will close
out the Festival on Sunday,
December 5th with Harvey
Weinstein in attendance.

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November 26 - Friday
Rotary Club of West Nas-
sau's “Soiree on The
Deck”

The Rotary Club of West
Nassau presents “Soiree
on The Deck”, a night of
art, food and music, 7pm
at Poop Deck West.
Donation: $50. Proceeds
in aid of Rotary Interna-
tional Foundation. Tele-
phone: 326-2430.

November 26 - Friday
“Autumn Leaves” Con-
cert

The Nassau Chapter of
The Links, Inc invites you
to attend “Autumn
Leaves”, an evening of
elegant music from home
and abroad. Concert fea-
tures 2010 Marlin award-
winning Mount Tabor Full
Gospel Praise Team, The
Bahamas National Youth
Choir, Pat Rahming and
Antoine Wallace and
Nikita Wells from the
Best of Broadway. 8pm at
College of the Bahamas’
Performing Arts Centre.
Dress: informal. Cost:
$25/adults; $12/children.
Proceeds in aid of projects
of the Nassau Chapter of
The Links, Inc

November 27 - Saturday
St Cecilia's PTA Souse-
Out, Fun Run/Walk and
Health Fair

St Cecilia's Parents-
Teachers’ Association
hosts its 3rd annual Souse-
Out, Fun Run/Walk, and
Health Fair on the school
grounds. Walk-a-thon
begins 6am. Come out and
get your blood pressure,
blood sugar and choles-
terol checked while enjoy-
ing some native souse at
the Health Fair, 8am-
12pm. Souse: $8/chicken,
sheep-tongue or pig feet.
Hope to see you there! E:

charlenecollie@gmail.com

November 27 - Nov 28
3rd Annual Bahamas Real
Estate Expo

All parties involved in the
Real Estate selling/pur-
chasing process gather
under one roof at the
Sheraton Nassau Beach
Resort. 11am-6pm. Here's
your chance to check out
the local exhibitors!

December 2 - Thursday
“Bringin’ Back Da Good
Ole Days” Art Auction,
Exhibition and Sale
Capital City Marketing
presents “Bringin’ Back
Da Good Ole Days”, an
art auction, exhibition and
sale told through the eyes
of Bahamian artist, Nicole
Angelica. 7pm-10pm at
the Balmoral Club. Pro-
ceeds to benefit the
Young Arts Foundation
for the Advancement of
Art. Telephone: 323-5589
E:

kath @ccmbahamas.com



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The College of The Bahamas Writers
of Light presents ‘Culture Shock’

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By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features
Reporter

HE College of The

Bahamas Writers of Light

will present "Culture

Shock", a photo docu-
mentary highlighting beloved Bahami-
an Culture.

The event will take on Thursday,
November 25 at the Chapter One
Bookstore, Thompson Boulevard, start-
ing at 6.30 pm with free admission.

Since 2006, when Professor Hugo
Zarate first pitched the idea of turning
this particular course’s final project into
a full-fledged photography exhibition to
his students, the class has been highly
sought after by non-majors.

COB student, Anna Moss told Tri-
bune Entertainment that deciding on
the name of the exhibition was a task.
"There was this one photo that was tak-
en by a student with a chain which
depicted slavery and from that we
decided to look at the Bahamian
aspects that are still under slavery."

"Mr Z loved this idea and when we
realised that idea wouldn't not work, we
still continued to look at Bahamian
aspects but we decided to go with
Bahamian culture and how it has
changed and that’s is how the idea of
"culture shock" came about," she said.

The students of this photojournal-
ism class had the chance to take pic-
tures at Potters Cay Dock, the Fort
Charlotte and the downtown area.

Speaking on her experience in the
class, Ms Moss said: " I have a greater
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simply taking a picture. " After
researching and realising that people
actually lose their life for taking pic-
tures, seeing their passion made me
become appreciative of it."

Mr Major added that in all of his
photos, his theme was " the way we
worship". " I am pretty pleased with
all of my photos, and there is one pho-
to I call the money shot because it is so
intense.”

Katie Pratt, a communications major
in the class told Tribune Entertainment
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She continued: "I am probably going
to sell one, but I'm going to put the
rest on display at my home. One of the
photos I took consist of a man with a
pole in the water bring up conch, when
I took this particular picture I wanted to
focus on the blues and the man actual-
ly putting the pole into the water."

Noel Henderson said he is now pre-
pared for the exhibit, but it was indeed
a task for him. " I decided to go with a
theme of "island breeze" for my photos,
simply showing the beauty of Nassau. If
people are willing to buy my photos I
will sell them, I think they are good
enough to be sold."

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

LOCAL craftsman and artisans are getting ready to
showcase one of a kind handmade pieces at this year's
Authentic Christmas Ornament Show to be held this
weekend at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal

The event is being presented by the Authentic Craft
Market in partnership with the Wyndham Hotel.

The ornament showcase will feature special handmade
Christmas pieces. "This weekend is for the early Christmas
shoppers. They will have the opportunity to view as well as
purchase authentically Bahamian made items,” said Rowe-
na Rolle organiser of the event.

As always, artists who are showcasing pieces in this
year's show have tapped into their creative genius and
are using Bahamian products.

"Ornaments are made from pink and white sand. Some
of the pieces are also made from straw and there are also
some that are made from crepe paper. Conch shell and sea
shells have been used as well and I must say that the orna-
ments are very beautiful," Ms Rolle told Tribune Enter-

Ms Rolle also said the Christmas ornaments should be
favoured as they are just as beautiful as the American



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"These ornaments are just as beautiful as the ones that
people buy in the store so why not purchase something
beautiful that is Bahamian. These ornaments can also be
combined with the store bought ones. They are very beau-
tiful, different and authentic and they last very long,” she
said.

Culinary

There will also be a culinary tasting at the event. And
because it is the Thanksgiving season attendees will get to
sample turkey dishes as well an assortment of Bahamian
desserts. There will also be prizes and giveaways.

This is the first time the Christmas show presented by the
Authentic Craft Market will focus on ornaments. Howev-
er attendees will also be able to purchase other gifts.

The local craftsmen are seeking the support of the pub-
lic and they encourage individuals to come out to the
event.

"We are inviting the Bahamian public to attend the
event because artisans and craftsmen need support. It is
time the Bahamians people give support to local craftsmen
and this show provides the opportunity to that," Ms Rolle
said.

Admission is free and the show starts at 9am until 6pm
on Saturday, November 27.

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ART EXHIBITION British Colonial Hilton

NICOLE ANGELICA

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Bringing Back

By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter

nternationally recognised
Bahamian artist, Nicole
Angelica will launch her
2011 tour Bringing Back
the Good Ole Day’s with
an exciting exhibition held
on Friday, December 3 at
the British Colonial Hilton. As is always
a part of the agenda of the artist, part
proceeds from the show will assist high
school seniors in their quest to continue
their education at the College of The
Bahamas.
Nicole is known to her global collec-
tors for producing representational real-
ism at its finest. She is a self taught and
self published artist.
Her journey of establishing her career
as a professional artist began after she
graduated from college and worked on
creative advertising and marketing cam-
paigns. At this point of her career, the
artist who is in her mid forties thinks
being an artist is one of the few voca-
tions where age is an asset.
Nicole Angelica sat down in an inter-
view with Tribune Features and said the
idea for an exhibition came from a com-
bination of factors.
"I've had some very strong challenges
in my life for the past few years and I
have also been observing what has been happening
with the Bahamas in particular in terms of the devel-
opment of our country. My personal life challenges
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that old Nicole Angelica and I found that it was
through my paintings."

Going further, she said more specifically it was
through her paintings of things that she remembers
were very pleasurable to her as a younger person. "

Those paintings are inspired by peo-
ple and places back in the day in Nas-
sau and also the other islands in the
Bahamas.”

Climbing

"T do have a daughter and some
other family members that are young
that think that the world is what it is
today and they don't know the things
like climbing the dilly tree, picking
tamarind and eating coco plum, walk-
ing on the beach basically having a
naturally fun time and I wanted to
be able to share that through my
work to not just the youth of today
but to those that have forgotten how
yesterday used to be, so you'll see in
my paintings a reflection of what I
call the good old days,” she said.

She continued: " I would very
much like to encourage artists. I
would like for them to come out to
the show so that they can have an
opportunity to chat with me, I per-
sonally have some things I would like
to share with them in terms of
encouragement.

" I do believe that a part of my
processing in the world of art is that
I share that talent with others. I
would also like to encourage the gen-
eral public to come out and see what
it is I do have to offer and I want at
this time to extend my appreciation

to the support they have shown me for the past sev-
eral years."

This specially themed series will exude an immea-
surable sense of "the real, the human, and the his-
toric view of Bahamian times" with over fifty paint-
ings chronicling our changing society and offering a
reassuring visual haven during a time of momen-
tous transformation as our country evolves into a
complex modern society.

Angelica's shows are known for elegance, style
and the ability to attract anyone who is anyone in the
world of art collection and appreciation.

Each painting from the artist's easel is a master-
piece created from her research of her subjects. She
sometimes uses old black and white photos as ref-
erence material and for ideas. Pencil sketches and
small colour studies help her to determine how to get
the most impact before painting the larger pictures.

The paintings of Nicole Angelica reflect a quality
of narrative peacefulness.

Her paintings of people and places unobserved
speak to Nicole's appreciation for the moments in life
which are so overlooked in the hubbub of modern
experience. She works with oil on canvas, spending
hundreds of hours on her paintings with the ulti-
mate goal of presenting a fresh, unique, and ele-
gant approach to familiar subjects. The detail in
each painting is remarkable, but the mood in each
one is equally impressive.

Nicole Angelica's paintings have won her inter-
national acclaim of Best of Show (Museum of Amer-
icas), first place awards (International Guild of Real-
ism) and Artwalk (Santa Fe, New Mexico) along
with numerous grants and honourable recognitions
globally. Her tour will continue into next year with
Angelica's scheduled participation at The Dubai
International Art Fair 2011; Artexpo New York and
Las Vegas 2011; Lineart SGent, Belgium; CArrousel
du Louvre (Paris); Holland Art Fair ( The Haye,
Holland); and the Shanghai (China) International
Att Fair.