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TREATMENT COMING: Little Kadin Finley.

Help for little

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN ANGRY crowd of
straw vendors yesterday
declared “war” on the Gov-
ernment over its proposed
policies for the new straw
market.

Minister of Public Works
and Transport Neko Grant,
outlined the new rules dur-
ing a speech yesterday at the
Straw Market roof-wetting
ceremony.

Reacting to Mr Grant’s
revelations of rent hikes and
the banning of counterfeit
goods, among other stipula-
tions, president of Straw
Business Persons Associa-
tion Esther Thompson
branded the Government “a
joke” and warned ministers:
“Get your act together — the
war is on.”

She and about a dozen

other vendors approached
the press immediately after
Mr Grant’s speech to voice
their disapproval with the
new regulations.

In the new market, Mr
Grant said only Bahamian
goods will be sold, counter-
feit products will be com-
pletely prohibited, vendor
licenses will be restricted to
Bahamian citizens, and
rental charges will range
from $200 to $250 per
month, $46 to $58 per week
or $6.50 to $8.20 per day.

The new guidelines and
policies are expected to
assist “in the more effective
and efficient management
of the new Bay Street straw
market,” said Mr Grant.

But Mrs Thompson
declared the vendors’ inten-
tion to defy the new rules,

SEE page 12

MOTHER IN APPARENT
ATTEMPT TO BURN
HER CHILDREN ALIVE

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A GOOD Samaritan :
saved the lives of two young
children yesterday when it }
appeared that their mother }
attempted to burn them }
alive early yesterday morn- }

ing.

SEE page 13

Shortly before 9.30am, an
anonymous caller informed :






























ABOVE: Straw vendors,
including president of Straw
Business Persons Association
Esther Thompson, spoke out
yesterday.

LEFT: Minister of Tourism
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
speaks at the roof wetting
ceremony at the new straw
market building site yester-
day.

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

MURDERED MOTHER
OF TWO MOURNED
ON LONG ISLAND

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

LONG Island residents are
mourning the death of mur-
dered mother-of-two Shande
Cartwright.

Shande, 22, was stabbed to
death on Monday night in
Adelaide Village. The first
reports received by the police
said she was attacked by two
armed men near a beachfront

SEE page 10














Kadin after
Tribune story

THANKS TO the charity of family, friends and complete
strangers following the publication of his story in The Tri-
bune, Kadin Finley, an infant burdened with a massive, and
ever enlarging, growth, can finally afford the necessary med-

ical treatment.

One-year-old
Kadin and his family
will soon be taking
the first step towards
combating the con-
dition that has dom-
inated his physical
development since
birth.

Kadin was diag-
nosed by doctors at
Princess Margaret
Hospital with the
rare condition
known as Klippel-
Trenaunay Syn-

THE TRIBUNE featured Kadin’s

drome or KTS, which story in September.

cannot be treated i in
the Bahamas.

KTS is a congenital circulatory disorder characterised
by abnormal benign growths on the skin, consisting of mass-

es of blood vessels.

Medical sources indicate that the condition is progressive
and can lead to life-threatening complications such as inter-
nal or external bleeding, or even heart failure if left untreat-

ed.

Kadin's mother, Arnette Finley, told this newspaper in a
previous interview that her son was born with a slightly

enlarged arm and chest.

Over time the growth grew larger, becoming a physical
burden to Kadin and a financial one for his family. But with-
out health insurance or any other source of money available,
family members were concerned that they might not be able
to afford to get him help abroad.

Since September, when Kadin’s story first appeared in The

SEE page 13

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? for the party in the next Gen-
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? In South Beach, where }
i Myles Laroda seems set to }
? gain the party’s nomination, :
? PLP sources explained there is }
? a growing feud between sup- }
i porters of the former PLP }
? candidate Wallace Rolle and :
i Mr Laroda’s new team. i

SEE page 11



BAHA MAR CONTRACTORS
TO RECEIVE $1M FOR
TRAINING THIS WEEK

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

ONE million of the $8 mil-
lion allocated to train Bahami-
an contractors and tradesmen
who will work on the $2.6 bil-
lion Baha Mar project will be
made available this week, said
Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes.

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LOCAL NEWS



Motorists angry at
traffic conditions

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

ANGERED by what has
been described as unbearable
traffic conditions, motorists are
calling for greater coordination
between public service agen-
cies and consistent maintenance
of traffic signals.

Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC) repairs were
named as the cause for the
extreme traffic delays on
Shirley Street on Tuesday
which had severely affected
motorists and business owners
on Monday. Traffic was
reduced to a near stand-still as
BEC workers and their equip-
ment created a bottleneck on
the two-lane street.

One Shirley Street business
owner said: “The whole island
was screwed up yesterday
because they wanted to change
a pole at 9am in the morning.
So they took their time on a
very busy day and also decided
to trim trees?

“For six hours they had traf-
fic backed up — it’s ridiculous. If
they were going to do some-
thing, why was there no coor-
dination with the Works and
Public Transport?”

The business owner added:
“They just can’t disrupt traffic
on a street like this with no sort
of planning. Ambulances have
to come past here, the prison
vans, it was just pure havoc with
only one lane. The police had
to eventually come and tell
them to move their trucks as it
was getting nearer to the time
for the prison bus to come
through — there was no space
for people to get out of the
way.”

In addition to the high con-
centration of traffic due to

BEC REPAIRS caused severe
traffic delays on Shirley Street
this week.

widespread roadworks, resi-
dents and business owners
heading to and from the eastern
part of the island claim mal-
functioning traffic lights make
an already strained situation
unbearable.

During the evening rush
hour, motorists claim nearly
two hours of traffic delays have
been added to their normal
travel time.

One motorist said: “I’m sick
and tired of reaching a main
intersection and having the
lights off. It’s a wonder we
don’t have more accidents than
we do nowadays.”

Major areas highlighted
were lights at the intersection of
Village Road and Shirley
Street, and the ones on East
Bay Street right before the
Montagu ramp.

In July, the malfunctions
were largely attributed to load
shedding being conducted by
BEC.

Officials from the Ministry
of Public Works and Transport

matically switch to "flash
mode" whenever there is a
power surge, as a safeguard
against electrical damage.

Motorists in the capital then,
said they were fed-up with the
inconsistency of traffic lights,
they feared malfunctions would
only increase as the country
moved into the second month
of the rainy season — as heavy
rain was also noted as a possi-
ble contributor.

Another motorist added:
“None of the lights in Nassau
work, we’ve hired a company
to come and fix the lights but
they can’t fix the lights because
they say BEC can’t keep the











power on to run the lights. I
don’t understand how in a
country that considers itself
ahead of the rest of the
Caribbean — we can’t even have
traffic lights that work.”

Requests for an update on
the status of traffic lights in the
capital were not returned up to
press time yesterday.

As there is a mobile mainte-
nance team of private contrac-
tors who are responsible for
providing maintenance and
repair to traffic lights, the pub-
lic is encouraged to report
downed lights to 302-9700, a
line at the Ministry of Public
Works and Transport.

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explained that the lights auto-

Presence of 8,000 Chinese
workers ‘will result in spin-off
Opportunities for Bahamians’

IN addition to bringing in at least $8 million in work permit
fees for the public treasury, the presence of the expected 8,000
Chinese workers on the Baha Mar project will result in many
spin-off opportunities for Bahamians, FNM Senator Frederick
McAlpine told the Senate yesterday.

“Bahamians are also guaranteed to reap some of the eco-
nomic benefits. These persons will need places to stay, they will
buy groceries from our grocery stores, they will eat in our
restaurants as we eat shrimp fried rice, and they’ll eat chicken
in the bag and our crack conch. They will ride in our taxis and
on our jitneys.

“Madam President, they will visit our drug stores, liquor
stores, rent cars and perhaps purchase bicycles. They will be
with us until the project is completed. Madam President, might
Talso add that the Chinese that are coming, but 80 per cent of
their pay cheque stays in China, they only get 20 per cent of
their salary while in the Bahamas. So I would assume that
most of them will return home in order to collect the 80 per cent
for their labour,” he said.

Senator McAlpine said the public can be assured that the gov-
ernment will do “due diligence” in ensuring that “all foreign
workers have been returned to their place of natural birth,
and we thank them in advance for doing so.”

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OF INDICTMENT

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indicated that they intend to
proceed with a voluntary bill
of indictment in the case of
four men charged in Febru-
ary’s home invasion and
shoot-out in Coral Harbour.

Brothers Derek and Jer-
maine Stuart, 37; Kelvin
Cooper, 35; and Jeffrey Wil-
son, 55, have been charged in
connection with the incident.

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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

Shirley Street, PO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
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China keeps pressure off North Korea

BEIJING — When North Korea tested a
nuclear device last year, China issued bland
criticism and urged Pyongyang to resume
diplomacy. After a South Korean navy ship
was sunk, most likely by a North Korean tor-
pedo, Beijing sent its sympathies but called
the evidence inconclusive.

Now that North Korea has unleashed an
artillery barrage on a South Korean island
that killed four people — including two civil-
ians — and raised tensions in the heavily
armed region, Beijing again appears unwilling
to rein in its neighbour.

For all China's growing international might,
its tolerance of North Korea's wayward behav-
iour shows how differently Beijing sees the
world — or at least its corner of it.

"There is zero chance of China, either in
open or in private, putting major substantive
pressure on North Korea," said Shi Yinhong,
professor of international relations at Beijing's
Renmin University.

As impoverished North Korea's most
important diplomatic ally and source of crucial
food and fuel assistance, China holds the sort
of influence that could bring Pyongyang to
heel. But keeping the region stable so that
China may continue its upward trajectory is the
Chinese leadership's No. 1 priority. If that
means putting up with the occasional North
Korean provocation, experts say, so be it. Chi-
na has reasons to worry if the current, tenuous
peace dissolves. It lost an estimated 400,000
troops in the 1950-53 Korean War. Another
conflict or a meltdown of North Korea's dic-
tatorship could send hundreds of thousands
of North Koreans across the border, burdening
Chinese provinces that only in recent years
recovered from painful restructuring of the
planned economy. Worse, a South Korean
victory would bring to China's threshold a
US. ally that hosts American military forces.

Following Tuesday's bombardment, Bei-
jing has so far shied away from calling North
Korea to task.

In its first written statement about the inci-
dent, China's Foreign Ministry said China feels
regret about the loss of lives and property and
urged all parties to avoid escalation and restart
dialogue.

The statement by spokesman Hong Lei
said the relevant parties should "oppose any
actions that harm the peace and stability on the
peninsula.”

While it said that China was worried about
the developments, it did not condemn either
side. State media, the only media there is in
China, maintained a mostly studied neutrality,
describing the skirmish as an exchange of fire.

"China is very much concerned with the
peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, as
both the Republic of Korea and the Democ-
ratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are
China's close neighbours," the Xinhua News
Agency quoted Zha Peixin, a member of the
legislature's foreign affairs committee, as say-

China's strategy to steady North Korea has
exacted costs. Beijing's refusal to criticise
North Korea after the sinking of South Kore-
a's naval corvette, the Cheonan, in which 46
sailors died, offended Seoul, a key investor
and trade partner which had been drawing
closer diplomatically. In the United Nations,
China shielded North Korea from punishment
over the incident.

China's protection of North Korea at times
seems so unreasonable that it adds to misgiv-
ings among Japan, Vietnam and other nations
already upset over Beijing's more forceful
assertion of its territorial claims in the East and
South China seas.

Relations with Washington may suffer too,
just two months before Chinese President Hu
Jintao wants to pay a pomp-filled state visit.
President Barack Obama has called upon Bei-
jing to restrain its ally. State Department
spokesman P.J. Crowley said U.S. diplomats
had delivered a message to China that it was
"pivotal" to changing North Korea's behav-
iour, adding that Beijing has a responsibility to
make it clear to Pyongyang that deliberate
attempts to inflame tensions with Seoul are
not acceptable. Yet far from backing away
from Pyongyang, China has in recent years
doubled down on its support. As Japan, South
Korea and others have reduced trade and aid
in recent years in response to North Korean
nuclear and missile tests, China has stepped up
deliveries of food and other assistance.

China accounted for half of all North Kore-
a's imports and took a quarter of its exports in
2008, according to the U.S. Congressional
Research Service. That was before the North's
relations with South Korea began souring,
taking tourism and investment programmes
with them. Politically, Beijing has upped its
engagement too, sending a stream of leaders to
Pyongyang and twice hosting reclusive North
Korean leader Kim Jong II this summer. The
first trip came weeks after the Cheonan sink-
ing. The second time came just before North
Korea's Worker's Party held a rare conclave
and then a nationwide pageant for the eleva-
tion of Kim's son, Kim Jong Un, as dictator-in-
waiting. Chinese Politburo member Zhou
Yongkang stood with the elder Kim during
the festivities.

The steadfastness of Beijing's support at
the expense of its international image and
relations with Seoul and Washington have
raised criticisms even in China that the North
Korean tail sometimes wags the Chinese dog.
Chinese officials and experts acknowledge the
risk, saying Beijing's leverage is limited, given
that it is unwilling to throw its economic heft.

“Even if China tried to tell North Korea
what to do, it's unlikely they would easily lis-
ten,” said Gong Keyu, deputy director of the
Asia-Pacific Research Centre at Shanghai's
Institute for International Studies.

(This article was written Charles Hutzler,
and Christopher Bodeen of the Associated
Press).

Shame on the
Environment
Ministry and

National Trust

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Environmental Ministry
and Bahamas National Trust
should hang their heads in
shame for supporting the
dredging of almost nine acres of
protected seabed in the Exu-
ma National Land and Sea
Park.

Not only did these environ-
mental agencies agree to vio-
lation of the world's oldest
marine park, their relationship
to the developer, Prince Aga
Khan, during the decision mak-
ing process has also come into
question.

The apparent lack of con-
cern over the consequences of
dredging is astonishing, espe-
cially given that rising sea tem-
peratures are threatening the
very survival of reefs world-
wide.

What impact will the silt
from the dredging and run-off
from land development have
on the numerous fragile reefs
sprinkled throughout the area?

It’s estimated that 10 to 27
per cent of coral has perished
worldwide and 40 per cent may

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disappear this year. In the Exu-
ma Cays, some of the once
magnificent reefs are already
bleached white and covered in
a brown growth.

Coral reefs are believed to
host perhaps a quarter of all
marine species, including an
abundance of fish, and are vital
to our tourism and fisheries
industries.

Indeed, they are our prime
food source!

Exuma tour boat operator
Raymond Lightbourn has com-
plained that the bar earmarked
for dredging is home to hun-
dreds of baby conch along with
stingrays.

Mr. Lightbourn said there is
already a 225' deep water dock
at the prince’s Bell Island with
a 130' angle branch. What more
does the prince need for a pri-
vate residence?

I understand the National
Trust enraged residents during

a town meeting in George
Town, Exuma, as it was felt by
some that it had already made
up its mind to support the
development.

What’s even more ludicrous
is The Trust, while supporting
the prince’s plans, is the vehicle
through which park laws are
strictly enforced on locals.

It is against the law to take a
single fish, shell or piece of
driftwood from the park.

No-one is allowed to light a
camp fire to grill a hotdog or
hamburger, let along dredge a
protected seabed!

As Exuma tour operator
Patterson Smith told the town
meeting:

“It’s not only about dredg-
ing, it’s about the park being a
no-take zone. But if we can’t
touch it, why is this one man
who is using the island for fun
allowed to do so?”

Indeed, why?

Quis custodiet ipsos cus-
todes?

ATHENA DAMIANOS
Nassau,
October 31, 2010.

Freeport, this is the most glorious time of your life

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE door has been open for
many of you to explore and to
take advantage of the treasure
that God has given you and yet
some seems to be shut to it.

There are some unexplored
treasures and talent in you that
the enemy doesn’t want you to
see. Now it’s up to you to find
what they are and use them.
Yes some of your eyes are filled
with tears, but let them be tears
of joy just to know that the time
has come for you to be the
eagle you were born to be.

Right now there are some
nay-sayers around you. There
are some around you who think
they know it all and want to
dictate to you. This is just a way
of keeping you at a standstill.

Some people have lost their
Eagle instant. They have
become a chicken and they
have lost their w ay.

Freeport, this is the most
glorious time of your life. Don’t
be a complainer or a murmurer.
Rejoice and give God thanks.
Yes you may have made up
your bed on some of the jobs
but let me encourage you to
pick it up. Yes you may have a
mortgage or car loan to pay off
and children are in school. My
question to you is, who give you
these things.? I would think it’s

God, so He will not allow them
to be taken away. I’ve been
there, sat in the same boat and
had to swim and paddle my
knees. Eventually I was able
to get abroad a little boat then
a mid-size boat, then God saw
my faith and put me on a ship
where I am the Captain.

Stop complaining and pray
and give God thanks. Ask Him
to put more strength in your
wings and rise up like phoenix
then sore like an Eagle. I have
never seen so many faithless
pastors in all my life time like I
have seen lately on TV. These
are the same pastors who stand
up in the pulpit and preach on
how to have faith in God, how
He will provide, how He is our
El Shaddi and Jehovah Jireh,
how the righteousness was not
forsaken nor his seed begging
bread. Yet some are helping to
add to the hopelessness the
people are feeling.

In Numbers 13: 17-33 these
so-called men or shepherds are
talking just like the sons of
Anak in verse 33. The only
things they can see are the
giants in the land and the peo-
ple like grasshoppers. Pastors
where is your faith. Don’t you
know that God sometimes
moves us out of our comfort
zone because he has a greater
plan for our lives and some of

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us have been asking Him.

The Bible says in Psalm
37:25, “T have been young and I
have been old, yet I have not
seen the righteous forsaken nor
his seed begging bread.” Again,
where is your faith Pastors?
God is the provider and some
of the people’s best days are
ahead of them. A field of bless-
ing has been open to those peo-
ple. Don’t be like the chickens
of this world. The only thing
they are good for is to make
noise and cross the road.

I pray that the people who
are going through this change
and who have lost their jobs
look not to man, but keep their
eyes focused on the God of
their salvation and soar as
Eagles. This is an opportunity
that you may never see again.
How you handle it, is what mat-
ters most. May I tell you that in
getting up and brushing off,
there are some friends and
acquaintances sitting beside you
waiting for you to hit the dust.
David said in Psalm 61: “Hear
my cry, O God, attend unto my
prayer.” Go forth; walk into
your greatest day and oppor-
tunity. It’s like sand on the sea
shore. Your spirit is down but
there is a phoenix in you to rise
up.

Oia I borrow a few verses
from the beautiful hymn:

“Through all the changing
scenes of life, in trouble and in
joy, the praises of my God shall
still my heart and tongue
employ. Oh, magnify the Lord
with me, with me exalt His
name; when in distress to Him I
called, He to my rescue came.”

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around and make it good.

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Police release security

guard questioned over
sex abuse allegations

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE security guard questioned in con-
nection with a sexual abuse allegation at
Gambier Village Primary School has been
released from police custody pending fur-
ther investigations.

Formal charges were not filed against
him, said Supt Leon Bethel, head of the
Central Detective Unit.

“He was brought in and released pending
the outcome of our investigation,” said Mr
Bethell.

School administrators received com-
plaints from three students that led to the
removal of the security guard by the Min-
istry of Education (MoE).

The students’ claims came after the
school conducted a series of workshops on
inappropriate behaviour.

After further forums were conducted by
the Special Services Unit of the MoE, new
complaints suggested there may be an

incest problem in the community.

The school is now conducting education
seminars for parents in the community and
“preventative counselling sessions” for stu-
dents.

Hulan Hanna, assistant commissioner
of police, said the police are working
closely with the school to reassure stu-
dents.

He, along with Commissioner of Police
Ellison Greenslade and other top police
officials, visited the school on Tuesday and
spoke to students.

“There are so many young people trou-
bled by incest, abuse in homes, neglect,
abandonment and marginalisation,” said
Mr Hanna, speaking of the Bahamas in
general.

Many children react to these hardships by
adopting violent and deviant behaviour,
and Mr Hanna said it is important to “grab
and harness” children at an early age, to
show them “alternate ways of expressing
themselves” before they fall into undesir-
able behaviour.

Controversial Bahamian film
enjoys unprecedented success

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

UNPRECEDENTED
success for the controversial
film “Children of God”
comes less than a year after
the Bahamian homosexual
love story opened the sixth
annual Bahamas Interna-
tional Film Festival.

Director Kareem Mor-
timer said he is amazed by
the success of his first fea-
ture length film shown at



more than 70 film festivals
around the world this year
and winning 13 coveted
awards, as well as being
shown across the United
Kingdom on tour with the
British Film Institute Lon-
don Lesbian and Gay Film
Festival.

Now Mr Mortimer is cele-
brating a deal with the
Philadelphia company TLA
Releasing which has secured
the rights to theatrical and
home entertainment distri-
bution of Children of God

Scripture Thought
JAMES Chpt. 2: 1-8

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poor man in filthy clothes
and say to him,
ool

which He promised to t

called?



Y brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lord of glory, with partiality. ;

For if there should come into your assembly a man with
gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come ina

and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
“You sit here in a good place,” and say to
the pgor man, ‘You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my foot

have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and be
come judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my beloved brethren; Has God not chosen the poor
of this world to be rich in faith ay heirs of the kingdom
ose W ?

But you have dishonored the poor man, Do not the rich op
press you and drag you into the courts? /

Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are

0 love Him

f you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,

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in North America and the
United Kingdom. He said
the award-winning drama
will also be available com-
mercially in 11 countries by
March next year.

“We are so incredibly
ecstatic,” Mr Mortimer said.

“This is a huge achieve-
ment for a Bahamian film,
and we will continue to bring
other countries to the table
with assistance from our
sales agency as we regard
our investors a main priority.

“So many films never get
to see the light of day out-
side of small screenings, and
we are happy to have a com-
mercial product that we are
working tirelessly to bring
returns over the next few
years.”

TLA Releasing regards
the film as the most contro-
versial to emerge from the
Bahamas, where screenings

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Murdered mother of two
mourned on Long Island

FROM page one

property known as “The
Farm.”

Police say they are at “a
crucial stage in the investiga-
tion.” It is understood the
man who was with her at the
time of her death is cooper-
ating with detectives in their
investigations.

Shande was graduated
from NGM Major High
School in 2005.

A secretary at the school
said: “Everybody is sad, in
total shock. She grew up
among us and was just like a
Long Islander. She was there
from a small child. She was
very intelligent, friendly and
mannerly, always laughing,

and she respected her
elders.”
The school secretary

recalled a time in Shande’s
senior years when she worked
on a class project to fix a gar-
den on the school compound.

“T could see her now run-
ning me down to bring back
Gatorade from the store for

when they were finished
working. She would say,
‘thank you, aunty’,” she said.

Mary Cartwright, Shande’s
mother, expressed to her
online friends: “What can I
say, my first pain and my best
friend. Baby, how will I go
on without seeing your magi-
cal smile, hearing that, oh so
beautiful voice, singing to me
and hearing you tell me
everyday ‘mommy I love

ow.

“Oh baby I miss you so
much already I can’t sleep,
can’t eat. I know you're at
peace with God right now,
but I promise you one thing
my sweet angel, justice will
prevail.”

Music fans in Nassau
remember Shande from her
Bahamian Idol performance.

Expressing her condolences
online, Andrea Turnquest, a
friend of the family, said:
“Have my deepest sympathy
Ms Mary! I know your
daughter through Bahamian
Idol. I used to sit down and
watch her sing and enjoy
myself. Some persons even

ask me if she is my sister. She
had a voice of an angel. I
know it’s not going to be
easy. God will comfort you
and the family. I keep you in
my prayers. I know you miss
her like crazy. So sad, she
gone too soon!”

Shande lived in Long
Island from the time she was
eight weeks old with her
grandmother and two aunts.

Prudence Cartwright, an
aunt who lives on Long
Island, said: “Right now we
are all upset. It is like a part
of our body that is missing.
We just hope they catch the
person who did it.”

According to the family,
Shande moved to Nassau just
over a year ago and worked
as a teller in the Palmdale
branch of the Royal Bank of
Canada.

The Long Island family is
now taking care of Shande’s
two young children — a one-
year-old and a three-year-old.
They moved to Long Island
in September, around the
same time Shande separated
from her boyfriend, Douglas
Pratt, according to her Aunt
Prudence. He is the father of
both children.

At that time, the family
said Shande was going
through “rough times” finan-
cially, so they offered to keep
the children “for a little
while.”

Prudence said the chil-
dren’s father moved to the
Exuma Cays around the same
time, working in the con-
struction field. She said he
recently visited Shande in
Nassau, and is still there.

Mr Pratt could not be con-
tacted for comment.

The family is yet to explain
the full meaning of Shande’s
death to her children.

Prudence said: “The oldest
one says ‘mummy is dead in
the hospital,’ but I don't
think she knows what dead
means, because last night she
asked if she could call her
mummy. They are both hap-
py though, they are joyful,
and the baby is only one year
old.”

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LOCAL NEWS

EWS
Baha Mar contractors to receive $1m for training this week

FROM page one

resents the seed money that will
be given to the College of the
Bahamas and the Bahamas
Technical and Vocational Insti-
tute needed to start the training
process and establish the vari-
ous procedures and infrastruc-
ture needed to sustain the pro-
grammes.

"The prime minister helped
to significantly increase the
number of the variety of jobs
for Bahamians who (will) work
on the Baha Mar project. A
major training initiative for
scores of Bahamians to the tune
of $8 million, $1 million of
which will be made available as
soon as Parliament concludes
its deliberation in the Senate

today or tomorrow," the sena-
tor told the Upper Chamber
yesterday.

"Such training would have a
ripple effect throughout the
economy as workers leverage
this training to take advantage
of many other opportunities to
use their new skills for many
years to come."

The release of the first round
of funding will allow the training
of registered labourers to begin
immediately, Mr Foulkes told
The Tribune yesterday during
the Senate's lunch break.

A committee, representing
Baha Mar, China State Con-
struction, the Ministry of

Labour and Social Develop-
ment, the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce, trade unions,
BTVI and COB officials, has
been planning the training pro-
gramme.

Stephen Wrinkle, head of
the Bahamas Contractors Asso-
ciation, yesterday welcomed the
news stressing that a cash injec-
tion is immediately needed for
BTVI to begin cosmetic
upgrades needed before the
start of training courses for
Baha Mar.

"I'd like to congratulate the
ministry and commend the
Government on making those
funds immediately available for

Trouble brewing in three
key PLP constituencies

FROM page one

In 2007, it was claimed that a
very senior PLP general in the
area openly campaigned
against Mr Rolle — resulting in
an essential split of the party’s
vote in the area and ultimately
causing the PLP’s loss of the
seat. However, with Mr Laro-
da having some family ties to
this same general, PLP insiders
fear supporters of Mr Rolle
may return the favour in the
2012 and possibly cause the
party the seat once again.

With this in mind, sources
within the party’s camp said
supporters of Mr Rolle have
started to back the party’s oth-
er candidate for the area’s
nomination, Nurses Union
President Cleola Hamilton.

The second seat of con-
tention will be the constituen-
cy of Carmichael, where party
sources said PLPs are still a bit
unnerved about how easy it
was for Dr Danny Johnson to
receive the party’s nomination.
With essentially every named
candidate thus far having to
have fought for his chance to
represent the area, some with-
in the organisation still feel
slighted by the apparent “ease”
with which Dr Johnson was
able to gain his nomination.

In Kennedy, what had been
thought to be a four-way race
has boiled down to three can-
didates after Keith Bell has all
but officially withdrawn his
name from the nomination.

Attorney Derek Ryan has
won the nomination from the
constituency’s PLP branch —
however, attorneys Dion Smith
and Craig Butler are said to
be the front-runners in the
minds of the Candidates Com-
mittee in this ever-changing
seat.

Yesterday, a party source
told The Tribune the party

Then!

leadership has attempted to
have Mr Ryan withdraw his
nomination quietly. Howev-
er, it is understood this will
prove “very unlikely.”

Our source said: “Dion is
a kind of guy who can hang
and drink with the guys and
that has worked for him in
there. He is someone who has

great ambition, but political-
ly we do not know if he is
there yet.

“The dark horse in all of
this will be Craig Butler who
has moved under the radar
to position himself quite well,
and I believe it will come
down to Butler and Dion in
the end.”










































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the training. That's wonderful
news. We certainly need it, we
need an injection of cash at
BTVI immediately to help with
classrooms, set up the lab so
they can do the training for car-
pentry and masonry. The cur-

rent facilities out there are out-
dated," said Mr Wrinkle.
Persons who want to sign
onto to the training programme
should register with the Depart-
ment of Labour's skills bank in
Nassau or Freeport or at Baha

Mar.

Mr Foulkes added courses for
some 7,000 Bahamians needed
for full-time work at the resort
are scheduled to begin nine
months before the four hotels
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Straw wars





















MINISTER of Public [7 j
Works Neko Grant, Minis- rs !
ter of Tourism Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace and
Minister of State for Social

FROM page one

which drew cheers and
applause from her sup-

Development Loretta But- | porters.
ler-Turner attend the ‘roof She said: “Whatever
wetting’ ceremony for the could come through cus-
new downtown Straw Mar- toms, that is what straw
ket yesterday. vendors are going to sell.
: And as for the new taxes
Tim Clarke/ :
Tribune Statt (rent), taxes is supposed

to be according to the abil-

ity to pay.
“The straw vendors con-

MINISTRY OF WORKS & TRANSPORT

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Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles S.A wishes to advise the motoring public that road works will
continue along sections of ROBINSON ROADSPRINCE CHARLES DRIVE from Monday
November 22"", 2010.

The intersection of Sayle Avenue & Old Trail Road will be affected as the works proceed along
Robinson Road to Prince Charles Drive.

PHASE I!

Motorist travelling in the following directions should divert to the specified route as indicated on the
map or seck an alternate route to their destination,

OLD TRAIL ROAD:
SAYLE AVENUE:

route.

Motonst should use Soldier Road as an alternate route.

Motorist should use Marathon Road and Samana Drive as an alternate

PHASE ill

Phase 3 to commence upon completion of the newly installed twenty four inch (24°) watermain pipe at
the intersection of Sayle Ave. and Old Trail Road.

Motorist travelling eastbound on Robinson Road towards Prince Charles Highway should divert on Old
Trail Road & Soldier Road and continue to their destination.

Please bear in mind that while the works are ongoing, access will be granted to residents and local
businesses that may be affected during these construction phases.

We again advise the motoring public to drive with caution as they approach the work zone, kindly obey
the Magmen and observe the signage outlining the work area.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that may be caused and look forward to the full co-
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tributed greatly to this
country. We feel like
whenever the foreign
investors come, they get
this, get that. When are
the straw vendors sup-
posed to benefit?”

Nyoka Judy Rolle, a
straw vendor for more
than 35 years, said she
agrees with, and supports,
the prohibition of coun-
terfeit products “you can-
not call yourself a straw
vendor if you sell leather.”
However, the rental fees
are extreme, with most
straw vendors “not mak-
ing enough money in this
economic climate to pay
such a high amount.”

The example was given
that even with five cruise
ships in the harbour, few
vendors have made more
than $20 for the day.

“How were they sup-
posed to survive with the
introduction of the sug-
gested fees?” asked anoth-



er vendor.

Others expressed their
disapproval of the rules
saying that whatever prod-
ucts are brought through
customs should be allowed
to be sold.

However, Mr Grant told
The Tribune that the state
of affairs that exists in the
Straw Market cannot con-
tinue in the new $11.2 mil-
lion structure.

With regard to the new
rent fees, he said: "I'm
advised that they pay
nothing but National
Insurance and a business
license fee since the straw
market fire.

“That was the arrange-
ment because they were
under the tent but you'd
appreciate we're building
a world-class facility. We
are talking a mere $6 to $8
to a day (in rent fees) and
where else on God's earth
can you find space for that
kind of money?"

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 13



LOCAL NEWS

Help for little Kadin
after Tribune story

Motherin |

apparent attempt :

toburnher
children alive

FROM page one i

the police that a woman had }
been seen putting her infant }
child in her vehicle and set- }
ting it on fire. i
According to Inspector }
Warren Johnson, a passerby }
saw what was happening, }
got his fire extinguisher, and }
extinguished the blaze. i
Inspector Johnson said }
that it appears that the }
mother had removed the }
fuel cap from the car, insert- }
ed a piece of cloth into the }
gas tank and ignited it. :
“When the officers }
arrived they discovered the }
good Samaritan standing
next to the vehicle with the }
child in his arms,” Inspec- }
tor Johnson said. :
However, when officers }
began to question persons }
nearby they realized that the }
woman’s other child had not }
been accounted for. :
This is when the officers }
noticed smoke emanating }
from the mother’s home — }
directly in front of the }
smouldering vehicle. i
Breaking their way into }
the house, officers discov- }
ered that a pile of clothes }
had been set on fire. How- }
ever, they could not find the }
older child in the home. :
A quick search of the }
nearby Haitian community }
found that the child, who }
police estimated to be }
between seven and nine }
years old, had escaped }
from the house when he }
saw what his mother was }
attempting to do. i
The mother, believed to }
be in her mid-thirties, has ;
been taken into police cus- }
tody on charges of attempt- }
ed murder and attempted }
arson. :
The infant child, who was }
trapped in the burning vehi- }
cle, received minor injuries }
and was taken to hospital, }
treated, and later released. :
The i
other child had no physi- }
cal injuries. They both have }
been turned over to the }
Department of Social Ser- }
vices. i
Officers from the South :
Western Division are con- }
ducting this police investi- ;
gation. i

FROM page one

Tribune, relatives estimate
that nearly $10,000 in dona-
tions has been raised through
various efforts.

In addition to assistance
promised from the Depart-
ment of Social Services, the
family is scheduled to leave
for the Mayo Clinic medical
centre in Minnesota, USA on
Sunday.

Sheniqua Saunders, cousin
to one-year-old Kadin, said
since awareness was raised of
the infant's condition, the
family has been overwhelmed
by the outpouring of support
from the community.

Kadin will see specialists
for the first time on Monday.
Once there, he will complete
a routine medical exam which
can take anywhere from five

to eight business days.

The trip to the Mayo Clin-
ic — recommended by the
Bahamian doctor who diag-
nosed Kadin's condition — is
likely to set the family back
between $7,000 and $13,000
for the initial consultation,
before travel and accommo-
dation costs.

Mrs Saunders said:
“They’re going to assess him,
and once they do all the tests
that they need to do, then
they will make a decision
with his mother and doctor
as to what form of treatment
they are going to take. Hope-
fully we don’t have to go

back because that is a long
way to travel and a lot of
money.”

Past fundraisers include
two concerts, various drives
held by local businesses and
taxi drivers, and a cook-out
that was held last weekend.

For their support of Kad-
in’s cookout, which was called

a huge success, the family
sought to recognise the con-
tributions of a number of
companies and individuals.
These include: Wong’s
Rubber Stamp and Printing
Co., The D’Albenas Agency,
Bahamas Food Services,
Phil’s Food Services,
Caribbean Bottling Co., Puri-
ty Bakery Ltd, 3S Bakery,
Thompson Tradings,
Wendy’s, John’s Department
Store, Kelly’s, Fashion Hall,
Bahamas State Association
of Daughter Elks, Jackie’s

Party Line, Amour Affairs,
Yellow Tail Charters, Ms
MacDonald, Ms Ranger, Sis-
ter Margaret Turnquest,

Cable Bahamas, Carla
Anderson Hollis.
If you would like to donate

to Kadin's medical fund, his
account number at the Royal
Bank of Canada's Palmdale
Branch is 727- 4269.

If anyone wishes to contact
the family to offer any other
assistance, Mrs Saunders can
be contacted at
Sheniqua_37@hotmail.com.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

TENSE TIMES: Mine
blast survivor Daniel
Rockhouse, center, is
hugging family mem-
bers following their
briefing with police
and company officals
in Greymouth, New
Zealand, after visiting
the Pike River coal
mine, Monday, Nov.
22, 2010.
















































JOE MORGAN, AP
RAY LILLEY, AP
GREYMOUTH,
New Zealand

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rescue, a lost miner's brother
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Zealand on Thursday flags flew
at half staff and many churches
held services for people wanti-
ng to show respect for the min-
ers. Wednesday's massive
explosion deep inside the mine
on New Zealand's South Island
came five days after the men
were caught underground by a
similar blast and only hours
after rescuers reported their
first progress in the rescue
attempt.

A drilling team broke a nar-
row shaft through to the mine
section believed to be holding
the missing workers and two
robots had crawled their way
into the tunnel, providing the
first view from inside the mine.

"She was all go," said Geoff
Valli whose brother Keith, 62,
perished in the mine. "There
was going to be more than one
or two (rescuers involved)" in
the rescue bid.

"They explained just how
close they were to going in. It
was bloody scary. It could have
been so much worse," he told
National Radio.

But when toxic and explo-
sive gas levels suddenly wors-
ened, the first attempt to enter
the mine since last Friday's ini-
tial blast was scrapped.

Even in the unlikely event
that any one had survived the
first one, police said no one
could have lived through the
second.

"The blast was prolific,” said
police superintendent Gary
Knowles, in charge of the res-
cue operation. "Just as severe
as the first blast."

The grieving families, the
company and political leaders
have all pledged to retrieve the
bodies of the missing men.

Mourning father Laurie
Drew was one of those pleading
for their retrieval from the



mine. "We are just hoping the
conditions for the rescuers will
allow them ... to recover every-
thing for us. Hopefully it does-
n't drag on too long to get the
closure that all the families real-
ly need, as well as myself," he
said. His son Zen, 21, died in
the disaster.

Pike River Coal chief Peter
Whittall pledged to the fami-
lies that the top priority was
recovering the men from the
pit.

"T still want them back and
their families want them back
and we'll be doing everything
we can to make that happen.
My love and support are with
those guys," he said.

Prime Minister Key warned
it could take time to recover
the 29 bodies as there would
have to be efforts to stabilize
the mine before people could
go in.

“We know there are a num-
ber of options being explored to
allow the bodies to be removed
from the mine," he said.

Key returned to Greymouth
Thursday to meet with the
grieving families to give them
"comfort and support in prob-
ably their darkest hour."

A series of inquiries, includ-
ing a formal Commission of
Inquiry and police and coro-
ner's investigations, are being
launched into the tragedy over
the next few days.

On Wednesday, shortly after
the second blast, Whittall told
the families a team had been
getting ready to go under-
ground — the families applaud-
ed, thinking that a rescue was
about to start.

"IT had to wait till they
stopped clapping to tell them
... that the second explosion
occurred," Whittall said after-
wards.

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Controversial Bahamian film

enjoys unprecedented success

FROM page five

of Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning
gay drama Brokeback
Mountain was banned in
2005.

Children of God tells the
stories of three very different
individuals whose paths con-
verge in Eleuthera.

The story of Lena, the
conservative, deeply reli-
gious wife of a secretly gay
firebrand pastor, intertwines
with that of Romeo, a hand-
some young black man hid-
ing his sexuality from his
close-knit and loving fami-
ly; and Jonny, the conflicted
and creatively-blocked white
artist in search of himself.

The film stars emerging
actors Johnny Ferro,
Stephen Tyrone Williams,

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ductions, LLC, president and
director of acquisitions Ray-
mond Murray said: “Chil-
dren of God is an entertain-
ing and inspiring romantic
drama as well at a powerful
social critique of the destruc-
tiveness of homophobia.

“It is one of the most
important gay-themed films
of recent years and TLA is
proud to be able to distribute
the film.

“Kareem is a talented
filmmaker and we expect the
film to find an enthusiastic
response from a variety of
audiences.”

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some of the issues that dri-
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TLA Releasing to be a
home for our film and their
level of excitement and
commitment to the title
assures me that Children
of God will be given the
best possible chance to
connect with an audience.”

The director said he is
indebted to those who gave
their support by working
hard for little pay, volun-
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kind and encouraging
words freely.

He said: “The producers
feel this support has been
tremendous.”

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be shown at various times
throughout the festival
which opens on Wednes-
day.

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cascading delays and monu-
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would result had not material-
ized. "It was a day at the beach,
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through security at the Phoenix
airport on the way to a vaca-
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through a body scanner after a
golf ball marker set off the met-
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His wife, Marti Hancock, 58,
said that ever since she was in
the air on Sept. 11, 2001, and
feared there was a bomb on her
plane, she has been fully sup-
portive of stringent security: "If
that's what you have to do to
keep us safe, that's what you
have to do."

The Transportation Security
Administration said few peo-
ple seemed to be opting out.
Some protesters did show up,
including one man seen walking
around the Salt Lake City air-
port in a skimpy, Speedo-style
bathing suit, and others carry-
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there was no more or less con-
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than in previous years on the
day before Thanksgiving.

"I would go so far as to say
that National Opt-Out Day was
a big bust,” said Genevieve
Shaw Brown, a spokeswoman
for the travel company Trave-
locity, which had staff at 12 of
the nation's largest airports
watching for problems.

Protest organizers — some
of whom had no plans them-
selves to fly on Wednesday —
were not prepared to declare
the event a flop, saying the pub-

licity alone cranked up pres-
sure on the White House and
the TSA to review their securi-
ty measures.

"The TSA now talks about
re-evaluating everything,” said
James Babb, an organizer for
one of the protest groups, We
Won't Fly.

"That is a tremendous victo-
ry for a grass-roots movement."

For days, the X-ray scans
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NOVEMBER 25,



THURSDAY,

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN HOTELS are “bet-
ter positioned” than their Caribbean
counterparts to raise room rates
when recovery comes, a leading
hotel consultant said yesterday, with
revenue per available room
(RevPAR) for this nation’s industry
up 8 per cent year-over-year to Sep-
tember 2010 - more than two per-

* Bahamian hotels more than two percentage points better than Caribbean



2010

counterparts on key performance determinant

Caribbean average.

"WE'VE UPSET THE APPLE CART’

* Robin Hood owner says
‘ultimate beneficiary’ of
sourcing 97-98% of product
direct is Bahamian consumer,
through lower prices and
better offering

* But public offering of shares
in expansionist retailer ‘never
going to happen’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ROBIN HOOD and other
new market entrants have
“upset the apple cart” to be
the ultimate benefit of
Bahamian consumers, its
president and owner believes,
telling Tribune Business that
by sourcing 97-98 per cent of
its product offering direct it
has helped to drive its prices -
and those of rival grocery
chains - down.

Sandy Schaefer told this
newspaper that the tradition-
al grocery retail/wholesale
model had been shaken up by
the entrance of his business
and the likes of Phil’s Food
Service into the market,
adding that Robin Hood was
looking to emulate the Wal-
Mart model - securing rela-
tively cheap land upon which
to build large store space, and
renting a portion of the prop-
erty out to other businesses
to service debt financing.

Telling Tribune Business
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* Bahamas’ hotel occupancies and room rates both up year-over-year by 4%

* Bahamian RevPAR fell 15.8% in 2009 compared to 17.5% for Caribbean, but this
nation’s room rates only down 6.8%

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Tribune Business
Editor

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and organised fashion
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sion into Europe next year
following the success of its

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bune Business yesterday that the sector
could “gradually grow into a major indus-
try” with the right domestic and interna-

tional support.

Owen Bethel, Bahamian banker and
president of Modes Iles, organiser of the
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Being a resource,
not a jargon freak

A TECHNICAL term or
two can give you that geek
credibility sheen, but it might
prove to be counterproduc-
tive. Do you know that using
technical jargon is the ‘num-
ber one’ cardinal sin you can
commit when talking to a
non-technical savvy client?
Being able to think from oth-
ers’ points of view, and talk
in the terms that non-tech
savvy clients can relate to, is
one of the rarest, most-need-
ed skills in the technology
world. Learning how to carry
out a compelling conversation
with these clients is a crucial
skill that all technology work-
ers should possess, especially
if they desire to maintain their
business.

People who are techno-
phobic and live in fear that
the Internet might steal their
bank account information or
their very soul, or who have
lifestyles that just don’t
include computers, should be
treated delicately. I have
experienced an incident
where a newbie was afraid to
use the ‘zoom in and out’ but-
ton in fear of a computer
explosion. This is not a joke!
This is when it is most impor-
tant to put on your ambas-
sador hat.

One way of mastering this
technique is to talk jargon
with your clients in such a way
that you can maintain their
attention and give an accu-
rate picture of what they real-
ly need to understand. Begin
by using ‘fishing techniques’
to assess their starting knowl-
edge. For example, try using a
generic question, such as:
“Hey, what is your preferred
web browser?” or “What
operating systems have you
being using lately?” Strategi-
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you'll start to develop an
understanding of how to pro-
ceed. For example, don’t you
hate it when you visit a doctor
and he uses unfamiliar med-
ical terms? But when he slows
down, provides a good expla-
nation in plain English or
illustrates with diagrams, he
accomplishes his task more
effectively. This is what we
need to do as technical offi-
cers, graphic designers or pro-
grammers.

Here are some more fish-
ing questions:

* Do you use Adobe Pho-
toshop or any other image-
editing software?

* Do you subscribe to any
RSS feeds?

* How familiar are you with
the programming process?

* What are some web-
sites/authors you read regu-
larly?

* Have you ever worked
with an Illustrator before?

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playing field by asking for
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compelled to weigh in on your
area of expertise. There is no
reason to explain the process,
but do explain how it will ben-
efit them.

Talk In Terms Of Results

This will keep clients lis-
tening. For example, if you
are describing the importance
of standards-compliant
XHTML, you could say:
“Standards-compliant
XHTML ensures that the
website’s code is valid and
supported by most modern
web browsers.”

Even though this may still
seem technical, it gives the
results of your efforts. Fur-
ther, you could go for a sim-
pler approach and say: “I will
optimiae the code so that you
will get the best rankings pos-
sible and make your site view-
able for as long as possible.”

Pause or Ask for Questions
Allow pauses in between
explanations to encourage

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questions. Behave as if you’re
interested and willing to
answer any question, even if
you aren’t. Furthermore, if
they seem confused or remain
silent for too long, ask them:
“Should I explain further?”

Put it in Writing

Non-Tech-Savvy people
can sometimes seem para-
noid, and want every single
detail in writing so as to re-
read at their own pace or
research and follow-up later.

For proposals and reports,
use visuals. Ever noticed how
the best presentations have
more graphics than blocks of
text? If you convey an idea
via visuals, the message will
be gleaned faster compared
to text, which has to be
processed and analysed
before comprehension.

Use Familiar References

Be creative and use scenar-
ios and situations that are per-
tinent to their background to
relay complex concepts.

Be Honest

Being honest with your
non-tech savvy client is a ‘no
brainer’. If you are asked a
question that you cannot
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Permit queries: Contractor
chief backs architects

FROM page one

mits in its Ease of Doing Busi-
ness report, told Tribune
Business that while the
process was slow, it was
“unfair” to place all the blame
on the BCD and its staff, and
“better prepared” construc-
tion/planning applications
were sometimes needed to
assist with their work.

“The permitting process
unto itself is rather complex
and lengthy by nature,” Mr
Wrinkle told this newspaper
in a recent interview. “It has
to go through several depart-
ments, but I know myself
from the perspective of the
contractor that the problem
arises whenever there’s an
anomaly or query with the

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in a timely fashion.

“T’ve had personal experi-
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there was a query with a spe-
cific set of plans for weeks
and weeks, and then it takes
weeks to resolve the query.
That’s a big problem for the
industry.”

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delayed implementation of
the Planning and Subdivi-
sions Act, which meant “dis-
cretionary decision-making”
was still being allowed with
respect to the planning
process.

“We're still dealing with
antiquated methods where
everything must go before
Town Planning,” Mr Wrin-
kle told Tribune Business.

Delays resulting from
‘queries’ raised by the BCD
over construction permit
applications were identified
by the Institute of Bahamian
Architects and its president,
Amos Ferguson, as a prime
factor behind the lengthy
construction permitting
process in the Bahamas.

Tribune Business revealed
these concerns yesterday,
and an Institute report that
compared the building per-
mitting process in the
Bahamas with those in three
major US cities - New York,
Atlanta and Miami - said: “A
primary contributing factor
in the long processing time
at the BCD under its present
system is the inordinate
amount of ‘queries’ by BCD.

“Tn a lot of instances, the
queries are primarily based
on the whim of the reviewer
and insubstantial in content.
Some queries, structures in
particular, the architect is not
even allowed to address
because the reviewer insists
that the architect gets a
‘structural engineer’ to deal
with the query.

“This is inconsistent with
the Building Regulation Act
and is in contravention of the
Bahamas Building Code.
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it should be noted that it is
very troubling that an archi-
tect who is ultimately respon-
sible legally for a building is
not considered qualified
enough by some in BCD to
even deal with the simplest
of structural queries.”

The Institute’s Mr Fergu-
son said such issues were
“really impeding progress in
the construction industry”,
adding: “There are many
projects I have known that
have been cancelled because
the permits have taken too
long. With the present eco-
nomic situation, we don’t
need project going out of the
system that could be part of
the [recovery] process.

“We have outlined a new
process that streamlines the
total process, giving them less
steps and less opportunities
for possible corruption to
occur.”

The Institute report had
been updated, following its
previous submission to the
relevant government agen-
cies and departments two
years ago.

Mr Ferguson said a series
of meetings over the report’s
content had been facilitated,
by Gordon Major, between
various Ministry of Works
personnel and the architects,
but little progress was made,
he alleged, because BCD
personnel were “not recep-
tive to any changes”.

However, Mr Ferguson
said that in recent weeks he
had met with Zhivargo
Laing, minister of state for
finance, over the issue again,
and came away with the

impression that the Govern-
ment was prepared to reform
the construction permitting
process.

Mr Wrinkle, though, while
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mitting process, said it was
“not fair to shove the blame”
totally on the BCD, as in the
absence of queries they often
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all relevant permits within
four weeks, after they had
been provided with a full set
of mechanical, engineering
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There were, as he put it, “no
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“There’s certainly room
for improvement,” he admit-
ted, adding that with rela-
tively little effort the
Bahamas could easily move
up from its 107th position in
the Ease of Doing Business
rankings when it came to

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“As a contractor, I’d like
to see more resources allo-
cated for processing of per-
mits, but there needs to be a
better preparation of the
applications submitted,” Mr
Wrinkle said. “In recent
times, Id like to think better
plans are being submitted,
because we have better engi-
neers and architects.

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as a country, we must begin
to use the skills of profes-
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istry of Works and Plan-
ning.”

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“put industry into the 21st
century”, and Mr Wrinkle
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ensure the proper resources
are allocated to the industry
to get the professional side
of things up to international
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Hotels 8%

RevPAR rise
beats region

FROM page one

2009, in response to reduced
travel demand, average
room rates in the industry
dropped by just 6.8 per cent.

The rest of the RevPAR
decline for Bahamian hotels
came from lower occupan-
cies, Mr Jordan explained,
but he pointed out that
Caribbean hotels suffered
an average 17.5 per cent
room rate decline in 2009 -
far worse than the Bahamas
- as resorts desperately
slashed rates to try and
stimulate occupancy and
visitor numbers.

Given that it was
extremely difficult, if not
impossible, to raise rates
once they had been cut, Mr
Jordan said that by holding
firm, the Bahamian hotel
industry - chiefly Atlantis -
was set to reap the poten-
tial rewards once US travel
demand recovered.

“The Caribbean is up 5.7
per cent in terms of
RevPAR through Septem-
ber 2010 compared to Sep-
tember 2009,” Mr Jordan
told Tribune Business.
“Year-to-date, the Bahamas
is up 8 per cent on
RevPAR.”

While the Caribbean and
Bahamian sample sizes
were based on just 10 per

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cent of their hotel popula-
tion, given that relatively
few reported their data to
Smith’s Travel Research
(STR), the data gleaned was
“still reflective of what’s
happening the market”.

Referring to the 2010
data, and the Bahamas out-
pacing the Caribbean’s per-
formance, Mr Jordan told
Tribune Business: “To put
that into perspective, last
year the Caribbean was
down 17.1 per cent on
RevPAR, and the Bahamas
was down 15.8 per cent.

“What’s positive, howev-
er, here in the Bahamas is
that it’s up 4 per cent in
occupancy and 4 per cent in
room rates.” In contrast,
while room rates in the
Caribbean had risen 4.3 per
cent, occupancies were
ahead by just 1 per cent on
2009 comparatives.

Mr Jordan said that espe-
cially “favourable” for the
Bahamas was the fact that
while its hotel industry
RevPAR slid down just 15.8
per cent in 2009, room rates
slipped just 6.8 per cent,
compared to 17.5 per cent
for the wider Caribbean.

“What is positive about
the Bahamas is that it has
not dropped its rates as
much as the rest of the
Caribbean, and the main
factor behind that is

Atlantis maintaining its
rates,” Mr Jordan told Tri-
bune Business. “When the
market recovers, it’s diffi-
cult to raise rates signifi-
cantly if you have dropped
them.

“The Caribbean has
dropped them, but the
Bahamas has not dropped
them as significantly.

“When the market recov-
ers, it will be less difficult
for the Bahamas to increase
its rates going forward.
That’s a positive sign for the
Bahamas.

“It’s positioned better
than the rest of the
Caribbean market.”

Yet while the Bahamas’
RevPAR increase was
ahead of both the
Caribbean and US averages,
it trails the increases of
around 35 per cent and 15
per cent enjoyed by St Lucia
and the US Virgin Islands
respectively.

The HVS Bahamas man-
aging director told Tribune
Business that many hotels
and their yield managers
had learned their lessons
from the post-September
11, 2001, experience, when
the slashing of hotel room
rates to induce travel and
higher occupancy levels
failed to work because
tourists were too frightened
to travel by air.

BIOFUEL FINANCING HELD UP BY

MARKET IDENTIFICATION NEED

FROM page one

jetty/docking area.

Yesterday, Mr Wells said the group con-
tinues to work on sourcing financing for the
project, finding that the need to definitively
identify would-be purchasers of the fuel that
would be produced is “what’s holding things
up”.

The businessman had previously noted
that the majority of the 70 million gallons of
fuel which could be produced at the plant
would need to go for export to the Caribbean
and Latin America, as the Bahamian biofu-
el market is presently small to non-existent.

“There’s nothing definitive we can say on
it,” said Mr Wells. “It’s still being worked
on.”



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Course aims to end
‘random approach’
to managing projects

PBy ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

With demand for the
efficient execution of pro-
jects rising in the reces-
sion, a Bahamian company
yesterday said it had
become the first to offer
training to Bahamians who
may wish to take advan-
tage of opportunities for
qualified project man-
agers.

Dorcas Cox, a Bahamian
who became certified as a
Project Management Pro-
fessional (PMP) while
working for Scotiabank’s
learning and development
department in Toronto,
Canada, established Pro-
ject Management Solu-
tions Ltd after returning
to The Bahamas and notic-
ing the “huge difference”
in the time and cost effi-
ciency she saw in the exe-
cution of projects.

“We waste a lot of time



and cost, and just take a
very random approach. I
said to myself: ‘Do I go
back to the way I used to
operate or try to keep
operating at this level and
hope others get it?’. I
decided I wanted to help
others to be competitive,”
said Mrs Cox.

Examinations

On December 18, some
13 Bahamians will finish a
13-week course offered by
her company in conjunc-
tion with the Bahamas
Institute of Financial Ser-
vices. It is intended to pre-
pare them to take the Pro-
ject Management Profes-
sional or Certified Asso-
ciate in Project Manage-
ment examinations

required by the interna-
tional Project Manage-
ment Institute. They will
sit the exam in Nassau,
which will then be sent
abroad for marking.

The course covers the
principles of project man-
agement from initiation,
to planning, execution,
monitoring and controlling
and closing a project.

Students apply the prin-
ciples they are learning to
their own “real world”
projects along the way,
connecting what they are
being told to practical
applications from an early
stage.

Mrs Cox says the project
management qualification
is about “progress” and,
citing the Baha Mar and
Albany developments,
suggested that as the
Bahamas positions itself to
be able to engage with
international players, it
requires more Bahamians
to seek out qualifications
in this area.

“When we are position-
ing ourselves locally for
being competitive interna-
tionally, there are certain
standards and expectations
they have, and the way
you used to do it just isn’t
going to work in the
future,” said Mrs Cox,
who herself found the pro-

ject management qualifi-
cation she obtained from
the University of Toronto
indispensable to her suc-
cess, undertaking large
scale instructional design
projects during her time at
Scotiabank in Canada.

Projects

While project managers
have traditionally been
most in demand in the
construction and engi-
neering sectors - often
being brought in from
abroad to work on pro-
jects in the Bahamas - Mrs
Cox said that credentials
in project management are
increasingly recognised as
valuable in “every aspect
of business” globally,
where companies or insti-
tutions may be looking to
create “strategic plans for
the future, to cut costs and
streamline” in their oper-
ations, particularly as a
consequence of the eco-
nomic downturn.

A project manager could
even come in handy in a
political campaign, or a

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DORCAS COX became certified as a Project Management Pro-
fessional while working for Scotiabank’s learning and development

department in Toronto,

health drive - such as that
launched by the Ministry
of Health to get Bahami-
ans to get vaccinated
against the H1N1 influen-
za virus earlier this year,
suggested Mrs Cox.

Randy Rolle, a Ministry
of Tourism official who
works in the Sports
Tourism department, told
Tribune Business he “sees
things in a whole different
light” after taking the
course.

“It’s useful. It gives you
a new look on projects and
the importance of simple
details. It involves almost
dissecting a situation to a
point where, if there are

problems within the
process, you can pick up
on it and maximise all of
the resources around,” he
said.

“IT think going forward,
once there are more pro-
ject managers you'll get
more for your money (exe-
cuting projects in The
Bahamas).

Albany, Baha Mar, all
of these will require pro-
ject managers so it’s the
perfect opportunity for
more Bahamians to get
involved.”

More information can
be found at www.project-
managementsolution-
sltd.com.

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LOCAL NEWS

Fashion show
eyes Kurope
expansion

FROM page one

which was held from
November 11-13 at the
British Colonial Hilton,
told this newspaper that the
event “certainly met target”
when it came to the level
of local and international
attendance.

Islands of the World
Fashion Week had a “full
house” of 300-plus persons
on each of its three nights,
on one occasion being
unable to accommodate all
who showed up.

“We certainly met target
in regard to the numbers
that were able to be accom-
modated in the room - 300
for each performance.
That’s roughly 900-plus in
total,” Mr Bethel told Tri-
bune Business. “We cer-
tainly did meet the target
for visitors from abroad.
We had roughly 100 of
them.”

There was a strong pres-
ence from the French
(Paris) and Italian (Milan)
media, Islands of the World
Fashion Week having
already been featured in
the Italian Vogue, with a
number of foreign buyers
also present.

Prior to the grand finale
in the Bahamas, Islands of
the World and its designers
also exhibited their wares
at various fashion shows -
Palm Springs, Chicago and
Miami - in the US, and Mr
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Europe in 2011.

Foreign interest in par-
ticipating in Islands of the
World Fashion Week is
“continually growing”, Mr
Bethel said, while the US
fashion show had brought
further “recognition” to the
event.

“We have started plan-
ning for next year,” he told
Tribune Business, “and
have been invited for the
Tour, already, to Atlanta
and New York. Milan is
negotiating an attendance
for a special showing there.

“We will now definitely
look at the expansion of the
tour into Europe.

“We will more than like-
ly repeat the Palm Spring
and Chicago venues that we
had this year.”

Some 18 designers exhib-
ited at Islands of the World
Fashion Week this year, of
whom four were Bahamian.
These included Harl Tay-
lor Bags; Theo Sealey, the
young Bahamian who won
the Harl Taylor Scholarship
to New York’s Parsons, The
New School for Design; and
two other designers who
appeared in the Next Gen-
eration category, David
Rolle and Whitney Miller.

Mr Bethel said both
Messrs Sealey and Rolle
“had caught the attention
of the international media
and been described as
designers to watch out for,
so with their participation

in Parsons that will be a
leapfrog on the learning
curve for them”.

All this, he added,
increased recognition of the
Bahamas “as a potential
venue for the fashion indus-
try. Hopefully, as we move
forward and get the
Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute’s fash-
ion department more
involved, hopefully we will
see the growth of the indus-
try and interest among
younger designers to move
forward”.

And Mr Bethel told Tri-
bune Business: “I think
what we will see develop
will be in stages, stemming
from the cottage industry
and people doing it in their
homes, and the likes of
Theo and David, as they get
opportunities to expand,
hopefully they will come
back and contribute to the
development of the indus-
try.

“From a cottage industry
I see it growing gradually
into a major industry,
where buyers see it as being
of major interest and come
to buy designers’ products.”

Mr Bethel said Islands of
the World Fashion Week
should also boost tourism
to the Bahamas during a
relatively slow part of the
season for the hotel indus-
try, especially as interest
from Caribbean and Latin
American designers - and
their followers - grew.

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who shall be responsible for coordinating the national effort t complete the exercise

In its entirety for development of a National Portfolio Formulation Document (MPF)
submission to the (GEF) in accordance with the GEF Reporting Guidelines in all required
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completion of this task.

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incorporabed inte the report.

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But if am to avoid jargon,

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proven leadership experience, with strong project management and
documentation skills, strong analytical background, communications and
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Ensure baseline of middleware, OS and hardware.
Oversee and coordinate business applications deployment.
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similar businesses or individ-
uals in the past. This will
make your clients and col-
leagues feel as if you are rele-
vant and not just floating on
some ‘niche techie’ planet.

Talk results, not process

Clients are not interested
in the details of the work, just
the results and when you'll be
able to deliver. In other
words, don’t discuss step-by-
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how you managed to make
the CSS compliant to all
browsers.

It seems cool to appear to
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but if they don’t understand
half the things you say, then
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a few weeks ago where a par-
ticular business attempted to
use many technological phras-
es as explanations for a bro-
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uncomfortable when they

realised I was aware that the
justification was not logical.....
Well, undoubtedly this result-
ed in a disappointed cus-
tomer.

Illustrate how the idea or
process relates to their jobs
or sales.

More often than not, peo-
ple can’t see the weight of
designs or marketing contri-
butions until they recognise
the benefit. Demonstrate
what’s in it for them and their
business.

Be patient

It’s hard enough trying to
grasp new techie ideas, and
even harder if the person
sharing them with you is frus-
trated. Strive to remain calm
when you are asked the same
questions repeatedly, despite
the fact that you only just
explained it 20 minutes ago. It
isn’t easy explaining some-
thing to someone who’s hear-
ing about it for the first time,
so with a little more time it
would become easier. Cir-
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challenging, so try taking deep
breaths.

In this regard, web or
graphic designers are at the
vanguard of the web market-
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minology ‘Ajax’ has to be
used in a sentence, don’t
allow clients to mistake it for
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pots and pans. Quickly
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and also updates parts of a
web page without reloading
the whole page.

Let’s throw into this mix
and note that, not only will
clarification build rapport, but
it may help clients to see pos-
sibilities they might have
missed.

Once again, build yourself
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the client and not a jargonist.
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effective November 16, 2010.

The Board of Directors, Executive Management and staff,
congratulate Mr. Laville on his appointment as General
Manager.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 9B



FROM page one

Who’s the ultimate beneficia-
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consumer.”

Mr Schaefer said his direct
supply lines were giving him
better pricing and purchasing
power, and with Robin
Hood’s second outlet due to
open at the former Pepsi-Cola
factory on Prince Charles Dri-
ve in the coming weeks, the
retailer was “really beginning
to enjoy economies of scale”.

Administrative and human
resources expenses, for exam-
ple, would be spread over a
much greater sales base,
bringing their unit costs down.

Mr Schaefer said Robin
Hood’s strategy was not to
borrow to grow, the company
preferring to be self-financ-
ing, even if this meant selling
an equity stake to other
investors via a private trans-
action to raise additional
financing.

He, however, told Tribune
Business that he had no plans
to raise capital through an ini-
tial public offering (PO) of
shares to the Bahamian pub-
lic. “We’re not interested in
going public,” Mr Schaefer
said, adamantly. “That will
never happen.

“You don’t own the com-
pany. One of the benefits of
being in business is that
you’re your own boss.”

The biggest hurdle to
Robin Hood’s planned expan-
sion, he told this newspaper,
was not capital and financing
but finding the right staff.

“Finding people with the
right talent, the right cus-
tomer service ethos and being
honest” was an ongoing chal-
lenge for Robin Hood, result-
ing in Mr Schaefer’s move to
offer shares in the company
to his best and longest-serving
employees.

“Youre giving them not
just a job, but an investment
with a bright future,” he
explained to Tribune Busi-
ness. “As the company grows,
you watch your shares grow in
value. ’m not looking for
people who want jobs; I’m
looking for people who want
careers. There’s a huge dif-
ference.”

Then there was the land.

‘UPSET APPLE CART’

Explaining that the “only way
this will work” was to acquire
land at “a Robin Hood price”,
Mr Schaefer said his company
was not a retailer for high-
priced shopping destinations,
such as Nassau’s Bay Street

“We have to do what Wal-
Mart did,” Mr Schaefer told
Tribune Business.

“We’re not reinventing the
wheel. On a smaller scale,
we’re trying to duplicate their
success.

“They’ve come into an area
and generated a lot of traffic,
so they’ve almost guaranteed
success [for other retailers].

There’s going to be a better
chance of success if you’re in
a location that generates a lot
of traffic.”

Robin Hood is thus aiming
to be the Bahamian equiva-
lent of a Wal-Mart, acquiring
cheap land in out-of-town
sites and then acting as the
‘anchor’ to drive consumer
traffic to the area, attracting

oher retailers to the destina-
tion.

While most Bahamian
retailers - and many counter-
parts worldwide - had moved
away from being real estate
owners, not wanting the
inevitable annual deprecia-
tion to show up on the bal-
ance sheet and income state-
ment, not Mr Schaefer.

“You can buy property
cheaply,” he said. “Why not
enjoy the appreciation on the
property as well, when you
can service the debt on this
through the rent you’re gen-
erating?

“Tt’s a win-win for you, a
win-win for tenants, and a
win-win for the banks that
financed it.”

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Salaries for both positions will be commensurate
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Interested persons may send resumes by fax to:
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position of:

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Candidates should possess:

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ovember 26, 2010

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The Bahamas

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available.

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« Plan, design and cost menus for a variety of outlets

¢ Recruit, manage, and train culinary team.

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and international suppliers.

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* Private Security Services for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line-
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Interested parties may obtain further information, and may collect the bidding
document as of 12" November, 2010 from:

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Telephone No. (242)356-5639

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Tenders are to be submitted in Triplicate (3) in a sealed envelope (s) Marked
“Tender for Private Security Services for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line-Prince
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The Chairman

Tenders Board

Ministry of Finance

Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Building
Cable Beach

P.O. Box N-3017

Nassau, The Bahamas

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Stock sharply higher on |
positive economic data

NEW YORK

STOCKS ended Wednes-
day on a positive note after a
batch of economic reports
offered hope that the U.S.
economy was improving,
according to Associated
Press.

Incomes rose last month
and consumer spending
climbed for a fifth month.
That raised hopes that shop-
pers will hit the malls in
droves the day after Thanks-
giving, the start of the holiday
shopping season.

At the same time, fewer
people claimed unemploy-
ment benefits last week, a
sign that the labor market is
recovering.

"There are fundamental
signs that the economy is
turning a corner,” said John
O'Donoghue, co-head of





INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

equities at Cowen & Co.
The Dow Jones industrial
average surged 150.91, or 1.4
percent, to 11,187.28.
The Standard & Poor's 500
index gained 17.62, or 1.5
percent, to 1,198.35. The Nas-
















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NOTICE is hereby given that HAROLD TONY LOUIS OF
CARMICHAEL ROAD, P.O. BOX CB-12627, 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 25TH day of NOVEMBER, 2010 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, The Bahamas.

daq composite index rose
48.17, or 1.9 percent, to
2,543.12.

The upturn marked an
abrupt reversal from Tues-
day, when an exchange of
artillery fire between North
and South Korea led nervous
investors to sell stocks and
dash into gold, Treasurys and
other assets often used as
hiding spots. Investors also
shrugged off a steep fall in
new home sales and manu-
facturing orders.

Tim Speiss, chair of the
wealth advisory group at Eis-
nerAmper, said investors
were right to focus on the
improved signs in employ-
ment and consumer spend-
ing, which are far more
important to an economic
resurgence than home sales
or manufacturing orders.

"If we don't have strong
consumer spending in this
economy, we're in trouble,”
said Speiss. "When there's
spending, manufacturing will
increase to meet that
demand."

The government said first-
time claims for unemploy-
ment benefits fell 34,000 to
407,000 last week. That was
much better than the 435,000
new claims economists had
expected.

A separate report showed
that Americans’ incomes rose

0.5 percent last month, slight-
ly better than expected. Their
spending rose 0.4 percent, up
slightly from September.

Safety assets moved lower
as investors became more
willing to take on risk. Trea-
sury prices edged lower,
pushing their yields higher.
The yield on the 10-year note
rose to 2.92 percent from 2.77
percent Tuesday. Gold fell
to $1,375 an ounce, down
from $1379.

Investors largely dismissed
downbeat reports that
showed declines in sales of
manufactured goods and new
home sales.

Orders for durable goods
fell 3.3 percent, while new
home sales and median home
prices both fell last month.
Sales of single-family houses
slid 8.1 percent, the fourth
time the rate has dropped in
the past six months.

In corporate news, Tiffany
& Co. also reported a rise in
profit, fueled by strong sales
of jewelry in the U.S. and
overseas. Tiffany shares rose
5.3 percent to $61.33. Shares
of fellow high-end retailer
Coach Inc. also rose 3.7 per-
cent to $56.63.

U.S. stock and bond mar-
kets will be closed Thursday
for the Thanksgiving holiday.
They will reopen for half-day
sessions on Friday.

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52wk-Low
1.00
9.67
4.50
0.18
2.70
2.14
9.62
2.36
5.40
1.63
1.60
5.94
7.26
8.77
3.735
1.00

Security Previous Close
"AML. Foods Limited 7.01
Bahamas Property Fund 10.63
Bank of Bahamas 4.90
Benchmark 0.18
Bahamas Waste 2.70
Fidelity Bank 2.17
Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (31)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)}

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10.46
2.40
6.85
1.85
1.60
6.07
7.26
2.39
5.46
1.00

5.00 5.59

9.82

10.00

ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson 9.82
Premier Real Estate 10.00

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Today's Close

Last Sale

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10.63 0.00
4.90 0.00
0.18 0.00
2.70 0.00
2.17 0.00
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2.40
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9.39
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9.82
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0.013
0.598

-0.877
0.168
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1.050
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0.422
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99.46
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029) BAH29
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22
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RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (OQver-The-Counter Securities)
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5.01 Bahamas Supermarkets 5.07 6.01 14.00
0.40 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55
CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)
29.00 ABDAB 30.13 31.59
0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV Last 12 Months %
1.5122 6.79%
2.9187 3.13%
1.5655 448%
-7.49%
2.95%
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2.8300
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CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
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13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund
101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund
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1.490421
2.919946
1.545071

NAV 6MTH
1.467397
2811577
1.530224

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FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
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5.21%
6.87%
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Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Seri
Royal Fidelity Bah |

9.7458 4.35% 5.22% 31-Oct-10

10.0000
10.6000 -1.59% A.26% 31-Oct-10

9.1708
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Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

9.5037 -4.96%
8.1643 5.79%
MARKET TERMS

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B9A2Z%

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4.8105 31-Oct-10
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MONSTER, DYNEGY, GUESS, AMAZON ARE BIG MOVERS

NEW YORK
Associated Press

STOCKS that moved substantially or traded heavily
Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq
Stock Market:

NYSE

Zale Corp., down 16 cents at $2.87

Shares tumbled for a second straight day after the jewel-
ry seller reported a wider quarterly loss and a drop in rev-
enue.

Monster Worldwide Inc., up $1.96 at $22.36

The online job company’s shares rose after a report said
the number of people applying for jobless aid dropped to a
21-month low.

Dynegy Inc., up 13 cents at $5.13
Shares rallied a day after shareholders rejected a sale to

private equity firm Blackstone Group amid rumors of a
higher bidder.

Guess Inc., up $4.78 at $50.12

Strong results from its European and Asian divisions
boosted sales and profit for the clothing retailer. Its forecast
topped Wall Street estimates.

NASDAQ

Amazon.com Inc., up $9.05 at $177.25

Shares hit a record high as a Citi analyst said the online
retailer is poised to continue growing and gaining market
share.

TiVo Inc., down 32 cents at $8.49

The TV recorder maker posted a deeper third-quarter
loss and said that it expects an even larger loss in the current
quarter.

Patterson Cos., up $1.15 at $30.19
The dental and veterinary products supplier said profit rose
8 percent in its most recent quarter.

Cree Inc., up $5.95 at $64.45

An Oppenheimer analyst said elements for a strong 2011
are falling into place for the LED lighting products maker.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 11B





Economic
data reveal
a hint of
consumer
merriness

WASHINGTON

AMERICANS are earn-
ing and spending more, com-
panies are shedding fewer
workers and hopes are ris-
ing for the economy as the
holiday shopping season
starts, according to Associat-
ed Press.

Still, with businesses
spending less on manufac-
tured goods and new-home
sales near their lowest level
in 47 years, consumers alone
might not be able to invigo-
rate the economy and drive
down unemployment.

All told, government data
released the day before
Thanksgiving suggest an
improving economic picture.
But it is increasingly depen-
dent on the consumer, even
with U.S. companies having
reported record profits in the
July-September quarter.

"Households are spending
more, and that may signal
they are starting to feel better
about economic conditions,"
said economist Joel Naroff
of Naroff Economic Advi-
sors. "It is the consumer that
holds the key to the recov-
ery and it looks like house-
holds are starting to turn the
lock."

On Wall Street, the mostly
encouraging news on the
economy buoyed stocks. The
Dow Jones industrial aver-
age closed up 150 points.

Many retailers depend on
the holiday shopping season
to make their year. The
November-December shop-
ping season can account for
up to 40 percent of retailers’
revenue and profits.

Consumers boosted spend-
ing 0.4 percent in October,
up from a 0.3 percent
increase in September, the
Commerce Department
reported Wednesday.

Many are benefiting from
thicker paychecks. Ameri-



INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

cans' incomes rose 0.5 per-
cent in October, pulled up
by a 0.6 percent rise in wages
and salaries. That was after
incomes didn't grow at all in
September.

At the same time, the pace
of layoffs is slowing. Initial
jobless claims dropped by
34,000 to a seasonally adjust-
ed 407,000 in the week end-
ing Nov. 20, the Labor
Department said. Applica-
tions have fallen in four of
the past six weeks.

Last week's figure was the
lowest since July 2008 and
the first time that claims have
fallen below 425,000 since
then.

Economists generally
believe that weekly first-time
applications for jobless aid
would need to drop consis-
tently below 425,000 to signal
sustained job gains.

Even with last month's
pickup in spending, con-
sumers are shying away from
the type of buying needed to
significantly lower the 9.6
percent unemployment rate.
And economists expect more
modest income gains in the
months ahead. That's why
some doubt incomes will
grow consistently and keep
consumers spending enough
to invigorate the economy.

"Households have started
to pick up the baton of
growth from businesses,"
said Paul Dales, U.S. econo-
mist at Capital Economics.
"Whether or not households
will be able to shoulder the
burden of growth on their
own is another matter."

Americans have become
more frugal, saving 5.7 per-
cent of their disposable
income in October, com-
pared with just over 1 per-
cent before the recession hit.

They are also resisting the
urge to spend money they
don't have.

According to Associated
Press-GfK Poll, Americans
are more likely to pay off
their credit-card balances
right away than they were
last year, and fewer say they
make credit card purchases if
they lack enough money at
the time.

The poll also found that
debt isn't stressing people as
much as it had been, but con-
sumers remain leery about
holiday buying binges. Just
9 percent said they plan to
spend more this year on hol-
iday purchases than they did
a year ago; 37 percent plan to
spend less.

"Until we see faster job
growth, don't expect shop-
pers to go on any spending
sprees," said Scott Hoyt,
senior director of consumer
economics at Moody's Ana-
lytics.

"You will see both Santas
and Scrooges."

ShopperTrak, a research
firm that tracks sales and
traffic at more than 70,000
outlets, now expects holiday
sales to grow 3.2 percent.
That's up from a previous
forecast of 2.9 percent. The
upgraded forecast would
mark a turnaround from the
0.4 percent sales drop in
2009, according to Shopper-
Trak's calculations.

ety



SHOPPERS walk with bags from JC Penney and Victoria s Secret, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 in New York.
As retailers prepare for the crowds of shoppers on Black Friday with sharply reduced prices on everything
from TVs to toys, they're also hoping for something else they couldn't count on last year: consumers spring-
ing for that deluxe high-end flat-panel TV or that big playset. (AP)

Even so, retailers will
struggle for a piece of con-
sumers' wallets. Shoppers
will want to stick to lists and
focus on bargains, experts
predict.

The National Retail Fed-
eration, the nation's retail
trade group, expects a 2.3
percent increase in holiday
spending. That would fall
short of the 10-year historic
average of 2.5 percent,
according to the retail trade

group.

In other reports released
Wednesday:

e An inflation index that
the Federal Reserve moni-
tors most closely is running at

oa

a record low. Prices for goods
excluding food and energy
rose just 0.9 percent in the
12 months that ended in
October, the Commerce
Department said. That was
down from a 1.2 percent
annual gain posted in Sep-
tember.

Even though shoppers
welcome low prices, inflation
is running at a pace below
the Fed's comfort zone of
between 1.5 percent and 2
percent.

Fed officials worry that
very low inflation could
devolve into deflation — a
prolonged drop in the prices
of wages, goods and services
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¢ Companies enjoyed their
best quarter for profits ever
in the July-September peri-
od. After-tax profits reached
$1.22 trillion — the best
showing, without adjustment
for inflation, on records dat-
ing to 1947,

¢ Many businesses, how-
ever, are sitting on their cash
instead of plowing money
into expanded operations or
hiring. The latest evidence:
Orders to U.S. factories for
costly manufactured goods
plunged in October by the
largest amount in 21 months.

Durable-goods orders
dropped 3.3 percent last
month, the biggest setback
since January 2009, when the
country was still mired in a
recession.

Of special concern was a
4.5 percent drop in orders for
nondefense capital goods,
excluding aircraft. This cate-
gory is viewed as a good
proxy for business invest-
ment plans. It was the biggest
drop since a 5.3 percent fall
in July.

Economists said the weak-
ness in durable goods orders
partly reflects a pullback
from consumers during the
spring. Consumer spending
flatlined in April and again in
June. Generally, it takes
around six months for a shift
in consumer spending to
show up in the durable goods
report, said Mark Zandi,
chief economist at Moody's
Analytics.

¢ Sales of new homes fell
in October to near a record
low and home prices
dropped to the lowest point
in seven years.

Sales of new single-family
homes declined 8.1 percent
to a seasonally adjusted
annual rate of 283,000 units
in October, Commerce said
in another report. That was
just 2.9 percent above the all-
time low of 275,000 units hit
in August for government
records that go back to 1963.

The median price of a
home sold in October dipped
to $194,900, the lowest level
since October 2003.

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Oil prices rise as new data
boosts hope for economy

Series of upbeat reports bolster traders’ hopes

NEW YORK

OIL PRICES surged
Wednesday as new gov-
ernment reports indicated
Americans spent more last
month and jobless claims
fell more than expected
last week, boosting hope
that the economy may be
improving, according to
Associated Press.

Benchmark oil for Jan-
uary delivery gained $2.21
or 2.7 percent, to $83.46 a
barrel in afternoon trad-
ing on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange.

A series of upbeat
reports bolstered oil
traders’ hopes for an



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improving economy.
The government said

consumer incomes rose
0.5 percent and spending
increased 0.4 percent last
month.

In addition, first-time
claims for unemployment
benefits fell 34,000 to a
seasonally adjusted
407,000 last week.

Offsetting that were
reports showing durable-
goods orders dropped 3.3
percent last month and
sales of new homes fell 8.1
percent in October, which
was near a record low.

PFGBest analyst Phil
Flynn said the combina-
tion of the slowing layoffs
and improving consumer
data offset weak housing

numbers. "That's given us
hope that maybe, you
know, the jobs market
may be turning around,"
he said. The unemploy-
ment rate has been stuck
at 9.6 percent.

On the energy front,
commercial inventories of
crude oil rose less than
expected for the week of
Nov. 19.

Gasoline inventories
increased 1.9 million bar-
rels. Analysts had expect-
ed a decline. U.S. refiner-
ies ran at 85.5 percent of
total capacity on average,
compared with 84 percent
in the prior week.

Retail gasoline prices

have increased about 8
percent since early Sep-
tember, driven by rising
oil prices.

They have fallen slight-
ly this week following a
drop in oil prices.

The price of gas could
keep falling if refineries
continue to add to the cur-
rent supply, Flynn said.

Natural gas inventories
held in underground stor-
age in the lower 48 states
fell by 6 billion cubic feet
to 3.837 trillion cubic feet
for the week ended Nov.
19, the government said.

The total was still 9.5
percent more than the
five-year average.

Natural gas for Decem-
ber delivery rose 2.9 cents
to $4.293 per 1,000 cubic
feet.

Since the contract
expires Wednesday, many
traders have moved to the
January contract where
the price added 2 cents to
$4.434 per 1,000 cubic
feet.

In other Nymex trading
in December contracts,
heating oil added 6.96
cents to $2.3197 a gallon
and gasoline gained 7.23
cents to $2.2065 a gallon.

In London, Brent crude
rose $2.31 to $85.56 a bar-
rel on the ICE Futures
exchange.

Frustration over German push on bailout rule



BRUSSELS

AS THEY scramble to prevent
Europe's debt crisis from claiming
a third victim, European officials
are growing increasingly frustrat-
ed with Germany's push to force
private creditors to take losses in
future government bailouts,
according to Assocaited Press.

Jose Manuel Barroso, the head
of the European Union's execu-
tive Commission, said Wednes-
day that he had warned European
leaders at their summit in October
"about the risks of raising this
issue without proper preparation
and communication."

"But the issue was raised and
decided and now we have to deal
with it in the most responsible
way,” Barroso told the European
Parliament in Strasbourg.

Barroso’'s criticism is telling.
The European Commission,
which he leads, must come up
with specific proposals by early
December on how to include pri-
vate investors like banks or hedge
funds in any future bailouts.

It also illustrates the dilemma

EU policymakers are currently
facing.

Just as they work hard to calm
investors’ anxiety over mounting
debt piles in Portugal and Spain,
they have to find a way of making
those investors pay in the future.

At the October summit, Ger-
man Chancellor Angela Merkel
strong-armed other EU govern-
ments to back a permanent crisis
resolution mechanism. The mech-
anism is supposed to replace the
2750 billion ($1 trillion) financial
backstop for the eurozone, which
was Set up this spring after Greece
had to be rescued from the brink
of default.

That initial backstop runs out
on June 30, 2013, and Germany —
the eurozone's paymaster — is
adamant about protecting its tax-
payers from footing the bill for
future sovereign bailouts.

But that push may come back
to haunt Germany in the short-
term.

By putting a firm end to the
bailout fund by 2013, the EU is
turning bonds sold now by highly
indebted countries into a very

risky investment.

Soaring interest rates on its
debts forced Ireland to request a
bailout by the EU and the Inter-
national Monetary Fund on Sun-
day. Politicians in Portugal and
Spain, meanwhile, are trying des-
perately to reassure investors that
they won't be next in line to ask
for help.

EU policymakers’ insistence
that any new rules would only
apply to bonds sold after 2013 has
failed to abate investors’ anxiety.

Debt

The reason? They have been
mum on how the eurozone will
deal with already existing moun-
tains of debt if a country runs out
of money after 2013. By then,
Greece's debts will likely be
above 150 percent of economic
output, while Portugal and Ire-
land will carry debt loads of
around 100 percent of gross
domestic product.

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the mechanism's precise rules,
because the possibility of default
on debt sold after 2013 is more
threatening to investors who buy
bonds now than to future credi-
tors.

Once the mechanism is in place
in 2013, investors can just choose
not to buy bonds from countries
they don't trust to pay it back.
But for creditors who invest
bonds now — many of which
won't need to be repaid for anoth-
er five to ten years and thus won't
be covered by the current bailout
fund — the threat of a forced
restructuring will make it much
more expensive for vulnerable
nations to refinance their loans.

Creating such a two-phase sys-
tem for bonds, in which some are
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outstanding debts after 2013) the
speculation will remain in the
market."

Already, a confidential propos-
al for the permanent crisis mech-
anism by the German finance
ministry backs the introduction
of rules for a potential default in
bonds by 2011, two years before
the bailout fund expires, accord-
ing to press reports. Another plan
out of Germany — commissioned
by the Liberal Democrats, the
junior partner in Merkel's gov-
erning coalition — also pushes for
ae bond rules as soon as possi-

e.

And Merkel is unlikely to give
Portugal and Spain much
reprieve until Barroso's commis-
sion has unveiled its plan for the
permanent crisis resolution mech-
anism.

"T won't let go of this," she said
in a speech Tuesday, “because the
people in our country wouldn't
understand if banks, and those
who work with banks, earn a lot
of money, but then the taxpayer
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Celebrating ,
Feast of ‘|
St Cecilia

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

T doesn’t matter if none of the choir members come to practice, Evamae
Ingraham will be in St George’s humming the solfeggio syllables doh-re-mi-
fa-sol-la-ti-doh, waiting on the choir director to initiate the start.

This dedication to the choir and music ministry at St George’s Anglican Church is
what prompted the ministry to honour Ms Ingraham at the Feast of St Cecilia cele-
bratory service held Sunday past.

The evening service was a beautiful experience for Ms Ingraham because for the
first time she got the opportunity to do something she has never done in years.

“For the first time in years I actually got the chance to sit downstairs in the audi-
ence and listen to the choir sing to me. And boy did they sounded good and I really
enjoyed that,” Ms Ingraham said.

Though she was in disbelief after the director of the music ministry, Adrian
Archer approached her, Ms Ingraham humbly accepted her “flowers” given to her
by the Church.

“When Mr Archer came up to me and told me that they were going to honour me
at the Feast of St Cecilia service I couldn’t believe it. I said to him “you gat to be jok-
ing,” she said. “But he said to me ‘I think you deserve it’ and he said he didn’t want
to give me my flowers when I am dead but while I am alive,” Ms Ingraham
explained.

Tribune Religion spoke to Adrian Archer, the music ministry director, who said
that Ms Ingraham holds a special place at St George’s Church.

“What is so special about Evamae is that she is so deeply involved in the Church
and the choir. She is not only part of the choir but she also encouraged her children
to become apart of the choir as well. She is the ultimate person and if no one else
shows up for choir practice she is there. So we saw fitting to recognise her during our
Feast of St Cecilia’s celebration,” he explained.

Ms Ingraham said being dedicated to something for thirty plus years is not easy.
However knowing that her task was a calling from God was her motivation.

“There were times when I didn’t feel like going to practice or didn’t feel like going
to church but when you know that you have a calling from God you just do what you
have to do.”

Ms Ingraham said that she is proud to be honoured for something that she enjoys
doing.

“T wouldn’t say that I have a perfectionist voice but I love singing to the glory of
God. And to be honoured for something that I love doing was incredible. I was very
proud,” she said.

Ms Ingraham’s family members were also in attendance at the service.

Evamae Ingraham joined St George’s Anglican church at the age of 18. And the
64 year old widow said: “I will be a member of St George’s until the day they lay me
west.”

Itis a tradition of St George’s Anglican Church to honour and recognize outstand-

ing members of their music ministry around this time of the year. ALL SMILES: The family of Eva Mae Ingraham showed their support on Sunday night.



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By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter

| NDER the theme "No Separation", the members of the Reign's

Ministry will come together to host their annual conference that
features appearances from Prophet Josias Duke, Minister Kaynell Gould and
Prophetess Monique Hanna.

The event will take place at The British Colonial Hilton, Victoria Ballroom
on Friday evening starting at 7.30pm. Organisers said the conference is going
into it's third year and this year's theme is in light of the recession still being a
factor in our country.

In an interview with Tribune Religion, Prophetess Norma Lightbourne said:
" This particular theme is because of the recession and the fact that there are
so many people that feel defeated as if there is no hope and the Lord allowed
me to u se the no separation as a theme to tell people, no matter what we may
be faced with or going through, it should not bring a separation to us and our
God."

Ms Lightbourne explained that the Reign's Ministry has been worshipping
in the Hilton every Sunday, and the members saw it as the right thing to host
a conference for the people of the Bahamas. " I do believe that when we stand
on the word of God, he will always see us through,” she said.

" T also believe that when we are going through something, we are not to
feel that is okay for us and not care about others that would need some sort of
direction."

She went on to say that in this time of giving thanks, people should not find
it hard to help others. " My prayer is that people should not feel as if extend-
ing a helping hand is a hard thing to do, We were all put on this earth to help
each other," she said.

" | feel as if we are approaching the end of this year, when we build up our
faith and become stronger in the word of the almighty God, we will all end
strong and begin the new year 2011 with great anticipation,” Ms Lightbourne
said.

Prophet Josias Duke is set to open the event on Friday evening following
Minister Kaynell Gould and Prophetess Monique Hanna speaking on
Saturday.

Ms Lightbourne will speak at the Sunday morning session, which is called
the Climax part of the conference.

" My prayer is that the church will become the healing place with souls that
will come in and be healed, delivered and not wanting to ever go back into the
past. And the Reign's Ministry would like to wish the Bahamas a Happy
Thanksgiving" she said.





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Advent is the time of watching, waiting, preparation and antic-
ipation, organised by the Church as the proper way to welcome
the soon-to-be born King Jesus. We are back to the beginning of
the Church’s calendar. The next four weeks are to be used as an
inventory check, to receive our Saviour in our newly overhauled
hearts.

What does it mean to be fit for a King who is the Son of God.?
How do we accomplish the task set before us? Why is it worth all
of the effort?

The Holy Bible describes God’s expectations of the people of
God as being the following:

PALACIOUS

1. To be like faithful children who obey their parents when
instructions are given

2. To be like grateful heirs who want to train to be excellent
stewards of family property

3. To be humble and holy as guided by the priests and prophets

Commitment

Our commitment to God is to be rehearsed and renewed daily.
We have a new morning to greet us as we open our eyes, and it is
God’s gift to us to be used wisely. We have work to do and as we
engage in purposeful pastimes as directed by the Holy Spirit, we
will find ourselves being transformed more and more into the
image and likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the image and
likeness of His Heavenly Father.

This effort is made on our behalf by our Creator, the Lord God
Almighty.

For some strange reason, our God loves us this much. Suffering
and sacrifice is considered a fit price to make us fit. What mystery
that we should mean so much and seem to care about it so little.

Some of us are not moved in the slightest by God’s plan of
redemption. Others of us understand its import but are too apa-
thetic and indifferent to bother to engage in spiritual discipline or
activity. Most of us who profess to be Christians are lukewarm,
and the Book of Revelation tells us that this is unacceptable wor-
ship and service. A few of us, perhaps the typical “righteous rem-
nant,” are seeking to be demonstrably dedicated.

Time is running out. We need to re-prioritise our time and
make this season of Advent what it is meant to be. Matthew 24:
44 warns us: “So you must also be ready, because the Son of Man
will come at an hour when you do not expect him”. Are you get-
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Robinson-Morris Chapel AME Church



schedule of events



Saturday, November 27@1.30pm
Parade in Ridgeland, Park West

Sunday, November 28,2010 at 9.30pm

Christian education hour and the hour of salvation
107.9FM

10.30 am- worship service , Elvin Taylor will be the
speaker

4pm-worship service Rev Ranford Patterson, presid-
ing elder of the Nassau- Freeport District of the
AME church and pastor of Cousin McPhee
Cathedral, Carmichael Road will be the speaker.
All are welcome

A Brief Historical Background of
Robinson - Moris Chapel AME Church

The African Methodist Episcopal Church was
established in 1907 in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera.
The AME Church began to spread throughout the
Island of Eleuthera, Nassau, and presently in
Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The first AME Church in Nassau was established
in 1938 named Mt Sinai with Rev R H Johnson
serving as pastor. The Church’s name was changed
to the Minister Wives Center in 1956. The Royal
Eagle Masonic Lodge Hall was used as a place of
Worship and for the Opening Session of the Annual
Conference on December 17, 1961.

In 1963 a lot of land was purchase in Ridgeland
Park West for the construction for a place of wor-
ship. In 1964, the Minister Wives Center was built.
Out of the Minister Wives Centre came the
Robinson-Morris Chapel.

In 1975, Robinson-Morris Chapel was built under
the leadership of Rev James M Sands, and dedicat-
ed in November 26, 1978 by the Rt Rev Bishop
Samuel Solomon Morris. The Presiding Elders that
served were Rev C B James, Rev E E Benjamin,
Rev L O Moss, Rev James Askiew, Rev Daniel
Scott, Rev James M Sands, assisted by Rev CE
Standifer, Rev Leeomia Kelly and now Rev Howard
F Williamson, and Rev Ranford Patterson.

In 1987, Rev Philip R Cousin, appointed Rev
Howard F Williamson as pastor of the Robinson-
Morris Chapel. Under his leadership an
Educational Building was built — which now hold
our pre-school from Nursery to K-4.

Presently a new pre-school is under construction
with more than 24 classrooms at a cost of over one
million dollars.

Robinson-Morris Chapel continues to expand its
ministries to cater to the needs of all of God’s peo-
ple.

Special emphasis is place on teaching, training,
and empowering believers to serve where the need
is greatest.



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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.4THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER BREEZYWITH SUNSHINE HIGH 85F LOW 72F By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter A N ANGRY crowd of straw vendors yesterday declared war on the Gov e rnment over its proposed policies for the new straw market. Minister of Public Works a nd Transport Neko Grant, o utlined the new rules dur ing a speech yesterday at the Straw Market roof-wetting ceremony. Reacting to Mr Grants revelations of rent hikes and the banning of counterfeitg oods, among other stipulations, president of Straw Business Persons Associa tion Esther Thompson branded the Government a joke and warned ministers: Get your act together the war is on. She and about a dozen other vendors approached the press immediately afterM r Grants speech to voice their disapproval with the new regulations. I n the new market, Mr G rant said only Bahamian goods will be sold, counter feit products will be completely prohibited, vendorl icenses will be restricted to Bahamian citizens, and rental charges will rangef rom $200 to $250 per month, $46 to $58 per week or $6.50 to $8.20 per day. The new guidelines and p olicies are expected to a ssist in the more effective and efficient management of the new Bay Street straw m arket, said Mr Grant. But Mrs Thompson declared the vendors inten t ion to defy the new rules, Vendors vent their anger over govt policies for new market McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM STRAW WARS YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R SEE page 12 THANKS TO the charity of family, friends and complete strangers following the publication of his story in The Tribune Kadin Finley, an infant burdened with a massive, and ever enlarging, growth, can finally afford the necessary med ical treatment. One-year-old Kadin and his family will soon be taking the first step towards combating the con dition that has dom inated his physical development since birth. Kadin was diagnosed by doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital with the rare condition known as KlippelTrenaunay Syn drome or KTS, which cannot be treated in the Bahamas. KTS is a congenital circulatory disorder characterised by abnormal benign growths on the skin, consisting of masses of blood vessels. Medical sources indicate that the condition is progressive and can lead to life-threatening complications such as inter nal or external bleeding, or even heart failure if left untreated. Kadin's mother, Arnette Finley, told this newspaper in a previous interview that her son was born with a slightly enlarged arm and chest. Over time the growth grew larger, becoming a physical burden to Kadin and a financial one for his family. But without health insurance or any other source of money available, family members were concerned that they might not be able to afford to get him help abroad. Since September, when Kadins story first appeared in The Help for little Kadin after T ribune story T REATMENTCOMING: L ittle Kadin Finley. THETRIBUNE featured Kadins story in September. SEE page 13 By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net A GOOD Samaritan saved the lives of two young children yesterday when it appeared that their mother attempted to burn them alive early yesterday morn ing. Shortly before 9.30am, an anonymous caller informed By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net LONG Island residents are mourning the death of mur dered mother-of-two Shande Cartwright. Shande, 22, was stabbed to death on Monday night in Adelaide Village. The first reports received by the police said she was attacked by two armed men near a beachfront TROUBLE is continuing to brew in three key constituencies for the PLP where new candidates are slated to run for the party in the next Gen eral Election. In South Beach, where Myles Laroda seems set to gain the partys nomination, PLP sources explained there is a growing feud between supporters of the former PLP candidate Wallace Rolle and Mr Larodas new team. By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net ONE million of the $8 mil lion allocated to train Bahamian contractors and tradesmen who will work on the $2.6 bil lion Baha Mar project will be made available this week, said Labour Minister Dion Foulkes. The senator said this repSEE page 13 SEE page 10 MOTHER IN APPARENT ATTEMPT TO BURN HER CHILDREN ALIVE MURDERED MOTHER OF TWO MOURNED ON LONG ISL AND TR OUBLE BREWING IN THREE KEY PLP CONSTITUENCIES SEE page 11 SEE page 11 BAHA MAR CONTRACTORS TO RECEIVE $1M FOR TRAINING THIS WEEK ABOVE: Straw vendors, including president of Straw Business Persons Association Esther Thompson, spoke out yesterday. LEFT: Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace speaks at the roof wetting ceremony at the new straw market building site yesterday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff

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By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net ANGERED by what has been described as unbearable traffic conditions, motorists are calling for greater coordination between public service agencies and consistent maintenance of traffic signals. Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC named as the cause for the extreme traffic delays on Shirley Street on Tuesday which had severely affected motorists and business owners on Monday. Traffic was reduced to a near stand-still as BEC workers and their equipment created a bottleneck on the two-lane street. One Shirley Street business owner said: The whole island was screwed up yesterday because they wanted to changea pole at 9am in the morning. So they took their time on a very busy day and also decided to trim trees? For six hours they had traffic backed up its ridiculous. If they were going to do something, why was there no coordination with the Works and Public Transport? The business owner added: They just cant disrupt traffic on a street like this with no sort of planning. Ambulances have to come past here, the prison vans, it was just pure havoc with only one lane. The police had to eventually come and tell them to move their trucks as it was getting nearer to the time for the prison bus to come through there was no space for people to get out of the way. In addition to the high concentration of traffic due to widespread roadworks, residents and business owners heading to and from the eastern part of the island claim malfunctioning traffic lights make an already strained situation unbearable. During the evening rush hour, motorists claim nearly two hours of traffic delays have been added to their normal travel time. One motorist said: Im sick and tired of reaching a main intersection and having the lights off. Its a wonder we dont have more accidents than we do nowadays. Major areas highlighted were lights at the intersection of Village Road and Shirley Street, and the ones on East Bay Street right before the Montagu ramp. In July, the malfunctions were largely attributed to load shedding being conducted by BEC. Officials from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport explained that the lights automatically switch to "flash mode" whenever there is a power surge, as a safeguard against electrical damage. Motorists in the capital then, said they were fed-up with the inconsistency of traffic lights, they feared malfunctions would only increase as the country moved into the second month of the rainy season as heavy rain was also noted as a possible contributor. Another motorist added: None of the lights in Nassau work, weve hired a company to come and fix the lights but they cant fix the lights because they say BEC cant keep the power on to run the lights. I dont understand how in a country that considers itself ahead of the rest of the Caribbean we cant even have traffic lights that work. Requests for an update on the status of traffic lights in the capital were not returned up to press time yesterday. As there is a mobile maintenance team of private contractors who are responsible for providing maintenance and repair to traffic lights, the public is encouraged to report downed lights to 302-9700, a line at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %*&6( 5HJLVWUDWLRQ'HDGOLQHRYHPEHU,167,787()%86,1(66$1'&200(5&(7 IN addition to bringing in at least $8 million in work permit fees for the public treasury, the presence of the expected 8,000 Chinese workers on the Baha Mar project will result in manys pin-off opportunities for Bahamians, FNM Senator Frederick McAlpine told the Senate yesterday. Bahamians are also guaranteed to reap some of the eco nomic benefits. These persons will need places to stay, they will buy groceries from our grocery stores, they will eat in our restaurants as we eat shrimp fried rice, and theyll eat chicken in the bag and our crack conch. They will ride in our taxis and o n our jitneys. Madam President, they will visit our drug stores, liquor stores, rent cars and perhaps purchase bicycles. They will be with us until the project is completed. Madam President, mightI also add that the Chinese that are coming, but 80 per cent of their pay cheque stays in China, they only get 20 per cent of their salary while in the Bahamas. So I would assume that most of them will return home in order to collect the 80 per cent for their labour, he said. S enator McAlpine said the public can be assured that the government will do due diligence in ensuring that all foreign w orkers have been returned to their place of natural birth, and we thank them in advance for doing so. PROSECUTORS have indicated that they intend to proceed with a voluntary billof indictment in the case of four men charged in Februarys home invasion and shoot-out in Coral Harbour. Brothers Derek and Jermaine Stuart, 37; Kelvin Cooper, 35; and Jeffrey Wil son, 55, have been charged in connection with the incident. The men are accused of conspiring to commit the armed robbery of Georgette Butler on Thursday, Febru ary 18. They are also charged with breaking into Ms Butlers home and, while armed witha handgun, robbing her of $30,000 worth of assorted jewellery, $1,650 cash and a Dell laptop computer valued at $1,900. The men were initially arraigned on the charges in May and are on bail. They are represented by attorneys Geoffrey Farquharson and Murrio Ducille. Prosecutor Sandra Dee Gardiner informed Magistrate Derrence RolleDavis that the Crown was proceeding by way of Volun tary Bill of Indictment in the matter. The matter has now been adjourned to December 13 when the indictments will be presented. HOME INVASION CASE SET FORV OL UNT AR Y BILL OF INDICTMENT Motorists angry at traffic conditions Presence of 8,000 Chinese workers will result in spin-off oppor tunities f or Bahamians BEC REPAIRS caused severe traffic delays on Shirley Street t his week.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. THE door has been open for m any of you to explore and to take advantage of the treasure t hat God has given you and yet some seems to be shut to it. There are some unexplored treasures and talent in you that the enemy doesnt want you to see. Now its up to you to find what they are and use them. Yes some of your eyes are filled with tears, but let them be tears o f joy just to know that the time has come for you to be the eagle you were born to be. Right now there are some nay-sayers around you. There are some around you who think they know it all and want to dictate to you. This is just a way of keeping you at a standstill. S ome people have lost their Eagle instant. They have become a chicken and they have lost their w ay. Freeport, this is the most glorious time of your life. Dont be a complainer or a murmurer. Rejoice and give God thanks. Yes you may have made up your bed on some of the jobs but let me encourage you to pick it up. Yes you may have a mortgage or car loan to pay off and children are in school. My question to you is, who give you these things.? I would think its God, so He will not allow them to be taken away. Ive been there, sat in the same boat andh ad to swim and paddle my knees. Eventually I was able t o get abroad a little boat then a mid-size boat, then God saw my faith and put me on a ship where I am the Captain. Stop complaining and pray and give God thanks. Ask Him to put more strength in your wings and rise up like phoenix then sore like an Eagle. I have n ever seen so many faithless pastors in all my life time like I have seen lately on TV. These are the same pastors who stand up in the pulpit and preach on how to have faith in God, how He will provide, how He is our El Shaddi and Jehovah Jireh, how the righteousness was not f orsaken nor his seed begging bread. Yet some are helping to add to the hopelessness the people are feeling. In Numbers 13: 17-33 these so-called men or shepherds are talking just like the sons of Anak in verse 33. The only things they can see are the giants in the land and the peo ple like grasshoppers. Pastors where is your faith. Dont you know that God sometimes moves us out of our comfort zone because he has a greater plan for our lives and some of us have been asking Him. The Bible says in Psalm 37:25, I have been young and Ih ave been old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor h is seed begging bread. Again, where is your faith Pastors? God is the provider and some of the peoples best days are ahead of them. A field of bless ing has been open to those people. Dont be like the chickens of this world. The only thing they are good for is to make n oise and cross the road. I pray that the people who are going through this change and who have lost their jobs look not to man, but keep their eyes focused on the God of their salvation and soar as Eagles. This is an opportunity that you may never see again. H ow you handle it, is what matters most. May I tell you that in getting up and brushing off, there are some friends and acquaintances sitting beside you waiting for you to hit the dust. David said in Psalm 61: Hear my cry, O God, attend unto my prayer. Go forth; walk into your greatest day and oppor tunity. Its like sand on the sea shore. Your spirit is down but there is a phoenix in you to rise up. May I borrow a few verses from the beautiful hymn: Through all the changing scenes of life, in trouble and in joy, the praises of my God shall still my heart and tongue employ. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, with me exalt His name; when in distress to Him I called, He to my rescue came. What the devil meant for bad, God can surely turn it around and make it good. B BULLARD Nassau, November, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. The Environmental Ministry and Bahamas National Trusts hould hang their heads in shame for supporting the dredging of almost nine acres of protected seabed in the Exum a National Land and Sea Park. Not only did these environmental agencies agree to violation of the world's oldestm arine park, their relationship t o the developer, Prince Aga Khan, during the decision maki ng process has also come into question. T he apparent lack of con cern over the consequences of d redging is astonishing, especially given that rising sea temperatures are threatening the very survival of reefs worldwide. W hat impact will the silt from the dredging and run-offf rom land development have on the numerous fragile reefs s prinkled throughout the area? Its estimated that 10 to 27 per cent of coral has perished w orldwide and 40 per cent may disappear this year. In the Exuma Cays, some of the once magnificent reefs are already bleached white and covered ina brown growth. Coral reefs are believed to host perhaps a quarter of all marine species, including an abundance of fish, and are vital to our tourism and fisheries industries. I ndeed, they are our prime f ood source! Exuma tour boat operator Raymond Lightbourn has complained that the bar earmarked f or dredging is home to hundreds of baby conch along withs tingrays. Mr. Lightbourn said there is a lready a 225' deep water dock at the princes Bell Island with a 130' angle branch. What more does the prince need for a private residence? I understand the National Trust enraged residents during a town meeting in George Town, Exuma, as it was felt by some that it had already made up its mind to support thed evelopment. Whats even more ludicrous is The Trust, while supporting the princes plans, is the vehicle t hrough which park laws are strictly enforced on locals. It is against the law to take a single fish, shell or piece of driftwood from the park. N o-one is allowed to light a c amp fire to grill a hotdog or hamburger, let along dredge a p rotected seabed! As Exuma tour operator P atterson Smith told the town meeting: Its not only about dredging, its about the park being a no-take zone. But if we cant touch it, why is this one man who is using the island for funa llowed to do so? Indeed,why? Q uis custodiet ipsos cus todes? ATHENA DAMIANOS Nassau, O ctober 31, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm BEIJING When North Korea tested a nuclear device last year, China issued bland criticism and urged Pyongyang to resume d iplomacy. After a South Korean navy ship was sunk, most likely by a North Korean torpedo, Beijing sent its sympathies but calledt he evidence inconclusive. Now that North Korea has unleashed an a rtillery barrage on a South Korean island that killed four people including two civili ans and raised tensions in the heavily armed region, Beijing again appears unwilling to rein in its neighbour. For all China's growing international might, its tolerance of North Korea's wayward behav i our shows how differently Beijing sees the world or at least its corner of it. There is zero chance of China, either in open or in private, putting major substantive p ressure on North Korea," said Shi Yinhong, professor of international relations at Beijing's Renmin University. A s impoverished North Korea's most important diplomatic ally and source of crucial f ood and fuel assistance, China holds the sort of influence that could bring Pyongyang to h eel. But keeping the region stable so that China may continue its upward trajectory is the Chinese leadership's No. 1 priority. If that means putting up with the occasional North Korean provocation, experts say, so be it. Chi na has reasons to worry if the current, tenuous peace dissolves. It lost an estimated 400,000 troops in the 1950-53 Korean War. Another conflict or a meltdown of North Korea's dict atorship could send hundreds of thousands of North Koreans across the border, burdening Chinese provinces that only in recent years recovered from painful restructuring of the planned economy. Worse, a South Korean victory would bring to China's threshold a U.S. ally that hosts American military forces. Following Tuesday's bombardment, Beijing has so far shied away from calling North K orea to task. In its first written statement about the inci dent, China's Foreign Ministry said China feels regret about the loss of lives and property and urged all parties to avoid escalation and restart dialogue. The statement by spokesman Hong Lei said the relevant parties should "oppose any actions that harm the peace and stability on the p eninsula." While it said that China was worried about t he developments, it did not condemn either side. State media, the only media there is in China, maintained a mostly studied neutrality, describing the skirmish as an exchange of fire. "China is very much concerned with the p eace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, as both the Republic of Korea and the Democr atic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK China's close neighbours," the Xinhua News A gency quoted Zha Peixin, a member of the legislature's foreign affairs committee, as saying. China's strategy to steady North Korea has exacted costs. Beijing's refusal to criticise North Korea after the sinking of South Korea 's naval corvette, the Cheonan, in which 46 sailors died, offended Seoul, a key investor and trade partner which had been drawingc loser diplomatically. In the United Nations, China shielded North Korea from punishmento ver the incident. China's protection of North Korea at times s eems so unreasonable that it adds to misgivings among Japan, Vietnam and other nations already upset over Beijing's more forceful assertion of its territorial claims in the East and South China seas. R elations with Washington may suffer too, just two months before Chinese President HuJ intao wants to pay a pomp-filled state visit. President Barack Obama has called upon Beij ing to restrain its ally. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said U.S. diplomats had delivered a message to China that it was pivotal" to changing North Korea's behaviour, adding that Beijing has a responsibility to m ake it clear to Pyongyang that deliberate attempts to inflame tensions with Seoul are n ot acceptable. Yet far from backing away from Pyongyang, China has in recent years doubled down on its support. As Japan, South Korea and others have reduced trade and aid in recent years in response to North Korean nuclear and missile tests, China has stepped up deliveries of food and other assistance. China accounted for half of all North Korea's imports and took a quarter of its exports in 2 008, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service. That was before the North's relations with South Korea began souring, taking tourism and investment programmes with them. Politically, Beijing has upped its engagement too, sending a stream of leaders to Pyongyang and twice hosting reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il this summer. The first trip came weeks after the Cheonan sinki ng. The second time came just before North Korea's Worker's Party held a rare conclave and then a nationwide pageant for the elevation of Kim's son, Kim Jong Un, as dictator-inwaiting. Chinese Politburo member Zhou Yongkang stood with the elder Kim during the festivities. The steadfastness of Beijing's support at the expense of its international image and r elations with Seoul and Washington have raised criticisms even in China that the North K orean tail sometimes wags the Chinese dog. Chinese officials and experts acknowledge the risk, saying Beijing's leverage is limited, given that it is unwilling to throw its economic heft. "Even if China tried to tell North Korea w hat to do, it's unlikely they would easily listen," said Gong Keyu, deputy director of the A sia-Pacific Research Centre at Shanghai's Institute for International Studies. ( This article was written Charles Hutzler, and Christopher Bodeen of the Associated Press). Shame on the Environment Ministry and National Trust LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net China keeps pressure off North Korea Freeport, this is the most glorious time of your life

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B y MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net U NPRECEDENTED s uccess for the controversial film Children of God comes less than a year after the Bahamian homosexual love story opened the sixth annual Bahamas Interna t ional Film Festival. D irector Kareem Mortimer said he is amazed by the success of his first feature length film shown at m ore than 70 film festivals around the world this year and winning 13 coveted awards, as well as being shown across the United Kingdom on tour with the British Film Institute Lond on Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Now Mr Mortimer is celeb rating a deal with the P hiladelphia company TLA R eleasing which has secured the rights to theatrical and home entertainment distri-b ution of Children of God i n North America and the United Kingdom. He said the award-winning drama will also be available commercially in 11 countries by March next year. We are so incredibly e cstatic, Mr Mortimer said. This is a huge achievement for a Bahamian film, a nd we will continue to bring o ther countries to the table w ith assistance from our sales agency as we regard our investors a main priority. So many films never get to see the light of day out side of small screenings, and we are happy to have a com m ercial product that we are working tirelessly to bring returns over the next few years. T LA Releasing regards the film as the most contro versial to emerge from the B ahamas, where screenings C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t ftf ttff ttf %4+2674'*17)*6 2 ) 2 *M_IZMWNMZ[WVIT.I^WZQ\Q[U B y NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter n nicolls@tribunemedia.net THE security guard questioned in connection with a sexual abuse allegation at Gambier Village Primary School has been released from police custody pending further investigations. Formal charges were not filed against him, said Supt Leon Bethel, head of theC entral Detective Unit. He was brought in and released pending the outcome of our investigation, said Mr Bethell. School administrators received complaints from three students that led to the removal of the security guard by the Mini stry of Education (MoE T he students claims came after the school conducted a series of workshops on i nappropriate behaviour. A fter further forums were conducted by t he Special Services Unit of the MoE, new complaints suggested there may be an incest problem in the community. The school is now conducting education seminars for parents in the community and preventative counselling sessions for stud ents. Hulan Hanna, assistant commissioner of police, said the police are working closely with the school to reassure students. He, along with Commissioner of Police E llison Greenslade and other top police officials, visited the school on Tuesday and spoke to students. There are so many young people troub led by incest, abuse in homes, neglect, a bandonment and marginalisation, said M r Hanna, speaking of the Bahamas in g eneral. M any children react to these hardships by adopting violent and deviant behaviour, and Mr Hanna said it is important to graba nd harness children at an early age, to show them alternate ways of expressing themselves before they fall into undesirable behaviour. Police release security guard questioned over sex abuse allegations Controversial Bahamian film enjoys unprecedented success SEE page 18

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THEGrand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA Hutchison Port Holding Group (HPH donations to the islands Chamber of Commerce to assist with its economic development plan for Grand Bahama. On hand for the presentations on Tuesday were GBPA president Ian Rolle, HPH chief executive Gary Gilbert and Chamber president Peter Turnquest. The donations will be used to fuel the economic development plan for Grand Bahama,t hat has been undertaken by the Chamber. Our goal is to create economic activity and Im happy to say that this gesture indicates were not in this alone. Its wonderful for the island in that we have a number of forces joining together to create a positive thing for the island, Mr Rolle said. Mr Gilbert concurred whilst highlighting the essential role the Chamber plays within our society. We think that the Chamber of Commerce is an extra ordinarily important group here in Grand Bahama and we wanted to support them in every way because they bring business to our great city here,h e said. In recent weeks, GBPA had h anded-over its own economic development strategy to the Chambers economic development committee so that both groups could marry their efforts. Now with Tuesdays cheque d onations, the Chamber said it can proceed with an overall economic plan sooner than anticipated. This is very momentous. Todays donation signifies the unity of this community towards trying to create economic opportunities here in Grand Bahama, said Mr Turnquest. Certainly, with the support of these two organisations we believe that the Chamber will be in a position to complete its mandate to help bring economic development to the island and to complete our study and the work we need to do in order to make that hap-p en. Mr Turnquest further e xpressed pleasure at the level of support the donation signified. Both GBPA and HPH are good corporate citizens and by partnering together, we are certainly able to do much moret han anyone of us could do by ourselves, he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM .,'=&,7< JOINT DONATION TO CHAMBER Ian Rolle, GBPA-president (left son Port Holding Group (right Chamber of Commerce (centre GBPA AND HUTCHISON GROUP DONATE TO GRAND BAHAMA CHAMBERS ECONOMIC PLAN

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THE Rotary Leadership Institute, Sunshine Division returned to Nassau in early October to continue three leadership courses for approximately 40 Rotarians over a two-day period, having kicked off the first set of courses in February of this year. Rotary is one of the oldest service organisations in the world with just over 1.2 million members. Rotarians work locally, regionally and internationally towards such goals as combating hunger, improving health andsanitation, providing education and job training, promoting peace and eradicating polio; all under the motto, Service Above Self, said Mike Levitt, RLI discussion leader and president of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise. Mr Levitt teamed up with local RLI discussion leaders who included Rotary Bahamas training chairperson Carla CardStubbs, past Assistant District Governor Felix Stubbs and Assistant District Governor Charles Sealy II. Strategies to improve clubs and tools on becoming better leaders were highlighted while topics varied from The Basics of Rotary to structured programmes like Interact, Rotaract, World Community Service, Rotary Fellowships and the Rotary Foundation. The value of this training programme is multi-faceted and it is a great opportunity for Rotarians to learn about the inner-works of Rotary as well as to maximise our efforts to share and explore ways to build on what we have and also give backin a better way, said Mr Sealy. Ms Card-Stubbs along with her Rotarian husband Felix Stubbs are both past presidents of the Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise and they agreed that the Rotarians leave energised and enthusiastic and they take their knowledge and apply it to make their Clubs better and also to help build stronger membership. Ms Card-Stubbs said she was excited that as a result of this session a group of Rotarians made up from the six Nassau Clubs formed a focus group to propose and pursue a joint project. Ten participants completed parts one through three of the RLI courses, thereby graduating from RLI. In the past year, Rotary Bahamas has been known for their strong work in Haiti as well as local community projects. The RLI said it seeks to have Rotary Clubs in member districts identify those Rotarians who seem to have the potential for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills for voluntary organisations. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.T he Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of d riving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. R OTARY N EWS Rotary leadership seminars return to Nassau

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property known as The Farm. Police say they are at a crucial stage in the investigation. It is understood the man who was with her at thet ime of her death is cooperating with detectives in their investigations. Shande was graduated from NGM Major High School in 2005. A secretary at the school said: Everybody is sad, in total shock. She grew upa mong us and was just like a Long Islander. She was there from a small child. She was very intelligent, friendly and mannerly, always laughing, and she respected her elders. The school secretary recalled a time in Shandess enior years when she worked on a class project to fix a garden on the school compound. I could see her now running me down to bring back Gatorade from the store for when they were finished working. She would say, thank you, aunty, she said. Mary Cartwright, Shandes mother, expressed to her online friends: What can I say, my first pain and my best friend. Baby, how will I go on without seeing your magical smile, hearing that, oh so beautiful voice, singing to me and hearing you tell me everyday mommy I love you. Oh baby I miss you so much already I cant sleep, cant eat. I know you're at peace with God right now, but I promise you one thing my sweet angel, justice will prevail. Music fans in Nassau remember Shande from her Bahamian Idol performance. Expressing her condolences online, Andrea Turnquest, a friend of the family, said: Have my deepest sympathy Ms Mary! I know your daughter through Bahamian Idol. I used to sit down and watch her sing and enjoy myself. Some persons even ask me if she is my sister. She had a voice of an angel. I know its not going to be easy. God will comfort you and the family. I keep you in my prayers. I know you miss her like crazy. So sad, she gone too soon! Shande lived in Long Island from the time she was eight weeks old with her grandmother and two aunts. Prudence Cartwright, an aunt who lives on Long Island, said: Right now we are all upset. It is like a part of our body that is missing. We just hope they catch the person who did it. According to the family, Shande moved to Nassau just over a year ago and worked as a teller in the Palmdale branch of the Royal Bank of Canada. The Long Island family is now taking care of Shandes two young children a oneyear-old and a three-year-old. They moved to Long Island in September, around the same time Shande separated from her boyfriend, Douglas Pratt, according to her Aunt Prudence. He is the father of both children. At that time, the family said Shande was going through rough times financially, so they offered to keep the children for a little while. Prudence said the childrens father moved to the Exuma Cays around the same time, working in the construction field. She said he recently visited Shande in Nassau, and is still there. Mr Pratt could not be contacted for comment. The family is yet to explain the full meaning of Shandes death to her children. Prudence said: The oldest one says mummy is dead in the hospital, but I don't think she knows what dead means, because last night she asked if she could call her mummy. They are both hap py though, they are joyful, and the baby is only one year old. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Murdered mother of two mourned on Long Island FROM page one

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In 2007, it was claimed that a very senior PLP general in the area openly campaigned against Mr Rolle resulting in an essential split of the partys vote in the area and ultimately causing the PLPs loss of the seat. However, with Mr Laro-da having some family ties to this same general, PLP insiders fear supporters of Mr Rolle may return the favour in the 2012 and possibly cause the party the seat once again. With this in mind, sources within the partys camp said supporters of Mr Rolle have started to back the partys other candidate for the areas nomination, Nurses Union President Cleola Hamilton. The second seat of contention will be the constituency of Carmichael, where party sources said PLPs are still a bit unnerved about how easy it was for Dr Danny Johnson to receive the partys nomination.With essentially every named candidate thus far having to have fought for his chance to represent the area, some within the organisation still feel slighted by the apparent ease with which Dr Johnson wasable to gain his nomination. In Kennedy, what had been thought to be a four-way race has boiled down to three candidates after Keith Bell has allbut officially withdrawn his name from the nomination. Attorney Derek Ryan has won the nomination from the constituencys PLP branch however, attorneys Dion Smith and Craig Butler are said to be the front-runners in the minds of the Candidates Committee in this ever-changing seat. Yesterday, a party source told The Tribune the party leadership has attempted to have Mr Ryan withdraw his nomination quietly. However, it is understood this will prove very unlikely. Our source said: Dion is a kind of guy who can hang and drink with the guys and that has worked for him in there. He is someone who has great ambition, but politically we do not know if he is there yet. The dark horse in all of this will be Craig Butler who has moved under the radar to position himself quite well, and I believe it will come down to Butler and Dion in the end. resents the seed money that will be given to the College of the Bahamas and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute needed to start the training process and establish the various procedures and infrastructure needed to sustain the programmes. "The prime minister helped to significantly increase the number of the variety of jobs for Bahamians who (will on the Baha Mar project. A major training initiative for scores of Bahamians to the tune of $8 million, $1 million of which will be made available as soon as Parliament concludes its deliberation in the Senate today or tomorrow," the senator told the Upper Chamber yesterday. "Such training would have a ripple effect throughout the economy as workers leverage this training to take advantage of many other opportunities to use their new skills for many years to come." T he release of the first round of funding will allow the training of registered labourers to begin immediately, Mr Foulkes told The Tribune yesterday during the Senate's lunch break. A committee, representing Baha Mar, China State Construction, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, trade unions, BTVI and COB officials, has been planning the training programme. Stephen Wrinkle, head of the Bahamas Contractors Association, yesterday welcomed the news stressing that a cash injec-t ion is immediately needed for BTVI to begin cosmetic upgrades needed before the start of training courses for Baha Mar. "I'd like to congratulate the ministry and commend the Government on making those funds immediately available for the training. That's wonderful news. We certainly need it, we need an injection of cash at BTVI immediately to help with classrooms, set up the lab so they can do the training for carpentry and masonry. The current facilities out there are outdated," said Mr Wrinkle. Persons who want to sign onto to the training programme should register with the Department of Labour's skills bank in Nassau or Freeport or at Baha Mar. Mr Foulkes added courses for some 7,000 Bahamians needed for full-time work at the resort are scheduled to begin nine months before the four hotels open. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F ROM page one Baha Mar contractors to receive $1m for training this week Trouble brewing in three key PLP constituencies FROM page one

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w hich drew cheers and a pplause from her supp orters. She said: Whatever could come through customs, that is what straw vendors are going to sell. And as for the new taxes( rent), taxes is supposed to be according to the ability to pay. The straw vendors contributed greatly to this c ountry. We feel like w henever the foreign i nvestors come, they get this, get that. When are the straw vendors supposed to benefit? Nyoka Judy Rolle, a straw vendor for moret han 35 years, said she agrees with, and supports, the prohibition of counterfeit products you cannot call yourself a straw vendor if you sell leather. However, the rental fees a re extreme, with most s traw vendors not maki ng enough money in this e conomic climate to pay such a high amount. The example was given t hat even with five cruise s hips in the harbour, few v endors have made more t han $20 for the day. How were they supp osed to survive with the introduction of the suggested fees? asked anoth er vendor. O thers expressed their d isapproval of the rules s aying that whatever products are brought through customs should be allowed to be sold. However, Mr Grant told The Tribune that the state o f affairs that exists in the Straw Market cannot continue in the new $11.2 million structure. With regard to the new rent fees, he said: "I'm advised that they pay n othing but National I nsurance and a business l icense fee since the straw m arket fire. That was the arrangement because they were u nder the tent but you'd a ppreciate we're building a world-class facility. We a re talking a mere $6 to $8 t o a day (in rent fees w here else on God's earth can you find space for that kind of money?" C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Straw wars F ROM page one MINISTER of Public Works Neko Grant, Minis-ter of Tourism Vincent V anderpool-Wallace and Minister of State for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner attend the roof wetting ceremony for the new downtown Straw Market yesterday. T im Clarke / Tribune Staff

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Tribune relatives estimate that nearly $10,000 in donations has been raised through v arious efforts. In addition to assistance promised from the Department of Social Services, the family is scheduled to leave for the Mayo Clinic medical c entre in Minnesota, USA on Sunday. S heniqua Saunders, cousin t o one-year-old Kadin, said s ince awareness was raised of the infant's condition, the family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community. Kadin will see specialists for the first time on Monday. Once there, he will complete a routine medical exam which c an take anywhere from five to eight business days. T he trip to the Mayo Clini c recommended by the B ahamian doctor who diagnosed Kadin's condition is likely to set the family back between $7,000 and $13,000 for the initial consultation, before travel and accommodation costs. M rs Saunders said: Theyre going to assess him, a nd once they do all the tests that they need to do, then they will make a decision with his mother and doctor as to what form of treatment t hey are going to take. Hopefully we dont have to go back because that is a long w ay to travel and a lot of m oney. P ast fundraisers include two concerts, various drives held by local businesses and taxi drivers, and a cook-out that was held last weekend. For their support of Kadins cookout, which was called a huge success, the family sought to recognise the contributions of a number of companies and individuals. These include: Wongs Rubber Stamp and Printing Co., The DAlbenas Agency, B ahamas Food Services, P hils Food Services, Caribbean Bottling Co., Purity Bakery Ltd, 3S Bakery, Thompson Tradings, Wendys, Johns Department Store, Kellys, Fashion Hall, B ahamas State Association o f Daughter Elks, Jackies P arty Line, Amour Affairs, Yellow Tail Charters, Ms MacDonald, Ms Ranger, Sister Margaret Turnquest, Cable Bahamas, Carla Anderson Hollis. If you would like to donate t o Kadin's medical fund, his a ccount number at the Royal Bank of Canada's Palmdale Branch is 7274269. If anyone wishes to contact the family to offer any other assistance, Mrs Saunders can b e contacted at S heniqua_37@hotmail.com. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM the police that a woman had been seen putting her infant child in her vehicle and setting it on fire. A ccording to Inspector Warren Johnson, a passerby saw what was happening, got his fire extinguisher, and extinguished the blaze. I nspector Johnson said that it appears that the m other had removed the fuel cap from the car, inserted a piece of cloth into the gas tank and ignited it. When the officers arrived they discovered theg ood Samaritan standing next to the vehicle with the child in his arms, Inspector Johnson said. However, when officers b egan to question persons n earby they realized that the womans other child had not b een accounted for. This is when the officers noticed smoke emanating from the mothers home directly in front of the s mouldering vehicle. Breaking their way into t he house, officers discove red that a pile of clothes had been set on fire. However, they could not find the older child in the home. A quick search of the n earby Haitian community found that the child, who p olice estimated to be between seven and nine y ears old, had escaped f rom the house when he s aw what his mother was a ttempting to do. The mother, believed to b e in her mid-thirties, has been taken into police custody on charges of attempt e d murder and attempted arson. The infant child, who was t rapped in the burning vehi cle, received minor injuries and was taken to hospital, treated, and later released. T he other child had no physi cal injuries. They both have b een turned over to the Department of Social Services. O fficers from the South Western Division are conducting this police investigation. Mother in apparent attempt to burn her children alive FROM page one FROM page one Help for little Kadin after Tribune story

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JOE MORGAN, AP R AY LILLEY, AP G REYMOUTH, New Zealand Rescue teams were in full g ear and ready to begin searching for 29 missing miners when toxic gas levels suddenly increased touching off an explosion that dashed all hopes of a rescue, a lost miner's brother a nd police said Thursday. Prime Minister John Key declared the disaster a national tragedy, and across New Zealand on Thursday flags flew at half staff and many churches held services for people wanting to show respect for the mine rs. Wednesday's massive explosion deep inside the mine on New Zealand's South Island came five days after the men were caught underground by a similar blast and only hours after rescuers reported their first progress in the rescue attempt. A drilling team broke a narrow shaft through to the mine section believed to be holding the missing workers and two robots had crawled their way into the tunnel, providing the first view from inside the mine. "She was all go," said Geoff Valli whose brother Keith, 62, p erished in the mine. "There was going to be more than one or two (rescuers involved the rescue bid. "They explained just how close they were to going in. It was bloody scary. It could have been so much worse," he told National Radio. B ut when toxic and explosive gas levels suddenly worsened, the first attempt to enter the mine since last Friday's ini tial blast was scrapped. E ven in the unlikely event that any one had survived the first one, police said no one could have lived through thes econd. The blast was prolific," said police superintendent Gary K nowles, in charge of the rescue operation. "Just as severe a s the first blast." The grieving families, the company and political leaders have all pledged to retrieve theb odies of the missing men. M ourning father Laurie Drew was one of those pleading for their retrieval from the mine. "We are just hoping the conditions for the rescuers will allow them ... to recover everything for us. Hopefully it doesn 't drag on too long to get the closure that all the families really need, as well as myself," he said. His son Zen, 21, died in the disaster. Pike River Coal chief Peter Whittall pledged to the families that the top priority was recovering the men from the p it. "I still want them back and their families want them back and we'll be doing everything we can to make that happen. My love and support are with those guys," he said. Prime Minister Key warned it could take time to recover t he 29 bodies as there would have to be efforts to stabilize the mine before people could go in. "We know there are a number of options being explored to allow the bodies to be removed from the mine," he said. Key returned to Greymouth T hursday to meet with the grieving families to give them "comfort and support in probably their darkest hour." A series of inquiries, includi ng a formal Commission of Inquiry and police and coroner's investigations, are being launched into the tragedy overt he next few days. O n Wednesday, shortly after the second blast, Whittall told t he families a team had been getting ready to go underg round the families applauded, thinking that a rescue was about to start. "I had to wait till they s topped clapping to tell them .. that the second explosion occurred," Whittall said afterwards. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM &+5,670$66$/( /$6,(1'$6:HFDUU\DOLQHRIUHDVRQDEO\SULFHGNWDQGNW J ROGMHZHOU\VLOYHUSHDUOVDQGVWDLQOHVVVWHHO 6WDUWVRY New Zealand rescuers readied to go ahead of blast TENSETIMES: Mine blast survivor Daniel Rockhouse, center, is h ugging family memb ers following their briefing with police and company officals in Greymouth, New Z ealand, after visiting the Pike River coal mine, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010.

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of Ang Lees Oscar-winning g ay drama Brokeback Mountain was banned in 2005. Children of God tells the stories of three very different individuals whose paths converge in Eleuthera. T he story of Lena, the c onservative, deeply relig ious wife of a secretly gay firebrand pastor, intertwines with that of Romeo, a handsome young black man hidi ng his sexuality from his c lose-knit and loving famil y; and Jonny, the conflicted a nd creatively-blocked white a rtist in search of himself. T he film stars emerging actors Johnny Ferro, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Margaret Kemp and veteran B ahamian actor Craig Pind er. A fter TLA acquired the film from Daybreak Productions, LLC, president and director of acquisitions Raymond Murray said: Children of God is an entertaining and inspiring romantic d rama as well at a powerful s ocial critique of the destruct iveness of homophobia. It is one of the most important gay-themed films of recent years and TLA is proud to be able to distribute t he film. Kareem is a talented f ilmmaker and we expect the f ilm to find an enthusiastic r esponse from a variety of audiences. M r Mortimer added: This is a very important film for m y country, the Caribbean r egion and the wider world. In a time where violence against gays and persons who are perceived to be gay at the forefront of everyone's mind I hope our film can help illuminate some of the issues that driv e persons to violence. I am very happy for T LA Releasing to be a home for our film and their level of excitement and commitment to the title assures me that Children o f God will be given the best possible chance to c onnect with an audience. T he director said he is i ndebted to those who gave their support by workingh ard for little pay, volun t eering and giving their kind and encouraging words freely. He said: The producers feel this support has been tremendous. Children of God was prem iered on the opening n ight of the Bahamas I nternational Film Festival ( BIFF) at the Atlantis thea tre last year before going o n to win great success. This year, the festival will feature 14 films by Bahamian filmmakers, to be shown at various times throughout the festival which opens on Wednesd ay. Another Bahamian film co-directed by Mr Mort imer and Ric von Maur, W ind Jammers, will be s creened separately from the festival at the Atlantis theatre on December 1. F or the full line-up of BIFFs events and screen ings log on to www.bintl f ilmfest.com. To find out m ore about Children of God, log on to childrenof godthemovie.com and tlareleasing.com. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS P AGE 18, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Controversial Bahamian film enjoys unprecedented success FROM page five

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MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press CHICAGO The big Opt-Out looked like a big bust Wednesday as most of the Thanksgiving travelers selected for full-body scans and pat-down searches chose to submit to them rather than cre-a te havoc on one of the busiest flying days of the year. In fact, in some parts of the U.S., bad weather was shaping up as a bigger threat to travelers' hopes of getting to their destinations on time. F or days, activists had waged a loosely organized campaign on the Internet to encourage airline passengers to refuse fullbody scans and insist on a patdown in what was dubbed National Opt-Out Day. But aso f Wednesday afternoon, the cascading delays and monumental lines that many feared would result had not materiali zed. "It was a day at the beach, a box of chocolates," said Greg Hancock, 61, who breezed through security at the Phoenix airport on the way to a vaca-t ion in California. He was sent through a body scanner after a golf ball marker set off the metal detector. H is wife, Marti Hancock, 58, s aid that ever since she was in the air on Sept. 11, 2001, and feared there was a bomb on her plane, she has been fully sup-p ortive of stringent security: "If that's what you have to do to keep us safe, that's what you have to do." T he Transportation Security A dministration said few people seemed to be opting out. Some protesters did show up, including one man seen walkinga round the Salt Lake City airport in a skimpy, Speedo-style bathing suit, and others carry ing signs denouncing the TSA's s creening methods as unnecessarily intrusive and embarrassi ng. By most accounts, though, t he lines moved smoothly, and there was no more or less congestion at major U.S. airports than in previous years on the d ay before Thanksgiving. I would go so far as to say that National Opt-Out Day was a big bust," said Genevieve Shaw Brown, a spokeswomanf or the travel company Travelocity, which had staff at 12 of the nation's largest airports watching for problems. P rotest organizers some o f whom had no plans thems elves to fly on Wednesday were not prepared to declare the event a flop, saying the publ icity alone cranked up pressure on the White House and the TSA to review their security measures. The TSA now talks about r e-evaluating everything," said James Babb, an organizer for one of the protest groups, We Won't Fly. That is a tremendous victory for a grass-roots movement." For days, the X-ray scans that can see through people's c lothing and the new pat-downs t hat include the crotch and c hest have been the target of a backlash among politicians, bloggers and others. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 20, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Airport protest never takes off; few delays seen TOOINTRUSIVE? WEST PALM BEACH A passenger at Palm Beach International Airport is patted down by a TSA worker at Concourse C Wednesday morning.

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By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor ROBIN HOOD and other n ew market entrants have upset the apple cart to be the ultimate benefit of Bahamian consumers, its president and owner believes, telling Tribune Business that by sourcing 97-98 per cent ofi ts product offering direct it has helped to drive its prices and those of rival groceryc hains down. Sandy Schaefer told this newspaper that the tradition-a l grocery retail/wholesale model had been shaken up by the entrance of his business and the likes of Phils FoodS ervice into the market, adding that Robin Hood was looking to emulate the WalM art model securing rela tively cheap land upon which to build large store space, andr enting a portion of the prop e rty out to other businesses to service debt financing. Telling Tribune Business t hat Robin Hood sourced 9798 per cent of its product o ffering from abroad, allowing it to enjoy substantial savings that are passed on to t he consumer, Mr Schaefer s aid: What Robin Hood, and now Phils Food Service, is that we upset the apple cart. C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 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 Financing for a proposed biodiesel manufacturing plant in western New Prov-i dence is still up in the air, a ccording to former MP and Cabinet Minister Ten nyson Wells, with pinning d own a market for the fuel b eing deemed pivotal to m oving ahead. Mr Wells confirmed his investor groups hopes of a cquiring Bacardis former Clifton Pier Facility for the biodiesel venture in mid-O ctober, telling Tribune B usiness that the farming of plant material to feed a fuel facility alone could generate hundreds of spinoff jobs for Bahamians. The investor group, S ource River Ltd, has hundreds of thousands of dollars tied up in the purchase option it has on the Clifton Pier facility, which includes s everal large, heavy-duty storage tanks and a By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B AHAMIAN HOTELSare bett er positioned than their Caribbean counterparts to raise room rates when recovery comes, a leading hotel consultant said yesterday, with revenue per available room ( RevPAR) for this nations industry u p 8 per cent year-over-year to September 2010 more than two perc entage points better than the C aribbean average. P arris Jordan, managing director o f HVS Bahamas, a major consult ant to the global hotel and tourism i ndustry, said that because Bahamia n hotels did not drop room rates in 2009 as much as their Caribbean counterparts in a bid to stimulate occupancy, they would be better p laced to raise them when recovery c ame and market confidence r eturned. H e pointed out that while R evPAR for Bahamian hotels fell b y 15.8 per cent year-over-year in By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business E ditor A BAHAMAS-BASED and organised fashion s how is looking at expansion into Europe next year following the success of itst hird edition this month, its chief organiser telling Tribune Business yesterday that the sector could gradually grow into a major industry with the right domestic and international support. Owen Bethel, Bahamian banker and p resident of Modes Iles, organiser of the Islands of the World Fashion Week, By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE BAHAMIANContractors Associations (BCA d ent has backed the Institute of B ahamian Architects (IBA over its argument that signifi cant delays in the building perm itting process occur when queries are raised by the Building Control Department (BCD a s he called for more resources to be dedicate d to speeding up this system. Stephen Wrinkle, speaking after the World Bank ranked the Bahamas 107th out of 183 n ations over the processing of construction perWEVE UPSET THE APPLE C ART Robin Hood owner says ultimate beneficiary of sourcing 97-98% of product direct is Bahamian consumer, through lower prices and better offering But public offering of shares in expansionist retailer neverg oing to happen SEE page 9B THE new Robin Hood shopping store and centre. Permit queries: Contractor chief backs architects STEPHEN WRINKLE SEE page 4B Hotels 8% RevPAR rise beats region Bahamian hotels more than two percentage points better than Caribbean c ounterparts on key performance determinant Leading consultant says Bahamas resort industry better placed to raise room rates once recovery comes, as it held nerve and did not slash like rest of region Bahamas hotel occupancies and room rates both up year-over-year by 4% Bahamian RevPAR fell 15.8% in 2009 compared to 17.5% for Caribbean, but this nations room rates only down 6.8% SEE page 5B BIOFUEL FINANCING HELD UP BY MARKET IDENTIFICATION NEED SEE page 5B SEE page 7B FASHION SHOW EYES EUROPE EXPANSION OWEN B ETHEL

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A TECHNICAL term or two can give you that geek credibility sheen, but it might prove to be counterproductive. Do you know that using technical jargon is the number one cardinal sin you canc ommit when talking to a non-technical savvy client? Being able to think from others points of view, and talk in the terms that non-tech savvy clients can relate to, is o ne of the rarest, most-neede d skills in the technology world. Learning how to carry out a compelling conversation with these clients is a crucials kill that all technology worke rs should possess, especially if they desire to maintain their business. P eople who are technop hobic and live in fear that the Internet might steal their bank account information ort heir very soul, or who have lifestyles that just dont i nclude computers, should be t reated delicately. I have e xperienced an incident w here a newbie was afraid to use the zoom in and out butt on in fear of a computer explosion. This is not a joke! This is when it is most impor-t ant to put on your ambassador hat. O ne way of mastering this technique is to talk jargon with your clients in such a way that you can maintain their attention and give an accu r ate picture of what they really need to understand. Begin by using fishing techniques t o assess their starting knowledge. For example, try using a generic question, such as: Hey, what is your preferred web browser? or What operating systems have you being using lately? Strategi-c ally, what you are really try ing to ascertain is whether or not they know the basic terms o f your industry or have any knowledge of it. O nce you have ascertained their level of knowledge, youll start to develop an u nderstanding of how to proc eed. For example, dont you h ate it when you visit a doctor and he uses unfamiliar medical terms? But when he slows down, provides a good explanation in plain English ori llustrates with diagrams, he accomplishes his task more e ffectively. This is what we n eed to do as technical officers, graphic designers or programmers. H ere are some more fishi ng questions: Do you use Adobe Phot oshop or any other imageediting software? Do you subscribe to any R SS feeds? How familiar are you with t he programming process? What are some webs ites/authors you read regu larly? Have you ever worked w ith an Illustrator before? Ensure that you balance the p laying field by asking for input in their proficient areas, as this will be a friendlier medium and prevent them f rom feeling embarrassed or compelled to weigh in on your a rea of expertise. There is no reason to explain the process, but do explain how it will benefit them. T alk In Terms Of Results T his will keep clients list ening. For example, if you a re describing the importance of standards-compliant XHTML, you could say: Standards-compliant XHTML ensures that the websites code is valid ands upported by most modern w eb browsers. E ven though this may still seem technical, it gives the r esults of your efforts. Further, you could go for a simpler approach and say: I willo ptimiae the code so that you will get the best rankings possible and make your site viewable for as long as possible. P ause or Ask for Questions Allow pauses in between e xplanations to encourage q uestions. Behave as if youre interested and willing to answer any question, even if you arent. Furthermore, if they seem confused or remain silent for too long, ask them: Should I explain further? Put it in Writing Non-Tech-Savvy people can sometimes seem paranoid, and want every single detail in writing so as to rer ead at their own pace or r esearch and follow-up later. For proposals and reports, use visuals. Ever noticed how the best presentations havem ore graphics than blocks of t ext? If you convey an idea via visuals, the message will be gleaned faster compared t o text, which has to be p rocessed and analysed before comprehension. U se Familiar References Be creative and use scenari os and situations that are pert inent to their background to r elay complex concepts. Be Honest B eing honest with your non-tech savvy client is a no brainer. If you are asked aq uestion that you cannot answer, say that you will get Being a resource, not a jargon freak C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM &RPIRUWDEOHRRPVDW&RPIRUWDEOHDWHV5RRPVIURPMXVWHULJKWSOXVJUDWXLW\5HVWDXUDXQWDQG%DURROHFUHDWLRQRRPHHWLQJRRP$OEDQV'ULYH THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN SEE page 8B

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m its in its Ease of Doing Busin ess report, told Tribune Business that while the process was slow, it was unfair to place all the blameon the BCD and its staff, and better prepared construct ion/planning applications were sometimes needed to assist with their work. The permitting process unto itself is rather complex a nd lengthy by nature, Mr W rinkle told this newspaper i n a recent interview. It has to go through several departments, but I know myself from the perspective of the contractor that the problem arises whenever theres an anomaly or query with the p lans, and its not dealt with i n a timely fashion. Ive had personal experience where Ive not known there was a query with a specific set of plans for weeks and weeks, and then it takes weeks to resolve the query. Thats a big problem for the i ndustry. M r Wrinkle added that a nother issue was the d elayed implementation of t he Planning and Subdivisions Act, which meant discretionary decision-making was still being allowed with respect to the planning process. Were still dealing with a ntiquated methods where e verything must go before T own Planning, Mr Wrinkle told Tribune Business. Delays resulting from queries raised by the BCD o ver construction permit a pplications were identified by the Institute of Bahamian A rchitects and its president, A mos Ferguson, as a prime f actor behind the lengthy construction permittingp rocess in the Bahamas. T ribune Business revealed these concerns yesterday, and an Institute report that compared the building permitting process in the Bahamas with those in three major US cities New York, A tlanta and Miami said: A p rimary contributing factor in the long processing time a t the BCD under its present s ystem is the inordinate a mount of queries by BCD. In a lot of instances, the queries are primarily based on the whim of the reviewer and insubstantial in content. Some queries, structures in particular, the architect is not e ven allowed to address because the reviewer insists that the architect gets a structural engineer to dealw ith the query. This is inconsistent with the Building Regulation Act and is in contravention of theB ahamas Building Code. Leaving aside the inherent a bility a qualified architect w ould have as it relates to m ost engineering questions, it should be noted that it is very troubling that an architect who is ultimately responsible legally for a building is not considered qualified enough by some in BCD to e ven deal with the simplest o f structural queries. T he Institutes Mr Ferguson said such issues were really impeding progress in the construction industry, a dding: There are many p rojects I have known that have been cancelled because t he permits have taken too l ong. With the present econ omic situation, we dont need project going out of thes ystem that could be part of t he [recovery] process. We have outlined a new process that streamlines the total process, giving them less steps and less opportunities for possible corruption to occur. T he Institute report had b een updated, following its previous submission to the r elevant government agenc ies and departments two y ears ago. Mr Ferguson said a series of meetings over the reports content had been facilitated, by Gordon Major, between various Ministry of Works personnel and the architects, b ut little progress was made, he alleged, because BCD personnel were not receptive to any changes. H owever, Mr Ferguson said that in recent weeks he had met with Zhivargo Laing, minister of state forf inance, over the issue again, and came away with the i mpression that the Governm ent was prepared to reform t he construction permitting process. Mr Wrinkle, though, while acknowledging the slow permitting process, said it was not fair to shove the blame totally on the BCD, as in the a bsence of queries they often m oved applications through t he approvals process in a reasonable time. Referring to one project he had handled, Mr Wrinkle s aid the BCD had processed a ll relevant permits within four weeks, after they had b een provided with a full set o f mechanical, engineering a nd architects drawings. There were, as he put it, nos tumbling blocks. Theres certainly room for improvement, he admitted, adding that with rela tively little effort the Bahamas could easily move up from its 107th position in the Ease of Doing Business r ankings when it came to c onstruction permits. As a contractor, Id like t o see more resources allocated for processing of permits, but there needs to be a better preparation of the applications submitted, Mr Wrinkle said. In recent times, Id like to think better p lans are being submitted, b ecause we have better engin eers and architects. As we progress forward as a country, we must begin to use the skills of profess ionals better. This continu es to be a drag on the Ministry of Works and Plann ing. T he professionals associa ted with the construction industry were attempting to put industry into the 21st c entury, and Mr Wrinkle added: Weve just got to ensure the proper resources are allocated to the industry to get the professional side of things up to international standards. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM :$17('1XUVHRUXUVHV$LGH7RFDUHIRUHOGHUO\PDOH5HIHUHQFHVHTXLUHG 0 XVWEHHOLDEOH D QG KDYHRZQWUDQVSRUWDWLRQ7/HDYHQDPHDQGQXPEHUDQG ZLOOFRQWDFW\RX F ROM page one Permit queries: Contractor chief backs architects

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM (PSOR\PHQW 2SSRUWXQLW\$ ZHOOHVWDEOLVKHG/DZ)LUZLVKHVWRHPSOR\FRPSHWHQW$WWRUQH\ LQWKHDUHDRI/LWLJDWLRQKHLGHDOFDQGLGDWHVKRXOG +DYHDWOHDVWWKUHH\HDUVH[SHULHQFHDQGSRVVHVV D WKRURXJKZRUNLQJNQRZOHGJHLQ&RPPHUFLDO/LWLJDWLRQ ZLWKWKHDELOLW\WRGUDIWGRFXPHQWVDQGSOHDGLQJV :RUNLQJNQRZOHGJHRIFROOHFWLRQDQGHQIRUFHPHQWRI MXGJPHQWVDVLWUHODWHVWRFUHGLWIDFLOLWLHV 3RVVHVVH[FHSWLRQDOLQWHUSHUVRQDODQGFRPPXQLFDWLRQV VNLOOV ,VURFLHQWLQLFURVRIWIFHXLWHDSSOLFDWLRQV 3RVVHVVHVWKHDELOLW\WRZRUNXQGHUSUHVVXUHDQGSHUIRUP DVDWHDPSOD\HU $SSOLFDWLRQVWRJHWKHUZLWK&XUULFXOXP9LWDH'LSORPDV&HUWLFDWHV DQGHIHUHQFHVVKRXOGEHVHQWWR$ WWRUQH\ 3 2 1DVVDX%DKDPDV 2009, in response to reduced travel demand, average r oom rates in the industry d ropped by just 6.8 per cent. The rest of the RevPAR d ecline for Bahamian hotels c ame from lower occupancies, Mr Jordan explained, b ut he pointed out that C aribbean hotels suffered an average 17.5 per cent room rate decline in 2009 -far worse than the Bahamas as resorts desperately slashed rates to try and stimulate occupancy and v isitor numbers. G iven that it was e xtremely difficult, if not impossible, to raise rateso nce they had been cut, Mr J ordan said that by holding firm, the Bahamian hotel industry chiefly Atlantis was set to reap the potential rewards once US travel demand recovered. The Caribbean is up 5.7 p er cent in terms of R evPAR through Septem ber 2010 compared to Sep-t ember 2009, Mr Jordan t old Tribune Business. Year-to-date, the Bahamas is up 8 per cent on RevPAR. While the Caribbean and B ahamian sample sizes were based on just 10 per cent of their hotel populat ion, given that relatively f ew reported their data to S miths Travel Research ( STR), the data gleaned was still reflective of whats happening the market. Referring to the 2010 data, and the Bahamas outpacing the Caribbeans performance, Mr Jordan told T ribune Business: To put t hat into perspective, last year the Caribbean was d own 17.1 per cent on R evPAR, and the Bahamas w as down 15.8 per cent. Whats positive, however, here in the Bahamas ist hat its up 4 per cent in occupancy and 4 per cent in room rates. In contrast, while room rates in the C aribbean had risen 4.3 per cent, occupancies were ahead by just 1 per cent on 2 009 comparatives. M r Jordan said that espe c ially favourable for the Bahamas was the fact thatw hile its hotel industry R evPAR slid down just 15.8 per cent in 2009, room rates slipped just 6.8 per cent,c ompared to 17.5 per cent for the wider Caribbean. What is positive about the Bahamas is that it hasn ot dropped its rates as m uch as the rest of the Caribbean, and the mainf actor behind that is Atlantis maintaining its r ates, Mr Jordan told Trib une Business. When the m arket recovers, its diffic ult to raise rates significantly if you have dropped them. The Caribbean has dropped them, but the Bahamas has not dropped them as significantly. When the market recove rs, it will be less difficult for the Bahamas to increase i ts rates going forward. T hats a positive sign for the B ahamas. Its positioned better than the rest of theC aribbean market. Yet while the Bahamas RevPAR increase was ahead of both the C aribbean and US averages, it trails the increases of around 35 per cent and 15 p er cent enjoyed by St Lucia a nd the US Virgin Islands r espectively. The HVS Bahamas mana ging director told Tribune B usiness that many hotels and their yield managers had learned their lessonsf rom the post-September 11, 2001, experience, when the slashing of hotel room rates to induce travel andh igher occupancy levels f ailed to work because tourists were too frightenedt o travel by air. Hotels 8% RevPAR rise beats region FROM page one BIOFUEL FINANCING HELD UP BY MARKET IDENTIFICATION NEED jetty/docking area. Yesterday, Mr Wells said the group cont inues to work on sourcing financing for the p roject, finding that the need to definitively identify would-be purchasers of the fuel that would be produced is whats holding things up. The businessman had previously noted that the majority of the 70 million gallons of fuel which could be produced at the plant would need to go for export to the Caribbean and Latin America, as the Bahamian biofu-e l market is presently small to non-existent. Theres nothing definitive we can say on it, said Mr Wells. Its still being worked on. FROM page one

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P By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net With demand for the e fficient execution of proj ects rising in the recession, a Bahamian company yesterday said it had become the first to offer t raining to Bahamians who may wish to take advantage of opportunities for q ualified project mana gers. D orcas Cox, a Bahamian w ho became certified as a P roject Management Prof essional (PMP working for Scotiabanks learning and development department in Toronto, Canada, established Project Management Solutions Ltd after returning t o The Bahamas and notici ng the huge difference in the time and cost effic iency she saw in the exec ution of projects. We waste a lot of time and cost, and just take a very random approach. I said to myself: Do I go back to the way I used to operate or try to keep o perating at this level and h ope others get it?. I decided I wanted to help others to be competitive, said Mrs Cox. Examinations O n December 18, some 13 Bahamians will finish a 1 3-week course offered by h er company in conjunc t ion with the Bahamas Institute of Financial Ser-v ices. It is intended to pre p are them to take the Project Management Professional or Certified Associate in Project Management examinations required by the international Project Managem ent Institute. They will s it the exam in Nassau, w hich will then be sent a broad for marking. The course covers the principles of project management from initiation, to planning, execution, monitoring and controlling a nd closing a project. S tudents apply the principles they are learning to their own real world projects along the way, c onnecting what they are being told to practical applications from an early s tage. M rs Cox says the project m anagement qualification i s about progress and, c iting the Baha Mar and A lbany developments, suggested that as the Bahamas positions itself to be able to engage with international players, it requires more Bahamians to seek out qualifications i n this area. When we are positioning ourselves locally for b eing competitive internat ionally, there are certain s tandards and expectations they have, and the way you used to do it just isntg oing to work in the future, said Mrs Cox, who herself found the project management qualification she obtained from the University of Toronto indispensable to her success, undertaking large s cale instructional design p rojects during her time at Scotiabank in Canada. Projects While project managers h ave traditionally been m ost in demand in the construction and engin eering sectors often b eing brought in from a broad to work on projects in the Bahamas MrsC ox said that credentials i n project management are increasingly recognised as valuable in every aspect of business globally, where companies or institutions may be looking to create strategic plans for t he future, to cut costs and s treamline in their opera tions, particularly as a c onsequence of the econ omic downturn. A project manager could even come in handy in a political campaign, or a h ealth drive such as that launched by the Ministry o f Health to get Bahamia ns to get vaccinated against the H1N1 influenza virus earlier this year, suggested Mrs Cox. R andy Rolle, a Ministry of Tourism official who works in the Sports T ourism department, told T ribune Business he sees t hings in a whole different light after taking thec ourse. Its useful. It gives you a new look on projects and the importance of simple details. It involves almost dissecting a situation to a point where, if there are p roblems within the process, you can pick up o n it and maximise all of t he resources around, he said. I think going forward, once there are more proj ect managers youll get more for your money (executing projects in The B ahamas). A lbany, Baha Mar, all o f these will require project managers so its thep erfect opportunity for m ore Bahamians to get involved. More information can be found at www.projectmanagementsolutionsltd.com. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM :$17(' Course aims to end random approach to managing projects DORCAS COX became certified as a Project Management Prof essional while working for Scotiabanks learning and development department in Toronto,

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM which was held from N ovember 11-13 at the B ritish Colonial Hilton, t old this newspaper that the event certainly met target when it came to the level of local and internationala ttendance. Islands of the World Fashion Week had a full house of 300-plus persons on each of its three nights, o n one occasion being u nable to accommodate all w ho showed up. We certainly met target in regard to the numbers t hat were able to be accommodated in the room 300f or each performance. T hats roughly 900-plus in t otal, Mr Bethel told Tribune Business. We certainly did meet the target f or visitors from abroad. We had roughly 100 of them. T here was a strong prese nce from the French (ParisMilan media, Islands of the World Fashion Week having already been featured in the Italian Vogue, with an umber of foreign buyers also present. Prior to the grand finale in the Bahamas, Islands of t he World and its designers also exhibited their wares at various fashion shows P alm Springs, Chicago and Miami in the US, and Mr Bethel indicated they were looking to expand this to Europe in 2011. Foreign interest in participating in Islands of the World Fashion Week is continually growing, Mr B ethel said, while the US fashion show had brought further recognition to the event. We have started planning for next year, he told Tribune Business, and have been invited for theT our, already, to Atlanta and New York. Milan is negotiating an attendance for a special showing there. We will now definitely look at the expansion of the t our into Europe. We will more than likely repeat the Palm Spring and Chicago venues that weh ad this year. Some 18 designers exhibited at Islands of the World F ashion Week this year, of w hom four were Bahamian. These included Harl Taylor Bags; Theo Sealey, the y oung Bahamian who won the Harl Taylor Scholarship to New Yorks Parsons, TheN ew School for Design; and t wo other designers who appeared in the Next Generation category, David R olle and Whitney Miller. Mr Bethel said both Messrs Sealey and Rolle had caught the attention of the international media and been described as designers to watch out for,s o with their participation in Parsons that will be a leapfrog on the learning curve for them. All this, he added, increased recognition of theB ahamas as a potential v enue for the fashion industry. Hopefully, as we move forward and get the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institutes fashion department more involved, hopefully we will see the growth of the indus t ry and interest among younger designers to move forward. And Mr Bethel told Tribune Business: I think what we will see develop w ill be in stages, stemming f rom the cottage industry and people doing it in their homes, and the likes ofT heo and David, as they get opportunities to expand, hopefully they will come b ack and contribute to the d evelopment of the industry. From a cottage industry I see it growing gradually into a major industry, where buyers see it as beingo f major interest and come t o buy designers products. Mr Bethel said Islands of the World Fashion Week s hould also boost tourism to the Bahamas during a relatively slow part of thes eason for the hotel industry, especially as interest from Caribbean and Latin American designers andt heir followers grew. F ROM page one Fashion show eyes Europe expansion

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b ack to them with a full explan ation. Ive observed a few developers talk tech jargon to their clients who can barely send out e-mails. Youre not really helping them, are you?U nforgiveable A void jargons What may be commonplace t erminology to you may sound like Klingon to your colleagues or clients. Use analogies But if I am to avoid jargon, h ow do I explain how things work? Well, it helps to use c larification, otherwise it will seem as if youre overly dumbing things down. For example, if youre proposing something new, its best to demonstrate how it helped s imilar businesses or individuals in the past. This will m ake your clients and colleagues feel as if you are relevant and not just floating on some niche techie planet. Talk results, not process C lients are not interested in the details of the work, justt he results and when youll be able to deliver. In other words, dont discuss step-bystep key word research or how you managed to maket he CSS compliant to all browsers. It seems cool to appear to have a vast amount of knowledge to impress your client, but if they dont understand half the things you say, then a ll is lost. I had an experience a few weeks ago where a particular business attempted to use many technological phrases as explanations for a broken service, and became very u ncomfortable when they realised I was aware that the justification was not logical.. Well, undoubtedly this result-e d in a disappointed cust omer. Illustrate how the idea or process relates to their jobs or sales. More often than not, people cant see the weight of designs or marketing contri-b utions until they recognise the benefit. Demonstrate whats in it for them and their business. Be patient Its hard enough trying to g rasp new techie ideas, and even harder if the person sharing them with you is frustrated. Strive to remain calm when you are asked the same questions repeatedly, despite the fact that you only juste xplained it 20 minutes ago. It isnt easy explaining something to someone whos hearing about it for the first time, so with a little more time it would become easier. Circumstances like these can be challenging, so try taking deep breaths. In this regard, web or g raphic designers are at the v anguard of the web marketing revolution, so if the terminology Ajax has to be used in a sentence, dont allow clients to mistake it for the detergent used to wash pots and pans. Quicklye xplain that Ajax is the art of exchanging data with a server, and also updates parts of a web page without reloading the whole page. Lets throw into this mix and note that, not only willc larification build rapport, but it may help clients to see possibilities they might have missed. Once again, build yourself as a resource and partner to the client and not a jargonist.S o until we meet again, play a little, have fun and stay on top of your game! NB: Reader encourages feedback at: deedee2111@hotmail.com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page 3B Being a resource, not a jargon freak

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Whos the ultimate beneficiary of that? The Bahamian consumer. Mr Schaefer said his direct supply lines were giving him better pricing and purchasing p ower, and with Robin Hoods second outlet due to open at the former Pepsi-Cola factory on Prince Charles Drive in the coming weeks, the retailer was really beginningt o enjoy economies of scale. Administrative and human r esources expenses, for example, would be spread over a much greater sales base, bringing their unit costs down. Mr Schaefer said Robin H oods strategy was not to borrow to grow, the company preferring to be self-financing, even if this meant selling an equity stake to other investors via a private transaction to raise additionalf inancing. He, however, told Tribune Business that he had no plans to raise capital through an ini-t ial public offering (IPO s hares to the Bahamian publ ic. Were not interested in g oing public, Mr Schaefer said, adamantly. That will n ever happen. You dont own the comp any. One of the benefits of b eing in business is that y oure your own boss. T he biggest hurdle to Robin Hoods planned expansion, he told this newspaper, was not capital and financing but finding the right staff. Finding people with the right talent, the right customer service ethos and being honest was an ongoing challenge for Robin Hood, resulting in Mr Schaefers move to o ffer shares in the company t o his best and longest-serving employees. Youre giving them not j ust a job, but an investment with a bright future, he explained to Tribune Busin ess. As the company grows, you watch your shares grow in value. Im not looking for people who want jobs; Im l ooking for people who want careers. Theres a huge difference. T hen there was the land. Explaining that the only way this will work was to acquirel and at a Robin Hood price, Mr Schaefer said his company w as not a retailer for highpriced shopping destinations, such as Nassaus Bay Streetor Fifth Avenue in New York. We have to do what WalMart did, Mr Schaefer told Tribune Business. Were not reinventing the wheel. On a smaller scale,w ere trying to duplicate their s uccess. Theyve come into an area and generated a lot of traffic, so theyve almost guaranteed success [for other retailers]. T heres going to be a better chance of success if youre in a location that generates a lot of traffic. Robin Hood is thus aiming t o be the Bahamian equival ent of a Wal-Mart, acquiring cheap land in out-of-town sites and then acting as the anchor to drive consumer traffic to the area, attracting o her retailers to the destination. While most Bahamian retailers and many counterparts worldwide had moveda way from being real estate o wners, not wanting the inevitable annual depreciation to show up on the balance sheet and income statement, not Mr Schaefer. You can buy property cheaply, he said. 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NEW YORK STOCKSended Wednesday on a positive note after a batch of economic reports o ffered hope that the U.S. e conomy was improving, according to Associated Press. Incomes rose last month and consumer spendingc limbed for a fifth month. T hat raised hopes that shopp ers will hit the malls in droves the day after Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday shopping season. At the same time, fewer people claimed unemployment benefits last week, as ign that the labor market is recovering. There are fundamental s igns that the economy is t urning a corner," said John O 'Donoghue, co-head of e quities at Cowen & Co. T he Dow Jones industrial average surged 150.91, or 1.4 percent, to 11,187.28. T he Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 17.62, or 1.5 percent, to 1,198.35. The Nasdaq composite index rose 48.17, or 1.9 percent, to 2,543.12. The upturn marked an abrupt reversal from Tuesd ay, when an exchange of a rtillery fire between North and South Korea led nervous investors to sell stocks and dash into gold, Treasurys and other assets often used ash iding spots. Investors also s hrugged off a steep fall in n ew home sales and manufacturing orders. Tim Speiss, chair of the wealth advisory group at EisnerAmper, said investors were right to focus on the improved signs in employ-m ent and consumer spending, which are far morei mportant to an economic r esurgence than home sales o r manufacturing orders. If we don't have strong consumer spending in this economy, we're in trouble," said Speiss. "When there's s pending, manufacturing will i ncrease to meet that d emand." T he government said firsttime claims for unemploym ent benefits fell 34,000 to 407,000 last week. That wasm uch better than the 435,000 n ew claims economists had expected. A separate report showed that Americans' incomes rose 0.5 percent last month, slightly better than expected. Their spending rose 0.4 percent, up slightly from September. Safety assets moved lower a s investors became more w illing to take on risk. Treasury prices edged lower, pushing their yields higher. The yield on the 10-year note rose to 2.92 percent from 2.77p ercent Tuesday. Gold fell t o $1,375 an ounce, down f rom $1379. Investors largely dismissed downbeat reports that showed declines in sales of manufactured goods and new home sales. Orders for durable goods f ell 3.3 percent, while new home sales and median homep rices both fell last month. S ales of single-family houses s lid 8.1 percent, the fourth t ime the rate has dropped in the past six months. In corporate news, Tiffany & Co. also reported a rise in p rofit, fueled by strong sales o f jewelry in the U.S. and o verseas. Tiffany shares rose 5 .3 percent to $61.33. Shares of fellow high-end retailer C oach Inc. also rose 3.7 percent to $56.63. U .S. stock and bond mark ets will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will reopen for half-day sessions on Friday. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.261.00AML Foods Limited1.011.010.000.1500.0406.73.96% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6 .184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.5980.2608.25.31% 0 .580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.492.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.4610.460.001.0500.31010.02.96% 2.842.36Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.856.850.000.4220.26016.23.80% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.851.850.000.1110.04516.72.43% 2.551.60Doctor's Hospital1.601.600.000.1990.1108.06.88% 6 .995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 10.207.26Finco7.267.260.000.2870.52025.37.16% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.6450.35014.63.73% 5.513.75Focol (S 5.465.460.000.3660.21014.93.85% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.001000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.82J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.9710.64010.16.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.9910.80010.18.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7 % Interest 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6 .95%20 November 2029TUESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,483.20 | CHG 0.00 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -82.18 | YTD % -5.25BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 1 9 October 2017FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.51221.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.51225.11%6.79%1.490421 2.92652.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91871.10%3.13%2.919946 1.56551.4954CFAL Money Market Fund1.56553.87%4.48%1.545071 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.8624-8.16%-7.49% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.56421.47%2.95% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.13671.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.13674.30%5.21% 1.09741.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.09742.75%6.87% 1.13631.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.13634.18%5.78% 9.74859.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.74584.35%5.22% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.6000-1.59%4.26% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.5037-4.96%-4.96% 8.16434.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.16435.79%9.42% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Oct-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-Oct-10 31-Oct-10 30-Sep-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Oct-10 30-Sep-10 30-Sep-10 12-Nov-10 31-Aug-10MARKET TERMS31-Oct-10 NAV 6MTH 1.467397 2.911577 1.530224 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Oct-10 31-Oct-10 31-Oct-10 THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS Stock sharply higher on positive economic data NEW YORK Associated Press S TOCKSthat moved substantially or traded heavily W ednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Zale Corp., down 16 cents at $2.87 S hares tumbled for a second straight day after the jewelr y seller reported a wider quarterly loss and a drop in revenue. Monster Worldwide Inc., up $1.96 at $22.36 The online job company's shares rose after a report said t he number of people applying for jobless aid dropped to a 21-month low. Dynegy Inc., up 13 cents at $5.13 Shares rallied a day after shareholders rejected a sale to private equity firm Blackstone Group amid rumors of a higher bidder. G uess Inc., up $4.78 at $50.12 Strong results from its European and Asian divisions boosted sales and profit for the clothing retailer. Its forecast topped Wall Street estimates. N ASDAQ Amazon.com Inc., up $9.05 at $177.25 S hares hit a record high as a Citi analyst said the online retailer is poised to continue growing and gaining market share. T iVo Inc., down 32 cents at $8.49 The TV recorder maker posted a deeper third-quarter loss and said that it expects an even larger loss in the currentq uarter. P atterson Cos., up $1.15 at $30.19 T he dental and veterinary products supplier said profit rose 8 percent in its most recent quarter. Cree Inc., up $5.95 at $64.45 A n Oppenheimer analyst said elements for a strong 2011 are falling into place for the LED lighting products maker. MONSTER, DYNEGY, GUESS, AMAZON ARE BIG MOVERS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WASHINGTON AMERICANSare earning and spending more, com panies are shedding fewerw orkers and hopes are rising for the economy as the holiday shopping season s tarts, a ccording to Associate d Press. S till, with businesses spending less on manufactured goods and new-homes ales near their lowest level in 47 years, consumers alone might not be able to invigorate the economy and drive down unemployment. All told, government data released the day before T hanksgiving suggest an i mproving economic picture. But it is increasingly dependent on the consumer, evenw ith U.S. companies having reported record profits in the July-September quarter. "Households are spending m ore, and that may signal they are starting to feel better about economic conditions," said economist Joel Naroffo f Naroff Economic Advi sors. "It is the consumer that holds the key to the recovery and it looks like house h olds are starting to turn the lock." On Wall Street, the mostly encouraging news on thee conomy buoyed stocks. The Dow Jones industrial aver age closed up 150 points. Many retailers depend on the holiday shopping season to make their year. The November-December shopp ing season can account for up to 40 percent of retailers' revenue and profits. Consumers boosted spending 0.4 percent in October, up from a 0.3 percent increase in September, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Many are benefiting from thicker paychecks. Americans' incomes rose 0.5 perc ent in October, pulled up by a 0.6 percent rise in wages and salaries. That was after incomes didn't grow at all inS eptember. At the same time, the pace of layoffs is slowing. Initial jobless claims dropped by3 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 407,000 in the week end ing Nov. 20, the Labor D epartment said. Applica t ions have fallen in four of the past six weeks. Last week's figure was the lowest since July 2008 andt he first time that claims have fallen below 425,000 since then. E conomists generally believe that weekly first-time applications for jobless aid would need to drop consist ently below 425,000 to signal s ustained job gains. Even with last month's pickup in spending, con sumers are shying away from t he type of buying needed to significantly lower the 9.6 percent unemployment rate. And economists expect more modest income gains in the months ahead. That's why some doubt incomes will grow consistently and keep consumers spending enough to invigorate the economy. "Households have started to pick up the baton of growth from businesses," said Paul Dales, U.S. econo mist at Capital Economics." Whether or not households will be able to shoulder the burden of growth on their o wn is another matter." A mericans have become m ore frugal, saving 5.7 percent of their disposable income in October, com-p ared with just over 1 percent before the recession hit. They are also resisting the urge to spend money they don't have. According to Associated Press-GfK Poll, Americans a re more likely to pay off t heir credit-card balances right away than they were last year, and fewer say theym ake credit card purchases if they lack enough money at the time. The poll also found that d ebt isn't stressing people as much as it had been, but consumers remain leery about holiday buying binges. Just9 percent said they plan to spend more this year on holiday purchases than they dida year ago; 37 percent plan to s pend less. "Until we see faster job growth, don't expect shop pers to go on any spending s prees," said Scott Hoyt, senior director of consumer economics at Moody's Analytics. "You will see both Santas and Scrooges." ShopperTrak, a research f irm that tracks sales and traffic at more than 70,000 outlets, now expects holiday sales to grow 3.2 percent. That's up from a previous forecast of 2.9 percent. The upgraded forecast would mark a turnaround from the 0.4 percent sales drop in 2009, according to ShopperTrak's calculations. E ven so, retailers will s truggle for a piece of con sumers' wallets. Shoppers will want to stick to lists and focus on bargains, experts predict. The National Retail Fede ration, the nation's retail t rade group, expects a 2.3 p ercent increase in holiday spending. That would fall short of the 10-year historic average of 2.5 percent, according to the retail trade group. In other reports released Wednesday: An inflation index that the Federal Reserve moni tors most closely is running at a record low. Prices for goods e xcluding food and energy rose just 0.9 percent in the 12 months that ended in October, the Commerce Department said. That was down from a 1.2 percent a nnual gain posted in Sep t ember. E ven though shoppers welcome low prices, inflation is running at a pace below the Fed's comfort zone of between 1.5 percent and 2 percent. Fed officials worry that very low inflation could devolve into deflation a prolonged drop in the prices of wages, goods and services and in the value of assets like stocks or homes. Companies enjoyed their b est quarter for profits ever in the July-September peri od. After-tax profits reached $1.22 trillion the best showing, without adjustment for inflation, on records dati ng to 1947. Many businesses, however, are sitting on their cash instead of plowing money into expanded operations or hiring. The latest evidence: Orders to U.S. factories for costly manufactured goods plunged in October by the largest amount in 21 months. Durable-goods orders dropped 3.3 percent last month, the biggest setback since January 2009, when the country was still mired in a recession. Of special concern was a 4.5 percent drop in orders for nondefense capital goods, excluding aircraft. This category is viewed as a good proxy for business invest ment plans. It was the biggest drop since a 5.3 percent fall in July. Economists said the weak ness in durable goods orders partly reflects a pullback from consumers during the spring. Consumer spending flatlined in April and again in June. Generally, it takes around six months for a shift in consumer spending to show up in the durable goods report, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. Sales of new homes fell in October to near a record low and home prices dropped to the lowest point in seven years. Sales of new single-family homes declined 8.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 283,000 units in October, Commerce said in another report. That was just 2.9 percent above the alltime low of 275,000 units hit in August for government records that go back to 1963. The median price of a home sold in October dipped to $194,900, the lowest level since October 2003. S HOPPERS w alk with bags from JC Penney and Victoria's Secret, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 in New York. As retailers prepare for the crowds of shoppers on Black Friday with sharply reduced prices on everything from TVs to toys, they're also hoping for something else they couldn't count on last year: consumers spring ing for that deluxe high-end flat-panel TV or that big playset. (AP Economic data reveal a hint of consumer merriness INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS A WOMAN looks at a DKNY holiday window display, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 in New York. The nation's retailers are looking forward to swarms of shoppers on Black Friday. (AP

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 12B, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEW YORK OIL PRICESsurged Wednesday as new government reports indicated Americans spent more last m onth and jobless claims f ell more than expected l ast week, boosting hope that the economy may be improving, according to Associated Press. Benchmark oil for January delivery gained $2.21 or 2.7 percent, to $83.46 a b arrel in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. A series of upbeat r eports bolstered oil t raders' hopes for an i mproving economy. T he government said consumer incomes rose 0.5 percent and spending increased 0.4 percent last month. In addition, first-time claims for unemployment b enefits fell 34,000 to a s easonally adjusted 4 07,000 last week. Offsetting that were reports showing durablegoods orders dropped 3.3 percent last month and sales of new homes fell 8.1 percent in October, which w as near a record low. PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said the combina-t ion of the slowing layoffs a nd improving consumer d ata offset weak housing numbers. "That's given us hope that maybe, you know, the jobs market may be turning around," he said. The unemployment rate has been stuck a t 9.6 percent. O n the energy front, c ommercial inventories of crude oil rose less than expected for the week of Nov. 19. Gasoline inventories increased 1.9 million barrels. Analysts had expecte d a decline. U.S. refineries ran at 85.5 percent of total capacity on average,c ompared with 84 percent i n the prior week. R etail gasoline prices have increased about 8 percent since early September, driven by rising oil prices. They have fallen slightly this week following a d rop in oil prices. T he price of gas could k eep falling if refineries continue to add to the current supply, Flynn said. Natural gas inventories held in underground storage in the lower 48 states fell by 6 billion cubic feet t o 3.837 trillion cubic feet for the week ended Nov. 19, the government said. T he total was still 9.5 p ercent more than the f ive-year average. Natural gas for December delivery rose 2.9 cents to $4.293 per 1,000 cubic feet. Since the contract expires Wednesday, many t raders have moved to the J anuary contract where t he price added 2 cents to $4.434 per 1,000 cubic feet. In other Nymex trading in December contracts, heating oil added 6.96 cents to $2.3197 a gallon a nd gasoline gained 7.23 cents to $2.2065 a gallon. In London, Brent crude r ose $2.31 to $85.56 a barr el on the ICE Futures e xchange. Oil prices rise as new data boosts hope for economy NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Tel.677-6422 www.nibaquote.comThe best value home insurance has a surprisingly calming effect!Do not underestimate the cost of storm damage and make sure your insurance cover will meet the bills.NIBA can help assess your insurance needs so that you are adequately protected.And the calming effect? That comes when you see the price.Home insurance costs less with NIBA.Its time to pay less for insuring your home! Tel.677-6422 or visit www.nibaquote.com Open Saturdays10.00am2.00pm Series of upbeat reports bolster traders hopes INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS B RUSSELS AS THEYscramble to prevent Europe's debt crisis from claiming a third victim, European officials are growing increasingly frustrat ed with Germany's push to force private creditors to take losses in future government bailouts, according to Assocaited Press. J ose Manuel Barroso, the head of the European Union's executive Commission, said Wednesd ay that he had warned European leaders at their summit in October "about the risks of raising this issue without proper preparation and communication." "But the issue was raised and decided and now we have to deal with it in the most responsible way," Barroso told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Barroso's criticism is telling. The European Commission, which he leads, must come upw ith specific proposals by early December on how to include pri vate investors like banks or hedge funds in any future bailouts. It also illustrates the dilemma E U policymakers are currently f acing. Just as they work hard to calm i nvestors' anxiety over mounting debt piles in Portugal and Spain, they have to find a way of making t hose investors pay in the future. At the October summit, Germ an Chancellor Angela Merkel s trong-armed other EU governm ents to back a permanent crisis resolution mechanism. The mech-a nism is supposed to replace the ? 750 billion ($1 trillion b ackstop for the eurozone, which was set up this spring after Greece had to be rescued from the brinko f default. T hat initial backstop runs out on June 30, 2013, and Germany the eurozone's paymaster isa damant about protecting its tax p ayers from footing the bill for future sovereign bailouts. But that push may come back to haunt Germany in the short-t erm. B y putting a firm end to the bailout fund by 2013, the EU is turning bonds sold now by highlyi ndebted countries into a very r isky investment. S oaring interest rates on its debts forced Ireland to request ab ailout by the EU and the International Monetary Fund on Sunday. Politicians in Portugal and S pain, meanwhile, are trying desperately to reassure investors that t hey won't be next in line to ask f or help. E U policymakers' insistence that any new rules would onlya pply to bonds sold after 2013 has f ailed to abate investors' anxiety. Debt T he reason? They have been m um on how the eurozone will deal with already existing mountains of debt if a country runs outo f money after 2013. By then, G reece's debts will likely be above 150 percent of economic output, while Portugal and Ireland will carry debt loads ofa round 100 percent of gross d omestic product. "To me it is not credible only to include debt after 2013," said M arco Valli, chief eurozone econo mist at UniCredit. "There will be the need to involve outstand-i ng debt in this resolution mechanism." Markets are eager for clarity on t he mechanism's precise rules, because the possibility of default o n debt sold after 2013 is more t hreatening to investors who buy b onds now than to future creditors. O nce the mechanism is in place i n 2013, investors can just choose n ot to buy bonds from countries they don't trust to pay it back. But for creditors who investb onds now many of which w on't need to be repaid for another five to ten years and thus won't be covered by the current bailoutf und the threat of a forced r estructuring will make it much more expensive for vulnerable nations to refinance their loans. Creating such a two-phase sys t em for bonds, in which some are c overed by the new rules and others aren't, "is just naive," said Carsten Brzeski, chief economista t ING in Brussels. "Until there is a decision (on what happens to o utstanding debts after 2013) the speculation will remain in them arket." Already, a confidential proposal for the permanent crisis mecha nism by the German finance ministry backs the introduction o f rules for a potential default in b onds by 2011, two years before t he bailout fund expires, according to press reports. Another plano ut of Germany commissioned b y the Liberal Democrats, the j unior partner in Merkel's governing coalition also pushes for new bond rules as soon as possi b le. A nd Merkel is unlikely to give Portugal and Spain much reprieve until Barroso's commis-s ion has unveiled its plan for the p ermanent crisis resolution mechanism. "I won't let go of this," she said in a speech Tuesday, "because thep eople in our country wouldn't u nderstand if banks, and those who work with banks, earn a lot of money, but then the taxpayerh as to stem the risks." Frustration over German push on bailout rule

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The Tribune PG 26 Thursday, November 25, 2010 RELIGION Celebrating Feast of St Cecilia ST. GEORGESANGLICANCHURCH By JEFF ARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer I T doesnt matter if none of the choir members come to practice, Evamae Ingraham will be in St Georges humming the solfeggio syllables doh-re-mifa-sol-la-ti-doh, waiting on the choir dir ector to initiate the star t. This dedication to the choir and music ministry at St Georges Anglican Church is what pr ompted the ministr y to honour Ms Ingraham at the Feast of St Cecilia cele brator y ser vice held Sunday past. The evening service was a beautiful experience for Ms Ingraham because for the first time she got the opportunity to do something she has never done in years. For the first time in years I actually got the chance to sit downstairs in the audience and listen to the choir sing to me. And boy did they sounded good and I r eally enjoyed that, Ms Ingraham said. Though she was in disbelief after the director of the music ministry, Adrian Ar cher approached her, Ms Ingraham humbly accepted her flowers given to her by the Chur ch. When Mr Ar cher came up to me and told me that they were going to honour me at the Feast of St Cecilia service I couldnt believe it. I said to him you gat to be joking, she said. But he said to me I think you deser ve it and he said he didnt want to give me my flowers when I am dead but while I am alive, Ms Ingraham explained. Tribune Religion spoke to Adrian Archer, the music ministry director, who said that Ms Ingraham holds a special place at St Geor ge s Chur ch. What is so special about Evamae is that she is so deeply involved in the Church and the choir. She is not only part of the choir but she also encouraged her children to become apar t of the choir as well. She is the ultimate person and if no one else shows up for choir practice she is there. So we saw fitting to recognise her during our Feast of St Cecilias celebration, he explained. Ms Ingraham said being dedicated to something for thirty plus years is not easy. However knowing that her task was a calling from God was her motivation. There were times when I didnt feel like going to practice or didnt feel like going to chur ch but when you know that you have a calling fr om God you just do what you have to do. Ms Ingraham said that she is proud to be honoured for something that she enjoys doing. I wouldnt say that I have a perfectionist voice but I love singing to the glory of God. And to be honoured for something that I love doing was incredible. I was very proud, she said. Ms Ingrahams family members were also in attendance at the service. Evamae Ingraham joined St Georges Anglican church at the age of 18. And the 64 year old widow said: I will be a member of St Geor ge s until the day they lay me west. It is a tradition of St Geor ge s Anglican Chur ch to honour and recognize outstanding members of their music ministr y around this time of the year. PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT : Rector of St George's Chur ch, Ar chdeacon G Kingsley Knowles, Eva Mae Ingraham, and president of the music ministry, Brenda Archer. ALLSMILES: The family of Eva Mae Ingraham showed their support on Sunday night.

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ByALESHACADET Tribune Features Reporter U NDER the theme "No Separation", the members of the Reign's Ministry will come together to host their annual conference that features appearances from Prophet Josias Duke, Minister Kaynell Gould and Pr ophetess Monique Hanna. The event will take place at The British Colonial Hilton, V ictoria Ballr oom on Friday evening starting at 7.30pm. Organisers said the conference is going into it's third year and this year's theme is in light of the recession still being a factor in our country. In an interview with Tribune Religion Prophetess Norma Lightbourne said: This particular theme is because of the recession and the fact that there are so many people that feel defeated as if there is no hope and the Lord allowed me to u se the no separation as a theme to tell people, no matter what we may be faced with or going through, it should not bring a separation to us and our God." Ms Lightbourne explained that the Reign's Ministry has been worshipping in the Hilton every Sunday, and the members saw it as the right thing to host a confer ence for the people of the Bahamas. I do believe that when we stand on the word of God, he will always see us through," she said. I also believe that when we ar e going thr ough something, we are not to feel that is okay for us and not car e about others that would need some sort of direction." She went on to say that in this time of giving thanks, people should not find it hard to help others. My prayer is that people should not feel as if extending a helping hand is a hard thing to do, We were all put on this earth to help each other," she said. I feel as if we ar e appr oaching the end of this year when we build up our faith and become stronger in the word of the almighty God, we will all end str ong and begin the new year 2011 with great anticipation," Ms Lightbourne said. Prophet Josias Duke is set to open the event on Friday evening following Minister Kaynell Gould and Prophetess Monique Hanna speaking on Satur day Ms Lightbourne will speak at the Sunday morning session, which is called the Climax part of the conference. My prayer is that the chur ch will become the healing place with souls that will come in and be healed, delivered and not wanting to ever go back into the past. And the Reign's Ministr y would like to wish the Bahamas a Happy Thanksgiving" she said. The Tribune Thursday, November 25, 2010 PG 27 RELIGION The Reigns Ministry brings to you no separation conference CONFERENCE: BRITISHCOLONIALHILTON NORMA LIGHTBOURNE

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W hen we say that something is fit for a king, we are usually referring to a sumptuous meal. Our King, the Lord Jesus Christ, does it in reverse, serving Himself as the meal (His Body and Blood ice to Him. Advent is the time of watching, waiting, preparation and anticipation, or ganised by the Chur ch as the pr oper way to welcome the soon-to-be bor n King Jesus. We are back to the beginning of the Churchs calendar. The next four weeks are to be used as an inventor y check, to r eceive our Saviour in our newly over hauled hearts. What does it mean to be fit for a King who is the Son of God.? How do we accomplish the task set before us? Why is it worth all of the effort? The Holy Bible describes Gods expectations of the people of God as being the following: 1. T o be like faithful childr en who obey their par ents when instructions are given 2. To be like grateful heirs who want to train to be excellent stewards of family property 3. To be humble and holy as guided by the priests and prophets Commitment Our commitment to God is to be rehearsed and renewed daily. We have a new morning to greet us as we open our eyes, and it is Gods gift to us to be used wisely. We have work to do and as we engage in purposeful pastimes as dir ected by the Holy Spirit, we will find ourselves being transformed more and more into the image and likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the image and likeness of His Heavenly Father. This ef for t is made on our behalf by our Cr eator the Lor d God Almighty. For some strange r eason, our God loves us this much. Suf fering and sacrifice is consider ed a fit price to make us fit. What myster y that we should mean so much and seem to care about it so little. Some of us ar e not moved in the slightest by Gods plan of redemption. Others of us understand its import but are too apathetic and indifferent to bother to engage in spiritual discipline or activity. Most of us who profess to be Christians are lukewarm, and the Book of Revelation tells us that this is unacceptable wor ship and service. A few of us, perhaps the typical righteous remnant, ar e seeking to be demonstrably dedicated. T ime is r unning out. W e need to re-prioritise our time and make this season of Advent what it is meant to be. Matthew 24: 44 warns us: So you must also be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Are you getting ready? The Tribune Thursday, November 25, 2010 PG 29 RELIGION Cyberjack 394-6255/4 Electrojack 356-6206/5971 EBC 393-6897 Gadgets and Gears 3937781/82 Fit for a King REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELDP ALACIOUS

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Saturday, November 27@1.30pm Parade in Ridgeland, Park West Sunday, November 28,2010 at 9.30pm Christian education hour and the hour of salvation 107.9FM 10.30 amworship service Elvin Taylor will be the speaker 4pm-worship service Rev Ranford Patterson, presiding elder of the NassauFreeport District of the AME church and pastor of Cousin McPhee Cathedral, Carmichael Road will be the speaker. All are welcome A Brief Historical Background of Robinson Moris Chapel AME Church The African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1907 in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera. The AME Church began to spread throughout the Island of Eleuthera, Nassau, and presently in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The first AME Chur ch in Nassau was established in 1938 named Mt Sinai with Rev R H Johnson serving as pastor. The Churchs name was changed to the Minister W ives Center in 1956. The Royal Eagle Masonic Lodge Hall was used as a place of Worship and for the Opening Session of the Annual Conference on December 17, 1961. In 1963 a lot of land was pur chase in Ridgeland Park West for the construction for a place of worship. In 1964, the Minister Wives Center was built. Out of the Minister Wives Centre came the Robinson-Mor ris Chapel. In 1975, Robinson-Mor ris Chapel was built under the leadership of Rev James M Sands, and dedicated in November 26, 1978 by the Rt Rev Bishop Samuel Solomon Mor ris. The Pr esiding Elders that served were Rev C B James, Rev E E Benjamin, Rev L O Moss, Rev James Askiew Rev Daniel Scott, Rev James M Sands, assisted by Rev C E Standifer, Rev Leeomia Kelly and now Rev HowardF W illiamson, and Rev Ranfor d Patterson. In 1987, Rev Philip R Cousin, appointed Rev Howard F Williamson as pastor of the RobinsonMor ris Chapel. Under his leadership an Educational Building was built which now hold our pre-school from Nursery to K-4. Pr esently a new pr e-school is under constr uction with mor e than 24 classrooms at a cost of over one million dollars. Robinson-Mor ris Chapel continues to expand its ministries to cater to the needs of all of God s people. Special emphasis is place on teaching training, and empowering believers to serve where the need is greatest. The Tribune PG 30 Thursday, November 25, 2010 RELIGION 46TH ANNIVERSARYCELEBRATION: Robinson-Morris Chapel AME Church schedule of events


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Help for little

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN ANGRY crowd of
straw vendors yesterday
declared “war” on the Gov-
ernment over its proposed
policies for the new straw
market.

Minister of Public Works
and Transport Neko Grant,
outlined the new rules dur-
ing a speech yesterday at the
Straw Market roof-wetting
ceremony.

Reacting to Mr Grant’s
revelations of rent hikes and
the banning of counterfeit
goods, among other stipula-
tions, president of Straw
Business Persons Associa-
tion Esther Thompson
branded the Government “a
joke” and warned ministers:
“Get your act together — the
war is on.”

She and about a dozen

other vendors approached
the press immediately after
Mr Grant’s speech to voice
their disapproval with the
new regulations.

In the new market, Mr
Grant said only Bahamian
goods will be sold, counter-
feit products will be com-
pletely prohibited, vendor
licenses will be restricted to
Bahamian citizens, and
rental charges will range
from $200 to $250 per
month, $46 to $58 per week
or $6.50 to $8.20 per day.

The new guidelines and
policies are expected to
assist “in the more effective
and efficient management
of the new Bay Street straw
market,” said Mr Grant.

But Mrs Thompson
declared the vendors’ inten-
tion to defy the new rules,

SEE page 12

MOTHER IN APPARENT
ATTEMPT TO BURN
HER CHILDREN ALIVE

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A GOOD Samaritan :
saved the lives of two young
children yesterday when it }
appeared that their mother }
attempted to burn them }
alive early yesterday morn- }

ing.

SEE page 13

Shortly before 9.30am, an
anonymous caller informed :






























ABOVE: Straw vendors,
including president of Straw
Business Persons Association
Esther Thompson, spoke out
yesterday.

LEFT: Minister of Tourism
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
speaks at the roof wetting
ceremony at the new straw
market building site yester-
day.

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

MURDERED MOTHER
OF TWO MOURNED
ON LONG ISLAND

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

LONG Island residents are
mourning the death of mur-
dered mother-of-two Shande
Cartwright.

Shande, 22, was stabbed to
death on Monday night in
Adelaide Village. The first
reports received by the police
said she was attacked by two
armed men near a beachfront

SEE page 10














Kadin after
Tribune story

THANKS TO the charity of family, friends and complete
strangers following the publication of his story in The Tri-
bune, Kadin Finley, an infant burdened with a massive, and
ever enlarging, growth, can finally afford the necessary med-

ical treatment.

One-year-old
Kadin and his family
will soon be taking
the first step towards
combating the con-
dition that has dom-
inated his physical
development since
birth.

Kadin was diag-
nosed by doctors at
Princess Margaret
Hospital with the
rare condition
known as Klippel-
Trenaunay Syn-

THE TRIBUNE featured Kadin’s

drome or KTS, which story in September.

cannot be treated i in
the Bahamas.

KTS is a congenital circulatory disorder characterised
by abnormal benign growths on the skin, consisting of mass-

es of blood vessels.

Medical sources indicate that the condition is progressive
and can lead to life-threatening complications such as inter-
nal or external bleeding, or even heart failure if left untreat-

ed.

Kadin's mother, Arnette Finley, told this newspaper in a
previous interview that her son was born with a slightly

enlarged arm and chest.

Over time the growth grew larger, becoming a physical
burden to Kadin and a financial one for his family. But with-
out health insurance or any other source of money available,
family members were concerned that they might not be able
to afford to get him help abroad.

Since September, when Kadin’s story first appeared in The

SEE page 13

i TROUBLE BREWING

IN THREE KEY PLP

- CONSTITUENCIES

; TROUBLE is continuing to i
: brew in three key constituen-
? cies for the PLP where new }
i candidates are slated to run }
? for the party in the next Gen-
? eral Election. i
? In South Beach, where }
i Myles Laroda seems set to }
? gain the party’s nomination, :
? PLP sources explained there is }
? a growing feud between sup- }
i porters of the former PLP }
? candidate Wallace Rolle and :
i Mr Laroda’s new team. i

SEE page 11



BAHA MAR CONTRACTORS
TO RECEIVE $1M FOR
TRAINING THIS WEEK

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

ONE million of the $8 mil-
lion allocated to train Bahami-
an contractors and tradesmen
who will work on the $2.6 bil-
lion Baha Mar project will be
made available this week, said
Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes.

The senator said this rep-

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LOCAL NEWS



Motorists angry at
traffic conditions

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

ANGERED by what has
been described as unbearable
traffic conditions, motorists are
calling for greater coordination
between public service agen-
cies and consistent maintenance
of traffic signals.

Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC) repairs were
named as the cause for the
extreme traffic delays on
Shirley Street on Tuesday
which had severely affected
motorists and business owners
on Monday. Traffic was
reduced to a near stand-still as
BEC workers and their equip-
ment created a bottleneck on
the two-lane street.

One Shirley Street business
owner said: “The whole island
was screwed up yesterday
because they wanted to change
a pole at 9am in the morning.
So they took their time on a
very busy day and also decided
to trim trees?

“For six hours they had traf-
fic backed up — it’s ridiculous. If
they were going to do some-
thing, why was there no coor-
dination with the Works and
Public Transport?”

The business owner added:
“They just can’t disrupt traffic
on a street like this with no sort
of planning. Ambulances have
to come past here, the prison
vans, it was just pure havoc with
only one lane. The police had
to eventually come and tell
them to move their trucks as it
was getting nearer to the time
for the prison bus to come
through — there was no space
for people to get out of the
way.”

In addition to the high con-
centration of traffic due to

BEC REPAIRS caused severe
traffic delays on Shirley Street
this week.

widespread roadworks, resi-
dents and business owners
heading to and from the eastern
part of the island claim mal-
functioning traffic lights make
an already strained situation
unbearable.

During the evening rush
hour, motorists claim nearly
two hours of traffic delays have
been added to their normal
travel time.

One motorist said: “I’m sick
and tired of reaching a main
intersection and having the
lights off. It’s a wonder we
don’t have more accidents than
we do nowadays.”

Major areas highlighted
were lights at the intersection of
Village Road and Shirley
Street, and the ones on East
Bay Street right before the
Montagu ramp.

In July, the malfunctions
were largely attributed to load
shedding being conducted by
BEC.

Officials from the Ministry
of Public Works and Transport

matically switch to "flash
mode" whenever there is a
power surge, as a safeguard
against electrical damage.

Motorists in the capital then,
said they were fed-up with the
inconsistency of traffic lights,
they feared malfunctions would
only increase as the country
moved into the second month
of the rainy season — as heavy
rain was also noted as a possi-
ble contributor.

Another motorist added:
“None of the lights in Nassau
work, we’ve hired a company
to come and fix the lights but
they can’t fix the lights because
they say BEC can’t keep the











power on to run the lights. I
don’t understand how in a
country that considers itself
ahead of the rest of the
Caribbean — we can’t even have
traffic lights that work.”

Requests for an update on
the status of traffic lights in the
capital were not returned up to
press time yesterday.

As there is a mobile mainte-
nance team of private contrac-
tors who are responsible for
providing maintenance and
repair to traffic lights, the pub-
lic is encouraged to report
downed lights to 302-9700, a
line at the Ministry of Public
Works and Transport.

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explained that the lights auto-

Presence of 8,000 Chinese
workers ‘will result in spin-off
Opportunities for Bahamians’

IN addition to bringing in at least $8 million in work permit
fees for the public treasury, the presence of the expected 8,000
Chinese workers on the Baha Mar project will result in many
spin-off opportunities for Bahamians, FNM Senator Frederick
McAlpine told the Senate yesterday.

“Bahamians are also guaranteed to reap some of the eco-
nomic benefits. These persons will need places to stay, they will
buy groceries from our grocery stores, they will eat in our
restaurants as we eat shrimp fried rice, and they’ll eat chicken
in the bag and our crack conch. They will ride in our taxis and
on our jitneys.

“Madam President, they will visit our drug stores, liquor
stores, rent cars and perhaps purchase bicycles. They will be
with us until the project is completed. Madam President, might
Talso add that the Chinese that are coming, but 80 per cent of
their pay cheque stays in China, they only get 20 per cent of
their salary while in the Bahamas. So I would assume that
most of them will return home in order to collect the 80 per cent
for their labour,” he said.

Senator McAlpine said the public can be assured that the gov-
ernment will do “due diligence” in ensuring that “all foreign
workers have been returned to their place of natural birth,
and we thank them in advance for doing so.”

HOME INVASION
CASE SET FOR

VOLUNTARY BILL
OF INDICTMENT

PROSECUTORS have
indicated that they intend to
proceed with a voluntary bill
of indictment in the case of
four men charged in Febru-
ary’s home invasion and
shoot-out in Coral Harbour.

Brothers Derek and Jer-
maine Stuart, 37; Kelvin
Cooper, 35; and Jeffrey Wil-
son, 55, have been charged in
connection with the incident.

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China keeps pressure off North Korea

BEIJING — When North Korea tested a
nuclear device last year, China issued bland
criticism and urged Pyongyang to resume
diplomacy. After a South Korean navy ship
was sunk, most likely by a North Korean tor-
pedo, Beijing sent its sympathies but called
the evidence inconclusive.

Now that North Korea has unleashed an
artillery barrage on a South Korean island
that killed four people — including two civil-
ians — and raised tensions in the heavily
armed region, Beijing again appears unwilling
to rein in its neighbour.

For all China's growing international might,
its tolerance of North Korea's wayward behav-
iour shows how differently Beijing sees the
world — or at least its corner of it.

"There is zero chance of China, either in
open or in private, putting major substantive
pressure on North Korea," said Shi Yinhong,
professor of international relations at Beijing's
Renmin University.

As impoverished North Korea's most
important diplomatic ally and source of crucial
food and fuel assistance, China holds the sort
of influence that could bring Pyongyang to
heel. But keeping the region stable so that
China may continue its upward trajectory is the
Chinese leadership's No. 1 priority. If that
means putting up with the occasional North
Korean provocation, experts say, so be it. Chi-
na has reasons to worry if the current, tenuous
peace dissolves. It lost an estimated 400,000
troops in the 1950-53 Korean War. Another
conflict or a meltdown of North Korea's dic-
tatorship could send hundreds of thousands
of North Koreans across the border, burdening
Chinese provinces that only in recent years
recovered from painful restructuring of the
planned economy. Worse, a South Korean
victory would bring to China's threshold a
US. ally that hosts American military forces.

Following Tuesday's bombardment, Bei-
jing has so far shied away from calling North
Korea to task.

In its first written statement about the inci-
dent, China's Foreign Ministry said China feels
regret about the loss of lives and property and
urged all parties to avoid escalation and restart
dialogue.

The statement by spokesman Hong Lei
said the relevant parties should "oppose any
actions that harm the peace and stability on the
peninsula.”

While it said that China was worried about
the developments, it did not condemn either
side. State media, the only media there is in
China, maintained a mostly studied neutrality,
describing the skirmish as an exchange of fire.

"China is very much concerned with the
peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, as
both the Republic of Korea and the Democ-
ratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are
China's close neighbours," the Xinhua News
Agency quoted Zha Peixin, a member of the
legislature's foreign affairs committee, as say-

China's strategy to steady North Korea has
exacted costs. Beijing's refusal to criticise
North Korea after the sinking of South Kore-
a's naval corvette, the Cheonan, in which 46
sailors died, offended Seoul, a key investor
and trade partner which had been drawing
closer diplomatically. In the United Nations,
China shielded North Korea from punishment
over the incident.

China's protection of North Korea at times
seems so unreasonable that it adds to misgiv-
ings among Japan, Vietnam and other nations
already upset over Beijing's more forceful
assertion of its territorial claims in the East and
South China seas.

Relations with Washington may suffer too,
just two months before Chinese President Hu
Jintao wants to pay a pomp-filled state visit.
President Barack Obama has called upon Bei-
jing to restrain its ally. State Department
spokesman P.J. Crowley said U.S. diplomats
had delivered a message to China that it was
"pivotal" to changing North Korea's behav-
iour, adding that Beijing has a responsibility to
make it clear to Pyongyang that deliberate
attempts to inflame tensions with Seoul are
not acceptable. Yet far from backing away
from Pyongyang, China has in recent years
doubled down on its support. As Japan, South
Korea and others have reduced trade and aid
in recent years in response to North Korean
nuclear and missile tests, China has stepped up
deliveries of food and other assistance.

China accounted for half of all North Kore-
a's imports and took a quarter of its exports in
2008, according to the U.S. Congressional
Research Service. That was before the North's
relations with South Korea began souring,
taking tourism and investment programmes
with them. Politically, Beijing has upped its
engagement too, sending a stream of leaders to
Pyongyang and twice hosting reclusive North
Korean leader Kim Jong II this summer. The
first trip came weeks after the Cheonan sink-
ing. The second time came just before North
Korea's Worker's Party held a rare conclave
and then a nationwide pageant for the eleva-
tion of Kim's son, Kim Jong Un, as dictator-in-
waiting. Chinese Politburo member Zhou
Yongkang stood with the elder Kim during
the festivities.

The steadfastness of Beijing's support at
the expense of its international image and
relations with Seoul and Washington have
raised criticisms even in China that the North
Korean tail sometimes wags the Chinese dog.
Chinese officials and experts acknowledge the
risk, saying Beijing's leverage is limited, given
that it is unwilling to throw its economic heft.

“Even if China tried to tell North Korea
what to do, it's unlikely they would easily lis-
ten,” said Gong Keyu, deputy director of the
Asia-Pacific Research Centre at Shanghai's
Institute for International Studies.

(This article was written Charles Hutzler,
and Christopher Bodeen of the Associated
Press).

Shame on the
Environment
Ministry and

National Trust

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Environmental Ministry
and Bahamas National Trust
should hang their heads in
shame for supporting the
dredging of almost nine acres of
protected seabed in the Exu-
ma National Land and Sea
Park.

Not only did these environ-
mental agencies agree to vio-
lation of the world's oldest
marine park, their relationship
to the developer, Prince Aga
Khan, during the decision mak-
ing process has also come into
question.

The apparent lack of con-
cern over the consequences of
dredging is astonishing, espe-
cially given that rising sea tem-
peratures are threatening the
very survival of reefs world-
wide.

What impact will the silt
from the dredging and run-off
from land development have
on the numerous fragile reefs
sprinkled throughout the area?

It’s estimated that 10 to 27
per cent of coral has perished
worldwide and 40 per cent may

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disappear this year. In the Exu-
ma Cays, some of the once
magnificent reefs are already
bleached white and covered in
a brown growth.

Coral reefs are believed to
host perhaps a quarter of all
marine species, including an
abundance of fish, and are vital
to our tourism and fisheries
industries.

Indeed, they are our prime
food source!

Exuma tour boat operator
Raymond Lightbourn has com-
plained that the bar earmarked
for dredging is home to hun-
dreds of baby conch along with
stingrays.

Mr. Lightbourn said there is
already a 225' deep water dock
at the prince’s Bell Island with
a 130' angle branch. What more
does the prince need for a pri-
vate residence?

I understand the National
Trust enraged residents during

a town meeting in George
Town, Exuma, as it was felt by
some that it had already made
up its mind to support the
development.

What’s even more ludicrous
is The Trust, while supporting
the prince’s plans, is the vehicle
through which park laws are
strictly enforced on locals.

It is against the law to take a
single fish, shell or piece of
driftwood from the park.

No-one is allowed to light a
camp fire to grill a hotdog or
hamburger, let along dredge a
protected seabed!

As Exuma tour operator
Patterson Smith told the town
meeting:

“It’s not only about dredg-
ing, it’s about the park being a
no-take zone. But if we can’t
touch it, why is this one man
who is using the island for fun
allowed to do so?”

Indeed, why?

Quis custodiet ipsos cus-
todes?

ATHENA DAMIANOS
Nassau,
October 31, 2010.

Freeport, this is the most glorious time of your life

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE door has been open for
many of you to explore and to
take advantage of the treasure
that God has given you and yet
some seems to be shut to it.

There are some unexplored
treasures and talent in you that
the enemy doesn’t want you to
see. Now it’s up to you to find
what they are and use them.
Yes some of your eyes are filled
with tears, but let them be tears
of joy just to know that the time
has come for you to be the
eagle you were born to be.

Right now there are some
nay-sayers around you. There
are some around you who think
they know it all and want to
dictate to you. This is just a way
of keeping you at a standstill.

Some people have lost their
Eagle instant. They have
become a chicken and they
have lost their w ay.

Freeport, this is the most
glorious time of your life. Don’t
be a complainer or a murmurer.
Rejoice and give God thanks.
Yes you may have made up
your bed on some of the jobs
but let me encourage you to
pick it up. Yes you may have a
mortgage or car loan to pay off
and children are in school. My
question to you is, who give you
these things.? I would think it’s

God, so He will not allow them
to be taken away. I’ve been
there, sat in the same boat and
had to swim and paddle my
knees. Eventually I was able
to get abroad a little boat then
a mid-size boat, then God saw
my faith and put me on a ship
where I am the Captain.

Stop complaining and pray
and give God thanks. Ask Him
to put more strength in your
wings and rise up like phoenix
then sore like an Eagle. I have
never seen so many faithless
pastors in all my life time like I
have seen lately on TV. These
are the same pastors who stand
up in the pulpit and preach on
how to have faith in God, how
He will provide, how He is our
El Shaddi and Jehovah Jireh,
how the righteousness was not
forsaken nor his seed begging
bread. Yet some are helping to
add to the hopelessness the
people are feeling.

In Numbers 13: 17-33 these
so-called men or shepherds are
talking just like the sons of
Anak in verse 33. The only
things they can see are the
giants in the land and the peo-
ple like grasshoppers. Pastors
where is your faith. Don’t you
know that God sometimes
moves us out of our comfort
zone because he has a greater
plan for our lives and some of

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us have been asking Him.

The Bible says in Psalm
37:25, “T have been young and I
have been old, yet I have not
seen the righteous forsaken nor
his seed begging bread.” Again,
where is your faith Pastors?
God is the provider and some
of the people’s best days are
ahead of them. A field of bless-
ing has been open to those peo-
ple. Don’t be like the chickens
of this world. The only thing
they are good for is to make
noise and cross the road.

I pray that the people who
are going through this change
and who have lost their jobs
look not to man, but keep their
eyes focused on the God of
their salvation and soar as
Eagles. This is an opportunity
that you may never see again.
How you handle it, is what mat-
ters most. May I tell you that in
getting up and brushing off,
there are some friends and
acquaintances sitting beside you
waiting for you to hit the dust.
David said in Psalm 61: “Hear
my cry, O God, attend unto my
prayer.” Go forth; walk into
your greatest day and oppor-
tunity. It’s like sand on the sea
shore. Your spirit is down but
there is a phoenix in you to rise
up.

Oia I borrow a few verses
from the beautiful hymn:

“Through all the changing
scenes of life, in trouble and in
joy, the praises of my God shall
still my heart and tongue
employ. Oh, magnify the Lord
with me, with me exalt His
name; when in distress to Him I
called, He to my rescue came.”

What the devil meant for
bad, God can surely turn it
around and make it good.

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November, 2010.

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Police release security

guard questioned over
sex abuse allegations

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE security guard questioned in con-
nection with a sexual abuse allegation at
Gambier Village Primary School has been
released from police custody pending fur-
ther investigations.

Formal charges were not filed against
him, said Supt Leon Bethel, head of the
Central Detective Unit.

“He was brought in and released pending
the outcome of our investigation,” said Mr
Bethell.

School administrators received com-
plaints from three students that led to the
removal of the security guard by the Min-
istry of Education (MoE).

The students’ claims came after the
school conducted a series of workshops on
inappropriate behaviour.

After further forums were conducted by
the Special Services Unit of the MoE, new
complaints suggested there may be an

incest problem in the community.

The school is now conducting education
seminars for parents in the community and
“preventative counselling sessions” for stu-
dents.

Hulan Hanna, assistant commissioner
of police, said the police are working
closely with the school to reassure stu-
dents.

He, along with Commissioner of Police
Ellison Greenslade and other top police
officials, visited the school on Tuesday and
spoke to students.

“There are so many young people trou-
bled by incest, abuse in homes, neglect,
abandonment and marginalisation,” said
Mr Hanna, speaking of the Bahamas in
general.

Many children react to these hardships by
adopting violent and deviant behaviour,
and Mr Hanna said it is important to “grab
and harness” children at an early age, to
show them “alternate ways of expressing
themselves” before they fall into undesir-
able behaviour.

Controversial Bahamian film
enjoys unprecedented success

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

UNPRECEDENTED
success for the controversial
film “Children of God”
comes less than a year after
the Bahamian homosexual
love story opened the sixth
annual Bahamas Interna-
tional Film Festival.

Director Kareem Mor-
timer said he is amazed by
the success of his first fea-
ture length film shown at



more than 70 film festivals
around the world this year
and winning 13 coveted
awards, as well as being
shown across the United
Kingdom on tour with the
British Film Institute Lon-
don Lesbian and Gay Film
Festival.

Now Mr Mortimer is cele-
brating a deal with the
Philadelphia company TLA
Releasing which has secured
the rights to theatrical and
home entertainment distri-
bution of Children of God

Scripture Thought
JAMES Chpt. 2: 1-8

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poor man in filthy clothes
and say to him,
ool

which He promised to t

called?



Y brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lord of glory, with partiality. ;

For if there should come into your assembly a man with
gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come ina

and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
“You sit here in a good place,” and say to
the pgor man, ‘You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my foot

have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and be
come judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my beloved brethren; Has God not chosen the poor
of this world to be rich in faith ay heirs of the kingdom
ose W ?

But you have dishonored the poor man, Do not the rich op
press you and drag you into the courts? /

Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are

0 love Him

f you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,

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in North America and the
United Kingdom. He said
the award-winning drama
will also be available com-
mercially in 11 countries by
March next year.

“We are so incredibly
ecstatic,” Mr Mortimer said.

“This is a huge achieve-
ment for a Bahamian film,
and we will continue to bring
other countries to the table
with assistance from our
sales agency as we regard
our investors a main priority.

“So many films never get
to see the light of day out-
side of small screenings, and
we are happy to have a com-
mercial product that we are
working tirelessly to bring
returns over the next few
years.”

TLA Releasing regards
the film as the most contro-
versial to emerge from the
Bahamas, where screenings

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FROM page one

property known as “The
Farm.”

Police say they are at “a
crucial stage in the investiga-
tion.” It is understood the
man who was with her at the
time of her death is cooper-
ating with detectives in their
investigations.

Shande was graduated
from NGM Major High
School in 2005.

A secretary at the school
said: “Everybody is sad, in
total shock. She grew up
among us and was just like a
Long Islander. She was there
from a small child. She was
very intelligent, friendly and
mannerly, always laughing,

and she respected her
elders.”
The school secretary

recalled a time in Shande’s
senior years when she worked
on a class project to fix a gar-
den on the school compound.

“T could see her now run-
ning me down to bring back
Gatorade from the store for

when they were finished
working. She would say,
‘thank you, aunty’,” she said.

Mary Cartwright, Shande’s
mother, expressed to her
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beautiful voice, singing to me
and hearing you tell me
everyday ‘mommy I love

ow.

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can’t eat. I know you're at
peace with God right now,
but I promise you one thing
my sweet angel, justice will
prevail.”

Music fans in Nassau
remember Shande from her
Bahamian Idol performance.

Expressing her condolences
online, Andrea Turnquest, a
friend of the family, said:
“Have my deepest sympathy
Ms Mary! I know your
daughter through Bahamian
Idol. I used to sit down and
watch her sing and enjoy
myself. Some persons even

ask me if she is my sister. She
had a voice of an angel. I
know it’s not going to be
easy. God will comfort you
and the family. I keep you in
my prayers. I know you miss
her like crazy. So sad, she
gone too soon!”

Shande lived in Long
Island from the time she was
eight weeks old with her
grandmother and two aunts.

Prudence Cartwright, an
aunt who lives on Long
Island, said: “Right now we
are all upset. It is like a part
of our body that is missing.
We just hope they catch the
person who did it.”

According to the family,
Shande moved to Nassau just
over a year ago and worked
as a teller in the Palmdale
branch of the Royal Bank of
Canada.

The Long Island family is
now taking care of Shande’s
two young children — a one-
year-old and a three-year-old.
They moved to Long Island
in September, around the
same time Shande separated
from her boyfriend, Douglas
Pratt, according to her Aunt
Prudence. He is the father of
both children.

At that time, the family
said Shande was going
through “rough times” finan-
cially, so they offered to keep
the children “for a little
while.”

Prudence said the chil-
dren’s father moved to the
Exuma Cays around the same
time, working in the con-
struction field. She said he
recently visited Shande in
Nassau, and is still there.

Mr Pratt could not be con-
tacted for comment.

The family is yet to explain
the full meaning of Shande’s
death to her children.

Prudence said: “The oldest
one says ‘mummy is dead in
the hospital,’ but I don't
think she knows what dead
means, because last night she
asked if she could call her
mummy. They are both hap-
py though, they are joyful,
and the baby is only one year
old.”

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LOCAL NEWS

EWS
Baha Mar contractors to receive $1m for training this week

FROM page one

resents the seed money that will
be given to the College of the
Bahamas and the Bahamas
Technical and Vocational Insti-
tute needed to start the training
process and establish the vari-
ous procedures and infrastruc-
ture needed to sustain the pro-
grammes.

"The prime minister helped
to significantly increase the
number of the variety of jobs
for Bahamians who (will) work
on the Baha Mar project. A
major training initiative for
scores of Bahamians to the tune
of $8 million, $1 million of
which will be made available as
soon as Parliament concludes
its deliberation in the Senate

today or tomorrow," the sena-
tor told the Upper Chamber
yesterday.

"Such training would have a
ripple effect throughout the
economy as workers leverage
this training to take advantage
of many other opportunities to
use their new skills for many
years to come."

The release of the first round
of funding will allow the training
of registered labourers to begin
immediately, Mr Foulkes told
The Tribune yesterday during
the Senate's lunch break.

A committee, representing
Baha Mar, China State Con-
struction, the Ministry of

Labour and Social Develop-
ment, the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce, trade unions,
BTVI and COB officials, has
been planning the training pro-
gramme.

Stephen Wrinkle, head of
the Bahamas Contractors Asso-
ciation, yesterday welcomed the
news stressing that a cash injec-
tion is immediately needed for
BTVI to begin cosmetic
upgrades needed before the
start of training courses for
Baha Mar.

"I'd like to congratulate the
ministry and commend the
Government on making those
funds immediately available for

Trouble brewing in three
key PLP constituencies

FROM page one

In 2007, it was claimed that a
very senior PLP general in the
area openly campaigned
against Mr Rolle — resulting in
an essential split of the party’s
vote in the area and ultimately
causing the PLP’s loss of the
seat. However, with Mr Laro-
da having some family ties to
this same general, PLP insiders
fear supporters of Mr Rolle
may return the favour in the
2012 and possibly cause the
party the seat once again.

With this in mind, sources
within the party’s camp said
supporters of Mr Rolle have
started to back the party’s oth-
er candidate for the area’s
nomination, Nurses Union
President Cleola Hamilton.

The second seat of con-
tention will be the constituen-
cy of Carmichael, where party
sources said PLPs are still a bit
unnerved about how easy it
was for Dr Danny Johnson to
receive the party’s nomination.
With essentially every named
candidate thus far having to
have fought for his chance to
represent the area, some with-
in the organisation still feel
slighted by the apparent “ease”
with which Dr Johnson was
able to gain his nomination.

In Kennedy, what had been
thought to be a four-way race
has boiled down to three can-
didates after Keith Bell has all
but officially withdrawn his
name from the nomination.

Attorney Derek Ryan has
won the nomination from the
constituency’s PLP branch —
however, attorneys Dion Smith
and Craig Butler are said to
be the front-runners in the
minds of the Candidates Com-
mittee in this ever-changing
seat.

Yesterday, a party source
told The Tribune the party

Then!

leadership has attempted to
have Mr Ryan withdraw his
nomination quietly. Howev-
er, it is understood this will
prove “very unlikely.”

Our source said: “Dion is
a kind of guy who can hang
and drink with the guys and
that has worked for him in
there. He is someone who has

great ambition, but political-
ly we do not know if he is
there yet.

“The dark horse in all of
this will be Craig Butler who
has moved under the radar
to position himself quite well,
and I believe it will come
down to Butler and Dion in
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pentry and masonry. The cur-

rent facilities out there are out-
dated," said Mr Wrinkle.
Persons who want to sign
onto to the training programme
should register with the Depart-
ment of Labour's skills bank in
Nassau or Freeport or at Baha

Mar.

Mr Foulkes added courses for
some 7,000 Bahamians needed
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Straw wars





















MINISTER of Public [7 j
Works Neko Grant, Minis- rs !
ter of Tourism Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace and
Minister of State for Social

FROM page one

which drew cheers and
applause from her sup-

Development Loretta But- | porters.
ler-Turner attend the ‘roof She said: “Whatever
wetting’ ceremony for the could come through cus-
new downtown Straw Mar- toms, that is what straw
ket yesterday. vendors are going to sell.
: And as for the new taxes
Tim Clarke/ :
Tribune Statt (rent), taxes is supposed

to be according to the abil-

ity to pay.
“The straw vendors con-

MINISTRY OF WORKS & TRANSPORT

\ hr) NOTICE
+. CORRIDOR 13B
PRINCE CHARLES HIGHWAY
New 24" Watermain Pipe Installation

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Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles S.A wishes to advise the motoring public that road works will
continue along sections of ROBINSON ROADSPRINCE CHARLES DRIVE from Monday
November 22"", 2010.

The intersection of Sayle Avenue & Old Trail Road will be affected as the works proceed along
Robinson Road to Prince Charles Drive.

PHASE I!

Motorist travelling in the following directions should divert to the specified route as indicated on the
map or seck an alternate route to their destination,

OLD TRAIL ROAD:
SAYLE AVENUE:

route.

Motonst should use Soldier Road as an alternate route.

Motorist should use Marathon Road and Samana Drive as an alternate

PHASE ill

Phase 3 to commence upon completion of the newly installed twenty four inch (24°) watermain pipe at
the intersection of Sayle Ave. and Old Trail Road.

Motorist travelling eastbound on Robinson Road towards Prince Charles Highway should divert on Old
Trail Road & Soldier Road and continue to their destination.

Please bear in mind that while the works are ongoing, access will be granted to residents and local
businesses that may be affected during these construction phases.

We again advise the motoring public to drive with caution as they approach the work zone, kindly obey
the Magmen and observe the signage outlining the work area.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that may be caused and look forward to the full co-
operation of the motoring public throughout this project.

For further information please contact:

ose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles 5A Ministry of Public Works & Transport

Office Hours: ¥len-Fri S:(aes to bp Project Execution Unie
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tributed greatly to this
country. We feel like
whenever the foreign
investors come, they get
this, get that. When are
the straw vendors sup-
posed to benefit?”

Nyoka Judy Rolle, a
straw vendor for more
than 35 years, said she
agrees with, and supports,
the prohibition of coun-
terfeit products “you can-
not call yourself a straw
vendor if you sell leather.”
However, the rental fees
are extreme, with most
straw vendors “not mak-
ing enough money in this
economic climate to pay
such a high amount.”

The example was given
that even with five cruise
ships in the harbour, few
vendors have made more
than $20 for the day.

“How were they sup-
posed to survive with the
introduction of the sug-
gested fees?” asked anoth-



er vendor.

Others expressed their
disapproval of the rules
saying that whatever prod-
ucts are brought through
customs should be allowed
to be sold.

However, Mr Grant told
The Tribune that the state
of affairs that exists in the
Straw Market cannot con-
tinue in the new $11.2 mil-
lion structure.

With regard to the new
rent fees, he said: "I'm
advised that they pay
nothing but National
Insurance and a business
license fee since the straw
market fire.

“That was the arrange-
ment because they were
under the tent but you'd
appreciate we're building
a world-class facility. We
are talking a mere $6 to $8
to a day (in rent fees) and
where else on God's earth
can you find space for that
kind of money?"

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LOCAL NEWS

Help for little Kadin
after Tribune story

Motherin |

apparent attempt :

toburnher
children alive

FROM page one i

the police that a woman had }
been seen putting her infant }
child in her vehicle and set- }
ting it on fire. i
According to Inspector }
Warren Johnson, a passerby }
saw what was happening, }
got his fire extinguisher, and }
extinguished the blaze. i
Inspector Johnson said }
that it appears that the }
mother had removed the }
fuel cap from the car, insert- }
ed a piece of cloth into the }
gas tank and ignited it. :
“When the officers }
arrived they discovered the }
good Samaritan standing
next to the vehicle with the }
child in his arms,” Inspec- }
tor Johnson said. :
However, when officers }
began to question persons }
nearby they realized that the }
woman’s other child had not }
been accounted for. :
This is when the officers }
noticed smoke emanating }
from the mother’s home — }
directly in front of the }
smouldering vehicle. i
Breaking their way into }
the house, officers discov- }
ered that a pile of clothes }
had been set on fire. How- }
ever, they could not find the }
older child in the home. :
A quick search of the }
nearby Haitian community }
found that the child, who }
police estimated to be }
between seven and nine }
years old, had escaped }
from the house when he }
saw what his mother was }
attempting to do. i
The mother, believed to }
be in her mid-thirties, has ;
been taken into police cus- }
tody on charges of attempt- }
ed murder and attempted }
arson. :
The infant child, who was }
trapped in the burning vehi- }
cle, received minor injuries }
and was taken to hospital, }
treated, and later released. :
The i
other child had no physi- }
cal injuries. They both have }
been turned over to the }
Department of Social Ser- }
vices. i
Officers from the South :
Western Division are con- }
ducting this police investi- ;
gation. i

FROM page one

Tribune, relatives estimate
that nearly $10,000 in dona-
tions has been raised through
various efforts.

In addition to assistance
promised from the Depart-
ment of Social Services, the
family is scheduled to leave
for the Mayo Clinic medical
centre in Minnesota, USA on
Sunday.

Sheniqua Saunders, cousin
to one-year-old Kadin, said
since awareness was raised of
the infant's condition, the
family has been overwhelmed
by the outpouring of support
from the community.

Kadin will see specialists
for the first time on Monday.
Once there, he will complete
a routine medical exam which
can take anywhere from five

to eight business days.

The trip to the Mayo Clin-
ic — recommended by the
Bahamian doctor who diag-
nosed Kadin's condition — is
likely to set the family back
between $7,000 and $13,000
for the initial consultation,
before travel and accommo-
dation costs.

Mrs Saunders said:
“They’re going to assess him,
and once they do all the tests
that they need to do, then
they will make a decision
with his mother and doctor
as to what form of treatment
they are going to take. Hope-
fully we don’t have to go

back because that is a long
way to travel and a lot of
money.”

Past fundraisers include
two concerts, various drives
held by local businesses and
taxi drivers, and a cook-out
that was held last weekend.

For their support of Kad-
in’s cookout, which was called

a huge success, the family
sought to recognise the con-
tributions of a number of
companies and individuals.
These include: Wong’s
Rubber Stamp and Printing
Co., The D’Albenas Agency,
Bahamas Food Services,
Phil’s Food Services,
Caribbean Bottling Co., Puri-
ty Bakery Ltd, 3S Bakery,
Thompson Tradings,
Wendy’s, John’s Department
Store, Kelly’s, Fashion Hall,
Bahamas State Association
of Daughter Elks, Jackie’s

Party Line, Amour Affairs,
Yellow Tail Charters, Ms
MacDonald, Ms Ranger, Sis-
ter Margaret Turnquest,

Cable Bahamas, Carla
Anderson Hollis.
If you would like to donate

to Kadin's medical fund, his
account number at the Royal
Bank of Canada's Palmdale
Branch is 727- 4269.

If anyone wishes to contact
the family to offer any other
assistance, Mrs Saunders can
be contacted at
Sheniqua_37@hotmail.com.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

TENSE TIMES: Mine
blast survivor Daniel
Rockhouse, center, is
hugging family mem-
bers following their
briefing with police
and company officals
in Greymouth, New
Zealand, after visiting
the Pike River coal
mine, Monday, Nov.
22, 2010.
















































JOE MORGAN, AP
RAY LILLEY, AP
GREYMOUTH,
New Zealand

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increased touching off an explo-
sion that dashed all hopes of a
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Prime Minister John Key
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Zealand on Thursday flags flew
at half staff and many churches
held services for people wanti-
ng to show respect for the min-
ers. Wednesday's massive
explosion deep inside the mine
on New Zealand's South Island
came five days after the men
were caught underground by a
similar blast and only hours
after rescuers reported their
first progress in the rescue
attempt.

A drilling team broke a nar-
row shaft through to the mine
section believed to be holding
the missing workers and two
robots had crawled their way
into the tunnel, providing the
first view from inside the mine.

"She was all go," said Geoff
Valli whose brother Keith, 62,
perished in the mine. "There
was going to be more than one
or two (rescuers involved)" in
the rescue bid.

"They explained just how
close they were to going in. It
was bloody scary. It could have
been so much worse," he told
National Radio.

But when toxic and explo-
sive gas levels suddenly wors-
ened, the first attempt to enter
the mine since last Friday's ini-
tial blast was scrapped.

Even in the unlikely event
that any one had survived the
first one, police said no one
could have lived through the
second.

"The blast was prolific,” said
police superintendent Gary
Knowles, in charge of the res-
cue operation. "Just as severe
as the first blast."

The grieving families, the
company and political leaders
have all pledged to retrieve the
bodies of the missing men.

Mourning father Laurie
Drew was one of those pleading
for their retrieval from the



mine. "We are just hoping the
conditions for the rescuers will
allow them ... to recover every-
thing for us. Hopefully it does-
n't drag on too long to get the
closure that all the families real-
ly need, as well as myself," he
said. His son Zen, 21, died in
the disaster.

Pike River Coal chief Peter
Whittall pledged to the fami-
lies that the top priority was
recovering the men from the
pit.

"T still want them back and
their families want them back
and we'll be doing everything
we can to make that happen.
My love and support are with
those guys," he said.

Prime Minister Key warned
it could take time to recover
the 29 bodies as there would
have to be efforts to stabilize
the mine before people could
go in.

“We know there are a num-
ber of options being explored to
allow the bodies to be removed
from the mine," he said.

Key returned to Greymouth
Thursday to meet with the
grieving families to give them
"comfort and support in prob-
ably their darkest hour."

A series of inquiries, includ-
ing a formal Commission of
Inquiry and police and coro-
ner's investigations, are being
launched into the tragedy over
the next few days.

On Wednesday, shortly after
the second blast, Whittall told
the families a team had been
getting ready to go under-
ground — the families applaud-
ed, thinking that a rescue was
about to start.

"IT had to wait till they
stopped clapping to tell them
... that the second explosion
occurred," Whittall said after-
wards.

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out on sections of Thompson
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“al Wednesday November 24" to
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Friday INOovemper 20, 2U1U
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vicinity should use the following
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e FARRINGTON RD.

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provided for pedestrians as an alternate for the closed footpath.

Your patience throughout this project is greatly appreciated. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and delays caused.

For further information please contact :

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Controversial Bahamian film

enjoys unprecedented success

FROM page five

of Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning
gay drama Brokeback
Mountain was banned in
2005.

Children of God tells the
stories of three very different
individuals whose paths con-
verge in Eleuthera.

The story of Lena, the
conservative, deeply reli-
gious wife of a secretly gay
firebrand pastor, intertwines
with that of Romeo, a hand-
some young black man hid-
ing his sexuality from his
close-knit and loving fami-
ly; and Jonny, the conflicted
and creatively-blocked white
artist in search of himself.

The film stars emerging
actors Johnny Ferro,
Stephen Tyrone Williams,

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Bahamian actor Craig Pin-
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After TLA acquired the
film from Daybreak Pro-
ductions, LLC, president and
director of acquisitions Ray-
mond Murray said: “Chil-
dren of God is an entertain-
ing and inspiring romantic
drama as well at a powerful
social critique of the destruc-
tiveness of homophobia.

“It is one of the most
important gay-themed films
of recent years and TLA is
proud to be able to distribute
the film.

“Kareem is a talented
filmmaker and we expect the
film to find an enthusiastic
response from a variety of
audiences.”

Mr Mortimer added: “This

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is a very important film for
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be gay at the forefront of
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best possible chance to
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The director said he is
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He said: “The producers
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Children of God was pre-
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day.

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would result had not material-
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Hancock, 61, who breezed
through security at the Phoenix
airport on the way to a vaca-
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through a body scanner after a
golf ball marker set off the met-
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His wife, Marti Hancock, 58,
said that ever since she was in
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feared there was a bomb on her
plane, she has been fully sup-
portive of stringent security: "If
that's what you have to do to
keep us safe, that's what you
have to do."

The Transportation Security
Administration said few peo-
ple seemed to be opting out.
Some protesters did show up,
including one man seen walking
around the Salt Lake City air-
port in a skimpy, Speedo-style
bathing suit, and others carry-
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screening methods as unneces-
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there was no more or less con-
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than in previous years on the
day before Thanksgiving.

"I would go so far as to say
that National Opt-Out Day was
a big bust,” said Genevieve
Shaw Brown, a spokeswoman
for the travel company Trave-
locity, which had staff at 12 of
the nation's largest airports
watching for problems.

Protest organizers — some
of whom had no plans them-
selves to fly on Wednesday —
were not prepared to declare
the event a flop, saying the pub-

licity alone cranked up pres-
sure on the White House and
the TSA to review their securi-
ty measures.

"The TSA now talks about
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James Babb, an organizer for
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Business Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

Financing for a proposed

biodiesel manufacturing }
plant in western New Prov- }
idence is still up in the air, ;
according to former MP }
and Cabinet Minister Ten- }
nyson Wells, with pinning }
down a market for the fuel
being deemed pivotal to }

moving ahead.

Mr Wells confirmed his }
investor group’s hopes of }
acquiring Bacardi’s former }
Clifton Pier Facility for the i
biodiesel venture in mid-
October, telling Tribune }
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of plant material to feed a }
fuel facility alone could gen- :
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off jobs for Bahamians.

The investor group, }
Source River Ltd, has “hun- }
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option it has on the Clifton }
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NOVEMBER 25,



THURSDAY,

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN HOTELS are “bet-
ter positioned” than their Caribbean
counterparts to raise room rates
when recovery comes, a leading
hotel consultant said yesterday, with
revenue per available room
(RevPAR) for this nation’s industry
up 8 per cent year-over-year to Sep-
tember 2010 - more than two per-

* Bahamian hotels more than two percentage points better than Caribbean



2010

counterparts on key performance determinant

Caribbean average.

"WE'VE UPSET THE APPLE CART’

* Robin Hood owner says
‘ultimate beneficiary’ of
sourcing 97-98% of product
direct is Bahamian consumer,
through lower prices and
better offering

* But public offering of shares
in expansionist retailer ‘never
going to happen’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ROBIN HOOD and other
new market entrants have
“upset the apple cart” to be
the ultimate benefit of
Bahamian consumers, its
president and owner believes,
telling Tribune Business that
by sourcing 97-98 per cent of
its product offering direct it
has helped to drive its prices -
and those of rival grocery
chains - down.

Sandy Schaefer told this
newspaper that the tradition-
al grocery retail/wholesale
model had been shaken up by
the entrance of his business
and the likes of Phil’s Food
Service into the market,
adding that Robin Hood was
looking to emulate the Wal-
Mart model - securing rela-
tively cheap land upon which
to build large store space, and
renting a portion of the prop-
erty out to other businesses
to service debt financing.

Telling Tribune Business
that Robin Hood sourced 97-
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savings that are passed on to
the consumer”, Mr Schaefer
said: “What Robin Hood, and
now Phil’s Food Service, is
that we upset the apple cart.

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* Leading consultant says Bahamas’ resort industry better placed to raise room
rates once recovery comes, as it held nerve and did not slash like rest of region

* Bahamas’ hotel occupancies and room rates both up year-over-year by 4%

* Bahamian RevPAR fell 15.8% in 2009 compared to 17.5% for Caribbean, but this
nation’s room rates only down 6.8%

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor

A BAHAMAS-BASED
and organised fashion
show is looking at expan-
sion into Europe next year
following the success of its

third edition this month, its
chief organiser telling Tri-
bune Business yesterday that the sector
could “gradually grow into a major indus-
try” with the right domestic and interna-

tional support.

Owen Bethel, Bahamian banker and
president of Modes Iles, organiser of the
Islands of the World Fashion Week,

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Being a resource,
not a jargon freak

A TECHNICAL term or
two can give you that geek
credibility sheen, but it might
prove to be counterproduc-
tive. Do you know that using
technical jargon is the ‘num-
ber one’ cardinal sin you can
commit when talking to a
non-technical savvy client?
Being able to think from oth-
ers’ points of view, and talk
in the terms that non-tech
savvy clients can relate to, is
one of the rarest, most-need-
ed skills in the technology
world. Learning how to carry
out a compelling conversation
with these clients is a crucial
skill that all technology work-
ers should possess, especially
if they desire to maintain their
business.

People who are techno-
phobic and live in fear that
the Internet might steal their
bank account information or
their very soul, or who have
lifestyles that just don’t
include computers, should be
treated delicately. I have
experienced an incident
where a newbie was afraid to
use the ‘zoom in and out’ but-
ton in fear of a computer
explosion. This is not a joke!
This is when it is most impor-
tant to put on your ambas-
sador hat.

One way of mastering this
technique is to talk jargon
with your clients in such a way
that you can maintain their
attention and give an accu-
rate picture of what they real-
ly need to understand. Begin
by using ‘fishing techniques’
to assess their starting knowl-
edge. For example, try using a
generic question, such as:
“Hey, what is your preferred
web browser?” or “What
operating systems have you
being using lately?” Strategi-
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Once you have ascertained
their level of knowledge,
you'll start to develop an
understanding of how to pro-
ceed. For example, don’t you
hate it when you visit a doctor
and he uses unfamiliar med-
ical terms? But when he slows
down, provides a good expla-
nation in plain English or
illustrates with diagrams, he
accomplishes his task more
effectively. This is what we
need to do as technical offi-
cers, graphic designers or pro-
grammers.

Here are some more fish-
ing questions:

* Do you use Adobe Pho-
toshop or any other image-
editing software?

* Do you subscribe to any
RSS feeds?

* How familiar are you with
the programming process?

* What are some web-
sites/authors you read regu-
larly?

* Have you ever worked
with an Illustrator before?

Ensure that you balance the
playing field by asking for
input in their proficient areas,
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from feeling embarrassed or
compelled to weigh in on your
area of expertise. There is no
reason to explain the process,
but do explain how it will ben-
efit them.

Talk In Terms Of Results

This will keep clients lis-
tening. For example, if you
are describing the importance
of standards-compliant
XHTML, you could say:
“Standards-compliant
XHTML ensures that the
website’s code is valid and
supported by most modern
web browsers.”

Even though this may still
seem technical, it gives the
results of your efforts. Fur-
ther, you could go for a sim-
pler approach and say: “I will
optimiae the code so that you
will get the best rankings pos-
sible and make your site view-
able for as long as possible.”

Pause or Ask for Questions
Allow pauses in between
explanations to encourage

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questions. Behave as if you’re
interested and willing to
answer any question, even if
you aren’t. Furthermore, if
they seem confused or remain
silent for too long, ask them:
“Should I explain further?”

Put it in Writing

Non-Tech-Savvy people
can sometimes seem para-
noid, and want every single
detail in writing so as to re-
read at their own pace or
research and follow-up later.

For proposals and reports,
use visuals. Ever noticed how
the best presentations have
more graphics than blocks of
text? If you convey an idea
via visuals, the message will
be gleaned faster compared
to text, which has to be
processed and analysed
before comprehension.

Use Familiar References

Be creative and use scenar-
ios and situations that are per-
tinent to their background to
relay complex concepts.

Be Honest

Being honest with your
non-tech savvy client is a ‘no
brainer’. If you are asked a
question that you cannot
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Permit queries: Contractor
chief backs architects

FROM page one

mits in its Ease of Doing Busi-
ness report, told Tribune
Business that while the
process was slow, it was
“unfair” to place all the blame
on the BCD and its staff, and
“better prepared” construc-
tion/planning applications
were sometimes needed to
assist with their work.

“The permitting process
unto itself is rather complex
and lengthy by nature,” Mr
Wrinkle told this newspaper
in a recent interview. “It has
to go through several depart-
ments, but I know myself
from the perspective of the
contractor that the problem
arises whenever there’s an
anomaly or query with the

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plans, and it’s not dealt with
in a timely fashion.

“T’ve had personal experi-
ence where I’ve not known
there was a query with a spe-
cific set of plans for weeks
and weeks, and then it takes
weeks to resolve the query.
That’s a big problem for the
industry.”

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respect to the planning
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“We're still dealing with
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Bahamas with those in three
major US cities - New York,
Atlanta and Miami - said: “A
primary contributing factor
in the long processing time
at the BCD under its present
system is the inordinate
amount of ‘queries’ by BCD.

“Tn a lot of instances, the
queries are primarily based
on the whim of the reviewer
and insubstantial in content.
Some queries, structures in
particular, the architect is not
even allowed to address
because the reviewer insists
that the architect gets a
‘structural engineer’ to deal
with the query.

“This is inconsistent with
the Building Regulation Act
and is in contravention of the
Bahamas Building Code.
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The Institute’s Mr Fergu-
son said such issues were
“really impeding progress in
the construction industry”,
adding: “There are many
projects I have known that
have been cancelled because
the permits have taken too
long. With the present eco-
nomic situation, we don’t
need project going out of the
system that could be part of
the [recovery] process.

“We have outlined a new
process that streamlines the
total process, giving them less
steps and less opportunities
for possible corruption to
occur.”

The Institute report had
been updated, following its
previous submission to the
relevant government agen-
cies and departments two
years ago.

Mr Ferguson said a series
of meetings over the report’s
content had been facilitated,
by Gordon Major, between
various Ministry of Works
personnel and the architects,
but little progress was made,
he alleged, because BCD
personnel were “not recep-
tive to any changes”.

However, Mr Ferguson
said that in recent weeks he
had met with Zhivargo
Laing, minister of state for
finance, over the issue again,
and came away with the

impression that the Govern-
ment was prepared to reform
the construction permitting
process.

Mr Wrinkle, though, while
acknowledging the slow per-
mitting process, said it was
“not fair to shove the blame”
totally on the BCD, as in the
absence of queries they often
moved applications through
the approvals process in a
“reasonable time”.

Referring to one project
he had handled, Mr Wrinkle
said the BCD had processed
all relevant permits within
four weeks, after they had
been provided with a full set
of mechanical, engineering
and architects’ drawings.
There were, as he put it, “no
stumbling blocks”.

“There’s certainly room
for improvement,” he admit-
ted, adding that with rela-
tively little effort the
Bahamas could easily move
up from its 107th position in
the Ease of Doing Business
rankings when it came to

construction permits.

“As a contractor, I’d like
to see more resources allo-
cated for processing of per-
mits, but there needs to be a
better preparation of the
applications submitted,” Mr
Wrinkle said. “In recent
times, Id like to think better
plans are being submitted,
because we have better engi-
neers and architects.

“As we progress forward
as a country, we must begin
to use the skills of profes-
sionals better. This contin-
ues to be a drag on the Min-
istry of Works and Plan-
ning.”

The professionals associ-
ated with the construction
industry were attempting to
“put industry into the 21st
century”, and Mr Wrinkle
added: “We’ve just got to
ensure the proper resources
are allocated to the industry
to get the professional side
of things up to international
standards.”

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RevPAR rise
beats region

FROM page one

2009, in response to reduced
travel demand, average
room rates in the industry
dropped by just 6.8 per cent.

The rest of the RevPAR
decline for Bahamian hotels
came from lower occupan-
cies, Mr Jordan explained,
but he pointed out that
Caribbean hotels suffered
an average 17.5 per cent
room rate decline in 2009 -
far worse than the Bahamas
- as resorts desperately
slashed rates to try and
stimulate occupancy and
visitor numbers.

Given that it was
extremely difficult, if not
impossible, to raise rates
once they had been cut, Mr
Jordan said that by holding
firm, the Bahamian hotel
industry - chiefly Atlantis -
was set to reap the poten-
tial rewards once US travel
demand recovered.

“The Caribbean is up 5.7
per cent in terms of
RevPAR through Septem-
ber 2010 compared to Sep-
tember 2009,” Mr Jordan
told Tribune Business.
“Year-to-date, the Bahamas
is up 8 per cent on
RevPAR.”

While the Caribbean and
Bahamian sample sizes
were based on just 10 per

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Tribune Business: “To put
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year the Caribbean was
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RevPAR, and the Bahamas
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“What’s positive, howev-
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occupancy and 4 per cent in
room rates.” In contrast,
while room rates in the
Caribbean had risen 4.3 per
cent, occupancies were
ahead by just 1 per cent on
2009 comparatives.

Mr Jordan said that espe-
cially “favourable” for the
Bahamas was the fact that
while its hotel industry
RevPAR slid down just 15.8
per cent in 2009, room rates
slipped just 6.8 per cent,
compared to 17.5 per cent
for the wider Caribbean.

“What is positive about
the Bahamas is that it has
not dropped its rates as
much as the rest of the
Caribbean, and the main
factor behind that is

Atlantis maintaining its
rates,” Mr Jordan told Tri-
bune Business. “When the
market recovers, it’s diffi-
cult to raise rates signifi-
cantly if you have dropped
them.

“The Caribbean has
dropped them, but the
Bahamas has not dropped
them as significantly.

“When the market recov-
ers, it will be less difficult
for the Bahamas to increase
its rates going forward.
That’s a positive sign for the
Bahamas.

“It’s positioned better
than the rest of the
Caribbean market.”

Yet while the Bahamas’
RevPAR increase was
ahead of both the
Caribbean and US averages,
it trails the increases of
around 35 per cent and 15
per cent enjoyed by St Lucia
and the US Virgin Islands
respectively.

The HVS Bahamas man-
aging director told Tribune
Business that many hotels
and their yield managers
had learned their lessons
from the post-September
11, 2001, experience, when
the slashing of hotel room
rates to induce travel and
higher occupancy levels
failed to work because
tourists were too frightened
to travel by air.

BIOFUEL FINANCING HELD UP BY

MARKET IDENTIFICATION NEED

FROM page one

jetty/docking area.

Yesterday, Mr Wells said the group con-
tinues to work on sourcing financing for the
project, finding that the need to definitively
identify would-be purchasers of the fuel that
would be produced is “what’s holding things
up”.

The businessman had previously noted
that the majority of the 70 million gallons of
fuel which could be produced at the plant
would need to go for export to the Caribbean
and Latin America, as the Bahamian biofu-
el market is presently small to non-existent.

“There’s nothing definitive we can say on
it,” said Mr Wells. “It’s still being worked
on.”



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to managing projects

PBy ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

With demand for the
efficient execution of pro-
jects rising in the reces-
sion, a Bahamian company
yesterday said it had
become the first to offer
training to Bahamians who
may wish to take advan-
tage of opportunities for
qualified project man-
agers.

Dorcas Cox, a Bahamian
who became certified as a
Project Management Pro-
fessional (PMP) while
working for Scotiabank’s
learning and development
department in Toronto,
Canada, established Pro-
ject Management Solu-
tions Ltd after returning
to The Bahamas and notic-
ing the “huge difference”
in the time and cost effi-
ciency she saw in the exe-
cution of projects.

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and cost, and just take a
very random approach. I
said to myself: ‘Do I go
back to the way I used to
operate or try to keep
operating at this level and
hope others get it?’. I
decided I wanted to help
others to be competitive,”
said Mrs Cox.

Examinations

On December 18, some
13 Bahamians will finish a
13-week course offered by
her company in conjunc-
tion with the Bahamas
Institute of Financial Ser-
vices. It is intended to pre-
pare them to take the Pro-
ject Management Profes-
sional or Certified Asso-
ciate in Project Manage-
ment examinations

required by the interna-
tional Project Manage-
ment Institute. They will
sit the exam in Nassau,
which will then be sent
abroad for marking.

The course covers the
principles of project man-
agement from initiation,
to planning, execution,
monitoring and controlling
and closing a project.

Students apply the prin-
ciples they are learning to
their own “real world”
projects along the way,
connecting what they are
being told to practical
applications from an early
stage.

Mrs Cox says the project
management qualification
is about “progress” and,
citing the Baha Mar and
Albany developments,
suggested that as the
Bahamas positions itself to
be able to engage with
international players, it
requires more Bahamians
to seek out qualifications
in this area.

“When we are position-
ing ourselves locally for
being competitive interna-
tionally, there are certain
standards and expectations
they have, and the way
you used to do it just isn’t
going to work in the
future,” said Mrs Cox,
who herself found the pro-

ject management qualifi-
cation she obtained from
the University of Toronto
indispensable to her suc-
cess, undertaking large
scale instructional design
projects during her time at
Scotiabank in Canada.

Projects

While project managers
have traditionally been
most in demand in the
construction and engi-
neering sectors - often
being brought in from
abroad to work on pro-
jects in the Bahamas - Mrs
Cox said that credentials
in project management are
increasingly recognised as
valuable in “every aspect
of business” globally,
where companies or insti-
tutions may be looking to
create “strategic plans for
the future, to cut costs and
streamline” in their oper-
ations, particularly as a
consequence of the eco-
nomic downturn.

A project manager could
even come in handy in a
political campaign, or a

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DORCAS COX became certified as a Project Management Pro-
fessional while working for Scotiabank’s learning and development

department in Toronto,

health drive - such as that
launched by the Ministry
of Health to get Bahami-
ans to get vaccinated
against the H1N1 influen-
za virus earlier this year,
suggested Mrs Cox.

Randy Rolle, a Ministry
of Tourism official who
works in the Sports
Tourism department, told
Tribune Business he “sees
things in a whole different
light” after taking the
course.

“It’s useful. It gives you
a new look on projects and
the importance of simple
details. It involves almost
dissecting a situation to a
point where, if there are

problems within the
process, you can pick up
on it and maximise all of
the resources around,” he
said.

“IT think going forward,
once there are more pro-
ject managers you'll get
more for your money (exe-
cuting projects in The
Bahamas).

Albany, Baha Mar, all
of these will require pro-
ject managers so it’s the
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more Bahamians to get
involved.”

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LOCAL NEWS

Fashion show
eyes Kurope
expansion

FROM page one

which was held from
November 11-13 at the
British Colonial Hilton,
told this newspaper that the
event “certainly met target”
when it came to the level
of local and international
attendance.

Islands of the World
Fashion Week had a “full
house” of 300-plus persons
on each of its three nights,
on one occasion being
unable to accommodate all
who showed up.

“We certainly met target
in regard to the numbers
that were able to be accom-
modated in the room - 300
for each performance.
That’s roughly 900-plus in
total,” Mr Bethel told Tri-
bune Business. “We cer-
tainly did meet the target
for visitors from abroad.
We had roughly 100 of
them.”

There was a strong pres-
ence from the French
(Paris) and Italian (Milan)
media, Islands of the World
Fashion Week having
already been featured in
the Italian Vogue, with a
number of foreign buyers
also present.

Prior to the grand finale
in the Bahamas, Islands of
the World and its designers
also exhibited their wares
at various fashion shows -
Palm Springs, Chicago and
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ticipating in Islands of the
World Fashion Week is
“continually growing”, Mr
Bethel said, while the US
fashion show had brought
further “recognition” to the
event.

“We have started plan-
ning for next year,” he told
Tribune Business, “and
have been invited for the
Tour, already, to Atlanta
and New York. Milan is
negotiating an attendance
for a special showing there.

“We will now definitely
look at the expansion of the
tour into Europe.

“We will more than like-
ly repeat the Palm Spring
and Chicago venues that we
had this year.”

Some 18 designers exhib-
ited at Islands of the World
Fashion Week this year, of
whom four were Bahamian.
These included Harl Tay-
lor Bags; Theo Sealey, the
young Bahamian who won
the Harl Taylor Scholarship
to New York’s Parsons, The
New School for Design; and
two other designers who
appeared in the Next Gen-
eration category, David
Rolle and Whitney Miller.

Mr Bethel said both
Messrs Sealey and Rolle
“had caught the attention
of the international media
and been described as
designers to watch out for,
so with their participation

in Parsons that will be a
leapfrog on the learning
curve for them”.

All this, he added,
increased recognition of the
Bahamas “as a potential
venue for the fashion indus-
try. Hopefully, as we move
forward and get the
Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute’s fash-
ion department more
involved, hopefully we will
see the growth of the indus-
try and interest among
younger designers to move
forward”.

And Mr Bethel told Tri-
bune Business: “I think
what we will see develop
will be in stages, stemming
from the cottage industry
and people doing it in their
homes, and the likes of
Theo and David, as they get
opportunities to expand,
hopefully they will come
back and contribute to the
development of the indus-
try.

“From a cottage industry
I see it growing gradually
into a major industry,
where buyers see it as being
of major interest and come
to buy designers’ products.”

Mr Bethel said Islands of
the World Fashion Week
should also boost tourism
to the Bahamas during a
relatively slow part of the
season for the hotel indus-
try, especially as interest
from Caribbean and Latin
American designers - and
their followers - grew.

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Being a resource, not a jargon freak

FROM page 3B

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IT Infrastructure
Maintenance and Support

In this challenging position you will be responsible for system, network
and database operations. Candidates for this role should have initiative,
proven leadership experience, with strong project management and
documentation skills, strong analytical background, communications and
organizational skills with the ability to work with local and international

team members.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

¢ Installing, building and configuring Unix Servers (Solaris), as well
as server builds and patch upgrades.
Installing, building and configuring Wintel Servers, as well as server
builds and patch upgrades.
System monitoring, alerting and problem resolution.
Ensure baseline of middleware, OS and hardware.
Oversee and coordinate business applications deployment.
Document and manage the Business Continuity Plan.
Collaborate with application development team on roadmap, automation
and roll out process improvement across multiple environments.
Interact with customers and developers to troubleshoot problems.
Provide administration of Solaris and Wintel based servers.

similar businesses or individ-
uals in the past. This will
make your clients and col-
leagues feel as if you are rele-
vant and not just floating on
some ‘niche techie’ planet.

Talk results, not process

Clients are not interested
in the details of the work, just
the results and when you'll be
able to deliver. In other
words, don’t discuss step-by-
step key word research or
how you managed to make
the CSS compliant to all
browsers.

It seems cool to appear to
have a vast amount of knowl-
edge to impress your client,
but if they don’t understand
half the things you say, then
all is lost. [had an experience
a few weeks ago where a par-
ticular business attempted to
use many technological phras-
es as explanations for a bro-
ken service, and became very
uncomfortable when they

realised I was aware that the
justification was not logical.....
Well, undoubtedly this result-
ed in a disappointed cus-
tomer.

Illustrate how the idea or
process relates to their jobs
or sales.

More often than not, peo-
ple can’t see the weight of
designs or marketing contri-
butions until they recognise
the benefit. Demonstrate
what’s in it for them and their
business.

Be patient

It’s hard enough trying to
grasp new techie ideas, and
even harder if the person
sharing them with you is frus-
trated. Strive to remain calm
when you are asked the same
questions repeatedly, despite
the fact that you only just
explained it 20 minutes ago. It
isn’t easy explaining some-
thing to someone who’s hear-
ing about it for the first time,
so with a little more time it
would become easier. Cir-
cumstances like these can be

challenging, so try taking deep
breaths.

In this regard, web or
graphic designers are at the
vanguard of the web market-
ing revolution, so if the ter-
minology ‘Ajax’ has to be
used in a sentence, don’t
allow clients to mistake it for
the detergent used to wash
pots and pans. Quickly
explain that ‘Ajax’ is the art of
exchanging data with a server,
and also updates parts of a
web page without reloading
the whole page.

Let’s throw into this mix
and note that, not only will
clarification build rapport, but
it may help clients to see pos-
sibilities they might have
missed.

Once again, build yourself
as a resource and partner to
the client and not a jargonist.
So until we meet again, play a
little, have fun and stay on
top of your game!

NB: Reader encourages
feedback at:
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WANTED

Corporate Manager

The successful applicant will be required to administer a portfolio of client
companies, ensuring compliance with constating documents and local

laws. Duties to include:

° Liaising with clients and attending to client requests regarding
incorporation documents, corporate resolutions, certifications etc.;

* Supervision and training of staff;

° Designing and implementing marketing projects, client development

and public relations.

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills essential.
° Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is required. Minimum 5 years

experience preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

Attractive benefits

Reply in confidence to:
vacancy50@gmail.com

Support server environments for PROD, UAT and BCP environments.
The support of the core Network consisting of routers, switches and
firewalls.

Maintains and documents all production and UAT systems.

Minimum Requirements:

3-5 years experience with UNIX systems administration, as a Systems
Engineer or Unix Administrator.

Advanced understanding of UNIX Operating Systems (Solaris 10 is
essential).

Broad knowledge of best practices pertaining to UNIX distributed
systems.

Broad knowledge of Sun and HP hardware.

3-5 years experience with IP Networking, Cisco IOS based routers
and switches, LAN/WAN technologies.

Experience with Cisco or Juniper Netscreen firewalls, as well as Cisco
switches and routers.

Experience with Operating System installation and rebuilds.
Extensive experience with patch upgrades and firmware upgrades.
Familiar with fundamental networking/distributed computing
environments and concepts, with the ability to write scripts on at least
the administrative language, PERL.

B.S. Computer Science, M.LS. or related field.

Working back ground in (Banking or Insurance applications is a plus).

Mr. Anton A, Saunders, Chairman of the Board of Directors,
Water and Sewerage Corporation, is pleased to announce
that MR. GLEN LAVILLE has been confirmed as GENERAL
MANAGER of the Water and Sewerage Corporation,
effective November 16, 2010.

The Board of Directors, Executive Management and staff,
congratulate Mr. Laville on his appointment as General
Manager.

Please send your resume on or before December 3rd, 2010 to:

ITJOB2011 @LIVE.COM



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FROM page one

Who’s the ultimate beneficia-
ry of that? The Bahamian
consumer.”

Mr Schaefer said his direct
supply lines were giving him
better pricing and purchasing
power, and with Robin
Hood’s second outlet due to
open at the former Pepsi-Cola
factory on Prince Charles Dri-
ve in the coming weeks, the
retailer was “really beginning
to enjoy economies of scale”.

Administrative and human
resources expenses, for exam-
ple, would be spread over a
much greater sales base,
bringing their unit costs down.

Mr Schaefer said Robin
Hood’s strategy was not to
borrow to grow, the company
preferring to be self-financ-
ing, even if this meant selling
an equity stake to other
investors via a private trans-
action to raise additional
financing.

He, however, told Tribune
Business that he had no plans
to raise capital through an ini-
tial public offering (PO) of
shares to the Bahamian pub-
lic. “We’re not interested in
going public,” Mr Schaefer
said, adamantly. “That will
never happen.

“You don’t own the com-
pany. One of the benefits of
being in business is that
you’re your own boss.”

The biggest hurdle to
Robin Hood’s planned expan-
sion, he told this newspaper,
was not capital and financing
but finding the right staff.

“Finding people with the
right talent, the right cus-
tomer service ethos and being
honest” was an ongoing chal-
lenge for Robin Hood, result-
ing in Mr Schaefer’s move to
offer shares in the company
to his best and longest-serving
employees.

“Youre giving them not
just a job, but an investment
with a bright future,” he
explained to Tribune Busi-
ness. “As the company grows,
you watch your shares grow in
value. ’m not looking for
people who want jobs; I’m
looking for people who want
careers. There’s a huge dif-
ference.”

Then there was the land.

‘UPSET APPLE CART’

Explaining that the “only way
this will work” was to acquire
land at “a Robin Hood price”,
Mr Schaefer said his company
was not a retailer for high-
priced shopping destinations,
such as Nassau’s Bay Street

“We have to do what Wal-
Mart did,” Mr Schaefer told
Tribune Business.

“We’re not reinventing the
wheel. On a smaller scale,
we’re trying to duplicate their
success.

“They’ve come into an area
and generated a lot of traffic,
so they’ve almost guaranteed
success [for other retailers].

There’s going to be a better
chance of success if you’re in
a location that generates a lot
of traffic.”

Robin Hood is thus aiming
to be the Bahamian equiva-
lent of a Wal-Mart, acquiring
cheap land in out-of-town
sites and then acting as the
‘anchor’ to drive consumer
traffic to the area, attracting

oher retailers to the destina-
tion.

While most Bahamian
retailers - and many counter-
parts worldwide - had moved
away from being real estate
owners, not wanting the
inevitable annual deprecia-
tion to show up on the bal-
ance sheet and income state-
ment, not Mr Schaefer.

“You can buy property
cheaply,” he said. “Why not
enjoy the appreciation on the
property as well, when you
can service the debt on this
through the rent you’re gen-
erating?

“Tt’s a win-win for you, a
win-win for tenants, and a
win-win for the banks that
financed it.”

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EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITIES

Law Firm seeks Business Manager/
Comptroller and Compliance Officer

Business Manager:

Qualifications:

* BSc in Accounting/Finance or Business

* Management with minimum of 2 years
managerial experience.

* Leadership skills

Position Summary:

* Business manager will be responsible for the
day-to-day management of the firm including
communicating with clients and vendors and the
preparation and maintenance of the firm’s
financial records.

Compliance Officer:

Qualifications:

* Internal/external audit experience of 5 years or
more.

* In-depth knowledge of applicable regulatory
requirements

Position Summary:

Compliance Officer will be responsible for obtaining
information from clients and maintaining records of
information collected for compliance purposes as
well as reviewing existing files to make sure they are
fully compliant. He or she will also be responsible
for liaising with regulatory bodies and agencies.

Salaries for both positions will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience.

Interested persons may send resumes by fax to:
322-5942 or by

Mail to:

Managing Partner

P. O. Box N-9298

Nassau, Bahamas

RANSBA

Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited, a specialist in private banking,
fiduciary services and wealth management has an opening for the

position of:

PRIVATE BANKING ADMINISTRATOR

Duties include:

Assisting with the processing of payments & the receipt of client

funds

Processing pay away, renewal and amendment of fixed deposit

transactions

Assisting Relationship Officers with processing client related
security transactions

Tracking/monitoring all homeowner’s insurance policies
Updating mortgage tracker

Performing annual reviews of facilities

Assisting with the preparation of credit submissions

Liaising with attorneys, appraisers, inspectors and other
professionals on credit matters

Assisting managers and officers with projects as required

Candidates should possess:

An Associate’s Degree or equivalent with at least two years’
experience working in the financial services industry

Series 7 designation

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Proficiency with computer applications (Microsoft Office Suite)
Strong customer service, mathematical & organizational skills
with an eye for details

The desire to develop and grow as a Private Banker
Knowledge of money laundering prevention principles and

procedures

Fluency in French or Spanish

All interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the

attention of:

Human Resources

Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited

P. O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas

E-mail: vacancies@ansbacher.bs

The deadline for all applications is

Frida



ovember 26, 2010

Haker's Hap
Great Guana Cay, Abaco
The Bahamas

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

You are invited to apply for the following position currently
available.

Executive Chef
Key Responsibilities

¢ Ability to skillfully prepare international cuisine

« Plan, design and cost menus for a variety of outlets

¢ Recruit, manage, and train culinary team.

¢ Manage the culinary budget and food cost.

¢ Maintain an effective inventory and supplies vendor list of local
and international suppliers.

Qualifications

* Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts or related subject;
professional certifications
Minimum ten (10) years experience at a five-star club, resort or
restaurant with at least three (3) years international or off-shore
experience.
Previous experience with a start-up property a plus.
Must be innovative, demonstrate strong leadership and
culinary skills, must be able to train others and execute ideas
and standards.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a
growing and dynamic organization and must be a self-starter,
team player, work at the highest standards of performance, and
meet deadlines.

lf you are progressive and prepared to advance your career, submit
your resume to the attention of the VP Human Resources,

hr@bakersbayclub.com or by fax at 242-367-0613.

“Becoming the Employer of Choice in The Bahamas!”

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MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
PORT DEPARTMENT

GOVERNMENT NOTICE

INVITATION FOR TENDERS

lhe Government of the Bahamas is inviting tenders for the following Contracted
Service for the Port Department, Ministry of The Environment.

* Private Security Services for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line-
Prince George Cay Dock

Interested parties may obtain further information, and may collect the bidding
document as of 12" November, 2010 from:

The Port Department

Prince George Dock

Nassau, The Bahamas
Telephone No. (242)356-5639

Between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tenders are to be submitted in Triplicate (3) in a sealed envelope (s) Marked
“Tender for Private Security Services for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line-Prince
George Dock” addressed to:

The Chairman

Tenders Board

Ministry of Finance

Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Building
Cable Beach

P.O. Box N-3017

Nassau, The Bahamas

No later than 5:00p.m.on the 29" November, 2010.

Tenders will be opened at 10:00a.m. on the 30" November, 2010 at the Office of
the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance.

THE GOVERNMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY OR ALL
TENDERS.



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Stock sharply higher on |
positive economic data

NEW YORK

STOCKS ended Wednes-
day on a positive note after a
batch of economic reports
offered hope that the U.S.
economy was improving,
according to Associated
Press.

Incomes rose last month
and consumer spending
climbed for a fifth month.
That raised hopes that shop-
pers will hit the malls in
droves the day after Thanks-
giving, the start of the holiday
shopping season.

At the same time, fewer
people claimed unemploy-
ment benefits last week, a
sign that the labor market is
recovering.

"There are fundamental
signs that the economy is
turning a corner,” said John
O'Donoghue, co-head of





INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

equities at Cowen & Co.
The Dow Jones industrial
average surged 150.91, or 1.4
percent, to 11,187.28.
The Standard & Poor's 500
index gained 17.62, or 1.5
percent, to 1,198.35. The Nas-
















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CARMICHAEL ROAD, P.O. BOX CB-12627, 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 25TH day of NOVEMBER, 2010 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, The Bahamas.

daq composite index rose
48.17, or 1.9 percent, to
2,543.12.

The upturn marked an
abrupt reversal from Tues-
day, when an exchange of
artillery fire between North
and South Korea led nervous
investors to sell stocks and
dash into gold, Treasurys and
other assets often used as
hiding spots. Investors also
shrugged off a steep fall in
new home sales and manu-
facturing orders.

Tim Speiss, chair of the
wealth advisory group at Eis-
nerAmper, said investors
were right to focus on the
improved signs in employ-
ment and consumer spend-
ing, which are far more
important to an economic
resurgence than home sales
or manufacturing orders.

"If we don't have strong
consumer spending in this
economy, we're in trouble,”
said Speiss. "When there's
spending, manufacturing will
increase to meet that
demand."

The government said first-
time claims for unemploy-
ment benefits fell 34,000 to
407,000 last week. That was
much better than the 435,000
new claims economists had
expected.

A separate report showed
that Americans’ incomes rose

0.5 percent last month, slight-
ly better than expected. Their
spending rose 0.4 percent, up
slightly from September.

Safety assets moved lower
as investors became more
willing to take on risk. Trea-
sury prices edged lower,
pushing their yields higher.
The yield on the 10-year note
rose to 2.92 percent from 2.77
percent Tuesday. Gold fell
to $1,375 an ounce, down
from $1379.

Investors largely dismissed
downbeat reports that
showed declines in sales of
manufactured goods and new
home sales.

Orders for durable goods
fell 3.3 percent, while new
home sales and median home
prices both fell last month.
Sales of single-family houses
slid 8.1 percent, the fourth
time the rate has dropped in
the past six months.

In corporate news, Tiffany
& Co. also reported a rise in
profit, fueled by strong sales
of jewelry in the U.S. and
overseas. Tiffany shares rose
5.3 percent to $61.33. Shares
of fellow high-end retailer
Coach Inc. also rose 3.7 per-
cent to $56.63.

U.S. stock and bond mar-
kets will be closed Thursday
for the Thanksgiving holiday.
They will reopen for half-day
sessions on Friday.

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TUESDAY, 23 N

OVEMBER 2010

C2 cI bce NST AT.

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,483.20 | CHG 0.00 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -82.18 | YTD % -5.25
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%

WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

52wk-Low
1.00
9.67
4.50
0.18
2.70
2.14
9.62
2.36
5.40
1.63
1.60
5.94
7.26
8.77
3.735
1.00

Security Previous Close
"AML. Foods Limited 7.01
Bahamas Property Fund 10.63
Bank of Bahamas 4.90
Benchmark 0.18
Bahamas Waste 2.70
Fidelity Bank 2.17
Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (31)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)}

Focol Class B Preference

10.46
2.40
6.85
1.85
1.60
6.07
7.26
2.39
5.46
1.00

5.00 5.59

9.82

10.00

ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson 9.82
Premier Real Estate 10.00

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bon

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Today's Close

Last Sale

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2.70 0.00
2.17 0.00
10.46
2.40
6.85
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6.07
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9.39
5.46
1.00
5.59
9.82
10.00

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0.013
0.598

-0.877
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CSF i
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Change Daily Vol.

Interest



99.46
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029) BAH29
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (OQver-The-Counter Securities)
5S2wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol.
5.01 Bahamas Supermarkets 5.07 6.01 14.00
0.40 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55
CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)
29.00 ABDAB 30.13 31.59
0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV Last 12 Months %
1.5122 6.79%
2.9187 3.13%
1.5655 448%
-7.49%
2.95%
12.49%
7.18%

99.46
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0.00 7%
0.00 Prime + 1.75%

20 November 2029
19 October 2017
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30 May 2013
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EPS $
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0.001

Div $ P/E
0.000
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4.540
0.002

0.000

0.55 0.000

52wk-Low
1.4076
2.8300
1.4954

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
2.8522 Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund
101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund
99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund

NAV 3MTH
1.490421
2.919946
1.545071

NAV 6MTH
1.467397
2811577
1.530224

31-Oct-10
30-Sep-10
12-Nov-10
31-Aug-10
30-Sep-10
30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
31-Oct-10
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2.8624
13.5642
114.3684
106.5528
1.1367
1.0974
1.1363

109.392860
100.779540

107.570619
105.776543
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000
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FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund

5.21%
6.87%
4.18% 5.78%
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Seri
Royal Fidelity Bah |

9.7458 4.35% 5.22% 31-Oct-10

10.0000
10.6000 -1.59% A.26% 31-Oct-10

9.1708
Protected TIGRS, S

Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

9.5037 -4.96%
8.1643 5.79%
MARKET TERMS

-4.96%
B9A2Z%

31-Oct-10
4.8105 31-Oct-10
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing pi

ivided by closing price

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MONSTER, DYNEGY, GUESS, AMAZON ARE BIG MOVERS

NEW YORK
Associated Press

STOCKS that moved substantially or traded heavily
Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq
Stock Market:

NYSE

Zale Corp., down 16 cents at $2.87

Shares tumbled for a second straight day after the jewel-
ry seller reported a wider quarterly loss and a drop in rev-
enue.

Monster Worldwide Inc., up $1.96 at $22.36

The online job company’s shares rose after a report said
the number of people applying for jobless aid dropped to a
21-month low.

Dynegy Inc., up 13 cents at $5.13
Shares rallied a day after shareholders rejected a sale to

private equity firm Blackstone Group amid rumors of a
higher bidder.

Guess Inc., up $4.78 at $50.12

Strong results from its European and Asian divisions
boosted sales and profit for the clothing retailer. Its forecast
topped Wall Street estimates.

NASDAQ

Amazon.com Inc., up $9.05 at $177.25

Shares hit a record high as a Citi analyst said the online
retailer is poised to continue growing and gaining market
share.

TiVo Inc., down 32 cents at $8.49

The TV recorder maker posted a deeper third-quarter
loss and said that it expects an even larger loss in the current
quarter.

Patterson Cos., up $1.15 at $30.19
The dental and veterinary products supplier said profit rose
8 percent in its most recent quarter.

Cree Inc., up $5.95 at $64.45

An Oppenheimer analyst said elements for a strong 2011
are falling into place for the LED lighting products maker.

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IN THE MATTER of the Petition of ELGIN WROGHT

AND
[N THE MATTER of ALL THAT piece parcel or lot
of land being numbers 27 & 28 containing 0.250 on
An acre situate on Miami Street in the Englerston

Subdivispon situate in the Southem District of the
Island of New Providence, Bahamas

COPIES of the said Plan may be inspected during
Nonmal Office hours at the following places:-

ic) The Registry of the Supreme Court
[ni the City of Nassau on the Iskand of
New Providence

id} Collie & Colle Law Chambers
K. &. Darling Building
Dowdes well Sireet & School Lane
In the City of Nassau on the Island of New
Providence, The Bahamas

NOTICE ts hereby given that any person having
Dower or aright to Dower or any Adverse Claim

ora Claim not recognied in the Petition shall on

or before the day of

2010 file in the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau
aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner a Statement of
claim in the Prescribed form ventred by an Affidavit
to be filed therewith, Failure of any such person to fl
and serve a Statement of Claim on or before the

day af 2010 wall operate asa bar to such
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Economic
data reveal
a hint of
consumer
merriness

WASHINGTON

AMERICANS are earn-
ing and spending more, com-
panies are shedding fewer
workers and hopes are ris-
ing for the economy as the
holiday shopping season
starts, according to Associat-
ed Press.

Still, with businesses
spending less on manufac-
tured goods and new-home
sales near their lowest level
in 47 years, consumers alone
might not be able to invigo-
rate the economy and drive
down unemployment.

All told, government data
released the day before
Thanksgiving suggest an
improving economic picture.
But it is increasingly depen-
dent on the consumer, even
with U.S. companies having
reported record profits in the
July-September quarter.

"Households are spending
more, and that may signal
they are starting to feel better
about economic conditions,"
said economist Joel Naroff
of Naroff Economic Advi-
sors. "It is the consumer that
holds the key to the recov-
ery and it looks like house-
holds are starting to turn the
lock."

On Wall Street, the mostly
encouraging news on the
economy buoyed stocks. The
Dow Jones industrial aver-
age closed up 150 points.

Many retailers depend on
the holiday shopping season
to make their year. The
November-December shop-
ping season can account for
up to 40 percent of retailers’
revenue and profits.

Consumers boosted spend-
ing 0.4 percent in October,
up from a 0.3 percent
increase in September, the
Commerce Department
reported Wednesday.

Many are benefiting from
thicker paychecks. Ameri-



INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

cans' incomes rose 0.5 per-
cent in October, pulled up
by a 0.6 percent rise in wages
and salaries. That was after
incomes didn't grow at all in
September.

At the same time, the pace
of layoffs is slowing. Initial
jobless claims dropped by
34,000 to a seasonally adjust-
ed 407,000 in the week end-
ing Nov. 20, the Labor
Department said. Applica-
tions have fallen in four of
the past six weeks.

Last week's figure was the
lowest since July 2008 and
the first time that claims have
fallen below 425,000 since
then.

Economists generally
believe that weekly first-time
applications for jobless aid
would need to drop consis-
tently below 425,000 to signal
sustained job gains.

Even with last month's
pickup in spending, con-
sumers are shying away from
the type of buying needed to
significantly lower the 9.6
percent unemployment rate.
And economists expect more
modest income gains in the
months ahead. That's why
some doubt incomes will
grow consistently and keep
consumers spending enough
to invigorate the economy.

"Households have started
to pick up the baton of
growth from businesses,"
said Paul Dales, U.S. econo-
mist at Capital Economics.
"Whether or not households
will be able to shoulder the
burden of growth on their
own is another matter."

Americans have become
more frugal, saving 5.7 per-
cent of their disposable
income in October, com-
pared with just over 1 per-
cent before the recession hit.

They are also resisting the
urge to spend money they
don't have.

According to Associated
Press-GfK Poll, Americans
are more likely to pay off
their credit-card balances
right away than they were
last year, and fewer say they
make credit card purchases if
they lack enough money at
the time.

The poll also found that
debt isn't stressing people as
much as it had been, but con-
sumers remain leery about
holiday buying binges. Just
9 percent said they plan to
spend more this year on hol-
iday purchases than they did
a year ago; 37 percent plan to
spend less.

"Until we see faster job
growth, don't expect shop-
pers to go on any spending
sprees," said Scott Hoyt,
senior director of consumer
economics at Moody's Ana-
lytics.

"You will see both Santas
and Scrooges."

ShopperTrak, a research
firm that tracks sales and
traffic at more than 70,000
outlets, now expects holiday
sales to grow 3.2 percent.
That's up from a previous
forecast of 2.9 percent. The
upgraded forecast would
mark a turnaround from the
0.4 percent sales drop in
2009, according to Shopper-
Trak's calculations.

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SHOPPERS walk with bags from JC Penney and Victoria s Secret, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 in New York.
As retailers prepare for the crowds of shoppers on Black Friday with sharply reduced prices on everything
from TVs to toys, they're also hoping for something else they couldn't count on last year: consumers spring-
ing for that deluxe high-end flat-panel TV or that big playset. (AP)

Even so, retailers will
struggle for a piece of con-
sumers' wallets. Shoppers
will want to stick to lists and
focus on bargains, experts
predict.

The National Retail Fed-
eration, the nation's retail
trade group, expects a 2.3
percent increase in holiday
spending. That would fall
short of the 10-year historic
average of 2.5 percent,
according to the retail trade

group.

In other reports released
Wednesday:

e An inflation index that
the Federal Reserve moni-
tors most closely is running at

oa

a record low. Prices for goods
excluding food and energy
rose just 0.9 percent in the
12 months that ended in
October, the Commerce
Department said. That was
down from a 1.2 percent
annual gain posted in Sep-
tember.

Even though shoppers
welcome low prices, inflation
is running at a pace below
the Fed's comfort zone of
between 1.5 percent and 2
percent.

Fed officials worry that
very low inflation could
devolve into deflation — a
prolonged drop in the prices
of wages, goods and services
and in the value of assets like
stocks or homes.

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¢ Companies enjoyed their
best quarter for profits ever
in the July-September peri-
od. After-tax profits reached
$1.22 trillion — the best
showing, without adjustment
for inflation, on records dat-
ing to 1947,

¢ Many businesses, how-
ever, are sitting on their cash
instead of plowing money
into expanded operations or
hiring. The latest evidence:
Orders to U.S. factories for
costly manufactured goods
plunged in October by the
largest amount in 21 months.

Durable-goods orders
dropped 3.3 percent last
month, the biggest setback
since January 2009, when the
country was still mired in a
recession.

Of special concern was a
4.5 percent drop in orders for
nondefense capital goods,
excluding aircraft. This cate-
gory is viewed as a good
proxy for business invest-
ment plans. It was the biggest
drop since a 5.3 percent fall
in July.

Economists said the weak-
ness in durable goods orders
partly reflects a pullback
from consumers during the
spring. Consumer spending
flatlined in April and again in
June. Generally, it takes
around six months for a shift
in consumer spending to
show up in the durable goods
report, said Mark Zandi,
chief economist at Moody's
Analytics.

¢ Sales of new homes fell
in October to near a record
low and home prices
dropped to the lowest point
in seven years.

Sales of new single-family
homes declined 8.1 percent
to a seasonally adjusted
annual rate of 283,000 units
in October, Commerce said
in another report. That was
just 2.9 percent above the all-
time low of 275,000 units hit
in August for government
records that go back to 1963.

The median price of a
home sold in October dipped
to $194,900, the lowest level
since October 2003.

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Oil prices rise as new data
boosts hope for economy

Series of upbeat reports bolster traders’ hopes

NEW YORK

OIL PRICES surged
Wednesday as new gov-
ernment reports indicated
Americans spent more last
month and jobless claims
fell more than expected
last week, boosting hope
that the economy may be
improving, according to
Associated Press.

Benchmark oil for Jan-
uary delivery gained $2.21
or 2.7 percent, to $83.46 a
barrel in afternoon trad-
ing on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange.

A series of upbeat
reports bolstered oil
traders’ hopes for an



INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

improving economy.
The government said

consumer incomes rose
0.5 percent and spending
increased 0.4 percent last
month.

In addition, first-time
claims for unemployment
benefits fell 34,000 to a
seasonally adjusted
407,000 last week.

Offsetting that were
reports showing durable-
goods orders dropped 3.3
percent last month and
sales of new homes fell 8.1
percent in October, which
was near a record low.

PFGBest analyst Phil
Flynn said the combina-
tion of the slowing layoffs
and improving consumer
data offset weak housing

numbers. "That's given us
hope that maybe, you
know, the jobs market
may be turning around,"
he said. The unemploy-
ment rate has been stuck
at 9.6 percent.

On the energy front,
commercial inventories of
crude oil rose less than
expected for the week of
Nov. 19.

Gasoline inventories
increased 1.9 million bar-
rels. Analysts had expect-
ed a decline. U.S. refiner-
ies ran at 85.5 percent of
total capacity on average,
compared with 84 percent
in the prior week.

Retail gasoline prices

have increased about 8
percent since early Sep-
tember, driven by rising
oil prices.

They have fallen slight-
ly this week following a
drop in oil prices.

The price of gas could
keep falling if refineries
continue to add to the cur-
rent supply, Flynn said.

Natural gas inventories
held in underground stor-
age in the lower 48 states
fell by 6 billion cubic feet
to 3.837 trillion cubic feet
for the week ended Nov.
19, the government said.

The total was still 9.5
percent more than the
five-year average.

Natural gas for Decem-
ber delivery rose 2.9 cents
to $4.293 per 1,000 cubic
feet.

Since the contract
expires Wednesday, many
traders have moved to the
January contract where
the price added 2 cents to
$4.434 per 1,000 cubic
feet.

In other Nymex trading
in December contracts,
heating oil added 6.96
cents to $2.3197 a gallon
and gasoline gained 7.23
cents to $2.2065 a gallon.

In London, Brent crude
rose $2.31 to $85.56 a bar-
rel on the ICE Futures
exchange.

Frustration over German push on bailout rule



BRUSSELS

AS THEY scramble to prevent
Europe's debt crisis from claiming
a third victim, European officials
are growing increasingly frustrat-
ed with Germany's push to force
private creditors to take losses in
future government bailouts,
according to Assocaited Press.

Jose Manuel Barroso, the head
of the European Union's execu-
tive Commission, said Wednes-
day that he had warned European
leaders at their summit in October
"about the risks of raising this
issue without proper preparation
and communication."

"But the issue was raised and
decided and now we have to deal
with it in the most responsible
way,” Barroso told the European
Parliament in Strasbourg.

Barroso’'s criticism is telling.
The European Commission,
which he leads, must come up
with specific proposals by early
December on how to include pri-
vate investors like banks or hedge
funds in any future bailouts.

It also illustrates the dilemma

EU policymakers are currently
facing.

Just as they work hard to calm
investors’ anxiety over mounting
debt piles in Portugal and Spain,
they have to find a way of making
those investors pay in the future.

At the October summit, Ger-
man Chancellor Angela Merkel
strong-armed other EU govern-
ments to back a permanent crisis
resolution mechanism. The mech-
anism is supposed to replace the
2750 billion ($1 trillion) financial
backstop for the eurozone, which
was Set up this spring after Greece
had to be rescued from the brink
of default.

That initial backstop runs out
on June 30, 2013, and Germany —
the eurozone's paymaster — is
adamant about protecting its tax-
payers from footing the bill for
future sovereign bailouts.

But that push may come back
to haunt Germany in the short-
term.

By putting a firm end to the
bailout fund by 2013, the EU is
turning bonds sold now by highly
indebted countries into a very

risky investment.

Soaring interest rates on its
debts forced Ireland to request a
bailout by the EU and the Inter-
national Monetary Fund on Sun-
day. Politicians in Portugal and
Spain, meanwhile, are trying des-
perately to reassure investors that
they won't be next in line to ask
for help.

EU policymakers’ insistence
that any new rules would only
apply to bonds sold after 2013 has
failed to abate investors’ anxiety.

Debt

The reason? They have been
mum on how the eurozone will
deal with already existing moun-
tains of debt if a country runs out
of money after 2013. By then,
Greece's debts will likely be
above 150 percent of economic
output, while Portugal and Ire-
land will carry debt loads of
around 100 percent of gross
domestic product.

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Markets are eager for clarity on
the mechanism's precise rules,
because the possibility of default
on debt sold after 2013 is more
threatening to investors who buy
bonds now than to future credi-
tors.

Once the mechanism is in place
in 2013, investors can just choose
not to buy bonds from countries
they don't trust to pay it back.
But for creditors who invest
bonds now — many of which
won't need to be repaid for anoth-
er five to ten years and thus won't
be covered by the current bailout
fund — the threat of a forced
restructuring will make it much
more expensive for vulnerable
nations to refinance their loans.

Creating such a two-phase sys-
tem for bonds, in which some are
covered by the new rules and oth-
ers aren't, “is just naive,” said
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outstanding debts after 2013) the
speculation will remain in the
market."

Already, a confidential propos-
al for the permanent crisis mech-
anism by the German finance
ministry backs the introduction
of rules for a potential default in
bonds by 2011, two years before
the bailout fund expires, accord-
ing to press reports. Another plan
out of Germany — commissioned
by the Liberal Democrats, the
junior partner in Merkel's gov-
erning coalition — also pushes for
ae bond rules as soon as possi-

e.

And Merkel is unlikely to give
Portugal and Spain much
reprieve until Barroso's commis-
sion has unveiled its plan for the
permanent crisis resolution mech-
anism.

"T won't let go of this," she said
in a speech Tuesday, “because the
people in our country wouldn't
understand if banks, and those
who work with banks, earn a lot
of money, but then the taxpayer
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Celebrating ,
Feast of ‘|
St Cecilia

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

T doesn’t matter if none of the choir members come to practice, Evamae
Ingraham will be in St George’s humming the solfeggio syllables doh-re-mi-
fa-sol-la-ti-doh, waiting on the choir director to initiate the start.

This dedication to the choir and music ministry at St George’s Anglican Church is
what prompted the ministry to honour Ms Ingraham at the Feast of St Cecilia cele-
bratory service held Sunday past.

The evening service was a beautiful experience for Ms Ingraham because for the
first time she got the opportunity to do something she has never done in years.

“For the first time in years I actually got the chance to sit downstairs in the audi-
ence and listen to the choir sing to me. And boy did they sounded good and I really
enjoyed that,” Ms Ingraham said.

Though she was in disbelief after the director of the music ministry, Adrian
Archer approached her, Ms Ingraham humbly accepted her “flowers” given to her
by the Church.

“When Mr Archer came up to me and told me that they were going to honour me
at the Feast of St Cecilia service I couldn’t believe it. I said to him “you gat to be jok-
ing,” she said. “But he said to me ‘I think you deserve it’ and he said he didn’t want
to give me my flowers when I am dead but while I am alive,” Ms Ingraham
explained.

Tribune Religion spoke to Adrian Archer, the music ministry director, who said
that Ms Ingraham holds a special place at St George’s Church.

“What is so special about Evamae is that she is so deeply involved in the Church
and the choir. She is not only part of the choir but she also encouraged her children
to become apart of the choir as well. She is the ultimate person and if no one else
shows up for choir practice she is there. So we saw fitting to recognise her during our
Feast of St Cecilia’s celebration,” he explained.

Ms Ingraham said being dedicated to something for thirty plus years is not easy.
However knowing that her task was a calling from God was her motivation.

“There were times when I didn’t feel like going to practice or didn’t feel like going
to church but when you know that you have a calling from God you just do what you
have to do.”

Ms Ingraham said that she is proud to be honoured for something that she enjoys
doing.

“T wouldn’t say that I have a perfectionist voice but I love singing to the glory of
God. And to be honoured for something that I love doing was incredible. I was very
proud,” she said.

Ms Ingraham’s family members were also in attendance at the service.

Evamae Ingraham joined St George’s Anglican church at the age of 18. And the
64 year old widow said: “I will be a member of St George’s until the day they lay me
west.”

Itis a tradition of St George’s Anglican Church to honour and recognize outstand-

ing members of their music ministry around this time of the year. ALL SMILES: The family of Eva Mae Ingraham showed their support on Sunday night.



PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Rector of St George's Church, “Archdeacon ( G Kingsley
Knowles, Eva Mae Ingraham, and president of the music ministry, Brenda Archer.

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brings fo you ‘no
separation’ conference

By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter

| NDER the theme "No Separation", the members of the Reign's

Ministry will come together to host their annual conference that
features appearances from Prophet Josias Duke, Minister Kaynell Gould and
Prophetess Monique Hanna.

The event will take place at The British Colonial Hilton, Victoria Ballroom
on Friday evening starting at 7.30pm. Organisers said the conference is going
into it's third year and this year's theme is in light of the recession still being a
factor in our country.

In an interview with Tribune Religion, Prophetess Norma Lightbourne said:
" This particular theme is because of the recession and the fact that there are
so many people that feel defeated as if there is no hope and the Lord allowed
me to u se the no separation as a theme to tell people, no matter what we may
be faced with or going through, it should not bring a separation to us and our
God."

Ms Lightbourne explained that the Reign's Ministry has been worshipping
in the Hilton every Sunday, and the members saw it as the right thing to host
a conference for the people of the Bahamas. " I do believe that when we stand
on the word of God, he will always see us through,” she said.

" T also believe that when we are going through something, we are not to
feel that is okay for us and not care about others that would need some sort of
direction."

She went on to say that in this time of giving thanks, people should not find
it hard to help others. " My prayer is that people should not feel as if extend-
ing a helping hand is a hard thing to do, We were all put on this earth to help
each other," she said.

" | feel as if we are approaching the end of this year, when we build up our
faith and become stronger in the word of the almighty God, we will all end
strong and begin the new year 2011 with great anticipation,” Ms Lightbourne
said.

Prophet Josias Duke is set to open the event on Friday evening following
Minister Kaynell Gould and Prophetess Monique Hanna speaking on
Saturday.

Ms Lightbourne will speak at the Sunday morning session, which is called
the Climax part of the conference.

" My prayer is that the church will become the healing place with souls that
will come in and be healed, delivered and not wanting to ever go back into the
past. And the Reign's Ministry would like to wish the Bahamas a Happy
Thanksgiving" she said.





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Advent is the time of watching, waiting, preparation and antic-
ipation, organised by the Church as the proper way to welcome
the soon-to-be born King Jesus. We are back to the beginning of
the Church’s calendar. The next four weeks are to be used as an
inventory check, to receive our Saviour in our newly overhauled
hearts.

What does it mean to be fit for a King who is the Son of God.?
How do we accomplish the task set before us? Why is it worth all
of the effort?

The Holy Bible describes God’s expectations of the people of
God as being the following:

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1. To be like faithful children who obey their parents when
instructions are given

2. To be like grateful heirs who want to train to be excellent
stewards of family property

3. To be humble and holy as guided by the priests and prophets

Commitment

Our commitment to God is to be rehearsed and renewed daily.
We have a new morning to greet us as we open our eyes, and it is
God’s gift to us to be used wisely. We have work to do and as we
engage in purposeful pastimes as directed by the Holy Spirit, we
will find ourselves being transformed more and more into the
image and likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the image and
likeness of His Heavenly Father.

This effort is made on our behalf by our Creator, the Lord God
Almighty.

For some strange reason, our God loves us this much. Suffering
and sacrifice is considered a fit price to make us fit. What mystery
that we should mean so much and seem to care about it so little.

Some of us are not moved in the slightest by God’s plan of
redemption. Others of us understand its import but are too apa-
thetic and indifferent to bother to engage in spiritual discipline or
activity. Most of us who profess to be Christians are lukewarm,
and the Book of Revelation tells us that this is unacceptable wor-
ship and service. A few of us, perhaps the typical “righteous rem-
nant,” are seeking to be demonstrably dedicated.

Time is running out. We need to re-prioritise our time and
make this season of Advent what it is meant to be. Matthew 24:
44 warns us: “So you must also be ready, because the Son of Man
will come at an hour when you do not expect him”. Are you get-
ting ready?

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Robinson-Morris Chapel AME Church



schedule of events



Saturday, November 27@1.30pm
Parade in Ridgeland, Park West

Sunday, November 28,2010 at 9.30pm

Christian education hour and the hour of salvation
107.9FM

10.30 am- worship service , Elvin Taylor will be the
speaker

4pm-worship service Rev Ranford Patterson, presid-
ing elder of the Nassau- Freeport District of the
AME church and pastor of Cousin McPhee
Cathedral, Carmichael Road will be the speaker.
All are welcome

A Brief Historical Background of
Robinson - Moris Chapel AME Church

The African Methodist Episcopal Church was
established in 1907 in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera.
The AME Church began to spread throughout the
Island of Eleuthera, Nassau, and presently in
Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The first AME Church in Nassau was established
in 1938 named Mt Sinai with Rev R H Johnson
serving as pastor. The Church’s name was changed
to the Minister Wives Center in 1956. The Royal
Eagle Masonic Lodge Hall was used as a place of
Worship and for the Opening Session of the Annual
Conference on December 17, 1961.

In 1963 a lot of land was purchase in Ridgeland
Park West for the construction for a place of wor-
ship. In 1964, the Minister Wives Center was built.
Out of the Minister Wives Centre came the
Robinson-Morris Chapel.

In 1975, Robinson-Morris Chapel was built under
the leadership of Rev James M Sands, and dedicat-
ed in November 26, 1978 by the Rt Rev Bishop
Samuel Solomon Morris. The Presiding Elders that
served were Rev C B James, Rev E E Benjamin,
Rev L O Moss, Rev James Askiew, Rev Daniel
Scott, Rev James M Sands, assisted by Rev CE
Standifer, Rev Leeomia Kelly and now Rev Howard
F Williamson, and Rev Ranford Patterson.

In 1987, Rev Philip R Cousin, appointed Rev
Howard F Williamson as pastor of the Robinson-
Morris Chapel. Under his leadership an
Educational Building was built — which now hold
our pre-school from Nursery to K-4.

Presently a new pre-school is under construction
with more than 24 classrooms at a cost of over one
million dollars.

Robinson-Morris Chapel continues to expand its
ministries to cater to the needs of all of God’s peo-
ple.

Special emphasis is place on teaching, training,
and empowering believers to serve where the need
is greatest.