THERE could be changes in t he make-up of the Senate, as reports indicate that former E lizabeth FNM candidate Dr Duane Sands could possibly replace an outgoing FNM senator later this month. According to well-placed s ources within the governing party, Dr Sands will be offereda Senatorship if vice president Johnley Ferguson resigns from h is seat. This move, PLP sources hinted, could be designed to minimise the impact of the one-year anniver sary of the election of Elizab eth member of parliament Ryan Pinder, who defeated DrS ands in the 2010 Elizabeth byelection. P ersons close to Mr Pinder said this will be a welcome move for them, as everything Dr Sands does only seems to add to Ryans appeal. Sources say it is unlikely that Dr Sands will take up the post o f Senate vice president, as there are a number of more s easoned Senators that he would have to leap-frog to attain it. Attempts to reach Dr S ands for comment were unsuccessful up to press time, and m essages left for Senator Fer guson were not returned. Having lost the by-election by a razor-thin margin of only three votes, Dr Sands has v owed to make Mr Pinder have the shortest ever term of a sit-t ing MP by defeating him soundly in the 2012 general e lection. In a previous inter view with this newspaper, Dr Sands said Mr Pinder has failed to provide proper representa tion to the people of Elizabeth, a nd is only concerned with focusing on a national camp aign for the PLP. If he is unwilling or unprepared to do t hat task, I would imagine that the people of Elizabeth will put him aside, Dr Sands said. Mr Pinder has gone on record to defend his performance to date, a nd added that having defeated the FNMs candidate in 2010,h e will defeat Dr Sands again in 2012. I have defeated Dr Sands in the by-election when all the odds were against me, and I will certainly defeat him again when the general election is called, M r Pinder said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM TWO more persons c harged with stealing motorcycles from the annual holiday carnival were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday. Brandon Russell, 20, of Farrington Road and a 16year-old boy of McQuay Street have been charged with stealing three motorcycles from a trailer at the carnival site at the Queen Elizabeth Sporting complex. It is alleged that the two young men along with Domanique Fowler, 22, of McQuay Street, broke intoa trailer belonging to Cupertino Flores between February 14 and 15. It is alleged that they stole three motorcycles, together valued at $6,298. Russell and the juvenile pleaded not guilty to the shop-breaking and stealing charge during their arraignment yesterday before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court Eight, Bank Lane. The accused were granted bail in the sum of $10,000. The case has been adjourned to July 21. Fowler, who was arraigned before Magistrate Derrence Rolle-Davis on January 25, was granted $15,000 bail. Two more charged with stealing motor cyles fr om holiday car nival B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Four women were arraigned in Freeport Magi strates Court yesterday in connection with last weekends shoplifting spree in the International Bazaar. A large crowd gathered outside the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre at around 9.30am to get a glimpse of the women, who are r elated and range in age from 26 to 37 years old, as they were e scorted by police to the courthouse for their arraignment. Appearing in Court One before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson were Ingrid Cartwright, 37, along with her 21-year-old daughter Vennika Beneby, and their relatives 32-year-old Shavon C artwright, and 26-year-old Shannekka Cartwright, of Freeport. The women were all charged with three counts of stealing. They were represented by lawyer K Brian Hanna. It is alleged that on February 5 the women stole merchandise f rom three stores located at the International Bazaar. I ngrid Cartwright, Vennika Beneby, and Shannekka Cartwright pleaded not guilty to the charges. They were each granted $3,000 bail and the matter was adjourned to February 16, for trial. S havon Cartwright pleaded guilty to the charges, however, Magistrate Ferguson decided to stand down the courts decision until Friday, February 11. In the meantime, Shavon Cartwright will remain in police cust ody. I NVESTIGATIONS continue into the apparent suicide of a 26-year-oldm an found shot to death at a home in Yellow Elder Gardens Tuesday evening. Just after 6pm on Tuesday, police receivedr eports of a shooting at Lightbourne Street. Responding officers disc overed the lifeless body of a dark man wearing a green shirt, dark jeans and brown shoes behind ah ome. Shot The victim had been shot in the head. W itnesses told police that the victim, identified as Stewart Sweeting, of Derby Road, Yellow Elder Gardens, was seen walkingt owards the rear of the house prior to the shooting. The man was pronounced dead at the sceneb y EMS personnel. Police recovered a handgun and ammunition from the scene. Probe continues into apparent suicide THE Anglican Church of the Epiphany Steak-Out scheduled for Friday, February 11, has been postponed to Friday, March 4, when it will take place from 6pm to 11pm on the church grounds. All tickets sold will be valid on the new date. New date for steak-out Possible changes in Senate make-up A POPUL AR Family Island opposition MP waso verheard bemoaning hisl ack of influe nce among h is party coll eagues. The MP, w ho made the comments in the foyer of the House of Assembly on Tuesday, said that he has a lways been on the periphery of his party and complained that he has never been a part of thed ecision making mechanisms of the PLP. He also voiced his support for West End and B imini MP Obie Wilchcome, saying that he l onged for the day when the former tourism minister would take over the party. H e also revealed that his allegiance lies with Mr Wilchcombe and Dr Bernard Nottage. M r Wilchcombe launched a failed bid for the deputy leadership post of the PLP at the partys 2009 convention. He lost to Cat Island MP Philip Brave Davis. D r Nottage, a former health minister in the Christie administration, challenged current PLP l eader Perry Christie for the partys top post that same year and lost. Opposition MP overheard complaining about lack of influence among party colleagues THE opposition PLP has called on the g overnment to confirm publicly whether or not it plans to seek favour with public servants through a lump sum payment of $2,500 to each employee and add $75 to t heir base salary. I n a statement issued yesterday, the PLP leadership said: While we support all legitimate payment increases to public servants, we have to point out to them the cynicaln ature of what is proposed. The party said the situation harks back to 1997, when on the night before the police force voted, they were reminded of a $ 1500 lump sum payment due to them the f ollowing morning. Fortunately, the PLP said, times have changed and Bahamians will no longer be f ooled by such tactics which they said amount to seeking to bribe voters. Money T he statement said: The PLP says take t he money but remember that it was (Prime Minister) Ingraham's administration that mistreatedpublic servants during this term. You should reward Mr Ingraham and hisF NM colleagues by voting PLP in the next general election. The party said that in its view, if reports of the payments are true, it suggests the e xistence of a sinister plot in which the g overnment failed to honour certain financial terms of its industrial agreement with t he Public Service Union, in addition to withholding salary increments and promotions, until it becomes politically convenient to do so. C laiming such payments would amount t o nothing more than an election ploy, the PLP claimed National Insurance Board employees have already been paid $2,000 in back pay. The PLP calls on the government to come clean and state whether or not civil servants will be paid in June 2011. The government is also called on to explain why the f inancial terms of the union contract were n ot honoured as scheduled, the PLP statement said. Govt urged to reply to claims it plans to seek favour with civil servants news BRIEFS F OUR WOMEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION W ITH SHOPLIFTING SPREE IN BAZAAR PARTYHEAD: PLP Leader Perry Christie pictured at a press conference at the House of Assembly. OBIE WILCHCOMBE BERNARD NOTTAGE
EDITOR, The Tribune. R eally what is all the noise about when a sitting MP of a ny party makes a statement of opinion of what he feels his/her political party is at? S urely that is democracy? I listened over the past two days to comments on the radio shows and most of the time realised just howf ar some have gone to retain their political gods and where the majority is the majority being, the thou sands who will certainly cont rol the outcome in 20112012 whenever the election is called. Some said that even a Minister should never speaki ll of the Prime Minister. Sorry guys even in Cabinet it is not yes, sir, but you havea ll the rights in hell to oppose but after the discus sion and vote you follow the Cabinet policy. The same goes as an MP. Remember the Act which governs elections interestingly does not allow for the use of a single or as we do the Torch and the Crab sign for the PLP and FNM can-d idates the Act says clearly each candidate will have a d istinctive sign different from another candidate. It then supports that the G overnor General will ask the MP so elected who holds the majority of support of the MPs elected there is no mention of a political party.C onstitutionally Party poli tics does not exist. Whether Branville McCartney was politically correct to comment as hed id, he has the democratic right to do that but there is and will be political consequences. In so many ways the B ahamas is like Egypt there is a substantial pent-up frus tration and pressure in our y oung people, those who dominate but their voice is unheard, aged between 1838 years, but will it stay so? Like Egypt they could organise and they can easily cause political change which neither Ingraham nor Christie will like or can change just like Mubarak is finding out. Our Bahamas lives with the heavy yoke oft he supposed past and refusal to follow the allr equired principle of adherence to the laws or rules in the FNM we recall how MrI ngraham was nominated off the floor of the Convention by Sir Orville Turnquest and totally contrary to the Articles of Association of theF NM obtained an unani mous vote we remember how after the 2007 election Mr Christie did not follow the Westminster tradition ofr esigning and leaving it to the MPs elected in 2007 to decide his future. Politicians have to realise when it is time to retire andm ove on. When you have possibly the majority who are disin-t erested in the Constitutional process and do not register then you are in deep do-do. Isnt this what is at hand? B FERGUSON Nassau, February 3, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune BTC Union President Bernard Evans should read some more history and get his facts straight before making himself look more foolish than he already has. He wants to compare what's going on with the sale of BTC to what's going on in Egypt. Start talking sense. He's the one acting like Mubarak. First of all Mubarak in Egypt was not elected. Hubert Ingraham was electe d on behalf of the Bahamian people to do our business. It is Mr. Evans and his union that is acting in an undemocratic manner threatening to shut down the country because they can't get their own way. It was union leaders who threatened to shut down the House of Assembly. It is Mr. Evans who refused to accept a letter from the duly elected Prime Ministero f the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, who through the constitution and our laws speaks on behalf of the Bahamian people. I guess Mr. Evans is above the law and the constitution and even bigger than the Bahamian people and the PM. By the way, I wonder if most Bahamians know that BTC employees get 20 per cent of their salary paid into the pension fund every year by BTC, with no contribution by the employees. This is way beyond what employees in companies in The Bahamas and around the world get. T he problem is that many BTC employees want everyone else to have to pay for their big salaries and benefits even as we get poor service and BTC continues to lose value year after year. It's time for cheaper, quicker and better service. It is Mr. Evans, who is acting like Mubarak in Egypt, refusing to change and move with the times. I t is Prime Minister Ingraham, the democratically elected leader of The Bahamas who smashed the state monopoly on the broadcast media years ago. It is our Prime Minister who is getting the state out of the business of monopolizing the telecommunications sector. This will make the country freer and provide more opportunities for Bahamian consumers, shareholders and BTC employees. As the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mr. Ingraham has to be concerned with the needs of all Bahamians, not just some. This is the way a democracy works, Mr. E vans, something that you and Mubarak in Egypt are now learning. It is you and Mubarak who are concerned with your own special and narrow interest. Thank God for democrats like the Prime Minister and those young people and oth ers in the streets in Egypt who want the kind of change that will make their country and our Bahamas freer and morep rogressive. Wake up, Mr. Evans, you are on the wrong side of history. AVS Nassau, February 9, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing 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. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished 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 CAIRO After two weeks of protests, Egypt's military now has four of its own in t he nation's top government posts and thous ands of its soldiers providing security in the streets. T he military, already the country's most p owerful institution, has taken advantage of t he unrest to solidify its authority, using a comb ination of force and public relations to delive r what amounts to a soft coup in a country w here it is widely viewed as the ultimate guarantor of national interests. V ice President Omar Suleiman, a former army general and chief of intelligence, issued a v eiled threat that the army could go even further. He warned that an outright coup could take place if the protests by tens of thousands continue in Cairo's central Tahrir Square. I t was a strong hint that the military could m ove to impose martial law and snuff out the protests, which have grown since January 25, d emanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and the implementation of sweeping d emocratic reforms. "We cannot bear this for a long time," Suleiman told a round-table briefing of newspaper editors on Tuesday. "There must be an end to this crisis as soon as possible." T he mention of a coup left the circle of editors in stunned silence, media reports of t he meeting said. Suleiman may have been bluffing, but some a nalysts believe the military could be left with a limited number of options, especially if the strikes and protests grow in number or intensity. "If this thing continues or grows, the military will have to decide whether to stage a coup and order a crackdown," said Michael W. Hanna, an Egypt expert at the New Yorkb ased Century Foundation. "In the meantime, the situation will not change unless the armyd ecides to change it." Holding so much sway is not new for the E gyptian military. It gave the country all four of its presidents since young army officers seized power in a 1952 coup that toppled the monarchy. It has over the past six decades lowered its public profile, but nevertheless r emains Egypt's most powerful institution. The recipient of $1.3 billion in annual U.S. a id, it has in recent years ventured into busi ness, strengthening its hand with lucrative gov e rnment contracts in construction, road building and food production. For decades, its generals have been given key government posts after retirement, including serving in the Cabinet, as heads of government departments, p rovincial governors and mayors. "Any successor to Mubarak who does not e njoy the support of the senior military brass will be actively undermined and thwarted by t he generals," said Augustus Richard Norton, a Middle East expert from Boston University. The military's stealth offensive to take control of the country is multi-tiered. For now, Mubarak, a former air force commander, still stands at the top of the regime, at l east nominally. The Egyptian leader rejected c alls for his ouster, insisting he serve out his term but said he would not run again for pres-i dent in September elections. Suleiman, a longt ime Mubarak confidant, has become the face o f the regime since Mubarak appointed him as v ice president soon after the protests erupted. I t was the first time Mubarak had named a v ice president and therefore presumed successor since he came to power in 1981. S uleiman has taken the lead in efforts to get through the crisis, creating a road map for r eforms and trying, so far unsuccessfully, to draw the disparate protest organizers into participating in it. The protesters are deeply wary, fearing Suleiman will use negotiations onr eform simply as a cover to force through cosm etic changes that preserve the regime's hold without bringing real democracy. T he vice president has fed that suspicion by repeatedly saying Egypt is not ready for d emocracy. "We have two options to resolve this crisis: either dialogue and understanding, or a coup," Suleiman sternly warned in the meeting with editors. "A coup can be either beneficial or detrimental, but it could lead to f urther irrational steps and we want to avoid reaching that point." I n a sign of the military's solidarity with Mubarak, he said the protesters' blunt calls f or Mubarak to "leave" were an insult to the armed forces. "Mubarak is a hero of the October war," he said, alluding to the 1973 Arab-Israeli war when Mubarak served as air force commander. "The military institution takes care of its Octo ber heroes and will never forget or relinquish i ts history." Egypt's foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul G heit, warned Wednesday there would be chaos if Mubarak stepped down immediately a nd the opposition tried to form an unconstitutional government. "Then maybe the armed forces would feel compelled to intervene in a more drastic manner," he said in an interview with "PBS NewsHour." So far, the military's t wo-week deployment in the streets the first since it quelled a revolt by conscript police m en more than two decades ago has pro jected the image of an institution that is pre s erving stability. Its pledge not to use force against the protesters won the hearts of many, though some remain wary the soldiers surrounding their protest camp could eventually move to clear them. An official defended the p arty's record, saying that, allegations of corruption aside, the party was trying to "build ac ivilian state." But now, he said, "we are in the middle of a conflict between the military and a ll other forces, including the party and the businessmen." (This article was written by Hamza Hendawi of the Associated Press). Bernard Evans is acting just like Egypts Mubarak LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Egypt military in power grab amid unrest What is all the noise about?
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM K ingsway Academy TeacherVacancies for September 2011 experienced Bahamian candidates for teaching positions at the:Elementary School all grade levelsHigh School all subjects, with particular interest in:The successful candidates should have the following: specialization A p leted and signed Kingsway Academy application form available at the schools Administration building or on the website www.kingswayacademy.com N ote: time. Please forward to:K ingsway Academy Employment Application Kingsway Academy To ensure consideration, complete application materials must be received by: THE Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems ( BNGIS) Centre, held its seventh GIS Day celebration under the theme Exploring our World with GIS. The event which marked a collaboration between the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of the Environment, and the BNGIS Centre, aimed to promote and advance the practical and efficient use of GIS and associate technologies in the school system. To better facilitate this mission, a school-wide competition was initiated which included students from C V Bethel, and Doris Johnson Senior High Schools, along with Queens College and N orth Andros High School. Students were required to undertake a project, collect and analyse data, and create posters based on the topic of their choice. The Minister of Education Desmond Bannister, who was the keynote speaker, encouraged the participants to use the GIS technology to seek knowledge, share it and act upon it. He indicated that the use of this technology would enable them to edit, analyse, and display geographic information, so that they may make more informed decisions about their neighbourhoods, communities and country. The Minister also commended Carolann Albury, Director of B NGIS, for her work, and relayed his gratitude for the partnership they have fostered with the Ministry of Education. T he winners of the competition were: North Andros High School (First Place), C V Bethel Senior High School (Second P lace), and Queens College (Third Place). Promoting the use of school system technologies T HE new parent company of BORCO International was welcomed during the week as the Buckeye Partners management team visited and o fficially met the BORCO management team and staff. The welcome was marked by an official hoisting of the Buckeye Partners LP flag (pic tured above) at the entrance of the BORCO facility. Present for the event were Forrest Wylie, Chairman & CEO of Buckeye, Clark Smith, President & COO as well as other Buckeye executives.During a staff meeting, the new owners outlined Buckeyes history, strategy for growth, as well as why BORCO is an important part of Buckeyes overall plan. The executive team also answered questions from the BORCO staff and discussed the future ahead. BORCO provides storage of petroleum products for a number of i nternational clients with a present capacity of 21.6 million barrels. BOR CO also offers blending, trans-shipment and bunkering services. 7TH GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS DAY CELEBRATION WELCOMEFORBORCOINTERNATIONAL PARENTCOMPANY
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011, 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 driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide r adiator 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. 0U-RVHSKRPOLQVRQ The US Embassy is strongly encouraging residents of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos to apply now for any US visas they may need during the busy summer travel season, particularly for cruise travel. According to the US Embassys Consul, Robin Haase, there is currently lowto-no wait time for an interview appointment, leaving potential applicants with plenty of opportunity to apply now for their visas. In addition, there will be fewer available visa appointments between April 1 and April 15 due a computer software upgrade, giving travellers more reason to apply early. If you are thinking about taking the family on a cruise or plan on visiting relatives abroad while the kids are on sum-mer break, we encourage you to take advantage of the slower applicant season by applying for your US visas in February or March, Ms Haase said. Although most Bahamians can norm ally travel visa-free if they travel on commercial air carriers at the international airports in Nassau and Freeport, Bahamians who are travelling to the US to board a cruise ship are required to hold valid US visas. The US Embassy also recommends that travellers not purchase travel tickets until they have their visas in hand. Ms Haase explained that under the current visa processing requirements, approved visas usually require more than 24 hours to produce, and in some cases l onger. The majority of successful visa appli cants can expect to receive their visas the next business day, she said. However, if your application requires additional processing or if there theres a systems glitch, you may have to wait sever-al days or potentially several weeks after the visa is approved before you receive your visa. During the busy student visa season (May September for an appointment increases from a few days to several weeks or more.To ensure that students from the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands have the opportunity to attend their classes in the US on time, student visa appli cants are given the highest priority for appointment requests during the summer. Student Because of the student visa rush between May and September, the US Embassy is unable to expedite visa appointments for vacation travellers. Exceptions will only be possible in cases of a clear emergency, said Ms Haase. If you apply for your tourist visa now, instead of waiting until just before your trip, you will make sure that you will not miss your cruise or lose your deposit. The US Embassy offers a detailed step-by-step guide on how to apply for a travel visa. This guide can be found on the Embassys website (http://nassau.usembassy.gov Non-Immigrant Visa tab at the top. The easy-to-read guide provides infor mation on scheduling an appointment, a link to the visa application form, and suggestions on the types of documenta tion applicants should be prepared to present the day of the appointment. We know that there is inaccurate information out there about the visa process, so we encourage all visa applicants to visit the US Embassy, Nassaus website for official information on applying for a US visa, said Ms Haase. The US Embassy encourages visa applicants to beat the summer rush VISAREQUIREMENT: Bahamians who are travelling to the US to board a cruise ship are required to hold valid US visas.
THE highly-anticipated local f ilm, C razy Love, w ill have its theatrical release this weekend after undergoing enhancements since it was screened at Bahamas International Film F estival. A feature-length romantic comedy from Clarence Rolle, Craig Lenihan and Vision Pict ures, C razy Love w ill premiere on Friday, February 11 at the National Performing Arts Centre, Shirley Street. After a one-time screening as part of BIFF, the film was praised by a sold-out audience. Now, the story line has been boosted by new scenes that will b e seen publicly for the first time this weekend. Audience members had nothing but compliments for t he film when we showed it in December, but they also shared constructive suggestions on how we could make the film even better, said Mr Rolle, the m ovies writer and director. Suggestions We took those suggestions v ery seriously and added three scenes that make this an even better film than the original version. We wanted to go the extra mile to ensure that new audiences get the best possible product. Bahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods said Crazy L ove i s a wonderful interpretation of the Bahamian psyche. Rolle showed how bad i nfluences with the best intentions can lead to disaster without sound judgment, Mr Woods said. He is able to showcase the special emotions w hich can only be exhibited the way Bahamians can. The film brings out the passion, and often times chicanery between c ouples. Clarence is a true renaissance man. His interpretations of the Bahamian psyche are fantastic. Crazy Love follows the lives of three couples as they negotiate modern romance. When the women in the film do not get the things they want out of their r elationships, they find inventive ways of making them become a reality. The movie shows on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the National Performing Arts Centre, Shirley Street. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Crazy Love film revamped for theatrical release THIS weekend, lovers of comedy are in for a sweet V alentines treat as WizeGuy Entertainment pres ents another LoveFest show, headlined by worldf amous comedian Aries Spears. Known for his irreverent take on modern day topics and celebrities alike, Aries has built a huge following thanks to spot-on imper s onations that were a staple on his hit television series, Mad TV. H e has also appeared on HBOs Def Comedy Jam, Shaqs All-Star Comedy Jam and on Comedy Cent ral. Though he has been touring non-stop recentlya nd working on various film projects, the comedian is very excited to be performing for the first time int he Bahamas and promises to bring the jokes. Also making her debut p erformance in Nassau is Leslie Jones, the Comic View and HBOs Def Comedy Jam alum whose no-holds barred stand-up show has left audiences in stitches. Toured Having toured with Katt Williams during the highly successful Its Pimpin Pimpin Tour, this comedy diva considers all topics fair game. Also scheduled to appear live onstage is Drew Thomas, of Comic View and Comedy Central acclaim as well as comedy veteran R Jay, from Miami. LoveFest promises to be a night to remember and there will not be a shortage of local talent; Jokers Wild and the Nassaus very own Naughty, who has more than 12 years experience as a stand-up comedian both at home and abroad, will also perform, touching on local topics like only he can while newcomer Mark B will showcase his improvisational skills. Radio personality Mr K will serve as the host and MC for the evening. The organisers said gen eral admission tickets are now on sale at the Jukeboxx, Island Cellular, Fine Threads and Johns Shoe Store. VIP tickets are also available only at The Jukeboxx. The organierss urged patrons to arrive on time as the doors will open at 7.30pm for a 9pm sharp start. Second annual LoveFest all about love and laughter
IN an effort to help young Bahamians focus on their career ambitions, the month of February has been desig-n ated Career and Technical Education Month. The announcement was m ade by Minister of Education Desmond Bannister, w ho said the month would be observed in all public high schools. We in education share the desire of the nation to see our country develop and flourish economically and to remain competitive global-l y, said Mr Bannister. In examining the needs of our country, we have come to realise that if weare to progress to the next l evel, there is a dire need for us to focus on areas of career and technical education and entrepreneurship. He said the Ministry of Education has a pivotal rolei n this effort, as the training of the young people is the key to progress. Mr Bannister said his ministry aims to develop a competent, skilled and competitive labour force to sustain the needs of our coun-t y. Initiatives He said that several initiatives have been put inp lace for students who may wish to pursue careers in the t echnical fields, including an award for the most outstanding school in terms ofC areer and Technical Education (CTE at the BJC and BGCSE levels, in addition to recognition of the most outstanding CTE department. Mr Bannister added that t he Ministry of Education is committed to establishing a Career Academy with theo bjective of preparing students for employment and c ontinuing education at the tertiary level. CTE month will feature a n umber of activities, including a job symposium, a subject awards presentation anda national exhibition, which will be held in March at theK endal Isaacs Gymnasium. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM February declared Career & Technical Education Month WELCOME: ON Monday, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest welcomed Law Enforcement Basketball T ournament team members from the Caribbean and Canada. Mr Turnquest was also a speaker at the openingc eremony for the t ournament on Monday n ight at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. P HOTO: Patrick Hanna /BIS lawmen ATHLETES INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays DESMOND BANNISTER
By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter email@example.com T he Androsia fabric company is claiming the sale of a batik material with a Bahamian design by a well-known fabric store has dramatically affected their operations, with staff hours at its Andros factorya llegedly reduced as a result. Jeff Birch, president of Androsia, said the move by popular fabric retailer, Home Fabrics, has limited Androsias ability to grow in recent years. However, Home Fabrics maintains that while they do sell a batik fabric, Androsia does not have the sole rights to produce such fabric, and the material the store sells is in no way implied to be Androsia. Home Fabrics fabric line which, like Androsias, appears to have been produced using the batik techniques that originated in Indonesia and involve the creation of a design using a traditional wax and dye method, first appeared in the store several years ago. The fabrics design involves the word Bahamas printed on the material, alongside a palm tree. The controversy over the material has come to the fore with the publication ofa letter currently being circulated on the Internet, in which Rosi Birch, one of the founders of Androsia, who had up until several weeks ago been unaware of the Home Fabrics batik, expressed her disgust at finding the foreign-made material at the store duringa recent visit. She claims the fabric is being passed off as Androsia-made material despite being made outside of the Bahamas, unlike Androsia, which is made in Andros. But Holly Pinder-Peel, of Home Fabrics, denied allegations that her familys company had unfairly cut into Androsias profits or that it is marketing its fabric as Androsia. Mrs Pinder-Peel confirmed to Tribune Business that the company do sell a b atik fabric, and it is designed by Home Fabrics employees and made exclu sively for Home Fabrics. She said the store never h as and never will ever try to imply it is Androsia. The design is definitely n ot an Androsia design, said Mrs Pinder-Peel, adding: It is a batik fabric. To Mr Birch and Androsia, however, thei mportant factor is that to SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.75 $4.77 $4.69 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC paid Cable Bahamas $1.08 million to cover 75 per cent of the costs associated with a plan that enabled the latter to provide cable TV services to all settlements throughout the Bahamas. The details, and other interesting information on BTCs internal workings, were con tained in the Disclosure Letter sent to Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC the Government in relation to the privatisation and $210 mil lion sale of the majority 51 per cent. Referring to a June 19, 2008, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU between BTC and Cable Bahamas, the Disclosure Letter said: There was a meeting on September 12, 2009, between executives of BTCand Cable Bahamas and the Prime Minister. BTC paid Cable $1.08m to coverTV expansion Sum paid to co v er g o v er nment/BTC share of 75% of $1.44m project costs* BTC f or ked out $1m to pre-paid cell customers over network outage* Dividends declared to co v er $16m in pr iv atisation costs SEE page 8B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Telecommun ications Company (BTC failed to comply with retail price regulation for Significant Market Power (SMP operators, the sector regulator h aving issued an interim order to prevent it from selling or m arketing its Talk It Up calling card. T his, and a litany of other regulatory disputes, mostly with rival fixed-line operator Systems Resource Group (SRG d isclosure letter sent to Cable & Wireless Communications ( CWC) as part of the privatisation process, with BTC noti ng it was running a noncompliance risk for failing to meet its SMP obligations with the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority ( URCA). On the specific complaint URCA: BTC breaches retail price regulation Blocked from launching Talk It Up card and in non-compliance with some S MP obligations BTC paying 100% of BEC bill for East Street North facility despite using just 2 5% of power Owing $587k for 2005 Business Licence, and initially breached Act onM all Cyber Cell store Insurers want to start settlement talks with Leon Williams SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CLICO (Bahamas uidator will without a doubt fight to ward-off a low ball $10.8 million offer and competing plan to liquidate the real estate project that accounts for 63 per cent of its total assets, his US-baseda ttorney told Tribune Busi ness yesterday. Ronald Neiwirth, of the Miami-based Flower, White & Burnett law firm, told this newspaper that he and Craig A. Gomez, the Bahamian Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, would do everything to prevent Wellington Preserve creditor, Brennan Financial, from seiz ing control of the real estate projects fate something that would jeopardise recovery forB ahamian creditors of CLI CLICO creditors recovery threat n Liquidator to without a doubt fight off minor US creditors $10.8m low ball offer and bid to submit rival Wellington reorganisation plan n If move succeeds, little left for Bahamian creditors of insolvent insurer n US firm alleges Gomez should not be given another nanosecond to liquidate project n Claims $73m CLICO investment in project worth 63% of assets is equity not debt CRAIG GOMEZ SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he owner of Gladstone Road-based Phils Food Services yesterday denied he was in talks with City Markets principal Mark Fin-l ayson or any other rival in the food retailing business over a possible merger, emphasising the companys future as a standalone busi-n ess. F OOD RET AILER: N O TALKS ON MERGER Phils Food Services principal says company will remain standalone, and not talking to Mark Finlayson or any rival on consolidation Admits City Markets principal approached him last year but never went beyond initial conversation SEE page 9B By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter email@example.com S everal Bahamian bottled water companies have been hit by an unexpected demand for increased import and S tamp duties on items they import as part of their pro duction process. O ne water manufacturing company in New Providence yesterday said items such as plastic bottles and boxes, w hich they have traditionally imported for 10 per cent, are now being landed for 60 per cent import duty. The change was not announced before it was applied, a nd has caused serious concern for some companies, who only discovered they would have to pay an increased d uty rate when they reached the dock. Tribune Business understands that a policy which has existed for sometime but has not been enforced with regard to collecting either 45 or 60 per cent import duty on items such as bottles, boxes and labels, which arem anufactured by Bahamian companies, is now being acted upon by the Department of Customs. Glenardo Knowles, an official in the Prime Ministers Bottles water firms hit by duty increase Rates on import parts and materials rise from 10% up to 60% without warning, as Customs moves to aid Bahamian manufacturers S EE page 5B SEE page 2B HOME FABRICS DENIES ANDR OSIA SALE CLAIMS
B Y DEIDRE M. BASTIAN I ts natural, and certainly happens to the best of us. Is it anything to be ashamed of? We often discover a design, while minding our own business, thatm akes us stop and ask ours elves: Now why did this design trespass on my prop-e rty? Online design rip-off happens all the time, but is it OK? Absolutely not, as taking the property of an online design is not only wrong, but calling it your own is usually illegal and daylight webbery. This kind of design desire can usually lead you in one of either two completely different directions. Just like the poles have opposites, a nd every yang has its darker yin, these two paths can take you on either the path of light or its darker twin. The lighter one leads you t owards the lap of inspired l uxury, while the darker one points you towards design destruction. For all intents and purposes it is broken d own like this T wo Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood: While experiencing the effects of the design desire, you can either let your passion create a design on par with that which brought about the m onsters presence, or you c an follow the more unins pired route towards by copying the design to call it y our own. (Well, now, thats n ot good is it?) Make no mistake, there is a big diff erence between design i nspiration and being led down the darker path towards duplication of anothers design and placing your name on it. Inspiration is not a creative force to be taken lightl y. When you discover a design that moves you, it is f ine to honour and pay homage, but overall you still should desire to have youro wn voice and style represented in the design. There are ways to do that without f alling victim to the cataleptic trap of borrowing. H eres a tip that may keep your work as inspired from a similar vein, as opposedt o inspired with intent to rip-off. You want to determ ine what the design is saying, and find that underlying message and unique wayt o say the very same thing if possible, better. This way you are being true to the design that initially stimulated you. L ets look at a few principles that you qualify as mere inspiration, but area ctually an outright case of design theft. C olour Variances Simp ly altering the colours does not make this a creation of y our own. Nor does changing the hue (colour does play a huge role in a design. Inspired Rotation Taking a popular design you like and simply rotating it doesn ot change anything, as a 180 degree turn does not c hange that much. Design Shemping Just because the Three Stooges thought they could replaceC urly with Shemp, and recycle the rest of the elements, d oesnt make it a model for success does it? B uried Six Feet Under Taking a design and My s pacing it, or burying the original borrowed workb eneath miles of superfluous elements is not a way tow in. Rather than being a simple matter of straightforward pilfering, fashion and dance choreography are copied shamelessly on a multitude of levels. Outright theft of entire website designs is constant, and Joe Gillespie, who has been run n ing web design courses since the mid-1990s, tells of one enterprising Californian who ripped off his entire website, changed the name and handed it in as a final year dissertation. "People knew the site and exposed the material, and he was later expelled, he said. Individual designers will often ask colleagues: 'Can you build something like this,' with reference toa nother site, rather than cre ate their own. But, like cred i t card fraud, it is an issue that most companies prefer to keep out of the limelight and rarely gets to a public court. While allegations of web design theft have yet to make the headlines, it is nevertheless a real issue for designers. One reason is that copyright abuse is a complex issue. There are only so many ways of doing things on the Internet and it is difficult to prove ownership, especially if particular elements have been amended instead of a whole design being copied. Why People Steal Designs? Not everyone who steals a design is out to rip you off, nor are they envious. The myth persists that if content is put online, it is fair game. Others think that if a copyright is not explicitly stated, it does not exist. In either case, the person who has taken your design likely does not realise that stealing it is illegal and unethical. In other cases, someone might take your design because they feel it is an excellent example of what a website in their niche should look like. It seems natural that some people steal designs because they are unable to hire a graphic designer, and their only skill is juste nough technical know-how t o copy a website. The same s ometimes happens with f reelancers, who have been h ired to design a website but l ack the skills to do the job, s o they copy anothers hopi ng their client has never s een it before. Many forums and webs ites make licensed temp lates available online, with n o mention that they are l icensed. Subsequently, w henever it is discovered t hat someone has stolen one o f your designs, your first reaction might be to become a ngry. But step back for a moment and think through y our options. The way you h andle this situation will l argely determine how satisf ied you are with the resolut ion. Let them know the design they are currently u sing is copyrighted, and that unless they can prove t hey have paid for it, you n eed them to take the design or website down i mmediately. The honourable thing to d o is not rename your version, but pay tribute to the original. Even though it is d oubtful you would be t racked down, it can make a real difference on how the r est of the world, including the original designer, views y ou. A misconception that everything on the web is free "like a shop window with no glass and the temptation to design by cut'n'paste, rather than by original invention, is real. My belief is that, through the Internets very nature, most designers learn by developing the ideas of oth ers. But there is a dividing line between taking elements and putting them in a dif ferent context and outright plagiarism. Contrary to this concept, Pablo Picasso once said something like ... A good designer copies, but a great designer steals. Is it a question of stealing and copying...do you agree? Until we meet again, have fun, enjoy life and stay on top of your game. NB: Author welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org READERS FEEDBACK From: Donovan Clarke Nassau, Bahamas Dee, it was a good piece, (Difference between Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design). I will show it to my students in class tomorrow. Donavan BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Dont be tempted by design webbery THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN many, the fabric would be easily mistaken for Androsia. Most people would think it is Androsia. The only distinct difference is that it says Bahamas and not Androsia on the material, he said. Mr Birch claimed that Androsia was the original design er of bold batik print of the kind which he suggests the fabric sold at Home Fabrics mimics. There are other batik prints, but the bold batik you cant find it anywhere else in the world, he claimed. Acknowledging that the company has not laid off any staff, and has also been impacted by the economic downturn, the Androsia president claimed the introduction of the batik Bahamas fabric by Home Fabrics has contributed to a further reduction in demand for the Androsia fabric in recent years. Androsia hasnt grown, to be honest, since this has happened. It made a huge impact on fabric sales, and had a dramatic effect on our ability to continue our philosophy of employing poor people, said Mr Birch. FROM page 1B HOME FABRICS DENIES ANDR OSIA S ALE CL AIMS
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com History will judge whether the decision to sell the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC Communications (CWC the right choice for the Bahamas, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederations (BCCEC chairman said yesterday. Khaalis Rolle, speaking on behalf of the BCCEC, said it remains to be seen whether Cable & Wireless Communications will be able to achieve the cost reductions which he deems key to passing on savings to consumers. He said that from his standpoint the main criteria by which h e will judge the success of the d ecision to divest to CWC is w hether the cost of accessing t elecoms services will be signifi cantly reduced. C WC in its business plan has suggested that it is targeting a 3 6 per cent price reduction across all services within three y ears. H owever, Mr Rolle said the cost of paying the salaries of s taff currently on payroll at the c ompany is one of the biggest line items, and unless this is s ignificantly diminished he d oubts the extent to which price reductions will be forthcoming. Whether or not were getting the best deal and the best s tructure on the table remains to be seen, only history will judge that. I question the viability of the entity from a pure business standpoint when you look at some of the decisions that have to be made for example, the fact that there is a process of voluntary disengagement, said Mr Rolle. I got the spirit of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding), but if I was putting a deal together and had to put a deal together that was based on efficiency and pure business principles, there were some things in it I would change. Reducing operations costs is the only way they will achieve a meaningful reduction in the rates, he added. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham previously indicated that CWC had hoped to fire some of the 1,200 staff at BTC once it took over operations at the telecoms provider. Howev er, the Government asked that the extent to which staff leave the company be a voluntary process and paid the price of having to extend CWCs cellular monopoly by an extra year to three years as a result. International analysts appear to have some of the same conc erns as Mr Rolle. Bloomberg news reported that Cable and Wireless Communications share price dropped to its low est point in six weeks, falling by 4 per cent on Tuesday, the day that CWC signed the Shareholder and Share Purchase Agreements to buy BTC. News reports pointed to dif ficulties being experienced by CWC in its Caribbean opera tions, which CWC chief execu tive Tony Rice described as a very difficult region for the company, with tourism spend, and hence consumer and business disposable income, significantly below historic levels. A nalysts are quoted as sugg esting that the $210 million acquisition of BTC may have also put a dampener on thec ompanys perception amongst global investors. We fret about the costs of restructuring, and how difficult i t may prove to lose staff. There h as been well-documented backlash from unions to date, Mark James, an investment analyst at Liberum Capital, was q uoted to have said. Logic Meanwhile, president of the G rand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, K.P. Turnquest, said that while no one can argue against the logic of BTC being privatised, he personall y would have preferred the company be sold to a Bahami-a n grouping, or at the least that there would have been more B ahamian participation imme diately in terms of shares being offered to Bahamians. Mr Turnquest said he would urge the Government to divest t hemselves of their stake in BTC, selling this to theB ahamian people, as soon as possible. T he Government has indi cated that under the terms of its deal with CWC, it will divest itself of 9 per cent of the 49 per cent stake it will continue to h old in BTC this year, and a further 25 per cent after three years. Another point of concern for Mr Turnquest is the d ecision to sell to CWC the infrastructural backbone of BTC. H e suggested this could have b een retained in government hands or in those of a quasi-g overnment organisation, as with BTC owning the infras tructural assets that must be tapped into by any potential c ompetitor, this will be a barrier to entry for any futureo perator, notwithstanding the e xistence of a regulator, the Utilities Regulation and Com-p etition Authority (URCA However, the Grand B ahama Chamber president added that he hopes the addit ional information the Government possesses, and which he d oes not have access to, would justify why the decision was taken not to pursue the option of retaining the Governments interest in the company, and w hy the sale to Cable and Wireless Communications is in the b etter interest of Bahamians. They have information that I dont have. I presume theyve made the best decision they think they can make in the best interest of Bahamians; that its the best deal they could come u p with for the Bahamian people, he added. C ontacted for his view on the deal, Michael Albury, president o f the Abaco Chamber of Com merce, told Tribune Business that he, too, would have preferred if (BTC Bahamians, but admits he has not followed the details of the deal very closely. L ike Mr Turnquest, he can o nly hope that the Government had additional information to which he is not privy that would explain why it was beneficial or n ecessary to select CWC. I do know some changes had to be made, and on the surface it wouldve been nice if Bahamians couldve been involved in the ownership. There may be reasons why that doesnt work, I dont know. I dont know enough about C able and Wireless or the consequences of that. I would assume they exhausted the possibility of trying to raise the money locally, said Mr Albury. Speaking in Parliament when he tabled the agreements b etween CWC and the Government, the Prime Minister said that the only way to take BTC forward is to find a strategic partner, a major communi-c ations company with scale and experience. H e said Bahamians were invited to bid if they could a lign themselves appropriately with acceptable operating partners, and there was absolutely no restriction on a Bahamian-led consortium making ano ffer under the sale process we have recently been through. We made it clear, however, that we were looking for a bidd er or bidding consortium that included a telecommunicationsb usiness, with a vested interest, not just a manager, said Mr I ngraham. The Prime Minister said CWC has the economies of scale and the strength to sup port BTC in an aggressive comp etitive environment, and is therefore viewed as a verys trong partner financially and operationally for BTC. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM (03/2<0(17 23325781,7<&RPSXWHU+DUGZDUHDQG6RIWZDUHFRPSDQ\ VHHNVDSSOLFDQWVIRUWKHSRVWRI6RIWZDUH+DUGZDUHHFKQLFLDQ6DODU\FRPPHQVXUDWHZLWKH[SHULHQFHDQG HGXFDWLRQ $GGLWLRQEHQHWVDYDLODEOH ,QWHUHVWHGDSSOLFDQWVVKRXOGVHQGUHVXPHV DQGDSSURSULDWHLQIRUPDWLRQWR MREV#ELDVEDKDPDVFRP Chamber chief: History will judge BTC purchase KHAALIS ROLLE KP TURNQUEST
CO (Bahamas Mr Gomez has already initiated legal action against Brennan Financial to prevent it from obtaining a preferential position as a Wellington Preserve creditor, given that it obtained a $1.445 million judgment against the real estate project within 90 days prior of it being placed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. And Mr Neiwirth suggested that Brennans latest move a bid to take control of Wellington Preserves fate by submitting its own purchase offer and reorganisation/liquidation plan was designed merely to try and put pressure on the liquidator over the existing court case. Brennan Financial, in its February 7, 2011, filing in the south Florida district bankruptcy court, is opposing Mr Gomezs application for an extension of the deadline given to him to submit a plan for Wellington Preserves reorganisation until April 1, 2011. The CLICO (Bahamas uidator currently has exclusivity in seeking to sort out Wellington Preserves affairs, and its attempting to sell the 545-acre, one-square mile property for around $50-$60 million, in a bid to maximise recovery for the insolvent insurers Bahamian creditors. However, Brennan Financial is now asking the court to end that exclusivity, and give it a chance as a creditor to submit its own liquidation plan that would pay off all US creditors, who are collectively owed about $8 million maximum, with a purchase price some $40 million below that sought by Mr Gomez. If that happens, Bahamian creditors of CLICO (Bahamas receive next to nothing. Plan In its filing, Brennan Financial alleged: Brennan is prepared to move forward with a plan to satisfy all true creditors of the debtors [Wellingt on Preserve] estate in full. With the exception of an escrow deposit in the amount of $35,000, the debtors sole asset is real property located in Wellington, Florida. The debtors only real creditorsa re collectively owed less than $4 million. The last claim relates to Brennan Financials assertion that Wellington Preserve and Mr Gomez are favouring CLICO (Bahamas wholly-owned CLICO Enterprises in the liquidation, not surprising given that some $73.2 million of the projects total $78 million debts are owed to the two companies. H owever, Brennan is now alleging that the $73.2 million injected by CLICO (Bahamas prises into Wellington Preserve was equity, not a loan ord ebt financing, and as such the two Bahamian companies should rank behind it in the list of creditors. The debtor has failed to produce a single document evidencing the indebtedness underlying the debts scheduled for the CLICO entities, Brennan alleged. Moreover, Brennan asserts that any funds received by the debtor from the CLICO entities constitutes capital infusions in the nature of equity that are subordinate to Brennan and the debtors remaining creditors. Noting that there were many purchasers seeking to buy Wellington Preserve for more than $4 million, Brennan alleged that Mr Gomezh ad been attempting to liquidate it since 2009. It is axiomatic that the debtor is delaying the liquidation of the Wellington property at the prejudice of the estates creditors in an effort to increase the potential d istributions to the debtors equity holders [CLICO (Bahamas creditors], Brennan alleged. Notwithstanding the debtors motives, the debtor has had at least 18 months already to maximise the value of the Wellington property. Given the debtors track record in this case, the debtor should not be given a nanosecond of additional time in which to delay the liquida tion of its assets. Offering to implement its own liquidation plan, Brennan said that on January 28, 2011, it had submitted its $10.89 million Letter of Intent offer to acquire WellingtonP reserve to Mr Gomez and Mr Neiwirth. This, it added, would satisfy fully the claims of all US creditors. Responding to what he described as Brennans low ball offer for the asset, Mr Neiwirth told Tribune Business that the $10.8 million purchase price was so low, it was not even worth responding to. He added that Brennan was attempting to position itself as a secured creditor ranking ahead of all CLICO (Bahamas tors, where it would recover 100 cents on the $1 in its claim, rather than its current status as an unsecured creditor diluted by the claims of CLICO Enterprises. Committed At this juncture, the Bankruptcy Court is committed tog etting the best possible return for creditors, Mr Neiwirth told Tribune Business, adding that even if Mr Gomez lost exclusivity, there was nothing stopping him from pressing ahead with efforts to sell Wellington Preserve to t he highest bidder. We dont want to let it go too cheaply because it will affect the liquidation entities in the Bahamas. We want the best possible price for the liquidation in theB ahamas, Mr Neiwirth added. The claims are not very great with the exception of CLICO Enterprises. The real question is how much recovery comes back to CLICO. Emphasising that Wellington Preserve was located in a high income, affluent area in West Palm Beach, Mr Neiwirth said its uniqueness meant Mr Gomez waso pposed to letting it go for bottom feeder prices. The problem is this is somewhat of a unique property. Its been for sale for a coup le of years. Weve had a couple of contracts fall through, but this is one of a kind, unique in that area, and there is nothing like it there. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CLICO creditors recovery threat F ROM page 1B
BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM *5$1'%$+$0$:(5&203$1< /,0,7('9$&$1&<,&(7KH*UDQG%DKDPD3RZHU&RPSDQ\/LPLWHGLQYLWHVTXDOLHG DSSOLFDQWVWRDSSO\IRUWKHSRVLWLRQRI2SHUDWLRQVDQG0DLQWHQDQFH 0DQDJHULQWKHUDQVPLVVLRQt'LVWULEXWLRQt'f'HSDUWPHQW 7KLVSRVLWLRQLVUHVSRQVLEOHIRUPDQDJLQJWKHRSHUDWLRQVDQG PDLQWHQDQFHDVSHFWVRIWKH7t''HSDUWPHQWZKLFKLQFOXGHVQDQFLDO UHVRXUFHVSHUVRQQHODQGHTXLSPHQWXVHGIRUWKHLQVWDOODWLRQDQG PDLQWHQDQFHRIWKHt'V\VWHP 7KLVSRVLWLRQSURYLGHVOHDGHUVKLSWRVXSHULQWHQGHQWVDQGVXSHUYLVRUV ZKRVXSSRUWWKH7t'V\VWHPRSHUDWLRQVPDLQWHQDQFHDQG LPSURYHPHQWHIIRUWVHQVXUHVWKDWSURSHURSHUDWLRQVDQGPDLQWHQDQFH SUDFWLFHVDQGVWDQGDUGVDUHHPSOR\HGSURSHUGRFXPHQWDWLRQLVNHSW RIPRGLFDWLRQVLQVSHFWLRQVDQGRWKHUZRUNSHUIRUPHGRQWKH7t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ffice who works with B ahamian manufacturers, confirmed that what is now happening is that Customs is picking up on the officialp olicy which has always been in place. This d emands that people importing items produced locally such as bottles paya high protective tariff that is designed to benefit B ahamian manufacturers who produce those items. The policy outlines that t he higher rate of duty must be paid unless the person wishing to import the itemc an present a letter to the Department of Customs c onfirming that a Bahamian company which produces the item in demand is unable to meet certain standards, in terms of quant ity or quality required. We have no objection to you bringing in the item sol ong as you can provide a letter. There is no point givi ng a concession to the company to produce the item in the Bahamas, and then giving an exemption to the oth er company to import the item for little or no dutyf rom abroad, said Mr Knowles. His position was support e d by his superior, acting director of investments, D eanna Gardner. In essence, if we know there are Bahamians thatc an prepare the bottles, box es and labels that are required, we seek to encourge the Bahamiani ndustries, so then others who wish to import the exact thing Bahamians are making will not receive a concession, said Ms Gardner. Applications for duty to b e lowered to 10 per cent, or duty free if there is evid ence a company needs the product in question in a quantity or quality that can-n ot be produced locally are supposed to, and will be, considered on a case byc ase basis, said the Director. S he added that she was not aware that certain companies have been given theo pportunity to import certain items produced in the B ahamas without paying the stipulated protective duty rate, and without a lettere xplaining why they should be able to. A Bahamian water producer, who declined to be named, said the companya nd others have never been asked to apply for the lower duty rate until now. Nobody did that, said t he company executive of the letter demand, adding that the company was still working out how much the change would impact its bottom line. The moves come as the D epartment of Customs appears to be enforcing its r evenue collection responsibilities more stringently than ever before, as ad epressed economy continues to diminish revenue inflows into the Govern-m ents coffers aside from a number of one-off Stamp t ax payments from transactions such as the sale of BORCO in Grand Bahama,t he sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communicat ions and the Baha Mar deal. I think Customs may be b eing a lot more cautious now in terms of what they a re letting in. If it is not preapproved, then it is not coming in for the lower dutyr ate, suggested Mr Knowles. Bottles water firms hit by duty increase F ROM page 1B Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for ag ood cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. I f so, call us on 322-1986 a nd share your story.
BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011, PAGE 7B filed by SRG, which trades as IndiGo Networks, in relation to its Talk It Up card, BTC said its r ival fixed-line voice carrier was alleging that it had abused its dominant position. URCA had dealt with this via a preliminary determination and draft order issued on December 10, 2010, in which URCA finds that BTCh as failed to comply with the provisions of section 8 of the Regulation of Retail Prices for Operators with Significant Market Power, and orders that BTC refrain from selling and/or marketing its T alk It Up calling card. For good measure, URCA is also alleging that BTC breached paragraph 25 of the retail price rules in relation to special promotions it has been running. E lsewhere, BTC had failed to meet the January 31, 2011, deadline on providing separated accounts for its 2009 financial year to URCA, although it is hoping to accomplish this during F ebruary. And, to cap it off, the disclosure letter said: There is currently a non-compliance risk for BTC for non-compliance with its SMP obligations, as BTC has failed to provide requisite retail volume and sales information to URCA as r equired. This may incur potential fines for BTC. Howe ver, it is understood that BTC will comply with all SMP obligations currently outstanding by F ebruary 2011, including those relating to accounting separation and the Reference Access a nd Interconnection Offer (RAIO Other regulatory disputes involve an allegation by Cable Bahamas that BTC breached the terms o f its RAIO, while SRG has also claimed that it d enied DSL Internet service to its OnePhone c ustomers. The disclosure letter added that URCA was a lso conducting a margin squeeze investigation over an SRG complaint relating to its ViBe s ervice, but the regulator appeared to have sided with BTC over another SRG contention. This related to inter-island termination rates, with URCA finding it unlikely that SRG faces high er rates for domestic termination than AT&Tf aces. Other highlights from the disclosure letter i nclude: BTC is paying 100 per cent of the electricity b ill incurred at an East Street North facility, shared with the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF being responsible for just 25 per cent of consumption BTC was initially in breach of the Shop Licence Act for its Cyber Cell store at the Mall at M arathon BTC still owes some $587,000 in Business L icence fees for 2005 BTCs insurers want to initiate settlement t alks with former chief executive and president, Leon Williams, over his claim for a breach of his employment contract T aking these one-by-one, the letter said BTC occupied an equipment room and cell tower at the East Street North site which was otherwise exclusively occupied by the police and prosecutors office. It was determined in early 2007 that the RBPF, BTC and the prosecutors office were all feeding off the same electricity services with BTC using approximately 25 per cent, and the RBPF a nd the prosecutors office using 75 per cent of the total amount of electricity, the disclosure letter said. However, the account for the electricity was in the name of BaTelCo, with BTC previously and currently paying the entire electricity bill. Despite attempts over the last couple of years to regularise the usage of electricity through having separate meters and transferring the electricity a ccount into the name of the Ministry of National Security, nothing has been done. BTC has written to the Commissioner of the Police to request the RBPF to take ownership of t he supply of electricity and invoice BTC for its portion of the monthly bill. BTC has not yet received a response to this request. As for the other issues, the disclosure letter said: BTC had been operating its Cyber World store at the Mall at Marathon in Nassau, New Providence, in contravention of the Shop Licence Act. The shop licence for the store dated November 19, 2004, was issued by the Licensing Authority to BaTelCo, and not BTC. The Shop Licence Act prohibits the operation of a shop without a licence granted pursuant to such Act. However, BTC made an application to change the name on the shop licence from BaTelCo to BTC to rectify this, and BTC has beeng ranted an amended general shop licence dated September 14, 2009. O n the Business Licence issue, the disclosure letter said: The business licence fees for 2005 are s till outstanding. PricewaterhouseCoopers, BTCs auditors in 2005, are currently reviewing this. This amount, $587,000, will be settled following completion of the review by PricewaterhouseC oopers. A part from Mr Williams, BTC has also made a without prejudice offer of $10,000 to settle aw rongful dismissal claim bring brought by Jeffrey Moncur, its former vice-president of customer s ervices, on the basis that BTCs main witness is likely to be hostile and to support Jeffrey Moncurs case. Among eight employee-related claims high lighted as likely to be made against BTC, one i nvolved dismissal for theft of more than $700,000 of BTCs pre-paid phone cards. T wo others involved dismissals for breach of confidentiality of customer records, while anoth e r two involved abuse of BTCs Internet facilities. URCA: BTC breaches retail price regulation F ROM page 1B
BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 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 1.260.97AML Foods Limited1.041.040.000.1230.0408.53.85% 1 0.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.1530.10032.02.04% 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 Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04% 2.842.36Colina Holdings2.402.400.009000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.856.850.007500.4880.26014.03.80% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs2.122.10-0.020.1110.04518.92.14% 2 .551.60Doctor's Hospital1.441.440.000.1070.11013.57.64% 6 .995.47Famguard5.475.470.000.3570.24015.34.39% 10.207.23Finco6.516.510.008330.2870.00022.70.00% 1 1.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 5 .513.75Focol (S)5.485.480.000.4520.16012.12.92% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7 .405.00ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 1 0.509.82J. 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C able Bahamas, the disclosure letter said, was to develop a proposal for the deployment of cable TV services to remoter Bahamian islands and settlements, then invoice the Government and BTC for relat-e d costs. The agreement was that the Government would itself pay 50 per cent of the costs associated with this scheme, with BTC a nd Cable Bahamas equally sharing the remaining 50 per cent. It was expected that BTCs share would be approximately $500,000, the disclosure letter said. A meeting was held on April1 5, 2010, with Minister Turnquest, the minister responsible for Cable Bahamas and BTC. In May 2010, Cable Bahamas presented an invoice of the costs projected to b e incurred in respect of such services, being the sum of $1.44 million. The matter is now settled with BTC having paid Cable Bahamas $1.08 million. This sum represents the Governments portion of 50 per cent of the total costs, of $720,000, and BTCs quarter share of $360,000. T o finance payment of the $1.08 million, BTCs Board of Directors (representingt he Government) declared a dividend in the same amount on August 19, 2010. T he disclosure letter, together with BTCs 2009 annual report, which reveals the $95.7 million in dividends paid to the Government that year, shows how thes tate-owned incumbent has been used as s omething of a cash cow by the Ingraham administration, financing numerous privatisation-associated costs as well as cover the fiscal deficit. B TC declared two dividends, worth more than a collective $16 million, late last year, to cover costs incurred by the Government over its privatisation in 2009 and 2010. The O ctober 21, 2010, dividend of $14.18 million covered the 2009 privatisation costs, and the December 16, 2010, dividend of $1.921 million covered last year. The disclosure letter noted that at end-October 2010, BTC held $71.4 million in cash in 33 different bank accounts, a more than $10 million improvement on the 2009 year-end position. Other gems contained in the disclosure l etter were the $1 million that BTC collectively paid to its GSM cellular pre-paidc ustomers as compensation for the network outage that occurred on August 6, 2 010. Each customer was given $5 worth of free credit. Then there are the ongoing issues with BTCs billing system. During the implementation of the Cerillion billing system( phase two of which was completed in May and June of 2010) the following issueso ccurred. All customers were not transferred to C erillion; incorrect or no billing rates were applied for some services; underlying ICMS data was not reliable; customers being ceased and not billed but retaining service led to services being provided and not billed. In order to address these ongoing issues, BTC is in the process of completing switch audits, line plant verification exercises and cleansing underlying data. The disclosure letter also cast doubt on the security of some BTC customers information. A number of hard copy contracts are currently being stored in boxes in the Customer Services division of BTC, and aren ot in secure filing cabinets under limited access, it added. A nd, detailed among the numerous legal actions BTC is embroiled in, was a January 1 1, 2011, complaint by Arawak Homes alleging that BTC has trespassed on property in the Sir Lynden Pindling Estates area that has been the subject of heavy media scrutiny as a result of a long-run n ing land dispute. Arawak Homes alleged that BTC had v iolated a May 2000 Supreme Court order, which prevents it from erecting infrastruct ure in the subdivision, and claimed that the company has supplied services to residents in that subdivision who are trespassers as they do not have valid title. F ROM page 1B BTC paid Cable $1.08m to cover TV expansion SHAKEONIT: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham shakes hands with Cable and Wireless CEO David Shaw as they hold the Memorandum of Understanding.
BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Phil Lightbourne, responding to Mr Finl aysons comments yesterday that he had spoken to both Phils Food Services and Robin Hood about the possibility of a merger/consolidation, said that while the City Markets principal approached me beforea nd met with him about a year ago, their conversation had progressed no further and he was in no talks with anybody. am having no conversations with anyone, Mr Lightbourne told Tribune Busi-n ess yesterday. I am in no talks with Trans-Island Traders, Robin Hood, nobody. Im a standalone. Im a guy who stands alone to give service to the Bahamian people. A dding that he was surprised at Mr Finlaysons comments, Mr Lightbourne said the two met a year ago to have talks, a conversation, but Im not in talks to joint ogether, no. The talks never progressed beyond that initial conversation, Mr Lightbourne added, and told Tribune Business: Phils Food Services will remain Phils Food Services. It hink theyre [Mr Finlayson] really trying to get AML Foods to bite, so they figured theyd use my name and Sandy Schaefers [Robin Hood] name. No ones talking to me and there will be n o talks. Im in no talks with anybody. Mr Lightbourne added that business for Phils Food Services was going pretty good. Were fighting for our share of the market. Its a dream Im fulfilling right now, to feed the Bahamian people, he added. Mr Finlayson yesterday told Tribune Busin ess that consolidation among the major players in the Bahamian food retailing industry was essential, explaining that the proliferation of neighbourhood food stores had fragmented the $600 million per annum mar-k et and left the Big Five with around a 55 per cent combined share. He added that it was no secret that he had been exploring alternatives to an AMLF oods acquisition/merger, having talked to both Phils Food Services and Sandy Schaefers Robin Hood about consolidation possibilities. I think its essential for all of us in this m arket, Mr Finlayson said of consolidation. If you take Phils and Sandys operation, and our operation and SuperValue and AML, combined it only comes to 55 per cent of the market, and thats getting small-e r and smaller every day. There has to be some consolidation among the Big Five to move ahead. I dont think its been a secret that we have been in talks with Phils, and also with Sandy. If you think about it, they are as bid as A ML. Sandy did about $26 million last year b efore he did the new store, and Phils did $35 million in food alone. Thats $60 million, and AML very roughly does $70 million in food. Thats an alternative weve been taking a look at. Its cleaner in the sense that theresn o Dominos or heavy concentration on the big ticket items, TVs and so forth. FOOD RETAILER: NO TALKS ON MERGER F ROM page 1B
Two successful real estate a gents one of them doing $9.7 million in sales in the last six months have identified what they call a 'gaping hole' in real e state, the under $250,000 t ownhome or condo suitable for the under-35 market. "There are young professionals and other first-time buye rs who may be property virgins, but they know exactly what they want and we don't have it here, said Ryan K nowles, one of several agents a t Mario Carey Realty. These people don't need the most prestigious location. They are willing to trade the threeb edroom with large backyard for a smaller turnkey apartment or townhouse, and they also know they are buying for i nvestment purposes. What they want is what we don't have enough of a one or two-bedroom townhome or condo in a secure community, w ith maybe a fitness centre, pool and high-speed computer and IT connections. They want 'easy to maintain' so they can w alk out, lock the door and not worry about it. They have a lot of interests, they want to get up and go. They want to own a home, not have the home own them." Demand for the $200,000$250,000 condo or townhome is so great, said Mr Knowles, t hat when Hampton Ridge condos went on the market in 2008 with units priced at $249,000, the project sold out in a few m onths. "And that was when t he housing market was at its lowest," he noted. "Those condos have already appreciated. One re-sold a year later for $ 375,000." Sales associate Matthew Sweeting who, like Mr Knowles is appealing to a young market, a grees. Last week, he sold a property in one day. The asking price: $249,500. Mr Sweeting presented an offer on almost the day after he listed the property and the seller accepted. Flyers were still going out by e-mail. Mr Knowles cites another example. "At $269,000 pre-cons truction, Vizcaya in Westridge, two-bedroom condos, sold out completely prior to completion," said the agent with three y ears experience and a sales record of nearly $10 million in half a year. BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Real estates gaping hole RYAN KNOWLES MATTHEW SWEETING SEE page 11B
BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEW YORK Americans should brace for higher food p rices this year now that demand for corn h as pushed U.S. supplies to their lowest point in 15 years. Higher projected orders from the ethanol industry sent corn futures soaring Wednesd ay, as corn supplies became the latest commodity to plummet. Low levels of wheat, coffee, soybeans and other food staples have already sent prices surging on the global mark et. A s those reserves decline, U.S. food companies are warning of retail price increases. The ethanol industry's projected corn orders this year have risen 8 percent, to 13 b illion bushels, after record-high production in December and January, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday. That means the United States will have a bout 675 million bushels of corn left over at t he end of year. That's roughly 5 percent of all corn that will be consumed, the lowest surplus level since 1996. (One bushel of corncorn equals 25.4 kilograms, or 56 pounds). T he USDA report measures global supply and demand for grains, oilseeds and other crops. The department said its projections for wheat and soybean reserves remained u nchanged at historically low levels. Higher food prices ahead after corn reserves sink S INKINGRESERVES: I n this Sept. 11, 2010 file photo, central Illinois farmers harvest their corn crops near Monticello, Ill. U.S. reserves of corn have hit their lowest level in more than 15 years, reflecting tighter supplies that will lead to higher food prices in 2011. According to Mr Sweeting, another of the t eam that created the MCR2 division of Mario Carey Realty, specialising in properties under $500,000, one feature today's buyers of all ages and financial ability share is the desire for security. Today, a gate is not about snob appeal. It is about safety and a sense of security, an intangiblec omfort that adds intrinsic value to property. And where people used to fear that a one-bedr oom would be hard to sell or re-sell, the demand for smaller units is increasing all the time," he said. In April, ground will be broken on a new development of 36 units in western New Provid ence, with pre-construction prices of $280,000. Messrs Knowles and Sweeting both predict ana lmost instant sell-out. "We are painfully short of what the young, q ualified public wants. Media houses understand it. Shoe stores, places that sell cell phones and tech equipment they all get it. But developers have been slow to recognise the potential of the youthful buyer," said Mr Sweeting. A s for the starter market firing up the real estate industry, the irony is not lost on the firm's f ounder. "After many years with another major firm, I broke off to go on my own to focus on lux-u ry properties, devoting myself to clients in Ocean Estates, Old Fort Bay, Albany and LyfordC ay, as well as transactions of private islands," said Mario Carey. "While the very high end mar-k et has had its challenges during the worst of the global meltdown and now with the addit ional local tax burden affecting the luxury market the interesting thing to see is how the local market in starter homes is driving the bulk of real estate sales." Mr Carey said the lack of available housing has h ad other repercussions. "High-priced housing is adding to the brain d rain. We have young, educated Bahamians who want to come home, but don't because they say t hey cannot afford to live in their own country unless they live at home," said the veteran broker. "You'd be surprised how many qualified buyers there are out there who want to be homeowners. The market is begging for communities o f one to two-bedroom townhomes or condos for under $250,000. It's a good investment vehi c le for a developer and a very good sign for the future of the country. I encourage developers to h ear this call to fill what these young real estate professionals are calling a gaping hole." Real estates gaping hole FROM page 10B
RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS RELIGION S S E E C C T T I I O O N N C C PG 22 THURSD A Y FEBR U ARY, 2011 T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S
By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer T HE Anglican Archdiocese of the Bahamas is planning several events to honour the life of the late Bishop Michael Hartley Eldon, the first Bahamian Anglican Bishop of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos. There will be a series of memorial services as well as candlelight vigils in the Bahamas as well as in the Turks and Caicos Islands to commemorate Bishop Eldons life. Bishop of the Anglican Diocese Rev Laish Boyd said at a pr ess confer ence yester day that the planned events will r eflect the life and contributions of Bishop Eldon. e have put together a series of events that will reflect his life and we are very pleased with how we will r emember him, he said. He also spoke about his personal memories of the late bishop. I could say that I remember Bishop Eldon to be a ver y war m and r eceptive person. He was always a good listener a deeply spiritual person, extr emely knowledgeable and well read. He was a person who could meet you on all levels and engage you and converse with you. He had a vast knowledge of the The Tribune Thursday, February 10, 2011 PG 23 RELIGION Memorial services and funeral for the late Bishop Michael Hartley Eldon, the first Bahamian Anglican Bishop of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos: NEW PROVIDENCE: Today 7pm Memorial Eucharist at St Matthews Church, East Shirley Street Friday, February 11, at 6am A Mass of Thanksgiving at Christ the King, Ridgeland Park. Friday, February 11, at 7pm Memorial Eucharist at St Margarets Church, Kemp Road Sunday, February 13, at 6pm Memorial Eucharist at St Mary the Virgin, Virginia Street Monday, February 14, at 6pm Memorial Eucharist at St Georges Chur ch, Montrose Avenue GRAND BAHAMA: Today at 7pm Memorial Eucharist at St Mary Magdalene Church, West End (There will also be several memorial services and island-wide Memorial Eucharists in the Turks and Caicos) VIEWING, VIGIL AND FUNERAL Monday February 14 at 10am Bishop Eldon s body will be received at St Georges Church, Montrose Avenue. Public viewing will take place at St Geor ges Church until 5.15pm. 5.30pm Bishop Eldons body leaves St Georges Church 6pm Bishop Eldons body received at Christ Church Cathedral. Monday 6pm to T uesday 9am Vigil and public viewing at Christ Church Cathedral (Hourly celebrations of the Eucharist will be held from Monday 7pm to Tuesday 8am) T uesday, February 15, at 11am Pontifical Concelebrated Eucharist of Thanksgiving for the life of Bishop Michael Hartley Eldon. Procession to follow the funeral Live coverage on radio and television Live streaming on internet via the Anglican Diocesan website at www.bahamas.anglican.org MEMORIAL SERVICES AND FUNERAL DATES HONOURING MICHAEL ELDON THE LIFE OF BISHOP S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 4 4
The Tribune PG 24 Thursday, February 10, 2011 RELIGION He cares! Psalm 55: 22: Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shalls ustain thee: he shall never suffer the r ighteous to be moved. HAVE you ever been to that place in life where everything seems to be going wrong and you begin to wonder if anybody cares? If you havent, I thank God for you. If you have or youre at that place right now, I can assure you without a doubt that God (Yahweh) cares. Not only does He care, but Hes willing and able to do for you that which nobody else can. Its time for you to cast your burdens upon the Lord; as embedded in your burdens/cares are anxiety and stress due to the fact that youve placed a great deal of trust in man (an employer, a spouse, a politician, a religious leader, a family member) to deliver some for m of promise he s made. Despite what you might be facing or going through individually or collectively as a nation, God is yet and will always be faithful to His word. As you begin to see things through the eyes of the Spirit and not leaning to your own understanding, you will get the revelation of Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think towar d you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end... which will pr opel you even further into casting your car es upon the Lor d. For whenever God gives His word, heres what He says about it: Jeremiah 1: 12 Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. There are three phases or dynamics that we all would have to go through as were here on Earth, whether were Christians or not, rich or poor, black or white. Either were presently in a storm, heading into a storm, or just come out of a stor m. These storms can vary as there are many, many storms of life; hers a few: financial storms, relationship storms, marital storms, employment storms, health storms. FINANCIAL STORM This storm is so broad and can have so many factors to its origin, to the point that many persons don t fully r ecover And as a r esult the other stor ms that ar e mentioned above can derive from an intense financial stor m. RELATIONSHIP STORM This is t hat storm which is initiated in most cases f rom feelings, and as it is well known, feelings have a way of changing. These changes at times brings about an unsettled atmosphere that ends in feelings being hurt, bitterness and pain. MARITAL STORM Heres the storm that shakes and disrupts the very fibre/ structure of the family for which at the end of this storm our communities and nation pay a hefty price. This storm devours most of its victims due to a gross misunderstanding of the covenant (marital covenant). EMPLOYMENT STORM This storm has a somewhat two-fold effect: the employees work ethics and morals could cr eate such a negative force that it has the potential to wr eak havoc on their employ ers business; or the employer could be the worst business person there is to work for due to a gr eat lack of integrity which results in an employee revolving door concept. HEALTH STORM This storm is one that also takes its toll on those who are not physically caught in it and at times can be fatal. When children are battling a health issue the parents, family members, community school, church and everybody is af fected. Likewise, when a spouse is battling an illness of which the medical bills are out-s ide the insurance coverage, the effects a re felt far and wide. No matter the character or nature of the storm Yahshua Messiah (aka Jesus the Christ) is there and not only does He care but will bring you safely through. Watch this! Mark 4:37 -39: And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. As you ar e reading this article, please hear me via the Spirit, whether your e saved or not, He really cares about you. Heres how the Apostle Peter puts it: 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your car e upon him; for he careth for you. For questions or comments contact us via e-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or telephone number 242441-2021. Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen; Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Inter national PASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN Bahamas, he travelled extensively and any island he went to he always knew everybody. But not just everybody, he could tell you who your parents were, who your grandpar ents wer e, that s the sor t of person he was, Bishop Boyd said. Cler gy fr om other Anglican parishes in the Bahamas also shared their fond memories of Bishop Eldon with Tribune Religion Father Chester Burton, Rector at St Peters Parish in North Long Island, said: I am r eally touched by Bishop Eldon and I felt that I did my par t. When he first got sick at St Annes Rectory I was there to assist him. I would lift him out of the bed when it was time for the nurse to give him a bath. It was touching to me. It humbled me. He was my mentor He would have me making runs for him and I would take him to the office, Fr Burton said. Father Basil T ynes, priest at St Bar nabas Chur ch, said he came to knew Bishop Eldon during his ordination. I r emember him because he or dained me priest. I remember him to be a person that cared for the clergy and people. He was a pastorally minded person and peo ple mattered above everything else. We got to know him quite well and he was ver y good at bouncing ideas. The time when he was in the wheelchair he got a good understanding of what disabled people went through and his heart went out to them. He was always giving of himself. He has been missed by all of us since he went into the comatose state a few years ago, he told Tribune Religion. Father Andrew Toppin, priest at St Geor ge s Anglican Chur ch, said: Bishop Michael Eldon was a man who was car ing, gentle and had a ver y big heart that was larger than life itself. Wherever there was a need he saw to it that the need was met. He was concerned for Gods people and he will be greatly missed. Bishop Eldon was ordained as deacon in 1954 and as a priest in 1955. As a young deacon he taught mathematics at St John s College, being the first Bahamian to teach there. He spent many years making an impact in Grand Bahama as a parish priest. A local school is named in his honour He was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of New Providence on June 24, 1971, and became Diocesan Bishop in April 1972, serving in that capacity for 24 years until his r etirement in 1996. Bishop Eldon also served as the founding chairman of the College of the Bahamas (COB d of dir ectors, ser ving fr om 1975 to 1995. The funeral ser vice for Bishop Eldon will be held on Tuesday, February 15 at Christ Church Cathedral at 11am. There will also be a public viewing of his body at St Georges Anglican Church on Montrose Avenue from 10am to 5.15pm on Monday, February 14. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 2 2 3 3 Bishop Michael Eldon Bishop Michael Eldon I remember him because he ordained me priest. I remember him to be a person that cared for the clergy and people. He was a pastorally minded person and people matter ed above ever ything else. FATHER BASILTYNES
The Tribune Thursday, February 10, 2011 PG 25 RELIGION By MINISTER KEVIN LAEWING AS a young boy growing up on the island I would be awakened every morn-ing by my grandmothers early morning prayers. Having little to no knowledge asto why she was doing what she did it somehow placed a fear in me due to her crying and the intensity of her prayer. The question that stood out in my mind was why she would and so manylike her place such a command on their morning through prayer? Coupled with this real life experience, Ive discovered through the study that the Bible is saturated with men and women of God not only addressing Godearly in the morning, but God performing great works during the early morning periods. Again, what is so significant about the early mornings spiritually? A few biblical accounts of early mor n ing activity would be when the angels hastened Lot and his family early in the morning to leave Sodom. Also in this same biblical account it states that Abraham stood befor e the Lord early in the morning (Gen. 19:15, 27 The Bible also states that Jesus went to the temple and taught the people early inthe mor ning and that Mar tha and Mar y visited his tomb early in the mor ning. At this point I was arrested by the thought that there must be some biblicalpr oof that ther e is a cor r elation between praying and the early mornings. Now the Bible states that there is death and life in the power of our tongue, and that we ought to call those things that do not exist now as though they do exist now. In essence, God has given us power via our mouths to command things into existence through prayer and confessions. I now began to par tially see why my grandmother was praying with such passion (almost as if she was in a battlewhy she prayed for folks, individually and corporately However, God through His wisdom pointed out to me in His word the necessity of these prayers and confessions being addressed early in the morning. I must say it was indeed a pr ofound revelation that Im sure youll agree with. In the book of Job (38:12-13,15 in speaking to his ser vant Job said, Have you commanded the mor ning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know His place; that It might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked mightbe shaken out of it? God is basically asking Job whether or not he had taken authority or commandof his mornings. What is so interesting her e is not only the fact that God asked about the commanding of the mor ning by Job, but he fur ther asked Job if he had caused the dayspring to know his place. His place! Of course Im now compelled to wonder if the morning and dayspring are personified as forces working against my day, beginning early in the morning. If this is the case, then I am responsible for putting these forces in their place by commanding what I desire of my mornings via the power of my tongue (Proverbs 18:21, the question still lingers, who is this person that is working in opposition or as an opponent to me during the early morning periods? Now, before we unveil who this person is, let us look at the consequences of not commanding our mornings and causing the dayspring not to be put in his place. Remember what God originally asked Job? He said, Have you commanded the morning since thy days or since you were alive? The result of commanding his morning is found in verses 13 and 15. By com manding the morning and causing the dayspring to be put in its place, this will shake the wicked out of the ear th or dis rupt his plots, plans, ploys and schemes against you. Additional in verse 15 it states that the light of the wicked will be withheld. The wor d light in this verse got its origin from the Hebrew word Or which is literally defined as mor ning or day break. So in essence, God is saying that when we command our mornings and cause the dayspring to be put in his place (which has been personified as male) simultane ously we restrain or restrict his morning. To not do this principle we open our lives to curses. A curse is to be spiritually bound, not able to succeed, pr une for fail ur e, disempowered, open to the powers of witchcraft, spell, incantations, but this can only happen if we disobey God by not commanding our mor ning. Deuteronomy 28: 45-46 makes this abundantly clear, and it reads, Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and pursue thee, and overtake thee, until thoube destr oyed; because thou did not listen unto the voice of the lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statues which he commanded thee. They shall be upon thee for a sign and a wonder and upon thy seed for ever. Not only will I be affected by not commanding my morning but my seed or children also. Now lets see who our early morning opponent is and what gives him the right to oppose us for the morning. Again, you will recall that God asked Job if he commanded the mor ning and caused the dayspring to be put in his place. Isaiah 14:12 makes the identity of our opponent abundantly clear; it reads, How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning. Wow! What a revelation, Lucifer whom we know to be the present day Satan is in fact the son of the mor ning, so when God asked Job if he had put him in his place, he was referring to Satan. As a r esult of this r evelation it is not only clear but impor tant why the Bible places emphasis on us not fighting against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places. Satan being the head over this evil kingdom allots his evil ambitions through his evil spirits to wage war on us in the early mor ning because he is in fact the son of the mor ning. The words of wisdom for today are begin commanding your morning very early in the morning, decreeing that you are above only and not beneath, the head and not the tail. Blessed going out and blessed coming in, highly favoured of the Lord, with a host of angels that has been given char ge over you to keep you in all your ways and that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Conclude by binding all of Satans and his hosts plans that have been assigned against you and all that concerns you and that he and his host ar e under your feet in Jesus name. For questions or fur ther infor mation email firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you commanding your mornings? The wor ds of wisdom for today ar e begin com manding your mor ning ver y early in the mor ning, decr eeing that you ar e above only and not beneath, the head and not the tail MINISTER KEVIN EWING
MEDITATION The Tribune PG 26 Thursday, February 10, 2011 RELIGION DUBLIN Associated Press THE HEAD of the Anglican Communion on Sunday said that work will continue to bridge deep differences within the global fellowship, but he saysit will be a lengthy pr ocess. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, spoke at the end of a fiveday confer ence in Ir eland's capital, Dublin, which was notable for the absence of several conservative African bishops who r efused to join a forum which included the head of the US Episcopal Church. "The fact r emains that two-thirds of the body of primates is present, and something like three-fourths or something mor e expressed their willingness to be present," Archbishop Williams said. The unity of the communion has been severely strained by moves in the United States to first appoint an openly gay priest as a bishop, and then by the elevation of a lesbian to ser ve as a bish op. "Of course there is a critical situation in the communion. Nobody would deny that," the Archbishop said. "But that critical situation has not ended the r elationships, often ver y cor dial and constructive, among the churches of the communion," he added. Ber nar d Ntahoturi, the Anglican archbishop of Burundi, said the absent archbishops had not withdrawn from the communion. "They are still members of the Anglican Communion," he said. "Not attending physically does not mean that you are not participating in the life of the community." Ar chbishop W illiams said the Dublin meeting worked to define the role and responsibilities of the primates, and he said ef for ts to repair division will continue. "It's a long task," he added. Anglican leader says work to restore unity goes on ROW AN WILLIAMS, the Ar chbishop of Canterbury, says global work tor estore the unity of the Anglican Communion continues. In this file photo the Archbishop speaks during the ninth Inauguration of the General Synod at Westminster Abbey, London. Palace officials have announcedW ednesday that Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the ser vice when Prince W illiam and Kate Middleton wed on April 29. (AP Love Peace Kindness W HEN WEthink about how we wish to be remembered, I hope that these are some of the words that will be associated with our attitude and actions. It will be a credit to us and bring glory to God. When I think of Bishop Michael Eldon (who was my next door neighbour in Delancey Street when I was a child), I think of one who loved the church, who tried to promote peace in society, and who showed kindness to so many people. He had a fantastic memory for names and faces, details of birthdays, and, as expected, dates and details of just about anything related to the church. In order for us to grow in grace, and represent Jesus Christ to the best of our God-inspired ability, let us consider what these three words love, peace, kindness from the list of the nine fruits of the Spirit mean to us. They may become lifelong characteristics with prayer and practice. LOVE: God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in Him. In this way love is made complete among us that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like him. (1 John 4: 16b 17 Love is concern that goes beyond whether we like the person or not. It has to do with the idea of the rain falling on the just and the unjust. Sometimes love is ver y gentle, some times it has to be a tough love that looks out for the well-being of the gr oup as well. Love is sometimes painful and involves suffering as it did for Jesus Christ. Often ther e is much joy as we experi ence in a happy marriage or contented celibacy Y ou may wish to consider the follow ing questions for the rest of the month: Am I a loving person for the most par t? H ow can I be more loving than I am? How may I spread more love in my family at home and at church? PEACE: The dictionary offers us definitions such as harmony in relationships, tranquility, freedom from disturbing emotions, and Holy Scripture admonishes us to seek peace and pursue it. (1 Peter 3:11b) The Life Application Bible makes the following points about peace which I have arranged and paraphrased as ABC: Anticipate problems and deal with them before they develop. Build good relationships by being committed Conflicts will arise but face them openly and deal with them immediately. Questions to consider this month: Am I a relatively peaceful person? How can I work for more peace in my family, school, church and place of employment? KINDNESS: This is the careful concer n for others that builds tr ue communit y. The Bible describes one such Christian community in the following manner: All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need (Acts 2:45 We are called to share what we have and care even when we cannot give. Our prayers show a heart turned toward God and the persons situation. It may be that during a time of prayer an answer may come: a name to contact, an idea to try. If love is an attitude and peace is an approach, then kindness is an action motivated by love. How kind are you? What more can you do to show kindness to all who know you? Love, peace and kindness are three aspects of Christs character that come with the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. If we will be transformed by the work of God living within us, these qualities will begin to flow from us effortlessly. With the mind of Christ forming in us, we will walk in the way that is pleasing to God. REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD PALACIOUS
The Tribune Thursday, February 10, 2011 PG 27 RELIGION VATICAN CITY Associated Press THE Vatican is seeking to repair relations with the pre-eminent institute of Islamic learning in the Sunni Muslim world. Cairo's Al-Azhar academy froze its dialogue with the Vatican last week to protest Pope Benedict XVI's recent remarks calling for better protection for Christians in Egypt. The head of the Vatican's office for interreligious dialogue, Car dinal Jean-Louis T auran, told the V atican newspaper last Friday that the Holy See didn't understand what Al-Azhar was so upset about. He said any careful reading of the pope's r emarks showed he was merely asserting universal values about the need for religious freedom. T auran said he r emained open to dialogue and that r egardless, a February meeting with Al-Azharr emained on his calendar Vatican seeks better ties with Islamic institute VATICAN CITY Associated Press THE VATICANwill host an international confer ence in May on pr eventing AIDS and caring for those af flicted with it amid contin ued confusion over its position concerning condoms as a way to prevent HIV transmis-sion. The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Health Car e Workers also said Thursday it was working on a set of guidelines for Catholic doctors, nurses and others who care for people with HIV and AIDS. Pope Benedict XVI made headlines late last year when he said in a book interview that someone, such as a male pr ostitute, who uses a condom to prevent HIV transmission might be showing a first sign of a more moral sexuality because he is looking out for the welfare of another person. The comments set off a flurry of confusion about whether the pope was justifying con dom use in a br eak with chur ch doctrine opposing contraception. The Vatican insisted he was not. Monsignor Jean-Marie Mpendawatu Mate Musivi, undersecretary in the Vatican health office, told reporters last week that the Vatican's clarification of the pope's comments would be explained at the May 28 confer ence, to which the head of UNAIDS and other pr ominent AIDS researchers had been invited. "There is a problem of comprehension, of explaining things well and what the pope really said," he said. He stressed that the church's position about how to fight AIDS goes well beyond the question of condoms and focuses on pr e vention programs at the school, community and family levels. The church has long str essed that abstinence and monogamous marriages are the best ways to prevent HIV transmission. As a result of that position though, Pope Benedict's comments surprised many since it marked the first time a pope had even acknowledged that condoms were effective in fighting HIV. In fact, during a trip to Africa in 2009, Benedict himself had said that AIDS couldn't be resolved by distributing condoms and that on the contrary "it increases the problem." The pope's new comments though, sparked such confusion that the Vatican had to issue three official clarifications, the last of which came December 21 fr om the authorita tive Congr egation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Vatican's top doctrine office stressed that the pope was by no means saying condoms could be morally acceptable to avoid pregnancy. But it implied that the intention ofa male prostitute to use a condom to prevent disease was less evil than infecting his par tner Reports of the pope's comments had been gr eeted with r elief among AIDS activists and even among some chur ch personnel working on the front lines in Africa, where UNAIDS estimates that 22.4 million people are infected with HIV. The chur ch's long-standing opposition to condoms as a form of birth control has drawn fier ce criticism given that 54 per cent of infect ed Africans or 12.1 million people are women. Vatican hosts AIDS prevention, care conference ARCHBISHOP Zygmunt Zimowski, Secr etary of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, left, and Vatican spokesman Federico Lombar di attend a pr ess confer ence at the V atican, Thursday Feb. 3, 2011. The Vatican health office announced it will host an international conference in May on preventing AIDS and caring for those afflicted with it amid continued confusion over its position concerning condoms as a way to pr event HIV transmission. (AP POPE Benedict XVI delivers his blessing as he arrives for a weekly general audience held in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. (AP
The Tribune PG 28 Thursday, February 10, 2011 RELIGION NEW ORLEANS Associated Press IN A development that one expert calls a "monumental contribution" to histori ans, the New Orleans Catholic Archdiocese is making available onlinethe sacramental r ecords for slaves and fr ee people of colour that date back before Louisiana's 1812 statehood. "Our sacramental records here in the New Orleans Ar chdiocese ar e some of the most detailed you will ever find," Ar chbishop Gr egor y A ymond said. All the r ecor ds, dating fr om 1718 to 1812, will be available in the next two years, archdiocesan archivist Emilie Leumas said Tuesday. "We don't have the resources at the archdiocese to operate a research center," Leumas said. "Thr ough our website we ar e able to make a PDF image of the orig inal documents containing the r ecor ds available." The first five books, written in Spanish by priests in Louisiana's earliest colonial days, are now available at no cost through the archdiocese's web site. They contain the baptismal records of slaves and freepeople of color mostly listing only one name for those documented. During colonial time, the Catholic Church was the recorder of births, deaths, marriages and other stages of life for notonly the city's white population, but also for the slaves and free people of colour. Colonial law during both the Spanish and Fr ench eras required every baby to be baptised. Because of that, there are far mor e extensive r ecords for slaves and free people of colour in New Orleans than in most of the rest of the country. "Scholars from all over the world come and do research here," Leumas said. "Ther e is no place else that has that abun dance of r ecor ds that we have." The ar chdiocese had published 17 vol umes of sacramental records for white parishioners in the past, but had not made the records of those without surnames available. Opening those records is a "monumental contribution," said Elizabeth Shown Mills, of Samford University Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research. The records list the name of the mother, sometimes the father, the sponsor of the baptism, the name of the slave owner and those who witnessed the event. Many of the baptismal records had notations added later such as when the person married, listing the husband, and sometimes an added surname. "Traditionally, genealogists, historians, and archivists alike have assumed that genealogical research was not possible for ancestors without surnames," Ms Mills said. That has since been disproved. Simone Barnes, chairman of the Board of Dir ectors of Rhode Island Black Stor ytellers, recalled a 10-year-old girl named Priscilla, who was taken fr om Sier ra Leone in the 1700s and brought to South Car olina on a slave ship. Seven generations later, her great-granddaughter was honoured in Priscilla's native land. New Orleans Catholic Ar chdiocese making historic records available THE St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church in Glintons, Long Island inducted some new altar servers last Sunday. Pictured here is Father Chester Burton, Rector of St Peters Parish in North Long Island, blessing the new cadre of altar servers. St Mary Magdalene inducts new alter servers THIS UNDATED photo released Tuesday, February 1, 2011, by the Office of Archives of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, shows a 1799 record of baptism, written in Spanish and Fr ench. Sacramental r ecor ds that date back befor e Louisiana's statehood of April 30, 1812, ar e being made available online by the New Orleans Archdiocese. (AP