N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 105 No.298WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 83F LOW 71F F E A T U R E S SEETHEARTS Celebrating Thanksgiving with art N E W S By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE victim of a brutal sex attack has spoken out about his trauma in an attempt to inspire other victims in the gay and transgender community to also seek justice. David, 23, whose real identity is protected for legal reasons, was just 16 when Joseph Sweeting, 48, forced himself upon him at his Virginia Street apartment in Nassau on February 4, 2003. The teenager was accompanying his friend Delvin Pratt to Sweetings home when the older man took David into another apartment unit where he beat him up and forced him into sex, the court heard. On Monday, more than seven years later, Sweeting was convicted of unnatural intercourse with a 16-year-old boy by a nine member jury, who found him guilty by a seven to two majority. Although David has received justice, he feels his attacker should have been charged with rape. He says that as a gay man who had just started transgender treatment at the time of the attack, his unfavourable sexual orientation in a homophobic society made prosecution of his attacker harder from the start. David claims that police offi cers at the Fort Charlotte Police Station treated his report as a joke when he went there after his attack that night. And he says he was then kept waiting at the Central Detective Unit for four hours before detectives would record his statement and escort him to hospital for samples to be taken. David was pelted with bottles and stones as he left Nassau Street Magistrates Court where a Preliminary Inquiry was held six months after the attack, and was forced to fight back at accu sations in court that he had made sexual advances towards Sweet ing. Throughout the whole thing I expected to lose the case. That was my fear. Because of how they were trying to make it seem, said David. My evidence was the truth, but he was passing notes to his lawyer stating that I came over for sex and I touched him, and thats what made him hit me, but I was a 16-year-old boy in front of a 40-something man. They tried to make me out to be the liar in it. It was an embarrassment because its like now when people see you they look at you very differently. I was very disappointed, and very angry. It was hard. The public ridicule and fear of seeing his attacker or an associate of his in the streets of Nas sau made David fearful of going out or returning to school, and eventually he fled the country to seek a more peaceful life in Miami. When he returned to Nassau last year, David found out his attacker had been freed on bail Claims that the police tr eated r epor t as jok The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION FRI. NOV. 20 McHAPPY DAY www.tribune242.com Gay sex attack victim: My fight for justice Final stages of probe into Nygard Cay fire SEEPAGETHREE SEE page eight By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@ tribunemedia.net JONES Communica tions CEO Wendall Jones avoided jail time yesterday when he completed payment of 40 per cent in delinquent contributions owed to the National Insurance Board (NIB Mr Jones said yester day that he feels that his company has been target ed by certain segments of the media and claimed that his case with NIB came about as a result of an accounting problem at his company. Mr Jones was charged back in February with fail ing to pay $430,000 in NIB contributions and had been ordered to pay 40 per cent of the amount in full ($174,176.62 November 17. When the media boss appeared in Court 11, Nassau Street yesterday morning, NIBs legal officer Heather Maynard told the court that she had just received a cheque for $20,000 from Mr Jones and that he still owed $54,000. Jones told Magistrate Subu SwainLaSalle that he was under J ONES C ommunications CEO Wendall Jones. T im Clarke / Tribune staff Wendall Jones avoids jail after paying 40% of NIB contributions SEE page thr ee By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com MOTIVATED young peo ple are being invited to apply immediately to earn as they learn in a new tourism apprenticeship programme to be launched next month. Programme chiefs will select 110 people to participate in the broad-ranging Tourism Apprentice train A chance for young people to earn as they learn in tourism SEE page eight DAVID whose real identity is protected for legal rea-s ons, says his unfavourable s exual orientation in a homophobic society made prosecution of his attackerh arder from the start. By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org PLP leadership loser Paul Moss has said he will launch another challenge for the top job if given the opportunity. Attorney Moss failed in his first attempt to unseat Perry Christie as leader of the PLP at the partys 51st national convention. And at a press conference yesterday, he thanked his supporters and campaign team for their assistance and dedication during the partys convention. He also thanked the media and well-wishers who sacrificed and gave self lessly of their time. While accepting he would welcome the idea of work ing in a Cabinet under Mr Christie if the PLP were to be successful at becoming the next government of the Bahamas, Mr Moss still affirms that the PLP could do better in its current lead ership. I am open to playing a very important role in the next government of this country. I believe that the talents that I have to offer, the vision I have for this country needs to be in place and if Perry Christie is the Paul Moss willing to challenge again for the PLPleadership SEE page eight
THE Bahamas National T rust is calling for more v olunteers as the highly p opular annual Christmas Jollification festivala pproaches. O rganisers say they are still in need of persons to w ork two hour shifts at the membership booth, theB NT Shop and the Kids C rafts Centre. Anyone who is interest ed in lending a helping h and has been asked to contact the Membership Office at 393-1317 or email email@example.com. T he Jollification will be held from Friday, Novem ber 20 to Sunday, Novem b er 22 this year and organ isers are again promising a winter wonderland of c rafts and holiday fun. The event will feature arts and crafts created by some of the most accom p lished artisans in the Bahamas, amazing decorations by Cacique FoodA rt and a sampling of holiday spirits provided by Bristol Wines and Spirits. Back by popular d emand will be the Brist ol Beer Bar featuring Sands Beer, Miller Chill and the all of the top coll ege and professional football games scheduled that weekend. B ristols wine manager, R usty Scates, will be on h and to provide a tasting of the seasons Beaujolais Noveau which is officially released on the third Thursday of November. Patrons will be able to purchase homemade jams and jellies from Ma Wells, Confetti Catering and Bahama Bee. Christmas decorations and gifts will be available from Island Wreaths, Jansu Pottery, Androsia Smiles, Darcia Christie and many other talented craftspersons. Stepping Stone Quilters will be exhibiting their quilts, Robin Hardy will have hand turned wood products and Sun Drop Creations will be featuring h omemade ice cream. Gardening enthusiasts w ill be able to purchase P oinsettias from Tall Pines Nursery, Bahamian fruit trees from Garden of Edem, Orchids fromF lamingo Nurseries, unique and hard to find horticulture specimensf rom The Greenhouse Nursery and beautiful bromeliads in distinctive ceramic pottery from TheP otting Shed. T he horticulture presentation created by the local nurseries alone makes the e vent worth attending. The Jollification also features great food and T he Greek Community w ill once again be offering g yros, spanakopita, pastitsio and koulourakia. Hands for Hunger will have delicious soups, Lucayan Tropical will have fresh salads and Mikey Dames will offer his famous roasted corn and delicious wings. A number of Bahamian Charities will also be on hand to sell products that support their cause including Inner Wheel of East Nassau, Abilities Unlimit ed, the Bahamas Humane Society and Proud Paws. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for BNT members. Children from two years old to 12 are $2 and younger children enter free. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Call for Jollification festival volunteers L ASTYEARSEVENT: P atrons flocked to the Grey Goose la Poire vodka stall. Julian Lucio left, and BNT member Simpat Parmagian, far right, enjoyed a cocktail served by Bacardi employee Charles McKenzie. B RISTOL WINES AND SPIRITS m arketing manager Arame Stra chan samples "Six Grapes" port. MARK STUBBS owner of "Tall Pines Nursery" relaxes, having completed setting up his outstanding display of plants and shrubs for sale. People needed to work shifts
MINISTER of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Van derpool-Wallace promised to use the latest technology to draw visitors as he welcomed Condor Airlines back to the Bahamas on Friday, after a 20-year absence. Condor returned to the Bahamas with a weekly tri angular flight that brings the 270-seat aircraft from Frankfurt, Germany to Cuba and Nassau. As new flights come to the Bahamas, the Ministry of Tourism will be boosting interest and awareness of the country through electronic means, Minister Van derpool-Wallace said in an inaugural flight ceremony at Lynden Pindling International. You will see us using the best electronic tools, particularly the internet to con vey the broad variety that the Bahamas is, he said. Minister VanderpoolWallace said visitors must be made aware that the Bahamas is a region, just as the Caribbean is a region. Bahamians must also be aware that it is important to make visitors feel welcome, he said. Passengers are able to book Condor to the Bahamas from as low as 400 Euros to 999 Euros. It is quite affordable from Europe to come over here, said Heiner Wilkens, chairman of Condors Supervisory Board. Its crisis time and people still say ok, they want to travel. It is also a sign in Europe and in Germany that Condor opens a new route in times of crisis because we have confidence in flying. Condor will arrive in Nassau on Fridays, returning to Germany on Saturdays. By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org INVESTIGATORS are in t he final stages of their probe i nto the massive fire that r ipped through portions of Nygard Cay last week. Police are still remaining silent on the suspected cause o f the blaze, which reporte dly destroyed several recrea tional areas of the Mayant hemed luxury resort last w eek Wednesday. T he fire is believed to have caused "millions" of dollars in damage to the property, which is tucked away in a c orner of the exclusive gated community Lyford Cay. We have completely extinguished the fire, we are i n the final stages of our i nvestigation. It's progressi ng quite well, we are satis f ied with the investigation thus far. "There is no definitive cause right now we are looking at a particular area but until I receive the final report from the investigati ng officer, I won't say," director of Fire Services Jeffrey Deleveaux said yesterd ay. H e said he expects to have t he officer's final report some time today. T he fire is believed to have s tarted shortly before 4am on Wednesday in the northeast section of the resort and to have quickly spread to the southwest area of the property. Police received word of t he fire at 3.56am. Fire crews sped out to the site andw orked feverishly to douse t he blaze. The raging flames were visible to boaters and residents near Jaws Beach on Wednesday morning and leapt higher than the nearby palm trees. P roperty owner and Canad ian fashion mogul Peter Nygard was said to be out of t he country when the fire b egan. M r Nygard built the private luxury "Robinson Crusoe playground" in 1987, according to nygardcay.com. The lush property sports replicas of Mayan Temples, p rivate tennis and volleyball c ourts, beaches, pools, a n ightclub, a state-of-the-art h ome theatre, and more than 2 0 cabanas. R ecently, it was revealed that the multi-millionaire had plans to expand the resort to include a suspended cable bedroom that lowers into the ocean, a dolphin interaction attraction, and a p rogramme allowing guests to visit the property's $2 mil lion shark tank. T he fire came days after M r Nygard celebrated the o pening of his flagship store in New York's Times Square. M r Nygard is reportedly still out of the country. 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GERMANY, NASSAU ROUTE RE-OPENS WITH CONDOR AIRLINES HEINER WILKENS of Condor presents Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace with a special replica of Condors 767 aircraft. the assumption that his attorney Damian Gomez, who was not present yesterday, had been granted an adjournment in the matter. The magistrate then told Mr Jones that he had until 4pm yesterday to pay the full 40 per cent or face jail time. When the matter resumed yesterday afternoon, Mrs Maynard told the court that Mr Jones had completed the 40 per cent payment and now has a balance of $261,264.93. Mr Jones said he could pay $5,000 a month to liquidate the balance. Mrs Maynard told the court that NIB was not open to negotiations with Mr Jones as he has current contributions still outstanding. Mr Jones, however, interjected by saying that those matters were not before the court. Magistrate LaSalle ordered that Mr Jones instead pay $6,000 a month beginning December 28 to liquidate the balance and warned him that he could not default on his payments. She expressed surprise that he was able to pay the $74,000 and questioned why he had waited so long to do so. Mr Jones told the magistrate that he has been operating a media company for 20 years and has been paying contributions to NIB. I dont want people to get the impression that we dont pay NIB. This matter arose because of an accounting problem in the office. We undertake to pay NIB. I am not ducking NIB, Mr Jones told the magistrate. Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom yesterday Mr Jones said, For years we had a number of people in the company who were not supposed to pay National Insurance. There were contract workers in Jones Communications who were not supposed to pay. It was then decided by NIB that they should pay. We had a lot of part-time workers who did not work with Jones Communications but we have decided through this whole exercise that we are going to pay what they demand. The reason why we didnt pay was because our attorney communicated some informa tion to us which gave us the impression that the court decided that we would have had an adjournment, Mr Jones said. I think what is happening in the country is wrong. There are hundreds of people who owe the National Insurance Board. I understand the profile of Jones Communications in the country and that is why the media is here for me and the media is not here for any body else. Im mature and pro fessional enough to understand that reporters are doing their job. We have been in business since 1987 and we have been paying NIB and we have paid millions of dollars into the National Insurance Board from 1987, Mr Jones said. He added that he intends to pay what is owed to NIB and keep current with his contributions. I would like to see the media being even handed in reporting people who owe the National Insurance Board. I believe that we have been targeted and that is unfortunate, he said. We pay our salaries and seek to pay our debt, but we have been bedeviled by certain aspects and certain seg ments of the media and we are not going to roll over and die we are going to continue our business, he said. Mr Jones told reporters that in view of his case with NIB, his company, which currently employs some 60 persons, has received tremendous sympathy from the public. He said a number of persons have decided to continue to patronize his busi ness and give all the support they possibly can. SEE STORYBELOW SEVERAL prominent local businessmen appeared in court yesterday to give an update on their efforts to pay off delinquent National Insurance contributions. Appearing in Court 11 on Nassau Street yesterday were Global United CEO Jack son Ritchie, More 94.9FM and Spirit FM radio station owners Galen and Henry Saunders as well as businessman Peter Gilcud. Heather Maynard, a legal officer for NIB, told the court that Ritchie, who is accused of failing to pay $161,079.98 in NIB contribu tions between May 2007 and June 2008, has paid $60,815 thus far. She told the court that Ritchie has pre sented an acceptable proposal to NIB to pay the balance. The Global United CEO is expected back in court on May 27, 2010. Mrs Maynard said that Galen and his father Henry Saunders, who are accused of failing to pay $253,262 in NIB contributions, now owe $207,503 and intend to liquidate the balance in a months time. She said that their account is current. The men are expected back in court on February 8 next year. Mr Gilcud of Bahamas Transport Limited is represented by attorney Richard Bootle. He is expected back court on February 18, 2010 as his matter did not proceed yes terday. Mrs Maynard also informed the court that Solomons Mines managing director Mark Finlayson had submitted a cheque to NIB to pay off the entirety of the $377,092 owed in delinquent NIB contributions. Prominent businessmen in court over delinquent NIB contributions Wendall Jones avoids jail after paying 40% of NIB contributions FROM page one
EDITOR. The Tribune. Bahamasair agents need to be more customer friendly and learn how to handle difficult situations rationally. I returned from Ft Lauderdale on August 26, 2009, I was booked on the 5.20 fight and missed it do to reasons beyond my control and had to pay penalties to catch the later flight, however, thats not why am writing. While waiting for the next flight I observed a family of about six and a baby sitting in the terminal waiting, I assumed, for the same flight. About five minutes after boarding the plane preparing to fill out the Immigration form I noticed that I didnt have my passport. I called the stewardess and told her my situation, after we looked on the plane and she called the gate and they didn't find my passport I went on to tell her about how horrible my day was and howI had to pay $300 in penalties for myself and my cousins to get back to Nassau and ended by saying: Thank God any way because when you think you have it bad theres someone who has it worse. After which, she asked if I was a part of the family of seven who could not afford to pay the penalties to get on the flight and went on to say that we as Bahamians does do too bad when we go away and spend all of our money not thinking something could happen. I agreed with her to a certain extent, but lets be realistic who puts aside $600700 for a what if I miss my flight? I was very upset and hurt by this whole situation and if I had an additional $100 I would have given it to that mother just to be able to get back home with her baby. I feel that some sort of compromise should have been met because its not like they were flying on American, but with Bahamasair our airline as Bahamians. I also feel that provisions should be made to accommodate Bahamians in similar situations because if we cant count on our own in times of need who can we count on? If I was the Manager on duty at that time, I would have set up a payment plan if only giving them two weeks to pay and take all the necessary information. Even if I had to, after the flight landed in Nassau take their passports after they cleared customs as a part of the agreement and returned them after payment is made. Definitely, they should have not been left in Ft Lauderdale being Bahamian citi zens while Bahamasair sent a half empty flight back to Nassau. We need to be more car ing and considerate towards others and sometimes think about how we would want to be treated if the tables were turned. When youre powerful be merciful! MONA LISA LEVARITY Nassau, October, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm AFTER HEARING the many complaints from College of the Bahamas students about the lack of campus security, it was indeed as urprise that so few attended when their union arranged a meeting for them to meet with college security. Following a string of robberies on campus, which students blamed on lax security, COB students union hosted an on campus safetyf orum, inviting all students to attend and report their complaints to the personsr esponsible for their safety. Security director Wellington Francis and c ampus investigator Ricardo Miller were among those waiting to answer students claims that campus security had not worked hard enough to make them aware of the crimes being committed on campus. Accord i ng to the students, the lack of communication has put them at great risk. T he security officials replied that they report all criminal activity on campus to the O ffice of Communications, which has the authority to inform students. It was then a students responsibility to check their notice boards and keep abreast of college activities, which include crimes. T he most surprising thing to come out of the meeting was that so few students attende d surprising in view of their loud complaints and the fact that many students a dmitted to rarely checking the colleges bulletin boards, the online forums set up by the c ollege, or their student e-mails. If in fact they are not informed they have only themselves to blame. It is the Colleges responsibility to provide security and make certain that the campus is as safe as possible, b ut there comes a point when students have to be equally responsible for their own safe t y. And that is by being informed. And the only way to be informed is to participate f ully in the life of the college, know whats happening on campus and daily check all areas of information that the College pro vides. How can they become responsible citiz ens, if they do not know how to be responsible students? This is an important lesson tol earn and where better to learn it than on COBs campus. The Big Lie In a letter to the Editor, yet to be publ ished, the writer wonders if a government that focuses excessively on answering its criti cs is not a government that has allowed those critics to get into its head. He, of course, was referring to the political sniping back-and-forth between the PLPs newly appointed chairman and Government. W e are of two minds on this score. Hitler believed in the big lie, which his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels later turned into the dripping water theory. Goebbels maintained that if the water (the big lie often enough it would certainly make a deep impression on the stone onto which it wasd ripping. In other words if the lie were repeated often enough and no one refuted it because of its enormity people would believe it. Many years ago when The Tribune and its owners were the PLPs chief targets, out l andish and deliberate lies were told. We took the arrogant attitude that we shouldc onsider the source from whence they came and ignore them in other words they, and t he persons spreading them, were beneath the dignity of reply. However, over the years because we ignored the lies, we were often shocked to hear them repeated as gospel truth by a younger generation. W ere we wrong in not nipping the rumour off at its source and thus running the risk ofw allowing in the same gutter as our detractors? Even after so many years, and so many l ies later, we have not made up our mind on the matter. The FNM is now faced with the same question. The issue being taken up by Mr Bradley Roberts, PLP chairman, seems e qually petty in view of the major challenges facing our nation. M r Roberts as does the leadership of the PLP wants to blame crime on the F NMs remodelling of their Urban Renewal programme, which was launched by then p rime minister Perry Christie in his Farm Road constituency during his administration. They claim that the FNMs version of Urban Renewal is not as effective in reduc ing crime as was the PLPs. However, police s tatistics do not support these claims. For example, the PLP were in power from 2002t o 2007. In 2001 (FNM ders. In 2002 (PLP 2 003 50; 2004 44; 2005 52 and 2006 61. Armed robberies in 2001 (FNM 532. In the year 2002 (PLP 2003763; 2004 663; 2005 782; 2006 548. T he only dip shown were in rape cases. In 2001 (FNM( PLP) 140; 2003 114; 2004 89; 2005 82 and 2006 72. O n the other hand housebreaking climbed steadily. In 2001(FNM ures were 1,803; 2002 (PLP 2581; 2004 ; 2005 2255 and 2006 2628. T he crime figures are nothing to be proud of under either administration. However, t hey do not support Mr Roberts and the PLPs claim that the Urban Renewal Programme was the great force that reduced crime during the PLP years. All parties would be wise if in fact t hey are interested in the welfare of the Bahamian people to stop finger pointing and get on with the job of finding solutions for this countrys many problems. Bahamasair agents should learn to be more customer friendly LETTERS email@example.com PLPpropaganda the Big Lie PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. We hear so much as we claim that we are actually interested in improving the appearance of downtown Nassau, however, even with the special Town Planning Board for Historic Nassau we just allow things to degrade and look uglier. Who gave permission over the past weeks for plastic pro m otional banners to be erected at the west end of Shirley Street and in front of The Central Bank? Yesterday I noticed that there were two banners erected one for St Francis Fair and another for a Methodist function and not to be outdone across from there another banner promoting something else. Did the Architectural Historic Nassau Planning Board approve the erection of these banners or did Central Bank say you can and that was that? The public should know that you need Town Planning approval to erect any adver tising billboard or sign. What makes these signs uglier is that a lot of them are also sponsoring a soda brand one particular brand seems to have an open approval as their signs are everywhere and they stay up for weeks or in some cases till they fade. I have to ask the Downtown Development Board the Architectural Town Planning Board of Nassau City whether they are really serious in what you say you are serious about because I see so much ugliness which they, the Boards, seem to support as they do nothing to remove them. If the problem is those who sit on these Boards then ask for their immediate resignations. Much fanfare and spin, oh look what we are doing, the Downtown Development Board launched a web site as if that would change everything believe me as I have been on the site, there is absolutely nothing on the site except promises no development plans nothing. Who is fooling who? Certainly not me...I simply dont believe the spin this Board continues to generate joe public aint stupid. J MOORE Nassau, November 12, 2009. Much fanfar e, spin and ugliness! EDITOR, The Tribune. A few years ago I wrote t o the post master gener a ls office to complain a bout mail deliveries, especially first class. I received a prompt reply and was informed that first class mail took o nly four days. As a subscriber to a busin ess weekly that is sent f irst class, I had, however, become accustomed to receiving issues out of sequence and often three issues at the same time. A new record was r ecently set with the arrival of an early issue of January on the 2nd of October as well as a bill mailed from the US on August 28th, also on October 2. NO NAME Nassau, October, 2009. New mail record set
THE Grand Bahama Port Authority said it has steppedup efforts to create an odour free zone around Sunshine Farms. Since August of this year, the GBPA has been working along with farm owners to implement a new and more effective waste man agement system to greatly minimise the odour problem. At this time, work is in progress on a novel approach f or the farm to rectifying the problem, said Nakira Wilch combe, environmental manager for the GBPA. During a recent tour of the facility, which the GBPA says environmental inspectors frequently monitor, workers were busy con structing the last of four holding tanks. The tanks are an integral part of the newly created manure-management system which the company says will rapidly turn waste in composting. This new system diminishes the manures contact with natural elements, there-by greatly minimising the emanation of foul odours. Additionally, not only is GBPA supervising the con struction of the facilities being installed, but we are committed to assisting with the proper and consistent management of the new system, said Mrs Wilchcombe. At a town meeting held to address issues related to the proposed Goombay Park site for the new Farmers Market, several businesspersons and residents expressed similar environmental concerns regarding foul odours. Mrs Wilchcombe said the GBPA is committed to creating an odour-free zone both at Sunshine Farms and at the temporary market site, where fish and conch vendors have been temporarily relocated. GBPA is committed to ensuring strict adherence to rules established for the site as it relates to the prompt and proper disposal of conch shells and other associated debris, so that vendors, customers and nearby business es can continue to enjoy san itary and odour-free conditions at the temporary site, said Mrs Wilchcombe. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM IndiGO Networks is a developing telecommunications company based in Nassau, Bahamas. The company has a 20-year history in offering innovative technology and t elecommunications solutions to businesses in The Bahamas. In 2004 IndiGO was granted the rst and currently only license to allow international and domestic voice competition with The Bahamas Telecommunications Company. IndiGO Networks is currently in search of a highly qualied individual to full the position of Senior Network Engineer.Senior Network EngineerSuccessful candidates should be highly energized and willing to take on the challenges of a fast-paced network rollout. The Network Services team is tasked with the 7/24/365 OA&M of an international telecommunications network. The successful candidate will be challenged with a collection of objectives in the next year.Responsibilities custom monitoring tools and an underlying Cusco telephony infrastructure (NetApp/Symantec Netbackup interconnection Qualications monitoring and troubleshooting resolve network problems providers network preferred BTS softswitch preferred OA&M documentation IndiGO Networks offers a highly competitive package of benets. Salary is commensurate with qualications and experience. Qualied candidates should submit their resumes in writing to: IndiGO Networks PO BOX N-3920 Attention: VP Network Services Or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Lewis Y ard Primary School was d ismissed for a second time this week because ofa persistent foul odour that has sparked health concerns for teachers and students. Classes were dismissed o n Monday when a numb er of persons at the s chool became ill, reporte dly as a result of fumes f rom the nearby industria l area. When students and teachers returned to school on Tuesday, the odour was still there, so classes were dismissed again. Parents were called to p ick up their children s hortly after 10am. S chool Principal Rodney Smith said the odour has been noticed from time to time at the school, but has never been as severe as it was on Monday. A number of students, teachers and support staff became ill on Monday asa result of fumes and o dour in the area, he said. We are still having some odour at the school today and so students and teachers were dismissed Tuesday. T here are around 200 s tudents and teachers at L ewis Yard Primary. School and Department of Education officials have met with representatives of the nearby industrial plants concerning emissions in the area. Vopak Terminal B ahamas, formerly the Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO it will continue to monitor emissions. The industrial area is comp rised of several large plants, i ncluding BORCO, Pharm aChem, Grand Bahama Power Company, and Polymers International. The residents of Pinders Point have also complained of feeling ill as a result of fumes. In addition to an offensive smell, they c omplain of respiratory problems, burning nostrils, nausea and vomiting, and skin irritation. Community Activist Troy Garvey is calling for t he entire community to be r elocated. M inistry of Education officials in Freeport could not be reached for comment concerning the situation. Lewis Yard School dismissed again GBPA seeks to manage foul farm smell Strong industrial fumes spark health concerns W ORK IN PROGRESS: W orkers constructing the new facilities. N EW w aste management tanks at Sun-s hine Farms.
BY LARRY SMITH "This is how the islands from t he shame of necessity sell thems elves; this is the seasonal erosion of their identity, that highpitched repetition of the same images of service that cannot distinguish one island from the other, with a future of polluted marinas, land deals negotiated b y ministers, and all of this cond ucted to the music of the Happy Hour and the rictus of a smile." Derek Walcott, Fragments of Epic Memory. T he stark contrast between lavishg overnment i ncentives for "huge hotels" and the starvation of Caribbean culture by" stupid" politicians, "threatens u s with intellectual extinction", according to St Lucian poet and p laywright Derek Walcott. Walcott, who won the Nobel p rize for literature in 1992, provided star material for the Con s truction Seminar Group's biennial event at the College of the Bahamas last week. Although pushing 80, deaf and v isibly frail, he is a master of the epigram a concise, cleverw ay of expression and still wields a cutting wit that he l ikens to Don Quixote's lance. In style and appearance W alcott resembles Bahamian songwriter Eric Minns. But he w as able to draw a standing room-only audience of the local literati at the COB's Anatol Rodgers lecture the night b efore the Construction Group's workshop. At bothe vents he pushed a lifelong argument that nation-building requires more than just big, for eign-owned hotels that steal the landscape. "If they were a little more d aring they could use art to make money. Tourists have n owhere to go, nothing to fulfil themselves in terms of the local experience. We should producem ore artists as an economic p roposition," he said. "There's a lot of work in art, but our governments don't accept that. They think art is just fun, a hob b y, but it's an industry." T ripping off the names of renowned Caribbean writers and artists, Walcott revelled in t he regional output of genius: "And if the arts were endorsed," he added, "it would b e even more phenomenal. At 80 I feel betrayed by what has happened in the Caribbean in the arts. In St Lucia we don't even have a theatre or a museu m because the people we elect d on't think they are necessary." W alcott, who is also a p ainter, is especiall y angered by the fact that "every view is now on sale in the Caribbean." This is something he has referred to overt he years as "prostitution" in n umerous lamentations on the erosion of West Indian culture. And this was in a way the theme of the Construction Seminar Group's event, which provided a hard-nosed economic backdrop to Walcott's dramatic prose. The CSG was formed by l ocal engineers Hammond Rah ming and Lelawattee ManooRahming to keep contractors, engineers and architects up to date on industry trends, whilst addressing key development issues. Last week's seminar focused on sustainable growth, with speakers like former finance minister James Smith, COB professor Olivia Saunders, engineer Ray McKenzie, Contractors Association chief Steve Wrinkle, and KPMG Bahamas managing director Simon Townend. Expansions Smith, who presided over one of the largest expansions of foreign investment in Bahamian history from 2002 to 2007, now questions whether these capital flows connected to big real estate projects were of much use to the country's long-term development. "Our policy has always relied on tax concessions, requiring very little from investors in terms of linkages with the domestic economy," he said. "The evidence suggests we should focus on improving the quality of our labour force, and upgrading infrastructure and public institutions to add value to the economy. We need to apply a consistent cost-benefit analysis to each project. We should liberalise, deregulate and make things more trans parent." Breaking down the country's work force of 185,000, Smith said the government employed 25,000 people with hotels absorbing another 13,000. The rest of us work for small and medium-sized businesses in the private sector that are often scorned and overlooked, although Smith admitted the return from stimulating domestic investment could be greater than that from foreign invest ment. College of the Bahamas business professor Olivia Saun ders took this train of thought to its illogical conclusion, argu ing for a revolution as the only way to achieve greater eco nomic benefits for Bahamians: "It is often said that the FNM sold out the country and the PLP outdid them, but for eign investors have owned and controlled the commanding heights of our economy ever since the Royal Victoria Hotel was built 150 years ago," she said. "We have to ask what purpose foreign investment serves. Wealth never lies in jobs, it liesi n capital, which is the profits that don't belong to us." S aunders traced our current economic model not to Stafford Sands but back to the 1920s to promoters like Harold Christie, who pioneered land developm ent. "Do the benefits of foreign investment exceed theg iveaways?" she asked. "We don't know, but perhaps some o ne in the Office of the Prime Minister does. I say we get very little because most of the capital goes right back out in profittaking or to pay for imports." Arguing that the country's persistently high unemploy m ent rates have not been relieved by more and more for e ign investment, she pointed to back-room deals and the absence of any requirements for investors to follow as evid ence that our current business model was detrimental to longterm development. "But we can't change our economic regime without changing our whole political and social structure." Contractor Steve Wrinkle had a different take, noting that our dependency on tourism and foreign investment is a fact of life that is unlikely to change: "The question is how do we maximise our return on foreign investment, and the simple answer is that we have to par ticipate in the development and operation of projects. But this means raising the standards of our local industries." Engineer Ray McKenzie agreed, pointing to the reality that the small number of Bahamians, and the even small er number of wealthy capitalists among us, are simply incapable of driving the economy at the levels that are needed. He also acknowledged a significant trickle-down effect from for eign investment. "Twenty years ago we had only six engineering firms, and now there are over 20, they focus on a much broader scope of business, and up to 75 per cent of their income comes from foreign projects." Still, he argued, there could have been much more growth over those 20 years, "and if we manage things in a more thoughtful way we can do better going forward." Reviewing current economic data, accountant Simon Tow nend noted that foreign investment in the region had account ed for as much as 15 per cent of GDP in recent years, mostly due to large real estate and tourism projects, but these capital flows had dropped by a startling 40 per cent over the past year, producing a "sizeable economic contraction." Regional economies are now undergoing "huge checks and balances", Townend said. These have taken the form of major financial collapses (like CLICO), pressures on offshore financial centres from Group of 20 countries, the collapse ofe xternal financing for developm ent projects, and a 10-15 per c ent fall-off in tourism, which is not expected to rebound in the Bahamas before 2013. In fact, the IMF is forecasting a prolonged recovery for the Caribbean, with a return to pre-crisis growth rates seen as unlikely. So in the medium term, Townend said, public s pending must be more focused and policies will have to work harder in order for governments to maintain some finan c ial headroom. "There will be a slow recove ry in tourism as people need to r ebuild equity and confidence," Townend said. "Without second home buyers there are nob ig real estate projects, and w e've lost all the banks that w ere financing these projects anyway. There is still vultureequity around looking to pick up deals that have fallen apart, but that is not the type ofi nvestor we want." H e said the global cri sis had increased already high public debt levels, even as revenues declined. As ar esult, governments across the r egion were looking for alternative financing models, with the Bahamian energy and com munications sectors already being liberalised. He suggest e d that public private partners hips may soon be forged to build a new port and hospital in Nassau, with schools perhaps next on the list. "Leaving aside government i nfrastructure projects we think t here will be a very slow recovery for foreign investment," he said. "And that will be dependent on our being more comp etitive in tourism and finan c ial services." De v elopment These issues were discussed in a paper on development impacts presented by the CSG last year at a conference in Trinidad and Tobago. The main conclusions drawn were that local professionals lacked suffic ient capacity to participate significantly in big complex projects, and the government did n ot encourage such participat ion anyway. The CSG pointed to the lack of consultation between government and local professional bodies representing the built environment, as well as to a labour force woefully unprepared to work on major pro jects due to a lack of skills. More technical training and the setting of professional standards were seen as key to gain ing increased benefits from foreign investment projects. As Derek Walcott put it last week, "every city depends on tourism, but we are so small, and it is the imbalance of scale that is so crucial. But govern ments are here to provide more than huge hotels." In other places Walcott has talked of the "obscenity of greed", the "prostitution of development" as well as bribery and corruption when speaking of foreign land grabs that offer little for the local economy beyond low-paid service jobs. But, as his College of the Bahamas interlocutor Ian Strachan has already observed in print, "Tourism has afforded Bahamians a level of material prosperity envied throughout most of the region, and this, of course, stands as its principal virtue...(But increased spending on marketing and continued recruitment of foreign capital, how has the Bahamian government sought to secure the future of this industry." It may be Walcott's role to use strong words to paint stark pictures of what is wrong with development in our island nations, but it is our job to come up with realistic solutions to prevent the loss of cultural identity and to exploit the opportunities that foreign investment can bring. What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Lamenting the erosion of West Indian culture Do the benefits of for eign investment exceed the giveaways? A A t t 8 8 0 0 I I f f e e e e l l b b e e t t r r a a y y e e d d b b y y w w h h a a t t h h a a s s h h a a p p p p e e n n e e d d i i n n t t h h e e C C a a r r i i b b b b e e a a n n i i n n t t h h e e a a r r t t s s . D D e e r r e e k k W W a a l l c c o o t t t t
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Ingraham, Prime Minister of the 18th November, 2009 as NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM DAY. I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 13th day of November, 2009 HUBERT A. INGRAHAM PRIME MINISTER Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AN MPand attorney has questioned whether incompetent judges and other court officers are contributing to scandalous d elays in the administration o f justice and suggested a judicial code of conduct m ight be in order. R evealing his intention to write a formal letter of c omplaint to the Chief Justice, MP for Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell said it is a scandal that certain simple .. matters are taking months, i f not years, to be decided b y judges and registrars. J udges He went on to claim that s ome judges act impulsivel y, on a hair trigger, and disrespect attorneys. S peaking in the House of A ssembly, Mr Mitchell told parliamentarians he wonders if there is not a need for judicial training on a regular basis. T he MP suggested that h e is also in favour of a judicial code of conduct as exists in the United States, which would be enforceable without going to the extent of requiring a n offending judges r emoval from office. He was speaking during the debate on the Arbitra-t ion Bill in the House of Assembly on Monday. It is a scandal that in this country you cant go before a registrar on a simp le interlocutory applicat ion and get a decision in a s hort period of time. L aw Theres the question p eople are beginning to q uestion the competence o f judicial officers in the l aw. Whether or not it is a lack of competence thats causing these delays. And here for the moment Im talking simply about the c ivil side of the courts, b ecause we already know t he delays on the criminal side are a scandal, said Mr Mitchell. Interlocutory matters are those which involve not the t rial itself, but specific prel iminary legal points raised prior to the beginning of the trial. M r Mitchell queried the logic behind judges or registrars routinely reserving judgment on such matters f or months on end, delaying resolution and progress. Why is it that these i nterlocutory matters rout inely require reserve judgm ents? What are you reserving judgment for on at axation matter? On e xtending time? What are you reserving judgment for? These are decisions that can be made in five minutes once submissions are finished, he said. M eanwhile, the MP and p ractising attorney sug gested that those presidingo ver such matters often m ake their written deci s ions unnecessarily longwinded, or else fail to provide written explanations for their decision for extended periods of time. Everyone wants to be L ord Denning. They want to write 43 pages on whether the time should be extended, said the MP. Mr Mitchell noted that in G uyana, government and society are plagued by court delays similar to those he described, to the e xtent that a law was passed demanding that decisions must be given w ithin six months. H e made his comments i n relation to the Arbitration Bill, which the govern-m ent said is intended to lay t he legal foundation for the Bahamas to eventually become a major centre for arbitration, attracting business from abroad. Noting that while arbi tration is commonlyf avoured as an alternative d ispute resolution mecha nism to going to court, asi t can be less expensive and l ess fraught with delays, Mr M itchell pointed out that there will be instances where the court will still have to intervene in the dispute resolution process. As we consider the A rbitration Bill as a means for promoting the faster conduct and resolution for disputes we have to providet he support services. One o f the support services is the courts and the delays cannot continue, said MrM itchell. MP and attorney suggests judicial code of conduct By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org GOVERNMENT is too busy engaging in "politricks" instead of addressing ways to avoid further bloodshed from violent crime, claimed PLP Chairman Bradley R oberts. Mr Roberts added that government's policies have "failed miserably" in tackling the country's vexing crime problem, while laying out recent crime statistics that he had compiled. "The Progressive Liberal P arty emphasises that it is indeed unfortunate that the Free National Movement is engaging in 'politricks' as the blood of our fellow Bahamians continue to flow needlessly on our streets and in our home," said Mr Roberts in a statement released yesterday. The chairman's comments came the same day a construction worker wass tabbed to death at a church building site following an argument with another contractor. Days earlier, on Saturday, a young Grand Bahama man was shot and killed by a gunman during a home invasion. Last Friday, prison officer Clifford Godet Jr died after he was shot in the head during an argument at a gated apartment complex. Their deaths pushed the country's murder count to 76 for the year. Up to press time the current murder count was fourm ore than 2008's final tally of 72 and three murders shy o f the record breaking 79 murders which were recorded in 2007, based on statis tics released by the RBPF in January. Mr Roberts also shot back at the FNM fora ttempting to "downplay the effectiveness" of the f ormer administration's Urban Renewal Programme. It is the latest in the ongoing verbal skirmish between the two political parties since the FNM dismantled the community policing section of the programme after coming into office in 2007. "The FNM statement asks that if the U rban Renewal Programme was so effec tive, why did two riots (one in 2002 in Kemp Road and the other in Nassau Vil lage in 2005) occur. It is obvious that the FNM Government has not read the primary Urban Renewal document or the Pilot Study Research Report that was compiled by the Royal Bahamas Police Force with information supplied by State Depart ment. "The Urban Renewal Programme commenced in 2002 in the Farm Road Constituency. It was then introduced in the Bain/Grants Town Constituency. Following the uprising in the Kemp Road area, Urban Renewal was introduced in thata rea as a means to rebuild the police/community relationship. It was introduced in N assau Village following a similar uprising in 2005. One would recall that both of these uprisings were the result of police involved shootings." He added that given the recent number of shootings involving the police, government should consider arming the policew ith a taser gun or pepper spray. "Otherwise, they will likely face an u prising where innocent lives are lost," he said. Mr Roberts also put forward several crime fighting suggestions from the PLP: Consider the development of a national plan for crime prevention; Review training for law enforcement in investigative and prosecution techniques; Consider establishing a 'Swift Justice' i nitiative which monitors and tracks serious cases with the overall objective of effective case management; Introduce a system that connects all stakeholders in the Criminal Justice System in order that each would act as a watch dog to the other; Reintroduce Urban Renewal in its true and full form as a recognition that it is the most aggressive and viable means to crime prevention. BRADLEYROBERTS Roberts slams govt over crime F RED MITCHELL
leader and he gives me that o pportunity, absolutely. I w ant to do what is best for this country, he said. As for contesting Mr Christie again, Mr Moss said t hat if he was given the opportunity he would absolutely run. I think that we must be able to test it (the leadership at all times. I am not one to shy away from it. I believev ery strongly in what I do. I believe very strongly in my vision and I believe we can d o better as a country. I b elieve that. I believe that Bahamians have been left behind for tool ong. We are all struggling in this country. This country talks about it being better int he Bahamas but better for w ho? Better for those who hear that message on the outside and come here and live b etter. It is not better for us. And this is why I run, and why I will continue to runu ntil I get that opportunity t o be a part of a team to put the country in the right posi tion. M r Moss said that at the end of the day there were many reasons why he was u nsuccessful in his first stint to unseat Mr Christie. Chief among them, he said, was the fact that vital information, s uch as the delegate voting list, were denied to him and his team even up until thisd ate. While the former candidate says he bears no illwill for the results of the elec t ions, he will be redoubling his efforts to garner the nomination to represent the peo-p le of St Cecilia in the House of Assembly. Mr Moss also chimed in on t he results of the FNMs convention stating that the partys former chairman John ley Ferguson, and one of the p artys most notable supporters Ivoine Ingraham, were treated unfairly by the l eadership. I saw the hurt on Johnley Fergusons face, and I ams urprised that even if my own leader told me not to run, I w ould run. And so I believe when you look at the democracy inside the FNM, one can question whether or not thew ill of at least two men was acknowledged. I believe that Johnley Ferguson and Ivoine I ngraham were devastated because they did not get that opportunity and I dont thinkt hat speaks well for that par ty, he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM and he had little hope for the trial ever coming to court. But this week justice was s erved to Davids great surprise, and tremendous relief. He believes he is one of hundreds of victims of unnatural intercourse or rape in a large but suppressed gay, bisexual and transgender community, but victims are reluctant to speak up in a homophobic socie ty. David said: They say the Bahamas is a Christian nation, but actually its not because a case like this can happen to anybody, and there are so many things like this going on, but theres no one here to actually fight for you. There should be more protection for victims. There are no gay rights like there is in the United States. We have to protect ourselves. We have new groups com ing out every year, but theres still no protection. When stuff happens to you they just want to curse you and they dont want to bother with it because you are gay. So thats why I think a lot of people are scared to actually report it. The attack left Davids face cut, swollen and bruised. But it i s the trauma that still haunts him. In the aftermath he attended counselling sessions at the Crisis Centre twice a week, underwent testing for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, and his transgender treatment had to be put on hold. N ow he has finally received justice, David hopes to finish high school and continue with the treatment he had started and move on. He said: Im just happy now that its over and I do not have to keep reliving the whole nightm are all over again. Now I can put that behind me and try to get on with my life. I always wanted to speak out about it and put it out in the open so people could know that just because you are different doesnt mean you should be scared to come forward with y our case. You shouldnt sit back just because you are gay and let people take advantage of you so it would show a lot of people that you can still come forward and still get justice no matter how long it takes. Try to get justice. J oseph Sweeting will be sentenced on January 12. ing initiative which is being coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Hotel Association, in collaboration with numerous private companies offering tourismrelated products and services. They will be exposed to the broadest public and private sector experiences which are important for the development of well-rounded tourism professionals, Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool Wallace announced yes terday. The apprenticeship experience, for which applications can be obtained today from www.tourismtoday.com, forms a specific portion of the temporary work programme which Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham recently announced the Government would be rolling out to create jobs during hard economic times. That entire programme is set to employ 2,500 individuals at a cost of $14million to the public purse. The tourism aspect of the job creation scheme was announced yesterday during a press conference at the British Colonial Hilton hosted by Mr Vanderpool Wallace, Director General of Tourism Vernice Walkine, Head of Human Resources for the Ministry, Leslie Norville and BHA President Robert Sands. Tourism stakeholders have been talking about this kind of programme for a long time, Mr Vanderpool Wallace claimed, adding that the opportunity arose under the auspices of the work programme mandated by the Prime Minister. Mr Sands said the BHA is delighted to support the initiative, which he described as an investment in the future of the tourism sector. By participating in this effort, the sector is helping itself by helping to create a pool of work ready young people from which they can draw as economic conditions improve, said Mr Sands, who suggested that employers in the industry have for too long been grabbing at the bottom of the pool for employees. It was revealed that selected participants, who will all be computer-literate Bahamians between the ages of 18 to 30 with at least a high school diploma, will be paid $210 a week for six months as they do two-month rotations between three different public and private touristic entities gaining a varied work expe rience in the countrys most important sector. Among the areas where apprentices can potentially gain experience are: The Ministry of Tourism, various hotels, restaurants, attractions, tour operators, destination management companies and airlines. No previous experience in the tourism or hospitality sectors is required, although can didates will be put through a fairly rigorous screening process by human resources professionals from the tourism sector. Encouraging young people from throughout The Bahamas to apply, Mr Vanderpool Wallace said: Its a very comprehensive programme to get as many young people as immersed in what they need to work in the tourism sector as possible, so that when they are finished they will be an outstanding indi vidual prepared unlike any before to work. Those involved have committed that at least twenty participants will be immediately retained for full-time employment at the end of the programme while the rest would be kept on record as a pool of skilled potential candi dates for employment. Each will receive a certificate of participa tion, along with their salary and experience, for their efforts. It is certainly our hope that in the next year and a half to two years that all of these people will be absorbed (into employment in the industry), said the Minister. These people will have gone through this rigorous screening and training pro gramme...they will be valuable people, he added. Tourism stakeholders anticipate that if all goes well with the programme it will be offered to others once the initial six-month training period ends for the first candidates. Both the Minister and Mr Sands emphasised that the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU consulted and engaged as the initiative moves ahead, so they are satisfied that this will not displace those already in the sector. Those interested in becoming an apprentice can find an application at www.tourismtoday.com/apprentice. The Apprentice hot line is 328 0860. All applications must be submitted by November 27, 2009. My fight for justice F ROM page one FROM page one A chance for young people to ear n as they learn in tourism PAUL MOSS speaks to the media yesterday. F ROM page one T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Paul Moss willing to challenge again for PLPleadership POLICE yesterday confirmed the identity of a construction worker who was stabbed to death during a fight on the building site of Evangelistic Temple on Collins Avenue on Monday. As initially reported by The Tribune, the victim has been identified as 21-year-old Leonard Johnson of Misty Gardens. Police say that they have in custody a 27-year-old man of Burial Ground Corner who is assisting them in their investigations. Eye-witnesses told police there had been an argument between Mr Johnson who was employed by Thurstons Construction, and another construction worker when he was fatally stabbed at around 3pm on Monday. Mr Johnson was rushed to the Princess Margaret Hospital in a private vehicle, but died of his injuries within two hours. He is the 76th person to be murdered in the Bahamas this year. Identity of stabbed worker confirmed A FORMER police officer who loves giving back to thec ommunity is calling for othe rs to lend a helping hand to a r eading programme he started for children in Englerston. Calieel Rashad Amahad, a 39-year-old father of one, describes himself as a patri-o tic Bahamian who enjoys g iving his time and resources t o charities and other social initiatives. He told The Tribune he is on the lookout for guest readers and book donations for his programme. M r Amahad, also the youth director for the New Life Kingdom Outreach Ministry, believes that many of the countrys social problems can only be addressed through community efforts that engage children from a young age. Its up to you and me to c ome up with a community plan, said Mr Amahad, who s tarted the after school readi ng programme in September of this year. The group is open to those aged seven to 17 and operatesa s an extension of the Urban R enewal Programme in E nglerston. At present, there are around 15 to 20 children taking part. Mr Amahad said: We the community need to be a parto f the change in our commun ity together the citizens, c orporate sponsors, residents of the community, church and civic groups letting the children know we care. We all have a stake in this. No politics involved, just purec ommunity. To encourage the children in his project to push themselves to achieve their full potential, Mr Amahad is giving prizes at the close of the Fall semester for those who read the most books. A nyone wishing to donate p rizes, books, or their time are welcome to do so, said Mr A mahad. H e can be contacted at email@example.com. Former police officer calls for help with reading programme READER OF THE MONTH in the Englerston reading group Laura smiles with Dennis Dames, manager of the Englerston UrbanR enewal programme.
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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Oct-09 30-Sep-09 31-Oct-09 31-Oct-09 6-Nov-09 31-Oct-09MARKET TERMS31-Oct-09Colina Over-The-Counter Securities BISX Listed Mutual Funds31-Oct-09 31-Oct-09 30-Sep-09 31-Oct-09 NAV Date By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org WHEN he served as president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations(BAAA in 1994, Alpheus Hawk Finlayson approached businessman Harrison Petty with the idea of sponsoring the National High School Cross Country Championships. T wenty years later, the championships continue to remain a vibrant event on the BAAA calendar. As a matter of fact, the championshipshas been placed on the same day as the BAAA annual general meeting. The BAAA AGM, which will also include the election of officers for the next three years, is set for 9am Saturday in the conference room on the ground floor of the Ministryof Education, Thompson Boulevard. Also on Saturday starting at 1 pm in Haynes Oval at Fort Charlotte, the BAAA is scheduled to hold the 20th annual Colony Club Cross Country Championships. During a press conference yesterday at the Colony Club, Finlayson, who is seeking another term in office as theBAAA public relations officer, said in keeping the tradition alive of hosting the championships, the BAAA is living up to the mandate of its governing body IAAF, which is responsible for track and field, road racing, cross count ry and mountain running. We all know that the Central American and Caribbean Confederation have had cross countries in the past, Finlayson said. As a matter of fact, we had the CAC Cross Country Championships here in 1994. NACAC has taken over the cross country champi onships and I think were planning on doing the NACAC cross country championships in the future. Coming on the heels of the CH Reeves Junior High Schools 16th annual Cross C ountry Championships, Finl ayson said they have develo ped a long and rich legacy with the Colony Club, who through their sponsorship, hosted one of the championships in Grand Bahama. And he hopes that as the event is put on Saturday, they will have a significant amount of Bahamian high school students come out and partici pate. Sherwin Stuart, a BAAA council member who will be vying for the post of first vice president, announced that they are pleased to once again engage the services of coach Stephen Murray as the meet director. Murray, according to Stu art, has had a stellar career with the middle and long distance programme since he switched from running to coaching. Stuart noted that Murray has planned a number of trips abroad with his Striders Track Club and has served with dis tinction as a coach of many national teams. He further stated that while Murray declined to say much, he let his work ethic speak for him. Just recently Murray was awarded the first Caribbean Banks Unsung Hero Award for his outstanding communi ty service. Murray, who has been responsible for developing some of the top distance runners in the country, such as Ramona Nicholls, Alexis Wil son, Lucille Guerrier and Denzil Oneil Williams, said he has always had a passion for distance running and the cross country. He revealed that once again, this years championship will be geared for com petitors for under-13 and under-15 divisions for junior high schools and under-17 and under-20 for the high schools. The NACAC Cross Country has a junior division and so we will have the course set up where the under-20 and under-17 boys will run a 6k course so we can know and identify who will take part in the championships next March, Murray said. As for the under-17 and under-20 girls, Murray said they will do a 4K course, which is also being used to groom our competitors for the NACAC Cross Country. The under-13 and under-15 competitors will also run a 4K course, but they will not be eligible for the NACAC Championships. Unfortunately, Murray said, as this is the High School Nationals, they wont have a primary school division. Mike Sands, who will be vying once again for the post of president, said the cham pionships will again provide a chance for the schools to try and dethrone the CR Walker Knights and the CH Reeves Raptors, the reigning senior and junior high school champions respectively. And based on what they saw at the CH Reeves Cross Country Championships, Sands said there is going to be a lot of individual matchups as competitors compete not just for the team trophies but also awards presented to the first three finishers. Cross country championships, BAAA general meeting all set MARLENE ST JEAN makes a pass in front of the defense a pplied by Knights Theodra Bain... LAESHA GRANT makes a move in the post... PAMELA BETHEL goes up for two of her game high 19 points a mongst a crowd of defenders... Dionisio Carey the 100 breast in 1:14.04 and 10th in the 50 breast in 34.20. Ask Carey and he would tell you that the 50 breast has been his forte because its a stroke that I really like. But if there was any event that he really struggled with, it is the 800 free because its too long. Carey, who also runs track for Queens College, said a lot of his success has been due in part to the competition that he has gotten over the years from Tynes. In the only meet so far this year, Carey and Tynes hooked up at their Barracudas Family Guardian Invitational. Tynes got the better of the match-up when he won the 400 free in 4:53.23 with Carey taking second in 5:03.92 behind Swifts Zach Moses (4:55.34 Also, in the 100 free, Tynes pulled off the win in 1:01.52 with Carey settling for second in 1:03.86. Moses got third in 1:07.57. They both went on to win each event they competed in. This weekend, the duo will be heading to Florida as a part of the Barracud as 24-member team that will be competing at the Plantation Winter Champs Meet. Carey will be competing in the 11-12 division with Khes Adderley, Cedric Bowe, Drew Bastian, Jourdan Bevans and Christina-Marie Chea. Tynes, on the other hand, is entered in the 1314/open division with Camron Bruney, Aaron Chea, Martin Dean, Kohen Kerr, Matthew Lowe, Pemrae Walker, Shayla Campbell, Sherelle Fernander, Gabrielle Greene, Sydnee Kerr, Anna Misiewicz and JeNae Saunders. The under-10 division will include Khadn Adder ley, Izaak Bastian, Clement Bowe, Gershwin Greene and Aikman Austin. The Barracudas is coached by Sue Colby and Micharl Stuart. Omar and Elva Carey, the parents of Dionisio, say they are very proud of their sons achievement and the rivalry that he has experienced with Tynes. P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Knights rout the Magic i ng her claim as one of the leagues best. Rodgers outscored the Stingrays on her own as she led the field with a game high 26 points. The lightning quick guard routinely beat defenders downcourt and finished at the rim to score 13 points in each half. Her lay-up with 4:15 left to play in the first half gave the Cobras their first 20-point lead at 26-6 and a coast to coast basket three minutes later gave her team their biggest lead of the half, 30-6. The Cobras led 30-10 at intermission. The second half produced much of the same as the C C Sweeting lead grew to as much as 32 on a lay-up by Jaynell Cox who finished with 10 points while Paula Greene added eight. Shaquelle Bain led the Stingrays with eight while Tawanna Prosper finished with seven. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 GHS MAGIC guard Ternaj Green drives to the basket...
THE Bahamas Softball Federation today releases the names of those players, managers and coaches that will make up the national team to represent the Bahamas at the CAC Qualifier in St Andres, Colombia, February 1-10, 2010. The countries that have already confirmed participation are Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Island, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Netherlands & Antilles, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Nicaragua. At this time, it is not known which countries would be in the same division with the Bahamas. The team is slated to depart for Colombia on January 29, 2010. Heres a look at the makeup of the mens national softball team 2010. Manager Perry Seymour Coaches Erin Adderley and Anthony Fowler P P l l a a y y e e r r s s Edney Bethel, Freddie Cornish, Anton Gibson, Eugene Pratt, Alcott Forbes, Jamal Johnson, Phil Culmer, Garfield Bethel, William Weatherford, Ricardo Rolle, Dwayne Mackey, Marvin Wood, Terran Wood, Sher man Ferguson, Van Johnson, Greg Burrows Jr and Renaldo Rolle. BSF names mens national softball team members Police defeat Castrol Commonwealth C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE second junior squash league, sponsored by CocaCola, started on November 7 at the Squash Club on Village Road. There will be six weeks of competition with the final matches being played on Saturday, December 12. Four teams of five players each have competed now for two weeks with the Coke Zeroers leading the way with a total of 24 points, led by team captain Dylan. In second place are the Diet Cokesters captained by Michael scoring a total of 20 points. In third place we have a tie with 16 points each for the Coke Crushers captained by AJ and the Coke Strokers led by team captain Oliver. Coke Zeroers on top in junior squash league S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L B B A A I I S S S S S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L C C H H A A M M P P I I O O N N S S THE Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS completed its softball championships on Monday with the St Augustines College Big Red Machine adding the junior boys title to the crowns they won in both the junior and senior girls divisions. However, the St Andrews Hurricanes should be commended for capturing their third consecutive senior boys title, not the Kingsway Academy Saints as stated in M ondays paper. The Trib une apologises to St A ndrews for the error. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L B B A A I I S S S S B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L WITH the softball season over, the BAISS will shift its attention to its basketball season which is scheduled to start 4pm today with only the senior boys division in action. Heres a look at the s chedule: Aquinas College at Westminster; Temple Christian at Bahamas Academy; Charles W Saunders at St Johns College; Faith Temple at St Augustines College; Kingsway Academy at St Annes School and Jordan Prince William at Queens College. The junior boys and senior girls are slated to begin play on Thursday. The junior girls will not start play until Monday, November 30. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L G G S S S S S S A A B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSA to continue its basketball regular season today with the following games on tap: D D W W D D a a v v i i s s G G y y m m n n a a s s i i u u m m RM Bailey vs Dame Doris Johnson (senior girls Anatol Rodgers vs Gov ernment High (senior boys) and CR Walker vs CV Bethel (senior boys C C I I G G i i b b s s o o n n G G y y m m n n a a s s i i u u m m AF Adderley vs SC McPherson (junior boys and CH Reeves vs HO Nash (junior boys SPORTS IN BRIEF THE Police defeated Cas trol Commonwealth by eight wickets as the Bahamas Cricket Association contin ued its regular season action on Saturday. The Police bowled out the Commonwealth team for a mere 62 runs in 16 overs. Himchand Rampersad was the top scorer with 26 runs. Bowling for the Police, Gregory Taylor Sr took five wickets and youthful player Odain Tucker had four. The Police, at bat, scored 67 runs for the loss of two wickets. Marc Taylor was the top scorer with 44 runs. On Sunday, the Dynasty Stars played Scotiabank Paradise. Dynasty Stars batted first and scored 269 runs for the loss of two wickets. Both youth player Ryan Toppin and veteran Jairam Mangra scored centuries. Tappin had 102 and Mangra 100 not out. Paradise, at bat, responded by scoring 173 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Their top scorers were Aeon Lewis with 52 runs, Mike Smith with 36 and Dr Mark Butler with 29 runs. Dynasty won by 96 runs. In related news, the Cay man Islands players and fans wrote to the BCA expressing their gratitude for the success of their visit. They also expressed their thanks o the Ministry of Tourism for the welcome at the Lynden Pindling International Airport and the gifts and souvenirs they received. The team left Nassau on November 10. Dynasty Stars beat Scotiabank Paradise by 96 runs THE COKE ZEROERS are leading the way in the second annual squash league... RETIRED Olympic and World champion Tonique Williams-Darling, who has t urned her career to coaching, was invited t o Moores Island, Abaco, where she taught some valuable lessons to students. I was invited by Mr Carl Johnson to be a guest speaker to the Moores Island All-Age School and to meet with the track team, said Williams-Darling of her sessions with the 167 students and the trackt eam of about 40 athletes. Moores Island All-Age School, which can boast of winning the boys under-20 4 x 100 metre relay at the 2009 nationals, does not have an official coach but Pastor Anthony Williams of the Soul Seeking Evangelistic of Churches Internationals erves in that capacity. Williams-Darling, who has started her own TWD Track Club here in New Providence, said the school has very limited facilities and they are forced to use a grass field for their 400m track that is spread around the basketball and volleyball courts. D espite their limited resources, Moores I sland All-Age School was the first to donate to the TWD Foundation, according to Williams-Darling. Her foundation started for the purpose of contributing to the development and growth of sports throughout the Bahamas. During her visit, Williams-Darling held a two-day workout session with the students as she shared her wisdom, teaching techniques and drills in an effort to inspire the athletes. Most memorable moments for me, Williams-Darling said, was going to my first wake and learning some good old island home cooking. A lthough encouraged to fish by several natives, Williams-Darling promised a fishing trip upon her next return. She intends to take some members of her TWD club to host a camp in Moores Island next year. Coach Williams-Darling teaches valuable lessons to Abaco students TONIQUE WILLIAMS-DARLING with Moores Island All-Age School students...
By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com A pair of lops ided wins highlighted the senior girls division of the GSSSA basketball season yesterday at the D W Davis Gymnasium as presea son favourites made early statements. C C R R W W A A L L K K E E R R K K N N I I G G H H T T S S 4 4 0 0 G G H H S S M M A A G G I I C C 2 2 2 2 The defending champions took a double digit lead early in the first half and were nev er threatened as they cruised to a seemingly effortless win. With just two returning starters, the Knights displayed an ability to rebuild and stay ahead of the field led by Pamela Bethel and Keedra Hanna. Bethel, who was dominant in the paint and beyond the arc, led all scorers with 19 points while Hanna finished with nine. After several scoreless trips upcourt, Hanna broke the drought with a three point play for the opening score of the game. Bethel gave the Knights their first double figure lead of the game with an offensive rebound and putback to make the score 12-2 midway through the first half. With 10 points in the first half, Bethel outscored the entire Magic roster who finished with just seven. Newcomer Laesha Grant, with her first season in the senior girls division following a successful stint with the H O Nash Lions, contributed to the Knights first half domi nance in the paint. Hannas 15 foot jumper from the top of the key and Grants lay-up with less than a minute to play gave the Knights a 23-7 lead at intermission. In the second half, the Magic picked up their defensive intensity considerably to chip into the deficit. While they were able to come up with stops on the defensive end, the Magic struggled offensively. The Magic were 3-12 from the free throw line midway through the half and were just 2-10 from the field. A three pointer by Ominika Lowe gave the Knights a 31-14 lead with 9:01 left to play. The Magic would come within 13 on a three pointer by Marlene St Jean, which made the score 35-22 with just under five minutes remaining, however Hanna would stop the run with a jumper to push the lead back to 15. Grant finished with five points of the bench for the Knights while Theodora Bain added six. St Jean led the Magic with 11, Tarnaj Green added seven and Nickeytra Gilcud finished with six. C C C C S S W W E E E E T T I I N N G G C C O O B B R R A A S S 5 5 1 1 C C V V B B E E T T H H E E L L S S T T I I N N G G R R A A Y Y S S 2 2 3 3 A much improved Cobras team look to go deep into the postseason led by dynamic lead guard Terranique Rodgers who is quickly stakC M Y K C M Y K WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 P AGE 9 Cross country events, BAAA general meeting all set... TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 2009 Nassau:GrandTasting&CognacLounge Friday November 20th, 7pm Sheraton BallroomFreeport:GrandTasting&TattingerChampagneLounge Friday November 27th, 7pm Our Lucaya Grand Ballroom GrandTasting (Nassau & Freeport): $25 ($30 at the door CognacLounge (Nassau Only $50 ($60 at the door TattingerLounge (Freeport Only): $45 ($60 at the doorTickets are available at the following Butler & Sands locations: NASSAU: Butler & Sands JFK Bahamas Wines Shirley Street & Caves Village. FREEPORT: Butler & Sands in RND Plaza B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SINCE he started swimming four years ago, Dionisio Carey has come into his own. He has had a competitive rivalry with his Barracudas team-mate Dustin Tynes. The duo went head-to-head in the boys 11-12 division, but come January, Carey will remain the focus of attention, while Tynes will move up to the 13-14 division. Looking back at his performance, the 12-year-old Carey, who is in grade seven at Queens College, said he has been quite pleased with his progress. I think Ive been doing very well as an international competitor, said Carey, who made the national team that competed at the Carifta Swimming Championships for the first time last year. The versatile Carey said sitting on the sidelines and watching the more competitive swimmers compete that he got the urge to dip into the pool and that led to his introduction to the sport. And from the time he has been competing, Carey has had a long standing match-up with Tynes. At the majority of their meets, either one would win and the other came second or vice versa. The duo were so impressive last year that they got a top 10 ranking in the United States swimming long course standings. Carey, as an 11-year-old, was ranked first in the 50 backstroke with a time of 31.26 seconds; the 50 breast in 34.17; 100 breast in 1:16.38; second in the 200 breast in 2:50.36 and the 50 fly in 29.27; third in the 100 back in 1:09.46 and the 100 fly in 1:07.06 and seventh in the 200 IM in 2:33.47. Tynes, at age 12, was ranked fourth in the 200 breast in 2:38.78; seventh in I think Ive been doing very well as an international competitor DIONISIO CAREY S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 B B DIONISIO CAREY T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Knights r out Magic S S E E N N I I O O R R G G I I R R L L S S Cobras bite up Stingrays KEEDRA HANNA drives through traffic for a running jumper... T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f
T HE remote Bahamas N ational Trust field station at Union Creek is an hour's drive west of Matthew Town on Great Inagua it is not much more than a century-old cut limestone house on the edgeo f a coastal lake. T he Union Creek Reserve was created in 1965 to protect seven miles of unspoiled tidal creeks. These are the Bahamian equivalent of estu-a ries (although there is no freshwater influx) and they o ffer habitat for a rich varie ty of wildlife. Archaeologists h ave also found evidence of Lucayan occupation in this area. A local family built the house around 1900 as a turtle ranch. Wild Hawksbills were c ollected around the island and placed in the creek, but they grew slowly and storms damaged the seawalls so thef arm was eventually abandoned. The Lerner Marine L ab repaired the structure in t he 1950s as an outstation for the laboratory it ran on Bimini, but it was never used. For the past 30 years, the field station has been a site for sea turtle research pio-n eered by the late Dr Archie C arr, whose 1950s book, The Windward Road, effectively launched the turtle conservation movement. In the mid 1960s, Dr Carr delivered some hatchlings to Inagua with the help of the US Navy,a s part of his "Operation Green Turtle" project to ree stablish old nesting areas. At a bout this time Dr Carleton Ray, one of the founders of the BNT, lobbied for a reserve on Inagua. Union Creek is surrounded by mangroves and enclos-e s extensive pastures of seag rass the primary diet of Green turtles, once the most prolific as well as the most hunted of the world's six turtle species all of which are now threatened or endangered. Historic numbers in the tens of millions have dwindled to only a few hundred thousand today, and scientistsa re desperately trying to find ways to help these ancient amphibians survive. Their unusual life cycles point up the difficulty of this research. For example, Green turtle hatchlings swim out to sea from their Caribbean nesting beaches and circulate around the Atlantic on floating mats of sargassum weedf or up to a dozen years, feeding mostly on jellyfish. At a certain size they move into coastal areas (like Union Creek) and begin eating sea grass, reaching sexual maturit y at the age of 20. Then they s wim back to their original rookeries to mate and lay eggs. N o-one knows how turtles are able to manage such migratory feats, but there is s peculation that they navigate b y somehow sensing the earth's magnetic field. And they are very long-lived, w hich only adds to the con servation challenges since it takes so many years to pro-d uce a new generation. S cientists have found female turtles nesting more than 30 years after they weref irst tagged, meaning they have a lifespan similar to humans. The study popula t ion at Union Creek includes immature turtles that emigrate to other places in the region prior to the onset ofs exual maturity. "During this stage, turtles are more amenable to study. H owever, long-term studies of natural populations are difficult," according to Dr KarenB jorndal of the University of F lorida. "Movements among foraging areas are triggered by unknown cues and may i nvolve travel over thousands of kilometres and high human-induced mortality thatc an extirpate a study popula tion in a short time." Dr Bjorndal is a scientific a dvisor to the BNT who was sent to Union Creek by her mentor, Dr Carr, in 1974 to w ork on a sea turtle tagging programme at the field station. This research has been conducted annually ever since and has been able to measure growth rates and show that green turtles play a role in the marine environment similar to cattle on land by grazing on sea grass. In fact, the numbers of sea turtles in the Caribbean has been compared to the bison of the American prairies, which also once numbered in the millions before being brought to the edge of extinc tion by hunting and habitat loss in the 19th century. Dr Bjorndal and others use DNA analysis to determine links between foraging turtle populations in the Bahamas and rookeries around the Atlantic. They also investi gate the ecosystem roles of sea turtles and use data from tagged turtles to determine growth rates and survival estimates. Satellite telemetry is used to determine movementsf rom foraging grounds in the Bahamas to other areas throughout the region. Five species of turtle migrate through the Bahamas. The Green turtle is t he largest of the hardshell t urtles and the only herbivore. Its meat has been prized for centuries. The Loggerhead isn ext in size and eats mollusks and crabs. The Hawksbill eats sponges and other reef anim als and is sought after for i ts shell, from which jewelry and ornaments are made. The Leatherback is a softs helled turtle that lives in the open ocean and feeds only on jellyfish. It can weigh up to at on but is rare in the B ahamas. The omnivorous Olive Ridley is the smallest and rarest turtle in Bahamianw aters there has only been one sighting west of Andros. Dr Bjordal is now the direc t or of the Archie Carr Centre for Sea Turtle Research, which was established in 1986 by the University of Florida top romote conservation through research and education. She is working on a sea t urtle conservation strategy for the Bahamas in conjunction with the Department ofM arine Resources. S eagrass communities and coral reefs are prime sea turtle habitats. Although nesting p opulations of sea turtles in the Bahamas are small, the extent of reef and seagrasse cosystems makes our archi pelago a critical feeding and developmental area for tur-t les. "Sea turtles face a staggering array of threats as human p opulations grow, coastal habitats are developed, and marine habitats are degraded, a BNT spokesman said. "It is only through research that we can obtain the infor mation necessary to counteract these threats and ensure the survival of these magnifi cent creatures." The BNT has developed a long-term partnership with the Archie Carr Centre for Sea Turtle Research in this important work at Union Creek on Inagua. Written by Larry Smith, Media Enterprises Ltd, for the Bahamas National Trust. For more information call 393-1317 or visit www.bnt.bs. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The sea turtles at the Union Creek Reserve TURTLE RESEARCHERS AT UNION CREEK Front: Dr Karen Bjorndal and BNT warden Henry Nixon. B ack Row: Tara Burrows, Gian Burrows,BNT WardenRandolphBurrows, and Mark Rolle Jr. ECO FILES GREEN TURTLE at Union Creek.
$10m nightlife complex to cr eate some 100 jobs Waste-toenergy plants $140m economy boost By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamas Electricity Corporations (BEC financial woes can be traced to a lack of expert leadership and management and too much political interference, a former chairman said yesterday, adding that its investments in Family Island generation capacity were overpriced and would never generate a return. Al Jarrett, who headed BECs Board from June 2002 to early 2005, said that while the monopoly electricity suppliers financial position was not yet critical, many of its Family Island capital works projects, such as Abacos Wil son City power plant, were simply uneconomic from an investment return perspective. Theyre putting a RollsRoyce in Abaco and they only need a Toyota, Mr Jar rett told Tribune Business of the Wilson City project, which BEC and the Government are projecting to cost $105 million. Some $90 million of that will cover construction costs for the power plant itself, with a further $15 million required to construct a dock and fuel line. They postponed a lot of those Family Island develop ment projects, and inflation caught up with them, Mr Jarrett said. The Abaco plant could have been built for $46$56 million under my watch. They moved it to a place fur ther away from the transmission lines and built a dock. C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB email@example.com WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 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.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report. $4.17 $4.25 $4.25 Abaco s getting a Rolls-Royce when it only needs a Toyota Ex-BEC chairman warns that Corporation will never get a return on $105m investment in Wilson City plant, as island only generates 4-5% of per annum revenue Says plant could have been built for $46-$56m BEC s current woes due to absence of expert management and leadership, plus political interference Pledged: I could turn BEC around in 24 months, and do it for free S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he findings of an air traffic systems audit will not at all impact the Bahamian tourism industry,t he minister of tourism and aviation said yesterday, with the Civil Aviation Department (CAD working to ensure this nations standards conform with international best practices and maintain Category 1 status with the US authori ties. Responding to claims that the International Civil Aviation Organisations (ICAO a udit of the Bahamas air traff ic control systems could result in this nation losing its Category 1 status with the Federal Aviation Adminis tration (FAA derpool-Wallace said there was no danger of this happening. We are quite confident, as w e said in February/March, that we are addressing all the issues that surfaced in that report, and ICAO is already quite pleased with the progress we are making, the minister told Tribune Business. There are a whole num ber of issues. What ICAO made clear was that they would wish us to discuss all the details with them, and tell them what we were going to do about it. We will address it and tell them everything that they want, so they are kept up to speed on our progress on all issues. Meanwhile, Captain Patrick Rolle, director of the Civil Aviation Department (CAD told Tribune Business that his department was looking at a two-year reform programme, beginning in 2010, which would see its responsibilities for airport security and acci Confident reforms will stop aviation downgrade Some Civil Aviation staff discomforted by reform prospects Minister says ICAO audit findings on Bahamas air traffic c ontrol and safety systems will not at all impact tourism Government and Civil Aviation working to ensure no loss of FAA category 1 status, which would impact tourism and airlines Planned reforms would see Civil Aviation become independent authority, with security and accident and investigations split off into separate authorities B y NEIL HARTNELL Business Editor A consortium bidding to construct a waste-toenergy plant to supply the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC per cent of its power needs yesterday told Tribune Business the project would inject $140 million in foreign currency into this nations economy, creating 500 construction and 35 permanent jobs. The NP Renewables Waste-to-Energy facility group, whose partners include BISX-listed Bahamas Waste and Miami-headquartered Cambridge Project Development, said it aimed to become the largest sin gle contributor of renew able energy to BEC, should it ultimately be selected as the preferred bidder by the Corporation and the Government. The group, which includes Zurich-based AE & E Von Roll as its tech nical partner to provide Mass Burn Thermal Treatment technology, said its proposed waste-toenergy facility would be capable of supplying 16 mega watts (MW er to BEC, an amount equivalent to 9-10 per cent of the Bahamas daily energy needs. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 B B VANDERPOOL-WALLACE By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor COLINAHoldings (Bahamas BISX-listed parent of ColinaImperial Insurance Company, yesterday unveiled a 126 per cent increase in net income to $8.59 million for the nine months to September 30, 2009, driven largely by a more than $32.7 million reduction in general and administrative expenses. In his message to shareholders, Ter ry Hilts, Colina Holdings chairman, said that despite increasing staffing levels the life and health insurer had managed to reduce general and admin istrative expenses from $21.9 million in the same period in 2008 to $18.2 million this year. Net income attributable to ColinaImperials ordinary shareholders g rew to $7.1 million or $0.29 per ordi nary share, compared to net income of $2.3 million or $0.09 per ordinary share for the same period in 2008. Mr Hilts said the successful turnaround of ColinaImperials healthcare division had made a big contri bution to the companys improved performance, adding: Driven partly by the launch of our new Stellar Care Series of group employee benefit prod ucts, our health division contributed significantly to the Companys overall results. The new Stellar Care Series of products have been well received by the market. The structure of the plans gives our clients more options to bet ter manage their medical claims, which results in slightly lower costs associColinaImperial sees 126 per cent net income growth By CHESTER ROBARDS B usiness Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org CLUB LUNA will be the latest in New Providence nightlife after the $10 million project, which sits on the pre vious site of the Zoo nightclub, opens n ext month, its marketing manager s aid yesterday. Megan Sweeting, of Sol Market ing, said the almost 40,000 square foot club will be the latest in night life, reminiscent of New York and Los Angeles nightclubs. With two major clubs attached to the complex, a grand courtyard anchored on one end by a more than 20-foot waterfall feature, and three acres of the seven-acre property ded icated solely to Lunas structure and parking, it will be the largest nightlife c omplex in Nassau. Owner of Luna, Al Collie, said that when the complex is fully complete and operational it could employ up to 100 individuals, including bar personnel and security guards. Ms Sweeting said the mixed-use facility was designed to host parties and concerts on a large scale, and with two huge balconies replete with bars bordering what will be named Provi dence Court, the open air courtyard will be the site of the grand opening party for Club Luna. She said the southernmost club on the complex will be named the Island Club, and will host a different Bahami an band every week. It will not be open until February 2010. On the northern end of the properS S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 B B
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM HELP WANTEDSALES MANAGER & SERVICE MANAGER ALSO SALES PERSON NEEDED.Must Have Marine Knowledge.Please Fax Resume To 394-3885 By CHESTER ROBARDS B usiness Reporter email@example.com BUSINESS owners yesterday said they were increasingl y fortifying their properties in an attempt to ward off criminals, whose activities typically spike during the December holiday season, while security firms revealed to Tribune Business that have seen their b usiness increase hand-inhand with crime. Owner of Mobile Cell Phones on Village Road, Tony Hosey, was forced to upgrade his security system following a break in two weeks ago. In a Youtube.com video that was broadcast acrosss ocial networking sites frequented by Bahamians, two men were captured by the stores security cameras attempting to gain entry using a crow bar. According to Mr Hosey, the men fled with close to $1,000 w orth of merchandise. He said the previous owners complained of three break-ins in their first three weeks of business, forcing him to adapt the same security system used by the previous owners. However, since the robbery his first since he acquired theb usiness he has had to further adapt his security system, now incorporating a mobile patrol service that guards his business without having to continually be on premises. Director of security and technical service for ICS Security Concepts, Willy Petitfrere, said his officers check Mr Hoseys business for anything out of the ordinary several times a day. A ccording to Mr Petitfrere, there has been an increased demand for the mobile patrol service his company provides. We have noticed that after a number of break-ins people are subscribing to our service, h e said. We have tailor-made this particular system and we provide response to alarm activation. Apart from being a first responder, ICSs mobile patrols provide 24 or 12-hour service to businesses and private residences alike. M r Petitfrere said that once a client has signed on to the service, it can be tailored to suit the clients needs, including personalised service. Our mobile security units will meet you at home and are mandated, at your consent, to check your house before they l eave, he said. H e described the service as o nes private security force at a fraction of the cost. President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Khaalis Rolle, said crime remains a serious concern for businesses in the Bahamas, particularly when it extends beyond the normal armed robbery. Mr Rolle has spoken on the issue of crime in the Bahamas in several forums, and remains desperate to find a solution. I dont know where to start w ith this, he said. I have said my piece a million times. From the business community, the best thing we can do in the short term is to secure our businesses and properties as best we can while we look for a long term solution. It is something that has to be addressed and the solution isnt an easy one. Mr Rolle said he is not convinced that the typical alarm system provides the robust security that most businesses need. However, he said they a re not to be discounted as an immediate deterrent. According to him, the criminal mind is often just as sharp as the mind that dreamt up the security system, which is its major flaw. The development of criminal behaviour takes on a new l ife almost on a daily basis, he s aid. They manage their a ctivities around systems that are limited in scope and limited in their ability to change to meet the criminal behaviour. Firms seeking more security
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %H,QVSLUHG NOTICE is hereby given that Timelie Philippe of FAITH AVE./CARMICHEALROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The B ahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 11th day of November, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. 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For further information and to request the supplemental information, please contact: Superintendent of Insurance The Insurance Commission of The Bahamas Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 328-1068 Proposal Submission:PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL TENDER DOCUMENTS External Audit Services SUPERINTENDENT The Insurance Commission of The Bahamas 3rd Floor Charlotte House Charlotte & Shirley Street Nassau, BahamasDeadline:Friday 20 November 2009 at 12:00 Noon The Commission reserves the right to accept or reject all tenders (Issue Date 11 November 2009) By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter email@example.com A FORENSIC accountant at HLB Galanas Bain yesterday argued that bank statements from the Bahamas and Europe tend to have much more information than those coming out of the US. John Bain, the firms forensic partner, responding to claims that the Bahamian financial services industry lacked transparency, cited a Financial Secrecy Indexreleased by the Tax Justice Network (TJN Delaware ranked number one on a list of countries with the most opacity. The Bahamas ranked as number 33, far below bigger tax haven players such as Switzerland, Cayman Islands and Bermuda. According to TJN, Delaware does not put details of trusts on the public record, does not comply sufficiently with international regulatory requirements, does not require that details like company accounts and beneficial ownership of companies be recorded and available on public records, and has a zero per cent tax rate. It also collects no taxes on foreign income from LLCs (Limited Liability Companies) with at least two partners who are not US residents. According to Mr Bain, the report found that the USA (Delaware so little financial transparency it gave it an opacity score of 92. He said a noted Miami attonrey once remarked that he could pick up a telephone and establish a corporation in Delaware in 20 minutes. Davis said the irony of the US and one of its own states topping the list is that the United States goes around accusing other countries of being secrecy havens, but even after the move for greater financial transparency in the wake of September 11 we never put ourselves on the black list, Mr Bain said. While Davis said he has tips for cracking domestic secrecy havens, he doesnt want to educate the bad guys because its hard enough already to track assets in places like Delaware. For example, a primary tool of forensic accountants is bank statements and those in the US are far more opaque. European bank statements and those from the Bahamas honestly have a lot more information. The Organisation for Economic CoOperation and Development, in the wake of the global financial crisis, sought to force all so-called tax havens to adhere to new international laws that would make their businesses more transparent. The US used those tax havens as a scapegoat for the finacial collapse in the US. Report shows US states more opaque than Bahamas $10m nightlife complex to create some 100 jobs ty, Club Luna is being prepared for its grand opening. Lighting is being inserted into the dance floor and bar, while atmospheric lighting and the sound systems have yet to be installed. Mr Collies first nightclub, The Zoo, burned to the ground in 2005 while an expansion of the exterior of the property was in progress. According to him, the building was uninsured at the time of the fire. Back then, the Zoo was the preeminent nightclub in Nassau and, according to Ms Sweeting, Club Luna is poised to replace it. Despite a bad economy, Mr Collie said Commonwealth Bank helped to keep his project moving forward. Like The Zoo, but with contemporary flair, Club Luna is expected to host international DJs and performances from across the world, and host Bahamian functions at any of its six bars. Ms Sweeting said sky boxes make the complex ideal for performances, and exclusive VIP lounges create an intimate and secure setting for patrons of Luna. There is also expected to be a dedicated Graycliff Cigar roller churning out cigars on site. She said the complex will cater to a young professional market, while focusing on Bahamians who want to enjoy their own culture in a safe environment. Ms Sweeting and Mr Collie emphasised the need to secure the complex, and said security was a top priority. When the club opens next month, Ms Sweeting said she expects Bahamian and international acts to welcome Lunas first patrons, as well as dignitaries who will add protocol to the event.
dents and investigations split away into separate entities. Captain Rolle said the Government and CAD were working to ensure that the ICAO reports findings did not result in the FAA downgrading the Bahamas to Category 2 status, something that would only happen if this nation failed to address the d eficiencies identified by the a udit organisation within a s pecified time period. The Government is putting everything in place to ensure that does not happen, so to say it will [a loss of Category 1 status] is not correct, Captain Rolle said in response to claims by the Air Traffic Controllers Union that this nation faced being blacklisted by the FAA. That, though, appeared a real possibility earlier this year, according to an InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB reports comments, which were disputed by Mr Vanderpool-Wallace, said: Currentl y, the Bahamas is in breach of a number of its ICAO obligations, putting it at risk of losing its FAA International Aviation Safety Assessments Programme Category 1 classification. Loss of Category 1 status could have significant impact on the ability of Bahamian airlines to provide service to and from the US, and would negatively affect the tourismi ndustry. A nd a meeting of Caribbean Civil Aviation Department heads, held in the Cayman Islands in August, also urged the Bahamas to immediately implement action to correct the deficiencies identified by ICAO, according to documents seen by Tribune Business. The meeting also said the Bahamas had yet to subscribe to placing the findings of the ICAO audit in the public domain on the organisations Flight Safety Information Exchange, but Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said he had no knowledge of this. An aviation industry source, who had seen the draft ICAO report and findings on the Bahamas, said a loss of FAA Category 1 status would prevent Bahamasbased carriers, such as Bahamasair, from expanding into new routes and markets in the US, and could also result in travel advisories warning of potential dangers involved in flying to the Bahamas. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace reiterated yesterday that there was no danger of the Bahamas losing its Category 1 status with the FAA, while Captain Rolle said CAD and the Government were already acting on the ICAO reports findings. The CAD director said ICAO had conducted an audit of the Bahamas air traffic services dating back to 2005, and this year had also conducted a universal safety audit, in bid to see whether this nation was in compliance with its 18 annexes. The Government is in no way ignoring them, Captain Rolle said of the ICAO findings. We have sent back a response to ICAO, and timelines for how the Government expects to correct all their findings. ICAO is reviewing that response to see if the corrections are in line with their recommendations. The Government has spoken with a firm to ensure all the standards are brought back up to the practices and procedures of ICAO, and are in conformity with its 18 annexes. The Government is working really diligently on this, because they understand the impact ignoring it will have on the country. Captain Rolle said the Government was in talks with Tim Neill & Associates, the same consultants who had aided it in 2000 when the Bahamas was last downgraded to Category 2. The company had submitted a proposal, to which the Government will respond, but it has yet to formally hire them. Disclosing some of the ICAO reports findings, Captain Rolle said the CADs functions as a regulator and service provider were found to be conflicting,, and counterproductive to moving the department forward. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace added: What the Government has been talking about doing is making sure we separate the regulatory functions from the operational functions and the service functions at the airport, and thats what we intend to do. ICAO approves of that. We are now moving in the direction that ICAO wants. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace acknowledged that the prospect of major structural reform had discomforted some in the CAD, but this was not warranted because highly trained, highly skilled staff would be wanted in all positions. Tribune Business had also been told that ICAO had expressed concern about the absence of a certification/licensing system for Bahamian airports, but Captain Rolle explained that the issue was more complex than that. What we have under the present rules is that the Government approves the airport, he said. ICAO says every airport must be certified. Even though an airport is approved under Bahamian regulations, under ICAO annex 14 it has to go througha certification process, and thats where the discrepancy is. As a result, the CAD would become an Authority, independent of government so that it could establish its own rules and regulations. This, Captain Rolle explained, was another reason why CADs service provider and regulatory func tions were being split up under the proposed reform, so that ICAO was satisfied Bahamian airports were audited for certification and maintenance purposes to ensure standards are maintained. The CAD director said reform efforts had begun already, with the schedules governing its operations increasing from 18 to 20, and now being reviewed by the Attorney Generals Office. These schedules, he added, covered areas such as aircraft licensing and registration, security, the importation of dangerous products, certifi cation for aircraft personnel, and testing, auditing and investigations. We have to split security from Civil Aviation, Captain Rolle said. Security becomes an independent regulatory body that is not controlled by CAD. Theyre an audit team that audits airports and staff. He added that accidents and investigations would also become a separate body, like the FAA and Transportation Safety Board in the US. Captain Rolle said the changes would start to be implemented in 2010 and take place over a two-year timeframe, subject to changes in ICAO rules themselves. Waste-to-energy plants $140m economy boost Theyre spending $105 million in Abaco, when the island only generates 4-4.5 per cent of BECs annual rev-enues. Theyll never recoup it. In a June 27, 2009, note to Opposition leader Perry Christie on BECs current problems and what occurred under his watch, Mr Jarrett said the additional $300 million in financing that the Government said the Corporation now required related to post poned projects that were now incurring these escalat ed costs. Citing the Wilson City project as an example, Mr Jarrett wrote: BEC Abacos capital needs to build a new plant were $45 million between 2005-2006. Its now increased in 2009 from reportedly $70 million to $90 million, and now $105 million, all in one year. It is absurd for BEC to invest over $100 million in an Abaco plant, which only contributes no more than 4-5 per cent to BECs total revenue position. In fact, the entire Family Islands only contribute slightly over 15 per cent to BECs total revenue. Surely we can find a more cost-effective way to provide adequate energy to Abaco. Actually, the Abaco plant is currently losing money and has been doing so in recent years. BEC can never recoup its return on this loan exposure due to economies of scale. Never shy when it comes to expressing an opinion on BECs current financial shortcomings, Mr Jarrett told Tri bune Business yesterday: I could turn BEC around in 24 months, and Id do it for free. He added: From what I see, BEC has always had a problem with expert manage ment. They released the senior management team, for the most part, and they do not have a management team able to drive BEC forward. It needs expert leadership and management. drove BEC to change and become a more cost effective and cost efficient operation, and changed the culture, improved profitability and improved management. Mr Jarrett said that in its public pronouncements, the current administration was focusing solely on BECs rev enues and ignoring its operation, administration and maintenance costs, which under his watch were reduced by $10 million in 20o4 to around $88 million. Tribune Business reported yesterday how these costs appear to be soaring uncontrollably once again, rising by 6.5 per cent year-over-year to $121.403 million from $113.879 million in 2007. A major contributor to this was an almost $4 million rise in management and administra tion costs. Between 2004 and 2008, BECs operational, mainte nance and administrative expenses have increased by 37.5 per cent, Mr Jarett indi cating this was a key factor behind the Corporations current financial weakness, since cost reductions were another route to improved profitability. You cant rely on revenues alone, Mr Jarrett told Tribune Business. You also have to have efficiency, and theyre not managing costs. BEC could generate $1 billion in revenue and theyd still be losing money, because they dont know how to man age their resources. If I were there at BEC today, I could turn BEC around in 24 months. On my watch BECs revenues were lower, but we were profitable because of cost efficiency. When it came to revenues under his chairmanship, Mr Jarrett said BEC had recovered $10 million per year by tackling non-technical losses from the power grid. He described these as very high in the Bahamas, largely due to the theft of electricity. And he added that BECs Automatic Meter Reading (AMR line a number of accounts BEC was not billing, or did not know existed, essentially giving customers free electricity. Major adjustments should have been made to BECs operations once oil prices spiked above $100 per barrel last year, the former chairman said, including exempting the Corporation from paying 10 per cent customs duty and 7 per cent Stamp tax on its fuel imports. In fact, the Ingraham government did just that in its 2008-2009 Budget, giving BEC a two-year break on those tax payments. BEC could break even at up to $100 per barrel, but any thing above that would be a burden, he added. Mr Jarrett said the Ingra ham administration and BECs current Board had done little other than describe the Corporations problems, rather than go in as change agents. I did more with BEC in 33 months than anyone did in the previous 10 years, Mr Jarrett told Tribune Business. Theyve [the current government] done nothing apart from talk and complain about what happened in BEC sev eral years ago. Its disappointing to see how BEC is not proactively managed and there are no change agents there. In his note to Mr Christie, Mr Jarrett said that while the current administration had attacked his decision to lower BECs basic tariff rate in 2003, on the grounds that it had giv-en up $100 million in rev enues, improvements on cost containment and in other rev enue areas had generated $50 million per annum or $250 million over the same period. In fact, the record will show on that as a result of our cost-effective and cost-efficient management of BEC resources, BECs revenue increased by $54 million in 2005 and by $70 million in 2006, despite a 40 per cent increase in oil prices by $47 million in 2006, Mr Jarrett wrote. Clear evidence of BECs improved financial strength in 2004 was indicated in the fact that we gave back $18 million in tariff reductions in October 2003, resulting in a short term hit in our revenue, which came in at $258 million, a negligible increase of $1 million over 2003. Yet 2004 was arguably the best year in the 70 year history of BEC in terms of cash flows, profitability, working capital, non-oil related expenses ($10 million improved collection of BEC receivables from Government and reduced technical losses (stealing million. And Mr Jarrett added: BECs tariff reduction in 2003 represented the second largest stimulus (behind direct foreign investments) to the Bahamian economy during this period. As a result, every Bahamian household, busi ness and Government enjoyed increased disposable income and revenue as a result of this historic action. Additionally, the housing and construction industries felt the impact from this stimulus from 2005-2007, which was reflected in the huge profits made by banks and mortgage companies during that boom period. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A A B B A A C C O O , f f r r o o m m 1 1 B B Confident reforms will stop aviation downgrade The plant, which would be located at the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway landfill, would use some 200,000 tonnes of waste being deposited their annually as a renewable fuel source, replacing over 185,000 barrels per annum of non-renewable fossil fuel oil now being imported at a cost of approximately $15 million at todays relatively low oil pricing). Apart from serving as a potential hedge against the exploding oil prices experienced in 2008, the NP Renewables Waste-to-Energy group said its Mass Burn Thermal Treatment technology would help prevent landfill fires, plus the odour from the current landfill site. Their project, the group said, would generate clean power production from the 89 per cent biomass content in the waste now being landfilled, providing carbon credit revenues to BEC. It would also have a recycling component for the 6,000 tonnes per annum of ferrous metals currently being landfilled. The NP Renewables Waste-to-Energy group is among the 13 bidders waiting to hear from BEC and the Government as to whether they have made the final sixstrong shortlist for the renewable energy supply bid. All proposals were submitted to BEC by October 21, 2009. The consortium said that if they were selected by the 2010 first quarter, a power purchase agreement with BEC, waste delivery agreement, plus all permits and financing arranged solely by the group could be in place by year-end. A groundbreak ing would take place in 2011, with operations startingb efore year-end 2013. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B C olinaImperial s ees 126 per cent net income growth ated with medical claims. Mr Hilts acknowledged that the recession had taken a toll on ColinaImperials clients, as it had experie nced an increase in surrend er benefits, increased mortg age delinquency and lowerthan-expected new business sales.. However, he added that while policy surrenders were higher than in 2008, they were trending downward. Elsewhere, invested assets comprised 83.3 per cent of ColinaImperials total assets, while the companys total equity increased to $94.4 million compared to $90.6 m illion the previous year. T otal assets stood at $480.3 million. The best way to compensate for the things you cannot change is to change the things you can, said Colina Holdings executive vice-chairman, Emanuel Alexiou. We have been preparing for a downturn in our economy ever since the first signs of recession in the US last fall by containing our administrative costs and improving efficiency in our operations. This strategy has allowed us to improve and s ustain profitability over t hree quarters of 2009, despite challenges in equity investment growth, and without compromising our conservative provisioning policies.
C M Y K C M Y K TASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e By JEFFARAH GIBSON I TS time to go to war! Culinary war, that is. Contestants will pick up their knives, forks, spatulas, and of course their favourite spices, and will be cutting, slicing and dicing their wayt o the top at the 7th annual Bahamas Culinary Classic held in the Bahamas this week. There is much in store during the week-long event, and professional chefs, as well as aspiring ones, are guaranteed a thrilling competition. O n Monday, apprentice chefs competed in t he cold food category, where they prepared dishes that delighted the eye and pleased the palate. The apprentice chefs will also compete in a hot food category and prepare a fourcourse meal for the judges. Following the competition, there will be a seminar aimed at enriching and enhancing the skills of learning chefs when it comes to the preparation of a cold platter and the necessary steps for the perfect presentation. Additionally, there will be a match-up including all the senior chefs. They will exercise their creative leanings in the preparation of a threecourse meal, while being assessed on sanitation, presentation, taste, texture and composition of the meal. Tomorrow, only the most inventive chefs will take part in the pastry competition. Those equipped with ingenuity and imagination will attempt to whip up their most delicious and unique creations. Also, in this category, the contestants will try their hand at live ice, vegetable and fruit carving. Based on the overall performance of the chefs, they will be recruited for the national team to compete in the 2012 IKO Food Olympics to be held in Germany. The Culinary Classic event is organised by the Bahamas Culinary Chef Association which is in partnership with the Ministry of Tourisms culinary division and the Culinary Institute of the Bahamas. A representative of the Ministry of Tourisms c ulinary division, DeAnne Gibson, told T ribune T aste t hat they are pleased to be sponsoring this event to ensure that culinary excellence and professionalism continues to thrive in the Bahamas. We are proud sponsors of this event so that the industry personnel are trained to meet standards worldwide, she said. Following tomorrows signature, show piece and pastry competition at 1pm, there will be an Olympic Throw-Down at 12noon on Friday. On Saturday, a Fun Run Walk is scheduled to kick-start the morning followed by a souse-out. The evening concludes with the awards ceremony. Other sponsors include the Bahamas Culinary Association, the Bahamas Hotel Associa tion, Bahamas Food Services, Bristol Cellars, McCormick-Island Wholesale Limited and SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas. The majority of events take place at the Col lege of the Bahamas Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI A DISPLAY of desserts at the Bahamas Culinary Classics. Food lovers can expect to see and sample an array of delights during the annual event that runs until Saturday, November 21. culinary war Its a 7th annual Bahamas Culinary Classic held in the Bahamas THANKSGIVING Day Its a quintessentially Amer ican holiday, and yet many Bahamians observe it, that is at least when it comes to the culinary aspects of Turkey Day. The most popular food items on the Thanksgiving menu of course include turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin or apple pie to round it all off. But according to the culi nary research website Food Timeline, todays holiday fare bears only little resemblance to the food eaten at the three-day harvest celebration at Plymouth Colony in 1621 the event considered the First Thanksgiving. The meal the Pilgrims enjoyed together with the Wampanoags probably con sisted of large amounts of fowl, venison, dried fruits, lobster and fish, which were abundant off the coast of New England. The typical menu of the modern Thanksgiving Day dinner didnt emerge until 200 years after that 1621 celebration. Back in the 17th century, American colonists did eat wild turkey and sometimes stuffed birds and fish with herbs and onions, but it was not specifically associated with the Thanksgiving feast. Potatoes, whether white or sweet, had not yet made their way into the standard diet of colonists in the New World. It would also be another 50 years before an Englishman mentioned boiling New England cranberries with sugar for a Sauce to eat with Meat, Kathleen A Curtin of Pilmoth Plantation writes in Partakers of our Plenty. While Alexander Hamil ton, one of the Founding Fathers, famously proclaimed that no citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day, the poultry dish was still uncommon as holiday fare until after 1800, Karen Davis writes in More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality. By the mid-19th century turkey had become part of the traditional dinner in New England, but Thanksgiving recipes found in American cook books at the time also often included oyster soup and boiled cod fish for the feast. Over the centuries the Thanksgiving holiday has undergone many changes, but it seems to have always been a day of sumptuous feasts. The Thanksgiving menu through the ages THE most popular food items on the Thanksgiving menu of course include turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin or apple pie to round it all off.
By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BASRAS (Bahamas Air and See Rescue Association) decision to change the format of its annual fundraiser from the typical evening ball to a party extravaganza proved extremely successful. The event held last Saturday was very well attended and attracted more young Bahamians than ever before. The fundraiser provided patrons with a fun evening of mixing, min gling, dancing and dining under the stars at the Old Fort Bay Club. The pathway to the entrance of BASRAs Evening of Elegance was decorated with tiki torches and exotic umbrellas. At the end of the pathway guests passed through a wooden arch to the pool area which was lit with candles. The foliage, props and colourful lighting created an atmosphere of tropical luxury and Peanuts Taylor played his bongo drums as he serenaded the guests walking in. The Long Island Connection band also performed as the party went on long into the night. Oohs and Ahs could be heard when a stunning ice sculpture of an anchor (BASRAs logo unveiled. Everyone spoke of how wonder ful the food was, Carolyn Caley, BASRA event committee chair, told Tribune Entertainment. Some dishes were created exclusively for the event, like the sour sop creme brullee, seafood ravioli, conch spring rolls with tamarind glaze and tempura fish balls with sweet chili sauce. The guests also enjoyed dishes like Andros pork loin with apple chutney, herb crusted Long Island lamb and wood-roasted filet of jerk Mahi Mahi with watermelon. Wine was served all evening, but a special cocktail, the Basralini a peach and champagne mixture, was the beverage of choice for the night. People said there was such a good vibe at the party, it was amazing, Ms Caley said. BASRA s Evening of Elegance was huge success ANTICIPATION builds in your chest as the speakers resonate with the highs and lows as the track builds to the bassline and lets it go; your heart explodes with the beat. Flashing lights dance in your eyes and you experience euphoric freedom as the wave of electronic music courses through your veins and declares rise up, rise up, no falling down again. Three DJs on one night will entertain the crowds at The Hub on Bay Street and Colebrook Lane this Sat urday with a wide spectrum of electronic music at the Transcendental II party extravaganza an encore performance made possible by The Imagination Workshop (TIW Last September, complementary glow sticks broke through the dark as lovers of all genres of music enjoyed the crossover of reggae, trance, elec tronica and techno. Electronic music has shaped an incredible movement globally and TIW has taken the opportunity to introduce it to the Bahamian public at a venue built for the arts and the neoexperience in Nassau. Like the popular clubs of Ibiza where electronic music is almost a driving economic force, drawing huge crowds to the small Mediterranean island The Hub will again be outfitted with lighting to heighten the experience of the music. Sound and visuals go hand in hand at this unique TIW party experience. TIW is a theatre and production company dedicated to staging diverse forms of entertainment for Bahamian audiences. TIW has also just completed the shooting of its first short film and is in the production stages for its second. This Saturday, November 21, apart from being the preeminent electronic music party in the Bahamas, Transcendental II will also be a celebration of the success of TIW's first shoot. They have invited the ravers en masse to an event at which there will be free shots and glow sticks all night long. The party gets underway at 9pm. Electronic music party back for seconds C M Y K C M Y K TASTE PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e Beres Hammond: A Night of Love Back by popular demand, Beres Hammond and friends present A Night of Love. Special guests include Buju Banton, Taurrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Sammi Star and Jahem. The event, held at the Wyndham Nassau Resort from 9pm to 2am, will be hosted by comedian Damon Williams. VIP tickets are $100, platinum tickets are $150; there will be no tickets at the door. Tickets are available at the Crystal Palace Box Office. For more information please call the W yndham at 327-6200. BNT's Christmas Jollification This weekend, the Bahamas Nation al Trust once again hosts its popular annual Christmas Jollification featuring over 60 artists. Before the Jollification opens to the general public, the BNT will put on a special members-only Winter Wonderland in the Retreat event on Friday, November 20. The Jollification is then officially open on Saturday from 11am until 5pm, and again on Sunday from1 2noon to 5pm Tickets for non-members are $10; BNT members pay $5. Children aged two to 12 are $2. The event takes place at the Retreat, Village Road. Call 393-1317 or visit www.bnt.bs for more information. The Burns House Wine E xperience 2009 in N assau and Freeport Burns House invites the public to its top wine tasting experience of they ear. In Nassau, the event is combined with the Cognac Lounge this Friday, November 20, at 7pm in the ballroom of the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. In Freeport, the event is combined with the Tattinger Champagne Lounge on November 27 at 7pm in the grand ballroom of Our Lucaya. Tickets for the Grand Tasting in both Nassau and Freeport are $25 in advance or $30 at the door; the Cognac Lounge is $50 or $60 at the door; the Tattinger Champagne Lounge is $45 or $60 at the door. Tickets available in Nassau at Butler and Sands on JFK Drive; Bahamas Wines on Shirley Street and at Caves Village. Call 397-1400. For Freeport's Wine Experience and Tattinger Lounge event tickets can be purchased at Butler and Sands in RND Plaza; Burns House head office on Queens Highway and at the House of Rum, Port Lucaya. Heart Ball Committee Tea Party and Fashion Show Under the theme "Tea Around The Universe", the 2009/10 Heart Ball Committee kicks off its fundraising events and is inviting the public to participate in the Fourth Annual Tea Party and Fashion Show. The event, which will be held at 2.30pm this Sunday at Government House, seeks to raise funds to help treat children with heart problems. A donation of $25 per person is requested. For additional information, please contact Linda Lafleur at telephone number (242 Cole's and Morley for Men's Annual Holiday Fashion Show On Tuesday, November 24, Cole's of Nassau and Morley for Men present their Annual Holiday Fashion Show in aid of the Bahamas Humane Society from 12noon to 4pm. Cocktails are served at noon, followed by a lun cheon and the fashion show which starts at 1pm. The event is held at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. Valet park ing available. Donation of $60. Call 322-8393. GHS Magnet Performing Arts Concert This Saturday at 7.30pm, the Magnet Programmes for Performing Arts at Government High School presents Magic Magnets to celebrate a decade of performing and academic excel lence and moving to higher heights. The concert will be held at the Dundas Centre for Performing Arts on Mackey Street. Admission is $20. Call 323-1024 or 328-7960 for tickets. things 2 DO By JEFFARAH GIBSON P R OMISING a day of g aiety, excitement, g reat music and delicious food is the Haitian Music Arts and Cultural Festival that is set to transform the Queen Elizabeth Sports C entre this Saturday. This event, presented by SakpaseBahamas, will allow Bahamians to get a glimpse of the Creolespeaking culture that is not usually seen. Never before has an event such as this been held in New Providence, but organisers hope that this years festival is only the first of many to come in future years. For those not sure of what to expect, there will be a delightful assortment of savory Creole dishes to try out. Additionally, attendees will get to view the work of a few true artisans in the Haitian community. Their work will be showcased in a special collection, where it can be admired and purchased. An event like this is never com plete without entertainment, and there will be dance performances and an explosive concert featuring a hot line-up of artists who are wellknown to the Haitian community. Performers will include High Definition Hustlers, D P, Group Oboy, Nek, Kat Blanche, Bakka, Merlande Dorceus, JAJ, Neg Kreyol, Ki La, Bensax, A C, Jonel,and many more. CaRIMI, a very popular group, will also hit the stage at this years festival. The members of this boyband are Haitian nationals but made their break-through while residing in the United States, said Mark Desmangles, network associate of the SakpaseBahamas Group. Carlo Vieux, Richard Cave and Mickael Guirand each decided to leave (Haiti the US. They are guys who are driven by their passion for music, and they reunited in New York and made their current pastime a potential career, he said. Their performance is one of the anticipated highlights of the event. Ayiti Bang Bang was released in the summer of 2001 and was one of their hit songs. They are known as one of the first younger generation digital bands to put out music that touched upon the political pressures and the deterioration of Haiti. They are eye candy for the ladies, and with their music they make bold statements, Mr Desmangles said. While the event aims to entertain its guests, the festivals purpose is two-fold the main goal is to raise funds for the Haitian Community Emergency Fund. The primary purpose of this event is to raise funds that will go towards the further development of the Haitian Community Emergency Fund, and also to bring awareness to the trade possibilities that exist between the Bahamas and Haiti through Haitian arts, music, and culture, Mr Desmangles said. The expense of finding readily available funds in the times of crisis such as natural disasters or mass burials of Haitians who have drowned near our shores is much more than one can imagine. For example the cost of clothing, burial expenses, emergency medical supplies, food and water, disaster shelters, and other associated materials are a significant expense to any group or body of individuals if not fully prepared. Organisers also hope that this event will somehow help change the negative views some Bahamians may have about Haitian nationals. We hope that this event will pro vide an understanding of the Creole-speaking community and help Bahamians to be able to socialise with Haitians, he said. The event will start at 12noon on Saturday and the concert will begin at 8pm. Rare glimpse of real Haitian culture at first annual festival extravaganza RAVERS at Transcendental I earlier this year. GUESTS dance the night away at BASRAs Evening of Elegance.
C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T H E Gospel singing sensation, The Rahming Brothers, will pay a musical tribute to the firstl adies of the Bahamas at an e legant dinner party to be h eld at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort next week. The acapella gospel group, comprised of six talented brothers, said they want to give tribute to the women who have been behind the scenes all these years. They are honouring Delores Ingraham, wife of Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Bernadette Christie, wife of former Prime Minister Perry Christie. The event also pays tribute to Dame Marguerite Pindling, widow of the late Sir Lynden Pindling, and not to the late Beryl Hanna, wife of Governor General Arthur Hanna, as reported in last weeks Tribune Religion. The Tribune apologises for any inconvenience caused. The elegant evening will be held on Friday, November 27 in the Sheratons Independence Ballroom at 7.30pm. Group member James Rahming said: The whole idea of a musical tribute and dinner was born from a desire to go beyond just a musical concert, which we have hosted for t he past four years. Our vision is to offer a gift of singing in a more meaningful way while also giving God all honour, glory, and praise. The event will also serve the purpose of commemorating their fifth anniversary as a singing group. Tickets can be purchased at the Christian Book Shop, Bucks Record Gallery and the One Hundred % Bible Book Store in the Mall at Marathon. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the Salvation Army and the Centre for the Deaf. Rahming Brothers host musical tribute DELORES Ingraham with the RahmingB rothers in front of C C Sweeting Senior High where she isp rincipal. DAME Marguerite Pindling with the Rahming Brothers at St Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road, when they worshipped with her at the 7am mass. She is a member of the church. BERNADETTE Christie with the Rahming Brothers at her home on Cable Beach.
By JEFFARAH GIBSON W HEN y ou hear t he word parado the first thing that pr obabl y comes t o mind is a contradiction. Well, in artist Susan Moir Mackays first solo exhibition, entitled Paradox, she undertakes an imaginative flight, playing with a variety of mediums while examining the contradictory aspects of three concepts the good and bad, perfection and imperfection, pain and healing. Paradox is a 19-piece collection that is not usually on display and which will be unveiled at PopOp Studios Centre for the Visual Arts this Friday. In Paradox, Ms Mackay attempts to bring together opposites with one central object, the mandala. The mandala is an ancient tool of meditation representing wholeness, and traditionally has a circular pattern that has perfect geometric designs, and it is the focus of the pieces, the artist told Tribune Art. Because the mandala itself is both a square and a circle, Ms Mackay found it interesting to make use of it as a key element in her work, and by inserting each concept into the form of the mandala with physical representations, the con cepts took form and quickly evolved. For instance, she began with the con cept of what defines a good girl and what defines a bad one. She then began finding physical representations of what she thought defines a good girl, and she repeated the same steps for what characterises a bad girl. Working on this piece, Ms Mackay soon came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a good or bad girl, which then revealed the contradictory aspect of the theory. I used a variety of mediums while working on the pieces for this exhibition. I used things such as a skull, gold, leaves, mud, basically whatever I thought conveyed the idea effectively, she said. Also part of the Paradox exhibition is a slide show presentation consisting of photographs. These pictures depict my emotional state captured in real time during a certain period. In the slide show people will get to see how I really felt, and I must say that there were some very stressful moments. The slide show also consists of 30 pictures exploring the emotional state of another man as well, she said. It is her first solo exhibition in Nassau, and Ms Mackay said that she is very excited about the opportunity that was given to her. And in the end she hopes the exhibition will spark much discussion about the beliefs and nature of our reality. Ms Mackay is a conceptual artist with a BA honours degree from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. She was a featured artist in the 2006 and 2008 National Art Gallery of the Bahamas annual exhibitions, and has also exhibited in Sugar at PopOp Studios in 2008, as well as in numerous group shows in Nassau and Freeport. In Freeport, she held her own onewoman show and curated and produced the 2007 Ecstatic Shadows exhibition. She is an impassioned advocate of art and has a deep abiding belief that art benefits individuals and communities. Ms Mackay has travelled extensively, observing art in all its forms and has invested much of her time in art education projects. She is also founder of the ST ARTS organisation celebrating contemporary art in Grand Bahama. The Paradox exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday at PopOp Studios Centre for the Visual Arts at 26 Dunmore Avenue, Chippingham, and is set to run until December 19. For more information call 322-7834 or visit www.popopstudios.com. C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune SECTIONB I N S I D E Rahming Brothers host musical tribute See page 11 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 7th annual Bahamas Culinary Classic See page nine DOONGALIK Studios Art Gallery in Marina Vil lage, Paradise Island, will start celebrating the upcoming Thanksgiving season with the opening of a collection of paintings by Sue Katz entitled Still Life 2. This colourful collection of acrylics is a continuation of a journey started earlier in the year when the artist, well known for her intricate collages, decided to return to drawing with graphite and painting witha crylics. Art is a window into my world. The ability to create has always been my form of self-expression, Ms Katz said. I do love to paint and u se acrylics basically for t he ease of layering colour over colour that this medi um affords me. I also like the quickness of the medi um. I am able to go with my first instinct in terms of choosing what colours to use and put down quickly, without having the medium dictate that for me. Colour is definitely the key to this second collection of still life paintings. I love still life because I am interested in how shapes define and interact with each other on the paper. I am able to put objects together in such a way that I find composi tionally strong and interesting, Ms Katz said. In this way the artist is able to elevate everyday objects into striking works of art. Pam Burnside, gallery manager, said: We are happy to be hosting this show for Sue, who is a popular artist at the gallery. One of the most constant comments that we receive from our customers is how beautiful and uplifting the colours are, all mixed together in one space and thats exactly how Sues art affects you. As Bahamians, we take living in this vividly colourful environment for granted but we really need to appreciate more just how fortunate we are. Originally from Boston, Ms Katz received her art education at Syracuse University School of the Visual Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design.S he worked as a freelance illustrator for advertising agencies, publishing hous es, editorials and fashion houses in the United States. Her work has been coll ected throughout the US a nd the Bahamas and is also available in Key West, Florida at the Gallery on Greene. She is presently making preparations to exhibit her work in the United Kingdom. Ms Katz has been living in Nassau for the past 18 years with her husband and two sons. In October 2005, she organised a successful Bahamian Invitational Exhibition entitled The Naked Truth, which consisted of two-dimensional sculpted torsos individual ly designed by different local artists that were sold to benefit the Cancer Soci ety of the Bahamas whilst raising awareness of breast cancer. The exhibition at Doongalik Studios will be held on Tuesday, November 24 from 6pm to 9pm. The show will run until Tues day, December 1. For further information contact the gallery at 3631313 or e-mail doonga email@example.com. Celebrating Thanksgiving with art P a r a dox a fitting Lotus II Bonesperfect for p Good girl ONE of Sue Katz paintings.