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: 106 No.4WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNWITH SHOWER HIGH 83F LOW 72F F E A T U R E S SEE THEARTS S P O R T S Birth of a Godhead SEEPAGENINE Knowles, Bhupathi undefeated By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com POLICE are investigating the troubling possibility that there may be some connec tions between a number of r ecent tourist robberies that h ave taken place in the capital, the Minister of National Security said. R evealing this development yesterday, Tommy Turnquest said police have some significant leads in that regard. H e made his comments when asked in an interview with the media yesterday morning to give an update on the dramatic robbery of 18 tourists who were on an ecotour in the former Perpall Tract last Friday. Mr Turnquest did not state which robberies are believed to be connected. In the case involving eight tourists at the Queens Staircase on October 11, three people have already been charged with that crime and remanded in custody. Mr Turnquest said: There are some troubling parts of that crime event (the eco-tour robbery) itself that the police are looking at that we want to review...I want to believe that this was an isolated inci d ent (although well it also happened at the 66 steps (and b een some connections. There are some significant leads in that regard. T he Minister said he could say no more at this time as he would not wish to compromise the police investigation. I nitial police reports on the robbery suggested that two gunmen robbed separateg roups of cruise tourists at around 1pm in the Bahamas Association for SocialH ealths (BASH lage last Friday. According to reports from tourist Paul Coladonato, 51, who was among the second group, he and others were ordered by the masked assailants to lie face-down while the men robbed them of their valuables, kicking and hitting some of them with their weapons. At the same time, the men fired a shot at the ground and demanded that their Bahamian tour guide jump into a nearby canal. Mr Coladonato, who was Minister tells of significant leads The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com Police fear tourist robberies linked BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page two BOATHITSDREDGINGCABLE A CREW MEMBER sits at the stern of a 50 foot vessel that had to be run aground after hitting one of the cables used to dredge Nassau harbour. The boat reportedly took on water very quickly and had to be anchored onto the beach to avoid its total loss. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f FORMER FNM MP L ester Turnquest was a gain questioned by police y esterday as they continue investigations into an alle gation of forgery dating b ack to 2007. Head of the Central Detective Unit Superin-t endent Elsworth Moss c onfirmed Mr Turnquest was questioned at the CDU office on Thompson Blvd yesterd ay. According to Supt Moss, Mr Turnquest was not arrested yesterday but came tot he station voluntarily to assist police. Former MP is again questioned by the police SEE page seven LESTER T URNQUEST By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SEVERAL tour opera tors on Nassau claim they are not yet experiencing any falloff in business stemming from the recent armed robbery of 18 visitors touring BASH's Earth Village site last week. Still they are worried that bad press and word of mouth from the incident which came a little more than a month after a group of tourists were robbed at gunpoint while touring the 66 steps may hurt business in the long run. William Saunders, owner of Majestic Tours, said advance bookings for Janu ary and February, 2010 are better than the same period this year. Yet he is con cerned that criminals will continue to target unsecured tour stops and historical sites if police and tourism officials do not quickly provide adequate security. "Believe it or not, I just checked my forward reser vations for January and Feb ruary and what we have right now is ahead of last year this time, so that's a positive. But if this thing continues and if the police and Ministry of Tourism Tour operators say business not affected by armed robbery SEE page seven By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A 15-YEAR-OLD boy found hanging in a police cell died from respiratory arrest as a result of a constricting force around his neck, a pathologist told an inquest yesterday. Dr Govinda Raju testified in Coroners Court how the signs were consistent with death due to hanging. Michael Knowles was found dead in a holding cell at East Street South police station on May 31. Dr Raju, who was the first witness to testify at the inquest, said he performed an autopsy on the teenager on June 8. According to Dr Raju, Michael was found hanging with what appeared to be a nylon string around his neck. The string had been attached to a bar in the cell. Michael, he said, had been dressed in a black T-shirt and red and blue basketball shorts. Dr Raju told the court there was a deep ligature mark around Michaels neck which would have been produced by the pressure on the blue string around his neck. He said he also noticed abrasions to the teenagers wrists which he said could have been caused by handcuffs as well as abrasions to the teenagers arms and shins. Corporal Leon Strachan SEE page seven T eena gers death in cell consistent with hang ing
with three Malaysian friends among a group of nine pas s engers from the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the S eas, said they had feared that t he tour guide was about to be murdered. The tourist said that merely recounting the traumatic episode is stressful and he h as no desire to return to Nas s au or recommend it to friends. D utch Royal Caribbean passenger Ad Koens also spoke out about his ordeal in a video posted to the website YouTube. He highlighted what he described as the incompetence of the Bahamia n police in the aftermath of t he event. No charges have yet been b rought in connection with the dramatic incident, although Mr Turnquest said yesterday morning that police h ave a person of interest in c ustody at this time. The Minister added that police are working withB ASH to beef up security at the site, which is commonly visited by tourists. I n an interview with the F lorida Sun-Sentinel, which r eported on the tourist robbery in an article entitled Robbery Shakes Bahamas Tourism yesterday afternoon, BASH ExecutiveD irector Terry Miller was q uoted as saying the governm ent has promised to set up an intensive security system in the Earth Village forest. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX M AIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News.............P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Editorial/Letters.........................................P4 A dvt .....................................................P8,12 BUSINESS/ARTS SECTION B usiness...................................P1,2,3,4,5,6,7 C omics.............................................................P8 W eather....................................................P11 CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 PAGES U SA TODA Y MAIN SECTION 12 P A GES FROM page one THE 18 VISITORS were robbed while touring BASH's Earth Village site. Police fear tourist robberies linked F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BAHAMIAN agencies involved in the fight against terrorism and its financing yester day took part in day one of as pecial international workshop expected to strengthen the countrys anti-terrorism capacity. Local officers from the Police, Defence Force, Immigration and Customs Departments, as well as civil servants from the Finance Intelligence Unit, Attorney Generals Office andt he Port Authority were represented at the event a Spe cialised Workshop in the prevention and fight against terror ism and its financing: Legal framework and mechanisms of international co-operation. The three-day gathering, hosted at the Sheraton Nassau Resort, will allow Bahamian officials to share information and ideas with global anti-ter rorism experts from United States, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Italy, the Dominican Republic and various international agencies like Interpol, the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC American Committee against Terrorism of the Organisation of American States (CICTE/OAS Presenters will speak on the legal instruments against terror ism, the role of human rights in the anti-terrorism fight, nation al experiences in investigating and prosecuting acts and terrorism and terrorist financing and best practices in regional and international anti-terrorism cooperation. Addressing the opening cere mony, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest emphasised that the Bahamas is deeply committed to doing its part to counter terrorism both locally and through co-opera tion with the international community. The minister noted that not only does terrorism destroy lives, it also destabilises gov ernments and civil society, weakens economies and retards eco nomic and social development. He said representation from various Bahamian agencies at the workshop is a reflection of the network (the government is) seeking to develop at the national level to combat terrorism through inter-agency cooperation. The Bahamas continues strives to keep apace with inter national anti-terrorism developments, for example through the ratification of core universal counter-terrorism conventions and the enactment of legislation to combat terrorism, added Mr Turnquest. Also addressing the work shop, Mauro Miedico, co-ordinator of the UNODCs Terror ism Prevention Branchs Latin American and Caribbean team, noted that the Bahamas is now party to 12 of the 16 legal instruments in which the rules of international law that relate to the prevention of terrorist acts are codified, and has worked hard to ensure their full imple mentation. Although praising the Bahamas for showing a strong commitment to the fight against terrorism, terrorism financing and international crime, Igna cio Ibanez, programme manag er of the Legislative Assistance and Counter Terrorism Financing Programme of the CICTE/OAS, went on to point out that the Bahamas is unfortunately among nine countries which have yet to ratify the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism. The convention, which has been ratified by 25 countries, is another legal instrument which strengthens a preventative regional approach and fosters smoother legal co-operation when fighting terrorism. During the next few days we will aim to see how useful these legal instruments against terrorism can be when ratified, effec tively implemented into nation al legislation and appropriately used during the investigation and prosecution of terrorismrelated cases, added Mr Ibanez during his address. The Bahamas is the current vice-chair of CICTE and a potential chair of the commit tee for 2010/2011. THE MINISTRY of Tourism and Aviation reported that occupancy levels for October at the 14 major hotels in New Providence have increased by seven per cent over last year. According to a summary report prepared by the minister and the Bahamas Hotel Association, October 2009 experienced an occupancy rate of 50.2 per cent compared to 43.2 per cent in October 2008. The report pointed out, however, that these figures are distorted by the temporary closure of 379 rooms at RIU last year. Exclude RIU from the 2008 figures and the 2008 September occupancy rate falls to 41.5 per cent. The closure of RIU also distorts the room nights sold picture even more, it said. Room nights sold increased by 2.7 per cent overall, 12.7 per cent when excluding RIU from 2008. However, an $18 decrease in the average daily room rate (ADR hotel room revenue expected from such an increase in room nights sold. The report also revealed that room revenue fell by 7.4 per cent in October compared to last year, or 5.3 per cent if the RIU hotel is excluded. For October 2009, the ADR was $167.25 compared to $185.59 last year. October saw available room nights decreased by 11.6 per cent. Nine of the 14 reporting properties recorded October increases in room revenues that ranged from hardly any increase at all to several properties reporting solid revenue if not substantial growth. Where decreases in room rev enue occurred, it was in all cases double digit. Looking at the performance for the year, hotel occupancy stood at 62.3 per cent compared to 66.2 per cent last year. The ADR was $225.44 while January to October last year saw $249.82. Hotel revenue fell 20.4 per cent with 12 of the 14 hotels reporting losses for the year so far. Hotel room nights sold decreased by 11.8 per cent, it said. The latest preliminary air arrival figures for New Providence, up to the end of September, have been released by the Department of Statistics and the Ministry of Tourism. They show a 8.2 per cent decrease or 65,940 fewer foreign air arrivals than in 2008. Despite the mixed results, October performance indicators demonstrate a second consecutive month of either marginal improvements or single digit declines. While this is a welcome change of course, any small improvements in occupancy and arrivals continue to be significantly offset by low average daily room rates and revenue for each room as a result of a strong push by hotels to increase market share through value-added promotions. This suggests that with a gradual global recovery as is now being widely predicted, hotels will continue to be challenged, needing to pay close attention to maintaining operational efficiency while aggressively marketing themselves and the destination to maximise revenue, the report said. 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The party flung further criticism at Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham for increasing the responsibilities of theAG and Ministry of Legal Affairs by adding the promotion and development of financial services to this portfolio. And as Mr Delaney is the third commercial/corporate lawyer to be appointed to the post, the NDP is calling on Mr Ingraham to justify his decision. The new Attorney General's special focus on commercial litigation and financial services during his 22 year private career, combined with his increased responsibility infinancial services, makes it possible that he may focus on this area and not do enough to address the pressing demands for criminal justice, the NDP fears. A spokesman for the fledgling political party said: The NDP is of the conviction that the gravity of our nation's violent crime problem, and the weakness of our nation's penal code as it relates to violent offenders, demands that the Attorney General's office be led by someone whose sole focus is on correcting our dysfunctional justice system. We believe that any effort on the part of the current political directorate to engage the financial services sector, if they insist on not creating a separate financial services ministry, should involve incor porating this function within the Ministry of Finance, not within the Attorney General's office. The prime minister voiced his government's commitment to fighting crime and improv ing the criminal justice system as Mr Delaney was sworn in at Government House on Monday. But the NDP have criticised Mr Ingraham for making "no perceptible improvement" to the justice system since mak ing similar statements at the swearing in of former Attor ney General Claire Hepburn in May 2007, when Mr Ingra ham said the poor state of the judicial and legal service was unacceptable and a top prior ity for government. The NDP believes the appointment of three com mercial lawyers to head the judiciary, in addition to the inclusion of responsibility for the financial services industry, demonstrates a dangerous level of instability and lack of focus, which is unacceptable and depriving Bahamians of real value and results. We call on the prime min ister to give this nation's crime problem the serious attention that it deserves and not allow the Attorney General's office to double as the Ministry of Financial Services, the spokesman said. The NDP believes crime is an issue of governance and that the current crime crisis demands a full-time Attorney General and Minister of Justice. NDP slams AG appointment Police, Defence Force, Immigration and Customs officers among those taking part HOTELSINOCTOBER 2009 experienced an occupancy rate of 50.2% JOHN DELANEY
EDITOR, The Tribune. The Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in the Bahamas hereby submits an article about the relations between China and Africa. We found the editorial last Saturday with the title of China's breathtaking expansion in Africa on page four rather misleading. I hope that this attached article could serve as some kind of clarification. POLITICAL DIVISION Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Sino-African Cooperation benefits all people A lthough geographically f ar apart, China and Africa h ave a time-honoured friendship, which has been cemented over the long course of history. Since the beginning of the new century, especially since the Beijing Summit oft he Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, the two sides have been committed to building a new type of strate gic partnership, and jointly implementing the eight cooperation measures announced by President Hu Jintao. As a result, China-Africa trade and economic ties have gained a new momentum, bringing benefits to people from both sides. China-Africa trade has been developing rapidly. It registered an average annual growth rate of over 30 per cent in the past eight years and exceeded 100 billion U.S. dollars for the first time in 2008, realising the tar get of "100 billion dollars by 2010" proposed by Premier Wen Jiabao two years ahead of schedule. Chinese investment in Africa has expanded steadily. In 2008, Chinese direct investment in the continent amounted to 5.49 billion dollars. The existing stock of investment had reached 7.8 billion dollars and more than 1,600 Chinese companies had invested in Africa by 2008, covering a wide range of areas from product processing to agricultural development. Substantial progress has been made in infrastructure cooperation. Chinese enterprises have undertaken the construction of some major projects in Africa, including the east-west expressway in Algeria, the expansion of the Lobito Port in Angola and the Bui hydropower station in Ghana, which have been widely applauded by local governments and people. After years of efforts, China-Africa trade and economic cooperation has shifted towards a diversified and interactive pattern encompassing trade, investment, aid and project contracting, playing an irreplacea ble role in the economic development of both sides. China has closely followed the development of Africa and sincerely wishes to make its contribution to the African people in developing theirn ations and creating a better l ife. To help African countries build their capacity for selfdevelopment, China has provided various assistance to 53 countries under the framework of South-South Cooperation over the past 50strong years. It has finished over 800 complete-plant projects, provided training to 300,000 people, cancelled 306 debts for 34 heavily indebted poor and least developed countries, and sent 17,000 medical workers to 43 African countries. The Chinese people will never forget the invaluable support of the African friends in major international issues such as the resumption of China's membership in the UN and the hosting of the Beijing Olympic Games, and their selfless assistance in the wake of the devastating earthquake in 2008. Over the three years since the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, China and Africa have executed the eight measures to promote development and improve people's well-being, and thus have contributed tremendously to deepening bilateral trade and economic cooperation and advancing social and economic development of Africa. Under the assistance initiative, the Chinese side has constructed a number of large infrastructure projects including the national stadium of Zambia, the second Bridge of Bamako, Mali, the hydropower station of Pubara, Gabon, the new airport of Mauritius and the ring road of Nairobi, Kenya. The 100 China-assisted rural schools will accommodate 50,000 children, and the 30 hospitals with Chinese assistance will add 4,000 beds to local medical capacity. T he malaria prevention c ooperation has covered over 3 0 countries and benefited hundreds of millions of people. The Ethiopian glass factory invested by the ChinaAfrica Development Fund has filled the vacancy of locali ndustry, and the cotton planting project in Malawi will create 100,000 jobs for local farmers. The Zambia-China Economic and Trade Cooperation Area has already attracted 10 enterprises with a total investment of more than 700 million dollars, and created 6,000 jobs. Meanwhile, Chinese companies have also grown stronger and reaped great profits on the vast African continent. Facts have proven that China-Africa economic and trade relationship features reci procity, mutual benefit, cooperation and win-win, reflects the aspirations of the peoples and the need of the time, and thus sets up a role model of South-South Cooperation. 2009 is a year when Chi na-Africa economic and trade relationship will continue to prosper on the strong momentum. The Chinese government will, as always, follow the principle of "sincerity and friendship, equal treatment, mutual support and common development", deepen trade and economic cooperation, fight the financial crisis and achieve the goal of common development. (Source: China Daily C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm IN THIS column yesterday we described t he great strides made in the Eastern Police Division under ASP Shannondor Evans who l aunched the community-active Pacesetters programme from the Elizabeth Estates Police Station in 2000. It was suggested that the initiative had died when Mr Evans was posted as Commandant of the Police Col-l ege. Maybe so, but not for long. Supt David D eveaux, who was transferred to the Elizabeth Estates Station this year, is setting up a n ambitious programme, from which, he promises, the leaders of tomorrow will be drawn. He hopes that all residents in his police division this includes the areas of Prince Charles, Sea Breeze, Winton, San S ouci, Fox Hill, the Eastern Road and all the streets between will support the pro-g ramme. Although spearheaded by the police with h im at the head, Supt Deveaux emphasises that it is not a police programme, rather it is a programme that partners with the com munity. The Eastern Division police are working w ith the Eastern Community Association Carl Spencer is the president. On the c ommittee are teachers, an accountant, housewives, and business people. Anyone w illing to help is welcome. Supt Deveaux points out that all residents should have an investment in this pro gramme. We are trying to develop positive things with our young people as they will be the leaders of tomorrow. We have to teach them h ow to plan for life, and help them to position themselves to step up to the plate. If we d ont train them now, they will go down and our country will go down with them. He pointed out that anyone who wants to feel secure in this community, who wants to help turn an angry youth into productive citizens, should have a vested interest in this youth club. T wo weeks ago Supt Deveaux announced the launch of the Eastern Division Pacesett ers Youth Club and Marching Band. Already more than 70 youth have signed up w ith parents still stopping by to inquire about a place for their child. Supt Deveaux is so confident in his prog ramme that he has even set the date for the bands first public appearance a preV alentines concert on February 13. He has the youth, he has the band master, but there is still a major problem he has no instru ments. However, he is certain that he will make his concert date and thats where the community comes in. Expect him to a nnounce the opening of a bank account for the band, with an invitation for residents of t he Eastern Division to contribute. Explaining the objectives of the programme, he said, it was important to instil discipline, emphasise the importance of a good education, and instead of fighting, howt o communicate. He said that conflict resolution will be an important part of the pro-g ramme with young people being taught the importance of giving back to the communit y. In other words community service will be high on the programme. Financial management also will be taught. I want them to understand how to han dle money to properly manage their affairs, h ow to support themselves so that they will not have to steal, says this 48-year-oldp olice officer who has a masters degree in Business Management and is now studying f or a degree in law. They must also learn how to speak well and to clearly express themselves. To devel op this a debating club will be a part of the programme. T hey must also have a skill. And this is where music comes in. Music, says SuptD eveaux, is a way to bring people in line; they will learn to be synchronised, to work t ogether as one to produce harmony. In other words he wants to give these young people ages 9 to 16 a plan for life. They are being prepared to take up positions of leadership, even to aspire to become a part of the political process. I want these young people to be above aver a ge. In other words we are trying to prepare a cadre of young boys and girls who will t ake their positions in the community and be a beacon for others. Today, said Supt Deveaux, too many of these young people are getting into trouble, fighting among themselves and behaving ridiculously. We have to teach them that there is more to life than the negative things g oing around. And when the bands and choirs are ready t hese youth will be performing in the churches and giving band concerts once a month on a different park in the Eastern Division, so that all residents will have an opportunity to enjoy a new breed of young people. B ut this is a community partnership. All residents from Prince Charles to the Eastern R oad in the north are urged to join hands with the police to help rescue these young people from a life of crime. It is in all our interests to give this ambi tious effort our full support. Sino-African cooperation benefits both sides LETTERS l email@example.com A new club and marching band is born NOTICE is hereby given that NATASHAIVON of 19 Rowena Rd. off Claridge Rd. is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18t h day of November, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE
By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T HE trial of police officer V aughn Pratt, who is c harged with having sex with two minors, was adjourned to Friday when a ruling in the case is expected to be handed down by Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones. A ruling was scheduled for yesterday, however Pratts lawyer, Murrio Ducille, is presently involved in a mur-d er trial that is underway in the Supreme Court in F reeport. S ergeant Pratt is accused o f having sexual intercourse with two minors, aged 14 and 15, on May 6, 2007. I t is alleged that Pratt got the girls drunk and had sex with them in a bedroom at his home on Duke Drive. The girls were put in the care of Pratt and his wife, w ho was off the island at the time of the alleged incident. The summary trial began i n November, 2007. The p rosecution closed its case on June 23. Valeria Pyfrom and Lorna Longley-Rolle of the Attorney Generals O ffice are prosecuting the case. Prosecution On August 17, Mr Ducille m ade a no case submission on behalf of Sergeant Pratt, saying that the prosecution had failed to establish a pri ma facie case against his client. M rs Pyfrom insisted that the offence of unlawful sexual intercourse was committed by Pratt. She told the court that doctors examined the girls at t he hospital on May 6, 2007. The doctor, she said, reported that the 14-year-old had already taken a bath and c hanged her clothing. Her g enital exam was normal, but doctors noted that the complainant was very emotional and wanted to cry. S he noted that doctors reported that the 15-year-oldd isplayed redness of the rect um, anus and vagina. M rs Pyfrom said the girls told a social worker Pratt gott hem drunk. He is accused of giving each girl five rounds of drinks one was allegedly given Vodka and cranberry juice and the other was given Vodka and orange juice. P ratt was arrested on May 7, 2007. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Ruling on police officer charged with sex with minors expected on Friday PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts offered one million dollars to whoever returns the stolen anti-crime p lans to Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest. In his address at the oppositions Fox H ill branch meeting o n Monday night, M r Roberts reminded those in attendance that Mr Turnquest had claimed he and the FNM had a plan to get rid of crime. H owever, with crime spiralling out of control, Mr Roberts q uipped that someone must have stolen the plans Tommy h ad. I offered a reward of one million dollars for the return of Tommy and the FNMs plans but today no one has come forward, he said. M r Roberts added: Tommy claims that he does not walk around with a gun in his waist preventing people from com-m itting crimes. To sum up, Tommys reaction to his critics was, Stop s capegoating me man, I am doing the best I can man. The bottom line is, Tommys best aint good enough. Roberts offers $1m for return of Turnquests stolen anti-crime plans T HE man accused of the February 2006 murder of businessman Keith Carey will have to be retried as the Court of Appeal yesterday quashed his convictions on murder, conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery charges. Jamal Glinton had r eceived the death sentence following his conviction for the murder o f Keith Carey. Prosec utors had claimed G linton shot Carey, 43, twice outside the Bank o f the Bahamas on T onique Williams Dar l ing Highway on February 27, 2006. The victim had been attempting tod eposit $40,000 belonging to the Esso Service S tation which he operated. Glinton, alias 'Bumper', was unanimously found guilty of the murder and armed robbery of Carey on A pril 9 of this year. H e had been charged along with Dwight Knowles and SeanB rown, who were unanimously convicted of robbery and conspiracyt o commit robbery. Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs had directed the jury not to consider the charge of murder against Knowles and Brown. That direction w as one of 17 grounds of appeal filed by Glin t ons attorney Craig Butler. There were 17 g rounds of appeal but t he Court of Appeal was really only interested in the fourth ground. B ased on the fourth g round, the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction, Mr Butler said yesterday. The fourth ground w as that the judge was wrong in law to remove f rom the jury at the c lose of the case for the defence, the charges of murder and armed rob bery as against the two c oaccused. What that did was lead to an unfair trial against Jamal Glinton. The Court of appeal did not release him, they ordered a new tri al. They said he is to remain on remand until that new trial takes place, Mr Butler said. He noted that his client is now no longer a condemned man and has the ability to apply for bail in the Supreme Court. Glintons co-accused, Knowles, was given an 11-year sentence and Brown received a 10year sentence. According to evidence heard at the trial, Knowles and Brown sat in the getaway car while Glinton shot and robbed Carey. The victim's cousin, Vaughn, who had origi nally been charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, testified for the prosecution in exchange for having the charge against him dropped. The witness had testi fied that Dwight Knowles had approached him about setting up the robbery in exchange for $9,000 which he claimed he was never paid. Senior Justice Jon Isaacs also sentenced Glinton to 30 years imprisonment on the armed robbery charge and 10 years imprison ment on the conspiracy to commit armed rob bery charge. The sentences are to run con currently beginning on the date of his conviction. 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F RANKLY, I am sick and tired of all those forwarded e-mails peddling scams, lies and hate propaganda. This irksome correspondence used to derive mostly from unsophisticated Internet users who thought they were doing their friends and relatives a favour by sending a useful safety tip or an interesting take on the news. But now it seems almost everyone is getting into the act even welleducated and otherwise levelheaded folks and the information they are peddling grows more outrageous by the day. Why is this? Well, as one blogger put it recently, "these forwards are not just a way of spreading an idea efficiently, they are a way of getting people to commit to the idea, or deepen their commitment, by the very act of forwarding it. This is a dangerous practice in a democracy: getting people to commit to ideas and beliefs which may be false, without any regard to the actual evidence." The most egregious recent example came from a lawyer friend, and it had already been forwarded by several other Bahamian lawyers as a cautionary word to the wise. The email featured a link to a video, which purported to show the former health minister of Finland, Dr Rauni Kilde, warning that the swine flu vaccine is actually a bio-weapon intended to cripple the immune system for purposes of population control. "It's not the swine flu that's dangerous, it's the injections," Kilde says in a thick Scandinavian accent. "Behind the whole thing is to diminish the population, because it's toxic, and to get millions and millions into their own pocket by using scary propaganda. The World Health Organisation has ordered that everybody, by force, has to be injected. The figures released by the WHO are all false. They have been forced to do this by Big Pharma. The target is to get rid of as many people as possible and to get as much money as possible." W ell those seem to be two contradictory goals to me, sinceI assume that drug companies can't make much money from dead people. But Kilde does have a background of sorts. She was apparently a provin cial medical officer in Lapland until injuries she received in a car accident in 1987 forced her to retire. Since then she has described herself as a "ufolo gist" and has alleged that world governments are implanting microchips in our brains to control behaviour. "Are we ready for the robotization of mankind and the total elimination of privacy, including freedom of thought?" she asks in one essay. "How many of us would want to cede our entire life, including our most secret thoughts, to Big Brother? Yet the technology exists to createa totalitarian New World Order." If you google her name, Kilde turns up on a wide vari ety of fringe, new age, libertarian and conspiracy websites. She has also been featured on slightly less crazy right wing websites like the Massachu setts Liberty Preservation Association and Patrick Buchanan.org although in some cases her videos have since been removed. The attitude of most of the folks that run these websites is that the rest of us are insane for believing the lies of Big Medicine and Big Government. In fact there is a big move ment afoot to warn people about the dangers of the swine flu vaccine and the effort by world governments to force it on us. These warnings come in sev eral forms, some more extreme than others. One of the more innocuous was sent to me recently by a local friend. It takes the form of a pseudo-scientific medical advisory from a "bachelor of pharmacy" at the University of South Aus tralia who was top of his class at school. "If the regular flu kills 40,000-plus per year, and the swine flu only killed 2-3,000," the pharmacist asks knowingly, "then why are governments buying it in advance, giving it to us for free, and giving drug manufacturers immunity to legal cases against them? Does that make sense? No. This stuff is poison." Of course, such dire health warnings are frequently wrapped up in ridiculous rightwing accusations that "the government" is seeking to destroy our freedoms and force us to take harmful drugs. And the effectiveness of this scare-mongering was confirmed over the weekend when a CNN poll reported that more than half of Americans don't want the H1N1 vaccine because they believe it's unsafe. This is despite the fact that this vaccine is no different from the seasonal flu shot, which has been administered to hundreds of millions of people and raises no objection. The two vaccines are produced in exactly the same way and have the same potential but rare risks. And the vaccinations are not mandatory in the US or in other countries, although some hospitals and localities may require healthcare workers to take the shots, for obvious reasons. In order to avoid being fooled by this nonsense, just do this: Never believe anything, especially forwards, that you receive in your e-mail inbox. Most of these messages are untrue. And you will not get bad luck for 100 years if you delete the message before for warding it to all of your friends. Anyone can post anything on the internet, but when making important decisions regarding your health and the health of your loved ones, who would you rather consult some crazy website or your family doctor? Let me put it another way, would you google puffer fish, then watch a youtube video on how to prepare this deadly poisonous fish, then trust the information enough to cook it and serve it to your children? The important thing to know is that when you google something, the search results that come up first are based on the number of hits they receive, not on how reliable the content is. For example, just because the first site that pops up when you google H1N1 vaccine ingredients tells you that it contains formaldehyde, live monkey virus, mercury and tissues from aborted babies does not mean it is true. Also, please remember that anyone can sign any name at the bottom of an e-mail and there is no way to track this back. For example, I could write a message telling everyone that eating macaroni and cheese dipped in crab fat will give you immunity from swine flu. ThenI could sign it Dr Hubert Minnis and include a list of his credentials. But it doesn't mean the advice is true. In fact, the falsehoods being spread about the H1N1 vaccine are much more dangerous than any potential side effect from the vaccine itself, since they encourage the credulous to ignore good medical advice. That brings me to my second example a political chain email I received recently from a close family member that concerned US President Barack Obama (who else? But before I get to that, have you noticed that most of the insulting trashy political pro paganda and hate mails circu lating around the internet come from the right, with a large majority directed at Obama? I can't recall getting any emails that denigrate the right wing or social conservatives in the same fanatical way. It's tempt ing to think that moderates and liberals are more likely to ques tion the validity of such crazy emails. Now back to the Obama email, which first appeared around the time of the presi dential election. It purported to be a message from liberal historian David Kaiser, and it compared Obama to Adolf Hitler. The email is, of course, a forgery, but it presents a litany of familiar ultra conservative themes that boil all our problems down to one man Barack Obama who will destroy the constitution and reshape America in the same way that Hitler transformed Germany. This message has been traced to a rightwing blog by Pat Dollard, called The War Starts Here. I don't understand how otherwise intelligent and wellmeaning folks can distribute such messages or be taken in by them so easily. The way to avoid that is to use critical thinking. And claims about huge conspiracies are the first thing to look out for. The American political system is simply too big and there are too many checks and balances for a handful of Obama supporters to be able to stage a secret communist coup. Like wise, it would have been impossible for a select few in the Bush administration to orchestrate the 9/11 attacks. And the world is an even bigger place, so please be sceptical when emails tell you that one group or another is secretly pulling all the strings. Here are a few other sim ple ways to identify internet hoaxes: If an email villifies political enemies or uses religion to make political or social points; if you are directed to send an email to everyone in your address book urgently; if an email offers no specific facts that can be easily checked; if an email presents sensational or frightening stories, or appeals to your worst fears; or promises goods or money, or if the message sounds like spe cial insider information. These are all clear signs that you are being taken for a fool. What do you think? 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dont get included to put in necessary security it will destroy tourism," Mr Williams said. "These criminals know the police aren't there and they target it." H e is also worried that n egative word of mouth about the incident could spell bad news for local tour operators. "I think if it gets carried by major news (networks p articularly in the US and C anada I think it will have an effect," he said. One of the victims has already created a video about the incident, which hasb een posted on the popular v ideo sharing network Y ouTube. A manager at another leading tour company said the bad press stemming from the incident will no doubt affect all of the country's tour providers. It looks bad even though it d idn't happen with (our c ompany it still will affect everybody because you never know who these guests are speaking to about their experience," said the manager,w ho chose to remain anonym ous. Farley Williams, operator of Bahamas Sightseeing and Tours, said he has not seen any cancellations since the group of cruise passengersw ere robbed at gunpoint last Friday. Mr Williams, whose company takes tourists on multiple historical sites throughout the capital, said he will continue to operate in the same manner despite possible threats from criminals. O n Friday, 18 cruise ship p assengers who were part of t wo separate Segway tours visiting BASH's Earth Village were robbed by two shotgun toting bandits. The thieves tied up the Bahamian tour guide ando rdered the group to the g round before the second g roup approached. They were also robbed. Early last month, a group of American cruise ship passengers were robbed, while ona taxi-cab tour of the 66 Steps. SEEPAGETHREE C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM They continued their investigations with him I'm told," Mr M oss said yesterday. On November 9 Mr Turnquest was arrested and later released as police probed the matter. I t is understood that the RBPF investigation relates to the operations of Britannia Investment Company owned byM r Turnquest's former business partner Hywel Jones and Mr T urnquest's investment firm Bonnycord Group Limited. M r Turnquest has maintained his innocence in the case. "We haven't done anything wrong and the one thing I have learned is that when you are in litigation people would say a nything. "There are certain things I just can't bring myself to do as my former partner Hywel Jones denied his signature; I can't dot hat. It is just amazing but in litigation people say things to bols ter their case," he told the media at a press conference days after his arrest. Last year, officials from Canada arrived in the Bahamas to investigate the Britannia Investment Company for a fraudulent tax scheme that totalled over $100 million. While the case is chiefly one involving Canadian tax law, and is not a crim i nal matter, no charges were filed against Mr Jones, his colleagues, Britannia and Hampton. Mr Jones was also embroiled in a heated legal dispute with Mr Turnquest who was once an associate of Britannia Limited before he was shot and killed earlier this year. t old the hearing he found Michaels body during a rou tine check. A ccording to Corporal Strachan, at the time Michael died he was being detained ons uspicion of committing house breaking. Cpl Strachan said he saw Michael for the first time onW ednesday, May 27, and then took over duties as the station orderly on May 31. H e claimed Michael, who appeared to be fine, was the only person in custody. How ever, around 5.16pm a woman b y the name of Desirae Chisolm was put in the second holding cell. C pl Strachan said that around 6.30pm Detective Constable Kelalrico Burrows came and took Michael to the detec tive unit upstairs. He further stated that an hour later, Inspector James Miller brought the boy back to the holding cell. Cpl Strachan said that when he checked the cells around 8pm, he found him hanging from a steel bar in the cell. He told the court that Michael had no pulse and that EMS personnel were contacted. Michaels mother Donna Wilson said her son had not been arrested on Wednesday, but rather on Thursday in the Bahama Avenue area. She asked Cpl Strachan why shewas not called to be present when police took a statement from her son. The officer r esponded by saying he was not the investigator in the matter and could not say if any attempts had been made to contact her. He said Michael was charged on May 31. D owen Major, store man a ger of Super Value, East Street and Robinson Road, described Michael as a man n erly boy who was street smart and had a troubled background. Mr Major said that Michael worked as a packing boy at the food store. He said Michael had told h im he and his mother were on bad terms. Mr Major said that two weeks prior to his death, Michael had been sent home from work because of an altercation between some o ther boys. Major said that he had been shocked to learn of Michaels death. Paramedic Joanne Rolle told the court that she receiveda call instructing her to go to the East Street South Police Station around 8.24pm on May 31. She said that she and her driver arrived at the police station around 8.30pm and there observed a brown skinned male hanging from a cell from a string which was around his neck. She said that upon examination, she noticed no vital signs. Rolle said that the boys hands were to his side, his tongue was protruding out of his mouth and his legs were crossed. The inquest resumes on Thursday before Coroner William Campbell. Teenagers death in cell consistent with hanging FROM page one FROM page one Former MP is again questioned Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. tourists in shotgun terror M inister tells of h MAN FACESSTRING OF RAPECHARGES BY AVA TURNQUEST A WOMAN who was allegedly brutally beaten by police more than 20 years ago says she is struggling to maintain her sanit y as a date for the appeal to her case, which she won in 2005, has yet to be set. Beryl Grant told The T ribune of the daily trials s he endures to secure basic necessities for her family, and of her desperation for closure to the struggle for justice that has left her m entally and physically t raumatised. T ider wWoman left traumatised by long wait for justice B FROM page one T our operators say business not affected by armed robbery THETRIBUNE reported on the incident on Saturday.
C M Y K C M Y K WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25,2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 B aptist Sports Council: G olden Gates captures two titles TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Knowles, Bhupathi undefeated By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A fter getting off to a shaky start, Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi turned things around as they remained undefeated at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London, England. The Bahamian-Indian duo, seeded at No.3 in the year-ending round robin tournament, came from behind to pull off a 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 win yesterday over the Polish team of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. They played well, said Knowles, who was riding their stunning first round victory over top seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nanad Zimonjic. They broke Mahesh in the first set for the only break and were able to take the set. But in the second set, we came back a little stronger and played much better. It went down to the super tiebreaker and I think we went on to play as best as we could to be able to come out with the win. It was a big win for us. Knowles and Bhupathi, who clinched their first round win over Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak on Sunday, said they were prepared for Fyrstenberg and Matkowski. We knew that in order for us to advance out of our pool, we have to win all three of our matches, Knowles said during an interview with The Tribune from London. We feel we are playing as well as any other team here. So if we can continue to play that way, we should definitely have a chance to move onto the playoffs. With the victory, Knowles and Bhupathi have surged out front in the Group A standings with a 2-0 win-loss record. Fyrstenberg and Matkowski have dropped to 1-1. On Thursday, 38-year-old Knowles and Bhupathi, 35, are set to play their final match in the round robin when they take on Nestor and Zimonjic. The match will determine which two teams will advance to the playoffs. They will cross over and play the top two teams out of Pool B that is l ed by American identical twin b rothers Bob and Mike Bryan. B ut before they get to the playoffs, Knowles said he and Bhupathi are hoping to get past Nestor and Zimonjic. Were in a good position, but we still have to go out there and win, Knowles said. The best way for us to get into the playoffs is to win. It going to be a big match because weve had a history playing against them. So we know that we will have to play at our best and I think we will be ready to do that. This is just the second time that Knowles and Bhupathi are playing together in the tournament. Last year, in their debut, they failed to advance out of the playoffs. However, Knowles has had a great deal of success when he teamed up with Nestor. They won the title in 2007, the year that they eventually broke up their long-time union. Prior to that, Knowles and Nestor played in the final in 2006, didnt make the playoff in 2005, but got to the semis in 2004 and 2003. Barclays ATP World Tour Finals A P P h o t o HIGH FIVE Mark Knowles (left R egatta champion Ivan Stuart dies, see page 11 By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com C C I I G G I I B B S S O O N N R R A A T T T T L L E E R R S S 3 3 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 6 6 TIED at two early in the first half, the Rattlers went on a 9-0 run and maintained an advantage to ward off a persistent Stingrays team seeking their first win. A jumper by Stevandre Wells gave the Rattlers an 11-2 lead. The Stingrays would come back led by Shatyna Stuart whose driving layup trimmed the deficit to 15-8. Stuart, the lone ballhandler and penetrator for the Stingrays, man aged to keep them within striking distance for much of the game. Despite her efforts, the Rattlers were too dominant, controlling both interiors with forwards Robin Gibson and Precious Aranha. With their tenacity on the boards, the duo gave the Rattlers various second and third shot opportunities and trips to the free throw line. C I Gibson failed to take full advantage of the foul prone Stingrays and extend their lead as they shot a paltry 1-12 from the free throw line late in the first half. With both teams struggling to score, the Rattlers led 18-11 at the half. The offensive struggles continued in the second half with just one basket scored between the two teams in the opening six minutes. Stuart made one of two free throws at the line to bring the Stingrays within three, 20-17. The momentum would be short lived as the Rattlers reeled off for a timely 5-0 run on a three pointer from Lornika Seraphin and a bas ket by Gibson. Stuart again scored when her team needed her most to end the run and make the score 25-19 with just over seven minutes left to play. Both teams went through an extensive drought with just one point scored in nearly five minutes. The Stingrays had numerous chances to cut into the lead at the free throw line but went 0-6 from the charity stripe in the games waning moments. Gibson led all scorers with 15 points, Seraphin finished with six while Aranha and Wells finished with four points apiece. Stuart led the Stingrays with 10 points while Wenneka Brown added four. G G H H S S M M A A G G I I C C 2 2 3 3 R R M M B B A A I I L L E E Y Y P P A A C C E E R R S S 1 1 1 1 In a matchup of teams that gen erally struggle offensively, the Magic brought more than enough scoring to outlast the winless Pacers. The Magic lead reached double figures for the first time on a three pointer by Marcelene St Jean from the top of the key to give her team a 12-1 lead. The Pacers would manage to add just a single free through over the last five minutes of the half as the Magic took a 12-2 lead at the break. After the Pacers scored again from the line, the Magics Shanice Cartwright picked up the scoring slack in the second half with a 5-0 run of her own which gave her team a 17-4 lead with 12:24 left to play. St Jean, who finished with a game high 11 points, added the next two baskets for the Magic who led 21-3. The Pacers made their first shot from the field with 6:34 left to play in the game on a running jumper from Tonia-Kaye Johnson. The score sparked a late 6-2 run for the Pacers but proved to be too little to overcome the double figure deficit. St Jean was the games lone scorer in double figures while Chiquita Ferguson finished with six and Cartwright finished with five points respectively. Latasa Armbrister led the Pacers with five points while Diamante Barr added three. Rattlers beat Stingrays F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f STINGRAYS guard Shatyna Stuart brings the ball upcourt yesterday. She finished with 10 points... SEE NEXT PAGE
L ORNIKA SERAPHIN l ooks up the floor during the first half... SHAQUELLE BAIN goes after a loose ball... C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Island regatta pioneer Ivan Stuart passes away By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b firstname.lastname@example.org CAPTAIN Ivan Stuart, one of the few to win a championship title in every island regatta in the A, B and CC lasses, died Sunday on Abaco. The fisherman by profession was in his 70s. Yesterday condolences poured in from the sailing community as they r eflected on the life of Stuart, who left a void that will be hard to fill. Im sure all of the sailors will miss him, said Captain Emmit Munroe, one of Stuarts closest friends in sailing. He would jump on the C class, then he would sail the B class and the A class. He used to jump on any of those b oats and sail. The owners used to c ome to him because they knew he was a good sailor and he would jump f rom C to B and A. Munroe and Stuarts relationship went back to the days when Munroe only had the Courageous boat. But once he got the New Courageous,M unroe said Stuart teamed up with his son, Shawn, to sail the new boat. He sailed a lot of boats when they needed him, Munroe said. I cant s ee anybody who is a sailor and sailed who wouldnt miss him. I know I could sail my own boat, but I will miss him because he was a good help to me. A couple months ago when Munroe c ame to town to see the doctor, Munroe said he cracked a joke with Start, telling him to hurry up and get better so he could sail the New Courag eous again. That made him smile and made him feel good. He said the next time we have sailing, he just want to go on the boat and sail with me. So I take his p assing to heart. I will miss him. Rev Dr Philip McPhee, owner of the Thunderbird, said although Stuart came into sailing a little late in age, he left an indelible mark in the sport. He won championship in every island in the Bahamas. I dont think no other skipper has done that, beside Lundy Robinson and probably Emmit M unroe, McPhee pointed out. Winning In that age bracket, he stands out a s a pioneer in terms of winning championships in every island regattas in the A, B and C classes. He was a tiller man extraordinaire and was truly a l egend in sloop sailing. McPhee, who serves as the sailing consultant at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, said unfortunately, Stuart never got the recognition t hat he deserved. Hopefully we will pay tribute to him either in the Bulla Reg Regatta on January 1 in Exuma or the New Years Day Regatta in January, McPhees aid. Hes deserving of that recognition and I will recommend that to Minister (Desmond ministry. A lthough the Cobra was the first boat that Stuart sailed, he also sailed on the Lonesome Dove, the Old and New Courageous, the Thunderbird, Unknown, Vitamalt Thunderbird,S outhern Cross and the Sea Star. They never sailed together, but Eleazor The Sailing Barber Johnson and his Lady in Red, Lady Nathalie w as Stuarts keenest rivals in the B class. I knew him for many years. He was a very good sailor, said Johnson, who first came in contact with Stuart when t heir Lady Nathalie and the Cobra competed in the Briland Regatta in the 1960s. He was good and anytime you beat him, you got a good win because he was very skillful. He was ap erson who never talked that much. He was always one way. In February during his St Valentines Day Massacre in Montagu B each, Johnson said he and Stuart sailed together on the same boat as they watched the races. He told me that Nathalie was fast and with the light wind, the boatsw ont catch her, Johnson recalled. He was right. She put time on them and they never caught her. Both Munroe and Johnson and said t hey tried to spend as much time as they could with Munroe, especially when he started to become sick and was unable to continue fishing and even sailing. Rattlers VS Stingrays STEVEANDRE WELLS looks to make a pass in yesterdays 31-26 win over the C V Bethel Stingrays... SHATYNA STUART drives to the basket... PRECIOUS ARANHA (centre Photos by Felip Major/T ribune staff
C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T T E E A A M M S S W LPct.GB M ens President Division Transfiguration21.666 Temple Fellowship21.666Calvary Bible 22.500-S t. Mark's12.3331 Faith United12.3331 Mens Vice President Division G olden Gates401,000Macedonia32.60011/2 Salem22.5002 St. Paul's12.33321/2 Calvary Deliverance12.33321/2M t. Carey03.2503 17-And-Under Division Transfiguration31.666T emple Fellowship31.666Golden Gates32.600Macedonia32.600Faith United13.3332 St. John's04.0003 Co-Ed President Division Golden Gates301,000Ebenezer11.50011/2 Salem12.3332 Macedonia02.00021/2 Co-Ed Vice President Division S t. Paul's21.666Temple Fellowship21.666F aith United11.5001 St. John's02.0002 S S a a t t u u r r d d a a y y s s c c h h e e d d u u l l e e : : F ield One @ 10 am Calvary Deliverance vs St Paul's (M Macedonia vs Ebenezer (Co-edM Field Two @ 10 am St Johns vs Transfiguration (17 Marks (MMM F ield Three @ 10 am Faith United vs Temple Fellowship (17 vs Faith United (MCo-ed Baptist Sports Council: Olympia Morris-Evans Softball Classic team standings/schedule GOLDEN Gates captured two pennant titles on Saturday as the Baptist Sports Council d rew closer to the completion of the 2009 Olympia MorrisEvans Softball Classic at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Golden Gates pushed their u ndefeated record to 4-0 in the mens vice president division as they blasted Calvary Deliverance 22-5 and Golden Gates a lso finished perfect in the Coed president division at 3-0 with a 13-3 rout over Salem. The other pennant won so far is the co-ed vice presidentd ivision. That went to St Pauls, managed by Morris-Evans, who finished with a 2-1 record. The regular season games w ere cut short as the teams were placed in two divisions in the men and the co-ed to ensure that both the best-ofthree playoffs and champi-o nship series are completed in December. On Saturday, defending champions Transfiguration and T emple Fellowship are scheduled to play in two separate games to determine the mens president pennant winners. Both are 2-1. Its the same scenario in the 1 7-and-under division where Transfiguration and Temple F ellowship are both 3-1 and they will play two differento pponents to determine the pennant winners. H eres a summary of the games played on Saturday: G G o o l l d d e e n n G G a a t t e e s s 2 2 2 2 , C C a a l l v v a a r r y y D D e e l l i i v v e e r r a a n n c c e e 5 5 ( ( M M ) ) Ken Wood Jr went 3-for-5 w ith two RBI and four runs scored; Michael Thompson 2-f or-2 with five RBI and three runs; Chavez Thompson 2-for3 with two RBI and three runs; Randy Wallace 2-for-2 with three runs and Khalid Curry 1for-3 with three RBI and two runs. Junior Moss was the win-n ing pitcher and Danny Stubbs suffered the loss. Jayson Clarke went 2-for-2 with a home run, driving in two runs and scoring t wice for the losers. S S t t M M a a r r k k s s 1 1 0 0 , F F a a i i t t h h U U n n i i t t e e d d 5 5 ( ( M M ) ) Ken Symonette had two hits and scored three times andH ermis Ferguson had two hits and scored two runs in the win. Jason Sweeting was the winning pitcher. Alfred Johnson g ot the loss. F F a a i i t t h h U U n n i i t t e e d d 1 1 8 8 , S S t t J J o o h h n n s s 1 1 ( ( 1 1 7 7 a a n n d d U U n n d d e e r r ) ) Steven Russell had two hits with two RBI, scoring twice andT revell Lightbourn had two hits with three RBI, scoring three times in the win. DAngelo Cartwright got the win and A lexander Clarke suffered the loss. G G o o l l d d e e n n G G a a t t e e s s 9 9 , F F a a i i t t h h U U n n i i t t e e d d 4 4 ( ( 1 1 7 7 a a n n d d U U n n d d e e r r ) ) D evon Francis had two hits with two RBI, scoring two runs a nd Dino Sweeting also scored twice to lead the winners. K eann Thompson got the win on the mound. G G o o l l d d e e n n G G a a t t e e s s 1 1 3 3 , S S a a l l e e m m 3 3 ( ( C C o o e e d d ) ) R enee Davis had two hits, i ncluding a homer, scoring twice and Vandette Smith and E ugene Pratt both scored two runs in the win. Pratt was the w inning pitcher and Frank R olle suffered the loss. M M a a c c e e d d o o n n i i a a 1 1 6 6 , T T r r a a n n s s f f i i g g u u r r a a t t i i o o n n 3 3 ( ( 1 1 7 7 a a n n d d U U ) ) Patrizio Adderley, Bernard Ferguson, Jordan Gibson,C randon Wallace, Quintin Williams, Raymond Demeritte and DKyle Rolle all had two hits, scoring two runs in the win. W allace was the winning pitcher and Alexander Bain Jr was tagged with the loss. Miguel Hanna had two hits, scoring a run to lead the attackf or the losers. T T r r a a n n s s f f i i g g u u r r a a t t i i o o n n 2 2 1 1 , C C a a l l v v a a r r y y B B i i b b l l e e 7 7 ( ( M M ) ) Miguel Hanna was 3-for-4, j ust missing the cycle as he got a homer, triple and double, driving in four runs; Nelson Farrington was 2-for-4 with a RBI, scoring four times and StephenS ands was 2-for-4 with a homer, driving in three runs and scoring two more. Farrington was the winning p itcher and Terrance Pinder suffered the loss. He was also 2f or-3, scoring two runs and Kirk T hompson, Trevor Saunders a nd Kevin Pinder all homered in the loss. G G o o l l d d e e n n G G a a t t e e s s 1 1 6 6 , S S t t J J o o h h n n s s 3 3 ( ( 1 1 7 7 a a n n d d U U n n d d e e r r ) ) T evin Symonette went 2-for3 with a homer, driving in threer uns and scoring twice; Raym ond Bastian was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, scoring three t imes and Kyle Curry added a two-run homer in the win. K eann Thompson was the winning pitcher and Tori Rolle suf f ered the loss. Golden Gates captures titles St Pauls wins co-ed vice president division
P P a a r r t t y y b b o o o o k k i i n n g g s s d d e e c c l l i i n n e e b b y y 1 1 5 5 % % By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter email@example.com T he multi-million dollar renovation of Moses Plaza could help s park the full r evitalisation of downtown N assau, with 70 per cent of the complexs retail space already leased and talks ongoing with potential tenants for the two restaurant spaces, the developments chief executive said yesterday. Charles Klonaris told a group of Ministry of Tourism and Downtown Nassau Partnership officials that the development, which could be completed by early 2010, incorporates the harbourfront, which will be a major driving force for pedestrian traffic in the downtown area in upcoming years. Among the businesses expected to lease spaces when the plaza is complete and transformed into Elizabeth on Bay are Haagen Dazs, Dunkin Donuts and Sundrop Creations. The development initiated by Mr Klonaris and his brothers precedes the movement of the container shipping facilities from the heart of the city and a look to either side of his establishment, which could be named Elizabeth on the Bay when it is completed, s hows the move is much needed. The plazas main esplanade gives way to a picturesque view of the harbour and Paradise Island, framed by the restaurant foyer. However, upon stepping out on to the rear deck, the view pans out to reveal an active container yard to the right and the rear of semi-dilapidated warehouses to the left. According to Mr Klonaris, those spaces might better be served as a ferry terminal for the movement of tourists back and forth from Atlantis to the Promenade that is soon to be built along the harbour front. He added that the new plaza was set to house permanent expositions for two popular tour operators, Dolphin Encounters and Stuart Cove, which will occupy two of the larger retail spaces. They will also have dock s pace attached to the plaza, where they will moor their vessels and begin their tours. The future is the harbour, said Mr Klonaris, The future is water transportation. He added that the plaza required a significant investment to underwrite the renovations and, according to him, costs continue to increase. Vaughn Roberts, managing director of the Downtown Nassau Partnership, the public-private body charged with guiding citys revitalisation effort to the legislative stage, hailed the development of the plaza as positive change to the blighted area east of East Street. Mr Roberts echoed Mr Klonaris sentiments that the new plaza will herald the revitalisation effort. Once you have this and the new Straw Market, you will start to see where it will t ake off in a big way, he said. Mr Klonaris said previously that his development will without a doubt bring back that side of Bay Street. When the property is opened for business, the plaza will be the first of the properties between East and Armstrong Streets to be revitalised as a part of the Government and private sectors plan to reinvent Nassaus tourism product. The Government is still finalising plans to extend the properties on the waterfront, in order to develop a pedes trian promenade that is to be one of its pet projects for the revitalisation. Stor es big change via $100k r efit By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A MALL AT MARATHON clothing retailer has invest ed $100,000 in the complete redesign of its store, which was facilitated by a Colombian firm specialising in such reno v ations, its marketing manager said yesterday. Hosea Hinsey told Tribune Business that the Colombian firm took just over two weeks to completely overhaul Urban Nation and install a kiosk just outside the store, dedicated to Bob Marley By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor BUSINESSMEN are scared to death about doing business in the Bahamas due to the out-of-control crime situation and rapid increase in armed robberies as the Christmas season approaches, a former Chamber of Commerce president said yesterday, as he blasted the lack of a physical police presence on the streets. Dionisio DAguilar, who is also Superwashs president, told Tribune Business that the soaring crime rate was encouraging many Bahamian businessmen to consider an exit route from their ventures, given the increasingly unsafe operating environment many had to contend with, and the psychological and financial toll this was taking on them and their employees. In case the powers that be havent gotten it yet, its really, really scary to do business out there right now, Mr DAguilar said. A lot of busi nesses are scared to death to open up, and there needs to be a greater police presence on the ground than presently. The former Chamber president said you hardly ever see members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force patrolling on foot, instead seemingly preferring to drive past in comfortable, air-conditioned cars. Mr DAguilar urged the police to increase their visi bility on the streets, especially in high crime neighbourhoods, through roadblocks and sweeps that would at least give the impression that the criminals were not in charge. The current crime situation was, together with the reces sion, a further discourageBy NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor THE first draft of a Bahamian Small Business Act should be ready for govern ment review by September next year, the chair of the committee responsible ford eveloping it said yesterday, adding that the International Development Banks (IDB and International Labour Organisation (ILO would be employed to assist the effort. Mark Turnquest, of Mark Turnquest Consulting, said the proposed Act would be Bahamas focused, but internationally recognised, adding that while the Governmentsp lan to create more than 2,500 j obs was laudable, none of its initiatives were feeding the population that creates 40-60 per cent of employment in the Bahamas small businesses and entrepreneurs. Mr Turnquest told Tribune Business that the Small Business Act aimed to change this, and after the first meeting of private sector associationh eads to discuss the proposed l egislation, it was agreed they would consult the IDB and ILO on how we want to shape the initial draft. The Small Business Act Committee, he added, would meet with Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance, and all business and private industry heads throughout the Bahamas so we can finalisea nd put their input into it. 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Call Royal Fidelity at 356-9801 Small Business Acts September drafting target Barbados government-guaranteed model suggested for venture capital fund ILO and IDB assistance to be sought 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 6 6 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 B B Scared to death doing business in Bahamas Ex-Chamber president sa ys many firms petr if ied to sta y open, with many owners seeking e xit r outes, due to soaring crime Blasts lack of police presence on the streets Downtown plaza now 70% leased Haagen Dazs, Dunkin Donuts and Sundrop Creations expected to be among tenants when former Moses Plaza reopens in early 2010 Set to house Dolphin Encounters and Stuart Cove expositions in l arger retail spaces, and talks with restaurant tenants ongoing By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter c firstname.lastname@example.org HOLIDAY event bookings are down about 15 per c ent year-over-year at B ahaMars resorts, the companys vice-president of external affairs said yesterday, while party rental and supplys tores are seeing the market teeter both ways. Robert Sands told Tribune Business that the Wyndham and Sheraton resort properties have attempted to tailort heir offerings to attract Bahamas-based corporationsa nd businesses that have large numbers of employees to t heir ballrooms for annual holiday parties. However, he said due to the economic slump the conference and catering depart-m ents withing the hotel have seen a trough in their Yule-t ide food/beverage and decor requests. The functions are not as rich as they were last year and n umbers are not as high as last year. One or two functions have not rebooked, said Mr Sands. No business appears to h ave been exempt in the current economic environment.E very business has been impacted in some form or f ashion some more severely than others obviously the m ajority in the opposite direction. M r Sands said some comp anies coming in are no l onger embelishing their e vents, but rather cutting down on beverage and reduci ng the food budget to a pittance. We have created menus and are working to customs uit the menus to meet the budget needs, he said. In t he end, it is a business and needs to be profitable for us. Representatives from R eflections Rentals and Party Supplies said they cater to a niche crowd, mostly upper middle to upper class patrons, a nd have not seen a substan tial decrease in business yearo n-year. The representative, who wished to remain anonymous, S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 B B ROBERT SANDS
By Wayne Johnson and Parrish Simmons THE Bahamas needs to spend more time listening to the financial markets and deciphering what they are telling us. As we reported a couple of weeks ago on 97.5 FM before the announcement was made official by the Government, the Bahamas recently floated its third major international bond issue in six years when it raised US$300 million in new 20-year bonds. The issue wasr eceived strongly by the capit al markets, and is trading at a p remium of 0.5 per cent at the end of its first week of trading. In fact, the bonds are extreme-ly difficult to come by, which t akes us to our next point. I n 2003 and 2008, the Gove rnment issued US$ 200 mill ion and US$100 million sove reigns, respectively, in two s eparate bond issues. Notably, t he 10 largest owners of these bond issues are major US insurance companies, inarguably among the most conservative investors in the world. Risk-averse investors, including Genworth Life Insurance, American Bankers Life Assurance and American Family Life Assurance Com pany, have tucked these bonds away in their coffers, confident the Bahamas will be around in 25-30 years to pay the bond redemption (US life insurance policyholders cer t ainly hope so, too). T he most recent data avail a ble indicates that foreign d irect investment the a mount of international capi tal seeking investment opportunities in the Bahamas now exceeds 10 per cent of B ahamian gross domestic p roduct (GDP about 3 per cent in 2001. The Bahamas annualised GDP per capita growth rate has fallen more than 2 per cent over t he past three years. Simultaneously, the Bahamian consumer price index has accelerated over the past three years, and the Bahamas curr ent account deficit has r emained stuck around 10 per c ent of gross domestic produ ct. Moreover, our countrys trade balance has remained negative for more than a decade, a net drag on overall economic growth. From a macroeconomic perspective, these data indicate that the Bahamas peg to the US dollar has generated inflation, even while global economic growth has beeno ffset by the financial crisis. E conomic growth remains s tagnant to anaemic at best, and our country has become increasingly dependent on foreign investment for economic g rowth a well-timed develo pment given fewer tourist v isits. T he Bahamas must come to r ealise that international cap ital is a finite commodity, even with the tremendous amount of liquidity the global economy is awash in as a result of the unprecedented monetary stimulus and quantitative easing policies by central banks. Our friends and neighbours perhaps realised this long before the Bahamas. A quick survey of regional sovereign debt issuance shows multiple Costa Rican issues maturing through 2014; Dominican Republic issues maturing in 2 011 and 2018; El Salvadorian and Guatemalan issues maturing intermittently over the next two decades; Jamaican and Panamanian issues maturi ng across the yield curve; and Barbadian and Trinidadian issues that remain well-bid and maturing regularly across the yield just to name a few. C oncurrently, sovereign bond i ssues across the globe i ncluding emerging market d ebt have performed remarkably well. At the corporate bond level, companies such as the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, Digicel, Air Jamaica, Clarendon Alumina Products and Columbus International have successfully raised bil-l ions of dollars through intern ational bond issues again a t varying maturities across the yield curve. There are important lessons to be gleaned from the capital m arkets. First, our friends and n eighbours around the region h ave taken greater advantage o f the relatively cheap capital a vailable to them. While one can view foreign debt issuance in both a positive and nega tive light, our neighbours governments have gotten a head start in familiarising the glob al credit markets with their stories. Second, our friends and neighbours have succeeded in issuing debt at different matu rities across the yield curve and, in doing so, have developed their investment and capital markets more and created a more diversified home for international liquidity. Third, foreign capital has found its way into private industry around the Caribbean through international bond tenders more ably than it has in the Bahamas. In conclusion, a countrys ability to service its current and proposed future foreign debt must play an integral role in budget and fiscal negotiations. While today may not necessarily be the ideal timef or the Bahamas to expand its f oreign borrowing and develo p its yield curve, it must r emain aware of the fact that f oreign capital is a finite com modity. As central banks and monetary authorities unwind t heir monetary largesse and i mplement less expansionary p olicies over the coming years, t he emerging markets will become a more competitive environment for attracting risk capital, particularly as interest rates creep higher. The Bahamas risks jeopardising future private growth prospects if it does not gradually decouple from its longstanding, beggar-thy-neighbour mentality and becomea greater participant in the i nternational capital markets. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Dont bond future growth to todays foreign borrowing G G U U E E S S T T C C O O M M M M E E N N T T A A R R Y Y
N EW Providences major hotels suffered a 7.4 per cent room revenue drop in October 2009, due to an average $18 daily room rate (ADR f irming the industrys current pricing weakness despite signs of occupancy stabilisation. A joint release from the Mini stry of Tourism & Aviation and Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA average occupancy rate for the New Providence hotels hadi ncreased from 43.2 per cent the year before to 50.2 per cent in 2009, a seven percentage point rise, the figure was dist orted by the absence of RIU Paradise Islands 379 rooms f rom the calculations. Exclude RIU from the 2008 figures and the 2008 September occupancy rate falls to 41.5 per cent, the statement said. The closure of RIU also distorts the room nights sold picture even more. Room nights sold increased b y 2.7 per cent overall, 12.7 per cent when excluding RIU from 2008. However, an $18 decrease in the average daily room rate (ADRh otel room revenue expected from such an increase in room nights sold. In fact, room revenue fell 7.4 per cent in Octob er, 5.3 per cent, excluding RIU from the mix. T he New Providence hotel industrys ADR was $167.25 for October 2009, compared to $185.59 last year. October saw available room nights decreaseb y 11.6 per cent. The BHA/Ministry of Tourism and Aviation said that nine of the 13 reporting hotels s aw October room revenue increases that ranged from slight to solid growth. But where decreases in room revenue occurred, it was in thed ouble digits. Despite the mixed results, the October performance indicators demonstrate a second c onsecutive month of either marginal improvements or single digit declines, the statement said. While this is a welcome c hange of course, any small improvements in occupancy and arrivals continue to be significantly offset by low ADR a nd RevPAR as a result of a strong push by hotels to increase market share through value-added promotions. This suggests that with a gradualg lobal recovery, as is now being widely predicted, hotels will continue to be challenged, needing to pay close attention t o maintaining operational efficiency while aggressively marketing themselves and the destination to maximise revenue. For 2009 to-date, New Provi dence hotel occupancy stood at 62.3 per cent compared to 66.2 per cent last year. The ADR was $225.44, compared t o $249.82 for the first 10 months in 2008. Hotel revenue fell 20.4 per cent, with 12 of the 14 hotels reporting losses for the year so far. Hotel roomn ights sold decreased by 11.8 per cent. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS CO.LTD. Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue,P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Tel.677-6422 A member of Colonial Group International:Insurance,Health,Pensions,Life Home & Motor Insurance SAVE $$$! 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Through the recession, R eflections has sought to improve its product offering ino rder to remain ahead of the ever-expanding party rental m arket, introducing chair cove rs, sashes and table overlays. They (their competition a re going into it, but not doing it all the way, said the Reflec t ions representative. We pride ourselves on having the clean-e st tents, nicest linens and a variety of chairs. M eanwhile, a representative of Celebrations Party Supplies and Rentals said people were cutting back and they are watching their dollars. T he representative, who also wished to remain anonymous, a sserted that last year Celebra tions saw a major decline in business as the recession began to bear down on the economy. Executive director of the C hamber of Commerce, Philip Simon, said party spending wasd iscretionary and may not be a priority for many businesses. A ccording to Mr Simon, the Bahamas Chamber, which has two major social functions each year, is expected to have its annual Christmas Mix and Min g le, as its sponsors still seem to be committed.
ment to Bahamian and foreign investors when it came to business expansion/investment, Mr DAguilar suggesting that many were likely to be formulating an exit strategy due to the fact that both they and their staff were s cared to come to work. People are petrified about staying open later, staying in business, he told Tribune Business. Theyre already in a depressed mood over the economy, but are even more depressed over the crime situation. Theyre scared about doing business in the B ahamas. The vast majority of people and businessmen feel the police do not have a handle on it. While crime is a function of the economy and education, you need to adjust your game plan. People need to see the police have a presence out there all the time. This is a different time, a different scenario. I dont seea larger and more substantial police presence on the ground. I dont see a change in game plan. Thats my problem. Both FNMs and PLPs are saying that something has to be done. Mr DAguilar pointed out that the Bahamas murder rate for 2009 was eight times that of Barbados, even though the two island nations had populations with a similar size. Its a boom for those businesses in the security industry, he added. I would think its having a substantial effect on them, because everyones scared to death. Everyones p etrified for their lives, and now theyre even robbing tourists. Owners Business owners previously said they were increasingly fortifying their properties in an attempt to ward off criminals, whose activities typically spike during the December holiday season, while security firms revealed confirmed they had seen their business increase hand-in-hand with crime. Current president of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Khaalis Rolle, previously told Tribune Business that crime remains a serious c oncern 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 don't know where to start with 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 isn't an easy one." C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Scared to death doing business in Bahamas Stores big change via $100k refit merchandise. He said everything in the store was stripped, i ncluding lighting and shelves, and the old checkout counter discarded in favour of a new, aesthetically complementing display case/checkout counter. While the old Urban Nation store was a veritable mass of clothing strewn across the walls, the new store is reminiscent of many mall stores in the US, with brick-faceted wallpaper, art deco lighting and televisions blaring contemporary urban music. According to Mr Hinsey, all of the store merchandise has been upgraded with the most up-to-date urban wear. And Urban Nation h as added several new clothing lines to its s tock, including Parish, Konvict and Akoo, r apper TIs clothing line. He added that buyers for the store travel constantly to trade shows and acquire merchandise directly from suppliers. The store reinvests constantly in its employees, sending them to trade shows in order for them to become more familiar with the products they sell. Everyone gets an opportunity to travel to a trade show, said Mr Hinsey. With the transformation of the store, the upcoming holiday season is expected to be better than last year. Mr Hinsey said foot traffic increased substantially following Urban Nations reopening, and Christmas foot traffic through the mall is expected to translate into more sales for the store. We havent even put our sign back up yet and people think it is a new store, he said. They are impressed by it. Mr Hinsey said his favourite feature of the new store is the tiered hat-rack that hangs above the accessory case, which doubles as a checkout counter. One employee said to Tribune Business: This is a big change from what it was before. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B
ness. We hope by September next year to have the first draft that can be looked at by the House and the Senate. Everything is on the way. The effort will also ensure that all other business-related legislation, such as the B usiness Licence Act, the Industries Encouragement Act and others, come into line with the Small Business Act, thereby creating an omnibus piece of statute covering the sector. Mr Turnquest suggested that the everlasting difficulties that Bahamian entrepreneurs and small businesses f aced in accessing financing could be solved, at least partly, by adopting the model Barbados had just implemented for its newly-launched venture capital fund. The Barbadian government has agreed to provide a guarantee for the principal invested by private investors in the fund, a moved designed to attract outside backers to support an initiative that has been started with $750,000 of government seed capital. Mr Turnquest suggested that such a model could also be employed by the Bahamas own government sponsored venture capital fund, and said he had put its administrator, Jerome Gomez, in contact with Basil Springer, the consultant who had masterminded the Barbadian funds structure. To date, the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund has drawn 100 per cent of its $5 million capital from annual $1 million taxpayer subsidies. A more complete business s upport package was also u rged by Mr Turnquest, citing his business survival model that combined financing with networking, consulting and trading functions in one support system. This, he explained, would ensure Bahamian entrepreneurs were equipped with the marketing, management and accounting skills to ensure their ventures survived and prospered, giving lenders confidence that their credit would be repaid. This is the only way to move forward past this recession and make it in the Bahamas. We have to lend money to start small and medium-sized businesses, but there have to be shepherding, mentoring and business sup port programmes, Mr Turnquest told Tribune Business. Both government and the private commercial banks, the credit unions, whoever is in the business of lending mone y, needs to look at this model. Tourism cannot sustain us. We need to be more entrepreneurial when it comes to agriculture, handicrafts and industrial products, plus products to export. We have to try to encourage entrepreneurs to take on that responsibility with the support of the Government. Once we increase exports, we increase GDP. Mr Turnquest added: The problem has been our model over the years. We rely too much on foreign direct investment, and have not seriously encouraged our entrepreneurs in Nassau and the Family Islands to produce products and services with natural benefits. We need to have the Family Islands planned for business, where the private sector, government, the banks and investors look at each island and identify how they could encourage business development on each island. Every island needs a clothi ng store, a laundromat. At t he end of the day, everyone buys from each other, makes money and reduces the population drift to Nassau. Despite the recession and gloomy Christmas economic outlook, Mr Turnquest said the future was still bright for Bahamian entrepreneurs and small businesses. Nothing great is going to happen this Christmas, so people are shaping their businesses, he said. Christmas decorations are going up earlier this year to entice some type of using consumer spending, but everyone understands this is not going to be a very wonderful Christmas. We know theres been a lot of pain, a lot of casualties in business, people going broke. Thats life. We are now cleansing the business environment, and a new business world is being created next year. We have to forward and not worry about the past. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICEThe Inter-American Development The Public is hereby advised that I, PAIGE TARAH NICOLE FENELON of St. Michaels Road,Glenniston Gardens, Nassau, The Bahamas intend to change my name to PAIGE TARAH NICOLE MOSS. If there are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30 PUBLIC NOTICE INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL Small Business Acts September drafting target F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B
C M Y K C M Y K T ASTE THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009, PAGE 9 T h e T r i b u n e F RESH ingr e dients and authentic Italian recipes, this is what the new pizzeria on the i sland promises its customers. Marcos Pizza officially celebrates its Nassau g rand opening on December 2, but already the r estaurant on Prince Charles Drive is welcoming Bahamians and offering them a new style of pizza, subs and salads. W ith five to six more locations expected to open in New Providence, Marcos plans to wow its clientele with a new and dynamic flavour pro f ile. The restaurant chain especially prides itself on the fact that its pizzas are made in the authentic Italian tradition with seventeen premium toppings, including Italian sausage, feta cheese and banana peppers, and dough which is made fresh in the store daily. M arcos also promises that its special blend of cheese is never frozen, and that its signature sauce is not made from processed tomato paste. T ribune Taste w as able to sample Marcos M eat Supremo and Chicken Fresco pizza, and all who participated in the tasting agreed that the lat ter, which was topped with grilled chicken, bacon, o nions, fours types of cheeses and slices of fresh tomatoes, was the clear favourite. In addition to pizzas, which come with the o riginal classic or the crispy thing crust, Marcos also serves up fresh baked subs, salads, wings, cheezy bread and desserts. The chicken ranch salad with pepperoni, toma t oes, banana peppers, black olives, cheddar and feta cheese, which was served to Tribune Taste is a crisp and fresh alternative for those who want t o watch their calories. But those who wish to throw caution to the wind and really indulge themselves, then the cin n asquares are the perfect way to round off your e xcursion into Marcos brand of Italian cuisine. The cinnasquares, topped with cinnamon sug ar and served a side of vanilla icing, are the perfect dessert to share among family members or party guests. Currently, Marcos only has one location, in the S olomon Springs Plaza on Prince Charles Drive, but there is major growth is on the horizon. Chris and Terry Tsavoussis, who have the fran c hise for Marcos in the Bahamas, are no strangers to the pizza business and once again they're ready to take this quickly expanding b rand and throw in their best practices and combined 50 years experience in the food business. As a company, we're also really excited about the prospects of growing this quality pizza brand both locally and within the Caribbean, they said. By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter email@example.com AFTER weeks of preparing desserts for an interna tional judging panel, eight stu dents of the Bahamas Hotel Training College at the College of the Bahamas showcased the results of their hard work at last Thursdays Bahamas Culinary Classic. Extensive work went into the preparation of the dishes, some students even baked ahead of time to ensure that their brownies, buttercream and chocolate cakes would be ready in time for judging. Design and presentation were key to capturing the top prize and the stakes were high. Friday was the last day of a week of competitions that featured the culinary creations of professional chefs and stu dents. Before members of the public attending the Culinary Classic could get to the desserts, the dining room was cleared to allow the judges to have a closer look at each dish. Chef Louis Perrote, a retired executive chef from Florida, and two other chefs were the first ones to view the delicacies. Chef Perrote was accompanied by Chef Rick Potter, a restaurateur and an adjunct faculty member at the North ern Kentucky University. Each exhibit featured one buffet platter with eight to ten portions of a variety of desserts and confections. Fancy cookies, chocolates and petit fours were on display. The judges scrutinised each dish, sampling for texture, freshness in taste and appearance, and even checked for consistency. Flown straight from cities across the United States, the judges took time out from their busy schedules just to bea part of the week-long culinary competition. Theres a lot of things involved, said Chef Perrote. Today, were judging the pre sentation and the general impression of the table. Then were looking at the evenness of icing and the fondue, he told Tribune Taste. Were looking for proper techniques, proper cooking, proper icing, proper display, just basic fundamental techniques and nothing more. Accessibility, feasibility, and simplicity with elegance is also important. The judges used culinary guidelines that are applied in competitions in Jamaica, the United States, and Europe. One attendee said, from the looks of these displays, these chefs look like they can give these hotels competi tion. Bernishka Roberts, 21, a chef apprentice at the Wynd ham Hotel, produced a chocolate mousse in a shot glass. With chocolate cake at the bottom of the glass, strawber ries, whipped cream and blue berries on top, the dessert proved to be a hit. But it was Ryan Holberts Evolution of Women dessert spread that caught everyones eye. Mr Holbert told Tribune Taste that the inspiration for my exhibit comes from the fact that you can relate the female character to a certain food type. Exotic Desire, Hard Heel woman and Religious were the names of a few items in Mr Holberts top-notch pre sentation. CR Walker Senior High School student Amelia Pritchard attended the event with her classmates from a grade 11 Home Economics class. The aspiring pastry chef said: Were here for the culinary seminar and were learning about all the pastries, how to cook chicken, how to keep ourselves sanitised, and get ting ready for the culinary world. Students showcase their work at the Bahamas Culinary Classic a new flavour Marcos Pizza comes to Nassau CHICKEN RANCH SALADITALIAN SAUSAGE SUB CINNA SQUARES PEPPER ONI MUSHR OOM PIZZA (below) DEL UXE UN O (above) BUFFALO WINGS
C M Y K C M Y K ENTERTAINMENT PAGE 10, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 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 Miss Toastmasters Bahamas Contest Eleven Toastmaster women vie f or the title Miss Toastmaster B ahamas at the Wyndham Nassau Resort at 6pm this Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, availablet hrough any contestant or by c alling 394-5400. The public is invited to support t his event. T oastmasters International is a n on-profit organisation designed t o improve the listening, speaking and thinking skills of individu als. It also seeks to competent ly foster individuals in their capacity to communicate effect ively in their everyday activities a nd become meaningful leaders. M oreover, Toastmasters International has been in the Bahamas f or 36 years. In an effort to sustain the positive contributions made to ours ociety we have productively f ormed the Miss Toastmasters B ahamas Speech Pageant with the theme Defining the Phenomenal woman by more than Beauty, organisers said. T rinity Methodist Church Holiday Fair Trinity Methodist Church invites the public to a Holiday Fair and Mini Festival dedicated to Noelle Roberts. On offer will be BBQc hicken and steak dinners, c onch fritters, homemade icecream, and much more. There will also be gift items and holi d ay decorations. The fair will be held on the church grounds on Frederick S treet and Trinity Place. Call 326-1644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 'Know Your Status photography exhibition at DoongalikS tudios The HIV/AIDS Know Your Sta tus will open this Friday at 6.30 a t Doongalik Studios on Village R oad. The dress code is smart casual. Partners of the exhibition includet he Bahamas AIDS Foundation, the AIDS Resource Committee SWK 404 (the College of theB ahamas), Sharad Lightbourne and Utah Taylor-Rolle. things 2 DO B y JEFFARAH GIBSON and REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Features Reporters r email@example.com BOLD colours and dazzling designs enthralled guests at t he Annual Holid ay Fashion Show and Luncheon in aid of the Bahamas Humane Society yesterday afternoon at the British Colonial Hilton. T he worthy event, which has been hosted by Diane Cole-Morley, owner of Coles of Nassau and Morley for M en, for the past 30 years, gave Bahamians a glimpse of the excitingf ashion trends for the Winter season w hich will be available in the stores. A ll proceeds from the event will be donated to the Bahamas Humane Society to go towards the care of anim als, and especially dogs dogs like Farrah, a potcake named after Charlies Angel Farrah Fawcett-Major, who strutted down the runway along s ide one the fashion models. We got her (Farrah before she was going to be killed, s aid Kim Aranha, president of the Bahamas Humane Society. Farrahs owners wanted her to be p ut down because she had fleas and tics, Ms Aranha said. Were trying to help the pound (the government-run Canine Control Unit)h ave better conditions. Were also try ing to bring in more dogs from the pound over to the Humane Society. If we had responsible ownership in the Bahamas we would not have this problem, she said. D ame Ivy Dumont was among the guests at the special fashion show and luncheon. Having served as a vice-president of the Bahamas Humane Society in the past, she said: Ive been to manyof these. Today was very interesting and I enjoyed it. I like to see the young models in the fashions that I wouldnt normally w ear at this stage of my life. Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson took special time out of her hectics chedule to attend the event. This event was a wonderful fundraising opportunity, she told Tribune Entertainment. A s to the fashions, for women it was all about accentuating the dcollet. G owns with bright and dark colour schemes, ruffled strap cocktail dress es, and sexy embellished V-neck tops were all on display. T he men also did their thing on the catwalk, showing off cool and casual button-down shirts, stylish denims for a day out, and classic suits. The designs showcased were by Jovani evening wear, Nicole Millere vening wear, Gottex of Israel swim suits, Emilio Pucci, and many more. The events attendees will receive a 1 5 per cent discount when shopping at the Coles of Nassau and Morley for Men stores. COLES OF NASSAU FUNDRAISING FASHION SHOW PERSONS passing through the Lynden Pindling Interna tional Airport now have an elegant, relaxing way to spend their time waiting on their flight in the Graycliff Boutique and Smoking Divans. The new 1,200-square foot lounge, which features both smoking and non-smoking areas, is designed in a tropical yet modern, warm and ele gant style. There are comfortable chairs and couches, as well as strategically placed flat-screen televisions built in to the wood panelled walls which allow guests to keep up with the news or their favourite sports. A state-of-the-art ventila tion system ensures the clean est atmosphere possible in the smoking room. By paying a $10 entrance lounge fee, guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or other beverage. In addition, a menu of light dishes will be available for purchase shortly. A Graycliff Boutique offers Graycliff cigars, cigarettes, Graycliff coffee and chocolates and various gift items. "As a frequent traveller myself, I've been frustrated by the lack of a luxurious, relaxing place to unwind, have a bite to eat or catch up on e-mails at our airport," said Paolo Garzaroli, president of the Graycliff Cigar Company, which owns the boutiques. "It's very rewarding to have made this dream come true." Graycliff's chairman and CEO Enrico Garzaroli said: "As luxury hoteliers, our expectations for style and comfort are quite high. The new boutique is unlike any thing currently available in the region. We've raised the bar, now they'll all have to catch up to the Bahamas." The new Nassau lounge joins two existing Graycliff Boutique and Smoking Divans, located in the B andC terminals at Nashville International Airport, as well as one at the Graycliff Cigar Company and one at the Graycliff Hotel and Restau rant in Nassau. Graycliff Boutique and Smoking Divans opens in the Lynden Pindling International Airport A GRAYCLIFF Boutique offers Graycliff cigars, cigarettes, Graycliff coffee and chocolates and various gift items. THE holiday season is steadily creeping closer, and to help get the Bahamas in the mood for Christmas, the Bel Canto Singers will be pre senting their 2009 Christmastide performance at St Andrews Kirk next week. This year's event, to be held under the patronage of Governor-General Arthur Hanna, promises to be an enjoyable one, as Yuletide music from various countries and periods will be per formed. Eldridge McPhee directs the vocal ensemble of 16 singers. When the evening opens, the audience will be treated to a rendition of Gloria by modern-day composer Ran dall Bass.AndMorten Lauridsens O Nata Lux is nothing short of an angelic interpretation of the birth ofChrist Throughout the evening the audience will hear renditions of traditional carols from England, France and Poland. Further, audience members will hear beautiful sixand eight-part arrangements of well-known carols that will highlight the rich and robust singing style that Bel Canto has become famous for. Mr McPhee is pleased to present violin virtuoso and recording artist Martine Car dinal and Alexandre Da Costa, international recording artist, both of Montreal, Canada, along with string quartet Strings n Tings as a part of the Christmastide event. Alexandre Da Costa was born in Montreal in 1979 and showed an uncommon interest in both the violin and piano at a very early age. By the age of nine, he was performing his first concerts with stunning virtuosity on both instruments, which brought him recognition as a musical prodigy. Dionne Cunningham, an accomplished and lettered musician, who is quickly making a name for himself in the Bahamian community, will accompany the group. Mr Cunningham will transport the audience through music to a winter wonderland with his piano rendition of a portion of Peter Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker Suite. For the past three years, I have been realising my vision to work with individuals through musical productions, to have an impact on the lives of our members, thereby impacting their communi ties, Mr McPhee said. The mark of a good leader is one who is disciplined, and after having studied music for some 35 years, I know that talent and discipline create success. This formula is not unique to music, he said. The gala night of the 2009 Christmastide will be held on Saturday, November 28 at 8.15pm, and a second concert will take place on Sunday, November 29 at 6pm, both times at St Andrews Kirk. Gala night tickets are $75 and include a concert, silent auction and full gourmet buf fet reception. Proceeds to benefit the AIDS Foundation. Bel Canto Singers, through their annual production of Christmastide, have raised more than $40,000 for chari ties including the AIDS Foundation over the past three Yuletide seasons. Tickets for Sundays concert are $25. The proceeds of this concert will assist in defraying the cost of the Singers' 2010 tour. The concert will be record ed, as the group endeavors to reach more persons through the sale of CDs. Tickets are available at the Nassau Florist on Shirley Street, telephone number 393-2223. Bel Canto Singers presents their 2009 Christmastide performance The Bel Canto Singers M ODELS s howcase evening gowns by big name european and american designers at the Coles of Nassau and Morley for Men fashion show. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
C M Y K C M Y K ARTS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAHAMIAN artist Ricardo 'Cardo' Knowles in his latest art show of vanishing Bahamian landscapes and seascapes uses images to portray a crosssection of European glory with Bahamian memories. The prolific artist returns home from France as a wan-d erer, using his exhibition to d emonstrate art culture a cross the globe. Ricardo, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, said he paints a story with a mess age. Our landscapes and seascapes are vanishing, my paintings stay portable to be t ranscended anywhere and adorn any wall. Cut thep ainter from Nassau? No never! France is only the outcome of separation to secure my art where it belongs, t hat's at home here in the Bahamas, he said. Being inspired by the w orks of Monet and impress ionist movement, Ricardo l eft the Bahamas in 1996 to relocate to France, mores pecifically to the region of Normandy. After moving from the Bahamas, Ricardo has been successful in selling his paintings to international collec-t ors in England, Japan, S witzerland, France and the United States. H is exhibition of oil paintings, entitled A Taste of Colour and Light, will be on d isplay at a reception held at the Balmoral today from5 pm to 9pm, and tomorrow f rom 11am to 5pm For more information call 362-0001. Vanishing Landscapes and Portable Seascapes VIOLET LIGHT, oil on canvas 100x81 cm. Here we have a blue, purple and white mix of colour to create the violet light across the water. The horizon displays the line at i nfinity in which the fishing boat cuts the parallel plane. W EST HILL oil on canvas 100x81 cm. S PONGERS, o il on canvas 100x81 cm. P ORTABLE SCAPE, o il on canvas 100x81 cm.
C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune SECTIONC I N S I D E Coles of Nassau fashion show See page 10 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009 A new flavour: Marcos Pizza comes to Nassau See page nine By JEFFARAH GIBSON E XPLORING the abstract and the concept of surrealism is what visual artist Allan P Wallace does in his exhibition entitled Bir t h of a Godhead. The solo exhibition is set to open this Friday at New Providence Art and Antiques on Bank Lane, and features 20 intriguing and thought-pro voking pieces. The artist, who is known for his murals on the wall at the site of the original Straw Market, uses a variety of mediums to set the mood in each piece and to communicate effectively the events that have prompted changes in his life. It is me coming into myself really, and now I havea new state of mind and it shows how much I have grown over the years which was the motivation behind the title Birth of a Godhead, he said. Mr Wallace also uses this exhibition to simply show off his raw talent. And it shows ina piece that was created in pen. The piece that was com pleted in pen ink was done to create harmony between the mediums. I get bored quickly and I like to chal lenge myself so that was the reason behind using the pen ink, he said. This particular piece took the artist approximately five days to finish, while the entire collection took about six weeks to complete. Mr Wallace said he hopes his work reignites the passion and appreciation people once had for art. One time ago there were a great deal of persons who could appreciate fine art, nowadays there is only a small few. However, I hope that my artwork will make those persons fall in love with art once again, he said. He added: The overall message I am trying to send out in this exhibition is that anyone can reach their high est potential once they rely on God. Opening night of the exhi bition is this Friday from 6pm to 10pm. The show runs until December 18. For more information call 328-7916. Birth Godhead of a ALLAN P. WALLACE uses a variety of mediums to set the mood in each p iece and to communicate effectively the events that have prompted changes in his life.