TWO QUIZZED OVER JEWELLER Y RAID N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER HIVhealth expert is gunned down Volume: 108 No.1MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 84F LOW 72F By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AN HIV peer educator was f ound gunned down at an apartment near police headquarters as the Bahamas hosts the 2011 Caribbean HIV Con ference. The bodies of Alexander Curry, the Bahamas Red C ross (BRC 21-year-old Courtney Barry were found in separate inci d ents on Saturday. Last night, police were without any leads in either incident which occurred less t han 24 hours apart. B K Bonamy Jr, acting head of the Criminal Detec tive Unit, said: We want any o ne with information to give us a call, give us some idea as to what they think happened so that we can know where to look or start, to bring some closure. Mr Bonamy Jr did not i dentify the victims as police were still in the process of locating family members. M r Currys body was found Worker killed as the Bahamas hosts conference TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DESPITE advances over the past several years AIDS remains a leading cause of death among Bahamians aged 25 to 44 years old, the prime minister said. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham opened the first Caribbean HIV Conference this weekend to discuss the multi-faceted issues facing the regions battle to combat the disease. Under the theme: Strengthening Evidence to Achieve Sustainable Action, Mr Ingraham said the Bahamas was pleased to host MANY of the roads under construction across New Providence will be cleared of their temporary barriers for the Christmas season, while others will be completed in time for the holiday, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. Ministry spokespersons said that many of the cones and concrete blocks that are being used in traffic management will be removed before the contractor, Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles (JCCC holiday and that the necessary traffic management systems will be reinstated by the contractor when they return to work in January. The public is advised that temporary paving will be done in areas where work has not progressed to the first lay er of asphalt, so that motorists can have the best driving experience during the Christ mas holidays, a ministry spokesperson said. The Project Execution Unit A JOINT force of Royal Bahamas Police and Immigration officers apprehended 19 Colombian immigrants and one Bahamian in an affluent Grand Bahama neighbourhood yesterday morning, according Assistant Superintendent Clarence Reckley. Mr Reckley said the immigrants were flown to New Providence late yesterday morning to be processed and are being held at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre. He added that the 36-yearPOLICE are question ing two men in connection with the break-in and theft of jewellery from a store in Palmdale. The men, aged 28 and 32, were found in possession of a large quantity of jewellery suspected to have been stolen shortly before 6pm Saturday. The glass door at the rear of Michael Anthony Jewellers was broken and about $150,000 worth of jewellery was stolen sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. The reported the burglary around 10am Saturday. HUGE HOLIDAY SALE UNBELIEVABLE PRICES SEEFRONT OFSECTION2 FORDETAILS NFLACTIONWEEK11 D D O O L L P P H H I I N N S S O O N N A A W W I I N N N N I I N N G G S S T T R R E E A A K K SEESPORTSSECTIONE AIDSSTILL A MAJOR CAUSE OF DEATHS THE BIG T JOINS THE CHRISTMAS PARADE FES TIVE SEASON T O SEE AN END TO ROADWORKS 19 COLOMBIAN IMMIGRANT S HELD S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 TRIBUNE TEAM MEMBER Patrice Fisher, inset, holds up a Big T at the Mall at Marathon Christmas parade on Saturday. Hundreds of those who attend ed the parade received a free Big T as well as sweets and other goodies. The Big T would also like to thank Builders Mall in Wulff Road for the loan of their fire truck for the event. For more parade pictures, see the second news section today.Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff im lovin it
B y LAMECH JOHNSON email@example.com T HE Supreme Court trial of a man accused of murder ata church construction site in 2 009 should end today when c ounsel present their closing s ubmissions. P hanuel Charles, 28, is a ccused of stabbing 21-yearo ld Leonard Lionel Johnson on November 16, 2009, who d ied of his injuries shortly after a scuffle. During the trial last week, a n umber of witnesses gave evid ence. Charles chose to testif y under oath. He told the c ourt that he had been attacked on the afternoon in question by the deceased a nd another colleague nickn amed Turbulence, one armed with a piece of steel, the other with a knife. H e said that he and the deceased had got into a scuffle. He claimed that he was h it with the steel pipe on his l eft shoulder. D r Juliette Dorsette, a Princess Margaret Hospital g eneral practitioner, con firmed in her testimony that an examination of thea ccuseds shoulder was done and documented but the med ical notes could not be found. C harles told the court that after watching the scuffle, Turbulence jumped in and it ended in all three men on t he ground after he pushed the deceased into Turbulence. The accused said he was f rightened for his life while the two were trying to pin him down. He did not know wheno r how Johnson got a knife in his hand to stab him. He testified that there was a struggle between the two ash e tried not to get stabbed. When he saw blood from the deceased, he managed to get a way and run to the Quakoo S treet police station to file a c omplaint. H owever, he said, an officer kept leaving and returning d uring his explanation of why he was there, only asking a few questions between hisl eaving and returning. He t hen said that he was caut ioned and arrested. P rosecutor Damell Dorsette suggested all of the accuseds evidence was not t he truth and hed wanted to g et back at the deceased who had called him a derogatory name earlier during the dayi n front of their colleagues. She suggested he was in possession of the knife and h ad stabbed the deceased in t he clocking out office b efore going outside where the scuffle then took place. T he accused disagreed. Emergency department physician Dr Ricardo Davish ad told the court that, on the date in question, the murder victim had been brought ind ead to the hospitals A&E section in the back seat of a private vehicle. He said the victim had been s tabbed in the left side of the chest, later confirmed by pathologist Dr Caryn Sands. T he doctor said he received a knife which had been in the vehicle but had passed ito n to the investigating officer. Cpl 527 Basil Evans said after visiting the A&E and the scene of the incident, hec autioned Charles and record ed an interview with the accused. H e said Charles opted not to answer questions on the advice of his attorney. Cpl Evans said Charles did g ive a statement, in which he said the stabbing happened after a scuffle between him,t he victim and a co-worker. In the statement, the accused said the victim had pulled out a knife, which Charles tried to take away from him during the struggle. The trial resumes today at 10am. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE VISITORS admire the spread on show at the annual Jollification event held over the weekend at the Bahamas National Trust Retreat on Village Road. For more pictures from this years Jollification, see the Big T on Saturday.Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff Closing statements are expected in murder trial ...AND A JOLLY GOOD WEEKEND WAS HAD BY ALL
of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced Friday that in a nticipation of increased traffic volume during the month of December, particularly during the week prior to Christmas, the Ministry and t he contractor for the New Providence Improvement and Infrastructure Project are working on returning trafficto several key road corridorsby expediting works so that the first layer ofa sphalt can be completed. M embers of the unit explained that Marathon Road between Samana Dri ve and the entrance to the Mall at Marathon (near Ken tucky Fried Chicken) has recently been paved andopened to vehicular traffic. Motorists are now able to drive the entire length of Marathon Road from Wulff to Robinson Roads without diversions, they said. They added that new traffic signals resembling those seenin the United States of America are being installed at the junction of Marathon Roadand the East West Highway. According to a release issued by the Ministry, the southbound lane of Baillou Hill Road near Family Guardian has been opened and two new lanes were recently paved on this section of Baillou Hill Road. All underground works on Baillou Hill Road north between Cockburn and Duke Streets near Government House are now completed and JCCC has begun preparation for paving, the release said. The ministry said it anticipates paving in this area will be completed by the end of November, while Robinson Road, between Third andF irst Streets, could be paved before December 20, when the contractor breaks for the Christmas holidays. By DANA SMITH d firstname.lastname@example.org THE Bahamas Red Cross has found that young Bahamians are not interested in assisting with HIV and AIDS education, one of its representatives said yesterday. A manda Lewis, Red Cross Project Coordinator, was a presenter at the 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference, where she spoke on the diffi-c ulties in raising HIV-AIDS awareness among young peop le. She explained how factors such as low interest from young people in HIV-AIDS education and a lack of asso-c iation between HIV-AIDS work and the Bahamas Red Cross hindered the Red Cross efforts in organising education programmes. At the conference, Ms Lewis unveiled a new project,T he Caribbean HIV-AIDS P roject (CHAP y oung people can become peer educators, and teach their peers about safe sex, HIV, and AIDS. Ms Lewis said that recruiti ng young people to be Peer E ducators was the main challenge of CHAP. Its very difficult to get young people involved in something that they might not see the value in, right away,s he said. D espite this, according to the Bahamas Red Cross, CHAP was able to educate more than 5,000 young Bahamians on HIV prevent ion, this year alone. Its a two-year programme s ponsored by the American Red Cross and being implemented by the Bahamas Red Cross, Ms Lewis said. I train peer educators with k nowledge about HIV prev ention and safer sex, and they in turn go into their communities and educate their friends, family members, and peers. S he continued: The r esearch shows that young people are more receptive to hearing information from somebody in their age group. Its seen more as sharing information rather than beingl ectured to. M s Lewis said she had to do a lot of work to recruit young Bahamians to participate in the project, stating that she found low levels of i nterest from youth in b ecoming peer educators and feelings of fatigue from youth in becoming involved in an organisation, in general. Ms Lewis also described h ow many Bahamians did not r ealize the role the Bahamas R ed Cross played in HIVAIDS education. Community members did not associate the Bahamas Red Cross Society with HIV-A IDS work so it was very diff icult for us to establish ourselves and get the programme started, Ms Lewis said. This lack of association had a big impact on the difficulties we faced when we were recruit-i ng. H owever, the Bahamas Red Cross was able to recruit 42 young Bahamians to become peer educators, with 36 remaining active in their c ommunities. Weve had great success. O ne of our targets for the project was that there would be 4,000 young people reached by our peer educa-t ors in their communities by t he end of the second year, a nd by the end of the first year, weve met just under 6,000, Ms Lewis said. Colin Scavella Jr, the Lead Male of CHAPs peer educa-t ors said he got involved with C HAP because he found that there was a need in the different communities throughout Nassau for HIVAIDS education. In the beginning, the response was kind of reluc-t ant, but once you start, peop le start talking to people. I s peak to a group today, and tomorrow they bring their friends. By the time you realize it, in the space of a week's time youve already spokent o 30 or 40 people, Mr Scave lla said. It's like a domino effect you speak to one or two people, and it trickles down from there. N ATIONAL Womens Week is set aside to reflect on the accomplishments ofw omen over the years, Minister of State for Labour and Social Development LorettaB utler-Turner said. S he said the week presents the opportunity for women across the country "to take an i ntrospective look at ourselves and our roles in the home. National Womens Week a lso celebrates the observance o f the anniversary of the enfranchisement of women. The votes for Women Act of 1961 under the provisions of the General Assembly Elections Act came into forceo n June 30, 1962, and on November 26, 1962, women voted for the first time. This year marks the 49th anniversary of womens suffrage, said Mrs Butler-Turner. She s aid the pioneers who led the w ay in advocating for the right to vote are to be saluted. As we remember the pio n eering women on whose shoulders we stand women like Mary Ingraham, MabelW alker, Eugenia Lockhart, Georgianna Symonette and Doris Johnson, we build ont he proud legacy that we have i nherited and we continue the conversation that will result in charting the way forward f or Bahamian women throughout the length and breath of this archipelago. W omens week begins with a church service planned for Sunday at 10am at St Josephs Catholic Church on Boyd Road. On November 22, a workshop will be held at the Min-i stry of Healths cafeteria at the Poinciana Hill complex. The Crisis Centre in collaboration with the Bureau will host a workshop on Domestic Violence at Holy Cross P arish Hall, Highbury Park on N ovember 25. A Power Breakfast is sched uled for Saturday, November 2 6, 2011 at the British Colonial Hilton. Events planned for Grand Bahama include a service to be held at 10am for Christ the King, Freeport, and a luncheon at 12.30 pm, at the ProC athedral of Christ the King Hall, on Wednesday. Ten women who have given exemplary service to the Grand Bahama community will be honoured. W omens week is being held from November 20 to 26 under the theme Women:B uilding Strong, Secure and Healthy Families. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011, PAGE 3 eople not interested in AIDS education f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e FESTIVE SEASON TO SEE AN END T O R OADWORKS A WEEK TO CELEBRATE WOMEN F ROM LEFT, F irst Assistant Secretary and Officer in Charge of the Bureau of Womens Affairs, Christine Campbell; Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner; Gwendolyn Knowles, Chairperson of the National Womens Advisory Council and Planning Committee member Mavis Johnson-Collie announcing National Womens Week. Photo: Letisha Henderson/BIS
EDITOR, The Tribune. A S THE holidays a pproach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high g ear to provide Bahamians w ith monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods merchandise that has beenp roduced at the expense of American labour. This year will be different. T his year, Bahamians will give the gift of genuine concern for other Bahamians. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift g iving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Bahamian hands. Yes, there is! I ts time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box,w rapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone yes everyone gets their hair cut. How aboutg ift certificates from your local Bahamian hair salon or barber? G ym membership? Its a ppropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. W ho wouldnt appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, Bahamian owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those e xtravagant givers who think n othing of plonking down the B enjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps t hat grateful gift receiver w ould like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway ploweda ll winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owne r-run restaurants all who could offer gift certificates. And, if your intended isnt the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remem ber, folks this isnt about big n ational chains this is about supporting your home town Bahamians with their finan-c ial lives on the line to keep their doors open. How many people couldnt use an oil change for their car,t ruck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the Bahamian working guy? T hinking about a heartfelt g ift for mom? Mom would love the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. S ome computer could use a tune-up, and I know there are some young guys strug gling to get his repair business up and running. OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people make jew ellery, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes, crafted and sewn items. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play o r concert at your hometown t heatre. M usicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local b ands. H onestly, people, do you really need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights fort he house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in thec ommunity. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or baby-sitter a nice big tip. Y ou see, Christmas is no longer about draining Bahamian pockets so that C hina can build another glit tering city. Christmas is now about caring about us,e ncouraging Bahamian small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when wec are about other Bahami ans, we care about our com munities, and the benefits c ome back to us in ways we c ouldnt imagine. This is the new Bahamian Christmas tradition. F orward this to everyone on your mailing list post it to discussion groups throw upa post on Facebook and Twitter send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news depart ments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isnt that what Christmas is about? MS LOCKHART Nassau, November 15, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. I T WAS interesting to hear t he main complaints from the workers on the New Providence roads project concerning: ( i)the unsympathetic react ion of the supervisors when the workers arrive 15 minutes late for work, either at the beginning of the shift or after l unch break. (I often see them relaxing whenever I drive by whether on Abundant LifeR oad or elsewhere). ( ii) Some supervisors are n ot Bahamian. (Any supervisor would expect their worke rs to give a fair days work f or the agreed days wage. Read the relevant parable in the Bible). (iii t he workers agreed at the b eginning of their contract of e mployment is not enough now. (Except when they were jobless, I suppose). T he spokesman did not m ention that after payday, m any of the workers do not return for duty until Monday of the following week. (iv admitted that they often delayed their tasks to highlight these points against theire mployer. U pon listening to the above-mentioned employee, I was convinced more than e ver about the suspicion that those opposed to the governm ent must be playing an a ctive role in delaying this p roject for their own reasons. A s regards the workers, what an attitude for them to h ave! Instead of taking pride in being involved in such an island-wide reconstruction ofr oadworks and the laying of underground utility pipes for years ahead with all its impli-c ations for the future, they a ppear to lack interestin this i mportant work and only care about the money. I believe it was in London when a mason worker on a building in the city replied to an onlooker that he was not just working on a building, but on a cathedral. Even Bahamian supervisors w ould wish to have such dedicated workers. In any event, at least the public can observewhat governments upervisors must endure to obtain minimum output from some non-skilled workers. I t should be patently obvious to all that notwithstanding weather conditions (rain other uncharted underground pipes, etc, that it is not theG overnment, Ministry of Works/Public Works Department or the contractors who are to blame for the delays in this project, but the laid-back work attitudes of the locall abourers which leave a lot to be desired. Would you hires uch workers for your home p rojects? OBSERVER N assau, November 18, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A LETTER writer on this page today h as raised the suspicion that those o pposed to the government must be playi ng an active role in delaying this project ( reconstruction of the roads) for their own reasons. W ith lawyer Wayne Munroe, DNA c andidate for Mt Moriah, taking the Bahamian workers complaints against contractor Jose Cartellones construction c ompany to the Supreme Court, instead o f going through the normal Labour Board complaint channels, there is suspicion that the closed roads, which Bahami-a ns want speedily completed, have now become a political football. Several months ago, when it was announced that M r Munroe was entering the political aren a, it was claimed that should his party win, he would be the next attorney gen eral. A nd now there is Mr Rodney Moncur, DNA candidate for Bain and Grants Town, who is awaiting a reply from a lett er he said he wrote to Labour Minister D ion Foulkes asking him to investigate t he workers complaints so that the job can continue and where the men can w ork. Although, Mr Moncur said he wrote Mr Foulkes because he has been a heroi n the labour movement, we advise Mr Moncur not to hold his breath while he awaits the Ministers reply. Mr Moncurm ust understand by now that his political ally has removed these complaints from Mr Foulkes Ministry and taken them to the courts. Minister Foulkes can no longeri nterfere. These workers are now in the hands of another jurisdiction. Whether these political suspicions have a ny substance is not for us to say. However, for some time now an angry public particularly in the affected busi n ess sector has predicted that the econ omic havoc caused by the lengthy road closures could bring down the FNM gov ernment in 2012. H owever, when the workers tried to pull a fast one by calling a strike, only to be outwitted by their early rising supervisors, public opinion quickly shifted. It was clear that anyone who would do anything to delay completion of these roads would not have public support. Certainly, there w as scant sympathy for workers who when motorists drive past often see one leaning on a shovel, while others stand idly byw atching the painfully slow process. And so, if it is a political game that is being played with the object of further delaying the roads to bring down a gov e rnment, we suggest that the plotters be careful of the dynamite they could be unwittingly lighting under their own political ambitions. Anyone who further slows the completion of these roads whether t hey be workers or politicians could s tir the public to justifiable anger. I t depends upon who one talks to as to t he opinion that is given about the new roads. If you talk with a resident on the w estern end of the island, there is nothing b ut praise for the magnificent transformation on that end of the island. No longer do motorists like Eastern Road r esidents sit in bumper-to-bumper traff ic for hours trying to get to their offices in town. The opinion of Western Road residents is that government has done a mag-n ificent job, and from what they see as the potential for the eastern end of the island they believe when everything has b een completed all Bahamians will be m ore than pleased with their new and modern road system. We sympathise with all businessmen w ho have suffered such hardships by the lengthy road closures, but we should all have known that, with this islands infras tructure neglected for so many years, w hatever government decided to eventua lly bite the bullet and get the job done could not do so without mammoth disr uption to the daily lives of residents. However, whenever it has all been completed and the new roads are open at leastB ahamians will have a road network of lasting value. We recall years ago during the Pindling r egime when one of the international organisations warned the Bahamas about its crumbling infrastructure. They advised that one day major repairs would have tob e done, but the longer the government of the day delayed, the more expensive it would be for taxpayers and disruptive to t he lives of all residents. When all has been completed, Bahami ans will appreciate the wisdom of Prime M inister Ingraham to invest the revenue n eeded to put as many Bahamians as pos sible back to work, into a modern road system that will not only make the lives ofe very Bahamian easier but will raise the standard of our tourist product in readi ness for the day when vacationers will have the means to travel again. The belttightening situation, brought on by the international economic collapse, has been rough, but when one looks out at a trou b led, explosive world, Bahamians have to give their Prime Minister credit for having maintained a steady hand on the tiller oft his countrys ship of state and in so doing avoided many disastrous shoals. Other countries have not been as fortunate. Yes, look around and see the unrest, a nd violence in countries far more sophisticated than our own, and despite the crime thank God for our relative good fortune. Roadworks project reaction LETTERS l email@example.com Have roadworks become a political football? Birth of a new tradition EDITOR, The Tribune. THE RT Hon Hubert Ingraham called the DNA party a splinter group during his contribution to the crime bills recently in the House of Assembly. He devoted sever al minutes of comic talk about the Member for Bamboo Town, in which members of both sides could be seen literally squawking at the Prime Ministers best interpretation of Eddie Murphy. The word splinter means something that is not togeth er, fragmented or a piece of something. This description would probably best describe the former Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR Standing room only at town meetings, thousands of followers on Facebook, thou sands of financially current members, leadership conferences for candidates, the ratification of 25 candidates and an agenda that speaks to nationalism and Bahamiani sation are just some of the achievements of the DNA, just a few months after its inception. Who will win the next general election remains to be seen. Like Bob Marley said in one of his reggae songs, Time Will Tell. One thing I can say for sure is that the PMs assertion that the DNA party is a splinter group is incredible, given that evidence to the contrary exists. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, November 4, 2011. D D N N A A p p a a r r t t y y a a s s p p l l i i n n t t e e r r g g r r o o u u p p ? ? EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: $1M drug dealer gets three years in prison. The Tribune, November 2, 2011. THE article reports that there were convictions on a total of nine dangerous drug and gun charges. Strongly deterrent and concurrent sentencing such as this sends a powerful message to all drug lords: Crime definitely does not pay! KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, November 10, 2011. Three years for drug dealer?
E DUCATION Minister Desmond Bannister and Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant both signed documents allowing for the construction of a second phase to the Sister Mary Patricia Rus-s ell Junior High School. The $1,267,534.80 contract was awarded to Noula Investments Construction Company of Grand Bahama. This second phase of construction to the two-and-a-h alf-year-old institute will involve the building of eight additional classrooms. Mr Bannister said the expansion will allow the school to accommodate its n inth grade students for the f irst time starting in September 2012. The ninth grade students of Sister Mary Patricia Junior High School are currently located at the nearby StG eorges High School. We are looking forward to the day when all of the stud ents of this school will be educated under one roof. T his includes the four eightg rade classrooms that are currently at St Georges High S chool, he stated. H e commended the leaders hip, teachers, students and the entire community for their patience and cooperation in the matter. I want to thank them for r ecognising that education sometimes takes place under less than ideal circumstances. The current situation, however, has not prevented teachers from teaching and children from learning. Mr Grant, MP for Lucaya, t he constituency in which the s chool is located, said the FNM Manifesto 2007 comm itted to providing Bahamian children with quality educat ion and to prepare them for the future. Mr Grant pointed out that shortly after being re-elected, construction to the first phase of Sister Mary Patricia Rus-s ell School began in July 2007 costing some $5.2m and was dedicated in October 2009. He said the school is special to him and that he was pleased to have equipped its music lab with 20 violins, 25 keyboards and one digital piano. M r Grant said less than a y ear ago the Ministry of Education indicated a need for e xpanded school infrastructure in Freeport, Grand B ahama to accommodate an increasing student population. A ccordingly, Mr Grant said a pre-qualification tender exercise was therefore under t aken by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport at t he time in which six contractors were invited to bid for the construction of an eight class-r oom extension to the school. The tenders, he advised w ere opened at the Tenders Board Meeting of the Ministry of Finance on June 1, 2010, and that on review of the submissions, it was deter m ined that Noula Investments Construction Company had submitted the most competi-t ive bid of $1,267,534.80. Mr Grant said construction is underway and that a conv entional concrete block twostorey structure is being erected. The building will measure 6,590 square feet with 1,443s quare feet of covered walkways. Construction of the new e xtension is expected to be completed within six months. LOCAL NEWS P AGE 6, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE $1.2m classroom deal NEKO GRANT presents Maxwell Quant, of Noula Investments Cons truction Company, with a copy of the contract for the construction o f eight new classrooms at the Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High School in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
By KHRISNA VIRGIL FORMER Transport and A viation Minister Glenys H anna-Martin believes the p roposed Antiquities, Monuments, and Museums Bill does not comply with the United Nations underwater cultural heritage standards. N or does the proposed legi slation sufficiently support Bahamian culture, said the PLP MP for Englerston. While lauding its aim, she said the Bill tries to place a dollar value on what is invalua ble. T he Bill includes a share split agreement of 75 per cent to 25 per cent on any treasure discovered in the Bahamas,w ith the larger share going to t he excavator, the smaller to the government, provided a detailed list of recovered artif acts is reported to the minister in charge. The proposed legislation a lso requires all excavators to have in their possession a wet and dry restoration unit. Mrs Hanna-Martin said the excavation process seems at odds with the United Nations' recommendations on under w ater cultural standards. Article two of the UNs standard encourages thep reservation of underwater cultural heritage for the benefit of humanity. T he UN guidelines go on t o urge nations not to commercially exploit their under water cultural heritage, but to e nsure its long-term preser vation. Considering the UNs orders, Mrs Hanna-Martin s aid she sees the excavation process as an activity that interrupts the artifact's envir onment that has for years lin gered on the ocean floor intact. S he said: The thought is t hat when you are investigat i ng a site, you cannot just e xtract pieces. Doing that will disturb the area. Instead, Mrs Hanna-Mart in said the government should channel its efforts into f inding ways to preserve a rcheological finds and make m oney. Mrs Hanna-Martin refer enced Bahamian archeologist M ichael Pateman's photo graph of himself holding a Lucayan skull by a blue hole o n South Andros. She called t he internationally acclaimed p hoto breathtaking. We can finance and give c opyrights to photographs so that museums can be recouped to display theseb uried treasures. T he Englerston MP said she also has reservations with t he share agreement itself. As Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Charles May nard has said, the agreement w as crafted with excavator's in mind, Mrs Hanna-Martin noted. Locking in that type o f agreement ties the hands o f the government. S he suggested the clause be changed to not less than 25 per cent. M rs Hanna-Martin said: Putting the agreement in t hose terms will give the gove rnment the opportunity to m ake adjustments as they wish. However, former Tourism M inister Obie Wilchcombe said he sees the legislation asa catalyst that will propel the c ountry forward. H e said: Before we read t he obituary for tourism, we have to diversify the industry. M r Wilchcombe's comment comes weeks after Standard and Poor's downgrading oft he Bahamas due to a lack of e conomic diversification. This Bill, he said, will help u s to expose a new element of the tourism product. We are failing to tell the story of our God-given gifts:t he 600ft blue hole in Long Island; the Preachers Cave; they all have the ability to b ecome a phenomenon." LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011, PAGE 7 Ex-ministers caution over proposed law G LENYSHANNA-MARTIN s ays the proposed Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Bill does not meet UNstandards.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A bout RBC and RBCWealth ManagementR oyal Bank of Canada, which operates under the brand name of RBC, is Canadas largest bank, one of North Americas leading nancial services companies, and a mong the largest banks in the world as measured by market capitalization. T hrough a network of ofces worldwide, the international division of RBC p rovides comprehensive wealth management services to high net worth i ndividuals and institutional clients in select markets around the world. 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Professionally qualied, e.g. accounting/ nance qualication, STEP, ICSA, TEP, ACCA or a qualied attorney who has experience working in the eld of trust law and company law. Possess a superior knowledge of Trust (complex and simpleompany and Fiduciary structures, and tax and legal issues affecting the administration of Trusts and Companies. Experience with the preparation and presentation of nancial and estate planning proposals to high net worth individuals. Fully knowledgeable on the abilities of the trustee, and strong decision making demonstrated. Self-motivation with excellent project management skills. Demonstrably strong technical knowledge of all aspects of trust and company administration, including the nuances and statutory requirements of the major offshore jurisdictions used in connection with clients structures. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, methodical, thorough and attentive to detail. Strong supervisory skills coupled with the ability to lead by example. Fluency in a foreign language preferred. (Spanish or French preferred) Strong skills in time management and prioritization. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Cultural awareness and sensitivity on both an individual and corporate basis. Ability to work in other RBC Wealth Management ofces within the Caribbean as required Excellent at relationship management and working with others, as demonstrated through experience and references. About Our People, Our Culture We believe our people are our main strength, and to this end we are dedicated to continually developing our employees. This position offers opportunities for career progression and appropriate training will be provided. We offer an attractive compensation package, which includes incentive bonuses and a comprehensive health & bene ts plan. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualications and experience. Interested persons should apply by November 24, 2011 to: Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited P. O. Box N-3024 Nassau, NP, Bahamas Attention: Human Resource Department Via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Only applications from suitable qualied candidates will be acknowledged BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com F REEPORT Following an official complaint presented to the Grand Bahama Power Company, officials say they are preparing a detailed response to concerns raised by Troy Garvey of OperationJ ustice Bahamas. I n a press release issued to The Tribune the GBPC acknowledged receipt of a complaint on Wednesday, November 16. The company stated that it u nderstands that customers h ave been challenged with a higher than expected fuel surcharge, and noted that the changes that GBPC has been making over the last number of months, with Emeras support, have been done with the best interests of customers in mind. Our priority has been to improve reliability over the peak summer months so thatw e could avoid rolling blackouts experienced by customers in previous summers under the p revious ownership of GBPC. This was done by bringing r ental units on island as supplemental generation. In addit ion, the construction of the new West Sunrise plant will provide greater reliability andc ost stability to the system. G oing forward, GPBC will continue to seek alternatives to reduce GBPCs reliance on heavy and light oil, the statement read. Operation Justice Bahamas h as embarked on its ongoing fight against the Power Company over the high cost of electricity and fuel surcharges. The organisations leaders have held demonstrations, town meetings and a petition. L ast Wednesday, representatives presented an official complaint to the company.C opies were also sent to the G rand Bahama Port Author ity as regulators, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and to Office of the Prime Minister. In its statement, the GBPC said it expects to release a detailed response to Mr Garvey, and will make it avail-a ble to its stakeholders and customers in the coming days. In advance, the GBPC and Emera provided the following information to customers: 1. Sale of the Power Company The sale of majorityo wnership of GBPC to E mera was done in full accordance with all regulations and approved by the Government of The Bahamas. 2. ICD Utilities Individual shareholders of ICD Utilitiesd o not have any direct cont rol over decision-making at GBPC. Minority shareholders are passive investors in the power company and the power company retains its own independent Board of Directors which oversees the management and takes full respon-s ibility for the company. 3. Fuel surcharge The current fuel surcharge is 21.0316 cents.T his puts us in the bottom third (among the lowest cost of 13 Caribbean Carilec Utilit ies for all in electricity p rices. There is a very direct l ink of world fuel prices and the fuel surcharge over the y ears, including 2011. GBPC does not burn crude oil, we burn # 6 and #2 oil. The pricesb eing quoted in the media do n ot reflect the costs of these oil sources but the fuel surcharge does. As we stated in a media release, GBPC is actively working to stabilise fuel costs and will implementa fuel hedging programme to provide greater predictability on fuel costs and reduce the volatility in the cost of electricity to customers. 4. Billing Any customer who has concerns regardingt heir particular electricity bill is encouraged to speak with a member of GBPCs customers ervice team. When a customer b rings an issue forward, we review it, verify what we can and if changes are required, we make them. GBPC has, of its own accord, been auditing customer billings on a regular basis for the last few years and correcting any problems ast hey are identified. 5. Customers and pre-existing bills It is not, and has never been, the practice of GBPC to require customers to pay pre-existing bills. Any customer encountering this issues hould contact the customer s ervice centre immediately to ensure the matter is resolved. 6. The estimation of meters Less than four per cent of GBPC customers have their bills estimated. It is notG BPCs preference to estim ate bills and every attempt is made to gain access to meters so that they can be read. Any estimated bills are corrected for the customer when access to the property is provided and meters can be read. 7. The use of steam generat ion plants GBPC has always maintained that it will run the most efficient genera-t ion mix of its assets, including the steam units, diesels and rental generation, to ensure t hat customers are provided w ith a reliable and cost effect ive power supply. GBPC has never stated that we would n ot be running the steam units as we do continue to run unit #12 as steam is a require-m ent of the plant. The rental u nits continue to be used as supplemental generation to ensure reliability and therefore the rental costs on the unit continue to be included in the fuel surcharge. As loadh as decreased and GBPC has been able to use the rental units less, the fuel surcharge has decreased in September, October, and November. 8. Damage to equipment There is a formal process to beu ndertaken in cases of equipment damage claims between the customer and GBPC. Thec ompany said customers are e ncouraged to contact the cus tomer service centre to discuss this process and have their complaint considered. A STRAW handbag from the Bahamas was a big hit at the 2011 YWCA Open Your Purse fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia. The fundraiser was a silent a uction featuring new and u sed purses donated by public figures in the Atlanta metro area, and the Bahamas Cons ulate in Atlanta participated. In an effort to promote the best Bahamian straw works, Consul General Katherine Forbes-Smith donated a straw handbag designed by Cacique A ward winner Dorothy M iller, of Long Island. Organisers said the bag received the most bids. It feat ured a plait design called Jacobs Ladder. The type of straw used for the bag was dried silver-top palm leaves and its black accents were achieved by smoking the l eaves over a kerosene lamp. T he purse alsodazzled patrons with its authentic goat skin on the front. Power company to respond to complaint HANDBAG PROVES A HIT IN ATLANTA
By SIR RONALD SANDERS FRANCES President Nicolas Sarkozy has publicly and wrongfully identified three Caribbean countries as tax havens. The response to him should be unified and robust. Sarkozy named the Caribbean countries, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, among eight others Botswana, B runei, Panama, Seychelles, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Switzerlandand Liechtenstein. Sarkozy also threatened that countries that remain tax havens will be shunned by the international community and he threatened that the G20 countries will publish a list of countries presumably one that includes these 11 as non-cooperative. Among French Presidents, he is not alone. Jacques Chirac, the former French President, alsomade similar statements in the late 1990s. Then, under Chirac, as now under Sarkozy, the French governments sole intention was to shut-down all off-shore financial centres anywhere outside the European Union countries and the United States on the basis that they are tax havens and are harbouring money that w ould otherwise be taxed. Yet, the biggest tax havens exist in the EU and the US. The instrument for beating up and booting out jurisdictions w ith offshore banking sectors is the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD EU countries predominate. In 1998, the OECD produced a list of countries which it said would be blacklisted for harmful tax competition. Included in this harmful competition was the exercise of their sovereign right not to tax offshore companies or their deposits in banks. It was only after a spirited joint response, supported by intellectual and lobbying work by the Commonwealth Secretariat, exposed the OECDs actions as unilateral, bullying, and without authority in inter-n ational law, that the Organisation relaxed its demands in 2000. But, the major players in the OECD created a so-called Global Forum into which off shore jurisdictions allowed themselves to be lured. The OECD has become a c artel for dictating global tax policy in a way that suits EU countries in particular. As a recent study by a US university research team points out: There has recently been a spate of aggressive efforts by large developed countries to demand an end of financial privacy through tax information exchange agreements, threats of blacklisting, and direct paym ents to individuals for stealing data from financial institutions in other jurisdictions. In reality, the governance and rule-making of the Global Forum is not global at all. Up to 2009, it was run by the OECD Secretariat and it set standards and practices for jurisdictions other than the large and powerful member nations of the OECD. The OECD nations attend the Forum to pass judgment on others. China has now joined the Global Forum largely to protect its own interests in Hong Kong and Maao which the OECD had contemplated blacklisting. But, little has changed, and engagement by the non-OECD countries with China as an ally is urgently needed. W hile within the forum, there is no solidarity among developing countries, which hold no pre-meetings and have no joint strategy and no com-m on position, the OECD members carefully coordinate their positions, set the agenda and prepare the working papers. Few government ministers of the developing countries attend the Forum, and civil servants from developing countries are overwhelmed by the high-powered OECD staff and the representatives of the big OECD member states particularly France, Germany and Japan. The ultimate weapon that the OECD uses to force other jurisdictions to comply with their unilaterally-determined standards and best practices is publication of areas of legislation, regulation and enforce ment in which it is claimed thatt he non-OECD countries are not compliant and are, therefore, open to illegal activities. The result is that, over time, the OECD has succeeded in killing the offshore financial sectors of several developing coun tries and those that have not been killed, have certainly been crippled. This has been achieved by demands for requirements that not only cost the governments of these countries large sums of money to implement, but also by depriving them of their sovereign right to tax or not tax as they see fit, and coercing them to enter into Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs are also no accompanying double-taxation agreements that would make tax information agreements palatable. At least,a double taxation agreement would make an investor more comfortable to invest in a country, which has TIEAs, on the basis that he/she would not be taxed twice. The OECD has itself counted over 600 TIEAs signed since 2009. Some of them are between countries that have very little if any trade or investment relationship. But they establish for the OECD a network of TIEAs through which it influences tax policies across the globe. Additionally over 60 peer reviews of jurisdictions have been completed. The point is that jurisdictions with offshore financial centres have bent over backwards to accept the intrusions of the OECD because of fear of being blacklisted. It is not for nothing that President Sarkozy has invoked the G20 as the latest forum for judging countries as tax havens. Membership of the G20 is heavily and wrongfully weighted in favour of EU countries, and even the European Commission has a voice in it. They are well placed to push an EU agenda while the jurisdictions they attack have no opportunity to put their case. Countries of the Caribbean and others not represented in the G20 have an obligation to fight back. The Caribbean countries would best do so by creating joint regional machinery, under the CARICOM Secretariat, to represent their col lective interests; to build alliances with other countries that have been equally affected by the OECDs overwhelming ambition either to direct their tax policies or to close them down as financial centres. Noo ne country can do this alone. A nd beggar thy neighbour policies wont work. This is not a time for individual jurisdictions to try to cut separate deals; it is time for joint actions to put their case before influential nations in the G20 such as Canada which represents Caribbean countries on the b oards of the World Bank and the IMF. It is also time for the Global Forum to be extracted from the h ands of the OECD and placed under the auspices of the United Nations where it will truly be global. If the countries accused of being tax havens now fail to act collectively, coherently and decisively, no statements that President Sarkozy got it wrong w ill help them. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com. Sarkozy got it wrong but it is not enough to say so W W O O R R L L D D V V I I E E W W LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. 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B y RASHAD ROLLE T HE Ranfurly Home for Children received $14,000 f rom The Bahamas Roadm asters last week. In May last year, the Ranfurly Homes board of direc-t ors said its male dormitory could be shut down due to low funds. Members of the publica nd business organisations d onated money to the home i n response to this announcement. T he Bahamas Roadmasters' donation is another contribution that will aid in the run n ing and upkeep of the home. The Ranfurly Home is g rateful for any contributions made by corporations and p eople because we are a charitable organisation. We are particularly grateful to theB ahamas Roadmasters for the funds which they raised during a marathon fun run/walk earlier this year, said a s pokesperson for the chil d ren's home. Since 2008, the Bahamas R oadmasters, a non-profit organisation, has donated money to charitable organisations. D onations from the group have previously been made to the All Saints Camp, the Bahamas AIDS Foundation and the Pilots Club of Nassau. Donations are raised from t he groups annual marathon and fun run/walk. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y Constable 3011 M AKELLE PINDER THERE is no right or wrong way to protect you and your family during a home invasion. However, when your home security is broken, the o bjective is to escape alive. H ence, the best defense against a home invasion is prevention, which includes family education and planning. One family meeting to discuss general rules and procedures may save a life in years to come. Therefore, the police sugg est that the following prec autions are taken into consideration and utilised: Parents should teach children how to answer or not answer the phone or a knock on the door in the scenarios of parents being home or away. Dont forget to teach kids the basics, such as always locking the doors and windows before leaving home and anyone could be at the door. The weakest home security link is failing to lock doors or windows and opening the door without question at the sound of a knock or ring of the door bell. Teach your children how to dial 9-1-1 at a young age while explaining the appropriate situation to dial. T he options of response: Escaping immediately, saving yourself This option decreases the amount of time t he burglars have to complete their job while having their privacy leaked. Somer efuse to look like a coward by leaving their family in danger, however, radical actions may pay off later if you are able to immediately get help. Fighting and screaming screaming and yelling works well if there are neighbors close by or in a public area. There is no purpose in fighting if you are physically incapable. If fighting, make a strong, forceful hit to the nose, eyes, throat or groin area. This will give a small window of time to escape and call for help. Compliance with burg lars this allows more time t o think of an effective plan o f action while creating an escape opportunity once the burglars let their guard d own. Pulling a weapon on an armed intruder: This options hould be your last resort, most times house hold weapons are not loaded for child safety, so in the rare occasion you have access to a loaded fire arm, be aware the burglar is just as desperate and often will not hold back. Remember that no matter what option you choose, make sure you stay calm and put thought into your actions because it will affect everyone surrounding you. Should you need more information and before your home security is broken andi nvaded, please pay close a ttention to the information p rovided. O r if you have information pertaining to any crime, please do not hesitate to cont act the police at 919 or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Providence8 476 (Family Island ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE Home invasion survival tips $14,000 GIFT TO RANFURLY THE BAHAMAS ROADMASTERS cheque is handed over to the Ranfurly Home for Children.
with multiple gunshot injuries i nside an apartment at Prison L ane off East Street shortly after 5am. A t the HIV conference yesterday, BRC representatives dedicated their presentation on the Caribbean HIV AIDS Project (CHAPt rains peer educators to Mr Curry. U nder the theme Strengthening Evidence To Achieve Sustainable Action, the conference began on Frid ay and ends today. Later that evening, police responded to reports of gun s hots in the area of Baker Street off Market Street. According to reports, Court-n ey Barrys body was found lying in the middle of BakerS treet with multiple gunshot i njuries sometime around 7 .30pm. With just over a month left in the year, the homicidec ount stood at 112 last night. Police are appealing for anyone with information toc ontact them at 911, 919, the C entral Detective Unit at 5029991, 502-9910 or Crime Stoppers at 328TIPS. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011, PAGE 11 TheBoardofDirectorsofFidelityBank(BahamasLimited ispleasedtonotifyallshareholdersthatadividendof $0.07perordinarysharehasbeendeclaredtobepaid onDecember5,2011toallshareholdersofrecordas ofNovember28,2011. the regional collaborative effort of the 2011 CaribbeanH IV Conference. While there has been a decline in new cases, he said, and a major reduction in mother-to-child transmission and decreasing mortality, AIDS remains a leading causeo f death. A ccording to Mr Ingraham, the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS first recognised in the US in 1981. The first case of AIDS was reported in the Caribbean a nd in the Bahamas nearly 30 y ears ago. Giving an update on the treatment of AIDS in the Bahamas, Mr Ingraham said research into the disease has paved the way for medical advances such as the antir etroviral (ARV the generic ARVs that are available and funded by the Bahamas Government forr esidents through partnerships with international organisations. He said regardless of immigration status individuals afflicted with the disease are provided with treatment, which includes clinical carea nd support, diagnostic testing and treatment. Sustainable high quality prevention, treatment, care and support services that are accessible by all residents of the Bahamas living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDSr egardless of legal status or ability to pay is the basic mis-s ion of the National HIV/AIDS programme in the Bahamas, he said. Antenatal care and treatment has been important inp reventing mother to child transmission, said Mr Ingra-h am. This, he said, led to no babies being detected with the transmission of HIV from infected mothers in the Bahamas last year. The Ministry of Health has been proactive in reachingp ersons at risk for HIV infection, but there are still significant challenges in accessing vulnerable and at risk indi-v iduals for diagnosis, care and treatment, he said. The Prime Minister said H IV/AIDS infected persons continue to be stigmatised and descriminated against, even as progress has been made. He added that furthers teps must be made to defuse fears associated with the dise ase. The Bahamas has been a leader in developing legislation to protect the rights of minorities and others living with HIV, said Mr Ingra-h am. In 1991, the Bahamas decriminalised homosexualityb etween consenting adults and was the only Caribbean country to sign the Paris Declaration in 1994 which set global standards for HIV andh uman rights. Further, Mr Ingraham said t he Bahamas has passed legislation strengthening protection against workplace discrimination for persons infected with HIV. Despite the fact that the rate of new HIV infectionsh as slowed and prevalence rates have levelled off globally, the total number of people living with HIV continuest o rise, said Mr Ingraham. He said there are still significant challenges in access-i ng vulnerable and at risk individuals for diagnosis, care and treatment. old Bahamian man being held b y police is a New Providence resident. However, police said it is not known if the man is t he owner of the residence where the illegal Colombian immigrants were discovered. A ccording to Mr Reckleys r eports, police and immigra tion officers, acting on infor mation received from an u nidentified source, raided a house on Chignal Road in Fortune Bay at one oclock Sunday morning. There they found the 19 C olombians, consisting of 13 men and six women, and the Bahamian man hold up in ther esidence, his reports said. He added that no drugs or weapons were found in the house with the immigrants. M r Reckley explained that Fortune Bay is a wealthy subdivision where houses are mand ated to be built to certain spec ifications, suggesting the peo ple were found in a large house. D irector of Immigration Jack T hompson said more informa tion will be revealed today. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e AIDSstill a major cause of deaths HIVHEALTH EXPERT IS GUNNED DOWN 1 9 COLOMBIAN IMMIGRANTS HELD
THIS week, the highly anticipated Battle 4 Atlantis( B4A), featuring eight of the t op teams in college basketball, will take place in the Imperial Arena in theA tlantis Convention Centre o n Paradise Island. The B4A, a one of a kind pre-season double elimina-t ion tournament, was r ealised earlier this year following the successful Battle At Atlantis double headerh eld last year and the subseq uent change in NCAA legislation granting The Bahamas status to host preseason college basketball tournaments. According to Special E vents Senior Vice-President M ichele Wiltshire, who heads the B4A team, this inaugural event is expected to bring a really good buzz this Thanksgiving holiday weekend November 24th to 27th and provides yet another g reat reason for family travel as well as a fantastic family outing for guests on property at Atlantis over the holiday weekend. In giving a rundown of w hat to expect tournament w eekend, Wiltshire says that this is something we should all be very proud of. She also pointed out the h igh level of promotion for this property that comes with hosting the tournament. Keep in mind, while this is a fantastic event for us to put on, this is part of a marketing strategy and a strategyt hat drives business to the property over a weekend that we could use it. Advertisements in local papers, on the screens at the movie theatres and at Marios B owling, in addition to the s well of promotions going on overseas have been a part of the strategy to get the wordo ut that Atlantis and the B4A are w hats up for this Turkey Day h oliday, said Wiltshire. Weve worked with all of the schools as they communicate out to their teams and t o their alumni base, and to all the members of their databases where weve done ban n er ads and been included on t he collateral out to their bases. Weve also done print dis t ribution during midnight madness as the schools kicked off the college basketball season. Weve executed direct mail prices to the boosters of all the schools, and email b lasts designed specifically for e ach school detailing their special rates and just whats in store for them tournament weekend. Weve done sweepstakes, and erected billboards in two k ey markets Orlando and Tallahassee to remind peop le there that were right here so they can come and support their school. Weve also posted at Westchester airport, which is an important gateway for us as there are now direct flights from Westchester to The Bahamas onboard JetBlue. Were penetrating the l ocal market heavily because it is important that we create as much awareness as is pos-s ible and make this as available as is possible to the fabulous local residents, so were e verywhere, explains an e xcited Wiltshire. Wiltshire announced that in addition to the major spons orships given by the Paradise Island Tourism Development Association and the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board, Under Armour a nd Coke Zero are now o nboard, plus HDNet and Versus, a subsidiary of the NBC Sports family, will carry the games live. P resident and managing director George Markantonis a dds that there will be a last minute promotional blitz this w eek, reiterating Wiltshires comments about driving business for the traditionally slowT hanksgiving holiday weekend. The objective was not to get 4,000 people in the ballroom. The objective was to get occupancy up. The last t wo Thanksgivings, 2009 and 2 010, we were at exactly 53 per cent both years. This year, were gonna run 91 per cent,s aid Markantonis. Battle 4 Atlantis promises some 2,000 people attending t he daily game sessions antici pated. There will be four games at the championship match up h appening Saturday, Novem ber 26th, at 4.30pm. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Battle 4 Atlantis to draw in the crowds ACTION FROM last years Battle 4 Atlantis.