PRIME MINIS TER OFFERS C ONDOLEN CES N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER No sense in violence Volume: 108 No.36WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDY, SHOWER HIGH 70F LOW 61F B y LAMECH JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org CHIEF Magistrate Gomez c ondemned the high levels of crime during the arraignment of several men charged with crimes committed at the NewY ears Day Junkanoo Parade. His comments on the issue that has plagued the country for all of 2011 came during the arraignment of three men, whom he chastised for their actions at the holiday parade. T he chief magistrate had first reprimanded 22-year-old Jamie McKinney of Pinewood Gardens, who pleaded guilty to throwing a cup of Kalik at someone he claimed had done the same to him and his girl. McKinney said the cup did not hit the person and did not even get past the barricade. After sarcastically questioning the accused as to whether having so much Kalik that it (the cup nt go far, Chief Magistrate Gomez got serious and reprimanded him. Two wrongs dont make a r ight, he told McKinney. Somebodys got to be smart enough to walk away. Thatso ne of the reasons we have so much crime. Nobody wants to walk away. The unemployed resident w as given leniency as it was his first offence. He ordered him to do 20 hours of community service with a donation of $100 to charitable organizations. Shaquille Culmer, 18, the s econd of three reprimanded, had been initially granted $2,000 bail after his guilty plea to throwing objects to the annoyance and endangerment of a police officer, however, it was not accepted when he lat er denied throwing the objects. Minutes after the accused changed his plea to guilty, he was asked to give an explanation for his actions. Culmer explained that where the incident happened, near Bank of The Bahamas Ma gistrate hits out at levels of str eet crime TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM POLICE:HOW WE WILL CRACK DOWN ON CRIME IN 201 PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham shakes hands with Ingrid Lady Darling yesterday in the foyer of the House of Assembly, where the body of Sir Clifford Darling is on view. Sir Clifford's funeral will be held tomorrow at Zion Baptist Church, Shirley Street. Photo: Peter Ramsay /BIS BUSINESS A A T T L L A A N N T T I I S S D D E E A A L L R R E E Q Q U U I I R R E E S S 2 2 0 0 % % P P R R O O F F I I T T R R I I S S E E SEEBUSINESSSECTIONB T ACKLING crime remains the top priority for the Royal BahamasP olice Force this year, according to their 2012 manifesto released lastn ight. While the new mandate is admittedly similar to last years plan, two newp riorities have been added: Enforcing the rules of the road; and profess ionalizing service. The plan has retained many of the 2011 initia t ives and also represents f eedback from police offi cers and the wider public, according to the Commis s ioners foreword. A key 2011 initiative that will be upheld is Operation Rapid Strike, which led to the recovery of 541 illegal weapons and1 1,880 rounds of illegal ammunition. Commissioner of Police Greenslade is expected to present the plan today, along with an overview of By LAMECH JOHNSON email@example.com TWO men on bail, one from the Supreme Court on a murder charge, spent the night behind bars at Her Majestys Prison accused of breaching bail conditions. The denial of overnight bail and a remand ruling against Robert Smith Jr, 24, and ShakaBy SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org MONTAGU MP Loretta Butler-Turner has been nominated as the FNM candidate for Long Island, replacing current MP Larry Cartwright, The Tribune has been unofficially informed. By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com FOLLOWING a frustrat ing weekend of costly delays at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, flight arrivals and departures are back to normal, Nassau Airport Development officials confirmed. NADs spokesperson Shonalee Johnson issued a press statement yesterday as airport staff worked to move a large number of passengers through the $409.5 million facility. It is projected that a total of 8,008 passengers will be processed through the three By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DNA leader Branville McCartney is predicting employees at Atlantis will be laid off within the next six months. Almost 8,000 Bahamians depend upon the resort and the One&Only Ocean Club for their livelihood, but Mr McCartney insists their employment has been placed in jeopardy by the recent deal between Kerzner Inter national Holdings and Brookfield, which trans ferred ownership to the Canadian asset management company. According to Mr McCartney, the resort will need to cut staff following the general election in order to meet the terms of the management agreement, which requires an AIRPOR T B A CK T O NORMAL DNA PREDICTS ATLANTIS JOB CUTS LONG ISLAND FOR LORETTA BAIL DENIED OVER BREACH S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 i m lovin it
I N OCTOBER, RoyalStar Assurance launched its Click for A Cause fall campaign t o drive public support for a nother group of charitable organisations. The online, interactive camp aign branded by AdWorks, RSAs advertising and design firm, generated well over 1 ,000 votes. R SA introduced this initiative in 2010 and, thanks to a ggressive voting by the gene ral public, awarded dona tions to a total of six charities Hands For Hunger, the B ahamas National Trust, the Ranfurly Home, Bahamas Conference Womens Mis-s ionary Society, BHumane and Sister Sister. This fall, the public was invited to visit www.rsaclick f oracause.com and vote for the charity of their choice from a list that included Abili ties Unlimited, the AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas, BASRA (Bahamas Air, SeaR escue Association), the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged, the Bahamas Red Cross, the Scout Associationo f the Bahamas, Project Read, Ride For Hope, the Hopedale Centre, the B ahamas Childrens Emerg ency Hostel and the Salvation Army. Voters were also free to a dd charities to the list and cast votes for them. The fall campaign is now w rapped up and Abilities Unlimited, the Hopedale Centre and the Bahamas C hildrens Emergency Host el emerged with the highest number of online votes. Abilities Unlimited, establ ished in 1974 by the Bahamas Council for the Handicapped, provides disabled persons w ith a chance to develop v ocational skills including ceramic craft production and f urniture repair. A t present there are 17 disabled persons employed at AU, including mentallyc hallenged and speech and hearing impaired individu als. T he Hopedale Centre pro vides academic and vocational services to students with special needs. F or more than 20 years, Hopedale has offered pro grammes and services d esigned to develop each students capabilities and prepare them to live andw ork as independently as possible. The Bahamas Childrens Emergency Hostel, foundedb y the Bahamas Christian Council, opened its doors in 1962. T he hostel provides emerg ency and temporary shelter for abandoned, neglected and abused children from sixw eeks to 11 years old. Currently, 28 children live at the home. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 THE TRIBUNE BENEFICIARIES THANK CLICK FOR A CAUSE ABILITIES UNLIMITED chairman Basil H Albury and onsite manager, Curlene Burrows happily accept a donation from RoyalStar Assurance representative, Sherease Mill. Sherease Mills of RSA presents A rlene Davis, founder of the Hopedale Centre, with a donation M arita Ferguson, administrator of the Bahamas Childrens Emerg ency Hostel, accepts a dona tion from Sherease Mills of RoyalStar Assurance. REPRESENTATIVES from all the winning charities in RSAs Click For A Cause.
By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com POLICE and clergymen met yesterday to renew their c ommitment work together a gainst crime. Bahamas Christian Council (BCCo fficers pledged to build more socially inclusive programmes and engage in assessments ona monthly basis. C ommissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said: There must be a sense of urgency to all that we do now going forward, we have to salvage and save this country. It cannot be business as usual in 2012, were going to have to turn the corner on this and I believe the appropriate place to start is with the church. Both Mr Greenslade and B CC president Dr Ranford P atterson stressed the need for positive youth develop ment and mentoring, greater c ommunity involvement, and a return to fundamental principles of respect. We are taking it to another level now, Dr Patterson said. We need to try everything, we dont have a panacea, we just have to do our part. At yesterdays meeting, s ome church leaders e xpressed disappointment that tougher crime legislation p assed last year has not caused a significant reduction in serious crime. In a press statement sent yes t erday, Bishop Simeon Hall, a c ouncil member, called for dra conian measures to be adopted. He also said there are powerful, influential persons who benefit from the criminal cul ture, and that these people can n ot be expected to lead in the fight against crime. The new laws, as strong as they were, seem to have done very little to stop the i nternecine bloodletting on o ur streets, the press statement read. As a community w e are in a hostage situation and the church can no longer remain indifferent or philosophical about murderers. B ishop Hall added that the i dea of public hanging is beginning to look attractive as a method of scaring wouldbe criminals. The governments package of 11 anti-crime Bills wasp assed in October. A 25-YEAR-OLD m an was arraigned in MagistratesC ourt on charges of having s ex with a minor. Ranfurd Johnson appeared before Chief MagistrateR oger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane. It is alleged that Johnson h ad sex with a 15-year-old girl between Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December 31. H e was not required to enter a plea to the charge. The prosecution told the court the case would be sub j ect to a preliminary inquiry rather than a Voluntary Bill of Indictment. The matter was adjourned to January 23. Johnson will appear before Magistrate Guilimina Archer in Court 10, Nassau Street. He was remanded to Her Majestys Prison until the completion of his trial. 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He/she will support ongoing GIS data development, spatialanalysis,andgraphicaloutputforplanning,environmental,and explorationprojects.Candidatewillserveasavaluableteamresource forGIS-relatedtraining.Aninterestinoilandgasand/orabackgroundin environmental science are favourable.To apply please send a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and a recent example of mapping and analysis work to: Ms. Ashli Munnings Bahamas Petroleum Company Plc PO Box SS-6276 Nassau, Bahamas firstname.lastname@example.org B y SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com IT TOOK firefighters more than eight h ours to extinguish a huge fire that s pread to across more than an entire acre at its height. Director of Fire Services Assistant Superintendent Walter Evans said the blaze started around 2pm Sunday and took three fire trucks and more than 10 men to tackle. We got a call around 2pm that a vehicle was on fire in the Carmichael Road area. The first fire truck responded within minutes but when they got there quickl y realised it was not a small fire. A large backhoe tractor and a number of derelict vehicles and scrap metal was on fire, he said. The first unit called for the assistance of two others and we sent a truck from headquarters and another one, which m ade three in total. The fire was very large, more than one acre, and we were worried that it may spread to nearby homes. It was extinguished after 11pm. ASP Evans denied reports that the city d ump was the source of the fire. H e also said fire officials are still invest igating the fire at the Carlton E Francis Primary school on December 26 which c ompletely destroyed one classroom, as w ell as the December 2 fire at the temporary straw market. The blaze consumed the tent housing the market, and eventually spread to neighbouring structures, including SunTime Ltd, Da Balcony Night Club and t he Pompey Museum of Slavery and E mancipation, the latter two of which were housed in historic buildings. Many speculated the fire was arson, an allegation encouraged by reports thata person was seen at the scene during t he early morning hours prior to the b laze. M r Evans said a report on this fire is now being compiled. MAN ON SEX CHARGES BLAZE BURNS FOR EIGHT HOURS T o adv er tise in The Tribune contact 502-2352 B y KHRISNA VIRGIL k firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE sources say the man whose life was taken int he first murder of the year was 38-year-old GodfreyDavis. M r Davis, who was to celeb rate his 39th birthday on Thursday, was killed just out side his home on St Michael's Road off Prince Charles Drive. Police believe Mr Davis was attacked by a man who was v isiting his home on Sunday. I nitial reports claimed an argument that broke out between the two men resultedi n the victim being stabbed to death while his four youngc hildren were inside the home. P olice were called to the s cene shortly before 11.30pm. The victim was then taken to hospital by ambulance, but he l ater died. INVESTIGATORS are still searching for clues in thec ase of a badly decomposed b ody found in some bushes off Marshall Road on Mon day. H owever, police sources say it is thought the remains could be those of an elderlym an reported missing some time ago. MURDER VICTIM NAMED Meeting held to tackle crime THE MEETING held yesterday between police and church leaders.
EDITOR, The Tribune. STUDENTS of Bahamian history would recall the for-m ation of the Progressive Libe ral Party (PLP was during the time of the legendary Bay Street Boys, who were mostly white Bahamians. These white businessmen a nd politicians, who lived in w ealth, ruled the colony of The Bahamas with an iron f ist. While the Bay Street Boys, their family members and close friends enjoyed thep rosperity of this country, the majority of black Bahamians lived in absolute squalor. A fter the formation of the F ree National Movement (FNM many members of the Unit-e d Bahamian Party (UBP joined the newly formed opposition party. In fact, theF NM has always enjoyed the unflinching support of the majority of white Bahamians. It can be argued that the FNM is a party with a large tent. Despite what several PLP members of Parliamenth ave said in recent years; and despite the fact that a few of its MPs were white, many white Bahamians dont see the PLP as being a party with a large tent for all Bahamia ns. Even though the Memb er of Parliament for the Constituency of Elizabeth Ryan Pinder is a PLP, manyw hite Bahamians are still of the view that the Opposition does not have their best inter est at heart. T hroughout its history, the Opposition PLP has always presented itself as the party o f the Negroes, not white Bahamians. White Bahami ans, especially the wealthy o nes, have been made to look l ike the villains. While Sir Lynden and black Bahamians were portrayed as the Bahamian Moses and the Bahamian Israelites in cap tivity, the white oligarchy and m ost white Bahamians, on the other hand, were portrayed as Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The original members of the P LP had adopted the Exodus theme; which of course was taken from the famous p rophecy of the Rev Euthal Rodgers of Deep Creek, Andros. The theme song oft he PLP was the Civil Rights Movements anthem We Shall Overcome. This was in the run up to the January 10,1967 general elections. The PLP won that historic elec tion, and for the first time in Bahamian history, black people were in charge of this country. History has never been the same since that historic day. I have heard rabid PLP supporters say that never again will a white man run this country. While the Opposition might be able to win North Eleuthera in 2012 because of Clay Sweeting, I am still of the view that most white Bahamians are diametrically opposed to the philos-o phy of the PLP. They are q uite aware of the fact that t he PLP is the party of the black masses. A ccording to historians Michael Craton and Dr Gail Saunders, during the 1950s and 1960s, radical elements w ithin the Progressive Libera l Party (PLP influenced by traditional Civi l Rights Movement leaders, b ut also by the Black Power Movement. African Americ an historian, Lerone Bennet, Jr, has pointed out in hisg roundbreaking book Before T he Mayflower: A History of Black America that most Black Power advocates denounced the integration o rientation of the old civil r ights coalition and called for a new strategy based on black c ontrol of the organisations, institutions and resources of the black community. Some black-oriented leaders urged the creation of parallel or i ndependent power blocs (black political parties and b lack unions) outside existing s tructures. The Black Power message was championed by radicale lements within the civil rights movement. Individuals like Stokely Carmichael of the Student Nonviolent Coordi n ating Committee (SNCC Floyd McKissick of the Congress of Racial Equality ( CORE), Angela Davis, Huey P Newton, Bobby Seale and other members of theB lack Panther Party were a mong the most vociferous advocates of this new ideolo gy. In his autobiography, Mart in Luther King, Jr said that Black Power, in its broad and positive meaning, was a c all to black people to amass the political and economic strength to achieve their legitimate goals. The great civil r ights champion also noted that the call for Black Power was a reaction to the failure of white power. Perhaps one of the earliest advocates of Black Power was a man named Malcolm Little. After converting to Elijah Muhammads version of Islam, Little changed his name to Malcolm X. In the Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley, who collaborated with the radical, militant civil rights leader on his memoir, pointed out that many white Americans were afraid of Malcolm X. Malcolm X was the son of a Baptist preacher who was a member of Marcus Garveys United Negro Improvement Association. The controversial Muslim minister preached a message of black separatism and hate towards white people. After his suspension from the Nation of Islam by Elijah Muhammad and his Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Malcolm X eventually changed his radical views concerning white people. Months before his assassination in 1965, he even went as far as saying that inter-racial marriage or mis cegenation was okay. Like Malcolm X, the radical elements within the Opposition PLP were considered to be racists by most white Bahamians and even by somec onservative black Bahamia ns. Many white Bahamians were afraid that these black PLP radicals were attempting to disrupt the social fabric of this nation. Alex Haley would g o on to write the critically a cclaimed Roots. This novel was published in 1977; and w as based on Haleys family history. The novel was made into a television miniseries ay ear later, in 1977. This film figured prominently in Bahamian politics, p articularly during election s eason. I remember the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS TV-13a iring Roots during the late 1980s. This film caused many black Bahamians to view theF ree National Movement (FNM According to the then government, a vote for the FNM would be a vote for the white United Bahamian Party (UBPB oys. Roots left an indelible mark of fear and suspicion on the minds of thousands of Bahamians. By all accounts, the television miniseries on ZNS TV-13 had its intended a ffect on the psyche of the b lack masses. Even today there are still those who label the FNM ast he party of the white man. Another novel which inspired several prominent members of the PLP in the 1950s and1 960s was Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin. Any person who takes the t ime to read this novel or watch the movie would be angered by the maltreatmentN egroes received in America d uring the slave era. The Bay Street Boys were well aware of what was going on withint he PLP. They knew that the PLP was being influenced by the civil rights movement in t he United States. This is one of the reasons why the white establishment of the 1950s and 1960s was a pprehensive about the PLP. They were afraid of losing power to the black man. Per h aps they thought that black Bahamians, once majority rule was achieved, would haver etaliated against them. Be that as it may, it now seems as if the FNM has lost its broad appeal among white Bahamian voters. If the governing party hopes to be re-elected in 2012, then it had better to do something to stop the massive haemorrhaging. The PLP could always depend on the black masses for politic support. The Opposition PLP was initially formed to protect and to defend black peo ple and even poor whites. The black masses will always remember this. This can explain why the PLP does so well in many of the Family Island constituencies and throughout the inner city communities of Nassau. Yet at the same time, however, many white Bahamians have been turned off from the par ty because of its black-centric message. This is why I believe that most white Bahamians are unwilling to support the PLP. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama December 6, 2011. The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 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 TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 A SPOKESMAN for Nassau Airport D evelopment (NAD that flights at Lynden Pindling International Airport were back to normal after chaos at the airport on Monday ruined the holiday weekend for thousands of vis-i tors estimated at more than 8,000 returning to the US after spending the n ew year in the Bahamas. In announcing the back-to-normal routine Tuesday, a NAD official blamed the arrival and departure delays to flight cong estion caused by the saturation of Miami a irspace. However, contrary to what airp ort staff and the general public believe, the NAD spokesperson told the press that a ir traffic controllers made every effort to expedite arrivals and departures. No o ne believes their official line. A n angry Jet Blue pilot put it in a nuts hell on Tuesday when, in apologising to h is full load of passengers, he explained that it was an election year in the Bahamas, and air traffic controllers were on a go-slow on one of the busiest days of the year to get as much money as possiblei n their contract negotiations. They did the same thing to us on Christmas day, he told his passengers. A s someone commented, the controllers were not the least bit interested in the per sons on those aircraft who generated the f unds to make their salaries possible. They did not seem to understand that in their attempt to get as much as they could for themselves, they were not only destroy i ng themselves, but taking the country down with them. Those 8,000 angry, and resentful tourists are their bread and but t er. As a tourist official pointed out most of those travelling over Christmas and the New Year are repeat visitors who pay the h ighest prices for a five-star experience a nd are not prepared to be treated so shab bily. The Bahamas cannot afford to lose such customers, he said. W hat the unions in this essential industry do not realise especially as the country is desperately working to climb out of its worstr ecession that a loss of such visitors affects the lives of thousands of Bahamians who are in no way connected with these industrial negotiations. When visitors arel ost in the hotel industry, hotel rooms are not filled, and when hotel rooms are not filled, staff are not needed and lay offss tart. No tourists in Nassau, no tourists in downtown shops and so staff in those areas are no longer needed and the vicious cir cle continues, affecting every level of society. When the countrys main industry is crippled, the whole country suffers and all for a group of short-sighted unionists. The scene at the international airport on Monday was chaotic. When all chairs were occupied passengers were sitting on their luggage, on the floor, perching wherever they could, asking questions, but getting no answers from ground staff who themselves did not know what was happening. At every gate or counter airport staff were telling passengers that it was the fault of a ir traffic controllers who were on go slow and delaying arrivals and departures and causing such back ups that no one knew how or when it would be sorted out. A passenger flying in from Atlanta by D elta said that it seemed that they were never going to be given the all clear to l and they were taken on a sightseeing tour over Abaco and North Eleuthera and several times over the international airport before they were cleared to land. H owever, an executive passenger who w as flying by Jet Blue that afternoon for an e vening function in Fort Lauderdale had to go straight from the airport to the function s till wearing his tee-shirt and jeans. Of course, as the traffic controllers roll t heir eyes heavenwards in a plea of innoc ence, everyone else certainly staff at t he airport who know whats going on b ehind the scenes are pointing accusing fingers at the tower. The Jet Blue flight for Fort Lauderdale, scheduled to leave Nassau at 3.25pm, didnt take off until 6:30 pm and that onlyb ecause the angry pilot let officials know that with or without permission he was going to rev up his plane and take off i mmediately. This is just what he did. When all passengers were on board the plane was carrying a full load thep ilot apologised and said he was going to try to get them out of there as soon as possible. The names of 10 passengers were then c alled out, including the passenger who had a business function, which he had to attend in jeans. The 10 were asked to raise t heir hands to identify themselves. They were then told to look out of their windows to the right and see a Jet Blue on thet armac. All your luggage is on that airc raft, the 10 were told. The luggage was put on the wrong plane. They were told that because they were o n the aircraft didnt mean they were going to be going anywhere any time soon they could be there for another three hours. A fter a short time the pilot left the cock pit and came into the cabin to face the passengers thats the first time I have ever seen a captain do that, one of thep assengers commented. Picking up the loudspeaker, he said: Were pulling out of this gate as quickly as we possibly can. I dont think these Bahamians like my New York attitude, he said, but I told them that whether they like it or not I am revving up this jet and getting out of here. The cabin erupted in cheers and applause. I really felt embarrassed for the Bahamas, said the Nassau resident. The pilot then explained to them about the elections, the union contract, and the reason for their ruined vacation. With that he went back to the cabin, the engines started to turn over and in no time he was taxiing down the runway, leaving behind a country with its reputation for good service in ruins. PLPwont win the white vote LETTERS l email@example.com Traffic controllers blamed for airport chaos Share your news EDITOR, The Tribune. THE botched attempt to burn down the Carlton E Francis Primary School is an act that I decry as despicable, treasonous and coward ly. With our current economic climate and our educational system needing all the help it can get, the person or persons who committed this act must be suffering from a bad case of irrationality. I stand with the Minister of Education, Desmond Bannister who denounced this act as an act against education. Someone in the public must have some information that can lead to the arrests of these hoodlums. Please come forward and pass on any information to the police. Lets say to these goons that we will not stand for these types of acts against our educational system. And if the perpetrators are captured, tried and found guilty, I trust that the magistrate will exercise all of his/her power under the law. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, January 3, 2012. Arson at school
T HE Bahamas Union of T eachers congratulated its p resident Belinda Wilson on h er appointment to the Commonwealth Teachers' Group steering committee. Mrs Wilson, pictured will serve on the nine-member committee comprised of trade unionists from the UK, India, Belgium, South A frica, Canada and the Caribbean. This committee is respon sible for planning the Teachers' Forum at the 18th Conference of Commonw ealth Education Ministers, w here ministers of educa tion from 54 countries will meet to discuss issues of mutual concern in August, 2012. T he objectives of the CCEM are to raise the levelo f understanding among ministers and senior offi-c ials concerning critical i ssues in education; and to p rovide a forum to discuss t hese issues and share best practices. The conference also aims to secure the commitment o f ministers on specific actions identified during the CCEM. The Teachers Forum is o ne of the four events that w ill run parallel during the c onference, the others being t he Youth Forum, the Stakeh olders Forum and the Post Secondary/Higher Education Leaders' Forum. Mrs Wilson said she is looking forward to serving on this committee. Her expectations are high as she looks forward to the p articipation of a full Bahamian delegation from the Ministry of Education, the Department of Education, the Ministry of Youth, trade unions, the College of the B ahamas and stakeholders f rom both the local private and public sector. Mrs Wilson will attend her first meeting in London this month. A statement issued by her union yesterday said: Thee xecutive officers and 4,000 members congratulate hera nd wish her every success. T hey are assured that she w ill make the Bahamas p roud. By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org FOLLOWING the Mini stry of Labours offer to meet w ith representatives of frustrated airport employees, one union leader dismissed the proposal as nothing but a stalling tactic. Vice-president of the B ahamas Customs, Immigrat ion and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU Smith also revealed there is a good chance the unions will not attend any such meeting. Unions representing cust oms, immigration, and air traffic control employees i ssued a warning last week, s aying some kind of action will be taken if several outstanding issues are not resolved. Minister of Labour Dion F oulkes scheduled a meeti ng for January 10 to discuss customs and immigration contract negotiations, but Trade Union Congress president Obie Ferguson accused the minister of acting outside of his statutory function, as the 16-day mandated period for the resolution of a dispute would havea lready passed. As their lawyer, I cannot advise (the unions thing outside of the law or that will put them at a disadvantage, Mr Ferguson said. S peaking to T he Tribune M r Smith said: If we go to the meeting, we will be endorsing the wrong hes doing. Knowing the law, we will not go into a meeting where the honorable minister knows he out of his statutory strength. He knows full well what hes proposing is improper. To the knowledgeable person, its merely a smokes creen. The meeting he scheduled is not geared towards solving any issues. Mr Smith said the unions immediately saw the pro-p osed meeting for what it was just a stalling tactic. Customs and immigration officers at the Lynden Pindling International Airport walked off the job earlier this month, after raw sewerage made the workplace unbearable, according to union officials. The walkout occurred around 8.30am and caused passenger clearance to stallf or a little over an hour. Among the employees concerns are: that staff members are not getting hazard pay; that staff are not being confirmed after years of pro-b ation without any credible r eason; and that employees are repeatedly being disciplined for lateness although contracts state this should not occur more than four times per month. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012, PAGE 5 UNION CHIEF LANDS TOP ROLE Ministers offer of airport talks dismissed as stalling tactic He knows full well what hes proposi ng is improper. To the knowledgeable person, its merely a smoke screen. The meeting he scheduled is not geared towards solving any issues. Sloane Smith terminals at LPIA (domestic, international and US), she said. Reports reached The Tri b une o n Monday that LPIA was being hit by widespread delays on one of the busiest and most profitable days of the year for the airline industry. Carriers lamented the cost ly delays, some of which laste d more than two hours and frustrated customers who had to suffer through groundeda nd returned flights. NAD pointed to flight congestion caused by the saturation of Miami airspace. A per son close to the situation, disagreed, saying that with the exception of a one-hour maintenance delay, at least five flights from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Freeport were affected by the deliberate actions of air traffic controllers. However, Ms Johnson said yesterday that the air traffic controllers made every effort to expedite arrivals and departures. Although officials could not confirm an exact figure, thedelays will be costly for Bahamasair, as reports indi cate the airline had to provide ground transportation, meals and hotel accommodation for passengers who had a lay over. The long delays will increase the fuel bills for all airlines, including Bahamasair. Because of the public holi day, Bahamasair also will have a heavy overtime bill for ground crew, who had to ser vice flights finishing more than two hours after schedule. While sources maintain the Bahamas Air Traffic Con trollers Union (BATCU behind the delays, union boss Roscoe Perpall insisted that all industrial action on their partwas called off after an encouraging meeting with Tourism Minister Vincent VanderpoolWallace last week. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e AIRPORT BACK TO NORMAL
FREEPORT, Bahamas The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society will open the new year with a Chamber Music Concert featuring four artists on Satur-d ay, January 21st, at 8pm at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club on Midshipman Drive. In addition to this concert, the quartet will be visitingt hree schools to perform for t he students and talk about t he music and instruments. Other schools will be bused to those locations. Three of the artists performed in Grand Bahama in January 2010 for the WinterM usic Festival with Trio Coll age. Pianist Tannis Gibson, violinist Janna Lower and cellist Mark Tanner return and will be joined by flautist Judith Pierce. The Trio Collage was extremely wellr eceived as accolades poured i n after last years show! A wonderful weekend of e nthralling music, said G rand Bahamas Performing A rts Society (GBPAS p orter, Barbara Chester. Passionate, commented B ahamian author, Marina S arles. Grand Bahama resid ent Caroline Sayers said, Truly Fantastic! Judith Pearce is a chamber musician of distinction with a career that spans Europe and America, Judith Pearces w ork has encompassed collaborations with some of this e ras most notable musicians, f rom Simon Rattle and Peter Maxwell Davies to Kathleen Battle and Eartha Kitt and she has played in many great conc ert halls, including the Linc oln and Kennedy Centres, Londons Festival Hall, La S cala Milan, Berlins Philharmonie, the Beethoven-halle, B onn, and the Sydney Opera House. Educated in London and Paris, Pearce has been a member of the Nash Ensem b le, Fires of London and Lon don Sinfonietta as well as the New Music Consort of New York. She has appeared as g uest with the Monticello Trio (where she first met pianist Tannis Gibson), the Chamber M usic Society of Lincoln Cen tre and the 21st Century Con sort to name a few. As a r ecitalist Pearce has recorded many solo works for the BBC as well as chamber music. Her discography lists the RCA,D eutsche Grammophon, EMI and ASV labels, including a recording of the late Nicholas M aws Flute Quartet, nomi nated for a Gramophone Award. A New York resident since 1 985, Judith Pearce is the Founder and Artistic Director of Weekend of Chamber Music, an innovative perform ing and arts education group in the Catskills. She retired recently from twenty years t eaching flute and chamber music at Princeton University where she was also a member of the Richardson Chamber Players. Judith Pearces teaching books for young players, written in collaboration with English composer Christopher Gunning, are published by Faber Music, London. Pianist Tannis Gibsons performances have been described as luminous (The Boston Globe) and thoroughly captivating. (The Washington Post). Her artistry has been praised for its brilliance, energy and personality (Tucson Citizen review from Fanfare Magazine commended Gibson for her stunning performance and powerhouse pianism. Ms Gibson has been heard i n concert halls throughout North America, Europe, South America and Asia. Venues include Weill Recital Hall (CarnegieC entre, Merkin Hall, Corocor an Gallery, National Gallery o f Art and the Gardner Museum in Boston. Her festival performances include among others, the Bath Festival in England, the ppAINISSIMO festival in Sofia, Bulgaria,C hiles Jornados Musicales de I nvierno and New Yorks Bang-on-a-Can and Weekend of Chamber Music Festivals. She has collaborated with many fine artists, as well as ensembles such as the Shang-h ai, Muir, American, Lark, A udubon and Calder String Q uartets. This past winter she t oured major cities througho ut China as concerto soloist w ith the Southern Arizona S ymphony Orchestra. Ms Gibson has recorded for C RI, ASV (London J RI, The Classics Label and S ummit Records. This year, h er CD Song of the Birds with cellist, Nancy Green, was chosen as CD of the Fortnight by Classical Music m agazine in London. The Monticello Trios CD of Nicholas Maws Piano Trio, w ith Gibson as pianist, was nominated for a Gramophone Award in London and select e d as Editors Choice for Gramophone Magazine. Ms. Gibson has been featured in live performance on WGBHB oston and WQXR New York. She has been heard on NPRs Performance Today o n numerous occasions and has also appeared on the Today Show (NBC Tannis Gibson holds a BM f rom the University of Regina in Canada and a M M from the Juilliard School where she was a scholarship student of Sascha Gorodnitzki and Herbert Stessin. Currently, Ms Gibson r esides in Tucson where she is Associate Professor of Music and Keyboard Area Coordi nator at the University of Arizona. She also holds the position of Distinguished Visiting Artist at Asuza Pacific University in Los Angeles. Ms. Gibson is an award-winning teacher and her students have received prizes in international, regional and local competitions. Several now hold faculty positions in institutions throughout the United States. Mark Tanner was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a commanding cellist, Mark Tanner has led an active musical life, spanning four continents and nearly four decades. He began his cello studies at the age of eight with Joel Krosnick; a year later, he wasa ccepted by Aldo Parisot, and remained with him for the next 15 years, receiving both Bachelor of Arts cum laude and Master of Music degreesf rom Yale University. A regular soloist with o rchestras from coast to coast, Mr Tanner performs extensively as a chamber musician. He has performed in the prestigious Marlboro Festival and has been a guest artist witht he Wall Street Chamber P layers, the Coyote Consort, and the 20th Century Unlimited in Santa Fe. Recently he appeared with conductor Raymond Leppard and the Grand Rapids Symphony. M r Tanners travels take h im repeatedly to South A merica, where he has pres ented many series of concerts a nd master classes in Buenos A ires and Rio de Janeiro, as w ell as throughout Chile. He has also presented numerous r ecitals and master classes in S eoul and Suwon, South K orea, including at the Seoul N ational University. Currently principal cellist of the New West Symphony, Mr Tanner has also participated in numerous music festivals r anging from Colorado to St Barts, and currently performs e ach summer in Los Angeles, C anada, Cape Cod and Kansas, where he has been principal cellist, featured soloist, and chamber music c oach of the Sunflower Music F estival for the past 20 seasons. Janna Lower is a professor o f violin and head of the strings area at the University o f Florida. Preceding her appointment there, she was artist teacher of v iolin at the Shepherd School of Music atR ice University. Dr Lower performs throughout Europe and North and South America. She e njoys a broad and diverse career, appearing frequently as recitalist, chamber music ian, concerto soloist, as well as concertmaster and princi pal 2nd of orchestras and fes t ivals.She has performed extensively throughout Chile. In a continuing effort to broaden her musical experi e nce, Dr Lower auditioned for and won a one-year appointment as concertmast er of the Charlotte (NC Symphony Orchestra for the 2002-03 season .She led the orchestra in 68 performances a s well as appeared as con certo soloist four times in their Mostly Mozart Series. She currently serves as assistant artistic director of the Buzzards Bay Festival, organising the chamber music c oncerts of this highly regarded festival in Marion (MA which will celebrate its 14th anniversary in 2010. With her long-time duo partner Alan Smith, she performs recitals at institutions around the country.Additionally, she has presented master classes at such institutions as the University of Southern California, Penn State University, Duquesne University, and University of South Florida, as well as in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Canada. When she was fifteen she was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College Division, and went on to receive both bach elor's and masters degrees from the Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Joseph Fuchs. For four consecutive summers she was a performer for the International Master classes of Nathan Milstein in Zurich. After a two-year residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, touring across the country, she com pleted her education at the University of Michigan, where she received the Doctorate of Musical Arts, studying with Camilla Wicks. Her recorded works include the Lou Har rison Violin Concerto on New World Records, as well as chamber works on Opus One and Capstone Records. The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society was created to bring professional artists and performers from around the world to audiences in Grand Bahama. Drawing from Bahamian and international talent, a number of performances are planned throughout the year. Proceeds are used for the advancement of Grand Bahama students of the performing arts. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Chamber music to start year PICTURED clockwise from main pic-t ure are pianist Tannis Gibson, violinist Janna Lower and cellist Mark Tanner. FLAUTIST Judith Pierce.
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012, PAGE 7 on Shirley Street, he was trying to go home but there was a big crowd and bottles w ere being thrown. He said the bottle he threw did not h it anyone, but hit a wall. C hief Magistrate Gomez, not believing him, asked, You think that makes sense? A fter allowing the prosec ution to read the facts surrounding the incident, it was revealed that shortly before1 0am, police were on patrol of the Shirley and Charlotte Streets area during the parade w hen they saw a man in blue j eans, red striped shirt and w hite tennis shoes throwing bottles into a crowd. Why were you throwing bottles into a crowd? Chief Magistrate Gomez asked. T he accused stumbled over h is explanation. Magistrate G omez revealed that a young girl on a passing float had to be taken down after she was hit in the head with a bottle. Not accepting any further e xplanation from the accused, the magistrate said: Ill see you on Thursday morning. Y ou will be remanded into custody until then. He told the accused that p ersons like himself were r uining the fun of Junkanoo and by doing so causing innocent people to suffer. You couldve caused a s tampede out there and innocent people couldve gotten crushed because of your stu-p idity, he added. Culmer was not the only a ccused to change his plea to guilty. Ran Rolle, 20, of R agged Island Street admitted that it was indeed his blue and black folding knife found on af riend of his at the parade. He was asked, Why would y ou carry a knife out to J unkanoo? You know its illeg al why take that chance? R olle explained that he didnt have any intention of hurting a nyone with his box cutter, which he normally used on hisj ob site at the Atlantis Resort. C hief Magistrate Gomez retorted: So you intended to open up some boxes at Junkanoo? Youd like your m other to get cut with a box cutter at Junkanoo? No, was the accuseds a nswer to both questions. Speaking again on crime, and the polices plea for people not to bring weapons to Junkanoo,t he magistrate said a lot of it c ould be avoided if you listen to simple instructions. H e told the accused that in the meantime you are remanded until Thursday. I want you to think on the s ituation and then get back to me on that, the magistrate said. toure Thompson, 23, by Chief M agistrate Roger Gomez yest erday afternoon came after p rosecution revealed that the two had pending cases before the courts before their latest alleged offence, which was attempted extortion of$ 500,000. T he two men, with their cod efendant Robert Smith Sr, 61, were expected to be charged in connection with an attempt to extort half a million dollars from Todd Cul-m er. It is alleged that the o ffence, according to court dockets, occurred between September 12 and October 17, 2010. However, Chief Magistrate Gomez delayed the arraign-ment to consider whether to a rraign or dismiss charges against the accused after list ening to submissions by the p rosecution and defence c ounsel. The reason for the adjournment to this morning was because the men were charged in connection with ac rime more than six months after the alleged offence was committed. Before the charge could be read to the accused, Ian Cargill, defence counsel for Thompson, argued that them atter was brought to the courts after the statute of limitations. He acknowledged that even though the Criminal Procedure Code makes provisions for a magistrate to choose top roceed otherwise, it cannot p roceed to the Supreme C ourt by a Voluntary Bill of I ndictment. If its out of time, it has to go by a preliminary inquiry he said. Krysta Smith, appearing for t he co-accused, adopted the submissions made by Mr Cargill and further asked the Chief Magistrate to dismiss the charge. Her reasoning was that it is not properly before thec ourt and police had more than enough time to investigate and bring the matter to the courts. The prosecution acknowledged that the matter is out of time but emphasized thatt he law allowed a Magistrate t o proceed with a pre-trial in c ircumstances where the p olice run out of time on their investigation. Chief Magistrate Gomez proposed an adjournment to review the history concernings uch cases before making a decision. On the issue of police bail raised by the defence that had been promised, but not executed, the prosecution explained that the police weren ot in a position to give bail on the basis that two of the accused were already on bail for pending matters before the courts. It was revealed that Smith Jr, who had been charged inc onnection with the June 17 s hooting death of Winfield S mith last July, had been g ranted bail in the Supreme Court July 17, a little more than a week after being charged. Smith Jr also has an outs tanding warrant of arrest from Court Six, where his second charge of car theft is still continuing. Thompson, also on bail, had been charged last September in connection with ana rmed robbery at the Island Luck web cafe, Carmichael Road. He also has a possession of dangerous drugs and housebreaking case before the courts. Mr Cargill called the move b y the prosecution very u nfair and said that if this matter had been ventilated f rom 2010, it wouldnt have been a problem. He claimed that justice was denied to his client. Ms Smith agreed with Mr Cargill ands aid that a pending matter is n ot a conviction and that her c lient is presumed innocent until proven guilty. She said that she was confident that further investigations would produce no evidence against her client. C hief Magistrate Gomez agreed that it was unfair in the circumstances, but said that were still faced with rules. He granted Smith Sr a $5,000 bond with a surety andr emanded his son and coaccused to Her Majestys Prison. They return to Court One, Bank Lane at 10 oclock this morning. Sources suggested earlier that Brad McPhee had been selected as the party's candidate, however there was no official confirmation by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Mr McPhee said the Prime Minster travelled to Long Island last week and announced Mrs Butler-Turners nomination. The Long Island Association met with the Prime Minister last Thursday and the final result was Loretta was chosen as the candidate for Long Island. I thought I was the front runner, however, Mr Ingraham stepped in and pushed for Mrs Butler Turner instead and the committee agreed, he said. As far as my political future. I do not know. I havent been asked to run any place else and if offered another seat, Ill consider it, but I doubt Id take it. Long Island was my first choice because its my home. In an earlier interview, Mr Cartwright, who is the current MP for Long Island confirmed he was not running in the 2012 general election unless express-l y asked by his constituents. Speaking with The Tribune Mr Cartwright said he promised the Long Island community two terms and now that his time is up he is willing to step down. In 2002, when I was campaigning I asked for two terms. I got that. In order for me to go a third time my constituents would have to ask for me personally. I would need to have the support of the people. Right now I can't say if I have it because I haven't even looked into that yet, he said. I spoke to the branch in Long Island and indicated to them that I intend to keep myp romise unless I am specifically requested. As far as whether or not I will receive the nod from my party to run again I do not know. That's up to the council and the leader of my party. Last night, Mrs Butler Turner could not be reached for comment. When contacted FNM Chairman, Carl Bethel said the party i s still in the process of ratifying candidates. Some individuals are campaigning already but we are still ratifying people, he said. Its not a quick or easy thing. When we finish the process we will announce who will be runninga nd where. After we identify potential candidates we have t o do background checks. A lot of things have to be down before a person can be presented to the public. The FNM has yet to publicly announce any candidates. 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 BAIL DENIED OVER BREACH O SENSE IN VIOLENCE last years crime statistics and successes. However, the planw as made accessible from the RBPFs website last night. Among the objectives listed under the first priority, Tackling Crime, was the mandate to increase the number of offi-c ers assigned to specialised crime units. The objective was second to the recruitment and d eployment of frontline police officers. The force also p lans to increase the strength of the Firearms Tracing and Investigations Unit. P riority number four, Enforcing The Rules of The Road, was said to be a response to complaints related to the lawlessness of road users. We have also noted the blat ant disregard for traffic signals, road signs, and traffic laws, and general rules and regu lations intended to facilitate road safety, the plan stated. Added to this level of lawl essness is an emerging propensity for road rage and d isputes arising from a lack of c ourtesy among road users. Objectives include targeting u nlicensed drivers, underage d rivers and consenting vehicle owners, driving under the influence, heavy vehicle operators with unsecured loads, and illegal roadside garages. Under priority five, professionalising service, accounta bility measures will be implem ented to ensure compliance with policies and procedures. We have heard far too m any complaints from members of the public relative to unethical and unprofessionalb ehaviour by police officers, the plan stated. We unders tand the untold damage that t his can do to the reputation and credibility of the Force. We a lso understand that this can a lso severely erode public confidence in the police force. It added: Without the confidence and support of the public, members of the Force cannot be effective in the discharge of their duties. C osmetic changes to the p lan: Priority one has been changed from reducing seri ous crimes to tackling crime; p riority two, enhancing public safety to improving community safety; priority three, positive youth engagement was unchanged; priority four, enforcing the rules of the r oad replaced protecting our borders, which was m oved to priority five; and professionalising service is listed as priority six. The plan can be found at www.royalbahamaspolice.org. LONG ISLAND FOR LORETTA POLICE:HOWWEWILLCRACKDOWNONCRIMEIN201 f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e
INTERNATIONAL NEWS LOCALNEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 THE TRIBUNE KINGSTON, Jamaica Associated Press JAMAICAS first female prime minister has officially l ed her party to a landslide v ictory in general elections with final results announced Tuesday giving it a two-toone margin in Parliament. Portia Simpson Millers Peoples National Party captured 42 seats in the country's 6 3-seat Parliament and the i ncumbent Jamaica Labor Party just 21, according to official results from Thurs-d ay's elections. The count includes one more seat for the 66-year-old Simpson Millers party than was first announced in the preliminary results. After a days-long recount, o utgoing Commerce Minister Christopher Tufton was found to have lost his seat by just 13 votes, according to Elections Director Orrette Fisher. Officials had initially credited T ufton with a narrow win. W alloped by the lopsided loss, dazed Jamaica Labor Party leaders are trying to fig-u re out what went wrong. They have been in control of t he government since 2007, when they ended a nearly two-decade run of electoral wins by the People's National Party. Were going to consult and assess the situation in eacha nd every constituency to determine what was the cause of the defeat, Labor campaign director Karl Samuda said Tuesday. S amuda has said the party w as partly hobbled by lingeri ng questions about ex-Prime Minister Bruce Goldings handling of a 2009 US extradition request for Jamaican drugk ingpin Christopher Dudus Coke, the islands most notorious extralegal figure. M any Jamaicans were upset that Golding authorizeda US firm to lobby Washingt on to drop the request, only r eversing course after nine months. He ordered an offen sive to find Coke in his West K ingston stronghold that led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Jamaica's recent h istory. A ndrew Holness, who became prime minister two months ago after Golding a bruptly stepped down amid anemic public backing, became the new face of the party. The 39-year-old did little to inspire Labor tribalistso r swing voters, but there has been no public hand-wring-i ng by party officials over Holness leadership after the election loss. On Tuesday, Samuda said that Labor will now focus onb eing an effective opposition. P olitical analysts say the w inning side has no reason to gloat, since only a little more than half of the eligible 1.6 million voters cast ballots. Based on the low voter turnout the new government has to get civil societye ngaged to get more people involved in the process, said Trevor Munroe, a lecturer in g overnment at the University o f the West Indies. Last weeks electoral win marks a remarkable politicalc omeback for Simpson Miller, who was Jamaicas first female leader during her yeara nd-a-half-long first stint in o ffice that ended in 2007. She will be sworn in on Thursday. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, l eader of the People's National Party, speaks to supporters during the victo-r y rally of the parliamentary e lections in Kingston, J amaica. Landslide win confirmed in Jamaica vote S UPPORTERS of Argen tine President Cristina Fer nandez are calling for a long n ights vigil ahead of her s urgery for thyroid cancer. They plan to start gather ing at 1am Wednesday in the c apital's Plaza de Mayo and outside the Hospital Austral, as well as at other public squares around the country. They plan to stay until shes out of surgery. Thyroid removal is rela t ively routine and doctors pre dict a speedy recovery. The 58-year-old leader has papil lary thyroid carcinoma, and her doctors said it was detect ed before it spread, so her condition should curable with out chemotherapy. Vice-President Amado B oudou will be in charge during the operation and for 20 days as she recovers. VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF AR GENTINE LEADER A N IMAGE o f Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez, left, and her l ate husband Nestor Kirchner hangs outside Hospital Austral where she will undergo surgery for thyroid cancer in Pilar, Argentina. annual profit increase of 20 per cent. There may not be terminations or staff reductions before the elections, he claimed, but that is a political game we do feel that within the first six months and most definitely after the elections, there will be terminations. Itsa business. At a press conference at DNA headquarters, Mr McCartney questioned how Atlantis could achieve a 20 per cent a year profit increase without making staff cuts or reducing maintenance costs. Kerzner transferred own ership of the Atlantis resort to Brookfield Asset Management as part of a debt restructuring move. The deal is a debt-for-equi ty swap worth $175 million. Under the agreement, Kerzner will continue to con trol all aspects of the operations at the resort and other properties, which are expected to continue running as they always have. Addressing the House of Assembly following the announcement, Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham assured all Bahamians employed at Atlantis that their jobs are secure, with employment and expenditure levels to remain the same under the new own ers. He said: "I have been assured that Brookfield shares Kerzner's commitment to continue future capital expenditure and maintenance of the resort at levels sustained over the years, and further invest ing the same levels of resources into local and international marketing to support tourism in the Bahamas and to ensure the brand's visibility. Mr McCartney said he came to his conclusions after reviewing certain information, but declined to reveal his sources. Mr McCartney said if layoffs do come, they will be the result of poor decisions made by the former PLP administration. Specifically, he blamed the PLP for allowing Kernzer to leverage Atlantis proper ties in order to secure loans to build in other countries. The decision to leverage these properties was a bad decision, said Mr McCartney, and certainly not in the interest of the Bahamian peo ple. He said the blame must also be shared by the current FNM government, which he accused of downplaying the impact of the ownership change. The prime ministers assertion to the general public that this transaction will not jeopardise Bahamian people is simply not true, said Mr McCartney. He is aware of the risks. Brookfield declined to respond directly to the DNAs allegations, but vice president of communications and media Andrew Willis said all staffing decisions would be made by Kerzner. When contacted for comment, Atlantis vice president of public affairs Ed Fields reiterated the companys state ment at the announcement of the ownership transfer: Kerzner and Brookfield are aligned with regard to the best interests of the business moving forward, including: keeping future capital expendi tures and maintenance levels consistent with years past; maintaining current employment levels and investing the same level of resources into local and international marketing to support tourism in the Bahamas and maintain brand visibility." With regard to specific questions on the DNAs claims, Mr Field said, it is not our practice or policy to comment on rumours. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e DN A predicts job cuts after Atlantis takeover
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012, PAGE 9 HULAN HANNA, assistant comissioner, and Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, at the Junkanoo parade. AVALLEYBOYS musician during the parade. A D ANCER from the Saxons. GETTING into the spirit, one of the Roots dancers. P hotos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff ADANCER from the Roots team. ADANCER from the Roots team.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 THE TRIBUNE ASAXONS float catches the eye during the parade. T HEVALLEY BOYS took top spot on the day -t his was one of t he floats that swayed the decision of judges. ONEOF the Saxons dancers. A HOST of participants. From left, dancers from the Saxons and the Music Makers, a float from One Family, the Paperboys getting in on the action, and a float created by a scrap group. AMEMBER of One Family on the streeets as daylight starts to appear. The group fin ished second overall.