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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
A LOVING father became the
country's 80th murder victim when
two gunmen opened fire on a group of
men.
Steel worker Darron Farrington, 38,
was with friends standing outside a
house when two armed gunmen
emerged from a track road and began
shooting.
Mr Farrington collapsed as he was
shot in the chest. He was pronounced
dead at the scene.
Another man was shot in his lower
SEE page 19


Party in bid to


find out if MP


intends to quit


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
IN THEIR bid to find out if
PLP MP Malcolm Adderley
will leave the party and force
a by-election in Elizabeth, the
PLP has mobilized a team to
meet and speak with the MP
over the Christmas break.
According to well-placed
sources within the party, this
decision was made during the
party's Candidate's Committee
meeting held at Gambier
House on Monday night.
As is well known within the
PLP, Mr Adderley has been
very vocal about the "mistreat-
ment" he claims he endured
under the party's leader, Perry
Christie. At the time, it was
reported that Mr Adderley had
been promised the post of
Attorney General before the
PLP's 2002 election. However,
upon gaining the government,
Mr Adderley was reportedly
called into the then PM's office
and offered the post of Speaker
of the House of Assembly.
After an exchange of "heated"


words, it is alleged that Mr
Adderley was then offered the
post of Chairman of the Water
and Sewerage Board - a posi-
tion he again turned down.
Therefore it came as no sur-
prise to many that the Eliza-
beth MP was essentially "black-
balled" by the party and offered
no assistance in the upkeep of
his constituency in terms of jobs
or road work improvements.
Mr Christie has gone on
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BTC expects profits of $40 million


By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthom pson@tribunemedia.net


BTC executives expect to end the year
with "near record revenues" with antici-
pated profits within the $40 million range.
According to management, increased
vigilance and slashing expenditure on
unnecessary items allowed BTC to
remain profitable in spite of the financial
constraints placed on the telecommuni-


cations provider during the harsh eco-
nomic climate this year.
The utility company also decided to
forego $13 million in revenue this year
and pass these savings on to its customers
through giveaways and price cuts, said
acting president and CEO Kirk Griffin.
"Despite the fact that our revenues
remained under threat, BTC made a
deliberate decision to forego some $13
SEE page 12


Govt 'not officially informed' by
Sir Jack Hayward of GBPA stake sale


By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net


STATE Finance Minister Zhirvargo
Laing has said the Government has not
been officially informed by Sir Jack Hay-
ward of his agreement to sell his stake
in the Grand Bahama Port Authority.
Mr Laing said he was not aware of any
letter or communication supporting these


claims, and was only aware of the news
after it was first published in The Tri-
bune.
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HENRY Bostwick, QC, used the for-
mal ceremony admitting four new QCs
to the Inner Bar yesterday as a plat-
form to call on the government to "seri-
ously consider" reforming the process
by which QCs are selected to one which
is "fair and transparent" and not open to
accusations of secrecy or that it "per-
petuates an old boy's network."
He made his recommendations even
as he officially congratulated Colin Cal-
lender QC, Fred Smith, QC, Philip
Dunkley, QC, and Emerick Knowles,
QC, on being appointed Queen's Coun-
sel, saying that their admission to the
Inner Bar represents "an historic day"
in Bahamian legal history.
"Each has merited this distinction,"
he said, adding however that their
appointments "only just begin to tap
into the deep reservoir" of such talent
within the Bahamas Bar.
The four senior attorneys participat-
ed in the formal ceremony admitting
them from the "Utter" or outer Bar to
the Inner Bar during a special sitting of
the Supreme Court presided over by
Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett yes-
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IT'S the time of year when
the night becomes a specta-
cle of bright lights adorning
Christmas trees, homes and
lamp poles around the city.
But for many, Christmas
just isn't the same this year,
because bills are piling up
and more and more families
are finding it harder to make
ends meet.
Some have suggested that
under the circumstances,
Christmas tree lighting cere-
monies and other traditional
community events are little
more than a waste of valu-
able resources.
But if the Pinewood Con-
stituency's holiday gathering
on Saturday was anything to
go by, such occasions are
more important than ever in
years when Christmas spirit
seems difficult to rouse.
And MP Byran Woodside
along with the Pinewood
Urban Renewal Office and
the Pinewood Outreach
Group spread more than just
glad tidings and holiday
cheer - they also brought
material relief to some of the
residents most in need.
One family was given a
$1,000 voucher to use in any
way they wished and many
others took part in the grand
raffle for a number of prizes.
Mr Woodside and his
team also presented vouch-
ers to hardworking young
artists and performers from
the area, including the Back-
yard Boys, a group of young
Pinewood men who got
together to come up with a
unique musical sound and
lyrics that promote a posi-
tive way of life.
Children involved in com-
munity projects and Urban
Renewal after-school pro-
grammes were also recog-
nised and rewarded, as were
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reach Group - which exists
to help any Pinewood resi-
dent in need.
Best of all, the Christmas
tree lighting ceremony gave
residents a chance to talk
and interact as they rarely
get a chance to nowadays,
with the busy pace of life and
the struggle to make ends
meet.
A spokesperson for the
MP said: "The spirit of
togetherness was the essence
of the ceremony, topping off
a year in which the
Pinewood community
focused on knitting itself
more tightly. They achieved
this by implementing pro-
grammes that brought the
young people and the senior
citizens closer together."
For example, the commu-
nity launched a "Stop the
Violence" concert that
received an overwhelming-
ly positive reaction from the
youth.
Residents also marched
through the streets to pro-
mote togetherness and com-
munity spirit.
As 2009 comes to a close,
Mr Woodside encouraged
his constituents to remem-
ber that "even in troubling
or tough times, the hand of
God is protecting us."


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 3


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Urban Renewal program


frustrated over political
By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter A R
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net


COMMUNITY workers have
told The Tribune about their frus-
tration at the political wrangling
over Urban Renewal.
Talk has raged for months
among politicians about who
founded the programme, who
changed the programme, who
stopped and restarted the pro-
gramme, and whose programme
was more effective.
But people who work on the
programme say the political
points-scoring is damaging Urban
Renewal and affecting the peo-
ple who are in dire need.
"People believe we are not
doing anything and it takes away
from the work which is being
done," said Kolamae Pedican,
manager for the Kemp Road
Urban Renewal Centre.
"I am working hard and it
makes me feel like the work I am
doing does not matter. When
people listen to the politicians
they stop coming. They say they
thought we were closed.
"There have been changes in
the programme, but I am a civil
servant and I have to respect the
changes. The message needs to
go out that Urban Renewal cen-
tres are not closed. We are still
serving the public, we are still
helping people and we still work
very closely with the police. That
baby just needs to go to rest."
Urban Renewal was intro-
duced by the Progressive Liberal
Party in their last term in gov-
ernment. The programme
received international recogni-
tion and was lauded as a success
story. When the Free National
Movement assumed control of
the government, they made
changes to the programme, which
have been widely criticised by the
PLP. Under the PLP, the Royal
Bahamas Police Force played a
central role in the management
and operation of the programme.
At the Kemp Road Centre,
four officers and two reservists
worked in the centre with case
aids from the Department of
Social Services. Pedican was one
of those case aids serving under
Centre Coordinator, Inspector
Frankie-Mae Mather. The police
are no longer stationed in the cen-
tre's offices, and some of their
community policing activities,
such as being stationed in schools,
have been discontinued. Howev-
er, they continue to work closely
with the centre management, and
with school principals.
Some members of the PLP
have been critical of the removal
of police officers from direct
involvement in the programme.
Some have further questioned the
appointment of Ella Lewis as the
Director, saying her position as
former FNM candidate for Farm
Road and Centreville, which is
the constituency of Perry Christie,
Leader of the Opposition, com-
promises her authority.
"I think the back and forth
about what has been changed has
had a negative affect on the pro-
gramme. It is taking a lot of effort
to go into the communities to
inform people that the centres
are open and the programmes are
still active," said Ms Lewis.
"I was appointed because I am
qualified: I am community based
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with inner city people all of my under the PLP leadership. In her
life. I have love and respect for presentation on the Senate floor
the community and I am corn- this week, she read several refer-
mitted to making the Bahamas ences from a report, "Urban
better through urban renewal," Renewal: Past, Present and Pos-
she said. sible Future" authored by Rhodes
Ms Lewis said she acknowl- Scholar and physician Desiree
edges the good work that was Cox. Mrs Maynard-Gibson spoke
done under Urban Renewal by about the success of the pro-
the PLP. She said it was an excel- gramme in curbing crime in urban
lent programme, but it lacked communities.
some of the structure necessary. "My point is bigger than Urban
Under her leadership, she said Renewal. I am interested in the
she is working to add that aspect problem of crime and seeing a
to the programme to make it even major paradigm shift in this coun-
more successful. try so we have something that
While the needs of each com- works, and so Bahamian people
munity vary, the nine Urban can live in peace and tranquility.
Renewal centres focus on ten My responsibility is to ensure the
core programmes, including: issues that impact our people are
after-school programmes, where aired and that the government
students get help with homework acts on issues that are critical,"
and school projects; senior citi- said Mrs Maynard-Gibson.
zen programmes, where seniors "There is no bigger issue than
can participate in seminars, work- crime. Urban renewal was a
shops, tours and socials; and transformative programme. I do
youth activities, such as march- not want to diminish the people
ing bands. working in Urban Renewal, I
At the start of the FNM think they are trying their best,
administration, two of the cen- but if something is working it
tres were closed for no more than should be given more resources,"
two months, according to Ms she said.
Lewis, in order to facilitate Work in Urban Renewal cen-
staffing changes. All of the other tres across the island is continu-
centres remained open and active. ing. The Kemp Road Centre
In many instances, staff members hosted a Christmas tree lighting
carried over from the former ceremony this week that attracted
administration, both young and old residents.
At the Kemp Road Centre, One of their regular activities is a
three of the four current staff feeding programme. They work
members served under the for- closely with the food rescue
mer structure. Former Centre organisation Hands for Hunger
Coordinator, Inspector Frankie- to feed a steady stream of resi-
Mae Mather, provided the train- dents daily, who are unable to
ing for the new management. feed themselves.
PLP Senator Allyson May- "People are really appreciative
nard-Gibson has been a vocal and they look to us for support.


ranging
They depend on us to educate
them on things like applying for
passports or getting a police
record clean. They come to us to
find out how to get help from the
various government social ser-
vices. If someone dies they call
us; if someone is sick they call us;
if someone gets locked up or mar-
ried, they call us," said Ms Pedi-
can.
Supporters of Urban Renewal
say they are not interested in
playing political games or engag-
ing in a back and forth political
debate. But Bahamas Democrat-
ic Movement leader Cassius Stu-
art said the debate is unavoidably
political because politicians from
the PLP and FNM are holding
fast to particular positions and
being very vocal about it.
"Quite frankly I believe both
political leaders have been imma-
ture in their dealing with urban
renewal policy. It is destroying
the essence of what the pro-
gramme should really be. We
have a high degree of political
immaturity at the top which is
why we have problems at the bot-
tom. There should be a clear and
concise direction as to where the
programme is going so everyone
can have clarity," said Mr Stuart.
Mr Stuart said both parties
have political motivations, which
is underlying the heated rhetoric.
In the case of the FNM, he said
they want to claim that their
changes were the real source of
success for the programme. In the
case of the PLP, he said they want
to use the programme in its orig-
inal form to propel them back
into power.
"Who is going to suffer? Work-
ers will suffer because there is no
clear direction as to how the pro-
gramme should be run. The peo-
ple on the ground, who should
really be receiving the assistance,
young people, the elderly and less
fortunate, will suffer if the work-
ers can't do what they are sup-
posed to do. Now it is a big mess
because it is a political game. We
are wasting time, because the
politicians are confusing every-
thing," said Mr Stuart.
Mr Stuart suggested the best
solution for Urban Renewal
would be to have it run by a non-
governmental organisation. He
said the objectives of the pro-
gramme, which he identified as
rebuilding urban communities
and strengthening the relation-
ship between residents and the
police, require political non-inter-
ference, and responsible mem-
bers of the community should
look at taking it over.
In the new year, The Tribune
will be looking at the achievements
of Urban Renewal.


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EDITO RIA U LETTER S TO THE EDITOR6I


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Bahamas can't hide crime problem


TODAY The Tribune is caught between a
rock and a hard place. There are those -
understandably they are in the business of
tourism - who claim that The Tribune not
only sensationalises crime, but publishes too
much of it, certainly too much on its front
page. And then there are others - members
of the public - who will almost daily send us
e-mails of crimes they claim The Tribune is
missing and should investigate.
Not only are those in the tourist industry
concerned, but so are those of us at The Tri-
bune who are in the business of publishing
the news - fully aware that crime can, and
will, if nothing is done about it, destroy this
country's lifeblood.
Unfortunately crime today is this nation's
biggest news story - it's not glamorous, it's
not good, but it is there staring all of us in the
face. We cannot hide it, we cannot conceal it
in agate type that would be too small for
our average reader, nor can we pretend that
it does not exist - our reading public would
not permit it.
We are accused of putting crime on our
front page almost daily. Yes, that is probably
true. Not only is it on the front page, it is also
on many of the inside pages. And it is there
because it has taken place, it is news, the
public wants to be informed for its own safe-
ty and The Tribune is a newspaper that has
a duty to keep them informed. There was at
least one day during this critical period that
every news story on the front page of The
Tribune was a crime story. We did not com-
mit those crimes, but we reported them, and
they took precedence over stories that would
have been of less interest to our readers.
We were roundly criticised for selecting
the holdup of 18 tourists on an eco-tour in
New Providence last month as our front
page lead story- and especially that we
highlighted the number 18 in red.
When the news of that day was classified
and graded in importance, no objective
newsman worth his pen would have put the
holdup story on any page, other than the
front.
How often are so many tourists held up at
gun point - the number 18 was staggering,
it was news, and it was highlighted in red.
The Tribune was accused of chasing
tourists away from the Bahamas and destroy-
ing our tourist industry. The Tribune is not
quite that powerful. Before those tourists
got back to their ship their cell phones were
clicking the news around the world - and as
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far more graphic detail than any Tribune
reporter ever could.
In that group of 18 there was at least one
newsman. Davie Laitinen's story and family
photograph took up most of the front page
of the Windsor Star in Windsor, Ontario.
He gave his newspaper's readers the details
of how he "feared for his life and prayed to
see his children again as an armed bandit
pressed a shotgun barrel against the base of
his skull while forcing him to lie face down in
the dirt."
The residents of Windsor were not read-
ing The Tribune - nor was The Tribune the
source of Laitinen's information - they
were reading about the experience of one of
their own in a place called paradise, where
there are some who would have us believe
that crime does not exist, certainly not for
tourists. The story about tourists was once
true, but it is no longer so, times have
changed - the situation is serious. And so
instead of complaining about how The Tri-
bune assesses the news, do something about
removing that news from our streets so that
no one can publish it, not even The Tribune.
We are told that we are frightening
Bahamians. They should be frightened and
we will have done our job if they are suffi-
ciently afraid that they resolve to assist the
police with information to help get the guns
and criminals off the streets.
We are told that crime is not as bad as it
seems because these are not random killings
- just crooks killing crooks. If this is so
and, if it is true that most of these killings are
by persons with a long rap sheet and out on
remand, then why are they on our streets? If
they are the ones making the news and
destroying this country's image, then they
should be behind bars. What's wrong with
the courts? All we hear from them are com-
plaints that they don't have enough facilities
and staff for early trials, and that the Privy
Council has put a time limit on how long a
person can be held in prison awaiting trial.
As someone suggested the other day, the
Bahamas should retain the Privy Council
for civil and commercial matters, but retain
the final punishment of crime for its own
courts.
However, whatever the solution, the
excuses must stop. If the judges cannot exer-
cise their discretion in the interest of society,
then the legislature should remove that dis-
cretion in matters of murder and armed rob-
beries - even possession of an unlicensed
firearm.


EDITOR, The Tribune.

Majority Rule as of this
day has had 42 years (one
generation and some) to
forge its own identity and to
shape a nation of which all
could be proud.
Unfortunately we have
shaped a nation to the cha-
grin of its people and the
world.
We have had enough time
to stop blaming the "White
Man" and to show them
how it should be done with
all our abilities and knowl-
edge as we can also lead and
not just be followers.
Forty-two years later we
still have no idea who we
are, why we are here, and
what is our purpose.
The Government that
brought in "Majority Rule"
unfortunately is the one to
be held responsible just as
a parent is responsible for
its offspring until legal age.
They set the parameters for
the way forward and what
was to take place and the
rest is history, but they are
not the only ones at fault,
all subsequent governments
are also responsible for the
mayhem now overcoming
this, our nation.
Bahamian reviews
(shows) which dominated
hotels at one time, are now
extinct as the first thing is
to please the investor (I
thought we were the ones in
charge).
How could any meager
hotel not show off our
Bahamian artists?
Still all governments turn
a blind eye.
The most beautiful islands
(out islands) in the world
were left out of all wealth
sharing of the nation as the
leaders have/had no vision
for future things such as a
few thousand students leav-
ing school every June.
Why are we crying, is it
not a fact that we love the
politician more than God?
Prove it, if the Prime Minis-
ter and the Opposition
Leader calls a mass rally the
same day the Christian
Council calls for a mass
Christian event where will
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Remember politicians, no
matter how hard you cam-
paign, no matter what steps
you take, God is the only
one that can promote you.
Don't go round blaming fac-
tors, blame God when you
don't win your seat or gov-
ernment because in the end
you will give an account to
Him for our tenure as lead-
ers if you do win or not.
Stop robbing and plunder-
ing this nation thinking it
belongs to you, your fami-
ly, and circle of friends.
Pastors, the church (build-
ing and members) does not
belong to you, so stop pass-
ing it down to your sons,
daughters, family and good
friends, just so you can still
manipulate even though you
have stepped aside.
Let things proceed the
godly way then maybe the
stranglehold on this nation
can be broken as prayers
will be done with more sin-
cerity.
You now have a chance
to change things and do the
godly thing, do you think
this does not hurt us?
Open your mouths
church, come out of the
pockets of the politician and
find yourself on your face
before the mighty God who
watches over His Word to


perform it, because there is a
recession, the church does
not have to stop function-
ing, the Lord is still the final
judge and as you know the
Word says "judgment must
first be done in His house."
For you men and women
who have sold this country
for a few dollars and a good
life, although you were joy-
ful receiving the bounty,
there shall be grave conse-
quences for this action.
The Bahamas now has
more millionaires per capital
than anywhere else in the
world (among the indige-
nous people).
It has been documented
that over a five-year span as
a politician, many have
reached this lofty milestone,
no wonder so many are now
trying and fighting for nom-
inations to become candi-
dates for the various parties.
Let's go back to the dis-
cipline of having lights,
reflectors and bells, on our
bicycles, and having a collar
with a license for our dogs
(small but let's start some-
where).
The Bible quotes so
soberly, we brought nothing
into this world and will take
nothing out, because the
earth is the Lord's and the
fulness thereof and all that
dwell within.

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December 5, 2009.


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Peruvian accused of trying to

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Man, 36, fined $2,000
A Peruvian man accused of attempting to
deceive immigration authorities was fined
$2,000 after pleading guilty to a fraud charge.
Elvis Quispo, 36, appeared before Magis-
trate Ancella Williams in Court 6, Parliament
Street yesterday, charged with possession of a
forged document.
Quispo, who was represented by attorney
Romeo Ramsey, admitted that he had forged
a Bahamas Permanent Residency document
on December 11 of this year.
Immigration officers had alleged that
although a document affixed to Quispo's Peru-
vian passport was purportedly issued on
November 9, their records show that no such
certificate was issued on that date.
Quispo's attorney pointed out to the court
that his client had admitted his guilt and fur-
ther noted that Quispo had been working in
the country legally for the past seven years.
He said that Quispo had thought that the
document was genuine.
Magistrate Williams said that the court
would not impose the maximum penalty of a
$3,000 fine or two years in prison, but instead
sentence him to pay a $2,000 fine or serve six
months in prison.


Police quiz man in connection
with weekend armed robbery


POLICE are questioning a
man in connection with the
armed robbery that led to a
fatal shooting at Island Wide
Produce and Meat Mart in East
Street South on Saturday.
Emmet Campbell Junior, 20,
of Williams Lane off Kemp
Road, has been identified as
the suspect who was shot dead
by a staff member.
The police reported that
Campbell was shot after two
men attempted to rob the pop-
ular store at gun point.
The two men reportedly
approached the store's cashiers,
demanding cash and threaten-
ing to kill them if they did not


hand over the money. "It is
reported that the men contin-
ued with the threats to the
cashiers stating, 'I will kill you,
I will kill you'," press officer
Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings
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members produced a licensed
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direction of the two suspects.
A .38 revolver with six live
rounds of ammunition were
recovered from the scene.
A money till containing funds,
believed to be the property of
Island Wide Produce and Meat
Mart, was found at the side of
the deceased.


The Tribune wishes to clarify that State Minister for Finance
Zhivargo Laing did not express uncertainty as to whether the
Bahamas will meet the ultimate March 2010 deadline by which
it must get off the OECD/G20 "grey list" or face possible
sanctions.
Contrary to a headline in Wednesday's Tribune which may
have given this impression, Mr Laing was in fact suggesting, as
the story itself indicated, that there exists some uncertainty as
to whether the Bahamas will meet the earlier end of 2009
deadline the government set for itself to sign the 12 Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) necessary to be
removed from that list.
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those countries it wishes to sign a further two TIEAs with, to
finish doing their own due diligence in this regard.
He said the government is "certainly" confident it will meet
the March deadline. The Bahamas government has committed
itself to doing what is necessary to be in full compliance with
newly evolved international tax transparency and information
exchange standards. Ten TIEAs have been signed thus far.
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BIFF calls on the




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existing arts centre


By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
THE Bahamas Interna-
tional Film Festival is calling
on the government to main-
tain and repair an existing
arts centre following the
announcement that a new


cultural centre would be
established.
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture Charles Maynard
confirmed on Monday that
his department was investi-
gating the possibility of reno-
vating a building in Dean's
Lane to create a cultural arts
centre.
His remarks came in
response to Sir Sean Con-
nery's call for government to
provide the Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival (BIFF)
with a permanent cinema
centre where Bahamians and
visitors could find a catalogue
of Bahamian and BIFF films,
and filmmakers could edit
their footage.
But BIFF founder and
executive director Leslie
Vanderpool said the historic
building government has
identified to store a record of
Bahamian music and film will
not suit the purposes she and
Sir Sean have envisioned.
She said: "He is talking
about making a new film cen-
tre when there's actually one
in Shirley Street that could
be fixed up and used if it's
maintained.
"I want to challenge them
to fix it up while we go about
finding private funding to
build a building for BIFF.
"They don't need to make
it super-fixed up, they just
need to maintain it so any-
body coming to visit will feel
comfortable there.
"Culture and Tourism need
to work together on this."
A permanent film festival
centre would attract resident
and visiting filmmakers and
film-lovers throughout the
year, and allow BIFF to gen-
erate a steady stream of rev-


enue as festivals do in Edin-
burgh and Cannes.
Without a permanent cen-
tre, BIFF has to hire theatres
to show nearly 90 films during
the annual festival.
BIFF spent thousands of
dollars on repairs at the
National Performing Arts
Centre last year to bring the
theatre up to par for festival
screenings, because Ms Van-
derpool said the Ministry of
Culture has not maintained
the building.
She said: "That all falls
under the Ministry of Culture
and when we tried to get
assistance to clean it up we
didn't get any response.
"Then for him to say he is
interested in restoring a
building for all of this, I find it
ironic that he can't even
maintain a building that is
under his control.
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help themselves."


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Bahamian underwater



film veteran honoured


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A BAHAMIAN under-
water film veteran whose
work has been seen by mil-
lions worldwide was hon-
oured with the Bahamas
International Film Festi-
val's first tribute to a
Bahamian star.
Having captured below-
the-surface scenes for Hol-
lywood mega-movies like
James Cameron's The
Abyss, five James Bond
films and in the last decade,
hi-tech 3D underwater
epics for IMAX theatres,
Gavin McKinney said it
was "great" to get such an
honour for his achieve-
ments.
The tribute took place at
the College of Bahamas'
Performing Arts Centre on
Tuesday evening.
Founder and executive
director of the Bahamas
International Film Festival
Leslie Vanderpool
described Mr McKinney as
"talent behind the screen
that makes the movies
come alive.
"I am elated to have Mr
McKinney accept this
award," she said.
Over his 36 year career,
the 55 year-old has spent
20,000 hours - or almost
two and a half years -
underwater.
He learned his trade on
the job, first as a diver in
the 1973 sci-fi thriller Day
of the Dolphin after accept-
ing an offer from a visiting
US film crew at age 18,
before developing a repu-
tation as the "go-to man"
for film makers seeking to
create underwater scenes
in the Bahamas.
Mr McKinney soon
expanded his horizons
beyond the Bahamas, trav-
elling all over the world to
create his awe-inspiring
images, as director of pho-
tography with the compa-
ny 3D Entertainment.
After the company's 3D
trilogy Ocean Wonderland,
l/,, ks and Dolphins and
Wli, ih, Tnl/i,. of the Ocean
grossed $70 million at the
box office, his latest pro-
ject seems set for just as
much success, having been
picked up for distribution
by Walt Disney in the last
three weeks.
Voyages 3D directed by
Jean Jacques and Francois
Mantello and narrated by
Oscar-winning French


actress Marion Cotillard,
tells a fictional tale of the
travails of a wandering tur-
tle.
Tuesday night's tribute
saw around 70 audience
members treated to a mon-
tage of Mr McKinney's
images - including dol-
phins, whales and hoards
of hammerheads - set to
soaring orchestral music.
The shots were intersect-
ed with footage of the wet-
suit clad Bahamian himself
gliding through the water,
cumbersome camera equip-
ment the only thing
between him and some of
nature's most impressive
creatures.
During a question and
answer session led by editor
in chief of Moving Pictures
Magazine, Elliott Kotek,
Mr McKinney entertained
the audience with insights
into his experience in the
film industry, telling of the
"intensity" of days of
shooting in the dark in a
multi-million gallon pool
for The Abyss and of being
approached for the first
time head-on by a 66 foot
whale during the making of
Dolphins and W1 iah, 3D.
"Filming with whales was
almost more frightening
than filming with sharks.
They are so big, it's hard
to describe."
"You've just go to get in
there and wait for them to
come to you," he said.
The underwater expert
joked that there are often
"three 'Igc, in the work
he does with marine life,
particularly of the larger
variety.
"Boredom - nothing's
happening, you're frustrat-
ed; euphoria - you've got
it!; and panic - it's going to
hit you!"
Notwithstanding his
impressive resume of work
with Hollywood greats -
which also saw Gavin
assume the role of under-
sea stunt double for Roger
Moore and Pierce Brosnan
- the honouree said it is his
more recent work advanc-
ing the cause of marine
conservation of which he is
most proud.
Mr McKinney said:
"Being born in the
Bahamas at a time when
we didn't have jet-skis or
other terrible attractions
we did a lot of sailing and
swimming . . .I learned we
have an incredible envi-
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New AG: justice



system needs to



be more efficient


Delaney announces that new court complex

should be complete within six months


By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net
THE new Magistrate's Court
complex on the corner of Nas-
sau Street and South Street is
expected to be completed in six
months and will provide secure
and state-of-the-art facilities for
the administration of justice,
Attorney General John
Delaney said.
"We are very proud to be
getting near the point of com-
pletion. We expect that the pro-
ject will be completed by mid
2010," Mr Delaney said yester-
day as he accompanied the
press on a tour of the complex.
"The administration of jus-
tice is extremely important for
the government. We need to
create greater efficiency in the
administration of criminal and
civil justice and this Magis-
trate's Court complex will be
very important in achieving this
national objective for the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas," Mr
Delaney said.
He said the overall cost of
constructing the complex,
which is being built by Adler
Construction to house 12 court-
rooms, is $6.4 million.
Mr Delaney said that once
the complex is completed, the
potential hazard to the public
created by speeding prison bus-
es will be a thing of the past.
"They will no longer be
arriving downtown. They will
be arriving here. You will not
have the prison bus travelling
down busy Shirley Street in the
mornings and East Bay Street
in the evenings," he said.


"We need to
create greater
efficiency in the
administration
of criminal and
civil justice and
this Magistrate's
Court complex
will be very
important in
achieving this
national
objective for the
government of
the Bahamas."

JOHN DELANEY


"That will be moved to what
we expect to be a safer route
to the court's location. When
those prisoners arrive here they
will be arriving to a secure and
purpose-designed reception bay
at the rear of the building," Mr
Delaney said.
Segregated
He explained that male,
female and juvenile prisoners
will be segregated within a
secure and sterile holding area
which will be supervised by a
police station at the rear of the


complex that will also co-ordi-
nate electronic monitoring.
He added that the govern-
ment has acquired a consider-
able amount of property sur-
rounding the new Magistrate's
Court complex to ensure that
parking will no longer be a
problem.
Chief magistrate Roger
Gomez told reporters yester-
day: "We are coming out of the
wilderness so to speak and into
the Promised Land because for
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Salvation Army, Great

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. .and the Red Cross benefits


By TANEKA
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Tribune Staff Reporter
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CHRISTMAS will be a little
brighter this year for less for-
tunate communities struggling
to put food on the table thanks
to a $15,000 donation from
BTC to three local charitable
groups.
Gifts of $5,000 were award-
ed to the Salvation Army,
Great Commission Ministries
and the Red Cross at a press
conference yesterday.
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the holiday season, staff at the
utility company agreed to scale
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mas party in order to make the
donation, said vice-president
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ness development Marlon
Johnson.
"This is a sacrifice made
happily by all staff across the
company to say that instead of


us spending the money on
something like a Christmas
party we wanted to bring some
of that money and share it with
the broader community," he
said, flanked by Kirk Griffin,
BTC's acting president and
Tellis Symonette, senior vice-
president of Family Island
administration.
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the money will be used to
replenish his organisation's
food bank. With an influx of
middle-class persons visiting
the non-profit organisation for
food and clothing due to jobs
losses and the tough economy,
it is sometimes hard for the
group to fulfil their obligations.
"People are still losing jobs,
the Bahamian people are still
suffering because of hardship,
because of lack, because they
just don't have enough food
and we see it daily in our feed-
ing programmes with a differ-
ent type of clientele now com-
ing to us for assistance - not
just for food but also for cloth-
ing. We've had so many what
we would term as middle
income families coming in for
assistance, which tells us that
the situation is worsening," he
said.
Brendon Watson, president


of the Bahamas Red Cross
Society, said during the holi-
day season an extra effort is
made to provide food and
clothing for those in need.
The Red Cross is busy
preparing packages for needy
persons in New Providence
and the Family Islands as well
as feeding the hungry with its
daily meals-on-wheels pro-
gramme.
"This money is coming in at
the right time to meet that
need," Mr Watson said.
Major Lester Ferguson, local
commander of the Salvation
Army, agreed that the "impor-
tant gift" could not have come
at a more opportune time: "On
behalf of all of those who will
be the recipients of the food
parcels or the other services
that this donation will help to
fund, we want to say a very
special thank you," he said.
The economic climate has
forced BTC to whittle down
the size of its charitable dona-
tions this year, however the
company was able to donate
$59,000 to the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital's Breathe Easy
Campaign as well as $150,000
to local youth, sports and arts
groups.


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 11


iPPM warns of dire global



climate threat to Bahamas


AdN Country would suffer 'catastrophic results' if emissions not cut


AT YOUR SERVICE: Students helped Goodfellows Farms, Sheila Hailey and Patricia Leonard serve the res-
idents of Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged a delicious Christmas lunch.


A GROUP of students
from the Lyford Cay Interna-
tional School visited the Per-
sis Rodgers Home for the
Aged to help Goodfellows
Farms, Sheila Hailey and
Patricia Leonard serve the
residents a delicious Christ-
mas lunch.
Grade nine student
Nicholas Mindorff reflected
on the experience: "It was
really sad to see the condi-
tions in which they lived.
There were stray dogs run-
ning around, and children
throwing stones and food at
them.
"I never really thought
about how much we can learn
from elderly people. All of
them have lived fascinating
lives, and each one has a sto-
ry to tell."
He added: "But the thing
that struck me was not the
poverty, but the determina-
tion of these people. And they
did not feel sorry for them-
selves, not one bit. I saw one
old woman slowly making her
way up the path to the area


LCIS students volunteer


at home for the aged


where lunch was being served.
And though she was going at
an agonising slow rate, she
had this feeling that she would
not let anything get in her
way. That, of all things, stuck
in my mind.
"These people have virtu-
ally nothing, yet they manage
to always enjoy themselves.
When a small band came to
play, some of the residents
even got up and started to
dance. And all they ever did
was thank us, over and over.
And I do not intend to ask
my teacher for a signature on
my Community Service form,
because the only thing I want
to keep with me for the rest of
my life is the memory of that
woman, slowly, ponderously,
making her way up that path.
That will stay with me forev-
er."


Karin Goodfellow, from
Goodfellow Farms which pro-
vided the food, thanked all
the students.
"The LCIS students helped
make the event a wonderful
display of true holiday spirit.
Their kindness made the day
that much more special.
Thank you."
LCIS Secondary School
students who volunteered
were: Nicolas Mindorff ,
Shannon DeJong, Kira Friese,
Yanice Bailey, Mrs Bailey
(parent), Charlotte Frey, Mrs
Frey (parent), Emma Hall,
Bruce Hall, Mrs Rolle
(teacher), Camrawn Moxey
(Grade two), Tyler Mattio,
Tatiana Mattio, Lucille
Cousin, Emma Cousin, Pari
Kemp, Vanessa Huber,
Davon Smith.


Prime minister Hubert Ingra-
ham told the world yesterday
about the dire consequences
that climate change will have
on his country.
Speaking at the UN Climate
summit in Copenhagen, Mr
Ingraham noted that the
Bahamas joins like-minded
countries in calling for the
meeting to produce "a strong
political agreement" which will
cause world-wide reductions in
greenhouse gas emissions.
He said: "The Bahamas, a
country of negligible green-
house gas emissions will suffer
catastrophic results if emissions
are not stabilised and reduced.
"The Bahamas is the fifth
most vulnerable country to sea
level rise. A temperature rise
of two degrees Celsius will
result in sea level rise of to
metres and will submerge 80
per cent of our territory. It will
drastically affect the health of
our coral reef system."
Mr Ingraham said that fund-
ing will be a critical factor in
the efforts of the developing
world to mitigate the conse-
quences of climate change and
adopt technologies that reduce
green house emissions. He
therefore said he hopes for a
result from the summit which
would allow for an enforceable
agreement by mid-2010.
"Here in Copenhagen, it is
time to act on climate change,"
he said.
Mr Ingraham pointed out
that even if the developed
world were to meet their
announced targets toward
reducing greenhouse emissions,
if the developing world "con-
tinues business as usual", the
reduction will be inadequate.
He said: "The temperature
of the planet will still increase
to perhaps four degrees Cel-
sius, which will result in the
most dire of consequences for
some small island and low-lying
states.
"The Bahamas has sustained
repeated attacks by stronger


and more destructive tropical
hurricanes, sea surges and relat-
ed coastal and in-land flooding,
necessitating repeated recov-
ery and restoration costing hun-
dreds of millions of dollars.
"And slow onset processes
continue to erode shorelines,
damage freshwater resources
and alter sea surface tempera-
tures resulting in extensive
damage to our coral reefs

Adapt
"The Bahamas is not one
island but a family of islands
with needs to adapt in urban
centres and in smaller, more
remote Family Islands. Finding
appropriate adaptation options
are vital; already in our experi-
ence we have relocated an
entire community, Crossing
Rock in Abaco, following the
impact of a devastating hurri-
cane.
"We ask the developed
world to support the efforts of
small, vulnerable states such as
ours by increasing and simpli-


fying access to financing to
modernise our electrical infra-
structure, produce smarter elec-
tricity grids, adopt renewable
technology and implement
environmentally sound plan-
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gies for coastal and wetland
protection. In particular, when
funding mechanisms for miti-
gation and adaptation are
agreed, special account must be
taken of the vulnerability of
small, low lying island island
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Mr Ingraham said he cannot
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and urgency of developing spe-
cific mechanisms so that coun-
tries like the Bahamas can
access new, innovative, and
environmentally-sound capac-
ity building.
He added that recognizing
that climate change is a threat
we all face, the Bahamas is
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with the family of nations to
ensure our own survival and
the survival of humankind in a
sustainable development mod-
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FROM pageone PLP team seeks


record to state that he has had
no communication with Mr
Adderley in recent months. He
emphasized that out of cour-
tesy he would have expected
to be informed by the MP of
any plans he may have that
pertains to his political future.
"No, I've had no discussions
with Mr Adderley," Mr
Christie said, "and no-one on
my side has indicated to me
any discussions that they might
have had that would suggest
Mr Adderley has been offered
a job and has accepted a job.
"Like everything else you
would expect that with the
code that exists on our side
that notice would be given and
information exchanged, and
we have not had any such
notice," he said.
Currently Mr Adderley
serves as the chairman of the
Gaming Board, a post that he
accepted from Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham much to the
chagrin of the PLP. Now with
the rumours circulating that
Mr Adderley has been offered
a new post to take up the seat
that Supreme Court Justice
Cheryl Albury will be vacat-
ing has caused another


FROM page one
million in revenue and in so doing, to pass on
these savings directly to our customers," he told
the media at a press conference yesterday.
"By increasing vigilance on our expenditure
and scaling back on many discretionary items,
BTC is on track with a good December to
approach near record revenues, with profits
trending toward the $40 million range - at or
very close to the historic highs in recent years."
Although the numbers are only an estimate
and subject to the scrutiny of a final audit, BTC
is confident that projections demonstrate the
company's "surprising resilience" in the face of a
tough economic climate, Mr Griffin said.
He added that BTC's installation and imple-
mentation of its new $55 million IP-based Next
Generation Network (NGN) - which will pro-
vide the foundation for the company to be more
competitive in an increasingly liberalised mar-
ket - is on schedule.
Ahead of the company's proposed privatization
management is working closely with BTC's pri-
vatisation committee and government consul-
tants to ensure that the necessary data is available
for the potential strategic partners, Mr Griffin
said.
A target date of year-end 2009 was set for
BTC's privatization but with the deadline fast
approaching there has been no recent word from
Government on whether or not this timeline will
be met.
Earlier this month reports emerged that there
were staff concerns at BTC over possible job


With this in mind, the Eliza-
beth MP was said to be "not
waiting" to allow the PLP to
"dictate his political future."
"He will be 64 before the
end of this year. If he takes the
appointment and becomes a
Supreme Court judge he will
ensure that he collects his pen-
sion from the House of Assem-
bly, and whenever he retires
from the bench, either in one
year, or three years if the PM
decides to extend his stay, he
will collect a handsome pen-
sion from the judiciary as well.
"Now what more could the
man ask for? Under the PLP
and Perry Christie, nothing
was ever done for him. So you
really can't blame him for
looking elsewhere. He was
promised certain things when
the party won in 2002 and like
with so many other instances
Christie didn't deliver. And we
all know why they call Mr
Ingraham the 'Delivery Boy,"
the source quipped.


BTC profits
losses stemming from the looming privatization.
Yesterday, Mr Griffin dispelled these reports
claiming the majority of BTC's staff were eager-
ly awaiting privatization.
"As far as fear is concerned I think there is a
misconception out there that the majority of the
employees of BTC are fearful. You may have
very few employees who may have a degree of
fear but overall I believe we are embracing the
opportunity," he said.
The sale of BTC will be a 51 per cent of the
company with the Government retaining 49 per
cent. The winning bidder will also receive oper-
ational control of BTC, which provides services
to more than 334,000 wireless, 132,000 fixed-line
and 18,500 broad-band customers in The
Bahamas.
At the top of prospective buyers is said to be
UK-based communications firm Vodafone and
One Equity Partners (OEP), which is JP Morgan
Chase's private equity arm.
Last month, UK media reports confirmed that
Vodafone was mulling whether or not to join a
consortium put together by JP Morgan partners;
the former would effectively be the operating
partner for a privatised BTC and provide the
management/technical expertise the group would
need to successfully beat out the other bidders.
Other bidders that have reportedly received
the nod of approval from the privatization com-
mittee are Digicel Limited, Atlantic TeleNet-
work Inc, and Trilogy International Partners.


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Adderley talks


firestorm within the party.
"Obviously he would have
to resign from his seat in the
House of Assembly, and force
a by-election in Elizabeth.
Now he doesn't get his full
pension from the House of
Assembly until May of next
year, so we are looking at any-
where around that time. But
the party has to have an idea of
what is going on before that,"
said another source close to
the matter.
While the PLP continues to
meet to decide on what Mr
Adderley will be doing, The
Tribune reported last week
that the Elizabeth MP has
already advised his family that
he is openly "reviewing his
options" as to his political
future.
According to well-placed
sources, Mr Adderley was said
to be considering all of his
options as he is fully aware that
he might not get another nom-
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 13


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THE $10M CLUB LUNA, situated on the site of the old Zoo nightclub, has it's grand opening
tonight. The open air courtyard will host the party.


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THE $10 million
nightlife complex on the
site of the old Zoo night-
club is set for its grand
opening tonight.
Club Luna will be a first
for New Providence with
almost 40,000 square feet
of club space and reminis-
cent of New York and Los
Angeles nightclubs, the
owner says.
With two major clubs
attached to the complex,


a grand courtyard
anchored on one end by a
more than 20-foot water-
fall feature, and three
acres of the seven-acre
property dedicated solely
to parking, it will be the
largest nightlife complex
in Nassau.
Owner of Luna, Al Col-
lie, said that when the
complex is fully complete
and operational it could
employ up to 100 individ-


uals, including bar person-
nel and security guards.
The mixed-use facility
was designed to host par-
ties and concerts on a
large scale, and features
two huge balconies replete
with bars overlooking
what will be named Provi-
dence Court.
The open air courtyard
will be the site of the
grand opening party for
Club Luna tonight.


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ST BEDE'S Crushers guard Kyle Turnquest drives to the basket for two of his 19 points against the Our
Lady's Blue Flames. The Crushers won back to back championship with a 56-43 win yesterday at Loy-
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By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net
IN A fitting end to a nearly
unblemished season, the St.
Bede's Crushers trio of stars
shouldered the load once
again and led the way for the
Crushers to repeat as Catholic
Primary School league cham-
pions.
St Bede's clinched the
series with a 56-43 win in
game two over the Our
Lady's Blue Flames yesterday
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Adrian Mackey led the . .
Crushers with a team high 21 . ;
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ished with 19, while Gregory
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D' Angelo Mackey and
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again the catalyst for the Blue
Flames offence.
Mackey followed up a
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points while Cooper chipped
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The Crushers resiliently
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quarter and outscored the
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quarter to pull away.
In a first half of runs, both
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TRIBUNE SPORTS


WITH THE 25th edition of
the Father Marcian Peters
Basketball Classic in the
books, several teams staked
their claims as powerhouses
in the country, while several
newcomers rose to the fore-
front. Here is a look at the
individual awards for the


week long tourney which fea-
tured play in six divisions.

2009 Fr. Marcian Peters
Basketball Invitational
Official Results

I. Special Award
(First basket scored on new


courts)
Kyle Turnquest (St. Bede's
Primary)

II. Most Assists Award
1. Primary Girls Division -
-Ansir Thompson (St.
John's)
2. Primary Boys Division -


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Lady's)
3. Junior Girls Division -
Kailicia Laing (H.O.Nash)
4. Junior Boys Division -
Myron Lockhart-Bain (N.
Long Island)
5. Intermediate Boys Divi-
sion - Travis Rolle (West-
minister)
6. Senior Girls Division -
Shanae Armbrister (Univer-
sity School)

Most Rebounds Award
7. Primary Girls Division -
Serena Brown (St. Anne's)
8. Primary Boys Division -
Travis Barnett (C.W.Saun-
ders)
9. Junior Girls Division -
Kailicia Laing (H.O.Nash)
10. Junior Boys Division -
Agassi Saunders (S.C.Boo-
tle)
11. Intermediate Boys Divi-
sion - Tavari Dorsette
(C.R.Walker)
12. Senior Girls Division -
Ariel Hepburn (R.M. Bai-
ley)

IV. Most Steals Award
13. Primary Girls Division -
Chelly Austrele (Freedom
Academy)
14. Primary Boys Division -
Anwar Hanchell (Mt.
Carmel)
15. Junior Girls Division -
Erinisa Rolle (San Salvador)
Kailicia Laing (H.O.Nash)
16. Junior Boys Division -
Jaron Cornish (S.C.Bootle)
17. Intermediate Boys Divi-
sion -- Van Hutchinson
(C.R.Walker)
18. Senior Girls Division -
Shawny Adderley (N. Long
Island)

V. Sportsmanship Award
19. Girls Division - Kailicia
Laing (H.O.Nash)
20. Boys Division - Edwar
Bullard (Harbour Island)

VI. Most Blocked Shots
Award
21. Primary Girls Division -
Serena Brown (St. Anne's)
22. Primary Boys Division -
Travis Barnett (C.W.Saun-
ders)
23. Junior Girls Division -
Bardeia Sands (H.O.Nash)
24. Junior Boys Division -
Kenton King (San Salvador)
25. Intermediate Boys Divi-
sion - Mark Davis
(C.R.Walker)
26. Senior Girls Division -
Chrishonda Roberts (Uni-
versity)

VII. Most Points Scored
Award
27. Primary Girls Division -
Chelly Austrele (Freedom
Academy)
28. Primary Boys Division -
Troneil Moxey (Mt. Carmel)
29. Junior Girls Division -
Kailicia Laing (H.O.Nash)
30. Junior Boys Division -


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Rio Saunders (Harbour
Island)
31. Intermediate Boys Divi-
sion - Shaquille Fernander
(Westminister)
32. Senior Girls Division -
Shanae Armbrister (Univer-
sity)

VIII. Most Valuable Player
Award
33. Primary Girls Division -
Sade Smith (Temple Christ-
ian)
34. Primary Boys Division -
Kyle Turnquest (St. Bede's)
35. Junior Girls Division -
Kailicia Laing (H.O.Nash)
36. Junior Boys Division -
Edwar Davis (Harbour
Island)
37. Intermediate Boys Divi-
sion - Daniel Bullard (West-
minister)
38. Senior Girls Division -
Shanae Armbrister (Univer-
sity)

IX. All Tournament Team
Award
Primary Boys Division
1. Kyle Turnquest (St.
Bede's)
2. Travis Barnette
(C.W.Saunders)
3. Gregory Cooper (St.
Bede's)
4. Stevejay Whylly (St.
Bede's)
5. Anwar Hanchell (Mt.
Carmel)
6. Alexious Munnings (Our
Lady's)
7. Deanglo Mackey (Our
Lady's)
8. Charles Cooper (Our
Lady's)
9. Stephen Humes (St.
Cecelia's)
10. Valerio Nesbitt (Palm-
dale)
11. Tevin Evans (Palmdale
Primary)
12. Joshua Brennen (St.
John's)

Primary Girls Division
1. Serena Brown (St.
Anne's)
2. Ansir Thompson (St.
John's)
3. Syntche Fountain (St.
Anne's)
4. Chelly Austrele (Free-
dom)
5. Gabrielle Ferguson (Mt.
Carmel)
6. Chyis Curry (Temple)
7. Dionnae Culmer (St.
Bede's)
8. Alisha Thompson (Tem-
ple)
9. Vereelle Moss (St. John's)
10. Krista Collie (St.
Anne's)
11. Renique Brown (Yellow
Elder)
12. Lucianna Miller (Yellow
Elder)

Junior Boys Division
1. Dantae Thompson
(S.C.Bootle)
2. Alvaro Miller
(A.F.Adderley)
3. Agassi Saunders
(S.C.Bootle)
4. Tensas Mackey (A. F.
Adderley)
5. Kenton King (San Sal-
vador)
6. Rio Saunders (Harbour
Island)
7. Lathario Wallace (North
Eleuthera)
8. Kyle Gibson (H.O.Nash)
9. Edwar Davis (Harbour
Island)
10. Anwar Neeley (St.
John's)
11. Phillip Major (North
Andros)
12. Theron Taylor (Teleos)

Junior Girls Division
1. Kailicia Laing (H.O.Nash)
2. Bardeia Sands
(H.O.Nash)
3. Erinisa Rolle (San Sal-


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vador)
4. Allanya Morris (Westmin-
ister)
5. Kadieshia Miller
(D.W.Davis)
6. Garinique Arthur (D. W.
Davis)
7. Nigia Rolle (H. 0. Nash)
8. Trevonya Knowles (San
Salvador)
9. Natoria Knowles (North
Andros)
10. Patrel Pickstock (West-
minister)
11. Mary Major (Mt.
Carmel)
12. Maxine Thompson (Mt.
Carmel)

Intermediate Boys Division
1.Travis Rolle (Westminis-
ter)
2. Jay Roberts (Zion)
3. Van Hutchinson
(C.R.Walker)
4. Dee Brown (San Sal-
vador)
5. Shaquille Fernander
(Westminister)
6. Aaron Avila (Mt.
Carmel)
7. Jeffrey Williams (Univer-
sity)
8. Adulphus Leadon (West-
minister)
9. Alcott Fox (C. I. Gibson)
10. Norris Burrows (Doris
Johnson)
11. Rhemar Lewis (C. W.
Saunders
12. Matthew Davis (C. R.
Walker)

Senior Girls Division
1. Shanae Armbrister (Uni-
versity)
2. Taneka Sandiford (St.
John's)
3. Ariel Hepburn (R.M. Bai-
ley)
4. Theresa Hanna (West-
minister)
5. Randya Kemp (St. John's)
6. Khadijah Moncur (St.
John's)
7. Annalisa Pinder (N. Long
Island)
8. Lakishna Munroe (St.
John's)
9. Melissa Clyde (Doris
Johnson)
10. Pamela Bethel (C. R.
Walker)
11. Tenesha Rolle( North
Andros)
12. Sheneice Rahming (Gov.
High)

X. Most Outstanding
Coach Award
1. Primary Girls Division -
Donny Culmer (St. Bede's)
2. Primary Boys Division -
Nekeno Demeritte (Temple
Christian)
3. Junior Girls Division -
Patricia Johnson
(H.O.Nash)
4. Junior Boys Division -
Stephen Brown (San Sal-
vador)
5. Intermediate Boys Divi-
sion - Geno Bullard (West-
minister)
6. Senior Girls Division -
Herbie Brown (St. John's)

XI. The Fr. Marcian Peters
Award
Final Results
(Top Ten Schools)
1st - St. John's College 516
points
2nd - Mt. Carmel Academy
350 points
3rd - Westminister 329
points
4th - Harbour Island 272
points
5th - A.F. Adderley 258
points
6th - University 253 points
7th - San Salvador 240
points
8th - C.W. Saunders 236
points
9th - H.O.Nash 195 points
10th - Temple Christian 217
points


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Crushers clinch Catholic


Primary School league title


MIEHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATION AL
PRESENTED BY PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS


CRUSHERS forward Adrian Mackey dishes and assist to a teammate. Mackey finished with a team high
21 points.


FROM page 15
scoreless for nearly three min-
utes, G.Cooper gave the Blue
Flames their first lead of the
game, but D.Mackey would
respond with the Blue
Flames'only field goal of the
quarter to regain the advan-
tage.
The Crushers led for good
on the next possession when
Adrian Mackey scored on a
turnaround jumpshot in the
post to put his team ahead 16-
15.
The Crushers closed the
quarter on an 11-1 run to take
a commanding lead.
A. Mackey made one of
two from the line, G.Cooper
scored on the ensuing offen-


sive rebound and layup, Malik
Jones scored on back to back
buckets and the Crushers lead
reached double figures for the
first time when A. Mackey
knifed through the lane to
score and convert for a suc-
cessful three point play.
The Crushers led 27-16
headed into the fourth quar-
ter.
The final quarter was all St.
Bede's as the lead continued
to balloon.
The Crushers largest mar-
gin reached 26 when G.
Cooper grabbed an offensive
rebound and scored on a put-
back to give his team a 44-18
lead with 5:48 left to play.
The Blue Flames were kept
at bay for most of the period,


as they struggled to come
within 20 until a late surge
trimmed the deficit to 13.
Headed to St. John's Col-
lege for junior high school,
Turnquest said he was deter-
mined to rebound in game
two to make his final year at
St. Bede's one to remember.
"I do not think I played
that good in the first game so
I really wanted to come out
today and just try my best to
start strong and help my team
win a championship," Turn-
quest said, "It was a really
good year with everything we
did, but to end it with another
championship feels great. This
is a very good team when we
play hard and I knew we
could do it."


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TRIBUNE SPORTS


KUDOS TO GEORGETTE ROLE AND




RAQUEL RILEY FOR GIVING BACK


ONCE upon a time they
were all looking up to
someone else to give them
the instructions to get to the
point that they are now.
Now having done that,
they're back, giving to a
younger generation of
future superstars.
At the Bahamas Golf Federation's
Training Facilities at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex, professional
golfer Georgette Rolle is being joined
by Grand Bahamian Raquel Riley
as she hosts her second Junior Devel-
opment Golf Camp.
The camp got started on Wednes-
day and will wrap up on Friday.
Rolle and Riley are currently play-
ing on the Ladies Professional Golf
Association's Futures Tour. They are
both hoping to make the break
through to the LPGA where the
sport is still looking for its first
African American superstar like it
anxiously did when 33-year-old
Eldrick 'Tiger' Woods made his
debut in the summer of 1996 and
revitalised the sport.
Today, players have even more
incentive to play the game as it's now
part of the Olympic Games as of
2012 in London, England.
So as Rolle and a number of the
country's premier collegiate players
come home to lend their expertise,
the BGF could be looking ahead to a
brighter future. The camp is essential
and could not have come at a better
time.
With Jameica Duncombe, the most
promising player to come out of the
junior programme not playing that
much anymore, Rolle and Riley have
the best chances of cracking the


LPGA Tour and so it's good that the
younger players can rub shoulders
with them because they make it big.
And Rolle should be commended
for her efforts because as costly as
she's indicated that it is to achieve
her ultimate goal, she's leaving some
of the proceeds from the camp to
provide scholarship opportunities for
some of the participants to play in
the BGF's Junior Programme.
Not bad for a player who hasn't
even made it through yet.
Meanwhile, at the College of the
Bahamas, Assistant Athletic Director
Bradley Cooper, who was recently
inducted into the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture's National Hall of
Fame, is hosting an annual Winter
Track and Field Camp.
The camp got started on Monday
and will wrap up on Friday.
A host of Olympic athletes have
returned home to assist. They include
Golden Girls Pauline Davis-Thomp-
son, Olympic and world champion
Tonique Williams-Darling, veteran
Lavern Eve and James Rolle.
That's quite a cadre of personalities
in one arena, considering the fact
that Cooper himself is just as distin-
guished as those who are assisting
him. He may not be competing in an
era when the sport continued to
flourish, but during his era, Cooper
made quite a name for himself on
the international scene.
With this being the off-season, the
camp's timing could not have been
any better because the athletes can
help to instill some of the work ethics
and discipline that the youngsters
need to get through this period
before they start competing in Janu-
ary.
And with the newly elected offi-
cers of the Bahamas Association of


Athletic Associations looking at ways
to turn around the Carifta pro-
gramme, this is definitely a step in
the right direction.
Too many times, unless it's not the
foreign experts coming in and pro-
viding the information, many of our
people feel like it's not good advice.
But our athletes can definitely ben-
efit from the personalities at the
camp.
On the heels of the two camps,
the tennis community can look for-
ward to another exciting showcase at
the National Tennis Center.
This time, the Bahamas Lawn
Tennis Association will host its annu-
al Christmas Invitational Tennis
Tournament.
The tournament will not only
bring home the best professional and
collegiate male, but also female play-
ers as they vie for spots on the men's
Davis Cup and the women's Fed
Cup teams next year.
In the past few years, the tourna-
ment was designed specifically for
the male players as the BLTA had
started a process to reassemble the
Davis Cup team after the departure
of top players like Roger Smith and
now Mark Knowles.
The tournament not only served
its purpose but it also gave the pub-
lic an opportunity to see the players
in action as many of them would
ordinarily not come home to com-
pete otherwise unless they played
on the Davis Cup team.
Hopefully with the round robin
tournament on tap from Friday to
Sunday, more Bahamians will come
out and support not just the men,
but all the women participating. Let's
give them the Davis Cup atmosphere
that they so rightfully deserve as they
attempt to make the team.


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THE final pieces of the
Baptist Sports Council's
2009 Olympia Morris-
Evans Softball Classic
championship picture was
completed on Tuesday
night at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.
Golden Gates and St.
Paul's both swept their
opponents in two straight
games in their co-ed best-
of-three semifinal playoff
series to advance to the
best-of-three championship
series that starts on Thurs-
day night.
Game one of their series
will be played at 8 p.m.,
just after the opener of the
17-and-under series


between Macedonia and
Temple Fellowship and
before the men's opener
between Macedonia and
Transfiguration.
In securing their berth
into the co-ed final, Golden
Gates held off Salem 15-9
after winning the opener
by default, while St. Paul's
knocked off St. John's 18-4.
Here's a summary of the
two games played:
Golden Gates 15, Salem
9: Candice Smith was a
perfect 3-for-3 at the plate
with three runs batted in
and one scored to lead
Golden Gates. Renee
Davis was 2-for-4 with a
RBI and a run scored and


winning pitcher Ramon
Johnson went 2-for-3 with
a three-run home run, scor-
ing two runs.
Losing pitcher Rodger
Demeritte was 2-for-4 with
two RBI and a run scored
to lead Salem. Stephen
Beneby Jr was 1-for-3 with
two RBI and a run scored
and Lotonia Bowleg was 2-
for-3 with a RBI.
St. Paul's 18, St. John's
4: Edney Bethel went 2-
for-5 with a RBI and three
runs scored to lead St.
Paul's. Kelly Smith was 2-
for-4 with two RBI and
two runs scored and win-
ning pitcher Harold
Fritzgerald was 2-for-3 with
three runs. Raymond Lar-
rimore added a solo in-the-
park homer.
Tori Brown was hitless,
but he scored three runs
for Salem, one on a two-
run homer and another on
a RBI single from Ran-
dolph Coakley.
Vernie Curry suffered
the loss. The remainder of
all of the series will take
place on Saturday.
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DECEMBER 17, 2009


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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The attorney for the late
Edward St George's estate
yesterday urged the Govern-
ment to amend the Compa-
nies Act and Exchange Con-
trol Act over changing share-
holder registers, so as to hold
the beneficial owners of
Bahamian entities, who held
their equity interests via for-
eign companies, liable for the
accuracy of their "represen-
tations".
Clearly speaking with the
prospect of Hannes Babak
running the Grand Bahama
Port Authority/Port Group
Ltd from the Cayman Islands
in mind, Fred Smith QC
called on the Government to
amend both Acts so that
shareholders in Bahamian
companies "be held liable"
when it came to accurately
recording their equity inter-
ests.
If they failed to do so, Mr
Smith suggested that the law
be amended to require the
rectification of a company's
shareholder register, and the
issuance of shares directly to
their beneficial owners in the
correct proportion. He added
that both shareholders and
the Government should have
the power to effect this by
applying to the courts via a
summary action.
If such amendments ever
came to pass, they would nul-
lify the consequences of the
current GBPA/Port Group
Ltd ownership structure. Both
companies are Bahamian-
domiciled and carry on all
their business activities and
operations in the Bahamas,
yet they are 100 per cent
owned by Intercontinental
Diversified Corporation
(IDC), a Cayman-registered
entity.
It is in Cayman where the
heart of the ownership dis-
pute between Sir Jack Hay-
ward and the Hayward Fami-
ly Trust on one hand, and the
late Edward St George's
estate on the other, lies.
Some 50 per cent of IDC is
owned by Seashells Invest-
ments, which is 100 per cent
SEE page 9B


Buyer pledges 'substantial


growth' for Port Authority


* Mid-Atlantic Projects confirms sales agreement signed with Sir Jack,
but 'much work' remains to be done before closing
* Group says Freeport 'has a lot of potential that has not been exploited
to date'
* Coy on plans until deal sealed, but group involved with former South
Riding LNG project and is investor in 'energy-related real estate'


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The prospective purchaser
of Sir Jack Hayward's 50 per
cent stake in the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) yesterday said it
expected to "substantially
grow" the group and Freeport
if it successfully closed the
deal, indicating that while
there was "a lot to be done" it
hoped to complete early in
the New Year.
Joe Rosetti, its senior man-
aging director, confirmed Tri-
bune Business's revelations
earlier this week that Mid-
Atlantic Projects had
"entered into an agreement
to purchase all of Sir Jack
Hayward's interest in the
GBPA/Port Group Ltd".
He added: "The transaction
is subject to the normal due


diligence and approvals
required of such transactions.
Our goal is to have the trans-
action completed in the late
first quarter or early second
quarter of 2010."
It seems likely that Mid-
Atlantic Projects is acquiring
a 50 per cent GBPA stake
from Sir Jack, not the 75 per
cent he has alleged he has
owned during the ownership
dispute with the late Edward
St George's estate.
In an interview with Tri-
bune Business yesterday, Mr
Rosetti said that the deal with
Sir Jack was "at a very pre-
liminary stage", with only a
sales agreement signed. Much
remained to be done, he said,
adding: "The due diligence
has to take place, and then
there has to be a closing.
"I'm hopeful all will be pos-
itive, and we're looking for-


Ex-PLP leader candidate: 4%

tax on every financial firm


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A former PLP leadership
candidate yesterday suggested
that the Government impose
a 4 per cent tax on profits gen-
erated by all Bahamas-based
financial institutions to help
hit a $3.5 billion per annum
revenue target, advocating
that commercial banks be pre-
vented from writing consumer
loans.
Paul Moss, who runs his
own financial services busi-
ness, Dominion Management
Services, said that while the
25 per cent tax on repatriated
profits suggested by former
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president, Dionisio
D'Aguilar, was too high, the
Government ought to impose
a broad-based tax increase
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and furniture firms to
develop in-house financing
* Says 4% tax 'across the
board' in financial sector a
'reasonable margin' to hit
$3.5bn government
revenue target


ward to a nice closing and
moving on, with all this being
very beneficial for all con-
cerned." Closing was likely to
take place "around the first
of the year".
Tribune Business failed to
locate any information about
Mid-Atlantic Projects via a
prolonged Internet search,
but Mr Rosetti told this news-
paper that the company had
previously been heavily
involved with El Paso Corpo-
ration's failed bid to establish
a liquefied natural gas (LNG)
terminal and pipeline at
Grand Bahama's South Rid-
ing Point.
"We are a company that
has been set up for a specific
purpose, and that is to invest
in energy-related real estate,"
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DESPITE a 15 per cent sales decline year-over-
year, New Oriental Cleaners is rolling out its envi-
ronmentally-friendly products, honouring employees
with gifts of electronics and initiating a mandatory
pension plan next year to secure the futures of their
121 staff members.
Lana Lee-Brogdon, the company's director, intro-
duced its first bio-degradable plastic garment bags,
and recently unveiled an environmentally friendly,
mutli-use garment bag in a bid to be a 'greener' com-
pany.
Mrs Lee-Brogdon yesterday said the new three-in-
one garment bags also transform into a hamper and a
duffle bag, making it easy for New Oriental patrons to
drop-off and pick up their laundered items in the
same bag with minimal impact on the environment.
The use of the $10 garment bags, which the company
sells at the same retail price as in the US, will also
assist in cutting its overhead on biodegradable plastic
bags.
"It's better for them to store their clothes in it
because it is a bi caiihbk bag," said Mrs Lee-Borgdon.
"The plastic bag retains moisture."
She added that another large purchasing expense is
wire hangers, for which New Oriental is offering three
SEE page 6B



Auto industry is seeking

emissions standards detail


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
and CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net
Bahamian auto dealers yes-
terday urged the Government
to provide them with the pro-
posed legislation/regulations for
emissions standards and test-
ing, expressing concern that it
may result in them ceasing
imports of specific models and
possibly increase vehicle prices.
While welcoming any moves
to reduce pollution and cut car-
bon emissions, Rick Lowe,
operations manager at Nassau
Motor Company (NMC), said


Concerns over phase-in
period, making vehicles
more expensive and end to
imports of some models
"the most important thing" for
the Bahamas Motor Dealers
Association's (BMDA) mem-
bers and othe dealers to know
was the exact standards the
Government was proposing to
implement. In an e-mail sent to
Dr Earl Deveaux, minister of
the environment, who is cur-
rently attending the UN Cli-
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The appropriate


situation response


one lose
the right
to defend
themselves or, as a matter of
fact, the life of another? The
answer is 'NEVER'.
When is your life in danger
or the life of another? There
are two answers to this one.
The first being the moment
you feel that your life is in
danger.
During this period only you
can make that decision, no
one else. No law can be
formed or voted on to deter-
mine this life or death experi-
ence. It is hoped that you are
rational enough and emo-
tionally sound to be able to
know the difference.
The second answer is deter-
mined by a court.
Not even the police can
make this determination, only
the court, who will listen to
the facts as you present them
and the opinion of the so-
called experts, such as police,
doctors and witnesses
Self-defence is the immedi-
ate, 'if you do not do some-
thing you will die', situation,
whereas vigilantism is the
'Let's go find them and get
them' situation.
Very different indeed. To
place this term with the con-
ditions of self-defence is, to
say the least, ludicrous and
uninformed. This is like say-
ing that your child is choking,
and saying: 'Wait, let's call
919', or your house is on fire,
call 919 and wait. These
events require an immediate
and appropriate response, just
like self defence. Do we tell
the cutlass swinging, gun-to-
our-head attacker: 'Wait, let
me call 919.' I think not
Calling 919 is endorsed and
fully supported. Nevertheless,
it is a delayed response that
will have an effect several
minutes or hours after the
event, depending on police,


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By m'Nw
1 =


ambulance and fire availabil-
ity.
Let's look at the timeline.
A call is placed to 919, and is
then placed to the appropriate
responder.
They have to get ready, set,
and then go. After going they
have to travel, the time of
which can only be estimated
and is dependent on traffic
and distance.
Upon arriving they have to
find out what has happened
or happening, and then they
decide the appropriate
response.
These factors are under-
stood and accepted. However,
during this time my house is
still on fire, my child is still
choking and, oh yeah, the cut-


lass is stilling being
wield...Hopefully they have
have not pulled the trigger.
PLEASE LET NO ONE
CONFUSE YOU OVER
SAVING YOUR LIFE and
ACTS OF VENGEANCE
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THE TRIBUNE


BFSB repositions
The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB)
is repositioning its annual 'Retreat' into a
Bahamas International Business and Finance
Summit (IBFS) that aims to leverage global busi-
ness opportunities through an integrated
approach. The event will be held at the Bimini
Bay Resort on January 29-31.
IBFS will seek to clarify international business
opportunities and develop action plans in line
with the strategy statement for financial services,
the BFSB said. This strategy statement, jointly
developed by the Government and the BFSB,
was presented to industry by Zhivargo Laing,
minister of state for finance, in July, followed by
a series of industry consultations.
BFSB has previously hosted an annual
'Retreat', which has served to bring together
stakeholders from the Government, regulators
and private sector in the financial services indus-
try. The primary objective of such interaction
has been to formulate strategies for the growth of
the Bahamas financial services industry, while
also providing opportunities for networking.
The Summit will adopt a more global approach
to business development by giving dual atten-


its annual Retreat
tion to the dynamics impacting wealth creation,
preservation and transfer, and secondly, how
international business and financial centres such
as The Bahamas can respond.
"2009 was a watershed year for change and
the parameters for conducting international busi-
ness and finance have changed dramatically,"
said BFSB chief executive and executive director,
Wendy Warren. "The IBFS is intended to act as
a catalyst for identifying business opportunities in
this new economic environment, and to assist
industry stakeholders in acquiring their fair share
of business and to thrive in the new normal."
BFSB chairman Craig Gomez said: "We have
been pleased to have public sector involvement by
all relevant Cabinet Ministers, all industry regu-
lators, and the leader and delegation of the Oppo-
sition at the annual retreats. The IBFS will be no
exception and, already, there is an impressive
line up of participants." The Bahamas Telecom-
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as a Gold Sponsor of IBFS 2010, with the Grand
Bahama Port Authority and King's Realty pro-
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millions of dollars, after the
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Buyer pledges 'substantial


growth' for Port Authority


FROM page 1B
Mr Rosetti told Tribune Busi-
ness. "We had attempted to
get involved with the South
Riding project in the
Bahamas before, and the Port
Authority opportunity came
up.
"We are now focused in on
this. We have the resources
from a private trust fund."
Describing the South Rid-
ing Point project as "some
you win, some you lose", Mr
Rosetti said it was "a little
premature" to provide details
on Mid-Atlantic Projects'
plans for the GBPA/Port
Group Ltd, and the invest-
ment it planned to bring and
the jobs that would be creat-
ed.
"We've not decided on the
organisation, but we expect
to grow it substantially for the
benefit of the Bahamas. We
think it's [Freeport and Grand
Bahama] got a lot of potential
that's not been explored to
date," he added.
"We're very focused on the
Bahamas, and were interested
for a variety of reasons when
the Port Authority came up.
We, along with our partners,
felt this was a good opportu-
nity."
On Freeport's attraction for
his group, Mr Rosetti said: "I
think it's proximity to the US,
I sense a real commitment to
grow it, the business oppor-
tunity, and there was a willing
person who wanted to sell."
Asked about the Govern-
ment's reaction to the poten-
tial purchase of Sir Jack's
stake, and where Mid-
Atlantic Projects had reached
in the approvals process, Mr
Rosetti told Tribune Business:
"The Government is aware of
what we have done to date."
Asked whether Mid-
Atlantic Projects had been in
touch with its prospective
joint venture partner, the late
Edward St George's estate,
Mr Rosetti replied: "I'd prefer


not to comment on that."
He did add, though: "We
only want to get involved in
an amicable environment. We
want to do things in a friend-
ly way, and not get involved
in any sort of controversy."
When asked by Tribune
Business whether Mid-


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included Hannes Babak
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St Andrew's School, The International School of The Bahamas, an authorized International
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Bahamian candidates for the following teaching vacancies, with effect from August 2010.
Full information regarding the school may be found at its website: www.st-andrews.com.
Candidates should be qualified teachers who possess the necessary academic qualifications
for the positions) for which they apply, including a teaching qualification and a bachelor's
degree, and normally need to have a minimum of two years successful school-based
experience. Desirable qualifications, in addition to those specified for individual posts, are
that teachers have successful experience in an independent and/or international school and
an advanced degree. Applications from candidates able to coach team sports or advise
school clubs and activities are particularly welcomed. Secondary (i.e. middle and upper)
school teachers will be expected to undertake the responsibility of a homeroom.
Please note that applications received from non-Bahamian candidates will not be considered
at this time, although permanent residents with the right to work are invited to submit their
papers for future consideration. Applications from candidates living outside The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas will not be acknowledged or considered at this stage of
the recruiting process. If the school is unable to recruit any position locally, it will advertise
internationally in January.
PRIMARY SCHOOL
The school is authorized to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International
Baccalaureate Organization. Candidates for all posts in the primary school should be
committed to the principles of, and preferably trained in, the PYP.
Homeroom teachers: Class sizes range between 15 and 20.
Primary school Spanish (Part time post): Candidates should be familiar with ACTFL
standards and be able to work as a contributing member of a school-wide team.
SECONDARY SCHOOL
The school offers its own middle years programme in years seven through nine and the
BGCSE in years 10 and 11 (grades 9 and 10). The school is authorized to teach the Diploma
Programme (DP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization in years 12 and 13 (grades
11 and 12).
Spanish and French: Candidates should be familiar with the ACTFL standards and able
to work as a contributing member of a school-wide team. They must be qualified to teach
to pre-university level and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate
diploma programme.
Science:
Biology: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach biology to pre-university
level and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma
programme. Candidates should also be able to offer either chemistry or physics at
BGCSE/IGCSE level.
Chemistry: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach chemistry to pre-university
level and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma
programme. Candidates should also be able to offer either biology or physics to
BGCSE/IGCSE level.
Physics: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach physics to pre-university
level and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma
programme. Candidates should also be able to offer either biology or chemistry to
BGCSE/IGCSE level.
English: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach to pre-university level and be
familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Successful
BGCSE/IGCSE and SAT 1/SAT II experience is also essential.
Mathematics: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach to pre-university level
and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme.
Successful experience in teaching calculus to AP and/or IB level is preferred for this post.
Successful BGCSE/IGCSE and SAT I/SAT II experience is also desirable.
Drama: Candidates should be able and willing to teach up to IB theatre arts level and
coordinate musical and drama productions throughout the secondary school.
Middle school home room and core teachers: Middle level educational qualifications,
experience working with early adolescents and a familiarity with the philosophy of middle
schools are required from applicants for these posts. Applicants may also be required to
teach BGCSE courses up to year 11.
At least one of the successful applicants will have documented successful experience in
teaching English in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer English and one of the following
EPSE; IT & Social Studies; art; drama E possibly to BGCSE level.
Mathematics and special needs (part time post): Candidates must have successful
experience in teaching in both areas.
NB: One successful candidate from all the posts offered will be able to offer the teaching
of the Theory of Knowledge course at IB diploma level.
Interested candidates should apply to the school's principal, Mrs Sharon E Wilson, by letter,
email or fax as soon as possible. All applications MUST include the following:
* letter of application
* a personal statement detailing the candidate's educational philosophy
* a full curriculum vitae,
* either the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax and email numbers of three people
who may be approached for confidential professional references or the name and address
of the recruiting agency from which the candidate's confidential dossiers may be obtained.
Information on the teaching posts offered may be obtained from the heads of the schools
by email or fax only.
Frank Coyle, Head of the secondary school:
Email: Frank.Coyle@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 677 7847
Allison Collie, Head of the primary school:
Email: Allison.Collie@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 677 7846
Sharon E Wilson
Principal
St Andrew's School
PO Box EE 17340
Nassau
Email: Sharon.Wilson@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1242) 677 7802 or (1242) 324 0816
The closing date for applications is 8th January 2010. Applications from unqualified
candidates, applications arriving without the full information requested, applications
from outside The Commonwealth of The Bahamas or applications received after this
date will not be considered.


FROM page 1B

cents per hanger when their
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The depressed economy
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rate contracted work has
slowed.
However, she said the
company has not been
forced to lay off any of its
employees and has been
able to pay out bonuses this
year, though they have been
somewhat trimmed down.


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And, in a New Oriental
tradition, awards and gifts
for service and tenure were
given out last month.

Electronics
Mrs Lee-Brogdon said
this year employees who
were due for the awards
requested electronics.
According to her, flat screen
televisions, mobile phones
and surround sound systems
were given away at the com-
pany's annual award cere-
mony (backyard party).
"In November we usually


do the party in the back-
yard," she said. "We do sep-
arate awards for longer ser-
vice and retirees, and
employee of the year."
Mrs Lee-Brogdon said
staff commitment is what
has kept the business afloat
through the tough economy.
With such a large staff,
many close to retirement,
and a high staff retention
rate, the company has
moved to enact a mandatory
pension plan.
According to her, the
company has had a plan in
place for more than 10 years
that matches the 3 per cent
maximum of salary that
employees put into it, but
she has seen many employ-
ees shun it and come up
short for retirement.
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particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company,
or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 7B


Ex-PLP leader candidate: 4% tax on every financial firm


FROM page 1B

that went beyond the com-
mercial banks to all Bahamas-
based financial institutions.
"I would be very holistic in
my approach to it, and say no
more than 4 per cent on the
profits," Mr Moss said of any
potential new tax on the
financial services industry.
"I think 4 per cent is a rea-
sonable margin, and do it
across the board. It's not just
the commercial banks, but
we're looking at the mutual
fund administrators, financial
and corporate services
providers, and banks and trust
companies. That will go a long
way in giving us the revenue
we need in our country."
When asked whether he
felt the $1.5 billion in revenue
the Government generated
annually was not enough to
meet the public sector and
national infrastructure's
requirements, Mr Moss
replied: "Absolutely. This is
not enough."
Aided by his suggested new
tax on financial services indus-
try profits, he added: "I would
say that if we do things right
in our country, we could col-
lect $3.5 billion annually. That
would be a 200 per cent or
more increase over the rev-
enue we have collected so


"I think th
Minister oup
further, and n
just the con
banks but
banks and
institutions, a
sure they pay
share of tax.


far."
While not quit
200 per cent, it
tainly be a more t
cent rise, or doub
the Governmen
currently.
Mr Moss, mea
called upon the C
and Prime Minis
Ingraham to pass
to prevent banks f
money for cons
such as vehicles a:
"This would fo
be innovative in
revenue, and enst
look at lending
purposes which v
overall economy
ensure that auto
furniture compai
own financing, a
make competition
the respective in


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When challenged about the
ie Prime potential chaos, restrictive
ght to go business practices and loss of
Lot look at revenue profits this would
cause for the Bahamian com-
nmercial mercial banking sector, and
private the impact on consumer-gen-
offshore rated economic growth if
and make they were unable to access
their fair debt financing for consumer
items, Mr Moss told Tribune
Business neither scenario
would come to pass.
PAUL MOSS "What happens in business
is supply and demand," he
explained. "There will still be
e as much as demand for consumer items.
would cer- What it means is that furni-
than 100 per ture shops or auto dealer
ling, of what owners have to be innovative.
t generated Consumers won't be able to
go to the bank to borrow, but
while, also other businesses will start up
Government to lend consumer financing,
ster Hubert or the furniture shop or auto
"legislation dealer will do it themselves."
from lending Barring the banks from
umer items consumer lending would
nd furniture, deepen Bahamian ownership
rce banks to of the economy by allowing
1 producing lending houses businesses to
ure that they thrive, Mr Moss arguing that
for business Bahamians "borrow too much
will help the and our people are burdened
. It will also by debt". Instead, the banks
)mobile and would focus on mortgage
nies do their lending and commercial loans
[nd this will to aid economic growth.
)n keener in When asked by Tribune
dustries." Business whether a tax on the


international financial services
industry's profits would be
badly timed, and give foreign-
owned institutions a further
reason to leave this jurisdic-
tion amid the OECD/G-20
pressure, Mr Moss said: "I
don't think so."
Arguing that all Bahamas-
based companies should be
taxed regardless of the line of
business they were in as a pre-
cursor to introducing an
income tax, Mr Moss said
such taxes would "go hand in
hand" with his suggested
strategy of signing double tax-
ation agreements with other
jurisdictions.
These agreements, he said,
where companies would be
taxed on their Bahamian prof-
its at lower Bahamian rates,
rather than home country tax
rates when these monies were
repatriated, would ensure the
Bahamas was not perceived
as a 'tax haven'.
"No longer can they say
people are coming to this
jurisdiction for tax avoid-
ance," Mr Moss added. "That
facilitates where we need to
go as a country. Far from
business running from our
country, business will run to
our country, as this could
legitimise their presence by
having a tax base in place."
The former PLP leadership


candidate added: "I have felt
for a long time that the banks
have been getting away with,
as they say colloquially, mur-
der, simply because they are
necessary members of our
community and Bahamians
have been able to rely on
them.
"But they have been no
advocates for their clients,
customers and consumers.
They're allowed to charge
interest rates and overdraft
rates that are too high. Even
writing a letter - something
that is required by a financial
institution from your own
financial institution if you
want to do business with it -
the bank charges $20 for
that."
Mr Moss pointed out that
most other Bahamian com-
panies had to pay business
licence fees based on their
gross revenues, while banks


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT


paid bank licence fees ranging
from $400,000 to $2.5 million
per annum.
"It's unfair, and I think a
tax increase is long overdue,"
Mr Moss added. "I think the
Prime Minister ought to go
further, and not look at just
the commercial banks but pri-
vate banks and offshore insti-
tutions, and make sure they
pay their fair share of tax.
"These banks do not pay
business license fees, notwith-
standing the gross revenue
they doubtless produce annu-
ally. When compared to other
businesses who must pay this,
it is inequitable and I am hap-
py that the Prime Minister
will address it. However, he
ought to be holistic and tax
also the private and interna-
tional banks that also produce
huge tax free profits and repa-
triate out of the jurisdiction."


2008/CLE/qui/1322


Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER of three (3) pieces parcels or lots
of land situate on the Northwestern Side of the Queen's
Highway approximately Two Thousand One Hundred
and Thirty-three (2,133) feet West of the Bridge to
Newton Cay in the Settlement of Seymours North
Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
Chapter 393

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Eddington
Burrows

NOTICE OF PETITION

The Petition of Eddington Burrows of the Settlement
of Seymours North Long Island one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect:

"ALL THOSE three (3) pieces parcels or lots of
land situate on the Northwestern Side of the
Queen's Highway approximately Two Thousand
One Hundred and Thirty-three (2,133) feet West
of the Bridge to Newton Cay in the Settlement of
Seymours North Long Island one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas containing
Fifty Seven Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty-
five (57,755) square feet which said pieces parcels
or lots of land are bounded on the North by
mangrove and running thereon One Hundred and
Forty-two and ninety-five hundredths (142.95)
feet on the East by land the property of John Smith
and running thereon Two Hundred and Ninety-
five and thirty-nine hundredths (295.39) feet on
the South by the Queen's Highway and running
thereon One Hundred and Fifty-six and sixteen
hundredths (156.16) feet on the West by Land the
property of Hubert Smith and running thereon
Four Hundred and Fifty-eight and fifty-three
hundredths (458.53) feet which said pieces parcels
or lots have such position shape marks boundaries
and dimensions as are shown on the diagram or
plan attached hereto and thereon coloured pink."

Eddington Burrows claims to be the owner of the
unincumbered fee simple estate in possession of the
said pieces parcels or lots of land and has made
application to the Supreme Court of the said
Commonwealth under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles
Act 1959 to have his title to the said pieces parcels or
lots of land investigated and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of
Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the Provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the plan of the said land may be inspected
during normal office hours at the following places:

a. The Registry of the Supreme Court Ansbacher
Building, East Street in the City of Nassau.

b. The Chambers of Plakaris & Co., No. 16
Market Street, in the City of Nassau.

Notice is hereby given that any person having dower
or right of dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not
recognized in the said Petition shall on or before the
30th day of December A.D., 2009 file in the Supreme
Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned
a Statement of his Claim in the prescribed form,
verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure
of any person to file and serve a Statement of his
Claim on or before the 30th day of December A.D.,
2009 will operate as a bar to such claim.

PLAKARIS & CO.
Chambers
No. 16 Market Street
Nassau, N.P.,
The Bahamas

Attorney for the Petitioner


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NOTICE

WALLA MANAGEMENT LIMITED
In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Act. 2000,
WALLA MANAGEMENT LIMITED is in dissolution as of
December 2, 2009.

Ignacio Riva Fierro of 76 Chemin de la Morintz, 1936 Verbier
Switzerland is the Liquidator.



LIQUIDATOR


NOTICE


RYTON INTERNATIONAL S.A.
In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(4) of the International Business Companies
Act. 2000, RYTON INTERNATIONAL S.A. is in
dissolution as of December 2, 2009.

Ignacio Riva Fierro of 76 Chemin de la Morintz, 1936
Verbier Switzerland is the Liquidator.



LIQUIDATOR


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2009
IN THE SUPREME COURT No. CLE/QUI/01549
Equity Side


NOTICE
IN THE MATTER OF THE QUIETING TITLESACT, 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF
RAYMOND MEADOWS

TO

ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land
totaling some 175.287 Acres and situate in
Salt Bluff and between the Settlements of
Savannah Sound and Tarpum Bay on the
Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Raymond Meadows claims to be the owner in
fee simple in possession of the parcel of land
hereinbefore described and the Petitioner has
made application to the Supreme Court of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to
have his title to the said land investigated.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected
during normal business hours at:-
(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court
(b) The Office of the Administrator situate at
Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera
(c) The Chambers of the undersigned.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person
having dower or right to dower or an adverse
claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition
shall before the 24th day of January, A.D.,
2010 file in the Supreme Court and serve the
Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of
his claim on or before the 24th day of January,
A.D., 2010 will operate as a bar to such claim.

TIMOTHY SERRETTE & CO.,
Attorneys for the Petitioner,
Chancery House
No. 21 Dowdeswell Street
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas







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PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009


THE TRIBUNE


FROM page 1B
mate Change Conference in
Copenhagen, Mr Lowe said: "
Is it possible to receive of a
copy of the draft legislation/reg-
ulations so we can share the
proposed requirements with
our suppliers to see what
changes might have to be made
to the vehicles we import?
"As you know, this legisla-
tion/regulations will impact
most of the vehicles on our
streets and, if the comments in
the [Tribune] article are to be
taken at face value, many vehi-
cles will be off the road requir-
ing our assistance and modifi-
cations and more.
"Finally, would it be possi-
ble for the BMDA member
firms to review the legisla-
tion/regulations and offer our


Auto industry
constructive criticism before
it/they are presented to Parlia-
ment for debate?"
Speaking to Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday, Mr Lowe said of
the Government's proposed
emissions standards: " It may
limit the type of vehicle we can
import. It may impact some
more than others. For exam-
ple, our Hondas should meet
the standards no problem, but
some of the Korean product
may not. "I don't know what
the standards are yet to send
to our suppliers. The question
that arises is what happens to
all the vehicles on the road
now. A lot of the cars that are
imported will not meet the stan-
dard. Is there going to be a


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phase-in period for some cars to
get adaptor kits, and how long
will that be? The most impor-
tant thing is that if there's going
to be testing of these vehicles,
we need to know what the stan-
dards are so we can make sure
we get the right equipment.
"If they are the Florida stan-
dards we have something to go
on, but if they're the Califor-
nia standards, the most strin-
gent in the US, we will have
numerous issues there to take
to our suppliers. If the stan-
dards are more stringent, and
we need to get more emissions
stuff, it may make the vehicle
more expensive."
Mr Lowe pointed out that
the development of emissions
standards had been talked
about for years by both the first
FNM administration and the
Christie government, but noth-
ing was ever implemented.
Other auto dealers and pub-
lic transportation workers yes-
terday said they would welcome
emissions standards as pro-


posed by the Prime Minister at
a press conference prior to his
flight to Copenhagen for the
UN Summit. Friendly Ford's
sales manager and director,
Andrew Barr, said his US-made
vehicles are built to meet US
emissions standards, which are
among the highest in the world.
According to Mr Barr, the
legislation was overdue and will
be good for the Bahamas in the
long-term.
He said there were far too
many cars in the Bahamas that
were unfit to be driven, and this
would change once emission
standards were put in place.
Prime Minister, Hubert
Ingraham alluded to a prohibi-
tion on the importation of
derelict and old vehicles, which
are often some of the country's
worst polluters due to their old,
under-maintained engines and
lack of proper emission con-
trols within the engine.
Mr Barr said all of Ford's
products met the highest emis-
sions standards. "For us per-


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at all, since we already meet
those standards," he said.
"You know, I would have to
say it's very good legislation
and we sell Ford products to
meet emissions standards, so a
lot depends on what standard
the Government will establish.
I look forward to when they do
implement it."
No draft legislation has come
through the doors of Parlia-
ment as yet, however, but Mr
Ingraham said his government
was committed to setting emis-
sions standard in this country.
President of the Public Tran-
sit Association of the Bahamas
(PTAB), and chief executive of
Fleet Management Solutions,
Reuben Rahming, said his
organisation also advocated
emission standards legislation.
However, he warned that
strong consultation with all sec-
tors involved in public trans-
portation and auto sales will be
needed to enact multilateral
emissions controls standards.
"Proper consultation will be
very important because this
could mean a shift in our liveli-
hood," said Mr Rahming.
PTAB can be pegged as one
the country's largest organised
contributors to greenhouse gas


emissions with more than 300
vehicles on the road per day.
According to Mr Rahming, a
typical bus drives the equiva-
lent of the circumference of the
earth in only six months, which
makes the public bus system
one of the worst automotive
polluters in the world.
He contends that govern-
ments are the second worst
automotive polluter in the
world with a large fleet of pub-
lic vehicles on the road every
day. He suggested that the gov-
ernment seriously consider a
tiered approach to enacting
emissions legislation, because
of the amount of cars that may
have to be retrofitted with
proper catalytic convertors or
other emissions mitigating
devices. Whole fleets of cars
may also need to be changed if
they simply do not meet the
standards put in place by the
Government. Mr Rahming
added that due to the country's
extreme vulnerability to
changes in the environment,
'green' standards should be set
across the board - in construc-
tion and marine resources -on
carbon emissions.
"Because we impact it most
negatively we must put our foot
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NOTICE is hereby given that VILNER MERIZIER of MARSH
HARBOUR, P.O. BOX AB-20542, ABACO, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 10th day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE is hereby given that LUTHER KING CHARLAMAINE
of #321 DRUMFISH & HALIBUT, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 10th day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009, PAGE 9B


'Hold Bahamian company owners


liable' through Act amendments


FROM page 1B
owned by the Hayward Fam-
ily Trust. The remaining 50
per cent, though, is held by
Cayman-based Fiduciary
Management Services (FMS).
The St George estate is argu-
ing that FMS is holding its 50
per cent stake in trust for it,
whereas Sir Jack is countering
that, since FMS is owned
50/50 between himself and the
estate, that translates into a
split ownership of that
tranche of IDC shares. Con-
sequently, that would give
him a 75 per cent stake.
Sir Jack again indicated to
Tribune Business late on
Tuesday that Mr Babak could
re-locate to the Cayman
Islands and run the
GBPA/Port Group Ltd from
there via FMS and IDC, if the
Government does not renew
his work permit at year-end.
"He could go to Cayman
and deal with the companies
from there," Sir Jack said,
indicating that he, the pur-
chasers of his GBPA stake
and Mr Babak have a 'Plan
B' to manoevere around both
the St George estate and
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham on the work permit issue.
Indeed, in his letter to the
Prime Minister announcing
he had signed an agreement
with an unnamed party to sell
his GBPA stake, Sir Jack indi-
cated Mr Babak would
remain as chairman if he and
the new investors had any-
thing to do with it.
He told Mr Ingraham that
the purchasers "do not want
to disturb that management
when they take over", a clear
reference to intentions to
keep Mr Babak in place.
While the St George camp
yesterday still appeared to be
digesting Sir Jack's announce-
ment of his sales agreement,
Mr Smith declining to address
it directly, one source said of
the proposed deal: "This is all
a Babak creation."
That may have been the
impression given to some by
Sir Jack's letter to the Prime
Minister, in which he said Mr


Babak and Andre Feldman,
an attorney who has repre-
sented the latter in the GBPA
ownership dispute, were
responsible for "bringing the
parties together and negoti-
ating an agreement extremely
satisfactory to everyone
involved".
The situation again indi-
cates that Sir Jack and Mr
Babak are determined not to
be pushed around by the
Prime Minister, the St
Georges and Hutchison
Whampoa, and are proceed-
ing to do an 'end-around' the
Government's preferred plans
for Freeport, hanging on to
the GBPA and its future
direction. Meanwhile, Mr
Smith described plans for Mr
Babak to run the GBPA from
the Cayman Islands as "unac-
ceptable", adding: "Effec-
tively, Freeport is going to
become a colony of the Cay-
man Islands.
"It is unconscionable that
the GBPA, being a local gov-
ernment authority, will be run
by an Austrian who cannot
get a work permit to run the
Port Group of Companies,
and he'll be doing it from the
Cayman Islands."
Sir Jack has been able to
control the GBPA/Port
Group Ltd and their Boards
because he has Board control
at IDC and FMS. The St
George estate has been
unable to have the IDC and
FMS shareholder registers
changed to reflect the
Supreme Court verdict that it
held a 50 per cent ownership
stake, Tribune Business was
told, due to Sir Jack's Board
control.
In addition, Sir Jack's attor-
neys have taken the position
that the Bahamian courts do
not have the power to order
that the share registers of
Cayman companies be
changed.
To cut through this, Mr
Smith said: "I urge the Gov-
ernment, for the avoidance of
doubt, to amend the Compa-
nies Act and Exchange Con-
trol Act to say that persons
who have made representa-
tions as to their beneficial


NOTICE


The public is hereby notified that the entrance
to the dock owned by Kelly's Lumber Yard
Limited and situated on the Southern Side of
the Harbour of Nassau and to the East of East
Street and the properties formerly know as the
"Clerihew" property and "Eleuthera Limited"
property situated on the North Side of Bay Street
approximately opposite Higgs & Kelly, 348 Bay
Street, will be closed to the public on Saturday
26th and Sunday 27th December, 2009 in order
to preserve the Private Properties Rights and to
prevent the Acquisition by the Public of a Right
of Way.


Dated this 16th Day of December, 2009.


MARY ELIZABETH BETTYY) KENNING,
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ownership in a Bahamian
company, the shares of which
are to be held by a foreign
company, should be held
liable for such representa-
tions. "They would be liable
to have the local Bahamian
shareholder register rectified,
and the shares in the Bahami-
an company issued to their
beneficial owners, so as to
reflect the representations
made to the Central Bank's
Exchange Control Depart-
ment."
Tribune Business has seen a
November 22, 2007, letter
sent to Mr Smith by the
Exchange Control Depart-
ment, which said: "We con-
firm that our records reflect
the beneficial ownership of
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority Group of Compa-
nies as vesting, as to 50 per
cent each of the shares, in Sir
Jack Hayward and the late
Edward St George."
Mr Smith suggested the
amendments should apply to
any representations made to
Bahamian regulatory author-
ities, such as the Investments
Board (Cabinet), when it
came to foreign companies
holding interests in Bahamian
entities for the beneficial own-
ers. He also urged the Gov-
ernment to "amend the Com-
panies Act to allow any ben-
eficial owners of such shares,
and the Government, to apply
to the courts in a summary
action to rectify the Bahamian
company's share register, and
cause the shares to be issued
in that way for the estate of
Mr St George, as beneficial
owner of shares in the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd.
"The Government, as a 7.5
per cent shareholder of the
GBPA, can apply to rectify
the register of GBPA and
Port Group Ltd, and to have
the shares in both companies
issued to the estate and Sir
Jack."
Mr Smith said: "The
amendments to the legislation
would be a moral high ground
for the Government, as it
would simply be inviting that
representations made to gov-
ernment agencies should be
correct. "This would bring the
shares of the Port Group of
Companies back home and
under the control of the Gov-
ernment in the sale, transac-
tion or acquisition of the
GBPA. This is especially
important, since the Port
Authority is the local govern-
ment authority for the
Bahamas.
"It is perverse to think that
a population of 70,000
Bahamians will be adminis-
tered as a colony by an Aus-
trian and Sir Jack from the
Cayman Islands."

NB: In a Wednesday,
December 16, Tribune Busi-
ness article on Sir Jack Hay-
ward's sale of his Port
Authority stake, Sir Jack
should have been quoted as
saying: "I was keen on get-
ting the right successor, and
the right people for Freeport
and Grand Bahama." Tri-
bune Business apologises for
the error.


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Fed holds rates at record low to fuel recovery
WASHINGTON leagues gave no signal that they're considering
raising rates anytime soon. They noted that con-
The Federal Reserve pledged Wednesday to summer spending remains sluggish, the job market
hold interest rates at a record low to drive down weak, wage growth slight and credit tight. Com-
double-digit unemployment and sustain the eco- panies are still wary of hiring, they said.
nomic recovery. Against that backdrop, the Fed kept its target
The Fed noted that the economy is growing, range for its bank lending rate at zero to 0.25
however slowly. percent, where it's stood since last December.
And turning more upbeat, it pointed to a slow- And it repeated its pledge, first made in March,
ing pace of layoffs. to keep rates at "exceptionally low levels" for an
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LESSONS AND CAROLS


By JEFFARAH GIBSON


ADRIAN Archer and the Highgrove
Singers of Highgrove Productions
are continuing the European
Christmas carolling tradition with the
'Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols' event
this Sunday.
This carolling festival has become part of Christ Church
Cathedral's annual music tradition.
"This was an English tradition that came to the Cathedral
some years ago. This festival has been a part of our tradition
for about 40 years now," Adrian Archer, director of the
Highgrove Singers told Tribune Religion.
'The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols' is a format for
a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus
Christ that is traditionally followed at Christmas.
Stories of the coming of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus
will unfold as the group performs selections from 13th cen-
tury musical composers.
"The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the
Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in a short Bible read-
ing, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and
hymns," he said.
Themes will be revealed as Biblical scriptures are read
and hymns are sang.
Christmas carols serve the purpose of recounting events
that took place almost 2,000 years ago at the coming and
birth of Christ.


Highgrove Singers hosts
special festival at Christ
Church Cathedral


Mr Archer said he thought it fitting to remind persons of
the day that brought Christians salvation.
"We are thrilled to have been given this special opportuni-
ty to sing this traditional service. Since the selection of music
is based on the readings. Being asked to lead this service pro-
vides our group an opportunity to explore the rich heritage
of Christmas choral music, which we might not have other-
wise thought to do," he said.
Not only will this service be one of celebration, it will also
be learning experience, since attendees will have the oppor-
tunity to learn chorale literature as well as Christmas music
of the 13th century.
"The music choral for the carol service spans the length
and breath of Christmas choral literature. We will be singing
works from (Giovanni Pierluigi da) Palestrina, written in the
13th century, to 20th century composers like John Tavener,
famous for his recessional work 'Song of Athene' at the
funeral of the late Princess Diana of Wales," Mr Archer said.
"Its absolutely beautiful music and I find the Tavener
piece particularly dramatic because although he is a modern-


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PG 30 * Thursday, December 17, 2009


RELIGION


The Tribune


Bahamas Baptist Union of Churches elects



new members for the Baptist Convention


By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

NEW beginnings were the
order of the day at the New
Providence District
Convention of the Bahamas
Baptist Union of Churches
last week.
After a day of elections, a host of
persons were confirmed as ministry
heads of various posts at the 13
churches that make up the Baptist
Convention.
The conference was prefaced by
the stepping down of president of the
New Providence District Convention
Rev Wilton McKenzie.
Auxiliary posts in the New
Providence District Convention of
the Bahamas Baptist Union
Churches were recently succeeded
by newly elected members from var-
ious Baptist churches.
After serving for 10 years as its
leader, Rev McKenzie resigned from
his post to make way for Rev Cedric
Farquharson to carry the


Convention to the next level.
The announcement of his resigna-
tion came during one of the weekday
meetings to mark the 50th Golden
Jubilee celebrations of the Baptist
Convention. No explanation was
given for Rev McKenzie's stepping
down.
From November 30 through
December 6, at Enoch Backford
Auditorium on Carmichael Road,
the various churches were informed
of the changes of the department
heads.
Rev McKenzie delivered his
farewell address at the session's
opening on Monday night.
He challenged those in attendance
to "continue working together for a
common goal, as the road ahead is
filled with curves and bumps."
Day and night sessions were held
during the week, and presidents
from the various auxiliaries of the
Convention also gave their address-
es.
Rev Joseph Rolle, pastor of
Carmichael Road Union Baptist
Church, was re-elected to his post as
head of the men's department for the
New Providence District


Convention.
He said he plans to use his plat-
form as men's department head to
promote unity and increased
involvement in his local church, the
Carmichael Road Union Baptist.
Rev Joseph Rolle and Minister
Lydia Rolle of the women's depart-
ment gave reports of their steward-
ship during the past year within their
respective sections.
Youth department head Johnathan
Rolle reflected on the activities
brought on-stream during his service
to the church.
After serving as youth president
for a combined 10 years, Johnathan
Rolle stepped down and Sharmaine
Munroe was elected to replace him
as head of the department.
Some of the remarks were con-
gratulatory, and others were farewell
messages to the church. The posts of
superintendent, president, first vice-
president, second vice-president,
secretary and other ministry posi-
tions were all filled.
The week-long event culminated
with an honours banquet on Friday
night at the auditorium and a thanks-
giving service on Sunday afternoon.


The thanksgiving service marked
the official closing of the convention,
and Superintendent of the Bahamas
Baptist Union, Rev Dr Charles
Saunders, delivered the closing ser-
mon.
He charged church members to
stick together, to resolve any con-
tentions that were caused as a result
of bringing on the new ministry
heads.
Rev Saunders challenged the
church members to work together.
A total of 24 persons were award-
ed at the banquet for their contribu-
tions to the work of the New
Providence District Convention over
the past 50 years.
President McKenzie praised the
stalwarts and presented them with
plaques and awards for their com-
mitted service.
In attendance were Minister of
Health Dr Hubert Minnis and leader
of the Opposition Perry Christie.
Both men brought congratulatory
remarks, and afterwards, Supt
Saunders challenged the congrega-
tion to continue to support the work
of the District, as well as its leader.


Christians need help A


By BISHOP V G CLARKE


BECAUSE true leadership is an act,
it requires planning. I have found that
a major weakness in many of our
evangelical Christian enterprises is in
planning - long-range planning, over a
three to five year span. Christians are
not generally accustomed to thinking
this far ahead, for most have heard
from Sunday School days that Jesus
may return at any moment.
Such truth forever remains, but it
should never inhibit growth by short-
circuiting responsible planning for the
future.
Long-range planning is what one
well-known author on management
calls "risk-taking or decision making".
Such planning takes courage because
of the risk factor. Such risk-taking
action is sometimes misunderstood.
It is not forecasting, forecasting


attempts to find the most probable
course - concerned with future deci-
sions.
It is concerned rather with the future
of present decision; an attempt to elim-
inate risks. (It means the capacity to
take greater risks - and the right risks).
"It is never safe to play it safe."
An outstanding story of World War
II that discloses the importance of
planning is the British offensive
against German Army in North
Africa.
Under General Erwin Rommel, the
Germans had pushed nearly the whole
way to Cairo.
In desperation the British High
Commander assigned the task of turn-
ing the situation around to Field
Marshall Bernard Montgomery.
Immediately Montgomery let it be
known that he was going to take the
initiative.


He planned carefully with great
detail. Throughout the whole chain of
command down to the privates, each
person was told specifically what his
job was to be.
A perfect coordinated team was
formed, and each man knew precisely
the commander's objectives and how
they were to be achieved.
When the British Offensive began
with this great precision, the mighty
German Army was routed, and it
became one of the early turning points
in the war.
Montgomery was successful because
through solid planning he was able to
excite, motivate and challenge all his
troops. The challenge to them to per-
form made the difference.
Planning spells the difference;
remember that it is work done today
to cause to happen tomorrow what we
specifically want to happen.







The Tribune


RELIGION


Thursday, December 17, 2009 * PG 31


IS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT MANDATED,




PROHIBITED OR PERMITTED?


By CEPHAS FERGUSON


PART 2

THOSE who believe that capital
punishment is permitted must consider
the third question: What principles
should guide the state in determining
whether to exercise the death penalty?
For those who hold that the state is
permitted to execute wrong-doers, the
key question is this, "Is there a unique
benefit to using the death penalty, or
can other (less severe) sanctions accom-
plish the same ends?
Here the discussion includes prag-
matic consideration - what methods
best meet the objectives of criminal
punishment?
This is not to suggest, however, that
Christians should set aside Biblical prin-
ciples in search of what works best.
Pragmatic considerations must always
be governed by Biblical principles of
justice.
Christians have sought this balance
on similar issues, such as the issue of
just war. Most Christians regard war as
evil in principle, but an evil which may
be justified under certain conditions.

1. General deterrence:
General deterrence is the theory that
when one person is punished for his or
her crime, other potential offenders
decide not to commit that crime for fear
of being similarly punished.
It is a commonsense theory with the
misfortune of being virtually impossible
to prove. In fact, every study but one
has documented that executions do not
deter crime.
The one exception has received much
publicity and much criticism, but has
not been successfully replicated by any
other researcher.
After reviewing all the research, it
was found that the evidence was incon-
clusive.
However, reason suggests that for
deterrence to operate, offenders must
(1) care what will happen to them, (2)
expect to be caught and convicted, and
(3) take time to consider (1) and (2).
But these conditions are rarely met.
According to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, 55 per cent of all homi-
cides are committed by a relative or
acquaintance of the victim, usually dur-
ing an argument.
Relatively few are premeditated.


There is little evidence of whether
they would have been substantially less
deterred by the prospect of another
sentence, life imprisonment, for exam-
ple.
Scripture cites deterrence as a basis
for the death penalty in three kinds of
crimes, all premeditated.
Deuteronomy 17:12-13 names willful
contempt of court as a capital offence.
According to verse 13, the execution
was clearly meant as a deterrent: "All
the people will hear and be afraid, and
will not be contemptuous again."
Deuteronomy 19:16-21 gives a similar
situation - If one willfully gave false tes-
timony in court and if the falsehood was
revealed, the witness received the pun-
ishment the accused would have gotten.
In capital cases, of course, this meant
death.
Deuteronomy 21;18-21 concerns chil-
dren who persistently rebelled against
their parents.
The parents were to publicly declare
that their child would not obey them,
and the child was to be executed.
Here again, the phrase is repeated,
"And all Israel will hear of it and be
afraid."
But the Bible does not give deter-
rence as a reason for executing mur-
derers. This does not prove that execut-
ing murderers has no deterrent effect,
of course. But it does show the weak-
ness of general deterrence - it can deter
only premeditated crimes.
If it can be shown that executions
deter crime, this becomes a powerful
argument for the death penalty.
But this has yet to be shown. In fact,
the evidence suggests the opposite.
Three studies have examined the
impact of capital punishment law revi-
sions in seven states by comparing the
resulting change in homicide rates in
those states with the rates in surround-
ing states.
For example, Oregon abolished capi-
tal punishment in the early 1960s. A
study compared the homicide rate in
Oregon with those in Washington,
Idaho, California, and Nevada.
Although homicide rates increased in
all five states, they actually went up less
in Oregon than in the other states.
This was borne out in six of seven
states studied.
Only one state showed evidence that
capital punishment deterred, in the oth-
ers it had the opposite effect.


2. Specific deterrence:
Specific deterrence is the theory that
punishing an offender will prevent him
or her from committing further crimes.
Obviously someone who has been
executed will never murder again. What
is not so obvious is whether such an
extreme sanction is necessary to
achieve this purpose.
Imprisoning murderers for life under
appropriate security also prevents them
from killing.

3. Punishment
Punishment is the theory that a
penalty must follow an offence.
Retributionists argue that other con-
siderations such as deterrence and reha-
bilitation are not as important as estab-
lishing the law by penalising its viola-
tors.
This is a strong argument - punish-
ment is clearly important.
However, retributionists differ over
whether capital punishment is an
appropriate punishment.
Many have argued that imprisonment
punishes as well as or better than exe-
cution, mainly because they believe it is
almost impossible to be certain of guilt.
Death is irreversible. If an innocent
person is mistakenly executed, there is
no remedy.
In itself, this does not prove that the
state should not practice capital punish-
ment. But it does require Christians
who advocate capital punishment to
show that it serves a purpose that out-
weighs its finality.
Capital punishment stirs the emo-
tions of both its advocates and oppo-
nents.
Debates, which often degenerate into
name-calling, are actually much more
complicated than the debaters may sug-
gest.
Proponents are not necessarily
vengeful, unforgiving advocates of
"legalised lynching".
Opponents are not necessarily weak-
hearted, viewing the world through
rose-colored glasses, ignoring justice in
their desire to be merciful.
Undoubtedly there are such people in
both camps, but such stereotypes are
unfair.
It is hoped that this outline for discus-
sion will facilitate dialogue that pro-
duces "light" rather than "heat" on this
critical issue - literally an issue of life
and death.


4. Fairness
There is significant evidence that the
death penalty is applied unfairly.
Despite court-ordered sentencing
reform, the death sentence is still affect-
ed by the race of victim and the offend-
er.
A study comparing death penalty
probabilities for various racial combina-
tions of offender and victim demon-
strated that the death sentence was
most often imposed when a black killed
a white.
Whites who killed whites were sen-
tenced to death one-third less often,
and only a small fraction of persons
(black or white) who killed blacks were
executed.
In fact, the difference was so pro-
nounced that the authors W J Bowers
and G L Pierce concluded: "Among
felony killings, for which the death
penalty is more apt to be used, race of
victims is chief basis of differential
treatment."
In a recent case of racial discrimina-
tion, a black was convicted and sen-
tenced to death for the murder of a
white police officer during a robbery.
The Supreme Court upheld the death
sentence.
Statistical evidence that demonstrates
disparity in the imposition of capital
punishment due to the race of a victim
or defendant was held to be insufficient
to show a denial of equal protection or
a violation of the Eighth Amendment.
To prevail under the equal protection
clause, a defendant must show that the
decision-makers in his or her case acted
with discriminatory purpose.

5. Reluctance
Finally, there seems to be a growing
lack of reluctance to execute.
Courts have painstakingly reviewed
capital cases; there is frustration with
the courts for delaying executions and
perhaps a false sense of reality since the
pace of actual executions has been so
much slower than imposition of the
death sentence.
Whatever the reason, the trial courts,
legislatures, and general public no
longer appear reluctant to execute.
These shortcomings raise questions
about whether Christians can support
most of the existing death penalty laws -
until these shortcomings are adequately
addressed.







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RELIGION


The Tribune


l EIATON


A new attitude


NOW that we are in the throes of
acquiring new things for Christmas, you
may wish to get in the Christmas spirit
and begin to shop around for a new atti-
tude.
Think of yourself as if you were able
to participate in becoming a decoration.
Your smile each day would glow like
the string of lights that are already
adorning early Christmas trees.
Your kind voice may remind others of
happy times when friendships are gen-
uine, family life harmonious, and all is
well in the land as angels voices once
rang out about peace.
Like a nativity scene, you can draw
others into the true reason for the sea-
son, encouraging them to prepare their
hearts for the coming of the Christ
Child.
If you were an Advent wreath, you
would speak of the passing of time, the
urgency of the moment, and the ever-
green nature of a growing faith.
Even as an Advent Calendar you
would teach about the meaning behind
the symbols, and create excited antici-


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RE\V N(,EL_X


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pation.
You may not actually become any of
these things, but you have your special
part to play.
Think of Mary's trip to Elizabeth as
they share each other's good news.
Think of the impending trip to
Bethlehem that requires some prepara-
tion.
Think of your heart as the stable that
will be the birth place of the Christ
child.
What must you do to make it fit for a
king?
Watching and waiting, working and
witnessing, these are all active verbs
which require us to pay a price.
Waiting is an excellent balance to our


God with us


By BISHOP ELGARNET B RAHMING

"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and
shall bring forth a son, and they shall call
his name Emmanuel, which being inter-
preted is, God with us". (Matthew 1:23)

THE nations had their gods. Many
of them were the works of men's
hands.
One of them was Dagon, god of the
Philistines. Then there was Baal, the
Sun-god of the Phoenicians along with
Ashtoreth, their Moon-goddess.
Israel's God was Jehovah, invisible
Spirit, though at times, manifesting
himself in a visible presence.
What an amazing prophecy this was
which came through the Prophet
Isaiah that a son would be born of a
virgin, and that His name would be
called Emmanuel - "God with us!"
God of heaven and eternity wrapped
in a fleshly human body, emerging
from a virgin's womb as a helpless
infant - to the natural mind this would
seem incredible and beyond possible.
Then to observe this little infant grow
into childhood, into adolescence, then
to mature as an intelligent and wise
young man, all the while being


Emmanuel, we surely are made to
marvel at such a mighty miracle
wrought according to the perfect plan
and purposes of Almighty God for the
eternal redemption of humankind.
It is no wonder then that the angels
sang at His birth, "Glory to God in the
highest" as they made the glad
announcement that took shepherds
away from their flocks to go into
Bethlehem to "see this thing which
(was) come to pass, which the Lord
(had) made known unto (them)".
(Luke 2:15)
To think upon such an unparalleled
condescension still leaves us with a
feeling of awe and wonder, that the
holy Creator of the universe and all
that is therein would make himself
human and dwell as a mortal in this
sin-cursed world.
In advance of His incarnation,
Emmanuel saw His rejection; yet, he
came to earth anyway. What made
Him do it? The only one answer is
love!
It was divine love, unfathomable
love!
We talk about it; we write about it,
we marvel at it, but we cannot compre-
hend it.


"instant" reality.
It brings us back to the rhythms of the
seasons when everything has its proper
time.
More of us need to learn the patience
that is associated with waiting. Often we
are made more worthy of the expected
event, while we wait.
Witnessing is the forth-telling and the
foretelling of what else God has done in
the past and will do in the future.
You have much to share as you culti-
vate your new attitude: How far the
Lord has brought you; how gracious the
Lord is; how sweet the fellowship of the
Holy Spirit and so much more.
The harvest still is plentiful and the
labourers all too few.
This is the time of year when there is
so much work that one can do.
Who needs attention at this time of
possible loneliness?
Who is struggling with a pile of bills?
Who is not in a position to provide
for their children something that says
this is meant to be a special time of
year?

However, we can all respond to
God's amazing and great love with
grateful hearts as we embrace
Emmanuel in a personal way as our
loving Saviour.
Today, wherever God's people gath-
er, this same Emmanuel still stands in
their midst, with the same care for
their anxieties, desires and needs. And
so, I say to all who name the name of
Christ, God is with you in this time of
economic recession.
God is with you in the midst of our
crime crisis. God is with you in the
midst of your fiery trials.
God is with you when you cannot see
how to get out of your trying situa-
tions. God is with you when you are
used, abused and persecuted for right-
eousness sake. God is with you when
your spouse and children reject you.
God is with you when your friends
and associates forsake you. God is with
you when you don't see how the bills
will be paid, and He is with you even if
you are without toys for the children,
and without a ham and turkey to serve
at this Christmas time.
How blessed we are when we recog-
nise Jesus, Emmanuel is in our midst,
saying, "peace be unto you" and "I will
never leave you nor forsake you".
How blessed we are when we know
without a doubt that Emmanuel is with
us perpetually. He is present among us
because He loves us unconditionally.


If you have had a year of abundance
it is still more blessed to give than to
receive.
If you have had a reduced income
then visit someone who needs a friend
and make your presence become your
present.
What about making gifts that are a
true sign of who you are; little baskets
of personal items, a garment that was
hand-made, cookies or cake or even a
whole meal for someone recently
divorced or bereaved. A plant from
your garden, an invitation to lunch or
tea at your home, a gift to a charity, or a
subscription to an inspiring magazine
are ways to say, "I am thinking of you"
in a unique and special way.
Let us give what we have to the glory
of God, grateful for this year's bountiful
returns.
Let us appreciate who or what we still
have if we've lost someone or some-
thing that meant the world to us. May
we all be encouraged and reach out
some more with a new Christmas atti-
tude.


And so, we thank God that love
came down at Christmas, and that love
still abides here on earth dwelling in
the hearts and lives of those who have
received God's greatest gift in the per-
son of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Emmanuel.
May you and your family have a joy-
ful and blessed Christmas, and a New
Year of peace, progress and success in
the things of God and of men.
Merry Christmas!







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RELIGION


Thursday, December 17, 2009 * PG 33


The myth of Christmas and the tree


THE purpose of this article is to
shed a little light of where we as a
people came from and how we got
here.
A study of God's word, not just the
reading, but a study would clearly
show that some of the religious tradi-
tions we've held onto over the years
have absolutely nothing to do with
Father Yahweh and his Son, Yeshuwa
Messiah.
How can this be? I'm glad you
asked.
Throughout the Old Testament we
see where God admonished the chil-
dren of Israel not to observe or par-
take in the pagan custom, culture and
traditions of the other nations He
would drive out before them.
Yet as educated Bahamians we've
created reasons why we should hold
onto various religious rituals, customs
and traditions even when we know
them to be wrong based upon the
word of God (Deuteronomy 12:29-32;
18:9-14).
Come, let's talk about your sacred
cow: Christmas and the tree.
Christmas: Religion and the teach-
ings of men have taught us that Jesus
is the reason for the season, that's
why we celebrate Christmas.
Boy, what a good and effective lie,
so much so that people will argue or
even fight for their Christmas.
The concept of Christmas was first
mentioned or used in 1038 AD.
The word Christmas derives from
the term Christ-mass, which is from
the Catholic mn., ' a religious festi-
val or mass in commemoration of the
birth of Christ.
It's from this religion and tradition
we've been taught to celebrate and
acknowledge December 25 as Jesus'
birthday. When the truth and fact is
that the date of Christ's birth is
unknown, best guess is spring of 6 BC
nowhere near December.
The first mention of December 25


as the birth date of Jesus occurred in
336 AD in an early Roman calendar.
The celebration of this day as Jesus'
birth date was influenced by pagan
festivals held at that time.
The ancient Romans held year-end
celebrations to honour the birthday
of Saturn, their harvest god, and
Mithras, their "god of light".
As part of all these celebrations,
the people prepared special foods,
decorated their homes with greenery
and joined in singing and gift giving.
These customs gradually became part
of the Christmas celebration.
There is no doubt that we - this so-
called Christian Nation - has been
bamboozled, bewitched, hood-
winked, through erroneous religion in
many facets; especially that of the
Christmas season and celebrations of
which I looked forward to.
But one encounter with Yeshuwa
Messiah and the continual revealing
of spiritual truths via the Holy Spirit
has put an end to my erroneous
beliefs of Christmas and other reli-
gious notions and celebrations.
The apostle Paul asked the church-
es of Galatia in Galatians 3:1: "O
Foolish Galatians, who hath
bewitched you, that you should not
obey the truth."
And then in Galatians 4: 9-10, the
apostle warns the church about turn-
ing away from God to the observing
of days, and months, and times, and
years.
So, likewise I'm asking, "O Foolish
Bahamians, who hath bewitched you,
that you should not obey the truth?"
Watch this!


Here's what Yeshuwa said in
Matthew 15:8-9.
"This people draweth nigh unto me
with their mouth, and honoureth me
with their lips; but their heart is far
from me.
"But in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the command-
ments of men."
As a religious Christian nation we
often wonder why our country is
deteriorating spiritually and morally,
why are we bombarded with so many
murders and other serious crimes?
It's because we've opened the doors
to these and many other devices of
the
enemy as a result of our partial obe-
dience to the word of God.
The Christmas tree: The people in
Scandinavia once worshipped trees
and when they became Christians
they made evergreen trees part of
their Christian festivals.
The custom of decorating homes
and churches with evergreens began
in ancient Roman times.
Today, our religious custom is that
around this time of year just about
everybody puts a Christmas tree in
their house, office or their church and
decorates it with lights, gold and sil-
ver frills for their own religious rea-
sons, and then through ignorance
they can often heard boldly declaring
that "Jesus is the reason for the sea-
son."
Well, my brothers and sisters,
despite what your religious leaders
may have taught you, even though he
or she may have been sincere, as
they've even provided a few scrip-
tures verses to confirm their teach-
ings, I submit to you that in all of their
sincerity, they are sincerely wrong .
Yeshuwa Messiah, also known as
Jesus the Christ, is not the reason for
what we're celebrating and calling
Christmas.
Listen! Your Christmas tree, its dec-


orations, the turkey, the honey-baked
ham along with your giving and
receiving of gifts have their own reli-
gious origin. It's just that the enemy
has done an effective job in deceiving
the religious Christian worldwide into
this form of worship due to the fact
that the word Christ is mentioned in
Catholicism's high mass, Christmas.
Now, before you start player hating,
let me say this - you do have the rights
to believe as you choose based upon
whatever teachings you're receiving.
But don't you think that its time for
you to get up of your lazy "duff" and
begin to seriously studying God's
word and stop waiting/relying on your
religious leaders to feed you with
what they've religiously determined is
the truth (2 Timothy 2:15)?
Here is what God's Word says about
your expensive, beautiful Christmas
trees:
Jeremiah 10:2-5: "Thus saith the
Lord, learn not the way of the hea-
then, and be not dismayed at the signs
of heaven; for the heathen are dis-
mayed at them.
"For the customs of the people are
vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the
forest, the work of the hands of the
workman, with the ax.
"They deck it with silver and with
gold; they fasten it with nails and with
hammers, that it move not.
"They are upright as the palm tree,
but speak not: they must needs be
borne, because they cannot go. Be not
afraid of them; for they cannot do evil,
neither also is it in them to do good."
I'm not telling you what to believe,
but what do you believe?


* For questions or comments contact us
via e-mail at pastormallen@yahoo.com or
telephone number 1-242-441-2021.
Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Alien
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center
International


Highgrove Singers hosts special


festival at Christ Church Cathedral


FROM page 29

day composer he uses old Gregorian
chant melodies as the basis of his work,
bringing the old and the new musical
formats together."


Mr Archer he believes that the
'Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols'
should be a living and breathing thing,
encompassing the elements that address
our present day musicians.
"In that light we are pleased to fea-
ture the work of Clint Higgs who is a


Bahamian published composer, present-
ly a member of Ebenezer Methodist
Church," he said.
Although it is unclear where and
when Christmas carols originated from,
they have a very long history, appearing
for the first time during the fourth cen-
tury in Rome.
And according to Mr Archer, car-
olling started off mainly as a dance.
"It was the only way people knew
how to make sense of the Biblical sto-
ries," he said.
"Carols made the church more acces-


sible to individuals. Even though people
weren't allowed to sing carols in the
church they continue to sing them in
their homes."
Because of the introduction of carols
people can now understand and make
sense of the stories surrounding Jesus.
"Hymns are more powerful than a
sermon, since the message is reiterated,
and since music is so much powerful and
thought provoking than anything," Mr
Archersaid. The service will be held this
Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral
beginning at 6pm.







PG 34 * Thursday, December 17, 2009


RELIGION


The Tribune


� TE HSTOY O RLIGON N TE AHAAS A


Rev John Dave


account of


the 1866 Hurricane Part 2


The letter from the Rev John Davey
in The Baptist Magazine of 1866 con-
tinues as follows:

From the "Nassau Guardian" we
take the following description of the
tempest: -
A fresh breeze blew on Sunday
evening last, and those who walked on
the Esplanade or elsewhere, congratu-
lated themselves on the favourable
change in the weather; but to those used
to observe the weather, appearances
decidedly bespoke a "blow".
The wind increased during the night,
and about 7 o'clock on Monday morn-
ing had become a regular gale, accom-
panied with rain.
The bar of the harbour appeared a
ridge of foam, and the harbour itself,
formed by the long, low rocky land
"Hog Island", though it kept off the
main sea, yet left all exposed to the vio-
lence of the wind, which kept steadily
increasing.
The short seas breaking in rapid suc-
cession upon the line of wharves along
Bay-street, the abutment of the
Barrack-square, the Esplanade, and
rocky shore to the westward sending
dense wreaths of spray over everything.
Rumour soon reported much damage
among the shipping.
Small boats, lumber, various gear and
fragments began to bestrew the
Ordnance Wharf, etc., and in Bay-street
the scene was excitingly sad, most of the
spacious stores and warehouses (on the
north side next the harbour), principal-
ly with roofs of corrugated iron or other


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metals, were unroofed; immense sheets
of metal were whirled along in the wind,
and torn up like sheets of paper, and the
whole thoroughfare was covered with
portions of shipping and houses.
The passage was not only dangerous,
but difficult in the extreme, the few
people seen about being frequently
brought to a stand-still by the corner of
a street, and obliged to cling to lamp-
posts or pillars of the piazzas, till a par-
tial lull in the wind enabled them to
make a run forward to go on afresh.
The public market and wharf exhibited
a scene of wild excitement, a number of
vessels jammed together against the
abutment - fishermen and boatmen
shouting to the crews of the vessels,
who, like those on shore were equally
unable to save their property - the
larger vessels rolling against the smaller,
and smashing them to fragments, and in
their turn were broken up against the
stone wall of the wharf. The other
streets began to show the effects of the
storm - parts of verandahs, window
shutters, and branches of trees, and
occasionally a whole tree were blown
down.
About 1.30 or 2pm, it was impossible
to remain abroad; it was dangerous to
take shelter under walls or houses, and


totally impossible to remain standing
when exposed to the presence of the
wind, which shook every building.
The sensation within doors was like
the vibrations of a railway car attached
to an express train; the noise of the
wind, combining with the sound of the
waves, kept up a loud bellowing roar,
varied with thunder-like gusts, and were
succeeded by a crashing sound which
indicated destruction of some kind or
other.
Green seas were now breaking upon
the wharves of the town and govern-
ment property, sending their spray over
the tops of the houses, and, together
with the heavy falling of rain and hail,
made the air as obscure as the thickest
fog, which, as it now and again cleared
partially for a few moments, shows
some further damage, houses being dis-
mantled in all directions, and the frag-
ments, intermingled with branches of
trees, swept along at an alarming pace.
The trees that remained standing
were being rapidly stripped of their
leaves. Every house was in a state of
commotion, the wind and rain penetrat-
ing everywhere, doing every kind of
damage, and causing indescribable
inconvenience. A lull in the storm
occurred about 7.30 or 8pm, which for-
tunately enabled those who had some
shelter remaining, to offer a share of it
to their less fortunate neighbours.
About 9 o'clock it sprung up again in
a south-easterly direction, but with far
less violence, and altogether subsided
by day-break.
Next morning, the whole scene was


indeed a desolation, the most familiar
objects were scarcely to be recognized;
some gone entirely.
Distressing accounts of the effects of
the hurricane on the out-islands are
being received.
We learn with sorrow that St John's
Church and thirty-eight houses at
Harbour Island have been levelled with
the dust, and that the settlements of
Spanish Wells, the Current, Governor's
Harbour, and other parts of Eleuthera
are nearly swept away.
At Abaco, the work of destruction
has been awful.
Our correspondent at Great
Harbour, in a letter dated the 4th
instant says, "I am sorry to inform
you that we had a severe hurricane on
the 1st of October, ruining all the plan-
tations, making all the water in the
tanks unfit for use, blowing down all the
kitchens, several dwelling-houses, the
public school-house, the assistant-keep-
er's dwelling, belonging to Elbow Cay
Lighthouse, and doing a great deal
more damage than I can mention. The
poorer classes were trusting to their
plantations, which are all destroyed,
and I expect they will starve."
But as we look back in history - after
the 1866 hurricane, once again as so
many times in the past, the faithful resi-
dents rebuilt their lives, homes and
community with the assistance of many
other generous people.
And nature reached out her healing
hand as the flora and fauna slowly
regenerated to bring back the enchant-
ment and beauty of the Bahamas.


SEIGIU NOTE


CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE 2009/10
FOR THE ST CECILIA'S PARISH ON
THIRD AND FOURTH STREETS, NASSAU

Thursday, December 24 - Christmas
Eve Carol Service at 11pm followed
by Midnight Mass.

Friday, December 25 - Christmas
Day Mass at 9am

Sunday, December 27 - Feast of the


Holy Family Mass at 9am

Monday, December 28 - Mass of the
Holy Innocents at 7am

Thursday, December 31 - New Year's
Eve Watch Night Service at 11pm
followed by Midnight Mass

Friday, January 1 - New Year's Day
Mass at 9am

Sunday, January 3 - Epiphany Mass
at 9am


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RELIGION


Thursday, December 17, 2009 * PG 35


A Joshua Generation


'And there arose another generation after
them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet
the works which he had done for Israel."

I WONDER who the finger can be
pointed at for how of our children
behave no matter where they are (no
it is not all of them).
Once it is negative behaviour no
one wants to take responsibility for
those actions.
However, it makes you wonder
what is it that we as parents and soci-
ety are teaching our children.
We have come such a long way as a
nation to just let our children slip
through our fingers.
Parenting is hard work and parents
cannot do it by themselves.
It will take the village to raised our
children. A few weeks ago at Fam
Fest at Arawark Cay, a wonderful
time came very close to being spoiled


by behaviours that were displayed.
Their were persons walking through
crowds of people without saying,
"excuse me."
If your foot was stepped on their
was no, "I'm sorry".
Some of them used offensive lan-
guage and degrading remarks. My
grandmother always used to say to
me, "manners and respect carry you
through the world." When I see things
like I saw on that weekend I thank
God for the way I was raised.
My grandmother taught me and
those who helped her, that when want


something you say, "may I have
please." When you walk into a room
you speak whether it was morning,
noon or night. When you walk into a
public place like the bank and you
give a general greeting for everyone,
the looks you get are a amazing. You
would think that you are on a foreign
planet.
When you receive something you
are to say, "thank you". When answer-
ing someone you are to say, "yes
ma'am, yes sir, no ma'am, no sir."
These were the simple principles
that we were raised on. God help you
if the neighbour was to give a bad
report on you.
That's the stuff that our foundation
was made out of. We looked out for
each other and kept an eye on one
another's children.
That doesn't happen anymore.
People failed to realise that it truly
takes a village to raise a child.
I just don't understand why some
parents go into the schools to fight
teachers if their child or children are
disciplined.
I wonder if we as parents realise
that our children are a reflection on
us. No matter what is said, it all
begins at home.
Teachers can only do so much. And
if what the teachers do at school is not
being enforced at home there will
always be a problem.
One day, my uncle and I were driv-
ing somewhere and we were listening
to one of the local talk shows.
They were discussing customer
service, especially in the hotel indus-
try.
A chef had called in and said some
of the things that should be said to
guests weren't being said.
Things such as, good morning,
good day, please, thank you, yes
ma'am, yes sir."
As she (the chef) was speaking I
was amazed because these were the
things that we learn as children at
home. My uncle and I begun our own
discussion and agreed that it all
comes back to the home life.
These are the things that we learn
at home.
It just can't be stressed enough that
manners are first taught at home.
We have moved so far from that
foundation, it is truly pitiful and we
blame everyone other than those
who should be blamed.
Yes, I know children have a mind
of their own and do their own thing.
When they do their own thing, do
we as parents or guardians call them


to account for their actions?
Do we cause them to understand
the consequences of what happens
when they choose to go against what
mommy, daddy or who ever is
responsible for them tells them to
do?
Along with that, God has given us
a way to raise our children.
He said to raise them in "fear and
admonishment" of Him.
The Bible says if you raise them in
this way they will never apart from it.
I know we wonder sometimes if
God's way really works, and I will say
that it does.
You see, God can't lie and His
Word will not return to Him void.
The best time to do this is when we
have influence in our children's lives.
God says at the breast we are to
teach them. When we do anything
contrary to God's way we always get
into trouble.
Her Majesty's Prison, Simpson
Penn Centre for Boys and the
Williemae Centre Pratt for Girls are
perfect examples of doing things our
way.
If truth be told we cannot afford
not to raise our children in the fear of
the Lord. They would be better off
with God.
Yes, some of us grew up rough, but
it didn't kill us. It caused us to appre-
ciate the value of a dollar and be
grateful for the little that we have.
Our upbringing developed a work-
ing mind inside of us. The Bible says
by the sweat of a man's brow shall he
eat bread. It made us survivors and
better human beings. Nowadays we
do a disservice to our children. They
don't have earn anything, everything
is handed down to them.
They have the worst grades and
they still get the name brand of what-
ever item they want.
No respect for parents or anyone
else, and still there is no reprimand
for them.
As parents we have created the lit-
tle monsters that live in our homes.
They behave in one manner with you
and out of your presence you can't
tell them from the devil himself.
We have to raise our children in the
way of God. They will be better for it.
We as parents will have to make up
our minds if we are going to raise our
children in God. The distractions are
various and the devil uses them to
take their attention off of what is
truly important. However, once they
have a Godly foundation the Bible
says they will never part from it.







PG 36 0 Thursday, December 17, 2009


RELIGION


The Tribune


Bahamian consecrated Bishop of Guyana


By CLAYTON N CURTIS

AMID all the pomp and
pageantry that accompanies
the ordination rite of the
Anglican Church, Bahamian-
born Father Cornell Jerome
Moss was made a Bishop in
the Church in the Province of
the West Indies on Tuesday,
December 8.
The site was the historic Gothic St
George's Cathedral in the city of
Georgetown, Guyana, South America.
For decades, this national landmark
has boasted of being the largest wood-
en structure in the world and with a
seating capacity of 1,400, has been the
site of many national observances.
Clergy from throughout the West
Indies, along with a near-capacity
crowd gathered for this historic occa-
sion as Father Moss became the 7th
Bishop of this Diocese, succeeding the
Rev Randolph 0 George, who served
as the Diocesan Bishop from 1980 to
2008.
Guyana, coincidentally, is the only
English-speaking country on the South
American continent.
This Diocese was well represented
with priests from Abaco, Eleuthera,
Exuma, Turks and Caicos, as well as
New Providence and Grand Bahama in
attendance.
The procession entered the cathedral
shortly after 10am, led by the serving
choir and including the 'who's who' of
the upper echelon of the Anglican
Church of the West Indies. This includ-
ed 18 current and
retired bishops; the Chancellor of the
Province, Ruby Nottage of the Diocese
of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos
Islands; Provincial Registrar Bernard
Turner, also of the Bahamas, other par-
ticipants, and of course, the candidate
himself, Father Moss.
Following the readings of Holy
Scripture which were done by Susan
Hunt and Yvonne Lewis, mother and
mother-in-law respectively of the
Bishop Designate, the Bishop of our
own diocese, Rev Laish Boyd, Sr,
chanted the Gospel which was taken
from John 10:11-16. The preacher for
this historic occasion was retired
Archbishop of the Province and Bishop
of the Bahamas Drexel Gomez.
The text of the sermon was taken
from the Gospel of John 13:1 and
although it focused on the relationship
between Christ and His disciples, it was
only the preamble for the main thrust


of the message which was filled with
words of encouragement for the new
Bishop as he takes up his ministry in a
country and culture that is totally new
to him and one that will be filled with
challenges.
Bishop Designate Moss was admon-
ished to:
1. Lay out a framework that will
guide his ministry while at the same
time showing a path to God. Stay close
to Jesus in all his actions and decisions
while maintaining solidarity with God
through fervent prayer and fellowship.
Pray without ceasing.
2. Maintain solidarity in and among
the people of the country, especially
with respect to conflict resolution. Be
mindful of the diverse ethnic mix, fos-
tering practical unity of all mankind in
Christ. All are one in Jesus Christ.
3. There will be economic challenges
and these can at times give rise to ten-
dencies that can lead to oppression.
4. Realise a practical approach to
politics and be cognisant of the
partisan grounds but work together
to achieve national unity.

With respect to the church,
Archbishop Gomez urged the new
Bishop to:

1. Maintain solidarity with the clergy
through effective leadership and
thereby attract new, young persons
who may wish to test their vocation to
sacred ministry.
2. Encourage and inspire participa-
tion of the laity in the work of the
church at both the diocesan and
parish levels.
3. Christian stewardship has to be a
priority if the work of the church
is to be done. Sustained, proportion-
ate giving of time, talent and treasure
are vital if the church is to survive.

And finally, the new Bishop was
reminded that he is not alone and that
he is actually sharing in the ministry of
Jesus Christ himself.
He should continue to lead persons
to Christ who is indeed the way, the
truth and the life.
He was also assured of the prayers of
the Blessed Virgin Mary, the saints and
the people from his home Diocese.
After declaring that it was indeed his
intent to be ordained as a Bishop, the
candidate was examined by the House
of Bishops and in the presence of the
people who pledged to support him in
this new office.
Prior to the actual consecration, the
prayers of the people were offered
through the chanting of the Litany for


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BAHAMIAN Cornell Jerome Moss is the 7th Bishop in the Church in the Province of the
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Ordinations, which was led by Clayton
Curtis, while the candidate was lying
prostrate before the altar.
By the laying on of hands by all bish-
ops present, and the anointing with the
holy oil of the Chrism, Cornell Jerome
Moss was ordained a bishop in the
church and subsequently presented
with the instruments of his office.
Once this phase of the service was
complete, the new Bishop was present-
ed to the people amidst a loud fanfare
which was played by members of the
Guyana Police Force Band.
The Eucharist was celebrated after
the elements were consecrated by
Bishop Moss and other assisting bish-
ops.
Presenting the elements were per-
sons specifically selected by Bishop
Moss and included his wife, Carol.
The mass continued in its standard
format, as the hundreds of persons fed
on the symbolic body and blood of
Christ.
Special music was provided by an
augmented choir comprising persons
from the various Anglican churches,
other denominations and the Woodside
Chorus, a popular community concert
choir.
They performed an original composi-
tion entitled, 'A New Time' (a song for
leaders in the church), which, although


not written specifically for this occa-
sion, was actually performed in public
for the first time at this consecration.
Crowds gathered outside the historic
church to get a glimpse of the new bish-
op who became an instant attraction, as
his ordination and consecration
received extensive front page coverage
in all of the local newspapers.
A sizable contingent travelled from
the Bahamas and posed with Bishop
Moss on the steps of the cathedral fol-
lowing the service.
A mid-afternoon reception followed
which culminated a full day of excite-
ment and euphoria.
On Sunday, December 13, Rev
Cornell J Moss was enthroned as the
Lord Bishop of Guyana, again in
services held in the Cathedral Church
of St George at 4pm.
In his address, he stated how hum-
bling this entire experience has been
and he pledged to work to build up and
strengthen the work and presence of
the church in that country.
He stressed that it is not a singular
task but that he will need the assistance
of all to achieve his goals and together,
they will move the Anglican Church
forward and to unprecedented heights.
Returning to the Bahamas following
the consecration Bishop Moss was
given a grand reception in Freeport.




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