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hits back at allegations

By ALISON LOWE he said. Asked why he
Tribune Staff Reporter thought the accusations


alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE high-ranking PLP
member accused of paying
off or knowingly encourag-
ing non-Elizabeth residents
to register to vote in the con-
stituency on the premise
that they would support his
party yesterday denied
"knowing anything about"
such activity.
Following closely behind
allegations by the Free
National Movement and the
Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment earlier this week that
"senior members" of the
PLP or "PLP operatives"
had engaged in illicit behav-
iour in an effort to bolster
their chances of winning the
by-election, The Tribune
yesterday confirmed the
name of one individual both
parties are said to believe
was primarily responsible.
But the senior PLP in
question said that if anyone
did round up and pay off
non-residents to vote PLP, it
was not him.
"I know nothing about it,"


might be directed at him, he
said he did not know.
On Tuesday, Assistant
Commissioner Glenn Miller
said he had received infor-
mation about alleged vote
buying in Elizabeth but up
until yesterday had yet to
receive an "official com-
plaint."
"We'll do inquiries and
hopefully at end of day we
hope to get to the bottom
of it and say if it's true," said
the senior police officer. He
denied news reports that he
is now in possession of "a
list of people who may have
committed voter fraud."
In a statement released
Tuesday, the FNM claimed
it was actively investigating
the status of at least 70 vot-
ers who registered in Eliza-
beth "with the assistance of
PLP operatives" just before
the voter registry was closed,
although they do not reside
in the constituency.
BDM candidate and
leader Cassius Stuart also
SEE page 11


PM'S ADDRESS TO NATION
PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham will deliver his 2010
Address to the Nation at 8 o'clock tonight.


MY.,


FILMMAKERS
angered by a Ministry of
Tourism initiative to
fund UK-produced films
about the Bahamas
protested outside the
Ministry's office yester-
day.
About a dozen film-
makers and photogra-
phers joined Bahamas
Film Festival founder
and director Celi Moss
for the demonstration in
George Street, Nassau,
calling on the Govern-
ment to recognize and
encourage local talent
before extending oppor-
tunities to foreigners.
The 14 Islands Film
Challenge invites 14
British filmmakers to
showcase 14 Bahamian
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Airport

security

worker

arrested

By NOELLE
NICOLLS
Tribune Staff
Reporter
nnicolls@
tribunemedia.net
AIRPORT police
confirmed a security
worker at the Sir Lyn-
den Pindling Interna-
tional Airport was
arrested on Tuesday in
connection with an
investigation.
The security screen-
er, who is an employee
in the transit terminal,
was called off the job
and handcuffed by the
police, according to an
eye-witness who is also
an employee in the
same department.
The employee was
SEE page 13

Air Jamaica to
stop flights to
the Bahamas
By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net
AIR Jamaica is to discon-
tinue flights to the Bahamas,
forcing Bahamians to travel
through the United States to
get to the wider Caribbean.
The route cuts come in the
wake of key changes aimed
at stabilising the cash-
strapped national carrier.
The Jamaican government
is proceeding with plans to
hand over operations of the
airline to Caribbean Airlines
after reportedly signing a non-
SEE page 12


Deputy PM 'has
no knowledge'
Detention Centre detainee shot of unpaid Hotel
after alleged attack on officer Corporation
By TANEKA THOMPSON Cubans who began to "vio- severance pay
Tribune Staff Reporter lentlv" shake the compound's


tthompson@tribunemedia.net
WHAT could have been a
violent disturbance at the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre was avoided after an
officer shot a Cuban detainee
in the groin with a rubber bul-
let.
The Cuban allegedly tried
to attack the officer, who fired
the disabling shot, with a
makeshift weapon, reportedly
sharpened bed springs.
The attempted attack
occurred, around 1 pm yes-
terday, during lunchtime.
The detainee was reported
to be part of a group of 18


fence in solidarity with anoth-
er Cuban immigrant who was
ordered to the back of a food
service line yesterday.
According to a police report
issued on the incident, staff at
the holding facility were dis-
pensing meals to the detainees
when a Cuban immigrant tried
to jump the food line.
The man was told to get to
the back of the line and in
response said, "If I don't get
my meal, I will cause trouble,"
police said.
It is reported the male left
the food service area and


By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
DEPUTY Prime Minister
Brent Symonette said he has
no knowledge of unpaid sev-
erance pay due Hotel Corpo-
ration staff.
He was responding to a
statement made by Deputy
Leader of the Progressive
Liberal Party Philip "Brave"
Davis who claimed that
employees at the Hotel Cor-
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* Shaun Ingraham is an international disaster response
consultant who trained with the United Nation Civilian
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has worked with international logistics teams responding to
most of the major disasters that occurred over the last 15
years, including hurricanes Andrew, Ivan, Frances, Jeanne,
Katrina and Rita. Mr Ingraham was in Indonesia following
the Tsunami in North Sumatra working with the New
Providence Community Church and Food For the Hungry
International. He is the president of the Rotary Club of
Eleuthera and founder of South Eleuthera Emergency
Partners. In partnership with the Rotary Clubs of the
Bahamas, Rotary District 7020, New Providence Commu-
nity Church/Centre and Habitat for Humanity, he is cur-
rently in Haiti making sure aid and supplies are distributed
to those most in need. Mr Ingraham has agreed to update
our readers regularly on the progress of his mission and
share his lh, .i,. ',, and impressions of the catastrophe in
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tend to the homeless and
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Four men

reportedly

injured after

shooting
A SHOOTING
in the Montell
Heights area
reportedly left four
men injured,
according to
reports reaching
The Tribune last
night.
Shortly before 8
o'clock last night,
police got word of a
reported shooting
in the area that
happened in the
street about 100
metres west of
a nearby high
school.
However, details
of the shooting
were sketchy up to
press time.
There were
unconfirmed
reports that one of
the men was shot in
the head, however,
the extent of the
victims' injuries
were not known up
to press time.
The men were
reportedly taken to
hospital by EMS
personnel.


Minister won't meet


North Eleuthera High


parents till next week

By TANEKA THOMPSON come," said Ms Bethel from her rah Deal and former vice-princi
Tribune Staff Reporter home in Eleuthera yesterday, pal Catherine Collins were trans
tthompson@tribunemedia.net Yesterday Mr Bannister told ferred to different schools on tha


MINISTER of Education
Desmond Bannister will not meet
with the parents of students of
North Eleuthera High School
until next week Friday when
there is proof of sustained stu-
dent attendance.
This news did not sit well with
the head of the school's Parent
Teachers' Association, who said
Mr Bannister "broke his word"
by not showing up to yesterday's
expected meeting on that island.
PTA president Garnell Bethel
claimed that there was an agree-
ment between the parents and
education officials that a meet-
ing would be held yesterday once
all of the students had returned
to the school. Ms Bethel said the
parents kept up their end of the
bargain and were disgruntled that
Mr Bannister pulled out of the
meeting at the last minute.
"Right now we are disap-
pointed. We were truthful to our
word because we made a state-
ment that we were going to send
the students to school (yester-
day) and that's what we did. As
of now we got the message that
he has to wait until the children
are in school steadily, it has us
wondering if he is ever going to


The Tribune by e-mail that he
had planned to meet with the
parents yesterday but decided not
to, because most of the students
had not returned to school on
Tuesday. He now plans to meet
with the parents, provided he is
satisfied with student attendance,
on February 12.

Communicate
"I want to stress, however, that
no child should be used as a pawn
by adults. When this is done, we
hurt our own children. As adults
we can communicate without
hurting children. Moreover, I will
not bend to intimidation
attempts. Whenever any adult
wishes to engage me I expect civ-
il discourse between adults," he
said.
According to education offi-
cials, 178 out of 203 students
showed up to school yesterday.
On Tuesday, 105 students attend-
ed classes.
Meantime, the PTA is still
demanding answers from the
Ministry of Education over the
transfer of administrative staff
from North Eleuthera High. The
school's former principal Debo-


island following allegations of
child sex abuse.
Their transfers met with vocal
opposition from parents, who
pulled their children out of the
school, leading to the stand-off
between the PTA and Mr Ban-
nister.
Aside from allegations already
heard by a court that former
school security officer Adrian
White indecently assaulted eight
female students, parents insist
that widespread reports of abuse
"have nothing to do with" the
school or its administrators.
There has been no suggestion
that the former principal and vice
principal of North Eleuthera
High were in any way involved
in acts of abuse, and it has been
claimed that they were moved to
fill vacancies elsewhere in the
local school system created by
the suspension of other adminis-
trators who are accused of not
doing enough to deal with the
allegations.
"At the end of the day, Mr
Bannister needs to give us some
answers and clear up some stuff
that he said. We still haven't had
an answer of why the principal
and senior mistress was moved,"
said Ms Bethel.


Ryan Pinder questions FNM candidate's experience


By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net


PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party by-election hope-
ful Ryan Pinder questioned if the Free National
Movement's candidate possesses the experience
needed to help steer the country out of economic tur-
bulence.
While pointing out his own business experience,
which he said would allow him to give meaningful
economic advice to parliament, Ryan Pinder added
that he doubts if Dr Duane Sands could do the same.
"It is clear that the government's economic plans
and programmes have failed.
"My experience as an advisor to small businesses,
my education on economic matters, and growing up
in a family of successful business persons puts me in
a position to provide meaningful, visionary and pro-
gressive advice that will put the Bahamas on firm eco-
nomic footing.
"Dr Sands is a great doctor, but I raise the question
if he has the expertise and experience to chart a path


to economic success and stability for the Bahamas,"
said the aspiring politician at last night's PLP rally.
Mr Pinder, a tax attorney, also promised the peo-
ple of Elizabeth that he will fight for jobs and oppor-
tunities for the country's youth if elected to the
House of Assembly.
While on the campaign trail, he said, he has
encountered many young people who have become
disillusioned in the face of rising crime and unem-
ployment.
Mr Pinder outlined plans to establish a job skills
bank in the area and help constituents create small
business plans.
"I will provide a skills bank to assess where your
gifts and talents are and we will put that information
to good use and do our best to place you in good jobs.
As our economy rebounds I want the youth of this
nation to be properly trained and gain the neces-
sary exposure and experience in order to play your
role and own your destiny," he told supporters.
Mr Pinder also hit out at the FNM for "reversing"
many positive youth projects left in place by the
PLP.


Cultural icon Professor Rex Nettleford dies


By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net


CARIBBEAN cultural icon
Professor Rex Nettleford died on
Tuesday, just one day short of his
77th birthday.
Professor Nettleford was admit-
ted to an intensive care unit and
placed on life support on January
27 after experiencing a heart
attack. He was in Washington to
attend a fundraising-gala for the
University of the West Indies,
where he served as vice-chancellor
emeritus.
Life support was terminated
Tuesday night, according to a
medical report signed by Dr
Christopher Junker, of George
Washington University, obtained
by a Caribbean news agency. This
was in keeping with Professor Net-
tleford's wishes.
"Professor Nettleford was one
of the great Caribbean minds in
the areas of government, educa-
tion, labour, and culture. He has
made this region proud through
his exemplary scholarship and cre-
ative genius. Brilliant and multi-
gifted people such as the late Pro-
fessor do not come along often in
a lifetime or many lifetimes for
that matter. He will be sorely
missed," said Cleophas R.E.
Adderley, executive director,
national musical heritage and
research, and founder of the
Bahamas Youth Choir.
Mr Adderley said he witnessed
the work of Professor Nettleford
first hand when he was a member
of the renowned University
Singers in Jamaica, a movement
choreographed by the late Pro-
fessor. He also worked with Pro-
fessor Nettleford in the 1980s, as
president of the Nassau Music
Society, when the internationally
acclaimed Jamaican National
Dance Theatre Company
(NDTC) was brought to the
Bahamas. Professor Nettleford
founded the NDTC in 1962.
"Professor Nettleford lectured
tirelessly throughout the region
on cultural and social develop-
ment. He was a commentator on
cultural development in The
Bahamas and in the region. Pro-
fessor Nettleford was an advisor to
three Bahamian Prime Ministers,"
said Mr Fred Mitchell, opposition
spokesman on foreign affairs.
"The PLP was especially grate-
ful for the advice and counsel that
he gave during its time in office.
He will be sadly missed," he said.
The Progressive Liberal Party


issued a statement expressing the
condolences of party members to
the government and people of
Jamaica, and to members of the
UWI community.
Professor Nettleford is know to
have trained many Bahamians,
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US may shift on gays in military


WASHINGTON - A cultural shift in
the 17 years since Congress passed a legal
ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. mili-
tary had changed the debate even before it
was reopened by President Barack Obama.
Colin Powell, for example, who as chair-
man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993 was
part of the opposition, said Wednesday that
for the past two years he has favoured
reviewing the current ban.
"Attitudes and circumstances have
changed," he said.
For many younger members of the mili-
tary - those doing the bulk of the fighting in
Afghanistan and Iraq - it is hardly a debate
at all. Polls suggest they care little about sex-
ual orientation in their ranks.
And views in the wider society have
evolved; gay marriage is now legal in five
states and the U.S. capital. Opinion surveys
say a majority of Americans think it's OK for
gays to serve in uniform.
"Do I care if someone is gay? I have no
qualms," said Army Sgt. Justin Graff, serving
with the 5th Stryker Brigade in southern
Afghanistan.
Jason Jonas, a former Army staff sergeant
from Tempe, Ariz., said openly gay soldiers
served in his intelligence unit and their pres-
ence never affected unit morale.
"I don't think it is anybody's right to say
who can and who can't fight for their coun-
try," said Jonas, 28, who served in
Afghanistan before being injured. "Nobody
cares. 'Don't ask, don't tell' is kind of a joke."
A major influence in the coming debate
will be the stance of the military's most senior
uniformed leader, Adm. Mike Mullen. He
told a Senate panel Tuesday that he person-
ally believes it is time to allow gays to serve
openly. It's just wrong, Mullen said, that gays
must "lie about who they are" to defend
their country.
Although Obama said he would work to
change the law this year, Defence Secretary
Robert Gates gave him some extra leeway by
telling Congress the Pentagon would need at
least a year to implement the changes. Gates'
comment gave the impression that he thinks
repeal is almost inevitable, although a lead-
ing Republican voice on defence matters,
Sen. John McCain, opposes the change.
"I fully support the president's decision,"
Gates said. "The question before us is not
whether the military prepares to make this
change, but how we best prepare for it,"
adding that the final decision rests with Con-
gress. In the meantime, Gates said he is
seeking latitude in how the law is enforced.
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sexual orientation has been such a sensitive
topic in the military in the past - and
remains so among those who see repeal of
the 1993 ban on allowing gays to serve open-
ly as putting still more stress on a military
strained by years of conflict.
Mullen said he shares that concern, even
as he became the first sitting chairman of
the Joint Chiefs to publicly advocate allowing
gays to serve openly. He told the Senate
Armed Services Committee "there will be
some disruption in the force" if the law is
changed.
"Our plate is very full" already, he said.
Obama entered the White House as an
advocate of repealing the ban, but he let it
rest for a year. Last week, in his State of the
Union address, he vowed to work with Con-
gress this year "to finally repeal the law that
denies gay Americans the right to serve the
country they love because of who they are."
When Bill Clinton entered the White
House in 1993 he ignited a political firestorm
by trying to use his executive powers to end
the policy - not written into law at that
point - of discriminating against gay ser-
vice members in the military.
Congress stopped him by passing a law
that does not explicitly prohibit gays or les-
bians from serving but requires them to serve
in silence. If they acknowledge their sexual
orientation or engage in a homosexual act,
they can be expelled. But if not asked, they
need not disclose it.
The 1993 statute calls the military a "spe-
cialized society" in which life is "fundamen-
tally different from civilian life." And so it is.
But the cultural differences are not neces-
sarily as stark as in 1993.
Walter Slocombe, a defence consultant
who was a senior Pentagon policy officer
during the Clinton administration, says most
military members "won't care one way or
another" if the ban is lifted.
All branches of the military struggle to
some extent with racial, religious and gender
tensions, he noted, but "that's a result of
having a military that reflects the diversity of
the country."
(This article was written by Robert Burns,
AP National Security Writer).


Haiti earthquake



is a warning for



the Bahamas


EDITOR, The Tribune.

I just can't find words to
express my sympathy for the
people of Haiti. For an earth-
quake to suddenly destroy the
nation is just unbelievable. I
feel deeply for the people. So
many thousands have died and
are suffering.
God bless the people of the
United States, the Bahamas,
the Salvation Army, the Red
Cross , the Rotary, various
churches, different banks and
institutions, and all the others
too numerous to mention. God
bless them all for their human-
itarian effort, love, and com-
passion.
The Bahamas is very close
to Haiti. Inagua is only 70 miles
from Haiti. Did you stop and
think it could have happened
here?
Remember Hurricane Katri-
na back in 2005. It developed
off the coast of Eleuthera in the
Bahamas and ended up in New
Orleans, Louisiana. The
destruction and damage it did
there was unbelievable. Many
people lost their lives.
Don't take things for granted
Bahamas, this is a warning and
wake-up call! If something like
that happened here, whether it
be an earthquake or tsunami,
it would wipe us off the map
forever, everyone would be
lost. It would be a total cata-
strophe.
Port Royal, a city in Jamaica
was a haven for pirates. On
June 7, 1692, an earthquake


caused two thirds of the city to
sink into the Caribbean Sea.
Did anyone stop and consid-
er that we had no hurricanes in
2009. That was God's protec-
tion and blessings for the
Bahamas. People say the
Bahamas is a Christian nation.
Is it? New Providence is an
island 21 miles long by 7 miles
wide and in 2009 we had 87
murders!
If you think the recession is
bad, and it is, if the tourism
industry and banking industry
collapses there will be utter
chaos and crime will increase
and get worse. Hotels will close
down, taxi drivers and straw
vendors will suffer. There will
be no jobs at all.
Don't be like the ostrich,
burying his head in the sand
and refuse to see what is going
on. It can't happen here.
Bahamas, we have no guaran-
tee. Don't take things for grant-
ed.
There is too much crime in
this little island, killing and
hurting people. Too many peo-
ple have died, families devas-
tated and traumatised and the
effects are forever. Nassau
used to be a peaceful, loving
place to live. There are too
many rapes, too many murders,
too many robberies, too many
killings.
God told Jonah to go to Nin-


eveh and preach to the people.
Nineveh was full of wickedness,
evil and violence. God told Jon-
ah to preach to the people of
Nineveh, and the people
repented and the whole city of
120,000 was saved.
God destroyed Sodom and
Gomorrah because of their
wickedness, evil and corrup-
tion. The only solution is to
repent like Nineveh did.
What we need in this country
is a spiritual revival before it is
too late. Jesus said: "Seek ye
first the Kingdom of God and
his righteousness and all these
things shall be added unto
you."
Jesus says in the Gospel of
St Matthew, Ch 24: "In the last
days there shall be famines and
pestilences and earthquakes in
divers places."
The Lord God is a loving
God, and He says in 2nd
Chronicles Ch.7 V.14, "If my
people, which are called by my
name, shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face, and
turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from Heaven,
and will forgive their sin and
will heal their land." If you live
by the gun, you will die by the
gun. Jesus says in St Matthew,
Ch.26 V.52, "For all they that
take the sword, shall perish with
the sword."
Don't let the devil fool you.
Crime does not pay. The Holy
Bible says, "Repent!"

TONY G ZERVOS
Nassau,
January 19, 2010.


The Toyota recall and my concern for friends, family and fellow Bahamians


EDITOR, The Tribune.

I am very concerned about
the safety of my friends, family
and fellow Bahamians. I am a
Bahamian temporarily residing
in the USA to further my edu-
cation. I watched the US news
yesterday and they announced
that the automaker Toyota has
issued a massive recall and also
a suspension of the production
of eight of their most popular
models. This will no doubt cost
the Toyota motor company bil-
lions of dollars but it was nec-
essary due to the alarming
number of complaints and
deaths that have occurred due
to this malfunction.
Apparently there are eight
models of Toyota that acceler-
ate spontaneously at an alarm-
ing rate. There have been thou-
sands of calls in recent months
to 911 emergency lines in the
USA where drivers have been
complaining of their vehicles
accelerating out of control pri-
or to accidents which have
resulted in injury and at least
2000 deaths in the United
States alone. Drivers who own
vehicles on Toyota's recall list
are being advised about safety
measures they can take should
it happen to them such as
putting the car in neutral if the


emergency brake does not
work. Detailed information
regarding the year and model
of cars on the recall list and
safety measures can be found
on Toyota's website or by sim-
ply searching the internet.
When I heard about Toyota
on the US news immediately I
began to think of back home. I
asked myself: "How many
Bahamians are at risk of fatali-
ty in these vehicles?" and "Who
is responsible for informing
Bahamians of this recall?"
There are dozens of Toyota
dealerships in the Bahamas.
Bahamians need to be aware
of "too good to be true" sales
from dealerships who only want
to get rid of the faulty vehicles
before news spreads through-
out the Bahamas! Furthermore,
if you search Toyota's website
and find that your vehicle is on
the recall list you must demand
that the dealership in the
Bahamas where you purchased
your vehicle is responsible for
turning in your car to Toyota
for repairs. No Toyota dealers
and I repeat, no dealers can say


"Lose Yourself In Styl


to you that there is nothing they
can do. If they do you need to
put fire under them not indi-
vidually, but corporately via
legal means and the media to
force the Toyota dealers in the
Bahamas to become account-
able. Your lives and the lives
of your friends and families
may depend on it!
Lastly, I would very much like
to know what our government
and the Minister of Transport
and Aviation, the Hon. Neko
Grant intends to do to ensure
that the Toyota dealers are held
accountable for the sale of the
Toyota models listed on the
recall list in the past few
months. They were fully aware
of this escalating crisis, there-
fore "I didn't know" is not an
acceptable response from gov-
ernmental leaders or Toyota
dealerships. We, the Bahami-
an people, have to make them
accountable!

GENEVA (Bahamian study-
ing in the USA)
January, 2010.


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Prison Records Dept yet to


receive death warrant notice


By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net


OFFICERS attached to the Prison
Records Department say they are yet to
receive notice from the government on
its intention to read a death warrant to a
convict.
One officer told The Tribune yester-
day: "They have not told us anything.
Usually when they do this it is dropped on
us last minute. We keep inmates' records
- everything pertaining to inmates - so
our role would be to amend his record
however it needed to be amended."
The government is preparing to read a
death warrant to an inmate based on a
recommendation by the Advisory Com-
mittee on the Prerogative of Mercy,
according to media reports.
Last October the committee made a


similar recommendation in the '4, "We know that if someone
case of murder convict Maxo languishes in prison for five
Tito. No further action was tak- years without being hanged the
en, however, because Tito filed court has held that to be cruel
an appeal with the Privy Coun- and inhumane treatment. If a
cil. death sentence is read within
Dr Elliston Rahming, super- one week of the conviction the
intendent in charge of Her accused person would then
Majesty's Prison, said he was speedily go and have their mat-
not prepared to make any state- - ters heard on appeal," said Mr
ments in relation to the reports Moss, who was one of two failed
of a death warrant being pre- contenders in the recent race
pared. Meanwhile, anti-death for the leadership of the Pro-
penalty campaigner Paul Moss ANTI-DEATH PENALTY gressive Liberal Party. He is still
is claiming that despite the campaigner Paul Moss an active member of the party.
reports, the government does The move to read the death
not have the political will to actually car- warrant could be a public relations stunt
ry out executions. to appease pro-hanging voters in the
Mr Moss went on to say that if the upcoming parliamentary by-election in
death penalty is to remain in force, death Elizabeth, Mr Moss added. Five political
warrants should be read within one week parties have candidates vying for the
of a convict being sentenced. seat.


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HEV AHNRYcue temr"a Ns uirHghg


the government officials,
including Works Minister
Neko Grant and Education


Minister Desmond Bannis-
ter, for their quick response
and for assuaging the stu-
dents fears.
The students of H 0 Nash
returned to class yesterday
with their minds at ease.


STUDENTS and teachers
at H 0 Nash Junior High
experienced a fright on
Tuesday when "tremors"
shook the school building
on J F Kennedy Drive.
The mystery of why the
earth seemed to be shaking
was not cleared up until the
following day when it was
discovered that work being
carried out using heavy
machinery at the adjoining
Ministry of Works' property
was to blame.
The school's principal
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tremors were first reported
on Tuesday afternoon by a
teacher who was sitting in
her office at the time.
Shortly afterwards, the
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school, said he could also
feel the tremors.
Students then reported
feeling some shaking.
Ms McKay said with the
devastating earthquake in
Haiti fresh in everyone's
minds, the children were
afraid.
The school immediately
contacted government offi-
cials to investigate the mys-
terious tremors.
Then yesterday morning,
with the cause for the
ground shaking still
unknown, Ms McKay said
they decided that this was
the perfect time to stage an
emergency evacuation drill.
Representatives from
both the Ministries of Works
and Education who later vis-


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determined the reason
behind the tremors.
"They told us that just
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were feeling at the Ministry
of Works. It seems heavy
duty equipment, a tractor
with a big roller on it, was
what shook the ground
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Political broadcasting rules in the Bahamas


By LARRY SMITH


WHENEVER an election is
in the air, Bahamians seem to
take leave of their senses. And
the current controversy over
political broadcasting rules set
by the new utilities regulator
(URCA) is a telling example.
This is not to deny that we
should pay a lot of attention to
any attempt to regulate the
media. in fact, this should be the
subject of a full-scale public
debate going forward - rather
than just a closed-door conver-
sation among media moguls.
The question of how we reg-
ulate speech during an election
has some interesting parallels
with the recent US Supreme
Court decision on political
advertising - the ruling that was
sharply criticised by President
Barack Obama in his state of the
union address last Wednesday.
But before we get to those
broader questions, a word or two
on the local tempest in a teacup
is in order.
As a former British colony,
our laws and customs generally
follow those of the United King-
dom, albeit with an often lengthy
time delay. For example, the
original version of the BBC in
1922 was part of the British Post
Office, and when we set up ZNS
in 1937 it was part of the Tele-
graph Department.
The BBC became a public
corporation in 1927, but the
Broadcasting Corporation of the
Bahamas was not created until


1972, although ZNS became
autonomous in 1957. Television
in the UK came on stream in
1955, but - and solely for polit-
ical reasons - we had to wait
until 1977 for that to happen.
At the end of the 25-year Pin-
dling regime, in June 1992, the
Progressive Liberal Party pro-
mulgated a new set of rules for
political broadcasting, which
have remained in force ever
since - through multiple gen-
eral elections and bye-elections.
These are the rules that Perry
Christie, the current PLP leader,
now condemns as unconstitu-
tional and undemocratic.
So what are these nefarious
rules? Well, here's the short text.
First, the content of political
election broadcasts has to
observe the law on incitement,
defamation, copyright and
obscenity. Second, parties can
buy only six 30-second television
and six radio spots per day. And
third, all commercials must be
produced in-house by the sta-
tions themselves using voice-
overs by the candidate or a sta-
tion employee.
"We roundly condemn what
URCA has done and we com-
pletely reject it," Christie said,
adding that the PLP wanted the


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freedom to buy as many ads as
they wanted on as many stations
as they wanted during the cam-
paign leading to the February
16 bye-election in the Elizabeth
constituency.
"It is unconstitutional. It is
unlawful. It is a bogus and a
completely unjustifiable attempt
to stifle free and fair expression
in a democratic society," Christie
said. And he took this position in
spite of the fact that the PLP is
already heavily indebted to ZNS
for political broadcasting aired
before the May 2007 general
election, when it was the party in
power.
Private radio stations were
also upset, with Jones Commu-
nications CEO Wendall Jones
calling the rules "unprecedented
censorship." Well, we don't see
how that charge can be support-
ed, but we do know that the
rules could cause the loss of
potential ad revenue. It is well-
known that media companies
reap huge benefits from political
parties during election cam-
paigns.
The utilities regulator fought
back, saying it was committed
to protecting the public interest
by ensuring that treatment of all
stakeholders is "proportionate,
transparent and fair." The rules
at issue are an interim measure,
URCA said, which will ulti-
mately be replaced by new con-
tent codes required by the Com-
munications Act, which became
law last September.
So how will these interim
rules be enforced? According to
a spokesperson for URCA, if a
complaint is made, the station
concerned has 48 hours to
resolve the issue or refer it to
URCA. "We will investigate
whether a breach has occurred
and give notice to the station for
it to remedy the matter. The
sanctions of a fine or licence
revocation as provided for in the
Communications Act would
only be used as a last resort."
One remaining point to con-
sider is that although these rules
have been around since 1992,
they were only selectively, if
ever, enforced over the past 18
years because no enforcement
agency existed. So this does con-
stitute a major break with past
practice, that occurred without
consultation. Guaranteed to
upset folks, but hardly the stuff
of constitutional arguments.
In fact, the rules applied by
URCA are similar to those in
Britain, where political broad-
casting has been regulated since
1947 and a long-standing ban on
paid political advertising on
radio and TV is in place. Instead
of ads, major parties (those that
contest at least one sixth of the
seats up for election) are offered


a series of campaign broadcasts
that must comply with fairness,
privacy and decency rules.
The 2003 Communications
Act in Britain reiterated the ban
on political advertising. The
thinking is that by denying pow-
erful voices the chance to skew
political debate, the public inter-
est is safeguarded. Sponsorship
of programming or cable chan-
nels by political parties is also
banned, putting politics in the
same category as dangerous
drugs, pornography and tobacco.
But we are more familiar with
this side of the Atlantic, and as
we all know, the United States is
at the opposite end of the spec-
trum in this matter. The ques-
tion we have to answer going
forward is this: Are we more
concerned about broadcasting
as a vehicle of free speech, than
we are about the possibility of
special interests buying an elec-
tion? This is a debate which we
have largely avoided in the past,
but which should now be held.
Many western democracies
enforce spending limits on elec-
tion campaigns. In Canada
spending is based on the number
of seats a party contests - the
Liberals spent $20 million in
2008. In Britain overall spend-
ing for each party is currently
limited to $30 million in a gen-
eral election. In Europe, cam-
paigns are financed publicly,
requiring considerably less mon-
ey overall.
In the United States, by con-
trast, it can take hundreds of mil-
lions to mount a credible presi-
dential campaign. And although
public financing was introduced
in 1976, allowing candidates to
qualify for matching government
funds so long as they observe
certain spending limits, candi-
dates (including Barack Obama
in 2008) have increasingly been
opting out. This gives them
unlimited spending rights.
In 2002 the landmark
McCain-Feingold Act (also
called the Bipartisan Campaign
Reform Act) set limits on the
raising and spending of soft mon-
ey and restricted the airing of
issue ads within 60 days of a gen-
eral election. And corporations,
groups and unions were barred
from funding such ads - forcing
candidates to stand behind their
own ads.
For example, in the 2000 US
Presidential race, more than half
of the 1.2 million political ads
broadcast were produced by spe-
cial interest groups. And it was
widely perceived that In 2002
Democratic Senator Max Cle-
land lost his re-election bid part-
ly because of negative ads asso-
ciating him with Osama Bin
Laden (on the ground that this
war veteran, who lost three limbs
in Vietnam, had voted against
President Bush's homeland secu-
rity bills).
The McCain-Feingold restric-
tions - as light as they were -
reflected the same concern about
skewing the political debate that
is behind the much tougher


British campaign laws. But the
US Supreme Court threw out
limits on issue ads two years ago
and in January they approved
unlimited campaign spending by
corporations, groups and unions
as protected free speech.
"The censorship we now con-
front is vast in its reach," Justice
Anthony Kennedy said in his
majority opinion. In his dissent,
Justice John Paul Stevens said:
"The ruling threatens to under-
mine the integrity of elected
institutions around the nation."
And President Obama said the
decision would lead to "a new
stampede of special interest
money in our politics."
According to Justice
Kennedy, having government
regulate who can speak is essen-
tially allowing candidates and
politicians to control speech.
Supporters of the ruling say that
a lot of spending by different
people and groups in an election
is called a debate, which is pre-
cisely what the constitution pro-
tects. Opponents argue that free-
dom of speech is not about the
freedom to spend unlimited
amounts of money.
The Bahamas has no cam-
paign finance laws, and there
have been periodic complaints
about this foreign investor or
that big businessman influenc-
ing the policy of our politicos
with large cash contributions.
Now that he is out of power, for-
mer PLP attorney-general
Alfred Sears has called for a
bipartisan campaign finance law
"to abolish the pervasive practice
of secret campaign contributions,
often by foreigners and some-
times by disreputable sources,
to political parties and candi-
dates during by-elections and
general elections."
Will it ever happen? Who
knows. But one thing is sure -
we will soon be in the midst of a
wide-ranging public consultation
on rules for political broadcast-
ing. All of the issues discussed
above must be considered during
this debate.

BEC's Response
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration chiefs responded publicly
to my article last week on the
Wilson City power plant in Aba-
co. Most of the comments or
clarifications were fair enough,
but two require some come-
back.
The first dealt with the level
of public consultation for the
plant. The prime minister has
already admitted that this was
lacking. And civil society groups
like Friends of the Environment
are adamant about it. Effective
consultation is different from
simply having an idea that some-
thing is going to happen. And
the environmental impact assess-
ments for the project were point-
less; being clearly an after-
thought, not well done, and
released long after construction
was underway.
The second point was BEC's
characterisation of my reference


to heavy fuel oil (which the Wil-
son City plant was supposed to
burn) as "misleading and regret-
table." In the article I described
HFO as a "carcinogenic
residue", and there are numer-
ous oil company safety data
sheets posted on the Internet
which offer the following warn-
ings:
"Fuel oil may cause cancer.
Product classified as a Category
2 carcinogen. Care should be
taken to keep exposures below
applicable occupational expo-
sure limits. If this cannot be
achieved, use of a respirator fit-
ted with an organic vapour car-
tridge combined with a particu-
late pre-filter should be consid-
ered. Repeated skin contact may
cause tumours."
Of course, this only relates
to product handling and storage,
not the pollution caused when
HFO is burned or spilled. Here's
a quote about that from the
Canadian government: "HFO
is a waste product of the refinery
industry which emits large quan-
tities of sulphur oxide and fine
dust, which has been shown to
generate increased toxicological
responses following pulmonary
exposure in humans and ani-
mals."
When HFO is spilled into the
sea it congeals and does not
evaporate, often floating beneath
the surface, making it very diffi-
cult to clean up. And while most
ships still use HFO, there is cur-
rently a proposal before the
International Maritime Organi-
sation to curtail the use of HFO
in ships due to pollution con-
cerns.
And finally, the BEC
response made it appear that
HFO is a perfectly ordinary fuel
that is used around the world
without consequence. HFO-
based power plants do operate
on every continent, but in coun-
tries with strong environmental
laws they must adhere to strict
emission standards, which do not
exist in the Bahamas, by using
costly pollution controls -
which BEC did not anticipate
using at Wilson City and appar-
ently does not use at Clifton.
However, it should be clearly
noted that BEC's chairman and
some politicians (Utilities Min-
ister Phenton Neymour still
appears ambivalent) now say
that the Wilson City plant will
burn diesel rather than HFO
when it becomes operational in
June.
According to the US Clean
Air Council, improvements in
fuel grade can lessen the health
and environmental burden from
combustion. Diesel exhaust,
while still polluting, emits lower
levels of particulate matter into
the air, which can be more easi-
ly reduced with emission control
technology.

What do you think?
Send comments to
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COLLEGES
The Bahamas National Committee invites students
and parents from public and private schools to attend
a United World Colleges Scholarship Recruitment
Reception, at Holy Cross Church Activity Centre
Soldier Road on February 6, 2010 from 4 p.m. to 6
p.m.

Applications are now available for two-year
scholarships beginning September 2010 (except as
noted). Scholarships include room, board and tuition
costs to the extent indicated below:

Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, Canada 100%

Armand Hammer United World College, U.S.A. 50%

Li Po Chun United World College of South East Asia,
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United World College of Southern Africa, Swaziland
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Fee-paying placement is also available at United World
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level; Be not older than 18 years in September 2010.
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Visit www.bahamas-uwc.org
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Teacher Vacancies for

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010, PAGE 7


Education Minister addresses .



schools concerns on Abaco � A


MINISTER of Education
Desmond Bannister recently
met with stakeholders in Aba-
co to discuss concerns over
classroom overcrowding, cam-
pus security and alleged gang
activity in some schools of the
district.
Mr Bannister's first meeting
was held at the Abaco Central
Primary School in Marsh Har-
bour, where administrators,
teachers, and parents showed
up in great numbers.
In that meeting, some issues
which were presented included
students not being adequately
prepared for grade one; over-
crowding in some classrooms;
the need for more security offi-
cers; alleged gang activity, and
lack of parental support.
The minister acknowledged
all concerns and indicated that
some matters were already
being addressed.
He advised that other con-
cerns would be looked into
with a view to resolving them
in the shortest possible time.
During his trip to the Abaco,
Mr Bannister also visited
Cooper's Town Primary
School, attended a special
assembly at Abaco Central
High School, and the Abaco
District Awards Service.
He said he was proud of
Abaco's students for their out-
standing achievements and
encouraged them to continue
to improve their individual
performances by concentrat-
ing on "the five 'Rs' - reading,
writing, arithmetic, respect and
responsibility."
He was especially pleased to
learn that 340 students at Cen-
tral Abaco High School had
achieved a GPA of 2.0 for the
school year 2008/2009.
The minister commended
Tyler Albury, Alysia Boyce,
Deanza Cox, Cicely Gomez,
and Taj Anderson for excep-
tional performances in the
Bahamas Junior Certificate
(BJC) and Bahamas General
Certificate of Secondary Edu-
cation (BGCSE) examina-
tions.
"We all want the same thing
for our children and that is to
see each of them receive an
education that promotes the
highest standards and produces
students who are intellectually
curious, compassionate,
responsible and capable of
making a meaningful contri-
bution to the country's pro-
ductivity, prosperity and
peace," he said.
Mr Bannister also stopped
by the Bahamas Christian Net-
work (BCN) to be interviewed
by Rev Silbert Mills, where he
discussed initiatives and
addressed various concerns in
education which included tru-
ant officers, national examina-


tion results and corporal pun-
ishment.
Accompanying the minister
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delegation of senior officers
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and others.
Minister Bannister was
met in Abaco by Lenora
Black, District Superinten-
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L O C A L N WI


Union wants minister to



intervene in firing case


By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT - Members
of the Commonwealth
Electrical Workers Union
(CEWU) are calling on
Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes to intervene in the
case of a long-time employ-
ee who was fired from the
Grand Bahama Power
Company (GBPC) last
week.
A worker who was
employed with the compa-
ny for some 37 years was
fired last week after testing
positive for drugs.
The union claims the
GBPC owes the employee
termination pay, and met
on Tuesday evening to
decide what steps to take
next in the matter.
CEWU president Leslie
Lightbourne claimed that
management refused to


abide by the industrial
agreement regarding
employee terminations.
Mr Lightbourne said the
union does not condone
drug use, but the employee
is entitled to termination
pay under the industrial
agreement.
"Article 19 of the indus-
trial agreement states that a
person will not get pay if
you are on probation, and
then there are 11 items in
Article 23 that states why
you don't get pay.

Employee
"What the employee was
terminated for is not one
of the 11 items on the list
and management still does
not want to give him his
termination pay," Mr
Lightbourne said.
Obie Ferguson, attorney
and labour advisor for the
union, said the employee
has given almost four


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"To summarily terminate
a worker (who) has four
years left before he is to
retire after 37 years of
faithful service is a serious
matter and we cannot let
that happen," he said.
In a statement issued to
The Tribune, Grand
Bahama Power Company
confirmed that an employ-
ee was released from
employment for "just cause
involving multiple infrac-
tions under the terms of the
company union agree-
ment."
The statement added:
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it has an obligation to its
employees to provide for a
safe work place. They cited
that employees work with
high voltages, among high-
speed rotating equipment
with high pressures and
temperatures. In addition,
the company indicated that
employees are granted
access to customer proper-
ty for meter reading and
other technical reasons and
that it has an obligation to
the general public, its cus-
tomers and employees to
ensure that all of their
operations are conducted
in a safe manner."
Addressing the relation-
ship between the manage-
ment and the union, Mr
Lightbourne said that it has
reached a very low point at
this time.
He said that there are
several other labour issues
involving some 15 employ-
ees that remain unresolved
since last year. The current
industrial agreement
expires on April 1, 2010.
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010, PAGE 9


Union considers court injunction


to stop drug testing of employees


By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT - The Com-
monwealth Electrical Workers
Union is considering getting a
court injunction to stop drug
testing of employees at the
Grand Bahama Power Compa-
ny.
Union President Leslie Light-
bourne believes the company's
drug testing is an attempt by
management to downsize staff
at the Power Company.
He also feels that the man-
ner in which the company is
going about it is wrong, claiming
that employees are being intim-
idated and threatened with ter-
mination if they do not comply.
"We have an idea that they
are trying to downsize, going
through employees' files trying
to find any means and method
to downsize.
"The HR director is calling
members on their home phone
telling them if they don't take
the test they will be terminated.
That's how serious it is," he
claims.
In a press release the Grand
Bahama Power Company man-
agement confirmed that the
employee was dismissed in
accordance with the industrial
agreement.
"The process was done in
accordance with the industrial
agreement that is currently in
place and union officials were
informed of the termination
beforehand," said the compa-
ny statement.
The company said the
employee was dismissed for
"just cause involving multiple
infractions under the terms of
the company union agreement.
" It went on to explain that the
company has an "obligation to
its employees to provide for a
safe work place. They cited that
employees work with high volt-
ages among high-speed rotat-
ing equipment with high pres-
sures and temperature." Also,
said the company, "employees
are granted access to customer
property for meter reading and
other technical reasons and it
has an obligation to the general
public, its customers and
employees to ensure that all of


their operations are conducted
in a safe manner."
Mr Lightbourne reported
that five employees have been
tested for drug use. So far, he
said, one of those employees
has been fired.
A 37-year employee with the
company was terminated with-
out pay last week after a drug
test.
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany employs 137 workers. The
current industrial union agree-
ment expires on April 1, 2010.
Mr Lightbourne indicated
that under the industrial con-
tract an employee is entitled to
12 weeks termination pay.
"Article 19 of the contract
sets out 11 reasons that an
employee is not paid termina-
tion pay. Drug use is none of
them and so all we are saying is
give the guy what the contract
spells out.
"We are not condoning drug
use, but we can't go against the
contract," he said.
Mr Lightbourne claimed the
company did not inform the
union before commencing drug
testing when the contract states
that management must first con-
sult with the bargaining agent.
"Right now, they are testing
urine for drugs and what they
are doing now is taking hair
samples, and when you take
samples of a person's hair it
goes back three or four years,"
he said.
The last time the company
conducted drug testing was 16
years ago, according to Mr
Lightbourne.
The CEWU president met
with members Tuesday evening.
He said they have decided upon
two options before taking indus-


trial action against the company.
"One of those avenues we
are exploring is to get an injunc-
tion against the company to stop
drug testing forthwith until we
find out what this whole thing is
about.
"We are also trying to con-
tact the Minister of Labour to
set up a meeting in Nassau with
him and the CEO.
"After we have exhausted all
avenues, then it is war," Mr
Lightbourne warned.
According to the union pres-
ident, the relationship with
management has worsened. He
noted that there is little com-
munication with new CEO R
Alan Kelly.
"We need to see Mr Kelly, I
have met him once and his form
of communication is through
the e-mail.
"When I became president I
was mandated by the members
to restore the relationship and
to ensure that a contract is in
place before the current con-
tract expires on April 1.
"It has been very difficult to
even accomplish those goals
because the relationship and
what they are doing.
"Had they sit down with us
and say we have reason to
believe that employees are
using drugs, I can't stop them
from drug testing, but let me go
to my members and inform
them about it and let the chips
fall where they may," he said.
The power company is
owned jointly by
Marubeni/Taqa of Japan and
ICD Utilities, which each owns
50 per cent of the shares.
EMERA owns half of the
shares owned by ICDU.
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LOCALNWI


Plans for new Bahamian



TV channel are revealed


By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features
Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

ELABORATE plans for
a new Bahamian television
channel were revealed


yesterday.
Lincoln Bain, Chet Pratt,
Utah Taylor and Erin Fer-
guson have promised that
VTV will take the Bahamas
by storm.
During a press confer-
ence at the British Colonial


Hilton, VTV founder Lin-
coln Bain said: "We are
guided by vision and dedi-
cation to become the media
vehicle to which Bahamians
and cultural expression will
be brought up to 21st centu-
ry standards."


VTV aims to offer 24-
hour programming, includ-
ing morning and late night
shows in its line-up. It is pro-
jected to debut in the next
few months for cable and
non-cable subscribers.
The goal of VTV's board
is to set itself apart early on
from the "typical over-glam-
orised" news stations, bring-
ing a more holistic approach
to a television station,
instead of just a community
board, and limited pro-
gramming which some sta-
tions offer.
"Our focus is to be the
home of Bahamian sitcoms,
drama series, soap operas,
game shows, reality TV
shows, and investigative
reporting with or without
the Freedom of Information
Act," said Mr Bain, the co-
host of Controversy TV talk
show, broadcast on Channel
12, alongside Utah Taylor.
Dressed in all white, with
a white glove on his left
hand, Mr Bain said he was
proud to announce that he
was granted a television
licence by the Government.
"Today marks the evolu-
tion of Bahamian media,"
he said. "Our focus is on a
level of unprecedented
innovation in original
Bahamian created pro-
gramming that seeks to
entertain, inform, and to
stimulate viewers across the
Commonwealth."
A job fair will be held,
on a date to be announced,
seeking out the best and the
brightest in the industry,
people in the culture, arts,
creators, innovators, writ-
ers, producers, directors and
make-up artists.
Charles Maynard, Minis-
ter of Youth Sports and
Culture, said: "Bahamian
artists of all disciplines
should be jumping for joy
today."


JULIANA Rolle, 19,
a graduate of Doris
Johnson High School
and the Bahamas Mar-
itime Cadet Corps, is
well on her way to
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engineer.
Juliana, who gradu-
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Ms Rolle praised the
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began shaking the fence.
"Eighteen of his compatriots joined him
speaking in their native language," said the
police report.
Defence Force officers tried to quiet the
group but as they approached, one of the men
broke free of the crowd brandishing a make-
shift weapon made of "two modified bed
springs partly covered with bedding," police
said, and attempted to attack one of the offi-
cers.
"The officer, fearful for his life, fired a non-


Detainee shot

lethal rubber bullet which struck the male to
the groin area, disabling him," said police.
The report also noted that a doctor, on rou-
tine visit at the time, treated the detainee with
an ice-pack. The detainee and two others
have been isolated from the general popula-
tion at the holding facility.
Officials report that conditions at the com-
pound returned to normal after the incident.
Police investigations continue.


FROM page one
alleged that he has informa-
tion that a" high ranking
PLP" paid people from the
Englerston community and
other areas $100 to register
in Elizabeth, with a promise
of a further $100 once their
ballot is cast.
Having passed on this
information to the police,
the Elizabeth hopeful fur-
ther charged that the party is
gathering proof to back up
suspicions that the govern-
ing party, the FNM, may
also have taken illegal steps
to tip the electoral scales in
its favour on election day,
Tuesday, February 16.
Carl Bethel, FNM Chair-
man, yesterday denied any
knowledge of "any such
practice emanating from the
FNM", adding that he
"would not condone (and
nor would) the FNM con-
done any person facilitating
either their own or someone
else's unlawful registration."
Asked what he made of
the BDM's decision to go to
the police with their accusa-
tions regarding PLP vote
buying, and pressed as to
whether the FNM would
consider doing the same, Mr
Bethel suggested the party
does not have enough evi-
dence to support an official
complaint at this time.

CORRECTION
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Wednesday's Tribune, it was
incorrectly stated that the
bHumane event "A Night
With the Arts" will be held
at Fort Fincastle.
The event in fact will take
place at Fort Charlotte on
Friday at 6.30pm.
The Tribune apologises
for any inconvenience this
error may have caused.


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"We believe that before
taking that step we have an
obligation to get the facts as
best we can. So our primary
concern is only that persons
who are not eligible to vote,
that they don't vote. We are
endeavouring to obtain as
much info as possible
through investigative proce-
dures to prevent that hap-
pening," he said.
Questioned as to whether
he was involved in any
respect in "rounding up"
individuals to register in the
Elizabeth constituency, the
senior PLP accused of vote-
buying said "all parties
involved in the electoral
process have been encour-
aging persons livingin the
constituency to either regis-
ter or to transfer in if quali-
fied."
He admitted being on
location at the Thelma Gib-
son Primary School, where
new voters were being reg-
istered up until the register
was closed on January 21.
"I had a conversation with
the Parliamentary commis-
sioner there on that night.
There was some complaint
that the registration process
had stopped at a time when
it should not have been
closed according to the time


BDM CANDIDATE and leader
Cassius Stuart had made
allegations against the PLP.
that had been advertised,"
he said.
ACP Miller told The Tri-
bune a police team headed
by Central Detective Unit
chief Leon Bethel had been
in the Elizabeth Con-
stituency and was mandat-
ed to follow up on any alle-
gations of voter fraud in the
run up to the by-election.
ACP Miller added that
the information he received
regarding the senior PLP
this week was the first and
only allegation to have
reached his desk so far.


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THE TRIBUNE


LOCALNWI


FROM page one

months after being sent home
from the department last
December.
Last night, Mr Symonette
said he is "not aware of the
fact that they haven't been
paid."
He said the Government is
in the process of currently
eliminating the Hotel Corpo-
ration, adding that employees
from the corporation are
either to be transferred to
other government agencies or
their contracts would come to
an end "in the normal course
of the law."
"If that hasn't been done
it's in the process of being
done," said Mr Symonette.
Attempts to reach Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, the
minister responsible for the
corporation, were unsuccess-


Deputy PM 'has no knowledge' of
unpaid Hotel Corporation severance pay


ful last night.
Mr Davis argued that these
employees have bills to pay
and are suffering at the hands
of a "heartless" Government
led by Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham. Mr Davis was
speaking at last night's PLP
rally in the Elizabeth con-
stituency.
Mr Davis said the Hotel
Corporation ceased opera-
tions on December 31, 2009.
He claimed that employees
received one letter dated Sep-
tember 25, 2009 which report-
edly said the Government
intended to wind up the cor-
poration's operations and to
repeal The Hotel Corpora-
tion Act no later than the end
of December.


Mr Davis said the letter
also reportedly read:
"Accordingly, I am also to
inform you that arrangements
will be made in relation to
various categories of staff for
the settlement of appropriate
termination benefits, partic-
ulars of which will be com-
municated to you in due
course. The Corporation
wishes me to express appreci-
ation to you for your valuable
services over the years."
However, the MP for Cat
Island claims employees of
the corporation "have heard
nothing since."
Mr Davis claimed the staff
was last paid on December
14, 2009.
"These people have school


fees to pay. They have light
bills to pay. They have mort-
gages. What are they to tell
the bank? Hubert Ingraham
sent me home? "In a tough
economy the Ingraham
administration are proving
heartless," Mr Davis said.


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For the month of February Fashion
Hail will donate a portion of each and


Air Jamaica to


stop flights to


the Bahamas


FROM page one

binding letter of intent last
week.
"This fleet reduction has
become necessary as we seek
to meet our financial obliga-
tions, however, Air Jamaica
continues to be the best
choice for convenient sched-
ule and excellent service as
we have ensured that ade-
quate capacity is provided on
our core routes," said Bruce
Nobles, Air Jamaica's presi-
dent and chief executive offi-
cer.
Routes to be suspended as
of March 9 are New York
(JFK) to Grenada and
Jamaica to Orlando. Routes
to be suspended as of April
12 are Jamaica to Chicago,
Jamaica to Curacao, Jamaica
to Havana and Jamaica to
Nassau.


Last night the move was
criticised by Fred Mitchell,
the Opposition spokesman
on foreign affairs, who said
not all Bahamians will be
able to obtain US visas to
facilitate stop-overs in Miami
or other transit destinations
to Jamaica.
Mr Mitchell said he is con-
cerned that travel to other
Caribbean countries will be
restricted for some Bahami-
ans unless other locally-based
airlines add the Jamaica
route to their service.
"The fact is people will not
be able to move from here
to the Caribbean, which pre-
sents a problem for a lot of
people because they cannot
get US visas," he said.
Mr Mitchell said it will be
interesting to see if any
smaller airlines in the
Bahamas might be interested
in picking up the route.


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THE TRIBUNE


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010, PAGE 13


Airport


security


worker


arrested

FROM page one

not charged, but was held
overnight for questioning.
The witness claims the
arrest was in connection
with a January 18 inci-
dent, where $2000 was
allegedly stolen from a
Haitian national leaving
the Bahamas for Haiti,
and that more workers
are wanted for question-
ing.
"A senior manager said
we are not to search the
Haitian flights. When we
search them we are being
penalized. I got called
into the office and the
manager said if he catch-
es any one of us bother-
ing with the Haitians we
are fired," said the
employee, who accused
some Haitians of drug
trafficking and money
laundering.
"The Haitians are
going through with
grandss', look crisp off
the printer, strapped to
their bodies, underneath
the lining of their suitcas-
es. Every time we search
them they claim money is
missing, but we never
hear about it until
months later. Why wait
for weeks later to bring it
to the attention of the
staff?" she asked.
The worker said man-
agement did not make it
clear why Haitian flights
were being singled out,
saying all travellers
should be searched.
The story broke amidst
a brewing battle between
management and staff
over worker pay and
worker's rights issues.
Another security
screener in the domestic
division said: "We have
been instructed and
advised not to answer
any questions from out-
side agencies specifically
related to this incident.
We cannot comment on
anything."
There is no limit on
funds leaving the country
with passengers travel-
ling on international
flights outside of the US,
like those to Haiti. The
$10,000 limit is specific to
the United States.
A security worker sta-
tioned in a different
department said com-
plaints from Haitians
sparked management to
advise security workers
not to confiscate any
money from Haitians,
although their bags
should be screened as
usual.
"It is not their concern
to search for money. It is
not their job. Their job is
to screen passengers and
their bags and to look for
prohibited items," she
said, also noting that
word from management
leaked about a police
investigation involving
workers. She said no one
knew if any arrests were
going to be made.
The section in the air-
port for departures to
Haiti is the same for
countries like Cuba and
Jamaica. There is no
immigration station in
this section, although
passenger must go
through a security check
point.
The worker said
Haitians who travel and
may have overstayed
their time or entered the
country illegally are vul-
nerable to victimisation.
She said these Haitians


do not complain when
employees steal their
money in fear of being
deported.
"If a Haitian files a
complaint and the police
are brought in, they may
realise the person did not
have the proper docu-
ments. That person
would be detained and
deported," she said.
Haitians who are aware
of their rights and have
proper documentation,
on the other hand, com-
plain about the harass-
ment from employees,
she said.


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1.2 million solutions


FROM page two

partner Caleb Lucien is opti-
mistic. He says, "We will take
them in as they come and pro-
vide for them. I believe God
will give us the strength to do
it."
From Pignon, we travelled a
60 mile road at approximately
30 miles per hour because of
the deteriorated road condi-
tions. Upon arriving in the city,
we were met by lines of peo-
ple that snaked for at least a
mile and a half. The lines
moved off the street and onto
an open field where military
personnel policed two truck
loads of food.
The first ration line was
closely followed by a second.
There was a third line about a
mile and a half long at the US
Embassy. People were franti-
cally seeking visas to exit the
country.
My first trip around the city
came with Fellow Rotarian
George Nickolas, who is one of
Rotary's on the ground people
in Port-au-Prince. After show-
ing me containers of food and
medicines supplied by Rotary,
George proceeded to take me
to at least five different loca-
tions where Rotary's shelter
box tents had been erected. As
we visited the camps George
spoke and laughed with the
people and listened tentatively
to their concerns. Once we got
inside the vehicle George
expressed his total fatigue and
need for rest, due to the fact
that he had not rested since
January 13. He revealed that
he too had been left homeless.

Challenges
At camp after camp of inter-
nally displaced people (IDPs)
the challenges remained the
same - the desperate need for
better shelter, food, water,
proper sanitation and children
wandering around the camps
trying to amuse themselves.
As we toured our last camp,
I looked at the overcast sky and
looked at George; we were
both thinking the same thing.
What if it rains? Just the
thought of this bought chills
over my body and I blocked it
from my consciousness. I
thought of the young infants


under the linen tents and the
old men that lay under the tree
and the young women caring
for their young babies. The
thought was too horrible to
bear. I thought of the hundreds
of street vendors, who for the
first time since the "catastro-
phe" had come back to their
spots beside the road to try to
make a living; the elderly that
stood in those first food lines
and the aid workers desperate-
ly trying to distribute aid.
As we passed through street
after depressing street, we
encountered building after
building that had collapsed and
has remained the same since


PROFILES
HIGHLIGHTING 5 OF THE 21 FEATURED SPEAKERS
Ilan R.C. Kawaley is a Judge of the Commercial Court, a division of the Supreme
Court of Bermuda. Born in Bermuda, he was called to the Bar of England & Wales
in 1978, and the Bermuda Bar in 1980. Prior to his appointment to the Bench in
2003, he served as Litigation Counsel to the Bermudian law firms Milligan-Whyte
.... & Smith, and Juris Law Chambers. In that capacity, he appeared before the Supreme
Court and Court of Appeal, specializing in insolvency cases with an international
dimension. In 2004, he served as the Vice-Chairman of the Justice Review
Commission Report, commissioned by then Attorney-General the Honourable
HSenator Larry Mussenden and is currently Chairman of the Law Reform Committee.
Justice Kawaley is the co-editor (with Gabriel Moss Q.C., Howard Seife and Nigel
Montgomery) of 'Cross-Frontier Insolvency of Insurance Companies' (Sweet &
Maxwell: London, 2001). He is a regular presenter at international insolvency
conferences, and is the author of numerous articles on commercial, constitutional and public international
law.


Philip R. Wood, QC is Special Global Counsel at Allen & Overy LLP. He is also
Visiting Professor in International Financial Law, University of Oxford, Yorke
Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Cambridge, and Visiting Professor at the London
School of Economics and Political Science and at Queen Mary College, London
University. He has written around 18 books on the law and practice of international
finance, including nine books published in 2007/2008. For many years he was
head of the Banking Department at Allen & Overy and has practical experience
of most classes of international financial transactions. He is a specialist in
comparative financial law, insolvency and regulation. Amongst his posts, he is
chairman of the Sovereign Insolvency Study Group of the International Law
Association and a member of the Market Monitoring Group of the Institute of
International Finance.


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Eva Hfipkes is Head of Policy and Regulation and International Banking at the
Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA which came into operation
on 1 January 2009. In her previous position as Head of Regulation at the Swiss
Federal Banking Commission, she was responsible for the coordination of regulatory
and policy projects and has been extensively involved in the analysis and development
of regulatory responses on a variety of issues, including bank reorganisation and
liquidation and deposit protection. Prior to joining the SFBC in 1999, she worked
at the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C.
Ms. Hiipkes currently co-chairs the Basel Committee Working Group on Cross-
Border Bank Resolution. She speaks frequently at international conferences and
academic institutions and is the author of a number of articles on topics related
to banking regulation. She is also a member of the advisory panel of the International
Association of Deposit Insurers.


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Andrew Campbell is Reader (Associate Professor) in International Banking and <:, L
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the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and a Solicitor of the Supreme I-
Court in England and Wales. His specialist areas are international banking law,
with particular emphasis on bank insolvency, depositor protection and banking
regulation. He regularly acts as Consulting Counsel to the International Monetary
Fund. He is co-author, with Peter Cartwright, of Banks in Crisis: the Legal Response
(Ashgate, 2002) and a co-author of Butterworths Annotated Guide to the Financial
Services and Markets Act (Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2nd ed., 2005).
Mr. Campbell is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Banking
Regulation, the Journal of Money Laundering Control, the Journal of Financial
Regulation and Compliance and the Journal of Financial Crime. His latest articles
include Insolvent Banks and the Financial Sector Safety Net- Lessons from the Northern Rock Crisis
which was published in the Singapore Academy of Law Journal in June 2008 and Lender of the Last
Resort Revisited (with Rosa Maria Lastra) which is being published in the Banking and Finance Law
Review summer 2009.

Andrew Bolton specializes in contentious insolvency matters and commercial
litigation, including fraud, asset recovery and professional negligence. Since 2004,
Andrew has been consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in various global directories
for Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Insolvency and Restructuring. These directories
include Chambers Global, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer? and IFLR 1000. Most
recently, Chambers Global 2009 declared that clients value Andrew's experience,
responsiveness and judgment. In the 2009 edition of Legal 500, clients were
quoted as saying he is a 'powerful litigator'.
Prior to joining Appleby in 1997, Andrew worked for Freshfields (now Freshfields
Bruckhaus Deringer) in London and Brussels for ten years, including a year on
secondment to the Bank of England. He became a Partner at Appleby in 1999
and now has overall responsibility for the firm's litigation and insolvency practice in its various offices.
Mr Bolton is the author of several publications.


the "catastrophe", these sights
becoming more unthinkable as
you realized that many souls
lay entombed below these con-
crete slabs. While some of the
slabs lay undisturbed, others
were being hacked and tugged
at by young men and women
with their bare hands, trying to
unlock the secrets that lay
below. Maybe they would find
their missing loved ones and be
able to give them proper buri-
als. Their faces were white with
the dust of the debris.
Contemplating the sheer
magnitude of the task ahead -
rebuilding Haiti - exhausted
me. As I returned to the Habi-
tat for Humanity Haiti's
(HFHH) office I tried to com-
prehend what it will take to
"fix" the country. The answer
eludes me.
My second tour around the
city today was along the same
streets but of a different nature.
I was with the director of Habi-
tat for Humanity in Haiti,
Claude Jeudy, and other disas-
ter response experts from Habi-
tat for Humanity International
(HFHI). We were in search of a
suitable place to set up a stor-
age site and building and train-
ing.
While this was hopeful, I was
quickly reminded of what I had
heard Claude say earlier:
"Before the catastrophe, Haiti
needed one million housing
solutions. Now we need at least
two hundred thousand more."
With the average Habitat
starter house (single room and
bath facility) beginning at
$1,500 and a low income home
beginning at $3,500 (one bed-
room, bath, kitchen and dining
room) the question was, how
do we do it?
He looked me in the eye and
said, "Please, help us help the
people of Haiti. Let me come to
your country and speak to your
people. I know they can help
us."
Being the spontaneous per-
son that I am, I said, "Of
course, I would love to have
you come and meet my friends
and colleagues." I begin to
think, how can we get the fam-
ily of Rotary, church groups,
community groups, contractors
and others to step up and at
least contribute to a starter
home knowing that some of
these homes house as many as
one dozen people? I am open
to suggestions. As night fell and
we travelled back to the HFHH
office, I noticed that unlike
when I had visited Haiti a few
years before, people remained
on the streets. I asked Claude
what was happening. He said
that since the earthquake peo-
ple were sleeping on the streets.
Some had no home to go to and
others were afraid their homes
might collapse while they slept.
They prefer to take their
chances under the stars.
As I sit on the outer deck of
the HFHH office, across the
street a black plume of smoke
rises from the bright glow of a
fire. The smell of burning rub-
ber is in the air. My eyes are
burning. This fire is symbolic
of the Haitian struggle; it burns
for light, cooking, and most of
all to give comfort to those
whose lives are unwillingly lived
on the streets.


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FROM page one

islands in movies intended to
promote the unique character
of each island and illustrate the
diversity of the Bahamas with
the chance of winning a �14,000
prize and having their film
shown at the British Academy
of Film and Television Arts
(BAFTA) red carpet event
next month.
Bahamians were invited to
be envoys to the visiting film-
makers but were not permitted
to enter the competition.
The Ministry of Tourism
maintains the challenge is one
of their big events to create a
Pace of giving slows a
bit for Haiti relief effort
NEW YORK
IN THE three weeks since
a catastrophic earthquake hit
Haiti, the American public
has donated more than $644
million for relief efforts - yet
already there's concern that
the generosity will fade even
as dire needs persist, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
"It could be that it's just
too hard for people to con-
template all the money that's
needed for Haiti and do all
the things needed for the
American economy at the
same time," said Stacy
Palmer, editor of the Chroni-
cle of Philanthropy.
"In the immediate after-
math, were fundraisers even
necessary?" she said.
"Now it does seem to be
slowing down. It's going to be
a real test for the charities to
make a compelling case to
give."
As of Wednesday, accord-
ing to a running tally by the
Chronicle, private donations
to major organizations
engaged in Haiti relief totaled
$644 million - roughly on
pace with some other big dis-
asters of the recent past.


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10.

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RHODES scholar and for-
mer Florida State star, Myron
Rolle, returned to the gridiron
to test his mettle against other
NFL hopefuls in NCAA's
showcase for outgoing seniors.
Rolle played his final colle-
giate game in the Senior Bowl
presented by Under Armour,
this weekend in Mobile,
Alabama.
Rolle started at strong safe-
ty for the South alongside
some of the NCAA's brightest
stars despite being away from
the football field for nearly a
year.
Rolle rose to international
prominence Rolle, famously
put off an NFL career for a
year after winning the Rhodes
Scholarship.
He completely his bache-
lor's degree in Exercise Sci-
ence with a concentration in
Pre-Med in just two and a half
years at FSU and left last year
to study at Oxford University
to pursue a degree in Medical
Anthropology.
The All-American safety
returned to the United States
in December of 2009 to begin
preparation for the Senior
Bowl and the upcoming NFL
combine.
At the Senior Bowl, Rolle
totalled three solo tackles, but
his South squad was blown
away by the North, 31-13, at
Ladd-Peebles Stadium in
Mobile, Alabama.
The teams were tied at three
at the end of the first quarter


SOUTH squad defensive back Myron Rolle (4) of Florida State, catches a pass during Senior
Bowl NCAA college football practice in Mobile, Ala., on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010.


and with two touchdowns the
North took a 17-13 lead at the
half.
While the South remained
scoreless, the North scored
one touchdown in each quar-
ter in the second half for the
final margin.
Rolle and the other Senior
Bowl participants used the
game as the initial attempt to
improve their stock for the the
draft in April.
Rolle, a member of Kappa
Alpha Psi Fraternity, is the
15th ranked player at his posi-
tion on ESPN.com's Mock
NFL draftboard.
Other noteworthy partici-
pating seniors included Florida
quarterback Tim Tebow and


highly touted cornerback Kyle
Wilson from Boise State.
While studying at Oxford,
Rolle reportedly kept in shape
with the University's rugby
side, Varsity Blues.
While at Cambridge, Rolle
and his former teammates
were forced to contend with
a 7-6 season and the retire-
ment of coach Bobby Bowden
and defensive coordinator
Mickey Andrews.
Whether a career on the
football field or in a medical
laboratory, Rolle has made his
intent clear to give back to the
Bahamas, a place he calls his
second home.
Rolle and his family have
announced plans to build a


medical clinic and sports com-
plex to offer free services to
the people of Exuma.
The facility will be built in
Steventon, where the Rolle
family originates from, and be
named the Myron L Rolle
Medical Clinic and Sports
Complex.
The complex will provide
free health services to resi-
dents of Exuma, as well as a
state-of-the-art wellness and
training facilities for athletes
and visitors to the island.
The project will be executed
in conjunction with the Min-
istry of Health and the Florida
State University College of
Medicine, based in the United
States.


BAISS moves up


championship schedule


THE Bahamas Association
of Independent Secondary
Schools' Championship
matchups will be decided much
sooner than previously expect-
ed due to a scheduling change.
The second slate of sudden
death elimination playoff
games will take place today
(Thursday, February 4th), and
not Monday, February 8th as
previously reported at the
Kendal Issacs Gymnasium.
Game one in each champi-
onship series will now take
place February 8th, with game
twos, Wednesday 10th and
game threes if necessary
Thursday llth.
Today's schedule will fea-
ture the second versus third
seeded matchups in each of
the four divisions.
In Junior Girls play, St.
Augustine's College Big Red


Machine (6-1) will face the
Jordan Prince William Falcons
(5-2).
The winner will face the
Queen's College Comets who
eliminated the Temple Christ-
ian Suns.
In Junior Boys, The C.W.
Saunders Cougars (7-2) will
face the St John's College
Giants (6-3), for the right to
play the top ranked SAC Big
Red Machine in the champi-
onship.
In the Senior girls division,
SAC (5-1) looks to create a
repeat matchup of last year's
championship which they won
in a thrilling three game series.
To get there they will have
to get by the Westminster Col-
lege Diplomats (4-2) who
return several players from a
junior girls team that finished
as runners-up in 2009.


The Giants look to return
to claim their third BAISS
championship in a four year
span.
In the Senior Boys division
one of two teams remain the
final hurdle in the Westmin-
ster College Diplomats hopes
for a third consecutive cham-
pionship.
The Diplomats will face the
winner of the SAC (8-3) and
St. John's Giants (7-4)
matchup.
The Giants narrowly missed
an opportunity at a champi-
onship berth in 2009 when they
were upset by the Kingsway
Academy Saints while SAC
looks to return to the Senior
Boys championship after years
of playoff struggles.
Games begin at 3:45pm at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
um.


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Club Monica Track Club hosts




annual track and field classic


BAAA'S executives pose above with members of the Club Monica Track Club at a press conference on Tuesday at the Thomas A.


Robinson Track Stadium.

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
CLUB Monica Track Club
will play a pivotal part in the
St. Valentine's Day weekend
by hosting their annual track
and field classic.
It's the seventh hosting of
the two-day meet, scheduled
for Friday, February 12, start-
ing at 6 p.m. and continuing
on Saturday at noon at the
Thomas Thomas A. Robin-
son Track and Field Stadi-
um.
"The classic represents the
opportunity to showcase
young Bahamian athletes,"
said head coach and founder
Dianne Woodside of the club
named in honour of her
mother, Monica, and com-
prising some 70 athletes
between the ages of 6 and 19.
More than 700 athletes are
expected to participate in the
meet, which has received the
endorsement of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations and will serve as a
qualifier for the Carifta
Games in the Cayman
Islands over the Easter holi-
day weekend.
Athletes have until Satur-
day, February 6 to register to
compete in the meet by going
on line to www/clubmoni-
ca.com or do so through one
of the club executives or
coaches.
Through the support of the
parents of the athletes,
Woodside said they are able
to continue to host the meet,
but she also noted that cor-
porate Bahamas has also
helped out tremendously.
Coming on board this year
as sponsors are Primer
Importers, Lewis and Long-
ley Attorneys-At-Law,
Bahama Blinds, Royal Bank,
d'Albenas Agency, FT Con-
sultants Limited, Bay Street
Garage, Anton Neely, who
produced the posters and
banners and Pro-Active Chi-
rapractor.
BAAA's president Mike
Sands said the executives and
the council members wished
to congratulate Woodside on
the formation of the club,
which not just focused on
athletics, but also academics.
"The BAAA is pleased to
congratulate Ms Woodside
for the vision of putting on
this event, seven years in run-
ning, and we wish her every
success," he said.
Sands advised athletes,
especially those in the Fami-
ly Islands, who wished to
make the trip for the Carifta
Games to come out and par-
ticipate in the meet.
BAAA's vice president
Sherwin Stuart said while
they were focusing on their
youth and junior athletes,
they congratulated Woodside
and Club Monica for putting
on such an event that would
showcase their talent.
"We are attempting in the
BAAA to re-energise the
programme and this is a man-
ifestation of how that can be
accomplished by focusing on
this fine group of young tal-
ent," he said.
And BAAA's public rela-
tions officer Alpheus 'Hawk'
Finlayson said this meet was
just one that provided the
organisation in the clubs
which made a difference in
the country.
"I look forward to them


doing what they have to do
and having great competition
and getting as many of their
people on the junior national
teams this year," he said.
Tess Mullings, one of the
senior athletes in the club,
encouraged the general pub-


lic to come out to the meet
and lend their support to the
athletes.
"When we have track and
field meets like this, it
encourages us to do our best
on our way to London in
2012 (for the Olympic


Games)," said the hurdles
specialist.
And Diamond Dorsett,
one of the youngest members
of the club, said once the
public came out and sup-
ported them, they would def-
initely do their best.


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Barracuda Swim Club wins swim meet
THE Barracuda Swim
LEGAL NOTICE I Club held its Insurance Man-
agement Invitational Swim
NOTICE ' Meet this past weekend at
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT 4the Betty Kelly Kenning
(No.45 of 2000) Aquatic Center.
(No.45 of 2000) The Barracuda Swim Club
' *. Q Irwas the winner of their meet
- in both the male & female
ALAMOSA HOLDINGS LTD. S' divisions. The club males
scored 1369.5 points, fol-
lowed by Swift Swimming
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section with 434 points. Their
137 (8) of the International Business Companies Act, females scored 869.5 points,
137 (8) of the International Business Companies Act, followed by Swift Swimming
No.45 of 2000, the Dissolution of ALAMOSA HOLD- with 657.5 points.
INGS LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolu- While it turned out to be a
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore been good time for all of the com-
petitors, there were 20 swim-
struck off the Register. The date of completion of the dis- mers who attained the qual
solution was the 18th day of December, 2009. ifying standards for the Carif-
ta Swim Championships.
They are as follows:
Crw ,rCamron Bruney, Leslie
SCampbell, Dionisio Carey,
Liquidator Zarian Cleare, Farion
New World Trustees (Jersey) Limited Cooper, Anibal Hernan-
dez Valdes, Kohen Kerr,
Devonn Knowles, Matthew
Lowe, Laron Morley, Zach
S Moses, Armando Moss,
Berchadette Moss, Doran
Reed, Mancer Roberts,
ConstantW o kingRiquel Rolle, Simone Stur-
S3 *E * " I Urup, Dustin Tynes, Pemrae
Pressure Hoses0 Walker and Andreas
Weech.
There were over 140 swim-
mers who swam personal
best times in over 300 events
during the meet, which
a Showed that the younger
l [swimmers are really stepping
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Legal Notice are training hard, so their
'" " times are not dropping dra-
matically, according to a Bar-
* racuda official.
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TOPSTAGE LIMITED PONG MANAGEMENT LTD.
In Voluntary liquidation
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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with (No.45 of 2000)
Section 137 (4) of the International Business
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. Stephen Peter Ascroft MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution. PANAMERICAN MAN-
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FEBRUARY 4, 2010


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Government undecided
whether to apply to all bills
or just Abaco, but latter
solution could be 1.5-2
times existing surcharge
By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net
AN ADDITIONAL $0.30
per day surcharge could be
added to Bahamian electrici-
ty bills if the Government
decides to switch the new Wil-
son City power plant's fuel
from Bunker C to Automo-
tive Diesel, the ministerwith
responsibility for BEC said
yesterday.
Phenton Neymour said,
however, that the Govern-
ment has not yet decided
whether the surcharge will be
added to electricity costs for
all BEC customers, or if Aba-
conians will receive a sepa-
rate surcharge for the use of
the more expensive, but less
environmentally impacting,
fuel.
Mr Neymour said the BEC
surcharge is the same
throughout the islands, but if
Abaco alone was charged for
automated diesel, the costs
could be 1.5 to 2 times the
daily surcharge.
Mr Neymour said the Gov-
ernment had sought to ease
Abaco's electricity woes,
stemming from frequent pow-
er outages due to a subpar
power plant, by building a
new, more efficient power
plant that would run a cheap-
er heavy fuel-oil.
He said the Marsh Harbour
plant, which burns diesel,
alone caused losses of up to
$8 million last year. Mean-
while. an Eleuthera power
plant, which is also being
replaced, caused losses if a
SEE page 4B


RND/Colina, ABDAB


* Says move to buy out Finlaysons and ABDAB creates
opportunity to break-up monopoly/duopoly in Bahamian
liquor industry
* Recalls numerous complaints from small liquor
retailers unable to compete with Burns House on
product and pricing
* Says 'not in government's and country's best interests',
and 'politically unacceptable', for Dutch brewer to gain
100% of Burns House/Commonwealth Brewery
* Suggests IPO to Bahamian investors or spin-off of
Burns House retail interests


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A former Chamber of
Commerce president yester-
day urged the Government to
mandate that Heineken either
spin-off Burns House's retail
operation or sell a stake in
the company to Bahamian
investors as a pre-condition
for approving the buy-out of
the Finlayson family, telling
Tribune Business the deal cre-
ated an opportunity to break-
up the monopoly/duopoly
environment in the liquor
industry.
Dionisio D'Aguilar said it
SEE page 8B


4.1



DIONISIO D'AGUILAR


Miami firm

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deals under scrutiny Norman's Cay


* Regulator 'investigating' several public company deals to
determine whether full disclosure made
* Commission 'extremely concerned with regards to public
companies understanding what their obligations are'
* Sources say Colina to offer to buy out RND minority investors


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editors
The Securities Commission
yesterday said it was "extreme-
ly concerned" about whether
publicly-listed Bahamian com-
panies were fulfilling their
obligations to properly disclose
material events to investors,
and was investigating several
recent transactions, as this
newspaper learnt Colina Hold-
ings is likely to imminently offer
to buyout RND Holdings'
minority investors.
While not identifying the
companies involved, Hillary
Deveaux, the Commission's
executive director, confirmed
to Tribune Business that the
capital markets regulator was
"investigating" several recent
events involving the disclosure
of material changes to public


* HILLARY DEVEAUX
companies.
Tribune Business under-
stands that the transactions
being probed are Colina Hold-
ings (Bahamas) purchase of a
majority stake in fellow listed
issuer, RND Holdings, from the
latter's chairman, PLP Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald. Also under
review is the proposed
Heineken purchase of the
Associated Bahamian Distillers


and Brewers (ABDAB) stakes
in Burns House and Common-
wealth Brewery, given that
ABDAB is listed on the over-
the-counter market, and there-
fore seemingly a publicly-list-
ed company.
In response to Tribune Busi-
ness inquiries, Mr Deveaux
said: "The Commission is
extremely concerned with
regards to public companies
understanding what their oblig-
ations are with regard to mate-
rial changes in the life of a com-
pany.
"We are investigating a series
of events regarding the disclo-
sure of material changes in the
life of a company pursuant to
Section 64 of our legislation
[the Securities Industry Act]."
SEE page 7B


resort project

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A Miami-based private equity firm that specialises in
luxury, beachfront resort purchases is in negotiations to
acquire the development rights to the previously pro-
posed multi-million dollar Aman resort project on Nor-
man's Cay in the Exumas, Tribune Business can reveal.
The Brilla Group, which acquired the Raleigh Hotel
on Miami's South Beach last year, is seeking to acquire
the development rights to the several hundred-acre
project that were held by the New York/Miami-based
Setai Group and its partner, Aman Resorts.
George Smith, the former PLP MP for Exuma, con-
firmed to Tribune Business yesterday that he was aware
of the Brilla Group's interest in Norman's Cay, adding
that it might already have reached an agreement with a
wealthy group of Bahamian investors who owned the
surrounding land.
The Bahamians, whose real estate holdings were
originally slated to form part of the Setai/Aman project,
are financial executives Mark Holowesko and Grego-
ry Cleare, plus attorneys Martin Solomon and R James
Cole.
When asked by Tribune Business about the Brilla
Group's involvement, Mr Smith said: "I've heard that
group has reached a private arrangement with R James
SEE page 9B


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Investors in a $4.9 billion
Bahamas-based mixed-use
resort development have
accused the developer of
becoming "a puppet to give
cover" to the refusal of the pro-
ject's financial backer to fur-
ther develop the site, into which
real estate investors had
pumped $160 million to acquire
some 195 lots.
An amended complaint
against Credit Suisse and inter-
national real estate firm Cush-


SEE page 10B


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developer now a 'proxy to
provide cover' to Credit
Suisse and latter's failure
to fulfil obligations on
Bahamas project
* Old Bahama Bay
manager admits bank's
intentions on unsold 630
lots 'key' to West End
project
* Confirms Tribune
Business revelations that
Ginn 'seeking new capital
partners/development
entities' to build project's
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Employee of

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The Nassau Pdport Dwllopmeril Compmny is *ae to annaunve Mr Crispin KrowIes as
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o4tttnding COWN&Mu~>~i by a lear member at the airpor development compny~1.

Crispin ieined INAD in 2008 as an IT Technician lie is INhly sM~Iled andi cintinues to play
a key rolle in the day-1D-day operations in ithe IT &i Electiciiics Depirimeni. Crisin is
responsible for performance monitunng & repo* g anth inIfa5tf)txure of the corporate
data & voice iW~or1ks. H~e also monitors the vnpany's. firewall m4i nelwrIk iriusiern
equipmrd~I.

Cdspin Is always willing to assist Awhever needed andImha demonstrated a keen desire to
dleveIbp Ns leadership sI~s. Ini 2009, he was assigned pro~c1 leader for the OperAtins
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piroect. He Md a remari~able A� in assisting M departmvent to cnimplete bo~th projects on


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Technical Honlor Sociaty, lie is rniarri and has two daughters. H a aoys basketball and
spending tune with his frrnily.

Cort~ca~aI~ons CrispiniI


T hese days, it seems
like every designer
has a website to showcase
their work. While online port-
folios are certainly effective,
they are expensive to develop,
require technical knowledge,
and can be extremely time
consuming to create and
maintain. Additionally, they
are not always the best option
to showcase print work, and
they may display differently
from browser to browser and
computer to computer.
An excellent alternative is a
graphic design PDF portfo-
lio. Many graphic software
programs, such as InDesign
and Illustrator, have the
option of exporting a design
as a PDF. This allows the
designer to create a custom
brochure-style piece show-
casing their best work, which
can be e-mailed to prospec-
tive clients or employers.
Selecting Work
As with any portfolio, per-
haps the most important deci-
sion is what design work to
include. If you are early in
your career and don't have a
focus (or don't want one),
choose your best work across
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case. The work itself, and not
necessarily a client or publi-
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flow of content and start with
a quick overview, then go into
project examples with all the
content you came up with ear-
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per project.
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Once your design is com-
plete, you can export it to
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010, PAGE 3B


Engineer


Board key


for self-regulation


By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net
THE Professional Engi-
neers Board's (PEB) imple-
mentation and corresponding
legislation is critical to prop-
erly regulating the profession,
it was revealed yesterday, giv-
en that in years past it has
been vulnerable to foreign
influxes and unqualified indi-
viduals.
Heading a meeting of the
PEB at the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC),
chairman Michael Moss said
the Ministry of Works sought
to regulate the progession, but
was unable to do little more
than oversee the contracts of
public works projects.
The Board's creation and
accompanying legislation for
the "registration of engineers,
for the regulation and control
of professional engineering
and related purposes", will
ensure all professional engi-
neers in the Bahamas and
those who might come into
the country are properly


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licensed to work. Mr Moss
said there was traditionally no
proper regulation of engineers
or the Bahamian engineering
sector.
With the impending Eco-
nomic Partnership Agree-
ment between the European
Union (EU) and Cariforum
nations, of which the
Bahamas is a part, the ratifi-
cation of an Engineers Board
will be critical to regulating
the sector when it is opened
up to the establishment of for-
eign firms here and the move-
ment of Bahamian firms
abroad.
Mr Moss said it was imper-
ative for engineers who fall
under a special clause that
relates to individuals who
"may not possess requisite
academic qualifications to
ordinarily satisfy registration
requirement" to register by
March 1, 2010. The "grand-
father" clause would allow
those individuals who have
worked in a specific engi-
neering discipline for not less
than 15 years to be licensed
and regulated by the PEB


Request for


under the act. Cyprian Gib-
son,a Board member, said the
PEB will lead to better devel-
opment projects in the
Bahamas and will curtail the
need to vet Bahamian engi-
neers through foreign boards
of which they are members.
Melanie Roach, another
Board member, said the Act
also allows for disciplining
engineers who are reported
to the Board. She said a clear-
ly defined code of ethics is
built into the PEB's act.
The list of engineers devel-
oped by the Board will weed


out those individuals who are
not qualified to work in the
sector, and regulate foreign
firms coming into this coun-
try, who would need a tem-
porary permit and work
under the auspices of a regis-
tered Bahamian firm.
"This board is not exclu-
sionary," said board member,
Ray McKenzie. He noted that
he hoped to see a diverse
group of engineers, especially
female engineers, joining the
ranks of the PEB.


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Plant switch may add $0.3 daily charge to BEC bills


man, also said it was not yet
known whether construction
costs on the power plant
could go down if Diesel is
used at the site.
He said BEC was in talks
with the Germany-based
MAN Corporation, which is
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pipelines for the project, to


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see if the heated pipelines
needed for Bunker C Fuel-oil
can be replaced with pipelines
capable of transporting
Diesel. The Bunker C pipes
are reported to be much more
expensive, specialised lines.
Mr Moss said, however,
that MAN may be too far
ahead with the Bunker C
lines, for which BEC may


have to swallow the cost.
Detractors of the Wilson
City power plant, who rallied
for government transparency
on the project and the use of
Diesel instead of Bunker C,
said they would pay for the
more expensive fuel if there
was less impact to the envi-
ronmentally sensitive area
where the plant is being con-


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structed. And those Abaco
residents opposed to burning
Bunker C fuel celebrated a
victory when government
announced its intent to use
diesel instead.
Although government offi-
cials refrained from confirm-
ing yesterday whether diesel
will absolutely replace Bunker
C, Minister of the Environ-
ment, Earl Deveaux, said it
was likely to, as it appears to
be more cost effective and less
damaging to the environment.
The Minister said he has
indicated this to Mr Moss,
while the financial and tech-
nical implications are still
under review.
Clint Kemp, from commu-
nity action group Abaco
Cares, believes the decision
to switch to diesel at the $105
million, 48 megawatt plant has
already been made, and has
congratulated the community
effort by all those involved in


Abaco Cares who share con-
cerns about the damaging
affect of Bunker C on their
health and the environment.
But Mr Deveaux and Mr
Neymour said they are sim-
ply reiterating Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham's
December statement that
diesel would be considered as
an alternative if it is found to
be a more cost effective solu-
tion.


PKF BAHAMAS
Qualified and Trainee Accountants Required

The Nassau office of PFK, an International Accounting Firm, seeks to
recruit the following:

(1) Professional qualified persons with recognized
accounting qualifications. They must be eligible for
membership in The Bahamas Institute of Chartered
Accountants and must have at least two (2) or three (3) years
post qualification experience. Only Bahamians need apply.
Preference will be given to applicants with proven audit and
assurance experience.

(2) Trainees with an accounting degree and eligible to write
a professional examination. Only Bahamians need apply

In all cases, salary and benefits subject to negotiation.

Apply in writing to Human Resources Partner, PKF.
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FROM page 1B
similar size.
"That is why we are putting
in facilities that are more effi-
cient, in Abaco and
Eleuthera," said Mr Ney-
mour.
Michael Moss, BEC's chair-


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THE TRIBUNE


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010, PAGE 5B


$250k station vows





to open TV market


By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net
A NEW all-Bahamian
television station called
VTV, costing more than
$250,000, launched yester-
day, its owner vowing to
open the Bahamian media
market to locally-produced,
casted and marketed shows.
Founder and chief execu-
tive, Lincoln Bain, said the
television station's intent
was to be an evolutionary
step for broadcast television
in the Bahamas, plus
Bahamian film and televi-
sion producers.
He said Bahamians will be
able to go through the
processes of pre and post-
production with little to no
start-up costs, and enter into
a profit sharing contract with
the station once the show is
aired.
The design of VTV's pro-
gramming model is a bold
attempt to foster local ideas
and talent, and bring them
to a larger Bahamian audi-
ence.
Mr Bain said it has not
gone live yet because he is
awaiting Cable Bahamas'
assignment of a channel.
However, he said shows are
already in the pipeline for
VTV's official air date,
which will be announced.
He said the Government
decision to liberalise the
communications sector
allowed for the easy estab-
lishment of VTV.
The newly formed Utili-
ties Regulation and Compe-


tition Authority gave Mr
Bain the go-ahead to launch
his channel in just under two
months.
"They really took me
through the ropes," he said.
When asked what set-
backs he encountered in reg-
istering a new TV station
with the new regulatory
board, he said it was an
CJI', process".
VTV proposes to drive
revenue through its video
production arm so it can


depend less on ad sales,
which most television chan-
nels solely rely on.
Mr Bain said VTV is also
meant to be an outlet for up-
coming filmmakers at high
school level, and will feature
summer programmes and
attempt to established a
credit based course with the
College of the Bahamas.
The station will host
comedies, dramas, docu-
mentaries and news, all pro-
duced locally.


KNIGHTS OF

COLUMBUS


The Knights of Columbs

West Nassau Council #11755
Seek to protect the valuable reputation that has
been established in the community and with
Business establishments over the many years.
Due to property that has been stolen,
we ask that no checks be accepted
without First contacting the
Grand Knight of Council #11755
@ 467-3459 cell,
or Financial Secretary @423-4644 cell.
We apologies to any establishment that
may have been adversely affected.


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PICTET BANK & TRUST LIMITED

Invites qualified applicants for the following position:-



REOUIRED SKILLS:-

-Ability to work independently.
-Strong organisational skills.
-Commitment to excellent customer service.
-Must be a team player.
-Excellent oral and written communication skills.
-Excellent problem solving skills.
-Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict
deadlines.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:-

-Excellent knowledge of investment instruments.
-Very good understanding of Securities Administration.
-Good understanding of Independent Manager activities.
-Ability to speak/write French would be an asset.
-Knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese would be an asset.
-Bachelor's Degree in Finance or related subject.
-At least five (5) years Private Banking experience.
-NASD Series 7 Certification.
-Proficiency in a variety of software applications including
Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

ABSOLUTELY NO TELEPHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED

Please hand deliver Resume and two (2) references

NO LATER THAN MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2010 to:

The Human Resources Manager
Bayside Executive Park
Building No. 1
Nassau, Bahamas


Eventually, Mr Bain said,
VTV hopes to sell syndica-
tions to television stations
throughout the Caribbean
and Europe.


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Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000 that Fairsands Limited has been dissolved
and struck off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by
the Registrar General on the 14th day of December, 2009.

Dated the 1st day of February, 2010


Mr. Juan M. Lopez
Liquidator


Mr. Simon J.S. Townend
Liquidator


ITDISCS TRE NTIS PAG LOG N0TO WW.TIBUE22CO0


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16- KRYS RAHMING & ASSOCIATES

GAi 0 SA L K W14 D C-i CA [P P!CT 1
KRYS RAHMING & ASSOCIATES OPENS IN THE BAHAMAS
Krys' Rahrmng & A~ssckitc~s Limr-
ited is pleased to announce the
ope n irg of its orffice in the Ba h a
nias. The Bahamian firm will he
dedicated to Corporate Recovery,
Insolvertcy, Forensic Accounting
anid Business Advisory services,
The firrnnmaintaiins 6 �traitegic a-
lianme with Krys & Azsaciates Ltd.
whi~cI has off icea i q. t heC sym n Is-
I Hands akind ihe (3ri I ris t rg i n Isfla d,.
The IKrys & Assrxiates nei.'iork is
currentlly curisideri.�d to1 be one or
the largest Independent group of
fir s n tibhe Caribbeani focused
oil inselvency. foren~sic 2ccounl*
ng and Iiti-at-,or su ppoi1 services-
Ed Rahmniiais 5Manaiging D-rector of the Ba.harna5 office e hold~s an
MBA from il Te LUniwwe'sy of Florida and( is a Gerlified lhII)iii� ACCOUNI'nr.
Cterljfkd Fr~iAu( Fuirnirr andis C ertified ini Fina~ncial Forn.-c'rrsit:k y the
Aniericaiii Instuiue of Certifie-0 Pu~Iic Accountants. Rte has oyee ten years
(~xprcricfIe iii providing~ insOh'wincy, fraud -arid fo L'rnsir accournting irws-
1.gat~ons anid litigation supp ort services which ia gained whilo working in
the FirianciiaI Advisory Servic~es practice width a B~ig Four accounting firm in
their New York, Caymnan and London office-&

Mr. Rahnming has advised clients on accounting and financial matters
under Iitigaziion acrss various indL.5tries. He has led or been a team
mrem~ber on iritemiatiorial insolvency matters including DCCI as'nd on nu-
merous international forensic accounting matters inicluding Viacom,
Ingersoll Rand. IPG - M*cCann Erickson., Lucentl Technologies. t~he U.&.
Tra iispurt.8t~cuif SeCurity Age ncy. a red Xerox He was a ead member of the
forensic icrounting team tha~ it din th dee !$e ~of Crie underwril-
es or mcre thani$1.5 toiliciriof VVQrldCorn (JeW &seurities in LonIchOiciders'
ai1ci rins lbroIGhIOLAie Inc Li n] StatEM

Prior lo esta blisn in rigIiys Rahmi ng & Associajtes, he was thte Vice Presi-
dent of thie Grand Baharna Pont Auilioritv andi President of the Lucava
Serwvce Company. lieis the Founder- and Owner of Inteiksys, an irvegrity
due diligecec firm with offlice& in .'tassau and Grand Ca~mari_

Founder anid Chief Execu~tive Officer of Krys & Associates Ltd, Kenneth
Kry r commented: "'T e strateg-c al lince with Ba hamas complements the
services and products we are currently providing in Caymn aniard SVI for
our fimnenial services clients. I oersacirily know arid have worked with Ed
w hen he was in Cayman and know of hf s cummiimrtrnet to qkjq lity service
and Creative thinking. He will b~e a great tit to the man aagem'ent team and
to1 lhra.1!r m overall,.

Eid adviqies. -I'm ve~ryi pk a'ed to retu rn to my q pcia Ity a nc to do It i n a way.
tha~t focuses on i: he Carii:t* a n regloiin. I'm vei v confif.ent of the l ong term
succ-&cs.sof the 8aha inar f i irn."

For further information ona Krys & Associates. Ltd. and Krys Rahrning &
Associates L i ni ited. visit www. krysanda ssoc~com

Krys Rahniing ,Bahanias~i ULimed- is located at Caves Pofoessiional Cen
t re. Caves V~i age, B Iak8 Read and We st Bay Street. P.O. Box SP 6406 4,
Nassau, Bahama~s. Telepltone +'1 242 327 1447 Fax +1242 327 3288;
email; edmundi.rahrnIng~krysancas5oc.coni.


BUSINESS








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THE TRIBUNE


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010, PAGE 7B


RND/Colina, ABDAB deals under scrutiny


FROM page 1B

He declined to comment fur-
ther.
Tribune Business under-
stands that the Securities Com-
mission has already written to
RND Holdings and Colina
Holdings (Bahamas), the
BISX-listed parent of Colina
Insurance Company, setting out
its concerns and seeking an
explanation. Sources also sug-
gested that the regulator wants
both companies to publish a
newspaper advertisement
revealing full details of the
transaction to the investing
public.
In ABDAB's case, Tribune
Business understands that in
the first instance the Securities
Commission wants to deter-
mine whether it is a true public
company, and its findings on
this point will set out the future
course it takes.
The key issue is Section 64
in the Securities Industry Act,
which mandates that there be a
full disclosure to all investors
and the public when there is a
material change in the life of a
listed issuer, such as a results
announcement or major trans-
action takes place involving it.
This is done to maintain an
orderly market, ensuring that
investors have equal access to
the same information at the
same time, something that pre-


vents insider trading and other
market abuses, and safeguards
minority investor rights. There
is nothing to suggest these have
been breached in the
RND/Colina and ABDAB
transactions, but investors need
to be given the full information
to make informed decisions.
Jerome Fitzgerald, RND
Holdings' chairman, confirmed
to Tribune Business that he is
due to meet the Securities
Commission today to discuss
its concerns, but declined to
comment further until that
meeting had taken place.
Tribune Business, mean-
while, has learnt that Colina
Holdings is likely to publish a
newspaper ad imminently that
will offer to buy-out all minor-
ity shareholders in RND Hold-
ings, taking the company pri-
vate and off the over-the-
counter market. Terms of the
potential offer are unknown,
but when questioned about it,
Mr Fitzgerald said: "I know
nothing about that at all."
An offer to buy out the RND
minority investors, on the same
terms as Mr Fitzgerald received
- especially price - would do a
lot to ease their concerns.
Tribune Business had been
contacted by several irate RND
minority investors since Coli-
na Holdings (Bahamas) acqui-
sition of a more than 50 per
cent stake in their company was
announced, arguing that the


level of disclosure was unac-
ceptable since all they knew
was that the transaction had
happened.
They also questioned why
Colina Holdings had not
offered them the same terms
pro rata that they had given Mr
Fitzgerald, since in most mar-
kets companies buying a major-
ity public company interest are
usually mandated to tender for
all shares. That, though, is not
mandatory in the Bahamas yet.
Tribune Business noted ear-
lier this week: "It is likely that
RND Holdings' minority
investors, who suffered through
several years of sustained loss-
es during the mid-2000s, the
company having a $2.253 mil-
lion accumulated deficit at the
end of its 2008 fiscal year, the
last period for which figures are
available, will want more details
on the transaction.
"Specifically, they will want
to know how all this impacts
their investment and its value,
and what plans Colina Hold-
ings will now have for their
company. They are now
investors in a radically differ-
ent company to the original
one, RND having sold its cine-
ma business to Galleria Cine-
mas in 2004 to pay down debt
and reduce cash flow.
"RND Holdings is now effec-
tively a real estate investment
trust (REIT) or mutual fund
through its RND Properties
subsidiary, its only other busi-
ness being the TicketXpress call
centre. Now, not only are the
Bahamian minority investors in
a different company, but it is
one under new controlling own-
ership to boot.
"Many RND Holdings
investors are likely to question
whether their ownership stakes
have been diluted as a result of
the issuance of new shares to
Colina Holdings, and are likely
to question why they were not
given new stock in proportion
to their existing holdings - in
other words, why they were not
offered the same terms, and
why no offer has been made to
buy them out."



INSIGH


behndth 0 ws


Krys Rahming& Associates (Bahamas) Ltd


T1~7


Leaal Notice

NOTICE

INTERCITRUS INVESTMENTS
LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance
with Section 138 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000, INTERCITRUS
INVESTMENTS LIMITED has been dissolved and
struck off the Register according to the Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the
4th day of December, A.D., 2009.

Dated the 4th day of December, A.D., 2009.




Dartley Bank & Trust Limited


KRYS RAHMING & ASSOCIATES


GlOBIhA- khOWLt * LOCAL 1 PL CI V


Krys Rahming & Associates (Bahamas) Ltd is a provider of corporate re-
covery, insolvency, forensic accounting and business advisory services
in the Caribbean. The firm is affiliated with Krys & Associates (Cayman)
Ltd., a premier provider of corporate recovery, insolvency, and forensic
accounting services in the Caribbean. We are seeking applications to
fill two vacancies for the below listed job description.



SENIOR ACCOUNTANT



The Senior Accountant will support management and be responsible for
performing the day-to-day investigations and analysis for corporate re-
covery, forensic, or liquidation assignments. The successful applicant
is expected to be client focused, perform their duties with appropriate
confidentiality and professionalism, demonstrate an appropriate level
of initiative and organization, and be able to operate in a demanding
environment. Exceptional letter writing, computer literacy, analytical
and interpersonal skills are important.


The ideal candidate will have an accounting background and have
completed or substantially completed a qualification in the field from a
recognized institution or professional body. The successful applicant
will typically have had at least three to five years relevant professional
experience with a Big 4 Accounting firm. Prior experience in auditing,
forensic or corporate recovery field is essential. Alternatively, the suc-
cessful candidate can be a recent MBA graduate from a Top 25 US
Business school.


The range of salary for this post is dependent on qualifications and
experience. A comprehensive benefits package is offered to include
health insurance, discretionary bonus and 20 days vacation.


No solicitations from recruitment firms please.


To apply please email your application to personnel@krysandassoc.
com. Interested persons should apply no later than February 15,
2010.







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THE TRIBUNE


FROM page 1B

would "be in the Govern-
ment's and the country's best
interests" to not permit the
Dutch-headquartered inter-
national brewing giant to take
100 per cent ownership con-
trol at both Burns House and
Commonwealth Brewery, cre-
ating a vertically-integrated
brewing, wholesale and retail


Ex-Chamber chief urges Govt: Dilute Heineken bid


group. Arguing that it would
be politically unpalatable to
allow a majority Bahamian-
owned company to pass into
100 per cent foreign owner-
ship, Mr D'Aguilar said the
Government had several
options it could mandate as a


pre-condition for approving
Heineken's purchase of the
Associated Bahamian Dis-
tillers and Brewers
(ABDAB) stakes in Burns
House and Commonwealth
Brewery. He argued that the
Government should either
require Heineken to sell a
portion of its Burns
House/Commonwealth Brew-
ery interests to Bahamian
investors via an initial public
offering (IPO), or mandate
that a Bahamian buyer be
found for the ABDAB stakes.
The former appears the
more likely course of action,
and Mr D'Aguilar added that
the Government could also
require Heineken to divest
and split-off Burns House's
retail operations from its
wholesale business.

Contacted

Mr D'Aguilar said that dur-
ing his two-year stint as
Chamber president, which
ended in 2009, he was con-
tacted by numerous Bahami-
an independent liquor store
owners complaining that they
were unable to compete
against the Burns House-
owned stores.
"I used to get complaints
from small, independent
liquor retailers that because
Burns House controlled such
a big share of the market, they
were at an inherent disadvan-
tage, and Burns House was
essentially a monopoly on the
retail side," Mr D'Aguilar
recalled.
"I remember a number of
liquor store owners calling the
Chamber and complaining
about what was a monopoly
environment. Because they
[Burns House] had so much
market share, it was very, very
difficult for smaller liquor
stores to compete.
"Firstly, they couldn't get
product, and secondly the
product they did was priced
at a level that was not as good
as the prices given to the
Burns House stores."
To eliminate
monopoly/competition con-
cerns after completing the
Butler & Sands acquisition in


2000, Burns House franchised
out many of the retail stores
to independent, Bahamian
entrepreneurs who would
source most of their products
from its wholesale operation.
However, the move did not
work, and many of the inde-
pendent stores were subse-
quently taken back under
Burns House ownership. Tri-
bune Business also received
calls from the Burns House
store franchisees, complain-
ing that the company's whol-
ly-owned stores were obtain-
ing better prices and discounts
than they were, leaving them
unable to compete.
Meanwhile, Mr D'Aguilar
said the Government should
be "concerned with two
things" when assessing the
possible Heineken purchase
of ABDAB's stake - the
move from Bahamian major-
ity ownership at Burns House
to foreign ownership, and
whether this would perpetu-
ate the duopoly/monopoly
environment in the Bahamian
liquor industry.
"Do you want to continue
to maintain this monopoly
environment that exists in our
liquor business," Mr
D'Aguilar asked, adding of
the Government: "It [the
deal] causes them to look at it.
Is this an opportunity to
break-up that
monopoly/duopoly environ-
ment."
The other half of that duop-
oly is the privately-owned,
Juan Bacardi-run Bristol Cel-
lars, and Mr D'Aguilar said:
"I don't think it will be very
popular if Heineken ends up
with 100 per cent control. I
don't think it will be politi-
cally acceptable. Government,
in my opinion, should not
endorse that.
"I think they should
encourage participation by
Bahamian shareholders,
whether that is through a
flotation or whether ABDAB
has to sell its interest to a
Bahamian group or concern.
"At the end of the day,
there should be Bahamian
participation, and not exclu-
sive ownership and operation
by a large Dutch company,
because we have enough sec-
tors of the economy con-
trolled by foreigners, primar-
ily the banks, which are the
most profitable sector."
Bahamian ownership in
either Burns House or Com-
monwealth Brewery, even
both, would ensure a small
percentage of the profits
remain in the Bahamas,


rather than being expatriated
overseas, boosting Bahamian
wealth and the amount of
money in circulation here.
While there have been sug-
gestions that the Government
may require Heineken to sell
off a 25 per cent interest via
IPO to Bahamian investors if
its acquisition is successful, it
is unclear what this equity
stake is in - Burns House,
Commonwealth Brewery or
both.
Heineken, for its part, as a
brewer is likely to be most


interested in Commonwealth
Brewery, and may not want
to run/own a liquor whole-
saler/distributor such as Burns
House. Therefore, some kind
of IPO of Burns House shares
is likely, although many
observers would want a larger
stake than 25 per cent to be in
public hands, given the con-
trol exerted over existing
Bahamian public companies
by one shareholder or a con-
trolling group of investors.
ABDAB holds a 47 per
cent stake in Common-
wealth Brewery, and a
majority 78.8 per cent stake
in the Burns House Group.


NOTICE is hereby given that JULIENE MICHEL of # 58
Forbisher Drive, Freeport, 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 4th day of FEBRUARY,
2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE is hereby given that CYNTHIA NOELUS of ROSS
CORNER OFF EAST STREET 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 4th day of February, 2010
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



















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4AL ' , PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
9 W ADVERTISEMENT
VACANCY NOTICE

Finance Officer 1 (Budget & Assets Management) Corporate Office
The Public Hospitals Authority invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the post of Finance Officer 1 (Budget & Assets Management),
Corporate Office.
Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

* A minimum of at least seven (7) years post professional qualifications
experience OR professional qualifications and at least two (2) years
experience as Finance Officer 11 OR Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and
three (3) years as a Finance Officer 11 OR Masters Business
Administration, with four (4) years experience as Finance Officer 11 OR
Bachelor of Science., Bachelors in Business Administration and at least
six (6) years experience as Finance Officer 11 OR HND in Accounting,
Association of Certified Chartered Accountant (CGA) part 111 and at least
seven (7) years as a Finance 11 Officer.
* Ability to demonstrate integrity and effective leadership and management
skills together with proven track record of contributing achievements of
strategy and policy development and implementation;
* Possess excellent communication skills and be ale to adapt communication
style to suit each activity/staff group;
* Possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to express a view
convincingly, coherently, verbally and in writing.

The Finance Officer 1 (Budget and Assets Management) will report to the Director of
Finance, Corporate Office.

Job Summary: Responsible for the development and maintenance of the Budget along
with the management of all assets of the Public Hospitals Authority.
Duties include but are not limited too the following:
1. Provides high level expertise in the areas of budgeting and assets
management, ensuring that the budget and asset management processes,
are aligned with corporate financial strategies as set out by Board of
Directors.
2. Plans, controls and monitors the flow of the Authority's funds to ensure
expenditure is contained within budget; produces regular reports and
analysis on budgets as required by the Director of Finance or Managing
Director.
3. Ensures that there is effective coordination across all elements of the
finance functions of the Authority; contributes fully to the business
planning cycle of the Authority; liaises with the relevant key managers
and clinicians to encourage their participation in the process.
4. Reviews and supervises the implementation of financial policies;
supervises approved systems of financial controls especially related to
budgets and assets management to ensure the effective use of resources
and compliance with accounting standards; liaises with audit, both
internal and external to ensure systems of control are adequate and
secure; promotes optimum standards of professionalism within the
finance functions to ensure compliance with external standards and best
practices.
5. Coordinates integrated budget and assets management activities
across the Authority and its institutions ensuring that the Board,
Managing Director and all levels of management have the appropriate
skills and tools to maximize scarce resources so as to deliver sustainable
improvements to patient care.
6. Leads, motivates, develops and trains staff to ensure that they have
necessary skill to achieve required objectives and to encourage the
development of innovative, creative thinking and team work across the
departments within the organization.
The post of Finance Officer 1 (Budget and Assets Management) is in Salary Scale HAFS3
($41,150 x 700 - $48,150).
Letters of application and curriculum vitae should be forwarded to the Director of
Human Resources, Corporate Office, Public Hospitals Authority, 3rd and West Terraces,
Centreville; or P.O. Box N-8200, Nassau, Bahamas no later than 17th February, 2010.


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MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS & TRANSPORT

CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PASSENGER SCREENING FACILITY
PRINCE GEORGE WHARF, DOWN TOWN, NASSAU
PRE-QUALIFICATION OF CONTRACTORS

The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas through the
Ministry of Public Works and Transport is inviting qualified General
Contractors to participate in a Pre-qualification for the Tender for the
construction of a Passenger Screening Facility at Prince George Wharf,
Down Town, Nassau.

The structure will be of conventional construction, approximately
2,200 sq. ft. and with associated external works and services.

The General Contractor will be required to provide a detailed indication
of their competence, both technically and financially, to carry out the
intended scope of works within a short time frame.

Interested parties may collect the pre-qualification documents as of
Monday, 1st February, 2010, between the hours of 9:00am - 5pm,
from:

The Office of the Director of Public Works
Ministry of Public Works & Transport
John F. Kennedy Drive
Nassau, The Bahamas

Telephone: (242) 322-4830
Fax: (242) 326-7907

The completed pre-qualification documents should be deposited in the
Tender Box at Office of the Director of Public Works, Ministry of
Works & Transport, 3rd Floor, John F. Kennedy Drive, Nassau, The
Bahamas not later than 12noon on Monday, 8th February 2010.

The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas reserves the
right to reject any or all pre-qualification contractors.

Signed:
Colin Higgs (Mr.)


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THE TRIBUNE


INERATIOALBSN SI


Report urges US to spend



more money on biofuels


MATTHEW DALY,
Associated Press Writer
PHILIP ELLIOTT,
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON
A presidential task force rec-
ommended spending more
money to make biofuels such
as ethanol, saying the nation is
likely to fall short of mandates
for more environmentally
friendly energy.
An energy task force pre-
sented President Barack Oba-
ma with a report outlining how
the United States' production
of fuel from plants or animals
was unlikely to meet the goal
Congress has demanded. The
current production of 12 billion
gallons annually is hardly the
36 billion lawmakers have man-
dated by 2022. The group rec-
ommended more aid for the
biofuel industry with a combi-
nation of federal dollars and
private-sector investments.
"We cannot afford to spin
our wheels while the rest of the
world speeds forward," Oba-
ma said. He also announced a
new task force to study coal's


role in the nation's energy
needs. Obama remains com-
mitted to meeting Congress'
goal - which also includes a
benchmark of 100 million gal-
lons of biofuel from wood chips
or sugarcane this year - but
recognizes it is unlikely with-
out significant new measures,
an administration official said,
speaking condition of anonymi-
ty to discuss the president's
thinking ahead of a meeting
with governors and his advis-
ers.
The biofuel task force - led
by Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack, Energy Secretary
Steven Chu and Environmental
Protection Agency Adminis-
trator Lisa Jackson - recom-
mended the government make
certain that fuels produced with
U.S. backing be compatible
with the current fleet of cars on
the road and that agencies rec-
ognize their limits. Otherwise,
the efforts would be a waste of
time, research and tax dollars,
the task force said. Wednes-
day's meeting was a first step
in Obama's push to use the U.S.
energy industry as a source for
r ~ gss.a


creating much-needed jobs.
Obama mentioned the recom-
mendations at a meeting with
governors from coal-producing
states, hoping to earn their sup-
port for a languishing energy
bill and bolster his image as a
leader willing to work with
Republicans as well as Democ-
rats. "There's no reason we
can't work on a bipartisan way
to get this done," Obama told
governors in the White House
State Dining Room.
Many pieces of those pro-
posals are likely to win Repub-
lican support on Capitol Hill,
where GOP allies have been
elusive for a Democratic White
House looking to pass contro-
versial cap-and-trade legisla-
tion that would limit the
nation's emissions.
Wednesday's plan also was
likely to find support from
GOP governors in states rich
in coal and corn, which can be
used to produce ethanol.
Republican Govs. Jim Douglas
of Vermont - the chairman of
the National Governors Asso-
ciation - Bob Riley of Alaba-
ma and Mike Rounds of South


Dakota met with Obama and
Vice President Joe Biden at the
White House. Also there were
Democratic governors from
Wyoming, the nation's top coal-
producing state, neighboring
Montana, home to vast coal
reserves, and six other Democ-
ratic governors. Bob Dinneen,
president of the Renewable
Fuels Association, said the
administration was on the right
track with its biofuels proposals.
And the National Mining
Association welcomed creation
of the coal task force, which
will be led by Energy Secretary
Steven Chu and will include the
Environmental Protection
Agency. Hal Quinn, the group's
president and CEO, said the
Obama administration was
acknowledging the crucial role
coal plays in supplying nearly
half the nation's electricity.
Energy has served as a major
plank of the president's domes-
tic agenda, finding places on his
travel schedule, in his speeches
and in his budget proposal
released on Monday.
In that plan, Obama's team
called for tangible accomplish-
ments that Democrats can
champion as they head into a
2010 campaign season that has
become more perilous since
Republican Scott Brown won
a special election to replace the
late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Officials said their recommen-
dations would build on some
$786 million allocated for envi-
ronmental projects ranging
from ethanol research to pilot
programs at biorefineries. The
plans also would mesh with
Obama's budget proposal,
which called for ending oil and
gas subsidies, a move that could
save $36.5 billion over a decade.


SA WORKER

finishes up a
fuel delivery at
gas pumps in
Lynnfield,
Mass. Monday,
Feb. 1, 2010.

S,.r (AP Photo/Elise
Amendola)
CHRIS KAHN,
AP Energy Writer
NEW YORK
Gasoline futures rose Wednesday after the government report-
ed a surprise drop in the nation's supply.
This could eventually tug pump prices higher, but so far that
hasn't happened. Retail gas prices have tumbled for three straight
weeks. The Energy Information Administration reported that
gasoline stockpiles fell by 1.3 million barrels last week. Supplies
sank as U.S. refineries continued to churn out less fuel.
Gasoline for March delivery gained 1.83 cents to settle at
$2.0362 a gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
The EIA report said refineries are operating at the lowest
level on record, other than a few weeks in 2008 and 2005 when
hurricanes ripped through the Gulf of Mexico and forced many
to shut down. The slowdown in American refining comes as
higher oil prices squeeze profit margins even tighter. Refineries
like Valero Energy Corp. say they simply cannot pass along the
higher crude costs to motorists.
Meanwhile, crude prices slipped Wednesday after the EIA
said supplies grew unexpectedly last week. U.S. petroleum con-
sumption has been falling since 2007, and the latest government
report said the country has been using less every week for the past
month. Benchmark oil for March delivery lost 25 cents to settle
at $76.98 a barrel on the Nymex. In London, Brent crude
increased 28 cents at $76.34 on the ICE futures exchange.
Oil made sharp gains earlier in the week as money poured into
energy commodities on worries about inflation, said Kenneth
Medlock, a Rice University energy economist.
"Massive U.S. debt will persuade people to buy oil contracts
and hold them," Medlock said. The pressure to move money
into commodities increases every time investors see headlines like
Wednesday's Treasury Department announcement that the gov-
ernment will soon reach its borrowing limit, Medlock said.
Congress already has pushed the debt ceiling higher by $290 bil-
lion in December, and it's working on another measure that
would allow the U.S. to borrow even more. Retail gas gave up
another half-cent overnight to a new national average of $2.656
a gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Infor-
mation Service. A gallon of regular unleaded now costs about as
much as it did a month ago, but it's 76.6 cents more expensive
than the same time last year.


BAHAMAS HOT MIX

COMPANY LIMITED


L sebe PokCos.i MsromSac


1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1' teaspoon dried basil leaves or dried
thyme leaves crushed
4 boneless pork chops, %-inch thick
(about 1 Ib)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1 can (10 % ounces) Campbell's
Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
(Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1' cup milk

Hot cooked white rice


1. Stir the garlic powder, paprika
and basil on a plate. Coat the pork
with the garlic powder mixture.
2. Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet
over medium-high heat. Add the
pork and cook until well browned
on both sides.
3. Add the onion to the skillet and
cook until tender, stirring occasion-
ally. Stir in the soup and the milk
and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat
to low, cook for 5 minutes or until
the pork is cooked through. Serve
the pork and sauce with the rice.


Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 25 minutes Makes: 4 servings
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B ahamas Hot Mix Co. Lid. would like to congratulate
Julian Seymour on passing the October 2009 Florida
Professional Engineering Exam, thus gaining his Professional
License as a Transportation Civil Engineer

Mr. Seymour graduated from
The College of the Baharnas
with an Associates of Science
Degree in Construction Engineering
Technology in 1996 and from
Florida A&M University in 2000
with a Bachelor's of Science Degree,
with honors, in Civil Engineering;
where he served as the President of
Tau Beta Pi., the Engineering Honor
Society in 1999.

He has worked along with Bahamas
T loi Mix on Major Transportation
:,. \ ... Projects in the Bahamas; most
notably The Harold Road Dualling and Rehabilitation, The Blue Hill
Dualling and Rehabilitation and The Marsh Harbuur Intemational
Airport Project. He has also worked regionally in Turks & Caicos
and Grenada. He is also a member the Bahamas Society ol Engineers
(BSE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


Best wishes from the Management and Staff

Julian Seymour, P.E. Florida License #: 70721


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RELIGION


The Tribune


'It Could Happen To


You'


By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net


IN THE 52 pages of her
book, 'It Could Happen
To You," Paulette Stubbs
chronicles her life from a dif-
ficult childhood of emotional
problems, including a
teenage pregnancy, a self
induced abortion, and mar-
riage to a man who turned
out to be violent, ultimately
forcing her to take her life
by the reins.
She says God rescued her from the
clutches of physical, emotional and
financial abuse.
Ms Stubbs said early on, she was
deceived. During marriage counsel-
ing sessions, her husband appeared to
be the perfect spouse. No one at the
church believed her when she
revealed his true nature.
"At church he was a totally differ-
ent person from the man I knew at
home," said Ms Stubbs. "He attend-
ed all the prayer meetings while I
stayed home, so in the eyes of fellow
church members, I was the Jezebel
wife."
"Many individuals within our soci-
ety believe that abuse is acceptable,
and those who endure it usually
blame themselves for the abuser's
behaviour and try to change that per-
son."
To avoid this trend in the life of the
abused, she stresses these points as
keys to live by:
"Ignoring abuse is dangerous; You
cannot change an abusive person's
behavior; You are not to blame, Get
help; and Do not remain silent if you
are being abused."
Ms Stubbs said her decision to ulti-
mately leave the abusive environ-
ment she endured for years was to
demonstrate to her children that her
husband's actions were intolerable
period, and that they shouldn't be
treated that way.
il, ii, away from that environ-
ment showed my children that they are
more important to me than that mar-
riage was, " she said. "It also set the
standard for every other relationship
they may enter, and reminds them that
there is no room for disrespect or


abuse, because Ino longer allowed it."
Growing up as a competitive child
against her younger sister, Ms Stubs
said she grew insecure about herself
and at age 15 became pregnant. Ms
Stubbs soon married a man who she
assumed to be charming, and the best
fit for their marriage.
But he soon turned out to be a ter-
rorising, controlling individual, and
was extremely overbearing in their
relationship. It wasn't until the abuse
escalated to a few near-death alterca-
tions, one which finally ended in the
Emergency Room with a concussion
and multiple sustained injuries to her
body that she left.
Ms Stubbs recommends the book
for anyone entering today's dating
arena. 'It Could Happen To You'
addresses unhealthy relationships
and outlines red flag behaviours of
potential abusers and offers helpful
tips to prevent individuals from suc-
cumbing to a life of abuse.
Reflecting on her numerous near
death experiences as a result of being
abused, Ms Stubbs said, "those who
choose to accept abusive treatment
or blame themselves, need to under-
stand that what we continue to toler-
ate, will never change."
"It is dangerous to ignore abuse of
any kind, be it emotional, physical,
spiritual or financial. What may
begin as a push, or slap today, may
ultimately end in death."
'It Could Happen To You' "is a
message of hope and healing to any-
one affected (directly or indirectly)
by abuse; and for those entering the
dating arena, it provides them with
tips on how to recognize traits of
potentially abusive persons."
"Prevention is key," says Ms
Stubbs. "I wish someone else could
have given me this information."
Psychologist Dr Barrington H
Brennen, Marriage & Family
Therapist of the USA highly recom-
mends this read, saying: "I believe
that this book can change lives. It is
an excellent tool, from a lay person's
perspective on the dynamics of abu-
sive relationships."
The official launch of 'It Could
Happen To You," was held on
Saturday November 14, 2009 at
Chapter One Bookstore in Oakes
Field.
Paulette Stubbs currently serves as
Deputy Head of Accounting &
Operations at a leading offshore
bank. She is also the founder of







The Tribune


RELIGION


Thursday, February 4, 2010 * PG 25


Bullets of love


A FEW weeks ago I
attended a Saturday
Sabbath worship serv-
ice at The Capstone
Ministries, where Pastor
Mickelyn Seymour presides.
During this service Father
Yahweh spoke through one of
his servant's Tanya Leary who
blessed the congregation with
some inspirational words of
encouragement titled (Bullets
of Love).
Ms Leary spoke about Bullets of Love
vs the bullets of ammunition of destruc-
tion that are used in various firearms to
inflict injury and in most cases death
unto its victims throughout the length
and breath of the Bahamas. Based upon
the trend that we're heading as a nation,
I'm inclined to write from the view point
spoken of last Sabbath -"Bullets of Love.
As a nation on a scale of one to ten,
where would you say we are as it relates
to our love walk? Or better still where
are you in your love walk? One of the
most powerful weapons that the enemy
is using to inflict severe damages and
destruction upon our society is the
weapon of hatred; which is birthed from
the spirit of carnality
Watch this! The word carnal in Greek
is: sarkikos, sar-kee-tos which is pertain-
ing to flesh, i.e. bodily or temporal. The
carnal /natural weapons like guns,
knives, etc; are the instruments of
destruction that many of our (criminal


minded) young men have turned to as
they wreak havoc in this once peaceable,
loving Bahamas.
As a pastor, I'm, somewhat disap-
pointed at the state/condition of our
nation as it relates to our love walk with
one another. But thanks be unto God
('elohiym, el-o-heem';) for allowing his
Holy Spirit to reveal unto me, the how
and why we (the Bahamas) are in this
spiritually poor and morally decaying
condition.
As I'm led to share that which the
Holy Spirit has revealed; here's a hard
fact that I've come to accept. Whenever
Father Yahweh's truth is being revealed,
the first set of people that takes offense
to the truth and against the chosen vessel
of the truth; would be the religious lead-
ers. Selah.
Over the years, through spiritual
maturity I've learned not to take the reli-
gious leaders offenses personal; as
Yahshua Messiah had to suffer the same
fate. For it was at the most critical time in
His life that he said "Father, forgive
them; for they know not what they do. "
Blinded by their various religious
beliefs, 99.9 per cent of the country's reli-
gious leaders have no idea of what is tak-
ing place spiritually in this nation, as it
relates to the high murder rate; the mass
killing and the incarceration of the male


seed. Most of today's church leaders
seem to be more interested in promoting
their agendas; whereas they've become
competitively proficient at hosting pow-
erless religious conferences and events,
in Jesus' name along with some rhyming
cliches.
Meanwhile the enemy is having a field
day wreaking havoc in the Bahamas
because he (the enemy) is fully aware of
the fact that the church leaders of today
are filled with eloquent speeches, yet
void of the power (exousia, ex-oo-see-
ah) that was given by Yahshua to impact
the world.
It is evident that the disseminating of
God's agape love is of very little or no
priority to our leaders. The order and
priority of today is financial prosperity
and the agenda is to, Get all you can and
can all you get."
God's agape love is unconditional. Its
the type of love that keeps on giving in
spite of; it's the type of love that will
cause the giver to give of himself. These
are some of the reasons why God's
agape love is not being manifested in this
country, especially within the religious
church.
"Watch this! John.3: 16: For God so
loved the world that he gave his only
begotten son that whosoever believeth
in him, should not perish, but have ever-
lasting life.
The merciless killings on our streets
and the perishing of many families are a
direct reflection of the absence of God's
agape love and that of his Spirit being
ruler and Lord of our nation. So, we
(hypocritical ,religious Bahamians) seek
to call the earthquake of Haiti God's


judgment Why is it then, that He (God)
hasn't wiped the Bahamas of the map as
yet?
I make no apology in saying that we've
got lots of religious fools in this country,
who may academically and theologically
know about God; but it is evident by
their conditional superficial love walk
that they don't personally know and
have a genuine relationship with God
himself.
In other words these folks know the
word of God; but not the God of the
word. For if they knew Him, then their
love walk toward the downtrodden,
hurting and under privileged people
would be effective enough to transform
this nation.
Here's what the scriptures say, I
John.4:7-8: Beloved, let us love one
another, for love is of God and everyone
that loveth is born of God and knoweth
God. He that loveth not knoweth not
God; for God is love.
Here we are, at the beginning of a
brand new year; and like clockwork the
religious leaders never fail in giving /pro-
claiming their pathetic feelings of what
they believe God is going to do this year.
Yes I know that the contents of this arti-
cle would offend the religious hierarchy;
I also know that today's religious order
would have a serious problem with
Yahshua Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus Christ) if
he was walking the earth today. This year
let's get all the religious junk and cliches
out of the church, and replace them with
God's agape love. Let's counteract the
criminal behaviours by arming ourselves
with bullets of love and taking it to the
streets.


Baptists to flood Texas



with Bible CDs by Easter


DALLAS, Texas


THE largest state Baptist group in the
nation wants Christ's message of hope
heard in every home in Texas - about 9
million of them - by Easter, according to
the Associated Press.
That's a challenge in a state as big and
diverse as Texas, where more than a third
of households speak a language other
than English. Besides Spanish, Hindi,
Tagalog and Chinese are increasingly
heard.
The Baptist General Convention of
Texas is promoting a multilingual, multi-
media CD that allows folks to listen to
key biblical passages in their native lan-


guage.
It's part of a three-pronged campaign
dubbed Texas Hope 2010 to convey what
"we really believe; that there's hope in
Christ," said Randel Everett, the Baptist
group's executive director.
Pop one in a car CD player or load it
onto an MP3 device and hear the third
chapter of John explain how "God so
loved the world" in English or Spanish.
Slip it into a computer and download
the entire New Testament in one of more
than 400 languages, complete with dra-
matic pauses, sound effects and back-
ground music. Organizers say they're not
snubbing the Old Testament; the audio is
not yet available in all those languages.


MEMBERS of the First Baptist Church in Shallowater, Texas, are taking part in an
initiative by the The Baptist General Convention of Texas to spread Christ's word
to every home in Texas by Easter 2010. The group is distributing apple pies and
CDs that contain Bible passages.


"I really think that people need to hear
the Gospel in their heart language,
whether they read and understand
English or not, people need to know that
God speaks their language," Everett said.


The CD includes a toll-free telephone
number and six 2-minute video testi-
monies of black, white and Hispanic
Texans sharing their personal stories,
some in Spanish.







PG 26 * Thursday, February 4, 2010


RELIGION


The Tribune


MED~ITdATON


Relationships & Time


ONE of the major
areas of controver-
sy is the manage-
ment of time. In all serious
relationships, and especially
in marriage, there is a need
for the prayerful manage-
ment of time.
1.TIME FOR GOD: There is so much
that needs to be prayed about that if
you are too busy to pray then your life
is really out of control. The enemy has
you in a tail-spin. It is the time spent
with God that grounds and prepares us
to face whatever the day will bring.
Time spent at the end of the day in
grateful thanks and contrite confession,
brings closure and leads to inner peace.
2. TIME FOR THE SPECIAL


I


REV AN(,ELA


,A PA LA( , )I N


LOVED ONE: Much time is spent at
work and away from the presence of
this special person who is spouse
already or on the road towards such
commitment. Even if you are not yet
engaged but are dating each other
exclusively, a concerted effort needs to
be made to have meaningful time
together. Consider the depth of your
discourse and determine whether it is
too shallow to sustain a long-term love.
3. TIME FOR OUR CHILDREN:
Those of us who have been called by
God to be parents are expected to con-


tinue in obedience as we train them
spiritually. Let it be true that they are
indeed blessed to have us as their
guides and mentors. Make time to lis-
ten to them, share with them our wis-
dom even as we learn from them also.
4. TIME FOR LEISURE ACTIVI-
TIES: Some of these activities need to
be spent together and some may have
to be pursued separately. The key is to
have enough interests in common that
you are able to maintain a high level of
camaraderie in each other's company.
Too much time spent with others can
undermine the foundation of your rela-
tionship.
5. TIME FOR SPORTS: It is very
important that we pace ourselves as we
age but we need to be doing something
including cardio and resistance train-
ing. Physiotherapists are in a position
to assist the whole community with


more intentional routines if we are will-
ing to be educated on the subject. As a
people we need to know how to pre-
vent injuries from over exertion, mis-
use of equipment and poor positioning.
LetMATTH us look more closely at
our approach to aging.
6. TIME FOR MINISTRY: There is
always someone who needs our help.
We have to make time to love our
brothers and sisters in the name of the
Lord. There are children, elderly per-
sons, the poor, unemployed and others
in our nation and abroad who are des-
perate for companionship, financial
assistance, moral support and spiritual
and pastoral care.
We have to tithe our time according
to the gift of time that we have been
given. Every day is ours only by God's
grace. How are you spending the pre-
cious commodity called time?


NEW GOOD WILL CHURCH OF GOD RECOGNIZES

GWENDYLN


CLARKE
* THE NEW GOODWILL Church of
God under the leadership of Reverend
Denzel Hutchinson recognized one of
its eldest members, Gwendyln
Clarke (seated in the centre in the
white), age 96, in a church service held
two weeks ago.
Ms Clarke who has been a dedicated
member of the Church of God since
1931 was honoured for her commit-
ment, loyalty and spiritual leadership
throughout the years.
Over the years she has served as the
usher of the National Convention of the
Church of God of Turks & Cacicos.
She has one daughter, one sister, four
grandchildren, and five great-grand-
children. Both family and friends of Ms *
Clarke were in attendance at the service
to show their love and unconditional
support to her.
"It was a well attended and lovely
service," Ms Clarke said.


M







The Tribune


RELIGION


Thursday, February 4, 2010 ' PG 27


The Plymouth Brethren Movement


D URING the early
1800's, some Christians
began to feel uncom-
fortable about denominational-
ism, a clerical hierarchy, and
certain "compromises" creeping
into their churches. They
resolved to simply read their
Bible and try to gather in the
same simple manner as
Christians did in the New
Testament. Early gatherings
originated in Dublin and in
Plymouth so others began to
call them as Brethren from
Plymouth.
The Plymouth Brethren movement
was believed to be an independent
work of the Holy Spirit - the true church
established on the day of Pentecost.
The two guiding principles were to be
the breaking of bread every Lord's Day,
and ministry based upon the call of
Christ rather than the ordination of
men. They follow and obey the
Scripture, refusing to follow human tra-
dition and creed. Others call them
Brethren, but they prefer to be called
Christians.
In 1827, John Nelson Darby joined
this group. Darby saw the church as a
special work of God, distinct from the
program for Israel. This truth, integrat-
ed with his premillennial eschatology,
led him to believe that the rapture
would occur before the tribulation, and
that during the tribulation God would
turn again to deal specifically with
Israel. Until Darby's time, some
Christians believed that the church was
a continuation of Israel, and some oth-
ers believed that the church replaced
Israel.
Some years later Darby then an old


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man sat on a bench in Central Park,
New York City. His clothing, which had
been black, was much the worse of
wear. His head, which was bare, was
bent forward, and his hat lay on his
knees. A much younger man on passing
thought him a beggar and dropped a
dime in his hat. Darby, looked up from
his prayer, and talked long and earnest-
ly with the young man. That conversa-
tion led Charles Holder to devote his
life to the service of the Lord Jesus.
Methodist Minister, F Moon, report-
ed the visit from an agent of Plymouth
Brethren to Current, Spanish Wells and
Harbour Island. Cecil Cartwright con-
firmed that this was Charles Holder,
sometimes called 'the crazy preacher',
after whom the sect gained the name of
Holderites. From 1880, The Holderites
held services in private homes and by
the Up Yonder Shipyard at Harbour
Island until they were able to build their
'Halls'. Nassau merchant Thaddeus
George Johnson built the first 'Bible
Truth Hall' on Harbour Island and
willed it to the Brethren on his death in
1921.
Of course the Brethren were disliked
by the Methodist Missionaries as they
caused division in the Church and
George Lester remarked that 'the
Brethren were of the darkest descrip-
tion and a score have joined from here
and taken a wicked attitude toward the
Church'. Cartwright told the story of
the Spanish Wells man, who said of
Holder:
"I wish some hailstones would fall


from the sky and split his bald head
open."
A few nights later some large hail-
stones did fall. Instead of Holder, the
hailstones fell on the head of the man
who had wished him evil and injured
him so severely that he died.
After this incident the Brethren
spread like wildfire through Spanish
Wells and North Eleuthera. A small
Brethren group remained faithful at
Harbour Island. On Dunmore Street,
about 50 yards south of the Wesley
Methodist Church, The Bible Truth
Hall, under Brethren preacher,
Christopher Knapp in the 1930s, oper-
ated until the 1980s, when the lack of
members closed it down.
Christopher Knapp born 1870 was
the son of Calvinist German immigrants
from Albany New York. At 19 years
old, he went west to study for the
Presbyterian ministry in South Bend,
Indiana. While in South Bend, he
attended meetings at the YMCA
(which in those days included "gospel"
meetings) and there came to truly know
the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal
Saviour. Knapp gave up his purpose of
becoming a Presbyterian Minister, and
identified himself with the Brethren.
At the turn of the century, Knapp
came to the Bahamas and opened up
Christ to the folk of these islands - both
black and white - who came to have
fond appreciation for him. While
preaching here and across the straits of
Florida in Miami and Key West, he met
his future wife,
Helena Johnson (formerly of the
Bahamas), and they married on June 3,
1904.
Another Brethren missionary to the
Bahamas was August Van Ryn (1890-
1982) of Switzerland. In 1916, Van Ryn
met Robert Stratton and his Bahamian
wife Lilah. Stratton invited him to the
Bahamas, where he met Lilah's sister


Persis Roberts. They married and lived
in the Bahamas for the next thirteen
years - their marriage for fifty six years
until death of Persis parted them.
Together brother Stratton and August
carried on itinerant gospel work, using
E ... a 52-foot yacht which they
built.
Van Ryn describes his 1926 visit to
Cherokee Sound, Abaco--near the Van
Ryn home in Marsh Harbor: "We
would talk to anxious souls till late at
night and again early in the morning,
besides the regular meetings. A num-
ber confessed the Lord. And then,
toward the end of two weeks, the fish-
ing fleet came in. Long before the boats
reached shore, the men aboard were
waving their hats and shouting. When
we finally heard what they were saying,
it was, 'There's been a wonderful
revival on our ships; lots of men have
been saved.'" While the Lord moved
hearts on their boats, unknown to
them, He had saved children, wives,
sweethearts, or parents back home.
What rejoicing! About one hundred
were saved in that little town.
Soon they left for Spanish Wells.
When those there heard about the
awakening in Abaco, they said, "We
hope we'll see something like that
here." By eight o'clock that morning,
35 souls had been saved while alone in
their own homes! The meetings contin-
ued and about one hundred were
saved. From Spanish Wells, the work
spread, "God working without any
human preparation, or methods or
machinery."
In the 1953 census, the members of
Brethren were listed as Harbour Island
20, Spanish Wells 289, Abaco 429,
Eleuthera 188 and New Providence
1434 - a total of 2,360. In October 2009
the number of adherents to The
Assemblies of Brethren in the
Bahamas was listed as 83.


CHURCH NOTES

ACM PREPARES FOR

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

* The 38th annual Anglican Church Men(ACM) confer-
ence will be held in North Andros from March 17-21. All
Anglican men are asked to register at their parish or con-
tact any ACM council member for more information. Ken
Obrien is the conference chairman he can be reach at
kob115o@coralwave.com for more information.


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RELIGION


The Tribune


Teachers in Cat Island hold



annual church service
ON Saturday January 23, teachers
from the length and breadth of Cat
Island congregated at Sea View
Seventh Day Adventist Church in
Bennett's Harbour for corporate wor-
ship and to praise God for his goodness
towards them and their ministry.
Many Cat Island teachers participat-
ed in the service through scripture
readings, and song.
Pastor Fritz Gerald Francois took
his text from Psalm 96 and his theme
was "Behold the time, seize the
moment." Pastor Francois strongly
advised teachers to think outside the
proverbial box and look for more
grand ideas to inspire and teach stu-
dents. He also discussed the recent dis-
aster that struck Haiti and implored
the worshippers to offer assistance and
to be ready and observant because the
tragedy that struck Haiti could have
taken place in any other Caribbean
nation.
After the service there was a time of
fellowship with the members of the
church and the teachers.




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