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Publication Date: 02-21-2011
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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.85THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND WINDY HIGH 77F LOW 69F By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter M ORE than 1,000 Haitian have been left homeless afteran early morning fire ripped through their shanty town onF ire Trail Road yesterday. Consuming almost every structure, the blaze is b elieved to have destroyed more than 400 homes. Some of the affected resid ents were reportedly residents of Mackey Yard, another Haitian village that was destroyed by fire in December. With all of their belongings now gone, many of thep eople interviewed by T he Tribune yesterday said they had no idea what to do, or where to go. Veanola Axaus, a masonry worker, said all of his clothes, household items, and $500 in cash was destroyed in the blaze. Saline Hebas said he lost his passport and everything he owns. Ivoicin Cineus told a similar story, along with Saint Riloit who said everything his family owned was con sumed in the blaze. We have nothing, Mr Riloit said through Augustin Luders who translated for t he group. We lost everything, he said. D uring the height of the b laze, a bulldozer was brought in to push down a number of the clapboardh omes that were engulfed in fire to prevent the blaze from leaping from one to the oth e r. Many Bahamian residents who lived nearby the Hait-i an village scrambled to secure their own homes. They sprayed water on their roof tops and removed gast anks from the sides of their houses. Even Leslie Miller, the former MP for Blue Hills, was seen in the crowd helping firefighters and residents pull water hoses along to help tackle the flames. Speaking with The Tribune at the scene, Mr Miller said he used to represent that area, which now is a part of the Garden Hills constituency, up until 2007 when the boundary lines were M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1,000 Haitian fire victims homeless B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter GRAND Bahama will s uffer a massive blow on F riday when Our Lucaya B each and Golf Resort l ays off what informed s ources have estimated w ill be about 200 workers. A round 50 managers a nd 150 line staff will be s hed, reducing the company's staff levels toa round 500. T he hotel has struggled with low occupancy levels for some time and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has previously RESORT SET TO AXE JOBS S EE page 16 YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R Second shanty town destroyed in blaze SEE page two THE Court of Appeal overturned the sentence of a man found in possession of a mini arsenal after a mag istrate gave him the option of paying a $5,000 fine. It resentenced him to two years in prison. During a trial at Freeport Magistrates Court in March, 2009, Denny Bullard pleaded guilty to three counts of pos session of a firearm and possession of ammunition. The By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter MARINE wildlife artist Guy Harvey launched a cus tom-designed logo for the campaign to protect sharks in Bahamian waters at Bahamas National Trusts Retreat Gardens in Village Road yesterday. The Jamaican-born artist, scientist and conservationist renowned for his popular Tshirt designs, also spoke to the press and members of the Trust about work the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI understanding of the importance of sharks. Mr Harvey is the latest celebrity to lend his voice to the campaign led by the Pew Environment Group and the Bahamas National Trust (BNT ment of legislation that will prevent commercial shark TEMPERS flared in the House of Assembly yesterday when Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder accused a fellow Parliamentarian of using a racist remark against him. Mr Pinder told the House he took great offence at Pinewood MP Byran Woodside calling him a poster boy for the Opposition because he is a white Bahamian. Mr Woodside denied using the word white but did admit to calling the Elizabeth MP a poster boy. Mr Pinder said despite the bigoted and boardline racist comments by the member for Pinewood constituents in Elizabeth demonstrated they did not care if I was white, black, purple or green. C AMP AIGN T O PROTECT SHARKS IN THE BAHAMAS IS STEPPED UP SEE page 17 SEE page 16 MAN F OUND WITH MINI ARSEN AL GET S RE-SENTEN CED T O PRISON SHARKCAMPAIGN: Guy Harvey BLAZE: A firefighter surveys the damage yesterday at the shanty town on Fire Trail Road. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff RYAN PINDER ACCUSES MP OF USING A RA CIS T REMARK AGAINST HIM


L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE changed, and as such wanted to see what was happening t o the people in the area. Looking out at the devastation, Mr Miller said his heart goes out to those who lost everything. To lose everything you own in the world is devastati ng. I hope that Bahamians who have a conscience would give from their heart to these people who have lost everything that they own in this w orld. These people are human beings. Hopefully the government and the churches will step forward and provide assistance to these pers ons who are really in need. I h ope that everyone steps forward; I know I will do my part, he said. Even though the House of Assembly was in session yesterday, some residents q uestioned why their Memb er of Parliament, Brensil Rolle, had not taken the time to visit the area to at least see the devastation for himself. O ne woman, who wished n ot to be identified, asked w hat else could the MP be doing that was more important. Superintendent Jeffrey Deleveaux, the director of F ire Services, said they have y et to determine the cause of the blaze, although reports on the ground suggest it may have been the result of someone who was cooking and left a pot unattended. W ith the fire reportedly s tarting sometime around 7am, firefighters were only able to bring the blaze under control sometime shortly after noon yesterday. SEEPAGETHREE 1,000 Haitian fire victims homeless BELONGINGS of village residents are stacked up during the fire. SCENES from yesterdays fire at the shanty town on Fire Trail Road. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff FROM page one


By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter p F IRE Services Director S uperintendent Jeffrey Deleveaux denied reports that his officers intentional-l y delayed their response to the blaze at the Haitian village on Fire Trail Road yesterday. A ccording to a number of Haitians who live in the shanty town, the fire started s hortly after 7am yesterday. H owever, they said fire per s onnel did not respond to the blaze until almost8 .30am. S upt Deleveaux admitted that the fire may have been raging from 7am; but stressed that it is up to the residents of the area to alert Fire Services about the blaze. Fire Services responds w hen we receive calls. If the fire started at 7am, we got t he call at 8.24am; which m eans that somebody really d idnt call (until then we got the call at 8.24am and responded. As a mattero f fact we had a unit stat ioned at Carmichael Road so the response time wase xtremely quick, he said. I n fact, Supt Deleveaux said that three units responded and when officers arrived they found thef ire in two different locations in the Haitian village. We proceeded to extin g uish the fire but with the strong winds and the closep roximity of the buildings it w as extremely difficult to contain. And as you can see a number of homes were destroyed. A t this time, however, Supt Deleveaux said they are unable to confirm the number of homes that haveb een lost although estimates put the number close to 400. He also stressed that thee xact cause of the blaze is s till yet to be determined, although they are currentlyl ooking at several possibili ties. We have persons who think they may have seen something. We might havet o find the individual and interview him or her to find out what it really was that they saw. Its a possibility that arson is involved. Its a possibility that its a n electrical fire. Its a possibility that someone was cooking andl eft something unattended, h e said. Some of the challenges that we faced here was that water was really a problem,a nd barring that the close proximity of the buildings. We had officers going through a maze-like area tot ry and reach the scene of the fire and it was very unsafe so we had to pullt hem back. By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c THE PLP consciously voted against providing Bahamians with clean water, Garden Hills MP Brensil Rolle told the House of Assembly yesterday. Last September, the House approved a resolution for the government to borrow nearly $58 million from the China ExportImport Bank to construct a four-lane airport highway. The project will mean the grant of 200 work permits for Chinese labourers, but also a very low interest rate for the loan. Displaying a sign reading The PLP voted yes to Blue water and no to the Clean Water, Mr Rolle explained that within that resolution was a specific set of provisions that would have been achieved by the government once the loan was completed. Providing clean waterwas among those provisions. The assertion that the opposition did not want Bahamians to have clean water raised the ire of a number of PLP MPs, who asked Speaker Alvin Smith to have Mr Rolle withdraw the statement. The first on her feet was Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin, who said it was a blatant untruth that she or any member of her party voted against giving Bahamians clean water. MP for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder said in his opening remarks that the PLP did not vote against clean water, but rather voted for Bahamians. Mr Pinder said the government borrowed more than $60 million for the China Export-Import Bank to build a road from the airport. Under the conditions of the loan, Chinese workers and contractors would build the road. Alternatively Mr Pinder said, the investment should have been made for the Bahamian people and should have embraced Bahamian contractors and workers. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham agreed that in voting against the resolution, the opposition party did distinguish that they were vot ing against the use of Chinese labour. However, Mr Ingraham said, The facts are that the resolution applied to the air port-highway project seg ment one and voting against the resolution, you are voting against the project, which included the water provision. L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 3 MP claims PLP consciously voted against providing clean water Fire chief denies reports of delayed response to blaze F IREFIGHTERS t ackle the blaze at the Haitian village yesterday.


EDITOR, The Tribune. I am so done. So, so one! W e are so computer savvy, so informed, so educated, so naturally curious yet we allow ourselves to be sold down the wrong path. We have all that t he world and universe has to offer us at our fingertips yet our own insecurities andn aivety allows us to believe what others want us to rather than what we find and believe ourselves. We all search on line for the best deals. Amazon for a b ook at $4.99 that was $29.99, E Bay can get you a plane ticket that should cost $500 for $30 yet we still believe thats olar energy is sooooo expensive that we cant possibly buy into it. We have people in the b usiness that say that unless y ou can reverse into the grid you cant save money and its a waste of time. I could s cream when I hear such foolishness and shudder when I see the educated, worldly peo-p le I know buying into this! A re we so insecure that we allow our inevitable right and privilege of sense and reason t o be destroyed by others, who either need to control or need to monopolize an indus-t ry, guide our better judg ment? I refer to an article in Wednesdays Tribune onp age seven titled Opportu nities for independent electricity suppliers in energy sec t or where a Graham Siener claims that unless we can self generate and feed into thes ystem it is not cost effect ive. Hmmm. My electricity in lets say June, July and August runs about $1,000 am onth. I have central air upstairs in the bedrooms which is only activated atn ight. I recently built a home in Charlotteville, a green home for a client with alternate energy as the main powe r source and BEC as the back up. Their first electricity bill was $17 and when theyu sed their central air, two three ton units running 24/7, their bill was $87. I am not ah ighly educated person but with my limited schooling and a calculator, I wholeheartedly disagree with this person and can only wonder what their motive could possibly be in saying such foolishness? He c ontinues and says: To size a s ystem so it can power a home, most people would have to revert to the use of b atteries to store surplus powe r and the batteries require a lot more cost, maintenance a nd are not as efficient. He n ext said that he encouraged the government to start getting out of the way and allow individuals to feed electricit y into the system. F act of the matter is virtua lly everything these days has a back up battery. My com puter does, my calculator d oes. The house in Charl ottesville does. The fallacy t hat they are expensive and n ot efficient should be taken back. The comment serves no p urpose other than to mislead those who may want to venture into alternate energy andt o eliminate others who might b e on the fence. Lets for a minute forget about false information andt he difference in his opinion and mine and discuss the obvious need for alternate e nergy during a power outage. Discuss what we know, a generator. A generator can o nly be used when BEC is not providing power. It cannot be used in lieu of BEC on a dai l y basis. It is extremely noisy, uses fossil fuel and the fuel tank, in a hurricane, wouldn eed to be refilled every day or two. Solar energy on the other hand can be used 24/7, makes no noise, does not relyo n fossil fuel, panels are on the roof and battery storage takes up a small area in a cov ered space. The generator should be run once a week or so for maintenance ands hould be serviced at least every six months. The batteries I provided my client have a ten year warranty and the company will take them back when the time frame is up for proper recycling. If you are following this line of thought, the scale is already tipped in the favour of solar. Now review the cost. I did an exercise for another client who wanted a generator, by the time I added up the generator, the pad, double throw switch, fuel tank, electricians cost, generator hook up by supplier I was at $38,000. The solar cost $26,000. Both products have a life expectancy, both need maintenance, one needs fuel one doesnt one can run 24/7 one cant, one isn oisy one is quiet, one will r educe your electricity bill to nothing, one will have no change of your bill whatsoever. Dont misinterpret my mess age, solar will not run or supply energy to completely run your central air unless youh ave plenty, I mean plenty panels but if your units are properly sized, high efficiency, 15 or 16 Seer, if your attic space is insulated with a product such as Icynene and is an u n-vented space, your units w ill cost less to run. Also dont misinterpret that you must spend $26,000, youc an start with one or two panels and add on as your budget allows but anything we do to r educe our own carbon footp rint the better. Each and every one of us, is responsible to the planet and i ts future. It will be here long after our short time here is over, our children and grand-c hildren inherit our mistakes. S o can we please, for the good of all, be extremely careful what we say before sharing t hem with the media? We also dont have to wait for the government, we aret otally capable of making our own choices on what to purchase, Mr Deveaux in this article and numerous othersh as tried to dispel the misin formation that going solar is illegal and he reiterates in the a rticle that the government has put in place tax reductions on various items to help ben-e fit the consumer. Y ou can also, if you choose, prior to bringing in a product that may be green write al etter to the controller of Cus toms asking for a reduction in duty and if the informationp rovided proves your prod uct worthy, the reduction will be granted. D EBBY DEAL Nassau, February 28, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama WEBSITE updated daily at 2pm NEW YORK A 50-year-old with diabetes dies six years sooner than someone without the disease, and not just from a heart attack or a stroke, new research suggests. The large international effort to measure diabetes' toll found the disease also raises the risk of dying prematurely from a host of other ailments, even breast cancer and pneumonia. "It's quite a wide sweep of conditions," said Dr. John Danesh of Cambridge University in Britain, who led the team of researchers. While most people think of heart problems, diabetes surprisingly "appears to be associated with a much broader range of health implications than previously suspected." Putting the six years lost in context, he said, long-term smoking shortens life by 10 years. The analysis used pooled medical information for 820,900 people from nearly 100 studies done mostly in Europe and North America. The results are published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., affects about 26 million Americans, or 8 per cent, including 7 million who haven't been diagnosed. Most in the study were thought to have the most common kind Type 2 which occurs when the body makes too little insulin or cannot use what it does make to regulate blood sugar. High blood sugar can damage nerves and blood vessels, and is a major cause of heart disease. The new research didn't include those who had heart disease when they were first enrolled. Participants were followed on aver age for 13 and a half years, and there were more than 123,000 deaths. Overall, death rates from various causes were higher for those with diabetes than those without. The researchers took into account other risk factors that could influence the results: age, gender, smoking and weight. Type 2 diabetes is tied to obesity. They found that those with diabetes had double the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, compared to those without the disorder. But they also found that diabetics had a 25 per cent higher risk of dying from cancer and were more likely to die from a variety of ill nesses, including infections, lung and kidney disease as well as falls. Exactly how diabetes raises those risks isn't clear, but in the case of infections, it could be that diabetes weakens the immune system, the researchers said. Diabetes can cause vision problems and loss of feeling in the legs, which may be the reason for falls, they said. Danesh said one intriguing finding was a higher risk of suicide in those with diabetes. Other research has linked diabetes with depression, he noted. The results are "another reason to try to normalize blood glucose in people who have diabetes," through diet, exercise and medication, said Dr. Alvin Powers, a diabetes specialist at Vanderbilt University. "There have been smaller studies that hinted at this but nothing where a study of this size looked at so many different outcomes." Danesh and his colleagues also estimated diabetes' affect on life expectancy. They calculated that a 50-year-old diabetic without heart disease dies about six years earlier than someone without the disease, with 40 per cent of the difference due to cancer and conditions other than heart disease. "It underscores the need to prevent diabetes," Danesh said. Previous studies have shown a possible link between diabetes and cancer. The new paper tied some, but not all, cancers; the increased risk ranged from 25 per cent for breast cancer to double for liver cancer. Danesh said people with diabetes should get age-appropriate cancer screenings. Last year, a joint report from the Amer ican Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society looked at the issue and said that it wasn't clear whether any connection was direct, indirect or perhaps because the two disorders share common risk factors, like obesity. The new research squares with that report's conclusion that "there's a lot more we need to understand about diabetes and the link to cancer," said one of the authors, Dr. Richard Bergenstal of the Inter national Diabetes Centre at Park Nicollet in Minneapolis. He is a former president of the diabetes group. While adding to the evidence, the study doesn't answer the question of why, he said. "Diabetes is a serious condition. We often don't quite think about it quite that way," Bergenstal said. (This article was written by Stephanie Nano of the Associated Press). DIABETES IN THE BAHAMAS According to the Bahamas Diabetic Association the incidence of diabetes in the Bahamas is about 12 per cent and is responsible for a devastating percentage of all deaths in the country. It is also the leading cause of many complications, including blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and limb loss. In 2002 it was estimat ed that the economic burden of diabetes in the Bahamas, in both direct and indirect charges, was $23,084,249 or 0.43 per cent of GDP. Looking at alternate energy LETTERS Diabetes reduces life expectancy 0U-RVHSKRPOLQVRQ EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: US Coast Guard spearheads weekly beach cleanups on New Providence. The Tribune, February 28, 2011. Fortunately, we Bahamians are never too lazy or too proud to let foreigners do our dirty work. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, February 28, 2011. Letting foreigners do the dirty work


AN ARRAYof Bahamia n food products will be available to patrons attendi ng the third annual National Agribusiness Expo which opens today. The Ministry of Agricult ure and Marine Resources is hosting the event, which w ill be held at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre until Saturday. The opening ceremony t akes place today at 11.30am and the keynote speaker will b e Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. The expo will close on S aturday at 2.15pm with an awards ceremony hosted by M inister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright. P rovisions are being made for at least 150 vendors. A wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, marine p roducts, pastries, preserves, ornamentals, and handi-c rafts will be featured and offered for sale. Fifty-one agricultural science studentsw ill compete in root crop, f ruits and vegetables cate gories. There also will be cooking demonstrations and culi n ary competitions utilising native ingredients. The linkages between agriculturea nd marine resources, and education, tourism, health and the manufacturing sec tors will be explored. A HIGH SPEEDcar chase involving the p olice and a three-vehicle convoy ended in a 29-year-old Fox Hill man being arrested. R eports state that sometime around 3.55am on Wednesday, officers from the Central Detective Unit were on routine patrol on Nassau Street when they saw the occupants of a grey Ford Taurus, a Honda vehicle with a flat tyre and a silver Nissan Maxima travelling at high speed. The officers pursued the three cars into the Bain Town area. There, the occupants of the Honda, which was the middle vehicle in this three-car convoy, stopped and got out. The police officers continued to pursue the grey Taurus and caught up with the cars single occupant after he crashed on Meeting Street. The police recovered a handgun with ammunition from the vehicle and subseq uently took the driver, a 29-year-old man of S mithville, Fox Hill, into custody. Investigations continue. A phone card vendor was robbed at g unpoint on Tuesday morning. The vendor was at Constitution Drive w hen she was approached by two men in a w hite Ford Explorer at around 10am, police r eported. Reports further state that one of the men produced a handgun and robbed the woman of her jewellery and an undetermined amount of cash. The robbers then fled the area in an unknown direction. A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy are being held by police in connection with the armed robbery of a drug store. Shortly before 7.50pm on Tuesday, police received a report of an armed robbery at Bethels Drug Store, located East and Young Streets. A ccording to police, two men, one of w hom was armed with a handgun, entered the establishment and demanded cash. T he culprits robbed the establishment of a n undetermined amount of money and fled t he area on foot. L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 5 Man arrested after high speed car chase BAHAMIAN FOOD PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT EXPO TODAY


L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NUA Promotes Warren Rolle, Managing Director NUA Insurance Agents & Brokers, is pleased to announce the promotion of Rochelle Roberts to Senior Account Executive. Mrs. Roberts promotion recognizes her outstanding work in NUAs Commercial Lines Department since joining the organization in 2008. Mrs. Roberts has a wealth of experience in the insurance industry having held various senior positions during her more than 25 year professional career. Her clients benet from her ability to ensure their risk exposures are adequately covered, the kind of personal attention, advice and understanding that is part of the NUA culture. In addition to servicing major commercial and personal lines accounts, Mrs. Roberts new role will see her assume responsibility for the training and development of junior members of staff in the Commercial Lines Department. NUA has been helping families and businesses with their insurance needs for more than 40 years. As part of the Bahamas First Group of Companies, NUA has the security of the largest and most trusted general insurer in The Bahamas. ROCHELLE ROBERTSto Senior Account Executive Thehandsoninsurance agency B y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter THERoyal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended more than 250 s uspected Haitian immig rants off the Exuma Cays T uesday afternoon. They were brought to New Providence last nightto be processed by Immig ration officers. T he apprehension was m ade after two vessels w ere spotted near Ragged I sland and in the Salina P oint Acklins area. O nboard the 198ft Defence Force vessel HMBS Bahamas on Tues-day afternoon, Lieutenant Commander Clearance Dean told The Tribune that the first vessel, a 40foot sloop containing 164 persons (127 men and 37 w omen) was spotted and i ntercepted 18 miles west o f Elbow Cay, Exuma, around 11pm Monday. The majority of migrants were under the age of 30 very young individuals, said Lieutenant Dean. A ccording to Lieutenant D ean, the migrants had b een out to sea for four to five days but appeared to be in good health. Executive Officer and Senior Lieutenant Chappell Whymms said Defence Force officers intercepted a second s maller vessel off Raccoon Cay, Exuma, with 93 suspected illegal immigrants aboard. He said they met with HMBS Bahamas on Tuesd ay at 4.30pm to transport t he detainees to Nassau. B oarding officer SubLieutenant Adrian Stubbs said that as conditions abroad the vessels were extremely horrible and included a lack of proper bathrooms health prec autions had to be taken, n ot just for the migrants b ut also for the boarding officers. The migrants got hot meals, water and shelter once onboard HMBS Bahamas, Sub-Lieutenant Stubbs said. Defence Force officers s uspect a third vessel is somewhere in the Exumas. More than 250 suspected Haitian migrants apprehended in horrible conditions Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. THE MIGRANTS were brought onboard the Defence Force vessel HMBS Bahamas on Tuesday. T im Clarke / Tribune staff


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S ince the inception of the Ride for Hope (RFH setting corporate sponsor, lending substantial financial and logistical support to the event each year. RFH co-founder Stephen Holowesko said: Odyssey Aviation came onboard when Ride f or Hope was no more than an idea. Their belief in that idea and their willingness to contribute financially and logistically has played ani mportant part in helping us grow from that little idea six years ago to one of the biggest fund-raising events in the Bahamas. We are pleased and excited to announce that Odyssey Aviation has taken its support toa new level and is the newly established pre senting sponsor for the 2011 Ride for Hope. Odyssey president Steven Kelly said: Odyssey Aviation considers it a privilege to be the first company representing the new category of presenting sponsor. For many years, Odyssey has contributed to a vast number of local charities and persons in need. Rarely do we get the opportunity to support and work with such a well-organisedand operated non-profit organisation as the Ride for Hope. We are indeed grateful and humbled by the amount of work and effort that goes into t he organisation of an event of this magnitude a nd we are pleased to have the ability to be the presenting sponsor of such an outstanding event. T he Ride for Hope is held in Eleuthera each spring. Participants ride distances of their own choosing up to 100 miles and raise money in the process. Because of the support of corpo rate sponsors, who under-write the events costs each year, every dollar participants raise goes directly to RFH-supported programmes. T he brain-child of Mr Holowesko and his sister, Susan Larson, the Ride For Hope has in five years attracted 1,000 cyclists who collec t ively have ridden more than 30,000 miles along the roads of Eleuthera and raised nearly $1.3 million in the process. Ride for Hope funds are now supporting a wide variety of institutions and programmes which are battling cancers, increasing treat ment programmes, improving cancer patient care and expanding early detection opportu nities for Bahamians from all walks of life. Last month, Ride for Hope presented the Cancer Society of the Bahamas with $400,000 representing a two year commitment to two new initiatives: the first, a national cancer education outreach programme and the second, a treatment assistance programme for Bahamian cancer patients in financial need. The 2011 Ride for Hope, presented by Odyssey Aviation, will take place in Gover nors Harbour, Eleuthera on Saturday, April 9. B Y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter F REEPORT Two new ambulances allocated for Grand Bahama are not expected to arrive on the island until next week. I n the meantime, more than a dozen emergency medical personnel will have to m ake do with only three functioning units two in Freeport and one in West End to service the entire island. While the five new units purchased by the P ublic Hospitals Authority (PHA reportedly been delivered to the Bahamas from Florida, they will not be shipped to Grand Bahama until next week. Two of the units earmarked for Freeport were initially scheduled to arrive by midF ebruary, according to an emergency medical services union official. E MS personnel in Freeport had staged a s ick-out, expressing grave concerns over the long-standing inadequacies at their departm ent, including an insufficient and poorlymaintained ambulance fleet. O f the seven ambulances stationed on Grand Bahama, only three are currently working and that could change as mechanical issues could arise at any time. The Tribune yesterdayspoke with area vice-president of the Bahamas Public ServiceU nion John Curtis, who gave an update on t he issues facing workers at the EMS D epartment in Freeport. Initially, we were looking for those units to be here in mid-February. So by mid-M arch, if (the units are still experiencing the same issues with u nits not working properly, the union would have to take another step in terms of causing t he PHA to get dependable units here in Grand Bahama, Mr Curtis said. T he area vice-president said that the current units in Freeport have surpassed their years of usefulness. In the budget debate the minister talked about the real need to get dependable units because the ones here were not depend-a ble. I spoke with the manager at the EMS D epartment today and he advised that at p resent three units are working, but by midday or at the end of the day anything can gow rong mechanically with one or all of the units. The wear and tear of ambulances should b e a three to five years maximum and we h ave had these in Grand Bahama working for the past 12 years, Mr Curtis said. There are presently 14 paramedics worki ng in Freeport. They alleged that due to t he workload and the scarcity of vehicles, ambulances frequently break down during emergency transport. The mechanical faults routinely experienced were said to include abrupt power loss, locked steering wheels and gas leaks. The arrival of the two new ambulances w ill bring the total number of functioning units to five. Other concerns raised by EMS personnel include: wages, accommodations (rest quarters and bathroom facilities), the lack of a proper dispatch centre, pest control, security concerns, insufficient uniforms and a lacko f equipment. Mr Curtis said that hospital officials recently purchased the new uniforms and the heavy gloves requested by paramedics. Two new ambulances not expected until next week ODYSSEY AVIATION BECOMES 2011 PRESENTING SPONSOR OF THE RIDE FOR HOPE CHEQUETHIS: Left to right: Stephen Holowesko and Susan Larson, RFH co?founders; Steven Kelly, President Odyssey Aviation Bahamas. Grand Bahama emergency personnel forced to make do with only three functioning units


L OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE MEMBERS of the Antique Auto Club of the Bahamas are finalising plans for their 24th annu al Antique Auto Show and Steak-out to be held at the Arawak Cat Cultural Centre on Saturday,M arch 19 from noon to 6pm. The show is being promoted in honour of club member Dudley Coverley, who died suddenly a few months ago. The show, as in previous years, provides both historical and family style entertainment and is the club's way of giving something back to the community as its major fundraiser, organisers said. T he club traditionally receives support from the business community, which covers the cost of trophies and other expenses. The majority of the funds come from the sale of steak and chicken dinners. Advance tickets are available from all mem bers of the club. The club keeps no profits for its own use, and each year the net proceeds are donated to a charity or organisation involving children, usually a different one each year. Last year's proceeds were divided between the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled (BAPD furly Home for Children has been selected as the recipient for the 2011 show. T he auto show will feature vintage cars and trucks and motorcycles, ranging from the 1930s to 1991 (the club's definition of antique being 20 years old), which are judged in eight different classes. Other features will be a Junkanoo rushout, bouncy castle, raffle prizes, children's art contest, the popular peoples choice voting and a few surprises. Any owners of vintage vehicles that are not a lready members of the Antique Auto Club are welcome to participate in the show for a nominal registration fee, organisers said. The Antique Auto Club of the Bahamas was formed in 1987 by six men interested in the hob by of preservation of historic vintage vehicles to share a venue with people of common interest and to grow the hobby in the Bahamas. The club has grown over the years and presently has a membership in excess of 50 men and women. The club website is Ranfurly Home to benefit from Antique Auto Show 2011 honouring Dudley Coverley P RESENTATION: M EMBERS of the Antique Auto Club of the Bahamas (AACB K athleen Burrows, principal of Progress Academy (centre A ntique Auto Show. The club also provided some new doors and security screens for the school. In back, club members Peter Armstrong, Brendan Foulkes, Murray Forde, Ms Burrows, Richard Blake, p resident of the AACB, and Don Aranha. Also pictured are teachers L Wilson and Jem Cooper along with a number of the students. (Photo by Tim Aylen HELPINGOUT: Officers of the Antique Auto Club of the Bahamas (AACB Antique Auto Show to the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled (BAPDl-r retary of the BAPD; Charlotte Albury, vice-president of the BAPD; Donna Barr-Burrell, chief welfare offic er of Social Services; Richard Blake, president of the AACB; Sir Durward Knowles, chairman of the BAPD; Mrs Moss, administrator of the BAPD; Murray Forde, secretary of the AACB; Eugene Munroe, director of the BAPD, and Brendan Foulkes, vice-president of the BAPD.


L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 9 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure t obehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT Inadequate office space and staff shortages leading to huge case loads are pressing issues that must be addressed at the Department of Social Services in Freeport, according to a union official. John Curtis, area vice presid ent for the Bahamas Public Services Union, said that the staff has outgrown the departments current location in the National Insurance building complex. We are waiting for the minister responsible for Social Services to understand the hards hip placed on the personnel here in Grand Bahama; the area that they work from in the National Insurance Building has been outgrown by leaps and bounds, he said. Mr Curtis said he hopes that some consideration can be given to the plight of social worke rs when it comes time to allocate space in the new $18 million government complex thatis being built on the Mall Drive. The union official believes that Social Services is not properly recognised for the essential role it plays. The Department of Social Services has not been classified properly as an essential service, but it is an essential service department that is needed because when you have any type of crisis or disaster in the country, social workers are the ones who go along with the police, doctors, and nurses in the community to assist residents, he explained. We realise we were facing an economic situation and so at first opportunity we would want the government to recognise the worth of Social Services. We wait to see the distribution of space specifically in the new government building and whether or not consideration would be given for Social Services to get more space, Curtis said. The area vice president expressed concern about the cramped conditions that social workers have to endure on a daily basis. If you walk in there, it is a health hazard. And a lot of the ladies have case loads and paperwork piling up which could be a fire hazard also, he pointed out. Mr Curtis stated that the department is also short staffed and some social workers are handling as many as 600 cases each. He also stressed that there are persons still classified as case aides and earning a minimum wage even though they are performing the same tasks as social workers. Those persons are doing practically the same thing as social workers and they need to be reclassified, Mr Curtis said. The BPSU industrial contract expired in December 2010. The union, which represents some 18,500 public servants, is expected to begin negotiations with the government for a new industrial contract. Mr Curtis said they are seeking to address the issue of insurance during the talks. We intend in the new industrial agreement to ask the government to take care of the responsibility to insure all public servants. And what that will do is eliminate the government having to pay hazard and risk allowance for certain staff members, and the monies they would have allocated for risk and hazard pay would then be able to go towards a national health insurance plan for employees, he said. Union official speaks on issues at Social Services B OOK PRESENTATION: P resid ent of Bakke University Brad Smith, (left call on Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes on Wednesday, February 23. During his visit, Mr Bakke presented Sir Arthura copy of the book, 'Joy at Work,' written by entrepreneur and Christian philanthropist, Dennis W Bakke. The book discusses how to have fun while working. P hoto: Derek Smith / BIS UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT IN COURTESY CALL


L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE G EORGE TOWN, Exuma Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham said the structural deterioration on the bridge linking Great and Little Exuma is a matter of serious concern. He said officials are evaluating the bridge, commonly known as Ferry Bridge, to see whether repairs or a rebuild are necessary. All of the children who go to high school have to cross t his every day (as the school bus can no longer traverse t he bridge) and there are probably about 600 to 700 persons living in this part of Exuma, Prime Minister Ingraham s aid while visiting Exuma this week. H e led a delegation to the island and they visited other s ites in need of infrastructural development, such as the old naval base, the dock in George Town and the water supply area in Williams Town, Little Exuma. W ith him were: Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for Land and Local GovernmentB yran Woodside, senior government o fficials, outgoing Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China Hu Dingxian and representatives of the China Harbour Engineering Company. P rime Minister Ingraham said even though the bridge was not one of the projects that the Bahamas governmenth ad asked the Chinese Harbour Engineering Company to look at, he thought it would be useful if they inspected the bridge. We hope to be able to get their o pinions and suggestions, Mr Ingra ham said. We have some suggestions as to whether or not this bridge is capable of being repaired or whether it needs to be reconstructed. Economically Obviously, from our point of view, if it can be repaired economically, that would be our preference; but if it cannot, then the question of replacement will have to be addressed. The company is currently looking into constructing both a new port and bypass roads on Exuma and Abaco, and work on the bridge in North Eleuthera. Mr Ingraham said the financing for those projects is expected to come from the China Export-Import Bank. They will be design/build contracts, with the work expected to start this year in North Abaco, then in Exuma. Mr Neymour said that the lives of the 600-700 Exumians in the area have been affected because of safety concerns over the bridge, which officials have had to put safety restrictions on. As you know, Little Exuma is developing; so it has impacted some of the development in the area, he said. In order to carry a tractor or a tank of water, we have been hampered in that regard. It is very important that we address this bridge, as it has proven to be critical to those residents of Little Exuma. Prime Minister Ingraham added that the Department of Public Works also will be providing information on the bridge to the Chinese Habour Engineering Company team that is on the island; so that a plan could be arrived at in the best possible and thorough way. The other project that we are going to ask them to look at is the Fishing Hole Road, in Freeport, Grand Bahama between Freeport and going towards Eight Mile Rock because every time there is bad weather, it makes it almost impassable, he said. We are going to let them look at that project the same time they are in the Bahamas. Exuma Ferry Bridge structural issues to be addressed, says PM INSPECTION: A delegation led by Prime Minister Ingraham( third right) inspects the Ferry Bridge that connects Great andL ittle Exuma. Eric Rose/BIS Eric Rose /BIS EVALUATION: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham (second left i n front of the Ferry Bridge. Also pictured (from left o f the Peoples Republic of China Hu Dingxian, Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour and Minister of State for Land and Local Government Byran Woodside. All of the children who go to high school have to cross this every day (as the school bus can no longer traverse the bridge) and there are probably about 600 to 700 persons living in this part of Exuma. Hubert Ingraham WELLINGTON, New Zealand Two Israeli backpackers were the first foreigners named among the dead in last week's earthquake in New Zealand, as the painstaking work of confirming the identities of scores of others gained pace Thursday. Officials expect the number of foreigners killed in the Feb. 22 quake that devastated Christchurch to rise into the dozens, many of them Asian students and staff at an English language school that was in an office building that collapsed. The process of identifying the victims has been slowed by the extensive injuries to people who were crushed, and by the task of picking through the vast amount of rubble left behind by the mag nitude 6.3 temblor. Police Superintendent Sam Hoyle said Thurs day that one more body had been found overnight, taking the overall count to 161, though just 13 have been publicly identi fied. Many other people remain missing, and officials have said the final death toll could be as high as 240. Hoyle said 90 of the bodies found so far were pulled from the Canterbury Television building, which housed a regional broadcaster and other offices including the language school, which taught students from Japan, China, the Philippines and other nations. FIRS T FOREIGNERS IDENTIFIED AMONG THE NEWZEALAND EARTHQUAKE DEAD


T HE Grand Bahama Airp ort Company advanced p lans for a new Fixed Based Operations facility by break-i ng ground during a cerem ony at the international airport yesterday. Gary Gilbert, CEO of Hutchinson Port Holdings Bahamas, owners of the Grand Bahama Airport Company, Freeport Container Port and FreeportH arbour Company, assisted by the Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Van d erpool-Wallace, broke ground for the 8,000 square foot facility that is expected to make Grand Bahamasa viation future a whole lot b righter. The future state-of-the-art building is envisioned asb eing the jewel of the Northern Bahamas when it comes on stream by the end of the year. M r Gilbert told a gather ing of government officials, industry partners, members of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the Grand Bahama Development Company, We knew that sooner or later the Grand Bahama International Airport would have to advancea FBO facility that was far more of an accurate representation of our future than what exists today. Minister VanderpoolWallace said that over the course of the last several years Grand Bahama has really not seen the kind of growth that they would like to see in terms of what matters most, visitor expenditure. There is a plan thats afoot, and we see the beginning of this today, to move G rand Bahama into another category of business in a way that we all know that we can deliver on. It takes the kind of conf idence that your company is bringing into it to galvanise people to understand what were trying to accomplish, said the Tourism and Aviation Minister. The new facility will accommodate private aviation guests upon arrival, and will also house Bahamas Immigration and Customs, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the new administration offices of the GBAC. The building will also fea ture a pilots lounge, a business centre, and food and beverage outlets. L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 15 FBO groundbreaking is further step in transforming Grand Bahama airport JOHN BULL REPRESENTATIVE Nellie Collins presents a John Bull gift basket to Miss Gospel Bahamas 20102 011 Sylvianne Rahming a nd Miss Gospel Bahamas c ommittee member Salveen Smith on Thursday, February 10. JOHN BULL PRESENTATION TO MISS GOSPEL BAHAMAS 2010 MINISTER OF TOURISM A ND AVIATION V incent Vanderpool-Wallace CARACAS, Venezuela Associated Press LEADING human rights activists condemned Venezuelan author ities on Wednesday for sentencing a union leader to prison for launching a strike, saying more than 100 other unionists also face charges after participating in protests. Ruben Gonzalez was sentenced Monday to seven-and-a-half years in prison on charges related to a strike he led that temporarily paralyzed Venezuela's state-run iron mining company. Marino Alvarado, who heads the human rights group Provea, said it is an "emblematic case" of authorities prosecuting those who hold labor protests. He and other activists denounced the sentence in a small protest outside the attorney general's office in the capital, Caracas, holding signs reading "Protesting is not a crime, it's a right." Alvarado said that by Provea's count there are now about 2,500 people facing charges for participating in protests in Venezuela, including 125 union activists. He said such cases have grown dramatically since 2005, when there were protest-related charges against about 20 people in the country. The leading human rights coalition Foro por la Vida, or Forum for Life, said in a statement that the sentence against Gonzalez shows the government "fears the emergence of a labor movement" that impos es its own agenda. President Hugo Chavez has repeatedly said his socialist-oriented government has done more for the working class than previous administrations, and officials deny the government uses prosecutors and judges to curb the power of labor unions. One union leader, Pablo Zambrano, said that in the coming weeks labor groups will hold protests in various Venezuelan cities to demand that Gonzalez be freed. Gonzalez's defense lawyer, Italo Atencio, has said he will appeal. Gonzalez was sentenced on charges including unlawful assembly, incitement to commit crimes and violation of a government security zone during a 2009 strike at CVG Ferrominera Orinoco CA, better known as Ferrominera. Venezuelan activists condemn sentence for union leader SANTIAGO, Chile Associated Press CHILEANcongressional c ommission on Wednesday found two mine owners responsible for the accident that trapped 33 men a half-mile underground for 69 days last year. The commission's report, which is expected to be approved by the lower house on Thursday, said members unanimously f ound Alejandro Bohn and Marcelo Kemeny responsible for the collapse that trapped the men deep inside the San Jose mine, whose veins of copper and gold had been pursued for more than 100 years in poorly reinforced tunnels under the Atacama desert in northern Chile. Deputy Alejandro Garcia Huidobro said the commission also determined that Chile's mine safety agency was administratively responsible for failing to fully enforce its safety rules. The report is expected to help lawyers for the miners pursue l awsuits against the owners. Bohn and Kemeny denied being negligent or otherwise responsible for the collapse, in which a 700,000-ton granite monolith, the very center of the remote hilltop, crashed down, shutting off any hope of escape without a Herculean rescuee ffort. Both executives also face charges in an earlier accident in which a falling slab of rock sliced off a miner's leg. CHILE'S CONGRESS BLAMES MINE OWNERS FOR ACCIDENT


p raised its owners Hong K ong-based Hutchison W hampoa for maintaining staff levels despite having to subsidise the hotel's payroll due to losses which in 2010 w ere said to amount to "tens o f millions," according to T he Tribune's source. Our Lucaya resort cons ists of two separate prope rties the Radisson Our Lucaya and the Our Lucaya Reef Village one offering a more upmarket experience, including a casino, and the other a more family-oriented product. The Tribune u nderstands that only one o f the hotels will remain o pen, as the company consolidates its operations. An informed source said that despite the dire outc ome for laid-off workers, H utchison Whampoa "is c ommitted to making Our L ucaya work" and will be l ooking to "re-brand and res trategise" as it seeks to turn around the resort's fortunes. In January, President of the Bahamas Hotel Managerial Association, Obie Ferguson said he had got w ind of plans on the part of O ur Lucaya to release 50 m anagerial staff a move Mr Ferguson put down to "union busting." Although contacted for comment at t hat time, the resort did not r espond to the claim. E arlier that month, a H utchison Whampoa execu tive denied claims that Our L ucaya resort was up for sale, with the asking price having dropped from $450 million to $200-$250 million. Confirming that he had heard "rumours" circulating o n Grand Bahama that H utchison Whampoa may b e seeking to offload the Freeport-based resort, Graham Torode, president of the Grand Bahama Develo pment Company (Devco s peaking on behalf of H utchison Whampoa, which i s one of Devco's two shareh olders, told Tribune Busin ess that there was "no truth" to claims the property is on the market. Our Lucaya General Manager had recently informed Tribune Business t hat Christmas hotel booki ngs were not as buoyant as h ad been anticipated at a little over 50 per cent for the week between Christmas and new year despite 2010 i n general having brought a n increased level of visitors t o the property over 2009. T he last interim labour s urvey to be conducted in T he Bahamas took place in May 2009. In that survey, Grand Bahama was found to have an unemployment rate of 17.4 per cent, while Nassau recorded a rate of 14 per cent. Those figures d o not include discouraged w orkers who have given up l ooking for employment. Grand Bahama's level of unemployment is now inevitably considerably highe r, although the exact figure i s unknown. N either representatives o f Our Lucaya, the Minist er of Labour or the unions r epresenting the workers, could be reached last night for comment. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 16, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE offences were committed on May 1, 2007. B ullard was found in possession of three handguns and 571 rounds of ammunition a mini arsenal by any definition the Court of Appeal said. O n the count of possession of a firearm, the magistrate fined B ullard $5,000 or two years imprisonment and an additional year of probation. That decision was appealed by the Commissioner of Police on the grounds it was unduly lenient. T he Court of Appeal re-sentenced Bullard to two years imprisonment on the counts of possession of a firearm. The sentences run concurrently with effect from February 21, 2011. One ach count of being in possession of ammunition, a sentence of t wo years to run concurrently with each other was also imposed. The Court of Appeal, in its judgment, found that a custodial sentence was warranted and that the sentence handed d own by the magistrate was unlawful. The respondent was also convicted of three offences of possession of ammunition with no sentence imposed upon t hese convictions, the court stated. The respondent therefore remains liable to be punished in respect of all of the offences to which he pleaded guilty and the question is what should be the proper determination o f this appeal. The court noted that the extent of the magistrates powers to sentence on conviction of an offence of possession of af irearm and an offence for possession of ammunition is imprisonment for five years and a fine of $10,000 in each case. Accordingly, in determining what is the just and appropriate sentence, we take into account all matters in the respondents favour including that he was of good character, that he was gainfully employed at the time of the offences,t hat he pleaded guilty, and that he is being sentenced some two years after his trial. We balance the above matters against the fact that the respondent was convicted of being in possession of three handguns and 571 rounds of ammunition, a mini arsenal by any definition, which in the absence of any explanation, mustb e assumed to be sinister and not innocent, the court stated. Punishment is the way society inveighs against wrongdoing. These offences are serious and it appears to us that the balance of all of the matters which we have taken into account weighs heavily in favour of the public policy that an offender who engages in a deliberate course of criminal behaviour be appropriately and correctly punished. In sentencing the respondent for the multiple offences of which he is convicted, we must determine and impose a sen tence which is just and appropriate in light of his overall criminal behaviour. The appellate court noted that in determining the appeal it had to first construe the meaning of the magistrates pronouncement. The court noted that Bullards attorney had contended the court should find that the sentence imposed was a permissible sentence for any one of the offences charged; that it is an indication of what the highest sentence he intended for the most egregious of the offences and any lesser sentence would be subsumed in the sentence pro nounced. The appellate court stated that it found the argument could not be sustained. Bullards attorney had also asked the court to accept the proposition that where a court does not state whether sentences are concurrent or consecutive, they should be construed as concurrent. The court stated: We have no doubt about the correct ness of that proposition, but the difficulty in this case is that there was only the one sentence passed by the magistrate. Given the clarity of the magistrates pronouncement and the context in which it was made, namely the conviction for multiple offences, we are bound to construe it as imposing one sentence for an offence of possession of a firearm. Moreover, we are unable to say to which of the three counts, the sentence relates. The court also noted that another issue raised was whether the magistrate could legally combine a fine and probation in the one sentence. A reading of section 124(1 Code clearly shows that probation is not a sentence of punishment and cannot be combined with a sentence as the magistrate purported to do in this case. Our Lucaya Beach and Golf resort set to axe jobs F ROM page one Man found with mini arsenal gets re-sentenced Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. 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f ishing in the Bahamas. Shark populations around t he world are under threat of extinction as they are increasingly targetted for their fins to be served in the East Asian delicacy shark fins oup. M att Rand, director of the Pew Environment Group's Global Shark Conservation Campaign, estimates 100 million sharks are killed every year, including 73 millione xclusively for their fins, and t he remainder as by-catch in longline fishing. However the Bahamas boasts one of the most diverse and abundant shark populations in the region, and one of the healthiest in the world, owing to a ban onl ongline fishing in the Bahamas 20 years ago. T he healthy shark populations ensures the health of the reef and success of other fisheries, they also draw an income of around $78 mil-l ion a year from dive-related tourism. However their vulnerability became apparent when it was revealed in The Tribune that a seafood export company in Andros was interested in exploring the possibility of shark finning for export to Hong Kong. M onths later Pew and the BNT launched the s hark protection campaign and petition for new legislation which has now gathered 4,000 signatures in support. M r Rand said: The diversity and numbers of sharks, and the ability for people to interact and see them here is hands down, the best that Ive seen globally. Its a remarkable r esource, it helps keep the e cosystem functioning healthily, and they are a remarkable creature thats largely misunderstood. Mr Harvey agreed there is still much work to be done to de-vilify the graceful creatures. The damage caused by the press in the past has been enormous and that all needs to be turned around, Mr Harvey said. So it is with great pleasure that we have hooked up w ith the Bahamas National Trust, the Pew foundation, and a lot of other organisations, as were all working together towards the same end, which is sustainabilityi n the use of marine r esources. GHRI director Mahmood Shivji has tagged 37 tiger s harks, mostly in Bermuda, and found they migrated directly to the Bahamas andr emained there for several months before swimming out to the mid-Atlantic and then returning to the Bahamas the following year. Dr Shivji said: Theres something about this ecosys t em that is bringing these sharks back here from very far away, which is all the more reason to protect the s harks in the Bahamas. These are amazing migratory animals. You cant j ust protect them within the boundaries of a national park because these animalsm ove, so there has to be a regional approach and theB ahamas can really take a l ead in this, not only to prot ect healthy marine ecosystems in the Bahamas but internationally. D r Shivji said the GHRI tagged four tiger sharks in the Bahamas in December,a nd Mr Harvey promised s tudents he spoke to at CV Bethel Senior High School yesterday morning the next s hark they tag will be named CV Bethel after them. Students will be able to f ollow the sharks movements with updates from the GHRI over the coming year. The shark campaign was launched by Pew and the BNT in September last year in the wake of revelationsp ublished in The Tribune A petition calling for legislation to protect sharks int he Bahamas has gathered F or more information about the Guy Harvey Research Institute log on to:h ttp:// hri/. L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 17 G UY HARVEY a nd Guy Harvey Research Institute director Mahmood Shivji endorsed the shark campaign a t the Bahamas National Trust yesterday. THE CUSTOM-DESIGNED campaign logo by Guy Harvey shows a tiger shark, hammerhead, Caribbean reef shark and lemon sharkw ith a Bahamian flag in the background. FROM page one CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT SHARKS IN THE BAHAMAS IS STEPPED UP


BREGA, Libya Associated Press OPPONENTSof Moammar Gadhafi repelled an a ttack by the Libyan leader's forces trying to retake a key coastal oil installation in a topsy-turvy battle Wednesday in which shells splashedi n the Mediterranean and a warplane bombed a beach where rebel fighters werec harging over the dunes. At least six people were killed in the fighting. T he assault on the Brega oil port was the first major regime counteroffensive a gainst the opposition-held e astern half of Libya, where the population backed by mutinous army units rose up and drove out Gadhafi's ruleo ver the past two weeks. F or the past week, proGadhafi forces have been focusing on the west, securi ng his stronghold in the capital Tripoli and trying to take b ack nearby rebel-held cities w ith only mixed success. But the foray east against opposition-held Brega appeared to stumble. Thep ro-Gadhafi forces initially r ecaptured the oil facilities Wednesday morning. But then a wave of opposition citi zen militias drove them out again, cornering them in a nearby university campusw here they battled for several hours until the approximately 200 Gadhafi loyalists fled, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. In the capital, Gadhafi v owed, "We will fight until the last man and woman." He lashed out against Europe and the United States for their pressure on him to step down, warning t hat thousands of Libyans w ill die if U.S. and NATO forces intervene in the con flict. T he United States is moving naval and air forces clos-e r to Libyan shores and is c alling for Gadhafi to give up p ower immediately. The U.S., Britain and other NATO countries are d rawing up contingency plans to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent Gadhafi'sa ir forces from striking r ebels. But the idea has been rejected by Russia, whichh olds a veto-wielding seat on the U.N. Security Council. "We will not accept an i ntervention like that of the Italians that lasted decades," Gadhafi said, referring to Italy's colonial rule early int he 20th Century. "We will not accept a sim ilar American intervention. T his will lead to a bloody war and thousands of Libyans will die if America andN ATO enter Libya." O pposition members said they believe Gadhafi was pulling up reinforcementsf rom bases deep in the deserts of southwestern Libya, flying them to the fronts on the coast. Soon after sunrise Wednesday, a large force ofG adhafi loyalists in around 50 SUVS, some mounted with machine guns, descend ed on opposition-held Brega, 460 miles (740 kilometers) east of Tripoli along the Mediterranean. The force caught a small opposition contingent guard ing the site by surprise and it fled, said Ahmed Dawas, an anti-Gadhafi fighter at a checkpoint outside the port. The pro-Gadhafi forces seized the port, airstrip and the oil facilities where about 4,000 personnel work, as regime warplanes hit an ammunition depot on the outskirts of the nearby rebelheld city of Ajdabiya, witnesses said. Midmorning, the opposition counterattacked. Anti-Gadhafi fighters with automatic weapons sped out of Ajdabiya in pickup trucks, heading for Brega, 40 miles away (70 kilometers Dawas said they retook the oil facilities and airstrip. Other witnesses reported regime forces were surrounded by rebels. The sound of screaming warplanes and the crackle of heavy gunfire could be heard as the witnesses spoke to The Associated Press by phone. By the afternoon, the regime fighters fled the oil facilities and holed up in a nearby university campus, where they came under siege by anti-Gadhafi fighters, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. Machine gun and auto matic weapons fire rattled in the air, and shells lobbed from the campus went over the anti-Gadhafi side to splash in the Mediterranean. At one point, a warplane from Gadhafi's airforce swooped overhead and ane xplosion was heard. A witness said it struck an empty stretch of dunes near the battle, sending a plume of sand into the air but causing no injuries in an apparent attempt to intimidate thea nti-Gadhafi side. But opposition citizen militias poured into the battle, arriving from Ajdabiya and armed with assault rifles. They moved through the d unes along the beach a gainst the campus next to a pristine blue-water Mediter ranean beach. T hose without guns picked up bottles and put wicks int hem to make firebombs. A n ambulance driver who w as briefly held by the proGadhafi force and then released told AP they numb ered about 200 fighters. The forces came to Brega from Sirte, Gadhafi's mainr emaining stronghold in cent ral Libya, 200 miles (320 kilometers) west of the oil port, said the driver, JumaaS hway. At least six opposition fighters were killed and 18o thers wounded in the fighting, their bodies covered with sand thrown up by shells bursting in the dunes, doc t ors at Brega hospital said. Angry crowds gathered around them at Brega's hosp ital, chanting, "The blood of martyrs will not go in vain." I n the late afternoon, the p ro-Gadhafi force fled the campus, and opposition fight ers were seen combing t hrough the university buildings. Automatic gunfire was still heard in the distance, but it appeared the regime troops were withdrawing. The campus grounds and dunesb etween it and the beach were littered with casings and shells. In Ajdabiya, people geared up to defend the city, fearing the pro-Gadhafi forces would move on them next. At the gates of the city, hundreds of residents took up positions on the road from Brega, armed with Kalash nikovs and hunting rifles, along with a few rocket-propelled grenade launchers. They set up two large rocket launchers and an anti-aircraft gun in the road. But by the evening, there was no sign of attack there. Brega and nearby Ajdabiya are the farthest west points in the large contiguous swath of eastern Libya extending all the way to the Egyptian border that fell into opposition hands in the uprising that began Feb. 15. Ajdabiya is about 90 miles (150 kilometers) from Benghazi, Libya's second largest city and the nerve center of the opposition. Brega is the second-largest hydrocarbon complex in OPEC-member Libya. Amid the turmoil, exports from its ports have all but stopped with no ships coming to load up with crude and natural gas. Crude production in the southeastern oil fields that feed into the facility has been scaled back because storage facilities at Brega were fill ing up. General Manager Fathi Eissa said last week the facil ity has had to scale back pro duction dramatically from 90,000 barrels of crude a day to just 11,000. The unrest in Libya which ranks about 17th among world oil producers and has Africa's largest p roven oil reserves has s parked a major spike in world oil prices. Overall crude production hasd ropped from 1.6 million barrels per day to 850,000. Gadhafi's regime has been l eft in control of Libya's northwest corner, centered on Tripoli, but even here sev-e ral cities have fallen into r ebel hands after residents rose up in protests, backed by mutinous army units andd rove out Gadhafi loyalists. In recent days, loyalists suc ceeded in regaining two of t hose towns Gharyan, a strategic town in the Nafusa mountains south of Tripoli, and Sabratha, a small townw est of the capital. But opposition fighters suc cessfully repulsed attacks by pro-Gadhafi forces on sever al others: the key city of Zawiya outside the capital;M israta, Libya's third largest c ity east of Tripoli; and Zin tan, a town further southwest in the Nafusa mountains. T he regime may be bringing in more forces from regions it still dominates int he sparsely populated d eserts in the southwest. Residents of the southwestern oasis town of Sebha a key Gadhafi stronghold with military bases 400 miles (560 kilometers Tripoli reported heavy movement at the airport there Tuesday night, said Abdel-Bari Zwei, one of the opposition activists in Ajdabiya in touch with sympathizers in Sebha. Zwei said it is believed some of those forces were involved in the offensive against Brega. In his speech Wednesday, Gadhafi lashed out at international moves against his regime, including the freez ing of his and other Libyan assets abroad an act he called "piracy" and efforts by Europe to send aid to opposition-held Benghazi. He said any Libyan who accepts international aid was guilty of "high treason" because it "opens Libya to colonialism." In a pointed message to Europe, he warned, "There will be no stability in the Mediterranean if there is no stability in Libya." "Africans will march to Europe without anyone to stop them. The Mediterranean will become a center for piracy like Somalia," he said. Gadhafi's regime has worked closely with Italy and other European countries to stop African migrants who use Libya as a launching point to slip into Europe. He also threatened to bring in Chinese and Indian companies to replace Western companies in Libya's oil sector if the West keeps up its pressure on him. European firms are heavily involved in Libya's oil production. I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 18, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE LIBYAN MEN walk over sand d unes in order to fight forces from the Libyan army, near the eastern Libyan town of Brega, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Opponents of Moammar Gadhafi repelled ana ttack by the Libyan leader's forces trying to retake Brega, a key coastal oil installa-t ion in a topsy-turvy battle in which shells splashed in the Mediterranean and a warp lane bombed a beach where r ebel fighters were charging over the dunes. At least six people were killed in the fight-i ng. The assault on the Brega oil port was the first major regime counteroffensivea gainst the opposition-held eastern half of Libya, where the population backed by mutinous army units rose up and drove out Gadhafi's rule over the past two weeks. (AP Rebels push back Libya regime attack on oil port Warplane bombs beach as rebel fighters charge over dunes A LIBYAN protester stands on t op of a pile of burning Green B ooks during a protest against L ibyan leader Moammar Gadhafi d uring a demonstration against him in Benghazi, eastern Libya, W ednesday. (AP


I NTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 19 MEXICO CITY Associated Press A U.N. anti-narcotics agency cited a worrisome rise in shipments of increasingly pure Mexican heroin to the United States, and said in a report Wednesday that Mexican cartels are an increasing threat in Central America. T he International Narcotics Control Board says Mexican cartels are displacing Colombian traffickers, the traditional suppliers of much of the heroin consumed in the United States, and opium poppy production is on the rise in Mexico, said board member Jorge Montano. M ontano told a news conference said that as much as 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres poppies in Mexico "are basically intended for the United States." The rise also had been noted by the U.S. Justice Department, which said in a 2010 report that Mexican cartels had more than doubled their heroin production in the preceding year. Mexico had long been a transit route for processed Colombian heroin, while Mexican prod uction remained mostly semiprocessed paste or 'tar.' But the board said "there are some indications that 'white heroin' of greater purity is being illegally produced in Mexico" and sometimes mixed with Colombian heroin. UN: WORRISOME RISE IN MEXICO HEROIN TRADE TO US


SECTIONB THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.72 $4.72 $4.72 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The National Insurance Board (NIB w ere both warned yesterday to stay within their statutory powers and not rider oughshod over the rights of Grand Bahama Port Author ity (GBPA Unconstitutional warning over the $1.6bn NIB fund Leading attorney says Fund contrary to constitution, as contributions a tax, and all taxes must go to ConsolidatedF und Warns Customs and NIB not to ride roughshod over the rights of GBP A licencees SEE page 9B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor R obin Hood is aiming to break ground in the next 35-40 days on the 44,000 square foot addition to its new Prince Charles Drive store, the retailers president telling Tribune Business yes terday that sales at both its outlets had picked up nicely over the last couple of weeks. Sandy Schaefer said he was just waiting to get more tenants confirmed for his planned 44,000 square foot expansion at the Prince Felip Major /Tribune staff ADDITION PLANNED: In this file photo a shopper looks at whats on offer inside Robin Hood on Prince Charles Drive. RETAILERS 44,000 SQ FT EXPANSION TO BREAK GR OUND WITHIN 35-40 DAY Customer count/ revenues within margin of error for new stores at Robin Hood s Prince Charles outlet Sales increasing nicely at both stores in last fortnight* Economy improving but will not shoot for the stars SEE page 6B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A leading fiscal hawk has warned that future Bahamian generations are going to be nailed to the wall by the r ising $4.2 billion national debt, as he urged both main Nailed to the wall by $4.2bn National Debt Fiscal hawk warns future g enerations will have to pay the piper via higher debt service payments and taxes if n othing done Foregone conclusion g overnments revenue targets not met Advocates spending cuts, as anaemic economic growth m eans no revenue rises S EE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas seen its market capitalisation slashed by more than $590 million or one-third during the recession, it was revealed yesterday, with its impaired loan portfolio expanding by 17.7 per cent or $57.5 million during its 2010 financial year. T he banks annual report for the year to end-October FirstCaribbean market cap falls almost $600m Drop from $1.76bn to $1.17bn shows recessions impact, as impaired loan portfolio grew $57.5m in 2010* Business and government loans dropped $72.6 m illion or 6.3 per cent Management fees paid to parent raised operating expenses* Equity return and efficiency ratios both declined SEE page 5B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a After a $3.5 million reno vation and relaunch, the B imini Big Game Club is anticipating adding 12 new staff as it heads towards itsf irst peak season since reo pening in summer 2010. However, rising fuel prices spurred on by Middle Eastern political turmoil area concern for the resort, whose 100-plus slip marina is a major source of revenue. Business at the property, a s elsewhere around the Bahamas in recent times, was pretty tough last year, according to general man-a ger Chris Pollock, but things are looking up for spring and summer 2011. L ooking on the bright s ide, Mr Pollock said he hopes that even if fuel prices do rise, the Bimini Big Resort moving to boost staff Bimini Big Game Club looks forward to spring and summer 2011, after $3.5m investment and pretty tough 2010 SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he Bahamas Oil Refining Companys (BORCO new owner plans to investb etween $200 million to $250 million this year in upgrading the Grand Bahama-based oil storage facility, with current renovation projects expected to leave it with eight berths. U nveiling its plans in a Securities & Exchange C ommission (SEC New York Stock Exchange ( NYSE) listed Buckeye Partners, which has closed its $1.7 billion purchase fromF irst Reserve Corporation and Vopak, said: We expect to spend approxi mately $200 million to $250 million for capital expenditures in 2011 related to the BORCO facility, of which $ 185 million to $225 million is expected to relate to e xpansion projects, and $15 million to $25 million is e xpected to relate to sustaining capital expenditures. Major expansion expend itures in 2011 are expected to include upgrades and expansions of the jetty struc ture, the inland dock and berth developments, and BORCO owner to invest $250m n Upgrades, including expansion to eight vessel berths, planned for completion in 2011 n Warning on political risk for Grand Bahama facility, with 30% and 69% of storage revenues derived from top one and three customers SEE page 4B


B USINESS P AGE 2B, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER B y DEIDRE M. BASTIAN Y ou may have created a brilliant website for your p roducts and services, but if no one sees it online it might as well not exist. On the other hand, you may have traffic coming to your site that does not convert to sales and profit. However, the answer t o both these scenarios is t hat you may require plann ing to enhance your website traffic. First, lets ask why is it important for any business to have a website? Is it really necessary, as n obody needed websites in the past, and many busi-n esses today still run succ essfully and profitably without having one? Why the need now? Well, while the above statement has merit and still stands true, if we continue to do things the same way a ll the time, can we expect a d ifferent result? T imes have changed and h aving a web presence is p retty much becoming an e ssential component to business. By virtue of this fact, opening a bricks and mortar business requires a cons iderable investment, as a lease, rent, staff, utilities and o ther expenses are all incurred. However with the introd uction of e-business the cost of reaching the cust omer has decreased dramatically. With the use of these tools, here are some r easons why you want to have a website for your busin ess. C onstant Advertising: W ebsites are visible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A website does not need toc lose off at the end of the business day, take a weekend off, ask for vacation or take a sick day. So if we are t o follow this pipeline, ultim ately a website is an advert ising tool that will take your business to potential customers, regardless ofw hether your store/office is open or not. Convenience for Your C lients: A website is a convenient way for existing or potential clients to explore a nd gather information on p roducts/services without v isiting the physical premises of the business. Manyp eople appreciate conve n ience since it saves time, and potential customers can visit 10, 20 or 50 websites, then make a decision without leaving their chair. Some customers dislike direct pressure when they visit b ricks and mortar stores, as h aving to talk to a sales per son may evoke pressure into purchasing an item. Your Competitor has a WebSite: If your competi tor is the only site found o nline, guess who the poten t ial customer will patronise? Globalisation: One of the constraints of the typicalb ricks and mortar model (physical business presence is that the business is localised, regardless of the physical travel distance for customers. T ell people: Many busin ess owners quickly forget their web site due to mini mal business, and quickly c onclude they do not need it. Remember, no one will know about your website unless you tell them about it. Brand your business with t he website address; make sure any business cards you g ive, letters you send, cont ain your website address. And, most importantly, be p atient with your website g rowth. A Website beats hiring a salesperson: Without adver-t ising and sales force costs, a website provides a much higher Return On Investment (ROI tomers use the Internet and have money to spend. If they can't find you, they will spend it, but somewheree lse. Web Site ROI, vs B rochure ROI: When the c ost of creating, printing, dis tributing and updating a brochure is taken into cons ideration, your more-easilym aintained website is a bett er investment. It may help to be selective w hen choosing your web hosting company; its not the same as purchasing groceries. Keep in mind that y our web host is like your business partner. There are a number of elements to c onsider when approaching y our potential web hosting p artner. S ound customer support s ystems: Some of them serve their customers promptly, while some do not. The industry standard calls for 24 hours response time. K now server technology: E nsure reliable back-up sys tems and technical employees are on board. Addition a lly, if you propose to insert video, audio clips and interactive contents into your webpage, inquire morea bout the bandwidth, host i ng reliability and up-time guarantee. These are the m ost important areas that y ou should consider. What is U p-time? Up-time is the time (expressed in percentages) the host is available toa ccess through the Internet. Becoming instantly rich through online business has n ot been the story for every online seller... but to simply quit is not the thing to do. A scertain the problem and s tart re-strategising. A business that desires success should invest in aw ebsite, especially small b usinesses that cannot afford missed opportunities. I consider Internet market ing as a track meet, so be the first to get off the blocks! A web site = easy, efficient referrals. M ake sure you are there w hen you or your company is Goggled. So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy lifea nd stay on top of your game. NB: The author welcomes f eedback at: d Getting on web is a business must THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN



t erminal storage tank expans ion projects. N oting that in response t o customer demand, BORC O is prepared to undert ake a significant expansion p roject, which we expect will b e phased in over the next t wo to three years, Bucke ye Partners added in its filing: BORCO continues to d iscuss with its existing cust omers and potential new c ustomers their storage and s ervice requirements as we r efine our expansion plans. New tankage is expecte d to be constructed with t he flexibility to store fuel o il, clean petroleum products or crude oil. We expect an expansion plan, which phases in capacity additions, to be finalised in the near future. In addition, the facil-ity site also has additional unused land available for future expansions, with room to more than double the existing storage capacity if all the expansion opportunities are utilised. Buckeye Partners said B ORCO had three deepw ater jetties, one of which was undergoing an existing refurbishment programme expected to conclude in the 2011 second half. The three jetties will prov ide six deep-water berths that serve as the access p oints to the storage facilities, and are capable of hand ling vessels over a range of d eadweight tonnage (DWT o f 20,000 DWT to a maximum of 500,000 DWT, including both very largec rude carriers and ultra large crude carriers, Buckeye P artners said. BORCOs terminal facility also includes an inland dock with an approximately 650-foot berth located in Freeport Harbour. BORCO c urrently leases the inland d ock from the Freeport Harbour Company under a l ong-term agreement through 2067. The inland dock is in the p rocess of being upgraded, which will include the buildo ut of a new berth. Upon completion, the inland dock will include two berths capa-b le of handling Panamax vessels of up to 80,000 D WT. We expect complet ion of the upgrade of the inland dock to occur in 2011. Upon completion of the jetty refurbishment and inland dock renovation projects, B ORCO will have a total of e ight berths. Buckeye Partners noted t hat BORCOs business was exposed to political risk, b ecause a substantial port ion of BORCOs revenues were derived from petroleu m products exported by Venezuelas state-owned oil company, PDVSA. Thea ntagonism between Washington and the Chavez a dministration is well k nown. A nother risk was BORCOs dependency on a small number of major clients for t he bulk of its revenues. Storage revenue repres ented approximately 80 per c ent of BORCOs total reve nue for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, Buckeye Partners disclosed. Currently, BORCO has a limited number of longterm storage customers, cons isting of oil majors, energy c ompanies, physical traders and one national oil company. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, approximately 30 per centa nd 69 per cent of storage revenue was derived from t he top one and the top three customers, respectivel y......... If any of BORCOs customers, in particular its top t hree customers, significantl y reduces its contracted storage with BORCO, and if BORCO is unable to find other storage customers on terms substantially similar t o the terms under BORC Os existing storage contracts, our business, results of operations and cash flow could be adversely affect-e d. Assessing the facility it had acquired, Buckeye Partners added: BORCOs terminal facility includes 80 aboveground storage tanks ranging in capacity from 5,000 to 500,000 barrels, with a total installed capacity of approximately 21.6 millionb arrels. Presently, 66 of the 8 0 tanks are available to serve third parties, as 14 of the tanks (representing only 0.2 million barrels) are dedicated for BORCOs own u se. Of the 66 tanks availa ble to serve third parties, 10 are currently used for the s torage of crude oil, 43 for t he storage of fuel oil and 1 3 for the storage of clean petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel and certain o ther distillates. Six of the t anks currently used for crude oil can be converted between crude oil service and fuel oil service. 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3 1, 2010, disclosed that FirstCaribbeans market capitalisation hit $1.17 billion at that date, a decline of some 33.5 per cent from the prerecession high of $1.761 billion achieved at year-end 2 007. F irstCaribbeans market c apitalisation decline is important given the heavy weighting it carries on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX where it is the largest listed stock, accounting for more than one-third of the total market worth. The almost-$600 million decline in the banks market capitalisation has been sparked, of course, by the decline in FirstCaribbeans share price from a $14.65 high at year-end 2007 to $ 9.74 at October 31, 2010. T hat share price decline also mirrors the fall in the banks n et income, from a high of $ 109.86 million or $0.91 in e arnings per share (EPS the 2007 pre-recession peak, to $61.863 million and$ 0.515 EPS for 2010. Writing in FirstCaribbeans annual report, executive chairman, Michael M ansoor, pledged that the bank would support borrowing clients through their c urrent problems in the b elief that delinquent loans w ould eventually come good in the long-term. We have found that bala nce sheet growth has been difficult, and we have also had to increase the level of provisioning, Mr Mansoor wrote. We have, however, taken the position that we will support our clientele t hrough the current difficulties as long as we believe that their responses to the reduction in business vol-u mes are likely to result in l ong-term positive out comes....... We fully expect that these customers will in time improve their results a nd prospects, and be the s ource of meaningful growth i n our own results. Mr Mansoor added that FirstCaribbean expected to convert investments in new products, technology and systems into sustainable sources of profitability in short order. M arie Rodland-Allen, F irstCaribbean Internationa l Bank (Bahamas ing director, noting that the banks net income slipped by $16.8 million or 21 per cent in 2010, compared to 2009 figures, blamed this on the overall economic envir onment coupled with low i nterest rates, which impacted net interest income and i nterest margins. Operating Higher operating expense s were driven by increases i n management fee charges w hich, if excluded, would reflect prudent cost management, Mrs Rodland-A llen said. Gains on the sale of investment securities and increases in foreign exchange earnings partially mitigated the declines experienced as a result of this challenging economic envir onment. N et interest income d ropped by 9.7 per cent, from $142.893 million to$ 129.035 million, year-overyear between 2010 and 2009, the annual report revealed, although hedging gains anda reduction in mark-to-market losses saw other operating income rise by $14.8 million or 58 per cent. F irstCaribbean was not i mmune from the deterior ating credit/asset quality that afflicted the Bahamian commercial banking industry throughout 2010, as commercial, household and consumer borrowers all experienced difficulty in servicing existing loans due to unemp loyment and reduced i ncomes. L oan loss expenses rose year-over-year by $11.7 million or 63.1 per cent to $30.204 million, compared to $18.519 million in 2009. And impaired loans grew by 17.7 per cent or $57.5 mill ion during the 12 months to O ctober 31, 2010. Net loans and advances t o customers were $2.42 bill ion compared to $2.54 bill ion in the prior year, FirstCaribbean said in its annual report. Business and gov e rnment, which account for 43 per cent of the portfolio, decreased $72.6 million or 6.3 per cent year-over-year. Mortgage and personal loans also declined by $19.2 million and $25.8 million, r espectively. Productive loans were $ 2.13 billion, down $175.1 m illion or 7.6 per cent from t he prior year. This decrease p rimarily reflects a combination of paydowns and repayments of loans, and a shift of loans from productive to non-productive (impaired which increased by $57.5m illion or 17.7 per cent. Higher management fees paid to FirstCaribbeans par-e nt resulted in operating e xpenses growing by $6 mil lion or 8.5 per cent yearo ver-year, which drove the B ahamian subsidiarys effic iency ratio (operating expenses as a percentage of gross revenue) to 45.6 per cent, compared to 42.2 per cent the year before. FirstCaribbeans total assets at year-end were $3.6 billion, a decrease of $163.7 m illion or 4.3 per cent yearo ver-year, due largely to d eclines in cash balances and the loan portfolio. Liab ilities fell by $187.3 million o r 6.1 per cent, mainly b ecause of the fall in customer deposits, which dropped by $218.6 million or 7.3 per cent. Strong F irstCaribbeans capital ratios, though, remained strong and above regulatory r equirements, standing at 2 0.89 per cent and 21.47 per c ent for Tier I and Tier II respectively, compared to 18.85 per cent and 19.46 per cent the year before. The banks return on equity dropped to 11.6 per cent in its 2010 financial y ear, compared to 16.7 per cent in 2009, while the net interest margin dropped from 3.6 per cent to 3.5 per cent. FirstCaribbeans price to e arnings multiple as 18.9 at y ear-end 2010, compared to 15.1 the year before, while the dividend yield dropped from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per cent. The dividend payout ratio rose year-over-yearf rom 54 per cent to 60 per cent. B USINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 5B FirstCaribbean market cap falls almost $600 million FROM page 1B


Game Club may still benefit from the fact that it is thec losest (Bahamian the United States, drawing fuel-conscious boaters who m ay have ventured further afield to their marina slips. T he Bimini Big Game C lub re-opened last year a fter shutting down in late 2 008: a significant loss to Biminis economy. It is now a Guy Harvey O utpost Resort and Marin a, having been bought by the company belonging to artist/conservationist/busi-n essman, Guy Harvey, who was in Nassau yesterday to p lay a part in promoting the s hark preservation campaign t hat was launched by the Bahamas National Trust lasty ear. Some $3.5 million was invested in new guestrooms, marina slips, the Bimini Big G ame Bar & Grill and an O utfitter Shop selling Guy Harvey sportswear. We had already missed most of the season by thet ime we opened last year, and things were pretty tough especially in the fall. But we have a fair amount of groups we will be hosting this year, which is very excit-i ng, said Mr Pollock. A mong those are repre sentatives of Hatteras, who will meet at the legendary fishing resort next week, and another big crowd is expect ed for the clubs first major f ishing tournament since its relaunch, which will take p lace in May. The newly-launched dive p ortion of the 51-room r esorts offering is anticipated to bring in more visitors by plane, whereas the majority of the clubs pre s ent clientele are coming by b oat to stay in the marina. T he resort has invested in a 60-foot glass bottom boat and brought on board Neal Watson, a veteran of the Bimini dive scene, to take charge of the dive operation. That should bring in more business, said Mr Pollock. B imini Big Game Club currently has 28 people on s taff, and the general mana ger said that 40 would likely be required once the o peration shifts into high g ear in peak season. Interviews are taking place already. As to whether there may b e any further investm ent/expansion at the prope rty in the near future, Mr Pollock said there have been discussions about this, but nothing more at this stage. The general manager said the company expects busi n ess to slowly grow at the resort as it regains its once legendary reputation in the south Florida fishing/boat ing community. This is a very famous resort which was allowed to b e run down for many, m any years, and then closed. You cant just bring that b ack right away. Theres a lot of excite m ent, a lot of families who had come here for genera-t ions are coming back, but it t akes a while, he added. Charles site, which will be another retail complex in front of Robin Hoods new store. A Scotiabank branch and Sbarros restaurant are already confirmed, he added, and a fine dining restaurant and other retail formats are actively being sought. Hopefully, in the next 3540 days we will start break-i ng ground, Mr Schaefer told Tribune Business of the planned expansion. Hea dded that customer count and revenues continue to build at Robin Hoods Prince Charles Drive outlet, which opened last month,w ith in-store concessions and tenants starting to grow. A Cash 4 Gold store had already opened within the Robin Hood outlet, and Mr Schaefer said a music store a nd restaurant were set to open within two and four w eeks respectively. Were within the margins of error that are typically looked at in a new store, the Robin Hood president s aid, when asked for details on customer count and revenues. M eanwhile, the companys first outlet, at Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, was continuing to perform very nicely. Customer count has been very strong for us, Mr S chaefer said. Were looking now at revamping the AC, appliances and electronics sections. We may even go back into furniturea gain. Were looking at upscaling the store, and are g oing to renovate. Showcase The Ream air conditioni ng brand was set to host a showcase during the third week of March, and the Robin Hood president told Tribune Business: Were going to push very hard onr esidential and commercial AC sales. Thats a big piece of business. AC, for us, is a multimillion dollar business. Asked by this newspaper w hether he detected signs of economic improvement, M r Schaefer replied: I wouldnt say that I see it yet. Certainly, our sales have picked up over the last couple of weeks nicely at both s tores, so were looking forward to gradual improvement. I dont think we will be shooting for the stars right away, but things will gradually improve. We are in a different w orld now. Mr Schaefer said his i mmediate focus would be continually improving the product we offer now. Asked about plans he pre-v iously unveiled to Tribune Business, which called for further Robin Hood stores i n New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco, he indicated these were on theb ackburner compared to the f ocus on his existing business. We just want to solidify the position we have with the two stores we have now, and if opportunities presentt hemselves we will consider them, Mr Schaefer said of p ossible expansion. B USINESS P AGE 6B, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Retailers 44,000 sq ft expansion to break ground within 35-40 days FROM page 1B Resort moving to boost staff FROM page 1B


political parties to figure out how to cut spending and a void the imposition of everincreasing tax rates. Rick Lowe, a leading executive with the Nassau Instit ute economic think-tank, told Tribune Business in the aftermath of the mid-year Budget that his main concern was forf uture Bahamian generations, who he feared would be crippled with ever-increasing debt servicing payments, higher t axes and devalued savings as a result of the expanding national debt and persistent fiscal deficits. Advocating public spending cuts to bring the Governm ents finances back into line, given that revenue growth w ould be limited due to the l ikely anaemic nature of o verall Bahamian economic growth in the short-medium term, Mr Lowe said thisn ation also needed to sustain tax rates at lower levels, not increase them. My concern is the future g enerations. Only the citizens c an pay for it. The Governm ent can print money, borrow and say all these things, Mr Lowe said of the B ahamas fiscal situation. Future generations will have to pay the piper, and thats all of us. Were going to have to pay higher taxes, and will possibly have a devalued currency if things dontt urn around pretty quickly. Describing the National Debts growth rate and pers istent fiscal deficits as unsustainable, Mr Lowe added: The bureaucracy likes to talk about sustainability, exceptw here taxes are concerned. We should sustain taxes at a l ower level, not increase them. He again reiterated his scepticism that the Ingraham administration would realise a $200 million increase in recurrent tax revenues during the 2010-2011 fiscal year, stripping out the $120 million in one-off revenue injections from the Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO the Baha Mar deal and thep ossible $210 million-plus f rom the Bahamas Telecomm unications Companys (BTC Noting the Prime Ministers admission that revenues for the July 1-December 31 20109 p eriod were $84.3 million b ehind forecasts, Mr Lowe t old Tribune Business: They have to be. It was a foregone c onclusion where they threw out those numbers. They were anticipating a turnaround sooner than it was, and we knew they were not going to make it. We were not making it in t he private sector, so why are t hey [the Government] any d ifferent? A sked how important it was for the Government toc ut wastage and rein in its $1.554 billion recurrent spendi ng, Mr Lowe replied: Its c ritical that they figure out h ow to deal with it. The difficulty I see is that a n election is coming, people are hurting, and theyve encouraged people all their lives to believe: Dont worry, the Government will take care of you. Unfortunately, the chickens are coming home to roost, a nd it doesnt matter who the Government is, they have to deal with it. Its very important they f igure out how to cut expend iture, because growth is still going to be anaemic. You cant keep on growing the debt, which grows the p ayments for interest, and that alone is a major expense. Interest payments on the Bahamian national debt totalled $98.135 million d uring the 2010-2011 fiscal years first half, coming in some $6.046 million below the $104.182 million forecast. Still, it represented the single most expensive line item in the Budget, and is expected to hit $208.363 million during the 2010-2011 fiscal full year,r emaining the single most expensive line item. Redemptions Meanwhile, redemptions of d ebt principal totalled $27.035 million during the 2010-2011 Budget half-year, coming ins ome $10.347 million below forecasted payments of $ 37.383 million. For the full year, debt principal redempt ion is set to total $74.766 mill ion, taking total payments associated with the National D ebt to more than $283 million. Mr Lowe contrasted the G overnments spending approach to that of the B ahamian private sector, where numerous companies w ere having to cut expenditure here, cut expenditure there, and were still finding it difficult to tread water. A nd he pointed out that government spending was always going to increase as a result of inflation. If you change the tax system today, theyre only going to spend more revenues, MrL owe said of the Government. Future generations are going to be nailed to the wall, and retirement savings will probably be reduced as a r esult of inflation, so when you think youve got a han dle on it, going forward your knees are cut out from under you. Everything keeps going up, and theyve got to get serious about cutting some things or privatising things they can outsource marriage licences, Business Licences, anything they can get out of. Should they also be charging more realistic fees on day-to-day government services? Mr Lowe questioned whether both political parties were serious about reducing public spending and the size of government, adding: Theyd ont come clean on what t hey think is the way forward, other than more debt. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 7B F ROM page 1B Nailed to the wall by $4.2bn National Debt


JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP Technology Writers RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writers SAN FRANCISCO Apple CEO Steve Jobs briefly emerged from his medical leave and walked on stage to a standing ovation Wednesday to unveil the second generation of the popular iPad. It comes with two cameras and will go on sale March 11 in the U.S. Jobs looked frail as he appeared in his signature black mock turtleneck, blue jeans and wire-rimmed glasses. "We've been working on this product for a while, and I just didn't want to miss today," Jobs told an audience that included bloggers and Apple enthusiasts. "Thank you for having me." The next-generation tablet computer is faster than the original iPad's. As expected, it comes with two cameras for taking photos and video chatting. The battery life will be the same as the original about 10 hours of usage or a month on standby. The iPad 2 is also thinner 8.8 millimeters, or about a third of an inch, instead of the current 13.4 millimeters. "The new iPad 2 is actually thinner than your iPhone 4," Jobs said. The original iPad, which went on sale last April, was more popular than analysts anticipated. Apple sold 15 million in nine months. The iPad was initially used for checking e-mail, surfing the Web and watching online video. But as the number of software applications or "apps" designed just for iPad grew, the tablet made itself at home in offices, shops, restaurants and countless other settings. The rush for iPads sparked dozens of copycat touch-screen devices, but so far, none has broken into the mainstream consciousness the way the iPad has. In February, Motorola Mobility Inc.'s Xoom, the most promising challenger so far, went on sale. It runs a new version of Google Inc.'s Android software that was designed for tablets, not smart phones. The new iPad will make it e ven harder for rivals to compete. "Overall, the big message today is that Apple is offering a version 2 device while everyone else is still attempting to ship their first version 1 devices," said Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe. He said the iPad 2's improvements are modest over the first one, but it will nonetheless stand out because there are more apps available. Sarah Rotman Eps, a Forrester Research analyst, said iPads should make up at least 20 million of the 24.1 million tablet computers she expects people in the U.S. to buy this year. Tablet computers existed long before the iPad, but it took Apple to build a device that made sense to consumers. Apple simplified the software, packed it in sleek, shiny hardware and sold it to a generation of gadget lovers who, most likely, already have a smart phone and a laptop that serve most of the same functions. The new iPads will cost the same as the originals $499 to $829, depending on storage space and whether or not they can connect to the Internet over a cellular network. Apple said there will be black and white versions, despite its problems getting the promised white iPhone 4 models to market. The first iPad came only in b lack. In the U.S., the iPad 2 will work on AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless. A reporter who used a white iPad 2 immediately after the announcement found it noticeably thinner and more curvy. YouTube video loaded quickly using AT&T's data service, and "Toy Story 3" played smoothly. Given its size, the iPad 2 appeared impractical for taking lots of photos, but both cameras will help with video chats the front one to show the caller, and the back one to show what the caller is seeing. Jobs also introduced a new accessory for the iPad that will let people connect the tablet to high-definition televisions, so they can watch videos up to 1080p in resolution on the bigger screen. The $39 part plugs into the iPad's charging port and connects to an HDMI cable. After its March 11 U.S. launch, the iPad 2 goes on sale March 25 in at least 26 other markets, including Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and other European countries. Apple also introduced updates to the software that runs on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The company said the update would work on GSM-type iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 models; Verizon Wireless' version uses a different technology. The new system, iOS 4.3, includes support for FaceTime, Apple's video-chat program. The company said people can now hold conversations between iPads, iPhones and Mac computers. The update turns iPhones and iPads with 3G cellular connections into personal Wi-Fi hotspots, so you can share the connection with computers or other devices if your wireless carrier allows it. Many charge additional fees for this service. The improved software also makes Apple's Safari Web b rowser run faster. Apple also announced new software designed for the iPad, including a $4.99 version of iMovie for video editing and a $4.99 version of GarageBand, its music recording and editing software. GarageBand includes instruments that can be played by touching the iPad 2's screen, and it can even sense whether you're tapping quietly or banging on the "keys." People can start a project on their Mac, then work on it later on the iPad 2. Jobs gave an update on the company's iBook business, saying people downloaded more than 100 million books since the e-book business launched last year. He also said Random House became the last major publisher to agree to sell its titles in the iBookstore. Jobs announced in January that he would take a third leave of absence to focus on his health. In the last decade, Jobs, 56, has survived a rare but cur able form of pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver trans plant. B USINESS P AGE 10B, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.130.95AML Foods Limited1. 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5.754.40Bank of Bahamas4.404.400.000.1530.10028.82.27% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank2.171.96-0.211,0000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.409.44Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.806.800.004,5000.4880.26013.93.82% 2.861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.182.11-0.070.1110.04519.02.13% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6 .505.25Famguard5. 9.276.25Finco6.256.250.002,0000.6820.0009.20.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.485.480.004,5000.4520.16012.12.92% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 5.595.50ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8590.64011.46.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. 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B USINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 11B CHRISTOPHER S. R UGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON T he U.S. economy expande d in January and early February in all parts of the country, but businesses reported they are under pressure to raise their prices. A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday showed that all 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth at a "modest to moderate pace" and it pointed to a pickup in job crea tion in each. R etail sales picked up in 10 of the 12 regions, while falling in the Richmond and Atlantaa reas. Factory activity rose in all districts except St. Louis. The survey hinted at some i nflationary concerns. Costs are rising for manufacturers and retailers in most areas. Manufacturers in many dis t ricts said they are increas ingly able to pass on those costs to customers. Retailersi n some districts said they have or soon will raise prices. "There are beginning to be s ome troubling signs on inflation," said Steven Wood,Chief Economist at Insight Economics. B ut other economists noted that the survey found little evidence that wages are increasing. Accelerating wages are "a necessary condition for a sustained, desta b ilizing high-inflation e pisode," said Dana Saporta, an economist at Credit Suisse Securities. F ederal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke endured tough questioning from members of Congress on Tuesday and W ednesday about the threat of rising inflation. Lawmakers raised concerns that theF ed's $600 billion bond-purc hase program is laying the groundwork for higher prices. T hose concerns have been heightened by recent run-ups in the price of oil, corn, wheat and other commodities. B ernanke told members of Congress that higher oil prices, which have risen due t o turmoil in the Middle East, would likely cause only a tem porary and mild increase in i nflation. T he U.S. economy has been growing for 18 months. But that expansion hasn't beene nough to significantly lower the nation's unemployment rate, which was 9 percent inJ anuary. The federal government will release the February jobs report on Friday. The Fed survey did note t hat the job market is picking up in all districts. Many dis tricts reported improved hir i ng in the manufacturing and h ealth care industries. Seven districts said that staffing agencies are moreo ptimistic, with more employers converting temporary jobs to permanent status. Perman ent hiring is also picking up, t he agencies said. The survey also noted that wages remain steady in fived istricts and are rising only modestly in several others. Sluggish wage growth shoulda ct to restrain future price i ncreases. Harsh snowstorms in many different parts of the country reduced store sales and factory activity. Bad weather disrupted manufacturing in theC leveland, Atlanta and Minneapolis regions, and pushed down retail sales in six districts. Housing remains the economy's main weak spot, the r eport showed. Overall sales and con struction remained at low lev els across all districts," the s urvey said. The St. Louis region said sales are still declining. Tourism improved in the Richmond, Atlanta and San Francisco areas, while it slowed in Kansas City, partly d ue to severe weather. New York reported slower business at hotels and said Broad-w ay theater attendance d ropped. The region-by-region sur vey is based on information collected from the Fed's 12 regional banks on or before Feb. 18. Known as the "BeigeB ook," the survey provides a more in-the-trenches look at the overall economy than broad statistics. Fed survey: Economy expands throughout US ( AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) E XPANDINGECONOMY: I n this photo taken Feb. 28, 2011, Teacher Dave Badger, left, buys a television, a t the Costco Wholesale store in Glendale, Calif. The U.S. economy expanded in January and early February in all parts of the country, but businesses are under pressure to raise their prices. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


The Tribune's R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N T H U R S D A Y M A R C H 3 2 0 1 1 PG 23 By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press P o p e Be n e d ic t X VI ha s ma d e a sw e e pin g e x o ne r a tio n o f the J e wis h p e o pl e fo r th e d e ath o f Je s u s C hr i s t, ta c k lin g one of th e most cont r oversi a l i ssues in Ch r is tia n ity in a n e w b o o k. I n J e su s o f N az a r e t h P a r t I I e x c e r pts r el ea s e d W e d n e s d a y Be n ed ic t e xp la in s b ib lic al ly a nd th e o log ic a lly wh y th er e is n o ba s is in S c r i p t u r e f or th e a r g u me n t t ha t th e J e w is h pe o p le a s a wh o le w e r e r e s p on s ib le f or J e s us d e a t h I n t e r p r e ta tio n s to th e c o n tr a r y h av e b e e n us e d fo r c e n tu r ie s to ju s tify th e p e r s ec u tio n of J e w s Wh ile th e C a tho lic Ch u r c h ha s f or fiv e de c a d es ta u g ht th a t J e w s w e r en 't c o lle c tiv el y r es p o n s ibl e, J e w is h s c h o la r s s ai d W e d n e s d a y the ar g u me n t la id o u t b y th e G er m a n b o r n p o n t i f f, wh o h as ha d h is s h a r e o f mis h a p s wi th J ew s wa s a l an d ma r k s t ate m en t fr o m a p o p e tha t wo u ld he lp fi gh t a n ti-S e mitis m to d ay Ho lo c a us t s u r vi vo r s kn o w o nly to o we ll how t he centuries-l ong charg e of Christ ki lle r a g a in s t t he J e ws c r ea te d a p oi s on o us c lima te of h a te t ha t wa s th e fo u n da tio n of ant i -Sem it i c pers ecut ion whose u lt im ate e x p r e s s io n wa s r ea lis e d in th e Ho lo c a us t, sai d Elan St ei nber g of the A meri c an Ga th er i ng of Ho lo c au s t Su r v iv o r s a nd the ir D e s c e n d a n t s T he p op e 's b o o k, h e s a id no t on ly co n fir m s c h u r c h te a c hi ng r ef utin g t he de ic id e c h a r g e "but s eal s i t f or a new generati on of C a t h o l i c s The Cat holi c C hur ch i s sued it s m ost au th o r ita tiv e te a c h in g o n the is s u e i n its 1 9 6 5 Se c o n d V at ic an C o un c il d o c um e nt "N o s tr a Ae ta te, w h ic h r e v o lut ion is e d th e c h u r c h s r el ati on s w ith J e ws b y s a yin g C h r is t's d e a th c ou ld n o t b e att r ibu te d to J ew s a s a w ho le a t the time o r to d ay B en e d ic t co me s to t he s a me c o n c lus i on b ut he ex p la in s h o w with a th or o u g h, Go s p e l-by Go s pe l a na ly s is tha t le a ve s little d o u bt th at h e de e p ly a n d pe r s o na ll y be li ev e s it to b e th e c as e : Th a t o nl y a fe w T em pl e le ad e r s a n d a sma ll gr o up of s up po rte rs we r e p r i m ar ily r es p o n s ibl e for Ch r is t's c r u c i f i x i o n Th e b ook is the s ec ond ins t a ll me nt to Be n ed ic t' s 20 0 7 J e s us o f N a z ar e th ," h is fir s t bo o k a s p op e w hi ch o f f e r e d a v er y pe r s o na l me d ita tio n on th e e ar l y y e ar s o f C hr i st 's lif e an d te a c h in gs Th is s ec o n d b oo k s e t to b e r el ea s e d Ma r c h 1 0 c o nc e r n s the fin a l p a r t of Ch r is t's l ife h is d e at h an d r e s u r r e c t i o n T he V ati c an 's p u bl is he r s p r o v ide d a fe w ex c e r p ts W e d n e s d a y I n the b oo k Be n e dic t r e -e n ac ts J e s u s f ina l ho u r s i nc lu d in g h is d e a th s e n ten c e fo r bl as p h e m y th e n a n a ly ze s e a ch Go s p el a c c ou n t to exp l ain wh y J ews a s a whole c anno t b e bl am ed for it. Ra th er Be n e di ct c o nc lu d e s it wa s th e T e m ple a r is to c r ac y a nd a fe w s u pp o r te r s of the fig u r e B a r ab b as wh o w e r e r es p o n s ibl e. Ho w c o ul d th e w ho le p e o pl e ha v e be e n p r e s e nt a t th is m o me nt to c la mo ur fo r J e s us de a th ? Be n e dic t as k s He d econ st r ucts o ne par t icular bibl ical a c co u n t w hic h h a s th e c r o wd s a y in g Hi s b loo d b e o n us a n d o n ou r c h ild r e n" a p hr a s e fr e qu e n tly ci ted a s e vi de n c e o f th e c olle c tiv e g ui lt J e ws bo r e a n d the c u r s e th a t th e y c a r r ied a s a r e s u l t T h e p h r as e fr o m th e G os p e l o f M att he w ha s b ee n s o in c en d iar y tha t d ir ec to r Mel Gib s o n wa s r e p o r te dly for c e d to d r o p it f r o m th e s u b title s o f h is 2 00 4 film Th e Pa s s io n of th e Ch r is t," al tho u g h it r e ma in e d in th e s p ok en Ar a m ai c. B u t Be n e dic t s aid J e s u s d ea th w as n 't ab o ut puni shment but rather salvat i on. Jesus' bl ood, he sai d, "does not cr y out for v en g e a nc e a nd p un is h me n t, it b r in gs r e c o n c i l ia tio n. I t is no t p o ur e d ou t a g a in st an y o ne it i s p o u r e d ou t for ma ny fo r a ll." B e ne d ic t, w h o wa s fo r c ed to j oin th e Hi tle r Y ou th as a c hil d in Na z i Ge r m a n y ha s ma d e i m p r o v ing r e la tio ns wit h J e ws a p r io r ity o f hi s p on tific a te He ha s v is ite d th e Aus c h wi tz N a zi deat h cam p i n Poland and I srael' s Y a d V a s h e m Ho lo c a us t me mo r ia l. Bu t h e a ls o ha s ha d a fe w mis s te p s th a t ha v e d r a wn th e ir e o f Je w is h g r o up s mo s t no ta b ly wh e n i n 2 0 09 he lifte d the e xc o mm un ic a tio n o f a tr a d itio n a lis t C a tho lic bi s ho p w ho h a d d e nie d th e e x ten t o f th e Ho lo c a u st by s a y in g n o J ew s w er e g a s s e d d ur in g W o r ld W ar I I B enedict has s ai d t hat h a d he known Bis ho p Ric ha rd W ill ia ms on's v i e ws ab ou t J e ws h e ne v e r wo u ld h a v e lifte d t he e x c om muni cat ion, wh ich w as im posed i n 1988 b e ca u s e W illia m s on wa s c on s e c r at ed with o u t p a pa l c o n s e nt. W ill ia ms o n is a me mb e r o f th e tr a d itio na lis t So c ie ty of S t P iu s X, w hi c h h a s r e je c te d ma n y V a tic a n I I te a c hi ng s in cl ud in g th e ou tr e a c h to J ew s c o nta in e d in No s tr a A e t a t e S e p a r a t e l y J e w is h g r o up s ha v e b e e n o u tr a g ed th a t B e ne d ic t is mo v ing P o p e Piu s X I I c lo s e r t o b e at ific a tio n, th e fir s t ma in h ur d le to p os s i ble s a in th o od So me J e w s a nd h is to r ia n s ha ve a rg ued the W or ld W a r I I-er a po pe should have done more t o pr event t he H o l o c a u s t Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus' death in new book POPE Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during a general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall at the V atican, Wednesday Mar ch 2, 2011. (AP)


The T ribune PG 2 4 Thursday March 3, 201 1 RELIGION I receive that! I KNOW tha t I'm not a l o ne in s ay ing that "I 've h ear d s o many p athe t ic ( so ca l le d pr oph etic wo rd s) g on e for th a s p r oph ec ies in the c hur ch an d a t va riou s re li g ious co nfer en ce s / ga t h er i n g. W itho ut f a il I he ar the i tc hing ear s na • v e r eligiou s folks sa y "I r ec eive that" Can I t e ll yo u that as a pas tor I d on' t sa y A m e n to e ve ry thing t h at I hea r co mi n g fr om ch ur ch p ulpits, inter n a ti o nally or loca ll y ; no matter who the p r ea ch er / tea ch er mig ht be Ple as e hea r m e! N ot ev ery t hi ng t hat s be i ng p r ea ch ed / taug ht in the c hur c h toda y is i n s p i r e d by the Ho l y Spir i t, des pite the fac t that the pr es e nter ma y us e a few s c r i p t u r e ve rs es T he b es t wa y of kn owing if wha t y o u r e h ea ring fro m the p ulpit is lining up wit h God s wor d; is to k no w the w o r d of Go d, n ot jus t c as ua l re ad a few s c r i p t u r e s; bu t tr uly s tudy t h e wo rd o f God. He r e s h ow t h e A p os t le Pa ul p uts it to h i s sp iritual s on T imothy: 2 : T i m 2 : 15 S t u dy to s ho w thys e l f ap pr o v e d un t o God a wo rk man that n ee de t h no t to be as hame d, rig htl y dividing the w o r d of tr u t h Note: I t s n o c oinc i d enc e that t h e w or ds "Rig htl y Div i d i n g" i s m ent io ned i n t he above passage of s c r i p t u r e T his clea rly indic ates tha t t h e wor d o f God co uld b e wro ngly divid ed, a nd I d a r e t o s ay that toda y; we'r e s ee i n g the re su lt s / impac t o f the wo rd of God be i n g wr ong l y divide d by man y ulter i o r motives se lf c en t e re d r eligiou s lea de rs / su per st ars; t her eby cau si ng G od t o re jec t the de fi le d, c on t a minated a cts o f w ors hi p t hat s b ei ng of f e r ed i n t he c h u r ch tod ay Whe ne ver tru e k nowle dge of God co mes f o rth, it wil l a l wa ys fi n d op pos iti o n an d r ejec ti o n fro m t h e s pir i t of r e l i gion and t h e tra diti o n of men Ho se a.4: 6. My p eo ple a re de str o y e d for lac k of kn owle dge : b ec au se t h ou ha st r ejec ted kno wled ge I will a l s o re jec t the e that thou s ha l t be n o pr ies t to me : s e eing tho u has t for go tt e n the law o f th y Go d, I wi ll als o for ge t thy c h i l d re n I t s time for the sa ints to g r ow-up / ma t u re in t h e t h ings o f God and st op all owi ng t hemselves t o be du ped b y ev er y wind of doc trine tha t' s infi ltr ati n g the ch ur ch t o da y; es pe cially t h e t w i st ed i nc om pl et e pr o s p e r i t y go sp el. Don' t allow yo ur emo t ion s a nd p r es en t f in anc ial s tate t o g et the b ett e r p a r t of yo u and you r wa lk wit h God. T he eloq ue nt s pea king c ra f ty r e l i giou s lead er s ha ve s et a gu ll ible s pirit in the ch ur c h s a tmos phe re as the y'r e mis a p p r opr iating the sc rip t u re s to s t ir up their follower s In s o do ing, h er e s o ne of t h eir mo st f o olish du mb sa ying s tha t li te ra l ly move s the ir c r owd: I do n't kn ow w ho I'm t a l k i n g t o bu t the Lor d told me to te l l y ou H e re s so me f o od for tho ug ht: Whe re i n t h e sc r i p t u r e s ca n i t b e f o und that t h e p ro phe ts of old w e r e give n me ss ag es an d the y d idn' t k now to who m the me ss ag es wer e f o r? W ake up s aints! He tha t hath an ea r let h i m h ear wha t the Spir i t s aith unto the c h u r ch es! T hi s t wi st ed, i n comp l et e p r o spe ri t y g osp el t h at s pe r m e a t e d t o d a y s c hur c h by the su pe rs t a rs an d wa nt-t o b e s up er star r eligious lea de rs c an be like ned to ga ng re ne; whe nev er g a n g r ene se ts in, if it s n ot immedia t e l y a nd pr ope rly tre ated amp utation i s a lif e sa ving mus t. Th e bod y of Me ss iah / Ch ris t is su f fer ing mu ch c au sa li ty a s the a mputation ; disc on nec ti o n r a t e is at a n a l l t ime high du e t o the pur s uit of p r o s p er i ty v ia the twis t e d pr os pe rity go sp el. The mes s age of the c hur ch toda y is m o r e c enter ed o n fina ncia l an d ma t e ria l p ro sp er i ty r athe r tha n Holy living u nto Go d. I 'm n ot a dvo ca t ing the r e j e c tion an d d isr es pe ctful s cr utiny of Go d' s w o r d ; bu t r athe r allowing the s pir it of wis dom to l e ad a nd gu i d e yo u a long the w a y In o t h er wo rd s, he r e s ho w the apo st l e Joh n put s i t 1 J o h n 4 : 1 Be lov ed, be li e ve no t e ve ry s pirit, b ut t r y the sp irits whe t h er th ey ar e of Go d: b ec aus e man y fals e p ro phe ts a re g one o ut i n t o t h e wo rld Do y ou k now t h at t h e r e w as a t i m e wh en Y a h s h u a Mes s i a h (a ka J es us the Ch ris t ) was the c en t e r of att e ntion of t h e l o ca l c hur c h e s / co ngr eg ations ; but t h os e da ys a r e quie t ly slipp i n g a way as the re li g ious bis ho ps a po stles doc tor s, pa stor s etc; h ave t ak en p reem i n ence of t h e chu r c h ? W atch this! Hav e y ou eve r att e nd ed a c h u r c h a nd upo n e nter i n g the foy er or s a n c t u a r y of tha t ch urc h building yo u're g r e eted wit h a ha ng i n g / po sted pho t o of the re l ig i o us l e ad er a nd th eir s pou se ? The ig nor an ce to s pir i tua l ma tt e rs wo uld h av e ma ny t o be li e ve that n othi n g s wr on g wi th this; as th ey wou ld hav e no pro bl em i n decl a ri ng t h at w e r e jus t ho nor ing our Mand -o f-Go d a nd ou r W oma nofG o d; t h e foun de rs o f t h i s c hu r c h T o this I s t r on gly d isa g r ee and bold l y sa y n o! It' s a bla t a nt a ct of ig nor an ce t o s piritual ma tt e rs t h a t s be en me t h odic ally se t in plac e by the en emy as h e s pir it u ally lur es the c h u r c h to s l e ep If t h e t r uth be told yo u wo uld be s ur pr ise d at what mos t p eop l e wh o name the na me of Ch ris t co me i n to a g r ee ment wit h i n sa ying Y e s, Lor d, I r ec e i v e tha t !" The en emy an d the g ates of h ell ha ve str ateg i c ally p ut their p l a ns i n mo t io n; in a n attemp t to stifl e the c hur ch I n watch ing t h e ope ra t io n o f toda y' s re li g i o us c hu rc h, i t' s no long er Ch ris t ( Y a hs hua Me ss iah) t h e f o und er P AST OR MA TTHEW ALLEN SEE page 28


The T ribune Thursday March 3, 201 1 PG 2 5 RELIGION of the chu rc h; t h e re li g ious Bi s ho p, A p os t le D o c t o r etc; h ave take n tha t p os i tion Bu t, a s f o r t h e tr ue ch ur ch of Mes sia h h er e s wh at He sa ys : Matt.16:18 Tha t thou ar t Pe t e r a nd upo n this r oc k I will bu il d my chu rc h; an d t h e gate s of hell s ha ll no t pr ev ail a gains t it" Do you k now tha t the re a re w ell me aning believ er s who ha ve a cc epte d and a re d anc ing ar o u n d Sata nic P enta gr ams i n their ch ur ch es ? And ye t as s o-ca ll e d pr oph etic wor ds g oes f o rth f r o m the se pulpits the ir n a•ve f o l lo wer s a re sa ying "I r ec eive tha t Her e s wh at the Apos tl e Pa ul wo uld as k mo st of t o day s chu rc h: G a l 3:1. O f o olish Gala t ian s, who ha th b ewitch ed y ou tha t y e s ho uld n ot obe y the t r uth, b efor e wh os e ey es Je su s Chr ist hath be e n e vide ntly se t f o rth, cr uc if ie d amo ng y ou? Be c ar eful of wha t y ou'r e r e c e i v i n g Fo r qu es ti o ns a nd c omme nts co ntac t us v ia Ema il s :pa sto r ma llen @ya ho m or k mfci@live .co m or Ph 242 441 202 1 Pas t or s M at t h ew & Br en dal ee Al l en Ki ng dom Mind ed Fe llows hip C en t e r I n t' l. Receive FROM page 24 ISLAMABAD Associated Press M I L I T A N T S g un n e d d o wn t h e o n l y Christian in Pakistan's government outside his widowed mother's home W ednesday the second assassination in two months of a high-pr ofile opponent of laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam. Shahbaz Bhatti was aware of the danger he faced, saying in a videotaped message that he had r eceived death thr eats fr om alQaida and the T aliban. In it, the 42-year -old Roman Catholic said he was "r eady to die" for the countr y's often persecuted Christian and other non-Muslim minorities. The slaying in Islamabad followed the killing of Salman T aseer a liberal politician who was gunned down in the capital by one of his guards. Both men had campaigned to change blas phemy laws i n P akis tan th at impose the death penalty for insulting Islam and have been loudly defended by Islamist political parties. The T as ee r slaying triggered fears the country was buckling under the weight of extremism, especially since the gover nment, fearful of militants and the political parties that champion their causes, did not loudly condemn the killing or those who publicly celebrated it. W ednesday's slaying will only r einforce those concerns and fur ther undermine confi dence in the government, which appears paralyzed by political rivalries and unable to fix a stagnant economy or provide basic services for the country's 180 million mostly poor people. The turmoil comes despite attempts by t h e O ba m a a dm i n is t r at i o n t o s u pp o r t Pakistan, which it sees as key to ending the war in neighboring Afghanistan and defeat ing al-Qaida, whose leadership is believed to r es id e in t h e mou nt ai no us no r t h w e s t e r n r egions. Pakis tani government minis ters usuall y travel with police escorts, but Bhatti was without such protection when he was killed as he and a driver left his mother's home. Bh a t t i, w ho w as m i n i s t er f or r e l i g i o u s minorities, had been given police and para military guar ds but had asked them not to accompany him while he stayed with his mother said W ajid Durrani, a senior police official. Bhatti had just pulled out of the driveway when three men opened fir e, said Gulam Rahim, a witness. T wo opened the door of the car and tried to pull Bhatti out, Rahim said, while a thir d fired a Kalashnikov rifle repeatedly into the da r k-colored T o y o t a shattering the windows. AN UNIDENTIFIED relative of Pakistan's government minister for religious minori ties Shahbaz Bhatti mourns over his death outside a local hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan, W ednesday Mar ch 2, 2011. Gunmen shot and killed the Christian Pakistani government minister for religious minorities on Wednesday the latest attack on a high-profile figure threatened by Muslim militants for urging reform of harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam. (AP) Militants kill Christian minister in Pakistan


The T ribune PG 2 6 Thursday March 3, 201 1 RELIGION THESE wer e the words given to me as the "Thr ee Ds of Excellence" at the South Andros School District A ward cer emony last week. In that academic setting, the students wer e to be congratulated for past achieve ments and encouraged to aim even higher How may we consider these wor ds in a more spiritual light? Dedication is the desire to become so completely devoted as to make something or someone the centre of our undivided attention. Our rela tionship with God calls for this level of reverence and sacrificial service. How do we work to make God the centre of our lives? How much ener gy do we expend on a daily basis? Let u s de d i ca t e o u r s e l ve s t o p r a ye r study worship and witnessing about the person and work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us reorgan ise our priorities. Self-discipline is the result of prac ticed behaviour that has been repeat ed to for m a habit. As we prepare for Lent, we are all cognizant of the fact that six weeks offers us sufficient time to work for positive change. If we ar e unable to br eak bad habits then we need to be accountable to someone we respect or seek counsel ing. Let us all strive to daily hear G o d s wel l do n e be ca us e we ar e growing to become more like Christ every day W e cannot ear n our salva tion. It is a free gift given by Christ' s death on the cross. W e can please God by living a disciplined life with the help of the Holy Spirit. Deter mination is the attitude we need to make the effort that will accomplish our goals. If we are deter mined that we will be punctual, then Speak a word Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) THE B IB LE te ll s us th at wi tho ut fai th it is im po ssibl e to pl ea se Go d. Ma tthe w 8 :5 -13 sp ea ks a bo ut th e Ce nt urio n' s fai th, J esu s hi mse lf m arve le d at t he b el ie f tha t thi s m an p oss e s s e d Do an y of u s ha ve thi s k ind of fa ith ? If J esu s we re to c o me tod ay w ou ld He ma rv el a t an y of us? W h en w e fi nd ourse lv es be tw e en a ro ck a nd a ha rd pla c e, wh at d o w e do ? Do w e loo k to the hi ll s w he re o ur h el p c o me s fr o m ? Or do w e lo ok do w n in de spa ir? Th e Ce nt urio n w as no t of th e h ouse ho ld of fa it h, b ut h e k ne w if J e sus spo ke a w o r d of h ea li ng hi s se rva nt w o uld b e ma de w ho le H ow i s i t th at w e as bel ie ve rs a ll ow no n be li ev e rs to h av e m o r e fai th th an u s w ho a re b el ie ve rs? I thi nk tha t is a c h arg e a g ai nst u s as c h i l d r e n o f the m ost hi gh G od. I kno w w e h av e re al si tua ti ons a nd c i r c umst an ce s w h ere p an ic m ay b e w a r ra nte d. H ow e ve r i t shou ld b e th e co mp le te op posi te In the I c a n' t se e no wa y ou t' si tua ti on s, I le arn to tr u s t G od. Th ere is no p art of l ife tha t is ou tsid e t he c o ntro l of G od If w e t r u l y be li ev e th at, th en th ere i s no d oub t i n w ha t Go d c an an d w ill do. W e are a ble to bre a the ea sy be c au se t he one w ho c on trol s l ife i s a t w ork. The B ib le t el ls us tha t w ith out fa it h it is im possi bl e to ple a se G od. W e c a n't l et th e C en turi on' s f ai th or no n be li ev e rs be m ore tha n th at o f ou rs a s C hri stia ns. W e ha ve to ge t to t he p la ce w h e r e w e say "sp ea k a w ord Lo rd" t o ou r situ ati on s, in o ur ci r c u m s t a n c e s a nd to o ur re la tio nsh ips an d kn ow th at al l w il l b e we ll If no on e e lse be li ev e s w e ha v e to. Th at i s w ha t m ak es us Ch risti an s. "B ut spe ak t he wo rd on ly an d my s e r va nt sh al l be he al ed ." W e mu st de v el op o ur fa ith so tha t it c a n be a s sol id a s t he C en turi on 's fai th. REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS ALLISON MILLER Dedication, discipline, deter mination SEE page 28


P E R C E P T I O N is the pr oc e s s o f r e c e i v i n g i n f o r mation thro ugh t he se nse s ( hea ring fee ling tas ting s me l lin g a n d s ee in g) an d mak ing s en s e o f it I t is als o de fine d a s th e p r o ce s s b y wh ich an o r ga n ism d ete c t s an d i n t e r p r e t s inf or m ati on from t he ex t er n a l wor ld by me an s of th e s e ns o ry r e c e p t o r s Wh en ma kin g ou r a ss e s sme n ts of o the r s ou r de c isio ns o r c on clu s ion s of th em ar e us u ally on ly g a r n e r e d fro m o ur s en s es Th is ca n be e r ro ne o us in s om e ca s es b e ca us e th ing s a r e n't a lwa ys th ey wa y th e y a pp e ar T he Bible ad mo nis he s us to wa lk in th e sp ir it s o tha t we wo uld n o t fulfill the lu s t o f ou r fles h W e ar e a lso to ld t o w alk b y faith an d n ot b y s ig ht. I n bo th s c rip tur e s, th e un de r lyin g ton e su g ge s ts tha t we c a n jud ge o r p e r ce iv e inc o r re c tly if left to o ur s en s es an d no t be ing a ide d b y t h e sp ir it of Go d. I n ma ny of o u r loc a l c hu r c he s, we a r e re min de d fr eq ue ntly o f th e fav o ur o f Go d bu t ve r y fe w ex p lain to us h ow th is f a v ou r co me s a bo ut. In to da y 's tea c hin g, we w ill an aly s e h o w Go d will a lter th e p er c e ptio n o f oth er s in a n e f f o r t to n ot on ly gr a nt us f a v ou r bu t v ia th e pe r c ep tion of oth er s c a us e pr o motio n, op po r t u n it ie s a nd o pe n d oo rs t h a t co uld n ot h av e ha pp e ne d u nd e r n o rma l c ir c u m s t a n c e s J us t b efo r e I p ro c ee d an y fu r the r with th is Biblic a l ins ig ht, I mu s t mak e cle a r th a t whe n God p r omo te s, g ive s fa vo ur ad va nc e s o r ele va te s y o u h e in iti a te s it b y c h an gin g th e p e r ce ptio n of th os e a ro un d yo u. Th e l e s s on s whic h w er e v ia y o ur t r o ub le a nd ch alle ng e s w e r e mak ing t h e n ec e ss a r y c ha ng es in yo u How ev e r I a m s ur e yo u 'l l a g r ee tha t no ma tter h ow mu c h y o u'v e ch a ng ed s o me folk s re fu se to a c c ep t th e fac t th at y ou 've c h an ge d an d will c on tinu e to la be l or c ate go r ise yo u as to who y ou us e to b e. T h e re f o r e, i f it wer e left up t o thos e a r oun d you w ho ref use t o accept yo ur c ha n ge yo u'll n ev e r a dv a nc e S o it is ne c es s a r y fo r G od to c ha n ge the ir pe r ce p ti o n of y ou to a c co mmo da te t h e ch a ng e in y ou Jo s hu a, wh o w as th e minis te r of Mo s es wa s a bo ut to ta k e o n o ne of th e g r ea te st c h alle ng e s o f h is life Th a t ch a l le n ge wa s tak ing o ve r as the lea de r of the ch ildr e n o f I s r ae l fo llowin g Mo se s d e ath No w lea s t we for g e t th is wa s no t a n ea s y tas k s imp ly be ca u se Mo se s w as the g r ea tes t l e a de r th ey e v er k n e w Asi de f rom l eadi ng t hem out of Eg y ptia n b on da g e, th er e we r e m an y m ira c les th at we r e p er f o r me d b y Go d th ro ug h h im a nd he br o ug ht the m o ut of s la ve r y b y b r e a k in g the b a ck o f p ov e r t y an d ma kin g the m w e a l t h y L i ke any goo d lea der Mo ses af f i rm s J os h ua as the f u tur e le a de r to th e c h i ld r en of I s r ae l. And Mo s es c a lled u nto J os h ua a n d s a id u nto h im in the s igh t o f Is r a el, b e s tr o n g a nd o f go od c o ur a ge ." Mo se s a d de d The L o r d will g o b efo re t h e e, he w ill n ot fa il th ee n or for s ak e th ee fea r n o t n eith er be dis ma y ed ( De ute r on om y 3 1:7 -8 .) I wa s co mp elle d to a s k my s elf, wh y w ou ld Mo se s sa y be str o ng an d o f g oo d c o ur a ge ? I a m c on vin c ed Mos e s kn e w the d iff ic u lt ti m es J os h ua wo uld ha v e fa c ed le ad ing a n e s ti m ate d th r ee million p eo ple wh o r e v e r ed Mos e s In De utero nomy 3 1:7-8, Jo sh ua 1:6 7 9 Moses and God had r epeat edly sai d to J os h ua : a ) Be s tro n g b ) B e o f g oo d co ur a ge c) F ea r no t a n d d ) B e n ot d ism ay ed Aga in se e ing tha t J o sh ua is n o w the l e a de r w hy ar e the s e fou r s tate me nts b ein g r e he ar s e d into his h ea r ing ? I t is alm os t a s i f the y k ne w s ome thin g Jo s hu a did n ot k no w T he tr uth is th ey b oth kn ew th a t th e c hild r en of I s ra e l w ou ld a uto matic a lly c omp a re J os hu a to Mos e s a nd c on clu de tha t J os h ua was infe r ior t o Mos es an d no t ca p ab le o f lea d ing the m like Mo se s S o, e ve n tho ug h J o sh ua wa s q ua lified fo r the jo b, th e c hild re n of Is r a el' s pe r c e p t i o n ne ed e d to be am en de d. Rig ht n ow y ou ar e qu alifie d fo r tha t pr o motio n o n yo ur jo b, o r yo u'v e ch a ng ed y ou r lif e a nd d ec ide d to liv e for Go d b ut s o me ho w fo lks do n't a c ce p t yo ur ne w s ta tus b ec a us e y ou a r e still th e sa me o l d y ou in t h e ir sig ht. T he r e f o r e Go d will h av e to do fo r y ou wh a t he d id fo r J o s h u a And th e Lo r d sa id to J os h ua th is d ay w ill I b eg in to ma gn ify th ee in the s igh t of a ll Is r a el, t h a t the y ma y kn ow tha t, a s I wa s with Mos e s, s o I will be with the e ." T he r ev e l a tion h er e is s imply this Go d ch a ng ed a bs o lute ly no t h ing a b ou t J os hu a God d id n ot c h an ge h is he igh t, s tr e n g t h we igh t etc b ut in s t e a d G od ma de J os hu a ap pe a r lar g er th an h e wa s in the s igh t o f Is r a el. Th e o n l y thin g th at wa s c ha ng ed wa s Israel s percep ti on o f Jo shua wh o was a l r e ad y q ua lifi e d fo r wh a t Go d ha d c alle d him to do wow M y bel oved readers, you' ve been rid ic ule d, t a lk ed a bo ut, u s ed s k i p p ed o ve r for p r omo tion d eg r ad ed a nd la ug h ed a t. T o ad d in su lt to inju r y i t h as be e n tr ou ble afte r t r o ub le d isa p po intme nt, s et ba ck s a n d hin dr a nc es How ev e r th is y ea r Go d ha s d ec ide d tha t yo u'v e qu a li fie d to g o for w a r d, b ut h e ha s to c ha ng e the p e rc e ptio n of y o ur h ate r s an d o pp re s s or s Al l o f th e c ha lle ng es we r e in an e f f o r t to c ha n ge y ou Now tha t tha t leg o f the p r oc e ss is co mp l e te d GOD WI LL N OW MAGNI FY Y OU I N 2 01 1 Ma gn ifica tion fr o m Go d pla c es a de man d on yo ur h ate r s a nd op p re s s or s t o r es p ec t yo u an d s ee y ou a s w ha t Go d ha s c alle d y ou to be Ju s t for yo u, G od will ch a ng e th e s p i r itu a l len s of a ll th os e wh o o pp os e yo u in ye ar s mo nth s a n d we ek s p a st, o nly to re v ea l to th em w ha t he h as d on e in y ou Rem emb e r wh en J e su s d id his m ira c les th e na y s a ye r s s a id, "I s n't this Mar y a n d J os e ph bo y ? I s n't th is t h e ca r pe n t e r God mag nifie d J e su s th r ou gh h is m ira c les a nd t e a ch ing s How ev er p rio r to t h is h e w as ju st a re g ula r p er s on to the pe op le n ot th at h e wa sn 't r e ad y to d o Go d's wo r k, bu t the p eo ple 's p e rc e ptio n h ad to be alte re d a n d o nly Go d c an d o th at. W h e r e v er yo u ar e r ig ht no w s a y it o ut lo ud or s c re a m it ou t in y ou r mind Go d h as ma g nifie d m e a n d i t h as c a us e d m e t o a pp e ar l a r g e r mag n i fic e nt, g lor io us a nd mo r e co nfid en t in th e s ig ht o f my en em ies Prayer points: Confess and repent of all sins Ask God for courage, strength, resisting fear and confusion Believe that God is with you and will not forsake you Finally ask God to magnify you and begin thanking him and behaving as if it has already happened. Heavenly father thank you once again for your revelations, and for everyone that would have read this ar ticle. It is no acci dent that they came across this article today but all accor ding to your divine plan for their lives. I now come in agreement with your wor d which is faith and declar e that you magnify them in the sight of those around them. I command that the spiritual lens of their oppressors and haters be changed only to behold what you've done in their lives. Y our wor d declares that whatso ever thing we desire when we pray believe that we've receive it and we shall have it, in the mighty and matchless name of Jesus Christ. Y ou can contact Minister Ewing by email at The T ribune Thursday March 3, 201 1 PG 2 7 RELIGION Members of Ebenezer Methodist Church recently participated in their annual walkathon from the church to Blair Estates and back on Saturday January 29. Following the walk there was a souse-out and cake sale. Everyone had a great time as they walked to benefit the church. There are a number of events that are being planned this Spring including a tea and fashion show on Sunday, April 10 and the first annual Ebenezer Spring Fling multi-cultural tasting event and fair on Saturday May 7, 2010. The public is invited to both. Perception! KEVIN EWING EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH HOST ANNUAL W ALKA THON


The T ribune PG 2 8 Thursday March 3, 201 1 RELIGION we work har d to plan carefully and man age our time wisely If we insist that we will budget and save, we learn how to manage our money even if we have to r equest that someone assist us. If we make up our mind and put our whole heart into being led by the Holy Spirit, then we open ourselves to God' s grace in new and exciting ways. W e will associate with people who will be able to influence us for good, and enable us to mentor oth ers. W e will seek to resist Satan in any way possible and to follow the example of Jesus, our Master Ther e may be other words that you wish to add to your list of qualities to cel ebrate and emulate. Y ou may have differ ent definitions for my words chosen. Let our time together guide your personal r eflection, stimulate your small group dis cussions, and promote the writing of even mor e thoughtpr ovoking pieces by mor e persons. Breezes recently donated more than 100 blankets, clothing and banquet chairs to the Great Commission Ministries on Wulf Road. Shown accepting donations from executives of Breezes are Minalee Hanchell (exec utive director) and Marie Rolle (chef). Left to right: Cindy Coakley, Hedda Smith (Breezes housekeeping manager and sales manager respectively), Ms Hanchell, Ms Rolle and Camille Tynes Miller (controller at Breezes). The Process of Aging ONE OF the facts of life is that we must contend with during our jour ney here on e a r t h is th e r eal it y of gr owi ng o ld er Though we ar e aware that no one is exempted fr om this process and that it is a natural par t of our existence, we still tend to resist it and view it in a negative light. No one wants to gr ow old. No one wants to die. Like any other aspect of one' s life, the aging process can be handled positive ly and productively It should be under stood, first of all, as a scriptural principle: "He knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days ar e as grass: as the flowers of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more." (Psalms 103:14-16). God ordained the process. It is a beauti ful, positive part of his perfect plan for our life. T h e ag in g p r o ce s s s h o ul d al s o b e viewed as a natural principle. It is evident in almo st ever y as pect of nat ur e. I t should be seen as not simply a matter of getti ng older but r ather a pr ocess of "maturing with a purpose". Notice the stages in nature the seed, the plant, the flowers, the fruit and the seed. W ithout the seed there would be no plant; without the plant, no flowers, without the flowers, no fr uits; without the fruit, no seed; and without the seed no more plants. W ithout the maturing pr ocess in human beings, ther e would be no perpetuation of the race, no physical reproduction, no gaining and impartation of knowledge. The good fruits we produce in our process of development contain the seeds of truth that, in turn, pr oduce mor e good fruit in the next generation. The so-called "midlife crisis" seems to be especially difficult for those who ar e called to the ministr y Most ministers tend to be ambitious, idealistic individuals who have a burden to win the world for God. W e usually feel that we ar e never accomplishing enough and that there is never enough time to do all that we want to do. Wh en m i dl i f e c r i s i s i s r e ac he d i t comes as an over whelmi ng r e a l i s a t i o n that time is quickly r unning out and many of those personal and ministry goals will never be reached. W e should appr oach the later years of life with a positive, optimistic attitude. BISHOP V G CLARKE BREEZES DONA TES TO GREA T COMMISSION MINISTRIES THE Y ou th Mini s try of Christ Chu r c h C at he dr a l, i n as s oc ia ti o n w it h S h a k e s p e a r e in P ar a di s e, wi ll pr e s e n t Ja me s W el do n Jo hn s o n' s G o d s T r o m b o n e s on Sunda y Ma rch 6 a t 4 pm. This pie ce also some times know n by its full title G od's T romb one s : Se ve n Ne gro S e r m ons i n V e r s e wa s w r i tten in 1 927 a nd is based o n a book of poem s b y Jo hnson p a t t e r n ed af t er tr a di t io na l Af r i can Americ an relig ious oratory Go d's T r o m b o n e s ha s del ighte d a udienc es in thea ters, c hurc hes a nd o ther v enues for ove r 8 0 yea rs a nd nev er grow s o ld. This produ ctio n not only fea tures the junio r c hoir from St Franc is Ch urch, u nder the d irec tion of Franc is R ich ardson, but gu est pas to r Rev'd Colin Hum es will deli ver the o peni ng piec e, L isten L or d A P r a y e r an d the sermo n, T h e P rod iga l S on. The othe r sermons wil l be de liv ered by C lau d et t e "Co ok ie A ll en s T e x T u r n quest, E r m a Albury Arthel la I ssac s, M a r ce l T Sherma n a nd Onike Ar c h e r The p e rf o r mance will t ake place at Chr is t C h u r c h C a thedra l. Go d's T r o m b o n e s i s d i r ec ted by Phili p A B urr o w s 38TH ANNUAL ACM CONFERENCE On March 16, the Island of Abaco will come alive as the 38th Annual Diocesan Anglican Chur ch Men Conference will be held in Marsh Harbour from Mar ch 1620. This year s theme is "A Call to Ministr y". The Scriptur e text is taken from St Luke 10:37. Cannon Basil T ynes and Dr Robin Roberts are two or three speakers on the schedule. All Anglican men ar e ur ged to register at their local branch as the deadline is fast approaching. Dedication FROM page 26 NOTES r eligious

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