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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.22THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNSHINE, CLOUDS HIGH 79F LOW 68F By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter AS UNION leaders threatened to shut down a number of vital services in protest of the BTC sale yesterday, the government moved to bring an end to the deceit over the deal. Just hours after demonstra tors in Rawson Square clashed with police and said they would interrupt the supply of water, electricity, air transport and education services if the sale was not scuttled, the Cabinet Office released a statement revealing that according to its calculations, the PLPs plan to sell the telecommunications company now being praised by many protesters would actually have earned the public less money. In addition to a financial comparison of net earnings of the CWC sale versus the earlier decision to sell 49 per cent of BTC to Bluewater Ventures, the statement also compared exclusivity terms and credibili ty. (See full statement on page 7). Many of the protesters who gathered outside parliament yesterday emphasised job secu rity as a major concern. One person losing their job is one too many. Today was a test run. We were preparing today for a planned emergency later. No water; no light; no McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 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 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE officers used batons to control protesting union members as they attempted to storm past barricades in Parliament Square. No arrests were made in what was an other wise peaceful protest that started at Archdeacon William Thompson Park. The drama began when protesters rushed the barricades on Parliament Square, which originally kept them at bay on the north-side bleachers. During the scuffle, police officers were sta By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter OPPOSITION members of Parliament rose in outrage in the House of Assembly yesterday when they were not allowed to debate the impending sale of BTC. Parliamentarians were scheduled to debate amendments to the Small Business Act and the Local Government Act, but Opposition members had hoped to raise the privatisation issue as well. However, the amendment to the Local POLICE USE BATONS AS PROTESTERS ATTEMPT TO STORM BARRICADES OPPOSITION FURY AS HOUSE SUSPENDED WITHOUT BTC DEBATE SEE page two SEE page three SEE page five BTCROW: Protesters march on Parliament Square yesterday (aboveright Tim Clarke /Tribune staff B y AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter a THE family of 35-year-old Owen Rolle, who died shortly after his arrest last month, want an independent investi g ation into the police forces Central Detective Unit. M r Rolle was reported to have died less than an hour after he was arrested for questioning into the theft of copper wire from BTC on N ovember 26. Family mem bers question the tears and bruising found on Owensf ace. They say that the fatherof-two was in good health before his arrest. R eaffirmed by the results of his autopsy which stated Owen died of a sudden and unexplained death family a re demanding an investiga tion into the Central Detective Unit. O wens brother, Corey Rolle, 31, an assistant youth pastor at Bahamas Faith Min-i stries, also disputes that his brother died at hospital as stated in the autopsy report. By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter THE Minister of State for Finance is travelling to San Salvador today to update residents on the status of the title to land under which many believe contains buried pirate treasure. For the past few years, competing families have laid claim to the land in Fortune Hill after some initial prospecting determined there were large metal deposits in one of the hills blocked caves. According to some of the islands senior citizens, there have been rumours of gold, diamonds, and other precious stones being discovered over the years. Many people believe San Salvador may have been used in the past as a staging ground for such notorious pirates as Captain Kidd, who in all likelihood may have buried their ill-gotten gains on the island. With the discovery of the large metal deposits in Fortune Hill, many residents took up the job of amateur treasure hunters and began MINISTER TO GIVE UPD ATE ON PIRATE TREASURE LAND FAMILY OF MAN WHO DIED AFTER ARREST WANT INVESTIGATION SEE page 16 SEE page 17 MORE BTC NEW SONPAGESTWO, THREE, FIVE, SIX ANDSEVEN AS PROTESTERS THREATEN ESSENTIAL SERVICES, GOVT MOVES TO .


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE tioned on the opposite side of the barriers to protesters, who eventually pushed through to the middle of the road before officers were able to regain control. After the brief confrontation, a union member, who had broken through the barricades, said: They have yall corralled like a bunch of animals. That is how they have you. Yall look like a bunch of animals. A police officer asked him to stop that, fearing his words might further incite the crowd. Shortly after the disturbance turned confrontational, the House of Assembly was unexpectedly suspended until Wednesday, January 19, 2011. Hubert left without his seat belt, burning tyres, said a protester, describing how some parliamentarians flew out of the House. Hundreds of BTC employees participated in the protest, along with employees from several other government agencies, including air transport workers. I am here because I dont believe what is going on. There is no accountability to the people. They are selling our best national asset below market value. If there is nothing to hide why not make the memorandum of understanding public, said an air transport employee, who took the day off to sup port the labour movement. Barbara Rodgers, a BTC employee, said: I am not here for myself. I am here for the generation to come. Why would you take food out of my grandchildrens mouth? Fire and wire dont need to come here. She took the day off from work to participate in the protest, although the union told me to go to work, she said. I am not listening to the union today. I plan to be here all day. My father participated in the general strike, and we need to close the country down now for 20 days to send a message to Hubert Ingraham that the Bahamas is for Bahamians and not him and his cronies, said Ms Rodgers. She was not concerned about the possibility of being reprimanded on the job. Some protesters said they requested an emergency day off; others said they called in sick. Several were on previo usly scheduled vacation time. Kenny Knowles, a BTC manager on vacation, said: As an employee I am very proud of BTC. It is a part of the Bahamian identity and instills a lot of national pride. They should not sell our national heritage. Privatisation d oes not have to equate to foreign ownership. That is the aspect we opposed. Union leaders said more industrial action should be expected. Police use batons as protesters attempt to storm barricades FROM page one PROTEST: Police try to keep the barrier in place.


By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter THE Progressive Liberal P arty was "also wrong" when it p lanned to sell a minority stake in BTC to foreigners, PLP MP Alfred Sears admitted. On reflection I think we were also wrong, said Mr Sears, when asked about thef ormer government's plans to s ell 49 per cent of BTC to the American company Bluewater. However, he added that the PLP changed its policy at somep oint since then, from one that focused on a foreign strategic p artner to a strategic partn er, so qualified Bahamian b idders could be accommodate d. S peaking to T he Tribune o n the sidelines of a union protest over BTC's privatisation, the Fort Charlotte MP added that t he outcry is "only going to get worse" unless the Ingraham a dministration caves into the calls for Bahamianisation of capital resources. "There is a disquiet in this country. It is not against C&W. W hat the people are saying is t he policy is wrong. People are a sking the government to be c ommitted to a policy of Bahamian ownership. BTC is t he case that will draw a line in the sand that the govern-m ent should make the owners hip and economic empowerment of Bahamians the primar y objective of public policy, he told The Tribune. The government should r econsider the sale and issue an IPO (initial public offering Management and technology c an always be bought. You dont have to sell the birthright of Bahamians, he said. PLP Leader Perry Christie d efended his administration's choice to sell BTC to Bluewa ter Ventures in early 2007 a deal that fell through once the FNM assumed office in May of that year. H e said: "We had taken the approach that we were going to sell to a group made up of people who were shareholdersi n major entities around the world, people who were leading executives in the companies, regulators who had been approved by other jurisdictions so we were satisfied as to what we were selling to. We kneww e were going to have people who make up a Bahamian company that would be able to centre its headquarters in the B ahamas, run the operation from the Bahamas with the country owning 51 per cent, m ove into the region using the B ahamas as its base. M r Christie added that he at l east sought to keep the unions involved every step of the way w hile he was in office. BTC's union heads have argued that they have been kept in the dark over the intricacies of the C&W deal. My Cabinet appointed the management union and the w orkers union to be full members of the privatisation committee and we said we would only move ahead if they agreed if we had the full agreement of the workers and the managers' representatives to the deal," he said during an impromptu press conference yesterday. Selling a majority stake in t he highly profitable utility c ompany is not a good deal he said. Cable & Wireless is not the company to sell to. . selling 51 per cent places the Bahamian public in a position where they have lost complete cont rol. . we are very, very fearful a bout what's happening." G overnment legislation was not delivered to the House in time, prompting the Government to move for an adjournment to January 19, ending yesterday's session ata round 10.30am. W hen Leader of Government Business Tommy Turnquest moved for a suspension, Bain and Grants Town MP Dr Bernard Nottage rose as if he were goingto speak, however the Gove rnment's side continued with the adjournment, causing an outcry from Opposition members. "We were told that they w ere waiting for an amendment that they did not r eceive. They introduced several other bills and then moved for immediate suspension. We were going to stand to ask the governmentto discuss this national issue w hich is the BTC issue. The government break o ff running, they left Parliam ent, the Speaker did not allow us to speak on the m otion for suspension a gain a violation of our democratic principles," said W est End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe during an impromptu press conference in Rawson Square after the H ouse adjourned. O pposition Leader Perry Christie questioned the secrecy" surrounding the BTC deal, and again called on the Government to make public its Memorandum of Understanding with Cable & Wireless something the FNM has said it will do once t he deal is finalised with C &W. "The question is, why is the government so clandestinely dealing with this issue, deep in secret? Much more importantly, we've come toP arliament, we have (a d amental right to be heard in Parliament, those rights were violated this morning in a basic way. One would have thought they would have come to say something abouti t (the MOU so it would have been ourduty to raise the question," he said, as union membersa nd sympathisers protested behind him against the sale of BTC. H e thinks Government is afraid to take the matter on in Parliament given the levelo f controversy surrounding i t. "I think the Government is very fearful now, scaredof this issue. They know that they are riding a tiger and you know old Confucius' saying, 'He who rides tiger d are not fall off' and so they have postponed this to a date in January when I presume they believe they would have f inished this deal and then they can come to Parliament with what they are doing." Mr Turnquest later released a statement on why the House was suspended. In it, he said: "The Government fully intended to proceed today with the debate and passage of amendments to the Business License Act. The Govern ment discovered late Tuesday evening that a subse quent amendment to the Local Government Act would also be necessary to proceed with the debate. "The amendment to the Local Government Act wasnot available at the time of this mornings sitting of Par liament. As the Government intends to debate and pass both sets of amendments concurrently due to their being interconnected, Parliament was suspended until January 19, 2011. The Gov ernment intends to debate and pass the amendments to the Business License Actand the Local Government Act at that sitting." Minister of State for Finance Zhirvargo Laing shot back at assertions that Government left running scared yesterday as unions protested outside of Parlia ment. "We are the ones who are proceeding the privatisation.We know the objection that some people have to it. We know the unions have indi cated that they are objecting to it. What is there for us to be afraid of?" he said when he called into a radio talk show yesterday. "The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, everybody knows, is no man who lacks courage. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PLP also wrong when it planned sale of BTC stake to foreigners FROM page one Opposition PLPMP Alfred Sears


EDITOR, The Tribune. I wish to respond to the article in Wednesdays edition titled Residents stage protest in hotel development row written by Noelle Nicholls. Miss Nicholls came to Hope Town to cover a protest and not only did she ignore the entire reason for the protest, but she also badly misrepresented the town of Hope Town. By reading the article, one would think that there is a small group of foreigners protesting a development that will benefit most Bahamians and that most Bahamians support it. Nothing is further from the truth. The truth of the matter is that our Town Council was elected by the Bahamians of Hope Town, Man-O-War, and Guana Cay to act and speak on our behalf and according to our wishes. Remember, non-Bahamiansc annot vote or hold office. Regarding the proposed Elbow Cay Club development, the council worked very hard to get everyones opinion by attending town meetings, discussing it in length individually, and encouraginge veryone to write letters expressing their views. After digesting all the information they decided that the voters were overwhelmingly against the development as proposed and a resolution was drafted expressing this view to Central Government. Cen tral Government in turn chose to totally ignore its own local government and approved the development. The protest was meant to bring attention not just to the issue that the citizens of Hope Town do not want a huge development on their island, but also to the bigger issue that local government and the wishes of the people are being ignored. We are being dictated to by Nassau. Is democracy dead in t he Bahamas? In the article Miss Nicholls brushes over most of what Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting had to say and then from an unnamed source claims that most peo ple at the protest were second home owners and expatriates. This is untrue. There was a healthy pro portion of both Bahamian and non-Bahamian. Just because people are white does not mean that they are not Bahamian. Second home owners are a huge part of the economy of the Bahamas. They have millions of dollars invested in Hope Town alone. What is wrong with them voicing their concerns in regards to their investments? Miss Nicholls then focuses on the opinions of Kerry Sullivan and Michael Meyers, both who stand to gain monetarily from this deal. Miss Sullivan claims the council did not give the devel opers an alternative and that the developers had made efforts to downsize. In truth the developers first submitted a plan for a development of outrageous size that had no hope of being approved and it was consequently turned down. They then came back with the present plan which is still of outrageous proportions but is admittedly smaller than the first one. Now they are claiming to be the good guys because they have downsized from huge to not quite as huge. Since the beginning the town has always said a small resort or inn would be welcome. No one has ever said nothing should be done there at all. Mr Meyers also claims the developers have downsized the marina and that this will bring in jobs for our youth and clean up the Haitian ghetto that is now there. The marina is the same sto ry. It is going from huge to not quite so huge. Regarding jobs for our youth and cleaning up the ghetto the same goals could be accomplished with a small resort as opposed to a mega development. This is a sad day for all of the Bahamas. JEFF GALE December 9, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. How shocking for Mr Ingraham to think that it is either fit or proper to suggest that The Bahamas should consider choosing him again to lead this country after 2012. Mr Ingraham (and Mr Christie) while still having some useful qualities, are old men today and will be even older in 2012. They no longer have the energy, and cannot learn the skill-set required to run a 21st century nation. Surely the young men of this country cannot allow this to happen. And it is up to those young men, those between 35 and 55, to stop this in its tracks. Young men of each generation have a responsibility to their families and the nation to renew the team, and to choose one of their generation to bring new ideas and new energy to every sector of the society whether it be in business, religion or politics. In the life of a nation, twenty years completes a genera-t ional cycle. And any generation that allows the previous one to continue to control their fate after that cycle has run its course, does so at their own peril. The generation of the 30s chose Mr Pindling (Sir Lyn den) as their political leader. And he managed to keep his place for the entire generational cycle. There is no question that he should have been replaced in 1987, but the next generation made the mistake (for reasons which may be understandable) of allowing him to remain for an additional five years, whicht urned out to be a complete disaster. The 50s generation divided their twenty years between Mr Ingraham and Mr Christie. (It is Mr Christies own fault that he got only five of those twenty years.) That generations cycle will end in 2012. And so should the control of both Mr Christie and Mr Ingraham. The 70s generation now moves into position to choose their political leaders. They may not be able to f ind a single one to lead for 20 or even 10 years, and may end up with four different leaders o ver the next twenty years. That is their choice, and their problem to solve. But they must not allow old men to steal their energy and opportunity to shape the world in which their children will have to survive. Those who are older, and have served with honour, will, and must, be treated with respect and dignity by the next generation. Their advice and counsel are useful in guiding the hands that will next take control. But if they will not gracefully relinquish those controls, it is the duty of the generation-in-waiting to take control from them. Life requires turnover. And we are at a time in our nations life when that turnover must occur. I have great confidence in the qualities and abilities of the next generation. I have seen enough of them to know that The Bahamas will be in excellent hands when they assume control. These men and women have seen the world and have had experiences which the current leaders cannot imagine. They will change our environment, and it is their duty to do so. And while this may disturb some of those in the over-65 set, they are disturbed onlyb ecause they are now the status quo. When they did it, their grandparents were also disturbed. But they did it anyway. And that is simply life, as it should be. SHAYNE DAVIS Nassau, December 6, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 W EBSITE w updated daily at 2pm WE ARE baffled by Opposition Leader P erry Christies harping on the secrecy surrounding governments memorandum ofu nderstanding with Cable & Wireless (LIME f ront of us is a file of the Christie governments secret negotiations with Bluewater that were then too sensitive to be shared with the public and of which no one knew the details until the Ingraham governmentc ame to office and opened the books. The union, by its own and Mr Christies admis-s ion, was a part of the negotiations and approved the sale. A week before the election, which resulted in the Christie governments removal f rom office, it was discovered that the privatisation committee for the Bluewater sale had submitted its report, which was approved by cabinet, but not signed by Mr Christie. T oday the public knows more about the Cable and Wireless proposal than it ever d id about the Bluewater deal and even now information is coming out about Blue w ater that the public is hearing for the first time. P rime Minister Ingraham has promised that all information on the BTC sale with all documents attached will be made public two weeks before being presented to the House for a vote. T his full disclosure, we can assure our readers judging from the PLPs trackr ecord, especially recalling the secret land-giveaway in the Baha Mar Cable Beach d eal would have never happened under the Christie government. And so why does Mr Christie continue to harp on a deal being clandestinely dealt with deep in secret when there is nothing s ecret about it? He believes government, avoided parlia m ent yesterday morning, because it is afraid of the issue. They know that they are riding a tiger and you know old Confucius saying: He who ride rides tiger dare not fall off, saidM r Christie. We know that Confucius was a wise man, b ut this particular saying cannot be attributed to him. It is an ancient Chinese proverb, w hich says: He who rides a tiger can never get off or the tiger will devour him. Is this why Mr Christie cannot give up the secrecy myth? Maybe, he and the union representatives, who admit they were a part of the whole Bluewater negotiations, should c ome clean and tell the public why they were so secret when they were trying to hand overt he Bahamian peoples jewel to a group that had not been tested and had no track r ecord in communications? No, Mr Christie, this is one tiger you will have to keep riding because if you fall off the people will indeed see that the Emperor has no clothes. In yesterdays demonstration when a u nion member broke through the restraining barriers on Bay Street and was confronted byp olice, he taunted his colleagues, who remained behind the barricades: They have y all corralled like a bunch of animals. That is how they have you. Yall look like a bunch o f animals! Not only did they look like a bunch of corralled animals, but they were behaving as such without an independent brain in their heads. Imagine mounting a demonstration o n the emotional hot air of politicians and union leaders without accepting the invitat ion to sit down with Cable and Wireless to discover for themselves what the negotia t ions are all about and the important role Bahamians are to play in it. T oday they now have a chance to sit down in the quiet of their homes and read the Cabinets statement on page 7 of todays edition and see the bill of goods that the PLP was trying to sell them and if it were n ot for the election would have got away with and what they are being offeredt oday. This week a union leader accused gov e rnment of giving away the countrys cash cow. Indeed it is a cash cow that consumers are paying for dearly and unionists are milking without shame. The backwardness of BTC has retarded t he growth of this countrys financial industry as well as local businesses that have beenf orced thanks to the computer to try to avoid the BTC monopoly as far as possible. A ll we have heard so far is what the union ists want of BTC. It is now time for the consumers to be heard. Consumers want lowerp rices, better service and an ability to enter the world market without being hemmed in b y suffocating monopolies. Read the Cabinet statement and unders tand how Bahamians are being hoodwinked by politicians there is indeed no comparison with the Christie-backed Bluewater deal to what is being offered today by Cable and Wireless Communications. Old guard must make way for young blood LETTERS Bahamians being offered better deal Hope Town was badly misrepresented in article


flight, said Nelerene Harding, president of the Airport, Airline & Allied Workers Union (AAAW dent of the National Congress of Trade Unions (NCTU She spoke, along with leaders from 10 different unions. Hun dreds of union members participated in the demonstration called by the NCTU. We dont need no lemonade, so LIME got to go, shouted protesters, who were adamant about the government reversing the sale. Onlookers heard representatives of the teachers unions ay no read, no write, forecasting possible follow-up action. Bernard Evans, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU want any foreigners to take over BTC. We can stay all daya nd all night. We are going to eat lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch again. Yesterday, the House was suspended until January 19, 2011, shortly after protesters had a brief clash with police when they attempted to storm past barricades in Parliament S quare. In last nights statement, the government said going forward, it will put more facts into the public arena, and will release all facts and documentation two weeks prior to the House of Assembly being called upon to vote on the sale of BTC. W illiam Carrol, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union (BCPMU have to come to Parliament to vote on BTC. If every time they come they run, then we will be victorious. During the protest, leaders from the different unions spoke from a bullhorn in the middle of Parliament Square, while fellow members sang and chanted. We are here to make a statement today. Come hell or high water, we will stand together as the TUC and the NCTU. We will not allow BTC to be taken away and sold to Cable and Worthless, said Cleola Hamilton, Trade Union Congress (TUC and president of the nurses union. We are giving away our childrens birthright and our childrens, childrens birthright. Enough is enough and too much is too god damn much, said Ms Hamilton. In light of a court injunction preventing BTC union representatives from inducing employees of BTC to break their respective contracts of employment by taking part in any unlawful industrial action against BTC, Mr Evans said the union told our people to go to work. We admonished them to go to work. Go pay your phone bill. My people are at work, said Mr Evans, who emphasised that the NCTU and the TUC led the protest, not the BCPOU. We will be guided by the NCTU and the TUC with whatever plans they have, he said. Downtown workers filed out of their stores to observe the procession, as union members walked slowly down Bay Street. Police diverted downtown traffic using Charlotte Street, Woodes Rodgers Wharf, Parliament and East streets. The demonstration started at the Archdeacon William Thompson Park, with protesters toting an array of placards. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAPTIST Bishop Earl Randy Fraser is expected to take the witness stand when his unlawful sex trial resumes next month. B ishop Fraser is expecte d back in court on January 13 and 14, 2011 for the continuation of his retrial. His wife is reportedly also expected to testify. Bishop Fraser, pastor at Pilgrim Baptist Temple on S t James Road, was in court on Monday as four more witnesses were called to testify in his defence. Eight people have testif ied on the bishops behalf s o far. B ishop Fraser pleaded not guilty to having unlawful sex with a 16-year-old girl between July 2005 and F ebruary 2006. He was acquitted of the charge in 2007, but the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial. His retrial began before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel lastM ay. Bishop Fraser remains on $10,000 bail. He is represented by attorney Wayne Munroe. D eputy Director of P ublic Prosecutions F ranklyn Williams is prosecuting the case. BISHOP FRASER EXPECTED IN WITNESS STAND N EXT MONTH WITH national opposition to the sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable and Wireless continuing to grow, PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said the government has now embarked on a m ajor public relations exercise to conv ince Bahamians that the deal is in the best interest of the Bahamas. These groups of misguided personalities, Mr Roberts said, including executives of Cable and Wireless, all have hit the airways in droves in an effort to support this sweetheart deal. In fact, the creators of this deal sound so convincing over the airwaves they are starting (to truly believe their own propaganda. However all Bahamians from all s ides of the political divide are not buying into the hype. Mr Roberts said despite the gove rnments efforts, the BCPOU, the BCMU and other national unions r emain strongly opposed to Cable and Wireless as the purchasing entity of BTC. The chairman added that his party b elieves the sale of BTC to C&W is a national issue and not a political one. Battle We therefore will rightly do battle in the Halls of Parliament against this foolish, sweetheart proposition by the FNM. To this end, the primary spokespersons outside the halls of par l iament have been primarily the part ys chairman, the leader and deputy l eader. This position by the PLP has been c learly demonstrated with the ongoing Senate debates, as opposition members, despite attempts to be censored, continue to hammer the government for not making public the details of the Memorandum of Understanding o n the BTC/C&W deal. We conclude by stating the government continues to stubbornly proc eed with this bad deal despite mounting national opposition by the people of the Bahamas. Considering the above factors, the PLP again calls on the prime minister to make public the details of the sale by releasing the Memorandum of Understanding on the BTC/C&W deal without further delay. More importantly, we call on the g overnment to listen to the majority of the people and cancel the governments plans to sell BTC to Cable and W ireless, Mr Roberts said. PLP chairman: govt on public relations exercise over BTC FROM page one End deceit NATIONALISSUE: B radley Roberts THE search for a second person believed to have been onboard a private US-registered cargo plane that crashed in the ocean seven miles southwest of New Providence on Tuesday was suspended yesterday. According to a Royal Bahamas Defence Force official, a search effort which began at 8am yesterday proved fruitless as nothing else related to the crash was discovered. The search has been suspended pending any new developments or reports, the officer said. The body of a Caucasian man who is yet to be identified was pulled from the ocean Tuesday afternoon after the crash. A Caucasian woman is also believed to have been onboard the plane. Air traffic controllers reported that shortly before 3pm, a small aircraft disappeared from their radar four miles south of Gaulin Cay. The plane was reportedly travelling from Florida. SEARCH FOR SECOND PERSON IN PLANE CRASH SUSPENDED


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %4+2674'*17)*6 BTCPARLIAMENTSQUAREPROTEST SCENESFROM yesterdays protest against the proposed sale of BTC at Parliament Square. During the protest, leaders from the different unions spoke while fellow members sang and chanted. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t t n n t t n n f f n n t t n n b b r r b b t t r r r r n n LATE last night the Cabinet released a statement on the sale of the 51 per cent interest in Bahamas Telecommunica-t ions Company to Cable & W ireless Communications concluding that the offer from Bluewater is in no way comparable to that from CWC. Following is the full text of t he statement: It is time to bring an end to the deceit that is now becoming a national debate regarding the Government'sd ecision to sell 51 per cent of t he Bahamas Telecommunic ations Company (BTC Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC parison to an earlier decisionto sell 49 per cent of BTC to B luewater Ventures. P rice Comparison. The price agreed with Bluewater was $260 million f or 49 per cent of BTC. But t here was a net balance of a pproximately $70 million of BTC's cash in its bank account at the end of May2 007. There was no allowance in Bluewater's offer for this c ash to be removed from B TC. U sing the same maths we have heard with respect to the Cable & Wireless transaction,t his constituted a net cash transaction of $190 million.O f this amount $25 million w as deferred for five years a nd another $15 million deferred for six years. The net cash therefore, t hat the country would have received from the Bluewater transaction at the time of clos-i ng is $150 million. The deferred payment of $40 million, which was also interest-free, would have in fact been paid by BTC itself a nd because of time-value the money would have amount e d to less in value than $40 million. The sale price of $260 million was nothing more than a gimmick designed to d eceive and mislead. The net cash to Government of the proposed Bluewater bid would therefore have been less than $190 mil lion. It is deceitful not to openly acknowledge this fact. In the case of the CWC transaction, the purchasep rice is $210 million which w ill be paid at closing plus $7 million in stamp taxes, that is $217 million. And, the Government at closing will receive any net cash in excess of $15 million. T herefore, the net cash b enefit to the Government of the CWC transaction will be at least $202 million. No account is taken in this statement of the tens of millionso f dollars received by the G overnment from BTC since t he aborted sale to Bluewater as the Government did not intend to sell BTC's cash. Exclusivity Period A comparison of the exclus ivity period for the mobile s ervice which has an annual cash value of a very significant amount shows Bluewat er was granted an exclusivity p eriod of six years while for C WC the exclusivity period for mobile service is three years. R egarding the fixed line monopoly, Bluewater wasg ranted an exclusivity period o f six years. As for CWC, this i ssue does not arise since we already liberalized fixed line services and CWC will there-f ore be in a competitive environment from the beginningo f its operation. M inority vs. Majority Owne rship Much is being made of the issue of sale of 49 per cent a gainst 51 per cent and the implications inherent in the difference. T he principal issue that arises in minority versus majority interest is the element of management and control of the company. In t he case of Bluewater the fact is that the management and c ontrol was to be given to Bluewater without acquisition of the majority interest. Bluewater was given con t rol of the Board and of the Company by virtue of its greater number of directors and of the day-to-day man agement by virtue of its authority to select the Company's Chief Executive Officer. The important distinction is that Bluewater securede ffective majority control w ithout having to pay for it. Credible Partner Perhaps the most compelling issue for the Bahamian people's consideration is the issue of credibility of the s election for partnering with B TC in its quest for the transformation of telecommunications networks throughout The Bahamas and assurance of a telecommunicationsf ramework that facilitates and s upports the economic prosp erity of the country. A comparison of Bluewater and Cable and Wireless is in order. Firstly, it is not possible to k now who Bluewater is b ecause there is no history to refer to. Bluewater was a shell company registered offs hore in Jersey in the Channel I slands, and was established i n 2003, 140 years after Cable & Wireless commenced oper ations. It had no financial s tatements and no organizational support. It only had 2i ssued shares of 1 UK pound e ach. It was previously called B luewater Communications Ventures Ltd. It changed its name to Bluewater VenturesL td. removing the word Communications. A s far as we know, given t he 2 shareholders are nomin ee companies, its principal is one individual foreigner who used to be in a commun ications business, NTL, which went into bankruptcy in 2002. We don't know whot he shareholders are, as this information was never provided to us. It is mind-boggling that a decision was once taken by a Government of T he Bahamas to sell BTC to this entity. It is even more a stonishing that there are those still bold enough to publicly tout this experience today. O n the other hand, the partner the present Government has selected, CWC, is a Cabinet statement on BTC sale SEE page eight


B y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c MEMBERS of the public a re criticising the Ministry of Education for allowing the sale of counterfeit goods at RM Bailey park. Holiday vendors who set up shop last Saturday at the park, across the street from the Marathon Mall, are selling everything from toys toc lothes. Some are reportedly also selling counterfeit bags and wallets. One concerned person r emarked that it would appear that the Ministry of Education, which has respons ibility for the park, is teachi ng the public how to sell i llegal goods and undermine both the government and l egitimate businesses." When confronted with the complaints, Director of Education Lionel Sands explained that the ministry does not give the vendorss pecific rules or guidelines c oncerning what they can and cannot sell. N or does the ministry examine what is sold. "We give them permission t o use the area for periods of three weeks during the holiday season under the premiset hat their goods are legitimate and legal, Mr Sands said. A ccording to the ministry, vendors are not required to possess a business or shop licence or pay rental fees for the use of the space. The issue of persons being allowed to sell counterfeit g oods has been highlighted o n more than one occasion r ecently, beginning with the arrest of nine straw market vendors in New York for buying counterfeit goods they p lanned to later sell on Bay Street. Then, Minister of Public Works and Transport Neko Grant announced that counterfeit goods will not be a llowed in the new Straw M arket a decision that d rew the ire of many straw vendors. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Ministry criticised for sale of counterfeit goods at RM Bailey park N eko Grant


A NDROS Central A ndros natives can now claim Crown Land which they can prove they have a vested interest in under the 2010 Land Adjudication Act. The 2010 Planning and S ubdivisions Act will also empower their right to build o n the land legally and retain equity and market value, according to local govern-m ent officials. In Andros, most of the land is owned by the state and theres very little priv ately owned land. So hence, the residents find it difficultt o engage in any kind of e xpansion of the communit ies in which they live, whether its for private residence or for business purp oses, said Central Andros administrator Oscar Munroe. Because of that you find t heres a practice whereby p eople arbitrarily just build o n Crown Land with the hope that they will be able to at some point get some type of title to the land. But its a problem in that, in order for them to build, there a re certain requirements to get a building permit. One of t hose requirements will be that they will have to show proof of ownership of thel and. This presents a probl em in that most of the time they build without coming forward. And then theres a d ifficulty in regulating because sometimes theyb uild by the building code or s ometimes they didnt. T he 2010 Planning and Subdivisions Act will take effect in January 2011, endi ng an era of ambiguity and confusion. It offers a clear legal f ramework with a list of g uidelines, of which these Bahamian investors have been unaware, government officials said. You would know that a building is progressing whent he investor goes to BEC to get electricity and they need an occupancy certificate. In order to get that, they will c ome in and everybody expects you at the time to understand they have investe d in this property, and this is the norm, and most cases they just expect for it to beb usiness as usual, that you turn a blind eye and give them the occupancy certifi cate, said Mr Munroe. M r Munroe spoke in general regarding the local land disputes presented before h im as a Family Island administrator. He said the issues are deep-rooted because Central A ndrosians expect fairness and want equal treatment under the law. Residents were offended that land ownership was a privilege granted to others in the past and not extended to them. Most of the land is Crown Land and these settlementsh ave been going on for many, many years. There were oth e r people who were able to do it and found that they were able to get regulation after a while. So hence, everyone feels that it should be the norm, said Mr Munroe. The new amendments will help residents to comply with government building codes easier and will dismiss the established tradition of manipulating the Quieting Titles Act to acquire land in which they have invested, he said. At least, 80 per cent of the land in Andros is govern ment owned, including land protected by the Bahamas National Trust for sustaining national biodiversity. The 2010 Forestry and Planning and Subdivisions Act brings the unaddressed issues from the court of public opinion back into the courtroom. It forces us to look into the situation and perhaps from the Town Planning side of it, we would have to make land available to the residents. We would have to actively survey the lands that people have been building on and making sure that some title is forthcoming. Land would also have to be made available for future growth, said Mr Munroe. Mr Munroe also spoke about how the laws will protect wildlife from human interference. There has been a lot of research going on about Andros from the local and international perspective. The blue holes were widely publicised by National Geographic magazine. You can catch crabs in those areas, but you cannot build there because those areas are reserved for sustainable growth of the crabs, said Mr Munroe. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Central Andros natives can now claim Crown Land THESE ANDROS residents have built their homes on land to which they have title, unlike many Central Androsians who have built their homes on Crown Land and are unable to obtain an occupancy certificate from the Government. C ENTRAL ANDROS a dministrat or Oscar Munroe offered an view of how Central Androsians c an directly benefit from the discipline provided by the 2010 Forestry and Planning & Subdi v isions Act, as well as the 2010 L and Adjudication Act.


AS FRUSTRATED driv ers continued to rage over S hirley Street traffic jams caused by government road works, a local civic action g roup has demanded an offic ial inquiry. We The People chair man Ed Fields said the g roup is perturbed that t hose managing the work seem completely uncon cerned that they are negatively impacting the qualityo f life for all residents and that productivity is being unnecessarily and significantly reduced. He said: We the People seek to make an impact with respect to the quality of lifef or all Bahamians. It is the s mall things that count and in this regard we call for an immediate investigation of the process whereby nonessential roadworks are being done during peak hours. M r Fields said that over t he past several weeks, agencies unknown to anyone have been commissioning contractors to raise manhole covers on Shirley Street. He called for the public to be told who is managing the process and why it is important to do the work now. In the spirit of We The Peoples stated approach, Mr Fields said, the group would suggest the following: That non-essential road works be carried out during non-peak hours on weekdays, and completed prior to the resumption of peak hours. That non-essential road works be carried out on evenings and weekends, That non-essential road works, or scheduled road works, be carried out dur ing school closures so as to reduce traffic congestion. That the police be made aware of such works, so offi cers can be in position to assist with traffic management. Mr Fields added: We The People is committed to the process of change and over the months and years ahead, WTP will serve as the vehicle for persons to express themselves with respect to issues such as these. We will always be mindful however of forwarding solutions in the absence of overt confrontation, attacking personalities or politicising the matter at hand. Most importantly, we call on all citizens that are affected by these thoughtless deci sions or any other similar acts, to voice their disap proval either through their own devices or by joining We The People, which will act on those concerns accordingly. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ABOVE: Queens Birthday Recipients for 2010 are pictured in the ballroom at Government House after receiving their awards. Seated in front from left are: Warren Levarity,C MG; Mrs Deloris Ingraham, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes. L EFT: G overnor-General Sir A rthur Foulkes confers upon S olomon Kerzner the award of Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of SaintM ichael and Saint George. R OADWORKS: S everal workmen can be seen looking on as one man works on the manhole. T im Clarke / Tribune staff CALL FOR INQUIRY OVER SHIRLEY STREET JAMS QUEENSBIRTHDAY RECIPIENTS2010


C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM DAVID NOWAK, A ssociated Press MOSCOW Fearing more clashes between racist hooligans and mostly Musl im ethnic minorities, police detained more than 1,000 people in M oscow and several other Russian cities Wednesday, after weekend rioting in the capital left dozens injured. Hundreds of riot police outside the Kievsky station in central Moscow hauled into police vans mostly young men and teenagers w ho were shouting racist slogans and raising their hands in Nazi salutes. Some were lined up against buses and searched by police. Officers confiscated an arsenal of weapons, including traumaticg uns, knives and metal bars, police spokesman Viktor Biryukov said. Police rounded up about 60 protesters in St. Petersburg,w here radical groups also planned a gathering Wednesday. Riot police prevented clashes in Krasnodar and Rostov-onD on, southern Russian cities with large non-Slavic populations where ethnic clashes have been frequent in recent years, officials said. Dozens of mostly young men have been detained in central Russia and Siberia, Russian news agencies reported. Resentment has been rising among Slavic Russians over the g rowing presence in Moscow and elsewhere of people from the southern Caucasus region, most of them Muslims. People from oth-e r parts of the former Soviet Union, including Central Asia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, also face ethnic discrimination and are frequent v ictims of hate crimes. While ethnic Russians amount to about four-fifths of Russia's population of 142 million, the country is also home to some 180 ethn ic groups. The Caucasus region with its mountainous terrain and isolated valleys is home to at least 100 ethnicities including C hechens, who waged two separatist wars against Moscow after the collapse of the Soviet Union. C LAMPINGDOWN: R iot police officers detain protesters outside S ennaya Ploshchad metro station in St. Petersburg yesterday. Dozens of riot police deployed around central St. Petersburg Wednesday to prevent possible ethnic clashes after the weekend rioting by racist hooligans fueled rumors that minorities could try to retaliate. 1,000 detained in Russia to prevent ethnic clashes A { P P h o t o


L ONDON ` WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was due back in British court Thursday to fight for bail following a week of legal drama which has seen prosecutors challenge a judge's decision to free him, according t o Associated Press Assange was granted a conditional release on 200,000 pounds ($316,000 day, but prosecutors are trying to keep him behind bars and appealed the decision to London's High Court. Assange has already spent m ore than a week in prison following his surrender to British police over a Swedish sexcrimes warrant. He denies any wrongdoing but has refused to voluntarily surrender to Sweden's request to extradite him f or questioning. S upporters of the 39-year-old Australian say the charges are trumped up and possibly politically motivated. A ssange's British lawyer, Mark Stephens, said Wednesday that "somebody has it in for Julian Assange and we only c an conjecture why." B ut lawyer Gemma Lindfield, acting for Sweden, told Tuesday's hearing at the City of Westminster Magistrates' C ourt that Assange faced serious allegations and may abscond if granted bail. She said he is accused of r ape, molestation and unlawful c oercion by two women for separate incidents in August. Assange has yet to be charged. H is lawyers say the allegations stem from a dispute over" consensual but unprotected sex" and argue that he has o ffered to make himself available for questioning via video link or in person in Britain. Lindfield also rejected attempts to link Assange's casew ith the work of WikiLeaks which last month deeplya ngered U.S. officials by begin ning to publish its trove of 2 50,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables. "This is not a case about WikiLeaks, rather a case about alleged serious offenses againstt wo women," Lindfield said. District Judge Howard Rid d le approved bail on condition Assange wear an electronic tag, s tay at a specific address in southern England, report to police every evening and observe two four-hour curfews each day besides putting up the b ond. His lawyers are struggling to a ssemble the bail money, which the court wants to see up front a nd in cash. Stephens said he had about half the amount by Wednesday. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Julian Assange back in court to fight for bail LEGALDRAMA: WikiLeaks founder J ulian Assange leaves the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010. AP Photo/ Lewis Whyld, PA


DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press KINGSTON, Jamaica Jamaica's counter-drug efforts have been so sluggish that exasperated Cuban officials privately griped about t heir frustrations to a U.S. drug enforcement official, according to a newly released U.S. diplomatic cable. The communique released by WikiLeaks said Cuban officials painted their Caribbean neighbor to the south as chronically uncooperative in stopping d rug smugglers who use Cuban waters and airspace to transport narcotics destined for the U.S. Dated Aug. 11, 2009, and first published by Britain's The Guardian newspaper, it said no fewer than 15 Cuban Interior Ministry officials complained to a U.S. anti-drug specialist a ssigned to the U.S. Interests Section, which Washington maintains in Havana instead of an embassy. "Collectively and continually, they express frustration over the (government of Jamaica's consistent ignoring of Cuban attempts to increase the flow of drug-relate d information between the two island nations to i ncrease interd ictions and avoid 'being surprised by drugs,'" said t he cable, apparently written by America's chief diplomat to Cuba, Jonathan F arrar. The document was writt en less than a year before Jamaican security forces launched an anti-gang crackdown following the capture of C hristopher "Dudus" Coke, once described by the U.S. Justice Department as one of the world's most dangerous drug k ingpins. T he cable describes two major seizures of marijuana from Jamaican smugglers in Cuba's territory and portrayed t he Cubans as active partners, even if the communist government ultimately blames Washington for drug trafficking due t o high demand in the U.S. D espite their stormy relationship and the lack of a formal drug cooperation treaty, C uba and the United States have long worked together on interdiction efforts, with the two country's coast guards hand ling communication about o perations on the high seas. The cable reveals a level of cooperation between Havana and Washington not talked a bout openly, such as an August 2009 trip by a U.S. Coast Guard drug interdiction specialist to the Cuban city of C amaguey following the capt ure of a plane carrying 13 bales of marijuana from Jamaica. Officials at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana normally are n ot allowed to travel beyond 25 miles (40 kilometers side the capital without Cuban permission, which is rarely g ranted. According to the m emorandum, the U.S. specialist determined that Cuba "genuinely desires greater information sharing" with J amaica. Cuban officers complained that Jamaican officials "commonly agree to greater information sharing in person; h owever, that is the extent of t heir efforts." It also details an October 2008 meeting aboard a British s hip in Havana's port that was arranged by the U.K. defense attache to spur better cooperation between Cuba and J amaica. Afterward, the U.S. a nti-drug specialist said Cuban officials complained that the two Jamaican officials "just sat there and didn't say anything." A spokeswoman for Jamaica's national security minister said a statement would be issued later Wednesday. W hile not addressing s pecifics or confirming the authenticity of the cable, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston said in a statement that the U.S. has a "long, positive history of productive relations" with Jamaica on a wide range of law enforcement matters. T he island's opposition q uickly pounced, calling on Prime Minister Bruce Golding's Jamaica Labor Party to explain the "damning allegations." C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Cable: Cubans say Jamaica lax on fighting drugs BRUCE GOLDING


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM He believes his brother died at CDU. Mr Rolle said: His daddy ASP Nathan Rolle was a ctually one of the leading o fficers in CDU for years. He trained Bethell (head of CDU), who dropped us to school for years. The force that my daddy helped build t o where it is right now, is n ow being questioned for his o wn sons death by the officers who he trained. According to the police, Mr Rolle had been taken in for questioning in connec-t ion with the robbery of the B TC office on Shirley Street t hat morning. While at the C entral Detective Unit, officers said, they noticed he was breathing heavily, thenh e suddenly collapsed. Mr Rolle said: I think o ne of the biggest problems o n the force right now I t hink officers are frustrated with the judicial system and it forces them to do thingst hat may be extreme to crack down a case. M r Rolle explained that s ince his brothers death, he h ad been doing his own research into the interrogation tactics of officers at C DU. His findings revealed that persons were beaten with various objects aboutt he body, including their head and testicles, suffocated or tased. The two other guys that got arrested with this case both said they were beaten badly, he said. When ano fficer arrests somebody, knowing hes gonna be out within 24 hours, for murder or gun possession, I think t heyre frustrated so when theyre in situations like that they do desperate things. T hey go to the extreme to try to find out whats going on because there isnt much hope with our judicial system. I definitely think they d id something which they do n ormally, but it took his life. M r Rolle explained that despite the personal meeti ng from the commissioner who assured him that there w ould be no cover up if t here was any wrongdoing he was dissatisfied by the efforts of the organisation towards ensuring proper recourse for his brothersd eath. We are at a serious state i n this country, said Mr Rolle, my brother missed his daughters birthday yesterday. He had two kids, a t hree-year-old and a fivey ear-old. The Rolle familys cry for an independent body tom onitor the RBPF echoes public statements made by a senior police officer this w eek. Assistant Superintendent Glenroy McKenzie demanded an independent investig ation into the death of I nspector Archibald Miller who was accidentally killed l ast month by police. Both matters were said to have b een sent to the coroners c ourt, however the autopsy r eport on both Mr Rolle and M r Miller were not made public. Mr Mckenzie told the media that he had lost confidence in the police com m issioners ability to effect a proper inquiry. He also said h e felt Commissioner Greenslade was too concerned with public image. The commissioner, said M r Rolle, is a good man, h es trying his best, but def initely we do have a police force that needs to be finet uned. Senior officers were not available for comment up top ress time. FAMILY OF MAN W HO DIED AFTER ARREST WANT INVESTIGATION F ROM page one O WEN ROLLE: T he 35-year-old died after his arrest.


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 17 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM to excavate vast areas of private land in the hope of finding this lost treasure. I nternational prospectors a lso joined the search. When good title to the land could n ot be determined, the gove rnment was forced to step i n and halt all activity. However, Minister of State Zhivargo Laing told T he Tribune y esterday the government has finally been able to determine title to the land, but would not disclose the name of the person, save to say it was a woman. There is an individual w ho we are able to confirm t hat her title is clear. So now I am going to explain to them what we now know,a nd explain to them what w ill happen from here. Im really going to update them on the status of things as far as that property is concerned, he said. While it is not the govern ments responsibility tod etermine if there is buried treasure on the island or not, Minister Laing stressed that if anything were to be dis-c overed, that individual, a ccording to Treasure Trove law, would have to enter into an agreement with theM inister of Finance before anything could be excavat ed. You first would have to show clear title to property. Then you would have to get p ermission from the Antiqu ities, Monuments and Museum Corporation to do t he excavation. Then, if you h ave any findings, you have a n obligation to disclose that to the Minister of Finance so that you can enter into a Treasure Trove arrange m ent with him that says how the property can be disposed of. M inister Laing said that beyond this there is no law that stipulates what per centage the government c ould take from any find, other than what would be negotiated between the M inister of Finance and the p rospector. And I want to be clear, t hat I am not in any way s uggesting that the govern m ent has, or that there is any treasure on any property that I am aware of, Minister Laing laughed. T he Minister will be hosting his town meeting on the salvage proposal at FortuneH ill at the Riding Rock photo centre in San Salvador at 6.30pm today. He returns to New Provi d ence tomorrow. Minister to give update on pirate treasure land F ROM page one SANSALVADORTRIP: Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing


BY BETTY VEDRINE B AHAMIAN art students were recently praised for their contribution to the art world. Education Minister D esmond Bannister called the artwork displayed at the annual National Exhibition featuring work done by students in theA rt and Craft After-School E nrichment Programme a marvel to look at. The event, which over the past several years had been h eld at the Central Bank, was held at the National Art Gallery on Friday, December 10. This exhibition speaks tot he depth and talent of our stu dents and is also evidence of the fact that their works can be showcased in any gallery anywhere in the world, he said. T hanking the artist community for their contribution tot he development of art in the country, Mr Bannister said their i nvolvement has set the stage for up-and-coming artists. Once again, I must thank the artist community of the Bahamas for their involvement i n this programme from the beginning, said Mr Bannister. Among them are Mr Max Taylor, Mr Antonius Roberts, M r John Beadle and Mr Joleyn Smith. He also thanked others who assisted with the event, including Charlthorn Strachan, a form er Doris Johnson Senior High School student who participat e d in the programme and is currently an assistant instructor for t he programme. Other persons involved in the programme are Patricia Collins, deputy director in the Ministry of Education; Eula Gaitor; Genevieve BrownRichards and Timothy Nottage, who serves as the programmes a rt instructor. This is indeed historical and significant for the s tudents as it is for the Ministry of Education because the r ecords will reflect that it is the first time that we have had an exhibition at Villa Doyle featuring entirely the work of stud ent artists since this gallery opened its doors in 2003. A lso present were Permanent Secretary in the Ministry o f Education Elma Garraway and Director of Education Lionel Sands. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 18, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Students praised for their quality work at National Art & Craft Exhibition ( BIS photo: Raymond A Bethel) ADMIRINGGLANCE: Artist Yutavia George (right Garroway, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education. T ALKINGART: M inister of E ducation Desmond Bannister speaks with artist Laneir Curtis about her artwork, (Holy Ground tured from left: Dr Gail Saunders, Lionel Sands, Director of Education; Elma Garraway, Permanent Secretary; Minister Bannister and Ms Curtis. WELLDONE: Minister of Education Desmond Bannister congratulates artist Bernard Smith for his participation and contri bution (Hibiscus R a y m o n d A B e t h e l / B I S P h o t o


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NETTIES Different of Nassau Heritage Centre onW est Bay Street recently received a partial overhaul and unveiled its Bahamiant hemed restaurant. Nettica Symonette, owner and operator of the heritage c entre, said she wants to offer t he whole package to visitors, including hotel rooms, a Bahamian village, museuma nd a restaurant that serves good, old-fashioned Bahami-an cooking. When I was a little girl g rowing up in Eleuthera t here were some things that stood out in my memory, Ms S ymonette said. It was the culture and the heritage and the cooking. Iw ant to help others to be mindful of where we came from and know we are whatw e eat. Caf Nettie serves organic Bahamian dishes with a hint of personal expression. Net t ie, as she is affectionately called, said that cooking is a form of art that she enjoys. She uses traditional B ahamian recipes, but she has also created some of her own. I want people to live a healthy lifestyle, Ms Symonette said. People look at me, they a sk my age. Im almost 77 and Ive got more energy than anybody int he world. Caf Nettie is open for lunch and dinner every day e xcept Tuesdays. N etties Different of Nass au, which is located in the Cable Beach area, has many t reasures that can be appre ciated by visitors and residents alike. For those whog rew up shooting marbles and spinning tops, it is a reminder of the good old days. T ours are available for schools, church groups and individuals. The centre is also open for c ultural weddings, retreats and other private functions. Nassau gets addition to Bahamian attractions


B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter The Ministry of Tourism has launched a new promo tional initiative aimed at maxi mising the benefits to the Bahamian island archipelago from the high-value private aviation market. Motivated by the results of a survey conducted in partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, which showed that while 80 per cent of their membership had never flown to the Bahamas, 86 per cent would be interested in doing so, The Ministry of Tourism partnered with online aviation superstore, Pilot Mall, to create the Bahamas Pilot Challenge. The program invites private pilots to register to take up the challenge, which encour ages them to visit a minimum of 12 out of the Bahamas 20 different Airports of Entry in 2011, becoming eligible for several grand prizes at the end of the year. A website,, has been set up to provide pilots with details about the competition and information they may need when seeking to fly into the Bahamas. We talked to each of them a bout what they need to say if a pilot wants to fly to the Bahamas, that this is what they need to do, these are the amenities on each island, and so on, said Greg Rolle, chief aviation specialist with theM inistry of Tourism in Flori da. The Bahamas Pilot Chal lenge was his brainchild, according to Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.30 $4.45 $4.34 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamian businessmen will have to undergo a fundamental mindset change when this nation accedes to full World Trade Organisation (WTO nations chief negotiator believes, investigating new opportunities and learning the rules themselves rather than relying on the Government to do it for them. Such a culture shock will be many of the major adjustments for the Bahamian private sector, Raymond Winder, the Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas ner, told Tribune Business, pointing out that by joining the WTO and signing on to other trade agreements, such as the Economic Part nership Agreement (EPA this nation would have to move to a business envi ronment regulated by statute as opposed to the current policy-dominated one. One of the big issues would be that for a long time Bahamian businesses have operated in an envi Major mindset change coming for local fir ms Chief WTO negotiator says Bahamas companies have to do more for themselves, investigating new markets/products and understanding trade rules themselves, rather than relying on government SEE page 8B RAYMONDWINDER By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Cable Bahamas is locked in yet another dispute with the Bahamian communications sector regulator, this time over the latters decision to licence a fibre-optic submarine cable system under its name rather than an affiliates, a move it claims will jeopardise Caribbean Crossings ability to attract investors, upgrade the network and compete effectively against rival operators. Cable affiliate battles URCA over its cable system licence Caribbean Crossings alleges regulator decision to l icence Bahamas Internet Cable System under Cable B ahamas name, rather than own, will jeopardise ability to compete and attract investors Warns move could also complicate and confuse F CC licence for cable landing in the US Argues burdensome and unfair to treat Caribbean under same licence as parent, given that Cable has SMP obligations while it does not* URCA argues separate operating licence only issued t o affiliates not under parent control, unlike Caribbean Crossings SEE page 7B B USINESSBOOST: A tlantis in Paradise Island. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The liquidator of a collapsed Bahamas-based broker/dealer has determined that 54 per cent of a $1.47 million shortfall, which is in excess of the $25 million loss that caused the companys failure, can be recovered, pledging that he wanted the winding-up to come to an end as much as the fiduciary clients. Collapsed brokers $1.47m shortfall % recoverable n Some former Caledonia clients unhappy value of securities holdings has fallen, one suffering $593,400 loss n Deloitte & Touche liquidator pledges he wants to bring wind-up to e nd as much as fiduciary clients of broker that collapsed with $25m hole n More than $300,000 shortfall in Bahamian broker/dealers accounts with overdrawn cash balances n Twelve accounts with just securities suffer $370,000 depreciation, with one clients assets decreasing by approximately $143,000 S EE page 5B CLICO (Bahamas former staff were yesterday receiving the collective $2.6 million sever ance pay due to them following the insolvent insurers collapse, informed sources told Tribune Business. The payments were made by the Government, courtesy of the Ministry of Finance, as CLI CO (Bahamas Craig A. Tony Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, continues with efforts to transfer its insurance portfolio to Colina Insurance Ltd and sell its key asset, the Wellington Preserve real estate project in south Florida. CLICO staff get $2.6m pay-out CRAIG GOMEZ By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter As Florida farmers continued to count the cost of the lowest temperatures in the state since the 1960s, wholesalers andr etailers yesterday warned Bahamian consumers to be prepared for potential spikes in produce prices in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, major local wholesaler, Bahamas Food Services, suggested any destruction of crops in Florida may signal a silC ONSUMERS TOLD TO BRACE FOR PRICE RISES Florida chill to impact Bahamas supply SEE page 10B CHALLENGE AIMS FOR KEY PRIVATE AVIATION BOOST SEE page 5B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter Atlantis will benefit from 2 5 per cent higher occupanc y levels during the Christmas period this year, while visitor levels for New Years remain flat to last year, according to Kerzner International exec utive Ed Fields. Atlantis eyes 25% business boost SEE page 6B


C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BY DEIDRE M. BASTIAN W hat are Hyperlinks? Hyperlinks are links connecting to another destination or file. Typically, a user following hyperlinks is said to navigate or browse to a document or location the hyperlink leads to. Very similar to taking a connecting plane, train or bus to work or home. The gigantic international network of web pages known as the World Wide Web is interconnected through the use of hyperlinks, and would simply fail to exist without them. For example: Hyperlinks are often used to implement reference mechanisms, such as tables of contents, footnotes, bibliographies, indexes and glossaries. Links connect to another page on a Web site, a Web page on a different Web site, or a file in another format that is not a Web page, such as a PDF document, an image, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation or multimedia file. The term hyperlink was coined in 1965 (or possibly 1964) by Ted Nelson and his assistant Calvin Curtin. A team led by Douglas Engel bart was the first to imple ment the hyperlink concept for scrolling within a single document (1966 after for connecting between paragraphs within separate documents (1968 A database program, HyperCard, was released in 1987 for the Apple Macin tosh, which allowed hyper linking between various types of pages within a document. Sir Timothy John Tim Berners-Lee, a British engineer credited for overseeing the Web's continued development, implemented the first successful communication between an HTTP client and server via the Internet. Is hyper linking legal? While hyper linking among WebPages is an intrinsic feature of the web, some object to being linked. In certain jurisdictions and courts, it advocates that hyperlinks can give rise to legal liability without permission, regardless of referencing material. There are various types of links used on web pages, such as: Relative, Site root relative and Absolute. The correct choice depends on the loca tion of the page to which it links. Relative Links point to a location that is relative to the current page. The disadvantage is that the link can break if you move a file to another directory. Site Root-Relative Links point to a location that is relative to the root directory oft he site. One common use of this is to store all images in an images directory, then link to images with links like /images/mypic.jpg. The advantage is that the link stays the same no matter what directory the current page is in. Absolute Links are those that simply include the entire path to the file. These are generally used for links that points to different sites other than the one located on your page. Anchor Link is bound to a portion of a document, generally text. For example, a map of the Bahamas may have each island hyperlinked to further information about a particular island. Link behaviour in Web Browsers When you move the cursor over a link in a Web page, the arrow will turn into a little hand, and a web browser usually displays a hyperlink in some distinguishing way in a Getting Hyper over road map SEE page 4B THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN


different colour, font, style or blue and purple underlined text. Moreover, when the cursor hovers over a link, some information about the link pops up in a special hover box, which disappears when the cursor is moved away. Dead links occur when the server that hosts the target page relocates to a new domain name, some form of blocking such as firewalls or when the targets are not kept up to date. Correcting an Error in Internet Explorer 1. Go to Start -> Run -> Type regsvr32 urlmon.dll 2. Once complete click Ok. I f that didnt resolve the p roblem, repeat the process b y running the following addit ional entries to repair Intern et Explorer: Start -> Run -> Type regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll If the above still didnt resolve your issue, try the following. Open Internet Explorer At the top select Tools -> Internet Options Click on the Programs tab Click on the Reset Web Settings button Creating Hyperlink on Microsoft FrontPage: Click the Make a hyperlink to a file on your computer button that is to the right of the URL box. In the Select File dialog box, locate and then click the Word document that you want, and then click OK. Right-click the hyperlink a nd then click Hyperlink P roperties. The path and file name of the Word document is displayed in the URL box. Position the insertion point at the end of the path and filename that is displayed in the URL box, and then type the following line: #bookmark_name where bookmark_name is the name of the bookmark in the Word document to which you want to link. Make sure there is no space between the end of the file name and the bookmark name, for example: file://computer_name/share/ file_name.doc#bookmark_na me Click OK. Click Save on the File menu to save your Web page. Click Preview in Browser on the File menu to preview your Web page in a browser. Please see this site for a linking tutorial in DreamWeaverh ttp:// al_create_hyperlink.html At the end of the day, all websites should be in the Internet business to make money, whether they are a non-profit organisation or a business that sells products or services. The higher on the search engine rankings page your website is listed, the extra traf fic your website will have. To complete this circle, the link popularity of a website will cause an increased traf fic rank and drive money spending viewers to your website. Today marks a one year anniversary for the Art of Graphix column. So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy life and stay on top of your game. NB: Author encourages feedback at: C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE Getting Hyper over road map F ROM page 3B THE ARTOFGRAPHIX


Wallace. Mr Rolle said: This will be a major step up for tourism into the Out Islands in particular. The average cruise visitor may spend $60$70 on a visit, a regular tourist maybe $400 plus or thereabouts, but a private pilot starts at about $600 to $700 per visit. They have to not only buy a hotel, a rental car and so forth, they also pay all these fees and buy fuel. Thats a big plus. Some pilots come and spend almost $1,500 per day. Encour a g e It is already the case that 80 per cent of all private pilots fly ing into the Bahamas visit the Family Islands. However, part of the Bahamas Pilot Challenge is to encourage pilots to visit a wider variety of the islands on offer, including less frequented places such as Long Island, San Salvador and Inagua. Besides the promotional boost the program will receive through, The Bahamas Pilot Challenge is also being promoted by the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA with whom the Ministry undertook the initial survey among its 420,000-strong US membership, in a bid to gauge the level of interest among pilots in flying to the Bahamas. Being a pilot I understand the logistics and the mindset, said Mr Rolle, adding: Weve crafted it in such a way where the pilots will be eager to do this challenge. Its going to get people talking in the marketplace. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM &RPIRUWDEOHRRPVDW&RPIRUWDEOHDWHV5RRPVIURPMXVWHULJKWSOXVJUDWXLW\5HVWDXUDXQWDQG%DURROHFUHDWLRQRRPHHWLQJRRP$OEDQV'ULYH Collapsed brokers $1.47m shortfall % recoverable Anthony Kikivarakis, the Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas report to the Bahamian Supreme Court as the liquidator for Caledonia Corporate Management, said he would have to seek the courts directions on how the shortfall should be handled whether it should be borne only by clients who had assets in the impacted accounts, or shared across all clients and deducted from the second tranche of their assets, some 8 per cent of their total portfolio which is held in escrow by himself. Noting that the $1.47 million shortfall was identified in seven accounts at two Bahamasbased institutions, FirstCaribbean International Bank and EFG Bank & Trust, Mr Kikivarakis said he had either recovered or ident ified for recovery some $791,000, roughly 54 per cent of this amount. O mnibus From a review of the companys records and discussions with the companys and discussions with [Caledonias] previous employees, the FirstCaribbean account operated as an omnibus account through which cash balances of clients were deposited and transfers made to other accounts, Mr Kikivarakis alleged. The amounts therefore coming out of the FirstCaribbean accounts had been comingled and were not separately identifiable. Detailing other issues that required approval from Supreme Court Chief Justice, Sir Michael Barnett, the liquidator said a hearing was supposed to have taken place last Friday over his contention that Caledonias sole preference shareholder had received $5.636 million from the broker/dealer after it was placed into liquidation. That allegation has been vehemently denied by the preference shareholder, and Mr Kikivarakis has reduced the amount alleged to be involved from the $5.909 million originally estimated. A part from difficulties in identifying benef icial owners of Caledonia accounts, Mr Kikivarakis added: Certain clients assets are held in securities, and the values of those assets have decreased considerably since September 30, 2008. In light of this, some clients have refused to pay 2 per cent of their assets into the Clients Security Account or to provide appro priate instructions to transfer their securities to a new custodian. In one case, the assets have decreased by $593,400. Other problems, the liquidator alleged, stem from the fact that two Caledonia clients have overdrawn cash balances on their accounts, yet he is holding insufficient securities to cover these. As at September 30, 2010, while these clients held securities worth a collective $101.700, their overdrawn cash positions totalled $430,116 a more than $300,000 shortfall. Mr Kikivarakis said he would seek a Supreme Court order authorising him to sell some of these securities. Elsewhere, out of 34 accounts that were overdrawn, Mr Kikivarakis said three balances worth $328,112 had been recovered, but 23 accounts appear unrecoverable, with balances ranging from $1.08 to $1,725. The aggregate amount represented by these accounts was $5,386. Analysing the 94 accounts for whom he had not received instructions to transfer their assets, Mr Kikivarakis said that because 76 of these contained cash, he would merely retain 4 per cent of their assets worth $171,486 to c over his costs. As for the 18 accounts holding just securities, the liquidator said he needed them to provide cash equivalent to 4 per cent of their assets to effect the transfer. Of the 18 accounts, 12 of these clients securities values have decreased substantially, Mr Kikivarakis said. These clients assets have decreased by approximately $370,000, with one clients assets decreasing by approx imately $143,000. It should also be noted that the marketability of these securities is questionable. And he added: A number of clients are displeased that some of their securities have fallen in value and, as a result, the increased cost of the liquidation will affect them more now than earlier. Some of these clients clearly stated that they did not wish to sell their securities or to pay the initial 2 per cent, and have not done so to date. Despite Sir Michael previously expressing hope that the Caledonia liquidation could be wrapped up by year-end, Mr Kikivarakis said some cases involving client ownership of assets would carry over into the New Year. The companys fiduciary clients would like to see this liquidation come to an end, as much as I would, and I hope that we can do so shortly in this regard, Mr Kikivarakis said. FROM page 1B CHALLENGE AIMS FOR KEY PRIVATE AVIATION BOOST FROM page 1B


WASHINGTON President Barack Obama and 20 business leaders worked through lunch Wednesday on w ays to boost anemic U.S. job creation and improve their own testy relations amid rising anxiety over the slow economic recovery. The president said he wants ideas from business leaders on how to "seize the promise of this moment." T he closely watched session represents something of a reset for the president as he seeks common ground with a business community that has bristled over the administration's approach to health care, financial regulations and executives' b onuses. W ith unemployment at 9.8 percent and weak home prices and tight credit placing a drag on growth, the president was l ooking to shake loose more than $1.9 trillion in untapped corporate cash to help the recovery. A genda items included an o verhaul of the tax system, ways to ease regulations on business and greater private sector investments. A priority for business leaders is altering or eliminating regulations they believe are creating uncertainty and hinderi ng growth, a step White House o fficials say Obama is open to considering. The policy climate for Obama-business relations has c hanged since the November elections altered the balance of power in the capital, giving Republicans control of the H ouse. In recent weeks, Obama announced a new trade agreement with South Korea that c orporate leaders applauded and negotiated a tax deal with R epublicans that included new business investment incentives. The Senate passed that measure on Wednesday. No major announcements w ere expected from the session. But Obama's outreach meetst he White House's goal of sharpening his image as a president willing to reach out to former antagonists, a move that h as angered liberals but could r esonate with independent voters. The office of House Republican leader John Boehner issued a statement calling the s ession a "nothingburger," arguing that previous attempts had not resulted in any business-friendly policies. The White House's 'olive b ranches' to the business community are more like twigs, really," the statement said. In his comments, Obama p ushed his agenda of investment in education, cleaner energy sources and high-speed rail. And he spoke of making a f irmer stand in Washington on f iscal discipline, an area where Congress and White House have long made promises but with little result. O verall, Obama said the path to economic growth is clear, and he added: "I'm committed to taking that path. I know A merica's business leaders are as well." The president joined the CEO group a short walk from t he White House grounds across Pennsylvania Avenue at t he Blair House, better known as guest quarters for visiting dignitaries. Some of the executives are Obama backers and memberso f White House advisory boards who have worked witht he administration for some time. President Obama says he shares mission with business leaders Meanwhile, in the industry as a whole, outgoing Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA president, Robert Sands, said data forecasts to date show flat occupancy levels vis-avis last year among major properties, with some hotels showing modest gains. This comes after Mr Sands described occupancies around Thanksgiving as a mixed bag, with levels at major properties ranging from lows of 65 per cent to highs of 80 per cent. Speaking at that time, the outgoing BHA president said overall improvements in the tourism sector have been somewhat slower than we expected. Although indicators are "heading in the right direction, we are still not satisfied that we are showing the gainst he industry really wants to see at this time, said the tourism veteran. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICEWEST WINDS PROPERTY OWNERS A SSOCIATION LIMITEDN otice is hereby given that the annual genera l meeting for the West Winds Property Owners Association Limited will be held Thursday the 16th day of December, A.D., 2010 at 6:30 p.m. At the Pavilion, West Winds Subdivision, New Providence. BOARD OF DIRECTORS WEST WINDS PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION LIMITED 9$&$1&< Atlantis eyes 25% business boost FROM page 1B


T his latest bone of cont ention between the BISXlisted company and the Utilities Regulation & Competi-tion Authority (URCA revealed amid the plethora of legal documents filed to sup-port Cable Bahamas case that it should not be paying licence fees to the regulator on its Freeport Internet revenues, since it is licensed to provide this service in the cityby the Grand Bahama Port A uthority (GBPA A November 5, 2010, affid avit from John Gomez, Cable Bahamas and Caribbean Crossings vicepresident of engineering, alleged that the Bahamas Internet Cable System (BICS companies data and Internet traffic, was owned by Caribbean Crossings. Caribbean Crossings, a 100 per cent-owned affiliate of Cable Bahamas, was granted a June 2000 licence by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC the BICS cable in Boca Raton, Florida, with the com-p any also subsequently licensed by URCAs predecessor, the PUC, to land system at various points in the Bahamas. Following enactment of the Communications Act 2009, and the PUCs replacement by URCA, Mr Gomez alleged that on September 7, 2009, Caribbean Crossings applied to the new regulator for a licence relating to theBICS system. B ut Mr Gomez alleged: URCA, however, refused to accede to the application made by Caribbean Crossings despite Caribbean Crossings protestation, and URCA issued the licence relating to the BICS cable to Cable Bahamas under the Commu nications Act 2009, instead of Caribbean Crossings. A formal notice of objection was lodged by Caribbean Cross ings in relation to URCAs decision. Explaining the rationale for licensing the BICS systemunder Cable Bahamas name, rather than Caribbean Crossings, Usman Saadat, URCAs then-director of policy and regulation, said operating licences were only granted to subsidiaries not under control of their parent. This, he implied, was not the case with Caribbean Crossings, as it was 100 per cent owned by Cable Bahamas. URCA will only grant a separate individual operating licence to a subsidiary undertaking of a licensee in unusual circumstances, such as when it can be demonstrated that the subsidiary undertaking is not under the control of its parent company. Caribbean Crossings is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cable Bahamas: ie, it is under Cable Bahamas control, Mr Saadat explained. But Caribbean Crossings, in its objection letter to URCA, said that by refusing it a separate operating licence and requiring the BICS system to be subsumed into its parents licence, the regulator was frustrating the policy objectives contained in the Governments Telecommunications Sector Policy. Stifled Competition, it suggested, would be stifled because Caribbean Crossings abilityt o obtain independent financing to upgrade the BICS system against the likes of the Bahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTC Bahamas II cable and the Columbus network would be impaired. Pointing out that Cable Bahamas created it to compete aggressively with exist ing providers of deep sea fibre optic cables, Caribbean Crossings said it had been able to raise funds in the Bahamian c apital market separate from those of its parent, giving investors a new investment opportunity and using their funds to launch a new network. This business model has succeeded, however, only because investors, regulators and consumers have all treated Cable Bahamas and Caribbean Crossings as two separate, independent and distinct entities, Caribbean Crossings alleged. It pointed out that, unlike its parent, it was not identified as having Significant Market Power (SMP while its business was the wholesale provision of international fibre optic capacity, Cable Bahamas was a retail cable TV and Internet offering. Caribbean Crossings was also subject to FCC regulation, unlike its parent. Requiring Caribbean Crossings to operate under a single individual licence with Cable Bahamas would jeopardise Caribbean Crossings ability to attract investors, upgrade its network and compete effectively against other operators, the company argued. Potential investors, who have sought an equity stake in Caribbean Crossings, are likely to shy away from such commitments to the extent t he regulatory obligations of the company are indistinguishable from those of a parent presumed to possess Sign ificant Market Power. Cable Bahamas SMP regulatory requirements would be burdensome and unfair for Caribbean Crossings, the latter argued, warning that this could also complicate and confuse the regulatory status of Caribbean Crossings in the United States, which u ntil now has designated C aribbean Crossings as a nond ominant carrier. Finally, and most critically, the diminished interest of the investment community in Caribbean Crossings, coupled with the potential for additional burdensome regulatory obligations, would seriously impair Caribbean Crossings ability to upgrade its network and compete effectively against other operators. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM / (*$/,&(127,&( / (*$/,&(127,&( FROM page 1B Cable affiliate battles URCA over its cable system licence


ronment with policies that tend to change from government to government and, in some cases, from minist er to minister, Mr Winder said. That becomes a bigger i ssue with WTO, because c learly in becoming part of the WTO, we have to provide more transparency and clarity on our position relative to rules of trade. The Government is understood to be drafting a National Investment Act to translate its current policies i nto statute law, in a bid to comply with both WTO and EPA obligations. Explaining that the WTO would want us to have a more definitive position on trade and investment issues than just mere policies, Mr Winder told Tribune Business: The country is moving more from a policybased business environment to a rules-based environment. Bahamian businessmen have primarily relied on personal relationships and contacts with government ministers and officials in terms of acquiring, and getting clarity, for their current businesses, and getting involved with new businesses in the future. Engaged Businessmen have to do a better job in becoming i nvolved, engaged and have a better understanding of what the rules are. These will provide them with a lot more clarity and transparency in what they can and cant do. Businesses must now get up to read laws, read regulations, to identify those rules that will impact on their existing businesses and identity new opportunities. Expanding on this theme, Mr Winder explained that while it was the responsibility of himself and the Government to provide information to the Bahamian priv ate sector with respect to t he various trade agreements this country was negotiating, they were not obliged to identify new opportunities for Bahamian companies. Businesses have to do it themselves, looking at the rules around the EPA, WTO and CARIBCAN, to determine where they cang et a competitive advantage, Mr Winder explained. They have to do far more investigation, and not sit back and rely on the Government to do it for them.T hats a big change for B ahamian businessmen. Describing this as a change in the mindset of the business community, Mr Winder said Bahamian b usinesses for the most part had been too reactionary in the past, waiting until legislation was passed and e nacted before reacting to aspects that impacted their operations. Now, the private sector ne e ded to be engaged upfront, learning how to use changes in the business environment to better improve profitability for t heir existing products and services or new products and services, plus access new markets. Is the business commun ity looking to see to what extent they can benefit from that? Mr Winder asked. Now they need to investigate more to be able to move from a reactionary to a proactive position. It is not the responsibilit y of the Government to identify new potential business opportunities for the private sector. This debate going on in this community, this reliance o n the Government to identify new services and produ ct opportunities, that is the r esponsibility of entrepreneurs and new and existing b usinesses. I n supplying data to himself and the Governments WTO negotiating team, Mr Winder urged Bahamian c ompanies to divide their revenue streams into as many different product lines as they produced, so they k new which areas needed protection both existing products and new opportunities. Product lines crucial to Bahamian companies would have the most protectiong oing forward. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 0$5,2 7$'25RI0$56+ +$5%285$%$&2%$+$0$6 F ROM page 1B Major mindset change coming for local firms


ver lining for Bahamian agricultural producers in the form of increased revenue opportunities. Mike Leslie, of Sun International Produce, Florida, Supervalues primary produce wholesaler, told Tribune Business the impact of the record breaking temperature lows this week, while not fully quantified, will certainly not go unnoticed. The northern part of the state got hit really hard. Theyre still assessing the southern part, but its definitely going to have an effect on pricing, he said. Rupert Roberts, Supervalues president, noted that although the supermarket is locked in to contracts with its supplier for certain produce, enabling it to maintain its pricing levels on particular items despite short-term fluctuations as a result of any damage to crops affecting availability, this situation does not exist with all produce, meaning price changes may still arise. Meanwhile, Mr Roberts quipped: Prices will actually increase whether theres damage or not. Farmers are the smartest people on earth. On Sunday, Florida Governor Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency because of the threat of severe crop damage in the typically warms tate from diving temperatures. According to Lisa Lochridge, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, it is unusual for temperatures to dip so low the teens in north Florida and the high 20s in central and South Florida at this time of year. Temperatures of between 60 to 78 degrees are more common. Mr Leslie said it was likely the price of tomatoes will now g o sky high as a consequence of damage to the crops from this weeks cold snap. This was one of several soft crops, which also include peppers, beans, corn and cucumber, which are g rown in south Florida and are likely to be badly affected. Supervalue, however, should be in good shape for the time being as far as tomatoes are concerned, given their current two-week lock in, said Mr Leslie. Phil Lightbourne, owner of Phils Food Services, which imports most of its produce directly rather than going through a Nassau-based wholesaler, said December was typically bad for produce availability due to poorer weather conditions, but this (weather worse. I think the biggest problem well have is that prices will skyrocket. Availability will be scarce and so we have to pay the price. On a few items there will be pricei ncreases, he said. Among the produce Phils Food Services imports most of from Florida are watermelon, strawberries, grapes and limes. The price of limes coming into the Bahamas had already increased in recent weeks after the US Department of Agriculture surprised importers by rejecting shipments of limes from Mexico, d ue to fears they were contaminated with a pest known as sweet orange scab. We had to go back to the limes in the US, so they doubled in price right away. T here could be no more ten for a dollar, said Mr Roberts. Yesterday, however, the US Department of Agricultureas approved new regulations that should restore lime and other citrus imports from Mexico to normal levels, perhaps mitigating against any further increase in lime prices in the Bahamas as a result of damage to citrus crops in Florida this week. Don Carnine, general manager of Bahamas Food Services, said yesterday morning that he believed it was too early to tell precisely the outcome that the freezing weather in Florida would have on imports to the Bahamas in terms of pricing and availability, as assessments were still in an early stage. However, he said there will be an impact. The farmers are taking a hard look at everything this morning, and theyre anticipating temperatures to pass through today and lighten up tomorrow and Friday to where they can do some complete analysis of the damage that took place. They did have a severe amount of frost on the ground, so there will be an impact, though the extent we dont know yet, Mr Carnine said. This will to some degree be mitigated by the availability of some crops on the Bahamian agricultural market, which did not experience the same freezing temperatures. For some of those crops were into the local season now, so the availability local wise will give us a definite advantage in terms of being able to work with the farme rs to provide an affordable p rice for end user< Mr Carnine said. Also, as market prices increase on the imported front it should have an impact in terms of us being to able to give farmers a little more for their money here. Green pepper, cabbage, tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash are presently all i n season in the Bahamas, being grown in farms in New Providence, Andros, Abaco and Freeport. 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M ost serious historians would concur that great events happen at the turn of each new century thereby ushering the dawn of a new era while closing the chapters of the past. Such was the case in 2000, at the height of the Y2K frenzy when Bahamians were stocking up on water and food supplies and other necessities just in case all the computers crashed sending the world into a mad frenzy. Amidst the buzz and the hustle, a dream was being bor n in the mind of L yn T erez Davis. This young striving Bahamian woman, armed with a strong education in theatre from Morgan State University, and a deep desire to pursue her godly purpose on the national landscape, began what is now know today as Dynamite Pr oductions. Dynamite It is fr om this launching pad the now nationally known character Dynamite Daisy was created. A mixture of satire, ir ony and comedy Daisy has somehow flown into the hearts of the Bahamian public both young and old, rich and poor professional and blue-collared, white and black. LynT er ez Davis, the last child of Bishop Ros and Lady Althea Davis, credits her beginnings and first opportunities to the late Kayla Lockhart Edwards who believed, supported, nurtured and pushed her talents to the forefront. Now in their 10th year, the production company has been the impetus for four complete state pr oductions: Conch Salad Christmas, Daisy s Whirlwind Weekend, Daisys Kapuncle-up Vacation, Judge Daisy, and the most r ecent of fering, the V alley and the Shadow of Death. This years 10th Anniversary celebration will take place in two parts. On Saturday, December 18, 2000 at Phils Food Services on Gladstone Road, Dynamite Productions will host a bir thday par ty and brief cer emony for all of the public to attend. There will be face painting and cake for everyone. Childr en will be allowed to take Christmas Pictur es with Daisy with par t pr oceeds going to the HIV/Aids foundation. Secondly, Dynamite Productions will present on December 26, 2010, Boxing Day, two shows of the revival of the Original Conch Salad Christmas at the National Theatr e for the Performing Arts. Lyn Terez Davis extends her gratitude to the gover nment and people of the Bahamas for their unwavering suppor t and love. The Tribune PG 30 Thursday, December 16, 2010 RELIGION A Bahamian comedian celebrates 10 years of service to the Bahamas


O ne of the most perplexing problems associated with the season of Christmas is selecting appropriate, affordable gifts for each person on our list. What the person wants may not fall into our budget constraints, or in an effort to make it a surprise, we may find ourselves surprised by the lack of enthusiasm displayed when the contents are revealed. Let us consider some gifts for members of our family and for friends which money cannot buy and which time cannot destroy: 1.The gift of love with all of the wrap pings of war m hugs and smiles, and gen tle tones. 2.The gift of listening with patience and a sincere effort at understanding. 3.The gift of presence to be available, approachable, and attentive. 4.The gift of a peaceful spirit foster ed by the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. 5. The gift of for giveness especially wher e r emorse is genuine and distr ess r eal. In the Church, there are special gifts needed in order for the work of the Lord to be done: 1.The gift of faith as exhibited by those who ar e able to tr uly believe and tr ust God. 2. The gift of hospitality manifested as the welcoming of others into our homes and hearts. 3. The gift of teaching wher e knowledge and information are imparted to build up faith. 4.The gift of administration displayed in wise leadership and handling of church affairs. 5.The gift of healing as seen in the restoration of bodies, minds, spirits and emotions. 6. The gift of pr eaching and pr oclama tion to convict of sin and offer hope of salvation. These ar e just some of the gifts of the Spirit, distributed among all of the mem bers of the Body of Christ. References to spiritual gifts may be found in the following chapters in the New T estament: 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4. The Houts Inventory of Spiritual Gifts, for example, is one of several ways to discover your own gifts for ministry by means of a series of questions to be answer ed and scor ed. In the final analysis, the best gift that we can give to God is a hear t that is submissive, a will that is sur rendered, and a life that is being lived to the honour and glory of God. Led by the Holy Spirit day by day, we become a gift to our home, school, place of employment, neighbourhood, chur ch, countr y and the world as a whole. Like concentric circles spreading well beyond what the eye can see, our prayers and our influence af fect generations to come. The best gifts last forever, so choose carefully what you plan to give, and place Gods name at the top of your list. The Tribune Thursday, December 16, 2010 PG 31 RELIGION The best gifts to give REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD PALACIOUS MEDITATION Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.


THE Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organisation, is encouraging all Bahamians, irrespective of their denomination or creed, to keep Christ in Christmas this holiday season. The organisation said as it launches its 2010 Keep Christ in Christmas, secularisation is chipping away at the religious significance of Christmas. The tradition of honouring the birth of Jesus by saying or displaying the word Christmas is being pushed from the public square. s face it. We live in a world that commercialises almost everything, especially Christmas. We all know that the true meaning of Christmas is Christ, the organisation said in a statement. Everywhere one goes, there is the greeting of Merry Xmasas opposed to Mer r y Christmas. It is appar ent that those who are opposed to Christ want to eclipse Christ from Christmas. The organisation, which says it is devotedly in solidarity with the Catholic church, explained that the battle for Christmas is not new to the Knights of Columbus, which has publicly promotedthe true meaning of Christmas for more than 30 years thr ough its multi-faceted Keep Christ in Christmas programme. The or der s public service Christmas announcements have reached more than 20 million television viewers and about 27 million radio listeners since they began airing in the 1980s, the or ganisa tion said. The Knights of Columbus, which has been in the Bahamas since June 1990, unveiled its 2010 Keep Christ in Christmas campaign on December 5 at the St Joseph Roman Catholic Chur ch. The purpose of the campaign is to sen sitise the entir e Christian community that Christ is the reason for the season. As Christian br others and sisters, we should not be ashamed to recognise the season as Christ Mas rather than Xmas, Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings, the order said. The campaign calls all Christians to boldly pr oclaim Christ as Lor d of Christmas. Knights of Columbus Councils throughout the free world promote the Keep Christ in Christmas message on billboards, lawn signs and posters. Knights also honour the bir th of Jesus by illuminating and blessing a Christmas tree or Nativity scene on the first Tuesday of December as part of the or der s Light Up for Christ campaign launched in 1991. Other Knights keep Christ in Christmas in a variety of ways. Our mission is simply to keep Christ in Christmas and extend to ever y Christian family the opportunity to celebrate the bir th of our Lor d by displaying in their front yard a depiction of his birth, said Joseph Johnson, Worthy Grand Knight of Council 10415. The Tribune PG 32 Thursday, December 16, 2010 RELIGION Reclaiming Christmas for Christ RECLAIMING CHRISTMAS: Officers of the Knights of Columbus Council 10415 unveil their 2010 Keep Christ in Christmas campaign on Sunday, December 5 on the grounds of St Joseph Roman Catholic Church on Boyd Road. C o u r t e s y o f D r P S a m u e l B a i n By ALESHACADET Tribune Features Reporter UNDER the theme "A chur ch that was established on the covenant's of God's word," the Bread of Life Baptist Chur ch celebrates it's 12 chur ch anniversar y on Sunday December 19. The event will take place at the church gr ounds on Lee Str eet, Nassau V illage, star ting at 3 pm, all ar e invited to attend. The celebration will feature special guest speaker Rev Daniel Simmons, Pastor of Car michael Bible Chur ch. The speakers during the week are RevT yr one Sands, pastor of T r ue Worshippers Assembly and Apostle David King Mcphee of World Changers Ministries Inter national. According to members of the church, Pastor Thompson, a native Mayaguanian fr om the beautiful settle ment of Betsy Bay, was inducted as the pastor of the Br ead of Life Baptist Chur ch on Mar ch 28 1999. "Pastor Thompson has a passion for young people and intends to focus on this ministr y by building a centre to help troubled teens and young people. There is a soup kitchen and clothing distribu tion centr e to help those in need, the church said in a release. Pastor Thompson started the Ministry in December 1998 with only thirteen members. He was or dained to the gospel ministry in March 1998 at New Hope Missionary Baptist church under the leadership of the late Rev Dr Mitchell R Cooper. He is mar ried to the for mer Pearl Missick and the couple has four chil dren, Koralee, Maguerite, Kirkwood and Kirkwood. Pastor Thompson and the congr egation at Bread of Life are motivated by their favorite scriptur e, Philippians 4:13, which states, "W e can do all things through Christ who strengthens us." Bread of Life Baptist Church celebrates its 12th anniversary


T he birth of Jesus is usually the main emphasis of the Christmas message. Jesus was born for the express purpose of bringing salvation into the world. The lost and dying of the world would now have hope because of the birth of this child. The long heralded Christ came in the fullness of time. (Gal. 4:4 God providentially supplied the proper background for His appearing and mission. His advent occurred at a point in human history when the Law of Moses had done its work of demonstrating the sinfulness of man and the impossibility of achieving righteousness by human effort. Jesus took what is common to us all, our human nature, yet free from any taint of sin, and combined it with deity to become an actual person with his own individuality. This is the mystery of the incarnation. The ministry of the Saviour was predominantly to the multitudes during its early phase, as He sought out the people where they were, whether in the synagogue or on the city street or by the lakeside. Once while crossing the lake, a storm arose and His disciples seemed helpless and so they called for His assistance. What manner of man is this? Such was the amazed observation of the disciples of Jesus as they beheld Him in action and felt the strength and mystery of His personality as they accompanied Him. Jesus was a man of integrity. No taint of duplicity marred His dealings with others, for there was a mixture of motives within His heart. He could not be deceived, forH e was truth incarnate. J esus was a man of courage. When Aristotle advanced his famous doctrine of the 'mean', he illustrated it by courage, which lies midway between cowardice and recklessness. Judged by this standard, the character of Jesus appears in a most favourable light, for in Him one can detect no wildness ability even in the most intense activity, nor any supineness in His passivity. Christ had physical courage. Our Lord showed great compassion for people. The sight of the multitudes, forlorn and forsaken by those who should have been their spiritual shepherds stirred Christ to the depths of His being. Out of His compassion, He ministered to physical needs for food and health, and went on to tell them the secr ets of the life of tr ue godliness. He was clothed with humility. He could talk about his own passion without infatuation. Christ wrought revolution in ethicsb y dignifying humility in a world, which d espised it as weakness. His humility was His refusal to please Himself. He came not to be ministered unto but to minister. His life was so brief, so confined in its geographical orbit, so little noticed by the world in his own time, has yet become the most potent force for good in all of human history. His influence on the saints is so radical and comprehensive that nothing can describe it better than assertion that Christ is their life. Until He comes into the heart, self rules supreme. When He comes, He creates a new point of preference and a new set of values. Yes, Jesus coming into the world has mightily affected society in its organised state. He taught the world the dignity of human life, the worth of a soul, the preciousness of personality EmmanuelGod is with us! The Tribune Thursday, December 16, 2010 PG33 RELIGION EmmanuelGod is with us BISHOP V.G. CLARKE ALL r oads lead downtown to Christ Church Cathedral this Sunday evening, December 19 at 6.30pm as the Highgrove Singers lead the Cathedral parishioners, and other guests, including Governor General and Lady Foulkes, in the yearly remembrance of the story of the bir th of Jesus Christ through the Festival of Lessons and Car ols. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a format for a service of Christian worship that is traditionally held during the Christmas season. The stor y of the fall of humanity the pr omise of the Messia and the bir th of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the pr ophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music. e are very pleased to have been asked by the Dean of the Cathedral to lead the ser vice once again, said Adrian Archer, Director of the Highgrove Singers. The music for this occasion will include both traditional congr egational car ols and moder n twen tieth century music for choir and congregation. The format for the service of lessons and carols was based on an order drawn up by Edwar d White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury but at that time Bishop of Trur, for use on Christmas Eve (24 DecemberT radition says that he or ganised a 10 pm service on Christmas Eve in a temporary wooden shed serving as his cathedral and that a key purpose of the service was to keep men out of pubs on Christmas Eve. The original litur gy has since been adapted and used by other chur ches all over the world The choirs music for this occasion is dictated primarily by the readings, said Ar cher So picking the music hasn t been a very complicated thing. We hope to pr esent some ver y lovely anthems and canticles by composers such as Eric Whitacr e, Gor don Thornett, William Dix, Craig Courtney, Steve Pilkington and the dramatic Sir Christemas by William Mathias. Accompanying the choir will be Yvonne Foulkes, Cathy and Lynden Flowers and at the gr eat or gan will be Dr Sparkman Fer guson, titular or ganist of the Cathedral. Other r eaders during the Carol Service include Fr Colin Humes, Joann Callendar, Rosemary Hanna, Elridge McPhee and Marvin Lockhart Admission to the Car ol Ser vice is fr ee of charge. The Highgr ove Singers present the Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas The Highgrove Singers


PG3 4 Thursday, December 16, 2010 By BISHOPSIMEON B. HALL S enior Pastor, New Covenant Baptist Church THEwords of the song (Please Daddy Dont Get Drunk This Christmas) by Bill and Taffy Danoff bespeak how we, as a people, indeed as a nation, have profanedthe sacred season that is intended to reflect on the birthday of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Instead this season has become a time to get drunk and engage in licentious lifestyles. This 1974 song places on the lips of a child, words of pathos and deep melancholy, it says: Please daddy dont get drunk this ChristmasI dont want to see my mama cry Just last year when I was only sevenNow Im almost eight as you can see Y ou came home a quarter past eleven And fell down underneath our Christmas tree. It is most discouraging to know that this scene will be played out a thousand timesin many homes throughout our Bahamas. Christmas is the queen of Christian festivities; second only in significance to Easter. For now, and for all times let us set aside as puerile and insignificant those who would make a case that Christmas has pagan historical ties. In Israel s histor y God sent His Son into the world. At some point serious Christians look forward to the celebrationof the birth of Christ, the incarnation; this is the event when God punctuated human history with His divine presence. Born to raise the sons of earth. Born to give them second birth. We show our highest capacity to profane the sacred when we would use the time set aside to reflect on the Lords birth as a time to lower our standards and get drunk. The song Silent Night, Holy Night is wrong. There was nothing holy or silent about the night on which the Christ child was born. But those around were so intoxicated with their way of life that they missed the fact that God, through the promised Messiah, had come to them. I appeal to those who might make the same mistake as those who did at the time of Christs birth: Please daddy, dont get drunk this Christmas. Do not become so intoxicated by this world (literally and figuratively miss the divine presence in our midst. Daddy, please dont leave the rent money or the school fees at the corner bar and embarrass us again. Please daddy we would like to have a peaceful time like the neighbour next door. We would like to exchange gifts like the people in chur ch. Please daddy when you get drunk you beat and abuse my mother and sometimes you forget I am your daughter and the way you look at me makes me ver y uncomfor t able. God comes to us in Jesus Christ that is the meaning of Advent. Time, place, colour of the child are all incidental to the central theme of this cosmic drama. Dr unkenness is escapism and those who try to drown their sorrows in alcohol come to know that sorrows can swim. The Bahamas has the infamous distinction of ranking number 3 in the world in alcohol consumption and abuse. By extrapolation, it means that at any time of positive social reconstruction and progress many Bahamians will be found inebriated and without good sense. It is clear to me that some persons with power and influence in our history decided that the best way to keep some Bahamians back is to keep them drunk. We pursue and prosecute those who deal in the illicit drug trade indeed as we ought; but at the same time we reward liquor barons who trade in the nefarious business of alcohol. This is a naked contradiction. Alcohol is a killer and those who benefit from it have the blood of thousands of weak persons on their hands. The National health Initiative recently passed in the Honorable House of Assembly is worthy of support, but what about taking another look at those things in our countr y that causes ill health. I am safe within the mark that wanton alcoholism ranks at the top. W e speak passionately about the health of the nation but then we have high ranking gover nment of ficials or ganising government events being sponsored by the liquor mer chants suggesting that this practice is okay. Alcohol is one of the sacr ed cows in our Bahamian society. Would it not be interesting if a scientific study was done on the ef fects of alcohol on the Bahamian society? How does alcohol affect family life? How does this demon of alcohol impact the work and study habits of employees and students? Ought we not to make a scientific assessment on this accepted area of Bahamian life before the National Health Program is implemented? I think so! Here are some quotes on the matter of alcoholism: People who drink to drown their sorrows should be told that sorrows know how to swim. Ann Landers One reason I dont drink is that I want to know when Im having a good time. Nancy Astor I have always been a little suspicious, perhaps even more contemptuous of persons who make a living of f someone else s pain and death. During this Advent Season many chil dren will receive gifts from their parents and friends. Sadly ther e will be those who will have to face these days in painful dismay and disappointment because daddy is drunk, and that is sad. My immediate family and the people of New Covenant Baptist Chur ch join me in wishing you and yours an Advent Season full of joy and peace and one that is free of any abuse and destruction. The Tribune RELIGION Please daddy dont get drunk this Christmas Bishop Simeon B. Hall POMONA, Calif. Associated Press AS DARKNESSfell on a recent night, Duc Le donned a long white tunic and black cap, slipped off his shoes and joined other aging refugees to honor the new moon with the chanted prayers and of ferings that mark the Vietnamese religion of Cao Dai. As Le worshipped, his 25-year-old son stood nearby in sweat pants and chatted with his young bride befor e slipping away to study for his mid-term exams. The college senior said he visits the temple to teach mar tial ar ts mor e often than to worship and str uggles to obser ve the elaborate rituals of his elders' faith. "Usually I don't get too involved. I think it's the language barrier," said Thuan Le, who finds the higher-level Vietnamese used in Cao Dai prayers dif ficult to understand. "I definitely see it as a hindrance with all the ceremonies. You have to follow all these pr ocedures to get to the truth of it and that's really hard." Le's ambivalence is echoed by many young Vietnamese and marks a turning point for the thousands of r efugees who brought their religion with them to the U.S. and have nur tur ed it for decades in their adopted homeland. Now as the original followers age, Cao Dai's most learned scholars in the U.S. are scrambling to build inter est among their children and grandchildren while trying to widen the faith's appeal to gain new, non-V ietnamese worshippers as well. But Cao Dai's unusual history and a colorful blending of beliefs that earned its most prominent temple in Vietnam the nickname "Walt Disney fantasia of the East" could make that a challenge. The faith, bor n in 1926 out of a series of spirit seances, is monotheistic but incorporates elements of the oldest and most established r eligions in its complex DNA. It took root in French Indochina, in part as a way for the country's intellectual elite to reconcile the Christian beliefs of their colonial rulers and ancient Eastern traditions, said Janet Hoskins, an anthropology professor and Cao Dai exper t at the University of Southern California. Practitioners today believe the founders of the world's major r eligions are all messengers of the same God and point to similar teachings on peace and love in all religions. As a result, the faithful pay homage to a cornucopia of religious and philosophical figures, including Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, Lao Tzu, Buddha and Confucius. Among their saints is the French author Victor Hugo, who is believed to have spoken to spirit mediums fr om beyond the grave. Hugo's image, along with the French slogan "Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood," appears at the front of many Cao Dai temples along with the Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen and the Vietnamese sage Khiem Binh Nguyen. Practitioners also believe Joan of Arc guided the first Cao Dai disciples in their seances and is one of nine female fairies associated with the Mother Goddess. Five levels of carved and brightly painted figures depicting Cao Dai's saints, prophets and immortals sit above the altar in its temples, where worshippers also burn incense and place tea, wine, fr uit and flowers to r ep resent the different aspects of being. The faith's complex histor y and its emphasis on ritual and hierar chy make it difficult for young people to embrace, even without a language barrier, said Hum Dac Bui, a Cao Dai scholar, author and retired surgeon who lives in Redlands. Refugees aim to preserve unique Vietnamese faith


The Tribune By REX MAJOR I saw a story of the Carol -Singing by the Long Island Schools in your newspaper recently ( Long Island Schools Celebrate the District Carol Service on December 9). I felt that it might be a meaningful follow up, if you carried the story of how it all got started. While my father N.G.M. Major was the Supervisory Headteacher of the Long Island Schools, he felt that it would be very rewarding and helpful if all the Schools got together at least once per year to sing the Car ols. Enclosed is an addr ess he gave on one of those occasions. Included also is a photo of the 1964 Carol service, held at that time on the lawn of the Commissioner's Residence, on a hill overlooking Clar ence T own, Harbour Long Island. A second photo gives a picture of his nationally award winning Buckley School Choir, of which he was headteacher and choir director. His second love was music. He and T imothy Gibson, studied music together first under CI Gibson then as students at the old Boy Central School in Nassau, from which they graduated and left to take their first Schools as Headteachers in 1922. Timothy Gibson went to George Town Exuma, while N.G.M Major went to Port Nelson, Rum Cay. Thursday, December 16, 2010 PG35 RELIGION History of Long Islands carol singing AN APPRECIATION OF THE MINISTRY OF CAROLS By NGM Major (Date not mentioned; precise occasion not stated I am sure all of us have been looking forward to this day with joyous anticipation. I believe that we all agree that the singing of Christmas Carols are a most rewarding pastime and custom. T hey express in a very satisfying way our feeling toward the birthday of our lovely Lord. In them we greet the holy maker and offer Him our humblest worship, our love, our blessings, having accepted Him as the great Author of our salvation. In them we are given a glimpse of Xmas in other climes, and this adds to our joys. But there is that fascination in these Carols which was first experienced in our childhood when it seemed that the holy babe had a special influence on us and this unique thrill has remained with us ever into the present time. There is nothing to equal the entrancing music and related joys of Xmas Carols. Many of them, I am sure were written by inspir ed persons for they have captivated us with a magnetism which has charmed and held us with a bond that will not let us go. The bir th of our blessed Lor d and Savior was not by acci dent. In Eternity past, in the Eternal Council of God, a PLAN was made whereby God desired to raise up a people who would love and serve him. In his great prophetic WISDOM he knew that human natur e would fail him. They would SIN and be separated from our Father God. So God provided ONE who would pay the price of sin with his life ther eby per mitting all who wished to enjoy Life Everlasting to do so by REPENT ANCE towar d God and faith in Jesus Christ our Savior. The Birth of Christ was a miracle, and so is the conversion of ever y sinner Ever y minute, every hour. Millions have obeyed the gospel, and now look forward with joy to the blessed Hope of the r etur n of our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to take His saints home. It is indeed gratifying to note the interest and enthusiasm shown by ever y well-thinking person throughout our island as this season comes around. We can therefore feel assured that this delightful pastime of car ol singing among the schools has now become a well established custom in our island. The history of every worthwhile custom never fails to enhance and increase its importance. Carol singing dates back to the early centuries, however car ol singing among the schools in Long Island had its begin ning about 15 years ago. It came about in this way: I happened to be visiting the metr opolis when a car ol-singing pr ogramme came off at Christ Church Cathedral. Timothy Gibson was in charge and he invited me to attend and I enjoyed it immensely, and before I left Nassau I suggested that it would be a fine addition to the Christmas celebration if our schools in Long Island would have a special meet for car ol singing. As Mr Gibson was the Music Inspector for the out islands and I was district Inspector for the South East Islands, we got it going the following year. We held meets at Buckley's Lower Cay Millerton, Clarence Town, Simms, etc. Those meets were held outdoors but today we ar e indoors a pr ogr essive step and I believe the acoustics are very much better today. It is pleasing to note that, in spite of distance and other pr oblems a ver y appreciable number of schools are taking part, to sing to the glory of God. MAKING MUSIC: Mr NGM Major is seen conducting his Buckley's Primary School Choir in the garden of the residence of the District Commissioner of Long Island, in Clarence T own, Long Island overlooking the Clarence Town Harbour. CROWD OF VOICES: A portion of the eight Choirs which participated in the first all Schools United Choir Celebration of Christmas Carol singing in Long Island in the late sixties. N.G.M. Major


P arishioners came together from the length and breadth of Long Island to celebrate and begin yet another churchs liturgical year. Patronal festivals are seen as the birthday of any particular church and St Andrews is found in the exquisite tranquil serene settlement of Whymms. St Andr ew s Anglican Chur ch has been closed for a number of years to receive extensive renovations and refurbishment to the physical structure of this edifice. Prior to Fr Mark Foxs departure to relocate to the capital, he r eopened and celebrated the first mass on July 7 of this year. Anglican members from St Peters in the nor th and St Paul s in the south came together in the palatial pictur esque edi fice of St Andrews to laud the life and witness of the apostle Andr ew This church spiritually reared the first Bahamian born Bishop Donald Knowles and possesses an aura of mystique. The Church was adorned with celebration flags on the exterior and the altar decorated in the Patronal festival colour of red denoting the color attributed to Apostles. Fr Chester Bur ton; new r ector of St Peters North Long is anticipating the rededication of this edifice in short order by Diocesan Bishop Laish Boyd early in the New Year. Fr Jonathan Archer, Rector of the St Paul s Parish preached the sermon to the packed church overflowing with jubilant members. The gospel r eading for the Eucharistic celebration was taken fr om Matthew s gospel chapter 4 verses 18-22 in which Jesus is walking down the Sea of Galilee and comes into contact with Simon Peter and Andr ew who ar e br others and also James and John the sons of Zebedee. Fr Archer touched on the simple yet profound words of Jesus when he told Andrew and his brother Simon Peter, that He would make them fishers of men. Fr Archer reminisced on his early experiences while serving as rector of St Patrick s, Gover nor s Harbour wher e he enjoyed fishing. He went on to say that certain Long Island settlements are built around fishing communities. Fr Archer then in his sermon asked a poignant and rhetorical question to the congregation: What ar e you fishing? Fr Archer pointed out that during the New Testament Era there were no motor boats or any devices (for example GPS, that enabled fisher men to tar get fish and determine storms or hurricanes so fishing in that time was extremely dangerous. He noted that Jesus picked some of the most unlikely characters to assist Him with spreading the gospel message. In the English Language follow is one of the most powerful words known to humanity. And the mere thought of these two br others along with the sons of Zebedee leaving their father in the boat and following Jesus should sensitise each Christian of their duty and obligation to be a witness and fisher man for God and His Son Jesus Christ through the power of the Hold Spirit. After the Eucharistic celebration members congregated under the belfry to shar e in table fellowship and to meet and greet different members of the Anglican Community in Long Island before their long drive back to their various homes The parish is anticipating the r ededica tion of the church on the completion of the bathroom block and churchs office facility. The Tribune PG3 6 Thursday, December 16, 2010 RELIGION St. Andrews Anglican Church, Whymms Long Island celebrates its Patronal Festival SINGING PRAISES: Parishioners sing the introit hymn during St Andrews patronal Festival in Long Island. BROTHERS IN THE LORD: Fr Chester Burton and Fr Jonathan Ar cher fellowship after the service. BROTHERS IN THE LORD: Fr Chester Burton and Fr Jonathan Archer fellowship after the service.

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