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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 Road works:court win for businesses C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.24SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNWITH SHOWER HIGH 82F LOW 67F By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net THE Minister of Works "did not follow the requirements of the law" when he effected road works along Baillou Hill Road and Market Street, said the Supreme Court when ruling in favour of the Coconut Grove Business League yesterday. Supreme Court Justice K Neville Adderley awarded the group unspecified dam ages for loss of business due to the ongoing road works damages that will be assessed by the court at a later date if the parties involved cannot come to an agreed amount. The ruling was described as an "historic" one by members of the CGBL who said the case should be an impetus for others who feel aggrieved by government to take their matter to court. "I find that once the Minister (of Works embarked on the consultative process by carrying out the road works in the affect ed area without proper consultation, he thereby did not follow the requirements of the law. I also find that the road works in substance constitute a public nuisance which has directly contributed to losses, including goodwill, to the businesses of the applicants," said Justice Adderley in his 33-page judgment, parts of which were read aloud in court yesterday. "The damages shall relate to their businesses only and to loss cause by the road works. The works on the Baillou Hill Road and Mar ket Street corridors are continuing and there may be time for the minister to miti gate his damages by engaging in proper consultation with the applicants to the extent, if any, is still possible," Justice Adderley continued. The ruling was met with jubilation from the CGBL who say they are still struggling with a fall-off in busi ness because of the road construction. "This case is historic, (it has proven that the small man can stand up and fight City Hall. There is no rea son to be scared," Arnold Heastie, owner of Heastie's Service Station, told The Tri bune after the judgment was handed down. Mr Heastie claimed his business has dropped about 50 per cent since the road work began in March, Go vt to meet with owners over damages McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A YOUNG man in his early twenties became the countrys 44th traffic fatality early yesterday morning. Police believe 22-year-old Laren zo Fitzgerald Moss of Kensington Gardens off Soldier Road lost control of the dark green Honda coupe he was driving and smashed into a rock wall in front of the UBS build ing on East Bay Street. It is understood the car overturned, crushing the driver and killing him instantly. It is believed Mr Moss worked at Atlantis and had been with friends at a bar hours earlier. Police spokeswoman Sgt Chris lyn Skippings cautioned motorists to buckle up and drive with care during the holiday season. She further urged the use of a designated driver and always to adhere to the speed limits. Y OUNG MAN IS YEARS 4 4TH TRAFFIC FATALITY By NOELLE NICOLLS & CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporters nnicolls@tribunemedia.net cnixon@tribunemedia.net BTC union representatives pledged to continue protesting in a lawful way the governments planned sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless, despite accusations about unlawful activity. The basis of the original petition by company representatives of BTC was without substance, said attorneys representing the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU Communications and Public Managers Union (BCPMU Andrew Mckinney, BCPOU attorney, challenged the essence of BTCs complaint that the unions encouraged or called for an illegal strike on December 7 while presenting arguments to Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner, yesterday. He further challenged whether or not an illegal strike has ever taken place. (Based on the affidavits submitted) we are hard pressed to find evidence that a strike had been called for by either defendants. There is no strike and there has been no strike. The employees are working, said Mr Mckinney. Union representatives are seeking to overturn an injunction that bars union leaders from orchestrating any unlawful industrial A US cable leaked by the whistle-blower website Wik ileaks revealed that Cuban officials have expressed their frustration over Jamaicas lack of effort in stopping the flow of illicit drugs to the United States and the Bahamas. The cable, written on August 11, 2009, by Jonathan Farrar, the US chief of Mis sion in Havana stated the prevailing concern and significant frustration on the Cuban side is the reportedly complete lack of cooperation afforded them by the government of Jamaica when it comes to CD (CounterDrug) information sharing. However, Jamaicas Security Minister Dwight Nelson called the report and claims absolute rubbish. For the last three years, the efforts of the army in seeking to combat drug traf ficking have been immense, and prior to that. That is absolute rubbish and nonsense, he told The Jamaican Gleaner. However, the document clearly outlined Cubas frus tration over Jamaicas lack of effort to stop the flow of illicit drugs to the US and the Bahamas. The cable even detailed an incident where 13 bales of marijuana, destined for The Bahamas from Jamaica, were dropped off in a field in Cuba because the plane the smugglers were using developed engine problems. According to international reports, Mr Nelson, who initially did not want to com ment on the document as he had not read it, was surprised FRUSTRATION OVER FLOW OF DRUGS TO US, B AHAMAS REVEALED IN WIKILEAKS RELEASE BTCUNIONS PLEDGE TO CONTINUE PROTESTS AGAINST PLANNED SALE IN LAWFUL WAY SEE page two SEE page two CRASHSCENE: Emergency services at the scene of yesterdays fatal traffic accident. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page two ROADWORKS: Work taking place earlier this year on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM a dding that he has been forced to dip "heavily" into his savings account to meet overhead costs and keep staff employed. "I don't think there is a business on that strip that i sn't on the ropes," he said, n oting that Jiffy Cleaners c losed because of a decrease in customers. SuperValue owner Rupert Roberts Jr said the group is looking forward to sitting down with Works Minister Neko Grant and o ther Government officials t o come to an amicable agreement. We would like to meet with them and see if we can w ork out a better road plan for the motoring public because what they are d oing now is not working. We've come to a point w here elected representatives don't seem to care," said Mr Roberts, who claimed to have lost about $350,000 in profit since ther oad work began. Etheric Bowe, the owner o f Advanced Technical E nterprises Ltd, said the ruling gave him faith in the j ustice system. "What was clear from t he beginning was the law was on our side, he sad. I really appreciate that y ou can get justice in court, up until now I had serious doubts about that. We really didn't have to get here, to court, I hope we can work out the rest of it reas onably. They are e mployed by us and should look out for our interests we should not have to be fighting people who should be looking out for us but it is clear that the Government cannot damage peop le and not compensate t hem. (Now a ged by ongoing infras tructure can expect r edress," said Mr Bowe. In July, the CGBL a group of business owners who claim to have been adversely affected by the March 30 road changes were granted leave for a j udicial review. The group argued that they only want ed an opportunity to meetw ith Mr Grant to discuss s ome alternatives to the c urrent plan. The group also argued t hey had no idea their busi n esses were going to be affected in the way they were. Attorney General John Delaney who appeared on behalf of the Govern ment earlier said the gov ernment had made the decision to embark on the New Providence Road Improvement Project in 1 999 and from its incept ion, the project consisted o f 19 corridors. Mr Delaney said the works project had been highly publicised and there were also open house meetings. The road changes, which made Baillou Hill Road one-way northbound and Market Street one-way southbound, are a part of the government's $120 mil lion New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP action. BTC representatives are seeking to have the injunction continued. Justice Turner said he would need at least a week to make his judgment. If unable to complete deliberation over all court submission by December 23, he said the concerned parties would have to wait until the New Year for a decision. Although the injunction restricts the unions involved from inducing employees of BTC to break their respective contracts of employ ment by taking part in any unlawful industrial action against BTC, Justice Turner said the injunction would not impede the unions from protesting lawfully. Tara Cooper-Burnside, BTCs attorney, argued for the continuation of the injunction, based on what she claimed to be reasonable grounds for apprehension that the illegal indus trial action will continue. She said based on statements made by union leaders there is sufficient evidence that industrial action will continue. Protests continue, including go slow activity, even since the injunction was ordered by the court and notice given to union heads. Wayne Munroe, another union attorney, said union representatives were entitled to express their opinion on the intended sale, and the present injunction gives the appearance that they are engaging in unlawful protest. Mr McKinney said: General protestation is not unlawful. It is constitutionally protected. Unions have a responsibility to make it clear to their members that they will not be involved in unlawful strikes, said BTC attorneys. Ms Cooper-Burnside said unions are liable for the actions of their members. at its content, noting the work that the US and Jamaica have done in the past to fight drug and gun smuggling. We have been fighting it like hell, pouring resources into it. We even have sat down with the US to work this out, he said. The document even described a meeting on-board a ship in the port of Havana, which was organized to ease tensions between the two neighbouring countries where Cuban officials complained that the two Jamaican officers just sat there and didnt say anything. The reports went on to say that the Ministry Interior officers mention that Jamaican officials commonly agree to greater information-sharing in person, however, that is the extent of their efforts. The report also said that Cuban officials appeared resigned to the fact that they would not see greater cooperation from Jamaican officials. THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED CHILDRENS COMMITTEE will hold its 2010 raffle draw today. The draw will take place at Kelly's Home Centre at 8.00pm. The grand prize is a 2010 Suzuki Swift. PHYSICALLYCHALLENGEDCHILDRENSCOMMITTEE RAFFLEDRAW Road works:Supreme Court win for businesses FROM page one MEMBERS of the Coconut Grove Business League are all smiles as they leave court y esterday. FROM page one FR USTRATION OVER FLOW OF DRUGS TO US, B AHAMAS REVEALED IN WIKILEAK S RELEASE BTCunions pledge to contin ue pr otests against planned sale in a lawful wa FROM page one UNIONS protested against the proposed BTC sale this week.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. U nions an anachronism. A lot of people think so. I am not denying the need for unions, which were formed in the 19th century when workers were appallingly abused, but today so much legislation h as been passed by governments, mostly at the insistence of unions, that there is now little need for organised labour, other than as a political tool. Unions are effectively an unelected pseudo government, a small minority of the p opulation that use their pow er to gain privilege for their m embers and leaders at the e xpense of the majority. U nfortunately governments a re just as guilty, being so ineffective in their control, so s cared of offending the unions that they are allowed to get away with so much. Ofc ourse, we have to allow for t he fact that unions translate i nto votes, look at America and the Democrats, and governments sell their souls for votes (power That brilliant Harvard l awyer, President Obama, speaking to the unions, and I quote, strong unions mean a strong country, ignoring the fact that the car, and other industries, have been b rought to their knees by the s elfish actions of people, who in any other circumstances, would be called communistso r traitors, for destroying their c ountry. Then he illegally screws the bond holders, the S upreme Court declined to hear the bond holders, I wonder why, bails out the companies with public money, and l o and behold, gives a large chunk of the new company to the unions. He is saying it is good for the country but the costs belie that when you take into account the bond ands hareholders and the dealers hips, and the taxpayers may still not make back their mon ey. Were these actions for the g reater good of the country, or for the benefit of a few self ish people (unions and politi cians) who only cared about t hemselves? But, of course, all that is academic as far as the US is concerned, as theya re hurtling towards bankruptcy, and/or chronic infla tion, over which both parties a re presiding and will seriously affect us here in the Bahamas. I n The Tribune, December 9, Mr Tommy Turnquest complained of offensive remarks by the union chief. When is the government going to stop complaining and do something? It is bad enough when the unions take more than their share in the boom times, but when it is done in a recession it borders on the criminal. The workers seem to think their position is inviolate and they can abuse the system to their ends. Where does this ignoramus, who complained about the white man think much of his wages come from? Uncle Tom died years ago. Where would this country be without the white man? No one denies dreadful things happened in the past, and in somep laces may still be happening. Fortunately in The Bahamas the conflict of the races did not reach the depths they didi n the States, but unless we work together we will never reach the potential of which this beautiful country is capable. We are a small country o f approximately 300,000 s ouls, the size of a medium t own in the States or Europe, t ake out the young, the retired, the sick and the u nemployables, and you do not have too many peoplel eft. Of them many would not w ant to work as civil servants, w ith the stories of mismanagement, laziness, graft, nepotism and political interference, r esulting in overstaffing, etc. M y apologies to the conscientious, but it is far easier to b e dragged down, than to fight against the tide. You usually find the people who complain the most are the ones least qualified and capab le, understandably they fear for their jobs. O n Immediate Response, December 9th, Christy Love roundly condemned all the government run businesses ( Corporations), if only for their lack of service. This individual should be only too pleased that a large interna t ional company is willing to invest in The Bahamas and b ring experience, expertise a nd opportunity to anyone capable of taking advantage of it, to the benefit of allB ahamians. Are there solutions, of course there are? Firstly, get all suitable pub lic business out of government control, the government only has itself to blame for allowing these situations to fester f or so long. Secondly, control the unions, if they cannot controlt hemselves or their members fine them $25,000 a day. Then legislate a strict protocol, like Margaret Thatcher in the UK, union leaders will fight like cats as they see their power and finances dwindle, but that is the cost of being dragged out of the 19th into the 21st century. Surely businesses (BTC future sink or swim together, to coin a phrase, What is good for BTC is good for the Bahamas. Any changes will take a lot of political will, especially as one party, with an eye to votes, will condemn any loss of union power out of hand. For too long unions have condoned appalling b usiness practices, as one chef said when confronting a woman stealing food, she replied my children are hungry put a plug in it woman!T hese practices increase business costs exponentially and t he same people are the first to complain. In Britain, in the eighteenth century, weavers destroyed the mills, dockers fought the introduction of containers it was no longer so easy to steal, car workers destroyed their companies with wild-cat strikes, as did p rinters, it goes on ad nauseam, all these things changed i n the end, the unions just m ade it a lot more expensive. If only the unions could be in t he vanguard for once. I n todays Tribune, 10th, Mr Philip Davis, in my opinion the epitome of stupidity, tries vainly to argue the PLP c ase. Why didnt they sell B TC when they had the o pportunity, on their terms? Oh! I forgot no accounts were produced for at least threey ears. Of course jobs are of prime importance but if youh ave inefficient business, e specially one as important a s the national telecoms carrier, it will die and take many other businesses (jobs i t. I have no doubt that certain politicians are egging ont he unions for short term gain, having no regard for the long term health of the country shame on you. T G Nassau, D ecember 10, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP three bone fragments turned up on a deserted South Pacific island that lay along the course Amelia Earhart was following when she vanished. Nearby were several tantalizing artifacts: some old makeup, some glass bottles and shells that had been cut open. Now scientists at the University of Oklahoma hope to extract DNA from the tiny bone chips in tests that could prove Earhart died as a castaway after failing in her 1937 quest to become the first woman to fly around the world. "There's no guarantee," said Ric Gillespie, director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a group of aviation enthusiasts in Delaware that found the pieces of bone this year while on an expedition to Nikumaroro Island, about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii. "You only have to say you have a bone that may be human and may be linked to Earhart and people get excited. But it istrue that, if they can get DNA, and if they can match it to Amelia Earhart's DNA, that's pretty good." It could be months before scientists know for sure and it could turn out the bones are from a turtle. The fragments were found near a hollowed-out turtle shell that might have been used to collect rain water, but there were no other turtle parts nearby. Earhart's disappearance on July 2, 1937, remains one of the 20th century's most enduring mysteries. Did she run out of fuela nd crash at sea? Did her Lockheed Electra develop engine trouble? Did she spot the island from the sky and attempt to land ona nearby reef? "What were her last moments like? What was she doing? What happened?" asked Robin Jensen, an associate professor of communications at Purdue University in Indiana who has studied Earhart's writ i ngs and speeches. Since 1989, Gillespie's group has made 10 trips to the island, trying each time to find clues that might help determine the fate of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. Last spring, volunteers working at what seemed to be an abandoned campsite found one piece of bone that appeared to be from a neck and another unknown fragment dissimilar to bird or fish bones. A third frag ment might be from a finger. The largest of the pieces is just over an inch long. The area was near a site where native work crews found skeletal remains in 1940. Bird and fish carcasses suggested Westerners had prepared meals there. "This site tells the story of how someone or some people attempted to live as castaways," Gillespie said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. "These fish weren't eaten like Pacific Islanders" eat fish. Millions of dollars have been spent in failed attempts to learn what happened to Earhart, declared dead by a California court in early 1939. The official version says Earhart and Noonan ran out of fuel and crashed at sea while flying from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, which had a landing strip and fuel. Gillespie's book "Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance," and "Amelia Earhart's Shoes," written by four volunteers from the aircraft group, suggest the pair landed on the reef and survived, perhaps for months, on scant food and rainwater. Gillespie, a pilot, said the aviator would have needed only about 700 feet of unobstructed space to land because her plane would have been travelling only about 55 mph at touchdown. "It looks like she could have landed suc cessfully on the reef surrounding the island. It's very flat and smooth," Gillespie said. "At low tide, it looks like this place is surrounded by a parking lot." However, Gillespie said, the plane, even if it landed safely, would have been slowly dragged into the sea by the tides. The waters off the reef are 1,000 to 2,000 feet deep. His group needs $3 million to $5 million for a deep-sea dive. The island is on the course Earhart planned to follow from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, which had a landing strip and fuel. Over the last seven decades, searches of the remote atoll have been inconclusive. A fter the latest find, anthropologists who had previously worked with Gillespie's group suggested that he send the bones to the University of Oklahoma's Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, which has expe rience extracting genetic material from old bones. Gillespie's group also has a genetic sample from an Earhart female relative for comparison with the bones. T he lab is looking for mitochondrial DNA, which is passed along only through females, so there is no need to have a Noonan sample. Cecil Lewis, an assistant professor of anthropology at the lab, said the university received a little more than a gram of bone fragments about two weeks ago. If researchers are able to extract DNA and link it to Earhart, a sample would be sent to another lab for verification. "Extraordinary claims require extraor dinary evidence. That's why we're trying to downplay a lot of the media attention right now," Lewis said. "For all we know, this is just a turtle bone, and a lot of people are going to be very disheartened." Under the best circumstances, the analysis would take two weeks. If scientists have trouble with the sample, that time frame could stretch into months, Lewis said. "Ancient DNA is incredibly unpre dictable," he said. (This article was written by Sean Murphy of the Associated Press). Unions an anachronism LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Bones found might be Amelia Earhart's E DITOR, The Tribune. ON PAGES 1 and 4B of Tuesday the 7th Decembere dition of The Tribune, appeared, under the head ing, Arming Security g uards: I am getting there fast, the Lamentations of an ex president of theB ahamas Chamber of Commerce and a prominent businessman. As the operator of several business establish ments, and having had to take the number of hits that he has had to endure over time, he must not only be frustrated, but con fused. I agree with his analysis of the crime situation and endorse his recommendations for combating the problem, but strongly advise against even the thought of arming security guards in this country, for the following reasons:(a regulations in place for the recruiting and hiring of these persons, there is no oversight of these regula tions by the relevant authority (Ministry of National Security) (b laxity, criminals, ex convicts, illegal migrants and generally persons unfit for such duties, end up as security guards. (c trained in the use of hand guns in a short time frame. It takes weeks to perfect. (d cally fit, ones physical and mental reflexes must be taken into consideration, before being allowed to possess a hand gun. (e feeling of power and superiority. Imagine what it does to an idiot. I would strongly recommend that banks, super markets and indeed all businesses where substan tial sums of cash are being handled, that they contact the police staff association with a view to hiring offduty police officers on weekends and/or busy periods, for it is always better to be safe than sor ry. ERRINGTON W I WATKINS Nassau, December 7, 2010. ADVISING AGAINST THE ARMING OF SECURITY GUARDS

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THE Department of Social Development has paid out over $3 million in food, rental and utility payment assistance as well as special disability allowances for children in the last six months, Minister of State for the Ministry of L abour and Social Develop ment Loretta Butler-Turner said. Speaking during the monthly meeting of the Rotary Club of Southeast Nassau on Wednesday, Mrs Butler-Turner said the Government has committed much to social outreach and social development and will continue to do so as circumstances dictate. The Department of Social Services of the Ministry of Labour and Social Develop ment is the principle agency that administers the countrys social safety net programmes and the Government has ensured that adequate funds are allocated annually for these, she said. The programmes include: food assistance; rent assistance; assistance with utility payments; a disability a llowance for children who are not yet eligible for invalidity assistance from the National Insurance Board; small house repairs for senior citizens and persons with disabilities; foster care allowance; uniform allowance; fire relief, and burial assistance. Persons take full advantage of these programmes, Mrs Butler-Turner said. Breaking down the numb ers, the State Minister said in New Providence in the last six months, the Department expended $259,000 for utility payments; $427,420 in rental assistance and $118,000 for the Special Disability Allowance for Children. For food assistance, which is the most utilised of all the programmes, just over $2 million was expended at one sup plier between July and October, and just under half a mil lion at another supplier between July and mid-November, she said. The Department of Social Services does not create spe cial assistance programmes during the Christmas season, however, Mrs Butler-Turner said numerous churches and civic organisations request that the Department identify individuals and families in need so as to make special presentations to them to make the season brighter. We are always happy to assist with such requests and t he families are greatly appre ciative of the extras and those items that the Department may not be able to supply. The Minister of State also emphasised that the ministry has launched the expansion of the Department of Social Ser vices hotline for persons with depression. The hotline number is 3222763. This initiative is the result of a partnership with the min istry, Grant Thornton Bahamas and the Bahamas Telecommunications Corpo ration, and through it 21 coun sellors will man the 24-hour hotline during December and January to receive calls from persons who may be feeling depressed and overwhelmed during the season. While many are experienc ing much joy and happiness during this time of the year, there are others who, for any number of reasons, are not and may be overcome with depression, Mrs Butler-Turner said. We have noted with alarm the recent increase in suicides a nd attempted suicides in our country and through this initiative we hope that persons who find themselves at this point will reach out and call the hotline for help or a rela tive or friend may call on their behalf, she said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM "I vex because I am tired of hearing about t he sale of BTC. Gove rnment should let the n ew company form their own phone company for those who want change and those who don't want change let them be stuck with Stone Age BTC. I bet y ou all them rowing would be the first ones to switch over to the new phone company. "I vex also because of the stupid times road works decides to do their work and how long they take. Should h ave done all that w ork when Shirley S treet was being p aved. Use your h ead!" Fed Up With Stupidness. I vex because I went to go and pay my cell phone bill last week but couldn't pay i t because they went on strike. But come Monday they were q uick to call me to tell m e that I have an overd ue bill and will be disconnected if not paid. Ic an't wait till we get B TC privatised, then we will get better phone service. Pissed Off. "I is vex 'cause all them big companies c omes here an' buys s mall Bahamian companies an' takes the profits to buy up ande xpand elsewhere. P lus, we is controlled from some head office in the Caribbean. I just ain't want to hear nof oolishness when my phone needs fixing that's I is have to waitf or somebody in the Caribbean head officeto authorise it or calls me with some foreigna ccent to solve my p roblem. Customer. I vex 'cause we sell i ng Batelco. As a true Bahamian I feels it deeply, and suggest they should take outs the Ba (Bahamas so and sell just the Tel-co part so I don't feel as if we is selling our name an' ourselves fora price. Tru Tru Bahamian "I am vex that the police are not paying money for crime tips to stop crime because crime would stop and we would be a richer nation with all that money. Of course, they would have to proba bly sell some cars and lay off some people. Maybe the private sector could also make some donations to start the crime tips fund. Rocket Scientist. "I vex, vex, vex that the ministry so slick that they waited a few months to dig up the road after they paved it and of course we are stuck in the constricted traffic lane. They never learn that it is easier or simpler to immediately dig up the same time they are paving instead of bringing back a whole work crew to get paid all over again. Motorist "I am happy the cold weather is here because I don't need no air-conditioning or fan. BEC be on notice that I am watching for my electricity bill to decrease. Jackfrost. Are you vex? Send your complaints to whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net ByKATHRYN CAMPBELL SAND replenishment has already taken place at the redeveloped Saunders Beach, which next year will receive additional features such as a childrens playground, more benches and a variety of trees and plants to give the area a landscaped look, government officials said. The aesthetic improvements to Saunders Beach, including realignment of the beach parking, are a part of the New Providence Transport Programme one of four major components that fall under a loan agreement between the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank. The components include the New Providence Road Improvement Project, the development of the Big Pond Park, and a Routine Maintenance Management System and the formation of the Transport Planning and Policy Unit. Shenique Albury, environmental specialist assigned to the New Providence Road Improvement Project in the Min istry of Public Works and Transport, said public concerns about erosion of the beach following the removal of the casuarina trees and the dredging of the harbour have been subdued and the ministry is now receiving compliments on the improvements. With most of the major construction and the harbour dredging substantially completed, Ms Albury said Saunders Beach now presents a completely different picture as the beach has replenished most of the sand that had eroded. Sand is moving all the time although we dont notice it with our natural eye, said Ms Albury. The wind picks it up and carries it, the waves bring it in and wash it out all the time. It is a natural cycle. Its normal to see when there are very strong winds and rough seas it has a tendency to erode. When the wind dies and the waves are gentle it has the reverse effect. Based on what weve done at the beach in terms of moving the casuarinas we dont think there is any long-term negative impact on the amount of sand and the sandiness or rockiness of the beach as a result of our project. The matured seagrape trees that were planted on the beach in June to replace the casuarinas have done very well, Ms Albury said. The casuarina trees were removed earlier this year to assist the Government in its efforts to control and eradicate invasive species in the Bahamas. We are quite pleased with the way that they have adjusted to the new environment. All of the trees have survived without disease. We have not seen any signs of them being unhealthy. We expect them all to survive and flourish. Next year they should produce new leaves and branches and provide more shade. The seagrape trees have not begun the obvious fast growth, yet they have been providing shade since placed there. We've seen people utilising the area since the trees have come in. People drive by or use the parking area on lunch break and weekends so the trees have a positive impact environmentally and a social impact for people using the beach. We're happy about that, she said. Ms Albury revealed that there are plans for early next year to continue the landscaping of Saunders Beach with seagrape trees and additional shrubs, coco plums and others to give the area more of a green field. Its going to make the entire Saunders Beach have a complete landscaping effect, she said. Additionally, benches similar to those presently there will extend to the entire length of Saunders Beach. The benches will be handmade by Antonius Roberts out of reclaimed casuarina wood. A childrens playground facility will also be added to the empty space on the western end of Saunders Beach. WHYYOU VEX? Dept of Social Development pays out over $3m in six months Redeveloped Saunders Beach offers scenic view and recreation A VIEW of the redeveloped Saunders Beach, one of the major components of the New Providence Transport Programme. COMMITTED: Loretta Butler-Turner

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2010 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)11:30 A.M. SpeakerPastor Marcel LightbourneNO EVENING SERVICE Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19TH, 2010Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m. Rev. Charles Sweeting with Bro. Andre Bethel T HISWEEK, Santa C laus and St Andrews students donated gifts to underprivileged children in New Providence as part of a Reverse Santa programme. Santa, Ms Claus and t heir helpers made their g rand entrance riding the Builders Mall fire truck as they visited St Andrews Primary School. Then students brought g ifts for Santa to give to less fortunate children throughout the island, in a n effort to ensure that e veryone has something to o pen on Christmas morning. T he Reverse Santa p rogramme encourages children to think about the happiness of others, and teaches about the importance of charity and selfless giving especially during this time of year. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff REVERSE SANT PROGRAMME SEES STUDENTS G IVE GIFTS FOR OTHERS

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A S T HEBahamas moves towards accession to the WorldT rade Organisation, it hopes to count on the support of countries like Switzerland. D eputy Prime Minist er and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration BrentS ymonette received Ambassador of Switzerland to the B ahamas Werner Bau m ann during a courtesy c all on Monday, December 13. In the conference r oom of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Goodmans Bay Cor porate Centre discussions focused on recent achievements between both governments on a number of multilateral issues. A Schengen visa waiver agreement between the Bahamas and the European Community, of which Switzerland is a mem ber, was finalised on May 28, 2009. A Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA between the two countries after the Bahamas fulfilled the require ments of the Organisa tion for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD for removal of a grey list of non-compliant financial jurisdictions. As Switzerland is a member of the OECD and other international economic organisations including the WTO, the International Monetary Fund (IMF Bank, the Bahamas hopes Switzerland will support its bid tobecome a member. On September 14 this year, a first accession Working Party meeting for the Bahamas was held and WTO members carried out a first reading of the Bahamas economic and trade regime. Members supported the accession of the Bahamas and its integration into the rulesbased multilateral trading system. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F REEPORT The Christmas family e vent known as Joie de Noel will take p lace today in the Grand Bahama L abyrinth at the Garden of the Groves at 6 .30pm. Directed by Marjoke Twiest, it will be an Anglo-Dutch production of music and singing by, with and for the community. Our glorious vocalists will be entertaining from the centre flower of the Labyrinth, each being supported by the g roup; and the audience will be seated all around the outer circle of the Sacred Place on the many benches we will have there i n the Labyrinth Garden, said Barbara C hester, founder of the Labyrinth. The theme will be simple and the lighting subdued, reminding us of the firstC hristmas. The one blaze of light will be f rom our chosen tree of Christmas, which t his year will be Quan Yins living, breathi ng lady Acacia, which will be adorned with h undreds of twinkling lights and topped w ith the Christmas star. E veryone will be greeted with steaming hot cocoa and cookies, and be given carol sheets and candles for the community singing at the end of the presentation. At Christmastime, the path of the Labyrinth symbolically represents the jour ney to the Holy City; thus our beautifulv oices will be singing in celebration from that special place of the nativity, said Ms Chester. T his year the community singing will be a ugmented by choral accompaniments a rranged by Marjoke Twiest. Admission is $5 for Garden members a nd $10 for non-members. Children under 1 2 are free. CHRISTMAS COMES TO THE LABYRINTH WITH JOIE DE NOEL THE CAST of Joie de Noel at rehearsal in the Grand Bahama Labyrinth. From left: James Roker, D ora Brown, Anthony Hanna, Dalia Feldman, Marjoke Twiest, Javan Hunt, Jackie Blower, and N athaniel Lewis. AMBASSADOR OF SWITZERLAND PAYS COURTESY C ALL ON DEPUT Y PRIME MINISTER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Brent Symonette (rightA mbassador of Switzerland to the Bahamas, during a courtesy call on Monday, December 13. ABOVE: Father Rodney Burrows and his family called upon Government House on Thursday, where he presented Governor General Sir Arthur with a copy of his book Destiny A Life of Service to My Fellow Man. Pictured from left are Valarie Wallace, Lennique Bannister, Hillary Wallace, Father Burrows, Sir Arthur, Tyler Wallace, Barbara Burrows, Schamae Forbes and Samantha Bannister. LEFT: Father Rodney Burrows (left Barbara Burrows (right General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Govern-m ent House on Thursday. L etisha Henderson / BIS F ATHER BURROWS p resents Sir Arthur with a copy of his book Destiny A Life of Service to My Fellow Man. FATHER BURROWS PRESENTS BOOK TO GOVERNOR GENERAL

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By JOSE LUIS PONCE Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba DECEMBER 8 marked a nother anniversary of the e stablishment of diplomatic r elations between Cuba and Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, the first four independent C aribbean countries. I t was a dauntless gesture by those countries, when the w ord of the Master, 38 years a go, was to keep Cuba isol ated. Every other Caribbean c ountry established relations w ith Cuba after obtaining independence, but the day that rebellious stream beganis observed as Cuba-CARICOM Day. Since then, our bilateral relations have been steadily o n the rise and we have been b ehaving in a dynamic fashi on as a result of the common w ill of our governments. O ur dialogue has not only c onsolidated itself in those matters pertaining to our bilateral relations, but alsoon the multilateral scene, through joint actions undertaken in various international forums and through our reciprocal support. T ogether, we have reitera ted the commitment of our c ountries to defend multilateralism, with full respect for the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of t he United Nations and for the principles of Internation al Law, peace, security andd evelopment and we have a lso undertaken to act in uni s on in the framework of the N on-Aligned Movement, of w hich we are all members. O n December 8, we reiterated our profound appreciation to our Caribbean brothers and sisters for their steadfast and consistent rejection of the economic, commercial and financial blocka de imposed against Cuba a nd for their traditional support for the resolution pres ented by our country on this i ssue every year at the United N ations General Assembly. Our countries are facing common challenges. We are all threatened by the severe e conomic, social, political and e nvironmental crisis endured b y our hemisphere and the world. The colossal squandering and consumerism in industria lised countries jeopardises the survival of our species. Phenomena such as global w arming, the danger of the r ise in sea level, the inordi n ate cutting of trees, the d epletion of fossil fuels and t he irrational use of water s ources, among others, have brought about very serious threats to life in our island states. In our capacity as small islands, we attach vital importance to the protection and p reservation of the environm ent and the sustainable use of natural resources, includi ng our Caribbean Sea. That i s a matter of survival and has a decisive influence on the development of our nations. Of special interest to the C aribbean region is the fight against drug trafficking and international organised crime, areas in which there is close co-operation among our countries. Only a multilateral co-operation approach, ont he basis of mutual respect a nd the principle of shared responsibility, will effectively tackle these problems. R egional integration, set in motion to serve the interests of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, r equires the utmost priority. I ntegration must be based o n an independent development model, attaching priority to complementing each other economically, promoting the advancement of all and enhancing genuine cooperation based on mutualr espect and solidarity. Cuba supports the demands of Caribbean coun tries in their capacity as small e conomies and states that are v ulnerable to outside factors. Both in the context of the WTO and in other internat ional forums, Cuba has u pheld the right of these c ountries to be accorded special and differentiated treatment in an effective manner, as well as other facilities conducive to comprehensive sustained development. Throughout these years, C uba and the Caribbean Community have made progress in establishing the appropriate institutionalf ramework and have fostered e conomic and trading rela tions. On this anniversary, I recall t he words by President Ral C astro at the III CubaC ARICOM Summit in Santiago de Cuba: We, Cubans, are proud of our Caribbean roots and of our relations with the nations in the region. We shall always be grateful for the support and soli d arity received from your governments and peoples. At the same time, we feel deeply committed to those withw hom we share these warm w aters and a dramatic Antil lean history. C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 8, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Public is hereby advised that I, JOYCELYN MARIAOWENS of Malcolm Road, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to JOYCLEN MARIAOWENS. If there are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the N-742, Nassau, Bahamasno later than thirty (30 I NTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLLPUBLIC NOTICE ABOVE: Senior members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force flank the carriage carrying the flag-draped casket of Police Inspector Archibald Clifton Miller into Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums. LEFT: Hundreds gathered in the Church of God Auditorium on Joe Farrington Road Wednesday, to pay their last respects to Inspector Archibald Clifton Miller, who died on December 5. The full military service was officiated by Royal Bahamas Police Force Chaplin, Fr Stephen Davies, with interment in Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums on John F Kennedy Drive. Patrick Hanna /BIS Cuba and CARICOM:38 years of history together O PINION POLICE INSPECTOR ARCHIBALD CLIFTON MILLER LAID TO REST Share your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. 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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.260.97AML Foods Limited1.010.97-0.042,0000.1500.0406.54.12% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.5980.2608.25.31% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.492.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.4610.460.001.0500.31010.02.96% 2.842.36Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.956.950.000.4220.26016.53.74% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.851.83-0.020.1110.04516.52.46% 2 .551.60Doctor's Hospital1.601.600.000.1990.1108.06.88% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 10.207.23Finco7.237.230.000.2870.52025.27.19% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.6450.35014.63.73% 5.513.75Focol (S 5.465.460.000.3660.21014.93.85% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.82J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.9710.64010.16.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.9910.80010.18.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 9 9.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)2 9 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 P rime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029FRIDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,487.61 | CHG -0.23 | %CHG -0.02 | YTD -77.77 | YTD % -4.97BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017F INDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.51221.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.51795.51%6.90%1.498004 2.92652.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91871.10%3.13%2.919946 1.56681.4954CFAL Money Market Fund1.56974.15%4.18%1.551550 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.7108-13.03%-4.96% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.2825-0.63%-0.14% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.14151.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.14154.74%5.21% 1.11011.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.11013.94%7.60% 1.14281.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.14284.78%5.90% 9.74859.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.79504.85%5.45% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.6417-1.20%0.50% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.6635-3.37%-3.37% 8.16434.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.94422.94%6.47% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Nov-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Nov-10 30-Sep-10 30-Sep-10 3-Dec-10 30-Nov-10MARKET TERMS30-Nov-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.911577 1.532712 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10 THE Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute and Lakeland College in Alber t a, Canada signed an historic agreement which will allow BTVI students to transfer credits and further their education at theC anadian institution. The agreement signing took place at the BTVI campus on Old Trail Road. Dr Iva Dahl, a manager and consultant at B TVI, signed on behalf of the institute, w hile Mark Butler, Associate Dean of Inter national and Distance Learning signed for L akeland College. M inister of Education Desmond Bannis ter also placed his signature on the landmark document to solidify the governments endorsement of the arrangement. M r Bannister praised Dr Dahl for her efforts in negotiating the articulation agree ment and stated that she continued to be a shining example of leadership in Bahamiane ducation. The minister said he was extremely pleased with the accomplishment and looked forward to many such partnerships between BTVI and institutions around the world. Dr Dahl noted that in 2009 she participated in an Emerging Leadership Programme sponsored by the Canadian gov ernment for college heads from the Amer icas and the Caribbean to explore partnership opportunities between Canadian institutions and the participating countries. At that time, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Lakeland Col lege and BTVI resulting in an Articulation Agreement. It is beneficial to students as they will receive credits for courses completed at B TVI, Dr Dahl stated. She further revealed that the areas in which BTVI students will be able to matriculate are: Business Administration; Tradea nd Construction; and Electrical and Renewable Energy/Solar Paneling Installation. L akeland Colleges representative, Mark B utler also noted how pleased he was that the partnership between Lakeland College and BTVI was achieved so quickly after Dr Dahls trip to Canada. He noted that BTVI students enrolled at Lakeland will also benefit from ties with other Canadian institutions. In addition to the articulation signing, BTVIs Registrar Julia Gay was awarded a Canadian government grant to travel to Canada to explore commonalties between BTVI and other Canadian learning insti tutions that would hopefully prompt other articulation agreements. After the signing, the officials along with Mr Butler toured the construction, electri cal and welding blocks at BTVI. PICTURED (L-R at the signing are Mark Butler, Associate Dean of International and Distance Learning; Dr Iva Dahl, Manager/Consultant; and M inister of Education Desmond Bannister. Agreement opens doors to Canadian institutions for BTVI students I I t t i i s s b b e e n n e e f f i i c c i i a a l l t t o o s s t t u u d d e e n n t t s s a a s s t t h h e e y y w w i i l l l l r r e e c c e e i i v v e e c c r r e e d d i i t t s s f f o o r r c c o o u u r r s s e e s s c c o o m m p p l l e e t t e e d d a a t t B B T T V V I I . Dr Iva Dahl CARACAS, Venezuela VENEZUELAN lawmakers granted President Hugo Chavez broad powers Friday to enact laws by decree, undermining the clout of a new congress that takes office next month with a bigger opposition bloc, according to Associated Press. Chavez opponents con demned the move as a power grab, saying the law will be a blank check for the leftist leader to rule without consulting law makers. The National Assembly approved the special powers for 18 months. A new congress goes into session Jan. 5 with an opposition contingent large enough to hinder approval of some types of major laws. Opposition lawmakers say decree powers now give Chavez a blank check to rule autocratically while ignor ing the congress. Chavez has argued he needs decree powers to fast-track funds to help the victims of recent floods and landslides, and also to hasten Venezuela's transition to a socialist state. The president's critics view the law as one of many controversial measures being pushed through in the final weeks of a lame-duck congress. Another measure under dis cussion Friday was the revised "Social Responsibility Law," which would impose broadcasttype regulations on the Internet and ban online messages "that could incite or promote hatred," create "anxiety" in the population or "disrespect public author ities." Questions remain about how the Internet regulations would be enforced. "They're accusing me of being a dictator," Chavez had said of the decree powers on state tele vision Thursday night, dismissing the criticism as unfounded. "We're building a new democracy here that can't be turned back." The law to grant Chavez decree powers, the fourth such legislation of his nearly 12-year presidenccy, also will allow him to unilaterally enact measures involving telecommunications, the banking system, information technology, the military, rural and urban land use, and the country's "socio-economic sys tem." Among the planned decrees already announced, Chavez intends to increase the valueadded tax, now 12 percent, to raise funds for coping with the disaster caused by weeks of heavy rains. The government is erecting tents to house thousands left homeless and is accelerating public housing construction. V enezuela congress grants Cha vez decree powers

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C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA S AN SALVADOR GREAT INAGUA G REAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA ORLANDOLow: 55F/13C Low: 57F/14C Low: 61F/16C L ow: 63F/17C Low: 65F/18C Low: 67F/19C Low: 67F/19C Low: 63F/17C High: 73F/23C High: 73F/23C High: 77F/25C High: 78F/26C High: 78F/26C High: 77F/25C High: 82F/28C Low: 66F/19C High: 77F/25C Low: 72F/22C High: 82F/28CRAGGED ISLANDLow: 71F/22C High: 80F/27C Low: 71F/22C High: 79F/26C Low: 70F/21C High: 77F/25C Low: 73F/23C High: 80F/27C Low: 75F/24C High: 85F/29C Low: 73F/23C H igh: 81F/27C Low: 71F/22C High: 83F/28C Low: 75F/24C High: 84F/29C Low: 70F/21C High: 80F/27C H igh: 76F/24CFREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE WEATHER REPORT 5-DAYFORECASTP artly sunny with a shower; breezy M ostly cloudy with a f ew showers C hance for a couple o f showers P artly sunny and b reezy P lenty of sunshine High:8 Low:6 High:8 High:7 High:7 AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeelTimes of clouds and s un High:7 Low:6 Low:6 Low:6 AccuWeather RealFeel 8 F The exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatureis an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and elevation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 63F 79-61F 74-63F 77-63F 73-64F Low:6 TODAYTONIGHTSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY AL MANACHigh ..................................................79F/26C Low ....................................................56F/13C Normal high ......................................79F/26C Normal low ........................................67F/19C Last year's high ..................................83F/28C Last year's low ..................................71F/22C As of 1 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.00" Year to date ................................................38.81" Normal year to date ....................................50.49" Statistics are for Nassau through 1 p.m. yesterday Temperature Precipitation SUNANDMOON TIDESFORNASSAU Full LastNew First Dec. 21Dec. 27Jan. 4Jan. 12Sunrise . . . 6:49 a.m. Sunset . . . 5:24 p.m. Moonrise . . 3:08 p.m. Moonset . . 4:10 a.m. T oday Sunday Monday Tuesday H ighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 5:09 a.m.2.711:38 a.m.0.3 5:19 p.m.2.111:24 p.m.-0.1 5:54 a.m.2.912:24 p.m.0.1 6:06 p.m.2.2----6 :39 a.m.3.012:10 a.m.-0.3 6 :53 p.m.2.31:09 p.m.-0.1 7:23 a.m.3.112:56 a.m.-0.4 7:39 p.m.2.41:54 p.m.-0.3 W ednesday Thursday F riday 8 :08 a.m.3.21:43 a.m.-0.4 8 :27 p.m.2.52:38 p.m.-0.3 8:54 a.m.3.22:31 a.m.-0.6 9:17 p.m.2.53:23 p.m.-0.4 9:41 a.m.3.23:21 a.m.-0.4 10:08 p.m.2.64:10 p.m.-0.4 MARINEFORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. ABACO ANDROS CAT ISLAND CROOKED ISLAND ELEUTHERA FREEPORT GREAT EXUMA GREAT INAGUA LONG ISLAND MAYAGUANA NASSAU SAN SALVADOR RAGGED ISLAND Today:SE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:NW at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet6 Miles76F Today:SE at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:NW at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet6 Miles77F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:WNW at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles77F Today:ESE at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:W at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet7 Miles78F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:WNW at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet7 Miles77F Today:SSE at 10-20 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:NW at 12-25 Knots3-5 Feet6 Miles77F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:NW at 10-20 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Today:ESE at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles79F Sunday:W at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet7 Miles78F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:WNW at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet7 Miles78F Today:ESE at 10-20 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:W at 10-20 Knots3-6 Feet7 Miles78F Today:SSE at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:NW at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet5 Miles76F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:WNW at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet7 Miles78F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:WNW at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet7 Miles77F UV INDEXTODAYThe higher the AccuWeather UV IndexTMnumber, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. AccuWeather.com H L L Atlanta A t l a n t a Highs: 48F/9C H i g h s : 4 8 F / 9 C Kingston K i n g s t o n Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Caracas C a r a c a s Highs: 90F/32C H i g h s : 9 0 F / 3 2 C Panama City P a n a m a C i t y Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Limon L i m o n Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Managua Ma n a g u a Highs: 92F/33C H i g h s : 9 2 F / 3 3 C Cozumel C o z u m e l Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Belize B e l i z e Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Charlotte C h a r l o t t e Highs: 43F/6C H i g h s : 4 3 F / 6 C Charleston C h a r l e s t o n Highs: 52F/11C H i g h s : 5 2 F / 1 1 C Savannah S a v a n n a h Highs: 54F/12C H i g h s : 5 4 F / 1 2 C Pensacola P e n s a c o l a Highs: 58F/14C H i g h s : 5 8 F / 1 4 C Daytona Beach D a y t o n a B e a c h Highs: 70F/21C H i g h s : 7 0 F / 2 1 C Tampa T a m p a Highs: 73F/23C H i g h s : 7 3 F / 2 3 C Freeport F r e e p o r t Highs: 76F/24C H i g h s : 7 6 F / 2 4 C Miami Mi a m i Highs: 78F/26C H i g h s : 7 8 F / 2 6 C Nassau N a s s a u Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Havana H a v a n a Highs: 80F/27C H i g h s : 8 0 F / 2 7 C Santiago de Cuba S a n t i a g o d e C u b a Highs: 80F/27C H i g h s : 8 0 F / 2 7 C San Juan S a n J u a n Highs: 81F/27C H i g h s : 8 1 F / 2 7 C Santa S a n t a Domingo D o m i n g o Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Trinidad T r i n i d a d Tobago T o b a g o Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C Port-au-Prince P o r t a u P r i n c e Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Cape Hatteras C a p e H a t t e r a s Highs: 47F/8C H i g h s : 4 7 F / 8 C Aruba Curacao A r u b a C u r a c a o Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Antigua A n t i g u a Highs: 83F/28C H i g h s : 8 3 F / 2 8 C Barbados B a r b a d o s Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Bermuda B e r m u d a Highs: 70F/21C H i g h s : 7 0 F / 2 1 C Atlanta Highs: 48F/9C Kingston Highs: 85F/29C Caracas Highs: 90F/32C Panama City Highs: 86F/30C Limon Highs: 82F/28C Managua Highs: 92F/33C Cozumel Highs: 82F/28C Belize Highs: 84F/29C Charlotte Highs: 43F/6C Charleston Highs: 52F/11C Savannah Highs: 54F/12C Pensacola Highs: 58F/14C Daytona Beach Highs: 70F/21C Tampa Highs: 73F/23C Freeport Highs: 76F/24C Miami Highs: 78F/26C Nassau Highs: 82F/28C Havana Highs: 80F/27C Santiago de Cuba Highs: 80F/27C San Juan Highs: 81F/27C Santa Domingo Highs: 84F/29C Trinidad Tobago Highs: 88F/31C Port-au-Prince Highs: 86F/30C Cape Hatteras Highs: 47F/8C Aruba Curacao Highs: 87F/31C Antigua Highs: 83F/28C Barbados Highs: 85F/29C Bermuda Highs: 70F/21C INSURANCEMANAGEMENTTRACKINGMAP Showers Warm Cold Stationary Rain T-storms Flurries Snow IceS hown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonight's lows. N S EW S E 7-14 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW N S S S 8-16 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 12-25 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 8-16 knots WASHINGTON THE U.S.House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that authorizes the Defense Department to spend nearly $160 billion on the warsin Iraq and Afghanistan this budget year without major restrictions on the conduct of operations, according to Associated Press. The 341-48 vote on the defense authorization bill came after House and Senate Democrats agreed to strip several provisions, including one that would have allowed gays to serve openly in the military and another that would have authorized abortions at overseas military facilities. The provision that would have overturned the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy was approved as a standalone bill in the House earlier this week and awaits a vote in the Senate. The spending bill covers the 2011 budget year, which began Oct. 1. The Senate was expected to approve the measure asone of its final acts before adjourning this year. Congress considers the defense authorization bill to be its primary chance to sway Pentagon policy. While it does not transfer money into Defense Department coffers, it does serve as a blueprint for the defense appropriations bill by authorizing spending levels. This year's bill agreed to $725 billion in defense programs, including $158.7 billion for overseas combat. The bill would continue restrictions on the Defense Department's ability to close the Guantanamo Bay Cuba prison, including prohibiting the transfer of detainees to the U.S. This year's bill is mostly noteworthy for its broad bipartisan support during wartime. On Thursday, a White House review of war progress in Afghanistan suggested that tough combat would continue for years and that troop with drawals in 2011 would probably be small. Unlike during the height of the Iraq War when anti-war Democrats tried to use the legislation to force troops home, the House passed the defense bill Friday with almost no debate on Afghanistan. Other provisions in the bill include: Up to $75 million to train and equip Yemeni counterterrorism forces; $205 million for a program with Israel to develop its "Iron Dome" defense system; $11.6 billion for the development of the Afghan security forces, and $1.5 billion for Iraqi security forces. US House approves billions for wars without debate FIRST LT. BENJAMIN AMSLER left, from Titusville, PA, chats with PFC Kyle Garcia from Ridgefield, WA of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 Infantry from the top of a bunker during a test fire at Combat Out Post Badel in Kunar province in the eastern Afghanistan, Friday. TheU.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that authorises the Defense Department to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this budget year.


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