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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: 106 No.43THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY WITH SHOWER HIGH 70F LOW 64F The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com Disaster in HAITI n Haiti devastated by huge earthquake n Death toll could be at least 100,000 n Haitians in Bahamas fear for loved ones I pray for my family FULLSCALE OFTRAGEDY REVEALED ON P A GES 6-13 T ANEKA THOMPSON & NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporters THE Haitian community in the Bahamas came to a standstill yesterday as they waited to hear from loved ones on the earthquake-torn i sland. The estimated death toll from Tuesdays catastrophe range from 100,000 to 500,000 but those figures remained unconfirmed up to press time. At a magnitude of 7.0, the quake registers as the worst in Haiti in 200 years. S everal news sources are reporting Carrefour a l argely residential and very poor district in the capital Port-au-Prince to be the worst zone in the disaster. Alouidor Presley, a Haitian resident in the Bahamas, was emotional as he spoke about being unable to contact his five-year-old daughter and wife in Carrefour. As a coastal community, Carrefour has previously been vulnerable to flooding. It is close to the epicenter of the quake that struck 10-miles south-west of Haitis capital. I cant think about what happened, I more want to pray. I really, really feel bad. I am prepared to go home. I care for my family and my friends, said Jonas Pierre, a carpenter, who has been living in the Bahamas for six years. Both of Mr Pierres parents and his friends live in Portau-Prince, most of them are located in Carrefour. Pierre spoke with his mother on Tuesday afternoon before the e arthquake struck. In the casual conversation he said she was completely unaware of the impending strike. The United Nations confirmed yesterday 14 of their workers died in the quake. O ver 100 workers are still unaccounted for. Their head quarters also sustained damage, along with the Red Cross headquarters and the Oxfam International building. They also reported one of the main prisons collapsed, with inmates escaping. Schools and hospitals col lapsed across the disaster zone, including three Doctors R IGHT: A louidor Presley, a Haiti an resident in the Bahamas, has been unable to contact his fiveyear-old daughter and wife in Haiti. BELOW :People gather outside of Haiti's National Palace which wasd amaged by the earthquake in P ort-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP SEE page 14 By PAUL G T URNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter p turnquest@ tribunemedia.net I N the event of an influx of illegal migrants t o the Bahamas due to the earthquake in Haiti, the Director of Immigrat ion Jack Thompson a ssured the country that the necessary contingency plans have already been put in place. H olding an emergency meeting yesterday with Immigration MinisterB ranville McCartney and By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net THE earthquake that rocked Haiti is a major set back to the redevelopment of its meagre economy and tourism industry, said a human rights activist. Elizier Regnier, a Bahamian attorney of Haitian descent, described how the country was regaining stability after years of turmoil. He said: "It's really a tragedy given the fact that there was some recent progress in the country, especially with the tourism industry. There was a sense of stability in Port-au-Prince. Contingency plans alr eady in place for any possible influx of migrants SEE page 13 Earthquake is a major setback for Haitis economy SEE page 15 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net WHILE noting that the judiciary is often the target of public criticism, Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett said yesterday that much of the criticism is born out of a misunderstanding of a judges function. During his speech at a ceremony marking the opening of the Supreme Courts legal year, Sir Michael also noted some of the scrutiny is also born out of pure mis chief. He acknowledged that his own appoint ment as Chief Justice last August was not without controversy and assured Bahamians that he would continue to execute his judicial responsibilities to the best of his ability. Although my appointment was not without some controversy, I trust that my service over the past four months has demonstrated my fidelity to the judicial oath I took to do right to all manner of persons after the laws of the Bahamas with out fear or favour, affection or ill will, Sir Michael said. We are often the subject of public crit icism, much of it born out of a misunderstanding of the nature of our judicial Much of criticism of judiciary born out of misunderstanding SEE page 15 F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter n nicolls@tribunemedia.net A GROUP of officers at the Wulff Road police station are being accused of violently beating and giving an electrics hock to a suspect who they s uspected of being involved in an incident of petty theft before releasing him without charge or explanation. Barry McPhee Jr said he was arrested by the police on Friday while walking onA ndros Avenue, off East Street. He said the police claimed to have a warrant for his arrest from January 2009, when he was accused of steali ng an LG Shine cell phone. Mr McPhee claims he purchased the phone from a street vendor. His family claims the police are inconsistent about the details of the robbery, originally stating the stolen phonew as taken during a house robbery and later that it wass tolen from a woman walking in the vicinity of St Barnabas Anglican Church. It is claimed that the woman who owned the stolenp hone is related to one of the officers allegedly involved in the beating, Mr McPhees family claims. His mother, Sharon McPhee, said: They wrapped Saran (plastich is head. They taped his mouth, handcuffed his hands b ehind his back, threw water on him and shocked him witha live wire connected to a car battery. She added that the police could not produce any documentation to prove there was a charge against her son or warrant for his arrest. M r McPhee said he filed an official complaint on Tuesdaya t the Complaints and Corruptions Unit, naming the two policemen attached to the station and two Central Intelligence Division (CIDc ers he claims were involved. I asked them to show me a statement, show me the files. They had nothing. They told us to bring the money for the phone and everything gonna be cool. They said, Dont car-r y it any further than this or else it gone be a case and they g one be on him again, said Mrs McPhee. I feel if you dont bring t hem out in the open they will c ome in your house and kill y ou. This is bribery and I said that at the station, she said. M rs McPhee said one officer involved in the beating t old her and her husband to b ring $450 to the station yest erday at 3pm in order to sett le the incident. Her husband agreed to do so, after negotia ting to bring the figure down to $350, because he did not want any further problemsw ith the police. The officer said: You mean I could put my job on the line until 3pm Wednesday? If I have anything to do with it, (my father rying in that money, saidL atoya McPhee, sister of the victim. She captured digital video of the scars on herb rothers neck and back. During his detention, Mrs McPhee said she went to the p olice station daily. She said officers would not allow her to see her son, or give him food and a blanket. She said they insulted her repeatedly, causing her to engage in a big row with them. Despite what could have been considered disruptiveb ehaviour, interfering with police business and usingi ndecent language, she said the police did not arrest her because they had no records on her son and it may have complicated the matter. M r McPhee said he was originally taken to the Coconut Grove Police Station on Friday and then transferred to the Wulff Road Police Station. He said the beating took place on Sundayn ight, the day before he was released. They tied wire around his neck. They kicked him in his mouth, beat him with t he leg of a wooden chair or t able. A fat officer from the C ID walked on his back, was standing on his fingers, M rs McPhee alleged. They dont have any r ecords. They didnt sign a ny bail. They just let him o ut on Monday. It is like t hey think you stupid, just because they have your son l ock up. I heard about things like this happening before and now this prove to met hat it really happens, she said, referring to an incident several years ago at the South Beach Police Station, when a mother of a detained suspect claimed police brutality in connection with thed eath of her son. Supt A Greenslade, officer in charge of the WulffR oad station, said he had no knowledge of the incident. He was transferred to that station on Tuesday. S uperintendent Stephanie Dermit was the officer in c harge at the time of the reported incident. She is now with the Mobile Patrol Division. One of the officers allegedly involved in the i ncident was transferred this week to another police sta t ion. Once they went to the Complaints and Corruptions Unit they did the right thing. It cannot be discussed o utside of that, particularly if the discussion might cause a conflict. I can say we take every allegation of abuse very seriously. We do not condone officers abusing their authority o r abusing members of the public, said Hulan Hanna, A ssistant Commissioner of P olice. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX M AIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News................P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Local News.....................P12,13,14,15,19,21 E ditorial/Letters.........................................P4 Sports..........................................P16,17,18 Advts...........................................P20,22,23 C omics....................................................P24 BUSINESS SECTION Business.....................P1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11 A dvt.....................................................P6,12 OBITUARIES/RELIGION 28 PAGES CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 PAGES U SA TODAY MAIN SECTION 12 PAGES Police accused of beating, giving suspect electric shock MARKS ON THE back of Barry McPhee Jr who alledged he was beaten by police.


T HE fledgling National Development Party is callingon all those who wish to con test the Elizabeth by-election to take part in a nationally televised debate. The NDP contends that the established political parties lack the imagination and political will necessary to maximise the social, cultural, economic and political potential of the Bahamas and that their internal party culturesare strongly opposed to voic es of dissent. At a press conference held yesterday, NDP chairman Dr Andre Rollins said: The National Development Party believes that this by-election provides a perfect opportunity for our nation to usher in anew era in Bahamian politics, characterised by the deepen ing and maturing of our democracy. Therefore, we call on the media, the constituents of Elizabeth and patriotic Bahamians everywhere to demand that all political parties mandate the participation of their candidates in a nationally televised By-Election Debate held one week prior to the date of the Eliza beth by-election. Dr Rollins said Bahamians should remember those they elect are being given power to create laws and policies that will shape the economic, social and cultural future of the country. He said voters cannot expect that they will learn enough about these candi dates by reading their press releases or listening to their s peeches as these are in fact written by someone else. The National Develop ment Party believes that candidates must be tested beforea live audience, with a diverse range of questions they havent been given in advance, thereby allowing voters the opportunity to make an informed decision at the polls, he said. The NDP chairman also called for more transparency in campaign financing, noting that while elections cost money, not all costs are legitimate and not all are borne by the candidate or their political party. He said all politicians need to be accountable for the money they receive and spend. Recognising this impera tive, the National Development Party is declaring here today that we will spend no more than $18,500 to contest the Elizabeth by-election, Dr Rollins said. We believe that the campaign budget estimates given by other politi cal parties are both outra geous and obscene and that such astronomical figures beg the question: How exactly are these hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars being spent? Due to rampant fears that this by-election will be about buying votes a major threat to the strength of any democracy we strongly urge all political parties to make this election an exercise in transparency and fair play, by mak ing full declarations of their campaign budgets before, and f inal campaign expenditures after, the Elizabeth by-election. He added that should the financial contributions received by his party exceed $18,500, the NDP will donate the surplus to the Red Cross Earthquake Recovery and Relief Efforts in Haiti. PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said he believes his partys candidate in the up-coming by-election is uniquely suited for the times with a broad appeal to the people of Elizabeth. Mr Roberts said in a statement that Ryan Pinder believes in people first and the concerns of the common man.H e said the candidate has a commitment to comprehensive national health care for all people regardless of theira bility to pay. He said: The Progressive Liberal Party is very confident of the political contribution of Mr Pinder. At present, he is a member of both the leadership and N ational General Council, and is a serving vice chair of the party. Mr Pinder also serves as the co-chair of the PLPs committee on foreign relations and foreign trade. The Progressive Liberal Party is proud to announce that whenever the by-election is called in Elizabeth, the standard bearer for the PLP will be L Ryan Pinder. Exhaustive The PLP came by this decision after a long, exhaustive, democratic, and transp arent selection process at both the constituency and national levels within the party. L Ryan Pinder, JD, LLM, LEC, a certified United States tax attorney licensed to practise law in both the United States of America and the Bahamas, was born on New Providence on September 13, 1974 to Mr L Marvin B Pinder and Nan cy S Pinder. Ryan is rooted in the PLP as his father, Marvin Pinder, was a member of parliament for the Malcolm Creek (19871992) and St Johns' constituencies. He was also amember of Sir Lynden Pindling's Cabinet as the minister of local government and Family Island Affairs. Ryan Pinder attended Queens Col lege and St Andrews School in Nassau before attending high school in New Y ork at the Stony Brook School.Mr Pinder received his tertiary education at the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Finance andMarketing; a Masters of Business Administration in Finance; a Juris Doctor Law degree; and a LLM in International Taxation. After practising law in the United States for several years, Mr Pinder returned home to Nassau. n MOREBY-ELECTION N EWS ONPAGE 5 C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ,QVWLWXWHRI%XVLQHVVDQG&RPPHUFH NDP calls for contestants to take par t in televised debate PLPchairman hails by-election candidate X ELIZABETH B Y-ELECTION Bradley Roberts says Ryan Pinder has broad appeal to Elizabeth people RYAN PINDER CALLFORPOLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY: The NDP at yesterdays press conference. National Development Party says candidates must be tested before live audience Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.


EDITOR, The Tribune. In my humble view, a law needs to be passed in The B ahamas requiring that the names of the fathers of all children be placed on birth certificates at birth. Doesnt it take both mother and father to produce a child? W hy then is it only the mothers name that is on such a majority of the birth certificates of children born in this country? Isnt this practice assisting, reinforcing, enabling the culture of irre-s ponsible and reckless production of children in the nation? Havent we realised that as a people, we must find ways to hold our parents accountable for irresponsible parenting? I c ontend that this is one of the first ways to do so. F irst, there are the men who find the present legal situation c onvenient and suitable to their i rresponsible sexual lifestyle. These are the men who are married. They then have other children outside of the marriage with women who are their mistresses or with whom they are h aving a fling. They produce these children, many times unintentionally, and then make i t clear that the children are not to have their names because they do not want to be identi-f ied as the father. They do not w ant the public to know that they have been unfaithful to their wives or worse yet, that they were not careful while they were having their sexual plea sures. Some of these men support the women and children financially while some cut them off completely and want nothing to do with them. Second in this group are the men who are not married and they have no intention of having any woman tie them down i n a committed relationship. T hey want to have their freedom and they want to have free sex, so they roam from available woman to available woman and they move on. They do not care whether a child is produced after they would have had their fill of pleasure. They want no responsibility. They do not want any mothers or children laying claim to their person or money. Third in this group are the w oman who, having reached a certain age where they fear that t hey are no longer marketable i n the marriage market, decide that they are going to find a man, have sex with him so that they can have a child. It does not matter that the man has no c ommitment to them; what is i mportant is to produce a child. So the man is carefully chosen, for his looks, for his intellect orh is pedigree. The man sometimes might be cooperative in this venture, or if not, then he is seduced. One way or the other, these women get their desired sperm. The fourth group are the women who sleep with different men at the same time. They use t heir bodies as a means of financial support. So they get money from each of the men with whom they sleep. When a baby is born, she says to each of the men that she needs each of t hem to support the child. The men do not know this strategy. Each man thinks he is the father. It is quite suitable for her not to have the father named on the birth certificate. T here is a common theme that runs through the reason for all these persons not wanting the father named on a childs birth certificate. It is selfishness. No one in these groups thinks a bout the impact that such an act will have on the child. T he suffering from this practice of selfishness, of not nam i ng fathers and of not legally a cknowledging the paternity of our children, is producing havoc and untold suffering on our country. It is doing damage to us in the production of angry, bitter people who act out this a nger in criminality. I pray that change will take place in this nation, that even as t he prophet Malachi says, that the hearts of the fathers will be turned to the children, and theh earts of the children to their f athers. JERRY ROKER Nassau, January 11, 2010 C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 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 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WHETHER the globe is warming or whether we are moving into another ice age, n o one can be certain. However, there is at least one thing on which we can all agree t he world is changing. Arctic weather that has blown further south than usual and is lasting longer than before is throwing the world into turmoil. Does anyone remember a cold spell lasting a s long as this one or two days maybe, but the consistent cold in the north, which keeps a chill over our southern regions is telling us something. Ocean tides are visibly rising around our island chain, and yesterdays e arthquake that decimated Haiti and shocked Bahamians for a few hours into believing that a tsunami might take us out, has certainly set many people thinking seriously about climate change and how our world is shedding its old skin and putting on a new one. Is it a natural transformation, o r a man-made change, or a bit of both? That is now the question. Between 1550 and 1850, the Earth experienced what came to be known as the little ice age. Temperatures in the northern r egions steadily plunged. In recording the Worlds Worst Historical Disasters, Chris McNabs Amber Books reports that the controversy as to what caused the little ice age has not been set-t led, but the accepted theory is that there was a general decrease in solar activity due to i ncreased global volcanic eruptions, which so clouded the atmosphere that the sun could not penetrate through to the Earth. A s the winters lengthened and got colder, it is reported that there were occasions when residents could walk across New York harbour from Manhattan to Staten Island, and there was ice skating on Londons Thames. T he flow of ocean currents changed. Starting in the 13th century, pack ice began advancing southwards in the North Atlantic as did glaciers in Greenland. Today observers are saying that what is m ore noteworthy about our current cold snap is its duration. Typical south Florida cold snaps last a bout 2-3 days before winds switch to an easterly direction and blow warmer Atlantic air across the region, said the climate report. However, our current weather pattern is what is referred to as a blocking pattern. This means that weather systems that typically move from west to east at fairly regular intervals are instead remaining in place for several days. A strong low pressure s ystem over northern New England and eastern Canada is being blocked by a large high pressure system near Greenland. This in turn is creating a stationary high pressure system over the western U.S. and Canada. The result of this blocked flow is an uninterrupted and prolonged flow of air from the Arctic region of Canada southward over the eastern two-thirds of the country, including Florida. In 1315 as a result of the little ice age, 1 .5 million people died in Europe, the result o f famine. The cold shortened the growing season for crops. It not only reduced avail a ble crops, but the seeds for the planting of n ew crops the following year. The freezing c old and lack of grazing lands also killed t he cattle. P eople today are so concerned about cli mate change, and the increase in oil prices t hat regardless of the discord at Copen h agens recent climate conference, individ uals are making their own decisions and the market is directing those decisions. In November, for example, James Lentz, president and CEO of Toyota, said that Toy ota is taking a completely new approach to its products. In his companys view there is only to 12 more years left for oil. think, he said, there is no question that oil is going to be more expensive. Our model for future energy is that well proba bly see a peak in oil sometime around the next decade so whether its 2017 or 2020 its going to be sometime in that neighbour hood. And it is this view, he said, that is driving our solutions to what will be driving our future vehicles. As the world demand exceeds the world supply, said Mr Lentz, the cost of gasoline for cars will be prohibitively expensive, which may make it more feasible for batteries and new generation batteries to be more accepted it probably also brings into play natural gas because we have also studied, and we think natural gas is a clean source and its relatively easy to convert vehicles to natural gas. And so, Copenhagen or no Copenhagen, future generations can probably look forward to breathing clean air and living on a less polluted planet hopefully one that is neither too hot, nor too cold. Fathers names should be put on birth certificates LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net As the world turns its getting cold The Tomlinson Scholarship***$15,000 per year***Heading to Canada for University? McGill University McMaster University Queens University University of Guelph University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Western OntarioIf you are planning to attend one of these schools then apply NOW for one of our scholarships!Undergraduates only Applications must be in by March 31st, 2010Application forms may be obtained by writing to the Tomlinson Scholarship, P.O. Box CB 10975, Nassau, BahamasThe Tomlinson Scholarship is funded by High Tor Limited and family members in memory of Mr Joseph Tomlinson r06')4#6+10 EDITOR, The Tribune. I n the December 31, 2009 edition of The Tri bune on page four was a letter from one CaptainH Bain questioning the reason for the absence of the Royal Governor in the reception party on the t armac to greet President John F Kennedy on his arrival to the Bahamas in 1962. The Editors answer was not specific and failed to clarify his concern. Why was he not there? The Bahamas at that time was a colonial territory, The Royal Governor was the personal representatives of HM Queen Elizabeth II and h is presence there would have been a serious breach of protocol. President Kennedy was not h ere on a state or Official visit and that being the case, he would have been met by the senior member of the Executive Council. That Guard of Honour was a courtesy extended by the govern ment. The purpose of the presidents visit was to attend a conference of Heads of Government of the USA, Great Britain and Canada. Prime Mini ster Harold Macmillan, represented Great Britain and John Deifenbaker represented Canad a. The only part played by the Bahamas government was to supply perimeter security for the v enue Lyford Cay and that lot fell to yours truly. Leslie Cates was the guard commander for the parade, he was an Assistant Superinten d ent of Police and not Inspector. Cates served in the Royal Marines and was boatsman to Major G eneral Sir Robert Neville. When he (Neville became Royal Governor of the Bahamas, he secured a position on the Bahamas Police Force for him (Cates of Inspector. He rose to the rank of Superintendent and was given command of the Northern Bahamas, but not being a policeman he soon ran into troub le. In 1966, L O Pindling was leading a demon stration on a street opposite the MagistratesC ourt in Freeport. John Bailey, an Irishman, was the Magistrate. He (Bailey t he protestors, including the leader of H Ms Loyal opposition, one Lynden Oscar Pindling, M P for South Andros. Cates carried out the order without question. They were later released without charge. In 1967 Pindling became Premier, and as the saying goes, Bush crack man gone, Bailey and Cates b ecame former residents of the Bahamas. Thus began the rapid exit of expat police officers from t he RBPF. Cates was the commander officer of Mobile Division and I was his second in command, he was never a pilot. The term Air Wing was a reference to the men who rode shot gun to the pilots who were contracted to do weekly aerial reconnaissance of this archipelago called the Bahamas. A t the conclusion of the conference, three ever-green trees were planted at the junction of B lake (Burma Road in commemoration of the occasion. The airport r oad was named in President Kennedys honour. Sir Robert Stapledon was the Royal Gov ernor, Stapledon Gardens (sub-division n amed in his honour. There are only two stunted replicas of the trees still standing, one died, and d ue to the lack of care, the others are just barely alive. ERRINGTON W I WATKINS Nassau, January, 2009. Pr esident Kennedy s 1962 visit to Bahamas


By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport R eporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Many Haitians in Grand Bahama are devastated and despera tely trying to find out w hether their relatives in H aiti are alive. Everybody is devastate d, said Jetta Baptiste. Everybody has been praying and watching the news on Facebook trying to fol-l ow what is going on, trying to get any bit of information out of Haiti. Ms Baptiste has not been able to make contact with her two nephews who live in Port-au-Prince. I have been making calls up to 3am Wednesday a nd havent been able to s peak with anyone, so the not knowing is what is most f rightening, she said. M s Baptiste, president of t he Haitian Bahamian Society of Grand Bahama, contacted a friend in Haiti i mmediately after learning news of the quake. On Tuesday I was able to make one call and get through to one person. He w as okay but he couldnt f ind his family. You could tell the pain, t he horror and frustration. E very emotion that you c ould think of you could feel it coming through the phone line from this young man. He is an attorney and h e is concerned about his f amily and I have not been able to speak with him s ince, she said. M s Baptiste said the H aitian community, as well as Bahamian families with relatives in Haiti, ares hocked and saddened by the tragedy. Everybody is in shock. They cant hear from their f amilies and they are concerned. Ms Baptiste said the H aitian Bahamian Society w ould like to make special a ppeal for relief donations for those suffering in Haiti. We need financial and m edical assistance. Medical supplies, building materials and supplies, water, and non-perishable food items,c lothing, and baby supplies are needed. We need all the help we can get, but most of all wen eed prayer. We need to pray for Haiti because the after-s hocks are still going on, s he said. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Haitians on Grand Bahama devastated after earthquake NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THEArchbishop of Port-auPrince, Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, died on Tuesday in the earthquake that devastated Haiti. The Archdiocese of Nassau expressed its condolences over the loss of a fellow brother in the Episcopacy, as well as the death of Haitians across the disaster zone. On behalf of our Archdiocese of Nassau I wish to express our deep sadness and prayerful solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Haiti who are suffering as a result of the devastating earthquake experienced yesterday. We share the grief as well with our Haitian brothers and sisters living here in the Bahamas, said Archbishop Patrick Pinder, who never met his Haitian counterpart. This horrendous natural disaster calls us to respond both with the compassion of our prayers and material support, he said. A special collection will be taken up on two consecutive Sundays at all Catholic churches in Nassau to assist the people o f Haiti. We here in the Catholic community would like to express our solidarity with the people of Haiti and we are currently preparing to do our part to offer whatever relief we are able to offer. We hold them in our prayers, Archbishop Pind er said. Catholic Archdiocese saddened by death of Haitian bishop Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot (AP Disaster in HAITI J ETTABAPTISTE


THE PLP has decided to postpone todays rally in light of the emergency situ-a tion in Haiti. T he party had planned to hold the rally to officially introduce Ryan Pinder, the PLPs candidate for the Elizabeth by-election. P arty leader Perry Christie issued a statement yesterday saying that theparty decided to reschedule t he event, given the enormity of the tragedy that is u nfolding in our sister nation to the south. He said: Having taken s tock of the events in Haiti, I extend heartfelt condol ences to the Haitian people on the deaths of so many in Haiti following yesterdayst ragic earthquake in Port au Prince. I am deeply moved b y it. The picture of the Presidential Palace, a place where I paid an official visiti n 2004, and the destruction of that building is symbolic o f the damage inflicted on Haiti. Mr Christie said all memb ers of the PLP are watching the developments in Haiti with keen interest. Mobilise We are, of course, concerned about the loss of life, the survivability of the peo-p le and the ability of the Haitian government to funct ion effectively. We have encouraged the government of the Bahamas to lead to aC ARICOM wide effort to mobilise resources to assist H aiti. We think the Bahamas ought to lead the way, the PLP leader said. H e added: It is also incumbent upon the government to continually brief the Bahamian people on the security implications for ourc ountry and how this is likely to affect migration from Haiti to this country. A word ought to be said about our diplomats if any in Haiti. We are grateful to God f or sparing our nation, par ticularly our family and f riends in Inagua and the other south-eastern islands, the full impact of this cata-s trophe. I have asked our internal committee of theP LP to convene an early m eeting with other non-governmental organisations, p articularly Church bodies, to see what we can together do to raise funds to assist w here possible. Mr Christie urged all Bahamians to cont inue to pray for their fellow CARICOM citizens in Haiti. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PLP postpones rally in wake of disaster HAITIEARTHQUAKE The picture of t he Presidential Palace, a place where I paid ano fficial visit in 2 004, and the d estruction of that building is symbolic of the d amage inflicted o n Haiti. PERRYCHRISTIE


By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette has confirmed that all Bahamian officials in Haiti are alive and well following the devastating 7.0 earthquake that shook the country on Monday evening. In a press conference at the National Emergency Management Agency yesterday, Mr Symonette said that his staff was able to make contact with Ms Bella Coleby who was attached to the Bahamas Embassy in Haiti. We have been in contact with Ms Coleby, she used to be with the Department of Immigration and she is now with the Embassy in Haiti. She is well. Her apartment and another apartment which is occupied by another staff member who happens to be in Nassau on leave was damaged. Ms Coleby has moved into the ambassadors residence which has not sustained any damage; nor has the Embassy in Haiti. We have power on and my director general spoke to her in Port-au-Prince. In regard to the rest of our staff, most of them were locally hired. We have accounted for all but two of our staff members in the office in Haiti, one is a driver and another is a security guard. As of the time I left the office this morning, we have not been able to make contact with those two officers, he said. Moved In the meantime, many of the remaining officers have moved into the Bahamas Embassy on a temporary basis, Mr Symonette said. In addition to Ms Coleby, the Bahamas Director of Civil Aviation Patrick Rolle was also in Haiti on Monday and received minor injuries as ar esult of the earthquake. A ccording to the deputy prime minister, Mr Rolle was in Haiti with another officer attending a conference and was due to return to the Bahamas on Friday. On that note we are also a scertaining through governm ent agencies which other officers or members of the government happened to be in Haiti so we are asking you through the media for those persons who have friends, or relatives in Haiti to contact us so we can make sure which Bahamian nationals are actually in the country at this time so we can have an idea of our own nationals, Mr Symonette said. So we need to keep the government and the people of Haiti in our prayers and our thoughts as this situation unfolds. Please rest assured that the government of the Bahamas will do whatever is necessary and possible to assist and in that regard I mention that the prime min ister has been in contact witht he head of CARICOM and in touch with other agencies and also will no doubt be liais ing with the United States government with regard to efforts on their part, he added. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %XVLQHVV'HYHORSPHQW$V%XVLQHVV'HYHORSPHQWIRURXU,7VHUYLFHVGLYLVLRQ\RXZLOSODWKHOHDG6DOHVDQG 0DUNHWLQJUROHLQDWWUDFWLQJDQGUHWDLQLQJQHZFOLHQWVIRURXUEXVLQHVV

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM HAITI DEVASTATEDBY EARTHQUAKE PHOTOSFROMASSOCIATEDPRESS PEOPLE SEARCH for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed building the day after the earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Tuesday. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake flattened the president's palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighbourhoods. THIS STILL made from video provided by UNTV shows peacekeepers c arrying a survivor out of rubble of the damaged MINUSTAH (United N ations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) headquarters in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday. HAITI'S NATIONAL PALACE is seen damaged in the aftermath of the earthquake. THIS STILL made from video provided by UNTV shows people at the entrance of the damaged MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mis sion in Haiti) headquarters in Port-au-Prince. A UN CAR i s covered in rubble the day after the earthquake hit Port-au-Prince. A WOMAN stands in the rubble of her home.


C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM HAITI DEVASTATEDBY EARTHQUAKE PHOTOSFROMASSOCIATEDPRESS HOMES AFFECTED by the earthquake are seen in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday. PEOPLE STAND on rubble along Delmas Road the day after the earthquake hit. WALKING through the streets in the aftermath of the earthquake. PEOPLE RUN in the streets after the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince on Tuesday. A CROWD AT A PARK a day after the destructive earthquake in downtown Port-au-Prince.


C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM HAITI DEVASTATEDBY EARTHQUAKE PHOTOSFROMASSOCIATEDPRESS Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. A MAN SITS next to a car after the powerful earthquake struck Port-au-Prince. ABOVE: This image made available byt he American Red Cross in London, Wednesday, showse arthquake damage to a shanty town on the outskirts of Port a u Prince, following t he major earthquake. RIGHT: Debris lays in the street a fter the earthquake a long the Delmas Road in Port-auP rince, Haiti, W ednesday. A BOVE: I njured people being tended to at Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean nation. The International Red Cross says a third of Haiti's nine million people may need emergency aid and that it would take a d ay or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge from Tuesday's earthquake. SCENES OFDEVASTATION in Port-auPrince, Haiti after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean nation.


other Immigration officials, Mr Thompson said the department will put a holdo n all deportation exercis e s of Haitian nationals. In addition, the depart ment has put in placee fforts to secure the island of Inagua as it is currently the place to which a large i nflux of people would g ravitate at this time. We are preparing to have some tents sent down to Inagua. We are preparing to send food as well. We also know that we need manpower in terms of staffing and we are look ing at blankets and pots, etc, he said. There are two immigra tion officers on Inagua with 50 Defence Force officers and two policemen. These will be called upon, Mr Thompson said, if they are needed to deal with any movement of people within the next few days. However, in New Providence, the Department will face another challenge as the Detention Centre on Carmichael Road is already filled with illegal migrants scheduled for repatriation. Of the 100 detainees, there are 76 Haitian who will be repatriated as previously scheduled. Therefore in the meantime, Mr Thompson said the department will be repatriating those other nationals as quickly as pos sible and setting up tents on the compound to deal with any possible overcrowding. So we are satisfied that we are putting the Deten tion Centre in a state of readiness in the event. We know we want to get some tents down there, we want to get some portable toilets down there and we have already ordered additional foodi tems and so we are satisf ied that we are preparing for this, he said. However, Mr Thomp sons assurances may not disavow some Haitian migrants living in the Bahamas who still feel that the Department of Immigration will continue with their deportation exercise s. Right now I ask myself if they are still catching people. The world can see that Haiti is very damaged. Where are they going to send them? To Cuba, Jamaica, the US? I dont think it is going to stop, said Jonas Pierre, a Haitian resident in the Bahamas. In addition, members of the Cowpen Road Haitian community questioned whether the department was sincere in the call for raids to stop. They suggested the Roy al Bahamas Police Force would still stop people on the street and detain them. They also expressed fear about being sent to other foreign countries now that it was difficult to send them back to Haiti in the wake of the earthquake. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM DEVASTATION caused by the massive earthquake near Haitis capital city Portau-Prince on Tuesday has initiated an outpouring of a id to the impoverished region. Charitable Bahamians wishing to fund the relief effort can make donations of money and goods to a number of organisations in Nassau and Freeport. Medical supplies and the s ervices of doctors and medi cal professionals are also r equired in Haiti and the M edical Association of the B ahamas (MAB a ging professionals volunteer their skills. MAB president Dr Timothy Barrett said: The Haitian people are not only our Caribbean brothers and sisters but they are also our n eighbours and form a significant part of the Bahamian population and commun ity. We must show our supp ort not only by what we say, but also by what we do. T o help the cause, contact the agencies below. RED CROSS BAHAMAS SOCIETY The Red Cross is accepting donations of goods to s end to Inagua where there i s expected to be an influx of Haitians fleeing the disaster zone. Canned foods, baby formula, diapers, blankets, towels, clothing, medical supplies and anything to help those in need will all be g ratefully accepted. Donations can be taken to the Red Cross Bahamas Society centre in JFK Drive. A number of locations throughout New Providence are also accepting donations for the Red Cross. These i nclude Quality Auto Sales i n East Shirley Street and L e Petit Gourmet cafe in the S hirley Street Plaza. T he College of the B ahamas has also established a drop box in the Bahamas Tourism Training Centre, Thompson Blvd. Staff and students are encouraged to donate at least two items per person. HOPE WATER Water supplies are runn ing low in Haiti and are u nlikely to last for more t han another day or two. This charitable water supplier sent 3,000 gallons ofw ater to the disaster zone yesterday and intends to continue to send water to those in need as donations pour in. The water sent was all donated by Bahamian cust omers who contribute half a g allon of water to relief efforts every time they buy a five gallon bottle of HOPE water. Donations are then distributed throughout the Caribbean in times of need. HOPEs Mark Palmer said: Water is a huge need. W hen we went to West End in Grand Bahamas in 2005 people were drinking sea water on day two, they were so desperate. In Haiti all the water tanks will have been destroyed, the water mains ruptured and people can o nly survive for two or three d ays without water. Its such a critical need. T o make a donation you c an make a payment to the H umanitarian Operations Foundation at the Scotiabank main branch, account number 4001237. Or become a customer by calling HOPE on 394-0773. T HE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army is appealing for medical e xperts to volunteer their s ervices and assist on a miss ion trip to Haiti which is being organised with Salvation Army groups in Haiti. F inancial donations to fund the effort will be accepted at their headquarters in Mackey Street and Grants Town, or call 3932745. T HE NEW PROVIDENCE C OMMUNITY CENTRE This church is part of the Caribbeans Del Camino network of churches and is co-ordinating a relief effort with affiliate churches in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Those in need c urrently require donations of money, medical supplies and medical services. If you would like to make a donation call Tim Lee or Gillian Watson at the New Providence Community Centre in Blake Road, western New Provid ence on 327-1660 or email r elief@npcconline.org. F or more information l og on to www.npcc online.org THE BAHAMAS CHRISTIAN COUNCIL Churches are encouraged to participate in a combined Haiti relief effort on Sunday by e ncouraging their members to bring in donations of money and goods to be s ent to Haiti through the N ational Emergency Mana gement Organisation (NEMA The churches are also in c ommunication with churches in Haiti to learn more about the need and how they can help. Churches wishing to get involved in the Haiti Relief Sunday effort can contact B ahamas Christian Counc il president Patrick Pinder on 393-3453 or 3932312 H AITIAN BAHAMIAN SOCIETY IN GRAND BAHAMA Society president Jetta B aptiste is accepting donations at Jetta's Multi-Serv ice Centre, 37 Hearne Lane, Freeport. Ms Baptiste met with c hurch and business leaders in Freeport yesterday t o assess ways of sending relief to Haiti and hopes t o send a team this weekend. For more information c all 352-2384. BAMBU NIGHTCLUB Those who like to party c an help by attending an event hosted by TaDa and N City at Bambu in downtownN assau tonight from 9pm. DJ Clean Cut, a HaitianB ahamian, will be on the decks, and at least half of t he $10 cover charge will g o towards the relief effort, as will a portion of p rofits made at the bar. There will also be a drop box collecting goods for the Red Cross. T he Bahamas Telecommunications Company ( BTC) will set up a hotline for donations. Opportunities to fund the Haiti relief effort Conting ency plans alr eady in place for any possible influx of migrants FROM page one Disaster in HAITI H OPEWATER a re sending supplies to Haiti.


Without Borders hospitals. Reaching Haiti by telephone was virtually impossible yesterday, forcing the Haitian-Bahamian community to rely on news and Internet reports as they waited for word from family and friends. "I have two nephews in university, one is in medical school and one is studying engineering, I have a lot of cousins, a lot of family there in Port-au-Prince," Jetta Baptiste, president of the Haitian Bahamian Society, told The Tribune from her office in Freeport, Grand Bahama yesterday. "I can't reach them. Unless you have a satellite phone it's impossible or if they (in Haiti) have a lap top with a battery, it's impossible." The earthquake occurred 10 miles south-west of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince around 5 pm Monday, causing widespread building collapse and power outage. "Parliament has collapsed. T he tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed," Haiti's Prime Minister JeanMax Bellerive said of the tragedy, according to The Daily Mail. Aftershocks from the earthquake continued yest erday, demolishing structures and forcing those with homes still standing to brave the elements outside, many without food or water. According to international reports, Mr Bellerive yesterday estimated that 100,000 were dead while Haitian senator Youri Latortue pegged the number as high as 500,000. The official death toll was not known up to press time. Meanwhile in the Bahamas housekeeper Rosette Isnealle, 50, is praying her two daughters, enrolled at a college in Port-au-Prince, are not among the dead. She last s poke with her girls, ages 18 and 20, on Sunday and has no idea if they made it through the earthquake unscathed. "I'm terrified, I can't get in touch with them I been calling all day, last night I can't find communication," s he told T he Tribune y esterday. Another Haitian living in the Bahamas said she has been desperately trying to contact relatives in Haiti to no avail. "As a human being your first instinct is to call but the phone lines are down the only way you can get through is through the Internet and that is difficult," said the woman, who did not want to be named. Although she has no idea how her family fared in the aftermath of the disaster, Ms Baptiste was able to make brief contact with a Haitian friend on his cell phone Monday afternoon, about an hour after the earthquake first hit. "When I spoke to him it was sheer terror, you could hear the panic in his voice he couldn't find his family and he was scared. He said 'I lost my family, I can't find them'those were the last words he said to me." For Jouslene Burrows, a teacher whose parents emigrated to the Bahamas from Haiti about 30 years ago, her contact with her family yesterday morning was bittersweet. After hours of desperate dialing, she was able to reach her father on his cell phone around 8 am Wednesday. Although her parents were not hurt during the disaster their home was the only one in their village in Del mas, a district in Port-auPrince, left standing they were in desperate need off ood and water. "My mummy already got the flu because she spent the night outside. There's no food, she is telling me she is hungry and thirsty I told her not to worry about that because she is lucky to be alive. "They told me that they are waiting, hoping help will reach them, hoping that something good will happen because they have no water, food or electricity," she said. Screams rang through the air Monday night as survivors stumbled through the dark, dusty city looking for friends, family and shelter. President Rene Preval told The Miami Herald several government offices were damaged or completely destroyed, including the Presidential palace, Parlia ment building and tax office. When The Tribune visited the Cowpen Road community, yesterday, a group of men were huddled around a radio, listening to international news stations and a Haitian radio station in Miami, Radio Amerique Internationale. They said several members of the community had family in Carrefour, and no one has been able to contact them. Communications systems across Port-au-Prince are down or jammed. Samuel Alstead, a Cowpen resident, said it was unusual for tele phone communication to be completely blocked. He said during hurricanes, residents are usually able to stand on the roof of their homes and pick up cell phone reception. He said he knows because h e was in Haiti for the string of hurricanes that hit in 2008. He feared the reason for the lack of communication this time could be the fact that homes had collapsed and had no roofs. He has a nine-year old daughter in Haiti. Aid organisations in Carrefour are adding to the fear about the state of the community. Tony Sellars, director of communications for Feed The Children in Oklahoma City, told the Non Profit Times: Our clinic is in Carrefour district, and thats basically Ground Zero. We did make contact with our regional director. He lost his car and his home and is trying to get to the clinic. Most of his staff is missing. He said Haiti right now is worse than places like Chad and Darfour. Louis Petiblanc, a Haitian resident, is praying his family is among the number of survivors. He has three children attending university in Portau-Prince, as well as other family members. They live ina two-story concrete house in the capital and work on farm land. 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Judges act on evidence presented before the courts by the parties and based on our under standing of the law. While C icero may be right, that the safety of the people is the highest law, we must balance the needs of the public, with the rights of the individual. The right to a fair trial within a reasonable period of time, the presumption of innocenceand the proof of guilt are fund amental freedoms guaranteed by the constitution of which we must be the most ardent protectors, the Chief Justice said. He noted, however: We are by no means infallible, and by no means immune to criticism, however no one should ques tion our fidelity to our oath ofo ffice. We are not pawns of the state, nor do we act on public opinion. I assure all involved in the administration of justice, including those in the administrative and support staff of my complete support in the proper discharge of my duties. Sir Michael also noted that there appears to be a misconception as to how Supreme Court Justices are appointed. There appears to be a misconception that the appointment of Justices to the Supreme Court is made by the government, the Prime Minster or the cabinet of the Bahamas. While the Governor Gen eral on the recommendation of the Prime Minister and the recommendation of the leader of the opposition appoints the Chief Justice, all other Justices of the Supreme Court are appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, he said. Attorney General John Delaney in his address said the primary objective of his office is to increase the output of the prosecution of cases. A review of all pending cas es will take place to ensure that the limited trial resources are expended on cases appropriate for trial. Greater use will be made of the recently introduced plea bargaining mechanism and we will seek to expedite the process of criminal trials by making use of the Voluntary Bill of Indictment, Mr Delaney said. Kathleen Hassan, vice-president of the Bahamas Bar Association said: We are committed to sponsoring education and training seminars in all of the requisite areas and in particular seeking to assist practising attorneys in the formation and maintenance of proper administrative offices. I have recently been informed that this Bar Association is the only Bar which is still overseen by a government regulatory body. The lack of the requirement for an annual practising certificate remains one of our majors tumbling blocks in attaining that status of a self regulated body and in meeting interna tional standards of other Bar Associations in similar jurisdic tions. Tourists were starting to trickle back in. The country was doing well, there was a certain stability." Haiti's government, led by President Rene Preval, had plans to attract visitors to the country once a popular tourist destination ravaged by decades of political and economic instability compounded with widespread poverty and violence. In October, 2009, Haitian Tourism Minister Patrick Delatour said the government had recently signed a deal with Venezuela to build an international airport in Cap-Haitien, the country's second city. Last December, Royal Caribbean Cruises' Oasis of the Seas the largest cruise ship in the world began a weekly stopover at the northern beach resort of Labadee, Haiti, seen as another move to bolster the country's stagnant tourism industry and bring in much needed revenue. However, Tuesdays natural disaster has derailed plans to revive Haiti's flat-lined economy. "The fact that it (the city with the possible loss of life is a serious blow to the potential development of Haiti right now and the country really needs tourism to develop economically," said Mr Regnier. "There were a lot of Haitians themselves returning and investing, huge developments in Jacmel for example, fantastic tourist developments which would have been a good example of what can be done in the future for this to happen now is devastating." Multi-storey structures, built without adherence to building codes and without authorisation, have popped up throughout Port-au-Prince over the last few years, Mr Regnier said. Their shoddy craftsmanship is believed to be one of the reasons so many structures were demolished during the earthquake. "There was no proper structural foundation," said Mr Regnier. Yesterday in Port-au-Prince, a vastly overpopulated city home to two million residents, survivors reportedly stumbled through dust and rubble looking for family, shelter, food and water. Hundreds of thousands of people are believed dead. The city's prison, schools, hospitals and Parliament in Port-au-Prince have all been destroyed. Haiti is the least-developed country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world. More than half of Haiti's population survives on less than one dollar a day and 78 per cent lives on less than two dollars a day, the World Bank reports. Haitis economy FROM page one FROM page one Judiciary


By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net A PAIR of nail-biting finishes came down to the games waning moments in Bahamas Scholastic Association play as teams jostled for late season playoff seeding yesterday at the Tom The Bird Grant Park. T ELEOS CHERUBIMS 29 MT CARMEL CAVALIERS 27 The Cherubims led wire to wire and with a stellar d efensive effort, withstood a late fourth quarter surge from t he Cavaliers for the win. Despite being outscored 74 in a low scoring final quarter, the Cherubims forced t hree turnovers in the games f inal minute as the Cavaliers struggled to score. S amuel Hepburns three pointer early in the first quarter gave the Cherubims a 7-6 lead, which they maintained for the remainder of the g ame. A late lay-up by Theron T aylor gave Teleos an 11-6 l ead at the end of the first quarter. After the Cherubims opened on a 4-0 run with scores from Renaldo Maycock and Taylor, the Cava-l iers went on a 6-0 run to pull w ithin two. Sanchez Rolle capped the run with a jumper to make the score 15-12 with 34 seconds remaining. Maycock scored to end the q uarter as the Cherubims took a 17-12 lead into the half. The shifty point guard again started the quarter strong with a floater and ana ssist to Taylor as the Cherub ims opened a 21-12 lead early in the third. Aaron Aliva stopped the Teleos run at four with a putback for the Cavaliers firsts core of the quarter. A three pointer by Edwin Rolle and one of two free throws by Hepburn regained the nine point lead for the Cherubims, 25-16 with 2:18r emaining in the third quarter. A fter trailing by as much as nine midway through the third quarter, the Cavaliers went on a 9-2 run on the s houlders of Avila who scored s even of his game high 15 C M Y K C M Y K THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 16 INSIDE More BSA action TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ;6CC JD6:?76=5DRefc URj fRcj#$ #!"!:^aVcZR]R]]c ``^ *+$!A> 5``cd`aV_)+$!a^7`c eZT\VeZ_W `c^ReZ`_TR]]$' $''!" TELEOS guard Theron Taylor tries to back the MT Carmel defender down. Cherubims top Cavaliers 29-27 SEE page 18 Cherub Christian Academy beat Blazers


THENew Providence Voll eyball Association began its playoff rounds last night at the D .W Davis gymnasium, however results of the opening round matchups were unavailable to press time. On the final night of the regular season, 3 games on the schedule decided the final positions of the playoffs, with teams now geared up to make their final pushes towards the championship. I n the ladies match, the Scottsdale Vixens once again dominated that division with a perfect 10-0 record to convincingly secure the Pennant for their 5th consecutive year. Behind Cheryse Rolle's 14 points, the Vixens defeated the J ohnson Lady Truckers in 4 sets 25-12, 25-19, 19-25 and 292 7. Anastasia Sands-Moultrie led all scorers with 16 points in a losing effort as the Johnson Lady truckers had to settle for the pennant runners-up. In the second match, the Technicians would defeat the National Fence Intruders in 3 straight sets to clinch the pennant runners-up spot 25-15, 2521 and 25-22. Dwayne Robertsa nd Ron Demeritte led the Technicians with 9 and 8 kills respectively. Prince Wilson led the Intruders with 9 kills in the loss. Both teams will meet again on Friday in the first game of their playoffs series. In the 3rd match the Police C rimestoppers failed to show up and make the playoffs this y ear, giving DaBasement the final spot in the men's playoffs. PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE 1 vs 4 2 vs 3 Best of three matches Wednesday, January 13, 2010 7:30pm Johnson's Lady Truckers vs COB Caribs 8:30pm Scotiabank Defenders vs DaBasement F riday, January 15, 2010 7 :30pm Scottsdale Vixens vs Champions Club 8:30pm Technicians vs National Fence Intruders Sunday, January 17, 2010 3:30pm Johnson's Lady Truckers vs COB Caribs 4:30pm Scotiabank Defenders vs DaBasement Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:30pm Scottsdale Vixens vs Champions Club 8:30pm Technicians vs National Fence Intruders C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010, PAGE 17 Auto MechanicNassau, BahamasAn Excellent opportunity to work for one of the premier auto dealers in e Bahamas. Qualications and Experience: Current Certied Master ASE Technician with L1 with a minimum of 8 years experience. Clean driving and criminal record is a must. What we oer: 5 day work week, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM 5:30PM. Excellent employee benet package, which includes health a nd pension plan. Plenty of room and lis for our Techs. Well-lighted and ventilated work areas. e latest diagnostic soware, scanners, equipment and computer terminals in our shop Compensation is one of the best in the Bahamas. Ongoing internal and OEM Training programs. Growthopportunity.Interested persons should send resumes with references to: Automall Attention: Human Resources Manager E ast Shirley Street P. O. Box SS-6385 Nassau, Bahamas D eadline for applications: January 31, 2010 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NPVA playoffs under way T HEBahamas Baseball F ederation will make progress in the international ranks as they host a championship w inning team from the Unit ed States. The Taylor University Tro j ans are currently visiting Grand Bahama for spring training and a series of clinics for local players. The Trojans won the NAIA Mid-Central Conference Tournament in 2009 anda dvanced to the NCAA NAIA World Series Tourna ment. The Trojans team will prac t ice at the Grand Bahama Baseball Park daily from 9 am 12 noon from January 11th t hrough 23rd. The final clinic for local p layers will take place Janua ry 14th from 5 pm 6:30 pm and Saturday, January 16th AT 12 pm. B BF executives list the rea sons for the Taylor University visit as a multi benefitteda pproach: to benefit Sports Tourism and the Trojans to enjoy the warm weather of the Bahamas; Team Training Sessions at the Grand Bahama Baseball Park; and Conducting Local Clinics tob enefit the Young baseball players in Grand Bahama The Bahamas Baseball Federation congratulated the G rand Bahama Amateur Baseball Association for con tinuing to carry the Banner f or the senior league baseball program in the Bahamas. BBFhosts Taylor University Trojans Taylor University Trojans


points in the fourth quarter. A livas three point play trimmed the deficit to just two, 27-25 with 2:28 remain i ng. Hepburn responded with arguably the biggest basket of the game when he finished a fast break lay-up through a trio of defenders to give his team a two possession advant age with 1:53 left to play. Aliva made a pair from the line to again pull within two,b ut a series of turnovers over the course of the final minute gave little chance of a come back. T he Cavaliers had possession with one second remain ing at half court, but failed tog et a shot off as time expired. T aylor led Teleos with 10 points, Maycock added eight, while Hepburn finished withs even. Avila led the Cavaliers with 15 while Kurtwood Greenea dded seven. C HERUB CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 31 BLAIRWOOD ACADEMY BLAZERS 27 A late technical foul and e jection ultimately undid the short handed Blazers on their quest for an upset win. T railing 28-27 with 1:03 l eft to play, Blairwood point guard Kyle Newbold was w histled for a technical foul and ejected from the game which left the Blazers with out their second leading s corer and primary ball han dler. Gibson Lacroix made one of two free throws for a two point lead and Vernal Reck ley sealed the win when he stole the inbound pass and f inished with a lay-up for the games final score. Cherub led 7-4 at the end o f a slow paced first quarter a nd maintained a lead with the scoring of Lacroix and Reckley in the back court. L acroix began the second with a steal and three point play on the opening posses-s ion of the quarter. The Blazers went on a 6-0 run and tied the game at 10o n a basket by Dominic Stuart. Reckley regained the lead on the next possession, onlyt o have Newbold tie the game for the second time with a lay-up at the other end of the floor. An alley-oop from Lacroix t o Charles Turnquest gave Cherub a 14-12 lead at the half. S tuart gave the Blazers t heir first lead of the game midway through the period a nd scored on the ensuing possession for a 19-15 lead. After a score from Reck ley, Turnquest regained the l ead for Cherub when he made two of two from the charity stripe as time expired for a 20-19 lead. A nip and tuck fourth quarter featured three lead changes before the untimely N ewbold ejection. Stuart opened with a base line jumper and Newbold g ave the Blazers a 23-20 lead w ith a fast break lay-up. Turnquest stopped the brief run with a putback and L acroix regained the lead for Cherub with an acrobatic lay-up between a pair ofd efenders to pull within one. Reckley scored to give the Cherub their first fourthq uarter lead only to have Newbold regain the lead for the Blazers ion the next possession. L acroixs jumper gave Cherub a 28-27 lead with 1:03 left to play just before Newbolts ejection. C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS P AGE 18, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS GE Electronic Room Style+ N ET# AEQ08 N ET#AEQ10 NET#AEQ12A NET Youll wonder how you ever got along without it. SALE! TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T ELEOS E dwin Rolle on an offensive run as MT Carmel Aaron A vila tries to defend. MT Carmel Sanchez Rolle breaks t he defence to drive to the basket. TELEOS Edwin Rolle grabs the rebound. FROM page 16 Cherubims top Cavaliers 29-27 F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010, PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FUEL SURCHARGE 2006 2010 FREEPORT, Bahamas A f our-lettered word called luck has had a special meaning for Grand Bahama-bound pianist Tannis Gibson and her playing partners this week. In its bad form it nearly meant she missed a major US date in Pittsburgh when she went to a concert venue only to discover t here were two places in the city with the same name and she was at the wrong one.Once the mistake was discovered, there followed a wild cab ride and five minutes to spare before concert time. I really dont care for that sort of concert warm-up, she recalled this week. I n its good form it has given her a glittering career as a soloist with leading orchestras, a teacher at the highest levels as well as of primary school children, and a member of trios and larger groups who have appeared on US network TV, radio, and numerous leading edge recording s tudios.Yet she says her being at her exalted level in music was all down to very supportive parents, enthusiastic teachers and luck. The luck for Freeport audiences will be to have the chance to see and hear the end resultt his weekend in what is a remarkable coup for the Grand B ahama Performing Arts Society. Joining her in what will be a world-class series of events at the Church of the Ascension in West Beach Road will be husband and wife team Janna Lower and Mark Tanner. Together they make up the TrioCollage which w as formed last summer for a performing and teaching tour of the major cities in Chile. Violinist Janna, a music professor in Florida, had first met Tannis 30 years ago at college in New York but they had only really played together for the first time a couple of years ago. We e njoyed it so much we would look for other opportunities to work together. Mark and I were invited to tour Chile this past summer and were asked to provide a pianist.I asked Tannis, she was free for the dates and had never been to South America.That was whenT rio Collage was inaugurated, Janna added. The tour was a great success as had been Janna and cellist Marks previous musical outings in South America, the countries that have become a regular stomping ground for them.In fact all three performers have done a fair amount of globetrotting through Europe and Asia as well as being familiar faces throughout the Americas. While they are in Freeport they will be presenting an eclectic musical mix that includes a short Saturday afternoon show for children Carnival of the Animals; a classical chamber concert on Friday evening; and a presentation of lighter fare on Sunday afternoon. It all adds up to a remarkable weekend of musical quality for an island the size of Grand Bahama.It is also a programme t hat lends itself to the trios basic mission. The word Collage refers to the mixing of the possible musical combinations that a pianist, violinist and cellist present.We always perform concerts with solos, various duos, as well as the standard piano trio with all t hree together.It makes it a lot more interesting for the audie nce, said Janna. We like to mix musical styles and incorporate a more popular element in each of our programmes.This way there is something for everyone and the audience gets to experience an i ncredible diversity. The trio is particularly looking f orward to the 4pm Saturday free but first-come-first-served chil drens concert where they will be joined as narrator by Dr. Marcus Bethel.Tannis and Janna are high-grade university teachers but Tannis also enjoys working with young children and trying to develop a love of music in them. The key is how we teach and present classical music to children. As performers, I think we have a duty to address this, she said. Yearly, I try to present a classical music unit in elementary schools, usually between four and six sessions. I dont believe it is enough to go in and simply play a brief concert and then disappear. This parachute effect has minimal impact. I try to present a unit around a composer, working with the teacher to integrate something of their daily curriculum into my presentation. Its actually quite natural to delve into something like map reading with third graders, for example, when talking about certain composers. It is important to me that s tudents walk away from the classroom experience with memo rable knowledge; knowledge that they might someday take with them into a classical music concert. That chance will come at the weekend with French composer Saint Saenss Carnival of Ani m als.Grown-ups will get a mix of Bach, Debussy, and one of the g reatest song writers of all time Irving Berlin as well as other household composer names at the Friday, January 15 concert, which starts at 8pm, and the Sunday event, which starts at 4pm. And the luck for Janna and M ark?It was the fact they got together at all since their early m eetings were as rivals in US music competitions with both always bidding for the same prize. Tickets for the concerts are available at the Seventeen Shop, downtown, and Italian Specialty Imports, Seahorse Plaza. The GBPAS was formed to encourage young performers on Grand Bahama and all proceeds go to that mission. Lady Luck touches top trio TANNIS GIBSON Mark Tanner and Janna Lower


By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Reforms to the Business Licence Act have been drafted and are now under-g oing final review before being released for consulta tion, the minister of state for finance said yesterday, telling this newspaper he had undertaken a detailed benchmarking on the easeof doing business in the Bahamas. Declining to detail the specific reforms contained in the revised Business Licence reforms, Mr Laing said: The legislation has been drafted, and were just doing some final reviews before we put it out for pub lic consultation. I expect it will be put out for consulta tion soon. Asked about the rationale for the reforms, Mr Laing told Tribune Business: Ulti mately, its ease of doing business. We have under taken a very detailed, delib erate look at our benchmarks as it relates to the World Banks ease of doingb usiness report, and have been looking specifically at why Singapore is where it is, why this country is where it is, and why the Bahamas isn ot there. We want to reduce, to the extent possible, the frus Development Bank needs total revamp C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net T HURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 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.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29The information contained is from a t hird party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for e rrors and/or omission from the daily report. $4.15 $4.07 $4.27 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor H annes Babak yesterday asserted to Tribune Business that he remains chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and its PortG roup Ltd affiliate, even though he cant discharge my functions in theB ahamas because his work permit has not been renewed. Indicating that he is hold ing out hope his work perm it will be renewed, despite Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams assertion that this will not happen, Mr Babak told this newspaper that while he is currently at home, and not in the Port Authority office, he is still meeting with prospective investors in Freeport out side of the Bahamas. Right now, Im the chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Port Group Ltd, Mr Babak said. The only issue is that until the work permit issue is resolved, I cant discharge my functions within the Bahamas. Im still the chairman. I can have a meeting with possible investors in the US and anywhere else in the Babak: Im still GBPA chairman While able to meet with investorsa broad, unable to d ischarge functions in the Bahamas because of work permit issues SEE page 7B HANNES BABAK By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor With more than 50,000 c urrent business licences the Bahamas does not lack for e ntrepreneurs, a government minister said yesterday, acknowledging that ano utdated enabling environment that reflects the state of affairs that existed decades ago was inhibiting their growth and sustain-a bility. Zhivargo Laing, minister o f state for finance, told Tribune Business that there needed to be a a rationalisation of all the government agencies, legislationa nd incentive programmes designed to assist small and medium-sized Bahamianb usinesses, and the environment that facilitated their g rowth needed to become more sophisticated. The minister said the G overnment was looking at reforms to the public sect ors entire business support structure as part of efforts t o overhaul the Bahamas Development Bank (BDB whose liquidity constraints are still preventing it from originating any meaningful-s ize loans to the small business/entrepreneurial sector. Were looking at a numb er of things with respect to the Bahamas Development B ank. Its under very active consideration, Mr Laing said, declining to go intos pecifics. Ultimately, were looki ng to provide the most rele vant facilities to support small and medium-sized business growth the most relevant means of doing so, the most effective means ofd oing so, and the most affordable means of doing Greater sophistication for 50,000 entrepreneurs Minister says over 50,000 business licences shows entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in Bahamas, but enabling environment needs reform Pledges consolidation of all governments business support functions Bahamas has used outdated modalities that reflect the state of affairst hat existed 20 years ago to assist small and medium-sized businesses ZHIVARGO LAING SEE page 9B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he Government was yesterday urged to per cent revamp the Bahamas Development Bank (BDBb usiness lending, a leading consultant telling this newspaper that renewed political support was e nabling the private sector to go full steam ahead with crafting a Small Business Act. Mark Turnquest, of Mark Turnquest Consulting, o ne of the leading advocates for crafting such legislation, told Tribune Business that the Act would provide a blueprint for Bahamian entrepreneurs a nd small businesses on the resources they could draw upon to assist their infant ventures, and where they could access them. Were in the process of meeting in the next three weeks to start crafting all the parts of the new Bill,M r Turnquest said. Government urged to completely change vision on involvement in business lending Private sector going full steam ahead with Small Business Act crafting, with political support behind it SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas total health spending as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP point in the four years to 2006, an Inter-American Development Bank (IDC deficits this nation is running will restrain further spending growth in this area. With the Bahamas total spending on healthcare rising from 6.5 per cent of GDP in 2002 to 7.4 per cent in 2006, the IDB report, prepared in relation to a $400,000 project to assist the Government in developing a National Health Services Strategic Plan, confirmed that the current government was also moving to a social health insurance system in the long-term. While the Ingraham administrations approach is an incremental one, involving a series of steps that begins with the Health spending up by 1% of GDP within four years SEE page 8B Business Licence reforms under final review SEE page 10B


BYDEIDREM. BASTIAN T he PC vs Mac debate has always b een one of the standard arguments in the Computer and Graphic design world. To date, the jury is still out. For years, professional design and production wasd one primarily on a Mac, while PCs were used for office workers, game-play-e rs and non-designers. But with the PC dominati ng the computing world, as well as advances in the Windows operating system, ther easons for using a Mac for serious design work began s lipping away. But myths persist, and new designers are faced withm aking a decision about whether to get a Mac or plunge ahead and prove thatw hatever the Mac can do, the PC can do also. T he drawback of the AppleMac could be the price, but if you do desire ita nd are tight on budget, consider the consumer level i Mac, which is powerful enough for graphic design tasks, or perhaps a refur-b ished model. Older arguments were in f avour of the Mac for its graphical interface, as opposed to the text-basedi nterface of the PC. Nonetheless, Windows put a graphical face on the PC, and with Windows XP the PC environment has caughtu p to OS X. This means the Mac OS and Windows look and feel are quite similar. A dditionally, Macs used to dominate in speed but, g enerally, todays PCs have caught up and the speed differences are practically non-e xistent. At this point, from a d esigners perspective, I believe that many of those who appreciate good designa re attracted to Macs because of the high quality of hardware and user-inter-f ace design, but the choice seems to be a purely pers onal preference and familiarity. Desktop I n terms of desktop publishing, all the major desktop publishing software pack-a ges are available in the Windows versions. However, as a graphic d esigner I will go out on a limb and declare that there isnt much difference in the software available for the Mac or PC. A ll of the major applica tions, including the Adobe Creative Suite, are developed for both platforms. Because the Mac is often c onsidered the designers computer, there are some h andy tools and applications that are Mac-only, but there is more software availablef or the PC, especially if you are focused on a particular i ndustry, gaming or 3-D renderings (such as for architecture). A pple has clearly focused its operating system on ease of use, introducing new fea-t ures of integration from application to application, w hich enables a clean workflow and ease of use. Macs were always mentioned int he same sentence as graphic design, and rightfully so f or their excellent graphics and font capabilities. It was also discovered that t he PC can handle the exact same tasks quickerand more e ffectively for half the cost. One of the main advantages of a Mac over a PC is that itc omes with a bunch of free editing programs. But of course, PCs have many downloadable equiva lents. M acs, however, are also considerably quieter because of their low powerl aptop components, which consequently are even slow e r than PCs of equivalent clocks. But I find this negligible, a s PCs (with the right hardware) can be made very, very quiet as well. And a lit tle noise is very rarely a problem. O verall, many users feel that the Mac Operating System is the better OS as it is more inherently stable. But that is largely due to t he more controlled hardware environment, although Adobe Photoshop software is nearly identical on either platform. W here possible, having both is an ideal investment. When starting out, you will probably do just as well with a PC, and with some smart shopping you can get a powerful one for less money than a Mac, using the same design software and your creativity. Here are some pros and cons with regards to the Mac computers. The real pitfalls are the extremely overstated price of their hardware and their lack of options, but one of the cool things people for get is that they come with so much more free (and actually usable) software. Conversely, if youre a cre ative artist you will appreciate the colour values, high quality graphics, multi-task ing capabilities, and overall performance. Some will argue that it doesn't crash and they are generally correct, but the Apple represents such a small section of the computer market and uses such a simplistic operating system that no self respecting hacker would waste their time trying to shut it down. A s we are all aware, A pple has sold out to Intel and bought its chips to allow it to run Microsoft products. Therefore, in my opinion, even when running thesep roducts Apple is a poor third or fourth choice computer because, initially, it was never really designed tor un Microsoft software. The PC, on the other h and, has 90 per cent of the market and, as such, has a far greater variety of soft-w are, freeware, etc. This is important to me. The real r eason Macs are not as prone to crashes and viruses is because they have a small-e r percentage of the market. If you are a virus writer, w ouldnt you target the software with the greater use for the greatest impact? As fara s PCs crashing more than Macs, once again you will hear about 90 per cent more PCs crashing than Macs because they have 90 perc ent of the market share. Switching Over the past few weeks, a couple of friends have posted and suggested to me on Facebook that they weret hinking about switching from a PC to a Mac for d esigning and asked whether switching was a good idea or not. E ach time, almost every one chimed in and encour aged to become a Mac user. I was almost alone in my dissent, saying I'd recom m end sticking with a PC, when I knew I ran the risk of incurring the wrath of Mac fans. Well..Ill tell you, they a re definitely nicer-looking machines compared to most of the plain-looking PCs on the market. My simple answer was, u se whichever suits your needs best. If you want something s imple and new, not requir ing much brainpower, go with a Mac. If you want something upgradable (without havingt o throw the entire computer out and buy a new one), require more technical know-how and a large user community, go with a PC. But lets be serious. Are Macs really so much better than a PC that they are worth paying an additional $1,000 for? In my opinion I don't think so, but what I do know is that the choice between a Windows PC and a Mac for professional desktop pub lishing and graphic design work boils down to personal preference because either one can handle the work. Its simply up to the skill of the user. So again, when asked the question of PC vs Mac, remember the cost of the computer will never determine the outcome of the design. Its a combination of your design software and what you have stacked inside. So, lets have fun and stay on top of our game. The author can be contacted at deedee2111@hotmail.com C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The best computer to Mac it happen THEART OF GRAPHIX DEIDREBASTIAN BY DEIDRE BASTIANCa n the life of an artist/designer be overwhelming att imes? Yes, Yes a nd Yes. Graphic design is not just one job, it is 20 and t hen some. However, a succ essful graphic designer is u sually analytical, calculating, listens to comments and has a g ood eye for aesthetic design. They possess a flair for color and a solid understanding oft he needs of the corporate w orld, which is very important if you expect your designs to be accepted. O ne of the primary funct ions a graphic designer exhibits in their day-to-day a ctivities, when designing, is t o determine the need of the c lient. Graphic designers usually c onsider cognitive, cultural, physical and social factors in planning and executingd esigns for their target audience. T hey must be able to synt hesize feedback from a number of different sources; use research prepared by a mar-k eting department, with cost s pecifications determined by a budgeting department; and produce a variety of sketchesa nd models that demonstrate d ifferent approaches to the product. D ont be troubled by the a rtist who is breathing hard when asked to make changes repeatedly, especially onest hat just dont make sense. B elieve me, at the end of the process the client will still pop this question: What doy ou think about this?. Boy, t hat line gets me real good! Graphic designers have the awesome task of seeking the most effective way to get mess ages across in print and elect ronic media, using: color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and variousp rint and layout techniques. T hey develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers,j ournals, corporate reports a nd many other publications. They also produce promotional displays, packaging,m arketing brochures for p roducts and services, design distinctive logos for products and develop signs for busin esses. A n increasing number of graphic designers also produce material for InternetW eb pages that have grown by leaps and bounds, along with interactive media, multi-m edia projects and designs t hat appear before and after television p rogrammes/movies and so o n. P erceptionI recall a friend unfolding w hat he thought a graphic designers task was, until he sat with me for one day and,t hereafter, his entire percept ion was transformed. He felt designing was merely typing in a box and cuttinga nd pasting a few small o bjects with the use of a few colors. W ell not really. Dont f orget, bona fide graphic designers consider cognitive, cultural, physical and socialf actors in planning and exec uting designs. One of my biggest pet peeves is looking at posters with stretched or distorted i mages, or a busy layout with a very weak message. T o avoid eyesores, it is imperative for artists to approach their design withs implicity but strength as well. M eanwhile, familiarity with software such as InDesign, Quark XPress, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelD raw and other graphic d esign tools, to name a few, is essential. I t is now apparent that m arketing and communication skills are of importance for success in this profession,b ut you can equally expect to w ork under extreme time constraints with long hours and design limits. B elieve me, this career is h ighly visible, and a day in the life of a graphic artist leads to lots of decision-making and meetings with clients and superiors to discuss ideas. O verall, there is a vast a mount of creative and emotional gymnastic that goes into the day-to-day planningt o produce a good outcome. So, there you have it in a nutshell. T he designers world is a t otal riot! Well most times, but exciting! Hence, graphic design is not j ust one job, its twenty and t hen some. So have fun and stay on top of the game. N B: Deidre Bastian can be contacted at: deedee2111@hotmail.com ord eedeemb@gmail.com C M Y K C M Y KBUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009 THE TRIBUNETO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Twenty jobs now rolled into one THE ART OFGRAPHIXDEIDREBASTIAN One of my biggest pet peeves is looking at posters with stretched or distorted images,o r a busy layout with a very weak message.BTC and Cable: Regulations will stifle innovationC able Bahamas said that URCAs proposals meant a step-change in the level, scope and cost of regulation applicable to itself and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Caribbean Cross-i ngs. Intrusive regulatory intervention in markets that are already competitive at the platforml evel, and which are trending towards addit ional competition following market opening, will be counterproductive at best, the BISXl isted utility provider said in its response to U RCA. URCAs proposed regulatory regime w ould encourage the [Cable Bahamas and C aribbean Crossings] to sweat their existing a ssets instead of upgrading, expanding or r eplacing their existing networks. It would discourage BTC, which would be f ree to utilise the array of mandatory wholesale offers that URCA wishes to impose on the c ompanies, from innovating, upgrading and expanding their own platforms. Instead, BTC w ould likely continue to focus its attention and resources on its cellular monopoly. This would add little in the way of any real value or innovation to Bahamian consumers, t he economy or the essential part of the backbone infrastructure supporting the commercial a nd social progress of the Bahamas. BTC appeared to effectively support Cable B ahamas position on this point, telling URCA that the SMP remedies it planned for the stateo wned incumbent would deter it from investm ents such as its $55 million next generation n etwork (NGN URCA has not considered the impact of t he proposed regulation on infrastructure i nvestment incentives, BTC warned. BTC is in the process of rolling out a new NGN netw ork, which will bring considerable benefits for BTC customers and the wider economy. URCA, however, has not considered that the proposed regulations will considerably r educe BTC incentives to invest in these new technologies. A nd Cable Bahamas added: URCAs proposal to impose an unprecedented set of h eavy-handed regulations on [itself and Caribbean Crossings] will neither encourage n or promote sustainable competition at any level of the value chain, and is contrary to the e xpress objectives of the Communications Act and the Governments policy. Focusing on its individual products, Cable B ahamas argued that price regulation of its cable TV digital package could not be justified d ue to the competition it already faced from rival satellite operators. Cable Bahamas already faces substantial competitive pricing pressures from Satellite B ahamas and from US satellite broadcasters operating in the grey market (and also as a r esult of a significant black market that exists f or these services, the BISX-listed company said. Cable Bahamas estimates that satellite p roviders currently serve around 40 per cent of t he digital pay TV market. Moreover, it is entirely possible that US satellite broadcasters, whose programming is already received by as ubstantial number of Bahamian customers, w ill apply for licences to trade in the Bahamas now that licences to operate freely are availa ble. Cable Bahamas pointed out that IP Solut ions International was also poised to enter the digital TV market via its Internet Protocol ( IP) solution, while BTC was looking to develop its own product in this market. T he existing and growing competition, and absence of any market failure, indicated p rice regulation of Cable Bahamas digital TV service could not be justified, the company s aid. The evidence shows that the existing comp etitive constraints have had a significant i mpact in light of the fact that Cable Bahamas h as only raised the monthly rates for this packa ge by $1 since its introduction in 2005, despite t he lack of any price regulation, it added. C able Bahamas also accused URCA of faili ng to follow the procedure for implementing i nterim SMP remedies, which it said was contained in section 116 of the Communications A ct. It added that the Act stipulated that telecoms operators were to submit their own prop osed obligations and, if in compliance with the laws requirements, the regulator was supp osed to accept them. Cable Bahamas alleged that by instead foll owing a consultation process, in which it issued a preliminary determination and draft order, U RCA had deprived [Cable Bahamas and Caribbean Crossings] of the right to develop a nd propose specific SMP obligations... In its place, URCA has created a regime in w hich the companies must demonstrate why URCA should not adopt the proposed SMP o bligations contained in the preliminary determ ination, Cable Bahamas alleged. By shifting the burden in this manner, U RCA has created a process designed to sub ject the companies to onerous SMP obligat ions developed by URCA that they would never have proposed. The procedures adopted b y URCA also prejudice the companies interests (and harm consumers d ate on which the companies will be able to enter new electronic communications markets i n the Bahamas..... In effect, Parliament found Cable Bahamas guilty of having SMP without trial, and URCA is now applying procedures designed to a llow URCA to impose the most severe sentence without justification.F ROM page 1B At this point, from a designers perspective, I believe that many of those who appreciate good design are attracted to Macs because of the high quality of hardware and user-interface design, but the choice seems to be a purely personal preference and familiarity.


By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m reynolds@tribunemedia.net The bureaucracy involved in completing foreign currency transactions has been eased through reforms a nnounced yesterday by the C entral Bank of the B ahamas, which hopes to reduce the time and costs faced by Bahamian compan ies and citizens. The new administrative framework will remove the need for businesses and individual clients of commercial banks to seek approval in person from the Central B ank through ending the use of some forms, and i nstead employing technology to share information f rom commercial banks and Money Transmission Business (MTB Measures effective from M onday will not only elimin ate mounds of paperwork for Central Bank staff to collate and code, but alsoe nsure the efficient and effective management of foreign exchange transac-t ions in a simplified system that will allow for counter service at the Central Bank to gradually be phased outand staff to be redeployed. C entral Bank governor Wendy Craigg said the insti t ution has been working on streamlining services for over a year, and has established a new system with commercial banks and M TBs without compromising its integrity. C ommercial bank customers applying for foreign c urrency will no longer be required to fill out the E.1 f orm for Central Bank a prroval, as they will be scrapped in favour of their banks own, shorter forms for foreign purchase r equests. Commercial banks will then send informationd irectly to the Central Bank i n an electronic file compiled daily. The Import Form 1 used by merchants purchas ing goods abroad will also be eliminated, as will the personal allowance dollar card used by residents to make gift and credit card payments abroad. Individuals will still be able to purchase the required foreign exchange upon presentation of the relevant documents, such as credit card bills. Concurrent with the elimination of the dollar card is an extension of authority for commercial banks and MTBs to approve up to $1,000 per transaction for gift remittances. Anything exceeding this limit will require approval from Cent ral Bank. Ms Craigg assured all service users that the removal of the forms will not compromise the Central Banks a bility to compile quality data, as enhanced reportinga rrangements have been introduced. Adjustments C ommercial banks have made important adjustments to their core banking systems to accomodate the cap-t ure and reporting of foreign c urrency sales data in an agreed file format, and will send to the Central Bank a dollar value of aggregate s ales and specific details dai ly. These electronic submissions should improvea nd facilitate the Central Banks off-site surveillance a nd monitoring activities, Ms Craigg said. Documentation require ments will not change, as customers will be required to present their travel documents and passports in order t o purchase foreign currency. Passports will no longer be stamped. The $50,000 limit for business and professional travelh as been reduced to $10,000 per trip. Temporary residents, such as work permit holders and contract workers will no l onger be required to seek Central Bank approval for current payments needed for travel, imports and other s mall payments, as the authority has been delegated to commercial banks. The manager of the Central Banks exchange cont rol department, Gerard Horton, said: There arej obs and economic activities that depend on decisions m ade here at the bank, and the quicker those services c an be delivered will be to t he betterment of the whole economy and of people, and that is one aim of these changes. T he Central Bank will continue to review the r egime and make other changes as appropriate, Ms C raigg said. S he denied the move is in any way related to the 2007 FNM manifesto to liberalise foreign exchange controls, but rather was the result of an ongoing process to i mprove the administration o f exchange controls. And the purely administ rative changes are unlikely to impact the volume of for-e ign currency transactions, M s Craigg said. She added: We have been introducing and streamling the process for an umber of years, so this is a d ecision the Central Bank has made, as it is is engagedi n exchange controls and has responsibility for the admin istration of exchange conrols, so its incumbent on us to conduct this activity in the most effective and efficient manner. All of the banks had to ensure the readiness of their systems to produce the file to use, and accommodate the customer in a different manner, so we are working with them to ensure our readiness and their readiness without compromising the integrity of the existing process. We will continue to review the regime and make further adjustments where appropriate. Queries regarding the c hanges should be directed t o the Central Banks exchange control departments helpdesk by calling 302-2777 or emailinge cd@centralbankbah amas.com. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BIBLECOLLEGETHEASSEMBLIESOFGODINTHEBAHAMAS EquippingfortheHarves t THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN THE BAHAMAS I NCLUDING THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS )25(17 Exchange control reforms seek to boost commerce


C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS P AGE 4B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Development Bank needs total revamp Were going to answer questions about the construction of the Small Busin ess Act, who is going to benefit from it, what is going to be included in it, and how t he private sector and the G overnment are going to w ork together to stimulate s mall business in the Bahamas. The Small Business Act is full steam ahead in the n ext three weeks. Theres a political will for the Small Business Act. The Governm ent is now saying they want to work with the priv ate sector and non-governmental organisations like the Chamber of Commerce toa ddress this area, so hopefully by September, the end o f the year, everything will be fully-fledged and ready t o start 2011. M r Turnquest said agencies such as the Bahamas A gricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC Bahamas Development Bank and government-sponsored venture capital fundw ould all be brought together under one roof, along w ith all the relevant investment and incentive legislation, such as the HotelsE ncouragement Act and the Industries Encouragement Act. Right now, everyone is w orking in isolation, and its v ery inefficient and ineffec t ive, Mr Turnquest added, arguing that this, and duplications of effort, would bee liminated via this consolidation. He urged the Government, which is currently a ssessing the restructuring and recapitalisation of the BDB, to exit the lendingb usiness. Referring to the BDBs o ngoing liquidity issues, which have inhibited its lending ability, Mr Turnq uest told Tribune Business: The Government is not s upposed to be in the lending business in the first place.... The BDB needs 100 p er cent revamping. The Governments vision n eeds to change completely in relation to lending, and not just with the BDB buta lso the Government-sponsored venture capital fund. M r Turnquest said he had met with Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance,i n a bid to drive the Small B usiness Act forward, and said the Government appeared to be fully committed in support of hise fforts. Mr Laing confirmed t hat meetings had been held along those lines, with more discussions likely. Theres political will now, and the Government is 100 per cent behind us, which is what we need, Mr T urnquest told Tribune Business. Thats why isolated things like the BDBsl ending practices are going to be addressed, and lendi ng is going to be done on the basis of the entrepreneurs potential success, not o n family, friendships or politics. As it stands, the BDB needs to be revamped and restructured. Theyve now g iven signs of restructuring the BDB and getting all the G overnment institutions focused on small business development in one singlei nstitution, so to speak, so they can be more efficient i n the delivery of services in the Bahamas. The year has started off r ight. Were full steam a head, so that next year, in 2011, the small business development strategy in the Bahamas will be in line withi nternational standards. F ROM page 1B The Small Business Act is full steam ahead in the next three weeks. Theres a political will fort he Small Business Act.


Two international attorneys are among the featured speakers at the upcoming International Business and Finance Summit (IBFSe d by the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB Philip Marcovici, chief e xecutive of LawInContext, and Ivan A. Sacks, partnerand New York Office managing director of Withers, will address the event at the Bimi-ni Bay Resort on January 2931.The agenda focuses on clarifying the significant opportunities for growth in international business, with particular emphasis on financial services. Morning sessions will explore the development of a strategy for the jurisdictionby building the framework for a specific sector private wealth management. S ebastian Dovey, of Scorpio Partnership, will open by developing a business case for Securing Business Opportunities meaning the location of business opportunities that can generate revenue in private banking and fiduciary services. He will be followed by Mr Marcovici, who will examine what does the jurisdiction have to do secure the busi ness the skills, infrastructure, services are required. Vince Colvin, formerly of Deloittes International Financial Jurisdiction Advisory Services, will reference this dialogue ands peak to how the Bahamas builds a strategy for the pri vate wealth sector and all oth er sectors to be pursued. The opening session in the afternoon, Pre-Requisites for Growth is designed to bring together experts to give a dvice in building the client base.Mr Sacks is one of several presenters on a Capturing the Client panel during this Session. The other major themed Session, Re-Examining Our Building Blocks, will address, inter alia, the landmark changes in tax policy globally and seek to peer into the future to assess what can be expected in the years ahead. This assessment of future tax and regulatory poli cy is a core features of the a nnual meeting of the financ ial services industry, with local and international experts addressing this critical area at the 2010 Summit. Mr Marcovici previously served as international tax partner of Baker & McKenzie and now is chief executiuve of LawInContext, the interactive knowledge venture of the law firm. Mr. Marcovicis specialty is in international tax and trusts, a nd training for private banks a nd global families. As senior tax partner at Baker& McKenzie he was involved with a number of research projects for international financial services, including the drafting the UK/Liechtenstein Tax Information Exchange Agreement. Mr Sacks provides trust, estate and tax planning advice to wealthy US and international families, with a particular emphasis on cross-border wealth management. He counsels families on structuring and management of their closely held enterprises, investments and family offices, the administration of large estates and trusts, and represents banks and trust companies on fiduciary matters. The BFSBs chief executive and executive director, Wendy Warren, said: BFSB firmly believes that numerous advancements in the industry over the years can be attrib-u ted to discussions that originated in the annual Retreat/Strategy sessions and workshops. With the perspectives of advisors such as Philip and Ivan we are confident that relevant timely information will be accessed and actioned. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Top attorneys to address seminar


C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010, PAGE 7B Babak: Im still GBPA chairman world, but I cant discharge my functions in the Bahamas. Mr Babak added that he h oped the work permit issue was resolved amicably, saying: I can only say I h ope. I love the Bahamas, a nd have been here for so many years of my life. W hen asked whether he w ould move to Cayman I slands and run the GBPA from there, as Sir Jack Hay-w ard and he had indicated p re-Christmas, Mr Babak replied: No. I dont think it makes sense to discuss all possibilities. I hope there will be an amicable solution. Mr Babaks insistence that h e remains GBPA/Port G roup Ltd chairman is likel y to enrage both the late E dward St Georges estate, p lus Sir Jack Haywards child ren and grandchildren, who are the beneficiaries of the Hayward family trust. The beneficiaries and their attorneys are believed to be in the latter stages of putting together their case t o ask the Supreme Court for a judicial trustee to be appointed for the family t rust. G iven that the Prime Min i sters position appears to be cast iron or set in stone when it comes to MrB abaks work permit, and Mr Ingraham does not havea history of backing down, especially from public posi t ions, many observers believe Mr Babak is whistling in the wind or clutching at straws when itc omes to his work permit renewal. The Prime Minister hims elf confirmed earlier this w eek Tribune Businesss earlier revelations that he had personally informed Mr Babak, during a meeting at which Sir Albert Miller was present, that the Government would not renew his work permit, as it did not b elieve he was the right pers on to chair the GBPA. Several observers have s uggested that Mr Babak may have harboured a mistaken belief that if he was able to resolve the long-run n ing ownership battle b etween the Hayward family trust and the late Edward S t Georges estate, via one or both of the parties selli ng their interests, his work permit would be renewed. Any they have also spec ulated that Mr Ingraham m ay have gone public with his position on Mr Babaks w ork permit to flush out d etails of Sir Jacks decision to sell his 50 per cent( although he claims 75 per c ent) GBPA interest to Mid-Atlantic Projects, a deal b rokered by Mr Babak and Andre Feldman, the GBPAc hairs attorney. Paralysed Whatever the backroom machinations, the situation surrounding Mr Babaks work permit is likely to be viewed by many Freeport residents as merely the latest farce in a three-year plus soap opera/pantomime that has paralysed investor/business confidence in the Bahamas second city, and mired its quasi-governmental authority in a heap of litigation. I t is not clear who is running the GBPA and taking d ay-to-day management d ecisions, and the fact Freeports quasi-governm ental authority is unable t o obtain a work permit for i ts chairman is unlikely to g ive potential investors in G rand Bahama a great deal o f comfort. D espite its senior managi ng director, Joe Rosetti, m eeting Sarah St George in N ew York prior to Christmas, Tribune Business u nderstands the St George estate is holding to its position of not dealing with MidA tlantic Projects, and is ignoring correspondence sent to it by the potential b uyer of Sir Jacks stake. Where the GBPA saga goes from here will dependl argely on the Prime Minis ter and the Government, and whether it will entertain Mid-Atlantic Projects or possibly go back to its pre f erred plan of the warring factions selling out to Hutchison Whampoa, with t he Hong Kong-based conglomerate then flipping the P orts regulatory, licensing a nd quasi-governmental functions back to Nassau. FROM page 1B Right now, Im the chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Port Group Ltd. The only issue is that until the work permit issue is resolved, I cant discharge my functions within the Bahamas. Im still the chairman. I can have a meeting with possible investors in the US and anywhere else in the world, but I cant discharge my functions in the Bahamas.


s o. P ointing to the numerous agencies that financed/assisted small and medium-sized businesses, such as the BDB, the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation( BAIC) and the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund, plus myriad incentivessuch as the Industries Encouragement Act and I tem A in the Tariff Act, Mr L aing said: There needs to be a rationalisation of all those, a refinement of all those, a consolidation of all t hose, so that we have a comprehensive, relevant, sustainable, affordable supp ort package for small and m edium-sized businesses. A cknowledging that this s ector of the Bahamian economy played a big role i n job creation, and this nations economic growth a nd development, Mr Laing said: I think that in preparing this society for an eco-n omic environment that has changed significantly, a new k ind of normal, people will say, its really incumbent on us to look at all the issues [ impacting] economic growth. T he Bahamas did not lack for entrepreneurs, Mr Laing said, suggesting that instead t hey, and the environment that facilitated their sustaina ble growth and development, needed to become more sophisticated. When you look at it, there are over 50,000 busi n ess licences. There are t housands of Bahamians in, and who have tried their hands at, entrepreneurship,t he minister told Tribune Business, suggesting that a lack of such persons was not necessarily the most pressingi ssue confronting the Bahamas in this areas. There are a lot of entre preneurs in the Bahamas, b ut there are other things that have to come into play to make the entrepreneur i al environment more s ophisticated, Mr Laing said. Advocating that the Gov ernment could only provide t he resources and assistance w ithin its means, and that it h ad to work with the private sector to bolster the smalla nd medium-sized business s ector, he added that the Bahamas had some fundamental questions to ask and answer. These were what this sector needed for its growth and development; how the r esources it needed could be b etter provided; who should p rovide them; and under w hat circumstances. Its an important exer c ise that we have to do going forward, Mr Laing said. I think that in respect to these issues, we have not properly answered these questions in the last 20 years, so weve been using for the most part m odalities that reflect the s tate of affairs that existed 2 0 years ago. We need to encourage e ntrepreneurship. We may n eed to refine the entrepreneurial effort, be more direct in terms of that effort, refine better the kind of resources that are directed to entrepreneurs, both in terms of the public and priv ate sector. G iven the credit crunch a nd recession that followed i t, Mr Laing said: We know e ntrepreneurs in this envi r onment are crying for additional capital, and looking for support in light of the recent financial situation. The question becomes how best can we provide that, and who will provide it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reater sophistication for 50,000 entrepreneurs FROM page 1B e know entrepreneurs in this environment are crying for additional capital, and looking for support in light of the recent financial situation. The question becomes how best can we provide that, and who will provide it.


tration that people have in starting, operating and terminating a business in theB ahamas. I want us to address these deficiencies that affect our current ranking. Business Licence reforms have already started with the amalgamation of the previous Shop Licence,L iquor Licence and Music and Dance Licence into just one Business Licence Act, as outlined in the 2009-2010 Budget. H owever, members of the business community have been anxious to see other reforms to the Business Licence Act arguing, in particular, that it penalises busi-n esses with high revenues and low net profits -such as food stores and benefits high-margin businesses with relatively low revenues andh igh net income because it is calculated on gross revenues and gross profits. Mr Laing said the kind of effect he wanted to achieve with any governmentr eforms was illustrated by the response of numerous Bahamas-based financiali nstitutions and service providers to the upgrades of t he government-wide Internet/Intranet network. Institutions that previousl y had to implement an extra early morning shift because they found it impossible to access the Registrar Gener-a ls Departments Companies services after 9am had written to the minister informing him that since the upgrade, this had become an on-issue because the problem had disappeared. Thats the kind of response Im looking to get in other areas of doing business in the Bahamas, MrL aing said, adding: As they say with any elephant, you bite off one piece at a time. H e added that the Government was not talking a bout reform, but instead doing them and talking about them when theyred one. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.491.03AML Foods Limited1. 1 0.759.90Bahamas Property Fund10.7410.740.000.9920.20010.81.86% 7 .005.77Bank of Bahamas5.905.900.000.2440.26024.24.41% 0.630.63Benchmark0.630.630.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3. 2 .152.14Fidelity Bank2.372.370.000.0550.04043.11.69% 1 3.959.63Cable Bahamas9.9910.000.011,0001.4060.2507.12.50% 2 .882.72Colina Holdings2.722.720.000.2490.04010.91.47% 7.005.00Commonwealth Bank (S1),4000.4190.30016.74.29% 3.652.21Consolidated Water BDRs2.792.74-0.050.1110.05224.71.90%2 .551.32Doctor's Hospital2.552.550.000.6270.0804.13.14% 7 .805.94Famguard6.496.490.000.4200.24015.53.70% 11.808.75Finco9. 10.459.80FirstCaribbean Bank9.999.990.000.6310.35015.83.50% 5 .533.75Focol (S)4.774.770.000.3260.15014.63.14% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 0.300.27Freeport Concrete0. 6.135.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.4070.50013.78.94% 10.509.95J. 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By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net HOWARD Kempy Kemp is one of onl y a handful of Bahamian men who have lived to see 100 years. Ther e have been several women who have made that milestone and beyond, but not too many men. Mr Kemp s life has seen many str ug gles and even some near-death experiences. The 100-year-olds memory is still sharp and he attends Highway Temple Network Church more faithfully than many of the younger chur ch members. For 35 years, Mr Kemp has been a faithful member of the small congregation which now meets on the thir d floor of Audley Kemp Building on Robinson Road. And this Sunday, church members, including the pastor, his grandson Larick Kemp, and other family and Kemp Road community members will honour Mr Kemp in a special banquet at the Landshark Divers Resort Hotel on Cable Beach. Mr Kemp r ecalls a lot about the old days. His father left him and his family when he was boy. He had to quit school, forfeiting a good education to work on a government contract. His main goal was to make a living to sup port his mother and siblings, all of whom he has now outlived. He was mar ried to a woman who is now deceased, and has four children. Mr Kemp has seen much happiness in his life, but also faced many challenges. Last year, he underwent brain surger y at the Princess Mar gar et Hospital at 99 years old. He experienced complications stem ming from a head injury he sustained over 10 years ago when he was robbed and knocked down by a gang of men on Kemp Road in 1998. Mr Kemp was taken to the hospital and was told he was fine. But one day last year his daughter visited him and discover ed her father in distress. He later fell into a temporary coma. Following CT scans, doctors discovered that he had brain damage stemming from the 1998 incident and needed an emergency operation to survive. The doctors outlined all of the possibilities to the family infor ming them that while a full recovery was possible, he could also end up in a vegetative state. After anxious hours of waiting outside of the operating room, Mr Kemps family was glad to see that he came out of the surgery talking. And to the doctors amazement, Mr Kemp didn t r equir e the usual recovery therapy. Those who know him describe Mr Kemp as an honourable, loving, caring man who loves to smile. He has a per fect smile, just like mine, said Pastor Larick Kemp. He is also in perfect health. Untypical for persons his age, Mr Kemp still all of his own teeth. He does not catch colds or fevers. Mr Kemp hasnt seen a sick day in his life. However his eyesight star ting to fail him. Mr Kemp now lives with his grand son, the pastor of the Highway Temple Network Church. Larick Kemp told Tribune Religion that his grandfather used to smoke and drink, but he kicked those habits for good after becoming a Christian. As a young boy I r emember seeing grandpa stumbling on Kemp Road. He used to abuse alcohol. But after becoming a Christian it became an aggressive pursuit for him to leave those habits behind, he said. Whats Mr Kemps secret for a long life? He says he doesnt really know, but he believes the simple island life he lived in his early days may have allowed him to reach his 100th year. Speaking with Tribune Religion Pastor Larick Kemp quoted from Ephesians 6:1 Honour your father and mother so that your days may be long upon the land. Mr Kemp said the big celebration planned for his bir thday doesn t r eally phase him. He s just thankful to God for allowing him to reach this milestone, said Pastor Larick Kemp. The Tribunes RELIGION SECTION THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2010 PG 2 4 HOWARD Kemp, who is celebrating his 100th birthday, with his grandson Pastor Larick Kemp and great-grandson Antonio Kemp. 00 1 y ears counting & Family members and members of the Kemp Road community honour Howard Kemp for his 100th birthday


The Tribune Thursday, January 14 2010 PG 25 RELIGION THE CHURCH of God of Prophecy is facing 2010 head on with a spiritual Im Coming Out cr usade. Organisers promise a time of renewal for attendees. They said they are making a statement that 2010 will be different for people coming out of spiritual oppr ession and the social turmoil that was felt in 2009. They ar e expecting a good ole revival to set the spiritual tone for the year There are a number of our people in the countr y today who ar e r eally in need of spiritual renewal, said Jacqueline Rahming, assistant to Bishop Dr Elgarnet B Rahming. Bishop Rahming oversees the 57 local churches and five mission churches that make up the Church of God and Chur ch of God of Pr ophecy congregations in the Bahamas. In 2009, we (experienced depression and other things due to the job loss and low economy , said Ms Rahming, a spokesperson for the crusade. e anticipate a mighty move of God that will propel the church and the nation forward in 2010 with the encouragement to come out of every oppr ession. The church has a full prayer schedule planned for the confer ence which runs from January 17 to January 22. A national prayer team started prayer sessions on behalf of the crusade yesterday morning at 5am. The speakers for the confer ence will be Pastors Branson Gibson, Jar enda Rahming, Rachel Sands, Moree Simms, Edward Virgil Jr and Eileen Johnson. They are expected to address the spiritual needs of the countr y and provide solutions, Ms Rahming said. Each evening of the conference begins with a prayer session at 7pm conducted by the churchs national prayer team. It doesnt matter what your age and it doesn t matter what your posi tion in life, needs will be met, said Ms Rahming. Music with ability to soothe the soul will be pr ovided by the Centennial Mass Choir and the Church of God National Youth Choir. Church of God of Prophecy hosts Im Coming Out crusade By JEFFARAH GIBSON WOMEN on the Move is the theme of the Salem Baptist Churchs 8th Annual Womens Retreat which promises two days of worship and spiritual enrichment. The goal of the retreat is to receive direction from God for the New Year, organisers said. The event starts tomorrow night at 7pm at the Summit Retr eat. Following registration, the women will be greeted by a guest speaker, Pr ophetess Norma Lightbourne, who will offer words of wisdom and encouragement. On Saturday, the retreat resumes at 10am, and the ladies will hear from another guest speaker, Prophetess Denise Lloyd. Women of all faiths, whether it be Anglican, Catholic or Methodist, are invited to come out and enjoy a time of spiritual bonding. The retreat is held annually and every year approximately 80 to 100 women attend. President of the Women on the Move group Elaine Hinsey, told Tribune Religion that the retreat will be a time for looking to God for instructions. Ms Hinsey said in addition to encouraging matur e women to seek God, they are also trying to reach out to the young girls at the Willimae Pratt Centre for Girls. On the second Sunday of every month we speak to the girls at the Willimae Pratt Centre. We try to teach them to make better decisions in their lives. We teach them to make God the principle factor in their lives because we know that once they rely on him their lives can and will be better, she said. The girls will also make up a small fac tion of attendants at the retreat. I have had my fair share of trials, tribulations and challenges, and although it was not an easy road I made it out untouched and much stronger than I was, Ms Hinsey said. But I want to say that when you are faced with a tough situation rely on and trust in the word of God because when all else fails Jesus is the only one that will be your comfort and your guide. Hold firm and wait on the Lord. Ms Hinsey hopes that there will be a conversion of hearts and souls during the retreat. My real aim is to win souls over, and I am thankful to God that I have been chosen to take on that task. I know that this will not be easy but with the help of God any and all things are possible, she said. During the retreat the ladies will learn how to pray, what to do when they are experiencing behavioural pr oblems with their children and how to restore their marriages. 8th Annual Womens Retreat set for tomorrow BISHOP Dr Elgarnet B Rahming, overseer of the Church of God and Church of God of Prophecy congregations in the Bahamas.


THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS When South Beach Estates opened up, it was obvious that shortly it would be well populated and would need a place to worship. Under the leadership of Dr Kenneth A Huggins, the then Minister of Wesley Methodist Chur ch, on Easter Sunday, 1972, the first service to establish work in the area was held. The service was held on the patio and lawn of Mr and Mrs George Thompson with much rejoicing. The attendance included members of the wider Nassau Circuit. From the very outset of this work at South Beach, Sister Olga Br ooksSmith, the then District Deaconess, was heavily involved. For eight years after that first service, Church School was held under the supervision of Mr Charles Lewis, who had been appointed class leader for the Wesley members in the area. Mrs Rhoda Wildgoose followed as the second Superintendent of the School with enr ollment then of between 80 to 100 childr en. Meanwhile, a vain search was being made for a site on which to erect a chapel. In the meantime South Beach r esi dents alter nated between Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church under the leadership of the Rev Donald Ir win and the home of Mer tina Car twright and her late husband. Attendance at this service varied, between 20 upwards, to other times when only the preacher family members wer e in attendance. During these years several fund-raising ef forts were held to help accumulate the money needed for the new building. In time, the property on which the present chapel now stands was obtained by exchanging with government for land they wished to obtain. In 1981, the Chur ch School ceased to function. It was felt that the time had come to fr ee the home of the Thompsons after so many years. The Sunday ser vices also stopped through lack of attendance of Methodists in the ar ea. But the dream of the Methodist Chur ch never died, and in practically every quarterly meeting of the Nassau Circuit this work was mentioned and discussions took place as to how the work could move forward. In 1980, the ground-breaking ceremony for the chapel took place at the hands of the Rev Charles C Curry, the first Bahamian District chairman, after whom the Society is named. And during 1981-82, when it was cer tain that the site on Cowpen Road had been secur ed, plans wer e made to hold ser vices under a r ented tent, which was done for 13 months or so. The cornerstone-laying ceremony took place on Sunday, December 5, 1982 by the Rev Kenneth Huggins, District chairman. During the time of the erection of the chapel, fellowship meetings were held weekly in the homes of Mrs Albertha Rodgers-Thompson and Ms Vernancha Johnson, both of South Beach Estates. At a Society Meeting held January 11, 1983, the following persons were elected as first officers and stewards of the Society: Mr Donald Charlow (Society steward (junior Society stewar d), Mrs Albertha Rodgers (leaders meeting secretary), Mr Lloyd Quant (treasurerV er nancha Johnson (poor fund steward), Mr George Thompson (chapel steward). In 1986, the membership stood at 75, with an active Church School of 130, and other growing auxiliary church gr oups. The modern new church building was dedicated by the Rev Dr KennethA Huggins in December, 1983. A lar ge congregation representing all chur ches of the Nassau Circuit attended the service. There was great rejoicing as Curry was the newest Society of the extensive Nassau Circuit. After its dedication the Society rapid ly gr ew in membership and Methodists from other parts of New Providence and the Family Islands moved into the South Beach ar ea, r ecognised as one of the most rapidly increasing areas in population growth in the Bahamas. The Rev Dr Colin Archer was ably assisted by Mr Donald Charlow in serving the Society In 1985, Mr Charlow was appointed as a lay pastor with special responsibility for Curry. The Society continued to grow in membership and there was a very lively spirit amongst its members at all times. The passing of Mr Charlow as a result of a motor car accident in 1986 pr oved to be a hard blow for the Society. However, the members valiantly carried on their ministry and ever since it has continued to grow in every way. Development of the work at South Beach and Cur ry Memorial has been in the best Methodist tradition. It has been a labour of love, with ministerial and lay br ethr en working hand in hand, side by side, under the leadership of God to whom belongs all the honour and thanksgiving. Other Methodist ministers who have been associated with this venture are: Revs Edwin L T aylor (pr esident of the conference), John Bilverstone and Eric St C Clarke (a former District chairman and chairman of the South Caribbean District and the pr esident of MCCA). Rev Gesner Paul, a native of Haiti, was minister from 1984 to 1986. After 1986, the Rev Colin Archer and Rev David Livingstone served and after Autonomy Cur r y Memorial Methodist Chur ch has been under the charge of Charles Lewis, Minette Poitier, Carlos Thompson and pr esently Rev Charles Sweeting. Thus, the history of Curry Memorial has been a short but eventful one and the members can truly sing: "We'll praise Him for all that is past, And tr ust Him for all that's to come." (Joseph Hart, MHB 61 The Tribune PG 26 Thursday, January 14 2010 RELIGION History of Curry Memorial Methodist Church, Nassau JIM LAWLOR A TLANTA AMONG the most humbling moments being confined to an electric wheelchair came when Shawana Bulloch realized it could prevent her fr om attending ser vices at her Savannah chur ch, accor ding to the Associated Press "The one place you should be able to go is in the chur ch without assistance, you should be able to walk in or roll in," said Bulloch, who r ecently con vinced her Full Gospel congregation to get a portable ramp. The disabled faithful say such experi ences r emain common in houses of wor ship, stoked by ignorance of their needs and doctrines that paint disability as proof of sin. Years after federal law required accommodations for the disabled, sepa ration of church and state means houses of worship remain largely beyond the law's r each. State laws and denomina tional measures meant to take up the slack are tricky to enforce and facer esistance fr om chur ches who call them both costly and impractical. The issue is gaining new attention as the disabled community expands, fed by aging baby boomers and a growing number of people with intellectual disabilities who ar e demanding a more prominent place in the pews. A Centers for Disease Control report released in April found that an estimated 1 in 5 U.S. adults .5 million peo ple reported a disability. The National Organization on Disability estimates less than half of disabled Americans attend ser vices at least once a month compared to 57 percent without disabilities. "While laws have their own power for forcing the public to not discriminate, faith communities really answer to a higher authority," said Thomas Boehm, whose Nashville, T enn.-based nonpr ofit Faith for All, counsels churches on improving access. "Why have they been so slow to respond, that's the question." Disabled worshippers str uggle to find home in pews


Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified which hat pleasure in the prosperity of his servants. Its time-out for us as sons and daughters of Yahweh, to stop living as children of el-cheap-o and start living as children of El-Elyon, the most high God. Some wolves dressed in sheeps clothing have crept into church leadership and have caused the body of Y ahshua Messiah to suffer great affliction as a result of their pursuit and greed for financial gain. It is and will forever be Yahwehs will for His people to prosper. Y es, I agree, and despite what anybody might say or chooses not to say, we do have some in church leadership with ulterior motives who are using the very same Bible and scripture verses to accomplish their mission. Yet that doesnt negate the word and pr omises of God. As we move into this brand new year, why should we waste time and giving attention to those who chose to operate outside of Gods will? This could be the year that the Favour of God (FOG un you down and over take you, but if you are too busy in being distracted and focus ing on the negatives of society rather than the positives, I can assur e you that youre going to miss out on that which God is doing. Through ignorance, many persons within and outside the church are having great problems and difficulties with the prosperity of Gods people. Do you know that fr om the worlds perspective its okay for the drug dealer, the Wall Street CEOs, movie stars and music artists to live in best of homes and drive the best of vehicles? But the day that a true man or woman of God builds a nice house or buys a nice vehicle, the entire nation and all the devils begin to cry, it aint right, no it ain t right. Unbeknownst to these fools, when it comes to having the very best of life, God will always favour his children. I make no apology in saying that it s through erroneous religious teachings and beliefs that many persons can t fath om the thoughts of a preacher being a multi-millionaire. Watch this! The following few scriptur e verses are fr om the Old Testament/ Old Covenant which was established upon the blood of goats and bulls: Genesis 13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. Genesis 26:13 (Speaking of Isaac And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great. Job 1:3 (Speaking of Job stance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest/riches of all the men of the east. Again, through ignorance one might say or be of the view that I am antichurch or Im against todays church leadership, and absolutely nothing could be fur ther from the truth. When the fact of the matter is Im against that which God is against, which are the religious spirits that falsely operate in His name thereby causing many persons to walk in darkness and othersto stay away fr om the church. Its through incomplete teachings that many religious Christians have concluded that Y ahshua was r eferring to Satan in John 10:10 when in fact He was not. But rather He was r efer ring to the spirit in which the religious leaders that came befor e him operated in. Watch this! John 10:7-10 Then said Jesus unto them again, V erily verily I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came befor e me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly. If the saint of the Old Testament which was established upon the blood of goats and bulls prospered financially in such an abundant way, how much more should the saint of the New Testament/New Covenant prosper? Its nothing more than the lack of knowledge and a working revelation of our covenant rights which were established through the blood of Yahshua Messiah that has rendered many of today s saints powerless in the financial realm. No matter what you may have heard and believe, it is Gods will for you to prosper. It is your covenant right. The condition of this covenant r equires you to be willing and obedient to the laws of God, in order to eat the good of this beautiful Bahamaland. Shalom, shalom (nothing missing, nothing br oken, and nothing lacking), may the FOG (Favour of God you. For questions or comments contact us via e-mail at pastormallen@yahoo or kmfci@live.com or telephone number 1242-441-2021. Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center International The Tribune Thursday, January 14 2010 PG 27 RELIGION God wants you to prosper PASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN By BISHOP V G CLARKE TRUST IScrucial in any type of r elationship, whether it be within a family business, a chur ch congr ega tion or in a friendship. When this important foundation exists, str ong, positive r elationships are built and fed by encouragement and consistency People who receive a high level of trust have developed their character and earn the right to be trusted. T r ust depends ver y little upon a persons name, his status in life, how much money he has in the bank, or his position. The key to consistent and dependable tr ust lies in the character of the person who leads. Whether he leads a service club, business establishment, in the home or in a church, he is responsible for being trustworthy. We have to prove by example that we ar e as good as our wor d. There is absolutely no other way to establish a reputation for being trustwor thy except to be trusty. When we discipline others it is impor tant to be what we teach or ask others to do. This is a crucial truth: We teach others what we know, but we reproduce what we ar e. I quote the words of a noted writer, our childr en pay mor e attention to what you do than what you say. During my many years in the workplace I have yet to find the person, whatever his or her station in life, who did not perform better when he or she knows that they are trusted by their peers. Years ago, Bishop Able Mazore told of a critical period in his life when he had been asked by his peo ple to lead the African National Council. They had faith in his leadership and trusted his judgment. He knew that all pr evious leaders of Rhodesia who had been critical of unjust government policies towards black Rhodesians had been deported fr om the countr y put in a restricted camp, or killed. He str uggled with this decision and prayed as he had never prayed before. During the time he was struggling with his decision, a trusted friend handed him this poem: People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered love them anyway! If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives do good anyway! If you are successful you will win false friends and true enemies succeed anyway! The good you do today will be forgotten tomor r ow do good anyway! Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable be honest and frank anyway! The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the small est people with the smallest minds think big anyway! What you spend years building may be destr oyed over night build any way! Give the world the best youve got and youll get kicked in the teeth give the world the best youve got anyway! Ther e ar e enough critics in the world, what we need more of are cheerleaders. Being a person others can trust


The Tribune PG 28 Thursday, January 14 2010 RELIGION THE men of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity closed out their founders day weekend with a church service at St Anne's Anglican Church where Father Crosley Walkine is the rector. The fraternity is celebrating 96 years of existence. Shown are some of the members of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter and Beta Lamda Chapter. Phi Beta Sigma celebrates 96 years Alleluia! Sing to Jesus echoed Sunday from the sanctuary of All Saints Anglican parish church in Peats, Mangrove Cay, Andros. This day marked a momentous occasion for the community as Bishop Laish Boyd of the Anglican diocese officiated at the mass of confirmation and licensing of the district s first woman catechist. All Saints is one of five churches that collectively form the All Saints Parish. The parish is overseen by Fr. Denrick Rolle who has been its rector for about four years. The four young men who were confirmed were given sound words of advice and encouragement as they undertook this initial step in a life long journey. The newly confirmed were Leonardo Romer, McNeil Saunders, Johnathon Saunders and Cameron Lockhart. Bishop Boyd was in no way reluctant to beseech parents, guardians and members of the community, who attended, to serve as sources of encouragement and guidance for the four young men. Additionally they were to be examples and if there were areas in their lives in which they had fallen shor t ther e was still r oom for impr ovement. The Bishop outlined four key facts about confirmation: It is biblical; It requires community involvement; It is a beginning step in an individuals Christian development, and It is a personal choice. Newly inducted catechist, Anna Mae Clarke-Rolle, was also presented her official license from the Diocese. Bishop Boyd highlighted the fact that the title was being made official because Catechist Rolle has operated wholehear tedly in that position for numer ous years. The congregation was encouraged to give her their full support because leaders, in any capacity need prayer and suppor t as they ar e held to a high level of accountabil ity It was with humility that Cathechist Rolle accepted the advice. Mass confirmation at All Saints Anglican parish Bishop Laish Boyd