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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.48WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 82F LOW 72F F E A T U R E S S EETHEARTS SECTION S P O R T S Arts for the parks SEEPAGETEN Changes to come at ministry By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net PLP Deputy Leader Philip Brave Davis called on PLPs in Elizabeth to send Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham the message that they cannot trust him and are tired of his visionless leadership. Taking advantage of the recent outrage seen following the Prime Ministers decision to give temporary status to the Haitian nationals who were detained at the Deten tion Centre, Mr Davis said that Mr Ingraham is doing all in his power to divide this country. We are in the midst of a serious economic crisis! Our social fiber is under attack. Our neighbour to the South has suffered a devastating e arthquake. Brothers and sist ers are in mourning! This country is headed in the wrong direction! We have serious issues with regards to our national security! And all Ingraham has on his mind is dividing the people of this country! Ingraham wants to take the focus off of his failures. He wants us to forget the thousands without jobs, without electricity and some with nothing to eat tonight! He wants you to forget your friends and family suffering tonight with no hope and no health insurance, he exclaimed. PLP Deputy says people of Elizabeth should tak e a stand The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION GIVE A HAND TO HAITI RELIEF www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page nine C OINSFORHAITIBRINGSINCHANGE Brave: PM is dividing country By ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net T HE Minister of the Environment yesterday criticised what he termed the complete and utter negligence of certain public officials who f ailed to take simple steps to stop a construc tion company filling acres of wetland in the Cable Beach area. Minister Earl Deveaux called for a stop order t o be issued on Monday to Bill Simmons con struction and Heavy Equipment Company, which is alleged to have been filling the wetlands nextt o the Westward Villas for more than four years. Minister blasts public officials over filling of wetland SEE page seven A TOURIST on Bay Street gives the thumbs up yesterday to the Coins for Haiti campaign for the victims of the recent earthquake. Coins for Haiti is a joint effort between Scotiabank, 100Jamz, JOY FM, Cool96 and Y98.7FM which collected donations of loose change from members of the public. SEESTORYON PAGETWO MOREHAITINEWSONPAGES FIVE, EIGHTANDNINEF e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the Cayman Islands yesterday unnerving residents mindful of the cat aclysmic quake that levelled Haiti's capital city last week. A local weather expert believes earthquakes in the region are "very likely to occur again." Chief Climatological Offi cer at the Department of Meteorology Michael Stubbs explained that the region is between the Caribbean Plate and North American Tectonic Plate, large slabs of the earth's By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net VOWING that he is the right man, in the right place, at the right time, PLP candidate Ryan Pinder said during the partys rally last night that he is pre pared to represent the people of Eliza beth in the House of Assembly. Addressing what he hoped would be his constituents one day soon, Mr Pinder Earthquake shakes Cayman Islands SEE page seven SEE page eight PLPcandidate prepared to represent Elizabeth RYANPINDER C O M I N G S O O N

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SEVERAL radio stations came together with Scotia-bank to run a very successful one day effort to raise money for Haiti by asking Bahamians to donate loose c hange. Coins for Haiti was a joint effort between Scotiabank and 100Jamz, JOYF M, Cool96 and Y98.7FM which saw remote teams f rom these stations broadcasting live from several Scotiabank locations from 7am to 6pm yesterday. Bahamians were urged to l ook in their pockets, car c oin trays, piggy banks and sofas for loose change to help those in dire need of basic supplies in Haiti. The remote teams were at Scotiabank branches onE ast Street and Soldier Road; Wulff Road and Jerome Avenue; Thompson Boulevard; and the main branch in Rawson Square. All the cash received will g o directly to the Haiti r elief efforts. Up to press time last night, the takings had nota ll been counted, however the organisers said the teams did very well at all l ocations. PHOTOS BY THE TRIBUNES FELIPE MAJOR AND TIM CLARKE By AVA TURNQUEST aturnquest@tribunemedia.net THE cutting back of sever al mature poincianas along Collins Avenue over the past two days has led to the Ministry of Works being accused of killing a number of the beloved trees. The poinciana, which has adorned that stretch for more than half a century, is a staple of Bahamian flora, and many who frequent or work in the area say they feel a connection to the trees. Leslie Vanderpool, founder and director of the Bahamas International Film Festival, said she was horrified to see the trees being cut Monday morning from the window of her office on Collins Avenue. She said: I remember Nassau used to be called the Isle of June because when the poinciana trees were in bloom they were so beautiful. Everyone can drive down Collins Avenue and see all the changes and its great because its improving commerce but it seems every day there is a beautiful poinciana tree chopped down. They are not invasive like the casuarina trees, we need some beauty around this commercial area. Tree cutting and trimming has long been a source of con tention and conflict in Nassau, and tempers flared on Monday when legal firm Hall& Hall Chambers asked the Ministry of Works to cut down a tree directly in front of their office, which had suf fered extensive termite damage. The firm said it was worried about the safety of employees, pedestrians and motorists, and that several of the older trees along the strip are safety hazards. Lawyer Gregory Hall said: The tree is hollowed out at the base to the point where you can actually see through the tree in one part. Its extremely dangerous because any strong gust of wind can unexpectedly knock it down. Over the past year, two trees along here have fallen into the road directly into traffic someone could have been killed. However, it is the trimming of several other trees along the street some severely that has raised concerns. Marina Esfakis, a resident of Centreville, said while she has no contention with the necessary trimming of trees for public safety reasons, she cant help but be concerned by the seemingly callous and indiscriminate approach. She said: I can understand cutting trees because of electrical or telephone wires or if the tree creates a safety haz ard. Im just concerned about the way they are trimming the trees and if its really necessary in such excess. These trees have been here well before my birth 52 years ago. The way they are cutting them, they cant possibly grow back from that. Representatives of the Ministry of Works were unavail able for comment up to press deadline. Lynn Gape, deputy executive director of the Bahamas National Trust, said: The pruning of trees is a practice that needs to be done in a general way in most trees especially as part of hurricane preparedness. Mature trees can be thinned, because they may have gotten so dense that the wind moves against it rather than through it. If done correctly the tree should be fine. The Royal Poinciana, though found in nearly every tropical region in the world, originated in Madagascar where it is considered an endangered species. Ministry accused of killing a number of trees MARINA ESFAKIS a resident of Centerville for over 50 years, expresses concern over the cutting of the Poinciana trees. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff Local firms come together to raise money COINCOLLECTING on Bay S treet yesterday for the Coins for Haiti campaign. T he joint effort between Scotiabank,1 00Jamz, JOY FM, Cool96 and Y 98.7FM collected donations of loose change.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. T here has always been a love hate relationship between Bahamians andH aitians. We love them when they do the physical labour w e don't want to do, but hate t hem when they start to aspire to do more for themselves. When we consider the r eactions to the government documenting and releasing 119 Haitians from the deten-t ion centre here as a result of t he earthquake devastation to P ort-au-Prince, Haiti one wonders how we can call ourselves a "Christian" nation. Some Bahamians, led by the Opposition political party( PLP), are seemingly irate t hat the government would r elease 119 people as ahumanitarian gesture, implying that the "Haitians are taking over." All the while they ignore the fact that hundreds of Haitians are entering illegally almost on a daily basis, under successive governments. Shucks more than 119 illegal Haitians could be picked up on a daily basis, but there are practical and humanitarian considerations in these circumstances. The illegal entry not withstanding, a friend indicated that he searched the Internet and can find no other country in the region, or the world for that matter, that is reacting the way some sectors of our community are. There are many public policies I disagree with suc-c essive governments on, but in the circumstances, this is not one of them. T he reaction of certain segments of the society are s hameful. Thank goodness, so m any Bahamians are doing their part to send assistance to our Haitian neighbours in t heir time of need. When all the negativity subsides I think we will bep roud of the contribution the m any right thinking Bahamia ns have made. With The Bahamas and Haitians, contradictions abound. R ICK LOWE N assau, J anuary 19, 2010. www.weblogabahmas.com C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm IT IS indeed a disappointment that a man as intelligent as Philip Brave Davis would help stoke the fears and prejudices of Bahamians by dragging the Haitian tragedy into the Elizabeth by-election. In announcing a decision to free Haitians from the Detention Centre until there is a functioning government in Haiti, and sea ports and airports are reopened to commercial traffic, Prime Minister Ingraham was appealing to the Bahamians higher humanity his Christian compassion for his fellowman. He was also following the compassion shown by the United States and other countries that gave detained Haitians temporary status until there is stability in their homeland. Not only was it a compassionate decision by the Prime Minister, but it was a practical one. Even if Mr Ingraham had wanted to, he could not have put the Haitians detained at the Carmichael Detention Centre on a plane and sent them home. The American military, now in control of Port-au-Princes air port, would not have permitted the aircraft to land. Nor was there any sea port that would have, or could have, received them. And so, like it or not, the Bahamas was stuck with the prospect of having to house the immigrants for an indefinite period of time at the Deten tion Centre. This translated into a large bill for Bahamian taxpayers. The practical solution was to release them to their family and friends, and shift the financial burden from the Bahamian taxpayer. Although, not yet decided by the gov ernment, we highly recommend that for the time they are here, they be allowed to work, and contribute to the economy rather than remain a burden. The PLP are playing on Bahamian fears that they are going to be overrun by Haitian families, that Bahamians will lose their jobs because of them and that soon the Bahamas will be creolised. This can only happen if Bahamians dont pull up their socks and work as hard as the Haitian. It is true that in the schools many Haitian children are outshining Bahamians not because they are smarter, but because they work harder. If the Haitians get the jobs, again its not because they are cheap-Haitian labour, but generally speaking they have a superior work ethic they are dependable. Haitians have always infiltrated these islands, and settled peacefully among us. After all the first black man in the House of Assembly Stephen Dillet (1797-1880 was a Haitian. Today many Bahamians can trace their roots to Haiti. During World War II when the elite of Haiti those in the military and government frequented the Bahamas on official business, our impression of Haitians was that they were a very cultured, well educated people in every way far superior to Bahamians. It was only in recent years that Haitis unwashed have arrived in droves. Even Haitians of long standing in this country resented their presence, because they brought poverty brawn, but not brain and raised the issue of an unwanted Haitian diaspora. This made even those of Haitian background squirm. Many of them went so far as to try to hide their own rich heritage. It would be a shame if this by-election were fought on the backs of the underprivileged Haitian. As a matter of fact the PLP should be ashamed of themselves for having raised the issue. We recall many years ago, one of the early founders of the PLP telling us that he intended to climb to the top of the pile on the back of the blacks. We hope history is not repeating itself. We were not surprised at the PLP press statement on the Haitian issue yesterday. It reflected just what we would have expected from most of them. However, what did sur prise us was to find Mr Davis bringing up the chorus. We had expected more of him. In an article to be published in tomor rows Tribune we report on the reaction of several Haitians to President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegals invitation to return to their African roots. According to the BBC, not only was Pres ident Wade committed to donating $1 mil lion in emergency aid to help Haiti, but he was offering Haitians parcels of land and voluntary repatriation to his west African nation, itself a former French colony. This recalls the exodus in 1792 of freed American slaves under Lieutenant John Clarkson, who were taken to Sierra Leone by the Sierra Leone Company. There they established Freetown, which today is the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone. This week the Senegalese president urged African states to naturalise all those Haitian wishing to return to Mother Africa. Over the years we have heard so many Bahamians wish they could return to their African roots that maybe some of them should take the president up on his offer after all he has promised that if they come en masse he would be ready to give them a region. Bahamians and Haitians there are so many contradictions LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Dont make Haitians election scapegoat EDITOR, The Tribune. I don't know why people are getting upset about how some Bahamians look down on the Haitians. After all, many of us were poor, second class citizens in our own country not so long ago. That's what Ronnie Butler is talking about when he sings: Dem people is mine, I know dem long time! When he reminds us about how we used to cut up car tyres to make wumpas because we couldn't afford shoes, how we used to make switcher in tin cans, an ting like dat. I wouldn't even talk about how we had to walk miles to school, and leave school at age 14, about we had to go to the States to work on farms, how we were abused by those Southern Crackers, about the outhouse and the bedroom bucket, and how we used to bathe in tin tub. Then the rich the white people used to lord it over us, rule us, and wouldn't even let us into their nice restaurants and hotels. But things have changed. Most of us now live in stone houses, with indoor plumbing. And many of us even drive our own cars, or catch the jitney, and dress our children in expensive designer shoes for school. Not to mention prom time when we put them in fine threads and send them to hotels in those long limos. So now it's our turn to look down on some body the poor Haitian! You have to under stand the psychology at work here. It makes some of us feel so good, so superior, to talk about how the Haitians' hygiene is so bad, how they are so uneducated and how they will bring down our society. And don't talk about us being Christian. That has changed too. We're still sort of Christian but we have a dif ferent kind of Christianity. We don't want to hear what Jesus said about the least of these my brethren because that might remind us that He might come to us in the person of a poor black Haitian at the Detention Centre who's worried about the devastation in their home country. We don't want to hear about how the Good Samaritan, who the Israelites called dogs, stooped down to take care of the wounded man on the side of the road while the Pharisees and Levites walked by on the other side. We don't want to hear the story of the blind man who was brought to Jesus. The disciples asked whose sin made him blind, his or his par ents. And Jesus said it had nothing to do with his sin or his parents' sin but it was a chance for the work of God to be displayed. We don't want to hear that because then we will have to stop talking about how the Haitians had an earthquake because they are so sinful and practising voodoo. We'll have to display the work of God and show compassion. So give us a break! We are not into that stuff anymore. We are now the Pharisees and the Levites! It's our chance to thump our chest and thank God that we are not like other men (Haitians We are wearing David Yurman, Pandora chains, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. You see, many of our Revs in the church understand what's happening with us. They don't even talk any more about being humble, and compassionate, and grateful. Our eyes are open, now! These Revs are teaching us how to be self-cen tred, and grabalicious. They are telling us to look at them and about how God will make us prosperous too if we come to the new Jesus of prosperity. We can leave those poor sinners behind. We can get on the radio and talk about how they are bad off because they sin, and thank God that we are not like them, and let them linger in the Detention Centre for another year. THEOPHILUS Nassau, January 18, 2010. Looking down on Haitians

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SKYBAHAMAS has declared today Haiti Day as the airline will donate $5 to international relief efforts for every round-trip airline ticket purchased and used today. The Bahamian airline with a fleet of five aircraft has already made two humanitar ian flights to Port-au-Prince since Haitis capital and surrounding regions were devas tated by last Tuesdays magnitude 7.0 earthquake and two more flights are planned. Religious and charitable organisations have partnered with SkyBahamas to send food, water, medical supplies, clothing, bedding and shelter to people in Port-au-Prince. And after a successful trip to Haitis devastated capital on Sunday the airlines CEO and president Randy Butler intends to make his second flight today. He is taking goods donated by SkyBahamas, his friends, family and New Light Ministries, as well as a personal donation from Controversy TV host Lincoln Bain who accompanied Mr Butler on Sundays trip. Mr Bain said he was astounded by the extensive damage in Port-au-Prince and shocked to find the air still thick with dust. It is utter devastation there, Mr Bain said. It looks like a war zone, like an atom ic bomb was dropped on Haiti. I couldnt believe what I was seeing. And yet everyone I met who had lost everything, who have nothing, was in bright spirits welcoming us. We didnt see any looting or people rushing towards the plane; people acted orderly and when they asked for stuff we gave it to them. The SkyBahamas CEO was impressed by how smoothly the Port-au-Prince airport is operating under the control of the US military as there are around 200 flights landing there each day. He had a 20 minute window to land the plane and had around an hour off-loading supplies on the ground before heading back to New Providence. Mr Butler said: The people were so calm, so nice and so appreciative, I could not believe it. They were not attacking us or anything. Folks were just grateful. The positive experience of a successful aid delivery led Mr Bain to encourage more Bahamians to give in support of relief efforts. He said: This affects us as Bahamians more than any other country in the world. We need to help them because our society is inter twined with theirs. Its a must. So we are going to be going back and forth to Haiti and we want to encourage others to do the same. Every hand right now is the right hand in Haiti. We just need stuff to get into human beings hands. By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A NETWORK of local and international charities is delivering life-saving supplies donated by generous Bahamians directly to those affected by H aitis catastrophic earthquake. An international network of Rotarians are delivering supplies to Haiti, and Rotary Clubs in the Caribbean District 7020 headed by Bahamian businessman Richard McCombe are working with the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church and Methodist Habitat to make deliveries of crucial medical supplies. A s of yesterday, 28 aircraft carrying some 30,000 lbs of medical supplies, and 20,000 lbs of food, w ater, bedding, generators and shelters had been sent to airports in Cap-Haitien, Port-de-Paix, Les Cayes and Jermaine. The rest of the $200,000 worth of goods bought with Bahamian donations are being stockpiled in Inagua where they can be quickly loaded onto aircraft for the approximately 45-minute flight to Hait i an airports. Rotary has also sent a Bahamian doctor and n urse to Port-au-Prince where they are treating around 100 patients with medical supplies being transported directly to them at the home of Claude Surena, a friend of Rotary who has been appointed national coordinator of the countrys newly established Health Commission. Others injured in the magnitude-7.0 earthquake a re being evacuated to regional hospitals for treatment and Rotary has been sending supplies to meet t heir needs. Carla McCombe, wife of the Rotary District Governor, said the Port-de-Paix hospital in northern Haiti desperately needs an orthopaedic surgeon and other surgeons as it is currently being run by stu dent doctors. She added: We will fly them in and if they need any specific supplies they need to let us know so we can purchase them either in the Bahamas or we have Rotarians in Florida putting supplies on planes. The fundraising has been terrific and the Haitian people have been extremely cooperative in letting us in. We have not experienced any problems of looting. Our supplies are getting through to the people. Goods donated to local branches of the Salvation Army are also being transported on the busy flight network, and 210 cases of gallon bottles of water donated by Aquapure were flown out on one of three flights from New Providence yesterday carrying some 4,000 lbs of aid. But limited fuel supplies have restricted the number of flights after eight planes distributed 12,000 lbs of aid on Monday, 11 went out on Sunday, five on Saturday, and two on Friday. The Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Churchs (BCMC said: Together we are doing an awesome job to the people of Haiti and have begun to offer our resources and logistics to other organisations that may need assistance in transporting emergency aid to Haiti. As we say to them, its not about praise for the Rotary or the BCMC, its about the people of the Bahamas working together to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Our only challenge is finances. Donations are coming in but we need more. Its our only limitation to getting the supplies to the people. Each flight averages $1,500 for fuel and landing costs. The Rotary Club has done an extraordinary job in providing much of the funding thus far, but we all need the support of the Bahamian people. All donations and financial reporting are completely transparent. This is a hallmark of the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harity network delivering donations direct to Haiti Airline declares Haiti Day, gives donations THE Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI additional $50,000 for Haitis earthquake victims as part of a multiorganisational relief effort. BFMI has opened a s pecial Haiti relief fund a ccountfor its members, p artners and friends w ho may wish togive to t he Haiti emergency relief project. President o f BFMI and senior past or of BFM Fellowship D r Myles Munroe made the announcement dur-i ng BFMIs Sunday serv ice to some 2,000 members. We will provide all the assistance that we can to Haiti. Today we will begin with raising $50,000 for the Haiti e mergency relief fund. W e are also making p lans to travel there n ext month to take r elief items as well as p rovide comfort and counselling for our sisters and brothers, said Dr. Munroe. To date, members of BFMI have donated $27,000 to the Haiti e mergency relief fund. They have also pledged to donate water, food, c lothes, portable lamps, f lash lights and portable g as stoves. Relief efforts also will be made through theI nternational Third World Association (ITWLAof BFMI. I TWLA has members throughout the Caribbean, the United States, Canada, Europe,S outh America and other parts of the globe. BFMI has also s ecured a partnership w ith the Bahamas Food Services Company that donated two 40-feet containers that theyd elivered to the Diplo mat Centre on Carmichael Road, which will serve as depot for BFM members and churches as well as other organisations to store r elief items for shipping t o Haiti. BFMI is further part nering with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC Red Cross to make arrangements for shipping the resources and funds through the appropriate channels so that the resources get to those that need them most. Our members responded to the Haiti relief effort without hesitation. We all felt the hurt, the pain and the anguish of that tragic event. Some of our members are of Haitian descent and have family who are still missing, said Dr Munroe. The senior pastor, who serves as chairman of ITWLA added, This assistance also includes emergency relief where and when necessary. We have been in touch with officials on the ground in Haiti and also the director of the National Emergency Management and Relief Agency in the region, Captain Stephan Russell, who is willing to work in part nership with ITWLA in this relief project. BFMI leaders encourage the entire country to pray for Haitias at this time as mil lions of children, the elderly, mothers, fathers and teenagers are dying, traumatised, devastated, grief-stricken and sleeping under the elements in the dark of night. BFMI has declared the next two Sundays as Haiti relief days. The Bahamas Faith Ministries International targets $50,000 for Haiti relief DONATED ITEMS stacked up and ready for delivery to Haiti. THE OVERSEER of the Church of God in Haiti was killed in the disastrous earthquake that struck the island nation l ast week, it has been conf irmed. B ishop Elysee Joseph, overseer in Haiti, with the former director of the Church of God World Missions Dr Lovell Cary and his wife Virginia, died in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake on January 1 2. The bishop was driv ing Dr Cary and his wife to their hotel when a wall fell on their car, crushingt hem beneath it. Administrative Bishop of the Church of God in the Bahamas and the T urks and Caicos Islands John Humes said early reports indicate that many o f their churches in Haiti w ere destroyed and n umerous members are still missing. There is not yet an a ssessment of damage to Church of God propert ies, but there are a total of about 1,000 churches and missions in Haiti witha lmost 300,000 members that were on the eve of t heir national convention w hen the disaster struck, said Caribbean field d irector Bishop Fedlyn B eason. T he earthquake, which may have claimed as many as 200,000 lives according to the latest estimates, also caused devastating damage tob uildings and the infra structure of Port-auPrince and the surround ing area. Bishop Johnathan Ramsey, administrative bishop of the Church of God in Southern England, and his wife Lave rne were among the m any persons stranded in H aiti following the earthquake. Laverne is the daughter of Mrs Lydia McKenzie and sister of famous singer Kevin McKenzie. Both of them have been rescued and are now safe i n the US, Bishop H umes said. The churchs executive committee has met and isc alling upon every local church to pray for the people of Haiti, and is especially urging memb ers of the Church of God to make relief offerings starting this Sunday u ntil the end of the m onth. We are hoping to raise at least $10,000 from your generous response, said B ishop Humes. He said all those who w ould like to make a donation using a credit card should please con-t act the Church of God national office on Joe F arrington Road or any l ocal Church of God. The Church of Gods Operation Compassion i s shipping more than 20 c ontainers of goods and supplies to Haiti this week. With all these deliveries, disaster relief distribution can begin immedi a tely and survivors can start putting their lives back together, Bishop Humes said. Haitis Church of God overseer dies in earthquake TV HOST Lincoln Bain in front of one of the humanitarian flights.

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B y LARRYSMITH Looking down, the opening into the cavern beneath could be distinctly seen and itw as evident, as the tide was f lowing, that this ocean-hole c ommunicated with other caverns at a distance, possibly on the island of Andros, and that the water was being sucked down through the opening tof ind its way into unknown parts. There are deep, well-like depressions filled with salt water and connected with the ocean by subterranean passages. They ebb and flow witht he tide, support marine life, a nd in all essential features resemble the submarine oceanholes, except that they occuron land, usually removed some distance from the sea. the Bahama Islands, by D rs George Shattuck and Benjamin Miller, 1905 THE Bahamas are like no other group of islands in the world, scientists say. They were formed about 150 million years ago as the A tlantic Ocean began to fill t he space where Africa and North America were once joined. The islands that exist today are little more than the tips of fossilised sand dunes. D eep drilling has establ ished that virtually all of the rocks that make up the Bahamas platform to a depth of at least 19,000 feet were formed in shallow w ater as layers of sediment. A s these layers gradually subs ided under the weight of new deposits, they were converted into limestone. Winds blew the top layers into vast sand dunes, and by the end of thel ast glacial period about 1 2,000 years ago the geogr aphy of the Bahamas was m ore or less complete. Over the millennia, sea levels have risen and fallen as thei ce sheets expanded and con tracted. According to the geography textbook, Bahami a n Landscapes by Neil Sealey, t he evidence for this includes fossilised reefs found on dry land with corals that normally live at depths of 20 feet, while off the coast of Bimini peatf rom a drowned marsh has b een dredged from 10 feet of sea water and dated to about 4300 years ago. When sea levels were lower, rainwater eroded the limes tone rocks to form solution h oles that gradually expanded i nto huge underground systems. These caves were described as early as 1725 by the great English naturalist Mark Catesby, and the marinec aves known as blue holes w ere first recorded on sea c harts in 1843. But it is only in v ery recent times that explorers have been able to visit this mysterious underworld. E xperts say the entire Bahamas platform is riddled with cracks and fissures liket he holes in a piece of Swiss c heese, and everything is tidally connected. In 1947, for example, oil prospectors d rilling off Andros encoun tered caverns at a depth of more than 10,000 feet and hadt o abandon their test, along with thousands of feet of drill pipe which fell into the void. Today, scientists are making unprecedented discoveries in Bahamian blue holes, although only about 20 perc ent have been explored over the past 50 years. The original Lucayan inhabitants of ouri slands used them as sacred burial sites the remains of 16 Amerindians were found i n a blue hole on Andros, for e xample but modern Bahamians prefer to use them as dumps. Divers have founde verything from cars and appliances to household garbage and used diapers clog ging many inland blue holes. T he most significant blue hole site in the Bahamas these d ays is Sawmill Sink in South A baco, where scientists have opened an extraordinary win d ow into the past. Their finds have included the earliest Lucayan bones (dated to about a thousand years ago) as well as highly preserveda nimal and plant remains dati ng back 12,000 years to the e nd of the last glaciation. In many cases, leaves that settled to the floor of the cave are still green, while seeds and insect wings are intact. Them ost compelling finds have been the skeletons of giant tortoises and the fearsome land crocodiles that once hunted them. Both animals were extirpated after the arrival of humans. The tor-t oises were similar to those r emaining in the Galapagos Islands while the crocodiles are closely related to a Cuban species that barely survives today. This long-dead prehistoric w orld was described in detail at two recent events the A baco Science Alliance conference on January 7 organised by Abaco Friends of the Environment, and a special public meeting last week sponsored by the Bahamas Nationa l Trust and the Antiquities, M onuments & Museums Corporation, which has overall responsibility for the SawmillS ink research. "More than any other single site, Sawmill Sink lets us l earn how the plant and anim al life of the Bahamas has changed through time," Florida Museum of Natural Histor y curator Dr David Steadman told the Abaco science conference. "By going back int ime we can see how impove rished island life is today, and this can help us set more ambitious goals for restoration that are different from the way things are today. This has revolutionised our under-s tanding of what these islands were like." Scientists are currently studying the best-preservedg iant tortoises in the region, found with every individual bone intact; the remains of s ome 54 crocodiles (as well as crocodile tooth marks on a tortoise shell); as many as 40b ird species, many of which a re extinct on Abaco today; and a 20,000-year-old bat s keleton encrusted in minerals. The unusual state of preservation is the result of the complete absence of oxy-g en in the cavern's undist urbed salt-water depths. But t hese conditions do not always apply when divers visit a Bahamian blue hole. In fact, BEC recently bulldozed an unexplored blue hole duringr oad-building for the Wilson City power plant now under construction south of Marsh Harbour. "Many inland blue holes have already been polluted and are full of trash," AMMCp roject director Nancy Albury s aid at the BNT meeting last Wednesday. "This destroys both the water chemistry and the unusual biology of these sites, so we are looking for these caves everywhere in thei slands to see what can be done to protect them." T he BNT meeting discussed a proposal now being drafted to set aside a nine-mile area around Sawmill Sink (west of the Abaco highway near Crossing Rocks) as a spec ial conservation area. Town m eetings are still being held and precise boundaries have yet to be drawn, but the pro-p osal is expected to go to the prime minister's office by midyear. The area is on Crown l and and incorporates four i nland blue holes, which experts believe are interconnected. E xplorers have used terms like "elemental beauty", "magically diverse" and" enchanted voids" to describe t he ethereal world of these underwater caverns. BNT members were treated to a spectacular video of a cave diver gliding effortlessly through vast crystal forma-t ions in perfectly clear water. Footage like this will be aired in a National Geographic/Nova documen-t ary on PBS this June and photo spreads will appear in National Geographic Maga z ine's August edition. National Geographic is a major sponsor of a scientifice xpedition that has made a s eries of discoveries at Sawmill Sink and other blue holes in t he country. It is led by marine biologist and cave diver Dr Kenny Broad of the University of Miami. The expedition comes under the auspices oft he AMMC, a public corpor ation that is responsible for a rchaeological research and curation in the Bahamas. Besides Broad and Steadman, the expedition includes Jennifer Lynn Macalady, ana strobiologist from Penn State University who studies the origin of life; and Dr Tom Iliffe, a marine biologist from Texas A & M in Galveston whose work has led to the discovery of more than 250 new speciesi n submerged caves around t he world; and Nancy Albury of the AMMC. These scientists have been accompanied by a top-drawer film crew led by Wes Skiles, while the technical side is ledb y veteran cave diver Brian Kakuk, who operates a B ahamian-owned adventure diving and training facility in Abaco. Last summer the team criss-crossed the Bahamas exploring submerged caverns, conducting o riginal research and produci ng spectacular videos and stills for print, broadcast, online and educational appli-c ations. The incredible fact is that the blue holes under our i slands are probably the last p lace on Earth that humans can physically go to explore. "They are truly a final front ier," said Brian Kakuk, who was at the BNT meeting last week, "and our team is thor-o ughly documenting this front ier for the first time." The Lucayans regarded blue holes as windows into the world of their ancestors. And according to their mythology, the sun, the moon and theT aino race itself came from these caves, the oldest of which has been dated by the expedition's scientists to3 50,000 years ago by analysis of a mineral formation known as a speleothem. T oday, we are fortunate to have stumbled upon the sci entific treasures contained in t hese blue holes before they a re lost forever due to care less disregard. And we should remember that anything we put into these holes given our Swiss cheese underpin ning will come back to h aunt us by damaging our critical fresh water resources. In the wake of the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, Tough Call urges readers to supportt he petition calling on finance ministers and development agencies to cancel Haiti's exist i ng $890 million debt and ensure that new aid is provided in the form of grants. This is ani nitiative of an advocacy group called One International cofounded by the Irish musician, Bono, to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease around the world. The French squeezed blood out of a stone by demanding reparations equal to $21 billion today) after the world's first successful slave revolt in 1804. It's time to pay that back. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM f'&) &%( ** %&('( ,)) )* % % ''# %*$+)*)" ##)*& *&,( */# %*) %%, (&%$%* )*&(/&'$%*'(&!* %*(%* &%## %*)#&&" %*&+' %$ #/ $+)*&$'+*(*-&(" % f''# %*)''#/ %( *%*& f''# &% r&. 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He said the government will now seek through the courts to have the company remove the fill. Residents claim as much as eight acres of wetlands may have been filled to date, destroying a habitat that had previously teemed with fish, turtles and birds. T hey say this occurred even as they sent out letters of complaint and concern year after year since 2006 to Department of Physical Planning officials asking for them to investigate or put a halt to the work letters which went without any official acknowledgment. M eanwhile, when officials did visit the site, nearby homeowners claim the perpetrator merely became more aggressive in the filling activity with this heightening in the early part of 2010. Physical Planning Director M ichael Major yesterday admitted knowing that the company never had a permit to fill in the wetlands something that Westward Villas Neighbourhood Association President Leslie Munnings said the official acknowledged in a phone conversation as far b ack as mid-2007. Mr Major blamed his departments perennial failure to protect the wetlands despite obvious evidence they were being filled in on what he described as the incremental nature of the encroachment, the location of the site and a lack of manpower. Its in the back of the bush, he said of the location, which maps show comes within feet of a major residential area and road, Westward Villas and Devonshire Street. The perpetrators wait until you turn your back and they start again, he added, claiming that the Department has sent inspectors to the site and stopped activity there whenever weve gotten a complaint, either from the general public or the press. Asked whether he would admit there was a failure of the Department to properly keep account of the work being done in the area, Mr Major denied this was the case. We use the staff we have. This is not the only violation. We have violations of wetlands elsewhere. We have building violations. We are just not physically able to cover all of them in the timeframe that is required, he said. Mr Major made his comments after he was unexpectedly confronted by irate residents yesterday outside the Ministry of Works after they called the press to the location to deliver a statement protesting years of inaction by the Department of Physical Planning regarding the protection of acres of wetland on Devonshire Street (east The Director, whom the group of 12 residents accused of failing to ever formally respond to numerous letters sent to him over a period of four years, appeared on the steps of the Ministry as the conference came to a close. Initially Mr Major went on the attack, suggesting that Mr Munnings a strong advocate for the protection of the area had acted unfairly in calling a press conference. However, he soon found himself on the defensive as he was forced to answer questions from the residents who wanted to know what was going to be done about the problem, and from the media. While Mr Munnings provided copies of letters dating back to 2007 calling on his department to act in the face of the apparently unauthorised filling activity and suggested that contact was in fact first made as far back as 2006 Mr Major claimed he could only recall being made aware of the matter in the last two years. He said that the Department has on occasion visited the site, with two of those visits having taken place in the last week, and has verbally but not by letter asked the construction company to cease its unauthorised activity. He said that information relating to the case was now being collected so that a file can be forwarded to the Attorney Generals office for possible legal action. However, the Director was unapologetic about the apparently perennial failure of his Department to actually avert t he massive damage to the wetlands that is alleged to have been inflicted over the last few years. Samuel Romer, a 26-year resident of the area and nature lover, told the media that he has seen an exodus of wildlife from the site since the f illing began. I think its very bad. We need them to stop filling in the land so the wildlife can have somewhere to live. Theres nothing I can do but complain. The government needs to stop them. We cant. If we could it wouldve been s topped a long time ago, he said. Meanwhile, Craig Simmons, project manager for the Bill Simmons Construction and Heavy Trucking Company, yesterday denied that the company is filling in the wetlands. We would be concerned if persons were dumping land fill on the property. We have machines out there that sit on the property, but just really stored there, he said. He stated that his family owns the property and is preserving the wetlands for a s ightseeing tourism attraction, with no immediate plans in place to start a development project. Minister Deveaux said he had directed either Bahamas National Trust director Eric Carey or Nature Conservancy director Eleanor Phillips to v isit the site yesterday to assess the damage and provide a recommendation of a course of action. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS CO.LTD. Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue,P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Tel.677-6422 www.cgigroup.bmA member of Colonial Group International Insurance,Health,Pensions,LifeLove your home? 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Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola w ith the Dominican Republic, sits on the p eriphery of a fault line between these two plates making the country vulnerable to dev astating earthquakes, said Mr Stubbs. A s the plates move together stress builds u p along fault lines at the plates boundaries causing seismic activity, or an earthquake. "Hence the reason why the potential always exists for earthquakes to occur, even in Jamaica (and otherw hich also lie on the fault line," said Mr Stubbs. U p to press time there were no reported casualties or injuries from yesterday's quake, which shook homes and buildings for "a few minutes." "The quake was fairly short, not particular ly strong. There were no 911 calls people are just a bit shaky and nervous given the Haiti situation," said Cayman Islands' Chief Meteorologist John Tibbetts, who is stationed at the National Weather Service. There were no immediate reports of struc tural damage from the earthquake, which occurred about 30 miles southeast of Grand Cayman Island and 195 miles northwest of Jamaica. Mr Tibbets said "minor tremors" are not uncommon for the three-island chain in the Caribbean. The overseas UK territory is close to the boundary zone of the Caribbean and North American tectonic plates, leaving ite xposed to major quakes. However, the last major earthquake to hit the off-shore financial centre happened on December 14, 2004 when a 6.8 magnitude quake struck a few months after the country was ravaged by Hurricane Ivan. Yesterday's quake came a day after a fierce 6 .0 magnitude earthquake rocked Guatemala and parts of El Salvador and two days after a 6.3 earthquake was reported in the South Atlantic, just near Argentina. There have been no reported injuries or damage in any of these countries. Venezuela was hit by a 5.6 Richter Scale earthquake last Friday. Last week Tuesday, a massive 7.0 earth q uake rocked Haiti's capital city just before 5 pm, damaging schools, hospitals, homes, a p rison and leaving hundreds of thousands dead. At home, the tremors were felt as far away as Inagua, 70 miles from Haiti, and the nearest Bahama island to Haiti. A tsunami warning for the Bahamas, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, was issued just after 5 pm the same day. The warning was dropped around 7 pm. Up to press time no tsunami warnings were issued from yesterday's quake. FROM page one Ear thquak e WESTWARD VILLAS NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION President Leslie Munnings points out the area w here the land is being filled in. Felip Major /Tribune staff Minister blasts public officials over filling of wetland F ROM page one

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s aid that like his father who h ad represented the area when it was known as Malcolm Creek, he always knew he would one day return tot ake up the mantle and fight on their behalf. I want to submit tonight t hat Elizabeth has a clear choice in this by-election. The clear choice is to keep Elizabeth free and return aP LP candidate to the House o f Assembly who will resist darkness and all its forms, avoid political temptation a nd be true and honest to his pledge to the people of Elizabeth. For more than t wo years the young people o f Elizabeth were left d efenseless in their quest for political leadership and mentoring. For more than two years the young people of Elizabeth who were in search of a better way were met with political road blocks. For more than two years the good people of Elizabeth could not hear their own voices reflected in the House of Assembly because the FNM decided that their voice was not important and this political end game was their just rewards. The good people of Elizabeth deserve a standing ovation for their patience, humility and focus during the difficult days theyw ere plunged into, he said. A s the PLP candidate for the area, Mr Pinder had to address the issue of the par tys last representative fort he area, Malcolm Adderley, whose resignation from the House of Assemblyb rought about the by-election. As the PLP candidate, moving forward I just wantt o appeal to you to please d ont beat me, or the party with Malcolms stick. The Progressive Liberal Party is still committed to you, and I am anxious to fill that vacant seat on your b ehalf so that you can have t he kind of MP you need, h e said. Claiming to have spent his entire childhood in the constituency of Elizabeth while his father campaigned in the area, Mr Pinder said that Elizabeth is very much a part of my family. I know these streets. I know these houses. I know the concerns. I know the pains. I know the needs. I have been walking these avenues from when my father began his walk of faith with you almost 25 years ago. I know many right now, given the economic climate in this country, if they hadm y options, would not have r eturned home to make a contribution. But I just love my country, Elizabeth, and from a boy I promisedm yself that as soon as I became man enough, like my father, I would take upt he mantle to fight for you. So here I am, with no wor ries or regrets I tell you, I know I am the right man, int he right place, at the right t ime, he said. Going forward, Mr Pinder said that his campaign will be issue driven as he focuses his platform on small business development a nd the creation of a skills b ank in the constituency. Its not rocket science you know, the times are showing us that a developing nation like the Bahamas cannot only rely on tourism and banking to provide a sustainable workforce. The times are also showing us that we are going to have to start relying less on the government and more on our selves. Hand-outs only last for so long, a hand up lasts forever. What you have to demand now Elizabeth is a representative who will com mit to supplying the tools and the practical solutions, policies and programmes to help you fish for yourselves and stand on your own feet. Im that man, he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE OUR condolences and deepest s ympathy go out to the Haitian and H aitian-Bahamian community in the Bahamas. We know that many of you have been unable to contact your friends and loved ones in Haiti. We are all devastated by the loss of life and property in the wake of Tuesdayse arthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time. The United States government has mobilised a significant contingent of civil and military resources to respond t o the disaster. President Obama has made assist ance to Haiti a top priority across all federal agencies which are intimately involved in making sure that we can get in there as quickly asp ossible to engage in humanitarian relief and t o provide immediate medical attention, and then long-term help with the recovery. The first wave of our rescue and relief worke rs arrived on the ground last Wednesday. In f act, the first to arrive in Haiti were US Coast Guard assets based in the Bahamas. Relief w orkers are now working around the clock to save lives.More waves of major assets will continue to arrive each day. The president has announced an immediate investment of $100 million to support our r elief efforts in the early days of this crisis. Most of this is for the basics life-saving equipm ent, food, water, medicine. This investment will grow over the y ear as we help our neighbours e mbark on what is going to be a longterm recovery. For those of you who would like to help, there are many charitable organisations and NGOs who desperately need monetary donations.You can find details about howt o do this on the State Departments website, www.state.gov, where you can find information on how to donate to international charities. If you need information on locating missing relatives who are Haitian citi zens, please visit the website for the International Committee of the Red C ross (ICRC ICRC has set up a family links website to help you trace your loved ones. People in Haitia nd abroad can register on the site the names o f relatives they are trying to contact, and responses will be posted as they come in. Local hospitals, schools and other institutions are a lso posting names of people found alive, i njured or dead. For those of you with family in Haiti who m ay be looking to leave the country, the high seas are a very dangerous way to travel. Please ask your loved ones not to risk their lives, and tell them that help is on its way. Again, our thoughts and prayers are with y ou during this crisis and let me assure you that you have the full support of the United States g overnment. Message from the US Ambassador to the Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian community in the Bahamas US AMBASSADOR Nicole Avant PLPcandidate prepared to r epresent Elizabeth FROM page one Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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Claiming that persons throughout the country have witnessed and are attesting t o the poor leadership of this FNM government, Mr Davis said that the FNM is runningt he country into the ground. Everyday the Prime Minister is in the news contradicting what he said the dayb efore! That is not trusted leadership! That is confusion! They have the nerve to be all over the place talking a bout trust again! They cann ot be serious! They must not know the definition of that word! Ask them Elizabeth when they come knock ing on your doors, Where is the trust? Enough is enough! N oting how the national debt has jumped some $872 million under the FNMs watch to $3.3 billion, MrD avis also reminded supporters in attendance that countless Bahamians have lost their jobs within the past two years with reportedly more layoffs to come. Im told there are more w orkers that will soon get t heir walking papers at a major government corporation. Does this sound like a government with steady hands Bahamas? Does that sound like they have steady hands Elizabeth? Steady hands, my foot! Turning to the partys candidate for the area, Mr Davis said that now is the time for the people of Elizabeth to send a strong message to the Prime Minister and vote in Ryan Pinder as their next representative in the House of Assembly. Now more than ever we n eed experts like Ryan Pinder! He is young. He is the y oungest candidate 35 years old. He is talented. He is well-educated. He is seas oned. He is a patriot. He is c ompassionate. He is comm itted to making a difference. He is ready to serve.E lizabeth knows Ryan Pind er and Ryan Pinder knows Elizabeth. Let them know that enough is enough! Be braveE lizabeth! Take a stand! Stand with Ryan Pinder and the PLP. The FNM will be sending D r Duane Sands to carry their banner into what is expected to be a hotly con-t ested by-election. In addi t ion to Mr Pinder and Dr Sands, political activist and Workers Party leader Rod ney Moncur will be chal l enging the seat along with Bahamas Democratic Movement leader Cassius Stuart, a nd attorney Godfrey Pro P inder who represents the n ewly formed United Christian Love Revolution Move-m ent. The National Develo pment Party (NDP also announced plans to runa candidate in the by-election, but to date that candi d ate has yet to be named. The NDP has vowed to canvas the people of Elizabeth first to allow them to deter m ine who they would like to see represent them from the NDP in Parliament. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM )LQDQFLDO&RQWUROOHU AS expressed by the Ambassador of Haiti in the Bahamas Louis Harold Joseph in his statement released to the press, and as has also been confirmed by the newscast from Haiti, the people o f Haiti are suffering because of the incalculable damage that has reduced Port-au-Prince practically to ruins, and the loss of human life has been tragically high. Faced with this situation the international community on the whole h as already taken measures to dispatch a id to Haiti. However, during these days, some persons have called our Embassy inquiring about the situation of Cubanc ooperationists in Haiti, said a statem ent released from the Cuban E mbassy on Monday. As is well known by the international community, before the earthquake devastated Haiti, Cuba had beenc ooperating with that country in sectors such as agriculture, energy, fisheries, communications, health and education, said the statement. Five Comprehensive Medical Diagnosis Centres, built by Cuba and Venezuela, were offering their services b efore the time of the disaster. In this regard, the Cuban Embassy wishes to report the following: The solidarity of the Cuban people with Haiti did not just arise at the time of the earthquake. Since December 1998, Cuba has been offering medical assist ance to the people of Haiti, through the Health Comprehensive Programme. At the time the earthquake shook Haiti, around 400 Cuban health personnel were already working in that c ountry selflessly and free-of-charge, s aid the Cuban statement. Doctors Cuban doctors started to offer their services right after the disaster. It has been the most important medical assistance received by the Haitian people int he first 72 hours. On January 13, more than 60 health workers reinforced the medical brigade in Port-au-Prince, among them specialists from the Henry Reeve Contingent for emergency situations withe xperience in similar disasters. This medical brigade carried medicine, prov isions, food, serum and plasma bags w ith them. Thousands of patients were treated at five medical assistance locations in Port-au-Prince: The Tent Hospital of the annexed,La Renaissence Hospital, the OfatmaHospital, the Comprehensive Diagnosis Centre from Grand G oave and the Comprehensive Diagnosis Centre of Mirebalais. These last two are located at the outskirts of the capital city. Furthermore, Cuban collaborators at other Haitian departments started to work at the sixth locat ion for medical attention, set up at D elmas 33 Hospital. Around 400 Haitian youths, who were trained as doctors in Cuba, today work alongside the Cuban reinforce-m ents to save lives in this critical situa tion. The Cuban Embassy also can conf irm the information that has been published already about Cubas immediate authorisation, upon request, to use theC uban air space in the Eastern territory of our country by US airplanes. Cuba is willing to cooperate with all nations on the ground, including t he United States, in order to assist the Haitian people and save lives, since Cuba has the personnel and the nece ssary infrastructure in that country to d o so. SHOOTING A man was shot and injured while walking through Wilson Track on Monday. Police are investigating the shooting, incident which occurred around 3.30pm. According to the victim, who is a resident of Wilson Track, he was walking in the area when the occupant of a dark coloured Nissan Sentra fired several gunshots at him, hitting him in his right leg. The victim was taken to hospital in a private vehicle. ARMED ROBBERY POLICE were called to the scene of an armed rob bery in front of a private res idence on West Bay Street on Monday night. According to reports, a woman was held up by a dark male, wearing dark clothing and armed with a handgun, just as she was arriv ing home at around 9.51pm. The robber reportedly demanded cash from her and stole her handbag containingan undetermined amount of money. He fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. Police are investigating. CRIME BRIEFS Brave: PM is dividing country FROM page one P HILIP BRAVE DAVIS Embassy of the Republic of Cuba concerning the massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince

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C M Y K C M Y K WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 10 INSIDE Smith wins Jamie Godbold Award TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net WHO will be the new Director and Assistant Director of Sports at t he Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture? Although they have not officially vacated their respective offices, Mar-t in Lundy and Frank Pancho Rah m ing are in the process of retiring. M inister of Youth, Sports and C ulture Charles Maynard confirmed that both men are demitting office as a result of their retirement, but he was unable to state who will replace them. We are going to use this whole exercise as a restructuring process, s aid Maynard yesterday at the a wards presentation for the 25th Father Marcian Peters Basketball Tournament. We will look at all of the Sports Officers and ensure that they are properly promoted, but we will definitely have a new look in the Department of Sports. Maynard, who last year replaced Desmond Bannister as the fullfledge Minister of Youth, Sports andC ulture, was not at liberty to state whether or not both Lundy and Rahming will be replaced by someoneo utside of the ministry or within. B ut there were some rumors that r etired athletes Tim Munnings and Pauline Davis-Thompson as well as v eteran volleyball player Edrick Poitier are being considered for both positions. A lthough both Lundy and Rahm ing have not officially retired as yet, Maynard said they are still assisting the Ministry with a number of projects until their positions are filled so that there is a smooth transition. Sports is that close to both of their hearts, so we expect that they will still continue to make a contri-b ution to the ministry in the future, Maynard said. Over the years, Maynard said b oth men have provided invaluable c ontributions to the ministry. L undy, according to Maynard, is like a walking knowledge of inform ation on sports and sports development in the country. Thats one of things that we will d efinitely suffer in the ministry b ecause we dont have that direct knowledge of things that would have o ccurred during his tenure, Maynard said. Hes very knowledgeable in that regard. As for Rahming, Maynard said hes has played an integral part ins ports development, particularly as a high level track and field coach. So its a situation where its sad to see them have to move on to their next level of life, but the realities a re the realities, Maynard stressed. I expect that they will still be a part of their national development, despite their retirement. I ts not know exactly when both of them will actually depart the min-i stry or when their replacements will t ake office officially, but Maynard said they are working diligently for the change over. Maynard has also indicated that there will be some changes in the functioning of all of the Sports Officers, whose role it is to assist thev arious sporting disciplines. Changes to come at the Ministry of Sports Director and Assistant Director of Sports retiring, replacements to be named Martin Lundy TRACK BAAAS MEETING THE Bahamas Associa tion of Athletic Associations will hold its first monthly meeting for 2010 o n Friday at 7 p.m. in the VIP room of the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. All members are urged t o attend. RACING BHRA MEETING THE Bahamas Hotrod Association will hold am eeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for all drivers. The meeting is to discuss a Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. The meeting will be s pearheaded by David Rahming, Waldo Hall and Alex Pratt. SOCCER SOCCER FOR HAITI THE Bahamas Football Association will hold a Soccer for Haiti fundraiser on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium in an attempt to raise funds to assist the earthquake victims of Haiti. A number of matches, featuring Haitian players residing in the Bahamas, will take place. TENNIS BRAJAXA TOURNEYS OVER the next two weeks, Brajaxba Tennis will hold three tournaments at the National Ten nis Center. The initial tournament will get started on Saturday with the Short Court and Mini Tennis Tournament for ages 10-and-under, 8and-under and 6-andunder. The one-day tournament will get started at 10 a.m. On Wednesday, January 27, the Brajaxba Ladies Round Robin Tournament for advance and beginners will be held at the NTC. The one-day tournament will begin at 10 a.m. Then on Friday-Sunday, January 29-31, the Brajax ba Age Group Series One Tennis Tournament will be held at the NTC. Its an event for boys 10-andunder and 14-and-under and girls 10-and-under, 12and-under and 16-andunder. The action will start at 2:30 p.m. sports NOTES By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net BAHAMIAN ten-pin b owling talents will have the opportunity to realise their potential and hone their skillsi n a state-of-the-art bowling supercentre opening in New Providence on Friday. Marios Bowling and Entertainment Palace with its 50 bowling lanes and outdoor roller-skating rink will provide much more than disco bowling until the early hours of the morning, a restaurant with seating for 350, a night club and games arcade. For serious bowling fans it will be a national ten-pin bowling centre where schools will hold physical education classes and students can work towards college scholarships with their bowling skills. Business owner Leslie Miller, the former PLP MP for Blue Hills and Minister for Trade and Industry, has named the 8,000 sq ft super centre in memory of his late son Mario Miller, killed in 2002. He has put $10 million into the business next to Robin Hood in the Summer Winds Plaza, on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, using quality materials and the latest technology. There will be three 15ft by 15ft television screens around the central restaurant which separates the 50 lanes holding up to ten players each with 30 on one side and 16 on the other, with four in a pri vate room available for hire. Each lane is a blank screen and a television projector for bowlers to watch whatever they choose while they play, and should the sport make drive hunger and thirst, chicken wings, hamburgers and fries, beers and sodas can be ordered from the lane and delivered without interrupt ing play. Marios Bowling and Entertainment Palace set to open on Friday SEE page 11 THERE will be t hree 15ft by 15ft television screens around the central restaurant which separates the 50 lanes holding up t o ten players each w ith 30 on one side and 16 on the other, with four in a private room available for hire. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Help us Help Haiti. National Telethon (LIVE Monday and Tuesday night (January 25-26) 8pm-10pm Serious bowlers who do not want to be distracted by the game can rest assured theirc hildren will be entertained i n an adjacent arcade with o ver 100 video games, four play rooms which can be hired for childrens parties, as well as candy, pizza and icecream parlours. O utside there is a 35,000 sq f t roller-skating rink and there w ill be 500 pairs of roller blades and roller-skates for hire. And there are also five professional pool tables andd arts, backgammon and chess t eams have already requested to use Marios as their headquarters. If players want to relax a fter too much exertion there w ill be electronic massage chairs available to soothe tired athletes with assistancef rom a therapist. And if they then wish to let off somes team, there is a 150 person c apacity nightclub upstairs with VIP private rooms for hire and waiting service provided. The entire facility will hold over 1,000 people and has created 106 jobs. I t will be monitored by strict security with surveillance cameras covering the complex and a strict no-loitering rule. Mr Millers daughter Leslia s aid: Safety is a top priority a nd making sure the environment stays clean is the second priority. We will have policeo fficers in unifirm and let people know they cannot come here to act up. If anybody does their pict ure and name will be posted up and they will not be allowed in. M arios Bowling and Enter tainment Palace will open at 6pm on Friday and be openu ntil 2am on weekends and 1 2am during the week. For more information call 32-MARIO (326-2746 Marios Bowling and Entertainment Palace set to open on Friday FROM page 10 B y STUART GARNER FREEPORT, BAHAMAS The justifiably proud face in the picture is that of Arianna Smith the winner of the first Jamie Godbold Award, andt he $100 which goes with it, f or her all-round excellence in this years Grand Bahama Girls Soccer Development League. The 3.5 GPA 11th Grade s tudent from Bishop Michael Eldon School was commended by the judges not just forh er consistently high playing s tandard throughout the season but for her all-round good attitude and her commitment to the sport. Arianna, who has been playing since age four whens he debuted in the islands YMCA programme, has set her sights on a US soccer scholarship. And she is clearly on course, said a delighted Jamie Godbold, who is a fullt ime youth soccer coach with T he Football Association, the sports original governing body and the organisation which r uns soccer in the UK, the home of soccer. Godbold, lead coach for the a nnual Premier League G rand Bahama Soccer Camp of which Arianna has been a regular attendee, set up his a ward scheme to encourage the sport of soccer on the island but also to foster ther ight attitude among the y oung people who play it. He will be coming back to Freeport to preach the quali-t ies which won Arianna the award at this years camp which runs for five days fromJ une 21 to June 25. The 16-year-old Arianna is u sing the $100 to help pay for h er air fare to Ohio in the US t his week where, along with three other girls from the programme, she will be demonstrating her skills in front of 40 coaches from US collegesw ho will be offering college s cholarships to those who do well. The other local girls are Kianna Baldwin, Courtney Moss, and Mia Whylly. A rianna, whose favourite s chool subjects are accounting and maths, is looking for a college degree as the first stepi n her ambition to become a certified public accountanta nd then the first Bahamian t o own and manage an international luxury hotel. She knows a bit about college sport having followed last years outstandingly successful soccer camp, attended by almost 200 enthusiastic kids,w ith a week at the University of Miami soccer camp where she got top grades and lots of praise from her coaches. Godbold said from his home in Eastern England w here he plays semi-pro socc er as well as being a full-time coach: I cant wait to see Ari anna again and congratulate h er personally. I am well aware there were 180 youngsters involved in the girls l eague this year and to win t he award is a big deal. She was a very worthy winner. Coach Mary Woodside, w ho with husband Coach Donnie Knowles selflessly puts in hundreds of hourse ach year to make the league r un smoothly and give all the kids a good time every Satur day afternoon for four months, said: Arianna has b een playing in the Girls D evelopmental Soccer L eague since its official inception nine years ago. Her commitment and work ethic have paid off since she was identified as a futuren ational player and she has t rained with the national program in Nassau for the past two summers. She also was a dominant player for the Bisho p Michael Eldon Warriors w hen they won the High School Soccer Championship last year. She represents the sort of quality person every coachw ould love to have in their p rogram. Her integrity and commitment to soccer and her academics will certainly be an asset to any college she chooses to attend when she graduates from high school next year. Donnie and I are very proud of Arianna and would like to congratulate her on winning such a prestigious award. We would like to encourage her to continue to b e a role model for all the y ounger soccer stars on Grand Bahama. The league runs every Satu rday afternoon for four and a half months with one hour each week given over to drills a imed at improving skill levels a nd then an hour of competitive team play in which the youngsters can practice what t hey have learned. The action resumes in the third week of September. B efore then the sixth Prem ier League soccer camp will have taken place using the same venue the extended p laying fields at Freeport Rugby Football Club. Each year is hailed as the best yeta nd organisers have already had emails and phone calls asking whether there is to be o ne this year and when it will s tart. The date has been set to coincide with the last school o n the island closing for summer recess, thus ensuring minimal impact on family summer plans off the island. As u sual campers will get two full uniforms, a monogrammed ts hirt, lunch and swimming every day for those who want, as well of course as world-c lass coaching and a lot of fun from professionals like Godbold, who will be vacationing i n Freeport. For more information about the summer soccer c amp please e-mail: derek.archer1@gmail.comFor more information about the girls soccer programme con t act Mary Woodside atmary woodside@yahoo.com Smith wins the first Jamie Godbold Award for excellence in soccer W INNER o f the first Jamie Godbold Award for excellence in soccer is 16-year-old Arianna Smith who received her trophy, autographed certificate by Jamie Godbold, and a $100 cheque on the final day of the G rand Bahama Girls Development Soccer League on January 16th.

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B y CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net THE POPULARITY of vacation rentals in the B ahamas surged by 79 per c ent last year, the greatest i ncrease for any destination, with this trend expected to continue through 2010, a leading rental firm told Tri bune Business yesterday. Spokesperson Heather Whipps said Luxury Retreats specialised in highend villa rentals, and saw an increase in requests coming in for the Caribbean region, inclusive of the Bahamas. According to the companys regional numbers, the Bahamas showed the top increase in interest with 79 per cent, while the Turks and Caicos showed a 14 per cent increase. France showed increases of 41 per cent, the US 24 per cent and other popular 2009 destinations were Mexico, St Maarten, Italy and Barba dos. Director of product devel opment for Luxury Retreats, Nick Guezen, said he expects the trend for the Bahamas to persist because of its US proximity and the increase in airlift to these islands. We expect our Bahamas villas to continue to do well in 2010 for a number of rea sons. American and Canadian travellers are still pre ferring to stay closer to home this year, and the Bahamas is very convenient and accessible, said Mr Guezen. Many carriers added new flights to the islands recent ly and those with private jets are a short hop from the US coast. Luxury Retreats is also putting an increased focus on the Caribbean in 2010, and will be adding vil las to our collection, so the selection of rental villas on the market will be more var ied. The company represents several high-end properties in the Bahamas, including Plantation Cove, a $4,500 to $ 10,000 per night villa in western New Providence; Freeport Villa Two, a $15,000 to $3,000 per nightv illa on Millionaires row in Grand Bahama; and La Bougainvillea, a $400 to $1,000 per night Eleuthera Retailer eyes cost cuts from sublease plan C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.20 $4.22 $4.27 Wecan get you there! Where do youwant to be? Investment Property Customised Investment Accounts [Learn more at royaldelity.com ] B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Government may create a new agency solely to deal with this nations soon-to-be reformed intel l ectual property rights regime, the attorney general has told Tribune Business,a confidential report having r evealed numerous gaps in compliance in existing copyright legislation. P ledging that planned r eforms would bring the B ahamas into line with both international standards, and its obligations under the World Trade Organisation (WTO Partnership Agreement (EPA this newspaper in a recent interview that the Govern ment may follow the lead established by other countries and create a public sector agency solely to focus on intellectual property rights enforcement/administration. Were in the process of producing intellectual property rights legislation that brings us into compliance with both the EPA and WTO standards, and makes us compliant with interna tional standards on copyright and other matters, Mr Delaney told Tribune Busi ness. Because of the specific obligations for the purposes of the EPA, and other commitments for WTO purpos es, the specific thrust is being geared towards those standards, and also compliance with international standards. Providing adequate safe guards, and the enforcement of that protection, is vital for both Bahamian and international businesses/investors when it comes to intellectual property rights. They will want to know that their cre ativity, innovation and fruits of their minds are protected in the Bahamas, otherwise this nations economic and investment prospects might be damaged by investors deciding to go elsewhere. Acknowledging the importance of enhancing Bahamian copyright/intellectual property rights law, Mr Delaney said: Its very important for the Government to be compliant with Government considering new agency for copyright Administration working to produce intellectual property rights reformsto bring Bahamas into line with world standards, and meet WTO/EPA obligations* Report reveals numerous gaps in compliance in existing Bahamian legislation SEE page 2B JOHN DELANEY By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor An international securities/brokerage business yesterday said it expected client assets under administration at its Bahamas office to grow by upwards of 50 per cent to $300-$320 million, due to its regional consolidation plans, as it warned this nation not to followC aymans lead in raising business costs. Craig Lines, LOM (Bahamas Business that apart from the Bahamas US pre-clearance facility and better air transportation links, the other factor that influenced the company to consolidate its operations here, rather than in the Cayman Islands, was the more than doubling of the latter nations licence and permit fees within the past five years. Theyve raised licence fees, permit fees, in Cayman, Mr Lines said. In the last five years, theyve gone up by close to 100 per cent. In the last year, year-and-a-half, theyve gone up by 30-40 per Brokers Nassau assets to grow 50% to $300m SEE page 3B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Freeport Concrete yesterday confirmed it was seeking further cost cuts at its Home Centre retail format, and was assessing sub-leasing a portion of its store to other tenants. Ray Simpson, the BISX-listed firms chief executive, c onfirmed in an e-mailed response to Tribune Business that the company was actively looking at this option, a lthough he emphasised that no agreement had been concluded with any potential tenants. Mr Simpson replied after Tribune Business had contacted him, upon being informed by sources with knowledge of the situation that the Home Centre was looking at sub-leasing a portion of its premises to Jeff Butler, owner of Butler Specialty Foods. T he Freeport Concrete chief executive confirmed that Mr Butler had shown an interest in such a proposal, but n othing had been concluded. We are looking at ways to cut costs at the Home Centre, and one way is to sublease part of the building we are in, Mr Simpson told Tribune Business. Yes, Mr Butler has expressed an interest, but we have no contract with him or anyone else at this time. He BISX-listed Freeport Concrete confirms Butler Specialty Foods one party interested in Home Centre possibility* GBP A chair hits out at St George estate attorney as wrong for claiming working at home SEE page 3B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A leading Bahamian retailer yesterday said it had enjoyed its best December s ales ever despite the recession, as its in-house financi ng arm pledged to follow the rules 100 per cent going forward after running afoulo f the Securities Commission. E rnie Blues, chief financial officer for Town Centre Mall-based Furniture Plus a nd its consumer financing arm, In-House Investments, t old Tribune Business that the latter had never intended to breach Bahamian s ecurities laws by publish ing a January 7, 2010, advertisement showcasing rates ofr eturn private investors had earned from the latter busin ess in recent years. F urniture Plus, which is c elebrating its 20-year a nniversary, and In-House I nvestments had wanted to let people know how successful ourselves and our investors have been, but Mr Blues said he and the company accepted that the advertisements wording could be construed as an o ffering to the Bahamian public to invest in the busi ness. T his contravenes the r equirement that any offeri ng of securities, such as shares, to the Bahamian public must first bea pproved and registered with the Securities Commis sion, the capital markets regulator first needing to veta nd give its blessing to any offering prospectus. E mphasising that InH ouse Investments had no i ntention of breaking the l aw, Mr Blues explained: We have a very proud hist ory as a private company, and just wanted to let people know how successful people who have been private investors with us in the past have been. We werent looking to g et funds or raise funds, and the idea was just to let peo ple know we exist and haveb een a very successful vehic le for private investment. T he advert, though, which was captioned Preference Shares, asked: Are your eady to invest in a low risk, high and stable rate of return investment? It Best December sales result ever But Furniture Pluss financing arm pledges to ollow rules 100% going forward after falling foul of rules on public offerings Still planning to approach investors via private placement later in 2010 SEE page 3B Bahamas leads on growth for vacation rental SEE page 2B

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v illa.According to a press r elease issued by Luxury R etreats, the use of private villas has been the fastestgrowing segment of in the travel industry. In the companys figures t hroughout 2009, and espec ially last quarter... Luxury Retreats Villa Rentals increased by 14 per cento ver 2008, said the release. There was a revenue boost of 50 per cent during the same period. T he Bahamas government h as sought to regulate the vacation home rentals industry, so that they adhere to a similar tax regime as resorts and hotels. President of the Bahamas H otel Association (BHA Robert Sands, said the Min-i stry of Tourism and the priv ate sector have begun to address the growth of these properties. H e said that if they represent a significant part of the tourism sector they must contribute to the marketing t ools to promote the B ahamas. Mr Sands said, though, that timeshares do not fall under the umbrella of the BHA, although some hotels and resorts, such as ClubL andor and Atlantis, operate those sorts of facilities. A ccording to Interval I nternational, a leading global provider of vacation services that represents sev-e ral properties in Grand Bahama, there has been a positive trend in the appeal of the Caribbean market. A ccording to a recent release by the company, members and new vacationp roperty buyers have increased their interest in t his region and have chosen it as a top destination of interest. Member demand for vacation exchange and r esort rentals in the Caribbean is strong and we continue to affiliate new p rojects throughout the region, said David C. G ilbert, executive vice-president of resort sales and marketing for Interval Inter-n ational. In todays environment, s hared ownership offers resort developers a comp elling business model with m ultiple profit centers and higher occupancy levels than h otels. In the case of mixeduse projects, it also providest he potential for cost-saving o perating synergies and reduced marketing costs. Mr Sands said because the vacation home rental mar k et is fledgling and rapidly growing we need to pay more attention to it. 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It is important for us to be compliant with what we have committed to do, and what we will commit t o do in the future. H e acknowledged that it would be nece ssary for the Government to enhance the administration of intellectual property rights in the Bahamas, and have all operational resources in place to administer the legislation, this responsibility currently lying with the Registrar Gen-e rals Department. I dont know if it will continue to be administered under the Registrar Generals Department or if there will be a separate intellectual property rights unit, as has developed in other jurisdictions ast hey have modernised their regime, Mr Delaney said. The attorney general said other nations had found their intellectual property rights r egimes had grown beyond the capabilities of agencies similar to the Registrar Generals Department, which were tasked w ith multiple responsibilities like their B ahamas counterpart, forcing them to c reate new departments to specifically handle the sector. We might go that way, Mr Delaney s aid of the Bahamian governments plans. Well have to see how that evolves. It hasn t been decided. There will be a need for greater skills sets and training of individuals. It will be a developing area in the public sector and private sector. M r Delaney added that it was too early to place an estimate on what it would cost the Bahamas to beef up its intellectualp roperty rights regime and create a new public sector agency. A report to the Government on February 6, 2009, by Gabriel Stern and May C heng, of the Fasken Martineau law firm, pointed out that under the EPA, which the Bahamas had signed with the Europ ean Union (EU this nation was obligated to ensure an adequate and effective implementation of Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS The report, which has now been obtained and reviewed by Tribune Busi n ess, reviewed the Bahamas existing copyright regime consisting chiefly of the Trade Marks Act, the Copyright Acta nd the Industrial Property Act. The Cus toms Management Act was also assessed. Both TRIPS and the EPA require that action be taken in relation to other international treaties, understandings and conventions, the law firms report stated. It is important to note that the level of o bligation varies according to the treaty. R equired action in some cases includes ensuring that the Bahamas accedes to certain international agreements, in other cases ensuring that certain international agreements be complied with, and in others ensuring that the Bahamas endeavours to accede to certain international agreements. It is therefore important to recognise that for many of these international agreements, the Bahamas only has a best efforts obligation with regards to access ion. T he law firm said its review had shown that Bahamian intellectual property r ights (IP c ompliance with its international obligations. I f it was to become a full WTO memb er, as government policy intends, the r eport said the Bahamas had to comply fully with TRIPS, something that sets ther ules for copyright, trade marks, patents and industrial designs in essence, all i ntellectual property rights areas. One weakness immediately identified in t he report was that, under the Trade Marks Act, the Bahamas only allows for trade marks to be registered in association with goods. Recognition of, and protection for, service marks must therefore be i ncorporated into Bahamian law. T RIPS demands this, and the report acknowledged that the Trade Marks ( Amendment) Act 2008 would provide t his protection for service marks. Howe ver, this legislation has never been brought to Parliament, and it is unclear whether the Governments current pro-p osed reforms would accommodate this. The Fasken Martineau law firms report said the Copyright Act needed to be revised to treat computer programs as protected literary works, bringing it into line with TRIPS, while the Industri al Property Acts specific requirementsf or patent applications did not conform w ith TRIPS. In particular, the specification requirement must be amended to require fulld isclosure of an invention, such that the invention could be carried out by someone skilled in the art, the report said. This represents the generally accepteds tandard for the validity of patent applic ations. FROM page 1B Government considering new agency for copyright Bahamas leads on growth for vacation rental FROM page 1B

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C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.491.03AML Foods Limited1.151.160.011,5000.2830.0004.10.00% 10.759.90Bahamas Property Fund10.7410.740.000.9920.20010.81.86% 7.005.77Bank of Bahamas5.905.900.000.2440.26024.24.41% 0.630.63Benchmark0.630.630.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1680.09018.82.86% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.372.370.000.0550.04043.11.69% 1 3.959.63Cable Bahamas10.0010.000.001.4060.2507.12.50% 2.882.72Colina Holdings2.722.720.000.2490.04010.91.47% 7.005.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)7.007.000.002950.4190.30016.74.29% 3.652.21Consolidated Water BDRs2.732.770.040.1110.05225.01.88% 2.551.32Doctor's Hospital2.552.550.000.6270.0804.13.14% 7.805.94Famguard6.496.490.000.4200.24015.53.70% 11.808.75Finco9.289.280.000.3220.52028.85.60% 10.459.80FirstCaribbean Bank9.999.990.000.6310.35015.83.50%5 .533.75Focol (S)4.774.770.000.3260.15014.63.14% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 0.300.27Freeport Concrete0.270.270.000.0350.0007.70.00% 6.135.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.4070.50013.78.94% 10.509.95J. S. Johnson9.959.950.000.9520.64010.56.43% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1560.00064.10.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.0015 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice WeeklyVol. EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield 7 %T UESDAY, 19 JANUARY 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,565.45 | CHG 0.10 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD 0.07 | YTD % 0.00BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)Maturity 19 October 2017 7% InterestBISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities3 0 May 2013 29 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75%FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2008 -12.31% 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 14.607.92Bahamas Supermarkets10.0611.0614.00-2.2460.000N/M0.00% 8.006.00Caribbean Crossings (Pref2.006.254.000.0000.480N/M7.80% 0.540.20RND Holdings0.350.400.350.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 MonthsDiv $Yield % 1.43871.3535CFAL Bond Fund1.43876.306.30 2.88692.8266CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.8869-1.81-1.81 1.50871.4336CFAL Money Market Fund1.50710.085.23 3.32012.9343Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund3.1168-7.94-7.94 13.240012.6816Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.24004.935.90 103.987393.1999CFAL Global Bond Fund103.98733.413.41 101.725496.4070CFAL Global Equity Fund101.72545.525.52 1.08981.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.08985.225.22 1.06801.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.06803.393.39 1.09071.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.09075.155.15 9.57959.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.57955.335.33 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.236112.3612.36 7.71714.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.717140.0540.05 BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/20079-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 9-Dec-09 NAV Date 31-Dec-09 9-Dec-09 31-Oct-09Colina Over-The-Counter Securities BISX Listed Mutual Funds31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 31-Dec-09 8-Jan-10 31-Dec-09MARKET TERMS :$17(' 127,&( 17(51$7,21$/%86,1(66&203$1,(6$&7 .$=$1,19(67$ 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6HFWLRQ RI7KH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW RI .$=$1,19(67 LVLQGLVVROXWLRQ 7KHGDWHRIFRPPHQFHPHQWRIGLVVROXWLRQZDVWKH GD\RI2FWREHU 'LOORQ'HDQ RI1DVVDX %DKDPDVLVWKH/LTXLGDWRURI .$=$1,19(67$ 'LOORQ'HDQ /,48,'$725 added that this had no connection with the investment group Freeport Concrete was in talks with, as it continues its search for new equity capital. Mr Simpson told Tribune Business to contact Mr Butler for comment before it published this article. This newspaper attempted to do so, but a message left for him at Butler Specialty Foods yesterday afternoon was not returned. Freeport Concrete holds a 15-year lease, starting from January 2006, on the Home Centre store. Its landlord is a company related to the BISX-listed firms founding shareholder, current Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA Mr Babak yesterday confirmed the Home Centre sub-leasing possibility, saying: Thats one of the options being considered. He directed this newspaper to speak to Mr Simpson for further comment, adding that as GBPA chair he had recused himself from Freeport Concretes daily operations and management to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest. Under the Home Centre lease terms, the retailer was supposed to pay an annual rent of $396,000, or $33,000 per month, for the first four years, taking it up until June 2010. However, the Home Centre received an $8,000 discount for the first three months of its lease, taking rental payments to $25,000 per month, and was subsequently granted further four-month rent holiday during its 2009 fiscal year. The sub-leasing plan comes after trading in Freeport Concretes shares was suspended upon the companys request, in an effort to give it time to complete its fiscal 2009 audit. In last week's statement to shareholders, Mr Simpson said the company's unaudited total sales for the year to end-August 2009 fell by almost 25 per cent from $13.6 million to $10.2 million. Sales at its Home Centre retail format were off by 23 per cent year-over-year, leaving the business with an unaudited loss of more than $550,000. Freeport Concrete's other business unit, its concrete division, saw a 30 per cent decline in sales revenues that turned into a $660,000 loss. Mr Simpson told shareholders the company's poor performance had continued in to fiscal 2010, with total sales revenues down 53 per cent year-over-year for the period. Despite reducing expenses by 42 per cent in the past two years, this had not been enough to offset the sales decline's impact on the bottom line. Meanwhile, Mr Babak yesterday hit out at Fred Smith QC, the attorney for the late Edward St Georges estate, for trying to create mischief by implying that he was breaching Immigration regulations by attempting to run the GBPA from home and conduct business on its behalf without a valid work permit. Mr Babak vehemently denied this allegation, telling Tribune Business: Im home, but Im not working for the company from home. Thats absolutely wrong. Hes [Mr Smith] trying to claim that Im trying to do something against the Immigration rules, and Im not. Mr Babak last week told Tribune Business that while he was still GBPA/Port Group Ltd chairman, he was at home and not at the companies' offices because the work permit had not been renewed. While able to meet with potential investors in Freeport outside the Bahamas, he could "not discharge my duties in the Bahamas". Retailer eyes cost cuts from sublease plan FROM page 1B cent. The Cayman Islands had thus become a far more expensive place to conduct busi ness, making it uncompetitive when matched alongside other jurisdictions such as the Bahamas, and Mr Lines said the islands had also become more costly for employees to live in. The Bahamas is far easier to access, Mr Lines added of the other key motivating factor. There are far more direct flights to Europe and the UK through British Airways, and more flights to Canada and Miami pretty much anywhere in the world. Pre-clearance is key. He added that LOM had been pushing its eight-strong Cayman staff, consist ing of brokers, client advisers and admin istrative staff, to relocate to Nassau rather than its Bermuda head office. If all relocate to Nassau, that would bring the LOM (Bahamasto 11 from the current three, and Mr Lines hinted that there might be opportunities to add more Bahamian staff, given that the extra brokers would require more administrative support. We hold about $200 million, Mr Lines told Tribune Business of LOM (Bahamas client assets under management, and Cayman has about another $100-$120 million, so there will be about $300-$320 million. We will build off that. Its a fairly good size. The Cayman operation will close on March 31, 2010, with all client assets under management in that jurisdiction likely transferring to Nassau, although some may go to Bermuda. Mr Lines said LOM (Bahamas client markets were Asia, Latin America and Europe, with the firm largely seeking clients who were tax compliant, effectively non-resident in their home country tax jurisdiction with numerous operations around the globe, and wanted a jurisdiction with a tax-neutral platform in which to base their assets. One of the key things why we did this move is to bring together the companys intellectual base, Mr Lines said of the Nassau consolidation. We build intellec tual capital, and it allows for next genera tion ideas and new ways of looking at mar kets and products. By having LOMs key Caribbean personnel in one jurisdiction, Mr Lines suggested innovation would be stimulated, and this would serve the companys client base and shareholders much better. People are looking for consolidation opportunities all over the world, Mr Lines said. Its a global trend. People are looking for jurisdictions where employees are happy and there costs will be lower. Acknowledging that governments had a difficult balancing act to perform between raising tax revenues and keep the costs of doing business low, Mr Lines added that clients also required jurisdictions where cost were low and service quality good. Any cost increases faced by financial services businesses, he said, were likely to be passed on in some form to clients. Clients have numerous choices as to where to go, Mr Lines said. The Bahamas has to be careful how it positions itself, so it has to have low costs with quality service. Hopefully, things will continue to move along there. We hope the Bahamas con tinues to grow, and continues to grow as a jurisdiction, along with our office here. Brokers Nassau assets to grow 50% to $300m FROM page 1B advertised the initial investment as being $50,000-plus, with additional contributions of $5,000. The advert stated that investors in In-House Investments, which provides in-house debt financing/consumer loans to enable Furniture Pluss customers to purchase its home furniture/furnishings products, h ad enjoyed a 7.65 per cent r ate of return in the 12 m onths to December 31, 2010. Other rates of return touted were 7.66 per cent over the past three years; 7 .86 per cent for the last five y ears; 8.43 per cent for the l ast 10 years; and 8.56 per cent for the last 13 years. That proved too much for t he Securities Commission, which forced In-House Investments on Monday this week to publish an advert w ithdrawing the offering advert and explain why. We put it in without the p ermission of the Securities Commission, Mr Blues, a former Abaco Markets chief financial officer, admitted. It certainly wasnt our intention to solicit or raise f unds, although the wording o f the initial ad could be c onstrued as such, and we accept it could have been better worded. He added that Furniture Pluss owner, Troy Darville, had wanted to share the companys success publicly, but in doing so we broke t he law. We were admonished and acknowledged we had made a mistake. We worked very closely with the Commission to redress. M r Blues emphasised that it was an honest mistake on In-House Investments p art, and in no way comp ared to the numerous e fforts by unscrupulous o perators to scam the B ahamian public efforts t hat have drawn numerous warning notices from the Securities Commission in the past. No such warning was issued in In-House Investments case, and Hillary Deveaux, the Commissions executive director, told Tribune Business that the mistake related to a mist aken interpretation of the l aw by the company. It had a lso worked with the regulator to address the problem rapidly, and Mr Deveaux indicated the Securities Commission seemed satisfied with the response. Mr Blues said In-House I nvestments still intended to a pproach private investors for additional financing later in the year, but would do so via a true private placement through the Fidelitys a nd Colinas, and those firms private and institutional client bases. Anything we want to do i n the future, we will get in t ouch with the Commission u p front and make sure w ere compliant with the l aws of the Bahamas, Mr Blues said. At some point in time, we be looking for private investors, and will go to the Securities Com mission to make sure we do not fall foul of any regulations. We will follow the rules 100 per cent going forward. W hile unable to disclose i ts figures as a private comp any, Mr Blues added: Furniture Plus, as a group, had its best ever December this year, which was a really positive thing for the group. It was the best December sales ever. Weve weathered the s torm better than many peop le. We had very robust numbers, and are looking to have a reasonable year this year, considering whats happening in the economy. T he In-House Investments ad is not the first public offering to attract t he Securities Commissions a ttention. A similar offer by C avitation Concepts was a lso withdrawn after press ure from the regulator, a fter businessman Hubert Pinder solicited funds from the Bahamian public without getting its prior approval. Best December sales result ever FROM page 1B

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By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net BEFORE leaving Food Delit e Cafe yesterday after breakfast, the owner invites me to come visit again and ha v e lunc h. And I ma y take him up that offer after experiencing his airy restaurant where you can ha ve some delicious, freshly cooked Bahamian and Jamaican cuisine. Horris Miller, owner of Food Delite says he flirted with the idea of selling dinner, but its really a ghost town after 5 oclock in the Collins Avenue area, which is when the restaurant closes. In an area clustered with businesses, the after 5 crew is trying to get out of the busy Collins Avenue area. The restaurant is a very clean environment inside and out. Its airy and spotlessly clean inside out. Horris Miller and his staff pulled out all the stops for Tribune Taste yesterday, during their breakfast hours. Were really not big on our morning menus but we do carry the basic Bahamian breakfast, says Mr Miller. His cooks brought out a variety of choices of tuna and hot grits, corn beef and grits, and even boiled fish. They also have the Jamaican staples of ackee and cod fish, which some people eat for both breakfast and lunch. Ackee and codfish is a big time breakfast seller at Food Delite, but you have to acquire a taste for the Jamaican national dish. The codfish is very salty, soaked overnight and minced, then seasoned with herbs and salts. The Ackee is peeled, and diced, then finally added to the cooking pot, and the dough is fried to eat along with it. The meal is completed with decent size slices of bright red tomatoes. Nothing here is fried, everything is baked, says Mr Miller. They also provide boiled foods like cassava, dumpling, sweet potato, cabbage, and carrots. The lunch menu has a pretty solid variety of choices. But Food Delite boast of selling the best split peas soup youve ever had, among a variety of Bahamian dishes. Continuing in the soup thread, the restaurant carries typical Bahamian favorites like chicken souse, pig feet souse, and sheep tongue souse, all served with Johnny cake. Fresh and all natural fruit juices are blended each morning straight from the raw fruit to serve throughout the day. Carrot, Irish moss, mango, water melon, cantaloupe, and cucumber juice are made. Even hog plum, pomegranate, noni, and beet juice have been big sellers. Theres not too much sugar in them, the juices have no additives. His wife who is part owner in the restaurant blends them herself. Although I didnt try their home made pastries, we hear they give local pastry companies competition. They have chicken and beef patties, cornbread, banana bread, potato bread, Jamaican bun and cheese, and pound cake. C M Y K C M Y K TASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e a culinary Delite Food Delite Cafe offers delicious, freshly cooked Bahamian and Jamaican cuisine AFOOD DELITE cook holds in hand hot cornbeef and grits, and tuna and grits. SHEEP tongue souse THE ST AFF fresh on their morning shift, with Horris Miller (back centre ACKEE and Codfish ser ved with fresh tomato slices.

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C M Y K C M Y K TASTE PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e Make sure youve made your donation(s these organisations for relief in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. Places to donate for Haiti: Rotary International Collecting blankets and non-expired medication. They are organising a flight into Port-au-Prince from Nassau on Friday. They will a dvise when they can send food and other items. Drop blankets and non-expired medication to Windermere Harbour Bay or Windermere Caves Village. Contact Carla McCombe 242 357 9501 with questions. Red Cross Bahamas Society The Red Cross is accepting donations of goods such as canned foods, baby formula, diapers, blankets, towels, clothing, medical supplies. Anything to help those in need will all be gratefully 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 include Quality Auto Sales in East Shirley Street and Le Petit Gourmet cafe in the Shirley Street Plaza. HOPE Water Water supplies are running low in Haiti and are unlikely to last for more than another day or two. This charitable water supplier sent 3,000 gallons of water 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 customers who contribute half a gallon 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. To make a donation you can make a payment to the Humanitarian Operations Foundation at the Scotiabank main branch, account number 4001237. Or become a customer by calling HOPE on 394-0773. The Salvation Army The Salvation Army is appealing for medical experts to volunteer their services and assist on a mis sion trip to Haiti which is being organised with Salva tion Army groups in Haiti. Financial donations to fund the effort will be accepted at their headquarters in Mackey Street andGrants Town, or call 3932745. The New Providence Community Centre This church is part of the Caribbean's Del Camino network of churches and is co-ordinating a relief effort with affiliate churches in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Those in need currently require donationsof money, medical supplies and medical services. If you would like to make a dona tion call Tim Lee or Gillian Watson at the New Providence Community Centre in Blake Road, western New Providence on 327-1660 or email relief@npcconline.org. For more information log on to www.npcconline.org things 2 DO By JEFFARAH GIBSON E XPL ORIN G t h e lif e and mysteries behind one of the undeniable f or ces behind the development of the Bahamian tourism economy is what up-and-coming filmmak er T r a v olt a Cooper does in his new, highly ent ertaining film titled ounding Fathers: Sir S tafford Sands. The movie which was a featured film at the Bahamas International Film Festival will be shown for one night only at the Galleria Cinemas JFK on January 25. All the unanswered questions about Sir Stafford Sands and the reason behind his personal decision to leave the Bahamas will hopefully be answered. Audience members can also expect to be entertained, and fully informed about this Bahamian icon, and the contributions he made to the Bahamas tourism industry. While history books dont tell the real story of the economist, the movie makes up for all that, taking the audi ence on a beyond the surface jour n ey of what transpired in both his p olitical, and personal life. Although some persons considered Sir Stafford a racist, Mr Cooper hopes that people somehow focus more on his life, and also hopes to spark much conversation about his three dimensional character. S peaking with T ribune Entertain ment Mr Cooper said the movie will definitely enlighten and educate those who view it. I want people to know that this is not a history lesson, this is not a film where they will be bored. This is a very entertaining movie because I made it that way. But dont get me wrong there are definitely a few historical facts within the movie, that will be surprising to many, Mr Cooper told Tribune Entertainment. He says the movie takes a look at Sir Stafford Sands -the man, the mythology, and the model. If people were asked to talk about Sir Stafford Sands they might probably reply by associating him with the intro duction of the air conditioning system in local hotels. On the other hand, others may simply say they dont know who he was or what he did. To put it simple, this lack of knowl e dge among the Bahamian people is in f act the driving force behind making Sir Stafford Sands the subject -matter of this motion picture he explained. I really wanted to explore this man because I feel that there is a lot that history books have left out. There are a lot of misconceptions about him.F or instance, one time ago Bahamians thought that he was sent from Great Britain to oppress the black persons living on the island he said, but little did most people know is that Sir Stafford Sands was a Bahamian, he was one of us, he said. After its debut at the Bahamas International Film Festival Mr Cooper received a number of overwhelming response from the attendees. I have had people e-mail me, and call me and tell me about how much they enjoyed the film. I even had some political figures give me a call who said that it was well thought out and put together, Mr Cooper said. The event will climax with a question and answer period and the DVD launch. Immediately following the movie, there will be a panel of judges to answer any questions the audience may have. It is also at that time when we will launch the DVD for the film, he said. The event begins at 7pm, and persons interested in attending are advised to purchase tickets for the event beforehand, since there are a limited number of seats. For more information call 322-1000. Founding Fathers: Sir Stafford Sands Travolta Cooper THE Endowment for the Performing Arts of the Bahamas host a gala black tie dinner and art auction at Government House this Saturday. The organisation was established in 1995 and raises money to promote the evolvement of all forms of art within the Bahamas through scholarships and grants to individuals and groups. The event will be held under the patronage of Lady Edith Turnquest and promises to be an exciting event for all in attendance. The dinner and dcor will be artfully created by the team at FoodArt by Cacique and the evenings entertainment skillfully coordinated by Cleophas Adderley. The highlight of the evening will be the in-house art auction which will take place dur ing dinner. There will be varied pieces of art on auction from some of the most respected and talented artists in the Bahamas. The pieces include paint ings and sculptures by Chantal Bethel, Claudette Dean, Thierry Lamare, R Brent Mal one, John Paul, Antonius Roberts, Dorman Stubbs and Max Taylor, ceramics by Jessica Colebrook and Imogene Walker, photographs by Roland Rose and jewellery by Nadia Campbell. The evening will start with cocktails and art viewing on the balcony at 7pm and continues on with the dinner and auction at 8pm. The patron of the Endowment for the Performing Arts of the Bahamas is Lady Edith Turnquest. The members of the board of trustees are Cleophas Adderley, Charlotte Albury, H. Campbell Cleare III, Ruth Cleare, Dawn Davies, Maria Ferere, Julie Hoffer, Tracie Hoo-Glinton, Debo rah Lotmore, Terry North and Eleanor Whitely. Contact Dawn Davies at 324-2045 for more information. Endowment for the Performing Arts host black tie dinner and art auction THE subcommittee in charge of the gala dinner (l-r): Dawn Davies, Ruth Cleare, Lady Edith Turnquest (Patron of The Endowment for the Performing Arts of the Bahamas), Eleanor Whitely and Tracie Hoo-Glinton.

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C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net W ITH anticipation growing a round the release of their f irst single Forbidden Lov a nd calls flooding in from hotels, bars and event planners hoping to secure an a ppearance from the band, r ising Bahamian stars Willis a nd The Illest are in an envia ble position a year and a half on from the bands first appearance on the local m usic scene. The Tribune sat down with the affable crew of talented singers, songwriters and musicians ahead of Thursd ay nights show at the Bambu club downtown to catch up on what has been a satisfying year for the group of young friends, and find out what they and their fans can look forward to int he 2010. The idea behind the song (Forbidden Love) is basically talking about how you have relationships, and you m ight really love someone but somehow its not really meant to work. Itd oesnt work. So its basically talking about wanting it to work but its forb idden, said 25 year-old front man Willis Knowles. Weve been doing the original work for a while and the one that were releasing now is the newest onew e wrote. We havent been performing it like the other ones so its some-t hing new and fresh, he said. A sneak preview of the song r ecorded by the groups guitarist Fernando Miramontes and bassist Quintin Rahming, who both studied audio engineering in London, UK reveals a sound that cant easily be reduced to reggae in the traditional sense, and its very good backed up b y the new relationship riddim. The production quality is professional honed in 24 year-old Fernandos mini studio hidden away in his back garden. Its Willis and The Illesta s you know and love them from their pulsating live performances, but taken to another level. Band manager Charmaine says that i n her opinion the song is showcasing the true voice of the dual malefemale vocals band for the first time. Those who come out to Thursday nights release party can see the bandp erform the song live for the first time and pick up a copy on CD before it hits radio airwaves, and along with it theyll get what the band describes as teasers of some of their other original material to come. Having made a name for themselves performing covers of reggae favourites, from Bob Marley to RichieS pace and Jah Cure, the band has been slowly introducing more original songs and a full length album is planned for this year. A lthough much-loved for their covers of iconic reggae classics, ultimately the band say they dont want to be pigeonholed as purely a reggae band. We have a lot of different things to c ome with the album. A lot of rock n roll, bit of jazz, blues. Some of the old school culture. The whole scope of theo riginal music is supposed to sound very very eclectic. So thats what Imr eally looking forward to, said 28 yearo ld bassist Quinton Rahming. The roots are reggae but we kind o f want to basically fuse it with touches of all genres so that when the album c omes out theres not anyone whose going to be able to say Well I dont l ike reggae so Im not going to put it on. Its going to be different. We wanti t to stand out, added Willis. The group have already done a good j ob of turning heads. With their live sets that veer from soulful and funky to rocking jam sessions, the eye-catching lead vocal duo led by dreadlocked front man Willis and the melodiousM andisa Kerr aint no lounge band. New bands members have joined t he original crew, like guitarist Ashley Algreen and saxophonist Simon Frank, who create a bigger, more mature sound for the band live. Meanwhile, The Illest feel they have definitely developed their musicals kills with all the months and years of playing a wider variety of more complex songs. Accordingly, theyve taken a step b ack from playing regular weekly slots fans were used to, keeping themselves available to play more diverse venues around the island and beyond, and to focus their energies on fresh material. U ltimately the band has it sights set on breaking out of The Bahamas musically, taking their talent and love for music to the U.S. and beyond. We have some prospects in the U.S. I think its going to happen. There are people who are interested. Maybe a college tour, to take the music to Bahamians in the US, said Willis. We want to break out but we wanted to build up a solid fan base here, then go abroad. Loyal supporters are something that h ave come easy to the band. Live weekly appearances at Hammerheads Bar and Grill on East bay Street for around a year made the band a Thursday night staple for many hip-swaying,h ead nodding young music lovers and curious tourists alike. However, the band has since found itself floodedw ith offers from throughout Nassau to take their high energy perfor-m ances elsewhere. T he bands recent slate of perform ances at Bahama Joes bar downt own, where many of their old fans from Hammerheads followed them and n ew ones were found, has seen The Illest yet again show their capacity to b ring a venue alive. The group plays outside the bar most Saturday nights, asc rowds gather round on all literally all sides an arrangement which could s eem cramped to some, but for Willis and The Illest, only heightens the intensity of the performance. Its more up close and personal. Its a small space and the crowd areb asically on stage there with you, said Willis, whose obvious shock at h aving his sweaty brow swiftly mopped by a male fan the previous night as he was mid-song provided an a musing example of just how intimate the setting is. Other venues have included Sandals, Bahama Joes bar downtown, a one off show at the upscale Balmoralc lub and even a few performances at t he behest of the wife of reggae legend Bob Marley himself, at the Marley Resort, owned by the family of the Jamaican superstar. A lot of venues are contacting us right now. Its almost too much, said Nando, uttering the words that most bands of less than a years standingw ould find hard to comprehend. U pcoming shows will see headlining performances at the Bahamas Humane Societys fundraiser A Night with the Arts and a Haiti E arthquake Victims Benefit show being organised by the Hard Rock Caf, as well as Ocean Clubs staff appreciation concert. P opular female vocalist Mandisa is on a temporary break from the band until February after giving birth to a baby several weeks ago, but shes keen t o get back in action, giving fans something else to look forward to. I love being in this band, cooed the new mother. Singing live was always something I wanted to do. Ived one studio stuff before but singing l ive is different, you get to feel each others energies, theres a back and forth thing. Having started off life in the band as a backing singer the powerfully voiced 23year-old now stands front and centre with Willis, even singing songs solo on occasion which goes down par-t icularly well with the ladies. As things have progressed Ive been in the forefront with him doing more songs for the femalesthey love the Bob but when you hear a female s ong theyre getting in the groove. Like Rita Marley, Dawn Pennthats very very positive with the girls. Even the guystheyre right there jammingt oo, she laughed. The single release party for Forbidden Love starts at 9pm and admis sion is $10. Willis and The Illest to release new single Forbidden Lov WILLIS KNOWLES lead singer of Willis and the Illest signs during a band practice.

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B y REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter r shearer@tribunemedia.net V I EW stunning ar t pieces, eat f ine cuisine, and taste fine wines as local artisans and ar tists come under one r oof t o celebr at e a diverse group of talent during a three day festival called Arts for the Parks. a B B aco C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune SECTIONB I N S I D E Founding Fathers: Sir Stafford Sands S ee page six WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010 Willis and the Illest set to release new single See page seven AR t PAR k forth e s T he Bahamas National Trust(BNT Resort, and several corporates upporters and local artists have joined forces to partici pate in the event which will t ake place at the Abaco Beach Resorts, January 2931. All proceeds from the fes tival will go to support the six national parks on Abaco. Lynn Gape, Deputy Director of the BNT has high expectations of what will transpire at the event. Some of the most talented artists in The Bahamas will be displaying original artwork, oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolours, hand turned wood products, dazzling jewelry and fabulous fabric art, she said. Kim Smith, the leading pencil artist in The Bahamas and one of the few artists in North America who works exclusively in graphite and coloured pencils will premiere the second of his mangrove drawings at the festi val. The first Mangrove Tranquility premiered at the BNTs Annual Wine and Art Festival last year. Kim donated 10 per cent of the sale pro ceeds from the painting to the BNT and will be doing the same with his newest cre ation. His passion and impeccable attention to detail have earned him the reputation of being one of the finest in the field of drawing. His ability to produce lifelike images captures the essence of the natural environment as well as the authenticity of histori cal architecture. Jonathan Bethels work will also be showcased. He was the winner in 2001 of the Eighteenth Annual Central Bank of the Bahamas Art Competition, the most prestigious local competition for young artists. Jonathan feels a need to recreate the Bahamas on can vas. His paintings capture the majesty and character of Bahamian life and scenery. U sing acrylic paint as his medium, he explores a wide array of subjects, such as his-t oric Bahamian homes and landmarks, colourful native plants, and the luminousw aters of the Bahamas. Susan Roberts paintings of the underwater world reflect her fascination with all that lives under the sea. Andy Albury, of Man O War Cay is a master carpenter who has preserved a piece of the past in the form of his beautiful and handcrafted wooden model boats. His models replicate the Abaco boats of days gone by and are displayed in some of the most modern homes in the islands. Kim Roberts of Bahama Dawn Designs creates quilts, pillows and framed fabric paintings that reflect the vivid beauty of Bahamian sealife and the flora and fauna of our warm tropical climate. Caroline Stahala, a parrot biologist will be running special tours to the Abaco National Park on Saturday and Sunday in the early morning. Talented woodturners Stephen Knowles and Robin Hardy will display hand turned bowls, vases and other decorative items from salvaged native hardwoods. Abaco Beach Resort will offer a special buffet dinner at Anglers Restaurant with entertainment provided by Stephen Colebrook. Monica Higgs, Childrens Crafts Coordinator said: We have some really fun crafts for the young people to make and are looking forward to this event which will provide much needed funding for the Abaco National Parks. Abaco Beach Resort is very pleased to partnering with the Bahamas National Trust in an event that will support the national parks on Abaco. We will be going all out to make sure that this is a wonderful event for visitors and residents alike, said Emmanuel Alexiou, Director of Abaco Beach Resort. Kim Rody's Even Odds Man's Out S ea Grapes A Plenty by Jonathan Bethel Artist Kim Roberts will be on hand with her unique fabric art. 3 Hanging Out by Susan Roberts Mangrove Tranquility by Kim Smith Artist Kim Smith will premiering his newest work Mangrove Meditation.