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THE Tribune and USA Today are set to make histo ry this weekend when its pilot TV show Passport to Paradise is introduced at the pilot TV convention in Las Vegas. All top American net works, cable companies as well as other worldwide net working executives will attend the NATPE convention to shop for new programming. Passport to Par adise the first of its kind to be produced by a Bahamian company will be there to discuss an international syndication deal. The show will feature history, culture, shopping, nightlife and fun in a hip, cre ative and fresh manner in locales throughout the Bahamas will get massive international exposure. But the ambitious project does nt end there, as in its first season the show will search for paradise in 13 countries 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 PM names date for by-election C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.49THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER BREEZYWITH CLOUDS HIGH 84F LOW 72F By PAUL G T URNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@ tribunemedia.net THE FREE National Move ment will hold a mass rally on January 28 opposite their con stituency headquarters in Eliz-a beth as the party gets ready to challenge former MP Malc olm Adderleys vacant seat on February 16. Announcing in the House of Assembly yesterday that nomination day for candidates has been set for February 11th, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the FNM will hold four mass rallies before the election. With the first on January 28, the party will hold its second rally on February 4th, then on February 11th, and the final one on February 15 the night before the by-election. Currently Mr Ingraham said, the FNM is canvassing the area and seeking to locate voters who are on the Parliamentary register. However, the party has reportedly had some difficulty in finding some individuals who are still on the register. We are double checking where those persons might be, Mr Ingraham said. We have FNM to hold f our mass rallies before Eliza beth contest The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION GIVE A HAND TO HAITI RELIEF www.tribune242.com I N S I D E CLASSIFIEDSTRADER CLASSIFIEDSTRADER CLASSIFIEDSTRADER I N S I D E OBITUARIES and RELIGION INTODAYSTRIBUNE JOBSAND HELPWANTED L L O O A A D D S S O O F F CARS! CARS! CARS! Tribune pr oduces network TV show By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net ADMITTING that he does not fully understand what Temporary Protected Status involves, former Immigration minister Loftus Roker hit out at govern ment for releasing Haitian detainees from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre. Mr Roker criticised the Former Immigration Minister criticises decision to r elease Haitian detainees SEE page 10 SEE page eight By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net AFTER nearly six months of work and nine public hearings, the House of Assemblys Select Committee into the disposition of all publicly held land tabled its final report in the House of Assembly yesterday. As the chairman of the committee, the PLPs Member of Parliament for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell presented the report to Parliament, which called for the creation of a new National Land Agency to deal with Crown land matters from this point on. In addition to this new agency, the committee suggested that a legislative framework for appliSelect Committee on Crown land tables its final report SEE page 10 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT John Delaney, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, said former teacher Andre Birbal, who is wanted in the Bahamas, is still being held in the United States. Mr Delaney spoke with the media while in Grand Bahama on Wednesday. There have been concerns regarding reports that Birbal may have been released on bail. Mr Birbal is in the United States in New York where he was arrested on a traffic violation that was not connected with the Bahamas. He is detained there Former teacher wanted in Bahamas still held in US SEE page eight PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham gives the date for the by-election yesterday. THEPILOTSHOW C ANBE SEENAT www.tribune242.com SEE page two P ASSPORTTOPARADISE PASSPORTTOPARADISE host Rachael Carr gives steel drumming a go. See story above. C O M I N G S O O N


around the world, including Australia, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil and Cuba. The project was produced using a combination of Bahamian and world-class international talent. Tribune president Robert Carron is keen to emphasise that the show the first of its kind to be produced in the Bahamas has the potential to propel a number of Bahamians into the limelight. He said: For the first time, I hope we have shown that Bahamians can produce network quality shows with video and audio that can rival the best. Passport to Paradise an upbeat and entertaining travel and leisure TV magazine inspired by The Tribunes print version of the same name, will take viewers on a virtual vacation to places they've only dreamed of. "Everybody has a dream of where they want to go and we hope we can fulfil those fantasies," said producer, Lou Maggio. "Each week we're going to go some place exotic. We're going to take you some place that you've never seen before." In the pilot episode, our host Rachael Carr and correspondents Clair Cooper, Miss Great Britain 2009, Sean Nottage, Bahamian voiceover and Phillip Sands, Bahamian radio personality and associated host, help v iewers discover paradise in the Bahamas. On the way, they will play tug-of-war with sharks, race a pig drinking beer, skydive, help direct traffic with a Royal Bahamas Police Force officer on Bay Street and learn the secret of making a good conch salad. B ut the show is about more than attractions. As Rachael the host explains in the pilot, Its all about the people, its all about the culture, its all about the history, its all about the fun, its all about the shopping and nightlife but most of all its all about you! Rachael has been in the spotl ight in one way or another since she was a teenager, producing her first chart topping single in her native Britain at age 16 in the group called Boom! She followed this on by being selected as the human face of the Cloe Bratz doll on the Bratz World Tour. S he is the current body double for internationallyacclaimed Australian singer Kylie Minogue and has also body doubled for Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.. She told The Tribune though, that she has never done anything quite like this. It is just amazing getting the chance to go to all these places. Who wouldnt want to work in sea and sun? I never thought I would get paid to see places that people only dream of, she said. I cant wait, I want to go every where in the world, like Phileas Fogg around the world in 80 days!" Rachael said that after the Bahamas, the team will head to Mexico and then to Jamaica. After that, its on to Dubai and Las Vegas. Even though it's called 'Passport to Paradise', it is not necessarily beaches, she pointed out. Anywhere can be paradise, right? The producers believe the show will outshine its competitors because it appeals to a broad demographic. "It's geared towards everyone from families, to young people to executives it's a lit tle more classy," said Mr Mag gio. Rachael couldnt agree more: The opportunities presented by this project are just immense. I cant wait to see what happens, she said. Robert Carron explained how the idea came about: After we launched our magazine, someone in the entertain ment industry said, Passport to Paradise is a great title, it should be a TV show. Rachael gently reminded me about this on numerous occasions, and the more I thought about it, the more I realised that this was a great opportunity. There were only two problems: first, I know nothing about TV, so it would be the blind leading the blind. Second, we have no TV equipment. Then I remembered that my friend Lou Maggio produced Wild on E! so I talked to Lou, who said its a great idea if we can get it paid for that was problem number three. Mr Carron explained how he then approached his father, Tribune managing director the late Roger Carron, who gave the project the green light. Now we have come to a p oint I never thought we would have, Robert Carron said, A pilot funded by USA Today and ourselves; a network pilot based on Passport to Paradise of The Tribune Mr Carron will be travelling to Las Vegas this weekend to attend the convention. M r Carron said that throughout the project, his philosophy was to rely on smart people who know what they are doing, and get out of the way. The show was produced by a team with decades of experience in the film, television and entertainment industry. Robert Carron serves as the s how's executive producer, with the talented and accomplished Rob Mason signed on as director and editor, and UK videog rapher Andres Lesauvage overseeing photography. Mr Maggio a former director of photography and prod uct promotion for Venus S wimwear, the largest swimwear company in the US has produced two major motion pictures, including The Year of Getting to Know Us staring Sharon Stone and The Six Wives of Henry Lefay", starring Tim Allen, set to be released this spring. H e also executive produced the documentary Thespians recently screened in Los Ange les and New York and in nego tiation for a distribution deal. Mr Carron is keen to empha sise, however, that the point of utilising top international experts is to facilitate a transfer of talent to local journalists, allowing them to gain valuable experience in cutting edge, mul ti-disciplinary media production. Tribune news editor Paco Nunez said: The opportunity to work with cutting-edge TV producers, editors and videographers will be hugely beneficial to our news team as it evolves into a fully-fledged mul timedia unit. Mr Carron also spoke of the opportunities that will be presented to Bahamians who work on the project, for example cohost Philip Sands and voiceover talent Sean Nottage. We wanted to show there are Bahamians that can produce whatever this country needs. You can get outside people if you want to the point is you dont have to. We may not have the experience, but if we have drive and self-belief, anything is possible, Mr Carron said. We wanted to take Bahami an ideas and Bahamian drive and match it with the talents of the best graphic artists, the best videographers, to create the best Passport to Paradise possi ble. I can say we have done that and I am proud to be a part of it. He said the show is intended to be a launching pad for the future of The Tribune and that he plans to reinvest the pro ceeds into expanding the multimedia scope of the company, including a television presence, while retaining the newspaper as the core of the business. He added: We feel this is a tremendous achievement and I would like to invite everybody to please watch the trailer for the show on the homepage of tribune242.com, enjoy it, and share your views both positive and negative with us. To advertise in Passport to Paradise magazine, email: jpinder@tribunemedia.net C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, T HURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PASSPORTTOPARADISE will show the Bahamas natural beauty. Tribune produces n etwork TV show FROM page one


By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net HERE The Tribune presents the third part of its series of reports detailing how MPs say they spent the two $100,000 allocations made available to each of them for discretionary constituency enhancement projects between 2007 and 2009. All 40 MPs were asked to provide the information, however, fewer than half did so and only one of those was a member of the PLP. See tomorrows Tribune for the final part of the report: Fred Mitchell PLP Fox Hill In records provided by Mr Mitchell on how he made use of the $200,000 available to him for projects in his constituency, it is disclosed that he has so far utilised $110,416.75 of the total sum. In a breakdown of the disbursements, it is recorded that $7,800 was paid to P C Engineers to buy ten computers for the L W Young High School. Separate payments were made to an individual identified as Trevor Pratt of $840 towards the renovation of Gleniston Park; $1,113.75 for the renova tion of Foxdale Park; $5,500 to assist with renovations to Eastwood Park, and $420 to assist with renovations to Gleniston Park. An individual identified as Gary Kerr received $10,275.5 fora number of projects. This total was made up of payments of $4,378.50 for renovation of Freedom Park; $4,797 for the renovation of Canterbury Park with a further $1,100, also for assistance with the renova tion of Canterbury Park. The record reflects that a num ber of payments were made to the law firm of Gibson, Rigby and Co from the constituency allowance. This included $1,280 to assist with renovations to the Fox Hill Parade, another $6,720 for the same purpose, $8,062.50 for renovations to Freedom Park, a further $10,000 for the same purpose, and $18,750 for renovations to Canterbury Park. Gary Kerr was identified as the contractor for this work. A further $21,100 and $8,000 was disbursed from the allowance to assist the Fox Hill Festival Committee, $2,205 and $8,000 for contract work to be done at the Fox Hill Community Centre, paid to Good Deal Builders and $1,030 was paid to the CWT Sales Agency for supplies for the Sandilands Primary School. Charles Maynard FNM Golden Isles Mr Maynard said the $200,000 went a long way in filling various voids throughout his con stituency. Golden Isles is an emerging area and there are many amenities left undeveloped, he noted. As such, the money was utilised to develop from scratch three community parks,to fund an after-school computer programme, provide instruments for the creation of a community band managed by the Carmichael Police Division, to aid the development of a picnic area in Coral Heights east and refurbish the Coral Harbour Community Park. Branville McCartney FNM B amboo Town Mr McCartney reported that the $100,000 constituency allowance for the provided in 2007/2008 budget was spent on refurbishing four parks in Bam boo Town: Zion Boulevard Park, Mary Ingraham Park, Seven Hills Park and Southern HeightsP ark. In 2008/2009, the MP said the entire allowance has been used to develop a park in Fairview Heights, off St Vincent Road. Phenton Neymour FNM South Beach Of the $100,000 allocated in the 2007/2008 budget, Mr Neymour said approximately $98,500 has been spent to date on the rehabilitation of the South Beach Park and several smaller enhancement projects. Work on the park involved site clearance, including the demolition and removal of derelict concrete works and fencing, the installation of a walking track, a 30 by 30 foot elevated gazebo and sidewalks. A new constituency office sign was also purchased. $73,990 of the $100,000 made available to Mr Neymour in the 2008/2009 budget has been spent to date, and approximately $26,000 has been allocated but not spent. From these funds, two sets of playground equipment and park benches for the Pastels Gardens Park and South Beach Park were purchased, A contract for a 20 by 20 foot elevated gazebo for South Beach Park has been awarded but not completed. Plans are in place to contract out associated landscaping of the South Beach and Pastel Gardens Parks. This will occur upon completion of the gazebo and a nearby sidewalk in the South Beach Park, said Mr Neymour. Mr Neymour added that all works were procured in the gov ernment tendering process under the Ministry of Works, unlikem any of the projects commissioned by other MPs using the constituency allowance funds. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM How MPs spent their $200,000 allocation THE Executive Council of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union has complied w ith last weeks order by t he Court of Appeal, lawyer K eod Smith said yesterday. According to him, Tuesday, April 27, is the new date for union nominations. The unions executive council will then fix a date for the court ordered election. D uring a press confere nce at the House of Labour yesterday afternoon, Mr Smith, who represents several members of the unions executive counc il, denied media reports that he said seemed to suggest that there had been n on-compliance with the j udgment of the Appeal C ourt. L ast Tuesday the Court o f Appeal set aside the d ecisions of two separate judges in the protracted union dispute and ordered that the unions executive council meet and set new nomination and election dates. P revious media reports h ad suggested, however, that during the court o rdered meeting of the c ouncil Tuesday afternoon n o dates had been set. Mr Smith noted that no unanimous decision was made,b ut that a date was set for nominations. It is my instructions, which I take as being unequivocal, that the executive Council, at its meeting yesterday (Tuesday a fternoon, took a decision b y resolution moved by Mr I an Neely, trustee of the union, seconded by MrL ionel Morley, second vicep resident of the union and carried by a majority of 64, Mr Smith said. Mr Smith said that the councili s based on the democratic principle of majority rule. According to Mr Smith, t he resolution passed was that in accordance with the judgment by the Court of Appeal, the nominationd ate for persons vying for o fficer or member positions on the executive council is Tuesday, April 27, and that the time for the ordered re-e lection shall be established by the Executive Council. Following the audit that is expected to be commis sioned tomorrow when the Executive council once again meets on its adjourned date, the register is expected to be pre pared by the Executive Council. Prior to being approved and lodged with the Regis trar of Trade Unions, the register will be made available to all members so that that would be able to confirm that their names are indeed listed as members and it is expected that this process, which is estimated to take upwards of 10 weeks, is to be completed prior to the fixed nomina tion date, Mr Smith said. The court last week set aside the decisions of Senior Justice Jon Isaacs and Justice Neville Adderley. Senior Justice Isaacs had declared the May 28 elec tions null and void. Nicole Martin had won that election by a landslide. More than a month after that decision, Justice Adderley ordered a new nomination process that paved the way for new elections in late September. Those elections yielded similar results for Ms Mar tin and her team. According to Mr Smith, there was no motion advanced to amendor change the resolution. Hotel unions executive council complies with Courto f Appeal order FREDMITCHELL CHARLESMAYNARD BRANVILLEMCCARTNEY PHENTONNEYMOUR THE memorial service for Andrew Curry will be held at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road this evening at 7pm. See Religion Section for details. Memorial service for Andr ew Cur ry


EDITOR, The Tribune. Over the period of a few shorts years, humanity hasw itnessed and experienced a number of massive and catastrophic events: and the destruction of the worlds symbol of financial control; the Tsunami and consequential loss of thousands ofl ives and now the greatest of the three, Haiti. Following , the global meltdown occurred indicating the necessity for yet further normalisation and equali sation within the world econo my. H owever, following that event too much energy and time were spent on retribut ion. The Tsunami elicited a greater heart and mind response to the plight of as ignificant sector of humanity; a nd now the saga continues with Haiti. Will this island in the sea then become the catalyze to finally awaken humanity and draw focus on the need for greater equityf or all peoples on a global scale? These situations are not visited upon us as retribution for some sins we may have comm itted; they come as natural r esults of human mass cons ciousness and thus are not interfered with by the Creator God. They are not thea ctions of an angry God. They are rather humanitys freewill way of bringing back into focus our own angelic/divinen ature and its role in estab lishing Gods Kingdom on Earth. As goes the con s ciousness of humanity, so goes the Earth. The scenes out of Haiti, almost too hor-r ific for human eyes to b ehold, can only be viewed as redemptive acts on behalf of Divine Order. W ill this disaster in the series of events be sufficient to fully awaken us to the real-i ty of our purpose/role here on this Earth. Amidst all the scenes of m isery, pain, loss of human lives and property, is there ag reater story being told? As former President Clinton so rightly says, Haiti is not a lost cause. Indeed, she is THE cause to resurrect in the heart of humanity that spark which will enlighten the way t o a new, glorious and harmonious world. So brief and sudden was this momentary cataclysmic event. Just as sudden, but forever lasting could be the jolt into an enlightened mindset of all humanity and a n ew world order. It may be eons of time before the human tears are dried which will be shed for the thousands, especially thec hildren, who have so willingly opted to go back Home for the good of all humanity. Such a little while these beautiful angels spent among us. But it should not be difficultt o imagine, sense and feel the glowing lights of these pre cious souls as they commence their heavenly lightsome task to restore Haiti as an enviable jewel in the Caribbean. O ne of the most powerful r esponses evoked from humans is that of compassion when innocent children suf-f er loss of life. Imagine then the crescendo of passion and compassion emanating from t he heart of humanity at this m oment in time. H aiti will arise glorious again with the energy, light a nd focus of the entire world community. Her people are noble and proud beings,e ndowed with incredible intell igence, talent, beauty, grace and charm. Thus she has been chosen as one of the special nations who will catapult humanity into a new awaken ing of consciousness for a w hole new order globally. A leading nation in the recognition of the universal and i nalienable rights and dignity of every human being, Haiti set the standard for humanityl ong time ago. I n the meantime the Bahamas has a unique oppor tunity to play a significant role i n this event, for among all t he nations in the world, pro portionally, we have the largest population of Haitians and Haitian Bahamians outside of Haiti. We certainly should expect t his number to increase and should not be hesitant to permit such. Indeed the widew orld will be looking at us and judging our spirit in terms of our accommodations in this regard. However, since this event has occasioned a global response, we should not be afraid, for indeed we will earna nd receive the necessary financial, technical and infrastructure assistance to do our part. Haitians and Haitian Bahamians have struggled side by side with us to buildo ur Bahamaland, and thus have earned the right and privilege to share our good fortunes. We should never be unmindful of the universal fact that we are just stewards o f Gods Earth and no owners t hereof. T herefore, when the exodus out of Haiti begins, we should not panic, but rather b e prepared to do our part in a humanitarian and godly manner. U ndoubtedly, as this pres ent situation is of gigantic proportions and attracting world-wide attention, then we will benefit from the United Nations protocols in whatever we are called upon to do. It isi ndeed very easy to call upon the compassion our Bahami an people; we have proven it time and time again. Thus our hearts are laid wide open at t his critical moment. T oday we may very well s ay: The Haitians are coming, but tomorrow, Florida and the US may very well bes ounding the warning: The Bahamians are coming. We know not the day our own migration may begin. Them ere threat or warning of a possible tsunami rolling across the Bahamas should be suffi c ient to alert us to the fact of our own vulnerability for a similar massive event as hasd escended upon our sister i sland nation Haiti. Our sentiments of love, shared sorrow and apprecia-t ion go out to all our beloved Haitian brothers and sisters at this time of their extremep ain and untold loss of so many and so much. J OSEPH DARVILLE Grand Bahama, V P Grand Bahama Human Rights Association, January 14, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 T HE 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 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON Reeling from the loss of a long-held Massachusetts Senate seat, Democrats are rethinking the lessons of Barack Obama's 2008 election, with the GOP cheerfully suggesting they scale back their ambitions and agenda. Republican Scott Brown's win in a liberal state will do more than vastly complicate Obama's bid to overhaul the U.S. health care system. It will send his party into a painful reexamination of voters' anger and desires ahead of the November elections for Congress, governorships and state legislatures. Questions will include whether Americans really want more government help in matters such as obtaining health insurance, even though Obama campaigned on that very issue. Most immediately, Brown's win Tuesday over Martha Coakley to replace the late Edward M. Kennedy will deprive Democrats of a filibuster-proof Senate majority. That could kill the Democrats' effort to revamp health care unless House Democrats reluctantly embrace a previously passed Senate version that many of them dislike. It would require no new Senate action, although liberal groups might be furious. Gleeful Republicans warned against such a move. The message from Massachusetts, said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is: "Go back to the drawing board" on health care. Democrats didn't go quite that far, but some were clearly chastened. "In many ways the campaign in Massa chusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness a nd integrity of our government process," said Sen. James Webb, D-Va. He urged that "we suspend further votes on health care leg islation until Sen.-elect Brown is seated." Democrats may spend months trying to divine the lessons of Tuesday's setback. Many of them saw the 2008 election as a repudiation of George W. Bush's presidency, with Obama as the fresh new leader promising to harness t he government to expand health coverage, discipline banks and stimulate the moribund economy. But Brown's victory suggests that many voters still harbour suspicions or outright resentment of the federal government, no matter who's in charge. Conservatives, perhaps sensing the mood better than liberals, have accused Obama of Big Brotherism and even socialism as he push es his health plan and pours billions of dollars into economic stimulus programmes. The president rightly notes that he campaigned precisely on those issues. But that's small comfort to nervous and perplexed Democratic lawmakers who now expect stiff anti-incumbent winds in November and heightened GOP attacks against big government. It's unclear how much Democrats will change their tactics. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said his colleagues will continue to blame the previous administration for driving the economy "into a ditch" and running away. The Senate's Democratic campaign chief, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, seemed more humble. "We will sort through the lessons of Massachusetts," he said, includ ing "the need to show that our commitment to real change is as powerful as it was in 2008." American voters rejected Republican control in the 2006 congressional elections and the 2008 presidential election. Democrats widely assumed that a top priority, and a winning political issue, was to make health insurance more accessible and competitive. But now, just 14 months later, voters are snarling at the Democrats they put in charge, leaving them to wonder how to expand services without invoking public wrath. John Triolo, a Massachusetts independent who voted for Obama in 2008 and for Brown on Tuesday, exemplified the confusing message. "I voted for Obama because I wanted change," said Triolo, 38, a sales manager from Fitchburg. "I wanted change, I thought he'd bring it to us, but I just don't like the direction that he's heading." Everyone should have health coverage, Triolo said, "but I think we should take the time to look at it, but not ram it down our throat." Obama may be as puzzled as anyone by his party's inability to keep the seat held by Kennedy, a liberal icon, for nearly a half-century. The president was "surprised and frus trated" by the course of the Coakley-Brown contest, spokesman Robert Gibbs said before p olling places closed Tuesday. Democrats were dismayed last November to see the GOP take over the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia, states that Obama had carried the year before. Tuesday's results were more painful and troubling. Massachusetts is among the nation's most liberal states, and the candidates made it clear that a Brown victory could kill the Democrats' h ealth care push in the Senate. Democrats now must ask: Did Massachu setts voters register their discontent based ona decent understanding of the complex health care legislation? Or did conservatives do a better job of framing and spinning the debate, starting with raucous public meetings in August that caught Democrats flat-footed? The latest AP-GfK poll showed an even split between Americans who support the health care package and those who oppose it. But Republican lawmakers say Brown's victory proves that public intensity and momen tum are on their side. If Democrats can find any solace in Tues day's results, it's this: Massachusetts pollsters detected a strong anti-incumbent mood among voters, which could hurt Republican officeholders as well as Democrats in November. (This article was written by Charles Babing ton, an Associated Press Writer). A cataclysmic catastrophe or global jolt? LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Is Mass. win a stop sign for Democrats? The Tomlinson Scholarship***$15,000 per year***Heading to Canada for University? McGill University McMaster University Queens University University of Guelph University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Western OntarioIf you are planning to attend one of these schools then apply NOW for one of our scholarships!Undergraduates only Applications must be in by March 31st, 2010Application forms may be obtained by writing to the Tomlinson Scholarship, P.O. Box CB 10975, Nassau, BahamasThe Tomlinson Scholarship is funded by High Tor Limited and family members in memory of Mr Joseph Tomlinson 5HYLYDO 5HYLYDO EDITOR, The Tribune. In my humble opinion I think it is time for the countries of the Caribbean to come together under the auspices of CARICOM to take care of the administration of Haiti. In the absence of a clear governmental body to oversee the running of disaster management in Haiti, I think it is time for us to take care of our sister country until the gov ernment can take over again. An Administrative team can be put together with persons from member countries. I also think it is terrible that people are being loaded into trucks and taken away without at least taking pictures to show to survivors who can then identify their family members. PENELOPE NOTTAGE Nassau, January 15, 2010. Help for our sister nation


vide us with the logistics and ground crew for our airplanes, a nd Pinders Customs Brokers, Bahamas Waste and Martins Trucking and Brokers have volunteered ground transportation for us in New Providence. Queens College and the Bahamas Methodist Conference recently held a successful donation drive for Haiti at the schools campus. Hundreds showed up to contribute to the effort. Student and faculty of Queens College and members of the Methodist community sorted and packed the items into boxes and labelled them in English and French. The boxes where then transported to the Methodist/Rotary staging area at the Western Medical Plaza, where scores of Rotarians from clubs throughout New Providence were on hand to unload the delivery trucks, consolidate the boxes and reload the trucks with supplies bound for the airport to be flown out to Haiti. The Methodist Conferences first deliberate response to a natural disaster came in 1992 in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew on the island of Eleuthera. The early beginning of the Methodist D isaster Relief Programme led to the establishing of a formal organization now known as Methodist Habitat, a full time outreach programme of the BCMC, based at Camp Symonette in James Cistern, Eleuthera. Once the emergency phase of the Haiti disaster has passed, the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church has already organised itself to place volunteer teams within the communities to assist in the rebuilding process. According to president Higgs, The BCMC has offered great assistance in the immediate relief efforts for Haiti through our airplanes but our other strong area is our ability to provide longterm, sustainable aid in the areas of home repairs and re-construction. We look forward to the opportunity to help rebuild Haiti. Our message for the people of the Bahamas in the wake of the devastating earthquake is a simple one, said Mr Knowles. Spread the word. Get involved. Commit to making a difference. The Methodist Conference is making a plea for more financial support from the general public to assist with the fuel cost for the continual operation of the airplanes into Haiti. Donations can be made to the Methodist Habitat, Royal Bank of Canada, Mackey Street Branch, account number 1284553. WITHIN 24 hours after the devastating earthquake which s truck Haiti on January 12, staff and executive officers of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church (BCMC were in meetings, coordinating the response to the disaster. We have to do something and we have to do something now this was the phrase that r everberated around the table at the meetings. Led by conference president Rev Bill Higgs, the Methodist Church responded immediately by activating its disaster relief programme, the Methodist Habitat. The BCMC has taken a twopronged approach to the Haiti e arthquake devastation providing immediate emergency aid and follow-up with long-term rebuilding aid. In the first phase of the relief programme the Methodist Conference formed an alliance with the Rotary Club of the Bahamas. T he two organisations have pooled their resources and capabilities to deliver over 50,000 lbs of emergency relief aid to Haiti within less than a week after the earthquake. The majority of the aid was made up of medical supplies, blankets, towels, portable generators, water and high energ y foods. The disaster relief response by the Rotary Club is headed by past rotary district governor Richard McCombe. The strength of the Methodist Habitat has been its ability to organise a fleet of aircraft to fly the emergency supplies to Haiti, while the Rotary Club provided much of the funding and used its extensive distribution and logistics network within Haiti to deliver the supplies to medical facili ties and relief camps in the region. Director of Methodist Habitat Abraham McIntyre said he sees the partnership between the two organisations as an excellent one. Methodist Habitat and the Rotary is a match made in heaven. Only God could have orches trated such a move. Not only have we been blessed with access to so many airplanes but with t he Rotary alongside us we have been able to accomplish five times as much as we would have separately. Matt Hansen and Cameron King, Methodist Habitat longterm volunteers and trained pilots, lead the way in coordinating the flight plans of the air f leet. In the five days of operations, the aircraft have made 29 successful trips into Cap Haitien the hub of the Rotarys distribution network. Methodist Habitat flew its recently donated Beechcraft Barron, while other local and international pilots joined in the effort. Dave Spang ler, a missionary pilot out of North Eleuthera, was a part of the first flight to Haiti and committed his plane to the ongoing effort in Haiti. Our disaster relief programme is all about partnerships. This is how we get to help so m any people so quickly. We learned this in our successful relief efforts after Hurricane Ike, said Henry Knowles, general secretary of the Methodist Conference. Not only have we partnered with the Rotary Club of the Bahamas, but we have establ ished successful partnerships with Odyssey Aviation, who proBy NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE Haitian community is expressing mixed reactions to the offer of free land and repatriation by the Senegalese president for people affected by the earthquake. For me that is a good idea. Every black comes from black Africa. Haitians come from Africa, said Marjoriee Pierre,a Haitian-Bahamian, whose son has been living on the streets in Port-au-Prince after hishome was destroyed in the earthquake. The 7.0 magnitude earth quake, which struck the island nation last week, killed tens of thousands and left even more homeless. The BBC reported Sunday that President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal committed to donate $1 million in emergency aid to help Haiti, and was ready to offer Haitians parcels of land and voluntary repatriation to the West African nation, also a former-French colony. The president is offering voluntary repatriation to any Haitian that wants to return to their origin. If its just a few individuals, then we will likely offer them housing or small pieces of land. If they come en masse we are ready to give them a region, said Mr Wades spokesman, Mamadou Bemba Ndiaye. Marirm Jean said she was touched by the presidents desire to help, but said she would not be interested in the offer. They have poverty over there too, and it is too far away. People might want to visit their family, but it is too expensive, she said. Recalling the ancestral ties between Haiti and West Africa, President Wade said Haitians are entitled to a home in Africa. European colonisers extracted Africans from the continent, taking them to the Americas to work as slaves. While the offer by Senegal is appreciated, many feel that the geographical distance to Africa is too great. For me, I think that is too far away. Africa is too far. They care now, but later on what is going to happen? They might feel different later on and then what will happen. I think it is better to send them closer, said a Haitian-Bahamian business owner. The Senegalese president said African states should also move to naturalise those Haitians wishing to migrate, and if the numbers are suffi cient, to create a new state entirely. He plans to put his proposals to the 53-nation African Union to solicit a buyin from other African leaders. The move would not be unprecedented. Liberia was created in 1821 to provide a home for freed Africans enslaved in the United States. Israel was formed in 1947 to provide a homeland for Jews displaced during the Holocaust. With a population of 13 million, Senegal sits on the West African coast, bordering Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Gambia. Several African countries pledged help for Haiti. Rwanda and Liberia pledged $100,000 and $50,000 respectively. The Democratic Republic of Congo pledged $2.5 million. South Africa sent doctors and search and rescue teams. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Haitians respond to Senegal offer of free land Making a difference in stricken Haiti Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church and Rotary Club join forces Disaster in HAITI MATT HANSEN Methodist Habitat pilot; Abraham McIntyre, director of the Methodist Habitat; Charles Stites, volunteer pilot, and Henry Knowles, Methodist Conference general secretary.


B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT As the call continues for relief aid for the earthquake victims of Haiti, t he Grand Bahama Red Cross h as announced the establishment of a coordinating committee to officially solicit aid here on the island. Dr George Charite, Grand Bahama Red Cross president, said that the association has charged several adjunct committees with going into thec ommunity to solicit supplies o n behalf of the Red Cross. Those organisations are the Haitian Earthquake Assistance Committee headed by Jetta Baptiste, Operation TOUCH headed by community activist Troy Garvey, andt he Grand Bahama Haitian Relief Committee headed by Jean Simon. Dr Charite said that all disaster relief supplies on Grand Bahama are being directed tot he Red Cross and the Nationa l Emergency Management Agency (NEMA The international federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society has started a massive disaster response and recovery operation for thep eople of Haiti. It is imperative that the international community and humanitarian organisations such as the Red Cross work together to tackle the survivors urgent needsa nd ensure that they can r ecover and move towards a safer future, he said. Dr Charite reported that more than 500 aid workers from the Caribbean and Central and South America national societies have arrivedt o assist with rescue, feeding and sheltering as well as assessment. He said that plans are also underway for a team fromG rand Bahama to travel to Haiti. D r Charite said a website has been established to help f amilies reunite with loved ones in Haiti. The website is w ww.ICRC.org. The Red Cross, he said, is a lso in the process of setting u p a telephone service at their f acility on Jobson Avenue in Freeport so that persons can contact their relatives in Haiti. J etta Baptiste said that free telephone service has been established by the Haitian E arthquake Assistance Comm ittee at 37 Hearn Lane. She u rges persons wishing to make contact with relatives to stop by. S he said that support has b een great from residents on G rand Bahama. We have gotten a lot of support from people across the board and I want to thank everyone who has supported the relief effort. The response has been overwhelming and we want toe ncourage everyone to continue to donate because every little bit helps, she said. Ms Baptiste said that $5,000 was raised and $3,000 was pledged on Monday night during a special church service atS t Johns Jubilee Cathedral. A bank account is open at Bank of the Bahamas. But she said there is also need for volunteers to assist in Grand Bahama. We need trucks, we need persons to help with lifting boxes and we are trying to putt ogether teams to go into Haiti and coordinate several fundraising activities, shes aid. Ms Baptiste said plans are being made for a specialm emorial service for those w ho have lost their loved ones. P ersons who have lost relatives and friends in the earthq uake are asked to contact the committee office at 352-2384 or 352-2407. G rand Bahama resident D avid Wallace, co-chairman of relief efforts, said he felt compelled to assist after seeing the devastation in Haiti. We are attempting to, under the Grand Bahama RedC ross, to bring all donations together for Haiti. We want to make an a ppeal to the churches t hrough the GBCC, schools, service clubs, business and corp orate community to lend a helping hand, he said. Mr Wallace said a meeting was scheduled to be held att he Christ the King Church yesterday for all bodies here on Grand Bahama church es, schools and the business community to discuss the way forward in getting relief to Haiti. Our concern is that the supplies that are donated get out of Grand Bahama asq uick as possible through the R ed Cross. We wish that this effort can be duplicated in every i sland of the Bahamas, from Abaco, New Providence, Eleuthera, Exuma, and LongI sland, because the reality is any ship that leaves Grand Bahama has to pass all oft hose islands to get to Haiti, he said. Mr Wallace said a meeting will be held tomorrow inE ight Mile Rock at the Mount Zion Baptist Church and next Monday in the Pinders Point area. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 T HE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM GB Red Cross coordinating committee to solicit Haiti aid Disaster in HAITI JETTABAPTISTE


MINISTRY OF TOURISM and Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation have joined forces to advance Bahamian-made handicraft internationally. A dditionally, well-known operatic performer ClevelandWilliams has been named to head the Authentically Bahamian Unit in Tourisms Visitor Experience Department. The handicraft industry of the Bahamas is going to play an even greater role in the economy o f this country, he said, because more and more visitors are asking for these products. They hate to go into a store, pick up something, and see it is made in China or Thailand, or go into the straw market and, as opposed to buying Bahamian straw products, they are being sold knock-off bags and other things. Mr Williams was a guest at the graduation ceremony last weekend for 25 South Andros students who took the BAIC course in coconut craft creation. He said artisans are being urged to tap into the internetand utilise e-commerce to get their products to the international community. Our role is to promote and create opportunities, to promote the artisans and showcase them so they can sell their products not just nationally, but also internationally, said Mr Williams. My role is one of marketing. We are looking into getting our artisans to attend interna tional craft shows and, when we have craft shows, bringing international journalists from various craft magazines to write about them. One of their goals, he said, is to have hotels and stores that sell souvenir goods to carry authentically Bahamian-made products. Artisans can now look forward to a better working relationship between the Ministryof Tourisms Authentically Bahamian Department and BAIC, he said. We are going to create more opportunities for them locallya nd internationally as we try to help them improve on their products through training. He said it is important for ven dors to consider e-commerce. The way of the world now is that everything is internet post ing, Mr Williams said. We are looking at some options likee Bay. Buyers see the products online, contact the artisans, setup a payment system, and the products are shipped out to them. We encourage artisans to become business persons. The Ministry of Tourism's Authentically Bahamian Craft Show continues this year, along with the BAIC BahamArts Fes tival, and regular Family Island community craft fairs. BAIC executive chairman Edison Key encouraged graduates to tap into the estimated $300 million spent each year importing souvenirs. The excuse is that there are not sufficient Bahamian-made products for the millions of tourists who visit our islands e ach year, said Mr Key. Well, I dont believe that for a moment. Last year alone we trained some 500 persons generally in straw, coconut and shell craft creations. Their works were all showcased at our internationally a cclaimed BahamArts Festival. Mr Key noted that steps are being taken to rebuild the straw market in downtown Nassau. It is our hope that exclusively authentic Bahamian products will be sold there, he said. The trainer for the South A ndros coconut craft course was Emily Munnings of Savannah Sound, Eleuthera. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Ministry, BAIC join forces to push artisans products CLEVELAND WILLIAMS (left Authentically Bahamian Unit, BAICs Handicraft Development and Marketing manager Donnalee Bowe (centreo f the South Andros Handicraft Manufacturers Association, admire products during last weekends coconut craft graduation ceremony. G l a d s t o n e T h u r s t o n / B I S SOUTH ANDROS Administrator Francita Neely (right BAICs coconut craft course, presents executive chairman Edison Key and his wife Katie with a coconut boat.


found some persons who have been placed in the wrong polling division in the same constituency. When we have completed our assessment we will make our information available to the registrar who has the authority to correct the register up to a certain period before the election day. Noting how one can never be confident going into an election, the Prime Minister said that his party is neither presumptuous or arrogant, and will continue to appeal to voters to support them. Because we think we are the better of the two major parties to represent their interest and promote their interest in Parliament in the governance of the Bahamas, he said. As to how he was characterised by the PLP at their rally on Tuesday night, Mr Ingraham said that the people of Elizabeth are familiar with him much more so than PLP leader Perry Christie. The people of Elizabeth, on the Elizabeth Estates side where the PLP got the majority of its support from, they know me. I am the one who created that subdivision. I did so withina year of being the Minister of Housing. Mr Christie had been the Minister of Housing for five years before that and I dont think it ever entered his head to produce a subdivision called Elizabeth or by whatever name in that part of the island. The people of the Bahamas know me. I know the area fairly well. I travel it with some regularity as I do other parts of the Bahamas. Mr Christie would have great difficulty finding his way around that constituency because they are not places that he would normally frequent. So I know the area fairly well, and I am reasonably comfortable that people in Elizabeth will be responsive to our candidate who we think is a very good candidate who has some hands that are trusted, he said. The Prime Minister also added in his defence that he is not dividing the country as the PLP has asserted. If the PLP is not the government of the Bahamas, everything else is wrong with the Bahamas. It is only when they win that things are all right. In every election since I have been leader of the FNM, the PLP has found fault with the election, the election process, you name it except the one they won in 2002. So to divide the Bahamas in their point of view means that they are not running the Bahamas. They have great difficulty c oming to this reality, that is why Mr Christie said last night words to the effect that it is Hell now, which means he is living in Hell now because he is not the government. To live like an ordinary citizen as the Leader of Opposition is Hell for Perry Christie. A nd I can imagine because he really misses the job, that is why he puts these signs up there that says still the right man for the job. Never mind that the Bahamian people said, no you are not, and no, we chose not to make you Prime Minister again. He still thinks he is that. He acts like that, sounds like that.s In fact, Mr Ingraham said t hat he did not need to consult with Mr Christie on his decision to release the detainees from the Detention Centre. If he was the PM of the Bahamas, they would still be going through consultation, and c ommittees, while those Haitians languished down there at the Detention Centre, he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS P AGE 8, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 T HE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Great Kids, Going Places.LaShonda Hanna Class of 2009Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas Activities/Honors : President of Interact Club, Member of Student Government, Model United Nations, Ministry of Tourism Foreign Language Cadet Memorable Academic Project: Extended Essay 4,000 word research project on How does the growth of the invasive species scaevola taccada affect plant distribution on the sand dunes of two beaches on the island of New Providence? 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LCIS has had four graduating classes to date with 100% of the students gaining entry into college/university and students have been able to receive credits at college with their results in the IB Diploma Programme. LCIS students who selected to write the BGCSEs achieved a 95% A to C pass rate resulting in an outstanding B plus average. 85% of LCIS students reside outside of Lyford Cay. For further information or to enroll now, please contact: Mrs. Rose-Marie Taylor Admissions Director Email : rtaylor@lcis.bs Telephone: 362 4774 x245 as far as I am aware, he told reporters. We have made a request for his extradition. I am advised t hat his extradition hearing was to have a step in its proceeding a nd that some hearing was today, but I have no idea what transpired. According to Mr Delaney, Birbal might be seeking to chall enge his extradition to the Bahamas. Birbal, a native of Trinidad, is one of three teachers accused of sexual misconduct with students at the Eight Mile RockH igh School. He is wanted in the Bahamas on charges of u nnatural sexual intercourse. Last January, two former male students claim that Birbal molested them while they were students at the school. Birbal, who has denied the accusations, fled the Bahamas last February. He was arrested on a traffic violation in New York last May. D uring a check, US authorities discovered that Bahamian police had issued a warrant of arrest for Birbal with Interpol. The Attorney Generals Office in the Bahamas has since applied to US officials for Birbals extradition. Mr Delaney said the proceedings regarding Birbal extradition i s an American matter. It is not a Bahamian matter at this point. It is an American p roceeding, but it concerns the Bahamas so far as the Bahamas is requesting of the American jurisdiction that this person that is in their jurisdiction be delivered up and transferred to theB ahamas to stand trial for charges here, he explained. T he House of Assembly select committee to investigate alleged sexual molestation concerning the two former students at the Eight Mile Rock High School presented its report to Par-l iament on Wednesday. The committee, chaired by Englerston MP Glenys HannaMartin, convened hearings in Freeport on Friday, interviewingm ore than a dozen witnesses. Mrs Hanna-Martin said the committee had written to the Attorney General four weeks ago inquiring as to what steps were being taken to procure the return of Birbal and the status o f any proposed extradition proceedings, but had received no response. Mr Delaney said the select committee would have received a hand delivered response to its inquiries today. He noted that the Attorney Generals Office had to make inquiries and was obtaining information from the United States. FROM page one PM names date for by-election FROM page one Former teacher wanted in Bahamas P RIMEMINISTER H ubert Ingraham speaks to the media yesterday.


JANUARY 15, 2010, marked what would have been the 81st birthday of Dr M artin Luther King Jr, Ameri can civil rights activist. Martin Luther King Jr Day is celebrated in the United States on the third Monday in January. To honour the legacy of Dr King, the US E mbassy has invited the youth o f the Bahamas to participate in the Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr Essay Competition. The contest is open to high s chool students in grades 10 t hrough 12 in public and priv ate schools in New Providence and the Family Islands. The competition will honour the memory of Dr King by challenging students to showh ow his philosophies and principles can address todays socie tal ills and challenges. The theme of the essay c ompetition is personal i ntegrity, a principle that Dr K ing strongly believed in. Dr King said, The ultimate measure of a man is not whereh e stands in moments of com fort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. U sing this quote, students a re asked to write an essay on the following: How can you or how have you demonstrated personal integrity and responsibility to improve conditions in your c ommunity? S tudents are asked to submit an essay of 750 to 1,000 words, typewritten and double spaced. The essays will be judged on originality, clarityo f thought and organisation, g rammar and spelling. Applic ants are asked to provide the Committee with their full name, telephone contact, email and mailing addresses, school name, and grade level. T he applicants name should appear on each page. All pages should be numbered. Applicants will be required to append a signed s tatement to the end of the e ssay attesting that it represents their original work. Essays may be forwarded to one of the following addresses to be received on or before 12noon on Tuesday, J anuary 26, 2010: B y e-mail: MLKessay@state.gov gibsonk@state.gov moxeyea@state.gov By post: Martin Luther King Essay C ommittee; US Embassy; PO B ox N-8197 By facsimile: 242-328-3495 or 242-3265579 T his years contest will again award two first place winners, one from New Providence and one from a Family Island with a laptop computer. O verall prizes will be a warded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place winners. US Ambassador Nicole Avant will make the presentation of awards at a special ceremony on Friday, Februa ry 5. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes M-Class. Beauty, brains and brawn. TYREFLEX STAR MOTORSCall us today for your Mercedes-Benz M-Class at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667When you think of the average SUV on the road today, you think of roadhogging, air-polluting gas guzzlers that wouldnt know the meaning of high precision and fuel efficiency if it were emblazoned on their windshields. But there is an alternative. The refined M-Class from Mercedes-Benz. Withits superior German styling utilising only high-grade materials, its robust engine power delivering exemplary turn-on-a-dime performance whilst still being frugal on fuel and its handling of pot-holed roads and 1.5 ft. flooded streets, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is clearly the best choice in SUVs. The fourth annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr Essay Competition announced By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT A 16-yearold student of Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy collapsed and died during a basketball game last week Thursday. A ccording to reports, a game was in progress when the teen collapsed. He was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital. The student had a heart condition and was being treated for his condition by a local car diologist in Freeport. Efforts to reach Principal Norris Bain and other school officials were unsuccessful on Friday. Student collapses and dies during basketball game


C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 T HE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5HTXLUHPHQWV 0DLQDVNV 3HUVRQDOXDOLWLHV cations for any government held l ands to be created along with proper time lines and the ability for the application to be tracked online. Your committee also believes t hat there ought to be stricter rules with regard to conflict of interest provisions, including rules which would obviate allegations of the equivalent of insider trading as it is known in the area of publicly traded shares. In other words, there ought to be policies which limit or prohibit those who are directly responsible for the allocation of publicly held lands from benefiting or their family and friends benefiting from the disposition of those lands. It appears to us that this is the central complaint with regard to the disposition of the land at Forbes Hill and other lands. We believe that there is support for criminal sanctionsi ncluding restitution and forfeiture where this is violated by any political figure or public servant, Mr Mitchell said. This entire ordeal was first brought to the publics attent ion through a series of articles appearing in The Tribune f rom April 20, 2009 to June 3, 2009. During this period, the then Director of Lands and Surveys Tex Turnquest resigned from his post after it was revealed that members of hisf amily and friends close to him obtained Crown land for less than $2,500 a lot, then resold them for more than $550,000 each. S ince then a number of other senior personnel within t his department and the office of the Prime Minister were called to testify before the committee. Amongst the many issues that were raised, the report also highlighted that t hose with the political leadership were not paying close enough attention to what was transpiring directly under them. A dditionally, Mr Mitchell highlighted that some 500 a cres of land on Normans Cay is still in the possession of the government. This question of Normans Cay was first raised by the former Minister and MP for Exuma George Smith who voiced his concern about the alienation of this land. The Permanent Secretary, Mr Davis, assured your Com m ittee that the land in Normans Cay is still in the hands of the government. He said that the developers had pulled back as a result of the economic situation. With regard to the public owned lands at Normans C ay, your Committee supports the view that this is very valuable land that there ought to be full disclosure of all par ties who are applying for the use of this land the government ought to be slow to alienate such significant portions of public held land on Normans Cay having regard to the heritage that ought to be left to Bahamians and any use ofp ublic lands at Normans Cay must be used to empower Bahamians, he said. move by the government to r elease 102 detainees and give them temporary status as one that will not help people suffering in Haiti, but will encourage a new wave of immigration from t he earthquake-struck nation that could result in more Haitian deaths on the h igh seas. M r Roker suggested that t hose released and granted T emporary Protected Stat us will either take jobs that s truggling Bahamians need, or may not be able to find jobs and will become a bur den on Bahamian society. While seeking to assert his empathy for the Haitian people and respect for t heir history of struggle, he raised the point that the Bahamas is experiencing t he highest unemployment l evels ever, and last year h ad a record murder rate. He suggested that if gove rnment wants to help Haiti i t should coordinate relief efforts and send donated supplies on Defence Force boats to the country and those of us of Haitian abstraction can volunteer to go along and make sure t hose who need the goods g et them. The good thing about d efence boats is that they d ont have to worry about the clogged up airport. They can get in a various points, he added. M r Roker, who entered into the annals of Bahamian immigration history for his strict some say over-zeal-o us enforcement of immigration laws during his two-year stint as minister of immigration under Sir Lynden Pindlings PLP governm ent, made his comments a t a press conference yest erday. He stressed that he was not politically motivated and denied that his sentiments are hard hearted. Mr Roker said that his e mpathy for the plight of t he Haitians is revealed by t he fact that in 1964 he prov ided successful pro-bono legal representation for four Haitians seeking political asylum in The Bahamas after fleeing their country, w hich was then under the control of dictator Franois D uvalier Papa Doc. He added that he has always had a Haitian bar-b er. Sympathetic Im sympathetic to Haiti. Ive been there. Ive seen how people live a terrible life. Poverty is everywhere. We are sympathetic to them, we ought to be, but the government of The B ahamas has an obligation to the people of the Bahamas. The first obligation. I d ont think we should take a ny action that will put at risk the Bahamian people, he said. L ast week Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said that 102 Haitian detainees would be released from theD etention Centre and repatriations to Haiti suspended in view of the devastation sustained following the cat-a strophic magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck just over a week ago. Hundreds of thousands are now estimated to have d ied as a result of the natu ral disaster and despite a v igorous international relief effort, thousands of people in affected areas are still without water, food, medical assistance and shelter. Mr Ingraham noted that i t is not known when any s emblance of normalcy will b e brought to Haiti and for t his reason no timeline on when repatriation will begin again can be given. So it makes sense and it is compassionate not to k eep them incarcerated indefinitely, the Prime M inister said. He cried shame on those who criticised the humane moveg iven the circumstances in Haiti. I n a slight shift in tone, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham told the Bahamia n media on Sunday that any Haitians who come to T he Bahamas illegally subsequent to the earthquake will find themselves charged before the courts with illegal entry and detained. M inister of Immigration Brent Symonette said the government will review on a case-by-case basis applications for work permits m ade by the 102 individua ls, who will get Temporary P rotected Status (TPS the Bahamas for six months. The U.S. has also determined to make TPS available to Haitians living in theU .S. as of January 12, 2010 the day the earthquake s truck for a period of 18 m onths. Rights The status gives them the same rights as U.S. citizens but does not apply to any Haitians who arrive illegal ly in the U.S. after thea nnouncement was made. S peaking of those d etainees who were r eleased in The Bahamas, M r Roker asked: How are t hey going to live while you have them here? At least at the Detention Centre they got food and shelter. What will they do if they cant find work? Dont think those Haitians you let o ut of the Detention Centre will sit down and die. Select Committee on Crown land F ROM page one Former Minister criticises decision to release detainees FROM page one Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. FREDMITCHELL


C M Y K C M Y K THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 12 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A QUINAS A ces Grovanni Sturrup lays the ball up over the Faith Temple Defender. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net SHORTHANDEDwithout leading scorers Leslie Wilson and Tivaughn Gibson, the Faith Temple Christian Academy Warriors, squandered a late lead in regulation, but with hot shooting in overtime, outlasted the Aquinas College Aces to escape with a narrow overtime win a t home. The Warriors outlasted the Aces for a 79-77 win at home in an attempt to keep pace with the pennant leading and defending champion Westminster Diplomats. Chres Darling missed two possible game winning free throws at the end of regulation, but made a key free throw in overtime to give the War riors a 77-74 lead with 18 seconds leftt o play. D arling missed the second free throw, but Shavez Rolle grabbed the offensive rebound and scored to put the Warriors ahead 79-74 with just seconds to play. Giovanni Sturrup made a late three pointer as time expired for the games final margin. The Warriors led 11-7 after the first quarter, but the Aces opened the sec-o nd on a 9-3 run and took their first lead of the game on a Cycarreo Collie layup for a 16-14 lead. Javis Knowles regained the lead for the Warriors with a pair of baskets and Richard Munroe pushed the lead to four with a fast break layup, which capped a 6-0 run. John Fowler scored on a pair of baskets in the paint to tie the game at 20, however the Warriors ended the half on a 6-0 run to take a 26-20 lead at intermission. Munroe pulled up for a fast break three pointer midway through the third quarter to give the Warriors their biggest lead of the game, 42-34, but the Aces would again respond. Fowlers put back sparked an 8-0 r un capped by a John Wesley Ingraham jumper to tie the game at 42. The final minute featured two ties and three lead changes and a buzzer beating layup by Ingraham gave the Aces a 47-46 lead headed into the fourth quarter. Munroe took over much of the scoring load with Wilson and Gibson sidelined, and scored 21 of his game high 28 points in the second half. M unroe opened the fourth with his o wn 7-2 run with a pair of layups followed by a three point play to take a 54-49 lead. Darling nailed a fade away jumper and Munroe followed with a running layup to take a 60-52 lead with 1:41 left in regulation. The Aces charged back with a frantic half court trap which forced a series of turnovers and an 8-0 run. Collie tied the game at 60 with an acrobatic layup just before Darling was fouled and sent to the line with three seconds remaining. Both teams scored at a much higher rate in the overtime period with the Warriors missing just two shots from the field in the final five minutes. Overtime featured five times and six lead changes before the Warriors took charge for good. Cooper gave the Aces a 72-71 lead, Stuart made one of two free throws and Fowler scored on an offensive r ebound and put back for a 75-71 lead with 1:21 left to play. Rolle scored on a timely three point play to pull the Warriors within one and Malone scored the go ahead layup on the next possession to give Faith Temple the lead for good. Malone led four Warriors in double figures with 28. Knowles finished with 17, Darling added 12 and Rolle chipped in with 10. F owler led the Aces with 24 points, C ollie finished with 20, Sturrup added 11 and Charles Miller finished with nine. W W a a r r r r i i o o r r s s o o u u t t l l a a s s t t A A c c e e s s i i n n o o v v e e r r t t i i m m e e Mor e pictures on pg 14 INSIDE High School sports action


C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010, PAGE 13 AUTHORISED TOYOTADEALER Available in Grand Bahama at Quality Auto Sales (Freeport) Queens Hwy, 352-6122 Abaco Motor Mall, Don MacKay Blvd, 367-2916Parts and service guaranteed Auto Mall, Shirley Street (opp. St. Matthews Church) Open Mon to Fri 8am 5:30pm Sat 8am 12noon Tel:397-1700E-mail: execmotor@batelnet.bs TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BY RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net A PAIR of lopsided wins for playoff contenders highlighted play in the Government Secondary School Sports Associations Senior Girls division yesterday at the DW Davis Gymnasium. CI GIBSON RATTLERS 32 CV BETHEL STINGRAYS 15 The Stingrays scored on the opening and closing possessions o f the first half, but went scoreless for almost 19 minutes in between which created an ultimately insurmountable deficit. After Stingrays guard Shatyna Stuart scored off the opening tip, the Rattlers responded with a 21-0 run over the remainder of the half. Shaquelle Bains jumper with five seconds remaining in the half, ended the drought, but the Rattlers took a commanding 214 lead into the half. Robin Gibson and Stevandre Wells were the early catalysts for the run, with most of their work on the defensive end of the floor. Gibson started the run after she took a rebound and sparked her own fastbreak and finished with an assist to Wells to tie the game at two. Wells harassed the Stingrays ballhandlers with constant pressure at halfcourt, taking them out of the halfcourt offensive set and forcing turnovers on steals or bad passes. Her steal and subsequent fastbreak lay-up, pushed the run to 12-0 as the Rattlers took their first ten point lead of the game midway through the first half. She fittingly scored the final two points of the run from the free throw line as the Rattlers took a 21-2 lead just before Bains late jumper. The Stingrays again reached the scoreboard first in the second half however maintained Rattlers squeeze Stingrays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page 14


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Law reform to remove all doubt on Freeport C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29The information contained is from a t hird party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for e rrors and/or omission from the daily report. $4.20 $4.22 $4.27 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Bahamas will have to a mend its civil law procedures i f it is to fully comply with its intellectual property rights obligations under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA Trade Organisation (WTOc onfidential report has r evealed, with its existing leg islation to a large degree not tackling enforcement issues. A report on whether Bahamian law complied with the WTOs Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS those of the EPA, said the Bahamas needed to amend its civil law procedures to ensure they met the enforcement provisions demanded under both free trade agreements. The report, written by Gabriel Stern and May Cheng of the US-based Fasken Mar tineau law firm, noted that Part III of TRIPS detailed issues such as civil proce dure, injunction, damages and indemnification of defendants in intellectual property (IP infringement actions. As a result, they concluded: The Bahamas must therefore ensure that its general civil procedure is compliant with the enforcement obligations under TRIPS. Certain important issues that should be noted include the obligation under Article 43 to ensure that confidential information can be adequate ly protected during proceed ings concerning IP infringement, as well as the obligation under Article 50 to ensure that provisional measures (such as to prevent IP infringement from occurring and to preserve evidence relevant to an alleged infringe ment) falls within the powers of the Bahamian judiciary. The story was the same when it came to the EPA. The trade agreement that the Bahamas signed with the European Union (EU other Caribbean states requires this nation to imple ment intellectual property rights enforcement measures, something the report said would need to be addressed by governmental policies or legislative changes beyond the scope of this review. Articles 153-160 of the EPA set out the enforcement measures that must be pro vided in national legislation for the protection of IP rights, the Fasken Martineau report said. These rules deal with issues including the evidence to be used during IP proceedings, injunctions and damages. The Bahamas must therefore ensure that its general civil procedure allows for the measures contemplated by the EPA. This is important, as Bahamian IP statutes apart from the Copyright Act do not deal with enforcement issues to a large degree. The IP/copyright compli ance report indicates just what a sizeable task the Bahamas faces in getting its legislation, regulation and government policies into compliance with its obligations Bahamian law not enforcing copyright to a large degree Bahamas required to a mend civil law p rocedures for both EPA and WTO, report says, showing mammoth task ahead of nation on rules-based trading agreement compliance SEE page 12B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas was among five Latin American/Caribbean nations that lost significant amounts of economic freedom in 2009, dropping three points as a result of lower rankings in the areas of trade, investment and property rights. The 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, released jointly yesterday by the right-wing US think-tank, the Heritage Foun dation, and the Wall Street Journal, found that while this nation still ranked higher than the world and regional averages when it came to economic freedom, the Bahamas needed to reform its tariff regime and reduce government interference and corruption that was undermining investment conditions. While the Bahamas was ranked seventh out of 29 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 47th out of 183 countries surveyed overall, beating the global and regional average, the 2010 Index of Eco nomic Freedom report said: Burdensome tariff and nontariff barriers remain an area that needs proactive reform. A poor investment climate, characterised by government interference and lingering corruption, also undermines the Bahamas overall economic freedom score. When it came to trade freedom, the report gave the Bahamas a 42.2 per cent rating, compared to a global 74.2 per cent average, largely due to its tax regime, which is heavily reliant on import duties perceived as a tariff barrier to trade. Drawing on 2006 World Bank data, which said the Bahamas weighted average tariff rate was 23.9 per cent, the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom report said: High tariffs Bahamas lost much economic freedom in Nation downgraded over tax system, investment and copyright concerns, plus poor investment climate, characterised by government interference and lingering corruption SEE page 9B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government will make all the l egal arrangements necessary to enable the Planning and Subdivisions Bill to be enforced in Freeport by the time it is implemented on July 1, 2010, a government minister told Tribune Business yesterday, amid concerns it could be chal lenged for conflicting with the Hawksbill C reek Agreement. Dr Earl Deveaux, minister of the envir onment, who has responsibility for the Bill, said the Ingraham administration w as planning legislative amendments to Government to make amendments to enable P lanning and Subdivisions Bill to be enforced in Freeport by July 1, 2010, deadline Move intended to eliminate grey areas and ensure theres no doubt as to who Government of the Bahamas is* But designed to ensure no sacred cows taken a way from Hawksbill Creek Agreement EARL DEVEAUX SEE page 5B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Bahamas has no choice but to enter into priv ate-public partnerships (PPP management of key infra-s tructure assets, a senior accountant said yesterday, with its five-year investment in this area projected to be equivalent to almost 20 perc ent of gross domestic product (GDP Simon Townend, KPMG C orporate Finances managing director and a partner i n KPMG (Bahamas Tribune Business that by entering into more PPPsw ith private sector capital and investors, the Governm ent could unlock a lot of capital in this nation that was looking for a secure, buth igher rate of return, destination. He suggested that PPPs for physical assets such asa irports, ports, roads and utilities, which normally laste d for several generations and improved both a countrys capital stock and grossd omestic product (GDP would be attractive investm ents for the likes of Bahamian pension funds and life/health insurancec ompanies, which were seeking long-term assets to m atch long-term liabilities. I dont think it does. Its got to look at innovativew ays to develop the countrys infrastructure, Mr Townend said yesterday, when Tribune Business asked whether the Bahami-a n government had any choice but to enter more infrastructure PPPs, giveni ts deteriorating fiscal position. Were not so much behind, but we want to catch up with countries like theU K and Canada, where PPP has been in place for some t ime and successfully. KPMGs latest study, Island Economies and their I nfrastructure: An outlook 2010 and beyond estimated t hat based on a capital expenditure budget of around $200-$300 million,t he Bahamas infrastructure spending for one year was e quivalent to 4 per cent of GDP. Combined over five years, this infrastructures pend amounted to almost 20 per cent of GDP. When measured against the Bahamas national debt, the KPMG report said thisn ations projected 2010 infrastructure investment was equivalent to almost 10p er cent of the national debt. Unlock private capital to meet 20% GDP spend Government has no choice but to seek private investment for infrastructure projects* Bahamas as far as it wants to be for fiscal comfort, and m ust catch developed world on private finance initiatives SEE page 10B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net A US-based financial literacy firm has offered to introduce its curriculum, Financial Advice for Students Today (FAST the Bahamas in order to help curb the 90 per cent financial illit eracy rate cited by a well-known Bahamian Businessman. Director of FAST LLC, Joseph Johnson, yesterday said the p rogramme has been well received in New York schools, where it has spread rapidly through area schools. According to Mr Johnson, he encountered Tribune Busi ness article Bahamas 90% rate of finance illiteracy , which featured Dr Jonathan Rodgers insight into the state of Bahamians financial know-how. FAST plan over finance literacy SEE page 11B


I n today's competitive market, it is harder than ever toa ttract a consumer's a ttention. It is estimated that the average consumer spends less than a second scanning shelves and, in that time, will make a decisiono n whether or not to purchase any given product. If you are that product's manufacturer, you want to make sure that in that criti-c al timeframe the consumer will be drawn to your merchandise, have a desire to select, inspect and make ad ecision to buy it right away. Really? Absolutely. The disc ipline of package design focuses on producing a container that will get noticedi mmediately. By skillfully teaming c olourful graphics, a unique shape or any other eyearresting method, the pack-a ge designer is a key player in any company's marketing effort. No matter how beneficial the product inside the container may be, unless ac onsumer decides to pick it up, that product will never get tested. R etailers are not allowing things to remain on the s helves very long unless they sell. Because of packaging and product competition,y ou've got to do more to attract a buyer to your produ ct. Simply defined, package design is the discipline ofc reating the container, graphics and visible outer presence of a product, which may range from a simple bottle and label to an elabo-r ate box or system of boxes and inner packaging. Although graphic designers and others might dabble in it, the three-dimensionaln ature of package design separates it from other creative disciplines. In additiont o the visual element, other considerations such as the m aterial to make the package and the manufacturing capabilities come into play. T o the uninitiated, the practice of package design may seem simple. As far as I know, no one has ever died of poor package design, butI think some products have failed because of this. While there is an esthetic element involved, package design is first and foremosta n important component in creating sales. Repeat sales and follow-up businessr equire the product inside the package to meet the e xpectations that the package sets up. Whatever communication t he product sets up with the consumer, it has to follow through and the product has to match that visual representation. I ndeed, there's more to package design than creating an interesting looking box.W hen a package designer is hired for a job, they usually r eceive a design brief from the client, which provides basic information about thep roduct, its target audience and its uses, as well as container-specific information such as the volume it needs to hold and how it will bep acked and displayed. Budget information will also provide the designer with parameters needed to determine the necessary materialsa nd manufacturing process for the package. The skills required for package design go beyond a good sense of design. Tod o a proper job, a package designer needs to combine the knowledge of a structur-a l engineer with the esthetic sense of a graphic designer. Packaging design is not just about looking good, it is technically oriented andr equires a fairly in-depth knowledge of printing and production as well. I believe it is beneficial if the designer is involved in a project from the early stages. When the designer is involved early on, we can give a full range of ideas and ensure that each design solution isa ppropriate for that audience. So in order not to disturb the integrity of the package, we strongly rec-o mmend that the job is supervised all the way t hrough production by the designer. When a product goes g lobal, package designers are faced with a new set of parameters. Not only might the product be sold in ap lace where English is not spoken but, more than likely, the western alphabet is not used either. The trutho f the matter is: You've got to do a lot more homework i n that environment to design packaging that's appropriate and communi-c ates to the consumer what's inside that packaging. F rom wherever the design work originates, companies are more aware of the needt o have the right sort of packaging to make a visual impact in the fraction of a second the consumer's eye meets the product on a shelf. Research has shown that the g reater percentages of products that are being packaged a nd put out there for the first time don't usually succeed. I n this critical instant, the success or failure of a produ ct rests on the skill, knowl edge and talent of the package designer. As I noted ear-l ier, there is an esthetic ele ment involved. Thus package design is first and foremost an important component in creating sales. Nonetheless, it is wise for distributors or manufactur ers to research the entire f undamentals of packaging, team up with a good design er, tap the market to feel the c ompetition and randomly scan the labelling on some shelve-items to see if certain product packaging actually catches the eyes at firstg lance. Even so, it is known in this industry that package design can either sink the product, or make it fly. Have fun and stay on top y our game. The author can be contacted at either: deedee2111@hotmail.com or deedeemb@gmail.com C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 7KHXEOLF,V&RUGLDOO\,QYLWHGR$WWHQG 7+(+/

was planning legislative amendments to ensure theres no doubt in law as to who the Government of the Bahamas is, eliminating grey areas and making sure it has jurisdiction over the entire Bahamas including Freeport. The minister was responding to concerns put to him by Tribune Business, after this newspaper was informed that the Planning and Subdivision Bills wording indicated it was designed to apply to Freeport implying that it might conflict with the Hawksbill Creek Agreement and the Grand Bahama Port Authoritys (GBPA area. Under section two, Application of Act, the Bill stated that it applied to the Port area of Grand Bahama (under the jurisdiction of the Grand Bahama Port Authority as defined in the Hawksbill Creek Grand Bahama Deep Water Harbour and Industrial Area Act, the Freeport Bye-Laws Act and the Freeport Building Code and Sanitary Code). Intention It is our intention to bring the law into effect by July, and by July we will have made all the legal arrangements to avoid the predicament you indicated, Dr Deveaux told Tribune Business. We will resolve that matter legally, so theres no doubt in law as to who the Governmentof the Bahamas is, without reneging on any sacred cows in the Hawksbill Creek Agreement. If they have any intentto challenge, I hope it will be clarified before then. One attorney with intimate knowledge of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, Fred SmithQC, the Callenders & Co attorney and partner, said the language in the Planning and Subdivisions Bill indicated that the Government wanted it to apply to Freeport with the Port Authority administering it. While commending the Gov ernment for attempting to bring proper management and due process to development in the Bahamas, Mr Smith said Freeport had a peculiar jurisdiction under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement. Many cases in the Supreme Court repeatedly held that mat ters which are governed by the provisions of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement cannot be the subject of legislation which applies to the rest of the Bahamas, he added. One of the areas which is reserved to the GBPA and the Grand Bahama Development Company is the management and purchase of real estate. Also under the GBPAs preserve was the regulation of architects, contractors, the building code, waste manage ment, utilities and public spaces. To the extent this Bill attempts to override the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, I have no doubt it will be held void and not apply to Freeport, Mr Smith told Tribune Business. However, he acknowledged that under the 1968 amendment to the Hawksbill Creek Agree ment, by statutory instrument the minister responsible could make a law applicable to Freeport, provided that the GBPA wanted and had requested it. This, Mr Smith said, could be the situation in regard to the Planning and Subdivision Bill. Wording It depends on the ultimate wording of the Bill when it becomes an Act, and depends on whether theres been cooperation and engagement between the Government and Port Authority in signing a statutory instrument that does not have to go to Parliament, he added. There is provision for cooperation, the adoption of bylaws drafted by the Port Authority, or legislation the Port Authority wishes to incorporate by reference. I do hope that at this stage there is some active engagement between the Port Author ity, Devco and the Government on the Planning and Subdivisions Act. It would be a great pity if the Government was acting without regard to the Port Authority, and also if the Port Authority was not initiating proactive steps to ensure there is co-operation in the develop ment of the regulations and laws on this issue. Dr Deveaux confirmed there had been consultation with the GBPA, adding: The Port has no objection to the Bill and supports the main tenets of the Bill. The Port does not want to g ive up its rights under the Bill, and we do not want to take them away. However, Dr Deveaux said there were certain grey areast he Government wanted to amend to be clear the Bahamas is the Bahamas. We are seeking to ensure the Government has full authority tod o this. He pointed out that a similar situation had arisen with the Communications Act, as the sale of the Bahamas Telecom-m unications Company (BTC via privatisation would effectively licence the GBPA, which has the right to provide phone services under the HawksbillC reek Agreement, to do exactly this. C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Law reform to remove all doubt on Freeport F ROM page 1B


By CHESTER ROBARDS B usiness Reporter c robards@tribunemedia.net THE BAHAMAS Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Associations in the Bahamas announced yesterday a twod ay telethon and concert to r ally Bahamian donations for Earthquake Victims in Haiti. President of the Bahamas C hamber of Commerce, K haalis Rolle, said response to the devastation had been overwhelming and there was now no way you can question the relationship between Haiti and the Bahamas. H e said this initiative to raise money for the people of Haiti underscored how import ant Haiti was to the B ahamas, and how important the Bahamas is to Haiti. This plan began with a simple phone call and has mushroomed into a massive event with so many individu-a ls, media houses and busin esses contributing time and energy, because of the importance of the mission, to help provide funds for the search and rescue, for medical attention and, once the initials hock has begun to ebb, to begin the lengthy process of rebuilding, said Mr Rolle. The Telethon will be aired n ext Monday, January 25, and T uesday, January 26, and will b e simulcast live by ZNS, JCN and Cable 12 from the t elethons headquarters at the B ritish Colonial Hilton from 8 to 10 pm. C hairman of Disaster relief, Rotary Bahamas, Janet Johnson, said monetary donations were extremely important for t he relief effort in Haiti, as m any of agencies on the ground need to purchase sup p lies. S he said Rotary associations from across the Caribbean have partnered with their local Chamber of C ommerce to assist in the relief effort. S he said the two-hour telec ast was being made possible by local television stations anda 50-receiver phone bank donated by the Bahamas T elecommunications Compan y (BTC Marlon Johnson, BTCs v ice-president of marketing, sales and business develop ment, said the donation of the p hones and numbers was the least they could do for the telethon initiative. They werea lso running a text-to-donate drive beginning today. H aitis Ambassador to the Bahamas, Louis Joseph, C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010, PAGE 7B & $5,%%($125$*(127,&( 7(1$176$OOXQLWVZLWK RXWVWDQGLQJDFFRXQWV LQDUUHDUVRYHU GD\VZLOOEHYDFDWHG DQGJRRGVVXEMHFWWR LPPHGLDWHGLVSRVDO FRPPHQFLQJ 7( PDLOFDULEEHDQVWRUDJH#\DKRRFRP Business community unveils Haiti telethon SEE page 8B


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and a Stamp tax on certain imports, high duties that protect a few agricultural items and consumer goods, occasional import bans, and some import licensing and permits add to the cost of trade. Ten points were deducted from the Bahamas trade free-dom score to account for nontariff barriers. On investment, another low point for the Bahamas as far as the Heritage Foundation was concerned, this nation was downgraded as a result of the National Investment Policy exclusively reserving numerous industries such as wholesale and retail operations for Bahamian ownership only. And the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom report added: New foreign ventures perceived as competing with exist ing Bahamian businesses may face loss or refusal of business licenses. Other factors that cont ributed to the Bahamas suf fering a 30 per cent score on investment freedom were the need for government approval for foreigners to buy commer cial property or land greater than five acres, the need for approval of all foreign direct investment, and the existence of exchange control. When it came to property rights, the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom reduced the Bahamas rating not because of difficulties when it came to land transactions, but copyright/intellectual property rights. Copyright laws are widely ignored, and there is widespread piracy of video and music recordings and broadcasts, the report said. While the Government implemented anti-corruption laws effectively, the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom added: Piracy of soft ware, music and video is a problem. Ultimately, the Bahamas only enjoyed a 55 per cent score when it came to freedom from corruption, albeit a rating high er than the 45 per cent global average. Although he had not seen the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, Rick Lowe, an executive with the Nassau Institute, which is involved in a similar annual exercise with the Canada-based Fraser Institute, said: Its obvious that theres more government interference. We keep expanding the wrong areas of government. The Government is taking more and more control, and trusting the entrepreneur less and less. Economic freedom helps grow a country, and when you get the Government clamping down it slows growth down. Obviously, things are headed in the wrong direction, and instead of government paying attention to this theyre ignoring it at our own peril. Pointing to the various trade agreements the Bahamas was signing on to, such as the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA Trade Organisation (WTO membership, Mr Lowe added: As the world gets tighter and we sign on to more of these things, were going to be held more accountable. Were going to be faced with more of it, so its time for the Government to become more transparent. On the plus side, the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom acknowledged that the Bahamas was one of the Caribbeans most prosperous countries, with a very competitive tax regime, flexible labour market and somewhat efficient regulatory environment. Government spending, pegged at 23.4 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP described as relatively low, with tax revenues coming to 21.8 per cent of GDP. C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Thursday,January21st10@6PM DoctorsHospitalConferenceRoom RSVPSeatingisLimited302-4603 January 21 CervicalCancerScreenings C ancer Awareness D r. Wesley Francis D r.Jamil MinnisFebruary 19 March 19 April 16 H eart Health T B A K idney Health Dr. Ada Thompson DOCTORSHOSPITALDISTINGUISHEDLECTURESERIESTHISMONTHSTOPIC :You CAN Prevent CervicalCancer!SCHEDULEL ECTURESERIES P leasejoinusasourguesteverythird Thursday of the month for this scintillating seriesofthemostrelevanthealthissues a ffectingsocietytoday.Purpose:Toeducate thepublicabout the importanthealthissues, presented by distinguished physicians.Screenings:Get your Free Blood Pressure,Cholesterol, and Glucosetesting between 5pm&6pm.RSVP:To ensureavailable seatingP hone: 302-4603LECTURE DATE SPEAKER:Dr. Jamil MinnisO bstetrics & Gynecology -2%781,7< $OHDGLQJUHVRUWKDVFDUHHURSSRUWXQLW\IRUDQH[SHULHQFHG 0DQDJHURI (QJLQHHULQJ

O ver five years, the B ahamas projected infrastructure investment basedon a capital expenditure budget of $300 million per year would be equivalent to about 40-50 per cent oft he national debt. The Government, given its deteriorating fiscal position, with the national debtto-GDP ratio above 50 per cent and the fiscal deficit estimated to be at least 4.5 p er cent, has little room to i ncrease its capital spending budget. This, in turn, is creating a financing gap, with the Bahamas infrastructure n eeds estimated by KPMG t o total $2.1 billion over the next five years a gap that could be filled with privatec apital. Mr Townend said it was difficult to compare debt levels between countries, but certainly the Bahamas is as far as it wants to gof rom a comfort perspective, a nd to protect its credit rati ng and so forth. In addition, the responses of Bahamian officials fell w ithin the majority of the 15 countries surveyed when it came to the adequacy of t he existing infrastructure. Some 89 per cent of respondents to the KPMG survey said the state of existing i nfrastructure in their countries was either average or below average, with almost all believing their nations s trategy in this area was either not very well defined o r managed, or very shortterm in nature. Some 66 per cent of offic ials surveyed said the execution of infrastructure projects was average or ineff icient, with 60 per cent stating that projects were never or rarely finished on time. Some 60 per cent of p rojects were never or rarely completed on budget. Mr Townend said: Infrastructure not only creates j obs and economic activity, i t also has the impact of making a country more competitive and increasing GDP. A modern infrastructure, and better/more efficientd elivery of services, both b oosted GDP and encouraged more foreign direct investment. Pointing out that a true PPP involved the privates ector managing infrastructure assets to ensure services were delivered more efficiently, Mr Townend said: If the Government enteredi nto more PPPs, it allows us t o accelerate the infrastruct ure build-out and hopefully makes the delivery of serv ices better. H e added: Infrastructure i s a great investment for institutions and pension funds with the right balance of risk and reward. A lot of money could flow from the p rivate sector into infras tructure projects from pension funds, who are looking for a stable, long-term project to invest in with a higher rate of return than gov-e rnment securities. Theres a lot of capital in t he Bahamas that could be unlocked to invest in infrastructure, and the Government will have less onus on its finances. But it takesP PPs to make these things h appen. C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM (QWUDQFH([DPLQDWLRQ 5 26(.(11<-26(3+520$,1 R I 3,1('$/((,*+70,/(52&.*5$1'%$+$0$ %$+$0$6 Unlock private capital to meet 20% GDP spend F ROM page 1B


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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 under rules-based trading syst ems such as the EPA and WTO. A nd all these amendments are under just one heading, copyright, and there is far more to do in other areas, such as competition law, phy-t osanitary and health measures, and rules of origin. The Government has repeatedly said it has an implementation plan for all its EPA obligations, but it is understood that this has yett o be shared with the private sector. When it came to TRIPS and the WTO, the Fasken Martineau report suggested that the Bahamas amend its existing Industrial Property A ct to state that industrial designs were protected by industrial design, rather than the existing design copyright. Confusion Such a change is required because there is the possibili t y of confusion, because copyright in a design is different and distinct from the protec-t ion afforded to industrial designs, the report said. Explicit language was a lso required in the same Act t o give patent owners the right to assign, license or pass a patent on by succes-s ion. And the duration for which patents are protected must bee xtended to 20 years, the r eport said. Elsewhere, both the EPA and WTO TRIPS require the B ahamas to implement cer tain customs measures to protect the rights of copyrighta nd trademark rights holders. At present, the provisions under the Customs Management Act dealing with pro h ibited goods only apply to copyright material (accordingly, there are provisions to t his effect in the Copyright Act), the report said. As such, amendments are required in order to extend p rotection for trade mark rights holders in compliance with the requirements of Arti-c les 51-60. Border measures must also be implemented in accor-d ance with Article 163 of the EPA. Bahamian law not enforcing copyright to a large degree F ROM page 1B


C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010, PAGE 13B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Arawak Homes has moved to aid h ome ownership by administrative assistants and secretaries, offering them a 2.5 per cent downpayment deal a 50 per cent reduction on the normal minimum equity contributionr equired. And for those who already own lots or have equity in a lot, the 2.5 per cent will be deducted from construct ion costs. Franon Wilson, Arawak Homes president, said: "I believe that everyone would agree that administrative assistants are very valuable p ersons, and most bosses would be lost without them. These are the persons who organise their bosses' professional and personal lives. For the most part they work tirelessly behindt he scenes, and keep the organisation's engines running." Mr Wilson said this initiative was Arawak Homes way of saying to all a dministrative assistants and secretaries: We value your contribution to the business community. You are a special group of persons and we want y ou to know that you are appreciated." Michelle Bain, president of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAPo wning a home was often the largest single investment an individual can make. In return, it offered the largest return: a sense of stability and securit y, collateral by way of home equity, and a sense of accomplishment and pride. Since 2003, Arawak Homes has been offering special discounts to vari ous sectors of the business community to assist in them owning their own homes. In 2003, the focus was on the uniformed officers (police, Defence Force officers and prison officers). In2 005, the focus was on teachers and, in 2009, pharmacists, nurses and lab technicians benefited. The newly-launched Arawak Homes administrative assist ants and secretaries' initiative will end on International Administrative Professionals Day, April 21, 2010. Developer moves to aid home ownership SPECIAL DEAL: Franon Wilson, Arawak Homes president, and Michelle Bain, IAAP president.


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Less than two years after opening his own firm, Mario Carey is launching MCR2 to target a new market segment. We opened Mario Carey Realty trading on my experience in the luxury market, but the office has had so many requests, including several from lending institutions e ncouraging us to drive business their way by tying into the mid-range market for appraisals, listings and sales, that we launched a separate division, MCR2, to concentrate on the $500,000 and under range, said Mr Carey. He will personally continue to focus on premiere properties in communities such as Ocean Club Estates, Lyford Cay, Old Fort B ay and private islands. Mr Carey said the new division, MCR2, driven by its young energy, will benefit from the companys existing 20,000-plus person database, comprised largely of Mr Careys previous and existing clients. I realized early on how important building a database is and, more importantly, how critical it is to form strong personal relationships, he said. The satisfied client is not going to look for a new broker when he or she is buying additional property or even considering buying a first home for their son or daughter. If they were happy with your service the first time around, they are going to stick with you the second, third and ninth time. Mr Carey said the separate division had been created for two reasons branding and a selective process. MCR2 will be distinctive in the sense that we will review every listing offered t horoughly before putting the MCR2 stamp on it, Mr Carey said. For instance, we just handled a sale of an $84,000 lot on Fire Trail Road, which we took on because we felt it had value based on zoning, asking price and surrounding p roperties. We sold it within two weeks of taking the listing When you see a sign that says MCR2, you will know the listing has undergone scrutiny. Its our own brand just like Mario Carey has become a brand. As for the luxury market, Mr Carey said business has remained steady. We went through a period where we saw a few pers ons list their homes because they wanted to convert investment into cash. But they were not panicking, which meant prices werent falling significantly. So while the high-end market lost as much as 20 per cent of its value initially, it has begun to stabilize. The good sign is that we are seeing a demand for luxury properties as we enter our peak season, he added. M ario Carey Realty and MCR2 will share the same office on East Bay Street. Realtor launches division to target first-time buyers Pictured L to R: Mario A. Carey, president and chief executive; Nancy Knowles, office associate; Mieko Smith, marketing associate; Sidney Bethell, sales associate; and Ryan Knowles.


By JEFFARAH GIBSON ANDREW CURR Y is being r emember ed as an a multifaceted artist, impeccable educator and humanitarian and as someone who leaves behind a profound impact not just on the Catholic community, but everyone he came into contact with. Mr Curry who died on Sunday was a fixtur e at Francis Xavier Catholic Chur ch, wher e he was the organist as well as the choir director for many years. Cultur e gur u James Catalyn told Tribune Religion that Mr Curry was a family oriented man, an excellent educator and musician. Family meant everything to Andrew, he loved his wife, and his kids. He would have done anything for them and no matter what they were first in his life, he said. Mr Cur r y was also the founder of Diocesan Chorale, and the driving force behind the Soulful Groovers, who have been an anchor band for the Chorale for a number of years. As music in par ticular was his passion, he sur r ounded himself in any and everything that involved music. Mr Catalyn who said he has known Mr Cur r y for mor e than fifty years has worked with him on a number of occasions including a r ecent r evival of the musical Guanahani for which Mr Cur ry composed the music. He was the musical dir ector for James Catalyn and friends, and he made a few songs for the mass setting of the Catholic Chur ch. Andrew was also a no-nonsense person. He was very strict, and whenI say strict I mean it in the sense that he believed in discipline. He believed in being on time, and he believed in doing things the right way, Mr Catalyn added. Rose Richar dson can second that comment since Mr Curry was her math, and music teacher when she attended Aquinas College. He wasnt just a teacher he was a father figur e to me and the r est of the students, he was always concer ned about us and the progress we made in our school work. For instance if we did not understand the lesson that was being taught he made sure that by the end of the day we knew what The Tribunes RELIGION SECTION THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 PG 35 A musical talent silenced SEE page 37 He wasnt just a teacher he was a father figure to me and the rest of the students, he was always concer ned about us and the progress we made in our school work. ROSE RICHARDSON Andrew Curry


The Tribune PG 36 Thursday, January 21, 2010 RELIGION By REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net I T is difficult for anyone t o judge accurately and fully the cause and source of such massive natural human disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti. Some deem it a scientific event t hat has deep historic roots. Haiti, shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, and sits on f ault line making it prone to earthquakes. But some in t he Christian community havet aken a different view, saying that the earthquake was the wrath of God being pour ed out on sinful people. P eople ar ound the world were shocked by popular US Reverend Patrick Robertsons statement that the catastrophic 7 .0 ear thquake was a result of Haiti making a pact with the devil so that it could gain independ ence from the French. Ot hers have said that it is Gods revenge for Haitians practising vodoo. Whe t her t he earthquake was Gods judgment or not, three leading pastors suggest that rather than w orry about why this happened people should instead focus on how to help the Haitians in their time of tr ouble. Her e are their thoughts: Was Haiti cursed? Local pastors weigh in DR MYLES MUNROE, P astor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International Moments after I heard the comments, I dropped my pen, my jaw fell open and my spirit sank in deep disappointing shock as Dr Robertson attempted to analyse and explain the massive devastating earthquake hours after its impact. I am not sure what he was thinking or his intent or how to react to this. I wish to therefore emphatically state that I am deeply saddened, disappointed and do not agree with the statements made by Rev Pat Robertson and I hope he would urgently extend an apology to the nation of Haiti and the Haitian people and the Haitian church community and the church worldwide. Dr Munroe said that the supposed covenant that the Haitians made to gain victory over the French in their war for freedom and independence cannot be justified until all the historical facts are interpreted Emails flooded my inbox from my ministry partners all over the world about the accident. It is rare that I would find it necessary to respond publicly to the actions of a member of the church community, but due to the fact that the statements were made in a global media context, and could convey a misrepresentation of the perspective and conviction of many other constituencies of the global church community, it is necessary to clarify our position. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sin entered the equation the entire creation was impacted. All creation fell and groans and labours with birth pangs together until now (Romans 8:22 It is dif ficult for anyone to judge accurately and fully the cause and sour ce of such massive natural of human disaster such as this earthquake in Haiti or the September 9/11 tragedies. Per haps the question should or could be asked-- W as America under a curse when the terr orist extremists bombed the Twin Towers in New York? I would not imagine making such statements to the people of the United States. It is impor tant that we always er r on the side of compassion, love and caring for the human image of God no matter what. REV. PATRICK PAUL, President of the Christian Council The cause of the Haiti earthquake runs much deeper than the casual look in respect to what Rev Rober tson had to say. e believe the earthquake was a natural phenomenon that took place in Haiti. In the book of Matthew, Jesus referred to an exhilaration of earthquakes in the last days. Since the age is aging and coming to a climatic end, ear thquakes in places will be one of the signs of the coming of the age. BISHOP NEIL ELLIS, Pastor of Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church I dont necessarily agree with Pastor Robertsons remarks. I think the why as it relates to Haiti is not the issue at this time, said Bishop Ellis. I told my members on Sunday the stor y of Jesus in the boat with his disciples during the stor m. The disciples woke up Jesus to see if they were in trouble. Jesus calmed the storm and the first or der of business was to see if the issue was troubling them. The real issue here in Jesus eyes was not to propagate the why but to focus on the needs. The people of Haiti need all of our assistance. Sometimes the why takes second place to the need. But if that s the way he [Pat Robertson] sees it, thats up to him. But that should not have been the first order of business for him. The appr oach shouldve been let us deal with these people and help them with the basic necessities like food, water clothing and shelter These ar e all God s people. That shouldve been Robertsons first order of business. Not the why, but what you can do, he said. I am r eally proud of the Bahamian people and their response to this, because we can miss a major moment in this country as a people if were not careful. Each of us has a responsibility to be a decent human being. This is a time for all of us to do whatever we can to reach these people.


The Tribune T hursday, January 21, 2010 PG 37 RELIGION By RICARDO MILLER N O ONEplants a tree and doesnt expect it to grow. You cultivate it. You protect the tree from the blistering heat and the frigid blasts. You zealously guard it keeping pests away. When the tree was dry and thirsty you watered it. Lastly you pruned it as it grew, coaxing the sapling with your shears. You clipped sucker branches, strengtheningthe tree for growth in the right direction. Finally you created the tree you imagined when you first planted the sapling. This whole wonderful process began with your beginning vision. You planted the little tree thinking about the large tree it would become. Maybe you thought about its cool shade and sweet fruit while you were planting it. Y our Y outh or Childr ens Ministry is like a young sapling, a baby tr ee. It s full of possibilities, full of potential.It only needs you to do all things r equired to make it grow. That starts with a vision. Developing a vision for your Y outh or Childrens Ministry is just like that pr ocess. You start with a vision and make corrections as you go.You give sustenance and protection as needed to your ministr y But even as you first begin to dig, you have a dream in your heart, a vision in your spirit. What is it? Thats your vision! Here are some practical steps you can take to developing your vision. Developing Your Vision Sit down with pen and paper. Write your vision. Dont worry about grammar or trying to sound spiritual.Write down what you are trying to do. Give yourself a whole page to do that. Next look at what youve written.Focus that page down to a paragraph. Shave off everything not related to the direct vision. Finally whittle that paragraph down to a sentence or two.That should be the hear t of your ministry. This should be your standar d, your compass point. While you ar e developing your vision keep in mind, some visions are progressive.God may start you here but want to gr ow you to r each all the way there.Youll need to be sensitive to Him in that regard. Share and Proclaim Always include your senior pastor in what s happening in your ministr y. Share with senior leaders the vision of your Youth or Childrens Ministry.For the most part if you arei nvolved in the, in house ministries your vision should line up with theirs. It should compliment it. If your Youth or Childrens Ministry is evangelical in nature and you arent part of an in house ministry this may not apply.However, you should share the vision with your covering or apostle.Proclaim the vision. Share it with the people involved in working in your ministry.Let them proclaim the vision with you. Pray Over the Vision Now that you have a clear vision, pray over it.Ask God to give you details you might need.Thank Him for what you have seen. Ask for His help making the vision come tr ue. Finally ask for favor to rest on your ministr y Your Youth or Childrens Ministry should be like no other.Not a copy, not an imitation, uniquely yours from God.From time to time, go back to your vision.Remember it.Declare it.Most of, all stay true to it.Let God change the vision and define it as he sees fit. Follow Him wher ever He takes you and your ministry. Get Ready Bahamas!!!! If you are in Youth or Children's Ministry, youd on't want to miss the Raising the Standard in Youth & Childrens Ministry Workshop, a special 1 and 1/2 Day training workshop to be held at First Step Academy on Fire Trail Rd on January 22 23, 2010. Visit www.ricardomiller.com and reserve your seat today! Or call Ms. Eunice Miller at 361-0887. The workshop will include teachings on: 1. Recruiting Workers Like Jesus Did 2. Getting Parents Involved In Y our Ministry 3. How Do We Teach about Homosexuality 4. How to Effectively Evaluate Your Ministry 5. Leadership: Duplicating Yourself in Others 6. Special Events That Reach Young People 7. How to Get The Money You Need For Ministr y 8. The 7 Signs of A Healthy Children's & Youth Ministry 9. Operating a Law-Abiding Children's and Youth Ministry 10. Building a Culture that Appreciates Children's & Y outh Ministry. Developing a Vision for Your Youth or Childrens Ministry we were doing, she explained. And while r eminiscing on her days in school and working with Mr Cur r y she said when it came to school productions strict was an understatement. Most of the productions that Mr Curry headed I was part of, and he wanted us to practice about 2-3 times every day because he believed that every performance should be a stella one. And even after school was done the students who played the leading roles had to practice after that, she said. One thing that I would always r emember was when practice was finished after school, anyone who did not have a ride he would take it upon himself to dr op each student home. That was just him. She said that she would always r emember when Mr Cur ry told her Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence, and the biggest mistake that can be made is giving up. To Ms Richardson, Mr Curry ignited hope, passion, and a positive ener gy that made anyone leap to their highest altitude. Mr Cur r y had a long car eer in education. He served as the principal of Aquinas College fr om 1971-1977 becoming the first lay headmaster of the institution. After this he worked at the Ministry of Tourism as the senior coor dinator for product development. In 1984 he left tourism and accepted a position with a large local wholesale liquor distributor as assistant vice president of marketing. In 1987 Mr Curry joined the staff of another lar ge mer chant where he held the position of executive vice president until his appointment at Butler and Sands. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in philosophy in 1957 from St Johns University in Minnesota. In 1973 he received a Masters Degr ee in business fr om the University of Daytona. Mr Curry successfully completed another Master s Degree in business administration from the University of Miami. And in 1983 he was installed as the president of Kiwanis Club Cable Beach. He was one of those unsung heroes of the Bahamas who hardly get r ecognition for their good works. I will always hold him dear to my heart because he was a great friend and a gr eat person, Mr Catalyn said. Mr Curry had four childrenthree sons and one daughter -with one son pr edeceasing him. He is sur vived by his wife Lynn, his daughter Helaena, and his sons Andrew II and Aemile and thir teen grandchildr en. A memorial service for Andrew Curry will be held tonight at the Loyola Hall located on Gladstone Road at 7pm. His funeral mass will take place on Satur day Januar y 23 at St Francis Xavier Cathedral at 9am. A music talent silenced FROM page 35


THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS The Tribune PG 38 Thursday, January 21, 2010 RELIGION History of Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church Nassau O VER THEpast century, Nassau has known rapid growth through the movement of Bahamians from the FamilyI slands and immigrants from abroad. Among the churches established as a result of this growth was Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church, MontroseA venue. Rev Willie Rhodes worked inthe Bahamas from 1952 to 1955. He came when the Church was going through a period of crisis the racial problem severe and serious. In this situation, Rev Rhodes fought valiantly to bring about racial harmony between the black and white members of the Bahamas Methodist community. Rev Rhodes was under serious difficulties in his ministry and faced much opposition. He died in Harbour Island, as a result of drowning. His body was found floating in the water. Among others, Rev Willie Rhodes was instr umental in the development of the Methodist Church as a major religious denomination in the Bahamas. The name Rhodes also has historical significance: Rhodes ranks among the most bril liant of the many brilliant cities of ancient Gr eece. The city was founded in B.C. 408 at the extreme north-eastern point of the Island of Rhodes. Rhodes was a city of r eal power mentioned in the New Testament as the point where St Paul touched at his voyage from Trous to Ceasar ea: Acts 21: 1, "And when we had par ted fr om them and set sail we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. Under the chairmanship of the Rev W illiam T Makepeace, and the then Society Steward of Wesley Church, the late Audley E Thompson, a Leader's meeting was held to discuss a problem of a number of people living in the Shirley Heights area, in the Eastern District of New Providence. They had to cross over Collins Wall to attend worship services at Wesley. The Meeting decided to start a new Society in that area. All Methodists living in that area were asked to come and worship on a piece of land where Rhodes now stands. The first service was conducted by the late Locksley Bethel, on Easter Sunday mor ning 1956 under the almond tr ee. All who attended this service were from Eleuthera. Audley Carey remembered, "We worshipped under the almond tree when the weather was good, and in bad weath er we went across the street to the late Geor ge Moxey's porch". (He was the senior organist Shortly after the services began, a group from Ebenezer joined us, including the late Carl Bethel, L.E. Sands, Alfr ed Knowles and others. Among the others who were active during the early period were the late J.T. Mills, J.P., the late Dora Culmer and Bro Anthony Allen. After ser vices continued for some time, the Rev Makepeace, and Bro Audley Thompson spearheaded groups f rom the church and made plans to build Rhodes Church. Working parties were arranged by the groups to collect stonesa nd build while lime kiln in the area of Soldier Road just south of Holy Cross Church which Rev Makepeace got permission from the landowners to gathert he stones which were later transported to the church site, for filling the foundation. The building progressed so far, then arrangements were made to engage the contractor, Kenneth Moss to finish it, under a mor tgage granted by the late RT Symonette. It was dedicated by the Bishop Ivan Lee Holt of the United Methodist Church, USA, on Easter Sunday in 1958. The groups worshipping there were very small for years, and everybody knew everyone by first names, and where they lived. "I can now see thr ee generations worshipping at Rhodes", said Audley Carey. The number of members was only 15 they gave their time to the building of the Chur ch. Since all of them wer e fr om Eleuthera they wanted the chur ch to be named "Eleuthera Methodist Church". But after the death of the Rev W illie Rhodes, Sir George Roberts asked to name the chur ch after him. The ladies of the chur ch continued their custom of selling conch fritters, etc. under the almond tree to raise monies for chur ch funds. Many members worked to build the Chur ch. Rhodes Memorial Chur ch Hall was built at a cost of $50,000. Its facilities include an auditorium to accommodate 300 people, two small classrooms, a stage, a kitchen and lavatories. Construction was begun in December 1 973 and completed in January 1976. It was dedicated on Easter Sunday (April 1976S t C Clarke during the ministry of the Rev J Emmette Weir. During the ministry of Rev James Timothy, very extensive renovationsw ere carried out. These included a new roof, new windows, new carpeting, tiling, light fixtures, painting and general renovations. Some of the Ministers stationed at Rhodes wer e: Revs W T Makepeace, Harold Slater, WP Blackburn, LE LePage, Dennis Magnus, Donald Urwin, J Emmette Weir, James Timothy, Patterson A Deane and Rev Gesner Paul. In 1986, Rhodes Memorial had over 300 members. Rhodes Memorial was another chur ch profoundly affected by the move to Autonomy. Rev Edwin Taylor r efused to join The Bahamas District of Methodist Churches and elected to r emain with the Methodist Chur ch in the Caribbean and the Americas. The two factions of supporters were adamant in their suppor t and police had to be called in to stop fights between them. Thankfully Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church under the guidance of Bishop Raymond Neilly has weather ed the stor m and flourished with the many ministries and choirs to assist the chur ch and the community. The members can safely say: We give God thanks for His blessings. His hand is writing over history, men sow He makes the gr owth. To Him be the Glory! JIM LAWLOR ST JOHNS College school band will be the beneficiar y of the proceeds from the annual Epiphany Organ Recital to be given by Dr Sparkman Ferguson on Thursday Januar y 28 at 7.45 pm at Christ Chur ch Cathedral. The sixty minute organ recital will feature Dr Ferguson performing works of JS Bach, Eugene Gigout, Sir Edwar d Elgar Antonin Dvorak, and Sigfrid Karg-Elert. Music by the modern American composer James Kasen and the African-American composer Dr Ralph Simpson will also be featur ed. There is no admission charge for the concert and all are welcome to attend. The pr oceeds fr om Dr Fer guson s r ecent r ecitals have benefited St Annes High School Band, and the College of the Bahamas scholarship fund. It is anticipated that this 2010 r ecital will pr ovide new tr umpets, clarinets, saxophones and trombones for the St Johns band. Ferguson to perform benefit concert for St Johns College ORGANIST Dr Sparkman Ferguson


THEearthquake in Haiti has left us heartbroken as we look yet again into the face of suffering as a result of a natural disaster. Not long ago it was hurricane damage, and now it is death and destruct ion that is itself off the Richter scale. A s we consider their plight, and that of other victims of tragedy of whatever kind around the world and here at home, we can all see that the need for a caring heart and listening ear is increasing. There are so many national and personal battles being fought these days. Along with monetary and material gifts, another way for the church to assist is to mobilise pastoral tr oops and send them out into the field to tend to the wounded. Dr Mel Steinbron, founder of the Lay Pastors Ministry, has created a grid that isa visual pr esentation of biblical and theological insight into the caring ministry. Even while we send teams abroad, we need to engage in the training of even more persons to offer ongoing support through friendship, family ties, and working relationships as a basis for providing better emotional care for one another. W e are called by Jesus to care for His sheep (John 21:16 ples and He calls us in our consciences. Appeals for help by those involved in the counseling and caring ministry, requests by hurting people, and general information about the rise in acts of desperation and stress related illness, together serve to confirm the validity of such a ministry. The r esult is often a great joy when we r each out and make a difference. You are gifted (Rom. 12:4-8 others and to bless them with your spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit empowers you, your leaders encourage you, and the peo ple you help appreciate you for the most part. You are sent out on assignment and you are confident that God will meet your every need. The result is an integrity and credibility that is a blessing, and an accountability that keeps you humbly obedient. W e have to stop waiting to be asked, waiting to be thanked or waiting to be worthy. How can you make a contribution as a volunteer in the Lor s Army of rescue workers, paramedics of the soul, and CPR experts reviving the spirit. A broken hear t is a serious thing. A wounded spirit is a devastating condition. Let us move alongside and then call for back up if needed. The ter rible vision of the streets of Port au Prince will remain with us forever. It teaches us about geology and the pr es ence of faults and fissur es below the ear th s surface. These images can make us look inward to admit the spiritual truth that some of us build our lives, and that of our families, along the faults of sin. In time, our worlds crumble and we are left in the ruins. Let us love one another drawing from the love of God so freely available to all of this. Let us r ebuild the city and the lives of our br others and sisters, even as we seek to r ebuild our own nation accor ding to godly principles. Like Nehemiah, we can, with Gods help, rebuild that which has been tor n down to the honour and glor y of God. THE BIBLE tells us that Christ learned obedience through the things that He suffered. Some of the things that we go thr ough ar e for us to lear n lessons that ar e necessary for living. We don't understand that principle until the lesson is over, if we got the lesson. First and for emost I would like to say Happy New Year to all and God's choice blessings to you in the coming year I tr ust that Christmas was a time of thanking and praising God. Regardless if we got what we wanted or not. Regardless if situations went our way or not, God is still wor thy of our praises and He was the r eason for the season. The events that took place last year, I would have never guessed that they would happen in a million years. I saw someone's wall post on Facebook was, "If you want to see God laugh tell Him your plans." I thought to myself, "so tr ue". That is because God plans ar e so far fr om our plans, and I am a living witness to that. You realise that God truly has the last say. Really that is the best way, God plans. 2009 will be a year that I will never for get because of its events. The place that I had been employed at for the last ten years terminated my employment. It was unexpected, never theless, God worked it out. First lesson is you have to trust and have faith in God. He orchestrates everything and nothing can be done without His permission. About two years ago I connected with an old friend whose family is a pack (like a wolf pack They took me in as one of their own. These ar e the type of people that think, once a part of the pack, always a part of the pack, you become one of them. Last year death came to our house and left our family in disbelief. It was so har d to believe that two of us at the same time would leave our family. Tears come to our eyes when we think about our fallen soldiers. W e knew that it could happen to anyone at any time, however, not one of us within the family thought that we would have to deal with the loss of our loved ones. Which leads me to lesson two, a les son that I have been taught all of my life: No one knows when their life will end, only God knows that. All you can be is r eady the way He says we ar e to be r eady. Which is to except the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and personal saviour. As I get older I thank God for all the exposur e He allowed me to have. I learned so much and see situations in a different light. The exposure gave me more options and allows me to open my mind rather than box myself in. Honestly, some of the things I have learned I can't even put into words. Ther e wer e all sorts of lessons that I learned. Regardless to what happens God has the last say T r uly God won't put mor e on your shoulders than you can bear Even though a situation may be bad it could have been a whole lot worse, therefore God is still good and faithful. Whatever little you have it is much, so just thank God for it. Also the last lesson that I learned that I would like to share is this: As long as ther e is life ther e is hope. It is a blessing to be in this new year I could have been like many who were stilled in death, but thank God I'm here in the land of the living. I'm excited about what He is doing and going to do. I know that God is going to blow my mind in 2010, so to God be the glory. Gr eat things He has done and will continue to do. Blessings and all of God's best in this year and always. MEDITATION The Tribune T hursday, January 21, 2010 PG 39 RELIGION Responding with love REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD PALACIOUS A year of teaching ALLISON MILLER IN THIS photo released by the MINUSTAH, men help a pregnant woman to a boat at the port in Port-au-Prince, W ednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. With the city left in ruins after last week's deadly earthquake, many of the displaced people are leaving town and traveling to stay with relatives in outlying towns. M I N U S T A H / A P P h o t o


The Tribune PG 40 T hursday, January 21, 2010 RELIGION AS voices chanted the ancient hymn of the We Three Kings of Orient Are, youngsters clad in warm clothes because of the wintery weather conditions outside bore the three wise men and processed to the nativity scene located int he courtyard of the quaint Anglican Church in the norther n settlement of Arthurs Town, Cat Island, known as St Andrews. This pr ocession represented the visit of the wise men to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem bearing gifts of gold, frank incense and myrrh. At the ar rival at the crche, the young church members placed the wise men (Magi This was the only church Christmas Nativity scene on Cat Island. Although Epiphany is celebrated on January 6 in the Anglican and Catholic faiths, Father Chester Bur ton, priest in-charge of the Anglican churches in Cat Island, held the celebration on Sunday, January 10 so that it would impact a gr eater number of worship pers and would create a lasting impression in the minds of the young people so that they will continue to cherish the rich legacy of the Anglican Chur ch. In the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus last Sunday, Father Burton shared with the congregation that thr oughout the litur gical season of Epiphany the chur ch will highlight the miracles that Jesus wrought, manifesting Himself among the onlookers found within the pages of the Gospels. Epiphany simply means manifestation or revelation (revealing On this particular Sunday, Lukes gospel, chapter thr ee fr om verse 15 to the end, was the focus as it tells of the baptism of Jesus and how was He saluted as Gods beloved son. Thr oughout the years the chur ch has adapted the appr oach that the thr ee wise men symbolise the three distinct races of Gods creation Negroid, Mongoloid and Caucasoid. People of Negr o descent, people of Asian descent and white people these three wise men came primarily with one objective to worship the baby Jesus, Father Burton said. So, as Jesus bar es His all to human ity it r eminds believers of the apt words of St Augustine of Hippo, who once posited, the Son of God became son of man, so that the son of men could become sons of God. Arthurs Town celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany CAT Islands nativity scene YOUNG Anglicans lead a procession to Cat Island s only nativity scene during the Feast of the Epiphany.