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The Tribune
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Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau Bahamas
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Tribune
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2005
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Daily, except Sunday
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Volume: 102 No.10

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005







Keod Smith hits
out over remarks
on his nationality

@ By KARIN HERIG and
CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporters

YESTERDAY’s parliamen-
tary proceedings descended into
chaos after Mount Moriah MP
Keod Smith accused Opposi-
tion Leader Hubert Ingraham
of being a racist bigot for
remarks he made about the
member’s nationality.

‘AftersMr Smith-rose-to-pre-o-

sent detailed information on his
family background, stating that
he is of Bahamian and Turks
and Caicos lineage, and alleging
that Mr Ingraham is a racist, the
Lower Chamber erupted in dis-
array with parliamentarians
engaged in a shouting match.

He said that Mr Ingraham’s
allegations that he is of Haitian
descent are “disparaging” and
“ill-conceived,” and show that
the leader of the opposition has
a racist attitude.

In his statement to parlia-
mentarians, Mr Smith outlined
his ancestry all the way back to
the African Baracau tribe, giv-
ing dates and place of birth of
his parents and grand-parents.

“While I cannot lay claim to
any Haitian heritage, my heart
goes out to them when I see the
member of North Abaco make
fun of Haitians on the one hand,
and then goes into the Mud in
Abaco with crocodile tears over
their plight for a recent devas-
tating fire.

“Based on actions and com-
ments of the Rt Honourable
member over the past three
years, I conclude as do many
across the country, that he does

not like those of Haitian or
Turks Island descent. How can
he expect to lead this country
where more than 30 pér cent of
the people can trace their roots
to one of these two countries?”
he asked.

Mr Smith called upon Mr
Ingraham to “stop being a big-
ot.”

While the leader of the oppo-
sition said that he would not
dignify-Mr Smith’s statement
with a response, he called the

Mount Moriah MP’s comments

a “vicious attack” on his char-
acter.

He added that to call some-
one a racist or a bigot is “surely
unparliamentarian.”

Mr Smith, however, said that
he stands by his statements
about the leader of the opposi-
tion.

Mz Ingraham explained that
when he last week informed
members of the House that he
was to assume the leadership of
the opposition, Mr Smith made
the comment “let the blood-let-
ting begin.”

He said that he responded by
telling the Mount Moriah MP
that “no Bahamian blood would
be spilled, that it would be un-
Bahamian to spill blood over
political matters.”

This resulted in a shouting
match between government and
opposition parliamentarians,
with Mr Smith denying that he
had ever made the “blood-let-
ting” remark.

To this Montagu MP Brent
Symonette said: “Yes you did,

SEE page 11







. B DAMEIVY DUMO
inspects the guard at Raw
Square yesterday.





m@ By KARAN MINNIS
and KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporters




WITH a last ceremonial
inspection of the guard on
Rawson Square and a spe-
cial joint-session of the
House of Assembly and the
Senate, Governor-General
Dame Ivy Dumont yesterday
retired from office.

Remembered by parlia-
mentarians and senators as
a great woman who gave
much to the country through-
out the years, Dame Ivy
stepped down from the post
she held for the past four
years.

Arriving shortly after
10.30am, Dame Ivy was wel-
comed by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force band
playing the national anthem,
before entering the Senate
building to give her farewell
speech.

Addressing senators and
House members in the
Upper Chamber, she said:
“Today, I conclude 57 1/2
years of public service, the
last four being those as Her
Majesty’s representative in
the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. The honour of



SEE page two

Nassau and Bahar

(Photo: Felipé Major/
Tribune staff)













lm By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter







DR BERNARD NOT-
TAGE, former CDR leader,
and FNM chairman Carl
Bethel were officially, sworn
in as Senators yesterday.

On Monday, Dr Nottage
and Mr Bethel both received
their instruments of appoint-
ment from Governor Gener-

Wanted for

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

























































FREEPORT - Grand
Bahama police are looking
for an 18-year-old man who is
wanted for questioning in
connection with murder.

Natario Francis, whose last
known address was Beginning
Drive, South Bahamia, is con-

SEE page 11









































Nottage, Bethel sworn in

al Dame Ivy Dumont at Gov-
ernment House.

At the time, Dr Nottage
affirmed his goal to serve the
public, stating that leaders
needed to be more than just

_ “pure politicians”, but peo-
ple who were looking at the
country’s problems and try-
ing to solve them.

SEE page 11

questioning























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Mitchell

invites
police to

investigate

@ By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

AS A result of allegations

made during the FNM’s rally,

Foreign Affairs Minister. Fred
Mitchell has invited police to
perform their own investiga-
tions in the Department of For-
eign Affairs.

Allegations of the illegal
issuance of hundreds of visas
by-the Foreign Affairs Depart-
ment were a “hot button” topic
throughout the FNM’s conven-
tion and rally.

In the House of Assembly
yesterday, Mr Mitchell said he
had asked the opposition on
numerous occasions to either
report specific allegations of
impropriety or take their evi-
dence directly to the police.

“Since they failed to do so, I

SEE page 11

Anger outside
of court
as murder
- accused arrive

B By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

FREEPORT - Family and
friends of slain 34-year-old
Tanya “Penny” Pinder cried
“shame” as two.men were
escorted by police to Magis-
trate’s Court to face murder and
other related charges on
Wednesday.

The accused — 22-year-old
Raymond Darling, and a 17-
year-old male, wore sweater
hoods to conceal their faces
from news photographers and
the crowd of onlookers assem-
bled at the rear of the court-
house around 10am.

Angry relatives and friends
of the deceased woman shouted
as the two were escorted from
an unmarked police vehicle.

Darling and the juvenile
appeared before Magistrate
Helen Jones in Court Three,
where they were charged with

SEE page 11





PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005 THE TRIBUNE

Farewell to Dame Ivy

FROM page one

serving as governor-general will fall
to only a few citizens, of whom I am
the sixth.

“My expressions of gratitude to the
government and people of the
Bahamas cannot convey the true
depth of the emotions that have
buoyed my spirits over these years, as
I have discharged the constitutional,
legal, advisory and social roles of the
Governor-general’s office,” she said.

Dame Ivy said she was able to
complete all four of her objectives
as governor-general.

“T selected only three major objec-
tives for my tour of duty..Firstly to
maintain my relationship with stu-
dents and youth groups, secondly to
encourage volunteerism, and thirdly
to emphasise the importance of fam-
ily,” she said. ;

A fourth objective of restoring the
physical structure of Government
House, she said, was added after she
took residence in January 2002.





In brief

Oil barge
remains -
stranded
on reef |

THE Louis J Goulet, a 220-
foot Canadian oil drill barge, is :
still stranded on a coral reef.off :
Abaco after running aground,
almost a month ago. Se.

Despite assurances from the.
Port Department weeks ago.
that the vessel would :be
removed from the reef, several -
Abaconians have phoning The.
Tribune to complain that the,
Louis J Goulet is still stranded
off Man-O-War Cay.

The barge has been stranded
in the Bahamas a number of,
times and has sparked several.
environmental concerns.

The vessel is thought to have.
threatened national parks near,
Long Island before running
aground in the Exuma Cays after
Hurricane Jeanne. It then broke,
free from its moorings in Walk-,
er’s Cay, Abaco during Hurri-:
cane Wilma and drifted until it.
ran aground again — this time 100
yards off Man-O-War Cay.

Abaconians complain that the:
vessel is posing a significant.
threat to the reef, as a hole was
punctured in the ship’s hull dur-
ing the storm.

However, the Port Depart-
ment has stated that the non-
motorised vessel is only carrying
enough fuel to operate its gen-
erator, and as such, “poses no
environmental hazard to the
waters around the Abacos”. :

Port Controller Captain
Anthony Allens could not :be
contacted for comment on-the
matter up to press time.













































W THE drill sergeant speaks to Dame Ivy Dumont as Prime Minister Perry
Christie and MPs look on

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005, PAGE 3



Fears of sewage pollution (=



In brief —

Ing raham
‘committed to
democracy

in Bahamas’

m By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

“ON his first official day as
leader of opposition business in
the House of Assembly, Hubert
Ingraham told parliamentarians
that he remains committed to
enhancing and deepening
democracy in the Bahamas.

’Mr Ingraham was sworn in as
leader of the opposition on
Monday in a short ceremony at
Government House.

“This commitment necessar-
ily includes transparency,
accountability and high ethical
standards on the part of all per-
sons who hold public office —
standards that we on this side of
the House adhere to and will
demand of the government,” he
said.

In congratulating his col-
league’s appointment, Prime
Minister Perry Minister said he
hopes that Mr Ingraham retains
the position for “quite some
time”.

MP Tennyson Wells, on
behalf of the Independent
members, added that he is hap-
py Mr Ingraham has assumed
the role he should have in May
2002.

Man shot
during
armed
robbery

BBOLICE. are investigating an
gating

pted armed robbery anda

shgoting around 9pm on Tues-.

Superintendent Water Evans
‘that a 60 year-old male had

waived at his home on Skyline

ave when he was accosted by

ymen.

he men forced him into his






nzefused:and
en ‘side-.

hip.
He was taken to hospital

where he was listed as stable.
The two robbers escaped jn a

‘white Chevy Cavalier.

Kiwanis’
donation
to Unity
House

THE Kiwanis Club of Over
the Hill teamed up with its
sponsored youth club - the Key
Club of Jordan Prince William

_ Baptist School —- to make a

charitable donation to the Uni-
ty House. ‘

The home, which houses
about 40 elderly persons as well
as individuals who that have
been abandoned, is located on
East Street South.

Rev Janet Butler, the admin-
istrator of the institution, said
she was extremely grateful for
the contribution.

Club president Frederick
Rodgers, president-elect James
McNiel, treasurer Berry Sweet-
ing and Key Club president Ms
Jovan Saunders were on hand
to make the presentation.

-Ms Saunders was also sup-
ported by members of the Key
Club, including Dominic Stubbs
and Tanishka Storr.

The donation included sup-
plies of grits, corned beef,
cream, tuna, fruit juice and oth-
er food items.

Flight held

A BAHAMASAIR aircraft was
being held at Miami International
Airport last night by US officials,

reportedly for non-payment of a:

bond.

As The Tribune was going to
press Bahamasair’s board was in
session last night trying to sort out
the matter. It is understood that
Bahamasair has claimed that what-
ever money was owed — whether it
was a “bond” or “fine” was unclear
— had already been paid.

It was also reported that
Bahamasair was trying to engage
Falcon Air to fly its passengers to
Nassau. However, is was claimed
that US Customs asked Falcon Air
if it did so would it be prepared to
pay whatever Bahamasair owed.
The Tribune was told that the word
used was “fine”.

No further information was
available up to press time.

@ By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter

A CONCERNED resident of Star
Estates fears that an open sewer in the
area is in danger of contaminating the
government water supply.

The resident of Jupiter Way, who
wished to remain anonymous, said that
after a lot was cleared in his commu-
nity three weeks ago, he saw liquid
spurting into the air from what smelled
like an open sewer.

Yesterday, The Tribune visited the
Site.

Around what appeared to be a bro-

ken sewer line the ground was satu-
rated with grey-brown liquid and green
mould.

Only a few yards away was a capped
well enclosed by a gate.

While the well area was being
inspected, liquid began gushing from
the sewer pipe.

“The sewer’s popping up and chil-
dren live in the area,” said the con-
cerned resident, who added that
because of the proximity of the well,
“sewage may get into the water lines
and it may make you sick.”

The man said that while there was
no sign indicating that the nearby well

was part of the government water sup-
ply, everyday he sees a Water and Sew-
erage truck visit the well.

"Children walk across it to go to the
next street. Sometimes, they play in
the area. Someone could walk on it
and they can get sick," he added.

General manager of engineering and
planning at the Water and Sewerage
Corporation Chris Sherman spoke
with the concerned resident and said
the complaint would be investigated.

Parliamentary secretary in the Min-
istry of Health Ron Pinder was unable
to accompany The Tribune yesterday
as parliament was in session.

Hi THE open
sewer in Star
Estates. On
the other side
of the hedge
in the
background
‘is an
underground
well

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Mitchell accuses
‘Bethel of misleading |
the public on visas —

@ By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

FOREIGN Affairs Minis-
ter Fred Mitchell yesterday
charged that FNM Senator
Carl. Bethel “misled the
Bahamian public” with his
claims about the minister’s
involvement in the issuance
of visas.

Mr Bethel alleged that Mr
Mitchell forwarded an e-mail
communication, dated May 6,
2004, to his permanent secre-
tary, Dr Patricia Rodgers, con-
cerning a request for the
issuance of a number of visas.

The e-mail, Mr Bethel said,
was marked “Re: Your.
Approval”.

Mr Mitchell told: the Buse”

yesterday that: this “is not
what the document shows at
all” and that Mr Bethel’s
claims were totally false and
misleading. He proposed to
lay a copy of the e-mail on the
table of the House.

“The e-mail comes from
Senator Trevor Whylly who

is an assistant in the office of
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Bruce Bain whose complaint
was that he was not getting
approval for visas for seamen
on his boat.

“I e-mailed the senator the _

next day May 6, 2004 to say ‘I
will look into the matter’. This
was no promise of anything
other than to have the matter
investigated.’ It is what any

a

Frida

minister should do with regard
to a complaint from any citi-
zen,” he said.

“On the same day, and the
e-mail discloses this on the
face Of the record, I e-mailed
the permanent secretary Patri-
cia Rogers with the words:
‘For your advice’. It is true
that the subject is ‘Your
Approval’ but when you
examine the e-mail, it shows
quite clearly that the subject
“Your Approval’ was not one

I typed in but one which was

in the original sender of the
e-mail,” the minister said.
Mtr Mitchell said that he had
not seen, or heard anything
more about the matter until
‘he heard.that a copy
mail was in the possessi
Mr Bethel with the.title
“Approved for.issue”? and,ini;

tialed by the permanent sec--":

retary on May 11, 2005.
“T did not issue any such

direction. The matter was han-

dled entirely by the public ser-
vice,” he said.

Mr Mitchell also defied any-
one to produce evidence that

to five Chinese persons on
February 13, 2005, as claimed
by Mr Bethel.

_“It is always my position

that if visas can be lawfully
issued then the person should
be facilitated, and being a
member of parliament does
not deny you the right to the
issuance of visas provided you




of:



fall within the rules.

“The right of:expectation of a
member of parliament is iden-
tical to the right of expectation
of a citizen of the Bahamas.
This has not, and I will never
engage in preferential treatment
of any citizen over another, ” he
said.

Mr Mitchell said that he has

authorised no.one to act on his:

behalf, and challenged the
opposition to “produce the

paperwork” to prove that he

has.

on my behalf as minister. If I
give an instruction that instruc-
tion is in writing. I go further,
Mr Speaker, and § say that even if
‘given a direction tO issu
thé visas provided I acted with-
in: my discretion and the law








discretion.

“This view that because
politicians exercise political
power there is somehow some-
thing wrong with it, it is simply
misguided. It cannot stand the

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Sela el Uae TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE:



The Tribune Limited



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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.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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ON WEDNESDAY Bahamas Information
Services published a news item from the Cab-
inet office announcing Thursday morning’s
farewell ceremony for retiring Governor-Gen-
eral Dame Ivy Dumont.

The “ceremony is a public event and spec-
tators are welcome,” said the BIS statement.

However, although the press is the public’s
eyes and ears, and despite the number of emp-
ty seats in the Senate chamber, the press was
not welcome.

Al Dillette of Bahamas Information Ser-
vices (BIS) telephoned The Tribune after
deadline Tuesday evening asking that space be
made for the Cabinet’s announcement. At
6.06 pm the short notice was e-mailed to our
local news editor, and a news page was rejigged
to accommodate it.

The next day a reporter was assigned as
usual to the Senate, where the ceremony was
to take place, and another two were sent to the
House, where members were to start their
meeting before being summoned to the Senate.

Tribune reporter Karan Minnis, arrived ear-
ly and took her usual seat in the press section
of the Senate chamber. Shortly afterwards,
she said, a woman came up to her and asked
where she was from. When told she was The
Tribune Miss Minnis was informed that she
would have to move. “She said I could not be

there because they had np space for the press; ‘

they had been reserved.”

Miss Minnis told the lady that she must
have been mistaken because this was a press
event, and sitting in a press seat, she was there
to cover it. “Okay”, said the lady and left.

“About two minutes later Andrew McKin-
ney came over, held my upper arm and said I
had to go outside because they only had room
for two members of the press, BIS being one,
but they had not decided who the other was to
be,” said Miss Minnis.

She told him she was remaining inside to do
her job as his information must have been
incorrect.

He insisted on the correctness of his posi-
tion, and she persisted in hers. Mr McKinney

. walked off.

Miss Minnis then stepped into the hall to
use her phone. Mr McKinney returned, told
her she could stay until BIS came to sort out
the seating. But, he said, she had to remain
outside. She refused. When she had finished
her call, she returned to her seat in the cham-
.ber. By now a BIS staff member was also seat-
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and ZNS would be allowed to report inside the
chamber. All other reporters were to be kept
outside. “Oh, we shall see!” a confident Miss
Minnis replied.

She remained undisturbed in the Senate
until the Governor-General was about to
arrive. She and a Love 97 reporter were’ then
asked to step outside the chamber. They.com-
plied. They were left standing in the hall for a
few minutes, when, without explanation, they
were escorted back to their press seats.

Members of the public who were “welcome”
did not respond to the invitation, leaving many
Senate seats empty.

Meanwhile downstairs our two reporters
and photographer were also being hindered in
their work. The two House reporters were
stopped from entering the Senate building.
They were told by a plainclothed official that
it had been agreed that BIS would brief the
press as to what area they would be allowed in
to report proceedings. He said a table with
speakers was to have been set up outside for
the press. Our photographer was not allowed
to move freely to cover the event. He, with
other photographers, had to remain in a cer-
tain section, while free movement was allowed
BIS and ZNS staff.”

The official was surprised that BIS:had not

’ briefed the press the day before, nor had who- |

ever was responsible for doing so, provided
speakers for them to hear proceedings or a
table at which they were to work.

It is not unusual for a photographer to be
chosen as a “pool” photographer. This means
that he is responsible for supplying photos for
all members of the press corps. This was done.
Six photos were posted on the internet from
which the press could choose. Of course, The

Tribune editor was annoyed because he want- .

ed a wider selection of photos, which he would
have had from his own man.

Whoever bungled the arrangements for yes-
terday’s ceremony must remember that the
press members should not be hindered in
doing their job. These men and women were
there to represent the public — those who
BIS said were so “welcome”, but who could
not be present. They are the readers who
expect their newspaper -to report the event for
them.

BIS personnel must also be reminded that
they are being paid to facilitate, and not hin-
der, the press in the discharge of their duty to
keep the public informed.



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Embarrassed
the House
of Assembly

EDITOR, The T mane

ON Novemier 23, 2005 I
watched the proceeding of Par-
liament at home by myself and
I was embarrassed and ashamed
to know that these proceedings
were being broadcast on our
airwaves.

If at all possible I would like
for someone to dig into the
archives of Parliament and send
to the Speaker a video of the
Honourable Speaker Italia
Johnson’s methods of operat-
ing when she sat in the Speak-
er’s chair.

It appears to. my little mind
that whenever there is a ruckus
in Parliament the Speaker, for
whatever reason when he is try-
ing to. obtain peace and calm,
always without exception looks
at the Opposition as if they are
at fault.

However, I am an avid watch-

er of Parliament, and most of

the time —if not all — it is start-
ed by a Government member.

Is the Speaker afraid to
rebuke his colleagues, and if so
why?

As far as I am aware the
Speaker even though appointed
by Government is supposed to
be fair and impartial during the
proceedings.

During the past two weeks I
have been greatly disturbed to

‘see and hear the governing par-

ty stoop to the level which they
have done to try and stir up
racial hatred in our Bahamas
once again. They are constantly
asking why white Bahamians
do not get involved in the

_ Bahamas. I wonder why they

ask this, because they are giving
themselves the answer. It is

‘because of these same racial

overtones that white people are
afraid to get involved.

It was amusing to see white-
Bahamians in the PLP conven-
tion hall sitting and having to
listen to this type of rhetoric. I
wonder how they must have
felt.

I wonder if any speaker at the
PLP convention would like it if
their father or grandfather had
gone to jail for stealing and the
people of this country called
that person a thief because of
what their foreparents had
done. -

It is time that we as a people
realise that no one can change
the past. It is the future that we
have to be concerned about,
and if any one in this country,
be they red, yellow, black or
white, believes that we as a peo-
ple can progress by preaching
this racial hatred then I have to
assume they do not and have

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not read the Bible. God in his .

Holy Word makes it clear that
we are all his children and as
such we should love on another.
It is very disturbing that to
date I have not heard one
church leader in our Bahamas
who has the nerve to speak out
against this. Are these leaders
sincere in what they preach or
are they only interested in
pleasing their earthly masters.
I do not expect preachers to
become involved in any political
war, but they have a duty to
God and his children to speak
against anything that is wrong.
I wonder which convention
Mr Rigby attended, or maybe it
is because he thinks the rhetoric
at convention by almost every
speaker is normal.
If what I heard each night is

not intended to create tacial”
barriers in our Bahamas thei I+
suppose I am an idiot. I believe®
the PLP now realise that this
fuse will do them more harm~-
than good so now they want‘tos
change what was expounded at
great lengths. Well it is too late
for that because most of ‘ours
young, intelligent voters Know:
exactly what they meant and
they do not want any part ee
this. 5
Editor, I can voice my pins
ion on this because my grand-
mother was a dark lady, and I:
was raised by a black woman. I: --
learnt to play and socialise with |
her children and never knew’
the difference until I got older:
and listened to the politician of
that era. By the way I am 56:
years old, so anyone knows the
era I am talking about.

A CONCERNED ;

BAHAMIAN 1H
Eleuthera af
November 2005 ot



Alfred Gray and |
the UBP menace |

EDITOR, The Tribune

OF all the demons from the past, perhaps none is so divisive
and therefore destructive, as.the demon of racism. And of all’ ’
the endeavours that one could embark upon, there is none |
more capable of eventually demonstrating that person’s true~.
character than the practice of politics. And when those who “4
have embarked upon a career of politics have their true char-
acter revealed in that they will not let this demon of racism die
an awful and painful death, then we are to take them to task*for: 2

their lack of good character.

about it. That’s a first for me.

God forbid!



shame.

WILLIAM (BILLY) ROBERTS

Abaco
November 18 2005

The. assertion that we should be fearful of a return.to. the: &
days of the UBP should the FNM win the next election, 4nd |
something should happen to Hubert Ingraham thus leaving
Brent Symonette in charge, is such a preposterous assertion,
that | cannot find anything more of an intelligent nature to Say- 4

Actually, there are two things that I have just thought of:

1) To Alfred Gray and anybody who willingly agrees with ns
assertion, I say shame on you weaklings, and

2) Surely there are a greater number of those Bahamians that? "
can see straight through such evil, than those who cannot:

Let me implore my fellow Bahamians — that includes Alfred’ |
Gray by the way, because he’s still my brother, even though F-*!
don’t even know him personally — to please refrain from such’ ©
destructive rhetoric. How can we claim to be a Christian’ -
nation while fanning the flames of hell? Obviously Mr Grays ‘S
knows not that racism is a tool of the Deceiver. As long as wé-'*}
remain divided, we will remain less than all we can tuly Hee uF

A white man in Brent Symonette’s position has got to’ be!
making us look to the rest of the world as if we are united here":
in the Bahamas. And that’s a good thing, a very good thing: +
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005, PAGE 5









In brief —

New Family |
island

projects are
announced

DURING a communication
to the House of Assembly yes-
terday Works and Utilities Min-
ister Bradley Roberts unveiled a
schedule for a number of con-
tracts for the repair and con-
struction of roads in the Family
Islands.

e Eleuthera main road — the
contract is progressing and com-
pletion is expected to take
another 5 months.

v* Eleuthera settlement roads
—;eontracts are expected to be
awarded within the next 60 to
90; days.

e, South Andros roads and
airstrip — contract valued at
some $3 million is completed.

‘Mangrove Cay airport and
roads.— a contract was awarded
on Monday, with a projected
completion date of April 2007.

* North and Central Andros
roads — a contract is to be
awarded in first quarter of 2006.

re Roads in East Grand
Bahama — a contract is in
progress for the repair and
reconstruction of 21 miles of
road. .

-@ Roads in West Grand
Bahama — a contract will be
awarded shortly.

¢ Roadworks in Acklins and
Ragged Island are currently
being considered to go to tender
in January, 2006. These projects
are earmarked to be funded by
the European union.

: ¢ Roadworks in Marsh Har-
bour —a contract will be award-
ed in the first quarter of 2006.

. ¢ Roadworks in Long Island
settlements — the first contract
will be issued shortly and the
second in the first quarter of
2006.

' @ Roadworks in Cat Island —
a contract will be awarded in
first epuanier of 2006.

Festival
Noel in

Grand
Bahama

THE 11th annual Festival
Noel will be held this weekend
in Grand Bahama.

Organisers say the event will
feature many fine wines and
champagnes, works of art cre-
ated.by several Bahamian
artists, a silent auction and food
from the best restaurants on
(Grand Bahama.

; The ‘festival, themed:
“Evening under the stars” will
ibe-held on Friday, December
2, at the Rand Nature Centre.

L Silent auction prizes will
include jewellery adorned with
‘diamonds, emeralds, rubies and
jsapphires.

| There also will be gift baskets
‘filled with local fragrances and
|designer perfumes, courtesy of
iParfum de Paris.

“Island Galleria will be show-
Casing gifts donated by the Min-
inis‘family.

Wine selections will come
from countries around the
world, including the United
States, Chile, Argentina, Aus-
tralia, France, South Africa and
Italy...

- "Those attending will have the
opportunity to vote and crown
Chef Noel 2005.

. Noted artist Malcolm Rae
will be the guest artist, and
there will be many other artists
and crafters displaying their-cre-
ations.

~ Tickets for Festival Noel
2005: An Evening Under the
Stars are on sale for $45 at the
Rand Nature Centre, Bristol
Wines and Spirits and Colom-
bian Emeralds International in
Port Lucaya. The evening starts
“at 7pm.

St Andrew’s
residents
to hold
necting

ST Andrews Beach residents
are.asked to attend a commu-
nity, meeting to be held on Sun-
day, December 4, at 3pm.

Fhe community Christmas
patty and other important issues
will be discussed.

“Fhose attending are asked to
be’on time.

LOCAL NEWS

Road improvement planned

for completion by 2008 —

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

THE seven remaining corridors for
the New Providence Road Improve-
ment Project are expected to be com-
pleted by 2008 — at a cost of $75 to $80
million.

This was revealed by Works and Util-
ities Minister Bradley Roberts during
a communication to the House of
Assembly yesterday.

The remaining corridors, which have
been divided into seven smaller indi-
vidual contracts called ‘slices’, are ear-
marked for completion through both
local and international bidding | as fol-
lows:

e Slice 1, which comprises Baillou Hill
Road, Market and East Streets, is for
international bidding and has an antici-
pated contract award date of Bent,
2006;

° Slice 2, which includes Robinson
Road, Prince Charles Drive, Marathon
and Wulff Roads, is also designated for
international bidding with the antici-
pated contract award date also for April,
2006,

e Slice 3, which includes the Bamboo
Boulevard and East Street Junction;
Bamboo Boulevard; the Milo Butler
Highway extension to Carmichael Road
and the Abundant Life Road, will be
tendered locally.

The bid documents for this project
were issued to the bidders last month
and it is anticipated that the contract
will be awarded in March, 2006.

e Slice 4, which includes the Bethel
Avenue extension from JFK Drive to
East Bay Street and the new Cordeaux

Avenue link between Baillou Hill Road .

and Thompson Boulevard, is also for
local bidding with the anticipated con-
tract award date set for September,
2006,

Government to buy asphalt
plant to keep costs down

e Slice 5, which includes the Bethel
Avenue realignment between the
Tonique Wiliams-Darling Highway and
JFK Drive and the New Oakes Field
distributor from Yellow Elder to. the
New Bethel Avenue realignment, is for
local bidding with an anticipated con-
tract award date scheduled for Septem-
ber, 2007.

° Slice 6, which is also for local bid-
ding, is on hold pending final designs
of the Bah-Mar Development..

e Slice 7 comprises a local contract
signed on October 18, 2005, with works
scheduled to be completed in June,
2006. This project is intended to
improve that section of Baillou Hill
Road between Robinson Road and the
Independence Drive/Tonique Williams-
Darling Highway/Baillou Hill Round-
about.

The contract for this slice was award-
ed to the local joint venture partner-
ship of Bethell’s Trucking and Heavy
Equipment and the Bahamas Hot Mix
Company.

The contract sum for Slice 7 is
$3,334,531.61 and the project is expect-
ed to be completed within seven
months.

As an incentive for the contractor to
complete the works on this highly traf-
ficked and vital corridor, the govern-
ment has approved a bonus of
$166,726.58, to be paid to the contractor
if the project can be completed. within
five months.

Upon taking office in May, 2002, gov-
ernment met in progress an extensive
road improvement project valued at
some $66 million and funded mainly. by
a loan from the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) with counterpart
funding of some 30 per cent by the
Bahamas government.

Mr Roberts said that by July 2002,
the international contractor for the pro-







i MINISTER of Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts

ject, Associated Asphalt, went into
bankruptcy and the project came to a
premature halt.

Eventually, arid with the agreement of
the IDB, the ministry embarked on a
new strategy to.tender to Bahamian
prequalified contractors one of the
major components of the roadworks
from the overall project. This compo-
nent was the dualling and rehabilita-
tion of the Harrold: Road corridor.

“This strategy was an ambitious one
in that, although this corridor was
removed from the project; there was,
nevertheless, the IDB requirement to
maintain the same international stan-
dards as obtained in the original con-

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

THE government has
approved the purchase of a
new $1.6 million state-of-the-
art asphalt plant to help con-
tain the cost of the New
Providence Road Improve-
ment Project. .

According to the Ministry
of Works, the new plant will
be used by the government-
owned Bahamix company to
supply asphalt to the project
at cost.

The government expects
to obtain the plant from the
Almix manufacturing com-
pany in Fort Wayne, Indi-
ana. The deal is to include
ground preparation and
installation.

Works and Utilities Minis-
ter Bradley Roberts said the
asphalt plant acquired in
1989 has surpassed its useful
lifespan and:is now experi-
encing more downtime than
productive periods.

This, he said, has resulted
in diminishing quantities of
asphalt being produced -
which in turn directly affects

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realised from the sale of asphalt.
The new plant will be located
in the industrial park area, off
Firetrail Road and is expected.
to arrive within 30 days.
Unlike the existing Bahamix
Asphalt Plant, which is an
“Astec” model manufactured
some 30 years ago, the new
Almix model 76 duo drum is a
counterflow “zero emissions”
with an environmentally friend-
ly “bag house”, Mr Roberts said.
This “bag house” is designed
to eliminate atmospheric conta-
mination caused by particle mat-
ter, with the end result that the
public will not see pollution in
the form of steam which hovers
over the existing Astec plant.
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Despite challenges created by
the frequent downtimes, Mr

Roberts sdid'Bahamix has;been:: «7 (foci >

instrumental in the paving of a

number of streets; including the >}

Faith Avenue extension, East
Street South, several main roads
in the San Souci and Eastwood
areas, Wulff Road and Nassau
Street, among others.

“Most importantly, however,
the acquisition of the new plant
is most timely for the resump-

, tion and completion of the New

Providence Road Improvement
Project.

“Commencing in January,
2006, therefore, I look forward
with great anticipation to the
launch of a new invigorated
road paving programme that
will provide concrete help in
restoring the New Providence
road network to a state of excel- . ’
lence to the extent of available —
financial resources,” .Mr
Roberts said.

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‘TYCOON Peter de Savary,
‘developer of the luxury Winding

Bay resort in Abaco, has taken
on a new role in life — as a soccer
club chairman.
“The flamboyant multi-mil-
lionaire says he intends to take
the unfashionable London club
Millwall into Britain’s top 15
over the next few years.
_ -Millwall, known as the Lions,
have’ been best-known in the
.past for their rowdy supporters.
Their ground is fittingly known
as The Den - a place where vis-
iting fans frequently get mauled
by their rivals. .
.Mr de Savary got a taste of

their unruly behaviour when his °

‘team crashed out of the Carling
‘Cup competition against Birm-
ingham City this week.
_,, Only five minutes into the
match, 100 Lions fans ripped up
‘Security netting and charged
wards Birmingham support-
ers,
“Police had to restore order,
ventually closing the tea bar
and arresting five men.
~ "Mr de Savary, worth an esti-
‘mated $65 million, jetted into
London for his first game in
charge - and, according to The
Sun newspaper, put his foot in it
by comparing the crowd to
“hordes of under-privileged
Africans.”

However, he said his new job
was “one hell of a challenge”,
declaring that in five years he
hoped’ Millwall would be among
the top 15 clubs in the country.

The bald, cigar-chewing de
Savary is building The Abaco
Club at Winding Bay for high-
end visitors. The resort is situ-

‘ated on one of the island’s most
‘picturesque beaches.

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“developer, Mr de Savary has
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land. : ;

Expert as he is at creating lux-
ury clubs for the plutocracy, he
admits to being a greenhorn in
the world of soccer.

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ball at all,” he said. “But I do
realise we need to start winning.
This is a team effort — the sup-
porters will be on the wall with
me. We’re in it together,” he
was reported as telling The Sun.

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high-energy Mr de Savary has
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sprang to prominence in the
Americas Cup sailing competi-
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Ingraham and Christie
re locking their horns

PON his return from
CHOGM, Prime

Minister Perry Christie wasted
no time responding to criticisms
of new Leader of the Opposi-
tion, Hubert Ingraham.

This represented a major shift
in the political dynamics of the
country. Before Ingraham
regained the leadership of the
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from the FNM’s leadership.

By doing so, Mr Christie
seemed to suggest that he did
not have an equal in the former
leader of the FNM. Now, not
only has the PM immediately
addressed criticisms by Mr
Ingraham himself, he has vowed
to respond to all such criticisms
as they are made.

As one young man-said to me
on my way from Nassau Inter-
national Airport just two days
ago: “This is the most I have
heard from Mr Christie in three
years.” So the saying goes, “what
a difference a day makes”.

This dynamic exchange
between these two giant politi-
cal figures is precisely what our
democracy needs. A democracy
must have fierce competition
between opposing sides to keep

it honest. That is just what is.

happening now. Mr Christie will
no doubt produce his A-game
for a political personality like
Mr Ingraham, who is highly gift-
ed in this area of life.

The exchanges between the
two men will make for good
public debate and will produce
a much more interesting arena
in which to observe politics. Let
the games begin!

PERFORMANCE WILL
MATTER

I wrote last week that per-
formance will be a key
issue in the upcoming general
election. While I overlooked the
fact that in 1997 both political
parties had recent records that
could be compared in the elec-
tion campaign, as will be the
case in the next general elec-
tion, this oversight did not dis-
miss the fact that performance
will surely be an issue.

In fact, it is the performance
of the present government that
Mr Ingraham is criticising and
that which Mr Christie is
defending. Voters can expect to
be treated to many ‘more
exchanges over the performance
of both parties while in office.

Take for instance the econo-
my. Mr Christie, in answering
Mr Ingraham, referred to a
Financial Times article saying
the Bahamian economy recov-
ered much quicker than expect-
ed, noting the positive growth
rates of the economy over the
last three years as compared to
the decline by two per cent in
2001, as well as mentioning the
billions of dollars in investments
in the pipeline.

It is true that the econom
has recovered and that it has
been a relatively quick one.
However, the FT article may

not have noted that the decline.

in the Bahamian economy in
2001 was largely a result of the
terrorist attacks in 2001 and the
recession in the US that began
in March that year.

STRAIGHT UP TALK

ZHIVARGO

Additionally, it did not reveal
that before Mr Christie came
to office in May, 2002, the Inter-
national Monetary Fund (IMF)
was already forecasting eco-
nomic recovery for The
Bahamas, predicting growth

rates of 2.5 per cent and three.

per cent in 2002 and 2003. As it
turned out, the economy grew
by 1.9 per cent and three per
cent in those years.

Indeed, when PM Christie
gave his first budget communi-
cation in May, 2002, one he said
was really the FNM’s, since it
was mostly prepared by that
administration, he noted the
IMF’s forecast for positive
growth of the economy.

This was before his govern-
ment had been able to execute
any economic policies of its own.
Mr Christie said the positive

IMF forecast was based on a:

number of investments the IMF

knew were in the pipeline and .

the recovery of both the US
economy as well as Bahamian
tourism following the terrorists
attacks of September 11, 2001.

In essence, then, the recov-'

ery and performance of the
economy within at least the first
two years of the Christie admin-
istration were based more on
factors that preceded. the
administration‘s effort rather
than policies of its own. This is
what Mr Ingraham argued at
the FNM rally held recently.

| he FT article also failed
to. point out that

notwithstanding the positive
growth of the economy over the
last three-and-a-half years,
unemployment in the country
has actually risen. from-9.1 per

~ cent to 10.2 percent.

Indeed, on some islands,
namely Grand Bahama, the
unemployment rate is higher
than the national average. Per-
haps this is because so much of
the billions of dollars of invest-
ments in the pipeline mentioned
by the Times article remained in
the pipeline and have not been

put in the ground. This, too, was’

a point that Mr Ingraham made
in recent comments.

It was also interesting to note
that Mr Christie, in reading the
Times article, pointed out that
the financial services sector of
The Bahamas was holding its
own despite significant global
competition.

Interestingly, there have been
no legislative, policy or program-
matic changes in the financial ser-
vices sector of the Bahamas over
the last three years.

In fact, where many thought

LAING

that the Christie administration
would move quickly to reverse a
number of the financial laws put
in place in 2001 by the Ingra-
ham administration, no“such
thing has happened to date.:
To the contrary, where those
laws were once criticiséd: by
members of the administration
prior to coming to office, they
now seem to refer to them when
telling the world that.the
Bahamas is a “well-regulated,
blue-chip” financial services
centre. It seems, therefore, that
whatever factors contribute to
the strengths that exist in the
sector today predate Mr
Christie’s administration.
Both parties will have to
sharpen their wits to ensure that
they make sensible representa-
tion of themselves before a
much more enlightened public
than they have ever. faced
before. Let the games continue!

BAHAMAR AND TRANS: '
PARENCY

E Grand Bahama, I host a
radio talk-show. On one
of my recent shows, a caller
asked how it was that the gov-

ernment had a “confidentiality

clause” in the Bahamar agree-
ment if it was a transparent
agreement. .
The fact of the matter is that
transparency and confidentiali-
ty seem to be at odds with each ©
other in matters of public
affairs, particularly where the
state is making an agreement
between itself and a private
investor in the public interest.
Indeed, if a document can be
commented upon extensively
by a minister in the House of
Assembly and even ‘tabled in

‘that sovereign place, it seems

highly illogical that it would
include any provision that calls
for secrecy or confidentiality.
This is a point to which the
government must speak, if it is to
settle the public’s mind as to its
handling of the Bahamar deal.
Admittedly, it was also curi-
ous to me that while I was able
to get my hands on the
Bahamar Heads of Agreement,
what I received did not include
a number of appendices to
which the document referred.

THOUGHT FOR THE
WEEK

Ss public debate is
characterised: by
exchanges over ideas rather

than the hurling of personal
insults.

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Nassau attorney Tony
Hepburn decided to cross
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long-distance cycling, Tony Hep-
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He found the experience so
enjoyable that he has been on
one or two such tours every year
since.

After several one-week tours
in the USA and Canada, he ven-
tured further abroad with tours
in Europe, Central and South
America, Australia and New
Zealand. Having read about
cycle tours across America, he
decided this was the kind of chal-
lenge and adventure for him.

So, early last year, he contact-
ed CrossRoads in Connecticut,
which specialises in annual rides
from Los Angeles to Boston.
The 3,415 mile journey through
15 states takes over seven weeks,
riding six days with one day off
each week.

So, on May 15, 2004, the great
adventure began. Tony said: “The
first ceremonial gesture was at
Manhattan Beach in Los Ange-
les, where I dipped my rear wheel
in the Pacific, knowing that I had
to go another 3,415 miles to dip
the other wheel in the Atlantic.”

At first he wondered if he had
taken on an impossible chal-
lenge. However, he said: “I’m
the type of person that, once I’ve
decided to do something, I am
determined to finish it.

“There was a great feeling of
doing it all together, of natural
camaraderie. The seven-week
cycling trip was a challenge that
we had all been thinking about,
and were now finally beginning.”

CrossRoads’ ride was well-
planned and well-run. Along the
way, he bought a CD player and

’ listened to music as he pedalled

the miles away, especially on the
long straight flat sections which
could be quite boring. "
He said: “I was a bit con-
cerned about some of the moun-
tains being strenuous climbs,
having had little hill climbing
practice beforehand in the rela-

_ tively flat Bahamas. However,

after a few good climbs, the hills
were no longer a problem.”

The first week had been hard
work, as many of the cyclists
were not all that fit, and had to
endure back-to-back century
rides in the Mojave Desert,
which, said Tony, “had long
straight flat boring roads with
temperatures over one hundred
degrees.”

The ride cooled down as they
entered the Sonora Desert after
climbing several, thousand feet.



John.S. George

@ TONY Hepburn,
who has taken on
long-distance cycles
across the world

esting, and some mornings when
they started out the temperatures
were in the low 30s!

Their first day off was in
Flagstaff, Arizona, where they
enjoyed a day trip to the Grand
Canyon. On reaching Santa Fe,
New Mexico, Tony e-mailed
home: “Everything is going
smoothly, other than the bumps
and cracks in some of the roads,
which can make riding a bit

uncomfortable.”

Kansas

Next stop was Abilene, Kansas,
where Dwight D Eisenhower had
a home around which a centre
was built several years ago.

He had been led to believe
that Kansas was a flat, boring
state when, in fact, he said, “I
found the crop and dairy farms
quite interesting, also pleasant
scenery, gently rolling hills,
smooth roads for comfortable
cycling, and trains passing by
from time to time.”

By this stage of the tour, Tony
had a total of eight flat tyres, “all
caused by small pieces of wire
from steel-belted truck tyres.”

While the ride across America
is not a race, with most cyclists
going along at their own pace,
there are always a few hot shots
who like to be the first out every
morning and the first in every
afternoon!

i Topeka, Kansas, was the half-

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they visited Boot Hill in Dodge
City, where several gunslingers
were buried with their boots on.

Next stop was Springfield, Illi-
nois, to which they had cycled
over 100 miles from Quincy, Illi-
nois, named after John Quincy
Adams.

Tony safd: “The weather was .

now much warmer and more
humid, so we were getting wetter
from perspiration than we got
from our first day. of rain, when
we cycled to Topeka, Kansas!”

They: had passed the 2,000,

mile mark, and were now head-
ing into the last two and a half
‘week’s cycling which, according

to Tony, should be (apart from’:
Vermont and New Hampshire), -
less hilly than some of the areas

they had covered.

In Indianapolis, they visited:

the velodrome and cycled a few
laps, after which they went to
the. famous Speedway, where

they just missed the Formula 1.

practice session.

Quite often a speed in excess’

of 20 mph was maintained for
most of the day. Tony said he
was now fitter than he had been
in years. They would have
climbed over 90,000 feet by the
time they got to Boston.

In Ohio, relatives of one of
the cyclists set up a stand with
fresh fruit and drinks, which
were greatly appreciated.

_ After Ohio, they cycled to’ _
Erie in Pennsylvania, then to’



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Hamburg (near Buffalo),
Canandaigua, Syracuse, Little
Falls and Albany (the state cap-'
ital), all in New York State, and
arrived in Brattleboro, Vermont.

“The:scenery in Vermont was.

. spectacular, with just one full:

day’s ride to Lexington, Massa-
chusetts (via New Hampshire),,

and.a short ride to the Atlantic,

Beach in Boston.
“We had all arrived safely toa
great welcome by several of the.
cyclists’ families and friends.,
While I was pleased to finish the
ride and return home to, family.
and friends,,I was also a bit sad
to end such a great adventure,
and to leave all my new- -found

cycling friends.”
This year Tony cycled from
Maine to Florida, passing through

New Hampshire, Massachusetts,

Connecticut, New York, New Jer-
sey, Pennsylvania, Maryland,
Washington DC, Virginia, North
Carolina, South Carolina and
Georgia for a total of 1,800 miles
over three and a half weeks.
Having cycled across Ameri:
ca last year, Tony thought this
shorter ride would be much eas-
ier. Well, it wasn’t — Tony was
less fit at the beginning of the
ride and there were many more
hills during the first section down
to Washington, some with grat.
dients of 15 per cent or more! +;
‘Undaunted, Tony is contem-;:
plating another long ride - this

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Mitchell
invites
police to
investigate
FROM page one

instructed the permanent
secretary to invite the police
tocarry out an investigation
into the allegations made by
the spokesman for the side
opposite, and to determine
at;the same time how they
came to be in possession of
documents which appear to
be stolen from the Ministry
ofForeign Affairs,” he
SALE APH

Mr Mitchell promised that
the results of the investiga-
tion will be made public, and
said:his comment about the
uments possibly





mtéant to “intimidate any-
one.

“The fact is.that ministers
must. have:confidence in the
fidelity.and.:work of public
officials; and the advice
they:dischange, and
what ‘is'exchanged. between
them. he

‘If it were otherwise, it
would*erodé the very fabric
of'the’ development of public
policy. From the ‘other side,
the public must have. confi-
dénce that information
which they disclose on a con-
fidentidl basis is,in fact, con-
fidential,” he said. ~'

“Mr Mitchell said he will
not prejudice the investiga-
tion police have started by
dwelling deeper into the
specifics of the case.

“The. police are seized of

_this matter and their investi-

gations continue as to vari-

ous individuals and will no
doubt be soon completed. I
do.not wish to prejudice any
investigation with regard to
those names until that inves-
tigation is complete.

~“It is my hope that mem-
bers opposite will co-oper-
ate fully with the police as
they seek to finish their
work. I will do nothing here
this morning which com-
ments on their work,” he
said. —

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_ Anger outside of court

as murder accused arrive
| FROM page one

the murder of Ms Pinder on November 25.

They were not required to enter a plea to the murder
charge, which is an indictable offence.

According to reports, Ms Pinder, an office clerk at Bud
Ann Investment was shot dead last Friday in the office build-
ing during an attempted-armed robbery at Cool Breeze
Apartments on Hudson Avenue.

A masked man was seen running from the scene with a
shotgun, eyewitnesses reported to police.

In addition to murder, the iuvenile was also charged with
possession of an unlicensed 12 gauge Maverick shotgun on
November 25. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Darling, who was represented by K Brian Hanna, was
charged with being found in possession of 16, 12 gauge
ammunition on November 28.

He pleaded not guilty and elected summary trial in Mag-

istrate’s Court.
Magistrate Jones denied the men bail. They were remand-
ed in custody until February 28 for preliminary inquiry. .
Meanwhile, police are still searching for a third man in con-
nection with the incident.

FROM page one

sidered armed and extremely
dangerous.

He is believed to be one of
three suspects accused of shoot-
ing and killing 34-year-old
Tanya Pinder last Friday at
Cool Breeze Apartments dur-
ing an attempted armed rob-
bery.

A 17-year-old juvenile, and

FROM page one

Senators officially welcomed
the new members during their
evening session.

President Sharon Wilson said:
“Tt gives me pleasure to welcome
both of our newest members.

“T first heard the name Dr B J
Nottage, as associated with social
activism and political change,
perhaps some four decades ago.
Mr Bethel, relatively speaking in
the start of history, does not
come far behind Dr Nottage,”
she said.

Wanted

Raymond Darling, 22, were
charged with murder in con-
nection with the woman’s death.
Anyone with information
about Francis’ whereabouts are
urged to contact police at 350-
3089, 352-9774/5, 352-8224 or
crime tipster at 352-1919.

Senators

Mrs Wilson said their experi-
ence would bring sharp focus on
issues debated by the Senate and
ensure that the interests of all
Bahamians continued to be best
served. :

The decision to appoint Mr
Bethel as Senator was
announced by FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham earlier last
month. He replaces Tanya
McCartney, who resigned earlier
this year.

FROM page one

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Mr Smith stated that to say that he is
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than my father fathered me or that my
father was indeed Haitian - this is a direct
assault on the good name of my parents,
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“At least I know who my father was -
without question,” he said.

Mr Smith further said that his father had
a facility for languages, one of which was
Haitian Creole, which he spoke fluently.

He added that his two sisters married
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i By TIFFANY GRANT
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THE clothing of the Cole's of Nassau ladies boutique took
to the stage yesterday at the annual Bahamas Humane Society
fashion show and luncheon.

The event at the British Colonial Hilton, which is spon-
sored by Diane Cole-Morley proprietor of Cole's of Nassau, is
expected to raise $10,000 for the society.

Mrs Cole-Morley told The Tribune: "It's all in aid of the
Humane Society, and helps out all of our little animals which
they need lots of help."

She urged persons to report any cruelty to animals to the
society in order to curb the problem of animal abuse.

"I see a lot of animals that seem to just get mistreated. So,
I think we need to take care of that. L think it is an important
cause for the animals that can't speak for themselves," she
added.

Models from the Yodephy Dance and Modelling Academy
with poise and elegance showed off the clothing designs of
Gottex of Israel, Nicole Miller and Bahamian designs of Jean-
nie McQueeny.

One of the models wore a Basil and Maude designed skirt,
accented with a number of golden sequins and beads. As the
model walked the runway, the gold beads bounced almost
having a blinding effect. :

The creator of the Jeannie McQueeny clothing line, Eugenie
Nuttall, who attended Tuesday's function, has been. designing
clothing for a year.

‘Mrs Nuttall said that she uses natural fabrics such as silk to
create her garments.

Ella Davis, a Bahamian jewellery designer who also dis-
played her products, has produced a collection of semi-precious
stones which she calls Bella Designs.

° See page 14 and 15 for more pictures






‘PHYLLIS Garroway from Yodephy Dance and Modelling
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Government







GOVERNMENT High
ScHool students who captured
top honours.in BAIC’s Battle
of the Bands were presented
with their prizes on Tuesday.

The team of students from C
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prizes for winning the Bands Competition from BAIC’s chairman M.chael Halkitis and a ee se Ges oT ;
Donnalee Bowe, manager of the handicraft development department. ‘Also pictured:are tena all Tecelved DEW instru- ' We are pleased to announce the

Inspector Ronald Campbell; Natasha Adderley, manager of the évaluation and assessment
department at BAIC; and First Caribbean’s representative Teresa Williams.
(Photos by Gladstone Thurston)

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man Michael Halkitis. “We
improved over last year in size,
level of participation from the
exhibitors and the level of
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members of the public.

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Donation for hurricane victims





MEMBERS of the Cursillo Communion presented Arch- cheque of $500 for the Diocesan
Movement of the Anglican bishop Drexel Gomez with a Hurricane Relief Fund.
William Lowe, director and
Ms Ena Stubbs (centre),
SCRUBS & MORE) sssistant treasurer, made the
Phone: 393-7200 ¢ Kemp Road South presentation at Addington
House on behalf of the
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: a od Gomez receives the cheque.
sie oie as set can’t afford to miss it!! | The Cursillo Movement also
MI SGOD Soe URE ET TS 2 made a cheque presentation to
Saturday, December 3rd, aS the Ministry of Education
; . programme at Her Majesty’s
$12.00 bak Tops $1 5.00 Fox Hill Prison.

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+ All Rockers footwear $60.00 « | (Photo: Carvel Francis/

Diocesan Communications
Ministry)



‘ BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

Ma VACANCY NOTICE

The Banaras Electricity Corporation (BEC) invites applications from suitably qualified... -
persons to fill the position of Assistant General Manager Human Resoutités and Training. The
successful candidate will report directly to the General Manager. Candidates should have a
minimum of 15 years post graduate and relevant experience at senior management level.

Overview and Objectives

The Assistant General Manager Human Resources and Training will be responsible for

understanding the human capital needs of the corporation and optimizing the human

resource value provided to the organization. The objectives include:

= Preparing the current workforce for success in a cost-effective manner

» Anticipating and fulfilling the short and long term human resource needs of BEC

= Developing and maintaining the programs required to identify BEC’s top performers.
and weakest performers

« Effectively communicating the vision of BEC both internally and externally

Key Accountabilities and Measures:

" Develop and maintain employee records, in a confidential manner, that include all

information necessary to support the training, manpower planning, succession planning,

compensation, benefits, and performance evaluation programs for BEC

Manage employee training to support business productivity and continuity

Administer employee benefits in a cost-effective manner

Provide employee relation services to keep the workforce productive and motivated

Develop and maintain the manpower plan and succession plan

Assist the organization with employee needs analysis and recruitment

Monitor the implementation of collective bargaining agreements, including reviewing

recommendations for engagements, promotions, transfers, discipline, dismissals

* Assist the Labor Compliance officer in industrial relations matters and participate
in the collective bargaining process

* Create and manage BEC’s public relations program and improve the impression of
BEC with customers, investors, and governmental authorities

« Effectively communicate the mission and actions of BEC to all employees

* Establish and maintain. corporate policies and procedures relating to human resource
management and monitor compliance

"Develop relationships with key external constituents, including the media, to ensure
a positive message about BEC is conveyed to the public

* Develop, challenge, arid evaluate subordinates

Communicate effectively with superiors, subordinates, and peers

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Applications along with resumes should bé submitted by
= Friday December 2, 2005 and addressed to:

The General Manager
IBahamas Electricity Corporation
Re: Assistant General Manager Human Resources
Private & Confidential

City Market

hy

contributes
to Red Cross

THEIR stores are
crowded and bustling this
time of year, cash regis-
ters jingling, Thanksgiv-
ing decorations coming
down, making way for
Christmas décor, turkeys,
hams and all the trim-
mings.

But aiid fie gaiety,

i employees of City Mar-

i ket stores in Nassau and

: Winn-Dixie stores in
Grand Bahama want to
spread another message
- one of remembering the
men, women and children
who are still homeless,
jobless and trying to
rebuild their lives after
Hurricane Katrina ripped
apart Gulf Coast towns in
the United States.

The employees took up
a collection among them-
selves and donated the
funds to the Bahamas
Red Cross to send to the
American Red Cross.
which this week helped
provide Thanksgiving
dinners for thousands of
persons still displaced
from the devastating hur-
ricane that struck three ,
months ago.

“We have so much to
be grateful for,” said

. Senior accountant Nicole
Riley. “Let us open our
hearts to help others. The
people of America have
been there for us when
hurricanes have hit the
Bahamas. It is our turn to
give back.”



@ NICOLE Riley presenting a cheque to Marina Glinton of the.
Bahamas Red Cross












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Business Analyst (BA-3)
FROPERTY DEVELOPMENT AND REAL ESTATE

Montana Holdings Ltd is undertaking a major land development programme in
Rum Cay. This project will comprise international hotels, a large marina, over 400
homes and a range of holiday resort facilities in one of the most beautiful Family
Islands of the Bahamas. We are now seeking a Business Analyst to join our rapidly

_expanding Nassau office and to become a team member of a eo ne property

development business.

Business Analyst (BA-3)

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer & VP of Corporate Development, the

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¢ Property sales and conveyance

¢ Coordination and planning
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¢ Monitoring numerous commercial contractual arrangements
' * Supporting key financial and project monitoring processes

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The ideal candidate shall have at least:

¢ 3 years experience of the real estate business, land development, or the
hotel/holiday resorts business

° Educated to a degree level — preferably with concentration in Business
Administration, Finance or a Science Degree

* Held positions dealing with executive management

¢ Experienced in managing suppliers as well interfacing with customers

¢ Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

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written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to write detailed
reports and associated documentation. They will have a strong desire to learn new
skills and to accept more accountability - and have the highest level of business
acumen and integrity.

This position is situated in Nassau with some travel to the building site in Rum
Cay. International travel may be required. The salary and benefits package shall
be commensurate with the responsibilities and experience of the successful candidate.

The Montana Holdings office environment is challenging, energetic and very
demanding. It calls for staff to accept responsibility for all types of work activities,
which shall be undertaken to high professional standards.

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Please send cover letter and resume by e-mail quoting above reference (BA-3) to

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Tribune Business Editor

THE Government has
refused to grant approval for
Baha Mar Development Com-
pany’s acquisitions of several
private properties on Good-
man’s Bay, The Tribune has
learned, deciding instead that it
wanted to preserve beach
access for the Bahamian public.

The Tribune has been told
that the Cabinet, through the
National Economic Council
(NEC), turned down the
approval applications by the
developer of the $1.6. billion
Cable Beach strip revamp
because it felt the purchases
would “further compromise the
amount of beach space avail-
able for the general public”.

A source told The Tribune:
“The rationale behind it was
that the Prime Minister had
made it clear the Government
wanted to preserve as much
beach space as possible i in the
‘West Bay Street area.

Approving Baha Matr’s appli-
cations would have brought the
public beach at Goodman’s
Bay almost inside the develop-
er’s proposed resort campus,
and the source said: “I think
the Government intention is,
even if it has to do so itself, to
acquire those properties to be
turned over for additional
space.”

Baha Mar had been attempt-
ing to close the purchases of
several privately-owned prop-
erties to the east of the public
recreation area at Goodman’s
Bay. The properties involved
were situated on the left hand
side of West Bay Street. for
commuters heading into down-
town Nassau. They are oppo-
site SG Hambros Bank and
Trust (Bahamas) Ltd and the
Radisson Cable Beach Resort’s

Cabinet turns down $1.6bn
Cable Beach developer’s
Goodman’s Bay purchases,
but gives nod to Prospect
Ridge deals



i PRIME Minister Perry Christie (far right) with executives
of the Baha Mar Development Company

- golf course.

The decision to refuse
approval is consistent with
Prime Minister Perry Christie’s
articulated policy of preserv-
ing beach access for Bahami-
ans, rather than let all the best
spots be gobbled up as part of
major foreign direct investment
projects.

Addressing the PLP Con-
vention last month, the Prime
Minister said: “While on the

‘subject of beaches, let me say

that my Government has
already committed itself to the

acquisition, by private contract .

Bahamas has yet
to implement law
passed in 2003

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas has not
implemented legislation to pro-
tect personal data that was
passed two years ago because it
has yet to appoint a Commis-
sioner to oversee the Data Pro-
tection Act 2003.

This failure to implement
legislation already enacted was
pointed out by Nigel Brown,

_ of IBM, who was a speaker at
the New approaches to Crime

conference organised by his

Regulator |

in bank
warning

THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas has issued another
warning notice about a
financial institution that
may be breaching the law.

It said First Citizen Trust
Bank was not licensed
under the Banks and Trust
Companies Regulation Act
2000 to conduct banking
and/or trust business in or
from within the Bahamas.

As a result, the regulator
said it “may be operating in
breach” of the Act.

company and the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce.

The Data Protection Act
2003, part of a package of leg-
islation passed by Parliament
to develop an e-commerce plat-
form in the Bahamas, was
designed to protect the privacy
of personal information on
individuals, particularly con-
sumers, in the Bahamas and
outside.

Under its sieowistonts, persons
collecting and using personal
data on individuals are
required to observe and abide
by specific standards of confi-
dentiality, and are prohibited
from transferring personal data
to jurisdictions with less strin-
gent data protection legislation,
without the consent of the per-
son from whom the data is
obtained.

Mr Brown said that under
the Bahamian legislation,
members of the public were
able to make requests of com-
panies, asking what personal
data they held on them, and
giving them the right to check
whether this was correct and
make changes.

This was consistent with
international standards, Mr
Brown said, but the 40 days
given to Bahamian companies
in which they had to respond to
such requests was “not long”
if the firm was large.

The IBM executive said the
Bahamas “did quite well” when

SEE page 8B

with interested landowners, of
additional beach properties
that will be converted to public

use by Bahamians and visitors

alike. Further, let me reassure
you that none of the develop-
ments I am discussing this
evening will involve in any way
any deprivation of the rights of
access to beaches that Bahami-
ans presently enjoy.

“On the contrary, the thrust
of my Government’s policy in
this area is to augment the

SEE page 6B

B@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ank of
Bahamas Inter-
national will go
to the Supreme
Court on Febru-
ary 8-9, 2006, to defend itself in
an action brought by a design-
er of electronic payment and
automated cash withdrawal sys-

tems, which claims the bank -

has breached. its copyright.

Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national said in the offering
document for its current $25.2
million rights issue that it
“believes it has a good defence
to the action” being brought
by Sabrina Enterprises, a
Bahamian-incorporated com-
pany, that filed its writ and
statement of claim more than
two years ago.

Andrew Allen, Sabrina’s
attorney, yesterday told The

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Tribune that the bank had tried

to have the action dismissed on:

the basis. that it could not pro-
ceed unless the plaintiff pro-
vided specific examples of
copyright breaches.

.Position

He added that Bank of the
Bahamas International had
since “backed down” from this
position, abandoning its sum-
mons to dismiss the action in
October 2005. The case was
“now proceeding in earnest”,

and a Court-issued Summons
on October 28 had ordered
both parties to attend the -

Supreme Court in Freeport on

February 8-9 “for the trial of.
this matter”.

In its rights issue document,
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional said Sabrina was alleg-
ing that, as “successor in title”
to Workers Bank, which it
acquired in 2001, the bank “has
breached its proprietary rights

SEE page 8B

No Golden Pages in 2006

@ By NEILHARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Golden Pages directory will —
not be appearing in 2006, the company that pro-

duced the publication having shut down its office
operations on Village - Road, The Tribune has

learned.

Sources familiar with the situation said
Bahamas Data and Media had closed its office
on the second floor of the A&K Mini Plaza,
with staff having been laid-off last week and
computer and office equipment being put -up

for sale.

The Tribune was unable to contact Bahamas
Data and Media.executives for comment, the

site still appears to be active, sources told The

Tribune that the producer of on-line and hard

copy business. directories listings had been forced
to shut its office after its main financial backer,
which is based in Bermuda, withdrew financing
support after it failed to deliver the expected
investment returns.

Several prospective Bahamas Golden Pages

company’s phone at Village Road just ringing

out with no one answering it.

Although,the. Bahamas Golden Pages web-

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to the Nassau office. She successfully completed the CPA examination in the State
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Author ‘dooms ay picture
of international financial centres

nyone with the

slightest con-

cern about the

Bahamas as an

offshore finan-
cial centre should read this
doomsday scenario. Published
just this year, it’s the work of a
former BBC producer and
investigator for the well-known
international security firm,
Kroll Associates, so he has a
good background for digging
out revealing facts about the
offshore financial world. This
makes for a lively read.

Alarm

It’s not the facts that alarm
me, it’s the personal philoso-
phy he attaches to them. If gov-
ernments, the OECD, the IMF,
the Bank for International Set-
tlements, and all the associated
bodies like the notorious
Financial Action Task Force
(FATF) agreed with this
author, we would see every
international bank in every off-
shore centre, not just the
Bahamas, soon shut down, For-
tunately, he writes only as a
private citizen, with no posi-
tion of authority.

He focuses on the Cayman
Islands, and is superb at
recounting the multitude of
scandals, bankruptcies, and
financial shenanigans that have
run through the banking/legal
community there. He describes
Enron’s use of hundreds of oft-
shore companies to conceal its
indefensible in-house deals that
eventually led to its collapse;
also the enormous bank
deposits of the Italian milk con-
glomerate, Parmalat, that when
discovered to be fictitious
caused a massive default on its
debt. He relishes the story of
Swiss fast-money man Jean
Doucet, whose friendly Inter-
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companies reincorporate in
Bermuda, how trading compa-
nies use offshore vehicles to
save billions in taxes through
“transfer pricing” schemes, and
how the state of Delaware pro-

vides much'thé 'same’servic#as'

any offshore jurisdiction.

His most colourful story tells
of the 2002 criminal prosecu-
tion of senior executives at
Euro Bank Corporation,
accused of running a system-
atic money laundering opera-
tion. A junior officer of the
bank secretly gave all the
incriminating information to
Brian Gibbs, head of Cayman’s
Financial Reporting Unit. But
the case fell apart when anoth-
er secret was revealed at trial:
Gibbs was also working for
Britain’s intelligence service,
M16. After Gibbs’ flagrant
deceptions. and destruction of
evidence to hide his M16 role,
the judge chastised the prose-
cution and acquitted all the
defendants. Gibbs abruptly fled
Cayman back to England, fear-
ing he would be charged local-
ly with obstruction. of justice -
or worse. Bitter diplomatic
complaints flew from the Cay-
man prime Minister to Lon-
don, and the relationship
between the colony and the
parent country was seriously
strained.

The author cites this tragi-
comedy as an example of the
contradiction between Cay-
man’s encouragement of bank
secrecy and the power of a for-
eign power to investigate
crime. Cayman, he writes,.was
“paralysed and humiliated by
the outside forces of the secret
state and secret capital”. The
dominant theme of Mr Brit-
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marised as follows: Allowing

secrecy for large amounts of. ;

mobile capital inevitably cor-

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what he calls “the secret realm”
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are sacrificed to the purely cap-
italist ones of minimising taxa-
tion and regulation and max-
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free enterprise are stated to be
the values protected, in fact it is
greed backed by deception that
sets the rules.

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the present financial regime, as
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secret beneficiaries operating
as corporate raiders, silently
creeping up on companies to
steal away control”.

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money laundering, curtailing
tax evasion and eliminating
rogue banks. These measures
merely try to sustain the
integrity of a banking system

- that already “defies integrity”.

To him, legally acceptable
schemes of incorporating off-
shore to reduce taxes raise vir-
tually the same moral issues as
laundering drug money
through an offshore bank
account.

Without saying so explicitly,
he implies that any system
embodying financial secrecy
cannot be reformed, it must be
destroyed. He refers to the dra-
conian post-9/11 measures tak-
en by the US to control money
movements in the newly
declared “war on terror”, mea-
sures of unprecedented severi-
ty and risks to personal rights.
But he points out that even
these measures fail in the off-
shore arena, as other national

interests prevail and.tracing Al- ~

Qaeda funds proves to be an
impossible task.

’ But after all his rhetoric, the
author pulls away from offering
any specific solutions to the
alleged evils he has described.
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Advisory

“The configuration of an
advisory Board and a Secre-
tariat is currently underway as
part of an overall strategic plan
designed’to. engage the public
and private sector in a cooper-
ative approach to fight crime.
The strategy also hopes to expe-
dite processing of tourist- relat-
ed incidents while providing an
effective, immediate, appropri-
ate reaction and follow up for
crime victims and their fami-
lies.”

The Traffic Point Policeman
was a heavily photographed
image for tourists visiting the
Bahamas, in addition to improv-
ing traffic flow on Bay Street.

ASP Rahming said: “The
programme currently has an
officer on Bay and Frederick
Streét, an area prone to con-
gestion.

“We also hope to place
another officer regularly at the
intersection of Bay and East
Street. The Traffic Police are

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see a reduction in other types of
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deterrent.” (

“The Ministry of Tourismiis
thrilled with the project” said
Angela Cleare, senior director
of product development for the
Ministry of Tourism. “Tourigts
love to see the traffic police fat
work, dressed smartly in théir
uniforms. The look is unique ito
the Bahamas and is memoraljle
for our guests.”

The Traffic Point Police Pyo-
gramme is one component of
many being planned as partiof
the BVSSB initiative. The Rdy-
al Bahamas Police Force apd
the Ministry of Tourism are
spearheading the overall safe-
ty initiative, working clos@ly
with the Bahamas Hotel Asgo-
ciation, the Nassau Tourism and
Development Board, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce and Safe Bahamas.

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of the Nassau Tourism ahd
Development Board, said:
“Crime affects every aspectiof
our existence. It impacts Qur
personal lives and our econo{n-
ic well-being as individuals and
as a nation. The Nassau
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IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law Side

2002/COM/bnk/1503

IN THE MATTER OF
GLOBE-X MANAGEMENT LIMITED

AND

IN THE MATTER OF
SECTION 92 OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINE
COMPANIES ACT, 2000

NOTICE TO CRED: “ORS AND OTHER
CLAIMANTS

TAKE NOTICE that all persons having claints
against Globe-X Management Limited, whether as creditors,
shareholders, contributories, debenture holders, assignees pr
any other capacity, must, before Friday the 6th January, 2008,
send to the Joint Official Liquidators at the address shoyn
below, by letter or facsimile, full particulars of the amount
and nature of their claim together with invoices, receipts,
certificates or any other documents evidencing the same.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Joint Officjal
Liquidators may require any claimant to verify their claim
by Affidavit as prescribed by the Winding Up Rules.

Dated this 28th day of November A.D., 2005

Clifford A. Johnson and Wayne J. Aranha
Joint Official Liquidators

Globe-X Management Limited

(In Compulsory Liquidation)

C/o PricewaterhouseCoopers

Providence House
East Hill Street
PO. Box N-3910
Nassau, Bahamas

Telephone: (242) 302-5300
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RAINBOW BAY SUBDIVISION
(ELEUTHERA)

Lot #44, Biock 5, Section A. The lot is on a hill
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Area is
approximately 10,800 sq. ft. This site
encompasses a two storey apartment block of
two apartments. One upstairs and one
downstairs. Each comprising one bedroom one
bathroom, front room, dining, kitchen. There is
a wooden porch approximately 8 - 6 feet wide
on the upper level secured with a wooden
handrail. The garage area has been converted
into a efficiency apartment and now houses one
bedroom/frontroom in one and one bathroom.
Age: is 7 years old. The apartments could be rented at $700 per month partly furnished. The
efficiency rented at $400 per month.

Appraisal: $308,402.00



MURPHY TOWN
(ABACO)

Lot #60 with a structure, lot size 60 x 115 ft.,
6,900 sq. ft., 10 ft., above sea level but below
road level and would flood in a severe hurricane
the duplex has dimensions of 60 ft by 30 ft partly
of wood and partly of cement blocks with one
section virtually finished and occupied with
blocks up to window-level and floor ready to
be poured. The roof is asphalt shingles, the
interior walls and ceiling are of 1x6 pine and
the floor of ceramic tiles. The finished work is
average/below, 2 bedrooms, one bath,
living/dining. The occupied portion of the




structure is not complete. Age: 10 years old.

Appraisal: $80,498.00

NO. 3 LEXINGTON SUBDIVISION
(NASSAU)

All that piece parcel or lot of land having an area
of 7,752 sq. ft. (77.5 x 100) situated in the
southern district of New Providence being lot
No. 3 in an area known as Richville of Malcolm
Road west. This property is spacious and can
probably accommodate another house at the
rear. It is landscaped and enclosed by a wall in
front with fence on the side. The property consist
of a single story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, living
room and dining rooms, combined, family room
and kitchen, enclosed carport and a roof covered
front porch (indented) with floor area of 1,374

4 ON Te eo sate sq. ft.

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: | Appraisal: $123,000.00

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Heading south on East Street turn right onto Malcolm Road, then third corner on the right, the
house is the 4th on the left painted white trimmed green with wall in front.

LOT 194 BOYD SUBDIVISION
(NASSAU)

SE 22

All that lot of land having an area of 6,400 sq. ft.
being lot no 194 of the subdivision known as Boyd

MUTE: ao a om

Providence this property is comprised of a 35 year
old single family, single story residence
encompassing approximately 1,278 sq. ft. of
enclosed living area and inclusive of separate
living and dining rooms, and. an average size
kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an
entry porch, of approximately 88 sq. ft. ventilation
is by 2 wall unit air conditioners. The property is
at grade and level with good drainage, landscaping
is minimal, consisting of lawns and shrubs in the front, the subject is enclosed with stone walls
mounted with wrought iron and chain link fencing and a wrought iron gate in front there is a 208
sq. ft. cement driveway leading to a single covered carport of 250.sq. ft. the subject site also
has a concrete block storage shed measuring of approximately 143 sq. ft.

Appraisal: $126,000.00

Traveling west on Boyd Road, turn left onto Foster Street, continue on Foster Street to the 4th
corner right, (Roland Ave.) the subject property is the 5th property on the left side painted orange
with red/white trim. ,





DUNDAS TOWN
(ABACO)

3 two bed, 1 bath triplex 9,000 sq. ft., lot.no.
18b with an area for a small shop. Age 12 years

_the land is a portion of one of the Dundas Town
Crown Allotment parcels stretching from Forest
Drive to Front Street, being just under a quarter
acre in size and on the lowside. A concrete block
structure, with asphalt shingle roof and L-shape
in design with a total length of 70x26 ft, plus
50 x 22 ft., 2,920 sq. ft., the interior walls are
concrete blocks, ceiling is sheet rock and the
floors of vinyl tiles.



Appraisal: $220,500.00







Subdivision, situated in the central district of New |

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VALENTINES EXTENSION
(NASSAU)

Lot #2 contains a 19 year old 1 1/2 storey four
plex with a floor area of 3,621 sq. ft. The two
storey section consist of a master bedroom,
bathroom and sitting area upstairs and two
bedrooms, one bath, living, dining, family room
and kitchen downstairs. The single storey consist
of one two bedroom, one bath apartment and two
efficency apartments, land size 7,500 sq. ft. Multi-
- Family zoning on flat land and not subject to
flooding.

Appraisal: $347,006.00

The subject property is located on the western side of Valentine’s Extension Road, just over one
hundred feet north of the roadway known as Johnson Terrace. Travel east on Bernard Road,
turn left onto Adderley Street which is opposite SAC, continue left at the deep bend, take first
right into Johnson Terrace, go to T-junction and turn left, then first right. Property is second
building on right, white trimmed brown. ‘

KENNEDY SUBDIVISION (NASSAU)

Lot #5 land size 3,600 sq. 40 x 90 ft., contains
a 21 year old single story house , 3 bed, 1 bath,
living, dining and kitchen. The lot is on flat land
and fairly level with the roadway, residential single
family zoning.

Appraisal: $100,800.00

The subject property is located on the southern
side of Soldier rad about 200 ft., east of the
intersection of Kennedy Subdivision and Soldier
. Road. Painted blue trimmed white, a low concrete
wall and concrete gateposts are located at the front with a chainlink fencing enclosing the sides
and the back also walkway and driveway in the frontyard. Ground neatly maintained with basic
landscaping in place. Accommodation consist of three bedrooms, one bathroom, living and
dining area and kitchen.

KENNEDY SUBDIVISION
(NASSAU)

Lot no. 21 all utilities available 10 year old single
story house, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom, living room,
dining area, family room, kitchen, study, laundry
and an entry porch.

Appraisal: $175,350.00

Heading west along Soldier Road take main

‘entrance t6 Kennédy Subdivision.on the left, then
ake the’ 1st carner on the left'then’ist right, house
is.second on your right with garage. GSES



LOT NO 172 BLAIR ESTATES
(NASSAU)

All that piece parcel or lot of land having an area
of 15,403 sq. ft. being lot 172 in the subdivision
known as Blair Estates, this property is comprised
of a single family split level resident consisting
of approximately 3,456 sq. ft.; of enclosed living
space with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, on
| the second level and on the first a living and
4 .dining room, kitchen, utility room, family room,
bathroom, an office, a rear uncovered porch, a
covered door entry, walkway and a driveway.
Also located on the first level in a 616 sq. ft. one
; bedroom, one bathroom, living and dining room,
rental unit. The building is in excellent condition with recent renovation done, there is no signs
of structural defects or termite infestation the building is adequately ventilated with central air



’ conditioning installed on the second floor and in the rental unit the land is rectangular in shape

and ona level grade slightly elevated above the road to disallow flooding during annual heavy
rainy. periods. The grounds improvements include landscaping, a concrete block wall and fence
enclosure on three boundaries, fruit trees and a private water supply.

Appraisal: $642,222.00

Traveling north on Village Road from the round about take the second corner right into Blair
Estates (St Andrews Drive). Drive to the t-junction and make a left which is Commonwealth
Street, continue traveling to the 7th corner which is Clarence Street then drive to Richmond
Road and make a right. The subject property is the 1st house on the left no 44 painted green

trimmed white.

MARSHALL ROAD

Lot #54, land size 42,130 sq. ft. with a masonry
building with eight inch concrete block walls. The
front 2 units are 95% complete.

Appraisal: $206,766.00

Heading west on Blue Hill Road, go pass the
intersection of Cowpen and Blue Hill Road, turn
right onto Marshall Road (Adventure Learning
Center Road), follow road to the final curve before
the beach. The subject property is about 100 feet
on the right side, grey trimmed white with unfinished. building attached.





JOHNSON’S HARBOUR VIEW ESTATES SUBDIVISION(ELEUTHERA), All that vacant lot of land having an area of approximately 4,500 sq ft being lots 12E and 13W and is situated in JOhnson

said subdivision and running thereon for a distance of 90 ft. This property is
well lanscaped and fenced in. This area is quiet and peaceful with all utilities and services available.

Appraisal: $47,250.00

. Harbour View Estates Subdivision situated on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. Measuring and bounded as follows, northwardly by 20’ wide road reservation and running there on for a distance of 50 ft eastwardly
‘by lot 13E and running thereon for a distance of 90 ft southwardly by lot 30, and running thereon for a distance of 25 ft and continuing on lot 31 and running thereon a distance of 25 ft westwardly by lot 12W of the

The said pieces parcels or lot of land is situated in Johnson's Harbour View Estates Subdivision, Harbour Island, Eleuthera.

ALLOTMENT 67, MARRIGOLD FARM ROADvnaAssau), All'that lot of land having an area of 1.173 acres being lot No. and is situated on Marigold Farm Road in the ara known as allotment 67, a
said subdivision situated in the south eastern district of new Providence, Bahamas. This property is Vacant and area has all utilities & services.

Appraisal: $148,050.00

Travelling on Joe Farrington Road turn onto Marrigold Farm Road heading south, the subject is the second to last propert on the left hand side of the road near the pond.



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' THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005, PAGE 7B







No Golden

Pages in 2006 |

‘FROM page 1B

iA letter sent to them by

* Bahamas Data and Media said:
‘Bahamas Golden Pages is
‘making a change in the strate-
:gic direction of the business.
>For the next six months, the
‘gompany will advertise exclu-
igively through our on-line
vadvertising vehicle,
www.bahamasgp.com. This is
consistent with a worldwide
“trénd towards Internet adver-
itising.

‘ $4¢With immediate effect, we
'a¥ell no longer be offering
advertising space for sale in our
traditional print medium, the
“Bahamas Golden Pages.”
*2%Bahamas Data and Media’s
‘gain financial backer is under-
#§téod to have been KeyTech,
‘the Bermudan publicly-listed
‘eémpany that acts as a holding
weéhicle for companies includ-



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ing the Bermuda Telephone
Company.

Back in July 2003, KeyTech
warned investors it may not
recover a $1.26 million loan to
Bahamas Data and Media after
regulatory limits on foreign
ownership stymied its plans.

KeyTech had planned to
convert the loan into a “major-
ity equity ownership position”
in Bahamas Data and Media,
the former’s annual report said.

Regulatory

However, due to regulatory
requirements that Bahamians

retain majority ownership in

sectors such as retail and
wholesale, KeyTech was told
by the Exchange Control
Department of the Central
Bank in March 2003 that its
application for majority own-
ership in Bahamas Data and

Media had been denied.

KeyTech’s annual report said
that, after the Central Bank
refusal: “The company
[KeyTech] is currently seeking
additional Bahamian partners
and intends to submit a further
application to the Central Bank
of the Bahamas for approval
of a combination of a loan to
BD&M from the company and
a reduced foreign ownership
positioA by the company in
BD&M."

The Royal Gazette report
said KeyTech warned that
recovery on the $1.26 million
loan could ‘be anywhere
between zero to $2.29 million
over a five-year period, but

“having reviewed the various,

future scenarios of participa-
tion in BD&M by the company
and the probability of each
occurring" it said that it expects
to get $1.26 million back.

sovernment rejects

Baha Mar approvals

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Hational:inventory. of public beaches, especially
shereih: New Providence; so that all Bahamians
will have ready access to a much greater number
of beaches than is presently the case. This will be
an important element of a new comprehensive
policy that is right now the subject of con-
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However, The Tribune also understands that
Baha Mar has had better luck with its proposed
purchases of properties and land on Prospect
Ridge from private owners, the Government
having approved the acquisitions.

Among the properties acquired is the home of
Sir William Allen, the former FNM finance min-

_ ister. Baha Mar is also understood to be looking
at further acquisitions in the Prospect. Ridge
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HOUSES/ APARTMENTS/ COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

| (702) Lot #30 Golden Gates
#1, containing a duplex/
apartment residence, with 2
. - two bed one bath, living,

& dining rooms and kitchen

E units (lot size 6,000 sq ft.).
Appraised value $177,000.

f (433) Lot #165 located
& Dorsetteville Subdivision,

f Bamboo Town - Southern

# District containing duplex

f apartment building (2,112

B sq. ft.). Property 5,000 sq. ft
(SO x 100). Appraised value
$180,000.

| (401) Lots #17 & #18 Crown

E Allotments, Love Hill

Settlement, Andros. Contain-
# ing a two-storey residence.
f Appraised Value $100,000.

TON

F (806) Lots #1 & #2, Block

& 3 with a parcel situated

e between Lot #1, Block 3,

; containing a 4 bedroom

» condominium - Sunset View
Villas, West Bay Street.

f Appraised Value $750,000.
F (806) Lot #13, Block 4 of

' Coral Waterways, Section
B One, Coral Harbour, N.P.

& with two houses and a

f swimming pool, #312 N.P.
F bounded Northwardly by a

— canal or waterway of the said

. Subdivision known as
# Flamingo waterway and run-
& ning 102.004 ft. Eastwardly .

& by lot #14 and 146.145ft
» Southwardly by a reservation



. for a private road. Appraised

- Value $530,000

F (601) Lot #25, containing

~ a fourplex (2 bed 1 bath)

; George Glinton Subdivision

‘ ~ west of Kennedy Subdivi- -
B sion, off Soldier Road - Lot

© approximately 8,967 sq. ft.

# Appraised value $172,000.

(433) Lot #27 of Village
f Allotment #14 in the Eastern



istrict, containing residence

. Parkgate Road in the Ann’s
k Town Constituency, N.P.

: Property size 2,500 sq.ft.

& Building size 990 sq.ft.

& Appraised value $50,000.

fe (304) Lot #213 containing
‘® residence in Elizabeth Estates





East Subdivision, N.P.
Appraised value: TBO

(102) Condominium Unit
N-310 Silver Sands Lodge,
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Appraised value: TBO

(304) Lot #2 in block #8,
Steward Road, Coral Heights
East Subdivision situated in
Western District of N.P.,
approx. size 8,800 sq. ft. with
a split level containing two
bed, two bath, living, dining
& family rooms, kitchen and
utility room-approx. size of
building 2,658 sq. ft.
Appraised value: $322,752

(902) Parcel of land located
at the southern end of
Tarpum Bay containing a
single family two-storey
residence 4,888 sq. ft.- 7
bedrooms/2 bathrooms.
Appraised value $77,000.

(902) Lot #4 located in “The
Village” in the settlement of
Rock Sound, Eleuthera with a
11/2 storey building contain-
ing a 3 bed, 2 bath, kitchen,
living room and linen closet.
Appraised value $109,795

(902) Lot #80 (57 ft x 50 ft}
located Tarpum Bay,
Eleuthera - containing 3

bed, 1 bath house. Appraised
valued $80,000

(902) 0.281 acre lot situated
Governor’s Harbour with (1)
2 storey stone commercial
and apartment building con-
taining six apartment units,
one laundry and (2) One sto-
rey building containing two
2 bed/1 bath apartments.
Appraised value $387,900.

(902) Lot situated North Pal-
metto Point, 100 x 100 x 100
x 100 containing a one story
house with 3 bed, 2 bath,
living room, kitchen and
linen closet. ORES value

| $123,192...
# situated on Denver Street off |”

(902) Lot ar Block #23
(125.x 80) situated Rainbow
Bay, Eleuthera containing

' a one storey house with 2

bed/1 bath, kitchen, living
room and 2 linen closets.
Appraised value $89,998.

(902) Lot of land 94 x 94 x
150 x 150 on Queens High-
way just south of Palmetto
Point with a two storey stone ¥
building containing two
apartments. Each unit has 3
bed/21/2 bath, kitchen, living
room and 3 linen closets.
Appraised value $287,209.

(105) Lot with three bed, two
and a half bath residence,
situated Bailey Town, North
Bimini. Appraised value TBO



(903) Lot #15 located

| Johnson Harbour View

Estate, Harbour Island, size
6,750 sq. ft. with a 3 bed, a.
2 bath residence. Estimated a
value $95,000.

(901) Lot #7 Johnson’s
Harbour View Estates, ;
Harbour Island. 9,063 sq. ft.
containing 4 bed/3 bath CBS
residence. Appraised value
$421,000.

(902) Lot of land 175 x 184 x
175 x 200 situated one mile

south of the Palmetto Point
intersection, containinga - ¥§
partially completed two a
storey structure. Appraised 4
value $107,222. s

(903) Southern portion of Lot :
#27, located Johnson’s Har- ¥
bour View Estates, Harbour
Island. Lot*size 72. x 48, con-
taining a 2 storey building.
Appraised value $110,000. —

(701) Single storey commer-
cial building situated on the
south side of Harrold Road

containing two offices. 2

(108) Lot #146 Magellen
Crescent Poinciana Garden
Subdivision, Freeport, Grand
Bahama, with partially built §
2,700 sq ft triplex-1bed,1 §&
bath apartment. Appraised
value $47,500.

(902) Lot (8,000 sq. ft.) situ-
ated Sand’s Alley, North Pal-
metto Point :-with incomplete |
triplex (concrete structure

— belt course 2,529.6 sq. ft).
Appraised value.$49,414.





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(601) Lot (3,150 sq. Ft.) lo-
cated Mason’s Addition with
partly completed restaurant.
Appraised value $35,000.



& (701) 2 Vacant lots situated
& Domingo Heights Subdivi-
# sion, east of East St. South
& and north of Malcolm Allot-
~ ment. Appraised value TBO.

(304) Lot D-2,415 west of Fox
‘ Hill Road and 659 ft. south
of Joe Farrington Road, N.P.

; Appraised value: TBO

. (565) Vacant lot #5 located

© Eleuthera Island Shores, Sea- -

# side Drive Section B,; Block

f #15, Eleuthera. 9,691 sq. ft.
E : Appraised value $21,805.

; (902) Vacant Lot situated

South Palmetto Point, Eleu-
f thera, North of Public Road
known as “Hog Hole Road”.
» Dimensions 140 x 135 x

» 100 x 35. Appraised value
$27,845

F (902) Lot #46, Block #32,
Bahamia. Section 1X Free-

f port, Grand Bahama 90 ft

f wide along Stratford Way and
. 150 ft along Stratford Court.

Appraised value $26,000.



VACANT PROPERTIES

(108) Lot #296 Section A
Royal Bahamian Estates,
Grand Bahama, vacant single
family lot .49 acre. Appraised
value $22,000

(902) Lot #5 & 6A, Block #3
Club Estates Subdivision
situated in Rock Sound near
the Rock Sound Club.
Appraised value $25,000.

(902) Lot #5 of Bowles Tract,
8.35 acres (2,017.17 ft x 200
ft.) located approximately 2
miles southeast of Governor’s
Harbour. Appraised value
$292,000

(400) 1 acre parcel of land
situated Conch Sound,
Andros. Appraised value
$18,000.

(565) Vacant Lot #9
(11,406.65 sq. ft.) situated
in.Mango Lane Section “B”
Block #15, Eleuthera Island
Shores on the island of
Eleuthera. Appraised value
$25,665.



# Tel: 242-356-8567

F (800) Mrs. Monique Crawford
: (802) Mr. Marvin Clarke

s (803) Mr. Brian Knowles

# (806) Mr. Jerome Pinder

f (807) Mr. Larry Bowleg

| (808) Mrs. Hope Sealey
» PALMDALE SHOPPING
_ CENTRE BRANCH

I Tel: 242-302-3800

f (201) Mr. David Barr

/ (202) Mr. Frank Dean
# NASSAU INT’L AIRPORT

: Tel: 242-377-7179

: (433) Mrs. Lindsey Peterson
# GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR,

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B Tel: 242-332-2856/8

t (902) Mr. Brian Hanna

: HARBOUR ISLAND BRANCH
. Tel: 242-333-2230

- (901) Mr. Antonio Eyma

_ (903) Mrs. Rose Bethel

OFFICERS
4 COMMERCIAL ANDROS TOWN
& BANKING CENTRE Tel:242-368-2071

(400) Mrs. Vanessa Scott
NASSAU MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-322-8700

(701) Mrs. Stephanie Saunders
(702) Mrs. Anastacia Knowles
(703) Mrs. Venus Bonimy
JFK DRIVE BRANCH

Tel: 242-325-4711

(401) Mr. James Strachan
PRINCE CHARLES
SHOPPING CENTRE

Tel: 242-393-7505/8

(501) Mr. Keith Lloyd

CABLE BEACH

Tel: 242-327-6077

(466) Mrs. Winnifred Roberts
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO
Tel: 242-367-2420

(908) Mrs. Joyce Coleby-Riviere
(909) Mrs. Sylvia Poitier
(910) Mr. Travis Spicer
BIMINI BRANCH
Telephone:242-347-3031

(105) Ms Velderine Laroda

') the south side of Flamingo



(717) Vacant Lot #16 (4,920
sq. ft.) in Caroline Estates
Subdivision, in the southern ~
side of Cowpen Road west
of Faith Avenue. Appraised
value $42,000.



(902) Vacant Lot approxi-
mately 50 x 75 x 75 x 51 situ-
ated north of Tarpum Bay,
Eleuthera. Appraised value
$6,500.

(902) .281 acre of vacant
land off Queen’s Highway in
the settlement of Governor’s
Harbour, Eleuthera. Ap-
praised value $31,320.

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#11 - Greater Chippingham
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(716) Mrs. Ingrid Simon

(717) Mrs. Kaye Forsythe

(723) Ms. Alistair Curry

(724) Mrs. Nancy Swaby

(725) Ms. Marguerite Johnson

(565) Mrs. Catherine Davis

MACKEY STREET

Tel: 242-393-3097

(601) Ms. Nicola Walker

BAY & VICTORIA BRANCH

Tel: 242-322-2451/3

(303) Mr. Desmond McIntos

(304) Mrs. Alicia Thompson

FREEPORT, MAIN BRANCH

Tel: 242-352-6631/2

(101) Mr. Toure Holder

(102) Mrs. Damita Newbold-
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THE TRIBUNE:



Bank’s February court date over copyright action

FROM page 1B

as the registered proprietor of
Patent Number 1262, issued in
respect of its electronic pay-
ments and currency system,

IOOCS, and it has infringed
Sabrina’s copyright in using its
design on the bank’s ATM
card”.

Sabrina alleged that it had
signed an agreement in
November 2000 with Workers

Bank, the institution then
majority owned by the Hotel
Workers’ Union, that would
see the institution use its
patented Integrated
Online/Offline Currency Sys-
tem (IOOCS). The IOOCS

ELECTRICITY
CORPORATION

VACANCY NOTICE.

TECHNICAL TRAINER
HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING DEPARTMENT

A vacancy exists in the Human Resources & Training Division for a Technical Trainer.

The Technical Trainer (Electrical) is responsible for the technical instruction of employees
from all engineering departments within the Corporation encompassing Electrical Engineering,
Transmission and distribution Operations, Power Generation Operations inclusive of Plant

Installation, Maintenance, Operation and Control Workshop.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

¢ Providing instructions and training in engineering trade skills for employees within
the Corporation

e Preparing candidates for external examination certification by local and overseas
organizations

¢ Providing instructions on developing safe and efficient work habits

* Providing instructions to participants in classroom workshops and job environments

¢ Preparing program criteria and marking schemes for trade testing in electrical based
trades.

e Preparing timetables and examination schedules for visiting external examiners.

* Identifying, developing and delivering engineering; courses (i.¢., Electrical Technician
Training).

¢ Evaluating, recording and reporting on the progress at students attending training
courses

° Preparing cOurse notes, training aids, evaluating and marking schemes for all courses.

Job requirements include:

¢ A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineer or an OND in engineering

or equivalent qualifications

«A minimum of 10+ years of experience in an industrial training setting

¢ Sound knowledge of technical skills related to electrical engineering principles

¢ Good judgment and sound reasoning ability

* Excellent time management skills

¢ Proficient oral and written communication skills

* Ability to keep current with newly installed or modified plant

* Comprehension of schematics, technical reports, drawings, troubleshooting and

technical activities

* Good information transfer skills

¢ Computer literate
Interested persons may apply by completing an internal Application Form forwarded to
reach: The Human Resources Department on-or before Tuesday, December 6, 2005. |

BAHAMAS Bier Ue
- AND VOCATIONAL |

SS (BTVI)

WINTER PROGRAMMES 2006

BTVI is now accepting application forms for the winter
(January) semester 2006 for the following programmes:

¢ Conch Shell Jewelry Manufacturing Day and Night
* Drywall Installation Day and Night
Night
Day and Night
Night
Day and Night

Day and Night

¢ Evening Wear

* Painting and Decorating
¢ Roof Construction

¢ Small Gas Engine

° Tailoring

Application forms are available in the
Admissions Office in the J-Block of the
Campus on Old Trail Road between the

hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm

For additional information contact
Ms Lorraine Knowles or Gene Marshall at
(24 2) 393-2804 or 5, (242) 502-6338.



system had the patent number
1262, and includes a “graphi-
cally designed” Automated
Transaction Machine (ATM)
card.

However, Bank of the
Bahamas International
acquired Workers Bank the
following year, and the lawsuit
alleges that the former contin-
ued to use the IOOCS system
and its associated card without
paying Sabrina according to the
terms of the November 2000
agreement.

Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national’s document said: “The
claim is that Sabrina Enter-
prises agreed to permit Work-
ers Bank for a fee of $0.50 per
transaction conducted on ATM
facilities to use the Patent
IOOCS business model for its
automated banking services,
including the use of IOOCS
cards, and that the banks as
successor in title to Workers
Bank had been using its
IOOCS business model and the
design of its ATM card and has



FROM page 3B

streets in central George
Town, he muses in one of his
summary passages:

“The mythic power of
darkness enveloped us as. a
ceiling we could not pierce,
except through the ferocity
of our mad, loving intent to
break the claustrophobic veil



Poetic perhaps, but what
does it mean? This kind of
language offers no guide
whatever to the policymak-
ers and regulators struggling
with the every-day practical
tasks of cleaning up interna-
tional finance. But the mes-
sage that runs like a hidden
thread through the book is
clear - any secrecy for off-

not paid the requisite fee.”

When The Tribune first ran
the story on Sabrina’s lawsuit if
2003, Bank of the Bahamas
International described it as
“groundless” and “having no
merit”.

It added that it had never
entered into an agreement or
arrangement with Sabrina
Enterprises, and said it had not
used the company’s patented
IOOCS system or its card “at
all”.

Author paints ee: |
- picture of international |
financial centres

redeeming social value. Mr
Brittain-Catlin clearly is
opposed not just to recog-
nised financial crimes but
also to the entire modern
trend of the global economy,

with its emphasis on free * |

movement of capital. If peo-

ple of influence ever come ©.’

to share his views, then our:

international banking busi- 2 iy

that holds us down.”

shore finance has no

ness will be in real trouble. oe



FROM page 1B

, it came to drafting its legislation for protecting :

personal privacy in the electronic world, hav-
ing visited other countries and evaluatéd their
practices and experience.

Mr Brown, though, warned Bahamian com-
panies that a California law, which obligated
companies that held personal data to inform
everyone they held data on if there was a sus-
pected security breach, was going to become

’ “the global standard”.

He explained that the law was intended to
prevent identity theft, but had caused enormous
problems for multinational corporations.that
conducted business in California, as they could
not restrict the security breach disclosure to that

‘state, but had to do it for all US states.

Some very well-known names, including banks

yf

and insurance companies, had been forced to"
inform customers after security: breaches; ‘the:
large being a company that processed 40 million
credit cards. %

Warned je

Mr Brown warned that the cost :of ‘security
breaches for companies that held personal data
was the loss of customers to competitors when
breaches had to be disclosed. As.a result, it: was,
critical that firm not ‘hold. on to data they did Doh
need. |. © 5
~ ‘He added that’ companies Piedad to ein”
imise the sensitivity of data”, restricting access to
customers’ personal information on a need-to-
know basis.

One Day

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at.

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~ Shitley & Mackey Street

Saturday, December 3, 2005
9:00A.M.-3:00P.M.

No reasonable offer
will be refused



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~ International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

_ Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act, No. 45 of 2000, ATTIC INVESTMENTS
LIMITED., has been completed, a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register. The date of
completion of dissolution was the 9th day of November,
2005. —

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kitchen cabinet dealership: Responsibilities
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TEACHING POSITIONS

Kingsway Academy
invites qualified
teachers for the |
following positions for
January, 2006.

* Auto Mechanics and Woodwork —
* Biology
¢ Librarian/Media Supervisor

Successful applicants must:

¢ Be a practicing, committed born-again Christian

¢ Have a minimum qualification of a Bachelor’s
Degree in the appropriate subject areas or higher
from a recognized college or university

* Have a valid teacher’s certificate or diploma
where appropriate

* Be willing to participate in extra curricular
activities, etc.

Application must be made in writing together
with a full curriculum vitae, a recent color
photograph and names of at least three references,
one being that of your Church pastor to:

FOR APPLICATION FORMS, CONTACT:
Ms. Kelcine Hamilton.
Academy Affairs Manager
P.O. Box N-4378
Nassau, Bahamas

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Telephone numbers 324-6269.

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
2002/COM/bnk/1502

IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law Side

IN THE MATTER OF
GLOBE-X CANADIANA LIMITED

AND

IN THE MATTER OF
SECTION 92 OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
COMPANIES ACT, 2000

_NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OT HER ©
CLAIMANTS

TAKE NOTICE that all persons having claims
against Globe-X Canadiana Limited, whether as creditors,
shareholders, contributories, debenture holders, assignees or
any other capacity, must, before Friday the 6th January, 2006,
send to the Joint Official Liquidators at the address shown
below, by letter or facsimile, full particulars of the amount
and nature of their claim together with invoices, receipts,
certificates or any other documents evidencing the same.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Joint Official
Liquidators may require any claimant to verify their claim
by Affidavit as prescribed by the Winding Up Rules.

Dated this 28th day of November A.D., 2005

Clifford A. Johnson and Wayne J. Aranha
Joint Official Liquidators
Globe-X Canadiana Limited
(In Compulsory Liquidation)
C/o PricewaterhouseCoopers
Providence House _
East Hill Street
P.O. Box N-3910
Nassau, Bahamas

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use of gymnasiums

I: becoming evident
that more has to be
done for the core sports in
the country, especially in
New Providence.

There’s no reason why bas-
ketball and volleyball have
to be clashing over the use
of a gymnasium to play their
regular season games.

There’s no reason why the
national gymnasium, which
was ideally designed to host
sporting events, is not avail-
able upon request because in
some instances, it’s been
used for other national
events.

The fact that both volley-
ball and basketball can’t
secure a permanent home
has affected the level of par-
ticipation from the fans and
the morale of the players.

Since being elected as
president of the NPABA,
Keith ‘Belzee’ Smith has.
been saddled by the fact that
neither the Kendal Isaacs
National Gymnasium or the
AF Adderley Gym are avail-
able for their use.

The NPVA have.access to
the DW Davis Gym, but they
are still being forced to post-
poned games from time to
time.

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public gymnasiums that are
available in New Providence,
but it’s anyone’s guess when
they can have access to the
KGLI, AF Adderley, DW

Davis or the CI Gibson:

Gymnasiums.
At present, the school




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board have been given
responsibility for the use of
the three school gyms, while
the ministry has direct
responsibility for the KGLI
Gym.

They determine who can
use the facilities and what
charges, if any, are levied to
them for the maintenance of
them. —

As the governing bodies,
why can’t the gyms be placed
in the hands of the national
federations, such as the
Bahamas Volleyball Feder-
ation and the Bahamas Bas-
ketball Federation?

A: the governing
bodies, they can be

' given a grant from the gov-

ernment that will be ear-
marked for the upkeep of the
gym. In that way, if they fail
to maintain them, they could
be denied the opportunity to
use them in the future.

In that way, they will
assume more responsibility
for the affiliated associations
and ensure that all other
local organisations, whether
recreational or competitive,
apply for membership if they
too intend to use the facili-
ties.

The same could be said



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about the Bahamas Softball
Federation, whose responsi-
bility would cover the use of
the Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium as

‘well as the Baillou Hills

Sporting Complex.

The Bahamas Association
of Athletic Associations
would assume full responsi-
bility for the Thomas A
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium and the Bahamas
Football Association could
take care of the National
Football Centre at Baillou
Hills.

Offices with a full-time
administrator should be set
up for the federations of the
core sports in one central
location, preferably at the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-

tre, where associations and ©

other sporting organisations
can make inquiries for the
use of the facilities.

Sanctions, and whatever
assistance is needed for the
operation of their activities,
can be easily presented at the
same time.

Government, in turn, can
gear more of their attention
on getting the sporting bod-
ies to adhere to the rules and
regulations that govern their

sports and bringing the Fam-

ily Islands closer together.

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At the same time, the min-
istry could concentrate a lit--
tle more on trying to upgrade
or construct the facilities in
the Family Islands that the
sports administrators com-
plained so much about dur--
ing the recent 2005 National
Sports Leaders Conclave.

The Family Islands have

complained that too much.

emphasis is being placed on~
New Providence and they:
are left out in the cold in:
terms of having the proper,
facilities.

But I’m sure that, under:
the present system, many of:
the local associations and:
federations feel left out when‘
it comes to the use of the’.
facilities here in New Provi-:
dence.

Some other form: of
operation must be imple-:
mented because too many:
organisations are crying out;
over the lack of a facility to’
play in.

With the $30 million
reconstruction of the QESC
by the Chinese Government
over the next two years, I’m
sure that the ministry will be
looking at a lot of changes
to its user policy.

This might be one of the
suggestions that the ministry
might consider.








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the best-of-three championship
series yesterday to win the
Catholic Diocesan Primary
Pai} Schools' 2005 basketball title.
° See Sports front.

(Photos: Mario Duncanson/
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Hi SPECIAL OLYMPICS



THE stage is set for the annual
Special Olympics Basketball Invi-
tational hosted by the Grand
Bahama Programme. This year’s
tournament will be different, in
that teams from other pro-
grammes in the Caribbean will be
vying for victory. Teams from
Barbados and St. Kitts & Nevis
will join two teams from New
Providence, a team from Long
Island and the strong Grand
Bahama team.

Tip off is scheduled for Friday
morning at 9.00am at the Jack
Hayward Gymnasium in a “round
robin” format continuing until
3pm. The event resumes at
7.00pm with the opening ceremo-
ny. On Saturday competition com-
mences at 9.00am and continues
all day with the Championship
Rounds starting around 4.30pm.

According to Loretta Parris,
coordinator of Special Olympics
Grand Bahama, with the World
Games for Special Olympics com-
ing up in 2007 in China, competi-
tion opportunities are being creat-
ed for our athletes to prepare
them for the “big one”. As bas-
ketball is not a sport played in
many of the Caribbean countries,
this will be the first time that other
programs in they region are
attending. A keen challenge is
expected from the Barbados team
who have declared their intention
of carrying home the gold.





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The Lions tie

series against

the Warriors

@ SOFTBALL -

ON THE strength of seven
extra base hits, including back-
to-back three-run home runs in
the bottom of the first inning,
Golden Gates Native Baptist
Lions out-slugged Macedonia
Warriors 14-10 Tuesday night
at the Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium.

With the win, the Lions
roared back to even the Baptist
Sports Council's 2005 co-ed
best-of-three championship.
series at 1-1, forcing a third and
deciding game on Saturday at
10am at the Baillou Hills Sport-
ing Complex.

Centrefielder Richard Bast-

' ian had two of the seven extra
base hits for Golden Gates in
his perfect 3-for-3 night at the
plate as he cracked the:first of ©
two three-run shots off War-_
rior's losing pitcher Harold
‘Banker' Fritzgerald in the first.
Bastian also had an RBI ple,
scoring three times.

Catcher Johnny Burrows was
2-for-3 as he belted the second -
three-run shot with one out in’
the first. Burrows also had:a
run-producing triple and he fin-
ished with a total of five RBIs
with just one run scored.

Scored

Golden Gates also got a 3- °
for-3 night from leftfielder
Calvin Greenslade, who scored
a run. Rebounding from a first
inning strike out, third sacker _
Linda Knowles was also 2-for-
3, including hitting a three-run
triple. She ended up with four
RBIs and two runs scored.

Shortstop Denise Sears. |
added a pair of hits with an-
RBI, scoring twice; second
sacker Cara Knowles scored
twice and designated player
Ivan ‘Showtime’ Francis had 4.

triple and scored three times to j

help Junior Moss pick up. the
win.

For Macedonia, centre field-

. er Michael Thompson was 3-.
for-4 with a triple and a pair of
doubles, driving in two runs
and scoring once. Shortstop. -
Vonette Nairn had two hits
with an RBI, scoring three
times.

Brian Capron had a pair of
hits and scored a run, while
Lynden George Burrows, —
Olympia Morris, Christine
Saunders and John Lockhart all
scored a run for Macedonia.

While the third and deciding
game will be played on Satur- -
day for the co-ed at 10am, the .
clincher in the-men's semi-final
series between Macedonia and
Transfiguration will follow at
noon.

The winner of that game will
go on to play the defending
champions Calvary Deliverance
in game one of the men's best-,
of-three championship series,
starting at 2pm.

Also on Saturday at 10am on
another field, Macedonia and
Golden Gates will clash in the
19-and-under best-of-three
championship series. Games
two will follow at noon. If nec-
essary, they will play game
three at 2pm.



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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

SHAQUILLE Pennerman
wanted to make sure that the
St. Joseph/Joseph Shockers
didn't lose the game, nor their
perfect winning streak in their

‘quest'to win the Catholic

Diocesan Primary Schools'
2005 basketball title.
So he decided to run the

ball.

The move resulted in the
Shockers, pulling off a 38-20
rout'over the Xavier's Giants
for a two-game sweep in the
best-of-three championship
i id a perfect 8-0 win-




loss record in the process.

Hh

’"T just didn't want our team

-to turn over the ball," said



MIAMI HERALD SPORTS

Pennerman, who drew
Xavier's defence out, allowing
his Shockers' team-mates -to
get the easy baskets inside.
Pennerman, 12, did make
his contribution offensively as

he and Chet Johnson canned

11 points apiece to lead the
Shockers. Laron Morley had
six, while Denzil Bain added
five. and Teran Watson
chipped in with four.

Finished

For Xavier's, Justin Symon-
ette paced the way with 11 as
well, while Kent Wood had
five ‘and Jermaine Smith fin-
ished with two.

Shocker' coach Devon John-
son said it was a victory that

was calculated from the start
of the season.

"From the start of the sea-
son, I told my team that, as
long as we played defence, we
will come ‘out victorious in
every game we play," he
charged. "Today, we-did that
and we came out as champi-
ons at the end."

At the beginning, it turned

out to be a real defensive bat-
tle as both teams struggled to
score. St. Francis/Joseph, how-
ever, took a 5-1 lead, thanks to
Watson's three points.
In the second quarter,
Xavier's went on a 3-0 run to
trim the deficit to 5-4 as Kent
Wood got hot.

But the rally was short lived.

as St. Francis/Joseph got a free

. throw from both Denzil Bain



and Chad Pratt to surge ahead
7-4 at the half.

In the third, Xavier's would
come within one, 9-8, as Justin
Symonette brought them back.

Surge

But, once again, St. Fran-
cis/Joseph went on a surge of
their own as Pennerman got
inside for two consecutive bas-
kets and Chet Johnson added
another for a 15-10 lead.
Before the Giants knew what
happened, the Shockers had a
20-12 advantage at the end of
the third.

In the fourth, Pennerman
went to work on the ball
directing the show from the
top and the Shockers turned



‘Shockers take title
with perfect record

up their offence another notch:
as they out-ran, out-hustled,:
out-rebounded and out-scored:
the Giants.

Giants’ coach Nelson 'Main-
della' Joseph said it was a
tough pill to swallow, but they
were simply outplayed when
it counted the most. ~

"T felt like St Francis really
wanted it more. But we had a
lot of easy shots. We just did-
n't hit them," he summed up.
"But, like I told my guys, we
came a long way, coming back
after losing the first two games
of the season. I think we did
okay." :

Next year, however, both
teams will be in a rebuilding
stage as they will be losing-the
majority of their players ‘to
graduation.







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Mentorship programme
targeting young men

@ By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer



hat does it
take to
change the
Bahamas
for the bet-
ter, to change the world for the
better? You touch those indi-
viduals who will be responsi-
ble for building the future of
the country. You try to give the
nation’s young people a differ-
_ ent ‘perspective on values
equip them with the tools they
willineed to make the right
choices, and help them to make
a successful transition from
thinking like a child, to thinking
with the responsibility of an
adult
« The Total Youth Church, the
South department of Bahamas
Faith Ministries International
(BFMI) has taken up that man-
tle with the young men of our
nation in mind. In a mentor-
ship programme they have
Subbed, "Young Champion:

a颰

: Diocesan Hurricane

Boys becoming Men”, the

church is reaching out to young ©

men in the school system.

The programme is currently
in L W Young Junior High
School, and will be initiated at
CH Reeves, H O Nash and Ss
C McPherson, all junior high
schools, in January. The club
meets every Tuesday from
12:30pm to 1:30pm at the
respective schools. Weekly
speakers, like programme
director Pastor Dave Burrows,
Michael ‘Selector’ Davis, Big
Willy, Marlin Nichols and
Ricardo Stubbs, serve as men-
tors for the young men.

While young Bahamian
women also need attention and
positive role models to follow,

this initiative has its eyes on.

males, though another pro-
gramme of the church, the
"Hardcore Christian Club"
(currently operating in local
schools and colleges as far
away as Devry University in
Florida), is open to both male
and female students.



Y MEMBERS of the Cursillo Movement of the Anglican

Communion presented Archbishop Drexel Gomez with a
$500 cheque for the Diocesan Hurricane Relief Fund. Here,
Anglican Archbishop Drexel W Gomez receives the cheque
from William. Lowe, director, and Ena Stubbs (centre), assis-
tant treasurer. The presentation was made at Addington



@ E COREY ROLLE

"Young men do seem to be
the most trouble makers in
society. It's evident in the
prison system and juvenile jails.
The enemy attacks these. young
men early, because once they
become distorted then there
won't be proper homes and a
country is only as strong as its
homes," E Corey Rolle, better
known as DJ Counsellor, told

Tribune Religion.
"A woman can never fulfill a

man's roll completely. There is

hope for the males of this coun-

‘try, that hope is the gospel of

Jesus Christ," he added. Mr
Rolle, who serves as the assis-
tant youth pastor at BFMI, is
also one of the programmes
speakers.

Most youth leaders would
agree that when young men
exhibit negative social behay-
iour, there are almost always
unresolved, underlying issues,
such as low self esteem, family
turmoil, or a distrust of author-
ity that stems from past expe-
riences. These issues often lead
to young men acting out in vio-
lence. And while this reasoning
is not an excuse to tolerate
youth violence, it should help
society to develop programmes
to get at the heart of the mat-
ter.

"I have come to realise," said
Mr Rolle, "that these children
don’t have teal parenting at

home. Most of them are frus-.

Relief Fund gets $500_

House. Recently, the Cursillo Movement donated money for
the Education for Ministry programme at Her Majesty’s

Prison, Fox Hill.

(Photo: Carvel Francis/Diocesan



Communications Ministry)

trated and not loved, they go
through life just floating, and
they end up becoming like their
environment, many of which
are negative."

Waiting on the government
{o do something about it may
not be the answer either. The
church, which understands the
principle of fighting a spiritual
battle, should be at the helm.
Unfortunately, many churches
do not make youth develop-
ment programmes a priority,
the youth leader noted.

This nonchalant attitude is a
huge mistake that has many
repercussions, he believes.
"Churches find money for
everything other than their
youth. So the kids spend there
attention on who is catering to
them, like 50 Cent and Ele-
phant Man. They spend the big
bucks to cater to the youth, but
the church and government
haven’t caught on yet."

‘While there exists in
Bahamian society correctional
facilities and programmes that
help delinquent youth who
have been in trouble with the
law, "Young Champion: Boys
Becoming Men" has a proac-
tive strategy in mind. It sub-

--$cribes to-the-theory-that unless

a society. catches the problem
when warning signs appear, the
situation will only become
worse. It hopes to encourage
other churches not to view



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sons who need no attention,
but to see that youth are the
future.

Said the youth leader: "Why
do you think that in Iraq, the
greatest fuel behind their mis-
sion is getting youth to fulfill

their mandate. Look at the

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Contributing Writer: Christian Hamaker

Genre: Drama

Run Time: 127 minutes

Director: Joe Wright

Actors: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn,
Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Jenna
Malone, Simon Woods, Rupert Friend, Judi Dench

JANE Austen fans, rejoice. "Pride and Prejudice" has been
brought newly to’the screen with competence, visual flair and
respect for the source material. And yet, the confines of a two-
hour feature necessitate certain compromises that might not sit
well with less forgiving Austen devotees.

Keira Knightley stars as Elizabeth Bennet, a well-read, eligible
young lady in late 18th century England, who nevertheless is not
anxiously awaiting a proposal of marriage. Her four sisters are
more singularly focused, driven by their mother’s obsessive desire
that they “marry well.” .

When Mr Bingley (Simon Woods) moves into the neighbor-
hood, he brings his friend, Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen). Eliza-
beth, initially rebuffed by the mysterious Darcy, comes to find him

intriguing, until Darcy dissuades Bingley from marrying her -

beloved sister, Jane (Rosamund Pike). Darcy’s silence on the

matter of his estrangement from Mr Wickham (Rupert Friend) |

further distances Darcy from Elizabeth, until Elizabeth and Darch
confront their suspicions — and the secrets of Darcy’s past.

The social mores on display in "Pride and Prejudice" seem
pleasantly quaint by today’s standards, yet Austen’s story has a
timeless appeal. Director Joe Wright and screenwriter Deborah
Moggach, whose previous work has been mostly for television, find
a suitable tone for the repartee among Elizabeth, Darcy, and
the rest of the Bennet family — not "Masterpiece Theater" stuffy,
nor modernised for undiscriminating ticket-buyers.

More surprising is the visual grace Wright brings to the project.
Dazzling interior shots during a crowded ballroom dance sequence
track from character to character, revealing individual tumult
amidst the pomp and circumstance, while lush exteriors make won-
derful use of the UK setting.

Knightley carries the film admirably, bringing the right note of
sass and defiance to Elizabeth’s verbal jousting, but the casting of
Knightley is not without problems. Various characters insist that
Elizabeth’s older sister, Jane, is the superior beauty — a con-
testable point in light of Knightley’s leading-lady good looks.
Nevertheless, Elizabeth knows her place as subordinate to the old-

‘er Jane, and nothing in Knightley’s performance makes us believe

otherwise.

Macfadyen’s Darcy is more than adequate, especially in light of
the challenge the actor faced in making viewers forget. about
Colin Firth’s memorable performance as the same character in the

_beloved British "Pride and Prejudice” miniseries a decade ago.

The rest of the cast is stellar. Brenda Blethyn’s Mrs Bennet,
while overbearing, is also affectionate, and Donald Sutherland’s
languid, but loving Mr Bennet delivers one of the film’s most
heartfelt scenes. Judi Dench as Lady Catherine de Bourg domi-
nates every scene in which she appears; it’s the strongest perfor-

_Mance in a movie chock-full of memorable acting.

Some fans of the novel may be disappointed in this adaptation’s
compression and elimination of characters from Austen’s novel,
but most viewers should be pleased with this elegantly mounted
period piece.

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CAUTIONS:

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divine”; exclamation of “Good Lord!”

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programme

targeting

young men

FROM page 1B

I help them to realise that
when they do wrong, it's not
man they hurt and offend, but
God because they fight His
image, they destroy His ves-
sel."

armies. In the eastern part of
the world men are taught to be
men from their homes. But in
western cultures that’s not the
focus, money is. When these
kids go home it is sometimes:
hours before they see a mom or
dad, sometimes days."

The passion of this youth
leader, and that of this new
programme, is to "bend the
tree" while it is young, to offer
an alternative to what the
world is offering. "We help
these (children) to realise that
they were made in the image of
God and in His likeness... Then

the Bahamas for the better, or
to develop a group of young
people who will affect positive
change in this world? It will
take leaders who help young
people to understand their pur-
pose in God. DJ Counsellor
and his male mentorship pro-
gramme is well on its way to
helping young men find a rela-
tionship with God, and suc-
cessfully make a transition
from boyhood to manhood.

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What will it take to change

m@ By ALLISON MILLER

ou know

what I love

about God,

the fact that

He is a lov-

ing and merciful God. Even

after all the blame that peo-

ple put on Him or how they

question his actions; “Where

was God when this bad

thing happened?" He still
loves and delivers us.

A friend of mine brought

me a very interesting article

entitled,

When I saw it my interest
was sparked. "God.......on
trial", for what? I read the
article and the gentlemen
who wrote the story said

: that God allowed the tsuna-

mi to warn the rest of us that
we must have Godly fear. -

I don't about you, but the
tsunami sure made me
aware that God is merciful.
The Bahamas could not sur-
vive a tsunami or a category
five hurricane (my belief).
However, we can not put
God on trial for a decision
that we make and at the end
of the day the result is dis-
astrous.

When something bad hap-

pens we go right here, "God.

why did you allow that to
happen?" After we make up
our minds what we are going
to do and then do it. Who is
to blame?

Think

What would you think of
God if He was to force him-
self on you? No one wants
to be violated. We all like
the fact that we have the
freedom to choose. It is our
choice that will let us know
what is in our hearts. God
lets us know the conse-
quences of our decisions. In
His word, which He puts
above His name, it tells all
who would read what will

- be at the end of the day.

The majority of the time
when we choose, we choose
wrong and God still deliv-
ers us. Now I don't. know
why God would allow the
tsunami or hurricane Katri-
na and Rita to happen. All I

“Why? Asia’s:
tsunami puts God on trial”.

‘God on trial’



lm ALLISON MILLER

“I don’t about
you, but the
tsunami sure

made me
aware that God
is merciful. —

The Bahamas.

could not
survive a
tsunami or a
category five |
hurricane
(my belief).

However, we
can not put
God on trial .

for a decision
that we make

and at the
end of the. day
the result is:
disastrous.”
—A Miller

know is He is the beginning
and the end, the Bible
describes it as the Alpha and
Omega. He created the:
World in six days and on
one of those days breathed
into man the breath of life
and he became a living soul.

At one command.a dead -

man rose from the grave. It
is in Him we live move and
have our being.

I don’t know if we realise —

that if it had not been for
God we would not be able.
to get up.in the morning. So

whatever He does, it is done

well. We may never under-
stand why God does what
he does. Nevertheless, we

‘know this, that He does it

for a reason and if that rea-
son is to teach the rest of us,
then let us learn. .

Heed

f
We must take heed to.
. what is happening around

us. The Bible says that we
myst watch and pray. We
tell God to get out of the

schools that our children go .

to and then wonder why
they are killing each other..
The devil is doing his job.
Which is to kill, steal and
destroy. When we take God

out of our lives everything ‘

will be chaotic.

I was part of a discussion
last week where two persons
agreed that they should take
public prayer out of schools
and other public places.
They believe that Christian-
ity is infringing upon the
tights of someone who
might be a Muslim, Rasta-
farian, Hindu, or Jew. Now
all these people have their
way of praying all they have.
to do is pray the way they
know how, to whomever
they pray to. How can we
take prayer out of our
schools?

As.,if. we. don't, have |.

enough problems | on o
hands in dealing with «



tem now.

Thankfully, there | are no
shootings, but the stabbing is
just as bad. Taking God out
of the equation is not the
answer, we will only end up
in more trouble.

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of religion and speech

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@ CANON NEIL ROACH

Moments
alone...
trust in.
the Lord

@ By CANON NEIL ROACH
Assistant Priest

“Happy are those whose help:
is the God of Jacob, whose:
hope is in the Lord their God.”

— Psalm 146:5.«

PRAISING raising the Lord"
includes trusting in him. Wet
may not put our trust in man or!
our leaders, for they are not’
finite. But the Lord reigns for-"
ever, he helps all who hope in
him. He is just and caring for’
the widows.and orphans, he:
gives food to the hungry, open- °
ing the eyes of the blind and’
setting those held captive by,
sin free.

Our God reigns, despite the’. 5
fact that satan attacks us. His-
kingdom is an everlasting king-;
dom and will continue to the’
end of time, however strong,
those who attack us may be.
Christians can shout ‘Praise the;-
Lord.”

In these days of social.
upheaval and anti-social behay--
iour, the emphasis of the Psalm}:
is upon‘social righteousness. In»
Luke chapter 4:14, Iesus; sets’,
out from the beginning that his’.
mission was one of sociali:

“reform; the spirit to free us’

from our social ills tails a
him. :
Man, even though he is a
leader, is not an adequate:
source of help. Remieniber that”
we are dust and to dust we
must return as decreed in Gen-’
esis 3:19, and all his well laid’
out plans will die'with hims .
Nevertheless there must. be a.
mutual trust in the ups and’
downs of life. All good com-;
munity life depends on trust;
even trust in man. Without
trust in our fellowmen, “busi:
ness becomes impossible, fam-,
ily life becomes impossible if.
parents and children do not,
trust each other. We live by:
faith. But we must not expect,
too much. Remember the;
frailty of man.

Our life demands that we
trust one another. Man cannot-
save himself. “Put not your,
trust in princes, in a son of man,,
in whom there is no help...” _:

“Happy is he whose help is»
the God of Jacob.”

It is God who has created the:
universe and all that is in it. He
is the source of all power»
Throughout the history of the
universe He has kept faith, exe~
cuted justice and fed ‘the hun’
gry. In every age God has met’
the needs of the individual, set
free the captive, had mercy on
the blind, the widow, the
orphan, the foreigners residing
among us. The gospels are full
of stories of God’s concern for
social responsibility. mie

In Luke chapter 2:51-55, the
Magnificat or the Song Of
Mary tells of the social revolu-

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RELIGION

Apostles’ Creed
‘captures essentially
what they professed’

@ By FATHER HENRY
CHARLES

(This is'the first in a six-part
series on the Apostles’ Creed).

he Apostles’
Creed was not
written by the
apostles, though
it captures essen-
tially what they professed.
Similarly the Nicene Creed
(the one sung at Latin Mass-
es) was not composed at the
Council of Nicea. It captures
the “mind” of the Council.

The origin of the Apostles’
Creed was the liturgy of bap-
tism, both in terms of prepa-
ration and in terms of the rit-
ual of baptism itself. The
Creed was utilized in ques-
tion-and-answer fashion to
elicit the responses of the cat-
echumens. The format was
Trinitarian: Do you believe in
God the Father/ do you
believe in the Jesus Christ the
Son/ do you believe in the
Holy Spirit —-the format we
still use today in baptismal
ceremonies or in the renewal
of baptismal vows.

' The Creed was also a ‘vade-
mecum’ (portable summary)
of the faith for the unlettered.
They could memorize it easily
and take it all to heart.

The Creed is very economi-
cal in form, comprised of very
carefully chosen words, 75 in
the Latin of the Apostles’
Creed, and 162 in the Latin of
the Nicene Creed.

The rudiments of the Creed —

are found in the Scriptures.
Creeds distilled and summa-
rized the essentials. They
were the way Christians gave
account of what they believed
before the canonical writings,
the New Testament, began to
emerge. In the Acts of the
Apostles, for instance, when
the Ethiopian eunuch ‘makes
his confession of faith, all he
says is: “I believe that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God
(Acts 8:37).”

Article 1: I believe in God,
the Father almighty, creator

or heaven and earth.”

The word “credo” very.
likely comes from Latin roots
via Sanskrit: “cor dare” — “to
give one’s heart.” Thus to
“believe” in God is to give
one’s heart to God. It’s not
purely a rational adherence to
God, but a personal surren-
der. It is to believe “in,” to
give oneself to God.

One trusts or believes in
someone because of some
quality. I believe in God
because I believe that He is
trustworthy, that it is entirely
fitting to give one’s heart to ¢
Him. This shows the two fun-
damental dimensions of
belief: “in” and “that.” The

in” dimension is the person-

al, self-surrendering, trusting
side of faith. The “that”
_ dimension is the “substance”
side, the “what” of belief.

St. Paul has given us in 1
Corinthians an excellent
example of the “substance”
dimension: “I delivered to ~
you as of first importance
what I also received, “that
Christ died...that he was
buried...that he was
raised...that he appeared...”

Of the two dimensions the
“in” is more important. It is
this dimensions that makes
faith living faith.

The first “substance” area
of belief is “God...” What I
believe in is “God...”

Belief in God is not belief
in one thing (God) alongside
other things, which I may also
believe in. “Believe” here is a
unique act. God is not some-
thing, but the reality or mys-
tery behind and beyond all
things. Belief in God is belief
in infinite being sustaining
everything.
© The major difficulties for
belief today stem from the
culture of secularism. This is
not the atheism we once
called militant (communism).

It is everyday, more ‘de facto’
atheism. The world is just
‘what it seems and only that.
‘Another world feels implausi-
ble and unreal.

The subject of belief is “I,”
‘the individual person, not
“We.” Both the Apostles’
‘and the Nicene creeds begin
‘with “Credo, ” not “Cred-
‘imus.” The reason, of course,

-is that no one can believe for



@ FR H CHARLES

anybody else. I can say and
know that I believe. You
must say it for yourself. Thus
“We believe” is really socio-
logical statement or sociologi-
cal declaration rather than
faith.

The “God” believed in is
“the father almighty, creator
of heaven and earth.” We do
not believe in a generic God,
but a God of unlimited poten-
cy and sovereignty, of every-
thing from “a to z,” and of
whatever may be yet discov-
ered in the universe.

But if God transcends all
sexual reference — God is nei-
ther male nor female — why
is God called. Father? The
Bible also-has feminine
metaphors, which show that
the maternal nature of God is
also valued. But the dominant
metaphors are masculine.

Answer

Part of the answer lies in
the understanding of human
procreation when the Bible -
was written. An undeveloped
biology credited the male
with a greater role in procre-
ation than the female. His
seed contained the life force;
her womb was only the nur- |

: turing context. His role was

dominantly active; hers essen-
tially passive. There was no
sense of female contribution
to the development of the

‘seed other than context. Soci-

ologically also, males had
power and education, without
equal opportunity for
females. Thus, if God was
“sovereign” and “all-power-

ful,”.God inevitably had to be |

male. Overall, the rich female
metaphors for God are still to
be appropriated, though their
day may have already
dawned.

Article 2: And in Jesus
Christ his only Son our Lord.
Jesus is the short from of
Yehoshua (Joshua), meaning
He who saves. Jesus, howev-
er, is also an ordinary inhabi-

tant of a particular town in

Galilee, called Nazareth, dur-





ing the time of the Roman
occupation of Judaea.

He was an itinerant preach-
er and healer, who pro-
claimed the coming of God’s
Kingdom. Jesus is also the
Son, who calls Yahweh his
father, Abba. The “and” of
the second article is not to be
read disjunctively as a separa-
tion of the Father who is not
the Son, from the Son who is
not the Father. Faith is in
Father and Son conjunctively.
Their relation is the only dis-
tinction between them.

“Christ” is not Jesus’ sur-
name. The “Christ” of “Jesus
Christ” means the “anointed”
one. The sacramental gesture
in the Bible that correspond-
ed to divine election was the
laying on of hands and the
anointing of the head with oil.
Grace was rubbed into the

. chosen one, as it were, whose

body was to be the vehicle of
God’s will on earth.

“Jesus Christ” thus means
“Jesus the chosen of God,”
the vehicle of the Holy One.
In the phrase you have the
union of person and role.
Jesus is messiah and saviour;
Christ is anointed vessel and

_ chosen instrument.

Jesus is uniquely the Son,
not one of the many holy men
of Israel who were called
“sons of God.” The sonship
of these other sons is essen-
tially derivative. It “resem-
bles” the sonship of Jesus. In
Jesus sonship means the
fullest correspondence. The
Nicene Creed would clarify
this further by adding “light
from light, true God from
true God, begotten not made,
consubstantial with the
Father, one in being with the
Father, etc.”

The clarification arose. .

_ under challenge from the Ari-

an controversy in the-4th cen-
tury. Arius had said that Jesus
was subordinate to the
Father, only a son, not
uniquely the Son.

Jesus is also “our Lord.”
For the Hebrews the word for

‘ the ineffable mystery of God

was the tetragrammaton
YHWH, something which
was never pronounced. We
do not know what its vowels
were. When the Scriptures
were read.aloud, the scribes
rendered Adonai for YHWH.
The Septuagint, the Greek
Translation of the Old Testa-

- ment, then rendered Kurios

(Greek for “Lord”) for Adon-

ai. Jesus “our Lord” is thus ©

the samie.as God who is
YHWH/Adonai. All the
attributes of God are trans-
ferable to him,-except Father.

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PALACIOUS

WE went through the phase
of joining the gym, my husband
and I. It was a great start but it

was difficult for us both to be -

free at the same time each
morning to meet the trainer,
or to find the equipment we
needed available at the time.

Meant

We meant well but it did not
work. We walked the beach a
few afternoons a week, some-
times father and son walked or

jogged the bridge, or we all |

swam when the temperature of
the water permitted. This was
not good enough. I acquired
some videos that had exercises
on a step, weights to. be lifted,

and other moves to tackle >

every part of the body, and I
began. Casually dressed, com-
fortably situated, and reason-
ably scheduled, I had found the
answer to my prayer. It was
only a matter of motivation.
How motivated are you to

keep fit? What can be done to.

change our attitudes toward
exercise?

In prayer, it was revealed to
me that exercise could become
an extension of prayer time. If
spiritual discipline was to be a
matter of body, mind and spir-
it, then exercise was my gift
back to God in thanksgiving
for a healthy temple. How

could I forget the times when .

surgery prevented the simplest
movements of bending and

stretching? What a privilege to _

be able to lift weights or do
floor exercises or aerobic dance
in the following months. How
well do you feel right-now.and
how grateful are you for your

IHURSDAY, VELENIBER 1,



H# REV A PALACIOUS

health?

There is.a feeling of sweet
exhaustion that comes after a
long hike, energised refresh-

ment that comes after a bal-

anced workout, and a peaceful
connectedness that overtakes
me when I walk on the beach
in deep sand to work the mus-
cles. The warm shower after-
wards creates the readiness to

work for the rest of the day,

and reminds me of how much
is to be gained from a proper
regimen of attention to body,
mind and spirit. How do you
structure your time?

Exercise

Exercise is a discipline, and
like all disciplines it requires
concentration and effort. When

I travel, my rhythm is broken °

requiring the intentional re-
establishing of a former habit. I
place it in the time frame for
morning devotions so that my
entire being comes under the

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“heavy manners” of the Holy

Spirit.’

At times, it is truly a sacrifi-
cial offering because the god
of sleep calls me to worship at
the altar of “snoozie-woozi-
ness” when alarms are turned
off and the theology of “just
five more minutes” is seen as
being faithful to “loving one-
self”. The guilt that follows,
affords ample opportunity to
confess my shortcomings, and
to evoke fervent prayers for
proper self-denial. What do
you feel guilty about? How do
you resolve your feelings?

Gift.

Sometimes sleep is the gift
of the Holy Spirit and this is
what makes for a real chal-
lenge. Rest is a form of loving
oneself indeed. If I am up late
writing or praying or “thinking
in the presence of the Lord”
as a kind of “stream of con-
sciousness in the Spirit”, then I
know that I am called to have a
later morning. If I am up late
because I am exercising my
“homemaker’s duty” to put the
house in order with my special
flair for detail, it then becomes
a matter of prioritising how I
handle the events of my life in
the sequence of importance.
What do you consider your pri-
orities? How much of a priori-
ty is your relationship with
Jesus Christ and the Holy Spir-
it?

Let us work on our options
to make exercise a sign of the
development of a persevering
personality. Even as we want to
have the “perishable crown”
of persistence in “subduing the
flesh”, let us want even more

. the imperishable crown won
‘for us by the Saviour of the

world.

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RELIGION



Why Thanksgiving matters

@ By ALBERT MOHLER
Speaker, Author &
Seminary President

he holiday police

are at it again;

looking for vio-

lations of the

nation’s new pol-
icy of separating faith and civic
celebrations. The same folks
who will soon be trolling cour-
thouse squares looking for
manger scenes are now call-
ing on Americans to have a
happy Thanksgiving . . . but
leave God out of it.

School textbooks filled with
revisionist history tell children
that the first Thanksgiving was
a celebration at which the Pil-
grims thanked the Indians for
teaching them how to survive
the harsh New England cli-
mate and plant successful
crops. God is simply not part
of the picture.

Some educators, worried
that even the word "thanks-
giving" might be too contro-
versial, have renamed the hol-
iday “Turkey Day." Of



course, this implies that the
central thrust of the celebra-
tion comes down to poultry.

The revisionist historians
want to have it both ways.
They present the Pilgrims as
wild-eyed religious fanatics--
precursors to the Religious
Right--and then suggest that
the first Thanksgiving was
essentially a secular holiday.

The historical basis for the
Thanksgiving observance is
clear. In 1621, the Pilgrims cel-
ebrated "the goodness of
God" as they feasted with
friendly local Indians. In real-
ity, the Pilgrims had faced far
greater adversity than had
been expected. The climate
was harsh, the crops were
sparse, the native peoples
were often hostile, and their
ranks were thinning. Hunger,
disease, discomfort, and dis-
couragement were ever close
at hand.

Aiming for Virginia, these
Christians--dissenting from the
Church of England and deter-

mined to establish a truly

Christian community--actual-

Moments alone...

trust in the Lord

tion, which Jesus came to
bring about. “The Lord lifts
up those who are bowed
down; the Lord loves the righteous.”
this confidence too. God is the hope of the needy. God
loves the righteous who love him.

Earthly kingdoms will fail, God’s kingdom continues.
God has made himself known to us through Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Lord, He is the way, the truth, the life.
The one true God of the whole universe has chosen to
make himself known through his body, the Church. As
Saviour and Judge he has a special concern for us.

FROM page 2C





Prayer: Praise the Lord, O my soul.
I Promise I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will
Sing praise to my God all my life long.

We stand in need of



ly landed in New England.
That miscalculation meant
that disaster was almost cer-
tain. Nevertheless, they "fell
upon their knees and blessed
the God of heaven who had
brought them over this yast
and furious ocean," recor@ed
Governor William Bradford.

In 1789, President George

Washington declared the first
national day of Thanksgiving
by asking Americans to "unite
in most humbly offering our
prayer and supplications to
the great Lord and Ruler of
nations."
' Later presidents followed
Washington's example. Abra-
ham Lincoln issued moving
Thanksgiving proclamations
during the Civil War.
Franklin Roosevelt, who reg-
ularised the holiday on the
national calendar, called the
nation to thankfulness in the
middle of World War II.

"The Almighty God has
blessed our nation in many
ways. He has given our people
stout hearts and strong arms
with which to strike mighty
blows for freedom and truth...
So we pray to Him now for a
vision to see our way clearly--
to see the way that leads to a
better life for ourselves and
for our fellow men--to the
achievement of His will, to
peace on earth."

Is all this just a demonstra-
tion of civil religion? Do most
Americans really follow the
example of the Pilgrims in
expressing thankfulness to
God, or is it just another holi-
day with emotional overtones-
-and an orgy of overeating?

Millions of Americans will,

no doubt, celebrate an essen-

tially secular festival. For
them, it might as well be
"Turkey Day" or something
equally vacuous. This reveals
the most important contrast
between the Pilgrims and the
current generation. The Pil-
grims were driven by a world-
view that was centered in the

worship of the one true and



living God, the Creator of the
universe, the Father of the
Lord Jesus Christ. They,
understood His providential
rule over the universe to
explain everything that hap-
pened to them--and every-
thing that blessed them. They
did not attribute their survival

Their horizon of thankfulness
is, to say the least, rather low.

The civic holiday may not
mean a great deal to many
moderns--but that doesn't
mean that it is meaningless.
At the very least, it implies
that we cannot really take care
of ourselves. That is just as

“The historical basis for the
Thanksgiving observance |
is clear. In 1621, the Pilgrims
celebrated ‘the goodness of
_Go@ as they feasted with |
‘friendly local Indians. In
reality, the Pilgrims had
_ faced far greater adversity —
_ than had been expected. The
_ climate was harsh, the crops
were sparse, the native peoples
~ -were often hostile, and their —
ranks were thinning. Honey
disease, discomfort, and |
oe were ever
close at hand. oe

in New England to their own
fortitude--nor to the help of
the Indians--but to God.
Secularized Americans are
driven by no impulse to give
thanks, and wouldn't know to
whom thanks should be
addressed. They think of
themselves as self-sufficient,
self-directed, and self-reliant.

— - Albert Mohler

true today as it was in Pilgrim

New England.

Christians understand that
the call to thanksgiving is far
more urgent than a holiday,
and far more important than
the calendar. True thanksgiv-
ing cannot be limited to a day
or a season. We recognize that
God has given us everything

that we have--and everything
that we need. We acknowl-
edge our unconditional depen-
dence upon Him for every sec-
ond of our lives, every morsel
we will eat, and every joy we
will ever experience.

Deserving nothing but
God's wrath, we were granted
forgiveness through the Son.
Needing all things, we have
been given everything need-
ful for our salvation and eter-
nal life. To these God has
added joys, comforts, and pro-
vision beyond our imagina-
tion--"far more abundantly
than all that we ask or think-"
[Ephesians 3:20]

So, gather together to give
thanks to God. While others
celebrate "Turkey Day" and
ponder poultry, direct your
thoughts to the God of Heav-
en, by whose hand we have
been brought near and given:
more than we can even

remember.

The Pilgrims knew to hon
they were praying--and why.
Let's follow their example and
remember that their depen-
dence upon God was no
greater than our own.

°R Albert Mohler, Jr is
president of The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary
in Louisville, Kentucky. For.
more articles and resources
by Dr Mohler, and for infor-
mation on The Albert Mohler
Program, a daily national
radio program broadcast on
the Salem Radio Network, go
to www.albertmohler.com.
For information on The
Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary, go to
www.sbts.edu. Send feedback
to mail@albertmohler.com.
See also the most recent
entries on Dr. Mohler's Blog.

‘Enter the spirit
of f re eee e
anticipation’

@ By CLEMENT JOHNSON

THE congregation at St
Catherine’s Catholic Church
was reminded on Sunday to
enter the spirit of Advent with
anticipation. Msgr John John-
son in his homily urged parish-
ioners and visitors alike to .
prepare for Christmas, by par-
ticipating in the season of .
Advent. He further informed
them that Advent was often -
overlooked, because Christ-
mas celebrations and decora-
tions were happening earlier
every year.

“The season of Advent
reminds us that we need to
get our house in order,” said
Msgr. Johnson in a very spir-
ited homily following a ban-
quet that was held in his hon-
our the previous Friday night.
“The reading of today

reminds us that we need to be.

ready for the time when Jesus
comes, because we do not
know the day nor the hour
when the Master will come.”
His homily was greeted with
many ‘Amens’ and ‘Praise the
Lord’. :

I sat and watched as Msgr.
Johnson lit the Advent can-
dle, which he said reminded
us of the promise of God the
father that he will return to
his people, one which he did,
because he sent his son Jesus
Christ to deliver mankind.

Listening
While listening to Msgr.

Johnson, I wondered how
many of us still see Advent as

‘.a season in itself or just as a

reminder that Christmas
“soon come”, the carols are

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being sung already in church-
es.

The question that Chris-
tians must continue to ask
themselves is: “Who decides
what, how and when we cele-
brate our seasons?” If the
Christian Church is not care-
ful, the merchants will do this:
That is why it is so important
for us as Christians to enter
the season of Advent.

Advent is the special sea-
son that comes just before
Christmas. The word Advent-
comes to us from the Latin
word adventus, which means

“coming.” Advent is a beauti-
ful and worshipful way of
preparing our hearts and
minds for the celebration of
the first coming —the birth—
of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is
also a time of preparation as
we look forward to His sec-
ond coming, as Msgr. J ohnsoa
urged us to.

Celebrating Advent helps
us as Christians to focus on
Christ’s coming and not on
material gifts. The Advent
wreath is a reminder of what
the season is all about. The
four candles each highlight
what it’s about. The first can-:
dle symbolizes the hope of
Israel for the Messiah and the
Christian hope for the coming
again of Christ in final victo-*
ry. -

The second candle symbol?
izes the preparation for the
comings (past, present,
future) of Christ. The third
candle is a mark of our com-
ing joy at the coming of
Christ. Sometimes it is rose
coloured, in contrast to the
purple of the other candles,
and the fourth candle symbol:
izes God’s love for the world’
in giving his only Son to be
our saviour.

So, as we prepare for
Christmas, let us first go
through the season of pre-
paredness and not rush
Christmas. Many times we
are so busy preparing for
Christmas that we lose sight
of what it is all about.





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Watching and waiting!

@ By FATHER JAMES
MOULTRIE
Rector St. Matthew's
Anglican Church



“And what I say to you, I say
to all: Keep awake”
(Mark 13:37).

rom the earliest

times the church

believed that the

second coming of

Jesus would mark
the end of the world. Some still
preach about the imminent end
of the world, often as a scare
tactic to get listeners anxious
about the end of time.

The reason why the early
church believed that the end
of the world was imminent was
because of Jesus’ prediction of
the destruction of the Temple
and His resurrection from the
dead. In the Old Testament the
destruction of the Temple and
the resurrection marked the







end of time and so Our Lord’s
resurrection was a fulfillment
of that expectation.

But as time went on and the
end did not come, .Christians
were convinced that the Lord
would come at an unexpected
time, like a thief in the night!
And so the watchword of the
church has been one of watch-
fulness and readiness. And that
is the essential message of
Advent.

@
Time

Advent is a time of watch-
fulness. We are waiting for the
final coming of Jesus. And we
will be waiting for His coming
at the time of our death. And
since both times are hidden
from us, we should maintain a
state of watchfulness and readi-
ness so that we are ready to
meet the Lord at any moment.

Jesus gives a warning in dra-
matic fashion: Three times in



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awake”. The call to “stay |

awake” is intended for us too,
and it is very appropriate to
make such a call at the very
beginning of the liturgical year.
And so we wait with great
expectation and anticipation
for the second Advent and the
new liturgical year.

Each year around this time
we see flocks of birds flying
south, trying to get away from
the cold winter in the north.
They do so the exact time each
year and we can predict with
some degree of certainty when
they would pass over the
Bahamas. Their movement
helps to remind us of the com-
ing of winter. We can predict
their movement because they
are creatures of habit. And just
like the birds we too are crea-
tures of habit.

It is said that we live the sec-
ond half of our lives according





@ FATHER MOULTRIE
to the habits acquired in the
first half. While it would be
comforting for those who have
formed good habits, it is not so
good for those who have
formed bad habits.

Advent gives us a jolt from
our habits and issues an awak-
ening call to us. It gives us an
opportunity to start again. We
can easily become Christians
by habit. And many of us are!
Many of us are just going
through the motion, taking part
in the rituals of the church out
of habit, but we have lost our
freshness and meaning. We
come to church but we do not
hear the Gospel anymore. We
daydream through the service
then we say it is boring!
Advent calls us to wake up!
We rely on tradition rather
than on Jesus Christ.

Ordinary

What happens in ordinary
life also happens in the Christ-
ian life. We can get into a dead-
ly routine with the result that
we are Christians by habit only.
We are merely going through

the motions. We are taking
part in the service, but we don’t *

hear the Lord anymore. Words
spoken go in one ear and come
out through the other. Jesus
has virtually vanished from our
sight.

Wiener
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Truth be told, few of us real-
ly hear the Scriptures read in
church, or internalize the words
of the Creeds, or the seasonal”
hymns we sing. Do we really
hear what is happening in
church, or is everything so rou-
tine? Are we too creatures of
habit? :

We need to be shaken: from
our slumber and routine. And
this is what Advent does.
Advent issues a great “wake-up
call” to us. It provides us with
the opportunity to drop our
habits and to allow Christ to
become alive within us once
again! Advent issues a wake-
up call to us, and has an awak-
ening power. Unless we are
spiritually awake we are only
half living. In this regard, some
people are little.better than
sleepwalkers. They have eyes
but do not see, ears but do not
hear. Their minds are narrow
and closed. I am reminded of a
book called “The Closing of
the American Mind”. Our
hearts can become hardened.
To be awake spiritually. means
to be open and receptive, vigi-
lant and active. ,

Spirituality is about waking
up. It is about understanding
things, seeing things, and hear-
ing things. It is necessary to
reflect, to have the will, and to
be wide awake, not to spend
our time in drowsiness and la-la
land. To be spiritually awake
means to be attentive to God’
and to others. It means to be
living with love.

We have two options: We
can be a watcher or a sleeper. It
is easy to be a sleeper. But
sleepers waste away their lives.
It is harder but much more
rewarding to be a watcher. To
watch means to be awake, to
be alert, to be concerned, to be
active, to be interested, to care.
In a word, to be a watcher is to
be responsible. Jesus urges us
to stay awake, to be on our
guard, to be on the watch. We
have nothing to fear and every-
thing to gain from answering
Advent’s wake-up call.

Some of us see Advent only
as a time to prepare for Christ-
mas. But that is only part of
the story. Christmas is a won-
derful time, to be sure. It recalls

the greatest event in human
history, namely the Incarna-
tion, when God’s Son came
down to confer on us the dig-
nity of children of God. It is
true that our Décember calen-
dar serves more as a count-
down to Christmas shopping
than an Advent calendar of
expectation and anticipation of
the Lord’s return in judgment.

Advent is a time of watch-
fulness and faithfulness. It is
also about transformation of
our lives as we prepare for the
second coming of the Messiah.
Real conversion must be evi-
dent in the way we live. We
must heed the call of the
prophets of old and make this
Advent a time of real change
and transformation so that the
Messiah will be welcomed in
our lives.

Children

Some say Advent/Christmas
is about children. It is not true.
that Advent/Christmas is just
about children. It is about us:
all. We may consider ourselves
very ordinary. But nobody is:
ordinary any longer, not since
Jesus came to earth. That is
what we should celebrate at

_Christmas, and that is what

Advent prepares us for. But.
Advent also prepares us for the.
second coming of Jesus when’
He will judge the world. And:
remember, the second coming:
is just as important as the first..

Advent says that the Lord is:
coming. He will come to each:
of us, even if in death, and to
the world at the end of time..:
We do not know the day nor:
the hour, but we do know that:
He is coming again! But any:
time is the wrong time for the:
unfaithful servant, and anytime:
is the right time for the faithful
servant of God. The faithful
servant does not fear the
Lord’s coming. He/she’ is
always prepared, and in fact:
he/she welcomes the Lord’s
coming!

We all have to be ready by
being alive, alert, and respon-
sible until the Lord comes! This
is the good news of Advent.
Let us open our hearts to
receive the good news.

Bishop Harrold
and Mother Agnes
Nairn to celebrate
their 15th pastoral
anniversary

“STRENGTH made perfect
whilst fulfilling mission” is the
theme for the Pastoral
Anniversary of Bishop Harrold
A Nairn and Mother Agnes
Nairn.

Bishop Harrold Nairn and
Mother Agnes Nairn will be



celebrating their 15th pastoral
anniversary this week at the
Vision of Hope Cathedral
Church of God. Services are
slated for Friday, December 2,
at 7:30pm and again on Sun-
day, December 4, at 11:30am
at the church in Yamacraw.



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Keod Smith hits
out over remarks
on his nationality

@ By KARIN HERIG and
CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporters

YESTERDAY’s parliamen-
tary proceedings descended into
chaos after Mount Moriah MP
Keod Smith accused Opposi-
tion Leader Hubert Ingraham
of being a racist bigot for
remarks he made about the
member’s nationality.

‘AftersMr Smith-rose-to-pre-o-

sent detailed information on his
family background, stating that
he is of Bahamian and Turks
and Caicos lineage, and alleging
that Mr Ingraham is a racist, the
Lower Chamber erupted in dis-
array with parliamentarians
engaged in a shouting match.

He said that Mr Ingraham’s
allegations that he is of Haitian
descent are “disparaging” and
“ill-conceived,” and show that
the leader of the opposition has
a racist attitude.

In his statement to parlia-
mentarians, Mr Smith outlined
his ancestry all the way back to
the African Baracau tribe, giv-
ing dates and place of birth of
his parents and grand-parents.

“While I cannot lay claim to
any Haitian heritage, my heart
goes out to them when I see the
member of North Abaco make
fun of Haitians on the one hand,
and then goes into the Mud in
Abaco with crocodile tears over
their plight for a recent devas-
tating fire.

“Based on actions and com-
ments of the Rt Honourable
member over the past three
years, I conclude as do many
across the country, that he does

not like those of Haitian or
Turks Island descent. How can
he expect to lead this country
where more than 30 pér cent of
the people can trace their roots
to one of these two countries?”
he asked.

Mr Smith called upon Mr
Ingraham to “stop being a big-
ot.”

While the leader of the oppo-
sition said that he would not
dignify-Mr Smith’s statement
with a response, he called the

Mount Moriah MP’s comments

a “vicious attack” on his char-
acter.

He added that to call some-
one a racist or a bigot is “surely
unparliamentarian.”

Mr Smith, however, said that
he stands by his statements
about the leader of the opposi-
tion.

Mz Ingraham explained that
when he last week informed
members of the House that he
was to assume the leadership of
the opposition, Mr Smith made
the comment “let the blood-let-
ting begin.”

He said that he responded by
telling the Mount Moriah MP
that “no Bahamian blood would
be spilled, that it would be un-
Bahamian to spill blood over
political matters.”

This resulted in a shouting
match between government and
opposition parliamentarians,
with Mr Smith denying that he
had ever made the “blood-let-
ting” remark.

To this Montagu MP Brent
Symonette said: “Yes you did,

SEE page 11







. B DAMEIVY DUMO
inspects the guard at Raw
Square yesterday.





m@ By KARAN MINNIS
and KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporters




WITH a last ceremonial
inspection of the guard on
Rawson Square and a spe-
cial joint-session of the
House of Assembly and the
Senate, Governor-General
Dame Ivy Dumont yesterday
retired from office.

Remembered by parlia-
mentarians and senators as
a great woman who gave
much to the country through-
out the years, Dame Ivy
stepped down from the post
she held for the past four
years.

Arriving shortly after
10.30am, Dame Ivy was wel-
comed by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force band
playing the national anthem,
before entering the Senate
building to give her farewell
speech.

Addressing senators and
House members in the
Upper Chamber, she said:
“Today, I conclude 57 1/2
years of public service, the
last four being those as Her
Majesty’s representative in
the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. The honour of



SEE page two

Nassau and Bahar

(Photo: Felipé Major/
Tribune staff)













lm By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter







DR BERNARD NOT-
TAGE, former CDR leader,
and FNM chairman Carl
Bethel were officially, sworn
in as Senators yesterday.

On Monday, Dr Nottage
and Mr Bethel both received
their instruments of appoint-
ment from Governor Gener-

Wanted for

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

























































FREEPORT - Grand
Bahama police are looking
for an 18-year-old man who is
wanted for questioning in
connection with murder.

Natario Francis, whose last
known address was Beginning
Drive, South Bahamia, is con-

SEE page 11









































Nottage, Bethel sworn in

al Dame Ivy Dumont at Gov-
ernment House.

At the time, Dr Nottage
affirmed his goal to serve the
public, stating that leaders
needed to be more than just

_ “pure politicians”, but peo-
ple who were looking at the
country’s problems and try-
ing to solve them.

SEE page 11

questioning























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Mitchell

invites
police to

investigate

@ By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

AS A result of allegations

made during the FNM’s rally,

Foreign Affairs Minister. Fred
Mitchell has invited police to
perform their own investiga-
tions in the Department of For-
eign Affairs.

Allegations of the illegal
issuance of hundreds of visas
by-the Foreign Affairs Depart-
ment were a “hot button” topic
throughout the FNM’s conven-
tion and rally.

In the House of Assembly
yesterday, Mr Mitchell said he
had asked the opposition on
numerous occasions to either
report specific allegations of
impropriety or take their evi-
dence directly to the police.

“Since they failed to do so, I

SEE page 11

Anger outside
of court
as murder
- accused arrive

B By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

FREEPORT - Family and
friends of slain 34-year-old
Tanya “Penny” Pinder cried
“shame” as two.men were
escorted by police to Magis-
trate’s Court to face murder and
other related charges on
Wednesday.

The accused — 22-year-old
Raymond Darling, and a 17-
year-old male, wore sweater
hoods to conceal their faces
from news photographers and
the crowd of onlookers assem-
bled at the rear of the court-
house around 10am.

Angry relatives and friends
of the deceased woman shouted
as the two were escorted from
an unmarked police vehicle.

Darling and the juvenile
appeared before Magistrate
Helen Jones in Court Three,
where they were charged with

SEE page 11


PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005 THE TRIBUNE

Farewell to Dame Ivy

FROM page one

serving as governor-general will fall
to only a few citizens, of whom I am
the sixth.

“My expressions of gratitude to the
government and people of the
Bahamas cannot convey the true
depth of the emotions that have
buoyed my spirits over these years, as
I have discharged the constitutional,
legal, advisory and social roles of the
Governor-general’s office,” she said.

Dame Ivy said she was able to
complete all four of her objectives
as governor-general.

“T selected only three major objec-
tives for my tour of duty..Firstly to
maintain my relationship with stu-
dents and youth groups, secondly to
encourage volunteerism, and thirdly
to emphasise the importance of fam-
ily,” she said. ;

A fourth objective of restoring the
physical structure of Government
House, she said, was added after she
took residence in January 2002.





In brief

Oil barge
remains -
stranded
on reef |

THE Louis J Goulet, a 220-
foot Canadian oil drill barge, is :
still stranded on a coral reef.off :
Abaco after running aground,
almost a month ago. Se.

Despite assurances from the.
Port Department weeks ago.
that the vessel would :be
removed from the reef, several -
Abaconians have phoning The.
Tribune to complain that the,
Louis J Goulet is still stranded
off Man-O-War Cay.

The barge has been stranded
in the Bahamas a number of,
times and has sparked several.
environmental concerns.

The vessel is thought to have.
threatened national parks near,
Long Island before running
aground in the Exuma Cays after
Hurricane Jeanne. It then broke,
free from its moorings in Walk-,
er’s Cay, Abaco during Hurri-:
cane Wilma and drifted until it.
ran aground again — this time 100
yards off Man-O-War Cay.

Abaconians complain that the:
vessel is posing a significant.
threat to the reef, as a hole was
punctured in the ship’s hull dur-
ing the storm.

However, the Port Depart-
ment has stated that the non-
motorised vessel is only carrying
enough fuel to operate its gen-
erator, and as such, “poses no
environmental hazard to the
waters around the Abacos”. :

Port Controller Captain
Anthony Allens could not :be
contacted for comment on-the
matter up to press time.













































W THE drill sergeant speaks to Dame Ivy Dumont as Prime Minister Perry
Christie and MPs look on

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005, PAGE 3



Fears of sewage pollution (=



In brief —

Ing raham
‘committed to
democracy

in Bahamas’

m By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

“ON his first official day as
leader of opposition business in
the House of Assembly, Hubert
Ingraham told parliamentarians
that he remains committed to
enhancing and deepening
democracy in the Bahamas.

’Mr Ingraham was sworn in as
leader of the opposition on
Monday in a short ceremony at
Government House.

“This commitment necessar-
ily includes transparency,
accountability and high ethical
standards on the part of all per-
sons who hold public office —
standards that we on this side of
the House adhere to and will
demand of the government,” he
said.

In congratulating his col-
league’s appointment, Prime
Minister Perry Minister said he
hopes that Mr Ingraham retains
the position for “quite some
time”.

MP Tennyson Wells, on
behalf of the Independent
members, added that he is hap-
py Mr Ingraham has assumed
the role he should have in May
2002.

Man shot
during
armed
robbery

BBOLICE. are investigating an
gating

pted armed robbery anda

shgoting around 9pm on Tues-.

Superintendent Water Evans
‘that a 60 year-old male had

waived at his home on Skyline

ave when he was accosted by

ymen.

he men forced him into his






nzefused:and
en ‘side-.

hip.
He was taken to hospital

where he was listed as stable.
The two robbers escaped jn a

‘white Chevy Cavalier.

Kiwanis’
donation
to Unity
House

THE Kiwanis Club of Over
the Hill teamed up with its
sponsored youth club - the Key
Club of Jordan Prince William

_ Baptist School —- to make a

charitable donation to the Uni-
ty House. ‘

The home, which houses
about 40 elderly persons as well
as individuals who that have
been abandoned, is located on
East Street South.

Rev Janet Butler, the admin-
istrator of the institution, said
she was extremely grateful for
the contribution.

Club president Frederick
Rodgers, president-elect James
McNiel, treasurer Berry Sweet-
ing and Key Club president Ms
Jovan Saunders were on hand
to make the presentation.

-Ms Saunders was also sup-
ported by members of the Key
Club, including Dominic Stubbs
and Tanishka Storr.

The donation included sup-
plies of grits, corned beef,
cream, tuna, fruit juice and oth-
er food items.

Flight held

A BAHAMASAIR aircraft was
being held at Miami International
Airport last night by US officials,

reportedly for non-payment of a:

bond.

As The Tribune was going to
press Bahamasair’s board was in
session last night trying to sort out
the matter. It is understood that
Bahamasair has claimed that what-
ever money was owed — whether it
was a “bond” or “fine” was unclear
— had already been paid.

It was also reported that
Bahamasair was trying to engage
Falcon Air to fly its passengers to
Nassau. However, is was claimed
that US Customs asked Falcon Air
if it did so would it be prepared to
pay whatever Bahamasair owed.
The Tribune was told that the word
used was “fine”.

No further information was
available up to press time.

@ By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter

A CONCERNED resident of Star
Estates fears that an open sewer in the
area is in danger of contaminating the
government water supply.

The resident of Jupiter Way, who
wished to remain anonymous, said that
after a lot was cleared in his commu-
nity three weeks ago, he saw liquid
spurting into the air from what smelled
like an open sewer.

Yesterday, The Tribune visited the
Site.

Around what appeared to be a bro-

ken sewer line the ground was satu-
rated with grey-brown liquid and green
mould.

Only a few yards away was a capped
well enclosed by a gate.

While the well area was being
inspected, liquid began gushing from
the sewer pipe.

“The sewer’s popping up and chil-
dren live in the area,” said the con-
cerned resident, who added that
because of the proximity of the well,
“sewage may get into the water lines
and it may make you sick.”

The man said that while there was
no sign indicating that the nearby well

was part of the government water sup-
ply, everyday he sees a Water and Sew-
erage truck visit the well.

"Children walk across it to go to the
next street. Sometimes, they play in
the area. Someone could walk on it
and they can get sick," he added.

General manager of engineering and
planning at the Water and Sewerage
Corporation Chris Sherman spoke
with the concerned resident and said
the complaint would be investigated.

Parliamentary secretary in the Min-
istry of Health Ron Pinder was unable
to accompany The Tribune yesterday
as parliament was in session.

Hi THE open
sewer in Star
Estates. On
the other side
of the hedge
in the
background
‘is an
underground
well

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Mitchell accuses
‘Bethel of misleading |
the public on visas —

@ By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

FOREIGN Affairs Minis-
ter Fred Mitchell yesterday
charged that FNM Senator
Carl. Bethel “misled the
Bahamian public” with his
claims about the minister’s
involvement in the issuance
of visas.

Mr Bethel alleged that Mr
Mitchell forwarded an e-mail
communication, dated May 6,
2004, to his permanent secre-
tary, Dr Patricia Rodgers, con-
cerning a request for the
issuance of a number of visas.

The e-mail, Mr Bethel said,
was marked “Re: Your.
Approval”.

Mr Mitchell told: the Buse”

yesterday that: this “is not
what the document shows at
all” and that Mr Bethel’s
claims were totally false and
misleading. He proposed to
lay a copy of the e-mail on the
table of the House.

“The e-mail comes from
Senator Trevor Whylly who

is an assistant in the office of
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Bruce Bain whose complaint
was that he was not getting
approval for visas for seamen
on his boat.

“I e-mailed the senator the _

next day May 6, 2004 to say ‘I
will look into the matter’. This
was no promise of anything
other than to have the matter
investigated.’ It is what any

a

Frida

minister should do with regard
to a complaint from any citi-
zen,” he said.

“On the same day, and the
e-mail discloses this on the
face Of the record, I e-mailed
the permanent secretary Patri-
cia Rogers with the words:
‘For your advice’. It is true
that the subject is ‘Your
Approval’ but when you
examine the e-mail, it shows
quite clearly that the subject
“Your Approval’ was not one

I typed in but one which was

in the original sender of the
e-mail,” the minister said.
Mtr Mitchell said that he had
not seen, or heard anything
more about the matter until
‘he heard.that a copy
mail was in the possessi
Mr Bethel with the.title
“Approved for.issue”? and,ini;

tialed by the permanent sec--":

retary on May 11, 2005.
“T did not issue any such

direction. The matter was han-

dled entirely by the public ser-
vice,” he said.

Mr Mitchell also defied any-
one to produce evidence that

to five Chinese persons on
February 13, 2005, as claimed
by Mr Bethel.

_“It is always my position

that if visas can be lawfully
issued then the person should
be facilitated, and being a
member of parliament does
not deny you the right to the
issuance of visas provided you




of:



fall within the rules.

“The right of:expectation of a
member of parliament is iden-
tical to the right of expectation
of a citizen of the Bahamas.
This has not, and I will never
engage in preferential treatment
of any citizen over another, ” he
said.

Mr Mitchell said that he has

authorised no.one to act on his:

behalf, and challenged the
opposition to “produce the

paperwork” to prove that he

has.

on my behalf as minister. If I
give an instruction that instruc-
tion is in writing. I go further,
Mr Speaker, and § say that even if
‘given a direction tO issu
thé visas provided I acted with-
in: my discretion and the law








discretion.

“This view that because
politicians exercise political
power there is somehow some-
thing wrong with it, it is simply
misguided. It cannot stand the

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eral Dame Ivy Dumont.

The “ceremony is a public event and spec-
tators are welcome,” said the BIS statement.

However, although the press is the public’s
eyes and ears, and despite the number of emp-
ty seats in the Senate chamber, the press was
not welcome.

Al Dillette of Bahamas Information Ser-
vices (BIS) telephoned The Tribune after
deadline Tuesday evening asking that space be
made for the Cabinet’s announcement. At
6.06 pm the short notice was e-mailed to our
local news editor, and a news page was rejigged
to accommodate it.

The next day a reporter was assigned as
usual to the Senate, where the ceremony was
to take place, and another two were sent to the
House, where members were to start their
meeting before being summoned to the Senate.

Tribune reporter Karan Minnis, arrived ear-
ly and took her usual seat in the press section
of the Senate chamber. Shortly afterwards,
she said, a woman came up to her and asked
where she was from. When told she was The
Tribune Miss Minnis was informed that she
would have to move. “She said I could not be

there because they had np space for the press; ‘

they had been reserved.”

Miss Minnis told the lady that she must
have been mistaken because this was a press
event, and sitting in a press seat, she was there
to cover it. “Okay”, said the lady and left.

“About two minutes later Andrew McKin-
ney came over, held my upper arm and said I
had to go outside because they only had room
for two members of the press, BIS being one,
but they had not decided who the other was to
be,” said Miss Minnis.

She told him she was remaining inside to do
her job as his information must have been
incorrect.

He insisted on the correctness of his posi-
tion, and she persisted in hers. Mr McKinney

. walked off.

Miss Minnis then stepped into the hall to
use her phone. Mr McKinney returned, told
her she could stay until BIS came to sort out
the seating. But, he said, she had to remain
outside. She refused. When she had finished
her call, she returned to her seat in the cham-
.ber. By now a BIS staff member was also seat-
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and ZNS would be allowed to report inside the
chamber. All other reporters were to be kept
outside. “Oh, we shall see!” a confident Miss
Minnis replied.

She remained undisturbed in the Senate
until the Governor-General was about to
arrive. She and a Love 97 reporter were’ then
asked to step outside the chamber. They.com-
plied. They were left standing in the hall for a
few minutes, when, without explanation, they
were escorted back to their press seats.

Members of the public who were “welcome”
did not respond to the invitation, leaving many
Senate seats empty.

Meanwhile downstairs our two reporters
and photographer were also being hindered in
their work. The two House reporters were
stopped from entering the Senate building.
They were told by a plainclothed official that
it had been agreed that BIS would brief the
press as to what area they would be allowed in
to report proceedings. He said a table with
speakers was to have been set up outside for
the press. Our photographer was not allowed
to move freely to cover the event. He, with
other photographers, had to remain in a cer-
tain section, while free movement was allowed
BIS and ZNS staff.”

The official was surprised that BIS:had not

’ briefed the press the day before, nor had who- |

ever was responsible for doing so, provided
speakers for them to hear proceedings or a
table at which they were to work.

It is not unusual for a photographer to be
chosen as a “pool” photographer. This means
that he is responsible for supplying photos for
all members of the press corps. This was done.
Six photos were posted on the internet from
which the press could choose. Of course, The

Tribune editor was annoyed because he want- .

ed a wider selection of photos, which he would
have had from his own man.

Whoever bungled the arrangements for yes-
terday’s ceremony must remember that the
press members should not be hindered in
doing their job. These men and women were
there to represent the public — those who
BIS said were so “welcome”, but who could
not be present. They are the readers who
expect their newspaper -to report the event for
them.

BIS personnel must also be reminded that
they are being paid to facilitate, and not hin-
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EDITOR, The T mane

ON Novemier 23, 2005 I
watched the proceeding of Par-
liament at home by myself and
I was embarrassed and ashamed
to know that these proceedings
were being broadcast on our
airwaves.

If at all possible I would like
for someone to dig into the
archives of Parliament and send
to the Speaker a video of the
Honourable Speaker Italia
Johnson’s methods of operat-
ing when she sat in the Speak-
er’s chair.

It appears to. my little mind
that whenever there is a ruckus
in Parliament the Speaker, for
whatever reason when he is try-
ing to. obtain peace and calm,
always without exception looks
at the Opposition as if they are
at fault.

However, I am an avid watch-

er of Parliament, and most of

the time —if not all — it is start-
ed by a Government member.

Is the Speaker afraid to
rebuke his colleagues, and if so
why?

As far as I am aware the
Speaker even though appointed
by Government is supposed to
be fair and impartial during the
proceedings.

During the past two weeks I
have been greatly disturbed to

‘see and hear the governing par-

ty stoop to the level which they
have done to try and stir up
racial hatred in our Bahamas
once again. They are constantly
asking why white Bahamians
do not get involved in the

_ Bahamas. I wonder why they

ask this, because they are giving
themselves the answer. It is

‘because of these same racial

overtones that white people are
afraid to get involved.

It was amusing to see white-
Bahamians in the PLP conven-
tion hall sitting and having to
listen to this type of rhetoric. I
wonder how they must have
felt.

I wonder if any speaker at the
PLP convention would like it if
their father or grandfather had
gone to jail for stealing and the
people of this country called
that person a thief because of
what their foreparents had
done. -

It is time that we as a people
realise that no one can change
the past. It is the future that we
have to be concerned about,
and if any one in this country,
be they red, yellow, black or
white, believes that we as a peo-
ple can progress by preaching
this racial hatred then I have to
assume they do not and have

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not read the Bible. God in his .

Holy Word makes it clear that
we are all his children and as
such we should love on another.
It is very disturbing that to
date I have not heard one
church leader in our Bahamas
who has the nerve to speak out
against this. Are these leaders
sincere in what they preach or
are they only interested in
pleasing their earthly masters.
I do not expect preachers to
become involved in any political
war, but they have a duty to
God and his children to speak
against anything that is wrong.
I wonder which convention
Mr Rigby attended, or maybe it
is because he thinks the rhetoric
at convention by almost every
speaker is normal.
If what I heard each night is

not intended to create tacial”
barriers in our Bahamas thei I+
suppose I am an idiot. I believe®
the PLP now realise that this
fuse will do them more harm~-
than good so now they want‘tos
change what was expounded at
great lengths. Well it is too late
for that because most of ‘ours
young, intelligent voters Know:
exactly what they meant and
they do not want any part ee
this. 5
Editor, I can voice my pins
ion on this because my grand-
mother was a dark lady, and I:
was raised by a black woman. I: --
learnt to play and socialise with |
her children and never knew’
the difference until I got older:
and listened to the politician of
that era. By the way I am 56:
years old, so anyone knows the
era I am talking about.

A CONCERNED ;

BAHAMIAN 1H
Eleuthera af
November 2005 ot



Alfred Gray and |
the UBP menace |

EDITOR, The Tribune

OF all the demons from the past, perhaps none is so divisive
and therefore destructive, as.the demon of racism. And of all’ ’
the endeavours that one could embark upon, there is none |
more capable of eventually demonstrating that person’s true~.
character than the practice of politics. And when those who “4
have embarked upon a career of politics have their true char-
acter revealed in that they will not let this demon of racism die
an awful and painful death, then we are to take them to task*for: 2

their lack of good character.

about it. That’s a first for me.

God forbid!



shame.

WILLIAM (BILLY) ROBERTS

Abaco
November 18 2005

The. assertion that we should be fearful of a return.to. the: &
days of the UBP should the FNM win the next election, 4nd |
something should happen to Hubert Ingraham thus leaving
Brent Symonette in charge, is such a preposterous assertion,
that | cannot find anything more of an intelligent nature to Say- 4

Actually, there are two things that I have just thought of:

1) To Alfred Gray and anybody who willingly agrees with ns
assertion, I say shame on you weaklings, and

2) Surely there are a greater number of those Bahamians that? "
can see straight through such evil, than those who cannot:

Let me implore my fellow Bahamians — that includes Alfred’ |
Gray by the way, because he’s still my brother, even though F-*!
don’t even know him personally — to please refrain from such’ ©
destructive rhetoric. How can we claim to be a Christian’ -
nation while fanning the flames of hell? Obviously Mr Grays ‘S
knows not that racism is a tool of the Deceiver. As long as wé-'*}
remain divided, we will remain less than all we can tuly Hee uF

A white man in Brent Symonette’s position has got to’ be!
making us look to the rest of the world as if we are united here":
in the Bahamas. And that’s a good thing, a very good thing: +
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In brief —

New Family |
island

projects are
announced

DURING a communication
to the House of Assembly yes-
terday Works and Utilities Min-
ister Bradley Roberts unveiled a
schedule for a number of con-
tracts for the repair and con-
struction of roads in the Family
Islands.

e Eleuthera main road — the
contract is progressing and com-
pletion is expected to take
another 5 months.

v* Eleuthera settlement roads
—;eontracts are expected to be
awarded within the next 60 to
90; days.

e, South Andros roads and
airstrip — contract valued at
some $3 million is completed.

‘Mangrove Cay airport and
roads.— a contract was awarded
on Monday, with a projected
completion date of April 2007.

* North and Central Andros
roads — a contract is to be
awarded in first quarter of 2006.

re Roads in East Grand
Bahama — a contract is in
progress for the repair and
reconstruction of 21 miles of
road. .

-@ Roads in West Grand
Bahama — a contract will be
awarded shortly.

¢ Roadworks in Acklins and
Ragged Island are currently
being considered to go to tender
in January, 2006. These projects
are earmarked to be funded by
the European union.

: ¢ Roadworks in Marsh Har-
bour —a contract will be award-
ed in the first quarter of 2006.

. ¢ Roadworks in Long Island
settlements — the first contract
will be issued shortly and the
second in the first quarter of
2006.

' @ Roadworks in Cat Island —
a contract will be awarded in
first epuanier of 2006.

Festival
Noel in

Grand
Bahama

THE 11th annual Festival
Noel will be held this weekend
in Grand Bahama.

Organisers say the event will
feature many fine wines and
champagnes, works of art cre-
ated.by several Bahamian
artists, a silent auction and food
from the best restaurants on
(Grand Bahama.

; The ‘festival, themed:
“Evening under the stars” will
ibe-held on Friday, December
2, at the Rand Nature Centre.

L Silent auction prizes will
include jewellery adorned with
‘diamonds, emeralds, rubies and
jsapphires.

| There also will be gift baskets
‘filled with local fragrances and
|designer perfumes, courtesy of
iParfum de Paris.

“Island Galleria will be show-
Casing gifts donated by the Min-
inis‘family.

Wine selections will come
from countries around the
world, including the United
States, Chile, Argentina, Aus-
tralia, France, South Africa and
Italy...

- "Those attending will have the
opportunity to vote and crown
Chef Noel 2005.

. Noted artist Malcolm Rae
will be the guest artist, and
there will be many other artists
and crafters displaying their-cre-
ations.

~ Tickets for Festival Noel
2005: An Evening Under the
Stars are on sale for $45 at the
Rand Nature Centre, Bristol
Wines and Spirits and Colom-
bian Emeralds International in
Port Lucaya. The evening starts
“at 7pm.

St Andrew’s
residents
to hold
necting

ST Andrews Beach residents
are.asked to attend a commu-
nity, meeting to be held on Sun-
day, December 4, at 3pm.

Fhe community Christmas
patty and other important issues
will be discussed.

“Fhose attending are asked to
be’on time.

LOCAL NEWS

Road improvement planned

for completion by 2008 —

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

THE seven remaining corridors for
the New Providence Road Improve-
ment Project are expected to be com-
pleted by 2008 — at a cost of $75 to $80
million.

This was revealed by Works and Util-
ities Minister Bradley Roberts during
a communication to the House of
Assembly yesterday.

The remaining corridors, which have
been divided into seven smaller indi-
vidual contracts called ‘slices’, are ear-
marked for completion through both
local and international bidding | as fol-
lows:

e Slice 1, which comprises Baillou Hill
Road, Market and East Streets, is for
international bidding and has an antici-
pated contract award date of Bent,
2006;

° Slice 2, which includes Robinson
Road, Prince Charles Drive, Marathon
and Wulff Roads, is also designated for
international bidding with the antici-
pated contract award date also for April,
2006,

e Slice 3, which includes the Bamboo
Boulevard and East Street Junction;
Bamboo Boulevard; the Milo Butler
Highway extension to Carmichael Road
and the Abundant Life Road, will be
tendered locally.

The bid documents for this project
were issued to the bidders last month
and it is anticipated that the contract
will be awarded in March, 2006.

e Slice 4, which includes the Bethel
Avenue extension from JFK Drive to
East Bay Street and the new Cordeaux

Avenue link between Baillou Hill Road .

and Thompson Boulevard, is also for
local bidding with the anticipated con-
tract award date set for September,
2006,

Government to buy asphalt
plant to keep costs down

e Slice 5, which includes the Bethel
Avenue realignment between the
Tonique Wiliams-Darling Highway and
JFK Drive and the New Oakes Field
distributor from Yellow Elder to. the
New Bethel Avenue realignment, is for
local bidding with an anticipated con-
tract award date scheduled for Septem-
ber, 2007.

° Slice 6, which is also for local bid-
ding, is on hold pending final designs
of the Bah-Mar Development..

e Slice 7 comprises a local contract
signed on October 18, 2005, with works
scheduled to be completed in June,
2006. This project is intended to
improve that section of Baillou Hill
Road between Robinson Road and the
Independence Drive/Tonique Williams-
Darling Highway/Baillou Hill Round-
about.

The contract for this slice was award-
ed to the local joint venture partner-
ship of Bethell’s Trucking and Heavy
Equipment and the Bahamas Hot Mix
Company.

The contract sum for Slice 7 is
$3,334,531.61 and the project is expect-
ed to be completed within seven
months.

As an incentive for the contractor to
complete the works on this highly traf-
ficked and vital corridor, the govern-
ment has approved a bonus of
$166,726.58, to be paid to the contractor
if the project can be completed. within
five months.

Upon taking office in May, 2002, gov-
ernment met in progress an extensive
road improvement project valued at
some $66 million and funded mainly. by
a loan from the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) with counterpart
funding of some 30 per cent by the
Bahamas government.

Mr Roberts said that by July 2002,
the international contractor for the pro-







i MINISTER of Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts

ject, Associated Asphalt, went into
bankruptcy and the project came to a
premature halt.

Eventually, arid with the agreement of
the IDB, the ministry embarked on a
new strategy to.tender to Bahamian
prequalified contractors one of the
major components of the roadworks
from the overall project. This compo-
nent was the dualling and rehabilita-
tion of the Harrold: Road corridor.

“This strategy was an ambitious one
in that, although this corridor was
removed from the project; there was,
nevertheless, the IDB requirement to
maintain the same international stan-
dards as obtained in the original con-

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

THE government has
approved the purchase of a
new $1.6 million state-of-the-
art asphalt plant to help con-
tain the cost of the New
Providence Road Improve-
ment Project. .

According to the Ministry
of Works, the new plant will
be used by the government-
owned Bahamix company to
supply asphalt to the project
at cost.

The government expects
to obtain the plant from the
Almix manufacturing com-
pany in Fort Wayne, Indi-
ana. The deal is to include
ground preparation and
installation.

Works and Utilities Minis-
ter Bradley Roberts said the
asphalt plant acquired in
1989 has surpassed its useful
lifespan and:is now experi-
encing more downtime than
productive periods.

This, he said, has resulted
in diminishing quantities of
asphalt being produced -
which in turn directly affects

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realised from the sale of asphalt.
The new plant will be located
in the industrial park area, off
Firetrail Road and is expected.
to arrive within 30 days.
Unlike the existing Bahamix
Asphalt Plant, which is an
“Astec” model manufactured
some 30 years ago, the new
Almix model 76 duo drum is a
counterflow “zero emissions”
with an environmentally friend-
ly “bag house”, Mr Roberts said.
This “bag house” is designed
to eliminate atmospheric conta-
mination caused by particle mat-
ter, with the end result that the
public will not see pollution in
the form of steam which hovers
over the existing Astec plant.
This new plant is designed to
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Despite challenges created by
the frequent downtimes, Mr

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instrumental in the paving of a

number of streets; including the >}

Faith Avenue extension, East
Street South, several main roads
in the San Souci and Eastwood
areas, Wulff Road and Nassau
Street, among others.

“Most importantly, however,
the acquisition of the new plant
is most timely for the resump-

, tion and completion of the New

Providence Road Improvement
Project.

“Commencing in January,
2006, therefore, I look forward
with great anticipation to the
launch of a new invigorated
road paving programme that
will provide concrete help in
restoring the New Providence
road network to a state of excel- . ’
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THE next Caribbean Media
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SuperClubs Breezes, Cable
Beach on December 8 to 12.

The conference, which brings
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media, will be the 10th Opals
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‘TYCOON Peter de Savary,
‘developer of the luxury Winding

Bay resort in Abaco, has taken
on a new role in life — as a soccer
club chairman.
“The flamboyant multi-mil-
lionaire says he intends to take
the unfashionable London club
Millwall into Britain’s top 15
over the next few years.
_ -Millwall, known as the Lions,
have’ been best-known in the
.past for their rowdy supporters.
Their ground is fittingly known
as The Den - a place where vis-
iting fans frequently get mauled
by their rivals. .
.Mr de Savary got a taste of

their unruly behaviour when his °

‘team crashed out of the Carling
‘Cup competition against Birm-
ingham City this week.
_,, Only five minutes into the
match, 100 Lions fans ripped up
‘Security netting and charged
wards Birmingham support-
ers,
“Police had to restore order,
ventually closing the tea bar
and arresting five men.
~ "Mr de Savary, worth an esti-
‘mated $65 million, jetted into
London for his first game in
charge - and, according to The
Sun newspaper, put his foot in it
by comparing the crowd to
“hordes of under-privileged
Africans.”

However, he said his new job
was “one hell of a challenge”,
declaring that in five years he
hoped’ Millwall would be among
the top 15 clubs in the country.

The bald, cigar-chewing de
Savary is building The Abaco
Club at Winding Bay for high-
end visitors. The resort is situ-

‘ated on one of the island’s most
‘picturesque beaches.

“In his colourful career as a
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Expert as he is at creating lux-
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admits to being a greenhorn in
the world of soccer.

“T am not an expert on foot-
ball at all,” he said. “But I do
realise we need to start winning.
This is a team effort — the sup-
porters will be on the wall with
me. We’re in it together,” he
was reported as telling The Sun.

This is not the first time the
high-energy Mr de Savary has
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Ingraham and Christie
re locking their horns

PON his return from
CHOGM, Prime

Minister Perry Christie wasted
no time responding to criticisms
of new Leader of the Opposi-
tion, Hubert Ingraham.

This represented a major shift
in the political dynamics of the
country. Before Ingraham
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By doing so, Mr Christie
seemed to suggest that he did
not have an equal in the former
leader of the FNM. Now, not
only has the PM immediately
addressed criticisms by Mr
Ingraham himself, he has vowed
to respond to all such criticisms
as they are made.

As one young man-said to me
on my way from Nassau Inter-
national Airport just two days
ago: “This is the most I have
heard from Mr Christie in three
years.” So the saying goes, “what
a difference a day makes”.

This dynamic exchange
between these two giant politi-
cal figures is precisely what our
democracy needs. A democracy
must have fierce competition
between opposing sides to keep

it honest. That is just what is.

happening now. Mr Christie will
no doubt produce his A-game
for a political personality like
Mr Ingraham, who is highly gift-
ed in this area of life.

The exchanges between the
two men will make for good
public debate and will produce
a much more interesting arena
in which to observe politics. Let
the games begin!

PERFORMANCE WILL
MATTER

I wrote last week that per-
formance will be a key
issue in the upcoming general
election. While I overlooked the
fact that in 1997 both political
parties had recent records that
could be compared in the elec-
tion campaign, as will be the
case in the next general elec-
tion, this oversight did not dis-
miss the fact that performance
will surely be an issue.

In fact, it is the performance
of the present government that
Mr Ingraham is criticising and
that which Mr Christie is
defending. Voters can expect to
be treated to many ‘more
exchanges over the performance
of both parties while in office.

Take for instance the econo-
my. Mr Christie, in answering
Mr Ingraham, referred to a
Financial Times article saying
the Bahamian economy recov-
ered much quicker than expect-
ed, noting the positive growth
rates of the economy over the
last three years as compared to
the decline by two per cent in
2001, as well as mentioning the
billions of dollars in investments
in the pipeline.

It is true that the econom
has recovered and that it has
been a relatively quick one.
However, the FT article may

not have noted that the decline.

in the Bahamian economy in
2001 was largely a result of the
terrorist attacks in 2001 and the
recession in the US that began
in March that year.

STRAIGHT UP TALK

ZHIVARGO

Additionally, it did not reveal
that before Mr Christie came
to office in May, 2002, the Inter-
national Monetary Fund (IMF)
was already forecasting eco-
nomic recovery for The
Bahamas, predicting growth

rates of 2.5 per cent and three.

per cent in 2002 and 2003. As it
turned out, the economy grew
by 1.9 per cent and three per
cent in those years.

Indeed, when PM Christie
gave his first budget communi-
cation in May, 2002, one he said
was really the FNM’s, since it
was mostly prepared by that
administration, he noted the
IMF’s forecast for positive
growth of the economy.

This was before his govern-
ment had been able to execute
any economic policies of its own.
Mr Christie said the positive

IMF forecast was based on a:

number of investments the IMF

knew were in the pipeline and .

the recovery of both the US
economy as well as Bahamian
tourism following the terrorists
attacks of September 11, 2001.

In essence, then, the recov-'

ery and performance of the
economy within at least the first
two years of the Christie admin-
istration were based more on
factors that preceded. the
administration‘s effort rather
than policies of its own. This is
what Mr Ingraham argued at
the FNM rally held recently.

| he FT article also failed
to. point out that

notwithstanding the positive
growth of the economy over the
last three-and-a-half years,
unemployment in the country
has actually risen. from-9.1 per

~ cent to 10.2 percent.

Indeed, on some islands,
namely Grand Bahama, the
unemployment rate is higher
than the national average. Per-
haps this is because so much of
the billions of dollars of invest-
ments in the pipeline mentioned
by the Times article remained in
the pipeline and have not been

put in the ground. This, too, was’

a point that Mr Ingraham made
in recent comments.

It was also interesting to note
that Mr Christie, in reading the
Times article, pointed out that
the financial services sector of
The Bahamas was holding its
own despite significant global
competition.

Interestingly, there have been
no legislative, policy or program-
matic changes in the financial ser-
vices sector of the Bahamas over
the last three years.

In fact, where many thought

LAING

that the Christie administration
would move quickly to reverse a
number of the financial laws put
in place in 2001 by the Ingra-
ham administration, no“such
thing has happened to date.:
To the contrary, where those
laws were once criticiséd: by
members of the administration
prior to coming to office, they
now seem to refer to them when
telling the world that.the
Bahamas is a “well-regulated,
blue-chip” financial services
centre. It seems, therefore, that
whatever factors contribute to
the strengths that exist in the
sector today predate Mr
Christie’s administration.
Both parties will have to
sharpen their wits to ensure that
they make sensible representa-
tion of themselves before a
much more enlightened public
than they have ever. faced
before. Let the games continue!

BAHAMAR AND TRANS: '
PARENCY

E Grand Bahama, I host a
radio talk-show. On one
of my recent shows, a caller
asked how it was that the gov-

ernment had a “confidentiality

clause” in the Bahamar agree-
ment if it was a transparent
agreement. .
The fact of the matter is that
transparency and confidentiali-
ty seem to be at odds with each ©
other in matters of public
affairs, particularly where the
state is making an agreement
between itself and a private
investor in the public interest.
Indeed, if a document can be
commented upon extensively
by a minister in the House of
Assembly and even ‘tabled in

‘that sovereign place, it seems

highly illogical that it would
include any provision that calls
for secrecy or confidentiality.
This is a point to which the
government must speak, if it is to
settle the public’s mind as to its
handling of the Bahamar deal.
Admittedly, it was also curi-
ous to me that while I was able
to get my hands on the
Bahamar Heads of Agreement,
what I received did not include
a number of appendices to
which the document referred.

THOUGHT FOR THE
WEEK

Ss public debate is
characterised: by
exchanges over ideas rather

than the hurling of personal
insults.

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He found the experience so
enjoyable that he has been on
one or two such tours every year
since.

After several one-week tours
in the USA and Canada, he ven-
tured further abroad with tours
in Europe, Central and South
America, Australia and New
Zealand. Having read about
cycle tours across America, he
decided this was the kind of chal-
lenge and adventure for him.

So, early last year, he contact-
ed CrossRoads in Connecticut,
which specialises in annual rides
from Los Angeles to Boston.
The 3,415 mile journey through
15 states takes over seven weeks,
riding six days with one day off
each week.

So, on May 15, 2004, the great
adventure began. Tony said: “The
first ceremonial gesture was at
Manhattan Beach in Los Ange-
les, where I dipped my rear wheel
in the Pacific, knowing that I had
to go another 3,415 miles to dip
the other wheel in the Atlantic.”

At first he wondered if he had
taken on an impossible chal-
lenge. However, he said: “I’m
the type of person that, once I’ve
decided to do something, I am
determined to finish it.

“There was a great feeling of
doing it all together, of natural
camaraderie. The seven-week
cycling trip was a challenge that
we had all been thinking about,
and were now finally beginning.”

CrossRoads’ ride was well-
planned and well-run. Along the
way, he bought a CD player and

’ listened to music as he pedalled

the miles away, especially on the
long straight flat sections which
could be quite boring. "
He said: “I was a bit con-
cerned about some of the moun-
tains being strenuous climbs,
having had little hill climbing
practice beforehand in the rela-

_ tively flat Bahamas. However,

after a few good climbs, the hills
were no longer a problem.”

The first week had been hard
work, as many of the cyclists
were not all that fit, and had to
endure back-to-back century
rides in the Mojave Desert,
which, said Tony, “had long
straight flat boring roads with
temperatures over one hundred
degrees.”

The ride cooled down as they
entered the Sonora Desert after
climbing several, thousand feet.



John.S. George

@ TONY Hepburn,
who has taken on
long-distance cycles
across the world

esting, and some mornings when
they started out the temperatures
were in the low 30s!

Their first day off was in
Flagstaff, Arizona, where they
enjoyed a day trip to the Grand
Canyon. On reaching Santa Fe,
New Mexico, Tony e-mailed
home: “Everything is going
smoothly, other than the bumps
and cracks in some of the roads,
which can make riding a bit

uncomfortable.”

Kansas

Next stop was Abilene, Kansas,
where Dwight D Eisenhower had
a home around which a centre
was built several years ago.

He had been led to believe
that Kansas was a flat, boring
state when, in fact, he said, “I
found the crop and dairy farms
quite interesting, also pleasant
scenery, gently rolling hills,
smooth roads for comfortable
cycling, and trains passing by
from time to time.”

By this stage of the tour, Tony
had a total of eight flat tyres, “all
caused by small pieces of wire
from steel-belted truck tyres.”

While the ride across America
is not a race, with most cyclists
going along at their own pace,
there are always a few hot shots
who like to be the first out every
morning and the first in every
afternoon!

i Topeka, Kansas, was the half-

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they visited Boot Hill in Dodge
City, where several gunslingers
were buried with their boots on.

Next stop was Springfield, Illi-
nois, to which they had cycled
over 100 miles from Quincy, Illi-
nois, named after John Quincy
Adams.

Tony safd: “The weather was .

now much warmer and more
humid, so we were getting wetter
from perspiration than we got
from our first day. of rain, when
we cycled to Topeka, Kansas!”

They: had passed the 2,000,

mile mark, and were now head-
ing into the last two and a half
‘week’s cycling which, according

to Tony, should be (apart from’:
Vermont and New Hampshire), -
less hilly than some of the areas

they had covered.

In Indianapolis, they visited:

the velodrome and cycled a few
laps, after which they went to
the. famous Speedway, where

they just missed the Formula 1.

practice session.

Quite often a speed in excess’

of 20 mph was maintained for
most of the day. Tony said he
was now fitter than he had been
in years. They would have
climbed over 90,000 feet by the
time they got to Boston.

In Ohio, relatives of one of
the cyclists set up a stand with
fresh fruit and drinks, which
were greatly appreciated.

_ After Ohio, they cycled to’ _
Erie in Pennsylvania, then to’



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Hamburg (near Buffalo),
Canandaigua, Syracuse, Little
Falls and Albany (the state cap-'
ital), all in New York State, and
arrived in Brattleboro, Vermont.

“The:scenery in Vermont was.

. spectacular, with just one full:

day’s ride to Lexington, Massa-
chusetts (via New Hampshire),,

and.a short ride to the Atlantic,

Beach in Boston.
“We had all arrived safely toa
great welcome by several of the.
cyclists’ families and friends.,
While I was pleased to finish the
ride and return home to, family.
and friends,,I was also a bit sad
to end such a great adventure,
and to leave all my new- -found

cycling friends.”
This year Tony cycled from
Maine to Florida, passing through

New Hampshire, Massachusetts,

Connecticut, New York, New Jer-
sey, Pennsylvania, Maryland,
Washington DC, Virginia, North
Carolina, South Carolina and
Georgia for a total of 1,800 miles
over three and a half weeks.
Having cycled across Ameri:
ca last year, Tony thought this
shorter ride would be much eas-
ier. Well, it wasn’t — Tony was
less fit at the beginning of the
ride and there were many more
hills during the first section down
to Washington, some with grat.
dients of 15 per cent or more! +;
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Mitchell
invites
police to
investigate
FROM page one

instructed the permanent
secretary to invite the police
tocarry out an investigation
into the allegations made by
the spokesman for the side
opposite, and to determine
at;the same time how they
came to be in possession of
documents which appear to
be stolen from the Ministry
ofForeign Affairs,” he
SALE APH

Mr Mitchell promised that
the results of the investiga-
tion will be made public, and
said:his comment about the
uments possibly





mtéant to “intimidate any-
one.

“The fact is.that ministers
must. have:confidence in the
fidelity.and.:work of public
officials; and the advice
they:dischange, and
what ‘is'exchanged. between
them. he

‘If it were otherwise, it
would*erodé the very fabric
of'the’ development of public
policy. From the ‘other side,
the public must have. confi-
dénce that information
which they disclose on a con-
fidentidl basis is,in fact, con-
fidential,” he said. ~'

“Mr Mitchell said he will
not prejudice the investiga-
tion police have started by
dwelling deeper into the
specifics of the case.

“The. police are seized of

_this matter and their investi-

gations continue as to vari-

ous individuals and will no
doubt be soon completed. I
do.not wish to prejudice any
investigation with regard to
those names until that inves-
tigation is complete.

~“It is my hope that mem-
bers opposite will co-oper-
ate fully with the police as
they seek to finish their
work. I will do nothing here
this morning which com-
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said. —

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_ Anger outside of court

as murder accused arrive
| FROM page one

the murder of Ms Pinder on November 25.

They were not required to enter a plea to the murder
charge, which is an indictable offence.

According to reports, Ms Pinder, an office clerk at Bud
Ann Investment was shot dead last Friday in the office build-
ing during an attempted-armed robbery at Cool Breeze
Apartments on Hudson Avenue.

A masked man was seen running from the scene with a
shotgun, eyewitnesses reported to police.

In addition to murder, the iuvenile was also charged with
possession of an unlicensed 12 gauge Maverick shotgun on
November 25. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Darling, who was represented by K Brian Hanna, was
charged with being found in possession of 16, 12 gauge
ammunition on November 28.

He pleaded not guilty and elected summary trial in Mag-

istrate’s Court.
Magistrate Jones denied the men bail. They were remand-
ed in custody until February 28 for preliminary inquiry. .
Meanwhile, police are still searching for a third man in con-
nection with the incident.

FROM page one

sidered armed and extremely
dangerous.

He is believed to be one of
three suspects accused of shoot-
ing and killing 34-year-old
Tanya Pinder last Friday at
Cool Breeze Apartments dur-
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bery.

A 17-year-old juvenile, and

FROM page one

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President Sharon Wilson said:
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“T first heard the name Dr B J
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she said.

Wanted

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Mrs Wilson said their experi-
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month. He replaces Tanya
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this year.

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THE clothing of the Cole's of Nassau ladies boutique took
to the stage yesterday at the annual Bahamas Humane Society
fashion show and luncheon.

The event at the British Colonial Hilton, which is spon-
sored by Diane Cole-Morley proprietor of Cole's of Nassau, is
expected to raise $10,000 for the society.

Mrs Cole-Morley told The Tribune: "It's all in aid of the
Humane Society, and helps out all of our little animals which
they need lots of help."

She urged persons to report any cruelty to animals to the
society in order to curb the problem of animal abuse.

"I see a lot of animals that seem to just get mistreated. So,
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cause for the animals that can't speak for themselves," she
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Models from the Yodephy Dance and Modelling Academy
with poise and elegance showed off the clothing designs of
Gottex of Israel, Nicole Miller and Bahamian designs of Jean-
nie McQueeny.

One of the models wore a Basil and Maude designed skirt,
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The creator of the Jeannie McQueeny clothing line, Eugenie
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‘Mrs Nuttall said that she uses natural fabrics such as silk to
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Ella Davis, a Bahamian jewellery designer who also dis-
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persons still displaced
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months ago.

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Tribune Business Editor

THE Government has
refused to grant approval for
Baha Mar Development Com-
pany’s acquisitions of several
private properties on Good-
man’s Bay, The Tribune has
learned, deciding instead that it
wanted to preserve beach
access for the Bahamian public.

The Tribune has been told
that the Cabinet, through the
National Economic Council
(NEC), turned down the
approval applications by the
developer of the $1.6. billion
Cable Beach strip revamp
because it felt the purchases
would “further compromise the
amount of beach space avail-
able for the general public”.

A source told The Tribune:
“The rationale behind it was
that the Prime Minister had
made it clear the Government
wanted to preserve as much
beach space as possible i in the
‘West Bay Street area.

Approving Baha Matr’s appli-
cations would have brought the
public beach at Goodman’s
Bay almost inside the develop-
er’s proposed resort campus,
and the source said: “I think
the Government intention is,
even if it has to do so itself, to
acquire those properties to be
turned over for additional
space.”

Baha Mar had been attempt-
ing to close the purchases of
several privately-owned prop-
erties to the east of the public
recreation area at Goodman’s
Bay. The properties involved
were situated on the left hand
side of West Bay Street. for
commuters heading into down-
town Nassau. They are oppo-
site SG Hambros Bank and
Trust (Bahamas) Ltd and the
Radisson Cable Beach Resort’s

Cabinet turns down $1.6bn
Cable Beach developer’s
Goodman’s Bay purchases,
but gives nod to Prospect
Ridge deals



i PRIME Minister Perry Christie (far right) with executives
of the Baha Mar Development Company

- golf course.

The decision to refuse
approval is consistent with
Prime Minister Perry Christie’s
articulated policy of preserv-
ing beach access for Bahami-
ans, rather than let all the best
spots be gobbled up as part of
major foreign direct investment
projects.

Addressing the PLP Con-
vention last month, the Prime
Minister said: “While on the

‘subject of beaches, let me say

that my Government has
already committed itself to the

acquisition, by private contract .

Bahamas has yet
to implement law
passed in 2003

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas has not
implemented legislation to pro-
tect personal data that was
passed two years ago because it
has yet to appoint a Commis-
sioner to oversee the Data Pro-
tection Act 2003.

This failure to implement
legislation already enacted was
pointed out by Nigel Brown,

_ of IBM, who was a speaker at
the New approaches to Crime

conference organised by his

Regulator |

in bank
warning

THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas has issued another
warning notice about a
financial institution that
may be breaching the law.

It said First Citizen Trust
Bank was not licensed
under the Banks and Trust
Companies Regulation Act
2000 to conduct banking
and/or trust business in or
from within the Bahamas.

As a result, the regulator
said it “may be operating in
breach” of the Act.

company and the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce.

The Data Protection Act
2003, part of a package of leg-
islation passed by Parliament
to develop an e-commerce plat-
form in the Bahamas, was
designed to protect the privacy
of personal information on
individuals, particularly con-
sumers, in the Bahamas and
outside.

Under its sieowistonts, persons
collecting and using personal
data on individuals are
required to observe and abide
by specific standards of confi-
dentiality, and are prohibited
from transferring personal data
to jurisdictions with less strin-
gent data protection legislation,
without the consent of the per-
son from whom the data is
obtained.

Mr Brown said that under
the Bahamian legislation,
members of the public were
able to make requests of com-
panies, asking what personal
data they held on them, and
giving them the right to check
whether this was correct and
make changes.

This was consistent with
international standards, Mr
Brown said, but the 40 days
given to Bahamian companies
in which they had to respond to
such requests was “not long”
if the firm was large.

The IBM executive said the
Bahamas “did quite well” when

SEE page 8B

with interested landowners, of
additional beach properties
that will be converted to public

use by Bahamians and visitors

alike. Further, let me reassure
you that none of the develop-
ments I am discussing this
evening will involve in any way
any deprivation of the rights of
access to beaches that Bahami-
ans presently enjoy.

“On the contrary, the thrust
of my Government’s policy in
this area is to augment the

SEE page 6B

B@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

ank of
Bahamas Inter-
national will go
to the Supreme
Court on Febru-
ary 8-9, 2006, to defend itself in
an action brought by a design-
er of electronic payment and
automated cash withdrawal sys-

tems, which claims the bank -

has breached. its copyright.

Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national said in the offering
document for its current $25.2
million rights issue that it
“believes it has a good defence
to the action” being brought
by Sabrina Enterprises, a
Bahamian-incorporated com-
pany, that filed its writ and
statement of claim more than
two years ago.

Andrew Allen, Sabrina’s
attorney, yesterday told The

the

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Bank of the Bahamas International
says it has ‘good defence’ to
lawsuit over electronic payment
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Tribune that the bank had tried

to have the action dismissed on:

the basis. that it could not pro-
ceed unless the plaintiff pro-
vided specific examples of
copyright breaches.

.Position

He added that Bank of the
Bahamas International had
since “backed down” from this
position, abandoning its sum-
mons to dismiss the action in
October 2005. The case was
“now proceeding in earnest”,

and a Court-issued Summons
on October 28 had ordered
both parties to attend the -

Supreme Court in Freeport on

February 8-9 “for the trial of.
this matter”.

In its rights issue document,
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional said Sabrina was alleg-
ing that, as “successor in title”
to Workers Bank, which it
acquired in 2001, the bank “has
breached its proprietary rights

SEE page 8B

No Golden Pages in 2006

@ By NEILHARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Golden Pages directory will —
not be appearing in 2006, the company that pro-

duced the publication having shut down its office
operations on Village - Road, The Tribune has

learned.

Sources familiar with the situation said
Bahamas Data and Media had closed its office
on the second floor of the A&K Mini Plaza,
with staff having been laid-off last week and
computer and office equipment being put -up

for sale.

The Tribune was unable to contact Bahamas
Data and Media.executives for comment, the

site still appears to be active, sources told The

Tribune that the producer of on-line and hard

copy business. directories listings had been forced
to shut its office after its main financial backer,
which is based in Bermuda, withdrew financing
support after it failed to deliver the expected
investment returns.

Several prospective Bahamas Golden Pages

company’s phone at Village Road just ringing

out with no one answering it.

Although,the. Bahamas Golden Pages web-

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advertising in the 2006 directory.

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Author ‘dooms ay picture
of international financial centres

nyone with the

slightest con-

cern about the

Bahamas as an

offshore finan-
cial centre should read this
doomsday scenario. Published
just this year, it’s the work of a
former BBC producer and
investigator for the well-known
international security firm,
Kroll Associates, so he has a
good background for digging
out revealing facts about the
offshore financial world. This
makes for a lively read.

Alarm

It’s not the facts that alarm
me, it’s the personal philoso-
phy he attaches to them. If gov-
ernments, the OECD, the IMF,
the Bank for International Set-
tlements, and all the associated
bodies like the notorious
Financial Action Task Force
(FATF) agreed with this
author, we would see every
international bank in every off-
shore centre, not just the
Bahamas, soon shut down, For-
tunately, he writes only as a
private citizen, with no posi-
tion of authority.

He focuses on the Cayman
Islands, and is superb at
recounting the multitude of
scandals, bankruptcies, and
financial shenanigans that have
run through the banking/legal
community there. He describes
Enron’s use of hundreds of oft-
shore companies to conceal its
indefensible in-house deals that
eventually led to its collapse;
also the enormous bank
deposits of the Italian milk con-
glomerate, Parmalat, that when
discovered to be fictitious
caused a massive default on its
debt. He relishes the story of
Swiss fast-money man Jean
Doucet, whose friendly Inter-
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Along the way, Mr Brittain-
Catlin explains why major US
companies reincorporate in
Bermuda, how trading compa-
nies use offshore vehicles to
save billions in taxes through
“transfer pricing” schemes, and
how the state of Delaware pro-

vides much'thé 'same’servic#as'

any offshore jurisdiction.

His most colourful story tells
of the 2002 criminal prosecu-
tion of senior executives at
Euro Bank Corporation,
accused of running a system-
atic money laundering opera-
tion. A junior officer of the
bank secretly gave all the
incriminating information to
Brian Gibbs, head of Cayman’s
Financial Reporting Unit. But
the case fell apart when anoth-
er secret was revealed at trial:
Gibbs was also working for
Britain’s intelligence service,
M16. After Gibbs’ flagrant
deceptions. and destruction of
evidence to hide his M16 role,
the judge chastised the prose-
cution and acquitted all the
defendants. Gibbs abruptly fled
Cayman back to England, fear-
ing he would be charged local-
ly with obstruction. of justice -
or worse. Bitter diplomatic
complaints flew from the Cay-
man prime Minister to Lon-
don, and the relationship
between the colony and the
parent country was seriously
strained.

The author cites this tragi-
comedy as an example of the
contradiction between Cay-
man’s encouragement of bank
secrecy and the power of a for-
eign power to investigate
crime. Cayman, he writes,.was
“paralysed and humiliated by
the outside forces of the secret
state and secret capital”. The
dominant theme of Mr Brit-
tain-Catlin’s book can be sum-
marised as follows: Allowing

secrecy for large amounts of. ;

mobile capital inevitably cor-

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are sacrificed to the purely cap-
italist ones of minimising taxa-
tion and regulation and max-
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vacy, personal freedom and
free enterprise are stated to be
the values protected, in fact it is
greed backed by deception that
sets the rules.

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to take an extremist view of
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offshore tax havens.” He
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money laundering, curtailing
tax evasion and eliminating
rogue banks. These measures
merely try to sustain the
integrity of a banking system

- that already “defies integrity”.

To him, legally acceptable
schemes of incorporating off-
shore to reduce taxes raise vir-
tually the same moral issues as
laundering drug money
through an offshore bank
account.

Without saying so explicitly,
he implies that any system
embodying financial secrecy
cannot be reformed, it must be
destroyed. He refers to the dra-
conian post-9/11 measures tak-
en by the US to control money
movements in the newly
declared “war on terror”, mea-
sures of unprecedented severi-
ty and risks to personal rights.
But he points out that even
these measures fail in the off-
shore arena, as other national

interests prevail and.tracing Al- ~

Qaeda funds proves to be an
impossible task.

’ But after all his rhetoric, the
author pulls away from offering
any specific solutions to the
alleged evils he has described.
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1. 1998 Daewoo Cielo Sedan 1500cc
2. 1997 Asia Towner Van 800 cc
_3. Toyota Hiace Bus

4. 1991 Chevy Pick-Up Truck

Vehicles maybe viewed at Sandilands Rehabilitation
Centre’s Compound, Fox Hill Rd.

Sealed envelopes, marked tender should be address
to the Managing Director, Public Hospital Authority,
Manx Corporate Centre/.Dockendale House,
P.O.Box N-8200, and arrive no later than Friday,
December 30, 2005.

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aims to link the private and
public sectors in a bid to fight
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Assistant Superintendent
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in charge of the initiative to
bring the Traffic Point Police-
man back to Bay Street, under
the auspices of the BVSSB,
said: “The BVSSB’s focus is to
address visitor crime and safety
issues, which include everything
from harassment to crimes of a
more serious nature. The Roy-



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increased manpower in tourist
areas, including Paradise Island
beaches and the Downtown
area.

Advisory

“The configuration of an
advisory Board and a Secre-
tariat is currently underway as
part of an overall strategic plan
designed’to. engage the public
and private sector in a cooper-
ative approach to fight crime.
The strategy also hopes to expe-
dite processing of tourist- relat-
ed incidents while providing an
effective, immediate, appropri-
ate reaction and follow up for
crime victims and their fami-
lies.”

The Traffic Point Policeman
was a heavily photographed
image for tourists visiting the
Bahamas, in addition to improv-
ing traffic flow on Bay Street.

ASP Rahming said: “The
programme currently has an
officer on Bay and Frederick
Streét, an area prone to con-
gestion.

“We also hope to place
another officer regularly at the
intersection of Bay and East
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thrilled with the project” said
Angela Cleare, senior director
of product development for the
Ministry of Tourism. “Tourigts
love to see the traffic police fat
work, dressed smartly in théir
uniforms. The look is unique ito
the Bahamas and is memoraljle
for our guests.”

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ty initiative, working clos@ly
with the Bahamas Hotel Asgo-
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Development Board, the
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Development Board, said:
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AND

IN THE MATTER OF
SECTION 92 OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINE
COMPANIES ACT, 2000

NOTICE TO CRED: “ORS AND OTHER
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TAKE NOTICE that all persons having claints
against Globe-X Management Limited, whether as creditors,
shareholders, contributories, debenture holders, assignees pr
any other capacity, must, before Friday the 6th January, 2008,
send to the Joint Official Liquidators at the address shoyn
below, by letter or facsimile, full particulars of the amount
and nature of their claim together with invoices, receipts,
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TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Joint Officjal
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RAINBOW BAY SUBDIVISION
(ELEUTHERA)

Lot #44, Biock 5, Section A. The lot is on a hill
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Area is
approximately 10,800 sq. ft. This site
encompasses a two storey apartment block of
two apartments. One upstairs and one
downstairs. Each comprising one bedroom one
bathroom, front room, dining, kitchen. There is
a wooden porch approximately 8 - 6 feet wide
on the upper level secured with a wooden
handrail. The garage area has been converted
into a efficiency apartment and now houses one
bedroom/frontroom in one and one bathroom.
Age: is 7 years old. The apartments could be rented at $700 per month partly furnished. The
efficiency rented at $400 per month.

Appraisal: $308,402.00



MURPHY TOWN
(ABACO)

Lot #60 with a structure, lot size 60 x 115 ft.,
6,900 sq. ft., 10 ft., above sea level but below
road level and would flood in a severe hurricane
the duplex has dimensions of 60 ft by 30 ft partly
of wood and partly of cement blocks with one
section virtually finished and occupied with
blocks up to window-level and floor ready to
be poured. The roof is asphalt shingles, the
interior walls and ceiling are of 1x6 pine and
the floor of ceramic tiles. The finished work is
average/below, 2 bedrooms, one bath,
living/dining. The occupied portion of the




structure is not complete. Age: 10 years old.

Appraisal: $80,498.00

NO. 3 LEXINGTON SUBDIVISION
(NASSAU)

All that piece parcel or lot of land having an area
of 7,752 sq. ft. (77.5 x 100) situated in the
southern district of New Providence being lot
No. 3 in an area known as Richville of Malcolm
Road west. This property is spacious and can
probably accommodate another house at the
rear. It is landscaped and enclosed by a wall in
front with fence on the side. The property consist
of a single story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, living
room and dining rooms, combined, family room
and kitchen, enclosed carport and a roof covered
front porch (indented) with floor area of 1,374

4 ON Te eo sate sq. ft.

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: | Appraisal: $123,000.00

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Heading south on East Street turn right onto Malcolm Road, then third corner on the right, the
house is the 4th on the left painted white trimmed green with wall in front.

LOT 194 BOYD SUBDIVISION
(NASSAU)

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All that lot of land having an area of 6,400 sq. ft.
being lot no 194 of the subdivision known as Boyd

MUTE: ao a om

Providence this property is comprised of a 35 year
old single family, single story residence
encompassing approximately 1,278 sq. ft. of
enclosed living area and inclusive of separate
living and dining rooms, and. an average size
kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an
entry porch, of approximately 88 sq. ft. ventilation
is by 2 wall unit air conditioners. The property is
at grade and level with good drainage, landscaping
is minimal, consisting of lawns and shrubs in the front, the subject is enclosed with stone walls
mounted with wrought iron and chain link fencing and a wrought iron gate in front there is a 208
sq. ft. cement driveway leading to a single covered carport of 250.sq. ft. the subject site also
has a concrete block storage shed measuring of approximately 143 sq. ft.

Appraisal: $126,000.00

Traveling west on Boyd Road, turn left onto Foster Street, continue on Foster Street to the 4th
corner right, (Roland Ave.) the subject property is the 5th property on the left side painted orange
with red/white trim. ,





DUNDAS TOWN
(ABACO)

3 two bed, 1 bath triplex 9,000 sq. ft., lot.no.
18b with an area for a small shop. Age 12 years

_the land is a portion of one of the Dundas Town
Crown Allotment parcels stretching from Forest
Drive to Front Street, being just under a quarter
acre in size and on the lowside. A concrete block
structure, with asphalt shingle roof and L-shape
in design with a total length of 70x26 ft, plus
50 x 22 ft., 2,920 sq. ft., the interior walls are
concrete blocks, ceiling is sheet rock and the
floors of vinyl tiles.



Appraisal: $220,500.00







Subdivision, situated in the central district of New |

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VALENTINES EXTENSION
(NASSAU)

Lot #2 contains a 19 year old 1 1/2 storey four
plex with a floor area of 3,621 sq. ft. The two
storey section consist of a master bedroom,
bathroom and sitting area upstairs and two
bedrooms, one bath, living, dining, family room
and kitchen downstairs. The single storey consist
of one two bedroom, one bath apartment and two
efficency apartments, land size 7,500 sq. ft. Multi-
- Family zoning on flat land and not subject to
flooding.

Appraisal: $347,006.00

The subject property is located on the western side of Valentine’s Extension Road, just over one
hundred feet north of the roadway known as Johnson Terrace. Travel east on Bernard Road,
turn left onto Adderley Street which is opposite SAC, continue left at the deep bend, take first
right into Johnson Terrace, go to T-junction and turn left, then first right. Property is second
building on right, white trimmed brown. ‘

KENNEDY SUBDIVISION (NASSAU)

Lot #5 land size 3,600 sq. 40 x 90 ft., contains
a 21 year old single story house , 3 bed, 1 bath,
living, dining and kitchen. The lot is on flat land
and fairly level with the roadway, residential single
family zoning.

Appraisal: $100,800.00

The subject property is located on the southern
side of Soldier rad about 200 ft., east of the
intersection of Kennedy Subdivision and Soldier
. Road. Painted blue trimmed white, a low concrete
wall and concrete gateposts are located at the front with a chainlink fencing enclosing the sides
and the back also walkway and driveway in the frontyard. Ground neatly maintained with basic
landscaping in place. Accommodation consist of three bedrooms, one bathroom, living and
dining area and kitchen.

KENNEDY SUBDIVISION
(NASSAU)

Lot no. 21 all utilities available 10 year old single
story house, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom, living room,
dining area, family room, kitchen, study, laundry
and an entry porch.

Appraisal: $175,350.00

Heading west along Soldier Road take main

‘entrance t6 Kennédy Subdivision.on the left, then
ake the’ 1st carner on the left'then’ist right, house
is.second on your right with garage. GSES



LOT NO 172 BLAIR ESTATES
(NASSAU)

All that piece parcel or lot of land having an area
of 15,403 sq. ft. being lot 172 in the subdivision
known as Blair Estates, this property is comprised
of a single family split level resident consisting
of approximately 3,456 sq. ft.; of enclosed living
space with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, on
| the second level and on the first a living and
4 .dining room, kitchen, utility room, family room,
bathroom, an office, a rear uncovered porch, a
covered door entry, walkway and a driveway.
Also located on the first level in a 616 sq. ft. one
; bedroom, one bathroom, living and dining room,
rental unit. The building is in excellent condition with recent renovation done, there is no signs
of structural defects or termite infestation the building is adequately ventilated with central air



’ conditioning installed on the second floor and in the rental unit the land is rectangular in shape

and ona level grade slightly elevated above the road to disallow flooding during annual heavy
rainy. periods. The grounds improvements include landscaping, a concrete block wall and fence
enclosure on three boundaries, fruit trees and a private water supply.

Appraisal: $642,222.00

Traveling north on Village Road from the round about take the second corner right into Blair
Estates (St Andrews Drive). Drive to the t-junction and make a left which is Commonwealth
Street, continue traveling to the 7th corner which is Clarence Street then drive to Richmond
Road and make a right. The subject property is the 1st house on the left no 44 painted green

trimmed white.

MARSHALL ROAD

Lot #54, land size 42,130 sq. ft. with a masonry
building with eight inch concrete block walls. The
front 2 units are 95% complete.

Appraisal: $206,766.00

Heading west on Blue Hill Road, go pass the
intersection of Cowpen and Blue Hill Road, turn
right onto Marshall Road (Adventure Learning
Center Road), follow road to the final curve before
the beach. The subject property is about 100 feet
on the right side, grey trimmed white with unfinished. building attached.





JOHNSON’S HARBOUR VIEW ESTATES SUBDIVISION(ELEUTHERA), All that vacant lot of land having an area of approximately 4,500 sq ft being lots 12E and 13W and is situated in JOhnson

said subdivision and running thereon for a distance of 90 ft. This property is
well lanscaped and fenced in. This area is quiet and peaceful with all utilities and services available.

Appraisal: $47,250.00

. Harbour View Estates Subdivision situated on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. Measuring and bounded as follows, northwardly by 20’ wide road reservation and running there on for a distance of 50 ft eastwardly
‘by lot 13E and running thereon for a distance of 90 ft southwardly by lot 30, and running thereon for a distance of 25 ft and continuing on lot 31 and running thereon a distance of 25 ft westwardly by lot 12W of the

The said pieces parcels or lot of land is situated in Johnson's Harbour View Estates Subdivision, Harbour Island, Eleuthera.

ALLOTMENT 67, MARRIGOLD FARM ROADvnaAssau), All'that lot of land having an area of 1.173 acres being lot No. and is situated on Marigold Farm Road in the ara known as allotment 67, a
said subdivision situated in the south eastern district of new Providence, Bahamas. This property is Vacant and area has all utilities & services.

Appraisal: $148,050.00

Travelling on Joe Farrington Road turn onto Marrigold Farm Road heading south, the subject is the second to last propert on the left hand side of the road near the pond.



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' THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2005, PAGE 7B







No Golden

Pages in 2006 |

‘FROM page 1B

iA letter sent to them by

* Bahamas Data and Media said:
‘Bahamas Golden Pages is
‘making a change in the strate-
:gic direction of the business.
>For the next six months, the
‘gompany will advertise exclu-
igively through our on-line
vadvertising vehicle,
www.bahamasgp.com. This is
consistent with a worldwide
“trénd towards Internet adver-
itising.

‘ $4¢With immediate effect, we
'a¥ell no longer be offering
advertising space for sale in our
traditional print medium, the
“Bahamas Golden Pages.”
*2%Bahamas Data and Media’s
‘gain financial backer is under-
#§téod to have been KeyTech,
‘the Bermudan publicly-listed
‘eémpany that acts as a holding
weéhicle for companies includ-



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ing the Bermuda Telephone
Company.

Back in July 2003, KeyTech
warned investors it may not
recover a $1.26 million loan to
Bahamas Data and Media after
regulatory limits on foreign
ownership stymied its plans.

KeyTech had planned to
convert the loan into a “major-
ity equity ownership position”
in Bahamas Data and Media,
the former’s annual report said.

Regulatory

However, due to regulatory
requirements that Bahamians

retain majority ownership in

sectors such as retail and
wholesale, KeyTech was told
by the Exchange Control
Department of the Central
Bank in March 2003 that its
application for majority own-
ership in Bahamas Data and

Media had been denied.

KeyTech’s annual report said
that, after the Central Bank
refusal: “The company
[KeyTech] is currently seeking
additional Bahamian partners
and intends to submit a further
application to the Central Bank
of the Bahamas for approval
of a combination of a loan to
BD&M from the company and
a reduced foreign ownership
positioA by the company in
BD&M."

The Royal Gazette report
said KeyTech warned that
recovery on the $1.26 million
loan could ‘be anywhere
between zero to $2.29 million
over a five-year period, but

“having reviewed the various,

future scenarios of participa-
tion in BD&M by the company
and the probability of each
occurring" it said that it expects
to get $1.26 million back.

sovernment rejects

Baha Mar approvals

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Hational:inventory. of public beaches, especially
shereih: New Providence; so that all Bahamians
will have ready access to a much greater number
of beaches than is presently the case. This will be
an important element of a new comprehensive
policy that is right now the subject of con-
‘our Private sector partners.”

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However, The Tribune also understands that
Baha Mar has had better luck with its proposed
purchases of properties and land on Prospect
Ridge from private owners, the Government
having approved the acquisitions.

Among the properties acquired is the home of
Sir William Allen, the former FNM finance min-

_ ister. Baha Mar is also understood to be looking
at further acquisitions in the Prospect. Ridge
rea. Sir William’s property - the most easterly
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HOUSES/ APARTMENTS/ COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

| (702) Lot #30 Golden Gates
#1, containing a duplex/
apartment residence, with 2
. - two bed one bath, living,

& dining rooms and kitchen

E units (lot size 6,000 sq ft.).
Appraised value $177,000.

f (433) Lot #165 located
& Dorsetteville Subdivision,

f Bamboo Town - Southern

# District containing duplex

f apartment building (2,112

B sq. ft.). Property 5,000 sq. ft
(SO x 100). Appraised value
$180,000.

| (401) Lots #17 & #18 Crown

E Allotments, Love Hill

Settlement, Andros. Contain-
# ing a two-storey residence.
f Appraised Value $100,000.

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F (806) Lots #1 & #2, Block

& 3 with a parcel situated

e between Lot #1, Block 3,

; containing a 4 bedroom

» condominium - Sunset View
Villas, West Bay Street.

f Appraised Value $750,000.
F (806) Lot #13, Block 4 of

' Coral Waterways, Section
B One, Coral Harbour, N.P.

& with two houses and a

f swimming pool, #312 N.P.
F bounded Northwardly by a

— canal or waterway of the said

. Subdivision known as
# Flamingo waterway and run-
& ning 102.004 ft. Eastwardly .

& by lot #14 and 146.145ft
» Southwardly by a reservation



. for a private road. Appraised

- Value $530,000

F (601) Lot #25, containing

~ a fourplex (2 bed 1 bath)

; George Glinton Subdivision

‘ ~ west of Kennedy Subdivi- -
B sion, off Soldier Road - Lot

© approximately 8,967 sq. ft.

# Appraised value $172,000.

(433) Lot #27 of Village
f Allotment #14 in the Eastern



istrict, containing residence

. Parkgate Road in the Ann’s
k Town Constituency, N.P.

: Property size 2,500 sq.ft.

& Building size 990 sq.ft.

& Appraised value $50,000.

fe (304) Lot #213 containing
‘® residence in Elizabeth Estates





East Subdivision, N.P.
Appraised value: TBO

(102) Condominium Unit
N-310 Silver Sands Lodge,
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Appraised value: TBO

(304) Lot #2 in block #8,
Steward Road, Coral Heights
East Subdivision situated in
Western District of N.P.,
approx. size 8,800 sq. ft. with
a split level containing two
bed, two bath, living, dining
& family rooms, kitchen and
utility room-approx. size of
building 2,658 sq. ft.
Appraised value: $322,752

(902) Parcel of land located
at the southern end of
Tarpum Bay containing a
single family two-storey
residence 4,888 sq. ft.- 7
bedrooms/2 bathrooms.
Appraised value $77,000.

(902) Lot #4 located in “The
Village” in the settlement of
Rock Sound, Eleuthera with a
11/2 storey building contain-
ing a 3 bed, 2 bath, kitchen,
living room and linen closet.
Appraised value $109,795

(902) Lot #80 (57 ft x 50 ft}
located Tarpum Bay,
Eleuthera - containing 3

bed, 1 bath house. Appraised
valued $80,000

(902) 0.281 acre lot situated
Governor’s Harbour with (1)
2 storey stone commercial
and apartment building con-
taining six apartment units,
one laundry and (2) One sto-
rey building containing two
2 bed/1 bath apartments.
Appraised value $387,900.

(902) Lot situated North Pal-
metto Point, 100 x 100 x 100
x 100 containing a one story
house with 3 bed, 2 bath,
living room, kitchen and
linen closet. ORES value

| $123,192...
# situated on Denver Street off |”

(902) Lot ar Block #23
(125.x 80) situated Rainbow
Bay, Eleuthera containing

' a one storey house with 2

bed/1 bath, kitchen, living
room and 2 linen closets.
Appraised value $89,998.

(902) Lot of land 94 x 94 x
150 x 150 on Queens High-
way just south of Palmetto
Point with a two storey stone ¥
building containing two
apartments. Each unit has 3
bed/21/2 bath, kitchen, living
room and 3 linen closets.
Appraised value $287,209.

(105) Lot with three bed, two
and a half bath residence,
situated Bailey Town, North
Bimini. Appraised value TBO



(903) Lot #15 located

| Johnson Harbour View

Estate, Harbour Island, size
6,750 sq. ft. with a 3 bed, a.
2 bath residence. Estimated a
value $95,000.

(901) Lot #7 Johnson’s
Harbour View Estates, ;
Harbour Island. 9,063 sq. ft.
containing 4 bed/3 bath CBS
residence. Appraised value
$421,000.

(902) Lot of land 175 x 184 x
175 x 200 situated one mile

south of the Palmetto Point
intersection, containinga - ¥§
partially completed two a
storey structure. Appraised 4
value $107,222. s

(903) Southern portion of Lot :
#27, located Johnson’s Har- ¥
bour View Estates, Harbour
Island. Lot*size 72. x 48, con-
taining a 2 storey building.
Appraised value $110,000. —

(701) Single storey commer-
cial building situated on the
south side of Harrold Road

containing two offices. 2

(108) Lot #146 Magellen
Crescent Poinciana Garden
Subdivision, Freeport, Grand
Bahama, with partially built §
2,700 sq ft triplex-1bed,1 §&
bath apartment. Appraised
value $47,500.

(902) Lot (8,000 sq. ft.) situ-
ated Sand’s Alley, North Pal-
metto Point :-with incomplete |
triplex (concrete structure

— belt course 2,529.6 sq. ft).
Appraised value.$49,414.





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ay
a
:

(601) Lot (3,150 sq. Ft.) lo-
cated Mason’s Addition with
partly completed restaurant.
Appraised value $35,000.



& (701) 2 Vacant lots situated
& Domingo Heights Subdivi-
# sion, east of East St. South
& and north of Malcolm Allot-
~ ment. Appraised value TBO.

(304) Lot D-2,415 west of Fox
‘ Hill Road and 659 ft. south
of Joe Farrington Road, N.P.

; Appraised value: TBO

. (565) Vacant lot #5 located

© Eleuthera Island Shores, Sea- -

# side Drive Section B,; Block

f #15, Eleuthera. 9,691 sq. ft.
E : Appraised value $21,805.

; (902) Vacant Lot situated

South Palmetto Point, Eleu-
f thera, North of Public Road
known as “Hog Hole Road”.
» Dimensions 140 x 135 x

» 100 x 35. Appraised value
$27,845

F (902) Lot #46, Block #32,
Bahamia. Section 1X Free-

f port, Grand Bahama 90 ft

f wide along Stratford Way and
. 150 ft along Stratford Court.

Appraised value $26,000.



VACANT PROPERTIES

(108) Lot #296 Section A
Royal Bahamian Estates,
Grand Bahama, vacant single
family lot .49 acre. Appraised
value $22,000

(902) Lot #5 & 6A, Block #3
Club Estates Subdivision
situated in Rock Sound near
the Rock Sound Club.
Appraised value $25,000.

(902) Lot #5 of Bowles Tract,
8.35 acres (2,017.17 ft x 200
ft.) located approximately 2
miles southeast of Governor’s
Harbour. Appraised value
$292,000

(400) 1 acre parcel of land
situated Conch Sound,
Andros. Appraised value
$18,000.

(565) Vacant Lot #9
(11,406.65 sq. ft.) situated
in.Mango Lane Section “B”
Block #15, Eleuthera Island
Shores on the island of
Eleuthera. Appraised value
$25,665.



# Tel: 242-356-8567

F (800) Mrs. Monique Crawford
: (802) Mr. Marvin Clarke

s (803) Mr. Brian Knowles

# (806) Mr. Jerome Pinder

f (807) Mr. Larry Bowleg

| (808) Mrs. Hope Sealey
» PALMDALE SHOPPING
_ CENTRE BRANCH

I Tel: 242-302-3800

f (201) Mr. David Barr

/ (202) Mr. Frank Dean
# NASSAU INT’L AIRPORT

: Tel: 242-377-7179

: (433) Mrs. Lindsey Peterson
# GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR,

_ ELEUTHERA



B Tel: 242-332-2856/8

t (902) Mr. Brian Hanna

: HARBOUR ISLAND BRANCH
. Tel: 242-333-2230

- (901) Mr. Antonio Eyma

_ (903) Mrs. Rose Bethel

OFFICERS
4 COMMERCIAL ANDROS TOWN
& BANKING CENTRE Tel:242-368-2071

(400) Mrs. Vanessa Scott
NASSAU MAIN BRANCH
Tel: 242-322-8700

(701) Mrs. Stephanie Saunders
(702) Mrs. Anastacia Knowles
(703) Mrs. Venus Bonimy
JFK DRIVE BRANCH

Tel: 242-325-4711

(401) Mr. James Strachan
PRINCE CHARLES
SHOPPING CENTRE

Tel: 242-393-7505/8

(501) Mr. Keith Lloyd

CABLE BEACH

Tel: 242-327-6077

(466) Mrs. Winnifred Roberts
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO
Tel: 242-367-2420

(908) Mrs. Joyce Coleby-Riviere
(909) Mrs. Sylvia Poitier
(910) Mr. Travis Spicer
BIMINI BRANCH
Telephone:242-347-3031

(105) Ms Velderine Laroda

') the south side of Flamingo



(717) Vacant Lot #16 (4,920
sq. ft.) in Caroline Estates
Subdivision, in the southern ~
side of Cowpen Road west
of Faith Avenue. Appraised
value $42,000.



(902) Vacant Lot approxi-
mately 50 x 75 x 75 x 51 situ-
ated north of Tarpum Bay,
Eleuthera. Appraised value
$6,500.

(902) .281 acre of vacant
land off Queen’s Highway in
the settlement of Governor’s
Harbour, Eleuthera. Ap-
praised value $31,320.

(505) Lots # 12 - 15, Block
#11 - Greater Chippingham
Subdivision situated on

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Avenue, the 2nd lot west of
Hibiscus Avenue extending to |
the 4th lot east of Myrton Av-

enue. Appraised value TBO;

LOAN COLLECTION CENTRE

Tel: 242-394-3560

(716) Mrs. Ingrid Simon

(717) Mrs. Kaye Forsythe

(723) Ms. Alistair Curry

(724) Mrs. Nancy Swaby

(725) Ms. Marguerite Johnson

(565) Mrs. Catherine Davis

MACKEY STREET

Tel: 242-393-3097

(601) Ms. Nicola Walker

BAY & VICTORIA BRANCH

Tel: 242-322-2451/3

(303) Mr. Desmond McIntos

(304) Mrs. Alicia Thompson

FREEPORT, MAIN BRANCH

Tel: 242-352-6631/2

(101) Mr. Toure Holder

(102) Mrs. Damita Newbold-
Cartwright

(103) Ms. Garnell Frith

(104) Ms. Jackie Knowles

(108) Ms. Sylvie Carey

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THE TRIBUNE:



Bank’s February court date over copyright action

FROM page 1B

as the registered proprietor of
Patent Number 1262, issued in
respect of its electronic pay-
ments and currency system,

IOOCS, and it has infringed
Sabrina’s copyright in using its
design on the bank’s ATM
card”.

Sabrina alleged that it had
signed an agreement in
November 2000 with Workers

Bank, the institution then
majority owned by the Hotel
Workers’ Union, that would
see the institution use its
patented Integrated
Online/Offline Currency Sys-
tem (IOOCS). The IOOCS

ELECTRICITY
CORPORATION

VACANCY NOTICE.

TECHNICAL TRAINER
HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING DEPARTMENT

A vacancy exists in the Human Resources & Training Division for a Technical Trainer.

The Technical Trainer (Electrical) is responsible for the technical instruction of employees
from all engineering departments within the Corporation encompassing Electrical Engineering,
Transmission and distribution Operations, Power Generation Operations inclusive of Plant

Installation, Maintenance, Operation and Control Workshop.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

¢ Providing instructions and training in engineering trade skills for employees within
the Corporation

e Preparing candidates for external examination certification by local and overseas
organizations

¢ Providing instructions on developing safe and efficient work habits

* Providing instructions to participants in classroom workshops and job environments

¢ Preparing program criteria and marking schemes for trade testing in electrical based
trades.

e Preparing timetables and examination schedules for visiting external examiners.

* Identifying, developing and delivering engineering; courses (i.¢., Electrical Technician
Training).

¢ Evaluating, recording and reporting on the progress at students attending training
courses

° Preparing cOurse notes, training aids, evaluating and marking schemes for all courses.

Job requirements include:

¢ A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineer or an OND in engineering

or equivalent qualifications

«A minimum of 10+ years of experience in an industrial training setting

¢ Sound knowledge of technical skills related to electrical engineering principles

¢ Good judgment and sound reasoning ability

* Excellent time management skills

¢ Proficient oral and written communication skills

* Ability to keep current with newly installed or modified plant

* Comprehension of schematics, technical reports, drawings, troubleshooting and

technical activities

* Good information transfer skills

¢ Computer literate
Interested persons may apply by completing an internal Application Form forwarded to
reach: The Human Resources Department on-or before Tuesday, December 6, 2005. |

BAHAMAS Bier Ue
- AND VOCATIONAL |

SS (BTVI)

WINTER PROGRAMMES 2006

BTVI is now accepting application forms for the winter
(January) semester 2006 for the following programmes:

¢ Conch Shell Jewelry Manufacturing Day and Night
* Drywall Installation Day and Night
Night
Day and Night
Night
Day and Night

Day and Night

¢ Evening Wear

* Painting and Decorating
¢ Roof Construction

¢ Small Gas Engine

° Tailoring

Application forms are available in the
Admissions Office in the J-Block of the
Campus on Old Trail Road between the

hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm

For additional information contact
Ms Lorraine Knowles or Gene Marshall at
(24 2) 393-2804 or 5, (242) 502-6338.



system had the patent number
1262, and includes a “graphi-
cally designed” Automated
Transaction Machine (ATM)
card.

However, Bank of the
Bahamas International
acquired Workers Bank the
following year, and the lawsuit
alleges that the former contin-
ued to use the IOOCS system
and its associated card without
paying Sabrina according to the
terms of the November 2000
agreement.

Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national’s document said: “The
claim is that Sabrina Enter-
prises agreed to permit Work-
ers Bank for a fee of $0.50 per
transaction conducted on ATM
facilities to use the Patent
IOOCS business model for its
automated banking services,
including the use of IOOCS
cards, and that the banks as
successor in title to Workers
Bank had been using its
IOOCS business model and the
design of its ATM card and has



FROM page 3B

streets in central George
Town, he muses in one of his
summary passages:

“The mythic power of
darkness enveloped us as. a
ceiling we could not pierce,
except through the ferocity
of our mad, loving intent to
break the claustrophobic veil



Poetic perhaps, but what
does it mean? This kind of
language offers no guide
whatever to the policymak-
ers and regulators struggling
with the every-day practical
tasks of cleaning up interna-
tional finance. But the mes-
sage that runs like a hidden
thread through the book is
clear - any secrecy for off-

not paid the requisite fee.”

When The Tribune first ran
the story on Sabrina’s lawsuit if
2003, Bank of the Bahamas
International described it as
“groundless” and “having no
merit”.

It added that it had never
entered into an agreement or
arrangement with Sabrina
Enterprises, and said it had not
used the company’s patented
IOOCS system or its card “at
all”.

Author paints ee: |
- picture of international |
financial centres

redeeming social value. Mr
Brittain-Catlin clearly is
opposed not just to recog-
nised financial crimes but
also to the entire modern
trend of the global economy,

with its emphasis on free * |

movement of capital. If peo-

ple of influence ever come ©.’

to share his views, then our:

international banking busi- 2 iy

that holds us down.”

shore finance has no

ness will be in real trouble. oe



FROM page 1B

, it came to drafting its legislation for protecting :

personal privacy in the electronic world, hav-
ing visited other countries and evaluatéd their
practices and experience.

Mr Brown, though, warned Bahamian com-
panies that a California law, which obligated
companies that held personal data to inform
everyone they held data on if there was a sus-
pected security breach, was going to become

’ “the global standard”.

He explained that the law was intended to
prevent identity theft, but had caused enormous
problems for multinational corporations.that
conducted business in California, as they could
not restrict the security breach disclosure to that

‘state, but had to do it for all US states.

Some very well-known names, including banks

yf

and insurance companies, had been forced to"
inform customers after security: breaches; ‘the:
large being a company that processed 40 million
credit cards. %

Warned je

Mr Brown warned that the cost :of ‘security
breaches for companies that held personal data
was the loss of customers to competitors when
breaches had to be disclosed. As.a result, it: was,
critical that firm not ‘hold. on to data they did Doh
need. |. © 5
~ ‘He added that’ companies Piedad to ein”
imise the sensitivity of data”, restricting access to
customers’ personal information on a need-to-
know basis.

One Day

AUTO SALE

at.

IBC

UID

Nassau, Bahamas

~ Shitley & Mackey Street

Saturday, December 3, 2005
9:00A.M.-3:00P.M.

No reasonable offer
will be refused



We'll take Cash
or Financing Arrangements.



COME EARLY, GET THE DEAL YOUVE ALWAYS WANTED.

All gales “As is”

Autos on gale
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THUHSUAY, UECEMBER 1, 2005, Pauc: So









Krispy

BUSINESS

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may miss filing
deadline

“Copyrighted Material

Syndicated Content

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APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS THE FOLLOWING:

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¢ AT LEAST THREE YEARS EXPERIENCE IN PREP/COOKING

* AN APPRECIATION FOR FOOD PREPARATION __.

¢e AN APPRECIATION FOR CLEANLINESS AND ORDER

* STRONG SENSE OF URGENCY

* THE ABILITY TO WORK UNDER PRESSURE

FORWARD RESUMES TO EMAIL ADDRESS: RR@SBARROBAHAMAS.COM OR FAX # 356-0333




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Small established out island firm seek
Attorney with up to 5 years experience,
salary commensurate with experience.
Recent graduates may be considered.

Email resume to:
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LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

~ International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

_ Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act, No. 45 of 2000, ATTIC INVESTMENTS
LIMITED., has been completed, a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register. The date of
completion of dissolution was the 9th day of November,
2005. —

_ PANAMERICAN MANAGEMENT
~ SERVICES (BAHAMAS) LTD.
_» Liquidator



Signed:















Full time position available with an established |°""|"

kitchen cabinet dealership: Responsibilities
include designing and drafting:- kitchens and
bathrooms, closets and various other millwork.
Construction background and CAD skills are

important. Salary and benefits are negotiable. |

Located out West; this is a fun and rewarding
career opportunity for the right person.

please email application to
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TEACHING POSITIONS

Kingsway Academy
invites qualified
teachers for the |
following positions for
January, 2006.

* Auto Mechanics and Woodwork —
* Biology
¢ Librarian/Media Supervisor

Successful applicants must:

¢ Be a practicing, committed born-again Christian

¢ Have a minimum qualification of a Bachelor’s
Degree in the appropriate subject areas or higher
from a recognized college or university

* Have a valid teacher’s certificate or diploma
where appropriate

* Be willing to participate in extra curricular
activities, etc.

Application must be made in writing together
with a full curriculum vitae, a recent color
photograph and names of at least three references,
one being that of your Church pastor to:

FOR APPLICATION FORMS, CONTACT:
Ms. Kelcine Hamilton.
Academy Affairs Manager
P.O. Box N-4378
Nassau, Bahamas

For further information, please contact the Business Office at
Telephone numbers 324-6269.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY,
DECEMBER 16, 2005.

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
2002/COM/bnk/1502

IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law Side

IN THE MATTER OF
GLOBE-X CANADIANA LIMITED

AND

IN THE MATTER OF
SECTION 92 OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
COMPANIES ACT, 2000

_NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OT HER ©
CLAIMANTS

TAKE NOTICE that all persons having claims
against Globe-X Canadiana Limited, whether as creditors,
shareholders, contributories, debenture holders, assignees or
any other capacity, must, before Friday the 6th January, 2006,
send to the Joint Official Liquidators at the address shown
below, by letter or facsimile, full particulars of the amount
and nature of their claim together with invoices, receipts,
certificates or any other documents evidencing the same.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Joint Official
Liquidators may require any claimant to verify their claim
by Affidavit as prescribed by the Winding Up Rules.

Dated this 28th day of November A.D., 2005

Clifford A. Johnson and Wayne J. Aranha
Joint Official Liquidators
Globe-X Canadiana Limited
(In Compulsory Liquidation)
C/o PricewaterhouseCoopers
Providence House _
East Hill Street
P.O. Box N-3910
Nassau, Bahamas

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SPORTS |



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Suggestion on the

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use of gymnasiums

I: becoming evident
that more has to be
done for the core sports in
the country, especially in
New Providence.

There’s no reason why bas-
ketball and volleyball have
to be clashing over the use
of a gymnasium to play their
regular season games.

There’s no reason why the
national gymnasium, which
was ideally designed to host
sporting events, is not avail-
able upon request because in
some instances, it’s been
used for other national
events.

The fact that both volley-
ball and basketball can’t
secure a permanent home
has affected the level of par-
ticipation from the fans and
the morale of the players.

Since being elected as
president of the NPABA,
Keith ‘Belzee’ Smith has.
been saddled by the fact that
neither the Kendal Isaacs
National Gymnasium or the
AF Adderley Gym are avail-
able for their use.

The NPVA have.access to
the DW Davis Gym, but they
are still being forced to post-
poned games from time to
time.

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public gymnasiums that are
available in New Providence,
but it’s anyone’s guess when
they can have access to the
KGLI, AF Adderley, DW

Davis or the CI Gibson:

Gymnasiums.
At present, the school




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dicated

board have been given
responsibility for the use of
the three school gyms, while
the ministry has direct
responsibility for the KGLI
Gym.

They determine who can
use the facilities and what
charges, if any, are levied to
them for the maintenance of
them. —

As the governing bodies,
why can’t the gyms be placed
in the hands of the national
federations, such as the
Bahamas Volleyball Feder-
ation and the Bahamas Bas-
ketball Federation?

A: the governing
bodies, they can be

' given a grant from the gov-

ernment that will be ear-
marked for the upkeep of the
gym. In that way, if they fail
to maintain them, they could
be denied the opportunity to
use them in the future.

In that way, they will
assume more responsibility
for the affiliated associations
and ensure that all other
local organisations, whether
recreational or competitive,
apply for membership if they
too intend to use the facili-
ties.

The same could be said



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Content

about the Bahamas Softball
Federation, whose responsi-
bility would cover the use of
the Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium as

‘well as the Baillou Hills

Sporting Complex.

The Bahamas Association
of Athletic Associations
would assume full responsi-
bility for the Thomas A
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium and the Bahamas
Football Association could
take care of the National
Football Centre at Baillou
Hills.

Offices with a full-time
administrator should be set
up for the federations of the
core sports in one central
location, preferably at the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-

tre, where associations and ©

other sporting organisations
can make inquiries for the
use of the facilities.

Sanctions, and whatever
assistance is needed for the
operation of their activities,
can be easily presented at the
same time.

Government, in turn, can
gear more of their attention
on getting the sporting bod-
ies to adhere to the rules and
regulations that govern their

sports and bringing the Fam-

ily Islands closer together.

.

——

ews Providers”

At the same time, the min-
istry could concentrate a lit--
tle more on trying to upgrade
or construct the facilities in
the Family Islands that the
sports administrators com-
plained so much about dur--
ing the recent 2005 National
Sports Leaders Conclave.

The Family Islands have

complained that too much.

emphasis is being placed on~
New Providence and they:
are left out in the cold in:
terms of having the proper,
facilities.

But I’m sure that, under:
the present system, many of:
the local associations and:
federations feel left out when‘
it comes to the use of the’.
facilities here in New Provi-:
dence.

Some other form: of
operation must be imple-:
mented because too many:
organisations are crying out;
over the lack of a facility to’
play in.

With the $30 million
reconstruction of the QESC
by the Chinese Government
over the next two years, I’m
sure that the ministry will be
looking at a lot of changes
to its user policy.

This might be one of the
suggestions that the ministry
might consider.





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SHOCKERS beat Xavier’s Giants
38-20 for a two-game sweep in
the best-of-three championship
series yesterday to win the
Catholic Diocesan Primary
Pai} Schools' 2005 basketball title.
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THE stage is set for the annual
Special Olympics Basketball Invi-
tational hosted by the Grand
Bahama Programme. This year’s
tournament will be different, in
that teams from other pro-
grammes in the Caribbean will be
vying for victory. Teams from
Barbados and St. Kitts & Nevis
will join two teams from New
Providence, a team from Long
Island and the strong Grand
Bahama team.

Tip off is scheduled for Friday
morning at 9.00am at the Jack
Hayward Gymnasium in a “round
robin” format continuing until
3pm. The event resumes at
7.00pm with the opening ceremo-
ny. On Saturday competition com-
mences at 9.00am and continues
all day with the Championship
Rounds starting around 4.30pm.

According to Loretta Parris,
coordinator of Special Olympics
Grand Bahama, with the World
Games for Special Olympics com-
ing up in 2007 in China, competi-
tion opportunities are being creat-
ed for our athletes to prepare
them for the “big one”. As bas-
ketball is not a sport played in
many of the Caribbean countries,
this will be the first time that other
programs in they region are
attending. A keen challenge is
expected from the Barbados team
who have declared their intention
of carrying home the gold.





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The Lions tie

series against

the Warriors

@ SOFTBALL -

ON THE strength of seven
extra base hits, including back-
to-back three-run home runs in
the bottom of the first inning,
Golden Gates Native Baptist
Lions out-slugged Macedonia
Warriors 14-10 Tuesday night
at the Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium.

With the win, the Lions
roared back to even the Baptist
Sports Council's 2005 co-ed
best-of-three championship.
series at 1-1, forcing a third and
deciding game on Saturday at
10am at the Baillou Hills Sport-
ing Complex.

Centrefielder Richard Bast-

' ian had two of the seven extra
base hits for Golden Gates in
his perfect 3-for-3 night at the
plate as he cracked the:first of ©
two three-run shots off War-_
rior's losing pitcher Harold
‘Banker' Fritzgerald in the first.
Bastian also had an RBI ple,
scoring three times.

Catcher Johnny Burrows was
2-for-3 as he belted the second -
three-run shot with one out in’
the first. Burrows also had:a
run-producing triple and he fin-
ished with a total of five RBIs
with just one run scored.

Scored

Golden Gates also got a 3- °
for-3 night from leftfielder
Calvin Greenslade, who scored
a run. Rebounding from a first
inning strike out, third sacker _
Linda Knowles was also 2-for-
3, including hitting a three-run
triple. She ended up with four
RBIs and two runs scored.

Shortstop Denise Sears. |
added a pair of hits with an-
RBI, scoring twice; second
sacker Cara Knowles scored
twice and designated player
Ivan ‘Showtime’ Francis had 4.

triple and scored three times to j

help Junior Moss pick up. the
win.

For Macedonia, centre field-

. er Michael Thompson was 3-.
for-4 with a triple and a pair of
doubles, driving in two runs
and scoring once. Shortstop. -
Vonette Nairn had two hits
with an RBI, scoring three
times.

Brian Capron had a pair of
hits and scored a run, while
Lynden George Burrows, —
Olympia Morris, Christine
Saunders and John Lockhart all
scored a run for Macedonia.

While the third and deciding
game will be played on Satur- -
day for the co-ed at 10am, the .
clincher in the-men's semi-final
series between Macedonia and
Transfiguration will follow at
noon.

The winner of that game will
go on to play the defending
champions Calvary Deliverance
in game one of the men's best-,
of-three championship series,
starting at 2pm.

Also on Saturday at 10am on
another field, Macedonia and
Golden Gates will clash in the
19-and-under best-of-three
championship series. Games
two will follow at noon. If nec-
essary, they will play game
three at 2pm.



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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

SHAQUILLE Pennerman
wanted to make sure that the
St. Joseph/Joseph Shockers
didn't lose the game, nor their
perfect winning streak in their

‘quest'to win the Catholic

Diocesan Primary Schools'
2005 basketball title.
So he decided to run the

ball.

The move resulted in the
Shockers, pulling off a 38-20
rout'over the Xavier's Giants
for a two-game sweep in the
best-of-three championship
i id a perfect 8-0 win-




loss record in the process.

Hh

’"T just didn't want our team

-to turn over the ball," said



MIAMI HERALD SPORTS

Pennerman, who drew
Xavier's defence out, allowing
his Shockers' team-mates -to
get the easy baskets inside.
Pennerman, 12, did make
his contribution offensively as

he and Chet Johnson canned

11 points apiece to lead the
Shockers. Laron Morley had
six, while Denzil Bain added
five. and Teran Watson
chipped in with four.

Finished

For Xavier's, Justin Symon-
ette paced the way with 11 as
well, while Kent Wood had
five ‘and Jermaine Smith fin-
ished with two.

Shocker' coach Devon John-
son said it was a victory that

was calculated from the start
of the season.

"From the start of the sea-
son, I told my team that, as
long as we played defence, we
will come ‘out victorious in
every game we play," he
charged. "Today, we-did that
and we came out as champi-
ons at the end."

At the beginning, it turned

out to be a real defensive bat-
tle as both teams struggled to
score. St. Francis/Joseph, how-
ever, took a 5-1 lead, thanks to
Watson's three points.
In the second quarter,
Xavier's went on a 3-0 run to
trim the deficit to 5-4 as Kent
Wood got hot.

But the rally was short lived.

as St. Francis/Joseph got a free

. throw from both Denzil Bain



and Chad Pratt to surge ahead
7-4 at the half.

In the third, Xavier's would
come within one, 9-8, as Justin
Symonette brought them back.

Surge

But, once again, St. Fran-
cis/Joseph went on a surge of
their own as Pennerman got
inside for two consecutive bas-
kets and Chet Johnson added
another for a 15-10 lead.
Before the Giants knew what
happened, the Shockers had a
20-12 advantage at the end of
the third.

In the fourth, Pennerman
went to work on the ball
directing the show from the
top and the Shockers turned



‘Shockers take title
with perfect record

up their offence another notch:
as they out-ran, out-hustled,:
out-rebounded and out-scored:
the Giants.

Giants’ coach Nelson 'Main-
della' Joseph said it was a
tough pill to swallow, but they
were simply outplayed when
it counted the most. ~

"T felt like St Francis really
wanted it more. But we had a
lot of easy shots. We just did-
n't hit them," he summed up.
"But, like I told my guys, we
came a long way, coming back
after losing the first two games
of the season. I think we did
okay." :

Next year, however, both
teams will be in a rebuilding
stage as they will be losing-the
majority of their players ‘to
graduation.




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‘God on trial’
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Mentorship programme
targeting young men

@ By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer



hat does it
take to
change the
Bahamas
for the bet-
ter, to change the world for the
better? You touch those indi-
viduals who will be responsi-
ble for building the future of
the country. You try to give the
nation’s young people a differ-
_ ent ‘perspective on values
equip them with the tools they
willineed to make the right
choices, and help them to make
a successful transition from
thinking like a child, to thinking
with the responsibility of an
adult
« The Total Youth Church, the
South department of Bahamas
Faith Ministries International
(BFMI) has taken up that man-
tle with the young men of our
nation in mind. In a mentor-
ship programme they have
Subbed, "Young Champion:

a颰

: Diocesan Hurricane

Boys becoming Men”, the

church is reaching out to young ©

men in the school system.

The programme is currently
in L W Young Junior High
School, and will be initiated at
CH Reeves, H O Nash and Ss
C McPherson, all junior high
schools, in January. The club
meets every Tuesday from
12:30pm to 1:30pm at the
respective schools. Weekly
speakers, like programme
director Pastor Dave Burrows,
Michael ‘Selector’ Davis, Big
Willy, Marlin Nichols and
Ricardo Stubbs, serve as men-
tors for the young men.

While young Bahamian
women also need attention and
positive role models to follow,

this initiative has its eyes on.

males, though another pro-
gramme of the church, the
"Hardcore Christian Club"
(currently operating in local
schools and colleges as far
away as Devry University in
Florida), is open to both male
and female students.



Y MEMBERS of the Cursillo Movement of the Anglican

Communion presented Archbishop Drexel Gomez with a
$500 cheque for the Diocesan Hurricane Relief Fund. Here,
Anglican Archbishop Drexel W Gomez receives the cheque
from William. Lowe, director, and Ena Stubbs (centre), assis-
tant treasurer. The presentation was made at Addington



@ E COREY ROLLE

"Young men do seem to be
the most trouble makers in
society. It's evident in the
prison system and juvenile jails.
The enemy attacks these. young
men early, because once they
become distorted then there
won't be proper homes and a
country is only as strong as its
homes," E Corey Rolle, better
known as DJ Counsellor, told

Tribune Religion.
"A woman can never fulfill a

man's roll completely. There is

hope for the males of this coun-

‘try, that hope is the gospel of

Jesus Christ," he added. Mr
Rolle, who serves as the assis-
tant youth pastor at BFMI, is
also one of the programmes
speakers.

Most youth leaders would
agree that when young men
exhibit negative social behay-
iour, there are almost always
unresolved, underlying issues,
such as low self esteem, family
turmoil, or a distrust of author-
ity that stems from past expe-
riences. These issues often lead
to young men acting out in vio-
lence. And while this reasoning
is not an excuse to tolerate
youth violence, it should help
society to develop programmes
to get at the heart of the mat-
ter.

"I have come to realise," said
Mr Rolle, "that these children
don’t have teal parenting at

home. Most of them are frus-.

Relief Fund gets $500_

House. Recently, the Cursillo Movement donated money for
the Education for Ministry programme at Her Majesty’s

Prison, Fox Hill.

(Photo: Carvel Francis/Diocesan



Communications Ministry)

trated and not loved, they go
through life just floating, and
they end up becoming like their
environment, many of which
are negative."

Waiting on the government
{o do something about it may
not be the answer either. The
church, which understands the
principle of fighting a spiritual
battle, should be at the helm.
Unfortunately, many churches
do not make youth develop-
ment programmes a priority,
the youth leader noted.

This nonchalant attitude is a
huge mistake that has many
repercussions, he believes.
"Churches find money for
everything other than their
youth. So the kids spend there
attention on who is catering to
them, like 50 Cent and Ele-
phant Man. They spend the big
bucks to cater to the youth, but
the church and government
haven’t caught on yet."

‘While there exists in
Bahamian society correctional
facilities and programmes that
help delinquent youth who
have been in trouble with the
law, "Young Champion: Boys
Becoming Men" has a proac-
tive strategy in mind. It sub-

--$cribes to-the-theory-that unless

a society. catches the problem
when warning signs appear, the
situation will only become
worse. It hopes to encourage
other churches not to view



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young people as a group of per- ~

sons who need no attention,
but to see that youth are the
future.

Said the youth leader: "Why
do you think that in Iraq, the
greatest fuel behind their mis-
sion is getting youth to fulfill

their mandate. Look at the

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Contributing Writer: Christian Hamaker

Genre: Drama

Run Time: 127 minutes

Director: Joe Wright

Actors: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn,
Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Jenna
Malone, Simon Woods, Rupert Friend, Judi Dench

JANE Austen fans, rejoice. "Pride and Prejudice" has been
brought newly to’the screen with competence, visual flair and
respect for the source material. And yet, the confines of a two-
hour feature necessitate certain compromises that might not sit
well with less forgiving Austen devotees.

Keira Knightley stars as Elizabeth Bennet, a well-read, eligible
young lady in late 18th century England, who nevertheless is not
anxiously awaiting a proposal of marriage. Her four sisters are
more singularly focused, driven by their mother’s obsessive desire
that they “marry well.” .

When Mr Bingley (Simon Woods) moves into the neighbor-
hood, he brings his friend, Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen). Eliza-
beth, initially rebuffed by the mysterious Darcy, comes to find him

intriguing, until Darcy dissuades Bingley from marrying her -

beloved sister, Jane (Rosamund Pike). Darcy’s silence on the

matter of his estrangement from Mr Wickham (Rupert Friend) |

further distances Darcy from Elizabeth, until Elizabeth and Darch
confront their suspicions — and the secrets of Darcy’s past.

The social mores on display in "Pride and Prejudice" seem
pleasantly quaint by today’s standards, yet Austen’s story has a
timeless appeal. Director Joe Wright and screenwriter Deborah
Moggach, whose previous work has been mostly for television, find
a suitable tone for the repartee among Elizabeth, Darcy, and
the rest of the Bennet family — not "Masterpiece Theater" stuffy,
nor modernised for undiscriminating ticket-buyers.

More surprising is the visual grace Wright brings to the project.
Dazzling interior shots during a crowded ballroom dance sequence
track from character to character, revealing individual tumult
amidst the pomp and circumstance, while lush exteriors make won-
derful use of the UK setting.

Knightley carries the film admirably, bringing the right note of
sass and defiance to Elizabeth’s verbal jousting, but the casting of
Knightley is not without problems. Various characters insist that
Elizabeth’s older sister, Jane, is the superior beauty — a con-
testable point in light of Knightley’s leading-lady good looks.
Nevertheless, Elizabeth knows her place as subordinate to the old-

‘er Jane, and nothing in Knightley’s performance makes us believe

otherwise.

Macfadyen’s Darcy is more than adequate, especially in light of
the challenge the actor faced in making viewers forget. about
Colin Firth’s memorable performance as the same character in the

_beloved British "Pride and Prejudice” miniseries a decade ago.

The rest of the cast is stellar. Brenda Blethyn’s Mrs Bennet,
while overbearing, is also affectionate, and Donald Sutherland’s
languid, but loving Mr Bennet delivers one of the film’s most
heartfelt scenes. Judi Dench as Lady Catherine de Bourg domi-
nates every scene in which she appears; it’s the strongest perfor-

_Mance in a movie chock-full of memorable acting.

Some fans of the novel may be disappointed in this adaptation’s
compression and elimination of characters from Austen’s novel,
but most viewers should be pleased with this elegantly mounted
period piece.

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programme

targeting

young men

FROM page 1B

I help them to realise that
when they do wrong, it's not
man they hurt and offend, but
God because they fight His
image, they destroy His ves-
sel."

armies. In the eastern part of
the world men are taught to be
men from their homes. But in
western cultures that’s not the
focus, money is. When these
kids go home it is sometimes:
hours before they see a mom or
dad, sometimes days."

The passion of this youth
leader, and that of this new
programme, is to "bend the
tree" while it is young, to offer
an alternative to what the
world is offering. "We help
these (children) to realise that
they were made in the image of
God and in His likeness... Then

the Bahamas for the better, or
to develop a group of young
people who will affect positive
change in this world? It will
take leaders who help young
people to understand their pur-
pose in God. DJ Counsellor
and his male mentorship pro-
gramme is well on its way to
helping young men find a rela-
tionship with God, and suc-
cessfully make a transition
from boyhood to manhood.

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What will it take to change

m@ By ALLISON MILLER

ou know

what I love

about God,

the fact that

He is a lov-

ing and merciful God. Even

after all the blame that peo-

ple put on Him or how they

question his actions; “Where

was God when this bad

thing happened?" He still
loves and delivers us.

A friend of mine brought

me a very interesting article

entitled,

When I saw it my interest
was sparked. "God.......on
trial", for what? I read the
article and the gentlemen
who wrote the story said

: that God allowed the tsuna-

mi to warn the rest of us that
we must have Godly fear. -

I don't about you, but the
tsunami sure made me
aware that God is merciful.
The Bahamas could not sur-
vive a tsunami or a category
five hurricane (my belief).
However, we can not put
God on trial for a decision
that we make and at the end
of the day the result is dis-
astrous.

When something bad hap-

pens we go right here, "God.

why did you allow that to
happen?" After we make up
our minds what we are going
to do and then do it. Who is
to blame?

Think

What would you think of
God if He was to force him-
self on you? No one wants
to be violated. We all like
the fact that we have the
freedom to choose. It is our
choice that will let us know
what is in our hearts. God
lets us know the conse-
quences of our decisions. In
His word, which He puts
above His name, it tells all
who would read what will

- be at the end of the day.

The majority of the time
when we choose, we choose
wrong and God still deliv-
ers us. Now I don't. know
why God would allow the
tsunami or hurricane Katri-
na and Rita to happen. All I

“Why? Asia’s:
tsunami puts God on trial”.

‘God on trial’



lm ALLISON MILLER

“I don’t about
you, but the
tsunami sure

made me
aware that God
is merciful. —

The Bahamas.

could not
survive a
tsunami or a
category five |
hurricane
(my belief).

However, we
can not put
God on trial .

for a decision
that we make

and at the
end of the. day
the result is:
disastrous.”
—A Miller

know is He is the beginning
and the end, the Bible
describes it as the Alpha and
Omega. He created the:
World in six days and on
one of those days breathed
into man the breath of life
and he became a living soul.

At one command.a dead -

man rose from the grave. It
is in Him we live move and
have our being.

I don’t know if we realise —

that if it had not been for
God we would not be able.
to get up.in the morning. So

whatever He does, it is done

well. We may never under-
stand why God does what
he does. Nevertheless, we

‘know this, that He does it

for a reason and if that rea-
son is to teach the rest of us,
then let us learn. .

Heed

f
We must take heed to.
. what is happening around

us. The Bible says that we
myst watch and pray. We
tell God to get out of the

schools that our children go .

to and then wonder why
they are killing each other..
The devil is doing his job.
Which is to kill, steal and
destroy. When we take God

out of our lives everything ‘

will be chaotic.

I was part of a discussion
last week where two persons
agreed that they should take
public prayer out of schools
and other public places.
They believe that Christian-
ity is infringing upon the
tights of someone who
might be a Muslim, Rasta-
farian, Hindu, or Jew. Now
all these people have their
way of praying all they have.
to do is pray the way they
know how, to whomever
they pray to. How can we
take prayer out of our
schools?

As.,if. we. don't, have |.

enough problems | on o
hands in dealing with «



tem now.

Thankfully, there | are no
shootings, but the stabbing is
just as bad. Taking God out
of the equation is not the
answer, we will only end up
in more trouble.

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of religion and speech

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Moments
alone...
trust in.
the Lord

@ By CANON NEIL ROACH
Assistant Priest

“Happy are those whose help:
is the God of Jacob, whose:
hope is in the Lord their God.”

— Psalm 146:5.«

PRAISING raising the Lord"
includes trusting in him. Wet
may not put our trust in man or!
our leaders, for they are not’
finite. But the Lord reigns for-"
ever, he helps all who hope in
him. He is just and caring for’
the widows.and orphans, he:
gives food to the hungry, open- °
ing the eyes of the blind and’
setting those held captive by,
sin free.

Our God reigns, despite the’. 5
fact that satan attacks us. His-
kingdom is an everlasting king-;
dom and will continue to the’
end of time, however strong,
those who attack us may be.
Christians can shout ‘Praise the;-
Lord.”

In these days of social.
upheaval and anti-social behay--
iour, the emphasis of the Psalm}:
is upon‘social righteousness. In»
Luke chapter 4:14, Iesus; sets’,
out from the beginning that his’.
mission was one of sociali:

“reform; the spirit to free us’

from our social ills tails a
him. :
Man, even though he is a
leader, is not an adequate:
source of help. Remieniber that”
we are dust and to dust we
must return as decreed in Gen-’
esis 3:19, and all his well laid’
out plans will die'with hims .
Nevertheless there must. be a.
mutual trust in the ups and’
downs of life. All good com-;
munity life depends on trust;
even trust in man. Without
trust in our fellowmen, “busi:
ness becomes impossible, fam-,
ily life becomes impossible if.
parents and children do not,
trust each other. We live by:
faith. But we must not expect,
too much. Remember the;
frailty of man.

Our life demands that we
trust one another. Man cannot-
save himself. “Put not your,
trust in princes, in a son of man,,
in whom there is no help...” _:

“Happy is he whose help is»
the God of Jacob.”

It is God who has created the:
universe and all that is in it. He
is the source of all power»
Throughout the history of the
universe He has kept faith, exe~
cuted justice and fed ‘the hun’
gry. In every age God has met’
the needs of the individual, set
free the captive, had mercy on
the blind, the widow, the
orphan, the foreigners residing
among us. The gospels are full
of stories of God’s concern for
social responsibility. mie

In Luke chapter 2:51-55, the
Magnificat or the Song Of
Mary tells of the social revolu-

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@ By FATHER HENRY
CHARLES

(This is'the first in a six-part
series on the Apostles’ Creed).

he Apostles’
Creed was not
written by the
apostles, though
it captures essen-
tially what they professed.
Similarly the Nicene Creed
(the one sung at Latin Mass-
es) was not composed at the
Council of Nicea. It captures
the “mind” of the Council.

The origin of the Apostles’
Creed was the liturgy of bap-
tism, both in terms of prepa-
ration and in terms of the rit-
ual of baptism itself. The
Creed was utilized in ques-
tion-and-answer fashion to
elicit the responses of the cat-
echumens. The format was
Trinitarian: Do you believe in
God the Father/ do you
believe in the Jesus Christ the
Son/ do you believe in the
Holy Spirit —-the format we
still use today in baptismal
ceremonies or in the renewal
of baptismal vows.

' The Creed was also a ‘vade-
mecum’ (portable summary)
of the faith for the unlettered.
They could memorize it easily
and take it all to heart.

The Creed is very economi-
cal in form, comprised of very
carefully chosen words, 75 in
the Latin of the Apostles’
Creed, and 162 in the Latin of
the Nicene Creed.

The rudiments of the Creed —

are found in the Scriptures.
Creeds distilled and summa-
rized the essentials. They
were the way Christians gave
account of what they believed
before the canonical writings,
the New Testament, began to
emerge. In the Acts of the
Apostles, for instance, when
the Ethiopian eunuch ‘makes
his confession of faith, all he
says is: “I believe that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God
(Acts 8:37).”

Article 1: I believe in God,
the Father almighty, creator

or heaven and earth.”

The word “credo” very.
likely comes from Latin roots
via Sanskrit: “cor dare” — “to
give one’s heart.” Thus to
“believe” in God is to give
one’s heart to God. It’s not
purely a rational adherence to
God, but a personal surren-
der. It is to believe “in,” to
give oneself to God.

One trusts or believes in
someone because of some
quality. I believe in God
because I believe that He is
trustworthy, that it is entirely
fitting to give one’s heart to ¢
Him. This shows the two fun-
damental dimensions of
belief: “in” and “that.” The

in” dimension is the person-

al, self-surrendering, trusting
side of faith. The “that”
_ dimension is the “substance”
side, the “what” of belief.

St. Paul has given us in 1
Corinthians an excellent
example of the “substance”
dimension: “I delivered to ~
you as of first importance
what I also received, “that
Christ died...that he was
buried...that he was
raised...that he appeared...”

Of the two dimensions the
“in” is more important. It is
this dimensions that makes
faith living faith.

The first “substance” area
of belief is “God...” What I
believe in is “God...”

Belief in God is not belief
in one thing (God) alongside
other things, which I may also
believe in. “Believe” here is a
unique act. God is not some-
thing, but the reality or mys-
tery behind and beyond all
things. Belief in God is belief
in infinite being sustaining
everything.
© The major difficulties for
belief today stem from the
culture of secularism. This is
not the atheism we once
called militant (communism).

It is everyday, more ‘de facto’
atheism. The world is just
‘what it seems and only that.
‘Another world feels implausi-
ble and unreal.

The subject of belief is “I,”
‘the individual person, not
“We.” Both the Apostles’
‘and the Nicene creeds begin
‘with “Credo, ” not “Cred-
‘imus.” The reason, of course,

-is that no one can believe for



@ FR H CHARLES

anybody else. I can say and
know that I believe. You
must say it for yourself. Thus
“We believe” is really socio-
logical statement or sociologi-
cal declaration rather than
faith.

The “God” believed in is
“the father almighty, creator
of heaven and earth.” We do
not believe in a generic God,
but a God of unlimited poten-
cy and sovereignty, of every-
thing from “a to z,” and of
whatever may be yet discov-
ered in the universe.

But if God transcends all
sexual reference — God is nei-
ther male nor female — why
is God called. Father? The
Bible also-has feminine
metaphors, which show that
the maternal nature of God is
also valued. But the dominant
metaphors are masculine.

Answer

Part of the answer lies in
the understanding of human
procreation when the Bible -
was written. An undeveloped
biology credited the male
with a greater role in procre-
ation than the female. His
seed contained the life force;
her womb was only the nur- |

: turing context. His role was

dominantly active; hers essen-
tially passive. There was no
sense of female contribution
to the development of the

‘seed other than context. Soci-

ologically also, males had
power and education, without
equal opportunity for
females. Thus, if God was
“sovereign” and “all-power-

ful,”.God inevitably had to be |

male. Overall, the rich female
metaphors for God are still to
be appropriated, though their
day may have already
dawned.

Article 2: And in Jesus
Christ his only Son our Lord.
Jesus is the short from of
Yehoshua (Joshua), meaning
He who saves. Jesus, howev-
er, is also an ordinary inhabi-

tant of a particular town in

Galilee, called Nazareth, dur-





ing the time of the Roman
occupation of Judaea.

He was an itinerant preach-
er and healer, who pro-
claimed the coming of God’s
Kingdom. Jesus is also the
Son, who calls Yahweh his
father, Abba. The “and” of
the second article is not to be
read disjunctively as a separa-
tion of the Father who is not
the Son, from the Son who is
not the Father. Faith is in
Father and Son conjunctively.
Their relation is the only dis-
tinction between them.

“Christ” is not Jesus’ sur-
name. The “Christ” of “Jesus
Christ” means the “anointed”
one. The sacramental gesture
in the Bible that correspond-
ed to divine election was the
laying on of hands and the
anointing of the head with oil.
Grace was rubbed into the

. chosen one, as it were, whose

body was to be the vehicle of
God’s will on earth.

“Jesus Christ” thus means
“Jesus the chosen of God,”
the vehicle of the Holy One.
In the phrase you have the
union of person and role.
Jesus is messiah and saviour;
Christ is anointed vessel and

_ chosen instrument.

Jesus is uniquely the Son,
not one of the many holy men
of Israel who were called
“sons of God.” The sonship
of these other sons is essen-
tially derivative. It “resem-
bles” the sonship of Jesus. In
Jesus sonship means the
fullest correspondence. The
Nicene Creed would clarify
this further by adding “light
from light, true God from
true God, begotten not made,
consubstantial with the
Father, one in being with the
Father, etc.”

The clarification arose. .

_ under challenge from the Ari-

an controversy in the-4th cen-
tury. Arius had said that Jesus
was subordinate to the
Father, only a son, not
uniquely the Son.

Jesus is also “our Lord.”
For the Hebrews the word for

‘ the ineffable mystery of God

was the tetragrammaton
YHWH, something which
was never pronounced. We
do not know what its vowels
were. When the Scriptures
were read.aloud, the scribes
rendered Adonai for YHWH.
The Septuagint, the Greek
Translation of the Old Testa-

- ment, then rendered Kurios

(Greek for “Lord”) for Adon-

ai. Jesus “our Lord” is thus ©

the samie.as God who is
YHWH/Adonai. All the
attributes of God are trans-
ferable to him,-except Father.

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@ By REV ANGELA
C BOSFIELD
PALACIOUS

WE went through the phase
of joining the gym, my husband
and I. It was a great start but it

was difficult for us both to be -

free at the same time each
morning to meet the trainer,
or to find the equipment we
needed available at the time.

Meant

We meant well but it did not
work. We walked the beach a
few afternoons a week, some-
times father and son walked or

jogged the bridge, or we all |

swam when the temperature of
the water permitted. This was
not good enough. I acquired
some videos that had exercises
on a step, weights to. be lifted,

and other moves to tackle >

every part of the body, and I
began. Casually dressed, com-
fortably situated, and reason-
ably scheduled, I had found the
answer to my prayer. It was
only a matter of motivation.
How motivated are you to

keep fit? What can be done to.

change our attitudes toward
exercise?

In prayer, it was revealed to
me that exercise could become
an extension of prayer time. If
spiritual discipline was to be a
matter of body, mind and spir-
it, then exercise was my gift
back to God in thanksgiving
for a healthy temple. How

could I forget the times when .

surgery prevented the simplest
movements of bending and

stretching? What a privilege to _

be able to lift weights or do
floor exercises or aerobic dance
in the following months. How
well do you feel right-now.and
how grateful are you for your

IHURSDAY, VELENIBER 1,



H# REV A PALACIOUS

health?

There is.a feeling of sweet
exhaustion that comes after a
long hike, energised refresh-

ment that comes after a bal-

anced workout, and a peaceful
connectedness that overtakes
me when I walk on the beach
in deep sand to work the mus-
cles. The warm shower after-
wards creates the readiness to

work for the rest of the day,

and reminds me of how much
is to be gained from a proper
regimen of attention to body,
mind and spirit. How do you
structure your time?

Exercise

Exercise is a discipline, and
like all disciplines it requires
concentration and effort. When

I travel, my rhythm is broken °

requiring the intentional re-
establishing of a former habit. I
place it in the time frame for
morning devotions so that my
entire being comes under the

CUUD, FAUE ou



“heavy manners” of the Holy

Spirit.’

At times, it is truly a sacrifi-
cial offering because the god
of sleep calls me to worship at
the altar of “snoozie-woozi-
ness” when alarms are turned
off and the theology of “just
five more minutes” is seen as
being faithful to “loving one-
self”. The guilt that follows,
affords ample opportunity to
confess my shortcomings, and
to evoke fervent prayers for
proper self-denial. What do
you feel guilty about? How do
you resolve your feelings?

Gift.

Sometimes sleep is the gift
of the Holy Spirit and this is
what makes for a real chal-
lenge. Rest is a form of loving
oneself indeed. If I am up late
writing or praying or “thinking
in the presence of the Lord”
as a kind of “stream of con-
sciousness in the Spirit”, then I
know that I am called to have a
later morning. If I am up late
because I am exercising my
“homemaker’s duty” to put the
house in order with my special
flair for detail, it then becomes
a matter of prioritising how I
handle the events of my life in
the sequence of importance.
What do you consider your pri-
orities? How much of a priori-
ty is your relationship with
Jesus Christ and the Holy Spir-
it?

Let us work on our options
to make exercise a sign of the
development of a persevering
personality. Even as we want to
have the “perishable crown”
of persistence in “subduing the
flesh”, let us want even more

. the imperishable crown won
‘for us by the Saviour of the

world.

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RELIGION



Why Thanksgiving matters

@ By ALBERT MOHLER
Speaker, Author &
Seminary President

he holiday police

are at it again;

looking for vio-

lations of the

nation’s new pol-
icy of separating faith and civic
celebrations. The same folks
who will soon be trolling cour-
thouse squares looking for
manger scenes are now call-
ing on Americans to have a
happy Thanksgiving . . . but
leave God out of it.

School textbooks filled with
revisionist history tell children
that the first Thanksgiving was
a celebration at which the Pil-
grims thanked the Indians for
teaching them how to survive
the harsh New England cli-
mate and plant successful
crops. God is simply not part
of the picture.

Some educators, worried
that even the word "thanks-
giving" might be too contro-
versial, have renamed the hol-
iday “Turkey Day." Of



course, this implies that the
central thrust of the celebra-
tion comes down to poultry.

The revisionist historians
want to have it both ways.
They present the Pilgrims as
wild-eyed religious fanatics--
precursors to the Religious
Right--and then suggest that
the first Thanksgiving was
essentially a secular holiday.

The historical basis for the
Thanksgiving observance is
clear. In 1621, the Pilgrims cel-
ebrated "the goodness of
God" as they feasted with
friendly local Indians. In real-
ity, the Pilgrims had faced far
greater adversity than had
been expected. The climate
was harsh, the crops were
sparse, the native peoples
were often hostile, and their
ranks were thinning. Hunger,
disease, discomfort, and dis-
couragement were ever close
at hand.

Aiming for Virginia, these
Christians--dissenting from the
Church of England and deter-

mined to establish a truly

Christian community--actual-

Moments alone...

trust in the Lord

tion, which Jesus came to
bring about. “The Lord lifts
up those who are bowed
down; the Lord loves the righteous.”
this confidence too. God is the hope of the needy. God
loves the righteous who love him.

Earthly kingdoms will fail, God’s kingdom continues.
God has made himself known to us through Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Lord, He is the way, the truth, the life.
The one true God of the whole universe has chosen to
make himself known through his body, the Church. As
Saviour and Judge he has a special concern for us.

FROM page 2C





Prayer: Praise the Lord, O my soul.
I Promise I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will
Sing praise to my God all my life long.

We stand in need of



ly landed in New England.
That miscalculation meant
that disaster was almost cer-
tain. Nevertheless, they "fell
upon their knees and blessed
the God of heaven who had
brought them over this yast
and furious ocean," recor@ed
Governor William Bradford.

In 1789, President George

Washington declared the first
national day of Thanksgiving
by asking Americans to "unite
in most humbly offering our
prayer and supplications to
the great Lord and Ruler of
nations."
' Later presidents followed
Washington's example. Abra-
ham Lincoln issued moving
Thanksgiving proclamations
during the Civil War.
Franklin Roosevelt, who reg-
ularised the holiday on the
national calendar, called the
nation to thankfulness in the
middle of World War II.

"The Almighty God has
blessed our nation in many
ways. He has given our people
stout hearts and strong arms
with which to strike mighty
blows for freedom and truth...
So we pray to Him now for a
vision to see our way clearly--
to see the way that leads to a
better life for ourselves and
for our fellow men--to the
achievement of His will, to
peace on earth."

Is all this just a demonstra-
tion of civil religion? Do most
Americans really follow the
example of the Pilgrims in
expressing thankfulness to
God, or is it just another holi-
day with emotional overtones-
-and an orgy of overeating?

Millions of Americans will,

no doubt, celebrate an essen-

tially secular festival. For
them, it might as well be
"Turkey Day" or something
equally vacuous. This reveals
the most important contrast
between the Pilgrims and the
current generation. The Pil-
grims were driven by a world-
view that was centered in the

worship of the one true and



living God, the Creator of the
universe, the Father of the
Lord Jesus Christ. They,
understood His providential
rule over the universe to
explain everything that hap-
pened to them--and every-
thing that blessed them. They
did not attribute their survival

Their horizon of thankfulness
is, to say the least, rather low.

The civic holiday may not
mean a great deal to many
moderns--but that doesn't
mean that it is meaningless.
At the very least, it implies
that we cannot really take care
of ourselves. That is just as

“The historical basis for the
Thanksgiving observance |
is clear. In 1621, the Pilgrims
celebrated ‘the goodness of
_Go@ as they feasted with |
‘friendly local Indians. In
reality, the Pilgrims had
_ faced far greater adversity —
_ than had been expected. The
_ climate was harsh, the crops
were sparse, the native peoples
~ -were often hostile, and their —
ranks were thinning. Honey
disease, discomfort, and |
oe were ever
close at hand. oe

in New England to their own
fortitude--nor to the help of
the Indians--but to God.
Secularized Americans are
driven by no impulse to give
thanks, and wouldn't know to
whom thanks should be
addressed. They think of
themselves as self-sufficient,
self-directed, and self-reliant.

— - Albert Mohler

true today as it was in Pilgrim

New England.

Christians understand that
the call to thanksgiving is far
more urgent than a holiday,
and far more important than
the calendar. True thanksgiv-
ing cannot be limited to a day
or a season. We recognize that
God has given us everything

that we have--and everything
that we need. We acknowl-
edge our unconditional depen-
dence upon Him for every sec-
ond of our lives, every morsel
we will eat, and every joy we
will ever experience.

Deserving nothing but
God's wrath, we were granted
forgiveness through the Son.
Needing all things, we have
been given everything need-
ful for our salvation and eter-
nal life. To these God has
added joys, comforts, and pro-
vision beyond our imagina-
tion--"far more abundantly
than all that we ask or think-"
[Ephesians 3:20]

So, gather together to give
thanks to God. While others
celebrate "Turkey Day" and
ponder poultry, direct your
thoughts to the God of Heav-
en, by whose hand we have
been brought near and given:
more than we can even

remember.

The Pilgrims knew to hon
they were praying--and why.
Let's follow their example and
remember that their depen-
dence upon God was no
greater than our own.

°R Albert Mohler, Jr is
president of The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary
in Louisville, Kentucky. For.
more articles and resources
by Dr Mohler, and for infor-
mation on The Albert Mohler
Program, a daily national
radio program broadcast on
the Salem Radio Network, go
to www.albertmohler.com.
For information on The
Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary, go to
www.sbts.edu. Send feedback
to mail@albertmohler.com.
See also the most recent
entries on Dr. Mohler's Blog.

‘Enter the spirit
of f re eee e
anticipation’

@ By CLEMENT JOHNSON

THE congregation at St
Catherine’s Catholic Church
was reminded on Sunday to
enter the spirit of Advent with
anticipation. Msgr John John-
son in his homily urged parish-
ioners and visitors alike to .
prepare for Christmas, by par-
ticipating in the season of .
Advent. He further informed
them that Advent was often -
overlooked, because Christ-
mas celebrations and decora-
tions were happening earlier
every year.

“The season of Advent
reminds us that we need to
get our house in order,” said
Msgr. Johnson in a very spir-
ited homily following a ban-
quet that was held in his hon-
our the previous Friday night.
“The reading of today

reminds us that we need to be.

ready for the time when Jesus
comes, because we do not
know the day nor the hour
when the Master will come.”
His homily was greeted with
many ‘Amens’ and ‘Praise the
Lord’. :

I sat and watched as Msgr.
Johnson lit the Advent can-
dle, which he said reminded
us of the promise of God the
father that he will return to
his people, one which he did,
because he sent his son Jesus
Christ to deliver mankind.

Listening
While listening to Msgr.

Johnson, I wondered how
many of us still see Advent as

‘.a season in itself or just as a

reminder that Christmas
“soon come”, the carols are

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being sung already in church-
es.

The question that Chris-
tians must continue to ask
themselves is: “Who decides
what, how and when we cele-
brate our seasons?” If the
Christian Church is not care-
ful, the merchants will do this:
That is why it is so important
for us as Christians to enter
the season of Advent.

Advent is the special sea-
son that comes just before
Christmas. The word Advent-
comes to us from the Latin
word adventus, which means

“coming.” Advent is a beauti-
ful and worshipful way of
preparing our hearts and
minds for the celebration of
the first coming —the birth—
of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is
also a time of preparation as
we look forward to His sec-
ond coming, as Msgr. J ohnsoa
urged us to.

Celebrating Advent helps
us as Christians to focus on
Christ’s coming and not on
material gifts. The Advent
wreath is a reminder of what
the season is all about. The
four candles each highlight
what it’s about. The first can-:
dle symbolizes the hope of
Israel for the Messiah and the
Christian hope for the coming
again of Christ in final victo-*
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The second candle symbol?
izes the preparation for the
comings (past, present,
future) of Christ. The third
candle is a mark of our com-
ing joy at the coming of
Christ. Sometimes it is rose
coloured, in contrast to the
purple of the other candles,
and the fourth candle symbol:
izes God’s love for the world’
in giving his only Son to be
our saviour.

So, as we prepare for
Christmas, let us first go
through the season of pre-
paredness and not rush
Christmas. Many times we
are so busy preparing for
Christmas that we lose sight
of what it is all about.


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Watching and waiting!

@ By FATHER JAMES
MOULTRIE
Rector St. Matthew's
Anglican Church



“And what I say to you, I say
to all: Keep awake”
(Mark 13:37).

rom the earliest

times the church

believed that the

second coming of

Jesus would mark
the end of the world. Some still
preach about the imminent end
of the world, often as a scare
tactic to get listeners anxious
about the end of time.

The reason why the early
church believed that the end
of the world was imminent was
because of Jesus’ prediction of
the destruction of the Temple
and His resurrection from the
dead. In the Old Testament the
destruction of the Temple and
the resurrection marked the







end of time and so Our Lord’s
resurrection was a fulfillment
of that expectation.

But as time went on and the
end did not come, .Christians
were convinced that the Lord
would come at an unexpected
time, like a thief in the night!
And so the watchword of the
church has been one of watch-
fulness and readiness. And that
is the essential message of
Advent.

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Time

Advent is a time of watch-
fulness. We are waiting for the
final coming of Jesus. And we
will be waiting for His coming
at the time of our death. And
since both times are hidden
from us, we should maintain a
state of watchfulness and readi-
ness so that we are ready to
meet the Lord at any moment.

Jesus gives a warning in dra-
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today’s Gospel passage He
urges His disciples to “stay

awake”. The call to “stay |

awake” is intended for us too,
and it is very appropriate to
make such a call at the very
beginning of the liturgical year.
And so we wait with great
expectation and anticipation
for the second Advent and the
new liturgical year.

Each year around this time
we see flocks of birds flying
south, trying to get away from
the cold winter in the north.
They do so the exact time each
year and we can predict with
some degree of certainty when
they would pass over the
Bahamas. Their movement
helps to remind us of the com-
ing of winter. We can predict
their movement because they
are creatures of habit. And just
like the birds we too are crea-
tures of habit.

It is said that we live the sec-
ond half of our lives according





@ FATHER MOULTRIE
to the habits acquired in the
first half. While it would be
comforting for those who have
formed good habits, it is not so
good for those who have
formed bad habits.

Advent gives us a jolt from
our habits and issues an awak-
ening call to us. It gives us an
opportunity to start again. We
can easily become Christians
by habit. And many of us are!
Many of us are just going
through the motion, taking part
in the rituals of the church out
of habit, but we have lost our
freshness and meaning. We
come to church but we do not
hear the Gospel anymore. We
daydream through the service
then we say it is boring!
Advent calls us to wake up!
We rely on tradition rather
than on Jesus Christ.

Ordinary

What happens in ordinary
life also happens in the Christ-
ian life. We can get into a dead-
ly routine with the result that
we are Christians by habit only.
We are merely going through

the motions. We are taking
part in the service, but we don’t *

hear the Lord anymore. Words
spoken go in one ear and come
out through the other. Jesus
has virtually vanished from our
sight.

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Truth be told, few of us real-
ly hear the Scriptures read in
church, or internalize the words
of the Creeds, or the seasonal”
hymns we sing. Do we really
hear what is happening in
church, or is everything so rou-
tine? Are we too creatures of
habit? :

We need to be shaken: from
our slumber and routine. And
this is what Advent does.
Advent issues a great “wake-up
call” to us. It provides us with
the opportunity to drop our
habits and to allow Christ to
become alive within us once
again! Advent issues a wake-
up call to us, and has an awak-
ening power. Unless we are
spiritually awake we are only
half living. In this regard, some
people are little.better than
sleepwalkers. They have eyes
but do not see, ears but do not
hear. Their minds are narrow
and closed. I am reminded of a
book called “The Closing of
the American Mind”. Our
hearts can become hardened.
To be awake spiritually. means
to be open and receptive, vigi-
lant and active. ,

Spirituality is about waking
up. It is about understanding
things, seeing things, and hear-
ing things. It is necessary to
reflect, to have the will, and to
be wide awake, not to spend
our time in drowsiness and la-la
land. To be spiritually awake
means to be attentive to God’
and to others. It means to be
living with love.

We have two options: We
can be a watcher or a sleeper. It
is easy to be a sleeper. But
sleepers waste away their lives.
It is harder but much more
rewarding to be a watcher. To
watch means to be awake, to
be alert, to be concerned, to be
active, to be interested, to care.
In a word, to be a watcher is to
be responsible. Jesus urges us
to stay awake, to be on our
guard, to be on the watch. We
have nothing to fear and every-
thing to gain from answering
Advent’s wake-up call.

Some of us see Advent only
as a time to prepare for Christ-
mas. But that is only part of
the story. Christmas is a won-
derful time, to be sure. It recalls

the greatest event in human
history, namely the Incarna-
tion, when God’s Son came
down to confer on us the dig-
nity of children of God. It is
true that our Décember calen-
dar serves more as a count-
down to Christmas shopping
than an Advent calendar of
expectation and anticipation of
the Lord’s return in judgment.

Advent is a time of watch-
fulness and faithfulness. It is
also about transformation of
our lives as we prepare for the
second coming of the Messiah.
Real conversion must be evi-
dent in the way we live. We
must heed the call of the
prophets of old and make this
Advent a time of real change
and transformation so that the
Messiah will be welcomed in
our lives.

Children

Some say Advent/Christmas
is about children. It is not true.
that Advent/Christmas is just
about children. It is about us:
all. We may consider ourselves
very ordinary. But nobody is:
ordinary any longer, not since
Jesus came to earth. That is
what we should celebrate at

_Christmas, and that is what

Advent prepares us for. But.
Advent also prepares us for the.
second coming of Jesus when’
He will judge the world. And:
remember, the second coming:
is just as important as the first..

Advent says that the Lord is:
coming. He will come to each:
of us, even if in death, and to
the world at the end of time..:
We do not know the day nor:
the hour, but we do know that:
He is coming again! But any:
time is the wrong time for the:
unfaithful servant, and anytime:
is the right time for the faithful
servant of God. The faithful
servant does not fear the
Lord’s coming. He/she’ is
always prepared, and in fact:
he/she welcomes the Lord’s
coming!

We all have to be ready by
being alive, alert, and respon-
sible until the Lord comes! This
is the good news of Advent.
Let us open our hearts to
receive the good news.

Bishop Harrold
and Mother Agnes
Nairn to celebrate
their 15th pastoral
anniversary

“STRENGTH made perfect
whilst fulfilling mission” is the
theme for the Pastoral
Anniversary of Bishop Harrold
A Nairn and Mother Agnes
Nairn.

Bishop Harrold Nairn and
Mother Agnes Nairn will be



celebrating their 15th pastoral
anniversary this week at the
Vision of Hope Cathedral
Church of God. Services are
slated for Friday, December 2,
at 7:30pm and again on Sun-
day, December 4, at 11:30am
at the church in Yamacraw.