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BAHAMAS EDITION

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005

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Allegations of
more chaos at NIA

THE radar failure at Nassau
International Airport was only
the tip of the iceberg over the
Christmas weekend, as, accord-
ing to informed sources, the
facility was further plunged into

chaos by two. more serious

problems.

-It was claimed that in addi-
tion to incidents of radar mal-
function, which left more than
2,000 travellers stranded, there
was also a severe fuel shortage
which left airline officials scram-
bling to purchase fuel wherever
they could find it. Observers of
how the aircraft were being
handled were of the opinion
that industrial unrest among
ground staff and air traffic con-

‘ trollers could also have been a
part of the problem.
Further reports alleged that
despite the fact that the Christ-
mas season is one of the busiest

times of the year for Nassau

International Airport (NIA),
the airport was working on only
a backup radar system, as the
primary system went down on
December 15.

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, however, Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of

Tourism Archie Nairn said he .

was not aware that NIA might
. have been operating on a back-
up radar system, nor had he
heard of a fuel shortage at the
airport during the holidays.
When asked if he had heard
about any industrial action
being taken that added to the
confusion at NIA, Mr Nairn
said he had not been informed
about any such incidents.
Joseph Albury, deputy direc-
tor of Air Traffic Services, yes-

terday denied all allegations
that any industrial action had
been taken by airport employ-
ees.

He explained that all air traf-
fic controllers and ground crew
worked together to minimise
the delay of flights departing
and arriving at NIA during the
radar failure.

“We had no radar, and had to
resort to slower non-radar pro-
cedures. It puts restrictions on
us as to how fast we let planes
land because we first have to
verify exactly the position of
one plane to another. It takes a
lot longer. But there was no
industrial action, everyone
worked together,” he said.

NIA’s radar reportedly began -

malfunctioning on Friday and
continued to experience glitch-
es throughout the Christmas
holidays.

Mr Albury told The Tribune
that the bearing of the radar’s

antenna had broken, and need-

ed to be replaced.

“That’s why the radar had to
be shut down on Tuesday after-
noon, so that that part could be
replaced. Now everything is
working fine,” he said.

Officials at the Airline Oper-
ations Committee (AOC) said
on Tuesday that the radar fail-
ure had a disastrous effect on
every flight coming in and out
of the airport.

AOC said that the domino
effect of the failed radar may
have affected eight to ten thou-
sand people, and may consti-
tute the single biggest problem
ever experienced by the airport.

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Bimini remembers Chalk’s flight 101 victims





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nee Chalk’s flight 101 plane crash, yesterday at Bayfront Park in Bimini



i MINISTER of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell

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(BIS Photo: Tim Aylen)



Mitchell: Bahamas will
avoid regional disputes

@ By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

WITH the Bahamas open-
ing embassies in two com-
munist countries — includ-
ing one engaged in an “ideo-
logical fight” with America
— Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell warned that
diplomacy will be needed
more than ever in the coming
year.

Mr Mitchell said that in
2006, the Bahamas will pur-
sue a “practical” foreign pol-

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icy and will avoid regional

disputes.

“We do not, and will not,
engage in any high-profile
fights amongst neighbours,
which are simply none of our
business. At the same time,
the art of our diplomacy is
to wade through these
treacherous and difficult ide-
ological and geographical
waters. Our skills will be
required more than ever in
2006,” he said.

Addressing his ministry’s

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Three of men.
killed in South
Caicos plane
crash were
Bahamian-born

By TIFFANYGRANT =
Tribune Staff Reporter

THREE of the men who died
in the plane crash in South
Caicos were Bahamian-barn.

Inspector Hilda Whittaker,
press liaison officer of the Roy-
al Turks and Caicos Islands
police, confirmed yesterday that
Paul Cartwright, Cleverson
Forbes and Carson Hoyte Gar-
land, the pilot, who perished in
Monday’s crash, were Bahami-
an born.

Robert Cox, the fourth vic-
tim, was reportedly a native of
the Turks and Caicos Islands,
and lived in South Caicos. .

- A Piper Aztek 23 aircraft
with’ all men on board was en
route to Providenciales when it
crashed.

The Tribune spoke with
grieving family members yes-
terday.

SEE page 11

The Bahamas’
GDP-to-debt
ratio on track
to decrease

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

THE Bahamas may see a
reduction of its Gross Domestic
Product to debt ratio in 2006 if
the country’s revenue contin-
ues to increase, Minister of
State for Finance James Smith
told The Tribune yesterday.

The GDP-to-debt ratio is a
measure of government’s debt
compared to what it earns in
terms of revenue.

By comparing what a coun-
try owes and what it produces,
the GDP-to-debt ratio indicates
the country's ability to pay its
debt. -

The higher the debt-to-GDP
ratio, the less likely the coun-
try will pay its debt back, and
the higher its risk of default.

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claim about ‘investigation’ |

THE Ministry of National
Security has denied claims pub-
lished in a Bahamas newspaper
that British police are to
“reopen” a 2002 accident in

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which a London toddler was
killed. .

Yesterday, The, Nassau
Guardian reported a story from
a British news website, www.thi-

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“The islands' authorities have
finally agreed-to allow British
detectives to reinvestigate the
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Two-year-old Paul Gallagher
died in August 2002 after he
was hit by.a boat which mount-
ed the beach near the Atlantis
resort. The toddler was taken

to Doctors Hospital but lat-
er died from severe head
injuries.

Since then his parents,
Paul and Andrea Gallagher,
have campaigned for a pros-
ecution against the firm
which owned the boat. Two
Metropolitan Police officers
are expected to fly to the
Bahamas in the next month.

However, the ministry has
denied that there is to be a
new investigation, and yes-
terday claimed in a statement
that “the matter was intense-
ly. investigated by the
Bahamian police”. -

The statement added:
“The attorney general of the
Bahamas communicated to
the British government that
the Bahamas government
would welcome British police

‘to review the files on the case

along with the Bahamian
police.

“Any observations made
by the British police would
be duly considered in light

-of the existing findings of the

Bahamian police. The attor-
ney general has agreed that
any new findings would be
further considered by the
director of public prosecu-
tions. ”

The statement added that
British police do not have
jurisdiction to reopen any
investigation in the Bahamas,
and that the review is being
allowed “in the interest of
comity”.

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THE TRIBUNE

African
American
advice for
Caribbean

THE publisher of the New
York-based Amsterdam News
has called on Caribbean tourism
officials to focus on attracting
African American visitors.

Elinor Tatum said marketing
should be geared to capture this
flourishing market.

Speaking at the seventh
Caribbean Media Exchange on
Sustainable Tourism (CMEx)
in Nassau, Tatum said 38.3 mil-
lion African Americans in the
United States spend $679 bil-
lion annually.

"Yet when you look at the
black press there is little to no
advertising geared to them for
travel to either the Caribbean,
Latin America, Europe or
Africa," said Tatum.

"There are over 200. Black
newspapers across the United
States and they are greatly
untapped when it comes to
actually reaching out with dol-
lars," she said.

Basil Smith, senior director
of communications with the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism,
said the Internet is now absorb-
ing marketing resources, and
excluding magazines and other
print mediums.

"For the smaller publications,
we would have to be satisfied
there is a specific target in that.
community that we can go after
with (a specific) promotion," he.
said.

Honduras
becoming
‘model for
tourism’

HONDURAS is set to
become a mode] for environ-
mental tourism, according to
the head of an international
development agency.

Lelei LeLaulu, president of
Counterpart International, said
the way in which this Central
American country enhances the
environment while creating
wealth for the poorer sectors of
society is so comprehensive it
will be replicated in other coun-
tries.

Speaking to the Central Amer-
ican Conference on Sustainable
Development and Tourism,
LeLaulu said the Scientific, Aca-
demic, Volunteer and Educa-
tional (SAVE) project designed
to grow tourism revenues while
conserving the country's envi-
ronmental, cultural and archeo-
logical heritage also creates
wealth for rural communities.

Adopted by the Honduran
government as part of its
national development planning,
the SAVE project is already
being carefully studied by other
countries as a way of ensuring

_ their. entry-into tourism, the

world's most important indus-
try, is done in a manner which
enhances the well-being of their
people and the protection of
their natural resources as well as
the revival of their culture, said
LeLaulu. ‘
The SAVE initiative was
launched in 2004 at the Organi-
sation of American States'
Washington, DC, headquarters
by President Ricardo Maduro
of Honduras with Counterpart
International, the National Geo-
graphical Society and George
Washington University.

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“LOCAL NEWS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005, PAGE 3



nore "Tears in Bimini for the dead

Jail term
for stealing
supplies
from church

A 38-YEAR-OLD man was
sentenced to two and a half
years in prison after pleading
guilty to breaking into and steal-
ing from a church.

Court dockets alleged that on
Tuesday, December 20 Bran-
don Kerr broke into the Wesley
Methodist Church on Baillou
Hill Road and Chapel Street.

He was found guilty of steal-
ing over $200 in desk supplies
from the church.

Magistrate Marilyn Meers
ordered that he serve an 18-
month prison sentence for
breaking and entering and a
one-year sentence for stealing.

Pair to face
extortion
charges

TWO men are expected to
be arraigned in court today on
extortion charges.

In is alleged that while false-
ly pretending to be police offi-
cers, the two extorted cash from
two men by threatening them.

The offence allegedly took
place on Thursday, December
22.

Christmas
crime down
on previous

years

THE level of crime this holi-
day season appears to be slight-
ly lower than in previous years,
according to Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Reginald
Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson, who is the offi-
cer with responsibility for crime,
said this difference is particu-
larly marked in terms of seri-
ous, “high profile” offences.

“We had some incidents,
along with the usual string of
disturbances _ persons drink-
ing, carousing, etc — and even
at that, things didn’t seem too
bad,” Mr Ferguson said.

“I haven’t sat down and real-
ly made a comparison, but just
from what I know, the whole
period has been pretty much
under control,” he said.

“We had some armed rob-
beries, some attempts over the
past week. We have had per-
sons complaining about shoot-
ing incidents, but thankfully no
homicides during that period,”
he said.

Junkanoo

‘passes

without
incident

ASSISTANT Commissioner
of Police Reginald Ferguson
noted that the Boxing Day
junkanoo parade went off with-
out any major disturbances.

This, he said, was the result of
several proactive measures
undertaken by the police in the
run-up to the parade.

Woman to be
deported for
marijuana

‘possession

A FLORIDA woman who
came to the Bahamas to spend
Christmas with her grandchil-
dren will be deported for mari-
juana possession, a judge ruled
Wednesday, according to Asso-

' ciated Press.

Mary Brushe, 50, of Mel-
bourne, Florida, pleaded guilty
on Wednesday to having three

' grams of marijuana. A magis-

trate judge fined her $500 and
ordered her deported.
Police arrested Brushe in the

' parking lot of a local shopping
- mall on Christmas Eve. They
, thought she was behaving sus-
‘ piciously and found the drugs
‘ in her purse after a search,
: police said.

Brushe will be deported
Thursday and has been placed
on a list of people never to be
allowed back into the country.

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Tribune Staff Reporter

ALICE Town — The coun-
try paused and the tiny island
of Bimini came to a complete
standstill yesterday as the vic-
tims of Chalk’s flight 101 were
remembered.

Clergymen, politicians, fam-
ily and friends all gathered at
the Bayfront Park for a spe-
cial prayer and memorial ser-
vice. Hundreds were in atten-
dance.

Prime Minister Perry
Christie led the nation in
mourning, promising family
members that they will not
grieve alone.

“The entire nation stands
with you in your time of grief,”
he said.

“You may be. knocked
down, but God can pick you
up,” he said. “The Lord never
gives you more than you can
bear, the nation offers you up
in its prayers.”

Mr Christie told family
members that this is the time
to be strong.

“You have to be strong for
the little ones who are left
behind,” he said.

Bimini MP Obie Wilch-
combe said words cannot
quantify the loss felt by
Biminites.

“Two sisters who were
friends ’til the end are gone, a
husband, wife and child and
their aunt are gone. A wife fly-
ing home for her first anniver-
sary and her child are gone, a
woman who lifted up the name
of God is gone and a grandfa-
ther and his grandson are gone.

A woman who made Bimini
her home is gone,” he said.

Mr Wilchcombe said every
family on the island has been
affected and every Bahamian
has been touched.

Also speaking at the cere-
mony was MP for North
Eleuthera Alvin Smith, who
brought condolences on behalf
of the Free National Move-
ment.

“When a Biminite is hurt,
the nation is hurt,” he said. Mr
Smith said that while he did
not know any of the victims
personally, he can identify with
the loss feit by loved ones, as
his father was killed in an acci-
dent several years ago during
the holiday season.

“Tt is what you least expect,”
he said. “It is the most diffi-



cult test of your life.”

As the names of the victims
were read slowly, families wept
— some softly, others loudly —
but all were in obvious distress.

Eight Americans, including
several Florida residents, were
also killed in the crash.

The Hialeah community was
represented at the service by
its Mayor Raul Martinez and
US Congressman Kendrick
Meek. -

Mr Meek said that Florida
joins the Bahamas in its grief.
A memorial service was
expected to take place in Flori-
da last night.

“We want to let you know,
we appreciate you. We are left
to suffer, but they are in the
land of milk and honey,” Con-
gressman Meek said.

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listen during the Memorial Service for relatives and family
members of victims from Chalk’s flight 101 at Bayfront Park in

Bimini on Wednesday

(BIS Photo: Tim Aylen)

Foul play not suspected in
the death of Sean Hanna

POLICE said that foul play
is not suspected in the death of
Sean Hanna, son of former
deputy prime minister A D
Hanna.

Further information on the
probable cause of death has
yet to be released.

The 45-year-old bachelor
was found dead in his bed-
room at his parents South
Beach home on Christmas
Day.

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According to an informed
source, he was found lying in a
“doubled up” position.

Mr Hanna was described as

“a highly intelligent and very
cultured person.”

He was the fourth child out
of five and was an expert on
classical music and a keen
observer of local political
affairs. ,

A friend told The Tribune:
“His death has shaken every-

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Christmas candles
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He said that the families will
face continued difficulty as they
face funerals and burials in the
upcoming days.

“But joy will come in the
morning,” he said. Mr Meek
added that words are inade-









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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005

EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR |

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The Tribune Limited



NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI






Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, OMG, M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, PO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

TELEPHONES

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Advertising Manager - (242) 502-2352
Circulation Department - (242) 502-2387
Nassau Fax: - (242) 328-2398
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AFTER A weekend of chaos at Nassau
International Airport — 32 flights cancelled
with more than 2,000 stranded travellers —
civil servants in their uptown airconditioned
offices either knew nothing of the depth of
the problem, or were not talking to the press.

There was total silence from the Cabinet
Office yesterday, while Prime Minister
Christie attended a memorial service in Bimi-
ni for the crash victims of Chalks Airline.

Meantime concerned members of the
Airline Operators Committee, having heard
nothing up to late yesterday from any gov-
ernment official, have scheduled a meet-
ing with hoteliers to see how together they
can protect their passengers from the hard-
ships and inconveniences of Nassau Inter-
national.

Several airline operators were “complete-
ly puzzled” that no government official had
made any attempt to find out what had hap-
pened at the airport and the fall-out, that it
was having on the industry.

One observer of government’s apparent
indifference suggested that “either they don’t
care, are too embarrassed or are just disor-
ganised. "

Persons observing the weekend confusion
were Satisfied that there was more afoot than
a malfunctioning radar system. We were told
that job unrest was apparent, in addition to a
major fuel problem.

Fuel, which is usually pumped from
Clifton to the fuel farm at the airport, where
it is then pumped through the hydrant system
to refuel aircraft, was not functioning. Large
fuel-trucks from Texaco, Esso and Shell were

running shuttles to and from Clifton to bring ~

fuel into “the farm” for the hydrant. Despite
this, fuel was in short supply.

Yet when a fuel company executive was
asked yesterday for a reason for the lack of
supplies, he feigned ignorance of the prob-
lem.

No one will answer the question: Why was
fuel not being pumped from Clifton to the
airport as usual?

As far as information about what went
wrong on Monday and Tuesday and an
explanation of why more effort was not made
to assist passengers, the airport was in com-
plete lock-down — no one was talking to
the press.

Virgin Atlantic’s large jumbo, which land-
ed from London on Monday with about 400

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passengers, took five hours to find enough
fuel for the return trip to London. When the
airport ran out, it had to purchase fuel from
MillionAir and Executive Flight Services.
It was only when Virgin’s captain —
whose flight time was running out — threat-
ened to cancel his flight that the Tower
cleared the way. for him to taxi his jumbo
out to the runway and head for London. It
was only then that a Bahamasair aircraft was
towed from behind the jumbo to clear the
way. Even so the operation took another 45
minutes. Radar, as one observer pointed out,
was not needed for better management of the

' gates and taxiways.

The observer said there was plenty of
room for aircraft to push off from the gates
and taxi to the taxiways to keep aircraft mov-
ing. However, the tower was not allowing
many of them to push off to make room for
others.
are not doing a good job, or they are doing it
on purpose,” said the observer. Those watch-
ing the slow manoeuvres were satisfied that
industrial unrest was part of the problem.

Lack of restaurants, and good eating
places is a perennial complaint at the air-

' port.
When the radar went down early Monday '

morning, stranded passengers started to line
up outside the airport’s sole eatery.

Before the day was out, the restaurant had,
run out of food and beverages. Passengers’

complained that not only was there nothing
to eat, but there was no information. All
they knew was what they could overhear
being whispered between staff at the various
airport counters. Frustration, panic and anger
started to build.

At a press conference Tuesday members of
the Airline Operators Committee (AOC)
said that what made the situation even worse
was that they heard nothing from the Airport
Authority or the Department of Civil Avia-
tion. In fact, they said, there was a complete
lack of communication between the airlines
and officials.

On Monday, when the situation continued
to deteriorate and no leader was present to
take charge, we asked where Prime Minister
Christie was, only to be told that he was at
junkanoo, but was being “kept informed.”

We can only conclude that this is a gov-
ernment that does not have its priorities
right.



















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IN the mad scramble to win
at all cost, the members of the
two major political parties do
not stop to ask the three impor-
tant questions: What is the
underlying principle/s of my
party, how is this captured in
the policies of my party, and are
there programmes flowing from
these policies which put into
practice the policies? Do I want
a country?

Party members have followed
blindly for too long. They have
allowed themselves to be sub-
merged in cults of personality,
focusing on “shuffles” and “pit
bulls”. This is meaningless.
Instead one should ask the
important question: What is the
philosophy of my party? Where
will it take me as a person and
indirectly our nation as a whole?

It is time to wake up and real-
ize that citizens of a 32-years-old
independent country need to
act on careful thought and for
clear reasons. You do need a
real country.

Looking at the governing par-
ty it is immediately clear that
this party feels that once it cre-
ates jobs of a largely lower class
nature it will win. It does not
matter to that party that in the
process it is selling the country
out lock stock and barrel to
“investors”. Bahamian land,
roads, beaches, indeed our very
souls are being sold for, thirty
pieces of silver in the “attract
investors at all cost” policy.

Why not lease our land, instead ©

of selling it?

The current policy is sure to
produce a larger:tourist planta-
tion and in the process a few
very rich “all for me families”.

| The rest of the Bahamian public...
., will become a mass of lower class’
tourist’ plantation workers. We’:

will be completely dependent on
the tourist drawn foreign
investor, and the crumbs that fall
from the table of the rich “all
for me baby” family oligarchy. A
sure formula for class warfare!
The major opposition party
has recently all but killed off its
future in a blind scramble for
an unlikely victory in the next
election. A mythical and highly
artificial wave was manufac-
tured, to bring back a spent
leader to dupe. the overly opti-

mistic party base into a false |

sense of hope. This party cur-

rently has no apparent philoso-.’

phy, no declared policies, no
programmes. It is not clear
where the said leader went in

P the first place, where he is back

from. It is certainly shrouded in
mystery where he is going.

While the former, young,

Fabulous;

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leader spoke constantly of his
vision for the Bahamas before
he was unwisely removed, the
mythical “people’s choice”
leader remains mute. His only
apparent programme is the
annihilation of all of the young
leaders’ key supporters! This is
no surprise, given the machi-
avellian method of his return.

It is therefore more than like-
ly that he will go down in defeat
in the next election!

In any event this so-called
“people’s choice” leader can-
not tackle our major immigra-
tion problem without alienat-
ing his own constituency base!
He is useless!

In this scenario of very limit-

ed choices the plantation archi- .

tects are likely to win the next
election, and the leader who
says he is “back” will likely
return to wherever he was.

What then for his party in
particular and the country in
general! There is urgent need
for an alternative to all this
chaos! The country must always
have real choices.

The Nationalist is-confident
that the thinking persons in
these two political parties who
are concerned for this nation’s
present, and its future, will not
remain idle.

They know that silence in
fact gives consent and legitima-
cy to this sorry state of affairs.
They cannot but agree with the
Nationalist that: A country
belongs to its people, and its
government should seek to pro-
duce ‘an’ énvironment' ini which



all'its people can réach their’

maximum ‘potential. They can
live with the motto: “The
Bahamas for Bahamians.”

The Nationalist asks them
this question: What then is your
current party’s philosophy, its
policies, and its programmes?
Are they producing a Bahamas
for Bahamians?

Make no mistake, when the’

Nationalist says “Bahamians”,
no distinction is made between
black and white, or any colour
person. Nor is there any differ-
ence between a’ so-called

“paper” and a born Bahamian.

Bahamians are Bahamians!

Is your party producing a:

Bahamas for investors, or immi-
grants, or Caribbean citizens?

Isn’t it time your party pro-

duced a Bahamas for: you?
The Nationalist is of the
unshakeable view that no cur-







rent major political party in this
country passes the test. Either
there is no philosophy or a very
flawed one.

It is time for a new political
entity, drawn from our true sons
and daughters from all camps. If
we fail to do this now, the fate
of this country is a dim one!

Are you content to do nothing,
and slide into being a third class
citizens in a touristic plantation,
dependant for the very food we
eat on imports? Will you accept
being cut off from large areas of
this island New Providence while
investors turn more of it into’a
touristic plantation?

Should the plantation archi-
tects be allowed to play big shot,
and line us up with the commu-
nist/socialist camp of Cuba,
Venezuela and radical elements
ruling dirt-poor and future-less
Third World Caribbean coun-
tries?

Don’t mind the politeness of
the US ambassador, he is only
speaking diplomatically when
he says that the Bahamas can
do as it pleases with no conse-
quences. In the next breath he
carefully details how we have
voted recently with the com-
munist/socialist block at the UN.
against the USA, UK and
Canada! How then will.we;
remain a favoured nation of the"
USA. How long can even the
touristic plantation survive-on*
visitors from Cuba, Venezuela

_and China!

The Nationalist says: thai we:
need a better foreign policy;:ai
better educational policy, a bet=)
ter immigration policy;.a better:
policy on.crime, andi on::the,
environment. We: needi:bettere
policies and programmes on:vits ;
tually every major.area’ Stina
Bahamian life. 91

Such policies ought papery!
to spring from:a fundamental;
philosophy. embodied in: they
concept of spe Bahamas for:
Bahamians” tsi2050 vivrodry

Time for you to think “about:
these things.;A ‘New:Yeariis:
near. Will you: abandon’ your’
responsibilities. and submit to
the cult of: perso naliinsy of
“shuffles”, of {pitbulls?? sox!) -

Better to use’ your: brain;: bets
ter to protect..your rights asa
citizen of this country. Itis-time~
to think and stop acting purely:
on emotion! It is only then. that”
we will have,a-chancé.to begin
to move forward, onward; and:
upward!



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, Lecturer bid Law 7
Nassau: ::
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005, PAGE 5











Union and
ministry agree
on measures
after flood

IN a statenient released yes-
terday, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs said Mr Mitchell has
been advised that the BPSU
and the Ministry of Financial
Services and Investments have
now reached an agreement “on
measures that should be taken
to mitigate the ill effects expe-
rienced by the ministry’s staff
and to its operation as a result
of a water and sewerage leak at
the ministry’s office at the Rod-
ney Bain Building on Shirley
and Parliament Streets.”

“Mr Mitchell was first made
aware of the situation Wednes-
day morning when he received
a call from Bahamas Public Ser-
vice Union president Mr John
Pinder, informing him, in his
capacity as minister responsi-
ble for the public service and
public buildings, of the leak.

The statement said Mr
Mitchell visited the site and was
advised that the premises were
not fit for the ministry’s staff.

“He was advised that the
work of the ministry would con-
tinue at its offices at the Beau-
mont Building at number 50
Shirley Street.”

The statement said the Min-
istry of Financial Services and
Investments will issue further
information on the matter as
the process continues.

Man admits
weapons and
ammunition
offences

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

- A 46-year-old Parkgate Road
man pleaded guilty to weapons
and ammunitions charges yes-
terday.

It-was alleged that on Satur-
day, December 2 Curtis Bain
was found in possession of a
black and brown Mossberg
shotgun, not being the holder
of a licence for the weapon.

It was further alleged that on
that date, Bain was found with
three live shotgun shells.

Bain was also charged with
wantonly discharging the
firearm. .

Bain, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Marilyn
Meers at Court Five, Bank
Lane, was fined $500 for each of
the three charges against him.

Failure to pay will result in a
three-month prison sentence for
each charge.

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nevws

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from people who are
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you are raising funds for a
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@ By FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Rodney Bain building had to
be evacuated yesterday after water and
sewerage came pouring down from gal-
vanised ceiling pipes - flooding corri-
dors and displacing almost 100 work-
ers. °

The problem, which staff say has been
recurring for years, yesterday led to the
closure of the country’s third revenue
generator — the Registrar General’ s
Office.

When The Tribune arrived at the
scene, water could be seen seeping from
bathrooms and making its way to the
entrance, where workers were gathered
in groups awaiting word from their
superiors.

A foul odour was emanating from the
entrance, and Frederick Hamilton
explained that both water and sewer-
age were leaking from the bathroom
area and trickling down to the lower
floors.

Mr Hamilton, the assistant secretary
general of the Bahamas Public Service
Union (BPSU), took the press to the
second floor, where the trickling heard
below became a spraying sound. In the
bathroom, fallen ceiling tiles lay satu-
rated about the floor. The tiles had fall-
en away to reveal rusted pipes, from
which water was poring at several
points.

Mr Hamilton along with BPSU sec-
retary general S J Miller, union pres-
ident John Pinder and shop steward
Dwayne Stevens, met with Registrar
General Shane Miller and Public Ser-
vice Minister Fred Mitchell yester-
day.

LOCAL NEWS



2. In brief’ Government building evaci 1
after sewerage floods corri

i THIS bathroom is one example of the disrepair in the Rodney Bain building

At the meeting, it was decided that
the workers should be sent home for
the day. This morning, they are to report
to the 50 Shirley Street branch of the
RG's office.

Relocation

BPSU officials yesterday looked at
the Beaumont House as a possible
option for relocation of the main office,
but until a firm decision is made, work-
ers are to be put on a rotation schedule
to keep the office functioning to some
extent.

Mr Hamilton said the union has been
responsible, professional and more than
patient about the situation, but feels

that yesterday’s closure was the last
straw.

"The men's lavatory has been out of
operation for months. Women have
gone into the bathroom and used the
toilets, only to find sewerage dripping on
their backs. There are dead rats in the
deeds and documents section, and we
have had to light incense in there due to
the stench.

“There are rats running around in
there as well, and last week, a tourist
who came to get married nearly tripped
as one of the rats skipped across the
floor. For four years, we worked in the
births and deaths section without air
conditioning before we were moved
upstairs. Now, downstairs is filthy and it
represents a fire hazard."






Mr Stevens said that before being
forced to leave the office yesterday,
workers did all they could to secure doc-
uments from water damage.

According to Mr Miller, the union
met with Registrar General Miller:
almost two years ago, when an assur-
ance was given that come the new year,
"fundamental changes" would be made,
particularly to health and sanitation con-
ditions.

He added that the BPSU recently
signed a new agreement with the gov-
ernment, which speaks extensively to
health and safety in the workplace.

Mr Miller said workers have been
more than patient with the government,
as their building had been condemned
several times in the last decade.

Now, he said, workers refuse to return
to the Rodney Bain building, because
conditions "are not bearable for work-
ers or the public".

He said that-on numerous occasions,
verbal promises of relocation have been
given.

He said that at one point, there was
talk of relocating to the former IBM
building on East Bay Street, and on
another occasion, a move to the former
City Market building on Market Street
was anticipated.

Mr Miller said that workers were even
told that they were to join their col-
leagues at 50 Shirley Street. He added
however that this option would lead to
excessively cramped conditions.

"The minister along with the govern-
ment needs to make a quick decision
here," he said. "We can no longer put a
Band-Aid on a‘gash. Several govern-
ment buildings are in a poor condition,
but this is by far the worst."

# By ROBERT CARRON

THERE were compliments
on all sides Tuesday from vis-
itors whose vacations were _
saved by Bahamasair’s flight
crew and ground staff, who
continued to fly passengers to
Nassau from Florida long after
all other airlines had cancelled.

One of the stranded passengers
tells of their gratitude to the
airline that came to their rescue



Flights were cancelled when
radar failed to function at Nas-
sau International Airport
Monday. Repairs were not
completed until Tuesday after-
noon.

Late Monday Bahamasair
managing director Paul Major
sent two jets to South Florida
— one to Miami, the other to
Fort Lauderdale — to bring
as many stranded tourists to
Nassau as possible. The planes
arrived well past midnight.

“Bahamasair saved our
vacation,” said Jonny Steven-
son from Newcastle, UK, who
had been scheduled to fly.on
American Eagle.

“Can you imagine after an
eight-hour flight to Miami that
some eight hours later I would
be still waiting for my 30-
minute hop to Nassau,” he
remarked. “Even my grand-
mother could fix a radar in less
time than these jokers,” he
added. “Perhaps I should not
go back to UK but lend them
my electrical engineering
expertise since, to be fair by
the looks of it there’s sweet
none at that place (Nassau air-
port),” he laughed.

At Miami International air-
port a group of British and
Swedes decided to take the sit-
uation in stride by purchasing

a few cases of Budweiser and ,

renting a trolley to carry them.

They then parked the trolley.

near Bahamasait’s ticket
counter and waited for their
turn.

When one of the ticket
agents informed them that
they could not check them,
they gleefully responded:

“Check ‘em, you must be
mad, we intend to drink ‘em.
The only question is how

* much time will you give us to

do it!” They roared with
laughter.

Others commented on the
outstanding service given by
Bahamasair’s Ms Teres
Josaine, better known as “Ms
Kitty”.

“She was truly amazing,”
said Karon Wiedmann. “She
truly blew me away with her
customer service. What an
asset for Bahamasair to have
someone like her. She and her
team, including Greg King and
Woodie, did a great job of get-
ting-everyone organised, keep-
ing us informed of where the
plane was and then finally
telling us that she had great
news that the ‘Plane had land-
ed in Miami.” *

“Bahamasair has one of the
best in the business in Ms Kit-
ty,” another passenger agreed,
adding that “Mr Major also
deserves a lot.of credit for
sending back the plane with
107 Miami-bound passengers
and our 100 Nassau-bound.”

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This reporter would person-
ally like to thank Mr Major.on
behalf of the many passengers
who don’t know him or his staff,
but whose vacation would have
been ruined had it not been for
his decision.

“Imagine, she is apologising
to us,” remarked Jessica Heart
of Miami Springs. ““They’re sav-
ing us from Continental, Amer-
ican and the rest of them and
she is apologising that.the plane
is running an hour later than
she quoted us.” Ms Heart was
impressed by Ms Kitty. “That’s
nine hours better than the oth-
er guys and she’s saving my
vacation,” she commented in

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Tribune Staff Reporter

of the Boxing Day Junkanoo
parade, said that he feels privi-
leged by the distinction.

Mr Burrows has been a part
of the Junkanoo community for
53 years and has been partici-
pating in the Bahama’s premier
festival since the age of seven.
He is termed as a “Junkanoo
engineer”, as he assists in build-
ing costumes for the Valley
Boys group.

He told The Tribune that
Junkanoo has come a long way
but still has a long way to go.
He feels that too many short

cuts are being taken in creating
" the costumes.

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tributed in some of the.
changes which took place in
Junkanoo.

“We had trial and error there
is no more trial and error now.
They could look at footage of
all film and see costuming. They
don’t have to go through the
trial and ‘error that we went
through.

“In 1960, when I was a young
boy, one summer I went to do
construction and I introduced’
the contact cement to
Junkanoo. My brother and
brought contact cement and the




staple pliers to Junkanoo. ‘We'

were in the export-business for
crawfish and we had this’ \pliers:
that used to snap the'‘boxes
together, and we brought that to.

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HE year 2005 is near-

ing an end. Where did
the time go? Events, great and
small, have come and gone. Per-
sonalities, good and bad, have
left lasting impressions on our
psyche.

Of all such personalities, one
has stood out in my mind more
than any other. That individual
is Straight Up Talk’s Person of
the Year. Who qualifies for this
prestigious award? That indi-
vidual whose public persona in
2005 invoked the strongest and
most constant reaction, nega-
tive or positive, from the broad-
est cross-section of the Bahami-
an society. Using this yardstick,
Senator Tommy Turnquest was
my selection.

Practically every day in 2005
Sen Turnquest was the topic of
conversation up and down
Bahamian society. This writer
knows that for obvious reasons,
there were few places he went
this year where people of all

-walks of life, Bahamian and

non-Bahamian residents alike,
did not want to talk politics in
general but the fate of Tommy
Turnquest in particular.

I was constantly asked ques-
tions about his leadership. “Is
Tommy going to lead the FNM
into the next election?” was the
most popular question. “Do you
think that Tommy can beat
Christie?” tended to follow
quickly behind.

There were continuous
debates about Tommy raging,
with supporters loyally defend-
ing his leadership and critics
mercilessly condemning it.
Whether it was the print or elec-
tronic media, press reports were
full of stories carrying Tommy’s
comments or otherwise carry-
ing reactions to such comments.
The tabloids were ripe with
rumours, innuendos and cri-
tiques of Tommy’s leadership.

Even the governing party
weighed in with regularity on
the Tommy issue. Indeed, given
public statements by no less
than Prime Minister Perry
Christie and a number of his
cabinet colleagues, one would
have thought that during the
FNM’s convention held in

November this year, the PLP
“was campaigning for Tommy to

continue on as leader and was



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in fact quite disappointed that
he did not, so much so that they

tried to make of him a victim ,

following the convention.
Since his unsuccessful bid to

retain his leadership post in the

FNM, Tommy continues to be a

topic of political discussions, as’

people continue to speculate
about whether the FNM would



Tommy
maintained a
wholesome
countenance
toward others
and made ita
point to be a
decent human
being



or would not have won the next
general election with him at the
helm.

n 2005, Tommy dominat-
ed political discussions in
The Bahamas, as his fate
remained a central theme in
most of them. In reality, it was
Tommy’s fate that seemed to
be the most determining factor
in the outcome of the next gen-
eral election, at least in the
mind of the voting public. The
truth be told, a great many peo-
ple believed that whether the
FNM won the next general elec-
tion or not depended very much
on whether Tommy remained
its leader.
While the public’s preoccu-

pation with. Tommy as leader

of the FNM predominantly
made him my Person of the
Year, there were at least four
other things that made him a
standout personality this year.
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ready. the party for election bat-
tle and become prime minister.

No matter what was hurled
at him in the way of pessimism,
and ridicule, Tommy continued,
to work toward that end. 7

Second, Tommy was good-
natured at all times. Men under
pressure tend to become irritable
and mean-spirited. This writer,
who spent considerable time
talking to or visiting with Tom-,
my Turnquest did not observe
any occasion when he failed to
be a gentleman, respectful and
gracious. He was like this when I
first met him in 1992 and
remains that way today.

Even when I knew that his,
disappointment and hurt were
deepest, Tommy maintained a
wholesome countenance toward,
others and made it a point , to,
be a decent human being. ©. |

Third, Tommy was coura-,
geous. Those who sit outside,
the political fray love to offer,
advice about what should ‘or
should not be done and who,
should or should not be in. They,
can sometimes be cruel in their
views about a man’s s effective:.
ness in his position.

Tommy had'to suffer many.
such people and, even though at.
times their.commentary made
it seem as if all was lost, Tommy.
continued to press forward with

the cause he knew was his. -.,

know sometimes he was

fearful - every leader is
from time to time - yet he did.
not allow his fear to cripple him;
he used it to strengthen his
resolve and each day he went.
out to do the job he thought he
should for the good of his party.
Whether people feel that the
job he did was good enough. OF
not is not the issue here; what is
the issue is that he did that job
consistently and constantly.

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Fourth, Tommy accepted
defeat graciously. Some people
predicted that the FNM’s lead-
ership race would be a blood-
bath. They were wrong. Not only
was it mot-a bloodbath, it seemed
to turn out to be a unification
exercisé for the party. Tommy
Turnquest was a principal play-
er in making that happen.

He ‘could easily have turned
in bitterness on his colleagues
following the FNN’s leadership
contést, just as some of his worst
critics ‘did during the leader-
elect process in 2001. However,
rather than become bitter, Tom-
my sét’out with grace to commit
his allegiance to the newly-elect-
ed ledder of the FNM, his men-
tor and promoter, the Right
Hon Hubert Ingraham.

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ba.

f’what Tommy did was
“done by others during the
FNM’s leader-elect process, the
FNM might still be the govern-
ment today. The ability to win
humbly and lose graciously is a
sign of maturity. In this regard,
Tommy Turnquest is a mature
man. . ,
I ana pragmatist and a realist.
I heatd the multitudes express-
ing doubt about Tommy’s lead-
ership ‘and the possibility of him

winnitig the next election. I also »

heard those multitudes calling
for Ingraham to return. The
FNM would have done its cause
a dissétvice to ignore the cries
of thé tnultitudes.

Nevertheless, this writer
believés the following to be
true:“fommy Turnquest is a
decent human being who could
have made a credible prime
minister but simply did not
enjoy.a broad enough appeal
with t ne masses of voters, not so
mucl{ because of what he could
not offer but because of what
they desired.

Such is life in Bahamian
democracy but in that same
democracy, Orville Alton “Tom-
my” ‘Turnquest has stood out as
a statesman and Straight Up
Talk’s'2005 Person of the Year.

A YEAR OF FAILED
»" OPTIMISM



f the year

teristic of 2005, the most potent
expression that came to my
mind was failed optimism.
Optimism, defined by Marriam-
Webster’s Online Dictionary, is
“an inclination to put the most
favourable construction upon
actions or events or to antici-
pate the best possible out-
come”.

As a people, we found pre-
cious little to be optimistic
about throughout the year and
even as the year nears an end,
we still do not. Do not get me



Too many of
us in 2005 did
not look
forward to
much with
positive
expectations



wrong, there were those who
surely had cause for optimism
but their reality was not shared
by the vast majority of people in
this nation.

Yes, the economy grew in
2005 but joblessness remained
in double digits. Thousands of
Bahamians remained unem-
ployed, among them far too
many high school graduates,
women and Family Islanders.
Yes the promise of approved
investments lingered but that
promise has lingered now for
more than three years.

«

dd to joblessness in
the nation the crime
wave that hit in 2005, the much-
elevated traffic fatalities, the
enduring negative effects of a
series of hurricanes, the pes-
simism regarding the perfor-
mance of the education system,
the relentless illegal immigra-
tion problem and the uninspir-
ing deeds of too many national
figures and it is no surprise that
too many of us in 2005 did not
look forward to much with pos-
itive expectations.
One must give credit to PM
Christie and some of his col-



leagues for trying to spread
some optimism. There were
announcements about billions
of dollars in approved invest-
ments, the construction of hun-
dreds of new houses and urban
renewal. These notwithstand-
ing, however, reality is a stub-
born thing and it is difficult to
tell people to see, hear and feel
something other than what they
see, hear and feel.

Too many people, as they
expressed to this writer regu-
larly, saw little tangible, heard
little motivational and felt lit-
tle pleasurable to inspire opti-
mism.

Truly, the government will
need a much accelerated eco-
nomic growth with job-creation
and a much more results-ori-
ented performance over the
next 12 months to generate the
level of optimism it will need

to restore some hope in its lead- °

ership.

Where much of the year
proved trying for the opposi-
tion FNM, perhaps it experi-
enced the greatest renewal of
optimism in November when
Hubert Ingraham returned as
leader. It is clearly a much more
animated, hopeful and ener-
gised organisation.

Frankly, even the PLP has
benefited from Mr Ingraham’s

return because it has certainly —

sharpened its sword since then,
appearing to be more on the
ball and answering every criti-
cism levied at it.

One cannot define the gov-
erning party’s reaction to Mr
Ingraham’s return as optimism,
perhaps more so fear, but its
reaction has been an effort to
assist its cause.

Failed optimism - that has
been 2005. Such is not a good
state in which to exist. It breeds
stress, illness, despair, anger and
death. Let us hope that such is
not repeated in the year to
come.

THOUGHT FOR THE
WEEK

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Another one of the greatest
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labour, Mr Smith told The Tri-
bune yesterday. .

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Eleuthera for instance, it has
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shortage of persons to employ
but companies are hard-
pressed to find skilled or expe-
rienced people to complete
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Eleuthera left for jobs in Exu-
ma and Nassau when major

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a carpenter,” he said.
Mr Smith said that for the
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“Right now what you have is
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A recent report by a United
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ment’s revenue intake was
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casts almost two months into
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part to strong economic activ-
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tion efforts.

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Mr Smith said that in the
coming years the Bahamas will
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structure not only because of
its reliance on direct invest-.
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that the country is losing out
on revenue from the service
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annual Christmas service,
Mr Mitchell spoke about
government’s plans to open
embassies in both Cuba and
China next year. ”

“As you know, an
ambassador for Cuba has,
been announced, and we:
expect to announce an
ambassador for China i in,
the near future.

“There will be other
changes coming within
the ministry within the
next year.

“The point I wish to. ~
make then as we review"
the accomplishments
over the past year is that
change is aconstant, ~*'
thing, and no organisa-"’
tion can hope to survive’
without change. The
people of this country, _
have changed in the gén-
eration that has passed’ ,
since we became an indé,
pendent country. The,
expectations of the oper;
ations have changed.
There are greater and.
larger demands — the.:
demands are more i;
sophisticated,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said it is,:
clear that the Bahamas:
faces an increasingly ."
complex “ geo- political)
environment”. ua

“Our citizens are
unhappy about our rela=‘
tions with CARICOM:":
We have the US on the: «
one hand whose policiés
are not often transparent
or clear, but who domi“
nate the political think-.
ing in the country. | > |

“The US is generally . a
force for good and they. .
remain our closest part; ..
ner, but on the other side.
of our country is Cuba. ©

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South Caicos plane crash

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Alice Garland, mother of Carson, owner of
the plane, said he was born in Nassau, where
he stayed a few months after his birth before
living in the Turks and Caicos.

Ms Garland said her son often travelled to
Nassau, where he stayed with relatives in
Oakes Field.

Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, sister of
Paul, said her brother was a “happy-go-lucky

person.”
Paul, 35, was born in Grand Bahama and

moved to Turks and Caicos at the age of sev-
en.

‘She said up to high school time they spent

Allegations
of more
chaos at NIA

FROM page one

Tyrone Sawyer, airlift
director in the Ministry of
Tourism, said yesterday
that this incident “magni-
fies the need for an
upgrade of the airport
facilities.”

With hundreds of trav-
ellers forced to spend the
night in the airport’s depar-
ture lounge, which has only
one cafeteria, “it shows
how very much an upgrade
is needed,” he said.

Mr Sawyer said that
when the Ministry of
Tourism heard about the
stranded passengers they
immediately arranged
food, drinks, and blankets
for the disgruntled trav-
ellers.

- He added that Atlantis —

every summer in the Bahamas.

Sherlock Forbes, father of Cleverson, said
his 25-year-old son was born in Nassau, but
never lived in the Bahamas. Cleverson worked
for Shell Bahamas as local manager in Turks
and Caicos.

With the loss of his son, Mr Forbes said the
family is continuing to gain strength.

“We are continuing to keep the faith in
the Lord that he would continue to strengthen
us and carry us through this tragedy,” he
said.

Inspector Whittaker told The Tribune that
investigators from the United Kingdom were
expected to arrive on the island to assist in
the investigation. Autopsies were also sched-
uled to be performed yesterday.



“as avery good corporate
citizen’— offered assistance
by supplying food and oth-
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wait more bearable for the
hundreds of stranded peo-

The Lord saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be
So He: put his arms around you and whispered come with me.

With tearful eyes we watched your suffer and saw you fade away
Although we loved you dearly we could not make yeu stay

A golden heart stopped beating A beautiful smile at rest
God broke our heart to prove he only takes the best

ple.

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returned to The Tribune up’
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Deficit to widen
in early 2006

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

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he fiscal deficit
| could widen tem-
| porarily during ear-
| ly 2006 because the
| Government has “has very
major expenditures we have to
| incur” on upgrades to Nassau
| International Airport (NIA)
{ and security enhancements to
| all international ports of entry
| to the Bahamas, the minister
of state for finance said yester-
day.
James Smith said that while
the deficit for the first half of
the 2005-2006 fiscal year was
| “about what we predicted”,
| several capital expenditure
| items lay ahead.
| These included paying
| “north of $10 million” for the
purchase and installation of
| new CTX 9000 Dsi baggage
| security screening machinery
| that has to be installed at NIA
and all other ports of entry to
meet standards mandated by
the International Civil Avia-
tion Organisation (CAO).
If the Bahamas fails to meet
the January 1, 2006, installa-

tion deadline, it would lose US:

pre-clearance status, and all air-





Government has ‘major

spending we have to incur’ |

on port security upgrades and
advances to Airport Authority



B JAMES SMITH

craft taking off from this nation
would be unable to land at oth-
er international airports. If this
happened, it would be a disas-
ter for the Bahamian tourism
industry, so is an expenditure

that the Government cannot
get out of.

It is unclear whether the
Bahamas will meet the dead-
line, although Ministry of
Tourism officials have
expressed confidence this
would be done.

In addition, Mr Smith said |
the Government had “to make |
some advances to the Airport |
Authority in terms of preparing
the airport” to be up to stan-
dard for when major tourism |
development projects such as |
Kerzner International’s Phase
III expansion on Paradise
Island came on stream. :

Mr Smith said these
advances would have to come
from “the public purse”, as the
passenger facility tax that |
would be levied on all users of

SEE pase 6B

Union: No FirstCaribbean
industrial action this week

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Union’s (BFSU) president
said yesterday no further indus-
trial action was planned this
week, although it had failed to
meet with the Government to
resolve its dispute with First-
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas).

Theresa Mortimer said the
union was still waiting to meet
with Harcourt Brown, the direc-
tor of labour.

She added: “I’m really hop-
ing the Government can step in
and do something for us. We just
need to catch up with the Direc-
tor of Labour.”

When asked whether any fur-
ther action against First-
Caribbean was planned by the

union, Mr Mortimer said: “Noth- .

ing is planned for this week.”
Although the dispute had
been referred by the BFSU to

FirstCaribbean’s head office in
Barbados, Ms Mortimer said
yesterday: “The only response I
got was to deal with the folks
here.”

Meanwhile, the BFSU denied
in a statement claims by First-
Caribbean’s management that it
had breached the industrial
agreement between the two par-
ties, saying it had “followed the
proper steps”.

Alleging

The BFSU is alleging that
FirstCaribbean had breached
Article 21 h) of the industrial
agreement, which said the bank
would not withhold benefits such
as an annual salary increment.

It has claimed that First-
Caribbean took the position that
the across-the-board 3 per cent
salary increase for 2006, which
was negotiated by the BESU,
was the sarhe as a performance
increment. The union is alleging

South Ocean hits
back on golf course

THE South Ocean Golf &
Beach Resort’s golf course will
re-open for the 2006-2007 sea-
son, Greg Norman Golf Course
Design (GNGCD) _ has
announced, after it signed an
agreement with the resort’s hold-
ing company and Canadian pen-
sion fund backer to redesign and
rebuild it.

GNGCD said the project,
which has been-estimated as
costing around $5 million, would
help the Bahamas “become the
next great international golf des-
tination”.

The announcement was made
little more than a week after The
Tribune revealed that the South
Ocean golf course landlord, New
Providence Development Com-
pany, had filed a summons seek-
ing a Supreme Court hearing
between itself and South Ocean
Development Company, alleg-
ing that the latter had breached
the terms of an earlier agree-
ment to upgrade the course.

South Ocean Development
Company, the ultimate holding
vehicle for the resort, has denied
this and plans to defend any
action brought. The release from
Greg Norman’s company
appears to be the first step in
warding off New Providence
Development Company.

The release from GNGCD

talks about South Ocean Golf
and Beach Resort developing “
master plan that will result in a
multi-million dollar renovation
that will feature a new beach-
front hotel and a variety of resi-
dential units”. In reality, its pen-
sion fund backer, the Canadian
Commercial Workers Industry
Pension Plan (CCWIPP), has
been looking for a buyer
through Florida real estate bro-
kers, Allen & Co, for a number
of months.

Reconstruction of the origi-
nal Joe Lee design is said to be
under way, and Greg Norman
is spearheading every aspect of
the project from concept and
design to construction and pro-
ject management.

"The Bahamas is becoming
the next great international golf
destination," Mr Norman said.

Both Mr Norman and Eugene
Fraser, a South Ocean director,
confirmed that Prime Minister
Perry Christie and Dr Baltron
B. Bethel, Managing Director of
the Hotel Corporation of the
Bahamas, played critical roles in
aiding the agreement.

“The Bahamian government
has been outstanding, and it is in
favor of good developments,

SEE page 7B

that the increment should be
paid on top of the 3 per cent
salary increase. -

However, FirstCaribbean indi-
cated that the payment of an
increment for January 1, 2006,
on ‘top of the across-the-board

*3 per cent salary increase that -

has already been paid, would
make the bank uncompetitive
and blow its salary and operating
costs out of line. It said its

SEE page 7B

Economy to
meet growth
target ‘just |
north’ of 3%

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian economy is
likely to meet projections that
it will grow by an amount “a lit-
tle bit north of 3 per cent” in
2006, the minister of state for
finance said yesterday, although
he warned that this did not

- always translate into a better

inflation and employment per-
formance.

James Smith told The Tribune
that while he “can see” the
Bahamas matching the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund’s (IMF)
3.5 per cent GDP growth in
2006, “our difficulty has less to
do with that growth but rather
the pattern of that growth”.

Although economic growth -

and the foreign direct investment
projects would ensure there was
more money circulating within
the Bahamian economy, Mr
Smith said this often did not
translate into rising levels of sav-
ings.

Warning that headline macro-

economic figures “don’t tell the
whole story”, Mr Smith said the
Bahamas needed to look at
whether increased earnings and
prosperity was used to largely
fund the importation of con-
sumer goods as opposed to
investment items.

“We need to look at that
more,” Mr Smith_said.

The minister added that the
Bahamas’ “dependency” also
Had “got to be looked at seri-

“ously” because it was “difficult

to see that level of foreign direct
investment being sustained”.
While this nation has become
increasingly reliant on foreign
direct investment to fuel eco-

nomic growth and its standard

of living, Mr Smith warned that
the present level of capital

. inflows would not be maintained

to the “level of competition”
from other destinations.

The Bahamas was already.

regarded as.a high cost operating
environment, and Mr Smith said
the country needed to focus on
ways of stimulating more domes-
tic investment by Bahamians as
a way to “cut down the outflow”
of capital on imports and into

- other countries. :

Programmes

. “We need programmes to
assist in that area - Bahamians

investing in the local economy,”
Mr Smith said, explaining that
this would be 2 way to generate
more sustainable investment.
He added that another major
challenge for the Bahamas was
to train a workforce that had the
skills to meet the demands of
foreign developers throughout
this nation, a problem it was run-

_ ning into already.

Mr Smith said: “We’re going -
to see over the next few years a
transformation and positive eco-
nomic growth, and more
employment coming from this
transformation for the labour

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force...

“There is job creation, but we
don’t have the skills in place fast
enough.”

Although disagreeing with
some commentators, who have
asserted that the Bahamas is
enjoying a jobless recovery, Mr
Smith said: “I think we’re
stretching certain parts of the
job markets, such as construc-
tion, and [are having difficulty]
matching skills to the different
jobs.”

The “quality” of the Bahami-
an labour force, Mr Smith said,
was the key issue. Apart from
construction jobs, there was also
a shortage of computer-literate
workers for posts in hotel front
and back offices when these:
became available.

The major determinants of the
Bahamas’ economic fortunes in
2006, Mr Smith said, would be
whether this nation was struck
by a major hurricane, and what
happened in the US and inter-
national economies.

Although increased oil prices
and rising energy costs would
have an impact on the Bahamian
economy, Mr Smith said this was

. somewhat counterbalanced by

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BUSINESS





Retail survey shows
shoplifting on the rise

ACCORDING to a Univer-
sity of Florida retail study, retail-
er concerns about shoplifting
and employee theft are well
founded,with evidence of losses
from shoplifting on the rise.

The report also finds that
while employee theft is down
slightly, it is still the largest single
source of inventory “shrinkage".

Inventory shrinkage - a com-
bination of employee theft,







Colina

Financiai Advisors Ltd.

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Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste _
Fidelity Bank =
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol °
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Kerzner International BDRs
Premier Real Estate
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12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
0.40 RND Holdings
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28.00 ABDAB
13.00: Bahamas Supermarkets
0.35 RND Holdings

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Fund Name
Colina Money Market Fund
2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund
2.1530 Colina MSI Preferred Fund
4h 0782 Colina Bond Fund

NSURANCE LIMITED
wu, PO. Box $8-5915, Nassau, Bahamas
6101/8 Fax:(242)526-8189

Vol. EPS$

Last 12 Months.

The following articles are taken from the Daworilog 27
edition of Security Beat Magazine, and are re-printed with
permission from Primedia Business Magazines & Media

shoplifting, vendor fraud and
administrative error - cost US
retailers close to $31 billion last
year, according to the National
Retail Security Survey, which
analysed theft incidents from 107
of the largest US retail chains.
The annual survey was conduct-
ed by the University of Florida,
with a funding grant from ADT
Security Services.

"Since we first began con-
ducting this study, the percent-
age of inventory loss has
declined in a fairly significant
way. That's the good news," says
University of Florida criminolo-
gist Richard Hollinger. “The bad
news is that because the retail
industry has grown, dollars lost
to inventory shrinkage have
actually increased, costing the
industry more than $30 billion.
This translates into higher con-
sumer prices." ;

One of the key findings from
this year's study is the increase in
shoplifting, which accounted for
34 per cent of retail losses, up
from 30.8 per cent in 2000. US
retailers lost nearly $10.5 billion
in sales to shoplifting.

Hollinger attributed the
increase to a new form of
shoplifting called organised retail
crime, which involves shoplift-
ing gangs working as a team to
steal large quantities of mer-

-chandise quickly.

Workplace theft hits small
business hardest

Disbelief is a common reac-
tion when a trusted employee,
manager or owner steals from a
small business. But experts say

= )FIDELITY

the trust level in smaller busi-
nesses and organisations makes
them ripe targets for internal
thievery.

While multimillion-dollar cor-
porate embezzlements make
headlines, it is churches, schools,
clubs and mom-and-pop shops
that have the hardest time recov-
ering their financial footing, the
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

"For the typical small busi-
ness, it's not common. But it's
traumatic when it happens. And
it can happen," says Neal T.
Buethe, a Minneapolis employ-
ment lawyer.

Some recent findings from a
study by the Association of Cer-
tified Fraud Examiners, a
national group that looked at
508 occupational fraud cases
from across the country:

* Companies with fewer than
100 employees suffered the
greatest losses, second only to

‘ businesses with more than 10,000

employees. Small companies



accounted for 46 per cent of all
cases, with a median loss of
$98,000.

* More than a third of frauds
were committed by managers,
while 12 per cent were done by
owners or executives.

* Most occupational fraud
perpetrators are first-time
offenders. Criminal background
checks won't weed out all the
crooks “because most frauds are
committed by apparently hon-
est employees”.

* Most frauds came to light
through tips from other employ-
ees or internal audits. But more
were caught by accident - say,
an employee noticing surprising
bank statements while filling in
for a co-worker - than through

‘day-to-day, internal controls.

And that's especially true for
smaller businesses.
* The most common frauds

SEE page 3B

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE i i smoqolon
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT ‘l fe
(No.45 of 2000) opp

UNIVERSAL HEALH MANAGEMENT LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation find

1

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International |
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), UNIVERSAL HEALTH |
MANAGEMENT LIMITED (is in dissolution. Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator ,;
and can be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, Marlborough,
& Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-.;
named company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars.of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the December: 3120052:

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE:

NOTICE |
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000) 5

AIRCRAFT ACQUISITION.
HOLDING LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), AIRCRAFT ACQUISITION
HOLDING LIMITED is in dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and
can be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, Marlborough &
Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of

their debts or

aims to the Liquidator before the December 31, 2005.

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value ,

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX< - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

} BISX ALL SHARE INDE X - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price In last 52 weeks
j 5S2wk-Low - Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks
Previous Close. - Previous day's weighted price for dally volume

Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
| Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
{ DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
i P/E - Closing price divided. by the last 12 month earnings:

a : AS AT NOV. 30, 2005/ **** - AS AT NOV. 30, 2005

- AS AT DEC, 12, 2005/ *** - AS AT
SOLER AL ELIA “es

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator



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on on eee
The three roots of
national prosperity

IT might seem that the obvi-
ous answer would be that the
countries with the greatest nat-
ural resources would be the ones
that provide their people with
the highest quality of life or be
the most prosperous.

Nothing could be further from
the truth.

You only have to consider the
standard of living or quality of
life for the majority of people in
Russia, Nigeria, Brazil, South
Africa and Venezuela, just to
mention a few resource rich
countries, to prove my point.
What, then, creates the condi-
tions for a society to deliver a
high quality life to its members?

To find the answer, one would
need to consider the character-
istics of countries with few or no
natural resources that enjoy very
high standards of living.

Countries which first come to
mind are Finland, Singapore,
Switzerland and Austria. None
of these countries are rich in nat-
ural resources but they all have





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some common characteristics.

Three of these characteristics.

stand out when we examine their
societies. The first is that the
people are very well educated
and therefore productive.

The second is that whenever
lists are produced ranking coun-
tries for lack of corruption, these
countries are always at the top of
the list. Thus they are honest
societies.

The third is that they all are

functioning democracies.

These observations must lead
us to what is now a self evident
conclusion. That for a society to
achieve a high quality of life, it
must give priority to educating
its children, pursue corruption
relentlessly and treasure and
nurture its democracy and the
institutions which support it.

Wouldn't these objectives
make some fine New Year's res-
olutions?

FROM page 2B

included skimming revenue before it is recorded,
stealing inventory, billing schemes, doctored invoic-
es and payroll tampering.

Major browser developers meet on security

Developers of four major Web browsers - Kon-
queror, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Internet
Explorer - gathered at an informal meeting in
Toronto last month to review plans and share
progress on security. improvements and standards.

The intent was to make security information
more meaningful to users, and to balance security
for high-traffic sites (such as banks) and smaller
organisations and businesses.

Developers came to common understandings
on ideas such as the location of the padlock icon
that appears when visiting authenticated sites,
stronger certificates and certificate validation tech-
niques, shortcomings in browser cryptography and
solutions to the problem of phishing, NewsForge
reports.

Among the most visible improvements is how
browsers inform users of Websites' transaction
security. The padlock icon, which appears some-
where in every browser when a user visits a secure
site, will be moved to the address bar in all four



ing", George Staikos, Konqueror's core develop-
er, said it was significant that Microsoft is “work-
ing both with their arch-enemies from the brows-
er [war] days, and with the open source community
as well”.

The browser developers discussed increasing

‘the level of cryptography being used in browsers,

and agreed to disable or remove lower- strength
certificates and weaker ciphers from their appli-
cations.

Certificate verification and security of encrypt-
ed information will be exposed by filling the
address bar with one of three colors: red when
the verification fails, yellow (on some browsers) for
questionable verification, and green when a high-
assurance certificate is verified. The name of the
company who owns the Web site will also be rotat-
ed with the name of the verifying agency beside the
URL, offering users further security information.

NB: Gamal Newry is the president of Preven-
tative Measures, a loss prevention and asset pro-
tection training and consulting company, spe-
cialising in Policy and Procedure Development,
Business Security Reviews and Audits, and Emer-
gency and Crisis Management. Comments can
be sent to PO Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas or,

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browsers to make it more noticeable.
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VACANCY NOTIFICATION

VACANCY FOR DEPUTY REGISTRAR GENERAL
REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT,
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA



ite fe oe eo ee

“A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution”

VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:
TEAM LEADER OPERATIONS,
PAYMENT CARD CENTRE

MINISTRY OF FINANCIAL SERVICES AND INVESTMENTS

Applications are invited from suitable qualified Bahamians to fill the post of Deputy Registrar, Registrar General’s
Department, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.













Requirements for the Post



Applicants must be members of at least three (3) years sreniGe of The Bahamas, English, Irish or Scottish Bar:
or of the Bar of any country of the Commonwealth to which a member of The Bahamas Bar is admitted without
examination.

Specific Duties of The Post

* The successful applicant will be required to assist in the formulation and implementation of policies required Core responsibilities:

by the Registrar General’s Act, Chapter 186, Statute Laws of The Bahamas (2000 edition).

* Co-ordinate and, or assign and manage the administration of the Registrar General’s Office, Freeport, and ° ‘Comrdihats ‘he activities of the Operations & Custonise Sarass

- perform such duties as may necessitate policy implementation. Teams
* Execute all Acts, enacted by Parliament of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in carrying out duties of e Responsible for overseeing wigechant Services and Account
the D istrar.
PERT Reeista investigations.

¢ Responsible for problem resolution tracking and compiling reports
- relative to same.

¢ Ensure all Visa Regulations and procedures are adhered to - Serve

as the primary contact for Visa International.

° Responsible for the management of projects and informational analysis.

e Evaluate the technological needs of the department.

¢ Implement services and accountability standards for the team.

e Ensure that all processes are efficient and meet client’s expectations.

* The implementation of all Statutes administered by the Reese General inclusive of, but not limited to
the following::








Domestic Companies and I nerhahiual Business Companies
- Review all documents to ensure that all requirements are met
- Signing and issuing certificates of Companies Incorporation, Foreign Companies, Good Standings
’ and Dissolutions.





Exempted Limited Partnership
: All matters related thereto,







Marriages Act
- Issuing of Marriage Licenses; certified copies
- Administering Marriage Officers Exams
- Performing Marriage Ceremonies
- Issuing Marriage Certificates



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:















¢ Registration of Records Act
} Recording Deeds and Documents
- Deed Searches
- Issuing Certified Copies of documents

e Associates Degree in Business Administration or relevant area.

e Five years banking experience and at least three years in a credit card
dept.

e Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

e Strong negotiation, analytical and organizational skills.

¢ Computer literate - Ability to work in Excel and use Spreadsheets.






° Responsible for written and oral communications with customers:
Lawyers, Accountants, Bankers and Government Authorities in relation to matters of administration
and management of the Department. :

* Checking documents in order to issue certificates of Good Standing.



* Responding to questions and queries from the public. When and where necessary, provide community education
and general information to the public concerning the role, duties and function of the Registrar General’s
Department.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and life

* Responsible for all Human resources matters. insurance; and a pension scheme.

* Applicant should have a working knowledge of computer applications

Interested persons should apply no later than December 29th, 2005 to:
* All such duties as assigned by the Registrar General.
The Manager, Human Resources and Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P.O. Box N-7118
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas

The salary of the post is in Scale JL 15 - $34,600 x 700 - $41,600 per annum.



Serving Officers must apply through their Heads of Departments.






Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Public Service, Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting
Street. They must be returned complete with the original qualifications and documentary proof of relevant
experience, to reach the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Financial Services & Investments or the Secretary, .
Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting Street, no later than the 19th January 2006.



PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a)

(b)

(c)

REGATTA INVESTMENTS HOLDINGS S.A. is in-dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act
2000.

The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on the December
22, 2005, when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of Shirley
House, 50 Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

All persons having Claims against the above-named Company is
required on or before the 22nd day of January 2006 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts
are proved.

December 22, 2005

ALISA RICHARDSON
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY



BUSINESS

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to give energy ‘Master

THE Ministry of Tourism will
for the first time offer Master
Classes on specific tourism sub-
jects as part of its National
Tourism Week 2006 activities.

The 10 master classes will be
held on Tuesday, January 10,
2006, and will cover topics such
as energy conservation, human
resource development, brand-
ing, event management, infor-
mation technology, transporta-
tion, film production and e-com-
merce.

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tionally.

The guest lecturer for the
Energy Conservation Master
Class, set for 9am on Tuesday,
January 10, will be Roger Bal-
lentine.

Mr Ballentine is currently the
president of Green Strategies, a
Washington DC-based compa-
ny that provides advice on ener-
gy, environmental and conser-
vation matters to government
and non-profit agencies through-
out the US.

Before venturing out on his
own, Mr Ballentine served as a
senior White House staff (1999-
2001) under former president,
Bill Clinton. During his time at
the White House, he served as
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environmental policies to the
Kerry-Edwards presidential
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For more inférmation on
these classes or to register, con-
tact the Ministry of Tourism at
242-302-2005 or e-mail acoak-
ley@bahamas.com. Information
can also be found on the con-
ference wébsite, NT W.tourism-
bahamas.org. ‘

To conduct these Master
Classes, the Ministry has formed
a special alliance with the Col-
lege of the Bahamas. As a result,
delegates participating in the
classes will get the opportunity
to earn continuing education
units towards future certifica-
tion courses at the college.

Economy to meet growth
target ‘just north’ of 3%

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

_NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

WESTMOUNT CORPORATION LTD. is in dissolution under
the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on the December
22, 2005, when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of Shirley
House, 50 Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

All persons having Claims against the above-named Company is .
required on or before the 22nd day of January 2006 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of-their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts

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PROPERTY 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 Receptionist / Office Clerk to join our
rapidly expanding Nassau office and to become a team
member of a growing property development business.

Requirements

The successful candidates will be organized, personable,
ambitious and very productive and shall have at least:

e 3 years office experience :

e Excellent communication skills both written and oral

e Capable of working independently and/or as a team
member

e Excellent typing skills with a minimum of 50wpm

¢ Must be computer literate with excellent knowledge
of Microsoft Office and especially proficient in Word
and Excel | ;

¢ General office duties

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.

Please send cover letter and resume by e-mail quoting
above reference (Clerk-1) to
island_development1@yahoo.com or by post to P.O.

Box N-9322, Nassau, The Bahamas. |

The closing date for receipt of applications is January
10, 2006.



are proved.

December 22, 2005

ALISA RICHARDSON
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY



FROM page 1B

the fact this often drove tourists
to shorter-haul destinations, such
as the Bahamas.

Rather than energy costs, Mr
Smith said the biggest danger
facing the Bahamas was the per-
formance of the USA economy,
as a downturn there typically
reduced the disposable income
tourists had to spend on
Bahamas vacations.

Concerns

“Our major concerns are the
factors over which we have very
little control, which is the.exter-
nal environment,” Mr Smith
said.

He added that inflation was
an imported phenomenon for
the Bahamas, rather than, one ~
created domestically, its major
effect being to lower the foreign
exchange reserves by a greater
rate.as the-costs of imports had
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RAINBOW BAY |
SUBDIVISION |
(ELEUTHERA)

Lot #44, Block 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.

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

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



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

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



5! of 1,374 sq. ft.

Appraisal: $123,000.00

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

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 net 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. , fet



Lot No. 68 Woodlawn Way
Winton Heights
(Nassau)

All that piece parcel or lot of land having
an area of 14,897 sq. ft. being lot 6,
‘block 13, in the Subdivision known as

comprised of a 26 year old 11/2 storey
single family resident consisting of
approximately 2,567 sq. ft. of enclosed
living space with 3 bed rooms, 2 baths,
upstairs and downstairs consisting of
a foyer, guest bedroom and bath,
laundry room, kitchen, powder room,
sunken living area, tv room and dining
area. Climate control is provided by wall
air conditioning units throughout the
house quality of construction and
maintenance is fair as a good amount
of remedial work is needed on the roof and plumbing system. The effective age of the building
is seven years the property is rectangular in shape on flat terrain, and on a level grade slightly
elevated above the road to disallow flooding during annual heavy rainy periods. The grounds
improvements include a concrete wall with two double gates at the front with chain-link fencing
otherwise, open patios at the front and back, and a 20,000 gal rainwater cistern under the front
patio overall, the grounds are attractive and well kept.

Appraisal: $407,030.00



Traveling east on Prince Charles Drive go pass Winton Super Value, then second left to T
dune neu mn right at T junction and the subject property is the third house right painted yellow
rimmed white.

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MISCELLANEOUS PROPERTIES

One upstairs and one downstairs. Each:





of one of the Dundas Town Crown,



front porch (indented) with floor area _



Winton Heights, this property is



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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.

A. 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 to Kennedy
Subdivision on the left, then take
the 1st corner on the left then 1st
“right, house is second on your right

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.

- Appraisal: $80,498.00

LOT 194 BOYD SUBDIVISION
Ms (NASSAU)

-All that lot of land ‘having an area of
6,400 sq. ft. being lot no 194 of the
' subdivision known as Boyd Subdivision,
situated in the central district of New
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

By 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.Sth property on the left side painted orange

with red/white trim.

GOLDEN GATES #1
(NASSAU)

All that lot of land-having an area of
Mm 5,200 sq. ft. 52 x 100 being lot no. 154

_ of the subdivision known and designated
as Golden Gates, the said subdivision
is situated in the southern district of
New Providence, Bahamas. This
property consist of an approximately 15
year old single family multi family single
storey duplex with floor area of 1,460
sq. ft. Each apartment consist of 2 bed
one bath, living and dining area and
kitchen. Lot size is 5,200 sq. ft. the land
is on a grade and level, state also
appears to be sufficiently elevated to
disallow the possibility of flooding during
annual heavy rainy periods of the year.
\ : The grounds are fairly kept with
improvements including walkway and low shrubs. The yard is enclosed with chain link fencing.

Appraisal: $1 68,504.00

Heading south on Blue Hill Road, take first left after the traffic light at Blue Hill and Carmichael

Road intersection. Take the second right the subject property is the second on the right.. Sisal
Road and Bamboo Court. Painted white, trimmed green. ay 3



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

+ is situated in JOhnson Harbour View Estates Subdivision situated on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. Measuring and bounded as follows, northwardly by 20’ wide road reservation and

ind peaceful with all utilities and services available.

/. Appraisal: $47,250.00





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

i lease Wel g conditions of sale and other information contact

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
running thereon a distance of 25 ft westwardly by lot 12W of the said subdivision and running thereon for a distance of 90 ft. This property is well lanscaped and fenced in. This area is

Philip White @ 502-3077. email philip.white@scotiabank.com or
Harry Collie @ 502-3034 email harry.collie@scotiabank.com

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Deficit to widen in early 200

narrowing once again.

FROM page 1B
Unclear
NIA to fund such improvements
had not yet come into effect.
Once it did, the advances to
the Airport Authority could
then be repaid, but as a result
the fiscal deficit was likely to
widen in the New Year before

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
LIMITED is in dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can be
contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & Queen
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-named

It is unclear what all this
means for the NIA management
contract the Government was
negotiating with YVRAS, the
international subsidiary of Van-
couver International Airport

operator, YVR.

Apart from the loss of radar at
NIA during a four-day period
over the Christmas weekend,
sources suggested that another
problem affecting airlift into
Nassau were fuel shortages,
which left some places sitting on
the tarmac for a five to six-hour
turnaround time. Oil companies
were said to be trucking supplies
to the airport, and found it diffi-
cult to keep up with the demand
for fuel.

Meanwhile, Mr Smith added
that salary increases to members
of the public service typically
ended up above initial projec-
tions due to unforeseen anom-
alies and add-ons, another factor
making it difficult to control the
budget deficit.

He added: “The outlook

based on the public sector
finances is that we’re having
some moderate increases in rev-
enue over and above projec-
tions, but at the same time we’ve
been unable to contain increases
in expenditure.”

Mr Smith said public spend-
ing “will continue to rise”
regardless of whether there were
public sector salary increases,
due to demand for education,
health, welfare and social secu-
rity services.

Revenue

“It’s [revenue] simply not ris-
ing as fast as the demand for
increases in services,” the min-
ister said.

He added that the Bahamas
would have to reform its tax

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATION AL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

structure, which relies on import
and customs duties to generate
60 per cent of annual revenues,
to a system that was “more flex-
ible and more attuned to the
demands of the economy”.

The Bahamas was only impos-
ing taxes on physical goods that
were imported into the country,
rather than services, which was
the economy’s growth area.

“We will continue.to see this
problem and it will face succes-
sive administrations until we
look to reform the tax system to
reflect the realities of the mod-
ern Bahamas,” Mr Smith said.

Tax reform has been identi-
fied as one of the major chal-
lenges facing the Bahamas, with
the Government appearing to
have identified a value added
tax (VAT) as its preferred



reform option.

UK Crown Agents had beefr
hired to conduct tax reform stud-
ies for the Government, and Mr
Smith said he hoped to issué
their report and begin public
debate on the issue in the New
Year. iho

Pressures =.

Aside from the internal pres-
sures to collect more revenue,
pressure for tax reform is alsa.
coming from organisations suchs
as the World Trade Organisa*
tion (WTO), of which thé
Bahamas is an observer mem-
ber, as it views tariffs and import?
duties as barriers to free trades

that must be removed. . s

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts

or claims to the

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator



uidator before the December 31, 2005.

THE PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
BAHAMAS NATIONAL DRUG AGENCY

PUBLIC NOTICE

TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF DRUGS
AND RELATED ITEMS

‘Tenders are invited forthe Supply of Drugs and
Related items for the Public Hospitals Authority and
the Ministry of Health, The Commonwealth of The

Bahamas.

The Tender Document, which includes instructions
to the Tenderers along with other relevant information,
can be collected from the Bahamas, National Drug
Agency, Market & McPherson Streets, Monday

through Friday 9am - 5pm.

A Tender must be submitted in duplicate in a sealed
envelope or package identified as, ‘“Tender of the
Supply of Related Items” and addressed to:

Managing Director
Public Hospitals Authority

1st Floor, Mannax Corporate Centre/Dockendale House
West Bay Street
P.O. Box N-8200
Nassau, The Bahamas

' All Tenders must be received at the above address
on or before 5pm Friday, February 10th, 2006. A
copy of a valid business license must accompany all
ee ;

The Public Hospitals Authority reserves s the right to
reject any or all Tender(s).

26 UBS

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the leading Wealth
Managers in the Caribbean. We look after wealthy
private clients by providing them with —
comprehensive, value-enhancing services. In order
to strengthen our team we look for an additional.

WEALTH MANAGEMENT CLIENT
ADVISOR

In this challenging position you will be responsible
for the following task (traveling required): ©

¢ Advisory of existing clients

¢ Acquisition of high net worth individuals

¢ Presentation and implementation of investment
solutions in the client’s mother tongue

We are searching for a personality with extensive
experience in wealth management, specialized in
the fields of customer relations,, investment advice
and portfolio management. Excellent sales and
advisory skills as well‘as solid knowledge of
investment products are key requirements. A proven
track record in a comparable position with a leading
global financial institution as well as fluency in
English and at least another language (Spanish,
Italian, French or German) is essential.

Written applications should be addressed to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

| (No.45 of 2000)
DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
THREE LIMITED.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
THREE LIMITED is in dissolution, Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can
be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & Queen

Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims againstthe above-named -

company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts
or claims to the Laquidator before the December 31, 2005.

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
~ (No.45 of 2000) :

CAPITAL LEASING CORP. #4 LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice i is hereby given that in ee with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No.'45 of 2000); CAPITAL LEASING CORP. #4
LTD. is in dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted
at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & Queen Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Liquidator before the December 31, 2005.

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

AIRWINGSKI LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), AIRWINGSKI LIMITED is in
dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted at The
Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, Marlborough & Queen Streets, Nassau,
Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-named company are
required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to
the Liquidator before the December 31, 2005.

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GRABILLES LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GRABILLES LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on December 23,
2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and registered

by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Ruc de Lausanne 17 bis Geneva.

Dated this 29th day of December, A.D., 2005.



Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

(No.45 of 2000)
DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS |;
TWO LIMITED

~ In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
TWO LIMITED is in dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can
be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & |Queen. ,,
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against.the above: named.
company are required to send their names, addresses and amily af. sno
or claims to the Lfquidator before the December 31, 2005 Faye 4

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE:
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45:of: 2000)

AMERILEASE €APITAL::
_ CORPORATION LIMITED

“ih Velnitar tnt rs
eat
Notice is hereby given that i in Econo sith Section 38 (4) of the International
Business .Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), AMERILEASE, CAPITAL,,,
CORPORATION LIMITED is in dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey i is, the Liquidator,
and can be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited Marlborough;
& Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas, All persons having claims against the above-,_
named company are required to send their names, addresses. and particulars of,

their debts or cJaims to the Liquidator before the December 31, 2005,,.

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT (No. 45 of 2000)

TERSEMTES COMPANY LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137(4) of the
international Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), TERSEMTES , .
COMPANY LTD. is in Dissolution.” 7

The date of commencement of dissolution is 10th day of November, ?
2005.

HSBC International Trustee Limited,
HSBC House, Mary Street,
George Town, Grand Cayman,
Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT (No. 45 9 ep,
PE pa Ea OP AB

SOUTHERN SUN GROUP INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act (No. - a 2000), Doe : SUN
GROUP INC. is in Dissolution.” Pasget f do yeb

The date of commencement of dissolution is 28th day of December!
2005.

. ATC NOMINEES INC.,
Arango-Orillac Building,
East 54th Street, Panama,
Republic of Panama -
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005, PAGE 7B



South Ocean hits back on golf course

af

ee page 1B
Br employment and the
general increase and upgrading
of the tourist market," Mr Fras-
er said.

“I applaud the Prime Minis-
ter's approach in recognising the
benefits that business and golf
can bring to the region as well as
his strong desire to increase
island revenue and Bahamian
employment through new, qual-

ity resort destination projects,"
Mr Norman added.

Front

The front nine of the new
South Ocean course will be rout-

ed to achieve core golf on gently
rolling land. The back nine has
elevation changes and works its
way through the Bahamian for-
est. Holes 10 and 11 will have
views of the water, while 15 and
17 will encompass lagoon-like

Union: No FirstCaribbean
industrial action this week

FROM page 1B
re ie
ae were among the highest

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}

‘in the Bahamian counmexciel

banking market.
_Sharon Brown, First-
Caribbean’s managing director

LEGAL NOTICE

~ NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
LIMITED

in polmneary. Liquidation

:
~ (No.45 of 2000)

Notice! is s hisdby given that in saisidinibe with Section 138 (4).of the International

Business Companiés Act, (No. 45-of 2000), DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
LIMITED i is in-dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can be
contacted-at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & Queen
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-named
company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts

or claims to the |

Ms Alene Moxey
Liquidator cine

AQuidator before the December 31, 2005.



: LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE |
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
» (No.45 of 2000).

c CAPITAL LEASING CORP. #5 LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

‘Notice is ‘hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
‘Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), CAPITAL LEASING CORP. #5
LTD. is in dissolution. Ms Alreria Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted
‘at The Winterbothain Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & Queen Streets, °
‘Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having. claims against the above-named company
‘are ‘tequired to sénd their. names, addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
‘to the Liquidator before eg December 31, 2005.

Ms Alrena Moxey
*Liquidator



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LEGAL NOTICE

_ NOTICE
‘URANUS VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
* Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
12th day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
» Corp. Inc., of P.O:Box N- 7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

_ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

_ NOTICE

| BAYMICH INVESTMENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

-. Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company i is in dissolution, which commenced on the 21st
day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of. P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

~ ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

for the Bahamas, said in an ear-
lier statement: “An across the
board salary increase of 3 per
cent was provided to all employ-
ees in the bargaining unit in
accordance with the Industrial
Agreement. This increase was
provided regardless of perfor-
mance and included the employ-
ees who received a Below Stan-

Is dard Performance rating.
--“Prior to the across the board Ae

increases, our salaries were
already at the top of the mar-
ket. Hence bonuses were utilised
in rewarding strong perfor-
mance. We therefore increased

our bonus pool for clerical |

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FRANCOUS KENSON, DUNDAS
TOWN, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 29TH day of DECEMBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship; RO:Box F-41085, Grand —



Bahama, Bahamas.

employees by 25 per cent this
year. Our total bonus spend for
clerical employees was $763,200.

“As an example, the highest
bonus paid to a clerical employ-
ee last year was $5,286 and this
year, $8,947.”

Yet Ms Mortimer said

Bahamian FirstCaribbean

employees were disgruntled

. because. they felt they were not
-being rewarded adequately for

their contribution to the
Caribbean-wide bank’s profits.
The BFSU claimed that rival

commercial banking institutions __

had given staff a 10 per cent pay
increase.




LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

Se le

y, (In Voluntary, Liquidation)

al

iH

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
15th day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa

Corp. Inc.,

of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
SPRING GARDEN LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
22nd day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

WEALTH INVESTMENTS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
22nd day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa

Corp. Inc.,

of RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)










"blue holes," small natural
ponds that are actually deep
shafts connecting to the ocean.

To improve playability, the
fairways and landing areas will
be widened and players will be
challenged with more strategic
bunker complexes. In addition
to adding length to the course, a
new irrigation system will be
installed and modern turf grass
varieties will be incorporated.
The practice area will also be
relocated, enlarged arid expand-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RANDOLPH GEORGE WILLIAMS, #189
MORGAN LANE FREEPORT, P.O.BOX F-44494, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,

and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 29TH day of
DECEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

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Andre Seymour: Bahamas ©
must seek international
boxing coaching

@ BOXING

By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

NATIONAL boxing head coach, Andre Sey-

mour says the Bahamas “must seek international
coaching help in order to move to the next level.”

A concerned Seymour voiced his opinion on the ~
status of boxing in the Bahamas yesterday duringa

year in review interview with the Tribune.

He said: “The federation has made it possible for
boxers to attend training camps in Cuba before :

big matches, but this is not enough.

“We need round the clock assistance from these:
coaches, this is the only way we are going to :
improve. Improvement doesn’t come overnight, it :
is something we as a country need to take serious
and work towards if we would like to be considered:

a big power house.

“Getting this assistance from these coaches will
help us in international competition. The Bahamas :
is probably the only Caribbean country that hasn’t : -

sought international assistance in sports as yet.

“Let’s look at our track and field athletes. They

get some of the best training in the United States,

international help. The improvements in this sport
by the athletes has assisted the Bahamas in reach- :
ing more than the Olympic level. We have track and :

field athletes succeeding on all levels. This is great.

“All I] am saying is the international assistance
won’t hurt. This doesn’t just go for boxing, but the :

other sports as well.”

Seymour has led more than five teams into bat-
tle on the international circuit this year and more
than ten while assisting former national head coach _ :

Ray Minus.
But, since assuming the position as head coach,
Seymour’s vision became more clear.

Instead of training the boxers by himself, Sey-
mour had sought assistance from the training squads :

at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

This level of training is combined with the work-
out sessions designed by Seymour. Boxers are also :
sent to Cuba for three weeks of training just before :

travelling.

“We have coaches from Cuba assisting some of
the boxers, but this is just a part time thing,” stressed:

Seymour.

“This is something that needs to be done on a full

scale — assistance for coaches and boxers.

“What I noticed at the last international compe-_ :
tition we attended was the boxers were ready, but :
the type of training and ring smartness the Cuban :
coaches had taught them was totally different from ;

what we were accustomed to.

both sides of training can be incorporated.”

As the year comes to an end, topping Seymour’s ;
list is assistance from international coaches‘andan :

adjustment to the training programme.

The Bahamas will compete in over six major
international competitions next year and several :

warm-up matches.

According to Seymour, the Bahamas will be
ready, but will peak if the Bahamas Boxing Feder-
ation along with the Ministry of Youth Sports and

Culture agrees to finding international help.

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The highs and lows of 200

I: time for me to turn the
pages back and look at some of
the highs and lows from the sports
headlines over the past 12 months.

Undoubtedly, the biggest story that
our readers followed with great inter-
est was the IAAF World Champi-
onships in Helsinki, Finland in
August when Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling put the squeeze on American
Sandie Richards to win the gold
medal in the women's 400 metres.

It was probably more dramatic
than the run she turned in at the 2004
Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
when she held off Mexican Ana
Guevera.

To show gratification for her repeat
performance, the Bahamas Govern-
ment renamed the reconstructed Har-
rold Road the Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling Highway.

But there were so many other sto-
ries this past year that made the head-
lines.

How about the trading of Angelo
‘Jello' Burrows from the Atlanta
Braves to the Chicago Cubs?

Burrows had spent the past nine
years in the Braves' minor league,
having being drafted out of high
school in Florida as an out-fielder
and turned into a pitcher before he
was sent to the Cubs.

And what about the drafting of
Antoan Richardson to the San Fran-
cisco Giants as an outfielder to their
Arizona Giants minor league?

Now the Bahamas has two players
in the pipeline for the major leagues.

But many still feel that if the long
standing dispute within the Bahamas
Baseball Association was resolved,
there could and would have been a
little more players knocking on the
door to join the former big four
Bahamian major leaguers.

Baseball is being played more than
ever before all over the island, but
the overall growth and development
of the sport is still dragging behind
because of the dispute that is hanging
over its head.

Perhaps the most devastating blow
that occurred this past year was the

. ; : untimely death of Electro Telecom
“When we looked around, the international :

coaches who had trained the boxers before the :
competition were in the ringside assisting the coun-
try’s national coaches. This is what we need, so :

Wildcats' right fielder Jackie 'Lil
Stunt’ Moxey.

The fact that her death came just as
her Wildcats had celebrated their
repeat triumph as the New Provi-
dence Softball Association's ladies
champions and before they were get-
ting ready to defend their Bahamas

Softball Federation's national crown, .

brought many to face the reality that
they shouldn't take life for granted.

In tennis, the men's Davis Cup
team that traveled to Curacao were
blanked in the second round of the
American Zone II Davis Cup tie,

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dropping the Bahamas further down
into Zone III.

This is the lowest that the Bahamas
Lawn Tennis Association has had to
rebound from, having enjoyed
tremendous success in Zone One for
more than a decade with top stars
Roger Smith, Mark Knowles, Mark
Farrington and Mark Merklein lead-
ing the way.

N-: with only Farrington
still actively involved as the
captain, the Bahamas has to start all
over again with a youthful crew that
includes collegian Devin Mullings,
college-bound Ryan Sweeting and
pro players Marvin Rolle and H'Cone
Thompson.

If there's any consolation, Sweeting
captured the US Open Junior boys
singles title in September in Flush-
ing Meadows, New York and ended
up as the number three ranked junior
male player in the world.

But, in order to get the Bahamas
over this hump, the team will need a
bonafide pro player on board.

While the most successful athlete
turned out to be Williams-Darling
with her stunning come-from-behind
victory in Helsinki, local fans will
probably remember the fantastic feat



by Jermaine 'Choo-Choo' Mackey,
who defeated 'Marvellous' Marvin
Smith to win his Bahamas mid-
dleweight title and then successfully
defended it against him.

Mackey ended the year on another
high note when he got engaged to his
girlfriend Tara Smith on Christmas
day.

A wedding is being planned for
next summer, either before or after
Mackey fights for the British Com-
monwealth title.

x Commonwealth title shot
is also in store next year
for Bahamas junior welterweight
champion Jerome 'the Bahamian
Bronze Bomber' Ellis and newly
crowned Bahamas lightweight cham-
pion Meacher 'Pain' Major.

And even though the Bahamas
heavyweight title shot still eludes him,
Sherman 'the Tank' Williams turned
in another credible year when he
added the World Boxing Council's
Caribbean Continental crown to his
FEDECARIBE title.

Williams, however, missed out on
the opportunity to celebrate with a
Commonwealth title shot after he
encountered some problems that
eventually led to a change i in his man-
agement team.

Congratulations are also in order
for Golden Girl Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie, who tied the knot on Fri-
day, December 23 to Adrian McKen-
zie in a ceremony at the Southwest
Cathedral Church of God.

Ferguson-McKenzie is making her '

come back after having to sit out the
majority of this past season, including
the IAAF World Championships,
when she had to undergo surgery for
her appendix.

Her coach Amy Beem and her
training partners, including Ameri-
can World 200 champion Lauryn
Williams, said ‘she looks even better
in practice than she did before the
surgery.

Her manager Ray Flynn anticipates
that Ferguson-McKenzie will be
ready to resume her illustrious career
by the end of January when she
makes her 2006 season's debut in
Boston.

There were also some surprises in
this past year.

The firs came when Desmond Ban-
nister resigned as president of the
Bahamas Association of Athletic
Association. Bannister turned in his
resignation, passing the torch onto
first vice president Mike Sands, who
had the distinct honour of serving

. when the BAAA successfully host-

ed the Central American and
Caribbean Championships in July.
Around the same time, the New

YOUR CONNECTI



Providence Basketball Association
president Alphonso 'Chicken' Albury.
walked away from the AF Adderley
Gym before the playoffs got under:
way. a
He was eventually replaced by: K =
th 'Belzee' Smith after the sedson
was over. But he ran into a snag while
trying to get the new season under:
way. He couldn't find a suitdble
venue to play in until arrangements
were made for the Kendal Isaacs.and
DW Davis Gyms for January. |

That will put the men and women
basketball players under the same
roof once again.

Three years ago, the women pulled
away from the NPBA and the:AF
Adderley Gym, setting up their own
New Providence Women's Basket;
ball Association under the presiden:
cy of Mynez Cargill-Sherman at, tlle
DW Davis Gym.

At the beginning of the season,
Mynez-Sherman turned the reigns
over to first vice president Kimberley.
Rolle.

There were also some “big
announcements that added some
flavour to an eventful year. .

One was Minister Wisdom's déc-
laration that the Seventh Bahamas
Games will be staged in July, but-it
won't be affected by the construction:
of the new national stadium andthe:
transformation of the Queen Eliza-



’ beth Sports Centre by the Chinese



Government with a $30 million gift.

And then the JAAF declared; ‘that.
both Chandra Sturrup and the men's’
4 x 400 metre relay team of Ava $
Moncur, Dennis Darling, Nathaniel
McKinney and Chris Brown were:
awarded bronze medals from:thé
2003 IAAF World Championships i in.
Paris, France.

The decision was made after
Americans Kelli White and Jeronic:
Young were stripped of their gold
medals. :

IAAF president Lamine Diack’ will
be in town on Friday night at the San-
dals Royal Bahamian Hotel to’pre-
sent the medals to the athletes at’the
BAAA's year-ending banquet. °°»

At the same time, the BAAA vill
honour ‘its most outstanding maleand
female athletes for the year. Among,
the list are Williams-Darling and
Sturrup for the ladies and Brown and
Leevan 'Superman' Sands for the
men.

That should be a fitting end to an
eventful year.

At this time, I just want to thank all
those readers who read this weekly,
column and expressed their senti-
ments, whether good or bad. I trust
that I can continue to share my pér-.
sonal views with all of you in the
future.

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Alana Dillette is our junior

female athlete of the year

@ By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports
Reporter

SUCCESS. on the inter-
national and local scene
continued for the Bahamas
this year, as Bahamian
junior athletes dominated
various sporting arenas.

The Tribune’s junior
sporting female athlete of
the year award was a diffi-
cult choice as a number of
athletes rose to the occa-
sion in the various sport-
ing disciplines.

The arduous decision was
narrowed down to seven
athletes, with the top hon-
ours going'to swimming
sensation, Alana Dillette.

1) Alana Dillette - This
year has been a record
breaking year for the swim-
mer. Dillette erased seven
Bahamian and five nation-
al records, before officially
signing a four year schol-
arship contract with the
Auburn Tigers.

The 17-year-old attend-
ed the 2004 Olympic Youth
Camp, in Athens, Greece,
representing the Bahamas
Olympic Association.

Competing in more than
10 events is not an easy
task, but Dillette has found
a way to master it.

Her most recent achieve-
ment was recorded at the
Central American and
Caribbean Swimming
Champions — with a record
breaking performance in
the 50 metre backstroke.

Not only has Dillette suc-
ceeded on the athletic
scene, but on the academic
level as well. In grade 11,
Dillette had passed seven
Bahamas General Certifi-
cate Secondary Education
(BGCSE) exams.

The former prefect of St
Andrews high school also
played softball for the Hur-
ricanes.

Dillette’s’ success on
many levels has earned her
The Tribune’s junior
female athlete of the year
title.

2) Nivea Smith - The title
of sprinting queen has suc-
cessfully been earned by
young Nivea Smith.

Smith became _ the
youngest member in the
history of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic
Association (BAAA) to
run on the 4x100 metre
relay team.

The focus may have been
on the senior athletes at
the annual BAAA nation-
als, but is was Smith who
rose to the occasion.

Her personal best time at
the meet helped her secure
a spot on both the World
Youth Champions and the
Junior Pan American
games.

At the games, Smith ran
her way into the second
rounds of both the 100m
and 200m. She was just out
of.the medal hunt at the
Carifta games.

3) Annamae Adderley-
Participating in one of the
low key sports in the
Bahamas, Adderley con-
tinues to stroke her way to
the top in golf.

Adderley has played in
tournaments in Barbados,
the Cayman Islands, North
Carolina, Freeport, Wash-
ington, DC, US Virgin
Islands and the Dominican
Republic.

Her spectacular perfor-
mances gave her the edge
over the field for the Sir
Francis and Tommy Good-
man trophies, presented by
the Bahamas Golf Federa-
tion.

She was also ranked
among the top junior
golfers in the Caribbean.

4) Tracey Morrison- Its
all about the arm strength,
young Morrison screams
before stepping onto the
javelin runway.

The javelin and shot put
track and field standout
has the Bahamas national
record in sight.

Following in the foot-
steps of role model Lavern
Eve, Morrison was named
to more than seven Carifta
teams, four junior Pan
American squads and two
Central American and
Caribbean games.

Morrison captured a
bronze medal at the recent
Carifta games in the javelin
and a final round appear-
ance in the shot putt.

5) Philica Kelly- Kelly is
usually seen improving her
game at the CI Gibson
gym, playing with the-guys.
And five US-based colleges

are aiming to recruit the

national team starting
point guard.

She was recently named
the. most valuable player at
the Father Marcian Tour-
nament, leading her team
to their first championship
title.

Kelly is hoping to con-.

tinue on with a winning
streak as the basketball
season continues.’

6) Martyra Turnquest-
Its all in the footwork for
Turnquest, as she takes the
soccer world by storm.

At the age of 15, Turn-
quest has represented the
Bahamas in both the under
20 women and under 17
division.

A student of Tilton
School, Turnquest has
helped her team finish off

an impressive year with a-

8-6 win-loss victory. The
team had two draws.

Soccer is not the only
sport Turnquest has dipped
into for the school, she has
tipped off with basketball
has well.

7) Thela Johnson- On
the diamond, Johnson is
considered one for the
future in the Bahamas.

The versatile softball
player is the starting third
baseman for the Whirlpool
Sharks and the lead pitcher
for the CR Walker
Knights.

On the national level
Johnson has made more
than three teams, the most
recent being at the tourna-
ment held in Columbia.
Johnson was also named
the “female athlete in soft-
ball” at the last Bahamas
Games.



Victory for |
the Wildcats

~ DONOVAN DEAN takes
it to the hole for Sir Jack Hay-
ward Wildcats yesterday, at
the annual CI Gibson Rattlers
Christmas Classic.

The strong move by Dean
was just one of the many tricks
pulled out of the hat by the
Wildcats in their 64-24 tri-
umph over the St Andrew’s
Hurricanes.

(Photo: Felipé Major/
Tribune staff)







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Embracing Ju

@ By PETURA BURROWS

Tribune Feature Writer

unKanoo has long
been considered a
secular cultural
expression and so its
music, which involves
scwrboils, whistles and goatskin
drums, is also considered a reli-

SP PR ELV.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005



blowing in church, a local body
of believers has fully embraced
Junkanoo music.

Membership

For the membership of Cre-
ative Arts Ministries Interna-
tional (CAMI), the use of
Junkanoo is more than a fea-



the sermon.

“It’s part of our praise and

worship and it’s done because
the Bible says, ‘let everything
that hath breath praise the
Lord’. So, that means in every-
thing - using our voices, our
instruments.

“IT believe that here in the

Bahamas, God has given us

The Tri



“And I know that He has.

given us that to praise him
with. So that is why we use the
drums, the horns and the whis-
tles.”

Pastor

Pastor Higgins, who takes
very literally the Bible verse

tured item in the Sunday divine
worship service. It has a regular
place in the worship service,
just as the opening prayer or

gious no-no. While some
churches are still straddling the
fence on whether or not to
accept the latest fad of whistle



‘Forward in

fear, facing the

@ By CLEMENT JOHNSON

Text: Psalm 57:1 - “Be merciful to me,
O God, be merciful to me, for in You my
soul takes refuge; in'the shadow of Your

wings I will take refuge.” done.

But first, all we doi is weep. It’s okay to

BST Matthew? s Players presented a Scott Douglas play titled “Strange Angels”. Pictured is Lawrena Finlayson
“flying into the room as the packed hall enjoys the evening. See full story on Page 2C

Our weeping is joined by the walline of
those family members who will no longer
see mommy, daddy, uncle, children and '
cousin on the banks of. this earth. Many
need to be cared for. Much needs to be

which says to make’a joyful
‘noise unto the Lord, told Tri-
bune Religion that God can
inhabit any praise from,an

some indigenous music which is
Junkanoo,” said Rev Henry
Higgins; pastor of Creative
Arts Ministries.



(Photo courtesy of St Matthew’s Communication Ministry)





faith: facing



“No, Mommy,” said the daughter. “I’m
late because | sat down on the curb with
her and helped her cry.”

At times all of us need someone to weep
with us. I used to hear my mother say,
“when one mother weeps all mothers
should cry with her, because your day will

instrument. It all depends on
the lyrics of the song.

So when it comes to taking
what is considered a secular
form of expression and using
it to create beats for tradition-
al and the not-so traditional
Christian songs, the pastor says
that there is “no issue”
because, in his opinion, God
wants his people to express
themselves through art.

As David was skillful on the
harp, as he danced before the
Lord and was ridiculed by his
wife for doing so, Rev Higgins

and his church members have.

had their naysayers. But the

- mandate of the church, he

feels, is to use the gifts that
God has given the young peo-
ple, and allow them to use
those gifts to the fullest.
“The Bible says to praise the
Lord in the congregation of the

saints, so we praise Him with’

what we have no matter where
we are,” said the pastor.

Side by side with the pastor
is his wife, Dr. Ann Peterson-
Higgins, who is well known for
her contributions to artistic
expression in the Bahamas,
especially on the religious
front. It is by no accident that

the couple met and got mar-
ried, said Rev Higgins, who was -

a member of the Saxons
Junkanoo group when God
saved him.

God must have had a hand
in it, to bring two artistic peo-
ple:together in-such a way, he
added.

His church’s approach to
worship may be a bit unortho-
dox, but Rev Higgins doesn’t
exert energy trying to defend
what God has.called him to do,
nor does he spend time bashing
others for not agreeing with
him. It is simply the way that
they choose to worship, no
debate necessary.

“T understand what they
believe and I don’t get involved
in any confrontations with what

they believe. But I just feel that

God has called us to do differ-




anoo music

ent things. So I just have to be
obedient to what God has
called me to do,” he said.

“TI cannot allow anyone else
who feels something differen
to stop us from doing what
God has called.us to do.”

Rev Higgins and his wife
have extended their Junkanoo
praise outside of the four walls
of the church and formed their

“own Junkanoo group that

made its debut at last year’s

Boxing Day parade. .
According to the pastor, the
group, “Conquerors for

Christ”, is fulfilling a command
of God to go to the people with
the message of Christ as
opposed to waiting for them to
come into the church.

Said Rev Higgins: “We now
seek to come in and take
Junkanoo back. There are peo-
ple who feel like the music is
wrong, but the music is not
wrong. It’s how you use it.

“God has called us to be
problem solvers, and how can

‘ we solve the problem without

going into the festival and set-
ting an example. The church
has complained about the
gyrating and the vulgarity, so
I've got to go there and make a
difference.”

Bottom

The bottom line, said Rev
Higgins, is that he is not con-
cerned so much with the peo-
ple who are-already in the
church. His focus is on the peo-
ple in the world who are in sin.
And to him, Junkanoo is a tool
to reach them and “pull” them
into the Kingdom of God.

“How am I going to reach
them? How am I going to
make a difference to them?
Bahamian people love
Junkanoo. There are only two
things more powerful in this
country than Junkanoo - poli-
tics and the church. We are
using the third most powerful
thing and taking it back for
God.”








AND so we weep. The images of devas-
tation and tragedy as we watched with hor-
ror the scene of Chalks plane in the waters
off Miami compel us to weep. The looks of
amazement and sadness and doubt on the
faces of family members of every age and
color pierce our hearts and so we weep
some more.

Our country is brought to its knees ,

because many of her sons and daughters
have been lost, mothers, fathers, sons,
daughters, grandmothers, grandfathers,
uncles, aunts all killed in one frozen
moment in time. Not only are the fami-
lies, but a nation is engulfed in grief. Our
weeping during this time is one of unity, as

we add our tears to the gallons, already *

shed.

weep. King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:4
says there is a time when it is good to weep.

Reminded

I’m reminded of the little girl who was
late in coming home from her errand to the
grocery store for her mother. When final-
ly she arrived home, her mother ques-
tioned her about her tardiness. The little
girl told how she had seen one of her class-
mates on the way back from the store. The
friend was silting on the curb because she
had dropped a dollar down the sewer
drain.

The mother then asked her daughter,
“So you're late because you helped her
get her dollar back?”

help others cry.

come when you need the comfort and ‘sup-
port of others.

“For a time, we too ‘sit on the curb and
* But only for a time. We
are called to go forward in faith. We, who
are claimed by the Lord Jesus Christ in
baptism, can face the fear of devastation
and its aftermath as well as face the future
with hope and expected joy.”

Going forward in faith is our Christian
response to God’s calling. We can be
others that because

assured and assure

Jesus ts im charge and im control and in
love with us, we have a refuec and sanctu-
ary in the midst of all life’s troubles

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t. Matthew’s Players
presented a Scott
Douglas play titled
“Strange Angels”. .

The Play began with a violin
selection “Angels from the
Realms of Glory” by Grace
Plakaris. The actors were Karl,
a street person, played by Dr
Austin Davis, Joe, an insurance
executive played by Attorney
Kirk Seymour and Marsha, a
“new age” person played by
Norma Ashe.

The town gossipers, Laurena
Finlayson and Carla Smith
made an appearance as
“strange angels”, accompanied
by Aaron Armstrong, Darren
Armstrong and Caitlin Taylor.

The audience was delightful
to hear Kervinque Ferguson, a
young “St. Matthew’s Player”
sing “I need an Angel” by
Rueben Studdard accompanied
by Antoyne Hinsey on the key-
board.

Bottom

Joe, played by Attorney Kirk
Seymour, encountered a
stranger who defies catego-
rization. He may be a mentally
ill bum, or an angel, or both.

This stranger, Karl, played

PAGE 2C, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005

by Dr. Austin Davis, has the
audience roaring with laughter
as he attempts to teach Joe
how to pray like an angel and
convinces him that not only

was he the messenger, but also.

the message.

Joe was reluctant but finally
gave in to Karl's pressure con-
vincing him, that he was indeed
an angel.

Bottom

St. Matthew’s Players have
presented “Mummy the Vir-
gin”, “Night of Sorrow” and

“Bus Stop”. The members are .

all from a Matthew’s Church,
they are; Lawrence Antonio,

Catharine Archer, Norma.

Ashe, Horatio Bannister, Jevon
Butler, Loretta Burrows, Lau-
rena Finlayson, Carvel Fran-
cis, Tiffany Hall, Alric Hep-
burn, Gerrard Hepburn,
Lavaunt Hepburn, Faye John-

son, Dorsey McPhee, Allyson

Mycklewhyte, Jackie Myckle-
whyte, Suzette Pratt, Abby
Smith, Carla Smith and Kirk
Knowles the director, Iris Fin-
layson

Source — St. Matthew’s
Communication Ministry

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~ $t Matthew’s Players
present Scott Douglas play



& DR Austin Davis stands as an angel in “Strange Angles” as the St Matthew’s Players perform at St. Matthew’s Anglican
Church School room. Waiting at the bus stop reading a local Newspaper is Kirk Seymour.

Lessons
of 2005

@ By ALLISON MILLER

THE Holy Scriptures say
that Jesus Christ learned
obedience through the
things that He suffered. At
times we all have that les-

‘son to learn.

As every year comes and
teaches us whatever God
has ordained for us to learn,
one can only hope that the
lesson was accepted the first
time. If not, it will come
around again.

This year has taught me
so much that-I am indeed
amazed. And I thank God

for the lessons because they

have made me a better per-
son, a better woman and
most important, a better

Christian. It would be a

shame if I had learned noth-

ing after all God has
allowed to happened to me.,

One of the lessons that
was so profound for me was
patience. I understand that
nothing happens before its
time and everything hap-
pens in God's time. The
bible says we are not to
judge anything before its
time because God will say

what will be. In the midst of
my circumstance and the |
various situations I faced
this year, I didn't under-
stand everything He allowed

to happen, however, I came
out with something valu-
able.

Much has happened in
2005 and my heart goes out
to those who were affected
negatively and my prayers
are with them. Remember,
whatever bad happens God
can and will turn it into
good. It's how we perceive
events. Regardless of what

: durin



@ ALLISON MILLER

“One of the
lessons that
was so profound
for me was
patience. I
understand that
nothing happens
before its time
and everything
happens in
God’s time.”

= Allison Miller

happens, we must see it
through the eyes of God.
Whatever Satan intends for
bad, God will use. for His
- glory which will be good.
After all that has hap-
pened; The murders, the.
robberies, the traffic fatali-
ties, hurricanes, plane crash-
es and whatever misfortune
has occurred, God has been
there. Some people may
question that, but the bible

a

says that He is-always with
us. He will never leave nor
forsake all who believe in
Him. However, He is not
unmerciful because the
bible says He rains: on the
unjust as he does on the just.

When my colleague and
I heard about the plane
crash in Miami and the
many Bahamians that were
killed - we prayed that in
the middle of this time of
tragic loss and seemingly
endless sadness - that the
family members would stay
strong and know that God
will sustain, comfort and
provide for them.

He is just that kind of
God. My colleague said to
me that in the New Year she
is going to get closer to God
more than she has ever
done in her life, because it is
crystal clear that only what
is done for Christ will last.

That conversation echoed
volumes in my heart. Life is
so fragile - you are here one
minute and gone the next.
That’s why it is so impera-
tive to be ready because we
don’t know when God will
call us home. All you can
do is be ready. But how do
you prepare. yourself, how
do you ready yourself? By
accepting the Lord as you
personal saviour.

So I encourage. all those
who don't: know Jesus
Christ as their‘personal sav-
iour to get to know him ina
personal way. Make Him
head of your life and He will
direct your path.

I heard one preacher say,
as long as there is life there
is hope. And I add to that -
let your hope be in Jesus
Christ in the New Year.



FROM page 1B

King David reminds us of.

this in our text today. In the
Psalm, David not only recog-
nises that life often holds the
dangers of death and destruc-
tion, but whatever the storm,
our one God has mercy on us
and offers us refuge in Him.
David’s words reflect his par-
ticular storm of calamity. King
Saul was pursuing him to kill
him. Today our storm is not so
much death, but of deluge and
drowning, of disease and
despair, of crime and murder,
of devastation and defeat. But
King David would have us
know the God who rescued
him from the storm called Saul
is the same God who will keep
those families safe until their
storm passes by. —
Oh, but let me quickly

remind you of the truly Good

News: We are not left without
help, hope, or healing. Because
we have Jesus and His mercy
we have all-we need to over-
come. It is as St Paul says in II
Corinthians 4:8-9: “We are
hard pressed on every side, but
not crushed; perplexed, but not
in despair; persecuted but not
abandoned; struck down but
not destroyed.” The wounds
Jesus. willingly received show
the depth and determination
He will endure to deliver us
from death.

See, we can go forward in
faith. We can face our fears and
face the future because Jesus
has claimed us as His own and
now goes with us as we contin-
ue life’s journey. His presence
assures us He’s in charge, He’s
in control, and He’s in love
with us.

‘Forward in faith:
facing fear, facing
the future’

Jesus is in charge. The
superlatives He uses in His
Word show this is true.

A superlative is when an
extreme expression is used.
Composition teachers and Eng-
lish professors scold students
for using superlatives, but Jesus
used them freely.

In John 10:10, He says, “I
come to give life and give it
abundantly.” That’s a superla-
tive. In John 15:11, He says, “I
have told you this so that my
joy would be in you and that
your joy would be complete.”
That’s a superlative. And in
John 8:34 and 36, He says,
“Everyone who sins is a slave
to sin ... but if the Son sets you
free, you will be free indeed!”
Again, Jesus uses a superlative.

Disciples

Jesus’ use of superlatives
points to the fact that He’s in
charge. No wonder when He
bids the disciples to do the
great commission He first
establishes His credentials as
leader by saying: “All authori-
ty in heaven and on earth has
been given to Me.”

Jesus is not only in charge,

He’s still in control, even fol-

lowing this tragedy. Jesus can
and does cause changes to
occur even when the crises
seems beyond everyone’s help.
From the wedding at Cana to
His own resurrection from the
dead, Jesus caused changes to
occur which greatly affected
and altered the supposed out-
come.

Jesus is still in control. I
know it is easier said than
done, especially during these
times of great sadness, but in
the midst of death there is life.
We should no blame anyone



or question: whose fault it was,
or who was'sinful or godly, we
must never throw up our hands
in defeat and surrender. But
instead, like Jesus says in John
16:33, “In this world you will
have trouble, but take heart, I
have overcome the world!”
Jesus is in charge and He is still
incontrol. |

' Best of all, Jesus is still in

-love with us. The love Jesus

has is not sappy sentimentality
or empty emotionalism; it is a
depth of compassion and love
that drove Him to sacrifice
Himself on Calvary’s cross for

_the forgiveness of our sins. It is

a love that would not tolerate
His alienation or separation
from us even though we caused
it.

Often in the Gospels we are
told that Jesus had “compas-
sion” for people. The Greek
word “compassion” is “spa lag

? This word doesn’t just
mean a pity or sympathy, but
literally means to feel pathos
from the bowels of one’s being
(we would say “from the center
of one’s gut”). Because “Jesus
is the same yesterday, today,
and forever,” this depth of
compassion Jesus feels for His
people will not change or end.

As we continue to bury our
loved ones, attend funerals ser-
vices and memorial masses, we
will weep. But that’s not all
we'll do. We are a people with
hope and that hope is the Son
of God, Jesus the Saviour. He
is with us so we can go forward
in faith, facing our fears and
the future. He who loved us
enough to die and rise for us is
still in charge, in control, and in
love with us.

Eternal rest grant unto them
o Lord: And may light perpet-
ually shine upon them, Amen.

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McDonald’s complimentary coupon.

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t] By REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD
PALACIOUS

ne day we will see the
Lord, and what a day
that will be. Are you
ready? What if He
te comes today? What
do you think will be your first reac-
tion? Will you fall on your face or just
gaze spell bound at His Glory?
Advent is the perfect time to consider
the prayer posture of prostration.
“O God how wonderful Thou art”
has always been one of my favourite
hymns as long as I can remember,
especially the lines that say, “Pros-
trate before Thy throne to lie and gaze
and gaze on Thee.” Children know
how to adopt this position to watch
insects in the grass or to watch televi-
sion. With chins cupped in open
hands, eyes riveted, their small bodies
are stilled, their whole attention to be







focused on the object of interest.
Whenever I felt the need to unbur-
den my heart, overloaded with some
deep concern, I would lie on the car-
pet in my prayer closet and pray.
Sometimes tears would soak into the

carpet and I would fall into a short |

but peaceful sleep. When it was time
to get up, everything would be in per-
spective, and I felt the assurance that
God had been invited to truly take
control. There is nothing like going
as low as one can go to remember
who is really in charge.

Privacy

To do this in privacy and on a carpet
is one thing, to lie prostrate on the
marble floor of Christ Church Cathe-
dral, Nassau, in the presence of near-
ly one thousand people is quite anoth-
er. With my forehead on my hands, I
could not gaze upward or forward,

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@ REV ANGELA PALACIOUS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005, PAGE 3C

you see the Lord? —



MEDITATION

with my eyes closed I could only look
inward, searching for any hindrance,
praying that it be released permitting
a total infilling, indwelling, overshad-
owing to take place. I wanted to be
filled with the fullness of Christ, to be
flooded in every part with prayer and
praise.

I found out later that because it was
televised a good number of the nation
engaged in spiritual prostration with
me. Persons of all denominations
found themselves before the throne
of grace as well. I had prayed for this
service not to be about me, but about
God working through me, reaching
the hearts of unsuspecting spectators
who were not watching to worship but
merely to witness. Thanks be to God,
many witnessed to others of their call
to worship. Even little ones were cap-





tivated by this position of prostration
and their questions gave opportunity
for testimony. This falling flat on one’s
face is humiliation, especially when it
is imposed by others, in circumstances
that cause us shame; it is humility
when we lower ourselves to fall at
Jesus’ feet. I have learned over the
years that if I.am reluctant to die to
self, deny myself, or make time to
pray during the day, that humiliation
is never far away.

Perhaps this is one of the lessons
that we may once more learn from a
child, how to lower ourselves in our
own estimation, as they find it so easy
to lower themselves to the ground.
Whom the Lord exalts, is truly exalt-
ed, Whom the Lord raises and makes
worthy is surely set free. May we nev-
er forget that “pride goes before a
fall” that getting on a “high horse”
about anything may require us to “eat
humble pie!”

on Hope’

HOPE is a quality too often
associated with emergencies,
or with situations that are all
but hopeless. At the start of
this New Year, there will no
doubt be endless references to
the need to hope, especially
with the murder rate at one or
more than one per day. But
hope belongs at the centre of
life, not at life’s extremity; if is
‘at home where life matters
most, and not only where we
feel at the end of our tether.

A young mother-to-be, for
instance, is full of hope. It’s not
even accurate to say that she
“has” hope. Hope is something
she inhabits. She projects her-
self into a future, which she
trusts, and is prepared to wel-
come her child as a pledge of
that trust.

All visionaries or persons to
whom the race is especially
indebied have lived from a per-
spective of hope. Think of
Mandela, Martin Luther King
Jr, or Ghandi. They were all at
the centre of the most heated
issues of their day. They con-
fronted overwhelming odds,
but they viewed change as pos-
sible, therefore attainable.
They were all icons of hope in
action.

French has two words for
hope (“espoir” and “esper-
ance”); English just one
(“hope”). And the range is
instructive. It means that hope
is either a plurality or some-
thing singular. We have a vari-
ety of “hopes (espoirs)” going
on all the time in our lives: I
hope we have good weather
this weekend: I hope my friend

-turns up: I hope we get tickets
for the show. But, it also makes
sense to say simply, “I have
hope (esperance/hope),” as
opposed to “I give up.”

According to Gabriel Mar-
cel, the French philosopher,
who has written one of the

finest essays on the features
of hope, any or all of my
“hopes” may fail without my
suffering thereby any dimin-
ishment in being. It may rain
cats and dogs on the weekend;
my friends may fail to show,
and [ have to stay indoors.
There are other times when I
am diminished when my hope
fails: a loved one dies after ill-
ness; my child turns out to be
an addict, or my country takes
a turn for the worse in crime. In
these latter instances, what I
hope for matters to me vitally.
J am involved in a way I am
not when I hope simply for
good weather. One may say
that “hopes” becomes “hope”
to the extent of personal
involvement or investment of
my being.

T6 hope by definition is to
have a certain confidence, with-
out which hope cannot be itself.
I must believe that what I hope
for is possible. This is not arro-
gance or cocksureness. If I do
not believe in its possibility, my
hope is just a mask for resigna-
lion, or worse perhaps, despair.

Hope. Marcel insists, is not
optimism. “Tam a prisoner of
hope.” says Cornell West,



& FR HENRY CHARLES»

meaning much the same thing.
“The optimist is one who has a
firm conviction, or in certain
cases just a vague feeling that
things tend to ‘turn out for the

best.’” “When we come down .

to a final analysis, the optimist
always relies upon an experi-
ence which is not drawn from
the most intimate and living
part of himself, but is consid-
ered from a sufficient distance
to allow contradictions to
become fused into a general
harmony.”

“The optimist introduces
himself as a spectator with par-
ticularly keen sight. ‘If your
vision were as keen as mine,
you'd be bound to see, etc,
etc.’”

Optimism

But if hope is not optimism,
neither is it just another expres-
sion for the vitality of a healthy
organism. Experience shows
that hope can survive almost
total collapse or ruin in an
organism. I once visited:a
friend suffering from terminal
cancer, who was nothing but
skin and bone. She was only a
smiling skull, but her smile was
warm.

Hope, however, cannot exist
without the temptation to
despair. Despair means

that one capitulates before a _

situation one judges to be
inevitable. Or one anticipates
repetition of the most dismal
kind. Hope, on the other hand,
involves a certain refusal to
view a negative situation as
final. Consider how often our
major reformers were told:
you're wasting your time; the
system will never change;
human nature is human nature
etc. Give it up.

Hope’s refusal is not a mat-
ter of stubborn will over diffi-
cult circumstance. Hope is
essentially humble, timid even,
and inviolably patient. It knows
that any change that’s worth
striving for takes time. Like
birth or rebirth, change can be

facilitated; it can never be
forced.

Hope involves no guaran-
tee of possession. This, of
course, is hope philosophically
considered. Theological hope
is another matter. Moses, one
must remember, only came

within sight of the promised
land. I work for my children’s
education. I have no guaran-
tee that I will see them gradu-
ate. It does not mean that I set
conditions on contributing.
Unless I am there...

Think of the patriot who
struggles and longs to see his
country free. He may not live
to see its liberation. But to
cease to hope is not an option.
On the contrary, the liberator
carries in his heart, beyond his
own existence, the fulfilment
of his people’s hopes. Imagine
Nelson Mandela on Robben
Island, not expecting to be
freed, and certainly not antici-
pating being President of a lib-
erated South Africa. What
does the form of hope look like
in a life likely to end in a rou-
tine of breaking stones?
Despair would mean going
over to the side of the enemy.
It would mean an act of deep
disloyalty.

Here one touches perhaps
on that remarkable experience
St. Paul described as “hoping
against hope.” Abraham,
already an old man, must
believe he will be the father of
a great nation. This is not hope
for the possible, but what
seems all but impossible.

This is the hope the Bible
canonizes, but it makes sense to
speak of it “naturally,” I also
think. It is the kind of hope
that changes the world, when
things appear set to remain
eternally how they are.

Hope has also to contend
with the experience of eclipse,
ie. the original vision, the one
you started with, isn’t always
there. All big commitments —
to a person, a cause, or an insti-
tution — must reckon with “a
loss of the original vision.”
Original visions always fade.
The issue then becomes: how
do I remain faithful in dark-
ness to a love I once had but no
longer feel? The answer lies
in hope, but to explore this
takes us much further afield.
Hope not a wishy-washy qual-
ity. It demands enormous
courage. Aquinas refers to it
as “an arduous good.” With
another year behind us, anoth-
er year upon us, my wish is that
we commit ourselves to the
“good” of hope for ourselves,
our families, our country...

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Thief Takes Collection
from Altar After
Christmas Eve Mass"

EDISON, NJ (RNS): The
Grinch stole Christmas -- at
least in one Catholic church.
Someone stole close to $8,000

in cash and checks from the.

collection basket at the Church
of the Guardian Angels just
after a crowded Christmas Eve
Mass on Saturday afternoon,
according to police and church
officials.

-- David Schwab and Sue
Epstein

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New York City Warns Jews
About Health Risk of Circum-
cision Ritual

NEW YORK (RNS): A
clash between a religious ritual
and public health concerns has
escalated with a city Health
Department letter warning
Jewish communities about
practicing an aspect of circum-
cision. .

-- Lisa Schneider

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Survey Says Requests for

Food, Shelter Up-in 2005
(RNS) More Americans

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‘And the Word

became flesh and
dwelt at Ground Zero’

lm By REVEREND
RAYMOND NEILLY,
President of the
Bahamas, Turks and
Caicos Islands
Conference of the
Methodist Church in
the Caribbean and ~
the Americas



. (This message was first pre-
sented following the September
11 tragedy)

AND THE WORD
BECAME FLESH AND
DWELT AMONG US.

John 1:14

‘AND THE WORD
BECAME FLESH AND
DWELT AT GROUND
ZERO.’ ,

Dear Friends,

esus is the melodious
voice of God’s love.
In proclaiming the
mystery of the Incar-
nation, the Gospel
according to John declares
“The Word became flesh and
dwelt among us full of grace
and truth.” John 1:14 To these
holy words J humbly and
prayerfully add the following,
“And the Word became flesh
and dwelt at Ground Zero.”
Christmas is to experience
the music of His presence
amidst the discordant sounds
in our inner beings and in our
surroundings created by an off-
-key orchestra of human sin.

Privacy

Ground zero is the name giv-
en to the site of the New York
City World Trade Center
which was destroyed in terror-
ists attacks on September 11,
2001, along with other devas-
tating attacks on the United
States. We now see ground

Pastor Ben Bailey
Program Organizer.
The Prophetic Voice
P. O. Box N-9518

Nassau, Bahamas



zero where the world famous
Nassau Straw Market and
offices of the Ministry of
Tourism, along with other
offices and facilities stood. We
see ground zero where the dev-
astation of hurricane forces
have wrecked destruction and
where an entire island, an
entire country, mourns the loss
of sons and daughters of the
soil.

Privacy

We know that God is at
Ground Zero. Many of us have
had our towers and structures
come crashing down around us
and have had to start to build
from the ground up, using very
sparse resources.

Sometimes, to our amaze-
ment, we have found that there
is a manger at ground zero and
that when we expected to find
darkness, behold a cross of vic-
tory and the glorious light of
the Incarnate Christ shone
upon us in all His grace and
truth, lifting us to new dimen-
sions, even at ground zero. We
have found that the “barrel of
meal” went amazingly far and
that the oil did not finish when
we expected it to do so.

Many of us who preach the
Word were inspired to know:
that no matter what the pre-
dictions of economic gloom
were inthe forecast from the
experts, ground zero would
bring surprise blessings to the
Bahamas, and we have pro-
claimed this message. The
music of His presence resounds
at ground zero for His music
will not be destroyed by the
Herods who impose terror.
That music resounds through-
out the Bahamas, in spite of
the economic situation.

Christmas is the music of
God’s eternal presence coming
to ground zero. His love was
manifested at ground zero as









REV RAYMOND NEILLY

the Son of God was born in a
lowly manger. At Christmas we
sing, “While shepherds
watched their flock by night,
all seated on the ground.” At
ground zero, the shepherds
heard the melody which was
not heard by any others that
night, even though it was sung
by a multitude of the heavenly
host. The glorious visions of St
John the Divine speak about
the music of the myriad of the
heavenly hosts. We believe that
the proclamation of the Incar-
nation would also be attended

_with the music of heaven.

Christ’s appeal to us this
Christmas is “You must be

Jesus Christ: The Suffering Servant
Scripture Text: Old Testament Psalm 15:1-5

Thomas Guthrie wrote concerning ‘Step by Step,’ “It is not with a rush
and a spring that we are to reach Christ’s character, and attain to perfect
saintship; but step by step, foot by foot, hand over hand, we are slowly
and often painfully to mount the ladder that rests on earth and rises to
heaven.”

| The Apostle Paul made two critical statements eoneeining Jesus at
Philippians 3:10 worth remembering:

That | may know Him and the Power of His Resurrection;
That | may know Him and the Fellawship of His Sufferings.

Hear this simple truth, which the Holy Spirit allowed the Apostle Paul to
lay upon our mind in ‘this passage of scripture: The only way to know
Jesus in the Power of His Resurrection; is to also know him in the Fellowship
of His Sufferings. Jesus could not -be resurrected, until after He died, and
His Death was brought about as a result of His Suffering. That is the
reason why Jesus is referred to by scholars as, “The Suffering Servant.”
The suffering of Christ Jesus was so great that when He saw the magnitude

of that suffering « as a Man in the garden of Gethsemane, He asked his Father three times, “Take this
cup away from me.” How interesting, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Concerning this thing | pleaded with
the Lord three times that it might depart from me. He said to me, My Grace is sufficient for you, for
My Strength i is made perfect in weakness.”

Mark 14:32-36 records this weakness, “He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to
be troubled and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, My Soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to
death. Stay here and watch. He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were
possible, the hour might pass from Him. He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take
this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what | Will, but what You Will.”

The following passage at Luke 22:43-44 helps us to understand the magnitude of what Jesus suffered
as a Man, and continues the garden story, “Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening
Him: And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His Sweat became like great drops of blood
falling down to the ground.” Mark 15:33-34 “Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness
over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,
Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is translated, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

God’s Righteous Character as Judge Revealed: Numbers 21:4-9 “The. people became very
discouraged on the way; and spoke against God and Moses: So the Lord sent fiery serpents, and they
bit the people; and many died. The people repented of their sin. Moses prayed and the Lord said to
Moses, make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall
live. Explanation: The Bronze Serpent placed on the pole by Moses after the Israelites were punished
by poisonous snakes; represented God’s Judgment of their acknowledged sin when they murmured
and complained against God and Moses. Looking upon the Bronze Serpent placed on the pole drove
home the point that God punishes our sin; but once we acknowledge our sin, repentance displays a
change of heart, and affords the repentant sinner Divine Forgiveness, Restoration, and Protection. ’

Here is the question that goes unanswered: Why did Jesus endure such a great suffering?

In the Book of Hebrews 12:1-2, Paul in his exhortation to Hebrew believers, answered this question
when he wrote, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us
lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the
race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy
that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right
hand of the Throne of God.”

Jesus on the cross also represented God’s Judgment of the sin of mankind; our looking to the Christ
on the cross reminds us that God punishes our sin, but once we acknowledge our sin, repentance
displays a change of heart, and affords the repentant sinner Divine Forgiveness, Restoration, and
Protection in the same manner. The end result is we are connected to God Our Father, and receive
in Christ Jesus, wonderful benefits.

The conclusion of the whole matter: God helps us to overcome every temptation, and challenge.

born again” John 3:7. It is my
prayer that we will have not
the usual array of holiday activ-
ities, which are merely season-
al, and are stamped with the
sameness and the typical hum-
drum, but that we will have a
dynamic Christmas and New
Year. May the joy of the Incar-





nate Christ fill our hearts and
our homes this holiday season.
May that joy take us into the
New Year and fill us with
peace till travelling days are
done.

At ground zero, experienc-
ing His blessings as individu-
als and a country, we sing”

Enter, then, O Christ most
holy;

Make a Christmas in my
heart;

In II Corinthians 4, St Paul

, points. out that as Christians

“we are troubled on every side,
yet not distressed” we are
knocked down, but not
knocked out. Yes, friends, this
is Christmas, God in every sit-
uation, most assuredly God.

Privacy

Much has taken place in the
world since Christmas 2001.
Intense hurricane seasons have
been our experience, and the
recent tragedy of the downed
Chalks airplane which left
Bimini and all of the Bahamas
in shock and sadness. There
has been a baptism in fire for
some persons.

We give thanks to God that
the faith of many has been
strengthened. In the midst of
it all and through it all, God

has blessed'the Bahamas

tremendously and we give Him
the glory. .

I was inspired when I made
pastoral visits‘ to the Grand
Bahama circuit after the hurri-
canes of 2004 and Hurricane

Wilma in 2005. In particular, I

recall the bright spirits of the
students and staff at St Paul’s
Methodist College which had
been damaged and the fervent
worship of the congregation at
St Andrew’s Methodist
Church, Hawksbill as they wor-
shipped in the hall after Hurri-
cane Jeanne and Hurricane

Frances damaged the sanctu-
ary.

. Privacy

Instruments of music and the -

hearts and the voices of the
people proclaimed God,
assuredly God. The eternal
presence of the Incarnate God
has not changed. His power of
Love has not been diluted and

the beauty of His glory still

sparkles for those whose eyes
and hearts are attuned to see
and to hear the things of heav-
en. His crystal fountain is open
to all.

I pray that this Christmas we
will remember God. That at

the ground zero of our lives we °

will not be so busy keeping up.
‘with creating our own Christ"

mases by providing the ultra-
modern in our homes that we
do not have the awareness that
our homes are becoming post-

‘Christian.

In our homes, may the mes: ,

sage be God, most assuredly.

God. Let us proclaim our faith
to. the world,.that.in .the
Bahamas, we might have'been
knocked down, but we have
not been knocked out and it is
all of God, most assuredly,
God.











meee SANE NOREEN
Lemos



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"The Book of Daniel" is
scheduled to premiere on
January 6, and even
before the public sees it,
the American Family
Association is complain-
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The main character,
Daniel Webster, "is a
drug-addicted Episcopal
priest whose wife depends
heavily on her mid-day
martinis," the AFA said
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or the sixth con- |
secutive year, the
young people of
the New Provi-
dence District
Youth Department of the
Bahamas Baptist Union held
its annual awards banquet.
Under the theme “Women
of Virtue, Worthy of Praise”,
five outstanding women of God
were recognised for their
invaluable contributions to the
work of the Bahamas Baptist
Union of Churches. Elder
Miriam Roker of Mt Carey
Union Baptist Church, Sisters
Christine Francis, Dorothy
Laing and Vera Curtis from
Salem Union Baptist Church,
along with Reverend Rachael
Ferguson of the First Baptist
Union Church, all received the
red carpet treatment at the gala
awards banquet, which was
held in the Commonwealth
Room of the Nassau Beach

Hotel.
Highly

Superintendent of the
Bahamas Baptist Union of
Churches, Rev Dr Charles
Saunders, spoke very highly of
the honorees, as he gave his
remarks. According to Dr
Saunders, the accolades given
to them were all done for the
honor and glory of God, as
they had all labored, and made
their presence felt within both
their local churches and the
Bahamas Baptist Union.

He gave high remarks to the
young people for their success
in hosting such as auspicious
event, and personally congrat-
ulated each of the honorees.
He also made special mention
of Dr Majorie Francis, first lady
of the First Baptist Union who
was present, for her dedication
and commitment to the work
of God.

Elder Roker received the
Daniel Wilshire lifetime

achievement award, the Long
and Dedicated Service award
was given to Sister Curtis, Rev-
erend Ferguson.was presented
with the L D Cox Long Ser-
. vice award, Sister Francis was

given the C W Saunders Dedi-
cated Service award, and Sister
Laing was presented with the
Distinguished Award for her
service in the church and com-
munity.



Pastor: ‘I think

African American
Christians must
recognise that -

Kwanzaa is not a

or reaffirmation of
one’s ancestry’

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ern Baptist pastor and Southern Baptist seminary professor
are opting instead to celebrate their Christian faith.



Kwanzaa's celebration of African American culture

should not take precedence over the traditional observance
of Christmas, the two men said. "I think African American
Christians must recognise that Kwanzaa is not a simple
appreciation or reaffirmation of one's ancestry," said Eric
Redmon, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Temple
Hills, MD. The concept of self-worth based on one's ances-
try is inherent in the system of Kwanzaa, and perhaps can
reflect "the majesty of the image of God in all people,"
Redmon said. But he noted that Kwanzaa overlooks the
depravity that can arise within any human culture.

Kwanzaa was founded in 1966 by a black activist, Ron
Karenga, as a December 26-January 1 celebration of
African-American heritage. Timed to serve as an alternative
to the commercialism of Christmas, Kwanzaa was based
on various elements of the first harvest celebrations widely
observed in Africa.

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according to a 2004 survey conducted by the National Retail
Foundation. The name Kwanzaa is derived from a Swahili
phrase meaning "first fruits." The seven letters in the word
Kwanzaa correspond to seven principles on which the obser-
vance is based: Unity, self-determination, collective work
and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, cre-
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‘Women of Virtuc,
Worthy of Praise’

Although it was a night of
excitement and laughter, it was
also a bittersweet occasion. Sis-
ter Laing was not in attendance
due to the recent passing of her
husband, and Sister Vera Cur-
tis, one of the recipients, had
only died just that morning.

Various

Young people from various
churches within the New Prov-
idence District Convention of



Churches were also lauded for
their outstanding work

throughout the course of the °

year. Charmaine Munroe of
South Beach Baptist Church,
was chosen as the female youth
of the yéar and also junior offi-
cer of the year, while Alexion
Rolle of New Bethany Baptist
Church, was voted as most out-
standing male of the year.
Also included during the

awards ceremony were excit-’

ing door prizes and prizes for



best-dressed persons. Comp-
troller of Traffic Jack Thomp-
son was master of ceremony
for the night. Renowned Evan-
gelist Emily Austin-Williams
thrilled the audience with

.splendid renditions that includ-

ed “Still I Rise”, and young
Sheneka Musgrove ministered

in dance.
Staff

It was hats off to the staff of

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@ SHENEKA Musgrove gives her tribute to the honorees in dancing, at the New Providence District youth department 6th Annual Awards gala banquet: '

; wowed
(Photos: Crystal Rolle)

the Nassau. Beach Hotel for a
great reception, and to all who
attended. a

After all the accolades were
given to the deserving recipi-
ents and vote of thanks by
Jonathan Rolle, president of
the New Providence District
Youth Department, the young
people continued the celebra-
tion by dancing the night away.



lH RENOWNED Evangelist Emily Austin-Williams getting her audience involved with her thrilling rendition of “Still | Rise” at
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| By: Pastor Kenneth H.B. Adderley

THE POWER OF STEWARDSHIP Part 4

Read: Read 11 Kings 4:2; Exodus 4:2-4;
1 Peter 4:7-11; Luke 16:10-13

My brothers and sisters, it is ashamed that so many
Christians didn’t give God the tithe and offering that
belongs to Him. We come to Church week after week



and know we have a responsible to God and don’t |
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don’t fulfill your responsibility.

WHAT IS THE TITHE?

It is a tenth of your prcauce: earning for the support
of the local church.

Read Deuteronomy 14:27-29 7 a By God Ae
It is the gateway for the believer into the Covenant ve ‘ a
Blessing. The Tithe is a tent of our income that we Tape ae useless 8 Pc exele
give to God, which enables Him to move on our behalf | oo
in the area of blessings. God owns everything and we
are simply stewards of what we have Been entrusted : :

>. withs Tithing is one ‘of God’s Principles: - 5 SHEL iin: ‘The Sourc $5.00.

“He gives unto us; we give back to Him, one-tenth ‘i | : ! al uae pt ato . ee
all that He has blessed us with.” Tithing is God’s way | WOE
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3. The Tithe is Holy to the Lord: Leviticus 27:30-33
4. We rob God when we withhold Tithe:

Malachi 3:8-12

Tithing is getting money to you, instead of from you.
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Allegations of
more chaos at NIA

THE radar failure at Nassau
International Airport was only
the tip of the iceberg over the
Christmas weekend, as, accord-
ing to informed sources, the
facility was further plunged into

chaos by two. more serious

problems.

-It was claimed that in addi-
tion to incidents of radar mal-
function, which left more than
2,000 travellers stranded, there
was also a severe fuel shortage
which left airline officials scram-
bling to purchase fuel wherever
they could find it. Observers of
how the aircraft were being
handled were of the opinion
that industrial unrest among
ground staff and air traffic con-

‘ trollers could also have been a
part of the problem.
Further reports alleged that
despite the fact that the Christ-
mas season is one of the busiest

times of the year for Nassau

International Airport (NIA),
the airport was working on only
a backup radar system, as the
primary system went down on
December 15.

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, however, Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of

Tourism Archie Nairn said he .

was not aware that NIA might
. have been operating on a back-
up radar system, nor had he
heard of a fuel shortage at the
airport during the holidays.
When asked if he had heard
about any industrial action
being taken that added to the
confusion at NIA, Mr Nairn
said he had not been informed
about any such incidents.
Joseph Albury, deputy direc-
tor of Air Traffic Services, yes-

terday denied all allegations
that any industrial action had
been taken by airport employ-
ees.

He explained that all air traf-
fic controllers and ground crew
worked together to minimise
the delay of flights departing
and arriving at NIA during the
radar failure.

“We had no radar, and had to
resort to slower non-radar pro-
cedures. It puts restrictions on
us as to how fast we let planes
land because we first have to
verify exactly the position of
one plane to another. It takes a
lot longer. But there was no
industrial action, everyone
worked together,” he said.

NIA’s radar reportedly began -

malfunctioning on Friday and
continued to experience glitch-
es throughout the Christmas
holidays.

Mr Albury told The Tribune
that the bearing of the radar’s

antenna had broken, and need-

ed to be replaced.

“That’s why the radar had to
be shut down on Tuesday after-
noon, so that that part could be
replaced. Now everything is
working fine,” he said.

Officials at the Airline Oper-
ations Committee (AOC) said
on Tuesday that the radar fail-
ure had a disastrous effect on
every flight coming in and out
of the airport.

AOC said that the domino
effect of the failed radar may
have affected eight to ten thou-
sand people, and may consti-
tute the single biggest problem
ever experienced by the airport.

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Bimini remembers Chalk’s flight 101 victims





ai A WOMAN bows her head during the Memorial Service for victims of last
nee Chalk’s flight 101 plane crash, yesterday at Bayfront Park in Bimini



i MINISTER of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell

heal a a ae

e SEE PAGE THREE
(BIS Photo: Tim Aylen)



Mitchell: Bahamas will
avoid regional disputes

@ By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

WITH the Bahamas open-
ing embassies in two com-
munist countries — includ-
ing one engaged in an “ideo-
logical fight” with America
— Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell warned that
diplomacy will be needed
more than ever in the coming
year.

Mr Mitchell said that in
2006, the Bahamas will pur-
sue a “practical” foreign pol-

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icy and will avoid regional

disputes.

“We do not, and will not,
engage in any high-profile
fights amongst neighbours,
which are simply none of our
business. At the same time,
the art of our diplomacy is
to wade through these
treacherous and difficult ide-
ological and geographical
waters. Our skills will be
required more than ever in
2006,” he said.

Addressing his ministry’s

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Three of men.
killed in South
Caicos plane
crash were
Bahamian-born

By TIFFANYGRANT =
Tribune Staff Reporter

THREE of the men who died
in the plane crash in South
Caicos were Bahamian-barn.

Inspector Hilda Whittaker,
press liaison officer of the Roy-
al Turks and Caicos Islands
police, confirmed yesterday that
Paul Cartwright, Cleverson
Forbes and Carson Hoyte Gar-
land, the pilot, who perished in
Monday’s crash, were Bahami-
an born.

Robert Cox, the fourth vic-
tim, was reportedly a native of
the Turks and Caicos Islands,
and lived in South Caicos. .

- A Piper Aztek 23 aircraft
with’ all men on board was en
route to Providenciales when it
crashed.

The Tribune spoke with
grieving family members yes-
terday.

SEE page 11

The Bahamas’
GDP-to-debt
ratio on track
to decrease

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

THE Bahamas may see a
reduction of its Gross Domestic
Product to debt ratio in 2006 if
the country’s revenue contin-
ues to increase, Minister of
State for Finance James Smith
told The Tribune yesterday.

The GDP-to-debt ratio is a
measure of government’s debt
compared to what it earns in
terms of revenue.

By comparing what a coun-
try owes and what it produces,
the GDP-to-debt ratio indicates
the country's ability to pay its
debt. -

The higher the debt-to-GDP
ratio, the less likely the coun-
try will pay its debt back, and
the higher its risk of default.

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claim about ‘investigation’ |

THE Ministry of National
Security has denied claims pub-
lished in a Bahamas newspaper
that British police are to
“reopen” a 2002 accident in

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which a London toddler was
killed. .

Yesterday, The, Nassau
Guardian reported a story from
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Two-year-old Paul Gallagher
died in August 2002 after he
was hit by.a boat which mount-
ed the beach near the Atlantis
resort. The toddler was taken

to Doctors Hospital but lat-
er died from severe head
injuries.

Since then his parents,
Paul and Andrea Gallagher,
have campaigned for a pros-
ecution against the firm
which owned the boat. Two
Metropolitan Police officers
are expected to fly to the
Bahamas in the next month.

However, the ministry has
denied that there is to be a
new investigation, and yes-
terday claimed in a statement
that “the matter was intense-
ly. investigated by the
Bahamian police”. -

The statement added:
“The attorney general of the
Bahamas communicated to
the British government that
the Bahamas government
would welcome British police

‘to review the files on the case

along with the Bahamian
police.

“Any observations made
by the British police would
be duly considered in light

-of the existing findings of the

Bahamian police. The attor-
ney general has agreed that
any new findings would be
further considered by the
director of public prosecu-
tions. ”

The statement added that
British police do not have
jurisdiction to reopen any
investigation in the Bahamas,
and that the review is being
allowed “in the interest of
comity”.

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African
American
advice for
Caribbean

THE publisher of the New
York-based Amsterdam News
has called on Caribbean tourism
officials to focus on attracting
African American visitors.

Elinor Tatum said marketing
should be geared to capture this
flourishing market.

Speaking at the seventh
Caribbean Media Exchange on
Sustainable Tourism (CMEx)
in Nassau, Tatum said 38.3 mil-
lion African Americans in the
United States spend $679 bil-
lion annually.

"Yet when you look at the
black press there is little to no
advertising geared to them for
travel to either the Caribbean,
Latin America, Europe or
Africa," said Tatum.

"There are over 200. Black
newspapers across the United
States and they are greatly
untapped when it comes to
actually reaching out with dol-
lars," she said.

Basil Smith, senior director
of communications with the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism,
said the Internet is now absorb-
ing marketing resources, and
excluding magazines and other
print mediums.

"For the smaller publications,
we would have to be satisfied
there is a specific target in that.
community that we can go after
with (a specific) promotion," he.
said.

Honduras
becoming
‘model for
tourism’

HONDURAS is set to
become a mode] for environ-
mental tourism, according to
the head of an international
development agency.

Lelei LeLaulu, president of
Counterpart International, said
the way in which this Central
American country enhances the
environment while creating
wealth for the poorer sectors of
society is so comprehensive it
will be replicated in other coun-
tries.

Speaking to the Central Amer-
ican Conference on Sustainable
Development and Tourism,
LeLaulu said the Scientific, Aca-
demic, Volunteer and Educa-
tional (SAVE) project designed
to grow tourism revenues while
conserving the country's envi-
ronmental, cultural and archeo-
logical heritage also creates
wealth for rural communities.

Adopted by the Honduran
government as part of its
national development planning,
the SAVE project is already
being carefully studied by other
countries as a way of ensuring

_ their. entry-into tourism, the

world's most important indus-
try, is done in a manner which
enhances the well-being of their
people and the protection of
their natural resources as well as
the revival of their culture, said
LeLaulu. ‘
The SAVE initiative was
launched in 2004 at the Organi-
sation of American States'
Washington, DC, headquarters
by President Ricardo Maduro
of Honduras with Counterpart
International, the National Geo-
graphical Society and George
Washington University.

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“LOCAL NEWS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005, PAGE 3



nore "Tears in Bimini for the dead

Jail term
for stealing
supplies
from church

A 38-YEAR-OLD man was
sentenced to two and a half
years in prison after pleading
guilty to breaking into and steal-
ing from a church.

Court dockets alleged that on
Tuesday, December 20 Bran-
don Kerr broke into the Wesley
Methodist Church on Baillou
Hill Road and Chapel Street.

He was found guilty of steal-
ing over $200 in desk supplies
from the church.

Magistrate Marilyn Meers
ordered that he serve an 18-
month prison sentence for
breaking and entering and a
one-year sentence for stealing.

Pair to face
extortion
charges

TWO men are expected to
be arraigned in court today on
extortion charges.

In is alleged that while false-
ly pretending to be police offi-
cers, the two extorted cash from
two men by threatening them.

The offence allegedly took
place on Thursday, December
22.

Christmas
crime down
on previous

years

THE level of crime this holi-
day season appears to be slight-
ly lower than in previous years,
according to Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Reginald
Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson, who is the offi-
cer with responsibility for crime,
said this difference is particu-
larly marked in terms of seri-
ous, “high profile” offences.

“We had some incidents,
along with the usual string of
disturbances _ persons drink-
ing, carousing, etc — and even
at that, things didn’t seem too
bad,” Mr Ferguson said.

“I haven’t sat down and real-
ly made a comparison, but just
from what I know, the whole
period has been pretty much
under control,” he said.

“We had some armed rob-
beries, some attempts over the
past week. We have had per-
sons complaining about shoot-
ing incidents, but thankfully no
homicides during that period,”
he said.

Junkanoo

‘passes

without
incident

ASSISTANT Commissioner
of Police Reginald Ferguson
noted that the Boxing Day
junkanoo parade went off with-
out any major disturbances.

This, he said, was the result of
several proactive measures
undertaken by the police in the
run-up to the parade.

Woman to be
deported for
marijuana

‘possession

A FLORIDA woman who
came to the Bahamas to spend
Christmas with her grandchil-
dren will be deported for mari-
juana possession, a judge ruled
Wednesday, according to Asso-

' ciated Press.

Mary Brushe, 50, of Mel-
bourne, Florida, pleaded guilty
on Wednesday to having three

' grams of marijuana. A magis-

trate judge fined her $500 and
ordered her deported.
Police arrested Brushe in the

' parking lot of a local shopping
- mall on Christmas Eve. They
, thought she was behaving sus-
‘ piciously and found the drugs
‘ in her purse after a search,
: police said.

Brushe will be deported
Thursday and has been placed
on a list of people never to be
allowed back into the country.

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Tribune Staff Reporter

ALICE Town — The coun-
try paused and the tiny island
of Bimini came to a complete
standstill yesterday as the vic-
tims of Chalk’s flight 101 were
remembered.

Clergymen, politicians, fam-
ily and friends all gathered at
the Bayfront Park for a spe-
cial prayer and memorial ser-
vice. Hundreds were in atten-
dance.

Prime Minister Perry
Christie led the nation in
mourning, promising family
members that they will not
grieve alone.

“The entire nation stands
with you in your time of grief,”
he said.

“You may be. knocked
down, but God can pick you
up,” he said. “The Lord never
gives you more than you can
bear, the nation offers you up
in its prayers.”

Mr Christie told family
members that this is the time
to be strong.

“You have to be strong for
the little ones who are left
behind,” he said.

Bimini MP Obie Wilch-
combe said words cannot
quantify the loss felt by
Biminites.

“Two sisters who were
friends ’til the end are gone, a
husband, wife and child and
their aunt are gone. A wife fly-
ing home for her first anniver-
sary and her child are gone, a
woman who lifted up the name
of God is gone and a grandfa-
ther and his grandson are gone.

A woman who made Bimini
her home is gone,” he said.

Mr Wilchcombe said every
family on the island has been
affected and every Bahamian
has been touched.

Also speaking at the cere-
mony was MP for North
Eleuthera Alvin Smith, who
brought condolences on behalf
of the Free National Move-
ment.

“When a Biminite is hurt,
the nation is hurt,” he said. Mr
Smith said that while he did
not know any of the victims
personally, he can identify with
the loss feit by loved ones, as
his father was killed in an acci-
dent several years ago during
the holiday season.

“Tt is what you least expect,”
he said. “It is the most diffi-



cult test of your life.”

As the names of the victims
were read slowly, families wept
— some softly, others loudly —
but all were in obvious distress.

Eight Americans, including
several Florida residents, were
also killed in the crash.

The Hialeah community was
represented at the service by
its Mayor Raul Martinez and
US Congressman Kendrick
Meek. -

Mr Meek said that Florida
joins the Bahamas in its grief.
A memorial service was
expected to take place in Flori-
da last night.

“We want to let you know,
we appreciate you. We are left
to suffer, but they are in the
land of milk and honey,” Con-
gressman Meek said.

â„¢@ PRIME Minister Perry Christie and members of the Cabinet
listen during the Memorial Service for relatives and family
members of victims from Chalk’s flight 101 at Bayfront Park in

Bimini on Wednesday

(BIS Photo: Tim Aylen)

Foul play not suspected in
the death of Sean Hanna

POLICE said that foul play
is not suspected in the death of
Sean Hanna, son of former
deputy prime minister A D
Hanna.

Further information on the
probable cause of death has
yet to be released.

The 45-year-old bachelor
was found dead in his bed-
room at his parents South
Beach home on Christmas
Day.

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source, he was found lying in a
“doubled up” position.

Mr Hanna was described as

“a highly intelligent and very
cultured person.”

He was the fourth child out
of five and was an expert on
classical music and a keen
observer of local political
affairs. ,

A friend told The Tribune:
“His death has shaken every-

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He said that the families will
face continued difficulty as they
face funerals and burials in the
upcoming days.

“But joy will come in the
morning,” he said. Mr Meek
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AFTER A weekend of chaos at Nassau
International Airport — 32 flights cancelled
with more than 2,000 stranded travellers —
civil servants in their uptown airconditioned
offices either knew nothing of the depth of
the problem, or were not talking to the press.

There was total silence from the Cabinet
Office yesterday, while Prime Minister
Christie attended a memorial service in Bimi-
ni for the crash victims of Chalks Airline.

Meantime concerned members of the
Airline Operators Committee, having heard
nothing up to late yesterday from any gov-
ernment official, have scheduled a meet-
ing with hoteliers to see how together they
can protect their passengers from the hard-
ships and inconveniences of Nassau Inter-
national.

Several airline operators were “complete-
ly puzzled” that no government official had
made any attempt to find out what had hap-
pened at the airport and the fall-out, that it
was having on the industry.

One observer of government’s apparent
indifference suggested that “either they don’t
care, are too embarrassed or are just disor-
ganised. "

Persons observing the weekend confusion
were Satisfied that there was more afoot than
a malfunctioning radar system. We were told
that job unrest was apparent, in addition to a
major fuel problem.

Fuel, which is usually pumped from
Clifton to the fuel farm at the airport, where
it is then pumped through the hydrant system
to refuel aircraft, was not functioning. Large
fuel-trucks from Texaco, Esso and Shell were

running shuttles to and from Clifton to bring ~

fuel into “the farm” for the hydrant. Despite
this, fuel was in short supply.

Yet when a fuel company executive was
asked yesterday for a reason for the lack of
supplies, he feigned ignorance of the prob-
lem.

No one will answer the question: Why was
fuel not being pumped from Clifton to the
airport as usual?

As far as information about what went
wrong on Monday and Tuesday and an
explanation of why more effort was not made
to assist passengers, the airport was in com-
plete lock-down — no one was talking to
the press.

Virgin Atlantic’s large jumbo, which land-
ed from London on Monday with about 400

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passengers, took five hours to find enough
fuel for the return trip to London. When the
airport ran out, it had to purchase fuel from
MillionAir and Executive Flight Services.
It was only when Virgin’s captain —
whose flight time was running out — threat-
ened to cancel his flight that the Tower
cleared the way. for him to taxi his jumbo
out to the runway and head for London. It
was only then that a Bahamasair aircraft was
towed from behind the jumbo to clear the
way. Even so the operation took another 45
minutes. Radar, as one observer pointed out,
was not needed for better management of the

' gates and taxiways.

The observer said there was plenty of
room for aircraft to push off from the gates
and taxi to the taxiways to keep aircraft mov-
ing. However, the tower was not allowing
many of them to push off to make room for
others.
are not doing a good job, or they are doing it
on purpose,” said the observer. Those watch-
ing the slow manoeuvres were satisfied that
industrial unrest was part of the problem.

Lack of restaurants, and good eating
places is a perennial complaint at the air-

' port.
When the radar went down early Monday '

morning, stranded passengers started to line
up outside the airport’s sole eatery.

Before the day was out, the restaurant had,
run out of food and beverages. Passengers’

complained that not only was there nothing
to eat, but there was no information. All
they knew was what they could overhear
being whispered between staff at the various
airport counters. Frustration, panic and anger
started to build.

At a press conference Tuesday members of
the Airline Operators Committee (AOC)
said that what made the situation even worse
was that they heard nothing from the Airport
Authority or the Department of Civil Avia-
tion. In fact, they said, there was a complete
lack of communication between the airlines
and officials.

On Monday, when the situation continued
to deteriorate and no leader was present to
take charge, we asked where Prime Minister
Christie was, only to be told that he was at
junkanoo, but was being “kept informed.”

We can only conclude that this is a gov-
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IN the mad scramble to win
at all cost, the members of the
two major political parties do
not stop to ask the three impor-
tant questions: What is the
underlying principle/s of my
party, how is this captured in
the policies of my party, and are
there programmes flowing from
these policies which put into
practice the policies? Do I want
a country?

Party members have followed
blindly for too long. They have
allowed themselves to be sub-
merged in cults of personality,
focusing on “shuffles” and “pit
bulls”. This is meaningless.
Instead one should ask the
important question: What is the
philosophy of my party? Where
will it take me as a person and
indirectly our nation as a whole?

It is time to wake up and real-
ize that citizens of a 32-years-old
independent country need to
act on careful thought and for
clear reasons. You do need a
real country.

Looking at the governing par-
ty it is immediately clear that
this party feels that once it cre-
ates jobs of a largely lower class
nature it will win. It does not
matter to that party that in the
process it is selling the country
out lock stock and barrel to
“investors”. Bahamian land,
roads, beaches, indeed our very
souls are being sold for, thirty
pieces of silver in the “attract
investors at all cost” policy.

Why not lease our land, instead ©

of selling it?

The current policy is sure to
produce a larger:tourist planta-
tion and in the process a few
very rich “all for me families”.

| The rest of the Bahamian public...
., will become a mass of lower class’
tourist’ plantation workers. We’:

will be completely dependent on
the tourist drawn foreign
investor, and the crumbs that fall
from the table of the rich “all
for me baby” family oligarchy. A
sure formula for class warfare!
The major opposition party
has recently all but killed off its
future in a blind scramble for
an unlikely victory in the next
election. A mythical and highly
artificial wave was manufac-
tured, to bring back a spent
leader to dupe. the overly opti-

mistic party base into a false |

sense of hope. This party cur-

rently has no apparent philoso-.’

phy, no declared policies, no
programmes. It is not clear
where the said leader went in

P the first place, where he is back

from. It is certainly shrouded in
mystery where he is going.

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leader spoke constantly of his
vision for the Bahamas before
he was unwisely removed, the
mythical “people’s choice”
leader remains mute. His only
apparent programme is the
annihilation of all of the young
leaders’ key supporters! This is
no surprise, given the machi-
avellian method of his return.

It is therefore more than like-
ly that he will go down in defeat
in the next election!

In any event this so-called
“people’s choice” leader can-
not tackle our major immigra-
tion problem without alienat-
ing his own constituency base!
He is useless!

In this scenario of very limit-

ed choices the plantation archi- .

tects are likely to win the next
election, and the leader who
says he is “back” will likely
return to wherever he was.

What then for his party in
particular and the country in
general! There is urgent need
for an alternative to all this
chaos! The country must always
have real choices.

The Nationalist is-confident
that the thinking persons in
these two political parties who
are concerned for this nation’s
present, and its future, will not
remain idle.

They know that silence in
fact gives consent and legitima-
cy to this sorry state of affairs.
They cannot but agree with the
Nationalist that: A country
belongs to its people, and its
government should seek to pro-
duce ‘an’ énvironment' ini which



all'its people can réach their’

maximum ‘potential. They can
live with the motto: “The
Bahamas for Bahamians.”

The Nationalist asks them
this question: What then is your
current party’s philosophy, its
policies, and its programmes?
Are they producing a Bahamas
for Bahamians?

Make no mistake, when the’

Nationalist says “Bahamians”,
no distinction is made between
black and white, or any colour
person. Nor is there any differ-
ence between a’ so-called

“paper” and a born Bahamian.

Bahamians are Bahamians!

Is your party producing a:

Bahamas for investors, or immi-
grants, or Caribbean citizens?

Isn’t it time your party pro-

duced a Bahamas for: you?
The Nationalist is of the
unshakeable view that no cur-







rent major political party in this
country passes the test. Either
there is no philosophy or a very
flawed one.

It is time for a new political
entity, drawn from our true sons
and daughters from all camps. If
we fail to do this now, the fate
of this country is a dim one!

Are you content to do nothing,
and slide into being a third class
citizens in a touristic plantation,
dependant for the very food we
eat on imports? Will you accept
being cut off from large areas of
this island New Providence while
investors turn more of it into’a
touristic plantation?

Should the plantation archi-
tects be allowed to play big shot,
and line us up with the commu-
nist/socialist camp of Cuba,
Venezuela and radical elements
ruling dirt-poor and future-less
Third World Caribbean coun-
tries?

Don’t mind the politeness of
the US ambassador, he is only
speaking diplomatically when
he says that the Bahamas can
do as it pleases with no conse-
quences. In the next breath he
carefully details how we have
voted recently with the com-
munist/socialist block at the UN.
against the USA, UK and
Canada! How then will.we;
remain a favoured nation of the"
USA. How long can even the
touristic plantation survive-on*
visitors from Cuba, Venezuela

_and China!

The Nationalist says: thai we:
need a better foreign policy;:ai
better educational policy, a bet=)
ter immigration policy;.a better:
policy on.crime, andi on::the,
environment. We: needi:bettere
policies and programmes on:vits ;
tually every major.area’ Stina
Bahamian life. 91

Such policies ought papery!
to spring from:a fundamental;
philosophy. embodied in: they
concept of spe Bahamas for:
Bahamians” tsi2050 vivrodry

Time for you to think “about:
these things.;A ‘New:Yeariis:
near. Will you: abandon’ your’
responsibilities. and submit to
the cult of: perso naliinsy of
“shuffles”, of {pitbulls?? sox!) -

Better to use’ your: brain;: bets
ter to protect..your rights asa
citizen of this country. Itis-time~
to think and stop acting purely:
on emotion! It is only then. that”
we will have,a-chancé.to begin
to move forward, onward; and:
upward!



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Nassau: ::
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Union and
ministry agree
on measures
after flood

IN a statenient released yes-
terday, the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs said Mr Mitchell has
been advised that the BPSU
and the Ministry of Financial
Services and Investments have
now reached an agreement “on
measures that should be taken
to mitigate the ill effects expe-
rienced by the ministry’s staff
and to its operation as a result
of a water and sewerage leak at
the ministry’s office at the Rod-
ney Bain Building on Shirley
and Parliament Streets.”

“Mr Mitchell was first made
aware of the situation Wednes-
day morning when he received
a call from Bahamas Public Ser-
vice Union president Mr John
Pinder, informing him, in his
capacity as minister responsi-
ble for the public service and
public buildings, of the leak.

The statement said Mr
Mitchell visited the site and was
advised that the premises were
not fit for the ministry’s staff.

“He was advised that the
work of the ministry would con-
tinue at its offices at the Beau-
mont Building at number 50
Shirley Street.”

The statement said the Min-
istry of Financial Services and
Investments will issue further
information on the matter as
the process continues.

Man admits
weapons and
ammunition
offences

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

- A 46-year-old Parkgate Road
man pleaded guilty to weapons
and ammunitions charges yes-
terday.

It-was alleged that on Satur-
day, December 2 Curtis Bain
was found in possession of a
black and brown Mossberg
shotgun, not being the holder
of a licence for the weapon.

It was further alleged that on
that date, Bain was found with
three live shotgun shells.

Bain was also charged with
wantonly discharging the
firearm. .

Bain, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Marilyn
Meers at Court Five, Bank
Lane, was fined $500 for each of
the three charges against him.

Failure to pay will result in a
three-month prison sentence for
each charge.

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@ By FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Rodney Bain building had to
be evacuated yesterday after water and
sewerage came pouring down from gal-
vanised ceiling pipes - flooding corri-
dors and displacing almost 100 work-
ers. °

The problem, which staff say has been
recurring for years, yesterday led to the
closure of the country’s third revenue
generator — the Registrar General’ s
Office.

When The Tribune arrived at the
scene, water could be seen seeping from
bathrooms and making its way to the
entrance, where workers were gathered
in groups awaiting word from their
superiors.

A foul odour was emanating from the
entrance, and Frederick Hamilton
explained that both water and sewer-
age were leaking from the bathroom
area and trickling down to the lower
floors.

Mr Hamilton, the assistant secretary
general of the Bahamas Public Service
Union (BPSU), took the press to the
second floor, where the trickling heard
below became a spraying sound. In the
bathroom, fallen ceiling tiles lay satu-
rated about the floor. The tiles had fall-
en away to reveal rusted pipes, from
which water was poring at several
points.

Mr Hamilton along with BPSU sec-
retary general S J Miller, union pres-
ident John Pinder and shop steward
Dwayne Stevens, met with Registrar
General Shane Miller and Public Ser-
vice Minister Fred Mitchell yester-
day.

LOCAL NEWS



2. In brief’ Government building evaci 1
after sewerage floods corri

i THIS bathroom is one example of the disrepair in the Rodney Bain building

At the meeting, it was decided that
the workers should be sent home for
the day. This morning, they are to report
to the 50 Shirley Street branch of the
RG's office.

Relocation

BPSU officials yesterday looked at
the Beaumont House as a possible
option for relocation of the main office,
but until a firm decision is made, work-
ers are to be put on a rotation schedule
to keep the office functioning to some
extent.

Mr Hamilton said the union has been
responsible, professional and more than
patient about the situation, but feels

that yesterday’s closure was the last
straw.

"The men's lavatory has been out of
operation for months. Women have
gone into the bathroom and used the
toilets, only to find sewerage dripping on
their backs. There are dead rats in the
deeds and documents section, and we
have had to light incense in there due to
the stench.

“There are rats running around in
there as well, and last week, a tourist
who came to get married nearly tripped
as one of the rats skipped across the
floor. For four years, we worked in the
births and deaths section without air
conditioning before we were moved
upstairs. Now, downstairs is filthy and it
represents a fire hazard."






Mr Stevens said that before being
forced to leave the office yesterday,
workers did all they could to secure doc-
uments from water damage.

According to Mr Miller, the union
met with Registrar General Miller:
almost two years ago, when an assur-
ance was given that come the new year,
"fundamental changes" would be made,
particularly to health and sanitation con-
ditions.

He added that the BPSU recently
signed a new agreement with the gov-
ernment, which speaks extensively to
health and safety in the workplace.

Mr Miller said workers have been
more than patient with the government,
as their building had been condemned
several times in the last decade.

Now, he said, workers refuse to return
to the Rodney Bain building, because
conditions "are not bearable for work-
ers or the public".

He said that-on numerous occasions,
verbal promises of relocation have been
given.

He said that at one point, there was
talk of relocating to the former IBM
building on East Bay Street, and on
another occasion, a move to the former
City Market building on Market Street
was anticipated.

Mr Miller said that workers were even
told that they were to join their col-
leagues at 50 Shirley Street. He added
however that this option would lead to
excessively cramped conditions.

"The minister along with the govern-
ment needs to make a quick decision
here," he said. "We can no longer put a
Band-Aid on a‘gash. Several govern-
ment buildings are in a poor condition,
but this is by far the worst."

# By ROBERT CARRON

THERE were compliments
on all sides Tuesday from vis-
itors whose vacations were _
saved by Bahamasair’s flight
crew and ground staff, who
continued to fly passengers to
Nassau from Florida long after
all other airlines had cancelled.

One of the stranded passengers
tells of their gratitude to the
airline that came to their rescue



Flights were cancelled when
radar failed to function at Nas-
sau International Airport
Monday. Repairs were not
completed until Tuesday after-
noon.

Late Monday Bahamasair
managing director Paul Major
sent two jets to South Florida
— one to Miami, the other to
Fort Lauderdale — to bring
as many stranded tourists to
Nassau as possible. The planes
arrived well past midnight.

“Bahamasair saved our
vacation,” said Jonny Steven-
son from Newcastle, UK, who
had been scheduled to fly.on
American Eagle.

“Can you imagine after an
eight-hour flight to Miami that
some eight hours later I would
be still waiting for my 30-
minute hop to Nassau,” he
remarked. “Even my grand-
mother could fix a radar in less
time than these jokers,” he
added. “Perhaps I should not
go back to UK but lend them
my electrical engineering
expertise since, to be fair by
the looks of it there’s sweet
none at that place (Nassau air-
port),” he laughed.

At Miami International air-
port a group of British and
Swedes decided to take the sit-
uation in stride by purchasing

a few cases of Budweiser and ,

renting a trolley to carry them.

They then parked the trolley.

near Bahamasait’s ticket
counter and waited for their
turn.

When one of the ticket
agents informed them that
they could not check them,
they gleefully responded:

“Check ‘em, you must be
mad, we intend to drink ‘em.
The only question is how

* much time will you give us to

do it!” They roared with
laughter.

Others commented on the
outstanding service given by
Bahamasair’s Ms Teres
Josaine, better known as “Ms
Kitty”.

“She was truly amazing,”
said Karon Wiedmann. “She
truly blew me away with her
customer service. What an
asset for Bahamasair to have
someone like her. She and her
team, including Greg King and
Woodie, did a great job of get-
ting-everyone organised, keep-
ing us informed of where the
plane was and then finally
telling us that she had great
news that the ‘Plane had land-
ed in Miami.” *

“Bahamasair has one of the
best in the business in Ms Kit-
ty,” another passenger agreed,
adding that “Mr Major also
deserves a lot.of credit for
sending back the plane with
107 Miami-bound passengers
and our 100 Nassau-bound.”

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This reporter would person-
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behalf of the many passengers
who don’t know him or his staff,
but whose vacation would have
been ruined had it not been for
his decision.

“Imagine, she is apologising
to us,” remarked Jessica Heart
of Miami Springs. ““They’re sav-
ing us from Continental, Amer-
ican and the rest of them and
she is apologising that.the plane
is running an hour later than
she quoted us.” Ms Heart was
impressed by Ms Kitty. “That’s
nine hours better than the oth-
er guys and she’s saving my
vacation,” she commented in

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tributed in some of the.
changes which took place in
Junkanoo.

“We had trial and error there
is no more trial and error now.
They could look at footage of
all film and see costuming. They
don’t have to go through the
trial and ‘error that we went
through.

“In 1960, when I was a young
boy, one summer I went to do
construction and I introduced’
the contact cement to
Junkanoo. My brother and
brought contact cement and the




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STRAIGHT UP TALK

HE year 2005 is near-

ing an end. Where did
the time go? Events, great and
small, have come and gone. Per-
sonalities, good and bad, have
left lasting impressions on our
psyche.

Of all such personalities, one
has stood out in my mind more
than any other. That individual
is Straight Up Talk’s Person of
the Year. Who qualifies for this
prestigious award? That indi-
vidual whose public persona in
2005 invoked the strongest and
most constant reaction, nega-
tive or positive, from the broad-
est cross-section of the Bahami-
an society. Using this yardstick,
Senator Tommy Turnquest was
my selection.

Practically every day in 2005
Sen Turnquest was the topic of
conversation up and down
Bahamian society. This writer
knows that for obvious reasons,
there were few places he went
this year where people of all

-walks of life, Bahamian and

non-Bahamian residents alike,
did not want to talk politics in
general but the fate of Tommy
Turnquest in particular.

I was constantly asked ques-
tions about his leadership. “Is
Tommy going to lead the FNM
into the next election?” was the
most popular question. “Do you
think that Tommy can beat
Christie?” tended to follow
quickly behind.

There were continuous
debates about Tommy raging,
with supporters loyally defend-
ing his leadership and critics
mercilessly condemning it.
Whether it was the print or elec-
tronic media, press reports were
full of stories carrying Tommy’s
comments or otherwise carry-
ing reactions to such comments.
The tabloids were ripe with
rumours, innuendos and cri-
tiques of Tommy’s leadership.

Even the governing party
weighed in with regularity on
the Tommy issue. Indeed, given
public statements by no less
than Prime Minister Perry
Christie and a number of his
cabinet colleagues, one would
have thought that during the
FNM’s convention held in

November this year, the PLP
“was campaigning for Tommy to

continue on as leader and was



ZHIVARGO

in fact quite disappointed that
he did not, so much so that they

tried to make of him a victim ,

following the convention.
Since his unsuccessful bid to

retain his leadership post in the

FNM, Tommy continues to be a

topic of political discussions, as’

people continue to speculate
about whether the FNM would



Tommy
maintained a
wholesome
countenance
toward others
and made ita
point to be a
decent human
being



or would not have won the next
general election with him at the
helm.

n 2005, Tommy dominat-
ed political discussions in
The Bahamas, as his fate
remained a central theme in
most of them. In reality, it was
Tommy’s fate that seemed to
be the most determining factor
in the outcome of the next gen-
eral election, at least in the
mind of the voting public. The
truth be told, a great many peo-
ple believed that whether the
FNM won the next general elec-
tion or not depended very much
on whether Tommy remained
its leader.
While the public’s preoccu-

pation with. Tommy as leader

of the FNM predominantly
made him my Person of the
Year, there were at least four
other things that made him a
standout personality this year.
First, Tommy was focused.
Lesser men would have been

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distracted to confusion by the
criticism from within and with-
out launched at Tommy. Tom-
my, however, remained focused
on his objective, which seemed
to be: be the leader of the FNM, |
ready. the party for election bat-
tle and become prime minister.

No matter what was hurled
at him in the way of pessimism,
and ridicule, Tommy continued,
to work toward that end. 7

Second, Tommy was good-
natured at all times. Men under
pressure tend to become irritable
and mean-spirited. This writer,
who spent considerable time
talking to or visiting with Tom-,
my Turnquest did not observe
any occasion when he failed to
be a gentleman, respectful and
gracious. He was like this when I
first met him in 1992 and
remains that way today.

Even when I knew that his,
disappointment and hurt were
deepest, Tommy maintained a
wholesome countenance toward,
others and made it a point , to,
be a decent human being. ©. |

Third, Tommy was coura-,
geous. Those who sit outside,
the political fray love to offer,
advice about what should ‘or
should not be done and who,
should or should not be in. They,
can sometimes be cruel in their
views about a man’s s effective:.
ness in his position.

Tommy had'to suffer many.
such people and, even though at.
times their.commentary made
it seem as if all was lost, Tommy.
continued to press forward with

the cause he knew was his. -.,

know sometimes he was

fearful - every leader is
from time to time - yet he did.
not allow his fear to cripple him;
he used it to strengthen his
resolve and each day he went.
out to do the job he thought he
should for the good of his party.
Whether people feel that the
job he did was good enough. OF
not is not the issue here; what is
the issue is that he did that job
consistently and constantly.

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Fourth, Tommy accepted
defeat graciously. Some people
predicted that the FNM’s lead-
ership race would be a blood-
bath. They were wrong. Not only
was it mot-a bloodbath, it seemed
to turn out to be a unification
exercisé for the party. Tommy
Turnquest was a principal play-
er in making that happen.

He ‘could easily have turned
in bitterness on his colleagues
following the FNN’s leadership
contést, just as some of his worst
critics ‘did during the leader-
elect process in 2001. However,
rather than become bitter, Tom-
my sét’out with grace to commit
his allegiance to the newly-elect-
ed ledder of the FNM, his men-
tor and promoter, the Right
Hon Hubert Ingraham.

"et
ba.

f’what Tommy did was
“done by others during the
FNM’s leader-elect process, the
FNM might still be the govern-
ment today. The ability to win
humbly and lose graciously is a
sign of maturity. In this regard,
Tommy Turnquest is a mature
man. . ,
I ana pragmatist and a realist.
I heatd the multitudes express-
ing doubt about Tommy’s lead-
ership ‘and the possibility of him

winnitig the next election. I also »

heard those multitudes calling
for Ingraham to return. The
FNM would have done its cause
a dissétvice to ignore the cries
of thé tnultitudes.

Nevertheless, this writer
believés the following to be
true:“fommy Turnquest is a
decent human being who could
have made a credible prime
minister but simply did not
enjoy.a broad enough appeal
with t ne masses of voters, not so
mucl{ because of what he could
not offer but because of what
they desired.

Such is life in Bahamian
democracy but in that same
democracy, Orville Alton “Tom-
my” ‘Turnquest has stood out as
a statesman and Straight Up
Talk’s'2005 Person of the Year.

A YEAR OF FAILED
»" OPTIMISM



f the year

teristic of 2005, the most potent
expression that came to my
mind was failed optimism.
Optimism, defined by Marriam-
Webster’s Online Dictionary, is
“an inclination to put the most
favourable construction upon
actions or events or to antici-
pate the best possible out-
come”.

As a people, we found pre-
cious little to be optimistic
about throughout the year and
even as the year nears an end,
we still do not. Do not get me



Too many of
us in 2005 did
not look
forward to
much with
positive
expectations



wrong, there were those who
surely had cause for optimism
but their reality was not shared
by the vast majority of people in
this nation.

Yes, the economy grew in
2005 but joblessness remained
in double digits. Thousands of
Bahamians remained unem-
ployed, among them far too
many high school graduates,
women and Family Islanders.
Yes the promise of approved
investments lingered but that
promise has lingered now for
more than three years.

«

dd to joblessness in
the nation the crime
wave that hit in 2005, the much-
elevated traffic fatalities, the
enduring negative effects of a
series of hurricanes, the pes-
simism regarding the perfor-
mance of the education system,
the relentless illegal immigra-
tion problem and the uninspir-
ing deeds of too many national
figures and it is no surprise that
too many of us in 2005 did not
look forward to much with pos-
itive expectations.
One must give credit to PM
Christie and some of his col-



leagues for trying to spread
some optimism. There were
announcements about billions
of dollars in approved invest-
ments, the construction of hun-
dreds of new houses and urban
renewal. These notwithstand-
ing, however, reality is a stub-
born thing and it is difficult to
tell people to see, hear and feel
something other than what they
see, hear and feel.

Too many people, as they
expressed to this writer regu-
larly, saw little tangible, heard
little motivational and felt lit-
tle pleasurable to inspire opti-
mism.

Truly, the government will
need a much accelerated eco-
nomic growth with job-creation
and a much more results-ori-
ented performance over the
next 12 months to generate the
level of optimism it will need

to restore some hope in its lead- °

ership.

Where much of the year
proved trying for the opposi-
tion FNM, perhaps it experi-
enced the greatest renewal of
optimism in November when
Hubert Ingraham returned as
leader. It is clearly a much more
animated, hopeful and ener-
gised organisation.

Frankly, even the PLP has
benefited from Mr Ingraham’s

return because it has certainly —

sharpened its sword since then,
appearing to be more on the
ball and answering every criti-
cism levied at it.

One cannot define the gov-
erning party’s reaction to Mr
Ingraham’s return as optimism,
perhaps more so fear, but its
reaction has been an effort to
assist its cause.

Failed optimism - that has
been 2005. Such is not a good
state in which to exist. It breeds
stress, illness, despair, anger and
death. Let us hope that such is
not repeated in the year to
come.

THOUGHT FOR THE
WEEK

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mism is possible no
matter their circumstances
because they embrace a reality
that transcends their immedi-
ate challenges.

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In this year’s budget gov-
ernment was expected to
spend about $1.2 billion — an
increase of $39 million over
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Another one of the greatest
challenges for the Bahamian
economy heading into 2006
will be the need for skilled
labour, Mr Smith told The Tri-
bune yesterday. .

Now, on islands like
Eleuthera for instance, it has
been said that there is no
shortage of persons to employ
but companies are hard-
pressed to find skilled or expe-
rienced people to complete
jobs.

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bune earlier this year Ricardo
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many skilled workers on
Eleuthera left for jobs in Exu-
ma and Nassau when major

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may increase because we hear
that there are going to be a
number of projects on stream
that will come about in Janu-
ary, February or March, but

- right now the trouble is to find

a carpenter,” he said.
Mr Smith said that for the
Bahamian workforce to keep

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there is a need for continued
training to increase the pool
of skilled labour.

“Right now what you have is
a situation where you have
construction companies com-
peting for the same pool of
skilled labour,” he said.

He said there were some
companies, like Kerzner Inter-
national that were offering
training to persons to fill this
void, and once training con-
tinued, the labour force would
not be over-extended.

A recent report by a United
Nations organised group (the

‘UN Conference of Trade and

Development) said that the
Bahamas is becoming increas-
ingly more reliant on foreign
investment to drive its econo-
my with such investment in
2004 equivalent to almost 40
per cent of gross domestic
product (GDP).

Successive governments
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investment has been the major
drive behind the Bahamian
economy, creating jobs and
injecting foreign currency into
the banking system that helps
to maintain the Bahamian dol-
lar’s one-to-one stand with the
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of a catastrophic failure of this
industry.

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more revenue, remains the
same.

However, Mr Smith said
revenue coming into the coun-
try is beyond projections
made at the beginning of the
fiscal year.

In fact, in August govern-
ment’s revenue intake was
some $7 million ahead of fore-
casts almost two months into
the 2005-2006 fiscal year due in
part to strong economic activ-
ity and improved tax collec-
tion efforts.

The country’s tax structure,

dependent on the constant

injection of new major invest-
ment and imports, according
to some analysts has to change.
Mr Smith said that in the
coming years the Bahamas will
need to be reviewing its tax
structure not only because of
its reliance on direct invest-.
ment, but for the mere fact
that the country is losing out
on revenue from the service
industry which accounts for
some 80 per cent of the
Bahamas’ economy.

This sector, he said, cannot

remain untaxed for very long.
This tax reform, he said, may
also need to include the reduc-
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FROM page one

annual Christmas service,
Mr Mitchell spoke about
government’s plans to open
embassies in both Cuba and
China next year. ”

“As you know, an
ambassador for Cuba has,
been announced, and we:
expect to announce an
ambassador for China i in,
the near future.

“There will be other
changes coming within
the ministry within the
next year.

“The point I wish to. ~
make then as we review"
the accomplishments
over the past year is that
change is aconstant, ~*'
thing, and no organisa-"’
tion can hope to survive’
without change. The
people of this country, _
have changed in the gén-
eration that has passed’ ,
since we became an indé,
pendent country. The,
expectations of the oper;
ations have changed.
There are greater and.
larger demands — the.:
demands are more i;
sophisticated,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said it is,:
clear that the Bahamas:
faces an increasingly ."
complex “ geo- political)
environment”. ua

“Our citizens are
unhappy about our rela=‘
tions with CARICOM:":
We have the US on the: «
one hand whose policiés
are not often transparent
or clear, but who domi“
nate the political think-.
ing in the country. | > |

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force for good and they. .
remain our closest part; ..
ner, but on the other side.
of our country is Cuba. ©

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South Caicos plane crash

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Alice Garland, mother of Carson, owner of
the plane, said he was born in Nassau, where
he stayed a few months after his birth before
living in the Turks and Caicos.

Ms Garland said her son often travelled to
Nassau, where he stayed with relatives in
Oakes Field.

Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, sister of
Paul, said her brother was a “happy-go-lucky

person.”
Paul, 35, was born in Grand Bahama and

moved to Turks and Caicos at the age of sev-
en.

‘She said up to high school time they spent

Allegations
of more
chaos at NIA

FROM page one

Tyrone Sawyer, airlift
director in the Ministry of
Tourism, said yesterday
that this incident “magni-
fies the need for an
upgrade of the airport
facilities.”

With hundreds of trav-
ellers forced to spend the
night in the airport’s depar-
ture lounge, which has only
one cafeteria, “it shows
how very much an upgrade
is needed,” he said.

Mr Sawyer said that
when the Ministry of
Tourism heard about the
stranded passengers they
immediately arranged
food, drinks, and blankets
for the disgruntled trav-
ellers.

- He added that Atlantis —

every summer in the Bahamas.

Sherlock Forbes, father of Cleverson, said
his 25-year-old son was born in Nassau, but
never lived in the Bahamas. Cleverson worked
for Shell Bahamas as local manager in Turks
and Caicos.

With the loss of his son, Mr Forbes said the
family is continuing to gain strength.

“We are continuing to keep the faith in
the Lord that he would continue to strengthen
us and carry us through this tragedy,” he
said.

Inspector Whittaker told The Tribune that
investigators from the United Kingdom were
expected to arrive on the island to assist in
the investigation. Autopsies were also sched-
uled to be performed yesterday.



“as avery good corporate
citizen’— offered assistance
by supplying food and oth-
er necessities to make the
wait more bearable for the
hundreds of stranded peo-

The Lord saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be
So He: put his arms around you and whispered come with me.

With tearful eyes we watched your suffer and saw you fade away
Although we loved you dearly we could not make yeu stay

A golden heart stopped beating A beautiful smile at rest
God broke our heart to prove he only takes the best

ple.

Despite numerous mes-
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Authority General Manag- |
er Idris Reid, calls were not
returned to The Tribune up’
until:press time.

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Tribune Business Editor

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he fiscal deficit
| could widen tem-
| porarily during ear-
| ly 2006 because the
| Government has “has very
major expenditures we have to
| incur” on upgrades to Nassau
| International Airport (NIA)
{ and security enhancements to
| all international ports of entry
| to the Bahamas, the minister
of state for finance said yester-
day.
James Smith said that while
the deficit for the first half of
the 2005-2006 fiscal year was
| “about what we predicted”,
| several capital expenditure
| items lay ahead.
| These included paying
| “north of $10 million” for the
purchase and installation of
| new CTX 9000 Dsi baggage
| security screening machinery
| that has to be installed at NIA
and all other ports of entry to
meet standards mandated by
the International Civil Avia-
tion Organisation (CAO).
If the Bahamas fails to meet
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Government has ‘major

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advances to Airport Authority



B JAMES SMITH

craft taking off from this nation
would be unable to land at oth-
er international airports. If this
happened, it would be a disas-
ter for the Bahamian tourism
industry, so is an expenditure

that the Government cannot
get out of.

It is unclear whether the
Bahamas will meet the dead-
line, although Ministry of
Tourism officials have
expressed confidence this
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the airport” to be up to stan-
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SEE pase 6B

Union: No FirstCaribbean
industrial action this week

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Union’s (BFSU) president
said yesterday no further indus-
trial action was planned this
week, although it had failed to
meet with the Government to
resolve its dispute with First-
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas).

Theresa Mortimer said the
union was still waiting to meet
with Harcourt Brown, the direc-
tor of labour.

She added: “I’m really hop-
ing the Government can step in
and do something for us. We just
need to catch up with the Direc-
tor of Labour.”

When asked whether any fur-
ther action against First-
Caribbean was planned by the

union, Mr Mortimer said: “Noth- .

ing is planned for this week.”
Although the dispute had
been referred by the BFSU to

FirstCaribbean’s head office in
Barbados, Ms Mortimer said
yesterday: “The only response I
got was to deal with the folks
here.”

Meanwhile, the BFSU denied
in a statement claims by First-
Caribbean’s management that it
had breached the industrial
agreement between the two par-
ties, saying it had “followed the
proper steps”.

Alleging

The BFSU is alleging that
FirstCaribbean had breached
Article 21 h) of the industrial
agreement, which said the bank
would not withhold benefits such
as an annual salary increment.

It has claimed that First-
Caribbean took the position that
the across-the-board 3 per cent
salary increase for 2006, which
was negotiated by the BESU,
was the sarhe as a performance
increment. The union is alleging

South Ocean hits
back on golf course

THE South Ocean Golf &
Beach Resort’s golf course will
re-open for the 2006-2007 sea-
son, Greg Norman Golf Course
Design (GNGCD) _ has
announced, after it signed an
agreement with the resort’s hold-
ing company and Canadian pen-
sion fund backer to redesign and
rebuild it.

GNGCD said the project,
which has been-estimated as
costing around $5 million, would
help the Bahamas “become the
next great international golf des-
tination”.

The announcement was made
little more than a week after The
Tribune revealed that the South
Ocean golf course landlord, New
Providence Development Com-
pany, had filed a summons seek-
ing a Supreme Court hearing
between itself and South Ocean
Development Company, alleg-
ing that the latter had breached
the terms of an earlier agree-
ment to upgrade the course.

South Ocean Development
Company, the ultimate holding
vehicle for the resort, has denied
this and plans to defend any
action brought. The release from
Greg Norman’s company
appears to be the first step in
warding off New Providence
Development Company.

The release from GNGCD

talks about South Ocean Golf
and Beach Resort developing “
master plan that will result in a
multi-million dollar renovation
that will feature a new beach-
front hotel and a variety of resi-
dential units”. In reality, its pen-
sion fund backer, the Canadian
Commercial Workers Industry
Pension Plan (CCWIPP), has
been looking for a buyer
through Florida real estate bro-
kers, Allen & Co, for a number
of months.

Reconstruction of the origi-
nal Joe Lee design is said to be
under way, and Greg Norman
is spearheading every aspect of
the project from concept and
design to construction and pro-
ject management.

"The Bahamas is becoming
the next great international golf
destination," Mr Norman said.

Both Mr Norman and Eugene
Fraser, a South Ocean director,
confirmed that Prime Minister
Perry Christie and Dr Baltron
B. Bethel, Managing Director of
the Hotel Corporation of the
Bahamas, played critical roles in
aiding the agreement.

“The Bahamian government
has been outstanding, and it is in
favor of good developments,

SEE page 7B

that the increment should be
paid on top of the 3 per cent
salary increase. -

However, FirstCaribbean indi-
cated that the payment of an
increment for January 1, 2006,
on ‘top of the across-the-board

*3 per cent salary increase that -

has already been paid, would
make the bank uncompetitive
and blow its salary and operating
costs out of line. It said its

SEE page 7B

Economy to
meet growth
target ‘just |
north’ of 3%

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian economy is
likely to meet projections that
it will grow by an amount “a lit-
tle bit north of 3 per cent” in
2006, the minister of state for
finance said yesterday, although
he warned that this did not

- always translate into a better

inflation and employment per-
formance.

James Smith told The Tribune
that while he “can see” the
Bahamas matching the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund’s (IMF)
3.5 per cent GDP growth in
2006, “our difficulty has less to
do with that growth but rather
the pattern of that growth”.

Although economic growth -

and the foreign direct investment
projects would ensure there was
more money circulating within
the Bahamian economy, Mr
Smith said this often did not
translate into rising levels of sav-
ings.

Warning that headline macro-

economic figures “don’t tell the
whole story”, Mr Smith said the
Bahamas needed to look at
whether increased earnings and
prosperity was used to largely
fund the importation of con-
sumer goods as opposed to
investment items.

“We need to look at that
more,” Mr Smith_said.

The minister added that the
Bahamas’ “dependency” also
Had “got to be looked at seri-

“ously” because it was “difficult

to see that level of foreign direct
investment being sustained”.
While this nation has become
increasingly reliant on foreign
direct investment to fuel eco-

nomic growth and its standard

of living, Mr Smith warned that
the present level of capital

. inflows would not be maintained

to the “level of competition”
from other destinations.

The Bahamas was already.

regarded as.a high cost operating
environment, and Mr Smith said
the country needed to focus on
ways of stimulating more domes-
tic investment by Bahamians as
a way to “cut down the outflow”
of capital on imports and into

- other countries. :

Programmes

. “We need programmes to
assist in that area - Bahamians

investing in the local economy,”
Mr Smith said, explaining that
this would be 2 way to generate
more sustainable investment.
He added that another major
challenge for the Bahamas was
to train a workforce that had the
skills to meet the demands of
foreign developers throughout
this nation, a problem it was run-

_ ning into already.

Mr Smith said: “We’re going -
to see over the next few years a
transformation and positive eco-
nomic growth, and more
employment coming from this
transformation for the labour

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force...

“There is job creation, but we
don’t have the skills in place fast
enough.”

Although disagreeing with
some commentators, who have
asserted that the Bahamas is
enjoying a jobless recovery, Mr
Smith said: “I think we’re
stretching certain parts of the
job markets, such as construc-
tion, and [are having difficulty]
matching skills to the different
jobs.”

The “quality” of the Bahami-
an labour force, Mr Smith said,
was the key issue. Apart from
construction jobs, there was also
a shortage of computer-literate
workers for posts in hotel front
and back offices when these:
became available.

The major determinants of the
Bahamas’ economic fortunes in
2006, Mr Smith said, would be
whether this nation was struck
by a major hurricane, and what
happened in the US and inter-
national economies.

Although increased oil prices
and rising energy costs would
have an impact on the Bahamian
economy, Mr Smith said this was

. somewhat counterbalanced by

SEE page 4B



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BUSINESS





Retail survey shows
shoplifting on the rise

ACCORDING to a Univer-
sity of Florida retail study, retail-
er concerns about shoplifting
and employee theft are well
founded,with evidence of losses
from shoplifting on the rise.

The report also finds that
while employee theft is down
slightly, it is still the largest single
source of inventory “shrinkage".

Inventory shrinkage - a com-
bination of employee theft,







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Financiai Advisors Ltd.

Abaco Markets :
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste _
Fidelity Bank =
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol °
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Kerzner International BDRs
Premier Real Estate
S2wk-Low
12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
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28.00 ABDAB
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10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund
2.1530 Colina MSI Preferred Fund
4h 0782 Colina Bond Fund

NSURANCE LIMITED
wu, PO. Box $8-5915, Nassau, Bahamas
6101/8 Fax:(242)526-8189

Vol. EPS$

Last 12 Months.

The following articles are taken from the Daworilog 27
edition of Security Beat Magazine, and are re-printed with
permission from Primedia Business Magazines & Media

shoplifting, vendor fraud and
administrative error - cost US
retailers close to $31 billion last
year, according to the National
Retail Security Survey, which
analysed theft incidents from 107
of the largest US retail chains.
The annual survey was conduct-
ed by the University of Florida,
with a funding grant from ADT
Security Services.

"Since we first began con-
ducting this study, the percent-
age of inventory loss has
declined in a fairly significant
way. That's the good news," says
University of Florida criminolo-
gist Richard Hollinger. “The bad
news is that because the retail
industry has grown, dollars lost
to inventory shrinkage have
actually increased, costing the
industry more than $30 billion.
This translates into higher con-
sumer prices." ;

One of the key findings from
this year's study is the increase in
shoplifting, which accounted for
34 per cent of retail losses, up
from 30.8 per cent in 2000. US
retailers lost nearly $10.5 billion
in sales to shoplifting.

Hollinger attributed the
increase to a new form of
shoplifting called organised retail
crime, which involves shoplift-
ing gangs working as a team to
steal large quantities of mer-

-chandise quickly.

Workplace theft hits small
business hardest

Disbelief is a common reac-
tion when a trusted employee,
manager or owner steals from a
small business. But experts say

= )FIDELITY

the trust level in smaller busi-
nesses and organisations makes
them ripe targets for internal
thievery.

While multimillion-dollar cor-
porate embezzlements make
headlines, it is churches, schools,
clubs and mom-and-pop shops
that have the hardest time recov-
ering their financial footing, the
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

"For the typical small busi-
ness, it's not common. But it's
traumatic when it happens. And
it can happen," says Neal T.
Buethe, a Minneapolis employ-
ment lawyer.

Some recent findings from a
study by the Association of Cer-
tified Fraud Examiners, a
national group that looked at
508 occupational fraud cases
from across the country:

* Companies with fewer than
100 employees suffered the
greatest losses, second only to

‘ businesses with more than 10,000

employees. Small companies



accounted for 46 per cent of all
cases, with a median loss of
$98,000.

* More than a third of frauds
were committed by managers,
while 12 per cent were done by
owners or executives.

* Most occupational fraud
perpetrators are first-time
offenders. Criminal background
checks won't weed out all the
crooks “because most frauds are
committed by apparently hon-
est employees”.

* Most frauds came to light
through tips from other employ-
ees or internal audits. But more
were caught by accident - say,
an employee noticing surprising
bank statements while filling in
for a co-worker - than through

‘day-to-day, internal controls.

And that's especially true for
smaller businesses.
* The most common frauds

SEE page 3B

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE i i smoqolon
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT ‘l fe
(No.45 of 2000) opp

UNIVERSAL HEALH MANAGEMENT LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation find

1

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International |
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), UNIVERSAL HEALTH |
MANAGEMENT LIMITED (is in dissolution. Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator ,;
and can be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, Marlborough,
& Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-.;
named company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars.of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the December: 3120052:

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE:

NOTICE |
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000) 5

AIRCRAFT ACQUISITION.
HOLDING LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), AIRCRAFT ACQUISITION
HOLDING LIMITED is in dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and
can be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, Marlborough &
Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of

their debts or

aims to the Liquidator before the December 31, 2005.

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value ,

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX< - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

} BISX ALL SHARE INDE X - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price In last 52 weeks
j 5S2wk-Low - Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks
Previous Close. - Previous day's weighted price for dally volume

Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
| Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today
{ DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
i P/E - Closing price divided. by the last 12 month earnings:

a : AS AT NOV. 30, 2005/ **** - AS AT NOV. 30, 2005

- AS AT DEC, 12, 2005/ *** - AS AT
SOLER AL ELIA “es

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator



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on on eee
The three roots of
national prosperity

IT might seem that the obvi-
ous answer would be that the
countries with the greatest nat-
ural resources would be the ones
that provide their people with
the highest quality of life or be
the most prosperous.

Nothing could be further from
the truth.

You only have to consider the
standard of living or quality of
life for the majority of people in
Russia, Nigeria, Brazil, South
Africa and Venezuela, just to
mention a few resource rich
countries, to prove my point.
What, then, creates the condi-
tions for a society to deliver a
high quality life to its members?

To find the answer, one would
need to consider the character-
istics of countries with few or no
natural resources that enjoy very
high standards of living.

Countries which first come to
mind are Finland, Singapore,
Switzerland and Austria. None
of these countries are rich in nat-
ural resources but they all have





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some common characteristics.

Three of these characteristics.

stand out when we examine their
societies. The first is that the
people are very well educated
and therefore productive.

The second is that whenever
lists are produced ranking coun-
tries for lack of corruption, these
countries are always at the top of
the list. Thus they are honest
societies.

The third is that they all are

functioning democracies.

These observations must lead
us to what is now a self evident
conclusion. That for a society to
achieve a high quality of life, it
must give priority to educating
its children, pursue corruption
relentlessly and treasure and
nurture its democracy and the
institutions which support it.

Wouldn't these objectives
make some fine New Year's res-
olutions?

FROM page 2B

included skimming revenue before it is recorded,
stealing inventory, billing schemes, doctored invoic-
es and payroll tampering.

Major browser developers meet on security

Developers of four major Web browsers - Kon-
queror, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Internet
Explorer - gathered at an informal meeting in
Toronto last month to review plans and share
progress on security. improvements and standards.

The intent was to make security information
more meaningful to users, and to balance security
for high-traffic sites (such as banks) and smaller
organisations and businesses.

Developers came to common understandings
on ideas such as the location of the padlock icon
that appears when visiting authenticated sites,
stronger certificates and certificate validation tech-
niques, shortcomings in browser cryptography and
solutions to the problem of phishing, NewsForge
reports.

Among the most visible improvements is how
browsers inform users of Websites' transaction
security. The padlock icon, which appears some-
where in every browser when a user visits a secure
site, will be moved to the address bar in all four



ing", George Staikos, Konqueror's core develop-
er, said it was significant that Microsoft is “work-
ing both with their arch-enemies from the brows-
er [war] days, and with the open source community
as well”.

The browser developers discussed increasing

‘the level of cryptography being used in browsers,

and agreed to disable or remove lower- strength
certificates and weaker ciphers from their appli-
cations.

Certificate verification and security of encrypt-
ed information will be exposed by filling the
address bar with one of three colors: red when
the verification fails, yellow (on some browsers) for
questionable verification, and green when a high-
assurance certificate is verified. The name of the
company who owns the Web site will also be rotat-
ed with the name of the verifying agency beside the
URL, offering users further security information.

NB: Gamal Newry is the president of Preven-
tative Measures, a loss prevention and asset pro-
tection training and consulting company, spe-
cialising in Policy and Procedure Development,
Business Security Reviews and Audits, and Emer-
gency and Crisis Management. Comments can
be sent to PO Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas or,

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browsers to make it more noticeable.
Calling it unprecedented.and "quite refresh-

e-mail gnewry@coralwave.com or visit us at
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VACANCY NOTIFICATION

VACANCY FOR DEPUTY REGISTRAR GENERAL
REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT,
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA



ite fe oe eo ee

“A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution”

VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:
TEAM LEADER OPERATIONS,
PAYMENT CARD CENTRE

MINISTRY OF FINANCIAL SERVICES AND INVESTMENTS

Applications are invited from suitable qualified Bahamians to fill the post of Deputy Registrar, Registrar General’s
Department, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.













Requirements for the Post



Applicants must be members of at least three (3) years sreniGe of The Bahamas, English, Irish or Scottish Bar:
or of the Bar of any country of the Commonwealth to which a member of The Bahamas Bar is admitted without
examination.

Specific Duties of The Post

* The successful applicant will be required to assist in the formulation and implementation of policies required Core responsibilities:

by the Registrar General’s Act, Chapter 186, Statute Laws of The Bahamas (2000 edition).

* Co-ordinate and, or assign and manage the administration of the Registrar General’s Office, Freeport, and ° ‘Comrdihats ‘he activities of the Operations & Custonise Sarass

- perform such duties as may necessitate policy implementation. Teams
* Execute all Acts, enacted by Parliament of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in carrying out duties of e Responsible for overseeing wigechant Services and Account
the D istrar.
PERT Reeista investigations.

¢ Responsible for problem resolution tracking and compiling reports
- relative to same.

¢ Ensure all Visa Regulations and procedures are adhered to - Serve

as the primary contact for Visa International.

° Responsible for the management of projects and informational analysis.

e Evaluate the technological needs of the department.

¢ Implement services and accountability standards for the team.

e Ensure that all processes are efficient and meet client’s expectations.

* The implementation of all Statutes administered by the Reese General inclusive of, but not limited to
the following::








Domestic Companies and I nerhahiual Business Companies
- Review all documents to ensure that all requirements are met
- Signing and issuing certificates of Companies Incorporation, Foreign Companies, Good Standings
’ and Dissolutions.





Exempted Limited Partnership
: All matters related thereto,







Marriages Act
- Issuing of Marriage Licenses; certified copies
- Administering Marriage Officers Exams
- Performing Marriage Ceremonies
- Issuing Marriage Certificates



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:















¢ Registration of Records Act
} Recording Deeds and Documents
- Deed Searches
- Issuing Certified Copies of documents

e Associates Degree in Business Administration or relevant area.

e Five years banking experience and at least three years in a credit card
dept.

e Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

e Strong negotiation, analytical and organizational skills.

¢ Computer literate - Ability to work in Excel and use Spreadsheets.






° Responsible for written and oral communications with customers:
Lawyers, Accountants, Bankers and Government Authorities in relation to matters of administration
and management of the Department. :

* Checking documents in order to issue certificates of Good Standing.



* Responding to questions and queries from the public. When and where necessary, provide community education
and general information to the public concerning the role, duties and function of the Registrar General’s
Department.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and life

* Responsible for all Human resources matters. insurance; and a pension scheme.

* Applicant should have a working knowledge of computer applications

Interested persons should apply no later than December 29th, 2005 to:
* All such duties as assigned by the Registrar General.
The Manager, Human Resources and Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P.O. Box N-7118
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas

The salary of the post is in Scale JL 15 - $34,600 x 700 - $41,600 per annum.



Serving Officers must apply through their Heads of Departments.






Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Public Service, Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting
Street. They must be returned complete with the original qualifications and documentary proof of relevant
experience, to reach the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Financial Services & Investments or the Secretary, .
Public Service Commission, Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting Street, no later than the 19th January 2006.
PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a)

(b)

(c)

REGATTA INVESTMENTS HOLDINGS S.A. is in-dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act
2000.

The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on the December
22, 2005, when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of Shirley
House, 50 Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

All persons having Claims against the above-named Company is
required on or before the 22nd day of January 2006 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts
are proved.

December 22, 2005

ALISA RICHARDSON
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY



BUSINESS

Former Clinton adviser
to give energy ‘Master

THE Ministry of Tourism will
for the first time offer Master
Classes on specific tourism sub-
jects as part of its National
Tourism Week 2006 activities.

The 10 master classes will be
held on Tuesday, January 10,
2006, and will cover topics such
as energy conservation, human
resource development, brand-
ing, event management, infor-
mation technology, transporta-
tion, film production and e-com-
merce.

The lecturers for the Master
Classes are all experts in their
fields and have talked exten-

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Contact us for more information or to register!

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sively on these topics interna-
tionally.

The guest lecturer for the
Energy Conservation Master
Class, set for 9am on Tuesday,
January 10, will be Roger Bal-
lentine.

Mr Ballentine is currently the
president of Green Strategies, a
Washington DC-based compa-
ny that provides advice on ener-
gy, environmental and conser-
vation matters to government
and non-profit agencies through-
out the US.

Before venturing out on his
own, Mr Ballentine served as a
senior White House staff (1999-
2001) under former president,
Bill Clinton. During his time at
the White House, he served as
both chairman to the White





@ ROGER BALLENTINE

House Climate Change Task
Force and deputy assistant to
the president for environmental
initiatives.

Most recently, the Harvard

THE TRIBUNE.



Law School Graduate served as
senior advisor on energy and
environmental policies to the
Kerry-Edwards presidential
campaign.

For more inférmation on
these classes or to register, con-
tact the Ministry of Tourism at
242-302-2005 or e-mail acoak-
ley@bahamas.com. Information
can also be found on the con-
ference wébsite, NT W.tourism-
bahamas.org. ‘

To conduct these Master
Classes, the Ministry has formed
a special alliance with the Col-
lege of the Bahamas. As a result,
delegates participating in the
classes will get the opportunity
to earn continuing education
units towards future certifica-
tion courses at the college.

Economy to meet growth
target ‘just north’ of 3%

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

_NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

WESTMOUNT CORPORATION LTD. is in dissolution under
the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on the December
22, 2005, when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of Shirley
House, 50 Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

All persons having Claims against the above-named Company is .
required on or before the 22nd day of January 2006 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of-their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts

Phone/Fax 364-8423
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Receptionist/ Office Clerk

PROPERTY 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 Receptionist / Office Clerk to join our
rapidly expanding Nassau office and to become a team
member of a growing property development business.

Requirements

The successful candidates will be organized, personable,
ambitious and very productive and shall have at least:

e 3 years office experience :

e Excellent communication skills both written and oral

e Capable of working independently and/or as a team
member

e Excellent typing skills with a minimum of 50wpm

¢ Must be computer literate with excellent knowledge
of Microsoft Office and especially proficient in Word
and Excel | ;

¢ General office duties

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.

Please send cover letter and resume by e-mail quoting
above reference (Clerk-1) to
island_development1@yahoo.com or by post to P.O.

Box N-9322, Nassau, The Bahamas. |

The closing date for receipt of applications is January
10, 2006.



are proved.

December 22, 2005

ALISA RICHARDSON
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY



FROM page 1B

the fact this often drove tourists
to shorter-haul destinations, such
as the Bahamas.

Rather than energy costs, Mr
Smith said the biggest danger
facing the Bahamas was the per-
formance of the USA economy,
as a downturn there typically
reduced the disposable income
tourists had to spend on
Bahamas vacations.

Concerns

“Our major concerns are the
factors over which we have very
little control, which is the.exter-
nal environment,” Mr Smith
said.

He added that inflation was
an imported phenomenon for
the Bahamas, rather than, one ~
created domestically, its major
effect being to lower the foreign
exchange reserves by a greater
rate.as the-costs of imports had
risen.



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RAINBOW BAY |
SUBDIVISION |
(ELEUTHERA)

Lot #44, Block 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.

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

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



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

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



5! of 1,374 sq. ft.

Appraisal: $123,000.00

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

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 net 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. , fet



Lot No. 68 Woodlawn Way
Winton Heights
(Nassau)

All that piece parcel or lot of land having
an area of 14,897 sq. ft. being lot 6,
‘block 13, in the Subdivision known as

comprised of a 26 year old 11/2 storey
single family resident consisting of
approximately 2,567 sq. ft. of enclosed
living space with 3 bed rooms, 2 baths,
upstairs and downstairs consisting of
a foyer, guest bedroom and bath,
laundry room, kitchen, powder room,
sunken living area, tv room and dining
area. Climate control is provided by wall
air conditioning units throughout the
house quality of construction and
maintenance is fair as a good amount
of remedial work is needed on the roof and plumbing system. The effective age of the building
is seven years the property is rectangular in shape on flat terrain, and on a level grade slightly
elevated above the road to disallow flooding during annual heavy rainy periods. The grounds
improvements include a concrete wall with two double gates at the front with chain-link fencing
otherwise, open patios at the front and back, and a 20,000 gal rainwater cistern under the front
patio overall, the grounds are attractive and well kept.

Appraisal: $407,030.00



Traveling east on Prince Charles Drive go pass Winton Super Value, then second left to T
dune neu mn right at T junction and the subject property is the third house right painted yellow
rimmed white.

MUST SELL |

MISCELLANEOUS PROPERTIES

One upstairs and one downstairs. Each:





of one of the Dundas Town Crown,



front porch (indented) with floor area _



Winton Heights, this property is



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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.

A. 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 to Kennedy
Subdivision on the left, then take
the 1st corner on the left then 1st
“right, house is second on your right

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.

- Appraisal: $80,498.00

LOT 194 BOYD SUBDIVISION
Ms (NASSAU)

-All that lot of land ‘having an area of
6,400 sq. ft. being lot no 194 of the
' subdivision known as Boyd Subdivision,
situated in the central district of New
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

By 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.Sth property on the left side painted orange

with red/white trim.

GOLDEN GATES #1
(NASSAU)

All that lot of land-having an area of
Mm 5,200 sq. ft. 52 x 100 being lot no. 154

_ of the subdivision known and designated
as Golden Gates, the said subdivision
is situated in the southern district of
New Providence, Bahamas. This
property consist of an approximately 15
year old single family multi family single
storey duplex with floor area of 1,460
sq. ft. Each apartment consist of 2 bed
one bath, living and dining area and
kitchen. Lot size is 5,200 sq. ft. the land
is on a grade and level, state also
appears to be sufficiently elevated to
disallow the possibility of flooding during
annual heavy rainy periods of the year.
\ : The grounds are fairly kept with
improvements including walkway and low shrubs. The yard is enclosed with chain link fencing.

Appraisal: $1 68,504.00

Heading south on Blue Hill Road, take first left after the traffic light at Blue Hill and Carmichael

Road intersection. Take the second right the subject property is the second on the right.. Sisal
Road and Bamboo Court. Painted white, trimmed green. ay 3



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

+ is situated in JOhnson Harbour View Estates Subdivision situated on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. Measuring and bounded as follows, northwardly by 20’ wide road reservation and

ind peaceful with all utilities and services available.

/. Appraisal: $47,250.00





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

i lease Wel g conditions of sale and other information contact

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
running thereon a distance of 25 ft westwardly by lot 12W of the said subdivision and running thereon for a distance of 90 ft. This property is well lanscaped and fenced in. This area is

Philip White @ 502-3077. email philip.white@scotiabank.com or
Harry Collie @ 502-3034 email harry.collie@scotiabank.com

MER visit www.fsbobahamas.com for interior photos



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Deficit to widen in early 200

narrowing once again.

FROM page 1B
Unclear
NIA to fund such improvements
had not yet come into effect.
Once it did, the advances to
the Airport Authority could
then be repaid, but as a result
the fiscal deficit was likely to
widen in the New Year before

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
LIMITED is in dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can be
contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & Queen
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-named

It is unclear what all this
means for the NIA management
contract the Government was
negotiating with YVRAS, the
international subsidiary of Van-
couver International Airport

operator, YVR.

Apart from the loss of radar at
NIA during a four-day period
over the Christmas weekend,
sources suggested that another
problem affecting airlift into
Nassau were fuel shortages,
which left some places sitting on
the tarmac for a five to six-hour
turnaround time. Oil companies
were said to be trucking supplies
to the airport, and found it diffi-
cult to keep up with the demand
for fuel.

Meanwhile, Mr Smith added
that salary increases to members
of the public service typically
ended up above initial projec-
tions due to unforeseen anom-
alies and add-ons, another factor
making it difficult to control the
budget deficit.

He added: “The outlook

based on the public sector
finances is that we’re having
some moderate increases in rev-
enue over and above projec-
tions, but at the same time we’ve
been unable to contain increases
in expenditure.”

Mr Smith said public spend-
ing “will continue to rise”
regardless of whether there were
public sector salary increases,
due to demand for education,
health, welfare and social secu-
rity services.

Revenue

“It’s [revenue] simply not ris-
ing as fast as the demand for
increases in services,” the min-
ister said.

He added that the Bahamas
would have to reform its tax

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATION AL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

structure, which relies on import
and customs duties to generate
60 per cent of annual revenues,
to a system that was “more flex-
ible and more attuned to the
demands of the economy”.

The Bahamas was only impos-
ing taxes on physical goods that
were imported into the country,
rather than services, which was
the economy’s growth area.

“We will continue.to see this
problem and it will face succes-
sive administrations until we
look to reform the tax system to
reflect the realities of the mod-
ern Bahamas,” Mr Smith said.

Tax reform has been identi-
fied as one of the major chal-
lenges facing the Bahamas, with
the Government appearing to
have identified a value added
tax (VAT) as its preferred



reform option.

UK Crown Agents had beefr
hired to conduct tax reform stud-
ies for the Government, and Mr
Smith said he hoped to issué
their report and begin public
debate on the issue in the New
Year. iho

Pressures =.

Aside from the internal pres-
sures to collect more revenue,
pressure for tax reform is alsa.
coming from organisations suchs
as the World Trade Organisa*
tion (WTO), of which thé
Bahamas is an observer mem-
ber, as it views tariffs and import?
duties as barriers to free trades

that must be removed. . s

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts

or claims to the

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator



uidator before the December 31, 2005.

THE PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
BAHAMAS NATIONAL DRUG AGENCY

PUBLIC NOTICE

TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF DRUGS
AND RELATED ITEMS

‘Tenders are invited forthe Supply of Drugs and
Related items for the Public Hospitals Authority and
the Ministry of Health, The Commonwealth of The

Bahamas.

The Tender Document, which includes instructions
to the Tenderers along with other relevant information,
can be collected from the Bahamas, National Drug
Agency, Market & McPherson Streets, Monday

through Friday 9am - 5pm.

A Tender must be submitted in duplicate in a sealed
envelope or package identified as, ‘“Tender of the
Supply of Related Items” and addressed to:

Managing Director
Public Hospitals Authority

1st Floor, Mannax Corporate Centre/Dockendale House
West Bay Street
P.O. Box N-8200
Nassau, The Bahamas

' All Tenders must be received at the above address
on or before 5pm Friday, February 10th, 2006. A
copy of a valid business license must accompany all
ee ;

The Public Hospitals Authority reserves s the right to
reject any or all Tender(s).

26 UBS

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the leading Wealth
Managers in the Caribbean. We look after wealthy
private clients by providing them with —
comprehensive, value-enhancing services. In order
to strengthen our team we look for an additional.

WEALTH MANAGEMENT CLIENT
ADVISOR

In this challenging position you will be responsible
for the following task (traveling required): ©

¢ Advisory of existing clients

¢ Acquisition of high net worth individuals

¢ Presentation and implementation of investment
solutions in the client’s mother tongue

We are searching for a personality with extensive
experience in wealth management, specialized in
the fields of customer relations,, investment advice
and portfolio management. Excellent sales and
advisory skills as well‘as solid knowledge of
investment products are key requirements. A proven
track record in a comparable position with a leading
global financial institution as well as fluency in
English and at least another language (Spanish,
Italian, French or German) is essential.

Written applications should be addressed to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

| (No.45 of 2000)
DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
THREE LIMITED.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
THREE LIMITED is in dissolution, Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can
be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & Queen

Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims againstthe above-named -

company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts
or claims to the Laquidator before the December 31, 2005.

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
~ (No.45 of 2000) :

CAPITAL LEASING CORP. #4 LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice i is hereby given that in ee with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No.'45 of 2000); CAPITAL LEASING CORP. #4
LTD. is in dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted
at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & Queen Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Liquidator before the December 31, 2005.

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

AIRWINGSKI LIMITED

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), AIRWINGSKI LIMITED is in
dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted at The
Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, Marlborough & Queen Streets, Nassau,
Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-named company are
required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to
the Liquidator before the December 31, 2005.

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

GRABILLES LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GRABILLES LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on December 23,
2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and registered

by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Ruc de Lausanne 17 bis Geneva.

Dated this 29th day of December, A.D., 2005.



Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

(No.45 of 2000)
DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS |;
TWO LIMITED

~ In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
TWO LIMITED is in dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can
be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & |Queen. ,,
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against.the above: named.
company are required to send their names, addresses and amily af. sno
or claims to the Lfquidator before the December 31, 2005 Faye 4

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE:
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45:of: 2000)

AMERILEASE €APITAL::
_ CORPORATION LIMITED

“ih Velnitar tnt rs
eat
Notice is hereby given that i in Econo sith Section 38 (4) of the International
Business .Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), AMERILEASE, CAPITAL,,,
CORPORATION LIMITED is in dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey i is, the Liquidator,
and can be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited Marlborough;
& Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas, All persons having claims against the above-,_
named company are required to send their names, addresses. and particulars of,

their debts or cJaims to the Liquidator before the December 31, 2005,,.

Ms Alrena Moxey
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT (No. 45 of 2000)

TERSEMTES COMPANY LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137(4) of the
international Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), TERSEMTES , .
COMPANY LTD. is in Dissolution.” 7

The date of commencement of dissolution is 10th day of November, ?
2005.

HSBC International Trustee Limited,
HSBC House, Mary Street,
George Town, Grand Cayman,
Cayman Islands, British West Indies
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT (No. 45 9 ep,
PE pa Ea OP AB

SOUTHERN SUN GROUP INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act (No. - a 2000), Doe : SUN
GROUP INC. is in Dissolution.” Pasget f do yeb

The date of commencement of dissolution is 28th day of December!
2005.

. ATC NOMINEES INC.,
Arango-Orillac Building,
East 54th Street, Panama,
Republic of Panama -
ee meta

RG Eas gf}


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005, PAGE 7B



South Ocean hits back on golf course

af

ee page 1B
Br employment and the
general increase and upgrading
of the tourist market," Mr Fras-
er said.

“I applaud the Prime Minis-
ter's approach in recognising the
benefits that business and golf
can bring to the region as well as
his strong desire to increase
island revenue and Bahamian
employment through new, qual-

ity resort destination projects,"
Mr Norman added.

Front

The front nine of the new
South Ocean course will be rout-

ed to achieve core golf on gently
rolling land. The back nine has
elevation changes and works its
way through the Bahamian for-
est. Holes 10 and 11 will have
views of the water, while 15 and
17 will encompass lagoon-like

Union: No FirstCaribbean
industrial action this week

FROM page 1B
re ie
ae were among the highest

4
}

‘in the Bahamian counmexciel

banking market.
_Sharon Brown, First-
Caribbean’s managing director

LEGAL NOTICE

~ NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT

DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
LIMITED

in polmneary. Liquidation

:
~ (No.45 of 2000)

Notice! is s hisdby given that in saisidinibe with Section 138 (4).of the International

Business Companiés Act, (No. 45-of 2000), DAEDALIAN INVESTMENTS
LIMITED i is in-dissolution. Ms Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can be
contacted-at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & Queen
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-named
company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts

or claims to the |

Ms Alene Moxey
Liquidator cine

AQuidator before the December 31, 2005.



: LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE |
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
» (No.45 of 2000).

c CAPITAL LEASING CORP. #5 LTD.

In Voluntary Liquidation

‘Notice is ‘hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the International
‘Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), CAPITAL LEASING CORP. #5
LTD. is in dissolution. Ms Alreria Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted
‘at The Winterbothain Trust Company Limited,Marlborough & Queen Streets, °
‘Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having. claims against the above-named company
‘are ‘tequired to sénd their. names, addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
‘to the Liquidator before eg December 31, 2005.

Ms Alrena Moxey
*Liquidator



2 SS See ee ee oe ele fe



LEGAL NOTICE

_ NOTICE
‘URANUS VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
* Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
12th day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
» Corp. Inc., of P.O:Box N- 7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

_ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

_ NOTICE

| BAYMICH INVESTMENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

-. Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company i is in dissolution, which commenced on the 21st
day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., of. P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

~ ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

for the Bahamas, said in an ear-
lier statement: “An across the
board salary increase of 3 per
cent was provided to all employ-
ees in the bargaining unit in
accordance with the Industrial
Agreement. This increase was
provided regardless of perfor-
mance and included the employ-
ees who received a Below Stan-

Is dard Performance rating.
--“Prior to the across the board Ae

increases, our salaries were
already at the top of the mar-
ket. Hence bonuses were utilised
in rewarding strong perfor-
mance. We therefore increased

our bonus pool for clerical |

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FRANCOUS KENSON, DUNDAS
TOWN, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 29TH day of DECEMBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship; RO:Box F-41085, Grand —



Bahama, Bahamas.

employees by 25 per cent this
year. Our total bonus spend for
clerical employees was $763,200.

“As an example, the highest
bonus paid to a clerical employ-
ee last year was $5,286 and this
year, $8,947.”

Yet Ms Mortimer said

Bahamian FirstCaribbean

employees were disgruntled

. because. they felt they were not
-being rewarded adequately for

their contribution to the
Caribbean-wide bank’s profits.
The BFSU claimed that rival

commercial banking institutions __

had given staff a 10 per cent pay
increase.




LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

Se le

y, (In Voluntary, Liquidation)

al

iH

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
15th day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa

Corp. Inc.,

of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
SPRING GARDEN LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
22nd day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

WEALTH INVESTMENTS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
22nd day of December 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa

Corp. Inc.,

of RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)










"blue holes," small natural
ponds that are actually deep
shafts connecting to the ocean.

To improve playability, the
fairways and landing areas will
be widened and players will be
challenged with more strategic
bunker complexes. In addition
to adding length to the course, a
new irrigation system will be
installed and modern turf grass
varieties will be incorporated.
The practice area will also be
relocated, enlarged arid expand-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RANDOLPH GEORGE WILLIAMS, #189
MORGAN LANE FREEPORT, P.O.BOX F-44494, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
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Andre Seymour: Bahamas ©
must seek international
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By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

NATIONAL boxing head coach, Andre Sey-

mour says the Bahamas “must seek international
coaching help in order to move to the next level.”

A concerned Seymour voiced his opinion on the ~
status of boxing in the Bahamas yesterday duringa

year in review interview with the Tribune.

He said: “The federation has made it possible for
boxers to attend training camps in Cuba before :

big matches, but this is not enough.

“We need round the clock assistance from these:
coaches, this is the only way we are going to :
improve. Improvement doesn’t come overnight, it :
is something we as a country need to take serious
and work towards if we would like to be considered:

a big power house.

“Getting this assistance from these coaches will
help us in international competition. The Bahamas :
is probably the only Caribbean country that hasn’t : -

sought international assistance in sports as yet.

“Let’s look at our track and field athletes. They

get some of the best training in the United States,

international help. The improvements in this sport
by the athletes has assisted the Bahamas in reach- :
ing more than the Olympic level. We have track and :

field athletes succeeding on all levels. This is great.

“All I] am saying is the international assistance
won’t hurt. This doesn’t just go for boxing, but the :

other sports as well.”

Seymour has led more than five teams into bat-
tle on the international circuit this year and more
than ten while assisting former national head coach _ :

Ray Minus.
But, since assuming the position as head coach,
Seymour’s vision became more clear.

Instead of training the boxers by himself, Sey-
mour had sought assistance from the training squads :

at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

This level of training is combined with the work-
out sessions designed by Seymour. Boxers are also :
sent to Cuba for three weeks of training just before :

travelling.

“We have coaches from Cuba assisting some of
the boxers, but this is just a part time thing,” stressed:

Seymour.

“This is something that needs to be done on a full

scale — assistance for coaches and boxers.

“What I noticed at the last international compe-_ :
tition we attended was the boxers were ready, but :
the type of training and ring smartness the Cuban :
coaches had taught them was totally different from ;

what we were accustomed to.

both sides of training can be incorporated.”

As the year comes to an end, topping Seymour’s ;
list is assistance from international coaches‘andan :

adjustment to the training programme.

The Bahamas will compete in over six major
international competitions next year and several :

warm-up matches.

According to Seymour, the Bahamas will be
ready, but will peak if the Bahamas Boxing Feder-
ation along with the Ministry of Youth Sports and

Culture agrees to finding international help.

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pages back and look at some of
the highs and lows from the sports
headlines over the past 12 months.

Undoubtedly, the biggest story that
our readers followed with great inter-
est was the IAAF World Champi-
onships in Helsinki, Finland in
August when Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling put the squeeze on American
Sandie Richards to win the gold
medal in the women's 400 metres.

It was probably more dramatic
than the run she turned in at the 2004
Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
when she held off Mexican Ana
Guevera.

To show gratification for her repeat
performance, the Bahamas Govern-
ment renamed the reconstructed Har-
rold Road the Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling Highway.

But there were so many other sto-
ries this past year that made the head-
lines.

How about the trading of Angelo
‘Jello' Burrows from the Atlanta
Braves to the Chicago Cubs?

Burrows had spent the past nine
years in the Braves' minor league,
having being drafted out of high
school in Florida as an out-fielder
and turned into a pitcher before he
was sent to the Cubs.

And what about the drafting of
Antoan Richardson to the San Fran-
cisco Giants as an outfielder to their
Arizona Giants minor league?

Now the Bahamas has two players
in the pipeline for the major leagues.

But many still feel that if the long
standing dispute within the Bahamas
Baseball Association was resolved,
there could and would have been a
little more players knocking on the
door to join the former big four
Bahamian major leaguers.

Baseball is being played more than
ever before all over the island, but
the overall growth and development
of the sport is still dragging behind
because of the dispute that is hanging
over its head.

Perhaps the most devastating blow
that occurred this past year was the

. ; : untimely death of Electro Telecom
“When we looked around, the international :

coaches who had trained the boxers before the :
competition were in the ringside assisting the coun-
try’s national coaches. This is what we need, so :

Wildcats' right fielder Jackie 'Lil
Stunt’ Moxey.

The fact that her death came just as
her Wildcats had celebrated their
repeat triumph as the New Provi-
dence Softball Association's ladies
champions and before they were get-
ting ready to defend their Bahamas

Softball Federation's national crown, .

brought many to face the reality that
they shouldn't take life for granted.

In tennis, the men's Davis Cup
team that traveled to Curacao were
blanked in the second round of the
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dropping the Bahamas further down
into Zone III.

This is the lowest that the Bahamas
Lawn Tennis Association has had to
rebound from, having enjoyed
tremendous success in Zone One for
more than a decade with top stars
Roger Smith, Mark Knowles, Mark
Farrington and Mark Merklein lead-
ing the way.

N-: with only Farrington
still actively involved as the
captain, the Bahamas has to start all
over again with a youthful crew that
includes collegian Devin Mullings,
college-bound Ryan Sweeting and
pro players Marvin Rolle and H'Cone
Thompson.

If there's any consolation, Sweeting
captured the US Open Junior boys
singles title in September in Flush-
ing Meadows, New York and ended
up as the number three ranked junior
male player in the world.

But, in order to get the Bahamas
over this hump, the team will need a
bonafide pro player on board.

While the most successful athlete
turned out to be Williams-Darling
with her stunning come-from-behind
victory in Helsinki, local fans will
probably remember the fantastic feat



by Jermaine 'Choo-Choo' Mackey,
who defeated 'Marvellous' Marvin
Smith to win his Bahamas mid-
dleweight title and then successfully
defended it against him.

Mackey ended the year on another
high note when he got engaged to his
girlfriend Tara Smith on Christmas
day.

A wedding is being planned for
next summer, either before or after
Mackey fights for the British Com-
monwealth title.

x Commonwealth title shot
is also in store next year
for Bahamas junior welterweight
champion Jerome 'the Bahamian
Bronze Bomber' Ellis and newly
crowned Bahamas lightweight cham-
pion Meacher 'Pain' Major.

And even though the Bahamas
heavyweight title shot still eludes him,
Sherman 'the Tank' Williams turned
in another credible year when he
added the World Boxing Council's
Caribbean Continental crown to his
FEDECARIBE title.

Williams, however, missed out on
the opportunity to celebrate with a
Commonwealth title shot after he
encountered some problems that
eventually led to a change i in his man-
agement team.

Congratulations are also in order
for Golden Girl Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie, who tied the knot on Fri-
day, December 23 to Adrian McKen-
zie in a ceremony at the Southwest
Cathedral Church of God.

Ferguson-McKenzie is making her '

come back after having to sit out the
majority of this past season, including
the IAAF World Championships,
when she had to undergo surgery for
her appendix.

Her coach Amy Beem and her
training partners, including Ameri-
can World 200 champion Lauryn
Williams, said ‘she looks even better
in practice than she did before the
surgery.

Her manager Ray Flynn anticipates
that Ferguson-McKenzie will be
ready to resume her illustrious career
by the end of January when she
makes her 2006 season's debut in
Boston.

There were also some surprises in
this past year.

The firs came when Desmond Ban-
nister resigned as president of the
Bahamas Association of Athletic
Association. Bannister turned in his
resignation, passing the torch onto
first vice president Mike Sands, who
had the distinct honour of serving

. when the BAAA successfully host-

ed the Central American and
Caribbean Championships in July.
Around the same time, the New

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Providence Basketball Association
president Alphonso 'Chicken' Albury.
walked away from the AF Adderley
Gym before the playoffs got under:
way. a
He was eventually replaced by: K =
th 'Belzee' Smith after the sedson
was over. But he ran into a snag while
trying to get the new season under:
way. He couldn't find a suitdble
venue to play in until arrangements
were made for the Kendal Isaacs.and
DW Davis Gyms for January. |

That will put the men and women
basketball players under the same
roof once again.

Three years ago, the women pulled
away from the NPBA and the:AF
Adderley Gym, setting up their own
New Providence Women's Basket;
ball Association under the presiden:
cy of Mynez Cargill-Sherman at, tlle
DW Davis Gym.

At the beginning of the season,
Mynez-Sherman turned the reigns
over to first vice president Kimberley.
Rolle.

There were also some “big
announcements that added some
flavour to an eventful year. .

One was Minister Wisdom's déc-
laration that the Seventh Bahamas
Games will be staged in July, but-it
won't be affected by the construction:
of the new national stadium andthe:
transformation of the Queen Eliza-



’ beth Sports Centre by the Chinese



Government with a $30 million gift.

And then the JAAF declared; ‘that.
both Chandra Sturrup and the men's’
4 x 400 metre relay team of Ava $
Moncur, Dennis Darling, Nathaniel
McKinney and Chris Brown were:
awarded bronze medals from:thé
2003 IAAF World Championships i in.
Paris, France.

The decision was made after
Americans Kelli White and Jeronic:
Young were stripped of their gold
medals. :

IAAF president Lamine Diack’ will
be in town on Friday night at the San-
dals Royal Bahamian Hotel to’pre-
sent the medals to the athletes at’the
BAAA's year-ending banquet. °°»

At the same time, the BAAA vill
honour ‘its most outstanding maleand
female athletes for the year. Among,
the list are Williams-Darling and
Sturrup for the ladies and Brown and
Leevan 'Superman' Sands for the
men.

That should be a fitting end to an
eventful year.

At this time, I just want to thank all
those readers who read this weekly,
column and expressed their senti-
ments, whether good or bad. I trust
that I can continue to share my pér-.
sonal views with all of you in the
future.

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Alana Dillette is our junior

female athlete of the year

@ By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports
Reporter

SUCCESS. on the inter-
national and local scene
continued for the Bahamas
this year, as Bahamian
junior athletes dominated
various sporting arenas.

The Tribune’s junior
sporting female athlete of
the year award was a diffi-
cult choice as a number of
athletes rose to the occa-
sion in the various sport-
ing disciplines.

The arduous decision was
narrowed down to seven
athletes, with the top hon-
ours going'to swimming
sensation, Alana Dillette.

1) Alana Dillette - This
year has been a record
breaking year for the swim-
mer. Dillette erased seven
Bahamian and five nation-
al records, before officially
signing a four year schol-
arship contract with the
Auburn Tigers.

The 17-year-old attend-
ed the 2004 Olympic Youth
Camp, in Athens, Greece,
representing the Bahamas
Olympic Association.

Competing in more than
10 events is not an easy
task, but Dillette has found
a way to master it.

Her most recent achieve-
ment was recorded at the
Central American and
Caribbean Swimming
Champions — with a record
breaking performance in
the 50 metre backstroke.

Not only has Dillette suc-
ceeded on the athletic
scene, but on the academic
level as well. In grade 11,
Dillette had passed seven
Bahamas General Certifi-
cate Secondary Education
(BGCSE) exams.

The former prefect of St
Andrews high school also
played softball for the Hur-
ricanes.

Dillette’s’ success on
many levels has earned her
The Tribune’s junior
female athlete of the year
title.

2) Nivea Smith - The title
of sprinting queen has suc-
cessfully been earned by
young Nivea Smith.

Smith became _ the
youngest member in the
history of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic
Association (BAAA) to
run on the 4x100 metre
relay team.

The focus may have been
on the senior athletes at
the annual BAAA nation-
als, but is was Smith who
rose to the occasion.

Her personal best time at
the meet helped her secure
a spot on both the World
Youth Champions and the
Junior Pan American
games.

At the games, Smith ran
her way into the second
rounds of both the 100m
and 200m. She was just out
of.the medal hunt at the
Carifta games.

3) Annamae Adderley-
Participating in one of the
low key sports in the
Bahamas, Adderley con-
tinues to stroke her way to
the top in golf.

Adderley has played in
tournaments in Barbados,
the Cayman Islands, North
Carolina, Freeport, Wash-
ington, DC, US Virgin
Islands and the Dominican
Republic.

Her spectacular perfor-
mances gave her the edge
over the field for the Sir
Francis and Tommy Good-
man trophies, presented by
the Bahamas Golf Federa-
tion.

She was also ranked
among the top junior
golfers in the Caribbean.

4) Tracey Morrison- Its
all about the arm strength,
young Morrison screams
before stepping onto the
javelin runway.

The javelin and shot put
track and field standout
has the Bahamas national
record in sight.

Following in the foot-
steps of role model Lavern
Eve, Morrison was named
to more than seven Carifta
teams, four junior Pan
American squads and two
Central American and
Caribbean games.

Morrison captured a
bronze medal at the recent
Carifta games in the javelin
and a final round appear-
ance in the shot putt.

5) Philica Kelly- Kelly is
usually seen improving her
game at the CI Gibson
gym, playing with the-guys.
And five US-based colleges

are aiming to recruit the

national team starting
point guard.

She was recently named
the. most valuable player at
the Father Marcian Tour-
nament, leading her team
to their first championship
title.

Kelly is hoping to con-.

tinue on with a winning
streak as the basketball
season continues.’

6) Martyra Turnquest-
Its all in the footwork for
Turnquest, as she takes the
soccer world by storm.

At the age of 15, Turn-
quest has represented the
Bahamas in both the under
20 women and under 17
division.

A student of Tilton
School, Turnquest has
helped her team finish off

an impressive year with a-

8-6 win-loss victory. The
team had two draws.

Soccer is not the only
sport Turnquest has dipped
into for the school, she has
tipped off with basketball
has well.

7) Thela Johnson- On
the diamond, Johnson is
considered one for the
future in the Bahamas.

The versatile softball
player is the starting third
baseman for the Whirlpool
Sharks and the lead pitcher
for the CR Walker
Knights.

On the national level
Johnson has made more
than three teams, the most
recent being at the tourna-
ment held in Columbia.
Johnson was also named
the “female athlete in soft-
ball” at the last Bahamas
Games.



Victory for |
the Wildcats

~ DONOVAN DEAN takes
it to the hole for Sir Jack Hay-
ward Wildcats yesterday, at
the annual CI Gibson Rattlers
Christmas Classic.

The strong move by Dean
was just one of the many tricks
pulled out of the hat by the
Wildcats in their 64-24 tri-
umph over the St Andrew’s
Hurricanes.

(Photo: Felipé Major/
Tribune staff)




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Embracing Ju

@ By PETURA BURROWS

Tribune Feature Writer

unKanoo has long
been considered a
secular cultural
expression and so its
music, which involves
scwrboils, whistles and goatskin
drums, is also considered a reli-

SP PR ELV.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005



blowing in church, a local body
of believers has fully embraced
Junkanoo music.

Membership

For the membership of Cre-
ative Arts Ministries Interna-
tional (CAMI), the use of
Junkanoo is more than a fea-



the sermon.

“It’s part of our praise and

worship and it’s done because
the Bible says, ‘let everything
that hath breath praise the
Lord’. So, that means in every-
thing - using our voices, our
instruments.

“IT believe that here in the

Bahamas, God has given us

The Tri



“And I know that He has.

given us that to praise him
with. So that is why we use the
drums, the horns and the whis-
tles.”

Pastor

Pastor Higgins, who takes
very literally the Bible verse

tured item in the Sunday divine
worship service. It has a regular
place in the worship service,
just as the opening prayer or

gious no-no. While some
churches are still straddling the
fence on whether or not to
accept the latest fad of whistle



‘Forward in

fear, facing the

@ By CLEMENT JOHNSON

Text: Psalm 57:1 - “Be merciful to me,
O God, be merciful to me, for in You my
soul takes refuge; in'the shadow of Your

wings I will take refuge.” done.

But first, all we doi is weep. It’s okay to

BST Matthew? s Players presented a Scott Douglas play titled “Strange Angels”. Pictured is Lawrena Finlayson
“flying into the room as the packed hall enjoys the evening. See full story on Page 2C

Our weeping is joined by the walline of
those family members who will no longer
see mommy, daddy, uncle, children and '
cousin on the banks of. this earth. Many
need to be cared for. Much needs to be

which says to make’a joyful
‘noise unto the Lord, told Tri-
bune Religion that God can
inhabit any praise from,an

some indigenous music which is
Junkanoo,” said Rev Henry
Higgins; pastor of Creative
Arts Ministries.



(Photo courtesy of St Matthew’s Communication Ministry)





faith: facing



“No, Mommy,” said the daughter. “I’m
late because | sat down on the curb with
her and helped her cry.”

At times all of us need someone to weep
with us. I used to hear my mother say,
“when one mother weeps all mothers
should cry with her, because your day will

instrument. It all depends on
the lyrics of the song.

So when it comes to taking
what is considered a secular
form of expression and using
it to create beats for tradition-
al and the not-so traditional
Christian songs, the pastor says
that there is “no issue”
because, in his opinion, God
wants his people to express
themselves through art.

As David was skillful on the
harp, as he danced before the
Lord and was ridiculed by his
wife for doing so, Rev Higgins

and his church members have.

had their naysayers. But the

- mandate of the church, he

feels, is to use the gifts that
God has given the young peo-
ple, and allow them to use
those gifts to the fullest.
“The Bible says to praise the
Lord in the congregation of the

saints, so we praise Him with’

what we have no matter where
we are,” said the pastor.

Side by side with the pastor
is his wife, Dr. Ann Peterson-
Higgins, who is well known for
her contributions to artistic
expression in the Bahamas,
especially on the religious
front. It is by no accident that

the couple met and got mar-
ried, said Rev Higgins, who was -

a member of the Saxons
Junkanoo group when God
saved him.

God must have had a hand
in it, to bring two artistic peo-
ple:together in-such a way, he
added.

His church’s approach to
worship may be a bit unortho-
dox, but Rev Higgins doesn’t
exert energy trying to defend
what God has.called him to do,
nor does he spend time bashing
others for not agreeing with
him. It is simply the way that
they choose to worship, no
debate necessary.

“T understand what they
believe and I don’t get involved
in any confrontations with what

they believe. But I just feel that

God has called us to do differ-




anoo music

ent things. So I just have to be
obedient to what God has
called me to do,” he said.

“TI cannot allow anyone else
who feels something differen
to stop us from doing what
God has called.us to do.”

Rev Higgins and his wife
have extended their Junkanoo
praise outside of the four walls
of the church and formed their

“own Junkanoo group that

made its debut at last year’s

Boxing Day parade. .
According to the pastor, the
group, “Conquerors for

Christ”, is fulfilling a command
of God to go to the people with
the message of Christ as
opposed to waiting for them to
come into the church.

Said Rev Higgins: “We now
seek to come in and take
Junkanoo back. There are peo-
ple who feel like the music is
wrong, but the music is not
wrong. It’s how you use it.

“God has called us to be
problem solvers, and how can

‘ we solve the problem without

going into the festival and set-
ting an example. The church
has complained about the
gyrating and the vulgarity, so
I've got to go there and make a
difference.”

Bottom

The bottom line, said Rev
Higgins, is that he is not con-
cerned so much with the peo-
ple who are-already in the
church. His focus is on the peo-
ple in the world who are in sin.
And to him, Junkanoo is a tool
to reach them and “pull” them
into the Kingdom of God.

“How am I going to reach
them? How am I going to
make a difference to them?
Bahamian people love
Junkanoo. There are only two
things more powerful in this
country than Junkanoo - poli-
tics and the church. We are
using the third most powerful
thing and taking it back for
God.”








AND so we weep. The images of devas-
tation and tragedy as we watched with hor-
ror the scene of Chalks plane in the waters
off Miami compel us to weep. The looks of
amazement and sadness and doubt on the
faces of family members of every age and
color pierce our hearts and so we weep
some more.

Our country is brought to its knees ,

because many of her sons and daughters
have been lost, mothers, fathers, sons,
daughters, grandmothers, grandfathers,
uncles, aunts all killed in one frozen
moment in time. Not only are the fami-
lies, but a nation is engulfed in grief. Our
weeping during this time is one of unity, as

we add our tears to the gallons, already *

shed.

weep. King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:4
says there is a time when it is good to weep.

Reminded

I’m reminded of the little girl who was
late in coming home from her errand to the
grocery store for her mother. When final-
ly she arrived home, her mother ques-
tioned her about her tardiness. The little
girl told how she had seen one of her class-
mates on the way back from the store. The
friend was silting on the curb because she
had dropped a dollar down the sewer
drain.

The mother then asked her daughter,
“So you're late because you helped her
get her dollar back?”

help others cry.

come when you need the comfort and ‘sup-
port of others.

“For a time, we too ‘sit on the curb and
* But only for a time. We
are called to go forward in faith. We, who
are claimed by the Lord Jesus Christ in
baptism, can face the fear of devastation
and its aftermath as well as face the future
with hope and expected joy.”

Going forward in faith is our Christian
response to God’s calling. We can be
others that because

assured and assure

Jesus ts im charge and im control and in
love with us, we have a refuec and sanctu-
ary in the midst of all life’s troubles

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t. Matthew’s Players
presented a Scott
Douglas play titled
“Strange Angels”. .

The Play began with a violin
selection “Angels from the
Realms of Glory” by Grace
Plakaris. The actors were Karl,
a street person, played by Dr
Austin Davis, Joe, an insurance
executive played by Attorney
Kirk Seymour and Marsha, a
“new age” person played by
Norma Ashe.

The town gossipers, Laurena
Finlayson and Carla Smith
made an appearance as
“strange angels”, accompanied
by Aaron Armstrong, Darren
Armstrong and Caitlin Taylor.

The audience was delightful
to hear Kervinque Ferguson, a
young “St. Matthew’s Player”
sing “I need an Angel” by
Rueben Studdard accompanied
by Antoyne Hinsey on the key-
board.

Bottom

Joe, played by Attorney Kirk
Seymour, encountered a
stranger who defies catego-
rization. He may be a mentally
ill bum, or an angel, or both.

This stranger, Karl, played

PAGE 2C, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005

by Dr. Austin Davis, has the
audience roaring with laughter
as he attempts to teach Joe
how to pray like an angel and
convinces him that not only

was he the messenger, but also.

the message.

Joe was reluctant but finally
gave in to Karl's pressure con-
vincing him, that he was indeed
an angel.

Bottom

St. Matthew’s Players have
presented “Mummy the Vir-
gin”, “Night of Sorrow” and

“Bus Stop”. The members are .

all from a Matthew’s Church,
they are; Lawrence Antonio,

Catharine Archer, Norma.

Ashe, Horatio Bannister, Jevon
Butler, Loretta Burrows, Lau-
rena Finlayson, Carvel Fran-
cis, Tiffany Hall, Alric Hep-
burn, Gerrard Hepburn,
Lavaunt Hepburn, Faye John-

son, Dorsey McPhee, Allyson

Mycklewhyte, Jackie Myckle-
whyte, Suzette Pratt, Abby
Smith, Carla Smith and Kirk
Knowles the director, Iris Fin-
layson

Source — St. Matthew’s
Communication Ministry

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~ $t Matthew’s Players
present Scott Douglas play



& DR Austin Davis stands as an angel in “Strange Angles” as the St Matthew’s Players perform at St. Matthew’s Anglican
Church School room. Waiting at the bus stop reading a local Newspaper is Kirk Seymour.

Lessons
of 2005

@ By ALLISON MILLER

THE Holy Scriptures say
that Jesus Christ learned
obedience through the
things that He suffered. At
times we all have that les-

‘son to learn.

As every year comes and
teaches us whatever God
has ordained for us to learn,
one can only hope that the
lesson was accepted the first
time. If not, it will come
around again.

This year has taught me
so much that-I am indeed
amazed. And I thank God

for the lessons because they

have made me a better per-
son, a better woman and
most important, a better

Christian. It would be a

shame if I had learned noth-

ing after all God has
allowed to happened to me.,

One of the lessons that
was so profound for me was
patience. I understand that
nothing happens before its
time and everything hap-
pens in God's time. The
bible says we are not to
judge anything before its
time because God will say

what will be. In the midst of
my circumstance and the |
various situations I faced
this year, I didn't under-
stand everything He allowed

to happen, however, I came
out with something valu-
able.

Much has happened in
2005 and my heart goes out
to those who were affected
negatively and my prayers
are with them. Remember,
whatever bad happens God
can and will turn it into
good. It's how we perceive
events. Regardless of what

: durin



@ ALLISON MILLER

“One of the
lessons that
was so profound
for me was
patience. I
understand that
nothing happens
before its time
and everything
happens in
God’s time.”

= Allison Miller

happens, we must see it
through the eyes of God.
Whatever Satan intends for
bad, God will use. for His
- glory which will be good.
After all that has hap-
pened; The murders, the.
robberies, the traffic fatali-
ties, hurricanes, plane crash-
es and whatever misfortune
has occurred, God has been
there. Some people may
question that, but the bible

a

says that He is-always with
us. He will never leave nor
forsake all who believe in
Him. However, He is not
unmerciful because the
bible says He rains: on the
unjust as he does on the just.

When my colleague and
I heard about the plane
crash in Miami and the
many Bahamians that were
killed - we prayed that in
the middle of this time of
tragic loss and seemingly
endless sadness - that the
family members would stay
strong and know that God
will sustain, comfort and
provide for them.

He is just that kind of
God. My colleague said to
me that in the New Year she
is going to get closer to God
more than she has ever
done in her life, because it is
crystal clear that only what
is done for Christ will last.

That conversation echoed
volumes in my heart. Life is
so fragile - you are here one
minute and gone the next.
That’s why it is so impera-
tive to be ready because we
don’t know when God will
call us home. All you can
do is be ready. But how do
you prepare. yourself, how
do you ready yourself? By
accepting the Lord as you
personal saviour.

So I encourage. all those
who don't: know Jesus
Christ as their‘personal sav-
iour to get to know him ina
personal way. Make Him
head of your life and He will
direct your path.

I heard one preacher say,
as long as there is life there
is hope. And I add to that -
let your hope be in Jesus
Christ in the New Year.



FROM page 1B

King David reminds us of.

this in our text today. In the
Psalm, David not only recog-
nises that life often holds the
dangers of death and destruc-
tion, but whatever the storm,
our one God has mercy on us
and offers us refuge in Him.
David’s words reflect his par-
ticular storm of calamity. King
Saul was pursuing him to kill
him. Today our storm is not so
much death, but of deluge and
drowning, of disease and
despair, of crime and murder,
of devastation and defeat. But
King David would have us
know the God who rescued
him from the storm called Saul
is the same God who will keep
those families safe until their
storm passes by. —
Oh, but let me quickly

remind you of the truly Good

News: We are not left without
help, hope, or healing. Because
we have Jesus and His mercy
we have all-we need to over-
come. It is as St Paul says in II
Corinthians 4:8-9: “We are
hard pressed on every side, but
not crushed; perplexed, but not
in despair; persecuted but not
abandoned; struck down but
not destroyed.” The wounds
Jesus. willingly received show
the depth and determination
He will endure to deliver us
from death.

See, we can go forward in
faith. We can face our fears and
face the future because Jesus
has claimed us as His own and
now goes with us as we contin-
ue life’s journey. His presence
assures us He’s in charge, He’s
in control, and He’s in love
with us.

‘Forward in faith:
facing fear, facing
the future’

Jesus is in charge. The
superlatives He uses in His
Word show this is true.

A superlative is when an
extreme expression is used.
Composition teachers and Eng-
lish professors scold students
for using superlatives, but Jesus
used them freely.

In John 10:10, He says, “I
come to give life and give it
abundantly.” That’s a superla-
tive. In John 15:11, He says, “I
have told you this so that my
joy would be in you and that
your joy would be complete.”
That’s a superlative. And in
John 8:34 and 36, He says,
“Everyone who sins is a slave
to sin ... but if the Son sets you
free, you will be free indeed!”
Again, Jesus uses a superlative.

Disciples

Jesus’ use of superlatives
points to the fact that He’s in
charge. No wonder when He
bids the disciples to do the
great commission He first
establishes His credentials as
leader by saying: “All authori-
ty in heaven and on earth has
been given to Me.”

Jesus is not only in charge,

He’s still in control, even fol-

lowing this tragedy. Jesus can
and does cause changes to
occur even when the crises
seems beyond everyone’s help.
From the wedding at Cana to
His own resurrection from the
dead, Jesus caused changes to
occur which greatly affected
and altered the supposed out-
come.

Jesus is still in control. I
know it is easier said than
done, especially during these
times of great sadness, but in
the midst of death there is life.
We should no blame anyone



or question: whose fault it was,
or who was'sinful or godly, we
must never throw up our hands
in defeat and surrender. But
instead, like Jesus says in John
16:33, “In this world you will
have trouble, but take heart, I
have overcome the world!”
Jesus is in charge and He is still
incontrol. |

' Best of all, Jesus is still in

-love with us. The love Jesus

has is not sappy sentimentality
or empty emotionalism; it is a
depth of compassion and love
that drove Him to sacrifice
Himself on Calvary’s cross for

_the forgiveness of our sins. It is

a love that would not tolerate
His alienation or separation
from us even though we caused
it.

Often in the Gospels we are
told that Jesus had “compas-
sion” for people. The Greek
word “compassion” is “spa lag

? This word doesn’t just
mean a pity or sympathy, but
literally means to feel pathos
from the bowels of one’s being
(we would say “from the center
of one’s gut”). Because “Jesus
is the same yesterday, today,
and forever,” this depth of
compassion Jesus feels for His
people will not change or end.

As we continue to bury our
loved ones, attend funerals ser-
vices and memorial masses, we
will weep. But that’s not all
we'll do. We are a people with
hope and that hope is the Son
of God, Jesus the Saviour. He
is with us so we can go forward
in faith, facing our fears and
the future. He who loved us
enough to die and rise for us is
still in charge, in control, and in
love with us.

Eternal rest grant unto them
o Lord: And may light perpet-
ually shine upon them, Amen.

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McDonald’s complimentary coupon.

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t] By REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD
PALACIOUS

ne day we will see the
Lord, and what a day
that will be. Are you
ready? What if He
te comes today? What
do you think will be your first reac-
tion? Will you fall on your face or just
gaze spell bound at His Glory?
Advent is the perfect time to consider
the prayer posture of prostration.
“O God how wonderful Thou art”
has always been one of my favourite
hymns as long as I can remember,
especially the lines that say, “Pros-
trate before Thy throne to lie and gaze
and gaze on Thee.” Children know
how to adopt this position to watch
insects in the grass or to watch televi-
sion. With chins cupped in open
hands, eyes riveted, their small bodies
are stilled, their whole attention to be







focused on the object of interest.
Whenever I felt the need to unbur-
den my heart, overloaded with some
deep concern, I would lie on the car-
pet in my prayer closet and pray.
Sometimes tears would soak into the

carpet and I would fall into a short |

but peaceful sleep. When it was time
to get up, everything would be in per-
spective, and I felt the assurance that
God had been invited to truly take
control. There is nothing like going
as low as one can go to remember
who is really in charge.

Privacy

To do this in privacy and on a carpet
is one thing, to lie prostrate on the
marble floor of Christ Church Cathe-
dral, Nassau, in the presence of near-
ly one thousand people is quite anoth-
er. With my forehead on my hands, I
could not gaze upward or forward,

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@ REV ANGELA PALACIOUS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005, PAGE 3C

you see the Lord? —



MEDITATION

with my eyes closed I could only look
inward, searching for any hindrance,
praying that it be released permitting
a total infilling, indwelling, overshad-
owing to take place. I wanted to be
filled with the fullness of Christ, to be
flooded in every part with prayer and
praise.

I found out later that because it was
televised a good number of the nation
engaged in spiritual prostration with
me. Persons of all denominations
found themselves before the throne
of grace as well. I had prayed for this
service not to be about me, but about
God working through me, reaching
the hearts of unsuspecting spectators
who were not watching to worship but
merely to witness. Thanks be to God,
many witnessed to others of their call
to worship. Even little ones were cap-





tivated by this position of prostration
and their questions gave opportunity
for testimony. This falling flat on one’s
face is humiliation, especially when it
is imposed by others, in circumstances
that cause us shame; it is humility
when we lower ourselves to fall at
Jesus’ feet. I have learned over the
years that if I.am reluctant to die to
self, deny myself, or make time to
pray during the day, that humiliation
is never far away.

Perhaps this is one of the lessons
that we may once more learn from a
child, how to lower ourselves in our
own estimation, as they find it so easy
to lower themselves to the ground.
Whom the Lord exalts, is truly exalt-
ed, Whom the Lord raises and makes
worthy is surely set free. May we nev-
er forget that “pride goes before a
fall” that getting on a “high horse”
about anything may require us to “eat
humble pie!”

on Hope’

HOPE is a quality too often
associated with emergencies,
or with situations that are all
but hopeless. At the start of
this New Year, there will no
doubt be endless references to
the need to hope, especially
with the murder rate at one or
more than one per day. But
hope belongs at the centre of
life, not at life’s extremity; if is
‘at home where life matters
most, and not only where we
feel at the end of our tether.

A young mother-to-be, for
instance, is full of hope. It’s not
even accurate to say that she
“has” hope. Hope is something
she inhabits. She projects her-
self into a future, which she
trusts, and is prepared to wel-
come her child as a pledge of
that trust.

All visionaries or persons to
whom the race is especially
indebied have lived from a per-
spective of hope. Think of
Mandela, Martin Luther King
Jr, or Ghandi. They were all at
the centre of the most heated
issues of their day. They con-
fronted overwhelming odds,
but they viewed change as pos-
sible, therefore attainable.
They were all icons of hope in
action.

French has two words for
hope (“espoir” and “esper-
ance”); English just one
(“hope”). And the range is
instructive. It means that hope
is either a plurality or some-
thing singular. We have a vari-
ety of “hopes (espoirs)” going
on all the time in our lives: I
hope we have good weather
this weekend: I hope my friend

-turns up: I hope we get tickets
for the show. But, it also makes
sense to say simply, “I have
hope (esperance/hope),” as
opposed to “I give up.”

According to Gabriel Mar-
cel, the French philosopher,
who has written one of the

finest essays on the features
of hope, any or all of my
“hopes” may fail without my
suffering thereby any dimin-
ishment in being. It may rain
cats and dogs on the weekend;
my friends may fail to show,
and [ have to stay indoors.
There are other times when I
am diminished when my hope
fails: a loved one dies after ill-
ness; my child turns out to be
an addict, or my country takes
a turn for the worse in crime. In
these latter instances, what I
hope for matters to me vitally.
J am involved in a way I am
not when I hope simply for
good weather. One may say
that “hopes” becomes “hope”
to the extent of personal
involvement or investment of
my being.

T6 hope by definition is to
have a certain confidence, with-
out which hope cannot be itself.
I must believe that what I hope
for is possible. This is not arro-
gance or cocksureness. If I do
not believe in its possibility, my
hope is just a mask for resigna-
lion, or worse perhaps, despair.

Hope. Marcel insists, is not
optimism. “Tam a prisoner of
hope.” says Cornell West,



& FR HENRY CHARLES»

meaning much the same thing.
“The optimist is one who has a
firm conviction, or in certain
cases just a vague feeling that
things tend to ‘turn out for the

best.’” “When we come down .

to a final analysis, the optimist
always relies upon an experi-
ence which is not drawn from
the most intimate and living
part of himself, but is consid-
ered from a sufficient distance
to allow contradictions to
become fused into a general
harmony.”

“The optimist introduces
himself as a spectator with par-
ticularly keen sight. ‘If your
vision were as keen as mine,
you'd be bound to see, etc,
etc.’”

Optimism

But if hope is not optimism,
neither is it just another expres-
sion for the vitality of a healthy
organism. Experience shows
that hope can survive almost
total collapse or ruin in an
organism. I once visited:a
friend suffering from terminal
cancer, who was nothing but
skin and bone. She was only a
smiling skull, but her smile was
warm.

Hope, however, cannot exist
without the temptation to
despair. Despair means

that one capitulates before a _

situation one judges to be
inevitable. Or one anticipates
repetition of the most dismal
kind. Hope, on the other hand,
involves a certain refusal to
view a negative situation as
final. Consider how often our
major reformers were told:
you're wasting your time; the
system will never change;
human nature is human nature
etc. Give it up.

Hope’s refusal is not a mat-
ter of stubborn will over diffi-
cult circumstance. Hope is
essentially humble, timid even,
and inviolably patient. It knows
that any change that’s worth
striving for takes time. Like
birth or rebirth, change can be

facilitated; it can never be
forced.

Hope involves no guaran-
tee of possession. This, of
course, is hope philosophically
considered. Theological hope
is another matter. Moses, one
must remember, only came

within sight of the promised
land. I work for my children’s
education. I have no guaran-
tee that I will see them gradu-
ate. It does not mean that I set
conditions on contributing.
Unless I am there...

Think of the patriot who
struggles and longs to see his
country free. He may not live
to see its liberation. But to
cease to hope is not an option.
On the contrary, the liberator
carries in his heart, beyond his
own existence, the fulfilment
of his people’s hopes. Imagine
Nelson Mandela on Robben
Island, not expecting to be
freed, and certainly not antici-
pating being President of a lib-
erated South Africa. What
does the form of hope look like
in a life likely to end in a rou-
tine of breaking stones?
Despair would mean going
over to the side of the enemy.
It would mean an act of deep
disloyalty.

Here one touches perhaps
on that remarkable experience
St. Paul described as “hoping
against hope.” Abraham,
already an old man, must
believe he will be the father of
a great nation. This is not hope
for the possible, but what
seems all but impossible.

This is the hope the Bible
canonizes, but it makes sense to
speak of it “naturally,” I also
think. It is the kind of hope
that changes the world, when
things appear set to remain
eternally how they are.

Hope has also to contend
with the experience of eclipse,
ie. the original vision, the one
you started with, isn’t always
there. All big commitments —
to a person, a cause, or an insti-
tution — must reckon with “a
loss of the original vision.”
Original visions always fade.
The issue then becomes: how
do I remain faithful in dark-
ness to a love I once had but no
longer feel? The answer lies
in hope, but to explore this
takes us much further afield.
Hope not a wishy-washy qual-
ity. It demands enormous
courage. Aquinas refers to it
as “an arduous good.” With
another year behind us, anoth-
er year upon us, my wish is that
we commit ourselves to the
“good” of hope for ourselves,
our families, our country...

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in cash and checks from the.

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New York City Warns Jews
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‘And the Word

became flesh and
dwelt at Ground Zero’

lm By REVEREND
RAYMOND NEILLY,
President of the
Bahamas, Turks and
Caicos Islands
Conference of the
Methodist Church in
the Caribbean and ~
the Americas



. (This message was first pre-
sented following the September
11 tragedy)

AND THE WORD
BECAME FLESH AND
DWELT AMONG US.

John 1:14

‘AND THE WORD
BECAME FLESH AND
DWELT AT GROUND
ZERO.’ ,

Dear Friends,

esus is the melodious
voice of God’s love.
In proclaiming the
mystery of the Incar-
nation, the Gospel
according to John declares
“The Word became flesh and
dwelt among us full of grace
and truth.” John 1:14 To these
holy words J humbly and
prayerfully add the following,
“And the Word became flesh
and dwelt at Ground Zero.”
Christmas is to experience
the music of His presence
amidst the discordant sounds
in our inner beings and in our
surroundings created by an off-
-key orchestra of human sin.

Privacy

Ground zero is the name giv-
en to the site of the New York
City World Trade Center
which was destroyed in terror-
ists attacks on September 11,
2001, along with other devas-
tating attacks on the United
States. We now see ground

Pastor Ben Bailey
Program Organizer.
The Prophetic Voice
P. O. Box N-9518

Nassau, Bahamas



zero where the world famous
Nassau Straw Market and
offices of the Ministry of
Tourism, along with other
offices and facilities stood. We
see ground zero where the dev-
astation of hurricane forces
have wrecked destruction and
where an entire island, an
entire country, mourns the loss
of sons and daughters of the
soil.

Privacy

We know that God is at
Ground Zero. Many of us have
had our towers and structures
come crashing down around us
and have had to start to build
from the ground up, using very
sparse resources.

Sometimes, to our amaze-
ment, we have found that there
is a manger at ground zero and
that when we expected to find
darkness, behold a cross of vic-
tory and the glorious light of
the Incarnate Christ shone
upon us in all His grace and
truth, lifting us to new dimen-
sions, even at ground zero. We
have found that the “barrel of
meal” went amazingly far and
that the oil did not finish when
we expected it to do so.

Many of us who preach the
Word were inspired to know:
that no matter what the pre-
dictions of economic gloom
were inthe forecast from the
experts, ground zero would
bring surprise blessings to the
Bahamas, and we have pro-
claimed this message. The
music of His presence resounds
at ground zero for His music
will not be destroyed by the
Herods who impose terror.
That music resounds through-
out the Bahamas, in spite of
the economic situation.

Christmas is the music of
God’s eternal presence coming
to ground zero. His love was
manifested at ground zero as









REV RAYMOND NEILLY

the Son of God was born in a
lowly manger. At Christmas we
sing, “While shepherds
watched their flock by night,
all seated on the ground.” At
ground zero, the shepherds
heard the melody which was
not heard by any others that
night, even though it was sung
by a multitude of the heavenly
host. The glorious visions of St
John the Divine speak about
the music of the myriad of the
heavenly hosts. We believe that
the proclamation of the Incar-
nation would also be attended

_with the music of heaven.

Christ’s appeal to us this
Christmas is “You must be

Jesus Christ: The Suffering Servant
Scripture Text: Old Testament Psalm 15:1-5

Thomas Guthrie wrote concerning ‘Step by Step,’ “It is not with a rush
and a spring that we are to reach Christ’s character, and attain to perfect
saintship; but step by step, foot by foot, hand over hand, we are slowly
and often painfully to mount the ladder that rests on earth and rises to
heaven.”

| The Apostle Paul made two critical statements eoneeining Jesus at
Philippians 3:10 worth remembering:

That | may know Him and the Power of His Resurrection;
That | may know Him and the Fellawship of His Sufferings.

Hear this simple truth, which the Holy Spirit allowed the Apostle Paul to
lay upon our mind in ‘this passage of scripture: The only way to know
Jesus in the Power of His Resurrection; is to also know him in the Fellowship
of His Sufferings. Jesus could not -be resurrected, until after He died, and
His Death was brought about as a result of His Suffering. That is the
reason why Jesus is referred to by scholars as, “The Suffering Servant.”
The suffering of Christ Jesus was so great that when He saw the magnitude

of that suffering « as a Man in the garden of Gethsemane, He asked his Father three times, “Take this
cup away from me.” How interesting, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Concerning this thing | pleaded with
the Lord three times that it might depart from me. He said to me, My Grace is sufficient for you, for
My Strength i is made perfect in weakness.”

Mark 14:32-36 records this weakness, “He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to
be troubled and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, My Soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to
death. Stay here and watch. He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were
possible, the hour might pass from Him. He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take
this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what | Will, but what You Will.”

The following passage at Luke 22:43-44 helps us to understand the magnitude of what Jesus suffered
as a Man, and continues the garden story, “Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening
Him: And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His Sweat became like great drops of blood
falling down to the ground.” Mark 15:33-34 “Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness
over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,
Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is translated, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

God’s Righteous Character as Judge Revealed: Numbers 21:4-9 “The. people became very
discouraged on the way; and spoke against God and Moses: So the Lord sent fiery serpents, and they
bit the people; and many died. The people repented of their sin. Moses prayed and the Lord said to
Moses, make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall
live. Explanation: The Bronze Serpent placed on the pole by Moses after the Israelites were punished
by poisonous snakes; represented God’s Judgment of their acknowledged sin when they murmured
and complained against God and Moses. Looking upon the Bronze Serpent placed on the pole drove
home the point that God punishes our sin; but once we acknowledge our sin, repentance displays a
change of heart, and affords the repentant sinner Divine Forgiveness, Restoration, and Protection. ’

Here is the question that goes unanswered: Why did Jesus endure such a great suffering?

In the Book of Hebrews 12:1-2, Paul in his exhortation to Hebrew believers, answered this question
when he wrote, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us
lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the
race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy
that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right
hand of the Throne of God.”

Jesus on the cross also represented God’s Judgment of the sin of mankind; our looking to the Christ
on the cross reminds us that God punishes our sin, but once we acknowledge our sin, repentance
displays a change of heart, and affords the repentant sinner Divine Forgiveness, Restoration, and
Protection in the same manner. The end result is we are connected to God Our Father, and receive
in Christ Jesus, wonderful benefits.

The conclusion of the whole matter: God helps us to overcome every temptation, and challenge.

born again” John 3:7. It is my
prayer that we will have not
the usual array of holiday activ-
ities, which are merely season-
al, and are stamped with the
sameness and the typical hum-
drum, but that we will have a
dynamic Christmas and New
Year. May the joy of the Incar-





nate Christ fill our hearts and
our homes this holiday season.
May that joy take us into the
New Year and fill us with
peace till travelling days are
done.

At ground zero, experienc-
ing His blessings as individu-
als and a country, we sing”

Enter, then, O Christ most
holy;

Make a Christmas in my
heart;

In II Corinthians 4, St Paul

, points. out that as Christians

“we are troubled on every side,
yet not distressed” we are
knocked down, but not
knocked out. Yes, friends, this
is Christmas, God in every sit-
uation, most assuredly God.

Privacy

Much has taken place in the
world since Christmas 2001.
Intense hurricane seasons have
been our experience, and the
recent tragedy of the downed
Chalks airplane which left
Bimini and all of the Bahamas
in shock and sadness. There
has been a baptism in fire for
some persons.

We give thanks to God that
the faith of many has been
strengthened. In the midst of
it all and through it all, God

has blessed'the Bahamas

tremendously and we give Him
the glory. .

I was inspired when I made
pastoral visits‘ to the Grand
Bahama circuit after the hurri-
canes of 2004 and Hurricane

Wilma in 2005. In particular, I

recall the bright spirits of the
students and staff at St Paul’s
Methodist College which had
been damaged and the fervent
worship of the congregation at
St Andrew’s Methodist
Church, Hawksbill as they wor-
shipped in the hall after Hurri-
cane Jeanne and Hurricane

Frances damaged the sanctu-
ary.

. Privacy

Instruments of music and the -

hearts and the voices of the
people proclaimed God,
assuredly God. The eternal
presence of the Incarnate God
has not changed. His power of
Love has not been diluted and

the beauty of His glory still

sparkles for those whose eyes
and hearts are attuned to see
and to hear the things of heav-
en. His crystal fountain is open
to all.

I pray that this Christmas we
will remember God. That at

the ground zero of our lives we °

will not be so busy keeping up.
‘with creating our own Christ"

mases by providing the ultra-
modern in our homes that we
do not have the awareness that
our homes are becoming post-

‘Christian.

In our homes, may the mes: ,

sage be God, most assuredly.

God. Let us proclaim our faith
to. the world,.that.in .the
Bahamas, we might have'been
knocked down, but we have
not been knocked out and it is
all of God, most assuredly,
God.








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or the sixth con- |
secutive year, the
young people of
the New Provi-
dence District
Youth Department of the
Bahamas Baptist Union held
its annual awards banquet.
Under the theme “Women
of Virtue, Worthy of Praise”,
five outstanding women of God
were recognised for their
invaluable contributions to the
work of the Bahamas Baptist
Union of Churches. Elder
Miriam Roker of Mt Carey
Union Baptist Church, Sisters
Christine Francis, Dorothy
Laing and Vera Curtis from
Salem Union Baptist Church,
along with Reverend Rachael
Ferguson of the First Baptist
Union Church, all received the
red carpet treatment at the gala
awards banquet, which was
held in the Commonwealth
Room of the Nassau Beach

Hotel.
Highly

Superintendent of the
Bahamas Baptist Union of
Churches, Rev Dr Charles
Saunders, spoke very highly of
the honorees, as he gave his
remarks. According to Dr
Saunders, the accolades given
to them were all done for the
honor and glory of God, as
they had all labored, and made
their presence felt within both
their local churches and the
Bahamas Baptist Union.

He gave high remarks to the
young people for their success
in hosting such as auspicious
event, and personally congrat-
ulated each of the honorees.
He also made special mention
of Dr Majorie Francis, first lady
of the First Baptist Union who
was present, for her dedication
and commitment to the work
of God.

Elder Roker received the
Daniel Wilshire lifetime

achievement award, the Long
and Dedicated Service award
was given to Sister Curtis, Rev-
erend Ferguson.was presented
with the L D Cox Long Ser-
. vice award, Sister Francis was

given the C W Saunders Dedi-
cated Service award, and Sister
Laing was presented with the
Distinguished Award for her
service in the church and com-
munity.



Pastor: ‘I think

African American
Christians must
recognise that -

Kwanzaa is not a

or reaffirmation of
one’s ancestry’

HAVING taken a close look at Kwanzaa, a black South-
ern Baptist pastor and Southern Baptist seminary professor
are opting instead to celebrate their Christian faith.



Kwanzaa's celebration of African American culture

should not take precedence over the traditional observance
of Christmas, the two men said. "I think African American
Christians must recognise that Kwanzaa is not a simple
appreciation or reaffirmation of one's ancestry," said Eric
Redmon, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Temple
Hills, MD. The concept of self-worth based on one's ances-
try is inherent in the system of Kwanzaa, and perhaps can
reflect "the majesty of the image of God in all people,"
Redmon said. But he noted that Kwanzaa overlooks the
depravity that can arise within any human culture.

Kwanzaa was founded in 1966 by a black activist, Ron
Karenga, as a December 26-January 1 celebration of
African-American heritage. Timed to serve as an alternative
to the commercialism of Christmas, Kwanzaa was based
on various elements of the first harvest celebrations widely
observed in Africa.

Kwanzaa is celebrated by 1.6 per cent of consumers,
according to a 2004 survey conducted by the National Retail
Foundation. The name Kwanzaa is derived from a Swahili
phrase meaning "first fruits." The seven letters in the word
Kwanzaa correspond to seven principles on which the obser-
vance is based: Unity, self-determination, collective work
and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, cre-
ativity and faith.

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‘Women of Virtuc,
Worthy of Praise’

Although it was a night of
excitement and laughter, it was
also a bittersweet occasion. Sis-
ter Laing was not in attendance
due to the recent passing of her
husband, and Sister Vera Cur-
tis, one of the recipients, had
only died just that morning.

Various

Young people from various
churches within the New Prov-
idence District Convention of



Churches were also lauded for
their outstanding work

throughout the course of the °

year. Charmaine Munroe of
South Beach Baptist Church,
was chosen as the female youth
of the yéar and also junior offi-
cer of the year, while Alexion
Rolle of New Bethany Baptist
Church, was voted as most out-
standing male of the year.
Also included during the

awards ceremony were excit-’

ing door prizes and prizes for



best-dressed persons. Comp-
troller of Traffic Jack Thomp-
son was master of ceremony
for the night. Renowned Evan-
gelist Emily Austin-Williams
thrilled the audience with

.splendid renditions that includ-

ed “Still I Rise”, and young
Sheneka Musgrove ministered

in dance.
Staff

It was hats off to the staff of

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the Nassau. Beach Hotel for a
great reception, and to all who
attended. a

After all the accolades were
given to the deserving recipi-
ents and vote of thanks by
Jonathan Rolle, president of
the New Providence District
Youth Department, the young
people continued the celebra-
tion by dancing the night away.



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| By: Pastor Kenneth H.B. Adderley

THE POWER OF STEWARDSHIP Part 4

Read: Read 11 Kings 4:2; Exodus 4:2-4;
1 Peter 4:7-11; Luke 16:10-13

My brothers and sisters, it is ashamed that so many
Christians didn’t give God the tithe and offering that
belongs to Him. We come to Church week after week



and know we have a responsible to God and don’t |
ae . 3 Rev. Kenneth H.B &
Then expect God, the Church to help you but you | Sis Bernadette Adderley

don’t fulfill your responsibility.

WHAT IS THE TITHE?

It is a tenth of your prcauce: earning for the support
of the local church.

Read Deuteronomy 14:27-29 7 a By God Ae
It is the gateway for the believer into the Covenant ve ‘ a
Blessing. The Tithe is a tent of our income that we Tape ae useless 8 Pc exele
give to God, which enables Him to move on our behalf | oo
in the area of blessings. God owns everything and we
are simply stewards of what we have Been entrusted : :

>. withs Tithing is one ‘of God’s Principles: - 5 SHEL iin: ‘The Sourc $5.00.

“He gives unto us; we give back to Him, one-tenth ‘i | : ! al uae pt ato . ee
all that He has blessed us with.” Tithing is God’s way | WOE
_of financing His work. Tithing is God! s getting money
back to you.







































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1 The 1st Biblical Account of Tithing: ae :

Genesis 14:18-22 SERIE! : ate of lah Cee Si ri
2. APromise to Tithe: Genesis 28:20-22 : aa eae a hae
3. The Tithe is Holy to the Lord: Leviticus 27:30-33
4. We rob God when we withhold Tithe:

Malachi 3:8-12

Tithing is getting money to you, instead of from you.
There are (3) Types of Tithing: . 1? "Tne Hear roe
e PERSONAL TITHING: This is giving one tenth of | d a “Do you Love r oe 35.00

your gross income. et : Lees i ae ion 6

e BUSINESS TITHING: This is giving one tenth of sive Power of Stewardship” Price: $15.00
: ea 4 : SOE aarcl God has placed
your net income to God. People who own business a) - nee er

should be paying tithes foe themselves and tithes ie Ss ieee has place in :
for the Business. es your ee
¢ CHURCH TITHING: This is giving one tenth of the | m . i a SA ee

Church gross income.
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WHAT ARE OFFERINGS? They are gifts above our | | ac ro eae id Cot ee ee
Tithe. , ew | aoe
: $5.00




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We are commanded to give Offerings: ; as “ine co ae oo ic ae

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We should not withhold Onenngs: oe CS : :

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