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THE TRIBUNE

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 3

LOCAL NEWS

rire chief denies
reports of delayed

response tO blaze ie

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FIRE Services Director
Superintendent Jeffrey
Deleveaux denied reports
that his officers intentional-
ly delayed their response to
the blaze at the Haitian vil-
lage on Fire Trail Road yes-
terday.

According to a number of
Haitians who live in the
shanty town, the fire started
shortly after 7am yesterday.
However, they said fire per-
sonnel did not respond to
the blaze until almost
8.30am.

Supt Deleveaux admitted
that the fire may have been
raging from 7am; but
stressed that it is up to the
residents of the area to alert
Fire Services about the
blaze.

“Fire Services responds
when we receive calls. If the
fire started at 7am, we got
the call at 8.24am; which
means that somebody really
didn’t call (until then). But
we got the call at 8.24am
and responded. As a matter
of fact we had a unit sta-
tioned at Carmichael Road
so the response time was
extremely quick,” he said.

In fact, Supt Deleveaux
said that three units
responded and when offi-
cers arrived they found the
fire in two different loca-
tions in the Haitian village.

“We proceeded to extin-

FIREFIGHTERS tackle the blaze at the Haitian village yesterday.

guish the fire but with the
strong winds and the close
proximity of the buildings it
was extremely difficult to
contain. And as you can see
a number of homes were
destroyed.”

At this time, however,
Supt Deleveaux said they
are unable to confirm the
number of homes that have
been lost although estimates
put the number close to 400.
He also stressed that the
exact cause of the blaze is

still yet to be determined,
although they are currently
looking at “several possibil-
ities.”

“We have persons who
think they may have seen
something. We might have
to find the individual and
interview him or her to find
out what it really was that
they saw.

“It’s a possibility that
arson is involved.

“It’s a possibility that it’s
an electrical fire.

“It’s a possibility that
someone was cooking and
left something unattended,”
he said.

“Some of the challenges
that we faced here was that
water was really a problem,
and barring that the close
proximity of the buildings.
We had officers going
through a maze-like area to
try and reach the scene of
the fire and it was very
unsafe so we had to pull
them back.”

MP claims PLP ‘consciously voted’
against providing clean water

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

THE PLP consciously vot-
ed against providing
Bahamians with clean water,
Garden Hills MP Brensil
Rolle told the House of
Assembly yesterday.

Last September, the
House approved a resolu-
tion for the government to
borrow nearly $58 million
from the China Export-
Import Bank to construct a
four-lane airport highway.

The project will mean the
grant of 200 work permits
for Chinese labourers, but
also a very low interest rate
for the loan.

Displaying a sign reading
“The PLP voted yes to Blue-
water and no to the Clean
Water”, Mr Rolle explained
that within that resolution
was a specific set of provi-
sions that would have been
achieved by the government
once the loan was complet-
ed. Providing clean water
was among those provisions.

The assertion that the
opposition did not want
“Bahamians to have clean
water” raised the ire of a
number of PLP MPs, who
asked Speaker Alvin Smith
to have Mr Rolle withdraw
the statement.

The first on her feet was
Englerston MP Glenys Han-
na-Martin, who said it was a
blatant “untruth” that she
or any member of her party
voted against giving
Bahamians clean water.

MP for Elizabeth Ryan
Pinder said in his opening
remarks that the PLP did
not vote against clean water,
but rather voted for
Bahamians.

Mr Pinder said the gov-

ernment borrowed more
than $60 million for the Chi-
na Export-Import Bank to
build a road from the air-
port.

Under the conditions of
the loan, Chinese workers
and contractors would build
the road.

Alternatively Mr Pinder
said, the investment should
have been made for the
Bahamian people and
should have embraced

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Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham agreed that in vot-
ing against the resolution,
the opposition party did dis-
tinguish that they were vot-
ing against the use of Chi-
nese labour.

However, Mr Ingraham
said, “The facts are that the
resolution applied to the air-
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THE TRIBUNE





EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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 1972-199]

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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

WEBSITE
www.tribune242.com — updated daily at 2pm

Diabetes reduces life expectancy

NEW YORK — A 50-year-old with dia-
betes dies six years sooner than someone
without the disease, and not just from a heart
attack or a stroke, new research suggests.

The large international effort to measure
diabetes’ toll found the disease also raises the
risk of dying prematurely from a host of
other ailments, even breast cancer and pneu-
monia.

"It's quite a wide sweep of conditions,”
said Dr. John Danesh of Cambridge Uni-
versity in Britain, who led the team of
researchers. While most people think of
heart problems, diabetes surprisingly
"appears to be associated with a much
broader range of health implications than
previously suspected.”

Putting the six years lost in context, he
said, long-term smoking shortens life by 10
years.

The analysis used pooled medical infor-
mation for 820,900 people from nearly 100
studies done mostly in Europe and North
America. The results are published in Thurs-
day's New England Journal of Medicine.

Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of
death in the U.S., affects about 26 million
Americans, or 8 per cent, including 7 million
who haven't been diagnosed. Most in the
study were thought to have the most com-
mon kind — Type 2 — which occurs when
the body makes too little insulin or cannot
use what it does make to regulate blood sug-
ar. High blood sugar can damage nerves
and blood vessels, and is a major cause of
heart disease.

The new research didn't include those
who had heart disease when they were first
enrolled. Participants were followed on aver-
age for 13 and a half years, and there were
more than 123,000 deaths. Overall, death
rates from various causes were higher for
those with diabetes than those without.

The researchers took into account other
risk factors that could influence the results:
age, gender, smoking and weight. Type 2
diabetes is tied to obesity. They found that
those with diabetes had double the risk of
dying from a heart attack or stroke, com-
pared to those without the disorder. But
they also found that diabetics had a 25 per
cent higher risk of dying from cancer and
were more likely to die from a variety of ill-
nesses, including infections, lung and kid-
ney disease as well as falls.

Exactly how diabetes raises those risks
isn't clear, but in the case of infections, it
could be that diabetes weakens the immune
system, the researchers said. Diabetes can
cause vision problems and loss of feeling in
the legs, which may be the reason for falls,
they said.

Danesh said one intriguing finding was a

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higher risk of suicide in those with diabetes.
Other research has linked diabetes with
depression, he noted.

The results are "another reason to try to
normalize blood glucose in people who have
diabetes,” through diet, exercise and med-
ication, said Dr. Alvin Powers, a diabetes
specialist at Vanderbilt University. "There
have been smaller studies that hinted at this
but nothing where a study of this size looked
at so many different outcomes.”

Danesh and his colleagues also estimated
diabetes’ affect on life expectancy. They cal-
culated that a 50-year-old diabetic without
heart disease dies about six years earlier
than someone without the disease, with 40
per cent of the difference due to cancer and
conditions other than heart disease.

"It underscores the need to prevent dia-
betes," Danesh said.

Previous studies have shown a possible
link between diabetes and cancer. The new
paper tied some, but not all, cancers; the
increased risk ranged from 25 per cent for
breast cancer to double for liver cancer.
Danesh said people with diabetes should
get age-appropriate cancer screenings.

Last year, a joint report from the Amer-
ican Diabetes Association and the American
Cancer Society looked at the issue and said
that it wasn't clear whether any connection
was direct, indirect or perhaps because the
two disorders share common risk factors,
like obesity. The new research squares with
that report's conclusion that "there's a lot
more we need to understand about diabetes
and the link to cancer," said one of the
authors, Dr. Richard Bergenstal of the Inter-
national Diabetes Centre at Park Nicollet
in Minneapolis. He is a former president of
the diabetes group.

While adding to the evidence, the study
doesn't answer the question of why, he said.

"Diabetes is a serious condition. We often
don't quite think about it quite that way,"
Bergenstal said.

(This article was written by Stephanie
Nano of the Associated Press).

DIABETES IN THE BAHAMAS

According to the Bahamas Diabetic
Association the incidence of diabetes in the
Bahamas is about 12 per cent and is respon-
sible for a devastating percentage of all
deaths in the country. It is also the leading
cause of many complications, including
blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney
failure and limb loss. In 2002 it was estimat-
ed that the economic burden of diabetes in
the Bahamas, in both direct and indirect
charges, was $23,084,249 or 0.43 per cent of
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LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I am so done. So, so one!
We are so computer savvy, so
informed, so educated, so nat-
urally curious yet we allow
ourselves to be sold down the
wrong path. We have all that
the world and universe has to
offer us at our fingertips yet
our own insecurities and
naivety allows us to believe
what others want us to rather
than what we find and believe
ourselves.

We all search on line for
the best deals. Amazon for a
book at $4.99 that was $29.99,
EBay can get you a plane
ticket that should cost $500
for $30 yet we still believe that
solar energy is Soocoo expen-
sive that we can’t possibly buy
into it. We have people in the
business that say that unless
you can reverse into the grid
you can’t save money and it’s
a waste of time. I could
scream when I hear such fool-
ishness and shudder when I
see the educated, worldly peo-
ple I know buying into this!

Are we so insecure that we
allow our inevitable right and
privilege of sense and reason
to be destroyed by others,
who either need to control or
need to monopolize an indus-
try, guide our better judg-
ment?

I refer to an article in
Wednesday’s Tribune on
page seven titled “Opportu-
nities” for independent elec-
tricity suppliers in energy sec-
tor where a Graham Siener
claims that unless we can “self
generate” and “feed into the
system” it is not “cost effec-
tive.” Hmmm. My electricity
in let’s say June, July and
August runs about $1,000 a
month. I have central air
upstairs in the bedrooms
which is only activated at
night. I recently built a home
in Charlotteville, a “green”
home for a client with alter-
nate energy as the main pow-
er source and BEC as the
back up. Their first electricity
bill was $17 and when they
used their central air, two
three ton units running 24/7,
their bill was $87. I am not a
highly educated person but
with my limited schooling and
a calculator, I wholeheartedly
disagree with this person and
can only wonder what their
motive could possibly be in

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saying such foolishness? He
continues and says: “To size a
system so it can power a
home, most people would
have to revert to the use of
batteries to store surplus pow-
er and the batteries require a
lot more cost, maintenance
and are not as efficient.” He
next said that he “encouraged
the government to start get-
ting out of the way” and allow
“individuals to feed electrici-
ty into the system.”

Fact of the matter is virtu-
ally everything these days has
a back up battery. My com-
puter does, my calculator
does.

The house in Char-
lottesville does. The fallacy
that they are expensive and
not efficient should be taken
back.

The comment serves no
purpose other than to mislead
those who may want to ven-
ture into alternate energy and
to eliminate others who might
be on the fence.

Let’s for a minute forget
about false information and
the difference in his opinion
and mine and discuss the
obvious need for alternate
energy during a power out-
age.

Discuss what we know, a
generator. A generator can
only be used when BEC is not
providing power. It cannot be
used in lieu of BEC on a dai-
ly basis. It is extremely noisy,
uses fossil fuel and the fuel
tank, in a hurricane, would
need to be refilled every day
or two. Solar energy on the
other hand can be used 24/7,
makes no noise, does not rely
on fossil fuel, panels are on
the roof and battery storage
takes up a small area in a cov-
ered space. The generator
should be run once a week or
so for maintenance and
should be serviced at least
every six months.

The batteries I provided my
client have a ten year war-
ranty and the company will
take them back when the time
frame is up for proper recy-
cling. If you are following this
line of thought, the scale is
already tipped in the favour of
solar.

Now review the cost. I did
an exercise for another client
who wanted a generator, by
the time I added up the gen-
erator, the pad, double throw
switch, fuel tank, electricians
cost, generator hook up by
supplier I was at $38,000. The
solar cost $26,000. Both prod-
ucts have a life expectancy,
both need maintenance, one

needs fuel one doesn’t one
can run 24/7 one can’t, one is
noisy one is quiet, one will
reduce your electricity bill to
nothing, one will have no
change of your bill whatsoev-
er.

Don’t misinterpret my mes-
sage, solar will not run or sup-
ply energy to completely run
your central air unless you
have plenty, I mean plenty
panels but if your units are
properly sized, high efficiency,
15 or 16 Seer, if your attic
space is insulated with a prod-
uct such as Icynene and is an
un-vented space, your units
will cost less to run.

Also don’t misinterpret that
you must spend $26,000, you
can start with one or two pan-
els and add on as your budget
allows but anything we do to
reduce our own carbon foot-
print the better.

Each and every one of us, is
responsible to the planet and
its future. It will be here long
after our short time here is
over, our children and grand-
children inherit our mistakes.
So can we please, for the good
of all, be extremely careful
what we say before sharing
them with the media?

We also don’t have to wait
for the government, we are
totally capable of making our
own choices on what to pur-
chase, Mr Deveaux in this
article and numerous others
has tried to dispel the misin-
formation that going solar is
illegal and he reiterates in the
article that the “government”
has put in place tax reductions
on various items to help ben-
efit the consumer.

You can also, if you choose,
prior to bringing in a product
that may be “green” write a
letter to the controller of Cus-
toms asking for a reduction
in duty and if the information
provided proves your prod-
uct worthy, the reduction will
be granted.

DEBBY DEAL
Nassau,
February 28, 2011.

Letting foreigners
lo the dirty work

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re: US Coast Guard spear-
heads weekly beach clean-
ups on New Providence. —
The Tribune, February 28,
2011.

Fortunately, we Bahamians
are never too lazy or too
proud to let foreigners do our
dirty work.

KEN W KNOWLES, MD
Nassau,
February 28, 2011.

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LOCAL NEWS

Man arrested after
high speed car chase

A HIGH SPEED car chase involving the
police and a three-vehicle convoy ended in
a 29-year-old Fox Hill man being arrested.

Reports state that sometime around
3.55am on Wednesday, officers from the
Central Detective Unit were on routine
patrol on Nassau Street when they saw the
occupants of a grey Ford Taurus, a Honda
vehicle with a flat tyre and a silver Nissan
Maxima travelling at high speed.

The officers pursued the three cars into
the Bain Town area. There, the occupants of
the Honda, which was the middle vehicle
in this three-car convoy, stopped and got
out. The police officers continued to pursue
the grey Taurus and caught up with the car’s
single occupant after he crashed on Meeting
Street. The police recovered a handgun with
ammunition from the vehicle and subse-
quently took the driver, a 29-year-old man of
Smithville, Fox Hill, into custody. Investi-
gations continue.

¢ A phone card vendor was robbed at
gunpoint on Tuesday morning.

The vendor was at Constitution Drive
when she was approached by two men in a
white Ford Explorer at around 10am, police
reported.

Reports further state that one of the men
produced a handgun and robbed the woman
of her jewellery and an undetermined
amount of cash.

The robbers then fled the area in an
unknown direction.

¢ A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old
boy are being held by police in
connection with the armed robbery of a
drug store.

Shortly before 7.50pm on Tuesday, police
received a report of an armed robbery at
Bethel’s Drug Store, located East and
Young Streets.

According to police, two men, one of
whom was armed with a handgun, entered
the establishment and demanded cash.

The culprits robbed the establishment of
an undetermined amount of money and fled
the area on foot.

BAHAMIAN FOOD PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT EXPO TODAY

AN ARRAY of Bahami-
an food products will be
available to patrons attend-
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al Agribusiness Expo which
opens today.



The Ministry of Agricul-
ture and Marine Resources
is hosting the event, which
will be held at the Gladstone
Road Agricultural Centre
until Saturday.

The opening ceremony
takes place today at 11.30am
and the keynote speaker will
be Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham.

The expo will close on

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 5

PUSHIN’ DA ENVELOP
By Jamaal Rolle

Saturday at 2.15pm with an
awards ceremony hosted by
Minister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources Larry
Cartwright.

Provisions are being made
for at least 150 vendors.

A wide variety of fruits,
vegetables, meats, marine
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The Day of the LORD

Zechariah 14:1-9

Behold, the day of the LORD is coming,And your
ate will be divided in your midst.For | will gather
all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;The city
shall be taken,The houses rifled,And the women
ravished.Half of the city shall 90 into captivity,But
the remnant of the agus shall not be cut off
from the city.Then the LORD will go forth And “11 :
fight against those nations,As He fights in the will compete in root crop,
day of battle.And in that day His feet will stand fruits and vegetables cate-
on the Mount of Olives,Which faces Jerusalem on gories. ;
the east.And the Mount of Olives shall be split There also will be cook-
in two,From east to west,Making a very ee ing demonstrations and culi-
valley;Half of the mountain shall move toward the nary competitions utilising
north And half of it toward the south. Then you shall native ingredients. The link-
Us oo ee a re ages between agriculture
valley shall reach to Azal.Yes, you shall flee As you :
fled hon the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king ae ea cuca on
of Judah.Thus the LORD my God will come,And SOUCA On, VOUTSM. Tea
all the saints with You.[a]lt shall come to pace in and the manufacturing sec-
that dayne there will be no light:The lights will tors will be explored.
oe ee be one - ae is known to the

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shall be That living waters shall flow from Jerusa- .
of them toward the western sea; In both summer CUE oles
and winter it shall occur.And the LORD shall be UX Oa!
King over all the earth. In that day it shall be— “
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More than 250 suspected
Haitian migrants apprehended
in ‘horrible’ conditions

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter

cnixon@tribunemedia.net

THE Royal Bahamas
Defence Force appre-
hended more than 250
suspected Haitian immi-
grants off the Exuma Cays
Tuesday afternoon.

They were brought to
New Providence last night
to be processed by Immi-
gration officers.

The apprehension was
made after two vessels
were spotted near Ragged
Island and in the Salina
Point Acklins area.

Onboard the 198ft
Defence Force vessel
HMBS Bahamas on Tues-
day afternoon, Lieutenant
Commander Clearance

that the first vessel, a 40-
foot sloop containing 164
persons (127 men and 37
women) was spotted and
intercepted 18 miles west
of Elbow Cay, Exuma,
around 11pm Monday.

The majority of
migrants were under the
age of 30 - “very young
individuals,” said Lieu-
tenant Dean.

According to Lieutenant
Dean, the migrants had
been out to sea for four to
five days but appeared to
be in good health.

Executive Officer and
Senior Lieutenant Chap-
pell Whymms - said
Defence Force officers
intercepted a second
smaller vessel off Raccoon
Cay, Exuma, with 93 sus-

aboard.

He said they met with
HMBS Bahamas on Tues-
day at 4.30pm to transport
the detainees to Nassau.

Boarding officer Sub-
Lieutenant Adrian Stubbs
said that as conditions
abroad the vessels were
“extremely horrible”— and
included a lack of proper
bathrooms — health pre-
cautions had to be taken,
not just for the migrants
but also for the boarding
officers.

The migrants got hot
meals, water and shelter
once onboard HMBS
Bahamas, Sub-Lieutenant
Stubbs said.

Defence Force officers
suspect a third vessel is
somewhere in the Exu-



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LOCAL NEWS

Two new ambulances not expected until next week

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Two new ambulances allo-
cated for Grand Bahama are not expected to
arrive on the island until next week.

In the meantime, more than a dozen
emergency medical personnel will have to
make do with only three functioning units —
two in Freeport and one in West End - to
service the entire island.

While the five new units purchased by the
Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) have
reportedly been delivered to the Bahamas
from Florida, they will not be shipped to
Grand Bahama until next week.

Two of the units earmarked for Freeport
were initially scheduled to arrive by mid-
February, according to an emergency med-
ical services union official.

EMS personnel in Freeport had staged a
sick-out, expressing grave concerns over the

Grand Bahama emergency personnel forced
to make do with only three functioning units

long-standing inadequacies at their depart-
ment, including an insufficient and poorly-
maintained ambulance fleet.

Of the seven ambulances stationed on
Grand Bahama, only three are currently
working and that could change as mechani-
cal issues could arise at any time.

The Tribune yesterday spoke with area
vice-president of the Bahamas Public Service
Union John Curtis, who gave an update on
the issues facing workers at the EMS
Department in Freeport.

“Initially, we were looking for those units
to be here in mid-February. So by mid-
March, if (the units) are not here and if they
are still experiencing the same issues with
units not working properly, the union would

have to take another step in terms of causing
the PHA to get dependable units here in
Grand Bahama,” Mr Curtis said.

The area vice-president said that the cur-
rent units in Freeport have surpassed their
years of usefulness.

“In the budget debate the minister talked
about the real need to get dependable units
because the ones here were not depend-
able.

“I spoke with the manager at the EMS
Department today and he advised that at
present three units are working, but by mid-
day or at the end of the day anything can go
wrong mechanically with one or all of the
units.

“The wear and tear of ambulances should

be a three to five years maximum and we
have had these in Grand Bahama working
for the past 12 years,” Mr Curtis said.

There are presently 14 paramedics work-
ing in Freeport. They alleged that due to
the workload and the scarcity of vehicles,
ambulances frequently break down during
emergency transport.

The mechanical faults routinely experi-
enced were said to include abrupt power
loss, locked steering wheels and gas leaks.

The arrival of the two new ambulances
will bring the total number of functioning
units to five.

Other concerns raised by EMS personnel
include: wages, accommodations (rest quar-
ters and bathroom facilities), the lack of a
proper dispatch centre, pest control, securi-
ty concerns, insufficient uniforms and a lack
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The show is being promoted in honour of
club member Dudley Coverley, who died sud-
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“The show, as in previous years, provides
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and is the club's way of giving something back to
the community as its major fundraiser,” organis-
ers said.

The club traditionally receives support from
the business community, which covers the cost of
trophies and other expenses. The majority of the
funds come from the sale of steak and chicken
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Advance tickets are available from all mem-
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FREEPORT - Inadequate
office space and staff shortages
leading to huge case loads are
pressing issues that must be
addressed at the Department
of Social Services in Freeport,
according to a union official.

John Curtis, area vice presi-
dent for the Bahamas Public
Services Union, said that the
staff has outgrown the depart-
ment’s current location in the
National Insurance building
complex.

“We are waiting for the min-
ister responsible for Social Ser-
vices to understand the hard-
ship placed on the personnel
here in Grand Bahama; the
area that they work from in the
National Insurance Building
has been outgrown by leaps and
bounds,” he said.

Mr Curtis said he hopes that
some consideration can be giv-
en to the plight of social work-
ers when it comes time to allo-
cate space in the new $18 mil-
lion government complex that
is being built on the Mall Drive.

The union official believes
that Social Services is not prop-
erly recognised for the essen-



tial role it plays. “The Depart-
ment of Social Services has not
been classified properly as an
essential service, but it is an
essential service department
that is needed because when
you have any type of crisis or
disaster in the country, social
workers are the ones who go
along with the police, doctors,
and nurses in the community
to assist residents,” he
explained.

“We realise we were facing
an economic situation... and so
at first opportunity we would
want the government to recog-
nise the worth of Social Ser-
vices. “We wait to see the dis-
tribution of space specifically
in the new government building
and whether or not considera-
tion would be given for Social
Services to get more space,”
Curtis said.

The area vice president
expressed concern about the
cramped conditions that social
workers have to endure on a
daily basis.

“Tf you walk in there, it is a
health hazard. And a lot of the
ladies have case loads and
paperwork piling up which
could be a fire hazard also,” he
pointed out.

Mr Curtis stated that the

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 9

LOCAL NEWS

Union official speaks on issues at Social Services

department is also short staffed
and some social workers are
handling as many as 600 cases
each. He also stressed that
there are persons still classified
as case aides and earning a min-
imum wage even though they
are performing the same tasks
as social workers.

“Those persons are doing
practically the same thing as
social workers and they need
to be reclassified,” Mr Curtis
said. The BPSU industrial con-
tract expired in December 2010.
The union, which represents
some 18,500 public servants, is
expected to begin negotiations
with the government for a new
industrial contract.

Mr Curtis said they are seek-
ing to address the issue of insur-
ance during the talks.

“We intend in the new indus-
trial agreement to ask the gov-
ernment to take care of the
responsibility to insure all pub-
lic servants. And what that will
do is eliminate the government
having to pay hazard and risk
allowance for certain staff
members, and the monies they
would have allocated for risk
and hazard pay would then be
able to go towards a national
health insurance plan for
employees,” he said.

UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT IN COURTESY CALL

BOOK PRESENTATION: Presi-
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February 23. During his visit,
Mr Bakke presented Sir Arthur
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Work,’ written by entrepreneur
and Christian philanthropist,
Dennis W Bakke. The book dis-
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“All of the children who
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this part of Exuma.”



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sites in need of infrastructural development, such as the
old naval base, the dock in George Town and the water sup-
ply area in Williams Town, Little Exuma.

With him were: Minister of State for the Environment
Phenton Neymour, Minister of State
for Land and Local Government
Byran Woodside, senior government
officials, outgoing Ambassador of the
People’s Republic of China Hu Dingx-
ian and representatives of the China
Harbour Engineering Company.

Prime Minister Ingraham said even
though the bridge was not one of the
projects that the Bahamas government
had asked the Chinese Harbour Engi-
neering Company to look at, he
thought it would be useful if they

“We hope to be able to get their
opinions and suggestions,” Mr Ingra-
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as to whether or not this bridge is
capable of being repaired or whether it needs to be recon-
structed.

Economically

“Obviously, from our point of view, if it can be repaired
economically, that would be our preference; but if it cannot,
then the question of replacement will have to be addressed.”

The company is currently looking into constructing both
a new port and bypass roads on Exuma and Abaco, and
work on the bridge in North Eleuthera.

Mr Ingraham said the financing for those projects is
expected to come from the China Export-Import Bank.
They will be design/build contracts, with the work expected
to start this year in North Abaco, then in Exuma.

Mr Neymour said that the lives of the 600-700 Exumians
in the area have been affected because of safety concerns
over the bridge, which officials have had to put safety restric-
tions on.

“As you know, Little Exuma is developing; so it has
impacted some of the development in the area,” he said.

“In order to carry a tractor or a tank of water, we have
been hampered in that regard.

“It is very important that we address this bridge, as it
has proven to be critical to those residents of Little Exuma.”

Prime Minister Ingraham added that the Department of
Public Works also will be providing information on the
bridge to the Chinese Habour Engineering Company team
that is on the island; so that a plan could be arrived at in the
best possible and thorough way.

“The other project that we are going to ask them to look
at is the Fishing Hole Road, in Freeport, Grand Bahama —
between Freeport and going towards Eight Mile Rock —
because every time there is bad weather, it makes it almost
impassable,” he said.

“We are going to let them look at that project the same
time they are in the Bahamas.”

FIRST FOREIGNERS IDENTIFIED AMONG
THE NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKE DEAD

WELLINGTON,
New Zealand

Two Israeli backpackers were the first foreigners named among
the dead in last week's earthquake in New Zealand, as the painstak-
ing work of confirming the identities of scores of others gained pace
Thursday.

Officials expect the number of foreigners killed in the Feb. 22
quake that devastated Christchurch to rise into the dozens, many
of them Asian students and staff at an English language school that
was in an office building that collapsed.

The process of identifying the victims has been slowed by the
extensive injuries to people who were crushed, and by the task of
picking through the vast amount of rubble left behind by the mag-
nitude 6.3 temblor. Police Superintendent Sam Hoyle said Thurs-
day that one more body had been found overnight, taking the
overall count to 161, though just 13 have been publicly identi-
fied. Many other people remain missing, and officials have said the
final death toll could be as high as 240.

Hoyle said 90 of the bodies found so far were pulled from the
Canterbury Television building, which housed a regional broad-
caster and other offices including the language school, which
taught students from Japan, China, the Philippines and other
nations.



THE TRIBUNE

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 15



CHILE'S CONGRESS BLAMES
MINE OWNERS FOR ACCIDENT

JOHN BULL
PRESENTATION
TO MISS GOSPEL
BAHAMAS 2010

JOHN BULL REPRE-
SENTATIVE Nellie
Collins presents a John
Bull gift basket to Miss
Gospel Bahamas 2010-
2011 Sylvianne Rahming
and Miss Gospel Bahamas
committee member
Salveen Smith on Thurs-
day, February 10.

SANTIAGO, Chile
Associated Press

CHILEAN congressional
commission on Wednesday
found two mine owners respon-
sible for the accident that trapped
33 men a half-mile underground
for 69 days last year.

The commission's report,
which is expected to be approved
by the lower house on Thursday,
said members unanimously
found Alejandro Bohn and
Marcelo Kemeny responsible for
the collapse that trapped the men
deep inside the San Jose mine,
whose veins of copper and gold
had been pursued for more than
100 years in poorly reinforced
tunnels under the Atacama
desert in northern Chile.

Deputy Alejandro Garcia
Huidobro said the commission
also determined that Chile's
mine safety agency was adminis-
tratively responsible for failing
to fully enforce its safety rules.

The report is expected to help
lawyers for the miners pursue
lawsuits against the owners.

Bohn and Kemeny denied
being negligent or otherwise
responsible for the collapse, in
which a 700,000-ton granite
monolith, the very center of the
remote hilltop, crashed down,
shutting off any hope of escape
without a Herculean rescue
effort.

Both executives also face
charges in an earlier accident in
which a falling slab of rock sliced

FBO groundbreaking
is further step in
transforming Grand
Bahama airport

THE Grand Bahama Air-
port Company advanced
plans for a new Fixed Based
Operations facility by break-
ing ground during a cere-
mony at the international
airport yesterday.

Gary Gilbert, CEO of
Hutchinson Port Holdings
Bahamas, owners of the
Grand Bahama Airport
Company, Freeport Con-
tainer Port and Freeport
Harbour Company, assisted
by the Minister of Tourism
and Aviation Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace, broke
ground for the 8,000 square
foot facility that is expected
to make “Grand Bahama’s
aviation future a whole lot
brighter”.

The future state-of-the-art
building is envisioned as
being “the jewel of the
Northern Bahamas” when
it comes on stream by the
end of the year.

Mr Gilbert told a gather-

MINISTER OF TOURISM
AND AVIATION Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace





ing of government officials,
industry partners, members
of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority and the Grand
Bahama Development
Company, “We knew that
sooner or later the Grand
Bahama International Air-
port would have to advance
a FBO facility that was far
more of an accurate repre-
sentation of our future than
what exists today.”

Minister Vanderpool-
Wallace said that over the
course of the last several
years Grand Bahama has
really not seen the kind of
growth that they would like
to see in terms of what mat-
ters most, visitor expendi-
ture.

“There is a plan that’s
afoot, and we see the begin-

ning of this today, to move
Grand Bahama into another
category of business in a way
that we all know that we can
deliver on.

“It takes the kind of con-
fidence that your company is
bringing into it to galvanise
people to understand what
we’re trying to accomplish,”
said the Tourism and Avia-
tion Minister.

The new facility will
accommodate private avia-
tion guests upon arrival, and
will also house Bahamas
Immigration and Customs,
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force and the new adminis-
tration offices of the GBAC.
The building will also fea-
ture a pilot’s lounge, a busi-
ness centre, and food and
beverage outlets.

Venezuelan activists condemn

sentence for union leader

CARACAS, Venezuela
Associated Press

LEADING human rights activists condemned Venezuelan author-
ities on Wednesday for sentencing a union leader to prison for
launching a strike, saying more than 100 other unionists also face
charges after participating in protests.

Ruben Gonzalez was sentenced Monday to seven-and-a-half years
in prison on charges related to a strike he led that temporarily para-
lyzed Venezuela's state-run iron mining company.

Marino Alvarado, who heads the human rights group Provea,
said it is an “emblematic case" of authorities prosecuting those who
hold labor protests. He and other activists denounced the sentence in
a small protest outside the attorney general's office in the capital,
Caracas, holding signs reading "Protesting is not a crime, it's a right."

Alvarado said that by Provea's count there are now about 2,500
people facing charges for participating in protests in Venezuela,
including 125 union activists. He said such cases have grown dra-
matically stnce 2005, when there were protest-related charges against
about 20 people in the country.

The leading human rights coalition Foro por la Vida, or Forum for
Life, said in a statement that the sentence against Gonzalez shows the
government "fears the emergence of a labor movement” that impos-
es its own agenda.

President Hugo Chavez has repeatedly said his socialist-oriented
government has done more for the working class than previous
administrations, and officials deny the government uses prosecu-
tors and judges to curb the power of labor unions.

One union leader, Pablo Zambrano, said that in the coming weeks
labor groups will hold protests in various Venezuelan cities to
demand that Gonzalez be freed.

Gonzalez's defense lawyer, Italo Atencio, has said he will appeal.
Gonzalez was sentenced on charges including unlawful assembly,
incitement to commit crimes and violation of a government security
zone during a 2009 strike at CVG Ferrominera Orinoco CA, better
known as Ferrominera.

off a miner's leg.

MINISTRY OF WORKS & TRANSPORT IC
NOTICE cc

IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

CORRIDOR 13By2
PRINCE CHARLES DRIVE
(Beatrice Avenue to Fox Hill Drive)

JOSE CARTELLONE CONSTRUCCIONES CIVILES S.A. has been awarded a Contract
by the Government of The Bahamas for the Completion of the New Providence Road
Improvement Project (International Package).

Please be advised that from Tuesday March 1st 2011, Road Works will be implemented on
sections of Prince Charles Drive between Beatrice Avenue to Fox Hill Drive.

WHAT IS THIS PHASE OF THE PROJECT ABOUT?
Improvements will be carried out at the following junctions:
College Gardens & Prince Charles Drive
Foxhill Road & Prince Charles

The works include installation of new drainage facilities, utilities, water service laterals,
milling existing pavement, asphalt pavement, sidewalks, traffic signs & signals, street lighting
and road markings.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A FEW WEEKS?

Initially, works will commence outside of the existing roadway on the northern side of Prince
Charles Drive; however the public should expect temporary road closures & diversions as
the works will be carried out in different stages. Updates will be posted and announced
through the media.

As indicated on the “Traffic Management Scheme’: Motorist travelling east & westbound on

Prince Charles Drive should use the following routes as an alternate, as temporary road

closure will be implemented between the junction of Fox Hill & Pine Barren Road.

BEATRICE AV > SAVANNAH AVE —
—. SEA BREEZE LANE S73 FOXHILL RD

BAY LILLY DR

RESIDENTS/LOCAL BUSINESSES/PEDESTRIANS

Access will be given to residents, pedestrians and the affected businesses in this area during
the construction process. Signs will be in place to identify safe passage for Pedestrians and
Access points to the businesses in the area from the diversion route.

The public will be updated through the local media (radio & television) for regular updates.

We do apologize for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to the cooperation of
the motoring public.

For further information please contact :

(The Contractor)

Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles S.A
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Office:(242)322-8341/322-2610

Email: bahamasneighbor@cartellone.com.ar

(The Contracting Agency)

Ministry of Works & Transport

The Project Execution Unit
Hotline: (242) 302-9700

Email: publicworks@bahamas.gov.bs

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LOCAL NEWS



ur Lucaya Beach and Golf
resort set to axe ‘200 jobs’

FROM page one

praised its owners — Hong
Kong-based Hutchison
Whampoa — for maintaining
staff levels despite having to
subsidise the hotel's payroll
due to losses which in 2010
were said to amount to "tens
of millions,” according to
The Tribune's source.

Our Lucaya resort con-
sists of two separate prop-
erties — the Radisson Our
Lucaya and the Our Lucaya
Reef Village — one offering a

more upmarket experience,
including a casino, and the
other a more family-orient-
ed product. The Tribune
understands that only one
of the hotels will remain
open, as the company con-
solidates its operations.

An informed source said
that despite the dire out-
come for laid-off workers,
Hutchison Whampoa "is
committed to making Our
Lucaya work" and will be
looking to "re-brand and re-
strategise” as it seeks to turn
around the resort's fortunes.

Drive one.

In January, President of
the Bahamas Hotel Man-
agerial Association, Obie
Ferguson said he had got
wind of plans on the part of
Our Lucaya to release 50
managerial staff — a move
Mr Ferguson put down to
“union busting.” Although
contacted for comment at
that time, the resort did not
respond to the claim.

Earlier that month, a
Hutchison Whampoa exec-
utive denied claims that Our
Lucaya resort was up for
sale, with the asking price

having dropped from $450
million to $200-$250 million.

Confirming that he had
heard "rumours" circulating
on Grand Bahama that
Hutchison Whampoa may
be seeking to offload the
Freeport-based resort, Gra-
ham Torode, president of
the Grand Bahama Devel-
opment Company (Devco),
speaking on behalf of
Hutchison Whampoa, which
is one of Devco's two share-
holders, told Tribune Busi-
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truth" to claims the proper-

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Our Lucaya General
Manager had recently
informed Tribune Business
that Christmas hotel book-
ings were not as buoyant as
had been anticipated — at a
little over 50 per cent for the
week between Christmas
and new year despite 2010
in general having brought
an increased level of visitors
to the property over 2009.

The last interim labour
survey to be conducted in
The Bahamas took place in
May 2009. In that survey,
Grand Bahama was found

to have an unemployment
rate of 17.4 per cent, while
Nassau recorded a rate of
14 per cent. Those figures
do not include discouraged
workers who have given up
looking for employment.

Grand Bahama's level of
unemployment is now
inevitably considerably high-
er, although the exact figure
is unknown.

Neither representatives
of Our Lucaya, the Minis-
ter of Labour or the unions
representing the workers,
could be reached last night
for comment.

Man found with ‘mini
arsenal’ gets re-sentenced

FROM page one

offences were committed on May 1, 2007.

Bullard was found in possession of three handguns and 571
rounds of ammunition — a “mini arsenal by any definition”
the Court of Appeal said.

On the count of possession of a firearm, the magistrate fined
Bullard $5,000 or two years imprisonment and an additional
year of probation. That decision was appealed by the Com-
missioner of Police on the grounds it was unduly lenient.

The Court of Appeal re-sentenced Bullard to two years
imprisonment on the counts of possession of a firearm. The sen-
tences run concurrently with effect from February 21, 2011. On
each count of being in possession of ammunition, a sentence of
two years to run concurrently with each other was also imposed.

The Court of Appeal, in its judgment, found that a custodi-
al sentence was warranted and that the sentence handed
down by the magistrate was unlawful.

“The respondent was also convicted of three offences of
possession of ammunition with no sentence imposed upon
these convictions,” the court stated.

“The respondent therefore remains liable to be punished
in respect of all of the offences to which he pleaded guilty
and the question is what should be the proper determination
of this appeal.”

The court noted that the extent of the magistrate’s powers
to sentence on conviction of an offence of possession of a
firearm and an offence for possession of ammunition is
imprisonment for five years and a fine of $10,000 in each
case.

“Accordingly, in determining what is the just and appro-
priate sentence, we take into account all matters in the
respondent’s favour including that he was of good character,
that he was gainfully employed at the time of the offences,
that he pleaded guilty, and that he is being sentenced some
two years after his trial.

“We balance the above matters against the fact that the
respondent was convicted of being in possession of three
handguns and 571 rounds of ammunition, a mini arsenal by
any definition, which in the absence of any explanation, must
be assumed to be sinister and not innocent,” the court stated.

“Punishment is the way society inveighs against wrongdo-
ing. These offences are serious and it appears to us that the
balance of all of the matters which we have taken into
account weighs heavily in favour of the public policy that an
offender who engages in a deliberate course of criminal
behaviour be appropriately and correctly punished.

“In sentencing the respondent for the multiple offences of
which he is convicted, we must determine and impose a sen-
tence which is just and appropriate in light of his overall
criminal behaviour.”

The appellate court noted that in determining the appeal it
had to first construe the meaning of the magistrate’s pro-
nouncement. The court noted that Bullard’s attorney had
contended the court “should find that the sentence imposed
was a permissible sentence for any one of the offences
charged; that it is an indication of what the highest sentence
he intended for the most egregious of the offences and any
lesser sentence would be subsumed in the sentence pro-
nounced.”

The appellate court stated that it found the argument
could not be sustained.

Bullard’s attorney had also asked the court to accept the
proposition that where a court does not state whether sen-
tences are concurrent or consecutive, they should be con-
strued as concurrent.

The court stated: “We have no doubt about the correct-
ness of that proposition, but the difficulty in this case is that
there was only the one sentence passed by the magistrate.

“Given the clarity of the magistrate’s pronouncement and
the context in which it was made, namely the conviction for
multiple offences, we are bound to construe it as imposing
one sentence for an offence of possession of a firearm. More-
over, we are unable to say to which of the three counts, the
sentence relates.”

The court also noted that another issue raised was whether
the magistrate could legally combine a fine and probation in
the one sentence. A reading of section 124(1) of the Penal
Code clearly shows that probation is not a sentence of pun-
ishment and cannot be combined with a sentence as the mag-
istrate purported to do in this case.”

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 17



LOCAL NEWS

CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT SHARKS
IN THE BAHAMAS IS STEPPED UP

FROM page one

fishing in the Bahamas.

Shark populations around
the world are under threat
of extinction as they are
increasingly targetted for
their fins to be served in the
East Asian delicacy shark fin
soup.

Matt Rand, director of the
Pew Environment Group's
Global Shark Conservation
Campaign, estimates 100 mil-
lion sharks are killed every
year, including 73 million
exclusively for their fins, and
the remainder as by-catch in
longline fishing.

However the Bahamas
boasts one of the most
diverse and abundant shark

A rt] o i a! ;

populations in the region,
and one of the healthiest in
the world, owing to a ban on
longline fishing in the
Bahamas 20 years ago.

The healthy shark popu-
lations ensures the health of
the reef and success of other
fisheries, they also draw an
income of around $78 mil-
lion a year from dive-related
tourism.

However their vulnerabil-
ity became apparent when it
was revealed in The Tribune
that a seafood export com-
pany in Andros was interest-



THE CUSTOM-DESIGNED campaign logo by Guy Harvey shows a
tiger shark, hammerhead, Caribbean reef shark and lemon shark
with a Bahamian flag in the background.

ed in exploring the possibili-
ty of shark finning for export
to Hong Kong.

Months later Pew and
the BNT launched the
shark protection campaign
and petition for new legis-
lation which has now gath-
ered 4,000 signatures in
support.

Mr Rand said: “The diver-
sity and numbers of sharks,
and the ability for people to
interact and see them here
is hands down, the best that
I’ve seen globally.

“It’s a remarkable
resource, it helps keep the
ecosystem functioning
healthily, and they are a
remarkable creature that’s
largely misunderstood.”

Mr Harvey agreed there is
still much work to be done to
“de-vilify” the graceful crea-
tures.

“The damage caused by
the press in the past has been
enormous and that all needs
to be turned around,” Mr
Harvey said.

“So it is with great plea-
sure that we have hooked up
with the Bahamas National
Trust, the Pew foundation,
and a lot of other organisa-
tions, as we’re all working
together towards the same
end, which is sustainability
in the use of marine
resources.”

GHRI director Mahmood
Shivji has tagged 37 tiger
sharks, mostly in Bermuda,
and found they migrated
directly to the Bahamas and
remained there for several
months before swimming out
to the mid-Atlantic and then
returning to the Bahamas the
following year.

Dr Shivji said: “There’s
something about this ecosys-
tem that is bringing these
sharks back here from very
far away, which is all the
more reason to protect the
sharks in the Bahamas.

“These are amazing
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just protect them within the
boundaries of a national
park because these animals
move, so there has to be a
regional approach and the
Bahamas can really take a
lead in this, not only to pro-
tect healthy marine ecosys-
tems in the Bahamas but
internationally.”

Dr Shivji said the GHRI
tagged four tiger sharks in
the Bahamas in December,
and Mr Harvey promised
students he spoke to at CV
Bethel Senior High School
yesterday morning the next
shark they tag will be named
CV Bethel after them.

Students will be able to
follow the sharks movements
with updates from the GHRI
over the coming year.

The shark campaign was
launched by Pew and the
BNT in September last year
in the wake of revelations
published in The Tribune

A petition calling for leg-
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the Bahamas has gathered

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Rebels push back
Libya regime
attack on oil port

BREGA, Libya
Associated Press

OPPONENTS of Moam-
mar Gadhafi repelled an
attack by the Libyan leader's
forces trying to retake a key
coastal oil installation in a
topsy-turvy battle Wednes-
day in which shells splashed
in the Mediterranean and a
warplane bombed a beach
where rebel fighters were
charging over the dunes. At
least six people were killed
in the fighting.

The assault on the Brega
oil port was the first major

Warplane bombs beach as rebel
fighters charge over dunes

regime counteroffensive
against the opposition-held
eastern half of Libya, where
the population backed by
mutinous army units rose up
and drove out Gadhafi's rule
over the past two weeks.
For the past week, pro-
Gadhafi forces have been
focusing on the west, secur-
ing his stronghold in the cap-

ital Tripoli and trying to take
back nearby rebel-held cities
with only mixed success.
But the foray east against
opposition-held Brega
appeared to stumble. The
pro-Gadhafi forces initially
recaptured the oil facilities
Wednesday morning. But
then a wave of opposition cit-
izen militias drove them out

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nearby university campus
where they battled for sev-
eral hours until the approxi-
mately 200 Gadhafi loyalists
fled, according to an Associ-
ated Press reporter at the
scene.

In the capital, Gadhafi
vowed, "We will fight until
the last man and woman."
He lashed out against
Europe and the United
States for their pressure on
him to step down, warning
that thousands of Libyans
will die if U.S. and NATO
forces intervene in the con-
flict.

The United States is mov-
ing naval and air forces clos-
er to Libyan shores and is
calling for Gadhafi to give up
power immediately.

The U.S., Britain and oth-
er NATO countries are
drawing up contingency plans
to impose a no-fly zone over
Libya to prevent Gadhafi's
air forces from striking
rebels.

But the idea has been
rejected by Russia, which
holds a veto-wielding seat on
the U.N. Security Council.

"We will not accept an
intervention like that of the
Italians that lasted decades,"
Gadhafi said, referring to
Italy's colonial rule early in
the 20th Century.

"We will not accept a sim-
ilar American intervention.
This will lead to a bloody war
and thousands of Libyans
will die if America and
NATO enter Libya."

Opposition members said
they believe Gadhafi was
pulling up reinforcements
from bases deep in the
deserts of southwestern
Libya, flying them to the
fronts on the coast.

Soon after sunrise
Wednesday, a large force of
Gadhafi loyalists in around
50 SUVS, some mounted
with machine guns, descend-
ed on opposition-held Bre-
ga, 460 miles (740 kilome-
ters) east of Tripoli along the
Mediterranean.

The force caught a small
opposition contingent guard-
ing the site by surprise and
it fled, said Ahmed Dawas,
an anti-Gadhafi fighter at a
checkpoint outside the port.

The pro-Gadhafi forces
seized the port, airstrip and
the oil facilities where about
4,000 personnel work, as
regime warplanes hit an
ammunition depot on the
outskirts of the nearby rebel-
held city of Ajdabiya, wit-
nesses said.

Midmorning, the opposi-
tion counterattacked.

Anti-Gadhafi fighters with
automatic weapons sped out
of Ajdabiya in pickup trucks,
heading for Brega, 40 miles
away (70 kilometers) away.

Dawas said they retook the
oil facilities and airstrip.

Other witnesses reported
regime forces were sur-
rounded by rebels.

The sound of screaming
warplanes and the crackle of
heavy gunfire could be heard
as the witnesses spoke to The
Associated Press by phone.

By the afternoon, the
regime fighters fled the oil
facilities and holed up in a
nearby university campus,
where they came under siege
by anti-Gadhafi fighters,
according to an Associated
Press reporter at the scene.

Machine gun and auto-
matic weapons fire rattled in
the air, and shells lobbed
from the campus went over
the anti-Gadhafi side to
splash in the Mediterranean.

At one point, a warplane

from Gadhafi's airforce
swooped overhead and an
explosion was heard. A wit-
ness said it struck an empty
stretch of dunes near the bat-
tle, sending a plume of sand
into the air but causing no
injuries in an apparent
attempt to intimidate the
anti-Gadhafi side.

But opposition citizen mili-
tias poured into the battle,
arriving from Ajdabiya and
armed with assault rifles.
They moved through the
dunes along the beach
against the campus next toa
pristine blue-water Mediter-
ranean beach.

Those without guns picked
up bottles and put wicks in
them to make firebombs.

An ambulance driver who
was briefly held by the pro-
Gadhafi force and then
released told AP they num-
bered about 200 fighters.

The forces came to Brega
from Sirte, Gadhafi's main
remaining stronghold in cen-
tral Libya, 200 miles (320
kilometers) west of the oil
port, said the driver, Jumaa
Shway.

At least six opposition
fighters were killed and 18
others wounded in the fight-
ing, their bodies covered with
sand thrown up by shells
bursting in the dunes, doc-
tors at Brega hospital said.
Angry crowds gathered
around them at Brega's hos-
pital, chanting, "The blood
of martyrs will not go in
vain."

In the late afternoon, the
pro-Gadhafi force fled the
campus, and opposition fight-
ers were seen combing
through the university build-
ings. Automatic gunfire was
still heard in the distance, but
it appeared the regime troops
were withdrawing. The cam-
pus grounds and dunes
between it and the beach
were littered with casings and
shells.

In Ajdabiya, people geared
up to defend the city, fear-
ing the pro-Gadhafi forces
would move on them next.

At the gates of the city,
hundreds of residents took
up positions on the road from
Brega, armed with Kalash-
nikovs and hunting rifles,
along with a few rocket-pro-
pelled grenade launchers.

They set up two large rock-
et launchers and an anti-air-
craft gun in the road. But by
the evening, there was no
sign of attack there.

Brega and nearby Ajdabiya
are the farthest west points
in the large contiguous swath
of eastern Libya extending all
the way to the Egyptian bor-
der that fell into opposition
hands in the uprising that
began Feb. 15. Ajdabiya is
about 90 miles (150 kilome-
ters) from Benghazi, Libya's
second largest city and the
nerve center of the opposi-
tion.

Brega is the second-largest
hydrocarbon complex in
OPEC-member Libya. Amid
the turmoil, exports from its
ports have all but stopped
with no ships coming to load
up with crude and natural
gas. Crude production in the
southeastern oil fields that
feed into the facility has been
scaled back because storage
facilities at Brega were fill-
ing up.

General Manager Fathi
Eissa said last week the facil-
ity has had to scale back pro-
duction dramatically from
90,000 barrels of crude a day
to just 11,000.

The unrest in Libya —
which ranks about 17th
among world oil producers

"LIBYAN MEN walk over sand
; dunes in order to fight forces



from the Libyan army, near

» the eastern Libyan town of

Brega, Wednesday, March 2,
2011. Opponents of Moam-
mar Gadhafi repelled an
attack by the Libyan leader's
forces trying to retake Bre-
ga, a key coastal oil installa-
tion in a topsy-turvy battle in
which shells splashed in the
Mediterranean and a war-
plane bombed a beach where
rebel fighters were charging
over the dunes. At least six
people were killed in the fight-
ing. The assault on the Brega
oil port was the first major
regime counteroffensive
against the opposition-held
eastern half of Libya, where
the population backed by
mutinous army units rose up
and drove out Gadhafi's rule
over the past two weeks. (AP)

and has Africa's largest
proven oil reserves — has
sparked a major spike in
world oil prices. Overall
crude production has
dropped from 1.6 million bar-
rels per day to 850,000.

Gadhafi's regime has been
left in control of Libya's
northwest corner, centered
on Tripoli, but even here sev-
eral cities have fallen into
rebel hands after residents
rose up in protests, backed
by mutinous army units and
drove out Gadhafi loyalists.

In recent days, loyalists suc-
ceeded in regaining two of
those towns — Gharyan, a
strategic town in the Nafusa
mountains south of Tripoli,
and Sabratha, a small town
west of the capital.

But opposition fighters suc-
cessfully repulsed attacks by
pro-Gadhafi forces on sever-
al others: the key city of
Zawiya outside the capital;
Misrata, Libya's third largest
city east of Tripoli; and Zin-
tan, a town further southwest
in the Nafusa mountains.

The regime may be bring-
ing in more forces from
regions it still dominates in
the sparsely populated
deserts in the southwest.

Residents of the south-
western oasis town of Sebha
—akey Gadhafi stronghold
with military bases 400 miles
(560 kilometers) south of
Tripoli — reported heavy
movement at the airport
there Tuesday night, said
Abdel-Bari Zwei, one of the
Opposition activists in Ajd-
abiya in touch with sympa-
thizers in Sebha. Zwei said it
is believed some of those
forces were involved in the
offensive against Brega.

In his speech Wednesday,
Gadhafi lashed out at inter-
national moves against his
regime, including the freez-
ing of his and other Libyan
assets abroad — an act he
called "piracy" — and efforts
by Europe to send aid to
opposition-held Benghazi. He
said any Libyan who accepts
international aid was guilty
of "high treason” because it
"opens Libya to colonialism.”

In a pointed message to
Europe, he warned, "There
will be no stability in the
Mediterranean if there is no
stability in Libya."

"Africans will march to
Europe without anyone to
stop them. The Mediter-
ranean will become a center
for piracy like Somalia," he
said. Gadhafi's regime has
worked closely with Italy and
other European countries to
stop African migrants who
use Libya as a launching
point to slip into Europe.

He also threatened to bring
in Chinese and Indian com-
panies to replace Western
companies in Libya's oil sec-
tor if the West keeps up its
pressure on him. European
firms are heavily involved in
Libya's oil production.



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* ‘Foregone conclusion’
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* Advocates spending cuts, as
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* Warns Customs and NIB not
to ‘ride roughshod over the
rights’ of GBPA licencees

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The National Insurance
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year.

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By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN

ou may have

created a

brilliant web-

site for your
products and services, but if
no one sees it online it might
as well not exist. On the oth-
er hand, you may have traf-
fic coming to your site that
does not convert to sales and
profit. However, the answer
to both these scenarios is
that you may require plan-
ning to enhance your web-
site traffic.

First, let’s ask why is it
important for any business
to have a website?

Is it really necessary, as
nobody needed websites in
the past, and many busi-
nesses today still run suc-
cessfully and profitably with-
out having one? Why the
need now?

Well, while the above
statement has merit and still
stands true, if we continue
to do things the same way
all the time, can we expect a
different result?

Times have changed and
having a web presence is
pretty much becoming an
essential component to busi-
ness.

By virtue of this fact,
opening a ‘bricks and mor-
tar’ business requires a con-
siderable investment, as a
lease, rent, staff, utilities and
other expenses are all
incurred.

However with the intro-
duction of e-business the
cost of reaching the cus-
tomer has decreased dra-
matically. With the use of
these tools, here are some
reasons why you want to
have a website for your busi-
ness.

Constant Advertising:
Websites are visible 24
hours a day, 365 days a year.
A website does not need to
close off at the end of the
business day, take a week-
end off, ask for vacation or

PACT AS

take a sick day. So if we are
to follow this pipeline, ulti-
mately a website is an adver-
tising tool that will take your
business to potential cus-
tomers, regardless of
whether your store/office is
open or not.

Convenience for Your
Clients: A website is a con-
venient way for existing or
potential clients to explore
and gather information on
products/services without
visiting the physical premis-
es of the business. Many
people appreciate conve-
nience since it saves time,
and potential customers can
visit 10, 20 or 50 websites,
then make a decision with-
out leaving their chair. Some
customers dislike direct
pressure when they visit
bricks and mortar stores, as
having to talk to a sales per-
son may evoke pressure into
purchasing an item.

Your Competitor has a
WebSite: If your competi-
tor is the only site found
online, guess who the poten-
tial customer will patronise?

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Globalisation: One of the
constraints of the typical
bricks and mortar model
(physical business presence)
is that the business is
localised, regardless of the
physical travel distance for
customers.

Tell people: Many busi-
ness owners quickly forget
their web site due to mini-
mal business, and quickly
conclude they do not need
it. Remember, no one will
know about your website
unless you tell them about

it. Brand your business with
the website address; make
sure any business cards you
give, letters you send, con-
tain your website address.
And, most importantly, be
patient with your website
growth.

A Website beats hiring a
salesperson: Without adver-
tising and sales force costs, a
website provides a much
higher Return On Invest-
ment (ROI). The best cus-
tomers use the Internet and
have money to spend. If
they can't find you, they will
spend it, but somewhere
else.

Web Site ROI, vs
Brochure ROI: When the
cost of creating, printing, dis-
tributing and updating a

brochure is taken into con-
sideration, your more-easily-
maintained website is a bet-
ter investment.

It may help to be selective
when choosing your web
hosting company; it’s not the
same as purchasing gro-
ceries. Keep in mind that
your web host is like your
business partner. There are
a number of elements to
consider when approaching
your potential web hosting
partner.

Sound customer support
systems: Some of them
serve their customers
promptly, while some do
not. The industry standard
calls for 24 hours response
time.

Know server technology:
Ensure reliable back-up sys-
tems and technical employ-
ees are on board. Addition-
ally, if you propose to insert
video, audio clips and inter-
active contents into your
webpage, inquire more
about the bandwidth, host-
ing reliability and up-time



guarantee. These are the
most important areas that
you should consider. What is
Up-time? Up-time is the
time (expressed in percent-
ages) the host is available to
access through the Internet.

Becoming instantly rich
through online business has
not been the story for every
online seller... but to simply
quit is not the thing to do.
Ascertain the problem and
start re-strategising.

A business that desires
success should invest in a
website, especially small
businesses that cannot
afford missed opportunities.
I consider Internet market-
ing as a track meet, so be
the first to get off the blocks!
A web site = easy, efficient
referrals.

Make sure you are there
when you or your company
is Goggled. So until we meet
again, have fun, enjoy life
and stay on top of your
game.

NB: The author welcomes
feedback at:

deedee2111@hotmail.com

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 3B

Minister ‘willing to discuss gas mark-up rise

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Gas retailers’ hopes of the
Government permitting an
increase in the ‘mark up’ they
are allowed to reap per gallon
of gas or diesel, in order to
reflect rising oil costs, received
a boost yesterday when the
minister responsible said he
would be open to meeting with
the industry to discuss the mat-
ter.

Phenton Neymour, minister
of state for the Environment,
said that while he has yet to
receive any formal communi-
cation from the Petroleum

Retailers Association on their
concerns, expressed in a letter
from 18 of its members to the
Ministry of Finance earlier this
month, he is “willing to meet
with them to discuss it”.

Mr Neymour has ministerial
responsibility for relations with
the petroleum industry. Arnold
Heastie, owner of Heastie’s
Service Station on Blue Hill
Road, said he was pleased to
hear of Mr Neymour’s open-
ness to the industry’s concerns,
adding that he feels the minister
- who formerly worked in the
petroleum industry for Esso -
should be keenly aware of the
challenges retailers face. “I
would be very interested in
meeting with him because we

need it (an increase in the per-
mitted mark up). This is a prob-
lem that’s been going on for
years, where because the mark-
up is fixed, every time the price
of oil goes up our profits shrink.
They should be a percentage
of the cost of the gas or diesel,”
said Mr Heastie.

Mr Neymour said “it would
be good” if he, in addition to
the Ministry of Finance, could
receive a copy of the letter sent
by the Petroleum Retailers
Association expressing their
concerns and proposal.

Minister of State for Finance,
Zhivargo Laing, told Tribune
Business yesterday that the
matter of any adjustments to
the mark up permitted got gas

retailers - 44 cents per gallon
of petrol and 19 cents per gal-
lon of diesel - would be within
the remit of Consumer Affairs
Minister, Dion Foulkes.
However, Mr Foulkes said
that while he has responsibility
for pricing, it would be Mr Ney-
mour who, as minister with
responsibility for relations with
the petroleum industry, would
first consider any proposal to
increase the retailers’ mark-up.
Eighteen retailers braced for
the impact a hefty rise in the
cost of crude oil will have on
their businesses wrote to the
Ministry of Finance two weeks
ago in anticipation of being
priced out of the market.

Produce notice boosts farm sales

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Huge quantities of Bahamian-grown veg-
etables are being shipped fresh into the e-
mail inboxes of hoteliers, restaurants, chefs
and wholesalers on a weekly basis as part of
a new promotional effort by the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Corporation
(BAIC) and the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion (BHA).

Despite the initiative having begun just
two weeks ago, farmers are already seeing
the benefit of the increased exposure and
linkage with buyers that has been created as
a result of a BAIC-produced weekly “pro-
duce notice”, which gives those interested
the information they need to know what
produce is available to buy, when, and at
what price, from Bahamian farmers.

Candy Pinder, of Big Bird Avocado
Farm in Abaco, welcomed the develop-
ment yesterday, crediting it with creating
the opportunity for the farm to shift hun-
dreds of cases of its Avocado crop in just
one week, after slow sales during the earli-
er part of the season.

She anticipates the farm’s entire remain-
ing pear harvest will now be exhausted by
next week. “We're very happy that they’ve
put this together,” said Ms Pinder. “We
were getting a lot of calls.”

BHA executive vice-president, Frank
Comito, and BAIC agricultural marketing
officer, Amanda Wells, said the information
collated by BAIC from farmers and includ-
ed in the e-mail, which the BHA helps to
distribute, provides the “missing link” that

* Farmer expects new links forged
to restaurants and hotels to
exhaust pear supply in a week

* Tnitiative by BAIC and BHA aims
to put dent in to $500m import bill

was necessary before farmers and the
tourism industry could be better aligned
to each other’s mutual benefit.

Former president of the BHA, Robert
Sands, had for several years sought to
increase linkages between Bahamian farm-
ers and the economy’s main engine,
tourism. Now the information is reaching
around 150 hotel properties and restau-
rants - including 50 chefs - who make many
of the purchasing decisions for food per
week, noted Mr Comito.

Highlighting Mr Sands’ commitment to
the issue, Mr Comito nonetheless said that
“the real kudos” is due primarily to BAIC,
who went out and liaised with farmers
before putting together the informative
notice, which it is hoped may help make a
dent in the country’s enormous food import
bill of around $500 million a year.

Ms Wells said: “The farmers pretty much
have their act together and the buyers are
eager to buy, we just needed to make it
easier.”

Alongside colourful photos of the pro-
duce available for purchase in islands such
as Andros and Abaco - which have so far
included avocado, sweet pepper, eggplant,
cucumber and goat pepper - contact details
for the farmers are highlighted, as well as

details such as quantities, prices, and when
the goods will reach the dock in Nassau.

Quality checks are also done by BAIC
officers, providing additional reassurance to
potential buyers that they will not waste
money on “shoddy” goods.

However, Ms Wells said that, fortunate-
ly, officers have found that quality has
rarely been an issue.

“We haven’t had to turn anyone away
because of the quality, it has been phe-
nomenal this year. The farmers have also
been so competitive versus the market
price,” she said.

Mr Comito said he does not see the dri-
ve to get hotels and restaurants to buy more
Bahamian produce as simply a matter of
supporting local growers for the sake of it.

“There are a number of compelling rea-
sons why it’s attractive. I think if it’s done
right buyers can find produce that’s fresh-
er than the imported stuff, that’s price com-
petitive and that will also contribute to rev-
enue retention in the country,” said the
BHA executive.

“We've been getting feedback from some
of our members saying: ‘This is very help-
ful’. BAIC should be commended in
putting their heads together in coming up
with this.”

Ms Wells said that any hotels, restau-
rants or other potential buyers who wish to
find out about the availability of local
Bahamian produce can contact her at 322
3740 or amandawells@baic.gov.bs to be
added to the mailing list. Any farmers who
would like to have their produce promoted
through the BAIC notice can also make
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Arawak Port Development — Request for Proposal for the
Terminal Management and Development of the Arawak Port
Bulk Terminal

Invitation to qualified Bahamian firms to submit proposals for providing bulk material
handling equipment and bulk handling services

Arawak Port Development was established in 2010 pursuant to a MOU between the
Bahamas Government and Arawak Port Development Ltd and for the purpose of
developing Arawak Cay into an international port facility serving the break bulk cargo,
bulk materials and containerized freight needs in New Providence. The port development
and operating agreement with the Government of The Bahamas provides Arawak Port
Development with exclusive rights to operate the port in New Providence for twenty
years and provides Arawak Port Development with a 45 year lease for the port property
on Arawak Cay.

In July 2010 Port construction began and is expected to conclude by December 2011. The
bulk material terminal operations are presently managed on temporary facilities. The port
plan describes the area designated for the port bulk terminal, comprising approximately
8 acres (A copy of the Bulk Terminal plot may be obtained from the APD Ltd office).
Arawak Port Development requires that bulk material construction begin on or before
April 15, 2011 and 1s completed by December 31*, 2011.

The Terminal Operator will be expected to operate and invest in the bulk terminal facility.
On the basis of a mutually agreed upon formula, the Terminal Operator is permitted to
charge a bulk material handling fee which will serve to compensate the Terminal Operator
for any investments made in the facility and address all operating expenses. Arawak Port
Development will establish the rules and regulations on how to operate the bulk terminal.
The Terminal Operator will be required to conform to these requirements in order to
remain in good standing with Arawak Port Development. Should the Terminal Operator
fail to meet the minimum operating requirements and the agreement be terminated for
cause, Arawak Port Development will have the right to acquire all investments made by
the Terminal Operator. Among other equipment and facilities, the Terminal Operator will
be required to invest in a conveyor system which will connect the terminal berth to the
terminal’s customer loading area. The Terminal Operator will also be required to invest in
a bulk material containment facility and cement and bitumen storage facilities.

Terminal Operators interested in the providing the bulk material handling services in
the Arawak Port are invited to submit a proposal to include but not be limited to the
following:

. Business structure; sole entity or a consortium of partners. Please explain
and provide background of consortium.

. Evidence that the applicant is licensed to provide bulk material handling
services in the Bahamas.

. Summary of current and historic experience in the bulk materials handling in
the Bahamas.

. The Arawak Port will not have exclusive rights to receive and handle bulk
materials shipped to New Providence. What volume of bulk material is the
applicant prepared to guarantee despite continued competition with other
bulk terminals in New Providence, most notably Clifton Pier.

. The strategy on how independence and service level is guaranteed for all
different users whom will import and export via the terminal.

. Evidence from any one or more of Royal Bank of Canada, First Caribbean,
Bank of The Bahamas, Royal Fidelity, Scotiabank or other recognized firm,
indicating the applicant’s ability to invest a minimum of $7 million on

demand.

Procedure:

Upon receipt and satisfactory analysis of the provided qualification criteria, Arawak
Port Development will provide the successful applicant(s) with detailed construction
requirements, the terms of reference for the use of the temporary facility and the Terminal
License agreement for the bulk terminal area. Shortlisted companies will be invited to
present their proposal on or before March 18th, 2011.

You are requested to hand deliver your submission to the office of Arawak Port
Development Ltd. Submissions must be received by March 11th, 2011.

Arawak Port Development
House of Mosko’s Building
Corner of Bay & Victoria Street.

le * Bank of The Bahamas

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Bank of The Bahamas International, the institution of first choice in the
provision of financial services, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the
position of:

Treasury Risk Analyst

Core Responsibilities:

* Comprehensive understanding of risks and their inter-relationships
especially as it relates to credit, interest rate and liquidity risks
Performs various analysis to facilitate the management of liquidity risk,
asset liability management and cash flow;

Be able to calculate, analyze and comment on the various liquidity and

credit ratio implications, to facilitate ongoing strategy adjustments;
Assesses and analyze impact of forex risk and preparation of
regulatory reports for foreign exchange operations;

Undertakes high level economic assessment, scenario and stress
testing to facilitate ongoing risk management and regulatory reporting;
Assesses the Bank’s ability to respond to varying economic conditions
and scenarios by performing credit, capital adequacy, interest rate and
liquidity stress testing; and

* Assists in monitoring and analyzing the current liquidity position
through GAP analysis reporting.

Job Requirements:

Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Management.
5 years supervisory/management experience.

Specific knowledge of risk management processes especially
management of liquidity risk.

Broad knowledge of treasury practices and procedures.

Good computational skills.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Must be a team player.

MBA would be advantageous, but not essential.

Benefits include: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate
with work experience and qualifications. Interested persons should apply no
later than March 7, 2011 to:

Email: hr.apply@bankbahamas.com
or fax to: 242-323-2637





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FROM page 1B

terminal storage tank expan-
sion projects.”

Noting that “in response
to customer demand, BOR-
CO is prepared to under-
take a significant expansion
project, which we expect will
be phased in over the next
two to three years”, Buck-
eye Partners added in its fil-
ing: “BORCO continues to
discuss with its existing cus-
tomers and potential new
customers their storage and
service requirements as we
refine our expansion plans.

“New tankage is expect-
ed to be constructed with
the flexibility to store fuel
oil, clean petroleum prod-
ucts or crude oil. We expect
an expansion plan, which
phases in capacity additions,
to be finalised in the near
future. In addition, the facil-
ity site also has additional
unused land available for
future expansions, with
room to more than double
the existing storage capacity
if all the expansion oppor-
tunities are utilised.”

Buckeye Partners said



BORCO owner
to invest $250m

BORCO had three deep-
water jetties, one of which
was undergoing an existing
refurbishment programme
expected to conclude in the
2011 second half.

“The three jetties will pro-
vide six deep-water berths
that serve as the access
points to the storage facili-
ties, and are capable of han-
dling vessels over a range of
deadweight tonnage
(“DWT), from a minimum
of 20,000 DWT to a maxi-
mum of 500,000 DWT,
including both very large
crude carriers and ultra large
crude carriers,” Buckeye

NOTICE
VANTAGE POINT INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Noticeis hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(A4) of the International Business Companies Act.
2000, VANTAGE POINT INC, is in dissolution as

of February 22, 2011.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 3rd
Floor Withfield Tower, 4792 Coney Drive, Belize
City, Belize is the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

Partners said.

“BORCO’s terminal facil-
ity also includes an inland
dock with an approximately
650-foot berth located in
Freeport Harbour. BORCO
currently leases the inland
dock from the Freeport
Harbour Company under a
long-term agreement
through 2067.

“The inland dock is in the
process of being upgraded,
which will include the build-
out of a new berth. Upon
completion, the inland dock
will include two berths capa-
ble of handling Panamax
vessels of up to 80,000

DWT. We expect comple-
tion of the upgrade of the
inland dock to occur in 2011.
Upon completion of the jet-
ty refurbishment and inland
dock renovation projects,
BORCO will have a total of
eight berths.”

Buckeye Partners noted
that BORCO’s business was
exposed to political risk,
because a “substantial por-
tion of BORCO’s revenues”
were derived from petrole-
um products exported by
Venezuela’s state-owned oil
company, PDVSA. The
antagonism between Wash-
ington and the Chavez

NOTICE
LOLA LECHAT INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Act.
2000, LOLA LECHAT INC. is in dissolution as of

February 28, 2011.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 3rd
Floor Withfield Tower, 4792 Coney Drive, Belize
City, Belize is the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

POSITION AVAILABLE

Machinery & Energy Limited Caterpillar dealer in the
Bahamas are seeking a candidate to work as a
Parts Regional Manager, at our Nassau Office.

The Candidate should have the following

requirements:

* Have 7-10 years experience with the Caterpillar or
similar Product Line, have worked in a Caterpillar
dealership or a similar Organization;

¢ Have training in Ordering and Receiving Parts

Importation;

¢ Be able to Audit Parts Inventory; Cyclic Count

Procedure;

¢ Degree from an accredited University would be an

asset;

¢ Must be able to manager and motivate staff in the
Parts Department;

¢ Must have experience in process statistical control
in planning, programming and control of Caterpillar
industrial parts and Warehouse production process;

¢ Able to manage major components interchange
process; Hoses assembling process.

This candidate is required to be a professional who
thrives on the challenge of Managing Parts Inventory
and all other operational procedures within the Parts

Warehouse.

Send complete resume with education and work
experience to M & E Limited, P. O. Box N-3238,
Nassau Bahamas,
Attention: Office Administrator, or email

me@me-itd.com.

NOTE: Only persons being interviewed for this
position will be contacted.

administration is well
known.

Another risk was BOR-
CO’s dependency on a small
number of major clients for
the bulk of its revenues.

“Storage revenue repre-
sented approximately 80 per
cent of BORCO’s total rev-
enue for the nine months
ended September 30, 2010,”
Buckeye Partners disclosed.

“Currently, BORCO has
a limited number of long-
term storage customers, con-
sisting of oil majors, energy
companies, physical traders
and one national oil compa-
ny. For the nine months
ended September 30, 2010,
approximately 30 per cent
and 69 per cent of storage
revenue was derived from
the top one and the top
three customers, respective-

“If any of BORCO’s cus-
tomers, in particular its top
three customers, significant-
ly reduces its contracted
storage with BORCO, and if
BORCO is unable to find
other storage customers on
terms substantially similar
to the terms under BOR-
CO’s existing storage con-
tracts, our business, results
of operations and cash flow
could be adversely affect-
ed.”

Assessing the facility it
had acquired, Buckeye Part-
ners added: “BORCO’s ter-
minal facility includes 80
aboveground storage tanks
ranging in capacity from
5,000 to 500,000 barrels, with
a total installed capacity of
approximately 21.6 million
barrels. Presently, 66 of the
80 tanks are available to
serve third parties, as 14 of
the tanks (representing only
0.2 million barrels) are ded-
icated for BORCO’s own
use. Of the 66 tanks avail-
able to serve third parties,
10 are currently used for the
storage of crude oil, 43 for
the storage of fuel oil and
13 for the storage of clean
petroleum products, such as
gasoline, diesel and certain
other distillates. Six of the
tanks currently used for
crude oil can be converted
between crude oil service
and fuel oil service.”

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31, 2010, disclosed that First-
Caribbean’s market capital-
isation hit $1.17 billion at
that date, a decline of some
33.5 per cent from the pre-
recession high of $1.761 bil-
lion achieved at year-end
2007.

FirstCaribbean’s market
capitalisation decline is
important given the heavy
weighting it carries on the
Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX),
where it is the largest listed
stock, accounting for more
than one-third of the total
market worth.

The almost-$600 million
decline in the bank’s mar-
ket capitalisation has been
sparked, of course, by the
decline in FirstCaribbean’s
share price from a $14.65
high at year-end 2007 to
$9.74 at October 31, 2010.
That share price decline also
mirrors the fall in the bank’s
net income, from a high of
$109.86 million or $0.91 in
earnings per share (EPS) at
the 2007 pre-recession peak,
to $61.863 million and
$0.515 EPS for 2010.

Writing in First-
Caribbean’s annual report,
executive chairman, Michael
Mansoor, pledged that the
bank would support bor-
rowing clients through their
current problems in the
belief that delinquent loans
would eventually come good
in the long-term.

“We have found that bal-
ance sheet growth has been
difficult, and we have also
had to increase the level of
provisioning,” Mr Mansoor
wrote. “We have, however,
taken the position that we
will support our clientele
through the current difficul-
ties as long as we believe
that their responses to the
reduction in business vol-
umes are likely to result in
long-term positive out-
comes....... We fully expect
that these customers will in

time improve their results
and prospects, and be the
source of meaningful growth
in our own results.”

Mr Mansoor added that
FirstCaribbean expected to
convert investments in new
products, technology and
systems “into sustainable
sources of profitability in
short order”.

Marie Rodland-Allen,
FirstCaribbean Internation-
al Bank (Bahamas) manag-
ing director, noting that the
bank’s net income slipped
by $16.8 million or 21 per
cent in 2010, compared to
2009 figures, blamed this on
the overall economic envi-
ronment coupled with low
interest rates, which impact-
ed net interest income and
interest margins.

Operating

“Higher operating expens-
es were driven by increases
in management fee charges
which, if excluded, would
reflect prudent cost man-
agement,” Mrs Rodland-
Allen said. “Gains on the
sale of investment securities
and increases in foreign
exchange earnings partially
mitigated the declines expe-
rienced as a result of this
challenging economic envi-
ronment.”

Net interest income
dropped by 9.7 per cent,
from $142.893 million to
$129.035 million, year-over-
year between 2010 and 2009,
the annual report revealed,
although hedging gains and
a reduction in ‘mark-to-mar-
ket’ losses saw other oper-
ating income rise by $14.8

nical

million or 58 per cent.

FirstCaribbean was not
immune from the deterio-
rating credit/asset quality
that afflicted the Bahamian
commercial banking indus-
try throughout 2010, as com-
mercial, household and con-
sumer borrowers all experi-
enced difficulty in servicing
existing loans due to unem-
ployment and reduced
incomes.

Loan loss expenses rose
year-over-year by $11.7 mil-
lion or 63.1 per cent to
$30.204 million, compared
to $18.519 million in 2009.
And impaired loans grew by
17.7 per cent or $57.5 mil-
lion during the 12 months to
October 31, 2010.

“Net loans and advances
to customers were $2.42 bil-
lion compared to $2.54 bil-
lion in the prior year,” First-
Caribbean said in its annual
report. “Business and gov-
ernment, which account for
43 per cent of the portfolio,
decreased $72.6 million or
6.3 per cent year-over-year.
Mortgage and personal
loans also declined by $19.2
million and $25.8 million,
respectively.

“Productive loans were
$2.13 billion, down $175.1
million or 7.6 per cent from
the prior year. This decrease
primarily reflects a combi-
nation of paydowns and
repayments of loans, and a
shift of loans from produc-
tive to non-productive
(impaired) classifications,
which increased by $57.5
million or 17.7 per cent.”

Higher management fees
paid to FirstCaribbean’s par-
ent resulted in operating
expenses growing by $6 mil-

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lion or 8.5 per cent year-
over-year, which drove the
Bahamian subsidiary’s effi-
ciency ratio (operating
expenses as a percentage of
gross revenue) to 45.6 per
cent, compared to 42.2 per
cent the year before.
FirstCaribbean’s total
assets at year-end were $3.6
billion, a decrease of $163.7
million or 4.3 per cent year-
over-year, due largely to
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FirstCaribbean market cap
falls almost $600 million

and the loan portfolio. Lia-
bilities fell by $187.3 million
or 6.1 per cent, mainly
because of the fall in cus-
tomer deposits, which
dropped by $218.6 million
or 7.3 per cent.

Strong

FirstCaribbean’s capital
ratios, though, remained
strong and above regulatory

requirements, standing at
20.89 per cent and 21.47 per
cent for Tier I and Tier II
respectively, compared to
18.85 per cent and 19.46 per
cent the year before.

The bank’s return on
equity dropped to 11.6 per
cent in its 2010 financial
year, compared to 16.7 per
cent in 2009, while the net
interest margin dropped
from 3.6 per cent to 3.5 per
cent.

FirstCaribbean’s price to
earnings multiple as 18.9 at
year-end 2010, compared to
15.1 the year before, while
the dividend yield dropped
from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per
cent. The dividend payout
ratio rose year-over-year
from 54 per cent to 60 per
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PUBLIC NOTICE

No. 5 of 2011

28 February, 2011

SUSPENSION OF TRADING IN SHARES OF
AML FOODS LIMITED

TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY
OF LINEN / TEXTILE, CLEANING,
AND STATIONARY SUPPLIES

Tenders are invited from qualified Contractors forthe supply
of Linen/Textile, Cleaning and Stationary Supplies for the
Public Hospitals Authority Institutions and Agencies for a period
of one (1) year.

Tender documents, which include instructions to Tenderers,
specifications and other relevant information, can be collected 9:00
a.m. — 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Materials
Management Directorate, Princess Margaret Hospital's compound,
Shirley Street.

A Tender must be submitted in duplicate in a sealed envelope or
packaged identified as “Linen/Textile, Cleaning, and/ or
Stationary Supplies * and addressed to:

The Chairman
Tenders Committee
Public Hospitals Authority
3 & West Terraces
Centerville
P.O. Box N-8200
Nassau, Bahamas

All Tenders must be received at the above address by 3:00 p.m. on
4" April 2011,

A copy ofa valid business license and a certificate of up to date
National Insurance Contributions should accompany all proposal.

The Public Hospitals duthority reserves the right to refect any or all
Tenders).

This NOTICE is issued by the Securities Commission of
The Bahamas (the Commission) in relation to its Notice
issued pursuant to section 44 of the Securities Industry
Act, 1999 on 22 February 2011, suspending trading in AML
Foods Limited. The Commission has responsibility for the
licensing, regulation and supervision of the securities and
investment fund industries of The Bahamas pursuant to
the Securities Industry Act, 1999, the Investment Funds
Act, 2003 and the Financial and Corporate Service Providers
Act, 2000. Additionally, the Commission is mandated inter
alia to formulate principles to regulate and govern
investment funds and securities and capital markets, and
to create and promote conditions to ensure the orderly
growth and development of the capital markets.

The Commission hereby advises that the suspension placed
on the trading in shares of AML Foods Limited, with effect
from 22 February 2011, has been lifted effective 28 February
2011.

Any questions regarding this Notice should be directed to:

The Secretary of the Commission,
Securities Commission of The Bahamas
3rd Floor, Charlotte House

Shirley & Charlotte Streets

P.O. Box N-8347

Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: (242) 397-4100

Fax: (242) 356-7330

Email: info@scb.gov.bs

Website: www.scb.gov.bs





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Retailer's 44,000 sq ft expansion to ‘break ground within 35-40 days’

FROM page 1B

Charles site, which will be
another retail complex in
front of Robin Hood’s new
store.

A Scotiabank branch and
Sbarro’s restaurant are
already confirmed, he
added, and a fine dining
restaurant and other retail
formats are actively being
sought.

“Hopefully, in the next 35-
40 days we will start break-
ing ground,” Mr Schaefer
told Tribune Business of the
planned expansion. He
added that customer count
and revenues “continue to
build” at Robin Hood’s
Prince Charles Drive outlet,
which opened last month,
with in-store concessions
and tenants starting to grow.

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Equity Side
IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parce! or lot of land loan as Lot nomeer
Nine (9) in Block Number Twenty (20) in the Sebdrviaia called and keown as
“Coenmut Creve" and iteate in the Seuthoss Dictriet of the bland of Mew Providence
one of the [sland of the Coftmonwealth of the Dahan.

AND
IN THE MATTER OF ‘The Quicting Tikes Act, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF The Petition of Frederica Stuart
NOTICE

‘The Fetiion of FREDERICA STUART of the Southern district of the Idand of New
Providence: ome of the lands of the Conmacrivealih of the Bahamas in respect of

ALL THAT pices perce! er lot of land being Lot Member Ming (7) in Dock Twenty (22) on the
plan or bots. af the Sebdivision called and leeown at “Cocca Grove” and aitnaie in the Souther
Datinet ef the snd of New Porvidence aforesaid and is membered Qe Hundred and Sixty.
Thee:( 163) which said piece parcel or Lot of band is bounded on the North by Lot Number Eight
{E) mn Block Number Trrenty (20)-of the said plan and runnizg thereon Cae Hundred and Five
(105) Feet on the East by Lot Number Mina) in Block Number Twenty (200) of the said plan
and panning theroom Filly (29) Feet onthe south by Lot Maraber Ten (10) la Block eombsz
‘Twenty 20) of the said plan and running thereon {ine Hundred and Five (1:05) Feet on the West
fy a private wed in the seid subdivision beown ae “Third Sooo” and running thereon Fifty (5)
Feel

FREDERICA STUART claime to be the ouner of dhe fix: simgle emaie in posession of the lot
of land hereinbefore deseribed hee from encumbrances.

AND the Petitions: bees made application to the Supreme Court of the said Commeonweaith of
The Bahamas under Section 3 of Thee Quieting Vithes Act, 1989 in have her tithe te the sand parcel
of Land investigated aad the eatere and extent thereof determined and dectored in a Certificate of
Title be granted in accordance with the provisions of the said Act

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April, ADL 2011 Gein the Suprense Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a
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Fallon of any such person to fikeand seret-a Statement of bis clain on or befoee the Lith
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already opened within the
Robin Hood outlet, and Mr
Schaefer said a music store
and restaurant were set to
open within two and four
weeks respectively.

“We're within the margins
of error that are typically
looked at in a new store,”
the Robin Hood president
said, when asked for details
on customer count and rev-
enues.

Meanwhile, the compa-
ny’s first outlet, at Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway,
was continuing to perform
“very nicely”.

“Customer count has been
very strong for us,” Mr
Schaefer said. “We’re look-

ing now at revamping the
AC, appliances and elec-
tronics sections. We may
even go back into furniture
again. We’re looking at
upscaling the store, and are
going to renovate.”

Showcase

The Ream air condition-
ing brand was set to host a
showcase during the third
week of March, and the
Robin Hood president told
Tribune Business: “We’re
going to push very hard on
residential and commercial
AC sales.

“That’s a big piece of busi-

ness. AC, for us, is a multi-
million dollar business.”

Asked by this newspaper
whether he detected signs
of economic improvement,
Mr Schaefer replied: “I
wouldn’t say that I see it yet.
Certainly, our sales have
picked up over the last cou-
ple of weeks nicely at both
stores, so we’re looking for-
ward to gradual improve-
ment.

“IT don’t think we will be
shooting for the stars right
away, but things will gradu-
ally improve.

“We are in a different
world now.”

Mr Schaefer said his
immediate focus would be

“continually improving the
product we offer now”.
Asked about plans he pre-
viously unveiled to Tribune
Business, which called for
further Robin Hood stores
in New Providence, Grand
Bahama and Abaco, he indi-
cated these were on the
backburner compared to the
focus on his existing busi-
ness.

“We just want to solidify
the position we have with
the two stores we have now,
and if opportunities present
themselves we will consider
them,” Mr Schaefer said of
possible expansion.

moving to boost staff

Resort

FROM page 1B

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Outpost Resort and Mari-
na, having been bought by
the company belonging to
artist/conservationist/busi-
nessman, Guy Harvey, who
was in Nassau yesterday to
play a part in promoting the
shark preservation campaign
that was launched by the
Bahamas National Trust last
year.

Some $3.5 million was
invested in new guestrooms,
marina slips, the Bimini Big
Game Bar & Grill and an
Outfitter Shop selling Guy
Harvey sportswear.

“We had already missed
most of the season by the
time we opened last year,
and things were pretty tough
- especially in the fall. But
we have a fair amount of
groups we will be hosting
this year, which is very excit-
ing,” said Mr Pollock.

Among those are repre-
sentatives of Hatteras, who
will meet at the legendary
fishing resort next week, and
another big crowd is expect-
ed for the club’s first major
fishing tournament since its
relaunch, which will take
place in May.

The newly-launched “dive
portion” of the 51-room
resort’s offering is anticipat-
ed to bring in more visitors
by plane, whereas the
majority of the club’s pre-
sent clientele are coming by
boat to stay in the marina.

The resort has invested in
a 60-foot glass bottom boat
and brought on board Neal
Watson, a veteran of the
Bimini dive scene, to take
charge of the dive operation.
“That should bring in more
business,” said Mr Pollock.

Bimini Big Game Club
currently has 28 people on
staff, and the general man-
ager said that 40 would like-
ly be required once the
operation shifts into high
gear in peak season. Inter-
views are taking place
already.

As to whether there may
be any further invest-
ment/expansion at the prop-
erty in the near future, Mr
Pollock said there have been
“discussions” about this, but
nothing more at this stage.

The general manager said
the company expects busi-
ness to slowly grow at the
resort as it regains its once
legendary reputation in the
south Florida fishing/boat-
ing community.

“This is a very famous
resort which was allowed to
be run down for many,
many years, and then closed.
You can’t just bring that
back right away.

“There’s a lot of excite-
ment, a lot of families who
had come here for genera-
tions are coming back, but it
takes a while,” he added.

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THE TRIBUNE

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 7B



‘Nailed to the wall’ by $4.2bn National Delit

FROM page 1B

political parties to “figure out
how to cut spending” and
avoid the imposition of ever-
increasing tax rates.

Rick Lowe, a leading exec-
utive with the Nassau Insti-
tute economic think-tank, told
Tribune Business in the after-
math of the mid-year Budget
that his main concern was for
future Bahamian generations,
who he feared would be crip-
pled with ever-increasing debt
servicing payments, higher
taxes and devalued savings as
a result of the expanding
national debt and persistent
fiscal deficits.

Advocating public spend-
ing cuts to bring the Govern-
ment’s finances back into line,
given that revenue growth
would be limited due to the
likely “anaemic” nature of
overall Bahamian economic
growth in the short-medium
term, Mr Lowe said this
nation also needed to “sus-
tain” tax rates at lower lev-
els, not increase them.

“My concern is the future
generations. Only the citizens
can pay for it. The Govern-
ment can print money, bor-
row and say all these things,”
Mr Lowe said of the
Bahamas’ fiscal situation.

“Future generations will
have to pay the piper, and
that’s all of us. We’re going
to have to pay higher taxes,
and will possibly have a deval-
ued currency if things don’t
turn around pretty quickly.”

Describing the National
Debt’s growth rate and per-
sistent fiscal deficits as “unsus-
tainable”, Mr Lowe added:
“The bureaucracy likes to talk
about sustainability, except
where taxes are concerned.
We should sustain taxes at a
lower level, not increase
them.”

He again reiterated his

scepticism that the Ingraham
administration would realise a
$200 million increase in recur-
rent tax revenues during the
2010-2011 fiscal year, strip-
ping out the $120 million in
one-off revenue injections
from the Bahamas Oil Refin-
ing Company (BORCO) sale,
the Baha Mar deal and the
possible $210 million-plus
from the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company’s
(BTC) sale.

Noting the Prime Minister’s
admission that revenues for
the July 1-December 31 20109
period were $84.3 million
behind forecasts, Mr Lowe
told Tribune Business: “They
have to be. It was a foregone
conclusion where they threw
out those numbers.

“They were anticipating a
turnaround sooner than it
was, and we knew they were
not going to make it.

“We were not making it in
the private sector, so why are
they [the Government] any
different?”

Asked how important it
was for the Government to
cut wastage and rein in its
$1.554 billion recurrent spend-
ing, Mr Lowe replied: “It’s
critical that they figure out
how to deal with it.

“ The difficulty I see is that
an election is coming, people
are hurting, and they’ve
encouraged people all their
lives to believe: ‘Don’t worry,
the Government will take
care of you’.

“Unfortunately, the chick-
ens are coming home to roost,
and it doesn’t matter who the
Government is, they have to
deal with it.

“It’s very important they
figure out how to cut expen-
diture, because growth is still
going to be anaemic.

“You can’t keep on grow-
ing the debt, which grows the
payments for interest, and
that alone is a major

expense.” Interest payments
on the Bahamian national
debt totalled $98.135 million
during the 2010-2011 fiscal
year’s first half, coming in
some $6.046 million below the
$104.182 million forecast.
Still, it represented the sin-
gle most expensive line item
in the Budget, and is expected
to hit $208.363 million during
the 2010-2011 fiscal full year,
remaining the single most
expensive line item.

Redemptions

Meanwhile, redemptions of
debt principal totalled $27.035
million during the 2010-2011
Budget half-year, coming in
some $10.347 million below
forecasted payments of
$37.383 million. For the full
year, debt principal redemp-
tion is set to total $74.766 mil-
lion, taking total payments
associated with the National
Debt to more than $283 mil-
lion.

Mr Lowe contrasted the
Government’s spending
approach to that of the
Bahamian private sector,
where numerous companies
were having to “cut expendi-
ture here, cut expenditure
there, and we’re still finding it
difficult to tread water”.

And he pointed out that
government spending was
always going to increase as a
result of inflation.

“Tf you change the tax sys-
tem today, they’re only going
to spend more revenues,” Mr
Lowe said of the Govern-
ment. “Future generations are
going to be nailed to the wall,
and retirement savings will
probably be reduced as a
result of inflation, so when
you think you’ve got a han-
dle on it, going forward your
Knees are cut out from under
you.

“Everything keeps going

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Jobs breaks from medical
leave to unveil the iPad 2

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
IMPROVED SOFTWARE: Apple Inc. Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs
stands under an image of the iPad 2 at an Apple event at the Yerba
Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, Wednesday,

March 2, 2011.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Equity Side

2009/CLE/qui/980

IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT tract of land
comprising of Nine Hundred and Seventy Eight
and Fifty-five Hundredths (978.55) acres being the
Archibald Taylor Estate and more commonly known
as Pemberton Estates situate approximately 1.5 miles
SOUTHWEST of the Settlement of Clarence Town
in the vicinity of Galloway Landing on the Island of
Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas.
AND

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act 1959
(Chapter 393 of the 2000 Revised Edition of the
Statute Laws of The Bahamas)

AND



JORDAN ROBERTSON,
AP Technology Writers
RACHEL METZ,

AP Technology Writers
SAN FRANCISCO

Apple CEO Steve Jobs
briefly emerged from his med-
ical leave and walked on stage
to a standing ovation Wednes-
day to unveil the second gener-
ation of the popular iPad. It
comes with two cameras and
will go on sale March 11 in the
US.

Jobs looked frail as he
appeared in his signature black
mock turtleneck, blue jeans and
wire-rimmed glasses.

"We've been working on this
product for a while, and I just
didn't want to miss today,” Jobs
told an audience that included
bloggers and Apple enthusiasts.
"Thank you for having me."

The next-generation tablet
computer is faster than the orig-
inal iPad's. As expected, it
comes with two cameras for
taking photos and video chat-
ting. The battery life will be the
same as the original — about
10 hours of usage or a month
on standby.

The iPad 2 is also thinner —
8.8 millimeters, or about a third
of an inch, instead of the cur-
rent 13.4 millimeters.

"The new iPad 2 is actually
thinner than your iPhone 4,"
Jobs said.

The original iPad, which
went on sale last April, was

more popular than analysts
anticipated. Apple sold 15 mil-
lion in nine months.

The iPad was initially used
for checking e-mail, surfing the
Web and watching online
video. But as the number of
software applications — or
"apps" — designed just for iPad
grew, the tablet made itself at
home in offices, shops, restau-
rants and countless other set-
tings. The rush for iPads
sparked dozens of copycat
touch-screen devices, but so far,
none has broken into the main-
stream consciousness the way
the iPad has. In February,
Motorola Mobility Inc.'s Xoom,
the most promising challenger
so far, went on sale. It runs a
new version of Google Inc.'s
Android software that was
designed for tablets, not smart
phones.

The new iPad will make it
even harder for rivals to com-
pete.

"Overall, the big message
today is that Apple is offering a
version 2 device while every-
one else is still attempting to
ship their first version 1
devices," said Yankee Group
analyst Carl Howe.

He said the iPad 2's improve-
ments are modest over the first
one, but it will nonetheless
stand out because there are
more apps available.

Sarah Rotman Eps, a For-
rester Research analyst, said
iPads should make up at least

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20 million of the 24.1 million
tablet computers she expects
people in the U.S. to buy this
year.

Tablet computers existed
long before the 1Pad, but it took
Apple to build a device that
made sense to consumers.
Apple simplified the software,
packed it in sleek, shiny hard-
ware and sold it to a genera-
tion of gadget lovers who, most
likely, already have a smart
phone and a laptop that serve
most of the same functions.

The new iPads will cost the
same as the originals — $499
to $829, depending on storage
space and whether or not they
can connect to the Internet over
a cellular network. Apple said
there will be black and white
versions, despite its problems
getting the promised white
iPhone 4 models to market.
The first iPad came only in
black. In the U.S., the iPad 2
will work on AT&T Inc. and
Verizon Wireless.

A reporter who used a white
iPad 2 immediately after the
announcement found it notice-
ably thinner and more curvy.
YouTube video loaded quickly
using AT&T's data service, and
"Toy Story 3" played smoothly.
Given its size, the iPad 2
appeared impractical for tak-
ing lots of photos, but both
cameras will help with video
chats — the front one to show
the caller, and the back one to
show what the caller is seeing.

Jobs also introduced a new
accessory for the iPad that will
let people connect the tablet to
high-definition televisions, so
they can watch videos up to
1080p in resolution on the big-
ger screen. The $39 part plugs
into the iPad's charging port
and connects to an HDMI
cable. After its March 11 USS.
launch, the iPad 2 goes on sale
March 25 in at least 26 other
markets, including Mexico,
New Zealand, Spain and other
European countries.

Apple also introduced
updates to the software that
runs on the iPad, iPhone and
iPod Touch devices. The com-
pany said the update would
work on GSM-type iPhone
3GS and iPhone 4 models; Ver-
izon Wireless’ version uses a
different technology.

The new system, 10S 4.3,
includes support for FaceTime,
Apple's video-chat program.
The company said people can
now hold conversations
between iPads, iPhones and
Mac computers.

The update turns iPhones
and iPads with 3G cellular con-
nections into personal Wi-Fi
hotspots, so you can share the
connection with computers or
other devices — if your wire-
less carrier allows it. Many
charge additional fees for this
service. The improved software
also makes Apple's Safari Web
browser run faster.

Apple also announced new
software designed for the iPad,
including a $4.99 version of
iMovie for video editing and a
$4.99 version of GarageBand,
its music recording and editing
software. GarageBand includes
instruments that can be played
by touching the iPad 2's screen,
and it can even sense whether
you're tapping quietly or bang-
ing on the "keys." People can
start a project on their Mac,
then work on it later on the
iPad 2. Jobs gave an update on
the company's iBook business,
saying people downloaded
more than 100 million books
since the e-book business
launched last year. He also said
Random House became the last
major publisher to agree to sell
its titles in the iBookstore.

Jobs announced in January
that he would take a third leave
of absence to focus on his
health. In the last decade, Jobs,
56, has survived a rare but cur-
able form of pancreatic cancer
and undergone a liver trans-
plant.



IN THE MATTER of the Petition of
Ellison Kenneth Minnis

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that VADA BIEN-AIME ALCIRA,
of P.O. Box EL27478, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera,
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 3" day of
March, 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CLAIRSON CHARLOT of
2ND STREET, THE GROVE, NASSAU, 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 24" DAY
of FEBRUARY 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

GOLDEN CHAIN PROPERTIES LIMITED

In Voluntary liquidation

NOTICE

Pursuant to the Order of the Supreme Court filed the
23" day of February, A.D. 2011.

The Petition of Ellison Kenneth Minnis,
of the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth

of The Bahamas, in respect of:- — ; ; ; ;
“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137

(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45
of 2000) GOLDEN CHAIN PROPERTIES LIMITED, is in
Dissolution”

ALLTHAT tract of land comprising of Nine Hundred
and Seventy Eight and Fifty-five Hundredths
(978.55) acres being the Archibald Taylor Estate
and more commonly known as Pemberton Estates
situate approximately 1.5 miles SOUTHWEST of
the Settlement of Clarence Town in the vicinity of
Galloway Landing on the Island of Long Island
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 1st day of
March, 2011.

Luis Maria Pineyrua Pittaluga
Zonamerica
Ruta 8 — km 17.500
Local 115A
C.P. 91.600
Montevideo - URUGUAY
Liquidator

Ellison Kenneth Minnis, claims to be the owner of
the land the subject of this Petition hereinbefore
described in fee simple free from encumbrances.

And the Petitioner has made application to the
Supreme Court of the aforesaid Commonwealth of
The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Title
Act (Chapter 393), to have her title to the said tract
of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to
be granted in accordance with the provisions of the
said Act.

Notice is hereby given that all persons
having Dower or a right of Dower or an Adverse
Claim or a Claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before expiration of Thirty (30) days after the
publication of these presents file in the Supreme
Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned
a statement of his claim in the prescribed form
verified by an affidavit to be filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve
a Statement of his claim on or before the expiration
of Thirty G0) days after the publication of these
presents shall operate as a bar to such claims.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected at:
The Registry of the Supreme Court;

The Chambers of ALLEN, ALLEN & CO., the
Attorneys for the Petitioner, whose address for
service is Allen House, Dowdeswell

Street, Nassau, N. P. The Bahamas.

Attorneys for the Petitioner

Dated this 22" day of February, A.D., 2011.

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Daily Vol. EPS$ Div $
0.123
0.013

0.153

9.05 Bahamas Property Fund 10.63 10.63 0.00
4.40 Bank of Bahamas 4.40 4.40 0.00
ott Benchmark 0.18 0.18 0.00, -0.877
2,70) Bahamas Waste 2.70 2,70. 0.00 0.168
1.96 Fidelity Bank 2.17 1.96 O21 0,016
9.44 Cable Bahamas 10.21 10.21 0.00, 1.050
2.35 Colina Holdings 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.731
5.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.80 6.80 0.00 0.488
1.80 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.18 2.11 -0.07 0.1141
1.40 Doctor's Hospital 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.107
5.25 Famguard 5.25 5.25 0.00,
6.25 Finca 6.25 6.25 0.00
8.77 FirstCaribbean Bank 9.39 9.39 0.00
4.57 Focol (S) 5.48 5.48 0.00
1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00
5.50 ICD Utilities 7.40 7.40 0.00 0.012
9.80 J. S. Johnson 9.82 9.82 0.00 0.859
10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.207
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Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029) BAH29
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00, 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB1S5 100.00 0.00, Prime + 1.75%
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)

Symbol Bid & Ask & Last Paice Daily \ci. EPS$ Div & Pe

Bahamas Supermarkets N/A N/A 14.00 -2.945 0.000.

RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55 0.001 0.000

CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)
ABDAB 30.13 31.59 29.00 4.540
RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55, 0.002
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
Fund Name NAV YTD%

CFAL Bond Fund LotT73 5.51%
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2.9527
CFAL Money Market Fund 1.5837
Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 2.7049
13.4164
114.3684
106.5528
1.1465
1.1185
1.1491

G.357
0.682
0.494
0.452
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99.46 0,00. 6.95%
100.00 0.00. 7%

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30 May 2013
29 May 2015

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1.498004
2.918697
1.564030

NAV 6MTH
1.475244
2.910084
1.545071

Last 12 Months %

1.4076 6.90%
2.8300
1.5141
2,8522
13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund

101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund

99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund

0.18%
0.61%
-0.56%
0.44%
9.98%
4.75%
5.20%
4.73%
5.35%

1.61%
4.59%
-15.54%
-0.10%
12.49%
7.18%

31-Jan-11
11-Feb-1141
31-Jan-11
31-Jan-11
30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10

109.392860
100.779540

107.570619
105.776543
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000
9.1005

5.20%
4.73%
5.35%

FG Financial Preferred Income Fund

FG Financial Growth Fund

FG Financial Diversified Fund

Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 1

410.0000 Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 2

Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 3

Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

9.7850 4.85% 5.45% 30-Nov-10

10.6417 -1.20% 0.50% 30-Nov-10.

9.1708

ALLEN, ALLEN & CO.,

10.1266 1.27%
8.4510 0.72%
MARKET TERMS

1.27%
9.95%

31-Jan-11

4.8105 31-Jan-11

Chambers,

Allen House,
Dowdeswell Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the
Petitioner



BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily 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
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

(SS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S11) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

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 $ - A company'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

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 11B



Fed survey:



CHRISTOPHER S§S.
RUGABER,

AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON

The U.S. economy expand-
ed in January and early Feb-
ruary in all parts of the coun-
try, but businesses reported
they are under pressure to
raise their prices.

A Federal Reserve survey
released Wednesday showed
that all 12 of the Fed's regions
reported growth at a "mod-
est to moderate pace" and it
pointed to a pickup in job cre-
ation in each.

Retail sales picked up in 10
of the 12 regions, while falling
in the Richmond and Atlanta
areas. Factory activity rose in
all districts except St. Louis.

The survey hinted at some
inflationary concerns. Costs
are rising for manufacturers
and retailers in most areas.
Manufacturers in many dis-
tricts said they are increas-
ingly able to pass on those
costs to customers. Retailers
in some districts said they
have or soon will raise prices.

"There are beginning to be
some troubling signs on infla-
tion,” said Steven Wood,
Chief Economist at Insight
Economics.

But other economists noted
that the survey found little
evidence that wages are
increasing. Accelerating
wages are “a necessary con-
dition for a sustained, desta-
bilizing high-inflation
episode," said Dana Saporta,
an economist at Credit Suisse
Securities.

Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke endured tough
questioning from members of



INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

Congress on Tuesday and
Wednesday about the threat
of rising inflation. Lawmak-
ers raised concerns that the
Fed's $600 billion bond-pur-
chase program is laying the
groundwork for higher prices.

Those concerns have been
heightened by recent run-ups
in the price of oil, corn, wheat
and other commodities.

Bernanke told members of
Congress that higher oil
prices, which have risen due
to turmoil in the Middle East,
would likely cause only a tem-
porary and mild increase in
inflation.

The U.S. economy has been
growing for 18 months. But
that expansion hasn't been
enough to significantly lower
the nation's unemployment
rate, which was 9 percent in
January. The federal govern-
ment will release the Febru-
ary jobs report on Friday.

The Fed survey did note
that the job market is picking
up in all districts. Many dis-
tricts reported improved hir-
ing in the manufacturing and

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
EXPANDING ECONOMY: In this photo taken Feb. 28, 2011, Teacher Dave Badger, left, buys a television,
at the Costco Wholesale store in Glendale, Calif. The U.S. economy expanded in January and early Feb-
ruary in all parts of the country, but businesses are under pressure to raise their prices.

health care industries.

Seven districts said that
staffing agencies are more
optimistic, with more employ-
ers converting temporary jobs
to permanent status. Perma-
nent hiring is also picking up,
the agencies said.

The survey also noted that
wages remain steady in five
districts and are rising only
modestly in several others.
Sluggish wage growth should
act to restrain future price
increases.

Harsh snowstorms in many
different parts of the country
reduced store sales and fac-
tory activity. Bad weather dis-
rupted manufacturing in the
Cleveland, Atlanta and Min-
neapolis regions, and pushed
down retail sales in six dis-
tricts.

Housing remains the econ-
omy's main weak spot, the
report showed.

"Overall sales and con-
struction remained at low lev-
els across all districts," the
survey said. The St. Louis
region said sales are still
declining.

Tourism improved in the
Richmond, Atlanta and San
Francisco areas, while it
slowed in Kansas City, partly
due to severe weather. New
York reported slower busi-
ness at hotels and said Broad-
way theater attendance
dropped.

The region-by-region sur-
vey is based on information
collected from the Fed's 12
regional banks on or before
Feb. 18. Known as the "Beige
Book,” the survey provides a
more in-the-trenches look at
the overall economy than
broad statistics.

GN 1173

GOVERNMENT NOTICE
MINISTRY OF FINANCE

®

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The new Business Licence Act 2010 will take effect on January |, 2011. The Act requires that no person shall
cemy on a business within The Bahamas without the grant of a licence issued in accordance with the

requirements of this Al

Before the expiry of the allowed period of ®) days or by March 31°, 2011 all business owners must bring their
business into compliance with the requirements of this Act, submit an application form and pay the taxes as
prescribed for that business licence for the current yeag

A list of cwners that are not cornpliant by March 31", 2011 will be published af the end of the 90 day period.

Any person carrying on d business, with fees outstanding, at the time this Act comes into force may enter into a
written agreement Lo pay the outstanding fees, ard thereby be entitled to receive a Licence.

Where a business ceases to operite or is sold the Business Licence Division must be so advised by the
submission of the appropriate form giving the relevant details,

Forms are available on http:/forms.bahamas.gov.bs/, at any of the Business Licence Offices and at the
Administrator's (fice in the Family [stands,

PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL &
SANDILANDS REHABILITAION CENTRE

oa ga

Arya

PUBLIC NOTICE

TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF
PROVISIONS & FOOD ITEMS

Tenders are invited from qualified Contractors for the supply of
Provisions and Foods Items for the Princess Margaret Hospital and
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Public Hospitals Authority, for a
period of one (1) year.

Tender documents, which include instructions to Tenderers,
specifications and other relevant information, can be collected 9:00
am. — 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Materials
Management Directorate, Princess Margaret Hospital's compound,
Shirley Street,

A Tender must be submitted in duplicate in a sealed envelope or
packaged identified as “ TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF
PROVISIONS AND FOODS ITEMS FOR THE PRINCESS
MARGARET HOSPITAL AND SANDILANDS
REHABILITATION CENTRE” and addressed to:

The Chairman
Tenders Committee
Public Hospitals Authority
Third Terrace West
Collins Avenue
P.O. Box N-8200
Nassau, Bahamas

All Tenders must be received at the above address by 5:00 p.m.
on 8" April 2011.

A copy of a valid business license and a certificate of up to
date National Insurance Contributions should accompany all
proposal.

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



GN1157

MINISTRY OF FINANCE

Business Licence Act 2010

The new Business Licence Act 2010 will take effect on January 1, 2011.
The Act requires that no person shall carryon a business within The
Bahamas without the grant of a licence issued in accordance with the
requirements of this Act.

Before the expiry of the allowed period of 90 days or by March 31 st,
2011 all business owners must bring their business into compliance
with the requirements of this Act, submit an application form and pay
the taxes as prescribed for that business licence for the current year.

A list of owners that are not compliant by March 31 st, 2011 will be
published at the end of the 90 day period.

Any person carrying on a business, with fees outstanding, at the time
this Act comes into force may enter into a written agreement to pay the
outstanding fees, and thereby be entitled to receive a Licence.

Where a business ceases to operate or is sold the Business Licence
Division must be so advised by the submission of the appropriate form
giving the relevant details.

Forms are available on http://forms.bahamas.gov.bs/, at any of the

Business Licence Offices and at the Administrator’s Office in the Family
Islands.





Pope exonerates Jews for
Jesus’ death in new book

By NICOLE WINFIELD
Associated Press

ing exoneration of the Jewish people

for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling
one of the most controversial issues in
Christianity in a new book.

In "Jesus of Nazareth-Part II" excerpts
released Wednesday, Benedict explains bibli-
cally and theologically why there is no basis in
Scripture for the argument that the Jewish
people as a whole were responsible for Jesus’
death.

Interpretations to the contrary have been
used for centuries to justify the persecution of
Jews.

While the Catholic Church has for five
decades taught that Jews weren't collectively
responsible, Jewish scholars said Wednesday
the argument laid out by the German-born
pontiff who has had his share of mishaps with
Jews, was a landmark statement from a pope
that would help fight anti-Semitism today.

"Holocaust survivors know only too well
how the centuries-long charge of ‘Christ
killer’ against the Jews created a poisonous
climate of hate that was the foundation of
anti-Semitic persecution whose ultimate
expression was realised in the Holocaust,”
said Elan Steinberg of the American
Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their
Descendants.

The pope's book, he said, not only confirms
church teaching refuting the deicide charge
"but seals it for a new generation of
Catholics."

The Catholic Church issued its most
authoritative teaching on the issue in its 1965
Second Vatican Council document "Nostra
Aetate,”" which revolutionised the church's
relations with Jews by saying Christ's death
could not be attributed to Jews as a whole at
the time or today.

Benedict comes to the same conclusion, but
he explains how with a thorough, Gospel-by-
Gospel analysis that leaves little doubt that he
deeply and personally believes it to be the
case: That only a few Temple leaders and a
small group of supporters were primarily
responsible for Christ's crucifixion.

The book is the second installment to
Benedict's 2007 "Jesus of Nazareth,” his first
book as pope, which offered a very personal
meditation on the early years of Christ's life
and teachings. This second book, set to be
released March 10, concerns the final part of
Christ's life, his death and resumection.

The Vatican's publishers provided a few
excerpts Wednesday.

In the book, Benedict re-enacts Jesus’ final
hours, including his death sentence for blas-
phemy, then analyzes each Gospel account to
explain why Jews as a whole cannot be
blamed for it. Rather, Benedict concludes, it
was the "Temple aristocracy" and a few sup-
porters of the figure Barabbas who were
responsible. "How could the whole people
have been present at this moment to clamour

Pe Benedict XVI has made a sweep-



POPE Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during a general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall at the
Vatican, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. (AP)

for Jesus’ death?” Benedict asks.

He deconstructs one particular biblical
account which has the crowd saying, "His
blood be on us and on our children" — a
phrase frequently cited as evidence of the col-
lective guilt Jews bore and the curse that they
carried as a result.

The phrase, from the Gospel of Matthew,
has been so incendiary that director Mel
Gibson was reportedly forced to drop it from
the subtitles of his 2004 film "The Passion of
the Christ," although it remained in the spo-
ken Aramaic.

But Benedict said Jesus’ death wasn't about
punishment, but rather salvation. Jesus’
blood, he said, "does not cry out for
vengeance and punishment, it brings reconcil
jation. Itis not poured out against anyone, it is
poured out for many, for all.”

Benedict, who was forced to join the Hitler
Youth as a child in Nazi Germany, has made
improving relations with Jews a priority of his
pontificate. He has visited the Auschwitz Nazi
death camp in Poland and Israel's Yad

Vashem Holocaust memorial.

But he also has had a few missteps that have
drawn the ire of Jewish groups, most notably
when in 2009 he lifted the excommunication
of a traditionalist Catholic bishop who had
denied the extent of the Holocaust by saying
no Jews were gassed during World War II.

Benedict has said that had he known
Bishop Richard Williamson's views about
Jews he never would have lifted the excom-
munication, which was imposed in 1988
because Williamson was consecrated without
papal consent. Williamson is a member of the
traditionalist Society of St Pius X, which has
rejected many Vatican II teachings, including
the outreach to Jews contained in Nostra
Aetate.

Separately, Jewish groups have been out-
raged that Benedict is moving Pope Pius XII
closer to beatification, the first main hurdle to
possible sainthood. Some Jews and historians
have argued the World War Il-era pope
should have done more to prevent the
Holocaust.

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| receive that!

I KNOW that [’m not alone in saying
that “I’ve heard so many pathetic (so-
called prophetic words) gone forth as
prophecies in the church and at various
religious conferences / gathering.

Without fail I hear the itching ears,
naive religious folks say “I receive that”
Can I tell you that as a pastor, I don’t
say “Amen” to everything that I hear
coming from church pulpits, intern a-
tionally or locally; no matter who the
preacher / teacher might be. Please hear
me! Not everything that’s being
preached / taught in the church today is
inspired by the Holy Spirit, despite the
fact that the presenter may use a few
scripture verses.

The best way of knowing, if what
you’re hearing from the pulpit is lining
up with God’s word; is to know the
wordof God, not just casual read a few
scriptures; but truly study the word of
God. Here’s how the Apostle Paul puts
it to his spiritual son Timothy: 2:Tim.2:
15. Study to show thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the
wordof truth. Note: It’s no coincidence
that the words “Rightly Dividing” is
mentioned in the above passage of
scripture

This clearly indicates that the word of
God could be wrongly divided, and I
dare to say that today; we’re seeing the
results / impact of the word of God
being wrongly divided by many ulterior
motives, self centered religious leaders /
superstars; thereby causing God to
reject the defiled, contaminated acts of
worship that’s being offered in the
church today.

Whenever true knowledge of God
comes forth, it will always find opposi-
tion and rejection from the spirit of re lt
gion and the tradition of men.

Hosea.4: 6. My people are destroyed
for lack of knowledge: because thou
hast rejected knowledge, I will also
reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest
to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the
law of thy God, I will also forget thy
children. It’s time for the saints to
g row-up / mature in the things of God
and stop allowing themselves to be
duped by every wind of doctrine that’s
infiltrating the church today; especially
the twisted, incomplete prosperity
gospel. Don’t allow your emotions and
present financial state to get the better
partof you and your walk with God.

The eloquent speaking, crafty reli
gious leaders have set a gullible spirit in
the church’s atmosphere as they’re mis-
appropriating the scriptures to stir up
their followers. In so doing, here’s one
of their most foolish, dumb sayings that
literally moves their crowd: “I don’t
know who I’m talking to, but the Lord
told me to tell you’? Here’s some food
for thought: Where in the scriptures
can it be found that the prophets of old
were given messages and they didn’t





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know to whom the messages were for?
Wake up saints! He that hath an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churhes! This twisted, incomplete
prosperity gospel that’s permeated
today’s church by the superstars, and
want-to-be superstar religious leaders
can be likened to gangrene; whenever
gangrene sets in, if it’s not immediately
and properly treated, amputation is a
life saving must. The body of Messiah /
Christ is suffering much causality as the
amputation; disconnection rate is at an
all time high due to the pursuit of pro s-
perity via the twisted prosperity gospel.
The message of the church today is
more centered on financial and materi-
al prosperity rather than Holy living
unto God. I’m not advocating the rejec
tion and disrespectful scrutiny of God’s
word, but rather allowing the spirit of
wisdom to lead and guide you along the
way. In other words, here’s how the
apostle John puts it. IJohn.4: 1.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but
try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone
out into the world. Do you know that
there was a time when Yahshua
Messiah (aka Jesus the Christ) was the
center of attention of the local churches
/ congregations; but those days are qui-
etly slipping away as the religious bish-
ops, apostles, doctors, pastors, etc; have
taken preeminence of the church?
Watch this! Have you ever attended a
church and upon entering the foyer or
sanctuary of that church building you’re
greeted with a hanging / posted photo of
the religious leader and their spouse?
The ignorance to spiritual matters
would have many to believe that noth-
ing’s wrong with this; as they would
have no problem in declaring that
“we’re just honoring our Mand-of-God
and our Woman-of-God; the founders
of this church” To this I strongly dis-
agree and boldly say no! It’s a blatant
act of ignorance to spiritual matters
that’s been methodically set in place by
the enemy as he spiritually lures the
church to sleep. If the truth be told you
would be surprised at what most people
who name the name of Christ come into
agreement with in saying “Yes, Lord, I
receive that !” The enemy and the
gates of hell have strategically put their
plans in motion; in an attempt to stifle
the church. In watching the operation
of today’s religious church, it’s no longer
Christ (Yahshua Messiah) the founder

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Militants kill Christian

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minister in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD
Associated Press

MILITANTS gunned down the only
Christian in Pakistan's government outside
his widowed mother's home Wednesday, the
second assassination in two months of a
high-profile opponent of laws that impose
the death penalty for insulting Islam.

Shahbaz Bhatti was aware of the danger
he faced, saying in a videotaped message
that he had received death threats from al-
Qaida and the Taliban. In it, the 42-year-old
Roman Catholic said he was "ready to die"
for the country's often persecuted Christian
and other non-Muslim minorities.

The slaying in Islamabad followed the
killing of Salman Taseer, a liberal politician
who was gunned down in the capital by one
of his guards. Both men had campaigned to
change blasphemy laws in Pakistan that
impose the death penalty for insulting Islam
and have been loudly defended by Islamist
political parties.

The Taseer slaying triggered fears the
country was buckling under the weight of
extremism, especially since the government,
fearful of militants and the political parties
that champion their causes, did not loudly
condemn the killing or those who publicly
celebrated it.

Wednesday's slaying will only reinforce
those concerns and further undermine confi-
dence in the government, which appears
paralyzed by political rivalries and unable to
fix a stagnant economy or provide basic
services for the country's 180 million mostly
poor people.

The turmoil comes despite attempts by
the Obama administration to support
Pakistan, which it sees as key to ending the
war in neighboring Afghanistan and defeat-
ing al-Qaida, whose leadership is believed to
reside in the mountainous northwestern
regions.

Pakistani government ministers usually
travel with police escorts, but Bhatti was
without such protection when he was killed
as he and a driver left his mother’s home.
Bhatti, who was minister for religious
minorities, had been given police and para-
military guards but had asked them not to
accompany him while he stayed with his
mother, said Wajid Durrani, a senior police
official.

Bhatti had just pulled out of the driveway
when three men opened fire, said Gulam
Rahim, a witness. Two opened the door of
the car and tried to pull Bhatti out, Rahim
said, while a third fired a Kalashnikov rifle
repeatedly into the dark-colored Toyota,
shattering the windows.



Receive
FROM page 24

of the church; the religious Bishop, Apostle,
Doctor, etc; have taken that position. But, as
for the true church of Messiah here’s what He
says: Matt.16:18. That thou art Peter, and
upon this rock I will build my church; and the
gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. Do
you know that there are well meaning believers
who have accepted and are dancing around
Satanic Pentagrams in their churches? And yet
as so-called prophetic words goes forth from

these pulpits, their naive followers are saying “I
receive that” Here’s what the Apostle Paul
would ask most of today’s church:

“Gal. 3:1. O foolish Galatians, who hath
bewitched you, that ye should not obey the
truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been
evidently set forth, crucified among you?

Be careful of what you’re receiving.

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mails:pastormallen@yahoo.com or kmfci@live.com
or Ph.242-441-2021
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Minded Fellowship Center Int’l.

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AN UNIDENTIFIED relative of Pakistan's government minister for religious minori-
ties Shahbaz Bhatti mourns over his death outside a local hospital in Islamabad,
Pakistan, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Gunmen shot and killed the Christian
Pakistani government minister for religious minorities on Wednesday, the latest
attack on a high-profile figure threatened by Muslim militants for urging reform of
harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam. (AP)

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Dedication,

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discipline,

fletermination

THESE were the words given to
me as the “Three Ds of Excellence”
at the South Andros School District
Award ceremony last week. In that
academic setting, the students were
to be congratulated for past achieve-
ments and encouraged to aim even
higher.

How may we consider these words
in a more spiritual light?

Dedication is the desire to become
so completely devoted as to make
something or someone the centre of
our undivided attention. Our rela-
tionship with God calls for this level
of reverence and sacrificial service.
How do we work to make God the
centre of our lives? How much ener-
gy do we expend on a daily basis? Let
us dedicate ourselves to prayer,
study, worship and witnessing about
the person and work of our Lord and
Saviour, Jesus Christ. Let us reorgan-
ise our priorities.

Self-discipline is the result of prac-
ticed behaviour that has been repeat-
ed to form a habit. As we prepare for
Lent, we are all cognizant of the fact

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that six weeks offers us sufficient
time to work for positive change. If
we are unable to break bad habits
then we need to be accountable to
someone we respect or seek counsel-
ing. Let us all strive to daily hear
God’s well done because we are
growing to become more like Christ
every day. We cannot earn our salva-
tion. It is a free gift given by Christ’s
death on the cross. We can please
God by living a disciplined life with
the help of the Holy Spirit.
Determination is the attitude we
need to make the effort that will
accomplish our goals. If we are deter-
mined that we will be punctual, then

SEE page 28



Speak a word

Now faith is the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

THE BIBLE tells us that without
faith it is impossible to please God.

Matthew 8:5-13 speaks about the
Centurions faith, Jesus himself mar-
veled at the belief that this man pos-
sessed.

Do any of us have this kind of faith?
If Jesus were to come today, would
He marvel at any of us? When we find
ourselves between a rock and a hard
place, what do we do? Do we look to
the hills where our help comes from?
Or do we look down in despair? The
Centurion was not of the household
of faith, but he knew if Jesus spoke a
wordof healing, his servant would be
made whole. How is it that we as
believers allow non believers to have
more faith than us who are believers?
I think that is a charge against us as
children of the most high God.

I know we have real situations and
circumstances where panic may be
warranted. However, it should be the
complete opposite. In the ‘I can't see
no way out’ situations, I learn to trust

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God. There is no part of life that is
outside the control of God. If we truly
believe that, then there is no doubt in
what God can and will do. We are
able to breathe easy because the one
who controls life is at work.

The Bible tells us that without faith
it is impossible to please God. We
can't let the Centurion's faith or non
believers be more than that of ours as
Christians. We have to get to the place
where we say, "speak a word Lord" to
our situations, in our circumstances
and to our relationships and know
that all will be well. If no one else
believes we have to. That is what
makes us Christians.

"But speak the word only and my
servant shall be healed." We must
develop our faith so that it can be as
solid as the Centurion's faith.



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Perception!
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PERCEPTION is the process of receiving
information through the senses (hearing,
feeling, tasting, smelling and seeing) and
making sense of it. It is also defined as the
process by which an organism detects and
interprets information from the external
world by means of the sensory receptors.

When making our assessments of others,
our decisions or conclusions of them are usu-
ally only garnered from our senses. This can
be erroneous in some cases because things
aren't always they way they appear.

The Bible admonishes us to walk in the
spirit so that we would not fulfill the lust of
our flesh. We are also told to walk by faith
and not by sight. In both scriptures, the
underlying tone suggests that we can judge or
pereive incorrectly if left to our senses and
not being aided by the spirit of God.

In many of our local churches, we are
reminded frequently of the favour of God,
but very few explain to us how this favour
comes about. In today's teaching, we will
analyse how God will alter the perception of
others in an effort to not only grant us favour
but via the perception of others cause pro-
motion, opportunities and open doors that
could not have happened under normal cir-
cumstances.

Just before I proceed any further with this
Biblical insight, I must make clear that when
God promotes, gives favour, advances, or
elevates you he initiates it by changing the
pereption of those around you. The lessons
which were via your trouble and challenges
were making the necessary changes in you.
However I am sure you'll agree that no mat-
ter how much you've changed some folks
refuse to accept the fact that you've changed,
and will continue to label or categorise you
as to who you use to be.

Therefore, if it were left up to those



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around you who refuse to accept your
change you'll never advance. So, it is neces-
sary for God to change their perception of
you to accommodate the change in you.

Joshua, who was the minister of Moses
was about to take on one of the greatest chal-
lenges of his life. That challenge was taking
over as the leader of the children of Israel
following Moses’ death. Now, least we forget
this was not an easy task, simply because
Moses was the greatest leader they ever
knew. Aside from leading them out of
Egyptian bondage, there were many miracles
that were performed by God through him
and he brought them out of slavery by break-
ing the back of poverty and making them
wealthy.

Like any good leader Moses affirms
Joshua as the future leader to the children of
Israel. “And Moses called unto Joshua, and
said unto him in the sight of Israel, be strong
and of good courage.” Moses added “The
Lord will go before thee, he will not fail thee
nor forsake thee, fear not neither be dis-
mayed” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8.)

I was compelled to ask myself, why would
Moses say be strong and of good courage? I
am convinced Moses knew the difficult times
Joshua would have faced leading an estimat-
ed three million people who revered Moses.

In Deuteronomy 31:7-8, Joshua 1:6,7,9
Moses and God had repeatedly said to
Joshua: a) Be strong b) Be of good courage

c) Fear not and d) Be not dismayed. Again
seeing that Joshua is now the leader, why are
these four statements being rehearsed into
his hearing?

It is almost as if they knew something
Joshua did not know. The truth is they both
knew that the children of Israel would auto-
matically compare Joshua to Moses and con-
clude that Joshua was inferior to Moses and
not capable of leading them like Moses.

So, even though Joshua was qualified for
the job, the children of Israel’s perception
needed to be amended. Right now you are
qualified for that promotion on your job, or
you've changed your life and decided to live
for God, but somehow folks don't accept
your new status because you are still the
same old you in their sight. Therefore God
will have to do for you what he did for
Joshua.

“And the Lord said to Joshua, this day will
I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all
Israel, that they may know that, as I was with
Moses, so I will be with thee.”

The revelation here is simply this, God
changed absolutely nothing about Joshua.
God did not change his height, strength,
weight etc, but instead God made Joshua
appear larger than he was in the sight of
Israel. The only thing that was changed was
Israel's perception of Joshua who was
already qualified for what God had called
him to do...... wow!

My beloved readers, you've been
ridiculed, talked about, used, skipped over
for promotion, degraded and laughed at. To
add insult to injury, it has been trouble after
trouble, disappointment, set backs and hin-
drances. However, this year God has decided
that you've qualified to go forward, but he
has to change the perception of your haters
and oppressors. All of the challenges were in
an effort to change you. Now that that leg of
the process is completed GOD WILL NOW
MAGNIFY YOU IN 2011!

Magnification from God places a demand
on your haters and oppressors to respect you
and see you as what God has called you to
be. Just for you, God will change the spiritu-

Thursday, March 3, 2011 *° PG 27

al lens of all those who oppose you in years,
months, and weeks past, only to reveal to
them what he has done in you.

Remember when Jesus did his miracles,
the nay sayers said, “Isn't this Mary and
Joseph boy? Isn't this the carpenter.”

God magnified Jesus through his miracles
and teachings. However prior to this, he was
just a regular person to the people, not that
he wasn't ready to do God's work, but the
people's perception had to be altered, and
only God can do that.

Wherever you are right now, say it out
loud or scream it out in your mind, God has
magnified me and it has caused me to appear
larger, magnificent, glorious, and more confi-
dent in the sight of my enemies.

Prayer points:

¢ Confess and repent of all sins

¢ Ask God for courage, strength, resisting
fear and confusion

¢ Believe that God is with you and will not
forsake you

¢ Finally, ask God to magnify you and
begin thanking him and behaving as if it
has already happened.

Heavenly father thank you once again for
your revelations, and for everyone that
would have read this article. It is no acci -
dent that they came across this article today,
but all according to your divine plan for
their lives. I now come in agreement with
your word which is faith and declare that
you magnify them in the sight of those
around them. I command that the spiritual
lens of their oppressors and haters be
changed only to behold what you've done in
their lives. Your word declares that whatso -
ever thing we desire when we pray, believe
that we've receive it and we shall have it, in
the mighty and matchless name of Jesus
Christ.

¢ You can contact Minister Ewing by email at
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EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH HOST ANNUAL WALKATHON

Members of Ebenezer Methodist Church recently participated in their annual walkathon from the church to Blair Estates and back on Saturday January 29.
Following the walk there was a souse-out and cake sale. Everyone had a great time as they walked to benefit the church.
There are a number of events that are being planned this Spring including a tea and fashion show on Sunday, April 10 and the first annual Ebenezer Spring Fling
multi-cultural tasting event and fair on Saturday May 7, 2010. The public is invited to both.



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NOTES

THE Youth Ministry of Christ Church
Cathedral, in association with
Shakespeare in Paradise, will present
James Weldon Johnson's God's
Trombones on Sunday, March 6 at 4pm.

This piece, also sometimes known by its
full title, God's Trombones: Seven Negro
Sermons in Verse, was written in 1927 and
is based on a book of poems by Johnson
patterned after traditional African-
American religious oratory.

God's Trombones has delighted audi-
ences in theaters, churches and other ven-
ues for over 80 years and never grows old.

This production not only features the
junior choir from St Francis Church, under
the direction of Francis Richardson, but
guest pastor, Rev'd Colin Humes will
deliver the opening piece, Listen Lord - A
Prayer and the sermon, The Prodigal Son.

The other sermons will be delivered by,
Claudette "Cookie" Allens, Tex
Turnquest, Erma Albury, Arthella Issacs,
Marel T Sherman and Onike Archer. The
performance will take place at Christ
Church Cathedral. God's Trombones is
directed by Philip A Burrows.

e 38TH ANNUAL ACM CONFERENCE

On March 16, the Island of Abaco will
come alive as the 38th Annual Diocesan
Anglican Church Men Conference will
be held in Marsh Harbour from March
16-20. This year’s theme is “A Call to
Ministry”.

The Scripture text is taken from St
Luke 10:37. Cannon Basil Tynes and Dr
Robin Roberts are two or three speakers
on the schedule. All Anglican men are
urged to register at their local branch as
the deadline is fast approaching.

Dedication
FROM page 26

we work hard to plan carefully and man-
age our time wisely. If we insist that we
will budget and save, we learn how to
manage our money, even if we have to
request that someone assist us. If we
make up our mind and put our whole
heart into being led by the Holy Spirit,
then we open ourselves to God’s grace in
new and exciting ways. We will associate
with people who will be able to influence
us for good, and enable us to mentor oth-
ers. We will seek to resist Satan in any way
possible and to follow the example of
Jesus, our Master.

There may be other words that you
wish to add to your list of qualities to cel-
ebrate and emulate. You may have differ-
ent definitions for my words chosen. Let
our time together guide your personal
reflection, stimulate your small group dis-
cussions, and promote the writing of even
more thought- provoking pieces by more
persons.



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The Tribune

The Process of Aging

ONE OF the facts of life is that we must
contend with during our journey here on
earth is the reality of growing older.
Though we are aware that no one is
exempted from this process and that it is a
natural part of our existence, we still tend
to resist it and view it in a negative light.
No one wants to grow old. No one wants
to die. Like any other aspect of one’s life,
the aging process can be handled positive-
ly and productively. It should be under-
stood, first of all, as a scriptural principle:
“He knoweth our frame; he remembereth
that we are dust. As for man, his days are
as grass: as the flowers of the field, so he
flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it,
and it is gone; and the place thereof shall
know it no more.” (Psalms 103:14-16).
God ordained the process. It is a beauti-
ful, positive part of his perfect plan for
our life.

The aging process should also be

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viewed as a natural principle. It is evident
in almost every aspect of nature. It
should be seen as not simply a matter of
getting older, but rather a process of
“maturing with a purpose”. Notice the
stages in nature — the seed, the plant, the
flowers, the fruit and the seed. Without
the seed there would be no plant; without
the plant, no flowers, without the flowers,
no fruits; without the fruit, no seed; and
without the seed no more plants.
Without the maturing process in human
beings, there would be no perpetuation of

the race, no physical reproduction, no
gaining and impartation of knowledge.
The good fruits we produce in our process
of development contain the seeds of truth
that, in turn, produce more good fruit in
the next generation.

The so-called “midlife crisis” seems to
be especially difficult for those who are
called to the ministry. Most ministers
tend to be ambitious, idealistic individuals
who have a burden to win the world for
God. We usually feel that we are never
accomplishing enough and that there is
never enough time to do all that we want
to do.

When mid-life crisis is reached, it
comes as an overwhelming realisation
that time is quickly running out and many
of those personal and ministry goals will
never be reached.

We should approach the later years of
life with a positive, optimistic attitude.



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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

MORE than 1,000 Haitian
have been left homeless after
an early morning fire ripped
through their shanty town on
Fire Trail Road yesterday.

Consuming almost every
structure, the blaze is
believed to have destroyed
more than 400 homes.

Some of the affected resi-
dents were reportedly resi-
dents of Mackey Yard,
another Haitian village that
was destroyed by fire in
December.

With all of their belong-
ings now gone, many of the
people interviewed by The
Tribune yesterday said they
had no idea what to do, or
where to go.

Veanola Axaus, a masonry
worker, said all of his
clothes, household items, and
$500 in cash was destroyed
in the blaze. Saline Hebas
said he lost his passport and
everything he owns.

Ivoicin Cineus told a simi-
lar story, along with Saint
Riloit who said everything
his family owned was con-
sumed in the blaze.

“We have nothing,” Mr
Riloit said through Augustin
Luders who translated for
the group.

“We lost everything,” he
said.

During the height of the
blaze, a bulldozer was
brought in to push down a
number of the clapboard
homes that were engulfed in
fire to prevent the blaze from
leaping from one to the oth-
er.

Many Bahamian residents
who lived nearby the Hait-
ian village scrambled to
secure their own homes.
They sprayed water on their
roof tops and removed gas
tanks from the sides of their
houses.

Even Leslie Miller, the
former MP for Blue Hills,
was seen in the crowd help-
ing firefighters and residents
pull water hoses along to
help tackle the flames.

Speaking with The Tribune
at the scene, Mr Miller said
he used to represent that
area, which now is a part of
the Garden Hills constituen-
cy, up until 2007 when the
boundary lines were

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

MARINE wildlife artist
Guy Harvey launched a cus-
tom-designed logo for the
campaign to protect sharks
in Bahamian waters at
Bahamas National Trust’s
Retreat Gardens in Village
Road yesterday.

The Jamaican-born artist,
scientist and conservationist
renowned for his popular T-
shirt designs, also spoke to
the press and members of
the Trust about work the
Guy Harvey Research Insti-
tute (GHRI) has done to aid
understanding of the impor-
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GRAND Bahama will
suffer a massive blow on
Friday when Our Lucaya
Beach and Golf Resort
lays off what informed
sources have estimated
will be about 200 work-
ers.



Around 50 managers
and 150 line staff will be
shed, reducing the com-
pany's staff levels to
around 500.

The hotel has struggled
with low occupancy lev-
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Prime Minister Hubert
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RYAN PINDER ACCUSES MP OF USING
A RACIST REMARK AGAINST HIM

TEMPERS flared in the House of Assembly yesterday when
Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder accused a fellow Parliamentarian of

using a racist remark against him.

Mr Pinder told the House he took great offence at Pinewood
MP Byran Woodside calling him a “poster boy for the Opposi-
tion” because he is a white Bahamian.

Mr Woodside denied using the word “white” but did admit to
calling the Elizabeth MP a “poster boy.”

Mr Pinder said despite the “bigoted and boardline racist”
comments by the member for Pinewood “constituents in Elizabeth
demonstrated they did not care if I was white, black, purple or

green.”

MAN FOUND WITH “MINI ARSENAL’
GETS RE-SENTENCED TO PRISON

THE Court of Appeal
overturned the sentence of a
man found in possession of
a “mini arsenal” after a mag-
istrate gave him the option
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1,000 Haitian fire
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changed, and as such wanted
to see what was happening
to the people in the area.

Looking out at the devas-
tation, Mr Miller said his
heart goes out to those who
lost everything.

“To lose everything you
own in the world is devastat-
ing.
“T hope that Bahamians
who have a conscience would
give from their heart to these
people who have lost every-
thing that they own in this
world.

“These people are human

beings. Hopefully the gov-
ernment and the churches
will step forward and pro-
vide assistance to these per-
sons who are really in need. I
hope that everyone steps for-
ward; I know I will do my
part,” he said.

Even though the House of
Assembly was in session
yesterday, some residents
questioned why their Mem-
ber of Parliament, Brensil
Rolle, had not taken the
time to visit the area “to at
least see the devastation for
himself.”

One woman, who wished
not to be identified, asked
what else could the MP be

doing that was “more impor-
tant.”

Superintendent Jeffrey
Deleveaux, the director of
Fire Services, said they have
yet to determine the cause
of the blaze, although reports
on the ground suggest it may
have been the result of
someone who was cooking
and left a pot “unattended.”

With the fire reportedly
starting sometime around
7am, firefighters were only
able to bring the blaze under
control sometime shortly
after noon yesterday.

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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.85THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND WINDY HIGH 77F LOW 69F By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net M ORE than 1,000 Haitian have been left homeless afteran early morning fire ripped through their shanty town onF ire Trail Road yesterday. Consuming almost every structure, the blaze is b elieved to have destroyed more than 400 homes. Some of the affected resid ents were reportedly residents of Mackey Yard, another Haitian village that was destroyed by fire in December. With all of their belongings now gone, many of thep eople interviewed by T he Tribune yesterday said they had no idea what to do, or where to go. Veanola Axaus, a masonry worker, said all of his clothes, household items, and $500 in cash was destroyed in the blaze. Saline Hebas said he lost his passport and everything he owns. Ivoicin Cineus told a similar story, along with Saint Riloit who said everything his family owned was con sumed in the blaze. We have nothing, Mr Riloit said through Augustin Luders who translated for t he group. We lost everything, he said. D uring the height of the b laze, a bulldozer was brought in to push down a number of the clapboardh omes that were engulfed in fire to prevent the blaze from leaping from one to the oth e r. Many Bahamian residents who lived nearby the Hait-i an village scrambled to secure their own homes. They sprayed water on their roof tops and removed gast anks from the sides of their houses. Even Leslie Miller, the former MP for Blue Hills, was seen in the crowd helping firefighters and residents pull water hoses along to help tackle the flames. Speaking with The Tribune at the scene, Mr Miller said he used to represent that area, which now is a part of the Garden Hills constituency, up until 2007 when the boundary lines were M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1,000 Haitian fire victims homeless B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net GRAND Bahama will s uffer a massive blow on F riday when Our Lucaya B each and Golf Resort l ays off what informed s ources have estimated w ill be about 200 workers. A round 50 managers a nd 150 line staff will be s hed, reducing the company's staff levels toa round 500. T he hotel has struggled with low occupancy levels for some time and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has previously RESORT SET TO AXE JOBS S EE page 16 YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R Second shanty town destroyed in blaze SEE page two THE Court of Appeal overturned the sentence of a man found in possession of a mini arsenal after a mag istrate gave him the option of paying a $5,000 fine. It resentenced him to two years in prison. During a trial at Freeport Magistrates Court in March, 2009, Denny Bullard pleaded guilty to three counts of pos session of a firearm and possession of ammunition. The By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net MARINE wildlife artist Guy Harvey launched a cus tom-designed logo for the campaign to protect sharks in Bahamian waters at Bahamas National Trusts Retreat Gardens in Village Road yesterday. The Jamaican-born artist, scientist and conservationist renowned for his popular Tshirt designs, also spoke to the press and members of the Trust about work the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI understanding of the importance of sharks. Mr Harvey is the latest celebrity to lend his voice to the campaign led by the Pew Environment Group and the Bahamas National Trust (BNT ment of legislation that will prevent commercial shark TEMPERS flared in the House of Assembly yesterday when Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder accused a fellow Parliamentarian of using a racist remark against him. Mr Pinder told the House he took great offence at Pinewood MP Byran Woodside calling him a poster boy for the Opposition because he is a white Bahamian. Mr Woodside denied using the word white but did admit to calling the Elizabeth MP a poster boy. Mr Pinder said despite the bigoted and boardline racist comments by the member for Pinewood constituents in Elizabeth demonstrated they did not care if I was white, black, purple or green. C AMP AIGN T O PROTECT SHARKS IN THE BAHAMAS IS STEPPED UP SEE page 17 SEE page 16 MAN F OUND WITH MINI ARSEN AL GET S RE-SENTEN CED T O PRISON SHARKCAMPAIGN: Guy Harvey BLAZE: A firefighter surveys the damage yesterday at the shanty town on Fire Trail Road. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff RYAN PINDER ACCUSES MP OF USING A RA CIS T REMARK AGAINST HIM

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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE changed, and as such wanted to see what was happening t o the people in the area. Looking out at the devastation, Mr Miller said his heart goes out to those who lost everything. To lose everything you own in the world is devastati ng. I hope that Bahamians who have a conscience would give from their heart to these people who have lost everything that they own in this w orld. These people are human beings. Hopefully the government and the churches will step forward and provide assistance to these pers ons who are really in need. I h ope that everyone steps forward; I know I will do my part, he said. Even though the House of Assembly was in session yesterday, some residents q uestioned why their Memb er of Parliament, Brensil Rolle, had not taken the time to visit the area to at least see the devastation for himself. O ne woman, who wished n ot to be identified, asked w hat else could the MP be doing that was more important. Superintendent Jeffrey Deleveaux, the director of F ire Services, said they have y et to determine the cause of the blaze, although reports on the ground suggest it may have been the result of someone who was cooking and left a pot unattended. W ith the fire reportedly s tarting sometime around 7am, firefighters were only able to bring the blaze under control sometime shortly after noon yesterday. SEEPAGETHREE 1,000 Haitian fire victims homeless BELONGINGS of village residents are stacked up during the fire. SCENES from yesterdays fire at the shanty town on Fire Trail Road. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff FROM page one

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter p turnquest@tribunemedia.net F IRE Services Director S uperintendent Jeffrey Deleveaux denied reports that his officers intentional-l y delayed their response to the blaze at the Haitian village on Fire Trail Road yesterday. A ccording to a number of Haitians who live in the shanty town, the fire started s hortly after 7am yesterday. H owever, they said fire per s onnel did not respond to the blaze until almost8 .30am. S upt Deleveaux admitted that the fire may have been raging from 7am; but stressed that it is up to the residents of the area to alert Fire Services about the blaze. Fire Services responds w hen we receive calls. If the fire started at 7am, we got t he call at 8.24am; which m eans that somebody really d idnt call (until then we got the call at 8.24am and responded. As a mattero f fact we had a unit stat ioned at Carmichael Road so the response time wase xtremely quick, he said. I n fact, Supt Deleveaux said that three units responded and when officers arrived they found thef ire in two different locations in the Haitian village. We proceeded to extin g uish the fire but with the strong winds and the closep roximity of the buildings it w as extremely difficult to contain. And as you can see a number of homes were destroyed. A t this time, however, Supt Deleveaux said they are unable to confirm the number of homes that haveb een lost although estimates put the number close to 400. He also stressed that thee xact cause of the blaze is s till yet to be determined, although they are currentlyl ooking at several possibili ties. We have persons who think they may have seen something. We might havet o find the individual and interview him or her to find out what it really was that they saw. Its a possibility that arson is involved. Its a possibility that its a n electrical fire. Its a possibility that someone was cooking andl eft something unattended, h e said. Some of the challenges that we faced here was that water was really a problem,a nd barring that the close proximity of the buildings. We had officers going through a maze-like area tot ry and reach the scene of the fire and it was very unsafe so we had to pullt hem back. By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c nixon@tribunemedia.net THE PLP consciously voted against providing Bahamians with clean water, Garden Hills MP Brensil Rolle told the House of Assembly yesterday. Last September, the House approved a resolution for the government to borrow nearly $58 million from the China ExportImport Bank to construct a four-lane airport highway. The project will mean the grant of 200 work permits for Chinese labourers, but also a very low interest rate for the loan. Displaying a sign reading The PLP voted yes to Blue water and no to the Clean Water, Mr Rolle explained that within that resolution was a specific set of provisions that would have been achieved by the government once the loan was completed. Providing clean waterwas among those provisions. The assertion that the opposition did not want Bahamians to have clean water raised the ire of a number of PLP MPs, who asked Speaker Alvin Smith to have Mr Rolle withdraw the statement. The first on her feet was Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin, who said it was a blatant untruth that she or any member of her party voted against giving Bahamians clean water. MP for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder said in his opening remarks that the PLP did not vote against clean water, but rather voted for Bahamians. Mr Pinder said the government borrowed more than $60 million for the China Export-Import Bank to build a road from the airport. Under the conditions of the loan, Chinese workers and contractors would build the road. Alternatively Mr Pinder said, the investment should have been made for the Bahamian people and should have embraced Bahamian contractors and workers. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham agreed that in voting against the resolution, the opposition party did distinguish that they were vot ing against the use of Chinese labour. However, Mr Ingraham said, The facts are that the resolution applied to the air port-highway project seg ment one and voting against the resolution, you are voting against the project, which included the water provision. L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 3 MP claims PLP consciously voted against providing clean water Fire chief denies reports of delayed response to blaze F IREFIGHTERS t ackle the blaze at the Haitian village yesterday.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I am so done. So, so one! W e are so computer savvy, so informed, so educated, so naturally curious yet we allow ourselves to be sold down the wrong path. We have all that t he world and universe has to offer us at our fingertips yet our own insecurities andn aivety allows us to believe what others want us to rather than what we find and believe ourselves. We all search on line for the best deals. Amazon for a b ook at $4.99 that was $29.99, E Bay can get you a plane ticket that should cost $500 for $30 yet we still believe thats olar energy is sooooo expensive that we cant possibly buy into it. We have people in the b usiness that say that unless y ou can reverse into the grid you cant save money and its a waste of time. I could s cream when I hear such foolishness and shudder when I see the educated, worldly peo-p le I know buying into this! A re we so insecure that we allow our inevitable right and privilege of sense and reason t o be destroyed by others, who either need to control or need to monopolize an indus-t ry, guide our better judg ment? I refer to an article in Wednesdays Tribune onp age seven titled Opportu nities for independent electricity suppliers in energy sec t or where a Graham Siener claims that unless we can self generate and feed into thes ystem it is not cost effect ive. Hmmm. My electricity in lets say June, July and August runs about $1,000 am onth. I have central air upstairs in the bedrooms which is only activated atn ight. I recently built a home in Charlotteville, a green home for a client with alternate energy as the main powe r source and BEC as the back up. Their first electricity bill was $17 and when theyu sed their central air, two three ton units running 24/7, their bill was $87. I am not ah ighly educated person but with my limited schooling and a calculator, I wholeheartedly disagree with this person and can only wonder what their motive could possibly be in saying such foolishness? He c ontinues and says: To size a s ystem so it can power a home, most people would have to revert to the use of b atteries to store surplus powe r and the batteries require a lot more cost, maintenance a nd are not as efficient. He n ext said that he encouraged the government to start getting out of the way and allow individuals to feed electricit y into the system. F act of the matter is virtua lly everything these days has a back up battery. My com puter does, my calculator d oes. The house in Charl ottesville does. The fallacy t hat they are expensive and n ot efficient should be taken back. The comment serves no p urpose other than to mislead those who may want to venture into alternate energy andt o eliminate others who might b e on the fence. Lets for a minute forget about false information andt he difference in his opinion and mine and discuss the obvious need for alternate e nergy during a power outage. Discuss what we know, a generator. A generator can o nly be used when BEC is not providing power. It cannot be used in lieu of BEC on a dai l y basis. It is extremely noisy, uses fossil fuel and the fuel tank, in a hurricane, wouldn eed to be refilled every day or two. Solar energy on the other hand can be used 24/7, makes no noise, does not relyo n fossil fuel, panels are on the roof and battery storage takes up a small area in a cov ered space. The generator should be run once a week or so for maintenance ands hould be serviced at least every six months. The batteries I provided my client have a ten year warranty and the company will take them back when the time frame is up for proper recycling. If you are following this line of thought, the scale is already tipped in the favour of solar. Now review the cost. I did an exercise for another client who wanted a generator, by the time I added up the generator, the pad, double throw switch, fuel tank, electricians cost, generator hook up by supplier I was at $38,000. The solar cost $26,000. Both products have a life expectancy, both need maintenance, one needs fuel one doesnt one can run 24/7 one cant, one isn oisy one is quiet, one will r educe your electricity bill to nothing, one will have no change of your bill whatsoever. Dont misinterpret my mess age, solar will not run or supply energy to completely run your central air unless youh ave plenty, I mean plenty panels but if your units are properly sized, high efficiency, 15 or 16 Seer, if your attic space is insulated with a product such as Icynene and is an u n-vented space, your units w ill cost less to run. Also dont misinterpret that you must spend $26,000, youc an start with one or two panels and add on as your budget allows but anything we do to r educe our own carbon footp rint the better. Each and every one of us, is responsible to the planet and i ts future. It will be here long after our short time here is over, our children and grand-c hildren inherit our mistakes. S o can we please, for the good of all, be extremely careful what we say before sharing t hem with the media? We also dont have to wait for the government, we aret otally capable of making our own choices on what to purchase, Mr Deveaux in this article and numerous othersh as tried to dispel the misin formation that going solar is illegal and he reiterates in the a rticle that the government has put in place tax reductions on various items to help ben-e fit the consumer. Y ou can also, if you choose, prior to bringing in a product that may be green write al etter to the controller of Cus toms asking for a reduction in duty and if the informationp rovided proves your prod uct worthy, the reduction will be granted. D EBBY DEAL Nassau, February 28, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm NEW YORK A 50-year-old with diabetes dies six years sooner than someone without the disease, and not just from a heart attack or a stroke, new research suggests. The large international effort to measure diabetes' toll found the disease also raises the risk of dying prematurely from a host of other ailments, even breast cancer and pneumonia. "It's quite a wide sweep of conditions," said Dr. John Danesh of Cambridge University in Britain, who led the team of researchers. While most people think of heart problems, diabetes surprisingly "appears to be associated with a much broader range of health implications than previously suspected." Putting the six years lost in context, he said, long-term smoking shortens life by 10 years. The analysis used pooled medical information for 820,900 people from nearly 100 studies done mostly in Europe and North America. The results are published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., affects about 26 million Americans, or 8 per cent, including 7 million who haven't been diagnosed. Most in the study were thought to have the most common kind Type 2 which occurs when the body makes too little insulin or cannot use what it does make to regulate blood sugar. High blood sugar can damage nerves and blood vessels, and is a major cause of heart disease. The new research didn't include those who had heart disease when they were first enrolled. Participants were followed on aver age for 13 and a half years, and there were more than 123,000 deaths. Overall, death rates from various causes were higher for those with diabetes than those without. The researchers took into account other risk factors that could influence the results: age, gender, smoking and weight. Type 2 diabetes is tied to obesity. They found that those with diabetes had double the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, compared to those without the disorder. But they also found that diabetics had a 25 per cent higher risk of dying from cancer and were more likely to die from a variety of ill nesses, including infections, lung and kidney disease as well as falls. Exactly how diabetes raises those risks isn't clear, but in the case of infections, it could be that diabetes weakens the immune system, the researchers said. Diabetes can cause vision problems and loss of feeling in the legs, which may be the reason for falls, they said. Danesh said one intriguing finding was a higher risk of suicide in those with diabetes. Other research has linked diabetes with depression, he noted. The results are "another reason to try to normalize blood glucose in people who have diabetes," through diet, exercise and medication, said Dr. Alvin Powers, a diabetes specialist at Vanderbilt University. "There have been smaller studies that hinted at this but nothing where a study of this size looked at so many different outcomes." Danesh and his colleagues also estimated diabetes' affect on life expectancy. They calculated that a 50-year-old diabetic without heart disease dies about six years earlier than someone without the disease, with 40 per cent of the difference due to cancer and conditions other than heart disease. "It underscores the need to prevent diabetes," Danesh said. Previous studies have shown a possible link between diabetes and cancer. The new paper tied some, but not all, cancers; the increased risk ranged from 25 per cent for breast cancer to double for liver cancer. Danesh said people with diabetes should get age-appropriate cancer screenings. Last year, a joint report from the Amer ican Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society looked at the issue and said that it wasn't clear whether any connection was direct, indirect or perhaps because the two disorders share common risk factors, like obesity. The new research squares with that report's conclusion that "there's a lot more we need to understand about diabetes and the link to cancer," said one of the authors, Dr. Richard Bergenstal of the Inter national Diabetes Centre at Park Nicollet in Minneapolis. He is a former president of the diabetes group. While adding to the evidence, the study doesn't answer the question of why, he said. "Diabetes is a serious condition. We often don't quite think about it quite that way," Bergenstal said. (This article was written by Stephanie Nano of the Associated Press). DIABETES IN THE BAHAMAS According to the Bahamas Diabetic Association the incidence of diabetes in the Bahamas is about 12 per cent and is responsible for a devastating percentage of all deaths in the country. It is also the leading cause of many complications, including blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and limb loss. In 2002 it was estimat ed that the economic burden of diabetes in the Bahamas, in both direct and indirect charges, was $23,084,249 or 0.43 per cent of GDP. Looking at alternate energy LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Diabetes reduces life expectancy 0U-RVHSKRPOLQVRQ EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: US Coast Guard spearheads weekly beach cleanups on New Providence. The Tribune, February 28, 2011. Fortunately, we Bahamians are never too lazy or too proud to let foreigners do our dirty work. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, February 28, 2011. Letting foreigners do the dirty work

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AN ARRAYof Bahamia n food products will be available to patrons attendi ng the third annual National Agribusiness Expo which opens today. The Ministry of Agricult ure and Marine Resources is hosting the event, which w ill be held at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre until Saturday. The opening ceremony t akes place today at 11.30am and the keynote speaker will b e Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. The expo will close on S aturday at 2.15pm with an awards ceremony hosted by M inister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright. P rovisions are being made for at least 150 vendors. A wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, marine p roducts, pastries, preserves, ornamentals, and handi-c rafts will be featured and offered for sale. Fifty-one agricultural science studentsw ill compete in root crop, f ruits and vegetables cate gories. There also will be cooking demonstrations and culi n ary competitions utilising native ingredients. The linkages between agriculturea nd marine resources, and education, tourism, health and the manufacturing sec tors will be explored. A HIGH SPEEDcar chase involving the p olice and a three-vehicle convoy ended in a 29-year-old Fox Hill man being arrested. R eports state that sometime around 3.55am on Wednesday, officers from the Central Detective Unit were on routine patrol on Nassau Street when they saw the occupants of a grey Ford Taurus, a Honda vehicle with a flat tyre and a silver Nissan Maxima travelling at high speed. The officers pursued the three cars into the Bain Town area. There, the occupants of the Honda, which was the middle vehicle in this three-car convoy, stopped and got out. The police officers continued to pursue the grey Taurus and caught up with the cars single occupant after he crashed on Meeting Street. The police recovered a handgun with ammunition from the vehicle and subseq uently took the driver, a 29-year-old man of S mithville, Fox Hill, into custody. Investigations continue. A phone card vendor was robbed at g unpoint on Tuesday morning. The vendor was at Constitution Drive w hen she was approached by two men in a w hite Ford Explorer at around 10am, police r eported. Reports further state that one of the men produced a handgun and robbed the woman of her jewellery and an undetermined amount of cash. The robbers then fled the area in an unknown direction. A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy are being held by police in connection with the armed robbery of a drug store. Shortly before 7.50pm on Tuesday, police received a report of an armed robbery at Bethels Drug Store, located East and Young Streets. A ccording to police, two men, one of w hom was armed with a handgun, entered the establishment and demanded cash. T he culprits robbed the establishment of a n undetermined amount of money and fled t he area on foot. L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 5 Man arrested after high speed car chase BAHAMIAN FOOD PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT EXPO TODAY

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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NUA Promotes Warren Rolle, Managing Director NUA Insurance Agents & Brokers, is pleased to announce the promotion of Rochelle Roberts to Senior Account Executive. Mrs. Roberts promotion recognizes her outstanding work in NUAs Commercial Lines Department since joining the organization in 2008. Mrs. Roberts has a wealth of experience in the insurance industry having held various senior positions during her more than 25 year professional career. Her clients benet from her ability to ensure their risk exposures are adequately covered, the kind of personal attention, advice and understanding that is part of the NUA culture. In addition to servicing major commercial and personal lines accounts, Mrs. Roberts new role will see her assume responsibility for the training and development of junior members of staff in the Commercial Lines Department. NUA has been helping families and businesses with their insurance needs for more than 40 years. As part of the Bahamas First Group of Companies, NUA has the security of the largest and most trusted general insurer in The Bahamas. ROCHELLE ROBERTSto Senior Account Executive Thehandsoninsurance agency B y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net THERoyal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended more than 250 s uspected Haitian immig rants off the Exuma Cays T uesday afternoon. They were brought to New Providence last nightto be processed by Immig ration officers. T he apprehension was m ade after two vessels w ere spotted near Ragged I sland and in the Salina P oint Acklins area. O nboard the 198ft Defence Force vessel HMBS Bahamas on Tues-day afternoon, Lieutenant Commander Clearance Dean told The Tribune that the first vessel, a 40foot sloop containing 164 persons (127 men and 37 w omen) was spotted and i ntercepted 18 miles west o f Elbow Cay, Exuma, around 11pm Monday. The majority of migrants were under the age of 30 very young individuals, said Lieutenant Dean. A ccording to Lieutenant D ean, the migrants had b een out to sea for four to five days but appeared to be in good health. Executive Officer and Senior Lieutenant Chappell Whymms said Defence Force officers intercepted a second s maller vessel off Raccoon Cay, Exuma, with 93 suspected illegal immigrants aboard. He said they met with HMBS Bahamas on Tuesd ay at 4.30pm to transport t he detainees to Nassau. B oarding officer SubLieutenant Adrian Stubbs said that as conditions abroad the vessels were extremely horrible and included a lack of proper bathrooms health prec autions had to be taken, n ot just for the migrants b ut also for the boarding officers. The migrants got hot meals, water and shelter once onboard HMBS Bahamas, Sub-Lieutenant Stubbs said. Defence Force officers s uspect a third vessel is somewhere in the Exumas. More than 250 suspected Haitian migrants apprehended in horrible conditions Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. THE MIGRANTS were brought onboard the Defence Force vessel HMBS Bahamas on Tuesday. T im Clarke / Tribune staff

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L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 7 .,1*6:$<$&$'(0<&+2/$56+,3 $ 11281&(0(17.LQJVZD$FDGHP\OHDGLQJ%DKDPLDQVFKRROZLWK U HSXWDWLRQIRUH[FHOOHQFHLQDFDGHPLFVDWKOHWLFVDQGWKHDU F RPPLWPHQWWR&KULVWLDQYDOXHVDQGVWURQJWUDGLWLRQRISXEOLF VHUYLFHLVLQYLWLQJSXEOLFVFKRROVWXGHQWVHQWHULQJ*UDGHLQ6 HSWHPEHUWRDSSOIRU WZRf S UHVWLJLRXVHDUVFKRODUVKLSV$fKH*UDFHDWKDP.HPSFKRODUVKLS1DPHGLQKRQRXURI.LQJVZD\IRXQGHU*UDFH7DWKDP.HPS7KLV V FKRODUVKLSLVIRUZHOOURXQGHGVWXGHQWZLWKSURYHQVWURQJDFDGHPLF S HUIRUPDQFH%f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fDFDGHPLF\HDUV*UDGHVDQGWR GDWHf7UDQVFULSWVZLOORQO\EHFRQVLGHUHGYDOLGLIWKH\DUHVXEPLWWHGLQ \RXU VFKRROVVHDOHGHQYHORS 1RWH 6KRUWOLVWHGFDQGLGDWHVZLOOEHLQYLWHGWRVLWWKHVFKRODUVKLS H[DPLQDWLRQDQGDSSHDUDWDQLQWHUYLHZ'HDGOLQH&RPSOHWHDSSOLFDWLRQSDFNDJHVKRXOGEHUHFHLYHG DWWKH+LJK6FKRRO'HVNLQWKH$GPLQLVWUDWLRQ %XLOGLQJE\DU WK (QWHUWREH7UDLQHGLQWKH.LQJV([LWWREHWKH 'LIIHUHQFH O DYSSEY Aviation has taken its support o f the Ride for Hope to a new level, organ isers of the groundbreaking cancer charity announced. S ince the inception of the Ride for Hope (RFH setting corporate sponsor, lending substantial financial and logistical support to the event each year. RFH co-founder Stephen Holowesko said: Odyssey Aviation came onboard when Ride f or Hope was no more than an idea. Their belief in that idea and their willingness to contribute financially and logistically has played ani mportant part in helping us grow from that little idea six years ago to one of the biggest fund-raising events in the Bahamas. We are pleased and excited to announce that Odyssey Aviation has taken its support toa new level and is the newly established pre senting sponsor for the 2011 Ride for Hope. Odyssey president Steven Kelly said: Odyssey Aviation considers it a privilege to be the first company representing the new category of presenting sponsor. For many years, Odyssey has contributed to a vast number of local charities and persons in need. Rarely do we get the opportunity to support and work with such a well-organisedand operated non-profit organisation as the Ride for Hope. We are indeed grateful and humbled by the amount of work and effort that goes into t he organisation of an event of this magnitude a nd we are pleased to have the ability to be the presenting sponsor of such an outstanding event. T he Ride for Hope is held in Eleuthera each spring. Participants ride distances of their own choosing up to 100 miles and raise money in the process. Because of the support of corpo rate sponsors, who under-write the events costs each year, every dollar participants raise goes directly to RFH-supported programmes. T he brain-child of Mr Holowesko and his sister, Susan Larson, the Ride For Hope has in five years attracted 1,000 cyclists who collec t ively have ridden more than 30,000 miles along the roads of Eleuthera and raised nearly $1.3 million in the process. Ride for Hope funds are now supporting a wide variety of institutions and programmes which are battling cancers, increasing treat ment programmes, improving cancer patient care and expanding early detection opportu nities for Bahamians from all walks of life. Last month, Ride for Hope presented the Cancer Society of the Bahamas with $400,000 representing a two year commitment to two new initiatives: the first, a national cancer education outreach programme and the second, a treatment assistance programme for Bahamian cancer patients in financial need. The 2011 Ride for Hope, presented by Odyssey Aviation, will take place in Gover nors Harbour, Eleuthera on Saturday, April 9. B Y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT Two new ambulances allocated for Grand Bahama are not expected to arrive on the island until next week. I n the meantime, more than a dozen emergency medical personnel will have to m ake do with only three functioning units two in Freeport and one in West End to service the entire island. While the five new units purchased by the P ublic Hospitals Authority (PHA reportedly been delivered to the Bahamas from Florida, they will not be shipped to Grand Bahama until next week. Two of the units earmarked for Freeport were initially scheduled to arrive by midF ebruary, according to an emergency medical services union official. E MS personnel in Freeport had staged a s ick-out, expressing grave concerns over the long-standing inadequacies at their departm ent, including an insufficient and poorlymaintained ambulance fleet. O f the seven ambulances stationed on Grand Bahama, only three are currently working and that could change as mechanical issues could arise at any time. The Tribune yesterdayspoke with area vice-president of the Bahamas Public ServiceU nion John Curtis, who gave an update on t he issues facing workers at the EMS D epartment in Freeport. Initially, we were looking for those units to be here in mid-February. So by mid-M arch, if (the units are still experiencing the same issues with u nits not working properly, the union would have to take another step in terms of causing t he PHA to get dependable units here in Grand Bahama, Mr Curtis said. T he area vice-president said that the current units in Freeport have surpassed their years of usefulness. In the budget debate the minister talked about the real need to get dependable units because the ones here were not depend-a ble. I spoke with the manager at the EMS D epartment today and he advised that at p resent three units are working, but by midday or at the end of the day anything can gow rong mechanically with one or all of the units. The wear and tear of ambulances should b e a three to five years maximum and we h ave had these in Grand Bahama working for the past 12 years, Mr Curtis said. There are presently 14 paramedics worki ng in Freeport. They alleged that due to t he workload and the scarcity of vehicles, ambulances frequently break down during emergency transport. The mechanical faults routinely experienced were said to include abrupt power loss, locked steering wheels and gas leaks. The arrival of the two new ambulances w ill bring the total number of functioning units to five. Other concerns raised by EMS personnel include: wages, accommodations (rest quarters and bathroom facilities), the lack of a proper dispatch centre, pest control, security concerns, insufficient uniforms and a lacko f equipment. Mr Curtis said that hospital officials recently purchased the new uniforms and the heavy gloves requested by paramedics. Two new ambulances not expected until next week ODYSSEY AVIATION BECOMES 2011 PRESENTING SPONSOR OF THE RIDE FOR HOPE CHEQUETHIS: Left to right: Stephen Holowesko and Susan Larson, RFH co?founders; Steven Kelly, President Odyssey Aviation Bahamas. Grand Bahama emergency personnel forced to make do with only three functioning units

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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE MEMBERS of the Antique Auto Club of the Bahamas are finalising plans for their 24th annu al Antique Auto Show and Steak-out to be held at the Arawak Cat Cultural Centre on Saturday,M arch 19 from noon to 6pm. The show is being promoted in honour of club member Dudley Coverley, who died suddenly a few months ago. The show, as in previous years, provides both historical and family style entertainment and is the club's way of giving something back to the community as its major fundraiser, organisers said. T he club traditionally receives support from the business community, which covers the cost of trophies and other expenses. The majority of the funds come from the sale of steak and chicken dinners. Advance tickets are available from all mem bers of the club. The club keeps no profits for its own use, and each year the net proceeds are donated to a charity or organisation involving children, usually a different one each year. Last year's proceeds were divided between the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled (BAPD furly Home for Children has been selected as the recipient for the 2011 show. T he auto show will feature vintage cars and trucks and motorcycles, ranging from the 1930s to 1991 (the club's definition of antique being 20 years old), which are judged in eight different classes. Other features will be a Junkanoo rushout, bouncy castle, raffle prizes, children's art contest, the popular peoples choice voting and a few surprises. Any owners of vintage vehicles that are not a lready members of the Antique Auto Club are welcome to participate in the show for a nominal registration fee, organisers said. The Antique Auto Club of the Bahamas was formed in 1987 by six men interested in the hob by of preservation of historic vintage vehicles to share a venue with people of common interest and to grow the hobby in the Bahamas. The club has grown over the years and presently has a membership in excess of 50 men and women. The club website is www.antiqueautosbahamas.com. Ranfurly Home to benefit from Antique Auto Show 2011 honouring Dudley Coverley P RESENTATION: M EMBERS of the Antique Auto Club of the Bahamas (AACB K athleen Burrows, principal of Progress Academy (centre A ntique Auto Show. The club also provided some new doors and security screens for the school. In back, club members Peter Armstrong, Brendan Foulkes, Murray Forde, Ms Burrows, Richard Blake, p resident of the AACB, and Don Aranha. Also pictured are teachers L Wilson and Jem Cooper along with a number of the students. (Photo by Tim Aylen HELPINGOUT: Officers of the Antique Auto Club of the Bahamas (AACB Antique Auto Show to the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled (BAPDl-r retary of the BAPD; Charlotte Albury, vice-president of the BAPD; Donna Barr-Burrell, chief welfare offic er of Social Services; Richard Blake, president of the AACB; Sir Durward Knowles, chairman of the BAPD; Mrs Moss, administrator of the BAPD; Murray Forde, secretary of the AACB; Eugene Munroe, director of the BAPD, and Brendan Foulkes, vice-president of the BAPD.

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L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 9 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure t obehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Inadequate office space and staff shortages leading to huge case loads are pressing issues that must be addressed at the Department of Social Services in Freeport, according to a union official. John Curtis, area vice presid ent for the Bahamas Public Services Union, said that the staff has outgrown the departments current location in the National Insurance building complex. We are waiting for the minister responsible for Social Services to understand the hards hip placed on the personnel here in Grand Bahama; the area that they work from in the National Insurance Building has been outgrown by leaps and bounds, he said. Mr Curtis said he hopes that some consideration can be given to the plight of social worke rs when it comes time to allocate space in the new $18 million government complex thatis being built on the Mall Drive. The union official believes that Social Services is not properly recognised for the essential role it plays. The Department of Social Services has not been classified properly as an essential service, but it is an essential service department that is needed because when you have any type of crisis or disaster in the country, social workers are the ones who go along with the police, doctors, and nurses in the community to assist residents, he explained. We realise we were facing an economic situation and so at first opportunity we would want the government to recognise the worth of Social Services. We wait to see the distribution of space specifically in the new government building and whether or not consideration would be given for Social Services to get more space, Curtis said. The area vice president expressed concern about the cramped conditions that social workers have to endure on a daily basis. If you walk in there, it is a health hazard. And a lot of the ladies have case loads and paperwork piling up which could be a fire hazard also, he pointed out. Mr Curtis stated that the department is also short staffed and some social workers are handling as many as 600 cases each. He also stressed that there are persons still classified as case aides and earning a minimum wage even though they are performing the same tasks as social workers. Those persons are doing practically the same thing as social workers and they need to be reclassified, Mr Curtis said. The BPSU industrial contract expired in December 2010. The union, which represents some 18,500 public servants, is expected to begin negotiations with the government for a new industrial contract. Mr Curtis said they are seeking to address the issue of insurance during the talks. We intend in the new industrial agreement to ask the government to take care of the responsibility to insure all public servants. And what that will do is eliminate the government having to pay hazard and risk allowance for certain staff members, and the monies they would have allocated for risk and hazard pay would then be able to go towards a national health insurance plan for employees, he said. Union official speaks on issues at Social Services B OOK PRESENTATION: P resid ent of Bakke University Brad Smith, (left call on Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes on Wednesday, February 23. During his visit, Mr Bakke presented Sir Arthura copy of the book, 'Joy at Work,' written by entrepreneur and Christian philanthropist, Dennis W Bakke. The book discusses how to have fun while working. P hoto: Derek Smith / BIS UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT IN COURTESY CALL

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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE G EORGE TOWN, Exuma Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham said the structural deterioration on the bridge linking Great and Little Exuma is a matter of serious concern. He said officials are evaluating the bridge, commonly known as Ferry Bridge, to see whether repairs or a rebuild are necessary. All of the children who go to high school have to cross t his every day (as the school bus can no longer traverse t he bridge) and there are probably about 600 to 700 persons living in this part of Exuma, Prime Minister Ingraham s aid while visiting Exuma this week. H e led a delegation to the island and they visited other s ites in need of infrastructural development, such as the old naval base, the dock in George Town and the water supply area in Williams Town, Little Exuma. W ith him were: Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for Land and Local GovernmentB yran Woodside, senior government o fficials, outgoing Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China Hu Dingxian and representatives of the China Harbour Engineering Company. P rime Minister Ingraham said even though the bridge was not one of the projects that the Bahamas governmenth ad asked the Chinese Harbour Engineering Company to look at, he thought it would be useful if they inspected the bridge. We hope to be able to get their o pinions and suggestions, Mr Ingra ham said. We have some suggestions as to whether or not this bridge is capable of being repaired or whether it needs to be reconstructed. Economically Obviously, from our point of view, if it can be repaired economically, that would be our preference; but if it cannot, then the question of replacement will have to be addressed. The company is currently looking into constructing both a new port and bypass roads on Exuma and Abaco, and work on the bridge in North Eleuthera. Mr Ingraham said the financing for those projects is expected to come from the China Export-Import Bank. They will be design/build contracts, with the work expected to start this year in North Abaco, then in Exuma. Mr Neymour said that the lives of the 600-700 Exumians in the area have been affected because of safety concerns over the bridge, which officials have had to put safety restrictions on. As you know, Little Exuma is developing; so it has impacted some of the development in the area, he said. In order to carry a tractor or a tank of water, we have been hampered in that regard. It is very important that we address this bridge, as it has proven to be critical to those residents of Little Exuma. Prime Minister Ingraham added that the Department of Public Works also will be providing information on the bridge to the Chinese Habour Engineering Company team that is on the island; so that a plan could be arrived at in the best possible and thorough way. The other project that we are going to ask them to look at is the Fishing Hole Road, in Freeport, Grand Bahama between Freeport and going towards Eight Mile Rock because every time there is bad weather, it makes it almost impassable, he said. We are going to let them look at that project the same time they are in the Bahamas. Exuma Ferry Bridge structural issues to be addressed, says PM INSPECTION: A delegation led by Prime Minister Ingraham( third right) inspects the Ferry Bridge that connects Great andL ittle Exuma. Eric Rose/BIS Eric Rose /BIS EVALUATION: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham (second left i n front of the Ferry Bridge. Also pictured (from left o f the Peoples Republic of China Hu Dingxian, Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour and Minister of State for Land and Local Government Byran Woodside. All of the children who go to high school have to cross this every day (as the school bus can no longer traverse the bridge) and there are probably about 600 to 700 persons living in this part of Exuma. Hubert Ingraham WELLINGTON, New Zealand Two Israeli backpackers were the first foreigners named among the dead in last week's earthquake in New Zealand, as the painstaking work of confirming the identities of scores of others gained pace Thursday. Officials expect the number of foreigners killed in the Feb. 22 quake that devastated Christchurch to rise into the dozens, many of them Asian students and staff at an English language school that was in an office building that collapsed. The process of identifying the victims has been slowed by the extensive injuries to people who were crushed, and by the task of picking through the vast amount of rubble left behind by the mag nitude 6.3 temblor. Police Superintendent Sam Hoyle said Thurs day that one more body had been found overnight, taking the overall count to 161, though just 13 have been publicly identi fied. Many other people remain missing, and officials have said the final death toll could be as high as 240. Hoyle said 90 of the bodies found so far were pulled from the Canterbury Television building, which housed a regional broadcaster and other offices including the language school, which taught students from Japan, China, the Philippines and other nations. FIRS T FOREIGNERS IDENTIFIED AMONG THE NEWZEALAND EARTHQUAKE DEAD

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T HE Grand Bahama Airp ort Company advanced p lans for a new Fixed Based Operations facility by break-i ng ground during a cerem ony at the international airport yesterday. Gary Gilbert, CEO of Hutchinson Port Holdings Bahamas, owners of the Grand Bahama Airport Company, Freeport Container Port and FreeportH arbour Company, assisted by the Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Van d erpool-Wallace, broke ground for the 8,000 square foot facility that is expected to make Grand Bahamasa viation future a whole lot b righter. The future state-of-the-art building is envisioned asb eing the jewel of the Northern Bahamas when it comes on stream by the end of the year. M r Gilbert told a gather ing of government officials, industry partners, members of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the Grand Bahama Development Company, We knew that sooner or later the Grand Bahama International Airport would have to advancea FBO facility that was far more of an accurate representation of our future than what exists today. Minister VanderpoolWallace said that over the course of the last several years Grand Bahama has really not seen the kind of growth that they would like to see in terms of what matters most, visitor expenditure. There is a plan thats afoot, and we see the beginning of this today, to move G rand Bahama into another category of business in a way that we all know that we can deliver on. It takes the kind of conf idence that your company is bringing into it to galvanise people to understand what were trying to accomplish, said the Tourism and Aviation Minister. The new facility will accommodate private aviation guests upon arrival, and will also house Bahamas Immigration and Customs, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the new administration offices of the GBAC. The building will also fea ture a pilots lounge, a business centre, and food and beverage outlets. L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 15 FBO groundbreaking is further step in transforming Grand Bahama airport JOHN BULL REPRESENTATIVE Nellie Collins presents a John Bull gift basket to Miss Gospel Bahamas 20102 011 Sylvianne Rahming a nd Miss Gospel Bahamas c ommittee member Salveen Smith on Thursday, February 10. JOHN BULL PRESENTATION TO MISS GOSPEL BAHAMAS 2010 MINISTER OF TOURISM A ND AVIATION V incent Vanderpool-Wallace CARACAS, Venezuela Associated Press LEADING human rights activists condemned Venezuelan author ities on Wednesday for sentencing a union leader to prison for launching a strike, saying more than 100 other unionists also face charges after participating in protests. Ruben Gonzalez was sentenced Monday to seven-and-a-half years in prison on charges related to a strike he led that temporarily paralyzed Venezuela's state-run iron mining company. Marino Alvarado, who heads the human rights group Provea, said it is an "emblematic case" of authorities prosecuting those who hold labor protests. He and other activists denounced the sentence in a small protest outside the attorney general's office in the capital, Caracas, holding signs reading "Protesting is not a crime, it's a right." Alvarado said that by Provea's count there are now about 2,500 people facing charges for participating in protests in Venezuela, including 125 union activists. He said such cases have grown dramatically since 2005, when there were protest-related charges against about 20 people in the country. The leading human rights coalition Foro por la Vida, or Forum for Life, said in a statement that the sentence against Gonzalez shows the government "fears the emergence of a labor movement" that impos es its own agenda. President Hugo Chavez has repeatedly said his socialist-oriented government has done more for the working class than previous administrations, and officials deny the government uses prosecutors and judges to curb the power of labor unions. One union leader, Pablo Zambrano, said that in the coming weeks labor groups will hold protests in various Venezuelan cities to demand that Gonzalez be freed. Gonzalez's defense lawyer, Italo Atencio, has said he will appeal. Gonzalez was sentenced on charges including unlawful assembly, incitement to commit crimes and violation of a government security zone during a 2009 strike at CVG Ferrominera Orinoco CA, better known as Ferrominera. Venezuelan activists condemn sentence for union leader SANTIAGO, Chile Associated Press CHILEANcongressional c ommission on Wednesday found two mine owners responsible for the accident that trapped 33 men a half-mile underground for 69 days last year. The commission's report, which is expected to be approved by the lower house on Thursday, said members unanimously f ound Alejandro Bohn and Marcelo Kemeny responsible for the collapse that trapped the men deep inside the San Jose mine, whose veins of copper and gold had been pursued for more than 100 years in poorly reinforced tunnels under the Atacama desert in northern Chile. Deputy Alejandro Garcia Huidobro said the commission also determined that Chile's mine safety agency was administratively responsible for failing to fully enforce its safety rules. The report is expected to help lawyers for the miners pursue l awsuits against the owners. Bohn and Kemeny denied being negligent or otherwise responsible for the collapse, in which a 700,000-ton granite monolith, the very center of the remote hilltop, crashed down, shutting off any hope of escape without a Herculean rescuee ffort. Both executives also face charges in an earlier accident in which a falling slab of rock sliced off a miner's leg. CHILE'S CONGRESS BLAMES MINE OWNERS FOR ACCIDENT

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p raised its owners Hong K ong-based Hutchison W hampoa for maintaining staff levels despite having to subsidise the hotel's payroll due to losses which in 2010 w ere said to amount to "tens o f millions," according to T he Tribune's source. Our Lucaya resort cons ists of two separate prope rties the Radisson Our Lucaya and the Our Lucaya Reef Village one offering a more upmarket experience, including a casino, and the other a more family-oriented product. The Tribune u nderstands that only one o f the hotels will remain o pen, as the company consolidates its operations. An informed source said that despite the dire outc ome for laid-off workers, H utchison Whampoa "is c ommitted to making Our L ucaya work" and will be l ooking to "re-brand and res trategise" as it seeks to turn around the resort's fortunes. In January, President of the Bahamas Hotel Managerial Association, Obie Ferguson said he had got w ind of plans on the part of O ur Lucaya to release 50 m anagerial staff a move Mr Ferguson put down to "union busting." Although contacted for comment at t hat time, the resort did not r espond to the claim. E arlier that month, a H utchison Whampoa execu tive denied claims that Our L ucaya resort was up for sale, with the asking price having dropped from $450 million to $200-$250 million. Confirming that he had heard "rumours" circulating o n Grand Bahama that H utchison Whampoa may b e seeking to offload the Freeport-based resort, Graham Torode, president of the Grand Bahama Develo pment Company (Devco s peaking on behalf of H utchison Whampoa, which i s one of Devco's two shareh olders, told Tribune Busin ess that there was "no truth" to claims the property is on the market. Our Lucaya General Manager had recently informed Tribune Business t hat Christmas hotel booki ngs were not as buoyant as h ad been anticipated at a little over 50 per cent for the week between Christmas and new year despite 2010 i n general having brought a n increased level of visitors t o the property over 2009. T he last interim labour s urvey to be conducted in T he Bahamas took place in May 2009. In that survey, Grand Bahama was found to have an unemployment rate of 17.4 per cent, while Nassau recorded a rate of 14 per cent. Those figures d o not include discouraged w orkers who have given up l ooking for employment. Grand Bahama's level of unemployment is now inevitably considerably highe r, although the exact figure i s unknown. N either representatives o f Our Lucaya, the Minist er of Labour or the unions r epresenting the workers, could be reached last night for comment. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 16, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE offences were committed on May 1, 2007. B ullard was found in possession of three handguns and 571 rounds of ammunition a mini arsenal by any definition the Court of Appeal said. O n the count of possession of a firearm, the magistrate fined B ullard $5,000 or two years imprisonment and an additional year of probation. That decision was appealed by the Commissioner of Police on the grounds it was unduly lenient. T he Court of Appeal re-sentenced Bullard to two years imprisonment on the counts of possession of a firearm. The sentences run concurrently with effect from February 21, 2011. One ach count of being in possession of ammunition, a sentence of t wo years to run concurrently with each other was also imposed. The Court of Appeal, in its judgment, found that a custodial sentence was warranted and that the sentence handed d own by the magistrate was unlawful. The respondent was also convicted of three offences of possession of ammunition with no sentence imposed upon t hese convictions, the court stated. The respondent therefore remains liable to be punished in respect of all of the offences to which he pleaded guilty and the question is what should be the proper determination o f this appeal. The court noted that the extent of the magistrates powers to sentence on conviction of an offence of possession of af irearm and an offence for possession of ammunition is imprisonment for five years and a fine of $10,000 in each case. Accordingly, in determining what is the just and appropriate sentence, we take into account all matters in the respondents favour including that he was of good character, that he was gainfully employed at the time of the offences,t hat he pleaded guilty, and that he is being sentenced some two years after his trial. We balance the above matters against the fact that the respondent was convicted of being in possession of three handguns and 571 rounds of ammunition, a mini arsenal by any definition, which in the absence of any explanation, mustb e assumed to be sinister and not innocent, the court stated. Punishment is the way society inveighs against wrongdoing. These offences are serious and it appears to us that the balance of all of the matters which we have taken into account weighs heavily in favour of the public policy that an offender who engages in a deliberate course of criminal behaviour be appropriately and correctly punished. In sentencing the respondent for the multiple offences of which he is convicted, we must determine and impose a sen tence which is just and appropriate in light of his overall criminal behaviour. The appellate court noted that in determining the appeal it had to first construe the meaning of the magistrates pronouncement. The court noted that Bullards attorney had contended the court should find that the sentence imposed was a permissible sentence for any one of the offences charged; that it is an indication of what the highest sentence he intended for the most egregious of the offences and any lesser sentence would be subsumed in the sentence pro nounced. The appellate court stated that it found the argument could not be sustained. Bullards attorney had also asked the court to accept the proposition that where a court does not state whether sentences are concurrent or consecutive, they should be construed as concurrent. The court stated: We have no doubt about the correct ness of that proposition, but the difficulty in this case is that there was only the one sentence passed by the magistrate. Given the clarity of the magistrates pronouncement and the context in which it was made, namely the conviction for multiple offences, we are bound to construe it as imposing one sentence for an offence of possession of a firearm. Moreover, we are unable to say to which of the three counts, the sentence relates. The court also noted that another issue raised was whether the magistrate could legally combine a fine and probation in the one sentence. A reading of section 124(1 Code clearly shows that probation is not a sentence of punishment and cannot be combined with a sentence as the magistrate purported to do in this case. Our Lucaya Beach and Golf resort set to axe jobs F ROM page one Man found with mini arsenal gets re-sentenced Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. 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f ishing in the Bahamas. Shark populations around t he world are under threat of extinction as they are increasingly targetted for their fins to be served in the East Asian delicacy shark fins oup. M att Rand, director of the Pew Environment Group's Global Shark Conservation Campaign, estimates 100 million sharks are killed every year, including 73 millione xclusively for their fins, and t he remainder as by-catch in longline fishing. However the Bahamas boasts one of the most diverse and abundant shark populations in the region, and one of the healthiest in the world, owing to a ban onl ongline fishing in the Bahamas 20 years ago. T he healthy shark populations ensures the health of the reef and success of other fisheries, they also draw an income of around $78 mil-l ion a year from dive-related tourism. However their vulnerability became apparent when it was revealed in The Tribune that a seafood export company in Andros was interested in exploring the possibility of shark finning for export to Hong Kong. M onths later Pew and the BNT launched the s hark protection campaign and petition for new legislation which has now gathered 4,000 signatures in support. M r Rand said: The diversity and numbers of sharks, and the ability for people to interact and see them here is hands down, the best that Ive seen globally. Its a remarkable r esource, it helps keep the e cosystem functioning healthily, and they are a remarkable creature thats largely misunderstood. Mr Harvey agreed there is still much work to be done to de-vilify the graceful creatures. The damage caused by the press in the past has been enormous and that all needs to be turned around, Mr Harvey said. So it is with great pleasure that we have hooked up w ith the Bahamas National Trust, the Pew foundation, and a lot of other organisations, as were all working together towards the same end, which is sustainabilityi n the use of marine r esources. GHRI director Mahmood Shivji has tagged 37 tiger s harks, mostly in Bermuda, and found they migrated directly to the Bahamas andr emained there for several months before swimming out to the mid-Atlantic and then returning to the Bahamas the following year. Dr Shivji said: Theres something about this ecosys t em that is bringing these sharks back here from very far away, which is all the more reason to protect the s harks in the Bahamas. These are amazing migratory animals. You cant j ust protect them within the boundaries of a national park because these animalsm ove, so there has to be a regional approach and theB ahamas can really take a l ead in this, not only to prot ect healthy marine ecosystems in the Bahamas but internationally. D r Shivji said the GHRI tagged four tiger sharks in the Bahamas in December,a nd Mr Harvey promised s tudents he spoke to at CV Bethel Senior High School yesterday morning the next s hark they tag will be named CV Bethel after them. Students will be able to f ollow the sharks movements with updates from the GHRI over the coming year. The shark campaign was launched by Pew and the BNT in September last year in the wake of revelationsp ublished in The Tribune A petition calling for legislation to protect sharks int he Bahamas has gathered F or more information about the Guy Harvey Research Institute log on to:h ttp://www.nova.edu/ocean/g hri/. L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 17 G UY HARVEY a nd Guy Harvey Research Institute director Mahmood Shivji endorsed the shark campaign a t the Bahamas National Trust yesterday. THE CUSTOM-DESIGNED campaign logo by Guy Harvey shows a tiger shark, hammerhead, Caribbean reef shark and lemon sharkw ith a Bahamian flag in the background. FROM page one CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT SHARKS IN THE BAHAMAS IS STEPPED UP

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BREGA, Libya Associated Press OPPONENTSof Moammar Gadhafi repelled an a ttack by the Libyan leader's forces trying to retake a key coastal oil installation in a topsy-turvy battle Wednesday in which shells splashedi n the Mediterranean and a warplane bombed a beach where rebel fighters werec harging over the dunes. At least six people were killed in the fighting. T he assault on the Brega oil port was the first major regime counteroffensive a gainst the opposition-held e astern half of Libya, where the population backed by mutinous army units rose up and drove out Gadhafi's ruleo ver the past two weeks. F or the past week, proGadhafi forces have been focusing on the west, securi ng his stronghold in the capital Tripoli and trying to take b ack nearby rebel-held cities w ith only mixed success. But the foray east against opposition-held Brega appeared to stumble. Thep ro-Gadhafi forces initially r ecaptured the oil facilities Wednesday morning. But then a wave of opposition citi zen militias drove them out again, cornering them in a nearby university campusw here they battled for several hours until the approximately 200 Gadhafi loyalists fled, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. In the capital, Gadhafi v owed, "We will fight until the last man and woman." He lashed out against Europe and the United States for their pressure on him to step down, warning t hat thousands of Libyans w ill die if U.S. and NATO forces intervene in the con flict. T he United States is moving naval and air forces clos-e r to Libyan shores and is c alling for Gadhafi to give up p ower immediately. The U.S., Britain and other NATO countries are d rawing up contingency plans to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent Gadhafi'sa ir forces from striking r ebels. But the idea has been rejected by Russia, whichh olds a veto-wielding seat on the U.N. Security Council. "We will not accept an i ntervention like that of the Italians that lasted decades," Gadhafi said, referring to Italy's colonial rule early int he 20th Century. "We will not accept a sim ilar American intervention. T his will lead to a bloody war and thousands of Libyans will die if America andN ATO enter Libya." O pposition members said they believe Gadhafi was pulling up reinforcementsf rom bases deep in the deserts of southwestern Libya, flying them to the fronts on the coast. Soon after sunrise Wednesday, a large force ofG adhafi loyalists in around 50 SUVS, some mounted with machine guns, descend ed on opposition-held Brega, 460 miles (740 kilometers) east of Tripoli along the Mediterranean. The force caught a small opposition contingent guard ing the site by surprise and it fled, said Ahmed Dawas, an anti-Gadhafi fighter at a checkpoint outside the port. The pro-Gadhafi forces seized the port, airstrip and the oil facilities where about 4,000 personnel work, as regime warplanes hit an ammunition depot on the outskirts of the nearby rebelheld city of Ajdabiya, witnesses said. Midmorning, the opposition counterattacked. Anti-Gadhafi fighters with automatic weapons sped out of Ajdabiya in pickup trucks, heading for Brega, 40 miles away (70 kilometers Dawas said they retook the oil facilities and airstrip. Other witnesses reported regime forces were surrounded by rebels. The sound of screaming warplanes and the crackle of heavy gunfire could be heard as the witnesses spoke to The Associated Press by phone. By the afternoon, the regime fighters fled the oil facilities and holed up in a nearby university campus, where they came under siege by anti-Gadhafi fighters, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. Machine gun and auto matic weapons fire rattled in the air, and shells lobbed from the campus went over the anti-Gadhafi side to splash in the Mediterranean. At one point, a warplane from Gadhafi's airforce swooped overhead and ane xplosion was heard. A witness said it struck an empty stretch of dunes near the battle, sending a plume of sand into the air but causing no injuries in an apparent attempt to intimidate thea nti-Gadhafi side. But opposition citizen militias poured into the battle, arriving from Ajdabiya and armed with assault rifles. They moved through the d unes along the beach a gainst the campus next to a pristine blue-water Mediter ranean beach. T hose without guns picked up bottles and put wicks int hem to make firebombs. A n ambulance driver who w as briefly held by the proGadhafi force and then released told AP they numb ered about 200 fighters. The forces came to Brega from Sirte, Gadhafi's mainr emaining stronghold in cent ral Libya, 200 miles (320 kilometers) west of the oil port, said the driver, JumaaS hway. At least six opposition fighters were killed and 18o thers wounded in the fighting, their bodies covered with sand thrown up by shells bursting in the dunes, doc t ors at Brega hospital said. Angry crowds gathered around them at Brega's hosp ital, chanting, "The blood of martyrs will not go in vain." I n the late afternoon, the p ro-Gadhafi force fled the campus, and opposition fight ers were seen combing t hrough the university buildings. Automatic gunfire was still heard in the distance, but it appeared the regime troops were withdrawing. The campus grounds and dunesb etween it and the beach were littered with casings and shells. In Ajdabiya, people geared up to defend the city, fearing the pro-Gadhafi forces would move on them next. At the gates of the city, hundreds of residents took up positions on the road from Brega, armed with Kalash nikovs and hunting rifles, along with a few rocket-propelled grenade launchers. They set up two large rocket launchers and an anti-aircraft gun in the road. But by the evening, there was no sign of attack there. Brega and nearby Ajdabiya are the farthest west points in the large contiguous swath of eastern Libya extending all the way to the Egyptian border that fell into opposition hands in the uprising that began Feb. 15. Ajdabiya is about 90 miles (150 kilometers) from Benghazi, Libya's second largest city and the nerve center of the opposition. Brega is the second-largest hydrocarbon complex in OPEC-member Libya. Amid the turmoil, exports from its ports have all but stopped with no ships coming to load up with crude and natural gas. Crude production in the southeastern oil fields that feed into the facility has been scaled back because storage facilities at Brega were fill ing up. General Manager Fathi Eissa said last week the facil ity has had to scale back pro duction dramatically from 90,000 barrels of crude a day to just 11,000. The unrest in Libya which ranks about 17th among world oil producers and has Africa's largest p roven oil reserves has s parked a major spike in world oil prices. Overall crude production hasd ropped from 1.6 million barrels per day to 850,000. Gadhafi's regime has been l eft in control of Libya's northwest corner, centered on Tripoli, but even here sev-e ral cities have fallen into r ebel hands after residents rose up in protests, backed by mutinous army units andd rove out Gadhafi loyalists. In recent days, loyalists suc ceeded in regaining two of t hose towns Gharyan, a strategic town in the Nafusa mountains south of Tripoli, and Sabratha, a small townw est of the capital. But opposition fighters suc cessfully repulsed attacks by pro-Gadhafi forces on sever al others: the key city of Zawiya outside the capital;M israta, Libya's third largest c ity east of Tripoli; and Zin tan, a town further southwest in the Nafusa mountains. T he regime may be bringing in more forces from regions it still dominates int he sparsely populated d eserts in the southwest. Residents of the southwestern oasis town of Sebha a key Gadhafi stronghold with military bases 400 miles (560 kilometers Tripoli reported heavy movement at the airport there Tuesday night, said Abdel-Bari Zwei, one of the opposition activists in Ajdabiya in touch with sympathizers in Sebha. Zwei said it is believed some of those forces were involved in the offensive against Brega. In his speech Wednesday, Gadhafi lashed out at international moves against his regime, including the freez ing of his and other Libyan assets abroad an act he called "piracy" and efforts by Europe to send aid to opposition-held Benghazi. He said any Libyan who accepts international aid was guilty of "high treason" because it "opens Libya to colonialism." In a pointed message to Europe, he warned, "There will be no stability in the Mediterranean if there is no stability in Libya." "Africans will march to Europe without anyone to stop them. The Mediterranean will become a center for piracy like Somalia," he said. Gadhafi's regime has worked closely with Italy and other European countries to stop African migrants who use Libya as a launching point to slip into Europe. He also threatened to bring in Chinese and Indian companies to replace Western companies in Libya's oil sector if the West keeps up its pressure on him. European firms are heavily involved in Libya's oil production. I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 18, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE LIBYAN MEN walk over sand d unes in order to fight forces from the Libyan army, near the eastern Libyan town of Brega, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Opponents of Moammar Gadhafi repelled ana ttack by the Libyan leader's forces trying to retake Brega, a key coastal oil installa-t ion in a topsy-turvy battle in which shells splashed in the Mediterranean and a warp lane bombed a beach where r ebel fighters were charging over the dunes. At least six people were killed in the fight-i ng. The assault on the Brega oil port was the first major regime counteroffensivea gainst the opposition-held eastern half of Libya, where the population backed by mutinous army units rose up and drove out Gadhafi's rule over the past two weeks. (AP Rebels push back Libya regime attack on oil port Warplane bombs beach as rebel fighters charge over dunes A LIBYAN protester stands on t op of a pile of burning Green B ooks during a protest against L ibyan leader Moammar Gadhafi d uring a demonstration against him in Benghazi, eastern Libya, W ednesday. (AP

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I NTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 19 MEXICO CITY Associated Press A U.N. anti-narcotics agency cited a worrisome rise in shipments of increasingly pure Mexican heroin to the United States, and said in a report Wednesday that Mexican cartels are an increasing threat in Central America. T he International Narcotics Control Board says Mexican cartels are displacing Colombian traffickers, the traditional suppliers of much of the heroin consumed in the United States, and opium poppy production is on the rise in Mexico, said board member Jorge Montano. M ontano told a news conference said that as much as 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres poppies in Mexico "are basically intended for the United States." The rise also had been noted by the U.S. Justice Department, which said in a 2010 report that Mexican cartels had more than doubled their heroin production in the preceding year. Mexico had long been a transit route for processed Colombian heroin, while Mexican prod uction remained mostly semiprocessed paste or 'tar.' But the board said "there are some indications that 'white heroin' of greater purity is being illegally produced in Mexico" and sometimes mixed with Colombian heroin. UN: WORRISOME RISE IN MEXICO HEROIN TRADE TO US

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SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.72 $4.72 $4.72 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The National Insurance Board (NIB w ere both warned yesterday to stay within their statutory powers and not rider oughshod over the rights of Grand Bahama Port Author ity (GBPA Unconstitutional warning over the $1.6bn NIB fund Leading attorney says Fund contrary to constitution, as contributions a tax, and all taxes must go to ConsolidatedF und Warns Customs and NIB not to ride roughshod over the rights of GBP A licencees SEE page 9B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor R obin Hood is aiming to break ground in the next 35-40 days on the 44,000 square foot addition to its new Prince Charles Drive store, the retailers president telling Tribune Business yes terday that sales at both its outlets had picked up nicely over the last couple of weeks. Sandy Schaefer said he was just waiting to get more tenants confirmed for his planned 44,000 square foot expansion at the Prince Felip Major /Tribune staff ADDITION PLANNED: In this file photo a shopper looks at whats on offer inside Robin Hood on Prince Charles Drive. RETAILERS 44,000 SQ FT EXPANSION TO BREAK GR OUND WITHIN 35-40 DAY Customer count/ revenues within margin of error for new stores at Robin Hood s Prince Charles outlet Sales increasing nicely at both stores in last fortnight* Economy improving but will not shoot for the stars SEE page 6B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A leading fiscal hawk has warned that future Bahamian generations are going to be nailed to the wall by the r ising $4.2 billion national debt, as he urged both main Nailed to the wall by $4.2bn National Debt Fiscal hawk warns future g enerations will have to pay the piper via higher debt service payments and taxes if n othing done Foregone conclusion g overnments revenue targets not met Advocates spending cuts, as anaemic economic growth m eans no revenue rises S EE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas seen its market capitalisation slashed by more than $590 million or one-third during the recession, it was revealed yesterday, with its impaired loan portfolio expanding by 17.7 per cent or $57.5 million during its 2010 financial year. T he banks annual report for the year to end-October FirstCaribbean market cap falls almost $600m Drop from $1.76bn to $1.17bn shows recessions impact, as impaired loan portfolio grew $57.5m in 2010* Business and government loans dropped $72.6 m illion or 6.3 per cent Management fees paid to parent raised operating expenses* Equity return and efficiency ratios both declined SEE page 5B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net After a $3.5 million reno vation and relaunch, the B imini Big Game Club is anticipating adding 12 new staff as it heads towards itsf irst peak season since reo pening in summer 2010. However, rising fuel prices spurred on by Middle Eastern political turmoil area concern for the resort, whose 100-plus slip marina is a major source of revenue. Business at the property, a s elsewhere around the Bahamas in recent times, was pretty tough last year, according to general man-a ger Chris Pollock, but things are looking up for spring and summer 2011. L ooking on the bright s ide, Mr Pollock said he hopes that even if fuel prices do rise, the Bimini Big Resort moving to boost staff Bimini Big Game Club looks forward to spring and summer 2011, after $3.5m investment and pretty tough 2010 SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he Bahamas Oil Refining Companys (BORCO new owner plans to investb etween $200 million to $250 million this year in upgrading the Grand Bahama-based oil storage facility, with current renovation projects expected to leave it with eight berths. U nveiling its plans in a Securities & Exchange C ommission (SEC New York Stock Exchange ( NYSE) listed Buckeye Partners, which has closed its $1.7 billion purchase fromF irst Reserve Corporation and Vopak, said: We expect to spend approxi mately $200 million to $250 million for capital expenditures in 2011 related to the BORCO facility, of which $ 185 million to $225 million is expected to relate to e xpansion projects, and $15 million to $25 million is e xpected to relate to sustaining capital expenditures. Major expansion expend itures in 2011 are expected to include upgrades and expansions of the jetty struc ture, the inland dock and berth developments, and BORCO owner to invest $250m n Upgrades, including expansion to eight vessel berths, planned for completion in 2011 n Warning on political risk for Grand Bahama facility, with 30% and 69% of storage revenues derived from top one and three customers SEE page 4B

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B USINESS P AGE 2B, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER B y DEIDRE M. BASTIAN Y ou may have created a brilliant website for your p roducts and services, but if no one sees it online it might as well not exist. On the other hand, you may have traffic coming to your site that does not convert to sales and profit. However, the answer t o both these scenarios is t hat you may require plann ing to enhance your website traffic. First, lets ask why is it important for any business to have a website? Is it really necessary, as n obody needed websites in the past, and many busi-n esses today still run succ essfully and profitably without having one? Why the need now? Well, while the above statement has merit and still stands true, if we continue to do things the same way a ll the time, can we expect a d ifferent result? T imes have changed and h aving a web presence is p retty much becoming an e ssential component to business. By virtue of this fact, opening a bricks and mortar business requires a cons iderable investment, as a lease, rent, staff, utilities and o ther expenses are all incurred. However with the introd uction of e-business the cost of reaching the cust omer has decreased dramatically. With the use of these tools, here are some r easons why you want to have a website for your busin ess. C onstant Advertising: W ebsites are visible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A website does not need toc lose off at the end of the business day, take a weekend off, ask for vacation or take a sick day. So if we are t o follow this pipeline, ultim ately a website is an advert ising tool that will take your business to potential customers, regardless ofw hether your store/office is open or not. Convenience for Your C lients: A website is a convenient way for existing or potential clients to explore a nd gather information on p roducts/services without v isiting the physical premises of the business. Manyp eople appreciate conve n ience since it saves time, and potential customers can visit 10, 20 or 50 websites, then make a decision without leaving their chair. Some customers dislike direct pressure when they visit b ricks and mortar stores, as h aving to talk to a sales per son may evoke pressure into purchasing an item. Your Competitor has a WebSite: If your competi tor is the only site found o nline, guess who the poten t ial customer will patronise? Globalisation: One of the constraints of the typicalb ricks and mortar model (physical business presence is that the business is localised, regardless of the physical travel distance for customers. T ell people: Many busin ess owners quickly forget their web site due to mini mal business, and quickly c onclude they do not need it. Remember, no one will know about your website unless you tell them about it. Brand your business with t he website address; make sure any business cards you g ive, letters you send, cont ain your website address. And, most importantly, be p atient with your website g rowth. A Website beats hiring a salesperson: Without adver-t ising and sales force costs, a website provides a much higher Return On Investment (ROI tomers use the Internet and have money to spend. If they can't find you, they will spend it, but somewheree lse. Web Site ROI, vs B rochure ROI: When the c ost of creating, printing, dis tributing and updating a brochure is taken into cons ideration, your more-easilym aintained website is a bett er investment. It may help to be selective w hen choosing your web hosting company; its not the same as purchasing groceries. Keep in mind that y our web host is like your business partner. There are a number of elements to c onsider when approaching y our potential web hosting p artner. S ound customer support s ystems: Some of them serve their customers promptly, while some do not. The industry standard calls for 24 hours response time. K now server technology: E nsure reliable back-up sys tems and technical employees are on board. Addition a lly, if you propose to insert video, audio clips and interactive contents into your webpage, inquire morea bout the bandwidth, host i ng reliability and up-time guarantee. These are the m ost important areas that y ou should consider. What is U p-time? Up-time is the time (expressed in percentages) the host is available toa ccess through the Internet. Becoming instantly rich through online business has n ot been the story for every online seller... but to simply quit is not the thing to do. A scertain the problem and s tart re-strategising. A business that desires success should invest in aw ebsite, especially small b usinesses that cannot afford missed opportunities. I consider Internet market ing as a track meet, so be the first to get off the blocks! A web site = easy, efficient referrals. M ake sure you are there w hen you or your company is Goggled. So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy lifea nd stay on top of your game. NB: The author welcomes f eedback at: d eedee2111@hotmail.com Getting on web is a business must THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN

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t erminal storage tank expans ion projects. N oting that in response t o customer demand, BORC O is prepared to undert ake a significant expansion p roject, which we expect will b e phased in over the next t wo to three years, Bucke ye Partners added in its filing: BORCO continues to d iscuss with its existing cust omers and potential new c ustomers their storage and s ervice requirements as we r efine our expansion plans. New tankage is expecte d to be constructed with t he flexibility to store fuel o il, clean petroleum products or crude oil. We expect an expansion plan, which phases in capacity additions, to be finalised in the near future. In addition, the facil-ity site also has additional unused land available for future expansions, with room to more than double the existing storage capacity if all the expansion opportunities are utilised. Buckeye Partners said B ORCO had three deepw ater jetties, one of which was undergoing an existing refurbishment programme expected to conclude in the 2011 second half. The three jetties will prov ide six deep-water berths that serve as the access p oints to the storage facilities, and are capable of hand ling vessels over a range of d eadweight tonnage (DWT o f 20,000 DWT to a maximum of 500,000 DWT, including both very largec rude carriers and ultra large crude carriers, Buckeye P artners said. BORCOs terminal facility also includes an inland dock with an approximately 650-foot berth located in Freeport Harbour. BORCO c urrently leases the inland d ock from the Freeport Harbour Company under a l ong-term agreement through 2067. The inland dock is in the p rocess of being upgraded, which will include the buildo ut of a new berth. Upon completion, the inland dock will include two berths capa-b le of handling Panamax vessels of up to 80,000 D WT. We expect complet ion of the upgrade of the inland dock to occur in 2011. Upon completion of the jetty refurbishment and inland dock renovation projects, B ORCO will have a total of e ight berths. Buckeye Partners noted t hat BORCOs business was exposed to political risk, b ecause a substantial port ion of BORCOs revenues were derived from petroleu m products exported by Venezuelas state-owned oil company, PDVSA. Thea ntagonism between Washington and the Chavez a dministration is well k nown. A nother risk was BORCOs dependency on a small number of major clients for t he bulk of its revenues. Storage revenue repres ented approximately 80 per c ent of BORCOs total reve nue for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, Buckeye Partners disclosed. Currently, BORCO has a limited number of longterm storage customers, cons isting of oil majors, energy c ompanies, physical traders and one national oil company. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, approximately 30 per centa nd 69 per cent of storage revenue was derived from t he top one and the top three customers, respectivel y......... If any of BORCOs customers, in particular its top t hree customers, significantl y reduces its contracted storage with BORCO, and if BORCO is unable to find other storage customers on terms substantially similar t o the terms under BORC Os existing storage contracts, our business, results of operations and cash flow could be adversely affect-e d. Assessing the facility it had acquired, Buckeye Partners added: BORCOs terminal facility includes 80 aboveground storage tanks ranging in capacity from 5,000 to 500,000 barrels, with a total installed capacity of approximately 21.6 millionb arrels. Presently, 66 of the 8 0 tanks are available to serve third parties, as 14 of the tanks (representing only 0.2 million barrels) are dedicated for BORCOs own u se. 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3 1, 2010, disclosed that FirstCaribbeans market capitalisation hit $1.17 billion at that date, a decline of some 33.5 per cent from the prerecession high of $1.761 billion achieved at year-end 2 007. F irstCaribbeans market c apitalisation decline is important given the heavy weighting it carries on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX where it is the largest listed stock, accounting for more than one-third of the total market worth. The almost-$600 million decline in the banks market capitalisation has been sparked, of course, by the decline in FirstCaribbeans share price from a $14.65 high at year-end 2007 to $ 9.74 at October 31, 2010. T hat share price decline also mirrors the fall in the banks n et income, from a high of $ 109.86 million or $0.91 in e arnings per share (EPS the 2007 pre-recession peak, to $61.863 million and$ 0.515 EPS for 2010. Writing in FirstCaribbeans annual report, executive chairman, Michael M ansoor, pledged that the bank would support borrowing clients through their c urrent problems in the b elief that delinquent loans w ould eventually come good in the long-term. We have found that bala nce sheet growth has been difficult, and we have also had to increase the level of provisioning, Mr Mansoor wrote. We have, however, taken the position that we will support our clientele t hrough the current difficulties as long as we believe that their responses to the reduction in business vol-u mes are likely to result in l ong-term positive out comes....... We fully expect that these customers will in time improve their results a nd prospects, and be the s ource of meaningful growth i n our own results. Mr Mansoor added that FirstCaribbean expected to convert investments in new products, technology and systems into sustainable sources of profitability in short order. M arie Rodland-Allen, F irstCaribbean Internationa l Bank (Bahamas ing director, noting that the banks net income slipped by $16.8 million or 21 per cent in 2010, compared to 2009 figures, blamed this on the overall economic envir onment coupled with low i nterest rates, which impacted net interest income and i nterest margins. Operating Higher operating expense s were driven by increases i n management fee charges w hich, if excluded, would reflect prudent cost management, Mrs Rodland-A llen said. Gains on the sale of investment securities and increases in foreign exchange earnings partially mitigated the declines experienced as a result of this challenging economic envir onment. N et interest income d ropped by 9.7 per cent, from $142.893 million to$ 129.035 million, year-overyear between 2010 and 2009, the annual report revealed, although hedging gains anda reduction in mark-to-market losses saw other operating income rise by $14.8 million or 58 per cent. F irstCaribbean was not i mmune from the deterior ating credit/asset quality that afflicted the Bahamian commercial banking industry throughout 2010, as commercial, household and consumer borrowers all experienced difficulty in servicing existing loans due to unemp loyment and reduced i ncomes. L oan loss expenses rose year-over-year by $11.7 million or 63.1 per cent to $30.204 million, compared to $18.519 million in 2009. And impaired loans grew by 17.7 per cent or $57.5 mill ion during the 12 months to O ctober 31, 2010. Net loans and advances t o customers were $2.42 bill ion compared to $2.54 bill ion in the prior year, FirstCaribbean said in its annual report. Business and gov e rnment, which account for 43 per cent of the portfolio, decreased $72.6 million or 6.3 per cent year-over-year. Mortgage and personal loans also declined by $19.2 million and $25.8 million, r espectively. Productive loans were $ 2.13 billion, down $175.1 m illion or 7.6 per cent from t he prior year. This decrease p rimarily reflects a combination of paydowns and repayments of loans, and a shift of loans from productive to non-productive (impaired which increased by $57.5m illion or 17.7 per cent. Higher management fees paid to FirstCaribbeans par-e nt resulted in operating e xpenses growing by $6 mil lion or 8.5 per cent yearo ver-year, which drove the B ahamian subsidiarys effic iency ratio (operating expenses as a percentage of gross revenue) to 45.6 per cent, compared to 42.2 per cent the year before. FirstCaribbeans total assets at year-end were $3.6 billion, a decrease of $163.7 m illion or 4.3 per cent yearo ver-year, due largely to d eclines in cash balances and the loan portfolio. Liab ilities fell by $187.3 million o r 6.1 per cent, mainly b ecause of the fall in customer deposits, which dropped by $218.6 million or 7.3 per cent. Strong F irstCaribbeans capital ratios, though, remained strong and above regulatory r equirements, standing at 2 0.89 per cent and 21.47 per c ent for Tier I and Tier II respectively, compared to 18.85 per cent and 19.46 per cent the year before. The banks return on equity dropped to 11.6 per cent in its 2010 financial y ear, compared to 16.7 per cent in 2009, while the net interest margin dropped from 3.6 per cent to 3.5 per cent. FirstCaribbeans price to e arnings multiple as 18.9 at y ear-end 2010, compared to 15.1 the year before, while the dividend yield dropped from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per cent. The dividend payout ratio rose year-over-yearf rom 54 per cent to 60 per cent. B USINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 5B FirstCaribbean market cap falls almost $600 million FROM page 1B

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Game Club may still benefit from the fact that it is thec losest (Bahamian the United States, drawing fuel-conscious boaters who m ay have ventured further afield to their marina slips. T he Bimini Big Game C lub re-opened last year a fter shutting down in late 2 008: a significant loss to Biminis economy. It is now a Guy Harvey O utpost Resort and Marin a, having been bought by the company belonging to artist/conservationist/busi-n essman, Guy Harvey, who was in Nassau yesterday to p lay a part in promoting the s hark preservation campaign t hat was launched by the Bahamas National Trust lasty ear. Some $3.5 million was invested in new guestrooms, marina slips, the Bimini Big G ame Bar & Grill and an O utfitter Shop selling Guy Harvey sportswear. We had already missed most of the season by thet ime we opened last year, and things were pretty tough especially in the fall. But we have a fair amount of groups we will be hosting this year, which is very excit-i ng, said Mr Pollock. A mong those are repre sentatives of Hatteras, who will meet at the legendary fishing resort next week, and another big crowd is expect ed for the clubs first major f ishing tournament since its relaunch, which will take p lace in May. The newly-launched dive p ortion of the 51-room r esorts offering is anticipated to bring in more visitors by plane, whereas the majority of the clubs pre s ent clientele are coming by b oat to stay in the marina. T he resort has invested in a 60-foot glass bottom boat and brought on board Neal Watson, a veteran of the Bimini dive scene, to take charge of the dive operation. That should bring in more business, said Mr Pollock. B imini Big Game Club currently has 28 people on s taff, and the general mana ger said that 40 would likely be required once the o peration shifts into high g ear in peak season. Interviews are taking place already. As to whether there may b e any further investm ent/expansion at the prope rty in the near future, Mr Pollock said there have been discussions about this, but nothing more at this stage. The general manager said the company expects busi n ess to slowly grow at the resort as it regains its once legendary reputation in the south Florida fishing/boat ing community. This is a very famous resort which was allowed to b e run down for many, m any years, and then closed. You cant just bring that b ack right away. Theres a lot of excite m ent, a lot of families who had come here for genera-t ions are coming back, but it t akes a while, he added. Charles site, which will be another retail complex in front of Robin Hoods new store. A Scotiabank branch and Sbarros restaurant are already confirmed, he added, and a fine dining restaurant and other retail formats are actively being sought. Hopefully, in the next 3540 days we will start break-i ng ground, Mr Schaefer told Tribune Business of the planned expansion. Hea dded that customer count and revenues continue to build at Robin Hoods Prince Charles Drive outlet, which opened last month,w ith in-store concessions and tenants starting to grow. A Cash 4 Gold store had already opened within the Robin Hood outlet, and Mr Schaefer said a music store a nd restaurant were set to open within two and four w eeks respectively. Were within the margins of error that are typically looked at in a new store, the Robin Hood president s aid, when asked for details on customer count and revenues. M eanwhile, the companys first outlet, at Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, was continuing to perform very nicely. Customer count has been very strong for us, Mr S chaefer said. Were looking now at revamping the AC, appliances and electronics sections. We may even go back into furniturea gain. Were looking at upscaling the store, and are g oing to renovate. Showcase The Ream air conditioni ng brand was set to host a showcase during the third week of March, and the Robin Hood president told Tribune Business: Were going to push very hard onr esidential and commercial AC sales. Thats a big piece of business. AC, for us, is a multimillion dollar business. Asked by this newspaper w hether he detected signs of economic improvement, M r Schaefer replied: I wouldnt say that I see it yet. Certainly, our sales have picked up over the last couple of weeks nicely at both s tores, so were looking forward to gradual improvement. I dont think we will be shooting for the stars right away, but things will gradually improve. We are in a different w orld now. Mr Schaefer said his i mmediate focus would be continually improving the product we offer now. Asked about plans he pre-v iously unveiled to Tribune Business, which called for further Robin Hood stores i n New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco, he indicated these were on theb ackburner compared to the f ocus on his existing business. We just want to solidify the position we have with the two stores we have now, and if opportunities presentt hemselves we will consider them, Mr Schaefer said of p ossible expansion. B USINESS P AGE 6B, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Retailers 44,000 sq ft expansion to break ground within 35-40 days FROM page 1B Resort moving to boost staff FROM page 1B

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political parties to figure out how to cut spending and a void the imposition of everincreasing tax rates. Rick Lowe, a leading executive with the Nassau Instit ute economic think-tank, told Tribune Business in the aftermath of the mid-year Budget that his main concern was forf uture Bahamian generations, who he feared would be crippled with ever-increasing debt servicing payments, higher t axes and devalued savings as a result of the expanding national debt and persistent fiscal deficits. Advocating public spending cuts to bring the Governm ents finances back into line, given that revenue growth w ould be limited due to the l ikely anaemic nature of o verall Bahamian economic growth in the short-medium term, Mr Lowe said thisn ation also needed to sustain tax rates at lower levels, not increase them. My concern is the future g enerations. Only the citizens c an pay for it. The Governm ent can print money, borrow and say all these things, Mr Lowe said of the B ahamas fiscal situation. Future generations will have to pay the piper, and thats all of us. Were going to have to pay higher taxes, and will possibly have a devalued currency if things dontt urn around pretty quickly. Describing the National Debts growth rate and pers istent fiscal deficits as unsustainable, Mr Lowe added: The bureaucracy likes to talk about sustainability, exceptw here taxes are concerned. We should sustain taxes at a l ower level, not increase them. He again reiterated his scepticism that the Ingraham administration would realise a $200 million increase in recurrent tax revenues during the 2010-2011 fiscal year, stripping out the $120 million in one-off revenue injections from the Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO the Baha Mar deal and thep ossible $210 million-plus f rom the Bahamas Telecomm unications Companys (BTC Noting the Prime Ministers admission that revenues for the July 1-December 31 20109 p eriod were $84.3 million b ehind forecasts, Mr Lowe t old Tribune Business: They have to be. It was a foregone c onclusion where they threw out those numbers. They were anticipating a turnaround sooner than it was, and we knew they were not going to make it. We were not making it in t he private sector, so why are t hey [the Government] any d ifferent? A sked how important it was for the Government toc ut wastage and rein in its $1.554 billion recurrent spendi ng, Mr Lowe replied: Its c ritical that they figure out h ow to deal with it. The difficulty I see is that a n election is coming, people are hurting, and theyve encouraged people all their lives to believe: Dont worry, the Government will take care of you. Unfortunately, the chickens are coming home to roost, a nd it doesnt matter who the Government is, they have to deal with it. Its very important they f igure out how to cut expend iture, because growth is still going to be anaemic. You cant keep on growing the debt, which grows the p ayments for interest, and that alone is a major expense. Interest payments on the Bahamian national debt totalled $98.135 million d uring the 2010-2011 fiscal years first half, coming in some $6.046 million below the $104.182 million forecast. Still, it represented the single most expensive line item in the Budget, and is expected to hit $208.363 million during the 2010-2011 fiscal full year,r emaining the single most expensive line item. Redemptions Meanwhile, redemptions of d ebt principal totalled $27.035 million during the 2010-2011 Budget half-year, coming ins ome $10.347 million below forecasted payments of $ 37.383 million. For the full year, debt principal redempt ion is set to total $74.766 mill ion, taking total payments associated with the National D ebt to more than $283 million. Mr Lowe contrasted the G overnments spending approach to that of the B ahamian private sector, where numerous companies w ere having to cut expenditure here, cut expenditure there, and were still finding it difficult to tread water. A nd he pointed out that government spending was always going to increase as a result of inflation. If you change the tax system today, theyre only going to spend more revenues, MrL owe said of the Government. Future generations are going to be nailed to the wall, and retirement savings will probably be reduced as a r esult of inflation, so when you think youve got a han dle on it, going forward your knees are cut out from under you. Everything keeps going up, and theyve got to get serious about cutting some things or privatising things they can outsource marriage licences, Business Licences, anything they can get out of. Should they also be charging more realistic fees on day-to-day government services? Mr Lowe questioned whether both political parties were serious about reducing public spending and the size of government, adding: Theyd ont come clean on what t hey think is the way forward, other than more debt. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 7B F ROM page 1B Nailed to the wall by $4.2bn National Debt

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JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP Technology Writers RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writers SAN FRANCISCO Apple CEO Steve Jobs briefly emerged from his medical leave and walked on stage to a standing ovation Wednesday to unveil the second generation of the popular iPad. It comes with two cameras and will go on sale March 11 in the U.S. Jobs looked frail as he appeared in his signature black mock turtleneck, blue jeans and wire-rimmed glasses. "We've been working on this product for a while, and I just didn't want to miss today," Jobs told an audience that included bloggers and Apple enthusiasts. "Thank you for having me." The next-generation tablet computer is faster than the original iPad's. As expected, it comes with two cameras for taking photos and video chatting. The battery life will be the same as the original about 10 hours of usage or a month on standby. The iPad 2 is also thinner 8.8 millimeters, or about a third of an inch, instead of the current 13.4 millimeters. "The new iPad 2 is actually thinner than your iPhone 4," Jobs said. The original iPad, which went on sale last April, was more popular than analysts anticipated. Apple sold 15 million in nine months. The iPad was initially used for checking e-mail, surfing the Web and watching online video. But as the number of software applications or "apps" designed just for iPad grew, the tablet made itself at home in offices, shops, restaurants and countless other settings. The rush for iPads sparked dozens of copycat touch-screen devices, but so far, none has broken into the mainstream consciousness the way the iPad has. In February, Motorola Mobility Inc.'s Xoom, the most promising challenger so far, went on sale. It runs a new version of Google Inc.'s Android software that was designed for tablets, not smart phones. The new iPad will make it e ven harder for rivals to compete. "Overall, the big message today is that Apple is offering a version 2 device while everyone else is still attempting to ship their first version 1 devices," said Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe. He said the iPad 2's improvements are modest over the first one, but it will nonetheless stand out because there are more apps available. Sarah Rotman Eps, a Forrester Research analyst, said iPads should make up at least 20 million of the 24.1 million tablet computers she expects people in the U.S. to buy this year. Tablet computers existed long before the iPad, but it took Apple to build a device that made sense to consumers. Apple simplified the software, packed it in sleek, shiny hardware and sold it to a generation of gadget lovers who, most likely, already have a smart phone and a laptop that serve most of the same functions. The new iPads will cost the same as the originals $499 to $829, depending on storage space and whether or not they can connect to the Internet over a cellular network. Apple said there will be black and white versions, despite its problems getting the promised white iPhone 4 models to market. The first iPad came only in b lack. In the U.S., the iPad 2 will work on AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless. A reporter who used a white iPad 2 immediately after the announcement found it noticeably thinner and more curvy. YouTube video loaded quickly using AT&T's data service, and "Toy Story 3" played smoothly. Given its size, the iPad 2 appeared impractical for taking lots of photos, but both cameras will help with video chats the front one to show the caller, and the back one to show what the caller is seeing. Jobs also introduced a new accessory for the iPad that will let people connect the tablet to high-definition televisions, so they can watch videos up to 1080p in resolution on the bigger screen. The $39 part plugs into the iPad's charging port and connects to an HDMI cable. After its March 11 U.S. launch, the iPad 2 goes on sale March 25 in at least 26 other markets, including Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and other European countries. Apple also introduced updates to the software that runs on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The company said the update would work on GSM-type iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 models; Verizon Wireless' version uses a different technology. The new system, iOS 4.3, includes support for FaceTime, Apple's video-chat program. The company said people can now hold conversations between iPads, iPhones and Mac computers. The update turns iPhones and iPads with 3G cellular connections into personal Wi-Fi hotspots, so you can share the connection with computers or other devices if your wireless carrier allows it. Many charge additional fees for this service. The improved software also makes Apple's Safari Web b rowser run faster. Apple also announced new software designed for the iPad, including a $4.99 version of iMovie for video editing and a $4.99 version of GarageBand, its music recording and editing software. GarageBand includes instruments that can be played by touching the iPad 2's screen, and it can even sense whether you're tapping quietly or banging on the "keys." People can start a project on their Mac, then work on it later on the iPad 2. Jobs gave an update on the company's iBook business, saying people downloaded more than 100 million books since the e-book business launched last year. He also said Random House became the last major publisher to agree to sell its titles in the iBookstore. Jobs announced in January that he would take a third leave of absence to focus on his health. In the last decade, Jobs, 56, has survived a rare but cur able form of pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver trans plant. B USINESS P AGE 10B, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.130.95AML Foods Limited1.041.040.000.1230.0408.53.85% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5.754.40Bank of Bahamas4.404.400.000.1530.10028.82.27% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank2.171.96-0.211,0000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.409.44Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.806.800.004,5000.4880.26013.93.82% 2.861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.182.11-0.070.1110.04519.02.13% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6 .505.25Famguard5.255.250.000.3570.24014.74.57% 9.276.25Finco6.256.250.002,0000.6820.0009.20.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.485.480.004,5000.4520.16012.12.92% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.50ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.80J. 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B USINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, PAGE 11B CHRISTOPHER S. R UGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON T he U.S. economy expande d in January and early February in all parts of the country, but businesses reported they are under pressure to raise their prices. A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday showed that all 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth at a "modest to moderate pace" and it pointed to a pickup in job crea tion in each. R etail sales picked up in 10 of the 12 regions, while falling in the Richmond and Atlantaa reas. Factory activity rose in all districts except St. Louis. The survey hinted at some i nflationary concerns. Costs are rising for manufacturers and retailers in most areas. Manufacturers in many dis t ricts said they are increas ingly able to pass on those costs to customers. Retailersi n some districts said they have or soon will raise prices. "There are beginning to be s ome troubling signs on inflation," said Steven Wood,Chief Economist at Insight Economics. B ut other economists noted that the survey found little evidence that wages are increasing. Accelerating wages are "a necessary condition for a sustained, desta b ilizing high-inflation e pisode," said Dana Saporta, an economist at Credit Suisse Securities. F ederal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke endured tough questioning from members of Congress on Tuesday and W ednesday about the threat of rising inflation. Lawmakers raised concerns that theF ed's $600 billion bond-purc hase program is laying the groundwork for higher prices. T hose concerns have been heightened by recent run-ups in the price of oil, corn, wheat and other commodities. B ernanke told members of Congress that higher oil prices, which have risen due t o turmoil in the Middle East, would likely cause only a tem porary and mild increase in i nflation. T he U.S. economy has been growing for 18 months. But that expansion hasn't beene nough to significantly lower the nation's unemployment rate, which was 9 percent inJ anuary. The federal government will release the February jobs report on Friday. The Fed survey did note t hat the job market is picking up in all districts. Many dis tricts reported improved hir i ng in the manufacturing and h ealth care industries. Seven districts said that staffing agencies are moreo ptimistic, with more employers converting temporary jobs to permanent status. Perman ent hiring is also picking up, t he agencies said. The survey also noted that wages remain steady in fived istricts and are rising only modestly in several others. Sluggish wage growth shoulda ct to restrain future price i ncreases. Harsh snowstorms in many different parts of the country reduced store sales and factory activity. Bad weather disrupted manufacturing in theC leveland, Atlanta and Minneapolis regions, and pushed down retail sales in six districts. Housing remains the economy's main weak spot, the r eport showed. Overall sales and con struction remained at low lev els across all districts," the s urvey said. The St. Louis region said sales are still declining. Tourism improved in the Richmond, Atlanta and San Francisco areas, while it slowed in Kansas City, partly d ue to severe weather. New York reported slower business at hotels and said Broad-w ay theater attendance d ropped. The region-by-region sur vey is based on information collected from the Fed's 12 regional banks on or before Feb. 18. Known as the "BeigeB ook," the survey provides a more in-the-trenches look at the overall economy than broad statistics. Fed survey: Economy expands throughout US ( AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) E XPANDINGECONOMY: I n this photo taken Feb. 28, 2011, Teacher Dave Badger, left, buys a television, a t the Costco Wholesale store in Glendale, Calif. The U.S. economy expanded in January and early February in all parts of the country, but businesses are under pressure to raise their prices. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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The Tribune's R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N T H U R S D A Y M A R C H 3 2 0 1 1 PG 23 By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press P o p e Be n e d ic t X VI ha s ma d e a sw e e pin g e x o ne r a tio n o f the J e wis h p e o pl e fo r th e d e ath o f Je s u s C hr i s t, ta c k lin g one of th e most cont r oversi a l i ssues in Ch r is tia n ity in a n e w b o o k. I n J e su s o f N az a r e t h P a r t I I e x c e r pts r el ea s e d W e d n e s d a y Be n ed ic t e xp la in s b ib lic al ly a nd th e o log ic a lly wh y th er e is n o ba s is in S c r i p t u r e f or th e a r g u me n t t ha t th e J e w is h pe o p le a s a wh o le w e r e r e s p on s ib le f or J e s us d e a t h I n t e r p r e ta tio n s to th e c o n tr a r y h av e b e e n us e d fo r c e n tu r ie s to ju s tify th e p e r s ec u tio n of J e w s Wh ile th e C a tho lic Ch u r c h ha s f or fiv e de c a d es ta u g ht th a t J e w s w e r en 't c o lle c tiv el y r es p o n s ibl e, J e w is h s c h o la r s s ai d W e d n e s d a y the ar g u me n t la id o u t b y th e G er m a n b o r n p o n t i f f, wh o h as ha d h is s h a r e o f mis h a p s wi th J ew s wa s a l an d ma r k s t ate m en t fr o m a p o p e tha t wo u ld he lp fi gh t a n ti-S e mitis m to d ay Ho lo c a us t s u r vi vo r s kn o w o nly to o we ll how t he centuries-l ong charg e of Christ ki lle r a g a in s t t he J e ws c r ea te d a p oi s on o us c lima te of h a te t ha t wa s th e fo u n da tio n of ant i -Sem it i c pers ecut ion whose u lt im ate e x p r e s s io n wa s r ea lis e d in th e Ho lo c a us t, sai d Elan St ei nber g of the A meri c an Ga th er i ng of Ho lo c au s t Su r v iv o r s a nd the ir D e s c e n d a n t s T he p op e 's b o o k, h e s a id no t on ly co n fir m s c h u r c h te a c hi ng r ef utin g t he de ic id e c h a r g e "but s eal s i t f or a new generati on of C a t h o l i c s The Cat holi c C hur ch i s sued it s m ost au th o r ita tiv e te a c h in g o n the is s u e i n its 1 9 6 5 Se c o n d V at ic an C o un c il d o c um e nt "N o s tr a Ae ta te, w h ic h r e v o lut ion is e d th e c h u r c h s r el ati on s w ith J e ws b y s a yin g C h r is t's d e a th c ou ld n o t b e att r ibu te d to J ew s a s a w ho le a t the time o r to d ay B en e d ic t co me s to t he s a me c o n c lus i on b ut he ex p la in s h o w with a th or o u g h, Go s p e l-by Go s pe l a na ly s is tha t le a ve s little d o u bt th at h e de e p ly a n d pe r s o na ll y be li ev e s it to b e th e c as e : Th a t o nl y a fe w T em pl e le ad e r s a n d a sma ll gr o up of s up po rte rs we r e p r i m ar ily r es p o n s ibl e for Ch r is t's c r u c i f i x i o n Th e b ook is the s ec ond ins t a ll me nt to Be n ed ic t' s 20 0 7 J e s us o f N a z ar e th ," h is fir s t bo o k a s p op e w hi ch o f f e r e d a v er y pe r s o na l me d ita tio n on th e e ar l y y e ar s o f C hr i st 's lif e an d te a c h in gs Th is s ec o n d b oo k s e t to b e r el ea s e d Ma r c h 1 0 c o nc e r n s the fin a l p a r t of Ch r is t's l ife h is d e at h an d r e s u r r e c t i o n T he V ati c an 's p u bl is he r s p r o v ide d a fe w ex c e r p ts W e d n e s d a y I n the b oo k Be n e dic t r e -e n ac ts J e s u s f ina l ho u r s i nc lu d in g h is d e a th s e n ten c e fo r bl as p h e m y th e n a n a ly ze s e a ch Go s p el a c c ou n t to exp l ain wh y J ews a s a whole c anno t b e bl am ed for it. Ra th er Be n e di ct c o nc lu d e s it wa s th e T e m ple a r is to c r ac y a nd a fe w s u pp o r te r s of the fig u r e B a r ab b as wh o w e r e r es p o n s ibl e. Ho w c o ul d th e w ho le p e o pl e ha v e be e n p r e s e nt a t th is m o me nt to c la mo ur fo r J e s us de a th ? Be n e dic t as k s He d econ st r ucts o ne par t icular bibl ical a c co u n t w hic h h a s th e c r o wd s a y in g Hi s b loo d b e o n us a n d o n ou r c h ild r e n" a p hr a s e fr e qu e n tly ci ted a s e vi de n c e o f th e c olle c tiv e g ui lt J e ws bo r e a n d the c u r s e th a t th e y c a r r ied a s a r e s u l t T h e p h r as e fr o m th e G os p e l o f M att he w ha s b ee n s o in c en d iar y tha t d ir ec to r Mel Gib s o n wa s r e p o r te dly for c e d to d r o p it f r o m th e s u b title s o f h is 2 00 4 film Th e Pa s s io n of th e Ch r is t," al tho u g h it r e ma in e d in th e s p ok en Ar a m ai c. B u t Be n e dic t s aid J e s u s d ea th w as n 't ab o ut puni shment but rather salvat i on. Jesus' bl ood, he sai d, "does not cr y out for v en g e a nc e a nd p un is h me n t, it b r in gs r e c o n c i l ia tio n. I t is no t p o ur e d ou t a g a in st an y o ne it i s p o u r e d ou t for ma ny fo r a ll." B e ne d ic t, w h o wa s fo r c ed to j oin th e Hi tle r Y ou th as a c hil d in Na z i Ge r m a n y ha s ma d e i m p r o v ing r e la tio ns wit h J e ws a p r io r ity o f hi s p on tific a te He ha s v is ite d th e Aus c h wi tz N a zi deat h cam p i n Poland and I srael' s Y a d V a s h e m Ho lo c a us t me mo r ia l. Bu t h e a ls o ha s ha d a fe w mis s te p s th a t ha v e d r a wn th e ir e o f Je w is h g r o up s mo s t no ta b ly wh e n i n 2 0 09 he lifte d the e xc o mm un ic a tio n o f a tr a d itio n a lis t C a tho lic bi s ho p w ho h a d d e nie d th e e x ten t o f th e Ho lo c a u st by s a y in g n o J ew s w er e g a s s e d d ur in g W o r ld W ar I I B enedict has s ai d t hat h a d he known Bis ho p Ric ha rd W ill ia ms on's v i e ws ab ou t J e ws h e ne v e r wo u ld h a v e lifte d t he e x c om muni cat ion, wh ich w as im posed i n 1988 b e ca u s e W illia m s on wa s c on s e c r at ed with o u t p a pa l c o n s e nt. W ill ia ms o n is a me mb e r o f th e tr a d itio na lis t So c ie ty of S t P iu s X, w hi c h h a s r e je c te d ma n y V a tic a n I I te a c hi ng s in cl ud in g th e ou tr e a c h to J ew s c o nta in e d in No s tr a A e t a t e S e p a r a t e l y J e w is h g r o up s ha v e b e e n o u tr a g ed th a t B e ne d ic t is mo v ing P o p e Piu s X I I c lo s e r t o b e at ific a tio n, th e fir s t ma in h ur d le to p os s i ble s a in th o od So me J e w s a nd h is to r ia n s ha ve a rg ued the W or ld W a r I I-er a po pe should have done more t o pr event t he H o l o c a u s t Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus' death in new book POPE Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during a general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall at the V atican, Wednesday Mar ch 2, 2011. (AP)

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The T ribune PG 2 4 Thursday March 3, 201 1 RELIGION I receive that! I KNOW tha t I'm not a l o ne in s ay ing that "I 've h ear d s o many p athe t ic ( so ca l le d pr oph etic wo rd s) g on e for th a s p r oph ec ies in the c hur ch an d a t va riou s re li g ious co nfer en ce s / ga t h er i n g. W itho ut f a il I he ar the i tc hing ear s na • v e r eligiou s folks sa y "I r ec eive that" Can I t e ll yo u that as a pas tor I d on' t sa y A m e n to e ve ry thing t h at I hea r co mi n g fr om ch ur ch p ulpits, inter n a ti o nally or loca ll y ; no matter who the p r ea ch er / tea ch er mig ht be Ple as e hea r m e! N ot ev ery t hi ng t hat s be i ng p r ea ch ed / taug ht in the c hur c h toda y is i n s p i r e d by the Ho l y Spir i t, des pite the fac t that the pr es e nter ma y us e a few s c r i p t u r e ve rs es T he b es t wa y of kn owing if wha t y o u r e h ea ring fro m the p ulpit is lining up wit h God s wor d; is to k no w the w o r d of Go d, n ot jus t c as ua l re ad a few s c r i p t u r e s; bu t tr uly s tudy t h e wo rd o f God. He r e s h ow t h e A p os t le Pa ul p uts it to h i s sp iritual s on T imothy: 2 : T i m 2 : 15 S t u dy to s ho w thys e l f ap pr o v e d un t o God a wo rk man that n ee de t h no t to be as hame d, rig htl y dividing the w o r d of tr u t h Note: I t s n o c oinc i d enc e that t h e w or ds "Rig htl y Div i d i n g" i s m ent io ned i n t he above passage of s c r i p t u r e T his clea rly indic ates tha t t h e wor d o f God co uld b e wro ngly divid ed, a nd I d a r e t o s ay that toda y; we'r e s ee i n g the re su lt s / impac t o f the wo rd of God be i n g wr ong l y divide d by man y ulter i o r motives se lf c en t e re d r eligiou s lea de rs / su per st ars; t her eby cau si ng G od t o re jec t the de fi le d, c on t a minated a cts o f w ors hi p t hat s b ei ng of f e r ed i n t he c h u r ch tod ay Whe ne ver tru e k nowle dge of God co mes f o rth, it wil l a l wa ys fi n d op pos iti o n an d r ejec ti o n fro m t h e s pir i t of r e l i gion and t h e tra diti o n of men Ho se a.4: 6. My p eo ple a re de str o y e d for lac k of kn owle dge : b ec au se t h ou ha st r ejec ted kno wled ge I will a l s o re jec t the e that thou s ha l t be n o pr ies t to me : s e eing tho u has t for go tt e n the law o f th y Go d, I wi ll als o for ge t thy c h i l d re n I t s time for the sa ints to g r ow-up / ma t u re in t h e t h ings o f God and st op all owi ng t hemselves t o be du ped b y ev er y wind of doc trine tha t' s infi ltr ati n g the ch ur ch t o da y; es pe cially t h e t w i st ed i nc om pl et e pr o s p e r i t y go sp el. Don' t allow yo ur emo t ion s a nd p r es en t f in anc ial s tate t o g et the b ett e r p a r t of yo u and you r wa lk wit h God. T he eloq ue nt s pea king c ra f ty r e l i giou s lead er s ha ve s et a gu ll ible s pirit in the ch ur c h s a tmos phe re as the y'r e mis a p p r opr iating the sc rip t u re s to s t ir up their follower s In s o do ing, h er e s o ne of t h eir mo st f o olish du mb sa ying s tha t li te ra l ly move s the ir c r owd: I do n't kn ow w ho I'm t a l k i n g t o bu t the Lor d told me to te l l y ou H e re s so me f o od for tho ug ht: Whe re i n t h e sc r i p t u r e s ca n i t b e f o und that t h e p ro phe ts of old w e r e give n me ss ag es an d the y d idn' t k now to who m the me ss ag es wer e f o r? W ake up s aints! He tha t hath an ea r let h i m h ear wha t the Spir i t s aith unto the c h u r ch es! T hi s t wi st ed, i n comp l et e p r o spe ri t y g osp el t h at s pe r m e a t e d t o d a y s c hur c h by the su pe rs t a rs an d wa nt-t o b e s up er star r eligious lea de rs c an be like ned to ga ng re ne; whe nev er g a n g r ene se ts in, if it s n ot immedia t e l y a nd pr ope rly tre ated amp utation i s a lif e sa ving mus t. Th e bod y of Me ss iah / Ch ris t is su f fer ing mu ch c au sa li ty a s the a mputation ; disc on nec ti o n r a t e is at a n a l l t ime high du e t o the pur s uit of p r o s p er i ty v ia the twis t e d pr os pe rity go sp el. The mes s age of the c hur ch toda y is m o r e c enter ed o n fina ncia l an d ma t e ria l p ro sp er i ty r athe r tha n Holy living u nto Go d. I 'm n ot a dvo ca t ing the r e j e c tion an d d isr es pe ctful s cr utiny of Go d' s w o r d ; bu t r athe r allowing the s pir it of wis dom to l e ad a nd gu i d e yo u a long the w a y In o t h er wo rd s, he r e s ho w the apo st l e Joh n put s i t 1 J o h n 4 : 1 Be lov ed, be li e ve no t e ve ry s pirit, b ut t r y the sp irits whe t h er th ey ar e of Go d: b ec aus e man y fals e p ro phe ts a re g one o ut i n t o t h e wo rld Do y ou k now t h at t h e r e w as a t i m e wh en Y a h s h u a Mes s i a h (a ka J es us the Ch ris t ) was the c en t e r of att e ntion of t h e l o ca l c hur c h e s / co ngr eg ations ; but t h os e da ys a r e quie t ly slipp i n g a way as the re li g ious bis ho ps a po stles doc tor s, pa stor s etc; h ave t ak en p reem i n ence of t h e chu r c h ? W atch this! Hav e y ou eve r att e nd ed a c h u r c h a nd upo n e nter i n g the foy er or s a n c t u a r y of tha t ch urc h building yo u're g r e eted wit h a ha ng i n g / po sted pho t o of the re l ig i o us l e ad er a nd th eir s pou se ? The ig nor an ce to s pir i tua l ma tt e rs wo uld h av e ma ny t o be li e ve that n othi n g s wr on g wi th this; as th ey wou ld hav e no pro bl em i n decl a ri ng t h at w e r e jus t ho nor ing our Mand -o f-Go d a nd ou r W oma nofG o d; t h e foun de rs o f t h i s c hu r c h T o this I s t r on gly d isa g r ee and bold l y sa y n o! It' s a bla t a nt a ct of ig nor an ce t o s piritual ma tt e rs t h a t s be en me t h odic ally se t in plac e by the en emy as h e s pir it u ally lur es the c h u r c h to s l e ep If t h e t r uth be told yo u wo uld be s ur pr ise d at what mos t p eop l e wh o name the na me of Ch ris t co me i n to a g r ee ment wit h i n sa ying Y e s, Lor d, I r ec e i v e tha t !" The en emy an d the g ates of h ell ha ve str ateg i c ally p ut their p l a ns i n mo t io n; in a n attemp t to stifl e the c hur ch I n watch ing t h e ope ra t io n o f toda y' s re li g i o us c hu rc h, i t' s no long er Ch ris t ( Y a hs hua Me ss iah) t h e f o und er P AST OR MA TTHEW ALLEN SEE page 28

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The T ribune Thursday March 3, 201 1 PG 2 5 RELIGION of the chu rc h; t h e re li g ious Bi s ho p, A p os t le D o c t o r etc; h ave take n tha t p os i tion Bu t, a s f o r t h e tr ue ch ur ch of Mes sia h h er e s wh at He sa ys : Matt.16:18 Tha t thou ar t Pe t e r a nd upo n this r oc k I will bu il d my chu rc h; an d t h e gate s of hell s ha ll no t pr ev ail a gains t it" Do you k now tha t the re a re w ell me aning believ er s who ha ve a cc epte d and a re d anc ing ar o u n d Sata nic P enta gr ams i n their ch ur ch es ? And ye t as s o-ca ll e d pr oph etic wor ds g oes f o rth f r o m the se pulpits the ir n a•ve f o l lo wer s a re sa ying "I r ec eive tha t Her e s wh at the Apos tl e Pa ul wo uld as k mo st of t o day s chu rc h: G a l 3:1. O f o olish Gala t ian s, who ha th b ewitch ed y ou tha t y e s ho uld n ot obe y the t r uth, b efor e wh os e ey es Je su s Chr ist hath be e n e vide ntly se t f o rth, cr uc if ie d amo ng y ou? Be c ar eful of wha t y ou'r e r e c e i v i n g Fo r qu es ti o ns a nd c omme nts co ntac t us v ia Ema il s :pa sto r ma llen @ya ho o.co m or k mfci@live .co m or Ph 242 441 202 1 Pas t or s M at t h ew & Br en dal ee Al l en Ki ng dom Mind ed Fe llows hip C en t e r I n t' l. Receive FROM page 24 ISLAMABAD Associated Press M I L I T A N T S g un n e d d o wn t h e o n l y Christian in Pakistan's government outside his widowed mother's home W ednesday the second assassination in two months of a high-pr ofile opponent of laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam. Shahbaz Bhatti was aware of the danger he faced, saying in a videotaped message that he had r eceived death thr eats fr om alQaida and the T aliban. In it, the 42-year -old Roman Catholic said he was "r eady to die" for the countr y's often persecuted Christian and other non-Muslim minorities. The slaying in Islamabad followed the killing of Salman T aseer a liberal politician who was gunned down in the capital by one of his guards. Both men had campaigned to change blas phemy laws i n P akis tan th at impose the death penalty for insulting Islam and have been loudly defended by Islamist political parties. The T as ee r slaying triggered fears the country was buckling under the weight of extremism, especially since the gover nment, fearful of militants and the political parties that champion their causes, did not loudly condemn the killing or those who publicly celebrated it. W ednesday's slaying will only r einforce those concerns and fur ther undermine confi dence in the government, which appears paralyzed by political rivalries and unable to fix a stagnant economy or provide basic services for the country's 180 million mostly poor people. The turmoil comes despite attempts by t h e O ba m a a dm i n is t r at i o n t o s u pp o r t Pakistan, which it sees as key to ending the war in neighboring Afghanistan and defeat ing al-Qaida, whose leadership is believed to r es id e in t h e mou nt ai no us no r t h w e s t e r n r egions. Pakis tani government minis ters usuall y travel with police escorts, but Bhatti was without such protection when he was killed as he and a driver left his mother's home. Bh a t t i, w ho w as m i n i s t er f or r e l i g i o u s minorities, had been given police and para military guar ds but had asked them not to accompany him while he stayed with his mother said W ajid Durrani, a senior police official. Bhatti had just pulled out of the driveway when three men opened fir e, said Gulam Rahim, a witness. T wo opened the door of the car and tried to pull Bhatti out, Rahim said, while a thir d fired a Kalashnikov rifle repeatedly into the da r k-colored T o y o t a shattering the windows. AN UNIDENTIFIED relative of Pakistan's government minister for religious minori ties Shahbaz Bhatti mourns over his death outside a local hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan, W ednesday Mar ch 2, 2011. Gunmen shot and killed the Christian Pakistani government minister for religious minorities on Wednesday the latest attack on a high-profile figure threatened by Muslim militants for urging reform of harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam. (AP) Militants kill Christian minister in Pakistan

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The T ribune PG 2 6 Thursday March 3, 201 1 RELIGION THESE wer e the words given to me as the "Thr ee Ds of Excellence" at the South Andros School District A ward cer emony last week. In that academic setting, the students wer e to be congratulated for past achieve ments and encouraged to aim even higher How may we consider these wor ds in a more spiritual light? Dedication is the desire to become so completely devoted as to make something or someone the centre of our undivided attention. Our rela tionship with God calls for this level of reverence and sacrificial service. How do we work to make God the centre of our lives? How much ener gy do we expend on a daily basis? Let u s de d i ca t e o u r s e l ve s t o p r a ye r study worship and witnessing about the person and work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us reorgan ise our priorities. Self-discipline is the result of prac ticed behaviour that has been repeat ed to for m a habit. As we prepare for Lent, we are all cognizant of the fact that six weeks offers us sufficient time to work for positive change. If we ar e unable to br eak bad habits then we need to be accountable to someone we respect or seek counsel ing. Let us all strive to daily hear G o d s wel l do n e be ca us e we ar e growing to become more like Christ every day W e cannot ear n our salva tion. It is a free gift given by Christ' s death on the cross. W e can please God by living a disciplined life with the help of the Holy Spirit. Deter mination is the attitude we need to make the effort that will accomplish our goals. If we are deter mined that we will be punctual, then Speak a word Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) THE B IB LE te ll s us th at wi tho ut fai th it is im po ssibl e to pl ea se Go d. Ma tthe w 8 :5 -13 sp ea ks a bo ut th e Ce nt urio n' s fai th, J esu s hi mse lf m arve le d at t he b el ie f tha t thi s m an p oss e s s e d Do an y of u s ha ve thi s k ind of fa ith ? If J esu s we re to c o me tod ay w ou ld He ma rv el a t an y of us? W h en w e fi nd ourse lv es be tw e en a ro ck a nd a ha rd pla c e, wh at d o w e do ? Do w e loo k to the hi ll s w he re o ur h el p c o me s fr o m ? Or do w e lo ok do w n in de spa ir? Th e Ce nt urio n w as no t of th e h ouse ho ld of fa it h, b ut h e k ne w if J e sus spo ke a w o r d of h ea li ng hi s se rva nt w o uld b e ma de w ho le H ow i s i t th at w e as bel ie ve rs a ll ow no n be li ev e rs to h av e m o r e fai th th an u s w ho a re b el ie ve rs? I thi nk tha t is a c h arg e a g ai nst u s as c h i l d r e n o f the m ost hi gh G od. I kno w w e h av e re al si tua ti ons a nd c i r c umst an ce s w h ere p an ic m ay b e w a r ra nte d. H ow e ve r i t shou ld b e th e co mp le te op posi te In the I c a n' t se e no wa y ou t' si tua ti on s, I le arn to tr u s t G od. Th ere is no p art of l ife tha t is ou tsid e t he c o ntro l of G od If w e t r u l y be li ev e th at, th en th ere i s no d oub t i n w ha t Go d c an an d w ill do. W e are a ble to bre a the ea sy be c au se t he one w ho c on trol s l ife i s a t w ork. The B ib le t el ls us tha t w ith out fa it h it is im possi bl e to ple a se G od. W e c a n't l et th e C en turi on' s f ai th or no n be li ev e rs be m ore tha n th at o f ou rs a s C hri stia ns. W e ha ve to ge t to t he p la ce w h e r e w e say "sp ea k a w ord Lo rd" t o ou r situ ati on s, in o ur ci r c u m s t a n c e s a nd to o ur re la tio nsh ips an d kn ow th at al l w il l b e we ll If no on e e lse be li ev e s w e ha v e to. Th at i s w ha t m ak es us Ch risti an s. "B ut spe ak t he wo rd on ly an d my s e r va nt sh al l be he al ed ." W e mu st de v el op o ur fa ith so tha t it c a n be a s sol id a s t he C en turi on 's fai th. REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS ALLISON MILLER Dedication, discipline, deter mination SEE page 28

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P E R C E P T I O N is the pr oc e s s o f r e c e i v i n g i n f o r mation thro ugh t he se nse s ( hea ring fee ling tas ting s me l lin g a n d s ee in g) an d mak ing s en s e o f it I t is als o de fine d a s th e p r o ce s s b y wh ich an o r ga n ism d ete c t s an d i n t e r p r e t s inf or m ati on from t he ex t er n a l wor ld by me an s of th e s e ns o ry r e c e p t o r s Wh en ma kin g ou r a ss e s sme n ts of o the r s ou r de c isio ns o r c on clu s ion s of th em ar e us u ally on ly g a r n e r e d fro m o ur s en s es Th is ca n be e r ro ne o us in s om e ca s es b e ca us e th ing s a r e n't a lwa ys th ey wa y th e y a pp e ar T he Bible ad mo nis he s us to wa lk in th e sp ir it s o tha t we wo uld n o t fulfill the lu s t o f ou r fles h W e ar e a lso to ld t o w alk b y faith an d n ot b y s ig ht. I n bo th s c rip tur e s, th e un de r lyin g ton e su g ge s ts tha t we c a n jud ge o r p e r ce iv e inc o r re c tly if left to o ur s en s es an d no t be ing a ide d b y t h e sp ir it of Go d. I n ma ny of o u r loc a l c hu r c he s, we a r e re min de d fr eq ue ntly o f th e fav o ur o f Go d bu t ve r y fe w ex p lain to us h ow th is f a v ou r co me s a bo ut. In to da y 's tea c hin g, we w ill an aly s e h o w Go d will a lter th e p er c e ptio n o f oth er s in a n e f f o r t to n ot on ly gr a nt us f a v ou r bu t v ia th e pe r c ep tion of oth er s c a us e pr o motio n, op po r t u n it ie s a nd o pe n d oo rs t h a t co uld n ot h av e ha pp e ne d u nd e r n o rma l c ir c u m s t a n c e s J us t b efo r e I p ro c ee d an y fu r the r with th is Biblic a l ins ig ht, I mu s t mak e cle a r th a t whe n God p r omo te s, g ive s fa vo ur ad va nc e s o r ele va te s y o u h e in iti a te s it b y c h an gin g th e p e r ce ptio n of th os e a ro un d yo u. Th e l e s s on s whic h w er e v ia y o ur t r o ub le a nd ch alle ng e s w e r e mak ing t h e n ec e ss a r y c ha ng es in yo u How ev e r I a m s ur e yo u 'l l a g r ee tha t no ma tter h ow mu c h y o u'v e ch a ng ed s o me folk s re fu se to a c c ep t th e fac t th at y ou 've c h an ge d an d will c on tinu e to la be l or c ate go r ise yo u as to who y ou us e to b e. T h e re f o r e, i f it wer e left up t o thos e a r oun d you w ho ref use t o accept yo ur c ha n ge yo u'll n ev e r a dv a nc e S o it is ne c es s a r y fo r G od to c ha n ge the ir pe r ce p ti o n of y ou to a c co mmo da te t h e ch a ng e in y ou Jo s hu a, wh o w as th e minis te r of Mo s es wa s a bo ut to ta k e o n o ne of th e g r ea te st c h alle ng e s o f h is life Th a t ch a l le n ge wa s tak ing o ve r as the lea de r of the ch ildr e n o f I s r ae l fo llowin g Mo se s d e ath No w lea s t we for g e t th is wa s no t a n ea s y tas k s imp ly be ca u se Mo se s w as the g r ea tes t l e a de r th ey e v er k n e w Asi de f rom l eadi ng t hem out of Eg y ptia n b on da g e, th er e we r e m an y m ira c les th at we r e p er f o r me d b y Go d th ro ug h h im a nd he br o ug ht the m o ut of s la ve r y b y b r e a k in g the b a ck o f p ov e r t y an d ma kin g the m w e a l t h y L i ke any goo d lea der Mo ses af f i rm s J os h ua as the f u tur e le a de r to th e c h i ld r en of I s r ae l. And Mo s es c a lled u nto J os h ua a n d s a id u nto h im in the s igh t o f Is r a el, b e s tr o n g a nd o f go od c o ur a ge ." Mo se s a d de d The L o r d will g o b efo re t h e e, he w ill n ot fa il th ee n or for s ak e th ee fea r n o t n eith er be dis ma y ed ( De ute r on om y 3 1:7 -8 .) I wa s co mp elle d to a s k my s elf, wh y w ou ld Mo se s sa y be str o ng an d o f g oo d c o ur a ge ? I a m c on vin c ed Mos e s kn e w the d iff ic u lt ti m es J os h ua wo uld ha v e fa c ed le ad ing a n e s ti m ate d th r ee million p eo ple wh o r e v e r ed Mos e s In De utero nomy 3 1:7-8, Jo sh ua 1:6 7 9 Moses and God had r epeat edly sai d to J os h ua : a ) Be s tro n g b ) B e o f g oo d co ur a ge c) F ea r no t a n d d ) B e n ot d ism ay ed Aga in se e ing tha t J o sh ua is n o w the l e a de r w hy ar e the s e fou r s tate me nts b ein g r e he ar s e d into his h ea r ing ? I t is alm os t a s i f the y k ne w s ome thin g Jo s hu a did n ot k no w T he tr uth is th ey b oth kn ew th a t th e c hild r en of I s ra e l w ou ld a uto matic a lly c omp a re J os hu a to Mos e s a nd c on clu de tha t J os h ua was infe r ior t o Mos es an d no t ca p ab le o f lea d ing the m like Mo se s S o, e ve n tho ug h J o sh ua wa s q ua lified fo r the jo b, th e c hild re n of Is r a el' s pe r c e p t i o n ne ed e d to be am en de d. Rig ht n ow y ou ar e qu alifie d fo r tha t pr o motio n o n yo ur jo b, o r yo u'v e ch a ng ed y ou r lif e a nd d ec ide d to liv e for Go d b ut s o me ho w fo lks do n't a c ce p t yo ur ne w s ta tus b ec a us e y ou a r e still th e sa me o l d y ou in t h e ir sig ht. T he r e f o r e Go d will h av e to do fo r y ou wh a t he d id fo r J o s h u a And th e Lo r d sa id to J os h ua th is d ay w ill I b eg in to ma gn ify th ee in the s igh t of a ll Is r a el, t h a t the y ma y kn ow tha t, a s I wa s with Mos e s, s o I will be with the e ." T he r ev e l a tion h er e is s imply this Go d ch a ng ed a bs o lute ly no t h ing a b ou t J os hu a God d id n ot c h an ge h is he igh t, s tr e n g t h we igh t etc b ut in s t e a d G od ma de J os hu a ap pe a r lar g er th an h e wa s in the s igh t o f Is r a el. Th e o n l y thin g th at wa s c ha ng ed wa s Israel s percep ti on o f Jo shua wh o was a l r e ad y q ua lifi e d fo r wh a t Go d ha d c alle d him to do wow M y bel oved readers, you' ve been rid ic ule d, t a lk ed a bo ut, u s ed s k i p p ed o ve r for p r omo tion d eg r ad ed a nd la ug h ed a t. T o ad d in su lt to inju r y i t h as be e n tr ou ble afte r t r o ub le d isa p po intme nt, s et ba ck s a n d hin dr a nc es How ev e r th is y ea r Go d ha s d ec ide d tha t yo u'v e qu a li fie d to g o for w a r d, b ut h e ha s to c ha ng e the p e rc e ptio n of y o ur h ate r s an d o pp re s s or s Al l o f th e c ha lle ng es we r e in an e f f o r t to c ha n ge y ou Now tha t tha t leg o f the p r oc e ss is co mp l e te d GOD WI LL N OW MAGNI FY Y OU I N 2 01 1 Ma gn ifica tion fr o m Go d pla c es a de man d on yo ur h ate r s a nd op p re s s or s t o r es p ec t yo u an d s ee y ou a s w ha t Go d ha s c alle d y ou to be Ju s t for yo u, G od will ch a ng e th e s p i r itu a l len s of a ll th os e wh o o pp os e yo u in ye ar s mo nth s a n d we ek s p a st, o nly to re v ea l to th em w ha t he h as d on e in y ou Rem emb e r wh en J e su s d id his m ira c les th e na y s a ye r s s a id, "I s n't this Mar y a n d J os e ph bo y ? I s n't th is t h e ca r pe n t e r God mag nifie d J e su s th r ou gh h is m ira c les a nd t e a ch ing s How ev er p rio r to t h is h e w as ju st a re g ula r p er s on to the pe op le n ot th at h e wa sn 't r e ad y to d o Go d's wo r k, bu t the p eo ple 's p e rc e ptio n h ad to be alte re d a n d o nly Go d c an d o th at. W h e r e v er yo u ar e r ig ht no w s a y it o ut lo ud or s c re a m it ou t in y ou r mind Go d h as ma g nifie d m e a n d i t h as c a us e d m e t o a pp e ar l a r g e r mag n i fic e nt, g lor io us a nd mo r e co nfid en t in th e s ig ht o f my en em ies Prayer points: Confess and repent of all sins Ask God for courage, strength, resisting fear and confusion Believe that God is with you and will not forsake you Finally ask God to magnify you and begin thanking him and behaving as if it has already happened. Heavenly father thank you once again for your revelations, and for everyone that would have read this ar ticle. It is no acci dent that they came across this article today but all accor ding to your divine plan for their lives. I now come in agreement with your wor d which is faith and declar e that you magnify them in the sight of those around them. I command that the spiritual lens of their oppressors and haters be changed only to behold what you've done in their lives. Y our wor d declares that whatso ever thing we desire when we pray believe that we've receive it and we shall have it, in the mighty and matchless name of Jesus Christ. Y ou can contact Minister Ewing by email at kevinewing@coralwave.com. The T ribune Thursday March 3, 201 1 PG 2 7 RELIGION Members of Ebenezer Methodist Church recently participated in their annual walkathon from the church to Blair Estates and back on Saturday January 29. Following the walk there was a souse-out and cake sale. Everyone had a great time as they walked to benefit the church. There are a number of events that are being planned this Spring including a tea and fashion show on Sunday, April 10 and the first annual Ebenezer Spring Fling multi-cultural tasting event and fair on Saturday May 7, 2010. The public is invited to both. Perception! KEVIN EWING EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH HOST ANNUAL W ALKA THON

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The T ribune PG 2 8 Thursday March 3, 201 1 RELIGION we work har d to plan carefully and man age our time wisely If we insist that we will budget and save, we learn how to manage our money even if we have to r equest that someone assist us. If we make up our mind and put our whole heart into being led by the Holy Spirit, then we open ourselves to God' s grace in new and exciting ways. W e will associate with people who will be able to influence us for good, and enable us to mentor oth ers. W e will seek to resist Satan in any way possible and to follow the example of Jesus, our Master Ther e may be other words that you wish to add to your list of qualities to cel ebrate and emulate. Y ou may have differ ent definitions for my words chosen. Let our time together guide your personal r eflection, stimulate your small group dis cussions, and promote the writing of even mor e thoughtpr ovoking pieces by mor e persons. Breezes recently donated more than 100 blankets, clothing and banquet chairs to the Great Commission Ministries on Wulf Road. Shown accepting donations from executives of Breezes are Minalee Hanchell (exec utive director) and Marie Rolle (chef). Left to right: Cindy Coakley, Hedda Smith (Breezes housekeeping manager and sales manager respectively), Ms Hanchell, Ms Rolle and Camille Tynes Miller (controller at Breezes). The Process of Aging ONE OF the facts of life is that we must contend with during our jour ney here on e a r t h is th e r eal it y of gr owi ng o ld er Though we ar e aware that no one is exempted fr om this process and that it is a natural par t of our existence, we still tend to resist it and view it in a negative light. No one wants to gr ow old. No one wants to die. Like any other aspect of one' s life, the aging process can be handled positive ly and productively It should be under stood, first of all, as a scriptural principle: "He knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days ar e as grass: as the flowers of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more." (Psalms 103:14-16). God ordained the process. It is a beauti ful, positive part of his perfect plan for our life. T h e ag in g p r o ce s s s h o ul d al s o b e viewed as a natural principle. It is evident in almo st ever y as pect of nat ur e. I t should be seen as not simply a matter of getti ng older but r ather a pr ocess of "maturing with a purpose". Notice the stages in nature the seed, the plant, the flowers, the fruit and the seed. W ithout the seed there would be no plant; without the plant, no flowers, without the flowers, no fr uits; without the fruit, no seed; and without the seed no more plants. W ithout the maturing pr ocess in human beings, ther e would be no perpetuation of the race, no physical reproduction, no gaining and impartation of knowledge. The good fruits we produce in our process of development contain the seeds of truth that, in turn, pr oduce mor e good fruit in the next generation. The so-called "midlife crisis" seems to be especially difficult for those who ar e called to the ministr y Most ministers tend to be ambitious, idealistic individuals who have a burden to win the world for God. W e usually feel that we ar e never accomplishing enough and that there is never enough time to do all that we want to do. Wh en m i dl i f e c r i s i s i s r e ac he d i t comes as an over whelmi ng r e a l i s a t i o n that time is quickly r unning out and many of those personal and ministry goals will never be reached. W e should appr oach the later years of life with a positive, optimistic attitude. BISHOP V G CLARKE BREEZES DONA TES TO GREA T COMMISSION MINISTRIES THE Y ou th Mini s try of Christ Chu r c h C at he dr a l, i n as s oc ia ti o n w it h S h a k e s p e a r e in P ar a di s e, wi ll pr e s e n t Ja me s W el do n Jo hn s o n' s G o d s T r o m b o n e s on Sunda y Ma rch 6 a t 4 pm. This pie ce also some times know n by its full title G od's T romb one s : Se ve n Ne gro S e r m ons i n V e r s e wa s w r i tten in 1 927 a nd is based o n a book of poem s b y Jo hnson p a t t e r n ed af t er tr a di t io na l Af r i can Americ an relig ious oratory Go d's T r o m b o n e s ha s del ighte d a udienc es in thea ters, c hurc hes a nd o ther v enues for ove r 8 0 yea rs a nd nev er grow s o ld. This produ ctio n not only fea tures the junio r c hoir from St Franc is Ch urch, u nder the d irec tion of Franc is R ich ardson, but gu est pas to r Rev'd Colin Hum es will deli ver the o peni ng piec e, L isten L or d A P r a y e r an d the sermo n, T h e P rod iga l S on. The othe r sermons wil l be de liv ered by C lau d et t e "Co ok ie A ll en s T e x T u r n quest, E r m a Albury Arthel la I ssac s, M a r ce l T Sherma n a nd Onike Ar c h e r The p e rf o r mance will t ake place at Chr is t C h u r c h C a thedra l. Go d's T r o m b o n e s i s d i r ec ted by Phili p A B urr o w s 38TH ANNUAL ACM CONFERENCE On March 16, the Island of Abaco will come alive as the 38th Annual Diocesan Anglican Chur ch Men Conference will be held in Marsh Harbour from Mar ch 1620. This year s theme is "A Call to Ministr y". The Scriptur e text is taken from St Luke 10:37. Cannon Basil T ynes and Dr Robin Roberts are two or three speakers on the schedule. All Anglican men ar e ur ged to register at their local branch as the deadline is fast approaching. Dedication FROM page 26 NOTES r eligious


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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 3

LOCAL NEWS

rire chief denies
reports of delayed

response tO blaze ie

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FIRE Services Director
Superintendent Jeffrey
Deleveaux denied reports
that his officers intentional-
ly delayed their response to
the blaze at the Haitian vil-
lage on Fire Trail Road yes-
terday.

According to a number of
Haitians who live in the
shanty town, the fire started
shortly after 7am yesterday.
However, they said fire per-
sonnel did not respond to
the blaze until almost
8.30am.

Supt Deleveaux admitted
that the fire may have been
raging from 7am; but
stressed that it is up to the
residents of the area to alert
Fire Services about the
blaze.

“Fire Services responds
when we receive calls. If the
fire started at 7am, we got
the call at 8.24am; which
means that somebody really
didn’t call (until then). But
we got the call at 8.24am
and responded. As a matter
of fact we had a unit sta-
tioned at Carmichael Road
so the response time was
extremely quick,” he said.

In fact, Supt Deleveaux
said that three units
responded and when offi-
cers arrived they found the
fire in two different loca-
tions in the Haitian village.

“We proceeded to extin-

FIREFIGHTERS tackle the blaze at the Haitian village yesterday.

guish the fire but with the
strong winds and the close
proximity of the buildings it
was extremely difficult to
contain. And as you can see
a number of homes were
destroyed.”

At this time, however,
Supt Deleveaux said they
are unable to confirm the
number of homes that have
been lost although estimates
put the number close to 400.
He also stressed that the
exact cause of the blaze is

still yet to be determined,
although they are currently
looking at “several possibil-
ities.”

“We have persons who
think they may have seen
something. We might have
to find the individual and
interview him or her to find
out what it really was that
they saw.

“It’s a possibility that
arson is involved.

“It’s a possibility that it’s
an electrical fire.

“It’s a possibility that
someone was cooking and
left something unattended,”
he said.

“Some of the challenges
that we faced here was that
water was really a problem,
and barring that the close
proximity of the buildings.
We had officers going
through a maze-like area to
try and reach the scene of
the fire and it was very
unsafe so we had to pull
them back.”

MP claims PLP ‘consciously voted’
against providing clean water

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

THE PLP consciously vot-
ed against providing
Bahamians with clean water,
Garden Hills MP Brensil
Rolle told the House of
Assembly yesterday.

Last September, the
House approved a resolu-
tion for the government to
borrow nearly $58 million
from the China Export-
Import Bank to construct a
four-lane airport highway.

The project will mean the
grant of 200 work permits
for Chinese labourers, but
also a very low interest rate
for the loan.

Displaying a sign reading
“The PLP voted yes to Blue-
water and no to the Clean
Water”, Mr Rolle explained
that within that resolution
was a specific set of provi-
sions that would have been
achieved by the government
once the loan was complet-
ed. Providing clean water
was among those provisions.

The assertion that the
opposition did not want
“Bahamians to have clean
water” raised the ire of a
number of PLP MPs, who
asked Speaker Alvin Smith
to have Mr Rolle withdraw
the statement.

The first on her feet was
Englerston MP Glenys Han-
na-Martin, who said it was a
blatant “untruth” that she
or any member of her party
voted against giving
Bahamians clean water.

MP for Elizabeth Ryan
Pinder said in his opening
remarks that the PLP did
not vote against clean water,
but rather voted for
Bahamians.

Mr Pinder said the gov-

ernment borrowed more
than $60 million for the Chi-
na Export-Import Bank to
build a road from the air-
port.

Under the conditions of
the loan, Chinese workers
and contractors would build
the road.

Alternatively Mr Pinder
said, the investment should
have been made for the
Bahamian people and
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Prime Minister Hubert
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tinguish that they were vot-
ing against the use of Chi-
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said, “The facts are that the
resolution applied to the air-
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Diabetes reduces life expectancy

NEW YORK — A 50-year-old with dia-
betes dies six years sooner than someone
without the disease, and not just from a heart
attack or a stroke, new research suggests.

The large international effort to measure
diabetes’ toll found the disease also raises the
risk of dying prematurely from a host of
other ailments, even breast cancer and pneu-
monia.

"It's quite a wide sweep of conditions,”
said Dr. John Danesh of Cambridge Uni-
versity in Britain, who led the team of
researchers. While most people think of
heart problems, diabetes surprisingly
"appears to be associated with a much
broader range of health implications than
previously suspected.”

Putting the six years lost in context, he
said, long-term smoking shortens life by 10
years.

The analysis used pooled medical infor-
mation for 820,900 people from nearly 100
studies done mostly in Europe and North
America. The results are published in Thurs-
day's New England Journal of Medicine.

Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of
death in the U.S., affects about 26 million
Americans, or 8 per cent, including 7 million
who haven't been diagnosed. Most in the
study were thought to have the most com-
mon kind — Type 2 — which occurs when
the body makes too little insulin or cannot
use what it does make to regulate blood sug-
ar. High blood sugar can damage nerves
and blood vessels, and is a major cause of
heart disease.

The new research didn't include those
who had heart disease when they were first
enrolled. Participants were followed on aver-
age for 13 and a half years, and there were
more than 123,000 deaths. Overall, death
rates from various causes were higher for
those with diabetes than those without.

The researchers took into account other
risk factors that could influence the results:
age, gender, smoking and weight. Type 2
diabetes is tied to obesity. They found that
those with diabetes had double the risk of
dying from a heart attack or stroke, com-
pared to those without the disorder. But
they also found that diabetics had a 25 per
cent higher risk of dying from cancer and
were more likely to die from a variety of ill-
nesses, including infections, lung and kid-
ney disease as well as falls.

Exactly how diabetes raises those risks
isn't clear, but in the case of infections, it
could be that diabetes weakens the immune
system, the researchers said. Diabetes can
cause vision problems and loss of feeling in
the legs, which may be the reason for falls,
they said.

Danesh said one intriguing finding was a

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higher risk of suicide in those with diabetes.
Other research has linked diabetes with
depression, he noted.

The results are "another reason to try to
normalize blood glucose in people who have
diabetes,” through diet, exercise and med-
ication, said Dr. Alvin Powers, a diabetes
specialist at Vanderbilt University. "There
have been smaller studies that hinted at this
but nothing where a study of this size looked
at so many different outcomes.”

Danesh and his colleagues also estimated
diabetes’ affect on life expectancy. They cal-
culated that a 50-year-old diabetic without
heart disease dies about six years earlier
than someone without the disease, with 40
per cent of the difference due to cancer and
conditions other than heart disease.

"It underscores the need to prevent dia-
betes," Danesh said.

Previous studies have shown a possible
link between diabetes and cancer. The new
paper tied some, but not all, cancers; the
increased risk ranged from 25 per cent for
breast cancer to double for liver cancer.
Danesh said people with diabetes should
get age-appropriate cancer screenings.

Last year, a joint report from the Amer-
ican Diabetes Association and the American
Cancer Society looked at the issue and said
that it wasn't clear whether any connection
was direct, indirect or perhaps because the
two disorders share common risk factors,
like obesity. The new research squares with
that report's conclusion that "there's a lot
more we need to understand about diabetes
and the link to cancer," said one of the
authors, Dr. Richard Bergenstal of the Inter-
national Diabetes Centre at Park Nicollet
in Minneapolis. He is a former president of
the diabetes group.

While adding to the evidence, the study
doesn't answer the question of why, he said.

"Diabetes is a serious condition. We often
don't quite think about it quite that way,"
Bergenstal said.

(This article was written by Stephanie
Nano of the Associated Press).

DIABETES IN THE BAHAMAS

According to the Bahamas Diabetic
Association the incidence of diabetes in the
Bahamas is about 12 per cent and is respon-
sible for a devastating percentage of all
deaths in the country. It is also the leading
cause of many complications, including
blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney
failure and limb loss. In 2002 it was estimat-
ed that the economic burden of diabetes in
the Bahamas, in both direct and indirect
charges, was $23,084,249 or 0.43 per cent of
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LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I am so done. So, so one!
We are so computer savvy, so
informed, so educated, so nat-
urally curious yet we allow
ourselves to be sold down the
wrong path. We have all that
the world and universe has to
offer us at our fingertips yet
our own insecurities and
naivety allows us to believe
what others want us to rather
than what we find and believe
ourselves.

We all search on line for
the best deals. Amazon for a
book at $4.99 that was $29.99,
EBay can get you a plane
ticket that should cost $500
for $30 yet we still believe that
solar energy is Soocoo expen-
sive that we can’t possibly buy
into it. We have people in the
business that say that unless
you can reverse into the grid
you can’t save money and it’s
a waste of time. I could
scream when I hear such fool-
ishness and shudder when I
see the educated, worldly peo-
ple I know buying into this!

Are we so insecure that we
allow our inevitable right and
privilege of sense and reason
to be destroyed by others,
who either need to control or
need to monopolize an indus-
try, guide our better judg-
ment?

I refer to an article in
Wednesday’s Tribune on
page seven titled “Opportu-
nities” for independent elec-
tricity suppliers in energy sec-
tor where a Graham Siener
claims that unless we can “self
generate” and “feed into the
system” it is not “cost effec-
tive.” Hmmm. My electricity
in let’s say June, July and
August runs about $1,000 a
month. I have central air
upstairs in the bedrooms
which is only activated at
night. I recently built a home
in Charlotteville, a “green”
home for a client with alter-
nate energy as the main pow-
er source and BEC as the
back up. Their first electricity
bill was $17 and when they
used their central air, two
three ton units running 24/7,
their bill was $87. I am not a
highly educated person but
with my limited schooling and
a calculator, I wholeheartedly
disagree with this person and
can only wonder what their
motive could possibly be in

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saying such foolishness? He
continues and says: “To size a
system so it can power a
home, most people would
have to revert to the use of
batteries to store surplus pow-
er and the batteries require a
lot more cost, maintenance
and are not as efficient.” He
next said that he “encouraged
the government to start get-
ting out of the way” and allow
“individuals to feed electrici-
ty into the system.”

Fact of the matter is virtu-
ally everything these days has
a back up battery. My com-
puter does, my calculator
does.

The house in Char-
lottesville does. The fallacy
that they are expensive and
not efficient should be taken
back.

The comment serves no
purpose other than to mislead
those who may want to ven-
ture into alternate energy and
to eliminate others who might
be on the fence.

Let’s for a minute forget
about false information and
the difference in his opinion
and mine and discuss the
obvious need for alternate
energy during a power out-
age.

Discuss what we know, a
generator. A generator can
only be used when BEC is not
providing power. It cannot be
used in lieu of BEC on a dai-
ly basis. It is extremely noisy,
uses fossil fuel and the fuel
tank, in a hurricane, would
need to be refilled every day
or two. Solar energy on the
other hand can be used 24/7,
makes no noise, does not rely
on fossil fuel, panels are on
the roof and battery storage
takes up a small area in a cov-
ered space. The generator
should be run once a week or
so for maintenance and
should be serviced at least
every six months.

The batteries I provided my
client have a ten year war-
ranty and the company will
take them back when the time
frame is up for proper recy-
cling. If you are following this
line of thought, the scale is
already tipped in the favour of
solar.

Now review the cost. I did
an exercise for another client
who wanted a generator, by
the time I added up the gen-
erator, the pad, double throw
switch, fuel tank, electricians
cost, generator hook up by
supplier I was at $38,000. The
solar cost $26,000. Both prod-
ucts have a life expectancy,
both need maintenance, one

needs fuel one doesn’t one
can run 24/7 one can’t, one is
noisy one is quiet, one will
reduce your electricity bill to
nothing, one will have no
change of your bill whatsoev-
er.

Don’t misinterpret my mes-
sage, solar will not run or sup-
ply energy to completely run
your central air unless you
have plenty, I mean plenty
panels but if your units are
properly sized, high efficiency,
15 or 16 Seer, if your attic
space is insulated with a prod-
uct such as Icynene and is an
un-vented space, your units
will cost less to run.

Also don’t misinterpret that
you must spend $26,000, you
can start with one or two pan-
els and add on as your budget
allows but anything we do to
reduce our own carbon foot-
print the better.

Each and every one of us, is
responsible to the planet and
its future. It will be here long
after our short time here is
over, our children and grand-
children inherit our mistakes.
So can we please, for the good
of all, be extremely careful
what we say before sharing
them with the media?

We also don’t have to wait
for the government, we are
totally capable of making our
own choices on what to pur-
chase, Mr Deveaux in this
article and numerous others
has tried to dispel the misin-
formation that going solar is
illegal and he reiterates in the
article that the “government”
has put in place tax reductions
on various items to help ben-
efit the consumer.

You can also, if you choose,
prior to bringing in a product
that may be “green” write a
letter to the controller of Cus-
toms asking for a reduction
in duty and if the information
provided proves your prod-
uct worthy, the reduction will
be granted.

DEBBY DEAL
Nassau,
February 28, 2011.

Letting foreigners
lo the dirty work

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re: US Coast Guard spear-
heads weekly beach clean-
ups on New Providence. —
The Tribune, February 28,
2011.

Fortunately, we Bahamians
are never too lazy or too
proud to let foreigners do our
dirty work.

KEN W KNOWLES, MD
Nassau,
February 28, 2011.

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Man arrested after
high speed car chase

A HIGH SPEED car chase involving the
police and a three-vehicle convoy ended in
a 29-year-old Fox Hill man being arrested.

Reports state that sometime around
3.55am on Wednesday, officers from the
Central Detective Unit were on routine
patrol on Nassau Street when they saw the
occupants of a grey Ford Taurus, a Honda
vehicle with a flat tyre and a silver Nissan
Maxima travelling at high speed.

The officers pursued the three cars into
the Bain Town area. There, the occupants of
the Honda, which was the middle vehicle
in this three-car convoy, stopped and got
out. The police officers continued to pursue
the grey Taurus and caught up with the car’s
single occupant after he crashed on Meeting
Street. The police recovered a handgun with
ammunition from the vehicle and subse-
quently took the driver, a 29-year-old man of
Smithville, Fox Hill, into custody. Investi-
gations continue.

¢ A phone card vendor was robbed at
gunpoint on Tuesday morning.

The vendor was at Constitution Drive
when she was approached by two men in a
white Ford Explorer at around 10am, police
reported.

Reports further state that one of the men
produced a handgun and robbed the woman
of her jewellery and an undetermined
amount of cash.

The robbers then fled the area in an
unknown direction.

¢ A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old
boy are being held by police in
connection with the armed robbery of a
drug store.

Shortly before 7.50pm on Tuesday, police
received a report of an armed robbery at
Bethel’s Drug Store, located East and
Young Streets.

According to police, two men, one of
whom was armed with a handgun, entered
the establishment and demanded cash.

The culprits robbed the establishment of
an undetermined amount of money and fled
the area on foot.

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The expo will close on

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 5

PUSHIN’ DA ENVELOP
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More than 250 suspected
Haitian migrants apprehended
in ‘horrible’ conditions

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter

cnixon@tribunemedia.net

THE Royal Bahamas
Defence Force appre-
hended more than 250
suspected Haitian immi-
grants off the Exuma Cays
Tuesday afternoon.

They were brought to
New Providence last night
to be processed by Immi-
gration officers.

The apprehension was
made after two vessels
were spotted near Ragged
Island and in the Salina
Point Acklins area.

Onboard the 198ft
Defence Force vessel
HMBS Bahamas on Tues-
day afternoon, Lieutenant
Commander Clearance

that the first vessel, a 40-
foot sloop containing 164
persons (127 men and 37
women) was spotted and
intercepted 18 miles west
of Elbow Cay, Exuma,
around 11pm Monday.

The majority of
migrants were under the
age of 30 - “very young
individuals,” said Lieu-
tenant Dean.

According to Lieutenant
Dean, the migrants had
been out to sea for four to
five days but appeared to
be in good health.

Executive Officer and
Senior Lieutenant Chap-
pell Whymms - said
Defence Force officers
intercepted a second
smaller vessel off Raccoon
Cay, Exuma, with 93 sus-

aboard.

He said they met with
HMBS Bahamas on Tues-
day at 4.30pm to transport
the detainees to Nassau.

Boarding officer Sub-
Lieutenant Adrian Stubbs
said that as conditions
abroad the vessels were
“extremely horrible”— and
included a lack of proper
bathrooms — health pre-
cautions had to be taken,
not just for the migrants
but also for the boarding
officers.

The migrants got hot
meals, water and shelter
once onboard HMBS
Bahamas, Sub-Lieutenant
Stubbs said.

Defence Force officers
suspect a third vessel is
somewhere in the Exu-



THE MIGRANTS were brought onboard the Defence Force vessel HMBS Bahamas on Tuesday.
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LOCAL NEWS

Two new ambulances not expected until next week

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Two new ambulances allo-
cated for Grand Bahama are not expected to
arrive on the island until next week.

In the meantime, more than a dozen
emergency medical personnel will have to
make do with only three functioning units —
two in Freeport and one in West End - to
service the entire island.

While the five new units purchased by the
Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) have
reportedly been delivered to the Bahamas
from Florida, they will not be shipped to
Grand Bahama until next week.

Two of the units earmarked for Freeport
were initially scheduled to arrive by mid-
February, according to an emergency med-
ical services union official.

EMS personnel in Freeport had staged a
sick-out, expressing grave concerns over the

Grand Bahama emergency personnel forced
to make do with only three functioning units

long-standing inadequacies at their depart-
ment, including an insufficient and poorly-
maintained ambulance fleet.

Of the seven ambulances stationed on
Grand Bahama, only three are currently
working and that could change as mechani-
cal issues could arise at any time.

The Tribune yesterday spoke with area
vice-president of the Bahamas Public Service
Union John Curtis, who gave an update on
the issues facing workers at the EMS
Department in Freeport.

“Initially, we were looking for those units
to be here in mid-February. So by mid-
March, if (the units) are not here and if they
are still experiencing the same issues with
units not working properly, the union would

have to take another step in terms of causing
the PHA to get dependable units here in
Grand Bahama,” Mr Curtis said.

The area vice-president said that the cur-
rent units in Freeport have surpassed their
years of usefulness.

“In the budget debate the minister talked
about the real need to get dependable units
because the ones here were not depend-
able.

“I spoke with the manager at the EMS
Department today and he advised that at
present three units are working, but by mid-
day or at the end of the day anything can go
wrong mechanically with one or all of the
units.

“The wear and tear of ambulances should

be a three to five years maximum and we
have had these in Grand Bahama working
for the past 12 years,” Mr Curtis said.

There are presently 14 paramedics work-
ing in Freeport. They alleged that due to
the workload and the scarcity of vehicles,
ambulances frequently break down during
emergency transport.

The mechanical faults routinely experi-
enced were said to include abrupt power
loss, locked steering wheels and gas leaks.

The arrival of the two new ambulances
will bring the total number of functioning
units to five.

Other concerns raised by EMS personnel
include: wages, accommodations (rest quar-
ters and bathroom facilities), the lack of a
proper dispatch centre, pest control, securi-
ty concerns, insufficient uniforms and a lack
of equipment. Mr Curtis said that hospital
officials recently purchased the new uni-
forms and the heavy gloves requested by
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The brain-child of Mr Holowesko and his
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Ride for Hope funds are now supporting a
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retary of the BAPD; Charlotte Albury, vice-president of the BAPD; Donna Barr-Burrell, chief welfare offi-
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Antique Auto Show. The club also provided some new doors and security screens for the school. In
back, club members Peter Armstrong, Brendan Foulkes, Murray Forde, Ms Burrows, Richard Blake,
president of the AACB, and Don Aranha. Also pictured are teachers L Wilson and Jem Cooper along
with a number of the students.

MEMBERS of the Antique Auto Club of the
Bahamas are finalising plans for their 24th annu-
al Antique Auto Show and Steak-out to be held
at the Arawak Cat Cultural Centre on Saturday,
March 19 from noon to 6pm.

The show is being promoted in honour of
club member Dudley Coverley, who died sud-
denly a few months ago.

“The show, as in previous years, provides
both historical and family style entertainment
and is the club's way of giving something back to
the community as its major fundraiser,” organis-
ers said.

The club traditionally receives support from
the business community, which covers the cost of
trophies and other expenses. The majority of the
funds come from the sale of steak and chicken
dinners.

Advance tickets are available from all mem-
bers of the club.

The club keeps no profits for its own use, and
each year the net proceeds are donated to a char-
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Tribune Freeport Reporter
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FREEPORT - Inadequate
office space and staff shortages
leading to huge case loads are
pressing issues that must be
addressed at the Department
of Social Services in Freeport,
according to a union official.

John Curtis, area vice presi-
dent for the Bahamas Public
Services Union, said that the
staff has outgrown the depart-
ment’s current location in the
National Insurance building
complex.

“We are waiting for the min-
ister responsible for Social Ser-
vices to understand the hard-
ship placed on the personnel
here in Grand Bahama; the
area that they work from in the
National Insurance Building
has been outgrown by leaps and
bounds,” he said.

Mr Curtis said he hopes that
some consideration can be giv-
en to the plight of social work-
ers when it comes time to allo-
cate space in the new $18 mil-
lion government complex that
is being built on the Mall Drive.

The union official believes
that Social Services is not prop-
erly recognised for the essen-



tial role it plays. “The Depart-
ment of Social Services has not
been classified properly as an
essential service, but it is an
essential service department
that is needed because when
you have any type of crisis or
disaster in the country, social
workers are the ones who go
along with the police, doctors,
and nurses in the community
to assist residents,” he
explained.

“We realise we were facing
an economic situation... and so
at first opportunity we would
want the government to recog-
nise the worth of Social Ser-
vices. “We wait to see the dis-
tribution of space specifically
in the new government building
and whether or not considera-
tion would be given for Social
Services to get more space,”
Curtis said.

The area vice president
expressed concern about the
cramped conditions that social
workers have to endure on a
daily basis.

“Tf you walk in there, it is a
health hazard. And a lot of the
ladies have case loads and
paperwork piling up which
could be a fire hazard also,” he
pointed out.

Mr Curtis stated that the

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 9

LOCAL NEWS

Union official speaks on issues at Social Services

department is also short staffed
and some social workers are
handling as many as 600 cases
each. He also stressed that
there are persons still classified
as case aides and earning a min-
imum wage even though they
are performing the same tasks
as social workers.

“Those persons are doing
practically the same thing as
social workers and they need
to be reclassified,” Mr Curtis
said. The BPSU industrial con-
tract expired in December 2010.
The union, which represents
some 18,500 public servants, is
expected to begin negotiations
with the government for a new
industrial contract.

Mr Curtis said they are seek-
ing to address the issue of insur-
ance during the talks.

“We intend in the new indus-
trial agreement to ask the gov-
ernment to take care of the
responsibility to insure all pub-
lic servants. And what that will
do is eliminate the government
having to pay hazard and risk
allowance for certain staff
members, and the monies they
would have allocated for risk
and hazard pay would then be
able to go towards a national
health insurance plan for
employees,” he said.

UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT IN COURTESY CALL

BOOK PRESENTATION: Presi-
dent of Bakke University Brad
Smith, (left) paid a courtesy
call on Governor-General Sir
Arthur Foulkes on Wednesday,
February 23. During his visit,
Mr Bakke presented Sir Arthur
a copy of the book, ‘Joy at
Work,’ written by entrepreneur
and Christian philanthropist,
Dennis W Bakke. The book dis-
cusses how to have fun while
working.

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“All of the children who
go to high school have to
cross this every day (as the
school bus can no longer
traverse the bridge) and
there are probably about
600 to 700 persons living in inspected the bridge.
this part of Exuma.”



Hubert Ingraham

sites in need of infrastructural development, such as the
old naval base, the dock in George Town and the water sup-
ply area in Williams Town, Little Exuma.

With him were: Minister of State for the Environment
Phenton Neymour, Minister of State
for Land and Local Government
Byran Woodside, senior government
officials, outgoing Ambassador of the
People’s Republic of China Hu Dingx-
ian and representatives of the China
Harbour Engineering Company.

Prime Minister Ingraham said even
though the bridge was not one of the
projects that the Bahamas government
had asked the Chinese Harbour Engi-
neering Company to look at, he
thought it would be useful if they

“We hope to be able to get their
opinions and suggestions,” Mr Ingra-
ham said. “We have some suggestions
as to whether or not this bridge is
capable of being repaired or whether it needs to be recon-
structed.

Economically

“Obviously, from our point of view, if it can be repaired
economically, that would be our preference; but if it cannot,
then the question of replacement will have to be addressed.”

The company is currently looking into constructing both
a new port and bypass roads on Exuma and Abaco, and
work on the bridge in North Eleuthera.

Mr Ingraham said the financing for those projects is
expected to come from the China Export-Import Bank.
They will be design/build contracts, with the work expected
to start this year in North Abaco, then in Exuma.

Mr Neymour said that the lives of the 600-700 Exumians
in the area have been affected because of safety concerns
over the bridge, which officials have had to put safety restric-
tions on.

“As you know, Little Exuma is developing; so it has
impacted some of the development in the area,” he said.

“In order to carry a tractor or a tank of water, we have
been hampered in that regard.

“It is very important that we address this bridge, as it
has proven to be critical to those residents of Little Exuma.”

Prime Minister Ingraham added that the Department of
Public Works also will be providing information on the
bridge to the Chinese Habour Engineering Company team
that is on the island; so that a plan could be arrived at in the
best possible and thorough way.

“The other project that we are going to ask them to look
at is the Fishing Hole Road, in Freeport, Grand Bahama —
between Freeport and going towards Eight Mile Rock —
because every time there is bad weather, it makes it almost
impassable,” he said.

“We are going to let them look at that project the same
time they are in the Bahamas.”

FIRST FOREIGNERS IDENTIFIED AMONG
THE NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKE DEAD

WELLINGTON,
New Zealand

Two Israeli backpackers were the first foreigners named among
the dead in last week's earthquake in New Zealand, as the painstak-
ing work of confirming the identities of scores of others gained pace
Thursday.

Officials expect the number of foreigners killed in the Feb. 22
quake that devastated Christchurch to rise into the dozens, many
of them Asian students and staff at an English language school that
was in an office building that collapsed.

The process of identifying the victims has been slowed by the
extensive injuries to people who were crushed, and by the task of
picking through the vast amount of rubble left behind by the mag-
nitude 6.3 temblor. Police Superintendent Sam Hoyle said Thurs-
day that one more body had been found overnight, taking the
overall count to 161, though just 13 have been publicly identi-
fied. Many other people remain missing, and officials have said the
final death toll could be as high as 240.

Hoyle said 90 of the bodies found so far were pulled from the
Canterbury Television building, which housed a regional broad-
caster and other offices including the language school, which
taught students from Japan, China, the Philippines and other
nations.
THE TRIBUNE

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 15



CHILE'S CONGRESS BLAMES
MINE OWNERS FOR ACCIDENT

JOHN BULL
PRESENTATION
TO MISS GOSPEL
BAHAMAS 2010

JOHN BULL REPRE-
SENTATIVE Nellie
Collins presents a John
Bull gift basket to Miss
Gospel Bahamas 2010-
2011 Sylvianne Rahming
and Miss Gospel Bahamas
committee member
Salveen Smith on Thurs-
day, February 10.

SANTIAGO, Chile
Associated Press

CHILEAN congressional
commission on Wednesday
found two mine owners respon-
sible for the accident that trapped
33 men a half-mile underground
for 69 days last year.

The commission's report,
which is expected to be approved
by the lower house on Thursday,
said members unanimously
found Alejandro Bohn and
Marcelo Kemeny responsible for
the collapse that trapped the men
deep inside the San Jose mine,
whose veins of copper and gold
had been pursued for more than
100 years in poorly reinforced
tunnels under the Atacama
desert in northern Chile.

Deputy Alejandro Garcia
Huidobro said the commission
also determined that Chile's
mine safety agency was adminis-
tratively responsible for failing
to fully enforce its safety rules.

The report is expected to help
lawyers for the miners pursue
lawsuits against the owners.

Bohn and Kemeny denied
being negligent or otherwise
responsible for the collapse, in
which a 700,000-ton granite
monolith, the very center of the
remote hilltop, crashed down,
shutting off any hope of escape
without a Herculean rescue
effort.

Both executives also face
charges in an earlier accident in
which a falling slab of rock sliced

FBO groundbreaking
is further step in
transforming Grand
Bahama airport

THE Grand Bahama Air-
port Company advanced
plans for a new Fixed Based
Operations facility by break-
ing ground during a cere-
mony at the international
airport yesterday.

Gary Gilbert, CEO of
Hutchinson Port Holdings
Bahamas, owners of the
Grand Bahama Airport
Company, Freeport Con-
tainer Port and Freeport
Harbour Company, assisted
by the Minister of Tourism
and Aviation Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace, broke
ground for the 8,000 square
foot facility that is expected
to make “Grand Bahama’s
aviation future a whole lot
brighter”.

The future state-of-the-art
building is envisioned as
being “the jewel of the
Northern Bahamas” when
it comes on stream by the
end of the year.

Mr Gilbert told a gather-

MINISTER OF TOURISM
AND AVIATION Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace





ing of government officials,
industry partners, members
of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority and the Grand
Bahama Development
Company, “We knew that
sooner or later the Grand
Bahama International Air-
port would have to advance
a FBO facility that was far
more of an accurate repre-
sentation of our future than
what exists today.”

Minister Vanderpool-
Wallace said that over the
course of the last several
years Grand Bahama has
really not seen the kind of
growth that they would like
to see in terms of what mat-
ters most, visitor expendi-
ture.

“There is a plan that’s
afoot, and we see the begin-

ning of this today, to move
Grand Bahama into another
category of business in a way
that we all know that we can
deliver on.

“It takes the kind of con-
fidence that your company is
bringing into it to galvanise
people to understand what
we’re trying to accomplish,”
said the Tourism and Avia-
tion Minister.

The new facility will
accommodate private avia-
tion guests upon arrival, and
will also house Bahamas
Immigration and Customs,
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force and the new adminis-
tration offices of the GBAC.
The building will also fea-
ture a pilot’s lounge, a busi-
ness centre, and food and
beverage outlets.

Venezuelan activists condemn

sentence for union leader

CARACAS, Venezuela
Associated Press

LEADING human rights activists condemned Venezuelan author-
ities on Wednesday for sentencing a union leader to prison for
launching a strike, saying more than 100 other unionists also face
charges after participating in protests.

Ruben Gonzalez was sentenced Monday to seven-and-a-half years
in prison on charges related to a strike he led that temporarily para-
lyzed Venezuela's state-run iron mining company.

Marino Alvarado, who heads the human rights group Provea,
said it is an “emblematic case" of authorities prosecuting those who
hold labor protests. He and other activists denounced the sentence in
a small protest outside the attorney general's office in the capital,
Caracas, holding signs reading "Protesting is not a crime, it's a right."

Alvarado said that by Provea's count there are now about 2,500
people facing charges for participating in protests in Venezuela,
including 125 union activists. He said such cases have grown dra-
matically stnce 2005, when there were protest-related charges against
about 20 people in the country.

The leading human rights coalition Foro por la Vida, or Forum for
Life, said in a statement that the sentence against Gonzalez shows the
government "fears the emergence of a labor movement” that impos-
es its own agenda.

President Hugo Chavez has repeatedly said his socialist-oriented
government has done more for the working class than previous
administrations, and officials deny the government uses prosecu-
tors and judges to curb the power of labor unions.

One union leader, Pablo Zambrano, said that in the coming weeks
labor groups will hold protests in various Venezuelan cities to
demand that Gonzalez be freed.

Gonzalez's defense lawyer, Italo Atencio, has said he will appeal.
Gonzalez was sentenced on charges including unlawful assembly,
incitement to commit crimes and violation of a government security
zone during a 2009 strike at CVG Ferrominera Orinoco CA, better
known as Ferrominera.

off a miner's leg.

MINISTRY OF WORKS & TRANSPORT IC
NOTICE cc

IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

CORRIDOR 13By2
PRINCE CHARLES DRIVE
(Beatrice Avenue to Fox Hill Drive)

JOSE CARTELLONE CONSTRUCCIONES CIVILES S.A. has been awarded a Contract
by the Government of The Bahamas for the Completion of the New Providence Road
Improvement Project (International Package).

Please be advised that from Tuesday March 1st 2011, Road Works will be implemented on
sections of Prince Charles Drive between Beatrice Avenue to Fox Hill Drive.

WHAT IS THIS PHASE OF THE PROJECT ABOUT?
Improvements will be carried out at the following junctions:
College Gardens & Prince Charles Drive
Foxhill Road & Prince Charles

The works include installation of new drainage facilities, utilities, water service laterals,
milling existing pavement, asphalt pavement, sidewalks, traffic signs & signals, street lighting
and road markings.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A FEW WEEKS?

Initially, works will commence outside of the existing roadway on the northern side of Prince
Charles Drive; however the public should expect temporary road closures & diversions as
the works will be carried out in different stages. Updates will be posted and announced
through the media.

As indicated on the “Traffic Management Scheme’: Motorist travelling east & westbound on

Prince Charles Drive should use the following routes as an alternate, as temporary road

closure will be implemented between the junction of Fox Hill & Pine Barren Road.

BEATRICE AV > SAVANNAH AVE —
—. SEA BREEZE LANE S73 FOXHILL RD

BAY LILLY DR

RESIDENTS/LOCAL BUSINESSES/PEDESTRIANS

Access will be given to residents, pedestrians and the affected businesses in this area during
the construction process. Signs will be in place to identify safe passage for Pedestrians and
Access points to the businesses in the area from the diversion route.

The public will be updated through the local media (radio & television) for regular updates.

We do apologize for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to the cooperation of
the motoring public.

For further information please contact :

(The Contractor)

Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles S.A
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Office:(242)322-8341/322-2610

Email: bahamasneighbor@cartellone.com.ar

(The Contracting Agency)

Ministry of Works & Transport

The Project Execution Unit
Hotline: (242) 302-9700

Email: publicworks@bahamas.gov.bs

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THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



ur Lucaya Beach and Golf
resort set to axe ‘200 jobs’

FROM page one

praised its owners — Hong
Kong-based Hutchison
Whampoa — for maintaining
staff levels despite having to
subsidise the hotel's payroll
due to losses which in 2010
were said to amount to "tens
of millions,” according to
The Tribune's source.

Our Lucaya resort con-
sists of two separate prop-
erties — the Radisson Our
Lucaya and the Our Lucaya
Reef Village — one offering a

more upmarket experience,
including a casino, and the
other a more family-orient-
ed product. The Tribune
understands that only one
of the hotels will remain
open, as the company con-
solidates its operations.

An informed source said
that despite the dire out-
come for laid-off workers,
Hutchison Whampoa "is
committed to making Our
Lucaya work" and will be
looking to "re-brand and re-
strategise” as it seeks to turn
around the resort's fortunes.

Drive one.

In January, President of
the Bahamas Hotel Man-
agerial Association, Obie
Ferguson said he had got
wind of plans on the part of
Our Lucaya to release 50
managerial staff — a move
Mr Ferguson put down to
“union busting.” Although
contacted for comment at
that time, the resort did not
respond to the claim.

Earlier that month, a
Hutchison Whampoa exec-
utive denied claims that Our
Lucaya resort was up for
sale, with the asking price

having dropped from $450
million to $200-$250 million.

Confirming that he had
heard "rumours" circulating
on Grand Bahama that
Hutchison Whampoa may
be seeking to offload the
Freeport-based resort, Gra-
ham Torode, president of
the Grand Bahama Devel-
opment Company (Devco),
speaking on behalf of
Hutchison Whampoa, which
is one of Devco's two share-
holders, told Tribune Busi-
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truth" to claims the proper-

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Our Lucaya General
Manager had recently
informed Tribune Business
that Christmas hotel book-
ings were not as buoyant as
had been anticipated — at a
little over 50 per cent for the
week between Christmas
and new year despite 2010
in general having brought
an increased level of visitors
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er, although the exact figure
is unknown.

Neither representatives
of Our Lucaya, the Minis-
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representing the workers,
could be reached last night
for comment.

Man found with ‘mini
arsenal’ gets re-sentenced

FROM page one

offences were committed on May 1, 2007.

Bullard was found in possession of three handguns and 571
rounds of ammunition — a “mini arsenal by any definition”
the Court of Appeal said.

On the count of possession of a firearm, the magistrate fined
Bullard $5,000 or two years imprisonment and an additional
year of probation. That decision was appealed by the Com-
missioner of Police on the grounds it was unduly lenient.

The Court of Appeal re-sentenced Bullard to two years
imprisonment on the counts of possession of a firearm. The sen-
tences run concurrently with effect from February 21, 2011. On
each count of being in possession of ammunition, a sentence of
two years to run concurrently with each other was also imposed.

The Court of Appeal, in its judgment, found that a custodi-
al sentence was warranted and that the sentence handed
down by the magistrate was unlawful.

“The respondent was also convicted of three offences of
possession of ammunition with no sentence imposed upon
these convictions,” the court stated.

“The respondent therefore remains liable to be punished
in respect of all of the offences to which he pleaded guilty
and the question is what should be the proper determination
of this appeal.”

The court noted that the extent of the magistrate’s powers
to sentence on conviction of an offence of possession of a
firearm and an offence for possession of ammunition is
imprisonment for five years and a fine of $10,000 in each
case.

“Accordingly, in determining what is the just and appro-
priate sentence, we take into account all matters in the
respondent’s favour including that he was of good character,
that he was gainfully employed at the time of the offences,
that he pleaded guilty, and that he is being sentenced some
two years after his trial.

“We balance the above matters against the fact that the
respondent was convicted of being in possession of three
handguns and 571 rounds of ammunition, a mini arsenal by
any definition, which in the absence of any explanation, must
be assumed to be sinister and not innocent,” the court stated.

“Punishment is the way society inveighs against wrongdo-
ing. These offences are serious and it appears to us that the
balance of all of the matters which we have taken into
account weighs heavily in favour of the public policy that an
offender who engages in a deliberate course of criminal
behaviour be appropriately and correctly punished.

“In sentencing the respondent for the multiple offences of
which he is convicted, we must determine and impose a sen-
tence which is just and appropriate in light of his overall
criminal behaviour.”

The appellate court noted that in determining the appeal it
had to first construe the meaning of the magistrate’s pro-
nouncement. The court noted that Bullard’s attorney had
contended the court “should find that the sentence imposed
was a permissible sentence for any one of the offences
charged; that it is an indication of what the highest sentence
he intended for the most egregious of the offences and any
lesser sentence would be subsumed in the sentence pro-
nounced.”

The appellate court stated that it found the argument
could not be sustained.

Bullard’s attorney had also asked the court to accept the
proposition that where a court does not state whether sen-
tences are concurrent or consecutive, they should be con-
strued as concurrent.

The court stated: “We have no doubt about the correct-
ness of that proposition, but the difficulty in this case is that
there was only the one sentence passed by the magistrate.

“Given the clarity of the magistrate’s pronouncement and
the context in which it was made, namely the conviction for
multiple offences, we are bound to construe it as imposing
one sentence for an offence of possession of a firearm. More-
over, we are unable to say to which of the three counts, the
sentence relates.”

The court also noted that another issue raised was whether
the magistrate could legally combine a fine and probation in
the one sentence. A reading of section 124(1) of the Penal
Code clearly shows that probation is not a sentence of pun-
ishment and cannot be combined with a sentence as the mag-
istrate purported to do in this case.”

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 17



LOCAL NEWS

CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT SHARKS
IN THE BAHAMAS IS STEPPED UP

FROM page one

fishing in the Bahamas.

Shark populations around
the world are under threat
of extinction as they are
increasingly targetted for
their fins to be served in the
East Asian delicacy shark fin
soup.

Matt Rand, director of the
Pew Environment Group's
Global Shark Conservation
Campaign, estimates 100 mil-
lion sharks are killed every
year, including 73 million
exclusively for their fins, and
the remainder as by-catch in
longline fishing.

However the Bahamas
boasts one of the most
diverse and abundant shark

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populations in the region,
and one of the healthiest in
the world, owing to a ban on
longline fishing in the
Bahamas 20 years ago.

The healthy shark popu-
lations ensures the health of
the reef and success of other
fisheries, they also draw an
income of around $78 mil-
lion a year from dive-related
tourism.

However their vulnerabil-
ity became apparent when it
was revealed in The Tribune
that a seafood export com-
pany in Andros was interest-



THE CUSTOM-DESIGNED campaign logo by Guy Harvey shows a
tiger shark, hammerhead, Caribbean reef shark and lemon shark
with a Bahamian flag in the background.

ed in exploring the possibili-
ty of shark finning for export
to Hong Kong.

Months later Pew and
the BNT launched the
shark protection campaign
and petition for new legis-
lation which has now gath-
ered 4,000 signatures in
support.

Mr Rand said: “The diver-
sity and numbers of sharks,
and the ability for people to
interact and see them here
is hands down, the best that
I’ve seen globally.

“It’s a remarkable
resource, it helps keep the
ecosystem functioning
healthily, and they are a
remarkable creature that’s
largely misunderstood.”

Mr Harvey agreed there is
still much work to be done to
“de-vilify” the graceful crea-
tures.

“The damage caused by
the press in the past has been
enormous and that all needs
to be turned around,” Mr
Harvey said.

“So it is with great plea-
sure that we have hooked up
with the Bahamas National
Trust, the Pew foundation,
and a lot of other organisa-
tions, as we’re all working
together towards the same
end, which is sustainability
in the use of marine
resources.”

GHRI director Mahmood
Shivji has tagged 37 tiger
sharks, mostly in Bermuda,
and found they migrated
directly to the Bahamas and
remained there for several
months before swimming out
to the mid-Atlantic and then
returning to the Bahamas the
following year.

Dr Shivji said: “There’s
something about this ecosys-
tem that is bringing these
sharks back here from very
far away, which is all the
more reason to protect the
sharks in the Bahamas.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Rebels push back
Libya regime
attack on oil port

BREGA, Libya
Associated Press

OPPONENTS of Moam-
mar Gadhafi repelled an
attack by the Libyan leader's
forces trying to retake a key
coastal oil installation in a
topsy-turvy battle Wednes-
day in which shells splashed
in the Mediterranean and a
warplane bombed a beach
where rebel fighters were
charging over the dunes. At
least six people were killed
in the fighting.

The assault on the Brega
oil port was the first major

Warplane bombs beach as rebel
fighters charge over dunes

regime counteroffensive
against the opposition-held
eastern half of Libya, where
the population backed by
mutinous army units rose up
and drove out Gadhafi's rule
over the past two weeks.
For the past week, pro-
Gadhafi forces have been
focusing on the west, secur-
ing his stronghold in the cap-

ital Tripoli and trying to take
back nearby rebel-held cities
with only mixed success.
But the foray east against
opposition-held Brega
appeared to stumble. The
pro-Gadhafi forces initially
recaptured the oil facilities
Wednesday morning. But
then a wave of opposition cit-
izen militias drove them out

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again, cornering them in a
nearby university campus
where they battled for sev-
eral hours until the approxi-
mately 200 Gadhafi loyalists
fled, according to an Associ-
ated Press reporter at the
scene.

In the capital, Gadhafi
vowed, "We will fight until
the last man and woman."
He lashed out against
Europe and the United
States for their pressure on
him to step down, warning
that thousands of Libyans
will die if U.S. and NATO
forces intervene in the con-
flict.

The United States is mov-
ing naval and air forces clos-
er to Libyan shores and is
calling for Gadhafi to give up
power immediately.

The U.S., Britain and oth-
er NATO countries are
drawing up contingency plans
to impose a no-fly zone over
Libya to prevent Gadhafi's
air forces from striking
rebels.

But the idea has been
rejected by Russia, which
holds a veto-wielding seat on
the U.N. Security Council.

"We will not accept an
intervention like that of the
Italians that lasted decades,"
Gadhafi said, referring to
Italy's colonial rule early in
the 20th Century.

"We will not accept a sim-
ilar American intervention.
This will lead to a bloody war
and thousands of Libyans
will die if America and
NATO enter Libya."

Opposition members said
they believe Gadhafi was
pulling up reinforcements
from bases deep in the
deserts of southwestern
Libya, flying them to the
fronts on the coast.

Soon after sunrise
Wednesday, a large force of
Gadhafi loyalists in around
50 SUVS, some mounted
with machine guns, descend-
ed on opposition-held Bre-
ga, 460 miles (740 kilome-
ters) east of Tripoli along the
Mediterranean.

The force caught a small
opposition contingent guard-
ing the site by surprise and
it fled, said Ahmed Dawas,
an anti-Gadhafi fighter at a
checkpoint outside the port.

The pro-Gadhafi forces
seized the port, airstrip and
the oil facilities where about
4,000 personnel work, as
regime warplanes hit an
ammunition depot on the
outskirts of the nearby rebel-
held city of Ajdabiya, wit-
nesses said.

Midmorning, the opposi-
tion counterattacked.

Anti-Gadhafi fighters with
automatic weapons sped out
of Ajdabiya in pickup trucks,
heading for Brega, 40 miles
away (70 kilometers) away.

Dawas said they retook the
oil facilities and airstrip.

Other witnesses reported
regime forces were sur-
rounded by rebels.

The sound of screaming
warplanes and the crackle of
heavy gunfire could be heard
as the witnesses spoke to The
Associated Press by phone.

By the afternoon, the
regime fighters fled the oil
facilities and holed up in a
nearby university campus,
where they came under siege
by anti-Gadhafi fighters,
according to an Associated
Press reporter at the scene.

Machine gun and auto-
matic weapons fire rattled in
the air, and shells lobbed
from the campus went over
the anti-Gadhafi side to
splash in the Mediterranean.

At one point, a warplane

from Gadhafi's airforce
swooped overhead and an
explosion was heard. A wit-
ness said it struck an empty
stretch of dunes near the bat-
tle, sending a plume of sand
into the air but causing no
injuries in an apparent
attempt to intimidate the
anti-Gadhafi side.

But opposition citizen mili-
tias poured into the battle,
arriving from Ajdabiya and
armed with assault rifles.
They moved through the
dunes along the beach
against the campus next toa
pristine blue-water Mediter-
ranean beach.

Those without guns picked
up bottles and put wicks in
them to make firebombs.

An ambulance driver who
was briefly held by the pro-
Gadhafi force and then
released told AP they num-
bered about 200 fighters.

The forces came to Brega
from Sirte, Gadhafi's main
remaining stronghold in cen-
tral Libya, 200 miles (320
kilometers) west of the oil
port, said the driver, Jumaa
Shway.

At least six opposition
fighters were killed and 18
others wounded in the fight-
ing, their bodies covered with
sand thrown up by shells
bursting in the dunes, doc-
tors at Brega hospital said.
Angry crowds gathered
around them at Brega's hos-
pital, chanting, "The blood
of martyrs will not go in
vain."

In the late afternoon, the
pro-Gadhafi force fled the
campus, and opposition fight-
ers were seen combing
through the university build-
ings. Automatic gunfire was
still heard in the distance, but
it appeared the regime troops
were withdrawing. The cam-
pus grounds and dunes
between it and the beach
were littered with casings and
shells.

In Ajdabiya, people geared
up to defend the city, fear-
ing the pro-Gadhafi forces
would move on them next.

At the gates of the city,
hundreds of residents took
up positions on the road from
Brega, armed with Kalash-
nikovs and hunting rifles,
along with a few rocket-pro-
pelled grenade launchers.

They set up two large rock-
et launchers and an anti-air-
craft gun in the road. But by
the evening, there was no
sign of attack there.

Brega and nearby Ajdabiya
are the farthest west points
in the large contiguous swath
of eastern Libya extending all
the way to the Egyptian bor-
der that fell into opposition
hands in the uprising that
began Feb. 15. Ajdabiya is
about 90 miles (150 kilome-
ters) from Benghazi, Libya's
second largest city and the
nerve center of the opposi-
tion.

Brega is the second-largest
hydrocarbon complex in
OPEC-member Libya. Amid
the turmoil, exports from its
ports have all but stopped
with no ships coming to load
up with crude and natural
gas. Crude production in the
southeastern oil fields that
feed into the facility has been
scaled back because storage
facilities at Brega were fill-
ing up.

General Manager Fathi
Eissa said last week the facil-
ity has had to scale back pro-
duction dramatically from
90,000 barrels of crude a day
to just 11,000.

The unrest in Libya —
which ranks about 17th
among world oil producers

"LIBYAN MEN walk over sand
; dunes in order to fight forces



from the Libyan army, near

» the eastern Libyan town of

Brega, Wednesday, March 2,
2011. Opponents of Moam-
mar Gadhafi repelled an
attack by the Libyan leader's
forces trying to retake Bre-
ga, a key coastal oil installa-
tion in a topsy-turvy battle in
which shells splashed in the
Mediterranean and a war-
plane bombed a beach where
rebel fighters were charging
over the dunes. At least six
people were killed in the fight-
ing. The assault on the Brega
oil port was the first major
regime counteroffensive
against the opposition-held
eastern half of Libya, where
the population backed by
mutinous army units rose up
and drove out Gadhafi's rule
over the past two weeks. (AP)

and has Africa's largest
proven oil reserves — has
sparked a major spike in
world oil prices. Overall
crude production has
dropped from 1.6 million bar-
rels per day to 850,000.

Gadhafi's regime has been
left in control of Libya's
northwest corner, centered
on Tripoli, but even here sev-
eral cities have fallen into
rebel hands after residents
rose up in protests, backed
by mutinous army units and
drove out Gadhafi loyalists.

In recent days, loyalists suc-
ceeded in regaining two of
those towns — Gharyan, a
strategic town in the Nafusa
mountains south of Tripoli,
and Sabratha, a small town
west of the capital.

But opposition fighters suc-
cessfully repulsed attacks by
pro-Gadhafi forces on sever-
al others: the key city of
Zawiya outside the capital;
Misrata, Libya's third largest
city east of Tripoli; and Zin-
tan, a town further southwest
in the Nafusa mountains.

The regime may be bring-
ing in more forces from
regions it still dominates in
the sparsely populated
deserts in the southwest.

Residents of the south-
western oasis town of Sebha
—akey Gadhafi stronghold
with military bases 400 miles
(560 kilometers) south of
Tripoli — reported heavy
movement at the airport
there Tuesday night, said
Abdel-Bari Zwei, one of the
Opposition activists in Ajd-
abiya in touch with sympa-
thizers in Sebha. Zwei said it
is believed some of those
forces were involved in the
offensive against Brega.

In his speech Wednesday,
Gadhafi lashed out at inter-
national moves against his
regime, including the freez-
ing of his and other Libyan
assets abroad — an act he
called "piracy" — and efforts
by Europe to send aid to
opposition-held Benghazi. He
said any Libyan who accepts
international aid was guilty
of "high treason” because it
"opens Libya to colonialism.”

In a pointed message to
Europe, he warned, "There
will be no stability in the
Mediterranean if there is no
stability in Libya."

"Africans will march to
Europe without anyone to
stop them. The Mediter-
ranean will become a center
for piracy like Somalia," he
said. Gadhafi's regime has
worked closely with Italy and
other European countries to
stop African migrants who
use Libya as a launching
point to slip into Europe.

He also threatened to bring
in Chinese and Indian com-
panies to replace Western
companies in Libya's oil sec-
tor if the West keeps up its
pressure on him. European
firms are heavily involved in
Libya's oil production.
THE TRIBUNE

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MEXICO CITY
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ou may have

created a

brilliant web-

site for your
products and services, but if
no one sees it online it might
as well not exist. On the oth-
er hand, you may have traf-
fic coming to your site that
does not convert to sales and
profit. However, the answer
to both these scenarios is
that you may require plan-
ning to enhance your web-
site traffic.

First, let’s ask why is it
important for any business
to have a website?

Is it really necessary, as
nobody needed websites in
the past, and many busi-
nesses today still run suc-
cessfully and profitably with-
out having one? Why the
need now?

Well, while the above
statement has merit and still
stands true, if we continue
to do things the same way
all the time, can we expect a
different result?

Times have changed and
having a web presence is
pretty much becoming an
essential component to busi-
ness.

By virtue of this fact,
opening a ‘bricks and mor-
tar’ business requires a con-
siderable investment, as a
lease, rent, staff, utilities and
other expenses are all
incurred.

However with the intro-
duction of e-business the
cost of reaching the cus-
tomer has decreased dra-
matically. With the use of
these tools, here are some
reasons why you want to
have a website for your busi-
ness.

Constant Advertising:
Websites are visible 24
hours a day, 365 days a year.
A website does not need to
close off at the end of the
business day, take a week-
end off, ask for vacation or

PACT AS

take a sick day. So if we are
to follow this pipeline, ulti-
mately a website is an adver-
tising tool that will take your
business to potential cus-
tomers, regardless of
whether your store/office is
open or not.

Convenience for Your
Clients: A website is a con-
venient way for existing or
potential clients to explore
and gather information on
products/services without
visiting the physical premis-
es of the business. Many
people appreciate conve-
nience since it saves time,
and potential customers can
visit 10, 20 or 50 websites,
then make a decision with-
out leaving their chair. Some
customers dislike direct
pressure when they visit
bricks and mortar stores, as
having to talk to a sales per-
son may evoke pressure into
purchasing an item.

Your Competitor has a
WebSite: If your competi-
tor is the only site found
online, guess who the poten-
tial customer will patronise?

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Globalisation: One of the
constraints of the typical
bricks and mortar model
(physical business presence)
is that the business is
localised, regardless of the
physical travel distance for
customers.

Tell people: Many busi-
ness owners quickly forget
their web site due to mini-
mal business, and quickly
conclude they do not need
it. Remember, no one will
know about your website
unless you tell them about

it. Brand your business with
the website address; make
sure any business cards you
give, letters you send, con-
tain your website address.
And, most importantly, be
patient with your website
growth.

A Website beats hiring a
salesperson: Without adver-
tising and sales force costs, a
website provides a much
higher Return On Invest-
ment (ROI). The best cus-
tomers use the Internet and
have money to spend. If
they can't find you, they will
spend it, but somewhere
else.

Web Site ROI, vs
Brochure ROI: When the
cost of creating, printing, dis-
tributing and updating a

brochure is taken into con-
sideration, your more-easily-
maintained website is a bet-
ter investment.

It may help to be selective
when choosing your web
hosting company; it’s not the
same as purchasing gro-
ceries. Keep in mind that
your web host is like your
business partner. There are
a number of elements to
consider when approaching
your potential web hosting
partner.

Sound customer support
systems: Some of them
serve their customers
promptly, while some do
not. The industry standard
calls for 24 hours response
time.

Know server technology:
Ensure reliable back-up sys-
tems and technical employ-
ees are on board. Addition-
ally, if you propose to insert
video, audio clips and inter-
active contents into your
webpage, inquire more
about the bandwidth, host-
ing reliability and up-time



guarantee. These are the
most important areas that
you should consider. What is
Up-time? Up-time is the
time (expressed in percent-
ages) the host is available to
access through the Internet.

Becoming instantly rich
through online business has
not been the story for every
online seller... but to simply
quit is not the thing to do.
Ascertain the problem and
start re-strategising.

A business that desires
success should invest in a
website, especially small
businesses that cannot
afford missed opportunities.
I consider Internet market-
ing as a track meet, so be
the first to get off the blocks!
A web site = easy, efficient
referrals.

Make sure you are there
when you or your company
is Goggled. So until we meet
again, have fun, enjoy life
and stay on top of your
game.

NB: The author welcomes
feedback at:

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Villas at Grand Isle, Exuma, Bahamas

FOR SALE

3lvillas at Grand Isle, located on the tsland of Great Exuma, within
the Emerald Bay master development, are available for sale. With
breathtaking views, exquisite interior designs and top of the line
furnishings, the villas are distinctively decorated and designed. The units
feature 9° high vaulted ceilings, master suites with a private balcony and
French sliding glass doors overlooking the beach, All villas include full-
sized bathrooms, furnished with a whirlpool tub, oversized showers with
sealing, marble vanity tops, mosaic tiling and Kohler fixtures. Kitchens
include Sub-Zero refrigerators, oven and range stoves, microwaves,
wood cabinets, granite countertops and double-basin stainless steel sinks.
Otters will be considered for all the villas or in blocks. The villas are
being offered for sale by the Receivers and Managers of the villas.
Interested parties should contact the Receivers and Managers for
additional information:

Simon Townend
KPMG Restructuring Ltd,
PO Box N 125

Montague Sterling Centre
East Bay Street

Nassau, Bahamas
stownendia kpme. com, bs
Tel: (242) 393-2007

Fax: (242) 393-1772

Juan (John) Lopez
KPMG Restructuring Ltd,
PO Box F 40025
Intemational Building
West Mall Drive
Freeport, Bahamas
jlopezia kpmg.com,. bs
Tel: (242) 352-9384

Fax: (242 352-6862

YOUNG BAHAMIANS

Imagine a career which will take you to the world’s most fascinating ports
and far flung destinations. A Maritime career could take you there.

Do you have, or are likely to have, 5 BGCSE passes, including Math,
Physics/Combined Science and English Language at grade ‘C’ or above?

Have you obtained ,or do you expect to achieve, a combined SAT score
of at least 1500?

Are you physically fit?
Are you between the ages of 16 and 20 years?
If you have answered “yes” to the questions above then read on.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority offers another attractive scholarship
to young academically sound Bahamians who are keen to train for an
exciting and challenging career in the Maritime Industry which is gaining
increasing national importance.

This scholarship is inclusive of tuition, fees, course material, accommodation
and transportation costs. Commencing in September 2011, the successful
candidate will follow a 4 year degree programme at the State University of
New York (SUNY). Upon completion of the degree, the qualified officers
will be expected to serve on board a Bahamian flagged vessel for at least
2 years providing the solid foundation upon which to build his/her Maritime
career.

Further information and
application forms can be
obtained from Mr. Arthur
Barnett Jr. Deputy Director,
Bahamas Maritime Authority,
Manx Corporate Centre, West
Bay Street, P O Box N-4679
Nassau, Bahamas, email:
abarnettjr@bahamasmaritime.com

tel: 356 5772, fax: 356 5889.

Completed applications must
be submitted in person or by
post, with copies of academic
certificatesftranscripts and
proof of Bahamian citizenship,
no later than Thursday, 31
March, 2011. Interviews will
take place in Nassau first
week in May.


THE TRIBUNE



THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 3B

Minister ‘willing to discuss gas mark-up rise

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Gas retailers’ hopes of the
Government permitting an
increase in the ‘mark up’ they
are allowed to reap per gallon
of gas or diesel, in order to
reflect rising oil costs, received
a boost yesterday when the
minister responsible said he
would be open to meeting with
the industry to discuss the mat-
ter.

Phenton Neymour, minister
of state for the Environment,
said that while he has yet to
receive any formal communi-
cation from the Petroleum

Retailers Association on their
concerns, expressed in a letter
from 18 of its members to the
Ministry of Finance earlier this
month, he is “willing to meet
with them to discuss it”.

Mr Neymour has ministerial
responsibility for relations with
the petroleum industry. Arnold
Heastie, owner of Heastie’s
Service Station on Blue Hill
Road, said he was pleased to
hear of Mr Neymour’s open-
ness to the industry’s concerns,
adding that he feels the minister
- who formerly worked in the
petroleum industry for Esso -
should be keenly aware of the
challenges retailers face. “I
would be very interested in
meeting with him because we

need it (an increase in the per-
mitted mark up). This is a prob-
lem that’s been going on for
years, where because the mark-
up is fixed, every time the price
of oil goes up our profits shrink.
They should be a percentage
of the cost of the gas or diesel,”
said Mr Heastie.

Mr Neymour said “it would
be good” if he, in addition to
the Ministry of Finance, could
receive a copy of the letter sent
by the Petroleum Retailers
Association expressing their
concerns and proposal.

Minister of State for Finance,
Zhivargo Laing, told Tribune
Business yesterday that the
matter of any adjustments to
the mark up permitted got gas

retailers - 44 cents per gallon
of petrol and 19 cents per gal-
lon of diesel - would be within
the remit of Consumer Affairs
Minister, Dion Foulkes.
However, Mr Foulkes said
that while he has responsibility
for pricing, it would be Mr Ney-
mour who, as minister with
responsibility for relations with
the petroleum industry, would
first consider any proposal to
increase the retailers’ mark-up.
Eighteen retailers braced for
the impact a hefty rise in the
cost of crude oil will have on
their businesses wrote to the
Ministry of Finance two weeks
ago in anticipation of being
priced out of the market.

Produce notice boosts farm sales

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Huge quantities of Bahamian-grown veg-
etables are being shipped fresh into the e-
mail inboxes of hoteliers, restaurants, chefs
and wholesalers on a weekly basis as part of
a new promotional effort by the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Corporation
(BAIC) and the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion (BHA).

Despite the initiative having begun just
two weeks ago, farmers are already seeing
the benefit of the increased exposure and
linkage with buyers that has been created as
a result of a BAIC-produced weekly “pro-
duce notice”, which gives those interested
the information they need to know what
produce is available to buy, when, and at
what price, from Bahamian farmers.

Candy Pinder, of Big Bird Avocado
Farm in Abaco, welcomed the develop-
ment yesterday, crediting it with creating
the opportunity for the farm to shift hun-
dreds of cases of its Avocado crop in just
one week, after slow sales during the earli-
er part of the season.

She anticipates the farm’s entire remain-
ing pear harvest will now be exhausted by
next week. “We're very happy that they’ve
put this together,” said Ms Pinder. “We
were getting a lot of calls.”

BHA executive vice-president, Frank
Comito, and BAIC agricultural marketing
officer, Amanda Wells, said the information
collated by BAIC from farmers and includ-
ed in the e-mail, which the BHA helps to
distribute, provides the “missing link” that

* Farmer expects new links forged
to restaurants and hotels to
exhaust pear supply in a week

* Tnitiative by BAIC and BHA aims
to put dent in to $500m import bill

was necessary before farmers and the
tourism industry could be better aligned
to each other’s mutual benefit.

Former president of the BHA, Robert
Sands, had for several years sought to
increase linkages between Bahamian farm-
ers and the economy’s main engine,
tourism. Now the information is reaching
around 150 hotel properties and restau-
rants - including 50 chefs - who make many
of the purchasing decisions for food per
week, noted Mr Comito.

Highlighting Mr Sands’ commitment to
the issue, Mr Comito nonetheless said that
“the real kudos” is due primarily to BAIC,
who went out and liaised with farmers
before putting together the informative
notice, which it is hoped may help make a
dent in the country’s enormous food import
bill of around $500 million a year.

Ms Wells said: “The farmers pretty much
have their act together and the buyers are
eager to buy, we just needed to make it
easier.”

Alongside colourful photos of the pro-
duce available for purchase in islands such
as Andros and Abaco - which have so far
included avocado, sweet pepper, eggplant,
cucumber and goat pepper - contact details
for the farmers are highlighted, as well as

details such as quantities, prices, and when
the goods will reach the dock in Nassau.

Quality checks are also done by BAIC
officers, providing additional reassurance to
potential buyers that they will not waste
money on “shoddy” goods.

However, Ms Wells said that, fortunate-
ly, officers have found that quality has
rarely been an issue.

“We haven’t had to turn anyone away
because of the quality, it has been phe-
nomenal this year. The farmers have also
been so competitive versus the market
price,” she said.

Mr Comito said he does not see the dri-
ve to get hotels and restaurants to buy more
Bahamian produce as simply a matter of
supporting local growers for the sake of it.

“There are a number of compelling rea-
sons why it’s attractive. I think if it’s done
right buyers can find produce that’s fresh-
er than the imported stuff, that’s price com-
petitive and that will also contribute to rev-
enue retention in the country,” said the
BHA executive.

“We've been getting feedback from some
of our members saying: ‘This is very help-
ful’. BAIC should be commended in
putting their heads together in coming up
with this.”

Ms Wells said that any hotels, restau-
rants or other potential buyers who wish to
find out about the availability of local
Bahamian produce can contact her at 322
3740 or amandawells@baic.gov.bs to be
added to the mailing list. Any farmers who
would like to have their produce promoted
through the BAIC notice can also make
themselves known to BAIC in this way.

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Arawak Port Development — Request for Proposal for the
Terminal Management and Development of the Arawak Port
Bulk Terminal

Invitation to qualified Bahamian firms to submit proposals for providing bulk material
handling equipment and bulk handling services

Arawak Port Development was established in 2010 pursuant to a MOU between the
Bahamas Government and Arawak Port Development Ltd and for the purpose of
developing Arawak Cay into an international port facility serving the break bulk cargo,
bulk materials and containerized freight needs in New Providence. The port development
and operating agreement with the Government of The Bahamas provides Arawak Port
Development with exclusive rights to operate the port in New Providence for twenty
years and provides Arawak Port Development with a 45 year lease for the port property
on Arawak Cay.

In July 2010 Port construction began and is expected to conclude by December 2011. The
bulk material terminal operations are presently managed on temporary facilities. The port
plan describes the area designated for the port bulk terminal, comprising approximately
8 acres (A copy of the Bulk Terminal plot may be obtained from the APD Ltd office).
Arawak Port Development requires that bulk material construction begin on or before
April 15, 2011 and 1s completed by December 31*, 2011.

The Terminal Operator will be expected to operate and invest in the bulk terminal facility.
On the basis of a mutually agreed upon formula, the Terminal Operator is permitted to
charge a bulk material handling fee which will serve to compensate the Terminal Operator
for any investments made in the facility and address all operating expenses. Arawak Port
Development will establish the rules and regulations on how to operate the bulk terminal.
The Terminal Operator will be required to conform to these requirements in order to
remain in good standing with Arawak Port Development. Should the Terminal Operator
fail to meet the minimum operating requirements and the agreement be terminated for
cause, Arawak Port Development will have the right to acquire all investments made by
the Terminal Operator. Among other equipment and facilities, the Terminal Operator will
be required to invest in a conveyor system which will connect the terminal berth to the
terminal’s customer loading area. The Terminal Operator will also be required to invest in
a bulk material containment facility and cement and bitumen storage facilities.

Terminal Operators interested in the providing the bulk material handling services in
the Arawak Port are invited to submit a proposal to include but not be limited to the
following:

. Business structure; sole entity or a consortium of partners. Please explain
and provide background of consortium.

. Evidence that the applicant is licensed to provide bulk material handling
services in the Bahamas.

. Summary of current and historic experience in the bulk materials handling in
the Bahamas.

. The Arawak Port will not have exclusive rights to receive and handle bulk
materials shipped to New Providence. What volume of bulk material is the
applicant prepared to guarantee despite continued competition with other
bulk terminals in New Providence, most notably Clifton Pier.

. The strategy on how independence and service level is guaranteed for all
different users whom will import and export via the terminal.

. Evidence from any one or more of Royal Bank of Canada, First Caribbean,
Bank of The Bahamas, Royal Fidelity, Scotiabank or other recognized firm,
indicating the applicant’s ability to invest a minimum of $7 million on

demand.

Procedure:

Upon receipt and satisfactory analysis of the provided qualification criteria, Arawak
Port Development will provide the successful applicant(s) with detailed construction
requirements, the terms of reference for the use of the temporary facility and the Terminal
License agreement for the bulk terminal area. Shortlisted companies will be invited to
present their proposal on or before March 18th, 2011.

You are requested to hand deliver your submission to the office of Arawak Port
Development Ltd. Submissions must be received by March 11th, 2011.

Arawak Port Development
House of Mosko’s Building
Corner of Bay & Victoria Street.

le * Bank of The Bahamas

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Bank of The Bahamas International, the institution of first choice in the
provision of financial services, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the
position of:

Treasury Risk Analyst

Core Responsibilities:

* Comprehensive understanding of risks and their inter-relationships
especially as it relates to credit, interest rate and liquidity risks
Performs various analysis to facilitate the management of liquidity risk,
asset liability management and cash flow;

Be able to calculate, analyze and comment on the various liquidity and

credit ratio implications, to facilitate ongoing strategy adjustments;
Assesses and analyze impact of forex risk and preparation of
regulatory reports for foreign exchange operations;

Undertakes high level economic assessment, scenario and stress
testing to facilitate ongoing risk management and regulatory reporting;
Assesses the Bank’s ability to respond to varying economic conditions
and scenarios by performing credit, capital adequacy, interest rate and
liquidity stress testing; and

* Assists in monitoring and analyzing the current liquidity position
through GAP analysis reporting.

Job Requirements:

Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Management.
5 years supervisory/management experience.

Specific knowledge of risk management processes especially
management of liquidity risk.

Broad knowledge of treasury practices and procedures.

Good computational skills.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Must be a team player.

MBA would be advantageous, but not essential.

Benefits include: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate
with work experience and qualifications. Interested persons should apply no
later than March 7, 2011 to:

Email: hr.apply@bankbahamas.com
or fax to: 242-323-2637


PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011

THE TRIBUNE





FROM page 1B

terminal storage tank expan-
sion projects.”

Noting that “in response
to customer demand, BOR-
CO is prepared to under-
take a significant expansion
project, which we expect will
be phased in over the next
two to three years”, Buck-
eye Partners added in its fil-
ing: “BORCO continues to
discuss with its existing cus-
tomers and potential new
customers their storage and
service requirements as we
refine our expansion plans.

“New tankage is expect-
ed to be constructed with
the flexibility to store fuel
oil, clean petroleum prod-
ucts or crude oil. We expect
an expansion plan, which
phases in capacity additions,
to be finalised in the near
future. In addition, the facil-
ity site also has additional
unused land available for
future expansions, with
room to more than double
the existing storage capacity
if all the expansion oppor-
tunities are utilised.”

Buckeye Partners said



BORCO owner
to invest $250m

BORCO had three deep-
water jetties, one of which
was undergoing an existing
refurbishment programme
expected to conclude in the
2011 second half.

“The three jetties will pro-
vide six deep-water berths
that serve as the access
points to the storage facili-
ties, and are capable of han-
dling vessels over a range of
deadweight tonnage
(“DWT), from a minimum
of 20,000 DWT to a maxi-
mum of 500,000 DWT,
including both very large
crude carriers and ultra large
crude carriers,” Buckeye

NOTICE
VANTAGE POINT INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Noticeis hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(A4) of the International Business Companies Act.
2000, VANTAGE POINT INC, is in dissolution as

of February 22, 2011.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 3rd
Floor Withfield Tower, 4792 Coney Drive, Belize
City, Belize is the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

Partners said.

“BORCO’s terminal facil-
ity also includes an inland
dock with an approximately
650-foot berth located in
Freeport Harbour. BORCO
currently leases the inland
dock from the Freeport
Harbour Company under a
long-term agreement
through 2067.

“The inland dock is in the
process of being upgraded,
which will include the build-
out of a new berth. Upon
completion, the inland dock
will include two berths capa-
ble of handling Panamax
vessels of up to 80,000

DWT. We expect comple-
tion of the upgrade of the
inland dock to occur in 2011.
Upon completion of the jet-
ty refurbishment and inland
dock renovation projects,
BORCO will have a total of
eight berths.”

Buckeye Partners noted
that BORCO’s business was
exposed to political risk,
because a “substantial por-
tion of BORCO’s revenues”
were derived from petrole-
um products exported by
Venezuela’s state-owned oil
company, PDVSA. The
antagonism between Wash-
ington and the Chavez

NOTICE
LOLA LECHAT INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Act.
2000, LOLA LECHAT INC. is in dissolution as of

February 28, 2011.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 3rd
Floor Withfield Tower, 4792 Coney Drive, Belize
City, Belize is the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

POSITION AVAILABLE

Machinery & Energy Limited Caterpillar dealer in the
Bahamas are seeking a candidate to work as a
Parts Regional Manager, at our Nassau Office.

The Candidate should have the following

requirements:

* Have 7-10 years experience with the Caterpillar or
similar Product Line, have worked in a Caterpillar
dealership or a similar Organization;

¢ Have training in Ordering and Receiving Parts

Importation;

¢ Be able to Audit Parts Inventory; Cyclic Count

Procedure;

¢ Degree from an accredited University would be an

asset;

¢ Must be able to manager and motivate staff in the
Parts Department;

¢ Must have experience in process statistical control
in planning, programming and control of Caterpillar
industrial parts and Warehouse production process;

¢ Able to manage major components interchange
process; Hoses assembling process.

This candidate is required to be a professional who
thrives on the challenge of Managing Parts Inventory
and all other operational procedures within the Parts

Warehouse.

Send complete resume with education and work
experience to M & E Limited, P. O. Box N-3238,
Nassau Bahamas,
Attention: Office Administrator, or email

me@me-itd.com.

NOTE: Only persons being interviewed for this
position will be contacted.

administration is well
known.

Another risk was BOR-
CO’s dependency on a small
number of major clients for
the bulk of its revenues.

“Storage revenue repre-
sented approximately 80 per
cent of BORCO’s total rev-
enue for the nine months
ended September 30, 2010,”
Buckeye Partners disclosed.

“Currently, BORCO has
a limited number of long-
term storage customers, con-
sisting of oil majors, energy
companies, physical traders
and one national oil compa-
ny. For the nine months
ended September 30, 2010,
approximately 30 per cent
and 69 per cent of storage
revenue was derived from
the top one and the top
three customers, respective-

“If any of BORCO’s cus-
tomers, in particular its top
three customers, significant-
ly reduces its contracted
storage with BORCO, and if
BORCO is unable to find
other storage customers on
terms substantially similar
to the terms under BOR-
CO’s existing storage con-
tracts, our business, results
of operations and cash flow
could be adversely affect-
ed.”

Assessing the facility it
had acquired, Buckeye Part-
ners added: “BORCO’s ter-
minal facility includes 80
aboveground storage tanks
ranging in capacity from
5,000 to 500,000 barrels, with
a total installed capacity of
approximately 21.6 million
barrels. Presently, 66 of the
80 tanks are available to
serve third parties, as 14 of
the tanks (representing only
0.2 million barrels) are ded-
icated for BORCO’s own
use. Of the 66 tanks avail-
able to serve third parties,
10 are currently used for the
storage of crude oil, 43 for
the storage of fuel oil and
13 for the storage of clean
petroleum products, such as
gasoline, diesel and certain
other distillates. Six of the
tanks currently used for
crude oil can be converted
between crude oil service
and fuel oil service.”

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Environmental Neighborhood Council Forum

The purpose of this forum was to formulate core groups to act as the

advisory boards for the neighborhoods and conduct initial surveys,

documenting and evaluating all environmental health problems and

concems. The councils will outline goals, propects and strategies to

bring into focus the neighborhood plan, monitoring and evaluating the

progress of the plan on a regular basis, lo ensure success for the pres-

ervation and improvement of the neighborhod,

A large amount of neighborhood representatives along with community
supporters attended the fom.


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FROM page 1B

31, 2010, disclosed that First-
Caribbean’s market capital-
isation hit $1.17 billion at
that date, a decline of some
33.5 per cent from the pre-
recession high of $1.761 bil-
lion achieved at year-end
2007.

FirstCaribbean’s market
capitalisation decline is
important given the heavy
weighting it carries on the
Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX),
where it is the largest listed
stock, accounting for more
than one-third of the total
market worth.

The almost-$600 million
decline in the bank’s mar-
ket capitalisation has been
sparked, of course, by the
decline in FirstCaribbean’s
share price from a $14.65
high at year-end 2007 to
$9.74 at October 31, 2010.
That share price decline also
mirrors the fall in the bank’s
net income, from a high of
$109.86 million or $0.91 in
earnings per share (EPS) at
the 2007 pre-recession peak,
to $61.863 million and
$0.515 EPS for 2010.

Writing in First-
Caribbean’s annual report,
executive chairman, Michael
Mansoor, pledged that the
bank would support bor-
rowing clients through their
current problems in the
belief that delinquent loans
would eventually come good
in the long-term.

“We have found that bal-
ance sheet growth has been
difficult, and we have also
had to increase the level of
provisioning,” Mr Mansoor
wrote. “We have, however,
taken the position that we
will support our clientele
through the current difficul-
ties as long as we believe
that their responses to the
reduction in business vol-
umes are likely to result in
long-term positive out-
comes....... We fully expect
that these customers will in

time improve their results
and prospects, and be the
source of meaningful growth
in our own results.”

Mr Mansoor added that
FirstCaribbean expected to
convert investments in new
products, technology and
systems “into sustainable
sources of profitability in
short order”.

Marie Rodland-Allen,
FirstCaribbean Internation-
al Bank (Bahamas) manag-
ing director, noting that the
bank’s net income slipped
by $16.8 million or 21 per
cent in 2010, compared to
2009 figures, blamed this on
the overall economic envi-
ronment coupled with low
interest rates, which impact-
ed net interest income and
interest margins.

Operating

“Higher operating expens-
es were driven by increases
in management fee charges
which, if excluded, would
reflect prudent cost man-
agement,” Mrs Rodland-
Allen said. “Gains on the
sale of investment securities
and increases in foreign
exchange earnings partially
mitigated the declines expe-
rienced as a result of this
challenging economic envi-
ronment.”

Net interest income
dropped by 9.7 per cent,
from $142.893 million to
$129.035 million, year-over-
year between 2010 and 2009,
the annual report revealed,
although hedging gains and
a reduction in ‘mark-to-mar-
ket’ losses saw other oper-
ating income rise by $14.8

nical

million or 58 per cent.

FirstCaribbean was not
immune from the deterio-
rating credit/asset quality
that afflicted the Bahamian
commercial banking indus-
try throughout 2010, as com-
mercial, household and con-
sumer borrowers all experi-
enced difficulty in servicing
existing loans due to unem-
ployment and reduced
incomes.

Loan loss expenses rose
year-over-year by $11.7 mil-
lion or 63.1 per cent to
$30.204 million, compared
to $18.519 million in 2009.
And impaired loans grew by
17.7 per cent or $57.5 mil-
lion during the 12 months to
October 31, 2010.

“Net loans and advances
to customers were $2.42 bil-
lion compared to $2.54 bil-
lion in the prior year,” First-
Caribbean said in its annual
report. “Business and gov-
ernment, which account for
43 per cent of the portfolio,
decreased $72.6 million or
6.3 per cent year-over-year.
Mortgage and personal
loans also declined by $19.2
million and $25.8 million,
respectively.

“Productive loans were
$2.13 billion, down $175.1
million or 7.6 per cent from
the prior year. This decrease
primarily reflects a combi-
nation of paydowns and
repayments of loans, and a
shift of loans from produc-
tive to non-productive
(impaired) classifications,
which increased by $57.5
million or 17.7 per cent.”

Higher management fees
paid to FirstCaribbean’s par-
ent resulted in operating
expenses growing by $6 mil-

THE PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY

MATERIALS MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE

PUBLIC NOTICE

lion or 8.5 per cent year-
over-year, which drove the
Bahamian subsidiary’s effi-
ciency ratio (operating
expenses as a percentage of
gross revenue) to 45.6 per
cent, compared to 42.2 per
cent the year before.
FirstCaribbean’s total
assets at year-end were $3.6
billion, a decrease of $163.7
million or 4.3 per cent year-
over-year, due largely to
declines in cash balances

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 5B
FirstCaribbean market cap
falls almost $600 million

and the loan portfolio. Lia-
bilities fell by $187.3 million
or 6.1 per cent, mainly
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PUBLIC NOTICE

No. 5 of 2011

28 February, 2011

SUSPENSION OF TRADING IN SHARES OF
AML FOODS LIMITED

TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY
OF LINEN / TEXTILE, CLEANING,
AND STATIONARY SUPPLIES

Tenders are invited from qualified Contractors forthe supply
of Linen/Textile, Cleaning and Stationary Supplies for the
Public Hospitals Authority Institutions and Agencies for a period
of one (1) year.

Tender documents, which include instructions to Tenderers,
specifications and other relevant information, can be collected 9:00
a.m. — 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Materials
Management Directorate, Princess Margaret Hospital's compound,
Shirley Street.

A Tender must be submitted in duplicate in a sealed envelope or
packaged identified as “Linen/Textile, Cleaning, and/ or
Stationary Supplies * and addressed to:

The Chairman
Tenders Committee
Public Hospitals Authority
3 & West Terraces
Centerville
P.O. Box N-8200
Nassau, Bahamas

All Tenders must be received at the above address by 3:00 p.m. on
4" April 2011,

A copy ofa valid business license and a certificate of up to date
National Insurance Contributions should accompany all proposal.

The Public Hospitals duthority reserves the right to refect any or all
Tenders).

This NOTICE is issued by the Securities Commission of
The Bahamas (the Commission) in relation to its Notice
issued pursuant to section 44 of the Securities Industry
Act, 1999 on 22 February 2011, suspending trading in AML
Foods Limited. The Commission has responsibility for the
licensing, regulation and supervision of the securities and
investment fund industries of The Bahamas pursuant to
the Securities Industry Act, 1999, the Investment Funds
Act, 2003 and the Financial and Corporate Service Providers
Act, 2000. Additionally, the Commission is mandated inter
alia to formulate principles to regulate and govern
investment funds and securities and capital markets, and
to create and promote conditions to ensure the orderly
growth and development of the capital markets.

The Commission hereby advises that the suspension placed
on the trading in shares of AML Foods Limited, with effect
from 22 February 2011, has been lifted effective 28 February
2011.

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The Secretary of the Commission,
Securities Commission of The Bahamas
3rd Floor, Charlotte House

Shirley & Charlotte Streets

P.O. Box N-8347

Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: (242) 397-4100

Fax: (242) 356-7330

Email: info@scb.gov.bs

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Retailer's 44,000 sq ft expansion to ‘break ground within 35-40 days’

FROM page 1B

Charles site, which will be
another retail complex in
front of Robin Hood’s new
store.

A Scotiabank branch and
Sbarro’s restaurant are
already confirmed, he
added, and a fine dining
restaurant and other retail
formats are actively being
sought.

“Hopefully, in the next 35-
40 days we will start break-
ing ground,” Mr Schaefer
told Tribune Business of the
planned expansion. He
added that customer count
and revenues “continue to
build” at Robin Hood’s
Prince Charles Drive outlet,
which opened last month,
with in-store concessions
and tenants starting to grow.

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN THE SUPREME COURT

Equity Side
IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parce! or lot of land loan as Lot nomeer
Nine (9) in Block Number Twenty (20) in the Sebdrviaia called and keown as
“Coenmut Creve" and iteate in the Seuthoss Dictriet of the bland of Mew Providence
one of the [sland of the Coftmonwealth of the Dahan.

AND
IN THE MATTER OF ‘The Quicting Tikes Act, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF The Petition of Frederica Stuart
NOTICE

‘The Fetiion of FREDERICA STUART of the Southern district of the Idand of New
Providence: ome of the lands of the Conmacrivealih of the Bahamas in respect of

ALL THAT pices perce! er lot of land being Lot Member Ming (7) in Dock Twenty (22) on the
plan or bots. af the Sebdivision called and leeown at “Cocca Grove” and aitnaie in the Souther
Datinet ef the snd of New Porvidence aforesaid and is membered Qe Hundred and Sixty.
Thee:( 163) which said piece parcel or Lot of band is bounded on the North by Lot Number Eight
{E) mn Block Number Trrenty (20)-of the said plan and runnizg thereon Cae Hundred and Five
(105) Feet on the East by Lot Number Mina) in Block Number Twenty (200) of the said plan
and panning theroom Filly (29) Feet onthe south by Lot Maraber Ten (10) la Block eombsz
‘Twenty 20) of the said plan and running thereon {ine Hundred and Five (1:05) Feet on the West
fy a private wed in the seid subdivision beown ae “Third Sooo” and running thereon Fifty (5)
Feel

FREDERICA STUART claime to be the ouner of dhe fix: simgle emaie in posession of the lot
of land hereinbefore deseribed hee from encumbrances.

AND the Petitions: bees made application to the Supreme Court of the said Commeonweaith of
The Bahamas under Section 3 of Thee Quieting Vithes Act, 1989 in have her tithe te the sand parcel
of Land investigated aad the eatere and extent thereof determined and dectored in a Certificate of
Title be granted in accordance with the provisions of the said Act

NOTICE IS HEREBY G1VEN that any person having dover of right to Dower of an Adverse:
Clim ora clam not recegnized in the Petition shall anor beftoe the expiration of 15th day of
April, ADL 2011 Gein the Suprense Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a
Shoe ment of bets claim in Gee yprescrabsed fares verified by aa adTidavii to be filed therewith,
Fallon of any such person to fikeand seret-a Statement of bis clain on or befoee the Lith
dayod Apel, ALD. 2011 will persis a8 a bar of such claim.

Copies of the plan may be ineipected at:

1, The Regastry of the Supreme Ceert.

2 Departaeent of Lands and Surveys

3. The Charnbers of Turmgucat & Co. Counsel & Atiomeps-At-Law, Attomeys for
the Petitioner.

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already opened within the
Robin Hood outlet, and Mr
Schaefer said a music store
and restaurant were set to
open within two and four
weeks respectively.

“We're within the margins
of error that are typically
looked at in a new store,”
the Robin Hood president
said, when asked for details
on customer count and rev-
enues.

Meanwhile, the compa-
ny’s first outlet, at Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway,
was continuing to perform
“very nicely”.

“Customer count has been
very strong for us,” Mr
Schaefer said. “We’re look-

ing now at revamping the
AC, appliances and elec-
tronics sections. We may
even go back into furniture
again. We’re looking at
upscaling the store, and are
going to renovate.”

Showcase

The Ream air condition-
ing brand was set to host a
showcase during the third
week of March, and the
Robin Hood president told
Tribune Business: “We’re
going to push very hard on
residential and commercial
AC sales.

“That’s a big piece of busi-

ness. AC, for us, is a multi-
million dollar business.”

Asked by this newspaper
whether he detected signs
of economic improvement,
Mr Schaefer replied: “I
wouldn’t say that I see it yet.
Certainly, our sales have
picked up over the last cou-
ple of weeks nicely at both
stores, so we’re looking for-
ward to gradual improve-
ment.

“IT don’t think we will be
shooting for the stars right
away, but things will gradu-
ally improve.

“We are in a different
world now.”

Mr Schaefer said his
immediate focus would be

“continually improving the
product we offer now”.
Asked about plans he pre-
viously unveiled to Tribune
Business, which called for
further Robin Hood stores
in New Providence, Grand
Bahama and Abaco, he indi-
cated these were on the
backburner compared to the
focus on his existing busi-
ness.

“We just want to solidify
the position we have with
the two stores we have now,
and if opportunities present
themselves we will consider
them,” Mr Schaefer said of
possible expansion.

moving to boost staff

Resort

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Outpost Resort and Mari-
na, having been bought by
the company belonging to
artist/conservationist/busi-
nessman, Guy Harvey, who
was in Nassau yesterday to
play a part in promoting the
shark preservation campaign
that was launched by the
Bahamas National Trust last
year.

Some $3.5 million was
invested in new guestrooms,
marina slips, the Bimini Big
Game Bar & Grill and an
Outfitter Shop selling Guy
Harvey sportswear.

“We had already missed
most of the season by the
time we opened last year,
and things were pretty tough
- especially in the fall. But
we have a fair amount of
groups we will be hosting
this year, which is very excit-
ing,” said Mr Pollock.

Among those are repre-
sentatives of Hatteras, who
will meet at the legendary
fishing resort next week, and
another big crowd is expect-
ed for the club’s first major
fishing tournament since its
relaunch, which will take
place in May.

The newly-launched “dive
portion” of the 51-room
resort’s offering is anticipat-
ed to bring in more visitors
by plane, whereas the
majority of the club’s pre-
sent clientele are coming by
boat to stay in the marina.

The resort has invested in
a 60-foot glass bottom boat
and brought on board Neal
Watson, a veteran of the
Bimini dive scene, to take
charge of the dive operation.
“That should bring in more
business,” said Mr Pollock.

Bimini Big Game Club
currently has 28 people on
staff, and the general man-
ager said that 40 would like-
ly be required once the
operation shifts into high
gear in peak season. Inter-
views are taking place
already.

As to whether there may
be any further invest-
ment/expansion at the prop-
erty in the near future, Mr
Pollock said there have been
“discussions” about this, but
nothing more at this stage.

The general manager said
the company expects busi-
ness to slowly grow at the
resort as it regains its once
legendary reputation in the
south Florida fishing/boat-
ing community.

“This is a very famous
resort which was allowed to
be run down for many,
many years, and then closed.
You can’t just bring that
back right away.

“There’s a lot of excite-
ment, a lot of families who
had come here for genera-
tions are coming back, but it
takes a while,” he added.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 7B



‘Nailed to the wall’ by $4.2bn National Delit

FROM page 1B

political parties to “figure out
how to cut spending” and
avoid the imposition of ever-
increasing tax rates.

Rick Lowe, a leading exec-
utive with the Nassau Insti-
tute economic think-tank, told
Tribune Business in the after-
math of the mid-year Budget
that his main concern was for
future Bahamian generations,
who he feared would be crip-
pled with ever-increasing debt
servicing payments, higher
taxes and devalued savings as
a result of the expanding
national debt and persistent
fiscal deficits.

Advocating public spend-
ing cuts to bring the Govern-
ment’s finances back into line,
given that revenue growth
would be limited due to the
likely “anaemic” nature of
overall Bahamian economic
growth in the short-medium
term, Mr Lowe said this
nation also needed to “sus-
tain” tax rates at lower lev-
els, not increase them.

“My concern is the future
generations. Only the citizens
can pay for it. The Govern-
ment can print money, bor-
row and say all these things,”
Mr Lowe said of the
Bahamas’ fiscal situation.

“Future generations will
have to pay the piper, and
that’s all of us. We’re going
to have to pay higher taxes,
and will possibly have a deval-
ued currency if things don’t
turn around pretty quickly.”

Describing the National
Debt’s growth rate and per-
sistent fiscal deficits as “unsus-
tainable”, Mr Lowe added:
“The bureaucracy likes to talk
about sustainability, except
where taxes are concerned.
We should sustain taxes at a
lower level, not increase
them.”

He again reiterated his

scepticism that the Ingraham
administration would realise a
$200 million increase in recur-
rent tax revenues during the
2010-2011 fiscal year, strip-
ping out the $120 million in
one-off revenue injections
from the Bahamas Oil Refin-
ing Company (BORCO) sale,
the Baha Mar deal and the
possible $210 million-plus
from the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company’s
(BTC) sale.

Noting the Prime Minister’s
admission that revenues for
the July 1-December 31 20109
period were $84.3 million
behind forecasts, Mr Lowe
told Tribune Business: “They
have to be. It was a foregone
conclusion where they threw
out those numbers.

“They were anticipating a
turnaround sooner than it
was, and we knew they were
not going to make it.

“We were not making it in
the private sector, so why are
they [the Government] any
different?”

Asked how important it
was for the Government to
cut wastage and rein in its
$1.554 billion recurrent spend-
ing, Mr Lowe replied: “It’s
critical that they figure out
how to deal with it.

“ The difficulty I see is that
an election is coming, people
are hurting, and they’ve
encouraged people all their
lives to believe: ‘Don’t worry,
the Government will take
care of you’.

“Unfortunately, the chick-
ens are coming home to roost,
and it doesn’t matter who the
Government is, they have to
deal with it.

“It’s very important they
figure out how to cut expen-
diture, because growth is still
going to be anaemic.

“You can’t keep on grow-
ing the debt, which grows the
payments for interest, and
that alone is a major

expense.” Interest payments
on the Bahamian national
debt totalled $98.135 million
during the 2010-2011 fiscal
year’s first half, coming in
some $6.046 million below the
$104.182 million forecast.
Still, it represented the sin-
gle most expensive line item
in the Budget, and is expected
to hit $208.363 million during
the 2010-2011 fiscal full year,
remaining the single most
expensive line item.

Redemptions

Meanwhile, redemptions of
debt principal totalled $27.035
million during the 2010-2011
Budget half-year, coming in
some $10.347 million below
forecasted payments of
$37.383 million. For the full
year, debt principal redemp-
tion is set to total $74.766 mil-
lion, taking total payments
associated with the National
Debt to more than $283 mil-
lion.

Mr Lowe contrasted the
Government’s spending
approach to that of the
Bahamian private sector,
where numerous companies
were having to “cut expendi-
ture here, cut expenditure
there, and we’re still finding it
difficult to tread water”.

And he pointed out that
government spending was
always going to increase as a
result of inflation.

“Tf you change the tax sys-
tem today, they’re only going
to spend more revenues,” Mr
Lowe said of the Govern-
ment. “Future generations are
going to be nailed to the wall,
and retirement savings will
probably be reduced as a
result of inflation, so when
you think you’ve got a han-
dle on it, going forward your
Knees are cut out from under
you.

“Everything keeps going

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MATERIALS MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE

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Jobs breaks from medical
leave to unveil the iPad 2

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
IMPROVED SOFTWARE: Apple Inc. Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs
stands under an image of the iPad 2 at an Apple event at the Yerba
Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, Wednesday,

March 2, 2011.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Equity Side

2009/CLE/qui/980

IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT tract of land
comprising of Nine Hundred and Seventy Eight
and Fifty-five Hundredths (978.55) acres being the
Archibald Taylor Estate and more commonly known
as Pemberton Estates situate approximately 1.5 miles
SOUTHWEST of the Settlement of Clarence Town
in the vicinity of Galloway Landing on the Island of
Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas.
AND

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act 1959
(Chapter 393 of the 2000 Revised Edition of the
Statute Laws of The Bahamas)

AND



JORDAN ROBERTSON,
AP Technology Writers
RACHEL METZ,

AP Technology Writers
SAN FRANCISCO

Apple CEO Steve Jobs
briefly emerged from his med-
ical leave and walked on stage
to a standing ovation Wednes-
day to unveil the second gener-
ation of the popular iPad. It
comes with two cameras and
will go on sale March 11 in the
US.

Jobs looked frail as he
appeared in his signature black
mock turtleneck, blue jeans and
wire-rimmed glasses.

"We've been working on this
product for a while, and I just
didn't want to miss today,” Jobs
told an audience that included
bloggers and Apple enthusiasts.
"Thank you for having me."

The next-generation tablet
computer is faster than the orig-
inal iPad's. As expected, it
comes with two cameras for
taking photos and video chat-
ting. The battery life will be the
same as the original — about
10 hours of usage or a month
on standby.

The iPad 2 is also thinner —
8.8 millimeters, or about a third
of an inch, instead of the cur-
rent 13.4 millimeters.

"The new iPad 2 is actually
thinner than your iPhone 4,"
Jobs said.

The original iPad, which
went on sale last April, was

more popular than analysts
anticipated. Apple sold 15 mil-
lion in nine months.

The iPad was initially used
for checking e-mail, surfing the
Web and watching online
video. But as the number of
software applications — or
"apps" — designed just for iPad
grew, the tablet made itself at
home in offices, shops, restau-
rants and countless other set-
tings. The rush for iPads
sparked dozens of copycat
touch-screen devices, but so far,
none has broken into the main-
stream consciousness the way
the iPad has. In February,
Motorola Mobility Inc.'s Xoom,
the most promising challenger
so far, went on sale. It runs a
new version of Google Inc.'s
Android software that was
designed for tablets, not smart
phones.

The new iPad will make it
even harder for rivals to com-
pete.

"Overall, the big message
today is that Apple is offering a
version 2 device while every-
one else is still attempting to
ship their first version 1
devices," said Yankee Group
analyst Carl Howe.

He said the iPad 2's improve-
ments are modest over the first
one, but it will nonetheless
stand out because there are
more apps available.

Sarah Rotman Eps, a For-
rester Research analyst, said
iPads should make up at least

NOTICE is hereby given that LAFRANCE ALCIRA, of P.O.
Box EL27478, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, 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 3" day of
March, 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

20 million of the 24.1 million
tablet computers she expects
people in the U.S. to buy this
year.

Tablet computers existed
long before the 1Pad, but it took
Apple to build a device that
made sense to consumers.
Apple simplified the software,
packed it in sleek, shiny hard-
ware and sold it to a genera-
tion of gadget lovers who, most
likely, already have a smart
phone and a laptop that serve
most of the same functions.

The new iPads will cost the
same as the originals — $499
to $829, depending on storage
space and whether or not they
can connect to the Internet over
a cellular network. Apple said
there will be black and white
versions, despite its problems
getting the promised white
iPhone 4 models to market.
The first iPad came only in
black. In the U.S., the iPad 2
will work on AT&T Inc. and
Verizon Wireless.

A reporter who used a white
iPad 2 immediately after the
announcement found it notice-
ably thinner and more curvy.
YouTube video loaded quickly
using AT&T's data service, and
"Toy Story 3" played smoothly.
Given its size, the iPad 2
appeared impractical for tak-
ing lots of photos, but both
cameras will help with video
chats — the front one to show
the caller, and the back one to
show what the caller is seeing.

Jobs also introduced a new
accessory for the iPad that will
let people connect the tablet to
high-definition televisions, so
they can watch videos up to
1080p in resolution on the big-
ger screen. The $39 part plugs
into the iPad's charging port
and connects to an HDMI
cable. After its March 11 USS.
launch, the iPad 2 goes on sale
March 25 in at least 26 other
markets, including Mexico,
New Zealand, Spain and other
European countries.

Apple also introduced
updates to the software that
runs on the iPad, iPhone and
iPod Touch devices. The com-
pany said the update would
work on GSM-type iPhone
3GS and iPhone 4 models; Ver-
izon Wireless’ version uses a
different technology.

The new system, 10S 4.3,
includes support for FaceTime,
Apple's video-chat program.
The company said people can
now hold conversations
between iPads, iPhones and
Mac computers.

The update turns iPhones
and iPads with 3G cellular con-
nections into personal Wi-Fi
hotspots, so you can share the
connection with computers or
other devices — if your wire-
less carrier allows it. Many
charge additional fees for this
service. The improved software
also makes Apple's Safari Web
browser run faster.

Apple also announced new
software designed for the iPad,
including a $4.99 version of
iMovie for video editing and a
$4.99 version of GarageBand,
its music recording and editing
software. GarageBand includes
instruments that can be played
by touching the iPad 2's screen,
and it can even sense whether
you're tapping quietly or bang-
ing on the "keys." People can
start a project on their Mac,
then work on it later on the
iPad 2. Jobs gave an update on
the company's iBook business,
saying people downloaded
more than 100 million books
since the e-book business
launched last year. He also said
Random House became the last
major publisher to agree to sell
its titles in the iBookstore.

Jobs announced in January
that he would take a third leave
of absence to focus on his
health. In the last decade, Jobs,
56, has survived a rare but cur-
able form of pancreatic cancer
and undergone a liver trans-
plant.



IN THE MATTER of the Petition of
Ellison Kenneth Minnis

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that VADA BIEN-AIME ALCIRA,
of P.O. Box EL27478, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera,
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 3" day of
March, 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CLAIRSON CHARLOT of
2ND STREET, THE GROVE, NASSAU, 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 24" DAY
of FEBRUARY 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

GOLDEN CHAIN PROPERTIES LIMITED

In Voluntary liquidation

NOTICE

Pursuant to the Order of the Supreme Court filed the
23" day of February, A.D. 2011.

The Petition of Ellison Kenneth Minnis,
of the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth

of The Bahamas, in respect of:- — ; ; ; ;
“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137

(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45
of 2000) GOLDEN CHAIN PROPERTIES LIMITED, is in
Dissolution”

ALLTHAT tract of land comprising of Nine Hundred
and Seventy Eight and Fifty-five Hundredths
(978.55) acres being the Archibald Taylor Estate
and more commonly known as Pemberton Estates
situate approximately 1.5 miles SOUTHWEST of
the Settlement of Clarence Town in the vicinity of
Galloway Landing on the Island of Long Island
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 1st day of
March, 2011.

Luis Maria Pineyrua Pittaluga
Zonamerica
Ruta 8 — km 17.500
Local 115A
C.P. 91.600
Montevideo - URUGUAY
Liquidator

Ellison Kenneth Minnis, claims to be the owner of
the land the subject of this Petition hereinbefore
described in fee simple free from encumbrances.

And the Petitioner has made application to the
Supreme Court of the aforesaid Commonwealth of
The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Title
Act (Chapter 393), to have her title to the said tract
of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to
be granted in accordance with the provisions of the
said Act.

Notice is hereby given that all persons
having Dower or a right of Dower or an Adverse
Claim or a Claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before expiration of Thirty (30) days after the
publication of these presents file in the Supreme
Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned
a statement of his claim in the prescribed form
verified by an affidavit to be filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve
a Statement of his claim on or before the expiration
of Thirty G0) days after the publication of these
presents shall operate as a bar to such claims.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected at:
The Registry of the Supreme Court;

The Chambers of ALLEN, ALLEN & CO., the
Attorneys for the Petitioner, whose address for
service is Allen House, Dowdeswell

Street, Nassau, N. P. The Bahamas.

Attorneys for the Petitioner

Dated this 22" day of February, A.D., 2011.

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BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,461.87 | CHG -3.19 | %CHG -0.22 | YTD -37.64 | YTD % -2.51
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%
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52wk-Low, Securit_y Previous Close Today's Close Change
0.95 AML Foods Limited 1.04 1.04 0.00)

Daily Vol. EPS$ Div $
0.123
0.013

0.153

9.05 Bahamas Property Fund 10.63 10.63 0.00
4.40 Bank of Bahamas 4.40 4.40 0.00
ott Benchmark 0.18 0.18 0.00, -0.877
2,70) Bahamas Waste 2.70 2,70. 0.00 0.168
1.96 Fidelity Bank 2.17 1.96 O21 0,016
9.44 Cable Bahamas 10.21 10.21 0.00, 1.050
2.35 Colina Holdings 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.731
5.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.80 6.80 0.00 0.488
1.80 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.18 2.11 -0.07 0.1141
1.40 Doctor's Hospital 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.107
5.25 Famguard 5.25 5.25 0.00,
6.25 Finca 6.25 6.25 0.00
8.77 FirstCaribbean Bank 9.39 9.39 0.00
4.57 Focol (S) 5.48 5.48 0.00
1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00
5.50 ICD Utilities 7.40 7.40 0.00 0.012
9.80 J. S. Johnson 9.82 9.82 0.00 0.859
10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.207
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)
Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029) BAH29
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00, 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB1S5 100.00 0.00, Prime + 1.75%
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)

Symbol Bid & Ask & Last Paice Daily \ci. EPS$ Div & Pe

Bahamas Supermarkets N/A N/A 14.00 -2.945 0.000.

RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55 0.001 0.000

CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)
ABDAB 30.13 31.59 29.00 4.540
RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55, 0.002
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
Fund Name NAV YTD%

CFAL Bond Fund LotT73 5.51%
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2.9527
CFAL Money Market Fund 1.5837
Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 2.7049
13.4164
114.3684
106.5528
1.1465
1.1185
1.1491

G.357
0.682
0.494
0.452
0.000

S2wk-Hi S2wk-Low Interest
99.46 0,00. 6.95%
100.00 0.00. 7%

100,00 0,00. Prime + 1.75%

20 November 2029
19 October 2017
19 October 2022

30 May 2013
29 May 2015

0.000,
0.000

NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.918697
1.564030

NAV 6MTH
1.475244
2.910084
1.545071

Last 12 Months %

1.4076 6.90%
2.8300
1.5141
2,8522
13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund

101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund

99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund

0.18%
0.61%
-0.56%
0.44%
9.98%
4.75%
5.20%
4.73%
5.35%

1.61%
4.59%
-15.54%
-0.10%
12.49%
7.18%

31-Jan-11
11-Feb-1141
31-Jan-11
31-Jan-11
30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10

109.392860
100.779540

107.570619
105.776543
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000
9.1005

5.20%
4.73%
5.35%

FG Financial Preferred Income Fund

FG Financial Growth Fund

FG Financial Diversified Fund

Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 1

410.0000 Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 2

Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 3

Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

9.7850 4.85% 5.45% 30-Nov-10

10.6417 -1.20% 0.50% 30-Nov-10.

9.1708

ALLEN, ALLEN & CO.,

10.1266 1.27%
8.4510 0.72%
MARKET TERMS

1.27%
9.95%

31-Jan-11

4.8105 31-Jan-11

Chambers,

Allen House,
Dowdeswell Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the
Petitioner



BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily 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
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

(SS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S11) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

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 $ - A company'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

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THE TRIBUNE



THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2011, PAGE 11B



Fed survey:



CHRISTOPHER S§S.
RUGABER,

AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON

The U.S. economy expand-
ed in January and early Feb-
ruary in all parts of the coun-
try, but businesses reported
they are under pressure to
raise their prices.

A Federal Reserve survey
released Wednesday showed
that all 12 of the Fed's regions
reported growth at a "mod-
est to moderate pace" and it
pointed to a pickup in job cre-
ation in each.

Retail sales picked up in 10
of the 12 regions, while falling
in the Richmond and Atlanta
areas. Factory activity rose in
all districts except St. Louis.

The survey hinted at some
inflationary concerns. Costs
are rising for manufacturers
and retailers in most areas.
Manufacturers in many dis-
tricts said they are increas-
ingly able to pass on those
costs to customers. Retailers
in some districts said they
have or soon will raise prices.

"There are beginning to be
some troubling signs on infla-
tion,” said Steven Wood,
Chief Economist at Insight
Economics.

But other economists noted
that the survey found little
evidence that wages are
increasing. Accelerating
wages are “a necessary con-
dition for a sustained, desta-
bilizing high-inflation
episode," said Dana Saporta,
an economist at Credit Suisse
Securities.

Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke endured tough
questioning from members of



INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

Congress on Tuesday and
Wednesday about the threat
of rising inflation. Lawmak-
ers raised concerns that the
Fed's $600 billion bond-pur-
chase program is laying the
groundwork for higher prices.

Those concerns have been
heightened by recent run-ups
in the price of oil, corn, wheat
and other commodities.

Bernanke told members of
Congress that higher oil
prices, which have risen due
to turmoil in the Middle East,
would likely cause only a tem-
porary and mild increase in
inflation.

The U.S. economy has been
growing for 18 months. But
that expansion hasn't been
enough to significantly lower
the nation's unemployment
rate, which was 9 percent in
January. The federal govern-
ment will release the Febru-
ary jobs report on Friday.

The Fed survey did note
that the job market is picking
up in all districts. Many dis-
tricts reported improved hir-
ing in the manufacturing and

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
EXPANDING ECONOMY: In this photo taken Feb. 28, 2011, Teacher Dave Badger, left, buys a television,
at the Costco Wholesale store in Glendale, Calif. The U.S. economy expanded in January and early Feb-
ruary in all parts of the country, but businesses are under pressure to raise their prices.

health care industries.

Seven districts said that
staffing agencies are more
optimistic, with more employ-
ers converting temporary jobs
to permanent status. Perma-
nent hiring is also picking up,
the agencies said.

The survey also noted that
wages remain steady in five
districts and are rising only
modestly in several others.
Sluggish wage growth should
act to restrain future price
increases.

Harsh snowstorms in many
different parts of the country
reduced store sales and fac-
tory activity. Bad weather dis-
rupted manufacturing in the
Cleveland, Atlanta and Min-
neapolis regions, and pushed
down retail sales in six dis-
tricts.

Housing remains the econ-
omy's main weak spot, the
report showed.

"Overall sales and con-
struction remained at low lev-
els across all districts," the
survey said. The St. Louis
region said sales are still
declining.

Tourism improved in the
Richmond, Atlanta and San
Francisco areas, while it
slowed in Kansas City, partly
due to severe weather. New
York reported slower busi-
ness at hotels and said Broad-
way theater attendance
dropped.

The region-by-region sur-
vey is based on information
collected from the Fed's 12
regional banks on or before
Feb. 18. Known as the "Beige
Book,” the survey provides a
more in-the-trenches look at
the overall economy than
broad statistics.

GN 1173

GOVERNMENT NOTICE
MINISTRY OF FINANCE

®

O10

The new Business Licence Act 2010 will take effect on January |, 2011. The Act requires that no person shall
cemy on a business within The Bahamas without the grant of a licence issued in accordance with the

requirements of this Al

Before the expiry of the allowed period of ®) days or by March 31°, 2011 all business owners must bring their
business into compliance with the requirements of this Act, submit an application form and pay the taxes as
prescribed for that business licence for the current yeag

A list of cwners that are not cornpliant by March 31", 2011 will be published af the end of the 90 day period.

Any person carrying on d business, with fees outstanding, at the time this Act comes into force may enter into a
written agreement Lo pay the outstanding fees, ard thereby be entitled to receive a Licence.

Where a business ceases to operite or is sold the Business Licence Division must be so advised by the
submission of the appropriate form giving the relevant details,

Forms are available on http:/forms.bahamas.gov.bs/, at any of the Business Licence Offices and at the
Administrator's (fice in the Family [stands,

PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL &
SANDILANDS REHABILITAION CENTRE

oa ga

Arya

PUBLIC NOTICE

TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF
PROVISIONS & FOOD ITEMS

Tenders are invited from qualified Contractors for the supply of
Provisions and Foods Items for the Princess Margaret Hospital and
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Public Hospitals Authority, for a
period of one (1) year.

Tender documents, which include instructions to Tenderers,
specifications and other relevant information, can be collected 9:00
am. — 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Materials
Management Directorate, Princess Margaret Hospital's compound,
Shirley Street,

A Tender must be submitted in duplicate in a sealed envelope or
packaged identified as “ TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF
PROVISIONS AND FOODS ITEMS FOR THE PRINCESS
MARGARET HOSPITAL AND SANDILANDS
REHABILITATION CENTRE” and addressed to:

The Chairman
Tenders Committee
Public Hospitals Authority
Third Terrace West
Collins Avenue
P.O. Box N-8200
Nassau, Bahamas

All Tenders must be received at the above address by 5:00 p.m.
on 8" April 2011.

A copy of a valid business license and a certificate of up to
date National Insurance Contributions should accompany all
proposal.

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



GN1157

MINISTRY OF FINANCE

Business Licence Act 2010

The new Business Licence Act 2010 will take effect on January 1, 2011.
The Act requires that no person shall carryon a business within The
Bahamas without the grant of a licence issued in accordance with the
requirements of this Act.

Before the expiry of the allowed period of 90 days or by March 31 st,
2011 all business owners must bring their business into compliance
with the requirements of this Act, submit an application form and pay
the taxes as prescribed for that business licence for the current year.

A list of owners that are not compliant by March 31 st, 2011 will be
published at the end of the 90 day period.

Any person carrying on a business, with fees outstanding, at the time
this Act comes into force may enter into a written agreement to pay the
outstanding fees, and thereby be entitled to receive a Licence.

Where a business ceases to operate or is sold the Business Licence
Division must be so advised by the submission of the appropriate form
giving the relevant details.

Forms are available on http://forms.bahamas.gov.bs/, at any of the

Business Licence Offices and at the Administrator’s Office in the Family
Islands.


Pope exonerates Jews for
Jesus’ death in new book

By NICOLE WINFIELD
Associated Press

ing exoneration of the Jewish people

for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling
one of the most controversial issues in
Christianity in a new book.

In "Jesus of Nazareth-Part II" excerpts
released Wednesday, Benedict explains bibli-
cally and theologically why there is no basis in
Scripture for the argument that the Jewish
people as a whole were responsible for Jesus’
death.

Interpretations to the contrary have been
used for centuries to justify the persecution of
Jews.

While the Catholic Church has for five
decades taught that Jews weren't collectively
responsible, Jewish scholars said Wednesday
the argument laid out by the German-born
pontiff who has had his share of mishaps with
Jews, was a landmark statement from a pope
that would help fight anti-Semitism today.

"Holocaust survivors know only too well
how the centuries-long charge of ‘Christ
killer’ against the Jews created a poisonous
climate of hate that was the foundation of
anti-Semitic persecution whose ultimate
expression was realised in the Holocaust,”
said Elan Steinberg of the American
Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their
Descendants.

The pope's book, he said, not only confirms
church teaching refuting the deicide charge
"but seals it for a new generation of
Catholics."

The Catholic Church issued its most
authoritative teaching on the issue in its 1965
Second Vatican Council document "Nostra
Aetate,”" which revolutionised the church's
relations with Jews by saying Christ's death
could not be attributed to Jews as a whole at
the time or today.

Benedict comes to the same conclusion, but
he explains how with a thorough, Gospel-by-
Gospel analysis that leaves little doubt that he
deeply and personally believes it to be the
case: That only a few Temple leaders and a
small group of supporters were primarily
responsible for Christ's crucifixion.

The book is the second installment to
Benedict's 2007 "Jesus of Nazareth,” his first
book as pope, which offered a very personal
meditation on the early years of Christ's life
and teachings. This second book, set to be
released March 10, concerns the final part of
Christ's life, his death and resumection.

The Vatican's publishers provided a few
excerpts Wednesday.

In the book, Benedict re-enacts Jesus’ final
hours, including his death sentence for blas-
phemy, then analyzes each Gospel account to
explain why Jews as a whole cannot be
blamed for it. Rather, Benedict concludes, it
was the "Temple aristocracy" and a few sup-
porters of the figure Barabbas who were
responsible. "How could the whole people
have been present at this moment to clamour

Pe Benedict XVI has made a sweep-



POPE Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during a general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall at the
Vatican, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. (AP)

for Jesus’ death?” Benedict asks.

He deconstructs one particular biblical
account which has the crowd saying, "His
blood be on us and on our children" — a
phrase frequently cited as evidence of the col-
lective guilt Jews bore and the curse that they
carried as a result.

The phrase, from the Gospel of Matthew,
has been so incendiary that director Mel
Gibson was reportedly forced to drop it from
the subtitles of his 2004 film "The Passion of
the Christ," although it remained in the spo-
ken Aramaic.

But Benedict said Jesus’ death wasn't about
punishment, but rather salvation. Jesus’
blood, he said, "does not cry out for
vengeance and punishment, it brings reconcil
jation. Itis not poured out against anyone, it is
poured out for many, for all.”

Benedict, who was forced to join the Hitler
Youth as a child in Nazi Germany, has made
improving relations with Jews a priority of his
pontificate. He has visited the Auschwitz Nazi
death camp in Poland and Israel's Yad

Vashem Holocaust memorial.

But he also has had a few missteps that have
drawn the ire of Jewish groups, most notably
when in 2009 he lifted the excommunication
of a traditionalist Catholic bishop who had
denied the extent of the Holocaust by saying
no Jews were gassed during World War II.

Benedict has said that had he known
Bishop Richard Williamson's views about
Jews he never would have lifted the excom-
munication, which was imposed in 1988
because Williamson was consecrated without
papal consent. Williamson is a member of the
traditionalist Society of St Pius X, which has
rejected many Vatican II teachings, including
the outreach to Jews contained in Nostra
Aetate.

Separately, Jewish groups have been out-
raged that Benedict is moving Pope Pius XII
closer to beatification, the first main hurdle to
possible sainthood. Some Jews and historians
have argued the World War Il-era pope
should have done more to prevent the
Holocaust.

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| receive that!

I KNOW that [’m not alone in saying
that “I’ve heard so many pathetic (so-
called prophetic words) gone forth as
prophecies in the church and at various
religious conferences / gathering.

Without fail I hear the itching ears,
naive religious folks say “I receive that”
Can I tell you that as a pastor, I don’t
say “Amen” to everything that I hear
coming from church pulpits, intern a-
tionally or locally; no matter who the
preacher / teacher might be. Please hear
me! Not everything that’s being
preached / taught in the church today is
inspired by the Holy Spirit, despite the
fact that the presenter may use a few
scripture verses.

The best way of knowing, if what
you’re hearing from the pulpit is lining
up with God’s word; is to know the
wordof God, not just casual read a few
scriptures; but truly study the word of
God. Here’s how the Apostle Paul puts
it to his spiritual son Timothy: 2:Tim.2:
15. Study to show thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the
wordof truth. Note: It’s no coincidence
that the words “Rightly Dividing” is
mentioned in the above passage of
scripture

This clearly indicates that the word of
God could be wrongly divided, and I
dare to say that today; we’re seeing the
results / impact of the word of God
being wrongly divided by many ulterior
motives, self centered religious leaders /
superstars; thereby causing God to
reject the defiled, contaminated acts of
worship that’s being offered in the
church today.

Whenever true knowledge of God
comes forth, it will always find opposi-
tion and rejection from the spirit of re lt
gion and the tradition of men.

Hosea.4: 6. My people are destroyed
for lack of knowledge: because thou
hast rejected knowledge, I will also
reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest
to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the
law of thy God, I will also forget thy
children. It’s time for the saints to
g row-up / mature in the things of God
and stop allowing themselves to be
duped by every wind of doctrine that’s
infiltrating the church today; especially
the twisted, incomplete prosperity
gospel. Don’t allow your emotions and
present financial state to get the better
partof you and your walk with God.

The eloquent speaking, crafty reli
gious leaders have set a gullible spirit in
the church’s atmosphere as they’re mis-
appropriating the scriptures to stir up
their followers. In so doing, here’s one
of their most foolish, dumb sayings that
literally moves their crowd: “I don’t
know who I’m talking to, but the Lord
told me to tell you’? Here’s some food
for thought: Where in the scriptures
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know to whom the messages were for?
Wake up saints! He that hath an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churhes! This twisted, incomplete
prosperity gospel that’s permeated
today’s church by the superstars, and
want-to-be superstar religious leaders
can be likened to gangrene; whenever
gangrene sets in, if it’s not immediately
and properly treated, amputation is a
life saving must. The body of Messiah /
Christ is suffering much causality as the
amputation; disconnection rate is at an
all time high due to the pursuit of pro s-
perity via the twisted prosperity gospel.
The message of the church today is
more centered on financial and materi-
al prosperity rather than Holy living
unto God. I’m not advocating the rejec
tion and disrespectful scrutiny of God’s
word, but rather allowing the spirit of
wisdom to lead and guide you along the
way. In other words, here’s how the
apostle John puts it. IJohn.4: 1.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but
try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone
out into the world. Do you know that
there was a time when Yahshua
Messiah (aka Jesus the Christ) was the
center of attention of the local churches
/ congregations; but those days are qui-
etly slipping away as the religious bish-
ops, apostles, doctors, pastors, etc; have
taken preeminence of the church?
Watch this! Have you ever attended a
church and upon entering the foyer or
sanctuary of that church building you’re
greeted with a hanging / posted photo of
the religious leader and their spouse?
The ignorance to spiritual matters
would have many to believe that noth-
ing’s wrong with this; as they would
have no problem in declaring that
“we’re just honoring our Mand-of-God
and our Woman-of-God; the founders
of this church” To this I strongly dis-
agree and boldly say no! It’s a blatant
act of ignorance to spiritual matters
that’s been methodically set in place by
the enemy as he spiritually lures the
church to sleep. If the truth be told you
would be surprised at what most people
who name the name of Christ come into
agreement with in saying “Yes, Lord, I
receive that !” The enemy and the
gates of hell have strategically put their
plans in motion; in an attempt to stifle
the church. In watching the operation
of today’s religious church, it’s no longer
Christ (Yahshua Messiah) the founder

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Militants kill Christian

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minister in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD
Associated Press

MILITANTS gunned down the only
Christian in Pakistan's government outside
his widowed mother's home Wednesday, the
second assassination in two months of a
high-profile opponent of laws that impose
the death penalty for insulting Islam.

Shahbaz Bhatti was aware of the danger
he faced, saying in a videotaped message
that he had received death threats from al-
Qaida and the Taliban. In it, the 42-year-old
Roman Catholic said he was "ready to die"
for the country's often persecuted Christian
and other non-Muslim minorities.

The slaying in Islamabad followed the
killing of Salman Taseer, a liberal politician
who was gunned down in the capital by one
of his guards. Both men had campaigned to
change blasphemy laws in Pakistan that
impose the death penalty for insulting Islam
and have been loudly defended by Islamist
political parties.

The Taseer slaying triggered fears the
country was buckling under the weight of
extremism, especially since the government,
fearful of militants and the political parties
that champion their causes, did not loudly
condemn the killing or those who publicly
celebrated it.

Wednesday's slaying will only reinforce
those concerns and further undermine confi-
dence in the government, which appears
paralyzed by political rivalries and unable to
fix a stagnant economy or provide basic
services for the country's 180 million mostly
poor people.

The turmoil comes despite attempts by
the Obama administration to support
Pakistan, which it sees as key to ending the
war in neighboring Afghanistan and defeat-
ing al-Qaida, whose leadership is believed to
reside in the mountainous northwestern
regions.

Pakistani government ministers usually
travel with police escorts, but Bhatti was
without such protection when he was killed
as he and a driver left his mother’s home.
Bhatti, who was minister for religious
minorities, had been given police and para-
military guards but had asked them not to
accompany him while he stayed with his
mother, said Wajid Durrani, a senior police
official.

Bhatti had just pulled out of the driveway
when three men opened fire, said Gulam
Rahim, a witness. Two opened the door of
the car and tried to pull Bhatti out, Rahim
said, while a third fired a Kalashnikov rifle
repeatedly into the dark-colored Toyota,
shattering the windows.



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of the church; the religious Bishop, Apostle,
Doctor, etc; have taken that position. But, as
for the true church of Messiah here’s what He
says: Matt.16:18. That thou art Peter, and
upon this rock I will build my church; and the
gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. Do
you know that there are well meaning believers
who have accepted and are dancing around
Satanic Pentagrams in their churches? And yet
as so-called prophetic words goes forth from

these pulpits, their naive followers are saying “I
receive that” Here’s what the Apostle Paul
would ask most of today’s church:

“Gal. 3:1. O foolish Galatians, who hath
bewitched you, that ye should not obey the
truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been
evidently set forth, crucified among you?

Be careful of what you’re receiving.

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AN UNIDENTIFIED relative of Pakistan's government minister for religious minori-
ties Shahbaz Bhatti mourns over his death outside a local hospital in Islamabad,
Pakistan, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Gunmen shot and killed the Christian
Pakistani government minister for religious minorities on Wednesday, the latest
attack on a high-profile figure threatened by Muslim militants for urging reform of
harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam. (AP)

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Dedication,

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discipline,

fletermination

THESE were the words given to
me as the “Three Ds of Excellence”
at the South Andros School District
Award ceremony last week. In that
academic setting, the students were
to be congratulated for past achieve-
ments and encouraged to aim even
higher.

How may we consider these words
in a more spiritual light?

Dedication is the desire to become
so completely devoted as to make
something or someone the centre of
our undivided attention. Our rela-
tionship with God calls for this level
of reverence and sacrificial service.
How do we work to make God the
centre of our lives? How much ener-
gy do we expend on a daily basis? Let
us dedicate ourselves to prayer,
study, worship and witnessing about
the person and work of our Lord and
Saviour, Jesus Christ. Let us reorgan-
ise our priorities.

Self-discipline is the result of prac-
ticed behaviour that has been repeat-
ed to form a habit. As we prepare for
Lent, we are all cognizant of the fact

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that six weeks offers us sufficient
time to work for positive change. If
we are unable to break bad habits
then we need to be accountable to
someone we respect or seek counsel-
ing. Let us all strive to daily hear
God’s well done because we are
growing to become more like Christ
every day. We cannot earn our salva-
tion. It is a free gift given by Christ’s
death on the cross. We can please
God by living a disciplined life with
the help of the Holy Spirit.
Determination is the attitude we
need to make the effort that will
accomplish our goals. If we are deter-
mined that we will be punctual, then

SEE page 28



Speak a word

Now faith is the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

THE BIBLE tells us that without
faith it is impossible to please God.

Matthew 8:5-13 speaks about the
Centurions faith, Jesus himself mar-
veled at the belief that this man pos-
sessed.

Do any of us have this kind of faith?
If Jesus were to come today, would
He marvel at any of us? When we find
ourselves between a rock and a hard
place, what do we do? Do we look to
the hills where our help comes from?
Or do we look down in despair? The
Centurion was not of the household
of faith, but he knew if Jesus spoke a
wordof healing, his servant would be
made whole. How is it that we as
believers allow non believers to have
more faith than us who are believers?
I think that is a charge against us as
children of the most high God.

I know we have real situations and
circumstances where panic may be
warranted. However, it should be the
complete opposite. In the ‘I can't see
no way out’ situations, I learn to trust

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God. There is no part of life that is
outside the control of God. If we truly
believe that, then there is no doubt in
what God can and will do. We are
able to breathe easy because the one
who controls life is at work.

The Bible tells us that without faith
it is impossible to please God. We
can't let the Centurion's faith or non
believers be more than that of ours as
Christians. We have to get to the place
where we say, "speak a word Lord" to
our situations, in our circumstances
and to our relationships and know
that all will be well. If no one else
believes we have to. That is what
makes us Christians.

"But speak the word only and my
servant shall be healed." We must
develop our faith so that it can be as
solid as the Centurion's faith.
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Perception!
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PERCEPTION is the process of receiving
information through the senses (hearing,
feeling, tasting, smelling and seeing) and
making sense of it. It is also defined as the
process by which an organism detects and
interprets information from the external
world by means of the sensory receptors.

When making our assessments of others,
our decisions or conclusions of them are usu-
ally only garnered from our senses. This can
be erroneous in some cases because things
aren't always they way they appear.

The Bible admonishes us to walk in the
spirit so that we would not fulfill the lust of
our flesh. We are also told to walk by faith
and not by sight. In both scriptures, the
underlying tone suggests that we can judge or
pereive incorrectly if left to our senses and
not being aided by the spirit of God.

In many of our local churches, we are
reminded frequently of the favour of God,
but very few explain to us how this favour
comes about. In today's teaching, we will
analyse how God will alter the perception of
others in an effort to not only grant us favour
but via the perception of others cause pro-
motion, opportunities and open doors that
could not have happened under normal cir-
cumstances.

Just before I proceed any further with this
Biblical insight, I must make clear that when
God promotes, gives favour, advances, or
elevates you he initiates it by changing the
pereption of those around you. The lessons
which were via your trouble and challenges
were making the necessary changes in you.
However I am sure you'll agree that no mat-
ter how much you've changed some folks
refuse to accept the fact that you've changed,
and will continue to label or categorise you
as to who you use to be.

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around you who refuse to accept your
change you'll never advance. So, it is neces-
sary for God to change their perception of
you to accommodate the change in you.

Joshua, who was the minister of Moses
was about to take on one of the greatest chal-
lenges of his life. That challenge was taking
over as the leader of the children of Israel
following Moses’ death. Now, least we forget
this was not an easy task, simply because
Moses was the greatest leader they ever
knew. Aside from leading them out of
Egyptian bondage, there were many miracles
that were performed by God through him
and he brought them out of slavery by break-
ing the back of poverty and making them
wealthy.

Like any good leader Moses affirms
Joshua as the future leader to the children of
Israel. “And Moses called unto Joshua, and
said unto him in the sight of Israel, be strong
and of good courage.” Moses added “The
Lord will go before thee, he will not fail thee
nor forsake thee, fear not neither be dis-
mayed” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8.)

I was compelled to ask myself, why would
Moses say be strong and of good courage? I
am convinced Moses knew the difficult times
Joshua would have faced leading an estimat-
ed three million people who revered Moses.

In Deuteronomy 31:7-8, Joshua 1:6,7,9
Moses and God had repeatedly said to
Joshua: a) Be strong b) Be of good courage

c) Fear not and d) Be not dismayed. Again
seeing that Joshua is now the leader, why are
these four statements being rehearsed into
his hearing?

It is almost as if they knew something
Joshua did not know. The truth is they both
knew that the children of Israel would auto-
matically compare Joshua to Moses and con-
clude that Joshua was inferior to Moses and
not capable of leading them like Moses.

So, even though Joshua was qualified for
the job, the children of Israel’s perception
needed to be amended. Right now you are
qualified for that promotion on your job, or
you've changed your life and decided to live
for God, but somehow folks don't accept
your new status because you are still the
same old you in their sight. Therefore God
will have to do for you what he did for
Joshua.

“And the Lord said to Joshua, this day will
I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all
Israel, that they may know that, as I was with
Moses, so I will be with thee.”

The revelation here is simply this, God
changed absolutely nothing about Joshua.
God did not change his height, strength,
weight etc, but instead God made Joshua
appear larger than he was in the sight of
Israel. The only thing that was changed was
Israel's perception of Joshua who was
already qualified for what God had called
him to do...... wow!

My beloved readers, you've been
ridiculed, talked about, used, skipped over
for promotion, degraded and laughed at. To
add insult to injury, it has been trouble after
trouble, disappointment, set backs and hin-
drances. However, this year God has decided
that you've qualified to go forward, but he
has to change the perception of your haters
and oppressors. All of the challenges were in
an effort to change you. Now that that leg of
the process is completed GOD WILL NOW
MAGNIFY YOU IN 2011!

Magnification from God places a demand
on your haters and oppressors to respect you
and see you as what God has called you to
be. Just for you, God will change the spiritu-

Thursday, March 3, 2011 *° PG 27

al lens of all those who oppose you in years,
months, and weeks past, only to reveal to
them what he has done in you.

Remember when Jesus did his miracles,
the nay sayers said, “Isn't this Mary and
Joseph boy? Isn't this the carpenter.”

God magnified Jesus through his miracles
and teachings. However prior to this, he was
just a regular person to the people, not that
he wasn't ready to do God's work, but the
people's perception had to be altered, and
only God can do that.

Wherever you are right now, say it out
loud or scream it out in your mind, God has
magnified me and it has caused me to appear
larger, magnificent, glorious, and more confi-
dent in the sight of my enemies.

Prayer points:

¢ Confess and repent of all sins

¢ Ask God for courage, strength, resisting
fear and confusion

¢ Believe that God is with you and will not
forsake you

¢ Finally, ask God to magnify you and
begin thanking him and behaving as if it
has already happened.

Heavenly father thank you once again for
your revelations, and for everyone that
would have read this article. It is no acci -
dent that they came across this article today,
but all according to your divine plan for
their lives. I now come in agreement with
your word which is faith and declare that
you magnify them in the sight of those
around them. I command that the spiritual
lens of their oppressors and haters be
changed only to behold what you've done in
their lives. Your word declares that whatso -
ever thing we desire when we pray, believe
that we've receive it and we shall have it, in
the mighty and matchless name of Jesus
Christ.

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EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH HOST ANNUAL WALKATHON

Members of Ebenezer Methodist Church recently participated in their annual walkathon from the church to Blair Estates and back on Saturday January 29.
Following the walk there was a souse-out and cake sale. Everyone had a great time as they walked to benefit the church.
There are a number of events that are being planned this Spring including a tea and fashion show on Sunday, April 10 and the first annual Ebenezer Spring Fling
multi-cultural tasting event and fair on Saturday May 7, 2010. The public is invited to both.
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NOTES

THE Youth Ministry of Christ Church
Cathedral, in association with
Shakespeare in Paradise, will present
James Weldon Johnson's God's
Trombones on Sunday, March 6 at 4pm.

This piece, also sometimes known by its
full title, God's Trombones: Seven Negro
Sermons in Verse, was written in 1927 and
is based on a book of poems by Johnson
patterned after traditional African-
American religious oratory.

God's Trombones has delighted audi-
ences in theaters, churches and other ven-
ues for over 80 years and never grows old.

This production not only features the
junior choir from St Francis Church, under
the direction of Francis Richardson, but
guest pastor, Rev'd Colin Humes will
deliver the opening piece, Listen Lord - A
Prayer and the sermon, The Prodigal Son.

The other sermons will be delivered by,
Claudette "Cookie" Allens, Tex
Turnquest, Erma Albury, Arthella Issacs,
Marel T Sherman and Onike Archer. The
performance will take place at Christ
Church Cathedral. God's Trombones is
directed by Philip A Burrows.

e 38TH ANNUAL ACM CONFERENCE

On March 16, the Island of Abaco will
come alive as the 38th Annual Diocesan
Anglican Church Men Conference will
be held in Marsh Harbour from March
16-20. This year’s theme is “A Call to
Ministry”.

The Scripture text is taken from St
Luke 10:37. Cannon Basil Tynes and Dr
Robin Roberts are two or three speakers
on the schedule. All Anglican men are
urged to register at their local branch as
the deadline is fast approaching.

Dedication
FROM page 26

we work hard to plan carefully and man-
age our time wisely. If we insist that we
will budget and save, we learn how to
manage our money, even if we have to
request that someone assist us. If we
make up our mind and put our whole
heart into being led by the Holy Spirit,
then we open ourselves to God’s grace in
new and exciting ways. We will associate
with people who will be able to influence
us for good, and enable us to mentor oth-
ers. We will seek to resist Satan in any way
possible and to follow the example of
Jesus, our Master.

There may be other words that you
wish to add to your list of qualities to cel-
ebrate and emulate. You may have differ-
ent definitions for my words chosen. Let
our time together guide your personal
reflection, stimulate your small group dis-
cussions, and promote the writing of even
more thought- provoking pieces by more
persons.



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The Process of Aging

ONE OF the facts of life is that we must
contend with during our journey here on
earth is the reality of growing older.
Though we are aware that no one is
exempted from this process and that it is a
natural part of our existence, we still tend
to resist it and view it in a negative light.
No one wants to grow old. No one wants
to die. Like any other aspect of one’s life,
the aging process can be handled positive-
ly and productively. It should be under-
stood, first of all, as a scriptural principle:
“He knoweth our frame; he remembereth
that we are dust. As for man, his days are
as grass: as the flowers of the field, so he
flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it,
and it is gone; and the place thereof shall
know it no more.” (Psalms 103:14-16).
God ordained the process. It is a beauti-
ful, positive part of his perfect plan for
our life.

The aging process should also be

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viewed as a natural principle. It is evident
in almost every aspect of nature. It
should be seen as not simply a matter of
getting older, but rather a process of
“maturing with a purpose”. Notice the
stages in nature — the seed, the plant, the
flowers, the fruit and the seed. Without
the seed there would be no plant; without
the plant, no flowers, without the flowers,
no fruits; without the fruit, no seed; and
without the seed no more plants.
Without the maturing process in human
beings, there would be no perpetuation of

the race, no physical reproduction, no
gaining and impartation of knowledge.
The good fruits we produce in our process
of development contain the seeds of truth
that, in turn, produce more good fruit in
the next generation.

The so-called “midlife crisis” seems to
be especially difficult for those who are
called to the ministry. Most ministers
tend to be ambitious, idealistic individuals
who have a burden to win the world for
God. We usually feel that we are never
accomplishing enough and that there is
never enough time to do all that we want
to do.

When mid-life crisis is reached, it
comes as an overwhelming realisation
that time is quickly running out and many
of those personal and ministry goals will
never be reached.

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MORE than 1,000 Haitian
have been left homeless after
an early morning fire ripped
through their shanty town on
Fire Trail Road yesterday.

Consuming almost every
structure, the blaze is
believed to have destroyed
more than 400 homes.

Some of the affected resi-
dents were reportedly resi-
dents of Mackey Yard,
another Haitian village that
was destroyed by fire in
December.

With all of their belong-
ings now gone, many of the
people interviewed by The
Tribune yesterday said they
had no idea what to do, or
where to go.

Veanola Axaus, a masonry
worker, said all of his
clothes, household items, and
$500 in cash was destroyed
in the blaze. Saline Hebas
said he lost his passport and
everything he owns.

Ivoicin Cineus told a simi-
lar story, along with Saint
Riloit who said everything
his family owned was con-
sumed in the blaze.

“We have nothing,” Mr
Riloit said through Augustin
Luders who translated for
the group.

“We lost everything,” he
said.

During the height of the
blaze, a bulldozer was
brought in to push down a
number of the clapboard
homes that were engulfed in
fire to prevent the blaze from
leaping from one to the oth-
er.

Many Bahamian residents
who lived nearby the Hait-
ian village scrambled to
secure their own homes.
They sprayed water on their
roof tops and removed gas
tanks from the sides of their
houses.

Even Leslie Miller, the
former MP for Blue Hills,
was seen in the crowd help-
ing firefighters and residents
pull water hoses along to
help tackle the flames.

Speaking with The Tribune
at the scene, Mr Miller said
he used to represent that
area, which now is a part of
the Garden Hills constituen-
cy, up until 2007 when the
boundary lines were

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CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT SHARKS
IN THE BAHAMAS IS STEPPED UP

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

MARINE wildlife artist
Guy Harvey launched a cus-
tom-designed logo for the
campaign to protect sharks
in Bahamian waters at
Bahamas National Trust’s
Retreat Gardens in Village
Road yesterday.

The Jamaican-born artist,
scientist and conservationist
renowned for his popular T-
shirt designs, also spoke to
the press and members of
the Trust about work the
Guy Harvey Research Insti-
tute (GHRI) has done to aid
understanding of the impor-
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By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe @tribunemedia.net

GRAND Bahama will
suffer a massive blow on
Friday when Our Lucaya
Beach and Golf Resort
lays off what informed
sources have estimated
will be about 200 work-
ers.



Around 50 managers
and 150 line staff will be
shed, reducing the com-
pany's staff levels to
around 500.

The hotel has struggled
with low occupancy lev-
els for some time and
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham has previously

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RYAN PINDER ACCUSES MP OF USING
A RACIST REMARK AGAINST HIM

TEMPERS flared in the House of Assembly yesterday when
Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder accused a fellow Parliamentarian of

using a racist remark against him.

Mr Pinder told the House he took great offence at Pinewood
MP Byran Woodside calling him a “poster boy for the Opposi-
tion” because he is a white Bahamian.

Mr Woodside denied using the word “white” but did admit to
calling the Elizabeth MP a “poster boy.”

Mr Pinder said despite the “bigoted and boardline racist”
comments by the member for Pinewood “constituents in Elizabeth
demonstrated they did not care if I was white, black, purple or

green.”

MAN FOUND WITH “MINI ARSENAL’
GETS RE-SENTENCED TO PRISON

THE Court of Appeal
overturned the sentence of a
man found in possession of
a “mini arsenal” after a mag-
istrate gave him the option
of paying a $5,000 fine. It re-
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1,000 Haitian fire
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changed, and as such wanted
to see what was happening
to the people in the area.

Looking out at the devas-
tation, Mr Miller said his
heart goes out to those who
lost everything.

“To lose everything you
own in the world is devastat-
ing.
“T hope that Bahamians
who have a conscience would
give from their heart to these
people who have lost every-
thing that they own in this
world.

“These people are human

beings. Hopefully the gov-
ernment and the churches
will step forward and pro-
vide assistance to these per-
sons who are really in need. I
hope that everyone steps for-
ward; I know I will do my
part,” he said.

Even though the House of
Assembly was in session
yesterday, some residents
questioned why their Mem-
ber of Parliament, Brensil
Rolle, had not taken the
time to visit the area “to at
least see the devastation for
himself.”

One woman, who wished
not to be identified, asked
what else could the MP be

doing that was “more impor-
tant.”

Superintendent Jeffrey
Deleveaux, the director of
Fire Services, said they have
yet to determine the cause
of the blaze, although reports
on the ground suggest it may
have been the result of
someone who was cooking
and left a pot “unattended.”

With the fire reportedly
starting sometime around
7am, firefighters were only
able to bring the blaze under
control sometime shortly
after noon yesterday.

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