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BTC ROW: Protesters march on Parliament Square yesterday
(above) and (right) some clash with police.

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter

AS UNION leaders threat-
ened to shut down a number of
vital services in protest of the
BTC sale yesterday, the gov-
ernment moved to “bring an
end to the deceit” over the deal.

Just hours after demonstra-
tors in Rawson Square clashed
with police and said they would
interrupt the supply of water,
electricity, air transport and
education services if the sale
was not scuttled, the Cabinet
Office released a statement
revealing that according to its
calculations, the PLP’s plan to
sell the telecommunications
company — now being praised
by many protesters — would

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

actually have earned the public
less money.

In addition to a financial
comparison of net earnings of
the CWC sale versus the earlier
decision to sell 49 per cent of
BTC to Bluewater Ventures,
the statement also compared
exclusivity terms and credibili-
ty. (See full statement on page
7)

Many of the protesters who
gathered outside parliament
yesterday emphasised job secu-
rity as a major concern.

“One person losing their job
is one too many. Today was a
test run. We were preparing
today for a planned emergency
later. No water; no light; no

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POLICE USE BATONS AS PROTESTERS
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By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
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POLICE officers used batons to control
protesting union members as they attempted to
storm past barricades in Parliament Square.

No arrests were made in what was an other-
wise peaceful protest that started at Archdeacon
William Thompson Park.

The drama began when protesters rushed
the barricades on Parliament Square, which
originally kept them at bay on the north-side
bleachers.

During the scuffle, police officers were sta-

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OPPOSITION FURY AS HOUSE
SUSPENDED WITHOUT BTC DEBATE

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION members of Parliament rose
in outrage in the House of Assembly yesterday
when they were not allowed to debate the
impending sale of BTC.

Parliamentarians were scheduled to debate
amendments to the Small Business Act and
the Local Government Act, but Opposition
members had hoped to raise the privatisation
issue as well.

However, the amendment to the Local

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By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

THE family of 35-year-old
Owen Rolle, who died short-
ly after his arrest last month,
want an independent investi-
gation into the police force’s
Central Detective Unit.

Mr Rolle was reported to
have died less than an hour
after he was arrested for ques-
tioning into the theft of cop-
per wire from BTC on
November 26. Family mem-
bers question the tears and
bruising found on Owen’s
face. They say that the father-
of-two was in good health
before his arrest.

Reaffirmed by the results
of his autopsy — which stated
Owen died of a sudden and
unexplained death — family
are demanding an investiga-
tion into the Central Detec-
tive Unit.

Owen’s brother, Corey
Rolle, 31, an assistant youth
pastor at Bahamas Faith Min-
istries, also disputes that his
brother died at hospital — as
stated in the autopsy report.

SEE page 16

MINISTER TO GIVE
UPDATE ON ‘PIRATE
TREASURE’ LAND

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

THE Minister of State for
Finance is travelling to San
Salvador today to update
residents on the status of the
title to land under which
many believe contains
buried pirate treasure.

For the past few years,
competing families have laid
claim to the land in Fortune
Hill after some initial
prospecting determined
there were large metal
deposits in one of the hill’s
blocked caves.

According to some of the
island’s senior citizens, there
have been rumours of gold,
diamonds, and other pre-
cious stones being discov-
ered over the years. Many
people believe San Salvador
may have been used in the
past as a staging ground for
such notorious pirates as
Captain Kidd, who in all
likelihood may have buried
their ill-gotten gains on the
island.

With the discovery of the
large metal deposits in For-
tune Hill, many residents
took up the job of “amateur
treasure hunters” and began

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tioned on the opposite side of
the barriers to protesters, who
eventually pushed through to
the middle of the road before
officers were able to regain con-
trol.

After the brief confrontation,
a union member, who had bro-
ken through the barricades,
said: “They have y’all corralled
like a bunch of animals. That
is how they have you. Y’all look
like a bunch of animals.”

A police officer asked him
to “stop that”, fearing his words
might further incite the crowd.

Shortly after the disturbance
turned confrontational, the
House of Assembly was “unex-
pectedly” suspended until
Wednesday, January 19, 2011.

“Hubert left without his seat
belt, burning tyres,” said a pro-
tester, describing how some
parliamentarians “flew out of
the House.”

Hundreds of BTC employ-
ees participated in the protest,
along with employees from sev-
eral other government agen-
cies, including air transport
workers.

“I am here because I don’t
believe what is going on. There
is no accountability to the peo-
ple. They are selling our best
national asset below market
value. If there is nothing to hide
why not make the memoran-
dum of understanding public,”
said an air transport employee,
who took the day off to sup-

PROTEST: Police try to keep the barrier in place.

port the labour movement.

Barbara Rodgers, a BTC
employee, said: “I am not here
for myself. I am here for the
generation to come. Why would
you take food out of my grand-
children’s mouth? ‘Fire and
wire’ don’t need to come here.”

She took the day off from
work to participate in the
protest, although “the union
told me to go to work,” she
said.

“Tam not listening to the
union today. I plan to be here
all day. My father participated
in the general strike, and we
need to close the country down
now for 20 days to send a mes-
sage to Hubert Ingraham that
the Bahamas is for Bahamians
and not him and his cronies,”
said Ms Rodgers.

She was not concerned about
the possibility of being repri-
manded on the job.

Some protesters said they
requested an “emergency day
off”; others said they “called in
sick.” Several were on previ-
ously scheduled vacation time.

Kenny Knowles, a BTC man-
ager on vacation, said: “As an
employee I am very proud of
BTC. It is a part of the Bahami-
an identity and instills a lot of
national pride.

“They should not sell our
national heritage. Privatisation
does not have to equate to for-
eign ownership. That is the
aspect we opposed.”

Union leaders said more
industrial action should be
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Government legislation was
not delivered to the House in
time, prompting the Gov- }

ernment to move for an :

adjournment to January 19,

ending yesterday's session at

around 10.30am.

When Leader of Govern- }
ment Business Tommy }
Turnquest moved for a sus- }
pension, Bain and Grants :
Town MP Dr Bernard Not- }
tage rose as if he were going }
to speak, however the Gov- :
ernment's side continued }
with the adjournment, caus- }
ing an outcry from Opposi-

tion members.

"We were told that they }
were waiting for an amend- ;
ment that they did not
receive. They introduced i
several other bills and then }
moved for immediate sus- }
pension. We were going to }
stand to ask the government ;
to discuss this national issue i

which is the BTC issue.

"The government break i
off running, they left Parlia- :
ment, the Speaker did not :
allow us to speak on the :
motion for suspension — }
again a violation of our i
said }
West End and Bimini MP :
Obie Wilchcombe during an }
impromptu press conference }
in Rawson Square after the ;

democratic principles,"

House adjourned.

Opposition Leader Perry }
Christie questioned the }
"secrecy" surrounding the }
BTC deal, and again called :
on the Government to make }
public its Memorandum of i
Understanding with Cable :
& Wireless — something the }
FNM has said it will do once }
the deal is finalised with }

C&W.

"The question is, why is
the government so clandes- ;

tinely dealing with this issue,

deep in secret? Much more :
importantly, we've come to }
Parliament, we have (a) fun- }
damental right to be heard in }
Parliament, those rights were :
violated this morning in a }
basic way. One would have i
thought they would have }
come to say something about i

it (the MOU), they didn't,

so it would have been our }

duty to raise the question,”

he said, as union members :
and sympathisers protested ;
behind him against the sale :

of BTC.

He thinks Government is }
afraid to take the matter on }
in Parliament given the level :
of controversy surrounding }

"I think the Government }
is very fearful now, scared :
of this issue. They know that }
they are riding a tiger and :

you know old Confucius’

saying, ‘He who rides tiger }
dare not fall off' and so they }
have postponed this to a date }
in January when I presume }
they believe they would have }
finished this deal and then }
they can come to Parliament :

with what they are doing.”
Mr Turnquest

the House was suspended.
In it, he said:

proceed with the debate.

"The amendment to the }
Local Government Act was }
not available at the time of }
this morning’s sitting of Par- :
liament. As the Government }
intends to debate and pass }
both sets of amendments }
concurrently due to their }
being interconnected, Par- }
liament was suspended until i
January 19, 2011. The Gov- }
ernment intends to debate }
and pass the amendments to :
the Business License Act }
and the Local Government i

Act at that sitting."

Minister of State for
Finance Zhirvargo Laing }
shot back at assertions that }
Government left running }
scared yesterday as unions }
protested outside of Parlia- :

ment.

show yesterday.

"The Prime Minister of
the Bahamas, everybody }
knows, is no man who lacks :

courage.”

later }
released a statement on why ;

"The Gov- }
ernment fully intended to }
proceed today with the }
debate and passage of }
amendments to the Business }
License Act. The Govern- }
ment discovered late Tues- }
day evening that a subse- }
quent amendment to the }
Local Government Act }
would also be necessary to :

"We are the ones who are }
proceeding the privatisation. :
We know the objection that
some people have to it. We }
know the unions have indi- }
cated that they are objecting }
to it. What is there for us to }
be afraid of?" he said when
he called into a radio talk }

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE Progressive Liberal
Party was "also wrong” when it
planned to sell a minority stake
in BTC to foreigners, PLP MP
Alfred Sears admitted.

“On reflection I think we
were also wrong,” said Mr
Sears, when asked about the
former government's plans to
sell 49 per cent of BTC to the
American company Bluewa-
ter.

However, he added that the
PLP changed its policy at some
point since then, from one that
focused on a “foreign strategic
partner” to a “strategic part-
ner”, so qualified Bahamian
bidders could be accommodat-
ed.

Speaking to The Tribune on
the sidelines of a union protest
over BTC's privatisation, the
Fort Charlotte MP added that
the outcry is “only going to get
worse” unless the Ingraham
administration caves into the
calls for “Bahamianisation” of
capital resources.

"There is a disquiet in this
country. It is not against C&W.
What the people are saying is
the policy is wrong. People are
asking the government to be
committed to a policy of
Bahamian ownership. BTC is
the case that will draw a line
in the sand that the govern-
ment should make the owner-
ship and economic empower-
ment of Bahamians the prima-
ry objective of public policy,”
he told The Tribune.

“The government should
reconsider the sale and issue
an IPO (initial public offering).
Management and technology
can always be bought. You
don’t have to sell the birthright
of Bahamians,” he said.

PLP Leader Perry Christie
defended his administration's
choice to sell BTC to Bluewa-
ter Ventures in early 2007 - a
deal that fell through once the
FNM assumed office in May
of that year.

He said: "We had taken the
approach that we were going
to sell to a group made up of
people who were shareholders
in major entities around the
world, people who were lead-
ing executives in the compa-
nies, regulators who had been
approved by other jurisdictions
so we were Satisfied as to what
we were selling to. We knew
we were going to have people
who make up a Bahamian
company that would be able to
centre its headquarters in the
Bahamas, run the operation
from the Bahamas with the

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move into the region using the
Bahamas as its base.”

Mr Christie added that he at
least sought to keep the unions

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BTC's union heads have
argued that they have been
kept in the dark over the intri-
cacies of the C&W deal.

"My Cabinet appointed the
management union and the
workers union to be full mem-
bers of the privatisation com-
mittee and we said we would
only move ahead if they agreed
—if we had the full agreement
of the workers’ and the man-
agers’ representatives to the
deal,” he said during an
impromptu press conference
yesterday.

Selling a majority stake in
the highly profitable utility
company is not a good deal he
said.

"Cable & Wireless is not the
company to sell to. . . selling
51 per cent places the Bahami-
an public in a position where
they have lost complete con-
trol... we are very, very fearful
about what's happening."

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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

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Bahamians being offered better deal

WE ARE baffled by Opposition Leader
Perry Christie’s harping on the “secrecy”
surrounding government’s memorandum of
understanding with Cable & Wireless
(LIME). Surprised because on the desk in
front of us is a file of the Christie govern-
ment’s secret negotiations with Bluewater
that were then too sensitive to be shared
with the public and of which no one knew
the details until the Ingraham government
came to office and opened the books. The
union, by its own and Mr Christie’s admis-
sion, was a part of the negotiations and
approved the sale.

A week before the election, which result-
ed in the Christie government’s removal
from office, it was discovered that the pri-
vatisation committee for the Bluewater sale
had submitted its report, which was
approved by cabinet, but not signed by Mr
Christie.

Today the public knows more about the
Cable and Wireless proposal than it ever
did about the Bluewater deal — and even
now information is coming out about Blue-
water that the public is hearing for the first
time.

Prime Minister Ingraham has promised
that all information on the BTC sale with all
documents attached will be made public two
weeks before being presented to the House
for a vote.

This full disclosure, we can assure our
readers — judging from the PLP’s track
record, especially recalling the “secret”
land-giveaway in the Baha Mar Cable Beach
deal — would have never happened under
the Christie government.

And so why does Mr Christie continue to
harp on a deal being “clandestinely” dealt
with “deep in secret” when there is nothing
secret about it?

He believes government, avoided parlia-
ment yesterday morning, because it is afraid
of the issue.

“They know that they are riding a tiger
and you know old Confucius’ saying: ‘He
who ride rides tiger dare not fall off,’” said
Mr Christie.

We know that Confucius was a wise man,
but this particular saying cannot be attrib-
uted to him. It is an ancient Chinese proverb,
which says: “He who rides a tiger can never
get off or the tiger will devour him.”

Is this why Mr Christie cannot give up the
secrecy myth? Maybe, he and the union rep-
resentatives, who admit they were a part of

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the whole Bluewater negotiations, should
come clean and tell the public why they were
so secret when they were trying to hand over
the Bahamian people’s “jewel” to a group
that had not been tested and had no track
record in communications? No, Mr Christie,
this is one tiger you will have to keep riding
because if you fall off the people will indeed
see that the Emperor has no clothes.

In yesterday’s demonstration when a
union member broke through the restraining
barriers on Bay Street and was confronted by
police, he taunted his colleagues, who
remained behind the barricades: “They have
y’all corralled like a bunch of animals. That
is how they have you. Y’all look like a bunch
of animals!”

Not only did they look like a bunch of
corralled animals, but they were behaving as
such without an independent brain in their
heads. Imagine mounting a demonstration
on the emotional hot air of politicians and
union leaders without accepting the invita-
tion to sit down with Cable and Wireless to
discover for themselves what the negotia-
tions are all about and the important role
Bahamians are to play in it.

Today they now have a chance to sit
down in the quiet of their homes and read
the Cabinet’s statement on page 7 of today’s
edition and see the bill of goods that the
PLP was trying to sell them — and if it were
not for the election would have got away
with — and what they are being offered
today.

This week a union leader accused gov-
ernment of giving away the country’s cash
cow. Indeed it is a cash cow that consumers
are paying for dearly and unionists are milk-
ing without shame.

The backwardness of BTC has retarded
the growth of this country’s financial indus-
try as well as local businesses that have been
forced — thanks to the computer — to try to
avoid the BTC monopoly as far as possible.

All we have heard so far is what the union-
ists want of BTC. It is now time for the con-
sumers to be heard. Consumers want lower
prices, better service and an ability to enter
the world market without being hemmed in
by suffocating monopolies.

Read the Cabinet statement and under-
stand how Bahamians are being hoodwinked
by politicians — there is indeed no compar-
ison with the Christie-backed Bluewater
deal to what is being offered today by Cable
and Wireless Communications.



Old guard must
make way for
young blood

EDITOR, The Tribune.

How shocking for Mr
Ingraham to think that it is
either fit or proper to suggest
that The Bahamas should
consider choosing him again
to lead this country after 2012.
Mr Ingraham (and Mr
Christie) while still having
some useful qualities, are old
men today — and will be even
older in 2012. They no longer
have the energy, and cannot
learn the skill-set required to
run a 21st century nation.

Surely the young men of
this country cannot allow this
to happen. And it is up to
those young men, those
between 35 and 55, to stop
this in its tracks.

Young men of each gener-
ation have a responsibility to
their families and the nation
to renew the team, and to
choose one of their genera-
tion to bring new ideas and
new energy to every sector of
the society — whether it be in
business, religion or politics.

In the life of a nation, twen-
ty years completes a genera-
tional cycle.

And any generation that
allows the previous one to
continue to control their fate
after that cycle has run its
course, does so at their own
peril.

The generation of the 30’s
chose Mr Pindling (Sir Lyn-
den) as their political leader.
And he managed to keep his
place for the entire genera-

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tional cycle. There is no ques-
tion that he should have been
replaced in 1987, but the next
generation made the mistake
(for reasons which may be
understandable) of allowing
him to remain for an addi-
tional five years, which
turned out to be a complete
disaster.

The 50’s generation divided
their twenty years between
Mr Ingraham and Mr
Christie.

(It is Mr Christie’s own
fault that he got only five of
those twenty years.) That gen-
eration’s cycle will end in
2012. And so should the con-
trol of both Mr Christie and
Mr Ingraham.

The 70’s generation now
moves into position to choose
their political leaders.

They may not be able to
find a single one to lead for 20
or even 10 years, and may end
up with four different leaders
over the next twenty years.
That is their choice, and their
problem to solve.

But they must not allow old
men to steal their energy and
opportunity to shape the
world in which their children
will have to survive.

Those who are older, and
have served with honour, will,

and must, be treated with
respect and dignity by the
next generation.

Their advice and counsel
are useful in guiding the
hands that will next take con-
trol.

But if they will not grace-
fully relinquish those controls,
it is the duty of the genera-
tion-in-waiting to take con-
trol from them.

Life requires turnover. And
we are at a time in our
nation’s life when that
turnover must occur.

I have great confidence in
the qualities and abilities of
the next generation.

Ihave seen enough of them
to know that The Bahamas
will be in excellent hands
when they assume control.
These men and women have
seen the world and have had
experiences which the current
leaders cannot imagine.

They will change our envi-
ronment, and it is their duty
to do so.

And while this may disturb
some of those in the over-65
set, they are disturbed only
because they are now the sta-
tus quo.

When they did it, their
grandparents were also dis-
turbed. But they did it any-
way.

And that is simply life, as
it should be.

SHAYNE DAVIS
Nassau,
December 6, 2010.

Hope Town was badly
misrepresented in article

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I wish to respond to the
article in Wednesday’s edi-
tion titled “Residents stage
protest in hotel development
row” written by Noelle
Nicholls.

Miss Nicholls came to
Hope Town to cover a protest
and not only did she ignore
the entire reason for the
protest, but she also badly
misrepresented the town of
Hope Town.

By reading the article, one
would think that there is a
small group of foreigners
protesting a development that
will benefit most Bahamians
and that most Bahamians sup-
port it. Nothing is further
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elected by the Bahamians of
Hope Town, Man-O-War,
and Guana Cay to act and
speak on our behalf and
according to our wishes.
Remember, non-Bahamians
cannot vote or hold office.

Regarding the proposed
Elbow Cay Club develop-
ment, the council worked very
hard to get everyone’s opin-
ion by attending town meet-
ings, discussing it in length
individually, and encouraging
everyone to write letters
expressing their views.

After digesting all the infor-
mation they decided that the
voters were overwhelmingly
against the development as
proposed and a resolution was
drafted expressing this view
to Central Government. Cen-
tral Government in turn chose
to totally ignore its own local
government and approved the
development.

The protest was meant to
bring attention not just to the
issue that the citizens of Hope
Town do not want a huge
development on their island,
but also to the bigger issue
that local government and the
wishes of the people are being
ignored.

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the Bahamas? In the article
Miss Nicholls brushes over
most of what Chief Councillor
Jeremy Sweeting had to say
and then from an unnamed
source claims that most peo-
ple at the protest were sec-
ond home owners and expa-
triates. This is untrue.

There was a healthy pro-
portion of both Bahamian
and non-Bahamian. Just
because people are white does
not mean that they are not
Bahamian.

Second home owners are a
huge part of the economy of
the Bahamas. They have mil-
lions of dollars invested in
Hope Town alone. What is
wrong with them voicing their
concerns in regards to their
investments? Miss Nicholls
then focuses on the opinions
of Kerry Sullivan and Michael
Meyers, both who stand to
gain monetarily from this
deal.

Miss Sullivan claims the
council did not give the devel-
opers an alternative and that
the developers had made
efforts to downsize. In truth
the developers first submit-
ted a plan for a development
of outrageous size that had
no hope of being approved
and it was consequently
turned down.

They then came back with
the present plan which is still
of outrageous proportions but
is admittedly smaller than the
first one.

Now they are claiming to
be the good guys because they
have downsized from huge to
not quite as huge. Since the
beginning the town has always
said a small resort or inn
would be welcome.

No one has ever said noth-
ing should be done there at
all.

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LOCAL NEWS

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NEXT MONTH

BAPTIST Bishop Earl
Randy Fraser is expected
to take the witness stand
when his unlawful sex trial
resumes next month.

Bishop Fraser is expect-
ed back in court on Janu-
ary 13 and 14, 2011 for the
continuation of his retrial.

His wife is reportedly
also expected to testify.

Bishop Fraser, pastor at
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relations exercise over BIC



‘NATIONAL ISSUP’:
Bradley Roberts

WITH “national opposition” to the
sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable
and Wireless continuing to grow, PLP
chairman Bradley Roberts said the
government has now embarked on a
major public relations exercise to con-
vince Bahamians that the deal is in
the “best interest of the Bahamas.”

“These groups of misguided per-
sonalities,” Mr Roberts said, “includ-
ing executives of Cable and Wireless,
all have hit the airways in droves in an
effort to support this ‘sweetheart deal’.

“In fact, the creators of this deal
sound so convincing over the airwaves
they are starting (to) sound as if they
truly believe their own propaganda.

“However all Bahamians from all
sides of the political divide are not
buying into the hype.”

Mr Roberts said despite the gov-
ernment’s efforts, the BCPOU, the

BCMU and other national unions
remain strongly opposed to Cable and
Wireless as the purchasing entity of
BTC.

The chairman added that his party
believes the sale of BTC to C&W isa
“national issue” and not a political
one.

Battle

“We therefore will rightly do battle
in the Halls of Parliament against this
foolish, sweetheart proposition by the
FNM.

“To this end, the primary
spokespersons outside the halls of par-
liament have been primarily the par-
ty’s chairman, the leader and deputy
leader.

“This position by the PLP has been
clearly demonstrated with the ongoing

Senate debates, as opposition mem-
bers, despite attempts to be censored,
continue to hammer the government
for not making public the details of
the Memorandum of Understanding
on the BTC/C&W deal.

“We conclude by stating the gov-
ernment continues to stubbornly pro-
ceed with this bad deal despite mount-
ing national opposition by the people
of the Bahamas.

“Considering the above factors, the
PLP again calls on the prime minister
to make public the details of the sale
by releasing the Memorandum of
Understanding on the BTC/C&W
deal without further delay.

“More importantly, we call on the
government to listen to the majority of
the people and cancel the govern-
ment’s plans to sell BTC to Cable and
Wireless,” Mr Roberts said.

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flight,” said Nelerene Harding,
president of the Airport, Air-
line & Allied Workers Union
(AAAW), and third vice presi-
dent of the National Congress
of Trade Unions (NCTU).

She spoke, along with leaders
from 10 different unions. Hun-
dreds of union members par-
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adamant about the government
reversing the sale.

Onlookers heard represen-
tatives of the teacher’s union
say “no read, no write”, fore-
casting possible follow-up
action.

Bernard Evans, president of
the Bahamas Communications
and Public Officers Union
(BCPOU), said: “We don’t
want any foreigners to take
over BTC. We can stay all day
and all night. We are going to
eat lunch, dinner, breakfast and
lunch again.”

Yesterday, the House was
suspended until January 19,
2011, shortly after protesters
had a brief clash with police
when they attempted to storm
past barricades in Parliament
Square.

In last night’s statement, the
government said going forward,
it will put more facts into the
public arena, and will release
“all facts and documentation”
two weeks prior to the House
of Assembly being called upon
to vote on the sale of BTC.

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the Bahamas Communications
and Public Managers Union
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vote on BTC. If every time they
come they run, then we will be
victorious.”

During the protest, leaders
from the different unions spoke
from a bullhorn in the middle
of Parliament Square, while fel-
low members sang and chant-
ed.

“We are here to make a
statement today. Come hell or
high water, we will stand
together as the TUC and the
NCTU.

“We will not allow BTC to
be taken away and sold to
Cable and Worthless,” said Cle-
ola Hamilton, Trade Union
Congress (TUC) vice president

and president of the nurses
union.

“We are giving away our
children’s birthright and our
children’s, children’s birthright.

“Enough is enough and too
much is too god damn much,”
said Ms Hamilton.

In light of a court injunction
preventing BTC union repre-
sentatives from “inducing
employees of BTC to break
their respective contracts of
employment by taking part in
any unlawful industrial action
against BTC”, Mr Evans said
the union “told our people to
go to work.”

“We admonished them to go
to work. Go pay your phone

bill. My people are at work,”
said Mr Evans, who emphasised
that the NCTU and the TUC
led the protest, not the
BCPOU.

“We will be guided by the
NCTU and the TUC with what-
ever plans they have,” he said.

Downtown workers filed out
of their stores to observe the
procession, as union members
walked slowly down Bay Street.
Police diverted downtown traf-
fic using Charlotte Street,
Woodes Rodgers Wharf, Par-
liament and East streets.

The demonstration started at
the Archdeacon William
Thompson Park, with protest-
ers toting an array of placards.

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to the crash was discovered.

“The search has been suspended pending any

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Cabinet statement on BTC sale

LATE last night the Cabinet
released a statement on the sale
of the 51 per cent interest in
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company to Cable &
Wireless Communications
concluding that “the offer
from Bluewater is in no way
comparable to that from
CWC.”

Following is the full text of
the statement:

It is time to bring an end
to the deceit that is now
becoming a national debate
regarding the Government's
decision to sell 51 per cent of
the Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company (BTC) to
Cable and Wireless Commu-
nications (CWC) and its com-
parison to an earlier decision
to sell 49 per cent of BTC to
Bluewater Ventures.

Price Comparison.

The price agreed with
Bluewater was $260 million
for 49 per cent of BTC. But
there was a net balance of
approximately $70 million of
BTC's cash in its bank
account at the end of May
2007. There was no allowance
in Bluewater's offer for this
cash to be removed from
BTC.

Using the same maths we
have heard with respect to the
Cable & Wireless transaction,
this constituted a net cash
transaction of $190 million.
Of this amount $25 million
was deferred for five years
and another $15 million
deferred for six years.

The net cash therefore,
that the country would have
received from the Bluewater
transaction at the time of clos-
ing is $150 million.

The deferred payment of
$40 million, which was also
interest-free, would have in
fact been paid by BTC itself
and because of time-value the
money would have amount-
ed to less in value than $40
million. The sale price of $260
million was nothing more
than a gimmick designed to
deceive and mislead.

The net cash to Govern-
ment of the proposed Blue-
water bid would therefore
have been less than $190 mil-

lion. It is deceitful not to
openly acknowledge this fact.

In the case of the CWC
transaction, the purchase
price is $210 million which
will be paid at closing plus $7
million in stamp taxes, that is
$217 million. And, the Gov-
ernment at closing will receive
any net cash in excess of $15
million.

Therefore, the net cash
benefit to the Government of
the CWC transaction will be
at least $202 million. No
account is taken in this state-
ment of the tens of millions
of dollars received by the
Government from BTC since
the aborted sale to Bluewa-
ter as the Government did not
intend to sell BT'C's cash.

Exclusivity Period

A comparison of the exclu-
sivity period for the mobile
service which has an annual
cash value of a very signifi-
cant amount shows Bluewa-
ter was granted an exclusivity
period of six years while for
CWC the exclusivity period
for mobile service is three
years.

Regarding the fixed line
monopoly, Bluewater was
granted an exclusivity period
of six years. As for CWC, this
issue does not arise since we
already liberalized fixed line
services and CWC will there-
fore be in a competitive envi-
ronment from the beginning
of its operation.

Minority vs. Majority Own-
ership

Much is being made of the
issue of sale of 49 per cent
against 51 per cent and the
implications inherent in the
difference.

The principal issue that
arises in minority versus
majority interest is the ele-
ment of management and
control of the company. In
the case of Bluewater the fact
is that the management and
control was to be given to
Bluewater without acquisition
of the majority interest.

Bluewater was given con-
trol of the Board and of the
Company by virtue of its
greater number of directors
and of the day-to-day man-
agement by virtue of its

authority to select the Com-
pany's Chief Executive Offi-
cer. The important distinction
is that Bluewater secured
effective majority control
without having to pay for it.

Credible Partner

Perhaps the most com-
pelling issue for the Bahamian
people's consideration is the
issue of credibility of the
selection for partnering with
BTC in its quest for the trans-
formation of telecommunica-
tions networks throughout
The Bahamas and assurance
of a telecommunications
framework that facilitates and
supports the economic pros-
perity of the country.

A comparison of Bluewa-
ter and Cable and Wireless is
in order.

Firstly, it is not possible to
know who Bluewater is
because there is no history to
refer to. Bluewater was a
shell company registered off-
shore in Jersey in the Channel
Islands, and was established
in 2003, 140 years after Cable
& Wireless commenced oper-
ations. It had no financial
statements and no organiza-
tional support. It only had 2
issued shares of 1 UK pound
each. It was previously called
Bluewater Communications
Ventures Ltd. It changed its
name to Bluewater Ventures
Ltd. removing the word
“Communications”.

As far as we know, given
the 2 shareholders are nomi-
nee companies, its principal
is one individual foreigner
who used to be in a commu-
nications business, NTL,
which went into bankruptcy
in 2002. We don't know who
the shareholders are, as this
information was never pro-
vided to us. It is mind-bog-
gling that a decision was once
taken by a Government of
The Bahamas to sell BTC to
this entity. It is even more
astonishing that there are
those still bold enough to pub-
licly tout this experience
today.

On the other hand, the
partner the present Govern-
ment has selected, CWC, is a

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LOCAL NEWS



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Sale of counterfeit

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By CELESTE NIXON
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MEMBERS of the public
are criticising the Ministry of
Education for allowing the
sale of counterfeit goods at
RM Bailey park.

Holiday vendors who “set
up shop” last Saturday at the
park, across the street from
the Marathon Mall, are sell-
ing everything from toys to
clothes. Some are reportedly
also selling counterfeit bags
and wallets.

One concerned person
remarked that it would
appear that the Ministry of
Education, which has respon-

on more than one occasion
recently, beginning with the
arrest of nine straw market
vendors in New York for
buying counterfeit goods they
planned to later sell on Bay
Street.

Then, Minister of Public
Works and Transport Neko
Grant announced that coun-
terfeit goods will not be
allowed in the new Straw
Market — a decision that
drew the ire of many straw
vendors.

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Androsians who have built their homes on Crown Land and are unable to obtain an occupancy certifi-

cate from the Government.

Central Andros natives can
now claim Crown Land



CENTRAL ANDROS administra-
tor Oscar Munroe offered an
view of how Central Androsians
can directly benefit from the
discipline provided by the 2010
Forestry and Planning & Subdi-
visions Act, as well as the 2010
Land Adjudication Act.




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ANDROS -—- Central
Andros natives can now
claim Crown Land which
they can prove they have a
vested interest in under the
2010 Land Adjudication Act.

The 2010 Planning and
Subdivisions Act will also
empower their right to build
on the land legally and retain
equity and market value,
according to local govern-
ment officials.

“In Andros, most of the
land is owned by the state
and there’s very little pri-
vately owned land. So hence,
the residents find it difficult
to engage in any kind of
expansion of the communi-
ties in which they live,
whether it’s for private resi-
dence or for business pur-
poses,” said Central Andros
administrator Oscar Munroe.

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type of title to the land. But
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order for them to build, there
are certain requirements to
get a building permit. One of
those requirements will be
that they will have to show
proof of ownership of the
land. This presents a prob-
lem in that most of the time
they build without coming
forward. And then there’s a
difficulty in regulating
because sometimes they
build by the building code or
sometimes they didn’t.”

The 2010 Planning and
Subdivisions Act will take
effect in January 2011, end-
ing an era of ambiguity and
confusion.

It offers a clear legal
framework with a list of
guidelines, of which these
Bahamian investors have
been unaware, government
officials said.

“You would know that a
building is progressing when
the investor goes to BEC to
get electricity and they need
an occupancy certificate. In
order to get that, they will
come in and everybody
expects you at the time to
understand they have invest-
ed in this property, and this is
the norm, and most cases
they just expect for it to be
business as usual, that you
turn a blind eye and give
them the occupancy certifi-
cate,” said Mr Munroe.

Mr Munroe spoke in gen-
eral regarding the local land
disputes presented before
him as a Family Island
administrator.

He said the issues are
deep-rooted because Central
Androsians expect fairness
and want equal treatment
under the law. Residents
were offended that land own-
ership was a privilege granted
to others in the past and not
extended to them.

“Most of the land is Crown
Land and these settlements
have been going on for many,
many years. There were oth-
er people who were able to
do it and found that they
were able to get regulation
after a while. So hence,
everyone feels that it should
be the norm,” said Mr
Munroe.

The new amendments will
help residents to comply with
government building codes
easier and will dismiss the
established tradition of
manipulating the Quieting
Titles Act to acquire land in
which they have invested, he
said.

At least, 80 per cent of the
land in Andros is govern-
ment owned, including land
protected by the Bahamas
National Trust for sustaining
national biodiversity.

The 2010 Forestry and
Planning and Subdivisions
Act brings the unaddressed
issues from the court of pub-
lic opinion back into the
courtroom.

“Tt forces us to look into
the situation and perhaps
from the Town Planning side
of it, we would have to make
land available to the resi-
dents. We would have to
actively survey the lands that
people have been building on
and making sure that some
title is forthcoming. Land
would also have to be made
available for future growth,”
said Mr Munroe.

Mr Munroe also spoke
about how the laws will pro-
tect wildlife from human
interference.

“There has been a lot of
research going on about
Andros from the local and
international perspective.
The blue holes were widely
publicised by National Geo-
graphic magazine. You can
catch crabs in those areas,
but you cannot build there
because those areas are
reserved for sustainable
growth of the crabs,” said Mr
Munroe.

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caused by government road ‘We The People’ chair- seem “completely uncon-
cerned” that they are nega-
tively impacting the quality
of life for all residents and
that productivity is being
unnecessarily and signifi-
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seek to make an impact with
respect to the quality of life
for all Bahamians. It is the
PR ATT & L A M BERT small things that count and

in this regard we call for an
PAINTS immediate investigation of
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covers on Shirley Street.

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now.

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1,000 detained in Russia to prevent ethnic clashes



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CLAMPING DOWN: Riot police officers detain protesters outside
Sennaya Ploshchad metro station in St. Petersburg yesterday. Dozens
of riot police deployed around central St. Petersburg Wednesday to
prevent possible ethnic clashes after the weekend rioting by racist
hooligans fueled rumors that minorities could try to retaliate.

DAVID NOWAK,
Associated Press
MOSCOW

Fearing more clashes between racist hooligans and mostly Mus-
lim ethnic minorities, police detained more than 1,000 people in
Moscow and several other Russian cities Wednesday, after week-
end rioting in the capital left dozens injured.

Hundreds of riot police outside the Kievsky station in central
Moscow hauled into police vans mostly young men and teenagers
who were shouting racist slogans and raising their hands in Nazi
salutes. Some were lined up against buses and searched by police.
Officers confiscated an arsenal of weapons, including traumatic
guns, Knives and metal bars, police spokesman Viktor Biryukov
said. Police rounded up about 60 protesters in St. Petersburg,
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Christ Church Cathedral
Schedule of Christmas Services
December 19th, 2010 - January 2nd, 2011

6:30 p.m. Sunday December 19th, 2010
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Featuring The Highgrove Singers

Fiday December 24th, 2010

The Eve of The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ LONDON

WikiLeaks founder Julian
Assange was due back in
British court Thursday to fight
for bail following a week of
legal drama which has seen
prosecutors challenge a judge's
decision to free him, according
to Associated Press.

11:43 p.m. Procession to and Blessing of the Manger Assange was granted a con-

& ditional release on 200,000

. ounds ($316,000) bail Tues-

Solemn High Mass ay but Os are trying

to keep him behind bars and

appealed the decision to Lon-
don's High Court.

Assange has already spent
more than a week in prison fol-
lowing his surrender to British
police over a Swedish sex-
crimes warrant. He denies any
wrongdoing but has refused to
voluntarily surrender to Swe-

10:45 p.m “Emmanuel: The Promise Fulfilled”
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sdturday December 25th, 2010
Christmas Day
7:00 dim Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist

Sunday December 26", 2010
The First Sunday After Christmas
7:30 am. Holy Eucharist
4:20 a.m, Holy Eucharist
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New Year's Eve
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ulian Assange back in
court to fight for bail

den's request to extradite him
for questioning.

Supporters of the 39-year-old
Australian say the charges are
trumped up and possibly polit-
ically motivated.

Assange's British lawyer,
Mark Stephens, said Wednes-
day that "somebody has it in

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for Julian Assange and we only
can conjecture why."

But lawyer Gemma Lind-
field, acting for Sweden, told
Tuesday's hearing at the City
of Westminster Magistrates’
Court that Assange faced seri-
ous allegations and may
abscond if granted bail.

She said he is accused of
rape, molestation and unlawful
coercion by two women for sep-
arate incidents in August.
Assange has yet to be charged.

His lawyers say the allega-
tions stem from a dispute over
"consensual but unprotected
sex" and argue that he has
offered to make himself avail-
able for questioning via video
link or in person in Britain.

Lindfield also rejected
attempts to link Assange's case
with the work of WikiLeaks —
which last month deeply
angered USS. officials by begin-
ning to publish its trove of
250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic
cables.

"This is not a case about
WikiLeaks, rather a case about
alleged serious offenses against
two women," Lindfield said.

District Judge Howard Rid-
dle approved bail on condition
Assange wear an electronic tag,
stay at a specific address in
southern England, report to
police every evening and
observe two four-hour curfews
each day besides putting up the
bond.

His lawyers are struggling to
assemble the bail money, which
the court wants to see up front
and in cash. Stephens said he
had about half the amount by
Wednesday.

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Cable: Cubans say Jamaica lax on fighting drugs ff

DAVID McFADDEN,
Associated Press
KINGSTON, Jamaica

Jamaica's counter-drug
efforts have been so sluggish
that exasperated Cuban offi-
cials privately griped about
their frustrations to a USS. drug

enforcement official, according BRUCE drugs,’" said and Washington not talked there and didn't say anything.”
to a newly released U.S. diplo- GOLDING the cable, about openly, such as an A spokeswoman for Women's and Childrens Clothing/Shoes
matic cable. apparently August 2009 trip by a U.S. Jamaica's national security min-

The communique released
by WikiLeaks said Cuban offi-
cials painted their Caribbean
neighbor to the south as chron-
ically uncooperative in stopping
drug smugglers who use Cuban
waters and airspace to trans-
port narcotics destined for the
US. Dated Aug. 11, 2009, and
first published by Britain's The
Guardian newspaper, it said no
fewer than 15 Cuban Interior
Ministry officials complained
to a USS. anti-drug specialist
assigned to the U.S. Interests
Section, which Washington
maintains in Havana instead of
an embassy.

"Collectively and continually,
they express frustration over
the (government of Jamaica's)
consistent ignoring of Cuban
attempts to increase the flow







of drug-relat-
ed informa-
tion between
the two island
nations to
increase inter-
dictions and
avoid ‘being
surprised by



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written by America's chief
diplomat to Cuba, Jonathan
Farrar. The document was writ-
ten less than a year before
Jamaican security forces
launched an anti-gang crack-
down following the capture of
Christopher "Dudus" Coke,
once described by the U.S. Jus-
tice Department as one of the
world's most dangerous drug
kingpins.

The cable describes two
major seizures of marijuana
from Jamaican smugglers in
Cuba's territory and portrayed
the Cubans as active partners,
even if the communist govern-
ment ultimately blames Wash-
ington for drug trafficking due
to high demand in the USS.

Despite their stormy rela-
tionship and the lack of a for-



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mal drug cooperation treaty,
Cuba and the United States
have long worked together on
interdiction efforts, with the
two country's coast guards han-
dling communication about
operations on the high seas.
The cable reveals a level of
cooperation between Havana

Coast Guard drug interdiction
specialist to the Cuban city of
Camaguey following the cap-
ture of a plane carrying 13 bales
of marijuana from Jamaica.

Officials at the U.S. Interests
Section in Havana normally are
not allowed to travel beyond
25 miles (40 kilometers) out-
side the capital without Cuban
permission, which is rarely
granted. According to the
memorandum, the U\S. spe-
cialist determined that Cuba
"genuinely desires greater
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LOCAL NEWS

FAMILY OF MAN
WHO DIED AFTER
ARREST WANT
INVESTIGATION

FROM page one

He believes his brother died
at CDU.

Mr Rolle said: “His daddy
— ASP Nathan Rolle — was
actually one of the leading
officers in CDU for years.
He trained Bethell (head of
CDU), who dropped us to
school for years. The force
that my daddy helped build
to where it is right now, is
now being questioned for his
own son’s death by the offi-
cers who he trained.”

According to the police,
Mr Rolle had been taken in
for questioning in connec-
tion with the robbery of the
BTC office on Shirley Street
that morning. While at the
Central Detective Unit, offi-
cers said, they noticed he
was breathing heavily, then
he suddenly collapsed.

Mr Rolle said: “I think
one of the biggest problems
on the force right now — I
think officers are frustrated
with the judicial system and
it forces them to do things
that may be extreme to
crack down a case.”

Mr Rolle explained that
since his brother’s death, he
had been doing his own
research into the interroga-
tion tactics of officers at
CDU. His findings revealed
that persons were beaten
with various objects about
the body, including their
head and testicles, suffocat-
ed or tased.

“The two other guys that
got arrested with this case
both said they were beaten
badly,” he said. “When an
officer arrests somebody,
knowing he’s gonna be out
within 24 hours, for murder
or gun possession, I think
they’re frustrated so when
they’re in situations like that
they do desperate things.
They go to the extreme to
try to find out what’s going

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OWEN ROLLE: The 35-year-old died after his arrest.

on because there isn’t much
hope with our judicial sys-
tem. I definitely think they
did something which they do
normally, but it took his
life.”

Mr Rolle explained that
despite the personal meet-
ing from the commissioner
— who assured him that there
would be no cover up if
there was any wrongdoing —
he was dissatisfied by the
efforts of the organisation
towards ensuring proper
recourse for his brother’s
death.

“We are at a serious state
in this country,” said Mr
Rolle, “my brother missed
his daughter’s birthday yes-
terday. He had two kids, a
three-year-old and a five-
year-old.”

The Rolle family’s cry for
an independent body to
monitor the RBPF echoes
public statements made by
a senior police officer this
week.

Assistant Superintendent
Glenroy McKenzie demand-
ed an independent investi-
gation into the death of
Inspector Archibald Miller
who was accidentally killed
last month by police. Both
matters were said to have
been sent to the coroner’s
court, however the autopsy
report on both Mr Rolle and
Mr Miller were not made
public.

Mr Mckenzie told the
media that he had “lost con-
fidence” in the police com-
missioner’s ability to effect a
proper inquiry. He also said
he felt Commissioner
Greenslade was too con-
cerned with “public image.”

“The commissioner,” said
Mr Rolle, “is a good man,
he’s trying his best, but def-
initely we do have a police
force that needs to be fine
tuned.”

Senior officers were not
available for comment up to
press time.

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LOCAL NEWS



Minister to give
update on pirate
treasure land

FROM page one

to excavate vast areas of pri-
vate land in the hope of
finding this lost treasure.
International prospectors
also joined the search. When
good title to the land could
not be determined, the gov-
ernment was forced to step
in and halt all activity.

However, Minister of
State Zhivargo Laing told
The Tribune yesterday the
government has finally been
able to determine title to the
land, but would not disclose
the name of the person, save
to say it was a woman.

“There is an individual
who we are able to confirm
that her title is clear. So now
I am going to explain to
them what we now know,
and explain to them what
will happen from here. ’m
really going to update them
on the status of things as far
as that property is con-
cerned,” he said.

While it is not the govern-
ment’s responsibility to
determine if there is buried
treasure on the island or not,
Minister Laing stressed that
if anything were to be dis-
covered, that individual,
according to Treasure Trove
law, would have to enter
into an agreement with the
Minister of Finance before
anything could be excavat-
ed.

“You first would have to

SAN SALVADOR TRIP:
Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing



show clear title to property.
Then you would have to get
permission from the Antiq-
uities, Monuments and
Museum Corporation to do
the excavation. Then, if you
have any findings, you have
an obligation to disclose that
to the Minister of Finance
so that you can enter into a
Treasure Trove arrange-
ment with him that says how
the property can be disposed
of ”

Minister Laing said that
beyond this there is no law
that stipulates what per-
centage the government
could take from any find,

ka ai
other than what would be
negotiated between the
Minister of Finance and the
prospector.

“And I want to be clear,
that I am not in any way
suggesting that the govern-
ment has, or that there is
any treasure on any proper-
ty that Iam aware of,” Min-
ister Laing laughed.

The Minister will be host-
ing his town meeting on the
salvage proposal at Fortune
Hill at the Riding Rock pho-
to centre in San Salvador at
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BAHAMIAN art students
were recently praised for their
contribution to the art world.

Education Minister
Desmond Bannister called the
artwork displayed at the annu-
al National Exhibition featuring
work done by students in the
Art and Craft After-School
Enrichment Programme a
“marvel” to look at.

The event, which over the
past several years had been
held at the Central Bank, was
held at the National Art
Gallery on Friday, December
10. “This exhibition speaks to
the depth and talent of our stu-
dents and is also evidence of
the fact that their works can be
showcased in any gallery any-
where in the world,” he said.

Thanking the artist commu-
nity for their contribution to
the development of art in the
country, Mr Bannister said their
involvement has “set the stage”
for up-and-coming artists.

“Once again, I must thank
the artist community of the
Bahamas for their involvement
in this programme from the
beginning,” said Mr Bannister.

“Among them are Mr Max
Taylor, Mr Antonius Roberts,
Mr John Beadle and Mr Joleyn
Smith.”

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assisted with the event, includ-
ing Charlthorn Strachan, a for-
mer Doris Johnson Senior High
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NETTIE’S Different of
Nassau Heritage Centre on
West Bay Street recently
received a partial overhaul
and unveiled its Bahamian-
themed restaurant.

Nettica Symonette, owner
and operator of the heritage
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the whole package to visitors,
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“When I was a little girl
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Café Nettie serves organic
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She uses traditional
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has also created some of her
own.

“IT want people to live a
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ette said.

“People look at me, they
ask my age.

“T’m almost 77 and I’ve got
more energy than anybody in
the world.”

Café Nettie is open for
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except Tuesdays.

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ciated by visitors and resi-
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spinning tops, it is a reminder
of the good old days.

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individuals.

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Collapsed broker’s $1.47m
shortfall ‘54% recoverable’

i Some former Caledonia clients ‘unhappy’ value of securities holdings
has fallen, one suffering $593,400 loss
i Deloitte & Touche liquidator pledges he wants to bring wind-up to
end ‘as much as’ fiduciary clients of broker that collapsed with $25m

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The liquidator of a col-
lapsed Bahamas-based bro-
ker/dealer has determined
that 54 per cent of a $1.47 mil-
lion shortfall, which is in
excess of the $25 million loss
that caused the company’s
failure, can be recovered,
pledging that he wanted the
winding-up to come to an end
“as much as” the fiduciary
clients.

SEE page 5B

Atlantis

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Atlantis will benefit from
25 per cent higher occupan-
cy levels during the Christmas
period this year, while visitor
levels for New Year’s remain
“flat to last year”, according
to Kerzner International exec-
utive Ed Fields.

SEE page 6B

Major ‘mindset’
change coming
for local firms

Chief WTO negotiator says
Bahamas companies have
to do more for themselves,
investigating new
markets/products and
understanding trade rules
themselves, rather than
relying on government



RAYMOND WINDER

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian businessmen
will have to undergo a fun-
damental “mindset”
change when this nation
accedes to full World
Trade Organisation
(WTO) membership, this
nation’s chief negotiator
believes, investigating new
opportunities and learning
the rules themselves rather
than relying on the Gov-
ernment to do it for them.

Such a ‘culture shock’
will be many of the major
adjustments for the
Bahamian private sector,
Raymond Winder, the
Deloitte & Touche
(Bahamas) managing part-
ner, told Tribune Business,
pointing out that by joining
the WTO and signing on to
other trade agreements,
such as the Economic Part-
nership Agreement (EPA),
this nation would have to
move to a business envi-
ronment regulated by
statute as opposed to the
current policy-dominated
one.

“One of the big issues
would be that for a long
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The Ministry of Tourism
has launched a new promo-
tional initiative aimed at max-
imising the benefits to the
Bahamian island archipelago
from the high-value private
aviation market.

Motivated by the results of
a survey conducted in part-
nership with the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Associa-
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80 per cent of their member-
ship had never flown to the
Bahamas, 86 per cent would
be interested in doing so, The
Ministry of Tourism part-
nered with online “aviation
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of 12 out of the Bahamas’ 20
different Airports of Entry in
2011, becoming eligible for
several grand prizes at the end
of the year.

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up to provide pilots with
details about the competition
and information they may
need when seeking to fly into
the Bahamas.

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CLICO
(Bahamas) 149
former staff
were yesterday
receiving the
collective $2.6
million sever-
ance pay due
to them fol-
lowing the
insolvent
insurer’s collapse, informed
sources told Tribune Business.

The payments were made by
the Government, courtesy of
the Ministry of Finance, as CLI-
CO (Bahamas) liquidator,
Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez, the
Baker Tilly Gomez accountant
and partner, continues with
efforts to transfer its insurance
portfolio to Colina Insurance
Ltd and sell its key asset, the
Wellington Preserve real estate
project in south Florida.

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about what they need to say if
a pilot wants to fly to the
Bahamas, that this is what
they need to do, these are the
amenities on each island, and
so on,” said Greg Rolle, chief
aviation specialist with the
Ministry of Tourism in Flori-
da.

The Bahamas Pilot Chal-
lenge was his brainchild,
according to Minister of
Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool

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Bahamas’ name, rather than own, will ‘jeopardise’
ability to compete and attract investors

* Warns move could also ‘complicate and confuse’
FCC licence for cable landing in the US

* Argues ‘burdensome and unfair’ to treat Caribbean



under same licence as parent, given that Cable has
SMP obligations while it does not

* URCA argues separate operating licence only issued
to affiliates not under parent control, unlike
Caribbean Crossings

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Cable Bahamas is locked in yet another dispute with the
Bahamian communications sector regulator, this time over
the latter’s decision to licence a fibre-optic submarine cable
system under its name rather than an affiliate’s, a move it
claims will “jeopardise Caribbean Crossings’ ability to attract
investors, upgrade the network and compete effectively
against rival operators”.

SEE page 7B

CONSUMERS TOLD T0
BRACE FOR PRICE RISES

Florida chill to impact Bahamas supply

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

As Florida farmers continued to count the cost of the lowest
temperatures in the state since the 1960s, wholesalers and
retailers yesterday warned Bahamian consumers to be pre-
pared for potential spikes in produce prices in the coming
weeks.

Meanwhile, major local wholesaler, Bahamas Food Services,
suggested any destruction of crops in Florida may signal a sil-

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 3B



Getting ‘Hyper’
over road map

BY DEIDRE M. BASTIAN

hat are
Hyperlinks?
Hyperlinks
are links
connecting to another desti-
nation or file. Typically, a user
following hyperlinks is said to
navigate or browse to a docu-
ment or location the hyper-
link leads to. Very similar to
taking a connecting plane,
train or bus to work or home.

The gigantic international
network of web pages known
as the World Wide Web is
interconnected through the
use of hyperlinks, and would
simply fail to exist without
them.

For example: Hyperlinks
are often used to implement
reference mechanisms, such
as tables of contents, foot-
notes, bibliographies, index-
es and glossaries.

Links connect to another
page on a Web site, a Web
page on a different Web site,
or a file in another format
that is not a Web page, such
as a PDF document, an
image, a Microsoft Power-
Point presentation or multi-
media file.

The term ‘hyperlink’ was
coined in 1965 (or possibly
1964) by Ted Nelson and his
assistant Calvin Curtin. A
team led by Douglas Engel-
bart was the first to imple-
ment the hyperlink concept
for scrolling within a single
document (1966), and soon
after for connecting between
paragraphs within separate
documents (1968).

A database program,
HyperCard, was released in
1987 for the Apple Macin-

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tosh, which allowed hyper
linking between various types
of pages within a document.
Sir Timothy John ‘Tim’ Bern-
ers-Lee, a British engineer
credited for overseeing the
Web's continued develop-
ment, implemented the first
successful communication
between an HTTP client and
server via the Internet.

Is hyper linking legal?

While hyper linking among
WebPages is an intrinsic fea-
ture of the web, some object
to being linked. In certain
jurisdictions and courts, it
advocates that hyperlinks can
give rise to legal liability with-
out permission, regardless of
referencing material.

There are various types of
links used on web pages, such
as: Relative, Site root relative
and Absolute. The correct
choice depends on the loca-
tion of the page to which it
links.

* Relative Links point to a
location that is relative to the
current page. The disadvan-
tage is that the link can break
if you move a file to another

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directory.

* Site Root-Relative Links
point to a location that is rel-
ative to the root directory of
the site. One common use of
this is to store all images in
an images directory, then link
to images with links like
‘/images/mypic.jpg’. The
advantage is that the link
stays the same no matter what
directory the current page is
in.

* Absolute Links are those
that simply include the entire
path to the file. These are
generally used for links that
points to different sites other
than the one located on your

page.

* Anchor Link is bound to
a portion of a document, gen-
erally text. For example, a
map of the Bahamas may
have each island hyperlinked
to further information about a
particular island.

Link behaviour in Web
Browsers

When you move the cursor
over a link in a Web page, the
arrow will turn into a little
hand, and a web browser usu-
ally displays a hyperlink in
some distinguishing way - in a

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ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being known as Lot Number Nineteen (19)
in Block Number Twenty-seven (27) of Unit Two (2) on Great Harbour Cay one
of the Berry Islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

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ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot Number Twenty (20) in Block
Number One (1) situate in Section Two (2) of the Subdivision called and known
as Sea Breeze Estates in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence
having the bounded Northwestwardly by a road reservation called Casuarina
Lane East Northeastwardly by Lot Number Twenty-one (21) in the said Block
East Southeastwardly by parts of Lots Number Two (2) and Three (8) in Block
Number Three (3) in the said Section Number Two (2).

JOE FARRINGTON ROAD

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot Number Twenty-two (22) of Palm
Subdivision which forms a portion of Sandilands Allotment Eighty (80) situate
in an area known as Joe Farrington Road in the Eastern District of the Island
of New Providence aforesaid which said piece parcel or lot of land is bounded
NORTHWARLDLY by Lot Number Twenty (20) and running thereon One Hundred
and Sixteen and Five hundredths (116.05) feet EASTWARDLY by land running
thereon Fifty (50) feet SOUTHWARDLY partly by Lot Number Twenty-three (23)
and partly by Lot Number Twenty-four (24) and running thereon jointly One
Hundred and Sixteen and Five Hundredths (116.05) feet and WESTWARDLY
by a Road Reservation Thirty (30) feet wide and running thereon Fifty (50) feet.

KEMP ROAD

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate in the Eastern District of the Island
of New Providence which said piece parcel or lot of land is bounded on the
North by another portion of the said original lot of land and running thereon
One Hundred (100) feet on the East by Kemp Road and running thereon Fifty
(50) feet on the South partly by another portion of the said original lot of land
and partly by another portion of the said original lot of land and running thereon
jointly One Hundred (100) feet and on the West.

JAMES CISTERN

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate in the Settlement of James Cistern
in the Island of Eleuthera in the said Commonwealth and is bounded on the
NORTH and running thereon Seventy-five (75) feet on the EAST and running
thereon Seventy-five (75) feet on the SOUTH by the Public Road and running
thereon Seventy-five (75) feet and on the WEST and running thereon Seventy-
five (75) feet.

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ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate in BAHAMIA SECTION 1 Subdivision
lying in the Island of Grand Bahama comprising Lot Number Two (2) in Block
ZZ of the said Subdivision according to the Subdivision.

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Getting ‘Hyper’ over road map

FROM page 3B

different colour, font, style or
blue and purple underlined
text.

Moreover, when the cursor
hovers over a link, some
information about the link
pops up in a special hover
box, which disappears when
the cursor is moved away.

Dead links occur when the
server that hosts the target
page relocates to a new
domain name, some form of
blocking such as firewalls or
when the targets are not kept
up to date.

Correcting an Error in
Internet Explorer

1. Go to Start -> Run ->
Type regsvr32 urlmon.dll

2. Once complete click Ok.

If that didn’t resolve the
problem, repeat the process

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by running the following addi-
tional entries to repair Inter-
net Explorer:

Start -> Run -> Type
regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll

If the above still didn’t
resolve your issue, try the fol-
lowing.

Open Internet Explorer

At the top select Tools ->
Internet Options

Click on the Programs tab

Click on the Reset Web
Settings button

Creating Hyperlink on
Microsoft FrontPage:

* Click the Make a hyper-
link to a file on your comput-
er button that is to the right of
the URL box.

* In the Select File dialog
box, locate and then click the
Word document that you
want, and then click OK.

* Right-click the hyperlink

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The path and file name of
the Word document is dis-
played in the URL box.

* Position the insertion
point at the end of the path
and filename that is displayed
in the URL box, and then
type the following line:

#bookmark_ name

where bookmark name is
the name of the bookmark in
the Word document to which
you want to link.

* Make sure there is no
space between the end of the
file name and the bookmark
name, for example:

file://computer_name/share/
file name.doc#bookmark_na
me

* Click OK.

* Click Save on the File
menu to save your Web page.

* Click Preview in Browser
on the File menu to preview
your Web page in a browser.

Please see this site for a
linking tutorial in
DreamWeaver
http://www. guidesandtutori-
als.com/dreamweaver_tutor-
ial_create_hyperlink.html

At the end of the day, all
websites should be in the
Internet business to make
money, whether they are a
non-profit organisation or a
business that sells products or
services.

The higher on the search
engine rankings page your
website is listed, the extra traf-
fic your website will have.

To complete this circle, the
link popularity of a website
will cause an increased traf-
fic rank and drive money
spending viewers to your web-
site.

Today marks a one year
anniversary for the ‘Art of
Graphix’ column.

So until we meet again,
have fun, enjoy life and stay
on top of your game.

NB: Author encourages
feedback at:

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¢ Monitor of accounts receivable and payable

¢ Processing of staff salaries ensuring deductions,
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 5B

Collapsed broker’s $1.47m
shortfall ‘54% recoverable’

FROM page 1B

Anthony Kikivarakis, the Deloitte & Touche
(Bahamas) accountant and partner, in his fifth
report to the Bahamian Supreme Court as the
liquidator for Caledonia Corporate Manage-
ment, said he would have to seek the court’s
directions on how the shortfall should be han-
dled - whether it should be borne only by
clients who had assets in the impacted
accounts, or shared across all clients and
deducted from the second tranche of their
assets, some 8 per cent of their total portfolio
- which is held in escrow by himself.

Noting that the $1.47 million “shortfall” was
identified in seven accounts at two Bahamas-
based institutions, FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank and EFG Bank & Trust, Mr Kiki-
varakis said he had either recovered or iden-
tified for recovery some $791,000, roughly 54
per cent of this amount.

Omnibus

“From a review of the company’s records
and discussions with the company’s and dis-
cussions with [Caledonia’s] previous employ-
ees, the FirstCaribbean account operated as an
omnibus account through which cash balances
of clients were deposited and transfers made to
other accounts,” Mr Kikivarakis alleged.

“The amounts therefore coming out of the
FirstCaribbean accounts had been comingled
and were not separately identifiable.”

Detailing other issues that required approval
from Supreme Court Chief Justice, Sir Michael
Barnett, the liquidator said a hearing was sup-
posed to have taken place last Friday over his
contention that Caledonia’s sole preference
shareholder had received $5.636 million from
the broker/dealer after it was placed into liq-
uidation. That allegation has been vehement-
ly denied by the preference shareholder, and
Mr Kikivarakis has reduced the amount
alleged to be involved from the $5.909 mil-
lion originally estimated.

Apart from difficulties in identifying bene-
ficial owners of Caledonia accounts, Mr Kiki-
varakis added: “Certain clients’ assets are held
in securities, and the values of those assets
have decreased considerably since September
30, 2008. In light of this, some clients have
refused to pay 2 per cent of their assets into the
Clients Security Account or to provide appro-
priate instructions to transfer their securities to

a new custodian. In one case, the assets have
decreased by $593,400.”

Other problems, the liquidator alleged, stem
from the fact that two Caledonia clients have
overdrawn cash balances on their accounts,
yet he is holding insufficient securities to cov-
er these.

As at September 30, 2010, while these clients
held securities worth a collective $101.700,
their overdrawn cash positions totalled
$430,116 - a more than $300,000 shortfall. Mr
Kikivarakis said he would seek a Supreme
Court order authorising him to sell some of
these securities.

Elsewhere, out of 34 accounts that were
overdrawn, Mr Kikivarakis said three balances
worth $328,112 had been recovered, but 23
accounts “appear unrecoverable, with bal-
ances ranging from $1.08 to $1,725”. The
aggregate amount represented by these
accounts was $5,386.

Analysing the 94 accounts for whom he had
not received instructions to transfer their
assets, Mr Kikivarakis said that because 76 of
these contained cash, he would merely retain
4 per cent of their assets - worth $171,486 - to
cover his costs.

As for the 18 accounts holding just securities,
the liquidator said he needed them to provide
cash equivalent to 4 per cent of their assets to
effect the transfer.

“Of the 18 accounts, 12 of these clients’
securities values have decreased substantially,”
Mr Kikivarakis said. “These clients’ assets
have decreased by approximately $370,000,
with one client’s assets decreasing by approx-
imately $143,000. It should also be noted that
the marketability of these securities is ques-
tionable.”

And he added: “A number of clients are
displeased that some of their securities have
fallen in value and, as a result, the increased
cost of the liquidation will affect them more
now than earlier. Some of these clients clear-
ly stated that they did not wish to sell their
securities or to pay the initial 2 per cent, and
have not done so to date.”

Despite Sir Michael previously expressing
hope that the Caledonia liquidation could be
wrapped up by year-end, Mr Kikivarakis said
some cases involving client ownership of assets
would “carry over into the New Year”.

“The company’s fiduciary clients would like
to see this liquidation come to an end, as
much as I would, and I hope that we can do so
shortly in this regard,” Mr Kikivarakis said.

CHALLENGE AIMS FOR KEY
PRIVATE AVIATION BOOST

FROM page 1B
Wallace.

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9:30am — 4:30pm

Friday, December 24, 2010
9:30am — 1:00pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2010
CLOSED

MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
CLOSED

Normal Banking Hours will resume on
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
(9:30am — 3:00pm)

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Atlantis eyes 2

FROM page 1B

Meanwhile, in the industry
as a whole, outgoing Bahamas
Hotel Association (BHA)
president, Robert Sands, said
data forecasts to date “show
flat” occupancy levels vis-a-

vis last year among major
properties, “with some hotels
showing modest gains”.

This comes after Mr Sands
described occupancies around
Thanksgiving as a “mixed
bag”, with levels at major
properties ranging from lows

NOTICE
HERMATITE LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 15° December, 2010 when the Articles of

er than we expected”.
Although indicators are

that we are showing the gains
the industry really wants to
see at this time”, said the
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NOTICE
DARRINGTON ASSETS LIMITED







NOTIC EIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:



Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Peter Leppard
of c/o 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore 039393.

Dated this 16" day of December A. D. 2010



Peter Leppard
Liquidator



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

RAMANIO MANAGEMENT LTD.

N OTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 14th December, 2010 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Manex Limited,
The Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte
Streets, Nassau, The Bahamas

Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2010


















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

The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 09" December, 2010 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Peter Leppard
of c/o 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore 039393.

Dated this 16" day of December A. D. 2010



Peter Leppard
Liquidator

NOTICE

SMITHTON INVESTMENT LIMITED

NOTIC EIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 15" December, 2010 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Manex Limited
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
DOMINI LIMITED

N O TIC E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 14th December, 2010 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Dizame
Consulting SA, Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2010

Dizame Consulting SA
Liquidator

HOTEL MANAGERS PENSION FUND
NOTICE

Pensioners of THE BAHAMAS HOTEL
INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT PENSION FUND
are asked to visit the Fund's Office in the Societe
Generale Building, #4 West Bay Street, Nassau,
N.P., The Bahamas to obtain an end of year voucher
and to update their pension eligibility records.

Please call or visit the Funds Office on or before
Thursday, 23rd December 2010,

Please call us at (242) 322-8381/4 if you have any
questions.

The Trustees for the Fund wish all hotel pensioners a
safe and joyous holiday season.

For more information on the Bahamas Hotel

Industry Management Pension Fund you may visit
our website at: www, bhimpf.com

Dente: 6° December 3010

Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Peter Leppard
of c/o 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore 039393.

Dated this 16" day of December A. D. 2010



Peter Leppard
Liquidator

NOTICE
HEROLD PROPERTIES LIMITED

NOTIC EIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 13" December, 2010 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Peter
Leppard of c/o 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore

039393.

Dated this 16" day of December A. D. 2010



Peter Leppard
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
ADELINA MANAGEMENT LIMITED

N OTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
13th December, 2010 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is CST Administration
(Bahamas) Limited, The Bahamas Financial Centre,
Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas

Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2010

CST Administration (Bahamas) Limited
Liquidator

approach to health care, finan-
cial regulations and executives’
bonuses.

With unemployment at 9.8
percent and weak home prices
and tight credit placing a drag
on growth, the president was
looking to shake loose more
than $1.9 trillion in untapped
corporate cash to help the
recovery.

Agenda items included an
overhaul of the tax system,
ways to ease regulations on
business and greater private
sector investments.

A priority for business lead-
ers is altering or eliminating
regulations they believe are cre-
ating uncertainty and hinder-
ing growth, a step White House
officials say Obama is open to
considering.

The policy climate for Oba-
ma-business relations has
changed since the November
elections altered the balance of
power in the capital, giving
Republicans control of the
House.

In recent weeks, Obama
announced a new trade agree-
ment with South Korea that
corporate leaders applauded
and negotiated a tax deal with
Republicans that included new
business investment incentives.
The Senate passed that mea-
sure on Wednesday.

No major announcements
were expected from the session.
But Obama's outreach meets
the White House's goal of
sharpening his image as a pres-

ident willing to reach out to for-
mer antagonists, a move that
has angered liberals but could
resonate with independent vot-
ers. The office of House
Republican leader John Boehn-
er issued a statement calling the
session a “nothingburger,"
arguing that previous attempts
had not resulted in any busi-
ness-friendly policies.

"The White House's ‘olive
branches’ to the business com-
munity are more like twigs,
really," the statement said.

In his comments, Obama
pushed his agenda of invest-
ment in education, cleaner
energy sources and high-speed
rail. And he spoke of making a
firmer stand in Washington on
fiscal discipline, an area where
Congress and White House
have long made promises but
with little result.

Overall, Obama said the path
to economic growth is clear,
and he added: "I'm committed
to taking that path. I know
America's business leaders are
as well.”

The president joined the
CEO group a short walk from
the White House grounds
across Pennsylvania Avenue at
the Blair House, better known
as guest quarters for visiting
dignitaries.

Some of the executives are
Obama backers and members
of White House advisory
boards who have worked with
the administration for some
time.

NOTICE

WEST WINDS PROPERTY OWNERS
ASSOCIATION LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that the annual gener-
al meeting for the West Winds Property Own-
ers Association Limited will be held Thursday
the 16th day of December, A.D., 2010 at 6:30
p.m. At the Pavilion, West Winds Subdivision,

New Providence.

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WEST WINDS PROPERTY OWNERS
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 7B

Cable affiliate battles URCA
over its cable system licence

FROM page 1B

This latest bone of con-
tention between the BISX-
listed company and the Utili-
ties Regulation & Competi-
tion Authority (URCA) was
revealed amid the plethora of
legal documents filed to sup-
port Cable Bahamas’ case
that it should not be paying
licence fees to the regulator
on its Freeport Internet rev-
enues, since it is licensed to
provide this service in the city
by the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA).

A November 5, 2010, affi-
davit from John Gomez,
Cable Bahamas and
Caribbean Crossings’ vice-
president of engineering,
alleged that the Bahamas
Internet Cable System
(BICS), which carries the
companies’ data and Internet
traffic, was owned by
Caribbean Crossings.

Caribbean Crossings, a 100
per cent-owned affiliate of
Cable Bahamas, was granted
a June 2000 licence by the
Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) to land
the BICS cable in Boca
Raton, Florida, with the com-
pany also subsequently
licensed by URCA’s prede-
cessor, the PUC, to land sys-
tem at various points in the
Bahamas.

Following enactment of the
Communications Act 2009,
and the PUC’s replacement
by URCA, Mr Gomez
alleged that on September 7,
2009, Caribbean Crossings
applied to the new regulator
for a licence relating to the
BICS system.

But Mr Gomez alleged:
“URCA, however, refused to
accede to the application
made by Caribbean Crossings
despite Caribbean Crossings’
protestation, and URCA
issued the licence relating to
the BICS cable to Cable
Bahamas under the Commu-
nications Act 2009, instead of
Caribbean Crossings. A for-
mal notice of objection was
lodged by Caribbean Cross-
ings in relation to URCA’s
decision.”

Explaining the rationale for
licensing the BICS system
under Cable Bahamas’ name,
rather than Caribbean Cross-
ings, Usman Saadat, URCA’s
then-director of policy and
regulation, said operating
licences were only granted to
subsidiaries not under control
of their parent.

This, he implied, was not
the case with Caribbean
Crossings, as it was 100 per

cent owned by Cable
Bahamas.

“URCA will only grant a
separate individual operating
licence to a subsidiary under-
taking of a licensee in unusu-
al circumstances, such as
when it can be demonstrated
that the subsidiary undertak-
ing is not under the control
of its parent company.
Caribbean Crossings is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of
Cable Bahamas: ie, it is under
Cable Bahamas’ control,” Mr
Saadat explained.

But Caribbean Crossings,
in its objection letter to
URCA, said that by refusing
it a separate operating licence
and requiring the BICS sys-
tem to be subsumed into its
parent’s licence, the regula-
tor was frustrating the policy
objectives contained in the
Government’s Telecommuni-
cations Sector Policy.

Stifled

Competition, it suggested,
would be stifled because
Caribbean Crossings “ability
to obtain independent financ-
ing” to upgrade the BICS sys-
tem against the likes of the
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company’s (BTC)
Bahamas II cable and the
Columbus network would be
“impaired”.

Pointing out that Cable
Bahamas created it to “com-
pete aggressively” with exist-
ing providers of deep sea fibre
optic cables, Caribbean Cross-
ings said it had been able to
raise funds in the Bahamian
capital market separate from

those of its parent, giving
investors a new investment
opportunity and using their
funds to launch a new net-
work.

“This business model has
succeeded, however, only
because investors, regulators
and consumers have all treat-
ed Cable Bahamas and
Caribbean Crossings as two
separate, independent and
distinct entities,” Caribbean
Crossings alleged.

It pointed out that, unlike
its parent, it was not identi-
fied as having Significant
Market Power (SMP), and
while its business was the
wholesale provision of inter-
national fibre optic capacity,
Cable Bahamas’ was a retail
cable TV and Internet offer-
ing. Caribbean Crossings was
also subject to FCC regula-
tion, unlike its parent.

“Requiring Caribbean
Crossings to operate under a
single individual licence with
Cable Bahamas would jeop-
ardise Caribbean Crossings’
ability to attract investors,
upgrade its network and com-
pete effectively against other
operators,” the company
argued.

“Potential investors, who
have sought an equity stake
in Caribbean Crossings, are
likely to shy away from such
commitments to the extent
the regulatory obligations of
the company are indistin-
guishable from those of a par-
ent presumed to possess Sig-
nificant Market Power.”

Cable Bahamas’ SMP reg-
ulatory requirements would
be “burdensome and unfair”




LEGAL NOTICE






NOTICE







BLUE MARLIN LNG TERMINAL LIMITED




Notice is hereby given that the winding up and




dissolution of BLUE MARLIN LNG TERMINAL



LIMITED has been completed and the Company was




removed from the Register of Companies on the 13th







day August A.D.,2010

Alison J. Treco




Liquidator





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for Caribbean Crossings, the
latter argued, warning that
this could also “complicate
and confuse the regulatory
status of Caribbean Crossings
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until now has designated
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Notice is hereby given that the winding up and
dissolution of CALYPSO BAHAMAS PIPELINE
LIMITED has been completed and the Company was
removed from the Register of Companies on the 13th
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Major ‘mindset’ change coming for local firms

FROM page 1B

ronment with policies that
tend to change from gov-
ernment to government and,
in some cases, from minis-
ter to minister,” Mr Winder
said.

“That becomes a bigger
issue with WTO, because
clearly in becoming part of
the WTO, we have to pro-
vide more transparency and
clarity on our position rela-
tive to rules of trade.”

The Government is
understood to be drafting a
National Investment Act to
translate its current policies
into statute law, in a bid to
































comply with both WTO and
EPA obligations.

Explaining that the WTO
would “want us to have a
more definitive position” on
trade and investment issues
than just mere policies, Mr
Winder told Tribune Busi-
ness: “The country is mov-
ing more from a policy-
based business environment
to a rules-based environ-
ment.

“Bahamian businessmen
have primarily relied on per-

sonal relationships and con-
tacts with government min-
isters and officials in terms
of acquiring, and getting
clarity, for their current busi-
nesses, and getting involved
with new businesses in the
future.

Engaged
“Businessmen have to do

a better job in becoming
involved, engaged and have

a better understanding of
what the rules are.

“These will provide them
with a lot more clarity and
transparency in what they
can and can’t do.

“Businesses must now get
up to read laws, read regu-
lations, to identify those
rules that will impact on
their existing businesses and
identity new opportunities.”

Expanding on this theme,
Mr Winder explained that
while it was the responsibil-

BAHAMAS MACK TRUCK SALES LTD.
WILL BE CLOSED

December 24, 2010 Through January 3, 2011

WE WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
TILL 4:00 P.M. on

December 23, 2010

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS & TRANSPORT

NOTICE

CLOSURE OF LITTLE AND DEEP CREEKS BRIDGES
SOUTH ANDROS

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport wishes to advise the motoring
public in South Andros that road works will be carried out on the approaches
to Little and Deep Creek Bridges to prepare for upcoming bridge repairs.

The works will be carried out from December 14" to 17", 2010
between the hours of 10:00AM _ to 2:00 PM daily. Due to the nature of
the works, the bridges will be closed to motoring traffic during these hours.

The Ministry af Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience and delays caused.
For further information, please contact:

Ms. Colebrooke

South Andros Administrator
Adminsitrator’s Office

Kemps Bay

Phone: (242) 369-4367

Director of Public Works
Department of Public Works

P.O. Box §-6156

John F. Kennedy Drive

Nassau, Bahamas

Phone: (242) 302-9528

Colin Higgs
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Public Works & Transport

ity of himself and the Gov-
ernment to provide infor-
mation to the Bahamian pri-
vate sector with respect to
the various trade agree-
ments this country was
negotiating, they were not
obliged to “identify new
opportunities” for Bahami-
an companies.

“Businesses have to do it
themselves, looking at the
rules around the EPA,
WTO and CARIBCAN, to
determine where they can
get a competitive advan-
tage,” Mr Winder explained.

“They have to do far more
investigation, and not sit
back and rely on the Gov-
ernment to do it for them.
That’s a big change for
Bahamian businessmen.”

Describing this as a
“change in the mindset of
the business community”,
Mr Winder said Bahamian
businesses for the most part
had been too “reactionary”
in the past, waiting until leg-
islation was passed and
enacted before reacting to
aspects that impacted their

operations.
Now, the private sector ne
eded to be engaged

“upfront”, learning how to
use changes in the business
environment to “better
improve profitability for
their existing products and

services or new products and
services”, plus access new
markets.

“Is the business commu-
nity looking to see to what
extent they can benefit from
that?” Mr Winder asked.
“Now they need to investi-
gate more to be able to
move from a reactionary to
a proactive position.

“It is not the responsibili-
ty of the Government to
identify new potential busi-
ness opportunities for the
private sector.

“This debate going on in
this community, this reliance
on the Government to iden-
tify new services and prod-
uct opportunities, that is the
responsibility of entrepre-
neurs and new and existing
businesses.”

In supplying data to him-
self and the Government’s
WTO negotiating team, Mr
Winder urged Bahamian
companies to divide their
revenue streams into as
many different product lines
as they produced, so they
knew which areas needed
‘protection’ - both existing
products and new opportu-
nities.

Product lines crucial to
Bahamian companies would
“have the most protection
going forward”.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIO TADOR of MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14â„¢ day of DECEMBER, 2010 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box N-

7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.46 of 2000)

Allied Corporation Inc.
No. 138888 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 46 of 2000), Allied Corpora-

tion Inc., is in Dissolution

Any person having a Claim against the Allied Corporation Inc. is required
on or before 23rd November 2010 to send their name, address and particulars
of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or in default thereof
they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such

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aaa eT
CONSUMERS TOLD T0
BRACE FOR PRICE RISES

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION

NOTICE

UGANDA LIMITED



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-
named Company are required to send particulars
thereof to the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624,
Nassau, Bahamas on or before 7th day of January,
A.D., 2011. In default thereof they will be excluded from

the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.
Dated the 13th day of December, A.D., 2010.



Carol G. Gray
Liquidator

16825 Northchase Drive

Houston,Texas 77060
U.S.A.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS








IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law & Equity Division












BETWEEN

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of
land containing 6.888 acres situate on the
Eleuthera Main Road and approximatel
of Haynes Avenue in the Settlement of

the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the Commonwealth

of The Bahamas







IN THE MATTER OF THE Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND

AND



2009
CLE/qui/No.01268

astern side of the
1.2 miles Northwest
ovemor’s Harbour on

IN THE MATTER OF THE Petition of Alban Johnson





NOTICE

FROM page 1B

ver lining for Bahamian agri-
cultural producers in the form
of increased revenue oppor-
tunities. Mike Leslie, of Sun
International Produce, Flori-
da, Supervalue’s primary pro-
duce wholesaler, told Tribune
Business the impact of the
record breaking temperature
lows this week, while not ful-
ly quantified, will certainly
not go unnoticed.

“The northern part of the
state got hit really hard.
They’re still assessing the
southern part, but it’s defi-
nitely going to have an effect
on pricing,” he said.

Rupert Roberts, Superval-
ue’s president, noted that
although the supermarket is
“locked in” to contracts with
its supplier for certain pro-
duce, enabling it to maintain
its pricing levels on particu-
lar items despite short-term
fluctuations as a result of any
damage to crops affecting
availability, this situation does
not exist with all produce,
meaning price changes may
still arise.

Meanwhile, Mr Roberts
quipped: “Prices will actually
increase whether there’s dam-
age or not. Farmers are the
smartest people on earth.”

On Sunday, Florida Gov-
ernor Charlie Crist declared a
state of emergency because

of the threat of severe crop
damage in the typically warm
state from diving tempera-
tures.

According to Lisa
Lochridge, a spokeswoman
for the Florida Fruit and Veg-
etable Association, it is
unusual for temperatures to
dip so low - the teens in north
Florida and the high 20s in
central and South Florida - at
this time of year. Tempera-
tures of between 60 to 78
degrees are more common.

Mr Leslie said it was likely
the price of tomatoes will now
go “sky high” as a conse-
quence of damage to the
crops from this week’s cold
snap. This was one of several
“soft” crops, which also
include peppers, beans, corn
and cucumber, which are
grown in south Florida and
are likely to be badly affected.
Supervalue, however, “should
be in good shape” for the time
being as far as tomatoes are
concerned, given their current
two-week “lock in”, said Mr
Leslie.

Phil Lightbourne, owner of
Phil’s Food Services, which
imports most of its produce

NOTICE

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
UGANDA LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

directly rather than going
through a Nassau-based
wholesaler, said December
was typically “bad” for pro-
duce availability due to poor-
er weather conditions, “but
this (weather) will make it
worse”.

“T think the biggest prob-
lem we’ll have is that prices
will skyrocket. Availability
will be scarce and so we have
to pay the price. On a few
items there will be price
increases,” he said.

Among the produce Phil’s
Food Services imports most
of from Florida are water-
melon, strawberries, grapes
and limes.

The price of limes coming
into the Bahamas had already
increased in recent weeks
after the US Department of
Agriculture surprised
importers by rejecting ship-
ments of limes from Mexico,
due to fears they were conta-
minated with a pest known as
“sweet orange scab”.

“We had to go back to the
limes in the US, so they dou-
bled in price right away.
There could be no more ten
for a dollar,” said Mr Roberts.
Yesterday, however, the US
Department of Agricultureas
approved new regulations
that should restore lime and
other citrus imports from
Mexico to normal levels, per-
haps mitigating against any
further increase in lime prices
in the Bahamas as a result of

nine, general manager of
Bahamas Food Services, said
yesterday morning that he
believed it was “too early to
tell” precisely the outcome
that the freezing weather in
Florida would have on
imports to the Bahamas in
terms of pricing and avail-
ability, as assessments were
still in an early stage. How-
ever, he said there “will be an
impact”.

“The farmers are taking a
hard look at everything this
morning, and they’re antici-
pating temperatures to pass
through today and lighten up
tomorrow and Friday to
where they can do some com-
plete analysis of the damage
that took place. They did have
a severe amount of frost on
the ground, so there will be
an impact, though the extent
we don’t know yet,” Mr Car-
nine said.

This will to some degree be
mitigated by the availability
of some crops on the Bahami-
an agricultural market, which
did not experience the same
freezing temperatures.

“For some of those crops
we’re into the local season
now, so the availability local
wise will give us a definite
advantage in terms of being
able to work with the farm-
ers to provide an affordable
price for end user<” Mr Car-
nine said. Also, as market
prices increase on the import-
ed front it should have an
impact in terms of us being
to able to give farmers a little
more for their money here.”

Green pepper, cabbage,
tomatoes, zucchini and yel-
low squash are presently all
in season in the Bahamas,
being grown in farms in New





THE PETITION OF ALBAN JOHNSON in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land containing 6.888
acres situate on the Eastern side of the Eleuthera Main Road
and approximately 1.2 Miles Northwest of Haynes Avenue
Governors Harbour Eleuthera one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said piece parcel or tract
of land is bounded Northeastwardly by land now or formerly
the property of Eleuthera Adventurers Ltd. now Cigatoo
Estates and running thereon 350.81 feet and Southeastwardly
by land now or formerly the property of the Estate of D. Artie
Nottage and running thereon 949.97 feet and Southwestwardly
by Eleuthera Main Road and running thereon 297.53 feet and
Northwestwardly by land now or formerly the property of
Eleuthera Adventurers Ltd. now Cigatoo Estates and running
thereon 933.14 feet.

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION UGANDA LIMITED is in
dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act
2000.

damage to citrus crops in
Florida this week. Don Car-

Providence, Andros, Abaco
and Freeport.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CHRISTENA CAMPBELL of 982
LISKEARD AVENUE, P.O.BOX F42282, FREEPORT, GRAND
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 9th day of DECEMBER, 2010 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JOHNNY GEORGE of
GOLDEN GATES #1, P.O.Box N1739, 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 9" day of
December, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality

The dissolution of the said Company
commenced on the 13th day of December,
2010 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said Company is Carol
G. Gray, of 16825 Northchase Drive
Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.

ALBAN JOHNSON claims to be the owner of the
unencumbered fee simple in possession of the said land and has
made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas under Section Three (3) of the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and
the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.

Dated the 13th day of December, 2010.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
Attorneys for the above-named Company

Copies of the Petition and Plan of the said Land made by
inspected during normal offices hours in the following places:

The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street

North ,Nassau, The Bahamas;

The Administrator’s Office, Governor’s Harbour,

Eleuthera, The Bahamas, and

The Chambers of Lockhart & Co., 35 Buen Retiro

Road, off Shirley Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right
to dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final 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.

LEGAL NOTICE

THE PUBLIC is hereby
NOTIFIED that as of the
First day of January, A.D.
2011, the name
DOCKENDALE HOUSE,
West Bay Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas will
be changed to:

Failure of any such person to file and serve a statement of his
claim on or before the expiration of Thirty 0) days after the
final publication of these presents will operate as a bar to such
claim.

NOTICE is hereby given that SAMSON FRANCILLON
CHATELAIN, BARTLETT HILL, EIGHT MILE ROCK, GRAND
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 9th day of
DECEMBER, 2010 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MIKE ERNEST JOSEPH of
UNISON ROAD OFF CARMICHAEL ROAD, 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 16â„¢ day of
December, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated the 8" day of February, A-D., 2010

LOCKHART & CO.
Chambers

35 Buen Retiro Road
Off Shirley Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

CAMPBELL MARITIME CENTRE

Mortimer & Co.,

Attorneys for the Petitioner

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BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,487.82 | CHG 0.01 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -77.56 | YTD % -4.95
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9.67 Bahamas Property Fund 10.63 10.63 0.00 0.013
4.50 Bank of Bahamas 4.90 4.90 0.00 0.598
0.18 Benchmark 0.18 0.18 0.00 -0.877
2.70 Bahamas Waste 2.70 2.70 0.00 0.168
2.14 Fidelity Bank 2.17 2.17 0.00 0.016
9.62 Cable Bahamas 10.46 10.46 0.00 1.050
2.36 Colina Holdings 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.781
5.40 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.95 6.95 0.00 0.422
1.63 Consolidated Water BDRs 1.82 1.83 0.01 0.114
1.60 Doctor's Hospital 1.60 1.60 0.00 0.199
5.94 Famguard 6.07 6.07 0.00 -0.003
7.23 Finco 7.23 7.23 0.00 0.287

LEGAL NOTICE
FIFI HOLDINGS INC.

International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

S.7F FirstCaribbean Bank 9.39 9.39 0.00 0.645
3.75 Focol (S) 5.46 5.46 0.00 0.366
1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00. 1.00 0.00 0.000
5.00 ICD Utilities 5.59 5.59 0.00, 0.012
9.82 J. S. Johnson 9.82 9.82 0.00, 0.971
10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.991
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)
Security Symbol Change Daily Vol. Interest
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029) BAH29 99.46 0.00, 6.95%
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100.00 0.00, 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100.00 0.00, Prime + 1.75%
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)

Symbol Bid & ASK % Last Prine Daily Wah. EPS $ Div & P/E
Bahamas Supermarkets 5.01 6.01 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 0.000
RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55 0.002 0.000

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Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), FIFI
HOLDINGS INC. is in dissolution. PANAMERICAN MANAGE-

MENT SERVICES (BVI) LTD., is the Liquidator and can be con-
tacted at Vanterpool Plaza, 2nd floor, Wickhams Cay I, Road Town,

BISX Listed Mutual Funds
Fund Name NAW YTD%
CFAL Bond Fund 1.5179 5.51%
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2.9187 1.10%
1.4954 CFAL Money Market Fund 1.5697
2.8522 Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 2.7108
13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13.2825
101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund 114.3684
99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund
1.0000
9.1005

NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.919946
1.551550

NAV 6GMTH
1.475244
2.911577
1.532712

Last 12 Months %
6.90%
3.13%
4.18%
-4.96%
0.14%
12.49%
7.18%
5.21%
7.60%
5.90%

1.4076
2.8300
4.15%
-13.03%
-0.63%
9.98%
4.75%
A.74%
3.94%
A.78%

109.392860
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107.570619
106.5528 105.776543
1.1415
1.1101
1.1428

Tortola, BVI. All persons having claims against the above-named

FG Financial Diversified Fund

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

10.0000 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

company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars

of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 28th December, 2010.

9.7950 4.85% 5.45%

10.6417 -1.20% 0.50%
9.1708
9.6635 -3.37%
7.9442 2.94%
MARKET TERMS

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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

-3.37%
4.8105 6.47%
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PG 30 ® Thursday, December 16, 2010 RELIGION The Tribune

A Bahamian comedian celebrates
10 years of service to the Bahamas

ost serious historians would
| \ / concur that great events hap-

pen at the turn of each new
century thereby ushering the dawn of
a new era while closing the chapters
of the past. Such was the case in
2000, at the height of the “Y2K” fren-
zy when Bahamians were stocking up
on water and food supplies and other
necessities just in case all the comput-
ers crashed sending the world into a
mad frenzy.

Amidst the buzz and the hustle, a dream
was being born in the mind of Lyn Terez
Davis. This young striving Bahamian
woman, armed with a strong education in
theatre from Morgan State University, and a
deep desire to pursue her godly purpose on
the national landscape, began what is now
know today as Dynamite Productions.



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Dynamite

It is from this launching pad the now
nationally known character “Dynamite
Daisy” was created. A mixture of satire,
irony and comedy, Daisy has somehow flown
into the hearts of the Bahamian public both
young and old, rich and poor, professional
and blue-collared, white and black. Lyn
Terez Davis, the last child of Bishop Ros and
Lady Althea Davis, credits her beginnings
and first opportunities to the late Kayla
Lockhart Edwards who believed, supported,
nurtured and pushed her talents to the fore-
front. Now in their 10th year, the production
company has been the impetus for four com-
plete state productions: Conch Salad
Christmas, Daisy’s Whirlwind Weekend,
Daisy’s Kapuncle-up Vacation, Judge Daisy,

{i and the most recent offering, the Valley and
Vf the Shadow of Death.
This years 10th Anniversary celebration
will take place in two parts. On Saturday,
December 18, 2000 at Phil’s Food Services
on Gladstone Road, Dynamite Productions
will host a birthday party and brief ceremo-
ny for all of the public to attend. There will
be face painting and cake for everyone.
ia Children will be allowed to take Christmas
Pictures with Daisy with part proceeds going
gy to the HIV/Aids foundation. Secondly,
Dynamite Productions will present on
December 26, 2010, Boxing Day, two shows
of the revival of the Original Conch Salad
Christmas at the National Theatre for the
Performing Arts.
Lyn Terez Davis extends her gratitude to

4 the government and people of the Bahamas
—_ r for their unwavering support and love.



The Tribune

RELIGION

The best gifts to give

ne of the most perplexing
(sien associated with

the season of Christmas is
selecting appropriate, affordable
gifts for each person on our list.
What the person wants may not
fall into our budget constraints, or
in an effort to make it a surprise,
we may find ourselves surprised
by the lack of enthusiasm dis-
played when the contents are
revealed.

Let us consider some gifts for members
of our family and for friends which money
cannot buy and which time cannot
destroy:

1.The gift of love with all of the wrap-
pings of warm hugs and smiles, and gen-
tle tones.

2.The gift of listening with patience and
a sincere effort at understanding.

3.The gift of presence to be available,
approachable, and attentive.

4. The gift of a peaceful spirit fostered by
the presence of the Holy Spirit in us.

5. The gift of forgiveness especially
where remorse is genuine and distress
real.

In the Church, there are special gifts
needed in order for the work of the Lord
to be done:

1. The gift of faith as exhibited by those
who are able to truly believe and trust
God.

2. The gift of hospitality manifested as
the welcoming of others into our homes
and hearts.

3. The gift of teaching where knowledge
and information are imparted to build up
faith.

z REV, ANGELA
PALACIOUS

4. The gift of administration displayed in
wise leadership and handling of church
affairs.

5. The gift of healing as seen in the
restoration of bodies, minds, spirits and
emotions.

6. The gift of preaching and proclama-
tion to convict of sin and offer hope of
salvation.

These are just some of the gifts of the
Spirit, distributed among all of the mem-
bers of the Body of Christ. References to
spiritual gifts may be found in the follow-
ing chapters in the New Testament: 1
Corinthians 12 and 14, Romans 12,
Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4. The Houts
Inventory of Spiritual Gifts, for example,
is one of several ways to discover your
own gifts for ministry by means of a series
of questions to be answered and scored.

In the final analysis, the best gift that
we can give to God is a heart that is sub-
missive, a will that is surrendered, and a
life that is being lived to the honour and
glory of God. Led by the Holy Spirit day
by day, we become a gift to our home,
school, place of employment, neighbour-
hood, church, country and the world as a
whole.

Like concentric circles spreading well
beyond what the eye can see, our prayers
and our influence affect generations to
come. The best gifts last forever, so
choose carefully what you plan to give,
and place God’s name at the top of your
list.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 ® PG 31

Christ Church Cathedral
Schedule of Christmas Services
December 19th, 2010 - January 2nd, 2011

6:30 p.m. Sunday December 19th, 2010
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Featuring The Highgrove Singers

Friday December 24th, 2010
The Eve of The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

10:45 p.m. “Emmanuel: The Promise Fulfilled”
A Christmas Eve Concert
Presented by:

The Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral

11:45 p.m. Procession to and Blessing of the Manger
&
Solemn High Mass

Saturday December 25th, 2010
Christmas Day
7:00 dim»Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist

Sunday December 26", 2010
The First Sunday After Christmas
7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
11:15a.m. Holy Eucharist
6:00 p.m. Solemn Evensong, Sermon & Benediction

Friday December 31st, 2010
The Eve of the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
New Year’s Eve
11:00 p.m.
This Service leads into the First Mass of The New
Year, 2011

Sunday January 2nd, 2011
The Second Sunday After Christmas
7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00.a.m. Holy Eucharist
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist
6:00 p.m. Service of Light: “We Have Seen His Star”
Presented by Cathedral Boys Choir





RELIGION

The Tribune

PG 32 ® Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reclaiming ‘Christmas’ for Christ

THE Knights of Columbus, a Catholic
fraternal organisation, is encouraging all
Bahamians, irrespective of their denomi-
nation or creed, to “keep Christ in
Christmas” this holiday season.

The organisation said as it launches its
2010 “Keep Christ in Christmas”, secu-
larisation is chipping away at the reli-
gious significance of Christmas.

“The tradition of honouring the birth
of Jesus by saying or displaying the word
‘Christmas’ is being pushed from the
public square.

“Let’s face it. We live in a world that
commercialises almost everything, espe-
cially Christmas. We all know that the
true meaning of Christmas is Christ,” the
organisation said in a statement.

“Everywhere one goes, there is the
greeting of “Merry Xmas”as opposed to
“Merry Christmas”. It is apparent that
those who are opposed to Christ want to
eclipse Christ from Christmas.”

The organisation, which says it is
“devotedly in solidarity with the Catholic
church”, explained that the battle for
Christmas is not new to the Knights of
Columbus, which has publicly promoted
the true meaning of Christmas for more
than 30 years through its multi-faceted
“Keep Christ in Christmas” programme.

The order’s public service Christmas
announcements have reached more than
20 million television viewers and about
27 million radio listeners since they
began airing in the 1980s, the organisa-
tion said.

The Knights of Columbus, which has
been in the Bahamas since June 1990,
unveiled its 2010 “Keep Christ in
Christmas” campaign on December 5 at

the St Joseph Roman Catholic Church.

The purpose of the campaign is to sen-
sitise the entire Christian community that
Christ is the reason for the season.

“As Christian brothers and sisters, we
should not be ashamed to recognise the
season as “Christ Mas” rather than
“Xmas”, “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons
Greetings”,” the order said.

The campaign calls all Christians to

RECLAIMING CHRISTMAS: Officers of the Knights of



boldly proclaim Christ as Lord of
Christmas.

“Knights of Columbus Councils
throughout the free world promote the
‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ message on
billboards, lawn signs and _ posters.
Knights also honour the birth of Jesus by
illuminating and blessing a Christmas
tree or Nativity scene on the first
Tuesday of December as part of the

Courtesy of Dr P. Samuel Bain

Columbus Council 10415 unveil their 2010 “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign on
Sunday, December 5 on the grounds of St Joseph Roman Catholic Church on Boyd Road.

order’s ‘Light Up for Christ’? campaign
launched in 1991. Other Knights keep
Christ in Christmas in a variety of ways.

“Our mission is simply to keep Christ
in Christmas and extend to every
Christian family the opportunity to cele-
brate the birth of our Lord by displaying
in their front yard a depiction of his
birth,” said Joseph Johnson, Worthy
Grand Knight of Council 10415.



Bread of Life Baptist Church
celebrates it’s 12th anniversary

By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter

UNDER the theme "A church that
was established on the covenant's of
God's word," the Bread of Life Baptist
Church celebrates it's 12 church
anniversary on Sunday, December 19.

The event will take place at the church
grounds on Lee Street, Nassau Village,
starting at 3 pm, all are invited to attend.

The celebration will feature special
guest speaker Rev Daniel Simmons,
Pastor of Carmichael Bible Church. The
speakers during the week are Rev
Tyrone Sands, pastor of True

Worshippers Assembly and Apostle
David King Mcphee of World Changers
Ministries International.

According to members of the church,
Pastor Thompson, a native
Mayaguanian from the beautiful settle-
ment of Betsy Bay, was inducted as the
pastor of the Bread of Life Baptist
Church on March 28 1999.

"Pastor Thompson has a passion for
young people and intends to focus on
this ministry by building a centre to help
troubled teens and young people. There
is a soup kitchen and clothing distribu-
tion centre to help those in need,” the
church said in a release.

Pastor Thompson started the Ministry
in December 1998 with only thirteen
members. He was ordained to the gospel
ministry in March 1998 at New Hope
Missionary Baptist church under the
leadership of the late Rev Dr Mitchell R
Cooper.

He is married to the former Pearl
Missick and the couple has four chil-
dren, Koralee, Maguerite, Kirkwood
and Kirkwood.

Pastor Thompson and the congrega-
tion at Bread of Life are motivated by
their favorite scripture, Philippians 4:13,
which states, "We can do all things
through Christ who strengthens us."





The Tribune

RELIGION

Thursday, December 16, 2010 ® PG 33

‘Emmanuel...God is with us’

he birth of Jesus is usually
(iE main emphasis of the

Christmas message. Jesus
was born for the express purpose
of bringing salvation into the
world. The lost and dying of the
world would now have hope
because of the birth of this child.
The long heralded Christ came in
the fullness of time. (Gal. 4:4)

God providentially supplied the proper
background for His appearing and mis-
sion. His advent occurred at a point in
human history when the Law of Moses
had done its work of demonstrating the
sinfulness of man and the impossibility of
achieving righteousness by human effort.
Jesus took what is common to us all, our
human nature, yet free from any taint of
sin, and combined it with deity to become
an actual person with his own individual-
ity. This is the mystery of the incarnation.

The ministry of the Saviour was pre-

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dominantly to the multitudes during its
early phase, as He sought out the people
where they were, whether in the syna-
gogue or on the city street or by the lake-
side. Once while crossing the lake, a
storm arose and His disciples seemed
helpless and so they called for His assis-
tance. “What manner of man is this?”
Such was the amazed observation of the
disciples of Jesus as they beheld Him in
action and felt the strength and mystery
of His personality as they accompanied
Him.

Jesus was a man of integrity. No taint of
duplicity marred His dealings with others,

for there was a mixture of motives within
His heart. He could not be deceived, for
He was truth incarnate.

Jesus was a man of courage. When
Aristotle advanced his famous doctrine of
the ‘mean’, he illustrated it by courage,
which lies midway between cowardice
and recklessness. Judged by this stan-
dard, the character of Jesus appears in a
most favourable light, for in Him one can
detect no wildness ability even in the
most intense activity, nor any supineness
in His passivity. Christ had physical
courage.

Our Lord showed great compassion for
people. The sight of the multitudes, for-
lorn and forsaken by those who should
have been their spiritual shepherds
stirred Christ to the depths of His being.
Out of His compassion, He ministered to
physical needs for food and health, and
went on to tell them the secrets of the life
of true godliness.

He was clothed with humility. He could

talk about his own passion without infatu-
ation. Christ wrought revolution in ethics
by dignifying humility in a world, which
despised it as weakness. His humility was
His refusal to please Himself. He came
not to be ministered unto but to minister.

His life was so brief, so confined in its
geographical orbit, so little noticed by the
world in his own time, has yet become the
most potent force for good in all of human
history. His influence on the saints is so
radical and comprehensive that nothing
can describe it better than assertion that
Christ is their life.

Until He comes into the heart, self rules
supreme. When He comes, He creates a
new point of preference and a new set of
values. Yes, Jesus coming into the world
has mightily affected society in its organ-
ised state. He taught the world the dignity
of human life, the worth of a soul, the pre-
ciousness of personality.

Emmanuel...God is with us!



The Highgrove Singers present the Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas

ALL roads lead downtown to Christ
Church Cathedral this Sunday evening,
December 19 at 6.30pm as_ the
Highgrove Singers lead the Cathedral
parishioners, and other guests, including
Governor General and Lady Foulkes, in
the yearly remembrance of the story of
the birth of Jesus Christ through the
Festival of Lessons and Carols.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and
Carols is a format for a service of
Christian worship that is traditionally
held during the Christmas season. The
story of the fall of humanity, the promise
of the Messia and the birth of Jesus is
told in nine short Bible readings from
Genesis, the prophetic books and the
Gospels, interspersed with the singing of
Christmas carols, hymns and choir
music.

“We are very pleased to have been
asked by the Dean of the Cathedral to
lead the service once again,” said
Adrian Archer, Director of the
Highgrove Singers. “The music for this
occasion will include both traditional
congregational carols and modern twen-
tieth century music for choir and con-
gregation.”

The format for the service of lessons
and carols was based on an order drawn
up by Edward White Benson, later
Archbishop of Canterbury but at that
time Bishop of Trur, for use on
Christmas Eve (24 December) 1880.
Tradition says that he organised a 10 pm
service on Christmas Eve in a temporary
wooden shed serving as his cathedral
and that a key purpose of the service was

The Highgrove Singers

to keep men out of pubs on Christmas
Eve. The original liturgy has since been
adapted and used by other churches all
over the world

“The choir’s music for this occasion is
dictated primarily by the readings,” said
Archer. “So picking the music hasn’t
been a very complicated thing. We hope

to present some very lovely anthems and
canticles by composers such as Eric
Whitacre, Gordon Thornett, William
Dix, Craig Courtney, Steve Pilkington
and the dramatic “Sir Christemas” by
William Mathias.

Accompanying the choir will be
Yvonne Foulkes, Cathy and Lynden



Flowers and at the great organ will be Dr
Sparkman Ferguson, titular organist of
the Cathedral. Other readers during the
Carol Service include Fr Colin Humes,
Joann Callendar, Rosemary Hanna,
Elridge McPhee and Marvin Lockhart

Admission to the Carol Service is free
of charge.



PG 34 @ Thursday, December 16, 2010

RELIGION

The Tribune

‘Please daddy don't get drunk this Christmas’

By BISHOP SIMEON B. HALL
Senior Pastor, New Covenant
Baptist Church

THE words of the song (Please Daddy
Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) by Bill
and Taffy Danoff bespeak how we, as a
people, indeed as a nation, have profaned
the sacred season that is intended to
reflect on the birthday of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. Instead this season
has become a time to get drunk and
engage in licentious lifestyles.

This 1974 song places on the lips of a
child, words of pathos and deep melan-
choly, it says:

“Please daddy don’t get drunk this
Christmas

| don’t want to see my mama cry

Just last year when | was only seven
Now I’m almost eight as you can see
You came home a quarter past eleven
And fell down underneath our Christmas
tree.”

It is most discouraging to know that this
scene will be played out a thousand times
in many homes throughout our Bahamas.

Christmas is the queen of Christian fes-
tivities; second only in significance to
Easter.

For now, and for all times let us set aside
as puerile and insignificant those who
would make a case that Christmas has
pagan historical ties.

In Israel’s history, God sent His Son into
the world. At some point serious
Christians look forward to the celebration
of the birth of Christ, the incarnation; this
is the event when God punctuated human

history with His divine presence.
“Born to raise the sons of earth.
Born to give them second birth.”

We show our highest capacity to profane
the sacred when we would use the time set
aside to reflect on the Lord’s birth as a
time to lower our standards and get drunk.

The song ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ is
wrong. There was nothing holy or silent
about the night on which the Christ child
was born.

But those around were so intoxicated
with their way of life that they missed the
fact that God, through the promised
Messiah, had come to them. I appeal to
those who might make the same mistake
as those who did at the time of Christ’s
birth: Please daddy, don’t get drunk this
Christmas.

Do not become so intoxicated by this
world (literally and figuratively) that you
miss the divine presence in our midst.

Daddy, please don’t leave the rent
money or the school fees at the corner bar
and embarrass us again.

Please daddy, we would like to have a
peaceful time like the neighbour next
door. We would like to exchange gifts like
the people in church.

Please daddy when you get drunk you
beat and abuse my mother and sometimes
you forget Iam your daughter and the way
you look at me makes me very uncomfort-
able.

God comes to us in Jesus Christ that is
the meaning of Advent. Time, place,
colour of the child are all incidental to the
central theme of this cosmic drama.

Drunkenness is escapism and those who
try to drown their sorrows in alcohol come
to know that sorrows can swim.

The Bahamas has the infamous distinc-
tion of ranking number 3 in the world in
alcohol consumption and abuse. By
extrapolation, it means that at any time of
positive social reconstruction and progress
many Bahamians will be found inebriated
and without good sense. It is clear to me
that some persons with power and influ-
ence in our history decided that the best
way to keep some Bahamians back is to
keep them drunk.

We pursue and prosecute those who
deal in the illicit drug trade — indeed as we
ought; but at the same time we reward
liquor barons who trade in the nefarious
business of alcohol. This is a naked contra-
diction.

Alcohol is a killer and those who benefit
from it have the blood of thousands of
weak persons on their hands.

The National health Initiative recently
passed in the Honorable House of
Assembly is worthy of support, but what
about taking another look at those things
in our country that causes ill health. I am
safe within the mark that wanton alco-
holism ranks at the top.

We speak passionately about the health
of the nation but then we have high rank-
ing government officials organising gov-
ernment events being sponsored by the
liquor merchants — suggesting that this
practice is okay.

Alcohol is one of the sacred cows in our
Bahamian society. Would it not be inter-
esting if a scientific study was done on the
effects of alcohol on the Bahamian socie-
ty?

How does alcohol affect family life?
How does this demon of alcohol impact

the work and
study habits
of employees
and students?

Ought we
not to make a
scientific
assessment
on this
accepted area
of Bahamian



life before

the National } 4
Health L Uh
Program is Bishop Simeon
implement- B. Hall

ed? I think

so!

Here are some quotes on the matter of
alcoholism:

People who drink to drown their sor-
rows should be told that sorrows know
how to swim.” Ann Landers

“One reason I don’t drink is that I want
to know when I’m having a good time.”
Nancy Astor

I have always been a little suspicious,
perhaps even more contemptuous of per-
sons who make a living off someone else’s
pain and death.

During this Advent Season many chil-
dren will receive gifts from their parents
and friends. Sadly there will be those who
will have to face these days in painful dis-
may and disappointment because daddy is
drunk, and that is sad.

My immediate family and the people of
New Covenant Baptist Church join me in
wishing you and yours an Advent Season
full of joy and peace and one that is free of
any abuse and destruction.



Refugees aim to preserve
unique Vietnamese faith

POMONA, Calif.
Associated Press

AS DARKNESS fell on a recent night,
Duc Le donned a long white tunic and black
cap, slipped off his shoes and joined other
aging refugees to honor the new moon with
the chanted prayers and offerings that mark
the Vietnamese religion of Cao Dai.

As Le worshipped, his 25-year-old son
stood nearby in sweat pants and chatted with
his young bride before slipping away to
study for his mid-term exams. The college
senior said he visits the temple to teach mar-
tial arts more often than to worship and
struggles to observe the elaborate rituals of

his elders’ faith.

"Usually I don't get too involved. I think
it's the language barrier," said Thuan Le,
who finds the higher-level Vietnamese used
in Cao Dai prayers difficult to understand.
"I definitely see it as a hindrance with all the
ceremonies. You have to follow all these
procedures to get to the truth of it and that's
really hard.”

Le's ambivalence is echoed by many
young Vietnamese and marks a turning
point for the thousands of refugees who
brought their religion with them to the U.S.
and have nurtured it for decades in their
adopted homeland.

Now, as the original followers age, Cao

Dai's most learned scholars in the U.S. are
scrambling to build interest among their
children and grandchildren while trying to
widen the faith's appeal to gain new, non-
Vietnamese worshippers as well.

But Cao Dai's unusual history and a col-
orful blending of beliefs that earned its most
prominent temple in Vietnam the nickname
"Walt Disney fantasia of the East" could
make that a challenge.

The faith, born in 1926 out of a series of
spirit seances, is monotheistic but incorpo-
rates elements of the oldest and most estab-
lished religions in its complex DNA. It took
root in French Indochina, in part as a way
for the country's intellectual elite to recon-
cile the Christian beliefs of their colonial
rulers and ancient Eastern traditions, said
Janet Hoskins, an anthropology professor
and Cao Dai expert at the University of
Southern California.

Practitioners today believe the founders
of the world's major religions are all messen-
gers of the same God and point to similar
teachings on peace and love in all religions.
As a result, the faithful pay homage to a cor-
nucopia of religious and philosophical fig-

ures, including Jesus, Moses, Muhammad,
Lao Tzu, Buddha and Confucius.

Among their saints is the French author
Victor Hugo, who is believed to have spoken
to spirit mediums from beyond the grave.
Hugo's image, along with the French slogan
"Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood,"
appears at the front of many Cao Dai tem-
ples along with the Chinese revolutionary
Sun Yat-sen and the Vietnamese sage
Khiem Binh Nguyen.

Practitioners also believe Joan of Arc
guided the first Cao Dai disciples in their
seances and is one of nine female fairies
associated with the Mother Goddess.

Five levels of carved and brightly painted
figures depicting Cao Dai's saints, prophets
and immortals sit above the altar in its tem-
ples, where worshippers also burn incense
and place tea, wine, fruit and flowers to rep-
resent the different aspects of being.

The faith's complex history and its
emphasis on ritual and hierarchy make it dif-
ficult for young people to embrace, even
without a language barrier, said Hum Dac
Bui, a Cao Dai scholar, author and retired
surgeon who lives in Redlands.



The Tribune

AN APPRECIATION OF THE
MINISTRY OF CAROLS

By NGM Major
(Date not mentioned; precise occasion not stated).

ev

I am sure all of us have been looking
forward to this day with joyous anticipa-
tion.

I believe that we all agree that the
singing of Christmas Carols are a most
rewarding pastime and custom.

They express in a very satisfying way
our feeling toward the birthday of our
lovely Lord.

In them we greet the holy maker and
offer Him our humblest worship, our
love, our blessings, having accepted Him
as the great Author of our salvation.

In them we are given a glimpse of
Xmas in other climes, and this adds to
our joys.

But there is that fascination in these Carols which was first
experienced in our childhood when it seemed that the holy
babe had a special influence on us and this unique thrill has
remained with us ever into the present time.

There is nothing to equal the entrancing music and relat-
ed joys - of Xmas Carols. Many of them, I am sure were writ-
ten by inspired persons for they have captivated us with a
magnetism which has charmed and held us with a bond that
will not let us go.

The birth of our blessed Lord and Savior was not by acci-
dent. In Eternity past, in the Eternal Council of God, a
PLAN was made whereby God desired to raise up a people
who would love and serve him. In his great prophetic WIS-
DOM he knew that human nature would fail him. They
would SIN and be separated from our Father God.

So God provided ONE who would pay the price of sin
with his life thereby permitting all who wished to enjoy Life
Everlasting to do so by REPENTANCE toward God and
faith in Jesus Christ our Savior.

The Birth of Christ was a miracle, and so is the conversion
of every sinner. Every minute, every hour.

Millions have obeyed the gospel, and now look forward
with joy to the blessed Hope of the return of our blessed
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to take His saints home. It is
indeed gratifying to note the interest and enthusiasm shown
by every well-thinking person throughout our island as this
season comes around. We can therefore feel assured that this
delightful pastime of carol singing among the schools has
now become a well established custom in our island. The his-
tory of every worthwhile custom never fails to enhance and
increase its importance.

Carol singing dates back to the early centuries, however
carol singing among the schools in Long Island had its begin-
ning about 15 years ago.

It came about in this way: I happened to be visiting the
metropolis when a carol-singing programme came off at
Christ Church Cathedral. Timothy Gibson was in charge and
he invited me to attend and I enjoyed it immensely, and
before I left Nassau I suggested that it would be a fine addi-
tion to the Christmas celebration if our schools in Long
Island would have a special meet for carol singing.

As Mr Gibson was the Music Inspector for the out islands
and I was district Inspector for the South East Islands, we got
it going the following year.

We held meets at Buckley's Lower Cay Millerton,
Clarence Town, Simms, etc. Those meets were held outdoors
but today we are indoors a progressive step - and I believe
the acoustics are very much better today.

It is pleasing to note that, in spite of distance and other
problems a very appreciable number of schools are taking
part, to sing to the glory of God.

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N.G.M. Major



RELIGION

Thursday, December 16, 2010 ® PG 35



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CROWD OF VOICES: A portion of the eight Choirs which participated in the first all Schools United Choir Celebration of
Christmas Carol singing in Long Island in the late sixties.

History of Long
Island’s carol singing

By REX MAJOR

Long Island Schools in your newspaper
recently (Long Island Schools Celebrate
the District Carol Service on December 9).
I felt that it might be a meaningful follow up, if
you carried the story of how it all got started.
While my father N.G.M. Major was the
Supervisory Headteacher of the Long Island
Schools, he felt that it would be very rewarding and
helpful if all the Schools got together at least once
per year - to sing the Carols.
Enclosed is an address he gave on one of those

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occasions. Included also is a photo of the 1964
Carol service, held at that time on the lawn of the
Commissioner's Residence, on a hill overlooking
Clarence Town, Harbour, Long Island.

A second photo gives a picture of his nationally
award winning Buckley School Choir, of which he
was headteacher and choir director. His second love
was music. He and Timothy Gibson, studied music
together first under CI Gibson then as students at
the old Boy Central School in Nassau, from which
they graduated and left to take their first Schools as
Headteachers in 1922. Timothy Gibson went to
George Town Exuma, while N.G.M Major went to
Port Nelson, Rum Cay.

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MAKING MUSIC: Mr NGM Major is seen conducting his Buckley's Primary School Choir in the garden of the residence
of the District Commissioner of Long Island, in Clarence Town, Long Island - overlooking the Clarence Town Harbour.



PG 36 © Thursday, December 16, 2010 The Tribune

RELIGION

St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Whymms
Long Island celebrates its Patronal Festival



BROTHERS IN THE LORD: Fr Chester Burton
Jonathan Archer fellowship after the service.

and Fr

from the length and breadth

of Long Island to celebrate
and begin yet another church’s
liturgical year. Patronal festivals
are seen as the birthday of any
particular church and St Andrew’s
is found in the exquisite tranquil
serene settlement of Whymms.

St Andrew’s Anglican Church has been
closed for a number of years to receive
extensive renovations and refurbishment
to the physical structure of this edifice.
Prior to Fr Mark Fox’s departure to relo-
cate to the capital, he reopened and cele-
brated the first mass on July 7 of this year.

Anglican members from St Peter’s in
the north and St Paul’s in the south came
together in the palatial picturesque edi-
fice of St Andrew’s to laud the life and

Piemtiere came together



SINGING PRAISES: Parishioners sing the introit hymn during St Andrew's patronal Festival in Long Island.

witness of the apostle Andrew. This
church spiritually reared the first
Bahamian born Bishop Donald Knowles
and possesses an aura of mystique.

The Church was adorned with celebra-
tion flags on the exterior and the altar
decorated in the Patronal festival colour
of red denoting the color attributed to
Apostles.

Fr Chester Burton; new rector of St
Peter’s North Long is anticipating the
rededication of this edifice in short order
by Diocesan Bishop Laish Boyd early in
the New Year. Fr Jonathan Archer,
Rector of the St Paul’s Parish preached
the sermon to the packed church over-
flowing with jubilant members.

The gospel reading for the Eucharistic
celebration was taken from Matthew’s
gospel chapter 4 verses 18-22 in which
Jesus is walking down the Sea of Galilee
and comes into contact with Simon Peter

-

and Andrew who are brothers and also
James and John the sons of Zebedee. Fr
Archer touched on the simple yet pro-
found words of Jesus when he told
Andrew and his brother Simon Peter, that
He would make them fishers of men.

Fr Archer reminisced on his early expe-
riences while serving as rector of St
Patrick’s, Governor’s Harbour where he
enjoyed fishing. He went on to say that
certain Long Island settlements are built
around fishing communities. Fr Archer
then in his sermon asked a poignant and
rhetorical question to the congregation:
“What are you fishing?”

Fr Archer pointed out that during the
New Testament Era there were no motor
boats or any devices (for example GPS,)
that enabled fishermen to target fish and
determine storms or hurricanes so fishing
in that time was extremely dangerous. He
noted that Jesus picked some of the most



BROTHERS IN THE LORD: Fr Chester Burton and Fr
Jonathan Archer fellowship after the service.

unlikely characters to assist Him with
spreading the gospel message.

In the English Language “follow” is
one of the most powerful words known to
humanity. And the mere thought of these
two brothers along with the sons of
Zebedee leaving their father in the boat
and following Jesus should sensitise each
Christian of their duty and obligation to
be a witness and fisherman for God and
His Son Jesus Christ through the power
of the Hold Spirit.

After the Eucharistic celebration mem-
bers congregated under the belfry to
share in table fellowship and to meet and
greet different members of the Anglican
Community in Long Island before their
long drive back to their various homes
The parish is anticipating the rededica-
tion of the church on the completion of
the bathroom block and church’s office
facility.



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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.22THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNSHINE, CLOUDS HIGH 79F LOW 68F By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter AS UNION leaders threatened to shut down a number of vital services in protest of the BTC sale yesterday, the government moved to bring an end to the deceit over the deal. Just hours after demonstra tors in Rawson Square clashed with police and said they would interrupt the supply of water, electricity, air transport and education services if the sale was not scuttled, the Cabinet Office released a statement revealing that according to its calculations, the PLPs plan to sell the telecommunications company now being praised by many protesters would actually have earned the public less money. In addition to a financial comparison of net earnings of the CWC sale versus the earlier decision to sell 49 per cent of BTC to Bluewater Ventures, the statement also compared exclusivity terms and credibili ty. (See full statement on page 7). Many of the protesters who gathered outside parliament yesterday emphasised job secu rity as a major concern. One person losing their job is one too many. Today was a test run. We were preparing today for a planned emergency later. No water; no light; no McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 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 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net POLICE officers used batons to control protesting union members as they attempted to storm past barricades in Parliament Square. No arrests were made in what was an other wise peaceful protest that started at Archdeacon William Thompson Park. The drama began when protesters rushed the barricades on Parliament Square, which originally kept them at bay on the north-side bleachers. During the scuffle, police officers were sta By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net OPPOSITION members of Parliament rose in outrage in the House of Assembly yesterday when they were not allowed to debate the impending sale of BTC. Parliamentarians were scheduled to debate amendments to the Small Business Act and the Local Government Act, but Opposition members had hoped to raise the privatisation issue as well. However, the amendment to the Local POLICE USE BATONS AS PROTESTERS ATTEMPT TO STORM BARRICADES OPPOSITION FURY AS HOUSE SUSPENDED WITHOUT BTC DEBATE SEE page two SEE page three SEE page five BTCROW: Protesters march on Parliament Square yesterday (aboveright Tim Clarke /Tribune staff B y AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter a turnquest@tribunemedia.net THE family of 35-year-old Owen Rolle, who died shortly after his arrest last month, want an independent investi g ation into the police forces Central Detective Unit. M r Rolle was reported to have died less than an hour after he was arrested for questioning into the theft of copper wire from BTC on N ovember 26. Family mem bers question the tears and bruising found on Owensf ace. They say that the fatherof-two was in good health before his arrest. R eaffirmed by the results of his autopsy which stated Owen died of a sudden and unexplained death family a re demanding an investiga tion into the Central Detective Unit. O wens brother, Corey Rolle, 31, an assistant youth pastor at Bahamas Faith Min-i stries, also disputes that his brother died at hospital as stated in the autopsy report. By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net THE Minister of State for Finance is travelling to San Salvador today to update residents on the status of the title to land under which many believe contains buried pirate treasure. For the past few years, competing families have laid claim to the land in Fortune Hill after some initial prospecting determined there were large metal deposits in one of the hills blocked caves. According to some of the islands senior citizens, there have been rumours of gold, diamonds, and other precious stones being discovered over the years. Many people believe San Salvador may have been used in the past as a staging ground for such notorious pirates as Captain Kidd, who in all likelihood may have buried their ill-gotten gains on the island. With the discovery of the large metal deposits in Fortune Hill, many residents took up the job of amateur treasure hunters and began MINISTER TO GIVE UPD ATE ON PIRATE TREASURE LAND FAMILY OF MAN WHO DIED AFTER ARREST WANT INVESTIGATION SEE page 16 SEE page 17 MORE BTC NEW SONPAGESTWO, THREE, FIVE, SIX ANDSEVEN AS PROTESTERS THREATEN ESSENTIAL SERVICES, GOVT MOVES TO .

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE tioned on the opposite side of the barriers to protesters, who eventually pushed through to the middle of the road before officers were able to regain control. After the brief confrontation, a union member, who had broken through the barricades, said: They have yall corralled like a bunch of animals. That is how they have you. Yall look like a bunch of animals. A police officer asked him to stop that, fearing his words might further incite the crowd. Shortly after the disturbance turned confrontational, the House of Assembly was unexpectedly suspended until Wednesday, January 19, 2011. Hubert left without his seat belt, burning tyres, said a protester, describing how some parliamentarians flew out of the House. Hundreds of BTC employees participated in the protest, along with employees from several other government agencies, including air transport workers. I am here because I dont believe what is going on. There is no accountability to the people. They are selling our best national asset below market value. If there is nothing to hide why not make the memorandum of understanding public, said an air transport employee, who took the day off to sup port the labour movement. Barbara Rodgers, a BTC employee, said: I am not here for myself. I am here for the generation to come. Why would you take food out of my grandchildrens mouth? Fire and wire dont need to come here. She took the day off from work to participate in the protest, although the union told me to go to work, she said. I am not listening to the union today. I plan to be here all day. My father participated in the general strike, and we need to close the country down now for 20 days to send a message to Hubert Ingraham that the Bahamas is for Bahamians and not him and his cronies, said Ms Rodgers. She was not concerned about the possibility of being reprimanded on the job. Some protesters said they requested an emergency day off; others said they called in sick. Several were on previo usly scheduled vacation time. Kenny Knowles, a BTC manager on vacation, said: As an employee I am very proud of BTC. It is a part of the Bahamian identity and instills a lot of national pride. They should not sell our national heritage. Privatisation d oes not have to equate to foreign ownership. That is the aspect we opposed. Union leaders said more industrial action should be expected. Police use batons as protesters attempt to storm barricades FROM page one PROTEST: Police try to keep the barrier in place.

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By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net THE Progressive Liberal P arty was "also wrong" when it p lanned to sell a minority stake in BTC to foreigners, PLP MP Alfred Sears admitted. On reflection I think we were also wrong, said Mr Sears, when asked about thef ormer government's plans to s ell 49 per cent of BTC to the American company Bluewater. However, he added that the PLP changed its policy at somep oint since then, from one that focused on a foreign strategic p artner to a strategic partn er, so qualified Bahamian b idders could be accommodate d. S peaking to T he Tribune o n the sidelines of a union protest over BTC's privatisation, the Fort Charlotte MP added that t he outcry is "only going to get worse" unless the Ingraham a dministration caves into the calls for Bahamianisation of capital resources. "There is a disquiet in this country. It is not against C&W. W hat the people are saying is t he policy is wrong. People are a sking the government to be c ommitted to a policy of Bahamian ownership. BTC is t he case that will draw a line in the sand that the govern-m ent should make the owners hip and economic empowerment of Bahamians the primar y objective of public policy, he told The Tribune. The government should r econsider the sale and issue an IPO (initial public offering Management and technology c an always be bought. You dont have to sell the birthright of Bahamians, he said. PLP Leader Perry Christie d efended his administration's choice to sell BTC to Bluewa ter Ventures in early 2007 a deal that fell through once the FNM assumed office in May of that year. H e said: "We had taken the approach that we were going to sell to a group made up of people who were shareholdersi n major entities around the world, people who were leading executives in the companies, regulators who had been approved by other jurisdictions so we were satisfied as to what we were selling to. We kneww e were going to have people who make up a Bahamian company that would be able to centre its headquarters in the B ahamas, run the operation from the Bahamas with the country owning 51 per cent, m ove into the region using the B ahamas as its base. M r Christie added that he at l east sought to keep the unions involved every step of the way w hile he was in office. BTC's union heads have argued that they have been kept in the dark over the intricacies of the C&W deal. My Cabinet appointed the management union and the w orkers union to be full members of the privatisation committee and we said we would only move ahead if they agreed if we had the full agreement of the workers and the managers' representatives to the deal," he said during an impromptu press conference yesterday. Selling a majority stake in t he highly profitable utility c ompany is not a good deal he said. Cable & Wireless is not the company to sell to. . selling 51 per cent places the Bahamian public in a position where they have lost complete cont rol. . we are very, very fearful a bout what's happening." G overnment legislation was not delivered to the House in time, prompting the Government to move for an adjournment to January 19, ending yesterday's session ata round 10.30am. W hen Leader of Government Business Tommy Turnquest moved for a suspension, Bain and Grants Town MP Dr Bernard Nottage rose as if he were goingto speak, however the Gove rnment's side continued with the adjournment, causing an outcry from Opposition members. "We were told that they w ere waiting for an amendment that they did not r eceive. They introduced several other bills and then moved for immediate suspension. We were going to stand to ask the governmentto discuss this national issue w hich is the BTC issue. The government break o ff running, they left Parliam ent, the Speaker did not allow us to speak on the m otion for suspension a gain a violation of our democratic principles," said W est End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe during an impromptu press conference in Rawson Square after the H ouse adjourned. O pposition Leader Perry Christie questioned the secrecy" surrounding the BTC deal, and again called on the Government to make public its Memorandum of Understanding with Cable & Wireless something the FNM has said it will do once t he deal is finalised with C &W. "The question is, why is the government so clandestinely dealing with this issue, deep in secret? Much more importantly, we've come toP arliament, we have (a d amental right to be heard in Parliament, those rights were violated this morning in a basic way. One would have thought they would have come to say something abouti t (the MOU so it would have been ourduty to raise the question," he said, as union membersa nd sympathisers protested behind him against the sale of BTC. H e thinks Government is afraid to take the matter on in Parliament given the levelo f controversy surrounding i t. "I think the Government is very fearful now, scaredof this issue. They know that they are riding a tiger and you know old Confucius' saying, 'He who rides tiger d are not fall off' and so they have postponed this to a date in January when I presume they believe they would have f inished this deal and then they can come to Parliament with what they are doing." Mr Turnquest later released a statement on why the House was suspended. In it, he said: "The Government fully intended to proceed today with the debate and passage of amendments to the Business License Act. The Govern ment discovered late Tuesday evening that a subse quent amendment to the Local Government Act would also be necessary to proceed with the debate. "The amendment to the Local Government Act wasnot available at the time of this mornings sitting of Par liament. As the Government intends to debate and pass both sets of amendments concurrently due to their being interconnected, Parliament was suspended until January 19, 2011. The Gov ernment intends to debate and pass the amendments to the Business License Actand the Local Government Act at that sitting." Minister of State for Finance Zhirvargo Laing shot back at assertions that Government left running scared yesterday as unions protested outside of Parlia ment. "We are the ones who are proceeding the privatisation.We know the objection that some people have to it. We know the unions have indi cated that they are objecting to it. What is there for us to be afraid of?" he said when he called into a radio talk show yesterday. "The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, everybody knows, is no man who lacks courage. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PLP also wrong when it planned sale of BTC stake to foreigners FROM page one Opposition PLPMP Alfred Sears

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I wish to respond to the article in Wednesdays edition titled Residents stage protest in hotel development row written by Noelle Nicholls. Miss Nicholls came to Hope Town to cover a protest and not only did she ignore the entire reason for the protest, but she also badly misrepresented the town of Hope Town. By reading the article, one would think that there is a small group of foreigners protesting a development that will benefit most Bahamians and that most Bahamians support it. Nothing is further from the truth. The truth of the matter is that our Town Council was elected by the Bahamians of Hope Town, Man-O-War, and Guana Cay to act and speak on our behalf and according to our wishes. Remember, non-Bahamiansc annot vote or hold office. Regarding the proposed Elbow Cay Club development, the council worked very hard to get everyones opinion by attending town meetings, discussing it in length individually, and encouraginge veryone to write letters expressing their views. After digesting all the information they decided that the voters were overwhelmingly against the development as proposed and a resolution was drafted expressing this view to Central Government. Cen tral Government in turn chose to totally ignore its own local government and approved the development. The protest was meant to bring attention not just to the issue that the citizens of Hope Town do not want a huge development on their island, but also to the bigger issue that local government and the wishes of the people are being ignored. We are being dictated to by Nassau. Is democracy dead in t he Bahamas? In the article Miss Nicholls brushes over most of what Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting had to say and then from an unnamed source claims that most peo ple at the protest were second home owners and expatriates. This is untrue. There was a healthy pro portion of both Bahamian and non-Bahamian. Just because people are white does not mean that they are not Bahamian. Second home owners are a huge part of the economy of the Bahamas. They have millions of dollars invested in Hope Town alone. What is wrong with them voicing their concerns in regards to their investments? Miss Nicholls then focuses on the opinions of Kerry Sullivan and Michael Meyers, both who stand to gain monetarily from this deal. Miss Sullivan claims the council did not give the devel opers an alternative and that the developers had made efforts to downsize. In truth the developers first submitted a plan for a development of outrageous size that had no hope of being approved and it was consequently turned down. They then came back with the present plan which is still of outrageous proportions but is admittedly smaller than the first one. Now they are claiming to be the good guys because they have downsized from huge to not quite as huge. Since the beginning the town has always said a small resort or inn would be welcome. No one has ever said nothing should be done there at all. Mr Meyers also claims the developers have downsized the marina and that this will bring in jobs for our youth and clean up the Haitian ghetto that is now there. The marina is the same sto ry. It is going from huge to not quite so huge. Regarding jobs for our youth and cleaning up the ghetto the same goals could be accomplished with a small resort as opposed to a mega development. This is a sad day for all of the Bahamas. JEFF GALE December 9, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. How shocking for Mr Ingraham to think that it is either fit or proper to suggest that The Bahamas should consider choosing him again to lead this country after 2012. Mr Ingraham (and Mr Christie) while still having some useful qualities, are old men today and will be even older in 2012. They no longer have the energy, and cannot learn the skill-set required to run a 21st century nation. Surely the young men of this country cannot allow this to happen. And it is up to those young men, those between 35 and 55, to stop this in its tracks. Young men of each generation have a responsibility to their families and the nation to renew the team, and to choose one of their generation to bring new ideas and new energy to every sector of the society whether it be in business, religion or politics. In the life of a nation, twenty years completes a genera-t ional cycle. And any generation that allows the previous one to continue to control their fate after that cycle has run its course, does so at their own peril. The generation of the 30s chose Mr Pindling (Sir Lyn den) as their political leader. And he managed to keep his place for the entire generational cycle. There is no question that he should have been replaced in 1987, but the next generation made the mistake (for reasons which may be understandable) of allowing him to remain for an additional five years, whicht urned out to be a complete disaster. The 50s generation divided their twenty years between Mr Ingraham and Mr Christie. (It is Mr Christies own fault that he got only five of those twenty years.) That generations cycle will end in 2012. And so should the control of both Mr Christie and Mr Ingraham. The 70s generation now moves into position to choose their political leaders. They may not be able to f ind a single one to lead for 20 or even 10 years, and may end up with four different leaders o ver the next twenty years. That is their choice, and their problem to solve. But they must not allow old men to steal their energy and opportunity to shape the world in which their children will have to survive. Those who are older, and have served with honour, will, and must, be treated with respect and dignity by the next generation. Their advice and counsel are useful in guiding the hands that will next take control. But if they will not gracefully relinquish those controls, it is the duty of the generation-in-waiting to take control from them. Life requires turnover. And we are at a time in our nations life when that turnover must occur. I have great confidence in the qualities and abilities of the next generation. I have seen enough of them to know that The Bahamas will be in excellent hands when they assume control. These men and women have seen the world and have had experiences which the current leaders cannot imagine. They will change our environment, and it is their duty to do so. And while this may disturb some of those in the over-65 set, they are disturbed onlyb ecause they are now the status quo. When they did it, their grandparents were also disturbed. But they did it anyway. And that is simply life, as it should be. SHAYNE DAVIS Nassau, December 6, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WE ARE baffled by Opposition Leader P erry Christies harping on the secrecy surrounding governments memorandum ofu nderstanding with Cable & Wireless (LIME f ront of us is a file of the Christie governments secret negotiations with Bluewater that were then too sensitive to be shared with the public and of which no one knew the details until the Ingraham governmentc ame to office and opened the books. The union, by its own and Mr Christies admis-s ion, was a part of the negotiations and approved the sale. A week before the election, which resulted in the Christie governments removal f rom office, it was discovered that the privatisation committee for the Bluewater sale had submitted its report, which was approved by cabinet, but not signed by Mr Christie. T oday the public knows more about the Cable and Wireless proposal than it ever d id about the Bluewater deal and even now information is coming out about Blue w ater that the public is hearing for the first time. P rime Minister Ingraham has promised that all information on the BTC sale with all documents attached will be made public two weeks before being presented to the House for a vote. T his full disclosure, we can assure our readers judging from the PLPs trackr ecord, especially recalling the secret land-giveaway in the Baha Mar Cable Beach d eal would have never happened under the Christie government. And so why does Mr Christie continue to harp on a deal being clandestinely dealt with deep in secret when there is nothing s ecret about it? He believes government, avoided parlia m ent yesterday morning, because it is afraid of the issue. They know that they are riding a tiger and you know old Confucius saying: He who ride rides tiger dare not fall off, saidM r Christie. We know that Confucius was a wise man, b ut this particular saying cannot be attributed to him. It is an ancient Chinese proverb, w hich says: He who rides a tiger can never get off or the tiger will devour him. Is this why Mr Christie cannot give up the secrecy myth? Maybe, he and the union representatives, who admit they were a part of the whole Bluewater negotiations, should c ome clean and tell the public why they were so secret when they were trying to hand overt he Bahamian peoples jewel to a group that had not been tested and had no track r ecord in communications? No, Mr Christie, this is one tiger you will have to keep riding because if you fall off the people will indeed see that the Emperor has no clothes. In yesterdays demonstration when a u nion member broke through the restraining barriers on Bay Street and was confronted byp olice, he taunted his colleagues, who remained behind the barricades: They have y all corralled like a bunch of animals. That is how they have you. Yall look like a bunch o f animals! Not only did they look like a bunch of corralled animals, but they were behaving as such without an independent brain in their heads. Imagine mounting a demonstration o n the emotional hot air of politicians and union leaders without accepting the invitat ion to sit down with Cable and Wireless to discover for themselves what the negotia t ions are all about and the important role Bahamians are to play in it. T oday they now have a chance to sit down in the quiet of their homes and read the Cabinets statement on page 7 of todays edition and see the bill of goods that the PLP was trying to sell them and if it were n ot for the election would have got away with and what they are being offeredt oday. This week a union leader accused gov e rnment of giving away the countrys cash cow. Indeed it is a cash cow that consumers are paying for dearly and unionists are milking without shame. The backwardness of BTC has retarded t he growth of this countrys financial industry as well as local businesses that have beenf orced thanks to the computer to try to avoid the BTC monopoly as far as possible. A ll we have heard so far is what the union ists want of BTC. It is now time for the consumers to be heard. Consumers want lowerp rices, better service and an ability to enter the world market without being hemmed in b y suffocating monopolies. Read the Cabinet statement and unders tand how Bahamians are being hoodwinked by politicians there is indeed no comparison with the Christie-backed Bluewater deal to what is being offered today by Cable and Wireless Communications. Old guard must make way for young blood LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Bahamians being offered better deal Hope Town was badly misrepresented in article

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flight, said Nelerene Harding, president of the Airport, Airline & Allied Workers Union (AAAW dent of the National Congress of Trade Unions (NCTU She spoke, along with leaders from 10 different unions. Hun dreds of union members participated in the demonstration called by the NCTU. We dont need no lemonade, so LIME got to go, shouted protesters, who were adamant about the government reversing the sale. Onlookers heard representatives of the teachers unions ay no read, no write, forecasting possible follow-up action. Bernard Evans, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU want any foreigners to take over BTC. We can stay all daya nd all night. We are going to eat lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch again. Yesterday, the House was suspended until January 19, 2011, shortly after protesters had a brief clash with police when they attempted to storm past barricades in Parliament S quare. In last nights statement, the government said going forward, it will put more facts into the public arena, and will release all facts and documentation two weeks prior to the House of Assembly being called upon to vote on the sale of BTC. W illiam Carrol, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union (BCPMU have to come to Parliament to vote on BTC. If every time they come they run, then we will be victorious. During the protest, leaders from the different unions spoke from a bullhorn in the middle of Parliament Square, while fellow members sang and chanted. We are here to make a statement today. Come hell or high water, we will stand together as the TUC and the NCTU. We will not allow BTC to be taken away and sold to Cable and Worthless, said Cleola Hamilton, Trade Union Congress (TUC and president of the nurses union. We are giving away our childrens birthright and our childrens, childrens birthright. Enough is enough and too much is too god damn much, said Ms Hamilton. In light of a court injunction preventing BTC union representatives from inducing employees of BTC to break their respective contracts of employment by taking part in any unlawful industrial action against BTC, Mr Evans said the union told our people to go to work. We admonished them to go to work. Go pay your phone bill. My people are at work, said Mr Evans, who emphasised that the NCTU and the TUC led the protest, not the BCPOU. We will be guided by the NCTU and the TUC with whatever plans they have, he said. Downtown workers filed out of their stores to observe the procession, as union members walked slowly down Bay Street. Police diverted downtown traffic using Charlotte Street, Woodes Rodgers Wharf, Parliament and East streets. The demonstration started at the Archdeacon William Thompson Park, with protesters toting an array of placards. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAPTIST Bishop Earl Randy Fraser is expected to take the witness stand when his unlawful sex trial resumes next month. B ishop Fraser is expecte d back in court on January 13 and 14, 2011 for the continuation of his retrial. His wife is reportedly also expected to testify. Bishop Fraser, pastor at Pilgrim Baptist Temple on S t James Road, was in court on Monday as four more witnesses were called to testify in his defence. Eight people have testif ied on the bishops behalf s o far. B ishop Fraser pleaded not guilty to having unlawful sex with a 16-year-old girl between July 2005 and F ebruary 2006. He was acquitted of the charge in 2007, but the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial. His retrial began before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel lastM ay. Bishop Fraser remains on $10,000 bail. He is represented by attorney Wayne Munroe. D eputy Director of P ublic Prosecutions F ranklyn Williams is prosecuting the case. BISHOP FRASER EXPECTED IN WITNESS STAND N EXT MONTH WITH national opposition to the sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable and Wireless continuing to grow, PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said the government has now embarked on a m ajor public relations exercise to conv ince Bahamians that the deal is in the best interest of the Bahamas. These groups of misguided personalities, Mr Roberts said, including executives of Cable and Wireless, all have hit the airways in droves in an effort to support this sweetheart deal. In fact, the creators of this deal sound so convincing over the airwaves they are starting (to truly believe their own propaganda. However all Bahamians from all s ides of the political divide are not buying into the hype. Mr Roberts said despite the gove rnments efforts, the BCPOU, the BCMU and other national unions r emain strongly opposed to Cable and Wireless as the purchasing entity of BTC. The chairman added that his party b elieves the sale of BTC to C&W is a national issue and not a political one. Battle We therefore will rightly do battle in the Halls of Parliament against this foolish, sweetheart proposition by the FNM. To this end, the primary spokespersons outside the halls of par l iament have been primarily the part ys chairman, the leader and deputy l eader. This position by the PLP has been c learly demonstrated with the ongoing Senate debates, as opposition members, despite attempts to be censored, continue to hammer the government for not making public the details of the Memorandum of Understanding o n the BTC/C&W deal. We conclude by stating the government continues to stubbornly proc eed with this bad deal despite mounting national opposition by the people of the Bahamas. Considering the above factors, the PLP again calls on the prime minister to make public the details of the sale by releasing the Memorandum of Understanding on the BTC/C&W deal without further delay. More importantly, we call on the g overnment to listen to the majority of the people and cancel the governments plans to sell BTC to Cable and W ireless, Mr Roberts said. PLP chairman: govt on public relations exercise over BTC FROM page one End deceit NATIONALISSUE: B radley Roberts THE search for a second person believed to have been onboard a private US-registered cargo plane that crashed in the ocean seven miles southwest of New Providence on Tuesday was suspended yesterday. According to a Royal Bahamas Defence Force official, a search effort which began at 8am yesterday proved fruitless as nothing else related to the crash was discovered. The search has been suspended pending any new developments or reports, the officer said. The body of a Caucasian man who is yet to be identified was pulled from the ocean Tuesday afternoon after the crash. A Caucasian woman is also believed to have been onboard the plane. Air traffic controllers reported that shortly before 3pm, a small aircraft disappeared from their radar four miles south of Gaulin Cay. The plane was reportedly travelling from Florida. SEARCH FOR SECOND PERSON IN PLANE CRASH SUSPENDED

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %4+2674'*17)*6 BTCPARLIAMENTSQUAREPROTEST SCENESFROM yesterdays protest against the proposed sale of BTC at Parliament Square. During the protest, leaders from the different unions spoke while fellow members sang and chanted. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t t n n t t n n f f n n t t n n b b r r b b t t r r r r n n LATE last night the Cabinet released a statement on the sale of the 51 per cent interest in Bahamas Telecommunica-t ions Company to Cable & W ireless Communications concluding that the offer from Bluewater is in no way comparable to that from CWC. Following is the full text of t he statement: It is time to bring an end to the deceit that is now becoming a national debate regarding the Government'sd ecision to sell 51 per cent of t he Bahamas Telecommunic ations Company (BTC Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC parison to an earlier decisionto sell 49 per cent of BTC to B luewater Ventures. P rice Comparison. The price agreed with Bluewater was $260 million f or 49 per cent of BTC. But t here was a net balance of a pproximately $70 million of BTC's cash in its bank account at the end of May2 007. There was no allowance in Bluewater's offer for this c ash to be removed from B TC. U sing the same maths we have heard with respect to the Cable & Wireless transaction,t his constituted a net cash transaction of $190 million.O f this amount $25 million w as deferred for five years a nd another $15 million deferred for six years. The net cash therefore, t hat the country would have received from the Bluewater transaction at the time of clos-i ng is $150 million. The deferred payment of $40 million, which was also interest-free, would have in fact been paid by BTC itself a nd because of time-value the money would have amount e d to less in value than $40 million. The sale price of $260 million was nothing more than a gimmick designed to d eceive and mislead. The net cash to Government of the proposed Bluewater bid would therefore have been less than $190 mil lion. It is deceitful not to openly acknowledge this fact. In the case of the CWC transaction, the purchasep rice is $210 million which w ill be paid at closing plus $7 million in stamp taxes, that is $217 million. And, the Government at closing will receive any net cash in excess of $15 million. T herefore, the net cash b enefit to the Government of the CWC transaction will be at least $202 million. No account is taken in this statement of the tens of millionso f dollars received by the G overnment from BTC since t he aborted sale to Bluewater as the Government did not intend to sell BTC's cash. Exclusivity Period A comparison of the exclus ivity period for the mobile s ervice which has an annual cash value of a very significant amount shows Bluewat er was granted an exclusivity p eriod of six years while for C WC the exclusivity period for mobile service is three years. R egarding the fixed line monopoly, Bluewater wasg ranted an exclusivity period o f six years. As for CWC, this i ssue does not arise since we already liberalized fixed line services and CWC will there-f ore be in a competitive environment from the beginningo f its operation. M inority vs. Majority Owne rship Much is being made of the issue of sale of 49 per cent a gainst 51 per cent and the implications inherent in the difference. T he principal issue that arises in minority versus majority interest is the element of management and control of the company. In t he case of Bluewater the fact is that the management and c ontrol was to be given to Bluewater without acquisition of the majority interest. Bluewater was given con t rol of the Board and of the Company by virtue of its greater number of directors and of the day-to-day man agement by virtue of its authority to select the Company's Chief Executive Officer. The important distinction is that Bluewater securede ffective majority control w ithout having to pay for it. Credible Partner Perhaps the most compelling issue for the Bahamian people's consideration is the issue of credibility of the s election for partnering with B TC in its quest for the transformation of telecommunications networks throughout The Bahamas and assurance of a telecommunicationsf ramework that facilitates and s upports the economic prosp erity of the country. A comparison of Bluewater and Cable and Wireless is in order. Firstly, it is not possible to k now who Bluewater is b ecause there is no history to refer to. Bluewater was a shell company registered offs hore in Jersey in the Channel I slands, and was established i n 2003, 140 years after Cable & Wireless commenced oper ations. It had no financial s tatements and no organizational support. It only had 2i ssued shares of 1 UK pound e ach. It was previously called B luewater Communications Ventures Ltd. It changed its name to Bluewater VenturesL td. removing the word Communications. A s far as we know, given t he 2 shareholders are nomin ee companies, its principal is one individual foreigner who used to be in a commun ications business, NTL, which went into bankruptcy in 2002. We don't know whot he shareholders are, as this information was never provided to us. It is mind-boggling that a decision was once taken by a Government of T he Bahamas to sell BTC to this entity. It is even more a stonishing that there are those still bold enough to publicly tout this experience today. O n the other hand, the partner the present Government has selected, CWC, is a Cabinet statement on BTC sale SEE page eight

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B y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c nixon@tribunemedia.net MEMBERS of the public a re criticising the Ministry of Education for allowing the sale of counterfeit goods at RM Bailey park. Holiday vendors who set up shop last Saturday at the park, across the street from the Marathon Mall, are selling everything from toys toc lothes. Some are reportedly also selling counterfeit bags and wallets. One concerned person r emarked that it would appear that the Ministry of Education, which has respons ibility for the park, is teachi ng the public how to sell i llegal goods and undermine both the government and l egitimate businesses." When confronted with the complaints, Director of Education Lionel Sands explained that the ministry does not give the vendorss pecific rules or guidelines c oncerning what they can and cannot sell. N or does the ministry examine what is sold. "We give them permission t o use the area for periods of three weeks during the holiday season under the premiset hat their goods are legitimate and legal, Mr Sands said. A ccording to the ministry, vendors are not required to possess a business or shop licence or pay rental fees for the use of the space. The issue of persons being allowed to sell counterfeit g oods has been highlighted o n more than one occasion r ecently, beginning with the arrest of nine straw market vendors in New York for buying counterfeit goods they p lanned to later sell on Bay Street. Then, Minister of Public Works and Transport Neko Grant announced that counterfeit goods will not be a llowed in the new Straw M arket a decision that d rew the ire of many straw vendors. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Ministry criticised for sale of counterfeit goods at RM Bailey park N eko Grant

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A NDROS Central A ndros natives can now claim Crown Land which they can prove they have a vested interest in under the 2010 Land Adjudication Act. The 2010 Planning and S ubdivisions Act will also empower their right to build o n the land legally and retain equity and market value, according to local govern-m ent officials. In Andros, most of the land is owned by the state and theres very little priv ately owned land. So hence, the residents find it difficultt o engage in any kind of e xpansion of the communit ies in which they live, whether its for private residence or for business purp oses, said Central Andros administrator Oscar Munroe. Because of that you find t heres a practice whereby p eople arbitrarily just build o n Crown Land with the hope that they will be able to at some point get some type of title to the land. But its a problem in that, in order for them to build, there a re certain requirements to get a building permit. One of t hose requirements will be that they will have to show proof of ownership of thel and. This presents a probl em in that most of the time they build without coming forward. And then theres a d ifficulty in regulating because sometimes theyb uild by the building code or s ometimes they didnt. T he 2010 Planning and Subdivisions Act will take effect in January 2011, endi ng an era of ambiguity and confusion. It offers a clear legal f ramework with a list of g uidelines, of which these Bahamian investors have been unaware, government officials said. You would know that a building is progressing whent he investor goes to BEC to get electricity and they need an occupancy certificate. In order to get that, they will c ome in and everybody expects you at the time to understand they have investe d in this property, and this is the norm, and most cases they just expect for it to beb usiness as usual, that you turn a blind eye and give them the occupancy certifi cate, said Mr Munroe. M r Munroe spoke in general regarding the local land disputes presented before h im as a Family Island administrator. He said the issues are deep-rooted because Central A ndrosians expect fairness and want equal treatment under the law. Residents were offended that land ownership was a privilege granted to others in the past and not extended to them. Most of the land is Crown Land and these settlementsh ave been going on for many, many years. There were oth e r people who were able to do it and found that they were able to get regulation after a while. So hence, everyone feels that it should be the norm, said Mr Munroe. The new amendments will help residents to comply with government building codes easier and will dismiss the established tradition of manipulating the Quieting Titles Act to acquire land in which they have invested, he said. At least, 80 per cent of the land in Andros is govern ment owned, including land protected by the Bahamas National Trust for sustaining national biodiversity. The 2010 Forestry and Planning and Subdivisions Act brings the unaddressed issues from the court of public opinion back into the courtroom. It forces us to look into the situation and perhaps from the Town Planning side of it, we would have to make land available to the residents. We would have to actively survey the lands that people have been building on and making sure that some title is forthcoming. Land would also have to be made available for future growth, said Mr Munroe. Mr Munroe also spoke about how the laws will protect wildlife from human interference. There has been a lot of research going on about Andros from the local and international perspective. The blue holes were widely publicised by National Geographic magazine. You can catch crabs in those areas, but you cannot build there because those areas are reserved for sustainable growth of the crabs, said Mr Munroe. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Central Andros natives can now claim Crown Land THESE ANDROS residents have built their homes on land to which they have title, unlike many Central Androsians who have built their homes on Crown Land and are unable to obtain an occupancy certificate from the Government. C ENTRAL ANDROS a dministrat or Oscar Munroe offered an view of how Central Androsians c an directly benefit from the discipline provided by the 2010 Forestry and Planning & Subdi v isions Act, as well as the 2010 L and Adjudication Act.

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AS FRUSTRATED driv ers continued to rage over S hirley Street traffic jams caused by government road works, a local civic action g roup has demanded an offic ial inquiry. We The People chair man Ed Fields said the g roup is perturbed that t hose managing the work seem completely uncon cerned that they are negatively impacting the qualityo f life for all residents and that productivity is being unnecessarily and significantly reduced. He said: We the People seek to make an impact with respect to the quality of lifef or all Bahamians. It is the s mall things that count and in this regard we call for an immediate investigation of the process whereby nonessential roadworks are being done during peak hours. M r Fields said that over t he past several weeks, agencies unknown to anyone have been commissioning contractors to raise manhole covers on Shirley Street. He called for the public to be told who is managing the process and why it is important to do the work now. In the spirit of We The Peoples stated approach, Mr Fields said, the group would suggest the following: That non-essential road works be carried out during non-peak hours on weekdays, and completed prior to the resumption of peak hours. That non-essential road works be carried out on evenings and weekends, That non-essential road works, or scheduled road works, be carried out dur ing school closures so as to reduce traffic congestion. That the police be made aware of such works, so offi cers can be in position to assist with traffic management. Mr Fields added: We The People is committed to the process of change and over the months and years ahead, WTP will serve as the vehicle for persons to express themselves with respect to issues such as these. We will always be mindful however of forwarding solutions in the absence of overt confrontation, attacking personalities or politicising the matter at hand. Most importantly, we call on all citizens that are affected by these thoughtless deci sions or any other similar acts, to voice their disap proval either through their own devices or by joining We The People, which will act on those concerns accordingly. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ABOVE: Queens Birthday Recipients for 2010 are pictured in the ballroom at Government House after receiving their awards. Seated in front from left are: Warren Levarity,C MG; Mrs Deloris Ingraham, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes. L EFT: G overnor-General Sir A rthur Foulkes confers upon S olomon Kerzner the award of Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of SaintM ichael and Saint George. R OADWORKS: S everal workmen can be seen looking on as one man works on the manhole. T im Clarke / Tribune staff CALL FOR INQUIRY OVER SHIRLEY STREET JAMS QUEENSBIRTHDAY RECIPIENTS2010

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C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM DAVID NOWAK, A ssociated Press MOSCOW Fearing more clashes between racist hooligans and mostly Musl im ethnic minorities, police detained more than 1,000 people in M oscow and several other Russian cities Wednesday, after weekend rioting in the capital left dozens injured. Hundreds of riot police outside the Kievsky station in central Moscow hauled into police vans mostly young men and teenagers w ho were shouting racist slogans and raising their hands in Nazi salutes. Some were lined up against buses and searched by police. Officers confiscated an arsenal of weapons, including traumaticg uns, knives and metal bars, police spokesman Viktor Biryukov said. Police rounded up about 60 protesters in St. Petersburg,w here radical groups also planned a gathering Wednesday. Riot police prevented clashes in Krasnodar and Rostov-onD on, southern Russian cities with large non-Slavic populations where ethnic clashes have been frequent in recent years, officials said. Dozens of mostly young men have been detained in central Russia and Siberia, Russian news agencies reported. Resentment has been rising among Slavic Russians over the g rowing presence in Moscow and elsewhere of people from the southern Caucasus region, most of them Muslims. People from oth-e r parts of the former Soviet Union, including Central Asia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, also face ethnic discrimination and are frequent v ictims of hate crimes. While ethnic Russians amount to about four-fifths of Russia's population of 142 million, the country is also home to some 180 ethn ic groups. The Caucasus region with its mountainous terrain and isolated valleys is home to at least 100 ethnicities including C hechens, who waged two separatist wars against Moscow after the collapse of the Soviet Union. C LAMPINGDOWN: R iot police officers detain protesters outside S ennaya Ploshchad metro station in St. Petersburg yesterday. Dozens of riot police deployed around central St. Petersburg Wednesday to prevent possible ethnic clashes after the weekend rioting by racist hooligans fueled rumors that minorities could try to retaliate. 1,000 detained in Russia to prevent ethnic clashes A { P P h o t o

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L ONDON ` WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was due back in British court Thursday to fight for bail following a week of legal drama which has seen prosecutors challenge a judge's decision to free him, according t o Associated Press Assange was granted a conditional release on 200,000 pounds ($316,000 day, but prosecutors are trying to keep him behind bars and appealed the decision to London's High Court. Assange has already spent m ore than a week in prison following his surrender to British police over a Swedish sexcrimes warrant. He denies any wrongdoing but has refused to voluntarily surrender to Sweden's request to extradite him f or questioning. S upporters of the 39-year-old Australian say the charges are trumped up and possibly politically motivated. A ssange's British lawyer, Mark Stephens, said Wednesday that "somebody has it in for Julian Assange and we only c an conjecture why." B ut lawyer Gemma Lindfield, acting for Sweden, told Tuesday's hearing at the City of Westminster Magistrates' C ourt that Assange faced serious allegations and may abscond if granted bail. She said he is accused of r ape, molestation and unlawful c oercion by two women for separate incidents in August. Assange has yet to be charged. H is lawyers say the allegations stem from a dispute over" consensual but unprotected sex" and argue that he has o ffered to make himself available for questioning via video link or in person in Britain. Lindfield also rejected attempts to link Assange's casew ith the work of WikiLeaks which last month deeplya ngered U.S. officials by begin ning to publish its trove of 2 50,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables. "This is not a case about WikiLeaks, rather a case about alleged serious offenses againstt wo women," Lindfield said. District Judge Howard Rid d le approved bail on condition Assange wear an electronic tag, s tay at a specific address in southern England, report to police every evening and observe two four-hour curfews each day besides putting up the b ond. His lawyers are struggling to a ssemble the bail money, which the court wants to see up front a nd in cash. Stephens said he had about half the amount by Wednesday. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Julian Assange back in court to fight for bail LEGALDRAMA: WikiLeaks founder J ulian Assange leaves the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010. AP Photo/ Lewis Whyld, PA

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DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press KINGSTON, Jamaica Jamaica's counter-drug efforts have been so sluggish that exasperated Cuban officials privately griped about t heir frustrations to a U.S. drug enforcement official, according to a newly released U.S. diplomatic cable. The communique released by WikiLeaks said Cuban officials painted their Caribbean neighbor to the south as chronically uncooperative in stopping d rug smugglers who use Cuban waters and airspace to transport narcotics destined for the U.S. Dated Aug. 11, 2009, and first published by Britain's The Guardian newspaper, it said no fewer than 15 Cuban Interior Ministry officials complained to a U.S. anti-drug specialist a ssigned to the U.S. Interests Section, which Washington maintains in Havana instead of an embassy. "Collectively and continually, they express frustration over the (government of Jamaica's consistent ignoring of Cuban attempts to increase the flow of drug-relate d information between the two island nations to i ncrease interd ictions and avoid 'being surprised by drugs,'" said t he cable, apparently written by America's chief diplomat to Cuba, Jonathan F arrar. The document was writt en less than a year before Jamaican security forces launched an anti-gang crackdown following the capture of C hristopher "Dudus" Coke, once described by the U.S. Justice Department as one of the world's most dangerous drug k ingpins. T he cable describes two major seizures of marijuana from Jamaican smugglers in Cuba's territory and portrayed t he Cubans as active partners, even if the communist government ultimately blames Washington for drug trafficking due t o high demand in the U.S. D espite their stormy relationship and the lack of a formal drug cooperation treaty, C uba and the United States have long worked together on interdiction efforts, with the two country's coast guards hand ling communication about o perations on the high seas. The cable reveals a level of cooperation between Havana and Washington not talked a bout openly, such as an August 2009 trip by a U.S. Coast Guard drug interdiction specialist to the Cuban city of C amaguey following the capt ure of a plane carrying 13 bales of marijuana from Jamaica. Officials at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana normally are n ot allowed to travel beyond 25 miles (40 kilometers side the capital without Cuban permission, which is rarely g ranted. According to the m emorandum, the U.S. specialist determined that Cuba "genuinely desires greater information sharing" with J amaica. Cuban officers complained that Jamaican officials "commonly agree to greater information sharing in person; h owever, that is the extent of t heir efforts." It also details an October 2008 meeting aboard a British s hip in Havana's port that was arranged by the U.K. defense attache to spur better cooperation between Cuba and J amaica. Afterward, the U.S. a nti-drug specialist said Cuban officials complained that the two Jamaican officials "just sat there and didn't say anything." A spokeswoman for Jamaica's national security minister said a statement would be issued later Wednesday. W hile not addressing s pecifics or confirming the authenticity of the cable, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston said in a statement that the U.S. has a "long, positive history of productive relations" with Jamaica on a wide range of law enforcement matters. T he island's opposition q uickly pounced, calling on Prime Minister Bruce Golding's Jamaica Labor Party to explain the "damning allegations." C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Cable: Cubans say Jamaica lax on fighting drugs BRUCE GOLDING

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM He believes his brother died at CDU. Mr Rolle said: His daddy ASP Nathan Rolle was a ctually one of the leading o fficers in CDU for years. He trained Bethell (head of CDU), who dropped us to school for years. The force that my daddy helped build t o where it is right now, is n ow being questioned for his o wn sons death by the officers who he trained. According to the police, Mr Rolle had been taken in for questioning in connec-t ion with the robbery of the B TC office on Shirley Street t hat morning. While at the C entral Detective Unit, officers said, they noticed he was breathing heavily, thenh e suddenly collapsed. Mr Rolle said: I think o ne of the biggest problems o n the force right now I t hink officers are frustrated with the judicial system and it forces them to do thingst hat may be extreme to crack down a case. M r Rolle explained that s ince his brothers death, he h ad been doing his own research into the interrogation tactics of officers at C DU. His findings revealed that persons were beaten with various objects aboutt he body, including their head and testicles, suffocated or tased. The two other guys that got arrested with this case both said they were beaten badly, he said. When ano fficer arrests somebody, knowing hes gonna be out within 24 hours, for murder or gun possession, I think t heyre frustrated so when theyre in situations like that they do desperate things. T hey go to the extreme to try to find out whats going on because there isnt much hope with our judicial system. I definitely think they d id something which they do n ormally, but it took his life. M r Rolle explained that despite the personal meeti ng from the commissioner who assured him that there w ould be no cover up if t here was any wrongdoing he was dissatisfied by the efforts of the organisation towards ensuring proper recourse for his brothersd eath. We are at a serious state i n this country, said Mr Rolle, my brother missed his daughters birthday yesterday. He had two kids, a t hree-year-old and a fivey ear-old. The Rolle familys cry for an independent body tom onitor the RBPF echoes public statements made by a senior police officer this w eek. Assistant Superintendent Glenroy McKenzie demanded an independent investig ation into the death of I nspector Archibald Miller who was accidentally killed l ast month by police. Both matters were said to have b een sent to the coroners c ourt, however the autopsy r eport on both Mr Rolle and M r Miller were not made public. Mr Mckenzie told the media that he had lost confidence in the police com m issioners ability to effect a proper inquiry. He also said h e felt Commissioner Greenslade was too concerned with public image. The commissioner, said M r Rolle, is a good man, h es trying his best, but def initely we do have a police force that needs to be finet uned. Senior officers were not available for comment up top ress time. FAMILY OF MAN W HO DIED AFTER ARREST WANT INVESTIGATION F ROM page one O WEN ROLLE: T he 35-year-old died after his arrest.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 17 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM to excavate vast areas of private land in the hope of finding this lost treasure. I nternational prospectors a lso joined the search. When good title to the land could n ot be determined, the gove rnment was forced to step i n and halt all activity. However, Minister of State Zhivargo Laing told T he Tribune y esterday the government has finally been able to determine title to the land, but would not disclose the name of the person, save to say it was a woman. There is an individual w ho we are able to confirm t hat her title is clear. So now I am going to explain to them what we now know,a nd explain to them what w ill happen from here. Im really going to update them on the status of things as far as that property is concerned, he said. While it is not the govern ments responsibility tod etermine if there is buried treasure on the island or not, Minister Laing stressed that if anything were to be dis-c overed, that individual, a ccording to Treasure Trove law, would have to enter into an agreement with theM inister of Finance before anything could be excavat ed. You first would have to show clear title to property. Then you would have to get p ermission from the Antiqu ities, Monuments and Museum Corporation to do t he excavation. Then, if you h ave any findings, you have a n obligation to disclose that to the Minister of Finance so that you can enter into a Treasure Trove arrange m ent with him that says how the property can be disposed of. M inister Laing said that beyond this there is no law that stipulates what per centage the government c ould take from any find, other than what would be negotiated between the M inister of Finance and the p rospector. And I want to be clear, t hat I am not in any way s uggesting that the govern m ent has, or that there is any treasure on any property that I am aware of, Minister Laing laughed. T he Minister will be hosting his town meeting on the salvage proposal at FortuneH ill at the Riding Rock photo centre in San Salvador at 6.30pm today. He returns to New Provi d ence tomorrow. Minister to give update on pirate treasure land F ROM page one SANSALVADORTRIP: Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing

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BY BETTY VEDRINE B AHAMIAN art students were recently praised for their contribution to the art world. Education Minister D esmond Bannister called the artwork displayed at the annual National Exhibition featuring work done by students in theA rt and Craft After-School E nrichment Programme a marvel to look at. The event, which over the past several years had been h eld at the Central Bank, was held at the National Art Gallery on Friday, December 10. This exhibition speaks tot he depth and talent of our stu dents and is also evidence of the fact that their works can be showcased in any gallery anywhere in the world, he said. T hanking the artist community for their contribution tot he development of art in the country, Mr Bannister said their i nvolvement has set the stage for up-and-coming artists. Once again, I must thank the artist community of the Bahamas for their involvement i n this programme from the beginning, said Mr Bannister. Among them are Mr Max Taylor, Mr Antonius Roberts, M r John Beadle and Mr Joleyn Smith. He also thanked others who assisted with the event, including Charlthorn Strachan, a form er Doris Johnson Senior High School student who participat e d in the programme and is currently an assistant instructor for t he programme. Other persons involved in the programme are Patricia Collins, deputy director in the Ministry of Education; Eula Gaitor; Genevieve BrownRichards and Timothy Nottage, who serves as the programmes a rt instructor. This is indeed historical and significant for the s tudents as it is for the Ministry of Education because the r ecords will reflect that it is the first time that we have had an exhibition at Villa Doyle featuring entirely the work of stud ent artists since this gallery opened its doors in 2003. A lso present were Permanent Secretary in the Ministry o f Education Elma Garraway and Director of Education Lionel Sands. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 18, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Students praised for their quality work at National Art & Craft Exhibition ( BIS photo: Raymond A Bethel) ADMIRINGGLANCE: Artist Yutavia George (right Garroway, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education. T ALKINGART: M inister of E ducation Desmond Bannister speaks with artist Laneir Curtis about her artwork, (Holy Ground tured from left: Dr Gail Saunders, Lionel Sands, Director of Education; Elma Garraway, Permanent Secretary; Minister Bannister and Ms Curtis. WELLDONE: Minister of Education Desmond Bannister congratulates artist Bernard Smith for his participation and contri bution (Hibiscus R a y m o n d A B e t h e l / B I S P h o t o

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NETTIES Different of Nassau Heritage Centre onW est Bay Street recently received a partial overhaul and unveiled its Bahamiant hemed restaurant. Nettica Symonette, owner and operator of the heritage c entre, said she wants to offer t he whole package to visitors, including hotel rooms, a Bahamian village, museuma nd a restaurant that serves good, old-fashioned Bahami-an cooking. When I was a little girl g rowing up in Eleuthera t here were some things that stood out in my memory, Ms S ymonette said. It was the culture and the heritage and the cooking. Iw ant to help others to be mindful of where we came from and know we are whatw e eat. Caf Nettie serves organic Bahamian dishes with a hint of personal expression. Net t ie, as she is affectionately called, said that cooking is a form of art that she enjoys. She uses traditional B ahamian recipes, but she has also created some of her own. I want people to live a healthy lifestyle, Ms Symonette said. People look at me, they a sk my age. Im almost 77 and Ive got more energy than anybody int he world. Caf Nettie is open for lunch and dinner every day e xcept Tuesdays. N etties Different of Nass au, which is located in the Cable Beach area, has many t reasures that can be appre ciated by visitors and residents alike. For those whog rew up shooting marbles and spinning tops, it is a reminder of the good old days. T ours are available for schools, church groups and individuals. The centre is also open for c ultural weddings, retreats and other private functions. Nassau gets addition to Bahamian attractions

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B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net The Ministry of Tourism has launched a new promo tional initiative aimed at maxi mising the benefits to the Bahamian island archipelago from the high-value private aviation market. Motivated by the results of a survey conducted in partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, which showed that while 80 per cent of their membership had never flown to the Bahamas, 86 per cent would be interested in doing so, The Ministry of Tourism partnered with online aviation superstore, Pilot Mall, to create the Bahamas Pilot Challenge. The program invites private pilots to register to take up the challenge, which encour ages them to visit a minimum of 12 out of the Bahamas 20 different Airports of Entry in 2011, becoming eligible for several grand prizes at the end of the year. A website, Bahamaspilotchallenge.com, has been set up to provide pilots with details about the competition and information they may need when seeking to fly into the Bahamas. We talked to each of them a bout what they need to say if a pilot wants to fly to the Bahamas, that this is what they need to do, these are the amenities on each island, and so on, said Greg Rolle, chief aviation specialist with theM inistry of Tourism in Flori da. The Bahamas Pilot Chal lenge was his brainchild, according to Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.30 $4.45 $4.34 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamian businessmen will have to undergo a fundamental mindset change when this nation accedes to full World Trade Organisation (WTO nations chief negotiator believes, investigating new opportunities and learning the rules themselves rather than relying on the Government to do it for them. Such a culture shock will be many of the major adjustments for the Bahamian private sector, Raymond Winder, the Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas ner, told Tribune Business, pointing out that by joining the WTO and signing on to other trade agreements, such as the Economic Part nership Agreement (EPA this nation would have to move to a business envi ronment regulated by statute as opposed to the current policy-dominated one. One of the big issues would be that for a long time Bahamian businesses have operated in an envi Major mindset change coming for local fir ms Chief WTO negotiator says Bahamas companies have to do more for themselves, investigating new markets/products and understanding trade rules themselves, rather than relying on government SEE page 8B RAYMONDWINDER By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Cable Bahamas is locked in yet another dispute with the Bahamian communications sector regulator, this time over the latters decision to licence a fibre-optic submarine cable system under its name rather than an affiliates, a move it claims will jeopardise Caribbean Crossings ability to attract investors, upgrade the network and compete effectively against rival operators. Cable affiliate battles URCA over its cable system licence Caribbean Crossings alleges regulator decision to l icence Bahamas Internet Cable System under Cable B ahamas name, rather than own, will jeopardise ability to compete and attract investors Warns move could also complicate and confuse F CC licence for cable landing in the US Argues burdensome and unfair to treat Caribbean under same licence as parent, given that Cable has SMP obligations while it does not* URCA argues separate operating licence only issued t o affiliates not under parent control, unlike Caribbean Crossings SEE page 7B B USINESSBOOST: A tlantis in Paradise Island. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The liquidator of a collapsed Bahamas-based broker/dealer has determined that 54 per cent of a $1.47 million shortfall, which is in excess of the $25 million loss that caused the companys failure, can be recovered, pledging that he wanted the winding-up to come to an end as much as the fiduciary clients. Collapsed brokers $1.47m shortfall % recoverable n Some former Caledonia clients unhappy value of securities holdings has fallen, one suffering $593,400 loss n Deloitte & Touche liquidator pledges he wants to bring wind-up to e nd as much as fiduciary clients of broker that collapsed with $25m hole n More than $300,000 shortfall in Bahamian broker/dealers accounts with overdrawn cash balances n Twelve accounts with just securities suffer $370,000 depreciation, with one clients assets decreasing by approximately $143,000 S EE page 5B CLICO (Bahamas former staff were yesterday receiving the collective $2.6 million sever ance pay due to them following the insolvent insurers collapse, informed sources told Tribune Business. The payments were made by the Government, courtesy of the Ministry of Finance, as CLI CO (Bahamas Craig A. Tony Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, continues with efforts to transfer its insurance portfolio to Colina Insurance Ltd and sell its key asset, the Wellington Preserve real estate project in south Florida. CLICO staff get $2.6m pay-out CRAIG GOMEZ By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net As Florida farmers continued to count the cost of the lowest temperatures in the state since the 1960s, wholesalers andr etailers yesterday warned Bahamian consumers to be prepared for potential spikes in produce prices in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, major local wholesaler, Bahamas Food Services, suggested any destruction of crops in Florida may signal a silC ONSUMERS TOLD TO BRACE FOR PRICE RISES Florida chill to impact Bahamas supply SEE page 10B CHALLENGE AIMS FOR KEY PRIVATE AVIATION BOOST SEE page 5B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net Atlantis will benefit from 2 5 per cent higher occupanc y levels during the Christmas period this year, while visitor levels for New Years remain flat to last year, according to Kerzner International exec utive Ed Fields. Atlantis eyes 25% business boost SEE page 6B

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BY DEIDRE M. BASTIAN W hat are Hyperlinks? Hyperlinks are links connecting to another destination or file. Typically, a user following hyperlinks is said to navigate or browse to a document or location the hyperlink leads to. Very similar to taking a connecting plane, train or bus to work or home. The gigantic international network of web pages known as the World Wide Web is interconnected through the use of hyperlinks, and would simply fail to exist without them. For example: Hyperlinks are often used to implement reference mechanisms, such as tables of contents, footnotes, bibliographies, indexes and glossaries. Links connect to another page on a Web site, a Web page on a different Web site, or a file in another format that is not a Web page, such as a PDF document, an image, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation or multimedia file. The term hyperlink was coined in 1965 (or possibly 1964) by Ted Nelson and his assistant Calvin Curtin. A team led by Douglas Engel bart was the first to imple ment the hyperlink concept for scrolling within a single document (1966 after for connecting between paragraphs within separate documents (1968 A database program, HyperCard, was released in 1987 for the Apple Macin tosh, which allowed hyper linking between various types of pages within a document. Sir Timothy John Tim Berners-Lee, a British engineer credited for overseeing the Web's continued development, implemented the first successful communication between an HTTP client and server via the Internet. Is hyper linking legal? While hyper linking among WebPages is an intrinsic feature of the web, some object to being linked. In certain jurisdictions and courts, it advocates that hyperlinks can give rise to legal liability without permission, regardless of referencing material. There are various types of links used on web pages, such as: Relative, Site root relative and Absolute. The correct choice depends on the loca tion of the page to which it links. Relative Links point to a location that is relative to the current page. The disadvantage is that the link can break if you move a file to another directory. Site Root-Relative Links point to a location that is relative to the root directory oft he site. One common use of this is to store all images in an images directory, then link to images with links like /images/mypic.jpg. The advantage is that the link stays the same no matter what directory the current page is in. Absolute Links are those that simply include the entire path to the file. These are generally used for links that points to different sites other than the one located on your page. Anchor Link is bound to a portion of a document, generally text. For example, a map of the Bahamas may have each island hyperlinked to further information about a particular island. Link behaviour in Web Browsers When you move the cursor over a link in a Web page, the arrow will turn into a little hand, and a web browser usually displays a hyperlink in some distinguishing way in a Getting Hyper over road map SEE page 4B THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN

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different colour, font, style or blue and purple underlined text. Moreover, when the cursor hovers over a link, some information about the link pops up in a special hover box, which disappears when the cursor is moved away. Dead links occur when the server that hosts the target page relocates to a new domain name, some form of blocking such as firewalls or when the targets are not kept up to date. Correcting an Error in Internet Explorer 1. Go to Start -> Run -> Type regsvr32 urlmon.dll 2. Once complete click Ok. I f that didnt resolve the p roblem, repeat the process b y running the following addit ional entries to repair Intern et Explorer: Start -> Run -> Type regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll If the above still didnt resolve your issue, try the following. Open Internet Explorer At the top select Tools -> Internet Options Click on the Programs tab Click on the Reset Web Settings button Creating Hyperlink on Microsoft FrontPage: Click the Make a hyperlink to a file on your computer button that is to the right of the URL box. In the Select File dialog box, locate and then click the Word document that you want, and then click OK. Right-click the hyperlink a nd then click Hyperlink P roperties. The path and file name of the Word document is displayed in the URL box. Position the insertion point at the end of the path and filename that is displayed in the URL box, and then type the following line: #bookmark_name where bookmark_name is the name of the bookmark in the Word document to which you want to link. Make sure there is no space between the end of the file name and the bookmark name, for example: file://computer_name/share/ file_name.doc#bookmark_na me Click OK. Click Save on the File menu to save your Web page. Click Preview in Browser on the File menu to preview your Web page in a browser. Please see this site for a linking tutorial in DreamWeaverh ttp://www.guidesandtutorials.com/dreamweaver_tutori al_create_hyperlink.html At the end of the day, all websites should be in the Internet business to make money, whether they are a non-profit organisation or a business that sells products or services. The higher on the search engine rankings page your website is listed, the extra traf fic your website will have. To complete this circle, the link popularity of a website will cause an increased traf fic rank and drive money spending viewers to your website. Today marks a one year anniversary for the Art of Graphix column. So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy life and stay on top of your game. NB: Author encourages feedback at: deedee2111@hotmail.com C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE Getting Hyper over road map F ROM page 3B THE ARTOFGRAPHIX

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Wallace. Mr Rolle said: This will be a major step up for tourism into the Out Islands in particular. The average cruise visitor may spend $60$70 on a visit, a regular tourist maybe $400 plus or thereabouts, but a private pilot starts at about $600 to $700 per visit. They have to not only buy a hotel, a rental car and so forth, they also pay all these fees and buy fuel. Thats a big plus. Some pilots come and spend almost $1,500 per day. Encour a g e It is already the case that 80 per cent of all private pilots fly ing into the Bahamas visit the Family Islands. However, part of the Bahamas Pilot Challenge is to encourage pilots to visit a wider variety of the islands on offer, including less frequented places such as Long Island, San Salvador and Inagua. Besides the promotional boost the program will receive through Pilotmall.com, The Bahamas Pilot Challenge is also being promoted by the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA with whom the Ministry undertook the initial survey among its 420,000-strong US membership, in a bid to gauge the level of interest among pilots in flying to the Bahamas. Being a pilot I understand the logistics and the mindset, said Mr Rolle, adding: Weve crafted it in such a way where the pilots will be eager to do this challenge. Its going to get people talking in the marketplace. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM &RPIRUWDEOHRRPVDW&RPIRUWDEOHDWHV5RRPVIURPMXVWHULJKWSOXVJUDWXLW\5HVWDXUDXQWDQG%DURROHFUHDWLRQRRPHHWLQJRRP$OEDQV'ULYH Collapsed brokers $1.47m shortfall % recoverable Anthony Kikivarakis, the Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas report to the Bahamian Supreme Court as the liquidator for Caledonia Corporate Management, said he would have to seek the courts directions on how the shortfall should be handled whether it should be borne only by clients who had assets in the impacted accounts, or shared across all clients and deducted from the second tranche of their assets, some 8 per cent of their total portfolio which is held in escrow by himself. Noting that the $1.47 million shortfall was identified in seven accounts at two Bahamasbased institutions, FirstCaribbean International Bank and EFG Bank & Trust, Mr Kikivarakis said he had either recovered or ident ified for recovery some $791,000, roughly 54 per cent of this amount. O mnibus From a review of the companys records and discussions with the companys and discussions with [Caledonias] previous employees, the FirstCaribbean account operated as an omnibus account through which cash balances of clients were deposited and transfers made to other accounts, Mr Kikivarakis alleged. The amounts therefore coming out of the FirstCaribbean accounts had been comingled and were not separately identifiable. Detailing other issues that required approval from Supreme Court Chief Justice, Sir Michael Barnett, the liquidator said a hearing was supposed to have taken place last Friday over his contention that Caledonias sole preference shareholder had received $5.636 million from the broker/dealer after it was placed into liquidation. That allegation has been vehemently denied by the preference shareholder, and Mr Kikivarakis has reduced the amount alleged to be involved from the $5.909 million originally estimated. A part from difficulties in identifying benef icial owners of Caledonia accounts, Mr Kikivarakis added: Certain clients assets are held in securities, and the values of those assets have decreased considerably since September 30, 2008. In light of this, some clients have refused to pay 2 per cent of their assets into the Clients Security Account or to provide appro priate instructions to transfer their securities to a new custodian. In one case, the assets have decreased by $593,400. Other problems, the liquidator alleged, stem from the fact that two Caledonia clients have overdrawn cash balances on their accounts, yet he is holding insufficient securities to cover these. As at September 30, 2010, while these clients held securities worth a collective $101.700, their overdrawn cash positions totalled $430,116 a more than $300,000 shortfall. Mr Kikivarakis said he would seek a Supreme Court order authorising him to sell some of these securities. Elsewhere, out of 34 accounts that were overdrawn, Mr Kikivarakis said three balances worth $328,112 had been recovered, but 23 accounts appear unrecoverable, with balances ranging from $1.08 to $1,725. The aggregate amount represented by these accounts was $5,386. Analysing the 94 accounts for whom he had not received instructions to transfer their assets, Mr Kikivarakis said that because 76 of these contained cash, he would merely retain 4 per cent of their assets worth $171,486 to c over his costs. As for the 18 accounts holding just securities, the liquidator said he needed them to provide cash equivalent to 4 per cent of their assets to effect the transfer. Of the 18 accounts, 12 of these clients securities values have decreased substantially, Mr Kikivarakis said. These clients assets have decreased by approximately $370,000, with one clients assets decreasing by approx imately $143,000. It should also be noted that the marketability of these securities is questionable. And he added: A number of clients are displeased that some of their securities have fallen in value and, as a result, the increased cost of the liquidation will affect them more now than earlier. Some of these clients clearly stated that they did not wish to sell their securities or to pay the initial 2 per cent, and have not done so to date. Despite Sir Michael previously expressing hope that the Caledonia liquidation could be wrapped up by year-end, Mr Kikivarakis said some cases involving client ownership of assets would carry over into the New Year. The companys fiduciary clients would like to see this liquidation come to an end, as much as I would, and I hope that we can do so shortly in this regard, Mr Kikivarakis said. FROM page 1B CHALLENGE AIMS FOR KEY PRIVATE AVIATION BOOST FROM page 1B

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WASHINGTON President Barack Obama and 20 business leaders worked through lunch Wednesday on w ays to boost anemic U.S. job creation and improve their own testy relations amid rising anxiety over the slow economic recovery. The president said he wants ideas from business leaders on how to "seize the promise of this moment." T he closely watched session represents something of a reset for the president as he seeks common ground with a business community that has bristled over the administration's approach to health care, financial regulations and executives' b onuses. W ith unemployment at 9.8 percent and weak home prices and tight credit placing a drag on growth, the president was l ooking to shake loose more than $1.9 trillion in untapped corporate cash to help the recovery. A genda items included an o verhaul of the tax system, ways to ease regulations on business and greater private sector investments. A priority for business leaders is altering or eliminating regulations they believe are creating uncertainty and hinderi ng growth, a step White House o fficials say Obama is open to considering. The policy climate for Obama-business relations has c hanged since the November elections altered the balance of power in the capital, giving Republicans control of the H ouse. In recent weeks, Obama announced a new trade agreement with South Korea that c orporate leaders applauded and negotiated a tax deal with R epublicans that included new business investment incentives. The Senate passed that measure on Wednesday. No major announcements w ere expected from the session. But Obama's outreach meetst he White House's goal of sharpening his image as a president willing to reach out to former antagonists, a move that h as angered liberals but could r esonate with independent voters. The office of House Republican leader John Boehner issued a statement calling the s ession a "nothingburger," arguing that previous attempts had not resulted in any business-friendly policies. The White House's 'olive b ranches' to the business community are more like twigs, really," the statement said. In his comments, Obama p ushed his agenda of investment in education, cleaner energy sources and high-speed rail. And he spoke of making a f irmer stand in Washington on f iscal discipline, an area where Congress and White House have long made promises but with little result. O verall, Obama said the path to economic growth is clear, and he added: "I'm committed to taking that path. I know A merica's business leaders are as well." The president joined the CEO group a short walk from t he White House grounds across Pennsylvania Avenue at t he Blair House, better known as guest quarters for visiting dignitaries. Some of the executives are Obama backers and memberso f White House advisory boards who have worked witht he administration for some time. President Obama says he shares mission with business leaders Meanwhile, in the industry as a whole, outgoing Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA president, Robert Sands, said data forecasts to date show flat occupancy levels vis-avis last year among major properties, with some hotels showing modest gains. This comes after Mr Sands described occupancies around Thanksgiving as a mixed bag, with levels at major properties ranging from lows of 65 per cent to highs of 80 per cent. Speaking at that time, the outgoing BHA president said overall improvements in the tourism sector have been somewhat slower than we expected. Although indicators are "heading in the right direction, we are still not satisfied that we are showing the gainst he industry really wants to see at this time, said the tourism veteran. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICEWEST WINDS PROPERTY OWNERS A SSOCIATION LIMITEDN otice is hereby given that the annual genera l meeting for the West Winds Property Owners Association Limited will be held Thursday the 16th day of December, A.D., 2010 at 6:30 p.m. At the Pavilion, West Winds Subdivision, New Providence. BOARD OF DIRECTORS WEST WINDS PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION LIMITED 9$&$1&< Atlantis eyes 25% business boost FROM page 1B

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T his latest bone of cont ention between the BISXlisted company and the Utilities Regulation & Competi-tion Authority (URCA revealed amid the plethora of legal documents filed to sup-port Cable Bahamas case that it should not be paying licence fees to the regulator on its Freeport Internet revenues, since it is licensed to provide this service in the cityby the Grand Bahama Port A uthority (GBPA A November 5, 2010, affid avit from John Gomez, Cable Bahamas and Caribbean Crossings vicepresident of engineering, alleged that the Bahamas Internet Cable System (BICS companies data and Internet traffic, was owned by Caribbean Crossings. Caribbean Crossings, a 100 per cent-owned affiliate of Cable Bahamas, was granted a June 2000 licence by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC the BICS cable in Boca Raton, Florida, with the com-p any also subsequently licensed by URCAs predecessor, the PUC, to land system at various points in the Bahamas. Following enactment of the Communications Act 2009, and the PUCs replacement by URCA, Mr Gomez alleged that on September 7, 2009, Caribbean Crossings applied to the new regulator for a licence relating to theBICS system. B ut Mr Gomez alleged: URCA, however, refused to accede to the application made by Caribbean Crossings despite Caribbean Crossings protestation, and URCA issued the licence relating to the BICS cable to Cable Bahamas under the Commu nications Act 2009, instead of Caribbean Crossings. A formal notice of objection was lodged by Caribbean Cross ings in relation to URCAs decision. Explaining the rationale for licensing the BICS systemunder Cable Bahamas name, rather than Caribbean Crossings, Usman Saadat, URCAs then-director of policy and regulation, said operating licences were only granted to subsidiaries not under control of their parent. This, he implied, was not the case with Caribbean Crossings, as it was 100 per cent owned by Cable Bahamas. URCA will only grant a separate individual operating licence to a subsidiary undertaking of a licensee in unusual circumstances, such as when it can be demonstrated that the subsidiary undertaking is not under the control of its parent company. Caribbean Crossings is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cable Bahamas: ie, it is under Cable Bahamas control, Mr Saadat explained. But Caribbean Crossings, in its objection letter to URCA, said that by refusing it a separate operating licence and requiring the BICS system to be subsumed into its parents licence, the regulator was frustrating the policy objectives contained in the Governments Telecommunications Sector Policy. Stifled Competition, it suggested, would be stifled because Caribbean Crossings abilityt o obtain independent financing to upgrade the BICS system against the likes of the Bahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTC Bahamas II cable and the Columbus network would be impaired. Pointing out that Cable Bahamas created it to compete aggressively with exist ing providers of deep sea fibre optic cables, Caribbean Crossings said it had been able to raise funds in the Bahamian c apital market separate from those of its parent, giving investors a new investment opportunity and using their funds to launch a new network. This business model has succeeded, however, only because investors, regulators and consumers have all treated Cable Bahamas and Caribbean Crossings as two separate, independent and distinct entities, Caribbean Crossings alleged. It pointed out that, unlike its parent, it was not identified as having Significant Market Power (SMP while its business was the wholesale provision of international fibre optic capacity, Cable Bahamas was a retail cable TV and Internet offering. Caribbean Crossings was also subject to FCC regulation, unlike its parent. Requiring Caribbean Crossings to operate under a single individual licence with Cable Bahamas would jeopardise Caribbean Crossings ability to attract investors, upgrade its network and compete effectively against other operators, the company argued. Potential investors, who have sought an equity stake in Caribbean Crossings, are likely to shy away from such commitments to the extent t he regulatory obligations of the company are indistinguishable from those of a parent presumed to possess Sign ificant Market Power. Cable Bahamas SMP regulatory requirements would be burdensome and unfair for Caribbean Crossings, the latter argued, warning that this could also complicate and confuse the regulatory status of Caribbean Crossings in the United States, which u ntil now has designated C aribbean Crossings as a nond ominant carrier. Finally, and most critically, the diminished interest of the investment community in Caribbean Crossings, coupled with the potential for additional burdensome regulatory obligations, would seriously impair Caribbean Crossings ability to upgrade its network and compete effectively against other operators. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM / (*$/,&(127,&( / (*$/,&(127,&( FROM page 1B Cable affiliate battles URCA over its cable system licence

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ronment with policies that tend to change from government to government and, in some cases, from minist er to minister, Mr Winder said. That becomes a bigger i ssue with WTO, because c learly in becoming part of the WTO, we have to provide more transparency and clarity on our position relative to rules of trade. The Government is understood to be drafting a National Investment Act to translate its current policies i nto statute law, in a bid to comply with both WTO and EPA obligations. Explaining that the WTO would want us to have a more definitive position on trade and investment issues than just mere policies, Mr Winder told Tribune Business: The country is moving more from a policybased business environment to a rules-based environment. Bahamian businessmen have primarily relied on personal relationships and contacts with government ministers and officials in terms of acquiring, and getting clarity, for their current businesses, and getting involved with new businesses in the future. Engaged Businessmen have to do a better job in becoming i nvolved, engaged and have a better understanding of what the rules are. These will provide them with a lot more clarity and transparency in what they can and cant do. Businesses must now get up to read laws, read regulations, to identify those rules that will impact on their existing businesses and identity new opportunities. Expanding on this theme, Mr Winder explained that while it was the responsibility of himself and the Government to provide information to the Bahamian priv ate sector with respect to t he various trade agreements this country was negotiating, they were not obliged to identify new opportunities for Bahamian companies. Businesses have to do it themselves, looking at the rules around the EPA, WTO and CARIBCAN, to determine where they cang et a competitive advantage, Mr Winder explained. They have to do far more investigation, and not sit back and rely on the Government to do it for them.T hats a big change for B ahamian businessmen. Describing this as a change in the mindset of the business community, Mr Winder said Bahamian b usinesses for the most part had been too reactionary in the past, waiting until legislation was passed and e nacted before reacting to aspects that impacted their operations. Now, the private sector ne e ded to be engaged upfront, learning how to use changes in the business environment to better improve profitability for t heir existing products and services or new products and services, plus access new markets. Is the business commun ity looking to see to what extent they can benefit from that? Mr Winder asked. Now they need to investigate more to be able to move from a reactionary to a proactive position. It is not the responsibilit y of the Government to identify new potential business opportunities for the private sector. This debate going on in this community, this reliance o n the Government to identify new services and produ ct opportunities, that is the r esponsibility of entrepreneurs and new and existing b usinesses. I n supplying data to himself and the Governments WTO negotiating team, Mr Winder urged Bahamian c ompanies to divide their revenue streams into as many different product lines as they produced, so they k new which areas needed protection both existing products and new opportunities. Product lines crucial to Bahamian companies would have the most protectiong oing forward. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 0$5,2 7$'25RI0$56+ +$5%285$%$&2%$+$0$6 F ROM page 1B Major mindset change coming for local firms

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ver lining for Bahamian agricultural producers in the form of increased revenue opportunities. Mike Leslie, of Sun International Produce, Florida, Supervalues primary produce wholesaler, told Tribune Business the impact of the record breaking temperature lows this week, while not fully quantified, will certainly not go unnoticed. The northern part of the state got hit really hard. Theyre still assessing the southern part, but its definitely going to have an effect on pricing, he said. Rupert Roberts, Supervalues president, noted that although the supermarket is locked in to contracts with its supplier for certain produce, enabling it to maintain its pricing levels on particular items despite short-term fluctuations as a result of any damage to crops affecting availability, this situation does not exist with all produce, meaning price changes may still arise. Meanwhile, Mr Roberts quipped: Prices will actually increase whether theres damage or not. Farmers are the smartest people on earth. On Sunday, Florida Governor Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency because of the threat of severe crop damage in the typically warms tate from diving temperatures. According to Lisa Lochridge, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, it is unusual for temperatures to dip so low the teens in north Florida and the high 20s in central and South Florida at this time of year. Temperatures of between 60 to 78 degrees are more common. Mr Leslie said it was likely the price of tomatoes will now g o sky high as a consequence of damage to the crops from this weeks cold snap. This was one of several soft crops, which also include peppers, beans, corn and cucumber, which are g rown in south Florida and are likely to be badly affected. Supervalue, however, should be in good shape for the time being as far as tomatoes are concerned, given their current two-week lock in, said Mr Leslie. Phil Lightbourne, owner of Phils Food Services, which imports most of its produce directly rather than going through a Nassau-based wholesaler, said December was typically bad for produce availability due to poorer weather conditions, but this (weather worse. I think the biggest problem well have is that prices will skyrocket. Availability will be scarce and so we have to pay the price. On a few items there will be pricei ncreases, he said. Among the produce Phils Food Services imports most of from Florida are watermelon, strawberries, grapes and limes. The price of limes coming into the Bahamas had already increased in recent weeks after the US Department of Agriculture surprised importers by rejecting shipments of limes from Mexico, d ue to fears they were contaminated with a pest known as sweet orange scab. We had to go back to the limes in the US, so they doubled in price right away. T here could be no more ten for a dollar, said Mr Roberts. Yesterday, however, the US Department of Agricultureas approved new regulations that should restore lime and other citrus imports from Mexico to normal levels, perhaps mitigating against any further increase in lime prices in the Bahamas as a result of damage to citrus crops in Florida this week. Don Carnine, general manager of Bahamas Food Services, said yesterday morning that he believed it was too early to tell precisely the outcome that the freezing weather in Florida would have on imports to the Bahamas in terms of pricing and availability, as assessments were still in an early stage. However, he said there will be an impact. The farmers are taking a hard look at everything this morning, and theyre anticipating temperatures to pass through today and lighten up tomorrow and Friday to where they can do some complete analysis of the damage that took place. They did have a severe amount of frost on the ground, so there will be an impact, though the extent we dont know yet, Mr Carnine said. This will to some degree be mitigated by the availability of some crops on the Bahamian agricultural market, which did not experience the same freezing temperatures. For some of those crops were into the local season now, so the availability local wise will give us a definite advantage in terms of being able to work with the farme rs to provide an affordable p rice for end user< Mr Carnine said. Also, as market prices increase on the imported front it should have an impact in terms of us being to able to give farmers a little more for their money here. Green pepper, cabbage, tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash are presently all i n season in the Bahamas, being grown in farms in New Providence, Andros, Abaco and Freeport. 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RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS RELIGION SECTION C PG 29 THURSD A Y DECEMBER 1 6, 20 10 THE TRIBUNES

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M ost serious historians would concur that great events happen at the turn of each new century thereby ushering the dawn of a new era while closing the chapters of the past. Such was the case in 2000, at the height of the Y2K frenzy when Bahamians were stocking up on water and food supplies and other necessities just in case all the computers crashed sending the world into a mad frenzy. Amidst the buzz and the hustle, a dream was being bor n in the mind of L yn T erez Davis. This young striving Bahamian woman, armed with a strong education in theatre from Morgan State University, and a deep desire to pursue her godly purpose on the national landscape, began what is now know today as Dynamite Pr oductions. Dynamite It is fr om this launching pad the now nationally known character Dynamite Daisy was created. A mixture of satire, ir ony and comedy Daisy has somehow flown into the hearts of the Bahamian public both young and old, rich and poor professional and blue-collared, white and black. LynT er ez Davis, the last child of Bishop Ros and Lady Althea Davis, credits her beginnings and first opportunities to the late Kayla Lockhart Edwards who believed, supported, nurtured and pushed her talents to the forefront. Now in their 10th year, the production company has been the impetus for four complete state pr oductions: Conch Salad Christmas, Daisy s Whirlwind Weekend, Daisys Kapuncle-up Vacation, Judge Daisy, and the most r ecent of fering, the V alley and the Shadow of Death. This years 10th Anniversary celebration will take place in two parts. On Saturday, December 18, 2000 at Phils Food Services on Gladstone Road, Dynamite Productions will host a bir thday par ty and brief cer emony for all of the public to attend. There will be face painting and cake for everyone. Childr en will be allowed to take Christmas Pictur es with Daisy with par t pr oceeds going to the HIV/Aids foundation. Secondly, Dynamite Productions will present on December 26, 2010, Boxing Day, two shows of the revival of the Original Conch Salad Christmas at the National Theatr e for the Performing Arts. Lyn Terez Davis extends her gratitude to the gover nment and people of the Bahamas for their unwavering suppor t and love. The Tribune PG 30 Thursday, December 16, 2010 RELIGION A Bahamian comedian celebrates 10 years of service to the Bahamas

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O ne of the most perplexing problems associated with the season of Christmas is selecting appropriate, affordable gifts for each person on our list. What the person wants may not fall into our budget constraints, or in an effort to make it a surprise, we may find ourselves surprised by the lack of enthusiasm displayed when the contents are revealed. Let us consider some gifts for members of our family and for friends which money cannot buy and which time cannot destroy: 1.The gift of love with all of the wrap pings of war m hugs and smiles, and gen tle tones. 2.The gift of listening with patience and a sincere effort at understanding. 3.The gift of presence to be available, approachable, and attentive. 4.The gift of a peaceful spirit foster ed by the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. 5. The gift of for giveness especially wher e r emorse is genuine and distr ess r eal. In the Church, there are special gifts needed in order for the work of the Lord to be done: 1.The gift of faith as exhibited by those who ar e able to tr uly believe and tr ust God. 2. The gift of hospitality manifested as the welcoming of others into our homes and hearts. 3. The gift of teaching wher e knowledge and information are imparted to build up faith. 4.The gift of administration displayed in wise leadership and handling of church affairs. 5.The gift of healing as seen in the restoration of bodies, minds, spirits and emotions. 6. The gift of pr eaching and pr oclama tion to convict of sin and offer hope of salvation. These ar e just some of the gifts of the Spirit, distributed among all of the mem bers of the Body of Christ. References to spiritual gifts may be found in the following chapters in the New T estament: 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4. The Houts Inventory of Spiritual Gifts, for example, is one of several ways to discover your own gifts for ministry by means of a series of questions to be answer ed and scor ed. In the final analysis, the best gift that we can give to God is a hear t that is submissive, a will that is sur rendered, and a life that is being lived to the honour and glory of God. Led by the Holy Spirit day by day, we become a gift to our home, school, place of employment, neighbourhood, chur ch, countr y and the world as a whole. Like concentric circles spreading well beyond what the eye can see, our prayers and our influence af fect generations to come. The best gifts last forever, so choose carefully what you plan to give, and place Gods name at the top of your list. The Tribune Thursday, December 16, 2010 PG 31 RELIGION The best gifts to give REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD PALACIOUS MEDITATION Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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THE Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organisation, is encouraging all Bahamians, irrespective of their denomination or creed, to keep Christ in Christmas this holiday season. The organisation said as it launches its 2010 Keep Christ in Christmas, secularisation is chipping away at the religious significance of Christmas. The tradition of honouring the birth of Jesus by saying or displaying the word Christmas is being pushed from the public square. s face it. We live in a world that commercialises almost everything, especially Christmas. We all know that the true meaning of Christmas is Christ, the organisation said in a statement. Everywhere one goes, there is the greeting of Merry Xmasas opposed to Mer r y Christmas. It is appar ent that those who are opposed to Christ want to eclipse Christ from Christmas. The organisation, which says it is devotedly in solidarity with the Catholic church, explained that the battle for Christmas is not new to the Knights of Columbus, which has publicly promotedthe true meaning of Christmas for more than 30 years thr ough its multi-faceted Keep Christ in Christmas programme. The or der s public service Christmas announcements have reached more than 20 million television viewers and about 27 million radio listeners since they began airing in the 1980s, the or ganisa tion said. The Knights of Columbus, which has been in the Bahamas since June 1990, unveiled its 2010 Keep Christ in Christmas campaign on December 5 at the St Joseph Roman Catholic Chur ch. The purpose of the campaign is to sen sitise the entir e Christian community that Christ is the reason for the season. As Christian br others and sisters, we should not be ashamed to recognise the season as Christ Mas rather than Xmas, Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings, the order said. The campaign calls all Christians to boldly pr oclaim Christ as Lor d of Christmas. Knights of Columbus Councils throughout the free world promote the Keep Christ in Christmas message on billboards, lawn signs and posters. Knights also honour the bir th of Jesus by illuminating and blessing a Christmas tree or Nativity scene on the first Tuesday of December as part of the or der s Light Up for Christ campaign launched in 1991. Other Knights keep Christ in Christmas in a variety of ways. Our mission is simply to keep Christ in Christmas and extend to ever y Christian family the opportunity to celebrate the bir th of our Lor d by displaying in their front yard a depiction of his birth, said Joseph Johnson, Worthy Grand Knight of Council 10415. The Tribune PG 32 Thursday, December 16, 2010 RELIGION Reclaiming Christmas for Christ RECLAIMING CHRISTMAS: Officers of the Knights of Columbus Council 10415 unveil their 2010 Keep Christ in Christmas campaign on Sunday, December 5 on the grounds of St Joseph Roman Catholic Church on Boyd Road. C o u r t e s y o f D r P S a m u e l B a i n By ALESHACADET Tribune Features Reporter UNDER the theme "A chur ch that was established on the covenant's of God's word," the Bread of Life Baptist Chur ch celebrates it's 12 chur ch anniversar y on Sunday December 19. The event will take place at the church gr ounds on Lee Str eet, Nassau V illage, star ting at 3 pm, all ar e invited to attend. The celebration will feature special guest speaker Rev Daniel Simmons, Pastor of Car michael Bible Chur ch. The speakers during the week are RevT yr one Sands, pastor of T r ue Worshippers Assembly and Apostle David King Mcphee of World Changers Ministries Inter national. According to members of the church, Pastor Thompson, a native Mayaguanian fr om the beautiful settle ment of Betsy Bay, was inducted as the pastor of the Br ead of Life Baptist Chur ch on Mar ch 28 1999. "Pastor Thompson has a passion for young people and intends to focus on this ministr y by building a centre to help troubled teens and young people. There is a soup kitchen and clothing distribu tion centr e to help those in need, the church said in a release. Pastor Thompson started the Ministry in December 1998 with only thirteen members. He was or dained to the gospel ministry in March 1998 at New Hope Missionary Baptist church under the leadership of the late Rev Dr Mitchell R Cooper. He is mar ried to the for mer Pearl Missick and the couple has four chil dren, Koralee, Maguerite, Kirkwood and Kirkwood. Pastor Thompson and the congr egation at Bread of Life are motivated by their favorite scriptur e, Philippians 4:13, which states, "W e can do all things through Christ who strengthens us." Bread of Life Baptist Church celebrates its 12th anniversary

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T he birth of Jesus is usually the main emphasis of the Christmas message. Jesus was born for the express purpose of bringing salvation into the world. The lost and dying of the world would now have hope because of the birth of this child. The long heralded Christ came in the fullness of time. (Gal. 4:4 God providentially supplied the proper background for His appearing and mission. His advent occurred at a point in human history when the Law of Moses had done its work of demonstrating the sinfulness of man and the impossibility of achieving righteousness by human effort. Jesus took what is common to us all, our human nature, yet free from any taint of sin, and combined it with deity to become an actual person with his own individuality. This is the mystery of the incarnation. The ministry of the Saviour was predominantly to the multitudes during its early phase, as He sought out the people where they were, whether in the synagogue or on the city street or by the lakeside. Once while crossing the lake, a storm arose and His disciples seemed helpless and so they called for His assistance. What manner of man is this? Such was the amazed observation of the disciples of Jesus as they beheld Him in action and felt the strength and mystery of His personality as they accompanied Him. Jesus was a man of integrity. No taint of duplicity marred His dealings with others, for there was a mixture of motives within His heart. He could not be deceived, forH e was truth incarnate. J esus was a man of courage. When Aristotle advanced his famous doctrine of the 'mean', he illustrated it by courage, which lies midway between cowardice and recklessness. Judged by this standard, the character of Jesus appears in a most favourable light, for in Him one can detect no wildness ability even in the most intense activity, nor any supineness in His passivity. Christ had physical courage. Our Lord showed great compassion for people. The sight of the multitudes, forlorn and forsaken by those who should have been their spiritual shepherds stirred Christ to the depths of His being. Out of His compassion, He ministered to physical needs for food and health, and went on to tell them the secr ets of the life of tr ue godliness. He was clothed with humility. He could talk about his own passion without infatuation. Christ wrought revolution in ethicsb y dignifying humility in a world, which d espised it as weakness. His humility was His refusal to please Himself. He came not to be ministered unto but to minister. His life was so brief, so confined in its geographical orbit, so little noticed by the world in his own time, has yet become the most potent force for good in all of human history. His influence on the saints is so radical and comprehensive that nothing can describe it better than assertion that Christ is their life. Until He comes into the heart, self rules supreme. When He comes, He creates a new point of preference and a new set of values. Yes, Jesus coming into the world has mightily affected society in its organised state. He taught the world the dignity of human life, the worth of a soul, the preciousness of personality EmmanuelGod is with us! The Tribune Thursday, December 16, 2010 PG33 RELIGION EmmanuelGod is with us BISHOP V.G. CLARKE ALL r oads lead downtown to Christ Church Cathedral this Sunday evening, December 19 at 6.30pm as the Highgrove Singers lead the Cathedral parishioners, and other guests, including Governor General and Lady Foulkes, in the yearly remembrance of the story of the bir th of Jesus Christ through the Festival of Lessons and Car ols. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a format for a service of Christian worship that is traditionally held during the Christmas season. The stor y of the fall of humanity the pr omise of the Messia and the bir th of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the pr ophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music. e are very pleased to have been asked by the Dean of the Cathedral to lead the ser vice once again, said Adrian Archer, Director of the Highgrove Singers. The music for this occasion will include both traditional congr egational car ols and moder n twen tieth century music for choir and congregation. The format for the service of lessons and carols was based on an order drawn up by Edwar d White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury but at that time Bishop of Trur, for use on Christmas Eve (24 DecemberT radition says that he or ganised a 10 pm service on Christmas Eve in a temporary wooden shed serving as his cathedral and that a key purpose of the service was to keep men out of pubs on Christmas Eve. The original litur gy has since been adapted and used by other chur ches all over the world The choirs music for this occasion is dictated primarily by the readings, said Ar cher So picking the music hasn t been a very complicated thing. We hope to pr esent some ver y lovely anthems and canticles by composers such as Eric Whitacr e, Gor don Thornett, William Dix, Craig Courtney, Steve Pilkington and the dramatic Sir Christemas by William Mathias. Accompanying the choir will be Yvonne Foulkes, Cathy and Lynden Flowers and at the gr eat or gan will be Dr Sparkman Fer guson, titular or ganist of the Cathedral. Other r eaders during the Carol Service include Fr Colin Humes, Joann Callendar, Rosemary Hanna, Elridge McPhee and Marvin Lockhart Admission to the Car ol Ser vice is fr ee of charge. The Highgr ove Singers present the Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas The Highgrove Singers

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PG3 4 Thursday, December 16, 2010 By BISHOPSIMEON B. HALL S enior Pastor, New Covenant Baptist Church THEwords of the song (Please Daddy Dont Get Drunk This Christmas) by Bill and Taffy Danoff bespeak how we, as a people, indeed as a nation, have profanedthe sacred season that is intended to reflect on the birthday of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Instead this season has become a time to get drunk and engage in licentious lifestyles. This 1974 song places on the lips of a child, words of pathos and deep melancholy, it says: Please daddy dont get drunk this ChristmasI dont want to see my mama cry Just last year when I was only sevenNow Im almost eight as you can see Y ou came home a quarter past eleven And fell down underneath our Christmas tree. It is most discouraging to know that this scene will be played out a thousand timesin many homes throughout our Bahamas. Christmas is the queen of Christian festivities; second only in significance to Easter. For now, and for all times let us set aside as puerile and insignificant those who would make a case that Christmas has pagan historical ties. In Israel s histor y God sent His Son into the world. At some point serious Christians look forward to the celebrationof the birth of Christ, the incarnation; this is the event when God punctuated human history with His divine presence. Born to raise the sons of earth. Born to give them second birth. We show our highest capacity to profane the sacred when we would use the time set aside to reflect on the Lords birth as a time to lower our standards and get drunk. The song Silent Night, Holy Night is wrong. There was nothing holy or silent about the night on which the Christ child was born. But those around were so intoxicated with their way of life that they missed the fact that God, through the promised Messiah, had come to them. I appeal to those who might make the same mistake as those who did at the time of Christs birth: Please daddy, dont get drunk this Christmas. Do not become so intoxicated by this world (literally and figuratively miss the divine presence in our midst. Daddy, please dont leave the rent money or the school fees at the corner bar and embarrass us again. Please daddy we would like to have a peaceful time like the neighbour next door. We would like to exchange gifts like the people in chur ch. Please daddy when you get drunk you beat and abuse my mother and sometimes you forget I am your daughter and the way you look at me makes me ver y uncomfor t able. God comes to us in Jesus Christ that is the meaning of Advent. Time, place, colour of the child are all incidental to the central theme of this cosmic drama. Dr unkenness is escapism and those who try to drown their sorrows in alcohol come to know that sorrows can swim. The Bahamas has the infamous distinction of ranking number 3 in the world in alcohol consumption and abuse. By extrapolation, it means that at any time of positive social reconstruction and progress many Bahamians will be found inebriated and without good sense. It is clear to me that some persons with power and influence in our history decided that the best way to keep some Bahamians back is to keep them drunk. We pursue and prosecute those who deal in the illicit drug trade indeed as we ought; but at the same time we reward liquor barons who trade in the nefarious business of alcohol. This is a naked contradiction. Alcohol is a killer and those who benefit from it have the blood of thousands of weak persons on their hands. The National health Initiative recently passed in the Honorable House of Assembly is worthy of support, but what about taking another look at those things in our countr y that causes ill health. I am safe within the mark that wanton alcoholism ranks at the top. W e speak passionately about the health of the nation but then we have high ranking gover nment of ficials or ganising government events being sponsored by the liquor mer chants suggesting that this practice is okay. Alcohol is one of the sacr ed cows in our Bahamian society. Would it not be interesting if a scientific study was done on the ef fects of alcohol on the Bahamian society? How does alcohol affect family life? How does this demon of alcohol impact the work and study habits of employees and students? Ought we not to make a scientific assessment on this accepted area of Bahamian life before the National Health Program is implemented? I think so! Here are some quotes on the matter of alcoholism: People who drink to drown their sorrows should be told that sorrows know how to swim. Ann Landers One reason I dont drink is that I want to know when Im having a good time. Nancy Astor I have always been a little suspicious, perhaps even more contemptuous of persons who make a living of f someone else s pain and death. During this Advent Season many chil dren will receive gifts from their parents and friends. Sadly ther e will be those who will have to face these days in painful dismay and disappointment because daddy is drunk, and that is sad. My immediate family and the people of New Covenant Baptist Chur ch join me in wishing you and yours an Advent Season full of joy and peace and one that is free of any abuse and destruction. The Tribune RELIGION Please daddy dont get drunk this Christmas Bishop Simeon B. Hall POMONA, Calif. Associated Press AS DARKNESSfell on a recent night, Duc Le donned a long white tunic and black cap, slipped off his shoes and joined other aging refugees to honor the new moon with the chanted prayers and of ferings that mark the Vietnamese religion of Cao Dai. As Le worshipped, his 25-year-old son stood nearby in sweat pants and chatted with his young bride befor e slipping away to study for his mid-term exams. The college senior said he visits the temple to teach mar tial ar ts mor e often than to worship and str uggles to obser ve the elaborate rituals of his elders' faith. "Usually I don't get too involved. I think it's the language barrier," said Thuan Le, who finds the higher-level Vietnamese used in Cao Dai prayers dif ficult to understand. "I definitely see it as a hindrance with all the ceremonies. You have to follow all these pr ocedures to get to the truth of it and that's really hard." Le's ambivalence is echoed by many young Vietnamese and marks a turning point for the thousands of r efugees who brought their religion with them to the U.S. and have nur tur ed it for decades in their adopted homeland. Now as the original followers age, Cao Dai's most learned scholars in the U.S. are scrambling to build inter est among their children and grandchildren while trying to widen the faith's appeal to gain new, non-V ietnamese worshippers as well. But Cao Dai's unusual history and a colorful blending of beliefs that earned its most prominent temple in Vietnam the nickname "Walt Disney fantasia of the East" could make that a challenge. The faith, bor n in 1926 out of a series of spirit seances, is monotheistic but incorporates elements of the oldest and most established r eligions in its complex DNA. It took root in French Indochina, in part as a way for the country's intellectual elite to reconcile the Christian beliefs of their colonial rulers and ancient Eastern traditions, said Janet Hoskins, an anthropology professor and Cao Dai exper t at the University of Southern California. Practitioners today believe the founders of the world's major r eligions are all messengers of the same God and point to similar teachings on peace and love in all religions. As a result, the faithful pay homage to a cornucopia of religious and philosophical figures, including Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, Lao Tzu, Buddha and Confucius. Among their saints is the French author Victor Hugo, who is believed to have spoken to spirit mediums fr om beyond the grave. Hugo's image, along with the French slogan "Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood," appears at the front of many Cao Dai temples along with the Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen and the Vietnamese sage Khiem Binh Nguyen. Practitioners also believe Joan of Arc guided the first Cao Dai disciples in their seances and is one of nine female fairies associated with the Mother Goddess. Five levels of carved and brightly painted figures depicting Cao Dai's saints, prophets and immortals sit above the altar in its temples, where worshippers also burn incense and place tea, wine, fr uit and flowers to r ep resent the different aspects of being. The faith's complex histor y and its emphasis on ritual and hierar chy make it difficult for young people to embrace, even without a language barrier, said Hum Dac Bui, a Cao Dai scholar, author and retired surgeon who lives in Redlands. Refugees aim to preserve unique Vietnamese faith

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The Tribune By REX MAJOR I saw a story of the Carol -Singing by the Long Island Schools in your newspaper recently ( Long Island Schools Celebrate the District Carol Service on December 9). I felt that it might be a meaningful follow up, if you carried the story of how it all got started. While my father N.G.M. Major was the Supervisory Headteacher of the Long Island Schools, he felt that it would be very rewarding and helpful if all the Schools got together at least once per year to sing the Car ols. Enclosed is an addr ess he gave on one of those occasions. Included also is a photo of the 1964 Carol service, held at that time on the lawn of the Commissioner's Residence, on a hill overlooking Clar ence T own, Harbour Long Island. A second photo gives a picture of his nationally award winning Buckley School Choir, of which he was headteacher and choir director. His second love was music. He and T imothy Gibson, studied music together first under CI Gibson then as students at the old Boy Central School in Nassau, from which they graduated and left to take their first Schools as Headteachers in 1922. Timothy Gibson went to George Town Exuma, while N.G.M Major went to Port Nelson, Rum Cay. Thursday, December 16, 2010 PG35 RELIGION History of Long Islands carol singing AN APPRECIATION OF THE MINISTRY OF CAROLS By NGM Major (Date not mentioned; precise occasion not stated I am sure all of us have been looking forward to this day with joyous anticipation. I believe that we all agree that the singing of Christmas Carols are a most rewarding pastime and custom. T hey express in a very satisfying way our feeling toward the birthday of our lovely Lord. In them we greet the holy maker and offer Him our humblest worship, our love, our blessings, having accepted Him as the great Author of our salvation. In them we are given a glimpse of Xmas in other climes, and this adds to our joys. But there is that fascination in these Carols which was first experienced in our childhood when it seemed that the holy babe had a special influence on us and this unique thrill has remained with us ever into the present time. There is nothing to equal the entrancing music and related joys of Xmas Carols. Many of them, I am sure were written by inspir ed persons for they have captivated us with a magnetism which has charmed and held us with a bond that will not let us go. The bir th of our blessed Lor d and Savior was not by acci dent. In Eternity past, in the Eternal Council of God, a PLAN was made whereby God desired to raise up a people who would love and serve him. In his great prophetic WISDOM he knew that human natur e would fail him. They would SIN and be separated from our Father God. So God provided ONE who would pay the price of sin with his life ther eby per mitting all who wished to enjoy Life Everlasting to do so by REPENT ANCE towar d God and faith in Jesus Christ our Savior. The Birth of Christ was a miracle, and so is the conversion of ever y sinner Ever y minute, every hour. Millions have obeyed the gospel, and now look forward with joy to the blessed Hope of the r etur n of our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to take His saints home. It is indeed gratifying to note the interest and enthusiasm shown by ever y well-thinking person throughout our island as this season comes around. We can therefore feel assured that this delightful pastime of car ol singing among the schools has now become a well established custom in our island. The history of every worthwhile custom never fails to enhance and increase its importance. Carol singing dates back to the early centuries, however car ol singing among the schools in Long Island had its begin ning about 15 years ago. It came about in this way: I happened to be visiting the metr opolis when a car ol-singing pr ogramme came off at Christ Church Cathedral. Timothy Gibson was in charge and he invited me to attend and I enjoyed it immensely, and before I left Nassau I suggested that it would be a fine addition to the Christmas celebration if our schools in Long Island would have a special meet for car ol singing. As Mr Gibson was the Music Inspector for the out islands and I was district Inspector for the South East Islands, we got it going the following year. We held meets at Buckley's Lower Cay Millerton, Clarence Town, Simms, etc. Those meets were held outdoors but today we ar e indoors a pr ogr essive step and I believe the acoustics are very much better today. It is pleasing to note that, in spite of distance and other pr oblems a ver y appreciable number of schools are taking part, to sing to the glory of God. MAKING MUSIC: Mr NGM Major is seen conducting his Buckley's Primary School Choir in the garden of the residence of the District Commissioner of Long Island, in Clarence T own, Long Island overlooking the Clarence Town Harbour. CROWD OF VOICES: A portion of the eight Choirs which participated in the first all Schools United Choir Celebration of Christmas Carol singing in Long Island in the late sixties. N.G.M. Major

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P arishioners came together from the length and breadth of Long Island to celebrate and begin yet another churchs liturgical year. Patronal festivals are seen as the birthday of any particular church and St Andrews is found in the exquisite tranquil serene settlement of Whymms. St Andr ew s Anglican Chur ch has been closed for a number of years to receive extensive renovations and refurbishment to the physical structure of this edifice. Prior to Fr Mark Foxs departure to relocate to the capital, he r eopened and celebrated the first mass on July 7 of this year. Anglican members from St Peters in the nor th and St Paul s in the south came together in the palatial pictur esque edi fice of St Andrews to laud the life and witness of the apostle Andr ew This church spiritually reared the first Bahamian born Bishop Donald Knowles and possesses an aura of mystique. The Church was adorned with celebration flags on the exterior and the altar decorated in the Patronal festival colour of red denoting the color attributed to Apostles. Fr Chester Bur ton; new r ector of St Peters North Long is anticipating the rededication of this edifice in short order by Diocesan Bishop Laish Boyd early in the New Year. Fr Jonathan Archer, Rector of the St Paul s Parish preached the sermon to the packed church overflowing with jubilant members. The gospel r eading for the Eucharistic celebration was taken fr om Matthew s gospel chapter 4 verses 18-22 in which Jesus is walking down the Sea of Galilee and comes into contact with Simon Peter and Andr ew who ar e br others and also James and John the sons of Zebedee. Fr Archer touched on the simple yet profound words of Jesus when he told Andrew and his brother Simon Peter, that He would make them fishers of men. Fr Archer reminisced on his early experiences while serving as rector of St Patrick s, Gover nor s Harbour wher e he enjoyed fishing. He went on to say that certain Long Island settlements are built around fishing communities. Fr Archer then in his sermon asked a poignant and rhetorical question to the congregation: What ar e you fishing? Fr Archer pointed out that during the New Testament Era there were no motor boats or any devices (for example GPS, that enabled fisher men to tar get fish and determine storms or hurricanes so fishing in that time was extremely dangerous. He noted that Jesus picked some of the most unlikely characters to assist Him with spreading the gospel message. In the English Language follow is one of the most powerful words known to humanity. And the mere thought of these two br others along with the sons of Zebedee leaving their father in the boat and following Jesus should sensitise each Christian of their duty and obligation to be a witness and fisher man for God and His Son Jesus Christ through the power of the Hold Spirit. After the Eucharistic celebration members congregated under the belfry to shar e in table fellowship and to meet and greet different members of the Anglican Community in Long Island before their long drive back to their various homes The parish is anticipating the r ededica tion of the church on the completion of the bathroom block and churchs office facility. The Tribune PG3 6 Thursday, December 16, 2010 RELIGION St. Andrews Anglican Church, Whymms Long Island celebrates its Patronal Festival SINGING PRAISES: Parishioners sing the introit hymn during St Andrews patronal Festival in Long Island. BROTHERS IN THE LORD: Fr Chester Burton and Fr Jonathan Ar cher fellowship after the service. BROTHERS IN THE LORD: Fr Chester Burton and Fr Jonathan Archer fellowship after the service.


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AS UNION leaders threat-
ened to shut down a number of
vital services in protest of the
BTC sale yesterday, the gov-
ernment moved to “bring an
end to the deceit” over the deal.

Just hours after demonstra-
tors in Rawson Square clashed
with police and said they would
interrupt the supply of water,
electricity, air transport and
education services if the sale
was not scuttled, the Cabinet
Office released a statement
revealing that according to its
calculations, the PLP’s plan to
sell the telecommunications
company — now being praised
by many protesters — would

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actually have earned the public
less money.

In addition to a financial
comparison of net earnings of
the CWC sale versus the earlier
decision to sell 49 per cent of
BTC to Bluewater Ventures,
the statement also compared
exclusivity terms and credibili-
ty. (See full statement on page
7)

Many of the protesters who
gathered outside parliament
yesterday emphasised job secu-
rity as a major concern.

“One person losing their job
is one too many. Today was a
test run. We were preparing
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POLICE officers used batons to control
protesting union members as they attempted to
storm past barricades in Parliament Square.

No arrests were made in what was an other-
wise peaceful protest that started at Archdeacon
William Thompson Park.

The drama began when protesters rushed
the barricades on Parliament Square, which
originally kept them at bay on the north-side
bleachers.

During the scuffle, police officers were sta-

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OPPOSITION members of Parliament rose
in outrage in the House of Assembly yesterday
when they were not allowed to debate the
impending sale of BTC.

Parliamentarians were scheduled to debate
amendments to the Small Business Act and
the Local Government Act, but Opposition
members had hoped to raise the privatisation
issue as well.

However, the amendment to the Local

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THE family of 35-year-old
Owen Rolle, who died short-
ly after his arrest last month,
want an independent investi-
gation into the police force’s
Central Detective Unit.

Mr Rolle was reported to
have died less than an hour
after he was arrested for ques-
tioning into the theft of cop-
per wire from BTC on
November 26. Family mem-
bers question the tears and
bruising found on Owen’s
face. They say that the father-
of-two was in good health
before his arrest.

Reaffirmed by the results
of his autopsy — which stated
Owen died of a sudden and
unexplained death — family
are demanding an investiga-
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Owen’s brother, Corey
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brother died at hospital — as
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THE Minister of State for
Finance is travelling to San
Salvador today to update
residents on the status of the
title to land under which
many believe contains
buried pirate treasure.

For the past few years,
competing families have laid
claim to the land in Fortune
Hill after some initial
prospecting determined
there were large metal
deposits in one of the hill’s
blocked caves.

According to some of the
island’s senior citizens, there
have been rumours of gold,
diamonds, and other pre-
cious stones being discov-
ered over the years. Many
people believe San Salvador
may have been used in the
past as a staging ground for
such notorious pirates as
Captain Kidd, who in all
likelihood may have buried
their ill-gotten gains on the
island.

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the barriers to protesters, who
eventually pushed through to
the middle of the road before
officers were able to regain con-
trol.

After the brief confrontation,
a union member, who had bro-
ken through the barricades,
said: “They have y’all corralled
like a bunch of animals. That
is how they have you. Y’all look
like a bunch of animals.”

A police officer asked him
to “stop that”, fearing his words
might further incite the crowd.

Shortly after the disturbance
turned confrontational, the
House of Assembly was “unex-
pectedly” suspended until
Wednesday, January 19, 2011.

“Hubert left without his seat
belt, burning tyres,” said a pro-
tester, describing how some
parliamentarians “flew out of
the House.”

Hundreds of BTC employ-
ees participated in the protest,
along with employees from sev-
eral other government agen-
cies, including air transport
workers.

“I am here because I don’t
believe what is going on. There
is no accountability to the peo-
ple. They are selling our best
national asset below market
value. If there is nothing to hide
why not make the memoran-
dum of understanding public,”
said an air transport employee,
who took the day off to sup-

PROTEST: Police try to keep the barrier in place.

port the labour movement.

Barbara Rodgers, a BTC
employee, said: “I am not here
for myself. I am here for the
generation to come. Why would
you take food out of my grand-
children’s mouth? ‘Fire and
wire’ don’t need to come here.”

She took the day off from
work to participate in the
protest, although “the union
told me to go to work,” she
said.

“Tam not listening to the
union today. I plan to be here
all day. My father participated
in the general strike, and we
need to close the country down
now for 20 days to send a mes-
sage to Hubert Ingraham that
the Bahamas is for Bahamians
and not him and his cronies,”
said Ms Rodgers.

She was not concerned about
the possibility of being repri-
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Some protesters said they
requested an “emergency day
off”; others said they “called in
sick.” Several were on previ-
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Kenny Knowles, a BTC man-
ager on vacation, said: “As an
employee I am very proud of
BTC. It is a part of the Bahami-
an identity and instills a lot of
national pride.

“They should not sell our
national heritage. Privatisation
does not have to equate to for-
eign ownership. That is the
aspect we opposed.”

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PLP ‘also wrong’ when

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Government legislation was
not delivered to the House in
time, prompting the Gov- }

ernment to move for an :

adjournment to January 19,

ending yesterday's session at

around 10.30am.

When Leader of Govern- }
ment Business Tommy }
Turnquest moved for a sus- }
pension, Bain and Grants :
Town MP Dr Bernard Not- }
tage rose as if he were going }
to speak, however the Gov- :
ernment's side continued }
with the adjournment, caus- }
ing an outcry from Opposi-

tion members.

"We were told that they }
were waiting for an amend- ;
ment that they did not
receive. They introduced i
several other bills and then }
moved for immediate sus- }
pension. We were going to }
stand to ask the government ;
to discuss this national issue i

which is the BTC issue.

"The government break i
off running, they left Parlia- :
ment, the Speaker did not :
allow us to speak on the :
motion for suspension — }
again a violation of our i
said }
West End and Bimini MP :
Obie Wilchcombe during an }
impromptu press conference }
in Rawson Square after the ;

democratic principles,"

House adjourned.

Opposition Leader Perry }
Christie questioned the }
"secrecy" surrounding the }
BTC deal, and again called :
on the Government to make }
public its Memorandum of i
Understanding with Cable :
& Wireless — something the }
FNM has said it will do once }
the deal is finalised with }

C&W.

"The question is, why is
the government so clandes- ;

tinely dealing with this issue,

deep in secret? Much more :
importantly, we've come to }
Parliament, we have (a) fun- }
damental right to be heard in }
Parliament, those rights were :
violated this morning in a }
basic way. One would have i
thought they would have }
come to say something about i

it (the MOU), they didn't,

so it would have been our }

duty to raise the question,”

he said, as union members :
and sympathisers protested ;
behind him against the sale :

of BTC.

He thinks Government is }
afraid to take the matter on }
in Parliament given the level :
of controversy surrounding }

"I think the Government }
is very fearful now, scared :
of this issue. They know that }
they are riding a tiger and :

you know old Confucius’

saying, ‘He who rides tiger }
dare not fall off' and so they }
have postponed this to a date }
in January when I presume }
they believe they would have }
finished this deal and then }
they can come to Parliament :

with what they are doing.”
Mr Turnquest

the House was suspended.
In it, he said:

proceed with the debate.

"The amendment to the }
Local Government Act was }
not available at the time of }
this morning’s sitting of Par- :
liament. As the Government }
intends to debate and pass }
both sets of amendments }
concurrently due to their }
being interconnected, Par- }
liament was suspended until i
January 19, 2011. The Gov- }
ernment intends to debate }
and pass the amendments to :
the Business License Act }
and the Local Government i

Act at that sitting."

Minister of State for
Finance Zhirvargo Laing }
shot back at assertions that }
Government left running }
scared yesterday as unions }
protested outside of Parlia- :

ment.

show yesterday.

"The Prime Minister of
the Bahamas, everybody }
knows, is no man who lacks :

courage.”

later }
released a statement on why ;

"The Gov- }
ernment fully intended to }
proceed today with the }
debate and passage of }
amendments to the Business }
License Act. The Govern- }
ment discovered late Tues- }
day evening that a subse- }
quent amendment to the }
Local Government Act }
would also be necessary to :

"We are the ones who are }
proceeding the privatisation. :
We know the objection that
some people have to it. We }
know the unions have indi- }
cated that they are objecting }
to it. What is there for us to }
be afraid of?" he said when
he called into a radio talk }

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE Progressive Liberal
Party was "also wrong” when it
planned to sell a minority stake
in BTC to foreigners, PLP MP
Alfred Sears admitted.

“On reflection I think we
were also wrong,” said Mr
Sears, when asked about the
former government's plans to
sell 49 per cent of BTC to the
American company Bluewa-
ter.

However, he added that the
PLP changed its policy at some
point since then, from one that
focused on a “foreign strategic
partner” to a “strategic part-
ner”, so qualified Bahamian
bidders could be accommodat-
ed.

Speaking to The Tribune on
the sidelines of a union protest
over BTC's privatisation, the
Fort Charlotte MP added that
the outcry is “only going to get
worse” unless the Ingraham
administration caves into the
calls for “Bahamianisation” of
capital resources.

"There is a disquiet in this
country. It is not against C&W.
What the people are saying is
the policy is wrong. People are
asking the government to be
committed to a policy of
Bahamian ownership. BTC is
the case that will draw a line
in the sand that the govern-
ment should make the owner-
ship and economic empower-
ment of Bahamians the prima-
ry objective of public policy,”
he told The Tribune.

“The government should
reconsider the sale and issue
an IPO (initial public offering).
Management and technology
can always be bought. You
don’t have to sell the birthright
of Bahamians,” he said.

PLP Leader Perry Christie
defended his administration's
choice to sell BTC to Bluewa-
ter Ventures in early 2007 - a
deal that fell through once the
FNM assumed office in May
of that year.

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approach that we were going
to sell to a group made up of
people who were shareholders
in major entities around the
world, people who were lead-
ing executives in the compa-
nies, regulators who had been
approved by other jurisdictions
so we were Satisfied as to what
we were selling to. We knew
we were going to have people
who make up a Bahamian
company that would be able to
centre its headquarters in the
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management union and the
workers union to be full mem-
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mittee and we said we would
only move ahead if they agreed
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of the workers’ and the man-
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deal,” he said during an
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Bahamians being offered better deal

WE ARE baffled by Opposition Leader
Perry Christie’s harping on the “secrecy”
surrounding government’s memorandum of
understanding with Cable & Wireless
(LIME). Surprised because on the desk in
front of us is a file of the Christie govern-
ment’s secret negotiations with Bluewater
that were then too sensitive to be shared
with the public and of which no one knew
the details until the Ingraham government
came to office and opened the books. The
union, by its own and Mr Christie’s admis-
sion, was a part of the negotiations and
approved the sale.

A week before the election, which result-
ed in the Christie government’s removal
from office, it was discovered that the pri-
vatisation committee for the Bluewater sale
had submitted its report, which was
approved by cabinet, but not signed by Mr
Christie.

Today the public knows more about the
Cable and Wireless proposal than it ever
did about the Bluewater deal — and even
now information is coming out about Blue-
water that the public is hearing for the first
time.

Prime Minister Ingraham has promised
that all information on the BTC sale with all
documents attached will be made public two
weeks before being presented to the House
for a vote.

This full disclosure, we can assure our
readers — judging from the PLP’s track
record, especially recalling the “secret”
land-giveaway in the Baha Mar Cable Beach
deal — would have never happened under
the Christie government.

And so why does Mr Christie continue to
harp on a deal being “clandestinely” dealt
with “deep in secret” when there is nothing
secret about it?

He believes government, avoided parlia-
ment yesterday morning, because it is afraid
of the issue.

“They know that they are riding a tiger
and you know old Confucius’ saying: ‘He
who ride rides tiger dare not fall off,’” said
Mr Christie.

We know that Confucius was a wise man,
but this particular saying cannot be attrib-
uted to him. It is an ancient Chinese proverb,
which says: “He who rides a tiger can never
get off or the tiger will devour him.”

Is this why Mr Christie cannot give up the
secrecy myth? Maybe, he and the union rep-
resentatives, who admit they were a part of

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the whole Bluewater negotiations, should
come clean and tell the public why they were
so secret when they were trying to hand over
the Bahamian people’s “jewel” to a group
that had not been tested and had no track
record in communications? No, Mr Christie,
this is one tiger you will have to keep riding
because if you fall off the people will indeed
see that the Emperor has no clothes.

In yesterday’s demonstration when a
union member broke through the restraining
barriers on Bay Street and was confronted by
police, he taunted his colleagues, who
remained behind the barricades: “They have
y’all corralled like a bunch of animals. That
is how they have you. Y’all look like a bunch
of animals!”

Not only did they look like a bunch of
corralled animals, but they were behaving as
such without an independent brain in their
heads. Imagine mounting a demonstration
on the emotional hot air of politicians and
union leaders without accepting the invita-
tion to sit down with Cable and Wireless to
discover for themselves what the negotia-
tions are all about and the important role
Bahamians are to play in it.

Today they now have a chance to sit
down in the quiet of their homes and read
the Cabinet’s statement on page 7 of today’s
edition and see the bill of goods that the
PLP was trying to sell them — and if it were
not for the election would have got away
with — and what they are being offered
today.

This week a union leader accused gov-
ernment of giving away the country’s cash
cow. Indeed it is a cash cow that consumers
are paying for dearly and unionists are milk-
ing without shame.

The backwardness of BTC has retarded
the growth of this country’s financial indus-
try as well as local businesses that have been
forced — thanks to the computer — to try to
avoid the BTC monopoly as far as possible.

All we have heard so far is what the union-
ists want of BTC. It is now time for the con-
sumers to be heard. Consumers want lower
prices, better service and an ability to enter
the world market without being hemmed in
by suffocating monopolies.

Read the Cabinet statement and under-
stand how Bahamians are being hoodwinked
by politicians — there is indeed no compar-
ison with the Christie-backed Bluewater
deal to what is being offered today by Cable
and Wireless Communications.



Old guard must
make way for
young blood

EDITOR, The Tribune.

How shocking for Mr
Ingraham to think that it is
either fit or proper to suggest
that The Bahamas should
consider choosing him again
to lead this country after 2012.
Mr Ingraham (and Mr
Christie) while still having
some useful qualities, are old
men today — and will be even
older in 2012. They no longer
have the energy, and cannot
learn the skill-set required to
run a 21st century nation.

Surely the young men of
this country cannot allow this
to happen. And it is up to
those young men, those
between 35 and 55, to stop
this in its tracks.

Young men of each gener-
ation have a responsibility to
their families and the nation
to renew the team, and to
choose one of their genera-
tion to bring new ideas and
new energy to every sector of
the society — whether it be in
business, religion or politics.

In the life of a nation, twen-
ty years completes a genera-
tional cycle.

And any generation that
allows the previous one to
continue to control their fate
after that cycle has run its
course, does so at their own
peril.

The generation of the 30’s
chose Mr Pindling (Sir Lyn-
den) as their political leader.
And he managed to keep his
place for the entire genera-

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tional cycle. There is no ques-
tion that he should have been
replaced in 1987, but the next
generation made the mistake
(for reasons which may be
understandable) of allowing
him to remain for an addi-
tional five years, which
turned out to be a complete
disaster.

The 50’s generation divided
their twenty years between
Mr Ingraham and Mr
Christie.

(It is Mr Christie’s own
fault that he got only five of
those twenty years.) That gen-
eration’s cycle will end in
2012. And so should the con-
trol of both Mr Christie and
Mr Ingraham.

The 70’s generation now
moves into position to choose
their political leaders.

They may not be able to
find a single one to lead for 20
or even 10 years, and may end
up with four different leaders
over the next twenty years.
That is their choice, and their
problem to solve.

But they must not allow old
men to steal their energy and
opportunity to shape the
world in which their children
will have to survive.

Those who are older, and
have served with honour, will,

and must, be treated with
respect and dignity by the
next generation.

Their advice and counsel
are useful in guiding the
hands that will next take con-
trol.

But if they will not grace-
fully relinquish those controls,
it is the duty of the genera-
tion-in-waiting to take con-
trol from them.

Life requires turnover. And
we are at a time in our
nation’s life when that
turnover must occur.

I have great confidence in
the qualities and abilities of
the next generation.

Ihave seen enough of them
to know that The Bahamas
will be in excellent hands
when they assume control.
These men and women have
seen the world and have had
experiences which the current
leaders cannot imagine.

They will change our envi-
ronment, and it is their duty
to do so.

And while this may disturb
some of those in the over-65
set, they are disturbed only
because they are now the sta-
tus quo.

When they did it, their
grandparents were also dis-
turbed. But they did it any-
way.

And that is simply life, as
it should be.

SHAYNE DAVIS
Nassau,
December 6, 2010.

Hope Town was badly
misrepresented in article

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I wish to respond to the
article in Wednesday’s edi-
tion titled “Residents stage
protest in hotel development
row” written by Noelle
Nicholls.

Miss Nicholls came to
Hope Town to cover a protest
and not only did she ignore
the entire reason for the
protest, but she also badly
misrepresented the town of
Hope Town.

By reading the article, one
would think that there is a
small group of foreigners
protesting a development that
will benefit most Bahamians
and that most Bahamians sup-
port it. Nothing is further
from the truth.

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that our Town Council was
elected by the Bahamians of
Hope Town, Man-O-War,
and Guana Cay to act and
speak on our behalf and
according to our wishes.
Remember, non-Bahamians
cannot vote or hold office.

Regarding the proposed
Elbow Cay Club develop-
ment, the council worked very
hard to get everyone’s opin-
ion by attending town meet-
ings, discussing it in length
individually, and encouraging
everyone to write letters
expressing their views.

After digesting all the infor-
mation they decided that the
voters were overwhelmingly
against the development as
proposed and a resolution was
drafted expressing this view
to Central Government. Cen-
tral Government in turn chose
to totally ignore its own local
government and approved the
development.

The protest was meant to
bring attention not just to the
issue that the citizens of Hope
Town do not want a huge
development on their island,
but also to the bigger issue
that local government and the
wishes of the people are being
ignored.

We are being dictated to by

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the Bahamas? In the article
Miss Nicholls brushes over
most of what Chief Councillor
Jeremy Sweeting had to say
and then from an unnamed
source claims that most peo-
ple at the protest were sec-
ond home owners and expa-
triates. This is untrue.

There was a healthy pro-
portion of both Bahamian
and non-Bahamian. Just
because people are white does
not mean that they are not
Bahamian.

Second home owners are a
huge part of the economy of
the Bahamas. They have mil-
lions of dollars invested in
Hope Town alone. What is
wrong with them voicing their
concerns in regards to their
investments? Miss Nicholls
then focuses on the opinions
of Kerry Sullivan and Michael
Meyers, both who stand to
gain monetarily from this
deal.

Miss Sullivan claims the
council did not give the devel-
opers an alternative and that
the developers had made
efforts to downsize. In truth
the developers first submit-
ted a plan for a development
of outrageous size that had
no hope of being approved
and it was consequently
turned down.

They then came back with
the present plan which is still
of outrageous proportions but
is admittedly smaller than the
first one.

Now they are claiming to
be the good guys because they
have downsized from huge to
not quite as huge. Since the
beginning the town has always
said a small resort or inn
would be welcome.

No one has ever said noth-
ing should be done there at
all.

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development.

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LOCAL NEWS

BISHOP FRASER
EXPECTED IN
WITNESS STAND
NEXT MONTH

BAPTIST Bishop Earl
Randy Fraser is expected
to take the witness stand
when his unlawful sex trial
resumes next month.

Bishop Fraser is expect-
ed back in court on Janu-
ary 13 and 14, 2011 for the
continuation of his retrial.

His wife is reportedly
also expected to testify.

Bishop Fraser, pastor at
Pilgrim Baptist Temple on
St James Road, was in
court on Monday as four

more witnesses were called }

to testify in his defence.

Eight people have testi-
fied on the bishop’s behalf
so far.

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not guilty to having unlaw-
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PLP chairman: govt on public

relations exercise over BIC



‘NATIONAL ISSUP’:
Bradley Roberts

WITH “national opposition” to the
sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable
and Wireless continuing to grow, PLP
chairman Bradley Roberts said the
government has now embarked on a
major public relations exercise to con-
vince Bahamians that the deal is in
the “best interest of the Bahamas.”

“These groups of misguided per-
sonalities,” Mr Roberts said, “includ-
ing executives of Cable and Wireless,
all have hit the airways in droves in an
effort to support this ‘sweetheart deal’.

“In fact, the creators of this deal
sound so convincing over the airwaves
they are starting (to) sound as if they
truly believe their own propaganda.

“However all Bahamians from all
sides of the political divide are not
buying into the hype.”

Mr Roberts said despite the gov-
ernment’s efforts, the BCPOU, the

BCMU and other national unions
remain strongly opposed to Cable and
Wireless as the purchasing entity of
BTC.

The chairman added that his party
believes the sale of BTC to C&W isa
“national issue” and not a political
one.

Battle

“We therefore will rightly do battle
in the Halls of Parliament against this
foolish, sweetheart proposition by the
FNM.

“To this end, the primary
spokespersons outside the halls of par-
liament have been primarily the par-
ty’s chairman, the leader and deputy
leader.

“This position by the PLP has been
clearly demonstrated with the ongoing

Senate debates, as opposition mem-
bers, despite attempts to be censored,
continue to hammer the government
for not making public the details of
the Memorandum of Understanding
on the BTC/C&W deal.

“We conclude by stating the gov-
ernment continues to stubbornly pro-
ceed with this bad deal despite mount-
ing national opposition by the people
of the Bahamas.

“Considering the above factors, the
PLP again calls on the prime minister
to make public the details of the sale
by releasing the Memorandum of
Understanding on the BTC/C&W
deal without further delay.

“More importantly, we call on the
government to listen to the majority of
the people and cancel the govern-
ment’s plans to sell BTC to Cable and
Wireless,” Mr Roberts said.

FROM page one

flight,” said Nelerene Harding,
president of the Airport, Air-
line & Allied Workers Union
(AAAW), and third vice presi-
dent of the National Congress
of Trade Unions (NCTU).

She spoke, along with leaders
from 10 different unions. Hun-
dreds of union members par-
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“We don’t need no lemon-
ade, so LIME got to go,” shout-
ed protesters, who were
adamant about the government
reversing the sale.

Onlookers heard represen-
tatives of the teacher’s union
say “no read, no write”, fore-
casting possible follow-up
action.

Bernard Evans, president of
the Bahamas Communications
and Public Officers Union
(BCPOU), said: “We don’t
want any foreigners to take
over BTC. We can stay all day
and all night. We are going to
eat lunch, dinner, breakfast and
lunch again.”

Yesterday, the House was
suspended until January 19,
2011, shortly after protesters
had a brief clash with police
when they attempted to storm
past barricades in Parliament
Square.

In last night’s statement, the
government said going forward,
it will put more facts into the
public arena, and will release
“all facts and documentation”
two weeks prior to the House
of Assembly being called upon
to vote on the sale of BTC.

William Carrol, president of
the Bahamas Communications
and Public Managers Union
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have to come to Parliament to
vote on BTC. If every time they
come they run, then we will be
victorious.”

During the protest, leaders
from the different unions spoke
from a bullhorn in the middle
of Parliament Square, while fel-
low members sang and chant-
ed.

“We are here to make a
statement today. Come hell or
high water, we will stand
together as the TUC and the
NCTU.

“We will not allow BTC to
be taken away and sold to
Cable and Worthless,” said Cle-
ola Hamilton, Trade Union
Congress (TUC) vice president

and president of the nurses
union.

“We are giving away our
children’s birthright and our
children’s, children’s birthright.

“Enough is enough and too
much is too god damn much,”
said Ms Hamilton.

In light of a court injunction
preventing BTC union repre-
sentatives from “inducing
employees of BTC to break
their respective contracts of
employment by taking part in
any unlawful industrial action
against BTC”, Mr Evans said
the union “told our people to
go to work.”

“We admonished them to go
to work. Go pay your phone

bill. My people are at work,”
said Mr Evans, who emphasised
that the NCTU and the TUC
led the protest, not the
BCPOU.

“We will be guided by the
NCTU and the TUC with what-
ever plans they have,” he said.

Downtown workers filed out
of their stores to observe the
procession, as union members
walked slowly down Bay Street.
Police diverted downtown traf-
fic using Charlotte Street,
Woodes Rodgers Wharf, Par-
liament and East streets.

The demonstration started at
the Archdeacon William
Thompson Park, with protest-
ers toting an array of placards.

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terday proved fruitless as nothing else related

to the crash was discovered.

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Cabinet statement on BTC sale

LATE last night the Cabinet
released a statement on the sale
of the 51 per cent interest in
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company to Cable &
Wireless Communications
concluding that “the offer
from Bluewater is in no way
comparable to that from
CWC.”

Following is the full text of
the statement:

It is time to bring an end
to the deceit that is now
becoming a national debate
regarding the Government's
decision to sell 51 per cent of
the Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company (BTC) to
Cable and Wireless Commu-
nications (CWC) and its com-
parison to an earlier decision
to sell 49 per cent of BTC to
Bluewater Ventures.

Price Comparison.

The price agreed with
Bluewater was $260 million
for 49 per cent of BTC. But
there was a net balance of
approximately $70 million of
BTC's cash in its bank
account at the end of May
2007. There was no allowance
in Bluewater's offer for this
cash to be removed from
BTC.

Using the same maths we
have heard with respect to the
Cable & Wireless transaction,
this constituted a net cash
transaction of $190 million.
Of this amount $25 million
was deferred for five years
and another $15 million
deferred for six years.

The net cash therefore,
that the country would have
received from the Bluewater
transaction at the time of clos-
ing is $150 million.

The deferred payment of
$40 million, which was also
interest-free, would have in
fact been paid by BTC itself
and because of time-value the
money would have amount-
ed to less in value than $40
million. The sale price of $260
million was nothing more
than a gimmick designed to
deceive and mislead.

The net cash to Govern-
ment of the proposed Blue-
water bid would therefore
have been less than $190 mil-

lion. It is deceitful not to
openly acknowledge this fact.

In the case of the CWC
transaction, the purchase
price is $210 million which
will be paid at closing plus $7
million in stamp taxes, that is
$217 million. And, the Gov-
ernment at closing will receive
any net cash in excess of $15
million.

Therefore, the net cash
benefit to the Government of
the CWC transaction will be
at least $202 million. No
account is taken in this state-
ment of the tens of millions
of dollars received by the
Government from BTC since
the aborted sale to Bluewa-
ter as the Government did not
intend to sell BT'C's cash.

Exclusivity Period

A comparison of the exclu-
sivity period for the mobile
service which has an annual
cash value of a very signifi-
cant amount shows Bluewa-
ter was granted an exclusivity
period of six years while for
CWC the exclusivity period
for mobile service is three
years.

Regarding the fixed line
monopoly, Bluewater was
granted an exclusivity period
of six years. As for CWC, this
issue does not arise since we
already liberalized fixed line
services and CWC will there-
fore be in a competitive envi-
ronment from the beginning
of its operation.

Minority vs. Majority Own-
ership

Much is being made of the
issue of sale of 49 per cent
against 51 per cent and the
implications inherent in the
difference.

The principal issue that
arises in minority versus
majority interest is the ele-
ment of management and
control of the company. In
the case of Bluewater the fact
is that the management and
control was to be given to
Bluewater without acquisition
of the majority interest.

Bluewater was given con-
trol of the Board and of the
Company by virtue of its
greater number of directors
and of the day-to-day man-
agement by virtue of its

authority to select the Com-
pany's Chief Executive Offi-
cer. The important distinction
is that Bluewater secured
effective majority control
without having to pay for it.

Credible Partner

Perhaps the most com-
pelling issue for the Bahamian
people's consideration is the
issue of credibility of the
selection for partnering with
BTC in its quest for the trans-
formation of telecommunica-
tions networks throughout
The Bahamas and assurance
of a telecommunications
framework that facilitates and
supports the economic pros-
perity of the country.

A comparison of Bluewa-
ter and Cable and Wireless is
in order.

Firstly, it is not possible to
know who Bluewater is
because there is no history to
refer to. Bluewater was a
shell company registered off-
shore in Jersey in the Channel
Islands, and was established
in 2003, 140 years after Cable
& Wireless commenced oper-
ations. It had no financial
statements and no organiza-
tional support. It only had 2
issued shares of 1 UK pound
each. It was previously called
Bluewater Communications
Ventures Ltd. It changed its
name to Bluewater Ventures
Ltd. removing the word
“Communications”.

As far as we know, given
the 2 shareholders are nomi-
nee companies, its principal
is one individual foreigner
who used to be in a commu-
nications business, NTL,
which went into bankruptcy
in 2002. We don't know who
the shareholders are, as this
information was never pro-
vided to us. It is mind-bog-
gling that a decision was once
taken by a Government of
The Bahamas to sell BTC to
this entity. It is even more
astonishing that there are
those still bold enough to pub-
licly tout this experience
today.

On the other hand, the
partner the present Govern-
ment has selected, CWC, is a

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Androsians who have built their homes on Crown Land and are unable to obtain an occupancy certifi-

cate from the Government.

Central Andros natives can
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CENTRAL ANDROS administra-
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ANDROS -—- Central
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claim Crown Land which
they can prove they have a
vested interest in under the
2010 Land Adjudication Act.

The 2010 Planning and
Subdivisions Act will also
empower their right to build
on the land legally and retain
equity and market value,
according to local govern-
ment officials.

“In Andros, most of the
land is owned by the state
and there’s very little pri-
vately owned land. So hence,
the residents find it difficult
to engage in any kind of
expansion of the communi-
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administrator Oscar Munroe.

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it’s a problem in that, in
order for them to build, there
are certain requirements to
get a building permit. One of
those requirements will be
that they will have to show
proof of ownership of the
land. This presents a prob-
lem in that most of the time
they build without coming
forward. And then there’s a
difficulty in regulating
because sometimes they
build by the building code or
sometimes they didn’t.”

The 2010 Planning and
Subdivisions Act will take
effect in January 2011, end-
ing an era of ambiguity and
confusion.

It offers a clear legal
framework with a list of
guidelines, of which these
Bahamian investors have
been unaware, government
officials said.

“You would know that a
building is progressing when
the investor goes to BEC to
get electricity and they need
an occupancy certificate. In
order to get that, they will
come in and everybody
expects you at the time to
understand they have invest-
ed in this property, and this is
the norm, and most cases
they just expect for it to be
business as usual, that you
turn a blind eye and give
them the occupancy certifi-
cate,” said Mr Munroe.

Mr Munroe spoke in gen-
eral regarding the local land
disputes presented before
him as a Family Island
administrator.

He said the issues are
deep-rooted because Central
Androsians expect fairness
and want equal treatment
under the law. Residents
were offended that land own-
ership was a privilege granted
to others in the past and not
extended to them.

“Most of the land is Crown
Land and these settlements
have been going on for many,
many years. There were oth-
er people who were able to
do it and found that they
were able to get regulation
after a while. So hence,
everyone feels that it should
be the norm,” said Mr
Munroe.

The new amendments will
help residents to comply with
government building codes
easier and will dismiss the
established tradition of
manipulating the Quieting
Titles Act to acquire land in
which they have invested, he
said.

At least, 80 per cent of the
land in Andros is govern-
ment owned, including land
protected by the Bahamas
National Trust for sustaining
national biodiversity.

The 2010 Forestry and
Planning and Subdivisions
Act brings the unaddressed
issues from the court of pub-
lic opinion back into the
courtroom.

“Tt forces us to look into
the situation and perhaps
from the Town Planning side
of it, we would have to make
land available to the resi-
dents. We would have to
actively survey the lands that
people have been building on
and making sure that some
title is forthcoming. Land
would also have to be made
available for future growth,”
said Mr Munroe.

Mr Munroe also spoke
about how the laws will pro-
tect wildlife from human
interference.

“There has been a lot of
research going on about
Andros from the local and
international perspective.
The blue holes were widely
publicised by National Geo-
graphic magazine. You can
catch crabs in those areas,
but you cannot build there
because those areas are
reserved for sustainable
growth of the crabs,” said Mr
Munroe.

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CLAMPING DOWN: Riot police officers detain protesters outside
Sennaya Ploshchad metro station in St. Petersburg yesterday. Dozens
of riot police deployed around central St. Petersburg Wednesday to
prevent possible ethnic clashes after the weekend rioting by racist
hooligans fueled rumors that minorities could try to retaliate.

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Moscow and several other Russian cities Wednesday, after week-
end rioting in the capital left dozens injured.

Hundreds of riot police outside the Kievsky station in central
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who were shouting racist slogans and raising their hands in Nazi
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WikiLeaks founder Julian
Assange was due back in
British court Thursday to fight
for bail following a week of
legal drama which has seen
prosecutors challenge a judge's
decision to free him, according
to Associated Press.

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& ditional release on 200,000

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to keep him behind bars and

appealed the decision to Lon-
don's High Court.

Assange has already spent
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lowing his surrender to British
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crimes warrant. He denies any
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

ulian Assange back in
court to fight for bail

den's request to extradite him
for questioning.

Supporters of the 39-year-old
Australian say the charges are
trumped up and possibly polit-
ically motivated.

Assange's British lawyer,
Mark Stephens, said Wednes-
day that "somebody has it in

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for Julian Assange and we only
can conjecture why."

But lawyer Gemma Lind-
field, acting for Sweden, told
Tuesday's hearing at the City
of Westminster Magistrates’
Court that Assange faced seri-
ous allegations and may
abscond if granted bail.

She said he is accused of
rape, molestation and unlawful
coercion by two women for sep-
arate incidents in August.
Assange has yet to be charged.

His lawyers say the allega-
tions stem from a dispute over
"consensual but unprotected
sex" and argue that he has
offered to make himself avail-
able for questioning via video
link or in person in Britain.

Lindfield also rejected
attempts to link Assange's case
with the work of WikiLeaks —
which last month deeply
angered USS. officials by begin-
ning to publish its trove of
250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic
cables.

"This is not a case about
WikiLeaks, rather a case about
alleged serious offenses against
two women," Lindfield said.

District Judge Howard Rid-
dle approved bail on condition
Assange wear an electronic tag,
stay at a specific address in
southern England, report to
police every evening and
observe two four-hour curfews
each day besides putting up the
bond.

His lawyers are struggling to
assemble the bail money, which
the court wants to see up front
and in cash. Stephens said he
had about half the amount by
Wednesday.

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Cable: Cubans say Jamaica lax on fighting drugs ff

DAVID McFADDEN,
Associated Press
KINGSTON, Jamaica

Jamaica's counter-drug
efforts have been so sluggish
that exasperated Cuban offi-
cials privately griped about
their frustrations to a USS. drug

enforcement official, according BRUCE drugs,’" said and Washington not talked there and didn't say anything.”
to a newly released U.S. diplo- GOLDING the cable, about openly, such as an A spokeswoman for Women's and Childrens Clothing/Shoes
matic cable. apparently August 2009 trip by a U.S. Jamaica's national security min-

The communique released
by WikiLeaks said Cuban offi-
cials painted their Caribbean
neighbor to the south as chron-
ically uncooperative in stopping
drug smugglers who use Cuban
waters and airspace to trans-
port narcotics destined for the
US. Dated Aug. 11, 2009, and
first published by Britain's The
Guardian newspaper, it said no
fewer than 15 Cuban Interior
Ministry officials complained
to a USS. anti-drug specialist
assigned to the U.S. Interests
Section, which Washington
maintains in Havana instead of
an embassy.

"Collectively and continually,
they express frustration over
the (government of Jamaica's)
consistent ignoring of Cuban
attempts to increase the flow







of drug-relat-
ed informa-
tion between
the two island
nations to
increase inter-
dictions and
avoid ‘being
surprised by



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written by America's chief
diplomat to Cuba, Jonathan
Farrar. The document was writ-
ten less than a year before
Jamaican security forces
launched an anti-gang crack-
down following the capture of
Christopher "Dudus" Coke,
once described by the U.S. Jus-
tice Department as one of the
world's most dangerous drug
kingpins.

The cable describes two
major seizures of marijuana
from Jamaican smugglers in
Cuba's territory and portrayed
the Cubans as active partners,
even if the communist govern-
ment ultimately blames Wash-
ington for drug trafficking due
to high demand in the USS.

Despite their stormy rela-
tionship and the lack of a for-



INTERNATIONAL NEWS

mal drug cooperation treaty,
Cuba and the United States
have long worked together on
interdiction efforts, with the
two country's coast guards han-
dling communication about
operations on the high seas.
The cable reveals a level of
cooperation between Havana

Coast Guard drug interdiction
specialist to the Cuban city of
Camaguey following the cap-
ture of a plane carrying 13 bales
of marijuana from Jamaica.

Officials at the U.S. Interests
Section in Havana normally are
not allowed to travel beyond
25 miles (40 kilometers) out-
side the capital without Cuban
permission, which is rarely
granted. According to the
memorandum, the U\S. spe-
cialist determined that Cuba
"genuinely desires greater
information sharing” with
Jamaica. Cuban officers com-
plained that Jamaican officials
"commonly agree to greater
information sharing in person;
however, that is the extent of
their efforts.”

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arranged by the U.K. defense
attache to spur better coopera-
tion between Cuba and
Jamaica. Afterward, the U.S.
anti-drug specialist said Cuban
officials complained that the
two Jamaican officials "just sat

ister said a statement would be
issued later Wednesday.

While not addressing
specifics or confirming the
authenticity of the cable, the
USS. Embassy in Kingston said
in a statement that the U.S. has
a "long, positive history of pro-
ductive relations" with Jamaica
on a wide range of law enforce-
ment matters.

The island's opposition
quickly pounced, calling on
Prime Minister Bruce Golding's
Jamaica Labor Party to explain
the "damning allegations.”

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LOCAL NEWS

FAMILY OF MAN
WHO DIED AFTER
ARREST WANT
INVESTIGATION

FROM page one

He believes his brother died
at CDU.

Mr Rolle said: “His daddy
— ASP Nathan Rolle — was
actually one of the leading
officers in CDU for years.
He trained Bethell (head of
CDU), who dropped us to
school for years. The force
that my daddy helped build
to where it is right now, is
now being questioned for his
own son’s death by the offi-
cers who he trained.”

According to the police,
Mr Rolle had been taken in
for questioning in connec-
tion with the robbery of the
BTC office on Shirley Street
that morning. While at the
Central Detective Unit, offi-
cers said, they noticed he
was breathing heavily, then
he suddenly collapsed.

Mr Rolle said: “I think
one of the biggest problems
on the force right now — I
think officers are frustrated
with the judicial system and
it forces them to do things
that may be extreme to
crack down a case.”

Mr Rolle explained that
since his brother’s death, he
had been doing his own
research into the interroga-
tion tactics of officers at
CDU. His findings revealed
that persons were beaten
with various objects about
the body, including their
head and testicles, suffocat-
ed or tased.

“The two other guys that
got arrested with this case
both said they were beaten
badly,” he said. “When an
officer arrests somebody,
knowing he’s gonna be out
within 24 hours, for murder
or gun possession, I think
they’re frustrated so when
they’re in situations like that
they do desperate things.
They go to the extreme to
try to find out what’s going

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OWEN ROLLE: The 35-year-old died after his arrest.

on because there isn’t much
hope with our judicial sys-
tem. I definitely think they
did something which they do
normally, but it took his
life.”

Mr Rolle explained that
despite the personal meet-
ing from the commissioner
— who assured him that there
would be no cover up if
there was any wrongdoing —
he was dissatisfied by the
efforts of the organisation
towards ensuring proper
recourse for his brother’s
death.

“We are at a serious state
in this country,” said Mr
Rolle, “my brother missed
his daughter’s birthday yes-
terday. He had two kids, a
three-year-old and a five-
year-old.”

The Rolle family’s cry for
an independent body to
monitor the RBPF echoes
public statements made by
a senior police officer this
week.

Assistant Superintendent
Glenroy McKenzie demand-
ed an independent investi-
gation into the death of
Inspector Archibald Miller
who was accidentally killed
last month by police. Both
matters were said to have
been sent to the coroner’s
court, however the autopsy
report on both Mr Rolle and
Mr Miller were not made
public.

Mr Mckenzie told the
media that he had “lost con-
fidence” in the police com-
missioner’s ability to effect a
proper inquiry. He also said
he felt Commissioner
Greenslade was too con-
cerned with “public image.”

“The commissioner,” said
Mr Rolle, “is a good man,
he’s trying his best, but def-
initely we do have a police
force that needs to be fine
tuned.”

Senior officers were not
available for comment up to
press time.

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Minister to give
update on pirate
treasure land

FROM page one

to excavate vast areas of pri-
vate land in the hope of
finding this lost treasure.
International prospectors
also joined the search. When
good title to the land could
not be determined, the gov-
ernment was forced to step
in and halt all activity.

However, Minister of
State Zhivargo Laing told
The Tribune yesterday the
government has finally been
able to determine title to the
land, but would not disclose
the name of the person, save
to say it was a woman.

“There is an individual
who we are able to confirm
that her title is clear. So now
I am going to explain to
them what we now know,
and explain to them what
will happen from here. ’m
really going to update them
on the status of things as far
as that property is con-
cerned,” he said.

While it is not the govern-
ment’s responsibility to
determine if there is buried
treasure on the island or not,
Minister Laing stressed that
if anything were to be dis-
covered, that individual,
according to Treasure Trove
law, would have to enter
into an agreement with the
Minister of Finance before
anything could be excavat-
ed.

“You first would have to

SAN SALVADOR TRIP:
Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing



show clear title to property.
Then you would have to get
permission from the Antiq-
uities, Monuments and
Museum Corporation to do
the excavation. Then, if you
have any findings, you have
an obligation to disclose that
to the Minister of Finance
so that you can enter into a
Treasure Trove arrange-
ment with him that says how
the property can be disposed
of ”

Minister Laing said that
beyond this there is no law
that stipulates what per-
centage the government
could take from any find,

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other than what would be
negotiated between the
Minister of Finance and the
prospector.

“And I want to be clear,
that I am not in any way
suggesting that the govern-
ment has, or that there is
any treasure on any proper-
ty that Iam aware of,” Min-
ister Laing laughed.

The Minister will be host-
ing his town meeting on the
salvage proposal at Fortune
Hill at the Riding Rock pho-
to centre in San Salvador at
6.30pm today.

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10. “This exhibition speaks to
the depth and talent of our stu-
dents and is also evidence of
the fact that their works can be
showcased in any gallery any-
where in the world,” he said.

Thanking the artist commu-
nity for their contribution to
the development of art in the
country, Mr Bannister said their
involvement has “set the stage”
for up-and-coming artists.

“Once again, I must thank
the artist community of the
Bahamas for their involvement
in this programme from the
beginning,” said Mr Bannister.

“Among them are Mr Max
Taylor, Mr Antonius Roberts,
Mr John Beadle and Mr Joleyn
Smith.”

He also thanked others who
assisted with the event, includ-
ing Charlthorn Strachan, a for-
mer Doris Johnson Senior High
School student who participat-
ed in the programme and is cur-
rently an assistant instructor for
the programme.

Other persons involved in
the programme are Patricia
Collins, deputy director in the
Ministry of Education; Eula
Gaitor; Genevieve Brown-
Richards and Timothy Nottage,

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NETTIE’S Different of
Nassau Heritage Centre on
West Bay Street recently
received a partial overhaul
and unveiled its Bahamian-
themed restaurant.

Nettica Symonette, owner
and operator of the heritage
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the whole package to visitors,
including hotel rooms, a
Bahamian village, museum
and a restaurant that serves
good, old-fashioned Bahami-
an cooking.

“When I was a little girl
growing up in Eleuthera
there were some things that
stood out in my memory,” Ms
Symonette said.

“Tt was the culture and the
heritage and the cooking. I
want to help others to be
mindful of where we came
from and know we are what
we eat.”

Café Nettie serves organic
Bahamian dishes with a hint
of personal expression. Net-
tie, as she is affectionately
called, said that cooking is a

form of art that she enjoys.

She uses traditional
Bahamian recipes, but she
has also created some of her
own.

“IT want people to live a
healthy lifestyle,” Ms Symon-
ette said.

“People look at me, they
ask my age.

“T’m almost 77 and I’ve got
more energy than anybody in
the world.”

Café Nettie is open for
lunch and dinner every day
except Tuesdays.

Nettie’s Different of Nas-
sau, which is located in the
Cable Beach area, has many
treasures that can be appre-
ciated by visitors and resi-
dents alike. For those who
grew up shooting marbles and
spinning tops, it is a reminder
of the good old days.

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schools, church groups and
individuals.

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Collapsed broker’s $1.47m
shortfall ‘54% recoverable’

i Some former Caledonia clients ‘unhappy’ value of securities holdings
has fallen, one suffering $593,400 loss
i Deloitte & Touche liquidator pledges he wants to bring wind-up to
end ‘as much as’ fiduciary clients of broker that collapsed with $25m

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The liquidator of a col-
lapsed Bahamas-based bro-
ker/dealer has determined
that 54 per cent of a $1.47 mil-
lion shortfall, which is in
excess of the $25 million loss
that caused the company’s
failure, can be recovered,
pledging that he wanted the
winding-up to come to an end
“as much as” the fiduciary
clients.

SEE page 5B

Atlantis

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Atlantis will benefit from
25 per cent higher occupan-
cy levels during the Christmas
period this year, while visitor
levels for New Year’s remain
“flat to last year”, according
to Kerzner International exec-
utive Ed Fields.

SEE page 6B

Major ‘mindset’
change coming
for local firms

Chief WTO negotiator says
Bahamas companies have
to do more for themselves,
investigating new
markets/products and
understanding trade rules
themselves, rather than
relying on government



RAYMOND WINDER

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian businessmen
will have to undergo a fun-
damental “mindset”
change when this nation
accedes to full World
Trade Organisation
(WTO) membership, this
nation’s chief negotiator
believes, investigating new
opportunities and learning
the rules themselves rather
than relying on the Gov-
ernment to do it for them.

Such a ‘culture shock’
will be many of the major
adjustments for the
Bahamian private sector,
Raymond Winder, the
Deloitte & Touche
(Bahamas) managing part-
ner, told Tribune Business,
pointing out that by joining
the WTO and signing on to
other trade agreements,
such as the Economic Part-
nership Agreement (EPA),
this nation would have to
move to a business envi-
ronment regulated by
statute as opposed to the
current policy-dominated
one.

“One of the big issues
would be that for a long
time Bahamian businesses
have operated in an envi-

SEE page 8B



hole

M@ More than $300,000 shortfall in Bahamian broker/dealer’s accounts
with overdrawn cash balances
i Twelve accounts with just securities suffer $370,000 depreciation,
with one client’s assets decreasing by approximately $143,000

BUSINESS BOOST: Atlantis in Paradise Island.

CHALLENGE AIMS FOR KEY
PRIVATE AVIATION BOOST

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

The Ministry of Tourism
has launched a new promo-
tional initiative aimed at max-
imising the benefits to the
Bahamian island archipelago
from the high-value private
aviation market.

Motivated by the results of
a survey conducted in part-
nership with the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Associa-
tion, which showed that while
80 per cent of their member-
ship had never flown to the
Bahamas, 86 per cent would
be interested in doing so, The
Ministry of Tourism part-
nered with online “aviation
superstore”, Pilot Mall, to cre-
ate the Bahamas Pilot Chal-
lenge.

The program invites private
pilots to register to take up
the challenge, which encour-
ages them to visit a minimum
of 12 out of the Bahamas’ 20
different Airports of Entry in
2011, becoming eligible for
several grand prizes at the end
of the year.

A website, Bahamaspi-
lotchallenge.com, has been set
up to provide pilots with
details about the competition
and information they may
need when seeking to fly into
the Bahamas.

“We talked to each of them

CLICO staff get
$2.6m pay-out

CLICO
(Bahamas) 149
former staff
were yesterday
receiving the
collective $2.6
million sever-
ance pay due
to them fol-
lowing the
insolvent
insurer’s collapse, informed
sources told Tribune Business.

The payments were made by
the Government, courtesy of
the Ministry of Finance, as CLI-
CO (Bahamas) liquidator,
Craig A. ‘Tony’ Gomez, the
Baker Tilly Gomez accountant
and partner, continues with
efforts to transfer its insurance
portfolio to Colina Insurance
Ltd and sell its key asset, the
Wellington Preserve real estate
project in south Florida.

CRAIG GOMEZ



about what they need to say if
a pilot wants to fly to the
Bahamas, that this is what
they need to do, these are the
amenities on each island, and
so on,” said Greg Rolle, chief
aviation specialist with the
Ministry of Tourism in Flori-
da.

The Bahamas Pilot Chal-
lenge was his brainchild,
according to Minister of
Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool

SEE page 5B

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Iai eases

* Caribbean Crossings alleges regulator decision to
licence Bahamas Internet Cable System under Cable
Bahamas’ name, rather than own, will ‘jeopardise’
ability to compete and attract investors

* Warns move could also ‘complicate and confuse’
FCC licence for cable landing in the US

* Argues ‘burdensome and unfair’ to treat Caribbean



under same licence as parent, given that Cable has
SMP obligations while it does not

* URCA argues separate operating licence only issued
to affiliates not under parent control, unlike
Caribbean Crossings

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Cable Bahamas is locked in yet another dispute with the
Bahamian communications sector regulator, this time over
the latter’s decision to licence a fibre-optic submarine cable
system under its name rather than an affiliate’s, a move it
claims will “jeopardise Caribbean Crossings’ ability to attract
investors, upgrade the network and compete effectively
against rival operators”.

SEE page 7B

CONSUMERS TOLD T0
BRACE FOR PRICE RISES

Florida chill to impact Bahamas supply

By ALISON LOWE
Business Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

As Florida farmers continued to count the cost of the lowest
temperatures in the state since the 1960s, wholesalers and
retailers yesterday warned Bahamian consumers to be pre-
pared for potential spikes in produce prices in the coming
weeks.

Meanwhile, major local wholesaler, Bahamas Food Services,
suggested any destruction of crops in Florida may signal a sil-

SEE page 10B

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 3B



Getting ‘Hyper’
over road map

BY DEIDRE M. BASTIAN

hat are
Hyperlinks?
Hyperlinks
are links
connecting to another desti-
nation or file. Typically, a user
following hyperlinks is said to
navigate or browse to a docu-
ment or location the hyper-
link leads to. Very similar to
taking a connecting plane,
train or bus to work or home.

The gigantic international
network of web pages known
as the World Wide Web is
interconnected through the
use of hyperlinks, and would
simply fail to exist without
them.

For example: Hyperlinks
are often used to implement
reference mechanisms, such
as tables of contents, foot-
notes, bibliographies, index-
es and glossaries.

Links connect to another
page on a Web site, a Web
page on a different Web site,
or a file in another format
that is not a Web page, such
as a PDF document, an
image, a Microsoft Power-
Point presentation or multi-
media file.

The term ‘hyperlink’ was
coined in 1965 (or possibly
1964) by Ted Nelson and his
assistant Calvin Curtin. A
team led by Douglas Engel-
bart was the first to imple-
ment the hyperlink concept
for scrolling within a single
document (1966), and soon
after for connecting between
paragraphs within separate
documents (1968).

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Web's continued develop-
ment, implemented the first
successful communication
between an HTTP client and
server via the Internet.

Is hyper linking legal?

While hyper linking among
WebPages is an intrinsic fea-
ture of the web, some object
to being linked. In certain
jurisdictions and courts, it
advocates that hyperlinks can
give rise to legal liability with-
out permission, regardless of
referencing material.

There are various types of
links used on web pages, such
as: Relative, Site root relative
and Absolute. The correct
choice depends on the loca-
tion of the page to which it
links.

* Relative Links point to a
location that is relative to the
current page. The disadvan-
tage is that the link can break
if you move a file to another

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directory.

* Site Root-Relative Links
point to a location that is rel-
ative to the root directory of
the site. One common use of
this is to store all images in
an images directory, then link
to images with links like
‘/images/mypic.jpg’. The
advantage is that the link
stays the same no matter what
directory the current page is
in.

* Absolute Links are those
that simply include the entire
path to the file. These are
generally used for links that
points to different sites other
than the one located on your

page.

* Anchor Link is bound to
a portion of a document, gen-
erally text. For example, a
map of the Bahamas may
have each island hyperlinked
to further information about a
particular island.

Link behaviour in Web
Browsers

When you move the cursor
over a link in a Web page, the
arrow will turn into a little
hand, and a web browser usu-
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having the bounded Northwestwardly by a road reservation called Casuarina
Lane East Northeastwardly by Lot Number Twenty-one (21) in the said Block
East Southeastwardly by parts of Lots Number Two (2) and Three (8) in Block
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ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot Number Twenty-two (22) of Palm
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and Sixteen and Five hundredths (116.05) feet EASTWARDLY by land running
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ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate in the Eastern District of the Island
of New Providence which said piece parcel or lot of land is bounded on the
North by another portion of the said original lot of land and running thereon
One Hundred (100) feet on the East by Kemp Road and running thereon Fifty
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and partly by another portion of the said original lot of land and running thereon
jointly One Hundred (100) feet and on the West.

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ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate in the Settlement of James Cistern
in the Island of Eleuthera in the said Commonwealth and is bounded on the
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thereon Seventy-five (75) feet and on the WEST and running thereon Seventy-
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Getting ‘Hyper’ over road map

FROM page 3B

different colour, font, style or
blue and purple underlined
text.

Moreover, when the cursor
hovers over a link, some
information about the link
pops up in a special hover
box, which disappears when
the cursor is moved away.

Dead links occur when the
server that hosts the target
page relocates to a new
domain name, some form of
blocking such as firewalls or
when the targets are not kept
up to date.

Correcting an Error in
Internet Explorer

1. Go to Start -> Run ->
Type regsvr32 urlmon.dll

2. Once complete click Ok.

If that didn’t resolve the
problem, repeat the process

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by running the following addi-
tional entries to repair Inter-
net Explorer:

Start -> Run -> Type
regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll

If the above still didn’t
resolve your issue, try the fol-
lowing.

Open Internet Explorer

At the top select Tools ->
Internet Options

Click on the Programs tab

Click on the Reset Web
Settings button

Creating Hyperlink on
Microsoft FrontPage:

* Click the Make a hyper-
link to a file on your comput-
er button that is to the right of
the URL box.

* In the Select File dialog
box, locate and then click the
Word document that you
want, and then click OK.

* Right-click the hyperlink

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The path and file name of
the Word document is dis-
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* Position the insertion
point at the end of the path
and filename that is displayed
in the URL box, and then
type the following line:

#bookmark_ name

where bookmark name is
the name of the bookmark in
the Word document to which
you want to link.

* Make sure there is no
space between the end of the
file name and the bookmark
name, for example:

file://computer_name/share/
file name.doc#bookmark_na
me

* Click OK.

* Click Save on the File
menu to save your Web page.

* Click Preview in Browser
on the File menu to preview
your Web page in a browser.

Please see this site for a
linking tutorial in
DreamWeaver
http://www. guidesandtutori-
als.com/dreamweaver_tutor-
ial_create_hyperlink.html

At the end of the day, all
websites should be in the
Internet business to make
money, whether they are a
non-profit organisation or a
business that sells products or
services.

The higher on the search
engine rankings page your
website is listed, the extra traf-
fic your website will have.

To complete this circle, the
link popularity of a website
will cause an increased traf-
fic rank and drive money
spending viewers to your web-
site.

Today marks a one year
anniversary for the ‘Art of
Graphix’ column.

So until we meet again,
have fun, enjoy life and stay
on top of your game.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 5B

Collapsed broker’s $1.47m
shortfall ‘54% recoverable’

FROM page 1B

Anthony Kikivarakis, the Deloitte & Touche
(Bahamas) accountant and partner, in his fifth
report to the Bahamian Supreme Court as the
liquidator for Caledonia Corporate Manage-
ment, said he would have to seek the court’s
directions on how the shortfall should be han-
dled - whether it should be borne only by
clients who had assets in the impacted
accounts, or shared across all clients and
deducted from the second tranche of their
assets, some 8 per cent of their total portfolio
- which is held in escrow by himself.

Noting that the $1.47 million “shortfall” was
identified in seven accounts at two Bahamas-
based institutions, FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank and EFG Bank & Trust, Mr Kiki-
varakis said he had either recovered or iden-
tified for recovery some $791,000, roughly 54
per cent of this amount.

Omnibus

“From a review of the company’s records
and discussions with the company’s and dis-
cussions with [Caledonia’s] previous employ-
ees, the FirstCaribbean account operated as an
omnibus account through which cash balances
of clients were deposited and transfers made to
other accounts,” Mr Kikivarakis alleged.

“The amounts therefore coming out of the
FirstCaribbean accounts had been comingled
and were not separately identifiable.”

Detailing other issues that required approval
from Supreme Court Chief Justice, Sir Michael
Barnett, the liquidator said a hearing was sup-
posed to have taken place last Friday over his
contention that Caledonia’s sole preference
shareholder had received $5.636 million from
the broker/dealer after it was placed into liq-
uidation. That allegation has been vehement-
ly denied by the preference shareholder, and
Mr Kikivarakis has reduced the amount
alleged to be involved from the $5.909 mil-
lion originally estimated.

Apart from difficulties in identifying bene-
ficial owners of Caledonia accounts, Mr Kiki-
varakis added: “Certain clients’ assets are held
in securities, and the values of those assets
have decreased considerably since September
30, 2008. In light of this, some clients have
refused to pay 2 per cent of their assets into the
Clients Security Account or to provide appro-
priate instructions to transfer their securities to

a new custodian. In one case, the assets have
decreased by $593,400.”

Other problems, the liquidator alleged, stem
from the fact that two Caledonia clients have
overdrawn cash balances on their accounts,
yet he is holding insufficient securities to cov-
er these.

As at September 30, 2010, while these clients
held securities worth a collective $101.700,
their overdrawn cash positions totalled
$430,116 - a more than $300,000 shortfall. Mr
Kikivarakis said he would seek a Supreme
Court order authorising him to sell some of
these securities.

Elsewhere, out of 34 accounts that were
overdrawn, Mr Kikivarakis said three balances
worth $328,112 had been recovered, but 23
accounts “appear unrecoverable, with bal-
ances ranging from $1.08 to $1,725”. The
aggregate amount represented by these
accounts was $5,386.

Analysing the 94 accounts for whom he had
not received instructions to transfer their
assets, Mr Kikivarakis said that because 76 of
these contained cash, he would merely retain
4 per cent of their assets - worth $171,486 - to
cover his costs.

As for the 18 accounts holding just securities,
the liquidator said he needed them to provide
cash equivalent to 4 per cent of their assets to
effect the transfer.

“Of the 18 accounts, 12 of these clients’
securities values have decreased substantially,”
Mr Kikivarakis said. “These clients’ assets
have decreased by approximately $370,000,
with one client’s assets decreasing by approx-
imately $143,000. It should also be noted that
the marketability of these securities is ques-
tionable.”

And he added: “A number of clients are
displeased that some of their securities have
fallen in value and, as a result, the increased
cost of the liquidation will affect them more
now than earlier. Some of these clients clear-
ly stated that they did not wish to sell their
securities or to pay the initial 2 per cent, and
have not done so to date.”

Despite Sir Michael previously expressing
hope that the Caledonia liquidation could be
wrapped up by year-end, Mr Kikivarakis said
some cases involving client ownership of assets
would “carry over into the New Year”.

“The company’s fiduciary clients would like
to see this liquidation come to an end, as
much as I would, and I hope that we can do so
shortly in this regard,” Mr Kikivarakis said.

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FROM page 1B

Meanwhile, in the industry
as a whole, outgoing Bahamas
Hotel Association (BHA)
president, Robert Sands, said
data forecasts to date “show
flat” occupancy levels vis-a-

vis last year among major
properties, “with some hotels
showing modest gains”.

This comes after Mr Sands
described occupancies around
Thanksgiving as a “mixed
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NOTICE
HERMATITE LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 15° December, 2010 when the Articles of

er than we expected”.
Although indicators are

that we are showing the gains
the industry really wants to
see at this time”, said the
tourism veteran.



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mission with business leaders

: WASHINGTON

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? and 20 business leaders worked

of 65 per cent to highs of 80

per cent. Speaking at that | Ways to boost anemic US. job

time, the outgoing BHA pres- ? creation and improve their own
‘dent said overall improve- ; testy relations amid rising anx-
ments in the tourism sector : iety over the slow economic
“have been somewhat slow- i beat

through lunch Wednesday on

The president said he wants

? ideas from business leaders on

? how to "seize the promise of

"heading in the right direc- : this moment."

tion, we are still not satisfied ;

The closely watched session

: represents something of a reset
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NOTICE
DARRINGTON ASSETS LIMITED







NOTIC EIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:



Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Peter Leppard
of c/o 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore 039393.

Dated this 16" day of December A. D. 2010



Peter Leppard
Liquidator



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

RAMANIO MANAGEMENT LTD.

N OTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 14th December, 2010 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Manex Limited,
The Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte
Streets, Nassau, The Bahamas

Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2010


















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

The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 09" December, 2010 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Peter Leppard
of c/o 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore 039393.

Dated this 16" day of December A. D. 2010



Peter Leppard
Liquidator

NOTICE

SMITHTON INVESTMENT LIMITED

NOTIC EIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 15" December, 2010 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Manex Limited
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
DOMINI LIMITED

N O TIC E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 14th December, 2010 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Dizame
Consulting SA, Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2010

Dizame Consulting SA
Liquidator

HOTEL MANAGERS PENSION FUND
NOTICE

Pensioners of THE BAHAMAS HOTEL
INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT PENSION FUND
are asked to visit the Fund's Office in the Societe
Generale Building, #4 West Bay Street, Nassau,
N.P., The Bahamas to obtain an end of year voucher
and to update their pension eligibility records.

Please call or visit the Funds Office on or before
Thursday, 23rd December 2010,

Please call us at (242) 322-8381/4 if you have any
questions.

The Trustees for the Fund wish all hotel pensioners a
safe and joyous holiday season.

For more information on the Bahamas Hotel

Industry Management Pension Fund you may visit
our website at: www, bhimpf.com

Dente: 6° December 3010

Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Peter Leppard
of c/o 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore 039393.

Dated this 16" day of December A. D. 2010



Peter Leppard
Liquidator

NOTICE
HEROLD PROPERTIES LIMITED

NOTIC EIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 13" December, 2010 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Peter
Leppard of c/o 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore

039393.

Dated this 16" day of December A. D. 2010



Peter Leppard
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE
ADELINA MANAGEMENT LIMITED

N OTICEIS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
13th December, 2010 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is CST Administration
(Bahamas) Limited, The Bahamas Financial Centre,
Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas

Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2010

CST Administration (Bahamas) Limited
Liquidator

approach to health care, finan-
cial regulations and executives’
bonuses.

With unemployment at 9.8
percent and weak home prices
and tight credit placing a drag
on growth, the president was
looking to shake loose more
than $1.9 trillion in untapped
corporate cash to help the
recovery.

Agenda items included an
overhaul of the tax system,
ways to ease regulations on
business and greater private
sector investments.

A priority for business lead-
ers is altering or eliminating
regulations they believe are cre-
ating uncertainty and hinder-
ing growth, a step White House
officials say Obama is open to
considering.

The policy climate for Oba-
ma-business relations has
changed since the November
elections altered the balance of
power in the capital, giving
Republicans control of the
House.

In recent weeks, Obama
announced a new trade agree-
ment with South Korea that
corporate leaders applauded
and negotiated a tax deal with
Republicans that included new
business investment incentives.
The Senate passed that mea-
sure on Wednesday.

No major announcements
were expected from the session.
But Obama's outreach meets
the White House's goal of
sharpening his image as a pres-

ident willing to reach out to for-
mer antagonists, a move that
has angered liberals but could
resonate with independent vot-
ers. The office of House
Republican leader John Boehn-
er issued a statement calling the
session a “nothingburger,"
arguing that previous attempts
had not resulted in any busi-
ness-friendly policies.

"The White House's ‘olive
branches’ to the business com-
munity are more like twigs,
really," the statement said.

In his comments, Obama
pushed his agenda of invest-
ment in education, cleaner
energy sources and high-speed
rail. And he spoke of making a
firmer stand in Washington on
fiscal discipline, an area where
Congress and White House
have long made promises but
with little result.

Overall, Obama said the path
to economic growth is clear,
and he added: "I'm committed
to taking that path. I know
America's business leaders are
as well.”

The president joined the
CEO group a short walk from
the White House grounds
across Pennsylvania Avenue at
the Blair House, better known
as guest quarters for visiting
dignitaries.

Some of the executives are
Obama backers and members
of White House advisory
boards who have worked with
the administration for some
time.

NOTICE

WEST WINDS PROPERTY OWNERS
ASSOCIATION LIMITED

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al meeting for the West Winds Property Own-
ers Association Limited will be held Thursday
the 16th day of December, A.D., 2010 at 6:30
p.m. At the Pavilion, West Winds Subdivision,

New Providence.

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Cable affiliate battles URCA
over its cable system licence

FROM page 1B

This latest bone of con-
tention between the BISX-
listed company and the Utili-
ties Regulation & Competi-
tion Authority (URCA) was
revealed amid the plethora of
legal documents filed to sup-
port Cable Bahamas’ case
that it should not be paying
licence fees to the regulator
on its Freeport Internet rev-
enues, since it is licensed to
provide this service in the city
by the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA).

A November 5, 2010, affi-
davit from John Gomez,
Cable Bahamas and
Caribbean Crossings’ vice-
president of engineering,
alleged that the Bahamas
Internet Cable System
(BICS), which carries the
companies’ data and Internet
traffic, was owned by
Caribbean Crossings.

Caribbean Crossings, a 100
per cent-owned affiliate of
Cable Bahamas, was granted
a June 2000 licence by the
Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) to land
the BICS cable in Boca
Raton, Florida, with the com-
pany also subsequently
licensed by URCA’s prede-
cessor, the PUC, to land sys-
tem at various points in the
Bahamas.

Following enactment of the
Communications Act 2009,
and the PUC’s replacement
by URCA, Mr Gomez
alleged that on September 7,
2009, Caribbean Crossings
applied to the new regulator
for a licence relating to the
BICS system.

But Mr Gomez alleged:
“URCA, however, refused to
accede to the application
made by Caribbean Crossings
despite Caribbean Crossings’
protestation, and URCA
issued the licence relating to
the BICS cable to Cable
Bahamas under the Commu-
nications Act 2009, instead of
Caribbean Crossings. A for-
mal notice of objection was
lodged by Caribbean Cross-
ings in relation to URCA’s
decision.”

Explaining the rationale for
licensing the BICS system
under Cable Bahamas’ name,
rather than Caribbean Cross-
ings, Usman Saadat, URCA’s
then-director of policy and
regulation, said operating
licences were only granted to
subsidiaries not under control
of their parent.

This, he implied, was not
the case with Caribbean
Crossings, as it was 100 per

cent owned by Cable
Bahamas.

“URCA will only grant a
separate individual operating
licence to a subsidiary under-
taking of a licensee in unusu-
al circumstances, such as
when it can be demonstrated
that the subsidiary undertak-
ing is not under the control
of its parent company.
Caribbean Crossings is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of
Cable Bahamas: ie, it is under
Cable Bahamas’ control,” Mr
Saadat explained.

But Caribbean Crossings,
in its objection letter to
URCA, said that by refusing
it a separate operating licence
and requiring the BICS sys-
tem to be subsumed into its
parent’s licence, the regula-
tor was frustrating the policy
objectives contained in the
Government’s Telecommuni-
cations Sector Policy.

Stifled

Competition, it suggested,
would be stifled because
Caribbean Crossings “ability
to obtain independent financ-
ing” to upgrade the BICS sys-
tem against the likes of the
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company’s (BTC)
Bahamas II cable and the
Columbus network would be
“impaired”.

Pointing out that Cable
Bahamas created it to “com-
pete aggressively” with exist-
ing providers of deep sea fibre
optic cables, Caribbean Cross-
ings said it had been able to
raise funds in the Bahamian
capital market separate from

those of its parent, giving
investors a new investment
opportunity and using their
funds to launch a new net-
work.

“This business model has
succeeded, however, only
because investors, regulators
and consumers have all treat-
ed Cable Bahamas and
Caribbean Crossings as two
separate, independent and
distinct entities,” Caribbean
Crossings alleged.

It pointed out that, unlike
its parent, it was not identi-
fied as having Significant
Market Power (SMP), and
while its business was the
wholesale provision of inter-
national fibre optic capacity,
Cable Bahamas’ was a retail
cable TV and Internet offer-
ing. Caribbean Crossings was
also subject to FCC regula-
tion, unlike its parent.

“Requiring Caribbean
Crossings to operate under a
single individual licence with
Cable Bahamas would jeop-
ardise Caribbean Crossings’
ability to attract investors,
upgrade its network and com-
pete effectively against other
operators,” the company
argued.

“Potential investors, who
have sought an equity stake
in Caribbean Crossings, are
likely to shy away from such
commitments to the extent
the regulatory obligations of
the company are indistin-
guishable from those of a par-
ent presumed to possess Sig-
nificant Market Power.”

Cable Bahamas’ SMP reg-
ulatory requirements would
be “burdensome and unfair”




LEGAL NOTICE






NOTICE







BLUE MARLIN LNG TERMINAL LIMITED




Notice is hereby given that the winding up and




dissolution of BLUE MARLIN LNG TERMINAL



LIMITED has been completed and the Company was




removed from the Register of Companies on the 13th







day August A.D.,2010

Alison J. Treco




Liquidator





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latter argued, warning that
this could also “complicate
and confuse the regulatory
status of Caribbean Crossings
in the United States, which
until now has designated
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dominant carrier.

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Notice is hereby given that the winding up and
dissolution of CALYPSO BAHAMAS PIPELINE
LIMITED has been completed and the Company was
removed from the Register of Companies on the 13th
day August A.D.,2010

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Major ‘mindset’ change coming for local firms

FROM page 1B

ronment with policies that
tend to change from gov-
ernment to government and,
in some cases, from minis-
ter to minister,” Mr Winder
said.

“That becomes a bigger
issue with WTO, because
clearly in becoming part of
the WTO, we have to pro-
vide more transparency and
clarity on our position rela-
tive to rules of trade.”

The Government is
understood to be drafting a
National Investment Act to
translate its current policies
into statute law, in a bid to
































comply with both WTO and
EPA obligations.

Explaining that the WTO
would “want us to have a
more definitive position” on
trade and investment issues
than just mere policies, Mr
Winder told Tribune Busi-
ness: “The country is mov-
ing more from a policy-
based business environment
to a rules-based environ-
ment.

“Bahamian businessmen
have primarily relied on per-

sonal relationships and con-
tacts with government min-
isters and officials in terms
of acquiring, and getting
clarity, for their current busi-
nesses, and getting involved
with new businesses in the
future.

Engaged
“Businessmen have to do

a better job in becoming
involved, engaged and have

a better understanding of
what the rules are.

“These will provide them
with a lot more clarity and
transparency in what they
can and can’t do.

“Businesses must now get
up to read laws, read regu-
lations, to identify those
rules that will impact on
their existing businesses and
identity new opportunities.”

Expanding on this theme,
Mr Winder explained that
while it was the responsibil-

BAHAMAS MACK TRUCK SALES LTD.
WILL BE CLOSED

December 24, 2010 Through January 3, 2011

WE WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
TILL 4:00 P.M. on

December 23, 2010

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS & TRANSPORT

NOTICE

CLOSURE OF LITTLE AND DEEP CREEKS BRIDGES
SOUTH ANDROS

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport wishes to advise the motoring
public in South Andros that road works will be carried out on the approaches
to Little and Deep Creek Bridges to prepare for upcoming bridge repairs.

The works will be carried out from December 14" to 17", 2010
between the hours of 10:00AM _ to 2:00 PM daily. Due to the nature of
the works, the bridges will be closed to motoring traffic during these hours.

The Ministry af Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience and delays caused.
For further information, please contact:

Ms. Colebrooke

South Andros Administrator
Adminsitrator’s Office

Kemps Bay

Phone: (242) 369-4367

Director of Public Works
Department of Public Works

P.O. Box §-6156

John F. Kennedy Drive

Nassau, Bahamas

Phone: (242) 302-9528

Colin Higgs
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Public Works & Transport

ity of himself and the Gov-
ernment to provide infor-
mation to the Bahamian pri-
vate sector with respect to
the various trade agree-
ments this country was
negotiating, they were not
obliged to “identify new
opportunities” for Bahami-
an companies.

“Businesses have to do it
themselves, looking at the
rules around the EPA,
WTO and CARIBCAN, to
determine where they can
get a competitive advan-
tage,” Mr Winder explained.

“They have to do far more
investigation, and not sit
back and rely on the Gov-
ernment to do it for them.
That’s a big change for
Bahamian businessmen.”

Describing this as a
“change in the mindset of
the business community”,
Mr Winder said Bahamian
businesses for the most part
had been too “reactionary”
in the past, waiting until leg-
islation was passed and
enacted before reacting to
aspects that impacted their

operations.
Now, the private sector ne
eded to be engaged

“upfront”, learning how to
use changes in the business
environment to “better
improve profitability for
their existing products and

services or new products and
services”, plus access new
markets.

“Is the business commu-
nity looking to see to what
extent they can benefit from
that?” Mr Winder asked.
“Now they need to investi-
gate more to be able to
move from a reactionary to
a proactive position.

“It is not the responsibili-
ty of the Government to
identify new potential busi-
ness opportunities for the
private sector.

“This debate going on in
this community, this reliance
on the Government to iden-
tify new services and prod-
uct opportunities, that is the
responsibility of entrepre-
neurs and new and existing
businesses.”

In supplying data to him-
self and the Government’s
WTO negotiating team, Mr
Winder urged Bahamian
companies to divide their
revenue streams into as
many different product lines
as they produced, so they
knew which areas needed
‘protection’ - both existing
products and new opportu-
nities.

Product lines crucial to
Bahamian companies would
“have the most protection
going forward”.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIO TADOR of MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14â„¢ day of DECEMBER, 2010 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box N-

7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.46 of 2000)

Allied Corporation Inc.
No. 138888 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 46 of 2000), Allied Corpora-

tion Inc., is in Dissolution

Any person having a Claim against the Allied Corporation Inc. is required
on or before 23rd November 2010 to send their name, address and particulars
of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or in default thereof
they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such

claim is approved

The date of Commencement of dissolution was 23rd day of November 2010.

We, Sovereign Managers Limited c/o Suites 1601-1603, 16th Floor, Kin-
wick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong is the Liquidator of

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aaa eT
CONSUMERS TOLD T0
BRACE FOR PRICE RISES

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION

NOTICE

UGANDA LIMITED



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-
named Company are required to send particulars
thereof to the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624,
Nassau, Bahamas on or before 7th day of January,
A.D., 2011. In default thereof they will be excluded from

the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.
Dated the 13th day of December, A.D., 2010.



Carol G. Gray
Liquidator

16825 Northchase Drive

Houston,Texas 77060
U.S.A.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS








IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law & Equity Division












BETWEEN

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of
land containing 6.888 acres situate on the
Eleuthera Main Road and approximatel
of Haynes Avenue in the Settlement of

the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the Commonwealth

of The Bahamas







IN THE MATTER OF THE Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND

AND



2009
CLE/qui/No.01268

astern side of the
1.2 miles Northwest
ovemor’s Harbour on

IN THE MATTER OF THE Petition of Alban Johnson





NOTICE

FROM page 1B

ver lining for Bahamian agri-
cultural producers in the form
of increased revenue oppor-
tunities. Mike Leslie, of Sun
International Produce, Flori-
da, Supervalue’s primary pro-
duce wholesaler, told Tribune
Business the impact of the
record breaking temperature
lows this week, while not ful-
ly quantified, will certainly
not go unnoticed.

“The northern part of the
state got hit really hard.
They’re still assessing the
southern part, but it’s defi-
nitely going to have an effect
on pricing,” he said.

Rupert Roberts, Superval-
ue’s president, noted that
although the supermarket is
“locked in” to contracts with
its supplier for certain pro-
duce, enabling it to maintain
its pricing levels on particu-
lar items despite short-term
fluctuations as a result of any
damage to crops affecting
availability, this situation does
not exist with all produce,
meaning price changes may
still arise.

Meanwhile, Mr Roberts
quipped: “Prices will actually
increase whether there’s dam-
age or not. Farmers are the
smartest people on earth.”

On Sunday, Florida Gov-
ernor Charlie Crist declared a
state of emergency because

of the threat of severe crop
damage in the typically warm
state from diving tempera-
tures.

According to Lisa
Lochridge, a spokeswoman
for the Florida Fruit and Veg-
etable Association, it is
unusual for temperatures to
dip so low - the teens in north
Florida and the high 20s in
central and South Florida - at
this time of year. Tempera-
tures of between 60 to 78
degrees are more common.

Mr Leslie said it was likely
the price of tomatoes will now
go “sky high” as a conse-
quence of damage to the
crops from this week’s cold
snap. This was one of several
“soft” crops, which also
include peppers, beans, corn
and cucumber, which are
grown in south Florida and
are likely to be badly affected.
Supervalue, however, “should
be in good shape” for the time
being as far as tomatoes are
concerned, given their current
two-week “lock in”, said Mr
Leslie.

Phil Lightbourne, owner of
Phil’s Food Services, which
imports most of its produce

NOTICE

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION
UGANDA LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

directly rather than going
through a Nassau-based
wholesaler, said December
was typically “bad” for pro-
duce availability due to poor-
er weather conditions, “but
this (weather) will make it
worse”.

“T think the biggest prob-
lem we’ll have is that prices
will skyrocket. Availability
will be scarce and so we have
to pay the price. On a few
items there will be price
increases,” he said.

Among the produce Phil’s
Food Services imports most
of from Florida are water-
melon, strawberries, grapes
and limes.

The price of limes coming
into the Bahamas had already
increased in recent weeks
after the US Department of
Agriculture surprised
importers by rejecting ship-
ments of limes from Mexico,
due to fears they were conta-
minated with a pest known as
“sweet orange scab”.

“We had to go back to the
limes in the US, so they dou-
bled in price right away.
There could be no more ten
for a dollar,” said Mr Roberts.
Yesterday, however, the US
Department of Agricultureas
approved new regulations
that should restore lime and
other citrus imports from
Mexico to normal levels, per-
haps mitigating against any
further increase in lime prices
in the Bahamas as a result of

nine, general manager of
Bahamas Food Services, said
yesterday morning that he
believed it was “too early to
tell” precisely the outcome
that the freezing weather in
Florida would have on
imports to the Bahamas in
terms of pricing and avail-
ability, as assessments were
still in an early stage. How-
ever, he said there “will be an
impact”.

“The farmers are taking a
hard look at everything this
morning, and they’re antici-
pating temperatures to pass
through today and lighten up
tomorrow and Friday to
where they can do some com-
plete analysis of the damage
that took place. They did have
a severe amount of frost on
the ground, so there will be
an impact, though the extent
we don’t know yet,” Mr Car-
nine said.

This will to some degree be
mitigated by the availability
of some crops on the Bahami-
an agricultural market, which
did not experience the same
freezing temperatures.

“For some of those crops
we’re into the local season
now, so the availability local
wise will give us a definite
advantage in terms of being
able to work with the farm-
ers to provide an affordable
price for end user<” Mr Car-
nine said. Also, as market
prices increase on the import-
ed front it should have an
impact in terms of us being
to able to give farmers a little
more for their money here.”

Green pepper, cabbage,
tomatoes, zucchini and yel-
low squash are presently all
in season in the Bahamas,
being grown in farms in New





THE PETITION OF ALBAN JOHNSON in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land containing 6.888
acres situate on the Eastern side of the Eleuthera Main Road
and approximately 1.2 Miles Northwest of Haynes Avenue
Governors Harbour Eleuthera one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said piece parcel or tract
of land is bounded Northeastwardly by land now or formerly
the property of Eleuthera Adventurers Ltd. now Cigatoo
Estates and running thereon 350.81 feet and Southeastwardly
by land now or formerly the property of the Estate of D. Artie
Nottage and running thereon 949.97 feet and Southwestwardly
by Eleuthera Main Road and running thereon 297.53 feet and
Northwestwardly by land now or formerly the property of
Eleuthera Adventurers Ltd. now Cigatoo Estates and running
thereon 933.14 feet.

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION UGANDA LIMITED is in
dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act
2000.

damage to citrus crops in
Florida this week. Don Car-

Providence, Andros, Abaco
and Freeport.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CHRISTENA CAMPBELL of 982
LISKEARD AVENUE, P.O.BOX F42282, FREEPORT, GRAND
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 9th day of DECEMBER, 2010 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JOHNNY GEORGE of
GOLDEN GATES #1, P.O.Box N1739, 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 9" day of
December, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality

The dissolution of the said Company
commenced on the 13th day of December,
2010 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said Company is Carol
G. Gray, of 16825 Northchase Drive
Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.

ALBAN JOHNSON claims to be the owner of the
unencumbered fee simple in possession of the said land and has
made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas under Section Three (3) of the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and
the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.

Dated the 13th day of December, 2010.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
Attorneys for the above-named Company

Copies of the Petition and Plan of the said Land made by
inspected during normal offices hours in the following places:

The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street

North ,Nassau, The Bahamas;

The Administrator’s Office, Governor’s Harbour,

Eleuthera, The Bahamas, and

The Chambers of Lockhart & Co., 35 Buen Retiro

Road, off Shirley Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right
to dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final 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.

LEGAL NOTICE

THE PUBLIC is hereby
NOTIFIED that as of the
First day of January, A.D.
2011, the name
DOCKENDALE HOUSE,
West Bay Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas will
be changed to:

Failure of any such person to file and serve a statement of his
claim on or before the expiration of Thirty 0) days after the
final publication of these presents will operate as a bar to such
claim.

NOTICE is hereby given that SAMSON FRANCILLON
CHATELAIN, BARTLETT HILL, EIGHT MILE ROCK, GRAND
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 9th day of
DECEMBER, 2010 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MIKE ERNEST JOSEPH of
UNISON ROAD OFF CARMICHAEL ROAD, 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 16â„¢ day of
December, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated the 8" day of February, A-D., 2010

LOCKHART & CO.
Chambers

35 Buen Retiro Road
Off Shirley Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

CAMPBELL MARITIME CENTRE

Mortimer & Co.,

Attorneys for the Petitioner

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BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
TUESDAY, 14 DECEMBER 2010

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,487.82 | CHG 0.01 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -77.56 | YTD % -4.95
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%

WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320
52wk-Low Securit_y Previous Close__Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS$ Div $
1.00 AML Foods Limited 1.01 1.01 0.00 0.150
9.67 Bahamas Property Fund 10.63 10.63 0.00 0.013
4.50 Bank of Bahamas 4.90 4.90 0.00 0.598
0.18 Benchmark 0.18 0.18 0.00 -0.877
2.70 Bahamas Waste 2.70 2.70 0.00 0.168
2.14 Fidelity Bank 2.17 2.17 0.00 0.016
9.62 Cable Bahamas 10.46 10.46 0.00 1.050
2.36 Colina Holdings 2.40 2.40 0.00 0.781
5.40 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.95 6.95 0.00 0.422
1.63 Consolidated Water BDRs 1.82 1.83 0.01 0.114
1.60 Doctor's Hospital 1.60 1.60 0.00 0.199
5.94 Famguard 6.07 6.07 0.00 -0.003
7.23 Finco 7.23 7.23 0.00 0.287

LEGAL NOTICE
FIFI HOLDINGS INC.

International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

S.7F FirstCaribbean Bank 9.39 9.39 0.00 0.645
3.75 Focol (S) 5.46 5.46 0.00 0.366
1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00. 1.00 0.00 0.000
5.00 ICD Utilities 5.59 5.59 0.00, 0.012
9.82 J. S. Johnson 9.82 9.82 0.00, 0.971
10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.991
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)
Security Symbol Change Daily Vol. Interest
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029) BAH29 99.46 0.00, 6.95%
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100.00 0.00, 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100.00 0.00, Prime + 1.75%
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7%
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75%
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)

Symbol Bid & ASK % Last Prine Daily Wah. EPS $ Div & P/E
Bahamas Supermarkets 5.01 6.01 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 0.000
RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.55 0.002 0.000

S2wk-Hi S2wk-Low Last Sale

20 November 2029
19 October 2017
19 October 2022

30 May 2013
29 May 2015

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), FIFI
HOLDINGS INC. is in dissolution. PANAMERICAN MANAGE-

MENT SERVICES (BVI) LTD., is the Liquidator and can be con-
tacted at Vanterpool Plaza, 2nd floor, Wickhams Cay I, Road Town,

BISX Listed Mutual Funds
Fund Name NAW YTD%
CFAL Bond Fund 1.5179 5.51%
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2.9187 1.10%
1.4954 CFAL Money Market Fund 1.5697
2.8522 Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 2.7108
13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13.2825
101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund 114.3684
99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund
1.0000
9.1005

NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.919946
1.551550

NAV 6GMTH
1.475244
2.911577
1.532712

Last 12 Months %
6.90%
3.13%
4.18%
-4.96%
0.14%
12.49%
7.18%
5.21%
7.60%
5.90%

1.4076
2.8300
4.15%
-13.03%
-0.63%
9.98%
4.75%
A.74%
3.94%
A.78%

109.392860
100.779540

107.570619
106.5528 105.776543
1.1415
1.1101
1.1428

Tortola, BVI. All persons having claims against the above-named

FG Financial Diversified Fund

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

10.0000 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

company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars

of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 28th December, 2010.

9.7950 4.85% 5.45%

10.6417 -1.20% 0.50%
9.1708
9.6635 -3.37%
7.9442 2.94%
MARKET TERMS

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

-3.37%
4.8105 6.47%
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

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PANAMERICAN MANAGEMENT SERVICES (BVI) LTD.
Liquidator

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
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
S41) - S-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
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PG 30 ® Thursday, December 16, 2010 RELIGION The Tribune

A Bahamian comedian celebrates
10 years of service to the Bahamas

ost serious historians would
| \ / concur that great events hap-

pen at the turn of each new
century thereby ushering the dawn of
a new era while closing the chapters
of the past. Such was the case in
2000, at the height of the “Y2K” fren-
zy when Bahamians were stocking up
on water and food supplies and other
necessities just in case all the comput-
ers crashed sending the world into a
mad frenzy.

Amidst the buzz and the hustle, a dream
was being born in the mind of Lyn Terez
Davis. This young striving Bahamian
woman, armed with a strong education in
theatre from Morgan State University, and a
deep desire to pursue her godly purpose on
the national landscape, began what is now
know today as Dynamite Productions.



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Dynamite

It is from this launching pad the now
nationally known character “Dynamite
Daisy” was created. A mixture of satire,
irony and comedy, Daisy has somehow flown
into the hearts of the Bahamian public both
young and old, rich and poor, professional
and blue-collared, white and black. Lyn
Terez Davis, the last child of Bishop Ros and
Lady Althea Davis, credits her beginnings
and first opportunities to the late Kayla
Lockhart Edwards who believed, supported,
nurtured and pushed her talents to the fore-
front. Now in their 10th year, the production
company has been the impetus for four com-
plete state productions: Conch Salad
Christmas, Daisy’s Whirlwind Weekend,
Daisy’s Kapuncle-up Vacation, Judge Daisy,

{i and the most recent offering, the Valley and
Vf the Shadow of Death.
This years 10th Anniversary celebration
will take place in two parts. On Saturday,
December 18, 2000 at Phil’s Food Services
on Gladstone Road, Dynamite Productions
will host a birthday party and brief ceremo-
ny for all of the public to attend. There will
be face painting and cake for everyone.
ia Children will be allowed to take Christmas
Pictures with Daisy with part proceeds going
gy to the HIV/Aids foundation. Secondly,
Dynamite Productions will present on
December 26, 2010, Boxing Day, two shows
of the revival of the Original Conch Salad
Christmas at the National Theatre for the
Performing Arts.
Lyn Terez Davis extends her gratitude to

4 the government and people of the Bahamas
—_ r for their unwavering support and love.
The Tribune

RELIGION

The best gifts to give

ne of the most perplexing
(sien associated with

the season of Christmas is
selecting appropriate, affordable
gifts for each person on our list.
What the person wants may not
fall into our budget constraints, or
in an effort to make it a surprise,
we may find ourselves surprised
by the lack of enthusiasm dis-
played when the contents are
revealed.

Let us consider some gifts for members
of our family and for friends which money
cannot buy and which time cannot
destroy:

1.The gift of love with all of the wrap-
pings of warm hugs and smiles, and gen-
tle tones.

2.The gift of listening with patience and
a sincere effort at understanding.

3.The gift of presence to be available,
approachable, and attentive.

4. The gift of a peaceful spirit fostered by
the presence of the Holy Spirit in us.

5. The gift of forgiveness especially
where remorse is genuine and distress
real.

In the Church, there are special gifts
needed in order for the work of the Lord
to be done:

1. The gift of faith as exhibited by those
who are able to truly believe and trust
God.

2. The gift of hospitality manifested as
the welcoming of others into our homes
and hearts.

3. The gift of teaching where knowledge
and information are imparted to build up
faith.

z REV, ANGELA
PALACIOUS

4. The gift of administration displayed in
wise leadership and handling of church
affairs.

5. The gift of healing as seen in the
restoration of bodies, minds, spirits and
emotions.

6. The gift of preaching and proclama-
tion to convict of sin and offer hope of
salvation.

These are just some of the gifts of the
Spirit, distributed among all of the mem-
bers of the Body of Christ. References to
spiritual gifts may be found in the follow-
ing chapters in the New Testament: 1
Corinthians 12 and 14, Romans 12,
Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4. The Houts
Inventory of Spiritual Gifts, for example,
is one of several ways to discover your
own gifts for ministry by means of a series
of questions to be answered and scored.

In the final analysis, the best gift that
we can give to God is a heart that is sub-
missive, a will that is surrendered, and a
life that is being lived to the honour and
glory of God. Led by the Holy Spirit day
by day, we become a gift to our home,
school, place of employment, neighbour-
hood, church, country and the world as a
whole.

Like concentric circles spreading well
beyond what the eye can see, our prayers
and our influence affect generations to
come. The best gifts last forever, so
choose carefully what you plan to give,
and place God’s name at the top of your
list.

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Christ Church Cathedral
Schedule of Christmas Services
December 19th, 2010 - January 2nd, 2011

6:30 p.m. Sunday December 19th, 2010
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Featuring The Highgrove Singers

Friday December 24th, 2010
The Eve of The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

10:45 p.m. “Emmanuel: The Promise Fulfilled”
A Christmas Eve Concert
Presented by:

The Choirs of Christ Church Cathedral

11:45 p.m. Procession to and Blessing of the Manger
&
Solemn High Mass

Saturday December 25th, 2010
Christmas Day
7:00 dim»Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist

Sunday December 26", 2010
The First Sunday After Christmas
7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
11:15a.m. Holy Eucharist
6:00 p.m. Solemn Evensong, Sermon & Benediction

Friday December 31st, 2010
The Eve of the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
New Year’s Eve
11:00 p.m.
This Service leads into the First Mass of The New
Year, 2011

Sunday January 2nd, 2011
The Second Sunday After Christmas
7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00.a.m. Holy Eucharist
11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist
6:00 p.m. Service of Light: “We Have Seen His Star”
Presented by Cathedral Boys Choir


RELIGION

The Tribune

PG 32 ® Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reclaiming ‘Christmas’ for Christ

THE Knights of Columbus, a Catholic
fraternal organisation, is encouraging all
Bahamians, irrespective of their denomi-
nation or creed, to “keep Christ in
Christmas” this holiday season.

The organisation said as it launches its
2010 “Keep Christ in Christmas”, secu-
larisation is chipping away at the reli-
gious significance of Christmas.

“The tradition of honouring the birth
of Jesus by saying or displaying the word
‘Christmas’ is being pushed from the
public square.

“Let’s face it. We live in a world that
commercialises almost everything, espe-
cially Christmas. We all know that the
true meaning of Christmas is Christ,” the
organisation said in a statement.

“Everywhere one goes, there is the
greeting of “Merry Xmas”as opposed to
“Merry Christmas”. It is apparent that
those who are opposed to Christ want to
eclipse Christ from Christmas.”

The organisation, which says it is
“devotedly in solidarity with the Catholic
church”, explained that the battle for
Christmas is not new to the Knights of
Columbus, which has publicly promoted
the true meaning of Christmas for more
than 30 years through its multi-faceted
“Keep Christ in Christmas” programme.

The order’s public service Christmas
announcements have reached more than
20 million television viewers and about
27 million radio listeners since they
began airing in the 1980s, the organisa-
tion said.

The Knights of Columbus, which has
been in the Bahamas since June 1990,
unveiled its 2010 “Keep Christ in
Christmas” campaign on December 5 at

the St Joseph Roman Catholic Church.

The purpose of the campaign is to sen-
sitise the entire Christian community that
Christ is the reason for the season.

“As Christian brothers and sisters, we
should not be ashamed to recognise the
season as “Christ Mas” rather than
“Xmas”, “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons
Greetings”,” the order said.

The campaign calls all Christians to

RECLAIMING CHRISTMAS: Officers of the Knights of



boldly proclaim Christ as Lord of
Christmas.

“Knights of Columbus Councils
throughout the free world promote the
‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ message on
billboards, lawn signs and _ posters.
Knights also honour the birth of Jesus by
illuminating and blessing a Christmas
tree or Nativity scene on the first
Tuesday of December as part of the

Courtesy of Dr P. Samuel Bain

Columbus Council 10415 unveil their 2010 “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign on
Sunday, December 5 on the grounds of St Joseph Roman Catholic Church on Boyd Road.

order’s ‘Light Up for Christ’? campaign
launched in 1991. Other Knights keep
Christ in Christmas in a variety of ways.

“Our mission is simply to keep Christ
in Christmas and extend to every
Christian family the opportunity to cele-
brate the birth of our Lord by displaying
in their front yard a depiction of his
birth,” said Joseph Johnson, Worthy
Grand Knight of Council 10415.



Bread of Life Baptist Church
celebrates it’s 12th anniversary

By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter

UNDER the theme "A church that
was established on the covenant's of
God's word," the Bread of Life Baptist
Church celebrates it's 12 church
anniversary on Sunday, December 19.

The event will take place at the church
grounds on Lee Street, Nassau Village,
starting at 3 pm, all are invited to attend.

The celebration will feature special
guest speaker Rev Daniel Simmons,
Pastor of Carmichael Bible Church. The
speakers during the week are Rev
Tyrone Sands, pastor of True

Worshippers Assembly and Apostle
David King Mcphee of World Changers
Ministries International.

According to members of the church,
Pastor Thompson, a native
Mayaguanian from the beautiful settle-
ment of Betsy Bay, was inducted as the
pastor of the Bread of Life Baptist
Church on March 28 1999.

"Pastor Thompson has a passion for
young people and intends to focus on
this ministry by building a centre to help
troubled teens and young people. There
is a soup kitchen and clothing distribu-
tion centre to help those in need,” the
church said in a release.

Pastor Thompson started the Ministry
in December 1998 with only thirteen
members. He was ordained to the gospel
ministry in March 1998 at New Hope
Missionary Baptist church under the
leadership of the late Rev Dr Mitchell R
Cooper.

He is married to the former Pearl
Missick and the couple has four chil-
dren, Koralee, Maguerite, Kirkwood
and Kirkwood.

Pastor Thompson and the congrega-
tion at Bread of Life are motivated by
their favorite scripture, Philippians 4:13,
which states, "We can do all things
through Christ who strengthens us."


The Tribune

RELIGION

Thursday, December 16, 2010 ® PG 33

‘Emmanuel...God is with us’

he birth of Jesus is usually
(iE main emphasis of the

Christmas message. Jesus
was born for the express purpose
of bringing salvation into the
world. The lost and dying of the
world would now have hope
because of the birth of this child.
The long heralded Christ came in
the fullness of time. (Gal. 4:4)

God providentially supplied the proper
background for His appearing and mis-
sion. His advent occurred at a point in
human history when the Law of Moses
had done its work of demonstrating the
sinfulness of man and the impossibility of
achieving righteousness by human effort.
Jesus took what is common to us all, our
human nature, yet free from any taint of
sin, and combined it with deity to become
an actual person with his own individual-
ity. This is the mystery of the incarnation.

The ministry of the Saviour was pre-

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dominantly to the multitudes during its
early phase, as He sought out the people
where they were, whether in the syna-
gogue or on the city street or by the lake-
side. Once while crossing the lake, a
storm arose and His disciples seemed
helpless and so they called for His assis-
tance. “What manner of man is this?”
Such was the amazed observation of the
disciples of Jesus as they beheld Him in
action and felt the strength and mystery
of His personality as they accompanied
Him.

Jesus was a man of integrity. No taint of
duplicity marred His dealings with others,

for there was a mixture of motives within
His heart. He could not be deceived, for
He was truth incarnate.

Jesus was a man of courage. When
Aristotle advanced his famous doctrine of
the ‘mean’, he illustrated it by courage,
which lies midway between cowardice
and recklessness. Judged by this stan-
dard, the character of Jesus appears in a
most favourable light, for in Him one can
detect no wildness ability even in the
most intense activity, nor any supineness
in His passivity. Christ had physical
courage.

Our Lord showed great compassion for
people. The sight of the multitudes, for-
lorn and forsaken by those who should
have been their spiritual shepherds
stirred Christ to the depths of His being.
Out of His compassion, He ministered to
physical needs for food and health, and
went on to tell them the secrets of the life
of true godliness.

He was clothed with humility. He could

talk about his own passion without infatu-
ation. Christ wrought revolution in ethics
by dignifying humility in a world, which
despised it as weakness. His humility was
His refusal to please Himself. He came
not to be ministered unto but to minister.

His life was so brief, so confined in its
geographical orbit, so little noticed by the
world in his own time, has yet become the
most potent force for good in all of human
history. His influence on the saints is so
radical and comprehensive that nothing
can describe it better than assertion that
Christ is their life.

Until He comes into the heart, self rules
supreme. When He comes, He creates a
new point of preference and a new set of
values. Yes, Jesus coming into the world
has mightily affected society in its organ-
ised state. He taught the world the dignity
of human life, the worth of a soul, the pre-
ciousness of personality.

Emmanuel...God is with us!



The Highgrove Singers present the Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas

ALL roads lead downtown to Christ
Church Cathedral this Sunday evening,
December 19 at 6.30pm as_ the
Highgrove Singers lead the Cathedral
parishioners, and other guests, including
Governor General and Lady Foulkes, in
the yearly remembrance of the story of
the birth of Jesus Christ through the
Festival of Lessons and Carols.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and
Carols is a format for a service of
Christian worship that is traditionally
held during the Christmas season. The
story of the fall of humanity, the promise
of the Messia and the birth of Jesus is
told in nine short Bible readings from
Genesis, the prophetic books and the
Gospels, interspersed with the singing of
Christmas carols, hymns and choir
music.

“We are very pleased to have been
asked by the Dean of the Cathedral to
lead the service once again,” said
Adrian Archer, Director of the
Highgrove Singers. “The music for this
occasion will include both traditional
congregational carols and modern twen-
tieth century music for choir and con-
gregation.”

The format for the service of lessons
and carols was based on an order drawn
up by Edward White Benson, later
Archbishop of Canterbury but at that
time Bishop of Trur, for use on
Christmas Eve (24 December) 1880.
Tradition says that he organised a 10 pm
service on Christmas Eve in a temporary
wooden shed serving as his cathedral
and that a key purpose of the service was

The Highgrove Singers

to keep men out of pubs on Christmas
Eve. The original liturgy has since been
adapted and used by other churches all
over the world

“The choir’s music for this occasion is
dictated primarily by the readings,” said
Archer. “So picking the music hasn’t
been a very complicated thing. We hope

to present some very lovely anthems and
canticles by composers such as Eric
Whitacre, Gordon Thornett, William
Dix, Craig Courtney, Steve Pilkington
and the dramatic “Sir Christemas” by
William Mathias.

Accompanying the choir will be
Yvonne Foulkes, Cathy and Lynden



Flowers and at the great organ will be Dr
Sparkman Ferguson, titular organist of
the Cathedral. Other readers during the
Carol Service include Fr Colin Humes,
Joann Callendar, Rosemary Hanna,
Elridge McPhee and Marvin Lockhart

Admission to the Carol Service is free
of charge.
PG 34 @ Thursday, December 16, 2010

RELIGION

The Tribune

‘Please daddy don't get drunk this Christmas’

By BISHOP SIMEON B. HALL
Senior Pastor, New Covenant
Baptist Church

THE words of the song (Please Daddy
Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas) by Bill
and Taffy Danoff bespeak how we, as a
people, indeed as a nation, have profaned
the sacred season that is intended to
reflect on the birthday of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. Instead this season
has become a time to get drunk and
engage in licentious lifestyles.

This 1974 song places on the lips of a
child, words of pathos and deep melan-
choly, it says:

“Please daddy don’t get drunk this
Christmas

| don’t want to see my mama cry

Just last year when | was only seven
Now I’m almost eight as you can see
You came home a quarter past eleven
And fell down underneath our Christmas
tree.”

It is most discouraging to know that this
scene will be played out a thousand times
in many homes throughout our Bahamas.

Christmas is the queen of Christian fes-
tivities; second only in significance to
Easter.

For now, and for all times let us set aside
as puerile and insignificant those who
would make a case that Christmas has
pagan historical ties.

In Israel’s history, God sent His Son into
the world. At some point serious
Christians look forward to the celebration
of the birth of Christ, the incarnation; this
is the event when God punctuated human

history with His divine presence.
“Born to raise the sons of earth.
Born to give them second birth.”

We show our highest capacity to profane
the sacred when we would use the time set
aside to reflect on the Lord’s birth as a
time to lower our standards and get drunk.

The song ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ is
wrong. There was nothing holy or silent
about the night on which the Christ child
was born.

But those around were so intoxicated
with their way of life that they missed the
fact that God, through the promised
Messiah, had come to them. I appeal to
those who might make the same mistake
as those who did at the time of Christ’s
birth: Please daddy, don’t get drunk this
Christmas.

Do not become so intoxicated by this
world (literally and figuratively) that you
miss the divine presence in our midst.

Daddy, please don’t leave the rent
money or the school fees at the corner bar
and embarrass us again.

Please daddy, we would like to have a
peaceful time like the neighbour next
door. We would like to exchange gifts like
the people in church.

Please daddy when you get drunk you
beat and abuse my mother and sometimes
you forget Iam your daughter and the way
you look at me makes me very uncomfort-
able.

God comes to us in Jesus Christ that is
the meaning of Advent. Time, place,
colour of the child are all incidental to the
central theme of this cosmic drama.

Drunkenness is escapism and those who
try to drown their sorrows in alcohol come
to know that sorrows can swim.

The Bahamas has the infamous distinc-
tion of ranking number 3 in the world in
alcohol consumption and abuse. By
extrapolation, it means that at any time of
positive social reconstruction and progress
many Bahamians will be found inebriated
and without good sense. It is clear to me
that some persons with power and influ-
ence in our history decided that the best
way to keep some Bahamians back is to
keep them drunk.

We pursue and prosecute those who
deal in the illicit drug trade — indeed as we
ought; but at the same time we reward
liquor barons who trade in the nefarious
business of alcohol. This is a naked contra-
diction.

Alcohol is a killer and those who benefit
from it have the blood of thousands of
weak persons on their hands.

The National health Initiative recently
passed in the Honorable House of
Assembly is worthy of support, but what
about taking another look at those things
in our country that causes ill health. I am
safe within the mark that wanton alco-
holism ranks at the top.

We speak passionately about the health
of the nation but then we have high rank-
ing government officials organising gov-
ernment events being sponsored by the
liquor merchants — suggesting that this
practice is okay.

Alcohol is one of the sacred cows in our
Bahamian society. Would it not be inter-
esting if a scientific study was done on the
effects of alcohol on the Bahamian socie-
ty?

How does alcohol affect family life?
How does this demon of alcohol impact

the work and
study habits
of employees
and students?

Ought we
not to make a
scientific
assessment
on this
accepted area
of Bahamian



life before

the National } 4
Health L Uh
Program is Bishop Simeon
implement- B. Hall

ed? I think

so!

Here are some quotes on the matter of
alcoholism:

People who drink to drown their sor-
rows should be told that sorrows know
how to swim.” Ann Landers

“One reason I don’t drink is that I want
to know when I’m having a good time.”
Nancy Astor

I have always been a little suspicious,
perhaps even more contemptuous of per-
sons who make a living off someone else’s
pain and death.

During this Advent Season many chil-
dren will receive gifts from their parents
and friends. Sadly there will be those who
will have to face these days in painful dis-
may and disappointment because daddy is
drunk, and that is sad.

My immediate family and the people of
New Covenant Baptist Church join me in
wishing you and yours an Advent Season
full of joy and peace and one that is free of
any abuse and destruction.



Refugees aim to preserve
unique Vietnamese faith

POMONA, Calif.
Associated Press

AS DARKNESS fell on a recent night,
Duc Le donned a long white tunic and black
cap, slipped off his shoes and joined other
aging refugees to honor the new moon with
the chanted prayers and offerings that mark
the Vietnamese religion of Cao Dai.

As Le worshipped, his 25-year-old son
stood nearby in sweat pants and chatted with
his young bride before slipping away to
study for his mid-term exams. The college
senior said he visits the temple to teach mar-
tial arts more often than to worship and
struggles to observe the elaborate rituals of

his elders’ faith.

"Usually I don't get too involved. I think
it's the language barrier," said Thuan Le,
who finds the higher-level Vietnamese used
in Cao Dai prayers difficult to understand.
"I definitely see it as a hindrance with all the
ceremonies. You have to follow all these
procedures to get to the truth of it and that's
really hard.”

Le's ambivalence is echoed by many
young Vietnamese and marks a turning
point for the thousands of refugees who
brought their religion with them to the U.S.
and have nurtured it for decades in their
adopted homeland.

Now, as the original followers age, Cao

Dai's most learned scholars in the U.S. are
scrambling to build interest among their
children and grandchildren while trying to
widen the faith's appeal to gain new, non-
Vietnamese worshippers as well.

But Cao Dai's unusual history and a col-
orful blending of beliefs that earned its most
prominent temple in Vietnam the nickname
"Walt Disney fantasia of the East" could
make that a challenge.

The faith, born in 1926 out of a series of
spirit seances, is monotheistic but incorpo-
rates elements of the oldest and most estab-
lished religions in its complex DNA. It took
root in French Indochina, in part as a way
for the country's intellectual elite to recon-
cile the Christian beliefs of their colonial
rulers and ancient Eastern traditions, said
Janet Hoskins, an anthropology professor
and Cao Dai expert at the University of
Southern California.

Practitioners today believe the founders
of the world's major religions are all messen-
gers of the same God and point to similar
teachings on peace and love in all religions.
As a result, the faithful pay homage to a cor-
nucopia of religious and philosophical fig-

ures, including Jesus, Moses, Muhammad,
Lao Tzu, Buddha and Confucius.

Among their saints is the French author
Victor Hugo, who is believed to have spoken
to spirit mediums from beyond the grave.
Hugo's image, along with the French slogan
"Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood,"
appears at the front of many Cao Dai tem-
ples along with the Chinese revolutionary
Sun Yat-sen and the Vietnamese sage
Khiem Binh Nguyen.

Practitioners also believe Joan of Arc
guided the first Cao Dai disciples in their
seances and is one of nine female fairies
associated with the Mother Goddess.

Five levels of carved and brightly painted
figures depicting Cao Dai's saints, prophets
and immortals sit above the altar in its tem-
ples, where worshippers also burn incense
and place tea, wine, fruit and flowers to rep-
resent the different aspects of being.

The faith's complex history and its
emphasis on ritual and hierarchy make it dif-
ficult for young people to embrace, even
without a language barrier, said Hum Dac
Bui, a Cao Dai scholar, author and retired
surgeon who lives in Redlands.
The Tribune

AN APPRECIATION OF THE
MINISTRY OF CAROLS

By NGM Major
(Date not mentioned; precise occasion not stated).

ev

I am sure all of us have been looking
forward to this day with joyous anticipa-
tion.

I believe that we all agree that the
singing of Christmas Carols are a most
rewarding pastime and custom.

They express in a very satisfying way
our feeling toward the birthday of our
lovely Lord.

In them we greet the holy maker and
offer Him our humblest worship, our
love, our blessings, having accepted Him
as the great Author of our salvation.

In them we are given a glimpse of
Xmas in other climes, and this adds to
our joys.

But there is that fascination in these Carols which was first
experienced in our childhood when it seemed that the holy
babe had a special influence on us and this unique thrill has
remained with us ever into the present time.

There is nothing to equal the entrancing music and relat-
ed joys - of Xmas Carols. Many of them, I am sure were writ-
ten by inspired persons for they have captivated us with a
magnetism which has charmed and held us with a bond that
will not let us go.

The birth of our blessed Lord and Savior was not by acci-
dent. In Eternity past, in the Eternal Council of God, a
PLAN was made whereby God desired to raise up a people
who would love and serve him. In his great prophetic WIS-
DOM he knew that human nature would fail him. They
would SIN and be separated from our Father God.

So God provided ONE who would pay the price of sin
with his life thereby permitting all who wished to enjoy Life
Everlasting to do so by REPENTANCE toward God and
faith in Jesus Christ our Savior.

The Birth of Christ was a miracle, and so is the conversion
of every sinner. Every minute, every hour.

Millions have obeyed the gospel, and now look forward
with joy to the blessed Hope of the return of our blessed
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to take His saints home. It is
indeed gratifying to note the interest and enthusiasm shown
by every well-thinking person throughout our island as this
season comes around. We can therefore feel assured that this
delightful pastime of carol singing among the schools has
now become a well established custom in our island. The his-
tory of every worthwhile custom never fails to enhance and
increase its importance.

Carol singing dates back to the early centuries, however
carol singing among the schools in Long Island had its begin-
ning about 15 years ago.

It came about in this way: I happened to be visiting the
metropolis when a carol-singing programme came off at
Christ Church Cathedral. Timothy Gibson was in charge and
he invited me to attend and I enjoyed it immensely, and
before I left Nassau I suggested that it would be a fine addi-
tion to the Christmas celebration if our schools in Long
Island would have a special meet for carol singing.

As Mr Gibson was the Music Inspector for the out islands
and I was district Inspector for the South East Islands, we got
it going the following year.

We held meets at Buckley's Lower Cay Millerton,
Clarence Town, Simms, etc. Those meets were held outdoors
but today we are indoors a progressive step - and I believe
the acoustics are very much better today.

It is pleasing to note that, in spite of distance and other
problems a very appreciable number of schools are taking
part, to sing to the glory of God.

EU
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N.G.M. Major



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Thursday, December 16, 2010 ® PG 35



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CROWD OF VOICES: A portion of the eight Choirs which participated in the first all Schools United Choir Celebration of
Christmas Carol singing in Long Island in the late sixties.

History of Long
Island’s carol singing

By REX MAJOR

Long Island Schools in your newspaper
recently (Long Island Schools Celebrate
the District Carol Service on December 9).
I felt that it might be a meaningful follow up, if
you carried the story of how it all got started.
While my father N.G.M. Major was the
Supervisory Headteacher of the Long Island
Schools, he felt that it would be very rewarding and
helpful if all the Schools got together at least once
per year - to sing the Carols.
Enclosed is an address he gave on one of those

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occasions. Included also is a photo of the 1964
Carol service, held at that time on the lawn of the
Commissioner's Residence, on a hill overlooking
Clarence Town, Harbour, Long Island.

A second photo gives a picture of his nationally
award winning Buckley School Choir, of which he
was headteacher and choir director. His second love
was music. He and Timothy Gibson, studied music
together first under CI Gibson then as students at
the old Boy Central School in Nassau, from which
they graduated and left to take their first Schools as
Headteachers in 1922. Timothy Gibson went to
George Town Exuma, while N.G.M Major went to
Port Nelson, Rum Cay.

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MAKING MUSIC: Mr NGM Major is seen conducting his Buckley's Primary School Choir in the garden of the residence
of the District Commissioner of Long Island, in Clarence Town, Long Island - overlooking the Clarence Town Harbour.
PG 36 © Thursday, December 16, 2010 The Tribune

RELIGION

St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Whymms
Long Island celebrates its Patronal Festival



BROTHERS IN THE LORD: Fr Chester Burton
Jonathan Archer fellowship after the service.

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from the length and breadth

of Long Island to celebrate
and begin yet another church’s
liturgical year. Patronal festivals
are seen as the birthday of any
particular church and St Andrew’s
is found in the exquisite tranquil
serene settlement of Whymms.

St Andrew’s Anglican Church has been
closed for a number of years to receive
extensive renovations and refurbishment
to the physical structure of this edifice.
Prior to Fr Mark Fox’s departure to relo-
cate to the capital, he reopened and cele-
brated the first mass on July 7 of this year.

Anglican members from St Peter’s in
the north and St Paul’s in the south came
together in the palatial picturesque edi-
fice of St Andrew’s to laud the life and

Piemtiere came together



SINGING PRAISES: Parishioners sing the introit hymn during St Andrew's patronal Festival in Long Island.

witness of the apostle Andrew. This
church spiritually reared the first
Bahamian born Bishop Donald Knowles
and possesses an aura of mystique.

The Church was adorned with celebra-
tion flags on the exterior and the altar
decorated in the Patronal festival colour
of red denoting the color attributed to
Apostles.

Fr Chester Burton; new rector of St
Peter’s North Long is anticipating the
rededication of this edifice in short order
by Diocesan Bishop Laish Boyd early in
the New Year. Fr Jonathan Archer,
Rector of the St Paul’s Parish preached
the sermon to the packed church over-
flowing with jubilant members.

The gospel reading for the Eucharistic
celebration was taken from Matthew’s
gospel chapter 4 verses 18-22 in which
Jesus is walking down the Sea of Galilee
and comes into contact with Simon Peter

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and Andrew who are brothers and also
James and John the sons of Zebedee. Fr
Archer touched on the simple yet pro-
found words of Jesus when he told
Andrew and his brother Simon Peter, that
He would make them fishers of men.

Fr Archer reminisced on his early expe-
riences while serving as rector of St
Patrick’s, Governor’s Harbour where he
enjoyed fishing. He went on to say that
certain Long Island settlements are built
around fishing communities. Fr Archer
then in his sermon asked a poignant and
rhetorical question to the congregation:
“What are you fishing?”

Fr Archer pointed out that during the
New Testament Era there were no motor
boats or any devices (for example GPS,)
that enabled fishermen to target fish and
determine storms or hurricanes so fishing
in that time was extremely dangerous. He
noted that Jesus picked some of the most



BROTHERS IN THE LORD: Fr Chester Burton and Fr
Jonathan Archer fellowship after the service.

unlikely characters to assist Him with
spreading the gospel message.

In the English Language “follow” is
one of the most powerful words known to
humanity. And the mere thought of these
two brothers along with the sons of
Zebedee leaving their father in the boat
and following Jesus should sensitise each
Christian of their duty and obligation to
be a witness and fisherman for God and
His Son Jesus Christ through the power
of the Hold Spirit.

After the Eucharistic celebration mem-
bers congregated under the belfry to
share in table fellowship and to meet and
greet different members of the Anglican
Community in Long Island before their
long drive back to their various homes
The parish is anticipating the rededica-
tion of the church on the completion of
the bathroom block and church’s office
facility.