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Road works: court
win for businesses

Govt to meet
with owners
over damages



ROADWORKS: Work taking place earlier this year on Baillou Hill
Road and Market Street.

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE Minister of Works
"did not follow the require-
ments of the law" when he
effected road works along
Baillou Hill Road and Mar-
ket Street, said the Supreme
Court when ruling in favour
of the Coconut Grove Busi-
ness League yesterday.

Supreme Court Justice K
Neville Adderley awarded
the group unspecified dam-
ages for loss of business due
to the ongoing road works —
damages that will be assessed
by the court at a later date if
the parties involved cannot
come to an agreed amount.

The ruling was described
as an "historic" one by mem-
bers of the CGBL who said
the case should be an impe-
tus for others who feel
aggrieved by government to
take their matter to court.

"I find that once the Min-
ister (of Works) had
embarked on the consulta-
tive process by carrying out
the road works in the affect-
ed area without proper con-
sultation, he thereby did not
follow the requirements of
the law. I also find that the
road works in substance con-
stitute a public nuisance
which has directly con-

tributed to losses, including
goodwill, to the businesses
of the applicants,” said Jus-
tice Adderley in his 33-page
judgment, parts of which
were read aloud in court yes-
terday.

"The damages shall relate
to their businesses only and
to loss cause by the road
works. The works on the
Baillou Hill Road and Mar-
ket Street corridors are con-
tinuing and there may be
time for the minister to miti-
gate his damages by engaging
in proper consultation with
the applicants to the extent, if
any, is still possible,” Justice
Adderley continued.

The ruling was met with
jubilation from the CGBL
who say they are still strug-
gling with a fall-off in busi-
ness because of the road con-
struction.

"This case is historic, (it)
has proven that the small
man can stand up and fight
City Hall. There is no rea-
son to be scared," Arnold
Heastie, owner of Heastie's
Service Station, told The Tri-
bune after the judgment was
handed down.

Mr Heastie claimed his
business has dropped about
50 per cent since the road
work began in March,

SEE page two

ing

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

A YOUNG man in his early
twenties became the country’s 44th
traffic fatality early yesterday morn-

Police believe 22-year-old Laren-
zo Fitzgerald Moss of Kensington
Gardens off Soldier Road lost con-
trol of the dark green Honda coupe

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CRASH SCENE: Emergency services at the scene of yesterday’s fatal traffic accident.

he was driving and smashed into a
rock wall in front of the UBS build-
ing on East Bay Street.

It is understood the car over-
turned, crushing the driver and
killing him instantly.

It is believed Mr Moss worked at
Atlantis and had been with friends

at a bar hours earlier.

Police spokeswoman Sgt Chris-
lyn Skippings cautioned motorists
to buckle up and drive with care
during the holiday season.

She further urged the use of a
designated driver and always to
adhere to the speed limits.



BIC UNIONS PLEDGE TO CONTINUE PROTESTS | FRUSTRATION OVER FLOW OF DRUGS TO US,
AGAINST PLANNED SALE IN “LAWFUL WAY’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
& CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporters
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

BTC union representatives
pledged to continue protest-
ing “in a lawful way” the
government’s planned sale
of BTC to Cable and Wire-
less, despite accusations
about unlawful activity.

The basis of the original
petition by company repre-
sentatives of BTC was “with-
out substance”, said attor-
neys representing the
Bahamas Communications
and Public Officers Union
(BCPOU) and the Bahamas
Communications and Public
Managers Union (BCPMU)

Andrew Mckinney,
BCPOU attorney, chal-
lenged the “essence” of

BTC’s complaint — that the
unions “encouraged or called
for” an illegal strike on
December 7 — while present-
ing arguments to Supreme
Court Justice Bernard Turn-
er, yesterday. He further
challenged whether or not an
“illegal strike” has ever taken
place.

“(Based on the affidavits
submitted) we are hard
pressed to find evidence that
a strike had been called for
by either defendants. There
is no strike and there has
been no strike. The employ-
ees are working,” said Mr
Mckinney.

Union representatives are
seeking to overturn an
injunction that bars union
leaders from orchestrating
“any unlawful industrial

SEE page two

A US cable leaked by the
whistle-blower website Wik-
ileaks revealed that Cuban
officials have expressed their
frustration over Jamaica’s
lack of effort in stopping the
flow of illicit drugs to the
United States and the
Bahamas.

The cable, written on
August 11, 2009, by Jonathan
Farrar, the US chief of Mis-
sion in Havana stated the
“prevailing concern and sig-
nificant frustration on the
Cuban side is the reportedly
complete lack of cooperation
afforded them by the gov-
ernment of Jamaica when it
comes to CD (Counter-
Drug) information sharing”.

However, Jamaica’s Secu-
rity Minister Dwight Nelson
called the report and claims
“absolute rubbish.”

“For the last three years,
the efforts of the army in



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seeking to combat drug traf-
ficking have been immense,
and prior to that. That is
absolute rubbish and non-
sense,” he told The Jamaican
Gleaner.

However, the document
clearly outlined Cuba’s frus-
tration over Jamaica’s lack
of effort to stop the flow of
illicit drugs to the US and the
Bahamas. The cable even
detailed an incident where 13
bales of marijuana, destined
for The Bahamas from
Jamaica, were dropped off in
a field in Cuba because the
plane the smugglers were
using “developed engine
problems.”

According to international
reports, Mr Nelson, who ini-
tially did not want to com-
ment on the document as he
had not read it, was surprised

SEE page two



PAGE 2, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010

THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



Road works: Supreme
Court win for businesses

FROM page one

adding that he has been
forced to dip "heavily" into
his savings account to meet
overhead costs and keep
staff employed.

"IT don't think there is a
business on that strip that
isn't on the ropes," he said,
noting that Jiffy Cleaners
closed because of a
decrease in customers.

Super Value owner
Rupert Roberts Jr said the
group is looking forward
to sitting down with Works
Minister Neko Grant and
other Government officials
to come to an amicable
agreement.

"We would like to meet
with them and see if we can
work out a better road plan
for the motoring public
because what they are
doing now is not working.
We've come to a point
where elected representa-
tives don't seem to care,"
said Mr Roberts, who
claimed to have lost about
$350,000 in profit since the
road work began.

Etheric Bowe, the owner
of Advanced Technical
Enterprises Ltd, said the
ruling gave him faith in the
justice system.

"What was clear from
the beginning was the law
was on our side,” he sad.

“T really appreciate that
you can get justice in court,

MEMBERS of the Coconut
Grove Business League are all
smiles as they leave court
yesterday.

up until now I had serious
doubts about that. We real-
ly didn't have to get here,
to court, I hope we can
work out the rest of it rea-
sonably. They are
employed by us and should
look out for our interests
—we should not have to be
fighting people who should
be looking out for us — but
it is clear that the Govern-
ment cannot damage peo-
ple and not compensate
them.

"(Now) all people dam-
aged by ongoing infra-
structure can expect
redress," said Mr Bowe.

In July, the CGBL - a
group of business owners
who claim to have been
adversely affected by the
March 30 road changes —
were granted leave for a
judicial review. The group
argued that they only want-
ed an opportunity to meet
with Mr Grant to discuss
some alternatives to the
current plan.

The group also argued
they had no idea their busi-
nesses were going to be
affected in the way they
were.

Attorney General John
Delaney — who appeared
on behalf of the Govern-

ment — earlier said the gov-
ernment had made the
decision to embark on the
New Providence Road
Improvement Project in
1999 and from its incep-
tion, the project consisted
of 19 corridors. Mr
Delaney said the works

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project had been highly
publicised and there were
also open house meetings.

The road changes, which

made Baillou Hill Road
one-way northbound and
Market Street one-way
southbound, are a part of



the government's $120 mil-
lion New Providence Road
Improvement Project
(NPRIP).



UNIONS protested against the proposed BTC sale this week.

BTC unions pledge

to continue protests

against planned sale
in a ‘lawful way’

FROM page one

action.” BTC representatives are seeking to
have the injunction continued.

Justice Turner said he would need at least a
week to make his judgment. If unable to com-
plete deliberation over all court submission
by December 23, he said the concerned parties
would have to wait until the New Year for a
decision.

Although the injunction restricts the unions
involved from “inducing employees of BTC to
break their respective contracts of employ-
ment by taking part in any unlawful industrial
action against BTC,” Justice Turner said the
injunction would not impede the unions from
protesting lawfully.

Tara Cooper-Burnside, BTC’s attorney,
argued for the continuation of the injunction,
based on what she claimed to be “reasonable

grounds for apprehension that the illegal indus-
trial action will continue.”

She said based on statements made by union
leaders there is sufficient evidence that indus-
trial action will continue. Protests continue,
including go slow activity, even since the
injunction was ordered by the court and notice
given to union heads.

Wayne Munroe, another union attorney,
said union representatives were entitled to
express their opinion on the intended sale,
and the present injunction gives the appear-
ance that they are engaging in unlawful protest.

Mr McKinney said: “General protestation is
not unlawful. It is constitutionally protected.”

Unions have a responsibility to make it clear
to their members that they will not be involved
in unlawful strikes, said BTC attorneys.

Ms Cooper-Burnside said unions are liable
for the actions of their members.

FRUSTRATION OVER FLOW OF DRUGS T0 US,
BAHAMAS REVEALED IN WIKILEAKS RELEASE

FROM page one

at its content, noting the work
that the US and Jamaica have
done in the past to fight drug
and gun smuggling.

“We have been fighting it
like hell, pouring resources
into it.

“We even have sat down
with the US to work this out,”

he said.

The document even
described a meeting on-board
a ship in the port of Havana,
which was organized to ease
tensions between the two
neighbouring countries where
Cuban officials complained
that the two Jamaican officers
“just sat there and didn’t say
anything.”

The reports went on to say

that the Ministry Interior offi-
cers mention that Jamaican
officials commonly agree to
greater information-sharing
in person, “however, that is
the extent of their efforts.”

The report also said that
Cuban officials appeared
resigned to the fact that they
would not see greater coop-
eration from Jamaican offi-
cials.

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

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LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199]

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Bones found might be Amelia Earhart's

NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP) — The
three bone fragments turned up on a desert-
ed South Pacific island that lay along the
course Amelia Earhart was following when
she vanished. Nearby were several tanta-
lizing artifacts: some old makeup, some
glass bottles and shells that had been cut
open.

Now scientists at the University of Okla-
homa hope to extract DNA from the tiny
bone chips in tests that could prove Earhart
died as a castaway after failing in her 1937
quest to become the first woman to fly
around the world.

"There's no guarantee,” said Ric Gille-
spie, director of the International Group
for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a group of
aviation enthusiasts in Delaware that found
the pieces of bone this year while on an
expedition to Nikumaroro Island, about
1,800 miles south of Hawaii.

"You only have to say you have a bone
that may be human and may be linked to
Earhart and people get excited. But it is
true that, if they can get DNA, and if they
can match it to Amelia Earhart's DNA,
that's pretty good."

It could be months before scientists
know for sure — and it could turn out the
bones are from a turtle. The fragments were
found near a hollowed-out turtle shell that
might have been used to collect rain water,
but there were no other turtle parts nearby.

Earhart's disappearance on July 2, 1937,
remains one of the 20th century's most
enduring mysteries. Did she run out of fuel
and crash at sea? Did her Lockheed Electra
develop engine trouble? Did she spot the
island from the sky and attempt to land on
a nearby reef?

"What were her last moments like?
What was she doing? What happened?"
asked Robin Jensen, an associate professor
of communications at Purdue University
in Indiana who has studied Earhart's writ-
ings and speeches.

Since 1989, Gillespie's group has made
10 trips to the island, trying each time to
find clues that might help determine the
fate of Earhart and her navigator, Fred
Noonan.

Last spring, volunteers working at what
seemed to be an abandoned campsite found
one piece of bone that appeared to be from
aneck and another unknown fragment dis-
similar to bird or fish bones. A third frag-
ment might be from a finger. The largest of
the pieces is just over an inch long.

The area was near a site where native
work crews found skeletal remains in 1940.
Bird and fish carcasses suggested Western-
ers had prepared meals there.

"This site tells the story of how someone
or some people attempted to live as cast-
aways,” Gillespie said Friday in an inter-
view with The Associated Press. "These
fish weren't eaten like Pacific Islanders”
eat fish.

Millions of dollars have been spent in
failed attempts to learn what happened to

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Earhart, declared dead by a California court
in early 1939.

The official version says Earhart and
Noonan ran out of fuel and crashed at sea
while flying from Lae, New Guinea, to
Howland Island, which had a landing strip
and fuel.

Gillespie's book "Finding Amelia: The
True Story of the Earhart Disappearance,”
and "Amelia Earhart's Shoes," written by
four volunteers from the aircraft group,
suggest the pair landed on the reef and sur-
vived, perhaps for months, on scant food
and rainwater.

Gillespie, a pilot, said the aviator would
have needed only about 700 feet of unob-
structed space to land because her plane
would have been travelling only about 55
mph at touchdown.

"It looks like she could have landed suc-
cessfully on the reef surrounding the island.
It's very flat and smooth," Gillespie said.
"At low tide, it looks like this place is sur-
rounded by a parking lot."

However, Gillespie said, the plane, even
if it landed safely, would have been slowly
dragged into the sea by the tides. The
waters off the reef are 1,000 to 2,000 feet
deep. His group needs $3 million to $5 mil-
lion for a deep-sea dive.

The island is on the course Earhart
planned to follow from Lae, New Guinea,
to Howland Island, which had a landing
strip and fuel. Over the last seven decades,
searches of the remote atoll have been
inconclusive.

After the latest find, anthropologists
who had previously worked with Gillespie's
group suggested that he send the bones to
the University of Oklahoma's Molecular
Anthropology Laboratory, which has expe-
rience extracting genetic material from old
bones. Gillespie's group also has a genetic
sample from an Earhart female relative for
comparison with the bones.

The lab is looking for mitochondrial
DNA, which is passed along only through
females, so there is no need to have a Noo-
nan sample.

Cecil Lewis, an assistant professor of
anthropology at the lab, said the university
received a little more than a gram of bone
fragments about two weeks ago. If
researchers are able to extract DNA and
link it to Earhart, a sample would be sent to
another lab for verification.

"Extraordinary claims require extraor-
dinary evidence. That's why we're trying
to downplay a lot of the media attention
right now,” Lewis said. "For all we know,
this is just a turtle bone, and a lot of people
are going to be very disheartened."

Under the best circumstances, the analy-
sis would take two weeks. If scientists have
trouble with the sample, that time frame
could stretch into months, Lewis said.

"Ancient DNA is incredibly unpre-
dictable," he said.

(This article was written by
Sean Murphy of the Associated Press).

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Unions an
anachronism

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Unions an anachronism.

A lot of people think so. I
am not denying the need for
unions, which were formed in
the 19th century when work-
ers were appallingly abused,
but today so much legislation
has been passed by govern-
ments, mostly at the insistence
of unions, that there is now
little need for organised
labour, other than as a politi-
cal tool.

Unions are effectively an
unelected pseudo govern-
ment, a small minority of the
population that use their pow-
er to gain privilege for their
members and leaders at the
expense of the majority.
Unfortunately governments
are just as guilty, being so
ineffective in their control, so
scared of “offending” the
unions that they are allowed
to get away with so much. Of
course, we have to allow for
the fact that unions translate
into votes, look at America
and the Democrats, and gov-
ernments sell their souls for
votes (power).

That brilliant Harvard
lawyer, President Obama,
speaking to the unions, and I
quote, “strong unions mean
a strong country”, ignoring
the fact that the car, and oth-
er industries, have been
brought to their knees by the
selfish actions of people, who
in any other circumstances,
would be called communists
or traitors, for destroying their
country. Then he illegally
screws the bond holders, the
Supreme Court declined to
hear the bond holders, I won-
der why, bails out the com-
panies with public money, and
lo and behold, gives a large
chunk of the new company to
the unions. He is saying it is
good for the country but the
costs belie that when you take
into account the bond and
shareholders and the dealer-
ships, and the taxpayers may
still not make back their mon-
ey. Were these actions for the
greater good of the country,
or for the benefit of a few self-
ish people (unions and politi-
cians) who only cared about
themselves? But, of course,
all that is academic as far as
the US is concerned, as they
are hurtling towards bank-
ruptcy, and/or chronic infla-
tion, over which both parties
are presiding and will seri-
ously affect us here in the
Bahamas.

In The Tribune, December
9, Mr Tommy Turnquest
complained of “offensive”
remarks by the union chief.
When is the government
going to stop complaining and
do something? It is bad
enough when the unions take
more than their share in the
boom times, but when it is
done in a recession it borders
on the criminal. The workers
seem to think their position
is inviolate and they can abuse
the system to their ends.

LETTERS

letters@tribunemedia.net



Where does this ignoramus,
who complained about the
“white man” think much of
his wages come from? Uncle
Tom died years ago. Where
would this country be with-
out the “white man”? No one
denies dreadful things hap-
pened in the past, and in some
places may still be happening.
Fortunately in The Bahamas
the conflict of the races did
not reach the depths they did
in the States, but unless we
work together we will never
reach the potential of which
this beautiful country is capa-
ble. We are a small country
of approximately 300,000
souls, the size of a medium
town in the States or Europe,
take out the young, the
retired, the sick and the
unemployables, and you do
not have too many people
left. Of them many would not
want to work as civil servants,
with the stories of misman-
agement, laziness, graft, nepo-
tism and political interference,
resulting in overstaffing, etc.
My apologies to the consci-
entious, but it is far easier to
be dragged down, than to
fight against the tide. You
usually find the people who
complain the most are the
ones least qualified and capa-
ble, understandably they fear
for their jobs.

On “Immediate Response,”
December 9th, Christy Love
roundly condemned all the
government run businesses
(Corporations), if only for
their lack of service. This indi-
vidual should be only too
pleased that a large interna-
tional company is willing to
invest in The Bahamas and
bring experience, expertise
and opportunity to anyone
capable of taking advantage
of it, to the benefit of all
Bahamians.

Are there solutions, of
course there are?

Firstly, get all suitable pub-
lic business out of government
control, the government only
has itself to blame for allow-
ing these situations to fester
for so long.

Secondly, control the
unions, if they cannot control
themselves or their members
fine them $25,000 a day. Then
legislate a strict protocol, like
Margaret Thatcher in the UK,
union leaders will fight like
cats as they see their power
and finances dwindle, but that
is the cost of being dragged
out of the 19th into the 21st
century. Surely businesses
(BTC) and the country’s
future sink or swim together,
to coin a phrase, “What is
good for BTC is good for the
Bahamas.” Any changes will
take a lot of political will,
especially as one party, with
an eye to votes, will condemn
any loss of union power out of
hand. For too long unions

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have condoned appalling
business practices, as one chef
said when confronting a
woman stealing food, she
replied my children are hun-
gry — put a plug in it woman!
These practices increase busi-
ness costs exponentially and
the same people are the first
to complain. In Britain, in the
eighteenth century, weavers
destroyed the mills, dockers
fought the introduction of
containers — it was no longer
so easy to steal, car workers
destroyed their companies
with wild-cat strikes, as did
printers, it goes on ad nause-
am, all these things changed
in the end, the unions just
made it a lot more expensive.
If only the unions could be in
the vanguard for once.

In today’s Tribune, 10th,
Mr Philip Davis, in my opin-
ion the epitome of stupidity,
tries vainly to argue the PLP
case. Why didn’t they sell
BTC when they had the
opportunity, on their terms?
Oh! I forgot no accounts were
produced for at least three
years. Of course jobs are of
prime importance but if you
have inefficient business,
especially one as important
as the national telecoms car-
rier, it will die and take many
other businesses (jobs) with
it.

I have no doubt that cer-
tain politicians are egging on
the unions for short term gain,
having no regard for the long
term health of the country —
shame on you.

TG
Nassau,
December 10, 2010.

ADVISING AGAINST
THE ARMING OF
SECURITY GUARDS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

ON PAGES 1 and 4B of
Tuesday the 7th December
edition of The Tribune,
appeared, under the head-
ing, “Arming Security
guards: I am getting there
fast, the Lamentations of
an ex president of the
Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and a promi-
nent businessman.”

As the operator of sev-
eral business establish-
ments, and having had to
take the number of hits
that he has had to endure
over time, he must not
only be frustrated, but con-
fused.

I agree with his analysis
of the crime situation and
endorse his recommenda-
tions for combating the
problem, but strongly
advise against even the
thought of arming security
guards in this country, for
the following reasons:-

(a) Although there are
regulations in place for the
recruiting and hiring of
these persons, there is no
oversight of these regula-
tions by the relevant
authority (Ministry of
National Security)

(b) As a result of this
laxity, criminals, ex con-
victs, illegal migrants and
generally persons unfit for
such duties, end up as
security guards.

(c) One cannot be
trained in the use of hand
guns in a short time frame.
It takes weeks to perfect.

(d) Besides being physi-
cally fit, one’s physical and
mental reflexes must be
taken into consideration,
before being allowed to
possess a hand gun.

(ec) A gun gives one a
feeling of power and supe-
riority. Imagine what it
does to an idiot.

I would strongly recom-
mend that banks, super
markets and indeed all
businesses where substan-
tial sums of cash are being
handled, that they contact
the police staff association
with a view to hiring off-
duty police officers on
weekends and/or busy
periods, for it is always
better to be safe than sor-

ry.

ERRINGTON WI
WATKINS
Nassau,

December 7, 2010.



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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010, PAGE 5



Redeveloped amy)!

Saunders Beach
offers scenic view
and recreation

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Ta

"I vex because I am
tired of hearing about
the sale of BTC. Gov-
ernment should let the
new company form
their own phone com-
pany for those who
want change and those
who don't want change
let them be stuck with
Stone Age BTC. I bet
you all them rowing
would be the first ones
to switch over to the
new phone company.

"IT vex also because
of the stupid times
road works decides to
do their work and how
long they take. Should
have done all that
work when Shirley
Street was being
paved. Use your
head!"



- Fed Up With
Stupidness.

"T vex because I
went to go and pay my
cell phone bill last
week but couldn't pay
it because they went
on strike. But come
Monday they were
quick to call me to tell
me that I have an over-
due bill and will be dis-
connected if not paid. I
can't wait till we get
BTC privatised, then
we will get better
phone service.”

- Pissed Off.

"Tis vex ‘cause all
them big companies
comes here an’ buys
small Bahamian com-
panies an' takes the
profits to buy up and
expand elsewhere.
Plus, we is controlled
from some head office
in the Caribbean. I just
ain't want to hear no
foolishness when my
phone needs fixing
that's Lis have to wait
for somebody in the
Caribbean head office
to authorise it or calls
me with some foreign
accent to solve my
problem.”

- Customer.

"IT vex ‘cause we sell-
ing Batelco. As a true
Bahamian I feels it
deeply, and suggest
they should take outs
the Ba (Bahamas) part
so and sell just the Tel-
co part so I don't feel
as if we is selling our
name an’ ourselves for
a price.”

- Tru Tru Bahamian

"Tam vex that the
police are not paying
money for crime tips to
stop crime because
crime would stop and
we would be a richer
nation with all that
money. Of course, they
would have to proba-
bly sell some cars and
lay off some people.
Maybe the private sec-
tor could also make
some donations to start
the crime tips fund.”

- Rocket Scientist.

"T vex, vex, vex that
the ministry so slick
that they waited a few
months to dig up the
road after they paved
it and of course we are
stuck in the constricted
traffic lane. They never
learn that it is easier or
simpler to immediately
dig up the same time
they are paving instead
of bringing back a
whole work crew to get
paid all over again.”

- Motorist.

"Tam happy the cold
weather is here
because I don't need
no air-conditioning or
fan. BEC be on notice
that Iam watching for
my electricity bill to
decrease.”

- Jackfrost.

Are you vex?
Send your complaints to
whyyouvex@tribunemedia. net

By KATHRYN CAMPBELL

SAND replenishment has already tak-
en place at the redeveloped Saunders
Beach, which next year will receive addi-
tional features such as a children’s play-
ground, more benches and a variety of
trees and plants to give the area a land-
scaped look, government officials said.

The aesthetic improvements to Saun-
ders Beach, including realignment of the
beach parking, are a part of the New
Providence Transport Programme one of
four major components that fall under a
loan agreement between the Government
and the Inter-American Development
Bank.

The components include the New Prov-
idence Road Improvement Project, the
development of the Big Pond Park, and a
Routine Maintenance Management Sys-
tem and the formation of the Transport
Planning and Policy Unit.

Shenique Albury, environmental spe-
cialist assigned to the New Providence
Road Improvement Project in the Min-
istry of Public Works and Transport, said

public concerns about erosion of the
beach following the removal of the casua-
rina trees and the dredging of the har-
bour have been subdued and the min-
istry is now receiving compliments on the
improvements.

With most of the major construction
and the harbour dredging substantially
completed, Ms Albury said Saunders
Beach now presents a completely differ-
ent picture as the beach has replenished
most of the sand that had eroded.

“Sand is moving all the time although
we don’t notice it with our natural eye,”
said Ms Albury. “The wind picks it up
and carries it, the waves bring it in and
wash it out all the time. It is a natural
cycle. It’s normal to see when there are
very strong winds and rough seas it has a
tendency to erode. When the wind dies
and the waves are gentle it has the reverse
effect.”

“Based on what we’ve done at the
beach in terms of moving the casuarinas
we don’t think there is any long-term neg-
ative impact on the amount of sand and
the sandiness or rockiness of the beach as

A VIEW of the redeveloped Saunders Beach,
Providence Transport Programme.

a result of our project.”

The matured seagrape trees that were
planted on the beach in June to replace
the casuarinas have done “very well”, Ms
Albury said.

The casuarina trees were removed ear-
lier this year to assist the Government in
its efforts to control and eradicate invasive
species in the Bahamas.

“We are quite pleased with the way
that they have adjusted to the new envi-
ronment. All of the trees have survived
without disease. We have not seen any
signs of them being unhealthy. We expect
them all to survive and flourish. Next year
they should produce new leaves and
branches and provide more shade.

“The seagrape trees have not begun
the obvious ‘fast growth’, yet they have
been providing shade since placed there.
We've seen people utilising the area since
the trees have come in. People drive by or



one of the major components of the New

use the parking area on lunch break and
weekends so the trees have a positive
impact environmentally and a social
impact for people using the beach. We're
happy about that,” she said.

Ms Albury revealed that there are plans
for early next year to continue the land-
scaping of Saunders Beach with seagrape
trees and additional shrubs, coco plums
and others to give the area more of a
green field.

“It’s going to make the entire Saun-
ders Beach have a complete landscaping
effect,” she said.

Additionally, benches similar to those
presently there will extend to the entire
length of Saunders Beach. The benches
will be handmade by Antonius Roberts
out of reclaimed casuarina wood.

A children’s playground facility will
also be added to the empty space on the
western end of Saunders Beach.

Dept of Social Development pays out over $3m in six months

THE Department of Social
Development has paid out
over $3 million in food, rental
and utility payment assistance
as well as special disability
allowances for children in the
last six months, Minister of
State for the Ministry of
Labour and Social Develop-
ment Loretta Butler-Turner
said.

Speaking during the month-
ly meeting of the Rotary Club
of Southeast Nassau on
Wednesday, Mrs Butler-Turn-
er said the Government has
committed much to social out-
reach and social development
and will continue to do so as
circumstances dictate.

“The Department of Social
Services of the Ministry of
Labour and Social Develop-
ment is the principle agency
that administers the country’s
social safety net programmes
and the Government has
ensured that adequate funds
are allocated annually for
these,” she said.

The programmes include:



COMMITTED:
Loretta Butler-Turner

food assistance; rent assis-
tance; assistance with utility
payments; a_ disability
allowance for children who are
not yet eligible for invalidity
assistance from the National
Insurance Board; small house
repairs for senior citizens and

PUSHIN’ DA ENVELO

By Jamaal Rolle

persons with disabilities; foster
care allowance; uniform
allowance; fire relief, and bur-
ial assistance.

“Persons take full advantage
of these programmes,” Mrs
Butler-Turner said.

Breaking down the num-
bers, the State Minister said
in New Providence in the last
six months, the Department
expended $259,000 for utility
payments; $427,420 in rental
assistance and $118,000 for the
Special Disability Allowance
for Children.

For food assistance, which
is the most utilised of all the
programmes, just over $2 mil-
lion was expended at one sup-
plier between July and Octo-
ber, and just under half a mil-
lion at another supplier
between July and mid-Novem-
ber, she said.

The Department of Social
Services does not create spe-
cial assistance programmes
during the Christmas season,
however, Mrs Butler-Turner
said numerous churches and

civic organisations request that
the Department identify indi-
viduals and families in need
so as to make special presen-
tations to them to make the
season brighter.

“We are always happy to
assist with such requests and
the families are greatly appre-
ciative of the extras and those
items that the Department
may not be able to supply.”

The Minister of State also
emphasised that the ministry
has launched the expansion of
the Department of Social Ser-
vices hotline for persons with
depression.

The hotline number is 322-
2763.

“This initiative is the result
of a partnership with the min-
istry, Grant Thornton
Bahamas and the Bahamas
Telecommunications Corpo-
ration, and through it 21 coun-
sellors will man the 24-hour
hotline during December and
January to receive calls from
persons who may be feeling
depressed and overwhelmed
during the season.”

While many are experienc-
ing much joy and happiness

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and may be overcome with
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said.

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the recent increase in suicides
and attempted suicides in our
country and through this ini-
tiative we hope that persons
who find themselves at this
point will reach out and call
the hotline for help or a rela-
tive or friend may call on their
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FATHER BURROWS PRESENTS
BOOK TO GOVERNOR GENERAL

ABOVE: Father Rodney Burrows and his
family called upon Government House
on Thursday, where he presented Gover-
nor General Sir Arthur with a copy of his
book ‘Destiny — A Life of Service to My
Fellow Man’. Pictured from left are Valar-
ie Wallace, Lennique Bannister, Hillary
Wallace, Father Burrows, Sir Arthur, Tyler
Wallace, Barbara Burrows, Schamae
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LEFT: Father Rodney Burrows (left) and
Barbara Burrows (right) with Governor
General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Govern-



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Nathaniel Lewis.

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place today in the Grand Bahama
Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves at

this year will be Quan Yin’s living, breath-
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hundreds of twinkling lights and topped
with the Christmas star.”

6.30pm.

Directed by Marjoke Twiest, it will be
an Anglo-Dutch production of music and
singing by, with and for the community.

“Our glorious vocalists will be enter-
taining from the centre flower of the
Labyrinth, each being supported by the
group; and the audience will be seated all
around the outer circle of the Sacred Place
on the many benches we will have there
in the Labyrinth Garden,” said Barbara
Chester, founder of the Labyrinth.

“The theme will be simple and the light-
ing subdued, reminding us of the first
Christmas. The one blaze of light will be
from our chosen tree of Christmas, which

Everyone will be greeted with steaming
hot cocoa and cookies, and be given carol
sheets and candles for the community
singing at the end of the presentation.

“At Christmastime, the path of the
Labyrinth symbolically represents the jour-
ney to the Holy City; thus our beautiful
voices will be singing in celebration from
that special place of the nativity,” said Ms
Chester.

This year the community singing will be
augmented by choral accompaniments
arranged by Marjoke Twiest.

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Cuba and CARICOM: 38
years of history together

OPINION

By JOSE LUIS PONCE
Ambassador of
the Republic of Cuba

DECEMBER 8 marked
another anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic
relations between Cuba and
Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana
and Trinidad and Tobago,
the first four independent
Caribbean countries.

It was a dauntless gesture
by those countries, when the
word of the Master, 38 years
ago, was to keep Cuba iso-
lated.

Every other Caribbean
country established relations
with Cuba after obtaining
independence, but the day
that rebellious stream began
is observed as Cuba-CARI-
COM Day.

Since then, our bilateral
relations have been steadily
on the rise and we have been
behaving in a dynamic fash-
ion as a result of the common
will of our governments.

Our dialogue has not only
consolidated itself in those
matters pertaining to our
bilateral relations, but also
on the multilateral scene,
through joint actions under-
taken in various internation-



al forums and through our
reciprocal support.
Together, we have reiter-
ated the commitment of our
countries to defend multilat-
eralism, with full respect for
the purposes and principles
enshrined in the Charter of
the United Nations and for
the principles of Internation-
al Law, peace, security and
development — and we have
also undertaken to act in uni-
son in the framework of the
Non-Aligned Movement, of
which we are all members.
On December 8, we reit-
erated our profound appre-
ciation to our Caribbean
brothers and sisters for their
steadfast and consistent rejec-
tion of the economic, com-
mercial and financial block-
ade imposed against Cuba
and for their traditional sup-
port for the resolution pre-
sented by our country on this
issue every year at the United
Nations General Assembly.
Our countries are facing

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Bahamas, intend to change my name to JOYCLEN
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all threatened by the severe
economic, social, political and
environmental crisis endured
by our hemisphere and the
world.

The colossal squandering
and consumerism in industri-
alised countries jeopardises
the survival of our species.
Phenomena such as global
warming, the danger of the
rise in sea level, the inordi-
nate cutting of trees, the
depletion of fossil fuels and
the irrational use of water
sources, among others, have
brought about very serious
threats to life in our island
states.

In our capacity as small
islands, we attach vital impor-
tance to the protection and
preservation of the environ-
ment and the sustainable use
of natural resources, includ-
ing our Caribbean Sea. That
is a matter of survival and has
a decisive influence on the
development of our nations.

Of special interest to the
Caribbean region is the fight
against drug trafficking and
international organised crime,
areas in which there is close
co-operation among our
countries. Only a multilateral
co-operation approach, on
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and the principle of shared
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Integration must be based
on an independent develop-
ment model, attaching prior-
ity to complementing each
other economically, promot-
ing the advancement of all
and enhancing genuine co-
operation based on mutual
respect and solidarity.
Cuba supports the
demands of Caribbean coun-
tries in their capacity as small
economies and states that are
vulnerable to outside factors.
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WTO and in other interna-
tional forums, Cuba has
upheld the right of these
countries to be accorded spe-
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as well as other facilities con-
ducive to comprehensive sus-
tained development.

Throughout these years,
Cuba and the Caribbean
Community have made
progress in establishing the
appropriate institutional
framework and have fostered
economic and trading rela-
tions.

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the words by President Ratl
Castro at the III Cuba-
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are proud of our Caribbean
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into Lakeview Memorial Gardens
and Mausoleums.

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interment in Lakeview Memorial
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Agreement opens
doors to Canadian

institutions for
BIVI students

THE Bahamas Technical and Vocational
Institute and Lakeland College in Alber-
ta, Canada signed an historic agreement
which will allow BTVI students to transfer
credits and further their education at the
Canadian institution.

The agreement signing took place at the
BTVI campus on Old Trail Road.

Dr Iva Dahl, a manager and consultant at
BTVI, signed on behalf of the institute,
while Mark Butler, Associate Dean of Inter-
national and Distance Learning signed for
Lakeland College.

Minister of Education Desmond Bannis-
ter also placed his signature on the land-
mark document to solidify the governmen-
t’s endorsement of the arrangement.

Mr Bannister praised Dr Dahl for her
efforts in negotiating the articulation agree-
ment and stated that she continued to be a
shining example of leadership in Bahamian
education.

The minister said he was extremely
pleased with the accomplishment and
looked forward to many such partnerships
between BTVI and institutions around the
world.

Dr Dahl noted that in 2009 she partici-
pated in an Emerging Leadership Pro-
gramme sponsored by the Canadian gov-
ernment for college heads from the Amer-
icas and the Caribbean to explore partner-
ship opportunities between Canadian insti-
tutions and the participating countries.

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standing was signed between Lakeland Col-
lege and BTVI resulting in an Articulation
Agreement.

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which BTVI students will be able to matric-
ulate are: Business Administration; Trade
and Construction; and Electrical and
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lation.

Lakeland College’s representative, Mark
Butler also noted how pleased he was that
the partnership between Lakeland College
and BTVI was achieved so quickly after Dr
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He noted that BTVI students enrolled at
Lakeland will also benefit from ties with
other Canadian institutions.

In addition to the articulation signing,
BTVI’s Registrar Julia Gay was awarded a
Canadian government grant to travel to
Canada to explore commonalties between
BTVI and other Canadian learning insti-
tutions that would hopefully prompt other
articulation agreements.

After the signing, the officials along with
Mr Butler toured the construction, electri-
cal and welding blocks at BTVI.

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VENEZUELAN lawmakers
granted President Hugo Chavez
broad powers Friday to enact
laws by decree, undermining the
clout of a new congress that
takes office next month with a
bigger opposition bloc, according
to Associated Press.

Chavez opponents con-
demned the move as a power
grab, saying the law will be a
blank check for the leftist leader
to rule without consulting law-
makers. The National Assembly
approved the special powers for
18 months.

A new congress g0es into ses-
sion Jan. 5 with an opposition
contingent large enough to hin-
der approval of some types of
major laws. Opposition law-
makers say decree powers now
give Chavez a blank check to
rule autocratically while ignor-
ing the congress.

Chavez has argued he needs
decree powers to fast-track funds
to help the victims of recent
floods and landslides, and also
to hasten Venezuela's transition
to a socialist state.

The president's critics view
the law as one of many contro-
versial measures being pushed
through in the final weeks of a
lame-duck congress.

Another measure under dis-
cussion Friday was the revised

which would impose broadcast-
type regulations on the Internet
and ban online messages "that
could incite or promote hatred,"
create "anxiety" in the popula-
tion or "disrespect public author-
ities."

Questions remain about how
the Internet regulations would
be enforced.

"They're accusing me of being
a dictator," Chavez had said of
the decree powers on state tele-
vision Thursday night, dismissing
the criticism as unfounded.
"We're building a new democ-
racy here that can't be turned
back."

The law to grant Chavez
decree powers, the fourth such
legislation of his nearly 12-year
presidenccy, also will allow him
to unilaterally enact measures
involving telecommunications,
the banking system, information
technology, the military, rural
and urban land use, and the
country's "socio-economic sys-
tem."

Among the planned decrees
already announced, Chavez
intends to increase the value-
added tax, now 12 percent, to
raise funds for coping with the
disaster caused by weeks of
heavy rains. The government is
erecting tents to house thousands
left homeless and is accelerating
public housing construction.

[TAL MARKETS
BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES

CT eI bLca ST A T.

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,487.61 | CHG -0.23 | %CHG -0.02 | YTD -77.77 | YTD % -4.97
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

52wk-Low Securit:
"AML. Foods Limited
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank ($1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)

Focol Class B Preference
ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade

Securit
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029)

Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +

Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (OQver-The-Counter Securities)

Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
RND Holdings

Previous Close

1.01
10.63
4.90
0.18
2.70
Bet
10.46
2.40
6.95
1.85
1.60
6,07
723
9,39
5.46
1.00
3.59
9.82
10.00

Symbol
BAH29
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Bid $
5.01
0.35:

Today's Close

Change
-0.04
0.00
0.00

Daily Vol.
0.97
10.63
4.90
0.18
2.70
BAT
10.46
2.40
6.95
1.83
1.60
6.07
723
9,39
5.46
1.00
Sasa
9.82
10.00

0.00
0.00
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0.00
0.00
0.00
-0.02
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
6.00

Last Sale
99.46
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

Change
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

Daily Vol.

Last Price
14.00
O.55

Ask $
6.01
0.40

Daily Vol.

CGFAL Securities Ltd. (OQver-The-Counter Securities)

ABDAB
RND Holdings

Fund Name
FAL Bond Fund

CFAL MSI Preferred Fund

CFAL Money Market Fund

Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund

CFAL Global Equity Fund

FG Financial Preferred Income Fund

FG Financial Growth Fund

FG Financial Diversified Fund

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

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

1.4076
2.8300
1.4954
2, 8522
13.0484
101.6693
99.4177
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000
9.1005

10.0000
9.1708

4.8105

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

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

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

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

($1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

30.13
0.45

31,59
0.55

29.00
0.55

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

NAV
1.5179
2.9187
4,569 7
2.7108

13.2825
114.3684
106.5528

1.1415
1.1101
1.1428

9.7950
10.6417

9.6635
7.9442

YTD%
5.51%
1.10%
A.15%
-13.03%

-0.63%
9.98%
A.75%
A.74%
3.94%
A.78%

NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.919946
|, SS 1550.

Last 12 Months %
6.90%
3.13%
A.18%
-4.96%
-0.14%
12.49%
7.18%
5.21%
7.60%
5.90%

4.85% 5AS%

-1.20% 0.50%

-3.37%
6A7T%

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 eamings 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



6.95%
7% 19 October 2017
Prime + 1.75%
7% 30 May 2013
Prime + 1.75%

109.392860
100.779540

EPS $
0.150
01>
0.598

-0.877
0.168
0.016
1.050
0.781
0.422
0.111
0.199

-0.003
0.287
0.645
0.366
0.000
0.012
0.971
G,997

Div $ PIE

on a Percentage Pricing basis)

Interest
20 November 2029

19 October 2022
29 May 2015
EPS $

-2.945
0.001

Div $
0.000
0.000

4.540
0.002

0.000
0.000

NAV 6MTH
1.475244
2ZB11577
1.532712

30-Sep-10
3-Dec-10
30-Nov-10
30-Nov-10
30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
30-Nov-10
30-Nov-10
30-Nov-10

107.570619
105.776543

30-Nov-10

30-Nov-10

30-Nov-10
30-Nov-10

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WASHINGTON

THE US. House of Repre-
sentatives on Friday passed leg-
islation that authorizes the
Defense Department to spend
nearly $160 billion on the wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan this
budget year without major
restrictions on the conduct of
operations, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

The 341-48 vote on the
defense authorization bill came
after House and Senate
Democrats agreed to strip sev-
eral provisions, including one

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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that would have allowed gays to
serve openly in the military and
another that would have autho-
rized abortions at overseas mil-
itary facilities.

The provision that would
have overturned the military's
"don't ask, don't tell" policy
was approved as a standalone
bill in the House earlier this
week and awaits a vote in the
Senate.

The spending bill covers the
2011 budget year, which began
Oct. 1. The Senate was expect-
ed to approve the measure as
one of its final acts before
adjourning this year.

Congress considers the
defense authorization bill to be
its primary chance to sway Pen-
tagon policy. While it does not
transfer money into Defense
Department coffers, it does
serve as a blueprint for the
defense appropriations bill by
authorizing spending levels.

This year's bill agreed to

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Kyle Garcia from Ridgefield, WA of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327
Infantry from the top of a bunker during a test fire at Combat Out Post
Badel in Kunar province in the eastern Afghanistan, Friday. The U.S.
House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that authorises the
Defense Department to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and

Afghanistan this budget year.

$725 billion in defense pro-
grams, including $158.7 billion
for overseas combat.

The bill would continue
restrictions on the Defense
Department's ability to close
the Guantanamo Bay Cuba
prison, including prohibiting the
transfer of detainees to the U.S.

This year's bill is mostly note-
worthy for its broad bipartisan
support during wartime. On
Thursday, a White House
review of war progress in
Afghanistan suggested that
tough combat would continue
for years and that troop with-
drawals in 2011 would probably
be small.

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the House passed the defense
bill Friday with almost no
debate on Afghanistan.

Other provisions in the bill
include:

— Up to $75 million to train
and equip Yemeni counterter-
rorism forces;

— $205 million for a program
with Israel to develop its "Iron
Dome" defense system;

— $11.6 billion for the devel-
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Road works: court
win for businesses

Govt to meet
with owners
over damages



ROADWORKS: Work taking place earlier this year on Baillou Hill
Road and Market Street.

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE Minister of Works
"did not follow the require-
ments of the law" when he
effected road works along
Baillou Hill Road and Mar-
ket Street, said the Supreme
Court when ruling in favour
of the Coconut Grove Busi-
ness League yesterday.

Supreme Court Justice K
Neville Adderley awarded
the group unspecified dam-
ages for loss of business due
to the ongoing road works —
damages that will be assessed
by the court at a later date if
the parties involved cannot
come to an agreed amount.

The ruling was described
as an "historic" one by mem-
bers of the CGBL who said
the case should be an impe-
tus for others who feel
aggrieved by government to
take their matter to court.

"I find that once the Min-
ister (of Works) had
embarked on the consulta-
tive process by carrying out
the road works in the affect-
ed area without proper con-
sultation, he thereby did not
follow the requirements of
the law. I also find that the
road works in substance con-
stitute a public nuisance
which has directly con-

tributed to losses, including
goodwill, to the businesses
of the applicants,” said Jus-
tice Adderley in his 33-page
judgment, parts of which
were read aloud in court yes-
terday.

"The damages shall relate
to their businesses only and
to loss cause by the road
works. The works on the
Baillou Hill Road and Mar-
ket Street corridors are con-
tinuing and there may be
time for the minister to miti-
gate his damages by engaging
in proper consultation with
the applicants to the extent, if
any, is still possible,” Justice
Adderley continued.

The ruling was met with
jubilation from the CGBL
who say they are still strug-
gling with a fall-off in busi-
ness because of the road con-
struction.

"This case is historic, (it)
has proven that the small
man can stand up and fight
City Hall. There is no rea-
son to be scared," Arnold
Heastie, owner of Heastie's
Service Station, told The Tri-
bune after the judgment was
handed down.

Mr Heastie claimed his
business has dropped about
50 per cent since the road
work began in March,

SEE page two

ing

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

A YOUNG man in his early
twenties became the country’s 44th
traffic fatality early yesterday morn-

Police believe 22-year-old Laren-
zo Fitzgerald Moss of Kensington
Gardens off Soldier Road lost con-
trol of the dark green Honda coupe

_ ee ——%
CRASH SCENE: Emergency services at the scene of yesterday’s fatal traffic accident.

he was driving and smashed into a
rock wall in front of the UBS build-
ing on East Bay Street.

It is understood the car over-
turned, crushing the driver and
killing him instantly.

It is believed Mr Moss worked at
Atlantis and had been with friends

at a bar hours earlier.

Police spokeswoman Sgt Chris-
lyn Skippings cautioned motorists
to buckle up and drive with care
during the holiday season.

She further urged the use of a
designated driver and always to
adhere to the speed limits.



BIC UNIONS PLEDGE TO CONTINUE PROTESTS | FRUSTRATION OVER FLOW OF DRUGS TO US,
AGAINST PLANNED SALE IN “LAWFUL WAY’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
& CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporters
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

BTC union representatives
pledged to continue protest-
ing “in a lawful way” the
government’s planned sale
of BTC to Cable and Wire-
less, despite accusations
about unlawful activity.

The basis of the original
petition by company repre-
sentatives of BTC was “with-
out substance”, said attor-
neys representing the
Bahamas Communications
and Public Officers Union
(BCPOU) and the Bahamas
Communications and Public
Managers Union (BCPMU)

Andrew Mckinney,
BCPOU attorney, chal-
lenged the “essence” of

BTC’s complaint — that the
unions “encouraged or called
for” an illegal strike on
December 7 — while present-
ing arguments to Supreme
Court Justice Bernard Turn-
er, yesterday. He further
challenged whether or not an
“illegal strike” has ever taken
place.

“(Based on the affidavits
submitted) we are hard
pressed to find evidence that
a strike had been called for
by either defendants. There
is no strike and there has
been no strike. The employ-
ees are working,” said Mr
Mckinney.

Union representatives are
seeking to overturn an
injunction that bars union
leaders from orchestrating
“any unlawful industrial

SEE page two

A US cable leaked by the
whistle-blower website Wik-
ileaks revealed that Cuban
officials have expressed their
frustration over Jamaica’s
lack of effort in stopping the
flow of illicit drugs to the
United States and the
Bahamas.

The cable, written on
August 11, 2009, by Jonathan
Farrar, the US chief of Mis-
sion in Havana stated the
“prevailing concern and sig-
nificant frustration on the
Cuban side is the reportedly
complete lack of cooperation
afforded them by the gov-
ernment of Jamaica when it
comes to CD (Counter-
Drug) information sharing”.

However, Jamaica’s Secu-
rity Minister Dwight Nelson
called the report and claims
“absolute rubbish.”

“For the last three years,
the efforts of the army in



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seeking to combat drug traf-
ficking have been immense,
and prior to that. That is
absolute rubbish and non-
sense,” he told The Jamaican
Gleaner.

However, the document
clearly outlined Cuba’s frus-
tration over Jamaica’s lack
of effort to stop the flow of
illicit drugs to the US and the
Bahamas. The cable even
detailed an incident where 13
bales of marijuana, destined
for The Bahamas from
Jamaica, were dropped off in
a field in Cuba because the
plane the smugglers were
using “developed engine
problems.”

According to international
reports, Mr Nelson, who ini-
tially did not want to com-
ment on the document as he
had not read it, was surprised

SEE page two
PAGE 2, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010

THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



Road works: Supreme
Court win for businesses

FROM page one

adding that he has been
forced to dip "heavily" into
his savings account to meet
overhead costs and keep
staff employed.

"IT don't think there is a
business on that strip that
isn't on the ropes," he said,
noting that Jiffy Cleaners
closed because of a
decrease in customers.

Super Value owner
Rupert Roberts Jr said the
group is looking forward
to sitting down with Works
Minister Neko Grant and
other Government officials
to come to an amicable
agreement.

"We would like to meet
with them and see if we can
work out a better road plan
for the motoring public
because what they are
doing now is not working.
We've come to a point
where elected representa-
tives don't seem to care,"
said Mr Roberts, who
claimed to have lost about
$350,000 in profit since the
road work began.

Etheric Bowe, the owner
of Advanced Technical
Enterprises Ltd, said the
ruling gave him faith in the
justice system.

"What was clear from
the beginning was the law
was on our side,” he sad.

“T really appreciate that
you can get justice in court,

MEMBERS of the Coconut
Grove Business League are all
smiles as they leave court
yesterday.

up until now I had serious
doubts about that. We real-
ly didn't have to get here,
to court, I hope we can
work out the rest of it rea-
sonably. They are
employed by us and should
look out for our interests
—we should not have to be
fighting people who should
be looking out for us — but
it is clear that the Govern-
ment cannot damage peo-
ple and not compensate
them.

"(Now) all people dam-
aged by ongoing infra-
structure can expect
redress," said Mr Bowe.

In July, the CGBL - a
group of business owners
who claim to have been
adversely affected by the
March 30 road changes —
were granted leave for a
judicial review. The group
argued that they only want-
ed an opportunity to meet
with Mr Grant to discuss
some alternatives to the
current plan.

The group also argued
they had no idea their busi-
nesses were going to be
affected in the way they
were.

Attorney General John
Delaney — who appeared
on behalf of the Govern-

ment — earlier said the gov-
ernment had made the
decision to embark on the
New Providence Road
Improvement Project in
1999 and from its incep-
tion, the project consisted
of 19 corridors. Mr
Delaney said the works

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project had been highly
publicised and there were
also open house meetings.

The road changes, which

made Baillou Hill Road
one-way northbound and
Market Street one-way
southbound, are a part of



the government's $120 mil-
lion New Providence Road
Improvement Project
(NPRIP).



UNIONS protested against the proposed BTC sale this week.

BTC unions pledge

to continue protests

against planned sale
in a ‘lawful way’

FROM page one

action.” BTC representatives are seeking to
have the injunction continued.

Justice Turner said he would need at least a
week to make his judgment. If unable to com-
plete deliberation over all court submission
by December 23, he said the concerned parties
would have to wait until the New Year for a
decision.

Although the injunction restricts the unions
involved from “inducing employees of BTC to
break their respective contracts of employ-
ment by taking part in any unlawful industrial
action against BTC,” Justice Turner said the
injunction would not impede the unions from
protesting lawfully.

Tara Cooper-Burnside, BTC’s attorney,
argued for the continuation of the injunction,
based on what she claimed to be “reasonable

grounds for apprehension that the illegal indus-
trial action will continue.”

She said based on statements made by union
leaders there is sufficient evidence that indus-
trial action will continue. Protests continue,
including go slow activity, even since the
injunction was ordered by the court and notice
given to union heads.

Wayne Munroe, another union attorney,
said union representatives were entitled to
express their opinion on the intended sale,
and the present injunction gives the appear-
ance that they are engaging in unlawful protest.

Mr McKinney said: “General protestation is
not unlawful. It is constitutionally protected.”

Unions have a responsibility to make it clear
to their members that they will not be involved
in unlawful strikes, said BTC attorneys.

Ms Cooper-Burnside said unions are liable
for the actions of their members.

FRUSTRATION OVER FLOW OF DRUGS T0 US,
BAHAMAS REVEALED IN WIKILEAKS RELEASE

FROM page one

at its content, noting the work
that the US and Jamaica have
done in the past to fight drug
and gun smuggling.

“We have been fighting it
like hell, pouring resources
into it.

“We even have sat down
with the US to work this out,”

he said.

The document even
described a meeting on-board
a ship in the port of Havana,
which was organized to ease
tensions between the two
neighbouring countries where
Cuban officials complained
that the two Jamaican officers
“just sat there and didn’t say
anything.”

The reports went on to say

that the Ministry Interior offi-
cers mention that Jamaican
officials commonly agree to
greater information-sharing
in person, “however, that is
the extent of their efforts.”

The report also said that
Cuban officials appeared
resigned to the fact that they
would not see greater coop-
eration from Jamaican offi-
cials.

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Bones found might be Amelia Earhart's

NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP) — The
three bone fragments turned up on a desert-
ed South Pacific island that lay along the
course Amelia Earhart was following when
she vanished. Nearby were several tanta-
lizing artifacts: some old makeup, some
glass bottles and shells that had been cut
open.

Now scientists at the University of Okla-
homa hope to extract DNA from the tiny
bone chips in tests that could prove Earhart
died as a castaway after failing in her 1937
quest to become the first woman to fly
around the world.

"There's no guarantee,” said Ric Gille-
spie, director of the International Group
for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a group of
aviation enthusiasts in Delaware that found
the pieces of bone this year while on an
expedition to Nikumaroro Island, about
1,800 miles south of Hawaii.

"You only have to say you have a bone
that may be human and may be linked to
Earhart and people get excited. But it is
true that, if they can get DNA, and if they
can match it to Amelia Earhart's DNA,
that's pretty good."

It could be months before scientists
know for sure — and it could turn out the
bones are from a turtle. The fragments were
found near a hollowed-out turtle shell that
might have been used to collect rain water,
but there were no other turtle parts nearby.

Earhart's disappearance on July 2, 1937,
remains one of the 20th century's most
enduring mysteries. Did she run out of fuel
and crash at sea? Did her Lockheed Electra
develop engine trouble? Did she spot the
island from the sky and attempt to land on
a nearby reef?

"What were her last moments like?
What was she doing? What happened?"
asked Robin Jensen, an associate professor
of communications at Purdue University
in Indiana who has studied Earhart's writ-
ings and speeches.

Since 1989, Gillespie's group has made
10 trips to the island, trying each time to
find clues that might help determine the
fate of Earhart and her navigator, Fred
Noonan.

Last spring, volunteers working at what
seemed to be an abandoned campsite found
one piece of bone that appeared to be from
aneck and another unknown fragment dis-
similar to bird or fish bones. A third frag-
ment might be from a finger. The largest of
the pieces is just over an inch long.

The area was near a site where native
work crews found skeletal remains in 1940.
Bird and fish carcasses suggested Western-
ers had prepared meals there.

"This site tells the story of how someone
or some people attempted to live as cast-
aways,” Gillespie said Friday in an inter-
view with The Associated Press. "These
fish weren't eaten like Pacific Islanders”
eat fish.

Millions of dollars have been spent in
failed attempts to learn what happened to

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Earhart, declared dead by a California court
in early 1939.

The official version says Earhart and
Noonan ran out of fuel and crashed at sea
while flying from Lae, New Guinea, to
Howland Island, which had a landing strip
and fuel.

Gillespie's book "Finding Amelia: The
True Story of the Earhart Disappearance,”
and "Amelia Earhart's Shoes," written by
four volunteers from the aircraft group,
suggest the pair landed on the reef and sur-
vived, perhaps for months, on scant food
and rainwater.

Gillespie, a pilot, said the aviator would
have needed only about 700 feet of unob-
structed space to land because her plane
would have been travelling only about 55
mph at touchdown.

"It looks like she could have landed suc-
cessfully on the reef surrounding the island.
It's very flat and smooth," Gillespie said.
"At low tide, it looks like this place is sur-
rounded by a parking lot."

However, Gillespie said, the plane, even
if it landed safely, would have been slowly
dragged into the sea by the tides. The
waters off the reef are 1,000 to 2,000 feet
deep. His group needs $3 million to $5 mil-
lion for a deep-sea dive.

The island is on the course Earhart
planned to follow from Lae, New Guinea,
to Howland Island, which had a landing
strip and fuel. Over the last seven decades,
searches of the remote atoll have been
inconclusive.

After the latest find, anthropologists
who had previously worked with Gillespie's
group suggested that he send the bones to
the University of Oklahoma's Molecular
Anthropology Laboratory, which has expe-
rience extracting genetic material from old
bones. Gillespie's group also has a genetic
sample from an Earhart female relative for
comparison with the bones.

The lab is looking for mitochondrial
DNA, which is passed along only through
females, so there is no need to have a Noo-
nan sample.

Cecil Lewis, an assistant professor of
anthropology at the lab, said the university
received a little more than a gram of bone
fragments about two weeks ago. If
researchers are able to extract DNA and
link it to Earhart, a sample would be sent to
another lab for verification.

"Extraordinary claims require extraor-
dinary evidence. That's why we're trying
to downplay a lot of the media attention
right now,” Lewis said. "For all we know,
this is just a turtle bone, and a lot of people
are going to be very disheartened."

Under the best circumstances, the analy-
sis would take two weeks. If scientists have
trouble with the sample, that time frame
could stretch into months, Lewis said.

"Ancient DNA is incredibly unpre-
dictable," he said.

(This article was written by
Sean Murphy of the Associated Press).

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Unions an
anachronism

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Unions an anachronism.

A lot of people think so. I
am not denying the need for
unions, which were formed in
the 19th century when work-
ers were appallingly abused,
but today so much legislation
has been passed by govern-
ments, mostly at the insistence
of unions, that there is now
little need for organised
labour, other than as a politi-
cal tool.

Unions are effectively an
unelected pseudo govern-
ment, a small minority of the
population that use their pow-
er to gain privilege for their
members and leaders at the
expense of the majority.
Unfortunately governments
are just as guilty, being so
ineffective in their control, so
scared of “offending” the
unions that they are allowed
to get away with so much. Of
course, we have to allow for
the fact that unions translate
into votes, look at America
and the Democrats, and gov-
ernments sell their souls for
votes (power).

That brilliant Harvard
lawyer, President Obama,
speaking to the unions, and I
quote, “strong unions mean
a strong country”, ignoring
the fact that the car, and oth-
er industries, have been
brought to their knees by the
selfish actions of people, who
in any other circumstances,
would be called communists
or traitors, for destroying their
country. Then he illegally
screws the bond holders, the
Supreme Court declined to
hear the bond holders, I won-
der why, bails out the com-
panies with public money, and
lo and behold, gives a large
chunk of the new company to
the unions. He is saying it is
good for the country but the
costs belie that when you take
into account the bond and
shareholders and the dealer-
ships, and the taxpayers may
still not make back their mon-
ey. Were these actions for the
greater good of the country,
or for the benefit of a few self-
ish people (unions and politi-
cians) who only cared about
themselves? But, of course,
all that is academic as far as
the US is concerned, as they
are hurtling towards bank-
ruptcy, and/or chronic infla-
tion, over which both parties
are presiding and will seri-
ously affect us here in the
Bahamas.

In The Tribune, December
9, Mr Tommy Turnquest
complained of “offensive”
remarks by the union chief.
When is the government
going to stop complaining and
do something? It is bad
enough when the unions take
more than their share in the
boom times, but when it is
done in a recession it borders
on the criminal. The workers
seem to think their position
is inviolate and they can abuse
the system to their ends.

LETTERS

letters@tribunemedia.net



Where does this ignoramus,
who complained about the
“white man” think much of
his wages come from? Uncle
Tom died years ago. Where
would this country be with-
out the “white man”? No one
denies dreadful things hap-
pened in the past, and in some
places may still be happening.
Fortunately in The Bahamas
the conflict of the races did
not reach the depths they did
in the States, but unless we
work together we will never
reach the potential of which
this beautiful country is capa-
ble. We are a small country
of approximately 300,000
souls, the size of a medium
town in the States or Europe,
take out the young, the
retired, the sick and the
unemployables, and you do
not have too many people
left. Of them many would not
want to work as civil servants,
with the stories of misman-
agement, laziness, graft, nepo-
tism and political interference,
resulting in overstaffing, etc.
My apologies to the consci-
entious, but it is far easier to
be dragged down, than to
fight against the tide. You
usually find the people who
complain the most are the
ones least qualified and capa-
ble, understandably they fear
for their jobs.

On “Immediate Response,”
December 9th, Christy Love
roundly condemned all the
government run businesses
(Corporations), if only for
their lack of service. This indi-
vidual should be only too
pleased that a large interna-
tional company is willing to
invest in The Bahamas and
bring experience, expertise
and opportunity to anyone
capable of taking advantage
of it, to the benefit of all
Bahamians.

Are there solutions, of
course there are?

Firstly, get all suitable pub-
lic business out of government
control, the government only
has itself to blame for allow-
ing these situations to fester
for so long.

Secondly, control the
unions, if they cannot control
themselves or their members
fine them $25,000 a day. Then
legislate a strict protocol, like
Margaret Thatcher in the UK,
union leaders will fight like
cats as they see their power
and finances dwindle, but that
is the cost of being dragged
out of the 19th into the 21st
century. Surely businesses
(BTC) and the country’s
future sink or swim together,
to coin a phrase, “What is
good for BTC is good for the
Bahamas.” Any changes will
take a lot of political will,
especially as one party, with
an eye to votes, will condemn
any loss of union power out of
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have condoned appalling
business practices, as one chef
said when confronting a
woman stealing food, she
replied my children are hun-
gry — put a plug in it woman!
These practices increase busi-
ness costs exponentially and
the same people are the first
to complain. In Britain, in the
eighteenth century, weavers
destroyed the mills, dockers
fought the introduction of
containers — it was no longer
so easy to steal, car workers
destroyed their companies
with wild-cat strikes, as did
printers, it goes on ad nause-
am, all these things changed
in the end, the unions just
made it a lot more expensive.
If only the unions could be in
the vanguard for once.

In today’s Tribune, 10th,
Mr Philip Davis, in my opin-
ion the epitome of stupidity,
tries vainly to argue the PLP
case. Why didn’t they sell
BTC when they had the
opportunity, on their terms?
Oh! I forgot no accounts were
produced for at least three
years. Of course jobs are of
prime importance but if you
have inefficient business,
especially one as important
as the national telecoms car-
rier, it will die and take many
other businesses (jobs) with
it.

I have no doubt that cer-
tain politicians are egging on
the unions for short term gain,
having no regard for the long
term health of the country —
shame on you.

TG
Nassau,
December 10, 2010.

ADVISING AGAINST
THE ARMING OF
SECURITY GUARDS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

ON PAGES 1 and 4B of
Tuesday the 7th December
edition of The Tribune,
appeared, under the head-
ing, “Arming Security
guards: I am getting there
fast, the Lamentations of
an ex president of the
Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and a promi-
nent businessman.”

As the operator of sev-
eral business establish-
ments, and having had to
take the number of hits
that he has had to endure
over time, he must not
only be frustrated, but con-
fused.

I agree with his analysis
of the crime situation and
endorse his recommenda-
tions for combating the
problem, but strongly
advise against even the
thought of arming security
guards in this country, for
the following reasons:-

(a) Although there are
regulations in place for the
recruiting and hiring of
these persons, there is no
oversight of these regula-
tions by the relevant
authority (Ministry of
National Security)

(b) As a result of this
laxity, criminals, ex con-
victs, illegal migrants and
generally persons unfit for
such duties, end up as
security guards.

(c) One cannot be
trained in the use of hand
guns in a short time frame.
It takes weeks to perfect.

(d) Besides being physi-
cally fit, one’s physical and
mental reflexes must be
taken into consideration,
before being allowed to
possess a hand gun.

(ec) A gun gives one a
feeling of power and supe-
riority. Imagine what it
does to an idiot.

I would strongly recom-
mend that banks, super
markets and indeed all
businesses where substan-
tial sums of cash are being
handled, that they contact
the police staff association
with a view to hiring off-
duty police officers on
weekends and/or busy
periods, for it is always
better to be safe than sor-

ry.

ERRINGTON WI
WATKINS
Nassau,

December 7, 2010.
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010, PAGE 5



Redeveloped amy)!

Saunders Beach
offers scenic view
and recreation

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Ta

"I vex because I am
tired of hearing about
the sale of BTC. Gov-
ernment should let the
new company form
their own phone com-
pany for those who
want change and those
who don't want change
let them be stuck with
Stone Age BTC. I bet
you all them rowing
would be the first ones
to switch over to the
new phone company.

"IT vex also because
of the stupid times
road works decides to
do their work and how
long they take. Should
have done all that
work when Shirley
Street was being
paved. Use your
head!"



- Fed Up With
Stupidness.

"T vex because I
went to go and pay my
cell phone bill last
week but couldn't pay
it because they went
on strike. But come
Monday they were
quick to call me to tell
me that I have an over-
due bill and will be dis-
connected if not paid. I
can't wait till we get
BTC privatised, then
we will get better
phone service.”

- Pissed Off.

"Tis vex ‘cause all
them big companies
comes here an’ buys
small Bahamian com-
panies an' takes the
profits to buy up and
expand elsewhere.
Plus, we is controlled
from some head office
in the Caribbean. I just
ain't want to hear no
foolishness when my
phone needs fixing
that's Lis have to wait
for somebody in the
Caribbean head office
to authorise it or calls
me with some foreign
accent to solve my
problem.”

- Customer.

"IT vex ‘cause we sell-
ing Batelco. As a true
Bahamian I feels it
deeply, and suggest
they should take outs
the Ba (Bahamas) part
so and sell just the Tel-
co part so I don't feel
as if we is selling our
name an’ ourselves for
a price.”

- Tru Tru Bahamian

"Tam vex that the
police are not paying
money for crime tips to
stop crime because
crime would stop and
we would be a richer
nation with all that
money. Of course, they
would have to proba-
bly sell some cars and
lay off some people.
Maybe the private sec-
tor could also make
some donations to start
the crime tips fund.”

- Rocket Scientist.

"T vex, vex, vex that
the ministry so slick
that they waited a few
months to dig up the
road after they paved
it and of course we are
stuck in the constricted
traffic lane. They never
learn that it is easier or
simpler to immediately
dig up the same time
they are paving instead
of bringing back a
whole work crew to get
paid all over again.”

- Motorist.

"Tam happy the cold
weather is here
because I don't need
no air-conditioning or
fan. BEC be on notice
that Iam watching for
my electricity bill to
decrease.”

- Jackfrost.

Are you vex?
Send your complaints to
whyyouvex@tribunemedia. net

By KATHRYN CAMPBELL

SAND replenishment has already tak-
en place at the redeveloped Saunders
Beach, which next year will receive addi-
tional features such as a children’s play-
ground, more benches and a variety of
trees and plants to give the area a land-
scaped look, government officials said.

The aesthetic improvements to Saun-
ders Beach, including realignment of the
beach parking, are a part of the New
Providence Transport Programme one of
four major components that fall under a
loan agreement between the Government
and the Inter-American Development
Bank.

The components include the New Prov-
idence Road Improvement Project, the
development of the Big Pond Park, and a
Routine Maintenance Management Sys-
tem and the formation of the Transport
Planning and Policy Unit.

Shenique Albury, environmental spe-
cialist assigned to the New Providence
Road Improvement Project in the Min-
istry of Public Works and Transport, said

public concerns about erosion of the
beach following the removal of the casua-
rina trees and the dredging of the har-
bour have been subdued and the min-
istry is now receiving compliments on the
improvements.

With most of the major construction
and the harbour dredging substantially
completed, Ms Albury said Saunders
Beach now presents a completely differ-
ent picture as the beach has replenished
most of the sand that had eroded.

“Sand is moving all the time although
we don’t notice it with our natural eye,”
said Ms Albury. “The wind picks it up
and carries it, the waves bring it in and
wash it out all the time. It is a natural
cycle. It’s normal to see when there are
very strong winds and rough seas it has a
tendency to erode. When the wind dies
and the waves are gentle it has the reverse
effect.”

“Based on what we’ve done at the
beach in terms of moving the casuarinas
we don’t think there is any long-term neg-
ative impact on the amount of sand and
the sandiness or rockiness of the beach as

A VIEW of the redeveloped Saunders Beach,
Providence Transport Programme.

a result of our project.”

The matured seagrape trees that were
planted on the beach in June to replace
the casuarinas have done “very well”, Ms
Albury said.

The casuarina trees were removed ear-
lier this year to assist the Government in
its efforts to control and eradicate invasive
species in the Bahamas.

“We are quite pleased with the way
that they have adjusted to the new envi-
ronment. All of the trees have survived
without disease. We have not seen any
signs of them being unhealthy. We expect
them all to survive and flourish. Next year
they should produce new leaves and
branches and provide more shade.

“The seagrape trees have not begun
the obvious ‘fast growth’, yet they have
been providing shade since placed there.
We've seen people utilising the area since
the trees have come in. People drive by or



one of the major components of the New

use the parking area on lunch break and
weekends so the trees have a positive
impact environmentally and a social
impact for people using the beach. We're
happy about that,” she said.

Ms Albury revealed that there are plans
for early next year to continue the land-
scaping of Saunders Beach with seagrape
trees and additional shrubs, coco plums
and others to give the area more of a
green field.

“It’s going to make the entire Saun-
ders Beach have a complete landscaping
effect,” she said.

Additionally, benches similar to those
presently there will extend to the entire
length of Saunders Beach. The benches
will be handmade by Antonius Roberts
out of reclaimed casuarina wood.

A children’s playground facility will
also be added to the empty space on the
western end of Saunders Beach.

Dept of Social Development pays out over $3m in six months

THE Department of Social
Development has paid out
over $3 million in food, rental
and utility payment assistance
as well as special disability
allowances for children in the
last six months, Minister of
State for the Ministry of
Labour and Social Develop-
ment Loretta Butler-Turner
said.

Speaking during the month-
ly meeting of the Rotary Club
of Southeast Nassau on
Wednesday, Mrs Butler-Turn-
er said the Government has
committed much to social out-
reach and social development
and will continue to do so as
circumstances dictate.

“The Department of Social
Services of the Ministry of
Labour and Social Develop-
ment is the principle agency
that administers the country’s
social safety net programmes
and the Government has
ensured that adequate funds
are allocated annually for
these,” she said.

The programmes include:



COMMITTED:
Loretta Butler-Turner

food assistance; rent assis-
tance; assistance with utility
payments; a_ disability
allowance for children who are
not yet eligible for invalidity
assistance from the National
Insurance Board; small house
repairs for senior citizens and

PUSHIN’ DA ENVELO

By Jamaal Rolle

persons with disabilities; foster
care allowance; uniform
allowance; fire relief, and bur-
ial assistance.

“Persons take full advantage
of these programmes,” Mrs
Butler-Turner said.

Breaking down the num-
bers, the State Minister said
in New Providence in the last
six months, the Department
expended $259,000 for utility
payments; $427,420 in rental
assistance and $118,000 for the
Special Disability Allowance
for Children.

For food assistance, which
is the most utilised of all the
programmes, just over $2 mil-
lion was expended at one sup-
plier between July and Octo-
ber, and just under half a mil-
lion at another supplier
between July and mid-Novem-
ber, she said.

The Department of Social
Services does not create spe-
cial assistance programmes
during the Christmas season,
however, Mrs Butler-Turner
said numerous churches and

civic organisations request that
the Department identify indi-
viduals and families in need
so as to make special presen-
tations to them to make the
season brighter.

“We are always happy to
assist with such requests and
the families are greatly appre-
ciative of the extras and those
items that the Department
may not be able to supply.”

The Minister of State also
emphasised that the ministry
has launched the expansion of
the Department of Social Ser-
vices hotline for persons with
depression.

The hotline number is 322-
2763.

“This initiative is the result
of a partnership with the min-
istry, Grant Thornton
Bahamas and the Bahamas
Telecommunications Corpo-
ration, and through it 21 coun-
sellors will man the 24-hour
hotline during December and
January to receive calls from
persons who may be feeling
depressed and overwhelmed
during the season.”

While many are experienc-
ing much joy and happiness

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said.

“We have noted with alarm
the recent increase in suicides
and attempted suicides in our
country and through this ini-
tiative we hope that persons
who find themselves at this
point will reach out and call
the hotline for help or a rela-
tive or friend may call on their
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ABOVE: Father Rodney Burrows and his
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book ‘Destiny — A Life of Service to My
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hundreds of twinkling lights and topped
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Everyone will be greeted with steaming
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“At Christmastime, the path of the
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This year the community singing will be
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Cuba and CARICOM: 38
years of history together

OPINION

By JOSE LUIS PONCE
Ambassador of
the Republic of Cuba

DECEMBER 8 marked
another anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic
relations between Cuba and
Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana
and Trinidad and Tobago,
the first four independent
Caribbean countries.

It was a dauntless gesture
by those countries, when the
word of the Master, 38 years
ago, was to keep Cuba iso-
lated.

Every other Caribbean
country established relations
with Cuba after obtaining
independence, but the day
that rebellious stream began
is observed as Cuba-CARI-
COM Day.

Since then, our bilateral
relations have been steadily
on the rise and we have been
behaving in a dynamic fash-
ion as a result of the common
will of our governments.

Our dialogue has not only
consolidated itself in those
matters pertaining to our
bilateral relations, but also
on the multilateral scene,
through joint actions under-
taken in various internation-



al forums and through our
reciprocal support.
Together, we have reiter-
ated the commitment of our
countries to defend multilat-
eralism, with full respect for
the purposes and principles
enshrined in the Charter of
the United Nations and for
the principles of Internation-
al Law, peace, security and
development — and we have
also undertaken to act in uni-
son in the framework of the
Non-Aligned Movement, of
which we are all members.
On December 8, we reit-
erated our profound appre-
ciation to our Caribbean
brothers and sisters for their
steadfast and consistent rejec-
tion of the economic, com-
mercial and financial block-
ade imposed against Cuba
and for their traditional sup-
port for the resolution pre-
sented by our country on this
issue every year at the United
Nations General Assembly.
Our countries are facing

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, JOYCELYN
MARIA OWENS of Malcolm Road, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to JOYCLEN
MARIA OWENS. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.















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common challenges. We are
all threatened by the severe
economic, social, political and
environmental crisis endured
by our hemisphere and the
world.

The colossal squandering
and consumerism in industri-
alised countries jeopardises
the survival of our species.
Phenomena such as global
warming, the danger of the
rise in sea level, the inordi-
nate cutting of trees, the
depletion of fossil fuels and
the irrational use of water
sources, among others, have
brought about very serious
threats to life in our island
states.

In our capacity as small
islands, we attach vital impor-
tance to the protection and
preservation of the environ-
ment and the sustainable use
of natural resources, includ-
ing our Caribbean Sea. That
is a matter of survival and has
a decisive influence on the
development of our nations.

Of special interest to the
Caribbean region is the fight
against drug trafficking and
international organised crime,
areas in which there is close
co-operation among our
countries. Only a multilateral
co-operation approach, on
the basis of mutual respect
and the principle of shared
responsibility, will effectively
tackle these problems.

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requires the utmost priority.
Integration must be based
on an independent develop-
ment model, attaching prior-
ity to complementing each
other economically, promot-
ing the advancement of all
and enhancing genuine co-
operation based on mutual
respect and solidarity.
Cuba supports the
demands of Caribbean coun-
tries in their capacity as small
economies and states that are
vulnerable to outside factors.
Both in the context of the

WTO and in other interna-
tional forums, Cuba has
upheld the right of these
countries to be accorded spe-
cial and differentiated treat-
ment in an effective manner,
as well as other facilities con-
ducive to comprehensive sus-
tained development.

Throughout these years,
Cuba and the Caribbean
Community have made
progress in establishing the
appropriate institutional
framework and have fostered
economic and trading rela-
tions.

On this anniversary, I recall
the words by President Ratl
Castro at the III Cuba-
CARICOM Summit in San-
tiago de Cuba: “We, Cubans,
are proud of our Caribbean
roots and of our relations
with the nations in the region.

“We shall always be grate-
ful for the support and soli-
darity received from your
governments and peoples. At
the same time, we feel deeply
committed to those with
whom we share these warm
waters and a dramatic Antil-
lean history”.




















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ABOVE: Senior members of

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flank the carriage carrying the
flag-draped casket of Police
Inspector Archibald Clifton Miller
into Lakeview Memorial Gardens
and Mausoleums.

LEFT: Hundreds gathered in the
Church of God Auditorium on
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to pay their last respects to
Inspector Archibald Clifton Miller,
who died on December 5. The
full military service was officiated
by Royal Bahamas Police Force
Chaplin, Fr Stephen Davies, with
interment in Lakeview Memorial
Gardens and Mausoleums on
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LOCAL NEWS






Agreement opens
doors to Canadian

institutions for
BIVI students

THE Bahamas Technical and Vocational
Institute and Lakeland College in Alber-
ta, Canada signed an historic agreement
which will allow BTVI students to transfer
credits and further their education at the
Canadian institution.

The agreement signing took place at the
BTVI campus on Old Trail Road.

Dr Iva Dahl, a manager and consultant at
BTVI, signed on behalf of the institute,
while Mark Butler, Associate Dean of Inter-
national and Distance Learning signed for
Lakeland College.

Minister of Education Desmond Bannis-
ter also placed his signature on the land-
mark document to solidify the governmen-
t’s endorsement of the arrangement.

Mr Bannister praised Dr Dahl for her
efforts in negotiating the articulation agree-
ment and stated that she continued to be a
shining example of leadership in Bahamian
education.

The minister said he was extremely
pleased with the accomplishment and
looked forward to many such partnerships
between BTVI and institutions around the
world.

Dr Dahl noted that in 2009 she partici-
pated in an Emerging Leadership Pro-
gramme sponsored by the Canadian gov-
ernment for college heads from the Amer-
icas and the Caribbean to explore partner-
ship opportunities between Canadian insti-
tutions and the participating countries.

At that time, a Memorandum of Under-
standing was signed between Lakeland Col-
lege and BTVI resulting in an Articulation
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which BTVI students will be able to matric-
ulate are: Business Administration; Trade
and Construction; and Electrical and
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lation.

Lakeland College’s representative, Mark
Butler also noted how pleased he was that
the partnership between Lakeland College
and BTVI was achieved so quickly after Dr
Dahl’s trip to Canada.

He noted that BTVI students enrolled at
Lakeland will also benefit from ties with
other Canadian institutions.

In addition to the articulation signing,
BTVI’s Registrar Julia Gay was awarded a
Canadian government grant to travel to
Canada to explore commonalties between
BTVI and other Canadian learning insti-
tutions that would hopefully prompt other
articulation agreements.

After the signing, the officials along with
Mr Butler toured the construction, electri-
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VENEZUELAN lawmakers
granted President Hugo Chavez
broad powers Friday to enact
laws by decree, undermining the
clout of a new congress that
takes office next month with a
bigger opposition bloc, according
to Associated Press.

Chavez opponents con-
demned the move as a power
grab, saying the law will be a
blank check for the leftist leader
to rule without consulting law-
makers. The National Assembly
approved the special powers for
18 months.

A new congress g0es into ses-
sion Jan. 5 with an opposition
contingent large enough to hin-
der approval of some types of
major laws. Opposition law-
makers say decree powers now
give Chavez a blank check to
rule autocratically while ignor-
ing the congress.

Chavez has argued he needs
decree powers to fast-track funds
to help the victims of recent
floods and landslides, and also
to hasten Venezuela's transition
to a socialist state.

The president's critics view
the law as one of many contro-
versial measures being pushed
through in the final weeks of a
lame-duck congress.

Another measure under dis-
cussion Friday was the revised

which would impose broadcast-
type regulations on the Internet
and ban online messages "that
could incite or promote hatred,"
create "anxiety" in the popula-
tion or "disrespect public author-
ities."

Questions remain about how
the Internet regulations would
be enforced.

"They're accusing me of being
a dictator," Chavez had said of
the decree powers on state tele-
vision Thursday night, dismissing
the criticism as unfounded.
"We're building a new democ-
racy here that can't be turned
back."

The law to grant Chavez
decree powers, the fourth such
legislation of his nearly 12-year
presidenccy, also will allow him
to unilaterally enact measures
involving telecommunications,
the banking system, information
technology, the military, rural
and urban land use, and the
country's "socio-economic sys-
tem."

Among the planned decrees
already announced, Chavez
intends to increase the value-
added tax, now 12 percent, to
raise funds for coping with the
disaster caused by weeks of
heavy rains. The government is
erecting tents to house thousands
left homeless and is accelerating
public housing construction.

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BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,487.61 | CHG -0.23 | %CHG -0.02 | YTD -77.77 | YTD % -4.97
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52wk-Low Securit:
"AML. Foods Limited
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank ($1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank
Focol (S)

Focol Class B Preference
ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade

Securit
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029)

Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +

Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (OQver-The-Counter Securities)

Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
RND Holdings

Previous Close

1.01
10.63
4.90
0.18
2.70
Bet
10.46
2.40
6.95
1.85
1.60
6,07
723
9,39
5.46
1.00
3.59
9.82
10.00

Symbol
BAH29
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Bid $
5.01
0.35:

Today's Close

Change
-0.04
0.00
0.00

Daily Vol.
0.97
10.63
4.90
0.18
2.70
BAT
10.46
2.40
6.95
1.83
1.60
6.07
723
9,39
5.46
1.00
Sasa
9.82
10.00

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0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
6.00

Last Sale
99.46
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

Change
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00

Daily Vol.

Last Price
14.00
O.55

Ask $
6.01
0.40

Daily Vol.

CGFAL Securities Ltd. (OQver-The-Counter Securities)

ABDAB
RND Holdings

Fund Name
FAL Bond Fund

CFAL MSI Preferred Fund

CFAL Money Market Fund

Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund

CFAL Global Equity Fund

FG Financial Preferred Income Fund

FG Financial Growth Fund

FG Financial Diversified Fund

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

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

1.4076
2.8300
1.4954
2, 8522
13.0484
101.6693
99.4177
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000
9.1005

10.0000
9.1708

4.8105

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

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

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

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

($1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

30.13
0.45

31,59
0.55

29.00
0.55

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

NAV
1.5179
2.9187
4,569 7
2.7108

13.2825
114.3684
106.5528

1.1415
1.1101
1.1428

9.7950
10.6417

9.6635
7.9442

YTD%
5.51%
1.10%
A.15%
-13.03%

-0.63%
9.98%
A.75%
A.74%
3.94%
A.78%

NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.919946
|, SS 1550.

Last 12 Months %
6.90%
3.13%
A.18%
-4.96%
-0.14%
12.49%
7.18%
5.21%
7.60%
5.90%

4.85% 5AS%

-1.20% 0.50%

-3.37%
6A7T%

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 eamings 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



6.95%
7% 19 October 2017
Prime + 1.75%
7% 30 May 2013
Prime + 1.75%

109.392860
100.779540

EPS $
0.150
01>
0.598

-0.877
0.168
0.016
1.050
0.781
0.422
0.111
0.199

-0.003
0.287
0.645
0.366
0.000
0.012
0.971
G,997

Div $ PIE

on a Percentage Pricing basis)

Interest
20 November 2029

19 October 2022
29 May 2015
EPS $

-2.945
0.001

Div $
0.000
0.000

4.540
0.002

0.000
0.000

NAV 6MTH
1.475244
2ZB11577
1.532712

30-Sep-10
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30-Nov-10
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30-Sep-10
30-Nov-10
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107.570619
105.776543

30-Nov-10

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WASHINGTON

THE US. House of Repre-
sentatives on Friday passed leg-
islation that authorizes the
Defense Department to spend
nearly $160 billion on the wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan this
budget year without major
restrictions on the conduct of
operations, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

The 341-48 vote on the
defense authorization bill came
after House and Senate
Democrats agreed to strip sev-
eral provisions, including one

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that would have allowed gays to
serve openly in the military and
another that would have autho-
rized abortions at overseas mil-
itary facilities.

The provision that would
have overturned the military's
"don't ask, don't tell" policy
was approved as a standalone
bill in the House earlier this
week and awaits a vote in the
Senate.

The spending bill covers the
2011 budget year, which began
Oct. 1. The Senate was expect-
ed to approve the measure as
one of its final acts before
adjourning this year.

Congress considers the
defense authorization bill to be
its primary chance to sway Pen-
tagon policy. While it does not
transfer money into Defense
Department coffers, it does
serve as a blueprint for the
defense appropriations bill by
authorizing spending levels.

This year's bill agreed to

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Kyle Garcia from Ridgefield, WA of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327
Infantry from the top of a bunker during a test fire at Combat Out Post
Badel in Kunar province in the eastern Afghanistan, Friday. The U.S.
House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that authorises the
Defense Department to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and

Afghanistan this budget year.

$725 billion in defense pro-
grams, including $158.7 billion
for overseas combat.

The bill would continue
restrictions on the Defense
Department's ability to close
the Guantanamo Bay Cuba
prison, including prohibiting the
transfer of detainees to the U.S.

This year's bill is mostly note-
worthy for its broad bipartisan
support during wartime. On
Thursday, a White House
review of war progress in
Afghanistan suggested that
tough combat would continue
for years and that troop with-
drawals in 2011 would probably
be small.

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the House passed the defense
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debate on Afghanistan.

Other provisions in the bill
include:

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and equip Yemeni counterter-
rorism forces;

— $205 million for a program
with Israel to develop its "Iron
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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 Road works:court win for businesses C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.24SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNWITH SHOWER HIGH 82F LOW 67F By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net THE Minister of Works "did not follow the requirements of the law" when he effected road works along Baillou Hill Road and Market Street, said the Supreme Court when ruling in favour of the Coconut Grove Business League yesterday. Supreme Court Justice K Neville Adderley awarded the group unspecified dam ages for loss of business due to the ongoing road works damages that will be assessed by the court at a later date if the parties involved cannot come to an agreed amount. The ruling was described as an "historic" one by members of the CGBL who said the case should be an impetus for others who feel aggrieved by government to take their matter to court. "I find that once the Minister (of Works embarked on the consultative process by carrying out the road works in the affect ed area without proper consultation, he thereby did not follow the requirements of the law. I also find that the road works in substance constitute a public nuisance which has directly contributed to losses, including goodwill, to the businesses of the applicants," said Justice Adderley in his 33-page judgment, parts of which were read aloud in court yesterday. "The damages shall relate to their businesses only and to loss cause by the road works. The works on the Baillou Hill Road and Mar ket Street corridors are continuing and there may be time for the minister to miti gate his damages by engaging in proper consultation with the applicants to the extent, if any, is still possible," Justice Adderley continued. The ruling was met with jubilation from the CGBL who say they are still struggling with a fall-off in busi ness because of the road construction. "This case is historic, (it has proven that the small man can stand up and fight City Hall. There is no rea son to be scared," Arnold Heastie, owner of Heastie's Service Station, told The Tri bune after the judgment was handed down. Mr Heastie claimed his business has dropped about 50 per cent since the road work began in March, Go vt to meet with owners over damages McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A YOUNG man in his early twenties became the countrys 44th traffic fatality early yesterday morning. Police believe 22-year-old Laren zo Fitzgerald Moss of Kensington Gardens off Soldier Road lost control of the dark green Honda coupe he was driving and smashed into a rock wall in front of the UBS build ing on East Bay Street. It is understood the car overturned, crushing the driver and killing him instantly. It is believed Mr Moss worked at Atlantis and had been with friends at a bar hours earlier. Police spokeswoman Sgt Chris lyn Skippings cautioned motorists to buckle up and drive with care during the holiday season. She further urged the use of a designated driver and always to adhere to the speed limits. Y OUNG MAN IS YEARS 4 4TH TRAFFIC FATALITY By NOELLE NICOLLS & CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporters nnicolls@tribunemedia.net cnixon@tribunemedia.net BTC union representatives pledged to continue protesting in a lawful way the governments planned sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless, despite accusations about unlawful activity. The basis of the original petition by company representatives of BTC was without substance, said attorneys representing the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU Communications and Public Managers Union (BCPMU Andrew Mckinney, BCPOU attorney, challenged the essence of BTCs complaint that the unions encouraged or called for an illegal strike on December 7 while presenting arguments to Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner, yesterday. He further challenged whether or not an illegal strike has ever taken place. (Based on the affidavits submitted) we are hard pressed to find evidence that a strike had been called for by either defendants. There is no strike and there has been no strike. The employees are working, said Mr Mckinney. Union representatives are seeking to overturn an injunction that bars union leaders from orchestrating any unlawful industrial A US cable leaked by the whistle-blower website Wik ileaks revealed that Cuban officials have expressed their frustration over Jamaicas lack of effort in stopping the flow of illicit drugs to the United States and the Bahamas. The cable, written on August 11, 2009, by Jonathan Farrar, the US chief of Mis sion in Havana stated the prevailing concern and significant frustration on the Cuban side is the reportedly complete lack of cooperation afforded them by the government of Jamaica when it comes to CD (CounterDrug) information sharing. However, Jamaicas Security Minister Dwight Nelson called the report and claims absolute rubbish. For the last three years, the efforts of the army in seeking to combat drug traf ficking have been immense, and prior to that. That is absolute rubbish and nonsense, he told The Jamaican Gleaner. However, the document clearly outlined Cubas frus tration over Jamaicas lack of effort to stop the flow of illicit drugs to the US and the Bahamas. The cable even detailed an incident where 13 bales of marijuana, destined for The Bahamas from Jamaica, were dropped off in a field in Cuba because the plane the smugglers were using developed engine problems. According to international reports, Mr Nelson, who initially did not want to com ment on the document as he had not read it, was surprised FRUSTRATION OVER FLOW OF DRUGS TO US, B AHAMAS REVEALED IN WIKILEAKS RELEASE BTCUNIONS PLEDGE TO CONTINUE PROTESTS AGAINST PLANNED SALE IN LAWFUL WAY SEE page two SEE page two CRASHSCENE: Emergency services at the scene of yesterdays fatal traffic accident. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page two ROADWORKS: Work taking place earlier this year on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM a dding that he has been forced to dip "heavily" into his savings account to meet overhead costs and keep staff employed. "I don't think there is a business on that strip that i sn't on the ropes," he said, n oting that Jiffy Cleaners c losed because of a decrease in customers. SuperValue owner Rupert Roberts Jr said the group is looking forward to sitting down with Works Minister Neko Grant and o ther Government officials t o come to an amicable agreement. We would like to meet with them and see if we can w ork out a better road plan for the motoring public because what they are d oing now is not working. We've come to a point w here elected representatives don't seem to care," said Mr Roberts, who claimed to have lost about $350,000 in profit since ther oad work began. Etheric Bowe, the owner o f Advanced Technical E nterprises Ltd, said the ruling gave him faith in the j ustice system. "What was clear from t he beginning was the law was on our side, he sad. I really appreciate that y ou can get justice in court, up until now I had serious doubts about that. We really didn't have to get here, to court, I hope we can work out the rest of it reas onably. They are e mployed by us and should look out for our interests we should not have to be fighting people who should be looking out for us but it is clear that the Government cannot damage peop le and not compensate t hem. (Now a ged by ongoing infras tructure can expect r edress," said Mr Bowe. In July, the CGBL a group of business owners who claim to have been adversely affected by the March 30 road changes were granted leave for a j udicial review. The group argued that they only want ed an opportunity to meetw ith Mr Grant to discuss s ome alternatives to the c urrent plan. The group also argued t hey had no idea their busi n esses were going to be affected in the way they were. Attorney General John Delaney who appeared on behalf of the Govern ment earlier said the gov ernment had made the decision to embark on the New Providence Road Improvement Project in 1 999 and from its incept ion, the project consisted o f 19 corridors. Mr Delaney said the works project had been highly publicised and there were also open house meetings. The road changes, which made Baillou Hill Road one-way northbound and Market Street one-way southbound, are a part of the government's $120 mil lion New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP action. BTC representatives are seeking to have the injunction continued. Justice Turner said he would need at least a week to make his judgment. If unable to complete deliberation over all court submission by December 23, he said the concerned parties would have to wait until the New Year for a decision. Although the injunction restricts the unions involved from inducing employees of BTC to break their respective contracts of employ ment by taking part in any unlawful industrial action against BTC, Justice Turner said the injunction would not impede the unions from protesting lawfully. Tara Cooper-Burnside, BTCs attorney, argued for the continuation of the injunction, based on what she claimed to be reasonable grounds for apprehension that the illegal indus trial action will continue. She said based on statements made by union leaders there is sufficient evidence that industrial action will continue. Protests continue, including go slow activity, even since the injunction was ordered by the court and notice given to union heads. Wayne Munroe, another union attorney, said union representatives were entitled to express their opinion on the intended sale, and the present injunction gives the appearance that they are engaging in unlawful protest. Mr McKinney said: General protestation is not unlawful. It is constitutionally protected. Unions have a responsibility to make it clear to their members that they will not be involved in unlawful strikes, said BTC attorneys. Ms Cooper-Burnside said unions are liable for the actions of their members. at its content, noting the work that the US and Jamaica have done in the past to fight drug and gun smuggling. We have been fighting it like hell, pouring resources into it. We even have sat down with the US to work this out, he said. The document even described a meeting on-board a ship in the port of Havana, which was organized to ease tensions between the two neighbouring countries where Cuban officials complained that the two Jamaican officers just sat there and didnt say anything. The reports went on to say that the Ministry Interior officers mention that Jamaican officials commonly agree to greater information-sharing in person, however, that is the extent of their efforts. The report also said that Cuban officials appeared resigned to the fact that they would not see greater cooperation from Jamaican officials. THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED CHILDRENS COMMITTEE will hold its 2010 raffle draw today. The draw will take place at Kelly's Home Centre at 8.00pm. The grand prize is a 2010 Suzuki Swift. PHYSICALLYCHALLENGEDCHILDRENSCOMMITTEE RAFFLEDRAW Road works:Supreme Court win for businesses FROM page one MEMBERS of the Coconut Grove Business League are all smiles as they leave court y esterday. FROM page one FR USTRATION OVER FLOW OF DRUGS TO US, B AHAMAS REVEALED IN WIKILEAK S RELEASE BTCunions pledge to contin ue pr otests against planned sale in a lawful wa FROM page one UNIONS protested against the proposed BTC sale this week.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. U nions an anachronism. A lot of people think so. I am not denying the need for unions, which were formed in the 19th century when workers were appallingly abused, but today so much legislation h as been passed by governments, mostly at the insistence of unions, that there is now little need for organised labour, other than as a political tool. Unions are effectively an unelected pseudo government, a small minority of the p opulation that use their pow er to gain privilege for their m embers and leaders at the e xpense of the majority. U nfortunately governments a re just as guilty, being so ineffective in their control, so s cared of offending the unions that they are allowed to get away with so much. Ofc ourse, we have to allow for t he fact that unions translate i nto votes, look at America and the Democrats, and governments sell their souls for votes (power That brilliant Harvard l awyer, President Obama, speaking to the unions, and I quote, strong unions mean a strong country, ignoring the fact that the car, and other industries, have been b rought to their knees by the s elfish actions of people, who in any other circumstances, would be called communistso r traitors, for destroying their c ountry. Then he illegally screws the bond holders, the S upreme Court declined to hear the bond holders, I wonder why, bails out the companies with public money, and l o and behold, gives a large chunk of the new company to the unions. He is saying it is good for the country but the costs belie that when you take into account the bond ands hareholders and the dealers hips, and the taxpayers may still not make back their mon ey. Were these actions for the g reater good of the country, or for the benefit of a few self ish people (unions and politi cians) who only cared about t hemselves? But, of course, all that is academic as far as the US is concerned, as theya re hurtling towards bankruptcy, and/or chronic infla tion, over which both parties a re presiding and will seriously affect us here in the Bahamas. I n The Tribune, December 9, Mr Tommy Turnquest complained of offensive remarks by the union chief. When is the government going to stop complaining and do something? It is bad enough when the unions take more than their share in the boom times, but when it is done in a recession it borders on the criminal. The workers seem to think their position is inviolate and they can abuse the system to their ends. Where does this ignoramus, who complained about the white man think much of his wages come from? Uncle Tom died years ago. Where would this country be without the white man? No one denies dreadful things happened in the past, and in somep laces may still be happening. Fortunately in The Bahamas the conflict of the races did not reach the depths they didi n the States, but unless we work together we will never reach the potential of which this beautiful country is capable. We are a small country o f approximately 300,000 s ouls, the size of a medium t own in the States or Europe, t ake out the young, the retired, the sick and the u nemployables, and you do not have too many peoplel eft. Of them many would not w ant to work as civil servants, w ith the stories of mismanagement, laziness, graft, nepotism and political interference, r esulting in overstaffing, etc. M y apologies to the conscientious, but it is far easier to b e dragged down, than to fight against the tide. You usually find the people who complain the most are the ones least qualified and capab le, understandably they fear for their jobs. O n Immediate Response, December 9th, Christy Love roundly condemned all the government run businesses ( Corporations), if only for their lack of service. This individual should be only too pleased that a large interna t ional company is willing to invest in The Bahamas and b ring experience, expertise a nd opportunity to anyone capable of taking advantage of it, to the benefit of allB ahamians. Are there solutions, of course there are? Firstly, get all suitable pub lic business out of government control, the government only has itself to blame for allowing these situations to fester f or so long. Secondly, control the unions, if they cannot controlt hemselves or their members fine them $25,000 a day. Then legislate a strict protocol, like Margaret Thatcher in the UK, union leaders will fight like cats as they see their power and finances dwindle, but that is the cost of being dragged out of the 19th into the 21st century. Surely businesses (BTC future sink or swim together, to coin a phrase, What is good for BTC is good for the Bahamas. Any changes will take a lot of political will, especially as one party, with an eye to votes, will condemn any loss of union power out of hand. For too long unions have condoned appalling b usiness practices, as one chef said when confronting a woman stealing food, she replied my children are hungry put a plug in it woman!T hese practices increase business costs exponentially and t he same people are the first to complain. In Britain, in the eighteenth century, weavers destroyed the mills, dockers fought the introduction of containers it was no longer so easy to steal, car workers destroyed their companies with wild-cat strikes, as did p rinters, it goes on ad nauseam, all these things changed i n the end, the unions just m ade it a lot more expensive. If only the unions could be in t he vanguard for once. I n todays Tribune, 10th, Mr Philip Davis, in my opinion the epitome of stupidity, tries vainly to argue the PLP c ase. Why didnt they sell B TC when they had the o pportunity, on their terms? Oh! I forgot no accounts were produced for at least threey ears. Of course jobs are of prime importance but if youh ave inefficient business, e specially one as important a s the national telecoms carrier, it will die and take many other businesses (jobs i t. I have no doubt that certain politicians are egging ont he unions for short term gain, having no regard for the long term health of the country shame on you. T G Nassau, D ecember 10, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP three bone fragments turned up on a deserted South Pacific island that lay along the course Amelia Earhart was following when she vanished. Nearby were several tantalizing artifacts: some old makeup, some glass bottles and shells that had been cut open. Now scientists at the University of Oklahoma hope to extract DNA from the tiny bone chips in tests that could prove Earhart died as a castaway after failing in her 1937 quest to become the first woman to fly around the world. "There's no guarantee," said Ric Gillespie, director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a group of aviation enthusiasts in Delaware that found the pieces of bone this year while on an expedition to Nikumaroro Island, about 1,800 miles south of Hawaii. "You only have to say you have a bone that may be human and may be linked to Earhart and people get excited. But it istrue that, if they can get DNA, and if they can match it to Amelia Earhart's DNA, that's pretty good." It could be months before scientists know for sure and it could turn out the bones are from a turtle. The fragments were found near a hollowed-out turtle shell that might have been used to collect rain water, but there were no other turtle parts nearby. Earhart's disappearance on July 2, 1937, remains one of the 20th century's most enduring mysteries. Did she run out of fuela nd crash at sea? Did her Lockheed Electra develop engine trouble? Did she spot the island from the sky and attempt to land ona nearby reef? "What were her last moments like? What was she doing? What happened?" asked Robin Jensen, an associate professor of communications at Purdue University in Indiana who has studied Earhart's writ i ngs and speeches. Since 1989, Gillespie's group has made 10 trips to the island, trying each time to find clues that might help determine the fate of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. Last spring, volunteers working at what seemed to be an abandoned campsite found one piece of bone that appeared to be from a neck and another unknown fragment dissimilar to bird or fish bones. A third frag ment might be from a finger. The largest of the pieces is just over an inch long. The area was near a site where native work crews found skeletal remains in 1940. Bird and fish carcasses suggested Westerners had prepared meals there. "This site tells the story of how someone or some people attempted to live as castaways," Gillespie said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. "These fish weren't eaten like Pacific Islanders" eat fish. Millions of dollars have been spent in failed attempts to learn what happened to Earhart, declared dead by a California court in early 1939. The official version says Earhart and Noonan ran out of fuel and crashed at sea while flying from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, which had a landing strip and fuel. Gillespie's book "Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance," and "Amelia Earhart's Shoes," written by four volunteers from the aircraft group, suggest the pair landed on the reef and survived, perhaps for months, on scant food and rainwater. Gillespie, a pilot, said the aviator would have needed only about 700 feet of unobstructed space to land because her plane would have been travelling only about 55 mph at touchdown. "It looks like she could have landed suc cessfully on the reef surrounding the island. It's very flat and smooth," Gillespie said. "At low tide, it looks like this place is surrounded by a parking lot." However, Gillespie said, the plane, even if it landed safely, would have been slowly dragged into the sea by the tides. The waters off the reef are 1,000 to 2,000 feet deep. His group needs $3 million to $5 million for a deep-sea dive. The island is on the course Earhart planned to follow from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, which had a landing strip and fuel. Over the last seven decades, searches of the remote atoll have been inconclusive. A fter the latest find, anthropologists who had previously worked with Gillespie's group suggested that he send the bones to the University of Oklahoma's Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, which has expe rience extracting genetic material from old bones. Gillespie's group also has a genetic sample from an Earhart female relative for comparison with the bones. T he lab is looking for mitochondrial DNA, which is passed along only through females, so there is no need to have a Noonan sample. Cecil Lewis, an assistant professor of anthropology at the lab, said the university received a little more than a gram of bone fragments about two weeks ago. If researchers are able to extract DNA and link it to Earhart, a sample would be sent to another lab for verification. "Extraordinary claims require extraor dinary evidence. That's why we're trying to downplay a lot of the media attention right now," Lewis said. "For all we know, this is just a turtle bone, and a lot of people are going to be very disheartened." Under the best circumstances, the analysis would take two weeks. If scientists have trouble with the sample, that time frame could stretch into months, Lewis said. "Ancient DNA is incredibly unpre dictable," he said. (This article was written by Sean Murphy of the Associated Press). Unions an anachronism LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Bones found might be Amelia Earhart's E DITOR, The Tribune. ON PAGES 1 and 4B of Tuesday the 7th Decembere dition of The Tribune, appeared, under the head ing, Arming Security g uards: I am getting there fast, the Lamentations of an ex president of theB ahamas Chamber of Commerce and a prominent businessman. As the operator of several business establish ments, and having had to take the number of hits that he has had to endure over time, he must not only be frustrated, but con fused. I agree with his analysis of the crime situation and endorse his recommendations for combating the problem, but strongly advise against even the thought of arming security guards in this country, for the following reasons:(a regulations in place for the recruiting and hiring of these persons, there is no oversight of these regula tions by the relevant authority (Ministry of National Security) (b laxity, criminals, ex convicts, illegal migrants and generally persons unfit for such duties, end up as security guards. (c trained in the use of hand guns in a short time frame. It takes weeks to perfect. (d cally fit, ones physical and mental reflexes must be taken into consideration, before being allowed to possess a hand gun. (e feeling of power and superiority. Imagine what it does to an idiot. I would strongly recommend that banks, super markets and indeed all businesses where substan tial sums of cash are being handled, that they contact the police staff association with a view to hiring offduty police officers on weekends and/or busy periods, for it is always better to be safe than sor ry. ERRINGTON W I WATKINS Nassau, December 7, 2010. ADVISING AGAINST THE ARMING OF SECURITY GUARDS

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THE Department of Social Development has paid out over $3 million in food, rental and utility payment assistance as well as special disability allowances for children in the last six months, Minister of State for the Ministry of L abour and Social Develop ment Loretta Butler-Turner said. Speaking during the monthly meeting of the Rotary Club of Southeast Nassau on Wednesday, Mrs Butler-Turner said the Government has committed much to social outreach and social development and will continue to do so as circumstances dictate. The Department of Social Services of the Ministry of Labour and Social Develop ment is the principle agency that administers the countrys social safety net programmes and the Government has ensured that adequate funds are allocated annually for these, she said. The programmes include: food assistance; rent assistance; assistance with utility payments; a disability a llowance for children who are not yet eligible for invalidity assistance from the National Insurance Board; small house repairs for senior citizens and persons with disabilities; foster care allowance; uniform allowance; fire relief, and burial assistance. Persons take full advantage of these programmes, Mrs Butler-Turner said. Breaking down the numb ers, the State Minister said in New Providence in the last six months, the Department expended $259,000 for utility payments; $427,420 in rental assistance and $118,000 for the Special Disability Allowance for Children. For food assistance, which is the most utilised of all the programmes, just over $2 million was expended at one sup plier between July and October, and just under half a mil lion at another supplier between July and mid-November, she said. The Department of Social Services does not create spe cial assistance programmes during the Christmas season, however, Mrs Butler-Turner said numerous churches and civic organisations request that the Department identify individuals and families in need so as to make special presentations to them to make the season brighter. We are always happy to assist with such requests and t he families are greatly appre ciative of the extras and those items that the Department may not be able to supply. The Minister of State also emphasised that the ministry has launched the expansion of the Department of Social Ser vices hotline for persons with depression. The hotline number is 3222763. This initiative is the result of a partnership with the min istry, Grant Thornton Bahamas and the Bahamas Telecommunications Corpo ration, and through it 21 coun sellors will man the 24-hour hotline during December and January to receive calls from persons who may be feeling depressed and overwhelmed during the season. While many are experienc ing much joy and happiness during this time of the year, there are others who, for any number of reasons, are not and may be overcome with depression, Mrs Butler-Turner said. We have noted with alarm the recent increase in suicides a nd attempted suicides in our country and through this initiative we hope that persons who find themselves at this point will reach out and call the hotline for help or a rela tive or friend may call on their behalf, she said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM "I vex because I am tired of hearing about t he sale of BTC. Gove rnment should let the n ew company form their own phone company for those who want change and those who don't want change let them be stuck with Stone Age BTC. I bet y ou all them rowing would be the first ones to switch over to the new phone company. "I vex also because of the stupid times road works decides to do their work and how long they take. Should h ave done all that w ork when Shirley S treet was being p aved. Use your h ead!" Fed Up With Stupidness. I vex because I went to go and pay my cell phone bill last week but couldn't pay i t because they went on strike. But come Monday they were q uick to call me to tell m e that I have an overd ue bill and will be disconnected if not paid. Ic an't wait till we get B TC privatised, then we will get better phone service. Pissed Off. "I is vex 'cause all them big companies c omes here an' buys s mall Bahamian companies an' takes the profits to buy up ande xpand elsewhere. P lus, we is controlled from some head office in the Caribbean. I just ain't want to hear nof oolishness when my phone needs fixing that's I is have to waitf or somebody in the Caribbean head officeto authorise it or calls me with some foreigna ccent to solve my p roblem. Customer. I vex 'cause we sell i ng Batelco. As a true Bahamian I feels it deeply, and suggest they should take outs the Ba (Bahamas so and sell just the Tel-co part so I don't feel as if we is selling our name an' ourselves fora price. Tru Tru Bahamian "I am vex that the police are not paying money for crime tips to stop crime because crime would stop and we would be a richer nation with all that money. Of course, they would have to proba bly sell some cars and lay off some people. Maybe the private sector could also make some donations to start the crime tips fund. Rocket Scientist. "I vex, vex, vex that the ministry so slick that they waited a few months to dig up the road after they paved it and of course we are stuck in the constricted traffic lane. They never learn that it is easier or simpler to immediately dig up the same time they are paving instead of bringing back a whole work crew to get paid all over again. Motorist "I am happy the cold weather is here because I don't need no air-conditioning or fan. BEC be on notice that I am watching for my electricity bill to decrease. Jackfrost. Are you vex? Send your complaints to whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net ByKATHRYN CAMPBELL SAND replenishment has already taken place at the redeveloped Saunders Beach, which next year will receive additional features such as a childrens playground, more benches and a variety of trees and plants to give the area a landscaped look, government officials said. The aesthetic improvements to Saunders Beach, including realignment of the beach parking, are a part of the New Providence Transport Programme one of four major components that fall under a loan agreement between the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank. The components include the New Providence Road Improvement Project, the development of the Big Pond Park, and a Routine Maintenance Management System and the formation of the Transport Planning and Policy Unit. Shenique Albury, environmental specialist assigned to the New Providence Road Improvement Project in the Min istry of Public Works and Transport, said public concerns about erosion of the beach following the removal of the casuarina trees and the dredging of the harbour have been subdued and the ministry is now receiving compliments on the improvements. With most of the major construction and the harbour dredging substantially completed, Ms Albury said Saunders Beach now presents a completely different picture as the beach has replenished most of the sand that had eroded. Sand is moving all the time although we dont notice it with our natural eye, said Ms Albury. The wind picks it up and carries it, the waves bring it in and wash it out all the time. It is a natural cycle. Its normal to see when there are very strong winds and rough seas it has a tendency to erode. When the wind dies and the waves are gentle it has the reverse effect. Based on what weve done at the beach in terms of moving the casuarinas we dont think there is any long-term negative impact on the amount of sand and the sandiness or rockiness of the beach as a result of our project. The matured seagrape trees that were planted on the beach in June to replace the casuarinas have done very well, Ms Albury said. The casuarina trees were removed earlier this year to assist the Government in its efforts to control and eradicate invasive species in the Bahamas. We are quite pleased with the way that they have adjusted to the new environment. All of the trees have survived without disease. We have not seen any signs of them being unhealthy. We expect them all to survive and flourish. Next year they should produce new leaves and branches and provide more shade. The seagrape trees have not begun the obvious fast growth, yet they have been providing shade since placed there. We've seen people utilising the area since the trees have come in. People drive by or use the parking area on lunch break and weekends so the trees have a positive impact environmentally and a social impact for people using the beach. We're happy about that, she said. Ms Albury revealed that there are plans for early next year to continue the landscaping of Saunders Beach with seagrape trees and additional shrubs, coco plums and others to give the area more of a green field. Its going to make the entire Saunders Beach have a complete landscaping effect, she said. Additionally, benches similar to those presently there will extend to the entire length of Saunders Beach. The benches will be handmade by Antonius Roberts out of reclaimed casuarina wood. A childrens playground facility will also be added to the empty space on the western end of Saunders Beach. WHYYOU VEX? Dept of Social Development pays out over $3m in six months Redeveloped Saunders Beach offers scenic view and recreation A VIEW of the redeveloped Saunders Beach, one of the major components of the New Providence Transport Programme. COMMITTED: Loretta Butler-Turner

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2010 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)11:30 A.M. SpeakerPastor Marcel LightbourneNO EVENING SERVICE Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19TH, 2010Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m. Rev. Charles Sweeting with Bro. Andre Bethel T HISWEEK, Santa C laus and St Andrews students donated gifts to underprivileged children in New Providence as part of a Reverse Santa programme. Santa, Ms Claus and t heir helpers made their g rand entrance riding the Builders Mall fire truck as they visited St Andrews Primary School. Then students brought g ifts for Santa to give to less fortunate children throughout the island, in a n effort to ensure that e veryone has something to o pen on Christmas morning. T he Reverse Santa p rogramme encourages children to think about the happiness of others, and teaches about the importance of charity and selfless giving especially during this time of year. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff REVERSE SANT PROGRAMME SEES STUDENTS G IVE GIFTS FOR OTHERS

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A S T HEBahamas moves towards accession to the WorldT rade Organisation, it hopes to count on the support of countries like Switzerland. D eputy Prime Minist er and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration BrentS ymonette received Ambassador of Switzerland to the B ahamas Werner Bau m ann during a courtesy c all on Monday, December 13. In the conference r oom of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Goodmans Bay Cor porate Centre discussions focused on recent achievements between both governments on a number of multilateral issues. A Schengen visa waiver agreement between the Bahamas and the European Community, of which Switzerland is a mem ber, was finalised on May 28, 2009. A Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA between the two countries after the Bahamas fulfilled the require ments of the Organisa tion for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD for removal of a grey list of non-compliant financial jurisdictions. As Switzerland is a member of the OECD and other international economic organisations including the WTO, the International Monetary Fund (IMF Bank, the Bahamas hopes Switzerland will support its bid tobecome a member. On September 14 this year, a first accession Working Party meeting for the Bahamas was held and WTO members carried out a first reading of the Bahamas economic and trade regime. Members supported the accession of the Bahamas and its integration into the rulesbased multilateral trading system. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F REEPORT The Christmas family e vent known as Joie de Noel will take p lace today in the Grand Bahama L abyrinth at the Garden of the Groves at 6 .30pm. Directed by Marjoke Twiest, it will be an Anglo-Dutch production of music and singing by, with and for the community. Our glorious vocalists will be entertaining from the centre flower of the Labyrinth, each being supported by the g roup; and the audience will be seated all around the outer circle of the Sacred Place on the many benches we will have there i n the Labyrinth Garden, said Barbara C hester, founder of the Labyrinth. The theme will be simple and the lighting subdued, reminding us of the firstC hristmas. The one blaze of light will be f rom our chosen tree of Christmas, which t his year will be Quan Yins living, breathi ng lady Acacia, which will be adorned with h undreds of twinkling lights and topped w ith the Christmas star. E veryone will be greeted with steaming hot cocoa and cookies, and be given carol sheets and candles for the community singing at the end of the presentation. At Christmastime, the path of the Labyrinth symbolically represents the jour ney to the Holy City; thus our beautifulv oices will be singing in celebration from that special place of the nativity, said Ms Chester. T his year the community singing will be a ugmented by choral accompaniments a rranged by Marjoke Twiest. Admission is $5 for Garden members a nd $10 for non-members. Children under 1 2 are free. CHRISTMAS COMES TO THE LABYRINTH WITH JOIE DE NOEL THE CAST of Joie de Noel at rehearsal in the Grand Bahama Labyrinth. From left: James Roker, D ora Brown, Anthony Hanna, Dalia Feldman, Marjoke Twiest, Javan Hunt, Jackie Blower, and N athaniel Lewis. AMBASSADOR OF SWITZERLAND PAYS COURTESY C ALL ON DEPUT Y PRIME MINISTER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Brent Symonette (rightA mbassador of Switzerland to the Bahamas, during a courtesy call on Monday, December 13. ABOVE: Father Rodney Burrows and his family called upon Government House on Thursday, where he presented Governor General Sir Arthur with a copy of his book Destiny A Life of Service to My Fellow Man. Pictured from left are Valarie Wallace, Lennique Bannister, Hillary Wallace, Father Burrows, Sir Arthur, Tyler Wallace, Barbara Burrows, Schamae Forbes and Samantha Bannister. LEFT: Father Rodney Burrows (left Barbara Burrows (right General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Govern-m ent House on Thursday. L etisha Henderson / BIS F ATHER BURROWS p resents Sir Arthur with a copy of his book Destiny A Life of Service to My Fellow Man. FATHER BURROWS PRESENTS BOOK TO GOVERNOR GENERAL

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By JOSE LUIS PONCE Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba DECEMBER 8 marked a nother anniversary of the e stablishment of diplomatic r elations between Cuba and Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, the first four independent C aribbean countries. I t was a dauntless gesture by those countries, when the w ord of the Master, 38 years a go, was to keep Cuba isol ated. Every other Caribbean c ountry established relations w ith Cuba after obtaining independence, but the day that rebellious stream beganis observed as Cuba-CARICOM Day. Since then, our bilateral relations have been steadily o n the rise and we have been b ehaving in a dynamic fashi on as a result of the common w ill of our governments. O ur dialogue has not only c onsolidated itself in those matters pertaining to our bilateral relations, but alsoon the multilateral scene, through joint actions undertaken in various international forums and through our reciprocal support. T ogether, we have reitera ted the commitment of our c ountries to defend multilateralism, with full respect for the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of t he United Nations and for the principles of Internation al Law, peace, security andd evelopment and we have a lso undertaken to act in uni s on in the framework of the N on-Aligned Movement, of w hich we are all members. O n December 8, we reiterated our profound appreciation to our Caribbean brothers and sisters for their steadfast and consistent rejection of the economic, commercial and financial blocka de imposed against Cuba a nd for their traditional support for the resolution pres ented by our country on this i ssue every year at the United N ations General Assembly. Our countries are facing common challenges. We are all threatened by the severe e conomic, social, political and e nvironmental crisis endured b y our hemisphere and the world. The colossal squandering and consumerism in industria lised countries jeopardises the survival of our species. Phenomena such as global w arming, the danger of the r ise in sea level, the inordi n ate cutting of trees, the d epletion of fossil fuels and t he irrational use of water s ources, among others, have brought about very serious threats to life in our island states. In our capacity as small islands, we attach vital importance to the protection and p reservation of the environm ent and the sustainable use of natural resources, includi ng our Caribbean Sea. That i s a matter of survival and has a decisive influence on the development of our nations. Of special interest to the C aribbean region is the fight against drug trafficking and international organised crime, areas in which there is close co-operation among our countries. Only a multilateral co-operation approach, ont he basis of mutual respect a nd the principle of shared responsibility, will effectively tackle these problems. R egional integration, set in motion to serve the interests of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, r equires the utmost priority. I ntegration must be based o n an independent development model, attaching priority to complementing each other economically, promoting the advancement of all and enhancing genuine cooperation based on mutualr espect and solidarity. Cuba supports the demands of Caribbean coun tries in their capacity as small e conomies and states that are v ulnerable to outside factors. Both in the context of the WTO and in other internat ional forums, Cuba has u pheld the right of these c ountries to be accorded special and differentiated treatment in an effective manner, as well as other facilities conducive to comprehensive sustained development. Throughout these years, C uba and the Caribbean Community have made progress in establishing the appropriate institutionalf ramework and have fostered e conomic and trading rela tions. On this anniversary, I recall t he words by President Ral C astro at the III CubaC ARICOM Summit in Santiago de Cuba: We, Cubans, are proud of our Caribbean roots and of our relations with the nations in the region. We shall always be grateful for the support and soli d arity received from your governments and peoples. At the same time, we feel deeply committed to those withw hom we share these warm w aters and a dramatic Antil lean history. C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 8, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Public is hereby advised that I, JOYCELYN MARIAOWENS of Malcolm Road, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to JOYCLEN MARIAOWENS. If there are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the N-742, Nassau, Bahamasno later than thirty (30 I NTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLLPUBLIC NOTICE ABOVE: Senior members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force flank the carriage carrying the flag-draped casket of Police Inspector Archibald Clifton Miller into Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums. LEFT: Hundreds gathered in the Church of God Auditorium on Joe Farrington Road Wednesday, to pay their last respects to Inspector Archibald Clifton Miller, who died on December 5. The full military service was officiated by Royal Bahamas Police Force Chaplin, Fr Stephen Davies, with interment in Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums on John F Kennedy Drive. Patrick Hanna /BIS Cuba and CARICOM:38 years of history together O PINION POLICE INSPECTOR ARCHIBALD CLIFTON MILLER LAID TO REST Share your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.260.97AML Foods Limited1.010.97-0.042,0000.1500.0406.54.12% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.5980.2608.25.31% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.492.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.4610.460.001.0500.31010.02.96% 2.842.36Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.956.950.000.4220.26016.53.74% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.851.83-0.020.1110.04516.52.46% 2 .551.60Doctor's Hospital1.601.600.000.1990.1108.06.88% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 10.207.23Finco7.237.230.000.2870.52025.27.19% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.6450.35014.63.73% 5.513.75Focol (S 5.465.460.000.3660.21014.93.85% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.82J. 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(Over-The-Counter Securities)2 9 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 P rime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029FRIDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,487.61 | CHG -0.23 | %CHG -0.02 | YTD -77.77 | YTD % -4.97BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017F INDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.51221.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.51795.51%6.90%1.498004 2.92652.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91871.10%3.13%2.919946 1.56681.4954CFAL Money Market Fund1.56974.15%4.18%1.551550 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.7108-13.03%-4.96% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.2825-0.63%-0.14% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.14151.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.14154.74%5.21% 1.11011.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.11013.94%7.60% 1.14281.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.14284.78%5.90% 9.74859.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.79504.85%5.45% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.6417-1.20%0.50% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.6635-3.37%-3.37% 8.16434.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.94422.94%6.47% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Nov-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Nov-10 30-Sep-10 30-Sep-10 3-Dec-10 30-Nov-10MARKET TERMS30-Nov-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.911577 1.532712 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10 THE Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute and Lakeland College in Alber t a, Canada signed an historic agreement which will allow BTVI students to transfer credits and further their education at theC anadian institution. The agreement signing took place at the BTVI campus on Old Trail Road. Dr Iva Dahl, a manager and consultant at B TVI, signed on behalf of the institute, w hile Mark Butler, Associate Dean of Inter national and Distance Learning signed for L akeland College. M inister of Education Desmond Bannis ter also placed his signature on the landmark document to solidify the governments endorsement of the arrangement. M r Bannister praised Dr Dahl for her efforts in negotiating the articulation agree ment and stated that she continued to be a shining example of leadership in Bahamiane ducation. The minister said he was extremely pleased with the accomplishment and looked forward to many such partnerships between BTVI and institutions around the world. Dr Dahl noted that in 2009 she participated in an Emerging Leadership Programme sponsored by the Canadian gov ernment for college heads from the Amer icas and the Caribbean to explore partnership opportunities between Canadian institutions and the participating countries. At that time, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Lakeland Col lege and BTVI resulting in an Articulation Agreement. It is beneficial to students as they will receive credits for courses completed at B TVI, Dr Dahl stated. She further revealed that the areas in which BTVI students will be able to matriculate are: Business Administration; Tradea nd Construction; and Electrical and Renewable Energy/Solar Paneling Installation. L akeland Colleges representative, Mark B utler also noted how pleased he was that the partnership between Lakeland College and BTVI was achieved so quickly after Dr Dahls trip to Canada. He noted that BTVI students enrolled at Lakeland will also benefit from ties with other Canadian institutions. In addition to the articulation signing, BTVIs Registrar Julia Gay was awarded a Canadian government grant to travel to Canada to explore commonalties between BTVI and other Canadian learning insti tutions that would hopefully prompt other articulation agreements. After the signing, the officials along with Mr Butler toured the construction, electri cal and welding blocks at BTVI. PICTURED (L-R at the signing are Mark Butler, Associate Dean of International and Distance Learning; Dr Iva Dahl, Manager/Consultant; and M inister of Education Desmond Bannister. Agreement opens doors to Canadian institutions for BTVI students I I t t i i s s b b e e n n e e f f i i c c i i a a l l t t o o s s t t u u d d e e n n t t s s a a s s t t h h e e y y w w i i l l l l r r e e c c e e i i v v e e c c r r e e d d i i t t s s f f o o r r c c o o u u r r s s e e s s c c o o m m p p l l e e t t e e d d a a t t B B T T V V I I . Dr Iva Dahl CARACAS, Venezuela VENEZUELAN lawmakers granted President Hugo Chavez broad powers Friday to enact laws by decree, undermining the clout of a new congress that takes office next month with a bigger opposition bloc, according to Associated Press. Chavez opponents con demned the move as a power grab, saying the law will be a blank check for the leftist leader to rule without consulting law makers. The National Assembly approved the special powers for 18 months. A new congress goes into session Jan. 5 with an opposition contingent large enough to hinder approval of some types of major laws. Opposition lawmakers say decree powers now give Chavez a blank check to rule autocratically while ignor ing the congress. Chavez has argued he needs decree powers to fast-track funds to help the victims of recent floods and landslides, and also to hasten Venezuela's transition to a socialist state. The president's critics view the law as one of many controversial measures being pushed through in the final weeks of a lame-duck congress. Another measure under dis cussion Friday was the revised "Social Responsibility Law," which would impose broadcasttype regulations on the Internet and ban online messages "that could incite or promote hatred," create "anxiety" in the population or "disrespect public author ities." Questions remain about how the Internet regulations would be enforced. "They're accusing me of being a dictator," Chavez had said of the decree powers on state tele vision Thursday night, dismissing the criticism as unfounded. "We're building a new democracy here that can't be turned back." The law to grant Chavez decree powers, the fourth such legislation of his nearly 12-year presidenccy, also will allow him to unilaterally enact measures involving telecommunications, the banking system, information technology, the military, rural and urban land use, and the country's "socio-economic sys tem." Among the planned decrees already announced, Chavez intends to increase the valueadded tax, now 12 percent, to raise funds for coping with the disaster caused by weeks of heavy rains. The government is erecting tents to house thousands left homeless and is accelerating public housing construction. V enezuela congress grants Cha vez decree powers

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C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA S AN SALVADOR GREAT INAGUA G REAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA ORLANDOLow: 55F/13C Low: 57F/14C Low: 61F/16C L ow: 63F/17C Low: 65F/18C Low: 67F/19C Low: 67F/19C Low: 63F/17C High: 73F/23C High: 73F/23C High: 77F/25C High: 78F/26C High: 78F/26C High: 77F/25C High: 82F/28C Low: 66F/19C High: 77F/25C Low: 72F/22C High: 82F/28CRAGGED ISLANDLow: 71F/22C High: 80F/27C Low: 71F/22C High: 79F/26C Low: 70F/21C High: 77F/25C Low: 73F/23C High: 80F/27C Low: 75F/24C High: 85F/29C Low: 73F/23C H igh: 81F/27C Low: 71F/22C High: 83F/28C Low: 75F/24C High: 84F/29C Low: 70F/21C High: 80F/27C H igh: 76F/24CFREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE WEATHER REPORT 5-DAYFORECASTP artly sunny with a shower; breezy M ostly cloudy with a f ew showers C hance for a couple o f showers P artly sunny and b reezy P lenty of sunshine High:8 Low:6 High:8 High:7 High:7 AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeelTimes of clouds and s un High:7 Low:6 Low:6 Low:6 AccuWeather RealFeel 8 F The exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatureis an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and elevation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 63F 79-61F 74-63F 77-63F 73-64F Low:6 TODAYTONIGHTSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY AL MANACHigh ..................................................79F/26C Low ....................................................56F/13C Normal high ......................................79F/26C Normal low ........................................67F/19C Last year's high ..................................83F/28C Last year's low ..................................71F/22C As of 1 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.00" Year to date ................................................38.81" Normal year to date ....................................50.49" Statistics are for Nassau through 1 p.m. yesterday Temperature Precipitation SUNANDMOON TIDESFORNASSAU Full LastNew First Dec. 21Dec. 27Jan. 4Jan. 12Sunrise . . . 6:49 a.m. Sunset . . . 5:24 p.m. Moonrise . . 3:08 p.m. Moonset . . 4:10 a.m. T oday Sunday Monday Tuesday H ighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 5:09 a.m.2.711:38 a.m.0.3 5:19 p.m.2.111:24 p.m.-0.1 5:54 a.m.2.912:24 p.m.0.1 6:06 p.m.2.2----6 :39 a.m.3.012:10 a.m.-0.3 6 :53 p.m.2.31:09 p.m.-0.1 7:23 a.m.3.112:56 a.m.-0.4 7:39 p.m.2.41:54 p.m.-0.3 W ednesday Thursday F riday 8 :08 a.m.3.21:43 a.m.-0.4 8 :27 p.m.2.52:38 p.m.-0.3 8:54 a.m.3.22:31 a.m.-0.6 9:17 p.m.2.53:23 p.m.-0.4 9:41 a.m.3.23:21 a.m.-0.4 10:08 p.m.2.64:10 p.m.-0.4 MARINEFORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. ABACO ANDROS CAT ISLAND CROOKED ISLAND ELEUTHERA FREEPORT GREAT EXUMA GREAT INAGUA LONG ISLAND MAYAGUANA NASSAU SAN SALVADOR RAGGED ISLAND Today:SE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:NW at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet6 Miles76F Today:SE at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:NW at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet6 Miles77F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:WNW at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles77F Today:ESE at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:W at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet7 Miles78F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:WNW at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet7 Miles77F Today:SSE at 10-20 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:NW at 12-25 Knots3-5 Feet6 Miles77F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:NW at 10-20 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Today:ESE at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles79F Sunday:W at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet7 Miles78F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:WNW at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet7 Miles78F Today:ESE at 10-20 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:W at 10-20 Knots3-6 Feet7 Miles78F Today:SSE at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:NW at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet5 Miles76F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:WNW at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet7 Miles78F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:WNW at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet7 Miles77F UV INDEXTODAYThe higher the AccuWeather UV IndexTMnumber, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. AccuWeather.com H L L Atlanta A t l a n t a Highs: 48F/9C H i g h s : 4 8 F / 9 C Kingston K i n g s t o n Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Caracas C a r a c a s Highs: 90F/32C H i g h s : 9 0 F / 3 2 C Panama City P a n a m a C i t y Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Limon L i m o n Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Managua Ma n a g u a Highs: 92F/33C H i g h s : 9 2 F / 3 3 C Cozumel C o z u m e l Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Belize B e l i z e Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Charlotte C h a r l o t t e Highs: 43F/6C H i g h s : 4 3 F / 6 C Charleston C h a r l e s t o n Highs: 52F/11C H i g h s : 5 2 F / 1 1 C Savannah S a v a n n a h Highs: 54F/12C H i g h s : 5 4 F / 1 2 C Pensacola P e n s a c o l a Highs: 58F/14C H i g h s : 5 8 F / 1 4 C Daytona Beach D a y t o n a B e a c h Highs: 70F/21C H i g h s : 7 0 F / 2 1 C Tampa T a m p a Highs: 73F/23C H i g h s : 7 3 F / 2 3 C Freeport F r e e p o r t Highs: 76F/24C H i g h s : 7 6 F / 2 4 C Miami Mi a m i Highs: 78F/26C H i g h s : 7 8 F / 2 6 C Nassau N a s s a u Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Havana H a v a n a Highs: 80F/27C H i g h s : 8 0 F / 2 7 C Santiago de Cuba S a n t i a g o d e C u b a Highs: 80F/27C H i g h s : 8 0 F / 2 7 C San Juan S a n J u a n Highs: 81F/27C H i g h s : 8 1 F / 2 7 C Santa S a n t a Domingo D o m i n g o Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Trinidad T r i n i d a d Tobago T o b a g o Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C Port-au-Prince P o r t a u P r i n c e Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Cape Hatteras C a p e H a t t e r a s Highs: 47F/8C H i g h s : 4 7 F / 8 C Aruba Curacao A r u b a C u r a c a o Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Antigua A n t i g u a Highs: 83F/28C H i g h s : 8 3 F / 2 8 C Barbados B a r b a d o s Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Bermuda B e r m u d a Highs: 70F/21C H i g h s : 7 0 F / 2 1 C Atlanta Highs: 48F/9C Kingston Highs: 85F/29C Caracas Highs: 90F/32C Panama City Highs: 86F/30C Limon Highs: 82F/28C Managua Highs: 92F/33C Cozumel Highs: 82F/28C Belize Highs: 84F/29C Charlotte Highs: 43F/6C Charleston Highs: 52F/11C Savannah Highs: 54F/12C Pensacola Highs: 58F/14C Daytona Beach Highs: 70F/21C Tampa Highs: 73F/23C Freeport Highs: 76F/24C Miami Highs: 78F/26C Nassau Highs: 82F/28C Havana Highs: 80F/27C Santiago de Cuba Highs: 80F/27C San Juan Highs: 81F/27C Santa Domingo Highs: 84F/29C Trinidad Tobago Highs: 88F/31C Port-au-Prince Highs: 86F/30C Cape Hatteras Highs: 47F/8C Aruba Curacao Highs: 87F/31C Antigua Highs: 83F/28C Barbados Highs: 85F/29C Bermuda Highs: 70F/21C INSURANCEMANAGEMENTTRACKINGMAP Showers Warm Cold Stationary Rain T-storms Flurries Snow IceS hown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonight's lows. N S EW S E 7-14 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW N S S S 8-16 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 12-25 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 8-16 knots WASHINGTON THE U.S.House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that authorizes the Defense Department to spend nearly $160 billion on the warsin Iraq and Afghanistan this budget year without major restrictions on the conduct of operations, according to Associated Press. The 341-48 vote on the defense authorization bill came after House and Senate Democrats agreed to strip several provisions, including one that would have allowed gays to serve openly in the military and another that would have authorized abortions at overseas military facilities. The provision that would have overturned the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy was approved as a standalone bill in the House earlier this week and awaits a vote in the Senate. The spending bill covers the 2011 budget year, which began Oct. 1. The Senate was expected to approve the measure asone of its final acts before adjourning this year. Congress considers the defense authorization bill to be its primary chance to sway Pentagon policy. While it does not transfer money into Defense Department coffers, it does serve as a blueprint for the defense appropriations bill by authorizing spending levels. This year's bill agreed to $725 billion in defense programs, including $158.7 billion for overseas combat. The bill would continue restrictions on the Defense Department's ability to close the Guantanamo Bay Cuba prison, including prohibiting the transfer of detainees to the U.S. This year's bill is mostly noteworthy for its broad bipartisan support during wartime. On Thursday, a White House review of war progress in Afghanistan suggested that tough combat would continue for years and that troop with drawals in 2011 would probably be small. Unlike during the height of the Iraq War when anti-war Democrats tried to use the legislation to force troops home, the House passed the defense bill Friday with almost no debate on Afghanistan. Other provisions in the bill include: Up to $75 million to train and equip Yemeni counterterrorism forces; $205 million for a program with Israel to develop its "Iron Dome" defense system; $11.6 billion for the development of the Afghan security forces, and $1.5 billion for Iraqi security forces. US House approves billions for wars without debate FIRST LT. BENJAMIN AMSLER left, from Titusville, PA, chats with PFC Kyle Garcia from Ridgefield, WA of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 Infantry from the top of a bunker during a test fire at Combat Out Post Badel in Kunar province in the eastern Afghanistan, Friday. TheU.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that authorises the Defense Department to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this budget year.