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PG 34 @ Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Parish of St
Agnes celebrates
its Patronal Festival

THE PUBLIC is cordially invited to
share in uplifting services as the members
of the St Agnes Anglican Church cele-
brate their annual Patron Festival.

The week of January 20 to 23 is slated
to be a celebration of the feast of St
Agnes the patron saint of the parish.

The Venerable Archdeacon I Ranfurly
Brown, rector at the St Agnes Anglican
church said the celebration goes from the
day before the feast day until the follow-
ing Sunday.

“On the 20th at 7.30 pm there will be a
Solemn Evensong, which is a solemn form
of evening prayer. Bishop Liash Boyd Sr
will be the guest speaker. Also on the fol-
lowing day, the feast of St Agnes, there
will be a sung mass at 6 am. We are also
having a cultural event in the evening but
that is not confirmed as yet,” he said.

Mr Brown explained that the following
Sunday at 7 am will be another Sung Mass
and sermon lead by Canon Curtis
Robinson. There will be a Sung Mass,
Procession and sermon which will be lead
by Fr Oswald Pinder at 10.30 am. “Just
before the church begins we would have a
procession around the church,” he said.

Going further on the services, the festi-
val will climax with a service at 3 pm with
another Solemn Evensong, Sermon,

Outdoor Procession of Witness and
Benediction.

“The outdoor procession goes out of
the church east on Cockburn Street then
south on Market Street, West on Chapel
Street and North on Bluehill Road
returning to the church.”

Archdeacon | Ranfurly Brown



RELIGION

Crusade 2011

A DISTRESS SOS call, floods the
ears and hearts of our Bahamian people
as another young male is killed. The
murder count soars to nearly 100 for
2010. An all time record, never seen in
the history of our nation.
Unemployment rises, moral and social
decay eats away at the fabric of our soci-
ety. Financial hardships from a global
economic recession, has placed many in
the valleys of sickness, despair, depres-
sion and hopelessness.

In the wake of all of this, the Church
Of God Of Prophecy presents Crusade
2011 under the theme, “I'm Coming
Closer to Jesus.” This timely spiritual
event paves the way for opportunities of
salvation, healing, deliverance and spiri-
tual refreshing from the Lord.

We as a body of believers and church
leaders must continue to shine and pro-
claim hope in a world where hopeless-
ness seems to be the order of the day.

These challenges that
we are facing in our
country must draw us
like a magnet to
“come closer to
Jesus”, and for those
who don't know Him
to open up the doors
of their hearts. We
must come near to
God and He will come
near to us (James 4:8
NIV).

Join us Sunday
January 16 -21 7.30pm
at the East St,
Tabernacle and
declare with us that 'I'’m Coming Closer
to Jesus” in my family relationships, in
worship, in giving, in charity, in purpose-
ful and godly living and by simply sur-
rendering our hearts to Him. He is wait-
ing for us.

Bishop
William A.
Lee Jr



The Tribune

Bishop Leroy V.S. Greenaway



The right for

THERE are many reasons why many
people do not become successful. Many
people just don't feel the need to suc-
ceed. These are people who are
secured; contented and like what's hap-
pening to them. But if success means
becoming all that God intends for us to
be, and we're satisfied with less than
that, we not only fall short of God's
glory ourselves but we limit what others
can be for Him.

The greatest responsibility of leaders
is that they do not shortchange them-
selves, thereby shortchanging those
whom they lead. If God has given a gift,
we are to use it and succeed, so that we
not only enhance the Kingdom from
our perspective but from our followers
as well.

One reason why people do not suc-
ceed is that they are afraid of success.
What are some of the reasons why peo-
ple are afraid of success? Sometimes
they back off because they are afraid of
the commitment level required.
Sometimes they are afraid because suc-
cess puts pressure on them to continue
to succeed.

A person who gets straight A's on a
report card sets a pattern of achieve-
ment and thus must keep achieving.
Often they do not want to be responsi-
ble, so they shrink from success.

People who have poor self-images
will always shy away from success.
Others don't want to be successful
because they don't like to be lonely.
They would rather be with the crowd;
it's lonely at the top. Risk is another




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reason why people don't want to ‘stick
their necks out’. There are many more
reasons, but the main point is that some
people are afraid of success.

Thave also discovered that many peo-
ple in the business world and the church
are very suspicious of success. It's as if
they think that if you want to be suc-
cessful, you certainly can't be spiritual.
Successful people couldn't be humble.
We've almost equated humility with
poverty.

Yet when I look through the Word of
God, I see thousands of successful peo-
ple who chose to enter into the arena of
action and give themselves to a cause
that would better humility. They were
successful in changing lives for eternity.
Think of people like Joseph, Nehemiah,
the Apostle Paul, Joshua, David and
Abraham. Many of these men despite
their problems were successful men.

To fail to become all that God creat-
ed you to become, limits not only your-
self but also those under your influence.

I urge you to begin to look within
yourself and begin to unlock your
imprisoned potential and become all
God ordained you to be.

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People who have
poor seltimages will
always shy away
trom success. Others
don't want to be suc
cesstul because they
don't like to be lonely.
They would rather be
with the crowd: it's
lonely at the top. Risk
is another reason why
people don't want to
‘stick their necks out’.

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The Tribune

RELIGION

Thursday, January 13, 2011 ® PG 35

(CY MEDITATION

Through it all, God is faithful

By Rev. Angela Palacious

There are times when we are not sure if
our life is amounting to much at all. We
had been close to the Lord but that seems
almost a lifetime ago. We wonder if there
is any point in trying to swim against the
social tide. The enemy really does know
where we are most vulnerable.

Throughout the pages of Holy
Scripture, there are reminders that the
anointed life will bear fruit at some time
for someone. Obedience to God’s call is
celebrated as a costly but cost-effective
response. The blessings of God are
unmatchable.

When we doubt the value of our best
efforts, let us remember that the One
who calls also equips, who equips also
directs, and who directs also evaluates
the effectiveness of the action. God’s
approval is more related to our faithful-
ness than to measurable results. Only
God can see the whole picture or plan.

The prophet Isaiah speaks of his call to
be a prophet in this manner: “...The
Lord called me before I was born, while
I was in my mother’s womb he named

No Time?

I would like to take this time and say
Happy New Year, to you my readers. It has
been a blessing to have received your kind
words, prayers and encouragement in the
past but especially in 2010. Your response
has been truly overwhelming. I do not take
for granted this platform that God has
afforded me to share insights and experi-
ences with you in this section. Thank you
for taking the time to read my articles and I
hope they continue to bless your lives. I
speak God's choice blessings on you and
your families in the months ahead.

As I was sitting in the Watch night Service
held at our church on New Year's Eve. I
promisied myself I would do a better job of
sharing my faith to others. In my efforts of
being a better evangelist I came across a
young man, who I see often in my daily trav-
els. T asked him if he goes to church? I must
admit his answer took me by surprise. That
young man told me:"I don't have time for
church.” Those were his exact words. At
least he was honest right?

I was sharing this same conversation with
a dear friend of mine and we began to con-
sider some possibilities. Possibilities such as,
what if God didn't have time to wake us up
in the morning? Or if He didn't have time to
allow our mercies to be new every morning?
Or He don't see the need to put His hedge
of protection around us, so that we could be
shielded from dangers seen and unseen.
What if He didn't feel like letting His son
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me.” (Is. 49: 1). He describes the call of
the Suffering Servant as: “...It is too light
a thing that you should be my servant to
raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore
the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a
light to the nations, that my salvation
may reach to the ends of the earth” (Is.
49:6).

When this prophecy is fulfilled in the
incarnation (taking on flesh) of Jesus
Christ, we hear John the Baptizer, anoth-
er great prophet, stating: “...I saw the
Spirit descending from heaven like a
dove, and it remained on him” (John 1:
32).

This call is for apostles also: “Paul,
called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by
the will of God...” (1 Cor. 1:1), but the

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sins? What then? Something to think about
right?

We take so many things for granted that it
is truly a shame. I know that we are not
always on “God’s Run,” but I think the time
has come and gone that we really need to
reconsider our mindsets and actions. The
Bible tells us that it is in God that live, move
and have our being. How can we not honour
God with our time, talents and resources?
We shouldn't be denying the source. If truth
be told we only end up hurting ourselves.
God could nor would He ever lose.

I don't know of anyone who has lost or
been at a disadvantage serving God. I dare
the person who has to come forth. I do won-
der what would become of us if God was to
treat us they way we treat Him? Not to
worry, the Bible tells us that His ways are
far from our ways. My pastor said in a ser-
mon a few Sundays ago, “Thank God He is
not like man, especially like us Bahamians.”
However, that's another article.

In this brand new year, let's do more or at
let's make an effort to realise who God is
and all that He does for us. Let's find some
way to say thank you Lord for all that you
do. Even if that is going to church, saying a
kind word, or even a friendly smile. We will
be better for it in the long run.

best news of all is that it is for each one of
us as well: “To the church that is in
Corinth, to those who are sanctified in
Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together
with all those who in every place call on
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both
their Lord and ours (1 Cor. 1:3)...God is
faithful; by him you were called into the
fellowship of his son, Jesus Christ our
Lord” (1 Cor. 1:9)

The next stage is the equipping that
takes place in secret and is revealed when
the time is right: “He made my mouth
like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his
hand he hid me, he made me a polished
arrow, in his quiver he hid me away” (Is.
49: 2). The prophet is able to reach a dis-
tant target with words which pierce the
heart as if with a sword. We all receive
grace and spiritual gifts suited to our par-
ticular tasks: “...The grace of God has
been given you in Christ Jesus, for in
every way you have been enriched in
him, in speech and knowledge of every
kind...that you are not lacking in any
Spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing
of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also

strengthen you to the end, so that you
may be blameless on the day of our Lord
Jesus Christ” (1Cor. 1: 4-8).

In spite of all this, we will experience
times of near despair as the prophet
Isaiah relates: “...I have laboured in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and
vanity; yet surely my cause is with the
Lord, and my reward with my God” (Is.
40: 4). God’s word still stands, however,
“.,. You are my servant, in whom I will be
glorified” (Is. 40: 3). Even if we feel dis-
couraged and despondent that we are not
appearing to accomplish our goals for the
work of the Lord, it is our faithful obedi-
ence to persevere that brings God the
highest glory.

This is why we struggle, suffer, trust,
believe, obey, rejoice, repent, witness,
worship, work for the Lord, to give God
glory. The prayer of the church is for us
to be a people illumined by God’s Word
and Sacraments who “shine with the radi-
ance of Christ’s glory, that He may be
known, worshipped, and obeyed to ends
of the earth” (Anglican Prayer Book).

Through it all, God is faithful.

MUON Me AUC Te LE)



CELEBRATING: Pictured are some of the Phi Beta Sigma members attending Mt Carey Union
Baptist Church in Fox Hill where Bro Rev Dr Enoch Backford II is pastor.

ON Sunday January 9, Phi Beta
Sigma Fraternity Inc., celebrated it’s
97th Founders Day. Phi Beta Sigma is a
predominantly African-American fra-
ternity which was founded at Howard
University in Washington, D.C. on
January 9, 1914 by three young African-
American male students.

The founders: A Langston Taylor,
Leonard F Morse, and Charles I Brown,
wanted to organise a Greek letter fra-

ternity that would exemplify the ideals
of brotherhood, scholarship, and serv-
ice.

Today, The Delta Epsilon Sigma
Chapter here in The Bahamas has over
200 members ranging from politicians
to doctors. The ideals the founders
envision, are lived out in the work and
community service projects the broth-
ers of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Chapter
continue to undertake.



PG 36 @ Thursday, January 13, 2011

RELIGION

The Tribune



PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
Associated Press

streets of the Haitian capital

turned quiet Wednesday as
businesses closed and people
walked in solemn processions to
prayer services marking the
anniversary of the worst natural
disaster in the nation's history.

Many people wore white, a color asso-
ciated with mourning in Haiti, and sang
hymns as they navigated collapsed build-
ings and rubble from the Jan. 12, 2010,
earthquake that left much of Port-au-
Prince in ruins. The government
increased the estimated death toll to
more than 316,000 people, but it did not
explain how it arrived at that number.

Evens Lormil joined mourners in a
crowd at the Roman Catholic cathedral,
its towering spires and vaulted roof now
collapsed, waiting for a memorial Mass
next to what was once a prominent land-
mark in a ragged downtown. The 35-year-
old driver of the collective taxis known as
tap-taps said his wife and two children
were in the countryside north of the capi-
tal, still too traumatized by the quake to
attend the service, or even live in the city.

"I'm here to mourn all the victims,” he
said before the Mass, which was held in a
tent next to the ruined cathedral. "Even
though life was bad before the earth-
quake, it got worse. I am hoping the coun-
try can move together and come for-
ward."

‘Terez Benitot, who sat barefoot outside
the Mass because there was no more
room inside, said she lost a cousin in the
earthquake, her house collapsed and her
husband, a mason, has less work than
before the quake.

"God blessed me by taking only one of
my cousins that day,” the 56-year-old
woman said. "Our house collapsed but we
have health and life."

Crisscrossing the central Champ de

Te normally traffic-clogged

Mars Plaza were prayer groups who
thanked God for sparing them from the
earthquake, and others who took advan-
tage of the day to promote women's
rights, oppose the U.N. force that pro-
vides security in Haiti, and other causes.

"Tt is a grand day for us that we are able
to give thanks to God that we are still
here," one of the marchers, 54-year-old
Acsonne Frederique, said as a preacher
exhorted him and others in the cheering
crowd to pray. "Others are here to repair
our country. We are here to repair our
souls."

President Rene Preval and former U.S.
President Bill Clinton attended a ceremo-
ny to lay the cornerstone for a new
National Tax Office, where many workers
were killed in one of the blows to the pub-
lic sector that paralyzed the government
following the earthquake.

Dignitaries from around the world are
in Haiti to mark the anniversary. But they
are also facing skepticism from a Haitian
public that expected more progress
toward reconstruction.

Aid groups say only about 5 percent of
the rubble from the quake has been
removed and the capital is strewn with 20
million cubic yards (meters) of collapsed
concrete and twisted steel debris, enough
to fill dump trucks that would encircle
half the globe. At least a million displaced
people, including 380,000 children, are
still in 1,200 tent-and-shack encampments
that sprung up after the quake.

Haitian-American musician Wyclef
Jean said many people are still hopeful
but there are limits to their patience.

"You see them here, you see their ener-
gy, and they are smiling. They have hope,
which is faith, but they can only have
hope and faith for so long," said Jean as
he got into a car in downtown Port-au-
Prince, surrounded by workers wearing
the blue T-shirts of his Yele Haiti charity.
"They are hoping that we at home do not
forget them and that we put pressure on
the powers that be to start the reconstruc-
tion because they want to work.”



HAITIAN president Rene Preval, center, Haiti's first lady Elisabeth Debrosse Preval fourth
from left, and Haiti Prime Minister Jean- Max Bellerive, right, carry wreaths for the victims
of the Jan. 2010 earthquake during a religious ceremony at the Titanyen mass grave site

on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. The religious ceremony

is one of many events planned to mark the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 12th magni-

tude-7.0 quake that killed more than 220,000 people and left millions homeless. (AP)



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Man appears
in court over
teacher death

By NATARIO McKENZIE
and NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporters

A MAN appeared in
court yesterday charged with
murdering pre-school
teacher Denise Adderley.

Taxi driver John Manuel
Adderley, 37, is accused of
killing Denise Adderley, the
mother of one, while she sat
inside her car at the Texaco
Service Station on Wulff and
Kemp roads on Sunday
night.

Police reports say Ms
Adderley, who lived in the
Chippingham area, was shot
six times with a shotgun. She
was the third homicide vic-
tim of the new year.

When he was arraigned
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez in Court One,
Bank Lane, yesterday,
Adderley was not required

to enter a plea to the murder
charge. Nineteen witnesses
are listed on court dockets.

It was said in court that
Adderley, who lives at Hill-
side Park Estates, off
Bernard Road, Nassau, was
known to the deceased.

The case was transferred
to Court Six, Parliament
Street, and adjourned to
January 26 for a fixture
hearing.

Adderley was remanded
to Her Majesty’s Prison.

Ms Adderley, 39, was a
teacher at the Uriah
McPhee Primary School on
Kemp Road for nine years.

Staff and pupils at the
school have received coun-
selling to help them cope
with the tragic loss.

Dr Nicole Adderley,
Denise’s sister, said she did
not want her sister to be

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NEW APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED AT LEGAL YEAR OPENING

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

CHIEF Justice Sir Michael
Barnett yesterday announced
several new judicial appoint-
ments and initiatives yester-
day at a ceremony marking
the opening of the legal year
2011.

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with effect on February 1, of
Jamaican-born Roy Jones to
the position of Supreme
Court Justice.

Mr Jones presently serves
as an acting Justice of the
Court of Appeal of Jamaica,
having served as a Justice of
the Jamaican Supreme Court
for more than eight years.

Sir Michael also noted that

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continue to preside over crim-
inal matters in Grand
Bahama, and the Judicial and
Legal Services Commission
(JLSC) has recommended he
be appointed a Senior Justice
effective December 20, 2010.

Sir Michael also noted he

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BTC CHAIRMAN DENIES
ACCUSATIONS OF
CONFLICT OF INTEREST

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

CONFLICT of interest
accusations against BTC's
chairman Julian Francis over
a contract awarded to anoth-
er company he chairs to han-
dle a portion of BTC's pen-
sion fund are attempts to
"malign" his character.

The claims come from
chairman of the Opposition
Progressive Liberal Party
Bradley Roberts and the
unions who are against Gov-
ernment's impending sale of
BTC to Cable & Wireless.
Yesterday Mr Roberts argued
that BTC's chairman has been
caught in a “blatant conflict
of interest" and violated the
Free National Movement's
code of ethics because of his
position as chairman of Prov-
idence Advisors Limited,
which manages a portion of
BTC staff's pension fund.

Said Mr Francis in
response: "There is no con-
flict whatsoever in connection
with Providence. ..J am nota
shareholder in Providence
Advisors, I am only a chair-
man, that's all. I scrupulously
recuse myself from any mat-

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‘STRONGER PROVISIONS’
NEEDED TO POLICE BAR
ASSOCIATION MEMBERS

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Bar Asso-
ciation president Ruth Bowe-
Darville said yesterday that
stronger provisions and sanc-
tions are needed to police its
members.

Speaking at a ceremony to
mark the opening of the legal
year, Mrs Bowe-Darville said:
“We have a very large legal
community, yet the profes-
sion suffers irreparable dam-
age and disrepute from the
wrong doings of a few.

“The Bar tries to police its
members, however the Legal
Profession Act needs further
amendment as does it regu-
lations. We cannot regulate
our members if we are not
given the power or the ability
to do so. We need stronger
provisions and sanctions for
self regulation.”

According to Mrs Bowe-
Darville, there are 977 attor-
neys actively practising in the
Bahamas, 445 of whom have
been called to the Bar within
the last 10 years. She noted
that 53 were called to the Bar
last year alone. The Bar Asso-
ciation president noted that
832 attorneys are in private
practice and 11 are Queen’s
Counsel in the Bahamas.

In his speech, Attorney

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was attended by Justices, Magistrates and
Members of the Bar. Officiating was the
Very Rev. Patrick L. Adderley, Dean, Rec-
tor and Vicar General of Christ Church
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MAN SUFFERS
GUNSHOT
WOUNDS

A 38-year-old man is in
hospital recovering from
gunshot wounds after
being hit in the buttocks
when the car he was in
came under fire.

He was in Windsor Place
off Soldier Road with two
other people in a Honda
Inspire early yesterday

ing dark clothing opened
fire.

in stable condition after he
was taken to hospital by
emergency medical ser-
vices.

Meanwhile in other
crime-related matters,
police are also investigat-
ing a Series of armed rob-
beries that occurred early
yesterday morning.

Armed thugs wearing
dark clothing robbed a
woman at her home on
Acklins Street and Andros
Avenue shortly after 3am.

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After waking her from
her sleep, the gunmen
robbed the woman of an
assortment of jewellery
and cell phones, and
escaped in a white Honda
Accord.

Less than an hour later,
two men armed with hand-

guns robbed a man in front

of his house at Miami
Street near the corner of
Cordeaux Avenue.

As the victim was
approaching his home, the
men robbed him of an
undetermined amount of
cash and also took his
white 1992 Nissan Sentra.
The thieves were last seen
heading south on Miami
Street.

The victim’s Sentra was
registered to the island of
the Eleuthera and carried
the plate number 1688.

The next armed robbery
took place just before 7am
at East Bay Street, east of
Church Street.

A man armed witha
handgun robbed a 22-year-
old man of an undeter-
mined amount of cash and
a red Cherokee Jeep with
the plate number 135899.

Police are also investi-
gating an armed robbery
that took place on Tues-
day.

Two masked thugs
wearing camouflage jack-
ets robbed Oliver’s Mini
Mart on Alexander Boule-
vard in Nassau Village.

The culprits, one of
whom was armed with a
handgun, entered the con-
venience store demanding
cash shortly after 9pm.

The thieves escaped with

an undetermined amount
of cash on foot, heading
north.

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TARPUM BAY, Eleuthera:

? A 59-year-old BEC linesman
? was found by his common law
i wife late Tuesday night with a
: heavy duty cable around his
? neck, hanging from the post of
? aclothesline.

William Arthur Styles of

: 7 Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera was
morning when a man wear ? dead. Suicide is suspected —
; the first for the year in the
a , ? Bahamas.

The victim was said to be ;

“Tt feels like a dream to me. I

i left my father shortly after 9pm.
? I went in the room to get spray
? starch to iron my little boy’s
? school clothes. I asked him if
? he was okay and he said ‘yes.’ |
: left him after that. Not too long
i after my mother asked me
: where he went. We thought he
? walked to the bar next door,”
: said Marjorie Styles, one of Mr
? Styles’ nine children.

A shout from her mother

: Daffinette Carey, who had
? gone outside to hang clothes
? on the line, alerted her to the
i tragedy.

“She didn’t notice at first he

had a rope around his neck. She

thought he was stooping there.
When she walked closer she
yelled. I saw him there and that
was enough. One of my broth-
ers helped to cut him down and
take him to the clinic,” said Ms
Styles.

“Tt just feels like a dream to
me, like he is gone somewhere
and he will be back. He was
good and healthy. I don’t know
what possessed him. He was
right in his bed. I don’t know
what possessed him to do that,”
she said.

Mtr Styles was recently placed
on pre-retirement leave by
BEC.

After working for the power
company for more than 20
years, pre-retirement was
thought to be “preying on his
mind,” Tribune sources claim.
Mr Styles spent most of his pre-
retirement days at home, where
his wife, children and grand-
children lived.

“He loved to work. I think
that is what had him stressed
out, being home with no job,
nowhere to go. Daddy why did
you do this? I haven’t slept all
night. I was walking through
and through his room, looking
for him. He would sit on his

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hardly went anywhere,” said
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“We are going to miss jok-
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with him all the time just to see
if we could get him happy.
Some days he was happy, some
days he was sad. Now, just me
walking inside his room is a
mess because he was always
there,” she said.

Community members recall
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his job.

“We lived in the same com-
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he was a boy. He was good on
his job and he knew what he
was doing,” said a Tarpum Bay
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thought of telling her adoles-
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children. I don’t know how to
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didn’t see what happened, but
he sees the crowds. I will tell
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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

WEBSITE
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The menace of poachers in our waters

DESPITE the diplomatic row brewing
between Honduras and Jamaica in the after-
math of the killing of an Honduran fishing
vessel captain, Jamaica’s National Security
Minister has announced that his government
is “going to get tough on persons who
encroach on Jamaica’s economic zone.”

National Security Minister Dwight Nel-
son told The Gleaner of Jamaica this week,
that Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Dr
Christopher Tufton has complained that
Honduran fishermen plunder Jamaica’s fish-
ing resources weekly.

"And when they come,” he told The
Gleaner, “they come with 150 people on the
boats. So when they go diving, they take
everything they can find under the surface."

Mr Tufton said it was more than just tres-
pass into Jamaica’s waters. "It's an economic
issue, it's a diplomatic issue, it's a national
security issue. It's a health issue also because
it is not only lobster that they carry on these
vessels; they carry wild animals that they
trade — parrots, monkeys, that sort of thing.
There are lots of issues that have to be sort-
ed out," he explained.

The Hondurans claim that the Jamaican
Defence Force used “excessive force” in the
recent incident, which resulted in the killing,
not only of the fishing boat’s captain, but
the wounding of at least three crew mem-
bers.

However, the Security Minister support-
ed his force. He maintained that Jamaica’s
Defence Force took all precautions before
taking action, and then only fired when the
Honduran vessel turned and headed towards
their ship as if to cause a collision.

“It was at this point that the Honduran
vessel stopped and communicated by radio,
which indicated that they had been hearing
the signals of the Jamaican coastguard," Mr
Nelson said.

Bahamian fishermen can relate to the
frustration of the Jamaicans. Poachers are
their constant complaint. It was only last
year that our fishermen complained that
poachers rob the Bahamas of up to $22 mil-
lion worth of its marine resources each year.
The fishermen have threatened to ignore
the Bahamas Defence Force and take mat-
ters into their own hands.

A spokesman for the Bahamas Com-
mercial Fishers Alliance said that Bahamian
fishermen put up to $1 million worth of lob-
ster traps in the water every season, only to
have them stolen. They vowed that they will
not sit still and watch poachers rob them of
their livelihood.

Their main complaint is against Domini-
can fishermen, who fish our waters in and
out of season.

They vowed not to alert the Defence
Force to a poacher in future, but to take
matters into their own hands. The Defence
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taking this course of action. They also com-
plained of the light sentences of the courts.
As a result, the same old poaching faces
continue to reappear in our fishing zones,
they say. The fishermen say that instead of
being stripped of their cargo, they are fined
$10,000 or 0.5 per cent of the value of their
catch, and sent on their way, free to plunder
another day. The Commercial Fishers
Alliance named 11 boats as the chief offend-
ers. Those ships, we were told, can often
carry 60,000 pounds of fish or lobster from
the Bahamas on one trip.

Mr Abner Pinder, Chief Counsellor for
Spanish Wells, told The Tribune last year
that the Bahamas’ fishing industry would
have no problems if the poachers could be
“eradicated.”

Dominicans are our main problem. We
have not heard from the Hondurans since
that day many years ago when they kid-
napped some of the crew of one of our
Defence Force boats and headed back to
Honduras. In that incident the Honduran
fishing vessel was captured by the Defence
Force. To bring it back to the Coral Harbour
base, a few Defence Force officers were put
on the Honduran vessel. The Hondurans
cut the tow line and steamed back to Hon-
duras, Defence Force officers and all. Even-
tually the officers were returned, unharmed
to the Bahamas. But that was the last, as
far as is known, that Hondurans have been
seen in our waters.

Just before Christmas — during the
closed season for grouper fishing — the
Defence Force brought in two Dominican
boats. This time their boats were confiscated,
the captain of one boat was fined $50,000
and the other $75,000. Fines for the crew
were in the region of $500 for one boat and
$250 for the other. The difference in the
fines was because grouper was found on one
boat, but not on the other. However, the
second boat was also fined heavily because it
was illegally in our waters. Off season for
grouper continues through February. In the
meantime, however, Dominican fishermen
are still spotted crawfishing.

“We call the Defence Force,” Mr Pinder
said yesterday, “but by the time they get
here the next day, the Dominicans have
moved into the ocean. It’s strange how they
always seem to know when the Defence
Force is coming.”

“IT know I could stop the poachers,” Mr
Pinder told us last year. “Give me one of
the Defence Force boats and a crew and if
they don’t want to give me a crew, I can get
my own crew.”

Yesterday, Mr Pinder said that his offer
still stands. It is reminiscent of Sir Winston
Churchill’s pledge to US President Franklyn
Roosevelt during the second World War:
“Give us the tools and we will finish the
job.”



Tremendous
progress has
been achieved.

since 1967

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would appreciate you
publishing the following let-
ter, which was written to The
Nassau Guardian.

EDITOR, The Nassau
Guardian.

I read your editorial this
morning with a little more
than dismay.

The Guardian purports to
be concerned that insufficient
attention is being given to the
accomplishment of Majority
Rule in 1967. Still, the
Guardian did not use the
occasion to write an inspiring
article about the significance
of peaceful achievement of
majority rule or even an edi-
torial highlighting the tremen-
dous progress achieved since
that time by thousands of
Bahamians both black and
white.

Instead, the Guardian's
editors continue along what
has come to typify its and its
owners’ policy line, that is, to
complain and to incite. First it
was the police who were chal-
lenged to shoot more crimi-
nals on the streets.

Then, it was the unions who
were goaded to take strike
action.

And later still, it was par-
ents and young people who
were led to believe that the
enforcement of a public safe-
ty law (seat belts) was poorly
timed — presumably it being
wiser to over-spend on Christ-
mas shopping and partying
rather than in on children's
car seats!

LETTERS

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Now it seems that the
Guardian aims to encourage
the poor in society to rise up
against a government which
passes laws (unspecified) that
“burden the average man and
assists the wealthy.”

Perhaps The Nassau
Guardian editorial writer will
comment on the fact that its
owners also own Colina Insur-
ance, Colina Financial, Impe-
rial Life Insurance, Sentinel
Bank, Ansbacher Bank, and
Star Radio- ownerships all
achieved over the past 10 or
so years. They also have a
partnership with Cable 12 for
the NB 12 News.

Rumour has it that they
are eying Bank of The
Bahamas and Cable 12.

Having advised that they
support the unions in their
opposition of the sale of a
majority interest in BTC toa
foreign company the
Guardian owners have also
let it be known that they wish
to purchase the majority
interest in BTC.

How much do they want
(need) to own?

I did not realize that the
goal of privatization was to
swap government monopoly
for the monopoly of The Nas-
sau Guardian.

And, I still cannot figure
out which of The Nassau
Guardian's owners is a “poor
or average Bahamian”; one is

white and the other black.
Neither came from money but
made it because of the oppor-
tunities afforded them by suc-
cessive Governments since
1967. Itis not too far a stretch
to say, opportunities made
available to them very specif-
ically after 1992 and the elec-
tion of the first FNM Gov-
ernment.

The promises of Majority
Rule, which were nearly oblit-
erated by the ravages of cor-
ruption and drug infestation
during the 1980s, were res-
cued in 1992.

Today Bahamians who own
and are employed in private
radio and television, Cable
Bahamas, Bank of Bahamas,
Freeport Power Company;
and who hold bonds which
financed the construction of
the second Paradise Island
Bridge, and who soon will
own shares in Commonwealth
Brewery and in BTC are liv-
ing the promise of Majority
Rule as are the two principal
owners of the Nassau
Guardian, Emmanuel Alex-
iou and Anthony Ferguson.

Bahamians who have seen,
in just the past two years, the
introduction of an unemploy-
ment benefit and of the
National Prescription Drug
programme under the FNM
know all too well that the laws
passed by the present gov-
ernment do not burden but
rather benefit them and their
children.

FED UP
Nassau,
January, 2011.

Why is Government sending mixed
signals over immigration policy?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Well all the noise and rush-
ing is over and true to form
we dispute who won which
and who manipulated the
results an annual occurrence
as common as the sun rising in
the east! Will we ever
change?

May I comment on Immi-
gration, Editor - whilst the
Director is directed not to
respond to those persons here
illegally after the fire off
Carmichael we read adver-
tisements where the same
Director is chasing the non-
Bahamian wives of Bahamian

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citizens and then yet again we
see we are unable to fortify
and hold solid our borders —
again a boat load of illegal
immigrants from Haiti land
in Exuma.

Why is this Government
sending mixed signals all the
time over their policy on
Immigration — to me an illegal
is illegally in The Bahamas
our laws say he/she is liable
to arrest and deportation not
safe custody.

The role of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force in
the policing of our borders is
highly questionable as boat
load after boat-load of
Haitians sail into our country

with little chance of being
caught. What do our RBDF
patrol craft do when at sea?

Our fishermen scream they
cannot see or find the RBDF
when they are needed to pro-
tect their interests.

I feel for the Haitians and
any others who are found in
the political economic situa-
tion they find themselves, but
we have laws and it is up to
the Minister of National Secu-
rity to totally comply with
those laws or, sir, please
resign forthwith.

K MINNS
Nassau,
January 4, 2011.

BORCO made Christmas
a bit more special

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Tam an adult and IJ have resided in Pinder’s Point all my life.
One week before Christmas, management and staff at BORCO
delivered care packages and turkeys throughout my community.
It brought back that feeling of what the old days were like.

Without any form of warning or public announcement, BOR-
CO trucks were loaded with goodies, and the staff members
were dressed in red uniforms. At a little past 7am on a Saturday
morning I heard a knock on my door. It was the BORCO
Team bearing gifts and happy holiday wishes.

I wish to thank BORCO’s Managing Director, Mr Ray-
mond Jones and his entire staff for making Christmas a bit more
special for me and my neighbours this year. More than the
celebration of one day, the packages contain items that will last
for months. God bless the owners, managers, and staff at BOR-

Co.

A THANKFUL
PINDER’S POINT
MOTHER
December 27, 2010.

Thank you Bahamas for a wonderful time!

EDITOR, The Tribune.

We just returned home to Minnesota from a cruise to your
beautiful island. I want to thank you so much for the wonder-

ful experience we had.

We rented a scooter (yes! we are dumb Americans who
actually did that) and had an absolutely wonderful time explor-
ing New Providence Island. Everyone on the road was very
accommodating and helpful — many laughing at us and sever-
al drivers and pedestrians asked us if we were OK — obviously
not used to the left side of the road. From the moment we left
the ship everyone in the Bahamas that we met and talked to was

very friendly, very helpful.

Tlove your home and hope to return someday.

Lynn Nicks,
Minnesota,
January 11, 2011.



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LOCAL NEWS



Govt nominates biosphere reserves
to join UNESCO’s world network

SOME areas in the Bahami-
an national park system have
been designated by UNESCO
to join the World Network of
Biosphere Reserves (WNBR)
as international protected areas
and sites of excellence for edu-
cation and training.

The Bahamas sites will be
added to the current 564 sites in
109 countries.

The designated biosphere
reserves will be subject to the
2010 Planning and Subdivisions
Act, as well as the 2010
Forestry Act.

“We have just completed and
enacted a new Planning and
Subdivisions Act, a Forestry
Act, and an amendment to the
Bahamas National Trust Act.
Together these three Acts deal
with the core of development,
preservation, and the repre-
sentative communities that we
see as making up the
Bahamas,” said Earl Deveaux,
Minister of the Environment.

“T approach conservation
and preservation in my coun-
try with the view that we can’t
deal with it in isolation. While
our country is big and covers
100,000 square miles of ocean,
everywhere we are impacted by
human activity. So, we have set
aside approximately 700,000
acres of land, under manage-
ment of the Bahamas National

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Trust. But, the passing of the
Planning and Subdivisions Act
is intended to help us shape
how we order development and
conserve the environment
which is at the core of our way
of life.”

The Planning and Subdivi-
sions Act mandates the creation
of land-use plans. The Forestry
Act segments the national
forestry estate into three cate-
gories: protected forests, con-
servation forests and managed
forests.

The biosphere reserves will
include reef zones, areas where

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Ranfurly Homes for
Children get love
from Philadelphia

BAHAMIAN musical
artists teamed up with the
arts community of Philadel-
phia on January 9 to present
a night of entertainment in
benefit of the Ranfurly
Homes for Children.

The Lang Performing
Arts Centre at Swarthmore
College was the stage for
Love That Child Benefit
Concert. More than 700
patrons packed the centre




for the evening of music and
dance presentations.

The event was supported
by all of the dance studios
and schools in the sur-
rounding town of Swarth-
more.

Other acts included:
Bahamian veteran per-
former Funky D; Danielle
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Vision of the Glorious Man

In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose
name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time
was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision.
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks, I ate no pleasant food,
no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three
whole weeks were fulfilled. Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I
was by the side of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked,
and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of
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former foster child of the
Ranfurly Homes who was
graduated from college and
now works for Atlantis
Resort.

Mr Davis performed his
signature song — Love That
Child, which he wrote and
arranged.

In addition to: Miss Pat-
ty’s All Star Dance Centre,
Cathy Collins School of
Dance, 76ers Pre-Pro Dance
Team, Wayne Ballet, Orlan-
di Dance Centre and Amer-
ican Dance Academy, the
cast of last summer’s teen
film Standing Ovation was
on hand to add their special
touch to the show.

Standing Ovation was pro-
duced by Kenilworth Films,
which has shot two films in
Eleuthera.

In 2004, the producers of
Kenilworth Films shot the
movie, Three, starring Billy
Zane, Kelly Brooke and
Juan Pablo Di Pace and in
2007, they filmed Mysteries
with James Brolin and
Antonio Sabato, Jr.

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mission is now discussing














ORGANISERS and per-
formers of the Love That
Child Benefit Concert get
together during a rehearsal
session. Pictured (from
left) are Music Supervisor,
Sal Dupree; Bahamian
entertainer, Funky D and
Bahamas Film Commis-
sioner, Craig Woods.

Cornelius Smith, the
Bahamas’ Ambassador to
the United States, attended
the benefit concert.

He was joined by many
Bahamians from the tri-state
area of Pennsylvania, New
Jersey and New York. All
proceeds from the concert

the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon
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this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was tu

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eroup to Freeport

By DENISE MAYCOCK
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Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - As part of
its focus on the corporate
travel market, tourism offi-
cials welcomed 300 employ-
ees from one of the largest
banks in Canada as they
arrived at the Grand
Bahama International Air-
port on Tuesday.

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Ministry of Tourism said
the visiting group is com-
prised of staff from TD

PERMANENT SECRETARY in the Ministry of National

Security Carl Smith and Commodore Roderick Bowe

during a recent courtesy call at the Defence Force Base.
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Canada Trust, a subsidiary
of the TD Bank Financial
Group — the second largest
bank in Canada and the
sixth largest in North
America.

Freeport Tourism execu-
tive Betty Bethel and Deb-
bie Huyler, manager of
tourism services, were on
hand to welcome the group.

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largest corporate entities in
Canada. The Toronto
Dominion Bank and its
subsidiaries throughout
North America are collec-
tively known as TD Bank
Financial Group, providing
service to over 10 million
Canadian customers at its
1,100 plus branches and
over 2,600 ATMs.

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in the Ministry of National Security,
made a courtesy call on Commander
of the Defence Force, Commodore
Roderick Bowe, at the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base
in one of his first official duties in the
post on Friday past.

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from Missouri Sherman-Peter who had
served as permanent secretary within
the Ministry of National Security since
June 2007.

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Base, Mr Smith met with the Com-
modore and was introduced to the
members of the executive leadership
and management teams.

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new permanent secretary where mat-
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Nassau-based attorneys invited
to international conference

TWO attorneys from the Nassau-based Halsbury
Chambers law offices were invited to the Interna-
tional Lawyers Network (ILN) annual regional con-
ference.

ILN’s membership is very selective and includes
fewer than 100 of the world's top law firms.

Halsbury Chambers is the only Bahamian firm invit-
ed into membership of the ILN, with 5,000 lawyers
worldwide and only one firm selected per country
from smaller jurisdictions.

Samantha Pratt, an investment funds and securities
specialist, and partner Nerissa Greene, recently attend-
ed the ILN’s annual regional conference in Houston,
Texas.

“The International Lawyers Network is valuable
in facilitating cross-border transactions and dispute
resolution in addition to providing a platform for the
discussion of subjects that we don't always hear on our
own conferences, topics ranging from eco-liability as a
result of the Deepwater Gulf oil spill to consequences
of personal identification outsourcing,” said Ms
Greene.

“The conference was more than a good networking
opportunity. It was an invaluable experience, rein-
forcing the need to maintain constant vigil on infor-
mation. The greatest misconception that people have

about law is that it is firm, strong, unforgiving. The
reality is that while the foundation is that rock solid
strength, the daily decisions that come down from
judgments in ours and other jurisdictions make law a
living, breathing body of changing information. It is
absolutely critical to keep abreast of the dynamics all
the time.”

One of the most interesting discussions at the con-
ference revolved around the ongoing responsibility
for matters arising from personal identity informa-
tion, “liability that remains with the principal firm
even if that company outsources data collection or
other responsibilities involving personal information to
an outside company,” Ms Pratt said.

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drug manufacturing, tax law, energy, real estate, sports
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In 2006, Halsbury Chambers hosted the ILN region-
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forming Arts Society (GBPAS)
will present the Trio con Brio
concert on Saturday, January
22 at the Church of Ascension
at 8pm.

“Brio” is Italian for “full of
energy, life, enthusiasm”, and
the GBPAS said the show
promises to deliver that and
more with the three visiting
musicians.

Participating cellist Kenneth
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Performance Department and
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cello at the Petrie School of
Music of Converse College in
Spartanburg, South Carolina is
one of the trio of performers.

“Tam excited to perform for
the Grand Bahama Performing
Arts Society and this will be my
first trip to the Bahamas. As a
community-minded musician,
it is my privilege to help with
such a dedicated non-profit
organisation.”

Returning to Grand Bahama

PARTICIPATING CELLIST: Kenneth Law

is pianist Dr Christy Lee, Assis-
tant Professor at the College of
the Bahamas where she teaches
piano, theory, and director of
the COB Concert Choir.

Mr Law said he is looking
forward to performing with Dr
Lee, “who has been a friend
since college days.”

Dr Lee said: “I am eager to
return to Freeport to perform
again for the Grand Bahama
Performing Arts Society. It is
exciting to see the growth that
is happening in the artistic com-
munity in Grand Bahama. This
concert should be a great
opportunity to hear the unique
and appealing combination of

flute, cello and piano.”

Mr Law and Dr Lee will be
accompanied by flutist Chris-
tine Gangelhoff, Associate Pro-
fessor of Music at the College
of the Bahamas in Nassau.

“T’m also looking forward to
making music with Christine,
and what better way to make
a new friend, than by playing
chamber music,” Mr Law said.

In addition to the concert, all
three musicians will conduct a
master class on Sunday, Janu-
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THE Rotaract Club of
East Nassau, a community
service organisation com-
prised of young profession-
als, continued their support
for the earthquake stricken
Haiti by recently donating
$500 towards relief efforts
for the country’s recent
cholera outbreak.

The cholera death toll in
Haiti is approaching 3,500,
while number of those who
have become ill with symp-
toms associated with the dis-
ease stands at 140,000.

The club said it has a long
history of supporting Haiti
prior to the earthquake, hav-
ing raised money for Haiti’s
“resteveks”, or child slaves,
since early 2008.

This latest donation serves
as part of the overall Rotary
relief efforts in Haiti.

Rotary International,
including Interact and
Rotaract Clubs, has said it
will match a $100,000 dona-
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to assist
Rotarians in Haiti dealing
with the cholera outbreak.

A recent study showed
that Rotary, Rotaract and
Interact Clubs in the
Bahamas have raised over
$557,000 in cash, and $10
million in goods and services
for Haiti.

This makes the Bahamas
the third largest donor to
Rotary International’s Haiti
fund, behind the United
States and Japan.

“This devastating cholera
outbreak shows that the
after effects of the earth-

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Rotaract Club East
Nassau continues

quake are still being felt,”
said Jaime Lewis, interna-
tional service director for
the Rotaract Club of East
Nassau.

“While the earthquake is
over, Haitians are still being
affected every day. Rotari-
ans and other aid groups are
giving their all to get the
country back on track, and
this donation will go a long

IN THIS JAN. 19, 2010 file photo, a U.S. Navy helicopter takes
off in front of the National Palace after members of the U.S.
Army 82nd Airborne, front, landed days after the earthquake
in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2010 crisis has piled upon crisis
in Haiti. More than 230,000 are believed to have died in the
quake, and more than a million remain homeless. A cholera
epidemic broke out in the fall, and in its midst a dysfunctional
election was held, its results still unclear. (AP)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 138, 2011, PAGE 9

way.”

The Rotaract Club of East
Nassau, sponsored by the
Rotary Club of East Nassau
and a member of Rotary
International, is a commu-
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young professionals ranging
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RIO DE JANEIRO

TORRENTIAL summer rains tore
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hours, Brazilian officials said Wednes-
day. Rescuers using heavy machinery,
shovels and bare hands struggled to
dig through tons of mud and debris in
a search for survivors, according to
Associated Press.

In Teresopolis, a town 40 miles (65
kilometers) north of Rio, flash floods
tossed cars into trees and mudslides

poured tons of red earth over houses
below.

At least 114 died, according to a local
Civil Defense official who spoke on
condition of anonymity because she
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mation.

She added that 10 inches (26 cen-
timeters) of rain fell on the town during
24 hours.

Survivors waded through waist-high
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Floodwaters continued to flow down

the mountains, though rains had
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Applications for the 2011-2012 school year (starting in September 2011)
are invited for grades 7 to 10.

Testing Date: 8.00 am January 15, 2011

The high school division supplies a premium offering of courses from grades
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These include Arts, Sciences, Technical and Vocational Subjects in addition to
sound fundamentals in Christian education.
This school provides one of the most balanced ranges of subject offerings in
the Bahamas. Students are prepared for examinations such as BJC, BGCSE,
PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests and Advance Placement (AP) tests.
Accelerated Track - Students with exceptional ability are allowed to accelerate
beginning in grade 9 with a view towards college preparatory courses in
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conflict of interest

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police Bar Association members
FROM page one

toria Gardens went to tender last month.

“We in the office of the Attorney General
have expended tremendous effort to improve
our operations relative to the Department
of Public Prosecutions in the context of crim-
inal justice, the Department of Legal Affairs
in the context of civil justice, and the Law
Reform and Legal Commission in the context
of reviewing our laws to modernise them and
to make progressive reform.

“All departments without exception have
undergone a degree of reorganisation,” Mr
Delaney said.

General John Delaney stated that the new
Magistrate’s Court on Nassau and South
streets should be completed during the early
half of this year. The new complex will house
all of the Magistrate’s Courts in New Provi-
dence, with the exception of the Coroner’s
Court which will remain at Victoria Gar-
dens.

Mr Delaney said a contract for the con-
struction of a second Coroner’s Court at Vic-

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ters relating to business with
BTC and Providence Advi-
sors so there is absolutely no
truth to this nonsense at all.

"I certainly am going to
have my lawyers look at this
because I think it's an
attempt to malign my char-
acter.

“These are just people who
are grasping at straws and if I
can demonstrate that they
have maligned my character I
will pursue them in the
courts. They have to be
responsible if they are going
to try to destroy people's rep-
utations," said Mr Francis.

The character assassination
to which he referred
stemmed from accusations
from Mr Roberts that Mr
Francis was somehow prof-
iting from Providence Advi-
sors' handling of BTC's pen-
sion fund.

"The October, 2010 report
of Providence Advisors Lim-
ited shows that as of Sep-
tember 30, 2010 the company

had over $55 million of
BTC’s Employment Retire-
ment Pension Plan under
their management,” claimed
Mr Roberts in a statement.

He added that his party
has no evidence that Provi-
dence got the contract
through a bidding process
"nor has the PLP seen any
evidence of any proper bid-
ding process for this company
to assume the management
of over $55 million of the
employee pension fund.”

Mr Roberts alleged that it
was from this contract that
Mr Francis benefitted and for
which they want an account-
ing.

Mr Francis told The Tri-
bune he was not involved in
contract negotiations for, nor
did he profit from the busi-
ness deal.

While Mr Francis could
not say how much of the pen-
sion fund PA manages, he
told The Tribune that the
numbers quoted by the PLP
are "hugely inflated."

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has an equal responsibility
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pension fund. I'm sure they
are not paid anything like
that, that much I can certain-
ly say but I don't get involved
in that directly there is a pen-
sion committee that takes
care of these sort of things,”
explained Mr Francis.

The unions representing
BTC's workers and the PLP
have also accused Mr Francis
of facilitating a contract
between BTC and local enti-
ty Mango — a company in
which he says he owns 2.5 per
cent of shares — to facilitate
the payment of SMS mes-
sages electronically.

Both the unions and the
PLP allege that Mr Francis
instructed BTC's executive
management to meet with
Mango to secure their ser-
vices in a partnership regard-
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They also allege that Man-
go had not participated in the
bidding process.

Mr Francis denied these
allegations.

He said there is no formal
relationship between the two
companies and while there
have been "discussions" he
has not been involved in
them.

"Tam a small shareholder
in Mango, I have about 2.5
per cent interest in Mango
but I don't think that Mango
has a business relationship
with BTC today.

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LOCAL NEWS



New appointments |
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FROM page one

has recommended that Senior
Justice Longley be appointed
to the JLSC. Sir Michael fur-
ther announced that Magis-
trate Linda Virgill will be
assigned to the Coroner’s
Court to replace Magistrate
William Campbell.

The Chief Justice also
announced four Supreme
Courts in New Providence
and one in Grand Bahama
will be dedicated to dealing
exclusively with criminal mat-
ters.

“T have asked Senior Jus-
tice Jon Isaacs to assume a
greater role in the adminis-
tration of the criminal divi-
sion of the Supreme Court
and in the Supreme Court’s
oversight of the work of the
magistracy. Magistrates will
be required to provide a
monthly report to the Regis-
trar of the Supreme Court in
order for the Supreme Court
to discharge its supervisory
responsibility. Justice Isaacs
will review these reports and
give recommendations to
me,” the Chief Justice said.

He further noted that Jus-
tice Vera Watkins, Bernard
Turner and Roy Jones will
preside over the other three
criminal courts in New Provi-
dence.

“As Chief Justice I will hear
some bail applications to
increase the time available to
other justices who preside
over criminal trials,” he said.

“With regard to the civil
side, the JLSC proposes to

appoint a number of senior
lawyers to serve as Acting
Justices in the Supreme Court
for periods of at least three
months,” the Chief Justice
said.

According to the Chief Jus-
tice, those Acting Justices will
hear civil matters slated to be
heard by Justice Turner.
According to the Chief Jus-
tice, attorney Milton Evans is
among those who has agreed
to accept such an appoint-
ment, which will come into
effect on February 1.

The Chief Justice said it
was hoped that when the
Magistrate’s Court moved
from Bank Lane, the space
will be utilised by the
Supreme Court to deal with
matters relative to the family.

The Chief Justice also
acknowledged public criticism
of the judiciary.

He stated: “We are not
unaware of our own failures
and the need to reduce the
delay in the delivery of our
rulings. As judges, however,
we read with some degree of
concern comments made in
the public about the work of
the judiciary. I remind the
public that as judges we are a
part of the society and are
painfully aware of the malady
in our society and the chal-
lenges being faced, particu-
larly the high incidents of
crime.

“However, judges are not
prosecutors, nor are we a part
of the prosecution. Judges are
not defence attorneys nor are
we a part of their team, we
are an impartial and indepen-

dent tribunal. We are the
guardian of the rights of every
person. We seek to do our
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such criticism. The adminis-
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ative effort.”

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FROM page one

known as “murder victim number three.”

Remembering her, she said it was because of Denise’s
sacrifice that she was able to go to medical school.

“She did not do her master’s degree, so I could go to
medical school,” said Dr Adderley.

“She was a best friend. She knew me before I knew
myself, and she gave until it hurt.

“Every member of my family knows if you need some-
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LOCAL NEWS

biosphere reserves
to join UNESCO's
world network

FROM page five

have inter-tidal flows.

These environmental fea-
tures are all subject to protec-
tion under the new land Acts
and amendments and will now
be further protected under the
UNESCO biosphere reserve
system.

“Between these three Acts, it
is our hope that we can identify
appropriate representative por-
tions of the Bahamas that
would complement this effort
by UNESCO and allow us to
enrich and practice what we
have already done in legisla-
tion. I can think of a number
of places that qualify as bios-
phere reserves,” said Dr
Deveaux.

“Fish colonies and commu-
nities, forest communities and
human communities co-exist in
all of these inter-connected
ecosystems, evident in every
island in the Bahamas. Some
more unique than others, some
more distinguished than others,
but none more special than the
other.”

Efforts to gather information
that identifies the boundaries
of the regional reserves have
been completed for presenta-
tion to UNESCO’s approval
process.

“We took a long time
because we did not have
enough information about our
islands and that’s what takes
the most to set up a biosphere
reserve,” said Joan Rolle-
Robinson, UNESCO consul-
tant.

On January 10, UNESCO
stakeholders met with Ministry
of the Environment officials to
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ct example of a possible biosphere reserve. The

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schemes, as well as practices
and policies based on research
and monitoring.

The partnership is expected
to foster sound sustainable
development for protected
areas and provide corporate
social responsibility (CSR)
opportunities for direct foreign
investment and other enter-
prises. It will also integrate cul-
tural and biological diversity
within traditional ecosystem
management.

“Biosphere reserves are
more than a conservation tool.
It is a regional development
tool, so if you have physical
planning or land-use planning,
then it’s how you incorporate
this type of strategy into your
land-use planning,” said Ms
Robinson.

Biosphere reserves are nom-
inated by national governments
and must meet UNESCO’s cri-

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World Network is approved.
First, the Bahamas National
Trust (BNT) must complete the
nomination form with support
letters from the owners and
managers of protected lands,
as well as local government
leaders. Second, the complet-
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Then, the national agency
must send the nomination to
UNESCO’s Man and Bios-
phere (MAB) Programme
headquarters in Paris for final
approval.

MAB is an inter-govern-
mental scientific programme
that seeks to improve the rela-
tionship between people and
the environment.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011, PAGE 15





ON JANUARY 10, UNESCO representatives paid a
courtesy call on Environment Minister Earl Deveaux to
discuss the Bahamas National Trust’s recent nomina-
tion to have Bahamian national parks declared as

international biosphere reserves. Pictured from left to
right are Joan Rolle-Robinson, UNESCO consultant;
Everton Hannam, UNESCO secretary general for the
Caribbean; and Environment Minister, Earl Deveaux.

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FROM page 1B

the current hospital, and the
construction of a water and
electricity generation plant.

“We are in the planning
stages, but will not start until
the economy is back on
track,” Mr Rassin said. “By
the time we get out of this
recession, we will be ready to
start.

“We want to make sure
we’re back into stronger lev-
els of patient activity, but
want to have the plans ready,
so we can say: Let’s go. We
will have the plans and finan-
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place, the contract out to bid,
and then wait for the econo-
my to get back.”

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ble, at this stage, to determine
how much the expansion
would cost, but added that
once its local/tourist patient
business returned to normal,
and its medical tourism plans
took off as expected, Doctors
Hospital might require anoth-

er 50-100 staff. “As we get
back to normal and put med-
ical tourism on top of that, we
will have to put another 10-20
per cent of staff on top of
that,” Mr Rassin explained.
“Right now, we have the
beauty of bringing in addi-
tional patients without too
much cost, so that goes right
to the bottom line.”

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generated by medical tourism
would enable Doctors Hospi-
tal to keep its technology up
to date, a key factor in main-
taining quality patient out-
comes and increasing market
share, Mr Rassin said of med-
ical tourism: “It gives us a
depth we don’t have right
now.”

Doctors Hospital, he
added, was assessing how to
upgrade its Internet site to
become a marketing tool that
attracted overseas patients,
while the healthcare provider
was also looking to see how it

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He explained, though, that
Doctors Hospital had to
remember it was pitching to
different demographic mar-
kets. While younger persons
tended to make more exten-
sive use of the Internet and
social media, it was the elder-
ly who were more likely to
need medical care.

Mr Rassin told Tribune
Business that Doctors Hospi-
tal already attracted a signifi-
cant Caribbean patient mar-
ket, primarily those who were
unable to obtain US visas.

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destination for that group,”
he explained.

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the Cayman Islands. We don’t
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either.

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The top end of the popula-
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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 Taxi driver on mur der charge C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.42THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS, SUN, SHOWER HIGH 73F LOW 63F Man appear s in cour t over teac her death McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R B y NATARIO McKENZIE and NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporters A MAN appeared in court yesterday charged with murdering pre-school t eacher Denise Adderley. T axi driver John Manuel Adderley, 37, is accused of killing Denise Adderley, the mother of one, while she sat inside her car at the Texaco Service Station on Wulff and Kemp roads on Sunday night. Police reports say Ms Adderley, who lived in the Chippingham area, was shot six times with a shotgun. She was the third homicide victim of the new year. When he was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, yesterday, Adderley was not required t o enter a plea to the murder charge. Nineteen witnesses are listed on court dockets. I t was said in court that A dderley, who lives at Hill side Park Estates, off Bernard Road, Nassau, was known to the deceased. The case was transferred to Court Six, Parliament Street, and adjourned to January 26 for a fixture hearing. Adderley was remanded to Her Majestys Prison. Ms Adderley, 39, was a teacher at the Uriah McPhee Primary School on Kemp Road for nine years. Staff and pupils at the school have received counselling to help them cope with the tragic loss. Dr Nicole Adderley, Denises sister, said she did not want her sister to be SEE page 11 CHARGED: John Adderley, 37, being escorted from court yesterday. Adderley is accused of the murder of 39-year-old Denise Adderley, a teacher at the Uriah McPhee Primary School. By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net C ONFLICT of interest a ccusations against BTC's chairman Julian Francis over a contract awarded to another company he chairs to handle a portion of BTC's pension fund are attempts to" malign" his character. The claims come from chairman of the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party Bradley Roberts and the unions who are against Gove rnment's impending sale of B TC to Cable & Wireless. Yesterday Mr Roberts argued that BTC's chairman has beenc aught in a "blatant conflict of interest" and violated the Free National Movement's code of ethics because of his position as chairman of Prov idence Advisors Limited, which manages a portion of B TC staff's pension fund. Said Mr Francis in response: "There is no conflict whatsoever in connection w ith Providence. .I am not a shareholder in Providence Advisors, I am only a chairman, that's all. I scrupulously recuse myself from any mat BTC CHAIRMAN DENIES ACCUSATIONS OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Bar Asso ciation president Ruth BoweDarville said yesterday that stronger provisions and sanc tions are needed to police its members. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the opening of the legal year, Mrs Bowe-Darville said: We have a very large legal community, yet the profes sion suffers irreparable damage and disrepute from the wrong doings of a few. The Bar tries to police its members, however the Legal Profession Act needs further amendment as does it regulations. We cannot regulate our members if we are not given the power or the ability to do so. We need stronger provisions and sanctions for self regulation. According to Mrs BoweDarville, there are 977 attor neys actively practising in the Bahamas, 445 of whom have been called to the Bar within the last 10 years. She noted that 53 were called to the Bar last year alone. The Bar Association president noted that 832 attorneys are in private practice and 11 are Queens Counsel in the Bahamas. In his speech, Attorney SEE page 10 TRONGER PROVISIONS NEEDED T O POLICE BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERS SEE page 10 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net CHIEF Justice Sir Michael Barnett yesterday announced several new judicial appointments and initiatives yester day at a ceremony marking the opening of the legal year 2011. Among those announce ments was the appointment, with effect on February 1, of Jamaican-born Roy Jones to the position of Supreme Court Justice. Mr Jones presently serves as an acting Justice of the Court of Appeal of Jamaica, having served as a Justice of the Jamaican Supreme Court for more than eight years. Sir Michael also noted that Justice Hartman Longley will continue to preside over criminal matters in Grand Bahama, and the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC be appointed a Senior Justice effective December 20, 2010. Sir Michael also noted he SEE page 11 NEW APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED AT LEGAL YEAR OPENING F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM &''!"'"#',r##$%#('&"#''##%$%)"', ,&'#$#%#&&bt$#%' f$'f"nttr!+##" "#$(#!#!#$!bf"#$ "&!##!!! r!%#$#! %($ntt !#"# !(#' !#"b $!"###* $"#!%" #"# "$"(#" &!#f##! "!!!## !"( #&"&#&( %(#!("#(f"($!#&r! (( !%#b PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR A service was held at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, Nassau, yesterday to mark the opening of the Legal Year. It was attended by Justices, Magistrates and Members of the Bar. Officiating was the Very Rev. Patrick L. Adderley, Dean, Rector and Vicar General of Christ Church Cathedral.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net TARPUM BAY, Eleuthera: A 59-year-old BEC linesman was found by his common laww ife late Tuesday night with a heavy duty cable around his n eck, hanging from the post of a clothesline. W illiam Arthur Styles of Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera was dead. Suicide is suspected t he first for the year in the Bahamas. It feels like a dream to me. I left my father shortly after 9pm.I went in the room to get spray starch to iron my little boys school clothes. I asked him ifh e was okay and he said yes. l left him after that. Not too longa fter my mother asked me where he went. We thought hew alked to the bar next door, said Marjorie Styles, one of Mr Styles nine children. A shout from her mother D affinette Carey, who had gone outside to hang clothes on the line, alerted her to the tragedy. She didnt notice at first he h ad a rope around his neck. She thought he was stooping there. When she walked closer she yelled. I saw him there and that was enough. One of my brothers helped to cut him down and take him to the clinic, said Ms S tyles. It just feels like a dream to me, like he is gone somewhere and he will be back. He was good and healthy. I dont know what possessed him. He was right in his bed. I dont know what possessed him to do that, she said. Mr Styles was recently placed o n pre-retirement leave by BEC. A fter working for the power c ompany for more than 20 years, pre-retirement was thought to be preying on his mind, Tribune sources claim. Mr Styles spent most of his preretirement days at home, where his wife, children and grandchildren lived. He loved to work. I think that is what had him stressed out, being home with no job, nowhere to go. Daddy why didy ou do this? I havent slept all n ight. I was walking through a nd through his room, looking for him. He would sit on his bed and look outside. He never hardly went anywhere, said Ms Styles. We are going to miss joking around with him, smiling with him all the time just to see i f we could get him happy. Some days he was happy, some days he was sad. Now, just me walking inside his room is a mess because he was always there, she said. Community members recall Mr Styles being very good at his job. We lived in the same comm unity. I knew him from when he was a boy. He was good on h is job and he knew what he w as doing, said a Tarpum Bay resident. As the family grapples with the new reality, Ms Styles said she is struggling with the thought of telling her adolescent son. He loved his grandchildren. I dont know how to answer my sons questions. He didnt see what happened, but he sees the crowds. I will tell him grandpa gone, but I fearh aving that conversation. Our f amily is sticking with us to help b ring us through. He will be truly missed, said Ms Styles. BEC linesman found dead with cable around neck A 38-year-old man is in hospital recovering from gunshot wounds after being hit in the buttocks when the car he was in came under fire. He was in Windsor Place off Soldier Road with two other people in a Honda I nspire early yesterday m orning when a man weari ng dark clothing opened fire. The victim was said to be i n stable condition after he was taken to hospital by emergency medical ser-v ices. Meanwhile in other crime-related matters,p olice are also investigating a series of armed robb eries that occurred early yesterday morning. Armed thugs wearing dark clothing robbed a woman at her home on Acklins Street and Andros Avenue shortly after 3am. Jewellery A fter waking her from her sleep, the gunmen robbed the woman of ana ssortment of jewellery and cell phones, and e scaped in a white Honda A ccord. Less than an hour later, t wo men armed with handguns robbed a man in front of his house at Miami Street near the corner ofC ordeaux Avenue. As the victim was approaching his home, the men robbed him of an undetermined amount ofc ash and also took his white 1992 Nissan Sentra. The thieves were last seen heading south on Miami Street. T he victims Sentra was registered to the island of the Eleuthera and carried t he plate number 1688. The next armed robbery t ook place just before 7am a t East Bay Street, east of Church Street. A man armed with a handgun robbed a 22-yearold man of an undeter mined amount of cash and a red Cherokee Jeep with the plate number 135899. Police are also investi gating an armed robbery that took place on Tuesday. Two masked thugs wearing camouflage jackets robbed Olivers Mini Mart on Alexander Boulevard in Nassau Village. The culprits, one of whom was armed with a handgun, entered the convenience store demanding cash shortly after 9pm. The thieves escaped with an undetermined amount of cash on foot, heading north. MAN SUFFERS GUNSHOT WOUNDS DEAD? N OT ME, SAYS RONNIE BUTLER AGAIN! RONNIE Butler said reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. Bahamian music icon said he is not phased at all by the r umours of his supposed death that circulated yesterday. He said it was the third time the grapevine carried false news a bout his death. When asked about his health, he said as far as he knows, he i s good.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. Well all the noise and rush ing is over and true to form we dispute who won which and who manipulated the results an annual occurrence as common as the sun rising in the east! Will we ever change? May I comment on Immigration, Editor whilst the Director is directed not to respond to those persons here illegally after the fire off Carmichael we read advertisements where the same Director is chasing the nonBahamian wives of Bahamian citizens and then yet again we see we are unable to fortify and hold solid our borders again a boat load of illegal immigrants from Haiti land in Exuma. Why is this Government sending mixed signals all the time over their policy on Immigration to me an illegal is illegally in The Bahamas our laws say he/she is liable to arrest and deportation not safe custody. The role of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in the policing of our borders is highly questionable as boat load after boat-load of Haitians sail into our country with little chance of being caught. What do our RBDF patrol craft do when at sea? Our fishermen scream they cannot see or find the RBDF when they are needed to protect their interests. I feel for the Haitians and any others who are found in the political economic situation they find themselves, but we have laws and it is up to the Minister of National Secu rity to totally comply with those laws or, sir, please resign forthwith. K MINNS Nassau, January 4, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. I would appreciate you publishing the following letter, which was written to The Nassau Guardian. EDITOR, The Nassau Guardian. I read your editorial this morning with a little more than dismay. The Guardian purports to b e concerned that insufficient attention is being given to the accomplishment of Majority Rule in 1967. Still, the Guardian did not use the occasion to write an inspiring article about the significance o f peaceful achievement of majority rule or even an editorial highlighting the tremen dous progress achieved since that time by thousands of Bahamians both black and white. Instead, the Guardian's editors continue along what has come to typify its and its owners' policy line, that is, to complain and to incite. First it was the police who were challenged to shoot more criminals on the streets. Then, it was the unions who were goaded to take strike a ction. A nd later still, it was parents and young people who were led to believe that the enforcement of a public safe ty law (seat belts timed presumably it being wiser to over-spend on Christ mas shopping and partying rather than in on children's car seats! Now it seems that the Guardian aims to encourage the poor in society to rise up against a government which passes laws (unspecified burden the average man and assists the wealthy. Perhaps The Nassau Guardian editorial writer will comment on the fact that its owners also own Colina Insurance, Colina Financial, Imperial Life Insurance, Sentinel Bank, Ansbacher Bank, and S tar Radioownerships all achieved over the past 10 or so years. They also have a partnership with Cable 12 for t he NB 12 News. Rumour has it that they are eying Bank of The Bahamas and Cable 12. Having advised that they support the unions in their opposition of the sale of a majority interest in BTC to a foreign company the Guardian owners have also let it be known that they wish to purchase the majority interest in BTC. H ow much do they want (need I did not realize that the goal of privatization was to swap government monopoly for the monopoly of The Nas sau Guardian. And, I still cannot figure out which of The Nassau Guardian's owners is a pooro r average Bahamian; one is white and the other black. Neither came from money but made it because of the opportunities afforded them by successive Governments since 1967. It is not too far a stretch t o say, opportunities made available to them very specifically after 1992 and the election of the first FNM Government. The promises of Majority Rule, which were nearly obliterated by the ravages of corruption and drug infestation during the 1980s, were rescued in 1992. Today Bahamians who own and are employed in private radio and television, Cable Bahamas, Bank of Bahamas, Freeport Power Company; and who hold bonds which financed the construction of the second Paradise Island Bridge, and who soon will own shares in Commonwealth Brewery and in BTC are living the promise of Majority Rule as are the two principal owners of the Nassau Guardian, Emmanuel Alex iou and Anthony Ferguson. B ahamians who have seen, in just the past two years, the introduction of an unemploy ment benefit and of the National Prescription Drug programme under the FNM know all too well that the laws passed by the present government do not burden but rather benefit them and their children. FED UP Nassau, J anuary, 2011. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm DESPITE the diplomatic row brewing between Honduras and Jamaica in the aftermath of the killing of an Honduran fishing v essel captain, Jamaicas National Security Minister has announced that his government is going to get tough on persons whoe ncroach on Jamaicas economic zone. N ational Security Minister Dwight Nelson told The Gleaner of Jamaica this week, that Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has complained that H onduran fishermen plunder Jamaicas fishing resources weekly. And when they come, he told T he Gleaner they come with 150 people on the b oats. So when they go diving, they take everything they can find under the surface." Mr Tufton said it was more than just trespass into Jamaicas waters. "It's an economic issue, it's a diplomatic issue, it's a nationals ecurity issue. It's a health issue also because it is not only lobster that they carry on these v essels; they carry wild animals that they trade parrots, monkeys, that sort of thing. There are lots of issues that have to be sorted out," he explained. The Hondurans claim that the Jamaican D efence Force used excessive force in the recent incident, which resulted in the killing,n ot only of the fishing boats captain, but the wounding of at least three crew memb ers. However, the Security Minister supported his force. He maintained that Jamaicas Defence Force took all precautions before taking action, and then only fired when the Honduran vessel turned and headed towards their ship as if to cause a collision. It was at this point that the Honduran vessel stopped and communicated by radio, w hich indicated that they had been hearing the signals of the Jamaican coastguard," Mr Nelson said. Bahamian fishermen can relate to the frustration of the Jamaicans. Poachers are their constant complaint. It was only last year that our fishermen complained that p oachers rob the Bahamas of up to $22 million worth of its marine resources each year. T he fishermen have threatened to ignore the Bahamas Defence Force and take matters into their own hands. A spokesman for the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance said that Bahamian fishermen put up to $1 million worth of lobster traps in the water every season, only toh ave them stolen. They vowed that they will not sit still and watch poachers rob them of t heir livelihood. Their main complaint is against Dominic an fishermen, who fish our waters in and out of season. T hey vowed not to alert the Defence Force to a poacher in future, but to take matters into their own hands. The Defence Force has warned them of the dangers of taking this course of action. They also complained of the light sentences of the courts. As a result, the same old poaching faces c ontinue to reappear in our fishing zones, they say. The fishermen say that instead of being stripped of their cargo, they are fined$ 10,000 or 0.5 per cent of the value of their c atch, and sent on their way, free to plunder another day. The Commercial Fishers Alliance named 11 boats as the chief offenders. Those ships, we were told, can often c arry 60,000 pounds of fish or lobster from the Bahamas on one trip. M r Abner Pinder, Chief Counsellor for Spanish Wells, told The Tribune last year t hat the Bahamas fishing industry would have no problems if the poachers could be eradicated. Dominicans are our main problem. We have not heard from the Hondurans sincet hat day many years ago when they kidnapped some of the crew of one of our D efence Force boats and headed back to Honduras. In that incident the Honduran fishing vessel was captured by the Defence Force. To bring it back to the Coral Harbour base, a few Defence Force officers were put o n the Honduran vessel. The Hondurans cut the tow line and steamed back to Hon d uras, Defence Force officers and all. Eventually the officers were returned, unharmed t o the Bahamas. But that was the last, as far as is known, that Hondurans have been seen in our waters. Just before Christmas during the closed season for grouper fishing the Defence Force brought in two Dominican boats. This time their boats were confiscated, t he captain of one boat was fined $50,000 and the other $75,000. Fines for the crew w ere in the region of $500 for one boat and $250 for the other. The difference in the fines was because grouper was found on one boat, but not on the other. However, the second boat was also fined heavily because it was illegally in our waters. Off season for grouper continues through February. In the m eantime, however, Dominican fishermen are still spotted crawfishing. We call the Defence Force, Mr Pinder said yesterday, but by the time they get here the next day, the Dominicans have moved into the ocean. Its strange how they always seem to know when the Defence Force is coming. I know I could stop the poachers, Mr P inder told us last year. Give me one of the Defence Force boats and a crew and if t hey dont want to give me a crew, I can get my own crew. Y esterday, Mr Pinder said that his offer still stands. It is reminiscent of Sir Winston C hurchills pledge to US President Franklyn Roosevelt during the second World War: Give us the tools and we will finish the job. Tremendous progress has been achieved since 1967 LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net The menace of poachers in our waters Why is Government sending mixed signals over immigration policy? EDITOR, The Tribune. I am an adult and I have resided in Pinders Point all my life. One week before Christmas, management and staff at BORCO delivered care packages and turkeys throughout my community. It brought back that feeling of what the old days were like. Without any form of warning or public announcement, BORCO trucks were loaded with goodies, and the staff members were dressed in red uniforms. At a little past 7am on a Saturday morning I heard a knock on my door. It was the BORCO Team bearing gifts and happy holiday wishes. I wish to thank BORCOs Managing Director, Mr Raymond Jones and his entire staff for making Christmas a bit more special for me and my neighbours this year. More than the celebration of one day, the packages contain items that will last for months. God bless the owners, managers, and staff at BORCO. A THANKFUL PINDERS POINT MOTHER December 27, 2010. BORCO made Christmas a bit more special EDITOR, The Tribune. We just returned home to Minnesota from a cruise to your beautiful island. I want to thank you so much for the wonderful experience we had. We rented a scooter (yes! we are dumb Americans who actually did that) and had an absolutely wonderful time exploring New Providence Island. Everyone on the road was very accommodating and helpful many laughing at us and several drivers and pedestrians asked us if we were OK obviously not used to the left side of the road. From the moment we left the ship everyone in the Bahamas that we met and talked to was very friendly, very helpful. I love your home and hope to return someday. Lynn Nicks, Minnesota, January 11, 2011. Thank you Bahamas for a wonder ful time!

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SOME areas in the Bahamian national park system have been designated by UNESCO to join the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR as international protected areas and sites of excellence for education and training. The Bahamas sites will be added to the current 564 sites in 109 countries. The designated biosphere reserves will be subject to the 2010 Planning and Subdivisions Act, as well as the 2010 Forestry Act. We have just completed and enacted a new Planning and Subdivisions Act, a Forestry Act, and an amendment to the Bahamas National Trust Act. Together these three Acts deal with the core of development, preservation, and the representative communities that we see as making up the Bahamas, said Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Environment. I approach conservation and preservation in my country with the view that we cant deal with it in isolation. While our country is big and covers 100,000 square miles of ocean, everywhere we are impacted by human activity. So, we have set aside approximately 700,000 acres of land, under management of the Bahamas National Trust. But, the passing of the Planning and Subdivisions Act is intended to help us shape how we order development and conserve the environment which is at the core of our way of life. The Planning and Subdivisions Act mandates the creation of land-use plans. The Forestry Act segments the national forestry estate into three categ ories: protected forests, conservation forests and managed forests. The biosphere reserves will include reef zones, areas where deep water borders shallow, inner reef colonies, mangrove estuary zones, and the hard land features called blue holes, which are solution holes that C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t ftf ttff ttf Govt nominates biosphere reserves to join UNESCOs world network BONEFISH PARK off Cowpen Road is a perfect example of s local biodiversity site and mangrove estuary in need of international protection. Genoa Gibbs /BIs SEE page 15

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BAHAMIANmusical artists teamed up with the arts community of Philadelphia on January 9 to present a night of entertainment in b enefit of the Ranfurly Homes for Children. The Lang Performing Arts Centre at Swarthmore College was the stage for L ove That Child Benefit Concert. More than 700 patrons packed the centre for the evening of music and dance presentations. The event was supported by all of the dance studios a nd schools in the surr ounding town of Swarthmore. Other acts included: Bahamian veteran performer Funky D; Danielle D ean from Chelseas Choice School for The Performing Arts; and Damian Davis, a former foster child of the Ranfurly Homes who was graduated from college and now works for Atlantis R esort. M r Davis performed his signature song Love That Child, which he wrote and arranged. In addition to: Miss Patt ys All Star Dance Centre, Cathy Collins School of Dance, 76ers Pre-Pro Dance T eam, Wayne Ballet, Orland i Dance Centre and Ameri can Dance Academy, the cast of last summers teenf ilm S tanding Ovation w as o n hand to add their special touch to the show. Standing Ovation was produced by Kenilworth Films, which has shot two films in Eleuthera. In 2004, the producers of K enilworth Films shot the m ovie, T hree starring Billy Zane, Kelly Brooke and J uan Pablo Di Pace and in 2 007, they filmed M ysteries w ith James Brolin and Antonio Sabato, Jr. The Bahamas Film Commission is now discussing future projects with Kenilworth Films. Cornelius Smith, the Bahamas Ambassador tot he United States, attended the benefit concert. He was joined by many Bahamians from the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. All proceeds from the concert w ill go to the Ranfurly H omes for Children. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %4+2674'*17)*6 Ranfurly Homes for Children get love from Philadelphia O RGANISERS a nd perf ormers of the Love That Child Benefit Concert get together during a rehearsal s ession. Pictured (from left) are Music Supervisor, Sal Dupree; Bahamiane ntertainer, Funky D and Bahamas Film Commissioner, Craig Woods.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT As part of its focus on the corporatet ravel market, tourism officials welcomed 300 employ-e es from one of the largest b anks in Canada as they arrived at the GrandB ahama International Airp ort on Tuesday. Andre Cartwright of the Ministry of Tourism said the visiting group is comprised of staff from TD Canada Trust, a subsidiary of the TD Bank Financial Group the second largest bank in Canada and the sixth largest in North America. Freeport Tourism executive Betty Bethel and Debbie Huyler, manager of tourism services, were on hand to welcome the group. An official welcome r eception was held for the group at 7pm at the Our Lucaya Resort. M r Cartwright said the M inistry of Tourism and A viation is focusing on attracting large corporate clients to make Grand Bahama the ideal destination for meetings and incentive travel. He noted that TD Canada Trust is one of the largest corporate entities in Canada. The Toronto Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries throughout North America are collect ively known as TD Bank Financial Group, providing service to over 10 million C anadian customers at its 1 ,100 plus branches and o ver 2,600 ATMs. Tourism officials welcome TD Canada group to Freeport CARL Smith, permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security, made a courtesy call on Commander of the Defence Force, Commodore Roderick Bowe, at the Royal Bahamas D efence Forces Coral Harbour Base i n one of his first official duties in the post on Friday past. M r Smith assumed responsibilities f rom Missouri Sherman-Peter who had s erved as permanent secretary within the Ministry of National Security since June 2007. During his visit at the Defence Force B ase, Mr Smith met with the Com modore and was introduced to the members of the executive leadershipa nd management teams. A luncheon was also hosted for the new permanent secretary where mat ters of mutual interests were discussed a nd both parties exchanged pleasa ntries. NEW NATIONAL SECURITY PERMANENT SECRETARY PERFORMS FIRST OFFICIAL DUTIES PERMANENT SECRETARY in the Ministry of National Security Carl Smith and Commodore Roderick Bowe during a recent courtesy call at the Defence Force Base. RBDF photo/ Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM TWO attorneys from the Nassau-based Halsbury Chambers law offices were invited to the International Lawyers Network (ILN ference. ILNs membership is very selective and includes fewer than 100 of the world's top law firms. Halsbury Chambers is the only Bahamian firm invited into membership of the ILN, with 5,000 lawyers worldwide and only one firm selected per country from smaller jurisdictions. Samantha Pratt, an investment funds and securities specialist, and partner Nerissa Greene, recently attended the ILNs annual regional conference in Houston, Texas. The International Lawyers Network is valuable in facilitating cross-border transactions and dispute resolution in addition to providing a platform for the discussion of subjects that we don't always hear on our own conferences, topics ranging from eco-liability as a result of the Deepwater Gulf oil spill to consequences of personal identification outsourcing, said Ms Greene. The conference was more than a good networking opportunity. It was an invaluable experience, reinforcing the need to maintain constant vigil on information. The greatest misconception that people have about law is that it is firm, strong, unforgiving. The reality is that while the foundation is that rock solid strength, the daily decisions that come down from judgments in ours and other jurisdictions make law a living, breathing body of changing information. It is absolutely critical to keep abreast of the dynamics all the time. One of the most interesting discussions at the conference revolved around the ongoing responsibility for matters arising from personal identity information, liability that remains with the principal firm even if that company outsources data collection or other responsibilities involving personal information to an outside company, Ms Pratt said. Other subjects dovetailed with the work of the ILN's specialised committees medical device and drug manufacturing, tax law, energy, real estate, sports law, estates and trusts among others. In 2006, Halsbury Chambers hosted the ILN regional conference; it was the first time it was held in the Bahamas. Nassau-based attorneys invited to international conference SAMANTHA PRATT, left, an investment funds and securities specialist with Halsbury Chambers, and partner Nerissa Greene are pictured with International Lawyers Network executive director Alan Griffiths. THE Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society (GBPAS will present the Trio con Brio concert on Saturday, January 22 at the Church of Ascension at 8pm. Brio is Italian for full of energy, life, enthusiasm, and the GBPAS said the show promises to deliver that and more with the three visiting musicians. Participating cellist Kenneth Law, who is the Chair of the Performance Department and Associate Professor of Violoncello at the Petrie School of Music of Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina is o ne of the trio of performers. I am excited to perform for the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society and this will be my first trip to the Bahamas. As a community-minded musician, it is my privilege to help with such a dedicated non-profit organisation. R eturning to Grand Bahama is pianist Dr Christy Lee, Assistant Professor at the College of t he Bahamas where she teaches piano, theory, and director of the COB Concert Choir. Mr Law said he is looking forward to performing with Dr Lee, who has been a friend since college days. Dr Lee said: I am eager to return to Freeport to performa gain for the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society. It is exciting to see the growth that is happening in the artistic com munity in Grand Bahama. This concert should be a great opportunity to hear the unique and appealing combination of flute, cello and piano. Mr Law and Dr Lee will be a ccompanied by flutist Christine Gangelhoff, Associate Professor of Music at the College of the Bahamas in Nassau. Im also looking forward to making music with Christine, and what better way to make a new friend, than by playing chamber music, Mr Law said. I n addition to the concert, all three musicians will conduct a master class on Sunday, January 23, also at the church. Information about the class will be going out in the next few days to music schools and teachers. SOUTH CAROLINA CELLIST SET FOR TRIO CON BRIO CONCERT P ARTICIPATING CELLIST: K enneth Law

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THE Rotaract Club of East Nassau, a community service organisation comprised of young professiona ls, continued their support for the earthquake stricken H aiti by recently donating $500 towards relief efforts for the countrys recent cholera outbreak. T he cholera death toll in Haiti is approaching 3,500, while number of those who h ave become ill with sympt oms associated with the dis e ase stands at 140,000. T he club said it has a long h istory of supporting Haiti p rior to the earthquake, having raised money for Haitis resteveks, or child slaves, since early 2008. This latest donation serves as part of the overall Rotary relief efforts in Haiti. R otary International, including Interact and Rotaract Clubs, has said it w ill match a $100,000 donat ion pledged by the Order o f Mata to assist Rotarians in Haiti dealing w ith the cholera outbreak. A recent study showed t hat Rotary, Rotaract and Interact Clubs in the B ahamas have raised over $557,000 in cash, and $10 m illion in goods and services f or Haiti. This makes the Bahamas t he third largest donor to Rotary Internationals Haiti f und, behind the United States and Japan. This devastating cholera o utbreak shows that the after effects of the earthquake are still being felt, s aid Jaime Lewis, international service director for t he Rotaract Club of East Nassau. While the earthquake is o ver, Haitians are still being affected every day. Rotaria ns and other aid groups are giving their all to get the country back on track, and this donation will go a long way. T he Rotaract Club of East N assau, sponsored by the R otary Club of East Nassau and a member of Rotary International, is a commu n ity service organisation for young professionals ranging in age from 18 to 30. The club was the 2010 recipient o f the District 7020 Rotaract Club of the Year Award. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM .LQJVZD\$FDGHP\ J \ \ $Q(YDQJHOLFDORQGHQRPLQDWLRQDO&KULVWLDQFKRROf J f (QWUDQFH([DPLQDWLRQVIRU
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t ers relating to business with B TC and Providence Advisors so there is absolutely no truth to this nonsense at all. "I certainly am going to have my lawyers look at this because I think it's an a ttempt to malign my chara cter. These are just people who are grasping at straws and if I can demonstrate that they have maligned my character I will pursue them in the c ourts. They have to be responsible if they are going t o try to destroy people's reputations," said Mr Francis. The character assassination t o which he referred s temmed from accusations from Mr Roberts that Mr Francis was somehow profiting from Providence Advisors' handling of BTC's pension fund. The October, 2010 report of Providence Advisors Limited shows that as of September 30, 2010 the company had over $55 million of BTCs Employment Retirement Pension Plan under t heir management," claimed Mr Roberts in a statement. H e added that his party has no evidence that Providence got the contract through a bidding process "nor has the PLP seen anye vidence of any proper bidding process for this company to assume the management of over $55 million of the employee pension fund." Mr Roberts alleged that it was from this contract thatM r Francis benefitted and for which they want an accounti ng. M r Francis told The Tribune he was not involved in contract negotiations for, nor d id he profit from the busin ess deal. While Mr Francis could n ot say how much of the pension fund PA manages, he told The Tribune that the numbers quoted by the PLP are "hugely inflated." I really don't know what the arrangements are between BTC and Providence Advisors, and by the way Providence is one of t hree companies which each has an equal responsibility f or managing assets of the pension fund. I'm sure they are not paid anything like that, that much I can certainly say but I don't get involvedi n that directly there is a pension committee that takes care of these sort of things," explained Mr Francis. The unions representing BTC's workers and the PLP have also accused Mr Franciso f facilitating a contract between BTC and local entit y Mango a company in w hich he says he owns 2.5 per cent of shares to facilitate the payment of SMS mess ages electronically. B oth the unions and the PLP allege that Mr Francis i nstructed BTC's executive management to meet with Mango to secure their services in a partnership regarding SMS messaging. T hey also allege that Mango had not participated in the b idding process. M r Francis denied these allegations. He said there is no formal relationship between the two c ompanies and while there h ave been "discussions" he has not been involved in t hem. "I am a small shareholder i n Mango, I have about 2.5 p er cent interest in Mango b ut I don't think that Mango has a business relationship w ith BTC today. I believe that there have been discussions between them, I have not beeni nvolved in any such discus sions, but I am not aware of any business relationship b etween BTC," he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C areful Hands Daycare & Preschool Nurturing, shaping, Moulding Young Minds For The Future. W e accept students from 3 months to 5 years Shirley Street or Mackey Street Large Playground Enroll your child today & receive FREE General John Delaney stated that the new Magistrates Court on Nassau and South streets should be completed during the early half of this year. The new complex will housea ll of the Magistrates Courts in New Providence, with the exception of the Coroners Court which will remain at Victoria Gardens. Mr Delaney said a contract for the construction of a second Coroners Court at Victoria Gardens went to tender last month. We in the office of the Attorney General h ave expended tremendous effort to improve our operations relative to the Department of Public Prosecutions in the context of criminal justice, the Department of Legal Affairs in the context of civil justice, and the Law R eform and Legal Commission in the context o f reviewing our laws to modernise them and t o make progressive reform. All departments without exception have undergone a degree of reorganisation, Mr Delaney said. Stronger provisions needed to police Bar Association members FROM page one BTC Chairman denies accusations of conflict of interest FROM page one

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM k nown as murder victim number three. Remembering her, she said it was because of Denises sacrifice that she was able to go to medical school. She did not do her masters degree, so I could go to medical school, said Dr Adderley. She was a best friend. She knew me before I knew m yself, and she gave until it hurt. Every member of my family knows if you need something done, you call Denise. When you needed children to be picked up from school, you called Denise. She gave unselfishly. I am a doctor today because of D enise. has recommended that Senior Justice Longley be appointed to the JLSC. Sir Michael further announced that Magistrate Linda Virgill will bea ssigned to the Coroners Court to replace Magistrate William Campbell. The Chief Justice also a nnounced four Supreme C ourts in New Providence and one in Grand Bahama will be dedicated to dealing e xclusively with criminal matt ers. I have asked Senior Just ice Jon Isaacs to assume a greater role in the adminis tration of the criminal divis ion of the Supreme Court and in the Supreme Courtso versight of the work of the m agistracy. Magistrates will b e required to provide a monthly report to the Registrar of the Supreme Court ino rder for the Supreme Court to discharge its supervisoryr esponsibility. Justice Isaacs w ill review these reports and g ive recommendations to me, the Chief Justice said. He further noted that Just ice Vera Watkins, Bernard Turner and Roy Jones will preside over the other threec riminal courts in New Provid ence. As Chief Justice I will hear some bail applications toi ncrease the time available to other justices who preside over criminal trials, he said. With regard to the civil side, the JLSC proposes to a ppoint a number of senior lawyers to serve as Acting Justices in the Supreme Court for periods of at least three months, the Chief Justices aid. A ccording to the Chief Justice, those Acting Justices will hear civil matters slated to be heard by Justice Turner. According to the Chief Jus-t ice, attorney Milton Evans is among those who has agreed to accept such an appoint-m ent, which will come into e ffect on February 1. T he Chief Justice said it was hoped that when the Magistrates Court moved from Bank Lane, the space w ill be utilised by the S upreme Court to deal with matters relative to the family. The Chief Justice also a cknowledged public criticism of the judiciary. He stated: We are not u naware of our own failures a nd the need to reduce the d elay in the delivery of our rulings. As judges, however, w e read with some degree of concern comments made in the public about the work oft he judiciary. I remind the p ublic that as judges we are a part of the society and are painfully aware of the malady i n our society and the chal lenges being faced, particu larly the high incidents of c rime. However, judges are not prosecutors, nor are we a part o f the prosecution. Judges are not defence attorneys nor are we a part of their team, we are an impartial and indepen d ent tribunal. We are the guardian of the rights of every person. We seek to do our jobs to the best of our abilities and with all of our strengthsa nd human weaknesses. We d o not seek to be excused from criticism but we do, h owever, require that those who criticise ascertain the facts before embarking on such criticism. The administration of justice is a cooper-a tive effort. SEEPAGETWO Taxi driver on murder charge FROM page one New appointments announced at the legal year opening FROM page one THE Royal Bahamas Police Force Band perf orm as part of the openi ng of the new legal year.

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have inter-tidal flows. These environmental features are all subject to protection under the new land Actsand amendments and will now be further protected under the UNESCO biosphere reserve system. Between these three Acts, it is our hope that we can identify appropriate representative portions of the Bahamas that would complement this effort by UNESCO and allow us to enrich and practice what weh ave already done in legislation. I can think of a numberof places that qualify as bios phere reserves, said Dr Deveaux. Fish colonies and communities, forest communities andh uman communities co-exist in all of these inter-connected e cosystems, evident in every island in the Bahamas. Some more unique than others, some more distinguished than others, but none more special than the other. Efforts to gather information t hat identifies the boundaries of the regional reserves have been completed for presentation to UNESCOs approval process. We took a long time because we did not have enough information about our islands and thats what takes the most to set up a biosphere reserve, said Joan RolleRobinson, UNESCO consul tant. On January 10, UNESCO stakeholders met with Ministryof the Environment officials to discuss a systems theory approach to conservation, development, and logistic support for appropriate zoning schemes, as well as practices and policies based on research and monitoring. The partnership is expected to foster sound sustainable development for protected areas and provide corporate social responsibility (CSR opportunities for direct foreign investment and other enterprises. It will also integrate cultural and biological diversity within traditional ecosystem management. Biosphere reserves are more than a conservation tool. It is a regional development tool, so if you have physical planning or land-use planning, then its how you incorporate this type of strategy into your land-use planning, said Ms Robinson. Biosphere reserves are nominated by national governments and must meet UNESCOs cri teria before admission to the World Network is approved. First, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT nomination form with support letters from the owners and managers of protected lands, as well as local government leaders. Second, the complet ed nomination package must be forwarded to the national agency for review and recom mendation. Then, the national agency must send the nomination to UNESCOs Man and Biosphere (MAB headquarters in Paris for final approval. MAB is an inter-govern mental scientific programme that seeks to improve the relationship between people and the environment. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Govt nominates biosphere reserves to join UNESCOs world network FROM page five ON JANUARY 10 UNESCO representatives paid a courtesy call on Environment Minister Earl Deveaux to discuss the Bahamas National Trusts recent nomination to have Bahamian national parks declared as international biosphere reserves.Pictured from left to right are Joan Rolle-Robinson, UNESCO consultant; Everton Hannam, UNESCO secretary general for theC aribbean; and Environment Minister, Earl Deveaux. HARROLD AND WILSON POND PARK is another perfect example of a possible biosphere reserve. The n ational park in the centre of New Providence is home to many native species of birds and fish. Gena Gibbs /BIS L AKE CUNNINGHAM a nd Lake Killarney are other biosphere reserve candidates, as they are under threat from residential and commercial developments. K r i s t a a n I n g r a h a m / B I S

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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011, PAGE 7B the current hospital, and the c onstruction of a water and electricity generation plant. We are in the planning stages, but will not start until the economy is back on track, Mr Rassin said. By the time we get out of this recession, we will be ready to start. We want to make sure were back into stronger levels of patient activity, but want to have the plans ready, so we can say: Lets go. We will have the plans and financial details done, approvals in place, the contract out to bid, and then wait for the econo my to get back. Mr Rassin told Tribune Business that it was impossible, at this stage, to determine how much the expansion would cost, but added that once its local/tourist patient business returned to normal, and its medical tourism plans took off as expected, Doctors Hospital might require another 50-100 staff. As we get back to normal and put medical tourism on top of that, we will have to put another 10-20 per cent of staff on top of that, Mr Rassin explained. Right now, we have the beauty of bringing in additional patients without too much cost, so that goes right to the bottom line. Revenues Noting that the revenues generated by medical tourism would enable Doctors Hospital to keep its technology up to date, a key factor in main taining quality patient outcomes and increasing market share, Mr Rassin said of med ical tourism: It gives us a depth we dont have right now. Doctors Hospital, he added, was assessing how to upgrade its Internet site to become a marketing tool that attracted overseas patients, while the healthcare provider was also looking to see how it could use social media to aid this goal. He explained, though, that Doctors Hospital had to remember it was pitching to d ifferent demographic mark ets. While younger persons tended to make more extensive use of the Internet and social media, it was the elder ly who were more likely to need medical care. Mr Rassin told Tribune Business that Doctors Hospital already attracted a signifi cant Caribbean patient market, primarily those who were unable to obtain US visas. We already seem to be a destination for that group, he explained. We have patients from the Turks & Caicos, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. We dont want to dismiss that market either. Canada is another market. The top end of the popula tion, the wealthy, are looking to get faster service, and they can come here for that as well. DOCTORS EXPANSION WAITS ON ECONOMY F ROM page 1B TOPMEDICALFACILITY: Doctors Hospital.

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THERE ar e many r easons why many people do not become successful. Many people just don't feel the need to suc ceed. These ar e people who ar e secur ed; contented and like what's hap pening to them. But if success means becoming all that God intends for us to be, and we'r e satisfied with less than that, we not only fall short of God's glory ourselves but we limit what others can be for Him. The greatest responsibility of leaders is that they do not shor tchange them selves, thereby shortchanging those whom they lead. If God has given a gift, we ar e to use it and succeed, so that we not only enhance the Kingdom from our perspective but from our followers as well. One reason why people do not succeed is that they are afraid of success. What ar e some of the r easons why peo ple are afraid of success? Sometimes they back off because they are afraid of the commitment level r equir ed. Sometimes they are afraid because success puts pressure on them to continue to succeed. A person who gets straight A's on a report card sets a pattern of achievement and thus must keep achieving. Often they do not want to be responsible, so they shrink from success. People who have poor self-images will always shy away from success. Others don't want to be successful because they don't like to be lonely They would rather be with the crowd; it's lonely at the top. Risk is another reason why people don't want to 'stick their necks out'. There are many more reasons, but the main point is that some people ar e afraid of success. I have also discover ed that many peo ple in the business world and the church ar e ver y suspicious of success. It's as if they think that if you want to be suc cessful, you certainly can't be spiritual. Successful people couldn't be humble.W e've almost equated humility with poverty. Y et when I look thr ough the W or d of God, I see thousands of successful peo ple who chose to enter into the arena of action and give themselves to a cause that would better humility They wer e successful in changing lives for eternity. Think of people like Joseph, Nehemiah, the Apostle Paul, Joshua, David and Abraham. Many of these men despite their pr oblems wer e successful men. T o fail to become all that God created you to become, limits not only yourself but also those under your influence. I ur ge you to begin to look within yourself and begin to unlock your imprisoned potential and become all God ordained you to be. The Tribune PG3 4 Thursday, January 13, 2011 RELIGION THE PUBLIC is cordially invited to share in uplifting services as the membersof the St Agnes Anglican Church celebrate their annual Patron Festival. The week of January 20 to 23 is slated to be a celebration of the feast of St Agnes the patron saint of the parish. The Venerable Archdeacon I Ranfurly Brown, rector at the St Agnes Anglican church said the celebration goes from the day before the feast day until the following Sunday. On the 20th at 7.30 pm there will be a Solemn Evensong, which is a solemn formof evening prayer. Bishop Liash Boyd Sr will be the guest speaker. Also on the following day, the feast of St Agnes, therewill be a sung mass at 6 am. We are also having a cultural event in the evening but that is not confir med as yet, he said. Mr Brown explained that the following Sunday at 7 am will be another Sung Mass and sermon lead by Canon Curtis Robinson. There will be a Sung Mass, Procession and sermon which will be leadby Fr Oswald Pinder at 10.30 am. Just before the church begins we would have a procession around the church, he said. Going fur ther on the services, the festival will climax with a ser vice at 3 pm with another Solemn Evensong, Ser mon, Outdoor Procession of Witness and Benediction. The outdoor procession goes out of the chur ch east on Cockburn Street then south on Market Street, West on Chapel Str eet and Nor th on Bluehill Road returning to the church. The Parish of St Agnes celebrates its Patronal Festival Archdeacon I Ranfurly Brown A DISTRESSSOS call, floods the ears and hearts of our Bahamian peopleas another young male is killed. The murder count soars to nearly 100 for 2010. An all time record, never seen in the history of our nation. Unemployment rises, moral and social decay eats away at the fabric of our society. Financial hardships from a global economic recession, has placed many in the valleys of sickness, despair, depression and hopelessness. In the wake of all of this, the Church Of God Of Prophecy presents Crusade 2011 under the theme, I'm Coming Closer to Jesus. This timely spiritual event paves the way for opportunities of salvation, healing, deliverance and spiritual refreshing from the Lord. We as a body of believers and church leaders must continue to shine and proclaim hope in a world where hopelessness seems to be the order of the day. These challenges that we are facing in our country must draw us like a magnet to come closer to Jesus , and for those who don't know Him to open up the doors of their hearts. We must come near to God and He will come near to us (James 4:8 NIV). Join us Sunday January 16 -21 7.30pm at the East St, Tabernacle and declare with us that 'I'm Coming Closer to Jesus in my family relationships, in worship, in giving, in charity, in purposeful and godly living and by simply surrendering our hearts to Him. He is waiting for us. Crusade 2011 Bishop Leroy V.S. Greenaway Bishop William A. Lee Jr The right formula for success BISHOP VG CLARKE People who have poor self-images will always shy away from success. Others don't want to be successful because they don't like to be lonely. They would rather be with the crowd; it's lonely at the top. 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I would like to take this time and say Happy New Y ear to you my r eaders. It has been a blessing to have r eceived your kind words, prayers and encouragement in the past but especially in 2010. Your response has been tr uly over whelming. I do not take for granted this platform that God has af for ded me to shar e insights and experiences with you in this section. Thank you for taking the time to read my articles and Ihope they continue to bless your lives. I speak God's choice blessings on you and your families in the months ahead. As I was sitting in the Watch night Service held at our chur ch on New Y ear's Eve. I promisied myself I would do a better job of sharing my faith to others. In my ef for ts of being a better evangelist I came acr oss a young man, who I see often in my daily travels. I asked him if he goes to church? I must admit his answer took me by surprise. That young man told me:"I don't have time for church. Those were his exact words. At least he was honest right? I was sharing this same conversation with a dear friend of mine and we began to con sider some possibilities. Possibilities such as, what if God didn't have time to wake us up in the morning? Or if He didn't have time to allow our mer cies to be new ever y mor ning? Or He don't see the need to put His hedge of protection around us, so that we could be shielded fr om dangers seen and unseen. What if He didn't feel like letting His son Jesus Christ die on Calvary's Cross for our sins? What then? Something to think about right? We take so many things for granted that it is truly a shame. I know that we are not always on Gods Run, but I think the time has come and gone that we r eally need to reconsider our mindsets and actions. The Bible tells us that it is in God that live, move and have our being. How can we not honour God with our time, talents and resources? We shouldn't be denying the source. If truth be told we only end up hurting ourselves. God could nor would He ever lose. I don't know of anyone who has lost or been at a disadvantage ser ving God. I dar e the person who has to come forth. I do wonder what would become of us if God was to treat us they way we treat Him? Not to worry, the Bible tells us that His ways are far from our ways. My pastor said in a sermon a few Sundays ago, Thank God He is not like man, especially like us Bahamians. However, that's another article. In this brand new year let's do mor e or at let's make an effort to realise who God is and all that He does for us. Let's find some way to say thank you Lord for all that you do. Even if that is going to church, saying a kind word, or even a friendly smile. We will be better for it in the long r un. MEDITATION The Tribune Thursday, January 13, 2011 PG3 5 RELIGION ON Sunday Januar y 9, Phi Beta Sigma Frater nity Inc., celebrated it s 97th Founders Day. Phi Beta Sigmais a pr edominantly African-American fra ternity which was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on Januar y 9, 1914 by three young AfricanAmerican male students. The founders: A Langston Taylor, Leonar d F Morse, and Charles I Br own, wanted to or ganise a Gr eek letter frater nity that would exemplify the ideals of br other hood, scholarship, and ser vice. T oday The Delta Epsilon Sigma Chapter here in The Bahamas has over 200 members ranging from politicians to doctors. The ideals the founders envision, are lived out in the work and community service projects the brothers of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Chapter continue to under take. By Rev. Angela Palacious There are times when we are not sure if our life is amounting to much at all. We had been close to the Lord but that seems almost a lifetime ago. We wonder if thereis any point in trying to swim against the social tide. The enemy really does know where we are most vulnerable. Throughout the pages of Holy Scripture, there are reminders that the anointed life will bear fruit at some timefor someone. Obedience to Gods call is celebrated as a costly but cost-effective response. The blessings of God are unmatchable. When we doubt the value of our best efforts, let us remember that the One who calls also equips, who equips alsodir ects, and who dir ects also evaluates the effectiveness of the action. Gods approval is more related to our faithfulness than to measurable r esults. Only God can see the whole picture or plan. The pr ophet Isaiah speaks of his call to be a prophet in this manner: The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mothers womb he named me. (Is. 49: 1 the Suffering Servant as: It is too lighta thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth (Is. 49:6). When this prophecy is fulfilled in the incarnation (taking on flesh Christ, we hear John the Baptizer, another gr eat pr ophet, stating: I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him (John 1: 32). This call is for apostles also: Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God (1 Cor. 1:1), but the best news of all is that it is for each one of us as well: To the church that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours (1 Cor. 1:3)God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor. 1:9) The next stage is the equipping that takes place in secret and is revealed when the time is right: He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me, he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away (Is. 49: 2). The prophet is able to reach a distant target with words which pierce the hear t as if with a swor d. W e all r eceive grace and spiritual gifts suited to our particular tasks: The grace of God has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of ever y kindthat you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (1Cor. 1: 4-8). In spite of all this, we will experience times of near despair as the prophet Isaiah relates: I have laboured in vain,I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God (Is. 40: 4). Gods word still stands, however, ou are my servant, in whom I will be glorified (Is. 40: 3 couraged and despondent that we are not appearing to accomplish our goals for the work of the Lord, it is our faithful obedience to persevere that brings God the highest glory. This is why we struggle, suffer, trust, believe, obey r ejoice, r epent, witness, worship, work for the Lord, to give God glory. The prayer of the church is for us to be a people illumined by God s W or d and Sacraments who shine with the radiance of Christ s glor y that He may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to ends of the earth (Anglican Prayer Book Through it all, God is faithful. Through it all, God is faithful REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD PALACIOUS No Time? ALLISON MILLER PhiBeta Sigma celebrates 97th Founders Day CELEBRATING: Pictured are some of the Phi Beta Sigma members attending Mt Carey Union Baptist Church in Fox Hill where Bro Rev Dr Enoch Backford II is pastor.

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The Tribune PG3 6 Thursday, January 13, 2011 RELIGION PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Associated Press T he normally traffic-clogged streets of the Haitian capital turned quiet Wednesday as businesses closed and people walked in solemn processions to prayer services marking the anniversary of the worst natural disaster in the nation's history. Many people wore white, a color associated with mour ning in Haiti, and sang hymns as they navigated collapsed buildings and rubble from the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake that left much of Port-auPrince in r uins. The gover nment incr eased the estimated death toll to mor e than 316,000 people, but it did not explain how it arrived at that number. Evens Lor mil joined mour ners in a crowd at the Roman Catholic cathedral, its towering spires and vaulted roof now collapsed, waiting for a memorial Mass next to what was once a pr ominent landmark in a ragged downtown. The 35-yearold driver of the collective taxis known as tap-taps said his wife and two childr en wer e in the countr yside north of the capital, still too traumatized by the quake to attend the service, or even live in the city. "I'm here to mourn all the victims," he said before the Mass, which was held in a tent next to the ruined cathedral. "Even though life was bad before the earthquake, it got worse. I am hoping the coun-tr y can move together and come for war d." Terez Benitot, who sat barefoot outside the Mass because ther e was no mor e room inside, said she lost a cousin in the earthquake, her house collapsed and her husband, a mason, has less work than before the quake. "God blessed me by taking only one of my cousins that day ," the 56-year -old woman said. "Our house collapsed but we have health and life." Crisscr ossing the central Champ de Mars Plaza were prayer groups who thanked God for sparing them from the ear thquake, and others who took advan tage of the day to promote women's rights, oppose the U.N. force that provides security in Haiti, and other causes. "It is a grand day for us that we are able to give thanks to God that we are still her e," one of the mar chers, 54-year -old Acsonne Frederique, said as a preacher exhorted him and others in the cheering cr owd to pray "Others are here to repair our country. We are here to repair our souls." President Rene Preval and former U.S. President Bill Clinton attended a ceremony to lay the cornerstone for a new National T ax Of fice, wher e many workers wer e killed in one of the blows to the public sector that paralyzed the gover nment following the earthquake. Dignitaries from around the world are in Haiti to mark the anniversary. But they are also facing skepticism from a Haitian public that expected mor e pr ogr ess towar d r econstruction. Aid gr oups say only about 5 percent of the rubble from the quake has been removed and the capital is strewn with 20 million cubic yards (meters concrete and twisted steel debris, enough to fill dump trucks that would encircle half the globe. At least a million displaced people, including 380,000 childr en, ar e still in 1,200 tent-and-shack encampments that spr ung up after the quake. Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean said many people are still hopeful but ther e ar e limits to their patience. "You see them here, you see their energy, and they are smiling. They have hope, which is faith, but they can only have hope and faith for so long," said Jean as he got into a car in downtown Port-auPrince, sur r ounded by workers wearing the blue T-shirts of his Yele Haiti charity. "They are hoping that we at home do not for get them and that we put pressure on the powers that be to start the reconstruction because they want to work." Prayer and mourning in Haiti a year after quake HAITIAN President Rene Preval, center, Haiti's first lady Elisabeth Debrosse Preval fourth from left, and Haiti Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, right, carry wreaths for the victims of the Jan. 2010 earthquake during a religious ceremony at the T itanyen mass grave site on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. The religious ceremony is one of many events planned to mark the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 12th magnitude-7.0 quake that killed more than 220,000 people and left millions homeless. (AP


PG 34 @ Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Parish of St
Agnes celebrates
its Patronal Festival

THE PUBLIC is cordially invited to
share in uplifting services as the members
of the St Agnes Anglican Church cele-
brate their annual Patron Festival.

The week of January 20 to 23 is slated
to be a celebration of the feast of St
Agnes the patron saint of the parish.

The Venerable Archdeacon I Ranfurly
Brown, rector at the St Agnes Anglican
church said the celebration goes from the
day before the feast day until the follow-
ing Sunday.

“On the 20th at 7.30 pm there will be a
Solemn Evensong, which is a solemn form
of evening prayer. Bishop Liash Boyd Sr
will be the guest speaker. Also on the fol-
lowing day, the feast of St Agnes, there
will be a sung mass at 6 am. We are also
having a cultural event in the evening but
that is not confirmed as yet,” he said.

Mr Brown explained that the following
Sunday at 7 am will be another Sung Mass
and sermon lead by Canon Curtis
Robinson. There will be a Sung Mass,
Procession and sermon which will be lead
by Fr Oswald Pinder at 10.30 am. “Just
before the church begins we would have a
procession around the church,” he said.

Going further on the services, the festi-
val will climax with a service at 3 pm with
another Solemn Evensong, Sermon,

Outdoor Procession of Witness and
Benediction.

“The outdoor procession goes out of
the church east on Cockburn Street then
south on Market Street, West on Chapel
Street and North on Bluehill Road
returning to the church.”

Archdeacon | Ranfurly Brown



RELIGION

Crusade 2011

A DISTRESS SOS call, floods the
ears and hearts of our Bahamian people
as another young male is killed. The
murder count soars to nearly 100 for
2010. An all time record, never seen in
the history of our nation.
Unemployment rises, moral and social
decay eats away at the fabric of our soci-
ety. Financial hardships from a global
economic recession, has placed many in
the valleys of sickness, despair, depres-
sion and hopelessness.

In the wake of all of this, the Church
Of God Of Prophecy presents Crusade
2011 under the theme, “I'm Coming
Closer to Jesus.” This timely spiritual
event paves the way for opportunities of
salvation, healing, deliverance and spiri-
tual refreshing from the Lord.

We as a body of believers and church
leaders must continue to shine and pro-
claim hope in a world where hopeless-
ness seems to be the order of the day.

These challenges that
we are facing in our
country must draw us
like a magnet to
“come closer to
Jesus”, and for those
who don't know Him
to open up the doors
of their hearts. We
must come near to
God and He will come
near to us (James 4:8
NIV).

Join us Sunday
January 16 -21 7.30pm
at the East St,
Tabernacle and
declare with us that 'I'’m Coming Closer
to Jesus” in my family relationships, in
worship, in giving, in charity, in purpose-
ful and godly living and by simply sur-
rendering our hearts to Him. He is wait-
ing for us.

Bishop
William A.
Lee Jr



The Tribune

Bishop Leroy V.S. Greenaway



The right for

THERE are many reasons why many
people do not become successful. Many
people just don't feel the need to suc-
ceed. These are people who are
secured; contented and like what's hap-
pening to them. But if success means
becoming all that God intends for us to
be, and we're satisfied with less than
that, we not only fall short of God's
glory ourselves but we limit what others
can be for Him.

The greatest responsibility of leaders
is that they do not shortchange them-
selves, thereby shortchanging those
whom they lead. If God has given a gift,
we are to use it and succeed, so that we
not only enhance the Kingdom from
our perspective but from our followers
as well.

One reason why people do not suc-
ceed is that they are afraid of success.
What are some of the reasons why peo-
ple are afraid of success? Sometimes
they back off because they are afraid of
the commitment level required.
Sometimes they are afraid because suc-
cess puts pressure on them to continue
to succeed.

A person who gets straight A's on a
report card sets a pattern of achieve-
ment and thus must keep achieving.
Often they do not want to be responsi-
ble, so they shrink from success.

People who have poor self-images
will always shy away from success.
Others don't want to be successful
because they don't like to be lonely.
They would rather be with the crowd;
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reason why people don't want to ‘stick
their necks out’. There are many more
reasons, but the main point is that some
people are afraid of success.

Thave also discovered that many peo-
ple in the business world and the church
are very suspicious of success. It's as if
they think that if you want to be suc-
cessful, you certainly can't be spiritual.
Successful people couldn't be humble.
We've almost equated humility with
poverty.

Yet when I look through the Word of
God, I see thousands of successful peo-
ple who chose to enter into the arena of
action and give themselves to a cause
that would better humility. They were
successful in changing lives for eternity.
Think of people like Joseph, Nehemiah,
the Apostle Paul, Joshua, David and
Abraham. Many of these men despite
their problems were successful men.

To fail to become all that God creat-
ed you to become, limits not only your-
self but also those under your influence.

I urge you to begin to look within
yourself and begin to unlock your
imprisoned potential and become all
God ordained you to be.

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poor seltimages will
always shy away
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don't want to be suc
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don't like to be lonely.
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lonely at the top. Risk
is another reason why
people don't want to
‘stick their necks out’.

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RELIGION

Thursday, January 13, 2011 ® PG 35

(CY MEDITATION

Through it all, God is faithful

By Rev. Angela Palacious

There are times when we are not sure if
our life is amounting to much at all. We
had been close to the Lord but that seems
almost a lifetime ago. We wonder if there
is any point in trying to swim against the
social tide. The enemy really does know
where we are most vulnerable.

Throughout the pages of Holy
Scripture, there are reminders that the
anointed life will bear fruit at some time
for someone. Obedience to God’s call is
celebrated as a costly but cost-effective
response. The blessings of God are
unmatchable.

When we doubt the value of our best
efforts, let us remember that the One
who calls also equips, who equips also
directs, and who directs also evaluates
the effectiveness of the action. God’s
approval is more related to our faithful-
ness than to measurable results. Only
God can see the whole picture or plan.

The prophet Isaiah speaks of his call to
be a prophet in this manner: “...The
Lord called me before I was born, while
I was in my mother’s womb he named

No Time?

I would like to take this time and say
Happy New Year, to you my readers. It has
been a blessing to have received your kind
words, prayers and encouragement in the
past but especially in 2010. Your response
has been truly overwhelming. I do not take
for granted this platform that God has
afforded me to share insights and experi-
ences with you in this section. Thank you
for taking the time to read my articles and I
hope they continue to bless your lives. I
speak God's choice blessings on you and
your families in the months ahead.

As I was sitting in the Watch night Service
held at our church on New Year's Eve. I
promisied myself I would do a better job of
sharing my faith to others. In my efforts of
being a better evangelist I came across a
young man, who I see often in my daily trav-
els. T asked him if he goes to church? I must
admit his answer took me by surprise. That
young man told me:"I don't have time for
church.” Those were his exact words. At
least he was honest right?

I was sharing this same conversation with
a dear friend of mine and we began to con-
sider some possibilities. Possibilities such as,
what if God didn't have time to wake us up
in the morning? Or if He didn't have time to
allow our mercies to be new every morning?
Or He don't see the need to put His hedge
of protection around us, so that we could be
shielded from dangers seen and unseen.
What if He didn't feel like letting His son
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me.” (Is. 49: 1). He describes the call of
the Suffering Servant as: “...It is too light
a thing that you should be my servant to
raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore
the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a
light to the nations, that my salvation
may reach to the ends of the earth” (Is.
49:6).

When this prophecy is fulfilled in the
incarnation (taking on flesh) of Jesus
Christ, we hear John the Baptizer, anoth-
er great prophet, stating: “...I saw the
Spirit descending from heaven like a
dove, and it remained on him” (John 1:
32).

This call is for apostles also: “Paul,
called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by
the will of God...” (1 Cor. 1:1), but the

ALLISON
MILLER



sins? What then? Something to think about
right?

We take so many things for granted that it
is truly a shame. I know that we are not
always on “God’s Run,” but I think the time
has come and gone that we really need to
reconsider our mindsets and actions. The
Bible tells us that it is in God that live, move
and have our being. How can we not honour
God with our time, talents and resources?
We shouldn't be denying the source. If truth
be told we only end up hurting ourselves.
God could nor would He ever lose.

I don't know of anyone who has lost or
been at a disadvantage serving God. I dare
the person who has to come forth. I do won-
der what would become of us if God was to
treat us they way we treat Him? Not to
worry, the Bible tells us that His ways are
far from our ways. My pastor said in a ser-
mon a few Sundays ago, “Thank God He is
not like man, especially like us Bahamians.”
However, that's another article.

In this brand new year, let's do more or at
let's make an effort to realise who God is
and all that He does for us. Let's find some
way to say thank you Lord for all that you
do. Even if that is going to church, saying a
kind word, or even a friendly smile. We will
be better for it in the long run.

best news of all is that it is for each one of
us as well: “To the church that is in
Corinth, to those who are sanctified in
Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together
with all those who in every place call on
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both
their Lord and ours (1 Cor. 1:3)...God is
faithful; by him you were called into the
fellowship of his son, Jesus Christ our
Lord” (1 Cor. 1:9)

The next stage is the equipping that
takes place in secret and is revealed when
the time is right: “He made my mouth
like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his
hand he hid me, he made me a polished
arrow, in his quiver he hid me away” (Is.
49: 2). The prophet is able to reach a dis-
tant target with words which pierce the
heart as if with a sword. We all receive
grace and spiritual gifts suited to our par-
ticular tasks: “...The grace of God has
been given you in Christ Jesus, for in
every way you have been enriched in
him, in speech and knowledge of every
kind...that you are not lacking in any
Spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing
of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also

strengthen you to the end, so that you
may be blameless on the day of our Lord
Jesus Christ” (1Cor. 1: 4-8).

In spite of all this, we will experience
times of near despair as the prophet
Isaiah relates: “...I have laboured in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and
vanity; yet surely my cause is with the
Lord, and my reward with my God” (Is.
40: 4). God’s word still stands, however,
“.,. You are my servant, in whom I will be
glorified” (Is. 40: 3). Even if we feel dis-
couraged and despondent that we are not
appearing to accomplish our goals for the
work of the Lord, it is our faithful obedi-
ence to persevere that brings God the
highest glory.

This is why we struggle, suffer, trust,
believe, obey, rejoice, repent, witness,
worship, work for the Lord, to give God
glory. The prayer of the church is for us
to be a people illumined by God’s Word
and Sacraments who “shine with the radi-
ance of Christ’s glory, that He may be
known, worshipped, and obeyed to ends
of the earth” (Anglican Prayer Book).

Through it all, God is faithful.

MUON Me AUC Te LE)



CELEBRATING: Pictured are some of the Phi Beta Sigma members attending Mt Carey Union
Baptist Church in Fox Hill where Bro Rev Dr Enoch Backford II is pastor.

ON Sunday January 9, Phi Beta
Sigma Fraternity Inc., celebrated it’s
97th Founders Day. Phi Beta Sigma is a
predominantly African-American fra-
ternity which was founded at Howard
University in Washington, D.C. on
January 9, 1914 by three young African-
American male students.

The founders: A Langston Taylor,
Leonard F Morse, and Charles I Brown,
wanted to organise a Greek letter fra-

ternity that would exemplify the ideals
of brotherhood, scholarship, and serv-
ice.

Today, The Delta Epsilon Sigma
Chapter here in The Bahamas has over
200 members ranging from politicians
to doctors. The ideals the founders
envision, are lived out in the work and
community service projects the broth-
ers of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Chapter
continue to undertake.
PG 36 @ Thursday, January 13, 2011

RELIGION

The Tribune



PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
Associated Press

streets of the Haitian capital

turned quiet Wednesday as
businesses closed and people
walked in solemn processions to
prayer services marking the
anniversary of the worst natural
disaster in the nation's history.

Many people wore white, a color asso-
ciated with mourning in Haiti, and sang
hymns as they navigated collapsed build-
ings and rubble from the Jan. 12, 2010,
earthquake that left much of Port-au-
Prince in ruins. The government
increased the estimated death toll to
more than 316,000 people, but it did not
explain how it arrived at that number.

Evens Lormil joined mourners in a
crowd at the Roman Catholic cathedral,
its towering spires and vaulted roof now
collapsed, waiting for a memorial Mass
next to what was once a prominent land-
mark in a ragged downtown. The 35-year-
old driver of the collective taxis known as
tap-taps said his wife and two children
were in the countryside north of the capi-
tal, still too traumatized by the quake to
attend the service, or even live in the city.

"I'm here to mourn all the victims,” he
said before the Mass, which was held in a
tent next to the ruined cathedral. "Even
though life was bad before the earth-
quake, it got worse. I am hoping the coun-
try can move together and come for-
ward."

‘Terez Benitot, who sat barefoot outside
the Mass because there was no more
room inside, said she lost a cousin in the
earthquake, her house collapsed and her
husband, a mason, has less work than
before the quake.

"God blessed me by taking only one of
my cousins that day,” the 56-year-old
woman said. "Our house collapsed but we
have health and life."

Crisscrossing the central Champ de

Te normally traffic-clogged

Mars Plaza were prayer groups who
thanked God for sparing them from the
earthquake, and others who took advan-
tage of the day to promote women's
rights, oppose the U.N. force that pro-
vides security in Haiti, and other causes.

"Tt is a grand day for us that we are able
to give thanks to God that we are still
here," one of the marchers, 54-year-old
Acsonne Frederique, said as a preacher
exhorted him and others in the cheering
crowd to pray. "Others are here to repair
our country. We are here to repair our
souls."

President Rene Preval and former U.S.
President Bill Clinton attended a ceremo-
ny to lay the cornerstone for a new
National Tax Office, where many workers
were killed in one of the blows to the pub-
lic sector that paralyzed the government
following the earthquake.

Dignitaries from around the world are
in Haiti to mark the anniversary. But they
are also facing skepticism from a Haitian
public that expected more progress
toward reconstruction.

Aid groups say only about 5 percent of
the rubble from the quake has been
removed and the capital is strewn with 20
million cubic yards (meters) of collapsed
concrete and twisted steel debris, enough
to fill dump trucks that would encircle
half the globe. At least a million displaced
people, including 380,000 children, are
still in 1,200 tent-and-shack encampments
that sprung up after the quake.

Haitian-American musician Wyclef
Jean said many people are still hopeful
but there are limits to their patience.

"You see them here, you see their ener-
gy, and they are smiling. They have hope,
which is faith, but they can only have
hope and faith for so long," said Jean as
he got into a car in downtown Port-au-
Prince, surrounded by workers wearing
the blue T-shirts of his Yele Haiti charity.
"They are hoping that we at home do not
forget them and that we put pressure on
the powers that be to start the reconstruc-
tion because they want to work.”



HAITIAN president Rene Preval, center, Haiti's first lady Elisabeth Debrosse Preval fourth
from left, and Haiti Prime Minister Jean- Max Bellerive, right, carry wreaths for the victims
of the Jan. 2010 earthquake during a religious ceremony at the Titanyen mass grave site

on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. The religious ceremony

is one of many events planned to mark the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 12th magni-

tude-7.0 quake that killed more than 220,000 people and left millions homeless. (AP)
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Man appears
in court over
teacher death

By NATARIO McKENZIE
and NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporters

A MAN appeared in
court yesterday charged with
murdering pre-school
teacher Denise Adderley.

Taxi driver John Manuel
Adderley, 37, is accused of
killing Denise Adderley, the
mother of one, while she sat
inside her car at the Texaco
Service Station on Wulff and
Kemp roads on Sunday
night.

Police reports say Ms
Adderley, who lived in the
Chippingham area, was shot
six times with a shotgun. She
was the third homicide vic-
tim of the new year.

When he was arraigned
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez in Court One,
Bank Lane, yesterday,
Adderley was not required

to enter a plea to the murder
charge. Nineteen witnesses
are listed on court dockets.

It was said in court that
Adderley, who lives at Hill-
side Park Estates, off
Bernard Road, Nassau, was
known to the deceased.

The case was transferred
to Court Six, Parliament
Street, and adjourned to
January 26 for a fixture
hearing.

Adderley was remanded
to Her Majesty’s Prison.

Ms Adderley, 39, was a
teacher at the Uriah
McPhee Primary School on
Kemp Road for nine years.

Staff and pupils at the
school have received coun-
selling to help them cope
with the tragic loss.

Dr Nicole Adderley,
Denise’s sister, said she did
not want her sister to be

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NEW APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED AT LEGAL YEAR OPENING

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

CHIEF Justice Sir Michael
Barnett yesterday announced
several new judicial appoint-
ments and initiatives yester-
day at a ceremony marking
the opening of the legal year
2011.

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Court of Appeal of Jamaica,
having served as a Justice of
the Jamaican Supreme Court
for more than eight years.

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Legal Services Commission
(JLSC) has recommended he
be appointed a Senior Justice
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CONFLICT of interest
accusations against BTC's
chairman Julian Francis over
a contract awarded to anoth-
er company he chairs to han-
dle a portion of BTC's pen-
sion fund are attempts to
"malign" his character.

The claims come from
chairman of the Opposition
Progressive Liberal Party
Bradley Roberts and the
unions who are against Gov-
ernment's impending sale of
BTC to Cable & Wireless.
Yesterday Mr Roberts argued
that BTC's chairman has been
caught in a “blatant conflict
of interest" and violated the
Free National Movement's
code of ethics because of his
position as chairman of Prov-
idence Advisors Limited,
which manages a portion of
BTC staff's pension fund.

Said Mr Francis in
response: "There is no con-
flict whatsoever in connection
with Providence. ..J am nota
shareholder in Providence
Advisors, I am only a chair-
man, that's all. I scrupulously
recuse myself from any mat-

SEE page 10

‘STRONGER PROVISIONS’
NEEDED TO POLICE BAR
ASSOCIATION MEMBERS

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Bar Asso-
ciation president Ruth Bowe-
Darville said yesterday that
stronger provisions and sanc-
tions are needed to police its
members.

Speaking at a ceremony to
mark the opening of the legal
year, Mrs Bowe-Darville said:
“We have a very large legal
community, yet the profes-
sion suffers irreparable dam-
age and disrepute from the
wrong doings of a few.

“The Bar tries to police its
members, however the Legal
Profession Act needs further
amendment as does it regu-
lations. We cannot regulate
our members if we are not
given the power or the ability
to do so. We need stronger
provisions and sanctions for
self regulation.”

According to Mrs Bowe-
Darville, there are 977 attor-
neys actively practising in the
Bahamas, 445 of whom have
been called to the Bar within
the last 10 years. She noted
that 53 were called to the Bar
last year alone. The Bar Asso-
ciation president noted that
832 attorneys are in private
practice and 11 are Queen’s
Counsel in the Bahamas.

In his speech, Attorney

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MAN SUFFERS
GUNSHOT
WOUNDS

A 38-year-old man is in
hospital recovering from
gunshot wounds after
being hit in the buttocks
when the car he was in
came under fire.

He was in Windsor Place
off Soldier Road with two
other people in a Honda
Inspire early yesterday

ing dark clothing opened
fire.

in stable condition after he
was taken to hospital by
emergency medical ser-
vices.

Meanwhile in other
crime-related matters,
police are also investigat-
ing a Series of armed rob-
beries that occurred early
yesterday morning.

Armed thugs wearing
dark clothing robbed a
woman at her home on
Acklins Street and Andros
Avenue shortly after 3am.

Jewellery

After waking her from
her sleep, the gunmen
robbed the woman of an
assortment of jewellery
and cell phones, and
escaped in a white Honda
Accord.

Less than an hour later,
two men armed with hand-

guns robbed a man in front

of his house at Miami
Street near the corner of
Cordeaux Avenue.

As the victim was
approaching his home, the
men robbed him of an
undetermined amount of
cash and also took his
white 1992 Nissan Sentra.
The thieves were last seen
heading south on Miami
Street.

The victim’s Sentra was
registered to the island of
the Eleuthera and carried
the plate number 1688.

The next armed robbery
took place just before 7am
at East Bay Street, east of
Church Street.

A man armed witha
handgun robbed a 22-year-
old man of an undeter-
mined amount of cash and
a red Cherokee Jeep with
the plate number 135899.

Police are also investi-
gating an armed robbery
that took place on Tues-
day.

Two masked thugs
wearing camouflage jack-
ets robbed Oliver’s Mini
Mart on Alexander Boule-
vard in Nassau Village.

The culprits, one of
whom was armed with a
handgun, entered the con-
venience store demanding
cash shortly after 9pm.

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of cash on foot, heading
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TARPUM BAY, Eleuthera:

? A 59-year-old BEC linesman
? was found by his common law
i wife late Tuesday night with a
: heavy duty cable around his
? neck, hanging from the post of
? aclothesline.

William Arthur Styles of

: 7 Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera was
morning when a man wear ? dead. Suicide is suspected —
; the first for the year in the
a , ? Bahamas.

The victim was said to be ;

“Tt feels like a dream to me. I

i left my father shortly after 9pm.
? I went in the room to get spray
? starch to iron my little boy’s
? school clothes. I asked him if
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i after my mother asked me
: where he went. We thought he
? walked to the bar next door,”
: said Marjorie Styles, one of Mr
? Styles’ nine children.

A shout from her mother

: Daffinette Carey, who had
? gone outside to hang clothes
? on the line, alerted her to the
i tragedy.

“She didn’t notice at first he

had a rope around his neck. She

thought he was stooping there.
When she walked closer she
yelled. I saw him there and that
was enough. One of my broth-
ers helped to cut him down and
take him to the clinic,” said Ms
Styles.

“Tt just feels like a dream to
me, like he is gone somewhere
and he will be back. He was
good and healthy. I don’t know
what possessed him. He was
right in his bed. I don’t know
what possessed him to do that,”
she said.

Mtr Styles was recently placed
on pre-retirement leave by
BEC.

After working for the power
company for more than 20
years, pre-retirement was
thought to be “preying on his
mind,” Tribune sources claim.
Mr Styles spent most of his pre-
retirement days at home, where
his wife, children and grand-
children lived.

“He loved to work. I think
that is what had him stressed
out, being home with no job,
nowhere to go. Daddy why did
you do this? I haven’t slept all
night. I was walking through
and through his room, looking
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“We are going to miss jok-
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with him all the time just to see
if we could get him happy.
Some days he was happy, some
days he was sad. Now, just me
walking inside his room is a
mess because he was always
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Community members recall
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was doing,” said a Tarpum Bay
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didn’t see what happened, but
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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

WEBSITE
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The menace of poachers in our waters

DESPITE the diplomatic row brewing
between Honduras and Jamaica in the after-
math of the killing of an Honduran fishing
vessel captain, Jamaica’s National Security
Minister has announced that his government
is “going to get tough on persons who
encroach on Jamaica’s economic zone.”

National Security Minister Dwight Nel-
son told The Gleaner of Jamaica this week,
that Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Dr
Christopher Tufton has complained that
Honduran fishermen plunder Jamaica’s fish-
ing resources weekly.

"And when they come,” he told The
Gleaner, “they come with 150 people on the
boats. So when they go diving, they take
everything they can find under the surface."

Mr Tufton said it was more than just tres-
pass into Jamaica’s waters. "It's an economic
issue, it's a diplomatic issue, it's a national
security issue. It's a health issue also because
it is not only lobster that they carry on these
vessels; they carry wild animals that they
trade — parrots, monkeys, that sort of thing.
There are lots of issues that have to be sort-
ed out," he explained.

The Hondurans claim that the Jamaican
Defence Force used “excessive force” in the
recent incident, which resulted in the killing,
not only of the fishing boat’s captain, but
the wounding of at least three crew mem-
bers.

However, the Security Minister support-
ed his force. He maintained that Jamaica’s
Defence Force took all precautions before
taking action, and then only fired when the
Honduran vessel turned and headed towards
their ship as if to cause a collision.

“It was at this point that the Honduran
vessel stopped and communicated by radio,
which indicated that they had been hearing
the signals of the Jamaican coastguard," Mr
Nelson said.

Bahamian fishermen can relate to the
frustration of the Jamaicans. Poachers are
their constant complaint. It was only last
year that our fishermen complained that
poachers rob the Bahamas of up to $22 mil-
lion worth of its marine resources each year.
The fishermen have threatened to ignore
the Bahamas Defence Force and take mat-
ters into their own hands.

A spokesman for the Bahamas Com-
mercial Fishers Alliance said that Bahamian
fishermen put up to $1 million worth of lob-
ster traps in the water every season, only to
have them stolen. They vowed that they will
not sit still and watch poachers rob them of
their livelihood.

Their main complaint is against Domini-
can fishermen, who fish our waters in and
out of season.

They vowed not to alert the Defence
Force to a poacher in future, but to take
matters into their own hands. The Defence
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plained of the light sentences of the courts.
As a result, the same old poaching faces
continue to reappear in our fishing zones,
they say. The fishermen say that instead of
being stripped of their cargo, they are fined
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catch, and sent on their way, free to plunder
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carry 60,000 pounds of fish or lobster from
the Bahamas on one trip.

Mr Abner Pinder, Chief Counsellor for
Spanish Wells, told The Tribune last year
that the Bahamas’ fishing industry would
have no problems if the poachers could be
“eradicated.”

Dominicans are our main problem. We
have not heard from the Hondurans since
that day many years ago when they kid-
napped some of the crew of one of our
Defence Force boats and headed back to
Honduras. In that incident the Honduran
fishing vessel was captured by the Defence
Force. To bring it back to the Coral Harbour
base, a few Defence Force officers were put
on the Honduran vessel. The Hondurans
cut the tow line and steamed back to Hon-
duras, Defence Force officers and all. Even-
tually the officers were returned, unharmed
to the Bahamas. But that was the last, as
far as is known, that Hondurans have been
seen in our waters.

Just before Christmas — during the
closed season for grouper fishing — the
Defence Force brought in two Dominican
boats. This time their boats were confiscated,
the captain of one boat was fined $50,000
and the other $75,000. Fines for the crew
were in the region of $500 for one boat and
$250 for the other. The difference in the
fines was because grouper was found on one
boat, but not on the other. However, the
second boat was also fined heavily because it
was illegally in our waters. Off season for
grouper continues through February. In the
meantime, however, Dominican fishermen
are still spotted crawfishing.

“We call the Defence Force,” Mr Pinder
said yesterday, “but by the time they get
here the next day, the Dominicans have
moved into the ocean. It’s strange how they
always seem to know when the Defence
Force is coming.”

“IT know I could stop the poachers,” Mr
Pinder told us last year. “Give me one of
the Defence Force boats and a crew and if
they don’t want to give me a crew, I can get
my own crew.”

Yesterday, Mr Pinder said that his offer
still stands. It is reminiscent of Sir Winston
Churchill’s pledge to US President Franklyn
Roosevelt during the second World War:
“Give us the tools and we will finish the
job.”



Tremendous
progress has
been achieved.

since 1967

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would appreciate you
publishing the following let-
ter, which was written to The
Nassau Guardian.

EDITOR, The Nassau
Guardian.

I read your editorial this
morning with a little more
than dismay.

The Guardian purports to
be concerned that insufficient
attention is being given to the
accomplishment of Majority
Rule in 1967. Still, the
Guardian did not use the
occasion to write an inspiring
article about the significance
of peaceful achievement of
majority rule or even an edi-
torial highlighting the tremen-
dous progress achieved since
that time by thousands of
Bahamians both black and
white.

Instead, the Guardian's
editors continue along what
has come to typify its and its
owners’ policy line, that is, to
complain and to incite. First it
was the police who were chal-
lenged to shoot more crimi-
nals on the streets.

Then, it was the unions who
were goaded to take strike
action.

And later still, it was par-
ents and young people who
were led to believe that the
enforcement of a public safe-
ty law (seat belts) was poorly
timed — presumably it being
wiser to over-spend on Christ-
mas shopping and partying
rather than in on children's
car seats!

LETTERS

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Now it seems that the
Guardian aims to encourage
the poor in society to rise up
against a government which
passes laws (unspecified) that
“burden the average man and
assists the wealthy.”

Perhaps The Nassau
Guardian editorial writer will
comment on the fact that its
owners also own Colina Insur-
ance, Colina Financial, Impe-
rial Life Insurance, Sentinel
Bank, Ansbacher Bank, and
Star Radio- ownerships all
achieved over the past 10 or
so years. They also have a
partnership with Cable 12 for
the NB 12 News.

Rumour has it that they
are eying Bank of The
Bahamas and Cable 12.

Having advised that they
support the unions in their
opposition of the sale of a
majority interest in BTC toa
foreign company the
Guardian owners have also
let it be known that they wish
to purchase the majority
interest in BTC.

How much do they want
(need) to own?

I did not realize that the
goal of privatization was to
swap government monopoly
for the monopoly of The Nas-
sau Guardian.

And, I still cannot figure
out which of The Nassau
Guardian's owners is a “poor
or average Bahamian”; one is

white and the other black.
Neither came from money but
made it because of the oppor-
tunities afforded them by suc-
cessive Governments since
1967. Itis not too far a stretch
to say, opportunities made
available to them very specif-
ically after 1992 and the elec-
tion of the first FNM Gov-
ernment.

The promises of Majority
Rule, which were nearly oblit-
erated by the ravages of cor-
ruption and drug infestation
during the 1980s, were res-
cued in 1992.

Today Bahamians who own
and are employed in private
radio and television, Cable
Bahamas, Bank of Bahamas,
Freeport Power Company;
and who hold bonds which
financed the construction of
the second Paradise Island
Bridge, and who soon will
own shares in Commonwealth
Brewery and in BTC are liv-
ing the promise of Majority
Rule as are the two principal
owners of the Nassau
Guardian, Emmanuel Alex-
iou and Anthony Ferguson.

Bahamians who have seen,
in just the past two years, the
introduction of an unemploy-
ment benefit and of the
National Prescription Drug
programme under the FNM
know all too well that the laws
passed by the present gov-
ernment do not burden but
rather benefit them and their
children.

FED UP
Nassau,
January, 2011.

Why is Government sending mixed
signals over immigration policy?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Well all the noise and rush-
ing is over and true to form
we dispute who won which
and who manipulated the
results an annual occurrence
as common as the sun rising in
the east! Will we ever
change?

May I comment on Immi-
gration, Editor - whilst the
Director is directed not to
respond to those persons here
illegally after the fire off
Carmichael we read adver-
tisements where the same
Director is chasing the non-
Bahamian wives of Bahamian

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citizens and then yet again we
see we are unable to fortify
and hold solid our borders —
again a boat load of illegal
immigrants from Haiti land
in Exuma.

Why is this Government
sending mixed signals all the
time over their policy on
Immigration — to me an illegal
is illegally in The Bahamas
our laws say he/she is liable
to arrest and deportation not
safe custody.

The role of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force in
the policing of our borders is
highly questionable as boat
load after boat-load of
Haitians sail into our country

with little chance of being
caught. What do our RBDF
patrol craft do when at sea?

Our fishermen scream they
cannot see or find the RBDF
when they are needed to pro-
tect their interests.

I feel for the Haitians and
any others who are found in
the political economic situa-
tion they find themselves, but
we have laws and it is up to
the Minister of National Secu-
rity to totally comply with
those laws or, sir, please
resign forthwith.

K MINNS
Nassau,
January 4, 2011.

BORCO made Christmas
a bit more special

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Tam an adult and IJ have resided in Pinder’s Point all my life.
One week before Christmas, management and staff at BORCO
delivered care packages and turkeys throughout my community.
It brought back that feeling of what the old days were like.

Without any form of warning or public announcement, BOR-
CO trucks were loaded with goodies, and the staff members
were dressed in red uniforms. At a little past 7am on a Saturday
morning I heard a knock on my door. It was the BORCO
Team bearing gifts and happy holiday wishes.

I wish to thank BORCO’s Managing Director, Mr Ray-
mond Jones and his entire staff for making Christmas a bit more
special for me and my neighbours this year. More than the
celebration of one day, the packages contain items that will last
for months. God bless the owners, managers, and staff at BOR-

Co.

A THANKFUL
PINDER’S POINT
MOTHER
December 27, 2010.

Thank you Bahamas for a wonderful time!

EDITOR, The Tribune.

We just returned home to Minnesota from a cruise to your
beautiful island. I want to thank you so much for the wonder-

ful experience we had.

We rented a scooter (yes! we are dumb Americans who
actually did that) and had an absolutely wonderful time explor-
ing New Providence Island. Everyone on the road was very
accommodating and helpful — many laughing at us and sever-
al drivers and pedestrians asked us if we were OK — obviously
not used to the left side of the road. From the moment we left
the ship everyone in the Bahamas that we met and talked to was

very friendly, very helpful.

Tlove your home and hope to return someday.

Lynn Nicks,
Minnesota,
January 11, 2011.
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Govt nominates biosphere reserves
to join UNESCO’s world network

SOME areas in the Bahami-
an national park system have
been designated by UNESCO
to join the World Network of
Biosphere Reserves (WNBR)
as international protected areas
and sites of excellence for edu-
cation and training.

The Bahamas sites will be
added to the current 564 sites in
109 countries.

The designated biosphere
reserves will be subject to the
2010 Planning and Subdivisions
Act, as well as the 2010
Forestry Act.

“We have just completed and
enacted a new Planning and
Subdivisions Act, a Forestry
Act, and an amendment to the
Bahamas National Trust Act.
Together these three Acts deal
with the core of development,
preservation, and the repre-
sentative communities that we
see as making up the
Bahamas,” said Earl Deveaux,
Minister of the Environment.

“T approach conservation
and preservation in my coun-
try with the view that we can’t
deal with it in isolation. While
our country is big and covers
100,000 square miles of ocean,
everywhere we are impacted by
human activity. So, we have set
aside approximately 700,000
acres of land, under manage-
ment of the Bahamas National

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Trust. But, the passing of the
Planning and Subdivisions Act
is intended to help us shape
how we order development and
conserve the environment
which is at the core of our way
of life.”

The Planning and Subdivi-
sions Act mandates the creation
of land-use plans. The Forestry
Act segments the national
forestry estate into three cate-
gories: protected forests, con-
servation forests and managed
forests.

The biosphere reserves will
include reef zones, areas where

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from Philadelphia

BAHAMIAN musical
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arts community of Philadel-
phia on January 9 to present
a night of entertainment in
benefit of the Ranfurly
Homes for Children.

The Lang Performing
Arts Centre at Swarthmore
College was the stage for
Love That Child Benefit
Concert. More than 700
patrons packed the centre




for the evening of music and
dance presentations.

The event was supported
by all of the dance studios
and schools in the sur-
rounding town of Swarth-
more.

Other acts included:
Bahamian veteran per-
former Funky D; Danielle
Dean from Chelsea’s Choice
School for The Performing
Arts; and Damian Davis, a

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Ranfurly Homes who was
graduated from college and
now works for Atlantis
Resort.

Mr Davis performed his
signature song — Love That
Child, which he wrote and
arranged.

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Team, Wayne Ballet, Orlan-
di Dance Centre and Amer-
ican Dance Academy, the
cast of last summer’s teen
film Standing Ovation was
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touch to the show.

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Bahamas Film Commis-
sioner, Craig Woods.

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Bahamas’ Ambassador to
the United States, attended
the benefit concert.

He was joined by many
Bahamians from the tri-state
area of Pennsylvania, New
Jersey and New York. All
proceeds from the concert

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LOCAL NEWS



Tourism officials
welcome TD Canada
eroup to Freeport

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - As part of
its focus on the corporate
travel market, tourism offi-
cials welcomed 300 employ-
ees from one of the largest
banks in Canada as they
arrived at the Grand
Bahama International Air-
port on Tuesday.

Andre Cartwright of the
Ministry of Tourism said
the visiting group is com-
prised of staff from TD

PERMANENT SECRETARY in the Ministry of National

Security Carl Smith and Commodore Roderick Bowe

during a recent courtesy call at the Defence Force Base.
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Canada Trust, a subsidiary
of the TD Bank Financial
Group — the second largest
bank in Canada and the
sixth largest in North
America.

Freeport Tourism execu-
tive Betty Bethel and Deb-
bie Huyler, manager of
tourism services, were on
hand to welcome the group.

An official welcome
reception was held for the
group at 7pm at the Our
Lucaya Resort.

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da Trust is one of the
largest corporate entities in
Canada. The Toronto
Dominion Bank and its
subsidiaries throughout
North America are collec-
tively known as TD Bank
Financial Group, providing
service to over 10 million
Canadian customers at its
1,100 plus branches and
over 2,600 ATMs.

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made a courtesy call on Commander
of the Defence Force, Commodore
Roderick Bowe, at the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base
in one of his first official duties in the
post on Friday past.

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from Missouri Sherman-Peter who had
served as permanent secretary within
the Ministry of National Security since
June 2007.

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Nassau-based attorneys invited
to international conference

TWO attorneys from the Nassau-based Halsbury
Chambers law offices were invited to the Interna-
tional Lawyers Network (ILN) annual regional con-
ference.

ILN’s membership is very selective and includes
fewer than 100 of the world's top law firms.

Halsbury Chambers is the only Bahamian firm invit-
ed into membership of the ILN, with 5,000 lawyers
worldwide and only one firm selected per country
from smaller jurisdictions.

Samantha Pratt, an investment funds and securities
specialist, and partner Nerissa Greene, recently attend-
ed the ILN’s annual regional conference in Houston,
Texas.

“The International Lawyers Network is valuable
in facilitating cross-border transactions and dispute
resolution in addition to providing a platform for the
discussion of subjects that we don't always hear on our
own conferences, topics ranging from eco-liability as a
result of the Deepwater Gulf oil spill to consequences
of personal identification outsourcing,” said Ms
Greene.

“The conference was more than a good networking
opportunity. It was an invaluable experience, rein-
forcing the need to maintain constant vigil on infor-
mation. The greatest misconception that people have

about law is that it is firm, strong, unforgiving. The
reality is that while the foundation is that rock solid
strength, the daily decisions that come down from
judgments in ours and other jurisdictions make law a
living, breathing body of changing information. It is
absolutely critical to keep abreast of the dynamics all
the time.”

One of the most interesting discussions at the con-
ference revolved around the ongoing responsibility
for matters arising from personal identity informa-
tion, “liability that remains with the principal firm
even if that company outsources data collection or
other responsibilities involving personal information to
an outside company,” Ms Pratt said.

Other subjects dovetailed with the work of the
ILN's specialised committees — medical device and
drug manufacturing, tax law, energy, real estate, sports
law, estates and trusts among others.

In 2006, Halsbury Chambers hosted the ILN region-
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Bahamas.

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forming Arts Society (GBPAS)
will present the Trio con Brio
concert on Saturday, January
22 at the Church of Ascension
at 8pm.

“Brio” is Italian for “full of
energy, life, enthusiasm”, and
the GBPAS said the show
promises to deliver that and
more with the three visiting
musicians.

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Performance Department and
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cello at the Petrie School of
Music of Converse College in
Spartanburg, South Carolina is
one of the trio of performers.

“Tam excited to perform for
the Grand Bahama Performing
Arts Society and this will be my
first trip to the Bahamas. As a
community-minded musician,
it is my privilege to help with
such a dedicated non-profit
organisation.”

Returning to Grand Bahama

PARTICIPATING CELLIST: Kenneth Law

is pianist Dr Christy Lee, Assis-
tant Professor at the College of
the Bahamas where she teaches
piano, theory, and director of
the COB Concert Choir.

Mr Law said he is looking
forward to performing with Dr
Lee, “who has been a friend
since college days.”

Dr Lee said: “I am eager to
return to Freeport to perform
again for the Grand Bahama
Performing Arts Society. It is
exciting to see the growth that
is happening in the artistic com-
munity in Grand Bahama. This
concert should be a great
opportunity to hear the unique
and appealing combination of

flute, cello and piano.”

Mr Law and Dr Lee will be
accompanied by flutist Chris-
tine Gangelhoff, Associate Pro-
fessor of Music at the College
of the Bahamas in Nassau.

“T’m also looking forward to
making music with Christine,
and what better way to make
a new friend, than by playing
chamber music,” Mr Law said.

In addition to the concert, all
three musicians will conduct a
master class on Sunday, Janu-
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support for Haiti

THE Rotaract Club of
East Nassau, a community
service organisation com-
prised of young profession-
als, continued their support
for the earthquake stricken
Haiti by recently donating
$500 towards relief efforts
for the country’s recent
cholera outbreak.

The cholera death toll in
Haiti is approaching 3,500,
while number of those who
have become ill with symp-
toms associated with the dis-
ease stands at 140,000.

The club said it has a long
history of supporting Haiti
prior to the earthquake, hav-
ing raised money for Haiti’s
“resteveks”, or child slaves,
since early 2008.

This latest donation serves
as part of the overall Rotary
relief efforts in Haiti.

Rotary International,
including Interact and
Rotaract Clubs, has said it
will match a $100,000 dona-
tion pledged by the Order












to assist
Rotarians in Haiti dealing
with the cholera outbreak.

A recent study showed
that Rotary, Rotaract and
Interact Clubs in the
Bahamas have raised over
$557,000 in cash, and $10
million in goods and services
for Haiti.

This makes the Bahamas
the third largest donor to
Rotary International’s Haiti
fund, behind the United
States and Japan.

“This devastating cholera
outbreak shows that the
after effects of the earth-

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LOCAL NEWS

Rotaract Club East
Nassau continues

quake are still being felt,”
said Jaime Lewis, interna-
tional service director for
the Rotaract Club of East
Nassau.

“While the earthquake is
over, Haitians are still being
affected every day. Rotari-
ans and other aid groups are
giving their all to get the
country back on track, and
this donation will go a long

IN THIS JAN. 19, 2010 file photo, a U.S. Navy helicopter takes
off in front of the National Palace after members of the U.S.
Army 82nd Airborne, front, landed days after the earthquake
in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2010 crisis has piled upon crisis
in Haiti. More than 230,000 are believed to have died in the
quake, and more than a million remain homeless. A cholera
epidemic broke out in the fall, and in its midst a dysfunctional
election was held, its results still unclear. (AP)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 138, 2011, PAGE 9

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and a member of Rotary
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LOCAL NEWS

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conflict of interest

‘Stronger provisions’ needed to

police Bar Association members
FROM page one

toria Gardens went to tender last month.

“We in the office of the Attorney General
have expended tremendous effort to improve
our operations relative to the Department
of Public Prosecutions in the context of crim-
inal justice, the Department of Legal Affairs
in the context of civil justice, and the Law
Reform and Legal Commission in the context
of reviewing our laws to modernise them and
to make progressive reform.

“All departments without exception have
undergone a degree of reorganisation,” Mr
Delaney said.

General John Delaney stated that the new
Magistrate’s Court on Nassau and South
streets should be completed during the early
half of this year. The new complex will house
all of the Magistrate’s Courts in New Provi-
dence, with the exception of the Coroner’s
Court which will remain at Victoria Gar-
dens.

Mr Delaney said a contract for the con-
struction of a second Coroner’s Court at Vic-

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ters relating to business with
BTC and Providence Advi-
sors so there is absolutely no
truth to this nonsense at all.

"I certainly am going to
have my lawyers look at this
because I think it's an
attempt to malign my char-
acter.

“These are just people who
are grasping at straws and if I
can demonstrate that they
have maligned my character I
will pursue them in the
courts. They have to be
responsible if they are going
to try to destroy people's rep-
utations," said Mr Francis.

The character assassination
to which he referred
stemmed from accusations
from Mr Roberts that Mr
Francis was somehow prof-
iting from Providence Advi-
sors' handling of BTC's pen-
sion fund.

"The October, 2010 report
of Providence Advisors Lim-
ited shows that as of Sep-
tember 30, 2010 the company

had over $55 million of
BTC’s Employment Retire-
ment Pension Plan under
their management,” claimed
Mr Roberts in a statement.

He added that his party
has no evidence that Provi-
dence got the contract
through a bidding process
"nor has the PLP seen any
evidence of any proper bid-
ding process for this company
to assume the management
of over $55 million of the
employee pension fund.”

Mr Roberts alleged that it
was from this contract that
Mr Francis benefitted and for
which they want an account-
ing.

Mr Francis told The Tri-
bune he was not involved in
contract negotiations for, nor
did he profit from the busi-
ness deal.

While Mr Francis could
not say how much of the pen-
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told The Tribune that the
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are "hugely inflated."

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that, that much I can certain-
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in that directly there is a pen-
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care of these sort of things,”
explained Mr Francis.

The unions representing
BTC's workers and the PLP
have also accused Mr Francis
of facilitating a contract
between BTC and local enti-
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which he says he owns 2.5 per
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the payment of SMS mes-
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relationship between the two
companies and while there
have been "discussions" he
has not been involved in
them.

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in Mango, I have about 2.5
per cent interest in Mango
but I don't think that Mango
has a business relationship
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FROM page one

has recommended that Senior
Justice Longley be appointed
to the JLSC. Sir Michael fur-
ther announced that Magis-
trate Linda Virgill will be
assigned to the Coroner’s
Court to replace Magistrate
William Campbell.

The Chief Justice also
announced four Supreme
Courts in New Providence
and one in Grand Bahama
will be dedicated to dealing
exclusively with criminal mat-
ters.

“T have asked Senior Jus-
tice Jon Isaacs to assume a
greater role in the adminis-
tration of the criminal divi-
sion of the Supreme Court
and in the Supreme Court’s
oversight of the work of the
magistracy. Magistrates will
be required to provide a
monthly report to the Regis-
trar of the Supreme Court in
order for the Supreme Court
to discharge its supervisory
responsibility. Justice Isaacs
will review these reports and
give recommendations to
me,” the Chief Justice said.

He further noted that Jus-
tice Vera Watkins, Bernard
Turner and Roy Jones will
preside over the other three
criminal courts in New Provi-
dence.

“As Chief Justice I will hear
some bail applications to
increase the time available to
other justices who preside
over criminal trials,” he said.

“With regard to the civil
side, the JLSC proposes to

appoint a number of senior
lawyers to serve as Acting
Justices in the Supreme Court
for periods of at least three
months,” the Chief Justice
said.

According to the Chief Jus-
tice, those Acting Justices will
hear civil matters slated to be
heard by Justice Turner.
According to the Chief Jus-
tice, attorney Milton Evans is
among those who has agreed
to accept such an appoint-
ment, which will come into
effect on February 1.

The Chief Justice said it
was hoped that when the
Magistrate’s Court moved
from Bank Lane, the space
will be utilised by the
Supreme Court to deal with
matters relative to the family.

The Chief Justice also
acknowledged public criticism
of the judiciary.

He stated: “We are not
unaware of our own failures
and the need to reduce the
delay in the delivery of our
rulings. As judges, however,
we read with some degree of
concern comments made in
the public about the work of
the judiciary. I remind the
public that as judges we are a
part of the society and are
painfully aware of the malady
in our society and the chal-
lenges being faced, particu-
larly the high incidents of
crime.

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of the prosecution. Judges are
not defence attorneys nor are
we a part of their team, we
are an impartial and indepen-

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LOCAL NEWS

biosphere reserves
to join UNESCO's
world network

FROM page five

have inter-tidal flows.

These environmental fea-
tures are all subject to protec-
tion under the new land Acts
and amendments and will now
be further protected under the
UNESCO biosphere reserve
system.

“Between these three Acts, it
is our hope that we can identify
appropriate representative por-
tions of the Bahamas that
would complement this effort
by UNESCO and allow us to
enrich and practice what we
have already done in legisla-
tion. I can think of a number
of places that qualify as bios-
phere reserves,” said Dr
Deveaux.

“Fish colonies and commu-
nities, forest communities and
human communities co-exist in
all of these inter-connected
ecosystems, evident in every
island in the Bahamas. Some
more unique than others, some
more distinguished than others,
but none more special than the
other.”

Efforts to gather information
that identifies the boundaries
of the regional reserves have
been completed for presenta-
tion to UNESCO’s approval
process.

“We took a long time
because we did not have
enough information about our
islands and that’s what takes
the most to set up a biosphere
reserve,” said Joan Rolle-
Robinson, UNESCO consul-
tant.

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development for protected
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social responsibility (CSR)
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management.

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more than a conservation tool.
It is a regional development
tool, so if you have physical
planning or land-use planning,
then it’s how you incorporate
this type of strategy into your
land-use planning,” said Ms
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UNESCO’s Man and Bios-
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MAB is an inter-govern-
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that seeks to improve the rela-
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the environment.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011, PAGE 15





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courtesy call on Environment Minister Earl Deveaux to
discuss the Bahamas National Trust’s recent nomina-
tion to have Bahamian national parks declared as

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FROM page 1B

the current hospital, and the
construction of a water and
electricity generation plant.

“We are in the planning
stages, but will not start until
the economy is back on
track,” Mr Rassin said. “By
the time we get out of this
recession, we will be ready to
start.

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we’re back into stronger lev-
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how much the expansion
would cost, but added that
once its local/tourist patient
business returned to normal,
and its medical tourism plans
took off as expected, Doctors
Hospital might require anoth-

er 50-100 staff. “As we get
back to normal and put med-
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will have to put another 10-20
per cent of staff on top of
that,” Mr Rassin explained.
“Right now, we have the
beauty of bringing in addi-
tional patients without too
much cost, so that goes right
to the bottom line.”

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generated by medical tourism
would enable Doctors Hospi-
tal to keep its technology up
to date, a key factor in main-
taining quality patient out-
comes and increasing market
share, Mr Rassin said of med-
ical tourism: “It gives us a
depth we don’t have right
now.”

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added, was assessing how to
upgrade its Internet site to
become a marketing tool that
attracted overseas patients,
while the healthcare provider
was also looking to see how it

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remember it was pitching to
different demographic mar-
kets. While younger persons
tended to make more exten-
sive use of the Internet and
social media, it was the elder-
ly who were more likely to
need medical care.

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cant Caribbean patient mar-
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unable to obtain US visas.

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he explained.

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The top end of the popula-
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Wellness program which hat a proven
track reqord

Seventh Day Adventist
health professionals
seek to assist individuals
with physical wellness

“The & Weeks of Wellness program has
had an impact. There was an average
weight boas of 10-12 pounds. So we know
the program works,” said Dr Idamae
Hanna organiser of the event,

But instead of the eqghl weeks the sem
ina is usually held for, the Fresh Start
program will be held within 2 weeks.

Following Through

And although 2 weeks i o short time,
Dr Hanna told Thinne Religion that par-
ticipants can expect ta sce changes as they
intend to follow ihe sane steps used in the
B Weeks of Welles program.

“We are going to toke them throwgh a
Wellness program thal will change their
lives. We will help them set goak for them-
aches anid we will help them meet their
poals We wall set them om a path to a
healthy lifestyle,” said D7 Idamae Hanna

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ommamniser of the wellness se 0ninar

Dr Hanna ail that they hope people
become more nware of their health and ce
whatever it takes to get themeelves on the
riaht track

“This program i& about making people
aware of thea health and helping them
Inanage thetr welght,” she sat.

The program & open to person of all
denommatiors. And before thinking twice
nhowt getting tne the fitiess program she
said the bealth benehts 8 motivation
enough to get stared,

“A lot of people are developing illness-
es. They are experiencing probleme with
their health and.o bet of these issues con be
prevented by taking proper care of the
body. So joining a preauam bike this can
notably life,” she
explamed.

Dr Hanna said after the program they
will have a lifestvle change.

The Fresh Start Wellness Seminar wall
be held at the Bahamas Medical
Agocalion located on fh lerrace oppo
site the Centreville Supermarket, Tt will be
held on Mimday, Unesday, and Thursday
evening beginning at 6 40pm-8.30pm.

For more information about the seminar
contact IDK S58 or visil
wew. bahiamashealthviifestylecentre core.

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* THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 *

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