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low budget.”

“Children of God” took the
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as “127 Hours”, “The Kids Are
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on the cake and helps to spread
the word about our movie in
anticipation of our theatrical
and DVD release this spring,”
said writer/director Kareem
Mortimer.

LOCAL NEWS

BET’s reviewer Clay Cane
said it is “refreshing to see an
independent filmmaker who
knows his craft”.

“Children of God”, a homo-
sexual love story, has experi-
enced unprecedented success
for a Bahamian film since it first
premiered at the sixth annual
Bahamas International Film
Festival in 2009.

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_ PLP’s RYAN PINDER RAISES QUESTIONS AFTER DECREASE IN BUSINESS LICENCE TAXES FOR FOUR INDUSTRIES

Govt giving ‘preferential treatment’



Prison officer
teacher among
three facing drug
possession charge

: Tribune Staff Reporter
: tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A PRISON officer and a
teacher were among three
people arraigned in a Mag-
istrate’s Court yesterday
on a marijuana possession
charge.

Prison officer Travaughn
Bowe, 23, teacher and for-
mer news reporter Lloyd
Allen, 30, and a 17-year-
old of Pinewood Gardens
were arraigned before
Deputy Chief Magistrate
Carolita Bethell, charged
with possession of marijua-
na.

According to court
dockets, the adults and the
teenager were found in
possession of the drugs on
Tuesday January 18.

Vehicle

The accused pleaded not
guilty to the charges.
According to the prosecu-
tion, the drugs were dis-
covered by police after
they searched a vehicle the
men were travelling in at
around 2.30am on Tues-
day.

A small plastic bag con-
taining a quantity of mari-
juana was found under the
driver’s seat.

The accused were each
granted bail in the sum of
$5,000.

The case was adjourned
to July 25.

Two pilots arraigned on
Cocaine smuggling charges

Two pilots were
arraigned in a Magistrate’s

Court yesterday on cocaine

smuggling charges.

Patrick Pyfrom, 45, and
Valentino Antoine Collie,
38, appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate
Carolita Bethell in Court 8,
Bank Lane, charged with
importation of cocaine,
conspiring to import
cocaine, possession of
cocaine with the intent to
supply and conspiring to
possess cocaine.

According to police
reports, around 10am on
Sunday, officers of the
Drug Enforcement Unit
(DEV) apprehended two
men at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
after they searched their
suitcase and found 16
taped packages of suspect-
ed cocaine.

The men had reportedly

from the Turks and Caicos
on a private aircraft.

According to prosecutor

Inspector Ercell Dorsette,
the drugs weighed 21
pounds.

Both Pyfrom and Collie
have pleaded not guilty to
the charge.

They were remanded to
Her Majesty’s Prison and
are expected back in court
on January 26 for a bail
and fixture hearing.

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to special interest

By TANEKA THOMPSON

THE Government was yes-

? terday accused of giving “pref-
? erential treatment” to special
i interest groups following a
: decrease in business licence tax-
? es for four industries — con-
? struction, hotels, petroleum and
i food wholesalers.

Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder

: questioned if the taxes were
? lowered because FNM support-
? ers have a huge stake in these
: industries.

“Why would you extend this

: preferential rate to construction
? companies, except for the fact
? that the largest construction
? companies are generally sup-
? porters of the FNM? We know
: who the largest hotel operator
? supports. Why have these indus-
: tries been included in a prefer-
? ential business licence rate gen-
? erally reserved for historical
? industries in this country that
? we want to promote as a matter
? of public policy,”
? Opposition MP as he debated
? amendments to the Business
: Licence Bill in the House of
i Assembly yesterday.

argued the

"Enough with the catering to

: special interests. An alternative
? would be for a reduced business
? licence fee for small, growing
? companies in this industry,
? rather than the large special
? interests that don’t need it," he
? added. In its amendments to the
? Business Licence Act, which
? was passed in 2010, government
i: lowered the business licence tax
i? rate from 0.75 per cent to 0.5
? per cent for the aforementioned
? industries following an outcry
? from those sectors.

SPEAKING OUT: MP for Elizabeth Estates Ryan Pinder speaks in the House.

State Finance Minister
Zhivargo Laing has previously
said that the Government
reduced the taxes for the four
industries to “what most of
them would have been paying
under the old regime.”

Concerns

He has also said it was never
the Government's intention to
significantly increase revenue
through the new legislation,
only to make commerce more
efficient. Mr Laing said taxes
were lowered after concerns
were raised.

The amendments, in part,
also extend the deadline to sub-
mit annual business financial
results to the Secretary of Rev-
enue from December 31 to
March 31; and broadens an
applicant's right to appeal a

rejection, cancellation, or sus-
pension of a licence by the Sec-
retary of Revenue to the Busi-
ness License Review Board or
the Supreme Court.

Mr Laing told Parliament
yesterday that the legislation
will streamline the process of
doing business in the country
by creating benchmarks and
timelines for the process of
applying for a business licence;
eliminate the need for separate
applications for
shop/liquor/music/dance
licences, and simplify the
process of calculating business
license taxes.

"It continues to be our aim
and objective to modernise,
make easier the process and
procedures for conducting busi-
ness in the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas because we regard
this as fundamental to promot-
ing a sustained growth and

Attorney: Commission’s position
on Grant-Bethell was justified

ATTORNEY Thomas

? Evans submitted yesterday that
i given the nature of the infor-
? mation presented in a report
? by the Security Intelligence
? Branch on veteran prosecutor
? Cheryl Grant-Bethell, the com-
? mission was justified in taking
i the position it did.

On Tuesday, Mrs Grant-

i Bethell’s attorney Wayne
? Munroe had argued that she
i had not been afforded the
? opportunity to defend herself
? against information presented
: to the Judicial and Legal Ser-
? vices Commission while it was
? considering her application for
i the post of Director of Public
: Prosecutions.

The contents of the report

i were so damaging that regard-
? less of what Mrs Grant-Bethell
: said, it would not have changed
? their mind the court has heard,
? Mr Evans claimed.

Mr Evans, who represents

the Judicial and Legal Services
flown into New Providence :

Commission, concluded his sub-
missions yesterday as the judi-
cial review hearing continued.

Mrs Grant-Bethell filed an
application for judicial review
after being passed over for the
post of Director of Public Pros-
ecutions. She was instead
appointed Deputy Law Reform
Commissioner.

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Graham-Allen was appointed
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development of our economy,”
said State Finance Minister
Laing, who led the debate on
the amendments.

Still, Mr Pinder criticised the
amendments, arguing that the
Ingraham administration put
"sloppy" legislation before Par-

groups, says MP

Business Licence Act last sum-
mer, only to have to amend the
laws later following public back-
lash. He said if Government had
carried out proper public con-
sultation before the Act was
passed, these new amendments
would not have come before the
House.

"Today we find ourselves in
this honourable place to clean
up the sloppiness, and to clean
up the poor drafting of a Bill
that this government brought
(last year). Mr Speaker, this
amendment to the recently
passed Business Licence Bill is
because this government felt it
necessary to push through leg-
islation that was poorly drafted
and doing so without public
consultation.

"This has been a trend with
this administration," Mr Pinder
charged. "All of the amend-
ments we debate here today are
a direct result of the protest of
the private sector at a town hall
meeting held after the Business
Licence Bill was passed."

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LOCAL NEWS
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The return of ‘Baby Doc’
prompts some celebration
in local Haitian community

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE nostalgia for the “good
days” of the Duvalier regime
has caught fire amongst some
Haitians in the local communi-
ty, who are celebrating the
return of the ‘president for life’.

While some are applauding
the Haitian government for
investigating Jean-Claude
‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier on charges
of corruption and embezzle-
ment, other Haitians are joining
their counterparts in Haiti to
celebrate the homecoming of
Baby Doc after 25 years of
exile.

“We are so happy, so glad to
see him in Haiti. That is very
good. We need him in Haiti and
we need (President Jean-
Bertrand) Aristide back to help
rebuild Haiti. We wished for
Jean Claude and Aristide to
come back to help rebuild
Haiti,” said Celiner St Louis, a
leader in the Haitian commu-
nity and pastor of Gospel
Assembly.

“We feel he had good lead-
ership. When he was here we
never had problems for water,
food, or light. He was the one
who did good for us. We lived






“We feel he had good
leadership. When he was
here we never had problems
for water, food, or light. He
was the one who did good
for us. We lived so good.”



so good. In the 25 years he has
been gone Haiti has had all
these problems,” said Mr St
Louis.

To the surprise of many in
Haiti and the international
community, Baby Doc returned
to the island nation for unde-
clared reasons on Sunday. He
was arrested and later released,
although his passport was con-
fiscated.

Attorneys say the matter is in
the hands of a judge, who has to
determine if there is enough
evidence to go to trial.

Feelings in Haiti are mixed.
Baby Doc was greeted by
cheering supporters and jeer-
ing detractors.

“T don’t support it and I am
glad they arrested him and took

Scripture Thought

1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 verse 1-8
Plea for Purity

Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus
that you should abound more and more, just as you received
from us how you ought to walk and to please God: for you
know what commandments we gave you through the Lord
Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that
you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you
Should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification
and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not
know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud
his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of
all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did
not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who
rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given




















us His Holy Spirit.

him to court. That was the right
thing to do. The guy has killed
so many people; he took all of
the resources and the money,
now he is coming back to Haiti,
for what?” asked Antoine St
Louis, president of the United
Haitian-Bahamian Association
(UAHB).

“T do not mind that he helps,
but he still should be tried for
what he did before. Every time
one of them come in power,
they take what they want and
go. It is not a matter of for-
giveness. It is a matter of doing
the right thing according to the
law. The law should take its
course,” he said.

Amnesty International issued
a statement praising the actions
of the government, and encour-
aging them to do more.

“Tf true justice is to be done
in Haiti, the Haitian authori-
ties need to open a criminal
investigation into Duvalier's
responsibility for the multitude
of human rights abuses that
were committed under his rule,
including torture, arbitrary
detentions, rape, enforced dis-
appearances and extrajudicial
executions,” the statement
read.

Baby Doc assumed power in
1971 at age 19 following the
death of his father, Francois
‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier. The pair
presided over the infamous
secret police force known as
the Tonton Macoute, said to
have tortured and killed thou-

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sands of detractors and pre-
sumed opponents.

With the help of the Ameri-
can government, Baby Doc was
transported from Haiti, in a
similar manner to Aristide, to
France where he lived in exile.

A Haitian-Bahamian resi-
dent of 20 years said he wel-
comed Baby Doc’s return and
believed the Haitian people
could “forgive him for the mess
he made during his regime”.

“Some Haitians say yes, but
majority say it is not the time to
put him in jail. It doesn’t make
any difference now. He made a
lot of mistakes, but at the same
time there is always forgive-
ness. I don’t think he is going
back to Haiti now to get in
power.

“After the earthquake he
gave Haiti $1 million. That
means he can do more. If they
could take the money then they
can allow him to use money
now to help,” he said.

Antoine St Louis said he did
not recall news about Baby
Doc’s donation. International
media reported Baby Doc
pledged $8 million of has assets
to the American Red Cross
after the earthquake. It is
unclear if any of the money
reached Haiti.

“T have not heard about the
$1 million donation, but I
would not be surprised. He has
an opportunity to position him-
self like a caring soul, just like
the persons who run criminal
activities in the Bahamas who
donate money to charity to gar-
ner public support,” said Philip
Smith, former ambassador to
Canada, who has followed the
political situation in Haiti.

Speaking on the politics



HAITI'S FORMER DICTATOR Jean-Claude Duvalier, centrre, and his
longtime companion Veronique Roy, left, leave court as Louis-Jodel
Chamblain, right, leads Duvalier by the arm in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,

Tuesday. (AP)

behind Haiti’s embrace of Baby
Doc since his return from exile,
Mr Smith said: “I think some-
one got to him to say, ‘There
will be enough nostalgia for the
good your father did early in
life and the good you tried to
do. If you want to go back this
is the last and best opportunity
for you’.”

“There is this entity that
most people in Haiti don’t
know as a real person. He has
been out of the country for 25
years, so they think, maybe he
is not as bad as people say; he’s
come back and he wants to
help,” said Mr Smith.

The frustration level in Haiti
is high, he said, following the

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November 28 elections that are
still unresolved, and with tones
of rubble from the January 12
earthquake still visible in the
city and the international press
continuing to report about the
millions in pledged yet to
arrive in Haiti one year after
the fact.

“The bottom line is, there are
all sorts of reasons to feel bad.
But I don’t think he will bring
anything positive to the mix. I
think the excitement people are
demonstrating is more frustra-
tion over everything else than
pleasure over what he repre-
sents,” said Mr Smith.

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PLP claims BEC starting

load-shedding exercises

THE opposition Progres-
sive Liberal Party has
slammed the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation for con-
ducting planned power cuts
without notifying the public
in advance.

In a statement issued yes-
terday, the PLP’s chairman
Bradley Roberts claimed the
corporation has begun load-
shedding exercises, usually
reserved for the summer
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ronment Phenton Neymour
give a public explanation of
what is happening at BEC.

The statement said: “The
Progressive Liberal Party is
obliged to bring to the atten-
tion of the public that BEC is
currently load shedding and
has willfully failed to bring
same to the attention of the
residents of New Providence.

“The Junior Minister Phen-
ton Neymour has failed to tell
the public that only two gen-
erators — numbers 12 and 13 —
are operational at the Clifton
Power Station which was
designed to carry the base
load for New Providence.

“A lack of preventative
maintenance and mechanical
overhaul of generators is the
major factor for the dire
straits in which BEC current-
ly finds itself.”

Mr Roberts claimed the
cost of running the gas tur-
bines at the Baillou Hill Pow-
er Plant (which uses diesel
verses Bunker C gas) is con-
tributing significantly to the
escalating fuel cost for the
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration.

“The Progressive Liberal
Party demands that the gov-
ernment come clean on the
current status of BEC.

“The PLP also demands
that the government, without
delay, lay on the table the
report prepared by Emera on
the current status of BEC,”
he said.

The PLP did not specify
which areas of New Provi-
dence had been experienced
power cuts.

Minister of State Phenton
Neymour could not be
reached for comment before
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and Industrial Corporation
(BAIC) chairman Edison Key
said he wants to help increase
the local production of poultry
products.

With the assistance of Col-
lege of the Bahamas poultry
scientist Ronald Justin Taylor,
BAIC is planning instructional
facilities for the North Andros
agri-industrial park.

“There is a huge market for
poultry products in the
Bahamas,” said Mr Key on
Tuesday as he toured the park.

“Chicken is a mainstay of the
national diet. And, although
chickens are relatively easy to
raise, the vast majority of our
poultry products, to the tune of
many millions of dollars, is
imported.”

Mr Taylor, who has a mas-
ter’s degree in poultry science,
is a poultry specialist and lec-
turer at COB where he is
engaged in research in poultry
nutrition, husbandry and relat-
ed aspects.

“We import 100 per cent
wings and leg quarters from the
United States,” he said. “These
are sourced from places like
Brazil at reduced cost and
somewhat like dumped into the
Bahamian market.

“So, the market for a fresh
Bahamian product, which is
superior to the imported prod-
ucts, is wide open.”

He said the centrally locat-
ed Andros “has what it takes”
for poultry production — lots of
land and a good supply of fresh
water.

“Consumers in today’s soci-
ety are looking for fresh locally
produced birds,” he said. “A
bird straight from the Bahami-
an environment can naturally
sell itself, without a doubt.”

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tion. These chickens are from Ricardo Johnson’s operation at Love

Hill, North Andros.

RIGHT: BAIC executive chairman Edison Key enjoys a sample from
the greenhouse unit at the North Andros agri-industrial park.

ue of imported eggs.

“No one knows where they
came from, how long have they
been travelling, what their stor-
age life is. Therefore you will
have more chance of bacterial
infection and reduced egg qual-
ity.

“Locally produced products
limit these factors in terms of
ease of availability of these
products,” Mr Taylor said.

Mr Key said he envisions
small to medium-size opera-
tions, especially in egg produc-
tion, being established in com-
munities throughout the islands.

“We met with several per-
sons who seem to have great
interest and some experience
in poultry production.

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can supply the local market in
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Hill manages a family-size
operation of just under 200
chickens. He said each harvest
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“Maybe his operation can be
developed into a demonstra-
tion unit so other people can
see what can be done,” said Mr
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The BAIC chairman said he
was “very pleased” with the
quality of produce coming out
of the greenhouse in the agri-
industrial park.

“The peppers and tomatoes
are as good as you can get,” he
said.

“This is a demonstration unit
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advantages of various tech-
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LOCAL NEWS



Opera experience
to benefit aspiring
Bahamian singers

THE Nassau Music Soci-
ety has announced a rare
night of top-class opera per-
formances to be held in sup-
port of aspiring local singers.

The Bizet-Broadway com-
mittee, in association with
the Nassau Music Society, is
featuring a special dinner
and opera event to raise
funds for voice training and
scholarships in the Bahamas.

The event will be held this
Saturday, January 22, at Old
Fort Bay Club under the
patronage of Govenor-Gen-
eral Sir Arthur Foulkes.

“After five successful
years of a similar event in
Montreal, promoted by the
order of St John of Quebec,
one of its leading patrons
decided to mirror this
unique musical experience
in the Bahamas,” said one
of the organisers, Cornelia
Nihon.

“This gala evening will
begin with a Champaign
reception followed by an
exceptional dinner and a
special performance by well-
known Canadian opera
singers, who will be enter-
taining you with excerpts
from various operas and
Broadway musicals.”

Music Society president
Patrick Thompson said: “We
do not see a lot of live opera
in Nassau and we feel this is
an opportunity for many to

experience this.

“From the Nassau Music
Society’s point of view, our
interest is to raise funds so
that we can promote singers
as well as instrumentalists
and pianists through our
College of the Bahamas
Scholarship.

“There are a number of
good voices in the music
community in the Bahamas.
Because of the limited pop-
ulation, it is difficult for
them to get quality voice
training and we envisage the
funds raised from the
evening for the voice schol-
arship programme being
used to bring to the
Bahamas voice trainers, not
only to work with individu-
als but also with choirs, of
which there are a large num-
ber in Nassau.”

Mr Thompson said the
Society is already in discus-
sions with choirmasters from
Bel Canto and the High-
grove Singers, among oth-
ers.

“Our first mission would
be to train choirmasters how
to train a choir. If sufficient
funds are raised, we would
also provide a programme
for individual voices,” Mr
Thomson said.

Performers for the ‘Bizet
to Broadway Night at the
Opera include:



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e BEVERLY MCARTHUR

As a mezzo-soprano, Ms
McArthur has been praised
for her “rich voice” and
“excellent” character por-
trayals. As a young artist she
performed roles with both
the Vancouver Opera and
Montreal Opera. These roles
included Wowkle (La Fan-
ciulla del West), Berta (I
Barbiere di Siviglia),
Clotilde (Norma), and Zin-
nia (L’Etoile). Her other
credits include the roles of
Dido (Dido and Aeneas)
and Tituba (The Crucible)
with the University of
British Columbia, and Mar-
cellina (Le Nozze di Figaro)
with Banff Opera Theatre.
In addition to performing
opera, Ms McArthur has
performed concerts and ora-
torio works.

e ALEXANDER DOBSON

British-Canadian Alexan-
der Dobson has been
praised for his musicality
and dramatic awareness on
both opera and concert
stages. Recent highlights
include his portrayal of
Wozzek conducted by Yan-
nick Nézet-Séguin;
Papageno in Die Zauber-
fléte with Opera Hamilton;
Mercutio in Roméo et Juli-
ette for POpéra de Mon-
tréal; Silvio in Opera Que-
bec’s Pagliacci; Marcello in
both Saskatoon Opera’s pro-
duction and BRAVO’s TV
rendition of La Bohéme; De
Retz in Bard Summerscape’s
production of Les
Huguenots, and he made his
Royal Opera Covent Gar-
den debut with The Mid-
night Court. Upcoming
engagements include Mar-
cello in Pacific Opera Vic-
toria’s La Bohéme. With
Calgary Opera he last per-
formed Harlequin in Ari-
adne auf Naxos and with
L'Orchestre Metropolitain
the title role in Don Gio-
vanni.

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renowned singers. He has
performed regularly
throughout Canada, in
Europe, Japan and the Unit-
ed States, with singers such
as Catherine Robbin, Karina
Gauvin, Measha Bruegger-
gosman, Dominique Labelle,
Wendy Nielsen, Maureen
Forester, Marie-Nicole
Lemieux,Annamaria Popes-
cu, Joseph Kaiser, Nathan
Berg, Brett Polegato, Ben-
jamin Butterfield, Daniel
Taylor, Michael Schade,
Russell Braun and Richard
Margison.

Following his studies at
McGill University in Mon-
treal, he completed his musi-
cal education in Vienna at
the Hochschule fiir Musik
und darstellende Kunst and
the Franz Schubert Institute,
and in Salzburg at the
Mozarteum. During this
time, he studied with such
legendary artists as Erik
Werba, Hans Hotter, Elly
Ameling, Jorg Demus, and
Kim Borg.

In addition to his active
performing schedule, Mr
McMahon is a professor at
the Schulich School of Music
of McGill University in
Montreal.

He has had long associa-
tions with l'Atelier lyrique
de L'Opéra de Montréal,
Opera Nuova, the Orford
Arts Centre and the Banff
Centre for the Arts, where
he has worked regularly as a
vocal coach. He is also often
asked to give masterclasses
for singers and pianists, and
recently was resident coach
at the Franz Schubert Insti-
tute in Austria and the COSI
Summer Opera programme
in Italy.

e GIANNA CORBISIERO

Praised as “luminous” by
Opera News, soprano Gian-
na Corbisiero is equally
known for her warm vocal
timbre as well as her excep-
tional presence on stage. Ms
Corbisiero has studied at
McGill University, the
young artist programme at
POpéra de Montréal and at
the Juilliard School of Music
in New York.

She has since then inter-
preted lead roles in such
operas as La Bohéme, La
Traviata, I Pagliacci, Gianni
Schicchi, Le Nozze di Figaro,
Don Giovanni, The Magic
Flute and Carmen in
Northamerica, Europe and
Asia. She has sung with
Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano
and Charles Dutoit; as well
with the Orchestre Metro-

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nick Nezet-Seguin, the Sin-
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ducted by Stephane Lafor-
est and with Richard Tucker
Foundation. In the past sea-
son, she sang with Bryn Ter-
fel, Rene Fleming and
Marcelo Alvarez for the
Jacqueline Desmarais Foun-
dation.

¢ KEITH KLASSEN

A tenor who has emerged
to become one of Canada's
busiest performers. Since
graduating with honours
from the Opera Division at
the University of Toronto in
2002 he has performed over
50 roles from the standard
operatic repertoire, as well
as over 35 roles in the realm
of new opera. He has been
engaged across Canada, as
well as in Scotland, Ger-
many, the United States, Ire-
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big ringing voice and great
stage presence"; Classical
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of high notes and the lyrical
grace of his phrasing";

Opera Canada raved that
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passionate sincerity ensur-
ing the audience's love";
John Terauds of the Toron-
to Star called him “one of
the country's most versatile
artists"; and NOW maga-

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DR SPARKMAN
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ST John’s College Music
Library will be the benefi-
ciary of the proceeds from
the annual Epiphany organ
recital to be performed by
Dr Sparkman Ferguson on
Thursday, January 27 at
7.45pm at Christ Church
Cathedral.

The 60-minute organ
recital will feature Dr Fer-
guson performing works of
J S Bach, Felix
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LOCAL NEWS



DR ALVERY HANNA (left), Director of National Emergency Medical Services, addresses concerns of paramedics in
Grand Bahama, as Herbert Brown (Managing Director) and Stephanie Bannister (Human Resources Manager) of the Pub-

lic Hospitals Authority look on.

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PUBLIC HOSPITAL AMBULANCES ‘IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPLACEMENT’

FROM page one

The current state of ambu-
lances in the country was
acknowledged at a press confer-
ence to address concerns pub-
lished in yesterday’s Tribune of
frustrated paramedics in Grand
Bahama (see story on page 9).

Dr Alvery Hanna, Director of
the National Emergency Medical
Services at the Public Hospital
Authority, explained that the
agency had already commenced
a phased replacement strategy.

Dr Hanna said: “It’s not new,
the Public Hospitals Authority is
aware that there is a need to
replace the fleet of ambulances,
not only in Grand Bahama but
also here in New Providence. We
have begun a replacement process
and we have procured five new
ambulances at a cost of $640
thousand.”

In yesterday’s article, the Tri-
bune exposed the concerns of
paramedics in Grand Bahama
who claimed that their efficiency
was severely challenged due to
an insufficient and poorly-main-
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workload and the scarcity of vehi-
cles, ambulances frequently break
down during emergency trans-
port. Mechanical faults routinely
experienced were said to include
abrupt power loss, locked steering
wheel, and gas leaks.

The concerns raised in yester-
day’s Tribune were also con-
firmed by emergency technicians
in New Providence.

One frustrated paramedic chal-
lenged the phased replacement
strategy, highlighting that the
majority of ambulances in the
fleet at Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal were not functioning properly.

The technician said: “None of
these ambulances are working,
none, as we speak they are going
down constantly. How can we
only have three new ambulances
— where does the priority lie?”

While acknowledging the vital
need for an updated fleet, Her-
bert Brown, PHA Managing
Director, explained that the
process had financial limitations.

Mr Brown said: “The fact of
the matter is, there is only so
much money we are alotted to
spend in one given year. We are
phasing the procurement over a
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eventually have a system in place
where we can replace our vehi-
cles every three years.”

The first five ambulances are
due to arrive at the end of Feb-
ruary and the agency plans to
order seven more ambulances in
July. In the second phase, three
new ambulances have been ear-
marked for Grand Bahama. Fol-
lowing their arrival, the depart-
ment plans to implement the pres-
ence of an ambulance and team at
the Eight Mile Rock clinic. There
are also plans to dedicate a full
time ambulance and team to the
Lynden Pindling International
Airport.

Mr Brown said: “We have sev-

en ambulances in Grand Bahama }

- we need to bring that up to at
least ten. The idea is that when
we would have placed the order
in July for additional ambulances
then we would have an ambu-
lance dedicated to the Eight Mile
Rock area.”

Mr Brown told the media that
the government of the Bahamas,
through the PHA, was currently
spending an excess of $9.7 mil-
lion in projects to improve the
delivery and quality of healthcare
in the Bahamas.

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commitment to upgrading pre-hospital
care throughout the Bahamas yester-
day.

At a press conference responding
to concerns published in yesterday’s
Tribune, officials sought to defend
their intent to improve the delivery
and quality of public health care in
the Bahamas.

Herbert Brown, Managing Director
at the Public Hospitals Authority,
explained that he sent executives to
Grand Bahama in December to inves-
tigate claims surfacing from the Emer-
gency Medical Services Department
after he received a complaint from
the Bahamas Public Services Union.

Mr Brown said: “I think it is fair to
say that the issue with respect to the
ambulances, the age of the vehicles,
they are genuine complaints. There is
no question about that and we have
acknowledged that. We will seek to
ensure that our staff who work
extremely hard get what they need to
provide the service to the Bahamian
people.”

Nearly four years since a mass sick-
out brought their concerns to nation-
al attention, paramedics said the
Emergency Medical Services depart-
ment on Grand Bahama were still
without vital resources or adequate
security.

In a lengthy dossier detailing cur-
rent faults within the pre-hospital care
system, paramedics said severe neglect
of their department continued to
affect unnecessary, and in some cases
fatal, challenges to the entire health
care system.

In Grand Bahama last month, Dr
Hanna spoke with the administrator,
administrative and human resources
managers, EMS managers and staff

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Dr Hanna said: “The issues noted
to us at that time were the licensing
process, training, provision of books,
new ambulances, and a mechanic for
the EMS, a cellphone for EMS man-
ager and industrial gloves.”

A Nassau-based emergency tech-
nician, who called to confirm the
concerns of paramedics in Grand
Bahama, explained that the lack of
resources created low morale in
staff.

The technician said: “We don’t
have the tools, we don’t have the
equipment to work with. Every other
day the wrecker has to be towing the
ambulance.

“The focus is come to work or else
and it shouldn’t be that way. If you
want top performance from any of
your employees you have to know
how to treat them.”

Long-standing inadequacies, which
were Said to have fatal consequences,
were an insufficient and poorly-main-
tained ambulance fleet, and the lack
of a proper dispatch centre.

With respect to maintenance of
vehicles, Dr Hanna said: “There is a
mechanic from Nassau, Ford certified
mechanic, who routinely goes to
Grand Bahama to service and deal
with repairs and maintenance.”

Dr Hanna confirmed the agency
expects to hire a second mechanic for
the Grand Bahama department “in
short order.”

Paramedics in Grand Bahama were
critical that the dispatch centre was
not located within the police control
room — as it is in Nassau.

Dr Hanna maintained that there
was 24-hour dispatch service in Grand
Bahama, however she acknowledged
that its relocation into the police con-
trol room — in accordance with inter-
national standards — was being active-
ly pursued.

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Please be advised that final Road Pavement Works will be carried
out on sections of Baillou Hill Road between ROBINSON ROAD

and BAHAMA AVENUE on Saturday Janaury 29" and Sunday
January 30", 2011.

December 17 of last year
found that Minister of Works
Neko Grant “did not follow
the requirements of the law"
when roadworks began in the
area.

Justice Adderley awarded
the Coconut Grove Business
League an unspecified
amount in damages for loss
of business.

The road changes, which
made Baillou Hill Road one-
way northbound and Market
Street one-way southbound,
are a part of the government's
$120 million New Providence
Road Improvement Project.

According to Charlene
Collie, project engineer and
public relations officer for the
Ministry of Works, the entire
project is estimated to cost
more than $8 million and will
be completed in early 2012.

START 2011 OFF RIGHT!

Motorists travelling along this route are advised to follow the traffic
management in place and use FIRST STREET as an alternate.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that may be caused by
the closure and look forward to the co-operation of the motoring
public throughout this project.

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Road yesterday.

Work performed in the
area from Robinson Road to
Duke Street includes road
pavement, drainage infra-
structure, street lighting, util-
ity upgrades, side walks, sig-
nals and road marking.

Secondary drains called
“gully ports,” are also under
construction from Robinson
Road to Wulff Road to
ensure that drainage prob-
lems occurring in areas highly
prone to flooding are allevi-
ated. These “gully ports” are
estimated to cost around
$500,000.

Road works being carried
out from Robinson Road to
Wulff Road are hoped to be
completed by March, with
work to begin on the portion
north of Wulff Road shortly.

The road has been designed
to be 12 inches narrower than
most in order to reduce traffic

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speed.

Side walks on either side of
the road have also been con-
structed to make the road
accessible for the handi-
capped and pedestrian-friend-

y.

“This is a high pedestrian
area and our intention is to
build a road up to interna-
tional standards,” said Ms
Collie.

Ms Collie said the design
used for the underground
drainage facility is similar to
that used on the Tonique
Darling and Sir Milo Butler
highways that have been suc-
cessful thus far.

The public should be
advised that Robinson Road
to Wulff Road will be closed
after peak hours on January
27 for the final cement pour-
ing, and will open later that
evening.

POLICE CLAMPDOWN HALTS
HARBOUR ISLAND BREAK-INS

FROM page one

cers. Just their presence alone has had an impact. Some things
we were unable to do with short staff, but they can go out
there with the additional strength in numbers and increase

the visibility on the ground.”

Officers from CDU have been sent to Harbour Island week-
ly, on a rotation basis, from December. It is unclear whether the
arrangement is to be permanent, but it is “ongoing.”

Darrol Johnson, Harbour Island chief counsel, said police
officers have been visible on the island since the initiative,
and burglary reports have been reduced.

“The police came in and they have been working on the
ground. They have been sending officers in every two weeks,
and been on top of it,” said Mr Johnson.

“Once the criminals see that the police are serious in their
duties then we shouldn’t have a problem.”

DECOMPOSED BODY OF
MAN IS FOUND IN BARREL

FROM page one

a tract road in Hatchet Bay
Eleuthera by a family mem-
ber. Police are not certain of
the circumstances surround-
ing this incident. Investiga-
tions continue.”

Prison Guards in Nassau
were also called into action
yesterday morning when an
inmate on remand attempted
to escape by scaling the fence
of the exercise yard.

Alert guards caught the
prisoner within minutes,
according to Prison Superin-
tendent Elliston Rahming,
and he has been transferred
to the Maximum Security

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wing.

A few hours later, police
were called to the scene of an
armed robbery at Constitu-
tion Drive.

Responding officers were
told that a woman was at her
home when she was
approached by a man wear-
ing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans
and a blue and yellow striped
shirt wrapped around his
head.

The man, who pulled out a
handgun and demanded cash,
made off with the victim’s
handbag containing an undis-
closed amount of money and
a cell phone.

He fled the scene on foot.

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BIC sale is good
for the Bahamas

By DAVID JORDINE

THE proposed sale of
BTC is good for The
Bahamas. The Bahamas’
struggle to compete in the
globalized market place is
growing more fierce by the
minute, and, as a nation,
we must make a com-
pelling case to attract orga-
nizations here to do busi-
ness with us.

As we work our way out
of this long and hard reces-
sion, it has become very
apparent how important it
is for our country to be
more efficient, and cost
effective.

It is not only important
for governments to
become well-oiled
machines, but it is impera-
tive that they exhibit effi-
ciency, while at the same
time minimizing the cost
borne by the public piggy-
bank.

The private sector is the
engine that drives our
economy.

Banks

Take for example,
Atlantis (i.e. the second
largest employer in The
Bahamas), the many banks
in our Financial Services
Industry, and the proposed
BahMar development.

All of these entities,
have, and will continue to
significantly impact our
National Gross Domestic
Product in the coming
years.

However, the govern-
ment provides the private
sector with many of the
tools it needs to carry out
its role in creating jobs and
generating revenue.

Such tools provided by
the government are name-
ly, communication, ener-
gy, transportation, and a
well regulated banking sys-
tem, just to name a few.



“As it stands
today, when
compared
with other
countries in
the region,
The Bahamas
ranks among
the highest in
terms of cost
for value.”



The government pro-
vides the aforementioned
tools at a cost, and it is this
cost that determines the
competitiveness of The
Bahamas’ business envi-
ronment.

A cost effective, reliable,
and competitive business
environment is to the
advantage of foreign
investors, and small
Bahamian entrepreneurs
alike. It is for this reason
that I support the sale of
BTC.

It is my view that if the
government can reduce the
cost of providing any num-
ber of the aforementioned
tools to the private sector,
including the cost of
telecommunication, such
reduction will be seen in
the bottom line of domes-
tic and foreign companies,
and will help to improve
their overall efficiency.

As it stands today, when
compared with other coun-
tries in the region, The
Bahamas ranks among the
highest in terms of cost for



value.

As a matter of fact, some
of the very countries we
pity in this region can
boast of cheaper telecom-
munication rates, more
reliable services; and all
have partnered with pri-
vate telecommunication
companies, represented
largely by Digicel and
Cable & Wireless.

I totally understand and
appreciate the unions’
position on the proposed
sale of BTC in so far as it
relates to the safeguarding
of jobs, employee morale,
advancement for Bahami-
ans, and a tranquil work
environment.

Economy

What I do not quite
comprehend are their
efforts, which are being
fueled and supported by
the opposition party, to
discredit and disparage the
government’s efforts to
reduce the cost of provid-
ing a very necessary tool
that will benefit all facets
of our economy.

It is my hope that the
successful sale of BTC will
lead to the liberalization
of other government dom-
inated industries, such as
energy, water, and other
utilities.

In my view, what is most
important as the govern-
ment pursues its efforts of
privatization, is the con-
tinued regulation of vari-
ous industries to ensure
consumer protection, to
prevent price gouging, and
where foreign entities are
involved, to ensure that
the rights and opportuni-
ties for Bahamian workers
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These officers will be led
by seasoned senior officers of
the rank of Superintendent
who will be assisted by Assis-
tant Superintendents
throughout the operation.

“T have asked our officers
to be respectful of the rights
of all citizens and residents
of the Bahamas but to also
be firm, resolute, focused,
and committed to the task at
hand,” Commissioner
Greenslade said.

While this operation is
going on, Commissioner
Greenslade stressed that all
other police services will con-
tinue without interruption.

“As Commissioner, I ask
all persons that are involved
in the unlawful possession of
firearms, vehicular thefts,
armed robberies, break-ins,
drug peddling, and all other
acts of criminality to cease
and desist.

“To parents, family mem-

bers, and acquaintances of
persons involved in the
underworld of crime, do all
in your power to encourage
these individuals to make an
about-turn and join all law-
abiding citizens in building a
better Bahamas, where we all
live without the occurrence
of and the fear of crime,” he
said.

With the police having
“targeted profiles” which
they will be seeking out, the
Commissioner added that
they will be visiting “all
places” where criminality is
suspected and take the nec-
essary action to arrest,
charge, and place these per-
sons before the courts.

While Operation Rapid
Strike will continue for as
long as the Force thinks nec-
essary, the Commissioner
noted there will be specific
benchmarks they will be aim-
ing for to ensure the opera-

tion is successful.

As a security warning to
residents who may fear crim-
inals may exploit this latest
police operation to gain
access to their homes, Com-
missioner Greenslade said all
officers are properly attired
in their uniforms and will be
carrying proper identifica-
tion to show exactly who
they are.

“Tf we have a suspect who
is named, with reasonable
grounds to suspect, and is
named; we do not believe
that it is appropriate for that
person to just go about busi-
ness as usual. We are going to
seek you out wherever you
reside. We are going to come
asking for you, and we are
going to enforce the laws of
this country,” he said.

The Commissioner asked
for all well-meaning citizens
to stand united with the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force and



POLICE COMMISSIONER
Ellison Greenslade

allow them to do what is right
“to keep our country safe and
secure.”

MP says Cable & Wireless
‘formed nine months ago’

FROM page one

"What will be the (majority) share-
holder, it is not Cable & Wireless PLC
because that is what the Bahamian pub-
lic had thought because Cable & Wire-
less (is) a big, global company. It is Cable
& Wireless Communications, a company
that was just formed about nine months
ago that is barely making a profit,”
claimed Mr Sears, a former attorney
general in the Christie administration.

He questioned why CWC was select-
ed, even though it did not engage in the
bidding process for BTC, instead of
allowing a Bahamian group to buy the
state-run utility company.

"Tam concerned that we would give 51
per cent of BTC to a company — we
wouldn't give it to Colina, I know Coli-
na, I would have preferred to give it to

Colina, or give it to Commonwealth
Bank. But you mean to tell me they
going to give it to a company that has
been in existence for nine months?" Mr
Sears asked.

On March 26, 2010, Cable & Wireless
Worldwide separated from Cable &
Wireless Communications through a
demerger. They now operate as sepa-
rately listed companies on the London
Stock Exchange, according to CWC's
website. CWC describes itself as a full
service telecommunications company
which operates in the Caribbean, Pana-
ma, Macau and Monaco.

When contacted by The Tribune, State
Finance Minister Zhirvargo Laing said if
any company's history should be ques-
tioned, it should be Bluewater Ventures,
the company to which the Progressive
Liberal Party agreed to sell 49 per cent
of BTC’s shares before losing the general

election in 2007.

"There is going to be ample opportu-
nity to speak to any number of points
raised by Mr Sears and others on the
BTC matter, so I don't propose to real-
ly address that today other than to note
that it is curious that Mr Sears, who sat
in the former Cabinet that proposed to
sell shares in BTC to Bluewater, a com-
pany whose age should be checked,
whose ownership and financial capabil-
ity should be checked.

"Because if the argument he raised is
an argument at all, it should have been
one he raised when he we was in Cabinet
when he agreed to do what they agreed
to do,” said Mr Laing.

The Ingraham administration chose
not to go ahead with the sale to Blue-
water when it won in May, 2007, and
described it as a "phantom company that
was not publicly traded.”

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Bahamians will “have to
get used to paying for local
calls” at some point in the
near future, a leading tele-
coms operator yesterday
warning of the major cultur-
al shift that would have to

occur, after regulators decid- By ALISON LOWE

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Telecommunications Com-
pany (BTC) to charge cost-
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The $1.36 billion buyout of
the 80 per cent stake in the
Bahamas Oil Refining Com-
pany (BORCO) was complet-
ed yesterday by New York
Stock Exchange-listed Buck-
eye Partners.

pleted the purchase of First
Reserve’s stake, Buckeye
added that the total acquisi-
tion cost would be $1.7 billion,
as its deal to buy the remain-
ing 20 per cent from Vopak
would conclude as soon as
legal documents and closing
conditions were satisfied.

SEE page 7B

By NEIL HARTNELL
i Tribune Business Editor

: jobs will be created by the
: retail/restaurant concessions
? alone when the Lynden Pin-
i? dling International Airport’s
i (LPIA) first phase redevelop-
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i Airport Development Compa-
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The total rate increase imposed on Bahamian-owned air-
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equivalent to $1 per seat over six years, its president and chief
executive yesterday telling Tribune Business this was a small
price to pay for “‘a world class” airport that would help grow the
overall aviation sector.

Stewart Steeves, responding to concerns expressed by
Bahamian-owned airlines about the impact NAD’s fee increas-
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Pointing out that NAD had “decided to work” with Bahami-
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said the plan for increases outlined in 2006 remained unchanged
despite the revenue hit the Lynden Pindling International Air-
port (LPIA) airport operator had taken as a result of the reces-
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By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN

here are cer-

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clients that

designers flat
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say that? Yes, it’s not a
question of whether the
client will be easy to work
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question of comfort and
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walk away?

Deciding which projects
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jective, as what might seem
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question for another.

Because most designers
are “feelers” they do not
have a list of ‘dos’ and
‘don’ts’, they merely have
morals and ethics that sur-
vive on instincts.

If we capture this ideolo-
gy, is it practical to tell a
prospective client why you
aren’t able to design a pro-
ject?

Furthermore, some choic-
es can obliterate one issue
to give rise to another.

For example, a web
designer might refuse to
design a site for a political
candidate simply because he
plans to vote for another.

I am reminded of a video-
grapher who would design
for other churches but won’t
work with any other groups
that could be construed as
hate groups.

Since we are operating on

We designers must
tick to principles

these principles, we can ecas-
ily say it is a matter of com-
fort level.

It is not always the con-
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business process.

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sons, who by their very
nature are unethical in their
business lives, are generally
those to avoid.

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entation, child abuse or
exploitation, paedophilia or
any other despicable activi-
ties are ones to miss.

Simply avoiding projects
that you are uncomfortable
with is a legitimate choice
and the mark of a profes-
sional artist.

On the face of it, no
designer should lose his or
her soul for a few bucks if it
goes against their principles.
Let’s not throw the baby out
with the bath water just yet,



as freelance designers are
more than just tools for
clients.

Just as not all lawyers are
ambulance drivers, not all
designers “borrow” from
photo.com or templemon-
ster either.

There is no need for battle
if it is to be agreed that peo-
ple respect and appreciate
honesty, which perhaps alle-
viates tons of undue stress
and cheap, deadbeat clients.

Hungry designers who
tend to bite at everything
have a tendency to stay hun-

When a designer is pre-
pared to do anything for a
buck, the value of the buck
diminishes very quickly.



Iam convinced that persons,
who by their very nature are
unethical in their business
lives, are generally those to

avoid.



The more designers are
willing to compromise their
integrity, the easier it is for
clients to demand lower
costs and misconstruce ideas.

Sometimes the coin may
be flipped, as some clients
may be offered a reduced
cost if a designer believes in
their project, such as animal
shelters, medical charities,
disabled promotions, or
some other outreach min-
istry.

Disaster

Accepting a project that
makes a designer uncom-
fortable may result in a dis-
aster, as they might not give
it their best shot.

Nevertheless, just because
one designer does not feel
comfortable about a partic-
ular assignment should it be
proclaimed a “bad project”.
Consider giving another
designer a shot at the assign-
ment, as this is one of the
most favoured ingredients
of an ethical designer.

Let’s hope thar when
there are bills to be paid our
principles are still with us.

An employed designer’s
life is nothing like that of a
freelancer’s.

A freelancer is somebody
who is self-employed, not
committed to a particular
employer and typically
works by themselves.

There are other steps
beyond their actual work,

such as managing projects,
accounting, sales and mar-
keting, that directly lead to
designer income.

Thus, it may be difficult
for freelance designers to
draw a line in the sand and
say “no”, especially if we are
one week away from ‘rent
overdue’.

There is a palpable sense
of admiration and respect
for freelancers, or people
who are prepared to yield
not.

Remember, only you will
face yourself at the end of
the day, as it might seem
easy to forgive someone else
but difficult to forgive your-
self.

A freelance designer
should always feel superior
and believe their work has
provided a positive influence
within their community.

Based on this premise, if
you succumb to your weak-
ness not only did the client
buy your design, but they
bought you.

To create a better you,
making the best choice is
paramount.

The long and short of this
is that we are only as good
as our reputation.

Remember, not because
you can do something
means that you should.
Would your conscience
allow you to turn down a
client if it compromises your
ethics?

Until we meet again, play
a little, have fun and stay on
top of your game!

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Partners Congratulate Associates on Successful Completion of

the Uniform Certified Public Accountants’ Examination

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From left to right Candice Murton - ABAS Manager, Kendra C.
Culmer - Associate, Myra R. Lundy-Mortimer - HC Partner

KENDRA C. CULMER - successfully passed all parts of the American
Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Unifonn CPA Examination on
her first attempt during the July/August 2010 testing window.

Kendra joined the Firm in August 200% and currently holds the posi-
tion of Audit Associate, She attended the College of The Bahamas and
received a BBA in Accounting with Distinction in May 2009, At grad-
uation, Kendra was also awarded with the Ermst & Young Award for
Accounting, the BICA award for Accounting and the Chamber of
Commerce Award for Academic Excellence. While at COB, she
served as Managing Editor of the school newspaper. She was also the
2008 recipient of the BICA scholarship award and a 2009 finalist for
the Financial Services Student of the Year Award. In 2005, she gradu-
ated as Valedictorian from Windermere High School; she was also
honoured for the top BGCSE results for Eleuthera that year.

Presently, she serves as a youth leader at Global Village Methodist
Church. She credits her achievements to God's grace and the support
of her parents, Ken and Audrey Culmer, from Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera.

L. Edgar Money, Partner and Renaldo P. Knowles - Associate

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Renaldo is a 2004 graduate of Saint Augustine's College, Nassau,
Bahamas. In 2008 he graduated from Saint Mary's University,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with a Bachelor's Degree in
Accounting. He joined the Firm in August 2008 and currently holds
the position of Audit Associate. He is also a member of the Firm’s
Banking Committee.

Renaldo thanks God for granting him success in the CPA examina-
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well as his family, especially his parents, Patrick and Philippa
Knowles who continuously encourage him to strive for success and
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Resource Group (SRG),
which operates as IndiGo
Networks, said “the biggest
concern” for his company
stemming from the Utilities
Regulatory & Competition

? Authority’s (URCA) deter-
i mination on BTC’s Reference
; Access and Interconnection
: offer (RATIO), was its deci-
: sion to allow the state-owned
? incumbent to charge rival car-
i riers cost-based interconnec-
i tion rates, while still providing
i local calls.

This, Mr Hutton-Ashken-

: ny said, “foreshadowed” the
? introduction of “metered tar-
i iffs” for local calls, with
i Bahamian households and
: businesses ultimately having
i? to pay either a flat-rate or per
i minute fee for same-island
i calls.

“Tn time, Bahamians will

i have to get used to being
i charged a metered tariff for
? local calls,” he told Tribune
i Business.
i inevitable. Over time, opera-
? tors will not be able to absorb
? these cost. What URCA has
i done is set in train circum-
? stances that lead to local tar-
i? iffs. When that does come it
i will cause a cultural shift in
i the market, because we’re all
? used to free local calls.”

“I think it’s

With BTC now able to

i impose charges on rival carri-
i ers for interconnecting and
? terminating their clients’ calls
? on its network, Mr Hutton-
i Ashkenny said competitors
? would have no option but to
i do similar, as they could not
i keep on absorbing these costs.

This would also mean a

? move away from the existing
? ‘Bill and Keep’ arrangement
i between BTC and SRG,
? where neither party charges
? the other for interconnec-
? tion/call termination because
? each is providing the other
i with a service of similar value.
; As a result, no local call fees
: were collected from Bahami-
? an consumers.

Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said

i URCA’s decisions on BTC’s
i RAIO were largely expected,
: and he added: “There’s no
: smoking gun.”

Both SRG and Cable

i; Bahamas had warned in their
i responses to the BTC RAIO
i consultation that allowing the
i state-owned incumbent to
i marry its free local calls
i regime with charging cost-
i based interconnection (call
? termination) rates on rival
i carriers would destroy the
i prospects for "sustainable
? competition" in the Bahamian
i landline telecommunications
i market.

This, they argued, was

i because such a situation
i meant there was no way rival

‘Get used to paying
for local calls’

operators could replicate, or
compete with, BTC's free
same-island calls.

In its decision, URCA not-
ed Cable Bahamas’ point that,
for "a reasonably efficient
operator" to compete with
BTC's fixed-line offering to
residential customers, the lat-
ter's interconnection rates had
to be "cost oriented", while
the cost of ‘free local calls’
had to be covered by month-
ly access fees.

Confirm

The BISX-listed telecom-
munications provider also
urged URCA to confirm that
BTC's "retail pricing is not
predatory or below cost", and
that retail offers could be
replicated by rival carriers on
the basis of the proposed
RAIO offer.

"Cable Bahamas further
stated that in the event that
BTC's monthly access charge
is not compensatory, URCA
must require BTC to rebal-
ance its tariffs, as this is nec-
essary for sustainable compe-
tition," URCA noted.

"In the absence of URCA's
confirmation that BTC's local
rates are compensatory, local
termination charges should be
‘zero-rated’. Cable Bahamas
believes that the introduction
of a capacity-based intercon-
nection offer would enable
other licensed operators to
replicate BTC’s unlimited
offer of free local calls."

In response, the regulator
said that while cost-orienta-
tion was a requirement of
BTC's licence and the Com-
munications Act, it was still
awaiting the company's 2009
accounting separation results
to determine whether it was
providing cost-based inter-
connection services.

URCA added that tariff
rebalancing, which both BTC
and itself knew was needed,
had to take place before it
could be determined whether
the latter was offering services
to residential customers below
cost. And the regulator was
also unable to determine
whether BTC's fixed, landline
pricing could be replicated by

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mate competition concerns
identified, URCA considers
that an efficient other licensed
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example, bundling fixed
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Looking to reaffirm its pro-
competition credentials,
URCA said “it takes serious-
ly any potential competition
concerns identified by the
respondents, namely the abil-
ity of other licensed opera-
tors to profitably replicate
BTC's retail offers given the
non-zero RAIO charge for
local calls".

It promised to use its pow-
ers should any anti-competi-
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and said that while BTC had
not proposed a capacity-based
interconnection offer, such
arrangements could be nego-
tiated with rival Bahamas-
based telecoms providers.

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FROM page 1B

ly to collegiate and amateur
sides, realising that these, too,
brought huge numbers of fam-
ily, friends and travelling sup-
porters with them.

Apart from boosting
stopover visitors and spending,
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said
visiting sports teams and their
followers also gave the
Bahamas an opportunity to
“monetise” its sporting assets.

Apart from the new $30 mil-
lion national stadium ($20 mil-
lion in supporting infrastruc-
ture), he noted that the
Bahamas already had facilities
such as swimming pools and
basketball courts, that sat idle
for long periods of time.

“There’s no question that this
is a huge deal for the
Bahamas,” Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said of the NCAA
exempt status. “This paves the
way for exemptions across the
board for a whole series of
sports. It’s very much in line
with our focus on amateur
sports as opposed to what has
heretofore been a focus on pro-
fessional sports teams within
North America.

“Needless to say, wherever
these teams participate they
bring large numbers of friends
and family.” Pointing out that
he frequently travelled to inter-

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national swimming meets with
his well-known daughter, Ari-
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said he was “always amazed by
the number of people there in
support” of the athletes, hav-
ing paid their own way. As a
result, he thought: “Why not
come to the Bahamas?”

The benefits to Atlantis from
hosting the four-team NCAA
tournament pre-Christmas were
obvious, the resort doubling its
occupancy rates by around 40
percentage points.

"The occupancy rate for that
period is around 80 per cent -
significantly higher than that
the usual 40 per cent for the
period prior to the Christmas
Holidays. We are also pleased
with tickets sales, which have
surpassed the 1,200 mark," said
Ed Fields, senior vice-president
of public affairs for Kerzner
International, said at the time.

Visiting NCAA teams and
others would require a whole
range of tourist-related and spe-
cialist services while in the
Bahamas, the minister added,
providing spin-off opportuni-
ties for Bahamians.

He praised the work of
George Markantonis, president
and managing director of
Kerzner International
(Bahamas) and Atlantis; min-
ister of youth, sports and cul-
ture, Charles Maynard; and the
Ministry’s own sports tourism
department, headed by Tyrone
Sawyer, for making the NCAA
exempt status happen.

Mr Markantonis did not
return Tribune Business’s calls
seeking comment yesterday,
but an Associated Press report
said Atlantis is hoping the
exempt status will pave the way
for it to host the US east coast
version of the Maui Invitation-
al, with an eight-team basket-
ball tournament over the
Thanksgiving weekend.

"We, of course, are very
delighted the vote went in
favour of the Bahamas," Mr
Markantonis, was quoted as
saying. "That enables entities
in this country and, certainly in
our case, Atlantis, to go ahead
with their plans for a monster
pre-season tournament.

“Basketball is the most pop-
ular sport in the Bahamas, and
we'd like to think it's going to
stimulate more interest in the
country, and that people will
come and make a week of it on
a long vacation and take in
some quality basketball.”

Mr Markantonis said last
summer that Kerzner Interna-
tional was aiming to break into
the sports tourism market by
hosting two NCAA basketball
tournaments at its Atlantis
property over the next two
years, and was working with the
Ministry of Tourism to enable
the Bahamas to obtain ‘exempt
status’. Announcing that the
resort owner was "working on a
lot of initiatives to do with
sports tourism", and that it
"agreed 100 per cent" with the
Ministry's drive to break into
this market niche, Mr Markan-
tonis said it had been negotiat-
ing with “two major organisa-
tions" over the last nine
months.

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NAD rate rise: $1 per seat over six years

FROM page 1B

on airlines above what was out-
lined in the 2006 plan, Mr
Steeves said that instead it
made that “adjustment inter-
nally” by reducing non-employ-
ee operating expenses by 19 per
cent during its 2010 financial
year.

“The total increased burden
on domestic carriers over the
life of this project is about $1
per seat phased in over six
years,” Mr Steeves told Tribune
“because that’s what

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the carriers asked us to do.

“Often, such fee increases
are put in place all at once, but
we decided to work with the
carrier community and phase
it in Over six to seven years.
There’s a lot of discussion on
what I feel is a rather small
impact on the travelling public
in exchange for a world class
facility that will be an enabler
of growth for the whole sec-
tor.”

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Acknowledging that there
had been “more discussion
about rates in the domestic
market than anywhere else”,
Mr Steeves added: “The reality
is that the increase is nominal.
The rates were extremely low.”

The NAD chief executive
told Tribune Business that the
fee increases for the two most
commonly operated aircraft on
domestic Bahamian routes, the
34-seat Saab-340 and 19-seat

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Beech 1900, were $5.44 and
$3.18 per flight respectively.
This worked out at $0.16 per
seat and $0.17 per seat respec-
tively.

“The rate paid by domestic
and international carriers has
remained unchanged since
2006, when this recession
began,” Mr Steeves told Tri-
bune Business.

NAD had to cope with a
reduction in passenger volume
that, at its peak, hit 7-8 per cent,
and he added: “We took that
adjustment internally on our
cost base.”

While passenger numbers
transiting through LPIA were
now “back on track”, Mr
Steeves said NAD had man-
aged to cut its non-employee
operating expenses by 19 per
cent, from $12.1 million to $9.7
million, due to improvements
in energy conservation and
“proactive as opposed to reac-
tive maintenance”.

As for international carriers,
Mr Steeves said NAD had
engaged in a benchmarking
study to ensure LPIA remained
competitive against rival air-
ports on “a whole basket of
fees”.

“We continue to be very
competitive in that regard, and
will be throughout the life of
the project, despite this airport
being brand new and having
three levels of service - US pre-
clearance, international and
domestic,” the NAD chief exec-
utive said. “That makes it a
more complex facility. When
you can show you’re competi-
tive against anyone when
you’re not an average facility,
we’re very pleased with that.”

Mr Steeves said NAD had
exploited the economic down
cycle to reduce its construction
and financing costs consider-
ably, locking-in long-term
financing for the $409.5 million
LPIA expansion at relatively

low interest rates, something
that would reduce its debt bur-
den over the next 20-30 years,
plus lessen the fees it would
have to charge airlines and pas-
sengers. Noting that NAD’s
overall interest rates had
dropped by 1.5 percentage
points between the stage one
and stage two financing, falling
from 8.5 per cent to 7 per cent,
Mr Steeves said the airport
operator was “on track” to
meet all its financial targets.

“We’re on or ahead of all
covenants with lenders, which
enables us to get a strong cred-
it rating without any govern-
ment guarantee,” Mr Steeves
said.

“It’s very important to stay
on plan and continue to build
confidence with lenders and
credit rating agencies, so we can
get competitively priced financ-
ing without any guarantee or
obligations from the Govern-
ment.”

GN-1159

Ministry of Finance
Treasury Department

Public Announcement

January 2011 Pension Verification Exercise
Change of Venue and Date

The Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Bahamas wishes to advise ALL
pensioners whose monthly pension payments are paid directly into their
bank accounts that the January 2011 verification exercise will commence
on Monday, January 17, 2011 during the hours of 9:00am to 4:00pm at the
following New Location:-

The North Building at Water Tower Place

East Street North

Directly Opposite The Royal Bahamas Police Force Headquarters

GN1167

MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT

PORT DEPARTMENT

GOVERNMENT NOTICE

INVITATION FOR TENDERS

The Government of the Bahamas is inviting tenders for the following
Contracted Service for the Port Department, Ministry of The Environment.

* Lease agreement advertising signage at the Port of
Nassau

Interested parties may obtain further information, and may collect the

bidding document as of 21st January, 2011 from:

The Port Department
Prince George Dock
Nassau, Bahamas

Telephone No, (242)322-8832

Between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tenders are to be submitted in Triplicate (3) in a sealed envelope (s)
Marked Tender for The Lease agreement advertising signage at the Port of

Nassau to:

The Chairman
Tenders Board
Ministry of Finance
Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Building
Cable Beach

P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, Bahamas

No later than 5:00p.m.on the 24" January,2011,

Tenders will be opened at 10:00a.m. on the 25th January, 2011 at the
Office of the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance.

THE GOVERNMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY OR ALL

TENDERS.



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BORCO owner closes
$1.36bn deal for 80%

FROM page 1B

tion for it, Buckeye Partners said: "No other
international commercial storage terminal enjoys
BORCO's proximity to the US demand and sup-
ply centres, as well as its scale and comprehensive
service offerings.

"BORCO's terminal is a premier marine stor-
age facility with a unique position as a strategic
logistics hub.

"The terminal has 21.6 million barrels of stor-
age capacity with deepwater access up to 91 feet,
and the ability to berth the largest tankers in the
world.

"Located only 80 miles from southern Florida
and 920 miles from New York Harbour, BORCO
is strategically located to act as a hub in facili-
tating international logistics for bulk-build, break-

bulk and blending operations.”

And Buckeye Partners added: "We believe
that BORCO's customer demand is well in excess
of its currently available capacity. BORCO has
received strong indications for contract renewals
from current customers, and there is a signifi-
cant backlog of demand from additional potential
customers. In addition, BORCO has received
significant interest from existing and new cus-
tomers for the increased storage capacity expect-
ed to be constructed at the terminal over the
next two to three years. "We believe the BORCO
acquisition will support future regional and inter-
national growth opportunities. There are poten-
tial synergies with our existing assets in the con-
tinental US and our newly acquired refined prod-
ucts terminal in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as well as
other Caribbean market opportunities."

Ministry of National
PARLIAMENTARY REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT

PUBLIC NOTICE

‘The Parliamentary Registration Department will be conducting Evening
Registration on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, during the period

17th January

21* January, from $:00 pm — 8:00 pm at the following locations:

(1) Parliamentary Registration Department

(2) Mall at Marathon
(2) Town Centre Mall

(3) Elizabeth Estates Post Office — Prince Charles Drive
(4) Carmichael Road Post Office — Carmichacl Road

The public is reminded that only Bahamian Citizens are eligible to register to
vote and applicants are required to produce proof of citizenship

Erral WH. Bethe!

PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER

VOTER REGISTRATION
FOR THE WEEK OF 17" ~- }4ST JANUARY, 2090

The Partamentary Commissioner wishes ip remind the general public that Voter Registration continues
on a daly basis i New Providence and in the Family Islands. Persons applying for eagisiration must be
BAHAMIAN CITIZENS, 18 years and older and must have resided in a pariculer conslituency for tee

months er mane

Voter Registration Centres are opened in New Providence between the hours of 10:00aen=4:00pm

at fre following locaors

(1) The Pariamentary Registration Depariment, Faringion Road

(2) The Town Centre and Marathon Malls

(3) The General Post Office, East Hil Street

[4] The Sub-Post Office Camichael Pioad

(5) The Sub-Post Office Elizateth Estates

(6| Thea National Ineurancs Beard - Ballou Hil Acad

(F| Gammonwealh Banks Mackey Street and Golden Gates Branches.

In Grand Bahama, Centres are opened between the hours of 9:30am - 4:30pm at fhe following

locabons:

1. Parkamentary Registration Department, Freepori
2 Adminetrator’s Office, Eight Mile Rock
3. Admintstratce's Office, High Rock (Twasdays and Thursdays)

In the Family islands, registration takes place al the Administrators’ Officas in the various Family

Istands between fhe hours of §:30am - 4:40pm.

The Parliamentary Commissioner alsa wehes to advise thal ihe Department has commenced its

mobile seracks wath atfect from 10" January 2011

Businesses and organgations with atleast hveanty (20) eligible employees or members may contact
the Cegariment al ilephone numbers 225-2658/9 or 397-2000 to schedule an apooiniment.

Errol W. Bethel

PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER

VOTERS REGISTRATION RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT

VOTERS REGISTRATION WIL BE HELD IN THE CENTRAL
ANDEOS DISTRICT AS FOLLOWS:

TUESDAY JANUARY 18â„¢ 2011

BEHRING POINT AT THE PRIMARY SCIDOOL FROM 6:00 P.M — 7.200M

CARGILL CREEK AT THE ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE FROM

7.40 P.M. — 900 P.M
THURSDAY JANUARY 20â„¢ 2011

BOWEN SOUND AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL FROM 6:4) P.M — 8:20 PLL.

FERSONS APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION MUST BE

1. BAHAMIAN CITIZENS.
2. 1 YEARS AND OLDER

4. MUST HAVE RESIDED IN THE CONSTITUENCY FOR 3 MONTHS

OR MORE

APPLICANT FOR REGISTRATION MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF

CITIZENSHIP PREFERABLY

A VALID BAHAMIAN PASSPORT

A BIRTH CERTIFICATE ALONG WITH AN OFFICIAL ID, AND OTHER
DOCUMENTS AS REQUESTED OR A CURRENT VOTERS CARD,

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 7B




THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE




PUBLIC NOTICE





TENDER FOR THE SALE OF VEHICLES AND MACHINERY





- The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, through the Ministry of
Finance invites Tenders for the provision of sale of vehicles and machinery located at the

Ministry of Public Works & Transpo






ttand the Ministry of Finance.

All interested persons/companies may oollect listing from Ministry of Finance,

Cech Wallace-Whitfield Building, West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas




Vehicles may be

inspected at the Ministry of Public Works & Transport, JF. Kennedy Drive and the
Miniztry of Finanee, Sir Cecil Wallace Whitheld Building, Cable Beach between the hours
of 1000 am, to 490 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning 19! January, 2011.

Contact persons are as follows:

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Mr. Bertram Reckley
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bax at tha Minketry of Finance, Cecil Wa

ace-Whitfeld Building, West Ray Strect,

Nassau, Bahamas, 10 later than 9:30 a.m. on or before Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

Persons submitting Tenders are invited to be preaent for the Tender opening on

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 when the Tenders Board meets al 10:00 4.m.

The Ministry of Finance reserves the right to reject any of all tenders.

Finabelal Secretary



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FROM page 1B

Tourism officials have
previously stated they were
somewhat disappointed by
the uptake by Bahamians
and Bahamas residents, with
David Johnson, director-
general of tourism, suggest-
ing some thought it was “too
good to be true".

However, according to
Valery Brown-Alce, senior
director at the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism's New
York office, and Mr Kap-
peler, market research
pointed the stakeholders to
a more specific reason why
Bahamians did not take up
the offer: timing.

As of December 2010, the
program has been tailored
to ensure more Bahamians
can take advantage.

"We had patterned our
initial domestic plan a lot
like the travel might have
been for US travellers.

“But the thing we learned
was — if you’re Bahamian
and you live in Nassau, your
pattern to travel to the Out
Islands probably isn’t like a
US traveler.

"What we realised is that
domestically our families
and individuals travel a lot
more like a two-day pattern.
They fly in on maybe a Fri-
day and fly out on a Sunday.
So now we’ve strengtehened
our initial package by recog-
nising and learning from
what we tried," said Mr
Kappeler.

The latest version of the
promotion will now see
domestic travelers offered a
free companion airfare if
they commit to two - not
three - nights at a partici-
pating Out Island property.

Mr Kappeler has high
hopes for the potential of
the promotion to kick-start
major growth in inter-island
travel among Bahamians
and domestic residents.

"T think the contribution

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 9B

DOMESTIC TOURISM
TO “EASILY DOUBLE’

"What we realised is that
domestically our families
and individuals travel a lot
more like a two-day pattern.
They fly in on maybe a Fri-
day and fly out on a Sunday.
So now we’ve strengtehened
our initial package by recog-
nising and learning from
what we tried."

two-night pattern,” he said.

"For example, if it’s $150
to travel to Eleuthera and a
$150 hotel, basically by pay-
ing your airfare it’s like P’ve
paid for your room. How
much more affordable can
you get than that?"

Partnership

The joint public-private
partnership between the
OIPB, which is funded by
contributions from its mem-
ber hotel and resort proper-
ties, and the Ministry of
Tourism, has also changed
the way the program is fund-
ed in an effort to attract
more hotels to participate.

This gives travellers a
wider variety of properties

Stephen Kappeler

to choose from at a range of
price points.

"Before there was a split
funding model which said
the hotel paid a little some-
thing, the Ministry of
Tourism paid a little some-
thing and the Out Islands
Promotions Board paid
something towards the cost
of that air fare. Now we’ve
taken that burden off the
hotel, making it more attrac-
tive to the hotels of the Out
Islands," said Mr Kappeler.

Where participating hotels
and resorts used to have to
put up 25 per cent of the
cost of the free airfare being
offered to each individual,
the funding is now being
split 50-50 between the Min-
istry of Tourism and the
OIPB, he said.

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of business coming to the
Out Islands from Nassau,
our domestic market, will
easily double because we’ve
found the sweet spot.
“We’ve found that spot
that the Bahamian travellers
are looking for, and that’s a

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FROM page 1B

president and chief executive,
said that while no wide-rang-
ing analysis had been per-
formed on the total economic
impact of LPIA’s redevelop-
ment to date, the retail and
restaurant concessions in the
new US departures terminal
would add 125 jobs once oper-
ational.

“Just looking at very narrow
slice, just the shops and con-
cessions in phase one, have cre-
ated 125 new permanent jobs,”
Mr Steeves told Tribune Busi-
ness. “The project as a whole
has had a far more reaching
impact.”

Disclosing that $189 million
had been invested in LPIA’s
first phase expansion at end-
November 2010, out of a total
$198 million budget, Mr
Steeves said the construction
workforce on site had currently
hit is peak of around 800 work-
ers. Apart from those working
on the terminal, a number were
also employed by the retail and
restaurant concessions in fitting
out those stores.

Once stage one is finished,
Mr Steeves said work would
seamlessly switch to the existing
US departures terminal, where
efforts would focus on its $128.9
million phase two conversion
into the international arrivals
hall.

“Everything is still on track,”
he said of the phase one con-
struction. “We’re in the final
push, which is always a busy

time, but we’re still planning
for an early March opening of
the US departures terminal and
then switching over to work on
the current US terminal.

“It would essentially be
overnight. The day we begin
operation of the new terminal,
there will be no need for the
old one. We will be ready to go
by the time the first flight
arrives at the new Us terminal.
The plan is to get in there and
begin work right away. The sec-
ond stage is very similar to the
first stage in terms of scope.”

Mr Steeves said phase two
would require similar construc-
tion worker numbers to phase
one, with a core of 400-500
workers rising to a peak of
around 700-800. These num-
bers were set to remain “con-
sistent” throughout the next
two-and-a-half years until the
expansion was completed in
2013.

“The vast majority of that
workforce is Bahamian as
well,” Mr Steeves said. “We’re
70 per cent and above Bahami-
an labour, and that rises to 75
per cent if those working on
tenant stores are included.”

These percentages, he added,
were especially impressive giv-
en the specialised nature of air-

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port construction, involving air-
craft loading bridges, baggage
systems, IT systems and such
like.

Mr Steeves added that NAD
was pleased with the “safety
aspect” of the project, as while
more than one million man
hours had been worked on the
construction, just 24 hours had
been lost due to minor inci-
dents, something he described
as a “very, very low rate”.

The third and final phase of
LPIA’s redevelopment, the
$83.5 million domestic and
international departures termi-
nal, is scheduled to be com-
pleted by end-2013, and NAD’s
chief executive said all three
seemed to be meeting their
financial targets.

“All indications are that we
should hit budget performance;
be within budget on all three
stages, unless something goes
wrong in the global market-
place,” Mr Steeves said.

The “gala opening” for the
US departures terminal is
planned for February 25, 2011,
followed by a public open
house a day later, with the facil-
ity starting operations one week
afterwards.

Mr Steeves said NAD hoped
to have “most” of the US
departure terminal restaurant
and retail concessions open for
phase one by the February 26
public open house date. Apart
from eight restaurants, bars and
lounges, the finished US depar-
tures terminal will hold 10 retail
stores and three mobile retail
‘carts’.

Describing the improved
concessions offering as “signif-
icant”, Mr Steeves said it rep-
resented a further upgrade on
what was available in the exist-
ing US departures terminal -
six-seven karts and kiosks,
three food places, including
Dunkin Donuts and Cafe Kalik,
and the Graycliff Lounge.

The new terminal, he added,
would have a 160-170 seat sit-
down restaurant with table ser-
vice, and more seating avail-
able on an outside patio. There
will be 100-150 seats in the food
court, with three different food
vendors, plus a Dunkin Donuts
coffee shop, the relocated
Graycliff lounge and a
Heineken bar/lounge.

“Itll be a_ significant
improvement from what we
have even today in the US
departures terminal, let alone
what the US departures termi-
nal had two to three years ago,”
Mr Steeves told Tribune Busi-
ness.

He pledged that the US
departures terminal would be
“spot on” when it came to cre-
ating a Bahamian ‘sense of
place’, having commissioned
Bahamian artwork and entered
into a “rotating exchange” ini-
tiative with the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas. And,
with many retailers offering
Bahamian-made soap, candles
and straw products, plus
Bahamian-themed restaurants,
“itll have a strong sense of
place, no question”.

“Tt will be state of the art,”
Mr Steeves said of the new
LPIA, “and in many ways it will
be the most advanced, because
it will have the latest technolo-
gy...... We really believe this will
be a best in class airport, not
only in the region, but in North
America in terms of [airports
of comparable] size when com-
plete.”

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professional experience.

Applicants should be organized, diligent, a
team player and have the ability to work with
minimum supervision.

Salary will commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should — send _ their

curriculum vitae to:

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c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N3207
Nassau, Bahamas

NOTICE

PUD iM rep lveu mlm limi h ROE
January 10th, 2011

Mr DeVaughn M. Gow

is no longer employed with

Jemi Health & Wellness
Company Ltd.

Therefore, HE IS NOT AUTHORIZED to
CONCEAL TRO eres EAC N BO!
Jemi Health & Wellness Company Ltd.



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Mortgage applications rose last week

NEW YORK

The number of borrowers looking to refinance their mortgage :

year for home construction

rose last week for the third straight time, according to Associated
Press. The Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday its
refinance index increased 7.7 percent from the previous week.
Overall, the mortgage applications index rose 5 percent this week.

But the number of people applying for a mortgage to buy a
home fell 1.9 percent.

Rates on fixed mortgages were mixed, the survey said. The }
average rate for the 30-year fixed loan slipped to 4.77 percent }
from 4.78 percent. The rate on the 15-year mortgage, a popular refi- }

nance option, rose to 4.16 percent from 4.15 percent.

Still, fixed mortgage rates are about a half-point higher than in

November. They have risen as Treasury yields increased on

improved economic data. Investors tend to seek safer investments }

like Treasury bonds in rockier times.



































NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

OF

UNION PACIFIC
INVESTMENT LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the
above company commenced on the 18" day
of January, 2011. Octagon Management
Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley
& Charlotte Streets, Nassau, The Bahamas has
been appointed Liquidator of the Company.



Octagon Management Limited
Liquidator



JOB VACANCY

REQUIRED

4 Senior Geographical information Systems Technician

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or
college with substantial knowledge in the felds of
Civil Engineering and Electronics but with a major
(It is realized that this

50 it should not serve as a

jence in GiS,
combination is unusual,
deterrent trom applying).
nterested persons should send cunriculum vitae amd

SUDDPOTING Gocuments fo:

THE GRAND BAHAMA PORT AUTHORITY, LIMITED
Personnel Department

PO Bow F-42666

Freeport, Grand Gahama sland

oT PeSoOnnetegonad.com

ROYAL FIDELITY

Moray at Work

— 2010 ends as 2nd worst

? MARTIN CRUTSINGER,
: AP Economics Writer
: WASHINGTON

U.S. homebuilders are com-

ing off their two worst years in
? more than a half-century, and
the outlook for this year is only
: slightly better.
? Economists say it could take
} three more years before the
: industry begins building homes
? at a healthy rate. In the mean
: time, the housing downturn is
: dragging on the broader econ-
? omy, with one-quarter of the
: jobs lost since the recession
} began in the construction field.
: Builders normally help lead
? the economy out of a recession.
? Construction projects fuel
? growth and that leads to more
: hiring.





INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

But a year and a half after
the recession officially ended,
builders are struggling to com-
pete in markets flooded with

unsold homes — many of them
foreclosures that are depress-
ing prices.

"Housing in the past has
always been one of the key dri-
vers getting the economy back
on track. It is not going to hap-
pen this time because there is a
huge glut of homes out there,"
said Patrick Newport, U.S.
economist at IHS Global
Insight. Homebuilders broke
ground on a total of 587,600
homes in 2010, just slightly bet-
ter than the 554,000 started in
2009, the Commerce Depart-
ment reported Wednesday
Those are the lowest annual
totals on records dating back
to 1959.

sonally adjusted annual rate of
529,000 new homes and apart-
ments last month. That's a drop
of 4.3 percent from November
and the slowest pace since
October 2009.

A big reason for the decline
is that people are buying fewer
single-family homes, which rep-
resent nearly 80 percent of the
market. Single-family home
construction fell 9 percent to
an annual rate of 417,000 units
in December.

In a healthy economy, home-
builders break ground on more
than 1.5 million units a year.

Newport said he doesn't
expect that level of home con-
struction until 2014. He expects

builders will start work on
685,000 homes this year, 1.09
million units in 2012, and 1.43
million in 2013.

And the pace is getting
worse. The Commerce Depart-
ment reported Wednesday that
builders started work at a sea-

Oil prices fall on disappointing housing report

The data were an indication
that Americans are not building
new homes as unemployment
remains high and credit remains
tight for many people.

The housing report disap-
pointed oil traders because they
were looking for positive data
that would indicate the econo-
my is getting stronger, Tradi-
tion Energy analyst Gene
McGillian said. A stronger
economy will mean more
demand for oil and gas.

Oil and natural gas supplies
remain plentiful. The Energy
Department is scheduled to
release its weekly oil inventory
report on Thursday, a day later
than usual because of the Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. holiday on

: NEW YORK

? Oil prices fell Wednesday
} after a government report
? showed the U.S. housing indus-
} try still has a long way to go to
i recover.

? Benchmark oil for March
: delivery lost 50 cents to settle at
: $91.81 a barrel on the New
? York Mercantile Exchange.

: The Commerce Department
} said builders broke ground on
} 587,600 homes in 2010. That
? was the second lowest number
: of homes started since 1959.
: The worst year was 2009 when
} only 554,000 homes were start-
: ed. That compares to about a
? million new units a year when
? the economy is healthy.



A leading jewellery retailer is seeking a person for this senior

position.
STORE MANAGER

The successful candidates will be responsible for ensuring sales
and profits are optimized through excellent customer service
and proper maintenance of inventory controls according to

established company procedures.

The ideal candidate should possess:

Integrity, Energetic motivational skills and assertiveness
Previous management experience a plus

Ability to manage, train and motivate staff

An eye for detail

Good educational background. Professional qualification (GIA
or equivalent) or suitable work experience would be an asset
skills
marketing and training

Proven in inventory management, merchandising,
Ability to prepare basic accounts, budgets and assist with external
audits

Ability to prepare, maintain, and update operating manuals and
procedutes

Strong knowledge of computers and administration

Ability to prepare matters for senior management and lead

discussions

The position offers an excellent remuneration and benefits

package.
Interested person should submit your resume to:

‘The Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box N-623
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax (242) 322-6607
Or Email
hr@luxuryretaillimited.com

= FG CAPITAL

MARKETS
CQ BROKERAGE & ADVISORY SERVICES

TUESDAY, 18 JANUARY 2011
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,480.04 | CHG -0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -19.47 | YTD % -1.30
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%

WWW .BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

5S2wk-Low
0.97
9.67
4.50
0.18
2.70
2.14
9.62
2.36
5.40
1.63
1.60
5.94
F223
8.77
3.75

Securit _y
AML Foods Limited
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

10.63
4.90
0.18
2.70

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings

Commonwealth Bank (S1)

Consolidated Water BDRs

Doctor's Hospital

Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank

Focol (S)

Focol Class B Preference

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

AF
10.24
2.40
6.85
2.10
1.60
6.07
6.51
2.38
5.47
1.00
7.40
9.82
10.00

1.00

5.00.

9.82
10.00

Previous Close Today's Close

Change Daily Vol. EPS $
0.150
0.013
0.153
-O.877
0.168
0.016
1.050
0.781
0.422
0.1141
0.107
0.357
0.287
0.645
0.366
0.000
0.012
0.859
6,891

Div $

10.63
4.90
0.18
2.70
2.17

10.214
2.40

0.00
0.00.
0.00.
0.00,
0.00,
0.00.
0.00,
0.00.
-0.03
0.00
0.00,
0.00.
0.00.
0.00,
0.00
0.00.
0.00,
0.00.

6.85
2.07
1.60
6.07
6.51
3.39
5.47
1.00
7.40
9.82
10.00

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)

S52wk-Hi__5S2wk-Low Security
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029)

Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +

Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Symbol
BAH29.
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Last Sale

Change Interest
0.00. 6.95%
0.00 7%
0.00. Prime + 1.75%
0.00 7%
0.00. Prime + 1.75%

Daily Vol. Maturity
20 November 2029
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013

29 May 2015

99.46
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00

RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (OQver-The-Counter Securities)

Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
RND Holdings

Bid &
5.01
0.35

Ask %

Last Prince P/E Yield
14.00

0.55

Daily Wa. EPS $
-2.945

0.001

Div &
0.000
0.000

6.01
0.40

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

ABDAB
RND Holdings

30,13:
0.45

31,59

29.00
C55.

4.540
0.002

0.000

0.55 0.000

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

NAY
15179
2.9474
1.5740
2.7202

13.2825
114.3684
106.5528

1.1415
1.1101
1.1428

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 1
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 2
Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal
Protected TIGRS, Series 3
Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund - Equities Sub Fund

1.4076
2.8300
1.4954
2.6522
13.0484
101.6693
99.4177
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000
9.1005
9.7950
10.0000
10.6417
9.1708
9.6635

4.8105 8.3979

YTD%
5.51%
2.10%
4.44%
12.72%
-0.63%
9.98%
A.75%
4.74%
3.94%
4.78%

4.85%

-1.20%

-3.37%
8.82%

NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.918697
1.555464

NAV GMTH
1.475244
2.919946
1.538692

Last 12 Months %

6.90% 30-Nov-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10
30-Nov-10
30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
30-Nov-10
30-Nov-10
30-Nov-10

2.09%
4.44%
4.63%
-0.14%
12.49%
7.18%
5.21%
7.60%
5.90%

109.392860
100.779540

107.570619
105.776543

5.45% 30-Nov-10

0.50% 30-Nov-10

3.37%
8.82%

30-Nov-10
31-Dec-10

MARKET TERMS

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

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

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

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

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

Bid $

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
S41) - S-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
- Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

ASk $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol
EPS $ - A company's reported eamings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset value

N/M - Not Meaningful

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

- Trading volume of the prior week



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Monday. Analysts surveyed by
Platts, the energy information
arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.,
expect a decline of 2.2 million
barrels in crude supplies.

The numbers should reflect
last week's temporary closure
of the Trans-Alaskan pipeline
due to a leak. The line delivers
about 13 percent of the nation's
daily domestic oil production
to tankers for West Coast deliv-
ery. Natural gas prices rose as
icy weather blanketed much of
the country and forecasters said

NOTICE

NOTICEis hereby giventhat JOHNNY CHARLES of Bishop
St.,Nassau Village is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20' day of
January, 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CLAUDIA ISABEL
ALCANTARA SANTOS of Jansel Court #303
F41492, Freeport, Grand Bahama is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 20" day of January,
2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DANIEL JAMES EVANS
of #69 Fortune Bay Point, P.O. Box F-42958, Freeport,
Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send awritten and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20" day of
January, 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, LISA CANDISE
KNOWLES of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to LISA CANDISE SEARS . If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.

very cold temperatures may be
around into the middle of next
month. Natural gas for March
delivery added 13.6 cents to set-
tle at $4.561 per 1,000 cubic
feet.

Analysts expect the Energy
Department to report Thurs-
day that natural gas in under-
ground storage fell last week.
The amount of the decline like-
ly will "set the tone in this mar-
ket for the next several days,"
energy consultants Cameron
Hanover said in a report.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RONY ST.FLEUR of #54
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,

for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 13" day of January,
2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that WILLIAM PETER MANOS
of George Town, Exuma, Bahamas, P.O. BOX EX-29476
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13" day of JANUARY 2011 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147,



THE TRIBUNE





China agrees to purchase
$45B in US exports

JULIE PACE,
Associated Press
WASHINGTON

Seeking to build ties with an
economic rival, the White
House said Wednesday that
China would purchase $45 bil-
lion in U.S. exports, including a
highly sought-after $19 billion
deal for 200 Boeing airplanes.

The announcement came as
Chinese President Hu Jintao
arrived at the White House for
a state visit with President
Barack Obama. The deals
could soothe some concerns
from the U.S. government and
corporate America, both of
which contend that China keeps
its currency artificially low in
order to make Chinese prod-
ucts cheaper in the U.S. and
USS. products costlier in Chi-
na.

Obama and Hu met Wednes-
day with U.S. and Chinese busi-
ness leaders, including some
involved in the new export
deals. Obama said the eco-
nomic relationship between the
two countries is "more com-
plex" than it appears.

"Our goal here today was to
make sure that we break out of
the old stereotypes that some-
how China is simply taking
manufacturing jobs and taking
advantage of low wages, the
US. is importing cheap goods
and thereby having cheaper
products, but also putting
strains on our employment
base," Obama said.

Hu told the executives that
he welcomed U.S. companies
to do business in China, and
said his country is speeding up
its economic restructuring and
trying to increase domestic con-
sumption. Increased Chinese
demand for goods is a prime
USS. concern because it could
help reduce a U.S.-China trade
gap.
In addition to the Boeing
deal, China will also invest in
USS. exports from agriculture,
telecommunications and tech-
nology companies, including
General Electric, Honeywell
and Navistar. The White House
said the deals will support up
to 235,000 jobs in the U.S.
Executives from Boeing and
General Electric were among
the business leaders who will
meet with Obama and Hu at
the White House.

The White House said China
also agreed to strengthen its
intellectual property rights
enforcement and ease its
indigenous innovation policies



(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

GREETING: President Barack Obama welcomes China's President
Hu Jintao during a state arrival on the South Lawn of the White
House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011.

irked U.S. businesses.

The indigenous innovation
policy China adopted in 2009
limits Beijing's purchase of for-
eign products to those designed
in China. U.S. businesses see
the policy as a ploy to force
them to turn over their tech-
nology to China or be locked
out of business with the gov-
ernment.

The White House said
Wednesday that China agreed
that it would not make govern-
ment procurement decisions
based on where the intellectual
property rights for goods or ser-
vices are developed or main-
tained. Officials said China also
agreed that it would not dis-
criminate against innovative
products made by foreign sup-
pliers operating in China.

U.S. software companies
have also said they're cheated
out of billions in sales because
Chinese companies, and even
government agencies, illegally
copy their programs instead of
buying them. China agreed in
December to allocate funds in
its budget for legal software
purchases, and on Wednesday,
the White House said China
agreed to audit the use of legal
software and publish the results
of those audits. U.S. officials
hailed the move as a significant
step forward in transparency
for the often secretive Chinese
government.Among the com-
panies the U.S. and China
reached export deals with are:

— Boeing: China agreed to
approve airline contracts for
200 aircraft to be delivered over
a three-year period, starting this
year. The $19 billion package
will support more than 100,000
American jobs, according to the
White House.

— General Electric: The
White House says GE reached

— both practices that have

Hopes for Europe aid drag
follar to 2-month low

NEW YORK

The dollar fell to a nearly two-month low against the euro
Wednesday because of investor hopes for more decisive action
to combat the eurozone debt crisis. Meanwhile, housing data in
the U.S. showed a troubled real estate market.

The euro traded as high as $1.3538, its strongest point since
Nov. 23, before slipping back to $1.3465 during late trading
Wednesday. It was worth $1.3392 late Tuesday.

The euro has suffered since November due to worries over
the eurozone debt crisis, but has moved higher over the past
week on speculation among investors that policymakers will
soon enact a more aggressive plan to combat countries’ debt
problems, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch fixed-income
strategist Daniel Tenengauzer. Political leaders face pressure to
increase and reform the current euro750 billion ($1 trillion)
bailout fund.

A successful Portuguese bond auction Wednesday also
helped reassure investors. Portugal raised euro750 million,
paying a lower interest rate than in its last bond sale.

The dollar was also weak against most other major currencies
after the U.S. government said homebuilders broke ground on
a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 529,000 new homes and
apartments last month. That's the slowest pace since October
2009.

While the pace of building permits, a gauge of future build-
ing, rose to the highest level since March, the real estate mar-
ket remains stagnant, analysts said.

"Homebuilding activity will remain painfully weak for the
next few years,” said Paul Dales, an economist with research
firm Capital Economics, in a note to clients.

The British pound rose to $1.5990 from $1.5979 and the dol-
lar dropped to 82.06 Japanese yen from 82.54 yen. The dollar
was up to 99.60 Canadian cents from 99.27 Canadian cents,
recovering from a two-and-a-half year low of 98.32 Canadian
cents on Tuesday.

The U.S. currency dropped to 0.9550 Swiss franc from 0.9630
Swiss franc.

The dollar also fell to its weakest point against the Chinese
currency since the China's current currency regime began in
1994. Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Washington for high-
profile meetings with President Barack Obama and business
leaders.

The dollar fell to as low as 6.5819 yuan earlier on Wednesday.
The yuan has risen about 3.5 percent against the dollar since
June, when China pledged more exchange rate flexibility. U.S.
lawmakers and others had long complained that China keeps its
yuan too weak, giving its exporters an unfair price advantage
and hurting U.S. manufacturing jobs.

During a visit to the White House on Wednesday, Presi-
dent Barack Obama said that he told Chinese President Hu Jin-
tao that China's currency is still undervalued. And last week,
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that he believed it
was in China's interest to let the yuan rise more rapidly.

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a deal with China Shenhua
Energy Company Limited. The
joint venture will use GE's
cleaner power generation tech-
nologies to advance cleaner
coal solutions for industrial
chemicals, fuels and power gen-
eration. GE estimates the deal
has the potential to generate
up to $2.5 billion in USS.
exports.

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By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter

GROUP of social partners,

Asomtised of a wide range of
ahamians and Bahamian

organisations has come together to
join in a campaign called "40 Days
of Prayer For Peace In Our
Community" to address the esca-
lating issues of crime and social
dysfunction facing the country.

The group includes the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, the Church, busi-
ness owners, fraternal organisations,
community organisations, families, and
neighbours in the Fort Charlotte/Boyd
Subdivision area.

The "40 Days Of Prayer For Peace”
will begin on January 23 and end on
March 3. The campaign will focus on the
Ft Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area that
has the following boundaries: Nassau
Street on the east, West Bay Street On
The West, Farrington Road on The
South, and the Rock Crusher/ Perpall
Tract areas in the Southwest. Organisers
will have a full walk about in the area led
by the police and social partners on
Saturday, January 22. On Sunday,
January 23 there will be a special launch
of the campaign on Arawak Cay at 4pm.

Tribune understands that some forty
adults met at the beginning of January in
Boyd Subdivision to own this campaign
and create a strategy. The churches re p-
resented at the meeting included,
Temple Baptist Church, Holy Spirit
Anglican Church, Johnson Park Seventh
Day Adventist Church, Church of God
of Prophecy of Greater Chippingham,
Mt Moriah Baptist Church, Living
Waters Church, St Joseph's Catholic
Church, St Michael's Methodist Church,
The New Mt Zion Baptist Church, and
Bishop Swain a leading clergyman who
resides in Chippingham.









PREPARATIONS: The members of the 40 Days Of Prayer For Peace Campaign discuss ideas.

In a statement, Rev Philip Stubbs said:
“One hundred persons being murdered
in 14 months in the Bahamas has caused
alarm throughout our Commonwealth.
Routine experiences of violence on our
streets and within our homes joined to
create fractures in family life that have
touched every family tree in our nation.
It is creating a Bahamas that seems to be
tipping on the point of social destru c-
tion. These social realities seem to have
leaders and Bahamians from every
sphere in 2011 looking frantically for
solutions that would redirect our
beloved land.”

He goes on to state that a narrative
was clear at the group’s first meeting,
saying "We commend our police for the
job that they are doing but crime contin-
ues to escalate in our community. We
have decided to seek God's face during
this forty day period. We believe that
God will act when we seek Him in

prayer and that He alone is the answer
to the problem of crime in our commu-
nity. Our direction comes from 2
Chronicles 7:14, "if my people, who are
called by my name, will humble them-
selves and pray and seek my face and
tum from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, and I will forgive
their sin and will heal their land. God
and God alone, that will be our cry for a
solution in the Ft Charlotte/Boyd
Subdivision area during this forty day
period.”

Going further, the impetus and coor-
dination for the first meeting came from
Schell Stubbs, a banker who clearly has
a vision for the campaign, but is said to
be equally impassioned about it being a
campaign that is owned not by one indi-
vidual but by a group of social partners.

SEE page 29



The Tribune

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

OR the 11th consecutive
Hin Dr Sparkman
Ferguson will host the

annual Epiphany solo organ

recital.

This year the 60 minute recital will fea-
ture the work of composers Bach,
Mendelssohn, Virgil Fox, Diane Bish,
Franklin Ashdown, Vierne, Ball and
Rogers and Hammerstein.

Dr Sparkman told Tribune Religion that
choosing to lead the recital with works
from the famous composer Johanne
Sebastian Bach, is only right.

“Bach has written most of the music for
the organ that exist and his music is syn-
onymous with the church.

“IT have created a program of classical
and sacred organ music,” he said.

Because there are not many aganists
hosting recitals, he said he wants to foster
an appreciation among musical enthusiast
for the organ as a solo instrument.

“Bahamians are not used to hearing the
organ played as a solo instrument.

We seldom have organ recitals. It's the
one time you get to see the organ per-
formed as a solo instrument. There is no
singing, there is no clapping,” he said.



ANGLICAN CURSILLIO EVENTS FOR

2011 FIRST QUARTER

JANUARY
Spring Retreat
St. Mary’s
January 22

St. Mary’s Parish
8.30 am

FEBRUARY
Secretariat
February 12
Day of Deeper
Understanding

RELIGION

Dr Ferguson hosts Epiphany

While admission for the recital is free of
charge, donations are accepted to aid St
John's College for the establishment of a
music library.

The proceeds from Dr Ferguson's recent
recitals have benefited St Anne's High
School Band, and the College of the
Bahamas scholarship fund. Additionally
the recital provided 17 new trumpets, clar-
inets, saxophones and trombones for the St
John's band last year.

“ Last year it was instruments and this
year it is a new music library because cur-
rently the school doesn’t have one,” he told
Tribune Religion.

Dr Ferguson is encouraging the public to
come out and support the event because
this year he has a good show lined.

“The Bahamas has a lot of good organ-
ists, but it just that they do not recite. I
encourage people to come out and support
the recital,” he said.

Since the start of the recital ten years
ago the Dr Ferguson said has attracted
moreand more persons to the event.

Last year the recital hosted an audience
of more than 300 persons.

“The recital has been well received by
the public. It has grown every year. People
look forward to this event,” he explained.

As soon as this recital is finished
Ferguson said he will be on his way to
planning the next!

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ALL PRAISE: Worshipers pray and give praise at the ‘Start Your Year Right, Bahamas!’

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RELIGION

The Tribune



Start your year right, Bahamas!

THINGS are very different today than
they were two or five years ago. 2010 was
a year filled with many difficulties, and
even though we welcome 2011 with the
excitement that accompanies a new year,
it looks as if the difficulties may continue.

Economically the nation appears to be
in a deep hole with a sluggish economy
that despite the positive out- looks and
forecasts, just won’t turnaround fast
enough to most people’s satisfaction.
Unemployment has reached alarmingly
high double digits, crime in 2010 has man-
aged to frighten most in all facets of the
Bahamian society and amidst all of these
fears, the general mood of the nation and
even the world is one of anxiety and
uncertainty. Indeed, if we were to look
back, we can truly say, 2011 is different —
it’s uncertain, and whether people want to
admit it or not, most are afraid and
uncomfortable with this change.

Major threats of civil unrest looms
among the unions of the nation, leaving
politicians apparently handicapped in
finding solutions. The national debt and
the debt of individual citizens tn the nation
continue to increase into the billions and
millionsrespectively, all while the poverty
rate is rising along with the cost of living.
These are indeed trying times. Indeed

hope seems grim and scarce in The
Bahamas today.

Yet all is not lost! The Commonwealth
& Global Prayer Grotto, the 24-Hour
Prayer Centre of Trinity City of Praise, in
partnership with Kingdom Covenant
Connection (KCC), the network of sons,
daughters and covenant partners of
Apostle Ed Watson, and the sound, pro-
duction and recording company FAM
Entertainment, have joined together to
host a “Start Your Year Right,
BAHAMAS!” National Prayer Rally on
January 21 at 7pm at Rawson Square.
This two-hour rally will give people within
the country a sense of hope, faith for the
upcoming year, and an opportunity for
them to place their future in the hands of
an unchanging power source, God. It
presents everyone the chance to begin
their year right.

The rally will focus on the state of the
economy, the government - in view of next
year’s general elections, crime and vio-
lence within the nation, our youth and the
family along with many other issues that
prevail within our society curently. All
are invited to attend and be a part of this
event as it is an opportunity to inject faith
and hope back into our nation as we pre-
parefor better days to come.





The Tribune

RELIGION

Damah!

HOSEA 4: 6. My people are destroyed
for lack of knowledge: because thou hast
rejected knowledge, I will also reject
thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me:
seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy
God, I will also forget thy children.

This word DESTROYED in the
Hebrew is: damah, daw-maw’'; which has
several meanings as follows: 1) to be
dumb or silent; 2) hence to fail or perish;
3) to ease, 4) to be cut down (off ), 5) be
brought to silence, 6) to be undone.

The time has come for each of us to
take a good look at the way / manner in
which things are transpiring around us;
nationally and internationally. Have you
noticed that in matters where it’s expect-
ed that certain persons (leaders) should
speak up; they are dumb/silent?

Are you taking note of the world sys-
tems (political, religious, economic,
insurance, employment, etc;) and their
failures; and are not these the very same
systems that the people have been
methodically trained to hold onto as their
safety net? Now, stop for a moment and
ask yourself this question ““What’s Going
On?”

Think it not strange that as a nation
we’re seeing and experiencing that which
we are at this time. The simple fact that
we as a people have creatively chosen to
reject the true knowledge (da'ath, dah'-
ath) of God (Yahweh) and being obedi-
ent thereby; which is resulting in our per-
ishing in various areas of our lives; per-
sonally and nationally.

The deception that many persons have
given into is that “they’re of the view that



PASTOR
MATTHEW

once they are praying and fasting, God
would overlook their continual / consis-
tent disobedience to His word or their
partial obedience thereof.” Whereas they
seem not to know that partial obedience,
is disobedience.

One of the first steps to be taken in rec-
tifying this deception that we’re walking /
operating in as a people; is the step of
humility. This is where each of us, from
the least to the assumingly great among
humble ourselves before God and one
another; admit that we don’t know every-
thing and be openly willing to receive
from those who might know that which
we don’t.

While we do give honour and respect to
whom they are due; it’s also of the utmost
importance that even the recipients of
such honour and respect not allow the
spirit of pride and arrogance to be their
down-fall.

It is not God’s will that any should per-
ish; but yet many shall and are perishing.
This is a result of the choices many have
made or are making. Agree or disagree
as much as you wish; life is about choices.

Here’s what God’s word says:

Deut.30: 19. I call heaven and earth to
record this day against you, that I have set

before you life and death, blessing and
cursing: therefore choose life, that both
thou and thy seed may live:

2011 and the coming years will not
make room for those who choose to
reside on Complaining Boulevard and
Murmuring Street; nor for those who
reside on the Corner of Just Pray About
It, and Do Nothing Avenue.

During the days of the Prophet Elisha,
the nation of Israel was going through a
rough period; there was a severe famine
in the land (2Kings.7:3-5), and four lep-
rous men made a choice to get up and do
something. Their decision changed the
course of their nation’s history; what
choice or decision are you going to make?
Are you going to get up and do something
? Or are you going to continue your com-
plaining and murmuring ?

Watch this !
2Kings.7:3-5:

: 3. And there were four leprous men
at the entering in of the gate: and they
said one to another, Why sit we here until
we die?

: 4. If we say, We will enter into the
city, then the famine is in the city, and we
shall die there: and if we sit still here, we
die also. Now thereforecome, and let us
fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they
save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill
us, we shall but die.

: 5. And they rose up in the twilight, to
go unto the camp of the Syrians: and
when they were come to the uttermost
part of the camp of Syria, behold, there
was no man there.

Again, it’s not God’s will that any

Thursday, January 20, 2011 ® PG 29

should perish ! But remember your per-
ishing could be based upon your choices.
You could choose to believe and receive
God’s word / his Son, Yahshua Messiah
(a.k.a. Jesus the Christ) and have a per-
sonal relationship with Him, or you can
hold-fast to the perishing religions and
traditions of men.

Here’s what the scriptures says about
it.

John3:16. For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.

This word PERISH in the Greek is:
apollumi, ap-ol'-loo-mee; which means to
DESTROY.

There is no need for any to PERISH /
be DESTROYED any longer, simply
choose; make a decision / choice of which
direction, pathway you’re going to take.

Religion can be likened to man searc h-
ing for a path / a way to God:

Prov.16:25. There is a way that
seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.

To put an end to man’s futile search for
the way back to his God, here’s what
Yahshua Messiah says:

John.14:6 Yahshua saith unto him, I
am the way, the truth, and the life: no
man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Choose the right WAY !

¢ For questions and comments contact us via
E-mails:pastormallen@yahoo.com or
kmfci@live.com or ph.1-242-441-2021
Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l



40 Days of Prayer

FROM page 26

Mrs Stubbs explained with an enthusi-
asm that could only be described as
infectious, that this type of campaign has
been used successfully in a number of
places including Orlando, Florida, and
Peoria, Illinois. The organisers have laid
out the signature feature of the campaign
that will be a public prayer each day of
the 40 day period at scheduled places in
the Ft Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area,
Christie Park, Quarry Mission Park,
Lucky Food Store Parking Lot, Mt
Moriah Baptist Church, C I Gibson
Parking Lot, St Michael's Tennis Court ,
St Bernard's Parking Lot at St Joseph's
Church will be some additional sites.

“While prayer times will vary, most of
the prayer times will occur between 7 pm
and § pm each evening. Saturdays will be
different. On Saturdays, there will be a
family focus,” Rev Philip Stubbs noted.

“To put it plainly over forty days a lot
of diffe rent persons will be praying pub-
licly for an end to crime in our area and
for an expansion of peace. Willing fami-
lies throughout the area will sponsor the
prayer time on Saturdays. During the
Saturday time of prayer the prayer will
be public but will occur in the front of a
neighbourtnod home. Family members,
neighbours, will be praying directly for
each other during these Saturdays.”

The group’s organisers of the "40 Days
of Prayer For Peace" in the Ft
Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area empha-
sise that the campaign, like prayer, is for
everyone, it is not a campaign for the
organisers alone, it’s for the entire com-
munity. Members of the neighbourhoods
throughout the area are invited to share
in the daily public times of prayer that
will occur during the campaign. The "40
Days Of Prayer For Peace Team 2011"
can be contacted at telephone 325 6126.





PG 32 @ Thursday, January 20, 2011 RELIGION The Tribune

Holy Family Anglican Church
celebrates Feast of Title

oly Family Anglican Church 4
H in Mortimer’s, Long Island

has a long history that
dates from the early 1900’s. The
Church’s history involves preach-
ing, teaching and molding the
basic social unit the ‘family’.

This church has played a pivotal role
in Long Island history many youngsters
who grew in the southern most settle-
ments of Mortimer’s or Gordon’s attend-
ed this church for Sunday school and
Sunday morning worship.

And this past Sunday January 9. mem-
bers from North and South joined
together for corporate Eucharistic cele-
brations at Holy Family in Mortimer’. St
Peter’s and St Paul’s Anglican parishes
from the North and South Long Island
respectively welcomed high spirited
Priest Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral
Rev Fr Colin Humes.

Fr Chester Burton, Rector of St.
Peter’s Parish was the chief celebrant for
the concelebrated Eucharist Mass, Fr
Jonathan Archer, Rector of St Paul’s
Parish assisted at the altar and Fr
Humes preached the sermon in this his-
toric church.

Fr Humes took his text from the
Gospel appropriate for the Eucharist
Luke 2 verses 41-51. Luke the evangelist
records the events that surrounds Jesus
visit to the Temple. In the passage the
parents of Jesus are frantically searching
for Him and when He is found, He told
them, “Did you not know that I must be
in my Father’s house?” Fr Humes then
asked the church, “Are you on your
Fathers business?”

He said that we in the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas especially the capital
New Providence have seen the deterio-
ration of the family structure He remi-
nisced on his childhood growing up in a
Christian family and recognising that
Sunday was a day of worship and a day
people spent venerating their Creator.
He reminded the congregation that if
any corrections and amendments must
be made to the moral fabric of society, it
must start primarily with the family
structure. Finally, he admonished the
family driven church to encourage fami-
ly worship time, family play time and
definitely family Bible study time to
ensure that Long Island maintains it
quiet tranquil and serene ambiance.

Afterwards members congregated in
the foyer of the church for refreshments.





HOLY GATHERING: Scenes from the Feast
of the Title held at Holy Family Anglican
Church in Mortimer’s, Long Island.



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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A MASSIVE police opera-
tion, targeting criminals
throughout New Providence
was launched last night by the
Commissioner of Police Elli-
son Greenslade.

Operation Rapid Strike will
focus on a number of people
who the police suspect to be
involved in murders, armed
robberies, possession of illegal

firearms, stealing of vehicles,
stabbings, house break-ins,
and “all other criminal activi-
ty.”

This new thrust by police,
said Mr Greenslade, is a con-
tinuation of their efforts to
reduce the occurrence of seri-
ous crimes throughout the
country and restore peace and
civility in the community.

Following the Commis-
sioner’s announcement, two

SEE page 12

Appeal filed against ruling that Minister
of Works acted unlawfully on roadworks

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net



ATTORNEY General John Delaney confirmed yesterday
that an appeal to the Supreme Court ruling that found that the
Minister of Works acted unlawfully when he commenced road-
works on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street was filed on
Monday.

The ruling handed down by Justice Neville Adderley on

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ON THE MOVE: Police take to the streets yesterday as part of Operation Rapid Strike.

POLICE CLAMPDOWN HALTS

HARBOUR ISLAND BREAK-INS

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

A CRIME-FIGHTING initiative
between local police and the Central
Detective Unit has put a clamp on house
break-ins at Harbour Island.

A spate of burglaries late last year
sparked fears of irreparable damage to
visitor and resident confidence.

Since then, the local police have arrest-

have been charged with eight counts of
burglary and stealing.

In the last three weeks there have
been no reported break-ins.

A police spokesman on the island said:
“We have the assistance of CDU offi-

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aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

AMBULANCES currently used
by public hospitals are in desperate
need of replacement, hospital offi-
cials acknowledged yesterday.

The majority of emergency vehi-
cales in the nation’s fleet are 2004
models, and not up to international
standards that call for the replace-
ment of the vehicles every three
years.

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was liked in the community.

He had not been seen since Saturday
and had been reported missing. His wife
was in Nassau.

In its official report, the police said

the body was found “in a barrel through

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strikingly beautiful, despite its
low budget.”

“Children of God” took the
10th spot on a list that included
such critically acclaimed films
as “127 Hours”, “The Kids Are
All Right” and “The Social
Network”.

“Coming off of an incredible
year with this film, to be recog-
nised by Black Entertainment
Television really puts the icing
on the cake and helps to spread
the word about our movie in
anticipation of our theatrical
and DVD release this spring,”
said writer/director Kareem
Mortimer.

LOCAL NEWS

BET’s reviewer Clay Cane
said it is “refreshing to see an
independent filmmaker who
knows his craft”.

“Children of God”, a homo-
sexual love story, has experi-
enced unprecedented success
for a Bahamian film since it first
premiered at the sixth annual
Bahamas International Film
Festival in 2009.

The movie, which is Mr Mor-
timer’s first feature length,
screened at 70 film festivals
around the world last year, win-
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Prison officer
teacher among
three facing drug
possession charge

: Tribune Staff Reporter
: tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A PRISON officer and a
teacher were among three
people arraigned in a Mag-
istrate’s Court yesterday
on a marijuana possession
charge.

Prison officer Travaughn
Bowe, 23, teacher and for-
mer news reporter Lloyd
Allen, 30, and a 17-year-
old of Pinewood Gardens
were arraigned before
Deputy Chief Magistrate
Carolita Bethell, charged
with possession of marijua-
na.

According to court
dockets, the adults and the
teenager were found in
possession of the drugs on
Tuesday January 18.

Vehicle

The accused pleaded not
guilty to the charges.
According to the prosecu-
tion, the drugs were dis-
covered by police after
they searched a vehicle the
men were travelling in at
around 2.30am on Tues-
day.

A small plastic bag con-
taining a quantity of mari-
juana was found under the
driver’s seat.

The accused were each
granted bail in the sum of
$5,000.

The case was adjourned
to July 25.

Two pilots arraigned on
Cocaine smuggling charges

Two pilots were
arraigned in a Magistrate’s

Court yesterday on cocaine

smuggling charges.

Patrick Pyfrom, 45, and
Valentino Antoine Collie,
38, appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate
Carolita Bethell in Court 8,
Bank Lane, charged with
importation of cocaine,
conspiring to import
cocaine, possession of
cocaine with the intent to
supply and conspiring to
possess cocaine.

According to police
reports, around 10am on
Sunday, officers of the
Drug Enforcement Unit
(DEV) apprehended two
men at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
after they searched their
suitcase and found 16
taped packages of suspect-
ed cocaine.

The men had reportedly

from the Turks and Caicos
on a private aircraft.

According to prosecutor

Inspector Ercell Dorsette,
the drugs weighed 21
pounds.

Both Pyfrom and Collie
have pleaded not guilty to
the charge.

They were remanded to
Her Majesty’s Prison and
are expected back in court
on January 26 for a bail
and fixture hearing.

The Tribune wants to
hear from people who
are making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for
a good cause,
campaigning for
improvements in the area
or have won an award.

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By TANEKA THOMPSON

THE Government was yes-

? terday accused of giving “pref-
? erential treatment” to special
i interest groups following a
: decrease in business licence tax-
? es for four industries — con-
? struction, hotels, petroleum and
i food wholesalers.

Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder

: questioned if the taxes were
? lowered because FNM support-
? ers have a huge stake in these
: industries.

“Why would you extend this

: preferential rate to construction
? companies, except for the fact
? that the largest construction
? companies are generally sup-
? porters of the FNM? We know
: who the largest hotel operator
? supports. Why have these indus-
: tries been included in a prefer-
? ential business licence rate gen-
? erally reserved for historical
? industries in this country that
? we want to promote as a matter
? of public policy,”
? Opposition MP as he debated
? amendments to the Business
: Licence Bill in the House of
i Assembly yesterday.

argued the

"Enough with the catering to

: special interests. An alternative
? would be for a reduced business
? licence fee for small, growing
? companies in this industry,
? rather than the large special
? interests that don’t need it," he
? added. In its amendments to the
? Business Licence Act, which
? was passed in 2010, government
i: lowered the business licence tax
i? rate from 0.75 per cent to 0.5
? per cent for the aforementioned
? industries following an outcry
? from those sectors.

SPEAKING OUT: MP for Elizabeth Estates Ryan Pinder speaks in the House.

State Finance Minister
Zhivargo Laing has previously
said that the Government
reduced the taxes for the four
industries to “what most of
them would have been paying
under the old regime.”

Concerns

He has also said it was never
the Government's intention to
significantly increase revenue
through the new legislation,
only to make commerce more
efficient. Mr Laing said taxes
were lowered after concerns
were raised.

The amendments, in part,
also extend the deadline to sub-
mit annual business financial
results to the Secretary of Rev-
enue from December 31 to
March 31; and broadens an
applicant's right to appeal a

rejection, cancellation, or sus-
pension of a licence by the Sec-
retary of Revenue to the Busi-
ness License Review Board or
the Supreme Court.

Mr Laing told Parliament
yesterday that the legislation
will streamline the process of
doing business in the country
by creating benchmarks and
timelines for the process of
applying for a business licence;
eliminate the need for separate
applications for
shop/liquor/music/dance
licences, and simplify the
process of calculating business
license taxes.

"It continues to be our aim
and objective to modernise,
make easier the process and
procedures for conducting busi-
ness in the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas because we regard
this as fundamental to promot-
ing a sustained growth and

Attorney: Commission’s position
on Grant-Bethell was justified

ATTORNEY Thomas

? Evans submitted yesterday that
i given the nature of the infor-
? mation presented in a report
? by the Security Intelligence
? Branch on veteran prosecutor
? Cheryl Grant-Bethell, the com-
? mission was justified in taking
i the position it did.

On Tuesday, Mrs Grant-

i Bethell’s attorney Wayne
? Munroe had argued that she
i had not been afforded the
? opportunity to defend herself
? against information presented
: to the Judicial and Legal Ser-
? vices Commission while it was
? considering her application for
i the post of Director of Public
: Prosecutions.

The contents of the report

i were so damaging that regard-
? less of what Mrs Grant-Bethell
: said, it would not have changed
? their mind the court has heard,
? Mr Evans claimed.

Mr Evans, who represents

the Judicial and Legal Services
flown into New Providence :

Commission, concluded his sub-
missions yesterday as the judi-
cial review hearing continued.

Mrs Grant-Bethell filed an
application for judicial review
after being passed over for the
post of Director of Public Pros-
ecutions. She was instead
appointed Deputy Law Reform
Commissioner.

Jamaican attorney Vinette
Graham-Allen was appointed
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development of our economy,”
said State Finance Minister
Laing, who led the debate on
the amendments.

Still, Mr Pinder criticised the
amendments, arguing that the
Ingraham administration put
"sloppy" legislation before Par-

groups, says MP

Business Licence Act last sum-
mer, only to have to amend the
laws later following public back-
lash. He said if Government had
carried out proper public con-
sultation before the Act was
passed, these new amendments
would not have come before the
House.

"Today we find ourselves in
this honourable place to clean
up the sloppiness, and to clean
up the poor drafting of a Bill
that this government brought
(last year). Mr Speaker, this
amendment to the recently
passed Business Licence Bill is
because this government felt it
necessary to push through leg-
islation that was poorly drafted
and doing so without public
consultation.

"This has been a trend with
this administration," Mr Pinder
charged. "All of the amend-
ments we debate here today are
a direct result of the protest of
the private sector at a town hall
meeting held after the Business
Licence Bill was passed."

The new Business Licence
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The return of ‘Baby Doc’
prompts some celebration
in local Haitian community

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE nostalgia for the “good
days” of the Duvalier regime
has caught fire amongst some
Haitians in the local communi-
ty, who are celebrating the
return of the ‘president for life’.

While some are applauding
the Haitian government for
investigating Jean-Claude
‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier on charges
of corruption and embezzle-
ment, other Haitians are joining
their counterparts in Haiti to
celebrate the homecoming of
Baby Doc after 25 years of
exile.

“We are so happy, so glad to
see him in Haiti. That is very
good. We need him in Haiti and
we need (President Jean-
Bertrand) Aristide back to help
rebuild Haiti. We wished for
Jean Claude and Aristide to
come back to help rebuild
Haiti,” said Celiner St Louis, a
leader in the Haitian commu-
nity and pastor of Gospel
Assembly.

“We feel he had good lead-
ership. When he was here we
never had problems for water,
food, or light. He was the one
who did good for us. We lived






“We feel he had good
leadership. When he was
here we never had problems
for water, food, or light. He
was the one who did good
for us. We lived so good.”



so good. In the 25 years he has
been gone Haiti has had all
these problems,” said Mr St
Louis.

To the surprise of many in
Haiti and the international
community, Baby Doc returned
to the island nation for unde-
clared reasons on Sunday. He
was arrested and later released,
although his passport was con-
fiscated.

Attorneys say the matter is in
the hands of a judge, who has to
determine if there is enough
evidence to go to trial.

Feelings in Haiti are mixed.
Baby Doc was greeted by
cheering supporters and jeer-
ing detractors.

“T don’t support it and I am
glad they arrested him and took

Scripture Thought

1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 verse 1-8
Plea for Purity

Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus
that you should abound more and more, just as you received
from us how you ought to walk and to please God: for you
know what commandments we gave you through the Lord
Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that
you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you
Should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification
and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not
know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud
his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of
all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did
not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who
rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given




















us His Holy Spirit.

him to court. That was the right
thing to do. The guy has killed
so many people; he took all of
the resources and the money,
now he is coming back to Haiti,
for what?” asked Antoine St
Louis, president of the United
Haitian-Bahamian Association
(UAHB).

“T do not mind that he helps,
but he still should be tried for
what he did before. Every time
one of them come in power,
they take what they want and
go. It is not a matter of for-
giveness. It is a matter of doing
the right thing according to the
law. The law should take its
course,” he said.

Amnesty International issued
a statement praising the actions
of the government, and encour-
aging them to do more.

“Tf true justice is to be done
in Haiti, the Haitian authori-
ties need to open a criminal
investigation into Duvalier's
responsibility for the multitude
of human rights abuses that
were committed under his rule,
including torture, arbitrary
detentions, rape, enforced dis-
appearances and extrajudicial
executions,” the statement
read.

Baby Doc assumed power in
1971 at age 19 following the
death of his father, Francois
‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier. The pair
presided over the infamous
secret police force known as
the Tonton Macoute, said to
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sands of detractors and pre-
sumed opponents.

With the help of the Ameri-
can government, Baby Doc was
transported from Haiti, in a
similar manner to Aristide, to
France where he lived in exile.

A Haitian-Bahamian resi-
dent of 20 years said he wel-
comed Baby Doc’s return and
believed the Haitian people
could “forgive him for the mess
he made during his regime”.

“Some Haitians say yes, but
majority say it is not the time to
put him in jail. It doesn’t make
any difference now. He made a
lot of mistakes, but at the same
time there is always forgive-
ness. I don’t think he is going
back to Haiti now to get in
power.

“After the earthquake he
gave Haiti $1 million. That
means he can do more. If they
could take the money then they
can allow him to use money
now to help,” he said.

Antoine St Louis said he did
not recall news about Baby
Doc’s donation. International
media reported Baby Doc
pledged $8 million of has assets
to the American Red Cross
after the earthquake. It is
unclear if any of the money
reached Haiti.

“T have not heard about the
$1 million donation, but I
would not be surprised. He has
an opportunity to position him-
self like a caring soul, just like
the persons who run criminal
activities in the Bahamas who
donate money to charity to gar-
ner public support,” said Philip
Smith, former ambassador to
Canada, who has followed the
political situation in Haiti.

Speaking on the politics



HAITI'S FORMER DICTATOR Jean-Claude Duvalier, centrre, and his
longtime companion Veronique Roy, left, leave court as Louis-Jodel
Chamblain, right, leads Duvalier by the arm in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,

Tuesday. (AP)

behind Haiti’s embrace of Baby
Doc since his return from exile,
Mr Smith said: “I think some-
one got to him to say, ‘There
will be enough nostalgia for the
good your father did early in
life and the good you tried to
do. If you want to go back this
is the last and best opportunity
for you’.”

“There is this entity that
most people in Haiti don’t
know as a real person. He has
been out of the country for 25
years, so they think, maybe he
is not as bad as people say; he’s
come back and he wants to
help,” said Mr Smith.

The frustration level in Haiti
is high, he said, following the

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November 28 elections that are
still unresolved, and with tones
of rubble from the January 12
earthquake still visible in the
city and the international press
continuing to report about the
millions in pledged yet to
arrive in Haiti one year after
the fact.

“The bottom line is, there are
all sorts of reasons to feel bad.
But I don’t think he will bring
anything positive to the mix. I
think the excitement people are
demonstrating is more frustra-
tion over everything else than
pleasure over what he repre-
sents,” said Mr Smith.

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PLP claims BEC starting

load-shedding exercises

THE opposition Progres-
sive Liberal Party has
slammed the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation for con-
ducting planned power cuts
without notifying the public
in advance.

In a statement issued yes-
terday, the PLP’s chairman
Bradley Roberts claimed the
corporation has begun load-
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ronment Phenton Neymour
give a public explanation of
what is happening at BEC.

The statement said: “The
Progressive Liberal Party is
obliged to bring to the atten-
tion of the public that BEC is
currently load shedding and
has willfully failed to bring
same to the attention of the
residents of New Providence.

“The Junior Minister Phen-
ton Neymour has failed to tell
the public that only two gen-
erators — numbers 12 and 13 —
are operational at the Clifton
Power Station which was
designed to carry the base
load for New Providence.

“A lack of preventative
maintenance and mechanical
overhaul of generators is the
major factor for the dire
straits in which BEC current-
ly finds itself.”

Mr Roberts claimed the
cost of running the gas tur-
bines at the Baillou Hill Pow-
er Plant (which uses diesel
verses Bunker C gas) is con-
tributing significantly to the
escalating fuel cost for the
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration.

“The Progressive Liberal
Party demands that the gov-
ernment come clean on the
current status of BEC.

“The PLP also demands
that the government, without
delay, lay on the table the
report prepared by Emera on
the current status of BEC,”
he said.

The PLP did not specify
which areas of New Provi-
dence had been experienced
power cuts.

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BAHAMAS Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation
(BAIC) chairman Edison Key
said he wants to help increase
the local production of poultry
products.

With the assistance of Col-
lege of the Bahamas poultry
scientist Ronald Justin Taylor,
BAIC is planning instructional
facilities for the North Andros
agri-industrial park.

“There is a huge market for
poultry products in the
Bahamas,” said Mr Key on
Tuesday as he toured the park.

“Chicken is a mainstay of the
national diet. And, although
chickens are relatively easy to
raise, the vast majority of our
poultry products, to the tune of
many millions of dollars, is
imported.”

Mr Taylor, who has a mas-
ter’s degree in poultry science,
is a poultry specialist and lec-
turer at COB where he is
engaged in research in poultry
nutrition, husbandry and relat-
ed aspects.

“We import 100 per cent
wings and leg quarters from the
United States,” he said. “These
are sourced from places like
Brazil at reduced cost and
somewhat like dumped into the
Bahamian market.

“So, the market for a fresh
Bahamian product, which is
superior to the imported prod-
ucts, is wide open.”

He said the centrally locat-
ed Andros “has what it takes”
for poultry production — lots of
land and a good supply of fresh
water.

“Consumers in today’s soci-
ety are looking for fresh locally
produced birds,” he said. “A
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RIGHT: BAIC executive chairman Edison Key enjoys a sample from
the greenhouse unit at the North Andros agri-industrial park.

ue of imported eggs.

“No one knows where they
came from, how long have they
been travelling, what their stor-
age life is. Therefore you will
have more chance of bacterial
infection and reduced egg qual-
ity.

“Locally produced products
limit these factors in terms of
ease of availability of these
products,” Mr Taylor said.

Mr Key said he envisions
small to medium-size opera-
tions, especially in egg produc-
tion, being established in com-
munities throughout the islands.

“We met with several per-
sons who seem to have great
interest and some experience
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Opera experience
to benefit aspiring
Bahamian singers

THE Nassau Music Soci-
ety has announced a rare
night of top-class opera per-
formances to be held in sup-
port of aspiring local singers.

The Bizet-Broadway com-
mittee, in association with
the Nassau Music Society, is
featuring a special dinner
and opera event to raise
funds for voice training and
scholarships in the Bahamas.

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special performance by well-
known Canadian opera
singers, who will be enter-
taining you with excerpts
from various operas and
Broadway musicals.”

Music Society president
Patrick Thompson said: “We
do not see a lot of live opera
in Nassau and we feel this is
an opportunity for many to

experience this.

“From the Nassau Music
Society’s point of view, our
interest is to raise funds so
that we can promote singers
as well as instrumentalists
and pianists through our
College of the Bahamas
Scholarship.

“There are a number of
good voices in the music
community in the Bahamas.
Because of the limited pop-
ulation, it is difficult for
them to get quality voice
training and we envisage the
funds raised from the
evening for the voice schol-
arship programme being
used to bring to the
Bahamas voice trainers, not
only to work with individu-
als but also with choirs, of
which there are a large num-
ber in Nassau.”

Mr Thompson said the
Society is already in discus-
sions with choirmasters from
Bel Canto and the High-
grove Singers, among oth-
ers.

“Our first mission would
be to train choirmasters how
to train a choir. If sufficient
funds are raised, we would
also provide a programme
for individual voices,” Mr
Thomson said.

Performers for the ‘Bizet
to Broadway Night at the
Opera include:



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e BEVERLY MCARTHUR

As a mezzo-soprano, Ms
McArthur has been praised
for her “rich voice” and
“excellent” character por-
trayals. As a young artist she
performed roles with both
the Vancouver Opera and
Montreal Opera. These roles
included Wowkle (La Fan-
ciulla del West), Berta (I
Barbiere di Siviglia),
Clotilde (Norma), and Zin-
nia (L’Etoile). Her other
credits include the roles of
Dido (Dido and Aeneas)
and Tituba (The Crucible)
with the University of
British Columbia, and Mar-
cellina (Le Nozze di Figaro)
with Banff Opera Theatre.
In addition to performing
opera, Ms McArthur has
performed concerts and ora-
torio works.

e ALEXANDER DOBSON

British-Canadian Alexan-
der Dobson has been
praised for his musicality
and dramatic awareness on
both opera and concert
stages. Recent highlights
include his portrayal of
Wozzek conducted by Yan-
nick Nézet-Séguin;
Papageno in Die Zauber-
fléte with Opera Hamilton;
Mercutio in Roméo et Juli-
ette for POpéra de Mon-
tréal; Silvio in Opera Que-
bec’s Pagliacci; Marcello in
both Saskatoon Opera’s pro-
duction and BRAVO’s TV
rendition of La Bohéme; De
Retz in Bard Summerscape’s
production of Les
Huguenots, and he made his
Royal Opera Covent Gar-
den debut with The Mid-
night Court. Upcoming
engagements include Mar-
cello in Pacific Opera Vic-
toria’s La Bohéme. With
Calgary Opera he last per-
formed Harlequin in Ari-
adne auf Naxos and with
L'Orchestre Metropolitain
the title role in Don Gio-
vanni.

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renowned singers. He has
performed regularly
throughout Canada, in
Europe, Japan and the Unit-
ed States, with singers such
as Catherine Robbin, Karina
Gauvin, Measha Bruegger-
gosman, Dominique Labelle,
Wendy Nielsen, Maureen
Forester, Marie-Nicole
Lemieux,Annamaria Popes-
cu, Joseph Kaiser, Nathan
Berg, Brett Polegato, Ben-
jamin Butterfield, Daniel
Taylor, Michael Schade,
Russell Braun and Richard
Margison.

Following his studies at
McGill University in Mon-
treal, he completed his musi-
cal education in Vienna at
the Hochschule fiir Musik
und darstellende Kunst and
the Franz Schubert Institute,
and in Salzburg at the
Mozarteum. During this
time, he studied with such
legendary artists as Erik
Werba, Hans Hotter, Elly
Ameling, Jorg Demus, and
Kim Borg.

In addition to his active
performing schedule, Mr
McMahon is a professor at
the Schulich School of Music
of McGill University in
Montreal.

He has had long associa-
tions with l'Atelier lyrique
de L'Opéra de Montréal,
Opera Nuova, the Orford
Arts Centre and the Banff
Centre for the Arts, where
he has worked regularly as a
vocal coach. He is also often
asked to give masterclasses
for singers and pianists, and
recently was resident coach
at the Franz Schubert Insti-
tute in Austria and the COSI
Summer Opera programme
in Italy.

e GIANNA CORBISIERO

Praised as “luminous” by
Opera News, soprano Gian-
na Corbisiero is equally
known for her warm vocal
timbre as well as her excep-
tional presence on stage. Ms
Corbisiero has studied at
McGill University, the
young artist programme at
POpéra de Montréal and at
the Juilliard School of Music
in New York.

She has since then inter-
preted lead roles in such
operas as La Bohéme, La
Traviata, I Pagliacci, Gianni
Schicchi, Le Nozze di Figaro,
Don Giovanni, The Magic
Flute and Carmen in
Northamerica, Europe and
Asia. She has sung with
Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano
and Charles Dutoit; as well
with the Orchestre Metro-

PERFORMERS

ALEXANDER DOBSON

KEITH KLASSEN

politain conducted by Yan-
nick Nezet-Seguin, the Sin-
fonia de Lanaudiere con-
ducted by Stephane Lafor-
est and with Richard Tucker
Foundation. In the past sea-
son, she sang with Bryn Ter-
fel, Rene Fleming and
Marcelo Alvarez for the
Jacqueline Desmarais Foun-
dation.

¢ KEITH KLASSEN

A tenor who has emerged
to become one of Canada's
busiest performers. Since
graduating with honours
from the Opera Division at
the University of Toronto in
2002 he has performed over
50 roles from the standard
operatic repertoire, as well
as over 35 roles in the realm
of new opera. He has been
engaged across Canada, as
well as in Scotland, Ger-
many, the United States, Ire-
land and the Czech Repub-
lic. The Star Phoenix
described him as having "...a
big ringing voice and great
stage presence"; Classical
96.3 added, "Klassen's voice
is pure honey with its ease
of high notes and the lyrical
grace of his phrasing";

Opera Canada raved that
his Rodolfo was "...dramati-
cally convincing, sung with
passionate sincerity ensur-
ing the audience's love";
John Terauds of the Toron-
to Star called him “one of
the country's most versatile
artists"; and NOW maga-

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received his performances of
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also continued his work with
Tapestry New Opera Works,
joining their newly formed
studio company.

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Library will be the benefi-
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the annual Epiphany organ
recital to be performed by
Dr Sparkman Ferguson on
Thursday, January 27 at
7.45pm at Christ Church
Cathedral.

The 60-minute organ
recital will feature Dr Fer-
guson performing works of
J S Bach, Felix
Mendelssohn, Louis
Vierne, Sir George Thal-
ben-Ball and Virgil Fox.
Also included will be two
living composers, Diane
Bish and Franklin Ash-
down.

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patronage of the Anglican
Bishop Laish Boyd and
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have benefitted St Anne’s
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DR ALVERY HANNA (left), Director of National Emergency Medical Services, addresses concerns of paramedics in
Grand Bahama, as Herbert Brown (Managing Director) and Stephanie Bannister (Human Resources Manager) of the Pub-

lic Hospitals Authority look on.

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PUBLIC HOSPITAL AMBULANCES ‘IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPLACEMENT’

FROM page one

The current state of ambu-
lances in the country was
acknowledged at a press confer-
ence to address concerns pub-
lished in yesterday’s Tribune of
frustrated paramedics in Grand
Bahama (see story on page 9).

Dr Alvery Hanna, Director of
the National Emergency Medical
Services at the Public Hospital
Authority, explained that the
agency had already commenced
a phased replacement strategy.

Dr Hanna said: “It’s not new,
the Public Hospitals Authority is
aware that there is a need to
replace the fleet of ambulances,
not only in Grand Bahama but
also here in New Providence. We
have begun a replacement process
and we have procured five new
ambulances at a cost of $640
thousand.”

In yesterday’s article, the Tri-
bune exposed the concerns of
paramedics in Grand Bahama
who claimed that their efficiency
was severely challenged due to
an insufficient and poorly-main-
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cles, ambulances frequently break
down during emergency trans-
port. Mechanical faults routinely
experienced were said to include
abrupt power loss, locked steering
wheel, and gas leaks.

The concerns raised in yester-
day’s Tribune were also con-
firmed by emergency technicians
in New Providence.

One frustrated paramedic chal-
lenged the phased replacement
strategy, highlighting that the
majority of ambulances in the
fleet at Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal were not functioning properly.

The technician said: “None of
these ambulances are working,
none, as we speak they are going
down constantly. How can we
only have three new ambulances
— where does the priority lie?”

While acknowledging the vital
need for an updated fleet, Her-
bert Brown, PHA Managing
Director, explained that the
process had financial limitations.

Mr Brown said: “The fact of
the matter is, there is only so
much money we are alotted to
spend in one given year. We are
phasing the procurement over a
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eventually have a system in place
where we can replace our vehi-
cles every three years.”

The first five ambulances are
due to arrive at the end of Feb-
ruary and the agency plans to
order seven more ambulances in
July. In the second phase, three
new ambulances have been ear-
marked for Grand Bahama. Fol-
lowing their arrival, the depart-
ment plans to implement the pres-
ence of an ambulance and team at
the Eight Mile Rock clinic. There
are also plans to dedicate a full
time ambulance and team to the
Lynden Pindling International
Airport.

Mr Brown said: “We have sev-

en ambulances in Grand Bahama }

- we need to bring that up to at
least ten. The idea is that when
we would have placed the order
in July for additional ambulances
then we would have an ambu-
lance dedicated to the Eight Mile
Rock area.”

Mr Brown told the media that
the government of the Bahamas,
through the PHA, was currently
spending an excess of $9.7 mil-
lion in projects to improve the
delivery and quality of healthcare
in the Bahamas.

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care upgrades

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Tribune Staff Reporter
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HOSPITAL officials pledged their
commitment to upgrading pre-hospital
care throughout the Bahamas yester-
day.

At a press conference responding
to concerns published in yesterday’s
Tribune, officials sought to defend
their intent to improve the delivery
and quality of public health care in
the Bahamas.

Herbert Brown, Managing Director
at the Public Hospitals Authority,
explained that he sent executives to
Grand Bahama in December to inves-
tigate claims surfacing from the Emer-
gency Medical Services Department
after he received a complaint from
the Bahamas Public Services Union.

Mr Brown said: “I think it is fair to
say that the issue with respect to the
ambulances, the age of the vehicles,
they are genuine complaints. There is
no question about that and we have
acknowledged that. We will seek to
ensure that our staff who work
extremely hard get what they need to
provide the service to the Bahamian
people.”

Nearly four years since a mass sick-
out brought their concerns to nation-
al attention, paramedics said the
Emergency Medical Services depart-
ment on Grand Bahama were still
without vital resources or adequate
security.

In a lengthy dossier detailing cur-
rent faults within the pre-hospital care
system, paramedics said severe neglect
of their department continued to
affect unnecessary, and in some cases
fatal, challenges to the entire health
care system.

In Grand Bahama last month, Dr
Hanna spoke with the administrator,
administrative and human resources
managers, EMS managers and staff

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Dr Hanna said: “The issues noted
to us at that time were the licensing
process, training, provision of books,
new ambulances, and a mechanic for
the EMS, a cellphone for EMS man-
ager and industrial gloves.”

A Nassau-based emergency tech-
nician, who called to confirm the
concerns of paramedics in Grand
Bahama, explained that the lack of
resources created low morale in
staff.

The technician said: “We don’t
have the tools, we don’t have the
equipment to work with. Every other
day the wrecker has to be towing the
ambulance.

“The focus is come to work or else
and it shouldn’t be that way. If you
want top performance from any of
your employees you have to know
how to treat them.”

Long-standing inadequacies, which
were Said to have fatal consequences,
were an insufficient and poorly-main-
tained ambulance fleet, and the lack
of a proper dispatch centre.

With respect to maintenance of
vehicles, Dr Hanna said: “There is a
mechanic from Nassau, Ford certified
mechanic, who routinely goes to
Grand Bahama to service and deal
with repairs and maintenance.”

Dr Hanna confirmed the agency
expects to hire a second mechanic for
the Grand Bahama department “in
short order.”

Paramedics in Grand Bahama were
critical that the dispatch centre was
not located within the police control
room — as it is in Nassau.

Dr Hanna maintained that there
was 24-hour dispatch service in Grand
Bahama, however she acknowledged
that its relocation into the police con-
trol room — in accordance with inter-
national standards — was being active-
ly pursued.

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January 30", 2011.

December 17 of last year
found that Minister of Works
Neko Grant “did not follow
the requirements of the law"
when roadworks began in the
area.

Justice Adderley awarded
the Coconut Grove Business
League an unspecified
amount in damages for loss
of business.

The road changes, which
made Baillou Hill Road one-
way northbound and Market
Street one-way southbound,
are a part of the government's
$120 million New Providence
Road Improvement Project.

According to Charlene
Collie, project engineer and
public relations officer for the
Ministry of Works, the entire
project is estimated to cost
more than $8 million and will
be completed in early 2012.

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the closure and look forward to the co-operation of the motoring
public throughout this project.

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Work performed in the
area from Robinson Road to
Duke Street includes road
pavement, drainage infra-
structure, street lighting, util-
ity upgrades, side walks, sig-
nals and road marking.

Secondary drains called
“gully ports,” are also under
construction from Robinson
Road to Wulff Road to
ensure that drainage prob-
lems occurring in areas highly
prone to flooding are allevi-
ated. These “gully ports” are
estimated to cost around
$500,000.

Road works being carried
out from Robinson Road to
Wulff Road are hoped to be
completed by March, with
work to begin on the portion
north of Wulff Road shortly.

The road has been designed
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speed.

Side walks on either side of
the road have also been con-
structed to make the road
accessible for the handi-
capped and pedestrian-friend-

y.

“This is a high pedestrian
area and our intention is to
build a road up to interna-
tional standards,” said Ms
Collie.

Ms Collie said the design
used for the underground
drainage facility is similar to
that used on the Tonique
Darling and Sir Milo Butler
highways that have been suc-
cessful thus far.

The public should be
advised that Robinson Road
to Wulff Road will be closed
after peak hours on January
27 for the final cement pour-
ing, and will open later that
evening.

POLICE CLAMPDOWN HALTS
HARBOUR ISLAND BREAK-INS

FROM page one

cers. Just their presence alone has had an impact. Some things
we were unable to do with short staff, but they can go out
there with the additional strength in numbers and increase

the visibility on the ground.”

Officers from CDU have been sent to Harbour Island week-
ly, on a rotation basis, from December. It is unclear whether the
arrangement is to be permanent, but it is “ongoing.”

Darrol Johnson, Harbour Island chief counsel, said police
officers have been visible on the island since the initiative,
and burglary reports have been reduced.

“The police came in and they have been working on the
ground. They have been sending officers in every two weeks,
and been on top of it,” said Mr Johnson.

“Once the criminals see that the police are serious in their
duties then we shouldn’t have a problem.”

DECOMPOSED BODY OF
MAN IS FOUND IN BARREL

FROM page one

a tract road in Hatchet Bay
Eleuthera by a family mem-
ber. Police are not certain of
the circumstances surround-
ing this incident. Investiga-
tions continue.”

Prison Guards in Nassau
were also called into action
yesterday morning when an
inmate on remand attempted
to escape by scaling the fence
of the exercise yard.

Alert guards caught the
prisoner within minutes,
according to Prison Superin-
tendent Elliston Rahming,
and he has been transferred
to the Maximum Security

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A few hours later, police
were called to the scene of an
armed robbery at Constitu-
tion Drive.

Responding officers were
told that a woman was at her
home when she was
approached by a man wear-
ing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans
and a blue and yellow striped
shirt wrapped around his
head.

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handgun and demanded cash,
made off with the victim’s
handbag containing an undis-
closed amount of money and
a cell phone.

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for the Bahamas

By DAVID JORDINE

THE proposed sale of
BTC is good for The
Bahamas. The Bahamas’
struggle to compete in the
globalized market place is
growing more fierce by the
minute, and, as a nation,
we must make a com-
pelling case to attract orga-
nizations here to do busi-
ness with us.

As we work our way out
of this long and hard reces-
sion, it has become very
apparent how important it
is for our country to be
more efficient, and cost
effective.

It is not only important
for governments to
become well-oiled
machines, but it is impera-
tive that they exhibit effi-
ciency, while at the same
time minimizing the cost
borne by the public piggy-
bank.

The private sector is the
engine that drives our
economy.

Banks

Take for example,
Atlantis (i.e. the second
largest employer in The
Bahamas), the many banks
in our Financial Services
Industry, and the proposed
BahMar development.

All of these entities,
have, and will continue to
significantly impact our
National Gross Domestic
Product in the coming
years.

However, the govern-
ment provides the private
sector with many of the
tools it needs to carry out
its role in creating jobs and
generating revenue.

Such tools provided by
the government are name-
ly, communication, ener-
gy, transportation, and a
well regulated banking sys-
tem, just to name a few.



“As it stands
today, when
compared
with other
countries in
the region,
The Bahamas
ranks among
the highest in
terms of cost
for value.”



The government pro-
vides the aforementioned
tools at a cost, and it is this
cost that determines the
competitiveness of The
Bahamas’ business envi-
ronment.

A cost effective, reliable,
and competitive business
environment is to the
advantage of foreign
investors, and small
Bahamian entrepreneurs
alike. It is for this reason
that I support the sale of
BTC.

It is my view that if the
government can reduce the
cost of providing any num-
ber of the aforementioned
tools to the private sector,
including the cost of
telecommunication, such
reduction will be seen in
the bottom line of domes-
tic and foreign companies,
and will help to improve
their overall efficiency.

As it stands today, when
compared with other coun-
tries in the region, The
Bahamas ranks among the
highest in terms of cost for



value.

As a matter of fact, some
of the very countries we
pity in this region can
boast of cheaper telecom-
munication rates, more
reliable services; and all
have partnered with pri-
vate telecommunication
companies, represented
largely by Digicel and
Cable & Wireless.

I totally understand and
appreciate the unions’
position on the proposed
sale of BTC in so far as it
relates to the safeguarding
of jobs, employee morale,
advancement for Bahami-
ans, and a tranquil work
environment.

Economy

What I do not quite
comprehend are their
efforts, which are being
fueled and supported by
the opposition party, to
discredit and disparage the
government’s efforts to
reduce the cost of provid-
ing a very necessary tool
that will benefit all facets
of our economy.

It is my hope that the
successful sale of BTC will
lead to the liberalization
of other government dom-
inated industries, such as
energy, water, and other
utilities.

In my view, what is most
important as the govern-
ment pursues its efforts of
privatization, is the con-
tinued regulation of vari-
ous industries to ensure
consumer protection, to
prevent price gouging, and
where foreign entities are
involved, to ensure that
the rights and opportuni-
ties for Bahamian workers
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by seasoned senior officers of
the rank of Superintendent
who will be assisted by Assis-
tant Superintendents
throughout the operation.

“T have asked our officers
to be respectful of the rights
of all citizens and residents
of the Bahamas but to also
be firm, resolute, focused,
and committed to the task at
hand,” Commissioner
Greenslade said.

While this operation is
going on, Commissioner
Greenslade stressed that all
other police services will con-
tinue without interruption.

“As Commissioner, I ask
all persons that are involved
in the unlawful possession of
firearms, vehicular thefts,
armed robberies, break-ins,
drug peddling, and all other
acts of criminality to cease
and desist.

“To parents, family mem-

bers, and acquaintances of
persons involved in the
underworld of crime, do all
in your power to encourage
these individuals to make an
about-turn and join all law-
abiding citizens in building a
better Bahamas, where we all
live without the occurrence
of and the fear of crime,” he
said.

With the police having
“targeted profiles” which
they will be seeking out, the
Commissioner added that
they will be visiting “all
places” where criminality is
suspected and take the nec-
essary action to arrest,
charge, and place these per-
sons before the courts.

While Operation Rapid
Strike will continue for as
long as the Force thinks nec-
essary, the Commissioner
noted there will be specific
benchmarks they will be aim-
ing for to ensure the opera-

tion is successful.

As a security warning to
residents who may fear crim-
inals may exploit this latest
police operation to gain
access to their homes, Com-
missioner Greenslade said all
officers are properly attired
in their uniforms and will be
carrying proper identifica-
tion to show exactly who
they are.

“Tf we have a suspect who
is named, with reasonable
grounds to suspect, and is
named; we do not believe
that it is appropriate for that
person to just go about busi-
ness as usual. We are going to
seek you out wherever you
reside. We are going to come
asking for you, and we are
going to enforce the laws of
this country,” he said.

The Commissioner asked
for all well-meaning citizens
to stand united with the Roy-
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POLICE COMMISSIONER
Ellison Greenslade

allow them to do what is right
“to keep our country safe and
secure.”

MP says Cable & Wireless
‘formed nine months ago’

FROM page one

"What will be the (majority) share-
holder, it is not Cable & Wireless PLC
because that is what the Bahamian pub-
lic had thought because Cable & Wire-
less (is) a big, global company. It is Cable
& Wireless Communications, a company
that was just formed about nine months
ago that is barely making a profit,”
claimed Mr Sears, a former attorney
general in the Christie administration.

He questioned why CWC was select-
ed, even though it did not engage in the
bidding process for BTC, instead of
allowing a Bahamian group to buy the
state-run utility company.

"Tam concerned that we would give 51
per cent of BTC to a company — we
wouldn't give it to Colina, I know Coli-
na, I would have preferred to give it to

Colina, or give it to Commonwealth
Bank. But you mean to tell me they
going to give it to a company that has
been in existence for nine months?" Mr
Sears asked.

On March 26, 2010, Cable & Wireless
Worldwide separated from Cable &
Wireless Communications through a
demerger. They now operate as sepa-
rately listed companies on the London
Stock Exchange, according to CWC's
website. CWC describes itself as a full
service telecommunications company
which operates in the Caribbean, Pana-
ma, Macau and Monaco.

When contacted by The Tribune, State
Finance Minister Zhirvargo Laing said if
any company's history should be ques-
tioned, it should be Bluewater Ventures,
the company to which the Progressive
Liberal Party agreed to sell 49 per cent
of BTC’s shares before losing the general

election in 2007.

"There is going to be ample opportu-
nity to speak to any number of points
raised by Mr Sears and others on the
BTC matter, so I don't propose to real-
ly address that today other than to note
that it is curious that Mr Sears, who sat
in the former Cabinet that proposed to
sell shares in BTC to Bluewater, a com-
pany whose age should be checked,
whose ownership and financial capabil-
ity should be checked.

"Because if the argument he raised is
an argument at all, it should have been
one he raised when he we was in Cabinet
when he agreed to do what they agreed
to do,” said Mr Laing.

The Ingraham administration chose
not to go ahead with the sale to Blue-
water when it won in May, 2007, and
described it as a "phantom company that
was not publicly traded.”

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Bahamians will “have to
get used to paying for local
calls” at some point in the
near future, a leading tele-
coms operator yesterday
warning of the major cultur-
al shift that would have to

occur, after regulators decid- By ALISON LOWE

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Telecommunications Com-
pany (BTC) to charge cost-
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BORCO owner

fleal for 80%

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The $1.36 billion buyout of
the 80 per cent stake in the
Bahamas Oil Refining Com-
pany (BORCO) was complet-
ed yesterday by New York
Stock Exchange-listed Buck-
eye Partners.

pleted the purchase of First
Reserve’s stake, Buckeye
added that the total acquisi-
tion cost would be $1.7 billion,
as its deal to buy the remain-
ing 20 per cent from Vopak
would conclude as soon as
legal documents and closing
conditions were satisfied.

SEE page 7B

By NEIL HARTNELL
i Tribune Business Editor

: jobs will be created by the
: retail/restaurant concessions
? alone when the Lynden Pin-
i? dling International Airport’s
i (LPIA) first phase redevelop-
? ment is completed, the Nassau
i Airport Development Compa-
i ny’s (NAD) head said yester-
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equivalent to $1 per seat over six years, its president and chief
executive yesterday telling Tribune Business this was a small
price to pay for “‘a world class” airport that would help grow the
overall aviation sector.

Stewart Steeves, responding to concerns expressed by
Bahamian-owned airlines about the impact NAD’s fee increas-
es would have on their businesses, said the rise was “nomi-
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Pointing out that NAD had “decided to work” with Bahami-
an-owned carriers by electing to phase fee rises in over six
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said the plan for increases outlined in 2006 remained unchanged
despite the revenue hit the Lynden Pindling International Air-
port (LPIA) airport operator had taken as a result of the reces-
sion and downturn in passenger traffic.

Indicating that it would have been easy for NAD to raise fees

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By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN

here are cer-

tain types of

clients that

designers flat
out will not work with. Did I
say that? Yes, it’s not a
question of whether the
client will be easy to work
with or how much they have
offered to pay. Instead, it’s a
question of comfort and
ethics. If something feels
wrong are you willing to
walk away?

Deciding which projects
are ethical can be very sub-
jective, as what might seem
perfectly okay to one
designer might pose a big
question for another.

Because most designers
are “feelers” they do not
have a list of ‘dos’ and
‘don’ts’, they merely have
morals and ethics that sur-
vive on instincts.

If we capture this ideolo-
gy, is it practical to tell a
prospective client why you
aren’t able to design a pro-
ject?

Furthermore, some choic-
es can obliterate one issue
to give rise to another.

For example, a web
designer might refuse to
design a site for a political
candidate simply because he
plans to vote for another.

I am reminded of a video-
grapher who would design
for other churches but won’t
work with any other groups
that could be construed as
hate groups.

Since we are operating on

We designers must
tick to principles

these principles, we can ecas-
ily say it is a matter of com-
fort level.

It is not always the con-
tent of a project that can
bother a freelance designer,
but sometimes the methods
required in the course of the
business process.

I am convinced that per-
sons, who by their very
nature are unethical in their
business lives, are generally
those to avoid.

Reassurance

Personally, ’'ve found
reassurance in believing that
it’s very important to have
some idea as to what jobs
you would and would not
accept, and stand by it.

In some fields there are
techniques that could make
us a little uncomfortable,
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entation, child abuse or
exploitation, paedophilia or
any other despicable activi-
ties are ones to miss.

Simply avoiding projects
that you are uncomfortable
with is a legitimate choice
and the mark of a profes-
sional artist.

On the face of it, no
designer should lose his or
her soul for a few bucks if it
goes against their principles.
Let’s not throw the baby out
with the bath water just yet,



as freelance designers are
more than just tools for
clients.

Just as not all lawyers are
ambulance drivers, not all
designers “borrow” from
photo.com or templemon-
ster either.

There is no need for battle
if it is to be agreed that peo-
ple respect and appreciate
honesty, which perhaps alle-
viates tons of undue stress
and cheap, deadbeat clients.

Hungry designers who
tend to bite at everything
have a tendency to stay hun-

When a designer is pre-
pared to do anything for a
buck, the value of the buck
diminishes very quickly.



Iam convinced that persons,
who by their very nature are
unethical in their business
lives, are generally those to

avoid.



The more designers are
willing to compromise their
integrity, the easier it is for
clients to demand lower
costs and misconstruce ideas.

Sometimes the coin may
be flipped, as some clients
may be offered a reduced
cost if a designer believes in
their project, such as animal
shelters, medical charities,
disabled promotions, or
some other outreach min-
istry.

Disaster

Accepting a project that
makes a designer uncom-
fortable may result in a dis-
aster, as they might not give
it their best shot.

Nevertheless, just because
one designer does not feel
comfortable about a partic-
ular assignment should it be
proclaimed a “bad project”.
Consider giving another
designer a shot at the assign-
ment, as this is one of the
most favoured ingredients
of an ethical designer.

Let’s hope thar when
there are bills to be paid our
principles are still with us.

An employed designer’s
life is nothing like that of a
freelancer’s.

A freelancer is somebody
who is self-employed, not
committed to a particular
employer and typically
works by themselves.

There are other steps
beyond their actual work,

such as managing projects,
accounting, sales and mar-
keting, that directly lead to
designer income.

Thus, it may be difficult
for freelance designers to
draw a line in the sand and
say “no”, especially if we are
one week away from ‘rent
overdue’.

There is a palpable sense
of admiration and respect
for freelancers, or people
who are prepared to yield
not.

Remember, only you will
face yourself at the end of
the day, as it might seem
easy to forgive someone else
but difficult to forgive your-
self.

A freelance designer
should always feel superior
and believe their work has
provided a positive influence
within their community.

Based on this premise, if
you succumb to your weak-
ness not only did the client
buy your design, but they
bought you.

To create a better you,
making the best choice is
paramount.

The long and short of this
is that we are only as good
as our reputation.

Remember, not because
you can do something
means that you should.
Would your conscience
allow you to turn down a
client if it compromises your
ethics?

Until we meet again, play
a little, have fun and stay on
top of your game!

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KENDRA C. CULMER - successfully passed all parts of the American
Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Unifonn CPA Examination on
her first attempt during the July/August 2010 testing window.

Kendra joined the Firm in August 200% and currently holds the posi-
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received a BBA in Accounting with Distinction in May 2009, At grad-
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the Financial Services Student of the Year Award. In 2005, she gradu-
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honoured for the top BGCSE results for Eleuthera that year.

Presently, she serves as a youth leader at Global Village Methodist
Church. She credits her achievements to God's grace and the support
of her parents, Ken and Audrey Culmer, from Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera.

L. Edgar Money, Partner and Renaldo P. Knowles - Associate

RENALDO P. KNOWLES - successfully passed the final part of the
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Uniform CPA
Examination during the October/November 2010 testing window.

Renaldo is a 2004 graduate of Saint Augustine's College, Nassau,
Bahamas. In 2008 he graduated from Saint Mary's University,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with a Bachelor's Degree in
Accounting. He joined the Firm in August 2008 and currently holds
the position of Audit Associate. He is also a member of the Firm’s
Banking Committee.

Renaldo thanks God for granting him success in the CPA examina-
tions, the Partners of the Firm for their support during his studies as
well as his family, especially his parents, Patrick and Philippa
Knowles who continuously encourage him to strive for success and
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A client accountant at JP
Morgan Trust, Osriea Gor-
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ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified
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Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean (ICAEC)
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Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean
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He has recently been elected to the ACCA Inter-
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Resource Group (SRG),
which operates as IndiGo
Networks, said “the biggest
concern” for his company
stemming from the Utilities
Regulatory & Competition

? Authority’s (URCA) deter-
i mination on BTC’s Reference
; Access and Interconnection
: offer (RATIO), was its deci-
: sion to allow the state-owned
? incumbent to charge rival car-
i riers cost-based interconnec-
i tion rates, while still providing
i local calls.

This, Mr Hutton-Ashken-

: ny said, “foreshadowed” the
? introduction of “metered tar-
i iffs” for local calls, with
i Bahamian households and
: businesses ultimately having
i? to pay either a flat-rate or per
i minute fee for same-island
i calls.

“Tn time, Bahamians will

i have to get used to being
i charged a metered tariff for
? local calls,” he told Tribune
i Business.
i inevitable. Over time, opera-
? tors will not be able to absorb
? these cost. What URCA has
i done is set in train circum-
? stances that lead to local tar-
i? iffs. When that does come it
i will cause a cultural shift in
i the market, because we’re all
? used to free local calls.”

“I think it’s

With BTC now able to

i impose charges on rival carri-
i ers for interconnecting and
? terminating their clients’ calls
? on its network, Mr Hutton-
i Ashkenny said competitors
? would have no option but to
i do similar, as they could not
i keep on absorbing these costs.

This would also mean a

? move away from the existing
? ‘Bill and Keep’ arrangement
i between BTC and SRG,
? where neither party charges
? the other for interconnec-
? tion/call termination because
? each is providing the other
i with a service of similar value.
; As a result, no local call fees
: were collected from Bahami-
? an consumers.

Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said

i URCA’s decisions on BTC’s
i RAIO were largely expected,
: and he added: “There’s no
: smoking gun.”

Both SRG and Cable

i; Bahamas had warned in their
i responses to the BTC RAIO
i consultation that allowing the
i state-owned incumbent to
i marry its free local calls
i regime with charging cost-
i based interconnection (call
? termination) rates on rival
i carriers would destroy the
i prospects for "sustainable
? competition" in the Bahamian
i landline telecommunications
i market.

This, they argued, was

i because such a situation
i meant there was no way rival

‘Get used to paying
for local calls’

operators could replicate, or
compete with, BTC's free
same-island calls.

In its decision, URCA not-
ed Cable Bahamas’ point that,
for "a reasonably efficient
operator" to compete with
BTC's fixed-line offering to
residential customers, the lat-
ter's interconnection rates had
to be "cost oriented", while
the cost of ‘free local calls’
had to be covered by month-
ly access fees.

Confirm

The BISX-listed telecom-
munications provider also
urged URCA to confirm that
BTC's "retail pricing is not
predatory or below cost", and
that retail offers could be
replicated by rival carriers on
the basis of the proposed
RAIO offer.

"Cable Bahamas further
stated that in the event that
BTC's monthly access charge
is not compensatory, URCA
must require BTC to rebal-
ance its tariffs, as this is nec-
essary for sustainable compe-
tition," URCA noted.

"In the absence of URCA's
confirmation that BTC's local
rates are compensatory, local
termination charges should be
‘zero-rated’. Cable Bahamas
believes that the introduction
of a capacity-based intercon-
nection offer would enable
other licensed operators to
replicate BTC’s unlimited
offer of free local calls."

In response, the regulator
said that while cost-orienta-
tion was a requirement of
BTC's licence and the Com-
munications Act, it was still
awaiting the company's 2009
accounting separation results
to determine whether it was
providing cost-based inter-
connection services.

URCA added that tariff
rebalancing, which both BTC
and itself knew was needed,
had to take place before it
could be determined whether
the latter was offering services
to residential customers below
cost. And the regulator was
also unable to determine
whether BTC's fixed, landline
pricing could be replicated by

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Responding to the concerns
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Cable Bahamas’ plans to
enter the Bahamian fixed-line
telecommunications market
in 2011, URCA said:
"Notwithstanding the legiti-
mate competition concerns
identified, URCA considers
that an efficient other licensed
operator (OLO) could still
compete with BTC in the
fixed access market by, for
example, bundling fixed
access services with local and
long distance calls.

"URCA understands that
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"URCA agrees in principle

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nomic cost of providing ‘free’
local calls. However, for his-
toric and social policy reasons,
that might not be the current
case in the Bahamas."

Looking to reaffirm its pro-
competition credentials,
URCA said “it takes serious-
ly any potential competition
concerns identified by the
respondents, namely the abil-
ity of other licensed opera-
tors to profitably replicate
BTC's retail offers given the
non-zero RAIO charge for
local calls".

It promised to use its pow-
ers should any anti-competi-
tive conduct come to light,
and said that while BTC had
not proposed a capacity-based
interconnection offer, such
arrangements could be nego-
tiated with rival Bahamas-
based telecoms providers.

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ly to collegiate and amateur
sides, realising that these, too,
brought huge numbers of fam-
ily, friends and travelling sup-
porters with them.

Apart from boosting
stopover visitors and spending,
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said
visiting sports teams and their
followers also gave the
Bahamas an opportunity to
“monetise” its sporting assets.

Apart from the new $30 mil-
lion national stadium ($20 mil-
lion in supporting infrastruc-
ture), he noted that the
Bahamas already had facilities
such as swimming pools and
basketball courts, that sat idle
for long periods of time.

“There’s no question that this
is a huge deal for the
Bahamas,” Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said of the NCAA
exempt status. “This paves the
way for exemptions across the
board for a whole series of
sports. It’s very much in line
with our focus on amateur
sports as opposed to what has
heretofore been a focus on pro-
fessional sports teams within
North America.

“Needless to say, wherever
these teams participate they
bring large numbers of friends
and family.” Pointing out that
he frequently travelled to inter-

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national swimming meets with
his well-known daughter, Ari-
anna, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
said he was “always amazed by
the number of people there in
support” of the athletes, hav-
ing paid their own way. As a
result, he thought: “Why not
come to the Bahamas?”

The benefits to Atlantis from
hosting the four-team NCAA
tournament pre-Christmas were
obvious, the resort doubling its
occupancy rates by around 40
percentage points.

"The occupancy rate for that
period is around 80 per cent -
significantly higher than that
the usual 40 per cent for the
period prior to the Christmas
Holidays. We are also pleased
with tickets sales, which have
surpassed the 1,200 mark," said
Ed Fields, senior vice-president
of public affairs for Kerzner
International, said at the time.

Visiting NCAA teams and
others would require a whole
range of tourist-related and spe-
cialist services while in the
Bahamas, the minister added,
providing spin-off opportuni-
ties for Bahamians.

He praised the work of
George Markantonis, president
and managing director of
Kerzner International
(Bahamas) and Atlantis; min-
ister of youth, sports and cul-
ture, Charles Maynard; and the
Ministry’s own sports tourism
department, headed by Tyrone
Sawyer, for making the NCAA
exempt status happen.

Mr Markantonis did not
return Tribune Business’s calls
seeking comment yesterday,
but an Associated Press report
said Atlantis is hoping the
exempt status will pave the way
for it to host the US east coast
version of the Maui Invitation-
al, with an eight-team basket-
ball tournament over the
Thanksgiving weekend.

"We, of course, are very
delighted the vote went in
favour of the Bahamas," Mr
Markantonis, was quoted as
saying. "That enables entities
in this country and, certainly in
our case, Atlantis, to go ahead
with their plans for a monster
pre-season tournament.

“Basketball is the most pop-
ular sport in the Bahamas, and
we'd like to think it's going to
stimulate more interest in the
country, and that people will
come and make a week of it on
a long vacation and take in
some quality basketball.”

Mr Markantonis said last
summer that Kerzner Interna-
tional was aiming to break into
the sports tourism market by
hosting two NCAA basketball
tournaments at its Atlantis
property over the next two
years, and was working with the
Ministry of Tourism to enable
the Bahamas to obtain ‘exempt
status’. Announcing that the
resort owner was "working on a
lot of initiatives to do with
sports tourism", and that it
"agreed 100 per cent" with the
Ministry's drive to break into
this market niche, Mr Markan-
tonis said it had been negotiat-
ing with “two major organisa-
tions" over the last nine
months.

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US INES
NAD rate rise: $1 per seat over six years

FROM page 1B

on airlines above what was out-
lined in the 2006 plan, Mr
Steeves said that instead it
made that “adjustment inter-
nally” by reducing non-employ-
ee operating expenses by 19 per
cent during its 2010 financial
year.

“The total increased burden
on domestic carriers over the
life of this project is about $1
per seat phased in over six
years,” Mr Steeves told Tribune
“because that’s what

Business,













the carriers asked us to do.

“Often, such fee increases
are put in place all at once, but
we decided to work with the
carrier community and phase
it in Over six to seven years.
There’s a lot of discussion on
what I feel is a rather small
impact on the travelling public
in exchange for a world class
facility that will be an enabler
of growth for the whole sec-
tor.”

MINISTRY OF FINANCE
TREASURY DEPARTMENT

PUBLIC NOTICE

Acknowledging that there
had been “more discussion
about rates in the domestic
market than anywhere else”,
Mr Steeves added: “The reality
is that the increase is nominal.
The rates were extremely low.”

The NAD chief executive
told Tribune Business that the
fee increases for the two most
commonly operated aircraft on
domestic Bahamian routes, the
34-seat Saab-340 and 19-seat

GN 1164

__ RELOCATION OF THE PUBLIC TREASURY DEPARTMENT

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EFFECTIVE MONDAY JANUARY 17, 2011 THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS

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REVENUE SECTION

PENSION SECTION

PAYROLL SECTION

STAMP EXEMPTION SECTION

. BE OPERATING FROM THE ABOVE LOCATION:

EFFECTIVE MONDAY JANUARY 24, 7011 THE PUBLIC TREASURY WILL
BE IN FULL OPERATION FROM THE ABOVE LOCATION,

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Beech 1900, were $5.44 and
$3.18 per flight respectively.
This worked out at $0.16 per
seat and $0.17 per seat respec-
tively.

“The rate paid by domestic
and international carriers has
remained unchanged since
2006, when this recession
began,” Mr Steeves told Tri-
bune Business.

NAD had to cope with a
reduction in passenger volume
that, at its peak, hit 7-8 per cent,
and he added: “We took that
adjustment internally on our
cost base.”

While passenger numbers
transiting through LPIA were
now “back on track”, Mr
Steeves said NAD had man-
aged to cut its non-employee
operating expenses by 19 per
cent, from $12.1 million to $9.7
million, due to improvements
in energy conservation and
“proactive as opposed to reac-
tive maintenance”.

As for international carriers,
Mr Steeves said NAD had
engaged in a benchmarking
study to ensure LPIA remained
competitive against rival air-
ports on “a whole basket of
fees”.

“We continue to be very
competitive in that regard, and
will be throughout the life of
the project, despite this airport
being brand new and having
three levels of service - US pre-
clearance, international and
domestic,” the NAD chief exec-
utive said. “That makes it a
more complex facility. When
you can show you’re competi-
tive against anyone when
you’re not an average facility,
we’re very pleased with that.”

Mr Steeves said NAD had
exploited the economic down
cycle to reduce its construction
and financing costs consider-
ably, locking-in long-term
financing for the $409.5 million
LPIA expansion at relatively

low interest rates, something
that would reduce its debt bur-
den over the next 20-30 years,
plus lessen the fees it would
have to charge airlines and pas-
sengers. Noting that NAD’s
overall interest rates had
dropped by 1.5 percentage
points between the stage one
and stage two financing, falling
from 8.5 per cent to 7 per cent,
Mr Steeves said the airport
operator was “on track” to
meet all its financial targets.

“We’re on or ahead of all
covenants with lenders, which
enables us to get a strong cred-
it rating without any govern-
ment guarantee,” Mr Steeves
said.

“It’s very important to stay
on plan and continue to build
confidence with lenders and
credit rating agencies, so we can
get competitively priced financ-
ing without any guarantee or
obligations from the Govern-
ment.”

GN-1159

Ministry of Finance
Treasury Department

Public Announcement

January 2011 Pension Verification Exercise
Change of Venue and Date

The Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Bahamas wishes to advise ALL
pensioners whose monthly pension payments are paid directly into their
bank accounts that the January 2011 verification exercise will commence
on Monday, January 17, 2011 during the hours of 9:00am to 4:00pm at the
following New Location:-

The North Building at Water Tower Place

East Street North

Directly Opposite The Royal Bahamas Police Force Headquarters

GN1167

MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT

PORT DEPARTMENT

GOVERNMENT NOTICE

INVITATION FOR TENDERS

The Government of the Bahamas is inviting tenders for the following
Contracted Service for the Port Department, Ministry of The Environment.

* Lease agreement advertising signage at the Port of
Nassau

Interested parties may obtain further information, and may collect the

bidding document as of 21st January, 2011 from:

The Port Department
Prince George Dock
Nassau, Bahamas

Telephone No, (242)322-8832

Between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tenders are to be submitted in Triplicate (3) in a sealed envelope (s)
Marked Tender for The Lease agreement advertising signage at the Port of

Nassau to:

The Chairman
Tenders Board
Ministry of Finance
Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Building
Cable Beach

P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, Bahamas

No later than 5:00p.m.on the 24" January,2011,

Tenders will be opened at 10:00a.m. on the 25th January, 2011 at the
Office of the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance.

THE GOVERNMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY OR ALL

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BORCO owner closes
$1.36bn deal for 80%

FROM page 1B

tion for it, Buckeye Partners said: "No other
international commercial storage terminal enjoys
BORCO's proximity to the US demand and sup-
ply centres, as well as its scale and comprehensive
service offerings.

"BORCO's terminal is a premier marine stor-
age facility with a unique position as a strategic
logistics hub.

"The terminal has 21.6 million barrels of stor-
age capacity with deepwater access up to 91 feet,
and the ability to berth the largest tankers in the
world.

"Located only 80 miles from southern Florida
and 920 miles from New York Harbour, BORCO
is strategically located to act as a hub in facili-
tating international logistics for bulk-build, break-

bulk and blending operations.”

And Buckeye Partners added: "We believe
that BORCO's customer demand is well in excess
of its currently available capacity. BORCO has
received strong indications for contract renewals
from current customers, and there is a signifi-
cant backlog of demand from additional potential
customers. In addition, BORCO has received
significant interest from existing and new cus-
tomers for the increased storage capacity expect-
ed to be constructed at the terminal over the
next two to three years. "We believe the BORCO
acquisition will support future regional and inter-
national growth opportunities. There are poten-
tial synergies with our existing assets in the con-
tinental US and our newly acquired refined prod-
ucts terminal in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as well as
other Caribbean market opportunities."

Ministry of National
PARLIAMENTARY REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT

PUBLIC NOTICE

‘The Parliamentary Registration Department will be conducting Evening
Registration on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, during the period

17th January

21* January, from $:00 pm — 8:00 pm at the following locations:

(1) Parliamentary Registration Department

(2) Mall at Marathon
(2) Town Centre Mall

(3) Elizabeth Estates Post Office — Prince Charles Drive
(4) Carmichael Road Post Office — Carmichacl Road

The public is reminded that only Bahamian Citizens are eligible to register to
vote and applicants are required to produce proof of citizenship

Erral WH. Bethe!

PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER

VOTER REGISTRATION
FOR THE WEEK OF 17" ~- }4ST JANUARY, 2090

The Partamentary Commissioner wishes ip remind the general public that Voter Registration continues
on a daly basis i New Providence and in the Family Islands. Persons applying for eagisiration must be
BAHAMIAN CITIZENS, 18 years and older and must have resided in a pariculer conslituency for tee

months er mane

Voter Registration Centres are opened in New Providence between the hours of 10:00aen=4:00pm

at fre following locaors

(1) The Pariamentary Registration Depariment, Faringion Road

(2) The Town Centre and Marathon Malls

(3) The General Post Office, East Hil Street

[4] The Sub-Post Office Camichael Pioad

(5) The Sub-Post Office Elizateth Estates

(6| Thea National Ineurancs Beard - Ballou Hil Acad

(F| Gammonwealh Banks Mackey Street and Golden Gates Branches.

In Grand Bahama, Centres are opened between the hours of 9:30am - 4:30pm at fhe following

locabons:

1. Parkamentary Registration Department, Freepori
2 Adminetrator’s Office, Eight Mile Rock
3. Admintstratce's Office, High Rock (Twasdays and Thursdays)

In the Family islands, registration takes place al the Administrators’ Officas in the various Family

Istands between fhe hours of §:30am - 4:40pm.

The Parliamentary Commissioner alsa wehes to advise thal ihe Department has commenced its

mobile seracks wath atfect from 10" January 2011

Businesses and organgations with atleast hveanty (20) eligible employees or members may contact
the Cegariment al ilephone numbers 225-2658/9 or 397-2000 to schedule an apooiniment.

Errol W. Bethel

PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER

VOTERS REGISTRATION RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT

VOTERS REGISTRATION WIL BE HELD IN THE CENTRAL
ANDEOS DISTRICT AS FOLLOWS:

TUESDAY JANUARY 18â„¢ 2011

BEHRING POINT AT THE PRIMARY SCIDOOL FROM 6:00 P.M — 7.200M

CARGILL CREEK AT THE ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE FROM

7.40 P.M. — 900 P.M
THURSDAY JANUARY 20â„¢ 2011

BOWEN SOUND AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL FROM 6:4) P.M — 8:20 PLL.

FERSONS APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION MUST BE

1. BAHAMIAN CITIZENS.
2. 1 YEARS AND OLDER

4. MUST HAVE RESIDED IN THE CONSTITUENCY FOR 3 MONTHS

OR MORE

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THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE




PUBLIC NOTICE





TENDER FOR THE SALE OF VEHICLES AND MACHINERY





- The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, through the Ministry of
Finance invites Tenders for the provision of sale of vehicles and machinery located at the

Ministry of Public Works & Transpo






ttand the Ministry of Finance.

All interested persons/companies may oollect listing from Ministry of Finance,

Cech Wallace-Whitfield Building, West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas




Vehicles may be

inspected at the Ministry of Public Works & Transport, JF. Kennedy Drive and the
Miniztry of Finanee, Sir Cecil Wallace Whitheld Building, Cable Beach between the hours
of 1000 am, to 490 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning 19! January, 2011.

Contact persons are as follows:

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Mr. Bertram Reckley
Mr, Phillip Gardiner

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Nassau, Bahamas, 10 later than 9:30 a.m. on or before Tuesday, February 1, 2011.

Persons submitting Tenders are invited to be preaent for the Tender opening on

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 when the Tenders Board meets al 10:00 4.m.

The Ministry of Finance reserves the right to reject any of all tenders.

Finabelal Secretary



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FROM page 1B

Tourism officials have
previously stated they were
somewhat disappointed by
the uptake by Bahamians
and Bahamas residents, with
David Johnson, director-
general of tourism, suggest-
ing some thought it was “too
good to be true".

However, according to
Valery Brown-Alce, senior
director at the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism's New
York office, and Mr Kap-
peler, market research
pointed the stakeholders to
a more specific reason why
Bahamians did not take up
the offer: timing.

As of December 2010, the
program has been tailored
to ensure more Bahamians
can take advantage.

"We had patterned our
initial domestic plan a lot
like the travel might have
been for US travellers.

“But the thing we learned
was — if you’re Bahamian
and you live in Nassau, your
pattern to travel to the Out
Islands probably isn’t like a
US traveler.

"What we realised is that
domestically our families
and individuals travel a lot
more like a two-day pattern.
They fly in on maybe a Fri-
day and fly out on a Sunday.
So now we’ve strengtehened
our initial package by recog-
nising and learning from
what we tried," said Mr
Kappeler.

The latest version of the
promotion will now see
domestic travelers offered a
free companion airfare if
they commit to two - not
three - nights at a partici-
pating Out Island property.

Mr Kappeler has high
hopes for the potential of
the promotion to kick-start
major growth in inter-island
travel among Bahamians
and domestic residents.

"T think the contribution

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 9B

DOMESTIC TOURISM
TO “EASILY DOUBLE’

"What we realised is that
domestically our families
and individuals travel a lot
more like a two-day pattern.
They fly in on maybe a Fri-
day and fly out on a Sunday.
So now we’ve strengtehened
our initial package by recog-
nising and learning from
what we tried."

two-night pattern,” he said.

"For example, if it’s $150
to travel to Eleuthera and a
$150 hotel, basically by pay-
ing your airfare it’s like P’ve
paid for your room. How
much more affordable can
you get than that?"

Partnership

The joint public-private
partnership between the
OIPB, which is funded by
contributions from its mem-
ber hotel and resort proper-
ties, and the Ministry of
Tourism, has also changed
the way the program is fund-
ed in an effort to attract
more hotels to participate.

This gives travellers a
wider variety of properties

Stephen Kappeler

to choose from at a range of
price points.

"Before there was a split
funding model which said
the hotel paid a little some-
thing, the Ministry of
Tourism paid a little some-
thing and the Out Islands
Promotions Board paid
something towards the cost
of that air fare. Now we’ve
taken that burden off the
hotel, making it more attrac-
tive to the hotels of the Out
Islands," said Mr Kappeler.

Where participating hotels
and resorts used to have to
put up 25 per cent of the
cost of the free airfare being
offered to each individual,
the funding is now being
split 50-50 between the Min-
istry of Tourism and the
OIPB, he said.

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of business coming to the
Out Islands from Nassau,
our domestic market, will
easily double because we’ve
found the sweet spot.
“We’ve found that spot
that the Bahamian travellers
are looking for, and that’s a

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FROM page 1B

president and chief executive,
said that while no wide-rang-
ing analysis had been per-
formed on the total economic
impact of LPIA’s redevelop-
ment to date, the retail and
restaurant concessions in the
new US departures terminal
would add 125 jobs once oper-
ational.

“Just looking at very narrow
slice, just the shops and con-
cessions in phase one, have cre-
ated 125 new permanent jobs,”
Mr Steeves told Tribune Busi-
ness. “The project as a whole
has had a far more reaching
impact.”

Disclosing that $189 million
had been invested in LPIA’s
first phase expansion at end-
November 2010, out of a total
$198 million budget, Mr
Steeves said the construction
workforce on site had currently
hit is peak of around 800 work-
ers. Apart from those working
on the terminal, a number were
also employed by the retail and
restaurant concessions in fitting
out those stores.

Once stage one is finished,
Mr Steeves said work would
seamlessly switch to the existing
US departures terminal, where
efforts would focus on its $128.9
million phase two conversion
into the international arrivals
hall.

“Everything is still on track,”
he said of the phase one con-
struction. “We’re in the final
push, which is always a busy

time, but we’re still planning
for an early March opening of
the US departures terminal and
then switching over to work on
the current US terminal.

“It would essentially be
overnight. The day we begin
operation of the new terminal,
there will be no need for the
old one. We will be ready to go
by the time the first flight
arrives at the new Us terminal.
The plan is to get in there and
begin work right away. The sec-
ond stage is very similar to the
first stage in terms of scope.”

Mr Steeves said phase two
would require similar construc-
tion worker numbers to phase
one, with a core of 400-500
workers rising to a peak of
around 700-800. These num-
bers were set to remain “con-
sistent” throughout the next
two-and-a-half years until the
expansion was completed in
2013.

“The vast majority of that
workforce is Bahamian as
well,” Mr Steeves said. “We’re
70 per cent and above Bahami-
an labour, and that rises to 75
per cent if those working on
tenant stores are included.”

These percentages, he added,
were especially impressive giv-
en the specialised nature of air-

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port construction, involving air-
craft loading bridges, baggage
systems, IT systems and such
like.

Mr Steeves added that NAD
was pleased with the “safety
aspect” of the project, as while
more than one million man
hours had been worked on the
construction, just 24 hours had
been lost due to minor inci-
dents, something he described
as a “very, very low rate”.

The third and final phase of
LPIA’s redevelopment, the
$83.5 million domestic and
international departures termi-
nal, is scheduled to be com-
pleted by end-2013, and NAD’s
chief executive said all three
seemed to be meeting their
financial targets.

“All indications are that we
should hit budget performance;
be within budget on all three
stages, unless something goes
wrong in the global market-
place,” Mr Steeves said.

The “gala opening” for the
US departures terminal is
planned for February 25, 2011,
followed by a public open
house a day later, with the facil-
ity starting operations one week
afterwards.

Mr Steeves said NAD hoped
to have “most” of the US
departure terminal restaurant
and retail concessions open for
phase one by the February 26
public open house date. Apart
from eight restaurants, bars and
lounges, the finished US depar-
tures terminal will hold 10 retail
stores and three mobile retail
‘carts’.

Describing the improved
concessions offering as “signif-
icant”, Mr Steeves said it rep-
resented a further upgrade on
what was available in the exist-
ing US departures terminal -
six-seven karts and kiosks,
three food places, including
Dunkin Donuts and Cafe Kalik,
and the Graycliff Lounge.

The new terminal, he added,
would have a 160-170 seat sit-
down restaurant with table ser-
vice, and more seating avail-
able on an outside patio. There
will be 100-150 seats in the food
court, with three different food
vendors, plus a Dunkin Donuts
coffee shop, the relocated
Graycliff lounge and a
Heineken bar/lounge.

“Itll be a_ significant
improvement from what we
have even today in the US
departures terminal, let alone
what the US departures termi-
nal had two to three years ago,”
Mr Steeves told Tribune Busi-
ness.

He pledged that the US
departures terminal would be
“spot on” when it came to cre-
ating a Bahamian ‘sense of
place’, having commissioned
Bahamian artwork and entered
into a “rotating exchange” ini-
tiative with the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas. And,
with many retailers offering
Bahamian-made soap, candles
and straw products, plus
Bahamian-themed restaurants,
“itll have a strong sense of
place, no question”.

“Tt will be state of the art,”
Mr Steeves said of the new
LPIA, “and in many ways it will
be the most advanced, because
it will have the latest technolo-
gy...... We really believe this will
be a best in class airport, not
only in the region, but in North
America in terms of [airports
of comparable] size when com-
plete.”

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Mortgage applications rose last week

NEW YORK

The number of borrowers looking to refinance their mortgage :

year for home construction

rose last week for the third straight time, according to Associated
Press. The Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday its
refinance index increased 7.7 percent from the previous week.
Overall, the mortgage applications index rose 5 percent this week.

But the number of people applying for a mortgage to buy a
home fell 1.9 percent.

Rates on fixed mortgages were mixed, the survey said. The }
average rate for the 30-year fixed loan slipped to 4.77 percent }
from 4.78 percent. The rate on the 15-year mortgage, a popular refi- }

nance option, rose to 4.16 percent from 4.15 percent.

Still, fixed mortgage rates are about a half-point higher than in

November. They have risen as Treasury yields increased on

improved economic data. Investors tend to seek safer investments }

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OF

UNION PACIFIC
INVESTMENT LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the
above company commenced on the 18" day
of January, 2011. Octagon Management
Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley
& Charlotte Streets, Nassau, The Bahamas has
been appointed Liquidator of the Company.



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Moray at Work

— 2010 ends as 2nd worst

? MARTIN CRUTSINGER,
: AP Economics Writer
: WASHINGTON

U.S. homebuilders are com-

ing off their two worst years in
? more than a half-century, and
the outlook for this year is only
: slightly better.
? Economists say it could take
} three more years before the
: industry begins building homes
? at a healthy rate. In the mean
: time, the housing downturn is
: dragging on the broader econ-
? omy, with one-quarter of the
: jobs lost since the recession
} began in the construction field.
: Builders normally help lead
? the economy out of a recession.
? Construction projects fuel
? growth and that leads to more
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INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

But a year and a half after
the recession officially ended,
builders are struggling to com-
pete in markets flooded with

unsold homes — many of them
foreclosures that are depress-
ing prices.

"Housing in the past has
always been one of the key dri-
vers getting the economy back
on track. It is not going to hap-
pen this time because there is a
huge glut of homes out there,"
said Patrick Newport, U.S.
economist at IHS Global
Insight. Homebuilders broke
ground on a total of 587,600
homes in 2010, just slightly bet-
ter than the 554,000 started in
2009, the Commerce Depart-
ment reported Wednesday
Those are the lowest annual
totals on records dating back
to 1959.

sonally adjusted annual rate of
529,000 new homes and apart-
ments last month. That's a drop
of 4.3 percent from November
and the slowest pace since
October 2009.

A big reason for the decline
is that people are buying fewer
single-family homes, which rep-
resent nearly 80 percent of the
market. Single-family home
construction fell 9 percent to
an annual rate of 417,000 units
in December.

In a healthy economy, home-
builders break ground on more
than 1.5 million units a year.

Newport said he doesn't
expect that level of home con-
struction until 2014. He expects

builders will start work on
685,000 homes this year, 1.09
million units in 2012, and 1.43
million in 2013.

And the pace is getting
worse. The Commerce Depart-
ment reported Wednesday that
builders started work at a sea-

Oil prices fall on disappointing housing report

The data were an indication
that Americans are not building
new homes as unemployment
remains high and credit remains
tight for many people.

The housing report disap-
pointed oil traders because they
were looking for positive data
that would indicate the econo-
my is getting stronger, Tradi-
tion Energy analyst Gene
McGillian said. A stronger
economy will mean more
demand for oil and gas.

Oil and natural gas supplies
remain plentiful. The Energy
Department is scheduled to
release its weekly oil inventory
report on Thursday, a day later
than usual because of the Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. holiday on

: NEW YORK

? Oil prices fell Wednesday
} after a government report
? showed the U.S. housing indus-
} try still has a long way to go to
i recover.

? Benchmark oil for March
: delivery lost 50 cents to settle at
: $91.81 a barrel on the New
? York Mercantile Exchange.

: The Commerce Department
} said builders broke ground on
} 587,600 homes in 2010. That
? was the second lowest number
: of homes started since 1959.
: The worst year was 2009 when
} only 554,000 homes were start-
: ed. That compares to about a
? million new units a year when
? the economy is healthy.



A leading jewellery retailer is seeking a person for this senior

position.
STORE MANAGER

The successful candidates will be responsible for ensuring sales
and profits are optimized through excellent customer service
and proper maintenance of inventory controls according to

established company procedures.

The ideal candidate should possess:

Integrity, Energetic motivational skills and assertiveness
Previous management experience a plus

Ability to manage, train and motivate staff

An eye for detail

Good educational background. Professional qualification (GIA
or equivalent) or suitable work experience would be an asset
skills
marketing and training

Proven in inventory management, merchandising,
Ability to prepare basic accounts, budgets and assist with external
audits

Ability to prepare, maintain, and update operating manuals and
procedutes

Strong knowledge of computers and administration

Ability to prepare matters for senior management and lead

discussions

The position offers an excellent remuneration and benefits

package.
Interested person should submit your resume to:

‘The Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box N-623
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax (242) 322-6607
Or Email
hr@luxuryretaillimited.com

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Bahamas Property Fund
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10.63
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Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings

Commonwealth Bank (S1)

Consolidated Water BDRs

Doctor's Hospital

Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean Bank

Focol (S)

Focol Class B Preference

ICD Utilities

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0.00 7%
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19 October 2017
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30 May 2013

29 May 2015

99.46
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RND Holdings

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0.35

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Last Prince P/E Yield
14.00

0.55

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1.5740
2.7202

13.2825
114.3684
106.5528

1.1415
1.1101
1.1428

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CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
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1.498004
2.918697
1.555464

NAV GMTH
1.475244
2.919946
1.538692

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6.90% 30-Nov-10
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Monday. Analysts surveyed by
Platts, the energy information
arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.,
expect a decline of 2.2 million
barrels in crude supplies.

The numbers should reflect
last week's temporary closure
of the Trans-Alaskan pipeline
due to a leak. The line delivers
about 13 percent of the nation's
daily domestic oil production
to tankers for West Coast deliv-
ery. Natural gas prices rose as
icy weather blanketed much of
the country and forecasters said

NOTICE

NOTICEis hereby giventhat JOHNNY CHARLES of Bishop
St.,Nassau Village is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20' day of
January, 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CLAUDIA ISABEL
ALCANTARA SANTOS of Jansel Court #303
F41492, Freeport, Grand Bahama is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 20" day of January,
2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DANIEL JAMES EVANS
of #69 Fortune Bay Point, P.O. Box F-42958, Freeport,
Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send awritten and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20" day of
January, 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, LISA CANDISE
KNOWLES of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to LISA CANDISE SEARS . If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.

very cold temperatures may be
around into the middle of next
month. Natural gas for March
delivery added 13.6 cents to set-
tle at $4.561 per 1,000 cubic
feet.

Analysts expect the Energy
Department to report Thurs-
day that natural gas in under-
ground storage fell last week.
The amount of the decline like-
ly will "set the tone in this mar-
ket for the next several days,"
energy consultants Cameron
Hanover said in a report.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RONY ST.FLEUR of #54
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,

for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 13" day of January,
2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that WILLIAM PETER MANOS
of George Town, Exuma, Bahamas, P.O. BOX EX-29476
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13" day of JANUARY 2011 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147,
THE TRIBUNE





China agrees to purchase
$45B in US exports

JULIE PACE,
Associated Press
WASHINGTON

Seeking to build ties with an
economic rival, the White
House said Wednesday that
China would purchase $45 bil-
lion in U.S. exports, including a
highly sought-after $19 billion
deal for 200 Boeing airplanes.

The announcement came as
Chinese President Hu Jintao
arrived at the White House for
a state visit with President
Barack Obama. The deals
could soothe some concerns
from the U.S. government and
corporate America, both of
which contend that China keeps
its currency artificially low in
order to make Chinese prod-
ucts cheaper in the U.S. and
USS. products costlier in Chi-
na.

Obama and Hu met Wednes-
day with U.S. and Chinese busi-
ness leaders, including some
involved in the new export
deals. Obama said the eco-
nomic relationship between the
two countries is "more com-
plex" than it appears.

"Our goal here today was to
make sure that we break out of
the old stereotypes that some-
how China is simply taking
manufacturing jobs and taking
advantage of low wages, the
US. is importing cheap goods
and thereby having cheaper
products, but also putting
strains on our employment
base," Obama said.

Hu told the executives that
he welcomed U.S. companies
to do business in China, and
said his country is speeding up
its economic restructuring and
trying to increase domestic con-
sumption. Increased Chinese
demand for goods is a prime
USS. concern because it could
help reduce a U.S.-China trade
gap.
In addition to the Boeing
deal, China will also invest in
USS. exports from agriculture,
telecommunications and tech-
nology companies, including
General Electric, Honeywell
and Navistar. The White House
said the deals will support up
to 235,000 jobs in the U.S.
Executives from Boeing and
General Electric were among
the business leaders who will
meet with Obama and Hu at
the White House.

The White House said China
also agreed to strengthen its
intellectual property rights
enforcement and ease its
indigenous innovation policies



(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

GREETING: President Barack Obama welcomes China's President
Hu Jintao during a state arrival on the South Lawn of the White
House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011.

irked U.S. businesses.

The indigenous innovation
policy China adopted in 2009
limits Beijing's purchase of for-
eign products to those designed
in China. U.S. businesses see
the policy as a ploy to force
them to turn over their tech-
nology to China or be locked
out of business with the gov-
ernment.

The White House said
Wednesday that China agreed
that it would not make govern-
ment procurement decisions
based on where the intellectual
property rights for goods or ser-
vices are developed or main-
tained. Officials said China also
agreed that it would not dis-
criminate against innovative
products made by foreign sup-
pliers operating in China.

U.S. software companies
have also said they're cheated
out of billions in sales because
Chinese companies, and even
government agencies, illegally
copy their programs instead of
buying them. China agreed in
December to allocate funds in
its budget for legal software
purchases, and on Wednesday,
the White House said China
agreed to audit the use of legal
software and publish the results
of those audits. U.S. officials
hailed the move as a significant
step forward in transparency
for the often secretive Chinese
government.Among the com-
panies the U.S. and China
reached export deals with are:

— Boeing: China agreed to
approve airline contracts for
200 aircraft to be delivered over
a three-year period, starting this
year. The $19 billion package
will support more than 100,000
American jobs, according to the
White House.

— General Electric: The
White House says GE reached

— both practices that have

Hopes for Europe aid drag
follar to 2-month low

NEW YORK

The dollar fell to a nearly two-month low against the euro
Wednesday because of investor hopes for more decisive action
to combat the eurozone debt crisis. Meanwhile, housing data in
the U.S. showed a troubled real estate market.

The euro traded as high as $1.3538, its strongest point since
Nov. 23, before slipping back to $1.3465 during late trading
Wednesday. It was worth $1.3392 late Tuesday.

The euro has suffered since November due to worries over
the eurozone debt crisis, but has moved higher over the past
week on speculation among investors that policymakers will
soon enact a more aggressive plan to combat countries’ debt
problems, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch fixed-income
strategist Daniel Tenengauzer. Political leaders face pressure to
increase and reform the current euro750 billion ($1 trillion)
bailout fund.

A successful Portuguese bond auction Wednesday also
helped reassure investors. Portugal raised euro750 million,
paying a lower interest rate than in its last bond sale.

The dollar was also weak against most other major currencies
after the U.S. government said homebuilders broke ground on
a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 529,000 new homes and
apartments last month. That's the slowest pace since October
2009.

While the pace of building permits, a gauge of future build-
ing, rose to the highest level since March, the real estate mar-
ket remains stagnant, analysts said.

"Homebuilding activity will remain painfully weak for the
next few years,” said Paul Dales, an economist with research
firm Capital Economics, in a note to clients.

The British pound rose to $1.5990 from $1.5979 and the dol-
lar dropped to 82.06 Japanese yen from 82.54 yen. The dollar
was up to 99.60 Canadian cents from 99.27 Canadian cents,
recovering from a two-and-a-half year low of 98.32 Canadian
cents on Tuesday.

The U.S. currency dropped to 0.9550 Swiss franc from 0.9630
Swiss franc.

The dollar also fell to its weakest point against the Chinese
currency since the China's current currency regime began in
1994. Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Washington for high-
profile meetings with President Barack Obama and business
leaders.

The dollar fell to as low as 6.5819 yuan earlier on Wednesday.
The yuan has risen about 3.5 percent against the dollar since
June, when China pledged more exchange rate flexibility. U.S.
lawmakers and others had long complained that China keeps its
yuan too weak, giving its exporters an unfair price advantage
and hurting U.S. manufacturing jobs.

During a visit to the White House on Wednesday, Presi-
dent Barack Obama said that he told Chinese President Hu Jin-
tao that China's currency is still undervalued. And last week,
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that he believed it
was in China's interest to let the yuan rise more rapidly.

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a deal with China Shenhua
Energy Company Limited. The
joint venture will use GE's
cleaner power generation tech-
nologies to advance cleaner
coal solutions for industrial
chemicals, fuels and power gen-
eration. GE estimates the deal
has the potential to generate
up to $2.5 billion in USS.
exports.

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By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter

GROUP of social partners,

Asomtised of a wide range of
ahamians and Bahamian

organisations has come together to
join in a campaign called "40 Days
of Prayer For Peace In Our
Community" to address the esca-
lating issues of crime and social
dysfunction facing the country.

The group includes the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, the Church, busi-
ness owners, fraternal organisations,
community organisations, families, and
neighbours in the Fort Charlotte/Boyd
Subdivision area.

The "40 Days Of Prayer For Peace”
will begin on January 23 and end on
March 3. The campaign will focus on the
Ft Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area that
has the following boundaries: Nassau
Street on the east, West Bay Street On
The West, Farrington Road on The
South, and the Rock Crusher/ Perpall
Tract areas in the Southwest. Organisers
will have a full walk about in the area led
by the police and social partners on
Saturday, January 22. On Sunday,
January 23 there will be a special launch
of the campaign on Arawak Cay at 4pm.

Tribune understands that some forty
adults met at the beginning of January in
Boyd Subdivision to own this campaign
and create a strategy. The churches re p-
resented at the meeting included,
Temple Baptist Church, Holy Spirit
Anglican Church, Johnson Park Seventh
Day Adventist Church, Church of God
of Prophecy of Greater Chippingham,
Mt Moriah Baptist Church, Living
Waters Church, St Joseph's Catholic
Church, St Michael's Methodist Church,
The New Mt Zion Baptist Church, and
Bishop Swain a leading clergyman who
resides in Chippingham.









PREPARATIONS: The members of the 40 Days Of Prayer For Peace Campaign discuss ideas.

In a statement, Rev Philip Stubbs said:
“One hundred persons being murdered
in 14 months in the Bahamas has caused
alarm throughout our Commonwealth.
Routine experiences of violence on our
streets and within our homes joined to
create fractures in family life that have
touched every family tree in our nation.
It is creating a Bahamas that seems to be
tipping on the point of social destru c-
tion. These social realities seem to have
leaders and Bahamians from every
sphere in 2011 looking frantically for
solutions that would redirect our
beloved land.”

He goes on to state that a narrative
was clear at the group’s first meeting,
saying "We commend our police for the
job that they are doing but crime contin-
ues to escalate in our community. We
have decided to seek God's face during
this forty day period. We believe that
God will act when we seek Him in

prayer and that He alone is the answer
to the problem of crime in our commu-
nity. Our direction comes from 2
Chronicles 7:14, "if my people, who are
called by my name, will humble them-
selves and pray and seek my face and
tum from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, and I will forgive
their sin and will heal their land. God
and God alone, that will be our cry for a
solution in the Ft Charlotte/Boyd
Subdivision area during this forty day
period.”

Going further, the impetus and coor-
dination for the first meeting came from
Schell Stubbs, a banker who clearly has
a vision for the campaign, but is said to
be equally impassioned about it being a
campaign that is owned not by one indi-
vidual but by a group of social partners.

SEE page 29
The Tribune

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

OR the 11th consecutive
Hin Dr Sparkman
Ferguson will host the

annual Epiphany solo organ

recital.

This year the 60 minute recital will fea-
ture the work of composers Bach,
Mendelssohn, Virgil Fox, Diane Bish,
Franklin Ashdown, Vierne, Ball and
Rogers and Hammerstein.

Dr Sparkman told Tribune Religion that
choosing to lead the recital with works
from the famous composer Johanne
Sebastian Bach, is only right.

“Bach has written most of the music for
the organ that exist and his music is syn-
onymous with the church.

“IT have created a program of classical
and sacred organ music,” he said.

Because there are not many aganists
hosting recitals, he said he wants to foster
an appreciation among musical enthusiast
for the organ as a solo instrument.

“Bahamians are not used to hearing the
organ played as a solo instrument.

We seldom have organ recitals. It's the
one time you get to see the organ per-
formed as a solo instrument. There is no
singing, there is no clapping,” he said.



ANGLICAN CURSILLIO EVENTS FOR

2011 FIRST QUARTER

JANUARY
Spring Retreat
St. Mary’s
January 22

St. Mary’s Parish
8.30 am

FEBRUARY
Secretariat
February 12
Day of Deeper
Understanding

RELIGION

Dr Ferguson hosts Epiphany

While admission for the recital is free of
charge, donations are accepted to aid St
John's College for the establishment of a
music library.

The proceeds from Dr Ferguson's recent
recitals have benefited St Anne's High
School Band, and the College of the
Bahamas scholarship fund. Additionally
the recital provided 17 new trumpets, clar-
inets, saxophones and trombones for the St
John's band last year.

“ Last year it was instruments and this
year it is a new music library because cur-
rently the school doesn’t have one,” he told
Tribune Religion.

Dr Ferguson is encouraging the public to
come out and support the event because
this year he has a good show lined.

“The Bahamas has a lot of good organ-
ists, but it just that they do not recite. I
encourage people to come out and support
the recital,” he said.

Since the start of the recital ten years
ago the Dr Ferguson said has attracted
moreand more persons to the event.

Last year the recital hosted an audience
of more than 300 persons.

“The recital has been well received by
the public. It has grown every year. People
look forward to this event,” he explained.

As soon as this recital is finished
Ferguson said he will be on his way to
planning the next!

Abaco, February 26



Thursday, January 20, 2011 ® PG 27

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STILL STRONG: Dr Sparkman Ferguson will host the annual Epiphany solo organ recital.

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RELIGION

The Tribune



Start your year right, Bahamas!

THINGS are very different today than
they were two or five years ago. 2010 was
a year filled with many difficulties, and
even though we welcome 2011 with the
excitement that accompanies a new year,
it looks as if the difficulties may continue.

Economically the nation appears to be
in a deep hole with a sluggish economy
that despite the positive out- looks and
forecasts, just won’t turnaround fast
enough to most people’s satisfaction.
Unemployment has reached alarmingly
high double digits, crime in 2010 has man-
aged to frighten most in all facets of the
Bahamian society and amidst all of these
fears, the general mood of the nation and
even the world is one of anxiety and
uncertainty. Indeed, if we were to look
back, we can truly say, 2011 is different —
it’s uncertain, and whether people want to
admit it or not, most are afraid and
uncomfortable with this change.

Major threats of civil unrest looms
among the unions of the nation, leaving
politicians apparently handicapped in
finding solutions. The national debt and
the debt of individual citizens tn the nation
continue to increase into the billions and
millionsrespectively, all while the poverty
rate is rising along with the cost of living.
These are indeed trying times. Indeed

hope seems grim and scarce in The
Bahamas today.

Yet all is not lost! The Commonwealth
& Global Prayer Grotto, the 24-Hour
Prayer Centre of Trinity City of Praise, in
partnership with Kingdom Covenant
Connection (KCC), the network of sons,
daughters and covenant partners of
Apostle Ed Watson, and the sound, pro-
duction and recording company FAM
Entertainment, have joined together to
host a “Start Your Year Right,
BAHAMAS!” National Prayer Rally on
January 21 at 7pm at Rawson Square.
This two-hour rally will give people within
the country a sense of hope, faith for the
upcoming year, and an opportunity for
them to place their future in the hands of
an unchanging power source, God. It
presents everyone the chance to begin
their year right.

The rally will focus on the state of the
economy, the government - in view of next
year’s general elections, crime and vio-
lence within the nation, our youth and the
family along with many other issues that
prevail within our society curently. All
are invited to attend and be a part of this
event as it is an opportunity to inject faith
and hope back into our nation as we pre-
parefor better days to come.


The Tribune

RELIGION

Damah!

HOSEA 4: 6. My people are destroyed
for lack of knowledge: because thou hast
rejected knowledge, I will also reject
thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me:
seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy
God, I will also forget thy children.

This word DESTROYED in the
Hebrew is: damah, daw-maw’'; which has
several meanings as follows: 1) to be
dumb or silent; 2) hence to fail or perish;
3) to ease, 4) to be cut down (off ), 5) be
brought to silence, 6) to be undone.

The time has come for each of us to
take a good look at the way / manner in
which things are transpiring around us;
nationally and internationally. Have you
noticed that in matters where it’s expect-
ed that certain persons (leaders) should
speak up; they are dumb/silent?

Are you taking note of the world sys-
tems (political, religious, economic,
insurance, employment, etc;) and their
failures; and are not these the very same
systems that the people have been
methodically trained to hold onto as their
safety net? Now, stop for a moment and
ask yourself this question ““What’s Going
On?”

Think it not strange that as a nation
we’re seeing and experiencing that which
we are at this time. The simple fact that
we as a people have creatively chosen to
reject the true knowledge (da'ath, dah'-
ath) of God (Yahweh) and being obedi-
ent thereby; which is resulting in our per-
ishing in various areas of our lives; per-
sonally and nationally.

The deception that many persons have
given into is that “they’re of the view that



PASTOR
MATTHEW

once they are praying and fasting, God
would overlook their continual / consis-
tent disobedience to His word or their
partial obedience thereof.” Whereas they
seem not to know that partial obedience,
is disobedience.

One of the first steps to be taken in rec-
tifying this deception that we’re walking /
operating in as a people; is the step of
humility. This is where each of us, from
the least to the assumingly great among
humble ourselves before God and one
another; admit that we don’t know every-
thing and be openly willing to receive
from those who might know that which
we don’t.

While we do give honour and respect to
whom they are due; it’s also of the utmost
importance that even the recipients of
such honour and respect not allow the
spirit of pride and arrogance to be their
down-fall.

It is not God’s will that any should per-
ish; but yet many shall and are perishing.
This is a result of the choices many have
made or are making. Agree or disagree
as much as you wish; life is about choices.

Here’s what God’s word says:

Deut.30: 19. I call heaven and earth to
record this day against you, that I have set

before you life and death, blessing and
cursing: therefore choose life, that both
thou and thy seed may live:

2011 and the coming years will not
make room for those who choose to
reside on Complaining Boulevard and
Murmuring Street; nor for those who
reside on the Corner of Just Pray About
It, and Do Nothing Avenue.

During the days of the Prophet Elisha,
the nation of Israel was going through a
rough period; there was a severe famine
in the land (2Kings.7:3-5), and four lep-
rous men made a choice to get up and do
something. Their decision changed the
course of their nation’s history; what
choice or decision are you going to make?
Are you going to get up and do something
? Or are you going to continue your com-
plaining and murmuring ?

Watch this !
2Kings.7:3-5:

: 3. And there were four leprous men
at the entering in of the gate: and they
said one to another, Why sit we here until
we die?

: 4. If we say, We will enter into the
city, then the famine is in the city, and we
shall die there: and if we sit still here, we
die also. Now thereforecome, and let us
fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they
save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill
us, we shall but die.

: 5. And they rose up in the twilight, to
go unto the camp of the Syrians: and
when they were come to the uttermost
part of the camp of Syria, behold, there
was no man there.

Again, it’s not God’s will that any

Thursday, January 20, 2011 ® PG 29

should perish ! But remember your per-
ishing could be based upon your choices.
You could choose to believe and receive
God’s word / his Son, Yahshua Messiah
(a.k.a. Jesus the Christ) and have a per-
sonal relationship with Him, or you can
hold-fast to the perishing religions and
traditions of men.

Here’s what the scriptures says about
it.

John3:16. For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life.

This word PERISH in the Greek is:
apollumi, ap-ol'-loo-mee; which means to
DESTROY.

There is no need for any to PERISH /
be DESTROYED any longer, simply
choose; make a decision / choice of which
direction, pathway you’re going to take.

Religion can be likened to man searc h-
ing for a path / a way to God:

Prov.16:25. There is a way that
seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.

To put an end to man’s futile search for
the way back to his God, here’s what
Yahshua Messiah says:

John.14:6 Yahshua saith unto him, I
am the way, the truth, and the life: no
man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Choose the right WAY !

¢ For questions and comments contact us via
E-mails:pastormallen@yahoo.com or
kmfci@live.com or ph.1-242-441-2021
Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l



40 Days of Prayer

FROM page 26

Mrs Stubbs explained with an enthusi-
asm that could only be described as
infectious, that this type of campaign has
been used successfully in a number of
places including Orlando, Florida, and
Peoria, Illinois. The organisers have laid
out the signature feature of the campaign
that will be a public prayer each day of
the 40 day period at scheduled places in
the Ft Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area,
Christie Park, Quarry Mission Park,
Lucky Food Store Parking Lot, Mt
Moriah Baptist Church, C I Gibson
Parking Lot, St Michael's Tennis Court ,
St Bernard's Parking Lot at St Joseph's
Church will be some additional sites.

“While prayer times will vary, most of
the prayer times will occur between 7 pm
and § pm each evening. Saturdays will be
different. On Saturdays, there will be a
family focus,” Rev Philip Stubbs noted.

“To put it plainly over forty days a lot
of diffe rent persons will be praying pub-
licly for an end to crime in our area and
for an expansion of peace. Willing fami-
lies throughout the area will sponsor the
prayer time on Saturdays. During the
Saturday time of prayer the prayer will
be public but will occur in the front of a
neighbourtnod home. Family members,
neighbours, will be praying directly for
each other during these Saturdays.”

The group’s organisers of the "40 Days
of Prayer For Peace" in the Ft
Charlotte/Boyd Subdivision area empha-
sise that the campaign, like prayer, is for
everyone, it is not a campaign for the
organisers alone, it’s for the entire com-
munity. Members of the neighbourhoods
throughout the area are invited to share
in the daily public times of prayer that
will occur during the campaign. The "40
Days Of Prayer For Peace Team 2011"
can be contacted at telephone 325 6126.


PG 32 @ Thursday, January 20, 2011 RELIGION The Tribune

Holy Family Anglican Church
celebrates Feast of Title

oly Family Anglican Church 4
H in Mortimer’s, Long Island

has a long history that
dates from the early 1900’s. The
Church’s history involves preach-
ing, teaching and molding the
basic social unit the ‘family’.

This church has played a pivotal role
in Long Island history many youngsters
who grew in the southern most settle-
ments of Mortimer’s or Gordon’s attend-
ed this church for Sunday school and
Sunday morning worship.

And this past Sunday January 9. mem-
bers from North and South joined
together for corporate Eucharistic cele-
brations at Holy Family in Mortimer’. St
Peter’s and St Paul’s Anglican parishes
from the North and South Long Island
respectively welcomed high spirited
Priest Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral
Rev Fr Colin Humes.

Fr Chester Burton, Rector of St.
Peter’s Parish was the chief celebrant for
the concelebrated Eucharist Mass, Fr
Jonathan Archer, Rector of St Paul’s
Parish assisted at the altar and Fr
Humes preached the sermon in this his-
toric church.

Fr Humes took his text from the
Gospel appropriate for the Eucharist
Luke 2 verses 41-51. Luke the evangelist
records the events that surrounds Jesus
visit to the Temple. In the passage the
parents of Jesus are frantically searching
for Him and when He is found, He told
them, “Did you not know that I must be
in my Father’s house?” Fr Humes then
asked the church, “Are you on your
Fathers business?”

He said that we in the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas especially the capital
New Providence have seen the deterio-
ration of the family structure He remi-
nisced on his childhood growing up in a
Christian family and recognising that
Sunday was a day of worship and a day
people spent venerating their Creator.
He reminded the congregation that if
any corrections and amendments must
be made to the moral fabric of society, it
must start primarily with the family
structure. Finally, he admonished the
family driven church to encourage fami-
ly worship time, family play time and
definitely family Bible study time to
ensure that Long Island maintains it
quiet tranquil and serene ambiance.

Afterwards members congregated in
the foyer of the church for refreshments.





HOLY GATHERING: Scenes from the Feast
of the Title held at Holy Family Anglican
Church in Mortimer’s, Long Island.
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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A MASSIVE police opera-
tion, targeting criminals
throughout New Providence
was launched last night by the
Commissioner of Police Elli-
son Greenslade.

Operation Rapid Strike will
focus on a number of people
who the police suspect to be
involved in murders, armed
robberies, possession of illegal

firearms, stealing of vehicles,
stabbings, house break-ins,
and “all other criminal activi-
ty.”

This new thrust by police,
said Mr Greenslade, is a con-
tinuation of their efforts to
reduce the occurrence of seri-
ous crimes throughout the
country and restore peace and
civility in the community.

Following the Commis-
sioner’s announcement, two

SEE page 12

Appeal filed against ruling that Minister
of Works acted unlawfully on roadworks

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net



ATTORNEY General John Delaney confirmed yesterday
that an appeal to the Supreme Court ruling that found that the
Minister of Works acted unlawfully when he commenced road-
works on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street was filed on
Monday.

The ruling handed down by Justice Neville Adderley on

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POLICE CLAMPDOWN HALTS

HARBOUR ISLAND BREAK-INS

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

A CRIME-FIGHTING initiative
between local police and the Central
Detective Unit has put a clamp on house
break-ins at Harbour Island.

A spate of burglaries late last year
sparked fears of irreparable damage to
visitor and resident confidence.

Since then, the local police have arrest-

have been charged with eight counts of
burglary and stealing.

In the last three weeks there have
been no reported break-ins.

A police spokesman on the island said:
“We have the assistance of CDU offi-

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AMBULANCES currently used
by public hospitals are in desperate
need of replacement, hospital offi-
cials acknowledged yesterday.

The majority of emergency vehi-
cales in the nation’s fleet are 2004
models, and not up to international
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years.

SEE page nine



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He had not been seen since Saturday
and had been reported missing. His wife
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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 Rapid Strike bid to beat criminals V olume: 107 No.48THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND WARM HIGH 82F LOW 70F By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net A MASSIVE police operat ion, targeting criminals throughout New Providence was launched last night by the C ommissioner of Police Elli son Greenslade. Operation Rapid Strike will focus on a number of peoplew ho the police suspect to be involved in murders, armed robberies, possession of illegal f irearms, stealing of vehicles, stabbings, house break-ins, and all other criminal activi t y. T his new thrust by police, said Mr Greenslade, is a con tinuation of their efforts to reduce the occurrence of serious crimes throughout the country and restore peace and civility in the community. F ollowing the Commis sioners announcement, two Commissioner launc hes major police operation M cCOMBO O F 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 AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net AMBULANCES currently used by public hospitals are in desperaten eed of replacement, hospital officials acknowledged yesterday. The majority of emergency vehicales in the nations fleet are 2004 models, and not up to international standards that call for the replacem ent of the vehicles every three y ears. SEE page nine PUBLIC HOSPITAL AMBULANCES IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPLACEMENT ON THE MOVE: Police take to the streets yesterday as part of Operation Rapid Strike. Felip Major /Tribune staff By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net ATTORNEY General John Delaney confirmed yesterday that an appeal to the Supreme Court ruling that found that the Minister of Works acted unlawfully when he commenced roadworks on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street was filed on Monday. The ruling handed down by Justice Neville Adderley on FROM page 10 Appeal filed against ruling that Minister of Works acted unlawfully on roadworks SEE page 12 FORT Charlotte MP Alfred Sears yesterday criticised the Government for its sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communica tions, arguing that the Ingraham administration had not made it clear that the company was "formed nine months ago." He said the public was under the impression that it is Cable & Wireless Worldwide, a global telecom munications company with more than 130 years of experience, not CWC which separated from the CWW group last year that is about to buy BTC. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net A CRIME-FIGHTING initiative between local police and the Central Detective Unit has put a clamp on house break-ins at Harbour Island. A spate of burglaries late last year sparked fears of irreparable damage to visitor and resident confidence. Since then, the local police have arrest ed five people, including a juvenile. They have been charged with eight counts of burglary and stealing. In the last three weeks there have been no reported break-ins. A police spokesman on the island said: We have the assistance of CDU offi A TEAM of officers from the capital is in Eleuthera today looking for clues that might help explain the bizarre discovery of a dead man in a barrel yesterday morning. Police have said very little about the case, but sources claim the decomposed remains were found in a 55 gallon drum not far from the home of the victim. The identity of the man has not been confirmed, but he is said to have been a Haitian handyman known as Elise. He was known as a quiet family man and was liked in the community. He had not been seen since Saturday and had been reported missing. His wife was in Nassau. In its official report, the police said the body was found in a barrel through SEE page 12 MP SAYS CABLE & WIRELESS ORMED NINE MONTHS AGO SEE page 10 CRITICISING GOVT: Alfred Sears DECOMPOSED BODY OF MAN IS FOUND IN BARREL POLICE CLAMPDOWN HALTS HARBOUR ISLAND BREAK-INS SEE page 10

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T HE controversial Bahamian film Children of God has made BET.COMS list of the top ten films of 2010. T he Black Entertainment T elevision (BET week described the movie as gloriously shot, each frame strikingly beautiful, despite its low budget. Children of God took the 10th spot on a list that included s uch critically acclaimed films as Hours, The Kids Are All Right and The Social Network. Coming off of an incredible y ear with this film, to be recognised by Black Entertainment Television really puts the icing on the cake and helps to spread the word about our movie in a nticipation of our theatrical and DVD release this spring, said writer/director Kareem Mortimer. B ETs reviewer Clay Cane s aid it is refreshing to see an independent filmmaker who knows his craft. Children of God, a homos exual love story, has experienced unprecedented success for a Bahamian film since it first premiered at the sixth annual Bahamas International Film F estival in 2009. The movie, which is Mr Mortimers first feature length, screened at 70 film festivals around the world last year, winning 13 coveted awards, as well as being shown across the United Kingdom on tour with the British Film Institute LondonL esbian and Gay Film Festival. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CONTROVERSIAL: Children of God, which was described as gloriously shot. Children of God makes top ten list of 2010 films

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By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net THE Government was yesterday accused of giving prefe rential treatment to special interest groups following a decrease in business licence taxes for four industries construction, hotels, petroleum and f ood wholesalers. E lizabeth MP Ryan Pinder questioned if the taxes were lowered because FNM support-e rs have a huge stake in these i ndustries. Why would you extend this preferential rate to construction companies, except for the fact that the largest constructionc ompanies are generally supporters of the FNM? We know w ho the largest hotel operator supports. Why have these industries been included in a preferential business licence rate gen e rally reserved for historical industries in this country that we want to promote as a mattero f public policy," argued the Opposition MP as he debateda mendments to the Business L icence Bill in the House of Assembly yesterday. "Enough with the catering to special interests. An alternative w ould be for a reduced business licence fee for small, growing c ompanies in this industry, rather than the large special interests that dont need it," he added. In its amendments to the Business Licence Act, which w as passed in 2010, government lowered the business licence tax rate from 0.75 per cent to 0.5 p er cent for the aforementioned industries following an outcryf rom those sectors. State Finance Minister Z hivargo Laing has previously said that the Governmentr educed the taxes for the four industries to what most of t hem would have been paying under the old regime. Concerns He has also said it was never t he Government's intention to significantly increase revenuet hrough the new legislation, only to make commerce more efficient. Mr Laing said taxes were lowered after concerns were raised. T he amendments, in part, also extend the deadline to sub m it annual business financial results to the Secretary of Reve nue from December 31 to March 31; and broadens an applicant's right to appeal a rejection, cancellation, or susp ension of a licence by the Secretary of Revenue to the Busi-n ess License Review Board or the Supreme Court. M r Laing told Parliament yesterday that the legislation will streamline the process of doing business in the country by creating benchmarks andt imelines for the process of applying for a business licence;e liminate the need for separate applications for s hop/liquor/music/dance licences, and simplify the process of calculating business l icense taxes. "It continues to be our aim a nd objective to modernise, make easier the process and p rocedures for conducting business in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas because we regard this as fundamental to promoting a sustained growth and development of our economy," s aid State Finance Minister Laing, who led the debate ont he amendments. Still, Mr Pinder criticised the a mendments, arguing that the Ingraham administration put "sloppy" legislation before Parliament when it brought the Business Licence Act last summer, only to have to amend the laws later following public backlash. He said if Government hadc arried out proper public consultation before the Act was passed, these new amendments would not have come before the H ouse. "Today we find ourselves in this honourable place to clean up the sloppiness, and to clean up the poor drafting of a Billt hat this government brought (last year amendment to the recently passed Business Licence Bill is b ecause this government felt it necessary to push through legislation that was poorly drafted and doing so without public consultation. "This has been a trend with t his administration," Mr Pinder charged. "All of the amendm ents we debate here today are a direct result of the protest of t he private sector at a town hall m eeting held after the Business Licence Bill was passed." T he new Business Licence Act came into effect on January 1 2011. ATTORNEY Thomas Evans submitted yesterday that given the nature of the infor mation presented in a report b y the Security Intelligence Branch on veteran prosecutor Cheryl Grant-Bethell, the commission was justified in taking the position it did. On Tuesday, Mrs GrantBethells attorney Wayne Munroe had argued that she had not been afforded the o pportunity to defend herself against information presented to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission while it was considering her application for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions. T he contents of the report were so damaging that regardl ess of what Mrs Grant-Bethell said, it would not have changed their mind the court has heard, Mr Evans claimed. Mr Evans, who represents the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, concluded his submissions yesterday as the judicial review hearing continued. Mrs Grant-Bethell filed an a pplication for judicial review after being passed over for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions. She was instead appointed Deputy Law Reform Commissioner. Jamaican attorney Vinette Graham-Allen was appointed DPP instead. The matter is being heard by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Govt giving preferential treatment to special interest groups, says MP Felip Major /Tribune staff SPEAKINGOUT: MP for Elizabeth Estates Ryan Pinder speaks in the House. A PRISON officer and a teacher were among three people arraigned in a Mag-i strates Court yesterday o n a marijuana possession charge. Prison officer Travaughn B owe, 23, teacher and former news reporter Lloyd A llen, 30, and a 17-yearold of Pinewood Gardens were arraigned beforeD eputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell, charged with possession of marijua-n a. According to court d ockets, the adults and the teenager were found in possession of the drugs on Tuesday January 18. Vehicle The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.A ccording to the prosecution, the drugs were discovered by police after they searched a vehicle the men were travelling in ata round 2.30am on Tuesday. A small plastic bag cont aining a quantity of marijuana was found under the d rivers seat. The accused were each granted bail in the sum of$ 5,000. The case was adjourned t o July 25. Prison officer, teacher among three facing drug possession charge Two pilots were arraigned in a MagistratesC ourt yesterday on cocaine smuggling charges. Patrick Pyfrom, 45, and Valentino Antoine Collie, 38, appeared beforeD eputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane, charged withi mportation of cocaine, conspiring to import cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to supply and conspiring top ossess cocaine. According to police reports, around 10am on Sunday, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU men at the Lynden Pindling International Airport after they searched their suitcase and found 16 taped packages of suspected cocaine. The men had reportedly flown into New Providence from the Turks and Caicos on a private aircraft. According to prosecutor Inspector Ercell Dorsette, the drugs weighed 21 pounds. Both Pyfrom and Collie have pleaded not guilty to the charge. They were remanded to Her Majestys Prison and are expected back in court on January 26 for a bail and fixture hearing. T wo pilots ar raigned on cocaine smuggling char ges Attorney: Commissions position on Gr ant-Bethell w as justif ied court NEWS Share your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y. PLP S R Y AN P I NDERRAISESQUESTIONSAFTERDECREASEINBUSINESSLICENCETAXESFORFOURINDUSTRIES

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By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THEnostalgia for the good days of the Duvalier regime has caught fire amongst some Haitians in the local community, who are celebrating the return of the president for life. W hile some are applauding the Haitian government for investigating Jean-Claude Baby Doc Duvalier on charges of corruption and embezzlement, other Haitians are joining their counterparts in Haiti to celebrate the homecoming of Baby Doc after 25 years of exile. We are so happy, so glad to see him in Haiti. That is very good. We need him in Haiti and we need (President JeanBertrand) Aristide back to help rebuild Haiti. We wished for Jean Claude and Aristide to come back to help rebuild Haiti, said Celiner St Louis, a leader in the Haitian community and pastor of Gospel Assembly. We feel he had good leadership. When he was here we never had problems for water, food, or light. He was the one who did good for us. We lived so good. In the 25 years he has been gone Haiti has had all these problems, said Mr St Louis. T o the surprise of many in Haiti and the international community, Baby Doc returned to the island nation for undeclared reasons on Sunday. He was arrested and later released, although his passport was confiscated. Attorneys say the matter is in t he hands of a judge, who has to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial. Feelings in Haiti are mixed. Baby Doc was greeted by cheering supporters and jeering detractors. I dont support it and I am glad they arrested him and took him to court. That was the right thing to do. The guy has killed so many people; he took all of the resources and the money, n ow he is coming back to Haiti, for what? asked Antoine St Louis, president of the United Haitian-Bahamian Association (UAHB I do not mind that he helps, but he still should be tried for what he did before. Every time one of them come in power, t hey take what they want and go. It is not a matter of forgiveness. It is a matter of doing the right thing according to the law. The law should take its course, he said. Amnesty International issued a statement praising the actions of the government, and encoura ging them to do more. If true justice is to be done in Haiti, the Haitian authorities need to open a criminal investigation into Duvalier's responsibility for the multitude of human rights abuses that were committed under his rule, including torture, arbitrary d etentions, rape, enforced dis appearances and extrajudicial executions, the statement read. Baby Doc assumed power in 1971 at age 19 following the death of his father, Francois Papa Doc Duvalier. The pair presided over the infamouss ecret police force known as the Tonton Macoute, said to have tortured and killed thou sands of detractors and presumed opponents. With the help of the American government, Baby Doc was transported from Haiti, in a s imilar manner to Aristide, to France where he lived in exile. A Haitian-Bahamian resident of 20 years said he welcomed Baby Docs return and believed the Haitian people could forgive him for the mess he made during his regime. Some Haitians say yes, but m ajority say it is not the time to put him in jail. It doesnt make any difference now. He made a lot of mistakes, but at the same time there is always forgiveness. I dont think he is going back to Haiti now to get in power. After the earthquake he gave Haiti $1 million. That means he can do more. If they could take the money then they can allow him to use money now to help, he said. Antoine St Louis said he did not recall news about Baby Docs donation. Internationalm edia reported Baby Doc pledged $8 million of has assets to the American Red Cross after the earthquake. It is unclear if any of the money reached Haiti. I have not heard about the $1 million donation, but I would not be surprised. He hasa n opportunity to position himself like a caring soul, just like the persons who run criminal activities in the Bahamas who donate money to charity to gar ner public support, said Philip Smith, former ambassador to Canada, who has followed the political situation in Haiti. Speaking on the politics behind Haitis embrace of Baby Doc since his return from exile, Mr Smith said: I think some one got to him to say, There will be enough nostalgia for the good your father did early in life and the good you tried to do. If you want to go back this is the last and best opportunity for you. There is this entity that most people in Haiti dont know as a real person. He has been out of the country for 25 years, so they think, maybe he is not as bad as people say; hes come back and he wants to help, said Mr Smith. The frustration level in Haiti is high, he said, following the November 28 elections that are still unresolved, and with tones of rubble from the January 12 earthquake still visible in the city and the international press continuing to report about the millions in pledged yet to arrive in Haiti one year after the fact. The bottom line is, there are all sorts of reasons to feel bad. But I dont think he will bring anything positive to the mix. I think the excitement people are demonstrating is more frustra tion over everything else than pleasure over what he represents, said Mr Smith. SEE PAGE 13 LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %4+2674'*17)*6 The return of Baby Doc prompts some celebration in local Haitian community H AITI'S FORMER DICTATOR J ean-Claude Duvalier, centrre, and his longtime companion Veronique Roy, left, leave court as Louis-Jodel Chamblain, right, leads Duvalier by the arm in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday. (AP W W e e f f e e e e l l h h e e h h a a d d g g o o o o d d l l e e a a d d e e r r s s h h i i p p . W W h h e e n n h h e e w w a a s s h h e e r r e e w w e e n n e e v v e e r r h h a a d d p p r r o o b b l l e e m m s s f f o o r r w w a a t t e e r r , f f o o o o d d , o o r r l l i i g g h h t t . H H e e w w a a s s t t h h e e o o n n e e w w h h o o d d i i d d g g o o o o d d f f o o r r u u s s . W W e e l l i i v v e e d d s s o o g g o o o o d d .

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THE opposition Progressive Liberal Party has s lammed the Bahamas Elect ricity Corporation for conducting planned power cuts without notifying the public in advance. In a statement issued yest erday, the PLPs chairman B radley Roberts claimed the c orporation has begun loadshedding exercises, usually reserved for the summer months due to the higher demand, and insisted that Minister of State for the Envir onment Phenton Neymour g ive a public explanation of what is happening at BEC. The statement said: The Progressive Liberal Party is obliged to bring to the attent ion of the public that BEC is c urrently load shedding and h as willfully failed to bring same to the attention of the residents of New Providence. The Junior Minister Phenton Neymour has failed to tell the public that only two gen-e rators numbers 12 and 13 are operational at the Clifton Power Station which was designed to carry the base load for New Providence. A lack of preventative maintenance and mechanical o verhaul of generators is the m ajor factor for the dire straits in which BEC currentl y finds itself. M r Roberts claimed the c ost of running the gas turbines at the Baillou Hill Power Plant (which uses dieselv erses Bunker C gas) is contributing significantly to the escalating fuel cost for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation. The Progressive Liberal Party demands that the gove rnment come clean on the current status of BEC. The PLP also demands that the government, without delay, lay on the table the r eport prepared by Emera on the current status of BEC, he said. The PLP did not specify which areas of New Provi-d ence had been experienced power cuts. M inister of State Phenton Neymour could not be reached for comment beforep ress time last night, as the House of Assembly was in Session. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t ftf ttff ttf PLP claims BEC starting load-shedding exercises PLPCHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts

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By GLADSTONE THURSTON BAHAMAS Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC said he wants to help increase the local production of poultry products. With the assistance of College of the Bahamas poultry scientist Ronald Justin Taylor, BAIC is planning instructional facilities for the North Andros agri-industrial park. There is a huge market for poultry products in the Bahamas, said Mr Key on Tuesday as he toured the park. Chicken is a mainstay of the national diet. And, although chickens are relatively easy to raise, the vast majority of our poultry products, to the tune of many millions of dollars, is imported. Mr Taylor, who has a masters degree in poultry science, is a poultry specialist and lecturer at COB where he is engaged in research in poultry nutrition, husbandry and relat ed aspects. We import 100 per cent wings and leg quarters from the United States, he said. These are sourced from places like Brazil at reduced cost and somewhat like dumped into the Bahamian market. So, the market for a fresh Bahamian product, which is superior to the imported products, is wide open. He said the centrally located Andros has what it takes for poultry production lots of land and a good supply of fresh water. Consumers in todays society are looking for fresh locally produced birds, he said. A bird straight from the Bahamian environment can naturally sell itself, without a doubt. He pointed out that there is no certainty about the shelf value of imported eggs. No one knows where they came from, how long have they been travelling, what their storage life is. Therefore you will have more chance of bacterial infection and reduced egg quality. Locally produced products limit these factors in terms of ease of availability of these products, Mr Taylor said. Mr Key said he envisions small to medium-size operations, especially in egg production, being established in communities throughout the islands. We met with several persons who seem to have great interest and some experience in poultry production. Through this initiative we can supply the local market in such a way that we do not have to depend on product of dubious quality. We can produce a fresher product, and create a lot of jobs, he said. Ricardo Johnson of Love Hill manages a family-size operation of just under 200 chickens. He said each harvest sells out. Maybe his operation can be developed into a demonstration unit so other people can see what can be done, said Mr Key The BAIC chairman said he was very pleased with the quality of produce coming out of the greenhouse in the agriindustrial park. The peppers and tomatoes are as good as you can get, he said. This is a demonstration unit that we put in to show the many advantages of various techniques of growing. That is an indication of what we can do all over the Family Islands, LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 201, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5HFRPPHQGHGE\'RFWRUV %RG\HQHZDOURJUDP'HHS&RORQ&OHDQVLQJ 6XGGHQO\OLPURJUDP/RVHZHLJKWIRU*RRG 0DLQWHQDQFHURGXFWVIRU &HOOXOLWHWUHWFKPDUNV%HOO\)DWDQGRU )UHH&RQVXOWDWLRQ)UHH'HOLYHU\ Call M a \ 68''(1/<6/,0 )LUVWWQHVVXWULWLRQ %2$7IRU$/('RQ]LZHHW BAIC chairman aims for poultry products increase ABOVE: BAIC is encouraging Bahamians to pursue poultry product ion. These chickens are from Ricardo Johnsons operation at Love H ill, North Andros. RIGHT: BAIC executive chairman Edison Key enjoys a sample from t he greenhouse unit at the North Andros agri-industrial park.

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politain conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Sinfonia de Lanaudiere con d ucted by Stephane Laforest and with Richard Tucker Foundation. In the past season, she sang with Bryn Ter f el, Rene Fleming and Marcelo Alvarez for the Jacqueline Desmarais Found ation. KEITH KLASSEN A tenor who has emerged to become one of Canada's busiest performers. Since graduating with honoursf rom the Opera Division at the University of Toronto in 2002 he has performed over 5 0 roles from the standard operatic repertoire, as well as over 35 roles in the realm of new opera. He has been e ngaged across Canada, as well as in Scotland, Ger many, the United States, Irel and and the Czech Repub lic. The Star Phoenix described him as having "...ab ig ringing voice and great stage presence"; Classical 96.3 added, "Klassen's voicei s pure honey with its ease of high notes and the lyrical grace of his phrasing"; Opera Canada raved that his Rodolfo was "...dramati cally convincing, sung with passionate sincerity ensur ing the audience's love"; John Terauds of the Toron to Star called him "one of the country's most versatile artists"; and NOW magazine's Jon Kaplan went so f ar as to rate Keith as one of Toronto's top ten theatre artists. I n the past few seasons, critics and audiences alike have enthusiastically received his performances ofR odolfo (La Boheme Alfredo (La Traviata Jose (Carmen (Rigoletto), Samson (Samson et Dalilah) and Alfred (Die Fledermaus also continued his work with Tapestry New Opera Works, joining their newly formed studio company. THE Nassau Music Society has announced a rare n ight of top-class opera perf ormances to be held in supp ort of aspiring local singers. The Bizet-Broadway committee, in association with the Nassau Music Society, is featuring a special dinnera nd opera event to raise funds for voice training and s cholarships in the Bahamas. T he event will be held this Saturday, January 22, at Old Fort Bay Club under thep atronage of Govenor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes. After five successful y ears of a similar event in M ontreal, promoted by the order of St John of Quebec, one of its leading patrons d ecided to mirror this unique musical experiencei n the Bahamas, said one o f the organisers, Cornelia N ihon. This gala evening will begin with a Champaign r eception followed by an exceptional dinner and a special performance by well-k nown Canadian opera s ingers, who will be entertaining you with excerpts from various operas and Broadway musicals. Music Society president Patrick Thompson said: Wed o not see a lot of live opera in Nassau and we feel this is an opportunity for many to experience this. From the Nassau Music S ocietys point of view, our i nterest is to raise funds so t hat we can promote singers as well as instrumentalists and pianists through our College of the Bahamas Scholarship. There are a number of good voices in the music c ommunity in the Bahamas. B ecause of the limited population, it is difficult for them to get quality voicet raining and we envisage the funds raised from the evening for the voice schol-a rship programme being u sed to bring to the Bahamas voice trainers, not only to work with individua ls but also with choirs, of which there are a large num-b er in Nassau. M r Thompson said the S ociety is already in discussions with choirmasters from Bel Canto and the Highg rove Singers, among others. Our first mission would b e to train choirmasters how t o train a choir. If sufficient funds are raised, we would also provide a programme for individual voices, Mr Thomson said. P erformers for the Bizet to Broadway Night at the Opera include: BEVERLY MCARTHUR A s a mezzo-soprano, Ms McArthur has been praised for her rich voice and excellent character portrayals. As a young artist shep erformed roles with both t he Vancouver Opera and M ontreal Opera. These roles included Wowkle (La Fanciulla del West), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia),C lotilde (Norma nia (Ltoile credits include the roles ofD ido (Dido and Aeneas and Tituba (The Crucible with the University of B ritish Columbia, and Marc ellina (Le Nozze di Figaro with Banff Opera Theatre. In addition to performingo pera, Ms McArthur has performed concerts and oratorio works. ALEXANDER DOBSON British-Canadian Alexander Dobson has been p raised for his musicality and dramatic awareness on both opera and concerts tages. Recent highlights i nclude his portrayal of Wozzek conducted by Yannick Nzet-Sguin; Papageno in Die Zauberflte with Opera Hamilton; Mercutio in Romo et Juli-e tte for lOpra de Mon tral; Silvio in Opera Que becs Pagliacci; Marcello in both Saskatoon Operas pro d uction and BRAVOs TV rendition of La Bohme; De Retz in Bard Summerscapesp roduction of Les Huguenots, and he made his Royal Opera Covent Gar d en debut with The Midnight Court. Upcoming engagements include Mar cello in Pacific Opera Vic t orias La Bohme. With Calgary Opera he last performed Harlequin in Ari a dne auf Naxos and with L'Orchestre Metropolitain the title role in Don Gio v anni. MICHAEL MCMAHON Pianist Michael McMahon i s the preferred partner to many of Canadas most renowned singers. He has p erformed regularly t hroughout Canada, in E urope, Japan and the United States, with singers such as Catherine Robbin, Karina Gauvin, Measha Brueggergosman, Dominique Labelle,W endy Nielsen, Maureen Forester, Marie-Nicole L emieux,Annamaria Popesc u, Joseph Kaiser, Nathan Berg, Brett Polegato, Benjamin Butterfield, DanielT aylor, Michael Schade, Russell Braun and Richard Margison. F ollowing his studies at M cGill University in Montreal, he completed his musical education in Vienna at t he Hochschule fr Musik und darstellende Kunst andt he Franz Schubert Institute, a nd in Salzburg at the M ozarteum. During this time, he studied with such legendary artists as Erik W erba, Hans Hotter, Elly Ameling, Jrg Demus, and Kim Borg. I n addition to his active p erforming schedule, Mr McMahon is a professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. He has had long associat ions with l'Atelier lyrique de L'Opra de Montral, Opera Nuova, the Orford Arts Centre and the BanffC entre for the Arts, where he has worked regularly as a vocal coach. He is also often a sked to give masterclasses for singers and pianists, and recently was resident coacha t the Franz Schubert Instit ute in Austria and the COSI Summer Opera programme in Italy. GIANNA CORBISIERO Praised as luminous by O pera News, soprano Gianna Corbisiero is equally known for her warm vocal timbre as well as her excep t ional presence on stage. Ms Corbisiero has studied at McGill University, the young artist programme at lOpra de Montral and at the Juilliard School of Musici n New York. She has since then interpreted lead roles in sucho peras as La Bohme, La Traviata, I Pagliacci, Gianni Schicchi, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and Carmen in Northamerica, Europe and Asia. She has sung with Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Charles Dutoit; as well with the Orchestre MetroL OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ST Johns College Music Library will be the benefi ciary of the proceeds from the annual Epiphany organ recital to be performed by Dr Sparkman Ferguson on Thursday, January 27 at 7.45pm at Christ Church Cathedral. The 60-minute organ recital will feature Dr Ferguson performing works of J S Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Louis Vierne, Sir George Thal ben-Ball and Virgil Fox. Also included will be two living composers, Diane Bish and Franklin Ashdown. The concert is under the patronage of the Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd and Joanne Boyd. There is no admission charge, and all are welcome to attend. Previous concerts of Dr Ferguson have benefitted St Annes High School and College of the Bahamas. DR SPARKMAN FERGUSON TO PERF ORM ANNU AL BENEFIT RECITAL Opera experience to benefit aspiring Bahamian singers ALEXANDER DOBSON MICHAEL MCMAHON K EITH KLASSEN G IANNA CORBISIERO B EVERLY MCARTHUR P ERFORMERS

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O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. T he current state of ambulances in the country was acknowledged at a press conference to address concerns publ ished in yesterdays Tribune of frustrated paramedics in Grand B ahama (see story on page 9 D r Alvery Hanna, Director of the National Emergency Medical Services at the Public Hospital Authority, explained that the a gency had already commenced a phased replacement strategy. Dr Hanna said: Its not new, t he Public Hospitals Authority is aware that there is a need to r eplace the fleet of ambulances, n ot only in Grand Bahama but a lso here in New Providence. We h ave begun a replacement process and we have procured five new ambulances at a cost of $640 thousand. In yesterdays article, the Trib une exposed the concerns of paramedics in Grand Bahama who claimed that their efficiency w as severely challenged due to an insufficient and poorly-maintained ambulance fleet. It was alleged that due to the w orkload and the scarcity of vehic les, ambulances frequently break d own during emergency transp ort. Mechanical faults routinely experienced were said to include a brupt power loss, locked steering wheel, and gas leaks. The concerns raised in yesterd ays Tribune were also conf irmed by emergency technicians i n New Providence. O ne frustrated paramedic challenged the phased replacement strategy, highlighting that the m ajority of ambulances in the f leet at Princess Margaret Hospital were not functioning properly. The technician said: None of t hese ambulances are working, none, as we speak they are going down constantly. How can we o nly have three new ambulances where does the priority lie? W hile acknowledging the vital need for an updated fleet, Herb ert Brown, PHA Managing Director, explained that the process had financial limitations. M r Brown said: The fact of the matter is, there is only so much money we are alotted tos pend in one given year. We are phasing the procurement over a period of time but the plan is to e ventually have a system in place w here we can replace our vehic les every three years. T he first five ambulances are due to arrive at the end of Febr uary and the agency plans to order seven more ambulances in July. In the second phase, threen ew ambulances have been earm arked for Grand Bahama. Foll owing their arrival, the departm ent plans to implement the presence of an ambulance and team at the Eight Mile Rock clinic. There a re also plans to dedicate a full t ime ambulance and team to the Lynden Pindling International Airport. M r Brown said: We have seven ambulances in Grand Bahamawe need to bring that up to at l east ten. The idea is that when w e would have placed the order i n July for additional ambulances then we would have an ambul ance dedicated to the Eight Mile Rock area. Mr Brown told the media that t he government of the Bahamas, through the PHA, was currently spending an excess of $9.7 mil l ion in projects to improve the delivery and quality of healthcare in the Bahamas. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net HOSPITAL officials pledged their commitment to upgrading pre-hospital care throughout the Bahamas yesterday. At a press conference responding to concerns published in yesterdays Tribune, officials sought to defend their intent to improve the delivery and quality of public health care in the Bahamas. Herbert Brown, Managing Director at the Public Hospitals Authority, explained that he sent executives to Grand Bahama in December to investigate claims surfacing from the Emergency Medical Services Department after he received a complaint from the Bahamas Public Services Union. Mr Brown said: I think it is fair to say that the issue with respect to the ambulances, the age of the vehicles, they are genuine complaints. There is no question about that and we have acknowledged that. We will seek to ensure that our staff who work extremely hard get what they need to provide the service to the Bahamian people. Nearly four years since a mass sickout brought their concerns to national attention, paramedics said the Emergency Medical Services department on Grand Bahama were still without vital resources or adequate security. In a lengthy dossier detailing current faults within the pre-hospital care system, paramedics said severe neglect of their department continued to affect unnecessary, and in some cases fatal, challenges to the entire health care system. In Grand Bahama last month, Dr Hanna spoke with the administrator,a dministrative and human resources managers, EMS managers and staff and action plans were made concerning resolutions to issues raised. Dr Hanna said: The issues noted to us at that time were the licensing process, training, provision of books, new ambulances, and a mechanic for the EMS, a cellphone for EMS manager and industrial gloves. A Nassau-based emergency technician, who called to confirm the concerns of paramedics in Grand Bahama, explained that the lack of resources created low morale in staff. The technician said: We dont have the tools, we dont have the equipment to work with. Every other day the wrecker has to be towing the ambulance. The focus is come to work or else and it shouldnt be that way. If you want top performance from any of your employees you have to know how to treat them. Long-standing inadequacies, which were said to have fatal consequences, were an insufficient and poorly-maintained ambulance fleet, and the lack of a proper dispatch centre. With respect to maintenance of vehicles, Dr Hanna said: There is a mechanic from Nassau, Ford certified mechanic, who routinely goes to Grand Bahama to service and deal with repairs and maintenance. Dr Hanna confirmed the agency expects to hire a second mechanic for the Grand Bahama department in short order. Paramedics in Grand Bahama were critical that the dispatch centre was not located within the police control room as it is in Nassau. Dr Hanna maintained that there was 24-hour dispatch service in Grand B ahama, however she acknowledged that its relocation into the police con trol room in accordance with inter national standards was being actively pursued. Officials pledge commitment to pre-hospital care upgrades D R ALVERY HANNA ( left), Director of National Emergency Medical Services, addresses concerns of paramedics in Grand Bahama, as Herbert Brown (Managing DirectorHuman Resources Manager lic Hospitals Authority look on. Felip Major /Tribune staff PUBLIC HOSPITAL AMBULANCES IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPLACEMENT FROM page one

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December 17 of last year found that Minister of Works Neko Grant "did not follow the requirements of the law"w hen roadworks began in the area. Justice Adderley awarded the Coconut Grove Business League an unspecified a mount in damages for loss of business. T he road changes, which made Baillou Hill Road oneway northbound and Market Street one-way southbound,a re a part of the government's $120 million New ProvidenceR oad Improvement Project. A ccording to Charlene C ollie, project engineer and p ublic relations officer for the Ministry of Works, the entire p roject is estimated to cost more than $8 million and willb e completed in early 2012. Work performed in the area from Robinson Road toD uke Street includes road p avement, drainage infrastructure, street lighting, utility upgrades, side walks, sig-n als and road marking. Secondary drains called gully ports, are also under construction from Robinson Road to Wulff Road toe nsure that drainage problems occurring in areas highly prone to flooding are allevi-a ted. These gully ports are estimated to cost around $500,000. R oad works being carried o ut from Robinson Road to Wulff Road are hoped to be completed by March, withw ork to begin on the portion north of Wulff Road shortly. The road has been designed t o be 12 inches narrower than m ost in order to reduce traffic speed. Side walks on either side of t he road have also been cons tructed to make the road accessible for the handicapped and pedestrian-friend-l y. This is a high pedestrian area and our intention is to build a road up to international standards, said MsC ollie. Ms Collie said the design used for the undergroundd rainage facility is similar to that used on the Tonique Darling and Sir Milo Butler h ighways that have been succ essful thus far. The public should be advised that Robinson Roadt o Wulff Road will be closed after peak hours on January 27 for the final cement pour-i ng, and will open later that e vening. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ?D? $OOODQWVbRI :LQFKHVWHUWUHHWDOPGDOHEHWZHHQHDUVGDQG+DZNLQV+LOOf c ers. Just their presence alone has had an impact. Some things w e were unable to do with short staff, but they can go out there with the additional strength in numbers and increase t he visibility on the ground. Officers from CDU have been sent to Harbour Island week ly, on a rotation basis, from December. It is unclear whether the arrangement is to be permanent, but it is ongoing. D arrol Johnson, Harbour Island chief counsel, said police officers have been visible on the island since the initiative, and burglary reports have been reduced. The police came in and they have been working on the g round. They have been sending officers in every two weeks, and been on top of it, said Mr Johnson. Once the criminals see that the police are serious in their d uties then we shouldnt have a problem. a tract road in Hatchet Bay E leuthera by a family member. Police are not certain of the circumstances surrounding this incident. Investiga tions continue. Prison Guards in Nassau were also called into action yesterday morning when an inmate on remand attempted to escape by scaling the fence of the exercise yard. Alert guards caught the prisoner within minutes, according to Prison Superintendent Elliston Rahming, and he has been transferred to the Maximum Security wing. A few hours later, police w ere called to the scene of an armed robbery at Constitu tion Drive. Responding officers were told that a woman was at her home when she was approached by a man wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans and a blue and yellow striped shirt wrapped around his head. The man, who pulled out a handgun and demanded cash, made off with the victims handbag containing an undisclosed amount of money and a cell phone. He fled the scene on foot. DEC OMPOSED B ODY OF MAN IS F OUND IN BARREL POLICE CLAMPDOWN HALTS HARBOUR ISLAND BREAK-INS FROM page one FROM page one WORKTAKES place on new drainage being put in place on Baillou Hill Road yesterday. Felip Major /Tribune staff APPEAL FILED AGAINST RULING THAT MINISTER OF WORKS ACTED UNLAWFULLY ON ROADWORKS F ROM page one

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THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DAVID JORDINE T HE proposed sale of BTC is good for The Bahamas. The Bahamas struggle to compete in the globalized market place is growing more fierce by the m inute, and, as a nation, w e must make a comp elling case to attract organ izations here to do busin ess with us. A s we work our way out o f this long and hard recess ion, it has become very apparent how important it is for our country to be more efficient, and cost effective. It is not only important for governments to b ecome well-oiled m achines, but it is imperative that they exhibit effic iency, while at the same t ime minimizing the cost b orne by the public piggybank. The private sector is the e ngine that drives our economy. Banks T ake for example, A tlantis (i.e. the second largest employer in TheB ahamas), the many banks i n our Financial Services Industry, and the proposed BahMar development. All of these entities, h ave, and will continue to significantly impact our National Gross Domestic Product in the comingy ears. However, the govern ment provides the private s ector with many of the t ools it needs to carry out its role in creating jobs and generating revenue. Such tools provided by t he government are name ly, communication, energy, transportation, and aw ell regulated banking system, just to name a few. T he government prov ides the aforementioned tools at a cost, and it is this c ost that determines the c ompetitiveness of The B ahamas business environment. A cost effective, reliable, a nd competitive business environment is to the advantage of foreign investors, and small Bahamian entrepreneurs alike. It is for this reason that I support the sale of BTC. I t is my view that if the government can reduce the cost of providing any num b er of the aforementioned tools to the private sector, including the cost of telecommunication, suchr eduction will be seen in t he bottom line of domes tic and foreign companies, and will help to improvet heir overall efficiency. As it stands today, when compared with other countries in the region, TheB ahamas ranks among the highest in terms of cost for value. As a matter of fact, some of the very countries we pity in this region canb oast of cheaper telecommunication rates, more reliable services; and allh ave partnered with private telecommunication companies, represented largely by Digicel and C able & Wireless. I totally understand and appreciate the unions p osition on the proposed s ale of BTC in so far as it r elates to the safeguarding of jobs, employee morale,a dvancement for Bahamians, and a tranquil work e nvironment. Economy W hat I do not quite c omprehend are their efforts, which are being f ueled and supported by t he opposition party, to d iscredit and disparage the governments efforts to reduce the cost of provid-i ng a very necessary tool that will benefit all facets of our economy. It is my hope that the successful sale of BTC will lead to the liberalization of other government dom inated industries, such as e nergy, water, and other u tilities. In my view, what is most i mportant as the governm ent pursues its efforts of privatization, is the continued regulation of vari ous industries to ensurec onsumer protection, to prevent price gouging, and where foreign entities arei nvolved, to ensure that the rights and opportunities for Bahamian workers are always a priority. BTC sale is good for the Bahamas O PINION A A s s i i t t s s t t a a n n d d s s t t o o d d a a y y , w w h h e e n n c c o o m m p p a a r r e e d d w w i i t t h h o o t t h h e e r r c c o o u u n n t t r r i i e e s s i i n n t t h h e e r r e e g g i i o o n n , T T h h e e B B a a h h a a m m a a s s r r a a n n k k s s a a m m o o n n g g t t h h e e h h i i g g h h e e s s t t i i n n t t e e r r m m s s o o f f c c o o s s t t f f o o r r v v a a l l u u e e .

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bus-loads of officers armed with automatic weapons, four squad cars, a K-9 unit, and a s pecial rapid response team left police headquarters to begin their work. These officers will be led b y seasoned senior officers of the rank of Superintendent who will be assisted by Assistant Superintendents throughout the operation. I have asked our officers to be respectful of the rightso f all citizens and residents of the Bahamas but to also be firm, resolute, focused, and committed to the task at hand, CommissionerG reenslade said. W hile this operation is going on, Commissioner Greenslade stressed that all other police services will continue without interruption. As Commissioner, I ask all persons that are involvedi n the unlawful possession of firearms, vehicular thefts, armed robberies, break-ins, drug peddling, and all other acts of criminality to cease a nd desist. To parents, family members, and acquaintances of p ersons involved in the underworld of crime, do all in your power to encourage these individuals to make an about-turn and join all lawabiding citizens in building a better Bahamas, where we alll ive without the occurrence of and the fear of crime, he said. With the police having targeted profiles whicht hey will be seeking out, the C ommissioner added that they will be visiting all places where criminality is suspected and take the necessary action to arrest, charge, and place these persons before the courts. W hile Operation Rapid Strike will continue for as long as the Force thinks necessary, the Commissioner noted there will be specific b enchmarks they will be aimi ng for to ensure the operation is successful. A s a security warning to residents who may fear criminals may exploit this latest police operation to gain access to their homes, Commissioner Greenslade said all officers are properly attiredi n their uniforms and will be carrying proper identification to show exactly who they are. If we have a suspect who i s named, with reasonable g rounds to suspect, and is named; we do not believe that it is appropriate for that person to just go about business as usual. We are going to seek you out wherever you reside. We are going to comea sking for you, and we are going to enforce the laws of this country, he said. The Commissioner asked for all well-meaning citizens t o stand united with the Roya l Bahamas Police Force and allow them to do what is right to keep our country safe and secure. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 12, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM What will be the (majority h older, it is not Cable & Wireless PLC because that is what the Bahamian public had thought because Cable & Wire-l ess (is & Wireless Communications, a company that was just formed about nine months a go that is barely making a profit," c laimed Mr Sears, a former attorney general in the Christie administration. He questioned why CWC was selecte d, even though it did not engage in the bidding process for BTC, instead of allowing a Bahamian group to buy the state-run utility company. I am concerned that we would give 51 per cent of BTC to a company we wouldn't give it to Colina, I know Coli n a, I would have preferred to give it to Colina, or give it to Commonwealth B ank. But you mean to tell me they g oing to give it to a company that has b een in existence for nine months?" Mr S ears asked. On March 26, 2010, Cable & Wireless W orldwide separated from Cable & Wireless Communications through a demerger. They now operate as sepa-r ately listed companies on the London Stock Exchange, according to CWC's website. CWC describes itself as a full service telecommunications company w hich operates in the Caribbean, Pana ma, Macau and Monaco. When contacted by The Tribune State F inance Minister Zhirvargo Laing said if a ny company's history should be ques tioned, it should be Bluewater Ventures, the company to which the ProgressiveL iberal Party agreed to sell 49 per cent of BTC's shares before losing the general election in 2007. There is going to be ample opportun ity to speak to any number of points r aised by Mr Sears and others on the B TC matter, so I don't propose to real ly address that today other than to note t hat it is curious that Mr Sears, who sat in the former Cabinet that proposed to sell shares in BTC to Bluewater, a com-p any whose age should be checked, whose ownership and financial capability should be checked. "Because if the argument he raised is a n argument at all, it should have been one he raised when he we was in Cabinet when he agreed to do what they agreedt o do," said Mr Laing. T he Ingraham administration chose not to go ahead with the sale to Blue water when it won in May, 2007, and d escribed it as a "phantom company that was not publicly traded." FROM page one MP says Cable & Wireless ormed nine months ag Rapid Strike bid to beat criminals FROM page one P OLICECOMMISSIONER E llison Greenslade

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By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -The contribution from Bahamas residents toF amily Island tourism will "easily double" in 2011, giving the islands a massive boost, the president of the Out Island PromotionsB oard (OIPB ed, as changes to a promotional program enabling domestic travellers to receive a free air ticket comei nto effect. Stephen Kappeler, presi dent of the OIPB and general manager of the Cape Eleuthera Resort and Yacht Club, said he believes that through market research, the OIPB and the Ministry of Tourism have been able to "find the sweet spot that Bahamians are looking for" when it comes to creating conditions to stimulate more inter-Bahamas travel. A less well-known adjunct of the "Free Companion Airfare" program launched by the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with hotels in Nassau and Paradise Island, which allows international couples travelling to the capital to get one free airfare if they commit to a minimum f our-night stay at a partici pating property, the Out Island program launchedl ast year allows both inter national and Bahamian residents to receive a free air fare from Nassau if they stay on the island at a particularr esort for a given period. SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.70 $4.72 $4.61 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Some 125 new permanent jobs will be created by the retail/restaurant concessionsa lone when the Lynden Pindling International Airports (LPIA ment is completed, the Nassau Airport Development Compa n ys (NAD day, telling Tribune Business it w ould be a best in class airport for facilities of comparable size in the North American region. Stewart Steeves, NADs Airport project creates 125 retail/eatery jobs n $189m out of $198m budget spent on LPIA phase one expansion by end-November, with 800 workers on site n End-February gala opening planned for US departures terminal n Just 24 hours lost, out of over one million man hours worked on phase one expansion n NAD pledges best in class airport comparable to anything in North America SEE page 10B PROGRESSING: Airport redevelopment in a 2010 file photo. By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he total rate increase imposed on Bahamian-owned air lines by the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD e quivalent to $1 per seat over six years, its president and chief executive yesterday telling Tribune Business this was a small price to pay for a world class airport that would help grow the overall aviation sector. Stewart Steeves, responding to concerns expressed by B ahamian-owned airlines about the impact NADs fee increases would have on their businesses, said the rise was nomi-n al and that existing charges were relatively low in any case. Pointing out that NAD had decided to work with Bahamia n-owned carriers by electing to phase fee rises in over six years, rather than implementing them all at once, Mr Steeves s aid the plan for increases outlined in 2006 remained unchanged despite the revenue hit the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA sion and downturn in passenger traffic. Indicating that it would have been easy for NAD to raise fees NAD rate rise: $1 per seat over six years Airport chief says small price to pay for world c lass facility Adds that NAD absorbed 7-8% passenger fall-off at recession height by adjusting own cost base, rather than passing burden on to others LPIA non-employee operating costs down 19% a t $9.7m SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Minister of Tourism yesterday told Tribune Businesst hat the skys the limit for the Bahamas in developing a sports t ourism niche, efforts in this area receiving a substantial boost at the weekend after the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA this nation exempt status. The exempt status, which p laces the Bahamas on the same footing as Mexico and C anada when it comes to stag ing NCAA events, provides a platform for the Bahamas to host more collegiate and amateur sports events in the Bahamas, since NCAA teams w ill now no longer be subject to sanctions if they play in tour n aments here. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace told Tribune Business that the Bahamas had re-focused its sports tourism strategy, mov i ng away from the professional teams it had targeted previous SKY IS THE LIMIT ON SPORTS TOURISM Obtaining NCAA exempt status a big deal, says minister, enabling Bahamas to monetise value of sports assets SEE page 4B DOMES TIC T OURISM T O EASILY DOUBLE Sweet spot for Family Island travel found SEE page 9B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The $1.36 billion buyout of the 80 per cent stake in theB ahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO ed yesterday by New York Stock Exchange-listed Buck eye Partners. Confirming that it had com pleted the purchase of First Reserves stake, Buckeye added that the total acquisi tion cost would be $1.7 billion, as its deal to buy the remaining 20 per cent from Vopak would conclude as soon as legal documents and closing conditions were satisfied. Reiterating BORCO's attracBORCO owner closes $1.36bn deal for 80% SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamians will have to get used to paying for local calls at some point in the near future, a leading tele coms operator yesterday warning of the major cultur al shift that would have to occur, after regulators decided to allow the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC based interconnection fees. Paul Hutton-Ashkenny, president of Systems Get used to paying for local calls Telecoms operators warning for Bahamians PAUL HUTTON-ASHKENNY SEE page 3B

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By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN T here are certain types of clients that designers flat o ut will not work with. Did I say that? Yes, its not a question of whether the client will be easy to work with or how much they haveo ffered to pay. Instead, its a question of comfort and ethics. If something feels wrong are you willing to walk away? Deciding which projects a re ethical can be very subj ective, as what might seem perfectly okay to one designer might pose a big question for another. Because most designers are feelers they do noth ave a list of dos and donts, they merely have morals and ethics that sur-v ive on instincts. If we capture this ideolog y, is it practical to tell a prospective client why you arent able to design a pro-j ect? Furthermore, some choice s can obliterate one issue to give rise to another. For example, a web d esigner might refuse to design a site for a political c andidate simply because he plans to vote for another. I am reminded of a videog rapher who would design for other churches but wont work with any other groups that could be construed as hate groups. S ince we are operating on t hese principles, we can easily say it is a matter of comfort level. It is not always the cont ent of a project that can bother a freelance designer, but sometimes the methodsr equired in the course of the business process. I am convinced that persons, who by their very nature are unethical in theirb usiness lives, are generally those to avoid. Reassurance Personally, Ive found r eassurance in believing that its very important to have some idea as to what jobsy ou would and would not accept, and stand by it. I n some fields there are techniques that could make us a little uncomfortable,a nd perhaps violate our personal morals. F or example, designs that promote racism, sexual orie ntation, child abuse or exploitation, paedophilia or a ny other despicable activities are ones to miss. Simply avoiding projects t hat you are uncomfortable with is a legitimate choice and the mark of a professional artist. On the face of it, no d esigner should lose his or her soul for a few bucks if it goes against their principles.L ets not throw the baby out with the bath water just yet, a s freelance designers are more than just tools for clients. J ust as not all lawyers are ambulance drivers, not all d esigners borrow from photo.com or templemonster either. T here is no need for battle if it is to be agreed that people respect and appreciateh onesty, which perhaps alleviates tons of undue stress a nd cheap, deadbeat clients. Hungry designers who tend to bite at everythingh ave a tendency to stay hungry. W hen a designer is prepared to do anything for a buck, the value of the buckd iminishes very quickly. T he more designers are willing to compromise their integrity, the easier it is for clients to demand lowerc osts and misconstrue ideas. Sometimes the coin may be flipped, as some clientsm ay be offered a reduced cost if a designer believes in t heir project, such as animal shelters, medical charities, disabled promotions, ors ome other outreach ministry. Disaster Accepting a project that m akes a designer uncomfortable may result in a disaster, as they might not givei t their best shot. Nevertheless, just because o ne designer does not feel comfortable about a particular assignment should it bep roclaimed a bad project. Consider giving another d esigner a shot at the assignment, as this is one of the most favoured ingredientso f an ethical designer. Lets hope thar when t here are bills to be paid our principles are still with us. An employed designers l ife is nothing like that of a freelancers. A freelancer is somebody w ho is self-employed, not committed to a particular e mployer and typically works by themselves. There are other steps b eyond their actual work, such as managing projects, accounting, sales and marketing, that directly lead to designer income. T hus, it may be difficult f or freelance designers to draw a line in the sand and say no, especially if we are one week away from rent overdue. T here is a palpable sense of admiration and respect for freelancers, or people who are prepared to yield not. Remember, only you will face yourself at the end of the day, as it might seem e asy to forgive someone else but difficult to forgive yourself. A freelance designer should always feel superior a nd believe their work has provided a positive influence within their community. B ased on this premise, if y ou succumb to your weakness not only did the client buy your design, but they bought you. T o create a better you, m aking the best choice is paramount. T he long and short of this i s that we are only as good as our reputation. R emember, not because y ou can do something means that you should. Would your conscience allow you to turn down a c lient if it compromises your ethics? Until we meet again, play a little, have fun and stay on top of your game! NB: The author encourages feedback at deedee2111@hotmail.com BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM & RPIRUWDEOHRRPVDW&RPIRUWDEOHDWHV5RRPVIURPMXVWSHUQLJKW S OXVJUDWXLW\5HVWDXUDXQWDQG%DU 5HFUHDWLRQRRPHHWLQJRRP$OEDQV'ULYH We designers must stick to principles THE ART OF GRAPHIX D EIDRE M.BASTIAN I am convinced that persons, who by their very natur e are unethical in their business lives, ar e generally those to avoid. INSIGHT F or the stories behind the news, read Insight o n Mondays

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Resource Group (SRG which operates as IndiGo Networks, said the biggest concern for his company stemming from the Utilities Regulatory & Competition Authoritys (URCA mination on BTCs Reference Access and Interconnection offer (RAIO sion to allow the state-owned incumbent to charge rival carriers cost-based interconnection rates, while still providing local calls. This, Mr Hutton-Ashkenn y said, foreshadowed the introduction of metered tariffs for local calls, with Bahamian households and businesses ultimately having to pay either a flat-rate or per minute fee for same-island calls. In time, Bahamians will have to get used to being charged a metered tariff for l ocal calls, he told Tribune Business. I think its inevitable. Over time, operators will not be able to absorb these cost. What URCA has done is set in train circumstances that lead to local tariffs. When that does come it will cause a cultural shift in the market, because were all used to free local calls. With BTC now able to impose charges on rival carriers for interconnecting and terminating their clients calls on its network, Mr HuttonAshkenny said competitors would have no option but to do similar, as they could not keep on absorbing these costs. This would also mean a move away from the existing Bill and Keep arrangement b etween BTC and SRG, where neither party charges the other for interconnec tion/call termination because each is providing the other with a service of similar value. As a result, no local call fees were collected from Bahami an consumers. Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said URCAs decisions on BTCs RAIO were largely expected, and he added: Theres no smoking gun. Both SRG and Cable Bahamas had warned in their responses to the BTC RAIO consultation that allowing the state-owned incumbent to marry its free local calls regime with charging costbased interconnection (call termination) rates on rival carriers would destroy thep rospects for "sustainable competition" in the Bahamian landline telecommunications market. This, they argued, was because such a situation meant there was no way rival operators could replicate, or compete with, BTC's free same-island calls. In its decision, URCA noted Cable Bahamas' point that, for "a reasonably efficient operator" to compete with BTC's fixed-line offering to residential customers, the latter's interconnection rates had to be "cost oriented", whilet he cost of 'free local calls' had to be covered by monthl y access fees. Confirm The BISX-listed telecomm unications provider also urged URCA to confirm that BTC's "retail pricing is not predatory or below cost", and that retail offers could be replicated by rival carriers on the basis of the proposed RAIO offer. "Cable Bahamas further stated that in the event that BTC's monthly access charge is not compensatory, URCA must require BTC to rebalance its tariffs, as this is necessary for sustainable competition," URCA noted. "In the absence of URCA's c onfirmation that BTC's local rates are compensatory, local termination charges should be 'zero-rated'. Cable Bahamas believes that the introduction of a capacity-based interconnection offer would enable other licensed operators to replicate BTC's unlimited offer of free local calls." I n response, the regulator said that while cost-orientation was a requirement of BTC's licence and the Communications Act, it was still awaiting the company's 2009 accounting separation results to determine whether it was providing cost-based inter connection services. URCA added that tariff rebalancing, which both BTC and itself knew was needed, had to take place before it could be determined whether the latter was offering services to residential customers below cost. And the regulator was also unable to determine whether BTC's fixed, landline pricing could be replicated by rivals. Responding to the concerns raised, and in a direct nod to Cable Bahamas' plans to enter the Bahamian fixed-line telecommunications market in 2011, URCA said: "Notwithstanding the legitimate competition concerns identified, URCA considers that an efficient other licensed operator (OLO compete with BTC in the fixed access market by, for example, bundling fixed access services with local and l ong distance calls. URCA understands that there is an emerging trend in many jurisdictions for cable TV service providers to offer double or triple play packages in order to actively compete in the fixed telephony market (even if the incumbent's monthly access fee may not be fully cost reflective)...... "URCA agrees in principle that the monthly access fees should also cover the economic cost of providing 'free' local calls. However, for historic and social policy reasons, that might not be the current case in the Bahamas." Looking to reaffirm its procompetition credentials, URCA said "it takes seriously any potential competition concerns identified by the respondents, namely the ability of other licensed operat ors to profitably replicate BTC's retail offers given the non-zero RAIO charge for local calls". It promised to use its powers should any anti-competitive conduct come to light, and said that while BTC had not proposed a capacity-based interconnection offer, such arrangements could be negotiated with rival Bahamas-b ased telecoms providers. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 3/$17(&+1,&,$1 6W$OEDQV'ULYH %HDXWLIXOVSDFLRXVVWXGLRDSDUWPHQW )XOO\IXUQLVKHG SOXVHOHFWULFLW\ PRQWKVPLQLPXPVWD\ 7 A client accountant at JP Morgan Trust, Osriea Gordon, has passed the Series 7 exam in the US after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI Ms Albury, course administrator at STI, said: The Series 7 Course allows participants to expand their knowledge of capital markets, and thereby become more proficient and effective in their jobs. Ms Gordon is pictured. JP Morgan executive passes the Series 7 Bahamian set to addr ess seminar OSRIEA GORDON JOHN S. BAIN Bahamian chartered forensic accountant, John S. Bain, has been invited to address an accounting conference in St Kitts & Nevis held by the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean (ICAEC St Kitts and Nevis Branch; and The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC Mr Bain will lecture on Ethics & Governance He has recently been elected to the ACCA International Assembly to represent the Americas and the Caribbean, including the Bahamas and St. Kitts & Nevis. The meeting will be held on January 25, 2011, in St Kitts and Nevis. Get used to paying for local calls F ROM page 1B

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ly to collegiate and amateur sides, realising that these, too, b rought huge numbers of family, friends and travelling supp orters with them. Apart from boosting s topover visitors and spending, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said visiting sports teams and their followers also gave the Bahamas an opportunity to monetise its sporting assets. Apart from the new $30 mill ion national stadium ($20 million in supporting infrastruct ure), he noted that the Bahamas already had facilities such as swimming pools and basketball courts, that sat idle for long periods of time. Theres no question that this i s a huge deal for the Bahamas, Mr VanderpoolWallace said of the NCAA exempt status. This paves the way for exemptions across the b oard for a whole series of sports. Its very much in line with our focus on amateur sports as opposed to what has heretofore been a focus on professional sports teams withinN orth America. Needless to say, wherever these teams participate they b ring large numbers of friends a nd family. Pointing out that he frequently travelled to international swimming meets with h is well-known daughter, Arianna, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said he was always amazed by the number of people there in s upport of the athletes, havi ng paid their own way. As a result, he thought: Why not come to the Bahamas? The benefits to Atlantis from h osting the four-team NCAA tournament pre-Christmas were obvious, the resort doubling its occupancy rates by around 40 p ercentage points. "The occupancy rate for that period is around 80 per cent significantly higher than that the usual 40 per cent for the period prior to the Christmas Holidays. We are also pleased with tickets sales, which have surpassed the 1,200 mark," said E d Fields, senior vice-president of public affairs for Kerzner International, said at the time. Visiting NCAA teams and others would require a whole range of tourist-related and specialist services while in the Bahamas, the minister added, providing spin-off opportunit ies for Bahamians. He praised the work of George Markantonis, president and managing director ofK erzner International (Bahamasi ster of youth, sports and cul ture, Charles Maynard; and the M inistrys own sports tourism department, headed by Tyrone Sawyer, for making the NCAA exempt status happen. M r Markantonis did not return Tribune Businesss calls seeking comment yesterday,b ut an Associated Press report said Atlantis is hoping the e xempt status will pave the way for it to host the US east coast version of the Maui Invitation-a l, with an eight-team basketball tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend. "We, of course, are very delighted the vote went inf avour of the Bahamas," Mr Markantonis, was quoted as saying. "That enables entities in this country and, certainly in our case, Atlantis, to go ahead w ith their plans for a monster pre-season tournament. Basketball is the most popu lar sport in the Bahamas, and we'd like to think it's going to s timulate more interest in the country, and that people will come and make a week of it ona long vacation and take in some quality basketball." M r Markantonis said last summer that Kerzner International was aiming to break intot he sports tourism market by hosting two NCAA basketball t ournaments at its Atlantis property over the next two years, and was working with the M inistry of Tourism to enable the Bahamas to obtain 'exempt s tatus'. Announcing that the r esort owner was "working on a lot of initiatives to do with sports tourism", and that it agreed 100 per cent" with the M inistry's drive to break into this market niche, Mr Markantonis said it had been negotiating with "two major organisat ions" over the last nine m onths. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bs $ OHDGLQJMHZHOOHUUHWDLOHULVVHHNLQJSHUVRQIRUWKLV VHQLRUSRVLWLRQLQLWVDVVDXSHUDWLRQ 6/$1' 6/$1' 0 $1$*(5 0 $1$*(5 0 7KHVXFFHVVIXOFDQGLGDWHZLOOEHUHVSRQVLEOHIRUHQVXULQJ V DOHVDQGSURWVDUHRSWLPL]HGEFXVWRPHUVHUYLFHDQG SURSHUPDLQWHQDQFHRILQYHQWRUFRQWUROVDFFRUGLQJWR HVWDEOLVKHGFRPSDQ\SURFHGXUHV 7KHLGHDOFDQGLGDWHVKRXOGSRVVHVV QWHJULW\(QHUJHWLFPRWLYDWLRQDOVNLOOVDQG$VVHUWLYHQHVV $ PLQLPXPRI\HDUVPXOWLVWRUHPDQDJHPHQWH[SHULHQFH LQUHWDLOMHZHOOHU\VDOHVLVSUHIHUUHG 7KHDELOLW\WRPDQDJHDQGVXSHUYLVHVWRUHPDQDJHUV 7KHDELOLW\WRSURYLGHPRWLYDWLRQDQGGHPRQVWUDWH O HDGHUVKLSWRLPSURYFXVWRPHUVDWLVIDFWLRQDQGVDOHV SHUIRUPDQFH RRG(GXFDWLRQDO%DFNJURXQG 3URYHQVNLOOVZLWKLQYHQWRUPDQDJHPHQWPHUFKDQGLVLQJ P DUNHWLQJDQGWUDLQLQJ *RRGNQRZOHGJHRIFRPSXWHUVDQGDGPLQLVWUDWLRQ 7KHSRVLWLRQRIIHUVDQH[FHOOHQWUHPXQHUDWLRQDQGEHQHWV SDFNDJH ,QWHUHVWHGSHUVRQVKRXOGVXEPLW\RXUUHVXPHWR 7 KH+XPDQHVRXUFHVDQDJHU 3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV ) 2U(PDLO KU#OX[XU\UHWDLOOLPLWHGFRP SKY IS THE LIMIT O N SPORTS TOURISM F ROM page 1B

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on airlines above what was outlined in the 2006 plan, Mr Steeves said that instead it m ade that adjustment intern ally by reducing non-employee operating expenses by 19 per cent during its 2010 financial year. The total increased burden on domestic carriers over the life of this project is about $1 per seat phased in over six y ears, Mr Steeves told Tribune B usiness, because thats what the carriers asked us to do. Often, such fee increases a re put in place all at once, but we decided to work with the carrier community and phase it in over six to seven years. Theres a lot of discussion onw hat I feel is a rather small impact on the travelling public in exchange for a world class facility that will be an enabler o f growth for the whole sector. Acknowledging that there had been more discussion a bout rates in the domestic market than anywhere else, Mr Steeves added: The reality is that the increase is nominal. The rates were extremely low. T he NAD chief executive told Tribune Business that the fee increases for the two most commonly operated aircraft on d omestic Bahamian routes, the 34-seat Saab-340 and 19-seat Beech 1900, were $5.44 and $3.18 per flight respectively. This worked out at $0.16 pers eat and $0.17 per seat respectively. The rate paid by domestic and international carriers has r emained unchanged since 2006, when this recession began, Mr Steeves told Tribune Business. NAD had to cope with a r eduction in passenger volume that, at its peak, hit 7-8 per cent, and he added: We took that adjustment internally on our c ost base. While passenger numbers transiting through LPIA were now back on track, Mr Steeves said NAD had man-a ged to cut its non-employee operating expenses by 19 per cent, from $12.1 million to $9.7 million, due to improvements i n energy conservation and proactive as opposed to reactive maintenance. As for international carriers, Mr Steeves said NAD had engaged in a benchmarkings tudy to ensure LPIA remained competitive against rival airports on a whole basket of fees. We continue to be very competitive in that regard, and will be throughout the life of the project, despite this airport being brand new and havingt hree levels of service US preclearance, international and domestic, the NAD chief executive said. That makes it a m ore complex facility. When you can show youre competitive against anyone when youre not an average facility, were very pleased with that. M r Steeves said NAD had exploited the economic down cycle to reduce its construction and financing costs considera bly, locking-in long-term financing for the $409.5 million LPIA expansion at relatively low interest rates, something that would reduce its debt burden over the next 20-30 years,p lus lessen the fees it would have to charge airlines and passengers. Noting that NADs overall interest rates had d ropped by 1.5 percentage points between the stage one and stage two financing, falling from 8.5 per cent to 7 per cent, Mr Steeves said the airporto perator was on track to meet all its financial targets. Were on or ahead of all covenants with lenders, which e nables us to get a strong credit rating without any government guarantee, Mr Steeves said. Its very important to stay o n plan and continue to build confidence with lenders and credit rating agencies, so we can get competitively priced financi ng without any guarantee or obligations from the Government. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM GN 1164 GN1 167 F ROM page 1B NAD rate rise: $1 per seat over six years

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BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t ion for it, Buckeye Partners said: "No other international commercial storage terminal enjoys BORCO's proximity to the US demand and supply centres, as well as its scale and comprehensive service offerings. BORCO's terminal is a premier marine storage facility with a unique position as a strategic logistics hub. "The terminal has 21.6 million barrels of stora ge capacity with deepwater access up to 91 feet, and the ability to berth the largest tankers in the world. "Located only 80 miles from southern Florida and 920 miles from New York Harbour, BORCOi s strategically located to act as a hub in facilitating international logistics for bulk-build, breakbulk and blending operations." And Buckeye Partners added: "We believe that BORCO's customer demand is well in excess o f its currently available capacity. BORCO has r eceived strong indications for contract renewals from current customers, and there is a significant backlog of demand from additional potential customers. In addition, BORCO has receiveds ignificant interest from existing and new cust omers for the increased storage capacity expected to be constructed at the terminal over the next two to three years. "We believe the BORCO acquisition will support future regional and intern ational growth opportunities. There are potential synergies with our existing assets in the continental US and our newly acquired refined products terminal in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as well as o ther Caribbean market opportunities." BORCO owner closes $1.36bn deal for 80% F ROM page 1B

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T ourism officials have p reviously stated they were s omewhat disappointed by the uptake by Bahamians and Bahamas residents, with David Johnson, directorgeneral of tourism, suggesting some thought it was "toog ood to be true". H owever, according to Valery Brown-Alce, senior director at the BahamasM inistry of Tourism's New York office, and Mr Kappeler, market researchp ointed the stakeholders to a more specific reason why Bahamians did not take upt he offer: timing. A s of December 2010, the program has been tailored to ensure more Bahamians can take advantage. "We had patterned our i nitial domestic plan a lot l ike the travel might have been for US travellers. But the thing we learned was if youre Bahamian a nd you live in Nassau, your p attern to travel to the Out Islands probably isnt like a US traveler. "What we realised is that domestically our families and individuals travel a lot more like a two-day pattern. They fly in on maybe a Friday and fly out on a Sunday. So now weve strengtehened our initial package by recognising and learning from what we tried," said Mr Kappeler. The latest version of the promotion will now see domestic travelers offered a free companion airfare if they commit to two not three nights at a participating Out Island property. Mr Kappeler has high h opes for the potential of t he promotion to kick-start major growth in inter-island t ravel among Bahamians and domestic residents. I think the contribution of business coming to the Out Islands from Nassau, our domestic market, will easily double because weve found the sweet spot. Weve found that spot that the Bahamian travellers are looking for, and thats a two-night pattern," he said. "For example, if its $150 t o travel to Eleuthera and a $150 hotel, basically by payi ng your airfare its like Ive paid for your room. How much more affordable cany ou get than that?" Partnership The joint public-private partnership between theO IPB, which is funded by contributions from its member hotel and resort propert ies, and the Ministry of Tourism, has also changed the way the program is fund e d in an effort to attract more hotels to participate. T his gives travellers a wider variety of properties to choose from at a range of price points. Before there was a split funding model which said t he hotel paid a little something, the Ministry of Tourism paid a little some-t hing and the Out Islands Promotions Board paid something towards the costo f that air fare. Now weve taken that burden off the hotel, making it more attractive to the hotels of the Out Islands," said Mr Kappeler. W here participating hotels and resorts used to have to put up 25 per cent of thec ost of the free airfare being offered to each individual, the funding is now beings plit 50-50 between the Min istry of Tourism and the O IPB, he said. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 9B DOMESTIC TOURISM TO EASILY DOUBLE F ROM page 1B "What we realised is that domestically our families and individuals travel a lot more like a two-day pattern. They fly in on maybe a Friday and fly out on a Sunday. So now weve strengtehened our initial package by recognising and learning from what we tried." Stephen Kappeler Share your news T he T ribune wants to hear from people who arem aking news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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president and chief executive, s aid that while no wide-rangi ng analysis had been performed on the total economic impact of LPIAs redevelopment to date, the retail and r estaurant concessions in the new US departures terminal would add 125 jobs once operational. Just looking at very narrow s lice, just the shops and concessions in phase one, have created 125 new permanent jobs, Mr Steeves told Tribune Busin ess. The project as a whole has had a far more reaching impact. Disclosing that $189 million h ad been invested in LPIAs first phase expansion at endNovember 2010, out of a total $198 million budget, Mr Steeves said the construction w orkforce on site had currently hit is peak of around 800 workers. Apart from those working on the terminal, a number were a lso employed by the retail and restaurant concessions in fitting out those stores. Once stage one is finished, Mr Steeves said work would seamlessly switch to the existing US departures terminal, where efforts would focus on its $128.9 m illion phase two conversion into the international arrivals hall. Everything is still on track, he said of the phase one con s truction. Were in the final push, which is always a busy time, but were still planning for an early March opening of the US departures terminal and t hen switching over to work on the current US terminal. It would essentially be overnight. The day we begin operation of the new terminal, t here will be no need for the old one. We will be ready to go by the time the first flight arrives at the new Us terminal. T he plan is to get in there and begin work right away. The second stage is very similar to the first stage in terms of scope. Mr Steeves said phase two would require similar construction worker numbers to phase one, with a core of 400-500 workers rising to a peak of a round 700-800. These numbers were set to remain consistent throughout the next two-and-a-half years until the expansion was completed in 2013. The vast majority of that workforce is Bahamian as w ell, Mr Steeves said. Were 70 per cent and above Bahamian labour, and that rises to 75 per cent if those working on tenant stores are included. T hese percentages, he added, were especially impressive giv-e n the specialised nature of airport construction, involving aircraft loading bridges, baggage systems, IT systems and such l ike. Mr Steeves added that NAD was pleased with the safety aspect of the project, as while more than one million man h ours had been worked on the construction, just 24 hours had been lost due to minor incidents, something he described a s a very, very low rate. The third and final phase of LPIAs redevelopment, the $83.5 million domestic and international departures terminal, is scheduled to be completed by end-2013, and NADs chief executive said all three seemed to be meeting their f inancial targets. All indications are that we should hit budget performance; be within budget on all three stages, unless something goes wrong in the global marketplace, Mr Steeves said. The gala opening for the U S departures terminal is planned for February 25, 2011, followed by a public open house a day later, with the facility starting operations one weeka fterwards. Mr Steeves said NAD hoped t o have most of the US departure terminal restaurant a nd retail concessions open for phase one by the February 26 public open house date. Apart from eight restaurants, bars andl ounges, the finished US depart ures terminal will hold 10 retail stores and three mobile retail carts. Describing the improved concessions offering as signif-i cant, Mr Steeves said it represented a further upgrade on what was available in the existing US departures terminal s ix-seven karts and kiosks, three food places, including Dunkin Donuts and Cafe Kalik, and the Graycliff Lounge. The new terminal, he added, w ould have a 160-170 seat sitdown restaurant with table service, and more seating available on an outside patio. There w ill be 100-150 seats in the food court, with three different food vendors, plus a Dunkin Donuts coffee shop, the relocated Graycliff lounge and a Heineken bar/lounge. Itll be a significant improvement from what we have even today in the US d epartures terminal, let alone what the US departures terminal had two to three years ago, Mr Steeves told Tribune Business. He pledged that the US departures terminal would be spot on when it came to creating a Bahamian sense of p lace, having commissioned Bahamian artwork and entered into a rotating exchange initiative with the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. And, w ith many retailers offering Bahamian-made soap, candles and straw products, plus Bahamian-themed restaurants, itll have a strong sense ofp lace, no question. It will be state of the art, M r Steeves said of the new LPIA, and in many ways it will b e the most advanced, because it will have the latest technology...... We really believe this will be a best in class airport, not only in the region, but in NorthA merica in terms of [airports of comparable] size when com-p lete. 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NEW YORK Oil prices fell Wednesday a fter a government report showed the U.S. housing industry still has a long way to go to recover. Benchmark oil for March d elivery lost 50 cents to settle at $91.81 a barrel on the NewY ork Mercantile Exchange. The Commerce Department s aid builders broke ground on 587,600 homes in 2010. That was the second lowest number of homes started since 1959. The worst year was 2009 wheno nly 554,000 homes were started. That compares to about a m illion new units a year when the economy is healthy. The data were an indication t hat Americans are not building new homes as unemployment r emains high and credit remains tight for many people. The housing report disappointed oil traders because they were looking for positive datat hat would indicate the economy is getting stronger, Tradi-t ion Energy analyst Gene McGillian said. A stronger e conomy will mean more demand for oil and gas. Oil and natural gas supplies remain plentiful. The Energy Department is scheduled tor elease its weekly oil inventory report on Thursday, a day later t han usual because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. Analysts surveyed by P latts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos., e xpect a decline of 2.2 million barrels in crude supplies. The numbers should reflect last week's temporary closure of the Trans-Alaskan pipelined ue to a leak. The line delivers about 13 percent of the nation'sd aily domestic oil production to tankers for West Coast delive ry. Natural gas prices rose as icy weather blanketed much of the country and forecasters said very cold temperatures may be a round into the middle of next month. Natural gas for March d elivery added 13.6 cents to settle at $4.561 per 1,000 cubic feet. Analysts expect the Energy Department to report Thurs d ay that natural gas in underground storage fell last week.T he amount of the decline likely will "set the tone in this mark et for the next several days," energy consultants Cameron Hanover said in a report. 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f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he number of borrowers looking to refinance their mortgage r ose last week for the third straight time, a ccording to Associated Press The Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday its refinance index increased 7.7 percent from the previous week. Overall, the mortgage applications index rose 5 percent this week. B ut the number of people applying for a mortgage to buy a home fell 1.9 percent. Rates on fixed mortgages were mixed, the survey said. The average rate for the 30-year fixed loan slipped to 4.77 percent from 4.78 percent. The rate on the 15-year mortgage, a popular refi-n ance option, rose to 4.16 percent from 4.15 percent. Still, fixed mortgage rates are about a half-point higher than in November. They have risen as Treasury yields increased on improved economic data. Investors tend to seek safer investments l ike Treasury bonds in rockier times. Mortgage applications rose last week O il prices fall on disappointing housing report MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer W ASHINGTON U.S. homebuilders are coming off their two worst years in more than a half-century, and t he outlook for this year is only slightly better. E conomists say it could take three more years before the industry begins building homes at a healthy rate. In the mean time, the housing downturn is d ragging on the broader economy, with one-quarter of the jobs lost since the recession began in the construction field. Builders normally help lead the economy out of a recession. Construction projects fuel g rowth and that leads to more hiring. But a year and a half after the recession officially ended, builders are struggling to comp ete in markets flooded with unsold homes many of them foreclosures that are depressing prices. "Housing in the past has always been one of the key driv ers getting the economy back o n track. It is not going to happen this time because there is a huge glut of homes out there," said Patrick Newport, U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight. Homebuilders broke g round on a total of 587,600 homes in 2010, just slightly better than the 554,000 started in 2009, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday Those are the lowest annual t otals on records dating back t o 1959. And the pace is getting worse. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that builders started work at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 529,000 new homes and apartments last month. That's a drop of 4.3 percent from November and the slowest pace since O ctober 2009. A big reason for the decline is that people are buying fewer single-family homes, which represent nearly 80 percent of the market. Single-family home construction fell 9 percent to a n annual rate of 417,000 units in December. In a healthy economy, homebuilders break ground on more than 1.5 million units a year. Newport said he doesn't e xpect that level of home cons truction until 2014. He expects builders will start work on 685,000 homes this year, 1.09 million units in 2012, and 1.43 million in 2013. 2010 ends as 2nd worst year for home construction INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON S eeking to build ties with an e conomic rival, the White House said Wednesday that China would purchase $45 bill ion in U.S. exports, including a h ighly sought-after $19 billion d eal for 200 Boeing airplanes. T he announcement came as C hinese President Hu Jintao a rrived at the White House for a state visit with President B arack Obama. The deals c ould soothe some concerns f rom the U.S. government and c orporate America, both of w hich contend that China keeps i ts currency artificially low in o rder to make Chinese products cheaper in the U.S. and U.S. products costlier in China. Obama and Hu met Wednesday with U.S. and Chinese busin ess leaders, including some i nvolved in the new export d eals. Obama said the econ omic relationship between the t wo countries is "more comp lex" than it appears. Our goal here today was to m ake sure that we break out of t he old stereotypes that somehow China is simply taking m anufacturing jobs and taking advantage of low wages, the U.S. is importing cheap goodsand thereby having cheaper products, but also putting strains on our employment base," Obama said. Hu told the executives that he welcomed U.S. companies to do business in China, and said his country is speeding up its economic restructuring and trying to increase domestic con s umption. Increased Chinese d emand for goods is a prime U .S. concern because it could h elp reduce a U.S.-China trade g ap. I n addition to the Boeing d eal, China will also invest in U .S. exports from agriculture, t elecommunications and techn ology companies, including G eneral Electric, Honeywell a nd Navistar. The White House said the deals will support up to 235,000 jobs in the U.S. Executives from Boeing and General Electric were among the business leaders who will meet with Obama and Hu at the White House. The White House said China also agreed to strengthen its intellectual property rights enforcement and ease its indigenous innovation policies both practices that have irked U.S. businesses. The indigenous innovation p olicy China adopted in 2009 limits Beijing's purchase of foreign products to those designed in China. U.S. businesses see the policy as a ploy to force them to turn over their tech-n ology to China or be locked out of business with the gov-e rnment. The White House said W ednesday that China agreed that it would not make govern ment procurement decisions based on where the intellectual property rights for goods or ser v ices are developed or maintained. Officials said China alsoa greed that it would not dis criminate against innovative p roducts made by foreign suppliers operating in China. U .S. software companies have also said they're cheatedo ut of billions in sales because Chinese companies, and even government agencies, illegally copy their programs instead of buying them. China agreed in December to allocate funds in its budget for legal software p urchases, and on Wednesday, the White House said China a greed to audit the use of legal software and publish the resultso f those audits. U.S. officials hailed the move as a significants tep forward in transparency for the often secretive Chinese government.Among the com panies the U.S. and China reached export deals with are: Boeing: China agreed to approve airline contracts for2 00 aircraft to be delivered over a three-year period, starting this y ear. The $19 billion package w ill support more than 100,000 American jobs, according to the White House. General Electric: The White House says GE reached a deal with China Shenhua Energy Company Limited. The joint venture will use GE's cleaner power generation technologies to advance cleaner coal solutions for industrial chemicals, fuels and power generation. GE estimates the deal h as the potential to generate up to $2.5 billion in U.S. e xports. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 15B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEW YORK The dollar fell to a nearly two-month low against the euro Wednesday because of investor hopes for more decisive actionto combat the eurozone debt crisis. Meanwhile, housing data in the U.S. showed a troubled real estate market. The euro traded as high as $1.3538, its strongest point since Nov. 23, before slipping back to $1.3465 during late trading Wednesday. It was worth $1.3392 late Tuesday. The euro has suffered since November due to worries over the eurozone debt crisis, but has moved higher over the past week on speculation among investors that policymakers will soon enact a more aggressive plan to combat countries' debt problems, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch fixed-income strategist Daniel Tenengauzer. Political leaders face pressure to increase and reform the current euro750 billion ($1 trillion bailout fund. A successful Portuguese bond auction Wednesday also helped reassure investors. Portugal raised euro750 million, paying a lower interest rate than in its last bond sale. The dollar was also weak against most other major currencies after the U.S. government said homebuilders broke ground on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 529,000 new homes and apartments last month. That's the slowest pace since October 2009. While the pace of building permits, a gauge of future build ing, rose to the highest level since March, the real estate market remains stagnant, analysts said. "Homebuilding activity will remain painfully weak for the next few years," said Paul Dales, an economist with research firm Capital Economics, in a note to clients. The British pound rose to $1.5990 from $1.5979 and the dollar dropped to 82.06 Japanese yen from 82.54 yen. The dollar was up to 99.60 Canadian cents from 99.27 Canadian cents, recovering from a two-and-a-half year low of 98.32 Canadian cents on Tuesday. The U.S. currency dropped to 0.9550 Swiss franc from 0.9630 Swiss franc. The dollar also fell to its weakest point against the Chinese currency since the China's current currency regime began in 1994. Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Washington for highprofile meetings with President Barack Obama and business leaders. The dollar fell to as low as 6.5819 yuan earlier on Wednesday. The yuan has risen about 3.5 percent against the dollar since June, when China pledged more exchange rate flexibility. U.S. lawmakers and others had long complained that China keeps its yuan too weak, giving its exporters an unfair price advantage and hurting U.S. manufacturing jobs. During a visit to the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama said that he told Chinese President Hu Jin tao that China's currency is still undervalued. And last week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that he believed it was in China's interest to let the yuan rise more rapidly. Hopes for Europe aid drag dollar to 2-month low China agrees to purchase $45B in US exports (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak GREETING: President Barack Obama welcomes China's President Hu Jintao during a state arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011.

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The Tribune's R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N T H U R S D A Y J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 1 1 PG 26 By ALESHA CADET T ribune Features Reporter A GROUP of social partners, comprised of a wide range of Bahamians and Bahamian organisations has come together to join in a campaign called "40 Days of Prayer For Peace In Our Community" to address the esca lating issues of crime and social dysfunction facing the country. T h e g r o u p i n c l u d e s t h e R o y a l Ba ha mas Po li ce Fo rce, th e C h urch b u sin e ss o w n e rs f r a t e r n a l o r g a n i s a t i o n s co mm u n it y o rga ni sat io n s, f amil ie s, an d n eig h bo u r s in th e Fort Ch arl ot t e/ Bo yd S ub d ivi sio n are a. T he "40 Days Of Praye r F o r Pea ce" wi ll b egi n o n Jan u ary 23 an d e nd o n M a r ch 3 Th e ca mpa ign wi ll fo cu s on t he Ft Ch arl ot t e/B oy d S ub d ivi sio n are a t h at h as th e f ol lo wi ng b o un d arie s: Na ssau S t r e et on th e e ast W est B ay St ree t On T h e W e st Fa r ri n g t o n R o a d o n T h e S ou t h, an d th e Ro ck Cru sh er/ P e rpa ll T rac t area s in t h e S o ut h we st. Or g a n i s e r s wi ll h av e a f u ll w alk ab o ut in th e a rea l ed b y t he po li ce a nd so cial p art ne rs o n S a t u r d a y J a n u a r y 2 2 O n S u n d a y J a n u a r y 2 3 th ere w il l be a spe cia l la un ch o f th e camp aig n o n A r a wa k Cay a t 4 p m T rib un e u nd ersta nd s th at some f o r t y ad u lt s met at t he be gi nn in g o f Jan u ary in Bo yd Su b di vi sio n t o o wn t h is camp ai gn an d crea te a st rat eg y Th e ch u rch es r e p r e s e n t e d a t t h e m e e t i n g i n cl u d e d T e m p l e B a p t i s t C h u r c h H o l y S p i r i t An gli can Ch urch Jo hn son P a rk Se ve nt h Day Ad ven t ist Ch u rch C hu rch o f Go d o f Pro ph ecy of Great er Ch i pp in gh a m M t M o r i a h B a p t i s t C h u r c h L i v i n g W a t e rs Ch u r ch S t Jo se p h s C a t h o l i c C h u r ch, St Mic ha el' s Met h od i s t Ch u r c h Th e N ew Mt Zi on Ba pt i s t C hu rch an d Bi sho p Sw ai n a le ad in g cl erg yman wh o resi de s in C hi pp i ng ha m. In a sta te men t, R ev Phi lip S t ub b s sai d: "On e h un d red pe rson s be in g mu r d e re d in 14 mo nt h s i n t h e Ba ha mas ha s c au sed a l a r m t h rou gh o ut o u r C ommo nw ea lt h. Ro u ti n e ex p erie nc es o f v io le nce o n o u r s t r e et s an d wi th i n o u r h ome s jo in ed t o c r ea te f ract u res i n f amil y lif e t ha t ha ve to u ch ed ev ery fa mil y t ree in o u r na t io n. It is creat in g a Ba ha m a s t ha t see ms to be ti p pi ng o n th e po in t of so ci al de str u c ti o n. Th ese so ci al rea li ti es s e em to ha ve l e a d e r s a n d B a h a mi a n s f r o m e v e r y s p h e r e in 20 11 lo o ki ng fra nt ic all y f o r s o l u t i o n s t h a t w o u l d r e d i r e c t o u r b elo ve d la nd ." He go es o n t o sta te th at a n ar r a t i v e wa s cle ar at t he gr o u p s fi rst me et in g, say in g W e co mmen d ou r p o lic e f o r t he jo b th at t he y a re d oi ng b ut crime co nt in u es to esca la te in ou r co m mu n it y W e h ave d ec id ed t o se ek Go d 's fa ce d uri ng th i s f o rty da y p eri od W e b el iev e t h at Go d w il l ac t wh e n w e see k Hi m i n pra ye r a nd t h at He a lo n e is t h e an swe r to th e p rob l em o f crime in ou r commu n i t y Ou r d i r e c t i o n c o m e s f r o m 2 C h r on i cles 7: 14, "i f my pe op l e, wh o are cal le d by my n a m e w il l h u mbl e t h emsel ves a n d p ray an d see k m y f ace an d t u r n f ro m t h ei r w ick ed wa ys, t he n I wi ll he ar fro m he ave n, a n d I w il l fo r g i v e th ei r sin an d w il l h ea l t he ir la nd Go d an d Go d a lo ne th at wi ll b e o ur cry f or a so l u t i o n i n t h e F t C h a r l o t t e / B o y d Su b di vi sio n area d u rin g t h is f o rty d ay p e r i o d Go in g f ur t h e r th e imp et u s a nd c oo rdi n at io n f o r th e f irst meet i ng came f r o m Sc he ll S tu b bs, a ba nk e r wh o cl earl y ha s a visi on fo r t h e c ampa ig n, b ut is sa id t o be eq ua ll y imp assi on ed ab o ut it be in g a camp ai gn t ha t is ow ne d no t b y on e in di vi du al b ut b y a gro up o f soc ial p art ne rs. PREP ARA TIONS: T he members of the 40 Days Of Prayer For Peace Campaign discuss ideas. 40 Days of Prayer for Peace Campaign SEE page 29

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The T ribune Thursday January 20, 201 1 PG 27 RELIGION By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Features W riter F OR the 11th consecutive time Dr Sparkman Ferguson will host the annual Epiphany solo organ recital. Th i s y e ar th e 6 0 mi n ut e re c it a l w i l l fe a t u r e t he wor k of compo ser s Bach, M endels s ohn, V i r gil F ox, Di ane Bis h, F rank lin As hdown, V i e r ne, Ball an d Ro g e rs a nd H a m me rst e in D r Sp a rkm a n to l d T ri bu n e R e l i gi on t h a t c ho os in g to le a d t he re c i ta l w it h w o rk s f r o m th e f a m ous compo ser Johan ne Se b as ti an B a c h, is o nl y r ig h t. B a c h h a s w ri tt en m ost of th e mu si c fo r th e or ga n th a t ex i st an d hi s mu si c is sy n on y mo us w i th th e c h ur c h. I h av e c re a te d a pr og ra m o f c l a ssi c al an d s ac r ed org a n m u sic he sa id B e c a us e th er e ar e no t ma n y or g a n i s t s ho sti n g re c i ta l s, h e sa id he w a nt s to f os te r an a p pr ec i a ti on a m on g m usi c a l e nt hu si as t fo r th e o rg an a s a so lo in st r u m e n t B a ha m ia n s a re no t u se d to he a ri ng t he o r g a n p l ay e d a s a s ol o i ns tr u m e n t W e se ld om ha v e o rg a n re c i ta ls It 's t he on e ti me y o u g e t t o se e t he o rg an p er f o r m ed a s a sol o in str um e nt T he re i s no sin g in g t he re is n o c l a pp in g ," h e sa i d. W hi le a dm is sio n f or t he re c it a l i s f re e o f c h a r ge do na t io ns a re a c c e pt ed to ai d S t J o hn 's C o ll e ge fo r t he e st a bl is hm e nt o f a m usi c li b ra ry The p roc ee d s fr om Dr Fe rg us on 's r e c e n t re c i ta ls ha v e be n e fi te d S t A nn e 's Hi g h School Band, and t he C o llege of the B a ha m a s sc h ol a rsh ip f un d. A dd it io n al l y th e re c it al pr ov i de d 1 7 ne w tr um pe t s, c l a ri ne ts s ax o ph o ne s a n d t ro mb on e s f or t he S t J o hn 's b a nd la st y e a r La st y e a r i t w as in st rum e nt s a n d th is y e ar it i s a n e w mu si c l ib ra ry b ec a u se c u rre n tl y th e s c ho ol d oe sn t h av e o ne he t ol d T ri b un e R e l i gi o n. Dr Fe rg us on is e nc o ur ag i ng t he p ub l ic t o c o me o u t a n d s up po rt th e e ve n t be c a us e th i s ye a r he h as a g oo d sh ow l in e d. "T he B a ha m a s ha s a l ot o f g o od o r g a n i sts, b ut it ju st t ha t t he y d o n ot re c it e I e nc o u ra ge pe o pl e to c o m e ou t a nd su p po rt th e re c it al h e s ai d. Si nc e th e st a rt of th e re c i ta l t en ye a rs a g o th e Dr F e rg uso n s ai d h a s a tt ra c te d m o r e a nd m o re p e rso ns t o th e e v e nt La st y e ar t he re c i ta l h os te d a n au d ie n c e o f mo re th a n 3 00 p er son s. "T he re c i ta l ha s be e n w e ll re c e iv e d b y th e p ub li c It ha s g ro w n ev e ry y e a r Pe op l e l oo k f or w a r d to t hi s e ve n t, h e ex p la i ne d A s s oon as this r ec it al is f inis hed F e r g u so n sa id he w il l b e o n h is w a y t o p la n ni ng th e n e x t! Dr Ferguson hosts Epiphany solo organ recital STILL STRONG: Dr Sparkman Ferguson will host the annual Epiphany solo or gan r ecital. JANUARY Spring Retreat St. Mary's January 22 St. Mary's Parish 8.30 am FEBRUARY Secretariat February 12 Day of Deeper Understanding Abaco, February 26 Steak Out February 26 St Gregory's MARCH Servant Community March 12 Ultreya/Day of Deeper Understanding Freeport March 26 AN G L IC A N C UR SI LL IO E V E N T S FO R 2 0 1 1 FIRS T QUAR TER

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The T ribune PG 28 Thursday January 20, 201 1 RELIGION T H I N G S a r e v e ry di f f e r en t t oda y th an the y w e re tw o or fiv e ye ars a go 2 01 0 w a s a y ea r fi ll ed wi th m an y d iff ic ul tie s, a nd ev en th ou gh w e w e lc o me 20 1 1 w i th the ex c ite me nt tha t ac c o mpa ni es a ne w ye ar it lo oks as if th e di ffic u lti es ma y c on tin ue E c on omi c al ly the na ti on a pp ea rs to be in a de ep hol e w i th a slug g ish e c ono my tha t d esp ite t he po siti ve ou tloo ks a nd f o r ecas t s jus t won' t t ur n a r o un d fa st e nou gh t o mos t peo pl e' s s at is f acti on Une m plo ym en t ha s re ac he d a la r m i n g l y hig h d ou ble di gi ts, cri me in 20 1 0 h as m an ag ed to frig ht en most in al l fa c e ts of the Ba ha m ia n soc ie ty a nd am idst a ll of th ese fea rs, th e ge ne ra l moo d of the na tio n a nd ev en th e w orl d i s on e o f a nx ie ty a nd u n c e rt a i n t y Ind ee d, if w e w ere to l ook ba ck w e c an tru ly say 2 01 1 is di f f e r en t i t s u nc ert ai n, a nd w he the r pe opl e w a nt to adm it i t o r n ot, most ar e afr aid an d u n c o m f o r ta ble w i th thi s c h an ge Maj or thr eats o f civil unr es t l ooms am ong t he un io ns o f t he na ti on, l ea vi ng p ol iti cian s ap par en tl y h and icap ped i n fin din g so lu tio ns. Th e n at ion al de bt a nd the de bt o f in div id ua l c iti z en s in t he n at ion co nti nu e to i nc re ase i nto the b il lio ns a nd mil li ons r e s p e c t i v e l y al l w h ile t he po ve r t y rate is risin g a lon g w ith t he c ost o f liv in g. The se a re in de ed try ing ti me s. In de ed ho pe see ms gr im an d s car ce i n T he B a ha ma s to da y Y e t al l is n ot l ost! Th e C o mmo nw e al th & G lob al Pra ye r Grott o, th e 24 -H our Pra y er C en tre of T rin ity Ci ty o f Prai se, i n p a r t ner s hi p wit h K ing dom Co vena nt C on ne c tio n (K C C ), the n et wo rk of son s, da ught er s and c o ven ant par t ner s of Ap ostl e E d W a tson a nd th e sou nd, p roduction and r e c o r ding company F A M E n t e r ta in me nt, h av e joi ne d t og eth er to ho s t a S t a r t Y our Y ear Righ t, B AH AMA S!" Na tio na l Pra ye r R al ly o n J a n u a r y 21 a t 7p m at R aw son S qu ar e Thi s tw ohou r ral ly wi ll gi ve pe op le wi thi n th e c ou ntry a se nse of hop e, fa ith f or th e up c om ing ye ar a nd an o ppo rtun ity for th em to pla c e the ir f utu re i n t he ha nds of a n un c ha ng ing po we r sou rc e, God It p r e se nts ev ery on e the c ha nc e to be gi n th ei r y ea r rig ht. The ra ll y w il l fo cu s on th e sta te of th e e c o n o m y t he g ov ern me nt i n v i ew o f n ex t y e a r s ge ne ral el ec ti ons, cri me an d vi ole nc e w ith in the na tio n, ou r yo uth an d th e fa mi ly a lon g w ith ma ny o the r issu es tha t p r e v ai l wi thi n our soc ie ty c urr e n t l y Al l a r e i nv ite d t o a tte nd a nd be a p art of th is e ve nt as it is an op po rtun ity to i nje c t f ai th a nd h op e b ac k i nto ou r na tio n a s we pre p a r e fo r b et ter da ys to c om e. S t a r t y o u r y e a r r i g h t B a h a m a s ALL PRAISE: W orshipers pray and give praise at the Start Y our Y ear Right, Bahamas!' P ASTOR ED AND LEE W A TSON

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HOSEA 4: 6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast r ejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. T h i s w or d D ES T R OY ED i n t h e Hebrew is: damah, daw-maw'; which has several meanings as follows: 1) to be dumb or silent; 2) hence to fail or perish; 3) to ease, 4) to be cut down (off ), 5) be brought to silence, 6) to be undone. The time has come for each of us to take a good look at the way / manner in which things are transpiring around us; nationally and internationally Have you noticed that in matters where it' s expect ed that certain persons (leaders) should speak up; they are dumb/silent? Are you taking note of the world sys te m s ( p o l it i ca l r el i gi o u s ec on o m i c, insurance, employment, etc;) and their failures; and are not these the very same s ys t e m s t h at t h e p eo p l e h a ve b ee n methodically trained to hold onto as their safety net? Now stop for a moment and ask yourself this question "What' s Going On?" Think it not strange that as a nation we're seeing and experiencing that which we are at this time. The simple fact that we as a people have creatively chosen to r eject the true knowledge (da'ath, dah'ath) of God (Y ahweh) and being obedi ent thereby; which is resulting in our per ishing in various ar eas of our lives; per sonally and nationally The deception that many persons have given into is that "they're of the view that once they are praying and fasting, God would overlook their continual / consis tent disobedience to His word or their partial obedience thereof." Whereas they seem not to know that partial obedience, is disobedience. One of the first steps to be taken in r ec tifying this deception that we're walking / operating in as a people; is the step of humility This is where each of us, fr om the least to the assumingly great among humble ourselves before God and one another; admit that we don' t know ever ything and be openly willing to receive fr om those who might know that which we don' t. While we do give honour and r espect to whom they are due; it' s also of the utmost importance that even the recipients of such honour and respect not allow the spirit of pride and ar r ogance to be their down-fall. It is not God' s will that any should per ish; but yet many shall and are perishing. This is a result of the choices many have made or ar e making. Agr ee or disagree as much as you wish; life is about choices. Here' s what God' s word says: Deut.30: 19. I call heaven and ear th to r ecord this day against you, that I have set befor e you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefor e choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 2011 and the coming years will not m ake ro om f or t hos e who cho os e t o r eside on Complaining Boulevard and M u r mu ring Str ee t ; n or for t hose who r eside on the Corner of Just Pray About It, and Do Nothing A venue. During the days of the Prophet Elisha, the nation of Israel was going thr ough a r ough period; there was a severe famine in the land (2Kings.7:3-5), and four lep r ous men made a choice to get up and do something. Their decision changed the co ur s e o f t hei r n at io n' s hi st o ry ; wha t choice or decision are you going to make? Are you going to get up and do something ? Or are you going to continue your com plaining and mur muring ? W atch this 2Kings.7:3-5: : 3. An d ther e were f our lepr ous men at th e ent erin g in of the gate: and t hey s aid o ne to an other Why s it we her e unt il we di e? : 4. I f we s ay W e will ent er i nto t he c i t y t hen the f amine is in the cit y and we s hall die t here: and i f we s it s ti ll her e, we d ie als o. No w ther e f o r e come, and l et us f all unt o th e hos t of the Syr ians : if t hey s ave u s alive, w e sh all l ive; an d if t hey ki ll u s, we s hall b ut di e. : 5. A nd th ey r os e up in the t w i light t o go unt o t he camp of the S yrian s: and when t hey w er e c o me to the ut ter m o s t p a r t of th e camp of Syr ia, b ehold, ther e was no man ther e A gai n, it s n o t G od s w il l t ha t a ny sh ould per is h But r emember your p eris hing cou ld be b ased upon your c h oices. Y ou cou ld choos e to bel ieve and r e c e i v e G o d s wor d / his Son, Y ah shu a M es siah (a. k.a. Jesus th e C h ris t) and have a p erso nal rel ation shi p w i th Him or you c an hold -fas t t o the per is hing r eligion s and tr adit ions of m en. H e re s what the s c r ipt ur es says about it. Joh n3:16. F or God so loved the wor ld, that he gave his onl y begott en Son, that whos oever believet h in him sho uld not per ish but have everl ast ing lif e. T his word P E RI SH in t he Gr eek is: apoll umi, apol'loo-m ee; whi c h mean s to D E S T R O Y T h e r e is no n eed f or any to PERIS H / be DES T RO YED any lo ng er s i mp l y choos e; mak e a decis ion / choi c e of whi c h d i r ection pathway yo u'r e going t o take. Rel igion can be li kened t o man s ear c h ing f or a path / a way to Go d: P r o v 1 6: 2 5 T h e r e i s a w a y t h a t seem eth righ t unto a man, but th e end t h e r eof are t he ways o f deat h. T o put an end t o m an' s fut ile sear ch f or the w ay back to his God her e s what Y ahs hua M es siah says : Joh n.14:6 Y ahs hua sait h unt o him, I am t he way the t ru th, a n d t he lif e: no man comet h unt o th e Fath er but b y me. Cho ose t he r ight W A Y For questions and comments contact us via E-mails:pastormallen@yahoo.com or kmfci@live.com or ph.1-242-441-2021 Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l The T ribune Thursday January 20, 201 1 PG 29 RELIGION Damah! P AST OR MA TTHEW ALLEN Mrs Stubbs explained with an enthusi asm that could only be described as infectious, that this type of campaign has been used successfully in a number of places including Orlando, Florida, and Peoria, Illinois. The or g anis ers have laid out t he s ign ature feature of t he cam paign that will be a pub lic prayer each day of the 40 day per io d at scheduled places in the Ft Ch ar lot te/Boyd Sub divis io n ar e a Ch r i st i e Pa rk Qu a r ry M is si o n P ar k Lu c k y Fo o d S t o re Pa rk i n g L o t Mt Mo ri a h B a p t is t Ch u r ch C I Gi b so n P arking L o t, St Michael's T enni s C o ur t St Ber n a r d's P arking Lot at St Joseph's C h u r c h will b e s ome addit ional sites "Whi le p r ayer t im es w i ll vary m o s t of the pr ayer t im es will occur bet ween 7 pm and 8 p m each evening. Satu r days will b e d i f f e r ent. On Sat ur d ays th er e will b e a f am ily fo c u s ," Rev Philip St ubbs not ed. T o p ut it p lainly over forty days a lot of d if f e r ent p er sons will be praying pu blicly for an en d to c rim e in our area and for an expansion o f peace. W illing families th r ou ghout t he ar ea will spon s o r the prayer tim e on S aturdays. D u r ing the S a t u r day time of prayer the prayer will be p ublic bu t will occur in th e front of a n e i g h b o u r hoo d home. F amily mem bers neighb ours will b e praying direc t ly fo r each oth er du r ing t hes e S atur d a y s The gr o u p s organis ers of t he "40 Days o f Pra y e r Fo r P e ac e i n t h e Ft Charlotte/Bo yd Su bdivision area em p has ise that the cam pai gn, lik e prayer is fo r e v e r yo ne, it is n ot a campaign f or the o r ganis ers alon e, it s fo r the entire c o m m u n i t y Mem b er s o f the neighb our h o o d s t h r ough out th e a r ea ar e invit ed to s h ar e in the daily public tim es of pr ayer t hat will o c cur during t he campaign. T h e "40 D ays O f P rayer For Peac e T eam 2011" can be conta c ted at teleph one 325 6126. 40 Days of Prayer FROM page 26

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The T ribune PG 32 Thursday January 20, 201 1 RELIGION H oly Family Anglican Church in Mortimer's, Long Island has a long history that dates from the early 1900's. The Church's history involves preach ing, teaching and molding the basic social unit the family'. T hi s ch urc h ha s pl a y e d a pi v o ta l r o l e i n L o ng I sl a nd h i st or y m a ny y ou ng s te r s wh o gr e w i n t h e so ut h er n m ost se t tl e m en t s of M or t i m e r s or G or d o n s a t te n ded t hi s ch ur ch f o r S un da y sc hoo l a nd Su nd ay m o rn i ng w ors hi p A nd th i s pa s t S und a y Ja n ua ry 9 me m b ers fr om N or th and So uth joine d to g et h er f or co rp ora t e E uch ar i st i c c el e br at i o ns a t Ho l y Fa mi l y i n M or t i m e r s St P e t e r s a nd S t Pa u l s A ng l i ca n p ar i sh e s f r om t he Nor th an d So ut h L on g I sl a nd r esp ectively welco med high spir i te d Pri e s t V i ca r a t C hr i st Ch ur ch Ca t he d ra l Re v Fr C ol i n H u me s Fr Ches ter Bur ton R ecto r of St. P e t e r s Pa ri s h w as th e chi e f ce l e bra n t f o r th e c onc el e b ra t ed Eu cha ri st M a ss, F r Jon a th a n A r c h e r Re cto r o f St Pa u l s P a ri sh assi ste d a t the a lt ar and Fr H um e s pr ea ch e d th e se r m on i n t hi s h i sto ri c chu r c h Fr H umes took hi s t ext from the G osp e l ap pr op ri a t e f o r t he Eu ch ar i st Lu ke 2 ve r se s 4 1 -5 1 L uk e t h e e v a ng e l i st r e c o r ds t he e v e nt s th a t sur ro un ds Je su s vi si t t o t he T e m pl e I n t h e p a ss ag e t he p a r e n ts o f Je su s ar e f ra n ti ca l l y se a r c h i n g fo r H i m a n d wh en H e i s fo un d, H e t ol d th e m D i d y o u n ot k no w t h at I m us t be i n m y F at h er s ho us e? Fr H u m es t h en as ke d t he chu rch "A r e y ou o n y ou r F a t h e r s bus i ne s s? H e s a i d t ha t w e i n t he Co m m on we a l th of t h e B ah a m as e s pe ci a l l y t h e ca pi t a l Ne w Pro v i de nce ha v e se e n t he d e te r i ora t i on o f t he fa m i l y st r u c t u r e H e r e m i ni s ce d o n hi s chi l dho od g ro wi n g u p i n a Ch ri st i a n fa m i l y a n d re cog ni s i ng t ha t Su nd ay wa s a d ay of w or shi p a nd a da y pe op l e sp e nt v e ne ra t i n g th e i r C r e a t o r H e re m i n de d t he con g re g at i o n th a t i f an y co rr ect i o ns a nd a m e nd m en t s m u st be m a de t o t he m o ra l f a br i c of s oci et y i t must start pri mari l y wi th the fa mi ly s t ru c t u r e Fi na l l y he a d mo ni s he d t he fa m i l y d ri v e n ch urc h t o e nco ur a ge fa m i l y w or sh i p ti me f a m i l y p l a y t i m e a nd de fi n i te l y f am i l y B i bl e s tu dy t i m e to e n s u r e th at L on g Is l a nd m a i nt a i ns i t qu i et t r an qu i l a nd se re n e am b i a nce A f t e r w a r d s me m b er s con gr e ga t e d i n th e f oy e r o f t h e c hu rch fo r r e f r e s h m e n t s Holy Family Anglican Church celebrates Feast of Title HOL Y GA THERING: Scenes from the Feast of the T itle held at Holy Family Anglican Chur ch in Mor timer s, Long Island.