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Publication Date: October 7, 2009
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Michael McDermott was
back on the witness stand
yesterday for more cross-
examination in the
attempted extortion trial of
ex-PLP Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne and Bridge-
water are accused of

During cross-examination
yesterday Mr McDermott,
who is an attorney for Mr
Travolta, admitted that he
had in fact seen a copy of
the refusal of transport
document at the centre of
the alleged extortion plot,
prior to a meeting with
Lightbourne on January
SEE page eight

The Bahamas could see

'worrying rise' if this

year's trends continue

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE number of new HIV cas-
es in The Bahamas is set to
increase, health experts have
If trends recorded in the early
part of this year hold until its
end, this year will see a worrying
rise, said Dr Perry Gomez, direc-
tor of the National AIDS Pro-
From January to April 2009
Mr Gomez said 57 more people
- 29 men and 28 women -
were added to the list of people
infected with the virus in The
Meanwhile, during the same
period, 42 people with HIV saw
their disease progress to the crit-
ical AIDS stage of the illness,
resulting in 22 deaths during
those four months.
"If we multiply 57 times four,
we get 228. That would be more
than we had last year. We'll have

to see how things pan out," said
Dr Gomez.
This potential rise in new HIV
cases comes even as the Nation-
al AIDS Programme has had
impressive success in minimising
the number of cases which are
progressing to the critical AIDS
stage of the disease, suggesting
that while access to treatment
and education in this regard has
had an impact, people are still
not getting the message about
HIV prevention.
Dr Gomez disclosed the lat-
est figures as he, with President
of the AIDS Foundation Camille
Barnett, and organizers of this
year's Red Ribbon Ball appealed
to the public to continue to sup-
port the annual fundraising gala
despite hard economic times.
Tickets are $200 each for the
November 21 event, which has
over the past 16 years raised
$700,000 for the AIDS Founda-
tion - a non-governmental
SEE page three

SENIOR Justice Anita Allen did not recuse herself from
hearing the retrial of Troyniko McNeil on Monday as previously
reported, but rather took the matter off her calendar. The pros-
ecution had filed an application to have the case moved to
another court. McNeil, 22, who is accused of the November 2007
murder of internationally recognized handbag designer Harl
Taylor, remains on remand. It is not yet known who will now
hear the retrial, or when it will begin.

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A MAJOR fire in
Marsh Harbour's Haitian
shanty town "the Mud"
has displaced at least 39
people whose homes
were destroyed by the
blaze early Monday
Volunteer fire services
struggled to drive six fire
engines into the over-
crowded ghetto in the
heart of Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, at around 5am as
people and broken-down
vehicles blocked the nar-
row dirt roads.
It took one and a half
hours for about 14 fire-
fighters to extinguish the
blaze which started in one
of the makeshift plywood
homes and quickly
spread to burn down 12
structures, including at
least 19 homes.
Police are investigating
the cause of the fire as
residents recover from
the trauma.
At least 39 legal Hait-
ian and Haitian Bahami-
an residents of the Mud
SEE page eight

Public are invited to
Sir Clement Maynard
memorial service
THE family
and friends of Sir
Clement May-
nard have invit-
ed the public to
attend a memor-
ial service for
their father on
Saturday, Octo-
As "a national MAYNARD
hero " Sir
Clement is to receive a state funer-
al, but the memorial will be "for
the people", said Pastor Myles
Munroe, who will preside over the
service for the former Deputy
Prime Minister.
"Today we are talking about a
national hero. The memorial ser-
vice is for the people. There are
many who have been impacted by
him and those who may not be
able to attend the state funeral will
have the opportunity to celebrate
his life at this memorial," said Mr

SEE page eight

New tropical storm
'could affect Bahamas'

BAHAMAS Chief Meteo-
rologist Basil Dean yesterday
said his department is closely
monitoring a newly formed
tropical storm that has the
potential of affecting the
"Henri" became the eighth
named storm of the Atlantic
hurricane season, which runs
until November 30, after pick-

ing up strength yesterday after-
While reports coming from
the National Hurricane Cen-
tre in Miami were that the
storm would likely die out soon
as it is projected to "run into a
front coming down from the
north," Mr Dean said the storm
SEE page eight

Beryl Hanna, wife of Governor
General, 'is in poor health'
MRS Beryl Hanna, wife of Governor General Arthur Hanna,
is reported to be in poor health at the Princess Margaret Hos-
According to a family friend, Mrs Hanna has had her husband
by her side as she is currently being assisted to breath on a
hospital ventilator.
Suffering from Alzheimer's disease for some time, the former
chairman of the National Commission for the International
Year of the Child (1979) has been a fixture in Bahamian politics,
standing side-by-side with her husband during the women's

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LY-conscious mother-of-
two is calling on Nassau residents
to help clean-up Montagu foreshore
this weekend to help restore the
coastline to its natural beauty.
Jin Schmid, 30, started the 242
Clean Up when it became clear she
would need more help getting rid
of the refuse on New Providence's
beaches than her sons, aged four
and ten, could offer.
This weekend will be the third
monthly clean-up of Montague fore-
shore Miss Schmid has organised to
improve the area where stinking
and unsightly garbage accumulates
on a daily basis.
She said: "It just started out of
my love for the environment, and I
want other people to get involved
because they live here too.
"I have learned that people just
don't care, they have become so
complacent, and I'm trying to
change that because it could be dif-
ferent if everybody just had a posi-
tive attitude about this while thing.
"Stop complaining about it and
come out and do something about
Miss Schmid is particularly keen
for children to get involved in the
clean-up effort so they may become
more aware of how important it is to
preserve the environment, and pro-
voke a shift in consciousness among
the future generations.
She also hopes as the group grows
they will be able to tackle larger
sites and pick up bigger items lit-
tering the coastlines of New Provi-
dence. The group will meet at the
western end of Montague foreshore,
near the Nassau Yacht Club in East
Bay Street, at 7am on Saturday, and
will remain in the area for around
two hours, or less if more people
get involved.
Garbage bags and gloves have
been donated to the cause by Miss
Schmid's colleagues at the Mosko
Group of companies.
She said: "All you need to bring is
yourself, a rake if you have one, a
positive attitude, and some grease
for your elbows."
For more information log on to and search for
the event, 242 Cleanup: MB Phase
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organisation that assists in
providing education, coun-
selling, housing, medication
and other basic necessities to
people "infected and affect-
ed" by the virus.
Sandra Knowles, a direc-
tor at major sponsor Colina
Imperial Insurance Ltd and
co-chair of the organising
committee for the ball,
reminded the public that
"need knows no season" and
now is not the time to give up
on supporting the HIV/AIDS
"We are hoping to raise at
least $50,000...but if we could
maintain what we got last
year, that would be a miracle
and God's blessing," said Mrs
Mrs Barnett noted that
within the next couple of
months the AIDS foundation
is embarking on a new out-
reach initiative which will cost
a significant amount of mon-
The programme, aimed at
providing support to adoles-
cents suffering from
HIV/AIDS, is expected to see
trained professionals connect
with the young people, who
often struggled to cope with
their healthcare regimes, on a
weekly basis.
"The foundations wants to
assist these young people to
achieve their right to health
and right to life. We would
like to empower these youths
to truly believe they are
accepted, safe and well," said
Mrs Barnett.
In this regard, Dr Gomez
commented on the case of a
20-year-old man born with
HIV as a result of his mother
being infected who died in
the last six weeks, "in short,
because of neglect."
"He had no support, he
lived alone, aged 20, parents
deceased, no help," said Dr
Despite advances made by
the National AIDS pro-
gramme and the AIDS foun-
dation, the NAP director said
the fight against HIV/AIDS
still has a long way to go in
The Bahamas and therefore
still needs the support of
members of the public and
corporate donors.
Highlighting this, he noted
that although The Bahamas
has been described as a mod-
el of best practice for reducing
mother-to-child HIV trans-
mission, last year saw four
babies born with HIV to HIV
positive mothers.
"Stigma and discrimination
remains a huge problem that
keeps people away from care.
In the mother-to-child pro-
gramme we went for a few
years with almost no trans-
mission at all from mother to
child in people who came for
"We normally have one or
two (babies born with HIV
each year). Last year we had
four women who had no
ante-natal care, so we had
four children born with HIV
last year.
"That's the most we've had
in ages and so there's still a lot
to do with maintaining the
programme of awareness and
care and making sure that
people get in for care," said
Dr Gomez, who also noted
that The Bahamas' standout
reputation for good ante-natal
care for HIV/AIDS infected
mothers has seen numerous
women travel here in recent
years from across the region
seeking care in the country's
public clinics.
Providing a cumulative
overview of the impact of
HIV/AIDS in the Bahamas
since it was first detected in
this country, Dr Gomez said
that up to the end of 2008 a
total of 6,103 people in The
Bahamas have contracted
AIDS - 3,626 men and 2,477
women. Of these, "4,000
plus" have died already, or
66 per cent, while 2,078 are
"alive and living well with
Meanwhile, up to the end
of 2008 there was also a
cumulative total of 5,387 peo-
ple infected with HIV, 2,678
men and 2,726 women.
That means that there are
around 7,400 people living in
The Bahamas at the moment
who are known to be infected

with HIV/AIDS, with a cur-
rent "one to one" male to
female ratio - a change from
the historically greater preva-
lence of HIV/AIDS in men
than women.
Dr Gomez noted that there
are also "certainly people
who have HIV/AIDS and do
not know because they have
never been tested", meaning
that the actual rate may be
much higher.

Successful HIV/AIDS treatment

makes virus rate appear higher

Tribune Staff Reporter

IN AN ironic twist in the
fight against HIV/AIDS, suc-
cess in treating people living
with the virus has seen the
Bahamas appear to have a
higher HIV/AIDS rate than
resource-poor countries like
According to Perry Gomez,
director of the National Aids
Programme, the fact that
there are now fewer people
dying from AIDS in the
Bahamas thanks to wider
access to medication and
awareness has meant there
are more people alive to be
recorded in the statistics
which are shared internation-
Currently, the Bahamas is
documented by the Joint
United Nations AIDS Pro-
gramme (UNAIDS) as hav-
ing an HIV/AIDS rate among
people aged 15 to 49 of three
per cent. The same grouping
in Haiti has a rate of 2.2 per
cent, Cuba, a 0.1 per cent rate,
Jamaica, 1.6, Trinidad and
Tobago, 1.5, and Barbados,
"The fact is we have done
such a good job of keeping
people alive has added to the
figures. The fewer people who
die, the more you have with
AIDS alive. And so when one
looks at country data, and this
is important for us. You might
wonder why our prevalence
remains being reported rela-
tively high, higher than some
countries that might surprise
Dr Gomez said it is "impor-
tant to understand the
nuances of statistics."
"As someone once said,
'There are lies, damn lies and
statistics'," joked the official.
Over the last three years
the number of cases where
HIV progressed to AIDS has
diminished significantly.
By the end of 2008, 185 new
cases of AIDS - the final
stage of HIV infection, which
sees the body's immune sys-
tem weakened to the point
that it has serious difficulty
fighting infections - had been
recorded in the Bahamas,
compared with 221 in 2007
and 329 in 2006.
The highest ever number
of cases in one year of HIV
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FREEPORT - The father
of murder accused Wilfred
McPhee Jr told the Supreme
Court yesterday that on sev-
eral occasions the police
refused to allow him to see
his son, who was taken into
custody in October 2007.
McPhee and Edwin Bauld
Jr are accused of the murder,
kidnapping and robbery of
Corporal Eddison Bain.
Wilfred McPhee Sr, an
immigration officer now
working in Abaco, said he
was stationed in Freeport
when his son was arrested.
He received news of his
son's arrest from his nephew,
police officer Reo McPhee.
"I went to Central Police
Station around 11am the fol-
lowing morning... to see him
and to get information, but I
was not allowed to see him,"
he said.
Mr McPhee said he
returned the following day
and the day after, but was
turned away on both occa-
He told the court that he
was finally allowed to see
McPhee on the fourth visit
when accompanied by his
daughter, who is a police offi-
"It appeared that the police
had already completed their
investigations," he said.
Mr McPhee said his son
was concerned that his right
to speak with an attorney had
been violated.
The witness said he never
received a call from his son
while he was in custody.
The body of Corporal Bain
was discovered by police in a
ditch near the Casuarina

Bridge on October 22, 2007.
A large stone was found rest-
ing on the side of his face. His
hands and feet had been
Sgt Darrell Rolle, lead
police investigator, testified
earlier that both Bauld and
McPhee gave signed state-
ments to police concerning
the murder of Corporal Bain.
Mario Gray, who is repre-
senting McPhee Jr, 26, sug-
gested during his cross-exam-
ination of Inspector Michael
Brathwaite that he and other
officers denied his client the
right to see his family and a
Mr Brathwaite denied the
assertion. He said McPhee's
father, sister, and baby visited
him, but he could not recall
exactly when.
Inspector Brathwaite also
denied Mr Gray's assertion
that he had threatened to kill
McPhee's family members if
they came to the station.
Mr Gray also claimed that
his client was abused by police
"I am going to put it to you
that you were present when
officer Rolle wrapped a towel
around his fist and punched
McPhee about the head.
"I am also going to put it
to you that you saw when offi-
cer McSweeney put a towel
around a bat and poked
McPhee with it," suggested
Mr Gray.
Mr Brathwaite denied the
Last week, McPhee Jr was
taken to hospital for evalua-
tion after he claimed to be
insane. Officers found him in
his holding cell with faeces
smeared on his body and on
the walls.
Acting Justice Jethro Miller
is presiding over the case.

Vernal Collie and Erica
Kemp of the Attorney Gen-
eral's Office are the prosecu-
tors. K Brian Hanna repre-
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US leery of direct talks with N Korea

WASHINGTON - North Korea's
suggestion that it may return to nuclear
negotiations could open the way to its first
talks with the Obama administration, but
there are warning signs that the North has
no intention of fully disarming.
The administration is eager to get
North Korea on track toward giving up its
nuclear weapons capability even though
the White House remains leery of the
regime's pattern of progress followed by
provocation. The North agreed in 2007 to
dismantle its nuclear arms programme but
then reversed course. Last April and May
it conducted nuclear and missile tests, cou-
pled with a declaration that negotiations
were dead, then reversed course again,
reaching out to the U.S. after former Pres-
ident Bill Clinton met in the North Kore-
an capital of Pyongyang with North Kore-
an leader Kim Jong II.
The State Department on Tuesday
declined to comment on news reports that
Kim told Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
on Monday that he might be prepared to
resume so-called six party negotiations
with the U.S., China, Russia, Japan and
South Korea. Kim was reported to have
said a resumption depended on progress in
talks with the U.S.
But a State Department official said
Tuesday that the U.S. will not agree to
one-on-one talks unless it is given assur-
ances in advance that the outcome will
be a deal to resume six-party negotiations.
The official said the U.S. hopes to hear
from China on Wednesday whether Kim
gave such an assurance in Monday's meet-
ing with Wen, who was in Pyongyang for
the 60th anniversary of diplomatic rela-
tions between the two countries.
The Obama administration has said it is
willing to hold one-on-one talks with
North Korea so long as it leads to a return
to the six-party effort, which Washington
sees as a more effective way of applying
diplomatic leverage. The last six-party
talks were held in December 2008; in
April the North Koreans announced they
would never return to that format and
that they were expanding their nuclear
Scott Snyder, director of the Centre

for U.S.-Korea Policy at the Asia Foun-
dation, said it is unclear whether the
administration would be wise to go ahead
with either one-on-one or multiparty talks.
"Without North Korea's recommitment
to complete denuclearization, neither form
of dialogue can achieve U.S. objectives,"
Snyder said.
Bruce Bennett, a North Korea watcher
at the RAND Corp. think tank, said it
appears the North Koreans are trying to
"bait" the Americans into negotiations
that have no realistic chance of achieving
"I don't think North Korea at this stage
is willing to give up its nuclear weapons,"
Bennett said in an interview. "It would
appear the North Korean objective is to be
recognized as a nuclear power, not to
In anticipation of a North Korean
assurance that the one-one-talks could
lead to the return of six-party negotia-
tions, the administration has been laying
the groundwork for a one-on-one dia-
logue. Richard C. Bush III, an Asia expert
at the Brookings Institution and former
U.S. government intelligence officer, said
the administration may send Stephen
Bosworth, its special envoy on North
Korea. The purpose, he said, should be
to assess the North Korean attitude and to
emphasize the importance of denu-
clearization, but not to negotiate one-on-
"But I don't really see much in what
Kim Jong Il reportedly said to indicate
that the situation has really changed,"
Bush said, adding that the Koreans' appar-
ent aim is to negotiate over what they per-
ceive to be a hostile U.S. policy, not to
negotiate an airtight elimination of their
nuclear weapons.
"Until there is credible evidence that
North Korea again might be willing to
give up its nuclear weapons in a complete
and verifiable way, it's not clear that the
six-party talks - or any venue, for that
matter - is an appropriate way to reach
that goal," Bush said.

(This article was written by Robert
Burns, AP National Security Writer).

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I read perhaps the scariest
headline ever in the Bahami-
an media on October 5th in
The Tribune newspaper. It
called for an 11pm curfew!
The first thing I did was run
home and check my passport
to ensure that I was still
Bahamian and was still in The
The article did want this
curfew to be voluntarily
implemented by parents and
guardians. However, this was
only a consolation as the
writer said that " politi-
cians, worried about getting

elected are not inclined to take
unusual steps to confront this
national nightmare." The fact
that someone would volun-
tarily ask (or beg) to live
under a government dictator-
ship is beyond me. I've lived
several places in the Western
world and for the faults of my
country, I always felt safe in
the "big village and commu-
nity" of the Bahamas. I
always felt protected from

draconian laws, excessive
police control and loss of
human rights that other coun-
tries experience.
A curfew would destroy
this sense of innocence and
freedom in The Bahamas. I
relate and sympathise with
the writer in how to solve the
crime issue, but I can assure
you that a curfew is not the

October 5, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I write today about conditions at COB; not
the recent "industrial" unrest at the College of
The Bahamas necessarily. As the public may
know, there is a stalled collective agreement
negotiation at COB but I am not writing this
letter to complain about that.
Given the hardships that so many face in
this country today I wouldn't dare complain
about the fact that my salary hasn't been
increased. The benefits I enjoy as a faculty
member at the College are the envy of many.
But I am writing to complain and complain
bitterly, about the conditions at COB for stu-
Currently at COB there is not a single water
fountain. Students who want water to drink
on campus must pay $2.75 at Starbucks or
leave campus and go to the food store or gas
station. You cannot get a tuna sandwich, a
stick of gum or a banana to eat! The cafeteria
remains closed and instead of allowing small
vendors on campus who can sell healthy foods
we are trying to find yet another fast food joint
to replace Sbarros. In our neglect we force
these kids to go to the greasy gob joints across
the street. You mean to tell me we can't even
maintain a tuck shop on campus?
Many of the fans in the classrooms are bro-
ken and the air conditioning units in a number
of them don't work properly. Students have
too few shaded places to sit and unwind, away
from the blazing sun. Students can't buy used
books at the university bookstore on a consis-
tent basis, which would significantly reduce
their costs. And campus life is as dull and drea-
ry as it was in 1985 when I attended COB. No,
in fact it's worse than it was in 1985. At least
then there was the occasional Halloween
Dance or Miss COB pageant.
Who is to blame? Well, I could easily blame
Hodder and her team for dropping the ball.

But faculty and even students need to realise
that sitting back and waiting for manna from
heaven won't fix the institution's long standing
problems. UTEB is gonna raise the roof about
the Industrial Agreement but we faculty must
also fight for our students who are getting
dissed not just by administration but more
importantly by the Ingraham government.
And, COBUS: I say to you, stand up for
your members. The students are the sleeping
GIANT. ARISE! No one should have to tell
you that you have the power to get things done
at COB faster than any administrator or
Now, back to this Sunshine Government.
It should disappoint all of us that the Minister
of Education and the FNM government cut
COB's budget at a time when COB is needed
most by the Bahamian people. Further, this
FNM government has said time and again it
wants public sector reform and wants new
blood at the top of public institutions but it
refuses to look at getting new blood at the top
of COB. The President is one woman. COB
needs a whole new team. Those who have
been at the top since the 1990s have served
their country to the best of their ability and
ought to return to their substantive posts as fac-
And once that's done COB also needs to
take the advice of the Keva Bethel Gover-
nance Report and create a University Senate to
work along with COB's unions, administra-
tion and council to truly transform our insti-
tution. When we have adopted a shared gov-
ernance approach we will finally see the sug-
gestions for improving COB that have been
floating around for decades actually imple-

September 25, 2009.

Awaiting quick action to improve St Cecelia's Park

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I, strongly advise that the
minders of the St Cecelia's
Park situated on the corner
of Fifth Street and Poinciana
Avenue provide:
1) A toilet facility (albeit a
temporary portable potty),
where users of the park can

urinate instead of near the
fence or in the hedge.
2) An inadequate garbage
bin to deposit litter.
3) Repair/replace swing set,
monkey bars and see-saw set.
4) Instal lights to discour-
age late night vagrants who
frequent the park.
Awaiting quick action!

August, 2009.

P.S. While you are at it, fix
the west perimeter fence that
the park shares with the fam-
ily residence which sits just
west of the park.

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Man saved by double

lung transplant buys

ventilator for campaign

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN whose life was
saved by a double-lung trans-
plant has purchased a ventila-
tor for the Princess Margaret
Hospital through the Breathe
Easy Bahamas campaign.
Jorge Bacardi, 65, of Lyford
Cay, understands how vital oxy-
gen is to survival from his own
direct experience as he suffered
from the hereditary lung condi-
tion Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
(PCD) all his life.
The condition meant Mr Bac-
ardi was not able to clear his
lungs and allow for their natur-
al repair, and the vital organs
deteriorated over time.
In the years before he
received the complicated
surgery to replace both of his
lungs, Mr Bacardi relied on an
oxygen machine to aid his
breathing while he slept and to
help him catch his breath after
any over-exertion.

For a man who thrives on an
active lifestyle the condition was
frustratingly limiting as he grew
older, until the successful oper-
ation gave him a new lease on
Mr Bacardi was on the wait-
ing list to receive new lungs at a
Florida hospital for 10 months
before he received a call in the
middle of the night and was told
he had hours to get to the Unit-
ed States to receive the dona-
A 19-year-old named
Christopher Mark Gregory
had died in New Orleans of a
brain aneurysm on March 27,
He had signed the donor reg-
ister and his young lungs were
flown to the Mayo Clinic while
Mr Bacardi and his wife Leslie,
60, chartered a flight from the
airport in New Providence to
Jacksonville at 1.30am.
Customs and immigration
officers met them on the plane
to clear their entry to the United
States, and a helicopter pulled

up alongside to take them to the
Mrs Bacardi said: "Lungs are
the most delicate organ for
transplant and last the least
amount of time, so we had to
get there within three or four
hours or that would be it.
"It's about the most difficult
operation there is, from finding
a donor to medical procedure,
but he has responded remark-
ably well and now has an active
lifestyle again, and he knows
how important oxygen is."
Mr and Mrs Bacardi
expressed their gratitude by con-
tacting Christopher's family
through the donor system, and
they corresponded in this way
for around a year before they
were able to write to each other
The couple went to meet the
boy's family in Baltimore, and
the family have visited their rel-
atives in Puerto Rico. Mr and
Mrs Bacardi are now looking
forward to having Christopher's
parents, Eric and Grace Grego-

ment. It does not, for example, include
important indicators such as gender or
income inequality nor more difficult to
measure concepts like respect for human
rights and political freedoms.
What it does provide is a broadened
prism for viewing human progress and
the complex relationship between income
and well-being.
According to the report the Bahamas
has an emigration rate of 10.8 per cent.
The major continent of destination for
migrants from Bahamas is Northern
America, where 84.7 per cent of them
In Bahamas, there are 31.6 thousand
migrants which represent 9.7 per cent of
the total population, the report said.

ry, visit them in the Bahamas.
Mrs Bacardi said: "It's an
amazing relationship and they
are incredible people.
"It's amazing that they were
able to take something that is
such a huge disaster and tragedy
in their lives and turn it into
something positive.
"Their son saved five peo-
ple's lives and gave sight to two
people. It's a huge comfort to
Mr Bacardi has benefited
remarkably from the surgery, as
unlike the majority of transplant
recipients he experienced no
rejection of the organs and does
not require the aid of an oxy-
gen machine.
For him, the anti-rejection
drugs are working, and while he
needs to take some more care
than the average person and
attend regular check-ups at the
Mayo Clinic, he now lives a
healthy and active life.
Mrs Bacardi told The Tri-
bune: "He's a very strong indi-
vidual and had an active life for
years, but it came to a point
where his lung function was very
limited and he had to use oxy-
"He now has a completely
new lease on life. He's back in
the water sailing and diving, and
doing all sorts of activities.
Everything is going well, we are



very, very blessed.
The Bacardis donated two
dialysis machines during a cam-
paign in 2007, and when they
saw Breathe Easy Bahamas
advertised in the newspaper
they again chose to do some-
thing to give back to the com-
Breathe Easy Bahamas aims
to raise $300,000 to buy four
ventilators and six incubators
for the Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit (NICU) at the Princess
Margaret Hospital. It has so far
raised $156,055.

Mrs Bacardi said: "We have
been blessed beyond belief. We
are really, really lucky.
"Buying this ventilator is just
a gesture from us to the com-
munity for other people who
have respiratory problems.
When we saw the campaign and
we just thought it was perfect."
To make a donation contact
Michele Rassin on 302-4707,
Mark Roberts on 326-8453 or
Thelma Rolle at the Princess
Margaret Hospital Foundation
on 502-7886. Donors may also
call The Tribune on 502-2394.

ACCORDING to the UN's Human
Development Report 2009 the Bahamas
ranks of 52nd out of 182 countries.
Each year since 1990 the Human
Development Report has published the
human development index (HDI) which
looks beyond GDP to a broader defini-
tion of well-being.
The HDI provides a composite mea-
sure of three dimensions of human devel-
opment: living a long and healthy life
(measured by life expectancy), being edu-
cated (measured by adult literacy and
gross enrollment in education) and hav-
ing a decent standard of living (measured
by purchasing power parity).
The index is not in any sense a com-
prehensive measure of human develop-


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The Broken Chain

Little did we know that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

-Author: Unknou n

s IMe iin Deveaux

April 26,1932 - October 7, 2007

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Ve MissTYou

Mervin DeveaLix
April126, 1932 - October 7, 2007



Christie, Smith and

the Hotel


WELL, it seems that Perry
Christie and George Smith
have set themselves up as
defenders of the Hotel Cor-
poration of the Bahamas.
This is a big mistake,
because it shows that the cur-
rent leadership of the PLP is
rooted in the past and has
learnt nothing from the par-
ty's 30 years in power - or its
electoral defeats since 1992.
Both men are emblematic
of a discredited legacy. Smith
was Exuma MP when Colom-
bian gangsters used his con-
stituency as a smuggling base.
He figured prominently in the
1984 commission of inquiry
into drug corruption, and was
resurrected as the Hotel Cor-
poration's chairman during
the PLP's last term.
Sir Lynden Pindling fired
Mr Christie from the PLP
cabinet when it was rumoured
that he and his fellow cabinet
minister, Hubert Ingraham,
had planned to resign over
drug trafficking. However, Mr
Christie soon returned to the
fold. He secured his succes-
sion to the throne by defend-
ing former Hotel Corporation
chairman Sir Lynden during
the 1993 commission of
inquiry into corruption and
Christie and Smith portray
the Ingraham administration's
promise to abolish the Hotel
Corporation by the end of this
year as a sign that the FNM
"is philosophically moving
away from the view that there
is an advantage to the gov-
ernment having some involve-
ment in the industry."
But the FNM was opposed
to the Pindling regime's
takeover of the hotel sector
from day one. In fact, more
than 30 years ago PLP cabinet


' A

minister Paul Adderley said
the FNM's opposition signi-
fied "a capitalist, private inter-
est philosophy that is no
longer valid."
There was a running battle
between the two parties over
the financial chicanery at the
Hotel Corporation right up
until 1992, when the first

Ingraham government set up
an inquiry. In 1997 the FNM
promised to "transform the
Corporation into an agency to
support and promote the
development of out island
Although that didn't hap-
pen, when the PLP was re-
elected in 2007 it pledged the
same thing. This marked a
recognition by both parties
that the Hotel Corporation's
track record was the worst of

any state enterprise in the
The Corporation's 1974
enabling legislation gave it the
power to "carry out any
undertakings needed to
achieve its purposes". It was
used as a gigantic slush fund
for decades, wasting hundreds
of millions in public funds.
That's why it is so remarkable
that Smith and Christie can
continue to say with a straight
face that the Corporation has
"proven beneficial" to the
Bahamas and can still play a
"constructive role" in tourism.
Let's go back to the sum-
mer of 1974 when it all began.
The Arab oil embargo had
produced a sharp recession in
the US, which led to a down-
turn in travel to the Bahamas.
Faced with a loss of tourism
jobs for the first time in a gen-
eration, the government
stepped in to buy three fail-
ing hotels on Cable Beach -
the Ambassador, Emerald
and Balmoral Beach - for a
total of $20 million.
Then Prime Minister Lyn-
den Pindling dressed up the
purchase with typical rhetoric.
As well as stimulating the
economy and providing jobs,
he said, "we wanted to devel-
op a major and outstanding
touristic facility to cater to the
top economic bracket (with) a
first class entertainment and
convention centre."
But things went downhill
from the start. The board was
packed with PLP loyalists and
failed to produce financial
statements for the first few

' SOYT moin fo:e




years. In 1976 more millions By 1992 - even though and the Board itself (chaired
were spent to buy the Cable industry conditions were prob- by Dr Kirk Culmer) flatly
Beach golf course and three ably worse than they were in refused to provide it - hang-
hotels in Freeport. And by the 1974 - the emphasis was on ing up on me to make the
end of the decade the Corpo- getting out of the hotel busi- point even finer. They
ration was in "grave financial ness in order to stem the referred me to the Minister of
difficulties" and the subject of mounting losses. Health, Dr Hubert Minnis,
heated disputes in parliament. The hotels were up for sale who promised to ask the
Although he denied that even before the government House of Assembly for a
the government wanted to changed, but there was little copy.
take over the hotel sector, Pin- interest until the new Ingra- That's what is known as a
dling nevertheless boasted ham administration struck an vicious circle.
that the Corporation now had investment deal with Sol My experience with the
"a good foothold" in the Kerzner. Hotel Corporation was a little
industry. The next step was to In the mid-90s three hotels more sophisticated.
replace the rundown Emerald in Freeport and two in Nas- The chairman, Mike Scott,
Beach (which was demolished sau were sold off. Las Palmas agreed to provide a copy of
in 1979) with a flagship hotel was not sold until 2000, and the 2007 report, noting that
and convention centre. the Cable Beach Hotel the 2008 report had not yet
The Cable Beach Hotel remained in government been laid in the House and so
opened in 1983 following hands until it was acquired by was not a public document.
numerous mishaps and mis- Baha Mar in 2005. According He later said he could only
takes, including the expendi- to Michael Scott, the current provide the 2005 report - the
ture of $100 million on a pro- chairman, the Corporation's 2006 and 2007 reports not hav-
ject that everyone from the remaining assets are 7,500 ing been tabled yet. Here we
prime minister down agreed acres on Andros (including have a public corporation
would never be economically the Lighthouse Club) and whose board has approved
viable. The inquiry report 3,500 acres in South audited financial reports that
devotes many pages to this Eleuthera. And the Light- have been seen by cabinet
complex debacle, house club costs up to a mil- long ago and that relate to the
"At the outset costs were lion a year to run at less than spending of taxpayer money,
totally ignored...and a sum of 30 per cent occupancy - half but are still considered secret
$7 million was wasted on (the) of the Corporation's $2 mil- documents.
initial phase...This attitude lion annual budget. These two examples make
continued throughout the life Efforts are ongoing to sell it glaringly plain to me that a
of the project, and no proper these properties, but the Hotel Freedom of Information Act
feasibility study was ever car- Corporation Act will be in the Bahamas would be an
ried out...The tendering repealed by the end of the absolute and idiotic waste of
process was not properly han- year regardless, with any time.
dled...The hotel could not con- remaining lands conveyed to
ceivably support a develop- the government. According to SOu ii Ni
ment cost of $100 million...But Scott, this is part of "our PONTTERMINAL
the chairman continued to embrace of new realities in
insist that the project had to the tourism industry. We are
go forward regardless of too focused on North Ameri-
whether it was viable or not." can mass tourism and we can-
At different times, the var- not compete with Cuba on
ious hotels and casinos owned this level. Our market niche
by the Hotel Corporation -especially in the out islands
were leased out to well-known - is low-density, high-end
industry names like Jack Tar, boutique resorts. We need to
Wyndham, Playboy, Carnival look beyond the Hotel Cor-
and Canadian-Pacific. But the portion and engage in a lot of
contracts and their termina- creative thinking to promote
tions were always highly con- this paradigm shift."
troversial. The view seems to be that
The most egregious case there is a need to promote not
was when the cabinet made a only financial services and
deal with Carnival to run the tourism, but investments in
Cable Beach Hotel while it the broader sense of the word,
still had a long-term operat- in the same way that the UK,
ing agreement with Wynd- Canada and the US have
ham. This unusual "marriage departments that are focused The oil storage terminal
before the divorce" resulted entirely on promoting invest- at South Riding Point on
in "disastrous losses" of some ments in a world that has Grand Bahama is an envi-
$100 million for the Corpora- become significantly more ronmental disaster, sources
tion. competitive, say - possibly resembling a
Unfazed, the Corporation Some experts say that the Siberian oil swamp.
continued on its acquisition failure to develop tourism in Environment Minister
spree. In 1985 it bought the the out islands is due to a fail- Earl Deveaux told me
20-room Lighthouse Club at ure to see internal air and sea recently that a team of inde-
Fresh Creek, Andros along transportation as infrastruc- pendent experts will be con-
with thousands of acres of ture that needs to be devel- traced to investigate the
vacant land on Andros and oped. And to do this we need site and prescribe a clean-
Eleuthera. The following year to loosen the constraints on up programme, which is a
it acquired the Freeport Holi- foreign and local investments condition of the terminal's
day Inn and went on to build a in these areas. Such develop- pending sale. In other
multi-million-dollar head- ment will never happen with- words, the government has
quarters building on Cable out the necessary incentives approved the sale subject to
Beach, described as "a mag- and policy changes. certain conditions.
nificent monument and land- So the current thinking is The 155-acre terminal is
mark." not about replacing the Hotel a break-bulk point for crude
According to then chair- Corporation, but reformulat- oil destined for the United
man Paul Adderley, "the ing the role of an investment States. Located 35 miles
Bahamian people, through the and development agency to east of Freeport, it includes
Hotel Corporation, ought to ensure that all of the red tape a 6.75 million-gallon tank
be owners of, and initiators that investors abhor will be farm connected to an off-
of, touristic development in eliminated and prospective shore docking facility by
the Bahamas." He later investors will be treated as two underwater pipelines.
announced with much fanfare clients to be shepherded The docking facility can
a Family Island Development through the process. At the accommodate tankers up to
Plan that called for the Hotel same time, it is important to 500,000 tons in water 105-
Corporation to build small remove any differences in feet deep.
modular resorts on Andros, treatment between local and The relatively shallow
Eleuthera and Exuma. His foreign investors, water access to US gulf
grandiose plan went exactly This change in thinking is coast and east coast ports
nowhere - except for the lit- long overdue - indeed our means that the final delivery
tie-known Las Palmas Hotel very survival as a major of crude oil from the North
on Andros. tourism player may depend Sea, Middle East, North
The Las Palmas (now on it. Tough call was a writer Africa and other points of
known as the Emerald Palms) for the Bahamas News origin must be accomplished
is the most fascinating exam- Bureau in the late 1970s and in smaller, shuttle-size ves-
ple of the Corporation's travelled to most islands pro- sels. Grand Bahama's deep-
crookedness. Built in the during features on tourism, water access makes it ideal
1960s, it was acquired in 1975 Lately, I have been in a posi- for this purpose.
by Pindling's chief crony, tion to travel to the islands Acquisition of the South
Everette Bannister, with mon- again to produce articles. I can Riding Point terminal by
ey from fugitive American say that with the exception of the Norwegian company,
swindler Robert Vesco. Las Abaco, things are no differ- StatoilHydro, for $263.2 mil-
Palmas was the prime minis- ent from what they were 30 lion is a strategic move
ter's base camp whenever he plus years ago - and worse in designed to strengthen Sta-
was in his Mangrove Cay con- some cases, toilHydro's marketing and
stituency. From 1976 to 1984 it Let Christie and Smith live trading position in North
was managed by Resorts in the past - we need to America.
International as a favour to move on. The terminal was devel-
Pindling, who was given a cot- oped in 1975 by Burmah
tage at the resort. FREEDOM OF Oil, a British company, and
In 1986 Mangrove Cay res- INFORMATION sold to South Riding Point
ident Benjamin Forbes bought My research for this arti- Holdings in 1985. Canada's
the hotel with a $600,000 loan cle, and the one published last World Point Terminal
from the Bahamas Develop- week, included a request for acquired the facility in 1989
ment Bank, and none of his annual reports from two pub- and agreed to sell the ter-
own money. When Forbes lic bodies - the Hotel Cor- minal, along with a 50 per
defaulted, the Hotel Corpo- portion and the Hospitals cent interest in Freepoint
ration (in the person of CEO and Healthcare Facilities Tug and Towing Services,

Baltron Bethel) stepped in to Board. to StatoilHydro in July.
buy Las Palmas for $650,000, The House of Assembly
plus an extra $34,000 for could not provide a copy of What do you think?
Forbes. The Corporation then the Hospitals Board 2007 Send comments to
spent $1.6 million to renovate report, which was tabled in
the hotel (as well as Pindling's December 2008. Government Or visit
cottage). Publications did not have it





Former Trade Minister i11,m1I

backs Philip 'Brave' Davis

Leslie Miller declares his support on national radio _

Tribune Staff Reporter

PHILIP 'Brave' Davis
picked up yet another
endorsement in his bid for the
deputy leadership of the PLP
after the former Minister of
Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller publicly backed him on
national radio yesterday.
Noting the serious eco-
nomic and social challenges
that Bahamians are facing, Mr
Miller said Mr Davis brings a
level of maturity and experi-
ence to the table which is bad-
ly needed at this time.
"He is always there willing
to help you.
"Anytime you are in a
problem, the first person you
call is Brave.
"And Brave's message of
change has connected with
young voters and the country
understands that today's vot-
ers are only concerned about
getting the job done and fix-
ing the problems that they
face on a daily basis," Mr
Miller said.
Addressing the show's host
Ortland H Bodie Jr on his
'Real Talk' programme, Mr
Miller said the time for "cot-
ton candy politics" is over.

"You know the kind of pol-
itics where they say a lot and
not accomplishing a lot. That
is finished with," Mr Miller
Having already garnered
the support of the sitting
deputy leader Cynthia Pratt,
Mr Davis is seen by many
within the party to be the
front runner for the position
having launched a multi-
faceted campaign complete
with radio and TV-advertise-
ments, a website, and almost
daily e-mail updates.
In the race with Mr Davis is
PLP MP for West End and
Bimini Obie Wilchcombe
who also at one point was
rumoured to be the candidate
to beat having been credited
as one of the most charismat-
ic speakers within the party.
However, since Mr Wilch-
combe's launch, PLP Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald has also
made his intentions know to
run for the deputy leadership
of the party.
However, having criticized
Mr Christie in the past when
he said that it would be a mis-
take for either Mr Christie or
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham to run again for office,
Mr Fitzgerald has had to
make up a lot of ground with


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ENDORSEMENT: Philip 'Brave' Davis, who has received the backing
of Leslie Miller (inset)

PLP stalwart councilors who
were "put off" by this remark.
In his visit to the MORE
94.9FM programme yester-
day, Mr Miller implored all
PLP delegates who will be

voting at the party's forth-
coming convention on Octo-
ber 21 to cast their vote for
Mr Davis as he is "truly com-
mitted" to the uprising of
those who are in dire needs.

Tribune Staff Reporter

LONG-standing FNM activist
Ivoine Ingraham said he has
received overwhelming support
from party members since
announcing his intent to vie for
the chairmanship at the party's
upcoming convention.
He added that many FNMs are
disgruntled because they feel they
are not getting "enough support"
from government and are not ful-
ly aware of the positive initiatives IVOINE INGRAHAM
government has undertaken.
Mr Ingraham said the party needs a unifying force that will
put out small fires within constituencies and pacify frus-
trated supporters.
"The reaction surprisingly has been overwhelming in
favour of me. They see a new and innovative approach to the
post because in the past not enough focus was given to
solidifying the party especially while it is in office. It is
incumbent upon the chairman to make the party look good
and to ensure that the party's platform is being adhered
to," he told The Tribune.
Mr Ingraham, the party's chief protocol officer and a
self-described second-generation FNM, said if he is elected
to the post he would immediately focus on gearing up the
party machinery for the next general election.
"All of our past chairmen have done considerable work for
the FNM, all of them have their strengths but I bring to the
table a level of enthusiasm - I can go the extra mile," he said.
According to Mr Ingraham, when the FNM was in oppo-
sition from 2002 to 2007, he was one of the few voices who
advanced the party's position and kept the then govern-
ment's feet to the fire.
"I'm not new to doing what's necessary to fight for the par-
ty; I've done it before without the instruction," he said.
Currently Mr Ingraham is the only person to have declared
his intent to publicly challenge current FNM chairman John-
ley Ferguson at the party's November convention.
However, FNM deputy-chairman Senator Anthony Mus-
grove and former FNM candidate for the Kennedy con-
stituency Michael Turnquest are rumoured to be possible

Bahamas Utilities Cooperative Credit
Union Limited a Cooperative registered in
accordance with Chapter 314 section 187 of
the Cooperative Societies Act 2005.

Notice is hereby given that The Director of
Cooperative Societies has been advised:
1. Pursuant to Chapter 314 Section 99 of the
Cooperative Societies Act 2005, of the transfer of
the Assets & Liabilities from Bahamas Utilities
Cooperative Credit Union Limited to National
Workers Cooperative Credit Union Limited.
2. By virtue of Section 100 of the Cooperative Societ-
ies Act creditors other than members depositors
within 90 days of the date and publication of this
notice, commencing on the 6th of October, A.D.
2009, having any claims) against the above-
named Cooperative are hereby duly informed to
submit particulars of claims andlor objections) to
the transfer of assets and liabilities of Bahamas
Utilities Cooperative Credit Union Limited to
National Workers Cooperative Credit Union
Limited, on or before January 6th, A.D.2010.
Claims and objections are to be submitted in writing
to the Director of Societies, Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources, Levy Building, P. 0. Box
N-3028, Nassau, The Bahamas.
Dated this 6th day of October, A.D. 2009
Nathaniel A. Adderley

Labour Ministry

sends out plea

to country

THE World Health
Organisation estimates that
there are around 600 million
persons over the age of 60
worldwide and expects this
number to double by 2025.
Permanent Secretary in
the Ministry of Labour and
Social Development Barbara
Burrows said the number of
people over 60 will reach
two billion by 2050 with the
majority of them living in
developing countries like the
"This means that we in the
Bahamas must begin, from
today, to face this fact and
respond to the challenges to
deal with older persons in
our society," Mrs Burrows
said. "We must not be so
youthfully arrogant and view
older persons as burdens.
Older persons still have sig-
nificant contributions to
make to society and they
continue to be productive,"
she said.
Speaking during a service
at Ebenezer Methodist
Church to mark the 10th
anniversary of the Interna-
tional Year of Older Per-
sons, Mrs Burrows said old-
er persons should be appre-
ciated, respected and includ-

OLDER PERSONS celebrate the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons.

"Many retired
individuals can
tutor students
or help with
after school

ed in all facets of society as
they still have contributions
to make.
"Many retired individu-
als can tutor students or help
with after school pro-
grammes," she said. "Older
persons can be mentors to
younger persons to help
them make healthy choices

PASTOR of Ebenezer
Methodist Church Rev Dr
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Mrs Burrows said older
persons enjoy helping and
being independent and
"should be allowed their
right to be active in society."
She also warned Bahami-
ans that in their dealings
with older people, they

should consider their own
future years.
"We cannot think we can
abuse and neglect seniors
today and society will sud-
denly become more age tol-
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FROM page one

Mr Ducille suggested
to Mr McDermott that
from the onset, he had
been a deceptive indi-
vidual and "has carried
his deception right
through to the witness
box." Mr McDermott
denied the suggestion.
"My suggestion is
that you sought to give
birth to an extortion,"
Mr Ducille said.
Mr McDermott
replied, "I suggest that
you can't handle the
"You watched a Few
Good Men eh?" Mr
Ducille asked. Mr
McDermott denied the
suggestion that he had
given birth to an extor-
tion plot when asked
by Senior Justice Allen
to answer the initial
Mr Ducille asked
Mr McDermott
whether the "deal" he
had arranged with
Lightbourne was real.
Mr McDermott said
that the deal was real
but that no money was
to be passed.
"It was a real deal,
simply not an enforce-
able contract," Mr
McDermott said. Mr
Ducille also suggested
that after Mr McDer-
mott had found out
about the document
regarding Mr Travolta
he had travelled to the
Bahamas to teach
Bridgewater and Light-
bourne a lesson.
McDermott said that
he came to the
Bahamas to find out
more about the docu-
ment and to involve
local police in the mat-
"The highest you
could put it was that
there was a request. No
demand was there," Mr
Ducille suggested to
Mr McDermott. Mr
McDermott denied the
The trial adjourned
early yesterday after a
female juror indicated
that she was not feeling
well shortly before the
luncheon adjournment.
When the trial resumed
at 2.30pm the juror was
absent and the foreman
indicated that she was
still feeling ill.
The trial is expected
to continue at 10
o'clock this morning.

Hand sanitizer distributed at schools after

students warned about swine flu risks

TWO New Providence schools have
been equipped with hand sanitizer and
dispensers following an Influenza A
(H1N1) awareness seminar.
Some scientists believe the second
wave of the swine flu epidemic may
soon be upon us, but the students at
Oakes Field Primary School and the
Centre for the Deaf will be prepared.
The dispensers were donated by
president of Electro Telecom Limited,
Paul Smith, who also had them filled
and installed in an effort to help the
Ministry of Education in the promo-
tion of good hygiene.
Education officials, in collaboration
with the Ministry of Health, held a
one day Influenza A (HIN1) planning
and preparedness workshop with the
aim of recruiting students to help pre-

vent the spread of the virus.
Mr Smith, who was once a student
of Oakes Field Primary himself, said
he remembers how hard dengue fever
hit the Bahamas when he was a child,
crippling the school system.
He explained that he decided to
donate the sanitizer to the schools to
help avoid a recurrence of this situa-
Patricia Collins, deputy director of
Education, thanked Mr Smith for his
"generous and thoughtful" gift, which
she said would do much to get the
message of good hygiene across to the
She encouraged everyone to place
themselves in "prevention mode" in
case there is in fact a second wave of
swine flu.

PROVIDING MUSIC for the event was the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, which
also gave the students tips on how to avoid conflict.

FROM page one

who lost their homes signed up
for assistance social services
on Monday, and it is believed
many more people, who are
living in the country illegally,
were displaced by the blaze.
There have been no report-
ed injuries or deaths as a result
of the fire and a meeting was
held between local pastors,
police, social services and the
Red Cross to face the after-
math on Monday.
Volunteer fire fighter Danny
Sawyer said: "It wasn't a very
big area but there were four
or five families living in one of
the bigger buildings."
Mr Sawyer said it was for-
tunate the fire took hold near
the outskirts of the densely
populated community as the
biggest difficulty for fire fight-
ers is accessing the burning
"If it had been deeper inside
we probably wouldn't have got
to it," Mr Sawyer said.
"There are so many homes
in there and so many people,
it's so congested, people won't
get out of the way, the roads
are very narrow, and they have
so many derelict vehicles
blocking the way, it takes a
long time to get in there.

Blaze in 'The Mud' A

"Then we'll have three to
five hundred people there just
looking at you and you can't
get anything accomplished."
Significant fires strike in the
Mud every few years, accord-
ing to Radio Abaco host Sil-
bert Mills, who said Monday's
blaze was one of the larger dis-
Living conditions lend them-
selves to a serious threat of
fires in the Mud as a network
of exposed electrical wires run
across the ground and from
house to house to power sev-
eral homes with one genera-
tor, or tap electricity from the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC) supply on the edge
of the settlement.
Mr Mills said: "These big
fires will happen every couple
of years and this was a big one.
"It's just a very unfortunate
situation in the Mud. If the
authorities are going to allow
them to stay there they should
put some roads there, put
some facilities in and more
utilities for them.
"They have been there long
enough, so if they have status
they should have squatters
rights, and they should be reg-

FROM page one

movement and the meteoric rise of the PLP.
Formerly of Bristol, England, Mrs Hanna
arrived in The Bahamas at the age of 22. The cou-
ple have four surviving children, Arthur Dion,
Mark Lindsay, Glenys, and Dawn Victoria. Their
fifth child, Sean David, died on December 25,
Throughout her life in the Bahamas Mrs Han-
na has been a supporter of her husband, standing
and fighting by his side with the PLP and in her
own right in the struggle for majority rule.
After arriving in the country, Mrs Hanna, nee
Church, found a Bahamas where women did not
have the right to vote - indeed, not all men had
the right to vote although there were company
voters and property votes at that time.
With the women's suffrage movement well
under way, Mrs Hanna did not become immedi-
ately active with the cause, although she was a

ularised and then put a stop to
more building."
The Mud and neighboring
Haitian shanty town Pigeon
Pea is thought to house around
3,000 Haitian migrants and
Haitian Bahamians on an area
of land opposite the main port
in Marsh Harbour and the
local Department of Immigra-
The settlements were estab-
lished around 30 years ago and
have been growing without any
imposed health and safety reg-
Many residents have legal
status to live and work in the
Random raids orchestrated
by the Immigration Depart-
ment with support from the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
attempt to crackdown on the
illegal population, but have
been shrouded in complaints
of brutality.
Residents of the Mud
claimed families were separat-
ed and residents were beaten,
threatened and robbed by offi-
cers in the last large-scale raid
in July.
The Immigration Depart-
ment denies the claims.

Beryl Hanna, wife
of Governor General,
'is in poor health'
In one of her last interviews on record, Mrs
Hanna said she began to work more closely with
the PLP shortly after women were granted the
right to vote and pushed to ensure that they got
With the election of her husband to the post of
deputy prime minister, Mrs Hanna worked tire-
lessly with her commission to protect the children
of the Bahamas, even young juvenile offenders.
Addressing the issue on November 14, 1979,
Mrs Hanna read a proclamation by Prime Min-
ister Sir Lynden Pindling, which declared the
last Thursday in November as the universal Chil-
dren's Day in commemoration of the Interna-
tional Year of the Child.

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SENATOR Allyson Maynard Gibson, daughter of Sir Clement May-
nard, speaks to the media yesterday. Her brother Andrew Maynard
looks on.

FROM page one
Members of Sir Clement's family, including Senator Allyson
Maynard Gibson, accompanied by Mr Munroe and Sir Arthur
Foulkes, yesterday held a press conference to announce the event.
Mrs Maynard Gibson also took the opportunity to thank the
public for their support since Sir Clement died last Friday, around
a year and a half after suffering a debilitating stroke.
The 81-year-old was a former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister
of Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Public Service, Labour, Works and
Government Leader in Parliament.
He also became the longest serving cabinet minister in the
administration of Sir Lynden Pindling.
Mrs Maynard Gibson said: "My family, especially my mother,
and brothers want to sincerely thank the Bahamian people for your
expressions of love, which have truly brought us comfort during this
Sir Arthur reflected on the struggle both he and Sir Clement
endured to win rights for Bahamians, saying the deceased politician
"played a pivotal role in what we call a progressive move within the
country" and "loved this country and our people."
Sir Arthur said his peer's death "has been a loss (to him)" and
both he and Mr Munroe encouraged the public to honour him for
the sacrifices he made to build the country.
PLP leader Perry Christie, Sir Arthur Foulkes, along with oth-
er government officials, friends and loved ones will offer their
reflections during the memorial, set to be held at the Diplomat Cen-
tre, Carmichael Road, at 4pm on Saturday.
The state funeral is scheduled to take place on Wednesday,
October 14, 2009.

FROM page one Tropical storm

was still worth watching.
At 5pm yesterday Henri was
located at latitude 17.8 north
and longitude 54.0 west, around
1,700 miles from Miami.
With wind speeds of just over
40 miles per hour, the storm
was moving west north west at
18 miles per hour.
"The computer models are

certainly not in agreement
today and so we have a cone
of uncertainty," said Mr Dean.
"It's moving to the north
west, then its safe to say it could
turn and maybe affect south
east Bahamas sometime on
Sunday if it makes that dip.
We'll have to watch this very
closely," he added.


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MVP of


camp has

its perks

IN week four of the
National Football League
season, Leanne Gibbs and
her family had an opportu-
nity to experience their first
NFL game in Kansas City,
MO, with Chiefs wide
receiver Devard Darling.
Winning the MVP of the
Devard & Devaughn Dar-
ling Football Camp came
with great perks. Not only
did Leanne have the plea-
sure of bragging rights for a
year, she and her family
were treated to a trip to the
US by Devard and the As
One Foundation.
The young Bahamian ath-
lete and her family visited
the practice facility yester-
day and had the opportunity
to meet Chiefs head coach
Todd Haley.
Kansas City Chiefs wide
receiver Devard Darling
played host to the MVP of
his summer football camp
which is held every year in
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
The 13-year-old Gibbs
and her family were treated
to a Chiefs weekend of fun,
October 2-5.
The camp's first female
MVP experienced outings
with Devard and his family,
a meet and greet with
Kansas City Chiefs players
and coaches, a tour of the
practice facility and Arrow-
head Stadium.
On gameday, Gibbs and
her family were given VIP
seating and lunch served at
the stadium while watching
the game.
"I have attended the
Devard & Devaughn Dar-
ling Football Camp for two
years, but I never thought I
could win MVP and actually
travel to the United States
to watch a game. It seems
unreal to me," she said. "My
mother encouraged me to
come the first year and I
had so much fun I couldn't
wait to come back this
In her first real attempt at
the sport, Gibbs said she
came away from the camp
with a greater understand-
ing of the accompanying
skills it takes to become a
great athlete.
"I never played football
before attending the camp I
just wanted to try it. When
they said my name for MVP
I couldn't believe it, because
I knew I wasn't the best
player on the field, but this
experience shows me sports-
manship is as important as
being a good athlete."
The Devard & Devaughn
Darling Football Camps are
presented annually by the
As One Foundation, a non-
profit organisation created
by Devard Darling in mem-
ory of his brother
The purpose of the camp
is to encourage young
Bahamian athletes to pur-
sue their education and
dreams of playing American
Campers learn invaluable
skills and training in the
game and receive free gifts,
equipment and a chance to
earn the title of Camp MVP.
To learn more about the
As One Foundation or the
Devard & Devaughn Dar-
ling Football Camps, please
visit www.asonefounda-

Brackettes bite

up '

Senior Sports Reporter

Nothing much changed for
the pennant winning
Heavy Lift Dorsey Park
Boyz as they opened the
New Providence Softball Associa-
tion's best-of-five playoff series on
In the men's feature contest on the
Banker's Field at Baillou Hills Sport-
ing Complex, the Dorsey Park Boyz
knocked off the fourth place Robin
Hood Hitmen 6-2 to snatch a 1-0 lead
in the series which is scheduled to
continue tonight.
Also Wednesday night, the wom-
en's defending champions Sigma
Brackettes will try to go up 2-0 in
their series against the Proper Care
Pool Lady Sharks.
In a rematch of last year's final,
the Brackettes took the upper hand
on Monday with a 5-4 decision.
The Dorsey Park Boyz, who com-
pleted the regular season with an
impeccable 23-1 win-loss record, are
already looking past the Hitmen and
preparing for the best-of-seven cham-
pionship series.
"We haven't played in a while so
tonight our pitcher was a little off
and he gave up couple of runs early in
the game," said Heavy Lift second
baseman Mario Ford. "But we came
back and scored some runs.
"Once we can get our offense
together and start scoring runs early
and give our pitcher a chance to get
into the groove, there's no way that
this team can beat us."
Ford, batting third in their line-up,
led the offensive attack with a perfect
3-for-3 night, including a one-out two-
run home run in the bottom of the
third that pushed the Dorsey Park
Boyz to a 2-1 lead.
On his towering home run shot to
right centerfield that came after he
ripped a two-out triple, but was left
stranded on base in the first, Ford
said he was just sitting, waiting on
the pitch from Hitmen's Cardinal
"I just connected and the pitch
went," said Ford, who got one of the
seven hits off Gilbert. "I hit the pitch
and it left the park."
Dorsey Park produced two more
runs in the fourth, sparked by
Desmond Rolle's RBI single, anoth-
er one in the fifth from Ford and their
final one in the sixth on Prince
Huyler's RBI single that knocked in
Dumont Charlow from third on his
lead off triple.
On the other end of the coin,
Dorsey Park Boyz' ace pitcher Edney
'The Heat' Bethel gave a stunning
in-the-park home run to Keiron
Munroe, who ripped a shot down the
right field line for a 1-0 lead in the top
of the first.
But after that, Bethel bored down
on the mound. Despite giving up an
unearned run in the third, he posted
a four-hitter, striking out a total of 13

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batters the rest of the way.
Although they won, Bethel called it
a bad night.
"They couldn't beat us on a bad
night, so imagine what happens when
we have a good night," said Bethel as
he looks ahead to game two tonight.
"We're going to take them out in
three. Tonight was just a slow night
for us, but we had a long lay off. So
now that we are playing again, it's
going to be hard for them to beat
Robin Hood's third baseman Sher-
man Ferguson, who scored their sec-
ond run in the fourth when he got
on second on a two-base fielding
error and caught a ride home on
Adrian Pinder's run-producing triple,
said they will definitely bounce back
and even the series tonight.
"We just didn't hit the ball. We
were right in the game, but we just
couldn't pull it off," he said. "We just
have to come out and be more
Unlike the men's encounter, the
ladies' match-up was keenly contest-
ed from start to finish.
Here's a summary of how the dra-

matics played out in the end:
Brackettes 5, Lady Sharks 4
Renee 'Sunshine' Davis led off the
top of the fifth inning with a walk.
She eventually scored Sigma's win-
ning run on a passed ball.
Proper Care Pool had a golden
opportunity to at least tie the game in
the bottom of the frame. But after
Jeannine Wallace got all the way to
third on an error, she was unable to
Davis finished 0-for-2, but she
scored two of the runs for the sec-
ond place Sigma's. Garranette Curry
helped out by going 1-for-2 with a
run scored.
For the third place Proper Care
Pools, Dawn Forbes was 2-for-4 with
two RBIs and Cleo Symonette went
1-for-2 with a RBI.
Ernestine Butler-Stubbs went the
distance, tossing a three-hitter for the
win for the Brackettes.
Thela Johnson got the starting nod
for the Lady Sharks, giving up four
hits in suffering the loss before Alex
Taylor relieved her in the sixth.

Vixens put away the Lady Hornets

IN the latest New Providence Volley-
ball Association action at D W Davis
gymnasium, a pair of last year's playoff
teams recorded early season wins.
The Scottsdale Vixens put away the
Lady Hornets in three straight sets 25-19,
25-11 and 25-12.
Kyrstel Rolle was the leading scorer
for the game and the Vixens with 10
points. Samantha Kerr led the Hornets

Intruders defeat DaBasement in five sets

with four.
In men's action, the game proved to be
an exciting, nail-biting affair.
It took the Intruders five tough sets
to beat DaBasement 27-29, 25-16, 22-25,
25-19 and 15-13.
Prince and Arison Wilson led the

intruders with 17 and 16 kills respective-
ly for the win.
lahaundro Thompson and Rony Lexi-
dor led DaBasement with 13 and 12
Games are scheduled to continue




THE Bahamas Softball
Federation will host the first
Bahamas Cup ECAST Tour-
nament for men and women
in New Providence October
29 to November 1.
Teams from Jamaica,
Bermuda, the Cayman Islands
and Turks Island have con-
firmed they will participate.
Confirmation is also expected
from Belize and possibly
Puerto Rico.
The tournament is a dou-
ble round robin - all will cul-
minate with the page system
to determine the champions
- that is the top four teams
will advance to the playoffs
and by way of eliminations to
the championship.
The BSF is using this tour-
nament to showcase the abun-
dance of talented young play-
ers, particularly in the men's
division, to assist in the selec-
tion of the national team that
would represent the Bahamas
at the CAC Games in Puerto
Rico in July, 2010, and the
Pan Am Qualifier in Mexico
in November, 2010.
The tournament is sched-
uled to start on October 29 at
the Baillou Sporting Com-
On October 31, a very
colourful opening ceremony
is being planned with the
tournament being officially
opened by Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture Desmond
The feature game is expect-
ed to be "the big match up"
between the Bahamas and
Jamaica in the men's division
and the Bahamas and Bermu-
da in the women's division
following the opening cere-
It is reported that the
Jamaican team is trying to get
renowned triple sprint world
record holder Usain Bolt to
accompany them to the tour-
Following Friday's compe-
tition, the tournament is
expected to continue all day
on Saturday.
The playoff round will take
place on Saturday night and
the medal round on Sunday
afternoon with the presenta-
tions of awards immediately
following the games.
Additionally, the BSF
today announced a restruc-
turing of its national team
programme as it looks
towards two very important
games in 2010, namely the
CAC and Pan Am Games
The CAC Games will be
held in Puerto Rico in July
and the Pan Am Games
Qualifier in Guatemala in
Leading the path to those
two major tournaments for
the Bahamas will be the host-
ing and participation in The
ECAST Tournament.
In its restructuring progress,
the federation has appointed
ISF and BSF Hall of Famer
and level five international
certified coach Bobby "Bay-
lor" Fernander as its director
of programmes for both the
men and women's squads.
Fernander, the president of
the New Providence Softball
Association, would be respon-
sible for all aspects of the
national teams as they relate
to preparation, selection and
travel of these teams and
make recommendations on
the make up of the teams for
final approval by the federa-
For participation in the
upcoming ECAST Tourna-
ment, the federation has
announced the following
coaches and players. See list of
names on page 10





regains No.

1 ranking

Williams sister

defeats Russian

in 2nd round of

China Open

Associated Press Writer

BEIJING (AP) - Serena
Williams is headed back to
the top.
Williams needed only to
win her second-round match
at the China Open on Tues-
day to reclaim the No. 1 rank-
ing, because the current top-
ranked player, Dinara Safina,
couldn't get past that early
round at the tournament.
Coming in, Williams had to
fare better than Safina in Bei-
jing to move to the top of the
rankings next week. Safina
lost to local wild card entry
Zhang Shuai in the second
round Monday.
Williams then needed just
over one hour for a 6-3, 6-2
victory over Ekaterina
Makarova of Russia.
"It feels pretty good. I'm
really excited, I guess,"
Williams said. "I don't want
to put too much pressure on
myself, but I'm obviously hap-
py to be there because I feel
like I've been working so hard
all year and just happy to be
Safina's loss made No. 226
Zhang the lowest-ranked
woman to defeat a No. 1. Julie
Coin of France was ranked
188th when she beat then-No.
1 Ana Ivanovic at the 2008
U.S. Open.
"I would like to take some
break now. ... I'm very upset
with myself," Safina said.
In other action, Maria
Sharapova rallied for a 6-3, 6-
7 (5), 7-5 win over Victoria
Azarenka of Belarus, and
Peng Shuai of China upset
defending champion Jelena
Jankovic 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Fourth-seeded Elena
Dementieva of Russia beat
Melinda Czink of the Czech
Republic 6-4, 6-3.
In men's play, defending
champion Andy Roddick lost
to Polish qualifier Lucasz
Kubot 6-2, 6-4, and top-seed-
ed Rafael Nadal had a 6-4, 3-
6, 6-4 win over Cypriot wild
card Marcos Baghdatis.
Williams has spent a total
of 72 weeks as No. 1, includ-
ing from Feb. 2 to Apr. 19 this
year. The American said her
focus for the rest of the year
would be the WTA Tour
Championships in Doha at
the end of October.
"This is a tough part of the
year. It's kind of toward the
end and everybody's bodies
are starting to ache, you're
really fighting and you just do
your best," she said.
Sharapova, who last week
won the Toray Pan Pacific
Open in Tokyo for her first
tournament victory since
returning from a 10-month
injury layoff, recovered from
a 5-2 deficit in the final set,
winning five games in a row as
ninth-ranked Azarenka strug-
After winning the second-
set tiebreaker, Azarenka
broke Sharapova three times
to take a commanding lead.
The tide turned in the eighth
game, when Sharapova won
a break of her own.
"I knew that if I just kept
steady and maybe I got an
extra ball back and kept going
for it and being aggressive,
maybe good things will hap-
pen," Sharapova said. "And
today they did, and I certain-
ly felt like I stepped it up
when I needed to.
"I realized I certainly don't
want to be going home. I
don't want to be leaving Chi-
na that soon, so I just went
for it. I kept being aggressive
and I stayed positive - I
think that gets you a long


expects to

play in World

Cup qualifier

LISBON, Portugal (AP)
- Cristiano Ronaldo
believes he will recover from
an ankle injury in time for
Portugal's World Cup qual-
ifier against Hungary this
"I've been recovering
well, in line with expecta-
tions," the Real Madrid
winger said late Monday.
"Let's see how it goes, but I
think I'll be OK by Satur-
Ronaldo missed his club's
first defeat of the Spanish
season at Sevilla on Sunday
after spraining his right
ankle in a Champions
League game last week.
Portugal team doctor
Henrique Jones said he also
believes Ronaldo would be
ready to play.
"He has a severe ankle
sprain and we'll be taking
special care with him, but we
think that with the proper
treatment he'll be available
for Saturday," Jones said.
Portugal is tied for third
with Hungary in Group 1,
three points behind leader
Denmark and two back
from Sweden with two
rounds to play.

Brackettes bite up Lady Sharks

PROPER CARE POOL Lady Sharks' pitcher Thela Johnson in action...

SIGMA BRACKETTES' catcher Cassie Smith hits the ball...

LADY SHARKS' pitcher Thela Johnson up to bat against Sigma
Brackettes' pitcher Ernestine Butler-Stubbs...


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PROPER CARE POOL Lady Sharks Keisha Pratt tries to connect...

LADY SHARKS' Jeannine Wallace (right) slides safely to third base...

Bahamas Softball Federation Cup ECAST tournament


Head Coach -
Stephen "Bishop" Beneby
Coaches - Yvonne
Lockhard and Gary
Pitching Coach -
Spurgeon Johnson
Hitting Coaches -
Lenny Newton
Neville "Hammer"
Mary Edgecombe-Sweeting
Thela Johnson
Shanell Symonette

Nerissa Lockhart
Desiree Taylor
Alex Taylor
Lona Maxis
Candice Smith
Lotoya Brown
Tera Evans
Teshina Pinder
Treka Bowleg
Vesna Laing
Christine Hanna
Keisha Pratt
Nerissa Seymour
Latoya Johnson
Shavette Taylor
Alvern Hall
Antonia Simmons
Duesha Barr

Head Coach -
Erin Adderley
Coaches -
Delano Cartwright
and Anthony Huyler
Pitching Coach -
Leroy Thompson
Hitting Coach - Perry
Seymour, Alphonso
Pratt and Martin Burrows
Alcott Forbes
Eugene Pratt
Edney Bethell
Christopher Russell
Keron Munroe
Van Johnson

Phil Culmer
Godfrey Burnside Jr
Lynden Richardson
William Rutherford
Rickey Rolle
Alex Rolle
Geron Sands
Garfield Bethell
Sherman Ferguson
Gary Burrows Jr
Jermico Sands
Ken Wood Jr
Hosea Hilton
Cardinal Gilbert
Darren Stevens
Larry Russell Jr
Dumont Charlow
Desmond Rolle

- IOC president Jacques
Rogge says the decision to
give Rio de Janeiro the 2016
games shows the Olympic
movement isn't out to make
"big money" on its show-
case event.
Rogge said that bringing
the Olympics to South
America for the first time
should end criticism that the
IOC chooses host cities
based on financial profit.
The American broadcast
rights for the Rio games are
expected to be worth con-
siderably less than if the
games had gone to Chica-
go. Tokyo and Madrid were
the other candidates.
The IOC gets more than
half its revenue from broad-
casting deals, and U.S. deals
alone have been worth
more than the rest of the
world's broadcasters com-

(AP) - South Africa's gov-
erning party wants champi-
on runner Caster Semenya
to compete as a woman
regardless of any gender
African National Con-
gress party spokesman Jack-
son Mthembu said that
Semenya had been brought
up as a girl and should
therefore "continue to run
as a woman."
Semenya won the 800
meters at the world cham-
pionships in August in
Berlin. Before the final,
track and field's ruling body
said it had ordered gender
The ANC has set up a
group to support Semenya
and says she has been "vic-
timized and subjected to
unnecessary public scruti-

- A ruling on whether Chi-
na competed with two
underage gymnasts at the
2000 Olympic Games in
Sydney has been pushed
back until at least next year.
A disciplinary commis-
sion of the International
Gymnastics Federation told
that group's executive com-
mittee, which met Sept. 23-
25, that it has yet to finish its
If the gymnasts were
underage, the commission
could recommend sanctions
to the FIG's executive com-
mittee. It won't meet again
until the end of February,
so no decision can come
before then, Gueisbuhler
The gymnasts, Dong
Fangxiao and Yang Yun,
are suspected of being as
young as 14 in Sydney.
Gymnasts must turn 16 dur-
ing an Olympic year to be
eligible to compete.


COB students to hold service

for student killed in shootout

COLLEGE of the Bahamas students have
announced they will hold a thanksgiving ser-
vice for Brenton Hector Smith, a student who
was killed earlier this year during a shoot-
out between police and armed robbery sus-
Smith was reportedly taking a short cut
home when he came upon several suspects
being chased by police after a nearby super-
market was robbed.

A coroner's inquest into the death of Smith,
18, is set to be held, however a date is yet to
be announced.
According to the Royal Bahamas Police
Force, the results of a ballistics report con-
firmed that the youth was killed by a police
service weapon.
The ceremony will be held on Thursday,
October 8, at the Holy Trinity Parish, Stapel-
don Gardens at 7pm.

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shrink Heathrow crews

PLC is shedding 1,000 jobs,
putting 3,000 more employ-
ees on part-time work and
reducing the size of cabin
crews at Heathrow in an
effort to get the troubled air-
line's finances back in order,
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OCT. 5TH, 2009
NOV. 15TH, 2009


according to Associated
BA spokesman Paul
Marston said the company
was in "a very serious finan-
cial position" and was work-
ing hard to turn itself around
with an aggressive cost-
reduction program. The job
losses and part-time work,
which he said were volun-
tary, would be the equivalent
of cutting 1,700 positions. He
declined to say how much the
airline hoped to save from
the cuts.
Marston said BA, which
expects to see a "significant
loss" for the second year run-
ning, needed to make
changes in order to secure its
future in an airline market
which is likely to remain grim
for some time.
"We do not see any green
shoots of recovery just right
yet," he said.
UNITE, the British union
which represents most of
BA's 14,000-member ground
crew, said the news was "a
bolt from the blue."
"We've been looking for a
negotiated solution since the
spring," UNITE spokes-
woman Pauline Doyle said,
adding that the union had
proposed millions of dollars
of savings to management.
"Those proposals we put to
the company were thrown
back at us."
Marston also announced a
companywide freeze on basic
pay and said cabin crews
operating out of London's
Heathrow Airport would be
downsized - so that the typ-
ical 747 jet flying from Lon-
don's Heathrow Airport on a
long-haul trip would take off
carrying 14 members of crew
instead of the usual comple-
ment of 15.
Marston said customers
weren't likely to notice the
difference, but Doyle called
the change "very concern-
"They're going to try to get
more and more out of fewer
and fewer people for less and
less money," she said.
BA said the changes -
which come into effect in the
middle of November - were
needed to ensure the com-
pany stayed alive.
"Without changes, we will
lose more money with every
month that passes," a com-
pany statement said. "It is
essential we make ourselves
more efficient if we are to
ensure our long-term sur-
The airline added that it
was "not altering anything
that requires negotiation."
The economic downturn
has hit carriers like BA par-
ticularly hard as individual
travelers and companies balk
at paying for a seat in first or
business class, particularly on
short-haul flights. The airline
posted a 94 million pound
($150 million) quarterly loss
in July. Earlier that month,
the airline announced plans
to raise 600 million pounds
to help it plug its deficits and
convinced pilots at the air-
line to agree to a 2.6 percent
pay cut.
U.S. airlines have also suf-
fered amid the souring econ-
omy, higher fuel prices, and
other issues.
Atlanta-based Delta Air
Lines Inc., the world's biggest
airline operator, said in June
that its staff levels would be
down more than 8,000 jobs
by the end of 2009 compared
to spring 2008.




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Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas has received
$178.7 million in Special
Drawing Rights (SDRs) from
the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) that can be used
to bolster the Central Bank's
foreign exchange reserves if
needed, it was revealed yes-
Although not a bailout,
although that is how it will be
perceived by some, the
Bahamas can convert either
all or a portion of these SDRs
into foreign currency by sell-
ing them to another country
that has a surplus of SDRs.
The $178.7 million allocat-
ed to the Bahamas was part of
the IMF's $250 billion SDR
allocation to its 186 member
countries implemented on
August 28, 2009, "as a key
part of its initiative to increase
central banks' external
reserves in the face of the
global financial crisis.
"Under this arrangement,
the Bahamas was allocated
96.6 million in SRDs ($151
million), with a further 17.6
million SDR allocation ($27.7
million) occurring on Sep-
tember 9."
SDRs, while not a currency
themselves, are an interest-
bearing international reserve
asset created by the IMF and
based on a basket of curren-
cies. They can be sold to a
country that has an SDR sur-
plus in exchange for currency,
and can be counted in a
nation's foreign exchange
reserves even if they have not
been drawn down.
That helps to explain why
the Bahamas' foreign

SEE page 6B

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Broker let clients 'use


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e' cnedive of $2 5m collapse by deleting all e-mail leaning/switching server

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other clients' assets in $5.909m in assets after firm's collapse into liquidation
lion" tofinance ss of $1.05 milg - Some $55.896 million worth of assets, out of a total $6;
overdrawn cash balances, the firm's transferred to firm's largest 80 clients, accounting for 89
liquidator has found, alleging that its
management "took measures to
destroy or remove evidence" they partner, in his third report to the ker/dealer's insolvency that "appear"
failed to properly protect their clients' Supreme Court on the Caledonia Cor- to describe a process detailing how
interests. porate Management liquidation, said the company's electronic records were
Anthony Kikivarakis, the Deloitte he had uncovered e-mails between to be deleted.
& Touche (Bahamas) accountant and management just prior to the bro- Adding that he would report his

Loan defaults break

through $1bn barrier

Tribune Business Editor

MORE than $1 billion worth of
private sector loans in the Bahamas
are now in arrears, senior banking
industry executives conceded yes-
terday, adding that they had "not
started to see any sign" of a slow-
down in credit falling into the
default or non-performing cate-
Ross McDonald, Royal Bank of
Canada's head for the Bahamas and
the Caribbean, told Tribune Busi-
ness that "you can bet" private sec-
tor loans in arrears in this nation
have already breached the $1 billion
barrier, given that the Central Bank
of the Bahamas pegged the total at
$963.1 million at end-August 2009 -
more than one month ago.
"I think we're already there," Mr
McDonald said of the $1 billion
'loans in default' mark, adding that
there was no sign that the trend of
credit moving into either the '31-
90 days past due' or 'non-perform-
ing' categories was currently show-
ing no signs of slowing.
"I don't have any evidence of
that, frankly," Mr McDonald said,

* Bank chiefs see 'no sign'
of slowdown in pace of non-
performing and arrears loans
* Central Bank pegs troubled
loans at $963m at end-August,
accounting for almost 16% of all
outstanding loans in Bahamas
* Non-performing loans, at 8.8%
of total loan portfolio, increasing
fastest with 'most significant
growth in delinquencies'
seen in mortgages

when asked by Tribune Business
whether the Bahamian commercial
banking sector was seeing any sign
of a slowdown in loan defaults.
"The pattern of loans going into
default and moving through to non-
accrual, we're not starting to see
any sign that it has slowed. The
good thing is that all the banks here
are well capitalised, and should not
have any problem weathering a
storm that lasts through 2010."
SEE page 3B

7.035 million,
% of its business

findings to Caledonia's primary regu-
lator, the Securities Commission of
the Bahamas, Mr Kikivarakis alleged:
SEE page 4B

Insurer's 5% top-line drop

in line with expectations

Tribune Business Editor

J. S. Johnson "didn't lose as much
business as anticipated" as a result of
the recession during the 2009 first half,
its managing director told Tribune
Business yesterday, the top-line "drop
off" coming in at around 5 per cent
with new business accounts more than
compensating for this.
Marvin Bethell said that while the
insurance agency/brokerage, and its
40 per cent owned general insurance
carrier affiliate, Insurance Company of
the Bahamas (ICB), had "seen some
of the impact from the recession",
they had been able to weather the
downturn well during the 2009 first
"I think we were more in line with a
5 per cent drop-off," Mr Bethell said
of the BISX-listed company's 2009
first half, a performance well in line
with the rest of the Bahamian insur-
ance industry.
"We didn't lose as much business as
we might have been anticipating ini-
tially, and did pick up some business.
It was in line with what we thought,
and felt the drop-of might be offset
by some of the new business we've

* J. S. Johnson 'didn't lose
as much business as
anticipated' in 2009 first
half, with fall more than
compensated for by new
business accounts
* Anticipating tougher
fourth quarter

That new business included the
Albany and Ginn projects, but their
impacts will not be felt in the 20o9
second half. "We were fortunate to
have had the impact of those," Mr
Bethell added. "Now, the situation
will have deteriorated a little from
earlier in the year.
"We've still got one quarter left,
and the indications are that quarter
will be slower than some of the others
because the tourism industry has not
picked up."
Mr Bethell said such trends would
impact new construction and real
estate sales, which in turn would
reduce demand for insurance and
insurance products.
SEE page 6B

SuperClubs hits

90% occupancy

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has beaten both the recession
and the traditional Septem-
ber and October season slow
with occupancy rates close to
90 per cent, its sales coordi-
nator said yesterday, as it
reaps the benefits from focus-
ing on the local market.
Krystine Braithwaite said
Breezes' occupancy was
recently close to 90 per cent,
with most rooms booked to
Bahamian groups and cou-
"We haven't had a slow
season; we have been booked
out," said Ms Brathwaite.
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at almost 90 per cent."
She added that the all-inclu-
sive resort has been full with
Bahamian guests, who had
kept the resort busy through-
out the year. The Bahamian
property has been pegged as
the best-performing Super-
clubs property in the
All-inclusives tend to fare
better than most in econo-
midc downturns, as travellers
seek out deals to cut vacation
Ms Brathwaite said the
Cable Beach property has
launched a $99 per night
(double occupancy) special
for locals that will continue
until the end of November.
She suggested that the target
market for the special was
mostly groups, but added that
a lot of couples have also tak-
en advantage of the deal.
With an average stay of
three nights, stopover travel
has also been strong for the
resort. And, according to Ms
Brathwaite, bookings are
strong into 2010.
"I would say the marketing
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Beach Resort has named
Devin E. Johnson to the posi-
tion of executive chef.
In his new role, Chef John-
son will oversee menu plan-
ning and food cost manage-
ment for the six restaurants
and lounges on property, as
well as supervise the resort's
team of 75 culinary and stew-
arding staff members.
Chef Johnson is a Certified
Professional Chef and lectur-
er with over 18 years of food
and beverage experience.
He comes to the Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort from
the Westin and Sheraton at
Our Lucaya Beach and Golf
Resort. He began his tenure
there as sous chef, and
worked his way up to food
and beverage manager. He
also gained experience at the

Westin Buckhead in Atlanta,
where he was executive chef
at the 390-room resort and
was responsible for oversee-
ing a culinary and stewarding
team of 60 staff.
Before joining Our Lucaya,
Chef Johnson held executive
chef and consultant positions
at Point of View Villas in
Fresh Creek, Andros Island,
and the Caripelago Restau-
rant on Cable Beach in Nas-
As a lecturer, Chef John-
son taught food-related cours-
es at the Bahamas Hotel
Training College in Nassau,
including cake baking and
decorating, Caribbean cuisine,
gourmet cooking, fine dining,
kitchen organisation and
menu planning.
Chef Johnson received his
education in Culinary Arts,

and was awarded his certifi-
cation from the Bahamas
Hotel Training College in
1992. He also obtained a Pro-
fessional Chef's Diploma in
1994 at Westminster College
in London, England.
Chef Johnson has received
several awards for his culinary
talents, including gold medals
in numerous competitions
such as the British Gas Cater-
bility Culinary Arts Competi-
tion (1993); Russell Hume
British Meat Competition
(1994); ACF Approved Team
Culinary Classics Competi-
tion (2001); and the Ameri-
can Meat Caribbean Chef
Competition (2004).
He was also a member of
the Bahamas Culinary
Olympic Team who captured
three Bronze Medals in Ger-
many in 2002.

SuperClubs hits 90% occupancy

FROM page 1B
local business have kept us
afloat," she said.
The Wyndham Fortuna
Beach Resort in Grand
Bahamas is also hoping for
the 50 to 60 per cent occu-
pancy it enjoyed last year,
according to assistant general
manager Gloria Pratt.
She said occupancy levels
during September were up to
40 per cent, and online book-
ings for the resort continue to
come in.
Ms Pratt added that the
resort had strong European
arrivals this year, thanks to
the effort of marketing teams
and tour operators in those
"Things have been good,"
said Ms Pratt.
While those properties con-
tinue to attract visitors dur-
ing the slow season, others
find closing during weeks
from August through to Octo-
ber a more viable approach
to the lull in arrivals.
Jackie Carroll, general
manager of Old Bahama Bay,
said hotel occupancies have
been notoriously slow during


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1180 990 Bahamas Property Fund 1075 1075 000 0992 0200 108 186%
930 590 Bank of Bahamas 590 590 000 0244 0260 242 441%
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750 526 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 540 554 014 3,700 0419 0300 132 542%
385 1 27 Consolidated Water BDRs 3 17 319 002 0111 0052 287 163%
2 85 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 2 05 2 05 0 00 0 625 0 080 33 3 90%
820 660 Famguard 660 660 000 0420 0240 157 364%
1250 880 Finco 930 930 000 0322 0520 289 559%
11 71 1000 FirstCanbbean Bank 1000 1000 000 0631 0350 158 350%
553 411 Focol (S) 411 411 000 0332 0150 124 365%
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100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 10000 0 00 7% 30 May 2013
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 10000 0 00 Prime + 1 75% 29 May 2015
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1460 7 92 Bahamas Supermarkets 7 92 842 1400 -2246 0000 N/M 000%
8 00 6 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2 00 6 25 4 00 0 000 0 480 N/M 7 80%
0 54 0 20 RND Holdings 0 35 0 40 0 55 0 001 0 000 256 6 0 00%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
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30350 28952 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 28990 -1 39 -4 16 31-Aug-09
1 4920 1 4129 CFAL Money Market Fund 1 4920 406 559 25-Sep-09
36090 30941 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 30941 -861 -1359 31-Aug-09
130484 12 3870 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13 1136 393 587 31-Aug-09
101 6693 100 0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 101 6693 1 10 1 67 30-Jun-09
100 9600 93 1992 CFAL Global Equity Fund 967398 035 -4 18 30-Jun-09
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9 4075 9 0775 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9 3399 2 69 -1 41 31-Jul-09
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52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
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Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for dailyvolume Weekly Vol.- Trading volume of the prior week
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this period. She added that
there was infrastructural work
that needed to be done during
this time.
"We decided to close down
instead of inconveniencing the
few customers we have," she
Despite the closure of the
resort, Old Bahama Bay's
Marina saw an uptick in busi-
ness during this season. Ms
Carroll said the resort's mari-
na saw twice as much busi-
ness this year over 2008.
According to her, the resort
also has several weddings
booked for the resort in the
winter season. "It seems as
though it may work out for
us," she said.
Ms Carroll is also hopeful
that the new airlift to Grand
Bahama organised by the

Government will have a direct
impact on room bookings, not
just for her resort but for oth-
er area resorts.
The Ministry of Tourism
and Aviation recently organ-
ised direct WestJet service
from Canada to Freeport.
"We're hoping it will do
well," said Ms Carroll. "We
notice that the Canadian busi-
ness started to pick up before
we closed, so it seems as
though there is a new interest
from the Canadian market."
Old Bahama Bay plans to
re-open on October 8 and,
like many other resorts, plans
to introduce a local rate that
slashes room rates up to 50
per cent. Ms Carroll said the
resort has traditionally
received good Bahamian busi-

BOX N-8180, 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 7th day of October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX BELLOTTE of DUMPING
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 30th day of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that ANTHONY ALLONCE of #70
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 30th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that JUNIA FELIX of CARMICHAEL
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 7th day of October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that KERVEN FELIX of CARMICHAEL
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 7th day of October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
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BISX-listed firm

unveils dividend

CONSOLIDATED Water yesterday
announced its Board of Directors had
declared a quarterly cash dividend of
$0.075 per share, representing an
increase of 15 per cent from the previ-
ous quarterly dividend of $0.065 per

The BISX-listed firm said the divi-
dend was payable on October 31, 2009,
to shareholders of record at the close of
business October 1, 2009.
Consolidated Water Company devel-
ops and operates seawater desalination
plants and water distribution systems

in areas of the world where naturally
occurring supplies of potable water are
scarce or non-existent.
It operates water production and/or
distribution facilities in the Cayman
Islands, Belize, the British Virgin
Islands, the Bahamas and Bermuda.

Loan defaults break through $ lbn barrier

The Central Bank, in its
report on monthly economic
developments for August
2009, said there was a $60.6
million, or 6.7 per cent,
increase in loans falling into
default for the month, taking
the total to $963.1 million or
15.9 per cent of all outstand-
ing loans in the Bahamas.
The Central Bank
described "a sustained drift
of loans into the short-term
and non-performing cate-
gories", with loans 31-90 days
delinquent increasing by $26.2
million or 6.5 per cent in
August to hit $427.6 million.
The latter figure amounted to
7 per cent of all outstanding
private sector loans in the
Bahamas, a 0.49 per cent
increase during that month.
As for non-performing
loans, the more critical cate-
gory, because these are 90
days past due and stop accru-
ing interest, the Central Bank
said these increased by $34.5
million or 6.9 per cent to
$535.5 million. The latter fig-
ure accounted for 8.8 per cent
of total loans, a 0.54 per cent
rise in August.
"The most significant
growth in delinquencies was
noted in the mortgage cate-
gory, registering an advance
of $40.3 million (10.2 per
cent) to $436.4 million, and
reflecting gains in the 31-90

day and non-performing seg-
ments, of $28.9 million and
$11.4 million respectively,"
the Central Bank said.
"Consumer delinquencies
expanded by $14.2 million (5
per cent), comprising accre-
tions in the short-term arrears
($10.5 million) and non-per-
forming ($3.7 million) cate-
"Commercial arrears
expanded by $6.2 million.
However, as the average age
of delinquencies increased,
the non-performing portion
moved higher by $19.4 mil-
lion, overshadowing the $13.2
million decline in the 31-90
day component."
As a result, Bahamian com-
mercial banks expanded their
loan loss provisions by $5 mil-
lion or 2.4 per cent to $210.2
million for the year-to-date.
However, due to the fact that
mortgages accounted for a
significant part of the loan
defaults, and these were col-
lateralised by physical assets
such as real estate, the provi-
sions rise lagged the decline in
loan quality.
The ratios of provisions to
loans in arrears and those
non-performing fell by 0.9 and
1.7 percentage points respec-
tively, to 21.8 per cent and
39.3 per cent respectively.
When it came to FINCO,
Royal Bank's BISX-listed

mortgage lending arm, Mr
McDonald said: "We contin-
ue to be very well provisioned
for, and as things turn around
towards the end of 2010, we
would expect to see some
recovery of those provisions.
"We are conservative, but
at the same time optimistic
that tourism will come back
and the economy will allow
us to recover some of the
charges we've put through the
income statement."
He added: "This is not a
financial crisis. This is a busi-
ness downturn, a recession,
call it what you want. People
have seen it before, but this is
certainly the deepest we've
seen, because of the financial
crisis, some could argue.
"But you have to do all the
things you do in a tough econ-
omy - look at costs, the mon-
ey you're investing, and work
with your clients........"
While the loan default situ-
ation may be showing some

Fo hesore

signs of stabilisation, Mr
McDonald said persons
would have to "be very opti-
mistic to believe that will
become a pattern as well".
Until tourism and foreign
direct investment recovered,
the Royal Bank head added,
unemployment would contin-
ue to be a problem, leading
to loan defaults.
"Optimistically, we'd love
to see some positive signs in
the first half of next year, but
the realists would probably
say it will be towards the end
of the year," Mr McDonald

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FROM page 1B
"There was a discovery of two
e-mails that were circulated
between certain members of
management and an employ-
ee, which gives the appear-
ance of management's failure
to safeguard and protect
[Caledonia's] clients' assets.
"Additionally, the lack of
transparency and unavailabil-
ity of pertinent information
made the reconciliation of
certain client balances diffi-
cult, as it appeared that client
instructions via e-mail with
regard to the movement of
their assets had been delet-
Mr Kikivarakis also alleged
that the beneficial owner of
Ingelby Holdings, the entity
that owned 100 per cent of
Caledonia's preference
shares, appeared to have
received a preference by
recovering $5.909 million
from the Bahamas-based bro-
ker/dealer after the February
12, 2008, date when the com-
pany was placed into liquida-
Describing Ingelby Hold-
ings' beneficial owner as
either owning, or being affili-
ated with, five Caledonia
clients "who obtained their
assets of approximately $5.909
million after liquidation date",
the liquidator said: "The

instructions to transfer the
clients' assets were signed by
[Caledonia's] former man-
agement, during that period,
allegedly at the clients'
"Demands were made
directly to [Caledonia's] man-
aging director [William Jen-
nings] to return the assets, as
he was an authorised signa-
tory on some of these
accounts. As at the date of
this report, the assets have not
been returned."
The Deloitte & Touche
accountant and partner said
he would be meeting with
Ingelby Holdings' principal
"to discuss various matters
relating to the unauthorised
return of his assets by the
company's former manage-
ment after the liquidation
Caledonia collapsed into
liquidation after suffering an
almost-$25 million trading
loss, which resulted when Jit-
ney, its Canadian correspon-
dent broker, sold off assets to
cover an overdrawn margin
loan balance that was not col-
lateralised by the client who
had created the 'hole' in ques-
That overdrawn balance
was in an account operated
nominally by a Ron Wyles,
whose trading activities were
directed by George Georgiou,


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a Canadian who has since
been charged with securities
fraud by the US federal
authorities, activities he
allegedly directed from the
Caledonia account.
Jitney ended up selling off
assets belonging to Caledonia
clients other than
Wyles/Georgiou because they
were all pooled in one
omnibus account with it, with
no segregation. The duo had
allegedly been engaged in
short-selling, a high-risk trad-
ing strategy supposedly col-
lateralised by so-called 'penny
stocks', and incurred substan-
tial losses that eventually sunk
In his Supreme Court
report, Mr Kikivarakis alleged
that Caledonia "allowed
clients to use other clients'
assets" in their trading activi-
ties to cover overdrawn cash
balances. These assets totalled
$1.05 million, but some
$468,000 used as collateral for
this had been sold by Jitney.
Some $575,000 had been
recovered from former Cale-
donia clients with overdrawn
cash balances in the Jitney
account, Mr Kikivarakis said.
He added that 12 Caledonia
clients had been allowed to
operate margin accounts, and
while four had "substantial
overdrawn balances", only

one did not have sufficient
collateral - the Ron Wyles
"From a further analysis of
the company's records, I iden-
tified that clients (who did not
operate margin accounts or
did not sign margin agree-
ments) were allowed to oper-
ate overdrawn account bal-
ances in both the company's
US dollar and Canadian dol-
lar accounts if they held suffi-
cient assets to cover the over-
drawn cash position," Mr
Kikivarakis said.
"However, my investiga-
tions revealed that [Caledo-
nia] used other clients' assets
to fund these overdrawn bal-
ances. For example, a client
who had not signed a margin
agreement would be allowed
to purchase securities using
another client's cash if his
total assets exceeded the cash
required to make that pur-
chase in most cases, thus cre-
ating an overdrawn cash posi-
The Deloitte & Touche
partner said that at the Feb-
ruary 12, 2008, liquidation
date, of 22 Caledonia clients
who had an overdrawn US
cash balance, only one had a
margin agreement with the
company. The total over-
drawn balance was $270,517,
$114,172 of which had been


Premier Commercial Real Estate Investment
Corporation Limited

TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Directors of PREMIER
PORATION LIMITED has resolved to declare a Dividend
in the amount of Twenty Cents ($0.20) per share for all share-
holders of record as of the close of business on the 13th, day
of October 2009, the same to be payable as of the 13th, day of
October 2009.

All payments shall be made through Experta Trust Company
(Bahamas) Limited, the Registrar & Transfer Agent, pursuant
to the instructions of the relevant shareholders on the files of
Experta Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited as the 13th, day
of October, 2009.

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In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(4) of the International Business Companies Act.
2000, CASTEVANIA INC. is in dissolution as of Sep-
tember 29, 2009.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 35A Re-
gent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the Liq-


created by clients without a
margin agreement.
And, of the 17 Caledonia
clients who held overdrawn
Canadian dollar cash balances
amounting to $911,481, only
six held margin agreements.
"Of these 32 clients who
held overdrawn cash positions
but had not signed margin
agreements, five of them did
not have sufficient assets, pri-
or to the sale by Jitney, to
cover their overdrawn cash
balances," Mr Kikivarakis
said. "Their total overdrawn
cash balances amounted to
Meanwhile, the liquidator
alleged that during the
process of closing Caledonia's
former head office at 28 Par-
liament Street and relocating
the company's affairs to
Deloitte & Touche's Bahami-
an head office, he had found a
January 2, 2008, e-mail circu-
lated among Caledonia's
management and an employ-
ee with respect to the compa-
ny's server.
"The e-mail appears to
show the process by which
[Caledonia's] records were to
be deleted," the liquidator
alleged. "The procedures
included, but were not limited
to, removing the company's
server and e-mails from [Cale-
donia's] office and deleting
all documents from employ-
ee's individual computers in
the office, which should have
included e-mails.
"In an additional e-mail
dated January 3, 2008, the
employee to whom the e-mail
of January 2, 2008, was
addressed responded, inform-
ing certain members of the
management team that the
instructions to remove the
company's server and indi-
vidual e-mails from office
computers would be executed
on January 14, 2008.
"That e-mail also provided
further details of how this
would be executed, the cost
of the new server and the
labour to execute the job."
Mr Kikivarakis said these
two e-mails were found in
Caledonia's offices in printed
format, but no e-mails were
located for most employees
prior to January 16, 2008. He
added that interviews with the
company's former staff
revealed that they were issued
with new e-mail accounts on
January 16, 2008, just weeks
before the company's col-
Caledonia's new server, and
Microsoft Exchange e-mail
server, appeared for the first
time on January 15 and Janu-
ary 16, 2008, respectively. Mr

Kikivarakis said Southworth
Consultants, Caledonia's
information and technology
consultants, told his team they
were not aware of how the e-
mails had been erased, even
though one of the documents
found "spoke about the dele-
tion of e-mails and offsite
backups at Southworth Con-
The liquidator added: "The
discovery of the two e-mails,
and the fact that there were
no electronic e-mails found
previous to January 16, 2008,
suggests that certain members
of management, certain
employees and their IT con-
sultants may have been
responsible, or at least were
aware, of the deletion of e-
Still, progress has been
made in returning Caledonia
clients' assets. As at July 31,
2009, Mr Kikivarakis said he
had issued instructions to
transfer $55.896 million worth
of assets, out of a total $67.035
million, to the 80 Caledonia
clients that accounted for an
estimated 89 per cent of the
company's business.
Initially, Mr Kikivarakis
said it was estimated that a
total $81.188 million was due
to 220 Caledonia clients as at
September 30, 2008. Howev-
er, this was subsequently
revised to $75.332 million,
largely because it was discov-
ered that $6.27 million worth
of assets had been returned
to four clients prior to the liq-
Out of the $11.139 million
that had not been transferred
to Caledonia's 80 most signif-
icant clients, as at the July 31,
2009, date, Mr Kikivarakis
said some $5.439 million of
this amount was transferred
subsequently once instruc-
tions were received from the
clients. A further $3.481 mil-
lion had been returned to
another five clients.
As for the remainder, the
liquidator said six had yet to
provide him with the correct
or necessary instructions to
transfer $2.381 million worth
of assets; five clients had
authorised him to sell $1.235
million worth of assets and
return the cash proceeds to
them; and another $850,440
was being held up because
two clients had yet to comply
with the Supreme Court's
order to pay 2 per cent of
their assets into escrow to
cover the liquidator's costs.
However, Mr Kikivarakis
said $4.388 million belonged
to 126 Caledonia clients who
had not given him instructions
to transfer their assets.




Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant to
a Certificate of Dissolution issued by The Registrar
General on the 17th day of September, A.D., 2009.

Dated the 6th day of October, A.D., 2009.

Susan G. Riggs
Liquidator of

In The Supreme Court FAM/div/603
Family Division



TAKE NOTICE that the Petitioner JOHN HENRY BURROWS has
commenced Divorce in the Family Division of the Supreme Court

AND TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that in the event that LORMA
BURROWS Nee CHAMBERS desiring to defend the porceed-
ings in the Supreme Court LORMA BURROWS Nee CHAMBERS
will be required to enter an Appearance in the Supreme Court by
delivering a Memorandum of Appearance to the Registry of the
Supreme Court on the Family Side of the Supreme Court which is
situate on the Second Floor in the Ansbacher Building, Bank Lane
and East Street North in the City of Nassau in the Island of New
Providence by delivering the said Memorandum of Apperance at
the firm of Wells Legal & Corporate Services, the Ground Floor,
Columbus House, East Street and Shirley Streets, Nassau, Baha-
mas by or on or before the 30th day of October, A.D. 2009.

Dated: This 29th day of September, A. D. 2009.

Stephanie Anne Wells
Wells Legal & Corporate Services
Ground Floor
Columbus House,
Nassau, Bahamas





Kendra Camille
Audrey Culmer

2005 graduate (Valedictorian)
of the Windermere High
School in Eleuthera. Kendra
attended the College of the
Bahamas between 2005-2009,
majoring in Accounting, and
received a BBA in Account-
ing with Distinction this year.
While at COB, Kendra was
on the President's list for 2006,
2008 and 2009, and on the KE
Dean's List between 2005-
2009. Her College activities
included serving as managing
editor of The Spectrum
(school newspaper) and she
also provided peer tutoring
for Accounting. She is a
Youth Leader at the Global
Village Methodist Church and
a member of the iGive Com-
munity Service.
At the COB graduation,
Kendra was awarded the
Ernst & Young Award for
Accounting, the BICA Award
for Accounting and the
Chamber of Commerce
Award for Academic Excel-
She is preparing for the
CPA exam and also intends
to pursue an MBA.

Jamere M. McIntosh
A 2005 graduate of St.
Georges' High School in
Grand Bahama, Jamere
obtained a Bachelor of Busi- et
ness Administration in Eco- Ci
nomics and Finance this year. in
He also received the College 96
of the Bahamas President's ye
Award 2009, its School of
Business Award 2009 and the M
Livingston Evans Memorial
Award for Economics &
Finance. In 2007, he received
the National Pacesetters to
Award for Education from Sc
the Ministry of Education, ob
Youth, Sports & Culture. fr
While at COB. Jamere was B
active in the National Society ac
of Leadership and Success, A
serving as vice-president and so
president; the economic soci- C]





BFSB unveils finalists for student awards

THE Bahamas Financial Services
Board (BFSB) has announced the
five finalists for the annual Financial
Services Student of the Year award,
selected from the 2009 Graduating
Class of the College of The
They are:
Kendra C.A. Culmer - BBA
Jamere M. McIntosh - BBA Eco-
nomics & Finance:
Christina S. Murray - BBA
Keithra L. Sherman - BBA Mar-
Khandise N. Smith - BBA Bank-

y, serving as Secretary; and Dur
ircle K. He has been active 2006
the Toastmasters Club emplo
69479 from January of this Devel
ear. tiabar
He plans to pursue an since I
BA in Economics. employ
Christina S. Murray clerk i
A 2004 Graduate (Saluta- Investi
rian) of S. C. Bootle High Chri
school in Abaco, Christina an MB
obtained her BBA in Finance LL.B
om the College of the nomics
ahamas this year, also the CF
;hieving the COB Financial
analyst Award jointly spon- Keit
ored by the college and the Keit
FA Society of The Bahamas. (Valec

ing & Finance with Foreign Lan-

The student award is again being
sponsored in collaboration with the
College of the Bahamas, the Pro-
fessional Industry Association
Working Group and the Central
Bank of the Bahamas.
The objective of the programme is
to recognize an outstanding gradu-
ating student from within the School
of Business, College of the Bahamas.
This includes all financial services
relevant disciplines - economics,
banking and finance, accountancy
and law; and also extends to com-

ring the summers of
and 2007 she was
yed by the Bahamas
opment Bank and Sco-
ik, respectively, and
March 2008 has been
yed with Citibank as a
lentation processing
n the Latin American
ment Bank Division.
stina intends to pursue
BA in Finance and an
with a minor in Eco-
s, and is keen to obtain
FA designation as well

hra L. Sherman
hra is a 2003 Graduate
lictorian/Head Girl) of

puter information systems, market-
ing and management.
The criterion for initial selection is
a GPA of 3.35 or above. Additional
criteria include COB and commu-
nity involvement.
The student award programme is
a part of the BFSB's ongoing Finan-
cial Centre Focus (FCF) pro-
gramme, which seeks to integrate
the industry with the wider commu-
nity, and its various initiatives
address issues such as the challenges
impacting the sustained growth and
development of the industry.
Wendy Warren, the BFSB's chief
executive and executive director,

the C.R. Walker Senior High
School, and received the
Department of Education's
Northwestern District Most
Outstanding Student Award.
In 2009, she won the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce's
Prestigious Student Award for
Outstanding Academic
Keithra obtained her BBA
in Marketing from the Col-
lege of the Bahamas this year,
along with the Bahamas Fast
Ferries Award in Marketing.
Between 2004-2009 she was
on the President's/Dean's
Lists at COB. While at COB
she tutored Beginners and

Intermediate Statistics
201 and 301).
She intends to pu
Masters degree in th
with specialisation in

Khandise N. Smith
A 2003 Graduate
Anne's High School
dise obtained her Bac
Administration in B
and Finance with S
from the College
Bahamas this year. S
received COB's 2009
of Business BBA B
and Finance with F

said the FCF was designed to attract
and maintain qualified profession-
als in the industry. "In this regard",
she said, "particular attention is
placed on highlighting the impor-
tance of quality human resources to
the industry, with initiatives such as
the Student Award."
The 2009 Student of the Year will
be announced at BFSB's Excellence
Awards Ceremony on October 22,
when BFSB also will announce the
Executive of the Year, Professional
of the Year and Achiever of the
Year - as well as the Financial Ser-
vices Development and Promotion

(Levels Language Award.
She was on the President's
pursue a List in 2005-2006, and on the
ie com- Dean's List between 2003-
ig field, 2007. She is an Alumnus of
n public the University of the Virgin
Islands Summer Institute for
Future Global Leaders.
While studying for her
e of St. degree, Khandise has worked,
, Khan- including internships at UBS,
helor of Kerzner International and
banking BTC, and has been employed
ipanish with Cititrust (Bahamas) since
of the 2007.
She also Khandise is completing the
School Series 7 programme, and also
.anking is keen to pursue a Graduate
Foreign degree in due course.

Bahamas obtains $178.7m reserve boost from the IMF

exchange reserves increased
by $90.21 million in August
to end the month at $803.64
million, compared to $684.38
million the year before. In
addition, excess liquidity in
the commercial banking sys-
tem stood at $522.63 million
at end-August 2009, com-
pared to $335.34 million the
year before.
Bolstering the Bahamas'
foreign exchange reserves,

and ensuring banking sector
liquidity remains strong, are
among the fundamental
tenets of the Government's
strategy for guiding the
Bahamas through these tough
economic times.
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas, in its monthly eco-
nomic and financial develop-
ments report for 2009,
revealed that consumer cred-
it had actually contracted by

$27.51 million for the first
eight months of 2009, a sign
that banks are shying away
from risky consumer loans
and that credit has dried up.
For the first seven months
in 2009, Bahamian consumers
were repaying more than they
were borrowing when it came
to consumer loans, a sign that
they are attempting to
deleverage and reduce debts.
There were $20.7 million in

credit card net repayments;
$17.9 million in net car loan
repayments; $8.7 million in
travel loan repayments; and
$5.6 million in net home
improvement loan repay-
ments. The only consumer
lending category showing
growth was, again, debt con-
solidation loans, which
expanded by $43.6 million - a
slower pace than in 2008.
In comparison, mortgage

lending for the year to August
2009 grew by $82.96 million, a
sharp drop from the $143.19
million expansion that took
place during the first eight
months of 2008.
On the fiscal front, the
Government's fiscal deficit
narrowed by $8.9 million to
$20.6 million for the first
month of its 2009-2010 Bud-
get year. Total spending was
7.3 per cent or $9.5 million
lower at $120.1 million, due
to lower outlays on infra-
structure projects.

Revenues fell only margin-
ally by $0.6 million to $99.5
million, due to a two-thirds
drop in Stamp Tax received
from property transactions.
With tourism output con-
tracting due to weak stopover
performance, the Central
Bank warned that "the
prospects for the Bahamian
economy will remain subdued
for the balance of 2009 and
into first half 2010", with the
fiscal deficit and government
debt-to-GDP ratios project-
ed to further widen.

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top-line drop

in line with


He added that J. S. Johnson had already seen clients, whose
mortgages had been paid off, drop hurricane coverage to just go
with fire and the like, while on the motor side Bahamians
were hanging on to their existing vehicles or switching to less
expensive third-party coverage as opposed to comprehensive
J. S. Johnson generated a 21.8 per cent net income increase
to $4.33 million for the 2009 first half, an improvement driven
by rising commissions resulting from the acquisition of new busi-
The increase in net profits from the $3.554 million achieved
in the 2008 first half was due to an 18.6 per cent increase in net
commissions and fees, which rose from $8.045 million to $9.544
million during the six months to June 30, 2009.
This, despite a 3.3 per cent fall in net earned premiums at J.
S. Johnson's 40 per cent-owned affiliate, general insurer Insur-
ance Company of the Bahamas (ICB), fed into an 8.6 per cent
rise in total income. This grew from $13.339 million in 2008 to
$14.491 million in the 2009 first half.
Broken down into segments, J. S. Johnson's agency and bro-
kerage business saw net income rise by 12.5 per cent to $2.533
million for the 2009 first half, compared to $2.252 million for the
year before.
Net commissions and fees rose by 7.1 per cent to $8.388 mil-
lion, compared to $7.783 million the year before. Total income
rose by 6.8 per cent to $8.658 million, compared to $8.109 mil-
lion in the 2008 first half.
On the expenses side, the agency and brokerage business also
experienced a 4.6 per cent jump in total expenses to $6.125 mil-
lion, compared to $5.857 million in the 2008 first half.
For the business as whole, total expenses increased by 3.8 per
cent to $10.161 million, as opposed to $9.785 million in 2008,
something Mr Bethell attributed to a 5.1 per cent growth in staff
costs to $4.548 million.
The improvements were even more marked on the ICB
side, where net income increased year-over-year for the 2009
first half by 37.9 million, growing from $1.303 million to $1.797
million. This was largely due to a more than three-fold increase
in net commissions and fees to $1.156 million, compared to
$262,000 in 2008.
ICB's insurance expenses also fell by 10 per cent to $3.115
million during the 2009 first half, although total expenses rose
by 2.7 per cent to $4.036 million, compared to $3.298 million in







Learn to cook Mediterranean


Tribune Features Reporter

G RAYCLIFF Restaurant is offering an
encore to its culinary class series by
opening its kitchens to interested per-
sons for a four-week cooking course.

The series started last Sat-
urday and it teaches partic-
ipants some of the culinary
secrets and techniques used
at Graycliff's five-star
The classes are taught in
an intimate group setting by
Executive Chef Elijah Bowe
and his team in the Gray-
cliff kitchen.
With three more sessions
left, each week will capture
a culinary lesson in a differ-
ent cuisine.
Last weekend, the partic-
ipants enjoyed making dish-
es from the Mediterranean.
The five-star dinner was
served by Graycliff waiters

and was accompanied by a
glass of wine or another
beverage of choice.
A Mediterranean seafood
salad and herb lamb shank
with Greek couscous salad
were just some of the
appetising delights that they
enjoyed. For desert, they
dived into amigdalota,
which is made with Greek
almond macaroons.
Diane Chea and her hus-
band participated in the
culinary series last Septem-
ber. They both took all five
classes, and said they can
attest to the fact that Chef
Bowe is an "informative,
pleasant, and great

"French day was my
favourite because he used
cooking techniques I wasn't
familiar with," Mrs Chea
Her favourite dish was
'Cuchile St Jacques', which
she made during French
The dish incorporates a
variety of seafood - scallops,
grouper, and lobster in a
cream sauce served with
piped mashed potatoes.
Next Saturday's class
promises to be just as good
as the first session.
The theme is 'A Taste of
the Caribbean.'
Snapper cooked in rock
salt, coconut rice, and other
favourites are said to be on
the menu. The two sessions
following this will be 'The
Spices of India' and the
'Heritage of Thailand'.
For more information,
contact Diane Williams at

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THE hotly anticipated 'Shake-
speare in Paradise' theatre festival
opened on Monday night with a
play which takes an in-depth look at
how our African heritage and
neighboring countries have all
greatly influenced music in the
The play 'Music of the Bahamas' under the direc-
tion of Phillip Brown and Nicolette Bethel, was
originally written for presentation at the 1991 Edin-
burgh Festival Fringe, adapted from E Clement
Bethel's thesis on the role music plays in Bahamian
life and culture.
The story of the play unfolds chronologically,
incorporating the different historical influences on
Bahamian music through the years, as the cast per-
forms a series folk melodies.
'Music of the Bahamas' is probably best suited for
a mature audience who are able to appreciate how
the local music evolved.
And while its purpose is to inform, audience
members will be entertained by the lively perfor-
mance and soon forget that they are being educat-
ed in the process.
The play even makes use of a little comedy.
Unfortunately, the laughter of the crowd some-
times made one or two of the actors during Monday
night's performance lose their momentum, making
them break character.
And although it was not a huge distraction from

the performance, the make-up did
not help in capturing the feel of the
time period in which the play is set -
the early to mid- 20th century.
The women had obviously exper-
imented with blush and eye make-
up, often wearing two shades of
eye-shadow, which is a popular
trend in the Bahamas of today.
The costumes, however, made
up for any over-use of make-up.
The women wore long beautiful
Androsia skirts and scarfs around
their heads. And the men wore
pants which were held up with
suspenders and neckties which
served as belts. They also boasted
rounded hats and penny loafers.
But the best thing about the
play are the melodious voices of
the actors who harmonised per-
fectly. A few of the songs were
depressing at times, but the voic-
es were so beautiful that they
evoked bittersweet feelings in
the audience.
'Music of the Bahamas' can
definitely be recommended for
anyone who has an interest in 1
the country's musical roots and
wants to be entertained by tal-
ented actors and singers.
Additional showings for
'Music of the Bahamas' will
take place on the following

Red Cross

releases 2009

Christmas Cards

THE Bahamas Red Cross Society is highlighting the beau-
ty and excitement of the Bahamas with its 2009 selection of
Christmas cards.
One of the cards features the flamboyant beauty of the
Royal Poinciana in full bloom, and the other shows off the
exotic colours reflected in the costume of a Bahamian
junkanooer who carries the rhythm of the Christmas and
New Year holiday beat throughout the islands.
The photos on both cards were taken by renowned Bahami-
an photographer Andrew Aitken.
The cards are available for purchase and early mailing at the
Red Cross headquarters on John F Kennedy Drive. Proceeds
aid the Society's ongoing relief efforts.



Greg Wilson/AP Photo
JESSE EISENBERG, left, and Woody
Harrelson are shown in a scene from


* Starring: Jesse Eisenberg,
Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone

THE zombie apocalypse premise
is the gift that keeps on giving for
filmmakers. The movie resurgence
in the undead genre that kicked into
gear with 2002's '28 Days Later' has
shown no signs of flagging, and with
this latest effort - played mostly for
laughs - it is perhaps at its best yet.
Zombieland starts without so
much as taking a breath. There's no
convoluted setup, just a droll voice-
over from a young student called
Columbus (Eisenberg) spoken over
a horrific visual lesson on zombie
Columbus fears he may be last
person alive in the now zombie
infested United States, but being an
obsessive compulsive loner by
nature, he's handled it better than
almost everyone else.
Then he meets the gloriously
eccentric Tallahassee (Harrelson),
a sort of cowboy/Mad Max hybrid,
and the two of them set off on a
road trip across the ravaged coun-
Everything about Zombieland
works - it's got a sharp script, great
comedic set pieces, Eisenberg and
Harrelson compliment each other
perfectly and, even in it's quieter
moments, there's an air of constant
It's violent beyond belief at times,
but there's enough charm to pre-
vent it ever becoming sour - besides,
if the people being slaughtered are
already dead, does it really count?

* Starring: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster

SOME solid B-movie fun is to be
had in this claustrophobic sci-fi/hor-
ror film.
Quaid and Foster play two crew
members on a giant spaceship who
wake from suspended animation
with no knowledge of who they are
or what their mission is.
With Quaid calling the shots from
the control room, Foster explores
the dark corridors of the ship and
discovers they might not be alone.
Pandorum takes a simple idea and
runs a long way with it, borrowing
liberally from similar movies along
the way. But two strong central per-
formances and some neat plot twists
keep this consistently entertaining.
Foster, an unusual choice for a lead-
ing man, gives the film a real edge
and the payoff should see everyone
leave the theatre satisfied.

1. Organisers of the Shakespeare
in Paradise event will host a special
'Music of the Bahamas' fundraiser at
Graycliff's Humidor tonight.
The reception will begin at 7pm,
with the performance part of the
evening starting at 8pm. Tickets are
$95 per person and include a chur-
rascaria selection and a glass of
champagne or wine provided by
Graycliff. Proceeds will in part go to
the E Clement Bethel Friends of the

2. The schedule for the remaining
Shakespeare in Paradise perfor-
mances is as follows:
* Tonight at 8pm: 'Caribbean Voices'
and 'One White One Black' at the
Dundas. Tickets are $25.
'Zora' at the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas (NAGB). Tickets are
* Thursday, October 8: 'The Tem-
pest' at the Dundas for $25 per
person at 11am and 8pm.
'Music of the Bahamas' at the Humi-

dor at 8pm. Tickets are $25.
* Friday, October 9: 'The Tempest' at
11am and 8pm at the Dundas. 'Zora'
at 8pm at NAGB. 'Music of the
Bahamas' at 8pm at the Marley
Resort. Tickets for all events are $25
per person. The 'Festival Bar' at the
Marley Resort starts at 10pm.
* Saturday, October 10: 'One White
One Black' and 'Music of the
Bahamas' at 2pm at the Dundas.
'The Tempest' at 8pm at the Dun-
das. 'Caribbean Voices' at 8pm at
Nirvana. Tickets for all events are
$25. A 'Festival Bar' will be open at
Nirvana from 10pm.
* Sunday, October 11: 'Zora' at 3pm
at the Dundas. 'One White One
Black' and 'Love in Two Acts' at
3pm at the Hub. 'The Tempest' at
8pm at the Dundas. Tickets for all
performances are $25. The 'Festival
Bar' will be open at the Hub from
* Monday, October 12: 'Caribbean
Voices' and 'Music of the Bahamas'
at 3pm at the Dundas. Tickets are


3. The Salvation Army's Erin H
Gilmour School for the Blind is
excited to invite the public to the
gospel concert "Praise On The
The concert will be held on Satur-
day, October 10, from 7.30pm until
10.30pm onboard the m/v Legacy
which departs from the west end of
Potter's Cay Dock.
All proceeds are in aid of the School
for the Blind.
Local artists to perform include Bar-
rack Ministries; Christian Massive;
Denzel Rolle and the Church of God
Mass Choir; Mighty Beacon; Leon
Wilson, and Everette Sands, Jr.
Director of Immigration Jack
Thompson will be the master of cer-
Dishes on the menu for the evening
include fish, chicken, peas and rice,
conch fritters, macaroni, tossed sal-
ad, conch salad, corn on the cob,
cheese cake, pound cake, fruit

punch, vita malt, and an assortment
of juices.
Tickets are available at all Salvation
Army churches; the Salvation Army
Divisional Headquarters at number
31 on Mackey Street and the Erin H
Gilmour School for the Blind.
The Erin H Gilmour School is a com-
prehensive educational facility for
blind and visually impaired children.
Appropriately trained teachers cater
to primary and secondary students
who are unable to attend the regular
school system.

4. The Wyndham Nassau Beach
Resort and Crystal Palace Casino
will hold its grand opening celebra-
tions this weekend.
Blue Star Technologies, PlayerXT
and Joe Jackson's MarAnce Record
will present a weekend of interna-
tional and Bahamian talent in the
Crystal Palace Rainforest Theatre.
Also in attendance will be represen-
tatives from Entertainment Tonight;
Access Hollywood; Inside Edition;

BET; NBC, and Telemundo.
Events open to the public are:
* Welcoming party on October 9 at
8pm: Meet the talent and the models
at Senor Frogs on the Bay;
* Talent audition on October 10 at 7
pm: Bahamian talent will be audi-
tioned by Joe Jackson and Marshall
Thompson in the Rainforest Theatre
followed by an after party at the 22
Above Nightclub in the Wyndham
Resort. Admission is $5;
* Talent showcase and Blue Star
Beauty Pageant and announcement
of winners at the Rainforest Theatre
on October 11 at 7pm. General
admission is $10, VIP tickets are
$25. Those interested in the events
can contact 327-6200.

5. The All-Catholic Basketball Tour-
nament will take place from October
The event will be held at Loyola Hall,
Gladstone Road, at 7.45pm and is in
special honour of Vince Ferguson
who passed away recently.









Tribune Features Reporter
high in most beauty
pageants and the
Miss Bahamas World Pageant
is no exception. At the end of
the day only one girl goes
home as the 'queen'.
Runners-up are left to find
new opportunities and the top
three go on to represent the
Bahamas in international
This year, the winning
queen was 17-year-old Joanna
Brown, a recent high school
graduate from Grand
Joanna, who left the coun-
try last week to continue train-
ing for the Miss World
Pageant, recently sat down to
talk with two of her fellow del-
egates who placed in the first
and second runner-up posi-
tions in the pageant.
While the girls Joanna beat
out would have loved to take
home the crown themselves,
they realized early on that
their success depended heavi-
ly on whether they let their
'defeat' stop them from doing
well in the future.
It is this attitude that makes
or breaks a queen, Michelle
Malcolm, president of the

Miss Bahamas Organisation
(MBO), said.
This year Ms Malcolm has a
lot to be happy about. Not
only did two of the runners-up
go on to international compe-
titions, but both of them made
the cut, putting the Bahamas
on the map.
It is a great accomplishment
for such a young organisation,
which was established just
three years ago.
Kendra Wilkinson, Top
Model of the Bahamas 2009,
and Dashanique Poitier, Miss
Bahamas Intercontinental
2009, were among the top 15
stunners in their pageants,
which were recently held in
Plock, Poland, and in Minsk,
Belarus, respectively. Both
girls advanced to the final
round of their competitions.
Kendra, 20, is famed for her
long legs, a winning smile, and
a heart of gold, and these are
just some of the qualities that
helped her to land a spot in the
top 15 finalists of the first ever
Miss Supranational Pageant
recently held in Poland.
At the final event, she cap-
tured two honours - the Miss
Friendship and Miss Person-
ality awards - earning her
prize money totalling $1,000.
While most in her position
would have used their win-
nings to celebrate their suc-
cess, Kendra donated a por-
tion of her prize money to
purchase school supplies for
students in need at Claridge
Primary School.
Dashanique, also 20, is no
stranger to international
pageants. She quickly estab-
lished herself as one of the
favourites for the Miss Inter-
continental title.
Arriving in Belarus,
Dashanique said the other
contestants were very excited
to see her:
"When I got there, every-
one was like 'oh, Bahamas is
here, Bahamas is here."
She and her fellow dele-
gates got acquainted with

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Dashanique Poitier and Kendra
Wilkinson leave their mark on the global
pageant circuit, placing in the top 15 in
their respective competitions in Europe

Belarusian culture and tradi-
tions as they toured places like
the Belovezhskaya Pushcha
and the Braslav lakes.
Though Dashanique hit
some snags in her journey to
the pageant, she overcame
these setbacks with a forward-
looking perspective and
putting forth her best.
She said: "I was supposed
to go to Russia, from New
York to Russia, but I didn't
have a Russian visa. So I had
to overnight in New York, and
Ms Malcolm had to get a tick-
et for me to go to Poland
instead of going through
Moscow. I was really
depressed because I didn't
know what to do. I was all
around the airport in New
York with my three pieces of
luggage, lost."
Although she was con-
cerned that she would be the
last contestant to arrive, she
was surprised to see that it did
not matter in the end - The
contestant that ultimately won
the pageant, Miss Venezuela,

really enjoyed myself."
Ms Malcolm said the lesson
learned is that it is not all
about the girl who wins. "We
always tell our contestants
that there's only one crown,
and only one girl will win that
crown. But don't allow that to
stop you from achieving
everything that you are des-
tined to achieve or taking
advantage of every opportu-
nity that is going to come your
As far as the reigning Miss
Bahamas World Joanna
Brown is concerned, MBO
has very high hopes that she
will continue the trend of vic-
torious Bahamian beauty
queens in November's Miss
World competition.
Standing at six-foot, she is
very well-spoken, witty and
intelligent, and says she's
ready to "do (her) thing in
South Africa"
"I'm so happy because my
colleagues have prepared the
way for me to go further than
they have. I am so happy for

BAHAMIAN beauty Kendra Wilkinson is named a Top 15 finalist.

was the last contestant to
According to Ms Malcolm,
the travel agent failed to tell
her that Dashanique needed a
transit visa to go through Rus-
sia to get to the pageant.
"We purchased her ticket,
she was all set, and I was away
in Florida that weekend. I got
a call from her saying she
couldn't get on the plane. We
had to purchase her a new
ticket to go through another
Dashanique still beat out
more than 45 women from
around the world. Placing in
the top 15 made her setbacks
worth the effort and stress.
Kendra experienced similar
travel woes.
After missing her flight in
Poland, she was stuck in a for-
eign airport where nobody
spoke English.
"When you get caught in
situations like that it's really
good for you to be aware of
your surroundings and think
quick on your feet."
These setbacks did not keep
her down and she quickly put
it all behind her. In the pre-
liminaries she established her-
self early on as one of the
favourites for the title.
Competing against 35 con-
testants from around the
world, she not only placed
among the 15 finalists.
Kendra said she was sur-
prised that she won Miss
Friendship. She was vocal in
trying to get the other contes-
tants to understand that they
had to be considerate of the
each other and the pageant
schedule by making proper
use of the time they had for
personal event preparation.
"Poland is very big, and we
did a lot of travelling. Unlike
home, where it takes you 10 to
15 minutes to get anywhere,
in Poland we were on the
coach bus for about three
hours sometimes. We had
long days and long nights but
in the end it paid off, and I

them that they placed top 15.
It makes all of us look good
and shows the expertise that
the organisation has.
"I've been doing a lot of
training here on the island and
have been keeping up with my
diet. I should be going abroad
to further my training, and
overall it has been really good.
I'm proud of myself and I got
a lot more discipline with the
help from Ms Malcolm," she
Since she claimed the
crown, Joanna has been work-
ing with special needs children
in her hometown of Freeport.
"What I've been looking
into is funding a part of the
Beacon School in Freeport,"
she said.
"They want to turn the
building into a place where
special needs kids can make
pottery and create jams and
jellies and put their crafts and
talents to good use."
Joanna left last week for
Canada to undergo a rigorous
training with world renowned
trainer Bobby Ackbalari.
"He's an awesome trainer, we
communicate daily and started
preparation over the phone,"
she said.
A high-tea event is planned
for October 30 by the MBO
and the Ministry of Tourism
to raise funds for the Beacon
School in Grand Bahama.
The event will feature a
beat retreat and a fashion
show, and will showcase some
of Joanna's pageant wardrobe
for Miss World.
MBO president Ms Mal-
colm said she hopes that the
public and corporate Bahamas
will help support the event.
"If this project is a success it
will make a difference in the
lives of the kids at the Bea-
con School," she said.
The Miss World Pageant
will be broadcast live from
Johannesburg, South Africa,
on ZNS TV on December 12,
and on the E! Network in the
United States.



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High: 890 High: 900 High: 890 High: 870
Hih: 90 Low: 760 Low: 770 Low: 760 Low: 740 Low: 740
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S 111 F | 1 B3Y F I 100-o87� F I 110�-84� F 103o-77 F 96o-80O F
The exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature� is an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and
elevation on the human body-everything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day.

I. Al , . U l I

I AL urAN ral

High: 90�F/320 C
Low: 770�F/250 C

High: 91� F/330 C
Low: 750�F/240 C

High:91�F/330C L
Low: 780 F/260 C

High: 920�F/330 C


High: 90� F/320 C
Low:760�F/240 C

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High: 900 F/320 C
Low: 760�F/240 C

High: 900�F/320 C
Low: 81�0F/270 C

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Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday
H igh ........................... .................. 9 1� F/33� C
Low ............................ .... .............. 82� F/280 C
Normal high ................................... 860 F/300 C
Norm al low ...................................... 74� F/23� C
Last year's high ............................... 91� F/33� C
Last year's low ............................... 780 F/260 C

O1 12 31415 617 819110 11

The higher the AccuWeather UV Indexm number, the
greater the need for eye and skin protection.

High Ht.(ft.) Low Ht.(ft.)
Today 9:24 a.m. 3.5 3:02 a.m. 0.3
9:40 p.m. 2.7 3:51 p.m. 0.6
Thursday 10:12 a.m. 3.4 3:46 a.m. 0.4
10:29 p.m. 2.6 4:42 p.m. 0.7
Friday 11:05 a.m. 3.3 4:35 a.m. 0.4
11:26 p.m. 2.6 5:38 p.m. 0.9
Saturday 12:05 p.m. 3.3 5:33 a.m. 0.6
-6:40 p.m. 0.9
Ip m.

Precipitation Sunrise...... 7:04 a.m. Moonrise .... 9:09 p.m.
As of 2 p.m. yesterday .............................. 0.00" Sunset . . . . . . 6:50 p.m. Moonset . .. . 10:19 a.m.
Year to date ............ ...................... 31.66" Last New First Full
Norm al year to date .................................... 39.93" ..
Forecasts and graphics provided by .,
IDa AccuWeather, Inc. @2009 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 2

High: 900�F/320 C
Low: 780 F/260 C

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Low: 740 F/230 C


Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's
highs and tonight's lows.

High Low
74/23 51/10
48/8 38/3
78/25 54/12
68/20 49/9
70/21 50/10
64/17 51/10
58/14 47/8
86/30 59/15
60/15 45/7
62/16 46/7
76/24 71/21
70/21 36/2
61/16 46/7
87/30 76/24
87/30 75/23

W High
t 69/20
sh 50/10
t 80/26
r 70/21
r 75/23
r 65/18
sh 65/18
t 82/27
s 63/17
c 67/19
pc 84/28
s 50/10
c 62/16
s 87/30
t 89/31


Kansas City
Las Vegas
Little Rock
Los Angeles
New Orleans
New York
Oklahoma City

High: 920�F/330 C
Low:760�F/240 C

High Low
64/17 44/6
93/33 68/20
70/21 58/14
80/26 53/11
74/23 60/15
72/22 54/12
67/19 47/8
72/22 61/16
92/33 80/26
60/15 44/6
71/21 47/8
87/30 75/23
67/19 52/11
68/20 61/16
92/33 75/23

W High Low
s 68/20 61/16
pc 86/30 67/19
s 66/18 44/6
pc 82/27 58/14
s 82/27 70/21
pc 72/22 56/13
pc 76/24 66/18
s 82/27 71/21
t 90/32 80/26
pc 53/11 36/2
s 81/27 66/18
t 92/33 76/24
r 68/20 56/13
s 80/26 54/12
pc 92/33 74/23

Portland, OR
St. Louis
Salt Lake City
San Antonio
San Diego
San Francisco
Washington, DC

High Low
68/20 50/10
85/29 64/17
59/15 43/6
68/20 45/7
77/25 53/11
70/21 53/11
62/16 40/4
86/30 77/25
68/20 60/15
68/20 52/11
64/17 45/7
88/31 70/21
92/33 77/25
82/27 59/15
70/21 51/10

High: 920�F/330 C
Low: 770�F/250 C

W High Low
r 70/21 54/12
pc 83/28 61/16
pc 65/18 52/11
s 68/20 46/7
pc 78/25 55/12
s 74/23 59/15
s 57/13 36/2
t 87/30 75/23
pc 68/20 60/15
s 68/20 52/11
s 60/15 44/6
t 89/31 68/20
pc 92/33 77/25
pc 77/25 50/10
r 72/22 55/12


High: 90*�F/32* C

High: 91� F/330 C
Low: 760 F/240 C



High: 890�F/320 C
.ow: 740�F/230 C

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Low: 770 F/25� C
High: 91� F/330 C

High: 920�F/330 C
Low: 760�F/240 C

Ankara, Turkey
Buenos Aires
Hong Kong
Mexico City
New Delhi
Rio de Janeiro
St. Thomas
San Juan
San Salvador
Santo Domingo
Sao Paulo


ABACO Today:

E at 3-6 Knots
NE at 3-6 Knots
E at 4-8 Knots
NNE at 6-12 Knots
E at 6-12 Knots
NE at 4-8 Knots

Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunder-
storms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice, Prcp-precipitation, Tr-trace

0-1 Feet
0-1 Feet
0-1 Feet
0-1 Feet
1-3 Feet
1-3 Feet

10 Miles
7 Miles
7 Miles
7 Miles
7 Miles
7 Miles

84� F
84� F
850 F
850 F
83� F
83� F

Atlantic City
Charleston, SC

I ramVINSI'losw I



Low W
75/23 t
52/11 r
37/2 s
62/16 s
50/10 c
76/24 r
78/25 t
66/18 s
50/10 c
70/21 sh
60/15 pc
54/12 sh
75/23 t
44/6 c
50/10 sh
56/13 pc
39/3 s
68/20 s
82/27 r
21/-6 sf
77/25 pc
73/22 t
65/18 s
47/8 sh
39/3 pc
61/16 pc
56/13 c
51/10 r
73/22 t
40/4 r
70/21 s
63/17 s
60/15 s
60/15 s
57/13 s
80/26 sh
60/15 s
48/8 r
54/12 t
75/23 t
59/15 t
75/23 s
47/8 r
43/6 pc
55/12 pc
58/14 t
68/20 s
36/2 s
57/13 sh
55/12 pc
73/22 s
67/19 s
61/16 s
80/26 sh
52/11 s
72/22 t
50/10 pc
74/23 sh
62/16 t
46/7 pc
39/3 pc
45/7 pc
71/21 sh
63/17 r
46/7 sh
73/22 t
44/6 s
62/16 pc
54/12 c
35/1 c

High Low W
90/32 77/25 t
59/15 48/8 c
70/21 37/2 s
79/26 61/16 s
63/17 52/11 r
90/32 76/24 pc
87/30 78/25 pc
78/25 61/16 s
64/17 48/8 c
78/25 70/21 pc
84/28 59/15 s
63/17 46/7 sh
82/27 73/22 sh
67/19 42/5 sh
61/16 41/5 r
77/25 55/12 s
66/18 46/7 pc
89/31 69/20 s
91/32 80/26 r
31/0 9/-12 sf
89/31 76/24 pc
83/28 73/22 pc
81/27 60/15 s
49/9 41/5 r
54/12 43/6 pc
68/20 45/7 sh
61/16 55/12 r
56/13 44/6 r
90/32 73/22 s
50/10 34/1 pc
86/30 72/22 s
101/38 62/16 s
69/20 61/16 s
79/26 60/15 s
85/29 57/13 s
88/31 79/26 r
77/25 61/16 pc
61/16 45/7 pc
72/22 50/10 pc
85/29 76/24 r
77/25 57/13 t
95/35 72/22 pc
55/12 48/8 s
57/13 48/8 c
71/21 54/12 c
87/30 58/14 c
99/37 64/17 s
46/7 32/0 pc
63/17 46/7 sh
74/23 49/9 c
82/27 71/21 sh
94/34 68/20 s
77/25 59/15 s
89/31 78/25 s
88/31 54/12 s
88/31 73/22 t
79/26 50/10 s
86/30 73/22 sh
75/23 60/15 r
70/21 46/7 pc
50/10 34/1 pc
64/17 44/6 c
81/27 73/22 c
64/17 55/12 r
62/16 51/10 pc
91/32 70/21 t
56/13 45/7 pc
76/24 59/15 pc
72/22 52/11 c
45/7 27/-2 pc





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again. The Central Bank of
the Bahamas has opened its
doors to budding Bahamian
artists, showcasing the pieces of
local talent in a public exhibition
that can be seen all this month
leading up to October 30 in the
bank's lobby.
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