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Man who

reportedly

held teenage

girl for two

days taken

to hospital

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
AN ANGRY mob of cut-
lass wielding vigilantes sent a
man to hospital for reported-
ly kidnapping a teenage girl
and holding her against her
will in a tiny, dilapidated
home on Lewis Street for two
days.
Assistant Commissioner
Raymond Gibson confirmed
that a man had been taken to
hospital due to injuries stem-
ming from an attack on Lewis
Street yesterday, but said he
was not in police custody as a
formal complaint had not
been made against him as of
press time.
But conflicting radio
reports broadcast yesterday
evening claimed police were
searching for the man who
escaped from custody while
receiving medical attention at
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal yesterday afternoon. The
media report also claimed the


man had been arrested Tues-
day night for allegedly hav-
ing unlawful sex with an
underage girl.
When confronted with the
kidnapping and assault claims
yesterday, ACP Gibson
denied that the man had been
arrested but said the RBPF is
investigating the merits of the
claims.
"There is some ongoing
investigation into this matter
and if information surfaces
that he is responsible for some
crime, including molestation
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By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter
pturnquest@
tribunemedia.net


I


THE MINISTER
of Works and Utili-
ties Neko Grant is
set to receive a sub-
stantial promotion
when Cabinet is
shuffled sometime
next week, as
reports reaching The Tribune
suggest that the MP is set to
be given responsibility for the
entire island of Grand
Bahama.
Along with this elevation
of Mr Grant it is reported that
the former Minister of Local
Government, Sidney Collie,
who had to resign from Cabi-
net in 2007, will be brought
back into the fold possibly as


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the new minister of
Youth and Sports.
The current minis-
ter, Desmond Ban-
nister, is reportedly
being wooed by the
Prime Minister to
stay in the Cabinet
and take up the post
of either Attorney
General - that was
left vacant when
Michael Barnett was
elevated to Chief
Justice - or the post
of Minister of Education.
If Mr Bannister is promot-
ed to Education it is believed
that the current Minister, Carl
Bethel will be moved to the
Attorney General's post.
Mr Bannister has gone on
record in recent months as
saying that he is contemplat-
ing whether or not to remain
SEE page eight


By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
FORMER MP Keod
Smith is confident he will
be elected as national
chairman of the PLP when
he runs for the coveted
position at the party's con-
vention, he announced
yesterday.
The former MP for
Mount Moriah served as
vice-chairman for the PLP
in the 18 months leading
up to the 2002 general
election. He believes his
experience as an activist,
advocate and civil leader
makes him a good candi-
date for the post.
If elected, Mr Smith
vowed to stay out of the
political race and allow
another PLP hopeful to
run for the seat in Mount
Moriah in the 2012 elec-
SEE page nine


Heated clash
in Travolta
attempted
extortion trial
By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net
HEATED exchanges
erupted between a defence
attorney and a key witness in
the attempted extortion trial
of ex-PLP Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne yesterday.
US attorney Michael
McDermott was back on the
witness stand again yesterday
for further cross-examination.
Early into his cross-examina-
tion Mr Shurland became vis-
ibly frustrated with Mr
McDermott's answer in
response to his question as to
whether he had told Ms
Bridgewater that their con-
versations had been private.
"When you told Ms Bridge-
water that the conversations
had been private and you
knew that police were taping,
that was a lie," Mr Shurland
said.
"It was part accurate, part
inaccurate," Mr McDermott
said.
"My lady, I am not going
to let him get out of hand if
the court is not going to reel
him in," Mr Shurland said.
Senior Justice Allen told Mr
Shurland that he did not run
the court and asked him to sit
three times. Senior Justice
Allen again reiterated her
admonition about conduct in
the courtroom and reminded
both men not to engage in
commentary.
"My lady is he going to
keep running off at the
mouth? "So you told a lie?"
Mr Shurland asked.
"It's partially true, partially
inaccurate," Mr McDermott
said, explaining that the con-
versation he had with Bridge-
water on January 12 was pri-
vate and that the conversa-
tion on January 18 was not
private. Mr Shurland then
questioned whether Mr
McDermott had leaked the
extortion plot to the media.


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THE National General Council of the PLP
will vote tonight on three explosive resolutions
that are designed to "'i.,ck the deck" against any
opponent who seeks to challenge party leader
Perry Christie at their October 21 National Con-
vention.
The first amendment, which seeks to block the
SEE page eight


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Major appeal



is adjourned


By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
AN APPEAL lodged by
convicted drug trafficker
Dwight Major and his wife
Keva Major has been
adjourned for four weeks fol-
lowing a brief hearing in the
Court of Appeal yesterday.
Commercial Law Advocates
attorney Keod Smith, repre-
senting the Majors, both 40,
requested the adjournment as
he said he had not been able
to contact Dwight Major for
instructions on how to proceed
with the matter, as Major is cur-
rently being transferred
between prison facilities in the
United States.
Major is now in a Texas
prison and is expected to be set-
tled in another facility soon, Mr
Smith said.
The Majors' appeal against
the Superintendent of Her
Majesty's Prisons, the Attorney
General and the Commissioner
of Police, relates to the couple's
complaints about inhumane
treatment at Her Majesty's
Prison, where they were held
on allegations of drug traffick-
ing in 2003. They then fought a
five- year extradition battle


DWIGHT and Keva Major.
before being extradited to the
United States in April last year.
Mr Smith told the court: "Mr
Major is currently between
facilities and I have not been
able to reach him so I have not
had any specific instructions as
to how to proceed with the
application.


"I was hoping it would have
been settled, but I've not had
any communication from him.
"I did not have any instruc-
tions to take steps in one way or
another."
Sandra Dee Gardener of the
Attorney General's Office did
not object to the application for
adjournment.
Justice of Appeal Hartman
Longley adjourned the Appeal
Court hearing to Thursday,
November 5.


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O In brief


Man and boy

arraigned on

double murder

allegation

A 23-year-old man and a
16-year-old boy were
arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday on a double
murder charge.
Blake Rahming, 23, of
Old Cedar Street and the
juvenile were arraigned
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez in Court One,
Bank Lane.
They have been charged
with the murders of
Alphaues Curtis Jr and Ben-
jamin Vues.

Gunshot

Both men were found
dead with multiple gunshot
wounds in a wooden house
off St Vincent Road on
April 16.
Curtis was reportedly 42
while Veus was said to be in
his sixties.
Rahming and the juvenile
were not required to plead
to the murder charges and
were remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison.
The case has been trans-
ferred to Court 10, Nassau
Street and adjourned to
October 16.

Weather

experts keep

eye on Henri

LOCAL meteorologists
are still monitoring Tropical
Storm Henri although the
weather system is weaken-
ing over the Atlantic Ocean
and expected to fizzle into a
tropical wave within a day.
The National Hurricane
Centre in Miami said
Wednesday that Henri is
about 600 kilometers east of
the northern Leeward
Islands.
The Bahamas' Chief
Meteorologist Basil Dean
said while Henri is not
expected to be a dire threat
to the Bahamas, parts of the
country can expect some
light rain from the system at
the start of next week.
"(Henri's) still moving in
a generally west direction at
45 miles per hour, we antici-
pate that it will weaken as it
moves westward and
encourage some hostile
upper level conditions. And
should that happen it could
fizzle into a tropical wave,"
said Mr Dean.

Rain

If the storm continues on
this projected track, islands
in the southeast Bahamas -
including Mayaguana,
Inagua, Crooked Island,
Acklins - and the Turks
and Caicos Islands should
experience some rain on
Sunday, Mr Dean said.
While islands in the north-
west Bahamas, including
Central Exuma, Andros,
Long Island, Cat Island, the
Berry Islands, Grand
Bahama and New Provi-
dence should expect rain on
Monday.
Mr Dean also warned
locals to be prepared for a
major hurricane even
though this storm season has
been relatively quiet.
Henri is the eighth named
tropical storm of this year's
Atlantic hurricane season,
which began June 1 and
ends November 30.





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GOVERNMENT EMBRYO TRANSFER PROGRAMME



'Parasite infestation




killed livestock from




govt embryo scheme'


By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
FAILURE to carry out rou-
tine internal parasite control
measures led to the death of
five animals from the govern-
ment's groundbreaking Embryo
Transfer Programme, the Min-
istry of Agriculture admitted
yesterday.
According to a brief state-
ment from the ministry, the
young animals, a mix of kids
and sheep, all died during the
first five days of this month
because of "heavy internal par-
asite infestation".
The ministry added that cor-
rective steps have been taken
to prevent more deaths of the
precious livestock - which are a
major part of the country's
ambitious plan to become more
self-sufficient - including staff
reassignment and increased sur-
veillance.
"The severity of the infesta-
tion was exacerbated by recent
rains and the necessary con-
finement of animals and a fail-
ure to practice routine internal
parasite control measures," said
the statement, which was
released after The Tribune's
inquiries into the deaths.
Agriculture Minister Larry
Cartwright said he was not
made aware of the deaths until
The Tribune contacted him
about the situation yesterday
afternoon, before the ministry
issued the statement.
He said that he had last
received an update on the ani-
mals' condition about two
weeks ago, adding that veteri-
narians were gearing up for
another round of embryo
implantation.
Mr Cartwright promised to
look into the incident and about


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AMBITIOUS PLAN: The government's Embryo Transfer Programme
is designed to make the country self-sufficient. In this file photo Dr
Leroy Santiago, project coordinator for Ovatech Genetics, is pic-
tured with a kid.


three hours later issued a state-
ment which confirmed the
reported deaths.
He explained that it was nor-
mal for livestock to become
infected with worms at this time
of year, but said several animals
dying within a short period was
reason for concern, as it could
be a sign of a contagious illness.
Government is preparing to
sell the offspring of the pro-


gramme to local farmers in the
coming weeks , said Mr
Cartwright.
He also said the project,
which began with 120 female
sheep and goats, has spawned
over 200 kids and lambs - which
are all housed at the Gladstone
Road Agricultural Centre.
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NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

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Only the beginning in Afghanistan


WASHINGTON - President Obama has
no plans to pull U.S. troops out of
Afghanistan. After eight years of war there,
withdrawal is not among the options the
administration is considering as it designs a
new strategy.
Also not being considered is any explo-
ration of possible peace talks with the Tal-
iban, the indigenous Islamic group that once
controlled large swaths of Afghanistan.
When asked whether the U.S. could with-
draw from Afghanistan - a country known
as the "graveyard of empires" - White
House spokesman Robert Gibbs said:
"That's not something that has ever been
entertained."
"I don't think we have the option to
leave," he added. "I think that's quite clear."
Both Defence Secretary Robert Gates
and Gen. Stanley McChrystal - the com-
mander of U.S. and allied troops in
Afghanistan - have indicated that the Tal-
iban has the momentum and is gaining
ground.
Eight American soldiers lost their lives
in fighting at an undermanned outpost in
Afghanistan last weekend.
NATO said in a statement that the insur-
gents - that is, the Afghan fighters - lost
100 men in the same battle.
Obama is reviewing his war strategy in
Afghanistan at a time when American pub-
lic opinion is becoming sceptical about U.S.
efforts there.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll last
month showed that 59 per cent of those
polled said they are feeling less confident
that the war will come to a successful con-
clusion, while 51 per cent said they would
oppose sending more troops to the conflict.
Obama has been conferring with Pentagon
officials, commanders on the ground and
congressional leaders as he takes his time
to make what could be the toughest decision
of his presidency.
Obama's big dilemma now is to decide
whether to approve McChrystal's request
for 40,000 more troops in addition to the
68,000 there now.
Another option - one pushed by Vice
President Joe Biden - is to reduce troop
numbers and instead rely on bombing and
raids by Special Forces to keep any al-Qaida
elements on the run.
Obama has been conducting a series of


not-so-secret meetings to decide his next
move. Somehow the White House has man-
aged to change the theme - lawmakers
emerge from their White House meetings
proclaiming that Obama had ruled out a
large reduction in troops. Nice going. The
issue is whether to increase the number of
troops.
In a speech in London, McChrystal went
public with his position and was later slapped
down by Gates who reminded military lead-
ers that their advice to the president should
remain private.
"In this process, it is imperative that all of
us taking part in these deliberations - civil-
ians and military alike - provide our best
advice to the president candidly but pri-
vately," Gates said.
I think it's good to have to have the debate out in
the open and for the American people to
know what the stakes are.
The president has called the war in
Afghanistan a "necessary war" and it
behooves him to explain why we must pay
such a human cost, not to mention billions of
dollars to keep it going.
Are there any lessons from the past, espe-
cially the Vietnam War?
Is there anything to learn from the expe-
rience of the Russians, who were forced to
withdraw from Afghanistan in the 1980s,
despite their high-tech military? (Back then,
the U.S. was a big help to the Afghan fight-
ers and other anti-communists, including
Osama bin Laden, the wealthy Saudi heir
who later led al-Qaida).
Where are the Pakistanis? They know the
terrain. I thought it was interesting that the
Pakistanis decided it was their fight, too,
when Taliban forces reached striking dis-
tance of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan,
before being pushed back.
If Obama goes with the military leaders on
the ground, there will be many more years
dedicated to defeating the Taliban and to
U.S. efforts at nation-building in
Afghanistan.
I say we should pull up stakes, let United
Nations peacekeepers try to stabilize the
Afghan government and support it with a
new, non-narcotics economy.
(This article was written by Helen Thomas
c.2009 Hearst Newspapers).


Educational




system report:




Must do better

EDITOR, The Tribune. terms of having such students
do what they love to do in
As we know, this year's BJC and BGCSE.
national grade from students rThe Ministry of Education
sitting the Bahamas General needs to implement an initia-
Certificate of Secondary Edu- tive to have students that are
cation (BGCSE) has slightly and above, including Mathe- really good at hands on work
improved to a 'D+' average matics and English Language. to get them involved and to
from last year's 'D' average. If these requirements are not also focus on the core sub-
The results from the Bahamas met, then one can lose the jects, Maths and English as
Junior Certificate (BJC) has opportunity of getting hired well.
risen from a 'D+' to a 'C-'. Is and students will not be able Furthermore initiative
that good enough? No it is to enter college unless they needs to be taken for Mathe-
not! Why? Because I know do 'Prep classes' in Mathe- matics, English and Science
that Bahamians know our matics and English or if they subjects.
young children have much decide to sit the BGCSE The Ministry of Education
more potential and capability exam once more. can look at focusing more on
than what it seems. This can be a challenge, Maths, English and Science
Looking at the two most because students will be for three days out of a school
important subjects; 56 per placed one step behind when week, These are the major
cent of students from public they could have been one step core classes, and I do believe
schools who took the English forward. when a focus is brought on
language exam "fail", and 82 With regards, to the nation- these three classes on a regu-
per cent of public school stu- al 'D+' average, in my opin- lar basis, students will be
dents who A take the math ion, I know many students more inclined to learn them
exCoalition "this is according to the have the potential to do better and will do much better when
Coalition "this is unaccept- and make improvements, the BJC and BGCSE come
science and engineering because there is always room around. I suggest that other
agrees that an understanding for improvement. In terms of classes can be held during the
of basic math is critical to a getting low grades in a Math- remaining two days of the
range of both low-tech and ematics or English exam, week. It will enhance stu-
high-tech jobs - from carpen- doesn't mean the students are dents' knowledge and abili-
try to computer system main- not doing their best. Howev- ties in the main classes that
tenance, the management of a er, there are students today will help them in the end.
small business and even the who are excellent at carpentry If we work with the stu-
management of one's person- work, electrical work and dents and the ministry of edu-
al finances." computer work and who have cation, it is possible that a
"The overwhelming and the potential to be that great change will be made that will
critical national problems are artist. In schools today, these better the educational system
the extremely high failure subjects are not fully being and will have a major turn in
rates in high school English focused on so that students this country. We must not let
and Mathematics," the Coali- can utilise their skills in these our educational system be
tion says. The BGCSE data areas. dysfunctional, but function for
support this conclusion. From the beginning of high the benefit of the children of
Today, in order for one to school, teachers should know this nation who are the future.
be applicable for a job or to which student is good in these
enter college, it is a require- various areas. The education- SHAVADO GIBSON
ment to have at least five al system needs to be Nassau,
BGCSE's with grades of 'C' revamped and reformed in October, 2009.

Eastern Road is 'becoming the wild west


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I have read this morning with great interest and
am in full agreement with the letter to the Editor
"$5.8 million on Miss Universe - but how much
on catching criminals"?
I happen to live on Eastern Road and it is
becoming the wild west, we are all afraid to walk
the dogs anytime it is not daylight. Most of us will
no longer sit on our patios, or have the doors
open, so that we can enjoy the lovely sea breeze
and beautiful views, which is the reason to live on
the water.
But until the crime is aimed at the members of
parliament and their family members, we will
continue to only get lip service, as for some rea-
son their heads are in the sand. Which by the
way we will not be needing much of, as the tourist
will not return to what used to be a beautiful
country, as the news of our crime and rundown
appearance, unkempt streets and nothing for
them to do except use the pools and beaches is
already the talk all over the world.
So our government had better pull their heads
out of the sand and be serious about the impor-
tant things which will get our country back on
track, before spending our tax dollars on trying to


lure the tourist, because they are already going to
safer places to spend their dollars and purchase
products that are from the country they are vis-
iting and not from China and knock off designer
items.
Also, has any member of parliament tried
walking in what is called the straw market by
themselves and not with a group of bodyguards to
see how those people selling goods treat the
tourist, let them just go there on their own and
not announce their arrival. I did this year with
house guests and I will never expose myself or
anyone else to the rude behaviour displayed by
most of the people at that horrible place.
It is time now for all Bahamians who do not
want to see what is left of our country destroyed
to start making the people responsible for what
has happened to take responsibility for their non-
action and if they are unable to cope get the
right people in place that can get the job done.
This problem has been slowly brewing for
many, many years and there are many people in
high places that have much to answer for.
A CONCERNED BAHAMIAN
Nassau,
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THE TRIBUNE


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009, PAGE 5


PM: climate change poses



'serious threat' to Bahamas


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
IN his starkest warning yet
about the danger that climate
change poses for the Bahamas,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham has told the international
community that it is a "serious
threat to our economic viabil-
ity, social development and our
territorial integrity."
Ahead of a critical confer-
ence when countries are to get
what many are calling a "last
chance to save the world" by
creating a new pact to reverse
the negative impacts of climate
change, Mr Ingraham empha-
sised that if current trends con-
tinue some low-lying states -
of which the Bahamas is one
- "are set to become entirely
uninhabitable."
He was speaking to world
leaders and diplomats in a pre-
recorded address to the United
Nations Summit on Climate
Change held at the organisa-
tion's headquarters in New
York City on September 21.

Leaders
That summit drew together
more than a hundred world
leaders, from some of the
worst polluting countries to the
most vulnerable, with the aim
of galvanising political will and
focusing on key political issues
that require resolution if nego-
tiations on a new agreement
are to conclude successfully at
the Copenhagen Climate Con-
ference in December.
The Prime Minister told the
Summit of how "the serious
challenges facing the world as
a result of climate change...are
particularly acute for small
island developing states like
The Bahamas which are
extremely vulnerable to rising
sea levels, coral bleaching and
increasingly powerful tropical
hurricanes."
"Hundreds of millions of
dollars" that could have been
spent on "critically important
national development priori-
ties" have already had to be
diverted to "repeated restora-
tion efforts" required after the
passage of major hurricanes
"in the last decade alone," he

' MEMO,


added, limiting our progress
towards sustainable develop-
ment.
The Prime Minister, on
behalf of The Bahamas, called
for a global accord in Copen-
hagen with "ambitious legally
binding targets" that will
achieve the objectives of the
United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate
Change.
The UNFCC sets out an
overall framework for inter-
governmental efforts to tackle
climate change, and has been
ratified by 192 countries - but
not the United States.
Speaking to the U.N. Sum-
mit, which was also personally
attended by a Bahamian dele-
gation headed by Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux, Mr
Ingraham said industrialized
countries "have a responsibili-
ty to accept the leading role
they must play in this enter-
prise, especially by committing
to a reduction in their green-
house gas emissions."
Disagreement between rich
and poor nations over how to
share the burden of slashing
greenhouse gases, which are
primarily a product of indus-
trial and other economic activ-
ity, and who will pay for it, has
so far hampered any signifi-
cant action on climate change.
At present, another Bahami-
an delegation headed by
Bahamas Environment Science
and Technology (BEST) Com-
mission Director Philip Weech
is in Bangkok, Thailand, where
marathon U.N. climate change
talks are underway between
180 nations towards laying the


groundwork that will under-
gird the December agreement
that many hope will change
that.
Earlier this year, Mr Weech
provided an insight into the
significance of reversing cli-
mate change when he
explained how a one metre sea
level rise would see three of
The Bahamas major land
masses - Abaco, Andros and
Grand Bahama - either total-
ly or partially flooded.

Financing
Mr Ingraham urged the
international community to
make it simpler for countries
like the Bahamas to obtain the
financing they will need to
fund adaptation to the effects
of climate change, as well as
to take steps to reduce their
own carbon footprint, and
make environmental technol-
ogy "more available globally."
Meanwhile, both he and Dr
Deveaux asked that developed
states "re-examine" initiatives
undertaken in the name of
environmental protection
which may place additional
burdens on small states, such
as a hike in taxes paid by air
passengers.
"Recognising climate
change is a threat we all face,
The Bahamas is committed to
collaborating with the family
of nations to ensure our own
survival, and the survival of
humankind in a sustainable
development model for planet
earth," the Prime Minister
added.


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'Cable Beach property mould stops Ministry's move'


THE MINISTRY of Edu-
cation, Youth and Sports will
not be moving into the Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort as
planned after claims that a
potentially dangerous mould
infestation has been discov-
ered at the Cable Beach prop-
erty, The Tribune has been
told.
With its current offices on
Thompson Boulevard inun-


dated with mould as well, the
government has been forced
to look for new accommoda-
tion for the ministry's employ-
ees, who have complained of
respiratory problems for some
time.
A well placed government
source told The Tribune of the
alleged mould discovery, how-
ever vice president of exter-
nal affairs at Baha Mar,


Robert Sands, said he was
unaware of the claims.
He added that government
and the resort were only at
the "exploratory stages" in
their discussions about a pos-
sible rental agreement.
President of the Bahamas
Public Service Union John
Pinder said that during his
walkabout of the property
with inspectors, he saw mould


on the sixth floor of one of
the towers, which he was
advised would be removed
from the list of possible spaces
to be rented to government.
Mr Pinder said he is wait-
ing to see a Department of
Environmental Health report
on the matter, and that if it
advises that the tower is not
safe to be occupied, the min-
istry will have to stand by this


advice and find other accom-
modations for the employees
to use.
Some kinds of mould which
develop in buildings can lead
to a variety of health prob-
lems. If present in large quan-
tities, it can be extremely haz-
ardous to humans, causing
allergic reactions and respira-
tory problems.


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hundreds of the new passports
which are now ready for col-
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More than 1,200 ePassports
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yesterday.
All successful ePassport
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bring along their old pass-
ports for cancellation when
collecting their new ePass-
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ing of those passports.
A printing machine is cur-
rently dedicated to the pro-
duction of ePassports for
Grand Bahama residents. The
total number of printing
machines - all housed in New
Providence - has also been
increased to improve service
to Bahamians throughout the
country.
As part of the process of
expanding service capacity on
Grand Bahama, the number
of passport office phone lines
was increased from two to
seven, and now include an
appointment line, a hotline
and a complaints line. The
telephone number for the
passport office's appointment
system is 351-9976.
Staffing at the office has
also been increased, the state-
ment said.


By AVA TURNQUEST

AS part of its commitment
to improve the quality of life
of all Bahamians, the Bahamas
Association for Social Health
will host a mini-fair on Discov-
ery Day.
To be held at a 210 acre com-
pound, the mini-fair will serve
as a formal introduction to
BASH's sister company, Edu-
cational Alternative Resources
for Total Health (EARTH)
Village and all funds will be
used to further its development.
Geared towards families and
children, EARTH Village will
continue BASH's vision to sub-
stantially reduce crime, violence
and drug abuse by providing
positive educational outlets for
the youth. The 'village' features
activities such as a petting zoo,
horseback riding, Segway rides
and numerous nature trails, all
of which provide educational
benefits. Discreetly located on
Albury Street in Chippingham,
the environmental sanctuary is
often overlooked by the gen-
eral public said Wesley Fin-
layson, BASH and EARTH
Village media liaison.
"We're having this fun day
so we can get the entire com-
munity involved. Because most
pass this place, and some peo-
ple may or may not see the sign,
no one knows the excitement
that's inside. You can come in
and horseback ride, you can
ride a Segway, you can bring
your kids to the petting zoo or
on a field trip. We have over


150 medicinal plants and 34 dif-
ferent species of birds. Its very
educational. If we're gonna stop
the grown-ups we have to nip it
at the root."
Fun Day project co-ordinator
Tehranique Miller said: "Every-
body's going green now. We've
been green for a long time now
so we're tying to promote
awareness. Unfortunately, the
average Bahamian doesn't real-
ly understand the concept of
going green. There are limita-
tions on just how much we can
do, but we can be aware. If we
can raise aware children, we
will have aware adults."
The fair will open on Mon-
day, October 12, at 7am with a
forest fun walk that will begin
at the EARTH Village Wel-
come Centre and travel through
two miles of forest. The official
opening ceremony begins at
11am after which activities will
commence. Participants can dis-
cover historical aqueducts built
in 1942 which supplied drinking
water via windmills. Discontin-
ued in 1972, the infrastructure is
now an untouched ecosystem,
home to tilapia, turtles and
breath-taking water lilies.
In addition to the natural
activities available on site, fam-
ilies will be able to enjoy boun-
cy castles, rock climbing, face
painting, hoopla and bingo
while listening to live music by
various local artists.
Fairgoers will also be entered
in a raffle and each hour a win-
ner will be selected.
All funds will be used
towards the development of
EARTH Village's petting zoo
and site maintenance.
"Unfortunately every aspect
of this project takes money,"
said Ms Miller. "Everything
that we're doing for the fun day
we have to raise the funds for it.
Its difficult but at the same time
we want to make sure that we
share what we have. A lot of
Bahamians have no idea what
we have here. There are little
subtle changes that everyone
can make. I think that if people
see what we have - I think this
is one of the last green spaces
left in Nassau, everywhere else
is concrete jungle - maybe they
will be inspired to preserve it."
The fair will close with a fire-
works display at 11 pm.





MRS Glenys Hanna Mar-
tin, daughter of Mrs Beryl
Hanna, said that her mother
has been transferred to the
private ward of the Princess
Margaret Hospital "where
she is progressing."
Mrs Hanna had been
admitted to the hospital's
intensive care unit several
days ago for problems asso-
ciated with her throat, said
her daughter. However, con-
trary to reports in Wednes-
day's Tribune, Mrs Hanna
was not on a respirator.
Mrs Martin, on behalf of
the family, thanked "all of
her parents' friends and oth-
er well-wishers for their con-
cern and prayers."
"We are trusting that our
mother will soon be released
from the hospital," she said.
Mrs Hanna is the wife of
Governor-general Arthur
Hanna.


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THE COOPERATIVE

SOCIETIES ACT, 2005
(Chapter 314)

ORDER, 2009

In Exercise of The powers conferred by Section 99
of The Cooperative Societies Act 2005, the Direc-
tor of Societies in the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas makes the following ORDER:-

To transfer all immovable assets of Bahamas
Utilities Cooperative Credit Union Limited to
National Workers Cooperative Credit Union
Limited such as;

(a) Property, building and contents thereof;
(b) Ownership of all vehicles owned by the Society;
(c) All assets and liabilities prescribed in the
August 31 st, 2009 special Audited
Financial Statements; adjusted for
activities up to the date of this order.

The prescribed date of transfer of the Bahamas
Utilities Cooperative Credit Union Limited to
National Workers Cooperative Credit Union
Limited will commence pursuant to sections 98,99
and 100 of this Act.

Made this 6th day of October 2009
Nathaniel A. Adderley
DIRECTOR OF SOCIETIES


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*h syit MAGISTRATE'S COURT: Exuma marijuana case

Four in court over $4m drug seizure 2%O


A CAR RENTAL AGENT provides
details of his company to patrons
at Bahamasair's annual trade
show and exhibition, Friday, at
SuperClubs Breezes.
BAHAMASAIR has
improved its on-time perfor-
mance and maintained its
dispatch reliability and safe-
ty records, according manag-
ing director Henry Woods.
"We have progressed
from an airline that used to
operate in the 50 per cent on
time performance to now in
the 70s which is in line with
industry averages," said Mr
Woods. He was speaking
during Bahamasair's annual
trade show and exhibition at
SuperClubs Breezes.

Network
The trade show provided
an opportunity for clients to
network directly with ven-
dors in south Florida and
the Family Islands that pro-
vide services, including
hotels, motels, resorts, car
rental and travel agencies.
Mr Woods said: "Our dis-
patch reliability is almost
100 per cent. Bahamasair
very rarely cancels a flight.
If it happens its through an
act of God.
"We're not like the other
carriers which if they are
two hours late they will can-
cel. We meet our commit-
ment and we value our cus-
tomers. It may be late, but
you're safe. "


STEPHEN STUBBS, 34, of Ridgeland
Park.
FOUR men charged in con-
nection with the seizure of $4
million worth of marijuana in
Exuma were back in Magis-
trate's Court yesterday after-
noon.
The men were arraigned
before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez in Court 1, Bank Lane
on Monday and appeared
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane
yesterday.
Stephen Stubbs, 34, of
Ridgeland Park, also known as
"Die", Dion Minnis, 35, of
Rupert Dean Lane, David
Colebrooke, 48, of Jasmine
Gardens, and Selva Hudson, 54,
of The Bluff, Eleuthera are
charged with conspiring to
import and possess a 3,935
pound shipment of marijuana
with intent to supply. It is


SELVA RUDOLPH HUSDON, 54, of
The Bluff Eleuthera.
alleged that the offences were
committed between September
5 and 30, at Scott's Creek,
Williams Town, Exuma.
Colebrooke and Hudson
are also charged with import-
ing the drugs and drug posses-
sion with intent to supply. They
are also charged with the unau-
thorised possession of a .45 pis-
tol and seven bullets for the
gun.
The four men pleaded not
guilty to the charges again yes-
terday. Stubbs, who is on bail
pending retrial in the murder
of policeman Jimmy Ambrose
10 years ago, is represented by
attorney Murrio Ducille. Attor-
ney Dion Smith is representing
the other three defendants.
They will remain on remand
and are expected back in court
on Friday for a bail hearing.


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FROM page one Minister Gprant'set for promotion in Cabinet shuffle'


in Cabinet, noting the finan-
cial and social commitments
he has made to his family.
Additionally, it is believed
that when the Prime Minister
appoints two additional mem-
bers to the Senate, to replace
Mr Barnett and former Sena-
tor Kay Forbes-Smith who is


now heads the Bahamas'
Consulate in Atlanta, one of
these new persons could be
appointed directly into the
Cabinet. If not, it is rumoured
that the FNM Senator Antho-
ny Musgrove, may be given
the responsibility of the Min-


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NOTICE

Mobs Surgzerv in Nassau
DR. JOHN STRASSWIMMER, MOHS SURGEON
will be visiting The Skin Centre on Friday
October 23"1, 2009. Dr Strasswimrner trained
at Harvard and Yale and is Board Certified
and a Fellow of the Mohs College.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery is an advanced
treatment procesS for skin cancer which is
now offered at The Skin Centre, It offers the
highest possible cure rate for many skin
cancers and simultaneously minimizes the
sacrifice of normal tissue. This cutting-edge
treatment requires highly specialized
physicians that serve as surgeon, pathologist
and reconstructive surgeon.

Our visiting Mohs Surgeon has extensive
experience in the Mohs Micrographic
Procedure. The technique is used to remove
the two most common forms of skin cancer;
basal call carcinoma and squamous cell
carcinoma.

For more information, please contact:
The Skin Centre, Harbour Bay Plaza,
East Bay Street Tel. 393-7546.


istry of Works when Mr
Grant leaves for his post in
Grand Bahama.
With speculation circulat-
ing that the current Minister
of Immigration Branville
McCartney may replace Tom-
my Turnquest as the Minis-


ter of National Security,
sources close to the FNM
assure this daily that such a
move could not take place as
the jump for Mr McCartney,
from number 17 on the list of
importance in the Cabinet to
number four, would not be


looked upon well by the oth-
er MPs who have served
"longer" than he has.
Having shuffled his cabi-
net once already in July 2008
it is understood that this sec-
ond manoeuvre would be yet
another step by Mr Ingra-
ham to ensure that ministers
who are performing will be
given greater responsibilities
while those who have yet to
meet the mark will be
relieved of their powers and
sidelined in favour of those
who have "proven them-


selves."
When the Prime Minister
regained office in May of
2007, he had a relatively
inexperienced cabinet with
only a few colleagues having
served at a ministerial level.
Now, with what is seen as
the largest cabinet in the his-
tory of the Bahamas, most
of the FNM's sitting MP's
have either served or are
currently serving in some
ministerial portfolio with one
exception- Kendal Wright,
the MP for Clifton.


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PLPs set to vote on explosive
leadership challenge resolutions
FROM page one
nomination of any PLP who is
not a Member of Parliament, is
obviously aimed at PLP new-
comer Paul Moss who was the
first candidate to announce his
bid to challenge Mr Christie.
Secondly, the NGC will also
vote on a resolution proposed to
block the nomination of any PLP
MP who does not declare his
intentions of challenging the lead-
ership before the National Con-
vention opens.
This tactic, sources say is being
used by the party hierarchy to
discourage or block the possibil-
ity of PLP MP Dr Bernard Not-
tage launching a "snap challenge"
against Mr Christie from the floor
of the convention and avoid the
possibility of the leader being caught by "surprise."
Additionally, it has also been suggested that if Dr Nottage
were to announce his intentions to challenge Mr Christie before
the convention, supporters of Mr Christie would have sufficient
time to run a "relentless" campaign against the challenger.
This campaign, sources say would bear the all too familiar
trademark of painting Dr Nottage as an "ingrate" who was giv-
en an opportunity to return to the party and was now turning
on the man who had given him that " cundchance."
The third measure, which is expected to be voted on tonight,
is the possibility of creating a co-deputy position that sources
explained is designed to appease the many challengers who will
ultimately one day be seeking the leadership of the party.
By appeasing these many challengers in one swoop the hope,
sources said, is to ensure that Mr Christie remains as leader, and
possibly two of his parliamentary colleagues would be named
as co-deputies of the party.
Having already warned his parliamentary group that a
"' iCI.,I earth policy" would be used against anyone who
would dare challenge him, the party leader is also expected to
ratify the additional 250 stalwart councillors appointed earlier
this year.
However, it appears that Mr Moss is undaunted by the par-
ty's tactics and is expected to hold a press conference outside
PLP headquarters tomorrow night after the NGC has cast its
votes.





THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009, PAGE 9


LOCALNW


Keod Smith confident of

winning PLP chairman post


FROM page one
tion so that he can fully commit himself to
the chairmanship.
Mr Smith announced his ambition to run
for the post held by Englerston MP Glenys
Hanna-Martin just days after PLP deputy
chairman Kendred Dorsett said he is also vying
for the post.
Mr Dorsett released a statement yesterday,
after hearing Mr Smith's announcement, to
highlight the PLP's need to break away from
"business as usual" and "provide a vision for
progress."
However, Mr Smith is confident his chances
of being chosen for the position are above
average.
The Commercial Law Advocates attorney,
who held a press conference in his Trinity
Place office yesterday, said: "Fortunately I
am not new to the party, I am not unknown to
delegates, I feel I have something that's defi-
nitely peculiar only to me, that none of the oth-
er candidates will have, and I feel the party
knows what these attributes are.
"I suspect I will win, but if it is that I do
not, that will not change my involvement in
doing what is right for the party.
"I feel I have a more than average chance of
being successful."
Mr Smith said his bold and aggressive nature
will drive all members of the party to face
challenging issues head-on in the run-up to
the 2012 election.
He would take seriously the chairman's task
to minimise cheating in the next general elec-
tion by devising strategies such as a door-to-


door visitation programme to ensure all voters
are accounted for long before they cast their
ballots.
Mr Smith said the rising crime rate and mur-
der count, job losses for thousands of Bahami-
ans, and the FNM's lack of strategy for eco-
nomic recovery places the PLP in a good posi-
tion for securing government in 2012.
He criticised the FNM for recently admitting
the government has no plans to rejuvenate
the economy in Grand Bahama, and intends to
hold a pre-convention presentation on the
island on Friday to address local delegates on
the subject, "Strategies for Immediate Eco-
nomic Rejuvenation of Grand Bahama in
2009."
As chairman, Mr Smith maintains he will
focus on the needs of the party and not his own
political ambitions, however he would keep the
door open for his former constituents in Mount
Moriah.
He said: "In the two and a half years leading
up to the next election candidates will need to
be on the ground and starting to work, so for
me to do what I need to do I can't be con-
cerned that I have to leave because I have
something going on in Lightbourne Street or
Yellow Elder.
"With God's help and the support of the
convention delegates, I will not only be elect-
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this month, but shall be serving in that post
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attempted extortion trial


FROM page one
"You leaked it to the press
didn't you, didn't you?" Mr
Shurland demanded.
"No," Mr McDermott
replied.
"On the 19th of January did
you give an interview to US


magazine? Did you not give
an interview to The Tribune
on the 19th'?" Mr Shurland
asked.
"No, sir," Mr McDermott
said.
"I'm suggesting that you are
lying," Mr Shurland said.
"No, sir," Mr McDermott


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said. Mr Shurland then sug-
gested that during the meeting
between Lightbourne and Mr
McDermott on January 19,
Lightbourne had asked Mr
McDermott if he was record-
ing him.
"You are making it up," Mr
McDermott said.
Mr Shurland responded,
"I'm making it up; you think
you have a monopoly on the
truth?"
"I'm suggesting to you that
this tape was edited. That the
part of the tape missing is the
part where he (Lightbourne)
entered the room and took his
seat at the table, that's the
part with all the good stuff on
it," Mr Shurland suggested.
"No," Mr McDermott
replied. Mr Shurland then
asked that the tape be
replayed. Officer Sean Saun-
ders took the witness stand.
The tape was played again. It
was put on pause to show a
still frame of Mr McDermott
and Lightbourne sitting at the
table in his hotel room.
"I'm suggesting that prior
to Tarino sitting down there
was some chit-chat between
you two," Mr Shurland said.
"Yes," McDermott said.
"That is not on the tape. I'm
suggesting that that was edit-
ed to suit your purpose," Mr
Shurland said.
"No, sir," Mr McDermott
replied. Mr Shurland again
suggested that when Light-
bourne entered the room he
had asked if he was being
recorded.
"He never said that,"
McDermott said, "you made it
up."
"On the 20th of January
when you were talking to Mr
Lightbourne did he say 'if
John Travolta doesn't pay me
I'm going to the press'?" Mr
Shurland asked.
"No, sir, he didn't say those
words," Mr McDermott said.
"Do you know the pig prin-
ciple; pigs get fat, hogs get
slaughtered?" Mr Shurland
asked.
"Yes, sir, it's a tax adage,"
Mr McDermott replied. Mr
McDermott told the court


that he had said it as a joke,
however, Mr Shurland sug-
gested that it was not a joke.
"I'm suggesting that when
you spoke to Ms Bridgewater
and told her about the pig
principles, pigs get fat, you
intended to pay money."
"Yes," Mr McDermott said.
"When you said hogs get
slaughtered you wanted to kill
this young man," Mr Shurland
said.
"Absolutely not," Mr
McDermott replied. Mr
McDermott admitted that the
day before he spoke to Light-
bourne, news of an extortion
threat was already in the
media. Mr McDermott said
that he made a complaint of
an extortion attempt to
Bahamian police on January
18.
Mr Shurland suggested to
Mr McDermott that he had
called ambulance driver Mar-
cus Garvey looking for the
original document.
"Absolutely not," Mr
McDermott said. Mr Shurland
went on to suggest that Mr
McDermott was able to get
Lightbourne's telephone num-
ber from Mr Garvey. Mr
McDermott denied the sug-
gestion. He said he had never
spoken to Mr Garvey.
The jury yesterday ques-
tioned whether Mr McDer-
mott at anytime during the
meetings with Lightbourne
and Bridgewater turned off
his wire.
Mr McDermott said that he
had not.
Mr McDermott also told
the court that Bridgewater did
not personally ask him for
money. He also told jurors
that he understood "making
the deal" to mean that he was
to enter into negotiations with
Bridgewater and Lightbourne
and assent to the demand.
"That's what I was instruct-
ed and that's what I did," Mr
McDermott said. Mr McDer-
mott also said that before
coming to the Bahamas he
had to refute allegations in
the media relative to Jett's
death. The trial resumes today
at 10 am.


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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net


The first-year combo of Mark
Knowles and Andy Roddick
are playing like they have
been together for a number
of years.
The Bahamian-American tandem that
came together for the first time pulled off
their second- round match at the China
Open to advance to the semifinal.
Knowles' partner, Indian Mahesh Bhu-
pathi, is nursing an injury.
Yesterday in Beijing, China, the
unseeded team of Knowles and Roddick
kicked off the team of Argentina's Jose
Acasuso and Chile's Fernando Gonzalez
4-6, 7-5, 10-4 in 79 minutes in their quar-
terfinal match.
Acasuso and Gonzalez upset the up
ranked team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad
Zimonjic in the opening round in three
straight sets while Knowles and Roddick
needed just two sets to dispose of the
Taipei team of Hsain-Han Lee and
Tsung-Hua Yang.
When contacted following their victo-
ry yesterday, Knowles said it was defi-
nitely a tough match against Acasuso
and Gonzalez, but they played a very
good match. In fact, he noted that they
were able to avenge a defeat he and Bhu-
pathi suffered to Acasuso and Gonzalez
in the third round of the French Open.
"We knew it was going to be a tough
match, but we played very solid through-
out the match," Knowles said. "We real-
ly played our best tennis at the end, so I


was really excited."
After losing the
first set, Knowles
and Roddick
turned up the heat
in the second set
when they fell
behind 5-4. They
managed to hold
serve and eventu-
ally took the set. In
the tiebreaker,
they just simply
out-classed their
opponents to seal
the deal.
Roddick, a for-
mer No.1 player in
the world, will only
have the doubles
to concentrate on


MARK KNOWLES

after Lukasz Kubot


ousted him in the first round of singles.
And that could play right in favour for
Knowles.
"Andy is one of the best players in the
world," Knowles reflected. "So it's very
exciting to be playing on the same court
with him. It's a lot of fun because he's
one of the greatest servers of all time.
"It's just a lot of fun to be playing at
the net when he's serving. But he's a
great doubles player. He doesn't play
doubles that often, but he's definitely a
good doubles player. While we have nev-
er played before, we're enjoying it. Hope-
fully we can get another in and get into
the final."
Knowles and Roddick won 66 per cent
of service points and they hit a combined
seven aces.


When they play again in the semis,
Knowles and Roddick could either face
the team of Lukas Dlouhy and Philipp
Kohischreiber or Kubot and Oliver
Marach. Obviously, they would prefer
the latter team as Roddick seeks to
avenge his singles loss to Kubot.
"We're pretty pumped up. We're pret-
ty excited," Knowles stressed. "We're
looking to win the next match for sure
and put ourselves in a position to win
the tournament. There's no reason why
we can't win the tournament.
"Anytime you can put yourself in that
position you just have to go after it. It's a
real pleasure for me, so I'm enjoying it.
We're just looking forward to raising the
level and accepting the challenge ahead
of us."
If they are successful in their semis,
there's a possibility that Knowles and
Roddick could advance to the final to
face a familiar foe in the American iden-
tical twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan,
who are the No.2-seeded team in the
tournament.
"That would be really exciting,"
Knowles projected. "Obviously we have
our next match to worry about, but I
know Andy would love to play them.
They obviously are great friends and they
are Davis Cup teammates.
"So I'm sure they have their own little
rivalry, so I think it would be a really
exciting match-up if we both can get
there."
Knowles and Bhupathi, who are due to
return to action next week at the Shang-
hai Open, lost in the final of the Aus-
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AFTER two years
excelling on the field, a
Bahamian collegiate grid-
iron star looks to make a
transition to the sideline in a
coaching role at a National
Football League Pro Bowl
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Kris Kemp, a standout
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versity in Fort Wayne, Indi-
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will feature top high school
seniors in the class of 2010.
World team head coach
Jenmert has selected a
coaching staff representing
all four IFAF continental
federations and seven coun-
tries - Australia, Bahamas,
Canada, France, Japan,
Mexico and Sweden. And
they have already begun the
process of selecting the best
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In the CAFL, Kemp was
awarded Rookie of the Year
in 2004, and followed up
with a stellar sophomore
performance in 2005 when
he was named CAFL Offen-
sive player of the year.
Kemp was invited to the
Taylor University combine
after an impressive perfor-
mance with the Bahamian
national team against the
semi-pro Orlando Sentinels
in 2005.
The 6'0" 190 pound wide-
out returns home each annu-
ally to participate in summer
camps.
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chemistry, said he intends to
pursue coaching positions to
further the development of
organised football in the
Bahamas. A second gradu-
ate assistant will be chosen
from a developing Interna-
tional Federation of Ameri-
can Football nation in the
coming weeks.
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the IFAF unites more than
50 countries on five conti-
nents through a burgeoning
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The two events will be host-
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THIS weekend will be ded-
icated to the memory of the
late Deacon Leviticus 'Uncle
Lou' Adderley and Vincent
Lloyd Ferguson.
For the fifth consecutive
year, the Catholic Archdio-
cese has honoured the two for-
mer sporting legends that have


made invaluable contributions
to the growth and develop-
ment of sports in the
Bahamas.
This year, however, the
tournament will be a little spe-
cial as it comes right on the
heels of the death and burial
of Ferguson, a former profes-


sional baseball player, educa-
tor and basketball executive.
Hundreds impacted by the
life of the late Ferguson
turned out last week at St
Francis Cathedral to pay their
last respects for the man who
was best known as a discipli-
narian.


On his return from playing
pro baseball, Ferguson served
as president of the Bahamas
Basketball Federation and he
founded the Past and Present
Association of Professional
Baseball Players.
Like Ferguson, Adderley
was also a no-nonsense prin-
cipal, who founded the
Bahamas Association of Cer-
tified Officials (BACO) - the
organisation that officiates
track and field meets.
Both men have played a
vital role in the legacy of the
St Augustine's College Big
Red Machine. In fact, it was
Ferguson who was credited
with tagging the Big Red
Machine nickname on St
Augustine's College.
This holiday weekend, the
Catholic Archdiocese will
once again honour both men
when the tournament is staged
at Loyola Hall. It should be
another fitting tribute to two
of the former sporting icons.
May their souls rest in
peace.
SOFTBALL FUTURE
Beginning at the end of the
month, the Bahamas Softball
Federation is scheduled to
host three tournaments back-
to-back at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex starting
with the annual Austin 'King
Snake' Knowles National
High School Tournament.
In between that tournament
and the National Round
Robin Tournament that will
be staged over the weekend
of November 5-8, the BSF will
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boxing is getting back on track
here, it has taken a nosedive in
the wrong direction.
Jermaine 'Choo Choo'
Mackey took a gamble last
month to fight in Montreal,
Canada, on the eve of defend-
ing his British Commonwealth
super middleweight title and
now he has been stripped of
the crown.
Mackey was the biggest
draw left in town after the
will bring a departure of Meacher 'Pain'
from vari- Major, who last year signed
)ur shores. up with X-Cel Worldwide to
, the BSF fight out of Buffalo, New
e a number York.
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At of young Sherman 'the Tank' Williams
making their will be in Germany where he
right now. is slated to fight for a chance
gn because to improve his world ranking.
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at a high staged here until next year
at home in because there are no big name
ans. fighters to showcase.
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FROM page one
of some girl that will be inves-
tigation. We don't have any
official complaint but we will
make an effort, as a matter of
fact every effort is being made
to determine the veracity of
this information," said Mr
Gibson.
When The Tribune visited
the scene yesterday after-
noon, several residents said
they had seen the man walk-
ing around the area, with ban-
dages around his head and
stomach. Residents of the
area also said the man was
beaten by relatives of the girl
early yesterday morning.


However, they were reluctant
to provide details of the
attack for fear of reprisal.
The girl, who is said to be
about 16 to 17-years-old, was
reportedly found bound with
tape inside the dilapidated
structure by a relative around
3 am yesterday, according to a
resident of the area. Friends
and relatives of the girl accost-
ed the man, reportedly
"chapped" him in the upper
body and chased him down
the street where he collapsed,
said another resident.
Police were later called to
the scene and, according to
eyewitnesses, took the man
to hospital.


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his military lawyer Wednes-
day and was given two new
civilian attorneys during a
court proceeding at Guan-
tanamo Bay, a U.S.
spokesman said, according to
Associated Press.
Joseph DellaVedova,
spokesman for the Pentagon's
Office of Military Commis-
sions, said the judge in the
case at the offshore U.S. jail
for terrorism suspects agreed
to name two civilian as lead
lawyers for Omar Khadr, who
accepted the new counsel.
Appointed to lead Khadr's
defense were criminal attor-
neys Barry Coburn and Kobie
Flowers, both of Washington-
based Coburn & Coffman
PLLC. They did not immedi-
ately respond to e-mail mes-
sages at the isolated U.S. base
in southeastern Cuba.

Hearing
During the brief hearing,
Khadr also agreed to have a
military co-counsel, Army
Maj. Jon Jackson, after being
told he needed to keep at
least one military lawyer
under tribunal rules, DellaVe-
dova said.
The Toronto-born Khadr,
who was 15 when captured
after allegedly killing an
American soldier during a
2002 battle in Afghanistan,
had been represented by
Navy Lt. Cmdr. William Kue-
bler, whose superiors in the
Office of Military Commis-
sions sought to fire him in an
internal dispute over his han-
dling of the case.
At hearings earlier this
year, Khadr - the last West-
ern detainee held at Guan-
tanamo - tried to fire all his
military lawyers, but kept


Kuebler on when told he had
to have at least one military
attorney.
On Wednesday, Khadr,
now 22, told a military judge
he agreed to the dismissal of
Kuebler.
Kuebler, who attended the
hearing, said he was "sad to
leave Omar's case without
seeing it through to the end."
But he added that "given
the level of interference in
Omar's representation by the
military chain of command,
Omar's decision to proceed
with a new team led by inde-
pendent civilian lawyers is
completely understandable."
An often outspoken mili-
tary lawyer, Kuebler has
argued that Khadr, who faces
up to life in prison if convict-
ed, should not be prosecut-
ed because he was a child
when his alleged crimes hap-
pened.
The military attorney also
said Khadr should be sent
back to Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister
Stephen Harper has refused
to ask for Khadr's return,
saying the U.S. legal process
must play itself out.
Khadr is accused of killing
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class
Christopher Speer of Albu-
querque, New Mexico, with a
grenade during a 2002 battle
in Afghanistan.
His war crimes trial is on
hold until Nov. 16 as Presi-
dent Barack Obama conducts
a formal review of the sys-
tem for prosecuting Guan-
tanamo detainees in special
military tribunals.
The son of a slain al-Qaida
financier, Khadr faces up to
life in prison if convicted on
charges that include murder
and conspiracy.
DellaVedova said the new
defense attorneys want to
travel to Afghanistan to
examine the place where
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CRUISE SHIPS can be seen in Nassau harbour...


Value for money


hurts Bahamas on


cruise conversion


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


* Just 27% of stopovers
believe hotel vacation


WITH cruise arrivals to the exceeds value for money
Bahamas and Nassau/Paradise
Island up by more than one- * Cruise arrivals up for
third over 2008 comparative fig- Nassau/PI and Bahamas
ures, the Ministry of Tourism
said this nation still has to work by more than one-third
out how to maximise the sec- in July
tor's benefits by converting pas-
sengers to stopovers, especially
given our 'value for money' weakness.
The Ministry of Tourism's Market Report for July, released
yesterday, showed that cruise arrivals for the year-to-date to
July 2009 were "even better" than 2007 comparatives. For
July, cruise arrivals to Nassau/Paradise Island were up by 36.8
per cent against 2008 figures, and ahead by 32.4 per cent for the
Bahamas as a whole.
Cruise arrivals to Grand SEE page 10B


Lights switched on


100k efficient bulbs


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


fluorescent CFL light bulbs
could be made available to
low and lower middle income
Bahamian households as part of a $500,000
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
initiative, a government minister confirmed
yesterday, with pilot projects on solar
water heater installation and net meter-
ing also set to be launched imminently.
Pointing out that CFL light bulbs were
sometimes seven to eight times' more
expensive than their incandescent coun-
terparts, Phenton Neymour, minister of
state for the environment, said the IDB's
initiative to promote energy efficient res-
idential lighting had twin objectives.
These were in line with the National
Energy Policy committee's recommenda-
tions, aiming to lower energy usage and
costs for lower and lower middle income
Bahamian families, aiding energy effi-
ciency and conservation, and also assisting
them in meeting their BEC bills.
"It is important we assist lower and mid-
dle income households to purchase CFC
lightbulbs, to reduce their energy costs
and assist in meeting their obligations to
BEC," Mr Neymour told Tribune Busi-
ness. "In terms of light bulbs, we envis-
age it could possible range up to 100,000
light bulbs.


* Pilot projects for 30 solar PV/net
metering and 70 solar water heater
installations approved last week
* $ 580k IDB initiative aims to provide
energy efficient bulbs for low income
families, to reduce electricity
consumption
* Some 6,243 customers now
disconnected by BEC, with
Corporation's revenues dropping
for August and September
* BEC financial position 'getting weaker',
with receivables still around $100m

"The programme will be to address that
cost to residential customers, those using
less than 800 kilowatt hours from BEC.
This is a very important programme. It is
important that the Government gets out
the message the energy conservation is
the low-lying fruit."
Mr Neymour confirmed that the number
of customers disconnected by BEC for
non-payment of bills had "moved up slight-
ly", standing at 6,243 as at September 14.
"The figure is slightly higher, and again
most of these are customers in the lower

SEE page 3B


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Bahamas 'polarised Family Guardian targets early


by a dual economy'


2010 for agency launch


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Government's foreign
direct investment (fdi) poli-
cies are "polarising society by
fostering a dual economy", a
paper co-produced by a Col-
lege of the Bahamas (COB)
professor has warned, with
the failure to create "mean-
ingful development" result-
ing in a separate 'Bahamian
economy' that is "subordinate
and sinking".
Olivia Saunders, a COB
associate professor, in a paper
co-produced with Professor
Gordana Pesakovic, which
was released in a July 2009
conference at the University
of Warwick's Business School,
concluded that despite attract-
ing billions of dollars in for-
eign investment capital, the
Bahamas had not translated
this into concrete develop-
ment or increased linkages
between these projects and
Bahamian-owned business-
es/entrepreneurs.
While the Bahamas' vari-
ous investment incentives,
enshrined in legislation, had
helped to attract foreign
investment capital, Dr Saun-
ders and her co-author con-
cluded: "[The] effects of for-


* Government's investment
policies failing to provide
'meaningful development'
* Instead, creating 'foreign
economy' and 'Bahamian
economy' where latter is
'subordinate and sinking'

eign direct investment on the
local economy are not neces-
sarily positive.
"These policies have creat-
ed a dual economy: 'foreign
economy' and the 'Bahamian
economy', where the former
is dominant and rising, and
the latter is subordinate and
sinking.
"The 'foreign economy' is
operating under advantageous
conditions (none or reduced
taxes, limited obligations
towards social, environmen-
tal and national heritage pro-
tection). Its effect on employ-
ment is under the potential
level, due to the fact that for-
eign investors can always
rationalise the use of foreign
labour and the Governmen-
t's willingness to accommo-
date them.
SEE page 5B


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
FAMILY Guardian is
"working diligently" to launch
its general insurance agency
subsidiary by early 2010, Tri-
bune Business was told yes-
terday, and is "confident" it
will turn around the surge in
health insurance claims
responsible for dropping its
2009 first half income by 71.6
per cent.
Patricia Hermanns, the life
and health insurer's presi-
dent/chief executive, acknowl-


Insurer 'confident' it can turn around health
claims experience through new initiative, having
seen claims payments 'slow a little bit' in Q3


edged that while its "health
claims experience has been
challenging" in 2009, the com-
pany had implemented
numerous initiatives to
address an area that largely
increased policyholder bene-
fits by 34.8 per cent during
the first six months of the
year.
Family Guardian had
focused on case management,


partnering with physicians
and pharmacies to ensure its
clients were getting the best
available health care and
treatments, and on "assessing
our products to ensure
they're being properly
utilised".
Ms Hermanns added that
in cases where there had been
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
RoyalFidelity Merchant
Bank & Trust yesterday said
its second index-linked sub-
fund had generated an 8.4 per
cent yield on an annualised
basis during its first two
months in existence, providing
further evidence of the bene-
fits from international invest-
ing as the Bahamian stock
market continues to lag its
counterparts.
Michael Anderson, Royal-
Fidelity Merchant Bank &
Trust's president, told Tribune
Business that its TIGRS
Series 2 sub-fund now had a
net asset value (NAV) of
$10.14 per share, up $0.14 in
two months from the $10 val-
uation it had at launch.
Elsewhere, Mr Anderson
said RoyalFidelity's interna-
tional equities sub-fund, which
had born the brunt of the 2008
stock market crash/credit
crunch, was up 40 per cent for
the calendar year to July 2009,
or 23.32 per cent on an annu-
alised basis, while the TIGRS
Series 1 sub-fund - another
financial collapse casualty -
had risen from a $9.123 NAV
at year-end to $9.38.

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Bowling over the recessionary blues


AMIDST all the gloom
and doom of recession -
hotel lay-offs, sinking sales
in Palmdale, abandoned
shops on East Bay Street,
mortgage defaults - it's
refreshing to find an oasis
of exuberant growth. Dri-
ving out to Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway
(also known as Harrold
Road), one turns into Sum-
merWinds Plaza, better
known as the home of the
Robin Hood Mega Store,
where soon a massive struc-
ture will open next door
bearing the sign Mario's
Bowling & Family Enter-
tainment Palace.
Two entrepreneurs have
taken the economic bull by
the horns and are wrestling
to stun it: Sandy Schaefer,
who learned the secrets of
discount selling in America


and relocated the original,
tiny Robin Hood from Sol-
dier Road in 2001, and
Leslie Miller, Bahamian
businessman, landowner
and former PLP cabinet
minister, who after the still-
unsolved slaying of his son
Mario in 2002 was inspired
to create a living memorial
with solid family values.
The target market for both
enterprises is not tourists,
wealthy expatriates or up-
scale locals, but ordinary
Bahamians who must focus
on bargain spending. After
hours of "value" purchasing
in Robin Hood, customers
will only have to cross the
spacious parking lots to
relax in Mario's.
Each of these entrepre-
neurs has helped the other.
Mr Miller had accumulated
some 20 acres of raw land


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alley, but one with all the
bells and whistles. Ever
since Sidney and Ivy French
closed their Village Lanes
on Village Road, local
bowling enthusiasts have
had to travel to Miami to
roll their strikes. His market
research convinced Mr
Miller of a positive local
demand for the sport, and
he travelled widely to dis-
cover the latest in bowling
marketing and technology,
visiting prominent lanes in
Seattle, Las Vegas, Fresno
in California, and even Bel-
gium, where he found an
impressive operation in
Brussels. He brought these
ideas home, and his
Bahamian architect Leo
Ferguson pulled them all
together to create the
detailed drawings and speci-
fications. Mr Miller himself
supervised construction,
retaining Cavalier as project
manager.
The result is a rectangular
edifice of 80,000 square
feet, with a handsome
colonnaded facade of sand-
stone punctuated with tall
windows. The basic struc-
ture has been completed,
featuring 30-foot ceilings
over a central atrium hous-
ing the main dining area, to
be supervised by a chef
recruited from a local hotel.
Thirty lanes are in place in
the north wing and another
20 in the south, including a
group of four that can be
privately reserved. No
bowling centre in the US or


Canada has more then 50
lanes. During my recent vis-
it, the specialised planking
for gutters and lanes was
being laid, and the pin-set-
ting machinery from Ameri-
can Bowling Company was
expected shortly. Separate
snack bars will serve
behind each set of lanes.
Pool tables will be an
additional feature, and to
attract children an arcade
for video games is placed
near the entrance with
room for 100 machines,
from which Mr Miller pro-
jects $500,000 of revenue
annually. Toscano's, a new
name in Nassau, will oper-
ate a pizza franchise adja-
cent to the arcade. In an
upstairs mezzanine over-
looking the atrium, a pri-
vate disco-club will be open
to dues-paying members.
Two stand-by generators
will support the central air-
conditioning system - but,
of course, the BEC electri-
cal bills will be a major
expense factor. Skating will
be offered on an outdoor
flood-lit rink (asphalt, not
ice), which can be convert-
ed into basketball courts
This article is not intend-
ed as a promotional plug for
Mario's Palace. Although
Mr Miller has done his
homework in projecting
revenues and expense, and
is confident of profitability,
it's possible that he may be
too optimistic about fami-
lies' discretionary spending
in these lean times, or about
the continuing appeal for
repeat customers. Can
demand from the New
Providence population of
200,000 support so large an
entertainment capacity?
Only time will tell.
Bahamians will soon be
able to decide for them-
selves whether they will
flock to the Centre to satis-
fy their urge for bowling,
good food and general con-
viviality.
A grand opening sched-
uled before the end of the


year will be open to the
public. For that event, the
President of the Interna-
tional Bowling Association
will be present to open the
lanes, and has assured Mr
Miller of a major interna-
tional tournament by the
end of 2010.
As with any new-venture
entrepreneur, Mr Miller
faces financial risk. Of the
total construction cost of
$10-$12 million, his own
funds have contributed
about a third, with Bank of
the Bahamas lending the
rest, secured not simply on
the new project but by Mr
Miller's ownership of sur-
rounding land and the
stream of rental income
from Robin Hood. The risk
may increase when,
inevitably, our government
broadens its revenue base
by imposing some form of
income tax, or more likely a
sales or value-added tax.
Any such levy must be
passed on to customers, or
else reduce the owner's
profit margin.
Mr Miller, and Mr Schae-
fer over at Robin Hood, are
doubtless planning their
financial structures to min-
imise this impact
Whatever the Palace's
long-term future prospects,
it's clear that the project is
providing an immediate
boost for our economy.
For the last 16 months,
Mr Miller has been employ-
ing a construction force of
about 60 persons, and pro-
jects a payroll of 104
employees once the Centre
opens, from general manag-
er to bus-boys.
And purchases of
comestibles and supplies
will be substantial.
Certainly, Mr Miller's
willingness to stake time
and money on the risks sur-
rounding a major project
presents a challenge to oth-
er Bahamians, and injects a
spirit of vitality much need-
ed to lift the prevailing
blues.


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Airline concerns on NAD fee rises


By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net


BAHAMAS-based airlines are count-
ing on the travelling public to help them
reverse the 24 per cent landing fee rise
and other fee increases proposed by the
Nassau Airport Development Company
(NAD) last July, which have subse-
quently been aprpoved by the Airport
Authority Board, Tribune Business con-
firmed yesterday.
NAD is proposing the fee increases at
the worst possible time, according to
managers of several inter-island airlines,
who said they will have to be passed on
to passengers in order for their compa-
nies to stay afloat.
Director of Operations at LeAir Char-
ters, David Moncur, said companies such
as his already competed with boats and
ferries on inter-island travel. He alluded
to the fee increases, which will be added
on to the price of air fares, dissuading
travellers using their service.
"I don't know how we will manage
more of these fees," he said. "We are


already competing with boats and the
charter sections."
According to Mr Moncur, however,
passing the increase in operational costs
on to the passenger will mean the dif-
ference between receiving the fare and
losing it to a competitor.
He said his company understands the
need for the fee increases, but insists the
midst of a recession is the wrong time
to impose them.
Though the changes would not come
into effect until January 2010, there is
no indication of when the current eco-
nomic climate will recede, and other air-
line managers say the winter season is
often a difficult financial time following
the commercial Christmas season.
Chief Operating Officer of Sky
Bahamas, Kenneth Romer, suggested
the Government and NAD revise the
fee increase schedule and engage in a
lot more consultation with the airlines.
"The timing is not right, so the travel-
ling public will find challenges absorbing
those costs. January is a rough month
for finances," said Mr Romer.
He said pressure from travelling pub-


lic was needed to curtail the imposition of
the new fees, and argued that the increas-
es were as much a traveller's issue as it is
the airline's.
Mr Romer said he could not say exact-
ly how much the fees would drive up the
costs of Sky Bahamas's ticket prices, but
he predicted a 20 to 30 per cent increase
on the modest end. He said fuel costs
were always the volatile factor in working
out fare increases.
Managing Director of Southern Air,
Anthony Hamilton, suggested frequent
inter-island travellers protest the fee
increases, which will directly impact their
pocketbooks when they come into effect.
"Unfortunately, the public may not be
as sensitized to it," he said.
NAD's approved 23.6 per cent landing
fees at the Lynden Pindling Internation-
al Airport (LPIA) could translate into
an added $13 on the now $51 landing
fee for one airline.
NAD argues that the fees are neces-
sary to maintain its "financial covenants",
but said LPIA's rates after the increases
will remain competitive and less than the
Caribbean average.


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FROM page 1B

range of electricity consump-
tion, and in excess of 60-90
days in arrears," the minister
added.
BEC's financial position "is
getting worse", with its
accounts receivables still hov-
ering in the $100 million
range, and payables around
$99 million. Those payables
include $50-$60 million owed
to BEC's fuel suppliers at any
one time, Mr Neymour indi-
cated, the electricity suppli-
er's fuel bill having hit $376
million for 2008 - more than
$21 million per month.
"We have had lower rev-
enues in the months of
August and September, which
is impacting their operations,"
Mr Neymour said of BEC.
Meanwhile, in conjunction
with the Bahamas' Global
Environmental Facility
(GEF) programme, Mr Ney-
mour said the Government
intended to initiate 30 pilot


demonstration projects fea-
turing the installation of solar
Photovoltaic cells and net
metering - where any excess
energy generated would be
sold back to the BEC grid,
and a credit given to the
household/business.
"It would be with house-
holds and some small com-
mercial installations," Mr
Neymour told Tribune Busi-
ness. "That has just been
approved by the GEF last
week. We're looking at run-
ning approximately 30
demonstration projects
throughout Nassau and the
Family Islands.
"There will also be a pilot
programme with regard to the
supply and installation of
solar water heaters. We're
looking at the installation of
70 solar water heaters with
households and small com-
mercial businesses, where we
will be looking at the impact
of these and Photovoltaic cells
on reducing carbon emis-
sions."


With water heaters esti-
mated to account for 20-30
per cent of a Bahamian
household's energy bill, Mr
Neymour said the pilot pro-
jects would enable the true
value of dollar savings derived
from solar water heaters to
be assessed. The Government
would also be able to assess
their impact on "the conser-
vation and production of
energy", meeting another goal
of the National Energy Policy
committee's draft report.
"We have always moved
seriously," Mr Neymour said
on the Government's
approach to sustainable,
renewable energies. "The
challenge was that it required
significant research to make
what we considered reliable
decisions. We recognize in the
Bahamas that we lack suffi-
cient data in certain areas to
make concrete decisions, but
we are seeing the work of the
NEP come to fruition."
The minister added that the
13 firms who were shortlist-


ed by BEC are supposed to
submit their renewable ener-
gy proposals by end-October,
after which another shortlist
will be drawn up and final
plans sought. Seven of the
existing proposals are for
waste-to-energy.


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a significant "change in expe-
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claims year-over-year, Family
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whether premium rates need-
ed to be revised upwards to
better align them with the
likely risk.
She explained that this did
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and health insurer, a 100 per
cent subsidiary of BISX-listed
FamGuard Corporation, but
assessments would be made
in instances where there were


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"It certainly is larger than
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health insurance claims. "We
really started to see a signifi-
cant escalation in the second
quarter, when claims started
to be paid.
"We're still in the process
of analysing some of the
things that may have caused
it. It takes quite a while,
because thousands of claims
are paid on a daily basis."
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lio, Ms Hermanns said the rise
experienced in the 2009 first
half was greater than the
client base expansion.
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claims," Ms Hermanns told
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more pronounced than what
we would expect from an
increase in new accounts."
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some insurance market
sources that the company's
recent unfavourable claims
experience had partly resulted
from it 'buying' new business,
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win the account.
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dent we have taken the ini-
tiatives to bring it around,"
she added.
"We're still seeing a high
claims volume in the third
quarter. The claims paid have
slowed a little bit, but we are
working diligently to make
sure we fully grasp the facts
affecting the jump in claims
paid. We'll see how these ini-
tiatives end up."
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warned that there would be
no "quick solution" to the
health claims situation due to
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with any initiatives likely to
take several months before
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progress" even though the
recession had not been fac-
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over economic recovery


By EILEEN NG
Associated Press Writer


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
(AP) - Oil prices rose above $71 a
barrel Wednesday in Asia as
increased optimism about a global
economic recovery boosted expec-
tations that crude demand will grow.
Benchmark crude for November
delivery was up 63 cents at $71.51
by midday Kuala Lumpur time in
electronic trading on the New York
Mercantile Exchange. The contract
rose 47 cents to settle at $70.88 Tues-
day.
Oil rose in sync with global stock


markets. The Dow Jones industrial
average gained a second straight day,
advancing 1.4 per cent Tuesday, its
biggest gain since August 21 as
investors bet corporate profits will
surge as the global economy recov-
ers. Most Asian indexes also
advanced in early trading Wednes-
day.
The rally in stocks came after Aus-
tralia raised interest rates Tuesday,
signaling that policymakers see the
country's economy as strong enough
to withstand higher borrowing costs.
That touched off hopes other
economies may also be strengthen-
ing enough to unwind stimulus mea-


sures including super low interest
rates and massive government
spending.
Markets
"The optimism for economic
recovery is driving equities and oil
markets," said Victor Shum, an ener-
gy analyst with consultancy Purvin &
Gertz in Singapore.
A report by the American Petro-
leum Institute showing a surprise
fall in US oil inventories last week
also lifted prices, he said.
Crude inventories dropped
254,000 barrels while distillate fuel


stocks fell 2.91 million barrels, he
said according to the report late
Tuesday.
The report however, contrasted
with market expectations for higher
inventories.
A survey by Platts, the energy
information arm of McGraw-Hill
Cos, said crude stock is likely to
grow by nearly two million barrels
and that supplies of gasoline and dis-
tillates used for heating oil and diesel
also climbed last week.
The official weekly supply report
will be released by the Energy Infor-
mation Administration later
Wednesday.


Shum said oil prices will rise fur-
ther if crude inventories fall.
Prices will fall if crude stocks rise
but likely to hold above $70, backed
by stronger financial markets, he
added.
In other Nymex trading, heating
oil gained 2.03 cents to $1.8345 a
gallon.
Gasoline for November delivery
jumped 1.63 cents to $1.789 a gal-
lon. Natural gas for November deliv-
ery rose 5 cents to $4.93 per 1,000
cubic feet.
In London, Brent crude rose 69
cents to $69.25 on the ICE Futures
exchange.


Bahamas 'polarised by a dual economy'


FROM page 1B

"The Government is not
forceful enough in demand-
ing more local content in the
sourcing of goods and ser-
vices. Further, the Govern-
ment is not convincingly pro-
viding purposeful education
and training of local people,
nor ensuring the maximum
use of local professionals."
Dr Saunders and her co-
author based their conclusions
on an assessment of seven
unnamed Heads of Agree-
ment, signed by the former
Christie administration
between 2004-2007, for Fam-
ily Island-based mixed-use
resort projects.
Analysing the agreements,
and based on previous stud-
ies, they argued that the
'spillover' benefits from for-
eign direct investment in the
Bahamas, in terms of creat-
ing additional employment at,
and contracts for, Bahamian-
owned companies "have been
negligible".
Investment capital inflows
into the tourism and hotel
industries had "not led to par-
allel growth in local business
development in manufactur-
ing, agriculture, fisheries" and
sectors directly related to
tourism.
Dr Saunders and her co-
author argued that the
Bahamas' "persistent current
account deficits" provided
further evidence that the
Bahamas had not succeeded
in linking foreign direct
investment to the develop-
ment of other economic sec-
tors, while the numerous con-
cessions granted to developers
"severely hampers govern-
ment revenue".
"Overall, the role and
effects of foreign direct invest-
ment on the Bahamas and its
economy are mixed," the
authors concluded.
"Foreign direct investment
is not helping development of
the local business [communi-
ty], nor does it significantly
contribute to the Govern-
ment's Budget. Foreign direct
investment has had a limiting
effect on local ownership in


tourism and the financial sec-
tor. Partially, it does assist in
training.
"The role of the Bahamian
government in stimulating
foreign direct investment is
positive. However, its role in
stimulating meaningful devel-
opment is less favourable. Its
policies have fostered a dual
economy. This polarising soci-
ety, and can in the long-run
jeopardise foreign direct
investment."
While the Heads of Agree-
ment studied by the two
authors encouraged all the
investors to use Bahamian
products and suppliers, and
apply the National Invest-
ment Policy to areas reserved
for Bahamian ownership, Dr
Saunders and her co-author
said the repeated requests by
the Government for these
projects to collaborate on
training and education pro-
grammes " ..I i - - inadequate
local capabilities".
"The motives for invest-
ment matter as well," they
added. "The projects
reviewed fall under the cate-
gory of asset-exploiting, par-
ticularly resource-seeking of
the beauty and natural envi-
ronment of the Bahamas. The


spillover benefits of these
types of investments are low
compared to market-seeking
foreign direct investments."
Dr Saunders and her co-
author added that the Heads
of Agreement they scrutinised
were unlikely to "cause
increases in domestic absorp-
tive capacity and business
capacity building specifically.
The evidence lies in the very
low level of Bahamian own-
ership in the hotel and
tourism resort sector".
Customs
Based on a 50 per cent rate
of customs and Stamp duties
on imported construction
materials and furnishings, the
paper said the Government
was giving up $700 million in
potential tax revenues
between the seven projects,
and $29 million per annum in
real property tax based on a 2
per cent rate.
And while, the projects,
valued at a cumulative $1.439
billion, were projected to
directly employ 3,381 persons
at an annual wage bill of $59
million annually, based on an
average weekly $336 wage, it
was doubtful whether


employment would be max-
imised due to under-utilisa-
tion of Bahamian profession-
als and entertainers.
The two authors also noted
that many of the Heads of
Agreement contained no
penalties if the developers
failed to perform their oblig-
ations in a timely manner.
"Clearly, there is no devel-
opment plan or agenda which
the Government is following,"
they argued. "Such imprecise
'requirements' are likely to
lead to imprecise results. Fur-
ther, these Heads of Agree-
ments reveal a government
that is not striving to devel-
op its people for greater self-
reliance or a sustainable econ-
omy.
"It is, in fact, fostering
greater and greater depen-
dence, as local professionals
and businesses are crowded
out. As the Government signs
more of these foreign invest-
ment agreements in the
absence of attention to local
human capital development
it is, in fact, under-develop-
ing the local economy."


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Public Notice

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In accordance with Section 17(6) of the Local Government Act, 1996, the
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in the Local Government Bye-Elections to be held on 22nd October, 2009.

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GOVERNMENT NOTICE

Ministry Of Public

Works And Transport


Gun Point Harbour, Rag ed Island Prolect
Tender publication No.: FID/13/1 (GOB)
EUROPEAID/128XXX/M/WKS/BS (EU)
The Government of The Bahamas intends to award a works contract for the
construction of a new harbour including approximately 55,000 cubic yards of basin
excavation and dredging, 400 lineal feet of quay walls, shore-tied rubblemound
breakwaters, concrete armour units, navigation aids, dock furniture, utilities, concrete
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The Bahamas.
The works are co-financed by the Government of The Bahamas and the 9th European
Develop Fund.
The tender dossier is available for inspection and purchase at the following
address:
Department of Public Works of the Ministry of Works and Transport,
John F. Kennedy Drive,
1st Floor East Wing
Nassau, (N.P.), The Bahamas
Tel: +242-322-4830
Fax: +242-326-7344
Sealed Tender submissions are to be deposited in the Tender Box located at:
Tenders Board
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3rd Floor
Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre
West Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tender submissions will be received no later than 4:00pm Monday, 2nd November
2009. Any tender received after this deadline will not be considered.
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Asian stocks



extend gains



amid faith in



recovery


By JEREMIAH MARQUEZ
AP Business Writer
HONG KONG (AP) -
Asian stock markets and oil
prices extended their advance
Wednesday amid renewed
faith a recovery in the global
economy was sustainable.
Major benchmarks were
about one per cent higher or
more, while the dollar was lit-
tle changed against the yen
and euro after declining the


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previous session.
Investors poured money
into riskier assets like stocks
and commodities throughout
the region, as Tuesday's news
that Australia was the first
major country to raise interest
rates since the onset of the
financial crisis continued to
bolster confidence in the
world economy. It was a sig-
nal that policymakers believe
the country's economy is
strong enough to withstand
higher borrowing costs, and
fueled optimism that other
economies were in better than
shape than expected.
"It provided a psychological
boost to the market as a seal
of approval on the global
recovery story," Dariusz
Kowalczyk, chief Investment
strategist for SJS Markets in
Hong Kong, wrote in a note.
At the same time, he said
Australia's decision was
somewhat surprising coming
just weeks after the leaders
of the Group of 20 major
countries agreed to continue
with government spending
programmes and low interest
rates to nurture a global
rebound.
While no developed coun-
try would follow in Australia's
footsteps anytime soon, South
Korea, where the economy
has held up relatively well and
the central bank has already
said it might raise rates in
response to rising asset prices,


could be next, he said.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225
stock average gained 120.84
points, or 1.3 per cent, to
9,812.64 and Hong Kong's
Hang Seng advanced 386.71
points, or 1.9 per cent, to
21,198.24.
Australia's index jumped
2.4 per cent, South Korea's
Kospi edged higher by 0.5 per
cent to 1,606.26, and Singa-
pore's index gained 1.1 per
cent. Taiwan's benchmark
was up 0.4 per cent. Mainland
China markets are closed for
a weeklong holiday and
reopen Friday.
In the US overnight, the
Dow rose 131.50, or 1.4 per
cent, to 9,731.25 after rising
112 points Monday.
The Standard & Poor's 500
index rose 14.26, or 1.4 per
cent, to 1,054.72, while the
Nasdaq composite index rose
35.42, or 1.7 per cent, to
2,103.57.
Oil prices were higher,
helped by the weak dollar and
optimism about that a global
economic recovery would
boost demand for crude.
Benchmark crude for
November delivery was
changing hands at $71.55 in
Asia, up 67 cents from the pri-
or session. The contract rose
47 cents overnight.
The dollar wallowed at
88.74 yen from 88.76 yen. The
euro traded at $1.4705 from
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THE TIBUN THUSDAY OCTBER , 209,IPGESS


Burger King Corp.


revamp


plans to


By ASHLEY M HEHER
AP Retail Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Burg-
er King Corp. plans to swap
its generic fast-food feel and
bland tiles and tabletops for a
vibe that's more sit-down than
drive-through.
As part of a plan to be
revealed Wednesday in Ams-
terdam, the company will
announce a massive effort to
overhaul its 12,000 locations
worldwide. The sleek interior
will include rotating red flame
chandeliers, brilliant TV-
screen menus and industrial-
inspired corrugated metal and
brick walls.
"I'd call it more contempo-
rary, edgy, futuristic," Chair-
man and CEO John Chidsey
told The Associated Press. "It
feels so much more like an


upscale restaurant."
But that comes with an
upscale price: The new look is
expected to cost franchisees,
who operate 90 percent of
Burger King's locations,
between $300,000 to $600,000
per restaurant.
The company said the new
design, called "20/20" at the
Miami-based chain, is already
in place at about 60 locations
around the world. Burger
King expects about 75 more
redesigned restaurants to be
open by the end of next year.
But it will take years before
all its locations are trans-
formed.
Burger King franchise own-
ers are contractually required
to update their restaurants
after a set period of time, and
executives said the redesign
will be the primary option for


future upgrades. All new
restaurants will be built using
the plan.
So far, remodeled restau-
rants have seen sales climb
about 12 to 15 per cent, while
restaurants that are torn down
and completely rebuilt at the
same location have seen sales
climb by as much as 30 per-
cent, Chidsey said.
Observers say the hip,
urban and masculine elements
in the redesign may be a hit
with Burger King's most loy-
al customers - young men
who frequent the chain
known as much for its signa-
ture Whoppers and "steak
burgers" as its sometimes-
creepy "King" commercials.
But some experts are skepti-
cal about whether sales will
grow as much as the company
claims and how eager fran-
chise owners will be to part
with that kind of cash, partic-
ularly in a sour economy.
Chidsey said he thinks most


franchise owners, who typi-
cally own both their restau-
rant's building and the land,
won't have trouble obtaining
financing and will be swayed
once they see how sales can
climb.
Morningstar analyst R.J.
Hottovy said the reformulat-
ed restaurant could keep din-
ers at the table longer but
may not draw in enough extra
diners to justify the cost.
"I don't think they'll change
their perception," he said.
"They're pretty entrenched in
their reality."
A group representing Burg-
er King franchise owners did-
n't immediately comment.
Fast-food restaurants typi-
cally get almost two-thirds of
their business from drive-
through or carryout orders.
More appealing interiors
could help the company com-
pete with sit-down counter-
parts that many customers
think offer better food and


better ambiance.
Ron Paul, president of the
food consultant company
Technomic Inc., said he thinks
the redesign shows just how
determined Burger King is to
compete with "fast casual"
restaurant chains such as
Chipotle, Starbucks and Pan-
era, which customers think of
as a cut above typical fast
food.
"People in the fast-food cat-
egory are recognizing they've
been losing customers to the
fast-casual player," he said.
"What this sounds like is an
attempt to get that dining-in
business back by making it an
attractive environment."
They might also help Burg-
er King, the No. 2 burger food
chain the U.S., stand out from
larger rival McDonald's Corp.
and other competitors, includ-
ing regional chains, who've
begun to add bigger and bet-
ter burgers to their menus as
they clamor for a share of the


growing burger market that's
worth $100 billion in the U.S.
"It's a competitive necessi-
ty to square up against the
competition," Chidsey said.
While the most noticeable
changes will be inside restau-
rants, Burger King executives
also plan to update exteriors,
too, adding metal canopies
and more signs proclaiming
"Home of the Whopper."
At the same time, the com-
pany is beefing up its value
menu, temporarily adding a
$1 double cheeseburger to
U.S. menus. And it's also in
the final stages of installing
new broiler ovens that cut
energy use and will let the
company roll out new menu
items in the future.
On deck is the Steakhouse
XT burger, which has a thick
patty topped with mayon-
naise, fried onions, lettuce,
steak sauce, cheese and toma-
toes. It's slated to join menus
in February.


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PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009


THE TRIBUNE


Value for money hurts the






Bahamas on cruise conversion


FROM page 1B


Bahama and the Family
Islands were ahead of 2008
comparatives by 13 per cent
and 34.9 per cent respectively
for first port of entry, con-
trasting sharply with the 13.7
per cent drop in air or
stopover arrivals for July.
In its market analysis that
accompanied the data, the


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Division


Ministry of Tourism said the
key question was how
Bahamian hotels could "cash
in" on the cruise business
without entering the industry
themselves, given that 80 per
cent of passengers who
responded to the Cruise Lines
International Association's
(CLIA) 2008 survey said they
used voyages to assess desti-
nations where they wanted to
take a land-based vacation.
The analysis pointed to a


2009
CLE/qui/No.00289


IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act of 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THOSE Three (3) parcels
of land totalling 162.177 acres being Grant C-39 and a
portion of Grant C-3 in an area known as Fort Pasture situate
immediately Eastward of Forbes Hill Settlement and about 5
miles West of Williams Town on the island of Little Exuma,
one of the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas.

AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Trevor Andrew Cooper

NOTICE OF PETITION

Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 2nd day
of September, A.D. 2009.

The Petition of Trevor Andrew Cooper, of Forbes Hill
Settlement on the Island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of
The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas, showeth in respect of:

ALL THOSE Three (3) parcels of land totalling 162.177
acres being Grant C-39 and a portion of Grant C-3 in an
area known as Fort Pasture situate immediately Eastward of
Forbes Hill Settlement and about 5 miles West of Williams
Town on the Island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth Of The Bahamas
The Petitioner, Trevor Andrew Cooper, herein claims to
be the owner in fee simple in possession of the said tracts
of land and has made application to The Supreme Court Of
The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas under Section 3 of
the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said
tracts of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate Of Title to be granted
by the Court in accordance with the provisions of that Act.

Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries shape
marks and dimensions of the said tracts of land may be
inspected during normal office hours at the following places:

(a) The Registry of The Supreme Court, East Street North,
Nassau, Bahamas.
(b) The Chambers of Charles Mackey & Co., BSB House,
West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
(c) The Administrator's office at George Town, Exuma.

Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower
or right to Dower or an Adverse Claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents file at the Registry
of The Supreme Court in the City of Nassau, Bahamas, and
serve on the Petitioner or on his Attorney an Adverse Claim in
the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents shall operate as a
bar to such claim.

DATED THIS 9th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, A.D. 2009
CHARLES MACKEY & CO.
Chambers BSB House
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Petitioner
(S. 18, O0. 1, 16)


weak point, namely that 'sat-
isfaction' and 'value for mon-
ey' ratings among cruise pas-
sengers were considerably
higher than those given by
stopover tourists in the
Bahamas.
While the CLIA's 2008 sur-
vey had shown that 95 per
cent of cruise passengers were
satisfied with their experience,
and of those 44 per cent
'extremely satisfied', only 57
per cent of "the land-based
vacationers, including
boaters/yachters to the
Bahamas were satisfied with
their overall Bahamas expe-
rience".
Out of that 57 per cent,
some 21 per cent were 'very
satisfied' with their Bahamian
vacation experience, but 34
per cent said only that it
matched their expectations.
"Cruise lines have learned
the importance of offering
good value for money," the
Ministry of Tourism analysis


I


said. "Sixty-nine per cent of
cruisers thought that the value
for money received was very
high or somewhat high, and
only 4 per cent thought that it
was low.
"Value for money has been
a weakness of the Bahamas
for many years now. Accord-
ing to the latest Exit Statis-
tics, 27 per cent of the
stopover visitors (includes
land-based vacationers)
thought that the value for
money in the hotels was much
better or better than expect-
ed, and 23 per cent thought
that it was not as good or
worse than they had expected
it to be.
"Thirty-nine per cent
thought that the overall value
for money for the Bahamas
was much better or better
than expected, and 18 per
cent thought it was not as
good or worse than they had
expected it to be."
The Ministry added: "It is


(im ;rifu I~ij(eI


well known to Bahamians and
repeat visitors to the Bahamas
that the destination is an
expensive place. When a des-
tination is expensive, should
not the island amenities, the
hotel 'perks', the hotel ser-
vice, hotel rooms, hotel food,
attitude of the people in gen-
eral, food in restaurants, ser-
vice in restaurants all be
superb because, together, they
all equal good value for mon-
ey?
"Could that be a reason
why the Bahamas has seen a
large increase in cruise
tourism to the Bahamas but a
decline in the demand for
land-based accommodations?
Have land-based vacation
stays missed the 'boat' on val-
ue for money? Each hotel
that caters to the tourists in
the Bahamas must ponder the
point: "Are we providing
excellent value for money
through our product offerings
and service? How can we
improve our value for mon-
ey and thereby improve our


bottom line?'"
Although the Bahamas had
not matched the annualised 8
per cent growth rate the
cruise industry had experi-
enced over the last several
years, between 1989 and 2008
this nation's cruise tourism
business has expanded by 74
per cent. And sea arrivals now
accounted for 68.3 per cent
of all tourist arrivals to the
Bahamas, with stopovers hav-
ing just a 31.7 per cent share.
For the seven months to
July 2009, air arrivals to Nas-
sau/Paradise Island were
down 8.8 per cent at 620,203,
compared to 679,731 in 2008.
This contrasted with a 7.3 per
cent increase for sea and air
arrivals combined.
The islands experiencing
major declines in stopover vis-
itors were Grand Bahama and
Abaco, with 27.5 per cent and
24.8 per cent falls respective-
ly, while Exuma and Cat
Island saw air arrivals falls of
38.8 per cent and 39.4 per cent
respectively.


NOTICE is hereby given that WIDSON AZOR of BURIAL
GROUND CORNER OFF EAST STREET, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 1st day of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.




NOTICE is hereby given that JOSEPH ROGER JAMES
BOUCHER of MCKINNEY DRIVE, CARMICHAEL ROAD, P.O.
BOX SB-52414, 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 1st day of October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O.
Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.










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49 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 000 0125 0090 252 286%
237 214 Fdelhty Bank 237 237 000 0055 0040 431 169%
14 20 9 93 Cable Bahamas 9 93 9 93 00 1406 0 250 7 1 52%
288 272 Coina Holdings 272 272 000 0249 0040 109 147%
750 5 26 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 554 554 000 0419 0300 132 542%
385 1 27 Consohdated Water BDRs 319 317 - 002 0111 0052 286 164%
285 1 32 Doctors Hospital 2 05 205 000 0625 0 080 3 3 390%
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High: 92� F/33� C
Low:760�F/240�C

TAMPA
High: 940�F/340 C
Low: 770�F/250 C
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comfortable. sun. humid.
High: 900 High: 900 High: 870 High: 890
High: 910 Low: 800 Low: 790 Low: 78� Low: 790 Low: 780
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ABACO
High: 91� F/330 C
Low: 770 F/250 C


WEST PALM BEACH
High: 900 F/320 C
Low: 790�F/260 C


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FT. LAUDERDALE
High: 90� F/320 C
Low:81�0F/270C


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MIAMI
High: 900 F/320 C
Low:800F/270C


KEY WEST
High: 91� F/330 C
Low: 830 F/280 C
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Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's
highs and tonight's lows.


Albuquerque
Anchorage
Atlanta
Atlantic City
Baltimore
Boston
Buffalo
Charleston, SC
Chicago
Cleveland
Dallas
Denver
Detroit
Honolulu
Houston


Today
High Low
F/C F/C
66/18 42/5
50/10 43/6
82/27 64/17
70/21 51/10
72/22 52/11
66/18 52/11
65/18 51/10
83/28 63/17
54/12 44/6
64/17 55/12
84/28 64/17
44/6 29/-1
62/16 48/8
87/30 77/25
91/32 77/25


W High
F/C
pc 72/22
sh 52/11
s 84/28
s 75/23
s 78/25
s 67/19
pc 66/18
s 89/31
r 51/10
r 65/18
t 69/20
r 52/11
r 59/15
pc 88/31
pc 83/28


Friday
Low
F/C
47/8
41/5
66/18
59/15
60/15
55/12
46/7
70/21
36/2
46/7
52/11
27/-2
43/6
76/24
63/17


Indianapolis
Jacksonville
Kansas City
Las Vegas
Little Rock
Los Angeles
Louisville
Memphis
Miami
Minneapolis
Nashville
New Orleans
New York
Oklahoma City
Orlando


Today
High Low
F/C F/C
68/20 56/13
89/31 71/21
66/18 41/5
82/27 55/12
82/27 67/19
72/22 56/13
78/25 68/20
86/30 69/20
90/32 80/26
48/8 29/-1
83/28 69/20
90/32 78/25
70/21 58/14
76/24 50/10
92/33 76/24


W High
F/C
r 64/17
s 91/32
r 58/14
s 84/28
t 68/20
pc 74/23
c 74/23
pc 76/24
pc 91/32
c 50/10
s 82/27
s 92/33
s 71/21
t 60/15
pc 95/35


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FREEPORT
High: 900 F/320 C
Low:750�F/240 C

















ANDROS
High: 91� F/330 C
Low: 770 F/250 C


Philadelphia
Phoenix
Pittsburgh
Portland, OR
Raleigh-Durham
St. Louis
Salt Lake City
San Antonio
San Diego
San Francisco
Seattle
Tallahassee
Tampa
Tucson
Washington, DC


NASSAU
High: 91� F/330 C
Low: 80�F/270 C


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Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday
Temperature
H igh ........................... .................. 9 1� F/33� C
Low ............................ .... .............. 77� F/250 C
Normal high ................................... 860 F/300 C
Norm al low ...................................... 74� F/23� C
Last year's high ............................... 890 F/32� C
Last year's low ............................... 800 F/260 C


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High Ht.(ft.) Low Ht.(ft.)
Today 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
Sunday 12:31 a.m. 2.5 6:39 a.m. 0.7
1:10 p.m. 3.2 7:46 p.m. 0.9


Precipitation Sunrise...... 7:05 a.m. Moonrise ... 10:05 p.m.
As of 2 p.m. yesterday ............................... 0.00" Sunset....... 6:49 p.m. Moonset .... 11:22 a.m.
Year to date ................ .................... 31.66" Last New First Full
Norm al year to date .................................... 40.18"

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ELLUINEKA
High: 91 0F/330 C
Low: 780 F/260 C



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GREATEXUMA
High: 90� F/320 C
Low:790F/260C

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Today
High Low
F/C F/C
70/21 54/12
83/28 61/16
65/18 52/11
68/20 49/9
78/25 57/13
68/20 51/10
62/16 39/3
87/30 70/21
68/20 60/15
68/20 52/11
60/15 44/6
91/32 71/21
94/34 77/25
77/25 52/11
72/22 55/12


W High
F/C
s 72/22
s 89/31
r 70/21
s 67/19
s 84/28
r 56/13
pc 63/17
pc 84/28
pc 69/20
s 71/21
pc 58/14
s 90/32
pc 94/34
s 83/28
s 86/30


Friday
Low
F/C
60/15
63/17
52/11
45/7
63/17
41/5
38/3
61/16
61/16
53/11
40/4
71/21
78/25
55/12
63/17


CAT ISLAND
High: 890 F/320 C
Low: 740 F/230 C











LONG ISLAND
High: 90� F/32� C
Low: 76� F/24� C


SAN SALVADOR
High: 90� F/32* C
Low:750F/240C


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CROOKED ISLAND/ACKLINS
RAGGED ISLAND High:920F/330 C
Low: 770 F/25� C
High: 91� F/330 C
Low: 730�F/230 C

GREAT INAGUA
High: 930�F/340 C
Low: 760�F/240 C


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MAYAGUANA
ligh: 90� F/320 C
.ow: 740�F/230 C





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Acapulco
Amsterdam
Ankara, Turkey
Athens
Auckland


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High
F/C
86/30
59/15
72/22
76/24
63/17


Today
Low W
F/C
73/22 t
42/5 pc
37/2 s
65/18 s
54/12 c


High
F/C
88/31
55/12
75/23
81/27
62/16


Friday
Low W
F/C
75/23 t
44/6 s
39/3 s
66/18 s
46/7 r


NASSAU Today:
Friday:
FREEPORT Today:
Friday:
ABACO Today:
Friday:


WINDS
E at 6-12 Knots
ESE at 7-14 Knots
E at 3-6 Knots
SE at 4-8 Knots
NW at 2-4 Knots
ESE at 4-8 Knots


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WAVES
0-1 Feet
1-2 Feet
0-1 Feet
0-1 Feet
1-3 Feet
1-3 Feet


VISIBILITY
7 Miles
10 Miles
7 Miles
10 Miles
7 Miles
10 Miles


WATER TEMPS.
84� F
84� F
850 F
850 F
83� F
83� F


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U.S. CITIES I


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Bangkok 90/32 76/24 sh 88/31 76/24 r
Barbados 87/30 78/25 s 86/30 77/25 r
Barcelona 77/25 63/17 sh 73/22 60/15 s
Beijing 70/21 48/8 pc 72/22 52/11 s
Beirut 78/25 70/21 s 78/25 71/21 s
Belgrade 84/28 61/16 s 76/24 55/12 pc
Berlin 61/16 39/3 sh 53/11 38/3 pc
Bermuda 79/26 71/21 sh 79/26 73/22 s
Bogota 67/19 42/5 sh 69/20 45/7 pc
Brussels 61/16 39/3 pc 58/14 41/5 s
Budapest 81/27 61/16 s 68/20 54/12 c
Buenos Aires 66/18 43/6 s 72/22 54/12 s
Cairo 89/31 69/20 c 89/31 68/20 s
Calcutta 91/32 82/27 t 93/33 78/25 pc
Calgary 32/0 9/-12 sn 25/-3 9/-12 pc
Cancun 91/32 77/25 pc 90/32 75/23 s
Caracas 83/28 73/22 pc 83/28 73/22 s
Casablanca 81/27 60/15 s 78/25 59/15 s
Copenhagen 54/12 39/3 sh 50/10 40/4 r
Dublin 54/12 41/5 pc 57/13 45/7 r
Frankfurt 66/18 43/6 sh 61/16 45/7 pc
Geneva 64/17 57/13 t 67/19 55/12 t
Halifax 56/13 39/3 r 58/14 43/6 pc
Havana 93/33 73/22 s 89/31 71/21 s
Helsinki 50/10 36/2 pc 45/7 32/0 pc
Hong Kong 88/31 77/25 pc 88/31 77/25 s
Islamabad 101/38 61/16 s 99/37 58/14 s
Istanbul 72/22 61/16 s 73/22 63/17 s
Jerusalem 79/26 60/15 s 79/26 58/14 s
Johannesburg 83/28 57/13 s 82/27 57/13 s
Kingston 90/32 79/26 r 89/31 79/26 r
Lima 77/25 61/16 s 76/24 59/15 s
London 61/16 43/6 pc 63/17 50/10 r
Madrid 68/20 50/10 sh 75/23 52/11 pc
Manila 86/30 79/26 r 85/29 77/25 r
Mexico City 77/25 55/12 t 75/23 55/12 t
Monterrey 95/35 75/23 s 90/32 64/17 t
Montreal 61/16 52/11 pc 57/13 45/7 r
Moscow 57/13 48/8 sh 50/10 36/2 r
Munich 74/23 54/12 r 55/12 44/6 c
Nairobi 84/28 58/14 r 85/29 60/15 sh
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Act now to save small businesses


By MARK A TURNQUEST
MY affiliated companies
and I hosted a Small Busi-
ness Economic Summit in
May/June 2009. The main
goal of the summit was to
gather information about
problems and potential
opportunities that small
business owners are experi-
encing in the Bahamas. The
main concerns of small busi-
ness owners who attended
the summit, and who com-
pleted a national survey,
were that the financial sec-
tor was not assisting them
with the necessary working
capital, and that the Gov-
ernment was not creating an
atmosphere to foster small
business development in the
Bahamas during this reces-
sion.
One of the main reasons
there is no master plan for


small business development
among the financial institu-
tions and the Government is
that there is no Small Busi-
ness Act of the Bahamas to
drive national strategies.
However, the future looks
optimistic for small busi-
nesses because a team com-
prised of both public and
private sector executives is
being assembled to craft the
initial Small Business Act
draft. This team will consist
of experts in all industries
(professional services, med-
ical services, technical ser-
vices, financial services, gen-
eral services, manufacturing,
merchandising, agriculture,
marine resources/fisheries,
tourism, hospitality, govern-
ment).
Five important reasons
why there must be a Small
Business Act of the
Bahamas:


MARK TURNQUEST

* The Small Business Act
will encourage Bahamians
to become entrepreneurs
because it will outline excel-
lent incentives/concessions
that will be awarded for:
- The development of
new, innovative products
/services,
- The hiring of a specific
number of Bahamians


- Increasing government
revenues due to significant
payments made for National
Insurance, custom duties,
property taxes, license fees
etc
* The Small Business Act
will keep many existing busi-
nesses open during a reces-
sion because it will provide
incentives/concessions to
businesses that employ a
moderate number (five and
above) of staff, are up to
date with NIB contributions
and custom duties, and are
contributing to making the
Bahamas more competitive
globally.
* The Small Business Act
will encourage Family Island
development by providing
incentives/concessions to a
Bahamian who wants to
open a small business on an


island that will decrease the
employment rate, improve
the infrastructure of the
island, encourage Bahami-
ans to reside permanently
there and entice more
tourists to visit the island.

* The Small Business Act
will increase the Bahamas'
Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) because it will even-
tually reduce the importa-
tion of foreign products and
services, increase compensa-
tion to employees, increase
business profits, increase
government income and
increase interest payments
to Bahamians.
* The Small Business Act
will reduce the national debt
because it will decrease
Government spending, par-
ticularly on hiring civil ser-
vants, and increase Govern-


ment licenses, fees and taxes
because more businesses
will be operating in the
Bahamas.

Trade Association presi-
dents (from the Hair
Braiders Association to the
Bahamas Institute of Char-
tered Accountants) are
encouraged to submit
reports indicating industry
goals, problems, opportuni-
ties and recommendations
on how to improve their
industries.
To assist with the develop-
ment of the Small Business
Act of the Bahamas please
contact Mark A. Turnquest
at 326-6748 427-3640 or
email:
markaturnquest@gmail.
com or log on to
www.markturnquestconsult-
ing.com


FIDELITY, from 1B

All three funds come under the
umbrella of RoyalFidelity's Interna-
tional Investment Fund, and Mr
Anderson said of their performance:
"I think they've done reasonably
well. We've done the valuations for
July and August, and they're up a
reasonable amount.
"The international markets are
seemingly continuing to move. Sep-
tember was another month in which


markets were up, and we hope it
continues."
Mr Anderson said the investments
by the three RoyalFidelity sub-funds
in the European and Asian markets,
which had been less affected by the
credit crunch and recession, were
delivering good returns for Bahami-
an institutions and retail investors
who had bought into them.
"I think there's a great opportuni-
ty for people to take advantage of
something they're not otherwise


get," Mr Anderson said, implying
that investors would derive a better
return from international markets
than the Bahamian market, which
was "continuing to lag behind" and
unlikely to recover until tourism and
foreign direct investment rebound.
While the international equities
sub-fund had ended 2008 down 32
per cent, having at one point been
off 50-60 per cent, Mr Anderson told
Tribune Business yesterday: "We've
had our hits on this fund, but now


international markets are recover-
ing, and if I was an investor today I'd
take an international basket over a
local basket.
"Where we are today provides
great opportunities. The markets are
way off from their 2007 peak.
There's still a fair amount of upside,
and as the world economy recovers
there'll be opportunities to make
money in international markets."
Mr Anderson told Tribune Busi-
ness that RoyalFidelity would now


"be marketing [its funds] a bit more
aggressively to make people aware of
it", broadening the investment circle
beyond its immediate client base.
Many Bahamians were unaware
of the funds' existence, he explained,
adding that RoyalFidelity had not
embarked on a mass marketing
effort yet due to the fact "there's
been this resistance to investing in
international markets" as a result of
the September 2008 stock market
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'SO GOES THE


SO GOES THE NATION'


By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter


"SO goes the male, so goes
the nation" - this is the motto
of the Real Men Ministry
International of Bahamas Faith
Ministries International
(BFMI).
The church, led by its senior pastor Dr
Myles Munroe, is calling on all men to
attend the Real Men International
Power Conference being held at the
Diplomat Centre on Carmichael Road
starting today and ending on Sunday.
Under the theme 'Men Raising the
Bar: Building a Kingdom Community
through Personal and National Identity',
the conference seeks to put the onus on
men to curb what BFMI calls a "male
crisis" that is causing some of the nation's
social ills.
Dr Kendal Major, one of the speakers
at the event, said: "Fatherlessness is the
single most destructive force in the
national development of our country and
is responsible for the vast majority of
destructive behaviours among our men.
"The future of our nation depends on
men who have accepted the challenge
and responsibility to recover, rebuild and
restore their personal lives so the culture
of our families and community can be
transformed."
During nine sessions with speakers like
Dr Munroe, Dr Major and Dr Tony
Evans, BFMI promises participants that
they will gain new insight into topics such
as 'the role of personal identity in nation
building', 'men remaining constant in


changing times', and 'how ,*K i. .1. 1,1!\
husband in a challenging ii-.,i-
riage'.
A donation of $65 gives p.,Ilnci-
pants full access to the i�.-,>.,\
workshop on Friday and S.,iin!,l.\
starting at 9am.
On Saturday at noon. ,hiiiii-
what is described as a t"i'-h!liii
'power luncheon', Dr E.,in. "\\il
speak on "Kingdom keys _, i , i-
coming personal crises."
The admission price of Ii.. "! -
cial segment is $30 per per. -I
Each session promises to h. ".I
time of dynamic worship, tk. ih -
ing, sharing and open discus-
sions, as we delve into it.
many challenges we face .i.
men today," the BFMI said
The conference kicks oil
tonight with a session i i
7.30pm and continues tom-
morow with a day session
starting 9am.
On Friday evening at
7.30 pm, participants will
continue in a workshop
hosted by Dr Tony
Evans of Dallas, Texas.
Both tonight's and
Friday's evening sessions
are free to the general
public.
The weekend culminate.
with a special closing servi.'
on Sunday where the H. i M.N .I .i\
Prison Men's choir will i',u 'i l Hi..
service will be streamed i\, 1u. IHi.
inmates to view at the pris. 'I
You may register by calli- I;FNII .11
461-6442/5, via the websitt. I ,"niii c.'i
or visit the Diplomat Centi . ( . iiiiicli.~
Road.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
7.30pm - Session 1, general session "The Role of
Personal Identity in Nation Building" - Dr Myles
Munroe

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
9am - Session 2 "The Price and Process of
Becoming a Real Man" - Dr Kendal Major
10am - Session 3, workshop "Men Remaining
Constant in Changing Times" - Dr Richard Pinder


11am - Session 4, workshop "The Responsibility for
Mentorship in God's Kingdom Agenda" - Deacon
Jeffrey Lloyd
12noon - Session 5, workshop "Fulfilling Your
Destiny Through Community" - special real men
presentation
7.30pm - Session 6, general session "The Role of
Men in God's Kingdom Agenda" - Dr Tony Evans


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
9am - Session 7, workshop "How to be a Godly
Husband in a Challenging Marriage" - Dr Wayne
Thompson
10am - Session 8, workshop "Practical Power
Principles For Financial Stewardship" - Minister
Gregory Bethel
11am - Session 9, workshop "Practical Keys for
Developing Healthy Relationships" - Pastor Cedric
Beckles.








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RELIGION


Thursday, October 8, 2009 * PG 23


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The Christian journey


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AS Christians, we all agree that the
sacrament of baptism is the time when
we die with Christ, are raised to new
life, and become a member of the Body
of Christ, the Church. We differ on
matters such as the age of the candi-
date, the amount of water and where
the water is located.
Once the journey has begun, the
Holy Spirit works to reveals God's love
to us more and more each day, and to
guide us in the path of holiness. Those
who are baptised as infants have desig-
nated adults whose responsibility it is
to create a home environment that is
Christian. Parents, godparents and
other relatives are expected to teach by
example and instruction.
In denominations where there is the


sacrament of Confirmation, the oppor-
tunity is arranged for a public declara-
tion of faith by children who have been
properly prepared to be able to make
their own promises to God. This is a
time when the laying on of hands by the
Bishop reminds the candidates that
prayers are being offered for the stir-
ring up of their gifts of ministry by the
Holy Spirit who has been present from
baptism.
As a Christian matures, there should
be a deepening of faith by means of
spiritual exposure to the will of God
through prayer and the study of
Scripture. Fellowship in a Christian
community is intended to provide nur-
ture and support throughout the per-
son's lifetime. The matching of spiritual


Are we ready?


THE time is not coming, but rather is
at hand for us as a people to stand up
and take control of our own destiny.
Gone are the days when we have
looked to the politicians and political
parties or the foreign investors to
determine whether we live a good pros-
perous life or not.
As Bahamians, don't you think that
we have sang the "who did me wrong"
song long enough?
We're very proficient at blaming oth-
ers for our refusal to be proactive. It's
like as a people our get up and go has
gotten up and left us a long time ago.
Therefore, we've resorted to looking
to, and solely depending upon others to
carry our load. This is one of the rea-
sons why when a foreign investor clos-
es his/her business and pulls out of the
country cries can be heard throughout
the length and breadth of the Bahamas
of "how am I supposed to feed my fam-
ily or pay my bills?" or "I've worked
for this company for 22 years and this is
all that they've given me."
Where did we go wrong as a nation?
How is it that in this day and time
Bahamians are still being trained to
first, go to school, get a good education;
second, get a good job and third, buy a
piece of property, build a house, and...?
What's next? After number three,
comes four, five, six etc, etc; what's
next? Who has taken the time to teach
us how to make money work for us;


rather than working all of our lives for
money?
Maybe it's just me, but has anybody
else noticed that we do have some
smart kids coming out of our schools
with degrees, yet they have to settle for
the insulting low paying jobs - that's if
they're lucky to find one.
What is this saying to the hun-
dreds/thousands of other students that
are following these graduates and oth-
ers?
Make no mistake! Bahamians are
very smart people, a seriously minded
Bahamian needs only an opportunity/a
hand up, and not a hand-out. If given
an opportunity and a little time this
person would be someone to be reck-
oned with nationally or internationally.
Unfortunately, as a people we've
spent so much time complaining and
crying that we have overlooked and
failed to embrace and see the opportu-
nities ahead of us which are often hid-
den in the situations / challenges we're
faced with.
In spite of what you might have


gifts to appropriate occasions for min-
istry and service gives everyone the
chance to build up the Body of Christ.
Sometimes there are detours and
delays which cause the individual to
become lost for a while or to tread
water spiritually. An intentional desire
to grow in the love and knowledge of
God needs to be a hungering and thirst-
ing that is not quenched by anyone or
anything else.
How do we make this a priority in
such a time as this? How do we com-
pete with the distractions that tantalise
the senses? Who are the persons who
are living in a way as to be a mentor
and role model in spiritual matters?

Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 says: 4 Hear, 0


heard, the original acronym for the
word POOR is P for People; 0 for
Overlooking, 0 for Opportunity and R
for Repeatedly.
In many ways the acronym for the
word poor describes a vast majority of
us Bahamians; we've been constantly
overlooking opportunities and staying
focused on tourism as if without
tourism we're dead as a nation.
This mindset, this stinking thinking
is so diabolically contaminating in that
I've heard prominent leaders (political
and religious), make their silly state-
ments and remarks of "if America
closes its door of tourism to us; we're
through."
Listen, you dumb/blind politicians
and religious leaders who ascribe to
this kind of foolish thinking and can't
see beyond your big toes. It's obvious
that America and tourism is your god;
so rather than speaking from your rear
ends, why don't you shut the hell up
and get out of the way so that some
critical thinkers can come forth and
help lead this nation down the path of
God's (Yahweh) Kingdom business
and righteousness.
From an educational standpoint, I
won't condemn or blame the Minister
of Education and the Minister of
Agriculture for that which they don't
know as it relates to educating the gen-
erations to come from a 'feeding our-
selves perspective.'
It's obvious that they're not aware of
the unlimited wealth that can be gen-
erated in agriculture; for had they
known this, then I can assure you that
their ancient approach to agricultural
education would be far, far different.


Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is
one. [a] 5 Love the Lord your God with
all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your strength. 6 These com-
mandments that I give you today are to
be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on
your children. Talk about them when
you sit at home and when you walk
along the road, when you lie down and
when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols
on your hands and bind them on your
foreheads. 9 Write them on the door-
frames of your houses and on your
gates.
Parents, you have to live and breathe
your faith if you want your children to
consider it a natural phenomenon to be
Christian. Every day the journey is to
be taken with you as the guide.


Okay, Ministers of Education and
Agriculture, we're talking about think-
ing out of the box and preparing our
children to feed the nation and becom-
ing wealthy in the course of doing so.
Rather than this small minded, waste
of time backyard farming stuff you are
talking about.
Why not develop a national pro-
gramme whereby interested students
would be given an opportunity to
spend five to six months on a large
scale farming operation throughout
the United States? Thereby giving
them a much better perspective and
appreciation for agriculture and farm-
ing than that of what you're offering
right now.
Watch this!
Here's what the lack of vision and
ignorance would make a leader or min-
ister say: "We can't afford that kind of
investment right now. Do you know
how expensive such a programme
would be?"
And here's what (someone with)
vision would say: "How in the hell did
you get to become leader or minister
over anything?"
For this is where we've gone and are
going wrong in this country by putting
one dimensional, visionless people in
leadership. Are we ready for the next
level?


* For questions or comments contact us
via email at pastormallen@yahoo.com or
telephone at 1-242-441-2021
Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Centre
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RELIGION


The Tribune


Roman Catholic Bishop Paul Leonard Hagarty


PAUL Hagarty was born during a
blizzard on March 20, 1909 to Bert and
Lucy Belle (nde O'Connell) Hagarty,
an Irish-American Catholic farming
family in Iowa. With encouragement
from his widowed mother, he did well
at public grade school up to grade
eight, then at Greene Catholic High
School taught by Fransiscan Sisters. An
avid reader, he was influenced by the
many vocational stories in the Sacred
Heart Messenger to become a Jesuit
priest. A railroad accident in which he
suffered a broken leg gave him com-
pensation of $300 that paid for his first
year at Loras (Columbia) College and a
Saturday job at JC Penney helped him
work his way through college. He stud-
ied economics, science, geology and
meteorology and ended up working for
the Union Pacific Railway as a geolo-
gist. But deep inside he knew he want-
ed to become a priest, and after hitch-
hiking to St John's Abbey, Abbot
Alcuin accepted him into the novitiate
programme and he took the name
Leonard. While serving with Father
Hogan in Minnesota, Father Leonard
received a call from Abbot Alcuin
informing him he was being sent to the
Bahamas.
Father Leonard arrived in Nassau in
1937 and was stationed at the
Cathedral for three years and simulta-
neously chaplain to the leper colony,
Goodwill Orphanage and the general
hospital. During the war years he also
worked with the Royal Air Force and
other troops. Father Leonard had a
very close relationship with Bishop
Bernard and was a major help to him





Fatigue

By BISHOP V G CLARKE
Calvary Deliverance Church

SOMEONE once said that the
world is run by tired men.
There is probably real substance
in the statement, for genuine lead-
ers must be willing to rise early and
study longer than their contempo-
raries. Some men have tremendous
stamina, but fatigue will frequently
set in if they want to go somewhere
with their organisation and in their
responsibilities.
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on collecting tours in the United
States. Bishop Bernard quickly recog-
nised the potential of Father Leonard
and sent him to Oxford University,
England, for post-graduate studies
ostensibly to become Director of
Education to correct the Catholic
School system which was using
American methods which didn't pre-
pare the children for English exams.
But it was obvious to the other priests
that the Bishop had his eye on Father
Leonard as his successor.
Bishop Bernard wished to appoint a
successor to move the Bahamas
beyond a Benedictine enclave to a full
diocese. Abbot Alcuin disagreed,
doubting that a permanent abbey with
indigenous personnel could supply
spiritually a widespread group of
islands. The impasse was resolved
when on June 25, 1950, Rome chose
Father Paul Leonard Hagarty as sec-
ond Bishop of the Bahamas. It was a
popular choice to Bahamians, who
loved the sight of young 'No-Hands
Hagarty' riding without steering his lit-
tle English motorcycle from Montagu
Hotel to the Priory.
On the morning of October 19, 1950,
Our Lady's Church was filled to over-
flowing and ZNS broadcast the solemn
ceremonies of the consecration of Father


balance and seek an avocation, a
change of pace to reduce stress. He
must seek some pleasurable recre-
ation or he will eventually lose his
usefulness. You have no doubt
heard the cliche "I'd rather burn
out for God than rust out for the
devil."
The spirit of that is noble and
pious-sounding and a person's dedi-
cation must come close to the tenor
of the thought. But on the other
hand, if a person can learn how to
relax and not spread himself too thin,
his effectiveness will be magnified.


Leonard to His Lordship, the Most
Reverend Paul Leonard Hagarty, OSB,
DD, Titular Bishop of Arba and Vicar
Apostolic of the Bahamas by His Grace
the Most Reverend Apostolic Delegate
Ameleto Cicognani DD Apostolic
Delegate to the United States.
Also attending were two archbish-
ops, three bishops, four abbots and a
host of monsignori and priests. The
new Bishop was to preside over 50
churches and chapels, numerous
schools with 2,400 pupils and over
11,000 Catholic parishioners.
On the day of his consecration,
Bishop Leonard appointed Father
Bonaventure as his pro-vicar aposto-
late, who took charge on the times
when the Bishop travelled on collec-
tion trips. He also relied heavily on
Fathers Cornelius and Brendan. This
type of backup assistance was neces-
sary to cover the Catholic presence on
Andros, Bimini, Long Island,
Eleuthera and Harbour Island, Grand
Bahama, San Salvador and Cat Island
plus three visits a year to Inagua. Then
a church was established on Abaco and
a mission started to Turks and Caicos.
During the reign of Bishop Hagarty
many significant events took place, as
he was keen to expand Catholic partic-
ipation in education and social devel-
opment. The rapid expansion was due
to several factors. The trust fund set up
by Bernard Melhardo of Belize and
benefactors Bacardi Company and
others provided capital. The Sisters of
Charity played a leading role in the
development of education, especially
at St Thomas More and St Cecilia's


schools. The Order of St Martin's also
assisted by providing Sisters in the
education system and more diocesan
priests arrived from all over America.
The Scarboro Foreign Mission Society
of Canada sent a dozen missionaries
who had previously served in China.
They set up a two-storey headquarters
on the grounds of St Thomas More.
Under Bishop Leonard, Bahamian
men began to enter religious life, the
first being Fr Charles Coakley in 1957.
In 1960, Fr Boswell Davis was
ordained and he was followed by Frs
Leander Thompson, Bonaventure
Dean, Cletus Adderley, Prosper
Burrows and Preston Moss - all trained
at St John's Abbey, Minnesota.
During the early 1960s, Brothers
George Taylor, Ignatius Dean, Joseph
Darville, and Henry Neeley were the
first of 12 Bahamian Benedictine
monks who took perpetual vows - sev-
eral of them taught at St Augustine's
College. Unfortunately, all but two
Bahamian priests reverted to laymen
in 1972, but in the mid-1970s a new
crop of diocesan priests including Fr
Alfred Culmer and Leviticus Adderley
were ordained.
On February 1, 1979, His Holiness
Pope John Paul II visited Nassau and
was welcomed by thousands of people
at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.
The health of Bishop Leonard began
to fail and he resigned on July 17, 1981.
On September 22, he died at St John's
Abbey and was brought back to be
buried alongside Bishop Bernard in
the crypt of St Francis Xavier
Cathedral.


If a person "burns out" complete-
ly, his influence and contribution
ends. Proper health, rest and bal-
ance will help a leader maintain his
ability to persist. But a leader must
be prepared to recognize the toll
upon him, both emotionally and
physically.
Despite our busy schedules, lead-
ers must practice what we preach in
order not to suffer fatigue or burn-
out.
Remember the wise leader finds
time for relaxation and creative
thinking.







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Thursday, October 8, 2009 * PG 25


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Oldest Anglican in Cat Island celebrates

her 99th birthday in grand style


T HE people of Cat Island converged on
the settlement of Knowles last Friday at
H t the homestead of Mary Seymour to cel-
ebrate her 99th birthday.
Mary, or "Little" as she is affectionately
called, is a sick and shut-in communicant of St
Saviour's Parish, Cat Island, and in her all years
has never left the island of her birth.
Her 'navel string' is buried under the coconut
tree which stands tall in the front yard of her
residence. Mary is the widow of Ernest 'Old
Dad' Seymour who predeceased her in 1980.
Ernest Seymour was the bread-winner of the
family, and after his demise Mary became the
sole provider. 'Old Dad', as he was known to
Cat Islanders, was blind but could still deter-
mine the denomination of paper currency
placed in his hand.


In a birthday Eucharistic celebration fit for a
head of state, Mrs Seymour received her acco-
lades as Father Edward "Rex" Seymour, assis-
tant priest of St Saviour's, celebrated the Mass
and Father Chester Burton, priest in-charge of
St Saviour's, preached the sermon.
The readings were from the feast day of St
Michael's and All Angels. Father Burton took
his text from Genesis, chapter 28, verse 13, "I
am the Lord the God of Abraham and Isaac the
land on which you lie, I will give to you and your
offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of
the earth."
Father Burton posited that the Seymours are
somewhat like the passage of scripture applica-
ble for the feast day of St Michaels and All
Angels.
The Seymour clan and descendants of Mary
Seymour are here, there and everywhere - all
throughout the archipelagic chain of the


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ST GEORGE'S ANGLICAN CHURCH ENDS
60TH ANNIVERSARY WITH GALA BANQUET


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Thursday, October 8, 2009 * PG 27


When you know who you are


IT is my firm belief that we only
ever find out who we really are when
God establishes us.
I remember ten years ago at the
beginning of my last job, within the
first two weeks I had made a friend.
We had gotten into a conversation
that took him down memory lane
recalling his college days. As he
remembered the events from then, he
mentioned that in those days he was
part of a fraternity.
Me, being curious, I asked him why,
and his response was, "they gave me
an identity because I didn't have
one."
My mind was blown because at that
time I didn't think that was possible
for anyone to not know who they
were, let alone a Bahamian. (I guess
too much faith, huh?) I really didn't
know what to do with that because I
had never heard anyone come out and
say, "I don't know who I am." He was


RELIGION

TODAY


A Sept.17, 2009

photo shows artist

Sandow Birk pos-

ing next to his

sculpture titled:

"American

Mihrab." Birk has

created an illus-

trated, English-

language Quiran

that he's calling the

"American Koran,"

at the Koplin Del

Rio Gallery in

Culver City, Calif.


Damian Dovarganes
AP Photo


.. ALLIM)N
. MILLER


a first for me.
When we don't know who we are it
is an opportunity for all kinds of iden-
tities to attach themselves to us.
Anyone or anything can come to
you and tell you who you are if you
don't know that yourself. You cannot
tell John he is Paul when he in fact
knows that he is John. You won't hear
him say 'ok I'm Paul' when he knows
that he is John. That is also the reason
why so many of us are confused. We
don't know who we are, nor do we
understand our self-worth. No young
lady should allow any man whether


young or old to make her feel privi-
leged for knowing him. When that
happens I believe that your self-worth
is diminished. When in fact only God
can put value to a life.
What is the value that God puts on
our lives? Well, when you accept
Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour you
become the "righteousness of God in
Christ Jesus".
I think that is the best identity that
any human being could ever have.
Once you have that identity, you will
begin to live. What is life without pur-
pose? Then what is purpose without
fulfilling it? I believe we can only
move forward when God is the centre
of our purpose. Keeping in mind that
the Bible tells us, "only what is done
for Christ will last." There is nothing
wrong with getting an education or
having wealth, the problem comes
when we make those things the fibre
of our existence.


Then our lives are built on the
wrong things. Shortly after that we
find ourselves unsatisfied and lost. I
believe that is one of the worst posi-
tions that we can find ourselves in.
The good thing is some of us actual-
ly have the good sense to find out
what our purpose is, and we pursue it.
The rest of us just float around
because we won't make a decision on
what to do with our lives. When you
know who you are you won't accept
just anything and you will not allow
anyone to do anything to you. No one
could deter a man or a woman who is
purpose driven. He or she knows who
they are and go after their purpose.
That, my dear readers is a good posi-
tion to be in and that will ultimately
result in a good life. Instead of allow-
ing anything and anybody to tell you
who and what you are. Let us start the
search, but we start knowing that the
search begins with God.




* THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE will
officially open the new Aquinas
College campus on Gladstone Road
tomorrow at loam. Catholic
Archbishop Patrick Pinder will speak
at the opening. The general public is
invited to attend.
* ST JOSEPH'S CHURCH on Nassau
Street will have an Golden Oldies
dance on October 30. The general
public is invited to come out for what
promises to be a fun filled night.
* ST AGNES PARISH will for the first
time ever be hosting a family day this
Sunday. People are invited to bring
their families to the 7am and loam
services. Under the theme "Sing
Praises unto the Lord", the senior
choir at St Agnes will give a concert
at 4pm.
ANNOUNCEMENT:
THE House of and Prayer and
Deliverance Ministry is celebrating
its 9th Anniversary this Sunday at
3pm at its location on Prince Charles
Drive, opposite Pepsi Cola. Members
of the public are invited to attend.







PG 28 0 Thursday,


October
, r


8,2009


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The view from


the

TRIBUNE Religion's 'Church of the
Week' is the Hillview Seventh-day
Adventist Church on Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway.
The church was officially dedicated
in 1989, but its history goes much fur-
ther back.
In 1942, Haddassah Poitier, then a
member of the Grant's Town Seventh-
day Adventist Church, invited the
neighbourhood children to Friday
evening vespers and Branch Sabbath
School classes on the following day.
Ms Poitier, affectionately called


Hill

"Sister P", was then joined by Brother
Jack Dean and met for worship in the
old building just south of the present St
Luke's Baptist Church. When this
building became unsuitable, the com-
pany moved across the street into a
two-storey building owned by Daniel
Varence. This old lodge hall situated
on the corner of East Street and
Palmetto Avenue served as a sanctuary
for these believers for many years.
In 1952, under the leadership of mis-
sion president Elder Mote, the compa-
ny was organised into a church.


One of the very first evangelistic cru-
sades launched by the church was con-
ducted by Pastor Melvin Nembhard in
the Old Sponge Shed on Bay Street out
of which a number of new believers
were added to this fledging church
community. By this time, the brethren
recognized the need for a more perma-
nent building so they negotiated with
Sir Roland Symonette to purchase a
small plot on East Street south, oppo-
site Cordeaux Avenue. On this site,
Daniel Varence assisted by others built
the old section of the present
Englerston Church and dedicated it in
1955. However, the congregation con-
tinued to grow and the church soon
became too small, expansion was nec-
essary, and in the mid-sixties this was
completed.
In the late 1960s and early 70s the
church witnessed an explosion of evan-


gelism in the Bahamas Conference
which resulted in a dramatic increase
in membership. The Englerston
Church again was bursting at its seams,
leading to Pastor Roy Fernander start-
ing a special fund to acquire a suitable
and affordable site for a new church.
However, it was not until the tenure of
Pastor Royden I Hanna that the 3.8
acreage on what is now Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway was pur-
chased through the assistance of
President Silas McKinney from the
late Sir Roland Symonette.
Pastor Keith Albury was called to
assume leadership of the Englerston
Church on February 16, 1985, and it
was dedicated on April 16, 1989 by the
then-president of the West Indies
Union Dr Silburn Reid.
The church's present pastor is Peter
Joseph.




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