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Belinda Wilson

to be suspended

for two weeks

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMAS Union of
Teachers president Belinda
Wilson is to be suspended
without pay following alle-
gations of the misappropri-
ation of $90,000 in union
Ms Wilson flatly denied
the allegations in a press
conference yesterday, claim-
ing only $65,000 of union
money was not accounted
for as she had to pay a num-
ber of bills before leaving
for a Caribbean Union of
Teachers conference in
Grenada in July.
In the absence of treasur-
er Janice Armbrister, who
was away on a six-week
vacation at the time, Ms
Wilson said she had docu-
ments, which were pre-
signed by the treasurer,
countersigned by executive
board member Sebastian
Campbell and herself before
taking the money to pay
insurance and utility bills,
and for seven council mem-

bers to travel to Grenada.
Ms Wilson admitted she
did not follow proper pro-
cedure as she did not con-
sult the executive board
before making the pay-
ments, but said she did so
because she was in an emer-
gency situation as the bills
had to be paid before she
left the country.
At least seven of the 15
executive board members
voted on Friday for the pres-
ident to be suspended with-
out pay for two weeks from
November 1 for the misap-
propriation of funds. The
media was told Ms Wilson
would be suspended because
she misappropriated
However Ms Wilson's
supporters, including Ms
Armbrister, BUT Associate
Vice President Quintin Lar-
oda, and around 30 teach-
ers at the press conference
held at the BUT offices in
Bethel Avenue yesterday,
maintain the president is not
guilty of misappropriation
SEE page six

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from court yesterday.
Tribune Staff

Anglican Church backs
govt's marital rape law

THE Anglican Church has
joined several other religious
denominations in throwing its
full support behind the Gov-
ernment's efforts to make it
illegal for a man to rape his
Delivering his Charge to the
109th session of the Anglican
diocesan Synod, Archbishop
Laish Boyd expressed his sup-
port for the Ingraham admin-
istration's proposed amend-
ment to the Sexual Offences
Act banning marital rape - but
cautioned that we must work
toward "the appropriate
amendment that addresses the
right concerns".


He also came out against
the decision to resume capital
punishment (see story, page
Archbishop Boyd said the
constitution, laws and govern-
ment of any jurisdiction "must
see after the well-being of all
who dwell in or find them-
selves in that jurisdiction. Laws
must protect all and address
the needs and security of those
who are vulnerable".
He said the current Sexual
Offences Act suggests that
spouses cannot be raped - a
point of view espoused by
SEE page two

arraigned in Magis-
trate's Court yesterday
on two murder charges.
Clinton Forbes, 19, is
charged with the mur-
der of Jeffrey Johnson-
Mr Rolle was gunned
down in front of his
brother while they were
walking along Derby
Road around 10pm on
June 15.
Initial reports stated
that the brothers were
approached by a group
of men while walking
and attempted to run
away. The group

SEE page six

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Tribune Staff Reporter
NEARLY 80 per cent
of the 89 detainees being
held at the Detention
Centre were smuggled
into the Bahamas, with
some destined for manual
labour in the construction
field, while others were set
to be forced into prostitu-
tion, Immigration officials
revealed yesterday.
Senior deputy director
Roderick Bowe informed
the press yesterday that
the majority of persons
who enter the Bahamas
SEE page 13

Court hears
the closing
addresses in
Travolta case
Tribune Staff Reporter
CLOSING addresses began
in the attempted extortion trial
of ex-PLP Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and former ambu-
lance driver Tarino Light-
bourne yesterday.
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions and lead prosecutor
Bernard Turner told the nine
member jury that the prosecu-
tion has discharged its burden
in proving that Bridgewater and
Lightbourne are guilty of the
offences for which they are
SEE page 13

artist Amos
Ferguson dies
THE global art community is
greatly saddened by the loss of a
legendary prolific 'outsider'
artist, an internationally-cele-
brated Bahamian who "was so
close and yet so far" to his own
Amos Ferguson contributed
more than four decades to visu-
al art and the documentation of
Bahamian culture, and can best
be described as a "prophet not
without honour, save in his own
country, and in his own house
(Matthew 13:57)." The biblical
reference fitting to a man who
was greatly respected by so
SEE page 13

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Anglican Archbishop speaks

out against the death penalty

ANGLICAN Archbishop
Laish Boyd said one of the
most "alarming and perplex-
ing" issues facing the Bahamas
today is the government's pro-
posal to resume hanging con-
victed murderers.
Expressing his disagree-
ment with this proposal, the

archbishop admitted there has
been a substantial increase in
violent crime and that people
are calling for action.
Speaking at the 109th
Diocesan Synod yesterday, he
said: "Crime is one of our
most serious social problems.
The number of homicides this

year shows a complete disre-
gard for the sacredness of
human life. It is easy to see
how in this environment there
would be a clarion call for the
carrying out of the death
"However, it has long been
acknowledged in many circles

around the world, and proven
by statistical data, that capi-
tal punishment is not a deter-
rent to crime. And you do not
quell violence with more vio-
The archbishop noted that
of the 59 homicides this year
up to September 18, govern-
ment statistics say 66 per cent
were related to drugs, retalia-
tion, conflict or domestic vio-
He said that Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest "rightly stated that
the police would have little
control over or intervention
power in such circumstances
to prevent them. There is only
so much that they can do.
"The disregard for human
life and a perverted value sys-
tem which allows a person to
maim or to kill another in a
dispute, are realities that cap-
ital punishment cannot ever
address, even though a hang-
ing may satisfy the desire for
"In fact, the last hanging in
the Bahamas was in January,
2000, at the beginning of the


Laish Boyd
year. That year had an all time
record number of murders, so
obviously that hanging did not
deter much."
According to the archbish-
op, the real issue facing society
is the fragmentation of rela-
tionships and family life. He
said too many children are
being born to parents who are
unable to socialise and care
for them properly.
"What we need is for par-
ents to be parents and to raise
children to honour and respect
God and humanity. We have
strayed far from this in some
quarters and we need to get
back to it. The real issue is
creating justice and fairness
and a sense of hope and worth
in our society so that every-
one can feel - and also know -
that they have a chance to
make it.
"These kinds of things are
tougher to address, but they
are the issues. And all the
hanging in the world will not
address or even begin to
reverse them. This is where
the court system needs to
work more effectively and

Marital rape

FROM page one

many opponents to the
amendment, including the
Bahamas Christian Council.
However, according to
Archbishop Boyd, marital
rape does indeed occur, and
the law needs to reflect and
address this reality.
He said: "Many persons
have disagreed with the
proposed amendment
because they say it weakens
or disrespects the bond of
marriage and creates disad-
vantage or unfairness for
one spouse.
"The reality is that all
marriages do not work with
the harmony and equality
that God ordained. Some
marriages are at the point
where certain elements of
the sharing may not happen
for various reasons, or some
may be at the point where
certain elements of the
sharing no longer occur at
all. These circumstances call
for communication, coun-
selling or even reconcilia-
tion, or some other inter-
"The law did not cause
these circumstances nor can
the law heal them. They
need to be addressed by
another means outside of
the law.
"To say that an amend-
ment to the law would cre-
ate injustice or inequity in a
marriage because it will give
one spouse a weapon
against the other is not
quite the full picture: such a
marriage already has prob-
lems of its own which the
law did not create nor can
the law solve. Those reali-
ties in that marriage need to
be addressed. People who
will misuse or abuse any
amendment must be dealt
with. But if we are going to
create an environment
where real and possible vic-
tims can be protected, then
some reasonable amend-
ment must be made.
"It is my belief that this is
the intent of the govern-
ment. I applaud the efforts
that have been made Let us
press on in dialogue without
rushing to the end result."

Teens set to appear in court in

connection with drug, gun busts

TWO 19-year-olds are set to be arraigned in court
this week in connection with two drug and gun busts
made by police this weekend.
One young man is set to go to court tomorrow in
connection with the discovery of a .223 assault rifle
and ten rounds of ammunition at around 9pm on Fri-
According to police, the seizure came after a search
warrant was executed by officers from the southern
division on a home on Wood's Alley, off Market
A second 19 year old will be charged later in the
week in connection with the seizure of 21 foil wrap-
pings of suspected marijuana, a .357 revolver and six
rounds of ammunition.
The Peter Street resident was arrested in the Quack-
oo Street area yesterday at around 1.10pm.

NASA delays shuttle launch for test flight


NASA is delaying its
November space shuttle
launch by four days to pro-
vide more breathing room for
a test flight of its new rocket,
according to Associated Press.
Atlantis was supposed to
lift off Nov. 12. Now launch is
targeted for Nov. 16. NASA
said Monday the delay will
make it easier to get the
experimental Ares rocket fly-
ing next week. The Ares I-X

is supposed to blast off Oct.
27 on a brief suborbital flight.
NASA will move the rocket
to the pad Tuesday morning.
The Ares test vehicle will
carry neither people nor pay-
loads when it takes off. Much
of the rocket consists of
mock-up hardware. NASA
wants to see how well the par-
tial first stage performs.
The same Kennedy Space
Center team is supporting
both the Ares and Atlantis


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Immigration chief denies withholding

information on the Detention Centre

Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of State for
Immigration Branville McCart-
ney yesterday denied the alle-
gation that he is personally with-
holding information from the
press regarding conditions at
the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre.
Noting that the ministry has
conducted a number of visits to
the facility and has even com-
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missioned a committee to inves-
tigate the numerous reports of
abuse and unsanitary condi-
tions, Mr McCartney said the
media will be given the depart-
ment's final report as soon as it
is completed and presented to
"The committee's terms of
reference were to investigate
and determine the validity of
these accusations. The commit-
tee members include, Dr David
Allen, Father James Palacious,
Jack Thompson, representatives

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Police have charged Shawn Edgar Moxey alias Shawn
Isaacs with the murder of Matthew Ambrister and the
attempted murder of his brother Marvin Ambrister.
Matthew 23, and Marvin, 24, of Farrington Road,
were shot in the stomach when an altercation erupted
between two groups of men outside Dominique's
Restaurant and Bar on Boyd Road, on Saturday, June
Matthew who worked in the Tribune press room,
died at the scene.
Moxey, who was represented by attorney Krysta
Smith, was not required to enter a plea to the charges
during his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane. Twenty witnesses
are listed on court dockets. Moxey, of Church Hill
Avenue, was remanded to Her Majesty's Prison. His
case has been adjourned to November 30 in Court 10,
Nassau Street.

Man airlifted to New

Providence after crash

from the Department of Social
Services and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force.
"The first tour was conducted
March 3, 2009. Following the
second tour on April 7, 2009,
committee members expressed
how pleased they were during
their initial visit with the
improvements made to the facil-
ity. Shortly after, I would have
spoken to the improvements
made during my budget debate
in June.
"A third and final visit is
planned at the end of this
month before a final report is
submitted to Cabinet for

Newly appointed
Justice of the
Court of Appeal
MAN, newly appointed Jus-
tice of the Court of Appeal,
presented his credentials to
Governor General Arthur
Hanna at Government
House yesterday.
Sir George was appointed
as a Judge of the High
Court of England and
Wales in May 1995 and
retired from that Court on
October 1, 2007 after serv-
ing more than 12 years.
Prior to becoming a judge
of the High Court, Sir
George practiced as a bar-
He was called to the bar
in 1965 and was appointed
Queen's Counsel in 1981.
Sir George's practice as a
barrister included many
appearances before the
Privy Council in a wide vari-
ety of cases.
Sir George was one of the
judges nominated to sit in
the Administrative Court
and in the Special Immigra-
tion Appeals Commission
He is presently the trea-
surer of the Honorable Soci-
ety of the Middle Temple.
In February 2009, UK
Prime Minister Gordon
Brown appointed him chair
of the Security Vetting
Appeals Panel of the Unit-
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review," Mr McCartney said.
The minister added that
although he is not at liberty to
disclose any particulars about
the unfinished report, he has
had an opportunity to review
the document and is satisfied
that the Detention Centre is a
picture of "extremely humane"
conditions that will "satisfy the
highest of standards".
"These conditions resulted
from allegations that I had
heard prior to this governmen-
t's election, conditions that were
indeed alarming. When reports
of those conditions resurfaced,
we wasted no time in investi-
gating, making certain improve-
ments where warranted and in
commissioning an independent
study as aforementioned.
"Today's Detention Centre
is not yesterday's Detention
Centre. Today's Detention Cen-
tre is a holding facility where
international persons without
status, who have entered the
country illegally, benefit from
excellent meals, cable TV, plen-
ty of recreation, hot water, clean
beds, laundry facilities, access
to medical treatment on site and
available telephones," he said.
Mr McCartney said he antic-
ipates that the report could be
released before the end of the
year after being presented to
Cabinet; noting that it will show
the Bahamas has accepted its
"overwhelming immigration
burden" and is treating these
persons with as much grace,
"diplomacy, and humanity" as
anywhere else in the world.


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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT- A 23-year-
old Eight Mile Rock man whose
vehicle crashed into a service
station on Friday has been air-
lifted to New Providence for
further medical treatment.
The accident occurred
around 9.30pm at Chappy's Gas
Station in Bartlette Hill, Eight
Mile Rock, when the driver of a
Toyota Aristo car lost control
and crashed into the gas pumps
and a parked vehicle.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey
said that prior to the crash offi-
cers of the Eight Mile Rock
Police Station were conducting
road checks in the Hanna Hill
area when they observed a vehi-
cle being driven in a reckless
She said officers pursued a
white and gray Aristo vehicle,
which later crashed. The victim,
who has not been identified by
police, was taken to the Rand
Memorial Hospital for treat-

Police reported that the
male victim was airlifted over
the weekend to the Princess
Margaret Hospital.
Investigations are contin-
uing into that matter.
Grand Bahama Police
arrested a 24-year-old man
in Freeport for possession of
an unlicensed firearm and
ASP Mackey reported that
police were called around
1.30am on Saturday to assist
security at the Bowling Alley
on Britannia Lane.
According to reports, a
young man who was attempt-
ing to enter the establish-
ment was searched. Officers
discovered a black Glock
9mm pistol with seven rounds
of 9mm ammunition in his
The suspect was arrested
and taken into police cus-
Officers of the Central
Detective Unit are investi-
gating the matter.


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Military brass grow restive

WASHINGTON - Only nine months
ago, the Pentagon pronounced itself reas-
sured by the early steps of a new com-
mander in chief.
President Barack Obama was moving
slowly on U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, had
retained former President George W.
Bush's defense secretary and, in a gesture
much noticed, had executed his first mili-
tary salute with crisp precision.
But now, after nearly a month of delib-
erations by Obama over whether to send
more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, frustra-
tions and anxiety are on the rise within the
A number of active duty and retired
senior officers say there is concern that
the president is moving too slowly, is revis-
iting a war strategy he announced in
March and is unduly influenced by politi-
cal advisers in the Situation Room.
"The thunderstorm is there and it's kind
of brewing and it's unstable and the light-
ning hasn't struck, and hopefully it won't,"
said Nathaniel C. Fick, a former Marine
Corps officer who briefed Obama during
the 2008 presidential campaign and is chief
executive of the Center for a New Amer-
ican Security, a military research institu-
tion in Washington.
"I think it can probably be contained
and avoided, but people are aware of the
volatile brew."
Last week, the national commander of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Thomas J.
Tradewell Sr., issued a terse statement
criticizing Obama's review of Afghan war
"The extremists are sensing weakness
and indecision within the U.S. govern-
ment, which plays into their hands," said
Tradewell's statement on behalf of his
group, which represents 1.5 million for-
mer service members.
In August, in a speech to the VFW,
Obama defended his strategy, saying,
"This is not only a war worth fighting; this
is fundamental to the defense of our peo-
Obama's civilian advisers on national
security say the president is appropriately

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why registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
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reviewing his policy options from all sides.
They said it would be reckless to rush a
decision on whether to send as many as
40,000 more American men and women to
war, particularly when the unresolved
Afghan election had left the United States
without a clear partner in Kabul.
Although the tensions do not break
entirely on classic civilian-military lines
- some senior military officers have
doubts about sending more troops to
Afghanistan and some of Obama's top
civilian advisers do not - the strains
reflect the military's awareness in recent
months that life has changed under the
new White House.
After years of rising military budgets
under the Bush administration, the new
administration has tried to rein in Penta-
gon spending, and has signaled other
changes as well, including reopening
debate on the "don't ask, don't tell" poli-
cy governing military service by gay men
and lesbians. The administration has made
clear that Obama will not necessarily fol-
low the advice of his generals in the same
way Bush did, notably in the former pres-
ident's deference to Gen. David H.
Petraeus, now the head of the Central
Command, and that it does not want mil-
itary leaders publicly pressing the com-
mander in chief as they give their advice.
Two weeks ago, after Gen. Stanley A.
McChrystal, the top NATO commander in
Afghanistan, rejected calls for the Afghan
war to be scaled back during a question-
and-answer session in a speech in Lon-
don, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
warned not only McChrystal, but also the
military as a whole, to keep quiet in pub-
lic as the debate progressed.
"It is imperative that all of us taking
part in these deliberations - civilian and
military alike - provide our best advice to
the president candidly but privately,"
Gates told the annual meeting of the
Association of the United States Army, a
private support group, in Washington.
This article is by Elisabeth Bumiller
c.2009 New York Times News Service

Six tourism

pioneers who

deserve our


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I stumbled upon the tale
of six unsung tourism pio-
neers which has remained
under the radar for some
forty years.
The recognition of Sen
Hon Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace by the Queen for
his exceptional works in the
Hospitality Industry has
caused me to focus on the
untold story.
The Ministry of Tourism
has failed to Inspire the
nation with the challenges
and achievements of six
young Bahamians, who in
1970, were selected by the
Ministry of Tourism to be
shipped abroad to be trained
and developed to replace
the existing foreign tourism
professionals. Sir Clement
T Maynard was convinced
that this untapped area
could become the proving
ground for Bahamians.
I began looking into this
matter after reading Sir
Clement T Maynard's book,
"Picking up Speed."
I noted that Sir Clement
put Bahamahost, People to
People, professional train-
ing and education policies,
the utilisation of denomina-
tion leaders to promote the
Bahamas, cultural develop-
ment and standards of per-
formance in the workplace;

regrettably, the full story of
the Bahamianisation of the
tourism overseas network
has not been told or cele-
brated. We are proud of Sir
Stafford Sands, George
Myers, Sir Baltron Bethell,
Sen Hon Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace, but what of
these six. Philip Mortimer,
David Johnson, Joseph
Delaney, Athama Bowe,
Van Isaacs and the late
Arlene Wisdom-Albury,
gave their best and are
excellent examples of what
Bahamians have and can
The group had pressure
from every quarter; they
were made to understand
that failure was not an
As Jackie Robinson had,
they were instructed to suck
it up, remain focused amidst
the internal challenges to
Include professional and
racial bias.
Sir Baltron speaks well of
the group and views them
as tourism trailblazers and
exceptional professionals,
"We could not Intervene,
we had to have faith in them
- if they had not succeeded,


we could not have placed
Bahamians overseas.
"They went off almost in
the dead of winter."
"This group was put in
place by PS Elison A
Thompson and Director
General of Tourism, Som
Nath Chib; E John Dele-
veaux was responsible for
the project."
This story confirm that
young men and women out-
side of politics were shaping
the Bahamas; what a posi-
tive story.
How can a grateful nation
who recognizes athletes, cul-
turalists, academics, politi-
cians, the clergy, neglect
these early nation builders;
they were diligent, unselfish,
skilled, qualified, well edu-
cated and passionate for
their Bahamas. We must
correct this oversight.
The Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation, the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce, the
Bahamas Christian Council
and the Ministry of Youth,
should be inspired by this
opportunity to celebrate this
The Ministry of Tourism
and the Hon Minister
should initiate the recogni-
tion effort.
October, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I write this letter to bring
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and good Bahamian people.
R, 1bbi n-i. raping, murder-
ing, etc the crime list goes
on each day.
It makes one sad to see
these criminals continue to
have a field trip, or merry-
There is a Bahamian slang
that goes on to say "ain't
nothing happening".
So if that's the case for
these bold criminals to
enjoy, you see just how
things are going for us, there
is no fear, especially for
murderers in the land.
They are well aware that
there is nothing happening
to them, only a jail term.
So the bold killers devel-
oped a mind that does not
care. Apart from that these
killers are given bail even-
tually. Giving them the
opportunity to go and kill
Because sentence against
an evil work is not executed
speedily, therefore the heart
of the sons of men is fully
set in them to do evil (Eccle-
siastics 8:11) what a sad pic-
ture as far as the law of the
land is concerned.
Our police force are doing

a very good job every day.
But sad to say locking
them up, is not all to be
What has happened to the
promise that was given to
the Bahamian people?
In reference to the elec-
tronic ankle bands that was
spoken by the Minister
Tommy Turnquest?
It's almost five years and I
have not seen anything yet.
If the Bahamian people
place anyone to serve in par-
liament you have to please
your people by truly serv-
Keeping promises is a
very important thing. By giv-
ing these criminals, some-
thing to think about.
Please get these devices,
and use these to fast track
them all on bail.
This is one of the things
to be done, before it's too
I'm sure a word to the
wise is enough we do not
know, who is to be mur-
dered next.
September, 2009.

Sad to see criminals

having 'a field trip'

in the Bahamas

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Tributes paid to the

late Roger Carron

TRIBUTES have been pour-
ing in for the late Roger Car-
ron, The Tribune's Managing
Director and husband of Tri-
bune Publisher Eileen Carron,
who passed way Sunday morn-
Mr Carron, 77, was born in
Eastbourne, Sussex, England
on June 13, 1932. He met his
future wife while studying for
his bar finals in London in 1960
and overcame a number of hur-
dles to join her when she
returned to the Bahamas to
help her father Sir Etienne
Dupuch with The Tribune.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said he and his col-
leagues were saddened to learn
of his death.
"Mr Carron lived a full and
productive life and made a sig-
nificant contribution to
Bahamian national life since his
arrival here almost 50 years
ago. Despite the difficulties he
encountered, Mr Carron grew
to love his adopted home and
retained his good humour
throughout. He was fond of
chatting with Bahamians from
all walks of life and made many
friends among them.
"In his many years at The
Tribune Mr Carron garnered
the respect and admiration of
many, including the young jour-
nalists with whom he came into
contact and he contributed sig-
nificantly to their development
as a wise mentor and profes-
sional journalist.
"Roger Carron contributed
much to The Tribune, an
important Bahamian institu-
tion, and to the country in gen-
eral. My colleagues and I
extend our sincere condolences
to Mrs Carron and their son
Robert on his passing."
Glenys Hanna-Martin,
national chairman of the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party, also
extended her condolences to
The Tribune's publisher.
"Mr Carron was always an
amiable gentleman who always
appeared to fully enjoy his walk
through life. He was over the
years a vital component in the
publication of The Tribune and
we therefore know his extend-
ed family will include the staff
of that newspaper.

"It is our prayer that God
will give strength to both Mrs
Carron and their son Robert
during this difficult time of
Former Tribune Managing
Editor John Marquis described
Mr Carron as a "true English
gent with a very human touch".
He added: "My wife Joan
and I were deeply shocked to
hear of Roger's passing. We
always regarded him as the very
nicest kind of English gentle-
man, a person with a real con-
cern for his fellow humans who
never lost his twinkling sense
of humour and engaging smile.
"During my 10 years as The
Tribune's managing editor, he
and Mrs Carron were extreme-
ly supportive. It was their inde-
pendent and robust approach
to journalism that lured me
back to the Bahamas in the late
1990s, and it was their commit-
ment to freedom of the press
that kept me there for so long.
"The Bahamas owes Roger a
great debt because the won-

derful relationship he shared
with Mrs Carron was undoubt-
edly a major factor in keeping
The Tribune on track during
the very difficult times they had
to face during the 1970s and
Dr Keva Bethel, president
Emeritus of the College of the
Bahamas, said: "He was such a
fine, upright, congenial man,
one whose friendship I trea-
sured. He will be a sore loss not
only to The Tribune and the
Bahamian media in general, but
to our whole community. I
extend best wishes and special
condolences to all The Tribune
family whose pain must be par-
ticularly acute at this sad time."
Minister of State for Social
Services Loretta Butler-Turn-
er said: "On behalf of my fam-
ily and I, and the residents of
the Montagu Constituency, I
wish to extend our heart-felt
sympathy to the family of
Rodger Carron. At this most
difficult time we prayerfully
remember and support his
devoted wife and partner, Mrs
Eileen Carron and beloved son
Robert Carron.
"We also remember his
extended family members and
professional family at The Tri-
bune group of companies. May
God's Blessings lovingly sus-
tain and uplift you at this time.
May his soul and the souls of
the faithfully departed rest in
Jack Thompson, Director of
Immigration, said: "I would like
to extend sincerest sympathy
to Mrs Carron and to the fami-
ly at The Tribune on the passing
of Mr Carron. Please be
assured of our prayers."
Branville McCartney, Minis-
ter of State for Immigration,
said: "I would like to wish sin-
cere condolences to Mrs Carron
and her family on the passing of
Mr Roger Carron. Our prayers
are with her and the family."




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Public praise for Tribune over Preston Ferguson coverage

MEMBERS of the public
have been effusive in their
praise of The Tribune and the
family of Preston Ferguson
following the announcement
that the police investigation
into his death has been
Mr Ferguson's body was
found in his work vehicle on a
lonely stretch of road on
Great Exuma about two

months ago. The police ini-
tially deemed the death an
accident, however the family
and The Tribune have cam-
paigned strongly for the mat-
ter to be revisited, as the evi-
dence could point to foul play.
Following the announce-
ment last week that a team of
homicide investigators had
been dispatched to the island,
readers of

hailed the persistence of Pre-
ston's relatives and the efforts
of this newspaper.
D Collie said: "Has there
EVER been this level of
investigative journalism in this
country? I am proud of what
has been done in this matter
and hope that the elected offi-
cials take note. This family
was just one of many and they
stuck to their guns and didn't

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just roll over to the usual
empty double talk of minis-
ters and police spokespersons.
. . Good Job Tribune
reporters and Ferguson Fam-
ily. Next up, the family of
Brenton Smith need closure!"
Gail H said: "This is living
proof that the fourth estate
still holds some kind of weight
in the country. Thank you Tri-
bune and continue to use your
powers for good."
Gretchen added: "Con-
grats to the investigative
reporters at The Tribune; I
know the family must be very
relieved to have their quest
for justice documented in the
print media. A job well done.
Thank God for the Tribune
"Jetta" said: "The Tribune
staff needs to be commend-
ed for bringing this and other
important issues to the fore-
front so that people can get
justice in this country."
"Bush Lawyer added: "Yes,
I too would like to thank The
Tribune for good coverage of
local events. So many articles
are reported once, are incon-
clusive, and you never hear
about it again. We need to
stop hiding behind this small
town syndrome, and getting
in bed with wrongdoers."
According to "Joe Blow",
"It's about time. At least now
Preston's family knows they

have real police on the case,
so they should be able to feel
comfortable with whatever
the outcome.

"Good for them for forcing
the issue and good for The
Tribune for taking up the sto-
ry and not letting go."

FROM page one

reportedly gave chase and shots were heard in the area of the
Tom "The Bird" Grant recreational Complex. Johnson
received gunshot wounds about the body and was pro-
nounced dead at the scene.
Forbes of Graham Drive, Yellow Elder Gardens, was
represented by attorney Tai Pinder during his arraignment
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez in Court
One, Bank Lane, yester- S M MA A
day. He was not required
to enter a plea tand the
case was adjourned to
November 2 in Court 5,
Bank Lane.
Forbes along with Ricar-
do L Knowles, 21, of Butler
Street, Nassau Village, is
charged with the August
14 murder of Shawn
Kareem Stubbs. Stubbs, 23
was found dead through
Sea Breeze Lane around
3am on August 14 with a
gunshot wound to the
head. Forbes and Knowles
were not required to enter
a plea to the murder charge
and the case was adjourned
to November 2 in Court 5, Bank Lane.
Knowles is also charged with armed robbery, stealing,
receiving and burglary. It is alleged that Knowles between
August 2 and 3, broke into the home of Dwayne Curtis. It is
alleged that he stole a $670, stainless steel Rolex watch, a
$200 silver hand chain, a $1,300 flat screen television, a
$1000 HP computer, $300 cash, a $50 Samsung digital cam-
era and a set of keys for a 1994 vehicle.
It is also alleged that Knowles robbed Curtis of a set of
keys for a Ford Fiesta, registered to the Department of
Environmental Health. Knowles is also accused of stealing
the vehicle, as well as a 2000 Nissan Sentra and a 1994
Audi. Knowles pleaded not guilty to the charges and those
cases were also adjourned to November 2, in Court Number
5 Bank Lane.
Attorney Pinder told the court she had been informed by
her client that while in custody at the Central Detective
Unit, he was beaten in the back and told he would be "dealt
with" once remanded to Her Majesty's Prison as murder vic-
tim Jeffrey Johnson-Rolle is the nephew of the prison's
Deputy Superintendent Charles Rolle.
Knowles also told the court he needed medical atten-
tion, claiming he to had been beaten by police and had lost
hearing in one of his ears. Chief Magistrate Gomez ordered
that he receive medical treatment. Both men were remand-
ed to Her Majesty's Prison.
A rowdy crowd assembled on Bank Lane yesterday,
shouting at the police officers as they jostled with the
accused while escorting them back to the Central Police


union boss in

$90K cash row

FROM page one

but carrying out the wrong
And Mr Laroda said the
punishment does not fit the
He told the press: "The
allegations are misleading
and disingenuous because
every executive officer
knows the suspension wasn't
because of misappropriation
of funds.
"Ms Wilson was travelling
the next day, the bills had
to be paid and she wanted to
pay them before she left.
"Also the trip to Grenada
had to be funded and she
needed cash to pay for the
rooms and other expenses.
"There are times when
you have to make decisions
on your feet. I give her the
benefit of the doubt."
The union treasurer
explained how two $30,000
payments which should have
been transferred from the
consolidated account to the
pension fund were not, and
payments were made with-
out consultation with the
She said $43,284 was used
to make up for a shortfall in
insurance payments and has
evidence in a letter from Ms
Wilson to the credit union.
A $10,000 cheque was
made payable to secretary
general Stephen McPhee to
cover expenses on the trip
to Grenada on July 23, and
another $1,500 cheque was
written to Fr Campbell to
cover the cost of office oper-
ations in Ms Wilson's
Ms Armbrister said a fur-
ther $2,395 was paid to the
Bahamas Telecommunica-

tions Corporation (BTC),
$3,632 to the Water and
Sewerage Corporation
(WSC) and $2,451 to the
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC).
Another $1,000 was tak-
en out by Ms Wilson to put
on the Impress account for
petty cash, adding to a total
of $64,232.
Ms Wilson said: "I wish to
state unequivically there is
no truth in the misappropri-
ation of funds on my part.
"Our Union's Constitu-
tion has a mechanism that
allows us to resolve matters
"It is sad that persons
found it necessary to bring
this matter to the media. I
do not intend to resolve the
matter via the media but I
do intend to exhaust all
avenues available to me to
defend my good name and
restore the confidence in this
great union."
Government High School
teacher Pearl Baker said it
was a bad time to lose the
president of the 4,000 mem-
ber union as hundreds could
be facing pay cuts next week
after taking industrial action
over inadequate teaching
conditions in government
She said: "I am very dis-
appointed because teachers
should have been informed
before the press was
informed of any allegations
involving the elected presi-
"Her suspension comes in
as some of my colleagues
will be cut so who will be
standing up for them? This
makes the union look bad
with a lot of false allega-
tions. I smell conspiracy
written all over this."


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PM wants better

revenue collection

from Family Island


TORS must do a better job at collecting
government revenue, Prime Minister .
Hubert Ingraham said.
"Administrators are just not expected
to sit in the office all day dressed in suit
and tie and wait for somebody to come
and see 'the chief'," he said. "They are to
be very knowledgeable about what is hap-
pening in their communities."
During the annual conference for Fam-
ily Island Administrators at the British
Colonial Hilton, which ended on Friday,
Mr Ingraham told administrators to investigate any
suggestion that the government may not be receiv-
ing revenue due to it.
Second home owners on certain islands rent out
their homes but are not paying taxes from the
income generated, Mr Ingraham said.
"We are willing to treat their property as a private
dwelling home for the purposes of real property
tax, which means they will be able to benefit from the
exemption of the first $250,000 of value, like every-
body else," he said.
"They will pay the real property tax on the
remainder and they will charge their guests who are
paying them, the percentum for the daily rate that
they are occupying the places, and remit that to the
Treasury or to the Administrator's Office on a
monthly basis."
Mr Ingraham insisted that there must be ways to
improve the delivery of services while increasing
the intake of revenue.
He noted that the government is supposed to col-

lect a royalty for every load of sand taken
* from the Bahamian seabed, "but that is
not happening. It is all stipulated in the
law. We can go down a list across the
board, agency after agency, to discover
how we are falling down in the adminis-
:' tration of the revenue collection in the
Family Islands."
The government requires "greater
"* accountability" from administrators with
respect to the expenditure of public funds,
Mr Ingraham said.
"Our aim and our goal has always been
that we will seek to benchmark the expenditure by
Local Government in districts against the revenue
collected from that district and top off those dis-
tricts that for their own economic circumstance are
unable to produce an adequate sum of money to
fund adequately a Local Government. We expect
that soon we will be able to benchmark the amount
of remittance to a district based upon the amount
that is collected from certain taxes in the district."
Elected local authorities would then "have to be
more vigilant in helping to identify and collect the
$100 a year for every dock that is in the district, to
collect from the marinas for all of the boats they have
tied up, collect business licence fees and other fees,"
he said. Administrators should also publically explain
why they cannot approve certain requests and should
not try to evade meeting with members of the pub-
lic, Mr Ingraham added. "You ought not to turn
people around by telling them come back tomorrow.
Determine it now. If you cannot do it, find out who
can do it and get them the answer."

PLP leadership candidates

campaign in Grand Bahama

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT- Five of the can-
didates vying for leadership posi-
tions within the Progressive Lib-
eral Party have taken their cam-
paigns to Grand Bahama.
Dr Bernard Nottage, Kendrick
Dorsett, and attorneys Paul Moss,
Philip "Brave" Davis and Jerome
Fitzgerald addressed PLP sup-
porters in Freeport at an open
forum at Mary Star of the Sea
auditorium on Friday.
West End MP Obie Wilch-
combe, who is vying for deputy
leader of the PLP, did not attend.
The candidates shared their
ideas and vision of moving the
party forward into the next gen-
eral elections.
The crowd favourite of the
evening was Dr Nottage. The
auditorium erupted with applause
as the candidate for leader of the
PLP was introduced to the stage.
Dr Nottage urged PLPs not to
be afraid of change. He noted that
the party has an "image problem"
that prevents people from sup-
porting it.
"The party is in crisis of confi-
dence in Grand Bahama, and
when I went to South Eleuthera
the people there said they have
not seen any of the party officers
in a year or two, and that was the
same story I heard in Andros.
"We have a wonderful par-
ty...but to date.. .people don't see
the party making enough inter-
vention on their behalf," he said.

He claims that Bahamians are
being victimized and sent home
under the FNM government. He
also noted that the economy of
Grand Bahama is in crisis.
Dr Nottage stressed that it is
important that the party is able
to win the support of those young
people who do not belong to any
"The time has come for a
change in our party and in our
country. Our party does not
belong to any one person. It
belongs to all of us. You must not
worry about personalities when
you go to vote, you must remem-
ber to think about your children
and what is in the best interest of
the party."
Dr Nottage believes that his
brief departure from the party is
not an issue for PLPs.
He explained that many before
him had left, including party
leader Perry Christie who also
returned to the party.
Attorney Paul Moss, who is
also vying for leader of the PLP,
believes that he is capable of lead-
ing the party. During his address,
he expressed concerns about the
state of Grand Bahama, and
blamed the Grand Bahama Port
Authority for the current eco-
nomic woes in Freeport.
Mr Moss was also concerned
that foreigners were being
favoured over Bahamians, partic-
ularly as it relates to the granting
of crown land.
"There are 2.7 million acres of
crown land in the country and
each of the 300,000 Bahamians

should be given some crown
land," he said.
As Mr Moss was speaking, a
small group of unruly Perry
Christie supporters left the audi-
torium chanting "Perry, Perry"
on the outside.
Senator Fitzgerald told sup-
porters that he is ready for lead-
ership within the party.
Mr Philip "Brave" Davis, the
candidate for deputy leader, said
that there is a need for moderniz-
ing the party's internal structure.
He intends to formulate and
standardize general election pro-
cedures and make the national
headquarters a fully operational
command centre.
A small booklet entitled, 'Be
Brave Change the Bahamas,' fur-
ther outlining his vision for the
party, was distributed among the
audience. Mr Davis, who is
endorsed by deputy leader Cyn-
thia Pratt, said he will support the
participation of more women and
young people in the party.
Kendred Dorsett, the candi-
date vying for national chairman
of the PLP, believes that the
Council needs a full-time chair-
man in New Providence.
If elected, he intends to
become a full time chairman at
the Sir Lynden B Centre.
Mr Dorsett also intends to trav-
el to Grand Bahama once a
month to ensure the effectiveness
of the council on the island.
"We must revitalize the coun-
cil in Grand Bahama, we must
restore the people's confidence in
the PLP," he said


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sailors find

the going

Tribune Sports Reporter
After the opening day of
competition in the 2009
World Sunfish Champi-
onships, Bahamian com-
petitors find themselves with
much ground to make up to
claim pole positions near the
leader board by the end of
the week.
With the release of the
preliminminary results yester-
day afternoon, Bahamians
found themselves in less
than favorable positions ear-
ly on.
Charles Kelly recorded
the best finish of any of the
15 Bahamian sailors in the
field in 18th position with a
net score of 38, a result of
an 18th place finish in race
one and 20th in race two.
Former three time Sun-
fish World Champion, Don-
ald Martinbourough closely
trailed Kelly in both races
as he finished 19th overall,
with a 19th place finish in
race one and 21st place fin-
ish in race two, a net score of
Paul-Jon Patin of the
United States leads the field
with a net score of three, a
first place in race one fol-
lowed by second in race two.
Marx Chirinos of
Venezuela is in second with
five points, while the win-
ner of race two, Art Van
Aanholt of Curacao is third
with six.
Other Bahaminas in the
field included George Dami-
anos in 27th place, Andrew
Wilhoyte in 28th place, Jef-
ferey Gale in 32nd place,
Christopher Sands in 35th
place, Peter Bruce Wassitsch
in 37th place, Gavin McK-
inney in 39th place, Jimmy
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T was a like a David
vs Goliath match-up
as the defending
champions St. Bede's
Crushers crushed the Xavier's
Giants 44-5 to start the 21st
annual Catholic Diocesan Pri-
mary School Basketball
No, it wasn't a typographic
error. The Crushers just sim-
ply took advantage of their
home court yesterday to
demolish the Giants by 39
In fact, St. Bede's had post-
ed an impressive 39-0 lead
through the first three and a
half quarters of the game
before Xavier's finally got on
the scoreboard.
Donnie Culmer, one of the
Crushers' coach, said they
wanted to make a strong
statement with all of the
teams in the league on hand
for the opening ceremonies
that was held prior to the start
of the game.
"We didn't look like how
we practiced, but all in all, it
was the first game," Culmer
stressed. "But the fifth game,
we will get it together and
play like the true champions
that we are."
Despite the score, the
Crushers got off to a slow
start, but by the time Kyle
'Flash' Turnquest, considered
to be the best player in the
league, got into the game, it
was all over.
Although he didn't play in
the first quarter, Turnquest
was still able to rack up a
game high 20 points, leaving
Giants' coach Nelson 'Man-

della' Joseph in awe. "They
look good. They impress me,"
said Joseph, who himself is
listed as one of the top nation-
al team players in the country.
"To see one of their players at
the primary school level, vow.
It gives you chills."
Joseph, however, admitted
that his young Giants ran up
against a seasoned Crushers
team and it showed in the
"That's no excuse, but
some of them had some first
game jitters," he pointed out.
"Hopefully by the next game,
they will be able to do bet-
Judging from the blowout,
Joseph said there's a lot of
work in just about every facet
of the game that his Giants
will have to work on before
they play their next game on
Wednesday, October 28 at
home against the St. Thomas
More Shockers.
"We have a lot of things to
work on," he said. "Lay ups,
free throws, defense. We have
a lot of things to work on."
Even though they were
blown out from start to fin-
ish, Joseph said they did get
some confidence late in the
fourth quarter when they
avoided being totally shut out.
"I was telling them at in the
fourth quarter, we needed to
score, get at least two points
on the scoreboard," he said.
"It was good for their confi-
"So it was good for some
of the guys who played for
the first time. Hopefully the
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FROM page ten
next game they will be able
to rebound from this loss."
While coaches Culmer and
Ricardo Freemantle sat out
both Turnquest and their
rebounding intimidator Gre-
gory Cooper in the first quar-
ter, St. Bede's still managed to
open a slim 5-0 lead.
It was Donald Cash who
scored the first point for the
season on a free throw and
Christopher Oliver and Malik
Jones got back-to-back bas-
kets. Once Turnquest got into
the game, he went right on
the scoring rampage, putting
up all seven points for St.
Bede's in the quarter as they
extended their lead to 12-0 at
the half.
Having established his pres-
ence, Turnquest and the rest
of his team-mates came out
of the break and turned up
the heat in the third quarter.
When it wasn't Turnquest,
who converted six of his 10
shots from the free throw line,
St. Bede's got another six in
total from Adrian Mackey,
five from Christopher Oliver
and four apiece from Malik
Jones and Gregory Cooper.
That was when the Crush-
ers' coaching staff went fur-
ther into their bench and
brought in the first set of
reserves, which enabled the
Giants to finally score.
Tahj Moss was the first to
score, cutting the deficit to 39-
2 and Rashad Gibson added
another basket, while Eugene
Higgs chipped in with a free
"The team started out a bit
nervous at first, but once they
got into the groove, they start-
ed playing as a team," coach
Freemantle stated.
"But this team has been
training hard, so it was good
for us as we totally dominated
the game. We're champions
and we want to play as cham-
pions and repeat as champi-
ons this year."
Coach Culmer said this was
just an indication of what the
rest of the teams in the league
can expect. "We're looking to
beat everybody," he project-
ed. "We don't plan to lose any
game this year. This is my
final year, so I want to go out
with a bang."
The league opened with a
bang as Bahamas Basketball
Federation president
Lawrence Hepburn brought
the official remarks, praising
the Catholic schools for hav-
ing the sporting curriculum in
all schools.
As for the players, Hep-
burn advised them not to be
selfish when they score and
they don't score. He encour-
aged them to get back and
play defense.
And he also informed them
not to allow basketball to be
the focal point of their lives,
but rather make sure that
they do their necessary school
work to better prepare them
for the future.

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Minister expresses condolences

over death of Mr Roger Carron

Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture, Desmond Bannis-
ter, expresses heartfelt condo-
lences to the wife and family of
Mr. Roger Carron who passed
away in Florida.
Mr. Carron was keenly inter-
ested in sports - particularly
golf and tennis and, even
though he may not have played
competitively he ensured that
there was fair and balanced
reporting particularly in his
role as News Editor at The Tri-
In this regard the public at "
large, but particularly the
sporting community became
the beneficiary of many reports
that were factual and informa-
The Minister has taken note
of the fact that Mr. Carron dis-
tinguished himself over the
years as a gentleman and a
journalist of the highest order
setting a standard in journalism
that reflected the true worth of
the man.
To all family members and
friends- I pray that the love of
Almighty God will protect and
sustain you as you go through
this very difficult period.




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Top Bahamian eighth as Ecuador's

Martinetti continues his domination

Ecuador's Johnathan Martinetti con-
tinued his domination of the Sunfish sail-
ing world Saturday, winning the 2009
International Junior Sunfish Champi-
onships in Nassau.
The 17 year old has had an impressive
streak this year, already winning the 2009
Sunfish North American Championship
and the Laser 4.7 Worlds held in B/Jzios,
Brazil. Martinetti beat out 24 other top
junior sailors representing 10 countries,
placing first in four of the six regattas.
"Sailing here was kind of different
because the wind was shifting, but the
regattas were very, very competitive,"
he said. Puerto Rico's Fernando Monllor
placed second and Phillipine Van Aan-
holt finished with third place honours
and was also the top placing female com-


Regatta Chairman Paul Hutton is
pleased with the level of competition and
the way the event played out.
"These are very talented young men
and women that we've had competing
here over the last few days," he said,
"We had two days of good racing with
enough wind on the course, especially
considering these were juniors and not
Six Bahamian juniors competed in the
championships. Christopher Sands, who
won Junior Nationals this summer, was
the top Bahamian with an 8th place fin-
"It was a lot of work, but it felt really
good. The foreign guys are really good
sailors with a lot of experience, so this
was a different level of competition,"
said Sands. Sunday night was the opening
ceremony for the 2009 Sunfish World
Championships and 72 of the world's top
sailors will line up Monday morning at
10am for the start of a week of what's
expected to be intense top level sailing.

THE TOP JUNIOR SAILORS of 2009 with their uniquely designed trophies. From left: Paul
Hutton, Regatta Chairman; 1st place, Jonathan Martinetti, Ecuador; 4th place, Jose Gutier-
rez, Venezuela; Youngest competitor, Olivia Gugliemini, USA; 2nd place, Fernando Monllor,
Puerto Rico; 5th place, Mathieu de By, Holland; 3rd place and top female, Phillipine Van
Aanholt, Curacao; Brent Burrows, Nassau Yacht Club Commodore; Andres Santana, Inter-
national Sunfish Class Association President.

ECUADOR'S JONATHAN MARTINETTI waves his country's flag as he receives his trophies
for winning the 2009 International Junior Sunfish Championships. Pictured from left: Mar-
tinetti; Llewellyn Burrows, Managing Director Fun Foods Wholesale, distributors of Nestle
Ice Cream; Paul Hutton, Regatta Chairman.

PHOTO: Robert Dunkley

THE START of the first race in the 2009 World Sunfish Championships.

FROM page ten
Lowe in 44th place, Ted 0' Brien,
45th, Michael Holowesko, 58th,
Dwayne Wallas, 59th, Lori Lowe,
60th, BJ Burrows, 63rd, and Donico
Brown rounds out the contingent in
64th place. The Bahamas loos to con-

tinue a rich tradition in the Sunfish
Class which has netted five World
Championships since the event's
Pierre Siegenthalter took the title in
1973 and and 1977, while Martin-
borogh won the event in 1983, 1985,

and 1988. The Sunfish World Cham-
pionships were last held in the
Bahamas in 1995 in Abaco, when
David Loring of the United States
took top honors.
The First Warning Signal to begin
today's action will sound at 10am.

THE New Providence Volleyball
Association continued its regular sea-
son on Sunday at the DW Davis Gym-
nasium with teams trying to close out
the first half in playoff contention.
On Friday, Anastasia Sands-Moultrie
and Kelsie Johnson led the Johnson's
Lady Truckers in three sets over the
Lady Hornets.
In men's action, the Technicians also
defeated the Champions Club in three
sets. Jamaal Knowles and Adalbert
Ingraham led the Technicians in the
win whilst Muller Petit led the Cham-
pionship Club.
Sunday night action saw the Lady
Hornets come from behind to defeat
the Lady Techs in five sets 21-25, 18-25,
25-19, 25-21 and 15-10. Simona Kerr
let the Hornets with nine points and
Sharon Whylly was the leading scorer
for the Lady Techs with 13 points.
In the men's action, DaBasement
defeated the Saints 25-15, 25-15 and
25-15. Cashmir Wood led all scorers
with 17 points in the win.
Matthew Wert led the Saints with
five points.

The last game was a battle of the
two undefeated teams and what an
intense game it was.
However, in the end, the defending
champions, Scotiabank Defenders
would improve their record to 4-0 by
defeating the youthful National Fence
Intruders 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-25 and
Shedrick Forbes led the Defenders
with 18 kills and two blocks, Prince
Wilson led the Intruders in a losing
effort with 19 kills and four aces.

THE College of the Bahamas wom-
en's volleyball wrapped up its inter-
collegiate play this weekend in Florida.
In their first game on Friday night,
the Lady Caribs lost in three straight
sets to St. Thomas University.
They played a much better game on
Saturday winning the first set. How-
ever, they came up short in four sets to
Florida Memorial University.
The Lady Caribs will now shift their
attention to play in the New Provi-
dence Volleyball Association with its
next game scheduled for Wednesday at

7:30 pm at the D W Davis Gymnasium
against the Lady Truckers and then
again on Sunday at 3:30 pm against
Scottsdale Vixens.
Meanwhile, the Caribs men's vol-
leyball team will also play on Sunday at
5:30 p.m. against the Crimestoppers.

THE Gymnastics Federation of the
Bahamas is inviting all interested gym-
nastics, dancers and cheerleaders to
attend a meeting on Wednesday at 6
pm at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
Federation members as well as non-
members are welcome to attend this
informative session.
Topics of discussion will include:
- The role of the Federation in pro-
moting and supporting gymnastics in
the Bahamas.
- Past accomplishments and future
- Information from the Bahamas
Olympic Committee and the FIG per-
taining to developing the sport and
assistance available.
- Application and requirements for
GFB members.


Owen braced for


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AP Soccer Writer

M ichael Owen knows how tough it is trying to
convince England coach Fabio Capello he's
good enough for the World Cup, especially as it might
well be in vain.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle
striker has fought back from persistent hamstring injuries,
a knee operation and a foot fracture and emerged still try-
ing to sound positive.
Now comes possibly the most difficult task of all.
Once the favourite of the Liverpool fans, Owen now
has to face them at Anfield wearing a Manchester Unit-
ed shirt.
When it comes to soccer, the followers of the two most
successful clubs in English league history hate each oth-
er. Few players wind up playing for both clubs and,
although Owen has taken a round trip via Madrid and
Newcastle, the Liverpool fans are likely to forget all the
great goals he scored for their team when they see him
wearing United's colours.
"I would prefer people to sit down and recognize what
you did for them and for the team in years gone past,"
Owen said. "But I am pretty realistic as well and now that
I am playing for their arch rivals... I am not holding my
breath, put it that way."
Owen hopes the Liverpool fans will acknowledge he is
a professional player earning a living.
After disappointing spells at Madrid and Newcastle, he
badly needs a break to get back to the top of English soc-
cer and recapture his England place. With Liverpool
seemingly not interested in taking him back, he had to go
to a club capable of winning titles.
Manchester United appeared to be the ideal choice
although not in the eyes of the Liverpool fans.
"People talk about loyalty in football. It is easy for a
football supporter to preach about that," Owen said.
"As a father, brother and son, there is no one more loy-
al than me. But when you are a player, you are not a fan.
I have got to earn a living, provide for my family. It is a
job opportunity, just like anyone else's work."
Owen has faced Liverpool before. As a Newcastle
player last season, he played in both Premier League
games that his former club won, 5-1 and 3-0.
But this is different. And if Wayne Rooney fails to
recover from injury, there is a good chance Owen will
start or at least be on the bench at Anfield.

The thought doesn't appear to worry him. Neither, it
seems, do his so far fruitless efforts to get Capello to
select him for England.
The Italian coach has guided England impressively to
the 2010 World Cup with nine wins in 10 qualifying
matches without any help from Owen, a veteran of three
such championships and with 40 goals in 89 games for his
country. Capello persistently says "the door is still open"
when the subject is raised of Owen's inclusion in the
England squad although that doesn't sound like much
encouragement for the 29-year-old striker.
The player's argument is that he won't let Capello
down and he has plenty of experience of World Cups,
whereas younger players might freeze on the big occasion.
"Everyone knows if I play then I am likely to score
every other game," he said. "Playing in a World Cup
wouldn't bother me. In fact, I would raise my game, as
happened before in big games. Naturally I would like to
be in the squad, but the last thing I want to be is cam-
With Sunday's game looming, Owen has plenty to
think about as the Man United stars make the long jour-
ney to and from their Champions League group game
against CSKA Moscow in Russia.
Owen, who is in the horse business as a stable owner,
can check the racing papers for the odds on his thor-
oughbreds. He might also note that that the bookmakers
rate him a 9-4 shot to play at the World Cup but 1-3
that he won't. If that doesn't worry him, there's always the
thought of facing those Liverpool fans.

Dempsey returns as

Fulham beat Hull 2-0
American midfielder Clint Dempsey returned from a
sprained right shoulder as Fulham beat Hull 2-0 Monday
night to climb four places to 12th in the Premier League,
according to Associated Press.
Dempsey was hurt Oct. 4 while playing against West
Ham and missed the United States' World Cup qualifiers
against Honduras and Costa Rica. He shot wide and head-
ed off target against Hull.

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore entered as a 69th-minute sub-
stitute, his first appearance for Hull since Sept. 26.
Bobby Zamora scored the first goal in the 43rd minute on
a header after goalkeeper Boaz Myhill's blocked Damien
Duff's shot. Diomansy Kamara added the second goal in the
64th minute when he turned home Zamora's cross after a
Fulham breakaway. Fulham improved to 3-4-1. Hull is 18th
in the 20-team league at 2-6-1.
Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard, a former Fulham star,
returned to action after being sidelined for nine months
following knee surgery.



New Providence Volleyball Association: teams

try to close out first half in playoff contention

I Bahamians find the uoino louoh -1






FROM page one

The two are accused of con-
spiring to extort and attempting
to extort $25 million from
American actor John Travolta.
Bridgewater is also charged
with abetment to extortion.
Mr Turner told the jury there
was a threat made regarding
the refusal of treatment form
and that demands were also
made and communicated to Mr
Travolta, although indirectly.
"A threat is a threat, he
(Lightbourne) wanted to give
Mr Travolta the first option to
buy the document," Mr Turner
"We say that from the evi-
dence there was an agreement
between the two defendants to
extort money from Mr Travol-
ta," he told the jury, and added
that the agreement in itself was
an offence.
"The threat was not suc-
cessful because no money
changed hands but it was not
for a lack of trying," he said.
Mr Turner challenged Ms
Bridgewater's assertion that she
had been acting in her profes-
sional capacity as an attorney.
Mr Turner highlighted rule
three of the Bahamas Bar
Association's professional code
of conduct, which stated that
an attorney must be candid and
honest in advising his or her
client and must never assist in
any dishonesty, fraud or crime.
Mr Turner told the jury
that Bridgewater knew that
what she was doing was wrong.
Mr Tuner also attacked the

John Travolta case

FORMER PLP Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater leaves court yesterday.
defence's claim that Bridgewa-
ter and Lightbourne had been
set up. Mr Tuner told the jury
that what Bridgewater and
Lightbourne said during the
recorded meetings in attorney
Michael McDermott's hotel
room, had been stated by them
"Nobody is being set up.
They weren't being encouraged
to do something they hadn't
already done," he said.
Mr Turner also noted that
Lightbourne claimed there had
been an attempt to cover-up
the circumstances surrounding
Jett Travolta's death but point-
ed out that there was no evi-

dence to suggest that there was
any cover-up and that the issue
was never raised during the
cross-examination of any of the
witnesses. Mr Turner told the
jury that in his unsworn state-
ment, Lightbourne had
besmirched the names of sev-
eral individuals. He also noted
that PLP Senator and attorney
Allyson Maynard-Gibson had
done the right thing by assisting
police but had been vilified in
the trial.
"She did the right thing,
only to be vilified, for what" he
"All I ask you to do, hav-
ing considered the evidence in
this case and the law with
respect to it, to return with a
verdict and be able to say I
have done justice between man
and man," Mr Turner said.
"We are not doing this
because of who the victim is,
we enforce our laws for our-
selves," Mr Turner told the
Attorney Murrio Ducille
who represents Bridgewater,
began his closing address yes-
terday afternoon, telling the
jury that they needed to be
"This case is not dealing
with politics, FNM and PLP,
we are dealing with two
Bahamians on trial for serious
offences," he said.
"This case is all about dis-
traction. An incident took place
in Grand Bahama on January 2
from which people from the

media were pounding on Mr
Lightbourne and Mr McDer-
mott came here to shift focus,"
he said.
Mr Ducille said there had

been no threat, nor conspiracy
and called the abettment charge
against Bridgewater "non-
The case resumes today

before Senior Justice Anita
Allen. Mr Ducille is expecting
to continue is closing address
followed by Lightbourne's
attorney Carlson Shurland.

FROM page one

illegally "normally" are employed in the con-
struction field, or working in areas where Bahami-
ans wouldn't want to work.
"So we find them gravitating towards those
types of jobs. There are others who we have found
who have been arrested and deported for 'other
reasons'. Some of them have returned and have
been refused entry into the Bahamas," he said.
Human trafficking has often been referred to as
the modern day form of slavery and is currently
the fastest growing area of international criminal
activity. It involves the exploitation of people
through force, deception, debt bondage, and the
deprivation of a person's liberty or freedom.
According to Mr Bowe, of the 89 persons at
the Detention Centre, there are 37 Haitians, 11
Jamaicans, 31 Chinese, three Cubans, five Turkish
residents, one Guyanian, and one Nigerian. Of
this total, there were 61 males, 21 females, and sev-
en children.
When speaking to the press yesterday on this
issue of trafficking, Mr Bowe said these individu-
als are often smuggled over great distances to the
Bahamas or on to some other destination where
they will be put to use in some form or fashion.
With many of these persons being caught or
intercepted in the Bahamas, Mr Bowe said they
are unable to put a financial figure on the price
paid for each migrant who is being smuggled from
one country to the next.

Detention Centre
"I really can't say that they are being bought and
sold. I can tell you that persons we have come
across have paid monies to be transported - what
the sums are we really can't say because right
now our investigations are continuing so it is hard
to come up with a figure.
"During the investigations normally people
would say where they would have originally come
from and that they would have paid persons. Many
times there are persons who are involved in the
scheme of things, they are unable to identify them
because a lot of it is done in the dark. They don't
get names, or nationalities, and sometimes it is
very difficult when they move at night to say where
they were and how long they have been there."
Most of these persons who have been smug-
gled, Mr Bowe said have been captured in Grand
Bahama, Abaco, New Providence, and even in
the Biminies.
"Some are found in bushes, some are found in
homes, some are found in vehicles moving along,
and others are found at sea," he said.
The Department of Immigration is working in
concert with US officials as well as the Royal
Bahamas Police and Defence Forces to combat
this global problem. In 2005, a US report revealed
that nearly one million persons are estimated to be
trafficked globally per year, with nearly 20,000 of
them destined for the United States.

FROM page one Amos Ferguson

many cultural strangers.
Described earlier this year by
the New York Times as "the
Picasso of Nassau", Mr Fergu-
son's life was littered with inter-
national acclaim contrasted by
seemingly resolute local obscu-
Mr Ferguson, though drawn
to painting all his life, worked
first as a house painter and said
he didn't take his talent serious-
ly until his nephew told him
about a dream he had.
"Uncle Amos, I dreamed that
the Lord came out of the sea
with a painting in his hands and
He say He give you a talent but
you don't use it."
Mr Ferguson was a devout
christian and many believe that it
was his infallible faith that lent
him the courage and vision to
fully explore and develop his
unique and distinctive style.
Jackson Burnside reflected on
his personal involvement with
the artist, having witnessed his
evolution from cardboard paint-
ings to international exhibitions.
"I first new him as a person
who painted houses, he painted
our mother's kitchen," said Mr
"Eventually we got to see his
work as he painted on whatever
materials he could paint on.
When his wife Bea began to take
his work to the market he rec-
ognized that he had a product
that was marketable and would
sell. He was trained by God as
he would say, he was fearless
and couragous and had a
tremendous sense of self esteem.
Without a doubt Amos was the
most prolific Bahamian artist of
the 20th century. What he
accomplished was tremendous."
Broadly categorised as "out-
sider art" or "art brut" (raw art),
Mr Ferguson's work embodied a
sense of cultural freedom, devoid
of competition or social promo-
tion. Working from his home on
Exuma Street, renamed Amos
Ferguson Street in his honour in
2005, Mr Ferguson was a reno-
knowned intuitive artist and sto-
ryteller that painted "by faith
and not by sight", often turning
to the bible for inspiration - as
he would tell those curious to
his methodology.
Antonius Roberts said: "I
knew Amos Ferguson to be one
of the most significant artists the
bahamas has ever seen we have
certiantly lost a national trea-

sure but the art world at large,
globally, has lost one of the most
significant outsider or primitive
artist, ever.
"He has been celebrated
appreciated for quite some time
well over a decade by the
ousider world wider art commu-
nity he has yet to receive the to
be embraced by his own people.
Perhaps this will be an opportu-
nity for us as a people to under-
stand and recognize that we have
lost a national treasure and per-
haps find a way to celebrate his
work and his life."
Amos Ferguson's first solo
exhibition was held at Toogood's
studio in 1972, since then his
international recognition by
esteeemed collectors such as
Wadsworth Atheneum Muse-
"People would call him crazy
and vandalise his work, thus he
became a recluse," Mr Roberts
"He only wanted to be
embraced and celebrated and
appreciated by his people. Even
today, a lot of people would look
at his work and rather than
doing the research they would
simply say 'man the guy paints
like a child, what's the big deal'.
Unfortunately lack of exposure
has done alot of us in the
Bahamas a great disservice and
as a result we miss so many
opportunities to celebrate the
genius among us.
"His work embodies and sym-
bolizes determination, hardwork
and focus. He had a desire and a
dream to be an artist and he
became one of the best story-
tellers that ever lived."
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said: "My colleagues and I
were saddened to learn of the
death this morning of foremost
Bahamian naive artist, Amos
Ferguson. He is perhaps our
country's most successful artist
with works in private collections
and galleries around the world.
"The Bahamas has lost a cul-
tural icon. Mr Ferguson, a tal-
ented house painter, unschooled
in the fine arts, reportedly began
painting pictures following the
encouragement of a nephew
who dreamt of his uncle's hidden
"Religion and a strong faith
heavily influenced Mr Fergu-
son's artwork which all bear his
inimitable signature "Paint by
Mr Amos Ferguson".

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64% rise on

debt service

payments in

seven years

Tribune Business Editor

Answer on whether
taxpayer getting value for
monev 'a resoundingly no ',

THE Government's spend- . . . , ..
ing on its own debt interest says economic think-tank
payments increased by almost
64 per cent in the seven Budget years leading up to the
2008-2009 fiscal period, a Bahamian economic think-tank
said yesterday, adding that the answer as to whether the tax-
payer was getting value for money was "a resounding no".
The Nassau Institute, in its analysis of the Government's
Budget spending for the years between 2002-2003 and 2008-
2009, said that apart from interest payments in its debt (dis-
regarding principal), spending on health and education had
risen by 73.33 per cent and 64.47 per cent respectively.
Pointing out that this increased spending had not pro-
duced any improvement in the nation's national 'D' BGCSE
grade average, Rick Lowe, a Nassau Institute executive,
told Tribune Business: "All the indicators are heading in the
wrong direction.
"When you look at what has been done on education
alone, $1.8 billion or 19 per cent of government spending in
seven years, nothing has improved.
"Some analysis has to be done by government to say are
we getting value for money
and, regrettably, the answer
has got to be a resounding 'no' SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor

A major
credit rat-
ing agency's decision
to downgrade the
Bahamas' B$ bonds
does not "reflect any
fundamental concern
at all about our eco-
nomic situation" and
the Government's abil- LAING
ity to meet its obliga-
tions, a Cabinet minister said last night.
In addition, Zhivargo Laing, minister
of state for finance, told Tribune Business
that the Ingraham administration was
"expecting an extraordinary gain" from
several transactions that it believed
would either eliminate or reduce the $40
million gap between its revenue fore-
casts and current performance.
While not disclosing any of these trans-
actions, Mr Laing said they did not
include the impending privatization of
the Bahamas Telecommunications Com-
pany (BTC).
The minister was replying to Tribune
Business after it contacted him about
Moody's decision to downgrade the
Bahamas' local currency (Bahamian dol-
lar denominated) bonds from the pre-
mium Al rating to A3, aligning this with

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* Government expecting to receive 'extraordinary gain' from several
transactions designed to eliminate or reduce $40m revenue forecast gap
* Top Wall Street rating agency lowers Bahamas' local currency bonds from Al to A3
* Warns Bahamas has suffered 'erosion of main debt metrics', and
it has 'lower' long-term growth projections than peers

the A3 rating the Wall Street agency had
assigned to this nation's foreign currency
The move is partly a result of a change
in Moody's own internal policies, but
also reflects what it termed "the erosion
of the [Bahamas] main debt metrics",
with this nation's debt-to-GDP ratio
anticipated to increase by 15 percentage
points in the three years to 2010.
The Wall Street rating agency added
that the Bahamas' long-term growth pro-
jections were "I !,i, . i ' than that of many
countries it was compared to for rating
Gabriel Torres, a Moody's vice-presi-
dent and sovereign analyst for the
Bahamas, said the rating agency had
eliminated the gap between local and
foreign currency bond ratings for many
countries because "historical evidence
indicates that governments are almost
equally likely to default on either type of
Typically, a country's local currency-
denominated bonds had been rated high-
er than their domestic counterparts, but
Moody's was now assessing whether to

maintain such a gap on a case-by-case
"For the Bahamas, Moody's has con-
cluded that these factors do not warrant
a ratings gap, and therefore we have
aligned the two ratings at A3," Mr Torres
However, the Wall Street agency's
statement then added: "The erosion of
the country's main debt metrics, with
debt-to-GDP projected to reach close to
50 per cent by 2010, from 35 per cent in
2007, further justify the A3 as the appro-
priate level for both bond ratings.
"Long-term growth lower than that of
its rating peers also weighed on the deci-
sion to align the bond ratings at A3. The
Bahamas' two main industries, tourism
and financial services, have been impact-
ed by the world crisis and will find it dif-
ficult to recover strongly in the near
Moody's kept the outlook on all the
Bahamas' sovereign credit ratings as 'sta-
ble', and reaffirmed the Aal country ceil-
ing for foreign currency bonds and A3
SEE page 6B

BEC's Abaco peak load Police probed 29% of suspect financial reports

Tribune Business Editor
SOME 29 per cent of the
Suspicious Transactions
Reports (STRs) it received
during 2008 were passed on
to the Royal Bahamas Police
Force for further investiga-
tion, the Financial Intelligence
Unit's (FIU) 2008 report dis-
closed, involving $6.756 mil-
lion worth of assets.
The FIU, whose report was
recently tabled in Parliament,
said it saw a 3 per cent year-
over-year increase in STR
reports to 129 in 2008, com-
pared to 125 the previous
year. The 2008 reports

involved a total $4.113 billion
in assets.
Out of the 129 STR reports
received in 2008, the FIU said
37 were passed on to the
police, with 38 cases closed
and 54 matters still pending
at year-end.
The pending matters, some
41.86 per cent of STRs sub-
mitted, accounted for some
$4.014 billion or 97.6 per cent
of all assets covered in these
reports. The closed STR
investigations involved some
$91.962 million in assets.
The vast majority of STRs -
some 92.25 per cent - were
received from the Bahamian
banking community, the FIU

said, with 52 coming from the
'domestic/offshore' banking
sector and another 51 from
'offshore banks'. A further 16
came from so-called 'domestic
While the average STR
covered assets with a value of
$31.883 million, the value of
those passed on to the police
for investigation was much
smaller, standing at $182,593.
The average value of closed
reports was $2.42 million, and
that of pending reports was
$74.335 million.
"The Financial Intelligence
Unit did not detect any crim-

SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation's (BEC) pro-
posed Wilson City power
plant "will almost double the
nominal generating capacity"
that it currently has on Aba-
co, the project's Environ-
mental Impact Assessment
(EIA) has disclosed, its peak
load on the island having risen
by 64 per cent in five years.
The EIA by Kalimantan
Environmental Services
(KES), which has been
obtained by Tribune Business,
said that based on current and
future demand trends, BEC
had determined that "expan-
sion of the existing power
generating facilities is consid-
ered necessary to meet the
needs of all consumers in
Abaco", not least the various
development projects ongo-
ing on the island.
Delving briefly into BEC's
history in power generation
on the island, the KES report
said the 2001 extension of its
existing Marsh Harbour pow-
er station and the addition of
two 4.4 megawatt generators
"met the forecasted load
demand" then.
"The expansion of the gen-
erating system was intended
to meet the increased

demand, thereby benefiting
the continuing development
of the island by continued
encouragement of economic
development for projects in
tourism, agriculture and small
industry," the EIA said.
The existing Marsh Har-
bour Power Station now had
an installed capacity of some
25.6 mega watts (MW), the
EIA said, with smaller gen-
erator sets having purchased
to meet peak summer
"The growth in consumer
demand for power in Abaco
over the past few years has
increased," the report added.
"Over the past five years,
BEC's peak load has
increased by some 64 per
cent. This has presented BEC
with challenges, in some
instances requiring additional
generating capacity, as well
as initiating a programme to
replace the older generators
with new ones."
The Wilson City power
plant has been a subject of
much controversy recently,
with BEC and the Govern-
ment coming under fire amid
accusations of lack of trans-
parency and a failure to dis-
close details of the project to
impacted Abaco residents.

SEE page 2B

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Sandals starts Emerald Bay staffing drive

SANDALS will today hold the
first job fair for its newly-acquired
Emerald Bay Resort, having
unveiled plans to open the property's
marina on November 10.
The job fairs will be held at the
Sandals Emerald Bay's conferenc-
ing facilities between 9am-5pm on
the following days:
Tuesday, October 20: All man-
agerial and supervisory positions
Wednesday, October 21: Former
Four Seasons employees only
Thursday, October 22: Line staff
and other positions
All attending candidates will be
interviewed by Sandals group direc-
tors, and those hired will be required
to start work at the end of December
in order to undergo the Sandals
training programme ahead of Janu-

ary's opening.
Sandals Resorts International's
director of operations, Shawn
DaCosta, said: "We're delighted to
announce that we are now in a posi-
tion to invite people to be part of
this exciting project and join our
team. We'll be looking for the very
best candidates that share our phi-
losophy for giving guests more than
they expect, and helping take the
travel industry by storm."
Sandals Emerald Bay is set to
open The Marina at Emerald Bay
on November 10, 2009.
Sandals asked interviewees to
dress appropriately, and bring up-
to-date resumes and any relevant
original documents. Former Four
Seasons employees are asked to
bring identification.

BEC's Abaco peak load up 64 per cent in five years

FROM page 1B

Fred Smith, the Callenders
& Co partner and attorney,
who represents several Abaco
residents, has already issued
several warnings about insti-
gating Judicial Review pro-
ceedings if his clients are not
properly involved in the plan-
ning and permitting process.
The KES report said that
several locations prior to the

selection of Wilson City were
assessed, namely an expan-
sion of the existing Marsh
Harbour power plant facility,
plus the site at Snake Cay.
"Based upon limited space
and the close proximity of a
residential community, the
Marsh Harbour site was sub-
sequently eliminated from
further consideration," the
EIA said. "The selection of
the Snake Cay site had addi-

tional value based upon its
remote location, and the
availability of water borne
access for fuel and materials.
However, based upon eco-
sensitivity and land use con-
cerns, Snake Cay was deemed
unsuitable for BEC."
And, spelling out the con-
sequences for Abaco, its resi-
dents and economy if the Wil-
son City project did not go
ahead, the KES EIA said

non-implementation was "not
considered to be a viable
option" when it came to the
island's sustainable develop-

"The installed capacity at
Marsh Harbour is insufficient
to meet current and near
future demand for power in
Abaco," the EIA said.

"Without additional capac-
ity, the need for load shed-
ding becomes likely in order
to maintain a balance
between demand and genera-
tion capacity. Therefore, the
proposed project is designed
to meet the current and future
needs, providing reliable addi-
tional electricity generation
The KES report warned
that without the Wilson City

power plant, "greater reliance
would be placed upon the use
of small diesel generator sets
for residential, commercial
and industrial purposes.
"Those typically burn pre-
mium fuels such as high-speed
diesel, whilst their energy effi-
ciency and inherent emissions
means that their environ-
mental performance may
compare unfavourably with
larger scale generation."



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Minister addresses

realtors' concerns

ister has moved to address
concerns from Bahamian real-
tors about the impact pro-
posed legislation will have on
the timescale for approving
subdivisions, arguing that the
process "should be speeded
At a recent luncheon meet-
ing, several Bahamas Real
Estate Association (BREA)
members voiced concerns to
Earl Deveaux, minister of the
environment, that the pro-
posed Planning and Subdivi-
sion Act would lengthen an
already protracted and unpre-
dictable timeframe from pro-
posal to final approval - a
deterrent to most potential
However, Dr Deveaux
replied: "Each stage should
be completed in a specified
four-month timeframe so that,
in fact, the whole process
should be speeded up".
BREA's president, William
Wong, urged realtors who had
concerns about the proposed
Planning and Subdivision Act
to "promptly put pen to paper
and make submissions to the
Earlier, Dr Deveaux said
of the proposed legislation:
"This act will replace three
acts which have been in place
for over 40 years - The Pri-
vate Roads and Subdivision
Act, The Town Planning Act
and the Town Planning (Out
Island) Act. Copies of the
proposed act have been wide-
ly circulated and it is still not
too late for changes to be
Dr Deveaux also reiterat-
ed the Prime Minister's com-
ments that of the 3.45 million
acres of land in the Bahamas,
approximately 2.5 million
acres are Crown Land,
900,000 acres of which are
wetlands. That left roughly
1.6 million acres of dry Crown
The minister added: "It is
this land which creates our
economic basis and allows the

president William Wong (right)
Photo: Keith Parker
Government to economical-
ly empower Bahamians. The
Planning and Subdivision Act
deals with a number of the
issues faced by developers
and prospective home own-

Referring to various "mis-
chiefs" which have plagued
the orderly development of
Bahamian land in the past, Dr
Deveaux listed the "unautho-
rised sale of lots; requests to
sell lots to pay for infrastruc-
ture; building permits issued
in unapproved subdivisions;
lack of utility services; subdi-
vision fees; uncompleted sub-
divisions; lack of utilities in
approved subdivisions and
family subdivisions".
The minister emphasised
that the new Act's aim will be
to modify and simplify the
various steps required to
establish subdivisions
throughout the Bahamas.
Given the need for trans-
parency and the desire of
Bahamians to be aware and
have a voice in proposed
developments in their dis-
tricts, a regular path will be
established for applications,
preliminary approval, public
and committee hearings,
appeals to final approval.

Nassau Airport
Development Company

Nassau Airport Development Company Limited (NAD) is seeking Proponents (individuals
consortium or joInt venture that mut include an experienced retail operators to finance,
design, develop, operate and manage Bahamian Specialty Retail store in the new US.
Departures Terminal currently under construction at the Lynden Pind ling International
Airport These stores will be world class in design and appearance with a distinctive'sense of
place'and will offer uniquely 100% Bahamian manufacturediproduced products at
competitive prices.

Four inline stores have been identified in the new terminal forthese uniq uely Bahamian
products; the categories a re as follows:

1, JeWry, Arts and Crafts
1 Seaps, Candles, Oils, Etc.
3, Straw and related articles
4, Other Bahamian made products

Thee will be additional Requests for Proposals issued othe next few months covering
additional inline stores for general retail plus kiosks and carts.

L Proponents must be Bahamian and incorporated in The Bahamas.
ii. Proponents must haveoperated a retail facility within the lastthree (3) years.

(a] achieve high standard of excellence and customer service;
(b) offer a mix of concepts that will help to enhance the image of the Nassau Airport as a
world class airport;
(c) offer retail choices to passengers at reasonable prices;
(d) offer a mix of local, regional and national and international brands
(e) develop and design retail failities that cofnplement the qualities of the new terminal
while recognizing the distinctive spirit, character an d'sense of place' of The Bahamas; and
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Qualified and interested parties may pick-up the Request for Proposal package at NAD's
offices at the reception deskon the second floor DomesticlInternational Terminal at Lynden
Pi ndling International Airport between the hours of 940am and 4:00pm, from October
13th to October 26t4i 2009. A ma ndatory pre-proposal brieli ng for those who have picked
up packages will be held at the New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road on
Wednesday, October 28th at 1 Mam.



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The Bank of The Bahamas International, the institution of first choice in the
provision of financial services, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the
position of:

Core Responsibilities:
* Provides user support for the company's networked systems, by investigating
and performing resolutions to problems that are reported.
* Performs routine installations, preventative maintenance and repairs to
hardware, operating systems and application installations.
* Troubleshoots system hardware and application problems, including server
* Assists with documentation and maintenance of technical standards and
* Assists with the implementation of new technologies and information
systems and the decommissioning and disposal of old technologies.
* Assist with the administration of the company's networked anti-virus, data
back-up systems, firewalls and routers by checking that these systems are
current and operate as scheduled.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
* Advanced knowledge of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP operating
systems (AIX Unix 5.0 a plus) to provide help desk support and to
troubleshoot end-user and back office systems.
* Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in providing help desk
support and troubleshooting end-user and back office systems.
* Sound knowledge of computer hardware to execute hardware repairs and
* Advanced knowledge of networking, especially protocols and systems in
use by the company to troubleshoot and assist in rectifying network issues.
* Sharp analytical and problem solving skills to assess issues and technical
information, examine alternatives, and use judgment to provide reasoned
* Must be open to new technology and ability to problem solve in support
of the network and central database systems.
* Must be able to work independently and as a team player when required.
* Microsoft MSCE and/or MCP Certifications a plus.
* Bachelor of Science degree in a computer-related field, industry standard
network certifications required, plus two (2) or more years of proven
network systems experience.

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qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and life insurance;
pension scheme.

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64% rise on debt service

payments in seven years

at this stage.
"Sure, even with health,
there's a hell of a lot of mon-

ey going in, and the Govern-
ment is talking about a
National Prescription Drug

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Plan and socialised medicine.
Are they better off looking at
other alternatives? They'd be
better off giving poor people
vouchers to buy health insur-
ance, rather than doing it all
themselves. The money being
spent, it could be targeted dif-
In its study, the Nassau
Institute said the Government
had spent $9.1 billion in nine
key categories over the period
assessed. There had been, for
instance, a 51.38 per cent
increase over the period in
sums spent on the general
public service, Mr Lowe sug-
gesting most of this was for
civil service wage increases.
The general public service

accounted for $2.6 billion or
28 per cent of spending over
the period assessed, with
health also taking up $1.5 bil-
lion or 16 per cent of spend-
ing. Interest on debt account-
ed for $883 million or 10 per
cent of government spending.
With the Government hav-
ing run annual fiscal deficits to
finance this spending, Mr
Lowe told Tribune Business:
"Particularly with a struggling
economy, with GDP reduc-
ing, it throws the debt-to-
GDP ratio out of whack.
Where will it end up?
"It's been a long time com-

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commitment to its customers, associates and community.
An opportunity for a Marketing Manager in New Provi-
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previous experience in implementing strategies, growing
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* Motivate, train and ensure that associates and outside
Contractors are able to implement marketing strategies
* Ability to develop and execute Marketing plans
* University degree in Marketing or Business Adminis-
* Work independently, making quick decisions while
working under pressure
* Have good communication (verbal and written) and
interpersonal skills
* Highly functional computer skills with extensive
knowledge of Microsoft applications

If you have what it takes to succeed in this challenging
role, forward your resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources Director
Bahamas Supermarkets Limited
East-West Highway P. O. Box N 3738 * Nassau, Bahamas
Or e-mail to:

Only qualified applicants will be contacted
No telephone inquiries please

AINOCT 1921 09

FROM page 1B


ing. They've dismissed all calls
to be more cautious, but year
after year they've been look-
ing at rising revenues to justi-
fy projections that govern-
ment is going to grow and
Pointing out that the
Bahamas' did not have a large
and diverse enough economic
base to sustain the sort of gov-
ernment spending it was now
incurring, Mr Lowe acknowl-
edged that cutting public
spending during the midst of a
recession was not the ideal
However, he argued: "Gov-
ernment spending and the size
of government are detriments
to economic growth. If you
continue to grow government,
you take resources away from
the private sector and the
incentive for people in the pri-
vate sector to do things.
"The Government has
somehow got to rein that in
and shrink the size of govern-
ment. It's a tough time, but
they can't continue to keep
growing it."
When it was pointed out
that much of the Bahamas'
national debt was held by
domestic institutions, Mr
Lowe responded that a large
portion was held by the
National Insurance Board
(NIB), representing Bahami-
ans' long-term retirement
funds and social security.
There was nothing to suggest
Bahamian banks would con-
tinue indefinitely backing the
Government on its debt
And while Mr Lowe con-
ceded that the Bahamas "may
have been less crazy than oth-
er countries" when it came to
its debt-to-GDP ratio and
management of its fiscal
affairs, this did not mean suc-
cessive governments had been
fiscally prudent.
In its report, the Nassau
Institute said that since 1991
the Bahamian national debt
had increased from $870 mil-
lion to $3 billion, a 244.8 per
cent increase over 18 years or
an increase of $118 million
per year.
The projected increase for
2009-2010 indicated the
national debt was approach-
ing the $4 billion mark, close
to 50 per cent of GDP.
"If it hasn't already done
so, Government must take
immediate steps to reduce
spending. The pain will be felt
by government employees,
and those depending on gov-
ernment contracts for new
spending. Their pain will be
no different from the many
Bahamians working part time
or have lost jobs and whose
mortgage payments are falling
behind," the Nassau Institute
"Reducing the fiscal load
of a government too big is
imperative. It's a load the
country simply cannot con-
tinue to bear."

Bank of The Bahamas


The Bank of The Bahamas International, the institution of first choice in the provision
of financial services, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the position of:

The Risk Manager is responsible for administering and managing the Bank's
risk management program. This encompasses designing processes, policies and
procedures to identify and manage threats to the achievement of the organizational
or business objectives. Risk Manager contributes to business decisions through
the measurement and comparison of risks.

Core Responsibilities:
* Develops and implements the organization's risk management program in
a manner that fulfills the mission and strategic goals of the organization
while complying with regulatory bodies standards and best practices;
* Performing risk assessments which involves managing the process of
analyzing upside and downside risks as well as identifying, describing and
estimating the quantitative and qualitative risks affecting the business;
* Educates and trains the leadership, staff and business associates as to the
risk management program, and their respective responsibilities in carrying
out execution of such;
* Leads, facilitates and advises units and departments in designing risk
management programs;
* Collects, evaluates, and maintain data relative to fraud, irregularities and
operational errors;
* Investigates and analyzes root causes, patterns or trends that could result
in operational losses;
* Performing risk evaluations which involves developing and implementing
systems, policies, and procedures for the identification, collection and
analysis of risk related information, that is comparing estimated risks with
risk criteria established by the organization;
* Actively participates in or facilitates committees related to risk management;
* Serves as organization liaison with insurance companies and some regulatory

Job Requirements:
* Bachelorfs degree, plus five (5) years commercial or private banking
* Intimate knowledge of AML/KYC, as well as other regulatory guidelines
* Knowledge of local banking laws, including requirements of The Central
Bank of The Bahamas
* Substantive experience providing team leadership in a fast-paced environment
* Strong supervisory and analytical skills are essential.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
* Must possess strong time management and organizational skills.

Benefits include: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with
work experience and qualifications. Interested persons should apply no later
than October 21, 2009 to:
or fax to: 242-323-2637

"People", Processes and Technology
Driving Business Value"

Our client has requested BHC Consulting to seek applicants for the position of:


You will be responsible for the health and development of the Corporate Information Systems
and Network. Only candidates with the following qualifications should apply:

* Degree in Computer Science or Engineering
* Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
* Minimum of 1 year of experience in a similar position
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Reporting to the Financial Controller, this is the ideal position for an individual who can work
independently with minimal supervision. You will be responsible for:

* Supervision of the existing corporate information network
* Ensuring that IT utilizes best practices and standards
* Development of new IT initiatives that add value to the business

Remuneration package includes generous employee benefits.

Only candidates that meet the above criteria should respond via email (subject: IT Administrator)
and attach a "one page resume" and salary requirements to:

Brian Hassan, Principal Consultant

Deadline: 21st October, 2009




Police probed 29% of

suspect financial reports

FROM page 1B
inal activity in 46.51 per cent
of the Suspicious Transactions
Reports received," it said in
its 2008 annual report. "Fraud
and drugs were detected in
27.91 per cent and 15,5 per
cent respectively of the

reports received.
"In approximately 44.19 per
cent of cases, the financial
institution at the time it sub-
mitted the Suspicious Trans-
actions Report did not know
the nature of the offence.
Thus other suspicious cir-
cumstances led to the filing

of the reports. Fraud and
drugs were suspected in 30.23
per cent and 14.73 per cent
respectively of the reports
"Longstanding customers
of the disclosing institutions
accounted for 52.71 per cent
of the reports received,
whereas new customers
accounted for 34.88 per cent
of the reports."
During 2008, the FIU
issued one five-day freeze and
two 72-hour restraint notices
to Bahamian financial insti-
tutions, involving assets
totalling $24.196 million. This
activity ultimately resulted in
one restraint order being
issued by the Supreme Court,
concerning assets worth
$19.993 million.
Internet searches proved to
be the main factor that
prompted the filing of STRs,
the FIU report said, account-
ing for 32 of the investigations
sparked during 2008. Cash
transactions and account
activity not in keeping with
Know Your Customer (KYC)
policies accounted for 26 and
24 STRs, respectively.
Bahamian citizens account-
ed for 71 or 55 per cent of
those who were the subject of
STRs in 2008, some 20.93 per
cent of the remainder being
Canadians or Americans.
When it came to domicile, 76
STRs or 58.91 per cent con-
cerned persons living in the
Bahamas, and Bahamians
represented 41.86 per cent of
the beneficial owners of assets
subject to STRs.
During 2008, the FIU said it
received some 108 requests
for information and assistance
from overseas FIUs. It added
that it provided assistance in
87.96 per cent of the cases,
denied 9.26 per cent or 10
requests, while a further 2.78
per cent were withdrawn.
Of the 15 requests for assis-
tance that the Bahamian FIU
itself made, only one was



Suitably qualified and experienced individuals are invited to apply for
the position of:


* The minimum required qualifications are as follows:

- a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering, or similar
discipline or extensive knowledge and experience with the
execution of construction projects.

- A strong and working knowledge of time management
and project scheduling would be a plus.

- Successful applicant would have a minimum of 10 years
construction experience with technical and administrative
competence in all phases of project development from
conceptualization to construction and maintenance.

* The position requires professional skills in fast tracking projects
with the appropriate level of contract management and supervising
and coordinating personnel activities.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required
for preparing regular reports, acting as a liaison with government
agencies and delivering presentations to management
* High integrity, goal oriented and a strong work ethics are
essential in addition to the proven ability to learn, develop and
comply with international industry best practices.

We offer a very competitive salary and benefits package (commensurate
with work experience and qualifications).

For prompt consideration, please submit a detailed resume no later
than October 30, 2009 to:



I --I ii

Core Responsibilities:

* Provides support and maintenance of core applications and database
* Assist with application and reports development within the company
as required
* Assists with documentation and maintenance of technical standards
and operations.
* Troubleshoots system and application problems, including server related
* Reviews and tests technologies for potential purchase by researching
computer industry information.
* Interfaces with all staff and IT vendors in carrying out duties.
* Performs application installations and configurations, preventative
maintenance and repairs.
* Executes, coordinates and assists in the implementation of new

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

* Knowledge of the AS400 and Windows Operating systems required.
* Experience with ATM and POS hardware.
* Knowledge of credit card processing and experience working with
branded networks (VISA, Mastercard, AMEX etc) a plus.
* Ability to consult Management and developers regarding application
software performance and use.
* Analytical and problem-solving skills to assess issues and technical
information, examine alternatives, and use judgment to provide reasoned
* Must be a Team player and possess the ability to work in a demanding
* Ability to communicate and document clearly and effectively required.
* Must be open to new technology and ability to problem solve in support
of the network and central database systems.
* Bachelor of Science degree in a computer-related field, industry standard
network certifications required, plus two (2) or more years of proven
network systems experience.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and
qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and life insurance;
pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than October 21, 2009 to:
or fax to: 242-323-2637


IN THE MATTER of ALLTHAT all INhat pxM or 'lot 41--land being
kmaLwc1 m hit Niumber xLeen (1(3) BxkA Numnber NinuiLeen (10)
Centreville showni on th Mu~ster Plan in the pnnntmm
of Lands And Surveys in the Islaind of Kew Providence.

.JUUJE1TE L. RAMSEY the Pelitieder claimi to he the LIwIe2' in
fee simnple in po~scs-ijom of the. parcel of land and frlee from
cnquanj~rntarcThc Pe(iiiowirh�iu; Tmdsc pptkguionitpfthSuprv ..C
CLiILAItOf tEk (4 1111n11usIWOUkh o1 T'I'ie Bhamas scioin 3 of the
Quictiuig Act, 1959 to have mlkirTitle to the said land im-cstigatcd
and dcdrbrd iiin a carti(KRC r i le-, aIv. in e rimiW by thc Owrl in
the aCL'Od~IIL With the Pmv;uiumao~ f the act.

1.- The Registry of the SuprermeOmni;~ and
I The C~hzrnlhemnr fRumwy And AsmxciaieRam RRuirr ldingt..
23 PlamLIli, Ng..Iau. liahu.aIiI%
NcICII:v�l im byrvbv non OwlA ny vrI* ".or pmiha O~ng a right
of dowee or any advise cdaim nottr enie in thePetiitioan Shall
withi.T thirty (30)) days rifie~r die puil~lcation of ihe norkecoherein
11 ed fin the regkisry of the Supnreme (nurt in the� cilyt& rANzo"
akwL'�jid and ic~t on cmthe PeaiIlIi~n 'IC citEk urj~eigied asifiLoill
of sadrliaim in the pesrminlmdForm, verified by an allidlavit to
be 1i ld ftherewiih. Iai lurec c a ny N,~h Tch pe~nin Eh le nod sein a
stutcnt ofAsuftch cLaim within rthiry days (30)1 herein will qxnmtc
as U bArio such CLAim.
Dated ihk 17 day of September, AAD., 2W091
Rwms Buildft
Nassau, Bahamas

I A i`0AM A
Ansbacher (Bahenias) Umnrei, a WpeIlst in pdvaU a bukft l~idhcary servime
and wealthmanauinwmt has an apm~gforfc the pWtwim of

Rik and Compliance Officer

Thia suicessful candidateW11:

H aft responsibitity for proot'ing, monwitoring and mtaint~aininth1 te banni's strategc
,risk mntaagement framfwewk and compliance policies to ensure compliance with
rad&Ytay rlutref�ets
*Monitor and Investigae departirneta~l risk reviews
Ac~t as a source of Informatimn and efforcernenLxt orisk and compl~Iarce natters,
po~lcis and procedures
*Assist In monmIting credit, mrkalet and cperatorkral ft ~posItions and die bank's
key risk indicators In accordancre with approved ftk polices
*IdemLifV potential arets ol comiplance vutierwabinty and risk throughout the banik,
and develop and implement correctnte tiOn pluis for resohitoti of problematic
S afeguard the bank from any pozs9e re~putation damnale and protect and enhance
the reputation of the ~wik
Assist in report p~aation and data compilation as ve~ulred
*Conrv out such oftheris~k maagerfnet and compLianre related duties as inay be

* AM~nmum of three 13) years of cor*Inpcaae andlor 11nancial ris experriece
* Fow J4) yar college degree re*iWed

, MC~O tewtif icatiow or othir relevant professional qualifiation would be an amts

,Strom qanatytical, tWMiz1ieaLiCM and biiteirpersonal skills
" Stmriongomputer and database mariagemeint skits
" MrantizationaI and project manwpnent W.s withs ithe a614t rto niuffi-tas

Waary commenstiate with expetieance d quafifiat~mrt.

Please 5end all resumes to the attention of,
hjiuyan Resource manner
Anshadher (Bahamas) Limited
PK 0, Box IH-7768
Namsu, Bahamas
Fax- 325-0524

DamIioe for all applicallois by' hand, fax or e-rmail is Friday Octobe 23,2(0

IF Bank of The Bahamas
The Bank of The Bahamas International, the institution of first choice in the provision of
financial services, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the position of:



Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 16th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 19th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 19th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


No concerns'


B$ bond downgrade

FROM page 1B
country ceiling for bank
In response, Mr Laing said
the downgrade decision was
no cause for panic, as it had
partly resulted from Moody's
own internal policies.
"It's not a reflection of any
fundamental concerns at all
about our economic situa-
tion," the minister added.

When asked about
Moody's comments on "the
erosion of the country's main
debt metrics", the minister
replied: "They're reflecting a
set of realities for our eco-
nomic circumstances and they
are assessing it. We have no
difficulty with that."
Mr Laing said the
Bahamas' "credit rating
remains pretty strong in the
circumstances", adding that

Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 16th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 16th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


the Government would move
to bring the debt-to-GDP
ratio back in line with histor-
ical trends once the economic
crisis abated.
He added that Moody's had
also spoken to the Bahamas'
"fiscal prudence and
Meanwhile, Mr Laing said
persons had to keep the
Bahamas' current fiscal per-
formance in context, pointing
out that while revenues were
$40 million behind forecast as
at end-September 2009, the
Government had been look-
ing at a shortfall more than
two times as great some 12
months previously.
"We have continued to
show a shortfall in terms of
forecast of the order of $40
million through September,
but that has to be looked at in

the context of this," Mr Laing
"Last year, we were looking
at more than two times that
kind of shortfall. In addition
to that, we are expecting an
extraordinary gain in some
revenues based on a number
of transactions in the pipeline.
"For obvious reasons, I
don't want to say what they
are, but we expect that when
those transactions are con-
cluded they will bring us on
par in terms of forecast or
reduce that gap significantly.
"It's still a very strange sit-
uation. We are looking at it
with significant caution, and
exercising great prudence and
vigilance in the circumstances.
We have to keep in context
where we are, where we were
and where we might have



Pursuant to Section 138 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act, 2000 notice is given

voluntarily dissolved and struck off the

(b) The Company was dissolved on the 3rd day
of September, A.D. 2009.

(c) The Liquidator was Mr. Anthony W. Moree
of Dupuch & Tumquest & Co., 308 East Bay
Street, P.O. Box N-8181, Nassau, Bahamas.

A well established business within New
Providence is in search of an Inventory
Control Manager. Inquires must be
able to organize and set up an easy
manageable inventory control system
that includes monitoring and organizing
Building & Hardware and Plumbing
& Electrical Supplies. The successful
candidate must posses the following

Be able to:
* Track and follow-up on all shipment
from Suppliers.
* Receive and validate all shipped
* Organize a comprehensive store
delivery system.
* Organize and/or Improve items
location on the sales floor area.
* Maintain a proper data base so
that management and staff have an
accurate record of all In-stock items
* Manage inventory control staff.

The successful applicant must have
a minimum of 3-5 years inventory
and stock taking experience. He/she
must be familiar with the Microsoft
word & excel software. Warehouse
management and Stock taking training
with certificates would be desired.

Salary would be based on qualifications
and experience.

Interested applicants are asked to
apply through the following address:

The President
Re: Inventory Control Manager
P.O.Box N-7143
Nassau, Bahamas



E'I._. LITED _j TP- I DEC ':_'E, 'PiTIE, ' F
BiSX. .LL iS-*.RE INDEX CLt-L E 1 4'. 1 -27 I| 'I IB CHG O i I TD - ' I TD - -1 - 'j1
FirlDE,': CLOSE 7.--. ) I ' TC,-D 5 -:- I -. 1 .1: 1.: --
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1 71 1 03 AML Foods Limited 1 17 1 17 000 0127 0000 92 000%
1180 990 Bahamas Property Fund 1075 1075 000 0992 0200 108 1 86%
9 30 5 90 Bank of Bahamas 5 90 5 90 0 00 700 0 244 0 260 24 2 441%
0 89 0 63 Benchmark 0 63 0 63 0 00 -0 877 0 000 NIM 0 00%
349 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 000 0125 0090 252 286%/
237 214 Fidelity Bank 237 237 000 0055 0040 431 169%
14 20 9 93 Cable Bahamas 9 93 9 93 0 00 1 406 0 250 7 1 2 52%/
288 272 Colina Holdings 272 272 000 0249 0040 109 1 47%
750 526 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 583 583 000 0419 0300 139 515%
385 1 27 Consolidated Water BDRs 294 303 009 0111 0052 273 1 72%
2 85 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 2 05 2 05 0 00 0 625 0 080 33 3 90%
820 628 Famguard 628 628 000 0420 0240 150 382%
1250 880 Finco 930 930 000 0322 0520 289 559%/
1171 1000 FirstCanbbean Bank 1000 1000 000 0631 0350 158 350%
553 411 Focol (S) 411 411 000 0332 0150 124 365%/
1 00 1 00 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 1 00 0 O0 0000 0 000 N/M 0 00%
0 45 0 27 Freeport Concrete 0 27 0 27 0 00 0 035 0 000 77 0 00%
902 549 ICD Utilities 559 559 000 1,000 0407 0500 137 894%
1200 995 J S Johnson 995 995 000 0952 0640 105 643%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 000 0156 0000 641 000%
bI.. LI.zTF L E T *'=E': lEl-'-- *iT Ii :r..1- l -.1.- ,,r. -, p.i .:.-,i.K - Pr.:.r. r. t ;.
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol Interest Maturity
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 10000 000 7% 19 October 2017
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 10000 000 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 10000 000 7% 30 May 2013
.........r..., _.. I,,,.' ,,, ,', . :-
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1460 7 92 Bahamas Supermarkets 792 842 1400 -2246 0000 N/M 000%
800 600 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 200 625 400 0000 0480 N/M 780%
-. I .....lli,_: .-..I. u _, r ,
r. - r, ,,, -Prir H i H 1r.,. - - r. , r r. r. , , , r. r.r. . -F F r ,,,
rI'-:'.I L i'l.-. .uiruIFl Fur.r _r
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield % NAV Date
1 4038 1 3344 CFAL Bond Fund 1 4038 372 520 31-Aug-09
3 0350 2 8952 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2 8300 -3 75 -6 75 30-Sep-09
1 4946 1 4210 CFAL Money Market Fund 1 4946 425 5 18 9-Oct-09
36090 30941 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 30941 -861 -1359 31-Aug-09
13 1751 123870 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13 1751 442 586 30-Sep-09
101 6693 100 0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 101 6693 1 10 1 67 30-Jun-09
100 9600 93 1992 CFAL Global Equity Fund 967398 035 -4 18 30-Jun-09
1 0000 1 0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1 0000 000 000 31-Dec-07
105884 90775 Fidelity International Investment Fund 105884 588 588 30-Sep-09
1 0757 1 0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1 0757 3 86 5 30 30-Sep-09
1 0364 1 0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1 0305 -0 24 0 22 30-Sep-09
1 0709 1 0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1 0709 3 24 4 54 30-Sep-09
r.i-F'E T TEFPr.i.
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX -19 Dec02 1,00000 YIELD -last 12 month dividends divided by closing pnce
52wk-Hi - Highest closing pnce in last 52 weeks Bid $ - Buying pnce of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling pnce of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted pnce for daily volume Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter pnce
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol - Trading volume of the pnor week
Change - Change in closing pnce from day to day EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol - Number of total shares traded today NAV - Net Asset Value
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M - Not Meaningful
P/E - Closing pnce divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(Sl) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 I ROYALFIDELITY 242 356-7764 I FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242 396-4000 I COLONIAL 242-502 7525






Overcoming side effects, aftermath Sun exposure
and skin aging

of breast cancer treatment L ..

* Tribune Health is observing Breast
Cancer Awareness Month in October
with a series of articles...


Overcoming the side effects
and the aftermath of
breast cancer treatment
can be extremely chal-
lenging for many women.
Some women are devastated when
they suffer hair loss due to chemother-
apy, and in even more drastic cases,
when they have one or both breasts
surgically removed in a mastectomy.
For Kelda McDonald, a Bahamian
breast cancer survivor, feeling com-
fortable with her body and the way
she looked after undergoing a double
mastectomy and chemotherapy took
some time and a lot of emotional
She told Tribune Health the story of
how she overcame her frustrations
about her appearance.
"I was diagnosed with breast cancer
in July 2006. I had discovered a lump
in my breast while I was in the show-
er. It felt a little hard and it was visible,
so the following day I went to see a
doctor," she said.
The doctor removed the lump, and
after a series of examinations Ms
McDonald was diagnosed with Stage
II breast cancer.
After finding out she had breast
cancer Ms McDonald immediately
sought consultations from doctors
both local and abroad.
"I spoke to one of my friends who
had went through a similar situation,

then I went to Florida
where the doctor rec-
ommended that I have
(both breasts removed*
and) reconstructive
surgery," she said.
Ms McDonald said
thoughts about the
mastectomy and the
consequent reconstruc-
tive surgery consumed
After thinking long
and hard about it she
said she came to the
conclusion that her life
was more valuable than
her size 'D' breasts.
"I was very skeptical
about the idea of my
breasts being removed
and I couldn't imagine seeing myself
without (them).
"I was hesitant, but I finally realized
that my life was more important that
my breasts," she said.
Ms McDonald agreed to the
surgery, and while her main concern
was for her overall health, the first
thing she did after waking up following
the surgery was to check her chest.
"I knew that the doctors were going
to remove both breasts, but it was so
shocking when I woke up and felt that
nothing was there. I was in complete
disbelief," she said.
Like most women in Bahamian soci-
ety, she saw her breasts as valuable
assets, as important aspects of her fem-
Following the double mastectomy,
Ms McDonald said she experienced

feelings of insecurity
and unhappiness, and
she feared that she had
lost her sex appeal
which had turned the
head of many a man in
the past.
"Even though I got
implants immediately
after reconstructive
surgery, it did not feel
the same. My chest was
still flat and I would
have to go every so
often to get injections
that made the implants
expand. I was unhappy
and concerned about
how I would feel with
someone (a man) look-
ing at my body and not
being happy about it," she said.
"After a while I came to terms with
my situation and I thought the
implants aren't so bad though I can't
feel any sensation in the breasts. I
started to wear clothing that accentu-
ated my new bust, and that helped me
feel better about my appearance."
Despite her concerns about her new
appearance, Ms McDonald said she
found someone who loved her and
accepted her as she was, 'flaws' and all.
But the struggle to come to terms
with her breasts being removed was
not the only difficulty she had to face.
Undergoing chemotherapy treat-
ment following the mastectomy, she
noticed in the second week that her
hair was thinning.
"One day I went to brush my hair
and (it) started to fall out. I showed

my sons how the hair was falling out
and I asked my brother for some assis-
tance in shaving the entire thing off,
but he told me no," she said.
Ms McDonald said for her person-
ally, she felt better shaving all of her
hair off rather than watching patches
of it fall out every day.
"I couldn't take seeing my hair on
my pillow or in the palm of my hands,
so I said I am going to cut the entire
thing off. My brother saw that I had
begun to shave my hair and so he
finally gave me some assistance," she
When asked how she felt about her
hair loss, Ms McDonald said she was
more prepared for it than she for the
loss of her breasts.
She found a wig that she said looked
great, but added that wearing it was so
hot during the day she would some-
times "ditch" it and go out without
anything on her head, no caps, no
"One day I decided to go out to the
dry cleaners. I was confident about it
and not so self-conscious. The minute
I step into the wash house it felt as if
everyone was looking at me and judg-
ing me at the same time. When I saw
the first person looking at me I felt it
was a bad idea to come out of the
house without my wig."
She had to battle many physical and
emotional challenges, but in time, and
with the love and support from family
and friends, Ms McDonald, like other
breast cancer survivors, was able to
overcome the hurdles on her path to
recovery and live a happy, healthy and
fulfilling life.

SKIN is an excellent record
keeper. Every moment of
exposure to daylight adds up
like money in the bank - the
problem is the payoff known
as sun damage (also known
as photodamage).
As the top cause of prema-
ture signs of skin aging, sun
damage shows on skin in the
form of wrinkles and hyper-
pigmentation, and can led to a
repressed immune system and
the potential for skin cancer.
Even if exposure is limited
to brief outdoor lunches or a
20-minute walk, cumulative
exposure is enough to cause
the signs of skin aging. The
first line of daily defense
against sun damage is daily
use of SPF. Even on cloudy
or overcast days, UV light can
strike skin and cause damage,
so simply wearing sunscreen
on sunny days isn't enough.
Fortunately, more sophis-
ticated sunscreen formula-
tions with skin health bene-
fits (think less chalky, less
greasy) have made SPF a con-
venient addition to our morn-
ing routine. Speak with your
professional skin therapist
about SPF moisturisers that
can be worn comfortably
under make-up, or alone to
deliver defence against skin
aging UV light.

Steps to finding breast lumps early

By Dr Chinyere Bullard
Family medicine specialist

I ALMOST cried when I
was ordered to get my first
mammogram. To think that I
was at risk for this life threat-
ening, painful disease! One of
our best ways to fight any can-
cer is early detection, and this
is especially true for breast
cancer. This makes treatment
much easier and more effec-
tive. Not to mention cheap-
How can you find breast
cancer early?
The best way, so far, to find
breast lumps that may be can-
cerous is to do two things:
1. Have regular mammo-
grams. (Every one to two
2. Have your family medi-
cine specialist check your
breasts every year at your
annual physical.
BRCA-genes (so-called
'cancer genes')?
Women with risk factors
such as a history of two or
more first-degree family
members having breast or
ovarian cancer under the age
of 40 may need to be tested
for the BRCA.
Your family medical doc-
tor can determine if you need
a test for the BRCA gene.
Currently studies are being
done in our country by Dr
Theodore Turnquest and Dr
DeVaughn Curling, both can-
cer specialists, to determine
when women in the Bahamas
should have BRCA gene tests
done, and how to treat the
What is a mammogram ?
A mammogram is the most
effective way to find breast
cancer early, up to two years
before the lump is even large
enough to feel. It is a special
kind of x-ray of your breasts.
A radiologist will look at the
x-rays for signs of cancer or
other breast problems.
Because the amount of radia-
tion used in the x-ray is very
small, mammograms are safe.
Do mammograms hurt?
Mammograms can be
uncomfortable. The breast
has to be squeezed, but the
procedure doesn't take very
How often should I get a
mammogram ?
According to the American
Academy of Family Physi-


cians, American women
should start routine mammo-
grams at 45. According to the
Canadian Academy of Fami-
ly Physicians, Canadian
women should start their rou-
tine mammograms at 50, and
in general you should undergo
one every two years.
But all this depends on
your risk.
According to Dr Curling,
the average Bahamian
woman should start screening
for breast cancer at the age
of 40.
If you have a positive fam-
ily history of breast cancer
you should be screened 10
years before the age your rel-
ative was when they were
If you are under 25 your
best test may be a MRI or
How often should my
family medical
specialist check my breasts ?
You should have a breast
exam in addition to a mam-
mogram every year, depend-
ing on your risk.
What is the doctor
checking for?
The main thing to look for
is any change in your breasts.
It's normal for your breasts
to be different sizes. A firm
ridge in the lower curve of
your breast is also normal.
Changes to look for
in your breasts
* Any new lump which may
not be painful or tender
* Unusual thickening of
your breasts
* Sticky or bloody dis-
charge from your nipples
* Any changes in the skin
of your nipples or breasts,
such as puckering or dimpling

. * An unusual increase in the
size of one breast
* One breast unusually low-
er than the other
If you want to check your
breasts, do the exam a few
days after your period. Your
breasts aren't so sore or as
lumpy at this time.
What are some risk factors
for breast cancer?
* Having had breast cancer
increases your risk of devel-
oping it again.
* A family history of cer-
tain types of breast cancer,
particularly in your mother,
daughter, or sister.
* Having a genetic defect
in the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene.
* Heavy alcohol use - hav-
ing more than three drinks a
day raises your risk for breast
cancer as does as smoking a
pack of cigarettes.
* Eating lots of red meat -
women who eat more than
one serving of red meat a day,
especially post-menopausal
women, have a more than 50
per cent risk increase. Women
who eat processed meat
(bacon, sausage, baloney, and
ham, ect) daily, increase their
risk for breast cancer to more
than 60 per cent. Studies show
that eating more fibre can
help to decrease the risks
associated with red meat con-
* Obesity increases your
risk for breast cancer, also
cancer of the uterus, colon,
kidney, and the esophagus,
not to mention the fact that it
increases your risk for hyper-
tension, diabetes, high cho-
lesterol, heart disease and
Avoiding weight gain is an
effective way to decrease
these risks.
* Race - I want to say the
human race. White women
are seeing a over-all increase
in the breast cancer rate, but
among women aged 40 to 50
black women have a higher
incidence rate and death rate.

I would like to encourage
you to get your physical done
yearly, and adapt some
healthy lifestyle changes for
yourself and also as an exam-
ple to our children.
I would also like to dedi-
cate this article to my Auntie
Beverly Lockheart who
fought breast cancer tooth
and nail.

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Is it really

possible to

trust again?

A FEW weeks
ago we talked about
love's greatest chal-
lenge being forgive- -.
ness. It is important * .
to understand that
to trust someone
again we first need
to open our hearts
and forgive them.
If forgiveness does
not take place then a
barrier will always be present.
No matter what the wrong-
doer does to regain your trust
it will be pointless. True heal-
ing will not be able to take
place and the relationship will
not develop.
When we make the deci-
sion to tackle the obstacle
course of forgiveness we soon
come to realise that it is not
an easy road. The process is
often slow, excruciatingly
painful, and unexpected road
blocks may still present them-
selves along the way.
As the years go by, we
come to realise that the suf-
ferings we are experiencing
are in fact brought about by
ourselves, because we hold
on to the pain. We come to
appreciate that we can not
change the past, but we can
choose our future. We have
to decide if we want to
remain implanted right where
we are, crying and suffering,
or move ahead to possibili-
ties of happiness. We are the
only ones who really under-
stand our pain and so ulti-
mately we are the only ones
who can heal ourselves.
Being told, "Why haven't
you let that go?" or "I would-
n't let that bother me", does
little to ease the situation.
Hurtful relationships that
involve work, friendship or
even family are sometimes
easier to deal with because
we can have 'time out' and
distance ourselves.
We are allowed time to
step back and regroup. But
what happens when we are
living under the same roof
with the person who has
caused us so much heartache?
The anger, hurt and disbelief
pushes us to believe that this
is as much as we can possibly
take. Our natural instinct may
be to throw in the towel and
run. It is only when we are
faced with enormous hurts or
betrayals that our limits are
really tested. Aren't we
brought up to believe we are
not given any more than we
can bear?
Trusting and believing in
someone comes all tied up in
a neat parcel when we first
commit to loving someone.
Newlyweds often begin life
together believing that the
trust they start off with will
only grow and get stronger.
As we get older we learn that
life has a way of surprising
us. Even when we think we
have it all planned out we dis-
cover that none of us are

Love relationships are
often imperfect and the first
blow can be devastating. But
it is how we deal with these
knocks that ultimately deter-
mine the strength of the rela-
tionship and the test of love.
Before trust can be rebuilt
the ground has to be cleared
for honesty to be introduced.
All the anger, accusations and
judgments have to be aired.
If the wrong-doer is truly
remorseful then they need to
understand that the outbursts
are essential before forgive-
ness takes place.
Set aside time for daily
talks which will add structure
to what would otherwise be
chaotic arguing. Writing
down points throughout the
day means that talking and
discussing should be more
organised and focused.
Do not be surprised that
the door way to honesty may
open and close at times and
the process may be slow. It
is not unusual for the whole
truth to come out over a peri-
od of time. Only when every
thing is out in the open and
the deceiver is believed will
true intimacy begin. Honesty
has to be present for trust and
trust has to be present for
For all of us who have
experienced trauma in our
lives, we start to question
whether anything makes
sense anymore.
We may have reached a
certain age and stage in our
lives where we think we have
it all worked out. We may
feel confidant about our rela-
tionships. It is not surprising
then that we feel as if we are
hit by a sledge hammer when
faced with a betrayal. But if
we take a deep breath, step
back and remember that all
life experiences hold mean-
ing, if we can see a future
with the person, and we have
committed our love to them,
then we need to reassess the
relationship. Interestingly,
many people discover a new
depth to their relationship
and move on to a more satis-
fying love.
* Margaret Bain is an
individual and couples rela-
tionship therapist. She is a
registered nurse and a certi-
fied clinical sex therapist.
For appointments call 535-
7456 or e-mail her at relate- or
.com. She is also available
for speaking engagements.

A woman

of excellence

and elegance

A LOCAL business-

woman who has

established herself

as somewhat of a

pioneer in the field

of etiquette training

in the Bahamas has

now set her sights on

the corporate world...

P atrice Ellis, founder and
CEO of the Etiquette
Image Institute, has
already carved out her
niche in the children's etiquette
market after having completed a
certification in children's etiquette
at the Etiquette and Leadership
Institute and the American School
of Protocol.
She facilitates workshops and
seminars throughout the country
and abroad, and now she is expand-
ing her field of expertise by teaching
social and communication skills to
business employees.
Ms Ellis was recently approached
by local corporate entities to con-
duct workshops to sharpen their
employees' social skills.
With more than ten years of expe-
rience in the field, Ms Ellis complet-
ed a certification course as a corpo-
rate etiquette consultant at the
American School of Protocol in
Atlanta, Georgia. She, along with
her peers including diplomats from
Europe, Africa and India, partici-
pated in courses including self-pre-
sentation; correspondence; effective
networking; professional attire for
men and women; dining skills, and
mastering business etiquette.
According to the etiquette guru,
her institute takes companies "from
being unnoticed to being unforget-
table by increasing employees' self-
confidence and polishing their
image, while equipping them with

PATRICE ELLIS, founder and CEO of the Etiquette Image Institute

the tools and skills that will enhance
their professional presence, and
position their company for ultimate
"The life skills that we teach at
the Etiquette and Image Institute
can be applied no matter where our
participants may go," she said.
Before fully delving into the busi-
ness world, Ms Ellis recently con-
ducted the 'Manners Matter' pro-

"The life skills that we

teach at the Etiquette and

Image Institute can be

applied no matter where

our participants may go."

- Patrice Ellis

Some 30 students participated
and graduated from the first ever
'Manners Matter' training course.
The programme caters to children
and young people aged four
through 18 and helps them build
self-awareness and enhances self-
respect and self-confidence. The
three-semester long programme
consists of several fun-filled sessions
including first impressions; types of
handshakes; telephone manners;
poise, dining etiquette, and eti-
quette for public places.
Ms Ellis spent her early years
working with women's groups
throughout the country and interna-
tionally under the banner 'Women
of Excellence and Elegance'.
Over the years, her name has
become synonymous with the term
Founded earlier this year, the Eti-
quette Image Institute specialises in
helping companies to polish their
corporate image and gain a compet-
itive edge over the competition.
Ms Ellis said she is looking for-
ward to helping business employees
improve their corporate image and
communication skills.

Coach Approach: Whose goals are you working towards?

"11. I., people are working in
places they don't like in order to
buy stuff they don't need."
- Thomas Herold
AMERICAN existential psy-
chologist Rollo May said, "the
opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity;
everybody trying to be like every-
body else."
Living to please people along
with being saddled with worries
about what people will think caus-
es many to become prisoners of
the status quo; driven by outer
directed ideals that keep them
working towards other people's
The path that you choose in life
will either take you towards your
own dreams and desires or towards
someone else's, leading you to a
life of personal dissatisfaction.
Unless you set clear intentions
about what you want and where
you desire to go you will succeed at
achieving very little.
Think of a ship leaving port; in
order for it to have a successful
voyage it must set a destination
and outline an appropriate naviga-
tion course. Here in the Bahamas,
where we boast about it being bet-

ter, how many of us really set goals
or pursue our dreams?
How many of us are working
towards our own ideals?
What Do You Really Want?
If you don't know where you are
going, you are certain not to get
there. Life is not a state of perma-
nency and change is constant;
learning to embrace the winds of
change is an empowering skill.
Nothing could be more unfulfill-
ing than the burden of living some-
one else's life - a sad life sentence
that so many have declared for
The question is what is it that
you really want from life? Don't
create your life based on what oth-
ers want or think you should be, do
or have; successful living is not
about following fashion, it's about
Asking yourself some
tough questions:
Why do you go to work?
What if you had all the money
you need?
What are your dreams/goals?
Where would you like to be in
five years?
Fifty years from now, will any-
one know that you were here?

What does success really mean
to you?
What are your strengths?
What are you getting better at?
These questions are a great start-
ing point. But you owe it to your-
self to set out on a journey of self-
discovery, nothing is discovered
until it is explored. Notice that all

of the precious gems are buried
within the mountains.
The point here is whether or not
you know whose goals you are
working towards - you are working
towards some kind of objective
and there are only two options,
you either get what you want or
what you don't want.
Unless you know what you are
working toward, you live adrift
with no sense of direction or pur-
pose, becoming a rickety vessel
tossed around by the gales of life.
Yet you have intrinsic power to
rise above the chaos and pursue
your own goals; within you is a
gigantic spirit of greatness waiting
only for you to plug in.
Too many of us are content
members of the choir of complain-
ers, holding steadfast to the role as
victims of circumstances. Instead
we need only define our goals and
create a personal action plan,
knowing that all is possible.
Final Thoughts
Your life is waiting for you to
pursue your own dreams. Com-
plaining about what you don't have
keeps you in a state of powerless-
ness. Instead strengthen your
strengths and build yourself from

the inside out.
Regardless of your situation, you
have direct authority to release
yourself from the popular carbon
copy living.
Whether it is job loss, sickness,
financial bondage or whatever; you
can change your life by learning to
live by your own ideals.
Why not make today the day
that you shake off the shackles of
what people will think (they are
thinking it anyway) and stand up
for your own goals and pursue
your own personal growth. Now is
the time to make something better
For more information about per-
sonal growth programmes contact
the Coaching Studio at 326-3332 or
429-6770; or send an e-mail to
Michelle M Miller is a certified
life coach and stress management
consultant. She is the principal
coach of the Coaching Studio,
which is located in the Jovan
Plaza, Madeira Street.
Questions or comments can be
sent to PO Box CB-13060; e-mail
to or
telephone 429-6770.






Cukes and Zukes and company

FOR today's purposes we
can divide the cucurbits into
four categories: Cucumbers,
summer squash, winter
squash, and pumpkins.
We will deal with melons
and watermelons at a later
All cucumbers, squash and
pumpkins need a rich soil and
good drainage. This is
achieved by growing them in
'hills' that are small areas of
well composted and well fer-
tilised soil that need not be
raised, but often are.
A hill is usually about 18
inches in diameter and can
accommodate three or four
seeds. When the seedlings
appear the weakest is
The most common type of
cucumber grown in the
Bahamas is the Ridge, or
American, which is six inches
to a foot long, bears short
spines on its surface, is very
seedy and has a strong taste.
The English cucumber is
much longer and has to be
grown on trellises to maintain
a straight shape. It is often
grown in glasshouses and, not
being fertilised by insects, is
English cucumber is far
milder than Ridge.
There are also oriental vari-
eties of cucumber that I have
not had the opportunity to try
but seem to resemble the
English cucumber rather than
the Ridge. Armenian cucum-
ber is a squash, not a true
When the cucumber vines
reach maturity they put out
both male and female flow-
ers, the female flowers being
identified as growing from
miniature fruits. These fruits
swell when the female flowers

ZUCCHINIS (shown) may start
out slow but are normally very

are pollinated by insects, usu-
ally bees. A Ridge cucumber
is ripe when the spines can be
rubbed off with the fingertips.
Summer Squash
Summer squash includes
straightneck, crookneck, zuc-
chini, scallopini and Patty
Pan. The plants do not vine
but produce their fruits from
the base of upright broadleaf
stems. All varieties of sum-
mer squash should be picked
just short of maturity before
the seeds grow too large.
Crookneck and straight-
neck squash are very produc-
tive and usually give high
yields. Zucchini can be yel-
low, green, and so dark a
green as to be almost black.
Zucchini has a uniform shape
and is easier to slice and cook
than other summer squash
Winter Squash
Winter squash are slower
growing and are vinous. Their
name refers to the keeping
qualities of the fruits and the
fact they can be stored for a
long time.
The most successful variety
for use in the Bahamas is But-
ternut, though I have also had
success with spaghetti squash.
Acorn squash has never pro-
duced well for me.


Calabaza pumpkin pro-
duces enormous vines that set
down roots along their length
and can eventually wander
away from their original
growing position. They need a
large area in which to grow
but are otherwise quite trou-
ble free.
I have made the growing of
cucurbits seem rather simple
but there are drawbacks I

should mention. Sometimes
both male and female flow-
ers form but pollination does
not occur. If you notice any
female flowers being neglect-
ed then you can pollinate the
next set yourself by picking a
male flower and stripping it
of its petals, inserting it into
the receptacle of the female
flower and tying the female
petals around to secure. You
could also use a small paint-
brush or ear swab to transfer
pollen from a male flower to
the female flower, but the old

fashioned way seems more
Cucumbers, squash and
pumpkins bear lovely green
foliage when they are young
but by the time they produce
fruit tend to be rather ragged
or even drastically dissipated.
Part of this is caused by our
autumn weather producing
early morning mists or
draughts that wet the leaves.
These wet leaves allow fun-
gus spores, powdery mildew
and other airborne diseases
to attach themselves.

When the sun rises and
warms the leaves these dis-
eases develop and begin the
process of skeletonising the
structure of the plant.
You can apply fungicide in
either powder or liquid form
but I have found that this is
no more than a delaying tac-
tic. The good news is that
most plants give a healthy
harvest before succumbing to
disease. Consecutive sowing
of new hills should keep you
in more squash and pumpkins
than you can handle.



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High 81� F/270 C
Low 730 F/230 C
Normal high 840 F/290 C
Normal low 73� F/23� C
Last year's high 91� F/33� C
Last year's low 700�F/21� C
As of 2 p m yesterday 0 18"
Year to date 31 88"
Normal year to date 43 26"
Forecasts and graphics provided by
AccuWeather, Inc. �2009

High: 82� F/28� C
Low: 73� F/23� C

High: 84*�F/29� C
Low:77� F/25� C

High: 83� F/28� C
Low: 77� F/25� C

High: 81F/27 C
Low: 750F/240C


7-14 knots

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Wednesday932 am 33 310am 03
950pm 25 402pm 04
Thursday 10 17 am 3 1 3 52 am 0 4
1036pm 25 448pm 07
Friday 11 04 am 30 4 37 am 0 7
1126pm 24 538pm 09
Saturday 11 54 am 2 8 5 27 am 0 9
.---. 630 p m 10
Sunday 1221 am 23 622am 1 2
1248pm 2 7 7 25 pm 12
Monday 1 20am 2 3 7 22 am 1 3
144pm 26 818pm 12

Sunrise 711am Moonrise 930am
Sunset 638pm Moonset 817pm
First Full Last New

Oct. 25 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 16

High: 82*�F/28� C




15-25 knots
High: 83� F/28� C


High: 860 F/30� C
Low: 77� F/250C

7-14 knots

ABACO Today NE at 15-25 Knots 6-10 Feet 10 Miles 83� F
Wednesday ENE at 15-25 Knots 8-12 Feet 10 Miles 83� F
ANDROS Today NE at 15-25 Knots 4-7 Feet 10 Miles 85� F
Wednesday ENE at 12-25 Knots 3-5 Feet 10 Miles 850 F
CAT ISLAND Today NE at 12-25 Knots 5-9 Feet 10 Miles 85� F
Wednesday Eat 8-16 Knots 5-9 Feet 4 Miles 85� F
CROOKED ISLAND Today Eat 8-16 Knots 1-3 Feet 5 Miles 85� F
Wednesday Eat 8-16 Knots 2-4 Feet 5 Miles 85� F
ELEUTHERA Today NE at 15-25 Knots 5-9 Feet 10 Miles 850 F
Wednesday ENE at 10-20 Knots 6-10 Feet 10 Miles 850 F
FREEPORT Today ENE at 12-25 Knots 4-8 Feet 10 Miles 85� F
Wednesday ENE at 15-25 Knots 4-8 Feet 10 Miles 85� F
GREAT EXUMA Today NE at 15-25 Knots 2-4 Feet 10 Miles 85� F
Wednesday E at 8-16 Knots 1-3 Feet 5 Miles 85� F
GREAT INAGUA Today E at 7-14 Knots 1-3 Feet 7 Miles 850 F
Wednesday ESE at 8-16 Knots 2-4 Feet 5 Miles 850 F
LONG ISLAND Today ENE at 8-16 Knots 1-3 Feet 10 Miles 850 F
Wednesday ESE at 8-16 Knots 1-2 Feet 4 Miles 850 F
MAYAGUANA Today Eat 7-14 Knots 4-7 Feet 4 Miles 85� F
Wednesday E at 8-16 Knots 4-8 Feet 6 Miles 85� F
NASSAU Today NE at 12-25 Knots 3-5 Feet 10 Miles 850 F
Wednesday ENE at 12-25 Knots 3-5 Feet 10 Miles 850 F
SAN SALVADOR Today NE at 7-14 Knots 1-3 Feet 10 Miles 86� F
Wednesday SE at 6-12 Knots 1-3 Feet 4 Miles 86� F
RAGGED ISLAND Today NE at 15-25 Knots 4-7 Feet 10 Miles 850 F
Wednesday E at 8-16 Knots 3-6 Feet 4 Miles 850 F





High: 79* F/260 C
Low: 67� F/19� C

High: 83* F/280 C
Low: 650 F/1i8 C

High:83*F/28*C .

High: 81*F/27C
Low: 68� F/20 C

High: 830 F/280 I

15-25 knots

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15-25 knots

High: 85� F/29� C
Low:740 F/23� C





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air! Black, blonde, red, curly, straight,
natural, relaxed, long or short - no
matter the colour, the length or the
texture, most Bahamian women will
probably say 'forget clothes, my hair
is more important'.
Of course hair is not only a big deal for Bahamian
women, but for women all over the globe.
Throughout the countries of the world there are
constant debates and discussions about the appear-
ance of women's hair.
Fashion and women's magazines are full with nev-
er-ending styling tips and ever-changing 'dos and
don't' when it comes to hair.
But in recent times it has been the issue of natural .
hair versus relaxed hair or weaves and wigs that has .
gotten a lot of media attention, especially in the .
United States.
A few weeks ago, world renowned super model ..
and television personality Tyra Banks decided to
end all speculation and rumours surrounding the
state of her natural hair and came out on national
television without her usual weave or wig. 1 ..
Popular comedian Chris Rock also sparked more _ _1
debate about the issue with his new documentary
"Good Hair", in which he takes a look at the black
hair industry in the US. ......
With all the noise in the market, Tribune Woman "...
wanted to know what local stylists had to say about
the topic.
Stylist Yashicka Carey of the All Natural and Ther-
mal Salon said that a new trend is also emerging in -,
the Bahamas where women are either wearing their
hair natural or wearing weaves in natural hairstyles.
"About 60 per cent of the women that come into I
our salons are wearing their hair natural and about 40
per cent are wearing natural hairstyles with weaves," ,
she said.
Wearing hair natural, she said, has several advan- .
"When you wear your hair relaxed you are limited
to straight looks, but if you wear your hair natural, ..........
depending on the texture, you can wear your hair in
straight styles and in afro styles," Ms Carey said.
Despite what some people might believe about
natural hair always being healthier than relaxed hair, .
she said that this is a misconception.
"Regardless of the texture of hair, whether it's
natural or straight, if it is not maintained and taken ......
good care of then it is no better than relaxed hair........
That is also the same for relaxed hair, if it's not main- .
tained it will become damaged," she said.
"I have seen many women whose hair is natural
and damaged very badly come into the salons for
treatment," the stylist said.
Weave is the 'in' thing for most Bahamian women.
The majority probably wear the so-called lace-front
caps or sewn min wraps.
While there is nothing wrong with wearing hair
weaves, doing it excessively can damage the hair
"There are a lot of women who wear extensions
and weaves. It is, however, not good to always put
weaves in the hair because it thins the hair and stunts
the growth," she said.
Ms Carey said that many women who come to her
salon and have hair that is badly damaged from wear-
ing weaves are not willing to go through the long
process of hair repair.
"Repairing the hair after it is damaged is a very
long process and it is very costly, too. It requires a lot
of dedication and people are not willing to stick it out �
so that their hair can be fully repaired," she said.
And even though women are aware of the damages
of wearing weaves excessively, they continue to do it.
Because so many women in the country wear
weaves instead of their natural hair, it raises the
question if Bahamian women are insecure about.
their own hair. .
Ms Carey said in her opinion there are a number of ,
reasons why Bahamian women prefer wearing weaves ,
as opposed to wearing their own hair.
"One of the reasons could be that Bahamian
women are not aware of the damage it can do to the
hair. Then again it could be a possibility that they are
not confident and secure with their own, and it could
also be because weaves allow variety," she said.
Overall, Bahamian women are probably not ready
to make that leap to all-natural, all the time just
yet, but attitudes and hairstyles are changing.

OF COURSE, hair is not only a big deal for Bahamian women, but for women all over the globe. Beyonce Knowles can be seen at the Billboard Women In Music brunch in New York. (AP Photo)


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