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Tribune Staff Reporter
WEST END and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchombe was
described yesterday the "ini-
tiator" in the attempted
extortion case against ex-
PLP Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino

During his closing argu-
ments yesterday, Bridgewa-
ter's attorney Murrio
Ducille told the nine mem-
ber jury that Mr Wilchombe
had been the "initiator".
"Had there been no call
from him, we would not be
here," he told the jury.
Mr Wilchombe had testi-
fied that he had phoned Dr
Mark Smith and Mr Tra-
SEE page eight

Businessman set to

hand out his one

millionth Tribune
A BUSINESSMAN who has offered free Tribunes to his cus-
tomers since 1982 is set to hand out his one millionth newspa-
per - and The Tribune is joining him in offering prizes to go with
Peter Roker, owner of the Esso Bargain City gas service
station on Carmichael Road, has seen loyal customers flock to
his gas pumps day after day to grab their free copy of the
paper and the day's biggest headlines when they get their fuel.
"I guess everyone in The Bahamas has had a Tribune from
me at some point," he joked.
When he realized earlier this month that he was close to
giving away his one millionth copy, he felt the moment should
be commemorated.
Now he is calling on all Bahamians to come to the service sta-
tion and try out for their chance to get his millionth paper. With
it, Mr Roker will give an as yet to be disclosed prize, and The
Tribune will offer a free one year's subscription to the news-
SEE page eight

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A WREATH on the door of The Tribune yesterday com-
memorating the career and life of the newspaper's man-
aging director Roger Carron, who died on Sunday. The
Tribune family would like to thank the hundreds of peo-
ple who have offered their condolences at this time.

WITH the PLP's convention offi-
cially kicking off today, the buzz
among party supporters remains who
will be elected by the end of the
three-day event as its new leader and
deputy leaders of the party.
Amongst those who are politically
minded, there remains the percep-
tion that former Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie still remains the most pop-
ular individual within the party ready
to lead it. Second to Mr Christie there
is Dr Nottage who will be contest-
ing Mr Christie for the leadership,
and who is seen by many to be the
top-runner amongst those challenging
the incumbent leader.
Rounding out the challengers for
leader is Paul Moss, who despite his
perceived popularity does not
demand the respect or devotion from
party stalwarts and delegates who
ultimately will have the final say.
Likewise with the deputy leader-
ship race, there is the PLP MP for
West End and Bimini, Obie Wilch-
combe - who also doubles as this
year's national convention chairman
SEE page two



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Tribune Staff
ator and current manag-
ing partner of law firm
Higgs and Johnson, John
Delaney, is set to take
over as Attorney Gen-
eral in November, The
Tribune has learned.
Sources yesterday said
he was tying up his
affairs at the top law firm
in order to be in a posi-
tion to take on the job
which was left vacant by
new Chief Justice Sir
Michael Barnett on
August 22, 2009.
News of the impend-
ing leap by Mr Delaney
from the private to the
public sector comes after
initial speculation that a
senior partner in another
law firm, Brian Moree,
of McKinney, Bancroft
and Hughes, was tipped
to become the next
Attorney General.
When confronted in
August with the question
of whether he had
accepted the AG job,
following persistent
rumours that Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham
had offered it to him, Mr
Moree told reporters he
"could not comment on
that at this time". How-
ever, nothing more came
of the matter.
The Attorney Gener-
al's areas of responsibil-
ity include acting as legal
advisor to the Govern-
ment; relations with the
judiciary; notaries pub-
lic and criminal prosecu-
tions on behalf of the
While he has a history
of working with the gov-
ernment, the greatest
part of Mr Delaney's
experience has been as
a lawyer in the private
sector, having worked as
managing director of
Higgs and Johnson since
1994, after practicing
with the firm for a fur-
ther six years.
With extensive expe-
rience in commercial law
and financial services
law, Mr Delaney has
been a key advisor to
financial services firms
on issues relating to
financial services law and
regulation, according to
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Tribune Staff Reporter
chairmanship of the PLP has
withdrawn his name and is
throwing his full support behind
former MP and cabinet minis-
ter Bradley Roberts.
Political activist Ricardo Smith
told The Tribune yesterday that
Mr Roberts has a record which
proves that under his leadership,
the PLP will stand the best pos-
sible chance of once again
becoming the government of the
Mr Smith petitioned other
persons in the race for the chair-
manship post, such as former
MP Keod Smith and attorney
Ken Dorsett, to likewise throw
their support behind Mr
"The leader and deputy leader
of the PLP will have a very
tedious task ahead of them of
transitioning the party to be bat-
tle-ready ahead of the next gen-
eral election. We need an admin-
istrator who can ensure that the
party is functioning at its peak at
this crucial time. And we need to
put our best foot forward," he
The chairmanship post will be
decided at the party's national

convention, which begins today.
In the race are: the current chair-
man, PLP MP for Englerston
Glenys Hanna-Martin; Mr
Dorsett, former MP Keod
Smith; and Mr Roberts, himself
a former chairman, who formal-
ly announced his decision to run
over the weekend.
"If elected my goal and objec-
tive is to get the party ready to
become the next government of
the Bahamas," said Mr Roberts.
The 64-year-old said that the
country has been in a state of
"great decay" since the re-elec-
tion of the FNM in May 2007
and blamed the current admin-
istration for increased crime, job-

lessness and other social prob-
He promised to "work with
all the PLP standard bearers
leading up to the ensuing elec-
tion to ensure victory and there-
after return to my life of retire-
Making his announcement as
a guest on Island FM radio's Par-
liament Street talk show, the
combative veteran politician -
who served as an MP for 25
years - said he was encouraged
by others to enter the race.
His announcement represents
a complete reversal from his stat-
ed position last year, when he
outright denied having any incli-
nation to enter the chairmanship

Pictured clockwise from top
are supporters at the event;
Perry Christie greeting a PLP
supporter; Dr Bernard Not-
tage at the convention; and
Cynthia Pratt.

Felipd Major/Tribune staff

PLP convention gets underway

FROM page one

- who is said to immensely
popular with party stalwarts
despite his recent troubles
with the John Travolta trial
and Associated Grocers in
Grand Bahama.
The PLP also has one of

its Senators, Jerome
Fitzgerald, running for its
deputy leadership. As a rel-
atively young candidate
compared to the others who
are vying for the post, Mr
Fitzgerald is said to often
have his young used against
him as being "too young"

or "unseasoned" to carry
such an important post hav-
ing only recently entered
front-line politics. Mr
Fitzgerald, it will be remem-
bered, recently gained pop-
ularity for his attacks on the
Government on their deci-
sion to relocate the con-
tainer port and the exten-
sion of Arawak Cay.
Rounding up the candi-
dates for deputy leader is
perhaps the party's most
organized and "efficient"
candidate to date, Philip
'Brave' Davis, who has trav-
eled and published chroni-
cled his journey throughout
the Family Islands picking
up support among delegates
along the way.
Mr Davis has also
secured the endorsements
of many high profile PLPs
including the party's former
deputy leader Cynthia
Pratt, former Minister of
Trade and Industry Leslie
Miller, and the party's infa-
mous former Minister of
Immigration Loftus Roker.
With such political heavy-
weights throwing their sup-
port behind the noted legal
attorney, Mr Davis it is said
may very well have the
deputy leadership race
"wrapped up" even before
it starts.


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MINISTER of Youth,
Sports and Culture Desmond
Bannister says he and his staff
are greatly saddened over the
death of artistic icon Amos
Mr Ferguson was one of
the most recognized intuitive
local painters and one of the
most internationally success-
ful Bahamian artists. His
paintings can be found in gal-
leries around the world and in
the private collections of per-
sons such as the Queen of
England and countless celebri-
ties and collectors.
In a statement issued yes-
terday, Mr Bannister noted
that Mr Ferguson's paintings
emphasisedd his deep religious
beliefs and were a constant
theme throughout his long
career of artistic expression".
Born in Exuma in 1920, Mr
Ferguson for many years
worked and made his home in
Nassau on Exuma Street -
now called Amos Ferguson
"This act alone was an inspi-
ration for many inner-city
youth who saw that a person
from their community could
be a success," Mr Bannister
"He was a self-taught artist
and his work is now in the pri-
vate collections of such gal-
leries as the Brooklyn Chil-
dren's Museum in Brooklyn,
New York, the DuSable
Museum of African-American
History, Inc in Chicago; the
Museum of International Folk
Art, the Museum of New
Mexico, Santa Fe; and the Stu-
dio Museum in Harlem, New
York City.
"However, most important-
ly, the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas has more than
20 of his works as part of the
National Collection of the
Bahamas. It is hoped that this
will encourage more young
Bahamians to see the talent
and simplistic beauty of the
work of a Bahamian whose
faith in God and love for coun-
try was unwavering and an
example for all.
"We, at the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture
extend our sympathy to Mr
Ferguson's family and to those
who were blessed to have him
in their lives. We express our
gratitude for the part he
played in not only promoting
the cultural importance of the
Bahamas throughout the
world, but also the legacy that
he has left for future Bahami-
ans," Mr Bannister said.


General need

not be a lawyer
THE Registrar General of
the Courts does not have to
be a lawyer according to a new
bill passed by parliament.
The amendment to the Reg-
istrar General Act says a per-
son who holds a master of
business administration degree
or is a trained public adminis-
trator may hold the post.
As a result of this decision,
"a far-reaching amendment"
will be required to the Magis-
trates Act, according to
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette, who has also
been serving as attorney gen-
eral and minister of legal
affairs since his predecessor
Michael Barnett was appoint-
ed chief justice in August.
In making this move, the
Bahamas follows other
Caribbean nations such as
Jamaica, Belize, and Trinidad
and Tobago where similar pro-
visions exist, Mr Symonette
The Registrar General has
responsibilities and duties
under the Magistrates Act, the
Notaries Public Act, the Mar-
riage Act, the Companies Act,
the International Business Act,
the Exempted Limited Part-
nership Act, the Friendly Soci-
eties Act, the Co-operative
Societies Act, the Trade
Marks Act, the Copyrights
Act, the Registration of Busi-
ness Names Act, the Founda-
tions Act, the Stamp Act, the
Quieting Titles Act, the Births
and Deaths Registration Act
and the Registration of
Records Act.
While the amendment seeks
to remove the specific statu-
tory requirement that the Reg-
istrar General be a lawyer, it
does not follow that a lawyer
cannot be appointed to the
post, Mr Symonette explained.
The amendment also pro-

videos for the holder of the post
to be appointed by the gover-
nor-general in accordance with
the advice of the Public Ser-
vice Commission.
Formerly, the appointment
was made on the advice of the
Judicial and Legal Services

Mitchell: former party leaders can

still be useful after being replaced

Fox Hill MP tight-lipped on leadership race intentions

Tribune Staff Reporter

FOX Hill MP Fred
Mitchell said he rejects the
notion that a former party
leader's career is over when
he is no longer the leader.
Still opting to remain tight-
lipped on whether or not he
will run for the leadership of
the PLP, Mr Mitchell said
that if change in leadership
were to take place, the new
party boss would be "foolish"
not to make use of his pre-
decessor's experience.
"There are many examples
where a former prime minis-
ter has served from the back-
bench and in the cabinet in a
senior role as trusted advisor
and counsellor to the next
leader of the party," Mr
Mitchell noted.
He pointed to the example
set in Jamaica, where former
prime minister PJ Patterson
announced he was quitting
office and setting a timetable
for elections for a new party
leader. Mr Mitchell said the
PLP ought to be in the same
position, as the party could
benefit greatly with a former
PM on the back-bench, "pro-
viding advice and counsel" as
the next leader of the party
shapes the future.
Speaking during a televised
address last night, Mr
Mitchell also insisted that he
has the right to run for the
leadership of the party and
that such a challenge should
be welcomed.
Asking party stalwarts for
their support if he decides to
vie for the post, the MP said:
"I am the son of a mechanic
from Bain Town and a secre-
tary from the Pond. You all
know me. I will not say what
I will do tonight, save only
that I reserve the right up to
the time of nomination to
decide, and that I will always
act in the best interests of the
party and the country. If I do
decide to run, then I would
wish your support."

With the party's conven-
tion kicking into high gear
today, there are three people
who will definitely be in the
running for the top post -
PLP MP Dr Bernard Nottage,
attorney Paul Moss and the
party's current leader Perry
Mr Mitchell noted that any
member of the PLP is
allowed to enter the race, a
process he said which is
"democracy at its best".
However, he added that
according to PLP tradition,
the sitting leader of the party

"protest or sacrifice".
"I want to win the leader-
ship of the PLP. I want to win
the leadership of the country,
for which leadership of the
PLP is a necessary precondi-
tion. The calculus is quite dif-
ficult and the question is
whether such a move at this
time will serve the long-term
interests of the party and of
the country," he said.
Mr Mitchell also appealed
to young voters to consider a
career in public service.
Stating that his "campaign
for change" was launched for
them, the former minister

encouraged the youth to join
the PLP, admonishing them
not to allow anyone to con-
vince them they are not ready
or "too young".
"Indeed, when I first
sought a nomination from the
PLP in 1977 at the age of 23,
I was told that I was too
young and that I ought to
wait. My turn would come. I
am now 56 and some people
are still saying, ironically
enough, I am too young and
that I should wait. Do what is
in your heart and be true to
your conscience. It is your life
to live."

should never be challenged -
as many believe this is some-
how an act of "treason and
Mr Mitchell said that he
fully rejects this idea and that
such notions ought to be put
to the test and "debunked".
"It would be terribly imma-
ture and send a poor signal
to the country about what we
are about, if we simply can't
stay together because of a
leadership contest."
The MP went on to say he
has no interest in vying for
the position as an act of

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE man convicted of killing Double Drag-
on owner Berlin Wong appealed his conviction
and sentence in the court of appeal yesterday.
Lamatt Munroe, 30, of Cox Street, Fox Hill,
was found guilty of manslaughter and arson in
July last year.
Mr Wong, 41, of Eastern Road, Nassau, own-
er of the Double Dragon Chinese restaurant in
Charlotte Street downtown, was found burned
in his car on December 13, 2006. His white
Dodge Caravan was set alight in an empty lot
near the Assembly of God church and Sun Tee
factory in Shirley Street while he was in the dri-
ver's seat.
Munroe was charged with murder later that
month but convicted of arson and manslaughter
in July last year. Munroe was sentenced to 25
years in prison on August 7, 2008.
However, he continued to protest his inno-
cence before Court of Appeal president Dame
Joan Sawyer and Justices of Appeal Christo-
pher Blackman and George Newman yester-

THE retrial of two broth-
ers accused of the murder
of Mario Miller, son of for-
mer MP and Trade Minis-
ter Leslie Miller, has now
been adjourned until May
The retrial of Ricardo
Miller, alias Tamar Lee; and
Ryan Miller, had been
scheduled to begin yester-
day before Senior Justice
Jon Isaacs, however two key
prosecution witnesses are
reportedly unable to attend
the trial.
The case has now been
adjourned to May 10, 2009.

Arriving late from Her Majesty's prison wear-
ing a light blue linen shirt and trousers, Munroe
represented himself before the bench.
Munroe was asked why his appeal was lodged
after the 22 day period allowed for appeals after
sentencing, and he explained that he had
instructed his lawyer Michael Hanna to lodge an
appeal immediately after sentencing, but the
appeal was never filed.
He had also requested transcripts from the tri-
al and told the court yesterday how he still wants
to obtain these to prove his innocence.
"I speak for my innocence, but the law I
don't know," he told the court.
Franklyn Williams, representing the crown,
accepted Munroe's early intention to appeal
and late application, and made no objection to
an extension of time for the appeal to be filed.
Dame Joan granted the extension and asked
for a copy of the trial transcript to be given to
Munroe. The Appeal Court president asked
Munroe if he would like to be represented by an
attorney and instructed the registrar to assign an
attorney to the appellant.
When Munroe thanked her she assured him
she was just doing her job. The hearing has
been adjourned until Monday, January 25.

The brothers are each on
$30,000 bail.
Mario Miller, 28, was
found stabbed to death near
Super Value in Winton on
June 22, 2002.
The first trial into his
death ended four weeks
after it began in January,
2006, when the court
learned that a juror was
closely connected to a rela-
tive of the accused.
The second trial was
declared a mistrial on Octo-
ber 7, 2008, when the jury
failed to reach a unanimous


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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Path to Afghanistan stability is unclear

KABUL, Afghanistan - President
Hamid Karzai's concession of the need of for
a runoff election in Afghanistan appears to
have prevented his country from slipping
into paralysis, but has created a new land-
scape of risks and uncertainty.
Karzai's concession was a critical first step
toward creating a credible Afghan govern-
ment, coming after heavy pressure from
European and U.S. officials, including veiled
threats that his actions could affect pend-
ing decisions about troops levels, according
to one U.S. official who spoke on condition
of anonymity because of the delicacy of the
But diplomats immediately questioned
whether a new vote could be organized
before the announced date of Nov. 7, and
whether a second round of balloting would
have more security or less fraud than the
first, in which nearly a quarter of ballots
were thrown out by international auditors.
"There are huge constraints to delivering in
the second round," said one Western official.
"Can you deliver a result that is any different
from the one we've already got?"
The host of uncertainties left open the
prospect of what administration officials and
their Western allies expect will be three
weeks of ferocious horse-trading as Karzai
and his principal challenger, Abdullah
Abdullah, decide whether they can strike a
deal to actually avert a runoff, which would
carry enormous political risks for both of
them, as well as strategic one for the United
States and its allies.
Diplomats said the efforts to get the two
men to join forces would now intensify.
Abdullah has hinted he would be open to
negotiate, but Karzai, at a news conference
here on Tuesday, seemed to rule it out.
"The coalition has no legitimacy and is
not possible," he said, standing alongside
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who negotiated
with Karzai for nearly 20 hours over 5 days
to accept the results.
Yet officials said that if there is a deal it
would likely involve Abdullah conceding to
Karzai, in return for a major role in over-
hauling Afghanistan's Constitution to give
the president less power.
Afghanistan's Independent Election Com-
mission formally certified the vote on Tues-
day, said Karzai had received 49.7 percent of
the votes, higher than a foreign-led panel

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of experts conducting the audit had found,
but still below the more than 50 percent
required to avoid a runoff.
Karzai seemed to dismiss any fraud, saying
of the disqualified votes: "The voters are
not to blame. Why their votes were disre-
spected, should be thoroughly investigated.
But it is not the right time to discuss this."
While some see a deal between Karzai
and Abdullah as a way to create a credible
Afghan government with broader popular
support, many in the Obama administration
express concerns that it would only make
the running of Afghanistan more chaotic,
given the enmities between the two.
After Karzai's complaints of foreign inter-
ference, the administration is also deter-
mined not to appear to meddle.
"We feel very strongly about this," said
one of President Barack Obama's closest
foreign policy advisers, who spoke on con-
dition of anonymity. "We had a big stake
in making sure we had a legitimate election.
But this is up to the Afghans."
As it became clear that international audi-
tors would invalidate enough votes to push
Karzai below the threshold for a runoff, the
U.S. efforts to persuade the president that he
had not won the election outright were extra-
The task was left to Kerry and Secretary
of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who have
experienced their own electoral frustrations
and used those experiences in dealing with
In one personal moment during a week-
end of long dinners and walks in the gar-
den of the sprawling, heavily fortified pres-
idential palace in Kabul, Kerry recounted
his experience as the Democratic nominee in
the 2004 presidential election, including the
lingering questions about ballots cast in Ohio
that helped decide the election against him.
"I told him, 'sometimes there are tough
things,' "Kerry said in an interview Tuesday.
A senior administration official described
the international pressure on Karzai as a
"full court press" that also included not-so-
subtle threats delivered by telephone to
Karzai's defense minister, Gen. Abdul
Rahim Wardak.
(This article is by Sabrina Tavernise, Mark
Landler and Helene Cooper, c.2009 New
York Times News Service)


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Govt must

make abuse

cases a top


EDITOR, The Tribune. _ .... . . .

The incident that took
place recently involving the
C I Gibson student allegedly
abused has prompted me to
share my opinion on the mat-
The unimaginable amount
of abuse cases documented,
that if publicised, would crush
the Ministry of Education,
should be ranked as highest
priority by our government.
Many in this country
believe that beating is the
only way to curb disobedient
behaviour in children. "Spare
the rod, spoil the child", a
Bible scripture often quoted
to justify the grave misuse of
'the rod'. Could one possibly
think for a second that God,
as merciful and humble as we
know him to be, would
instruct us to beat his children
as well as our own to the
point of acute pain, bleeding
or even bruising as the
Roman soldiers had done our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
before his crucifixion? This
cannot possibly make one
ounce of logical sense! Sadly,
many teachers and adminis-
trators in this Bahamaland
still cling tightly to this prim-
itive and barbaric way of
thinking instead of realising
the obvious. That violence
begets violence. Don't get me
wrong, all children need dis-
cipline, especially in this mod-
ern age of technology and all
of its influences. However,
there are many, many other
ways of doing so other than
lashing out in anger and rage
of personal stress on innocent
Commissioner of Police Mr

Reginald Ferguson stated ear-
lier this month that children
now have easier access to
firearms than ever before and
that kids as young as nine-
years-old are renting guns on
the streets of New Provi-
Hypothetically speaking,
should a young, impression-
able and more importantly
abused child retaliate against
a school administrator for
harshly abusing him/her, there
would be a media frenzy as
to how 'out of control' our
youth have become. Violence
begets violence! If no one is
there to stand up for the
rights of children, they will
inevitably fall down a course
of destruction in an attempt to
defend themselves.
We must practice enough
humility in this place to realise
that children do have a say.
Their opinions and rights are
of equal or greater impor-
tance than adults in this coun-
try. Of course, there are
boundaries, rules and regula-
tions for them to follow, but
doesn't this hold true for
adults as well?
The Bahamian Govern-
ment as well as the Ministry
of Education must enforce
stricter penalties for child
I visited my son's PTA
meeting last week and a par-
ent took it upon herself to
give a brief testimonial of how
strict she was/is with her chil-
dren. The examples of disci-

Exception taken to unfair criticism by

EDITOR, The Tribune

As the Permanent Secretary
of the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture, I am obligated to
respond to remarks attributed
to long time sailing enthusiast
and Commodore, Rev. Philip
McPhee, in an article which
appeared in this morning's edi-
tion of The Nassau Guardian's
Sports Section, captioned
"Government Not Serious
about Regattas."
In this instance, Rev.
McPhee is alleged to have lev-
elled criticisms at this Ministry

at large, the National Regatta
Committee, the Regatta Unit
of this Ministry and indeed the
Government of The Bahamas,
citing their lack of passion for
Regattas and that more money
should be allocated to regattas.
Exception is taken to such
an unfair criticism by Rev.
McPhee since as an employee
of this Ministry, he has easy
access to this office as well as
that of my Minister and any
recommendations or advice
that he would care to offer
would certainly be entertained,
given his unquestioned knowl-


pline given were absolutely
appalling rather than encour-
aging, and left most parents
flabbergasted. After all of the
horror stories were shared,
she then gave the teacher per-
mission to "tear up" her
daughter, should she step out
of line. Now, what is defined
as 'stepping out of line' in
order to warrant being 'torn
up'? I literally went home that
night and cried to know that
kids right around us suffer this
way. To endure this kind of
treatment at home and then
have to face it at school as
well, would be unbearable for
most of us.
We are raising people,
remarkable people that will
be our future leaders, not ani-
mals for slaughter! Do we
want these emotionally hurt
and scarred children to lead
our country into tomorrow?
I think not! This tiny country
needs to stop acting like
Africa and sweeping these
heinous acts under the rug.
This is a big deal and needs to
come to an end. If only
Amnesty International could
hold a public press conference
Many say that we should
be proud to be Bahamian.
Well I need more than sun,
sand and sea to be truly
proud. I need a nation that is
fair and just. A nation that
stands up for fundamental
rights of human beings and of
equal opportunity and I real-
ly don't think we're exactly
there yet.

September 28, 2009.

Rev Philip McPhee
edge of regattas and their eco-
nomic impact on the various
Island communities hosting
He is also aware of the exist-
ing financial constraints under
which all public and private
agencies are now compelled to
In spite of such a globally
financial challenging environ-
ment, this Ministry has never-
theless continued to partner
with committees representing
every major and some smaller
communities throughout the
Islands of The Bahamas to
ensure that they all experience
the economic benefits of these
home coming festivals which
provide such a significant finan-
cial stimulus in those commu-
In some instances these
events are the only major eco-
nomic activity upon which res-
idents have come to rely.
Reverend McPhee would
also have been aware of this
Ministry's sustained financial
support provided to the
Bahamas Sailing Association
for the development of young
Opti Class sailors, boys and
girls from New Providence,
Harbour Island, Abaco, Grand
Bahama, Long Island and
Eleuthera who represent the
very future of sailing and regat-
tas in The Bahamas.
Similarly, the Ministry fund-
ed its Annual Summer Youth
Sailing Programme which
serves to introduce scores of
young persons from public and
private schools to this indige-
nous sport, another example of
the dedication and commitment
of this Ministry to expand the
economic benefits of regattas
throughout the islands of The
Reverend McPhee is there-
fore kindly invited to trust in
his engagement with this Min-
istry and that the status of the
only indigenously Bahamian
sport will retain its priority with
this public agency for the fore-
seeable future.
Further, Mr. McPhee is invit-
ed at his leisure to sit with me
to discuss the many plans that
this ministry has formulated to
grow this exciting and time hon-
oured sport.
Permanent Secretary,
October, 2009.



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Accused men seek extensions to appeal sentences

Tribune Staff Reporter

TWO men accused of
house-breaking and steal-
ing appeared in the Court

of Appeal yesterday to
request an extension of the
deadline to appeal their

Delano Munroe, 22, was
sentenced to six years

imprisonment in Magis-
trate's Court on September
1 last year, but is now claim-
ing the magistrate exceeded
his jurisdiction.
Appeal Court President
Dame Joan Sawyer was ini-
tially troubled and amused
by the spelling mistakes in
Munroe's submission and
when she asked who had
written it, Munroe informed
Dame Joan the statement
had been written by his cell
mate at Her Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill.
He assured the president
that he is literate.
Dame Joan said the
requested extension would
be granted if it was found
that the presiding magis-
trate did not inform the
convict of his right to
Attorney Franklyn
Williams, representing the
Commissioner of Police,
requested to see a transcript
of the hearing.
The case was adjourned

until January 25 when the
transcript will be considered
in court.
Raymond Rahming then
appeared before Dame
Joan and Justices of Appeal
Christopher Blackman and
George Newman to request
for an extension of time to
make an appeal against the
eight year sentence handed
down to him on May 14.
Rahming was found
guilty of house-breaking
and stealing, and he was
given two four year prison
sentences, to run consecu-
The convict said he did
not file an appeal within the
allocated time period
because he did not have a
lawyer to represent him and
prison officers failed to sup-
ply him with the form in
Mr Williams accepted the
application for an extension
of time for the appeal.
The matter was
adjourned until January 25


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amount of support for its Dis-
covery Day mini-fair, the
Bahamas Association for
Social Health was pleased to
present winners of the raffle
with their prizes yesterday
The fair, held at the 210 acre
Albury Street compound,
served as a formal introduc-
tion to BASH's sister compa-
ny, EARTH (Educational
Alternative Resources for
Total Health) Village, which
focuses on families and chil-
dren in an attempt to substan-
tially reduce crime, violence
and drug abuse by providing
positive educational opportu-
Supporters who purchased
raffle tickets had the opportu-
nity to win more than $4,000
worth of prizes, including the
grand prize - a trip for two to
Cuba donated by Bahama-
BASH and EARTH Village
media liaison Wesley Fin-
layson said: "We really appre-
ciate everyone's support for
purchasing the tickets. It real-
ly takes community and per-
sonal efforts to put on a func-
tion like this. We had nearly

Clarita Palmer - trip to Cuba
Nick Simmons - Segway tour
Jeffrey Sands - horse riding
Andrea Bethell -three day,
two night stay at the Sheraton,
Cable Beach
Thelma Forbes - men's
Melinda Deveaux -An
"Aquaventure" experience
Shenique Moncur -three
day, two night stay at
Whyndam Resort
Wendy Dawkins - a gift
Rachael Peters - Dolphin
Cynthia Rolle - ticket for two
on Fast Ferries
Prince, Wulff Road - trip to
Rose Island

1,500 people in and out the
whole day and every dollar
spent counted. All the money
raised went to help BASH and
EARTH Village.
The winners gathered at
BASH yesterday afternoon to
receive their prizes, and were
given an impromptu tour of
the grounds. Many of them
had missed the mini-fair, and
were amazed by all the activi-
ties and educational resources
on site.
They also praised the dedi-
cation and commitment of
BASH president Terry Miller
and his team, and one winner
told of BASH's critical role in
saving her father's life.
Another winner, Andrea
Bethell, said: "I was walking
down Bay Street for lunch and
I saw the desk and I told the
gentleman if I could afford
lunch, whatever I had left I
will come back and buy the

ticket. And then I remem-
bered Mr Miller on the radio
talking about the programme
and how beneficial it is and
the kind of financial assistance
they were receiving from gov-
ernment. So I said I have to
come back and support these
people. I support other organ-
isations, I can give $2."
Ms Bethell said she couldn't
contain her excitement when
she received a call from BASH
letting her know that she had
won a three day, two night stay
at the Sheraton Resort.
Funds earned at the Dis-
covery Day mini-fair will be
used to maintain and develop
the EARTH Village facility -
which, it is hoped, will eventu-
ally sustain a weekend youth
camp where at-risk youths can
explore conflict management
and resolution strategies while
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Challengers for the top

positions in the PLP


AS THE PLP Conven-
tion kicks off tonight, the
internal bickering and pow-
er struggle intensifies.
Today, I will continue from
where I stopped in Mon-
day's column and discuss
the challengers for the
deputy leadership and
chairman posts.
Contesting the open
deputy leader post are Cat
Island, Rum Cay and Sal-
vador MP Philip "Brave"
Davis, Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald and West End
MP Obie Wilchcombe.
Brave Davis, known as
the emperor of Cat Island,
was once taught of as mere-
ly a flimsy, smiling back-
bencher (during the PLP's
governance), who appeared
to be inclined to quietly
standing in the background.
He has since repackaged
In the 1980s, I'm told,
Brave Davis' political story
began when he stated, in
nationally a published
interview, that he was pre-
pared to run for either the
FNM or the PLP.
According to Mr Davis'
promotional newsletter
'The Brave Voice', in an
eloquently written letter,
Davis supports his cam-
paign platform-eradicat-
ing crime, reducing unem-
ployment and promoting
native economic owner-
ship-and touts the rise of
a new day in local politics.
According to the Issue,
Brave states that: "Crime
is rampant and becoming
more savage and brazen by
the day; our young people
have become disenchanted
with their country, as the
image of their Bahamian
dream has been shattered;
unemployment is at a stag-
gering 14 per cent and
Bahamian ownership of our
economy is almost non-
While I found Davis'
message to the stalwart
councilors and party dele-
gates to be strong and stir-
ring, where were all these
ideas during the PLP's gov-
And, why didn't Mr
Davis seek and/or accept a
Cabinet post to truly
demonstrate his commit-
ment and leadership
prowess to the nation?
Furthermore, it must also
be noted that while Davis
expresses his desire to tack-
le crime, some of his most
notable legal works have
been in defence of high
profile, convicted hood-
He has also had run-ins
with the media due to com-
ments that were perceived
as alluding to the press
being gagged.
Based upon recent
reports, it appears Mr
Davis has garnered the sup-

"It does appear that Brave

Davis is cognizant of his

oratorical weaknesses and

has employed various

complementary means to

advance his message."

port and endorsements of
the grassroots as well as
prominent PLPs (George
Smith, Leslie Miller,
Charles Carter, Loftus
Roker, Cynthia "Mother"
Pratt, Effy Walkes).
Although he is said to be
a down-to-earth person, his
oratorical delivery, pub-
licly, is about as explosive
as a soaking wet fire crack-
When it comes to speak-
ing, the deputy leader con-
tender is no Barack Oba-
ma, no Hubert Ingraham
or Perry Christie, no toast-
master awardee! Frankly,
if Mr Davis' campaign was
based wholly upon his ora-
torical ability to electrify
and project his vision, his
stock would be lower than
the Zimbabwean dollar.
It does appear that
Brave Davis is cognizant of
his oratorical weaknesses
and has employed various
complementary means to
advance his message.
Brave, thus far, has run
an innovative, "Oba-
mlsquc campaign.


Quite frankly, I have nev-
er seen a campaign of this
nature in local politics and,
if it becomes a norm (and it
should), there could be
some average income folks
vying for public office who,
financially, may not be able
to compete against such an
electoral machine.
However, yesterday both
Davis himself and his sup-
porter and legal associate
Andrew Edwards refuted
this assertion. Mr Edwards
claimed that Davis "has
simply chosen to involve a
lot of young people in his
campaign, has printed
30,000 copies of the
newsletters in Florida for a
mere $3,000 and produced
the videos broadcast on
ZNS/Cable 12 for about
$1,000, while paying those
stations about $600 to
broadcast it." Davis' cam-
paign has been truly superb
and of a 21st century, first
world quality.
As a Family Island boy

myself, I have a great
appreciation for Davis' suc-
cesses, how he was able to
pull himself up by his boot-
straps and worked his way
to the top. Nothing was
ever given to him and his
humility seems genuine.
Thus far, it does appear
that as his advertisements
continue, Brave has a slight
upper-hand. I have, how-
ever, wondered why Mr
Davis, who promotes him-
self as being brave, wasn't
brave enough to enter the
leadership race.
Perhaps, and PLPs
should also consider this,
this race is merely a pre-
liminary, a feeler of sorts!
Jerome Fitzgerald, the
Perry Christie appointed
senator and a member of
the PLP bourgeoisie,
appears to have been called
down from his ivory tower
and come galloping into the
deputy leadership race
where, for him, there is no
realistic chance of a triple
crown or even a derby vic-
Mr Fitzgerald is another
seat-less wonder whose
political campaign to "save
Saunders Beach" and pro-
hibit the expansion of
Arawak Cay has earned
him little to no grassroot
To the curious mind, it
now seems self-serving that
Mr Fitzgerald was baying
about the Arawak Cay port
development immediately
before he expressed his
intent to contest for the
deputy leadership. Was this
all some kind of self-pro-
moting gimmick? And, has
Mr Fitzgerald suddenly
dropped the issue? Was Mr
Fitzgerald talking about
issues and problems that he
may be completely
detached from? As it all a
well scripted play? And,
didn't he seek to establish a
water plant at Arawak
Frankly, the senator
boasts on his deputy lead-
ership resume that he has
"championed causes that
affect ordinary Bahamians,
ie, save Saunders Beach,
objection of the port trans-
fer to Arawak Cay."


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The results of the deputy
leadership race will reveal
whether or not he has
gained any political mileage
from these "championed
Now vying for the PLP's
deputy leadership post, it
was this same Jerome
Fitzgerald who, as a
prospect, spoke at the FNM
convention on November
10, 2000, immediately
before current Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham.
Also speaking that night
were Dion Foulkes and
Michael Pintard!
Furthermore, although
Mr Fitzgerald was appoint-
ed to the senate by Mr
Christie, he shortly there-
after took to the airwaves
and called for him to quit -
that is, before flip-flopping,
rescinding his statement
and pledging his support.


Frankly, I've come to
view Jerome Fitzgerald as a
sophisticated and aloof
wannabe whose elitism was
demonstrated when he,
unlike all the other candi-
dates for prominent posi-
tions, chose to announce
his premature candidacy
for deputy leader at an
elite, high-class restaurant.
A place that the masses,
from whom quite a number
of the low to average
income delegates/stalwart
councilors come, can hard-
ly afford.
The senator should have
taken a page out of the
books of Paul Moss,
Bernard Nottage, Brave
Davis and Obie Wilch-
combe when announcing!
Although I have seen the
tacky photographs of Mr
Fitzgerald distributing
school supplies and other
accessories to the needy, I
am not convinced that com-
mon, everyday citizens can
identify with him. There
are many politicians that
do the same, but do so qui-
etly. Furthermore, it is gen-
erally accepted that once
the senator has performed
his duties at the conven-
tion, he will be leaving the
masses on New Providence
behind to return to his
palatial home on Paradise
As it stands, he is a nil-to-
nowhere prospect with no
political track record
behind him.
Obie Wilchcombe, a stu-
dent of Sir Lynden Pindling
and a charismatic and
dynamic orator, is the sec-
ond real contender in the
showdown for the deputy
leadership. Mr Wilchcombe
is the only living Bahamian
who has served as MP, min-
ister, senator and party
Thus far, I'm told, Mr
Wilchcombe has launched a
very aggressive ground
campaign and, as one
source suggested, "comes
from the belly, the core, of
what 'PLPism' is all about."
Years ago, Mr Wilch-
combe, a former journalist,
went to prison for protect-
ing a source and has been
deservedly praised for trav-
eling to Grand Bahama and

enduring two very destruc-
tive hurricanes -Frances
and Jeanne - with his con-
stituents. Since these hur-
ricanes, the economy of
Grand Bahama has tanked.
Frankly, I have always
thought that Mr Wilch-
combe had the appeal and
tenure to have possibly
mounted a successful lead-
ership campaign against
party leader Perry Christie.
In recent times, the West
End and Bimini MP has
had to credibly defend his
innocence after the Travol-
ta attempted extortion case
garnered national and
international headlines and
involved his business part-
ner Pleasant Bridgewater
and ambulance driver Tari-
no Lightbourne.
Of late, Mr Wilchcombe
has been subjected to much
negative press. Recently,
the former Minister of
Tourism testified as a pros-
ecution witness in the ongo-
ing trial.
Although Mr Wilch-
combe has proclaimed his
innocence, misplaced per-
ceptions after the Travolta
episode has, in the eyes of
some, hampered his
Honestly, I once thought
that Mr Wilchcombe would
have easily wiped the floor
with his competition. This
time around, he will have
an uphill battle. However,
it is hoped by many young
persons that he will be suc-
cessful in his bid for the
deputy leadership.
Obie Wilchcombe, a titan
in the PLP, is expected to
storm the convention.


THE contenders, and
pretenders, vying for PLP
chairman are Glenys Han-
na-Martin (sitting chair-
person), former MP
Bradley Roberts, perennial
protester Ricardo Smith,
vice chairman Ken
Dorsette and former MP
Keod Smith.
Glenys Hanna-Martin,
the youthful chairperson
has been a pacesetter thus
far. She is the first female
chairperson and, as a politi-
cian, has managed to step
out of her father's (AD
Hanna) shadow and, via
her tenacious approach to
the issues, earned respect.
Earlier this year, she again
entered the history books
when she was named and
banned from the House of
Assembly for two sittings
as she, in the midst of seek-
ing information about the
death of a teenager in
police custody, ignored an
order by the Speaker. I do
feel though, that a most
memorable moment in
modern parliamentary his-
tory was interrupted when
fellow PLP MPs sought to
obstruct the sergeant-at-
arms from removing her. It
appears that she has ardu-
ously worked at inter-party
affairs and, if the party is
to transition to embracing a
new generation of politi-
cians, she is likely to put a
spanking on her chal-
In this race, Ricardo

Smith is a no-hoper. He is a
featherweight punching
way above his weight level.
After the convention, Mr
Smith-placards and all-
will be sent packing with a
one way ticket into political
Former MP Keod Smith
has absolutely no chance of
winning the chairman post.
He is viewed by some PLPs
as a loose cannon, particu-
larly as he is most famous
as one-half of the dueling
twosome that came to
blows in the Cabinet
Mr Smith should take a
blanket to the convention
as he is likely to make an
abrupt return to the politi-
cal wilderness.
Bradley Roberts, a for-
mer minister and MP of 25
years, is Mrs Martin's only
real competition. He will
not be easily dispatched to
the political boneyard.
If Mr Roberts is victori-
ous, no one doubts that the
64-year-old will be on the
FNM like white-on-rice.
However, Mr Roberts has
had his time and if PLPs
bring him back from the
political graveyard, it is a
sign of the party's despera-
tion and a clear indication
that the PLP is unwilling to
break with the past.


During the last election,
the PLP pledged not to
turn back, so will they
when it's convenient for
them? Is the party going to
go deep into the annals of
its history and elect a
retired, near 70-year-old as
Little is known about
Ken Dorsette.
I am told that he is
known within his party, was
a legal journeyman having
worked at several law firms
and, as one source put it,
"could sell sand to the
beach." At best, he finishes
in third place.
Mr Dorsette must be
likening his chances to
watching a wilting rose as
one minute he was Mrs
Martin's main challenger
and in the other, Bradley
Roberts-who stood with
him and appeared to be
supportive-dropped the
bombshell that he to would
be contesting for the post.
While it is expected to
be a stormy convention, the
PLP must accept their
defeat and emerge as a
reinvigorated organization.
The people are tired of
false promises, scandals and
government by committees.
I do wonder whether the
persons vying for the top
posts in the party have an
intellectual grasp of the
position of today's world
and how it relates to lead-
ing an archipelagic state
into a stable future.
These leaders must all
have fundamental princi-
ples that can be molded
into futuristic and coherent
policies that would advance
this nation.
Lastly, its high-time that
the old curmudgeons dom-
inating that party take a
back seat!




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for change

The Lyford Cay Foundation joins with

non-profit groups to help feed the needy


TO FIGHT hunger in the
Bahamas, you need to have
a strong stomach.
This is especially so of
late, as it involves witnessing
first-hand the widening
reach of this menace -
which is now affecting fam-
ilies and social groups for-
merly thought to be outside
its grasp.
A widespread and grow-
ing problem requires a
sweeping and expanding
effort in response, and
Hands for Hunger (H4H) is
doing all it can to be just
"The best way for inter-
ested members of the public
to become familiar with our
work is to spend a day on
one of our trucks, which will
give them an opportunity to
experience first hand the
scope of our programme,"
says Ashley Lepine, execu-
tive director of the non-
profit group, the only large-
scale food rescue organisa-
tion in the country.
Every day, H4H picks up
fresh food that would oth-
erwise go to waste - from
grocery stores, food whole-
salers, restaurants and
hotels - and transports it in
refrigerated trucks to com-
munity centres, shelters,
churches and soup kitchens.
Since launching operations
in March of this year, H4H
has effectively redistributed
100,000 pounds of food,
hugely impacting the land-
scape of food waste and
food assistance throughout
New Providence.
"Picking up the food and
seeing how much of it is
habitually wasted, that's one
thing - part of our green
mandate to prevent food
from being unnecessarily
thrown away," adds Ms
Lepine. "We then turn
directly to the humanitari-
an efforts at the core of
H4H: delivering this food to
places that provide meals to
those most in need."
One such place is Great
Commission Ministries
International on Wulff
Road, which provides emer-
gency shelter, counselling
and food to hundreds of dis-
advantaged men, women
and children.
On any given day - if it is
fortunate enough to have
sufficient supplies on hand -
the organisation hands out
40 to 50 grocery packages
from its food bank, and
serves around 150 hot meals
at its feeding centre.
It also sends food to
elderly or disabled shut-ins,
provides meals at its vari-
ous shelters, and feeds at
least 80 children on Satur-
days as part of its Save the
Children Club.
As with so many groups
who are dedicated to com-
bating hunger, the Great
Commission constantly
struggles to keep up with
the demand for its services.
"We've seen a very
marked increase in the num-

"Picking up the food and
seeing how much of it is
habitually wasted, that's one
thing - part of our green
mandate to prevent food
from being unnecessarily
thrown away."

Ashley Lepine, executive
director of Hands for Hunger

ber of people coming to us,
especially people who
would be considered mid-
dle class," says Minalee
Hanchell, the organisation's
executive director. "They
have been laid off or evict-
ed, and are laying aside
their pride to get some
clothing or a few hot meals
for themselves and their
"I remember a lady com-
ing in and I gave her a food
package and she started to
cry. She said, 'This is such a
big help for me. I have five
children. I left them crying
for something to eat'."
"The hunger population
is a different population
now," stressed Ms Lepine.
"We have been getting
reports of more families
showing up to receive food
support, in addition to indi-
viduals who are out of work
or homeless. All of the 13
agencies we deliver food to
have experienced a huge
surge in who is seeking


Recently, the jobs of H4H
and the Ministries were
made a little easier thanks
to a combined donation of
$27,500 from Lyford Cay
Foundation, Inc's Gifts and
Grants Committee, a pow-
erful catalyst for change in
the Bahamas that has
awarded more than $12 mil-
lion to local charities and
non-profit groups since its
establishment 40 years ago.
Over the past year, due to
the economic downturn, the
Committee has been con-
centrating on addressing
people's most basic needs.
"We learned that Great
Commission Ministries
focuses on providing food,
clothing and shelter, so we
encouraged them to apply
for a grant," said Suzy
Robinson, committee chair.
"We found them to be
well organised and success-
ful in meeting the needs of
their clients and were happy
to provide funding for their
food programmes.
"At the same time, we
were particularly interested
in Hands for Hunger
because their mission is very
specific: to eradicate hunger
in the Bahamas. We were
impressed by the work they
had done to 'qualify' both

donors and recipients of
food, and by their unique
approach to serve their
clients well. We found the
people at both of these
organizations to be profes-
sional, enthusiastic, and pas-
sionate about their mis-
Great Commission Min-
istries International used its
grant to purchase items for
its food bank, and to acquire
a new stove for its feeding
centre as well as an oven for
its women's shelter.
"We are so grateful to the
Lyford Cay Foundation,"
says Mrs Hanchell.
"We really wish that more
persons would reach out
and help like they are doing.
I was so grateful for that
"Our burners and oven
were not working at the
feeding centre, and now we
can more quickly and effec-
tively prepare meals. I wish
I'd had a camera to capture
the looks on the faces of the
women at our shelter when
we got that oven. They were
so excited to get it and to
start baking."
At Hands for Hunger,
two separate gifts from the
Lyford Cay Foundation
have helped to provide fuel
and electricity for their
refrigerated trucks, and to
purchase aluminum pans,
food grade labels, and a
hand trolley.
"The Lyford Cay Foun-
dation, being one of our first
supporters, basically direct-
ly allowed Hands For
Hunger to become opera-
tional," says Ms Lepine.
"Through their sponsor-
ship, we were able to secure
more food supplies so that
more meals are getting to
who they need to."
H4H's ultimate aim is to
help ensure that one day,
every Bahamian will have
daily access to adequate
"To maintain a sense of
integrity and humanity for
anyone who has fallen on
hard times, not just opening
a can of food for them but
giving them full, hot meals is
really important," said Ms
Since Great Commission
Ministries became a recipi-
ent of H4H's food donations
last year, it has been able to
increase both the quantity
and the quality of food that
it distributes.

HANDS FOR HUNGER (H4H) driver Francis Burrows picks up food donated by Atlantis recently. H4H is
the country's only large-scale food rescue organization.

FOOD DONATED by Atlantis is delivered by Hands for Hunger to Great Commission Ministries Interna-
tional at the Erma Miller Centre on Wulff Road.

LUNCH IS SERVED at the Great Commission Ministries International Feeding Centre, which provides
approximately 150 free hot lunches daily to people in need.

"There were so many
days where we were just
about to run out of food and
we would see if we could try
and put together something,
anything quick because peo-
ple are in there and they're
hungry, and then Hands for
Hunger would pull up," says
Mrs Hanchell. "And all
we'd have to do is just warm
the food, and feed people. I
always say to Ashley and to
the drivers, 'You all have
come at such a timely
moment.' They have also
come to us with meals that
we would normally not be
able to afford to purchase,
like certain types of meat.
The quality enhances our
meals on the whole."
The Ministries provides
free counselling on a wide
variety of topics to hundreds
of people, but food is, unde-
niably, the thing that brings
the most comfort to those
who are seeking help. With-
out food, Mrs Hanchell
points out, people cannot
begin to address other areas
of lack in their lives.
"You can't talk to a per-
son and be counselling them
about their life or their mar-
riage or anything if they're
hungry," Mrs Hanchell said.
"One of the first things I
do when a person comes in
and says they need emer-
gency shelter or a food
package or counselling is to
ask them, 'Did you eat any-

thing? Did you eat lunch?'
And about nine times out
of 10, they say that they
haven't eaten.
"And I pause right there
and let them eat before we
The conviction that
hunger is the root cause of
many of the serious ills fac-
ing our society is shared by
H4H, and has driven its evo-


"The hunger issue is tied
to a plethora of other social
issues we often address,"
says Alanna Rodgers, the
group's co-founder. "If we
look at our community and
the ways, for example, some
people just throw garbage
all over the street, we ask,
why does that happen? Why
is it occurring? It's occur-
ring because this person has
no sense of responsibility
for our environment. But if
someone doesn't have food
to eat, can you really ask
them to be concerned about
a beach clean-up? For us,
that revelation led to the
shift from, 'let's go green'
to, 'let's address the most
basic issues.'"
A former participant in
Lyford Cay Foundation,
Inc's SEARCH programme,
which assists young people
in the college application
process and helps them

secure financial aid from
colleges and universities in
North America, Ms
Rodgers attended Rice Uni-
versity in Houston, Texas to
train for competitive tennis
- until she lost her passion
for the sport a year and a
half into her studies and
began to re-evaluate her pri-
She left college and took a
year off, channeling her
energies into volunteer
work and eventually finding
her passion for humanitari-
an entrepreneurship.
"When I stopped playing
tennis, which filled up a lot
of my life, I experienced this
big loss on a personal level.
I really needed to do a lot of
work in terms of redefining
my self-identity at that
"I had to expand my per-
ception of who I was as a
human being and what I was
capable of," Ms Rodgers
"I never saw myself as
being a community activist
of any sort.
"I didn't have much expe-
rience with this sort of thing.
I just knew that, like many
of our generation, I wanted
to see a better world where
we're taking responsibility
for our environment and
each other.
"My feeling is, if I'm not
here to make a difference,
then what am I here for?"




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'initiated' case

FROM page one

volta's lead attorney
Michael Ossi after Bridge-
water had brought the
refusal of treatment doc-
ument to his attention.
Lightbourne's attor-
ney Carlson Shurland
described Mr Wil-
chombe and PLP sena-
tor Allyson Maynard-
Gibson both as "oppor-
tunists". Mr Shurland
told the jury that
Bridgewater had trusted
Mr Wilchombe. He said
Mr Wilchombe was sup-
posed to add credibility
to the prosecution's case
but did not.
"They figured if he
could say all those
things about her
(Bridgewater) it must be
true, but he has no cred-
ibility," Mr Shurland
told the jury.
"Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son was an opportunist,"
Mr Shurland said. "She
performed a profession-
al services and got paid
for it."
Both attorneys con-
cluded their closing
arguments yesterday.
Senior Justice Anita
Allen is expected give
her summation of the
case to the jury today.

Defence attorneys attack

credibility of key witness

Tribune Staff Reporter

DEFENCE attorneys in
the attempted extortion tri-
al of ex-PLP senator Pleas-
ant Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne yesterday
attacked the credibility of a
key prosecution witness and
told the jury that their
clients were the victims.
"This case that the prose-
cution has brought to you,
is like a jigsaw puzzle and
they have asked you to put it
together," Bridgewater's
attorney Murrio Ducille told
the nine-member jury.
Continuing his closing
submissions yesterday, Mr
Ducille told the jury that
one of the most important
features of the case was the
evidence of Michael McDer-
mott, an attorney for Amer-
ican actor John Travolta.
Bridgewater and Light-
bourne are accused of
attempting to extort $25 mil-
lion from Mr Travolta. Mr
Ducille told the jury that it


was not until Mr McDer-
mott came into the picture
that there was even talk of
an extortion attempt.
Mr Ducille likened Mr
McDermott's evidence to a
rotten apple and told the
jury: "My submission to you
is that Mr McDermott's evi-
dence is rotten to the core."
Mr Ducille said that there
were numerous lies in Mr
McDermott's evidence.
Mr Ducille pointed out

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ter of the early bird getting the worm,
as most of the 250 papers - delivered
sometime after 6am - are gone by
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that Mr Travolta had testi-
fied that he did not know
Bridgewater and had never
spoken to her.
"There is no direct link
between the persons that are
charged and the victim," Mr
Ducille said.
According to Mr Ducille,
the videotaped meetings
between the accused and Mr
McDermott only showed
that there was a negotiation
to buy a document.

"Extortionists don't nego-
tiate. How could you nego-
tiate and you are an extor-
tionist?" Mr Ducille asked.
"You are the ones who
must feel sure that there was
a threat and a demand," Mr
Ducille told the jury, stating
that there had been no
threat or demand.
"Whatever error she
(Bridgewater) may have
made was not criminal and
yet she finds herself sitting
here," Mr Ducille said.
"The quality of the evi-
dence is such that this young
lady should have never been
here," he said.
"The prosecution has
failed miserably in their
efforts to destroy this lady,"
Mr Ducille said. He also told
the jury that Bridgewater
was a victim in the case.
Lightbourne's attorney
Carlson Shurland, in his
closing address to the jury,
described attorney Michael
McDermott as a pathologi-
cal liar and said his client
has been vilified in the
"The facts will show and

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff I F 1 I


A PHARMACIST testified
Tuesday that he warned Anna
Nicole Smith's psychiatrist
against prescribing a powerful
sleeping medication to the
celebrity model after she had
given birth to a daughter and
endured the death of her son
in 2006, according to Associ-
ated Press.
"I said, 'Unless you want
your picture on the cover of
the National Enquirer, I
wouldn't give her chlorall
hydrate) because it's a pow-
erful respiratory depressant,"'
pharmacist Steve Mazlin said
he told Dr. Khristina Eroshe-
Mazlin said Eroshevich
purchased chloral hydrate and
also asked for a rapidly acting
anti-anxiety medication, and
he recommended lorazepam.
An autopsy showed Smith
died in February 2007 of an
accidental overdose of chlo-
ral hydrate combined with
other controlled substances.
Eroshevich is charged along

demonstrate unequivocally
that Tarino Lightbourne
never committed a crime
and should be acquitted of
the charges," Mr Shurland
"What the evidence in this
case will show is that Tarino
Lightbourne was manipu-
lated conned and he is the
victim," Mr Shurland told
the jury.
"You are not here to solve
a mystery. You are here to
determine whether the pros-
ecution has enough believ-
able evidence to prove its
case," he said.
Mr Shurland told the jury
the media had been seeking
out his client for informa-
"Tarino had something to
sell and they wanted to buy
it. Does that make him an
extortionist?" he asked. "It
makes him an opportunist."
Mr Shurland told the jury
the prosecution had failed
to prove its case.
Senior Justice Allen is
expected to sum up the case
today and then the jury will

Aflorney General
FROM page one
his law firm's website.
In 2000, Mr Delaney,
who also holds the title of
global managing director of
Higgs and Johnson's overall
operations in The Bahamas
and the Cayman Islands,
advised the government
from a private sector per-
spective on issues surround-
ing the adaptation of legis-
lation governing the finan-
cial services sector follow-
ing the "black listing" of
The Bahamas by the
Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Develop-
ment (OECD).
Aside from serving as a
senator at the behest of
FNM leader Tommy Turn-
quest for two years from
2005 to 2007, Mr Delaney
has offered his expertise as
Chair of the Bahamas
Trade Commission (at posi-
tion he presently holds), a
lecturer at the College of
the Bahamas in the early
1990s, Director of the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board, the National Insur-
ance Board and the Nation-
al Youth Advisory Com-
Deputy Prime Minister
Brent Symonette is han-
dling the Attorney General
portfolio at present as the
substantive AG. When
queried yesterday on the
possibility of Mr Delaney
being formally appointed to
the position, Mr Symonette
said he "can't comment on
President of the
Bahamas Bar Association
Ruth Bowe Darville said
she has not been consulted
on the question of who will
be offered the AG job and
declined to offer any fur-
ther comment. Phone mes-
sages and emails sent to Mr
Delaney yesterday were not

says he warned against drug for Smith

with Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and
Howard K. Stern, Smith's
lawyer-boyfriend, with con-
spiring to provide controlled
substances to Smith. All have
pleaded not guilty.
The testimony came at a
preliminary hearing to deter-
mine if they should stand tri-
Another pharmacist,
Romeo V. Par, testified that
Eroshevich came to his phar-

macy in October, 2006 and
obtained the drugs Xanax,
Valium and klonopin for a
patient named Charlene
Underwood. Valium and
klonopin also were implicated
in Smith's overdose death.
The prosecution maintains
Underwood was a pseudo-
nym used for Smith, and they
called to the stand a woman
by that name who once did
business with Eroshevich.
The judge, expressing impa-
tience at the length of the
hearing, hustled her on and
off the stand and told prose-
cutors to begin moving their
case along.
A hospital psychiatrist who
treated Smith for drug depen-
dency concluded two days on
the stand saying the former
Playmate fit the legal defini-
tion of an addict.
However, under question-
ing by a judge, Dr. Nathalie
Maullin said she never used
the words "addict" or "addic-
tion" when discussing the
celebrity model's problems
with her, Kapoor and Stern.

Before leaving the stand,
Maullin said she once asked
Kapoor if he thought Smith
was addicted.
She said he chuckled and
mentioned she had problems
with alcohol.
The charging document in
the case states that Stern,
Kapoor and Eroshevich "act-
ed with knowledge that Anna
Nicole Smith was an addict."
Prosecutors are trying to
prove the defendants had that
Maullin, who treated Smith
during a brief hospital stay
when she was pregnant in
April, 2006, was quizzed by
Superior Court Judge Robert
J. Perry on the addiction
"She was never trying to
get high?" he asked.
"I never thought she was
trying to get high. I think she
wanted to tune out," the psy-
chiatrist said.
The preliminary hearing
will be recessed Wednesday, a
mandated state furlough day
for the court system.


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Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
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Sm -Miiay uealSric o

Retired Assistant
Superintendent of Police
of Canterbury Park and
formerly of Crooked Island
will be held on Thursday,
October 22nd, 11:00 a.m. at
Golden Gates Assembly,
Carmichael Road. Bishop
Ross Davis will officiate.
Interment will follow in
Lakeview Memorial Gardens,

John F. Kennedy Drive.

Godfrey will always be remembered in the hearts of his
wife, Janet M.V. Ferguson; daughters, Jasmine E. Ferguson,
Jayde G. Ferguson, Emerald B. Ferguson; parents, Benjamin
and Merletha Ferguson; sisters, Joan Clarke, Yvonne Cooper,
Beverly Ferguson and Rose Morrison; brothers, Winston
Ferguson and Lloyd Nelson Ferguson; father and mother-
in-law, Edison Johnson and Vanderline Johnson-Adderly;
sisters-in-law, Althea Ferguson, Cyprianna Bethel, Nancy
Johnson, Kay Gardiner, Barbara-Jane Johnson, Zina Sturrup
and Yvonne Johnson; brothers-in-law, Oswald Morrison,
Van Johnson, Robert Johnson, Edison Johnson, Mark
Bethel, Andrew Gardiner III, William Sturrup Sr.; nieces,
Sasha Ferguson, Raquel and Shakera Clarke, Charita
Copper, Cersheena Miller, Tamara, Tonya and Amari Bethel,
Kay-Andra Gardiner, Amber, Ashley, Aaliyah and Kimberly
Johnson, Arianna Sturrup; nephews, Jerrette and Ryan
Clarke, Ashley Williams, Adam Miller, Rashad Ferguson,
Chad Woodside, Darius, Javon, and Van Jr. Johnson, Lamon
Johnson, Jamaal Gaitor, Alexo and Alejandro Johnson,
Andrew Gardiner III, Kenrick Rolle, William Stirrup Jr.;
numerous other friends and relatives, Angela and Eric
Gibson, Jackie Gibson, Timothy and Cleo Saunders, Barbara
Mason, Edris Wilson, Jerome Elliot, Hugh and Tracy Gray
and family, Dough and Darlene Sawyer, Larry Collie, Dr.
Fritz Eneas, Ruby Peet, Denna and Barry Grier and family,
Steve and Ruth Gordon and family, Fusion Spa family,
Johnson family of Pensacola, Florida, Mortimer family of
Canterberry Park, Angela Crawford and family, Atlanta,
Georgia, Andrea Welch of Barbados, Angela of Barbados,
Valerie and Joseph of Kingston, Jamaica, Carolyn Wallace,
The Salvation Army family, Reverend Dr. Victor Cooper and
family, Kardi and Deon Cox, Toast Master Club 1095, The
Bimini Bay Management and Staff, Fabian Stuart and the
Crew, The Marsh Harbour Community, The Management
and Staff at Nipper Guana Cay, Abaco, Agape Community
Church, Bishop Ros Davis and Mrs. Althea Davis and
Golden Gates World Outreach Center and Officers and
friends of the prestigious Royal Bahamas Police Force and
a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Wednesday from 10:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 10:00
a.m. until service time.





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IVAN DEMONSTRATES (above and below) tennis moves to players.

Molina (COL) IFI .
Touring coach for Eii |'l,. i . _
and South America ir, .
ducted a three day tennis If - -
training for 14 of our top
junior tennis players this
past weekend Oct. 16-18,
at the National Tennis
Centre. __
Ivan Molina played on
the ATP professional Tour and was ranked as high as #22 in
the world.
He as being travelling with juniors ranked in the top 50
since 1987.
The High Performance Tennis Training Camp was orga-
nized by Bradley Bain of Brajaxba Tennis.
Molina worked with the players on their stroke production
helping each of them with making slight adjustment so their
strokes could be more efficient and effective.

He worked with their consistency of hitting balls high and
deep to the baseline while at the same time working on setting
up before hitting the ball.
He spent time working with them on understanding the
geometry of the court, so that the kids would know what shot
to hit base on their position on the court.
He emphasised the need for each of them to add some
variety in their game, so that when competing they would use
different types of shots to gain the advantage over their
Local juniors participating in the camp were Alexis
Roberts, Jamaal Hoyte, Brezile Hamilton, Jody Turnquest,
Dirnaj Saunders, Sheriffe Rahming, Danielle Thompson,
Nicoy Rolle, Treajh Ferguson, Erin Strachan, Christian
Cargill, Justin Roberts, and Micheal Wallace.
Molina noted that he was happy for the opportunity to
work with such a talented group and the he was happy to
share his knowledge with them to help their game improve so
that they could be more competitive at the next level.

Bahamas on track to

host 2010 marathon


Insurance to

serve as lead


and sponsor

Senior Sports Reporter

FOR the first time since the
Central American and
Caribbean Championships in
1985, the Bahamas will host a
fully-fledged marathon.
Franklyn Wilson, chairman
of Sunshine Insurance,
announced yesterday that his
company has agreed to serve
as the lead organiser and
sponsor for Marathon
Bahamas 2010.
The 26-mile event is sched-
uled for Sunday, February 14,
starting at 6 a.m.
"Marathon Bahamas will
bring together runners from
around d the Bahamas and
every effort will be made to
encourage participation from
persons outside of the
Bahamas," Wilson said.
"Marathon Bahamas is
conceived to be an annual
event and in an effort to
encourage continuity through
time and efficiency of execu-
tion, a separate non-profit
legal entity has been creat-
Joining Wilson on the
board of directors are the fol-
From tourism - Robert
'Sandy' Sands, president of

the Bahamas hotel Associa-
tion; Ed Fields, senior vice
president in charge of public
relations of Kerzner Interna-
tional and Janet Johnson of
the Ministry of Tourism.
From one of the Road
Runners Club - Roadmasters
- Yolanda Deveaux.
From athletics - Pauline
Davis-Thompson, a member
of the IAAF and Alpheus
'Hawk' Finlayson, a past
member of the IAAF and
past president of the BAAA.
From finance - Geoff
Andrews, a partner at
Deloitte & Touch6.
And from medicine and
health - Dr. Beverton Moxey
and Charles Sealey, president
of Doctor's Hospital.
Also Frank 'Pancho' Rah-
ming will serve as the race
director and Veronica Dun-

canson as chief operations
Other members from Sun-
shine Insurance are Brian
Moodie, Shelly Wilson, Keith
Bell and Kyron Strachan.
While the date has been set,
Wilson said they are still look-
ing at designing a route that is
consciously being designed to
showcase the beauty of New
And to ensure a greater
participation of people, Wil-
son said they will offer a full
marathon, a half marathon
and a relay marathon, which
is designed for a group of
friends, families, clubs,
Churches, businesses or
schools to participate.
"Every effort shall be made
to differentiate Marathon
Bahamas from all others,"
Wilson pointed out. "This will

result in entrepreneurial
opportunities for all who sell
and/or promote products or
services which reflect the
essence of the Bahamas."
Registration forms and
sponsorship packages will be
available on Monday, Novem-
ber 2 and maybe collected
from both Sunshine Insurance
offices on Shirley Street and
Blue Hill Road.
"There will also be numer-
ous volunteer jobs and we will
be advising the public on
these and other marathon
related matters we proceed,"
Wilson said.
Also speaking at the press
conference were Yolanda
Deveaux, Janet Johnson, Ed
Fields, Frank Rahming,
Alpheus Finlayson and Dr.
Beverton Moxey.

Fifty-two swimmers compete in 5K Open Water race

With beautiful blue skies and aqua sea some 52
swimmers competed in the 5K Open Water race
at Old Fort Bay. The event was hosted by Swift
Swimming and sponsored by orthaheel,
Holowesko Partners, and Lyford Cay Real
Estate. The overall winner representing The
Barracuda Swim Club was Matthew Lowe in a
time of 1:10.35. Matthew swam in the 13 to 17 age
group division. The top female finisher repre-
senting Swift Swimming was Christy Winner in a
time of 1:19.05. Christy swam in the 18 & over age
group division.
The triangular course of approximately one
mile allowed for relays with each swimmer com-
peting a mile each. Two swimmers representing
masters swimming in the US were Dake Gonza-
lez and Todd Cooper who finished first and sec-
ond respectively in the 18 & over age group with
times of 1:18.46 and 1:21.03. All other swimmers
were registered with the Bahamas Swimming
Federation. The majority of the swimmers rep-
resented the Masters Programme of Swift Swim-
While many of the age group swimmers from
the local clubs did not compete, the open water
event still produced some exciting match ups.
Zach Moses who swam in the 12 & under age
group actually had the second fastest time over-
all in winning his age division in 1: 13.57.
Abigail Lowe also competing in the 12 & under
division was the second fastest female overall as
she won her age division in 1:22.34. The top lady
in the 13 to 17 age group was Hannah Coyle

who had the third fastest female time in 1:22.56.
Others who received trophies for top three fin-
ishes in their respective age groups were Anibal
Hernandez who was second in the 13 to 17 age
group with the third overall fastest time in 1:16.17
followed by Donovan Higgs in 1:34.00. Versatile
triathlon athlete Mark Holowesko was third in
the 18 & over age group in 1: 21.63. Doran Reed
and Kaitlyn Kemp finished second and third
respectively in the 12 & under female division
with times of 1:37.54 and 1:38.21. Shaunte Moss
finished second in the 13 to 17 female division in
1: 28.46. Rounding out the 18 & over female age
group division was Amy Smith and April Savage
(nee Knowles) respectively in times of 1:25.21
and 1: 28.43.
The oldest and youngest swimmers to finish
the course were Percy Knowles (78) with a relay
split of 41.29 and Liam Holowesko (9) with a
relay split of 38.45. Both swimmers received a
special crystal glass trophy.
The top relays competing the 5K course were
as follows: First place- Christy Winner, Katie
Izmirlian, and Liz Parkinson in 1:20.30. Second
place - April Savage, Mark Davies, and Anna
Greene in 1:24.23. Third place - Chris Illing,
Peter Wagner, and Matthew Witney in 1:24.37.
Fourth place - Dale Winner, Harry Winner, and
Sean Nottage in 1:26.34
Mr. Bradlie Goian, manager of the Old Fort
Bay Restaurant did a great job of hosting the
event at the Old Fort Bay site with its beautiful


THE Masters Track Association will hold a
meeting on Thursday at 7 pm in the Conference
Room of the Ministry of Education. All persons
interested in joining the association are invited to
The meeting will be chaired by president Fos-
ter Dorsett.

ALL coaches and Clubs will be hosting a
mandatory rules seminar/clinic at the Albury
Sayle Primary School. The sessions got started
yesterday and will run through Thursday.
All persons desirous of sitting on the bench
during the NPBA season must attend and com-
plete the sessions.
Also, the deadline for Fees and Rosters have
pasted and this will serve as the final reminder for
the submission of the same.
The association also announced that the pre-
season exhibition games are schedule for Friday
and Saturday. Please contact president Keith
Smith, or Commissioner Elsworth Pickstock for
further details.
THE New Providence Association of Basket-

ball Officials (NPABO) will be dispatching a
delegation to officiate the games of the South
Andros High School 12th Annual Basketball
Tournament that is scheduled to be held this
weekend at the South Andros High School courts
in Kemps Bay, Andros.
It is hoped that with the NPABO's participa-
tion that the school is assisted in attaining its
motto: 'Climbing Higher Toward Success'. The
travelling contingent will be comprised of Sharon
Storr, Secretary of the NPABO, who will serve as
Chief of Mission; Warren Butler, Vice President;
James Dawkins and Gregory 'Pepper' Clarke.
This effort is in keeping with the Association's
goal and aim of assisting community projects
that provide programs to promote and develop
young people in the sport of basketball.
In fact, NPABO will be holding a clinic on
Sunday at the Emerald Palms Resort from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. to complement the weekend. The
fundamental aspects of officiating will highlight-
ed. For this one day session, Warren Butler will
serve as the Clinician;
Sharon Storr as the Assistant Clinician with
Clarke and Dawkins performing the duties of
Spotters. It is hoped that it is an interactive affair
with a stress on rules enforcement.
This four man officiating crew was a part of the
recently held 'In-House Program' of the New
Providence Association of Basketball Officials,
their challenge will be to implement the new lev-
el called for in refereeing.
It is anticipated that they will leave an impact
on the games themselves and in the classroom for
the South Andros people.

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FROM page 11

Janeen Wallace went 2-for-5
with a run scored on a solo in-
the-park home run; Cleo
Symonette had a perfect 3-for-
3 night with two runs; Keisha
Pratt had a solo in-the-parker
and Vanetta Nairn was 2-for-4
with a RBI. Shonell Symonette
went the distance, giving up
eight hits for the loss.
Truckers 6,
Dorsey Park Boyz 4:
Trailing 4-3 going into the
bottom of the sixth inning,
Commando Security produced
three runs to seal the deal to
go up 2-0 in the series.
Julian Collie came through
with a one-out two-run triple
and he came home on an error
as the Truckers went on to put
the game out of reach for the
Dorsey Park Boyz.
Collie ended up going 1-for-
3 and Van 'Lil Joe' Johnson
was 1-for-3 with a RBI and a
run scored on a homer. Mar-
vin 'Tougie' Wood was 1-for-4
with a run scored.
Anton 'Bookie' Gibson got
the start, giving up six hits on
four runs, striking out four
before Freddie 'the Skipper'
Cornish, the game one winner,
came in relief to close the door
on a one-hitter with a walk and
a strike out.
Edmund 'Binks' Bethel was
1-for-3 with two RBI; Dwayne
Pratt 1-for-3 with a run;
Desmond Rolle 2-for-3 and
both Kevin Bastian and Kevin
Hinsey were 1-for-4.
Edney 'the Heat' Bethel,
who helped his cause by going
1-for-2, tossed a five-hitter with
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The Bahamas Golf Federa-
tion (BGF) has announced that
five scholarships have been
awarded to deserving junior
golfers from the proceeds of its
Fred Higgs Memorial Golf
Scholarship Fund.
The names of the scholarship
recipients are; Eugenie Adder-
ley, Charley Buttler, Alena
Hutcheson, Kyle King and
D'Andrielle Robinson. Each
recipient will receive a $2,000
scholarship for the year 2009.
Established in 1996, the
Scholarship Fund seeks to pro-
vide financial assistance for
Bahamian junior golfers to con-
tinue their education and finan-
cial assistance for programs
which support junior golf in the
Bahamas. The fund was named
as a memorial to Fred Higgs,
who was one of the founders
of the BGF and served as its
President for ten years. Fred
was also the founder of the
Caribbean Golf Association
and served as its founding Pres-
ident. Since its inception, major
funding for the scholarship pro-
gram has been derived from
proceeds of the annual Kerzner
International/Fred Higgs golf
It is the intention of the
Scholarship Committee, which
is chaired by Rory Higgs, son of
the late Fred Higgs, to increase
the fund raising efforts so that
Bahamian Junior Golfers may
benefit from more frequent and
substantial scholarships.
The annual Kerzner/Higgs
Golf Tournament takes place
at the Ocean Club Golf Course
on November 8, 2009. All
golfers are encouraged to con-
tinue their support for this wor-
thy cause.

Mike Sands


'New Vision'

FROM page 11

sport because all of the candi-
dates have been involved for a
number of years.
"I look at this team as the
best team that can be offered
for service to the BAAA at this
time without question," he said.
Stuart, a former vice presi-
dent, said each candidate have
a proven track record in the
sport and they have the
strength in business, manage-
ment and administration need-
ed to take the BAAA to the
next level.
Holding up a copy of their
platform that will outline their
promises when they regain the
administration of the BAAA,
Stuart said they intend to be
governed by that mandate.
"We bring something that no
one else has and we are pas-
sionate about what we will do,"
he said. "We have the interest
of the athletes at heart and we
are very committed to helping
and improving our coaches."
Seymour, who came in from
Grand Bahama, said he was
asked to join the state and he
was proud to do so because
more representation is needed,
not only for Grand Bahama,
but the Family Islands.
"I saw this as being a step
forward in the right direction. I
saw the plans that was unfolded
here some time back and I
think it's spot on," Seymour
"I think it's going to be very
difficult to get all of these
things, but if we are focused, I
think we can achieve much of
which we plan to do."

Finlayson, a former public
relations officer and president
since 1971, said the team has
the experience and passion and
energy to be able to think out
of the box.
"We need to think out of the
box to get to where we need to
get too," he insisted. "One of
the most significant thing about
this team is that in the last year
or so, is that they enjoy being
together and when you enjoy
being together, you gel and do
the things that people normally
don't do to succeed."
Finlayson said all of the
coaches will be very proud of
the things that they have on the
agenda. For Charlton, the only
woman on their slate, said her
wealth of knowledge and an
advocate for transparency and
accountability will make a dif-
"The key thing is that as a
team, there is a lot of synergy
and there's a lot of passion,"
she said. "But the one thing
that drives us is the athletes.
"If there's no athletes, there
would be no need for any of us,
so we must put the athletes
first. That is our vision and once
we do that, everything else will
fall into place."
And Munnings, the most
recent active athlete on the
slate, said he was trying to
remain an elite athlete, but for
a long time he was encouraged
to become a part of the execu-
tive board of the BAAA.
"The time is right for me. I'm
no longer an elite athlete, but
I'm still very well involved in
the sport," said Munnings, who
is competing as a masters com-
petitor and coaching the
younger athletes as well.
"I've seen the plan, which is
designed for the new BAAA
and I'm excited about the
prospect of what can be
achieved. Soccer has set a very
high standard for all sports to
follow and I think from the plan
that I've seen, once we stick to
it, the stack holders will be very

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THE Pineapple Air Wildcats and the Commando Security
Truckers both held off strong rallies from the Proper Care Pool
Lady Sharks and the Heavy Lift Dorsey Park Boyz to control
their respective New Providence Softball Association's cham-
pionship series.
In the ladies' opener on Monday night on the Banker's
Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, the Wildcats
stopped the Lady Sharks' comeback in the bottom of the sev-
enth for a 7-6 victory to snatch a 2-0 lead in the series that will
continue tonight at 7 p.m.
The Truckers, on the other hand, will also take a 2-0 lead in
their men's series tonight after they secured a 6-4 win in the
feature contest.
After their close encounter with the Lady Sharks in game
two, Wildcats' shortstop Christine Edmonds-Cooper said they
will definitely have to step up their game when they play
game three tonight.
"The performance wasn't up to par. I believe that we could
have done better than we did. If we did, could have scored
more runs than we did," she stated.

"But we played like a high school team tonight. The next
game on Wednesday, I know that we will definitely play the
way we are capable of playing and not make it as close as it
Pineapple Air produced five runs in the top of the sixth
inning to take a 7-4 lead, thanks to consecutive RBI singles
from Jeanette Hilton, Linda Knowles and Candice Smith after
Marvelle Miller was intentionally walked with one out.
But Proper Care refused to roll over and play dead. They
made one last gallant attempt in the seventh to put two more
runs on the scoreboard before they left two more runners
stranded on base, resulting in another tough loss in the series.
Hilton finished with a perfect 3-for-3 day with two RBI, scor-
ing a run to lead the Wildcats, who got 13 hits with just a
strike out from ace Mary 'Cruise' Edgecombe-Sweeting in
the win on the mound.
SEE page ten



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1 Mike Sands presents plan for improved track and field programme

1 New slate of 'visionary' officers is introduced at press conference

Senior Sports Reporter

O NE month
before the elec-
tions are held,
Mike Sands
presented the "New Vision"
plan that he and his slate of offi-
cers intend to campaign in a bid
to be returned to power in the
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations.
Sands, who was ousted by a
'vote of no confidence' last
year, said he's much more
focused on "restoring the
integrity" of the BAAA and his
team will help to develop the
"vision" for a new and
improved track and field pro-
At a press conference yes-
terday in front of the construc-
tion site for the new national
stadium, Sands presented his
Visionary team.
They include Sherwin Stuart
as first vice president; Grand
Bahamian Felix Seymour as
second vice president; Laura
Charlton as treasurer; Alpheus
'Hawk' Finlayson as public
relations officer; Tim Munnings
as secretary general; Don Turn-
quest as assistant secretary;
Rupert Gardiner as technical
director; Bernard Newbold as
statistician and Foster Dorsett
and Linda Thompson, both as
special projects officers.

When asked why he decided
to seek another three-year term
after he was removed from
office, Sands said it was felt that
the BAAA's current pro-
gramme has "failed drastically
and the present administration
has not demonstrated effec-
tively to run the affairs of the
"I have heeded the call from
a number of persons, including
coaches, council members, ath-
letes, officials and friends, espe-
cially the athletes, whom I am
in constant contact with on a
very regular daily basics."
Unlike his past administra-
tion, Sands said being so close
to what was going on, he was
"overshadowed" by seeing
some things.
"Being away from it to a cer-
tain extend, has given me a bet-
ter clarity of vision to see some
things that I did not see in the
beginning or in the past and
now I have a renewed clarity
of vision to ensure that the pro-
gramme in the BAAA continue
to grow from strength to
As for the team assembled,
Sands said they have the expe-
rience and knowledge of the
SEE page ten

PICTURED OUTSIDE the portrait of the new national stadium is the new slate of officers who intend to run
for elections in the BAAA next month. From left are Tim Munnings (secretary general); Sherwin Stuart (first
vice president); Mike Sands, president; Laura Charlton (treasurer); Felix Seymour (second vice president);
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Tribune Business Editor

Albany's developers
yesterday said they
were "cautiously
optimistic" that pre-
sales targets allow-
ing them to "roll seamlessly" into
the project's Phase II next summer
would be achieved, telling Tribune
Business that some 800 workers
were now working on the $400 mil-
lion first phase.
Christopher Anand, the $1.4 bil-
lion Albany Golf & Beach Resort's
managing partner, said the develop-
ers were "gunning for a finish next
summer" on the project's first phase,
which includes the hotel component,
marina, all amenities and key infra-
structure, and while the timescale is
"going to be a little tight, we think
we will get there".
The construction workforce was
expected to "peak above 1,000 in

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* 300-400 persons to be hired when Albany goes operational


the New Year", Mr Anand said, a
potentially welcome dent - however
modest - in a national unemploy-
ment rate likely to now be approach-
ing 20 per cent.
He added that when completed in
summer 2010, some $400 million
would have been invested into
Albany's first phase construction.
Apart from the construction of 40
cottages, this phase also involves 100
lots, "of which 40 are already sold".
"The hotel is well under construc-
tion, and all the amenities have got
roofs on," Mr Anand told Tribune
Business. "Every aspect of the
amenities are construction, and we

have 30 cottages under construction,
many of which have roofs, windows
and tiles on. The infrastructure work
is going on at good speed."
The Albany managing partner
said floating concrete docks were
due to be installed in the marina "in
the next month", with high-end lux-
ury yachts already able to enter and
exit the facility through the entrance
As for development's golf course,
it was "almost all shaped", with
grassing of all 18 holes due to be
completed by Christmas. "They'll

SEE page 6B

Law firm 'confident' Fiscal position 'out of whack for some time'

over BVI expansion

Tribune Business Editor
A MAJOR Bahamian law firm yesterday said it was "confi-
dent" it will be able to compete with the major British Virgin
Island (BVI) law firms in "one or two years", having unveiled
a barrister of 10 years standing as the managing partner for its
new office in that jurisdiction.
Brian Simms, a Lennox Paton partner and the firm's head of
litigation, in announcing the appointment of Scott Cruick-
shank as its BVI managing partner, urged other Bahamian
law firms to look at overseas expansion as a means of better sell-
ing this jurisdiction and its financial services products to exist-
ing/potential international clients.
"We've said for years that Bahamian firms should get out and
compete," Mr Simms told Tribune Business. "The difficulty
Bahamian firms have are that there are resource issues, both
capital and human, in opening in other jurisdictions."
While Bahamian law practices were specialised legal ser-
vices businesses, Mr Simms pointed out that companies from
rival offshore jurisdictions had been able to leverage other
parts of their businesses, such as trusts and trust administration,
to facilitate their global growth.
"They have a greater depth of resources," Mr Simms said.
"Nevertheless, the Bahamian firms can match any legal services
those firms can provide."
Overseas expansion, he added, would allow Bahamian law
firms to "hedge against catastrophe in any particular jurisdic-
tion", such as a country being unable to escape the G-20/OECD
'grey list'.
In addition, with their SEE page 4B

Just 45 per cent of CLICO

liabilities in Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas accounted
for just 45.5 per cent of CLI-
CO (Bahamas) $123.188 mil-
lion policy liabilities at 2008
year-end, according to the
insolvent insurer's external
actuarial consultant, although
this jurisdiction accounted for
the lion's share of issued poli-
The March 18, 2009, actu-
arial report by Paul Ngai, of
Prescience Insurance Consul-
tants and Actuaries, found
that the Bahamas accounted
for 76.8 per cent of CLICO

(Bahamas) total issued poli-
cies at year-end 2008, or some
38,654 out of 50,341.
The actuarial report, tabled
as part of the report filed with
the Supreme Court by CLI-
CO (Bahamas) liquidator
Craig A. 'Tony' Gomez,
found that the company had
some 15,488 premium paying
individual life insurance poli-
cies in the Bahamas, generat-
ing $5.211 million in annual
premium revenue. The sum
insured was $500.876 million.
When paid-up and extend-
ed term life insurance policies
were factored in, CLICO
(Bahamas) was discovered to
have 17,298 life insurance
policies in total, the sum
insured increasing marginally
to $506.98 million.
On the individual accident
and sickness, or medical insur-
ance side, CLICO (Bahamas)
was said to have 11,230 poli-
cies in force in the Bahamas
as at December 31, 2008, just
under two months before the
company was placed under
Supreme Court supervision.
Annual premium revenues
were $3.161 million.
CLICO (Bahamas) had
also issued some 2,724 annu-
ity policies in the Bahamas,
generating $4.771 million in
annual premium payments
from individuals, according to
the actuarial report.
In total, CLICO (Bahamas)

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas' fiscal and
national debt position "will
be out of whack for some
time to come", a former
finance minister said yester-
day, adding that it was not
advisable to engage in foreign
currency borrowing to sup-
port this nation's external
reserves because it could cre-
ate repayment difficulties.
James Smith, minister of
state for finance in the for-
mer Christie administration,
told Tribune Business that
Moody's decision to down-
grade the Bahamas' B$-
denominated bonds from
their previous Al rating to
A3 should not have been a
surprise to any observers.
"Let's put it this way," he
explained. "I believe it should
have been an expectation on

Ex-finance minister argues against foreign currency
borrowing to prop up external reserves

our part, given the depth of
the recession we've been
going through for the past
years." Those who had not
expected such an action by a
Wall Street credit rating
agency such as Moody's had
now received a "reality
The Bahamas' main macro-
economic indicators, Mr
Smith said, such as its nation-
al debt-to-gross domestic
product (GDP) ratio; its fiscal
deficit; tourism arrivals and
spending; and foreign direct
investment were all trending
in the wrong direction as a
direct result of the overall
economic downturn, making
some kind of ratings action

Effectively, the negative
impact of the recession on the
Government's fiscal position
had changed the Bahamas'
sovereign risk profile, Mr
Smith told Tribune Business,
with investors wanting greater
compensation for investing in
government bonds because
"the risk has gone up much
The Bahamas, he added,
had already gone past the 40
per cent debt-to-GDP ratio
regarded by key international
institutions, such as the Inter-
national Monetary Fund
(IMF), the rating agencies and
the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank (IDB), as the
'danger point' beyond which
debt servicing loads could

potentially become burden-
With the Bahamian fiscal
position already headed into
"troubled waters", Mr Smith
said: "We're headed that way
and can't deny that, and that
has to be reflected in a change
in our risk profile in the rat-
ings. We might have seen the
worst of it [the recession], but
I think our fiscal affairs will be
out of whack for quite some
The now-CFAL chairman
said the Government would
need to carefully assess sev-
eral variables, including the
quantity of debt it held, "the
trajectory we're on", and the
difference between recurrent
revenue and recurrent spend-
ing - this going directly to the
fiscal deficit.
While the Government had
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promotional products. Estab-
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Bahamian businesses from
various industries in market-
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contact Mr. Farrington at
SunTee EmbroidMe on east
Shirley Street, by e-mail at or by tele-
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had some 31,252 individual
policies in effect in the
Bahamas at year-end 2008,
producing cumulative premi-
um revenues of $13.144 mil-
lion. On the group side, the
company had issued some
7,402 group policies, produc-
ing premium revenues of
$1.825 million.
By far the bulk of CLICO
(Bahamas) liabilities, accord-
ing to the actuarial report,
were tied up in the annuity
policies issued by its Turks &
Caicos branch, which totalled
some $60.161 million.
However, CLICO
(Bahamas) current liability
position is likely to have
altered significantly since that
actuarial review was per-
Mr Gomez, in his first
report to the Supreme Court
on the CLICO (Bahamas) liq-
uidation, said the company's
policy portfolio may have
shrunk by 15-20 per cent since
the insolvent insurer was
placed under Supreme Court
supervision on February 24,
2009, with some 1,807 policies
and $20.995 million worth of
insurance cancelled up to July
7 this year.
Mr Gomez said many
health and medical policies
had been cancelled because
the policyholders continued
to be rejected by Bahamian
medical practitioners and ser-
vice providers despite the fact
claims were still being settled.
He added that while a June
17, 2009, Supreme Court
order had allowed the liq-
uidator to pay claims up to

$5,000 per claim for emer-
gency medical expenses, and
$10,000 per claim for death
benefits, "this limitation was
not well received by medical
policyholders with serious
medical conditions" whose
policies were not covered by
CLICO (Bahamas) reinsur-
ance agreement with Bupa.
"There are approximately
four major medical policy-
holders terminally ill, whose
policies are not covered under
the reinsurance agreement,
with pending claims for med-
ical services totalling approx-
imately $500,000," Mr Gomez
disclosed, adding that he was
discussing with attorneys the
best way to assist them.
"Medical policyholders
continue to experience rejec-
tions from medical service
providers, particularly local
service providers," the liq-
uidator added. "This has
resulted in the cancellation of
many policies. However,
claims submitted to the com-
pany's business offices are
being processed as received."
He added that the policy
portfolio was also being
impacted by "misinforma-
tion" given to policyholders,
while former CLICO
(Bahamas) agents now
employed at other insurance
carriers were moving to entice
their former clients to follow
"We estimate that there
may be a decrease in the port-
folio of approximately 15-20
per cent," Mr Gomez warned.
"However, this cannot be
confirmed until the account-
ing has been brought up to

As at July 7, there were still
some 28,215 CLICO
(Bahamas) policies in force,
covering a $4.09 billion sum
assured. There were some
10,297 medical and 15,892 life
policies in force, accounting
for $2.088 billion and $1.992
billion in sums assured respec-
But during the four-plus
months since the insurer was
petitioned into liquidation,
some 1,807 policies - 182
annuities, 843 pensions, 676
life and 106 medical - had
been cancelled.
Some $15.086 million of the
$20.995 million sum cancelled
related to annuities, with pen-
sions accounting for $5.466
million worth.
Mr Gomez said 31 death
policy payments, totalling
$150,249, were made since
CLICO (Bahamas) went into
liquidation. Some 170 med-
ical claims were awaiting adju-
dication, along with $588,120
worth of claims made through
the insurer's overseas med-
ical claims clearing house,
Olympus. Some four death
claims, worth $40,000, also
awaited adjudication.

Seminar, organized by the Education Committee of

the Public Workers' Co-operative Credit Union

Limited, to be held on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at

the Office of the Bahamas Co-operative League

Limited (just west ofWendy's, Oakes Field), beginning

at 6:30 p.m.



See how you can stretch your


Featured Speakers:

Mrs. Stephanie Missick-Jones

(Credit Specialist-Bahamas Co-operative League Ltd.)

and Mr. Philip Greenslade

(Treasurer-Public Workers' Co-operative Credit Union Ltd.)

Bring a friend and get a prize for bringing the most guests.

Refreshments will be served

IS 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

The Manager - Payment Card Centre will provide focus and leadership for a unit
providing a suite of Visa based products and service offerings. The Manager will be
responsible for the development, harmonization and implementation of policies and
procedures that are in accordance and compliant with Visa By-Laws, Visa International
and Domestic Operating Regulations. Critical understanding of client agreements,
products, systems and services is a necessity. The position will work closely with
internal and external partners to ensure appropriate communication flow and sustained
management of the business relationship as a functional member of the Banking
Operations division. The Manager will also provide day to day supervision for a unit
staffed by 15 persons.

Core Responsibilities:
* Provide leadership to teams, define scope, develop and manage project plans and
unit budgets
* Direct activities, objectives, associated risk, change and control processes and
cross departmental efforts
* Develop and execute customized account plans to increase volume and market
share within the local market
* Continuously review client/merchant landscape and recommend, develop and
implement new and creative approaches to growing the product business
* Assist marketing in product development and the launching of new products
which expand penetration
* Work closely with Merchant Services to understand all aspects of offers being
sold to merchant clients
* Develop and understand the client's business including payment strategy across
all product platforms
* Provides supervision to the customer service functions within the Centre to ensure
effectiveness and high degree of customer satisfaction and issue resolution
* Promotes a strong sense of urgency and accountability to drive and achieve
departmental goals and objectives
Job Requirements:
* First hand experience in a Credit Card Centre leadership role is essential
* Bachelor's degree is preferred, plus four to five (4-5) years commercial or private
banking experience.
* Working and in-depth industry knowledge of Visa network requirements;
* Experience in MasterCard, AMEX and Discover will be essential in later stages
of project execution
* Knowledge of Banking laws, including requirements of The Central Bank of The
* Proven problem solving and organizational skills.
* A demonstrated commitment to high quality customer service.
* Substantive experience providing team leadership in a fast-paced environment.
* Proven project management skills,
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Benefits include: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with work
experience and qualifications. Interested persons should apply no later than October
23,2009 to:
or fax to: 242-323-2637


Intelisys Limited is currently the largest business intelligence services firm
in the Caribbean with offices in the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands.
The firm is Bahamian owned and operated. The firm provides detailed
background information on individuals and companies virtually anywhere
in the world in a timely, discreet, and cost-effective manner. We are seeking
applications for the below listed positions.

Full-time and Part-time Researchers/Investigators

This is a highly demanding and challenging role. The ideal candidates
must be able to demonstrate at a minimum 8 years experience in a fast
paced and demanding environment, working under tight deadlines.
Computer literacy, effective time management skills, flexibility and excellent
interpersonal skills are essential. Good proficiency in the use of Microsoft
Office Suite, Excel and Outlook is required. Exceptional report writing skills
and a proven ability to be discreet and professional in all communications
is also required.

The Researcher will be trained to gather and report detailed background
information on individuals and companies worldwide. Duties and
responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

* Use various proprietary international databases effectively to gather
* Liaise with local and international law enforcement agencies, private
investigators, key information source contacts, and clients;
* Draft background reports and correspondence;
* Draft standard table reports for credit reports, asset searches,
litigation and media searches, company affiliations, etc.
* Assisting with database usage tracking, time tracking and preparation
of client invoices; and
* Other general administrative as assigned by the Managing Director.

The successful applicants will typically have had professional investigative
journalism experience or experience as a paralegal.

Extra hours may be required to meet strict deadlines.

The salary range for this position is dependent on qualifications and
experience. In addition, an attractive benefits package will be offered to
the successful candidate.

No solicitations from recruitment firms please.

To apply please email your application to
Interested persons should apply no later than October 30, 2009.

Intelisys Limited


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IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel
or lot of land containing approximately
2 acres situate In Mte vicinity of Murphy
Town-B approximately lhree (3) miles
westward of Marsh Harbour on the
Island of Abaco one of 1he Islands of the
Carnmornwealth of The Bahamas
IN THE MATTER of the Ouieting Titles Act, 1959
IN THE MATTER of the Petilion of Colin Baltran
Archer and Marjorio Louise Archer

TAKE NOTICE that Colin Baltron Archer and
Marjorie Louise Archer both of the Island of
New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas (hereinafter
coll echvely called "the Petitioners") claim to be
the owners in long. exclusive and undisturbed
possession of 1he said piece, parcel or lot
of land containing approximately Iwo acres
situale approximately three miles westward of
Marsh Harbour on the Island Abaco, one of the
Bahama Islands and have made application to
the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
Tides Act 1959 to have their tide to the said
piece, parcel or lot of land investigated and
the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Tille to be granted
by the Court in accordance with the provisions
of the said Act, Copies of the filed Plan may be
inspected during normal working hours at :-

a. The Registry of the Supreme Court,
Ansbacher House, East Street
North, Nassau, The Bahamas.

b. The Office of the Ad ministrator, Don
Mackey Boulevard, Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, The Bahamas.

c. Hall & Hall, Chambers, 2nd Terrace
West, Collins Avenue, Nassau, The

NOTICE is hereby given that if you have any
dower or rights to dower or an adverse claim
or claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before the 30th day of November, A. D.,
2009 file in the Supreme Court in the City of
Nassau in the Island of New Providence
aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a statement of your claim in the
prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith together with a plan of the area
claimed and an abstract of title to the said
area claimed by you,
Failure by you to file and serve a statement
of your claim on or before the 30th day of
November A, D., 2009 will operate as a bar
to such claim.
Dated this 191th day of October. 2009

Hall & Hall
2nd Terrace West, Collins Avenue
Nassau. The Bahamas
Attorney for the Petilioners

Law firm 'confident' over BVI expansion

FROM page 1B
"stronger allegiance" to the
Bahamas, law firms head-
quartered in this nation would
be better able to sell the juris-
diction and its products.
Often, law firms based in oth-
er jurisdictions guided clients
and their advisers away from
the Bahamas.
"As Bahamian firms get
out in the market they will,
through their other offices,
promote and inform clients
and potential clients as to
what services are offered and

the level of professionalism
that exists in the Bahamas,"
Mr Simms said.
Announcing Mr Cruick-
shank's appointment and the
formal opening of Lennox
Paton's BVI office, Mr Simms
added: "The BVI office has
therefore begun its market-
ing campaign to let our client
base know we are open in
BVI for business.
"The response so far has
been very positive, and the
firm's clients who use BVI
companies and structures
have been sending work to


In the Eslate of SHERVIN McDIAL
BURROWS late of Nassau East North
in the Eastern District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands in
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Electrician, Deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims or demands against
the above-named Estate are requested
to send the same duly certified in writing
to the undersigned on or before Monday
the 30th day of November, A.D. 2009
after which the Administratrix will proceed
to distribute the assets of the deceased
among the persons entitled thereto having
regard only to the claims of which the
undersigned shall then have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are
requested to make full settlement on or
before Ihe date hereinbefore mentioned.

308 East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-8181
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Executrix

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Baham.a Supermarkets Limited tperalts a kidini
supcrmarkt chain in tich Bhamius. As a miurkt leader,
the Compatny pides itelfon L dli-rinip premier service
through iis City Markel supermaricts. having a strong
comnintinu1 !to its csioii. associates and commI1111unity,
An opportullily fr da 0M1 ,lV'ii MNdl1ig r in Neiv hrwi-
dence to jin this marei i l'k kea ha� arisen.
Repotfing to te Crio, the s mcessful applicant will have
previous experience in implmenilin sirategies. growing
larke i share u lidaiinaliilyring1. Ihbll imAIind om:11vpulilioni
to impl lent niliketfly.- A1ilen 1ii .
Key re&prnLsibilities and selection cf3teIta inLtclude:
, Ab I iily to analyze information support consumer
initialie%' and business p1lanilii
. Devetlping and impleniemnin s rategic marketing and
commercmIl plans
SEnsure the achi~vcment ofaigreed sakes and rniiss profit
* Lead d' LCti..Lini. andd cinommuniation .H . auLeci on all
arTetsaot brand cmmunication
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* Highly fltxiblc and mobile and prdprcd to work
<-iminiL a~nd weekends as relquiNd
, Mnll ate. train and ensure that associates and mutside
Contators are able to implement manirkeung soi1l'eic.,
Ability to develop and execute Markcding plans
* University degree in MN1rkcting tir 13uii,'.i; Adminiis
* Work independenity, making quick decisions while
%mkfinmpunder pfmessi
SHave ri go communication (verbal arid wtten) and
intepersonal skills
SHighly tLflianal computer skdlIs with extensive
knrii,' l ^ etl , MliIr',S.ii applicalions
If you have wh it lakes to succeed in ihis challenging
role. fi-.fd your i.u a.d cover letlr Ier to:
Human Resources Directr
&ihimr Supermarkets uLimited
East-West Highway. P.O. Box N 373. MNasst, B&hamS
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"We expect we will be able
to grow the BVI office, which
at the moment is very small,
and feel that in one or two
years we will be able to com-
pete in BVI with the major
law firms in that jurisdiction."
Mr Simms said that unlike
its London office, which only
provided advice on Bahamian
law, the BVI would be the
first Lennox Paton overseas
office to offer "legal services
of a different law other than
Bahamian law.
"This should be an expan-

sion of the work base in the
office, not only providing
Bahamian advice but BVI
advice. Although the world is
in recession, we feel there is
sufficient room in BVI for the
office to succeed. We expect it
to enhance our reputation,
and it will be another step in
our efforts to be a global off-
shore firm."
Mr Simms said BVI was
chosen as the second location
for Lennox Paton's interna-
tional expansion because its
legislative structure was simi-
lar to the 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 Slock 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

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Fiscal position

'out of whack

for some time'

FROM page 1B

increased foreign currency
borrowing, Mr Smith said
there were potential down-
side risks to this, warning that
it was "not advisable to bump
up the foreign reserves
through borrowing, because
all you're doing is balance of
payments support lending".
Arguing that this was effec-
tively a "stop gap measure",
the former finance minister
questioned its effectiveness,
given that the recession would
produce a self-correcting
monetary policy mechanism
where limited credit creation
and import demand resulted
in a restricted foreign curren-
cy outflow. This would offset
the reduced tourism and for-
eign direct investment inflows,
thereby protecting the exter-
nal reserves.
Mr Smith said foreign cur-
rency borrowing during a




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recession to bolster the exter-
nal reserves was "not a good
thing" for the Bahamas,
because if tourism and for-
eign direct investment flows
did not return quickly - or in
the same quantity - there
could be difficulty in repay-
ing the foreign currency debt.
Explaining its decision to
downgrade the Bahamas'
local currency bond rating,
Moody's said it partly reflect-
ed the fact this nation's debt-
to-GDP ratio was anticipat-
ed to increase by 15 percent-
age points in the three years
to 2010.
"The erosion of the coun-
try'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 appropriate level for both
bond ratings," Moody's said.
"Long-term growth lower
than that of its rating peers
also weighed on the decision
to align the bond ratings at
A3. The Bahamas' two main
industries, tourism and finan-
cial services, have been
impacted by the world crisis
and will find it difficult to
recover strongly in the near
Moody's kept the outlook
on all the Bahamas' sovereign
credit ratings as 'stable', and
reaffirmed the Aal country
ceiling for foreign currency
bonds and A3 country ceiling
for bank deposits.

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Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the In-
ternational Business Companies Act 2000 SAILFAST FX LTD. is in
The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 13th
October 2009. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.,
Building 2 Caves Village, PO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of
SAILFAST FX FUND LTD. All persons having claims against
the above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 13th
November 2009.


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Pleanseerbd altI resurnes to the attentlion of:-
ibjw minr~sce Manager
Ansbadier (Ballmmas) Limnited
P. 0, Box H-7768
H4asu, Bahiama
Fax: 325-0524

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Albany 'gunning for tight'

$400m Phase I completion

abilities of Albany's prospec-
tive high-end real estate pur-
chasers, Mr Anand said the
developers were still seeing
"very strong interest" as they
headed into the winter/Christ-
mas selling period.
"Things have actually been
pretty good on that front," Mr
Anand said. "We've had 10
sales since April, and we're
seeing very strong interest
going into our selling sea-
son..... Winter is when the

NOTICE is hereby given that PHANUEL LOUIMA of
Pinewood Gardens, RO. BOX GT-2914 NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 21stday of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


of Kensington Gardens, Soldier Road in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, De-

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims or demands against the above-
named Estate are requested to send the same duly
certified to the undersigned on or before
Friday the 6th day of November 2009 after which
the Personal Representatives will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Deceased among the
persons entitled thereto having regard only to the
claims of which the Personal Representatives shall
then have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are requested
to make full settlement on or before the date
hereinbefore mentioned.

P.O.Box N-476
Armstrong Street
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Personal Representatives

Bahamas has huge appeal for
people seeking to escape cold-
er climes."
Summer was not a strong
real estate sales period for the
Bahamas generally, Mr
Anand explained, as it was
more difficult to entice
prospective clients away from
the warm weather in their
home countries.
Pointing out that the "signs
are encouraging", the Albany
managing partner said he was
cautiously optimistic "if the
world has put itself back
together", and was "quite
looking forward to this forth-
coming season.
"People are going to be
blown away when they've
seen what has happened. It's
not such a leap of faith," said
Mr Anand, explaining that
the 'bricks and mortar' con-
struction and the sight of
buildings going vertical could

only increase buyer confi-
dence that Albany was deliv-
ering what it had promised,
thereby creating fertile
ground for more sales.
The 565-acre project has
also been aided by the fact
that most other Bahamas-
based development projects
of a similar nature, and many
in the Caribbean, have been
stalled by the recession/cred-
it crunch, thus reducing the
competition for high net-
worth real estate buyers.
Mr Anand told Tribune
Business the developers had
already been "seeing some
real interest in Phase II", and
added: "It's our goal, provid-
ed we have some level of suc-
cess with pre-sales, which
we're optimistic about, to go
into Phase II next summer.
We will seamlessly roll into
Phase II from the first phase."
The Phase II construction


Bahamas International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the In-
ternational Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), MATCHAP-
LIN LTD. is in dissolution. Robert C. Muffly is the Liquidator and
can be contacted at c/o Becker Glynn Melamed & Muffly LLP,
299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their names
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator
before 18th November, 2009.

Robert C. Muffly


International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), EURO-
Liquidator and can be contacted at Marlborough & Queen Street, P.O.
Box N-10429, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against
the above-named company are required to send their names addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before 18th
November, 2009.


will largely be centred around
Albany's marina, and involve
100 units whose sales prices
will collectively fetch more
than $1 billion. Its start, Mr
Anand added, would likely
simulate a "whole new wave
of hiring" by Bahamian con-
tractors engaged to build it.
Albany's managing partner
said the project would "prob-
ably start" Job Fairs for full-
time posts in the develop-
ment's operations by Febru-
ary/March 2010, with some
300-400 direct jobs created
when the first phase opened.
Apart from the marina and
golf course, Mr Anand said
the first phase construction
would also produce complet-
ed amenities including a spa,
tennis courts, fitness centre,
water park, family restaurant,
adult's and children's lounges,
and all the infrastructure and

back office needed for the
hotel operations.
He attributed Albany's
ability to keep moving, while
many other projects had
stalled, to the "unusually high
percentage of equity" in the
project that had been invested
by the company's sharehold-
ers. Apart from world-
renowned golfers Tiger
Woods and Ernie Els, these
also include the Tavistock
Group, the vehicle through
which Lyford Cay-based bil-
lionaire Joe Lewis makes his
worldwide investments, and
Mr Lewis's business partner,
Terry White.
Mr Anand said the quality
of the project's shareholders
had been backed by the 80
families who purchased real
estate at Albany as part of the
development's Founders Pro-

The Public is hereby advised that I, BETTYANN REQUEL
6522, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, intend to change my
name to BRIANNA REQUEL MORLEY. If there are
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.



N O T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) TROISMA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 19th
October, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted
to and registered by the Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust
Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 21st day of October, A. D. 2009

Credit Suisse Trust Limited



N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) JADE ELEPHANT LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 20th
October, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to
and registered by the Registrar General.

The Liquidator of the said company is Manex Limited, The
Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau,

Dated this 21st day of October, A. D. 2009

Manex Limited

Legal Notice

(No. 45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 of the International Business Companies Act No. 45
of 2000, KLEIN PROPERTIES S.A., has been dissolved
and struck off the Register according to the Certificate of
Dissolution issued by the Registrar General on the 29th day
of September, 2009.


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of 12 Bell Lane, Gibraltar

Chocol-Art Shoppe has something

special in store for Halloween


HALLOWEEN is almost
upon us and that means it's
time for trick-or-treating -
emphasis on the treating.
At the Chocol-Art
Shoppe, a gourmet store
that specialises in hand-
made chocolates, they are
creating something special
for the Halloween season
this year.
To say that the hand-
made chocolates are good is
without a doubt an under-
statement. The chocolate
treats, formed in shapes of
popular Halloween motifs,
are freshly made and melt in
your mouth.
Chocolatiere Jenny Pierre
of the Chocol-Art Shoppe
told Tribune Taste that they
wanted to do something
very different this year,
something that would make
kids say "Mummy, I want
"We are making some of
the same things we made for
last year's harvest festival, as
we call it, this year. But I
wanted to make the choco-
lates a little different, some-
thing more enticing than
usual," she said.
Ms Pierre is referring to
the store's new chocolate
masks, which include the
likenesses of the action hero
Spiderman and the famous
ogre Shrek.
They are made out of milk
chocolate and are large
enough to cover a child's
And although the masks
on display at the shop are
made out of regular milk
chocolate, customers can
make their own selections as
to the flavours and colours
they want their treats to be
made with.
"At the store we have on
display the chocolate masks
that are only made out of
regular milk chocolate. We
do this because some people
don't like all of the different
flavours, so we allow them
to make their own selec-
tions. If they want their
Shrek or Spiderman made
with the green, red, and blue
details we can do it," she
The process to create
these edible art pieces is
quite intriguing, and even
though it is a very "nick-
picky" procedure, Ms Pierre
said it is a labour of love.
To get the shape of the
character, a mask is used to
make a mold, and then a
heat vacuum is used to suc-
tion the chocolate. But
before the molding is com-
pleted the flavours must be
mixed into the chocolate
Along with the detailed
chocolate masks, the
Chocol-Art Shoppe is also
offering chocolate cats,
pumpkins and bags along
with other tasty treats.
"The chocolate pumpkin
will be made out of either

white or milk chocolate, but
like I said before, it is what-
ever flavour the customer
wants," she said.
The edible chocolate bags,
delightful creations, are
about four inches to five
inches long, and Ms Pierre
said that they are great for
party favours.
And have you ever heard
of "prapples"? This is the
newest edition in the can-
died apples department, and
the Chocol-Art Shoppe is
reinventing their flavours,
making them even more
delicious than before.
"These are not the regular
candied apples. It's praline
are not so smooth, but they
are clear and can be any
colour. However, the ones
on display will follow an
orange theme," she said.
Since the store opened its
doors about two years ago
the response from the cus-
tomers has been very
favourable, Ms Pierre said.
People have been patron-
ising their shop regularly
especially during times like
Valentine's Day, Halloween
and Christmas.
"We have had pretty good
response from our cus-
tomers all the time. They
always compliment us on the
way our chocolates are
made. What I do think
makes our customers satis-
fied is the taste of our
chocolates and the fact that
they are made to order, so
they are fresh," she said.
The Chocol-Art Shoppe is
located in the Mount Royal
Plaza. For more information
call 356-4449.



formed in the shapes of popular
Halloween motifs, are freshly
made and melt in your mouth...

Photos courtesyoth

-Il-r Sop


Best of Bahamian food and music

at BASRA 'Evening of Elegance'

Tribune Features Reporter

THE cr6me de la cr6me in
Bahamian cuisine and music will be
featured at the Bahamas Air-Sea
Rescue Association's (BASRA)
'Evening of Elegance' on Novem-
ber 7.
BASRA's annual fundraiser nor-
mally takes the form of an evening
ball, but this year's event has evolved
to become an upscale Bahamian
extravaganza like no other, organis-
ers said. The event will start at
7.30pm sharp, and promises to be
an exciting evening of mixing, min-
gling, dancing and dining under the
stars at the Old Fort Bay Club.
Carolyn Caley, BASRA event
committee chair, told Tribune Enter-
tainment the plans were revamped
because people were looking for
something a little different this year.
An incredible line-up of enter-
tainment includes performers such as
Peanuts Taylor, Daddy Long Legs,

MoJo from Elvina's in Gregory
Town, Eleuthera, and the Long
Island Connection.
Ms Caley said that the idea is to
have the guests be entertained from
the moment they arrive until the
time they leave.
"People seem to be so down at
the moment because of the reces-
sion, so it's important that we ensure
that they have fun this time around.
"We want them not to come out
of obligation, but because they want
to have fun," she said.
An array of amazing foods will
also be prepared by culinary artist
Jared Forbes, who served as per-
sonal chef to former US Ambas-

sador to the Bahamas John Rood.
"Chef Jared has put an amazing
menu together. We've asked him to
have a Bahamian thread running
through all the foods. He's incorpo-
rating Bahamian-themed ingredients
in the dishes, like guinep mayon-
naise," she said.


Grouper ceviche is a featured dish
on the extensive menu. You heard
right, not grouper and peas n' rice,
but grouper ceviche, which we hear
is absolutely delightful. This fish
medley is served with fruit and veg-
etables that will tantalise your taste

buds and leave you wanting more.
"Cocktail bars will be set up all
around the party for persons to buy
drinks. Hors d'oeuvres will be passed
around at the beginning of the
evening," Ms Carey said. And wine
will be served with dinner all evening
International cheeses, an array of
salads, sushi, pasta, and cooked
meats will all be on offer on the
There is a sushi bar by the pool, a
seafood buffet, a carvery showcasing
local delicacies such as Andros roast
pork loin with apple chutney and
tropical fruit salsa, and of course, a
tasty dessert selection.

Miss Bahamas International
Amanda Appleyard will draw the
tickets for the raffle in which prizes
such as a stay at Kamalame Cay in
Andros, Bahamas Fast Ferries tick-
ets to any destination, and vouchers
for Coin of the Realm and Brass and
Leather stores can be won.
The door prize is two round-trip
business class tickets to London
courtesy of American Airlines.
Tickets for the extravaganza are
available at BASRA headquarters;
International Merchant Bank; Dami-
anos Sotheby's International Realty;
and Lyford Cay Sotheby's Interna-
tional Realty at a price of $150.
BASRA is the Bahamas' only vol-
unteer rescue service, whose sole
purpose is saving the lives of dis-
tressed seamen or airmen.
They are ready to help 24 hours a
day, and carry out their rescues at no
cost. Financial donations are an
important part of the contributions
that BASRA depends on to main-
tain its service to the Bahamas.



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Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association revamps

its annual fundraising event to offer

first-class cuisine and entertainment



* Old School Thursday
This Thursday, October 22, is 'Old School
Thursday' at the Marley Resort. Relax, wine
and dine to the rhythm and feeling of "One
Love and One Heart." If you love those old
school hits by Michael Jackson, Bob Marley,
Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie and all the leg-
ends, then the Marley Resort and Spa is the
place to be.
The Marley's Boutique Showcase is from
7pm to 9.30pm; the dinner show will be from
8pm to 10pm.
* The Business of Art in the Bahamas
The issues forum "The Business of Art in
the Bahamas" will be held this Thursday at
7pm at the National Art Gallery on West
and West Hill Streets.
Art is many things, but there is a business
side to it that somehow is not fully acknowl-
edged. Has the market changed in recent
years? What is the relationship between
gallery and artists today? What is needed in
order to move forward? These issues and
more will be addressed by a panel including
Pam Burnside, John Cox, Jay Koment, Anto-
nius Roberts and Heino Smith.
Call 328-5800/1 or visit the website at for information.
* Ardastra Gardens workshop for chil-
Ardastra Gardens and Zoo presents "All
About..." - a series of educational work-
shops/seminars designed especially for chil-
dren between the ages of 5-12 years. One
Saturday each month experts at Ardastra
will feature a new and exciting topic.
For the month of October it's all about
the enrichment. Kelly Hobbs, curator of
Ardastra will define animal enrichment and
explain its importance to animals in captivi-
ty. Participants will get the opportunity to
administer some enrichment to animals in
the Ardastra family.
There is a registration fee per child and
closes one day prior to the workshop. To
register please contact Phillippa Moss as or at 323-5806. This
month's workshop will be held from 10am to
12noon on Saturday, October 24.
* First All Ceramic Exhibition
Local ceramicists and potters will get the
opportunity to show off their artistry in the
'First All Ceramics Exhibition' which pays
homage to Denis Knight. The exhibition is
open from October 23 to November 13 at
Popopstudios located on Dunmore Avenue
in Chippingham.
One of the goals of the exhibition is show
that three dimensional work is just as impor-
tant as canvas work. The artists taking part in
the show include Jessica Colebrooke; Mary
Deveaux; Jansu Pottery; Andret John; Max
Taylor; Imogene Walkine; Kelly Knowles;
Neko Meicholas; Sue Bennett-Williams; Kat-
rina Cartwright; Tamara Russell, and Nicole
* The Devil and Jacinta
The College of the Bahamas Performing
Arts Centre presents "The Devil and Jacin-
ta" by Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o
from October 29-31.
The central character of the play is Jacin-
ta Warringa, an unemployed single mother,
who flees Nairobi after a failed relationship
and after being fired by her boss because
she would not accept his sexual advances.
Riding through the countryside at night by
bus on her way to her hometown, she meets
a peculiar band of strangers, all of whom are
headed to a feast in a cave of all places; a
feast being held in honour of the greatest
thieves and robbers in the town. Jacinta,
despite her fears, attends this feast and there
meets a fate some would find hard to believe.
The play was written by Ngugi wa
Thiong'o as a condemnation of politics and
society in post-colonial Kenya while he was
detained in prison in 1977. He was jailed by
then Vice-President of Kenya Daniel arap
Moi because of the hard hitting message of
his play "Ngaahika Ndeenda" (I Will Marry
When I Want). While detained he wrote
"Devil on the Cross" on prison-issued toilet
paper. Tickets for the play will be on sale in
the SES Room, A97. The play stars current
English majors Gerren Bethel and Cherilyn
Rahming as well as COB alum and former
English major Emille Hunt, among others.
Visit for
more information.
* Rain
The internationally acclaimed Bahamian
movie "Rain" by Maria Govan will be shown
for one night only at the Regency Theatre in
Grand Bahama this Friday, October 23, at
8pm. The proceeds from the event will ben-
efit the Grand Bahama Children's Home.
The admission fee includes wine, hors
d'oeuvres and fine chocolates. Tickets are
available at Seventeen Shop in downtown
Freeport; Zorba's Greek Restaurant in Port
Lucaya; Wide World Travel located in the
Insurance Management Building, and at La
Belle Beauty Salon on West Atlantic Dri-
ve. The stars of the film will be there and are
hoping for a fantastic turn-out in support of
the young Bahamian filmmaker.
* Islands of the World Fashion Week
The highly anticipated Islands of the
World Fashion Week will be held from
November 4-8 and people may currently pur-
chase tickets online or after the November 2
in person at the box office at the Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort, Cable Beach.
Online ticket purchases must be collected
from the box office on or before the day of
the event, bringing the purchase confirmation
e-mail, a photo ID, and the credit card which

was used in order to collect your tickets. For
further information or assistance, contact
- Thursday, November 5, at 6pm - Runway
1: Guest designer Leanne Marshall
- Friday, November 6, at 6pm - Runway 2:
Guest designer Henry Jackson
- Saturday, November 7, at 5pm - Run-
way 3: Designer Murielle Leconte - Haiti
Runway 4 at 6pm: Guest designer: B
Michael (includes after party)
- Complete Fashionista Event Pass avail-

The ultimate Halloween party


What makes a great
Halloween party?
Great food, great
music, great deco-
rations and of course a "spook-
tacular" venue. With all this in
mind you should be able to plan
the ultimate Halloween party that
will rival all parties to come this
But before you begin spending
any unnecessary money, the first
thing you might want to consider
is your budget. This is probably
the most vital part of your party
planning, Natalie Appleyard, dec-
orator and event planner at Wild-
flowers, told Tribune Entertain-
"You must allot how much
money you are going to spend for
food, how much you are going to
spend on music, how much you
intend to spend on your venue,"
she said.
After you have determined the
amount of money you are willing

to spend on the preparation of
the party, you can choose a theme
for the event.
Decide whether your party will
be a costume party or a regular
Halloween party. You don't want
half of your guests showing up in
Halloween costumes and the oth-
er half without costumes, Ms
Appleyard said.
This is also good time to decide
on a venue, since the venue of the
party and the theme go hand-in-
"Be sure to have a back-up plan
if you decide to have your party
outdoors. The weather pattern
can shift unexpectedly," she said.
To get the Halloween feel, you
can choose a venue like an old
spooky house decorated in cob-
webs, pumpkins, and infamous
characters from popular horror
films like Saw, Scream, or Hal-
loween, or you can have the party
in your backyard, adding all of
the ghostly details and decora-
tions. This will surely set the tone
of your party, she said.

Depending on the kind of party
you are having, you should choose
the type of food that is served.
If you are having a sit-down
dinner it would be best to have
different courses.
"If you are having a dinner par-
ty then you should make arrange-
ments for course meals. Now, if
the party is a costume party then
it is best to have finger foods,
because I don't think a person
who attends your party all dressed
up in a Frankenstein costume will
be happy about sitting down all
night in their costume not able to
move around," she said.
The food can also be prepared
in Halloween motifs that add to
the theme.
No party is a party without
music. But what music is best suit-
ed the scariest night of the year?
How about Michael Jackson's
"Thriller", a suggestion made by
Ms Appleyard.
"The first song that should be
played at the Halloween party is
'Thriller'. It is the universal theme

song of Halloween. You cannot
have a Halloween party without
playing Thriller. Then, other Hal-
loween selections can be played as
well at the party," she said.
To make your party even more
enjoyable, you can also have your
guests participate in various activ-
"Activities are always a great
idea for any Halloween party.
You can have activities like the
best costume contest, the most
original costume contest, or a con-
test for the best thriller dance imi-
tation," she said.
After every detail of your party
is planned perfectly, you can begin
with the invitations. To cut costs,
an alternative to sending out invi-
tations is to simply call your fam-
ily and friends and let them pass
the message on. Or you could post
an announcement on social net-
working sites like Facebook and
In no time your guests will be
well aware of your party and get-
ting ready to boogie!

NCity to drop first music video for 'Like Me'

THE Bahamian girl group NCity is getting
ready to release what is being touted as one of
the most anticipated music videos of the year.
The up and coming group will be premiering
their very first music video for the track "Like
Me" on November 1.
The release party will be held at Club
Uptown in Nassau on October 30.
The video was shot by Farreno Ferguson
aka FDot for iKonz Media and features a
guest appearance by singer TaDa who per-
forms alongside NCity members Believe and
The video also features two of the top
Bahamian dance crews, Swiifz Crew and Juice
Unit, and Los Angeles-based choreographer
Nonny Price, who has worked with many inter-
national acts and performed at the Grammy's.
The song "Like Me", which was produced
by Christopher "Sketch" Carey, is a sexy and
sassy song, uplifting and fun at the same time.
It is a club tune to dance to and in terms of its
lyrics it is a song that calls out to everyone
who has ever been told that they could never
do what they wanted.
"Like Me" was shot on location in Nassau.
The first shoot was at the Builders Mall where
a warehouse was turned in to a club scene and
the second location, for the studio shots, was at
FAM Records.
The concept for the video was to create a
high energy, sexy and fun scenery. The video
starts with Skyy and Believe pulling up to the
club where a crowd of fans has gathered. The
girls look fabulous, sophisticated and sexy, so
some of the girls in the crowd, the 'haters' aka
H Crew, give NCity the evil eye as they think
the duo are flirting with the men there.
Believe and Skyy then enter the club accom-

Believe (left) and Skyy of the hip hop duo NCity...

panied by their respective dates. The H Crew
try to make a move on the girls' dates and
there is an altercation. Nonetheless, the party
continues and NCity perform in the club along-
side TaDa. The crowd enjoys the performance
and has a great time.
NCity said they are very excited about their
first music video and even though "it was a bit
nerve-wracking, everything went smooth."
The group suffered some minor setbacks
during shooting, having to endure a power cut
while shooting the club scene. Nevertheless,
everyone had fun at the shoot, the dancers
offered an excellent performance as did the
choreographer, stylists and everyone else

involved, the group said.
NCity said they would like to thank every-
one who made this video possible.
"This experience has been life-changing and
we could not have done it without you all.
Thanks to FDot for actually taking the project
on and putting up with us; Mark Roberts for
letting us use his warehouse and totally taking
over his property.
"TaDa, Dash and Kenny; Erin, our stylist,
we love you. Renae Brown and Shekia Light-
bourne - hair and makeup they had us on
point. But last but surely not least, the H Crew
- Tuesday, Heike and Cina - for the long

BNT Wine and Art Festival on Saturday

TASTE a selection of exquis-
ite wines while you feast your eyes
on the work of dozens of artists at
the 19th Annual Bahamas Nation-
al Trust (BNT) Wine and Art Fes-
tival, set for this coming Satur-
Sunny tracts through the
Retreat, the Village Road head-
quarters for the BNT, will be lined
with art rivalling the surrounding
world famous collection of palms.
Rusty Scates, wine director of
Bristol Wines and Spirits, the
event's major annual sponsor,
said: "Last year we had a magnif-
icent turn-out to taste our 53
wines, including numerous very
knowledgeable visitors and an
encouraging number of young
Bahamians keen to learn the plea-
sures of wine and the foods they
This year's visiting suppliers
include Alan Riviere, Chateau
D'Esclans & Sacha Lichine
Wines; Chris Jones, Folie A Deux
Winery (Menage a Trois Wines);
Maximilian Valles, Trivento, and
Devon Larking,
The event will also feature the
works of 42 artists in a variety of
styles. New artists to the festival
include Sabrina Lightbourne;
Marco Mullings; Tamara

"WORLD'S BEST Rose" - Acclaimed by many as makers of the "World's best Rose", the Chateau D'Esclans,
exhibited and poured their 2007 Whispering Angel to appreciative patrons at the 18th Annual Bahamas National
Trust Wine and Arts Festival last year. Visiting from France, was company representative Shannon Benoist, seen pour-
ing 'a taste' to Bahamian pharmacy technician Domonique Sinclair.

Cartwright; Alan J Pratt; Shakila
Stubbs; Laurell Burrows; Lisa
MaLu; Trevor Tucker; Peter Otim
Angole; Scott Roberts; Del Fox-
ton; Jason Kushel, and Terranique
A silent auction will be held at

YOUNG ARTIST MAKES A SALE - Faith Rae, seven-year-old Queens College
Student and granddaughter of well-known artist Malcolm Rae, was the
youngest artist exhibiting last year at the 18th Annual Bahamas National Trust
Wine and Arts Festival. She is pictured pointing to her water colour donkey,
which she sold to PS Advertising and Public Relations executive Keith Parker.

the members preview on Friday,
with the artists each donating a
piece of their work.
The sparkling star of the 19th
Wine and Art Festival is Martini
Rossi Brut Rose.
Mr Scates advises that the oth-
er 53 featured wines will come
from Mondavi; Bonterra; Triven-
to; Concha Y Toro; Lindemans;
Boschendal; Georges Duboeuf;
Stag's Leap; Souverain; Bogeda
Protos; Marques de Caceras;
Cesari; Chateau D'Esclans; Gra-
ham Beck; Beringer; Chateau St
Jean; Ravenswood; Folie a Deux;
Jekel; Sonoma Cutrer; Matua;
Rosemount Estates; Penfolds;
Charles Baker; Henry of Pelham;
Sauvion et Fils; Chateau Meaume;
Chateau Lamonthe; Domaines
Sacha Lichine; Martini, and Rossi.
Festival patrons will be able to
purchase or order wines at a spe-
cial price at the event for pickup
at the Bristol Wines warehouse
the following week.
Mr Scates said he will once
again be holding a be holding a
food and wine pairing seminar at

tos by Keith Parker/PS News/Features)

1pm, so patrons are encouraged to
come early.
"All the wines will be poured
by staff members of Bristol Wines
and Spirits who look forward to
this event and quite a few of them
have developed an appreciation
for wine," he said.
Lynn Gape, education officer
for the BNT, said: "We are
delighted to have additional spon-
sorship this year from Kings Real-
ty and Gourmet Market, Caves
This event is one of our major
fund-raising events each year and
although we know the economy
generally is down, we look for-
ward to a great turn-out so that
the numerous National Trust pro-
jects can proceed."
The Festival will be held from
for 12noon to 6pm on Saturday.
There is an admission fee for
the public and BNT members,
with accompanied children under
12 free.
All admission is in aid of the
BNT. Parking is available across
the road at Queen's College.






Who will be 'Redefining the Portrait' winner?

Features Reporter

The dream of becoming the
next 'big thing' on the
local art scene will be
more tangible for one
young artist tonight after he or she is
declared the winner of the Central
Bank's 26th Annual Art Competi-
tion and Exhibition's open category.
Under the theme "Redefining the
Portrait," this year's selection for the
open category - on display at the bank
until October 30 - focused on the clas-
sical style of painting a subject from the
shoulders up, where the face and its
expression are the predominant fea-
To qualify, participants had to be
Bahamian, 18 years or older, and not
registered in secondary school.
The winner will be announced fol-
lowing a special wine reception at 6pm
in the foyer of the bank at the Market
Street entrance. The overall winner
will be presented a $7,000 cash prize
simply called 'The Central Bank
It is the Central Bank's hope that
the $7,000 will be viewed as direct
funding for future art projects by
developing artists.
With this in mind, the winner of
the Central Bank Award will be invit-
ed to the CBOB Art Gallery for a
solo exhibition at their discretion.
The Central Bank of the Bahamas
Competition and Exhibition began
25 years ago when a small group of
artists, curators and art enthusiasts
came together out of a desire to
impact the Bahamian art scene.
Tribune Arts featured some of the
artists' works two weeks ago. The
response was so overwhelming, we
decided to feature more pieces.
Included in the exhibit are about 50
pieces by numerous artists. The
pieces vary in style and theme, some
incorporate unusual materials to pre-
sent a unique vision.
Competitors submitted one piece of

UNTITLED by Birkley Matthew Wildgoose

STRUGGLE by Jonathan Delaney


work in the categories of sculpture,
drawing, painting, print, collage, and
other pictorial presentation forms.
Thinking that his first piece didn't
fit the exhibit's theme, artist Jonathan
Delaney opted to enter another one
of his works in the competition.
The 18-year-old created his piece
'Struggle' in a little over three days,
but almost didn't submit this painting,
which depicts a black slave child with
piercing eyes.
Describing the message behind his
art, he said:
"Everybody feels the struggle, not
only the adults but children, and
everybody is always moving forward
and trying to forget the past."
A College of the Bahamas art
major, Jonathan said he wanted to

remind black people of their African
Dry brush and wet techniques were
used to bring out the bright brown
hues and tones of 'Struggle', which
stands tall on a big canvas.
Veteran artist Lemero Wright is
the painter behind 'State of Mind',
an abstract piece featuring a brown
skinned woman with city buildings
etched into her afro.
Lemero has entered the exhibition
nine consecutive times since 2000,
and has captured the second place
spot several times. He has received
numerous honourable mentions for
his work.
The idea that sparked the creation
of 'State of Mind' came about during
a random pastime, Lemero said.

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PORTRAIT of Michael by Dylan Rapillard STATE OF MIND by Lemero Wright
PORTRAIT of Michael by Dylan Napillard STATE OF MIND by Lemer0 Wright

"I was looking at a magazine and I
came across a face. It looked so pecu-
liar so I tried to draw some buildings
in her hair. It represents a woman at
her conscious state, where she may be
thinking of something, in deep
Danderia Bethel entered the com-
petition for the first time this year.
Her piece, 'Patriarch', illustrates the
gravity of a father's role in the life
of his son.
She worked on this piece, which
incorporates denim as a material, for
two weeks. "It speaks about men
being the start of generations," she
said. The face of a man is plastered
on the baby's pants, and the face of a
baby on the man's pants.
"This contrast represents boys
growing into men and men being the
key to passing on their manhood to
the younger ones," she said.
"To start off with, I was looking
for a different medium instead of the
typical canvas. The clothes came to
my mind because of the texture. I
used denim because I liked the tex-
ture of it."
When people look at the piece,
Danderia said she wants them to
understand that men are the struc-
ture of society.
"They carry a lot of weight and
they are the producers of the next
generation, so their role is very
important," she said.

For Matthew Wildgoose, helping
Bahamians to appreciate their own
arts and talent is the motive behind
his painting of Ronnie Butler.
"I was working along the theme of
Bahamian icons. And I thought
who'd be better to paint than Ronnie
Butler? He is a very iconic figure."
Matthew painted a portrait of the
singer performing on-stage last year
in his signature look - black sun-
glasses and black attire.
"For this new piece I wanted to
depict him as a man, with all the
imperfections," he said.
Before he started on the piece,
Matthew arranged to take some shots
of the entertainer.
"I wanted to make it larger than
life, because that's the kind of person
Ronnie Butler is to me."
And the final product seems to
have achieved this goal. The untitled
piece shows an aged Butler, up close
and personal, staring off into space,
with a pensive look on his face.
Matthew says he wants Bahami-
ans to realise the importance of
knowing more about their own musi-
cians, before they begin to appreciate
foreign performers.
For successful artists, this compe-
tition will serve as an introduction
for them to the Bahamian art scene,
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NCity to drop

first music

video for

'Like Me'

See page ten

Chocol-Art Shoppe

has something special

in store for Halloween

See page nine




awareness to

our mangrove swamps

Artists in the
often extend
a generous
hand in giv-
ing back to the community,
but for local pencil artist Kim
Smith, also known as K
Smith, this is the norm.
This year, he has created a
special piece for the Bahamas

'Empty Bowls'

on a mission to

feed the hungry

Features Reporter
MARRYING the arts with
the mission to feed the hungry
is the goal of the 'Empty
Bowls' organisation's
Bahamian chapter.
In early March, Empty
Bowls and the Salvation
Army celebrated the First
Annual Charity Drive and
Art Fair at the College of the
Bahamas. A crowd of nearly
5,000 people participated in
the event.
Next year, they're hoping
to top this year's event, and
they are seeking public sup-
port for their upcoming pre-
Special efforts have been
made to have a patio sale this
Saturday, October 24, at the
West Ridge Shopping Centre
(Super Value parking lot on
Cable Beach).
Committee members have
donated items for the patio
sale, which will take place
from 8am to 12pm.
Last year, the National
Children's Choir, the Mighty
Beacons, and local artist
TaDa performed at the event.
"Bowls made out of clay,
wood, and paper-mach6, are
sold at the event for $5 to $25,
and persons use it to eat out
of," Joann Behagg, Empty
Bowls chairperson told Tri-
bune Arts.
Ms Behagg is asking for the
support of those who can par-
ticipate in the sale, and hopes
that it will yield even more
funds than the last one.
Members of the Empty
Bowls committee presented
a $5,000 cheque to the Salva-
tion Army last March.
Empty Bowls is an interna-
tional project led by artists,
art students, and art organi-
sations who aim to fight
hunger around the world.
The organisation allows
participating artists and
groups to create and donate
bowls, then serve a simple
meal to individuals who pur-
chase the bowls.

National Trust's 19th Annual
Wine and Arts Festival and
is donating a percentage of
his earnings from the sales of
the drawing to the Trust.
The piece, entitled "Man-
grove Tranquility", is a
detailed depiction of a man-
grove swamp's reflection on
Mr Smith told Tribune Art
that the idea behind the art
work is to bring awareness to
the environmental threats to
the mangroves in the
And while he believes that
this piece will go down as one
of his greatest works, he said
the passion and motivation
needed to complete it did not
come easy.
"It was a little struggle find-
ing the passion for this piece.
It took me about three days to
line the drawing. I had no pas-
sion to do the piece," he said.
But his passion ignited after
the painting began to take
"After I put a little bit more
work into the drawing the
three dimensional quality
began to take shape. This
somehow sparked my enthu-
siasm and I felt excited to
complete the piece," he said.
Mr Smith said he spent a
total of five hours per day on
the piece, and always kept in
mind that his painting was for
a very worthy cause. He was
compelled to donate a por-
tion of his earnings to the
BNT as it will go towards

K SMITH working on 'Mangrove Tranquility' - a coloured pencil drawing...

maintaining the National
Bonefish Park. "This is very
special because the park is
also a mangrove swamp and I
want people to recognize the
mangrove swamps for what
they are," he said.
The painting will be on sale
at the Wine and Art Festival
to be held this coming Satur-
day at the Retreat on Village
Fifteen per cent of the earn-
ings from the original drawing
and 10 per cent from the
sales of the limited edition
prints of "Mangrove Tran-
quility" will be donated to the
BNT for the National Bone-
fish Park.
Mr Smith has in the past
also made contributions to the
National Art Gallery, the
Bahamas Red Cross Society,
rotary functions and many
other organizations.
While he is a benevolent
artist, he said before he makes
a contribution he must agree
with the cause.
"I am very selective when
donating to an organisation.
When donating, I must
believe in the cause first. Now
if it has something to do with
children I would most defi-
nitely donate. For me donat-
ing is a way of giving back and
it makes me feel good that I
am in the position to make
meaningful contributions to
our country," he said.
(See Page 10 for details
about the BNT's 19th Annual
Wine and Art Festival)

Remembering Amos Ferguson, 'the Picasso of Nassau'

Features Reporter

ONE of the most significant artists
the Bahamas has ever seen has died.
Taking in all that his legacy includes,
there is no doubt that we have cer-
tainly lost a national treasure in Amos
Mr Ferguson was known by the art
world at large as one of the most sig-
nificant outsider or 'primitive' artists
ever, and earlier this year was dubbed
by the New York Times as "the Picas-
so of Nassau."
Erica James, director and chief cura-
tor of the National Art Gallery, knew
Mr Ferguson personally and described
him as a "dynamo," and a very spiri-
tual and passionate man who lived
"If he didn't like you, he'd let you
know," she told Tribune Art.
Broadly categorised as "outsider art"
or "art brut" (raw art), Mr Ferguson's
work embodied a sense of cultural free-
dom, devoid of competition or social
promotion. Working from his home on
Exuma Street, renamed Amos Fergu-
son Street in his honour in 2005, Mr
Ferguson was a renowned intuitive
artist and storyteller that painted "by
faith and not by sight", often turning to
the bible for inspiration - as he would
tell those curious about his methodol-

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POLICE BAND by Government House by Amos Ferguson...
(Photo courtesy of the National Art Gallery)

Negotiations are now underway to
acquire the home of Mr Ferguson,

which houses an extensive art collec-
And Ms James said: "We want to

have permanent installation of his
work in the gallery."
Although described by the New York
Times as "the Picasso of Nassau", Mr
Ferguson faced seemingly resolute
obscurity in the Bahamas.
Mr Ferguson started as a house
painter and said he didn't take his talent
seriously until his nephew told him
about a dream he had - a dream in
which God told his nephew that his
uncle had a talent he wasn't using.
Mr Ferguson was a devout Christian
and many believe that it was his infalli-
ble faith that lent him the courage and
vision to fully explore and develop his
unique and distinctive style.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham,
reflecting on Mr Ferguson's legacy said
Mr Ferguson is perhaps our country's
most successful artist with works in pri-
vate collections and galleries around
the world.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, whose father
was an ardent collector of 50 of the late
artist's works, called Mr Ferguson the
"father of Bahamian art."
Mr Ferguson's paintings can go for
up to $10,000, and persons from coun-
tries around the world own a piece
his art.
Additionally, his pieces, which are
characterized by child-like figures, can
be found in the Smithsonian Institute
in Washington, DC.




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