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Publication Date: September 8, 2009
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Dr Nottage to
S'launch leadership
campaign during
PLP convention'

Former president

criticises organisation

Tribune Staff Reporter
A FEUD has broken out
within the Bahamas Christian
Council over the position tak-
en by leader Rev Patrick Paul
on the proposed amendment
to outlaw marital rape.
Former Council president
and outspoken social activist
Bishop Simeon Hall released
a statement yesterday criticis-
ing the organisation for its
apparent failure to seek con-
sensus on the issue.
The Christian Council, the
largest religious federation in
the country, expressed its
rejection of government's
attempt to make it illegal for a

husband to force sex on his
wife on Thursday, after the
Catholic Archdiocese, the
Bahamas Conference of the
Methodist Church and the
Seventh-Day Adventist
Church had already expressed
their support for governmen-
t's proposal.
Bishop Hall, who presided
over the Christian Council in
1999 and 2000, expressed his
disappointment at the sus-
pected failure of council lead-
ers to consult others before
taking a controversial stance
on marital rape and creating a
division both within the organ-
isation and the Church.
In a statement released to
SEE page eight


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Tribune Staff Reporter
UNLIKE his colleagues
PLP MP for Bain and
Grant's Town Dr Bernard
Nottage is reportedly set to
launch his campaign for the
leadership of the party not
months before the conven-
tion, but rather during the
party's convention in Octo-
ber of this year.
With two candidates
already declaring their
interest in the deputy lead-
SEE page eight


Concerns raised over recent
approvals of crown land
Tribune Staff Reporter
AS THE House of Assembly's Select Committee continues
its work looking into the disposition of all crown land grants,
concerns have been raised over recent approvals issued since
August and whether or not a new "transparent" system has tru-
ly been implemented at the Department of Lands and Surveys.
On July 20, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham pledged his gov-
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff
A MAN was remand-
ed to Her Majesty's
Prison yesterday after
being arraigned in Mag-
istrate's Court on a mur-
der charge.
Police have charged
30-year-old Jamar Atiba
Munnings with the mur-
der of Mario Rahming.
Munnings, who is rep-
resented by attorney
Stanley Rolle, is accused
of intentionally causing
Mr Rahming's death on
Saturday, August 29.
Appearing before Chief
Magistrate Roger
Gomez in Court One,
Bank Lane, he was not
required to enter a plea
to the murder charge.
SEE page eight

Claim that turtle ban will turn
Bahamians into 'criminals'

Tribune Staff Reporter
RECENTLY implemented
regulations that placed a ban
on the harvesting and sale of
turtles will turn hard-working
Bahamians into "criminals,"

according to those who oppose
the ban.
Opponents argue that by
removing the option for impov-
erished residents of the family
islands to occasionally eat turtle
meat government also will be
SEE page eight

Minister approves strike
vote for the GBPA union
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes has approved a strike vote for the .
Grand Bahama Port Authority Workers
Union, which is calling for the reinstate-
ment of two union shop stewards at the
Grand Bahama Shipyard.
Mr Foulkes told the media in Grand
SEE page eight IM


PM weighs in
on student sex
clause addition to
teachers contract
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham has
weighed in on the debate over
the student sex clause that gov-
ernment wants to attach to the
contract of teachers.
Mr Ingraham noted that gov-
ernment has asked all teachers
to acknowledge in writing that
they understand his adminis-
tration's zero tolerance stance
on child molestation. He also
acknowledged that the
Bahamas Union of Teachers
has asked its members not to
sign the clause, but said this is
of no importance.
SEE page eight

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unions. In the wake of controversy
spawned by the new sex clause for
teachers and another round of hotel layoffs, The
Tribune took to the streets yesterday to find out
how Bahamians feel about unions. Are they real-
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Michael Saunders, 51,
"Not at this stage because
they seem embroiled in inter-
nal disputes. When these
things happen the needs and
desires of the workers are not
being addressed."
M. Ferguson, 35,
Dept. of the Auditor General
"I've witnessed one incident
where I really don't feel as
though they represented the
workers at all. I really can't
speak unequivocally, but I feel
that in certain scenarios the
unions discourage civil meet-
ings and encourage extremi-
ties like sick-outs, not taking
everything into consideration.
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on proactive solutions instead
of just reactive, I think a lot of
confusion could be avoided.
Sometimes the personal aspi-
rations of union executives
conflict with their duties."
Hillwood Smith, 29,
"I personally believe that a
union is like a double-edged
sword. They are based on
great ideals built to protect
and support its members,
securing them jobs or bene-
fits. At times though I find
their methods bordering on
the extreme, too often when-
ever there is a problem a lot of
unions immediately resort to
the sick-out tactic. I think that
there should be some com-
mon ground, as union leaders
they should be able to orches-
trate negotiations in a
reserved manner."
Mrs. Rolle, PMH employee
"I must admit I am a little
disappointed with unions at
the moment. It seems as
though, with the current state
of economy, fees are only
going up and with no real
increase to the amount of ben-
efits engendered. I would have
hoped that seeing as there is
no coverage increase, they
would have waited until work-
ers received their salary
increases. Prices are going up
everywhere, but our wages are
staying the same, sometimes
I just don't feel as though the
unions share our common
Michael Thompson, 58
"I think just by looking at
what's going on with the Hotel
Union, they're not being rep-
resented properly. I mean just
look at what excuses they're

giving about the union and the
bank accounts - that should-
n't be happening."
Russ Owens, 50,
Trucking Industry
"I'm self-employed so I don't
have any first-hand experience
in any union, but from what
I've seen basically unions
suck. They make me ashamed
and they should be
embarrassed simply because
they can't seem to get it
together. They can't sit down
to a table and come to any
amicable agreement on any-
thing and that's bad for the
entire country, all the in-house
fighting is ridiculous."
Ministry of Works
Employee (Physical Plant)
"I am not happy with union
politics at this time. My rea-
sons being our union had told
us that we will receive funds
during the month of October,
right now feedback from our
representatives is looking as
if this will be put off even fur-
ther. So basically we are just
being put on the back burn-
er. We haven't received any
salary increments so we're
doing all the work and not get-
ting paid for it."
Jacintha Charlton, 49,
Bus No. 286
"A lot of people are losing
their jobs and as representa-
tives of the workers they
should be giving some kind of
response or call to action-
and quite frankly at this time
it appears as if they're doing
"With the global economy in
this state, every action is cru-
cial and they should be doing
more to represent the people
and fulfil their commitment."

Govt 'at least a month

away' from decision on

change to gambling laws

Tribune Staff Reporter
TOURISM stakeholders keen
for "radical change" to the
nation's gambling laws and regu-
lations will have to wait at least a
month longer to find out if gov-
ernment is likely to implement its
recommendations, according to
Tourism Minister Vincent Van-
A committee comprised of peo-
ple from the tourism industry and
government officials formed to review the proposals put forward
by the Bahamas Hotel Association in conjunction with the Casino
Association in early April this year was initially scheduled to
report back by the end of August.
But yesterday Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that the intervening
distraction of the Miss Universe Pageant, along with vacations
taken by some of the Committee's members, now leads him to
believe it will likely not make its views known before the end of this
The committee was formed after the BHA made a presentation
to Government earlier this year that called for a major overhaul of
the regulatory framework governing the casino industry, considered
significantly outdated by most tourism stakeholders, including Mr
Sands, Kerzner International (Bahamas) President George
Markantonis and Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian.
Mr Sands told The Tribune in March 2009 that "radical change"
was needed soon if The Bahamas is to maintain a competitive
edge against other popular gaming destinations - in particular,
Florida, which this Summer changed its laws to facilitate an all-out
expansion of gaming in the nearby State as a means of raising
much needed revenue in tough times.
Among the recommendations made to the Government by the
BHA at that time were that a wider variety of people in The
Bahamas be allowed to gamble, that different types of games be
permitted and that regulations that slow the pace of business in
Bahamian casinos be adjusted.
Yesterday Gaming Board Secretary Bernard K Bonamy said his
department has already reported back to Government on the pro-
posals and suggested that by and large it would not stand in the way
of their implementation. He said that as far as the Gaming Board
is concerned, it is now up to the Minister of Tourism whether the
recommendations made by tourism stakeholders be implemented.
"There are some things which we could do but there are some
things which depend on the Minister relaxing the rules," he said.
Insofar as the recommendation that a wider variety of people be
allowed to gamble, Mr Bonamy said "that's again with the minis-
ter." He said the Gaming Board has "no opinion on it."
Meanwhile, the Secretary said the Gaming Board is not against
allowing the introduction of new types of games in casinos "so long
as they are part and parcel of what's happening in similar juris-
diction and the Board can have a look at it."
He agreed that certain regulations do make it "very difficult" for
casino operators to do business at a competitive pace.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said he expects the Committee will
have to meet twice more before it can conclude its discussions on
the issue.


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THE Bahamas had one of
the sharpest declines in visitor
numbers in the region during
the first half of the year, the
Caribbean Tourism Organisa-
tion said.
According to the CTO's
statistics, tourist numbers are
down by 15 per cent.
In Antigua and Barbuda
visitor numbers dropped by
13 per cent and Barbados
recorded a nine per cent
The Bahamas Hotel Associ-
ation's Mid-Year Economic
Review and Tourism Outlook
Survey released in July found
a significant decline in busi-
ness activity during the first
six months of 2009.
And more than three out of
four hoteliers, 77 per cent,
anticipate revenue will be
down for the remaining six
months of the year.
When asked their outlook
for 2010, 30 per cent reported
a negative outlook, 53 per
cent a fair outlook and 17 per
cent a positive outlook.

According to the survey,
most hoteliers have respond-
ed to the recession's pressures
and have taken a proactive
stance to reduce costs and
revenue, as
90 per cent
of hotels
have made
to reduce
their labour
In addi-
tion, 87 per
cent of hote-
liers have
their average
daily room
Robert rate, with
Sands two-thirds
putting in
place "value-added" market-
ing programmes.
Two-thirds (67 per cent) of
the hoteliers have also put in
place energy efficiency mea-
sures, including timers, low
wattage lighting, solar water
heaters, staff-led practical
energy conservation measures
and a range of other initia-
Bahamas Hotel Association
president Robert Sands said:
"Our industry is packed with
exceptional people with the
professionalism and commit-
ment to providing stellar ser-
"All hands need to be on
deck in this regard, as our rep-
utation can help pull us out of
this sooner than later. Word
of mouth is the best form of


Hewitt fires

verbal volley at

magazine story

Tribune Staff Reporter

INTERNATIONAL tennis ace Lleyton
Hewitt last night slammed an Australian
magazine's claim that his wife is living a
"Bahamas nightmare."
After Bahamians reacted angrily to the
publication's claim that he and his wife are
living a life of fear in a "poverty-stricken"
Bahamas, Mr Hewitt assured them that his
family had nothing to do with the story.
In an exclusive interview with The Tri-
bune, the former world number one tennis
player hit out at the Australian tabloids,
saying their stories claiming to be based
on insider information about him and his
wife Bec are simply "fabrications."
The Old Fort Bay resident said he was
just as angry as the many Bahamians who
commented on the "Women's Day" web-
site when he heard about how the article
had linked him and his wife to a less than
rosy portrayal of his new home.
Now the 28-year-old says he wants to
set the record straight - assuring Bahami-
ans that he and Bec, 26, have only good
things to say about The Bahamas.
"Any story about us in any of those mag-
azines is absolute rubbish and it's not com-
ing from us whatsoever," said Mr Hewitt,
who personally telephoned The Tribune to
make his views known.
Contrary to the article's claim that his
wife lives a life of loneliness and fear of

Tribune Staff Reporter
Unions Harcourt Brown has
ordered that the registration of
the embattled Bahamas Com-
mercial Stores, Supermarket
and Warehouse Workers Union
be revoked.
Mr Brown also warned union
executives that he plans to for-
ward the matter to the Attor-
ney General's Office "for pros-
ecution. "
According to a letter dated
July 13, 2009 - bearing Mr
Brown's signature - as of Sep-
tember 30, the union's registra-
tion will be terminated.
According to the letter,
addressed to union president
Elgin Douglas, the decision was
made because "the union has
despite the notices from the
Registrar of Trade Unions in
correspondences dated the 18
and 24 of February ... wilfully
refused to hold nominations and
elections of executive officers
for approximately 24 years.
The letter continues: "The



"Any story about us
in any of those
magazines is
absolute rubbish and
it's not coming from
us whatsoever."

rampant crime, the tennis player said the
young couple have had "nothing but fan-
tastic experiences" during the eight to nine
months they have lived here, having made
many new friends.

Meanwhile, Mr Hewitt said he has rel-
ished the opportunity relocating with his
family to The Bahamas has provided him to
play tennis with the islands' best.
"Not only have I been able to hit with
and hang out with Mark Knowles, but I've
been hitting with younger Davis Cup play-
ers like Marvin Rolle who plays for The
Bahamas. So I've been having a lot of fun
with the locals here and I'd prefer the truth
to come out rather than all the fabricated

union has wilfully refused to
provide the Registrar of Trade
Unions with (an) audited finan-
cial statement pursuant to sec-
tion 30(2) and (3) of the Indus-
trial Relations Act for the peri-
od 2007-2008 and/or the finan-
cial statements provided by the
union were not in compliance
with the Act pursuant to sec-
tion 30(2)."
"Further be advised that
effective immediately the Reg-
istrar of Trade Unions will also
be forwarding the matter to the
Office of the Attorney General
for prosecution pursuant to sec-
tion 30(5)," the letter contin-
ued. In March, Mr Brown - who
is also the director of labour -
accused Mr Douglas of not hav-
ing held a democratic election
since the 1980s and of failing to
give a proper account of the
union's finances.
The director has said the
department is "convinced
beyond a shadow of a doubt"
that there has never been a
properly conducted election in
the union and accused Mr Dou-
glas of "electing himself every
three years" to head the organ-

isation. The Bahamas Com-
mercial Stores, Supermarket
and Warehouse Workers Union
represents employees from
companies such as Furniture
Plus, Coca Cola, Purity Bakery,
Caribbean Bottling Company
and City Meat, among others.
"Members have complained
to us that they have never, ever
participated or been allowed to
participate in the affairs of their
union. Remember, these are
people who are paying dues,"
Mr Brown had said previously.
But Mr Douglas denied these
claims, calling Mr Brown's
assertions "absolute rubbish"
and suggesting that he lacks
supporting evidence. Mr Dou-
glas has claimed he remained
president since taking over in
1988 because he has a strong
base of support among mem-
He said the union had an
election in August, 2008 and
that the results are "good for
three years."
He has also claimed Mr
Brown has personal reasons for
wanting him out of the union's
top spot. Attempts to reach Mr

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Roger Federer of
Switzerland during
the US Open on
September 5, 2009.
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"We've made great friends over here,
everyone's been so friendly and we feel so
safe. For us it's a fantastic place to raise a
young family and we're having a lot of fun,"
added Hewitt.
The tennis ace, who just returned to The
Bahamas after playing in the U.S. Open
tennis tournament - where he lost to
world number one Roger Federer on Sat-
urday - said that part of the reason the
couple chose New Providence to make their
home with their two children was because
they felt it would allow them some respite
from the glare of the tabloid media in Aus-
tralia, who love to follow their every move.
"At the end of the day if our faces are on
the front page of these magazines then
they're going to sell and most of the time
we just blow it off. But obviously when we
come to a new country and we're living
here and everything's fantastic and every-
one's treating us well we don't want to be
perceived in a totally different situation
than it is and put a negative spin on it,"
said the tennis pro.
With a banner headline "Becs Bahamas
Nightmare" Women's Day claimed that
Mr Hewitt's wife Bec "wants out" of The
Bahamas because she is lonely and afraid,
given rampant crime levels and "abject
The story alleged that a photo of Mrs
Hewitt leaving her Bahamas home showed
her with a "look of fear" on her face
because of her experience here and warn-
ings from her neighbours.

Brown - who is said to be out of
office for the week - and Mr
Douglas were unsuccessful up
to press time.

Man convicted of

killing broadcaster's

daughter has

sentence affirmed

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE man convicted of
killing the daughter of veteran
broadcaster Steve McKinney
had his life sentence affirmed
by the Court of Appeal yes-
Michael Byron Simmons,
25, also known as Kaz, was
convicted of manslaughter for
the 2007 stabbing death of
Trevonne McKinney, 22, after
pleading guilty to the charge.
The victim died in hospital
after being stabbed multiple
times in Wilson Tract on Sun-
day, March 4 of that year.
Simmons was sentenced to
life imprisonment in July 2008
by Senior Supreme Court Jus-
tice Jon Isaacs.

He had sought to appeal
both his conviction and sen-
tence, however his attorney
Wayne Munroe said yesterday
that as a matter of law, Sim-
mons is abandoning his
appeal against the conviction,
as he had pleaded guilty to
Simmons also abandoned
his appeal against the life sen-
Court of Appeal President
Dame Joan Sawyer noted that
the court could, by varying
the sentence, increase it.
In June, the appellate court
quashed the death sentence of
Roger Watson for the 2007
shooting death of 12-year-old
Eddison Curtis Johnson.
The Court of Appeal resen-
tenced Watson to 50 years
imprisonment, setting aside
the death penalty and substi-
tuting a conviction for
manslaughter. The Court of
Appeal yesterday dismissed
Simmons' appeals against his
conviction and sentence.
Accompanying Dame Joan
Sawyer on the bench were
Justices Hartman Longley and
Christopher Blackman.

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Rift over Obama school speech

WASHINGTON - The furor over Presi-
dent Barack Obama's start-of-school speech
to the nation's students - challenging them
to work hard, earn good grades and stay in
school - typifies the country's widening rift
over politics and social issues.
It's certainly an unwelcome distraction
as the president prepares to address both
houses of Congress and the nation Wednes-
day about his embattled attempt to over-
haul the health care system, which has taken
a hammering from Republicans and some
middle-of-the-road Democrats.
Dating back to his campaign for presi-
dent, some Obama opponents have tried to
paint him as a "socialist." Since winning the
White House, the attacks have continued
over his attempts to invigorate the tumbling
economy with a $787 billion stimulus.
Far-right critics now charge that Obama
would use his back-to-school remarks Tues-
day to indoctrinate youngsters into his
alleged "socialist" agenda.
Fox News Channel commentators
Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck have been
prominent in attacking the speech. Florida
Republican party chairman Jim Greer said
he was "absolutely appalled that taxpayer
dollars are being used to spread President
Obama's socialist ideology."
Even Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of
Minnesota, a moderate and potential presi-
dential contender in 2012, said Obama's
speech was "uninvited" and raises questions
of content and motive.
Many school districts have decided not to
show Obama's speech, partly in response to
concerns from parents.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan called
that "just silly" during a Sunday television
interview. He said the text of the speech
would be on the White House Web site
Monday and that watching the address was
Opponents to the president's school mes-
sage latched onto a lesson plan, since amend-
ed, the department sent out asking students
to write letters "about what they can do to
help the president." Duncan said that
referred to Obama's "goal of having the
highest percent of college graduates by
The secretary noted: "We just clarified
that to say 'write a letter about your own
goals and what you're going to do to achieve
those goals.' So again it's really about per-
sonal responsibility and being accountable,
setting real goals and having the work ethic
to see them through."
While the White House dealt with that
controversy, Obama's environmental advis-
er resigned under fire for inflammatory state-
ments made before he joined the adminis-
Van Jones "understood that he was going
to get in the way" of Obama's agenda, White
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tally friendly "green jobs" with the White
House Council on Environmental Quality,
was linked to efforts suggesting a govern-
ment role in the Sept. 11 attacks and to
derogatory comments about Republicans.
Fox's Beck was one of Jones' leading detrac-
Some Obama critics are sparing no efforts
to diminish his presidency -piling on such
distractions as he prepares for the critical
health care address - hoping that a defeat
of the overhaul, a signature campaign
promise, will tarnish his administration. That,
the thinking goes, could open the way for
Republicans to make a comeback in next
year's midterm elections after their shatter-
ing defeat by the Obama juggernaut in 2008.
Obama took office vowing to change the
tenor in Washington, to seek bipartisanship
as he worked through his reform agenda.
So far he's had no success with that course.
Switching tactics at the eight-month mark
in his four-year term would mark a turning
point for a president elected by an unusual-
ly wide margin. But Obama has seen public
opinion poll numbers shrink considerably
among independents and those who have
been turned against his legislative agenda
by the relentless criticism from the conserv-
ative right.
(This article is written by Steven R Hurst of
the Associated Press).
* * * *
Obama urges youth
to study hard

If so-called conservative Americans -
presumably Republicans - are too dumb
to appreciate the principles that President
Obama is trying to inculcate in American
students in his speech today, we hope that
Bahamian teachers will make certain that
his words get to every Bahamian student so
that each of them will understand the impor-
tance of education and their responsibility to
themselves to put in the hard work to obtain
As the President told his nation's students
at the end of the day they can have the most
dedicated teachers, the most supportive par-
ents, and the best schools in the world, but
none of it will matter unless they fulfil their
"Unless you show up to those schools;
pay attention to those teachers; listen to
your parents, grandparents and other adults;
and put in the hard work it takes to suc-
ceed" you "can't drop out of school and just
drop into a good job."
"You've got to work for it and train for it
and learn for it," he said.
And if this is what some Americans see as
subversive, then we need more of this type of
subversion to put this confused and irre-
sponsible world back on its axis.




. 4





The dynamics

of sexual abuse

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I did not want to share my
family story with the public
because it involves intimate
aspects of my late Mother's
conjugal life and the memory
of her abuse is still very painful.
After hearing and reading the
Bahamas Christian Council's
statement on the amendment
of the Sexual Offences Act, I
decided to overcome my reti-
cence and share part of this sto-
ry with the public in the hope to
engage, educate, sensitize, and
help persons understand the
dynamics of domestic violence
and sexual abuse.
The Valleray family is con-
sidered the "bourgeoisie" of
Martinique. My mother, Mar-
guerite, was an educated and
trained teacher who eventually
became the first female to hold
ministerial credential in the
Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Local church historians record-
ed my mother's accomplish-
ment as the most successful
evangelist who baptized, in her
time, more persons than any
male minister (except for her
two sons, Guy and Joel). Her
engineer father was the first
person to own a vehicle in
French Guyana. My father,
Gerard, was an articulate, intel-
ligent brigadier police officer
whose father travelled through-
out Europe as a colonel in the
French army. Were they alive
today, they would have been
87 and 95 years, respectively.
I was about eight years old
when I got sick with the
measles. Wanting to protect my
siblings, Mom quarantined me
from them by allowing me to
sleep on a cot in her bedroom.
Because of the terrible physical,
emotional, and sexual abuse
she suffered at my father's
hand, she developed angina.
One night, while I was still
sleeping in her bedroom, Mom
got her regular chest pain and
as usual placed the prescribed
tablet under her tongue to
relieve it. Dad came home
drunk and in spite of my pres-
ence in the bedroom, demand-
ed sex of Mom. I could hear
and see everything. Because
Mom did not consent, he used
his fist to beat her into submis-
sion and then raped her in my
The landlord's house was
next to ours and one of their
windows looked right into my
parents' bedroom through its
own window. My father, in his
drunken stupor, did not care
that their bedroom window was
wide open when he demanded
sex. Mom suffered the indigni-
ty of being raped multiple times
while the landlord's daughter
looked on from that window
into theirs. Later on in life, she
told us how terribly ashamed
she was that the neighbour had
witnessed this sexual abuse and
that she could not hold up her
head when she saw the neigh-
After Mom's death in 2001,
my then 59-year old eldest
brother, Guy, recounted how
as a lad, he used to come home
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burning in the pot on the stove.
To this day, he cannot eat
My father used his police
gun to terrorize Mom and his
family. Mom reported the mat-
ter to his superior. Finally, his
superior, Commandant
N'Guyen, took the gun away
from him. He then purchased a
butcher's knife to replace the
gun and threatened to kill Mom
with it. I vividly recall that
night. All of us experienced
sheer terror. The fear of Mom
dying at my father's hand was
real and part of our daily lives.
My 50-year-old youngest
brother, Ralph, recently wrote
an article for the "Union des
Femmes," an association of
women whose goal is to combat
domestic violence in Mar-
tinique. What follows is a trans-
lation of an excerpt from his
"A child, I was, until my
thirteenth birthday, the power-
less witness of such a wave of
violence! I keep a bitter and
smarting memory of the suffer-
ing we endured and an eternal
love for my mother who died
December 2001. Imagine, a lit-
tle boy for whom time stops: a
gun is held to his mother's face,
at a distance of less than a
meter, by his father with his
7.65 loaded with all its bullets! I
had to wait until I was 43 years
of age when, in the office of a
psychoanalyst, I could remem-
ber the positive side of my
father, the calm and excellent
man he could be when he did
not drink like the inveterate
drunkard he was! That day, I
cried all the tears my body
could produce! When my
father died in 1974, at the age of
59 of a heart attack, I remem-
ber discovering his remains at
Clarac (hospital) and saying:
'This is good!' I was 16 years
The most remarkable part
of this story is that Mom had
related the abuse she suffered
to the pastor and the elders of
the church. They came home
to visit Mom and told her it was
her duty as a Christian wife to
submit to her husband and to
forgive him. They never did
anything to hold my father
accountable for his terrible
actions. Isn't that the same kind
of talk we heard recently from
the president of the Bahamas
Christian Council? You do not
appease a lion by throwing vic-
tims in its cage. "This is what
the Sovereign Lord says: I am
against the shepherds and will
hold them accountable for my
flock. I will remove them from
tending the flock so that the
shepherds can no longer feed
themselves. I will rescue my
flock from their mouths, and it
will no longer be food for
them" Ezekiel 34:10.
"I hate divorce, says the
Lord God of Israel, and a man
who covereth himself with vio-

lence as well as with his gar-
ment says the Lord Almighty"
Malachi 2:16. What God hates,
he punishes. These so-called
preachers of righteousness
should not pervert God's Word
and picture Him as one who
would condone or overlook
violence against another human
being in marriage. Violence
against any human being is con-
trary to God's principle of love
and equity. "Love does no
harm to its neighbour. There-
fore love is the fulfilment of the
law" Romans 13:10. Forcing
another human being to have
sex violates the most intimate
and vulnerable aspect of per-
sonhood. It is immoral and a
criminal offence. All criminal
acts should be punishable by
law, whether or not they occur
in marriage. The Apostle Paul
rightly says that only those who
break the law should fear the
punishment meted out by the
law. "We also know that law is
made not for the righteous but
for lawbreakers and rebels, the
ungodly and sinful, the unholy
and irreligious; for those who
kill their fathers or mothers, for
murderers" 1 Timothy 1:9.
According to the president
of the Bahamas Christian
Council, marriage is a contract
and consent is given for sex
when one enters into it, as
though there is no time in mar-
riage when consent can be legit-
imately and reasonably with-
held. It seems that once a
woman is married, she loses her
right to say "no." A married
woman in a wholesome mar-
riage can legitimately say no to
sexual relations with her hus-
band when she is ill, is disabled
by painful and heavy menstru-
ation, suffers from sheer
exhaustion from assuming all
or most of the household
responsibilities, and when her
hormones play tricks on her
during pregnancy and she can
no longer tolerate sexual inter-
A menopausal married
woman has the right to say no
when a dry and thinning vagina
caused by a drop in estrogen
makes sexual intercourse
extremely painful. A married
woman in an abusive relation-
ship has the right to say no to
an adulterous husband who
sleeps around and comes home
loaded with sexually transmit-
ted infections, when he tries to
impose on her offensive sexual
practices, or when he uses sex
as a weapon to control and
humiliate her.
A just society enacts laws
that protect all its citizens
regardless of marital status,
especially the helpless, weak,
and vulnerable. I implore the
Bahamas Government to be
courageous and to pass the
amendment to the Sexual
Offences Act.
I also urge women who have
suffered sexual abuse to have
the audacity to share their sto-
ries (anonymously if needs be)
and thus ensure the passing of
this amendment.

Annick M.Valleray Brennen
September 5, 2009

The family' has been destroyed for years
EDITOR, The Tribune.

In response to the proposed marital rape amendment, the Chris-
tian Council states that "if we destroy the family, society will
experience utter chaos."
Take a look around, the "family" has been destroyed for years.
This is why we live in utter chaos today. This is why two young men
cannot resolve a conflict without one pulling out a knife or gun and
killing the other. This is why a man can murder a mother holding
her infant child. This is why people live with such anger. This is why
we have an alarming birth rate to single mothers. And the list
goes on...
We have lost a whole generation, and now we are up in arms
over this proposed law.

September 4, 2009.

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THE Department of Edu-
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Education Carl Bethel with a
package containing mathe-
matics materials which includ-
ed Bahamian play money,
flashcards and posters.
Dr Joan Rolle, education
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Dr Rolle explained that she
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would greatly enhance learning examined its different features. shaping a child's character. Bahamas.


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wsoh Readers disagree with

FORMER Christian Coun-
cil president Bishop John
Humes decided to weigh in
on the marital rape amend-
ment by entering the fray on
Responding to the website's
poll, which asked what readers
thought of the Christian
Council's rejection of the
amendment, Bishop Humes
said the Church of God, of
which he is the Administra-
tive Bishop, agrees with the
Council's stance.
He said: "While many of
the major denominations sup-
port this Bill, the Church of
God feels that this Bill in its
current form cannot be sup-
ported by us.
"While I feel that some
wives are abused and even
forced by their husbands to
have sex, they are already cov-
ered by the Domestic Vio-
lence Act.
"If a man is faithful to his
marriage covenant and vows
and does not have extra-mar-
ital affairs, the wife should
oblige him, otherwise you may
cause the man to resort to
"On the other hand if a
man is unfaithful, the wife has
all right to protect herself
from her unfaithful spouse
and should he force her, then
she has all right to cry afoul or
"Then there is the case
when a man is a sex maniac
and the woman may be tried -
this is abuse and should be
reported. These are the two
cases that may support this
bill, but to cry rape is foolish
and could have lasting effect
on a good marriage. A wife
must know that she has made
a commitment to her husband
to HAVE or to HOLD, when
he is OLD. The man deserves
to go into his garden when he
or she needs.
"Then the sentence is out-
rageous - a man could rape a
child and get six years, but if
he rapes his wife could get life.
What next? The Church of
God believes in the sanctity
of marriage and if we are
faithful to each other then a
wife will look forward in hav-
ing sex with her husband.
"I speak as one who has
over 33 years under my belt
with five children and three
grands. This is not only Bible,
book and science - I speak
from experience.
"Marriage is honorable and
the bed is undefiled. If you
keep yourself only to your
wife you will not have STDs
or STIs for the bed is unde-
filed and you do not need to
run around for your wife has
everything that the other
women have and it is all yours.
"Trust (that) marriage is
good and is of God - if it is
between a man and woman
and only between them."
Some readers quickly took
issue with what Bishop
Humes had to say.
Responding to the bishop's
complaint about the length of
possible sentences the amend-

ment would allow in cases of
marital rape, compared to
child abuse, "Rik Skagneti"
wrote: "Sir, this argument has
nothing to do with the law on
marital rape but on the sen-
tencing policies of our courts.
Life is a fitting sentence for
ANYONE convicted of rape.
"You also claim that a wife
who does not want to have
sex could drive her man to
adultery. So, what happened
to love, honour and obey ...
the marriage vows? To love
your partner, honour your
partner and obey the sanctity
of marriage? Bishop, stop
finding excuses for dishon-
ourable men, and start
respecting the women."
"Voltaire" said: "Bishop
Humes, you seem to talk in
very conditional terms - IF a
husband respects the marriage
covenant, IF we are faithful
to each other, et cetera. We
could make similar comments
about IF people decided not
to rob each other, and IF
young men rejected violence.
"The point is that the law is
not created to affect the law
abiding, but rather those who
break the law. The Bill tar-
gets husbands who ARE will-
ing to force sex on their wives.
These are not healthy mar-
riages in the first place, and
opposing this Bill will not
make them healthy marriages.
"At the same time, if a man
and a woman ARE faithful
and respectful of the marriage
covenant, what makes you
think that all of a sudden, the
woman would start to lie on
their husbands? This seems
like a very misogynistic stance
which views women as
"You say that 'crying rape'
can ruin a good marriage.
Bishop Humes if a woman is
crying rape - whether she is
telling the truth or being spite-
ful - there is something very,
very wrong with that marriage
in the first place.
"Oh, and the law is needed
because the Domestic Vio-
lence Act does not cover all
instances of rape within a mar-
riage - ie cases where explicit
violence is not involved."
At the end of his statement,
Bishop Humes congratulated
The Tribune on its new web-
site, which he described as
"top class".
"It is the best I have seen in
any part of the Bahamas,
Caribbean and the USA.
Kudos to you and the team,"
he wrote.

the Christian Council's

stance on marital rape

33 side with the BCC, 83

with other church groups

THE majority of readers
who participated in the lat-
est poll said
they disagree with the Chris-
tian Council's rejection of the
government's efforts to make
marital rape illegal.
Readers were asked if they
agree with the Christian
Council or with Catholics,
Methodists and Seventh-Day
Adventists, who have all
embraced the government's
efforts to amend the Sexual
Offences and Domestic Vio-
lence Act.
In all, 116 persons took
part in the poll, 33 siding with
the Christian Council and 83
with the other church groups.
The issue also sparked
heated debate on the website
over the weekend.
"Dick Funke" said: "When
a woman says 'no', or for that
fact a man, 'no' means 'no'.
Rape is a crime in a marriage
just as it is outside a union."
"E Albury" said he some-
times wonders "how some-
one who can call themselves
Christian could think of a
woman as a thing. I know
that it is hard to understand
this but this is not a fact of,
'Honey not tonight I have a
headache', but a man forcibly
taking something that is not
his. If the law doesn't pass
maybe there will be more
women baking 'sweet potato
pies' for the husband who
takes what is not his.


"Rock of Ages" said: " If
the subject matter weren't so
serious, the Christian Coun-
cil's decision would be laugh-
Those who oppose this law
have the affront to think of
themselves as being Christ-
"Anthony Brice" said he is
not at all surprised by the
stance of the Christian Coun-
"They have been getting it
wrong for along time. Don't
expect that they will start
now," he said.
"Leo Thompson" added:
"Husbands are to love their
wives as Christ loves the

church. Love doesn't seek to
have its own way."
According to "S Burrows",
the Christian Council is "a
"They always seem to have
it wrong when it comes to
issues in our society," the
reader said. "Just stick to
what you do best, demand-
ing tithes from the poor peo-
ple, who in most cases will
never live as extravagantly
are you all do."
"A" commented: "This
country is not a theocracy.
Who cares what they think?
All they have ever done is
obstruct human progress and
basic human rights. They
need to come out and be pas-
sionate about child abuse,
and other horrendous acts
performed in this country
every day, not pander to the
ego of a group of immature
men who think that it is their
right to enslave and harass
"Bahamian men think rela-
tionships are big competi-
tions and that the govern-
ment is handing women the
upper hand on them.
"Bottom line, if men
respect and love their wives
as they should, this law will
not frighten them and they
have nothing to worry about.
Only the rogues are making
the most noise because they
will now be forced to treat
their women with respect.
"Chandia Farrington" said:
"One of the vows a person
makes at the altar of their
wedding ceremony is to 'have
and to hold for better and for
worse'. While I do agree that
sex was made for marriage, I
disagree with the Christian
Council's opinion - and I'm a
Baptist. What they are essen-
tially saying is, if my husband
is promiscuous and I know (
and choose to stay with him
because of the above men-
tioned vow) and he wants to
be intimate, I must say yes.
This should not be, as he is
putting my life at risk to
many incurable diseases, and
this is not right.
"What a shame" said: "I
can't even pretend to be sur-
prised that this group of men

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have made this statement.
Why don't they speak out on
social ills that really affect
people in this country? They
are so irrelevant and out of
touch. I can't believe any
would remain a part of any of
their congregations."
Those who agree with the
Christian Council also had
their say, and became
involved in a lively back-and-
forth with other readers.


"J James" said he under-
stands the Council's perspec-
tive. "The Bible clearly states
that when a man and a
woman become a married
couple their bodies are no
longer their own, their bodies
becomes their spouses own.
So if a husband wants to be
intimate, the wife has no
right to deny him and vice
versa unless they agree on it.
"I am only 17-years-old
and I understand that when I
get married I will be making
a vow to love, cherish and
hold, in sickness and in
health, for richer, poorer,
better or worse, till death do
us part.
"This means that if my hus-
band cheats I can leave him
but if I decide to stay then
no matter what, I have to
continue my wifely duties
unless of course abuse is
"Rape cannot happen in a
marriage relationship but
abuse can and abuse is pun-

ishable. People really need
to read the Bible's view on
the rights and wrongs of mar-
riage before they get married.
This is supposed to be a
Christian Nation.
"I don't see how ignoring
what the Word of God has
to say about issues is being
"Conchy Joe" said: "If any-
one can, please tell me how
an innocent man can prove
the sex he had with his wife
was consensual! How? If
nobody can, then this law
cannot work!
"If I, as an innocent man
have no way to prove my
innocence, then this law dis-
criminates against me as a
"A woman can prove that
she had sex with her husband
through DNA.
"How does she prove that
it was rape? . . . Every case
brought to trial will be his
word against hers ... A mar-
ried woman who is being
raped by her husband should
carry him to counselling. If
he won't go then leave him!
The only people who stand
to gain from this bill are the
"Anthony Taylor" asked:
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tal act, isn't that a form of
violence as well? Isn't that
an unnatural violation against
the husband? Shouldn't that
be outlawed?
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Minister approves strike

vote for GBPA union

FROM page one

Bahama on Sunday that not
much progress was made
during the past weeks
between management and
the union at the conciliation
meetings held at the Labour
Department in Freeport.
"I have approved a strike
vote for the GBPAWU for
September 17, and it will
take place between 9am-
5pm at the Department of
Labour," he said.
"We will continue to have
conciliation talks with the
union and management at
the shipyard. We think that
as long we can keep those
parties at the table there is a
possibility of bringing reso-
lution to the problem."
The union claims that
management wrongfully dis-
missed shop stewards Sime-
on Richardson and Eudencil
McPhee when they refused
to accept additional time-off
without pay.
GBPAWU has threat-
ened to strike if manage-
ment does not reinstate the
men. An official request for
a strike vote was made to
the Minister of Labour a few
weeks ago when talks with
management were unsuc-
The union is also con-
cerned about the large num-
bers of foreign workers
employed at the shipyard.
Of the 750 persons
employed at the shipyard,

320 are Bahamians.
Minister Foulkes stated
that the Bahamian workers
currently account for 40 per
cent of the total workforce
at the shipyard.
"I understand that two
new ships just came in yes-
terday (Saturday) and the
foreign component might
increase, but it is seasonal,"
he said.
Mr Foulkes stated that
government is trying to get
more Bahamians trained in
the shipyard industry.
The Grand Bahama Ship-
yard is the largest ship care
facility in the region.
In March, the shipyard
experienced one of its
busiest periods. During that
time, the facility also
acquired its third dock at a
cost of $60 million.
However, business
declined significantly in
May forcing management
to reduce its expatriate
workforce and enter into
arrangements with union
representatives for "rolling"
or temporary lay-offs for its
Bahamian workers.
According to union offi-
cials, Bahamian workers
had initially taken 13 days
off without pay to assist the
company when business
was slow.
Carl Gustaf-Rotkirch,
chairman and CEO,
expects that business will
pick up from mid-Septem-
ber up until beginning of

Man charged with murder

FROM page one

According to reports, Mr Rahming, a 45-year-old resident
of Bamboo Town, was at home when he was shot several
times in the back by a lone gunman. He died in hospital a
short time later.
Munnings, of South Beach, was also arraigned yesterday
on a deceit charge.
It is alleged that on Thursday, September 3, he deceived
Detective Sergeant 1902 Thompson with intent to evade
the requirements of the law. He pleaded not guilty to the
The case was adjourned to September 15, with the accused
remanded to Her Majesty's Prison.

22 Palmdalc Avenue, Palmdaln
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of Winton M aws, ass Nam.;.
The Bahamas, will be held a
St. Anne's Anglican Church,
Fox Hill Road, NaXau, on
TuI ayd, tih Spcmr.2h 2WU9
al 4:00p.m.

Reva nd Father Crosey N.
Walkine will official and
interment will be in St. Annc s Cemettry, Fox Hill Road,

Mrs. Pinder is predeceased by her pa1~nii. Alexandei C.
Knowlcs ST., and Agnes L, Knowles and her brother, Jamcs
F Knowl[e, She i sunmied by her tihbanLL JdkffT on Wlliam
Finder; two sons, William Craig Pinderof Ely, England and
Richard Perry Pinder of Nassau; a granddauihler, Alice
Johnson; brothers, Alex, Emerick, Patrick, Geoffrey and
Charlton Knowles; sisters, Ruby Cotlins, Doris Andersnn,
Yvomne Knowles, Deborah Knoles and Juliana Green;
uncle, Hilbert B. Pindcr; hrrnthm-in-law, Richard Andermin
Sr., Jamie Gifen aid David Pmld c,, er-in-tla,, Jslxi Pimler.
Shirley, Amaryli. Brenda. Rosa and Linda Knowles, other
relaivfs aAnd friends including Ruth Mbubhabeck. Mike and
Marsha Stewart, Robert and Linda Brown, Claire Brown,
Johnny Brown and Mary KnowleI, Julia and Steve Motti,
Joanne and Thirey Lamare, Ray and Flora Claridge, Mary
Inu and Cedric aundcrs, Dnreen Kemp, Iori D[aw~n, Joan
Albury, Cra and Mortw Carey, Paiu RegeiL many neapews
and nicvcs and other relatiis and fiicds too many to mention,

With special thanks to Shrley Knowles, Anmaylis Knowles,
DelorIe Rolle, Wdllington King and Cynthia Taylor who
assisted so nuch during her i11esi.

Also. a special thanks to Dr. John Lunn and his entire staff
and to the Nurses at Doctor- Hospital, Nassau.

In lieu of tlowcrs donations may be made to the Cancer
r:ciety of The Bahamas, P.O. Box S.S. 6539, Na~iau or Lto
St. Anne's Anglican Church, F.O. Box N 1569, Nassau in
memory of Mrs. Ethclyn Virginia "Jean' Pinder.

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Claim turtle ban will turn Bahamians into 'criminals'

FROM page one
taking food out of people's
"Although it's a regulation
that's supposedly aimed at stop-
ping over-fishing - that's not
really the issue. Turtles are a
tiny, tiny portion of what's land-
ed in the Bahamas but it's a
food resource in island com-
munities where people basical-
ly (survive by) augmenting their
diet off what they catch from
the sea," said attorney Andrew
Allen, a long-standing oppo-
nent of the turtle ban.
"So it is an issue for those
Bahamians, criminalising tradi-
tional Bahamian behaviour, it
goes way beyond the ban," he
added, telling The Tribune that
many persons have told him
they will continue to eat turtle
meat despite the regulations.
Mr Abner Pinder, adminis-
trator of the small fishing com-
munity of Spanish Wells, com-
pared local turtle harvesting to
whaling practices in Alaska.
"Whaling is outlawed in
many parts of the world but

Eskimos are still allowed to eat
it because it's a tradition.
"It's criminal that somebody
in Acklins Island or Mayaguana
- with the economy the way it
is - they've been eating turtle
for all of their lives and they
can't eat turtle anymore? Who's
going to give them food in the
place of it?" asked Mr Pinder.
"All (the regulation) is going
to do is make criminals of hon-
est, hardworking people," he
The men are agitating gov-
ernment to consider imposing
controls on turtle harvesting
similar to current bonefishing
regulations instead of a com-

plete ban.
"The measures that we have
to protect bonefish are thor-
oughly supported in the
Bahamas - Bahamians still eat
bonefish on a personal scale but
nobody has the audacity to say
nobody can ever taste it again.
At the same time we don't trade
in it, it's not permitted to cap-
ture for resale or commercial
purposes and all that," said Mr
Currently it is illegal to buy or
sell bonefish and to fish for
them using a net.
A newly formed association
- comprised of fishermen from
New Providence, the family
islands and vendors at Potter's
Cay dock - is canvassing the
community in hopes of gather-
ing support to push for a rever-
sal of government's position.
They want to ensure that the
regulations do not become law.
They are suggesting that gov-
ernment control of commercial
harvesting and the slaughter of
turtles, which is "enough to
address the needs of both envi-
ronmentalism and humanity."

In less than a week the group
has already gathered over 200
signatures from New Provi-
dence with more expected from
the family islands, Mr Allen
The association's interim
executives are: Dwayne 'Tall
Boy' Bastian, president; Keith
Carroll, vice-president; Henry
Bannister, treasurer; Adrian
Laroda, secretary, with eight
other trustees.
Those willing to sign the peti-
tion can visit Mr Henry Bannis-
ter's stall at the eastern side of
Potter's Cay or call him at 434-
After a lengthy campaign by
animal rights activists and envi-
ronmentalists, Government
enacted regulations that came
into effect on September 1 that
outlawed catching, possessing,
buying and selling sea turtles.
Prior to the September 1 ban,
there was a closed season on
harvesting any turtle between
April 1 and July 31 each year,
and rules relative to which type
and size of turtle could be har-
vested at other times.

PM weighs in on student sex clause addition to teachers' contract

FROM page one

"From the government's point of view,
it does not matter whether you sign it or
not; we just want you to know that it is
"If you want to sign to acknowledge
that you know it, or if you don't want to
sign, that is up to you - but that is the
policy we are going to follow," he said.
Mr Ingraham said government is
aggressively dealing with allegations of
child molestation in public schools.
"We have now asked teachers in the
school system to become aware that alle-
gations of child molestation, if shown to
be true, will result in their dismissal from
the public service of the Bahamas, in
additional to whatever criminal charges
there may be," he said.
Mr Ingraham said that a teacher was
removed about two weeks ago from a
senior high school in New Providence
over alleged child molestation allega-
He noted that allegations made against
the teacher (in Nassau) were speedily
investigated and the teacher was
"If you are engaged in that activity we
don't want you around the children of

FROM page one 1

the press yesterday, Bishop
Hall said: "It is unfortunate "I was
that the Bahamas Christian different
Council did not seek consen- ent posit
sus on the proposed Marital have to
Rape Amendment issue. to the e
"A divided church is not whether
helpful to a broken and divid- "We
ed Bahamas. divided
"The present administration should al
seems intent on following and I ai
small factions and the exclu- done.
sion of established groups." "As p
In an interview with The council I
Tribune the senior pastor at don't kn
New Covenant Baptist or admii
Church, in the East West sensus.
Highway, added: "The point "As a
I wish to make is not for or again is
against the bill, but that we es the cr
should have been able to get a Christ
greater consensus before this church.
statement was made, and it "How
appears to me that the presi- speak to
dent may not have ordered a despairii
consensus. cannot

Crown land

FROM page one

ernment's support in modernizing
Lands and Surveys with a view to cor-
recting a number of deficiencies that
have plagued this governmental enti-
Amongst the government's recently
installed programmes was the crown
land management system that is
designed to create a work flow man-
agement system that will permit the
tracking of applications for crown land
from date of receipt to final determi-
However, since the Prime Minister's
address, reports have reached The Tri-
bune that questionable land approvals
have been pushed forward for deter-
mination - jumping thousands of oth-
ers that have yet to meet final approval
by the Minister or the Permanent Sec-
Therefore, sources within the depart-
ment continue to ask for full disclosure
on all crown grants being sought since
July 21.
Additionally, it is being requested
the names of persons seeking crown
grants since this date and whether or
not they are employees of the depart-
ment or children of employees at Lands
and Surveys.
In his address, Prime Minister Ingra-
ham acknowledged that while it is not
illegal for persons employed at the
Department of Lands and Surveys or
their children to apply for and be grant-
ed crown land, "the potential for con-
flicts of interest and preferential con-
sideration" is great.

the Bahamas," Mr Ingraham said.
On Grand Bahama, three teachers
have been removed from the Eight Mile
Rock High School this year over alleged
complaints of child molestation and sex-
ual misconduct with students.
Andre Birbal, 46, is wanted by police
for questioning in connection with alle-
gations of unnatural sexual intercourse
with two former male students of Eight
Mile Rock High.
Birbal, a native of Trinidad, was arrest-
ed in New York on May 3 after fleeing
the country in February when police
investigations were launched into com-
plaints filed by the two former students.
He is now awaiting extradition to the
Since then, the Ministry of Education
has implemented new measures con-
cerning its hiring of teachers.
All new teachers will now be vetted
by police and safety committees have
been established at all public schools.
A Select Committee in the House of
Assembly was also appointed to investi-
gate child molestation allegations.
Mr Ingraham indicated that his gov-
ernment would consider recommenda-
tions of the committee, which still has
yet to come forward.
"I don't look forward to very much

iristian Council

surprised that we had
Groups taking differ-
tions on the issue. We
pay greater attention
established churches,
we like it or not.
cannot seem to be
on national issues, we
t least seek a majority,
n not sure that was

*ast president of the
Sam disappointed as I
ow that the president
listration sought con-

Sresult the church
divided so it diminish-
edibility of the body of
and the Christian

can a divided Church
a divided, hurting and
ng community, if we
find ways to talk

If passed, the proposed
amendment to the Sexual
Offences and Domestic Vio-
lence Act would make a man
subject to imprisonment any-
where from seven years to life
for having sex with his wife
without her consent.
However, Rev Paul said the
council feels a man should
only be prosecuted for having
sex with his wife if there is vio-
lence involved. He added that
even when force is used, a hus-
band should not be incarcer-
ated for the first offence, but
rather subjected to "rehabili-
tative steps."
The council also objects to
the words "who is not his
spouse" being deleted from
the definition of rape, as the
government proposes, "there-
by leaving it as is and allowing


Therefore, he said, consideration of
applications by officers and members of
their families should be the subject to
"far greater scrutiny" than that of appli-
cations from the general public.
"It is expected and required that pub-
lic officers will not make or participate
in a decision relating to the exercise of
an official power, duty or function. It is
expected and required that no public
office will use information that is not
available to the general public and is
obtained in his or her position as a pub-
lic servant, to promote or seek to pro-
mote his or her or another person's pri-
vate interests or that of the public offi-
cer's relatives and friend's private inter-
"Similarly, no public officer, in exer-
cising their official power, duty or
function, is supposed to give prefer-
ential treatment to any persons or
organization or their representatives.
And no public officer may seek to
influence a decision or another per-
son in order to promote or seek to
promote his or her or another per-
son's private interests or that of the
public officer's relatives and friends'
private interest," he said.
In any event, Mr Ingraham said to
avoid any and all doubt where there is
the potential for a conflict of interest,
public officers are expected, "indeed
required, to declare such potential to
the Department of Public Service".
Attempts to reach the Minister of
Lands, Byran Woodside for comment
proved fruitless, and all efforts to
reach the permanent secretary at the
ministry were unsuccessful up to press
time last night.

coming from the House Select Commit-
tee, but to the extent to which they can
come forward with recommendations
would be wonderful and considered by
the government.
"In the meantime, the government is
aggressively dealing with allegations of
child molestation," he said.
When asked about the establishment
of a Sexual Offenders Registry in the
Bahamas, Mr Ingraham said that there
has been no demand by the various
committees or groups associated with
child sexual abuse cases.
"I don't know whether a case has
been made for a registry, I have not
heard from the various agencies that
deal with this," he said.
"Dr Patterson and those have a com-
mittee that has made lots of recom-
mendations to the government over the
years which the government has accept-
ed, and that is not one of the sugges-
tions they have made so far.
"I am not sure there is a demand for it
in society and we will take account of
whatever recommendations come for-
ward, but at the moment it does not
appear to be a demand coming from
persons who are very much involved in
that kind of activity in the society," he

rape to only be possible
between two persons who are
not married to each other."
Rev Paul suggested that
forcing sexual intercourse on
"an estranged spouse" should
be referred to as "sp. is.,I
abuse" or ".,--. ,I. ,, l spousal
abuse," rather than rape.
He said council members
had raised a number of con-
cerns about the proposed
amendment, including
whether it will be used as "a
means of spite" by wives, and
whether proper checks and
balances be created "to ensure
that unfounded claims are not
The official Christian Coun-
cil statement also said pastors
are concerned about the
extent to which government
should impinge upon "things
that are sacred and intimate."
The Tribune was not able
to reach Rev Paul for com-
ment before press time yes-

FROM page one
ership of the party, sources within the PLP
maintain that there likely will be as many as
three persons who will challenge party leader
Perry Christie for the party's top post.
These names, it is reported, will include
social activist and PLP newcomer Paul Moss,
Dr Nottage, and possibly former chairman
Raynard Rigby.
According to sources deep within the PLP,
Dr Nottage has already started to campaign in
Grand Bahama and Andros, as the MP seeks
to discern the level of his support amongst
stalwart councillors around the islands.
Reportedly utilising surrogates to relay the
MP's message, Dr Nottage is allegedly gaining
invaluable feedback ahead of the party's con-
vention which could be used to bolster his
campaign in the weeks and months ahead.
Unlike his other would-be challengers who
have been very vocal about their wishes to
one day take over the reins of the party from
Mr Christie, Dr Nottage has remained quiet.
However, sources close to the MP worry
that this manoeuvre could hurt their candi-
date's chances if he fails to openly campaign
and reintroduce himself to that ever growing
With a history that extends decades within
the PLP, Dr Nottage has distinguished himself
among the party as a "no-nonsense" individ-
ual, who is seen by many of his colleagues to
possess a methodical approach to governance.
"His time has come, but it is ultimately up
to him whether he will push for that position
at convention or not," the source added.
Slated for October 18, the PLP's conven-
tion, which is scheduled to run for three days,
is being billed as the most important conven-
tion the party has had in decades.
With all positions becoming available at
that time, it is expected that there will be a
challenge for the chairmanship, deputy leader,
and leader position.


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Powell clocks 9.99 despite headwind at Rieti

AP Sports Writer

RIETI, Italy (AP) - Asafa Powell ran the
100 meters in 9.99 seconds into a strong head-
wind on Sunday at the Rieti Grand Prix, on the
same track where the Jamaican star set a then-
world record of 9.74 two years ago.
Powell was hoping to improve on his season
best of 9.84 that got him third at last month's
world championships in Berlin, when fellow
Jamaican Usain Bolt set the current world
record of 9.58.
Powell's fellow Jamaican and training part-
ner Nesta Carter was the runner-up in 10.08
and Simeon Williamson of Britain crossed
third in 10.18.
The wind registered minus 1.5 meters.

"It was a very strong
wind," Powell said.
"When I saw the wind
blowing today I was
like, 'It's not going to
be a fast race.'"
There was also a
headwind for the semi-
finals, which Powell
led in 10.12 despite
slowing down before
the finish. In 2007,
Powell set his record
in the semifinals.
Powell believes he POWELL
can still challenge Bolt.
"To be running these fast times is outstand-
ing. He really needs some strong competition

- he's running 9.5 - so we need to get there
too to put on a good show," Powell said.
"Before, I was the man to beat. Now I have
someone in front of me, so I really have to
push myself."
Powell now will return to his in-season train-
ing base in northern Italy to prepare for the
season finals in Greece.
Another member of Powell's training group,
Olympic and recently crowned world champi-
on Shelly Ann Fraser, won the women's 100 in
11.18 - into a headwind of 2.4.
Olympic silver medallist Sherone Simpson
was the runner-up in 11.37 and Gloria Asum-
nu of the United States was third in 11.52.
Kerron Stewart, the Olympic and world sil-
ver medallist in the 100, won the 200 in 22.62,
with Berlin 400 runner-up Shericka Williams

crossing second in 22.69.
American sprinter Wallace Spearmon won
the men's 200 in 20.27 after placing sixth in the
In perhaps the outstanding performance of
the night, David Rudisha of Kenya clocked 1
minute, 42.01 seconds in the 800 to break Sam-
my Koskei's 25-year-old African record of
1:42.28 and register the best performance of
the year at the distance.
The 20-year-old Rudisha was eliminated in
the semifinals at the worlds last month on a
cold and rainy evening.
"I had problems with the cold, so it's good to
know that I'm in form," Rudisha said.
Berlin runner-up Alfred Kirwa Yego was
again second, in 1:42.67, and world champion
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi crossed third in 1:42.86.



talk of town

at US Open

AP National Writer

When the Grand Slams roll
around, the best stories often
revolve around the prospect
of Williams vs. Williams,
Maria Sharapova, maybe
even a possible breakthrough
by No. 1 Dinara Safina.
All those options have van-
ished from the US Open,
replaced in large part by the
potential of Kim Clijsters, the
former No. 1 who now brings
her baby to work.
Clijsters defeated No. 3
Venus Williams on Sunday,
6-0, 0-6, 6-4, leaving Venus'
sister, Serena, as the only top-
five player left in a draw that
was turned upside down in
Week 1 by upsets, comeback
stories and the youth move-
"It's still kind of hard to
believe," Clijsters said. "But
then again, I'm not trying to
get carried away with it all."
But the door is open for the
2005 champion, on the come-
back after a two-year hiatus
during which she gave up ten-
nis to have a baby.
The baby, 18-month-old
Jada, is a regular up in the
players' lounge and Clijsters is
looking like she might be a
fixture on the tour again.
She's a threat this week
based on the strength of her
own play, and also thanks to
the other surprises that went
down over a wild first week at
Flushing Meadows.
-Safina went home frus-
trated after a third-round loss,
meaning the quest for her first
major title will have to wait
until next year.
-Sharapova is gone, too,
courtesy of 17-year-old
Melanie Oudin, whose fourth-
round match was scheduled
for Monday.

-No. 5 Jelena Jankovic
lost earlier in the week and
No. 7 Vera Zvonareva blew
six match points Sunday to
join all the others seeded in
single digits on the sidelines.
In early action Monday,
Kateryna Bondarenko put a
6-0, 6-0 thumping on Gisela
Dulko to advance to the quar-
terfinals in a section of the
draw that doesn't have any
seeded players left.
On the men's side, No. 12
Robin Soderling, who upset
Rafael Nadal en route to the
French Open final, advanced
to his first US Open quarter-
final when eighth-seeded
Nikolay Davydenko retired
with a leg injury at the start of
the fourth set.
One of the few things that
has gone to form on the wom-
en's side has been the play of
No. 2 Serena Williams, who
advanced easily with a 6-0, 6-
2 victory over No. 22 Daniela
Serena, trying for her third
major of the year, has not
been challenged yet in this
"I just want to keep this lev-
el and just stay focused," she
Even if she does, the
Williams-Williams semifinal
that seemed all but carved
into the bracket before this
tournament began could now
easily wind up Clijsters-
Given the way she played
against Venus, who's to say
Clijsters can't be a threat to
Serena, as well?
"With the kind of training
that she's put in, I knew this
wasn't just for fun," said Cli-
jsters' husband, Brian Lynch,
an American who ended his
professional basketball career
in Belgium when she decid-
ed to unretire. "She was try-
ing to make something hap-

pen here."
When she was at her peak,
Clijsters was one of the few

players who had the mobility
and power to hang with the
Williamses. The whole pack-

KIM CLIJSTERS, of Belgium, celebrates her 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 victory over Venus Williams, of the United States, in the fourth round of the
US Open tournament in New York Sunday...
(AP Photo: Amy Sancetta)

age was on display Sunday in
Arthur Ashe Stadium.
They got off to an awkward
start, trading 6-0 sets in a rar-
ity - the first time players
have exchanged bagels in a
Grand Slam since the 1998
French Open - but then set-
tled in to a back-and-forth
third, in which Clijsters came
out ahead.
Clijsters grabbed an early
break for a 3-1 lead, then
served out the match from
there, though it was anything
but routine.
She fell behind 0-30 on her
serve at 5-4, but just kept
banging away. She got it to
30-40, then hit a shot deep
into the corner that Williams
couldn't handle. She forced
an error at deuce with anoth-
er deep groundstroke, then
skidded a service winner off
the line on the backhand side
for the win.
She became the first female
wild-card entrant to reach the
US Open quarterfinals and
could become the first
unseeded player to make the
Open final since 1997, when
Venus did it. She has no
world ranking yet because she
hasn't played enough tourna-
ments since she came back.
When the latest match was

over, Venus Williams con-
ceded that a knee injury she
suffered in the first round,
which required heavy tape,
might have hindered her
"I wasn't able to play 100
per cent," she said.
Nor was Nadal, the head-
liner on the men's side Sun-
He overcame a 10-minute
medical break for an injury
to his stomach muscles to
defeat 32nd-seeded Nicolas
Almagro, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.
Nadal missed Wimbledon
with sore knees, and now
must deal with injured abs
that first cropped up last
month in Cincinnati.
"I don't want to talk about
injuries," Nadal said. "Sorry.
No, no, I am a little bit tired
to talk about injuries. I am
here to try my best every
No. 2 Andy Murray also
advanced with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
victory over American Tay-
lor Dent.
And while the women's
draw has gone haywire, the
men's is going to form - in
an historic way: This marks
the first time 14 of the top 16
seeds have advanced to the
fourth round of the US Open.


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beat Latvia 81-68 Monday on the opening
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has reduced the number of 86-54.
men's weight categories from Russia, which only has three players
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boxing at the games, which American-born Kelly McCarty and 22 between Russia and Latvia in northern Poland
the IOC Executive Board points from point guard Sergey Bykov.
unanimously agreed on last Latvia cut Russia's lead to 65-63 with yesterday...
month. The IOC would not 4:08 to play on a pair of free throws from (AP Photo: Darko Vojinovic)
allow the AIBA to add to its Kaspars Kambala before the Russians
total number of boxers. closed with a 16-5 run. Greece with 17 points, and center Yannis
At the 2008 Beijing Games, France joined Russia atop Group B Bourousis chipped in with 11 points and
there were 286 boxers - all with its 70-65 win over Germany. San 8 rebounds.
male. In London the total will Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker scored "We didn't really know them and we'd
remain the same but there 11 of his game-high 19 points in the last heard that they could cause us trouble,"
will be 250 male boxers and 2:38 to carry the French down the stretch. Bourousis said. "But in the game, we
36 female boxers. Germany sorely missed its NBA star, started strong and stayed that way
To decrease the number of Dirk Nowitzki. The Dallas Mavericks throughout."
men, the AIBA condensed its forward led all scorers at the 2007 cham- Also, Croatia beat Israel 86-79 in
four lightest weight categories pionships with 24 points per game, but Group A, host Poland beat Bulgaria 90-
into three. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has 78 in Group D, Slovenia defeated Britain
The new categories will refused to allow him to play in the tour- 72-59 in Group C.
apply to all AIBA events nament. In other group matches later Monday,
starting in September 2010. Greece, the 2005 European champi- Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol led
The decisions were made on, jumped to an 18-5 lead in the first world champion Spain against Serbia in
during a meeting of the five minutes to open the tournament with their Group C opener as the Spaniards
AIBA Executive Committee an easy win over Macedonia. look for their first European title. Also,
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Senior Sports Reporter
DESPITE nursing an
injured right ring finger,
Bahamian tennis ace Mark
Knowles is playing at a very
high level with his Indian
doubles partner, Mahesh
Bhupathi, at the US Open.
The No.3 seeded team are
now into the quarterfinal of
the final Grand Slam Tour-
nament of the year. They eas-
ily moved on yesterday in
Flushing Meadows, New
York, with an identical 6-4,
6-4 sweep over Yen-Hsun Lu
of Taipei and Dudi Sela of
"It was a good win. We
played well," said Knowles in
an interview with The Tri-
bune. "Obviously, it was a
goods winning matches with
nine stitches in my right ring
"I really toughed it out and
we're playing very well. So
it's good to be playing in the
second week of the Grand
Losing the battle in aces (4-
3), double faults (5-1) and
unforced errors (14-9) to Lu
and Sela, Knowles and Bhu-
pathi won where it counted
the most with the winning
percentage on 1st serve (74-
64), winning % on 2nd serve
(50-38), winners (including
Service) 26-24, Receiving
points won (48-43), break
point conversions (83-60) and
total points won (65-50).
Asked if he's surprised at
the level that they are play-
ing, Knowles quickly noted:
"No, I'm not surprised. We
had a great summer and we
are confident that we belong
"I know the injury has been
painful, but it hasn't taken
away from the way we're
playing. We're in the quar-
terfinal. So we're right there
with the rest of the teams. We
just have to rise our game to
another level."
Knowles and Bhupathi will
now prepare for their quar-
ters match-up against the
team of Ivan Ljubicic of
Croatia and Michael Lloda
of France.
Their match is scheduled
for today.
"It's a tricky team because
Lloda is a great doubles play-
er and Ljubicic is a former

number three singles player
in the world," Knowles
"We don't know that much
about them as a team, but we
know about them individual-
ly. So I think it's important
for us to focus on our game
and just play loose and go for
If they are successful,
Knowles and Bhupathi will
get a chance to play in the
semifinal against either the
No.5 team of Max Mirnyi of
Belarus and Andy Ram of
Israel or the No.2 team of
Daniel Nestor of Canada and
Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.
"All of the top teams are
still in and that is what you
want to see," Knowles point-
ed out. "Everyone is playing
well and you want to beat the
best team, regardless of who
you are playing.
"This is the Grand Slam
and so we just have to focus
on our game and try to get
the job done."
The final is set for Friday.
Knowles was hoping to go
for another title in the mixed
doubles, but he and his Ger-
man partner Anna-Lena
Groenefeld were knocked
out in identical scores of 6-3,
6-3 by Knowles' former part-
ner Zi Yan of China and
Mariusz Fyrstenberg of
"It's unfortunate that we
lost. I wasn't able to go 100
percentage," said Knowles,
who felt the pain of the
injured finger he sustained
when it got caught in the door
of the elevator at the Tennis
Center last Tuesday.
"I thought we had a good
draw and could have easily
won the title. But having to
play every day and then the
mixed doubles final on Thurs-
day and the men's doubles on
Friday, it was going to be
tough, but I think it's good
that we lost so I can focus on
the doubles."
Knowles and Groenefeld
were the winners of the Wim-
bledon Grand Slam title in
July. But he and Bhupathi are
still looking for their first
men's Grand Slam title this
They came close when they
finished as runners-up to
American identical twin
brothers Bob and Mike
Bryan in January at the Aus-
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BAHAMIAN LEEVAN SANDS jumps to win the triple jump at the IAAF Grand Prix in Rieti, central Italy, on Sunday, September 6, 2009. With
the heartbreaking performance of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics behind him, Sands came back to soar to a big victory yes-
terday as he prepares for the IAAF World Athletic Final this weekend. He cleared 16.77 metres or 55-feet, 01/4-inches to snatch first place.
His winning leap came on the second of his four attempts...

Senior Sports Reporter
As the International Amateur Athletic Fed-
eration's VTB Bank World Athletics Final
approaches, Leevan "Superman" Sands
goes as the number two ranked competi-
tor in the men's triple jump.
Sands, who celebrated his 28th birthday two days
before he just missed out on a medal last month at
the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in
Berlin, Germany, is hoping that he will continue the
success he recently achieved.
"I feel as if my season is just starting," said Sands as
the season is just about completed. "As the season is
coming to an end, I'm just getting better and better.
That's how I feel. So I'm really looking forward to a top
two in the World Athletic Final."
On Sunday, Sands picked up a much needed victory
at the Rieti 2009 IAAF Grand Prix Meet in Italy with
a leap of 16.77 metres or 55-feet, 01/4-inches to boost his
confidence as he prepares for the Athletics Final show-
down this weekend in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Since 2002, Sands has made the top list with the
exception of 2006 when he was suspended by the
IAAF. But the best performance he has done at the
year-ending meet was fifth.
Sands has accumulated a total of 60 points in five
meets to trail leader Arnie David Girat of Cuba, who
also had five meets and is just two points ahead of
Sands to lead the field that includes Worlds gold and
Olympic silver medallist Philiips Idowu of Great
Britain, who is third with 56 points and silver and
Olympic gold medallist Nelson Evora, who is sixth
with 38 points.
Cuban Alexis Copello, who nipped Sands by four
centimeters for the bronze in Berlin, is listed at No. 9
with 23 points, but he is also expected to be a part of the
field in Thessaloniki this weekend.
"I'm in good shape right now," Sands stated. "I could
tell by the way I jumped yesterday (Sunday). We had a
negative 2.5 head wind, so it was a pretty decent jump
because it was competing in a hurricane.
"So I think I'm right on form. I think if they jump far,
I will be right up there with them. I am ready to jump
Sands said despite coming off a light injury during the
season, his off-season preparation is what has given
him the impetus to be able to maintain his competi-
tiveness through the long, grueling season.
"Right now, I'm not doing as much work. It's just
more maintenance now and that is what is paying off for
me," he insisted. "So I'm pleased with where I'm at."
On Sunday, with only four jumps rather than the
usual six in the major meets, Sands said he got off to a
shaky start, turning in his season low of 16.08 before he
stepped it up on his second jump to take the lead for
"From there, everybody was around 16.5 and 16.4,"
he pointed out. "So I think it was a good series of
jumps, even though we had a good head wind.
"I think if I can get a good series of jumps this week-
end, I should be in a good position to finish in the top
The triple jump is being billed as a rematch between
Idowu and Evora, but Sands is hoping to spoil all of
Like the World Athletics Finals in Berlin, there will
be a whole lot of money distributed to the winners. A
total prize purse of $3,020,000 will be paid out by the
The list states $30,000 for first, $20,000 for second,
$12,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth, $5,000 for fifth,
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residents put the number at four.
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on drug cartels resigns


Mexico's point man in the drug war resigned
Monday in a Cabinet shakeup that raised ques-
tions on whether the government's strategy
to crack down on brutal gangs will change
course, according to Associated Press.
Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora
did not give a reason for his resignation, saying
only in his farewell speech that "we have done
a lot to clean the house," referring to his efforts
to combat rampant police and government
His resignation was one of three announced
by President Felipe Calderon. Agriculture Sec-
retary Alberto Cardenas and the director of
the oil monopoly, Petroleos Mexicanos, Jesus
Reyes Heroles, also gave up their posts.
Medina-Mora's campaign against corrup-
tion led to the arrest of several mayors and
high-ranking law enforcement officials in the
last year. Among them was his subordinate,
former drug czar Noe Ramirez, who was
arrested for allegedly taking at least $450,000
from a member of a drug cartel in exchange for
passing on information about police opera-
The attorney general was highly praised by
U.S. law enforcement officials. A top U.S.
police source in Mexico said there was no evi-
dence Medina-Mora was involved in corrup-
tion. The official insisted on not being quoted
by name for fear of being targeted by drug
Calderon named Medina-Mora to lead his
drug war after taking office in December 2006,
shortly before he launched his crackdown on
organized crime by sending soldiers and fed-
eral police to Mexico's drug hotspots.

"His professionalism, his commitment and
loyalty to Mexico have been crucial in pushing
forward the modernization and the cleaning of
the justice department and in hitting hard
organized crime like we have done," Calderon
said Monday.
Cabinet changes at midterm are not unusu-
al in Mexico. Calderon, whose term runs to late
2012, gave no explanation for the three resig-
nations, although there had been rumors for
some time that Medina-Mora would be leav-
ing. He will be assigned to an unspecified for-
eign post.
Calderon said he will nominate lawyer
Arturo Chavez to replace Medina-Mora, say-
ing Chavez "has wide experience in law and
specifically in combatting organized crime."
Chavez was not present at the ceremony and
his nomination must be ratified by the Senate.
The president indicated the war on drug
gangs won't stop. But the fight has drawn crit-
icism, with 13,500 people killed in drug-relat-
ed violence since the government offensive
began, and some experts wondered if the gov-
ernment might be considering new approach-
Jose Luis Pineyro, a drug expert at Mexico's
National Autonomous University, said the
departure of Medina-Mora could indicate
some change in the government's tactics in
the drug fight, which have sparked bloody
reprisal attacks by cartels.
"Perhaps this change in the AG office could
be an attempt to change the anti-crime strate-
gy and adopt a tactic that a lot of my col-
leagues have suggested," Pineyro said. "As
long as there is a lack of attention to attacking
the financial nerve center and property of
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OECD: Bahamas

must deliver to

block bank flight

Global private banking
consolidation 'a real
threat' to Bahamian
financial industry
Tribune Business Editor
NUMEROUS financial insti-
tutions may reconsider whether
to remain in the Bahamas if this
nation fails to deliver on its
commitments and deadlines for
escaping the G-20/OECD 'grey
list', a senior attorney has
warned, since this could
"undermine confidence in the
Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, said that while the
Government's public commit-
ment to meeting the G-
20/OECD tax transparency and
information standards by year-
end had "weathered the worst
of the storm" in the short-term,
achieving that target was key -
especially when it came to influ-
encing 'head office' perceptions
of the Bahamas.
For it is the global head
offices of financial institutions
which make many of the key
decisions for their subsidiaries,
including those in the Bahamas,
deciding which nations to base
their operations in.
Mr Moree warned that, if the
Bahamas failed to deliver on
its G-20/OECD commitments,
head offices - especially those in
leading OECD countries, such
as France and Germany - might
view this nation in a negative
light and decide to move oper-
ations to a jurisdiction on the
so-called 'white list'.
Such trends were likely to be
exacerbated by impending con-
solidation in the global private
banking industry, something
the McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes senior partner
described as "a real danger for
us in our jurisdiction".
"I think the most important
point is that the Government
has foreshadowed its intent to
put in place the required num-
ber of Tax Information
Exchange Agreements [12] in
order to satisfy the criteria for
getting on the 'white list'," Mr
Moree told Tribune Business.
"That being the case, I think
it has mitigated the negative
impact of being on the 'grey

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Bad loans to exceed $1bn

Tribune Business Editor

Total loan delinquencies in the
Bahamas will breach the $1
billion mark "for sure", a
senior banking executive told
Tribune Business yesterday, warning
that the more than-$500 million non-
performing loan statistic was "not the
worst" and deterioration in credit qual-
ity would continue as the recession and
unemployment bit deeper.
Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) chief executive, said the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas' monthly
report on economic and financial devel-
opments for July, which pegged non-
performing and non-accrual loans at
more than $500 million and $900 mil-
lion respectively, was worrying but not
unexpected in the banking sector.
"It is very concerning, but we actually
expected that to happen," Mr Sunderji
told Tribune Business, "and we expect it
to get worse. This is not the worst sta-
tistic. We expect the deterioration to
continue to grow - certainly for the next
nine-odd months - before it stabilises,
and that's assuming there are no more
lay-offs. If there are, the deterioration
will continue."
While it was hard to forecast how bad
the deterioration in private sector cred-
it quality would get, there is some $6.51
billion in outstanding private sector cred-
it, meaning loans to businesses, house-
holds and individuals.
With non-accrual loans, those more
than 31 days past due, having reached
$902.5 million or 14.5 per cent of the
total at end-July 2009, Mr Sunderji told

* Delinquencies set to breach that barrier 'for
sure', with credit demand down around 40%
* Banking sector liquidity still strong
at near $300m, with external reserves
'just shy' of $650m at end-August

The Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) chief
executive said credit demand in the
Bahamas was down "by around 40 per
cent", as Bahamians curbed and cut back
on their spending, which had tradition-
ally been fuelled by borrowing.
In addition, "not a lot of people were
qualifying to borrow, and the banks are
being a lot more conservative and cau-
tious". Both these factors, Mr Sunderji,
were resulting in a decline in consumer
borrowing and lending.
He added that there had been "quite
a dramatic increase" in debt consolida-
tion, which had grown by almost $38
million during the 2009 first half, as
Bahamians restructured their finances
to "be more in tune with the new reali-
ty", reducing debt repayments and free
up cash flow.
"We will see continued demand for
the consolidation of loans," Mr Sunder-
ji told Tribune Business. "Bahamians
are not borrowing any more, and are
amortising existing loans. People are not
ANWER SUNDERJI deleveraging by paying down existing
loans, because they do not have the
Tribune Business: "I think we will go cash."
past the $1 billion mark, for sure. It's Meanwhile, Wendy Craigg, the Cen-
hard to predict, but certainly if the econ-
omy remains weak it could get there." SEE page 2B


impact' from

NIB rate rise

Wants 'thorough dialogue'
on proposed 2% increase to
avoid 'something disastrous'
for business community,
as could mean difference
between survival and
death in recession
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president yester-
day called for the National
Insurance Board (NIB) to
"thoroughly" discuss the pro-
posed 2 per cent increase in
contribution rates with the pri-
vate sector, in order to prevent
"any extreme impact" on busi-
nesses in an environment where
many are already going under.
Khaalis Rolle told Tribune
Business that it was possible to
"make the argument that the
timing is wrong" in relation to
the planned NIB contribution
rate increase from 8.8 per cent

SEE page 2B


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CLIENTS of a former
Bahamas-based financial insti-
tution will likely soon recover
$2.63 million worth of assets
after the Attorney General
agreed to remove an order that
has frozen them for three-and-
a-half years, following the mon-
ey laundering charges and con-
viction imposed on the firm's
Clifford Culmer, the BDO
Mann Judd accountant and
partner, who is the liquidator
for former Bahamas-based bro-
ker/dealer Dominion Invest-
ments (Nassau), said that fol-
lowing negotiations with the

Bahamas 'most

dynamic' Carib-

Canada exporter

* Nation's exporters
quadruple first quarter
year-over-year trade
with Canada to $10.8m,
generating positive
trade balance
* Canadian imports to
Bahamas increase by 32%
per annum between 1999-
2008, and could overtake
Trinidad as Canada's key
regional market by 2014

Tribune Business Editor
CANADIAN exports to the
Bahamas have expanded by 32
per cent per annum in the 10
years between 1999 and 2008, a
paper by the Caribbean
Regional Negotiating Machin-
ery (CRNM) has revealed, with
this nation on pace to overtake
Trinidad & Tobago as Canada's
main CARICOM export mar-
ket by 2014.
A briefing paper prepared
by the CRNM's Lincoln Price,
as part of the upcoming talks
between the Bahamas/CARI-
COM and Canada on a new
trade agreement to replace the

SEE page 2B

* Liquidator says move 'exceptionally good outcome' for clients
* Attorney General agrees to remove restraint orders on Dominion
Investments, even though former principal yet to pay $220,000
punishment for money laundering conviction

Attorney General, the nation's
chief legal officer had agreed
to discharge two restraining
orders that had frozen all client
assets as of January 31, 2006.
This agreement was approved
by the Supreme Court on
August 14,2009.
Instead, the Attorney Gen-
eral agreed that a restraining
order simply be imposed on the
assets Mr Culmer was holding
for Martin Tremblay, the for-
mer Dominion Investments

principal who is presently serv-
ing a four-year sentence for
money laundering in a US jail.
The US authorities have
levied a $220,000 confiscation
order against Mr Tremblay,
which they want him to pay,
and the new freezing order will
also apply to "residual assets"
of Dominion Investments that
he may be entitled to.
In his update to Dominion

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Bahamas 'most dynamic' Carib-Canada exporter

FROM page 1B
CaribCan accord, detailed how
significant securing new and
existing trade preferences could
be for this nation, both from an
import and export perspective.
From an export perspective,
the Bahamas' exports to Cana-
da more than quadrupled in the
2009 first quarter year-over-
year, rising from $2.6 million in
the same period in 2008 to
$10.8 million this year. This
positioned the Bahamas as one
of the few CARICOM nations
to enjoy growth in its Canadian
export market despite the
worldwide recession.
The CRNM paper said: "The
Bahamas is the most dynamic
CARICOM merchandise
exporter between the 2008 first
quarter and 2009 first quarter,
almost quadrupling its exports
during this period.
"This favourable perfor-
mance is largely the result of
large shipments of heterocyclic
compounds containing pyrimi-
dine ring etc. Rock lobster and

grapefruit shipments also con-
tinue, even though both have
declined marginally in the first
quarter of 2009 compared to
This again hints at both the
value and potential of achieving
the correct trade terms with
Canada in the upcoming nego-
tiations, a process both the
Government and the private
sector need to be thinking
As for Canadian imports
coming into the Bahamas, the
CRNM paper said this nation
had consistently been among
Canada's top five CARICOM
region markets, alongside
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago,
Haiti and Barbados.
The paper said: "Between
1999 and 2008, Canadian
exporters have been very 'bull-
ish' on exploring trade with the
Bahamas, with exports to the
Bahamas expanding by 32 per
cent annually.
"This dynamism in export-
ing to the Bahamas has been
the main driving force behind

the general trade expansion, as
most other CARICOM
economies experienced growth
rates which were below the 12.4
per cent regional growth rate.
"Based on this current
growth trend, the Bahamas
could overtake Trinidad &
Tobago by 2014 as Canada's
main export market in CARI-
While Canadian exports to
CARICOM declined by 35 per
cent during the 2009 first quar-
ter, falling from $229 million to
$149 million, the Bahamas
remained among the top five
markets and was one of four
countries to see growth in its
Canadian imports.
These rose from $10.4 mil-
lion in 2008 to $10.7 million this
year, again showing the value
and potential from agreeing the
rules of trade between the
Bahamas and Canada. Canadi-
an companies and investors
seem to see this as a key mar-
ket, and this nation could do
with some direct foreign invest-

FROM page 1B

tral Bank of the Bahamas governor, yesterday
told Tribune Business that commercial bank-
ing system liquidity, meaning excess cash in
the system, remained relatively robust at
around $300 million at end-August, some $89
million ahead of the 2008 year-end position.
And foreign exchange reserves, aided by
the decline in credit and import demand,
were "just shy of $650 million" at the end of
August 2009. Due to the recession and rising
unemployment, Mrs Craigg said the banking
sector regulator did not anticipate "any strong
surge in consumer demand" in the run-up to
Christmas, as it had in previous years, mean-
ing the foreign reserves were likely to end
2009 in a stronger position than 2008 due to
the reduced pressure.
Mrs Craigg also backed Mr Sunderji's
analysis, telling Tribune Business: "We expect
the non-performing loans will increase some-
what further."

She added that the Central Bank was close-
ly scrutinising the commercial bank asset
quality situation, having instigated enhanced
reporting requirements, particularly for
restructured loans and the monitoring of non-
performing loans.
However, the Central Bank governor said
the regulator had no doubts about the
Bahamian commercial banking sector's abil-
ity, and those of its individual banks, to
weather the storm, as their key capital ratios
were "well above the prudent minimum" for
the industry.
The Central Bank had advised the banks to
conduct their own internal stress tests to
assess capital adequacy, Mrs Craigg said, and
told them to take a proactive approach on
loan loss provisioning.
The latter involved "not just taking a view
on the current situation, but looking ahead
because conditions have deteriorated, and
the provisions you have today may not suffice

Chamber chief: Avoid 'extreme impact' from NIB rate rise

FROM page 1B

to 10.8 per cent, with many
businesses likely to the rise -
intended to finance an expan-
sion of the social security pro-
gramme's benefits package - as
equivalent to an additional tax
on the private sector.
Many economists argue that
increasing taxes on business
during a recession is the last
thing a government should do,
given that it will likely produce
an increase in unemployment
and business failures, and Mr
Rolle said NIB needed to be
"very conscious" of the fact that
the private sector was going
through "very difficult eco-
nomic times".
"Many businesses are failing,
and any additional costs that
add to operating expenses will
have an impact," Mr Rolle told
Tribune Business. "That has to
be thoroughly discussed with
the business community to
ensure they do not do some-
thing that would be extremely
disastrous for the business com-

"Some discussions should be
held to ensure we don't end up
in a situation where there's an
extreme impact on business. A
2 per cent rate rise might not be
a large increase in terms of
monetary value, but for some
businesses that might mean the
difference between break even
and 'red lining' it. We need to
consider the impact, and have
some discussions to see what
the effects might be."
Algernon Cargill, NIB's
director, told Tribune Business
last week that increases of 1 per
cent each in NIB's contribution
rate were needed to fund the
unemployment benefit scheme,
plus the Government's pre-
scription drug programme for
communicable diseases. This
will take the current 8.8 per
cent NIB contribution rate to
10.8 per cent.
Mr Rolle said he and the
business community were not
opposed to the NIB rate
increase, which is likely to take
effect in early 2010, but he
added: "It may take 1 per cent
to fund the unemployment ben-
efit, but you might create

unemployment on the other
side, because some businesses
are operating on a shoestring
Budget, for want of a better
term, and that increase is com-
ing at a very difficult period for
businesses in the Bahamas. All
things have to be considered."
Mr Rolle added that "wider
consultations" on the proposed
NIB contribution rate rise
would take place in the busi-
ness community, and there
would then be communications
with NIB - either directly to Mr
Cargill, or through the Cham-
ber's own representative on the
NIB Board, Winston Rolle.
The cost of funding both new
benefits is likely to be split
50/50 between employer and
employee, meaning that the
employee contribution split will
rise from the current 3.4 per
cent to 4.4 per cent, while the
employer's contribution rate
will increase to 6.4 per cent.
Mr Cargill told Tribune Busi-
ness that the increases were
"likely to come next year",
although the exact timing of
their implementation would be
left to the Cabinet.

He said: "We have no final
confirmed date. That's up to
the minister. We are recom-
mending early next year, so we
are advising businesses to bud-
get for increased rates in 2010."
However, he added: "This
10.8 per cent contribution rate
is still significantly below other
[social security] programmes in
the region. Barbados has a 17
per cent contribution rate."
Meanwhile, NIB yesterday
disclosed some of the other 25
amendments to its operations
that Tribune Business detailed
last week.
These include:
* Changing the method used
to calculate Retirement/Inva-
lidity Benefit to one that uses
wages over the best five, rather
than three years, thus ensuring
a better relationship between

contributions made and pen-
sions received.

* Change the wage ceiling
for pensionable civil servants
to that of all other contributors.
* Include in insurable wages
gratuities and tips that are paid
as part of regular wages for
workers in the hospitality sec-
* Remove the limit on earn-
ings for someone in receipt of
Retirement Benefit.
* Introduce triennial auto-
matic indexation of pensions
and grants with adjustments
linked to price increases.
* Provide for the payment of
both Retirement/Invalidity ben-
efit and Survivors benefit where
an insured may be otherwise
entitled to both.
* Introduce a Survivors

Grant equivalent to one year's
pension, payable to widowed
spouses who do not qualify for
a Survivors pension either
because of their age or lack of
* For Sickness and Materni-
ty benefit, require that the per-
son must have been employed
on the day of or prior to onset
of illness, and reduce the wait-
ing days for Unemployment
benefit to three days.
* Extend coverage for all
benefits, except Unemployment
Benefit, to all self-employed
persons and adjust the contri-
bution rate for all self-
employed persons to 8.8 per
* Allow Invalidity Assistance
to be payable from age one.
* Establish stricter means test
for Assistances.

OECD: Bahamas must deliver to block bank flight

FROM page 1B

list', particularly when most of our competitors
are off that list and on the 'white list', because the
market will take some comfort that we will short-
ly get off that list.
"I think that has prevented any significant
diminution of business and the possibility of cer-
tain businesses deciding to consolidate offshore
and move to other jurisdictions."
Yet Mr Moree added: "Having said that, I
believe it's very important to get ourselves off the
'grey list' in the timeframe announced by the
Government. I understand they intend to com-
plete the TIEAs by year's end, but if there is
any significant delay in that it could undermine
confidence in the market in our ability and will-
ingness to bring [our commitments[ into force.
"We have weathered the fallout from being
on the 'grey list' without any discernible loss of
business, but I know of many institutions doing
business in this country and they, through their
head offices, will not be prepared to continue
doing business as normal if we do not satisfacto-
rily get off the 'grey list' and on to the 'white
"We moved just in time to mitigate the fallout,
we have weathered the worst of the storm, and
now must deliver on our commitments."
Influencing financial institution head office
perceptions of the Bahamas was critical, Mr
Moree said, not only in relation to the G-
20/OECD initiative but also when it came to
dealing with global consolidation in the private
wealth management industry - a process that,
when it began, the Bahamas would have almost

no control over.
"Consolidation is a real danger for us in our
jurisdiction, and we have to be very careful when
we go through this period of consolidation, which
will happen regardless of what we do," Mr Moree
As major multinational institutions looked to
potentially consolidate their operations in a par-
ticular region into just one or two offices, a
process driven by the need to reduce costs, boost
efficiencies and achieve economies of scale, Mr
Moree said it was even more critical for the
Bahamas to attain the 'white list' status attained
by many competitors.
If the Bahamas was to lose out in the consoli-
dation process, Mr Moree said "the consequences
are very serious", both from a direct and indirect
employment perspective, loss of government rev-
enues, a decline in incomes and wealth levels,
and a reduction in the frequency with money
circulated in the Bahamian economy.
"There is a knock on effect that has the poten-
tial to adversely impact a number of Bahami-
ans, and that is why the continued survival and
growth of financial services is important at a
national level, not only to those people working
in the industry," Mr Moree told Tribune Busi-
"We've got to understand that when it comes
to business and the delivery of service, we have
got to be more efficient and productive, and can't
use the excuse that on an island the pace of life is
slower, and things get done in their own time.
"We're going to have to embrace change, deliv-
er a higher level of productivity and service that
demonstrates an ability to adapt."


Bad loans to

exceed $lbn

Clifton Heritage National Park

South West Bay Road PO, 0Box SP 63846
Nassau. Bahanms
Tel: ; 42 362-4 386 or 1(242) 36-512 1 or
. -Fax: Th[: -51)1 *. ,
Email: park. liton'(-, -. -

Employment Opportunity

The Clifoln kliriltr. Authority is seeking the services of an individual to
fil1 the position of Managing Dirnclur in accordance with Section 14 of the
ClltMon Herit:lii Aulho1ilt Act 2004,

The individual would be required to provide executive leadership,
s uprvision and direction to units of the Clifton Ilrritage Authorit�'
offte and the IHeritag PurL while en urinig the research and prumortun
of its historkal, cultural re~urce&

Duties and Kesponsibilities:
* Responsible for the implementation of poliicis. programs and goals and
objectives for the i:iLeni Ifll.l'lk' llll of t he Clifton HLrcri(a.l Authority.
*" Ln.ui 1r the development and impierentation of a strategic plan for the
Jiimiin'll'in of the Clifton Heriage Park CI.II 1iiI thai at.'cepted ,pcuiAiIIL
standards and practices are employed.
* Coordinate and supersise all activities related to safety i-ue-, best
envirnment prcticcs, and all matters related to the preservation of hiJroric
,irucLcttJ I and cnllncr taiull oof natural resrces at the park
* Serve d Principal Advisor to the Clifton Hentace .ANuhonriv Board on
matters and issues relative to the maintenance and ulj.kcc., oftle park.
* Oversee and coordinate :ll public and private use of facilities and
recreational spaces at ide Clifton Il ,ri~deA Authority Park and establish user
* Laise wihl o[her i'L'Li'� llill'-llI. tRij]i-u'LU VI1'niil i1[. ILgLlld.1 and international
acncics to explore oppo rillniici to prornot the sustainabic development
and mLnaliLcLCEtiILL of the Clifton Heritage Aulltrity Park.
* Dircci and rcoordinnt the employment of .iff,r develop and implement
opening policies, standards and procedures to ensure performance and
maintain a stable ' ork ing cnvironmcnt,
* Conduct perin'ic a Wssesenls of f~ailiies and infrasiructunr and
recommend improvement s or rcpaiir as necessary,
* Prepare and submit a 1on1thily report to the Board of Directors on the
operations of the Aulhorily,
* Liaise wilh the Markeling and Public Relations officer material for the
promotion of the Clifton IHeri[tag: Park.
PEt Oualitadlion:
* A minimum of a graduate degree in Administration or discipline, and or 10
years experience in an administrative discipline,
.pplication are available at the Auithority's office South West Riuad
Clifton Cay and should be suhmitled ahmlg with resume by 4pm
14 Seplummhbr. ,20
Tekphonm contact 362-5121 or 362-6729


The National Insurance Board

of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Request for Contractors Pre-Qualification

The National Insurance Bliard (NIB) is seeking 10 pie-qul]ih' conirac.or TO hbid on
works to consrucc a Gi vernmien Complex in Ftrpcport, Grand Bahama; the proict
is a jolt venture of NIB and The Bahamas Government. Contractors must be in
i.Op[i.mare with ril t Ntlntill In.urcl e ACt t M.a eculrity prlIogrammeI), aiJd mn
gLd' iandJing wirh rth rPelp.IanT ( C frnrlltll el .iagcfl'; .

Pre-qualification documents miv be collected from the Securiy Booth at NIB's
Clifford DArling Complex. Blue Hill Road, or Irum NIB's Freeport Lcal Oifice, on
The Ma], Fretplrt, Grald Blhadmn, irom i Sptember 8 to Septtmber 16. 2CC0,

PrQtLualifL.aticin dii:.Lum lnlLs hi>uld hbei ignid, sC-JalJd .utd rturtedii to ihe St'Lcrit
Booth, Cliftord Darling Complex in New Providence or to the Frccpor Local Ottice
in Grand Bahama, on or before 12:CO Noon on September 23. 009.





IDB approves

$150,000 grant to

aid NAFCO training


Business Reporter
Development Bank (IDB) has
approved a $150,000 non-
refundable grant to aid the
North Abaco Fisheries Co-
operative (NAFCO) in an 18-
month fishing and business
development training pro-
gramme, Tribune Business
learned yesterday.
The Cooperative's chairman,
Leon Pinder, said though there
are still more steps to work
through with the IDB before
the first disbursement of the
grant, the training initiative
could begin as early as next
It is hoped that this initiative
will allow north Abaco fisher-
men to have greater presence

on the seafood trading front,
develop good business man-
agement skills and inherit envi-
ronmentally-friendly fishing
"The overall objective is to
help the fishing operators in
North Abaco to consolidate
their presence in the export
market," said NAFCO's pro-
gramme plan.
"In pursuit of this objective,
the project will involve inter-
ventions that target the
enabling environment, the insti-
tutional capacity of NAFCO
and the individual fishing oper-
According to NAFCO's plan,
its objective is to provide tech-
nical support for planned infra-
structure development pro-
Mr Pinder told this paper
recently that the co-operative



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4)
of The International Business Companies Act,
2000, Notice is hereby given that:-

(a) UIE SERVICES LIMITED is in dissolution;

(b) the date of commencement of the dissolution is
September 1,2009;

(c) the name of the Liquidator is Alison J. Treco, FT
Consultants Ltd.,One Montague Place, East Bay
Street, P.O. Box N-3932, Nassau, Bahamas

FURTHER NOTICE is hereby given that the
Creditors of the abovenamed Company are required
on or before the 9th day of October, 2009, to send
their names and addresses, with particulars of their
debts or claims, and the names and addresses of their
Attorneys (if any), to the Liquidator, Alison Treco,
c/o FT Consultants Ltd., P.O. Box N-3932, Nassau,

Dated this 8th day of September, A. D. 2009

Alison J. Treco


In the Estate of DARNELL AMY
DEVEAUX, late of Sea Breeze Lane in the
Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Civil
Servant, 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 Friday, the 25th
day of September, A.D. 2009, after which
date 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
the date hereinbefore mentioned.

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

is building a fish house, fish pro-
cessing plant and marine shop
in order to provide the fisher-
men with necessary equipment
"and get to the point where we
can export our own fish to max-
imise the income".
The programme will be avail-
able to members of the co-
operative as well as potential
The Inter-American Institute
for Cooperation on Agriculture
(IICA) was recruited by NAF-
CO to conduct the 18-month
training programme, through
association with the IBD and
the Bahamas Cooperative
NAFCO was responsible for
$65,000 of the $215,000 cost of
the initiative.
Fishermen involved in the
programme will undergo entre-
preneurial training to strength-
en their individual business
skills, while institutional
strengthening seminars will
"provide support for the devel-
opment of producer cluster,
which will help individual fish-
ermen to improve their market
Mr Pinder said recently that
fishermen in the North Abaco
area have long been branded
as uneducated and notoriously
bad at managing their fishing
revenues. He said that, gener-
ally, most fishermen do not
complete high school, so the

programme is essential to the
sector's future, and the future
of the fishermen at large.
"Once the IDB does the
training and we are already to
belt course on our building,
then we'll move on to the phase
where we can get a local loan
from the other cooperatives
like the credit union," Mr Pin-
der said.
"We will need more funding
to get where we want to get,
but that won't be done until we
have the technical training that
is provided from the IDB."

NOTICE is hereby given that BOSNEL BRUTUS of
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 1st September, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau,

is hereby given that the

for the Saffron Hill Property Owners
Association Limited will be held at
The Pavilion at Saffron Hill Subdivision on
West Bay Street on Thursday the 10th day of
September 2009 at 6:30pm.
Should you need further information kindly contact
325-6666 or 325-8905.
Dated the 1st day of September, A.D., 2009
With The Compliments Of:-
Saffron Hill Property
Owners Association


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Balance Sheet as at December 31, 2008

TeOrm depDosis
Trade accounts receivable
Sundry receivables and prepayments
Recalvable from reinsurers
Interest receivable
Deferred commission costs
Unpaid claims recoverable from reinsurers
Deferred reinsurance premiums
Deferred relasurance cost
Receivables from related companies
Properly and equipment
Intangible asset

Payable to reinsurers
Urnamed commission micome
Unramred premiums
Bank overdraft
Payable to agents and brokers
Accrued liabiliies
Unpaid claim

Share capital
Contributed surplus
Gaen ral reserve
Revaluation surplus
Retained earnings
Total equity

Approved on behaf ofrthe Brd of Directors:


$ 3,061,929


5 3,415,600
7. 959,980


Chairmrnw ./


$ 6,813,378
$129.949 519

$ 14.225,843




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GN-908 ,


No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00510

Whereas VIRGINIA CAPRON BAIN of Sunshine Park, Southern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of MERTHEREEN DEAN a.k.a. MERTHEREEN F.
DEAN a.k.a. MERTHEREEN DEAN-PICKSTOCK late of Sunshine Park,
Southern District, New Providence, The Bahamas, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

(for) Registrar


No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00511

Whereas SHANNELLE SMITH of the Western District, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of
Power of Attorney for GERALDINE M. HALL has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of JOHN LEROY HALL late of 311 Beacon Point Lane, Grover,
St LouisMissouri, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

(for) Registrar


No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00512

Whereas SIR WILLIAM CLIFFORD ALLEN of Olde Fort Bay, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters
of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of DAVID LAFLEUR late
of Saint Anne's, Fox Hill, Eastern District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

(for) Registrar


No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00515

Whereas JUANITA BEATRICE KNOWLES of the City of Freeport of Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by
Deed of Power of Attorney for CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY KNOWLES
AND AMANDA CHRISTINA KNOWLES, the lawful children has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of RAYMOND RONALD KNOWLES a.k.a.
RAYMOND "PANCHO" KNOWLES late of the Settlement of Mangrove
Bush on the Island of Long Island, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court at
the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.

(for) Registrar


No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00514

IN THE ESTATE OF DORIS STEWARD, late of Flat 1 Charlton Manor
Charlton Manor Drive in the Town of Knaresborough in the County of North
Yorkshire in England, deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days from the date
hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by HARRY BRACTON SANDS, of Skyline Drive in the
Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
obtaining the Resealed Grant of Probate in the above estate granted to SUSAN
LINDA STEWARD, the Executrix and Trustee, by the District Probate Registry
of the High Court of Justice at Newcastle Upon Tyne in England of America, on
the 25th day of June, 2009.




$2.63m client asset

freeze order ended

FROM page 1B
Investments' clients, Mr Cul-
mer said that as a result of his
successful negotiations: "There
is no longer any restriction on
the ability of the liquidator to
release the customers' assets to
them, no need for any disclo-
sure of the customers' financial
information or records whatso-
ever, and no question of there
being any settlement from the
customers' assets of the
$220,000 forfeiture order made
against Mr Tremblay."
Mr Culmer described the
Attorney General's agreement
to remove the asset freezing
orders as "an exceptionally
good outcome", adding that he
was now working to verify
which assets belonged to each
client, before he applied to the
Supreme Court to release them
to the beneficial owners.
By negotiating the agree-
ment with the Attorney Gen-
eral, Mr Culmer has also been
able to avoid legal costs that
would have resulted if he had to
ask the Supreme Court to over-
turn the restraining orders.
These costs would have had to
be paid by Dominion Invest-
ments' clients from the assets
that the company held on their
The court-imposed restraint
orders, which were granted on
January 31, 2006, and May 2,
2006, had been left in place fol-
lowing Mr Tremblay's convic-
tion because he has yet to pay
the $220,000 confiscation order

to the US authorities. Both
orders were obtained by the
Attorney General's Office,
upon the request of the US Jus-
tice Department.
In his previous report to the
Supreme Court on Dominion
Investments' liquidation, Mr
Culmer said he felt "very
strongly that the very least" Mr
Tremblay could do for his for-
mer clients was to settle the
Confiscation Order.
"The liquidator is particular-
ly concerned to secure the
release of the assets in the
Bahamas from the Restraint
Orders, and the return thereof
to their beneficial owners with-
out any disclosure of the iden-
tity of those beneficial owners
or the source of their funds,"
Mr Culmer said then.
"The liquidator has, to date,
been unable to release the
assets held in the Bahamas to
the beneficial owners thereof
due to the Restraint Orders
that remain in place, but as set
out above he is presently taking
steps to address this."
Mr Culmer added in his pre-
vious liquidator's report that
he had been able to protect the
confidentiality, and identities,
of Dominion Investments'
"Of course, a quick, simple
and effective solution, which
would avoid the costs of the
further litigation of the liq-
uidator's application to dis-
charge the Restraint Orders,
which would pose no risk to the
confidentiality of the customers'

The Public is hereby advised that I, HORATIO LEWIS
STRACHAN of P.O. Box EE-16764, Nassau, Bahamas
intends to change my name to HORATIO RAY
FLOWERS. 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.

affairs, and which would enable
the immediate release of the
customer's funds from the
Restraint Orders, would be for
Martin Tremblay to pay the
$220,000 Confiscation Order,"
Mr Culmer said then.
"The liquidator feels very
strongly that the very least Mar-
tin Tremblay should do is gar-
ner his resources and settle the
amount of the Confiscation
Order so that customers' assets
can thereby be released to them
without further delay."
The liquidator had already
secured the removal of a Cana-
dian Restraint Order, imposed
by regulators in that country,
on Dominion Investments'
client assets there on April 10,
2008. The Canadian assets have
since been released to their
beneficial owners.
Following the $220,000 for-
feiture order made against Mr
Tremblay in the US, the courts
there amended it on August 11,
2008, providing that his rights,
title and interest in Dominion
Investments' accounts frozen
in the Bahamas now vest in the
US government.
Mr Tremblay had challenged
that order on the grounds that
the assets concerned belonged
to Dominion Investments'
clients, not himself, but this was
rejected by the US courts.
The US court order is specif-
ically seeking to gain control of
assets held in five accounts in
the name of Dominion Invest-
ments at three separate
Bahamas-based banks.
They are:
Account Numbers 400-506-
2 and 500-303-3 at the Royal
Bank of Canada in Nassau
Account Numbers 1376890
and 1376920 at Barclays Bank
(likely FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank Bahamas) in Nas-
sau Account Number
101wa3581930 at Ferrier Lullin
(now Julius Baer) in Nassau
SThere is no suggestion that
any of these financial institu-
tions have done anything wrong
in relation to the Tremblay situ-


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Tribune Features Reporter

When it comes to a your
car, you ensure that every-
thing is in good order, and
Functioning. You know when
to get a wheel alignment,
when to change the oil, and
go out of the way to Fix your
car problems no matter the
cost. In the same vein, taking
care of your body is just as
important, and even more so
than your vehicle. But for
many men, priorities are out
of order. One local health
club is trying to change
men's mentality toward their
health, with a strong focus on
prostate cancer awareness.
Their mission: to encourage men
to have regular checkups rather
than but place the more crucial

health matters are on the back-burn-
er of their minds which can lead to
life-threatening complications if
neglected for so long.
In partnership with the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas, US TOO (a
support group for prostate cancer) is
holding a 1,000-Man Walk for
prostate cancer awareness on Sat-
urday, September 12 at 6am. The
main objective of the event, accord-
ing to Valentine Maura, senior
leader of the US TOO chapter in
the Bahamas, is to put the onus on
men taking care of themselves so
that they can live long, healthy pro-
ductive lives.
From political figures to the
everyday Bahamian, the event is
expected to attract men from all
walks of life, followed by prostate
screenings conducted by oncologists
at a low cost of $20.
This year the support group
expects a significant increase in par-
ticipants, hoping to have an impres-
sive 1,000 men examined. Last year,
770 plus men were examined, and
450 were examined in 2007.

Many doctors acknowledge that
prostate screenings hold the stigma
of being uncomfortable describing it
as "10 seconds of an awkward situa-
tion that can improve your lifetime."
Prostate screening by a private
doctor can cost around $80. With
the discount in price, Mr Maura
hopes men will "have no strong
enough reason to cop out."
The route will start at the Cancer
Caring Centre, on to Collins
Avenue, down Shirley Street and
Elizabeth Avenue, then Rawson
Square, ending at Arawak Cay.
US TOO is making special plans
to create an atmosphere of ease and
relaxation in the waiting areas of
the prostate screenings at the vari-
ous clinics. Tapings of NFL Monday
Night Football games, and movies
will be shown.
Doctors agree that early detec-
tion is vital to saving lives.
Premier resorts like Sandals,
Wyndham and other household
companies are lending their support
to the campaign. "They see the
necessity in addressing the health

problems that their workers have,
in keeping them alive and well to
maximise their tenure in the work-
place," Mr Maura said.
He added: "When you're talking
about transmissions or tuning up a
car, the guy will say, you can get the
car tuned up for $30 now, or you
can let it run but you have to pay me
$300 or $3,000 if you need trans-
mission work.
"You would go the extra end to
ensure that your car is in order, so
why not make this investment for
your health and well-being."
Prostate screenings will also be
conducted the week following the
walk at local clinics across the island
on these dates and venues: Satur-
day September 12 at the Cancer
Caring Centre in Centreville; Tues-
day September 15 at Elizabeth
Estates Clinic; Tuesday September
22 at Flamingo Gardens Clinic;
Thursday, September 24 at South
Beach Clinic; Tuesday September
29 at Flemming St Clinic; and final-
ly on Saturday October 3 at South
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THE little darlings are back in
school and that is a reminder that
the vegetable season can get under-
way. In many ways the vegetable
growing season in The Bahamas
mirrors the school year. They both
start in September and by Decem-
ber results are expected. The second
term from January to Easter is the
most productive time, and the third
term is for consolidation and finals.
Then a two month hiatus and off
we go again.
Vegetables are best grown in fair-
ly small lots no wider than a dining
table but about twice the length.
These dimensions allow you to
plant and reap without placing a
foot within your growing area, leav-
ing the
ground nicely aerated. I like to
add a bag or two of topsoil and
commercial cow manure to the old
soil and work it in with a little fer-
There are three main types of fer-
tiliser: granular, time-release, and
soluble (or liquid). Granular fer-
tiliser is usually bought in large con-
tainers or sacks and is the cheap-
est overall. That said, salt build-up
over the years could harm your gar-
den in the end. Time- release fer-
tilisers usually resemble little
spheres. These leave no


salt residue and once applied can
last for weeks. The package will tell
you that you only have to apply the
fertilizer once every 3 or 4 months.
I always cut the advertised time in
half. Liquid or soluble
fertilisers are applied with the use
of a hose and an applicator is need-
ed. This is the most expensive
method of fertilising your garden
but is very effective if applied every
The vegetables we grow can be
divided into 60-90-120 day crops.
Read your seed package carefully.
Some tomatoes are advertised to
produce in 60 days but that time is
calculated from transplant, so add
another 30 days.
Sixty-day crops include spinach,
English peas, Swiss chard, snap
beans, and some summer squash.
Most vegetables are 90-day crops
like tomatoes, peppers, cabbages,
corn, beets, cucumbers and some
squash. 120-day crops include cal-
abaza pumpkin, winter squash,
onions, carrots and fennel.
Most vegetables can be started
in September but others are best
left until the middle of October:
English peas, spinach, kohlrabi,
Swiss chard and bunching onions.
The classic vegetable garden lay-

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out consists of raised rows two or
three feet apart. That is fine in
Kansas but very wasteful in The
Bahamas. Try to get as much out
of your garden as possible by grow-
your vegetables in grids or blocks
rather than rows. A simple calcula-
tion involving the size of a mature
plant will give you the spacing
required. For carrots, it would be
three inches apart; for cabbages,
twelve inches.
Keep your vegetables coming.
Pick them as soon as they are close
to ripening as this will encourage
greater production. When your veg-

tables are halfway to maturity, sow
seeds for a successive crop.
Keep this going throughout the
year and one small garden could
give you hundreds of dollars-worth
of vegetables.
Grow the most expensive of veg-
etables. Green peppers are cheap
and readily available. Yellow, red
and orange peppers are expensive
and take no more effort to grow.
Regular onions are inexpensive and
always available while bunching
onions are pricey. Fennel and
kohlrabi are almost impossible to
buy, so grow your own if you like

By the way, if you grow cherry
tomatoes, keep them out of your
main vegetable garden. Find a small
fertile area where they can grow
singly. Some cherry tomatoes pro-
duce plants that cover a vast area
and would swallow up your regu-
lar garden.
And don't forget to grow herbs.
The vegetables you grow will be
greatly enhanced by freshly-picked
herbs. Many herbs are perennials
and stay around for years with little






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What is great sex?

When we first become
sexually active, and enter
the adult world of sexual
emotions, we believe that
this is as good as it gets.
We grow up believing that
we should just know how
to 'do it' and that every-
thing is meant to come to
us naturally.
Our young minds are flooded with
feelings of passion, love and sexual
desire for our love interest, and we
walk around in a euphoric state. Then
things change, the sparkle loses its
shine and the whole thing fades away.
We question if it was that great then
why could it not survive? Why was
that not enough to maintain the pas-
sion? Is 'hot' or 'sizzling' sex not the
same as 'great sex'? Is there more to

sex than we first thought?
Many theorise but few are bold
enough to define 'great sex' as they
recognize and respect the individu-
alism of each couple. Looking in at a
couple, and judging their satisfaction
level, is unproductive because what is
great for one would not be enough
for another. Clinical research shows
us that even for committed couples,
who consider themselves 'normal and
healthy', about 50 per cent of sex is
When we start to think how many

factors have to be aligned for two
people to be 'in sync', on any given
day, it is surprising that the numbers
are even as high as they are. Satis-
faction levels vary because, although
we may not feel sexual desire at that
particular moment, we recognize the
importance of maintaining a close
intimate bond.
Knowing all of this, it is still inter-
esting for us to consider, what may be
important to experience 'great sex'.
Without a doubt the number one fac-
tor is 'being present in the moment.'
This means all senses awakened and
ready to respond. It also means being
emotionally and spiritually connected
throughout the experience. The mind
has to be focused and all outside dis-
tractions removed.
For women, in particular, deep pas-
sionate kissing elevates arousal and is
an essential magical element for great
sex. The importance of being true to
one's self and being able to relax and

free of all inhibitions. This liberated
state allows an increased level of com-
munication and produces a desire to
give more than we get. The saying
'the more you give the more you get
in return' rings true. This level of
emotional and sexual intimacy
extends to all forms of expression,
both verbal and non verbal, and
allows experimentation with out fear
or repercussions. It is an atmosphere
of a 'safe playground' that allows the
losing of inhibitions.
You may consider all of these fac-
tors as being 'good sex' but there
seems to be a defining moment when
everything transcends reality. Tran-
scendence is a heightened altered
state, physically, emotionally and spir-
It is that sense of peace, high, 'out
of body experience', or 'trance like
state'. Comparisons are even made
between highly spiritual and religious
experiences. Once we experience it
we then understand the difference
between 'good' and 'great sex'.
On reading this you may have flash
backs to specific instances when you
have felt that exceptional sexual expe-
rience and moments of ecstasy. Mem-

ories of a particular setting, person,
time and deep connection give us all
hope that there is more to this whole
sex thing. But for those who have not
had such an experience take note of
the essential ingredients and add your
own. Nothing is text book and we all
need to explore the magic and mys-
tery of our own sexuality.
Raising our expectations each time
will often help us focus on the ulti-
mate experience. If your sex life is a
little 'ho-hum' then know that it is
possible to turn things around, reduce
unsatisfactory sex and increase the
times of 'great sex.' Our minds ulti-
mately control us and opening them
wide to new concepts can change our
lives and happiness.

* Margaret Bain is an Individual and
Couples Relationship Therapist. She is
a Registered Nurse and a Certified
Clinical Sex Therapist. Call for an
appointment- Relate Bahamas at 364-
7230, or email
She is also available for speaking

Caribbean Wellness Day

set for September 12

Tribune Features Reporter
OBESITY, hypertension, heart disease, dia-
betes, kidney failure, cancer, asthma and arthri-
tis all chronic non-communicable diseases,
(CNCDs)-are seriously affecting the quality
of life and economic status of individuals and
families in The Bahamas.
In the past, CNCDs were prevalent primar-
ily among older adults in the Bahamas. How-
ever, it now appears that they are affecting a
wider range of Bahamians, including youth,
and are the leading causes of illness and dis-
CARICOM health officials, since 2007,
have declared the second Saturday in Sep-
tember as Caribbean Wellness Day and this
year's event will be observed on September 12
under the theme: "Love that Body,"
The Ministry of Health has planned an "All
Day Mega Health Extravaganza," starting
11am prompt 'til 6pm on the grounds of the
ministry's complex at the juncture of Augusta,
Delancy and Meeting Streets.
Dr Yasmin Williams-Robinson, chairper-
son for Caribbean Wellness Day in the
Bahamas said that her planning team "is hop-
ing to engage the public to come and enjoy var-

ious aspects of wellness whether it be through
physical exercise or sampling the healthy eats
that will be provided."
The Mega Health Extravaganza will involve
demonstrations of various physical activities,
such as salsa dancing, a step show, karate,
marching bands, and other activities.
For adults attending the event, there will
be an array of free health screenings, including
blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sug-
ar, weight screening, and healthy food demon-
strations. For the children there will be a ful-
ly supervised bouncing castle, and in the late
afternoon everyone will be able to get their
"bodies in motion" to the rhythmic beat of
the One Family Junkanoo rush out.
There will also be booths organised by var-
ious gyms, spas and wholesalers featuring spe-
cial give-aways throughout the day, and a
punchboardd" where patrons, for a minimum
donation, will be eligible to try for a variety of
food prizes.
The Ministry of Health is doing their own in-
house set of activities each day this week, lead-
ing up to Saturday's extravaganza. Yester-
day was "Drink 8 glasses of water," today is
"Eat a Fruit," Wednesday is "Get into the
Gym," Thursday is "Walk after Work," and
Friday- "Get up and Move."

Do your laundry

habits affect

your skin?

There's no shortage of myths
when it comes to acne. Cut
through the rumors and
understand the facts to fur-
ther your understanding of
how to keep skin clear.

Myth 1: A blackhead is actu-
ally dirt inside the pore.
FALSE! Blackheads, known
as open comedones, are sim-
ply whiteheads that have
reached the skin's surface,
triggering oxidisation upon
contact with air. Oxidisation
makes the comedone
change/darken in color (think
how an apple turns brown
after it's been cut).

Myth 2: Sugary, refined foods
contribute to acne.
This is actually a misinterpre-
tation - these foods don't
directly cause acne, but they
do feed the breeding ground

for acne by exacerbating
sebum production. Speak to
your professional skin thera-
pist to find out if your oil pro-
duction is being triggered by
specific food intake.

Myth 3: Sunscreens increase
oil production and feed acne
FALSE. Speak with your pro-
fessional skin therapist about
new, sophisticated formula-
tions that provide sun protec-
tion with skin care benefits,
including oil control and min-
imisation of bacteria.

Myth 4: Stay away from fabric
TRUE! Try to stay away from
use of fabric softeners on
sheets and pillowcases. Beef
lard and fragrance are the
main ingredients, and they'll
coat your skin!

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minutes to create a pro-
file of what they are look-
ing for and then select
persons based on those
requirements. Clients pay
$100 for a four month
membership fee."
She explained that dur-
ing that time clients can
get to know the other per-
son and develop a bond
with them.
"The reason that we do
a 4 month membership is
because we want our
clients to develop mean-
ingful relationships and it
may take that long to do
that. If people don't find
a match in that time, they
can always meet someone
else. We try to keep it
based on compatibility
and moral values and not
the physical."
However she pointed
out that if a match is not
made, the client can come
back and meet someone
" Some people may see
two or three people a
month, others don't want
to go out with more with

"The reason that
we do a 4
month member-
ship is because
we want our
clients to devel-
op meaningful
relationships and
it may take that
long to do that.
If people don't
find a match in
that time, they
can always meet
someone else.
We try to keep
it based on
and moral values
and not the
physical ."
Omeka Darville- Moore

than one person at a time,
so it really depends on the
"Also we are complete-
ly discrete, when I leave
work, I take my clients'
files with me so it is com-
pletely confidential.
When we first came up
with the idea of the com-
pany, we were a little hes-
itant because we felt that
some Bahamians would
not be that liberal, but
things are evolving and
there has been an
increase in online dating
and persons willing to
post their photos on line,
so it works."
Inspired by the success
of the business to date,
Mr and Moore are host-
ing their company's first
singles event this Satur-
day- something they say
will be " a magical night
to remember.
The event will be a sin-
gles wine tasting on 2009
at Curly's Caf6, Cable
beach next to Sandals.
The official sponsor for
the event is Bristol Wines
and spirits. Other spon-
sors are Starbucks, Logos
book store and Hollis
Spa. The event promises
to be a fun and exciting
one with free giveaways,
dating games, wine and
food all night long.
Tickets for the event
are $20 and are sold at
Soul Mates dating service,
Bay Street in the Shop-
pers Haven on Bay com-
Mrs Darville Moore
said the response to the
event has been phenome-

nal with the company
almost selling out of tick-
ets already.

Maintenance of teeth

and gums of your dog

"' "

Today we will try to be a veterinary
dentist and educate you the concerned
pet owner on the proper ways of main-
taining good oral health of your dog.
We all know that teeth are the bony
growths on the jaws and are found
inside of the mouth. They are used to
capture, kill and prepare food for eat-
ing, and as tools of defence.
Almost without exception, puppies
are born without teeth. The milk teeth
or decidious teeth begin to appear at
about 3 weeks. By 6-8 weeks, a puppy
will have a full set of twenty- eight
teeth. Puppies do not have molars and
their milk teeth will remain for only 3-
7 months. Beginning at 3 months, the
milk teeth are replaced by permanent
teeth. By 7 months, a puppy should
have all their adult teeth, 42 to be
exact. By knowing eruption dates of
teeth a veterinarian can approximate
the exact age of your pet.
There are 4 types of teeth in a dog,
incisors, canines, pre-molars and
molars. The incisors are used to rip or
tear meat from a bone and to groom
themselves. Canine teeth are used to
capture and hold objects and prey. The
pre-molars and molars in the rear of
the jaw are sharp, triangular teeth that
include the carnassial teeth that are
characteristic of meat eaters. They
work like scissors to shear flesh and
crush bone. The flattened molars are
designed to crush vegetable foods and
Normally, the roots of baby teeth are
reabsorbed as the adult teeth take their
place. When this fails to happen, and
the baby teeth don't fall out, the dogs
may appear to have a double set of
teeth. Retained baby teeth should be
extracted, so that permanent teeth will
have room to grow. Toy breeds tend
to have many retained teeth. Some-
times a crowded mouth pushes teeth
out of alignment resulting in a maloc-
clusion and poor dental hygiene.
When the mouth is closed, the lower

canine teeth are normally situated in
front of the upper canines, the upper
incisors overlap the lower and the
upper pre-molar points to fit into the
spaces between lower pre-molars. Mal-
occlusion refers to the abnormal bite
when the mouth is closed. An incor-
rect bite causes breeders more concern
than any other mouth problem. Most
malocclusion is heredity, resulting from
genetic factors that control the rate of
growth of the upper and lower jaws.
Over shot (prognathism) occurs when
the upper jaw protrudes beyond the
lower jaw. Under shot bite (brachtig-
natism) is the reverse of the overshot
bite. It is considered normal in certain
breeds like the bulldog and the pug.
In my practice, periodontal (gum)
disease, is one of the most common
problems seen. It occurs in two forms -
gingivitis; a reversible inflammation of
the gums and periodontitis, an inflam-
mation of the deeper structures sup-
porting the teeth.
Gingivitis develops when bacteria
builds up between the teeth and gum

OVER shot
occurs when
the upper jaw
beyond the
lower jaw.
Under shot
bite (brachtig-
natism) is the
reverse of the
overshot bite.
It is consid-
ered normal in
certain breeds
like the bulldog
and the pug.

leading to irritation, inflammation and
bleeding. The edges of healthy gums
fit tightly around the teeth. Dental cal-
culus or tartar is composed of minerals,
food particles bacteria and other organ-
ic materials. When it is soft it is called
plaque, when it is hard it is called cal-
Clinical signs of gingivitis are bad
breath. The gums appear red and
swollen and bleed easily when touched.
Treatment is to clean the teeth by ultra-
sonic scaling and polishing to remove
all plaque and calculus. For optimum
results, the dog should be heavily sedat-
ed or anesthetised.
Periodontitis is a continuation of gin-
givitis. As the gum infection attacks
the cementum and periodontal mem-
brane, the roots become infected then
the teeth begin to loosen and eventu-
ally they detach and fallout. This is a
painful process and we advise you to
seek veterinary assistance in correct-
ing this painful problem. This can cause
aggressive, moody, tendencies of your
beloved dog.

BOB MEDLINE HEALTH EXPO ANNOUNCED - Bank of The Bahamas today unveiled plans for a major health and wellness expo this Saturday at the Sheraton,
Cable Beach, with free screenings, demonstrations, giveaways and the most current medical information presented by leading medical experts from The
Bahamas and South Florida. Pictured at the press conference I-r, Dr Barry Russell, Bahamas Orthodontic Center, who is set to speak on the procedures that are
revolutionising orthodontics, Vaughn Delaney, Deputy Managing Director, Bank of The Bahamas and Dr Conville Brown, founder of The Medical Pavilion, who is
addressing the topic of the healthy heart. More than 40 medical or lifestyle-related facilities or businesses will be represented at the Expo that runs from 10 am
to 4.30 pm. It is free to the public.

Bank of The Bahamas announces

major health & wellness expo

BANK of The Bahamas
will host a day-long health
and wellness expo with top
medical, fitness and nutri-
tion experts, including lead-
ing surgeons, physicians and
other professionals from
The Bahamas and South
Florida, on September 12.
"We at Bank of The
Bahamas are very excited
about bringing the first ever
Wellness Expo to the
Bahamian public, free of
charge and with the variety
of experts, presentations
and demonstrations
designed to provide answers

to almost any question
someone might have about
their health or the health of
a loved one," said Vaughn
Delaney, deputy managing
director, Information Tech-
nology and Human
Resources and one of the
driving forces behind the
recently-launched BOB
"Some of the most
respected and best-known
surgeons and physicians
from leading South Florida
health care facilities along
with leaders in health care
from The Bahamas will dis-
cuss issues ranging from

spinal stenosis to orthodon-
tics revolutionised. Other
topics include breast cancer,
da Vinci robotic surgery and
solid advice on how to main-
tain a healthy heart.
There will also be free
screenings for blood pres-
sure and cholesterol and
free makeovers.
The bank introduced the
special purpose credit card
dubbed "your prescription
for health" last month.
Participants in the BOB
Health and Wellness Expo
include Baptist Health South
Florida, Broward General
Hospital, The Medical Pavil-

ion Bahamas, Cleveland
Clinic Florida, Doctors Hos-
pital, Miami Children's Hos-
pital, University of Miami
Health Systems, CMI South,
Opera Suites and Marina,
Bahamas Diabetic Associa-
tion, Bahamas Family Plan-
ning, Bahamas Heart Asso-
ciation, Bahamas Neurolog-
ical Center, Bahamas Ortho-
dontic Centre, Bahamas
Plastic Surgery and Laser
Arts Center for Esthetics,
Bally Total Fitness, The
Cancer Society, Center for
Specialized Dentistry, Foot
& Ankle Institute/Walk-in
Clinic, Impressions Dental,

Jemi Health and Wellness,
John Bull, Mystical Fitness,
Prescription Parlour Phar-
macy, Providence Rehabili-
tation Centre, Subway, The
Skin Centre & West Bay
The one day event will be
held at the Sheraton Cable
Beach Resort, Saturday
September 12 from 10am to
4.30pm. There is no charge
and partners are offering
numerous giveaways, includ-
ing two weekend stays at
Opera Suites and Marina on
Biscayne Bay. For more
information contact 396-







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Low: 730 F/230 C
High:91�F/330 C
Low:750F/240 C
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High: 870 High: 860 High: 880 High: 890
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Low:800F/270 C


High: 890 F/320 C
Low: 75 F/240 C

High:88�F/310C C
Low:780 F/260 C

High:860F/30� C
Low: 780 F/260 C

High: 89� F/320 C

High:880F/31� C
Low:780 F/260 C

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highs and tonight's lows.

Atlantic City
Charleston, SC

High Low
86/30 64/17
60/15 49/9
88/31 67/19
74/23 63/17
75/23 64/17
79/26 62/16
72/22 59/15
86/30 68/20
78/25 56/13
74/23 60/15
94/34 73/22
86/30 54/12
77/25 62/16
88/31 76/24
93/33 72/22

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t 87/30
r 61/16
pc 85/29
r 75/23
r 74/23
pc 68/20
t 77/25
pc 87/30
pc 80/26
t 79/26
pc 96/35
t 81/27
t 81/27
s 89/31
pc 94/34



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

Low:78�F/260 C

Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday
High ............................ ................. 88� F/31 C
Low .................. .............................. 75� F/24� C
Normal high .................................... 880 F/31� C
Normal low ...................................... 750 F/24� C
Last year's high .................................. 890 F/32� C
Last year's low .................................. 770 F/250 C


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High Ht.(ft.) Low Ht.(ft.)
Today 10:42 a.m. 3.1 4:22 a.m. 0.2
11:02 p.m. 2.6 5:03 p.m. 0.4
Wednesday 11:26 a.m. 3.1 5:02a.m. 0.3
11:47 p.m. 2.5 5:52 p.m. 0.5
Thursday 12:17 p.m. 3.1 5:47 a.m. 0.3
6:48 p.m. 0.6
Friday 12:40 a.m. 2.4 6:41 a.m. 0.4
1:17 p.m. 3.0 7:51 p.m. 0.6


Precipitation Sunrise...... 6:53 a.m. Moonrise .... 9:37 p.m.
As of 2 p.m. yesterday ........................ 1.90" Sunset.......7:21 p.m. Moonset .... 10:24 a.m.
Year to date ........................... .................. 27.20" Last New First Full
Norm al year to date .................................... 32.97" .. ..;
Forecasts and graphics provided by .
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High: 90� F/320 C
Low: 80�F/270 C

Low:760 F/240 C

High: 89� F/320 C
Low:760 F/24 C

High Low
82/27 62/16
89/31 68/20
86/30 63/17
99/37 76/24
90/32 68/20
81/27 64/17
84/28 65/18
90/32 71/21
89/31 78/25
80/26 64/17
86/30 63/17
88/31 73/22
77/25 65/18
90/32 66/18
90/32 73/22

W High Low
t 82/27 63/17
pc 91/32 71/21
pc 86/30 65/18
s 100/37 75/23
pc 90/32 69/20
pc 84/28 64/17
t 85/29 63/17
pc 91/32 70/21
t 88/31 78/25 t
pc 77/25 60/15 t
t 88/31 62/16 [
t 89/31 73/22 t
c 72/22 62/16
pc 92/33 68/20 [
t 89/31 73/22 t

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St. Louis
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San Antonio
San Diego
San Francisco
Washington, DC



High: 89� F/320 C
Low:790F/26 C

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r 72/22 63/17 r
pc 101/38 81/27 p
t 78/25 60/15 p
s 78/25 58/14 p
c 80/26 64/17 c
pc 87/30 67/19 p
s 88/31 60/15 s
pc 93/33 73/22 p
pc 77/25 67/19 p
pc 79/26 57/13 p
pc 68/20 56/13 c
pc 93/33 69/20 t
t 91/32 75/23 t
t 93/33 73/22 p
r 73/22 65/18 r

High: 90� F/32* C
Low:76 F/240C

High: 89� F/320 C
Low:770 F/250 C


ligh: 90� F/320 C
.ow:74�F/230 C

Low:76 F/24� C
High:880F/310 C

High:920F/330 C
Low:77�F/250 C


NASSAU Today: SE at 5-10 Knots 0-2 Feet 7-10 Miles 86� F
Wednesday: E at 5-10 Knots 0-2 Feet 7-10 Miles 86� F
FREEPORT Today: SE at 5-10 Knots 0-2 Feet 7-10 Miles 850 F
Wednesday: E at 5-10 Knots 0-2 Feet 7-10 Miles 850 F
ABACO Today: SE at 5-10 Knots 0-2 Feet 7-10 Miles 81� F
Wednesday: E at 5-10 Knots 0-2 Feet 7-10 Miles 82� F

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High Low W High Low W
Acapulco 90/32 77/25 t 93/33 79/26 pc
Amsterdam 73/22 63/17 pc 70/21 57/13 c
Ankara, Turkey 81/27 56/13 pc 77/25 52/11 c
Athens 77/25 64/17 pc 79/26 68/20 sh
Auckland 61/16 43/6 s 59/15 48/8 pc
Bangkok 91/32 81/27 t 91/32 79/26 t
Barbados 86/30 78/25 pc 86/30 77/25 s
Barcelona 83/28 62/16 pc 75/23 64/17 s
Beijing 79/26 61/16 pc 81/27 55/12 pc
Beirut 88/31 77/25 s 79/26 73/22 s
Belgrade 76/24 55/12 s 77/25 60/15 pc
Berlin 77/25 62/16 pc 82/27 59/15 pc
Bermuda 83/28 76/24 sh 85/29 74/23 s
Bogota 68/20 44/6 sh 68/20 41/5 c
Brussels 79/26 59/15 pc 77/25 57/13 pc
Budapest 77/25 54/12 s 79/26 57/13 s
Buenos Aires 52/11 37/2 pc 55/12 36/2 s
Cairo 97/36 72/22 s 95/35 72/22 s
Calcutta 86/30 77/25 r 86/30 79/26 t
Calgary 63/17 39/3 s 65/18 46/7 pc
Cancun 91/32 75/23 pc 90/32 72/22 pc
Caracas 84/28 72/22 t 82/27 74/23 t
Casablanca 89/31 72/22 s 86/30 70/21 pc
Copenhagen 71/21 61/16 c 76/24 52/11 pc
Dublin 64/17 52/11 r 64/17 50/10 pc
Frankfurt 82/27 55/12 pc 84/28 59/15 pc
Geneva 81/27 52/11 s 78/25 51/10 s
Halifax 73/22 50/10 pc 64/17 51/10 s
Havana 90/32 70/21 t 88/31 72/22 r
Helsinki 63/17 55/12 sh 66/18 54/12 pc
Hong Kong 93/33 84/28 s 91/32 82/27 s
Islamabad 103/39 72/22 s 102/38 71/21 s
Istanbul 77/25 67/19 sh 74/23 66/18 r
Jerusalem 84/28 62/16 s 83/28 62/16 s
Johannesburg 76/24 50/10 s 79/26 52/11 s
Kingston 88/31 79/26 t 89/31 79/26 sh
Lima 72/22 57/13 pc 70/21 57/13 pc
London 79/26 55/12 pc 73/22 52/11 pc
Madrid 88/31 63/17 pc 86/30 61/16 pc
Manila 82/27 77/25 r 84/28 77/25 r
Mexico City 73/22 55/12 t 73/22 55/12 t
Monterrey 90/32 72/22 t 89/31 70/21 t
Montreal 77/25 57/13 s 72/22 55/12 s
Moscow 68/20 50/10 pc 72/22 52/11 pc
Munich 77/25 45/7 s 77/25 48/8 s
Nairobi 85/29 55/12 pc 85/29 55/12 pc
New Delhi 91/32 77/25 t 86/30 75/23 r
Oslo 63/17 52/11 r 66/18 45/7 pc
Paris 82/27 59/15 pc 82/27 61/16 pc
Prague 76/24 51/10 s 77/25 52/11 pc
Rio de Janeiro 93/33 78/25 s 84/28 71/21 s
Riyadh 113/45 86/30 s 111/43 84/28 s
Rome 81/27 59/15 s 81/27 61/16 s
St. Thomas 89/31 78/25 pc 88/31 80/26 sh
San Juan 54/12 34/1 c 63/17 35/1 s
San Salvador 90/32 70/21 t 88/31 73/22 pc
Santiago 57/13 32/0 pc 59/15 37/2 s
Santo Domingo 90/32 75/23 pc 86/30 73/22 sh
Sao Paulo 80/26 64/17 t 74/23 62/16 t
Seoul 79/26 61/16 s 77/25 63/17 s
Stockholm 68/20 52/11 pc 72/22 50/10 pc
Sydney 70/21 50/10 s 68/20 46/7 pc
Taipei 94/34 79/26 pc 91/32 77/25 pc
Tokyo 81/27 70/21 c 79/26 70/21 pc
Toronto 74/23 57/13 t 72/22 57/13 pc
Trinidad 97/36 72/22 s 90/32 63/17 pc
Vancouver 63/17 55/12 pc 67/19 54/12 r
Vienna 77/25 55/12 s 73/22 59/15 s
Warsaw 73/22 48/8 s 72/22 52/11 pc
Winnipeg 77/25 53/11 r 74/23 50/10 s
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