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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
MORE "innocent" blood
will be shed as armed bandits
home in on vulnerable "soft-
targets" in the business com-
munity, a local activist fears.
Reverend C B Moss, head
of civic group Bahamas
Against Crime, spoke out as
police probe the murder of
44-year-old Nelson Goodman
who may be the third in a
string of employees shot by
armed robbers on company
property.
Mr Goodman, who worked
at Bertha's Go-Go Ribs take-
away on Poinciana Avenue,
was gunned down outside the
shop shortly after midnight
yesterday.
Police said they had not
ruled robbery out as a motive,
but could not say if anything
was stolen from the restau-
rant or if Mr Goodman was
robbed of any personal or
company property.
But Rev Moss said the
recent string of attacks should


be a wake-up call to Govern-
ment to immediately buffer
the spill-over of violent crime
into the business sector.
"I feel that the crime now is
spilling into the commercial
area more than before. They
are hitting soft targets in areas
not heavily policed and those
who may not have their own
private security force or the
security systems which could
offer them protection," Mr
Moss told The Tribune.
"Unless this is addressed
immediately, it is going to
escalate to other areas of the
business community and then
it's going to hit the area every-
one is concerned about - the
tourism sector, but by then it
will be too late," he warned.
When asked yesterday if
police were treating armed
robbery-related murders as
an emerging trend, Commis-
sioner of Police Reginald Fer-
guson was hesitant to brand
the incidents as reason for
alarm.
"Most armed robberies are
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attacked by two pit bull
terriers has revealed how
she has been left scarred
for life.
In an exclusive inter-
view from her hospital
bed, Zelma Maura told
how she was savaged by
the dogs and is now in
constant pain.
The 30-year-old reliv-
ed the terrifying moments
when the dogs chased her
as she tried to run away
from them in Abundant
Life Road, and sank their
teeth into her arm and
leg when she tripped and
fell in a grassy area
between Chelsea's
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ZELMA MAURA, 30, was savagely attacked by two pit bulls last
week and will have surgery at Princess Margaret Hospital today.


'Tentative' date set for Harl Taylor murder retrial


By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net
SENIOR Justice Anita Allen
yesterday set November 4 as
the "tentative" date for the start
of the retrial of Troyniko
McNeil who is accused of mur-
dering handbag designer Harl
Taylor.
The date has been set pend-
ing the outcome of an applica-
tion by McNeil's attorney Mur-


rio Ducille to have the judge
recuse herself from hearing the
retrial as well as the status of
another trial in Freeport in
which Mr Ducille is also
involved. The hearing of the
application is scheduled for
September 29.
McNeil, 22, remains on
remand at Her Majesty's Prison
as he awaits the retrial. Novem-
ber 2 was initially set for the
start.
Yesterday, however, Mr


Ducille informed the court he is
scheduled to be in Freeport for
a case which is expected to run
from November 9 to 27.
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Bernard Turner said the
matter in Freeport can com-
mence on completion of the
McNeil trial. Mr Ducille said,
however, that the matter in
Freeport is an old case that had
been set for trial since Easter.
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Myles Munroe
calls for wider
debate on the
marital rape issue
By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@
tribunemedia.net
LEADING pastor,
author and motivational
speaker Myles Munroe is
calling for a wider debate
on the proposed amend-
ment to outlaw marital
rape now that the issue
has divided the Christian
community.
Dr Munroe has out-
lined a series of questions
he wants government to
address before passing
the amendment to the
Sexual Offences and
Domestic Violence Act
that would make it illegal
for a man to rape his wife.
The Catholic Archdio-
cese, the Bahamas Con-
ference of the Methodist
Church, and the Seventh-
Day Adventist Church
have all expressed sup-
port for the proposed
amendment.
But the Bahamas
Christian Council, the
largest religious body in
the country, has rejected
the proposed amend-
ment.
Former Council presi-
dent Bishop Simeon Hall
criticised the Council's
SEE page six


Chinese firm
expects Baha
Mar resort to
open by 2013
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE Chinese company set
to build the 1,000-acre Baha
Mar resort at Cable Beach
has announced it expects con-
struction to go ahead early
next year in time for the
resort to open its doors by
2013.
China State Construction
and Engineering Company
(CSCEC), which signed a $1.9
billion deal with Baha Mar
Resorts Limited last Friday,
also revealed in a statement to
the Chinese media that by
investing $99 million in the
project it will obtain a 2.75
per cent equity stake.
This latest update comes
days after the Bahamas Gov-
ernment signed an accord
with the Chinese on the "Pro-
motion and Protection" of
investments made by The
Bahamas and China in each
other's territories.
At the same time as that
agreement was signed, Prime
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AS violence continues to
escalate, 2009 could end up
being "the worst year ever for
crime" warned Rev CB Moss,
executive director of Bahamas
Against Crime.
Rev Moss issued a strong
statement yesterday calling for
all crime committees and com-
missions to be brought to an
end and action to be taken
immediately.
His comments follow the
shooting death of a 44-year-old
man outside Bertha's Go-Go
Ribs on Poinciana Drive early
yesterday morning (see lead sto-
ry, page 1).
"This is madness," Rev Moss
said, "58 homicides in addition
to countless other crimes in an
ever increasing tide is plunging
our society into the depths of
social chaos."
He warned that the "soul" of
the Bahamian people is at risk,
because there seems to be no
concern about the well-being of
others.
"There is no outcry until our
personal interests are invaded,"
he said.
According to Rev Moss, the
December 2007 appointment of
the National Advisory Council
on crime was "unnecessary and
an absolute waste of time and
public funds."
This, he noted, was confirmed
by the advisory council itself on
page three of its official report,
which said: "Members were


amazed, in some instances
shocked that the information
gathered had been part of pre-
vious national reports, while it is
clear that in some instances sev-
eral suggestions from previous
reports were implemented, in
the main, we seem to be blow-
ing bubbles when it comes to
seriously addressing crime and
its causes."
Rev Moss said: "There it is
from the council. The clearest
evidence that the year it spent in
deliberations was a shameful
waste of time while nearly 150
murders and thousands of other
serious crimes took place."
He also went on to note that
in a 1994 report, the Consulta-
tive Committee on National
Youth Development noted that:
"Crime and violence of all
kinds, namely armed robberies,
serious harm and other assaults
against the person and gang vio-
lence had reached epidemic
proportions in our community.
These acts of crime and vio-
lence are uniformly condemned
by our society, yet they persist."
According to Rev Moss, the
situation has become "tremen-
dously worse" since that report
was delivered 15 years ago, yet
successive governments contin-
ue to appoint committees and
commissions to examine the
problem of crime.
"The time for talking must
stop now and immediate action
taken," he said.


He said that while remaining
thankful to members of past
crime councils and commissions
for their efforts, Bahamas
Against Crime believes all such
bodies still in operation should
be dissolved immediately,
including the House of Assem-
bly select committee on crime,
which is now holding hearings.
"We are aware of the prob-
lems; let's now implement the
many recommendations in
reports sitting on shelves in offi-
cial offices for many, many
years," Rev Moss said.
He said responsibility for the
situation now falls squarely at
the doorstep of Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham.
"As leader of the govern-
ment, he must accept the
responsibility of his government
to provide a reasonable level of
security for the citizenry, which
is one of the primary responsi-
bilities of any and all govern-
ments," Rev Moss said.
"The prime minister must
step up to the plate and lead
the nation out of this deep crisis.
The time is now and Bahamas
Against Crime, and others we
know, stand ready to assist. In
the meantime, fervent prayers
must be offered for our nation."


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police have announced they will
destroy nine slot machines that
were seized during a raid on a
liquor store in Freeport in March.
The destruction of the
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COURT MATTER
Three men were charged with
firearm and ammunition posses-
sion in the Freeport Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
Troy McIntosh, 40; Reno
Surin, 32; and Garth Hall, 35,
were arraigned in the Eight Mile
Rock Magistrate's Court before


Magistrate Gwendolyn Claude.
It is alleged that on Septem-
ber 6, the accused men were
found in possession of a .44 Mag-
num along with 14 live rounds of
ammunition.
The men pleaded not guilty to
possession of an unlicensed
firearm and ammunition. They
were represented by attorney K
Brian Hanna.
Hall was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison.
McIntosh and Surin were each
granted $5,000 bail with one sure-
ty on the condition that they sur-
render their travel documents to
the court and report to the Eight
Mile Rock Police Station before
9am every Friday until the com-
pletion of the case.
The matter was adjourned to
December 16 for trial.


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Man accused of

stealing from

former minister by

reason of service
A MAN accused of steal-
ing nearly $24,000 from for-
mer Cabinet minister and
businessman Leslie Miller
by reason of service was
arraigned in the Magis-
trate's Court yesterday.
Bruce Newbold, 53, of
Treasure Cove, is accused
of stealing $23,850 in cash
from Mr Miller by reason
of his service. It is alleged
that Newbold stole the
money between Friday,
June 26, and Friday,
August 7.
Newbold had been
hired to install air- condi-
tioning vents at Mario's
Place.
Newbold, who was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Guillimena Archer in
Court 10, Nassau Street,
pleaded not guilty to the
charge and was granted bail
in the sum of $10,000. The
case was adjourned to
December 9.
Mr Miller told The Tri-
bune yesterday that despite
the setbacks, his bowling
and entertainment centre
is now scheduled to open
on October 20.

Justices of the

Peace association

to hold meeting
THE recently formed
National Association of
Justices of the Peace will
hold its regular meeting at
the Police Training College
on Thompson Boulevard
on Wednesday, September
16.
The meeting will begin
at 7.30pm. All justices of
the peace are invited to
attend.
At the following meet-
ing on Wednesday, Sep-
tember 23, Commissioner
of Police Reginald Fergu-
son will speak on the topic:
"The Role of Justices of
the Peace in the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas."


Minister Neko Grant's


daughter

THE daughter of Works
Minister Neko Grant died in
hospital in Florida after losing
a battle with pneumonia.
Nekcarla Grant, 36, died on
September 6 - the day after Mr
Grant buried his mother, Reva
Grant and only months after
the death of his father.
When contacted by The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Grant said .
he and his family were "surviv-
ing" thanks to support from
friends and family. .
"I'm surviving and thankful
for friends and my colleagues,
including the prime minister -
and my fellow Cabinet minis-
ters who have been very sup- .
portive. It is a very difficult
time.
"We are distressed as is
expected," Mr Grant said from
his home on Grand Bahama, worked for the Grand Bahama
his voice breaking with emo- Port Authority's legal depart-
tion.
tionekcarla, an attorney who ment, was described yesterday
by her father as a "sweet" and


"promising" young woman.
She was admitted to Doc-
tor's Hospital for treatment
before being transferred to the


Former PLP MP says he would

represent Exuma again if asked


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net


FORMER PLP MP George Smith said he
would once again represent the island of Exuma if
and when he is called on to return to the House of
Assembly.
While hoping that some other younger person
from the island would step forward to represent the
constituency in the next general election, Mr Smith
-who has remained vocal on behalf of the people
of Exuma - said that he would have no difficulty
in serving his people once again.
"If that is what my people want, and if I can
serve the people of Exuma in these difficult times,
I would have no difficulty serving them in that
purpose," Mr Smith told The Tribune yesterday.
While some will undoubtedly welcome the
thought of Mr Smith returning to front-line politics,
it is highly unlikely that the area's current MP
Anthony Moss will share that view.
Mr Smith said he hopes the PLP will nominate
someone in Exuma who is at the very least "com-
petent."
"Exuma is my home, and I hope for both parties
to run good individuals. Obviously I want my par-
ty, the PLP, to win and I want them to have some-
one who knows what is happening in the world and


has an ability to recognize what are the right things
to push for, to promote in the Bahamas," he said.
Issues worth fighting for, Mr Smith said, include
improving education and the healthcare system,
reducing the high levels of violent crime, secur-
ing the country's borders and strengthening the
Bahamas' economy.
"Exuma needs someone who can contribute in
all those areas, and I believe there are possibilities
out there. I would not be presumptuous to think I
am the only person, but I can be someone. But I
would much prefer for the party to identify some-
one who can be a contributor around the table -
be it at the party caucus or to serve on the Cabinet
level and be a clarion voice for the Bahamian peo-
ple in Cabinet.
"The problems of today are more immense and
troubling than ever faced in the history of this
Bahamas. And every Bahamian should have a
representative who can speak clearly and interact
with the prime minister of the Bahamas even if they
are on opposite sides of the political divide," Mr
Smith said.
The FNM was once rumoured to be looking to
run former Ambassador Joshua Sears in the Exu-
ma constituency.
However, it is now believed the party might
change this plan and run FNM Senator Anthony
Musgrove instead.


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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net


A FORMER state finance
minister yesterday said the gov-
ernment may not have "fully
appreciated the depth of the
recession" when it made its bud-
get forecasts and may have to
cut back public spending even
further.
James Smith, commenting on
the prime minister's admission
that revenue intake fell around
$30 million below anticipation
in July and August, said he
expects the government to deliv-
er a mid-term budget early next
year which will "reflect realities."
"I don't think the government
had full appreciation for depth of
the recession... I think it was
still hopeful that this was just a
blip, and then the budget was
done predicated on this not
being as deep as it has shown
itself to be."
"So what really needs to hap-
pen is go back, take a look to
see how long this will be and
adjust expenditure," said Mr
Smith, minister of state for
finance between 2002 and 2007,
and former governor of the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas.


"The options are
clear - you either have
to adjust expenditure
to meet revenue down-
fall or borrow more
and that may not be
advisable given the
growth in the debt over
the next year or so."
Speaking to another
daily last week, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said government
took in around $30 mil-
lion less than expected
in July and August, the
first two months of this
budget year.
"Revenue is not performing
thus far as we expected," said
Mr Ingraham.
However, suggesting that it is
too early to make gloomy pre-
dictions about how the budget
is set to perform overall, Mr
Ingraham noted that last year in
July and August revenue
appeared "normal" only to drop
off precipitously and unexpect-
edly in September when the
global financial crisis struck.
"And so what has happened
now in July and August (2009)
does not in and of itself give us a
sufficient yardstick to compare,"
said the prime minister.


Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing
told The Tribune yes-
terday that it is hard to
predict revenue as it is
"always a function of
economic activity, and
economic activity is not
. *as predictable as you'd
like."
"You're dealing with
human conduct in terms
of economic transac-
tions," he added.
Meanwhile, Mr Laing
reiterated that "what is
meaningful" for gov-
ernment as it seeks to determine
how revenue is performing going
forward is how much money
comes into its coffers in Sep-
tember and October 2009.
"We always have contingen-
cies in terms of how we respond
to revenue performance and
what has to be done but those
are contingencies that would be
put into place once you arrive
at that point where you've got a
concrete determination of where
you are," he added, noting that it
is "not unusual" for the govern-
ment to take in "less of its rev-
enue in the first half of the (bud-
get) year than the second."
But Mr Smith suggested there


is "sufficient evidence" already
available to determine that eco-
nomic conditions are unlikely to
improve before the end of 2009,
and therefore actual revenue col-
lected by the government is not
likely to pick up any time soon.
"Unless there's some kind of
minor miracle I really don't
expect to see a turn around. It's
going to be a very soft winter,"
said Mr Smith, referring in par-
ticular to signs coming from the
tourism industry.
Delivering its annual budget
in May of this year, the govern-
ment revealed that it was cut-
ting back spending almost across
the board in light of expectations
of diminished revenue intake.
Nonetheless, it was predicted
by the government that overall
the 2009/2010 budgetary period
would see a six per cent revenue
increase - despite expectations
that Bahamian Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) would decline
during the same period by one
per cent.


intensive care unit of the Cleve-
land Clinic in Florida, where
she later died.
Ms Grant, a mother-of-one,
was graduated from St Mary's
University in the United States
with a bachelors degree in his-
tory before studying law at the
University of Leeds, where she
was graduated with honours in
2000.
In early 2001 she was called
to the English Bar and in Sep-
tember of that year she was
called to the Bahamas Bar.
Condolences have been


pouring in to the local online
message board bahamasis-
sues.com and the social net-
working site, Facebook.
"I knew her well, she was
one of the nicest and kindest
people you would ever meet.
She was down to earth and
could chill with anyone, never
using her politics for any sort of
attention. She will be missed.
My prayers for her family,"
wrote one person.
Funeral services for Ms
Grant are expected to be held
this Saturday.


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It's time for Americans to get help


MAYBE the economic stress has been
too much. Looking back at the past few
months, it's fair to wonder if America isn't
going through a nervous breakdown.
The political debate has been poisoned
by birthers, deathers and wackos who smile
proudly while carrying signs comparing the
president to the Nazis. People who don't
even know that Medicare is a government
programme have been trying to instruct us on
the best ways to reform health care.
The administration's most popular anti-
recession initiative was a startlingly creative
economic breakthrough known as the cash-
for-clunkers programme. Over the weekend
(presumably while the president was sleep-
ing, because this occurred in the wee hours of
the morning), White House officials whis-
pered the official announcement that Van
Jones would no longer be working in the
administration.
The White House wishes it had never
heard of Jones, who was hired to be its point
person on green jobs. It turns out that Jones
had used a nasty anatomical slur to refer to
Republicans and once signed a petition sug-
gesting that President George W. Bush had
advance knowledge of the September 11
attacks.
There is no end to the craziness. The entire
Republican Party has decided that it is in
favour of absolutely nothing. The presiden-
t's stimulus package? No way. Health care
reform? Forget about it.
There is not a thing you can come up with
that the GOP is for. Sunshine in the morn-
ing? Harry Reid couldn't persuade a single
Senate Republican to vote yes.
Incredibly, the party's poll numbers are
going up.
We need therapy. President Barack Oba-
ma addressed the nation's public school
students Tuesday, urging them to work hard
and stay in school. The folks who bray at
the moon are outraged. Some of the cater-
wauling on the right has likened Obama to
Chairman Mao (and, yes, Hitler), and a fair
number of parents have bought into the
imbecilic notion that this is an effort at social-
ist or Communist indoctrination.
As one father from Texas, put it: "I don't
want our schools turned over to some social-
ist movement."
The wackiness is increasing, not dimin-
ishing, and it has a great potential for destruc-
tion. There is a real need for people who
know better to speak out in a concerted
effort to curb the appeal of the apostles of
the absurd.
But there is another type of disturbing
behaviour, coming from our political leaders


and the public at large, that is also sympto-
matic of a society at loose ends. We seem
unable to face up to many of the hard truths
confronting the U.S. as we approach the end
of the first decade of the 21st century.
The Obama administration's biggest
domestic priority is health care reform. But
the biggest issue confronting ordinary Amer-
icans right now - the biggest by far - is the
devastatingly weak employment environ-
ment. Politicians talk about it, but aggressive
job-creation efforts are not part of the poli-
cy mix.
Nearly 15 million Americans are unem-
ployed, according to official statistics. The
real numbers are far worse. The unemploy-
ment rate for black Americans is a back-
breaking 15.1 per cent.
Five million people have been unem-
ployed for more than six months, and the
consensus is that even when the recession
ends, the employment landscape will remain
dismal. A full recovery in employment will
take years. With jobless recoveries becoming
the norm, there is a real question as to
whether the U.S. economy is capable of pro-
viding sufficient employment for all who
want and need to work.
This is an overwhelming crisis that is not
being met with anything like the urgency
required. We've also been unable or unwill-
ing to face the hard truths about the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan and the terrible toll
they are taking on America's young fighting
men and women. Most of us don't want to
know. Moreover, we've put the costs of these
wars on a credit card, without so much as a
second thought about what that does to our
long-term budget deficits or how it under-
mines much-needed initiatives here at home.
There are many other issues that we
remain in deep denial about. It's not just the
bad economy that has thrown state and local
budgets into turmoil from coast to coast. It's
our refusal to provide the tax revenues need-
ed to pay for essential public services. Exhib-
it A is California, which is now a basket case.
The serious wackos, the obsessive-com-
pulsive absurdists, may be beyond therapy.
But the rest of us could use some serious
adult counselling. We've forgotten many of
the fundamentals: how to live within our
means, the benefits of shared sacrifice, the
responsibilities that go with citizenship, the
importance of a well-rounded education, and
tolerance.
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

After reading the very infor-
mative article by Larry Smith
about Abaco's new power
plant, I am heartbroken to
know that it is actually hap-
pening. Deep in the pine for-
est of Wilson City Abaco, the
lowest grade, most undesirable
fuel available called Bunker C
will be used to accommodate
the rapid growth of Abaco. The
oil ships will reportedly pass
right by our National Park reefs
near the Pelican Cays. Most
people are not aware this is
happening. Serious health
issues and environmental dis-
asters could be a result of this
type of plant.
Meanwhile, the top story of
the latest Abaconian newspa-
per starts off with "the northern
communities of Abaco came
out in full force for the arrival
of the 19 Miss Universe Con-
testants." I really hope that we
have our priorities straight, and
come out in full force to the
meeting on September 10th
that will present the details of
the new power plant.
There are other ways to gen-
erate electricity which will not
potentially cause acid rain, can-
cer, waste management prob-
lems or devastating oil spills.
We live in a land with abun-
dant sunshine, steady ocean
breeze, and plenty of trash that
we need to recycle. The only
solution to the power problem
we are facing is to harness our
natural resources and build
solar and wind power plants,
and turn trash into electricity. If
this Bunker C power plant goes
up we will be contributing to
global warming, risking our
health and our beautiful reefs


and beaches. It sounds like the
tar that we used to step in on
the beach might be back, but
that was small things in com-
parison to what could happen.
Bunker C "sludge" is cur-
rently being used in the Clifton
Pier power plant in New Prov-
idence. After years of oily water
being discharged, reportedly
more than a million gallons of
oil have recently been recov-
ered from the caves below the
cliffs, costing over a million dol-
lars. On behalf of the people
of Abaco and the rest of the
Bahamas, no thank you!
Bunker C is the bottom of
the barrel, sludge like fuel that
has already devastated other
areas around the globe. Look it
up on the internet, you will be
shocked!
It cannot be recycled, so
what do we plan to do with it?
Whatever the plan is, someone
will be stuck with it. Although it
may be the least expensive fuel,
the costs of clean up and dis-
posal will soon add up. I
thought our country's motto is
"forward, upward, onward,
together". So much for "It's
better in the Bahamas."
We can't just blame the gov-
ernment, we are all guilty of
indulgence which leads to this
problem. The ideal scenario for
most of us involves cooling out
in the AC while the clothes are
in the dryer, dishes in the dish-
washer, TV and computer on,
and, oh yes, gotta have hot
water all day long, even if we
don't use it! Our government


is trying to meet our demands,
and we need to give them the
guidance and support to do so
in a conscious, healthy, and sus-
tainable manner. Renewable
energy is going mainstream in
other countries, and we need
to jump on board and get with
the programme.
I read that renewable energy
options are "not yet feasible for
Abaco on a utility scale because
winds are inconsistent, solar
collectors require too much
land and the island's current
waste stream cannot generate
enough power to meet
demand." There is plenty of
land in Abaco, and it can be
used wisely to accommodate
the current growth that our
existing power plant cannot.
And it's hard to believe that we
don't have enough trash to turn
into power.
If everyone does their part
and makes an effort to reduce,
reuse and recycle, we can make
it work. Are you planning on
building a house? Start with
something as simple as an on
demand gas water heater. Why
waste electricity to heat water
when it's not being used?
Thank you for taking the
time to read this, now please
go to the meeting on Septem-
beir 10th in Marsh Harbour,
(call BEC for time and place)
and do your research online.
Let's get back to basics
before it's too late! And since I
have your attention, just one
more thing - "When the pow-
er of love overwhelms the love
of power, the world will know
peace." - author unknown.

ANONYMOUS
Nassau,
September, 2009.


A message to the PM: We


are awaiting hangman's day


EDITOR, The Tribune.

Kindly grant me this request to print the fol-
lowing on the front page of your newspaper:
Honourable Prime Minister Sir, the time has
come when the people of the Bahamas are now
crying out to you or whoever is responsible to set
aside a hangman's day. There is absolutely too
much killing in our land. We are now having
murders in threes in less than 24 hours, isn't that
a shame.
We can no longer stand by and watch innocent
lives being taken away, even if it means we all
march around parliament and shut Bay Street
down until our cries are heard. We no longer
want to hear it's inhumane, sir, we now want life
for life - just the other day a young mother of
two was nursing her three-month-old baby when
a nasty gunman came by and her life was brutal-
ly taken away. Is this inhumane, sir? A young
mother of three working ever so hard to sup-
port her children when suddenly she was shot
in the face by some nasty thugs. Sir, is this inhu-


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prisoners are kept at Her Majesty prison, if a
fire should ever break out God help us all
because there are absolutely no known escapes.
Sir, the people of this country are crying out to
you for help, have mercy, Mr Prime Minister,
and let the country know when you are going to
set aside a day only for hangman's day, don't
wait until it reaches your doorstep, sir, do some-
thing right now before it is to late.
Sir, I can truly say the people of this country
are waiting for that day because the laws are on
the books or do we have to get consent from the
Privy Council, are we fully independent or not?
Sir, we are awaiting hangman's day, we are
sick and tried of hearing empty voices we need
action and we need it right now.

ANGRY AND
VERY IRATE
CITIZEN
Nassau,
August 24, 2009.


EDITOR, The Tribune.

What is with the blacked out,
one-way glass that pervades
every government office?
I have never seen such an act
of "customer unfriendliness"
anywhere.
Goodness knows what it is
they don't want the public to
see but I hate trying to com-
municate with people through a
tiny hole, or leaning down to
talk under the slot below so
that they can hear me - it is
disgraceful.
Don't tell me it is for securi-
ty because the banks don't have
it. But here is the final straw -
it is now installed at Wulff
Road Police Station!
I can't imagine how the
police intend to strengthen rela-
tionships with the communities
if we are met with such a phys-
ical barrier.
Come on government minis-
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LOCALNEWS


Hotel Union ruling

sparks action from

concerned parties

THE ruling on Monday by
Justice Neville Adderley that
there should be nominations
in the Bahamas Hotel Cater-
ing and Allied Workers
Union has caused all con-
cerned parties to spring into
action.
Yesterday, Sydney Rolle, a
recent third vice-president
with the union, officially
offered himself for the pres-
idency.
He said: "I know that God
has prepared me for a time
such as this. I believe that
everything happens for a rea-
son and everyone serves for a
season. My season is now."
Mr Rolle, a member of the
'Redemption Team' within
the BHCAWU, said in his
opinion the union has suf-
fered enough.
"I believe that my reputa-
tion, integrity and the way I
treat people will give the
workers a choice and even-
tually cause the union to
have the person who has the
workers best interest at
heart." he said.
A former employee of
Holiday Inn Hotel, where he
worked from 1987 to 1995
and became a shop steward,
Mr Rolle later moved to
Atlantis where he was made
chief shop steward for 13
years.
He won the third vice-
president position in the
BHCAWU's 2006 election.
Mr Rolle promised that
the redemption team will
help the workers to "see a
new day where they would
be a participant in the union
affairs not a spectator."
"The union belongs to the
workers not the leaders," he
said.
The hotel union's nomina-
tions were scheduled to take
place last week, but Regis-
trar of Trade Unions Har-
court Brown had sought clar-
ification on which nomina-
tion day - May 11 or August
31 - was the proper and cor-
rect date to hold nomina-
tions.


Legendary artist 'Scrap Iron' dies


By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

LEGENDARY artist
William 'Scrap Iron' Cole-
brooke will be buried in Red
Bays, north-west Andros, this
weekend, following his death
at the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital.
Mr Colebrooke, 79, of Red


Bays, Andros, had been
admitted to hospital in early
August, and received surgery
for a brain hemorrhage.
Although the well-loved
father of five, and grandfather
of six, recovered from the
operation and was due to
return home this week, he
went into cardiac arrest on the
morning of Sunday, August
23, and his heart failed.


RENEL Brown, the young Bahamian actress
praised for her outstanding performance in the
internationally acclaimed movie 'Rain', got a
chance to hone her craft during a two-week course
in acting and theatre at the University of California
(UCLA) this summer.
Renel, a 12th grader at C V Bethel High School,
studied under outstanding contemporary actors
and directors, who helped broaden her horizons
and acting insights. Under the tutelage of director
Philip Charles MacKenzie (Roseanne, Frasier,
Suddenly Susan, Just Shoot Me and the George
Lopez Show), the young actress learned about
developing characters as part of her Acting for
the Camera class.
Meanwhile, talent agent Maggie Murphy gave
tips on audition techniques and Broadway veteran
April Shawhan helped Renel with her other acting
techniques. Her other instructors included H
Richard Greene, an actor who has shared the stage
with James Earl Jones at the Yale Repertory The-
atre. In addition, he has appeared on such television
shows as The District, NYPD Blue and Without a
Trace. Renel broke onto the entertainment scene
when she was just 14 years old by landing the title
role of 'Rain' in her first film effort.
'Rain', directed by Bahamian Maria Govan, was
shown at Toronto International Film Festival and
opened the Bahamas International Film Festival in
December, 2008.
Now, at 16 years old, Renel is determined to
land other roles and possibly make a career of act-


His family will take his body
back to Andros on Friday for
the funeral on Saturday.
Mr Colebrooke, also known
as '01' Iron', was raised in the
historical Seminole settlement
of Red Bays in north-west
Andros, where he learned the
ancient art of basket-weaving
from his aunt, Omelia Mar-
shall.
As a youngster he was edu-


ing. Her goals led her to enroll in UCLA's Arts
Camp to study Acting for the Camera and Theatre.
"Right now I just want to concentrate on acting,"
she said. "Probably later on I'll try screen writing or
directing or something. But right now, my main
goal is acting."
As she completes the 12th grade at C V Bethel
High School, Renel is content to wait on another
acting opportunity in the Bahamas. But she is will-
ing to travel and put her audition skills to the test
if the right opening presents itself.
Renel acknowledges that she was able to obtain
a lot of useful knowledge into the two-week trip to
Los Angeles. She had full days that began at
6.30am. After breakfast, she would walk one mile
to classes, where she would work from 9am to
5.30pm.
"The trip was really fun," she said. "I met a lot of
people, I made a lot of friends. The teachers were
really, really nice. Sometimes they would spend
one-on-one time with you, and they would give you
exercises to put you in the state of mind that you
want to be in. And they would teach you how to
become the character instead of just acting like
the character."
Renel says she is aware of the many people who
want to see her succeed. The long list of people
includes her family, teachers, school friends, and Dr
Keith Wisdom, director of public affairs at Cable
Bahamas. Renel pointed out that it was in large
part due to his interest that she had the opportunity
to study in Los Angeles.


cated at the Red Bays All-
Age School and made a liv-
ing by fishing and sponging
before he was contracted to
work on the 'project'- picking
fruit in the United States.
It was when he returned
home to Red Bays that Ms
Marshall, now 91, trained him
in the straw work and basket-
weaving techniques preserved
in the community for genera-
tions.
As he indulged his passion
and his talent for weaving,
'Scrap Iron' became interna-
tionally renowned and his
remarkable work is still on
display at the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington,
DC.
His granddaughter, Delissa
Barr, 24, said: "The wealth of
knowledge imparted to him
combined with his talented
hands help to make the name
'Scrap Iron Colebrooke' an
infamous name in North
Andros, throughout the
Bahamas and around the
world.
"01' Iron was truly a good-
will ambassador for his coun-
try. Some of his baskets are
displayed in the Smithsonian
Museum in Washington, DC,
and the largest basket on
record ever sold in the
Bahamas was sewn by 01'
Iron Scrap Colebrooke. It was
so big that all 72 inches or six
feet of him was able to lie
down inside of it and not be
seen."
She added: "Sewing bas-
kets was 01' Iron's passion.
He continued sewing baskets
and representing the Bahamas
all around the United States
of America.
"He made great strides for


the Ministry of Tourism and
his country."
Although he sold large bas-
kets for around $900 a piece,
Mr Colebrooke struggled to
make sales in his later life. He
started to suffer from
headaches and ill-health, and
in 2008 he was diagnosed with
prostate cancer.
In the months before his
death Mr Colebrooke lived in
a dilapidated shack near his
family's home in Red Bays,
and died with just $200 in his
savings account and no life
insurance.
Ms Barr said: "It's very sad.
A lot of people liked him, he
was widely renowned for the
quality of his work, and he did
so much for this country.
"I regarded him as an elder
and he was very friendly to
everybody. He would call out
to us as kids to ask us about
school and encourage us, and
we used to call him '01' Iron'
because he worked with iron
when he was young, and his
hand was so hard, it was like
old iron."
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Salem Baptist Church at 11am
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LOCAL NEWS I


Murder sparks 'soft targets' fear


FROM page one

being done with people with
guns to effect the armed
robbery and intimidate peo-
ple," said Mr Ferguson.
"We've had a couple of
those things happen.
Whether we determine it as
a rising trend, it's something
that could happen anytime."
Mr Ferguson added that
armed robberies are often
carried out by young, inex-
perienced gunmen who may
have wanted to only scare
their targets.
"I say to people and to
would-be victims that you
have to be careful with peo-
ple armed with a gun. Often
they are young people and
they are more frightened
than you are on the receiv-
ing end. It might not be the
intent for them to shoot, but
it happens."
Still, he said that more
police patrols in vulnerable
areas are needed to help
deter armed robberies in the
commercial sector and cau-
tioned business owners to
implement more stringent
security measures.
Mr Goodman, who lived
at Pinewood Gardens, was
standing outside the restau-
rant when several people
approached and sprayed
him with bullets.
ASP Walter Evans said
moments later three men
were seen fleeing the scene
on foot in a northern direc-
tion.
"The employee was dis-
covered lying on the ground
with gunshot injuries. EMS
personnel were called and


examined the victim who
had passed away," Mr
Evans said yesterday.
Mr Goodman's death -
which marked the 58th
homicide for the year -
comes three days after a
dreadlocked gunman shot
23-year-old Alex Dean
inside his family's hardware
store on Parkgate Road dur-
ing a brazen daylight armed
robbery attempt.
Mr Dean underwent
surgery for bullet wounds
to his back and was in dire
need of blood. The gunman
and his accomplice fled the
scene on foot.
About two weeks earlier,
mother-of-three Wendy
Bullard was gunned down
in front of her work place.
Ms Bullard, 34, was shot in
the face as two masked men
held up 21st Century Steel
Welding on Royal Palm
Street, just yards away from
St Gregory's Anglican
Church.
In the face of the rising
murder count, Bishop Sime-
on Hall of New Covenant
Baptist Church announced
his congregation has con-
structed a memorial wall for
murdered victims.
He plans to post the
names of all persons mur-
dered in the country within
the past 10 years.
ASP Evans said Mr
Goodman's death is being
investigated and several
people were being ques-
tioned.
* MEMORIAL
FOR VICTIMS:
SEE PAGE TWO


FROM page one

Mr Ducille said there was always a difficulty in getting the
four attorneys for the four defendants in the case together.
He also told the court he is on the verge of filing a constitutional
motion for unreasonable delay in that case.
Senior Justice Allen scheduled the retrial for November 4
pending the outcome of Mr Ducille's application and whether
or not the trial in Freeport will go on.
In July, McNeil's three-week-long trial ended in a hung jury.
He is accused of causing the death of 37-year-old Harl Tay-
lor between Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18,
2008, while being concerned with another.
The internationally-renowned designer was found dead in his
bedroom at Mountbatten House on West Hill Street with mul-
tiple stab wounds. A broken knife was found on his bed.
McNeil has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and stat-
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consensus on the issue, and creating a
divide within the Christian community on
Monday.
While Dr Munroe describes rape as
"wrong, inhumane, unacceptable" and
something which "should not be named
among members of civil society in or out-
side a marital covenant", he questions
whether "the long arm of the government"
should extend to the "marriage bed."
He said: "The highly debated and sensi-
tive bill addressing the issue of 'marital
rape' is gravely serious, complex, compli-
cated and multi-dimensional, and has the
potential of levelling far-reaching and cross-
generational affects on any western society
built on Judaeo-Christian principles. The
impact and implications of such a law could
be incalculable."
Dr Munroe said the Bill attempts to
criminalise the act of sex without linking it
to violence which may lead up to the act.
He said: "If the activities preceding the
sexual act are considered acts of force, vio-
lence, abuse and unreasonable pressure in
the context of marriage, then this can be
considered domestic violence, and if it ends
in sexual intercourse, then it could, and
perhaps should, be considered rape.
"It is important that no law be created to
criminalise the legitimate act of sex between
a married couple, but it should criminalise
any and all acts of forced violence, even if
the act results in sexual intercourse."
The current law states: Rape is the act of
any person not under 14 years of age hav-
ing sexual intercourse with another person
who is not his spouse, and the amendment


would remove the words 'who is not his
spouse'.
But Dr Munroe said the law should be
revised to include an act of violence or
forced sexual intercourse of "another per-
son who may or may not be his spouse."
He said: "The amendment should not
allow the marital covenant to be used as a
shield to protect the individual from any act
of violence against another person whether
they are married, separated or divorced.
"However it should be focused on,
against and to address the preceding acts of
violence, extortion, threat and act of fraud
rather than against the act of sexual inter-
course."
He has submitted a number of detailed
questions to government and called for the
passing of the Bill to be postponed while
they are carefully considered.
Dr Munroe wants a National Committee
to be established to study the concerns,
and hold broad consultation with the
"diverse minds" of the community.
He added: "Reconsider the vague ter-
minology of 'marital rape' as a broad paint
brush to address and cover a very compli-
cated and complex intimate and private
issue as sexual relations in marriage.
"Agree that this issue is not just a legal or
social issue but a moral and spiritually con-
fidential issue of a grave magnitude.
"Agree that 'violent rape' could and may
occur in marriage and should be legally
prevented, and judged by society, but the
framework and context for this judgment
must not jeopardize the security and in
some cases the fragility of the marriage
institution.
"Agree that caution and postponement is
evidence of strength and wisdom not weak-
ness and failure."


Woman attacked by pit bulls scarred for life


FROM page one
Minister Hubert Ingraham said Government places "a
high priority on the development of (Cable Beach/Baha Ma
telling Chairman Wu that "tourism is an essential part of
economy and the extent to which the Cable Beach strip cai
developed will be of immense benefit to the people of
Bahamas."
Robert Sands, Baha Mar's senior vice president of exte
affairs, said yesterday the redevelopment is still set to t
place along the lines initially envisioned before the comp
had to look for new financing.
He added that Bahamian contractors were likely to gain
majority of work, "if not 100 per cent", on the first phase of
Cable Beach redevelopment whenever it went ahead.
Meanwhile, Baha Mar continues to hammer out an arrai
ment on financing for the multi-billion dollar Baha Mar pro
with the China Export-Import (Exim) Bank.
A framework agreement signed last Friday between B
Mar and the Chinese establishing the commercial terms for
participation of the Exim Bank and CSCEC in the Baha
Resort project was heralded as "an important milestone" in
regard.
The resort is seeking to replace the financing it had b
promised at an earlier stage by Harrah's Entertainment,N
afterwards pulled out of the arrangement, resulting in l
action.
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Choice and the Butler and
Sands depot.
Ms Maura, of Collies
Avenue, Kennedy Subdivi-
sion, said the dogs were "eat-
ing" her arm and leg for a
"good while" before she saw
a white truck stop at the near-
by traffic lights and she cried
out for help.
The single mother of a two-
year-old son said she was
grateful to still be alive when
Charles Dupuch, 49, stopped
his truck and opened the
door for her to crawl in over
him, bleeding, with torn
i pieces of flesh hanging from
her leg.
Mr Dupuch, who collects
refuse from Bamboo Shack
restaurants, drove the injured
woman to the Bamboo Shack
in Soldier Road, from where
Emergency Medical Services
very took her to hospital.
3r)", Ms Maura received five
our stitches in her left hand and
n be arm, and six in her leg. But
the three gaping holes in her low-
er left leg have been left open
rnal while an infection clears up
take before surgery.
)any She said: "It's an ordeal
every day. I'm in pain all day
the every day, I'm taking
f the painkillers and infection med-
ication all day, every day. I
nge- will be scarred for life on my
)ject arm and leg, and I just lie
here thinking about the dogs,
,aha reliving the moment I was
r the attacked, and the fact that I
Mar could be dead instead of liv-
this ing.
"The pain was just unbear-
)een able, an unbearable pain that
who just didn't go away.
legal "I was afraid for my life,
and it all boiled down to the
ON fact that if those dogs got me,


I would have been dead and
my baby would have had no
mother."
Thanking Mr Dupuch for
saving her life, Ms Maura
said: "When I saw how bad
my leg was, and how bad my
hand was, I wanted to pass
out. It was just so painful.
They were biting me for a
good while before he saved
me."
Before going into surgery
yesterday to have skin grafts
on her leg, Ms Maura called
for tougher regulations to
control such dangerous dogs.
She said: "The police told
me it had to be a pit bull
because any other dog, when
they bite, normally let go and
don't take out chunks of your
flesh. I think the dogs that
attacked me should be shot,
because I don't want anyone
else to feel the pain I feel.
"We shouldn't have vicious
dogs which escape and attack
people. They shouldn't be
there."
Ms Maura is so haunted by
the attack, she said she is now
afraid to go out at night, and
wary of all dogs.
She said: "I'm so scared, I
think of those dogs attacking
me. I'm going to be staying
home from now on.
"I feel like the dogs are
going to attack me every-
where I go."
Chelsea's Choice general
manager Tina Knowles said if
their dogs had breached the
area's secure boundary, an
alarm would have been
raised. She said there are pit
bulls roaming the area who
have been known to attack
people.
Police are investigating the
incident, which happened at
about 4am last Friday.


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Education in the Bahamas: Are


we overlooking our teachers?


By THE NASSAU INSTITUTE
THE Nassau Institute recently
interviewed a former teacher for
an "insider's" perspective on the
failing education system in the
Bahamas. The interview follows:
Nassau Institute (NI): What do
you see as one of the most funda-
mental issues facing education in
the Bahamas?
Teacher: The basic issue that
virtually no one addresses is the
teachers. Essentially the overriding
problem is the poor quality of
teachers in the government
schools and most of the smaller
schools run by scripture-oriented
religious groups. As long as the
teachers are incompetent absolute-
ly nothing else will work.
NI: Well how does that jive with
the point that our parents do not
do their part?
Teacher: While lack of proper
parenting is a contributing factor,
there is no doubt that bad teachers
are the problem.
NI: That is a serious allegation.
Care to expand on that?
Teacher: The qualifications and
performance of many of the teach-
ers leave a lot to be desired. They
teach by rote and are deadly slow
so they can't get through the syl-
labus. Many have inferior qualifi-
cations and if they are head of sub-
jects this has the effect of chasing
out good teachers. In many cases
the older teachers can be said to
'have retired on the job' to use a
term they use themselves. They
are teaching with the same poor
materials and methods they used
30 years ago.
NI: How do you know this?
Teacher: Many young teachers
who completed degrees in the
United States, or COB/UWI, with


the help of government scholar-
ships, returned home to work for
the government schools to pay
back their loan requirement. Hav-
ing met some of them again they
said they had bought out of the
government schools, or left as
soon as they could, because some
incompetent and disinterested
teacher was in charge and they
couldn't do their job properly.
NI: Well doesn't this happen in
the private school system as well?
Teacher: In the private system,
schools can fire bad teachers, and,
in most cases they do if the results
are poor. Unfortunately some of
these schools pay really low wages
and require absolute religious con-
formity and so can't afford to fire
anyone, they just want someone
in the classroom, so these pull
down the results in the private sec-
tor.
NI: What about the mainstream
religious schools. Don't some of
them maintain excellent results?
Teacher: Well yes, but they
seem to have risen above their
religious affiliation. They don't
require teachers or students to be
strict devotees to their own
denomination. Nevertheless reli-
gious education can be an issue. It
can dominate the curriculum to
the detriment of basic teaching, A
look at the number of entries in
the BGCSE tables show that this is
the third most entered subject
after math and English.
NI: So why can't we change this
to encourage more accountability
from the teachers and schools, and
more time on key subjects?
Teacher: Both the religious
aspect and the teachers are cul-
turally untouchable issues, there
is no way any politician is going to
suggest spending less time on reli-
gion and retiring or replacing
teachers.


NI: Well what about privatisa-
tion? Something we think will
help.
Teacher: Privatisation would
only help at the top end of the sys-
tem, where it already works. We
already have a large number of
under-performing private schools,
so no point in making people or
the government pay for more of
this.
NI: So how can we overcome
this problem of incompetent
teachers?
Teacher: One possible approach
is to require teachers to have, say,
five-yearly re-certification based
on professional assessments and
compulsory retraining where nec-
essary. I understand that the Col-
lege of the Bahamas basically has
this system in place for its faculty,
although it is not necessarily
enforced.
NI: So what do we do about
schools that are failing across the
board?


Teacher: Similarly, schools need
to be approved and licensed, and
also re-certified periodically or
closed down. There have to be
consequences for failure to edu-
cate our children.
NI: Any thing else you would
like to say?
Teacher: To reiterate, if the
country does not deal with the
sub-par teachers in the system,
there will be little improvement
in education. Equally, just one
inspired teacher can transform a
generation of students.
NI: Thank you for your time.
Teacher: My pleasure. Let's
hope for the best for our children.

The Nassau Institute is an inde-
pendent, a-political, non-profit
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PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 THE TRIBUNE


Commission


of Inquiry


report


for the TCI

THE unexpurgated
266-page Commission
of Inquiry report for
the Turks & Caicos
Islands was published
for the first time by an
Internet whistleblowing
service. This site,
called WikiLeaks,
offers a unique forum
for dissidents and jour-
nalists struggling
against official secrecy,
government corruption
and back-room dealing.
The British-appoint-
ed inquiry into high-
level corruption in the
TCI issued its final
report on July 18.
But authorities
removed sections of the
document (after some
of those named filed
law suits) and then
pulled it altogether,
issuing a media gag
order to boot.

Report

However, a few hours
later the full report was
published on Wik-
iLeaks and, realising
that the information
was now in the public
domain, the gag order
was lifted by the TCI's
chief justice on July 21.
WikiLeaks says it is
dedicated to revealing
the unethical behaviour
of governments and
institutions around the
world.
Documents that are
"classified, censored or
otherwise opaque to
the public record" can
now be published
anonymously on this
site, which was founded
by dissidents, journal-
ists and techies from
the US, Taiwan,
Europe, Australia and
South Africa. Wik-
iLeaks has been
described as acting like
a global freedom of
information act or "an
intelligence agency for
the people."
WikiLeaks portrays
itself as following in the
tradition of the famous
1971 US Supreme
Court ruling in the Pen-
tagon Papers case.
That ruling declared
that only a free and
unrestrained press can
effectively expose
deception in govern-
ment.


Turks and Caicos


and the


By LARRY SMITH

IF YOU wanted a good
laugh, you should have tuned
in last week to Wendall
Jones' conversation with for-
mer Turks & Caicos premier
Michael Misick.
Misick said he was being
punished for his success in
developing the TCI as the
Monte Carlo of the
Caribbean: "The British used
allegations of corruption to
stop our move towards inde-
pendence," he asserted. "We
never violated the laws or
the constitution."
In a variation on this
theme, he also told The Lon-
don Times that the recent
suspension of the TCI con-
stitution "has less to do with
the corruption and more to
do with (British) policy, par-
ticularly in relation to tax
havens."
Talk about putting lipstick
on a pig!
The reality that the British
are still in control of TCI is
an historical oddity - noth-
ing more. In fact, they have
been trying to offload the
islands since the early days
of decolonisation, beginning
with the short-lived West
Indies Federation in the
1950s. But it is in no-one's
interest to create a failed
mini-state.
Although the TCI are part
of the Bahamian archipelago
and share a similar history,
responsibility for their
administration over the past
300 years has shifted from
Bermuda to the Bahamas to
Jamaica and back to the
Bahamas. They are now one
of 14 self-governing rem-
nants of the former British
Empire scattered around the
globe and known collective-
ly as the Overseas Territo-
ries.
Although salt-raking was
a big business in the early
days of colonisation, for most
of their history the TCI have
been dirt poor and sparsely
populated. In fact, for most
of the 20th century the
islands exported labour to
the Bahamas, much like
Haiti does today.
In 1958, Britain tried to
group as many of its
Caribbean possessions as
possible into a Federation
based in Trinidad that would
become independent as a sin-
gle unit. But it turned out to
be financially and politically
impractical, and the Federa-
tion was dissolved in 1962.
Jamaica and Trinidad gained


Bahamas


- TOUGHCALL
A


independence shortly after.
But the TCI did not want
to be part of an independent
Jamaica, so in 1964 the
British officially proposed a
merger with the Bahamas. A
TCI delegation met with a
United Bahamian Party gov-
ernment delegation at the
Carlton House downtown
that same year.
Sir Arthur Foulkes, then a
member of the opposition
Progressive Liberal Party,
recalls those meetings: "Most
of us in the PLP were sym-
pathetic to closer ties, but
after 1967 (when the PLP
came to power) there were
other things to do and I don't
recall any structured talks
about it."
At the time the TCI was
not as developed as it is now
and Turks Islanders came
freely to The Bahamas to
work, often considering
themselves Bahamians. One
of the issues in the 1964 talks
was the level of subsidy that
the British would provide for
the Bahamas to take on
responsibility for the 6,000
Turks Islanders.

Talks

Obviously, no agreement
came out of those explorato-
ry talks, but in the hope that
a union could eventually be
achieved, Britain made the
governor of the Bahamas the
governor of the Turks and
Caicos. But when we became
independent in 1973 there
seemed no further prospect
of a merger. The TCI asked
for an association with Cana-
da, but that was turned down
by the Canadian government
in 1974.
Two years later the TCI
received its own Westmin-
ster-style constitution with a
resident governor, and polit-
ical parties were formed. The
first elections were won by
the People's Democratic
Movement, led by James
'JAGS' McCartney who
pressed for full self-govern-
ment. In 1979, the British -
who were heavily subsidis-
ing the territory's annual
budget - set an 18-month
deadline for independence.
But this plan was derailed


I


when McCartney died in a
plane crash in 1980. The
commitment to indepen-
dence had been unpopular
with voters anyway and in
the subsequent election the
"conservative" Progressive
National Party led by Nor-
man Saunders came to pow-
er. According to historian
George Drower's book
about the Overseas Territo-
ries, Saunders "preferred to
shelve the idea of decolo-
nization and concentrate on
developing the economy."
And that is just what he
did - in his own special way
- turning the TCI into a
drug transshipment haven,
following the Bahamian
example. In 1985, Saunders
and his development minis-
ter Stafford Missick, who was
a former official of the
Bahamas Central Bank, were
arrested in Miami on drug
trafficking and bribery
charges. They were convicted
and imprisoned, and the
British suspended the con-
stitution and appointed a
commission of inquiry.
The 1986 Inquiry cited
evidence of persistent uncon-
stitutional behaviour, con-
traventions of fundamental
freedoms, political discrimi-
nation, and maladministra-
tion at every level of the TCI
government. A new consti-
tution was implemented in
1988 and tourism and off-
shore finance became the
twin pillars of the economy
- again, following the
Bahamian example. In fact,
during the years leading up
to the present global eco-
nomic crisis, the territory's
growth was among the high-
est in the world.
That was then, this is now.
The most recent inquiry has
identified "systemic corrup-
tion" in government, the leg-
islature and the civil service
- mainly the acceptance of
bribes from overseas devel-
opers and investors during
the economic bubble that
preceded the current reces-
sion.
The inquiry also pointed
to a serious deterioration in
the territory's systems of gov-
ernance as well as to financial
collapse, caused by the
"extravagant and ill-judged


FORMER Turks & Caicos
premier Michael Misick
commitments of those in
public office," and the
absence of effective checks
and balances.
Criminal investigations of
five cabinet ministers have
been launched - including
Missick - and a special judi-
cial process for prosecutions
has been recommended. The
inquiry report called for
direct rule from London
while constitutional and legal
reforms are enacted over the
next two years by a gover-
nor-in-council. Elections are
now set for July 2011.

Investigation

A veteran fraud investi-
gator has been brought in by
the governor to act as spe-
cial prosecutor, but Misick
and his fellow ministers have
yet to be charged. In fact, the
investigations could take
more than a year.
The inquiry report also
referred to widespread alle-
gations of vote buying and
rigging of constituency rolls
in a territory where suffrage
is limited to less than half of
the adult population -
about 7,000 people. Misick
himself was said to have
adopted a lifestyle and
spending habits that far
exceeded his income as pre-
mier, while his private busi-
ness interests expanded
exponentially.
"The PNP funded him to
the tune of $500,000 follow-
ing the 2003 election," the
report said. "He was at lib-
erty to spend party funds at
will - with hundreds of
thousands going out to his
wife's US stylist and to pay
for household bric a brac.
This was supplemented by
personal donations to him
largely made through his


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brother and including
$500,000 from a developer
who received belongership,
and lavish spending of gov-
ernment funds for worldwide
travel, a private jet and con-
tracts for his wife.
"The government provid-
ed him with two official resi-
dences and covered house-
hold expenses. He received a
number of land grants as well
as commissions and finders
fees from developers seek-
ing land. He also received
interests in several business-
es and millions in loans that
he did not have to repay. He
failed to disclose his interests
or to respond to the com-
mission's inquiries."
In short, the report said,
quoting the humorist P G
Wodehouse, Misick's behav-
iour as premier "would have
caused raised eyebrows in
the foc'sle of a pirate sloop."
Perhaps the most telling
recommendation of the
inquiry was to remove the
wide discretionary powers of
ministers in the disposal of
crown land, the award of
contracts, the approval of
developments, and immigra-
tion matters. The discre-
tionary powers of cabinet
ministers is an issue of great
concern in the Bahamas too.
It would be fair to say that
the 2009 TCI inquiry report
(you can read it here:
http://88.80.16.63/leak/
tci-inquiry-final-report-
unredacted-2009.pdf) is
equally, if not more damn-
ing than the 1967 inquiry into
government corruption from
casino gambling under the
UBP, or the 1984 inquiry
into official corruption from
drug smuggling under the
PLP.
Back in the 1960s, the
TCI's impoverished inhabi-
tants would have added two
seats to our House of Assem-
bly as well as an unwanted,
but relatively modest, bur-
den on government finances.
But otherwise, we can sur-
mise that it would have pro-
ceeded fairly easily.
In the light of the inquiry
report, acting on Misick's
recent suggestion of a self-
governing federation with
the Bahamas today would
present enormous practical
difficulties and raise some
critical governance issues.

What do you think?
Send comments to
larrv@tribunemedia.net
Or visit
www.bahamapundit.com


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MARK KNOWLES (left) AND MAHESH BHUPATHI had to fight off their stiffest challenge so far at the US Open Grand Slam Tournament
by pulling off a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) decision yesterday over the team of Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia and Michael Llodra of France.
(AP Photo)




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advance to semis


By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
IT was probably the most
difficult match for Mark
Knowles and Mahesh Bhu-
pathi, but they survived a
gruelling three-setter to
advance to the semifinal of
the men's doubles in Flush-
ing Meadows, New York.
The number three seeded
team had to fight off their
stiffest challenge so far at the
US Open Grand Slam Tour-
nament by pulling off a 6-4,
4-6, 7-6 (4) decision yester-
day over the team of Ivan
Ljubicic of Croatia and
Michael Llodra of France.
The third set tie-breaker
lasted 49 minutes whereas
they completed the first set
in just 32 minutes and need-
ed another 35 to play the sec-
ond.
"It was a tough match, but
we played very well. It was a
good match to win," said
Knowles, who is still playing
with nine stitches in his right
ring finger from an accident
he suffered in the elevator
at the Tennis Center last
Tuesday.
After easily taking the first
set, Knowles said they really
got surprised when Ljubicic
and Llodra rallied back to
even the score in the second
set.
In the third, they battled
to a 4-4 tie before Knowles


US OPEN

and Bhupathi were able to
open a slight 6-4 advantage
and they managed to go on
to secure the win.
"We felt comfortable
going in. We felt great about
our performance," said
Knowles, who noted that
Llodra is a great doubles
player and Ljubicic is a for-
mer number three singles
player in the world.
"They (Llodra and Ljubi-
cic) have a lot of fire power.
We thought we could win it
in two sets, but they raised
their level, which was a cred-
it to them. We didn't have
too many opportunities in
the third set, so I had a feel-
ing that it would have gone
down to a tie breaker. We
were just fortunate to win at
the end."
While he was glad that
they got the win, Knowles
admitted that they didn't
anticipate having to play
right down the wire.
"We didn't panic when we
were put in that situation,"
he said. "We were able to
get the W and move on.
We're in the semifinal now
and we're playing good ten-
nis. We will have to play
even better tennis to move
on. But we're looking for-
ward to the challenge."
They will play either the


No.2 team of Daniel Nestor
of Canada and Nenad
Zimonjic from Serbia or the
No.5 team of Max Mirnyi
from Belarus and Andy Ram
of Israel.
No doubt the match-up
that everyone wants to see
is against Nestor and Zimon-
jic.
Nestor is a former partner
of Knowles. Together, the
duo won the US Open title
in 2004. They also won the
Australian Open in 2002 and
the French Open at Roland
Garros in 2007.
This year, they have split
their recent head-to-head
match-up with Knowles and
Bhupathi winning in the
semifinal in Montreal, Cana-
da, at the ATP World Tour
Masters before Nestor and
Zimonjic came right back to
return the favour at the ATP
World Tour Masters in
Cincinnati, Ohio.
"We know each other very
well. Obviously there is a lot
of history there," Knowles
said. "But we are going to be
focused on winning, no mat-
ter who we get. We just want
to win to get to another
Grand Slam final."
Knowles said he's still
playing with the nine stitches
in his right hand, but he's
recovering very well. He just
wants to block it out and try
to play as best as he can.
So far this year, Knowles
and Bhupathi have only won


one title in Canada. But
Knowles also teamed up with
American Mardy Fish to win
a title in Memphis, Ten-
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Duo are named for tennis camp in Cuba


JUSTIN LUNN


Lunn bows

out of tourney

with hip injury

AFTER getting through
the first two rounds, Justin
Lunn had to bow out of the
third round of the Miramar
Summer Open Tennis
Tournament in Florida with
a hip injury.
Lunn defeated South
Korean player Shin
Yeoung Ahn in the first
round of the Miramar Sum-
mer Open Tennis Tourna-
ment in Florida with a 3-6,
7-6 (4), 7-5 victory.
In the second round,
Lunn defeated the No. 1
seed of the tournament
Viju George (USA) 6-3, 7-
6(3).
This was a great win for
Lunn as George has a
Florida Men's Open Singles
seeding ranking of number
five (5) and an ATP rank-
ing of 1554.
But in the third round,
Lunn was playing Jean
March Bazanne after trail-
ing 6-4, 2-0, he was forced
to retire with a hip injury.
Lunn now has his eyes set
on attaining ATP points
and becoming a member of
the 2010 Bahamas Davis
Cup Team.


Masters

track

meeting

tonight

THE Masters Track and
Field Association will hold
a meeting tonight at the
Ministry of Education's
Conference Room at 7 pm
for all those persons who
are interested in being a
part of the association.
Those interested must be
35 years and older.
The interim committee is
being headed by Foster
Dorsett.


JUSTIN Roberts (#1 COTECC)
and Erin Strachan have been named
for an International Tennis Federa-
tion 13 & Under Regional Training
Camp in Havana, Cuba.
The camp is part of the ITF Devel-
opment Programme, which is
financed by the ITF and Grand Slam
Development Fund.
The camp will be conducted by
Anthony Jeremiah (ITF Develop-
ment Officer for the Caribbean),
Juan Pino, Henry Wilfredo and
Belkis Rodriguez (Cuba).
The camp is set for September 11-
20 at the Hotel Occidental Miramar
in Havana, Cuba, and will focus on
the players' fitness, tactical ability,
mental and physical ability to per-
form at a high level.
At the end of the camp the players
may have the opportunity to be
selected on to the ITF/COTECC
Touring Team to COSAT from the
middle of January 2010 to compete in
four weeks of competition from
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and


Bolivia.
During the period 1986-2008,
more than US$67million has been
invested by the ITF and the Grand
Slam Nations in tennis development
activities in 150 countries worldwide.

Programme

In 2008, US$4.4million was spent
on the Development Programme
with US$2.7million being invested
by the ITF and the balance of
US$1.7million contributed by the
Grand Slam nations to the Grand
Slam Development Fund partly from
proceeds generated from the ATP
World Tour Finals.
This year's ATP World Tour
Finals is scheduled to be held in Lon-
don, England, November 22-29, 2009.
With the aim of raising the level of
tennis worldwide and increasing the
number of countries competing in
mainstream international tennis, the
ITF Development Programme
includes a broad range of initiatives


in less developed countries ranging
from the grass roots to Grand Slams.
Activities include ITF/Grand Slam
touring teams, funding for junior and
professional tournaments, training
centres, coaches education, the sup-
ply of tennis equipment and the ITF
Junior Tennis Initiative - a 14 &
under player development pro-
gramme, which encompasses the
School Tennis Initiative and Perfor-
mance Tennis Initiative programmes.
Special emphasis has been placed
on junior tennis where regional tour-
nament circuits have been developed
and teams of young players compete
outside their own region.
In 2008, 25 regional circuits were
supported by the Development Pro-
gramme providing much needed
competition for the best players at
18, 16 and 14 & under age groups
across the globe (Central America
& Caribbean, South America, East-
ern Europe, Africa, Asia and Pacific
Oceania).
Players who perform well at these


regional circuits are invited to join
an international touring team.
The ITF/Grand Slam touring team
programme aims to facilitate the
transition of talented players through
regional and international competi-
tions and onto the professional ranks.
In 2008, there were 19 ITF/Grand
Slam Touring Teams involving 160
players from 68 different countries.
Former ITF/Grand Slam Touring
Team members include: Gustavo
Kuerten (Brazil), Nicolas Massu
(Chile), Nicolas Lapentti (Ecuador),
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi
(India), Angelique Widjaja (Indone-
sia), Eleni Daniilidou (Greece),
Younes El Aynaoui (Morocco),
Paradorn Srichaphan (Thailand),
Cara Black (Zimbabwe), Jarkko
Nieminen (Finland), Florin Mergea
(Romania), Marcos Baghdatis
(Cyprus), Kateryna Bondarenko
(Ukraine), Viktoria Azarenka
(Belarus), Uladzimir Ignatik
(Belarus) and Ricardas Berankis
(Lithuania).


'Father of mixed martial




arts' to headline Science




of Violence seminar


By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

THE budding growth of the
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) com-
munity will receive an additional
boost of exposure when "the father
of MMA in the Bahamas" head-
lines a top event.
Personal Protection Concepts is
scheduled to host a seminar enti-
tled the "Science of Violence" on
September 19 at the British Colo-
nial Hilton, featuring former pro-
fessional MMA fighter Scott Groff.
The four-hour event, which
begins at 10am, will feature tutori-
als on fighting strategies, various
techniques, and nuances of the
sport ranging from the most basic
principles to advanced.
Groff is credited with populariz-
ing the sport of MMA in the
Bahamas, training some of the
sport's first local participants as far
back as 1992.
He brings over 20 years of expe-
rience training others in the sport
and spent years on professional cir-
cuits in the United States and
Japan.
Oran Rolle, chief instructor at
Personal Protection Concepts, said
the event should serve as a means
to help those interested in the sport
with a headstart towards training.
"As of this moment we know we
have a lot of people eager to get
involved and we expect this event
to be a great one, not just for the
MMA community but for those on
the outside looking to get involved
for the first time," he said. "I think
we are capable of hosting a major
MMA event in the near future. We
have the grassroots support and
the interest is there so that is defi-


FORMER professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter Scott Groff...


nitely something that can be
looked into."
Rolle said the profile of the sport
continues to grow. "We have been
trying to have at least one event
per month to increase the expo-
sure of the sport. People know
much about martial arts but MMA
is something that has taken off and
exploded in popularity recently all
over the world," he said.
"MMA has just started to get
bigger here at home. We have the
talent and the training, with bet-
ter facilities we could see fighters
represent the Bahamas all over in
various promotions and represent-
ing the country."
Bahamians making major
impacts on the international MMA
scene include Yves Edwards, cred-
ited with inventing the "Thug-Jit-
su" fighting style and as a light-
weight fighter in organizations such
as the UFC, PRIDE, Bodog-
FIGHT, and EliteXC; and Inter-
net sensation turned MMA fighter,
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.
"Those guys have done so much
because local fighters were able to
see Bahamians reach the top level
in the sport so it lets them know
that opportunity is there if they
continue to pursue the sport in the
right way," Rolle said.
"MMA is one of those disci-
plines for versatile athletes that
have been largely under exposed.
We have a great talent pool to
choose from here and when we
have martial artists that travel, tra-
ditionally they do very well so we
know the base is there for MMA
training. We are eager about the
turnout of the seminar and we
expect it to be a stepping stone to
greater MMA ventures in the
future."


Forbes back as GSSSA boss after more than decade


FROM page 11

persons attended the meeting.
"We're going to try to get back to
where we used to be, getting the
schedule on time and hopefully ini-
tiate some new sports for exhibi-
tion purposes so that we can even-
tually build them into the school
sports programme," Forbes pro-
jected.
"But we have a lot of work ahead
of us. We had some not too cor-
dial relationships with some peo-
ple, namely the Principals Associa-
tion and the Ministry of Education
as well as Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture."
One of the first orders of busi-
ness off the playing field, according
to Forbes, will be to bury the hatch-


et with the above mentioned enti-
ties and eventually get the associa-
tion back to where it should be.
"I'm not happy to say that I'm
pleased with where we are right
now because I feel if we had the
same administration in place when
I served, we would have been much
further ahead," Forbes said.

Bumps
"That being said, you have to
accept the bumps being in the road
and the hills and valleys to cross
over, but what pleased me most
was the show of confidence that
the people had in me especially."
Conyers, a physical education
teacher at CH Reeves, said they
can only go forward, leaving all of


the problems they encountered in
the past behind them.
"He has some good ideas and I
think we all can work together as a
team, so we're looking forward to
some great things happening for
them," Conyers said.
Forbes, who is stationed at CI
Gibson, said after the service that
Conyers, Toote, Pratt-Miller and
Gibson rendered up to last year
when the association experienced
further turmoil in its leadership, he
was happy that they continued to
stay on.
The GSSSA will now prepare for
the start of its new season with the
commencement of volleyball on
Monday, September 28 and they
will also revert back to the origi-
nal constitution that they had in


place before some changes were
made to a new one that has not yet
been ratified.
Games

While the senior boys and girls
will play their games at the DW
Davis and CI Gibson Gymnasiums,
the junior boys and girls will play at
the RM Bailey and Tom 'The Bird'
Grant volleyball outdoor courts.
"We had some discussion about
whether we would change volley-
ball to softball because all of the
associations are now playing soft-
ball, even the parent associations
are playing softball right now,"
Forbes said.
"But because we ended it with
softball last year, some people start-


ed practicing volleyball before the
school year was completed, so we
thought we will continue with that
this year and hopefully the next
year we will make the switch with
softball at the start."
Bill Morgan is expected to once
again serve as the chairman of the
scheduling committee for all sports.
Going into the new season, there
have been some notable changes
in the Physical Education Depart-
ment.
Pratt-Miller has been moved
from AF Adderley Junior High to
RM Bailey, Chevy Simmons has
gone from SC McPherson Junior
High to RM Bailey and Torsheka
Cox is now at Government High
Secondary after working at the new
Anatol Rodgers High School.


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Tennis ace to be honoured


By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
government
has decided
to recognize
veteran tour-
ing tennis
pro Mark Knowles during a
dinner celebration at Gov-
ernment House on Sunday.
He will be honoured for
teaming up with his German
partner Anna-Lena Groene-
fled in July to win the mixed
doubles Grand Slam title at
Wimbledon, England.
"Again because of what's
happening in the economy,
we won't do anything big,"
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture Desmond Ban-
nister told The Tribune yes-
terday. He said Knowles will
be presented with a plaque.
As for Knowles' achieve-
ment, Bannister said he's
delighted to be sitting in the
chair as the minister of sports
when there are performances
turned in at that level in the
sport.
The Grand Slams are the
four most prestigious tour-
naments in the world, com-
prising of the Australian
Open, Roland Garros (the
French Open), Wimbledon
and the US Open. They are
distinguished by the fact that


By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
AFTER more than a
decade away from office,
Alfred Forbes is back at the
helm as the president of the
Government Secondary
Schools Sports Association
(GSSSA).
During the election of offi-
cers on Monday at R M Bai-
ley Secondary High School,
Forbes reassumed the top
post of the association.
"I'm excited really because
of the way things have been
going for the last 3-4 years,"
said Forbes in his initial com-
ments as he makes his return
to office after he served as
president from 1993-2003.
"It's been in a downward
spiral I think, but now that
we have some new blood, I
think we're going to see a
resurgence of the GSSSA as
it used to be and hopefully
we will even take it to anoth-
er level."
Dubbing his new two-year
term in office as "The Next
Level," Forbes will have
some familiar faces who
were involved over the last
few years to work with him
on his staff.
Lenora Conyers will be the
first vice president, Kevin
'KJ' Johnson second vice
president, Keisha Pratt-
Miller secretary, Melonie
Gibson assistant secretary,
Marilyn Toote treasurer and
Floyd Armbrister, assistant
treasurer.
All of the officers were
voted in unopposed by the
15 schools registered in the
association. More than 50


MARK KNOWLES

they draw the top players in
the world and are held over a
two week period.
And with the IAAF's 12th
World Championships in
Athletics over and the track
and field season winding
down, there has been a lot
of questions surrounding a
celebration for Team
Bahamas.
Bannister says the
Bahamas Government has
some tentative plans to hon-
our the 24-member team that
won two medals last month
in Berlin, Germany.
But he noted that the exact
plans could not be released
until they have been
approved. However, he did
indicate that there will be
some type of celebration in
October.
"Because of the state of
the economy, we won't do


ALFRED FORBES


"I'm excited really
because of the way
things have been
going for the last
3-4 years...It's been
in a downward
spiral I think, but
now that we have
some new blood, I
think we're going to
see a resurgence of
the GSSSA as it used
to be and hopefully
we will even take it
to another level."

-A Forbes


SEE page 10


Sports minister says government

has tentative plans to honour the

Bahamas' 24-member team that

won silver and bronze medals

at the World Championships


anything like we've done in
the past," was all that Ban-
nister was willing to disclose
at the time.
Debbie Ferguson-McKen-
zie won an individual bronze
medal in the women's 200
metres and she anchored the
women's 4 x 100 relay team
of Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson
(pop-off), Chandra Sturrup
(second) and Christine
Amertil (third) to a silver
medal.
Bannister said Knowles,
who has also won the Aus-
tralian Open, Roland Gar-
ros and French Open with
former men's doubles part-
ner Daniel Nestor of Cana-
da, has achieved his success
with a lot of perseverance.
"I want to commend


Mark, but I can't do it with-
out commending his moth-
er, Vickie, who has been
there with him through all of
his ups and downs," Bannis-
ter stressed.
Despite having to get nine
stitches to repair a cut on his
right ring finger from the
door of the elevator at the
Tennis Center in Flushing
Meadows, Knowles and
Groenefeld were denied a
chance to add the US mixed
title to their ledger.
But Knowles and Mahesh
Bhupathi of India are now
in the semifinal of the men's
doubles (See full story on
page 9). They are hoping to
win their first Grand Slam
title for the year after coming
so close when they were run-


ners-up to American identi-
cal twin brothers Bob and
Mike Bryan in the final of
the Australian Open in Jan-
uary.
When contacted after their
gruelling quarter-final win
over Ivan Ljubicic and
Michael Llodra, Knowles
said he's thrilled that he's
going to be recognized.
"I tried to represent my
country, the Bahamas, to the
best of my ability for the past
25 years, the last 20 years on
the circuit," he said. "I'm
now carrying the flag alone,
so I enjoy representing the
Bahamas.
"I'm very pleased that they
are honouring me and I
would like nothing more
than to share my Wimble-


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don title and my other
achievements with the
Bahamian people because
they have been so supportive
throughout my career."
Not having the kind of
support that many of the oth-
er athletes do with their local
entourages cheering them on
during their matches on the
circuit, Knowles said it's
good to be able to come
home for such an honour.
He said he would have
liked for Bhupathi to join
him, but he has Davis Cup
duties for India in South
Africa. So Knowles will be
sharing the moment with his
family, including his wife,
Dawn, and their two sons,
Graham and Brody.


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ON SEPTEMBER 4 Ross
University Bahamas on
Grand Bahama commenced
its third semester since offi-
cially opening in January
2009.
New students were greet-
ed with a breakfast and a full
day of on-site orientation,
where they learned about all
aspects of their academic and
island life including the Ross
hurricane preparedness plan.
Faculty and administration
were introduced to the stu-
dents. Members of the Grand
Bahama Health Services and
doctors from the Rand Hos-
pital who are participating in
the clinical education pro-
gramme with Ross were also
introduced.

Students

Faculty and administration
were introduced to the stu-
dents. Members of the Grand
Bahama Health Services and
doctors from the Rand Hos-
pital who are participating in
the Clinical Education Pro-
gram with Ross were also
introduced.
Dr Frank Bartlett, chief
medical officer at the Rand
Memorial Hospital, was on
hand to speak directly to the
students and introduce his


team which will work direct-
ly with the students as part
of their clinical education
partnership. Those doctors
are Dr Elaine Lundy; Dr
Lucio Pedro; Dr Frementus
Leon; Dr Cynthis Ng; Dr
Augustine Ohueyi; Dr Ger-
hard Klassen and Dr Bartlett
himself.
The students welcome the
opportunity to improve their
skills in history taking and
physical examination. They
will be afforded first-hand
experience during supervised
clinical rotations at either the
Rand Hospital or the Eight
Mile Rock Clinic.
Ross University operates
three semesters a year which
begin in January, May and
September, respectively.
In between semesters the
students have a short 10-day
to two-week break, and often
this time is spent moving to
their next Ross University
academic location which
could be either in Dominica,
West Indies; Miami, Florida;
Freeport, Bahamas; or
Saganaw, Michigan.
"We have a very success-
ful programme and we want
to continue to build on that.
We are pleased to welcome
two new faculty this semes-
ter," said Dr Michael Robin-
son, assistant dean of curric-


ular and faculty affairs at
Ross University Bahamas.
Dr Anthony Munroe, exec-
utive administrator to Ross
University Bahamas said:
"We are extremely excited
about the future of Ross here
in Grand Bahama.

Experience

"Our medical students are
receiving an outstanding edu-
cational experience through
our Ross University School
of Medicine faculty and it is
enhanced through our part-
nership with the Grand
Bahama Health Services,
where our students get
exceptional preceptorship by
the Rand Hospital and Eight
Mile Rock Clinic medical
staff, which allows our stu-
dents the opportunity to help
the wonderful people of
Grand Bahama."
Sharon Williams, adminis-
trator of Grand Bahama
Health Services, was also in
attendance at the morning
session and said, "We are
very pleased to be a part of
the Ross University partner-
ship to educate their stu-
dents, and we welcome them
to our community and wish
them a successful initiative
for the year."


I M Robbin Whachell

FROM LEFT: Dr Augustine Ohueyi, Rand Hospital; Dr Anthony Munroe, Ross Bahamas executive administrator;
Dr Michael Robinson, Ross Bahamas assistant dean, curricular and faculty affairs; Dr Elaine Lundy, Rand Hos-
pital; Sharon Williams, administrator, Grand Bahama Health Services; Dr Frank Bartlett, chief medical officer, Rand
Memorial Hospital; Dr Lucio Pedro, Rand Hospital; Nicholle Bethel, Rand Hospital; Dr Frumentus Leon, Rand Hos-
pital, and Dr Gerhard Klassen, Rand Hospital. Also present but not in the photo was Dr Cynthis Ng.


ROSS UNIVERSITY BAHAMAS students during new semester orientation day on September 4 at their
Bahamas educational site in Freeport, Grand Bahama.


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said.
Some 500 II ch ildren received exercise books, folders, pencil-
cases filled with supplies, crayons, coloring books, gel grips for
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high school.
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Centreville Primary said: am a grade four student in my
School and I live in receiveMason's Addition. I am very happy that I
cases filled with supplies. I was just passcolouring and I saw them giv-ps for



ing out stuff. The supplies will be helpful to me in my school
work."
pens/pencfidren were also treated only young chilli-cheese hot dogs, a
variety of chips antage of this kind gesture, but also teenagers in




"Realising how the economy is at this time, we decided to do
his outreach to the community via school supplies," saidool.
MoniqGrateful for the gifts, eight-year-old Jermaine Williams of
Centreville Primary said: "I am a grade four student in my
school and I live in Mason's Addition. I am very happy that I



have had otheol supplies. I wasr back-to-school giveaways in the past but this is
the firing out stuff. one that we actsupplies wllbe helpful to me in my schoolss"
work."



The children of all ages also treated the event until late in the dogs, a
variety of chips and juices.
"Realising how the economy is at this time, we decided to do
this outreach to the community via school supplies," said
Monique Glinton, WemCo human resources manager. "We
have had other back-to-school giveaways in the past but this is
the first one that we actually held on our grounds."
Children of all ages attended the event until late in the day,
receiving the treats and enjoying the company and well wishes
of staff members who were distributing them.


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New ca sales Bahamians to get 'majority'

up 16% over " OtJ - -


first quarter


* But some auto dealers
facing 'inevitable reality'
of lay-offs, and 'reviewing
this internally'
* 2009 second quarter over
first quarter rise cannot
disguise impact of 42%
year-over-year
drop in first half
* Consumers likely to
see 5-10% increase in
new car prices for
2010 season

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN auto dealer-
ships yesterday expressed cau-
tious optimism that the worst
of the recession may be over as
new car sales rose 15.81 per
cent quarter-over-quarter for
the three months to June 30,
2009, yet they warned that
some firms were facing the
"inevitable reality" of having
to lay-off staff.
While Bahamas Motor Deal-
ers Association (BMDA) mem-
bers pointed to the 15.81 per
cent increase in new car sales in
the 2009 second quarter, when
compared to the first quarter
numbers, as a sign of modest
encouragement, there was no
disguising the sharp year-over-
year fall-off during the 2009
first half.
BMDA members confirmed
to Tribune Business that year-
over-year new car sales were
down 41.71 per cent for the six
months to June 30, 2009, due
to a slump in consumer demand
induced by the recession, ris-
ing unemployment and reduced
incomes. Reduced credit
demand and stricter borrowing
requirements imposed by
Bahamian commercial banks
are a further factor.
Rick Lowe, a director and
operations manager at Nassau
Motor Company (NMC), a
BMDA member, told Tribune
Business that the possibility of
lay-offs in the auto dealership
sector - adding further to ris-
ing unemployment levels - was
"certainly a reality".
"We're all looking at that
possibility," he confirmed.
"We're concerned and, obvi-
ously, we all have to do what's
in the best interest of keeping
our separate companies going.
"We're not seeing the sales
levels we all need. We're get-
ting fewer people through the
process, because people have
been laid-off. Customer traffic
is not at the levels we'd like to
see," Mr Lowe added.
"It's a drastic decline. It's
tough. We find ourselves really
hurting. This is the time we
need to shore up. In our indus-
try, particularly on the service
side, if we do not get cars fixed
first time, you have frustrated
people, so we've got to put our
best foot forward as far as cus-
tomer service is concerned."
Bahamian auto dealers are
thus having to confront the
same reality being faced by
most sectors of this nation's
economy, namely that with
reduced top line/sales revenue
growth, most businesses are


SEE page 2B


of $200m Baha Mar phase


Commercial Village, the securing of the
site, if not close to 100 per cent, the
overall majority of it will go to Bahami-
an contractors."
This corresponded with the position as
understood by Bahamian contractors.
Stephen Wrinkle, the Bahamian Con-
tractors Association's (BCA) president,
said yesterday that the organisation
understood that the plan was for China
State Construction Engineering Com-
pany (CSC) to build the core project,
featuring the casino and major hotels,
with much of the work outside the main
Baha Mar campus going to Bahamian
firms.
Adding that the BCA hoped to meet
with Baha Mar on the issue "sooner
rather than later", Mr Wrinkle said the
organisation was unlikely to protest too
loudly if CSC brought the majority of
workers and construction materials with
it from China, since the Cable Beach
redevelopment was "very important to
the country" and could potentially play
a major part in turning the economy
around.
"I would anticipate good participa-
tion, and that every individual Bahami-
an contractor will be involved in the
project," Mr Wrinkle told Tribune Busi-
ness. "They can't bring everyone over
from China.
"When a project like Baha Mar

SEE page 5B


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


gain "the overall majority, if
not 100 per cent" of con-
tracts for the $150-$200 mil-
lion first phase Cable Beach redevelop-
ment if the Baha Mar project goes
ahead, two senior executives with the
developer confirmed yesterday, as it
sticks to its 2009 year-end target of con-
cluding negotiations with two Chinese
state-owned entities.
Both Don Robinson, president of
Baha Mar Resorts, and Robert Sands,
the company's senior vice-president of
external and governmental affairs, con-
firmed to Tribune Business that the
developer would "try to do everything to
ensure" maximum possible participa-
tion by Bahamian construction compa-
nies and workers, even though its equi-
ty partner is likely to be a Chinese con-
struction firm.
"There's going to be plenty of oppor-
tunities for Bahamian contractors. It's a
huge project, so everyone will have a
chance to participate," Mr Robinson
told Tribune Business.
He pointed out that the first phase of
the planned $2.6 billion Cable Beach
redevelopment, which would involve the
West Bay Street re-routing and con-
struction of the Commercial Village to
house the relocated banks, government


DON ROBINSON, president of Baha Mar Resorts...


offices, Straw Market and police/fire sta-
tion currently on the Cable Beach strip,
would involve the issuance of smaller
contracts and tenders that are ideally
suited to Bahamian participation.
"I think the number we have been
working with is $150-$200 million worth
of work in the first phase," Mr Robinson
told Tribune Business. "The re-routing
of West Bay Street, the development of


the Commercial Village, the police sta-
tion, banks and Straw Market - all of
that has to be replaced. This is intended
to jump start construction activity with
Bahamian contractors, and we would
quickly start once the project gets
going."
And Mr Sands added: "What we have
said is that Phase One of the project,
the road re-routing, the building of the


Small hotels slash rates up to 40% Bahamas must tackle the


By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

SMALL Family Island hotels
making adjustments to room rates
dreaming up special package dea
they try to adjust to the tradition
slow month of September, whicl
been exacerbated by the recession
Bahamas Hotel Association's (B
president said yesterday.
Robert Sands said many hotels
attempting to adjust to market pres
that are pushing small properties to
more value.
"In this unfortunately slow pe
they are trying to get some tracti
order to attract business," said Mr S
"Under normal circumstances, Sep
ber is a difficult month."
He said small Bahamian hotels
doing whatever they can to increase


Hotel

consultancy

in Bahamas

move

By CHESTER ROBARDS
Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia.net

A GLOBAL hotel/leisure
services and consulting organi-
sation yesterday announced the
opening of its first Caribbean
regional office in the Bahamas.
Parris Jordan, managing
director of HVS's Caribbean
operations, told Tribune Busi-
ness that the company was not
new to the Bahamas, but had
decided to open an office in this
nation to service the region.
"This office will specialise in
valuation and consulting work
in the Caribbean, Central
America and the United
States," said a company press
release.
According to Mr Jordan, his
company has done studies for
the Bahamas government,
Baha Mar and Atlantis. HVS
boasts 25 offices globally,
staffed by more than 400 "sea-
soned industry professionals".
Mr Jordan himself has
worked on numerous mid- and
large-scale mixed-use develop-
ments, valuations, feasibility
studies, and operator searches,
and has provided strategic
advice, return on investment
and market studies in the Unit-
ed States, Mexico, and the
Caribbean.
"A native of Trinidad, Jor-
dan brings the right combina-
tion of consulting experience
and cultural knowledge of the
region to better understand the
market and sub-markets on the
various islands, and the nuances


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occupancy levels in light of severe eco-
nomic conditions and reductions in air-
lift.
The Government has been working
at attracting more airlift to the Bahamas
this year, and has secured several high
profile airlines scheduled to begin direct
airlift near year-end.
One of the most popular discount air-
lines in the US, AirTran, has moved to
initiate almost daily direct flights to this
country from hubs in Atlanta and Orlan-
do.
Mr Sands said the BHA has also lis-
tened to the concerns of small Family
Island hotels, who are affected by small-
er visitor numbers much more than New
Providence.
He said those hotels have been very
creative in the way they are attracting
business during this difficult economic
SEE page 5B


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas may have to confront
"sacred cows" such as the automatic 15
per cent gratuity and strong trade unions
in making much-needed structural
reforms to its economy, a former Central
Bank governor said yesterday, arguing
that operating costs were simply too
high for most businesses.
T. B. Donaldson, who is also Com-
monwealth Bank's chairman, told Tri-
bune Business that the reduction in cred-
it demand and consumer spending was a
'double-edged sword' for the Bahamian
economy. He explained that while it aid-
ed families in staying afloat, it prevent-
ed an increase in consumption that could
pull the economy out of recession.


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"From my point of view, we need to
look at structural changes," Mr Don-
aldson said. "The cost of operating a
business is too high. We don't confront
the sacred cows of the unions and the 15
per cent gratuity. The overhead costs
are enormous. We really have to look at
what sort of economy we want to run."
While he did not have "a magic bul-
let" that would solve all the Bahamian
economy's ills, Mr Donaldson added
that the reduction in consumer spending
was actually preventing the economy
from pulling itself out of recession.
"It's one thing to tell people to go
and save money, and they follow you
and your admonition, and then you say
you've got to spend to get out of a reces-

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FROM page 1B

sion," the former Central Bank governor
added.
"They see jobs being lost, and don't
know when they're going to lose theirs,
so they are saving. The rate of savings
has gone up for possibly the first time,


because people are not as reckless as
they used to be.
"And that's the problem. We're a con-
sumer driven economy. In an economy
that consumes, not produces, that's ter-
rible. And there's such a correlation
between the rate at which we consume
and the rate at which the Government
collects its taxes, that it has such an
extremely adverse and wide impact."


Mr Donaldson confirmed that Com-
monwealth Bank was "seeing a lot" of
loan consolidations, which had grown
by almost $38 million across the Bahami-
an commercial banking system during
the 2009 first half, as persons amortised
existing debt to enable them to afford
repayments and enhance cash flow.
"That is part of what we did with the
hotel workers, consolidate their auto


debt, mortgages and whatever other
debts they had," he added.
"The chickens have come home to
roost. The world has been living above
its means for a number of years, and
the good old days are not coming back
any time soon.
"We're in for a long, rough ride, and
have to buckle our seat belts and hope
we end up right side up."


NOTICE

IN THE MATTER of the Estate of Franklin
Eugene Knowles late of the Eastern District
in the Island of New Providence, deceased

Pursuant to Section 50 of the Supreme Court Act,
1996 Notice is hereby given that any person having
a claim against the Estate of the late Franklin Eugene
Knowles must deliver the same to the Manager,
ScotiaBank (Bahamas) Limited, Paradise Island,
Nassau on or before the 15th day of October, A.D.
2009.

McKINNEY, BANCROFT & HUGHES
Attorneys for Jason S. Knowles
Franklin Eugene Knowles


(S. 9,11,14)




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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/QUI/581
Common Law & Equity Side
ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land comprising an estimated
22,385 square feet and situate in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence and bounded on the North by the Sea on the
NORTHEAST by land now or formerly the property of Dr Herbert
Olander on the SOUTHEAST by West Bay Street and on the
SOUTHWEST partly by land the property of Little Jerusalem
Church and by land now or formerly the property of Barbara
Smith.
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Quieting of Titles Act, 1959
AND
N THE MATTER OF THE Petition of
JENNIFER VESTRA HUYLER FORBES

NOTICE OF PETITION
The Petition of JENNIFER VESTRA HUYLER FORBES of
the Western District of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of ALL
THAT piece parcel or lot of land comprising an estimated 22385
square feet and situate in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence and bounded on the North by the Sea on the
NORTHEAST by land now or formerly the property of Dr Herbert
Olander on the SOUTHEAST by West Bay Street and on the
SOUTHWEST partly by land the property of Little Jerusalem
Church and by land now or formerly the Property of Barbara
Smith, WHICH SAID PIECE PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND
IS PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED BY THE PLAN FILED
IN THIS ACTION AND THEREON COLOURED Pink.
The Petitioner, Jennifer Vestra Huyler Forbes, claims to be the
owner in of the fee simple estate in possession of the said land
and has applied to the Supreme Court of the Bahamas under S.
3 of the Quieting Titles, Act in the above action to have her title
to the said land investigated and declared.
Copies of the said plan may be inspected during normal working
hours at the Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street, N.P., and
at the Chambers of Donna Dorsett Major & Co., Columbus House,
East and Shirley Streets, Nassau, The Bahamas.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower
or right to dower or any adverse claim not recognized in the
Petition shall before the 17th day of December AD., 2009 file in
the said Registry of the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner
or the above Donna Dorsett Major & Co. a statement of such
claim. Failure of any such to file and serve a statement of such
claim by the above time will operate as a bar to such claim
DATED this 3rd day of September A.D., 2009
DORSETT MAJOR & CO.
Attorneys for the Petitioner


New car sales up 16% over Q1


FROM page 1B

being forced to do 'more with
less'.
With new car sales, the
largest and most critical rev-
enue driver for new car deal-
erships, down by almost 42 per
cent, companies have little
choice but to realign staffing
levels and other operating costs
to remain profitable. "Concerns
exist that some layoffs might
be inevitable, but member firms
are reviewing this internally.
We are all hopeful of main-
taining employee levels where
ever possible," the BMDA said
in a statement.
Mr Lowe yesterday told Tri-
bune Business that a further


factor set to impact Bahamian
new car dealerships was a like-
ly increase in vehicle prices for
2010, with BMDA members
now starting to place orders for
the new model year as they run
low on inventory.
"A couple of us have been
told 5-10 per cent" by factories
and suppliers, Mr Lowe said of
the likely consumer price
increases. "So by the time you
extrapolate that, it could be a
significant chunk for an expen-
sive car. If people are able to do
anything now, it's probably in
their best interests to buy now."
The drastic drop in new car
sales has not only impacted the
dealerships and their employ-
ees, with government revenue
from import/stamp duties on


NOTICE is hereby given that REGINALD SALOMON of #15A
TASMAN CLOSE, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
2nd day of SEPTEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.




NOTICE is hereby given that MAXENE BAZILE of OKRA
HILL,off SHIRLEY ST. NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 2nd September, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O.
Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.










SHIRLEY STREET

VILLAGE ROAD TO
FREDRICK STREET


DUE TO

WATER & SEWER
REPLACEMENT WORKS
31st August to 1st December 2009


In an effort to upgrade existing
Water & Sewer Services the
Water & Sewerage Corporation
have contracted Bahamas Hot Mix
Company Ltd to replace existing
service connections at the above
location. As a consequent traffic
management involving road
closures and temporary traffic
diversions may be in operation
during the following times:


* Daily between 7:00 pm
to 6:00 am


Local diversions will


be sign


vehicle imports having plunged
"big time".
"Most of us have started to
order a few 2010 models, so the
Government should see rev-
enue in the next couple of
months, but nothing will come
in the near term," Mr Lowe
said. "Our order cycles are
three to four months depending
on where the car is coming
from - Japan, Korea, Brazil, or
90 days for North America."
While Bahamian auto deal-
ers were slightly more opti-
mistic given the benefit of hind-
sight provided by the 2009 sec-
ond quarter results, and the
quarter-over-quarter compari-
son, Mr Lowe indicated the
industry was uncertain about
the recovery's strength. This


I


was especially since August and
September were traditionally
the softest part of the year for
new car sales.
One anomaly noticed by
BMDA members had been the
growth in passenger and sports
utility vehicle (SUV) sales com-
pared to the first quarter.
"None of us can get a handle on
it. You'd think people would
be moving from SUVs to small-
er passenger cars. It stood out
like a sore thumb," Mr Lowe
told Tribune Business.
"You'd have thought they
would move to something more
fuel efficient. We generally find
in our trends that we're five
years behind North America.
It seemed like a big jump in
SUVs."


RIea 1 tI T1
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NOTICE

MARINE AGENTS AND BROKERS UNITED


[In Vountary Liquidation)


Cr n'-l.: , ';..Nirl] ri0lhl Of Co r � m l.;irrl Ih l:r.ve i nariied
Comp-a" are required to send pat i Bof to the
.I-lersij-!U al P 0, Box N fi?4 Otn O belOe Ihe 3tbi Iy Of
5epterbnar, A.D., 2009 . In delaul thereot tey Wll be excluded
from i oneft of aly dsainbulion made by IhM Liquidator,

wDale tb tay of Sterromer, A., 2009




Matt Raban
Liquidator



NOTICE

MARINE AGENTS AND BROKERS UMITED
I n Vointary Liquidaition)

In accordance with Section 228 of The Companies Act.
NOTICE is hereby given that at an Ex1raordlnary General
Meeting ol the Company held on the 25th August. A.D..
2009 the following Reoluliios wefe passed:

1 That MARINE AENTT5 AND BROKER LIMITED te
wound up voluntarily.

2. That Matt Raban be appointed the Liquidalor for the
purpose of such wr din up

Dated the 8th day of September. A.D.. 2009.

Matt Raban
Liquidator


IODSCUSS STOIS ON THIS PAG LO NTSW.RIUE4.O


TB DONALDSON


posted in due course and further
information will be provided
through the local media.


I I


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THE TIBUN WEDNSDAY SEPTEMBER, 209,IPGES3


Sector policy




footprint has




chilly climate


By AUDREY INGRAM
ROBERTS
Executive Director
Source Development
Consultants
& Enigin Partner


THE draft Telecommunica-
tions Sector policy dated
August 5, 2009, which was pub-
lished by the Bahamian gov-
ernment a week later, articu-
lates a set of objectives and
vision statement completely
devoid of any reference to Cli-
mate Change.
Despite admission of defi-
ciencies and claims of wide-
ranging reform in the introduc-
tion to the draft, basically it's a
"business as usual" document
that adds little or no value to
our capacity to meet key chal-
lenges, especially those that will
be the most crucial of this cen-
tury.
On a global scale, the infor-
mation and communications
technology (ICT) sector, which
includes the electronics com-
munications segment, plays a
key role in addressing climate
change and facilitating efficient
and low carbon development.
Not only does it facilitate other
sectors, but its role in emission
reduction and energy savings
in the industry itself is signifi-
cant. Therefore, it behooves
countries such as the Bahamas,
who have signed the Kyoto
Protocol, to articulate the sec-
tor's creative responsibilities in
this respect.
The birth of the digital age
came with the invention of the
transistor in the 1950s. Through
this means personal computing
was introduced on the one
hand, and high capacity, fixed
and mobile telecommunications
on the other. Both technolo-
gies come together in the ubiq-
uitous Internet.
As the use of digital tech-
nologies grows, so does the car-


bon footprint of the sector. It is
appropriate for a policy paper
on the sector to articulate how
it will meet its footprint reduc-
tion challenge, especially in an
archipelago where electronic
communications are essential
for development and where
there is so much reliance on
foreign direct investment. A
reliance which should mean
that governance standards set
by the policymakers truly
strengthen conservation capac-
ity, even as they meet investors'
expectations.
Policy
If, as it seems, there is no pol-
icy objective that addresses the
need to identify the carbon
footprint of an individual piece
of electronic communications
hardware, such as a mobile
phone, which is relatively easy
to do, is it likely, then, to expect
that carbon footprints from
more complex and converged
network services such as broad-
band Internet will be identi-
fied? I think not!
Electronic communications
networks link the Bahamas into
a global system, so one might
expect a visionary outlook on
the sector's role with respect to
an issue as pressing and rele-
vant to all as climate change.
What might an enabling role
in climate change adaptation
and mitigation in the Bahamas
mean for the electronic com-
munications sector? It could
mean three things at least:
* Measuring the direct car-
bon footprint of the sector
* Enabling quantifiable emis-
sions reductions through ICT
applications in other sectors of
the economy
* Identifying new market
opportunities for the sector and
other sectors involved with real-
ising these reductions


This sector is unique is in its
ability to make energy con-
sumption and carbon emissions
visible through its products and
services. Yet no link between
the sector's stated objectives is
made to those of other utility
suppliers, such as BEC or the
Water and Sewerage Corpora-
tion in this regard.
Because electronic commu-
nications products and services
can enable the monitoring and
mapping of energy, it is possible
to know where inefficiencies
occur throughout the processes
and workflows of various sec-
tors in the economy. This
means that infrastructure can
be radically transformed.
Points 13-17 of the draft sec-
tor policy deal with liberalisa-
tion (a subhead of the vision) as
an entirely market-driven con-
cept, when perhaps the most
important point about the elec-
tronic communications indus-
try is the benefits from the
adoption of ICT technologies
to influence and transform the
way our society works, and the
way people behave.
Hardly anything is said about
the transformative aspects of
the sector. Point 63 of subhead
Consumer Protection deals
obliquely with this in one sen-
tence only. It states that
URCA, the industry regulator,
will actively promote public
awareness campaigns to inform
customers of their rights and
obligations.
Nowhere is it stated that the
opportunities for transforma-
tion and promotion of sustain-
able development for all (peo-
ple and environment) through-
out the archipelago is enhanced
by electronic communications.
Or that the sector's products
and services are crucial com-
ponents of the Bahamas' tran-
sition to a low carbon econo-
my.


Hotel consultancy in Bahamas move


FROM page 1B

in the way business is conduct-
ed locally," the company's
release continued.
HVS will formally introduce
itself to the Bahamas at its


grand opening reception tomor-
row at the British Colonial
Hilton, where founder and
chief executive of the company,
Steve Rushmore, is expected
to unveil its new operation.
"The economies of
Caribbean nations are highly


NOTICE


FREEPORT TRADING CO. LIMITED
{I Valuntary Liquidation)

In XCrd:e will S-r:hirn m 22 of The Companies
Ac, NOTICE is hereby given Ihai l an Extroardinary
G.ritni.: MP.tricj orF Lh CumrnpIny hel on I he 251h Au:i.sl
A.D., 2009 mefoawi Reoilio were passed:

1. That FREEPORT TRADING CD. LIMITED lbe woid up
W unlarily

2. That MaIt RabRn be appiinted twe Uquidalor for ihe'
pur.xs--_ Of SuCh wridi-cj jD.

D e4 ht & , day 4 S o i5rnor AD. 2009

Mail Raban
Lquidator




NOTICE


FREEPORT TRADING CO. LIMITED

(In Volunlary Liquidelioni


Cree io,% I'avri debil O � inrt iti. ab -namedt
ComEpany are required to eW pa ilars 1"-eeof to fte
.,"n1rsiij-rd al P 0, BOx N h 4 o nc beor Ih o 1 llf'i iy* 0f
Septerr.er. A.D., 2009. In delaEul thereol tWy ill be exduded
frmn ,e wefrt ofany dtstbulion made bt Ihe Liquidator,

Oateid Ihe h day cef lptember, AD., 20t 9


Malt Rabon
Liquidator


dependent on the hotel indus-
try," said Mr Rushmore.
Hotel
"The hotel and greater ser-
vice industry will continue to
play a vital role for individual
islands and the region as a
whole. The time is right for
HVS to establish a physical
presence in the region, as sup-
ported by recent hotel devel-
opment activity and the need
of existing hotel owners and
operators to assess current and
future needs."
HVS is expect to move its
Caribbean office to a location
within the Caves Village com-
plex.


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11 80 10 00 Bahamas Property Fund 11 00 11 00 0 00 0 992 0 200 11 1 1 82%
9 30 6 25 Bank of Bahamas 6 25 6 25 0 00 0 244 0 260 25 6 4 16%
0 89 0 63 Benchmark 0 63 0 63 000 -0 877 0 000 N/M 0 00%
3 49 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 000 0 078 0 090 40 4 2 86%
2 37 214 Fidelity Bank 2 37 2 37 0 00 0 055 0 040 43 1 1 69%
14 20 1018 Cable Bahamas 11 00 10 50 -0 50 1,000 1 406 0 250 75 2 38%
2 88 274 Colina Holdings 2 74 2 74 0 00 0 249 0 040 110 1 46%
7 50 5 26 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 549 5 26 -0 23 28,149 0419 0 300 126 5 70%
385 1 27 Consolidated Water BDRs 369 368 -001 0111 0052 332 1 41%
2 85 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 2 03 2 03 0 00 0 382 0 080 53 3 94%
8 20 6 60 Famguard 6 60 6 60 0 00 0420 0 240 157 3 64%
12 50 9 30 Fnco 9 30 9 30 0 00 0 322 0 520 28 9 5 59%
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009, PAGE 3B


THE TRIBUNE






GN-908


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

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.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

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 Louis,Missouri, 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.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

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.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

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.

DESIREE ROBINSON
(for) Registrar

PROBATE DIVISION
10TH SEPTEMBER, 2009

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, Attomrney-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.

DESIREE ROBINSON


(for) REGISTRAR


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009, PAGE 5B


Bahamians to get 'majority'


of $200m Baha Mar phase


FROM page 1B

begins, it could completely turn
the economy around, and there
will be spin-offs for the con-
struction industry in the wider
economy. We look at all the
viable spin-offs that come from
a project like this. It could turn
the entire economy around."
Mr Wrinkle added that the
BCA would soon seek to meet
with Baha Mar Development
Company officials again, fol-
lowing last week's signing of
the agreements between CSC
and the China Export-Import
Bank on one side, and the
developer on the other.
"There is no question that
the Chinese participation is
going to be substantial, it is
going to be extensive and it is
going to be dominant," the
BCA president added.
"I would anticipate us get-
ting together with Baha Mar
before Christmas to try and get
things moving. Once the Chi-
nese decide to move, they will
move very quickly, and once
CSC is committed as an
investor it will be in a strong
position as owner, contractor
and developer. The ball is start-
ing to move, and the BCA
needs to be out in the forefront


to make sure we all have an
opportunity to participate in
what will be one of the biggest
projects in the Caribbean.
"We need to offset Atlantis
and support marketing efforts.
It's beginning to show that
Atlantis can't carry the coun-
try."
CSC said in a statement that
under the terms of the deal
being worked out with Baha
Mar, it would acquire a 2.75 per
cent stake in the project with a
$99 million investment. That is
much less than the 43 per cent
equity stake, and $212 million
contribution, Baha Mar's pre-
vious partner, Harrah's Enter-
tainment, was scheduled to
make.
The value of the construc-
tion contract was pegged at $1.9
billion, with CSC saying work
on the 1,000-acre project was
due to start in early 2010, with
an opening in late 2013.
Baha Mar, has moved swiftly
to manage and dampen
Bahamian expectations regard-
ing the possibility of progress
on the Cable Beach redevelop-
ment, pointing out that it is not
a 'done deal' yet. Having been
in this position before with Har-
rah's, and with the Bahamas
desperate for some good eco-
nomic news, the last thing the


developer wants to do is raise
false hopes.
"A number of things have
been concluded. A lot of uncer-
tainty has been taken care of
with the signing of the agree-
ment last week," Mr Robinson
told Tribune Business. "It's still
a journey in progress, and there
are a number of things to
resolve.
"A number of these things
could potentially be pretty seri-
ous, but we have had indica-
tions there are solutions to all
of them. It will take a lot of
work, and we are nowhere near
done.
"Until we have a signed doc-
ument, there's the possibility
of something going awry. We're
trying to keep things low key,
one of the lessons learnt in the
past."
Mr Robinson pointed out
that apart from agreeing busi-
ness terms, there was "a huge
amount" of legal work and due
diligence that also remained to
be done by year-end.
Baha Mar's "internal target"
was to conclude negotiations
with the Chinese by year-end,
although it was still unclear
whether this target would be
hit. After that, there was then
the matter of Bahamian gov-
ernment approvals.


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FROM page 1B
time.
The Cape Santa Maria resort in Long Island
has listed online an almost 20 per cent decrease in
its room rate, beginning from November 1 until
December 2009.
Marley Resort in Nassau has slashed room
rates almost 40 per cent for its "September to
Remember" promotion.
Operations Manager at Marley Resort, Rory
Shepherd, told this paper that they have taken the
initiative to put together a package for the resort
to encourage visitors. The resort has also created
spa and boutique deals, and remixed its menu to


reflect the special September deals.
Mr Shepherd suggested that the quality of the
product remains untouched.
"We have just been open for a year and two
months, and last year was challenging," he said.
"We are just trying to get ourselves out there."
Mr Sands argued that marketing initiatives
generated by the Ministry of Tourism could assist
some small hotels this year, but asserted that the
long-term investments made by the ministry will
be also valuable.
"We are parlaying an investment in the oppor-
tunity that as things get better, the Bahamas
brand will be top of mind in its consumers," he
said.


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Clifton Heritage National Park

CLIFTON HERITAGE AUTHORITY


South Wes, Bay Road * P.O. Box SP-63846
Na,,au. Bahamas
Tel: 1 242) 362-4386 or I 242 362-5121 or
Fax: 362,5017
Elm il- p 'rk li i n , y jhIoociolm


Employment Opportunity

The Clifton Heritagc Authoriy is seeking the wrvices of an individual to
fill the position of Managing IDirector in accordance with Section 14 of the
C'liflon Heritage Authority Act 21KM.

The Individual would be required to provide executive leadership.
supervision and direction to units or the Clilon Heritage Aullhurity's
office and the Heritage Park. while ensuring the research and promotion
of its historical, cultural resources.

D uties and Responsibilities;
* Resptmsible for the imciplL'.enttitjin of pFolicies, p[ igramn and goids and
objectives for the efficient management or the ClirfnI Heritage Authority,
* Ensures the development and implemenmalitn of a ~Iirategic plan for the
imanaiemcIn of the Clifton Heritage Park ensuring that accepted operation
standards and practices are employed.
* Coordinate and .up r visL all aciities related to sLfel% iiue., best
environment practices, and all maler% related o the preservation of historic
structures and ctuservaiion of natural resources at dithe park
* Serve ad Pricipal Advisor to hic Clifton Hcrii;lg Auihoricy Biatrd on
matters and issues relative to the maintenance and upkeep of the park.
* Oversee and coordinate all public and private use of ful In'l', and
recreational spaces at the Clifton Heritage AuIihrily Park and establish user
fee
* Liaie with ioher governmenI, non-govemrnment, regional and international
agencic~I to explore oppIrtunLitic' to promote hie sustainable dc\chlupincnt
and management of the Clit on Hrntage Authority Park-
* Direct and coordinate the employment of stafT. develop and implement
opening policies., standards and procedure. to ensure pcrforrnmac and
maintain a stable wurkir i_ environment.
* Conduct periodic asscssmcnts of iaciliric and inrra itructurc and
recommend impronvemn1ts or repairs as necessary.
* Prepare and submit a monthly report to the Board of Dir etorN on the
operations of the Authority.
* Liaise .l ili the Mar'kcing and Public Relations officer material for tth
promotion of the Clifton Heritage Park,
Post Qualificailion
* A minimum of a graduate tdcgree in Adminiktrulion or discipline, and /or 10
years Cx pcrien"c in an administrative discipline.
ApplicatHim are available at Ihe\ Aulharity's office Sunth West Road
Clilftn Cay and should be submilled along with resume hy 4pm
14 September. 2009.
Telephone contact 362-5121 or 362-6729


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In addition to the downtown store, Dunkin'
Donuts has two new locations upstairs in the
US departure lounge and downstairs near the
international departures desk at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport. "The locations
have experienced steady success with travel-
ers, that keep coming back," said Peter
Rahms, Director of Operations for Bahamas
QSR Limited- franchise holder for Dunkin'
Donuts.
The airport stores open at 5 and 6am in the
morning, both closing at 7pm or until the last
flight leaves.
According to Mr Rahms, the principles that
the company is building this time around are
consistent products, and quick, efficient ser-
vice. "We try to give the service that every-
one who walks through this store deserves,"
he said.
This high standard seems to be at the core
of the downtown location's success, with a
steady flow of customers frequenting the
restaurant during the day, The Tribune team
noticed. A quick customer line moved on
location and business is like that all day, Mr
Rahms said.
The franchise itself has been through sev-
eral management companies over the last 20
years and it's proving to live up to the expec-
tations of management, who describe public
response as "fantastic."
"Bahamas QSR Limited owns all three
stores, and we own the franchise for the coun-
try," said Mr Rahms. "Every Dunkin' Donut
restaurant you see from here on in will be
developed by us. We're gauging market
response right now, and things look so good,
we may consider opening new locations on
the island."
With the downtown location's 'high-end'
facelift, inspired from Dunkin' Donuts loca-
tions in Spain and the United States, the
donut store definitely stands out on the west
side of Bay Street. This store opens at 6am,
and closes at 8pm throughout the week and
10pm on weekends.
"We're pleased with how it came out, and
we want to expand our seating, finish plans
for a meeting area, and make wireless Inter-
net capabilities available for our customers.
We also have seating for 10 persons, board-
room style, and a 42-inch flat-panel monitor
with PC connectivity."
New menu choices like the breakfast and


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lunch inspired flatbreads, and donuts from
their Bahamian line are proving to be a
hit among customers.
You will find a wide variety of donuts
like the usual old-fashioned, maple frosted,
Bavarian creme and glazed donut. Other
favourites are the Boston Kreme- a choco-
late delight, and the pina colada- pineapple
flavoured donut with vanilla and coconut
topping. The guava donut, which is Mr
Rahms' personal favourite, is tasty as well,
and proves to be one of the more popular
donuts in the Bahamian line.
"We want to do mango flavoured, pina
colada, and a coconut rum donut soon.
We are playing with some Bahamian
recipes, and we want to make it as Bahami-
an friendly as possible," Mr Rahms
explained.
For breakfast and lunch, there are an
array of nutritious options that will keep
you fueled throughout the day.
The turkey cheddar bacon and egg white
veggie flatbread has the right combination
of flavours, and are the perfect choice for
the more health conscious consumer.
Served on whole wheat flatbread, with
melted cheese, these toasted calorie coun-
ters are light and refreshing.
"We want to do as much as possible with
our breakfast sandwiches," Mr Rahms said.
"Currently we have a bacon egg and
cheese croissant, that is bigger than the
normal size breakfast sandwich you get at
other fast food chains."
They are also testing different soup
flavours, like chili, gumbo, chicken noodle,
clam and conch chowder, which will be for
sale in the near future. "No conch donuts
though," Mr Rahms said jokingly, "except
for maybe a conch flatbread."
The downtown location caters to busi-


nesses in the Nassau area. The catering
menu offers different combo options for
servings of up to 10 people. The catering
combos include 1 dozen donuts, 50
Munchkin size donuts, 1 dozen bagels, 1
dozen muffins, 1/2 dozen muffins, 1/2
dozen bagels, including a "box o' joe" [cof-
fee in a jug-size].
For drinks, there are unlimited options:
strawberry, watermelon, and coffee
Coolatta's are really chillingly refreshing.
If you need a "cup o' joe" to wake up your
insides, their steamed coffee and iced lattes
will start your day off on a good note.
"This September, we're starting our loy-
alty card program. You get ten points for
every dollar, and this month its double
points. You can redeem the points for our
food and beverage products," Mr Rahms
added.
Dunkin' Donuts most recent venture has
been the Jet Blue promotion, where cus-
tomers purchase cold beverages and have
a chance to enter the drawing of a vacation
prize to New York City and Ft Lauderdale.
Both vacation prizes come with Visa deb-
it cards totaling $500 and $1000 each. A
winner is picked live on air of "Naughty
Niggs" radio show on More 94 FM.
Promotions like this one, which is open
to all adult Bahamians, have been designed
to keep a consistent flow of Bahamian cus-
tomers. In times like this with tourism
down you have to look after your own peo-
ple," Mr. Rahms said.
He added: "What we found in many cas-
es is that in may cases Bahamians don't
give other Bahamians good service. But
at the end of the day, Bahamians are our
bread and butter. We promise to offer
the same quality service to Bahamians and
visitors hands down."


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THE TRBUNE EDNESAY, SPTEMBRT9,R009,NAGENT


Experience


Acclaimed

Bahamian artist

gets ready to

launch Nassau's

first digitised

fashion art

society showcase!


From the creator of KINE-
SIS and co- creator of
STYLEZINE, comes a new 4
part event. Scharad Light-
bourne presents, CLICK- a
digital art showcase like
never before!
Known for ", i pp i.out of the box"
and taking Bahamian artistry to a high-
er level, Scharad said, "I wish to
expose Bahamians of all backgrounds
to a society of new age, arts and culture
in The Bahamas- inspirations that
blend into one another- all being fash-
ion, music and art related. This is what
makes me an artist and it is my inten-
tion to share this with others in an
innovative and unique way."
Also known as a dynamic graphic
artist, Scharad said that "click" not
only refers to the sound of his com-
puter's mouse; it takes on a multitude
of meanings.
"The event hopes to join different
social types together through fashion,
art, music and culture; its a merging
of 'cliques.' Additionally, I use my
passion for photography, by "clicking"
my camera to capture my social envi-
ronments- hence the play on words
with more towards the common under-
standing of what I do as an artist."
Hosting the event is co writer for


Stylezine's Moda, Tara Bastian and
fashion guru and founder of The Big
Give Organization, Kedar Clarke.
They will expose the public to the
more diverse sides of art and culture in
The Bahamas.
The event will feature a number of
Bahamian enterprises- Airbrush
Junkies, Talk 242, Stylezine Maga-
zine, Aura Amore Swimwear, Final
Accents, Switcha and internationally
acclaimed design label, House of St
John.
Delivering on his promise to truly
expose the talent and culture of The
Bahamas to the world, the event will
be streamed live over the Internet
with on screen texting- the first of its
kind
Patrons will truly be in for a treat as
they mix- and- mingle with industry
insiders- they will also have the chance
to win a myriad of prizes including:
the grand prize: a $1,000 photo shoot
package from Scharad, makeup ser-
vices from Face Inc., shopping at
Obsession Boutique and a pair of
shoes from Head Over Heels.
Other prizes include, four tickets to
Islands of the World Fashion Week
events, John Bull gift certificates, VIP
passes to Nassau's newest and hottest
lounge, the Viper Room, 3 month gym
membership to Bally Total Fitness,
an appearance in Nassau's hottest
online magazine, Stylezine, apparel
from popular brand, Conchience
Clothing and so much more!
Can't wait until the actual event?
The public is invited to get their early
"Click- Fix" by visiting the website:
www.thisistheclick.com to download
the official event song, produced by
popular Bahamian musician, Christo-
pher "Sketch" Carey.
The first of this dynamic four part
series takes place on Friday Septem-
ber 11 at the Poop Deck West from
8pm-11.30pm. Admission to this
unforgettable event is $20. For more
information, please visit the website or
contact Scharad Lightbourne.


km 42


Bilge, Brown

to perform at

Vienna Jackson

tribute

VIENNA
Associated Press

MARY J. BLIGE, Chris
Brown and Natalie Cole will
be among the top artists
performing at a Sept. 26
Michael Jackson tribute
concert in Vienna, organiz-
ers said Tuesday.
But they left open the
possibility that major stars
such as Madonna might still
be part of the show that will
take place outside a 17th-
century palace in the Aus-
trian capital.
"Just hold your horses!"
Jackson's brother Jermaine
told reporters at a packed
news conference in Vien-
na's city hall.
Event promoter Georg
Kindel said that up to 25
performers are expected to
participate in concert that
is being billed as the main
global tribute for the King
of Pop, who died June 25 in
Los Angeles. More names
will be unveiled later this
week in London and Berlin,
Kindel said.
Sister Sledge, Akon,
Angela Bassett, and the
Germany-based boy band
US5 also are among the 13
artists confirmed so far, Jer-
maine Jackson said. In addi-
tion, Jackson's original band
and dancers will take part.
"We're very excited -
the list is growing more and
more," Jermaine Jackson
said, adding that "many
major Bollywood names"
and artists from the Middle
East also would be
involved.
All the artists will play
some of Jackson's greatest
hits at the concert, including
"Thriller," "Billie Jean,"
"Black or White" and
"Bad."
"We will honor on this
night not only the musician
and artist Michael Jackson
but also the humanitarian,"
Kindel said. "He's really
someone who changed the
history of music."
Jackson's family and chil-
dren - as well as 65,000
fans - are expected to
attend the tribute to be held
on a large stage with a
crown on its roof and two
runways in front of Vien-
na's former imperial
Schoenbrunn Palace, one of
the Austrian capital's top
tourist attractions, Kindel
said. A "significant portion"
of the proceeds from the
event will be donated to
charity, he added.
Over the course of the
evening, Jermaine will sing
a duet with his late brother,
with video of Michael likely
to be projected onto nearby
walls, organizers said. All
artists will sing either "Heal
the World" or "We are the
World" as a grand finale.
Bassett, an actress, will pre-
sent one part of Michael Jack-
son's life, a statement said.
When asked why stars
such as Madonna and Whit-
ney Houston - mentioned
in Austrian media reports
- were not on the list made
public Tuesday, a defensive
Kindel stressed the list of
performers was still not set
in stone. "This is not the
final lineup - maybe some
of the names you mentioned
you will hear within the
next couple of days," he
said.


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PAG ARTWDESASPTMES, 09TERBN

things
12 Oom


This weekend pro-
vides a chance to get
healthy, tackle some
fishing and take in some
art.

1. The Ministry of
Health in conjunction
with Caricom will host
Caribbean Wellness Day
on Saturday at the Min-
istry of Health Grounds,
Augusta/Delancy/Meet-
ing Streets. The Mega
Health Extravaganza will
involve demonstrations
of various physical activ-
ities, such as salsa danc-
ing, 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 sugar,
weight screening, and
healthy food demonstra-
tions. For the children
there will be a fully
supervised bouncing
castle, and in the late
afternoon everyone will
be able to get their "bod-
ies in motion" to the
rhythmic beat of the One
Family Junkanoo rush
out. The event take place
between 11 am and 7pm.

2. The Bank of the
Bahamas will host a day-
long health and wellness
expo with top medical,
fitness and nutrition
experts, including lead-
ing surgeons, physicians
and other professionals
from The Bahamas and
South Florida. The event
takes place at the Shera-
ton Cable Beach Resort,
Saturday September 12
from 10am to 4.30pm.
There is no charge and
partners are offering
numerous giveaways,
including two weekend
stays at Opera Suites and
Marina on Biscayne Bay.
For more information
contact 396-6010.

3. Noted Bahamian
artist Anthony Morley
launched his latest col-
lection Island in Da Sun
at the Ladder Gallery at
New Providence Com-
munity Center Blake
Road this week. The col-
lection features an excit-
ing collection of oil paint-
ings on canvas.

4. Enjoy an evening
of great music and food
at the Marley Resort on
Cable Beach every
Thursday, Friday and
Saturday evening from
8pm-11 pm when noted
Bahamian musicians
Paul and Tanya Hanna
perform. For reserva-
tions call (242) 702-
2800.
5. The 5th Annual
Green Parrot/Salty Tackle
"Lords Of The Deep"
Deep Drop Fishing Tour-
nament will be held from
7 am - 3pm. 2 Electric/2
Manual Reels
(totally non-IGFA).
Captains' meeting will be
held on Thursday, Sep-
tember 10 at 6 pm at
Green Parrot Bar, East
Bay St. A vessel repre-
sentative must attend.
Entrance fee:
$500 (per boat) or
$200 Calcutta (optional,
per boat). All entrance
fees will be returned as
prizes/money and may
be paid to Chris Lloyd at
BASRA or at the Cap-


tain's Meeting. Contact
Chris at 477-2941 or
saltytackle@coralwave.c
om


TECHNO fans turned out in
droves to the Imagination
Workshop's Transcendental
Party at the Hub last week.
Party-goers waved their com-
plimentary glow-sticks in the
air as they danced and sipped
on free Jell-O shots all night.
Spinner DJ Chedda manned
the wheels-of-steel all night
and pumped out crowd
favourites and popular dance-
trance tunes that the local
rave-heads were starving for.
The event's organizers were
thrilled with the turnout and
said they have been getting a
lot of requests for an encore.


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Low: 780 F/260 C


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High: 880�F/31� C
Low: 790 F/260 C-7






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highs and tonight's lows.


Today
High Low
F/C F/C
85/29 63/17
61/16 49/9
86/30 67/19
72/22 62/16
71/21 60/15
66/18 55/12
74/23 56/13
88/31 67/19
78/25 58/14
78/25 59/15
94/34 74/23
80/26 55/12
76/24 60/15
89/31 76/24
89/31 72/22


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F/C
t 81/27
sh 61/16
pc 84/28
r 68/20
r 70/21
c 63/17
pc 70/21
pc 84/28
t 79/26
t 71/21
t 96/35
pc 90/32
t 76/24
s 89/31
t 93/33


Thursday
Low
F/C
61/16
48/8
66/18
59/15
60/15
55/12
54/12
67/19
59/15
55/12
73/22
51/10
59/15
74/23
72/22


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


Today
High Low
F/C F/C
82/27 61/16
90/32 71/21
82/27 65/18
98/36 73/22
90/32 69/20
84/28 64/17
84/28 63/17
88/31 70/21
88/31 78/25
77/25 60/15
85/29 62/16
89/31 73/22
70/21 61/16
90/32 68/20
90/32 73/22


Thursday
W High Low
F/C F/C
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pc 88/31 72/22
t 81/27 62/16
pc 102/38 79/26
pc 86/30 68/20
pc 86/30 64/17
t 84/28 64/17
pc 89/31 70/21
t 88/31 78/25
t 81/27 63/17
t 86/30 65/18
t 89/31 75/23
r 61/16 61/16
t 91/32 68/20
t 88/31 74/23


ABACO
High: 880�F/31� C
Low: 800�F/270C





FREEPORT ": ,
High:870F/31�0C
Low: 770 F/250 C




NASSAU
High: 880�F/31� C
. -- Low: 77� F/25� C










ANDROS
High: 89� F/320 C
Low: 770 F/250 C


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


High
F/C
72/22
102/38
74/23
76/24
80/26
84/28
88/31
90/32
78/25
77/25
68/20
92/33
90/32
94/34
76/24


Today
Low
F/C
64/17
81/27
57/13
58/14
64/17
67/19
60/15
73/22
67/19
57/13
53/11
69/20
75/23
73/22
63/17


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Temperature
H igh ........................... .................. 9 1� F/33� C
Low .................... ...................... 79� F/260 C
Norm al high ................................... 880 F/31� C
Norm al 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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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
Saturday 1:43 a.m. 2.4 7:45 a.m. 0.4
2:24 p.m. 3.0 8:59 p.m. 0.6


Precipitation Sunrise ...... 6:54 a.m. Moonrise ... 10:21 p.m.
As of 2 p.m. yesterday .............................. 0.40" Sunset....... 7:20 p.m. Moonset .... 11:24 a.m.
Year to date ................ .................... 27.60" Last New First Full
Norm al year to date .................................... 33.21"

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High: 89� F/320 C
Low: 800�F/270 C



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7 High:870F/31�C
Low: 750 F/240 C


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High: 880�F/31� C
Low: 77� F/250 C


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pc 102/38 81/27 t
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pc 81/27 57/13 s
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pc 86/30 68/20 t
s 90/32 60/15 s
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pc 77/25 68/20 pC
s 80/26 57/13 pC
c 75/23 56/13 s
pc 90/32 71/21 t
t 88/31 74/23 t
t 95/35 72/22 t
r 67/19 57/13 r


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High: 90*�F/32* C
Low:76*F/24*C


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High: 900�F/320 C
Low: 760 F/240 C


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Low: 760 F/24� C
High: 89� F/320 C
Low:740F/230C

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Low: 77� F/250 C


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Thursday:
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Thursday:
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7-10 Miles
7-10 Miles
7-10 Miles
7-10 Miles
7-10 Miles
7-10 Miles


WATER TEMPS.
86� F
86� F
850 F
850 F
81� F
82� F


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Anchorage
Atlanta
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Belgrade
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Bermuda
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Brussels
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Calgary
Cancun
Caracas
Casablanca
Copenhagen
Dublin
Frankfurt
Geneva
Halifax
Havana
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Islamabad
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kingston
Lima
London
Madrid
Manila
Mexico City
Monterrey
Montreal
Moscow
Munich
Nairobi
New Delhi
Oslo
Paris
Prague
Rio de Janeiro
Riyadh
Rome
St. Thomas
San Juan
San Salvador
Santiago
Santo Domingo
Sao Paulo
Seoul
Stockholm
Sydney
Taipei
Tokyo
Toronto
Trinidad
Vancouver
Vienna
Warsaw
Winnipeg


High
F/C
91/32
70/21
75/23
76/24
62/16
90/32
86/30
80/26
84/28
79/26
73/22
75/23
81/27
68/20
77/25
77/25
55/12
95/35
91/32
69/20
90/32
82/27
86/30
72/22
63/17
82/27
80/26
67/19
88/31
70/21
91/32
102/38
76/24
83/28
79/26
89/31
70/21
70/21
90/32
82/27
73/22
88/31
72/22
72/22
74/23
85/29
84/28
66/18
82/27
73/22
89/31
104/40
77/25
88/31
66/18
90/32
59/15
90/32
79/26
81/27
72/22
68/20
89/31
81/27
74/23
86/30
62/16
72/22
72/22
74/23


Today
Low W
F/C
77/25 t
54/12 sh
50/10 t
68/20 pc
46/7 s
79/26 r
77/25 pc
64/17 s
59/15 pc
73/22 s
60/15 pc
59/15 s
74/23 sh
41/5 pc
54/12 pc
57/13 pc
36/2 s
72/22 pc
83/28 r
44/6 pc
73/22 t
74/23 pc
73/22 pc
57/13 sh
50/10 pc
59/15 pc
49/9 s
46/7 pc
72/22 t
54/12 pc
81/27 sh
71/21 s
66/18 t
59/15 s
52/11 s
79/26 sh
57/13 pc
52/11 sh
61/16 pc
77/25 r
55/12 t
72/22 t
50/10 s
52/11 pc
51/10 s
55/12 pc
75/23 t
45/7 s
61/16 pc
52/11 s
74/23 s
77/25 s
59/15 s
80/26 sh
37/2 s
70/21 pc
37/2 s
73/22 pc
62/16 t
54/12 s
50/10 pc
45/7 s
75/23 pc
66/18 pc
55/12 pc
63/17 c
54/12 r
59/15 s
56/13 s
52/11 pc


Thursday
High Low W
F/C F/C
92/33 77/25 t
63/17 50/10 pc
77/25 52/11 pc
79/26 67/19 s
61/16 49/9 c
90/32 79/26 r
86/30 78/25 s
78/25 63/17 s
82/27 61/16 s
78/25 74/23 s
81/27 61/16 c
73/22 55/12 c
81/27 74/23 sh
68/20 37/2 pc
68/20 50/10 pc
83/28 55/12 s
59/15 39/3 s
94/34 71/21 s
92/33 83/28 sh
61/16 39/3 s
90/32 73/22 pc
83/28 72/22 t
84/28 72/22 c
64/17 50/10 s
64/17 50/10 s
79/26 55/12 r
75/23 54/12 pc
64/17 52/11 s
89/31 71/21 sh
66/18 50/10 pc
90/32 81/27 pc
102/38 72/22 s
74/23 66/18 sh
78/25 62/16 s
74/23 53/11 pc
87/30 79/26 r
70/21 57/13 pc
72/22 52/11 pc
88/31 61/16 pc
82/27 77/25 r
73/22 55/12 t
89/31 69/20 t
68/20 59/15 pc
72/22 54/12 pc
77/25 53/11 s
85/29 55/12 r
82/27 73/22 t
63/17 47/8 s
73/22 54/12 sh
76/24 52/11 s
83/28 70/21 pc
103/39 76/24 s
76/24 61/16 s
89/31 79/26 sh
63/17 37/2 pc
89/31 73/22 t
66/18 41/5 pc
85/29 74/23 sh
76/24 61/16 c
81/27 57/13 pc
66/18 50/10 pc
70/21 46/7 s
91/32 77/25 pc
83/28 68/20 s
68/20 55/12 t
75/23 61/16 pc
67/19 55/12 s
76/24 58/14 pc
73/22 54/12 s
79/26 59/15 pc


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SOME of the performers involved in the artist 4 peace concert.
the group includes well known bahamian artists such as: Land-
lord, DJ Counsellor, Najie Dun, Bodine, Kenyatta Taylor, Padrino,
Sammie Starr and Sketch.


By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter


LOCAL leaders are joining forces with tradi-
tional, hip hop, reggae, contemporary
gospel and other entertainers to fight an epi-
demic of what they say is "shocking" criminal
activity. It's all part of the Artists 4 Peace
movement - a nationwide effort to curb crime
in the community.
The goal of the Artists 4 Peace Concert, set for Septem-
ber 19 at Arawak Cay, is to promote ideas of peace through
the power of performance art, including poetry, drama,
visual arts, and music. Artist from around the country,
including Ronnie Butler, Kenyatta Taylor, Ricardo Clark
and Sammie Starr have volunteered their talents to assist
this message.
Organisers for the event said in a statement: "As one
absorbs that these statistics represent devastated lives, fami-
lies and dreams it is evident that society must promote the
message of non-violence. In the national crime environ-
ment, no one can afford to operate as a single agency or as a
single organisation. Collaborative partnerships need to be
entered into to combat the challenges of modern-day
crime."
The concert seeks to do the following:
* Utilise the power of the arts to empower youth and heal
the wounds caused by community violence and social injus-
tice;
*Engage in a non-violence dialogue through the medium
of the arts;
*Feature expression of peace, love and coexistence
through performance art;
*Encourage non violence throughout the Bahamas;
*Transform anxiety about the current situation in the
Bahamas into positive manifestations for peace;
*Platform the transformative power of music and the arts;
*Initiation of individualistic commitment to peace, con-
nection empowerment and renewal;
*Communicate positive change for the Bahamas.
A spokesperson added: "There's a social impact because
you look upon your neighbours as strangers and
enemies. And, there's an economic impact because death
has a cost."
National statistics concerning crime over the past six
month are alarming: 25 per cent increase in murder; 12 per
cent increase in arm robberies and 29 per cent increase in
robberies.
The Fort Charlotte Community Centre, Sea Grape Festi-
val, and FamFest coordinator Mark Cartwright are key
coordinators for the concert.


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