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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: September 10, 2009
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
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Former EMS worker claims
wrongful dismissal from
Rand Memorial Hospital

Tribune Freeport
EMS worker Marcus Gar-
vey - one of two para-
medics in an ambulance that
transported John Travolta's
son to the Rand Memorial
Hospital - is claiming that
he was wrongfully terminat-
ed by the hospital.
Garvey, who had worked
at the hospital for the past 30
years, said his dismissal has

left him "physically and
mentally" stressed. He has
not found employment since
being dismissed earlier this
"I have given the Rand 30
years of dedicated service,
from a volunteer until I
became a full-time employ-
ee, beginning as a mortuary
assistant and was later trans-
ferred to the EMS Depart-
ment, where I served for 17
Mr Garvey was initially
SEE page nine

Wilchcombe, Bridgewater

have allegedly failed to

pay rent for business
WEST END and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe and
former senator Pleasant
Bridgewater were said to be
struggling to avoid being
locked out of their joint-ven-
ture business last night for
allegedly failing to pay the
rent for at least two months.
Sources told Tribune Busi-
ness that for the moment
they managed to stop the
landlord from changing the
locks by promising to make a
payment before the close of
the business day yesterday.
Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater are said to owe the landlord,
Florida-based Associated Grocers, close to $200,000.
Sources have claimed Mr Wilchcombe and Ms Bridgewater have
disputed the sum they owe.
This could not come at a more inconvenient time for the pair. Mr
Wilchcombe is set to chair the PLP's national convention next
month and has just announced his bid for the deputy leadership post.
Ms Bridgewater, meanwhile, is due to appear in court later this
month to answer charges in connection with an alleged attempt to
extort money from Hollywood actor John Travolta following the
death of his son.
Meeting to decide if Wilchcombe will
continue as PLP convention chairman

THE question of whether
PLP MP Obie Wilchcombe
will continue as chairman of
the party's national conven-
tion was expected to be decid-
ed at a special leadership
meeting held last night at PLP
Headquarters, The Tribune

has learned.
According to sources with-
in the party, this special meet-
ing will also deal with the role
of a well-known PLP sup-
porter who is alleged to be a
SEE page 15

MOTORISTS TRAWL through the flooded streets of the capital yesterday after New Providence was drenched by heavy morning rain.
The downpour was extreme enough to force water onto some parts of the sidewalk (see page three).

fl 300,000 decline in Nomination
I n

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Business
Association yesterday called
on police to make all crimes
against companies public so
others in the commercial
sector can be on guard
against violent attacks.
The group also urged all
businesses that were victims
of crime to release the infor-
mation to police to provide
accurate statistics.
"Criminals have taken
lawlessness up an ante and
we and our employees are
now soft targets as we come
face to face with these gun-
wielding bandits," said a
statement released by the
BBA yesterday.
"We cannot allow the
scourge of crime that is
SEE page nine


Sor hotel union
airport passengers elections on
elections on

Tribune Staff Reporter
NASSAU'S Lynden Pindling
International Airport saw a
decline of 300,000 passengers
during the last financial year as
the economic downturn caused
the total number of travellers
passing through its gates to fall
to 3.1 million.
U.S. passengers, who account
for 68 per cent of the traffic

through the airport, were down
ten per cent in the same period.
However, at the same time,
the number of employment
opportunities at the airport has
expanded as the Nassau Airport
Development company (NAD)
has pumped $19 million into
redeveloping the airport in the
last two years.
According to NAD Vice
President of Airport Develop-
SEE page 10

16-year-old shot while

waiting at bus stop
A 16-YEAR-OLD boy had to be bandaged and rushed to hospi-
tal in an ambulance yesterday afternoon after being shot while wait-
ing at a bus stop near the Mall at Marathon.
At around 3pm, as crowds of school children filled the area short-
ly after their schools closed for the day, police said the young man
reportedly was standing near the bus stop when a man with dread-
locks pulled up and shot him in the upper right thigh.
The gunman, described as being of dark complexion, and driving
a burgundy coloured Nissan Maxima, then sped away.
The 16-year-old, who police say is not a student, is now in stable
condition in hospital. No motive for the attack has yet been suggested.

September 15
Tribune Staff Reporter
hotel union elections will be
held on September 15 The
Tribune has learned.
The new nomination date
was confirmed following a
board meeting of the union's
Executive Council yesterday,
according to First Vice Presi-
dent Kirk Wilson. On Mon-
day, Justice Neville Adderley
ordered that Roy Colebrooke,
President of the Bahamas
Hotel Catering and Allied
Workers Union BHCAWU,
convene a meeting of the
Executive Council to set the
new nomination date. All per-
sons wishing to nominate to
run for union offices on the
agreed Election Day may do
so, the ruling stated. Justice
Adderley had directed that
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YouTube video explains

'true cost of Bunker C'

Activism group Clean Power Abaco uses website to raise concerns over BEC plan

FUELED by BEC and gov-
ernment's alleged lack of trans-
parency and local considera-
tion, newly formed local
activism group Clean Power
Abaco has released a video on
Youtube that seeks to explain
the "true cost of Bunker C".
With nearly 6,000 hits since
its upload on Monday, Sep-
tember 6, Clean Power Abaco
is spreading awareness of its
disagreement with BEC's plan
to construct and implement the
Number Six Fuel Oil (Bunker
C) Power Plant in Wilson City,
The video, titled "Bunker C
at Wilson City, Abaco" com-
bines research with video
footage of BEC's plant site and
local flora and fauna scenes.
The term "fuel oil" is given
to petroleum products that are
less volatile than gasoline and
are burned in heaters such as
furnaces or boilers. There are
different types of fuel oil with
the major distinction being
whether they are distillate,
meaning there are no residual
components, or residual.
The use of the substance
Bunker C, also called resid or
furnace oil, though cheaper in
cost, has sparked global con-
troversy due to its high level of

toxicity and the wealth of doc-
umented research detailing its
negative effects on both plants
and animals.
This is Clean Power Abaco's
first foray into activism but rep-
resentative Matt McCoy said it
is definitely not the last. The
group is a loose collection of
individuals knit together by
their strong disapproval of the
The video, which is less than


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seven minutes long, was created
as a reaction to the wealth of
negative research on Bunker C
and the frustration of residents
over not being informed about
the decision.
"Nobody knew anything
about this until people started
asking about the huge road
plowed through the coppice
and pine forest," said Mr
McCoy. "Then people started
asking questions, and BEC kept
ducking, trying to keep every-
one in the dark. This video is a
reaction to that, and to a ton
of research that many people
have been doing on the issue.
There's lots of info out there
about Fuel Oil Number Six
(Bunker C) and it all makes
BEC look irresponsible."


The video demystifies a lot
of industry jargon surrounding
Bunker C so that the average
citizen can understand its impli-
cations. Clean Power Abaco is
not only concerned about the
plant's affect on the environ-
ment but also the quality of life
of all inhabitants, especially
BEC workers.
Mr McCoy also commented
on the island's current infra-
structure, stating that often
power outages are a result of
incorrect wiring rather than
load sharing.
BEC will be holding a town
meeting tonight to address
Abaconians and interested par-
ties, shedding some light on
their operations and allowing
feedback. Since the corpora-
tion released its plans to the
public, there has been a varied
response ranging from concern
and fear to outright disgust.
"As a Bahamian, I can at
least say that I am completely
embarrassed and ashamed by
this," said Mr McCoy. The
whole thing, from planning,
through secrecy, to location, to
the type of fuel being used is
totally disgusting, and shows
complete lack of transparency
in government, as well as a total
lack of planning."
This meeting will be the first
one held by BEC and there is
much to discuss. The $90 mil-



lion plant raises not only envi-
ronmental issues but also con-
cerns about how government is
funding the project.
Mr McCoy hopes that with
the international exposure
gained from the Youtube video,
the government will be pres-
sured to respond.
"I think government will sim-
ply ignore local opposition, as
they always have. But we have
gotten emails from people who
are trying to get pressure on
Man B&W in Germany, and
are trying to get the story on
German television, the BBC,
Current Channel and other
European and American out-
Among the many who have
written letters to the govern-
ment, Dr Frank Boyce, a med-
ical practitioner in Marsh Har-
bour for 25 years, summarizes
his concerns in three parts:
"...the use of this fuel, the pro-
posed site of the generator, and
commitment to use of fossil
fuels into the foreseeable
"The cost and magnitude of
this project suggests commit-
ment to this oil-fired power
production," wrote Dr Boyce.
"In this time of economic slow
down, concern for the environ-
ment, rapid development of
alternative energy, and the
unpredictable cost and supply
of petroleum products, this plan
seems regressive and unstable."
Another group, Friends of
the Environment, has written
letters and hosted meetings to
inform people about the plant
and its consequences. Though
committed to continuing their
efforts, most are discouraged
by lack of government
response. Most feel the deci-
sion is set in stone.
Since their first letter in
March, 2007 when the plant
was originally proposed for
Snake Cay, Friends executive
director Kristin Williams says
they have repeatedly asked for
someone to come and meet
with the community.
"They should at the very
least inform us about what has
been going on. We feel that it is
tantamount that the people
have a forum to express their
"I'm not an energy expert,"
admitted Ms Williams, "and it
is important to realise that
Friends is not against a power
plant. We recognize and wel-
come the need for increased
energy in Abaco. But there has
to be another way, I feel that
we have the ability to do some-
thing really progressive."



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Woman warns shoppers after

robbery outside supermarket
By MEGAN REYNOLDS see it, and no one was outside at apologised for the incident and around when they do their shop
Tribune Staff Reporter the time so no one saw anything. offered Mrs Herzog compensa- ping. You don't expect that t( They just came up behind me, tion, she said. happen when you go shopping
grabbed my bag and pushed me However, she asked Mr on a busy Saturday, and I knov
A WOMAN who was knocked without even getting out of the Roberts to instead put the money it's not a big thing, but if it hap
to the ground and robbed of her car." towards improving security at the pens more and more people wil
handbag outside Super Value in Mrs Herzog had her car keys in store. She is concerned security not feel safe anymore.
Cable Beach is warning other her hand so was able to drive guards are too busy helping peo- "I was lucky that nothing else
shoppers to beware. home before going to the Cable ple with water bottles inside the happened. I lost personal things
Rosemarie Herzog, 55, ofPoin- Beach Police Station with her store instead of ensuring cus- keys, my cell phone, and I hav
ciana Avenue, Saunders Beach, husband Michael Herzog, and tomers are safe as they go to and bruises on one leg, but I didn'
said the car park was nearly full then on to Super Value to report from their cars. Mr Roberts told get seriously hurt.
when she parked in a space near the crime to staff. her he would look into getting "I have just been left with
the road at around noon on Sat- Mrs Herzog said: "The store another security camera and bad feeling, and for me, I am no
urday. manager was not there and we ensuring there are security staff carrying any more handbags
As she was standing at the spoke to a young lady. She was outside the store at all times, she There are things that you may
back of her car, taking reusable really not interested in what is said. need with you, but now I go wit!
shopping bags from the trunk, a happening to customers. She "The economy is down, things my husband and he takes the
dark blue car pulled up silently could not even say sorry, and she are getting worse, and these money."
behind her and a young man needs urgent training in how to things are happening more and Super Value manager M:
opened the door to grab Mrs Her- deal with customers!" more, that is our concern," Mrs Roberts did not return calls front
zog's bag from her shoulder and She then wrote to Super Value Herzog said. The Tribune before press time
push her to the ground. By the manager Rupert Roberts who "I want to warn people to look yesterday.

time Mrs Herzog had come to
her senses, the car was speeding
out of the parking lot, she said.
The loyal Super Value cus-
tomer told The Tribune: "I want
to warn other people, especially
women with handbags, to be care-
ful, because I think they might
have been waiting in the parking
lot for the right moment.
"I didn't hear the car, I didn't

Teen suspected of

armed robbery

nabbed by police
Tribune Staff Reporter

QUICK responding officers
nabbed a teenager suspected of
holding up a cashier at a Texa-
co gas station on Fire Trail
Road early yesterday morning.
Police said the armed robber
posed as a customer, left the
store, then returned to rob the
cashier before escaping with an
undetermined amount of mon-
Another employee who saw
the incident unfold called the
police. Officers on patrol from
the Cable Beach police station
got the call, and moments after
the robbery spotted a 16-year-
old male suspect in a bushy
area off a track road, near the
service station.
"Around 1.30 this morning a
man entered the Texaco on
Fire Trail Road and Faith
Avenue north - he purchased
a pack of biscuits and left. He
returned to purchase a soda
and it was at this point when
he produced a weapon
demanding cash from the
employee and stole an unde-
termined amount of cash from
the register," press liaison offi-
cer Asst Supt Walter Evans
Police did not disclose what
type of weapon was used in the
"Officers immediately
responded and found a man fit-
ting the description given - he
was at the rear (of the station),
in the southern area of where
the gas station was, he was
caught with a quantity of cash
found on him," Mr Evans said.
Police believe the suspect
acted with an accomplice, but
up to press time had not made
any subsequent arrests.
Mr Evans credited the arrest
to the employee's call and the
quick response from patrolling
"These are two essential
components (to solving) mat-
ters of crime, early notification
and quick response," he said.
The suspect is expected to be
arraigned in court on related
charges as early as today.
The robbery is the latest in a
series of attacks on local busi-
On Tuesday, 44-year-old
Nelson Goodman, who worked
at Bertha's Go-Go Ribs take-
away on Poinciana Avenue,
was shot dead outside the shop
shortly after midnight.
Police suspect Goodman was
shot during a robbery attempt.
Last week a dread-locked
gunman shot 23-year-old Alex
Dean inside his family's hard-
ware store on Parkgate Road
during a brazen daylight armed
robbery attempt.
Mr Dean underwent surgery
for bullet wounds to his back.
About two weeks earlier,
mother-of-three Wendy Bullard
was gunned down and killed 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 Angli-
can Church.

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Jamaican man's permanent

residency application halted

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Immigration Depart-
ment has halted a permanent res-
idency application submitted by a
Jamaican man after his wife told
The Tribune how he abandoned
his family days after submitting
his final paperwork.
The 33-year-old Harbour
Island woman claims her 27-year-
old husband of five years left her
and their two young children, one
who has special needs, in Febru-
ary, and has failed to provide the
family with any financial support.
She wrote to the Immigration
Department requesting the can-
cellation of her husband's appli-
cation, and made several phone
calls, only to be ignored, she said.
When the woman, who does
not want to be named, found out
her estranged husband's applica-
tion had been approved last
month she called The Tribune,
prompting a public a response
from the Immigration Depart-
Immigration officials maintain
the application had been
approved in July pending receipt
of passport photos, a police cer-
tificate and payment.
But in view of the complaint
the department "is not minded
to proceed with the issuance of

the permanent residency".
A public statement issued by
Immigration reads: "The depart-
ment acted responsibly and effi-
ciently in processing this appli-
cation and nothing untoward
"In fact, the department
should be commended for expe-
ditiously executing the couple's
According to the department,
the Jamaican man was granted a
work permit after their marriage
in January 2004, and the Bahami-
an woman applied for his resi-
dent spousal permit in Novem-
ber 2004.
A general work permit was
approved for the Jamaican in
March 2005, and in April 2006 a
resident spousal permit was
The permit expired in January
2009, and the couple submitted
documents in support of a per-
manent residency application in
The department maintains a
letter was sent to the wife in July
informing her that her husband's
application had been approved
and must be accepted within a
The application process had
already begun when the wom-
an's cancellation request was
received in June, the department

The statement reads: "The un-
named lady had no need to see
Minister for Immigration
Branville McCartney as her case
was of an administrative matter.
"Further, the Department has
a cadre of capable, competent
and outstanding officers to deal
with the day-to-day issues.
"Scores of Bahamians visit our
headquarters requesting spousal
permits, permanent residency
and citizenship certificates within
days of marriage.
"On the other hand, the
department is faced with numer-
ous complaints requesting can-
cellation of application and revo-
cation of permits for many rea-
"The department is also faced
with a number of spouses who
reverse their requests from time
to time.
"While the department
remains empathetic towards
marriages with marital problems
and issues, it is not obliged to
engage in personal disputes as
such matters are heard before
the court.
"However, the department is
committed to ensure that all mar-
riages involving foreign nation-
als are subsisting."
The woman and her husband
are due to appear in court this
month to agree a legal separa-

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Alarmed by America's absurd alarmists

DAYTON, Ohio - Ronald Reagan could
have said it, but Barack Obama did, to
America's schoolchildren on the day after
Labour Day:
"What you look like, where you come
from, how much money you have, what
you've got going on at home - that's no
excuse for neglecting your homework or
having a bad attitude ... That's no excuse for
not trying.
"Here in America, you write your own
destiny. You make your own future...
"I know that sometimes you get the sense
from TV that you can be rich and successful
without any hard work - that your ticket to
success is through rapping or basketball or
being a reality TV star, when chances are
you're not going to be any of those things...
"The story of America isn't about peo-
ple who quit when things got tough. It's
about people who kept going, who tried
harder, who loved their country too much to
do anything less than their best."
How is it possible that the very conserva-
tive people who didn't want their children to
see President Obama's speech to school-
children didn't know that it would be a con-
servative speech? How could they not have
known that it would celebrate the accessi-
bility of the American dream when pursued
diligently? He has always talked this way.
How is it possible they imagined that he
would use the occasion to promote his
"socialist" agenda?
The calls to schools from anxious parents
did not arise from newspaper or television
stories saying the president would deliver a
back-to-school speech. They arose because
alarms went up on talk radio, talk televi-
sion and conservative Internet sites. Alarms
about political content, about indoctrina-
tion. Said one Fox television commentator,
"This is what Chairman Mao did."
Some people say the Obama offence was
not just the desire to give the speech, but a
suggestion that went out from the Depart-
ment of Education. DOE proposed that
schools have students write about how to
"help the president."
But that suggestion could easily be
ignored. Educators write lesson plans. This
one had an unfortunate phrase. Big deal.
Yet the superintendent of schools in
Springboro, in suburban Dayton, said Friday
that so many complaints were coming in

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about the speech that "I'm getting absolute-
ly nothing else done."
All around the suburbs, superintendents
and principals were meeting about what to
do. In some places around Ohio, that process
continued into this week, when last week's
decisions were modified. Meanwhile, there
was no great fuss in Dayton. So maybe the
speech ended up reaching the youth the
president had most in mind: those from poor
and troubled neighborhoods and families,
those facing the hardest struggles, from
places where dropout rates are highest.
Still, there's a problem to be paused over
here: political inanity of a special degree.
Some commentators have said that the
automatic hostility in some circles to all
things Obama is like the same attitude in
other quarters to all things Bush in the years
before 2009.
Well, yes, there was a certain mania about
that, a certain obsessiveness. But when did it
result in something as bizarre as this: people
calling school offices all over the country to
object to the unobjectionable, to politicize
the most nonpolitical work of a president?
Liberals complained when the first Presi-
dent Bush gave a similar speech. But there
was nothing like this.
Hardly anybody complained that Presi-
dent George W. Bush turned out to be in a
public school on 9/11 (he went to many
schools to promote his education agenda)
or that Dan Quayle was campaigning in a
public school when he misspelled potato.
The special force at work today is the
right-wing propaganda machine in the
media. More skilled than ever, after decades
of honing, it relentlessly delivers the message
that the Democrats are not simply mistaken,
but corrupt, evil, manipulative, extreme,
anti-American, hateful and particularly con-
temptuous of you (the listener) and your
values. That's the context in which listen-
ers develop preposterous fears about the
most innocuous event. They are primed to
believe just about anything.
One has to wonder what it will take to
make them start to wonder about the sources
of their information. How many absurd
alarms about death squads and birth certifi-
cates - and speeches?
(This article was written by Martin Gottlieb
- c.2009 Cox Newspapers).


An open

letter to

Carl Bethel

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please print this open letter
to Education Minister Carl
Dear Minister
It is with deep concern that
I write this letter to you. I am
the parent of a 6th grade stu-
dent currently enrolled in the
government system. In June,
after having successfully com-
pleting grade 5, my child
together with his classmates
were dismissed (with awards
and certificates in hand
rewarding such successful
completion) to enjoy the
summer holidays.
This now having been the
second week since classes
resumed, I contacted the
school and spoke with the
Principal to determine when
the book list for Grade 6 will
be issued and was advised
that no book list will be issued
for this year's Grade 6 class.
To my surprise, I was further
advised that due to the fact
that the children have not yet
completed the workbooks
purchased for Grade 5 level,
such books will now be used
for this school year.
I then queried if whether
this would "put the students
back a grade level, given that
they will still be using books
allocated for the previous"
and was met with the blunt
response of "what do you
think?" The Principal went
further and stated that "it
made no sense to purchase
books for the Grade 6 level
just because the parents can
afford it, because the students

have not mastered the skills
for the Grade 5 level. I
remind you that it was these
same students that were
awarded for successfully com-
pleting Grade 5 at the end of
the school year.
Now totally bewildered, as
you can well imagine, I
queried as to why these books
were not used and whose
responsibility it is that the stu-
dents did not use the books
and was met with the
response of "it doesn't mat-
ter whose fault it is, the fact is
the children did not complete
the books and as such would
have to use them for Grade
6." Needless to say that these
students are now at a disad-
vantage and will have to sit
the GLAT exam next year!
Mr. Minister, when I
attended school, if I was not
successful in completing a par-
ticular grade level, I was not
allowed to move forward.
And while I do not wish to
point fingers as to who to
blame, surely the children can
not teach themselves and are
therefore not responsible for
not having completed the
I also wish to point out to
you, Mr. Minister, that this
current Grade 6 class of which
I speak, is the very same class
that scored the highest scores
on the island when they sat
the GLAT exams at the 3rd

grade level and awarded by
you for scoring the highest in
the Rigby Read Programme
at the 4th Grade level. The
question then begs to be
asked, "Who dropped the
The scriptures states that
we ought to train up a child in
the way he should go and
when he is old he will not
depart from it. What this
charge is focused on by soci-
ety to the parent/child rela-
tionship, the same ought also
to be used in the church as
well as in the schools.
With the kind of attitude I
was met with and if this Prin-
cipal is any example of what
our nation's children are
faced with in the government
system, it is no wonder, Mr.
Minister, why our current
grade average is a D!
If children are not stimu-
lated and encouraged with
proper guidance at the pri-
mary level, most of them no
doubt become disillusioned
and unconcerned which evi-
dently results in the current
predicament we are faced
with today.
I encourage you, Mr. Min-
ister, in all your efforts
because I think that you are
one of the few Ministers who
is actually working and there-
fore beg you to look into this

September 8, 2009.

Trumping the Miss Universe judges
EDITOR, The Tribune. for the past four years, through the roof and that's
Michael Schwandt, was inter- because of beautiful women.
This excerpt from page six viewed by the Web site Gua- I'm not changing a thing."
of the September 4, 2009 edi- In the same statement,
tion of The New York Post "At all the shows, (Trump) pageant officials said, "A sep-
under the byline Richard pops up the day before the arate panel of judges, intro-
Johnson seems worthy of telecast and we line up all the duced live at the Finals tele-
note/summary: girls in alphabetical order," cast, is solely responsible for
Schwandt said. the selection of the Top 10,
The Donald a pageant pick- "(Trump) basically walks Top 5, and the ultimate win-
er by and has an assistant who ner of the pageant.
DONALD Trump is such takes notes on all the girls. "This system has been in
a hands-on boss, he person- And it'sjust kind of common place since 2005 and has
ally helps pick six of the 15 knowledge that he picks six always been fully disclosed to
alof the top 15 single-handed-
finalists in the Miss Universe ly. the contestants, their direc-
pageant each year - because Trump is said to have tors, the judges and the view-
the preliminary judges often Trump is said to have toraudience."
the preliminary judges often inserted himself into the judg- ing audience."
overlook the most beautiful ing after being disappointed Viewers must have been
contestants. year after year that his too dazzled to pay attention.
Trump has owned the favourites weren't making the On August 23, when Stefania
beauty contest since 1997, but cut. FernAndez, Miss Venezuela,
his involvement as a judge In a statement released by was crowned Miss Universe
came to light this week when the Miss Universe Organisa- 2009 at the Atlantis in the
the pageant's choreographer tion, Trump responded: Bahamas, the telecast had the
"When I bought Miss Uni- top ratings for total viewers
verse 12 years ago it was a in its time period.

sick puppy. Now the Miss
Universe contest is seen in
over 180 countries around the
world and the ratings are

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tourists from China

THE Bahamas can expect
increased tourist arrivals from
China and Southeast Asia as
a result of last week's visit by
Wu Bangguo, Chairman of
the Standing Committee of
the National People's Con-
gress of the People's Repub-
lic of China, Ambassador
Elma Campbell said.
Chairman Wu left Sunday
after a three-day official visit
to the Bahamas.
"We are hopeful that by
the promotion of the
Bahamas in China through
various events that this will
benefit us in that we will see
more tourists from China and
Southeast Asia coming to the
Bahamas," said Ms Camp-
bell, the Bahamas' Ambas-
sador to China.
Travel survey experts pre-
dict that the number of Chi-
nese travelling abroad will
increase by 10 to 15 per cent
annually. By 2010, more than
56 million Chinese are
expected to travel abroad.
"For the benefit of the
Bahamian public, the Chinese
were very enthusiastic about
this visit," said Ms Campbell.
Chairman Wu Bangguo
described his official visit to
the Bahamas as successful
and rewarding.
This sentiment was echoed
by Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette.
"It's been a very success-
ful trip," said Mr Symonette,
who headed the governmen-
t's delegation during the four-
day visit.
"We signed several agree-
ments with regard to road-
work, investments and tech-
nical cooperation.
"We have deepened our
relationship. The chairman
told us that he had a very
enjoyable and rewarding trip
and has gained an extensive
knowledge about the
Bahamas. He looks forward
welcoming us to China when
we go to Expo 2010."
Signed was an investment
promotion and protection
agreement to address the

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Republic of China, on Sunday.

conditions for creating, stim-
ulating, encouraging, pro-
moting, improving and pro-
tecting investments by
Bahamian and Chinese
investors in each other's
Also signed were a frame-
work agreement for the loan
through the Chinese Exim
Bank for the Airport High-
way Project and an agree-
ment on economic and tech-
nical cooperation directed
exclusively toward the con-
struction of the national sta-

After leaving the Bahamas,
Chairman Wu and his dele-
gation headed to Washing-
ton, DC, to meet with the
American government.
Before coming to the
Bahamas, he visited Cuba.
In preparation for the visit
to the Bahamas, the Embassy
in Beijing ensured that all
concerns from China were
passed on to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in Nassau.
Since July 2008, the
Embassy has been responsi-
ble for issuing Bahamian
visas to persons travelling to
the Bahamas.
That function was previ-
ously performed by the

Bahamas High Commission
in London. Applications are
now processed in a much
shorter time.
At least 150 visas have
been issued for Chinese con-
struction workers on the
national stadium project, said
Ms Campbell.
The Embassy in Beijing is
also working with the Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs and
the Chinese government
regarding the Shanghai Expo
2010, which will showcase
Caribbean culture and way
of life.
"It promises to be a grand
expo and we hope that we
will do ourselves proud as we
showcase he Bahamas," said
Ms Campbell.
"Of course our benefits
would be in tourism and fur-
ther trade with China and
southeast Asia," she said.

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FROM LEFT: Francesca Rahming, Phylese Hanna and Christo-
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GGYA participants climb

Jamaica's Blue Mountain

CLIMBING one of the
highest mountains in the
Caribbean was quite an
experience for ten Gover-
nor-General's Youth
Award (GGYA) partici-
pants and leaders who
attended the recent
Caribbean Award Sub-
Regional Council Adven-
turous Journey (CASC)
held in Jamaica.
Discovering that "no task
is unreachable", the group
trekked up the 7,400 ft high
Blue Mountain Peak.
The entire 'gold adven-
turous journey' took four
days and three nights with
one day hiking from Abby
Green to the mountain
peak. Other notable places
visited on the adventurous
journey were Mavis Bank,
Penlyne Castle and Clydes-
dale National Forest Park.
Before starting out, the
CASC participants were
involved in training courses
for four days at the Louise
Bennet-Coverley All-Age
School located in Gordon
They also had to perform
daily duties at base camp
such as kitchen detail, envi-
ronmental, administration
and security.
All gold participants had
to complete the required
gold residential project that

took place at the Mustard
Seed Home for Disabled
Along with the groups'
assessors and supervisors,
they painted the buildings,
landscaped the grounds and
read to the children.
In addition to the
Bahamas, other countries
represented at CASC were
Belize, Barbados, Guyana,
St Lucia, St Vincent and
the Grenadines, Bermuda,
Dominica, Antigua and
Barbuda, Trinidad and
Tobago, Suriname, Brazil
and Jamaica.
Participants included Pre-
cious Thompson; Shavardo
Bullard; Francesca Rah-
ming; Ricardo Stubbs;
Phylese Hanna; Koreh
King; Arvis Mortimer;
Orson Mortimer; Christo-
pher Fernander and Anna
Other events held prior
to the CASC Adventurous
Journey were the Americas
Region Conference, CASC
annual general meeting and
Mono School of Business
Strategic Planning work-
The Bahamas Award
Programme is apart of the
Americas region, and a full
member of the Interna-
tional Award Association
for Young People.

Tribune Freeport
sands of residents of west
Grand Bahama have signed
a petition opposing the pro-
posed expansion of the
Bahama Rock plant.
The Grand Bahama
Committee for Concerned
Residents (GBCCR) is urg-
ing the government not to
grant Bahama Rock owner
Martin Marietta approval
to cross Warren Levarity
Highway, near the settle-
ment of Eight Mile Rock.
They fear that drilling,
blasting and excavation of
land in this area, which is
on the north shore of the
island, would be detrimen-
tal to both the environment
and the quality of life of
families in Eight Mile Rock
and Queens Cove.
Gail Woon, a member of
GBCCR, said the petition
was delivered on Monday
to Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux.
Ms Woon said it appears
that the plant's activities are
spreading to the other side
of the highway even though
Minister Deveaux promised
that government would
meet with the residents
before any further permits
were granted to the compa-
"If the company has been
approved, the government
needs to make a formal
announcement to the vot-
ers of Eight Mile Rock,
Grand Bahama, so that we
can make a decision," she
MM Bahama Rock mines
and exports aggregate prod-
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Levarity High-
way, but has
acquired land for
further expan-
A few years
ago, Eight Mile
Rock residents
claimed that
blasting exercises THE PET
conducted by the delivered
company caused ment Mir
structural damage Deveaux (
to their homes. Prime Min
They also com- Ingraham.
plained that the
noise level was a nuisance.
Although the company
held a series of town meet-


ings, residents
remained strong-
ly opposed to the
Ms Woon said
the GBCCR has
demanded that
the Environmen-
tal Impact Assess-
ment (EIA)
ION was report for the
Environ- proposed expan-
ster Earl sion be made
aove) and available to the
er Hubert public as soon as
She noted that
Minister Deveaux
promised last November
when he met with residents

A POLICE officer accused of raping a 15-year-old girl
who was locked up at the Central police station is still on
administrative leave pending the results of a police probe
into the allegations, according to head of the Central Detec-
tive Unit Superintendent Elsworth Moss.
Refusing to release any details about the case, Supt Moss
said the matter is still under active investigation.
When asked when or if the officer would be charged in
connection with the allegations, Mr Moss said he could not
The teen accused the officer of raping her while she was
being held at the Central Police Station in early August.
She had been placed in police custody after her parents
rendered her uncontrollable.
The girl claimed the officer sexually assaulted her while
she was detained in a holding cell.
The officer turned himself into police in late August.

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online through the BEST
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Ms Woon believes that
the EIAs on all projects be
automatically made avail-
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year, influenced by the coun-
try's current socio-economic
state, they proposed an essay
"We really don't have the
means to provide a centre for
the children during the sum-
mer so we try and offer them
competitions like this to
encourage them to get
involved academically and be
constructive while out of
school," said Barbara
Donathan-Henderson, secre-
tary of the Killarney Con-
stituency Association.
The competition was divided
into three age categories, 5-8
years, 9-12 years, and 13-18
years; with the last two groups
sharing the same question. The
topic for the 5-8 years category
was, "In a country filled with
crime and lawlessness, what
does it mean to be decent?"
The 9-18 years topic was:
"What can I do for my coun-

Killarney MP and Minister
of Health Dr Hubert Minnis
chose this year's theme
inspired by President John F
Kennedy's iconic "Ask not
what your country can do for
you" speech, hoping to invoke
the message of "what can I
do?" in his constituency's
The response from students
was overwhelming and the
judges were impressed with the
quality of essays presented
from both the private and pub-
lic school students.
Winners included Hannah
Thompson, 13; Lex Fountain,
10, and Nick Fountain, 7.

Both Hannah and Lex
received computers, and Nick
won a bicycle, all donated by
the community.
The judges were also
impressed with submissions by
Rashad Ferguson, 17, and Ash-
ley McClain, 12.
"We thought the topics cho-
sen this year to be very timely
given the apparent deteriora-
tion of our educational and
social standards in the
Bahamas," said Dr Minnis.
"Right now we are focusing
on whatever can be done to
encourage students towards
education and constructive
activities," he said.
"Most of us today would
have been descendants of
poverty and our parents
wouldn't have been able to
leave us any financial inheri-
tance. However, they were
determined to foster in us prin-
ciples and ideals that would
engender a desire to seek out
and achieve higher education.
We shouldn't deviate from the
foundation and traditions of
the past. Perhaps we need to
go back to those ideals and in
doing this build a better
The competition was judged
by two Killarney residents, Dr
Wendy Stuart, a practicing
dentist, and Telvena Coakley,
a former teacher. Both women
responded to the call for vol-
unteers by the Killarney Con-
stituency Office during the
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the quality of essays received,
especially with the negative

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"It was very encouraging to
feel as though not all is lost for
this generation. Another posi-
tive aspect was that there was
no distinction between public
school and private school
entries. The essays and the
depth of ideas presented with-
in them were really inspiring."

"I think this is a great idea
and would really like to
encourage our leaders to put
on more constructive and
developmental activities for
our youth especially during
holidays," said Ms Coakley.
"The essays I reviewed were
not only strong technically, but
presented a wealth of insight
into the concerns of that demo-
graphic. I was very pleased
with the depth of the essays
and it gives me hope to know
that if they continue along this
path the future will be very







Call for all crimes

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FROM page one

seemingly gripping this nation to continue. A zero tolerance
approach must be upheld and those found guilty should not get
a slap on the wrist and be sent back into the public without some
kind of proven reform.
"We urge all businesses to report crimes so that we can
have a real statistic on how serious this situation has become.
We are living in a time when those who refuse to work or
cannot find work in this tough economy move from stealing
a few dollars and items to showing total disregard for human
life by killing people who don't give them enough money or
move fast enough when emptying a cash register for them,"
said the statement.
Philip Simon, executive director of the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce, said small businesses must invest in proper
security and foster a good relationship with area police to
ward of such attacks.
"We have to urge people to act upon this concern and
not wait for something to happen. There are business crime
watches that are being established where they have seg-
mented areas of New Providence for crime watch similar to
the neighbourhood crime watch. The more that we establish
this and implement CCTV (closed circuit tv) as a collective
effort the better we may be," he said.
Meanwhile, the Chamber's president Khaalis Rolle
stressed that there was a need for significant investment in
the country's educational system to uplift at risk youth who
may be headed for a life of crime.
"The business community will become targets anytime
an economy is bad and people don't have options, they are
out of jobs, they will begin to target where the money is
and businesses are the easy targets," he told The Tribune
when asked for his opinion on the recent attacks on busi-
"We keep relying on the government to do it but obviously
that model hasn't worked because it's getting progressively
worse so we now need to take more responsibility."
Recently a string of employees were shot on company
premises by armed robbers looking for quick cash.
On Tuesday 44-year-old Nelson Goodman was shot out-
side Bertha's Go-Go Ribs around midnight, shortly after
the shop closed. Police suspect robbery was the motive for
the killing. Goodman reportedly handled the company's
cash after hours.
Last week, 23-year-old Alex Dean was shot inside his
family's hardware store on Parkgate Road during a brazen
daylight armed robbery attempt. Mr Dean underwent surgery
for bullet wounds to his back and was in desperate 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.
Yesterday police reported that a Texaco service station was
robbed by an armed man around 1.30 am by a young man
who first posed as a customer. The suspect, a 16-year-old boy,
was nabbed by police moments after the robbery.
He is expected to be charged sometime today.

FROM page one milti
the nomination day be on or om in i
before Tuesday, September 15. for the presidency once again
The new hotel union elections told The residency oncthat she again
are slated for September 29. her team have never stopped
Mr Wilson, who is vying for
the union's presidency, told The campaigning.
Tibune that his team and sup- "I have been campaigning
Tribune that his team and sup- before the last election, so it's
porters are ready. not a matter of me and my team
"The members who support- needing time to campaign
ed Team Deliverance always
stood ready, that's why you had because e never really stopped
When the election was over we
a number of persons during the campaigned by virtue of doing
May 28 electios wo didn' campaigned by virtue of doing
May 28 elections who didn't our work. We are still out there
vote because Team Deliverance our work. We are stll out ere
wasn't there.Now they have an campaigning nonetheless," Ms
wasn't there. Now they have an Martin said.
opportunity to cast their votes Marn is us
and you will see them come out In his recent ruling, Justice
in large numbers to support Adderley has also ordered that,
in large numbers to support "no member dissipate the assets
Team Deliverance," Mr Wilson "no member dissipate the assets
told Te T erance," Mr Wilson of the Union except to pay the
told The Tribune yesterday.
"The executive council sub- unions normal on-going com-
mitted a simple process to the itments i the ordinary course
President and the General Sec- of business or amounts already
President and the General Sec- to be paid by the court and the
retary and we will wait to see if to pr faid by the out ad
they use it. We have already proper officers namely Leo
submitted it, I think that is the laoas, Basil McKenzie, Kay-
wish of the majority of the coun- a Bode and or t an e ee ey
cil and we feel as though that is trustees sn the cheques when
a simple process," Mr Wilson requested by the president nec-
said. essary to make the required pay-
said. ments."
Nicole Martin, who is vying ments.

Former EMS worker
suspended on January 5 on half pay for 30 days. After returning to
work, he was given two letters - one suspending him for an addi-
tional 10 days and the other, a letter of dismissal.
Following the death of 16-year-old Jett Travolta on January 2 on
Grand Bahama, Mr Garvey and Tarino Lightbourne were seen in
an interview on international television.
Lightbourne, 46, and lawyer Pleasant Bridgewater have been
charged with extortion and conspiracy to extort $25 million from
Hollywood actor John Travolta, who has a private home in West
Health Minister Hubert Minnis said the ministry would deal
with those employees who might have breached the hospital's pol-
icy regarding patient confidentiality.
Mr Garvey feels that the minister acted in haste. "I am a victim
and a lot of things were hidden and covered up and the public will
know the truth because it will be revealed," he said.
Since his dismissal, Mr Garvey said he went to the Labour
Department for assistance regarding the situation, but has been
turned away.
"I was told that because the hospital is a government agency and
the labour department is a government agency that they could not
assist me and that I would have to seek assistance from an attorney,"
he said.
Garvey said he is entitled to 4 per cent of his salary. According to
the ambulance driver, he was a good employee who received var-
ious certification and awards during his employment at the Rand.
He said he loved his job and would like to be reinstated.
Mr Garvey said he has written a letter to the Prime Minister and
has spoken to a number of ministers on Grand Bahama to speak to
the Minister of Health when his attempts to speak with the minis-
ter were unsuccessful. Community activist Troy Garvey said the dis-
missal was unjust. Mr Garvey said it is unfair to penalise someone
twice for the same the matter. He claims that the 10-day suspension
letter and dismissal letter that was given to Garvey on the same day
for the same matter is in breach of labour laws.
"We are seeking reinstatement for Mr Garvey because it was a
matter that was dealt with unjustly," he said.

Before the BHCAWU's May
28 elections, there were two
nomination meetings that took
place - one on May 4 and the
other on May 11 - but contro-
versy arose as council members
could not agree on which one
was constituted by law. That led
to a successful challenge by Mr
Wilson to have the May 28 elec-

tions declared "null and void."
That forced Ms Martin - the
union's first woman president
- to step down. It is expected
that when the voting process
proceeds, the register used for
the May 28 elections would be
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'It would be good' to have ManaSce

track meet in new stadium N eeded

OVER the weekend, it
was confirmed that the
Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations has put
in a bid to host the Carifta
Games in 2011 to coincide
with the opening of the new
national stadium.
The Chinese government
has indicated that they are
working feverishly to speed
up the construction of the
stadium for the yearly Easter
holiday weekend top region-
al junior track and field
If successful, it will be the
seventh time that the
Bahamas has played host to
the games, the last coming in
But with the new stadium
that will be named in honour
of ailing legendary sprinter
Thomas A Robinson, it is
hoped that the Bahamas will
also at least be able put on
an Area Permit Meeting that
qualifies for the World Ath-
letics Tour.
There are four athletes
who will be competing this
weekend at the IAAF/VTB
Bank World Athletics Final
in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Out of that field, the two
veteran sprinters - Chandra
Sturrup and Debbie Fergu-
son-McKenzie - are now in
the twilight of their careers
with Sturrup indicating that
her future could come to an
end next year, while Fergu-
son-McKenzie said she's
leaning towards at least one
more Olympic Games in
London, England, in 2012.
It would be good if the
Bahamas could at least have
a meet, even if it's just a
regional one, for the senior
athletes to display their skills
against some of their coun-
terparts before their careers
are done.
The athletes have all been
inspired by Robinson, who
served as the pioneer for ath-
letics in the Bahamas. And
I'm sure that he too would
probably like to see some of
the athletes who came up
through the ranks after him
on center stage in the new
Obviously, it will cost a lot
of money to put on such an
event, especially in these
tough economic times. But it
just means that the BAAA,
which will go to the polls to
elect a new executive board
in November, will have their
work cut out for them.
These difficult economic
times also means that the
Ministry of Sports will not



have the lavish cele
that they've had in
to honour the 24-m
team from the IAA

BS Wimbledon, Knowles and his
Former partner Daniel
Nestor of Canada has won
the three other Grand Slams
- Australian Open in Mel-
bourne in 2002, the US Open
in Flushing Meadows, New
York, in 2004 and the French
Open in 2007.
Knowles, who just turned
38 on September 4, has
S enjoyed an illustrious career
S and will be getting some
more of his just rewards from
the Bahamian government
When he's honoured during a
B dinner at Government
House on September 13.
He has been honoured for
. adding the Wimbledon
mixed doubles title he shared
with German Anna-Lena
Groenefeld in July to his
already stacked r6sum6.
Although it may not be a
IO N grand affair, Knowles said
O N any recognition that he
receives from the Bahamian
I people will be cherished. I'm
sure that he will enjoy going
to Government House, the
ebrations equivalent to athletes going
the past to the White House in the
member United States to celebrate
AF's 12th their achievements.

World Championships in
The Bahamas won two
medals at the championships,
thanks to the bronze from
Ferguson-McKenzie in the
200 metres and her teaming
up with Sheniqua 'Q' Fergu-
son, Sturrup and Christine
Amertil to take the silver in
the 4 x 100 relay.
Minister Desmond Bannis-
ter said there will be some
form of celebration, but he
couldn't elaborate until Cab-
inet had approved the plans.
So we just have to wait and
see what is going to be done.
WHETHER or not they
will go on to win their first
Grand Slam title together,
Mark Knowles and Mahesh
Bhupathi have put their best
foot forward.
Considering the fact that
Knowles has encountered his
share of problems, having
had his right ring finger
sliced by an elevator and
needing nine stitches to
repair it, he has held up well
with Bhupathi.
Knowles, the venerable
professional who has repre-
sented the Bahamas on the
international scene since
1992, has captured a career
52 titles and played in 40 oth-
er finals.
Except for the prestigious

HATS off to Alfred
After sitting around and
watching the Government
Secondary Schools Sports
Association go through its
administrative vows, Forbes
has been returned as the
president. He will now serve
for the next two years.
Forbes, a physical educa-
tion teacher at C I Gibson
Secondary School, served as
president for a 10-year peri-
od, from 1993-2003.
He was replaced by Edna
Forbes, who eventually was
removed from office by a
vote of no confidence in
2008. First vice president
Trevor Grant stepped up and
resumed the role as presi-
But he didn't last too long,
bowing out during the end of
the basketball season this
An interim committee,
headed by Lenora Conyers,
eventually completed the
No doubt, Forbes sat idly
on the sidelines watching and
waiting for a call to return to
power. Now he's back at the

helm and has promised to
restore some credibility to
the executive level.
He got the overwhelming
support from all 15 regis-
tered schools at the elections
held on Monday at R M Bai-
ley when he and his entire
slate of officers were elected
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yesterday. England won the match 5-1.
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Although England needed
only a point to guarantee a
place in next year's tourna-
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a comfortable early lead.
Lampard made an eighth-
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Aaron Lennon was brought
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Lampard added a third goal
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entered in the 80th minute.

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Meeting to decide if Obie

Wilchcombe will continue as

PLP convention chairman

FROM page one
part of Mr Wilchcombe's
camp and reportedly utilising
the resources at PLP Head-
quarters to promote the MP's
This special meeting comes
at a most embarrassing time
for the Grand Bahama MP
who is facing a significant
struggle in his home town
where he is reportedly on the
verge of being locked out of
his recently opened business,
Associated Grocers (see
Business Section for complete
story) for lack of payment.
Having recently launched
his candidacy for the deputy
leadership of the PLP, Mr
Wilchcombe can ill-afford
another scandal as the much
publicised and anticipated
"alleged extortion" case
involving former PLP Sena-
tor Pleasant Bridgewater and
US Hollywood actor John
Travolta is expected to begin
later this month.
Political pundits suggest

that the timing of this case
could very well spell the end
of Mr Wilchcombe's political
career as the MP is expected
to testify in the case as a pros-
ecution witness.
Mr Wilchcombe has also
had a recent public war of
words with former PLP
chairman Raynard Rigby
who raised the same issue of
the MP being the chairman
of the convention and still
running for the deputy lead-
er's post.
Mr Rigby charged that the
West End and Bimini MP
clearly "does not understand
the principles of conflict of
interests and fairness and
"He appears not to recog-
nise the perceptions that are
created by continuing to
serve in the capacity of Con-
vention Chair."
Mr Rigby said that in his
opinion these are matters that
go to the issue of one's fit-
ness to serve and character.
"Even though Mr Wilch-

combe may not be able to
define what a conflict is; I
know one when I see one and
so does the public. The pre-
sent facts surely satisfy the
"It must also follow that if,
in Mr Wilchcombe's own
words, at 50 years he does not
have the experience to serve
as leader he must also not be
competent to serve as the
party's deputy.
"His election to the post
would in fact take the PLP
"I have one agenda. And
that is to serve the best inter-
ests of the PLP and to ensure
that we ready the Party to
fight and win the next gener-
al election.
"If this course is one that
does not sit well with the likes
of Mr Wilchcombe, so be it. I
will not be deterred in this
effort," he said.
Attempts to reach Mr
Wilchcombe for comment
were unsuccessful up to press
time yesterday.

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'Window closing' PLP deputy contender

on business model

reform prospects faces business lock-out

Tribune Business Editor
THE "win-
dow is clos-
ing" on the
opportunity '
the Bahamas
has to "refine
our business
model" and
remain a
international BRIAN MOREE
financial ser-
vices centre, a senior attorney
has told Tribune Business,
with "much work and
resolve" still needed to make
this happen.
Brian Moree, senior part-
ner at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, said the Bahamas

Bahamas has 'long
way to go' to ensure
financial sector's long-
term survival, and must
'stop running itself as if
it were a big country'

"does not have the luxury of
time" in making much-need-
ed changes to its supporting
infrastructure and legislative
environment, given the
advances made by competi-
tive jurisdictions.
"There are lots of things we
have to do. The general

SEE page 2B

NIB reforms short on

governance amendments

Tribune Business Editor
REFORMS limiting the
directions a minister can give
the National Insurance
Board's (NIB) directors to
policy only, and other recom-
mendations to enhance good
governance, were made in the
eighth actuarial report on the
Fund but appear to have been
excluded from the 25 amend-
ments approved by the Gov-
The report, compiled by
NIB's in-house actuary Derek
Osborne, emphasized that
"poor governance practices"
had affected many aspects of
NIB's performance during its
36-year history, and this was
one reason why he had rec-
ommended against increasing
NIB contribution rates in the
A little-noticed part of the
eighth actuarial review, con-

* Actuarial report
urged limitations on
minister's ability to give
directions to Board
* 'Poor governance
practices' one
reason why actuary
against contribution
rate increase

ducted in 2006, said: "For
many of NIB's 33 years, prac-
tices that were not in confor-
mance with the National
Insurance Act and general
public expectations have led
to sub-par outcomes in many
The report listed, as exam-
SEE page 9B

Bahamas-based insurer

falls into $38m insolvency

Tribune Business Editor

PLP' s
leader post and a politi-
cal colleague were said
last night to be hanging
on to their Grand
Bahama-based business
venture by their finger-
tips, after they managed WILCHCOMBE
to stave off - for the
moment - being locked out by their land-
lord for alleged non-payment of rent.
Obie Wilchcombe, the MP for West
End and Bimini, and Pleasant Bridge-
water, the former PLP MP and Senator,
were up to press time said to be scram-
bling to pay some of the rent owed to

* Obie Wilchcombe and Pleasant Bridgewater's venture in trouble, after
locksmiths for Associated Grocers landlord turn up at warehouse
* Lock-out and inventory seizure stayed, at least for part of yesterday,
as duo aim to pay part of $200,000 owed by close of business
* Two months' rent, plus insurance premiums,
said to be owed, although this in dispute

Florida-based grocery wholesaler, Asso-
ciated Grocers, which yesterday morning
sent a team to its warehouse property to
change the locks and seize inventory to
make good the sum owed.
Sources with knowledge of the situa-
tion, speaking to Tribune Business on
condition of anonymity, told this news-
paper that Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater's venture, which had
planned to duplicate the distribution

business model originally developed for
the 86,000 square foot warehouse by
Associated Grocers, owed their Florida
landlord close to $200,000.
Included in this sum, the sources said,
was two months' rent at $65,000 per
month, plus penalties for late payment,
taking this amount to around a $140,000
total. Tribune Business also understands
SEE page 4B

Business owner

close to escaping

BEC through

$35k solar


Business Reporter
Alarms yesterday said he was
close to pulling his business
completely off BEC's power
grid, via the installation of a
$35,000 solar-powered electric
system currently capable of
running everything but the air
5 Graham Weatherford told
STribune Business that the sys-
Stem, if built to its full capacity,
could save his business $1,000
. per month and thus pay itself
S off in just under three years.
,g He added that an average
- home could be outfitted with
Sa solar powered system for just
SEE page 8B

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN insurance
regulators yesterday moved
to mop up another mess
caused by the financial col-
lapse of Trinidad-based CL
Financial, placing another of
its Bahamian-registered affil-
iates into the care of a judicial
manager after its 2008 year-
end accounts revealed it was
insolvent to the tune of $38
The Insurance Commission
has successfully petitioned
that Juan Lopez, of KPMG
Restructuring, be appointed
as the judicial manager for
Bahamas-registered British
American Insurance Compa-
ny Ltd, a CL Financial affili-
ate that is not related in any
way to British American
Financial, the former British
American Insurance Compa-



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* Regulator appoints
receiver for British
American Insurance
Company Ltd, as $948m
in liabilities exceed
$910m in assets
* Company not connected
in any way to British
American Financial,
and has no Bahamian
clients or business

ny of the Bahamas.
And, while registered in the
Bahamas, British American
Insurance Company Ltd
wrote no business here, and
has no Bahamian policyhold-
ers or clients, meaning the
impact of its slide into
receivership will not impact
this nation's economy. The
company instead operated
across much of the remainder
of the Caribbean.
In an affidavit to support
the petition, Lennox McCart-
ney, the Insurance Commis-
sioner, said British American
Insurance Company Ltd's
unaudited statements for the
financial year ended Decem-
ber 31, 2008, showed it had
total assets of almost $910
million and liabilities of
around $948 million, produc-
ing a $38 million solvency
In addition, Mr McCartney
said the Insurance Commis-
sion confirmed that as at June
25, 2009, British American

SEE page 3B

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The accountants also reiterated their desire
to amend and reform the Public Accoun-
tants Act, through changes to the licensing
and registration of accounting firms, and
these companies' ability to be incorporated
with Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) sta-
Mr Laing was also told that the Institute of
Chartered Accountants (ICAC) conference
will be held in the Bahamas between June 17-
19, 2010, with some 1,000 delegates visiting
the Bahamas.

MODEL, from 1B

answer is that we have to
refine our business model to
meet the needs of the mar-
ketplace," Mr Moree told Tri-
bune Business.
"Given the pace at which
business is moving and the
world is moving generally, the
time period is short. The win-
dow is closing, particularly
given what is happening in
other jurisdictions.
"I'd be guessing if I said we
have one, two, three years,
but we don't have the luxury
of time. There's probably no
fixed period of time after
which you could says it's all
over for us. But we don't have
a lot of time, because of what
the competition are doing and
the pace of business today."
Given that the Bahamas
had "a long way to go", not
only to bolster its competitive
position but also in enhanc-
ing its attractiveness for
investors and attracting new
business to these shores, Mr
Moree said "resolve at all lev-
els" would needed to get this
nation where it had to go.
"There's a growing aware-
ness of what needs to be
done, and one has seen some
encouraging signs recently in
that regard, in the halls of
government, to do these
things," he added. "That's
encouraging, but we still have
a long way to go.
"We have to develop a pol-
icy that is going to allow us
to be attractive, competitive
and a well-regulated interna-
tional financial centre on the
one hand and, at the same
time, continue to attract busi-

ness and ensure that people
will be able to conduct busi-
ness in an environment that
is not overly bureaucratic and
so expensive."
Among the issues the
Bahamas needed to tackle,
Mr Moree said, were cost
containment, becoming more
competitive, upgrading its
technology platform to ensure
this was comparable with any
other jurisdiction, expanding
its legislation and delivering
a full product menu, and
implementing an Immigration
policy that was flexible
enough to allow financial
institutions to hire essential
"We also need to address
quality of life issues that affect
the desirability of coming to
the Bahamas," Mr Moree told
Tribune Business, citing the
spiralling crime problem, and
improving infrastructure such
as the roads and airport.
"We've got to make sure
we, generally speaking, are a
high quality, attractive place
to do business...... We have to
be much more dynamic and
agile in addressing the needs
of the marketplace."
To do this, Mr Moree said
the Government had to "stop
running the Bahamas like it's
a big country".
While he was "reasonably
optimistic" that, given the
proper resources and com-
mitment of all stakeholders,
the Bahamas could secure the
long-term future of its inter-
national financial services
industry, the senior attorney
added: "What I sometimes
worry about is whether we

can translate the rhetoric into
action, and whether we can
leverage the Bahamas in a
way to exploit our strengths.
"We must stop running the
Bahamas like it's a big coun-
try. We are not a big country.
We are a small country. We
need to leverage our small-
ness, and make it our advan-
tage by being more agile and
responsive to what is a
dynamic industry.
"We must stop running the
ship of state as if it were a
large country, like the UK,
France and the US. We must
learn to take advantage of the
fact that we are small and
leverage it to our advantage.
That requires a major reform
in government."
By running the Bahamas as
if it were a major country, it
was suffering from the same
problems as major countries,
such as heavy bureaucracy
and inefficiency in decision-
making, Mr Moree added,
ensuring this nation was get-
ting "the worst of both
"We have to reduce the
response time to market
forces, the time we take to
develop products," he said.
"We take too long to address
regulatory and legislative
issues, and take too long to
respond to market forces gen-
The global recession, Mr
Moree added, was "precisely
the time" the Bahamas should
look at implementing far-
reaching structural reforms,
positioning its economy to
exploit the recovery when it

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According to Mr Steeves,
yearly membership fees for
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more than 30 vendors, such
as retailers and restaurants,
when the facility is complete,
while during the construc-
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INSURER, from 1B

June 25, 2009, British Amer-
ican Insurance Company
Ltd had unpaid claims in 10
eastern Caribbean states
totalling $91.65 million,
"d !,!,i it has to the present
been unable to raise the nec-
essary liquidity to pay".
British American Insur-
ance Company Ltd also had
"management-related prob-
lems", Mr McCartney
added, with all its directors
having resigned as of June
30, 2009, and no replace-
ments appointed since then.
A number of restrictions
had also been imposed on
British American Insurance
Company Ltd's operations
as of December 23, 2008,
due to the company's
"financial difficulties".
Therefore, Mr McCartney
successfully argued for the
judicial manager's appoint-
ment to safeguard the com-
pany's assets, telling Tribune
Business yesterday: "The
regional regulators and gov-
ernments in the region
would like an opportunity to
maybe recapitalise the com-
pany and continue as a
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that the duo's business has
failed to pay insurance pre-
miums for the building since
February 2009.
Neither Mr Wilchcombe
nor Ms Bridgewater returned
Tribune Business's calls seek-
ing comment on the matter
before press time, despite
detailed messages being left
at the former's Nassau home
and the latter's Freeport law
However, a source told Tri-
bune Business: "Associated
Grocers has sent a crew down

there and locked them [Mr
Wilchcombe and Ms Bridge-
water] out."
That proved, following sub-
sequent Tribune Business
checks, to be only partially
accurate, this newspaper con-
firming that while locksmiths
and security guards had been
sent to the warehouse on
Associated Grocers' behalf,
they had held off from chang-
ing the locks after Ms Bridge-
water promised to pay at least
part of the rent owed by close
of business yesterday. Tribune
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"Associated Grocers are
down there with a security
team and locksmiths, but
they're holding off because
they've been offered two
months' rent and the balance
in 14 days," another source
confirmed. "If they don't get
their two months' rent, the
lock-out will continue. They
have to see Associated Gro-
cers are serious."
Also understood to be pre-
sent at the scene, and accom-
panying the locksmiths and
attorneys from Nelson's, were
some attorneys from Dupuch
& Turnquest, the Bahamian
law firm that represents Asso-
ciated Grocers. However,
Dupuch & Turnquest
declined to comment when
contacted by Tribune Busi-
ness, although the telephone
lines between their office and
Ms Bridgewater's were said
to be humming yesterday with
contacts between the two par-
Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater are understood
to be disputing the sum Asso-
ciated Grocers is claiming
they owe, but the Florida-
based company is said to have
grown increasingly frustrated

by their alleged failure to
respond to its demand letters,
seeking immediate payment.
The timing of the episode is
likely to be somewhat embar-
rassing for Mr Wilchcombe,
given that he has just
announced his bid to become
the PLP's deputy leader. "It's
a whole embarrassment," one
source told Tribune Business.
"He's had the building for
nine months, and it has got
very little inventory in it."
The timing is also not good
for Ms Bridgewater, coming
directly before her scheduled
trial over the alleged attempt
to extort money from Holly-
wood actor John Travolta fol-
lowing the death of his son.
This is likely to be another
Associated Grocers had
been attempting to sell its
Freeport warehouse, which
cost $8 million to construct,
for a price understood to be
around $12 million. In the
absence of buyers, though, it
eventually did the lease deal
with Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater, who told Tri-
bune Business earlier this
year that some 30 persons had
been hired to operate it.

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Government moves on

power plant concerns

Business Reporter

moving to address a number
of emissions concerns asso-
ciated with dated equipment
at BEC power plants
throughout the Family
Islands, the minister of state
for the environment said
yesterday, as environmental
activists rail against the erec-
tion of a new Abaco power
Phenton Neymour, speak-
ing to Tribune Business,
sought to dispel some of the
concerns about the pro-
posed Wilson City power

plant that have been circu-
lating. A group has pro-
duced a short documentary
about the construction of
the plant and its possible
environmental impact,
which they have circulated
on the Internet.


One of the group's main
concerns is the proposed use
of Bunker C fuel oil to run
the Wilson City power plan-
t's turbines. They believe
the fuel will produce much
more dense carbon emis-
sions than other fuels, while
increasing the chance of acid
rain over the islands of the

They also suggested that
oil spills in this area could
affect a marine park pro-
posed for an area nearby, as
well as affect the subter-
ranean aquifer.
Mr Neymour asserted that
the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation has always used
Bunker C fuel oil in New
Providence, and insisted that
the Wilson City plant will
adopt the most stringent
environmental practices.
"This is a new plant, in
which environmental proce-
dures and processes will be
put in place," he said. "I am
extremely disappointed that
these individuals would have
taken the approach that they
Mr Neymour contended


that the Government would
have considered renewable
energy sources if they had
been viable for Abaco.
He suggested the problem
with renewable energy
sources at present is that
"the sun does not shine 24
hours and the wind does not
blow all the time".
The Government has
arranged a town hall meet-
ing for today in Marsh Har-
bour, Abaco, to discuss the
plant with the residents.


The Wilson City plant is
to supply power to residents
of north, central andsouth
Abaco, and was strategically
placed at Wilson City in
order to make distribution

throughout the island more


According to Mr Ney-
mour, the cheaper Bunker C
fuel oil will also produce
savings for the residents of
Abaco and reduce govern-
ment/BEC's dependency on
oil in the long run.
"That's why we are
proposing to use it in Abaco
because Abaco is the largest
Family Island distribution
facility," he said. "It will
produce at a lower cost for
Abaco, lowering the overall
cost of fuels for the
Bahamas. We are doing this
in order to lower the fuel
surcharge for all Bahami-



Common Law & Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
comprising Eight hundred and Fifty-nine thousandths (.859) of
an acre situate on the Southern side of Haynes Avenue in the
Settlement of Governor's Harbour in the Island of Eleuthera.

IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Ian A. Gray and Ellen
M. Gray

The Petition of IAN A. GRAY AND ELLEN M. GRAY of
Ontario, Canada in respect of:-

"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate on the Southern
side of Haynes Avenue in the Settlement of Governor's Harbour
in the Island of Eleuthera comprising Eight hundred and Fifty-
nine thousandths (.859) of an acre and which said parcel of
land is bounded on the NORTHNORTHEAST by Haynes
Avenue and running thereon Fifteen and Forty-one hundredths
(15.41) feet on the NORTHEAST by Buccaneer Hill said to
be the property of Tanya Melich-Crone and running thereon
One hundred and Forty-nine and Ninety-three hundredths
(149.43) feet on the NORTHWEST by the said Buccaneer Hill
and running thereon Twenty-four and Ninety-four hundredths
(24.94) feet on the NORTHEAST by the said Buccaneer Hill
and by land said to be the property of Paul Petty and running
thereon Fifty-eight and Seventy-eight hundredths (58.78) feet
and One hundred and Nine and Fifty-eight hundredths (109.58)
feet respectively on the SOUTHEAST by a chain-linked
fence separating it from the property of the said Paul Petty and
running thereon One hundred and Forty-three and Eighty-one
hundredths (143.81) feet on the SOUTHWEST again by the
property of the said Paul Petty and by the property of Bishop
Clifford and Velma Petty and running thereon Seventy-four
and Twenty-seven hundredths (74.27) feet and Eighty-nine
and Thirty-four hundredths (89.34) feet respectively on
the SOUTHEAST by the property of the said Bishop and
Velma Petty and running thereon Twenty-five and Forty-one
hundredths (25.41) feet on the SOUTHWEST by the property
of Pamela Moss and Trevor Pyfrom and running thereon in
total Seventy-nine and Twenty hundredths (79.20) feet on the
NORTHWEST by the property of the said Trevor Pyfrom and
running thereon Nineteen and Thirty-nine hundredths (19.39)
feet and on the NORTH and WEST by the property of the
Estate of David Sweeting and running thereon in several courses
Eighteen and Twenty-nine hundredths (18.29) feet, Six and
Two hundredths (6.02) feet, Seventy-nine and Fifty hundredths
(79.50) feet, Eleven and Sixty-one hundredths (11.61) feet and
Sixty-eight and Forty-one hundredths (68.41) feet and which
said parcel of land has such position shape marks boundaries
and dimensions as are shown on the plan filed herein which is
recorded in the Department of Lands and Surveys as "Plan No.
935 EL" and thereon outlined in Pink."

IAN A. GRAY AND ELLEN M. GRAY claim to be the
owners in fee simple in possession of the said land free from
encumbrances and has made application to the Supreme Court
in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas under Section 3 of The
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have their title to the said land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in
accordance with the provisions of the said Act.A plan of the
said land may be inspected during normal office hours in the
following places:The Registry of the Supreme Court in the
said City of Nassau;The Chambers of McKinney, Bancroft
& Hughes, Mareva House, 4 George Street in the City of
Nassau, Attorneys for the Petitioners; and The office of the
Administrator at Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera.

Notice is hereby given that any persons having dower or a
right of dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on or before the 20th day of October, 2009
file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a statement of their claim in the prescribed form,
verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such
person to file and serve a statement of his claim on or before the
said 20th day of October, A.D., 2009 will operate as a bar to
such claim.

Dated the 26th day of August, A.D., 2009

Mareva House
4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioners

NOTICE is hereby given that STACY MOSS OF DURHAM
STREET, NASSAU, THE 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 3RD day of SEPTEMBER, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ROLAND ANDREW BRYAN
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 3RD day of September, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-831, Nassau, Bahamas.

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1 81 1 15 Abaco Markets 1 15 1 15 000 0127 0 00 91 000%
11 80 1000 Bahamas Property Fund 11 00 11 00 000 0992 0200 11 1 1 82%
9 30 6 25 Bank of Bahamas 6 25 6 25 0 00 0 244 0 260 25 6 416%
0 89 0 63 Benchmark 0 63 0 63 0 00 -0 877 0 000 N/M 00%
349 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 000 0078 0090 404 286%
237 2 14 Fidelity Bank 2 37 237 0 00 0 055 0 040 43 1 169%
14 20 1018 CableBahamas 11 100 10 50 -0 50 1,000 1 406 0 250 75 238%
2 88 2 74 Colina Holdings 2 74 2 74 0 00 0 249 0 040 110 146%
7 50 5 26 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 549 526 -0 23 28,149 0419 0 300 126 570%
3 85 1 27 Consolidated Water BDRs 3 69 368 -001 0111 0 052 33 2 141%
285 1 32 Doctors Hospital 2 03 203 0 00 0 382 0 080 53 394%
8 20 6 60 Famguard 6 60 660 0 00 0 420 0 240 157 364%
12 50 9 30 Flnco 9 30 930 0 00 0 322 0 520 28 9 59%
11 71 1030 FirstCanbbean Bank 10 30 10 30 000 0794 0350 130 340%
553 495 Focol (S) 512 512 000 0332 0150 154 293%
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0 45 0 30 Freeport Concrete 0 30 0 30 0 00 0 035 0 000 86 000%
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8 00 6 00 Cabbean Crossings (Pref) 2 00 6 25 400 0 000 0 480 N/M 780%
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1 4867 1 4105 CFAL Money Market Fund 1 4867 3 70 540 28-Aug-09
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1009600 931992 CFAL Global Equity Fund 967398 035 -418 30-Jun-09
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THE Bahamas Financial
Services Board's (BFSB) pro-
ject officer, Venetia Gilbert,
has successfully completed the
Canadian Securities Course
(CSC) after studying with the
Nassau-based Securities
Training Institute (STI).
Ms Albury, STI's course
administrator, said: "STI pre-
sents a timely and progressive
study programme that greatly
assists students in their under-
standing of financial products
and services, which is neces-
sary to compete in the global
financial market."
Ms Gilbert is pictured


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Nassau Airport
Developmel1 Company


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* Do you travel to the Family Islands, U.S. andlor other Internatkoal
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* Do you normally arrive 'Just in time' for your flight a the airport?
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faxd to the nunter on the applalon f rmn.

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Pit (242) 377-02091 Fa: (242) 377-0294
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Business owner close to escaping BEC through $35k solar investment

run equipment and pull their
own amperage in order to
Since supplying his office
with solar power, Mr Weath-
erford has removed several
of his regulators.
"I was spending five-and-
a-half amps 24 hours per day
non-stop. That's a lot of load

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Whereas there are sufficient funds to provide a cash dividend
to the shareholders of Doctors Hospital Health System, and

Whereas the Directors have determined that after the
payment of such dividends the Company will be able to meet
all of its continuing obligations and provide adequate funds
for reinvestment in the business,

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors has
declared a dividend of $0.02 per share to be paid to
shareholders of record on September 17, 2009. The payment
date shall be September 30, 2009.

Heath For Li

just to clean up my electrici-
ty," he said. "All this equip-
ment burns 4 amps, so I was
spending more than I burn to
clean the power."
Mr Weatherford said a
brownout, which is a partial
blackout, almost cost him his
store after the fluctuation
caused electrical systems in
his air conditioning to catch
"Bahamians know about

brownout, trust me. Every-
thing in their houses gets
burned up," he said.
Now, with the sun produc-
ing power during the day and
a 22-battery backup system
recharged in two hours, after
losing 20 per cent of its power
during the night, Sure Alarms
could be fully power inde-
pendent, but for the air con-
Mr Weatherford said he is




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Personal Financial
Services Officer
Marsh Harbour Branch, Abaco
The successful candidate should possess the following
* A minimum of 5 years banking experience with credit
* ABIFS/AICB Diploma or a Bachelor's Degree in
Banking (or related field)
* Previous experience in portfolio and liability
administration would be an asset
Key Skills:
SStrong Negotiating/Selling Skills
" Strong Problem Solving Skills
SStrong Leadership & Coaching
SRelationship Building
SImpact and Influence
SAbility to manage multiple priorities
* Demonstrated written and verbal communication
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)
Responsibilities include:
* Contributing to meeting team sales plan, and related
activities through effective assessment of customer
financial needs, providing product solutions
* Maintaining and growing the customer portfolio by
identifying and promoting personal banking
solutions for customer needs with a continuous focus
on relationship building
* Developing and maintaining relationships with
service partners to optimize business opportunities
and referrals
A competitive compensation package (base salary &
bonus) commensurate with relevant experience and
qualifications is offered.
Please apply by September 11, 2009:
Regional Manager Human Resources
Caribbean Banking
RBC Royal Bank of Canada
Bahamas Regional Office
East Hill Street
EO. Box N-7549, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas

FROM page 1B
According to Mr Weather-
ford, the solar power system
can supply clean, uninter-
rupted power to homes and
businesses, reducing the need
for voltage regulators and bat-
tery back-up systems, which
often put a strain on motor-

The offices

extending his solar panels
across the length of his prop-
erty in order to fully produce
"green" energy.
However, he added that
solar panels have a half-life
of about 20 years, while the
batteries which produce pow-
er during the night have a life
of about 15 years.
Mr Weatherford suggested
that purchasing more batter-
ies than a system needs in the
beginning will allow the own-
er to expand the system in the
future when more load is
needed, and also put less
strain on the batteries when
the system is not collecting
He argued that these sys-
tems will, in the future, pre-
sent business opportunities
for many Bahamians as
households switch to this
alternative energy source.
Mr Weatherford is current-
ly converting his home to
solar power in order to
decrease his BEC electricity
usage and become more envi-

of the Public

Workers' Co-operative Credit

Union Limited will be closed

on Friday, September 11th,

2009, due to the annual Staff

Fun Day.


Applications are invited from persons for the position
of Assistant Vice-President, Private Banking

Job Summary
The Candidate must have an established international
client base with the proven ability to generate new client
relationships and develop the client base in line with the
Bank's products and services.

* Develop and introduce new business in line with the
institution's established policies and procedures
* Perform necessary client administrative duties and promote
established products and services
* Have a sound working knowledge of The Bahamas' KYC
and AML requirements
* Assist with communication and translation of foreign
* Provide and /or communicate investment services /
mandates to clients
* Travel will be required

* Prior experience in marketing in the financial services
environment for a minimum of eight years is expected.
* Knowledge and experience in the private banking and
investments is required
* Must have established clientele
* Must be fluent in English and French.

Remuneration is commensurate with experience.

Interested persons may apply by submitting
resumes by e-mail to
"Assistant Vice President Private Banking"
on or before Friday, 18th September, 2009.


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The senior interface between the Bank and Corporate Clien
for business development, client servicing and problem solve


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ronmentally friendly.
Government has laboured
over its national energy poli-
cy, which is currently explor-
ing alternative energy sources,
while continuing to build fuel
oil-burning electricity plants.
And while according to law
it is illegal to operate a home
or business without an elec-
tricity meter, the former
Christie administration
removed the customs duty on
solar panels to encourage
their use.
Minister of State for the
environment, Phenton Ney-
mour, said on the use of solar
and wind energy: "The sun
does not shine 24 hours and
the wind does not blow all the
However, Mr Weather-
ford's model seems to be
working for him, for the
moment. And many have
been waiting for the moment
when a business or residen-
tial user challenges the BEC
electricity supply model cur-
rently enshrined in law.


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government," the eighth actu- 25 amendments that the Gov- 2005 Social Security Reform that there were "significant demands from government
arial review said. "Instead, it ernment has approved, and Commission had been enact- risks" associated with an and quasi-government agen-
is a body corporate, managed which it hopes will go before ed, even though the Christie immediate increase in the cies to borrow funds at below

ples of this, NIB's relatively
low compliance rates and
"excessive administrative
costs"; the fact the insurable
wage ceiling had only been
increased twice in 36 years;
and that "pension increases
and mass employee hiring
that coincides with general
Poor governance, the
report said, had also resulted
in some 75 per cent of NIB's
investments being made in
government, and government
agency, securities, while NIB
funds had been used "for pur-
poses other than prescribed
in legislation".
"The National Insurance
Board is not a department of

by a Board over what a min-
ister has parliamentary over-
"As a result, the role of the
minister regarding the affairs
of the National Insurance
Board is very limited. Since
inception, however, ministers
have often exerted greater
influence over Board affairs
than is provided for by the
National Insurance Act."
As a result, the report rec-
ommended that Section seven
of the NIB Act be amended
to limit the directions the
responsible minister can give
to NIB's Board to policy only,
rather than the wide-ranging
brief the minister has now.
However, the official state-
ment that NIB put out on the

Parliament before year-end,
appeared relatively light when
it came to addressing gover-
nance issues - there was prac-
tically no mention of them,
even though they formed a
key (and, some would say,
central) part of Mr Osborne's
The eighth actuarial report
also identified another aspect
of problems associated with
political involvement in NIB
decision-making, namely the
reluctance of policymakers to
enact reforms that might be
painful for some, and poten-
tially cost even a small minor-
ity of votes in future general
Pointing to the fact that no
recommendations from the

government had accepted its
findings in April 2007, the
eighth actuarial review said:
"It is important that govern-
ments consider and act upon
the recommendations made
in periodic actuarial reviews,
as population and socio-eco-
nomic changes lead to new
social and financial challenges
to which National Insurance
should respond.
"And, with financial sus-
tainability being a major con-
cern, changes aimed at reduc-
ing long-term costs should be
made sooner rather than later,
as such changes often take
several years before any
noticeable financial impact is
Mr Osborne's review added

NIB contribution rate, which
currently stands at 8.8 per
cent, split 3.4/5.4 between
employee and employer
respectively. And some of
these were linked to gover-
nance issues.
"Firstly, generating addi-
tional income may provide
opportunities for inappropri-
ate investments, the granting
of excessive pension adjust-
ments and increases to admin-
istrative costs," the report
"Also, with increasing
annual surpluses, suitable
investment vehicles will have
to be found. A larger Fund,
which has difficulty finding
investment opportunities,
could therefore open itself to

market rates."
The Government's fiscal
deficit, debt position and the
overall health of the public
finances have deteriorated
sharply since the eighth actu-
arial report was written, but
Mr Osborne also warned
then: "The primary risk to the
National Insurance Fund of
further lending to the Gov-
ernment lies in the possibility
of government not being able
to liquidate bonds on or
before their maturity dates,
should funds be needed to
meet pension expenditure.
"With the above risks and
the potential for poor gover-
nance practices, a rate
increase is not recommended


Is Seeking
A Corporate Services Bupervisor

Applicants should bc Bahanian and have at least thrcc (3) years prvcical experience in.
the following areas:

a Company [neoqrprati(iiS
a FIormation of Foundaliins
* Company C(oniniLutins
, Voluniiry l.iquidaiuins
* Mecrs.'Cionolidatins
a Ihalling and vCetling Conlrads ind Agreements
SRusiness License Applications including require nts oflhe Grand Bah ma Port
Aulhority Lnmited

Eligible canddates should also be familiar with the Financial and Corpurate Servic
Providers Act and hold ether an LLB or a Bachelrs Degee in Business Admini.sTirtiin
and or Finac. Compensiilitm ami l neli s to be paid cummensural with cxpericnc,

Rrsunw alung with copies of your credolials should e sent to P.O. Box N - 3910,
Nassau, The Bahamas, Attention: Corporate Service Leader no later than Friday,
September 25. 2009.

The National Insurance Board

of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Request for Contractors Pre-Qualification

T'' NA-tiInal Insuranc'e HLrdJ (NIl) is tAking tJ pre-qtlhfl) Lnlralurs to bldJ ,.n
wa'rks tvo oinsrr'ui,'t a w, rwenmnt Cirmniplr m in Frc~plrt, Graind Raha.rnm; rll pro~'iT
is a jOriLTiu vLnLture oft NIB and The lhaima. Govcrnmonr. CnTractors ' mus hi in
compliance with the National Insurance Act Isocial security programme), and in
pood standing with the relevant Government agencies.

Pre-qualificariin documnintr may be coillTecd from the S curitvyB Rooh at NIB'i
Cliltord Darling Complex. Blue Hill Road, or from NIB's Frccpon Local OtIice, on
The Mall. Frcpnrt. Grand Bahami, tfrm September 8 to September 1'. 20C9.

Prt-QLLllfin rml kliI'imnlri[s hI,.',uld b -signdi ,i walai, t and rei urrld �i the- SetkLLr'ii
Booth, Clifford DartlLng Complc in New Providence anr to the FlcLreepor Local Offic
In Grand Bahama, on or before 11:M Noon on September 23. 209.

Clifton Heritage National Park



lob Vacancy

Purchaser/Assistant Manager

There is a vacancy for the position of Purchaser/Assistant Manager
in Saveco Trading Company.

The successful applicant will have following responsibilities

* Responsible for re-ordering of regular merchandise
* Sourcing of new goods and product lines
* Monitoring of Stock Movement and Inventory Control
* Play a Supervisory and Administrative Role in Organisation

The Applicant, if selected, will be expected to do the following:

* Maintain optimum inventory levels through timely purchasing
* Improve Stock Turn Ratios

Applications must meet the following qualifications in order to
be considered:

* Must hold 1st Degree in Business or Related Field
(e.g. marketing/Finance)
* Must be Microsoft Word and Excel Proficient (2003 or 2007)
* Must be able to work flexible hours, including late nights,
weekends and some holidays
* Must have an understanding of the process of costing
* Must have flexibility to travel
* Must have good interpersonal and negotiating skills
-3 years prior work experience in the same or similar field,
and knowledge of shipping and customs logistics, would be
an asset.

Applications should be submitted TYPED with C.V. (r6sume)
enclosed to:

The Human Resources Manager
Saveco Trading Co. Ltd
Taylor Street, Nassau
The Bahamas

Applications can also be emailed to

The Deadline for applications is September 18th, 2009.

Souih Wet Bay Road * P.O. Box SP-63846
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 1(242) 362-4386 or I 2421 362-5121 or
Fax: 362.5017
L mJil: park.lif ,n @n ,hy/,cn

Employment Opportunity

The Clifton Heiritug Authority is kingg the services of an individual to
fill the position of Managing Director in accordance ill Section 14 of the
Clifton Hieritae Authorit Act 2004.

The individual will be required to provide executive leadership, superii-
.iorl and direction rfr the various units of the Clifltn Ilcritage Aulhirit
and the Heritage Park, while farlitating the research and promolion of it
historical and cultural reemarrces.

Duties and Responsibilities:
* RlpmIThIble for the impleamntalion of pliJie., programs and goals and
objectives for the efficient r~nagemnent of the Clifton Heritage Authority,
* E nt urc- the development and implementation of a i rtgicg plan for lhe
management of the Clifton Heriiage Park ensuring that accepted operating
standards and practices are cmplocd.
* Coort inui1 and supervise all activities related to safety and security, bei
einvironutent praictiLc. an4d all mates related t t the prIrilatin aiel fhe
historic structures and the conservation of natural resouVres at the Pauk
* Serves as a key advisor to the Clifton I I.rriL.agL: Authlirity Board on
matlers and issues relative to the maintenance and upkeep of the park-
* Oversee and cotrdlinale all public and private use of facilities and
recreational spaces ul the Clifton Heritage A uthoity Park, incl uding
rationalization and coll Ic ion of user fees.
* Liaise. with other govemmcnt, non-government, regional and intcmational
agencies to exploe orne oprtLLnitic, to promote the sustainable development
and management of Ihe (.liIlnn Heritage Authority and Park,
* Direct and coordinate thc employment of ,tail, develop and implement
opening policies, standards and procedures to ensure performance and
mantinain a stble working environment,
* Conduct i.K. ijodi,.nt.s of facilitiE,- and inlnatructure and
recommend improvements or repairs as necessary.
* Prepare and submit a monthly report to the Bowrd of Directos on lhe
operations of the Auth Liiy.
* Liaise with the DBard. consuliants and marking and public relations staff
an Lhe development of material and efforts for ihe prromtiin of the Park.

PIut 1Ou ual Ikiinan
* A minimum aif a graduate a d grw in administration or discipline relevant
to ihc Park's operation, and /o 10 years ex prince in a senior administra-
(iv " c;ip iL'ty,

Applications are available at the Authority's office. South Wesl Road. Clif-
Ion Cay and should be submitted along with resume by 4pm, 14 September,
Telephone coniIlad 362.5121 or 362-6729



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BEC chief to

address new

power plant

Cruise@ " THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation's (BEC) general
0*iry F eItD 5 manager is set to address the
. - . ; Abaco Business Outlook con-
'~- ference on the power produc-
e her's renewable energy drive,
plus its proposed power plant
at Wilson City.
Kevin Basden, who has
been BEC's general manag-
er since 2004, gained a BsC
degree in electrical power
from Oklahoma State Uni-
versity, and has studied man-
agement training at both Har-
vard Business School and the
Wharton School of Business
in Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, Michael Bray-
nen, the director of marine
resources at the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources, will address the
conference on Abaco-related
marine resource issues.
Mr Braynen was educated
at the Government High
School in Nassau, University
of the West Indies in Jamaica,
University of Washington in KEVIN BASDEN
the US and Humberside Col-
lege in the UK. National Insurance Board;
He has worked at the I Isaac Collie, lawyer and econ-
Department of Marine omist; I. Chester Cooper,
Resources since 1975, and president and chief executive,
previously held the positions British American Financial;
of deputy director, assistant Rev Lennie Etienne, presi-
director, manager of the fish-;A dent of Abaco Farmers Coop-
landing complex, senior fish- i erative Society; Dr Pearl
series officer, fisheries officer McMillan, director of public
and fisheries superintendent. health, and Anne Albury,
The seminar's keynote vision speaker.
speaker is Senator Vincent x . ;: Abaco Business Outlook is
Vanderpool-Wallace, minis- . ,,4 . a one-day seminar coordinat-
ter of tourism and aviation. 17 ed by The Counsellors. The
Other speakers include Eric :, seminar, in its sixth year, is
Carey, executive director, themed Renewed Optimism:
Bahamas National Trust; Embracing New Opportuni-
Algernon Cargill, director, MICHAEL BRAYNEN ties.

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Choice steps

into His love
Tribune Features Reporter
THOSE in need of spiritual upliftment can look
forward to the debut of up and coming gospel
group Ultimate Choice who will release their
first single "Step into His love" in a matter of
The nine member group has high hopes for the song's suc-
cess, and expects it "to light up the airwaves."
Though Ultimate Choice has been around for three years,
this will be their first song release. "The song is original, and is
a breath of fresh air," Myrtle Pinder, lead vocalist of the group
said yesterday.
Speaking to Tribune Features, she predicted that the song will
have "a profound impact" on listeners.
"If we have love in our hearts, we wouldn't have so much
crime. I hope that this song will touch lives and draw people
closer to Christ.We started recording last year," she explained,
adding: "the editing process has been a long one, but it has paid
The single is diverse in sound, infused with an eclectic mix of
reggae, and southern gospel flavour.
Group members: Myrtle Pinder, Thomas Newton, Patrick
Bodie, Crystal Miller, Shandie Mackey, Kayetta Brown,
Dwayne Knowles, Joam Occes and Sofy Rolle said they are
very excited about this recent project.
The song sends a simple message about salvation, and in the
main chorus gives an appeal to accept Christ, a decision Mr
Bodie said is life's "ultimate choice." The chorus says:
"Step into his love

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the nation

"As for you, if you
walk before me in
integrity of heart and ,
uprightness, as David E IEV -N( ELX
your father did, and
do all I command and P XLX( .( )I N
observe my decrees
and laws, I will
establish your royal
throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father
when I said, 'You shall never fail to have a man on the throne of
Israel.'(1 Kings 9: 4-5).
THIS was a promise for then and it is God's promise for
now. If we want to have a holy nation and walk in integrity of
heart and uprightness, we need Jesus Christ on the throne of
our hearts. This is truly made possible by the power of the
Holy Spirit guiding and guarding us.
As you consider this passage, respond to the following
What does integrity of heart mean to you?
What does it mean to walk in integrity of heart?
How does this desire shape your daily walk?
In what situations are you less than upright?
What can you do to rectify this?
If this type of approach to life is our organising principle
then we have to move from thinking to action: "What good is
it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no
deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is
without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him,
"Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does
nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same
way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is
dead." (James 2:14-17)
If we want to shape a holy nation then we have to model
holiness in the loving treatment of others. Children who live
with violence, easily learn to be violent.
Children who live with kindness are more likely to follow suit.
Are you a person of faithful action?
What motivates you to act?
Are you an asset to our national journey to holiness or a
Let us ponder each day how our every thought, word and
action affects the future of our country. We still have much to
learn about the downfall that comes from false pride, greed,
gluttony, deceit, infidelity, and dishonesty. We each can do
more to teach by example, by words of encouragement, shar-
ing past experiences and praying for God's ongoing revela-

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Roman Catholic Pioneers:

Bishop Bernard Kevenhoerster

IN 1903, Father Theodore
Kevenhoerster OSB was sent to the
Bahamas and stationed at Sacred
Heart Church, Nassau. Unfortunately,
he was a consumptive and died within
two years - the first Benedictine to die
in the Bahamas. Twenty four years
later his brother Father Bernard
Kevenhoerster came as Prior and even-
tually the first Catholic Bishop of the
John Kevenhoerster was born in
Germany on November 1, 1869 but in
his early youth his parents migrated to
Minneapolis, USA. After receiving his
early education at St Joseph's
Parochial School, he studied at St
John's University and then entered the
Benedictine novitiate, taking the reli-
gious name Bernard. He took his vows
in 1892 and was the assistant to the
Master of Novices until he received his
Holy Orders in 1896.
Father Bernard taught at the St
John's University but also held impor-
tant positions as student chaplain,
Moderator of the Alexian Literary
Society and Rector of the Seminary. In
1907, Father Bernard, Vice Rector St
John's University became Prior and
later pastor at St Anselm's New York
(which included the eastern mission
and the Bahamas). In his long tenure
he greatly assisted the Bahamas mis-
sion from a distance.
In late 1929, Father Bernard came to
the Bahamas where he became Vicar
Forane and Superior to the
Benedictines in charge of local mis-
sions. However despite this position he
asked Father Bonaventure to place him
in strategic positions so he could be of
use. He wanted to be chaplain for the


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lepers, prison, hospitals and assistant at
St Francis Xaviers. He took masses,
gave sermons and taught classes to con-
verts. He won the favour of the chil-
dren and Governor Sir Bede Clifford
started attending church regularly.
On Sunday, February 7, 1932,
Monsignor Bernard Kevenhoerster
was solemnly installed as the first
Prefect Apostolic of the Bahamas by
his Eminence Cardinal Hayes,
Archbishop of New York on behalf of
the Holy See. The Bahamas were now
detached from the Diocese of New
York and became a distinct ecclesiasti-
cal unit under the direction of the
Congregation of Propaganda (the
department of the pontifical adminis-
tration charged with the spread of
Catholicism and with the regulation of
ecclesiastic affairs in non-Catholic
countries). However, the Bahamas con-
tinued to be under the care of the
Benedictines of St John's Abbey.
Monsignor Bernard now had jurisdic-
tion of a bishop and was entitled to
wear the episcopal insignia - and St
Francis Xavier's became a cathedral!
The next year in New York Monsignor
Hayes was elevated and consecrated to
Vicar Apostolate.
Cardinal Hayes paid tribute to
Monsignor Bernard: ".....(he)
endeared himself to New York by his

priestly and pastoral zeal. We are confi-
dent that under this wise and devoted
shepherd the faith will prosper and
flourish." A prophecy that proved to be
From 1933 to 1949, Bishop Bernard
advanced Catholicism in the Bahamas
through his kindness and interest in the
poor and needy. Each year he made a
begging trip to the USA to collect
funds to be used in the building of
Parish Schools. The Catholic popula-
tion in 1929 was 3,200 out of a total of
55,000. By 1943, the Catholic popula-
tion doubled to 7,122 and the 1954
Government census showed 13,054
Catholics from a total of 83,060.
Bishop Bernard had appointed and
worked alongside Father Bonaventure
to build up the church; together they
established more convents and a sister-
hood on the islands. Abbot Alcuin con-
tinued to send more missionaries from
St John's Abbey - the result was praise
from the Congregation of the
Propagation of Faith as the Bahamas
mission was one of the best in the
entire mission field of the Church. And
the new Bishop encouraged musician
Father Quentin Arnold Dittberner to
establish Boy Scouts and Cubs in five
churches, which led to the formation of
a bugle, fife and drum band assisted by
Roderic Sims - the 40 member band
played in processions and wedding
feasts adding greatly to the prestige of
the Catholic Church. Another success-
ful venture that started under Bishop
Bernard was sports activities.
Father Marcian Peters spotted two
good cricket players and asked them to
start the nucleus of a cricket team - this
team branched out into track, soccer,

baseball, softball and basketball the
sport that keeps Father Marcian's
name alive today, the High School
Marcian Peter's Tournament.
It should be remembered that Father
Bernard came to the Bahamas at the
age of sixty. In all his twenty years in
the Bahamas he was plagued by poor
health, weak spells, digestive and eye
trouble but overcame all that by perse-
verance and a dogged spirit which
inspired all who came in contact with
him. But Bishop Bernard could also
become discouraged and had periods
of depression brought on by problems
and difficulties. On December 6, 1931,
after an exhausting collecting tour in
New York he wrote:
"St Nicholas - oh what a fine day
here in Nassau....Here I was finished
at 10 o'clock and an ideal Nassau
early winter day - so calm - restful and
peaceful - flowers and green - in all
one exclaims, 'how good is God!' Last
Sunday I had to preach nine times
starting at 6 am and finishing at 12.30
- raw, disagreeable and everybody
seeming sad and dejected and I had
been sick to my stomach for ten days."
In the last two years of his life Bishop
Bernard's health was fragile and he suf-
fered several bad strokes. The doctors
told him to slow down and rest but he
insisted on visiting parishes and
encouraging the building of the St
Augustine's Monastery and College.
He celebrated his eightieth birthday in
November then died peacefully in the
Priory on December 9, 1949.
Thousands viewed his remains as he
lay in state in Bungalow Dunmore; the
final field mass, attended by thousands,
was held at a temporary altar set up on
the basketball court in the Priory
grounds and officiated by many leaders
of the church followed by a half mile
procession to the cemetery.
The whole island was grief stricken
at the death of this 'black bishop with a
white skin', who retained the humble
heart of a monk and followed the Holy
Rule: To hold oneself aloof from
worldly ways. He was 'a great priest
who in his days pleased God and was
found just'.

Ultimate Choice steps into His love

FROM page 25

He's the saviour from above
After all he's done for you
It's the least that you can do
With your heart and mind and
Let him take complete control
See his death was not in vain
Cause he's coming back again'

The song has a catchy tune, and
can be heard on Spirit 92.5 FM, Joy
101.9 FM and ZNS 107.9 FM.
Patrick Bodie is the producer of
the group, Kevin Butler is the man-
ager, and the song writer is Thomas
According to Mr Bodie, there are
tentative plans to debut their offi-
cial album sometime next summer.

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Students urged to THINK BIG

THE Restoration Kingdom
Ministries AG Family has dubbed the
month of September as education
month vowing to help increase the
national grade average from a D to a
C B by working with one family at a
At the church's recent Back to
School service, two books were given
to members, Gifted Hands and
THINK BIG both written by
renowned neurosurgeon Dr Ben
Carson and students were given
school supplies.
At the service held on August 31,
Pastor Cleveland Wells encouraged
students to enter the new year using
the acronym for THINK BIG as out-
lined in Dr Carson's book. The letters
stand for -talent, honesty insight nice
knowledge, books, in-depth learning
and God.
Students were told that returning
to the classroom, requires, a new
mind set or new way of thinking.
"The old way of thinking must be
changed. To do so requires, recognis-
ing that everyone has talent. Talents
are given by God to work with. Each
individual determines
what his or her outcome will be by
their decision to use or not to use
their talent," Pastor Wells said.
Students, who would like to have a
"well done" at the end of the school
year, must determine within them-
selves to work hard and use the talent
given to them by God.
Examples given of using talent and
the end results were Albert Einstein,
Alexander Graham Bell and Dr
Honesty still remains the best poli-
cy today Pastor Wells added. As an
example, the students were given an
example from the book where Dr
Carson said that he had a cheating
colleague in college who ended up
not being accepted into medical
Additionally, Pastor Wells said hav-
ing insight into your future is impera-
tive. What insight
really means is to give attention to
older persons as they offer advice for
various situations. These persons
would have experienced the situation
already, and would have the knowl-
edge to give counsel. Pastor Wells
reminded the students of the old
Bahamian adage, "you make your
bed hard, you lay in it hard."
The students were also encouraged
to be nice to be people whether it be
by being cordial to each other, assist-
ing their teachers or just saying good

Pastor Wells told the youth that
knowledge is a very important key in
succeeding in life.
"The people perish for lack of
knowledge and what you don't know
can hurt you," he said.
He further pointed out that an indi-
vidual must read books. Pastor Wells,
said that Dr Carson stated that if his
possessions were taken away, having

knowledge could help him to replen-
ish them and that reading can help an
individual acquire skills. Students
need to study for a lifetime and not
just for an exam he urged.
The final letter in Think Big is God
and Pastor Wells said that whatever
the students do, they must put God
first in their lives so that they can
have success.

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