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Paul Moss

formally tells

Christie of his

upcoming bid

for leadership


Factions clash

over legitimacy

of nominees

Tribune Staff Reporter
A RUCKUS kicked off at
Worker's House yesterday
morning as nominations
were submitted for the
Bahamas Hotel Catering
and Allied Workers Union's
(BHCAWU) upcoming
Supporters and members
of Kirk Wilson's Deliver-
ance Team were pitted
against those behind Nicole
Martin's A Team as
BHCAWU president Roy
Colebrooke, general secre-
tary Leo Douglas and Direc-
tor of Labour Harcourt
Brown discussed the legiti-
macy of three nominees
behind closed doors.
Mr Douglas and Mr Cole-
brooke refused to accept
nominations from Tyrone
Beneby, Philippa Dixon and
Raymond Wright running

for the Deliverance Team
as they said the nominees
are not rightful members of
the union according to the
When the Director of
Labour overseeing the
process said Team Deliver-
ance members could still be
nominated, Mr Colebrooke
told him he was 'sent to
supervise' and 'did not have
the power to change the
constitution', an observer
As they held discussions
in private, commotion
unfolded in the hallway.
An observer said:
"There's ruckus inside the
hall, people are screaming
and carrying on, shouting
obscenities, and people from
different sides are threaten-
ing each other.
"The Redemption team,
headed by Sidney Rolle, is
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SJONES COMMUNICATION CEO Wendall Jones is pictured outside of court yesterday.
Mr Jones and several other prominent Bahamian businessmen were in Magistrate's Court
yesterday to give an update on their efforts to pay off years of delinquent National
Insurance contributions.

'Breathe Easy' campaign for

PMH halfway to $300,000 goal
THE Breathe Easy cam-n raised for
paign - aimed at purchasing $155,000 has been raised for

incubators and ventilators
for critically ill newborns at
Princess Margaret Hospital
(PMH) - has managed to
raise more than half of its
intended goal of $300,000.
To date, the campaign has
raised $155,000, and organ-
isers have already ordered
three ventilators as well as
one incubator.

incubators and ventilators

Following their successful
drive to raise money for
much needed dialysis units
for the PMH last year, a
group of local companies
recently launched the
'Breathe Easy' campaign to
buy four ventilators and six

incubators for the hospital's
Neonatal Intensive Care
The organizers include
Tribune Media, the
Builder's Mall, Tile King,
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Tribune Staff
CLAIMING he feels
prompted by 'God
Himself' to offer at this
time, PLP

o er Crie o
chief Paul
Moss has

advis ed
party leader

Christie ofie,
his inten-

tions to the 's
challenar age u
him at thesaid that

although his decision
national convention.
In his letter addressed

to Mr Christie, and a
second to the party's
Parliamentary caucus,
Mr Moss said that

although his decision

church is
pits himself directly

against Mr Christie, this
move was not a chal-

lenge of the leader'sions

abilities or a statement

of aTribune Staff Reporterming.
tthompso"In fact, the truth is
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THE pastor ofs
church was demolishedby

Arawak Homes after a
Supreme Court judgment
'weighing his
legal options'
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE pastor whose
church was demolished byurch
Arawak Homes after a

Suprhad the legal rigt judgment tear
said he is weighing his legal

accordance wi t he ruling

weeks ago - and Eugene Bast

shocked that Arawak
ian, of Canaan Baptist

Church, believes his churchthe
morning afterhad the legal right to tearjudgment

was made.
down the structure - in
accordance with the ruling
handed down nearly two
weeks ago - and said he was
shocked that Arawak
Homes razed the church the
morning after the judgment
was made.
He added that the build-
ing was bulldozed before he
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Festival set for October a


THE stage has been set for
the 14th Annual International
Cultural Festival (ICF), an
event that will showcase the
diverse communities in the
country, Deputy Prime Minis-
ter and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette said.
Mr Symonette urged
Bahamians to support the fes-
tival by coming out to see the
displays of 25 countries at the
Botanical Gardens from Octo-
ber 17-18.
The popular festival returns
after a one-year hiatus due to
the retirement of its chairman
James Catalyn and a debate
over whether or not the Botan-
ical Gardens should remain
home to the event.
The International Cultural
Festival, which is under the aus-
pices of the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs, grew out of the
idea to recognize United
Nations (UN) Day. This year,
the Bahamas will join member
countries in celebrating the
64th anniversary of the UN.
An integral part of the festi-
val is the partnership with the
Ministry of Tourism and Avia-
tion, which has embarked on
a series of special advertise-
ments of the event. The new
ICF chairperson is Janet John-
son, director of communica-
tions at the Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation.
"As more and more foreign
national groups organised
themselves it took on a life of
its own and by all accounts,
from the countless individuals -

Pes Coto

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette (centre) announcing plans
for the 14th Annual International Cultural Festival to be held October 17-18, 2009. Pictured are ICF
chairperson Janet Johnson, director of communications at the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, and
Eric Carey, committee member.

Bahamian and expatriate alike
- who pleaded with me to bring
it back when it went away last
year, this gathering is the most
popular event on the annual
calendar of events and clearly is
worth reviving," Mr Symonette
The Deputy Prime Minister
said he was also pleased that
the members of the ICF have
unanimously agreed to donate
10 per cent of their booth earn-
ings to assist with operational
expenses and to support
pledges to UN-related educa-
tional initiatives for Bahamian
For two days, festival patrons
can experience the food, cul-
ture and heritage of the respec-
tive countries. A new addition
is the Miss Universe Designer
Fashion Show coordinated by
MODE ILES and a glimpse of
the Miss Universe National
Costume photo gallery.
The Bank of the Bahamas
will facilitate the "cashless" fes-
tive environment, a "',.! ly

mechanism to allow organizers
to gauge the overall fiscal per-
formance of the festival, Mr
Symonette said.
Burns House will unveil their
Christmas wine collection and
the public is welcome to sample
the variety of wines and place
their orders for the Yuletide
season at the Grand Wine and
Food Tasting event between
10am and 2pm.
The United Nations Educa-
tional Scientific and Cultural
Organisation (UNESCO) is
lending its prestige to the event.
The Miss Universe Bahami-
an Designer Fashion Show,
which features Androsia and
Bahama Hand Print fabrics, as
well as eight costumes donated
to the festival by some of the
Miss Universe contestants, will
be held under the aegis of
Another new feature will
include the Builders Mall stage
perched atop the hill. Com-
monwealth Building Supplies
is giving the festival site "a

much needed makeover" with
a fresh lick of paint. Island FM
is the official radio station of
the festival; Subway is the
sponsor of the rake 'n scrape
tradition bearers from Long
Island, and Echo Water is the
official water of the festival.
Mr Symonette commended
the volunteers drawn from
Rotary, Zonta, Girl Guides,
and the Q's service who will be
involved in this year's festival.
Zonta will again host the UN-
themed church service at Christ
Church Cathedral on Sunday,
October 25 at 9am.
"Patrons are encouraged to
come and move around from
stall to stall and sample this
unique taste of the universe -
the cuisine, fine wines, special
brews, arts and craft, exciting
raffle prizes and the Western
Union on-stage cultural enter-
tainment line-up.
"Make the 14th Annual
International Cultural Festival
2009 the place to be," Mr
Symonette said.

JUST a few months after
being crowned Miss Teen
World Junior Bahamas,
Shaquell Demeritte left the
Bahamas for Europe on Sun-
day to compete in the world's
most prestigious and largest
teen pageant- the Miss
Princess of the World, for-
merly the Miss World Junior
During her three-week stay
in Europe she will tour vari-
ous cities, beginning with Lon-
don in the United Kingdom
and ending in Prague, Czech
Republic, where the grand
finale will take place.
'Precious', as the young
beauty queen is commonly
called said:
"I cannot wait to promote 1.
the Bahamas throughout
"I know the world knows
about us now, and the duty of
all beauty ambassadors is to ,
keep the Bahamas current in
the minds of the world as a
tourist paradise and invest-
ment haven.
"I would also like to sign
on with one of the casting
agencies at the pageant and
represent the Bahamas well. I
am aiming for the goal, but to
make a notable accomplish-
ment among the 60 plus con-
testants will be good".
The pageant focuses on
introducing the best teenage
contestants from across the
world to scouts of modelling
and casting agencies through-
out Europe.
The contestants compete in
talent, model, swimwear and evening gown segments, and the
winner receives $100,000 in cash and awards.
The event will be broadcast live to millions of viewers on
September 28.
Gaynell Rolle, president of the Miss Teen Bahamas
Pageant, said: "This is an awesome opportunity for Shaque-
11 and the Bahamas.
"I feel she will do well, she has a good spirit and comes
from a supportive family."
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Wendall Jones among businessmen

Aback in court over NIB contributions

Man wanted for

questioning over

Bahama Police are search-
ing for a man wanted for
questioning in connection
with a number of house-
breaking and stealing alle-
An all points bulletin has
been issued for 23-year-old
Carlos Demetrius Nottage
of 78 Cabot Drive, Freeport.
Nottage is of dark brown
complexion and has dark
eyes and plaited hair.
He is about five feet,
eight inches tall, of average
build and weighs 150-190
According to police, Not-
tage should be considered
armed and extremely dan-
gerous. Anyone who has
information concerning his
whereabouts is asked call
the police in Grand Bahama
on 350-3106, 352-9774, 373-
1112 or 5; 911 or the Crime
Tipsters Hotline at 352-

The Bahamas

Faith Ministries

to hold 'Singles

BAHAMAS Faith Min-
istries has announced that
its "Singles Conference",
set for September 17 - 20,
has been postponed until
further notice.

Two men caught

by police after

alleged robbery

TWO men who allegedly
robbed a woman while on
Solider Road were caught
by police after a high-speed
chase through the area.
It was shortly after 3pm
on Monday when a woman
flagged down traffic police,
who were patrolling Soldier
Road near Haven's Road,
and said she was robbed by
two men.
She told the officers that
one of the robbers wore an
undershirt and colourful
shorts, and that the other
man was shirtless, Asst
Supt Walter Evans said.
Moments later police
spotted two men fitting the
descriptions given by the
victim speeding away in a
gold-coloured car.
A high-speed chased
ensued which eventually
ended in a parking lot.
In an attempt to escape,
the occupants got out of the
car and threw items under
the vehicle. Police retrieved
the items which are
believed to be the cash and
jewellery stolen from the
The two men, aged 19
and 21, are in police cus-



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If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

Tribune Staff Reporter

JONES Communication
CEO Wendall Jones and
several other prominent
Bahamian businessmen were
back in Magistrate's Court
yesterday to give an update
on their efforts to pay off
years of delinquent National
Insurance contributions.
Bench warrants were
issued yesterday for Bertha's
Go-Go Ribs owner Mervin
Sweeting, Solomon's Mines
Managing Director Mark
Finlayson as well as Vaughn
Jones of Jones Brothers
Morticians after they failed
to appear in Court 11, Nas-
sau Street yesterday.
Back in February, the
National insurance Board
NIB brought Jones Commu-
nications CEO Wendall
Jones and other well-known
Bahamian businessmen
before the magistrate's court
in an attempt to collect more
than $1.2 million in missing

THE woman who received
devastating second and third
degree burns about the body
during a house fire on Canaan
Lane has died, police said.
Yesterday, press liaison offi-
cer Asst Supt Walter Evans
identified her as 36-year-old
Dellerease Bowe.
Ms Bowe's home was com-
pletely destroyed by fire last
Thursday around lam.
Police said her fiance is
reported to have assisted her
from her burning home and
neighbours drove her by pri-
vate car to the hospital, where
she was fighting for her life in
the intensive care unit.
She died in the Princess
Margaret Hospital around
9pm on Sunday, Mr Evans
Police said they were still
investigating the cause of the
fire and could not say what
led to the blaze.

NIB contributions.
Mr Jones pleaded guilty
to owing NIB $430,000 in
delinquent payments. Attor-
ney V. Alfred Gray who
appeared on behalf of Mr
Jones yesterday told the
court he has paid $100,000
of the nearly $180,000, which
represents 40 per cent of the
delinquent amount.


Heather Maynard, attor-
ney for NIB, said that once
Mr Jones has paid the full
40 per cent, NIB would be
happy to negotiate to liqui-
date the balance. Mr Gray
said Mr Jones will seek to
pay to the balance by
November 17.
Mr Gray also appeared on
behalf of Global United
CEO Jackson Ritchie who
was charged with failure to
pay $161,079.98 in NIB con-
tributions between May 2007
and June 2008.
Mr Gray said that the NIB

However, neaa or flre ser-
vices Supt Jeffrey Deleveaux
speculated that the fire may
have been caused by a candle,
as the home did not have elec-
"We haven't pinned it down
yet but we realized that there
was no electricity to the build-
ing and perhaps it could have
been an unattended candle,
but we can't say concretely,"
he told The Tribune yester-

and Mr Ritchie are continu-
ing negotiations with respect
to the delinquent contribu-
Mr Ritchie is also expect-
ed back in Court 11, Nassau
Street on November 17.
Galen Saunders and his
father Henry Saunders who
own More 94.9 FM and Spir-
it (92.5 FM) radio stations
were also back in court yes-
terday over failure to pay
$253,262 in NIB contribu-
Ms Maynard said the men
have paid $43,000 so far and
are 'working in good faith.'
The two men are also
expected back in Court 11,
on November 17.
Magistrate Sub Swain-
LaSalle issued warrant of
arrests yesterday for Mervin
Sweeting, owner of Bertha's
Go-Go Ribs.
Mr Gray told the court
that on June 29, Sweeting
paid NIB $10,000 and had
negotiated to keep his con-
tributions current while pay-
ing $2,000 a month in delin-

Ivir ueieveaux also saia dlre
Services had not yet deter-
mined the cause of the house
fire during which a 10-year-
old disabled boy was burnt
beyond recognition on Sun-
day morning in Colony Vil-
"In a structural fire every-
thing is destroyed and you're
not able to go and immedi-
ately pinpoint (and say) this
is what happened. It's a slow
process," he said.

Downtown police criticised over

towing of car from Bay Street


CONFUSED and frustrat-
ed by what struck him as an
unfair manipulation of traf-
fic laws, a disgruntled citizen
has lashed out at downtown
Ivoine Ingraham wrote to
The Tribune to complain
about the circumstances sur-
rounding the towing of his car
from Bay Street opposite the
British Colonial Hilton.
Mr Ingraham said he
parked amongst several other
cars, all of which were still
there when he returned about
30 minutes later. He cannot
understand why he was
unfairly targeted.
If he broke the law by
parking in this area, Mr
Ingraham asked why he was
not fined.
"If I violated a traffic
offence and was supposedly
parked in a no parking area,
why was I not charged and
made to pay a fine?" he
asked. "How come no police
formalities were done?"
Mr Ingraham had parked
in that area to attend a brief
meeting in the BOLAM
building last week. Due to its
proximity to restaurants and
businesses, this part of Bay

Street is a popular short-term
parking spot.
Seeing his car gone upon
his return, Mr Ingraham
immediately assumed it had
been stolen, and flagged
down a passing patrol car.
The officers referred him
to the Tourism Police Station.
Mr Ingraham described the
officers at the station as dis-
interested, and said they pro-
vided no explanation save
directions to the lot where he
could find his car.

When he called the num-
ber posted on the lot's fence,
Mr Ingraham was subjected
to what he describes as a
"crude, uncouth, cantanker-
ous voice".
After waiting over an hour
for someone in authority to
show up, Mr Ingraham
attempted to pay the one indi-
vidual he encountered in the
lot, however this person could
not give him a receipt.
Insisting that he would not
pay unless he was given a
receipt, Mr Ingraham called
the number on the fence
again; this time the voice told
him that for a receipt, he

would have to drive to Coral
Mr Ingraham said that at
this point, he decided to "bite
the bullet" and created a
make-shift receipt, which he
asked the attendant to sign.
Frustrated by the ordeal,
Ingraham feels that such inci-
dents are destroying the frag-
ile relationship the police tries
to maintain with the public.
Pressed for an explanation
yesterday, a police source sug-
gested that perhaps the officer
responsible for the towing
had decided to give Mr Ingra-
ham "a break".
It is not uncommon for offi-
cers to waive a ticket, and let
the fee for the towing stand
as a warning, he said. The
source could not explain why
no other cars were towed.
Commissioner of Police
Reginald Ferguson has urged
the public to communicate
any concerns or complaints to
his office so they can be inves-

quent payments. Mr Gray,
however, could offer no
explanation as to why Mr
Sweeting was not in court
yesterday. Magistrate
LaSalle noted three warrants
had been issued for Mr
Sweeting's arrest.


"He has a habit of not
showing up," Magistrate
LaSalle said before issuing
the bench warrant.
A bench warrant was also
issued for Solomon's Mines
Managing Director Mark
Finlayson. Finlayson was
charged with failure to pay
$377,092.90 in NIB contri-

butions between June 2007
and December 2008. Mr Fin-
layson was ordered to
appear in court yesterday to
inform the court what
arrangement he worked out
with NIB and how much he
had paid.
A bench warrant was also
issued for Vaughn Jones of
Jones Brothers Morticians
who failed to appear in court
NIB has been taking a no-
nonsense approach to pros-
ecuting delinquent employ-
ers since an amnesty the
company extended for delin-
quent employers to come in
and settle accounts ended on
December 31, 2008.


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A world of hurt

President Barack Obama took a bit of a
victory lap on Wall Street on Monday,
declaring that the economy had been
brought back from the abyss and "the storms
of the past two years are beginning to
The president and his economic team (and
the Federal Reserve) deserve credit for mov-
ing quickly to prevent a full-blown collapse.
A year ago, amid the panic that accompanied
the implosion of Lehman Brothers, there
were serious fears that the United States
was headed toward another Great Depres-
Now, with the financial sector stabilized
and economists predicting that the Great
Recession is nearing an end, the sighs of
relief coming out of Washington and Lower
Manhattan are understandable. But this is no
time to lose sight of the wreckage all around
us. This recession, a full-blown economic
horror, has left a gaping hole in the heart of
working America that is unlikely to heal for
years, if not decades.
Fifteen million Americans are locked in
the nightmare of unemployment, nearly 10
percent of the work force. A third have been
jobless for more than six months. Thirteen
percent of Latinos and 15 percent of blacks
are out of work. (Those are some of the offi-
cial statistics. The reality is much worse.)
Consider this: Some 9.4 million new jobs
would have to be created to get us back to
the level of employment at the time that the
recession began in December 2007. But last
month, we lost 216,000 jobs. If the reces-
sion technically ends soon and we get to a
point where some modest number of jobs are
created - say, 100,000 or 150,000 a month
- the politicians and the business com-
mentators will celebrate like it's New Year's.
But think about how puny that level of job
creation really is in an environment that
needs nearly 10 million jobs just to get us
back to the lean years of the George W.
Bush administration.
We're hurtin' and there ain't much healin'
on the horizon.
A national survey of jobless workers by a
pair of professors at Rutgers University
shows just how traumatized the work force
has become in this downturn. Two-thirds of
respondents said that they had become
depressed. More than half said it was the
first time they had ever lost a job, and 80 per-
cent said there was little or no chance that
they would be able to get their jobs back
when the economy improves.
The 1,200 respondents were jobless at
some point over the past year, and most -

894 - are still unemployed. More than half
said that they had been forced to borrow
money from friends or relatives, and a quar-
ter have missed their mortgage or rent pay-
The survey found that affluent, well-edu-
cated workers, who had traditionally been
able to withstand a downturn in reasonably
good shape, were being hit hard this time
The professors, Carl Van Horn and Cliff
Zukin, described that phenomenon as "a
metric of the recession's seismic impact."
Of the workers who found themselves unem-
ployed for the first time, more than one in
four had been earning $75,000 or more annu-
"This is not your ordinary dip in the busi-
ness cycle," said Mr. Van Horn. "Ameri-
cans believe that this is the Katrina of reces-
sions. Folks are on their rooftops without a
Stunned by the financial and psychological
toll of the recession, and seeing little in the
way of hopeful signs on the employment
landscape, many of the surveyed workers
showed signs of discouragement. Three-fifths
said that they had experienced feelings of
Said one respondent: "I've always worked,
so this is very depressing. At age 60, I never
believed I would be unemployed unless I
chose to be."
Said another: "I fear for my family and my
future. We are about to be evicted, and bills
are piling. We have sold everything we pos-
sibly can to maintain, and are going under
with little hope of anything."
At some point the unemployment crisis in
America will have to be confronted head-on.
Poverty rates are increasing. Tax revenues
are plunging. State and local governments
are in a terrible fiscal bind. Unemployment
benefits for many are running out. Families
are doubling up, and the number of homeless
children is rising.
It's eerie to me how little attention this cri-
sis is receiving. The poor seem to be com-
pletely out of the picture.
If we end up with yet another jobless
recovery, there would seem to be little hope
for impoverished families in America's big
cities, rural areas and, increasingly, suburban
neighborhoods as well.
The recession may be ending for some.
Tell that to the unemployed.

c.2009 New York Times News Service)

A desperate bid

to escape long

arms of justice

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I E !MMMMP.-Rcl~

people and we helped build
the Bahamas to what it i

In an exclusive interview - today. However, today wc
given to The Tribune of the hold no animosity in ou
Bahamas by the former Pre- hearts towards the Bahama
mier of the Turks and Caicos and its citizens, because wc
Islands, which was published only thing that was on their are a forgiving and loving
on Monday August 31, 2009, minds was the glamour of people. When a country is no
the former Premier advocated Hollywood, Monaco, the cognoscente of its history, it i
on behalf of his former gov- South of France; and as for bound to repeat the mistake
ernment for the Turks and their idea of becoming an of the past.
Caicos Islands to become an autonomous state under the Therefore, let me make i
autonomous State under The Commonwealth of the absolutely clear, in my opin
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, that was beneath ion, the future of the Turk
Bahamas government, them. So why now, are they and Caicos Islands does no
In my humble opinion, this being so pretentious? rest in the hands of The Corn
is one of the most ridiculous There is no question that monwealth of the Bahamas
and hollowed interview ever The Commonwealth of the We as a people of the Turk
given by the former govern- Bahamas is a lovely country, and Caicos Islands have comn
ment of the Turks and Caicos but that is where it ends. And this far by faith, perseverance
Islands. as for the idea of the Turks and hard work, and the cur
What planet are these for- and Caicos Islands becoming rent state of affairs that wc
mer ministers living on? This linked to The Commonwealth now find ourselves in wil
is clear evidence that the state of the Bahamas government, soon pass. There is a brigh
of minds of these former min- the Turks and Caicos Islands light and a prosperous future
sisters is of a world far has already been there and agt hend of this tunnel tha
detached from reality. This done that (from 1962 to 1973). wa are now in.
last desperate attempt on So, as far as progressive think- Persons of the Turks am
their part to escape the long ing is concerned, that idea is Caicos Islands, the reign o
arms of justice is beyond dis- "so lame, and so yesterday." the previous guards are over
graceful, it is pitiful. As late as the early 90s', Let us continue to keep th
Who in the Turks and Turks and Caicos Islands cit- Letfh ad s ue to keno th
Caicos Islands are they so des- izens were looked down upon bfath and stay encouraged
perately and shamefully lob- and treated with disrespect by enter into the Promised Lan
bying on behalf of? Because, the citizens and the govern- enter tothe Promised Land
it is unquestionably not the ment of The Commonwealth and the Turks and Caico
people of the Turks and of the Bahamas, this led to Islands will once again be th
Caicos Islands. Turks and Caicos islanders envy of the Caribbean, if no
When the former govern- and their descendants who the world. "A Belonger that i
ment ministers were flying lived in the Bahamas being proud to be called a Turk
high above the clouds a few ashamed to acknowledge and Caicos Islander". Than
years ago, the Common- their heritage in fear of being you.
wealth of the Bahamas and dishonoured and being
the people of the Turks and deprived of an opportunity, ALBRAY
Caicos Islands were the last even though we are all one BUTTERFIELD Jr
things on their minds. The September, 2009.

The realities of economic turmoil

EDITOR, The Tribune.

If no one is noticing the
people are very frustrated in a
high percentage almost over-
come with depression as they
cannot see through their eco-
nomic/financial troubles that
the US economic recession is
They honestly felt what
started in the mid-1990's was
not going to stop.
Up to their armpits in debt
- struggling last year with
the horrific prices for BEC,
gas and food and now layoffs
and absolutely no good news
on the horizon although some
commentators are saying that
everywhere else, other than
the US, are showing econom-
ic signs which would bring a
smile but it is not coming soon
to The Bahamas as the US is
still in recession.
Unless you are blind and
deaf over the past weeks you
have heard the same frustra-
tions in the voice and protests
of the American people

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plan as you have heard here
on our issues but reality is the
US is a service economy and
through the obvious scaring
of the same folk who totally
control the US coming out of
Recession on Health Care,
my previous estimates of the
US recession finishing in the
last quarter of 2010 is now
lengthened to no earlier than
late 2011 at the earliest.
The reality even with the
potential television audience
from Miss Universe, yes
potentially 1.2 billion eyes will
see The Bahamas, many for
the first time, but many who
have absolutely no chance of
ever seeing it in reality as they
are unable economically to
visit so could we appreciate a
1-2 or 3 per cent new visitor










arrival base over the coming
3-4 years? Boy, Sunday
August the 23rd, the dice roll.
One thing that economic
downturns do bring is that
employers find all kinds of
new ways to doing business
with less, so excelling is going
to be a serious issue.
Political hog-wash rhetoric
as what I heard from Senator
David Thompson never puts
jam on the bread, Senator,
Grand Bahamians see the
mess and the troubles and
your loose political rah-rah
talk doesn't help, so please
stop it.

August 21, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Today's story of The Tribune entitled "Call for the Gov-
ernment to improve the horrific state of Dog Pound", made
me sick, disgusted and angry.
A few years ago the Reader's Digest carried the following
"You can tell a people by the way they treat their animals
and their beaches."
What a people we have become.

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over house breaking
Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama police are concerned
over the recent spate of
house breaking and theft
here on the island.
In response to an increase
in these types of crimes police
are now advising the public
not to purchase stolen items
as it is a criminal offence that
carries the same penalty as
Asst Supt Wendell
Deveaux said the police are
seeking the cooperation of
the general public to inform
the police of persons attempt-
ing to sell electronic equip-
ment and items such as cellu-
lar phones, flat-screen televi-
sions, laptop computers and
video games, as well as jew-
ellery and other goods.
Mr Deveaux said that
items being offered below
market value are often
believed to be stolen. He is
also urging residents to
ensure that their premises are
properly secured before leav-
ing home.
Neighbours should be alert
and keep a look out for each
others property, he said.
Mr Deveaux said people
should call the police if they
notice any suspicious persons
lurking around their neigh-
He said the police also
encourage residents to form
crime watch groups and
neighbourhood watches in
their areas.

Junkanoo bleachers contract

signed with Bahamian firm

THE government has
signed a $406,000 contract
with C-Cubed Seating on
Monday to provide seats for
the annual junkanoo
Minister of State in the
Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture Charles May-
nard said that the original
contract of $460,000 has
been reduced to $406,000.
The contract now includes
seats for the Junior
Junkanoo, Boxing and New
Year's Day Parades; 10,000
seats for New Providence;
2,000 seats for Grand
Bahama and 1,000 seats for
another Family Island to be
named by October of each
year, Mr Maynard said.


"We are very happy that
C-Cubed, a Bahamian
owned company that
employs many Bahamians
in the execution of their
work every year, has been
able to give us what we
think is a very fair arrange-
ment where we now get
more seats for less money.

FROM LEFT: Eddie Dames, acting director of Culture; Charles Maynard, Minister of State for the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Archie Nairn, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture, and Crispin Cleare, president of C-Cubed Seating.

"What we have found out
in the last few years is that
islands like Abaco, Exuma
and Eleuthera have expand-
ed their parades greatly and
need more support from
central government for the

production of their parades.
"We thought that the pro-
vision of seats for these
parades would give them a
jump-start to start to earn
their own revenue. We want
to start with one island first,

see how that works out and
then expand it.
"During the course of the
contract we hope that a
number of islands (will) ben-
efit from the 1,000 seats,"
he said.

In Nassau, Mr Maynard
said, a few initiatives have
been introduced to continue
the working relationship
with downtown merchants.
These include the access
of the bleachers from the
back and new seats that
facilitate easy break-down
and setup.


"We've come up with
some compromises to
ensure that the businesses
are not disadvantaged as a
result of the setting up and
taking down of the bleach-
ers," he explained.
"We've worked with C-
Cubed during the last two
years to ensure that we
could have a better seating
arrangement for the general
public, the Bay Street mer-
chants and all concerned,"
Mr Maynard said.
President of C-Cubed
Crispin Cleare said over 30
persons will be employed on
this project, and safe, com-
fortable seating will be pro-
vided for the annual

ILO monitoring National Training Programme

THE International Labour
Organisation (ILO) and coun-
tries throughout the region are
monitoring the National Train-
ing Programme to see if it
should become a model for
countries who hope to combine
social with labour development,
Minister of State for Labour
and Social Development Loret-
ta Butler-Turner said.
Speaking at the opening of
the programme at the Kendal
G L Isaacs Gymnasium on
Monday, Mrs Butler-Turner
said that the success of the ven-
ture does not rest upon the gov-
ernment, social partners or the
training institutes.
"It rests upon each of you,"
she said. "You will have to
work hard and study. You will
be required to give up some
leisure activities, but in the long
run it will be worth it."
The government introduced
the National Training Pro-
gramme to help displaced
workers learn new trades such
as masonry; basic carpentry;
landscaping; heavy equipment
operating; accounting; diesel
mechanics; nail artistry and
design; facial care and technol-
ogy; computer applications, and
straw and shell craft.
The training will take place
at the College of the Bahamas
and the Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute (BTVI).
The programme was created
in conjunction and consultation
with the Bahamas Christian
Council, the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce, the Bahamas
Employers Confederation and
trade unions.
Mrs Butler-Turner said the
government wants to give a
"hand-up" to persons who are
"progressive thinkers" and who
wish to take charge of their
"This National Training Pro-
gramme seeks to give each of

the selected participants new
or additional skills to regain
employment or become entre-
preneurs," she said.
The state minister said that
depending on the success or
failure of the initiative's first
run, the government will decide
if a "large scale" national train-
ing programme should become
Mrs Butler-Turner said 529
persons were selected for the
programme in New Providence
and 244 from Grand Bahama.
Khaalis Rolle, chairman of
the implementation committee
of the National Training Pro-
gramme, said that the pro-
gramme is a major opportunity
for the participants.
"When you transition out of
this programme, the expecta-
tion is that you get a good job
or become an entrepreneur,"
Mr Rolle said.
He said if the participants
demonstrate commitment and
dedication, there is an oppor-
tunity for them to start their
own business.
Dr Christina Nwosa, associ-
ate vice-president of Outreach
at COB, encouraged partici-

pants to continuously upgrade
their skills.
"Ongoing training is essen-
tial and there are distinct bene-
fits to a society from a popula-
tion which is adequately pre-
pared to meet a changing eco-
nomic environment," she said.
"Lifelong learning or contin-
uing education produces a more
knowledgeable and flexible
work force that enables persons

Ministry of Labour and Social
Development Loretta Butler-
Turner brought remarks at the
opening of the National Training
Programme on Monday,
September 14, 2009 at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

to realise their individual poten-
Dr Nwosa said other bene-
fits of education include career
flexibility, increased skill
requirements, personal satis-
faction and better wages.
"People who upgrade their
work skills and knowledge not
only keep up with the latest
trends and techniques in their
respective areas, but can also
receive other benefits such as
the training needed to realise
additional goals," she said.


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Opponents of martial rape amendment gravely out of touch


I POSED a philosophical ques-
tion to a wise old lady once: Can
love torment? She advised me no,
the misunderstanding of love tor-
ments. I find her words to be rele-
vant to the current debate about
marital rape believing that a per-
verse misunderstanding of mar-
riage has led to exaggerated claims
and misinformation about the risks
of outlawing marital rape in the
This misunderstanding is fueling


the outrage over the proposed
amendment to the Sexual Offens-
es and Domestic Violence Act of
1991 that would remove the
impunity given under law to hus-
bands who rape their wives. I
could understand the current
debate if it were taking place in
the 19th century England, when

the presupposition of eternal
union with no possibility of
divorce, and unconditional con-
sent were foundations of marriage
because women were chattel, but
in the 21st century Bahamas, those
views are simply antiquated and
The real news in this debate is

that religious leaders would have
me believe that when my husband
and I joined as one in marriage 31
years ago, I signed away my indi-
viduality and thereby sacrificed
my freedom to choose, my own
self-determination and the own-
ership of my own body. My hus-
band and I are still happily married
but there was never any presup-
position of consent for either of
us to do as we wish when we wish
with each other's body. My body is
still my own and I consent willing-
ly and freely during each sexual
interaction because we have a
healthy relationship built on love
and respect for each other.
If we were to believe the claims
of the Christian community, as
voiced most fervently by the
Bahamas Christian Council, then
we would further be led to believe
that the level of dysfunction in
marital relations within the Chris-
tian community of the Bahamas
is disturbingly pervasive, which
perhaps it is, considering the high
percentage of the population that
comes from unwed unions.
If the proposed amendment
would bring about a massive influx
of vindictive and discontented
wives rushing to incarcerate their
husbands, then we must have big-
ger problems than we thought. In
this case perhaps the energies of
the Christian leadership would be

for consultation are
only stall tactics that
will deny justice to
Individuals who
suffer from lack of
protection under the
law. There is a time
for consultation, but
now is the time for
leaders to lead and
do the right thing by
looking beyond the
dogmatic positions
of Christian
fundamentalists and
other fear-mongers
interested only in
more productively put to use in
pre-emptively restoring proper
order to the sacred trust of marital
relationships instead of blocking
justice for those who have already
fallen victim to the violated trust.
People in healthy relationships
have no fear of the proposed
amendment to the law and should
be appalled at the scare tactics.

Many opponents are muddying
the water making others believe
the issue is "complex, complicated,
and multi-dimensional" when it is
none of the above. This is the sim-
ple idea: According to the World
Bank the Bahamas has the highest
number of rapes per capital in the
world; wives are among those suf-
fering and they have inadequate
protection under the law.
Are we going to respond in fear
based on hypothetical situations
and hyperbolae or are we going
to drown out the ignorance with
pragmatic and principled action?
With the Catholic Archdiocese,
the Bahamas Conference of the
Methodist Church, the Seventh
Day Adventist Church all express-
ing their support for the proposed
amendment, the only thing that is
tragically wrong is the bad rap the
Christian Council is giving the
Christian community.
Recommendations for consul-
tation are only stall tactics that will
deny justice to individuals who suf-
fer from lack of protection under
the law. There is a time for con-
sultation, but now is the time for
leaders to lead and do the right
thing by looking beyond the dog-
matic positions of Christian fun-
damentalists and other fear-mon-
gers interested only in obstruc-
tionism. Marital rape is a crime
under international law, and
according to a 2006 United
Nations report, over 104 countries
around the world have already
made it a crime in their domestic
law. These countries include our
Caribbean neighbors Barbados,
and Trinidad and Tobago, not to
mention the United States, Spain,
and even Zimbabwe, much
ridiculed as backward and anti-
There is great need in the
Bahamas to promote best prac-
tices in healthy relationships and to
learn from the successes of many
men and women in healthy mar-
riages; but in the meantime, while
dysfunction is rampant and
women are suffering, we need to
have empathy, stop the melodra-
ma and act.
* Donna Nicolls has been an
advocate for women and children's'
rights for over 20 years. She has a
masters degree in counselling fom
the University of the West Indies
and serves as a counsellor at the
Bahamas Crisis Centre. She is mar-
ried with two children.

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Competition Authority (URCA) full powers of regulation and of oversight of the
electronic nmmunications sector in The Bhamasn , acme into force on 1 September

Thi. date .ignalk th at f trt he transition to a new regulatory regime. Gresate
competition will be introduced in the electronic communications sector, to the benefit
of the economy and of all persons in The Bahamas,

To facilitate as smooth a transition to the new Ilcen-ing regime as possible, a number of
new documents were published on 1 September 2009 and are available at URCi
webslte (www.urcabahamas.bsI. These include:
* Preliminary Deter mnaillon covering several Clss Operantin nd Sped~rum
licences, Exemptions, and Types of Fees
a Individual Operating and Spectrum licences
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adopted by the Public Utilities Commission and the Teevision Regulatory Authority
continue in force to the extent that they do not conflict with provisions of the Comms
Act, the Utilities Regulation & Competiton Authority Act, 2009: the Utilities Tribunal
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The new renme encourages participation by all - the website will also gI you an
opportunity to learn more about the new regime with updates on Competition Policy,
Consultation results and determinations and latest news of the regime, This new regime
and the Comms Act coming into force for the electronic communicltioni setor is the
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Uproar at

hotel union


FROM page one
sitting down, they are not
involved in it, but the A
team headed by Nicole
Martin is screaming at the
Deliverance team headed
by Kirk Wilson."
Mr Douglas said the nom-
inations are not valid as Mr
Beneby and Ms Dixon have
been redundant since
August last year, and Mr
Wright was terminated from
his position as an organiser
at the union in 2008.
He added: "It clearly
states under the Constitu-
tion that a member should
be deemed non-financial
when he or she is 12 weeks,
or three months, in arrears
of contributions and shall
automatically forfeit his or
her privileges as a member
of the union, so how do you
nominate when you find
they are not members?
"The Constitution also
says no member shall vote

in the election if he or she is
not in good standing in
terms of his financial or oth-
er obligations to the union."
At the close of nomina-
tions Mr Douglas said 12
nominees were put forward
by the M Group headed by
Tyrone Butler, the A
Group headed by Nicole
Martin, and the Redemp-
tion Team led by Sidney
Only nine of Team Deliv-
erance's 12 nominations
were accepted, and the
nominees in question have
been called to discuss their
positions at the Attorney
General's office, Mr Dou-
glas said.
The union's executive
council arranged for nomi-
nations to take place yes-
terday under the direction
of Justice Neville Adderley.
Elections are set to be held
on September 29.
Confusion over the dates
of the previous election

F pS'

MEMBERS of Nicole Martin's
A Team outside the Workers
House building yesterday.

meant Team Deliverance
supporters did not attend
and Mr Wilson took court
action to have the election
declared "null and void",
forcing Ms Martin, the
union's first woman presi-
dent, to step down.
The register used for the
May 28 elections is expected
to be used again when the
voting process proceeds,
allowing for some 6,000
union members to partici-

FROM page one

Doctors Hospital, The Rotary Club of East Nassau and
Bahamas Realty.
Companies that have donated money to the campaign
so far include Doctors Hospital, Tile King, Kelso Medical
Laboratory and Micronet among others.
The incubators bought with the money raised through
the campaign will be crucial in keeping premature or
otherwise challenged newborns alive, while the ventila-
tors will be used to care for patients in both the adult and
neonatal intensive care units.

FROM page one

had time to file an appeal against the
"My lawyer is looking into that and as
soon as he would have studied the legal
implications we will get together and
decide what to do," Mr Bastian told The
Mr Bastian said he is also in conversa-
tions with the owner of the local real
estate company which sold him the dis-
puted property.
He added that his church's 50-member
congregation, which has moved tem-
porarily services to the Great Commis-
sion Church, is coping with the ordeal.
"We are doing fine in the midst of our
crisis. We know that God is still in control
and we will weather the storm. Hard
times do not last but hard people do and
so with God being our leader and guide
we will prevail," he said.
As shocked residents of the commu-
nity looked on, Canaan Baptist Church
was reduced to rubble by Arawak Homes
on September 4 at the end of a two year

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to the contrary. I believe that
you achieved much as party
leader and as Prime Minis-
ter," Mr Moss explained.
"Many of your ideas and
initiatives were ahead of their
time. I have the utmost
respect and affection for you.
But, Sir, there has been a shift
in the dynamics of this coun-
try. I'm certain you must feel
it, a new generation is moving
on the scene and they are cry-
ing out for a leader - a new
vision and, in particular, a
new economic model that
would be anchored in the
deliberate empowerment of
"I have come forward at
this time because I have heard
their cries. I have come for-
ward because I feel the
prompting of God Himself. I
must hearken to the cries of

Pastor of demolished church

is 'weighing his legal options'

court challenge over a land dispute.
After the demolition, spokesman for
Arawak Homes said: "Arawak Homes
wishes to assure the public that the deci-
sion to demolish the structure was only
taken after every reasonable effort, over
several years, was made to effect a dif-
ferent outcome.
"We also wish to confirm that care was
taken to secure all contents which were
met in the structure."
Yesterday, an emotional member of
the church said she was still shook up
about the loss of the building that was the
fruit of years of planning.
"Right now it's bringing us a lot of
tears. It was just like a human being to us
- it took us years to build and it just took
them one hour to destroy. This is not
what (former Prime Minister) Sir Lynden

(Pindling) had envisioned when he put
his name on this subdivision," said the
church member, who did not want to be
Ultimately, Supreme Court Justice
Cheryl Albury found Arawak Homes
Limited to be the rightful owner of sev-
eral lots on Charles Saunders Highway
on which the church was built in June,
The justice also ordered that Mr Bas-
tian, Alvin Rolle and Merline Rolle -
who were listed as second and third
defendants respectively - by themselves,
their servants and or agents "demolish
and remove the building or parts of any
buildings constructed on the said lots".
Justice Albury also ruled that Arawak
Homes had immediate possession of the
lots in question.

my fellow Bahami-
ans and I must be
obedient to the
voice of God for,
as His Word says,
'obedience is bet-
ter than sacrifice',"
Mr Moss said.
Outlining that
Mr Christie has
served his genera-
tion well, Mr Moss
said the party's
leader has also had
the privilege of
impacting other
generations. How-
ever, he said, the
time has come for
him and others like him to
serve their own generation.
"It's time for our party to
look ahead and prepare for
those who will come after you
(Mr Christie) - for the next
generation of leaders. In my
bid for leadership, I am
demonstrating my readiness

to move from the
wings to the stage
for, I believe, the
time is now. While
I can not expect to
have your support
in this race, I do
ask for your
and your bless-
ing," he said.
Mr Moss also
encouraged the
party's Parliamen-
tary block to lis-
ten to the call of
the people and
encouraged them
to support him in
his bid to become leader.
"I believe with all my heart
that in order for our party to
survive; for it to once again
become the Party of choice
for the majority of Bahami-
ans, we must make a concert-
ed, considered and deliberate
effort to encourage and

advance the next generation
of leaders. Bahamians are
waiting, crying out for a
"Undoubtedly, the time has
come for transition. We are
entering into a new season for
our country and for our
world, and this new season,
like every other, requires its
own breed of leaders. No one
can deny that our fathers
excelled in their generation;
they built a foundation that
is sure, but we can't stop and
we can't rest. We must con-
tinue to build. We must find a
new vision and new energies
to propel our party and our
country into a brighter
future," Mr Moss said.
The leadership candidate
advised the party's Parlia-
mentary team that if they
wish to discuss his plans any
further he was available for
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BEC and the construction of

the Wilson Cit


co - Faced with overwhelming
disapproval from a standing
room-only crowd of Abaconi-
ans upset over the bypassing of
local interests, Bahamas Elec-
trcity Corporation chiefs
orchestrating a town meeting
last week admitted to a failure
of process and promised to
learn from their mistakes.
"Things could have been
handled better," BEC general
manager Kevin Basden told his
critics, referring to construction
of a 48-megawatt oil-fired pow-
er plant on Abaco that pro-
ceeded without any local con-
sultation, "and lessons will be
learnt from this."
The town meeting was hasti-
ly called to address a
groundswell of concern about
the environmental and other
implications of the plant, whose
foundations have already been
laid on a 25-acre site near Wil-
son City, about 14 miles south
of Marsh Harbour. But in many
respects the effort came years
too late.
As BEC chairman Fred Got-
tlieb confirmed at the meeting,
the Christie administration
decided to build the $105 mil-
lion power plant back in 2005,
after years of dithering. And
the construction contracts were
signed by the Ingraham gov-
ernment in December, 2007.
But neither government has
involved the people of Abaco
at any stage of the planning
"The existing plant is 30
years old," Gottlieb explained.
"It has an installed capacity of
27 mw and peak demand is 24
mw, so the loss of a single
engine causes serious load
shedding. The present site is
too close to residential areas
and there is no room for expan-
sion, but Abaco's energy
demand is growing by five per
cent per annum. I met the letter
of intent for the new plant
signed by my predecessor and
we went ahead with it."

From all accounts, the audi-
ence that filled the New Visions
church hall to overflowing on
September 10 was a reasonable
cross section of Abaco com-
munities - including black and
white Bahamians as well as sec-
ond homers from a number of
Many said it was the largest
public meeting ever seen on
Abaco outside of an election
campaign. And whether or not
the participants shared strong
feelings about the environmen-
tal implications of the new
plant, there was little doubt as
to their anger over the lack of
meaningful public consultation
on this massive infrastructure
In fact, Freeport lawyer Fred
Smith - who has taken judicial
review of the Baker's Bay
development on Guana Cay all
the way to the Privy Council -
told the meeting he had been
hired by a group of local and
foreign property owners and
would seek to halt the power
plant project until due process
had been achieved. He defined
"due process" as an opportu-
nity for all interested parties to
provide input.
"This is the biggest capital
expediture in Abaco's history
and there has been no mean-
ingful public consultation,"
Smith told me after the meet-
ing. "I will be writing to the rel-
evant central and local govern-
ment agencies for evidence that
all approvals and permits have
been properly obtained. I don't
expect any answers and they
will probably continue to do
what they are doing, but the
project will then be subject to
judicial review."
During the meeting he sug-
gested that the project could be

proceeding illegally: "We con-
tinue to disrespect the local
government institutions that the
FNM itself put in place. We
don't know if all statutory per-
mits for this power plant have
been granted. But it is incum-
bent on government to ensure
that due process is respected -
that is the essence of democra-
Those "relevant agencies"
include the BEST Commission,
the Department of Environ-
mental Health Services, the
town planning department,
local government councils, the
Ministry of Works, and the
Cabinet Office. But Smith's
threat led BEC to pre-empt
him by halting its own project
temporarily. The Ministry of
Works confirmed on Monday
that the project was on hold
while BEC applied for con-
struction permits.
In response to this, one well-
placed political source
remarked: "Yes, BEC should
follow the rules. But how many
other government construction
projects - from schools to roads
- do you know that get per-
mits? "
Well, Tough Call can't speak
for all such projects, but I know
of at least one that does have
the necessary approvals - the
Nassau airport redevelopment.
The point is - how can BEC
spend $100 million of borrowed
money without going through
the required legal processes?
After years of virtual silence
on its plans for Abaco, BEC
and government officials pulled
out all the stops for the meeting
last week. Representatives from
MAN Diesel Canada (which
has the overall contract for the
plant), KES Environmental
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power j
ronmental impact assessment)
and the BEST Commission all
gave presentations.
Nassau lawyer and Bahamas
National Trust council member
Pericles Maillis also spoke in
support of the project, making
it clear he was there in a per-
sonal capacity. He had been
wrongly identified as a BNT
spokesman on the official pro-
gramme for the meeting.
BEC chairman Fred Gottlieb
acknowledged rather testily
that the meeting was held in
response to a "surprising, sud-
den opposition" to the power
plant generated by misleading
propaganda, principally a video
published on You Tube. But as
Abaconian newspaper publish-
er Dave Ralph pointed out, this transmission lines. The plant
was "the first public disclosure should be operational by next
of any consequence by BEC or spring, but it is unclear when
the government" on this mas- the new transmission lines will
sive project for the island. So be ready, or what other work
what do you expect to happen? needs to be done to decommis-
And the lack of disclosure is sion the existing power plant
despite the fact that the deci- and upgrade the local grid,
sion was made four years ago, which residents say is in poor
that contracts were signed repair.
almost two years ago, that The town meeting featured
financing was approved by par- the usual slew of cranks who
ligament in the summer, that took up most of the question
construction is already well and answer time with lengthy
under way, that the chairman non-sequitors and personal
of BEC is a leading Marsh Har- advertisements. These incon-
bour citizen, and that the prime siderate bores can be found at
minister himself represents an every public meeting in the
Abaco constituency. Bahamas, wasting time and
In fact, Hubert Ingraham spouting nonsense. They espe
slipped into the meeting incog- cially love to talk about them-
nito wearing a baseball hat, and selves, and they are a boon to
two senior opposition MPs - officials because they divert so
Fred Mitchell and Obie Wilch- much time and attention from
come - also attended as the realissues
observers. One wag noted the Cay Mills, a local taxi driver,
presence of "the next leader of said he was glad to see that
the PLP" to much laughter, but Abaconians were finally get-
it was unclear which one of ting some paack from en-
those gentlemen he was refer- ting some payback from cen-
those gentlemen he was refer- trial government for their taxes.
ring to. but noted that "we should have
Until Tough Call reported a say in whatever is brought
on the power plant EIA in this into our district. The cart is
space a couple of weeks ago, before the horse with this town
there was no substantive infor- meeting. Abaco people read,
tin o thi oecnt a- meeting. Abaco people read,
nation on this project any- are intelligent and want to be
where in the public domain. part of their own future. We
And for some strange reason, want democracy, not an elected
BEC officials were unwilling to dictatorship."
answer basic questions for my It was a sentiment that
report, which pointed out their seemed to be shared by many
atrocious track record on envi- in the audience, and was aptly
Caromenan aes Many os in tU *
ronmental matters. Many of illustrated by Dave Ralph in a
those questions were answered recent editorial. He quoted the
at the town meeting, however. prime minister's comments
For example, the plant's about someone using the wrong
state-of-the-art generators will colour to paint the House of
burn heavy fuel oil so efficient- Assembly: "You shouldn't
ly that cancer-causing particu- allow strangers to come in your
latest will be minimized and
plates will be minimised and place and determine the decor.
more power will be produced I don't condemn initiative, but
per unit of fuel. uninformed initiative is not to
Also, the fuel used will con- be tolerated."
tain less than two per cent sul- Well, many folks in Abaco
phur, producing emissions that feel the same way about the
are well within World Bank th m
e well wiin W ld Bnk power plant issue. According
guidelines. And heavy fuel to Ralph, "Government and
power plants already operate BEC have been negligentabout
throughout the Bahamas and normn oon ths
Caribbean, as well as in the US i jecan in g Ac o on this pro
and Europe. ject and in requesting local
and Europe. input. "
Rising cost estimates for the inpually negligent is the fact
plant over the years were attrib- that there was no public con-
uted to depreciation of the US sultation in the EIA process.
dollar and additional costs for The power plantEIA proessm
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meeting: "We should take a
stand for renewable energy,
which could brand our island
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was completed last October but
is still under review by the
BEST Commission. The EIA
for the fuel terminal and
pipeline has only just been com-
pleted. And no environmental
management plan for the plant
has been produced, yet con-
struction is well under way.
Pericles Maillis likened these
concerns to a storm in a teacup:
"I was president of the BNT
when the Clifton power plant
was being expanded and we
don't have acid rain in Nassau.
These controversies can only
hurt the environmental move-
ment. This plant is not a sur-
prise, it's been years in the
making and was no secret."
But who knows what condi-
tions are at Clifton, or at other
BEC plants around the country,
when there is no public disclo-
sure and we have only the cor-
poration's self-serving state-
ments to rely on?
According to Philip Weech
of the BEST Commission, the
Wilson City EIA is now under
active review with other gov-
ernment agencies, which will
determine what needs to be
done with the environmental
management plan: "Oil tankers
in the Bahamas have an envi-
able safety record," he said.
"and there will be no impacts
on freshwater resources. Wet-
lands will be impacted along
the pipeline corridor, but we
feel that can be safely man-
Meanwhile, BNT officials
told me after the meeting that
they would be seeking full
involvement in the develop-
ment of the environmental
management plan for the Wil-
son City plant and any moni-
toring initiatives that will be put
in place. And Abaco's home-
grown green activists - Friends
of the Environment - said they
also want to be involved going
"The number of people that
attended the public meeting
shows not only that the people
of Abaco are concerned about
what happens in their commu-
nity but that they want to be
involved in the decisions that
affect them," Friends executive
director Kristin Williams told
me. "We hope that the govern-
ment and BEC move forward
in good faith and provide the
information necessary to assure
the public that the promises
they made are being kept."
This is not the place for a
technical discussion of the mer-
its of using heavy oil as opposed
to diesel in a power plant. Suf-
fice it to say that - although dif-
ferent spokesmen cited varying
figures at the meeting - using
diesel fuel would add millions
to the annual operating costs,
and it is not clear if the envi-
ronmental benefits would justi-
fy that. However, it is clear that
heavy fuel oil plants require
more maintenance than other
types of plants - and again,
BEC's track record is not very
However, the issue of con-
ventional versus renewable
energy, on Abaco in particular,
has not been sufficiently
explored in my view.
Although BEC is being
dragged kicking and screaming
(by Earl Deveaux, Fred Got-
tlieb and others) towards a
renewable energy future, a
national energy policy that
would promote these initiatives
is nowhere near being imple-
A consultative committee
chaired by Philip Weech was
formed after the election to
build on earlier efforts by the
Christie administration. A
draft report was completed last
November, but has only just
been posted to the BEST Com-
mission's website (almost a year
later) for public comment. And
a Chamber of Commerce meet-
ing has been scheduled for
tomorrow to discuss this with
Utilities Minister Phenton Ney-
Consultants funded by the
Inter-American Development
Bank have just been hired to
evaluate the economic disaster
that BEC is now known to be,
and to revamp our existing
energy regulatory regime. But
at this rate, we will all be dead
before any effective energy pol-
icy or fossil fuel reductions can
be implemented.
There is no doubt that con-
ventional energy must continue
to play a big role in power gen-
eration in the Bahamas. But as

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'Not only can we get funding for Olympic

athletes, but we can also go to PASO...'

Senior Sports Reporter

WITH so many local asso-
ciations and federations feel-
ing the financial pinch,
Bahamas Olympic Associa-
tion president Wellington
Miller said they may have dis-
covered the answer to their
Coming out of a two-day
Solidarity meeting that he and
one of his vice presidents,
Algernon Cargill, attended in
Mexico last month, Miller said
they have formed a partner-
ship with all of the associa-
tions and federations for the
way forward.
At a meeting of the heads
of the sporting bodies last
week, Miller said they were
able to advise them of the fact
that there is sufficient money
available from both the Inter-
national Olympic Association
(BOA) and the Pan Ameri-
can Sports Organisation
"The Solidarity course have
$311 million available to help
federations and their ath-
letes," Miller disclosed. "Not
only can we get funding for
Olympic athletes, but we can
also go to PASO, who have
$130 million, for those sports
that are not in the Olympics.
"We can get moneys for
those organizations to help

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build sports in the Bahamas
and to help with their travel
when they are sending teams
Miller, who still serves as
the president of the Amateur
Boxing Association of the
Bahamas, said the only
requirement is that the fed-
erations and associations must
submit their plans.

"Let us know when you're
going, where you're going and
how much money you need,"
Miller said.
"They want to spend mon-
ey on helping the sporting
bodies. Once they plan it
properly and bring all of their
information to us in time, we
can send off the request for
the moneys. But they will

have to provide us with the
receipts of how the money is
spent so that we can continue
to tap into the funding that is
If all of the paperwork is
properly done, Miller said
they can have funding avail-
able for the sporting bodies
from both the IOC and
PASO within a month's time.
"It's just as easy as that
because the moneys are avail-
able," he said.
Unfortunately, Miller said
the plight of the Bahamas
Bodybuilding and Fitness
Federation, who is still seek-
ing $19,500 to send it's 11-
member team off to Grena-
da to defend its title at the
Central American and
Caribbean Championships on
September 30, was revealed
a little too late for the BOA
to seek any funding to assist
"We want them to apply to

us in time so we can help
them," Miller said. "All they
have to do is provide us with
all your information, filled out
the forms, we will send it off
and you will have your mon-
"But you can't come a
week or a month before you
are traveling and expect to
get the money. There's a lot
of paper work that has to be
filed. But it's amazing the
amount of money that is
available out there. If they
plan it right, they won't be
carrying anymore."
A lot of the countries, espe-
cially in the Caribbean, are
tapping into the Solidarity
funds that is being offered by
the IOC and the Bahamas is
going to take advantage of it
Miller said not just sports,
but the IOC is also providing
funding to assist countries
with the environment, which

helps to make the atmosphere
more conducive for the ath-
And he said that funding is
also available for scholarships
in a number of sports related
areas that he hopes that
Bahamians will also take
advantage of.
Today, Miller and Don
Cornish, another vice presi-
dent, will be traveling to Peru,
to take part in a two-day sem-
inar on Olympic Tourism.
"That's another avenue of
where we can get funding, so
we're going to try and see
what is available for the
Bahamas," he said.
"We are heavy in tourism,
so we will see what is avail-
able for us to develop our
Miller and Cornish, who
doubles as president of the
Bahamas Volleyball Federa-
tion, will return home on Sun-

PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham greets Mark Knowles' wife, Dawn...

PM proclaims September

13-19 Mark Knowles Week

SPORTS MINISTER Desmond Bannister greets Mark Knowles...

sporting icon's teacher growing up, said he
got goose bumps just sitting in the audience
when the ceremony took place.
"It was so disappointing after they went up
one set and they couldn't hold on for the win,"
Knowles said. "It just happened so quickly.
But I'm very proud of him, win or lose. He did
us proud just being in the final."
Hewitt, an Australian now residing in the
Bahamas, said the honour was well deserving
for Knowles. "To have played professional
tennis on the circuit for 20-plus years is a
grind," Hewitt said. "He's had a lot of ups
and downs, but to be in the top 10 over 10
years is just amazing."
At the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New
York, Hewitt got knocked out of the third
round of the men's singles by Switzerland's
Roger Federer, whose bid for a six straight
title was ruined by 20-year-old Juan Martin
del Potro of Argentina in yesterday's final.
While he has dabbled a bit into doubles,
the No.32 ranked player in the world, said he
has never had an opportunity to play against
"But he's a great player. He's definitely put
the Bahamas on the map worldwide," Hewitt
pointed out. "I think the entire country should
really be proud of his accomplishments."
If there was anyone proud of his achieve-
ments, it was his family.
His father, Sammy Knowles, said he's final-
ly delighted to see his son receive recognition
by the Bahamas Government, which was long
"It's good that finally somebody decided to
recognize him for how he has carried this coun-
try on his shoulder for so long," he said. "It's
been a long time. I'm happy that the Prime
Minister, the Minister of Sports and the coun-

MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest
shares a special moment with Mark Knowles...

try have finally recognized his achievements."
Vicki Knowles, his most loyal fan, said her
son's achievement will definitely go down as
one of the greatest.
But as a mother, she noted that there's
mixed reaction whenever she's in the stands
watching a live match, especially when he
comes out with a loss.
"The losses are difficult because you know
what he's going through," she said. "It's not a
good feeling. But we try to cheer him up when-
ever it happens."
And Dawn Knowles, his wife who is now his
main cheerleader in the stands, said her hus-
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glad that he's finally being recognized for his
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Amateur Athletic Union coming to Bahamas

Senior Sports Reporter

THE Amateur Athletic
Union (AAU) is coming to
the Bahamas.
James Parker, the director
of sports for the AAU in
Orlando, Florida, was in town
along with other members to
meet with Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture Desmond
Bannister to discuss the plans
for the Bahamas.
"We have decided to make
this one of our districts, so
next year we will be bringing
some teams over here," Park-
er said. "We want to get more
teams and more athletes
"We will bring in some pro-
grammes to start some
leagues here. We will start
with basketball first and then
we will go on to baseball,
track and field, volleyball and
Tanya Ferguson, a former
basketball player turned ref-
eree while she was in the
Louisiana area, will be return-
ing home to serve as the
Bahamian director.
The local programme will
be based out of the College of

SHOWN (1-r) are Amateur Athletic Union members, including Bahamian Tanya Ferguson (fourth from left)
with James Parker (fifth from left), director of AAU, and BBF president Lawrence Hepburn, BOA president

Wellington Miller and coach Mario Bowleg

the Bahamas. Hepburn said for years a lot
"We will be doing a lot of of the coaches in the
regional events, which will be Bahamas have been longing
good for the Bahamas," Fer- for the opportunity to expand
guson said. "We will have a their programmes.
lot of teams from all over the "A lot of the coaches want-
United States and Canada ed to go to their programmes,
coming here to compete." now they will have the oppor-
The players involved in the tunity to have them come
programme will be between here," Hepburn stressed.
the ages of 12-17. However, "They will only serve to help
there will also be a pony us.
league for players between "We're looking at employ-
the ages of 8-12. ing the services of their coach-
Bahamas Basketball Fed- es coming in to help us with
eration president Lawrence our programme. We will also

Photo by Patrick Hanna/BIS

have their coaches clinics here
and we want to attract some
of their tournaments here."
Hepburn said he antici-
pates only good things com-
ing out of the programme.
"Our federation will be
involved, but we will be
reaching out to a lot of peo-
ple," Hepburn stated. "We
have some coaches here that
are already involved in the
AAU programme, but we
want to get more on board."
With Ferguson coming
home, Hepburn said she will

bring a wealth of experience
to the programme. Already,
coach Mario Bowleg and
Darryl Sears, of Grand
Bahama, are involved in the
Florida-based programme.
"We want to also reach out
to other sporting bodies
because AAU is not just bas-
ketball," Hepburn pointed
out. "AAU is a magnet of
many sports, so we're hoping
that other federations and
associations will use this to
get more exposure for their
Bowleg said the pro-
gramme is definitely needed
in the country.
"We have many high
school teams leaving here to
perform in these AAU tour-
naments," Bowleg stressed.
"What AAU does is it will
allow us to have the tourna-
ments come here so that our
athletes can get the exposure
that they won't get because
they can't get to travel.
"It will help, not only the
Bahamas student-athletes as
it relates to getting scholar-
ships, but it will help the
teams coming to enhance the
national team programme,
especially during the summer


THE College of the
Bahamas' men and
women soccer teams are
expected to take their
third and final trip this
weekend when they are
set to face Warner Col-
lege and Webber Col-
lege in Tampa, Florida.
The Caribs are sched-
uled to play Warner
College on Friday in the
women's opener at 4
pm, followed by the
men at 6 pm. Then on
Sunday, the women are
set to open up against
Webber University at
noon with the men play-
ing at 2 pm.


THE Baptist Sports
Council is scheduled to
hold a meeting on Fri-
day at 6 pm at McDon-
ald's, Thompson Boule-
vard, for all churches
interested in participat-
ing in the 2009 Olympia
Morris-Evans Softball
The Classic is tenta-
tively set to get under-
way on Saturday, Sep-
tember 26 at the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex.
The Classic will com-
prise of the men, co-ed
and 17-and-under divi-
Also during the meet-
ing, the BSC will dis-
close plans for the 2009
Nicola Major Track and
Field Classic that is slat-
ed to take place on Sat-
urday, October 10, at
the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadi-

BBF 15/16 National Team - 2nd Place Finish @ PONY Latin American
Caribbean Zone Championships (Highest Finish Ever by a Bahamian
National Baseball Team) - Team is presently ranked 2nd in the
Caribbean - PONY BASEBALL. (On this 16 member Team - Only 5
young men DO NOT attend school abroad)

Very successful

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THE Bahamas Baseball Federation con-
tinues to meet its mandate of "Higher Edu-
cation through the Sport of Baseball".
The BBF had a very successful year on the
international baseball scene with its historic
defeat - (Gurabo) Puerto Rico - 2nd Place
World Ranking by 08 PONY Baseball) - BBF
2nd Place Finish @ 15-16 PONY Latin Amer-
ican Tournament.
But the most outstanding accomplishment
this year is the overwhelming number of
young men whose lives are being impacted in
a positive way with baseball.
The BBF membership, its president and
his executive team, are extremely proud and
excited to announce the 44 young men who
have been afforded the opportunity to further
their education at various high schools and
colleges in the US as a result of baseball.
1) The recent "BBF 7th Annual Andre
Rodgers National Baseball Championships",
hosted in June 09, was a resounding success
on the baseball diamond which continues to
afford our talented young men the opportu-
nity to further their baseball dreams and edu-
US Colleges Present: Jackson State Uni-
versity (JSU) - (Head Coach - Omar Johnson)
/ North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
(Head Coach - Dr Henry White)
Young men offered
collegiate scholarships:
* Desmond Russell - JSU -(Christ School
Stand-Out - All Conference/All State) lead
the Bahamas senior men's Team: 333 B.A
Coach Johnson was an assistant coach on
the German National Team and witnessed
Desmond's outstanding pitching performance
against the US National Team (Held the US
to 2 runs after 5 Innings)
* Aneko Knowles - JSU -(Christ School
Stand-Out - All Conference) - Member of
senior men's national team - Lead the 16-18


Fo te tris ehn

National Team (425 BA) Little League Latin
American Tournament
* Etienne Farquharson - NCCU - (Gradu-
ate of Pensacola Junior College with Acade-
mic All-American Honours (3.80) GPA:
Received a Baseball Scholarship & Academ-
ic Scholarship to attend NCCU - Member of
the senior men's national team.
2) The first ever BBF/PONY Baseball 2008
PROSPECT Showcase for High School/Col-
lege recruiting - (hosted Nov 08) was an over-
whelming success with the following young
men being afforded opportunities:
* Theodore Trae Sweeting - Christ School
- (BBF 2009 Junior Division 13-15 - MVP &
Recipient of the Charles Johnson Best Catch-
er Award)
* Jordon Farquharson - Christ School
* Perez Knowles - Rabun Gap
US High Schools Present: Darlington
School, Georgia/Christ School, North Car-
olina/ Christ Church School, Virginia / Rabun
Gap, Georgia
3) BBF Coaches Clinic hosted January of
this year, which was organised by fourth vice
president Etienne Farquharson and conduct-
ed by Troy State University head coach Bob-
by Pierce was a great success.
* Patrick Knowles Jr - Troy State - 09 grad-
uate from Christ School in Arden, North Car-
olina (09 All Conference & All State Honors)
* Richard Bain - Palm Beach Community
College: Drafted in the 45 Round / 1367 Pick
- of the Recent Major League Draft - Made
the tough decision to enter Junior College
which still allows him an opportunity to be
drafted higher over the next two years
(Once players enter a four-year college,
they can not be drafted until their Junior (3rd
year). Players can be drafted from a Junior
College every year of their two-year eligibil-
The president wishes to thank and con-
gratulate the following persons for making
this years 09 entry class so successful:
* Patrick Knowles (Grand Bahama) -
YMCA Baseball Academy
* Will Rutherford (Grand Bahama) -
* Stephanie Higgs (Grand Bahama) -
* Etienne Farquharson (Inagua) fourth vice
president Terran Rodgers (Nassau) - JBLN,
* Theodore R Sweeting (Nassau)






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BAHAMIAN TENNIS ACE Mark Knowles with Governor General Arthur Dion Hanna (centre) and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at Government House...

proclaims September 13-

19 as

Senior Sports Reporter
More than two decades after
he launched his profession-
al tennis career, Mark
Knowles says he never envi-
sioned the response he
received from the Bahamas Government.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham pro-
claimed September 13-19 Mark Knowles
Week at a welcome home dinner reception on
Monday night at Government House. And
he received a citation from Governor General
Arthur D Hanna.
While he would have won all four Grand
Slam titles, albeit in two different doubles
categories, this year alone Knowles played
in three of those finals, winning the mixed
doubles at Wimbledon in July with German
Anna-Lens Groenefled.
However, the 38-year-old five-time

Mark Knowles Week

Bahamian tennis ace receives citation from

Governor General during welcome home

dinner reception at Government House

Olympian and his Indian men's doubles part-
ner Mahesh Bhupathi lost in both the Aus-
tralian Open in January and the US Open
on Sunday.
"It feels good, especially coming off the
heels of the disappointing loss at the US
Open," said Knowles, who returned home to
a "here's welcome" one day after playing a
rain delayed final that had been postponed
since Friday.
"It's nice to be here and be honoured by the

government. To have all of these dignitaries,
along with my family and friends, is very spe-
As the country's most celebrated local and
international player continues to look ahead
to the future, Knowles said he's even more
inspired to have the support of the nation
behind him.
"I had a long career and I've accomplished
a whole lot, but I still feel that there is still a
lot more for me to accomplish," he stressed.

"So I'm just going to go ahead and enjoy this
Among those sharing the moment with
Knowles was Emile Knowles, his childhood
friend who hit balls with him when he got
started at age five, along with former number
one singles player in the world, Lleyton
Knowles, who considers himself to be the
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By CHESTER ROBARDS much 1 more aggressive
BusinessReporter Cheaeroption much in vogue, as $1,300 NIB investments

expensive cremation drain on foreign
option over full burial "shocked" to hear that funeral expens- expenses. weighed that of the traditional funeral reserves/pressure on
year-over-year, some es had gone up. He and other funeral home person- and burial.
experiencing an almost 65 per cent Managing director of Cedar Crest nel agreed that the number of families A Secretary at Restview Memorial exchange rate if more
increase, Tribune Business was told Funeral Home, Audley Fraser, said cremating their deceased loved ones Mortuary and Crematorium said his NIB assets placed as
yesterday, as official figures indicated his company had not increased its fees has increased exponentially since 2008. company had seen an almost 65 per
a 7 per cent increase in New Provi- in over three years. With the cost of a basic funeral cent increase in the number of crema- banking system deposits
dence funeral fees - coupled with the According to him, despite the pegged at almost $5,000, and a direct tions performed at their crematorium.
recession - was responsible for the increased cost of shipping caskets, the cremation at about $1,300, persons "It's cheaper than having a funeral By NEIL HARTNELL
change. company had tried to absorb the were opting out of the costly and service," he said. Tribune Business Editor

In the Department of Statistics' July
consumer price index, New Providence
funerals fees increased by 6.6 per cent,
while fees in Grand Bahama increased
by 7.9 per cent.
Many funeral homes were surprised
by the change, some saying they were

expense in order to keep their prices
However, Mr Fraser suggested the
rising cost of burial in Grand Bahama
- and the markedly depressed market
- may be the reason for that island's
almost 8 per cent increase in funeral

rapidly declining burial plots.
"It has increased drastically," said
a director at Butlers Funeral Home.
"I'm doing a lot of cremations."
She told this paper she was busy
working on two full funerals, but that
the requests for cremations far out-

He suggested that there have been a
lot more deaths recently as well, blam-
ing the increase on an overall decrease
in health throughout New Providence.
"Cremation is the main solution
people resort to these days," said the
Restview secretary.

Businesses see 15-30% summer sales decreases

Tribune Business Editor
THE recession bit even
deeper into the Bahamian
economy in July-August 2009
with many businesses report-
ing year-over-year sales drops
of 15-30 per cent, a former
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president yesterday
confirming that his business
had suffered the "most signif-
icant" top line decline year-to-
date last month - more than
10 per cent.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, presi-
dent of the Superwash laun-
dromat chain, told Tribune
Business he "agreed 100 per
cent" that many Bahamian
businesses had suffered their
worst year-over-year sales per-
formances to date during those
two summer months, based on
his company's performance
and reports he had heard from
other companies.
"Sales were down signifi-
cantly in August," Mr
D'Aguilar told Tribune Busi-
ness. "Overall, my August

sales were down just over 10
per cent. It crashed through
the 10 per cent mark for the
first time. In previous months,
my sales were trending down 6
per cent, 7 per cent, 8 per cent
month to month.
"The most significant drop
so far was in August, for
August 2009 compared to
August 2008. A lot of people
have made mention of that;
that August was probably the
worst month yet. And a lawyer
friend of mine said today that
July was just appalling. I can
concur with that - my business
was down, no doubt about
Assessing the reasons for
the summer sales declines, Mr
D'Aguilar said many busi-
nesses felt large numbers of
Bahamians were continuing to
shop in Florida, despite the
recession and corresponding
increase in
unemployment/reduction in
disposable incomes.
As a result, he suggested
that both the Government and
private sector organizations



needed to start a full-fledged
campaign to encourage
Bahamians to shop at home,
keeping what money was
being generated in the local
"The perception was that
the airport was stuffed full of
people going to Florida to
shop," Mr D'Aguilar said.
"People are making their
wages here and shooting them-
selves in the foot. They will
argue that prices are too
expensive here, but they need
to spend in the Bahamas to
support local jobs.

* July and August worst year-over-year comparisons for
many Bahamian firms, as Superwash's chief confirms
top line decline 'crashed through 10% for first time in August'
* Return air fares fall below $200 to Miami

"Not enough emphasis is
being placed by the Govern-
ment and organizations like
the Chamber of Commerce on
shopping at home. If people
are going to the US to shop,
there are fewer dollars in the
economy and less money is cir-
culating, which causes even
more disruption.
"There should be real
emphasis, a real marketing
campaign to say consumers
need to stay at home and shop.
The situation is going to get
worse before it gets better."
What is aiding Bahamian
travel to the US is the dra-
matic drop in air fares, as car-
riers reduce prices to boost
load factors at a time when
travel is reduced during the
tourism season low point. For
instance, a return fare to Mia-
mi on American Eagle now

costs less than $200, some $98
plus $90 in taxes.
"I haven't flown for under
$200 on American Eagle for
a long time," the former
Chamber president observed.
Mr D'Aguilar said retailers
were among the businesses
who had seen the sharpest
downturns in July and August,
something they believed had
not been helped by a shorter
Back-to-School season. Archi-
tects and engineers were also
seeing a shortage of work, with
companies who still had liquid
assets and the ability to borrow
placing all projects on hold.
"All we're hearing is doom
and gloom," Mr D'Aguilar
said. "We need something big,
and maybe this Baha Mar
thing is big enough to give
people a glimmer of hope, but
that's still a long way off."

A FORMER finance min-
ister yesterday said he was
"rather frightened" by recom-
mendations suggesting that the
National Insurance Board
(NIB) be operated as a pri-
vate pension fund, as this
could ultimately destabilise
this nation's monetary system
and create pressure for a
devaluation of the Bahamian
Both NIB's eighth actuarial
review and the 2005 Social
Security Reform Commission
report have urged a more
aggressive stance on NIB's
investments, including limit-
ing the proportion of invest-
ment assets held in govern-
ment and public sector securi-
ties, but James Smith said such
an approach had created the
first "financial crisis" he faced
when taking over as Central
Bank of the Bahamas gover-
nor in the 1980s.
NIB traditionally has a mul-
ti-million dollar sum on
deposit with the Central Bank
at the end of each month, the
Commission's report noting
that this averaged $91.1 mil-
lion over the 12 months to
December 2004. No interest is
earned on this at all.
However, Mr Smith said
that soon after taking over as
governor, the decision was tak-
en to put these surplus NIB
assets to better use by placing
them in the commercial bank-

SEE page 4B

Judicial Review threat

to $105m power plant

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Tribune Business Editor

AN attorney will this week
write to all government agen-
cies involved in the permit-
ting process for BEC's $105
million Wilson City power
plant to demand that his Aba-
co-based clients be involved
in "meaningful consultation"
on the project, with moves for
a Supreme Court injunction
to follow if construction
Fred Smith, a Freeport-
based partner in the Callen-
ders & Co law firm, also
warned that he would launch
a Judicial Review challenge
in the courts - similar to the
one he instigated against Dis-
covery Land Company's Bak-
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meaningful consultation
on BEC project for
clients, and seek possible
injunction to stop work

project on Great Guana Cay,
which has reached the Privy
Council - if BEC attempted
to have the necessary con-
struction permits "rubber
stamped and retroactively
applied" so the power plant
could proceed.
Accusing successive gov-
ernments of failing to heed
the warning given by the Gua-
na Cay situation, when it
came to following statutory
and due process and consult-
ing with all affected parties,
Mr Smith said both the
Christie and Ingraham admin-
istrations had "put the cart
before the horse" when it
came to the BEC power
Arguing that the Govern-
ment had delivered "a slap in
the face" to democratic insti-
tutions and their processes
through their handling of the
Wilson City project, the Cal-
lenders & Co partner said the
administration itself had been
responsible for generating
opposition by its decision to
"proceed clandestinely,
secretly and without permits".
Informing Tribune Business
that he represented a number
of Bahamian and foreign
homeowners on Abaco, Mr
Smith said of his clients:
"They are up in arms about
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Put the car in gear
If your client is not engaged then
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car in gear.

I recently read an article where a
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BORING! Yeah, I would be bored
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already half asleep.

How to keep a client's attention!
I wrote about this before. Ask
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Why? Why? Why? Why? Who?
Who? Who? What? What? GET

Focus the attention on your client
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to tears. Ask the '5Ws' (discussed
in previous article).
Put yourself into your clients shoes
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end of that conversation, in which

someone is just talking about them-
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buyers feel when salespeople pitch
instead of ask questions.
So how do you do this? How do
you avoid putting people to sleep?
By the way, if you do put people to
sleep, I know some people who are
sleep deprived and could use your
SIMPLE, ask questions, shut up
and listen.
OK, article finished. I'm not a
sleep therapist.
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Judicial Review threat to $105m power plant

FROM page 1B

the lack of consultation
through the local government
process, or through the per-
mitting processes of central
government agencies. This is
probably the single largest
capital expenditure by gov-
ernment in Abaco."
The Wilson City power
plant project was instigated
under the former Christie
administration, which initially
looked at a site at Snake Cay.
That was ultimately rejected,
due to its proximity to a
planned National Park and

sensitive area, Wilson City
being chosen as the alterna-
Criticising both govern-
ments for their failure to
involve Abaconians in the
consultative process before
construction started, Mr
Smith said this had created
negative instead of positive
energy in the community's
attitude towards the Wilson
Cay plant.
"Instead, they proceeded
clandestinely, secretly, with-
out permits, not giving infor-
mation.... They put the cart

before the horse," Mr Smith
told Tribune Business.
"This all goes back to issues
of central government feeling
it can do what it wants in the
Out Island colonies. It is Nas-
sau treating the Family
Islands as if they have no say.
It is a central government dic-
tatorship once again.
"Generally, government
departments go ahead with
their development plans
before they get permits. This
is something that should not
happen. It's a slap in the face
to democratic institutions. It
demonstrates that statutory

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safety, the environment, are
meaningless. This is a repeat
of the Guana Cay fiasco, and
I beg the FNM to proceed dif-
ferently in the future."
Dr Earl Deveaux, minister
of the environment, acknowl-
edged in this newspaper yes-
terday that government
departments and utilities
often went ahead with their
plans without first obtaining
the necessary permits and
approvals, unlike private
developers, who were
required to go through the
proper processes and chan-
When asked why the Gov-
ernment appeared not to have
learnt anything from the Gua-
na Cay case and public reac-
tions to other controversial
developments, Mr Smith
replied: "I don't think they're
slow learners. They haven't
learnt at all."
What is surprising is that
the Government would again
risk incurring the wrath of
Abaconians, a generally well-
educated population well
aware of their rights and
statutory processes, given
what had happened with the
Guana Cay development.
Pointing out the hypocrisy
of requiring private develop-
ers to abide by the laws and
statutory processes, when
government departments
were not, Mr Smith said: "The
Government is not a law unto
itself. Each department, statu-


tory authority, BEC and
BTC, are statutory corporate
institutions that are subject to
the law like any private devel-
The Government appears
to have anticipated Mr
Smith's possible legal chal-
lenge to the Wilson City pow-
er plant's continued con-
struction, having placed all
building on hold until the nec-
essary permits and approvals
are obtained.
The Callender's & Co part-
ner said he had been instruct-
ed by his clients to write to
all the relevant government
departments and agencies
objecting to the lack of con-
sultation, and request that
they now be involved in a

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to change the name to ANASTASIA BRIDGEWATER. If
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, PO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than
thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.


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meaningful process.
Failing that, Mr Smith said
he would seek a Supreme
Court injunction to prevent
construction on the Wilson
City power plant from pro-
ceeding until all the required
permits were in place and his
clients "had an opportunity
to participate in a meaning-
ful consultative process".
"It's a question of the
process by which the permits
were applied for, considered
and approved," Mr Smith
said, adding that the issue
went beyond the permits
"If they simply rush to get
the permits rubber-stamped
and retroactively applied,
such permits will be chal-
lenged under a Judicial
Review," he said. "In the 21st
century Bahamas, it is high
time that government institu-
tions respected the relevant
laws and processes."
Mr Smith said he and his
clients would soon have to
assess whether work on the
Wilson City power plant had
stopped, as the Government
had said. He told Tribune
Business that the last time he
went to the site, he was barred
from entering, and a row with
security guards broke out
after he subsequently started
taking photos outside the
fenced-off site.
To prevent such situations
from occurring again, Mr
Smith said it was incumbent
on all private and public sec-
tor developers to "be account-
able and transparent, provide
the information and interact
with a meaningful consulta-
tion process".
He added that while BEC's
general manager, Kevin Bas-
den, had asserted at last
week's Town Meeting that
three Environmental Impact
Assessments (EIAs) had been
conducted on Wilson City,
this was relatively meaning-
less if local residents were not
given an opportunity to com-
ment, and their concerns
made a part of the process.
His clients' main concerns,
Mr Smith said, were the loca-
tion of the power plant;
whether Bunker C fuel was
the correct one and the impli-
cations arising from its use;
whether government had
properly explored wind, solar
and other alternative ener-
gies; and environmental and
health and safety issues.

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NIB proceeds with

$1.2m prosecutions

Business Reporter
ance Board (NIB) continued
with is prosecution of several
prominent Bahamian compa-
nies owing collectively more
than $1.2 million yesterday,
with some of those companies
already settling their arrears
incrementally over time.
Jones Communications
CEO, Wendall Jones, pleaded
guilty to owing NIB $430,000

in delinquent contribution
payments. The company has
since paid back almost
$100,000 of the $180,000
needed to met NIB's settle-
ment threshold.
Attorney for NIB, Heather
Maynard, told the court that
her company would be happy
to negotiate the liquidation
of Jones Communications'
remaining amount after they
have paid off 40 per cent of
their arrears - almost
Global United chief exevu-

h i'.e ).

'R al Estat

tive, Jackson Ritchie, has
been charged with owing NIB
$161,079.98 in unpaid contri-
butions. Mr Ritchie has also
entered into negotiations with
NIB to make incremental
payments on the total amount
owed in arrears.
Both Mr Jones and Mr
Ritchie are expected back in
court to continue settlement
arrangements on November
Also expected back in court
are owners of the radio sta-
tions More 94 FM and Spirit
(92.5 FM), Galen and Henry
Saunders. They have been
charge with owning NIB
$256,262 in outstanding con-
tributions. Ms Maynard
revealed that the men had
paid $43,000 thus far of the
total amount owed.
Solomon's Mines managing
director Mark Finlayson, who
was charged with owing NIB
$377,092.90 in contributions
between June 2007 and
December 2008, and pleaded
guilty to the charges, failed to
appear in court yesterday.
Consequently Magistrate
Lasalle issued a bench war-
rant for his arrest.
Mr Finlayson's staff have
also complained that the com-
pany has been delinquent in
paying salaries for several
months this year. He has pre-
viously blamed the economic
downturn for late pay
A bench warrant was also
issued for the owner of
Bertha's Go-Go Ribs, Mervin
Sweeting, who has been mak-
ing payment on his delinquent
NIB contribution, but failed
to show up for the hearing.
NIB has constantly said it
regrets having to take legal
action against companies, but
maintain it is a last resort to
negotiating payment arrange-

NIB contends that legal
action is a last resort for past-
due contribution collections,
suggesting it is only imposed
when "they (employers) fail
to take advantage of the rela-
tively generous option of
entering into installment
agreements to resolve
As the economic crisis bore
down on businesses, however,
NIB imposed an amnesty
period to delay the applica-
tion of interest on those
installment agreements.
The eighth actuarial review
tabled in Parliament along-
side the 2008 Annual Report
revealed that the future value
of NIB's expenditure could
exceed reserves in the long
However, NIB is confident
that changes in administra-
tion of the fund will allow for
it meet its long term chal-
lenges. "Presently, the fund
is meeting all its obligation,"
the report said.


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Country Finance Department or Cluster Office

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* Manage the Accounting Commercial activities for a country or group of
countries within the Cluster.
* Supervise Billing, Duties, Accounts Receivable and Vendor Analysts.
* Prepare and analyze statistics and KPIs for the country/cluster.
* Manage customer profiles.
* Establish AR Credit limits.
* Principal contact for Commercial controller.
* Assist with preparation of Customer profitability analysis.
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0 1st level of approval for Credit notes.
* Special projects and ad hoc reports as required.
* Provide customers analyses, and review customer data base in term of
discount, and credit
* Performs other assignments as required.
* Ability to supervise the accounting staff at local station

* High school diploma and/or minimal of 5 years applicable experience
* Minimum of 4 years of commercial and accounting experience is required.
* Minimum of 2 years supervisory or management experience leading an
accounting department.
* A background in commercial credit and accounting required.
* Experience with a major Enterprise Reporting Package (ERP)
* Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills.
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Pictured are members of the
2009 FSI Student Award selec-
tion committee in advance of the
interviews with candidates, the
final step in the selection
process. Left to right (seated)
are Joan Pinder, former chair-
School of Business, College of
the Bahamas; Karen Lockhart,
College of the Bahamas; Kim
Bodie, Bahamas Institute of
Financial Services; and Anastacia
Johnson, Association of Interna-
tional Banks & Trust Companies
in The Bahamas.
Standing are: Renee Barrow, SG
Hambros Bank & Trust; Cypri-
anna Bethel, Central Bank of the

NIB, frompage 1B

ing system, the theory being
that they would generate bet-
ter investment returns as bank
While this may have been
the case, Mr Smith explained
that apart from creating an
asset-liability mismatch
between short-term bank
deposits and NIB's long-term
liabilities, this strategy also
expanded the money supply
and created an unsustainable
credit boom by expanding
funds available for lending.
With much of these funds
going on imports, it led to an
immediate drain on the
Bahamas' foreign exchange
reserves, imposing pressure on
this nation's fixed one:one
exchange rate with the US dol-
lar and raising - at least tem-
porarily - the risk of devalua-
"In fact, in the 1980s when I
took over the Central Bank,
that was when we had our first
financial crisis," Mr Smith,
now CFAL's chairman, told
Tribune Business yesterday.
"The reserves went down by
$100 million to $200 million in
the first couple of months.

BFSB gears to launch top graduate choice

Bahamas; Nadine Frazier, Insur-
ance Institute of the Bahamas;
and Nicole Pratt-Rolle, Society
of Trust & Estate Practitioners.
Selection Committee members
not pictured include: Mario
Smith, Bahamas Association of

Everyone brought cars in and
government revenues went up,
but after that we had trouble
meeting our foreign commit-
As a result, Mr Smith said
any change in NIB's invest-
ment and asset allocation
strategies should not be made
in isolation, but instead dis-
cussed thoroughly with the
Ministry of Finance and Cen-
tral Bank as the managers of
this nation's fiscal and mone-
tary affairs respectively. No
decision could be taken in a
"In our case, when we put
[the NIB funds] in the system,
it immediately went to
imports, so many of your
reserves are gone," Mr Smith
said. "It could destabilise your
monetary system, reduce for-
eign reserves and put pressure
on the exchange rate, which
could lead to devaluation.
"I'm really frightened by
looking at NIB as a private
fund," he added, urging that
the Bahamian social security
system be viewed from a
national development per-
Explaining that the Fund
was "a safety net for the Gov-
ernment", Mr Smith said hav-

Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Compliance Officers, Roger
Brown, Bahamas General Insur-
ance Association; Zelma Wilson,
Bahamas Institute of Chartered
Accountants; and Jeremy Dyck,
CFA Society of the Bahamas.

ing a large percentage of the
Crown's assets owned by NIB
was a distinct advantage if it
ever came to a government
debt restructuring.
"Government has a huge
debt to NIB, and if you run
into repayment - say a bond
falls due - you can restructure
much easier than if you went
to a foreign bank," the former
minister of state for finance
under the Christie administra-
tion said.
The lack of diversified
investment options in the
Bahamian market remained
painfully obvious at year-end
2008, with $651.35 million or
43.5 per cent of NIB's invested
assets being held in Bahamas
Government Registered
NIB's eighth actuarial
report revealed this was simi-
lar to the position attained in
2006, when 56 per cent of
NIB's then-$1.35 billion invest-
ment portfolio was held in
government securities, such as
government-registered stock
and Treasury Bills.
According to the report,
some 24 per cent of NIB's
assets were then invested in
short-term securities, such as
Certificates of Deposit (CDs)

THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) has
launched the process to recog-
nise an outstanding 2009 gradu-
ate from within the School of
Business, College of the
This initiative has been a joint
venture by BFSB, the College
of the Bahamas, and the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas since
2002, with the co-ordinating and
selection committees compris-
ing representatives from the
three sponsoring agencies, plus
the Professional Industry Asso-

and Treasury Bills, with 98.6
per cent of all investments
concentrated in the Bahamas.
Not surprisingly, the eighth
actuarial report concluded:
"With such heavy concentra-
tion in several areas, the
investment portfolio is not well
"As a result, the overall
Fund is relatively high risk
with return expectations that
do not justify the current level
of risk.
"It is therefore recom-
mended that gradual reduc-
tions be made to the propor-
tions held in Bahamas Gov-
ernment, quasi-government
securities and short-term
investments, and that the posi-
tion held overseas be
increased gradually to around
20 per cent."
The eighth actuarial report
found that between 2001 and
2006, the NIB enjoyed an
average 6 per cent yield on its
investments, and a 5.5 per cent
yield on its reserves.
But with inflation averaging
2 per cent per annum over that
period, the real rate of return
on reserves was 3.5 per cent.
And the report by the Social
Security Reform Commission,
appointed by the former

In Voluntary Liquidation

1. The reason for the winding-up and dissolving is that the
Partnership has ceased to carry on business.

2. The Partnership is and will continue to be able to discharge
or pay or provide for the payment of all claims, debts, liabilities
and obligations in full.

3. The winding-up will commence on the date when the Notice
of Dissolution is submitted to the Registrar.

4. The Liquidators are authorized to carry on the business of
the Partnership.

5. The names of Liquidators are Kyrene Kelty and Kristina Fox.
No. remuneration is proposed to be paid to the Liquidators.

6. The Liquidators are not required to send all Limited Partners
a statement of account prepared by or on its instructions in
respect of its actions and transactions.

Dated this 11th day of September, 2009.
Kyrene Kelty and Kristina Fox

Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 14th day of September 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


ciation Working Group
(PIAWG) - a representative
body for the various financial
services industry-related associ-
ations here in the Bahamas.
The Student Award pro-
gramme is an integral compo-
nent of BFSB's ongoing Finan-
cial Centre Focus (FCF) pro-
gramme, which addresses issues
such as challenges impacting the
sustained growth and develop-
ment of the industry; improve-
ments to the level of service; and
attracting and maintaining qual-
ified professionals.

Christie administration, noted
that returns on NIB's reserves,
due to declining interest rates,
had fallen from 10 per cent in
1983 to below 6 per cent in
The Commission's report
noted the "severe and impru-
dent mismatch" between the
maturity date of NIB's assets
and liabilities, with some 35
per cent of investments in low-
yielding, short-term Treasury
Bills and deposits as at
December 2004.
With long-term liabilities
being matched by short-term
assets, the report warned:
"This enormous mismatch
places significant long-term
risk upon the long-term via-
bility of the National Insur-
ance Fund, as it is presently
At the point the Commis-
sion's report was written, in
2005, it said NIB was faced
with "re-investment risk", as
a result of needing to find new
investment opportunities for
maturing investments in a
market where interest rates
were declining.
"Stated another way, only
24 per cent of NIB's invest-
ment portfolio has a maturity
of 10 years or more, yet it is
known that more than 86 per
cent of liabilities and commit-
ments extend more than 10
years," the report said.
"In the fiscal year 2004,
some $60 million of invest-
ments are due to mature, not
including $350 million of bank

This week, the selection com-
mittee will be completing inter-
views with the finalists, who will
be announced shortly. The 2009
Student of the Year will be
recognized at BFSB's Annual
Industry Excellence Awards
Ceremony on October 22.
Again this year, SG Hambros
Bank & Trust (Bahamas) has
come on board as sponsor of the
FSI Student of the Year Award,
while Credit Suisse's Nassau
branch is supporting the student
awards programme as a con-

deposits and Treasury Bills
that will also need to be
The Commission again
made the point that the NIB
Fund had "too great an expo-
sure" to the Bahamian com-
mercial banking system and
the Government through its
limited investment options,
something that impacted its
ability to negotiate better rates
of return if its funds were not
This "systematically disad-
vantaged" NIB, as the funds
either end up being placed at
lower rates or are left sitting
idle at the Central Bank. At
end-December 31, 2004, NIB
had $83.2 million on deposit
at the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, earning no interest,
with the previous month-end
balances for the previous 12
months averaging $91.1 mil-
"If these funds were invest-
ed, incremental income of $4.5
million could have been
derived," the report said. "At
an average of $250 per month,
that incremental interest
income alone could have paid
the annual pension of 1,500
The Commission report said
NIB was exposed to major
country risk due to the fact all
its investments were concen-
trated in the Bahamas, and
with $460 million investments
tied to Bahamian Prime, the
Fund was exposed to even
small changes in interest rates.

Legal Notice


(a) PAMSCIAM HOLDINGS LIMITED is in dissolution under the provi-
sions of the International Business Companies Act 200.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on September 15, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 14th day of October 2009 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009




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High: 91� F/330 C

High:890F/320 C
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highs and tonight's lows.

Atlantic City
Charleston, SC

High Low
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58/14 47/8
80/26 67/19
72/22 58/14
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Kansas City
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Los Angeles
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Low: 770 F/250 C

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F INDING a restaurant that offers good ole'
tasty Bahamian food at an affordable price is
seemingly rare these days. Perhaps you may
have overlooked one sit-in dining spot that has been
around for 20 years...Checker's Cafe.

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The restaurant chain just welcomed
another location into the family on
Joe Farrington Road last Thursday.
The new location offers quality
Bahamian food in a comfortably mod-
ern and clean environment for you
and your family to enjoy meals at a
reasonable price of around $10 per
For breakfast, lunch, and dinner,
the menu choices are endless. And
from what we sampled, the food tastes
just like what your grammy would
cook on Sunday. From peas n' rice
with barbecued ribs and baked chick-
en, to delicious curry chicken dinners-
-your nose will be intoxicated with the
smells of these freshly cooked
Bahamian delights. Dine inside the
restaurant, and let the sweet sounds of
Bahamian artists serenade your ears,
then take in the creative artworks of
Rudy Williams plastered on the dining
room walls.
But back to the food. White rice,
peas n' rice, and bean n' rice are
served everyday, and the choices of
meat are unpredictable, as they switch
things up quite often. Bite into bar-
becue ribs that are seasoned to the
bone, but no too salty--just the right
What's more is that the menu isn't
limited to a specific meal choices,
restaurant manager Nadia Sumner
told Tribune Taste. For example she
explained : If you're tired of rice, you
can choose from three choices of hot
Side orders are the usual Bahamian
options of cheesy macaroni with a kick
of spicy flavour, and plantains. The
bean soup has the right consistency
of dumplings, beans and ham meat,
and the chicken souse has everything
you want if you prefer a milder dish.
If you are in the mood for fish try
grouper fingers or minced turbot
(which by the way is excellent.) Other
meat options include pork chops,
baked chicken, ribs, steamed ham,
stew beef, or oxtail-just to name a few-
It can't get more Bahamian than that.
For desert, get your fix of cheese-
cake. There are 5 kinds to choose

from- blueberry, pumpkin, mango,
guava, pineapple. They say that if
you've never had it, you are definite-
ly missing out.
New on the menu is the Family
Meal, which serves 4-6 persons, a per-
fect choice for the "after five customer
"exhausted from work, who doesn't
want to have to cook a full meal.
The new location is the only restau-
rant with this option. For $30.50, you
can get a family meal that serves four
persons, with rice, three sides, and a
choice of meat. At $45.50, a six-mem-
ber family can eat rice, four sides, and
a choice of meat- or half and half it.
"We made this option open for that
father on his way home from work
that doesn't want his wife to cook,
and that mother who wants her chil-
dren to have a full nutritious meal,
but is too tired to prepare it," Mrs
Sumner said.
The drive-thru is opened at nine in
the morning for the customer on the
run. With their efficient serving strat-
egy, the friendly staff will assist in get-
ting your order out on time.
Mrs Sumner said that so far the
crowd has been great and people have
been receptive, especially on the week-
ends. "I think they're just excited for
once to have a sit down restaurant
with Bahamian food."
"On Saturday a guy brought in a
bus load of tourists. All of them came
in, sat down, and ate in less than 30
minutes. To be able to have people
come in on short notice with no prob-
lem is remarkable," she explained.
Store hours for the Joe Farrington
Road location are 6:30am to 9pm. At
present, the location closes on Thurs-
day, Friday and Saturday at 11pm.
Mrs Sumner said they are "feeling the
area," to see what customers want
before finalising a closing time.
"We have no magic oven or
prepackaged ingredients to stick in the
baker, and in 20 minutes it's ready,"
said Mrs Sumner. "At the end of the
day, we produce freshly cooked
Bahamian meals with no preservatives.
That's what our customers can expect."

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1. Renowned Bahamian
artist Max Taylor will offi-
cially launch his latest col-
lection- Paperwork:1960 -
1992 at a cocktail recep-
tion at the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas
(NAGB) on Friday, Septem-
ber 18 at 6.30pm. The
event is being held under
the patronage of Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
and Mrs Delores Ingra-
RSVP by today at 328-
5800/1. On Thursday, Sep-
tember 24, Mr Taylor will
hold an exhibition walk-
through at the gallery. He
will also talk about his ear-
ly career and his special
facility for woodcuts. The
cost for this event is $3.

3. The National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas will
show the Academy Award
winning animated feature
Wall-E tomorrow evening.
Made in 2008, it is a story
about a garbage collecting
robot who is left to clean
up the mess after the earth
is abandoned because it is
covered with trash. Wall-E
falls in love with a sleek,
dangerous robot sent back
to earth to see if life is
once again sustainable.
The movie will air at 8pm.

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5. Roadmasters will

hold a special walk to ben-
efit the Aids Foundation on
Saturday morning begin-
ning at 4.30 am. It takes

place from East Bay Street
to Blake Road. Participants
can chose from 10 miles or
20 miles, but organizers
say it is not a race-walk or
run at your own pace. The*

entry fee is $20. Call 341-

7306 or 427-2391 for fur-

the5. Roadmasters will.

20 miles, but organizers

their details.

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HOST Josh Gates with Small Hope Bay Lodge
owner Jeff Birch (right) and expert diver Moose.


HE beauty of Andros will be on
display to thousands of interna-
tional viewers when the SyFy
channel features the island on its show
Destination Truth this evening.
The idea of this unscripted Syfy channel (previously the SciFi
channel) series focuses on Josh Gates and his team of investiga-
tors traveling to destinations around the world, uncovering the
truths about mythical creatures.
In tonight's episode, investigators explored the blue holes of
Andros believed to be the dwelling place of legendary mythical
sea monster- the shark jaw octopus tentacle sea monster Lusca.
In addition to extensive footage of the islands natural beauty,
some of the island's most famous attractions will also be high-
lighted as will a segment on making batik and androsia fabric.
Bahamas Production Coordinator Heather Carey, and Peter
Douglas, head of the Andros Tourist Office, Community Leader,
and "expert" mythologist worked closely with the Destination
Truth crew during their five day stay.
According to Ms Carey, this is one of many films shot in the
Bahamas, her company is involved in. There are two more
underway, one film that was shot in Long Island which will air
sometime in October, and one that will be shot in Bimini, air date
not yet announced.
"The skinny dip" is the title of the fun film shot in Long
Island. "This is a fun film and we have already gotten reactions
from people, because they think the film is based on people
swimming naked" say Mrs Carey.
"The skinny dip" is a Canadian travel show which will be
aired in Canada and all over Europe. This show also highlights
and captures the beautiful scenery of the island.
"In this film the beautiful attractions of the island of which
some Bahamians have not seen will be shown" she said.
The girl in the film travels through the island and ends up on
an adventure which takes her to all the attractions on the island.
Mrs Carey believes that these films will shine a positive light
on the individual islands as well as the rest of the Bahamas.
"The most important thing is to highlight the islands of the
Bahamas showing the interesting scenes, and appeal to a broad-
er spectrum of tourist."
She also wants the Bahamian people to become more involved
with the films. "We want the Bahamian people to be apart of the
films as well. They were a little cautious, but in the future we want
them to be more comfortable and interactive during filming" she
Bahamian cable viewers can watch Destination Truth this
evening at 10pm on channel 21.

Ricardo Clarke

makes an impact -

on Abaco

REGGAE artist Ricardo Clarke performed in
Abaco last week visiting several churches and
schools to give motivational talks and interviews.
He also gave a free concert in Sandy Point organ-
ised by Kingdom Dub Entertainment which was
designed to give the island's youth a message of
peace and unity.
Ricardo performed alongside fellow artistes Ryan
Jupp, Solo, Mr Beeds and DJ Counsellor.
He also spoke at several schools including Forest
Heights High School, St Francis High School (where
he gave a special presentation to the principal,) SC
Bootle High School and JA Pinder Primary School
and visited Sandy Point AOG, Change Ministries
and the Friendship Tabernacle.

PETER Douglas and the Syfy Crew.
PETER Douglas and the Syfy Crew.

HEATHER Carey (Production Coordinator), Jeff Birch (Small HOpe Bay
Lodge), Josh Gates (host).

RICARDO CLARKE motivates students during a recent visit to Abaco.




SPresident's opinion of Kanye West sparks debate

Randy Sager/AP Photo
IN THIS June 17, 2009 file photograph
originally provided by ABC News, ABC
News' Terry Moran is shown at the
Treasury Department in Washington.


PRESIDENT Barack Obama's can-
did thoughts about Kanye West are
provoking a debate over standards of
journalism in the Twitter age, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.
ABC News says it was wrong for its
employees to tweet that Obama had
called West a "jackass" for the rap-
per's treatment of country singer Tay-
lor Swift. The network said some of its
employees had overheard a conversa-
tion between the president and
CNBC's John Harwood and didn't
realize it was considered off the record.
The network apologized to the
White House and CNBC.
Harwood had sat down with the
president to tape an interview follow-
ing his appearance on Wall Street on
Monday. Although they are competi-

tors, CNBC and ABC share a fiber
optic line to save money, and this
enabled some ABC employees to lis-
ten in on the interview as it was being
taped for later use.
Their attention was drawn to chatter
about West, who was widely criticized
for interrupting Swift as she accepted
an award at Sunday's MTV Video
Music Awards to say that Beyonce
deserved it.
E-mails shot around among ABC
employees about Obama's comments,
said Jeffrey Schneider, ABC News
spokesman. Before anything was
reported on ABC's air or Web site, at
least three network employees took
to Twitter to spread the news.
One was Terry Moran, a former
White House correspondent. He
logged on to Twitter and typed: "Pres.
Obama just called Kanye West a 'jack-

ass' for his outburst at VMAs when
Taylor Swift won. Now THAT'S pres-
When ABC News authorities found
out about it, they had the tweets delet-
ed after about an hour, Schneider said.
Moran declined a request to comment.
But the news was out.
Harwood said there was no explicit
agreement with the president that
those comments were off the record.
But he said it is broadcast tradition
that such pre-interview chatter is con-
sidered off the record until the formal
interview begins. Harwood is holding
to that: He would not discuss what the
president said before their interview
and has no plans to do so on CNBC.
He said he was aware that it was
likely someone outside of CNBC was
listening to his conversation with the

JON HOWELLS, press officer for Waterstone's booksellers, poses for the cameras as he reads a signed copy of US author Dan Brown's new book 'The Lost
Symbol ' in London Monday Sept. 14, 2009. The book will go on sale to the public worldwide on Tuesday Sept. 15, Howells will spend the night reading the book
and give a review as the first copies are sold in London at 0700 Tuesday morning.

Freemasons await

Dan Brown novel

'The Lost Symbol'


THE LODGE room of the
Naval Masonic Hall is a col-
orful and somewhat
inscrutable sight for the nonmember,
with its blue walls, Egyptian symbols,
checkered floor in the center and high
ceiling painted with gold stars,
according to the Associated Press.
Countless secrets supposedly have
been shared in this and thousands of
similar rooms of the Masons around
the world. Facts of life have been
debated, honors bestowed, rituals
enacted. You would need to belong
to a lodge to learn what really goes
Or you could simply ask.
"The emphasis on secrecy is some-
thing that disturbs people," says
Joseph Crociata, a burly, deep-voiced

man who is a trial attorney by pro-
fession but otherwise a Junior Grand
Warden at the Grand Lodge of Free
and Accepted Masons of the District
of Columbia.
"But it's not a problem getting
Masons to talk about Masonry.
Sometimes, it's a problem getting
them to stop."
Despite all the books and Web
sites dedicated to Freemasons, the
Masonic Order has been defined by
mystery, alluring enough to claim
Mozart and George Washington as
members, dark enough to be feared
by the Vatican, Islamic officials, Nazis
and Communists. In the United
States, candidates in the 19th-centu-
ry ran for office on anti-Mason plat-
forms and John Quincy Adams
declared that "Masonry ought forev-
er to be abolished."
And now arrives Dan Brown.

Six years after Brown intrigued mil-
lions of readers, and infuriated schol-
ars and religious officials, with "The
Da Vinci Code," he has set his new
novel, "The Lost Symbol," in Wash-
ington and probed the fraternal order
that well suits his passion for secrets,
signs and puzzles.
Brown's book, released Tuesday,
has an announced first printing of 5
million copies and topped the best-
seller lists of and
Barnes & Noble online. At Kramer-
books in Washington, about two
dozen copies were purchased the
morning it went on sale and the store
expects to easily sell out its order of
150 books.
In "The Lost Symbol," symbolist
Robert Langdon is on a mission to
find a Masonic pyramid containing a
code that unlocks an ancient secret to
"unfathomable power." It's a story

of hidden history in the nation's cap-
ital, with Masons the greatest puzzle
of all.
Brown's research for "The Da Vin-
ci Code" was highly criticized by
some Catholics for suggesting that
Jesus and Mary Magdalene conceived
a child and for portraying Opus Dei
- the conservative religious order
- as a murderous, power-hungry
The Mason response could well be
milder. Brown goes out of his way in
"The Lost Symbol" to present the
lodge as essentially benign and mis-
understood. Masons are praised for
their religious tolerance and their
elaborate rituals are seen as no more
unusual than those of formal reli-
gions. The plot centers in part on an
"unfair" anti-Masonic video that
"conspiracy theorists would feed on...
like sharks," Langdon says.
"I have enormous respect for the
Masons," Brown told The Associated
Press during a recent interview. "In
the most fundamental terms, with dif-
ferent cultures killing each other over
whose version of God is correct, here
is a worldwide organization that
essentially says, 'We don't care what
you call God, or what you think
about God, only that you believe in a
god and let's all stand together as
brothers and look in the same direc-
"I think there will be an enormous
number of people who will be inter-
ested in the Masons after this book
(comes out)," Brown said.

'Dirty Dancing'

star Patrick

Swayze dies at 57


PATRICK Swayze per-
sonified a particular kind
of masculine grace both
on and off screen, from
his roles in films like
"Dirty Dancing" and
"Ghost" to the way he
carried himself in his long
fight with pancreatic can-
cer, according to the Asso-
ciated Pres.
Swayze died from the
illness on Monday in Los
Angeles, his publicist said.
He was 57.
"Patrick Swayze passed
away peacefully today
with family at his side
after facing the challenges
of his illness for the last
20 months," Annett Wolf
said in a statement Mon-
day evening. She declined
to give details.
Fans of the actor were
saddened to learn in
March 2008 that Swayze
was suffering from an
especially deadly form of
cancer. He continued
working despite the diag-
nosis, putting together a
memoir with his wife and
shooting "The Beast," an
A&E drama series for
which he had already
made the pilot.
Swayze said he chose
not to use painkillers
while making "The Beast"
because they would have
taken the edge off his per-
formance. The show drew
a respectable 1.3 million
viewers when the 13
episodes ran this year, but
A&E said it reluctantly
decided not to renew it for
a second season.
When he first went pub-
lic with the illness, some
reports gave him only
weeks to live, but his doc-
tor said his situation was
"considerably more opti-
mistic" than that. Swayze
acknowledged that time
might be running out giv-
en the grim nature of the
"I'd say five years is
pretty wishful thinking,"
Swayze told ABC's Bar-
bara Walters in early
2009. "Two years seems
likely if you're going to
believe statistics. I want
to last until they find a
cure, which means I'd bet-
ter get a fire under it."
And that's exactly what
he did. In February,
Swayze wrote an op-ed
piece in the Washington
Post titled, "I'm Battling
Cancer. How About Some
Help, Congress?" in which
he urged senators and
representatives to vote for
the maximum funding for
the National Institutes of
Health to fight cancer as
part of the economic stim-
ulus package.

West calls Taylor Swift after 'View' appearance


IT LOOKS like Kanye West has
finally given a personal apology to
Taylor Swift, according to the Asso-
ciated Press.
Representatives from "The
View" say West called the country
sensation after her appearance on
Tuesday's show. During the broad-
cast, the 19-year-old singer said
West had yet to contact her to apol-
ogize for hijacking her acceptance
speech on the MTV Video Music
Awards on Sunday.
"He has not personally reached
out or anything but if he wanted to
say hi (I would)," said Swift.
After Swift's comments, West
called her and the two spoke,
according to a statement from "The
"After the show he spoke per-
sonally to the country music super-
star via telephone and has apolo-
gized to the 19-year-old singer. She
has accepted Mr. West's apology.

The contents of the phone call are
to remain private," it read.
It's the latest in the saga that has
caused a national uproar. The dra-
ma began after Swift beat out Bey-
once and other acts to win best
female video at the VMAs for her
hit "You Belong With Me."
Swift, the first country act to win
at the VMAs, was exuberant after
her win, but that moment didn't last
long as West - known for his
awards-show meltdowns - grabbed
the microphone and declared that
Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a
Ring on It)" was one of the "best
videos of all time."
A shaken Swift did not finish her
speech at that moment, but when
Beyonce later won for video of the
year, she brought Swift out so that
she could have her moment.
When asked about the incident
during her appearance on "The
View," Swift said: "I'm not gonna
say that I wasn't riled by it. I had to
perform live five minutes later so I

had to get myself back to the place
where I could perform."
However, she said she was grati-
fied by the outpouring of support
not only from fans, but also from
celebrities and others who offered
support immediately after the inci-
dent occurred.
"There were a lot of people
around me backstage that were say-
ing wonderful, incredible things and
just having my back," she said. "I
just never imagined that there were
that many people looking out for
West has taken a drubbing since
then. While he issued two apolo-
gies on his blog after the incident,
he gave another, emotional one on
Monday's premiere of "The Jay
Leno Show."
"It was rude, period," West said.
" ... I need to, after this, take some
time off and just analyze how I'm
going to make it through the rest
of this life, how I'm going to


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SINGER Kanye West takes the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as
she accepts the "Best Female Video" award during the MTV Video Music
Awards on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 in New York.




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