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family of

Preston


Ferguson


BY PACO NUNEZ
NEWS EDITOR
pnunez@tribunemedia.net
A VETERAN New York police inves-
tigator has condemned the "incompe-
tence" displayed by the Bahamas police in
their "botched" investigation into the
death of Preston Ferguson in Exuma.
The family of Mr Ferguson were left
outraged when police ruled that he died as
a result of injuries sustained in a car acci-
dent.
Mr Ferguson's grieving relatives, how-
ever, claim all the evidence points to
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EMERGENCY PERSONNEL attend after this Toyota Windom overturned yesterday morning on Coral Harbour Road near
the back of Lynden Pindling International Airport. The condition of the driver is unknown.

Government employees may

be relocated to hotel tower


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
AROUND 400 govern-
ment employees may soon see
their offices moved from
Thompson Boulevard to a
hotel tower on Cable Beach.
Serious discussions are
under way between the Gov-
ernment and Baha Mar


Resorts Ltd over the possibil-
ity of relocating the opera-
tions of two ministries to a
disused Wyndham hotel tow-
er on Cable Beach.
The move is intended to
help alleviate the health fears
of many of those employed
at the Ministry of Education
and the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture. Those
staff walked off the job last


Thursday over a long-stand-
ing mould problem at their
current location, a National
Insurance Board-owned
building on Thompson Boule-
vard, which many believe is
making them sick.
Yesterday, Education Min-
ister Carl Bethel revealed that
SEE page 12


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Man, 21, shot
outside his home
A 21-YEAR-OLD man
shot several times in front
of his Chippingham home
is said to be in a stable con-
dition in hospital.
He is one of two men
shot on Friday night. How-
ever police are unclear
about the details of the sec-
ond shooting in Bozene
Town, Nassau.
Assistant Superintendent
Walter Evans said there is
SEE page 12

Body found
on Rose Island
A MAN whose body was
found on Rose Island on
Saturday evening is
believed to have drowned.
Police have not yet iden-
tified the victim and were
unable to release a descrip-
tion of him yesterday.
The man was found by
beachcombers at around
6pm.
He was taken hospital
where he was pronounced
dead.
An autopsy will be per-
formed to determine the
SEE page 12

Man on $80,000
cocaine charge
A MAN is expected to
appear in court today
charged with attempting to
smuggle $80,000 worth of
cocaine to the United
States in a car part.
Security staff screening
luggage at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
in Nassau found the drugs
stuffed inside a master
brake cylinder packed in a
box bound for Florida.
Police say there were
eight packets of cocaine
hidden in the car part,
SEE page 12

Travolta trial
set to resume
THE trial of two
defendants accused of try-
ing to extort $25 million
from Hollywood superstar
John Travolta will contin-
ue today with PLP sena-
tor Allyson Maynard Gib-
son expected to take the
stand.
Senator Maynard Gib-
son is one of six witnesses
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OPPOSITION'S NATIONAL DEPUTY CHAIRMAN HEEDS 'CALL OF MY PEOPLE'


Kenred Dorsett enters


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ANOTHER PLP mem-
ber will throw his hat in the
ring in the race for a leader-
ship position in the party
this week.
Kenred Dorsett, current
National Deputy Chairman
of the PLP, released a state-
ment over the weekend
announcing that he feels it is
his "duty to listen to the call
of my people and offer
myself for greater service in
the leadership of our party".
"I have spoken to PLPs
throughout the country and
they all agree that our party
is in transition with regard
to its leadership," he said.
"The mantra of change is
on everyone's mind and has


hip race
and I believe a responsive,
caring, proactive PLP can
.I. help."
Mr Dorsett said he will
make a formal announce-
ment regarding his plans in
the party on Wednesday.
Mr Dorsett has raised his
Profile this year through
joining Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald in vocal criticism
of the government's pro-
posed relocation of the port
to Arawak Cay, as part of
the Committee to Protect
and Preserve the Bahamas
nine for for Future Generations.
V. Mr Fitzgerald formally
inues to launched his bid for the
spirit of Deputy Leadership of the
despair party last week.


'Armed and extremely dangerous'


POLICE issued All Points
Bulletins for three "armed
and extremely dangerous"
men wanted in connection
with murder and armed rob-
bery.
Officers are searching for
Theo Lepny St Cyrin, 22,
Marvin Arnold Coleby, 31,
and Jamal Ferguson, 36,
alias "Balty".

Wanted
St Cyrin, wanted for mur-
der and armed robbery, is
described as having a "fair"
complexion, around 5ft 9ins
tall and weighing 1701bs.
His last known address
was Lavelle Road, West Bay
Street and Laird Street, Nas-
sau.
Coleby has a dark com-
plexion, weighs around
1701bs, and is about 5tf 9ins
tall.
He was last known to be


Police issue bulletins for three

men wanted in connection with

murder and armed robbery

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residing in Winton Estates
and Iguana Way, Bel Air
Estates.
He is also wanted for mur-
der and armed robbery.
Ferguson, 36, has a medi-
um complexion and is
around 5ft 7ins andl901bs.
He is last known to have
been living on Abraham


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WANTED: Jamal
Ferguson, 36, alias
'Balty', who is one of
three men wanted by
Police. The three are
described as 'armed
and extremely
dangerous.


Street, and is wanted for
armed robbery.
Anyone with information
on these people should call
919, 911, the police control
room at 322 3333, the Cen-
tral Detective Unit at 502
9930 or 9991 or Crime Stop-
pers on 328 8477, or their
nearest police station.


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THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009, PAGEEW3


Masked thugs with gun



terrorism Wendy's staff

Two men escape in car after grabbing cash


TARGET: The
Wendy's fast
food restau-
rant where
two armed,
masked men
struck yester-
day. They
made off with
an unknown
amount of
money


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
WORKERS at a fast food
restaurant were left shocked
and fearing for their lives yes-
terday after two masked and
armed men burst in and
demanded cash.
According to an eye wit-
ness, the two thugs parked
their car in front of Wendy's
restaurant on Mackey Street,
Nassau, entered the business
and jumped over the cashier's
counter.
After staff fled to the back
of the building after seeing
that one of men had a gun,
they were eventually able to
steal two cash register drawers
containing an unknown
amount of money.
No one was hurt during the
robbery, which happened at
about 11.30am, but the inci-
dent resulted in the main din-
ing room part of the restau-
rant being closed for the rest
of the day, leaving only the
drive-through open for
orders.
Cloths
The two men, whose faces
were half-covered with cloths,
were able to escape in the
green Toyota Avalon vehicle
they had left parked outside.
A Wendy's spokesman
declined to comment on the
incident when contacted by
The Tribune yesterday after-
noon.

0 In brief

Shotgun and
shells found in
Nassau Street
POLICE are seeking the
owner of a shotgun and two
shotgun shells found in Nas-
sau Street at around 2am
yesterday.
Anyone with any informa-
tion should call Crime Stop-
pers anonymously on 328-
TIPS (8477) or call police
urgently on 911 or 919.


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Uncertainty over Privy Council future


THE BAHAMAS has always been proud
of its legal system. As a matter of fact so
proud that it has used it as a selling point to
entice the monied to invest in a country with
ancient laws, ably administered.
The Bahamas, say the brochures, has a
legal system based on English common law.
And at the apex of that system is the Judicial
Committee of the Privy Council.
The history of the Privy Council can be
traced back to the eleventh century after
the conquest of Britain by the Normans at
the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Over the years we have heard many
investors comment on their reliance on our
British system of justice - an important
reason for feeling comfortable about invest-
ing here. Several have often laughed that if
the locals "mess up" there's always the Privy
Council waiting in the wings to pick up the
pieces. Even local litigants feel more secure
knowing that there is a final court of appeal
that has neither personal connections nor
interests in the Bahamas. In other words
the Judicial Committee is completely
removed from the local scene.
Its only interest is in interpreting the law
and meting out justice to litigants who to
them are only Messrs. X Y and Z. In other
words the committee has no local ties -
which to many is an important comfort zone.
The importance of the Judicial Committee
was acknowledged no later than April this
year when welcoming the law lords to the
Bahamas on their third trip here to hear
local cases, Thomas Evans, QC, speaking
on behalf of the Inner Bar said: "Your con-
tinued presence at the apex of our court
structure is a source of confidence in our
system to many litigants and practitioners
alike."
In a break with centuries of tradition the
five law lords chose the Bahamas as the first
overseas jurisdiction in which to sit for sev-
eral days to hear Bahamian cases.
They sat in the Bahamas to decide local
appeals in December 2007, December 2008
and again this year - March-April.
And so it came as an unwelcome surprise
to hear Lord Nicholas Phillips' comments
in Britain that the time had come to shake
off the institution's "colonial hangovers" -
the Bahamas included.
Lord Phillips - soon to be president of
the UK Supreme Court and one of those
who sat on appeals in the Bahamas this year
- announced while here that procedural
changes would be introduced under the new
Privy Council rules, one of which would


tighten time limits for filing applications.
"We do think," he said, "that it is a good
idea that there should be a sense of urgency
with regard to appeals to the Privy Council. It
is not just that respondents should be left in a
state of uncertainty as to whether or not there
is to be an appeal."
However, last week The Tribune pub-
lished a report that Lord Phillips had said
that countries like the Bahamas are taking up
too much of Britain's time and resources.
He would like to see the Privy Council's
case load reduced.
This has been interpreted as a sign that
Britain may soon move to shake off her colo-
nial burdens, leaving them to find or create
their own appeal courts.
On Friday The Gleaner of Jamaica report-
ed that as a result of these comments,
Jamaica's Opposition is urging government to
table legislation in Parliament to revive the
process to leave the Privy Council's Judicial
Committee as its final court of appeal in
favour of the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Lord Phillips' views could not have come
at a worse time for the Bahamas judiciary,
which is struggling, but so far failing, to regain
the trust of the public.
At one time the judiciary was this nation's
most honoured profession.
The leading lights of the Inner Bar - those
who had taken silk - were highly respected.
Their views were seldom questioned. They
set the tone for the profession, while members
of the Utter Bar toed the line.
Not so today. The atmosphere had started
to change in the sixties and by the eighties the
drug trade had so taken its toll, that the
integrity of some members were being ques-
tioned.
Whereas before no one would dare criticise
a member of the Bar, today it is almost the
fashion.
On Friday, Bahamas Bar Association Pres-
ident Ruth Bowe-Darville was concerned
that the indictment in the US of the Bar's
treasurer could set back the Association's
efforts to improve its public image at home
while diminishing its reputation aboard. This
case is indeed a tragedy.
However, sooner or later the Bahamas
will have to come to grips with a decision
about what court will replace the Privy Coun-
cil should the Council eventually decide to
drop its overseas jurisdictions.
The Bahamas is certainly too small a coun-
try for our present Court of Appeal to have
the final say in local affairs.


Horrified





by state of





dog pound


EDITOR, The Tribune.

My name is Devlyn
Stubbs, this past July I chap-
eroned our summer camp's
field trip to the dog pound
where we witnessed first
hand the horrible conditions
there. This is a letter writ-
ten describing our experi-
ence. I have read the other
articles printed regarding
this issue and I would like
to offer my support to this
cause.
DEVLYN STUBBS
Owner/Trainer
Stubsdale Dog Care Cen-
tre

The Pound

THE day promised to be
very fruitful as we prepared
for our field trip to the
Humane Society.
As a surprise for the
campers, I planned a nature
hike through the Botanical
Gardens, and visit to the
pound which happens to be
located on the same facili-
ty.
To my disappointment
and to the horror of the
campers, the facility proved
to be far below any expected
standard.
The kennels were unsan-
itary, poorly lit, badly dilap-
idated, and seemingly gross-
ly underfunded. The 15-20
animals appeared not to be
taken care of; the cages were
filthy with excrement and,
in need of major renova-
tions.
The two adult staff mem-


bers, and three to four
younger persons, presum-
ably summer students, were
observed either relaxing
under a tree, on the tele-
phone, or preparing meals
in the staff kitchen, all while
a dead dog lay decompos-
ing in a kennel with its liv-
ing kennelmate. When
asked when the dead dog
would be removed, staff
explained that the keys to
the kennels were not cur-
rently on premises, but they
assured us that the dead dog
would be removed from the
kennel that day.
One kennel in particular
housed a puppy no more
than five months old, seem-
ingly healthy, and bC _in_.
for attention.
Mention was made how-
ever of helping eligible pets
find homes, but on this day
the Bahamas Humane Soci-
ety was denied the opportu-
nity to find a home for the
pup, and as scheduled the
following day, the pup was
euthanised.
I am very disappointed in
the staff at The Pound and
embarrassed for my coun-
try because I understand
now why we have a stray
dog problem.
A worker explained to me
that it is not the policy of
the pound to patrol the
streets of Nassau capturing


dogs that roam, and there
are no penalties enforced for
allowing your dog to roam.
The pound only collects
dogs that people call in, and
they are euthanised every
Friday.
Awareness can lead to
change, and that's what I
hope this letter may help to
bring about. What we are
experiencing in The
Bahamas with regard to the
large stray dog population
is a direct result of our lack-
adaisical attitude toward
yard enclosures, in addition
to refusing to spay and
neuter our pets.
Domestic and stray dogs
alike roam our streets, mat-
ing with other dogs helping
to increase the already large
local dog population.
The Bahamian govern-
ment should be leading the
way. Stray animals on our
streets are not only inhu-
mane, it's a nuisance to the
citizens, and a constant
health risk to people and
dogs.
I hope that by exposing
The Pound and its inhu-
mane practices, we can per-
haps agitate our minds while
simultaneously warming our
hearts to begin to consider
the plight of our four legged
companions, and perhaps
we will then make a serious
attempt at properly caring
for our pets.

DEVLYN
STUBBS
Nassau,
September, 2009


EDITOR, The Tribune.

I read with interest and
laughed at the obviously
very premature statement
from a Ms Nellini Bethel of
the Ministry of Tourism with
regards to the proposed
Cruise Port in the Grand
Bahama Port zone.
Ms Bethel clearly has not
done any research as she will
have been able to advise the
Director-General of
Tourism who would have
advised her Minister that the
only party who can own-
operate-manage a Port/Har-


bour in the GBPA zone is
none other than Hutchin-
son-Whampao as much as
the government might wish
otherwise unless some radi-
cal change is made to the
long-standing ownership
position made when
Hutchinson-Whampao pur-
chased on Grand Bahama,
over 15 years ago.
The fact that the Office of
the Prime Minister has been
Gazetting compulsory pur-
chases of land in Williams
Town does not somehow
make it imiaglicll ' correct
and a challenge to this in the
courts will discover that the
government has no rights so
endeth yet another idea of
government.
Yes we all know it would
be better in Grand Bahama
with a new Cruise Port but


we don't want one owned
by Carnival Cruise Lines for
starters - if this project is
going to bids at the least 40
per cent of the Port should
be owned directly by resi-
dents of Grand Bahama -
Government might be
allowed to own 10 per cent.
Hope Ms Bethell at
Tourism now will go and
check her facts and the
OPM will curtail what is in
my opinion an attempt at an
illegal act of compulsorily
purchasing property under
false pretences.
Is this the silly season,
Editor - it seems so.

M EDGECOMBE
Freeport,
Grand Bahama,
September 19, 2009.


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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
BEREAVED families of
murder victims called for jus-
tice and an end to violent crime
as a memorial wall was
unveiled at the New Covenant
Baptist Church yesterday to
honour their loved ones.
The Memorial Wall for Mur-
dered Persons bears the names
of 94 men and women whose
lives were violently taken over
the last 30 years. It is a solemn
reminder of the country's ris-
ing murder toll.
More than 200 friends and
relatives of the murdered hon-
oured their loved ones at the
service organised by Bishop
Simeon Hall, senior pastor at
the church in the East West
Highway, and attended by Min-
ister of National Security Tom-
my Turnquest and community
activists.
Pastor Carlos Reid, a
reformed gang member who
now runs the youth group
Youth Against Violence
(YAV), called for a gang unit
to be established to target the
gangs infesting almost every
area of our country, and asked
for effective rehabilitation pro-
grammes to prevent offenders
from re-offending on release
from prison.
Mr Reid said: "In our coun-
try today it's more popular for a
young man to associate himself
with a gang than the boys
brigade or a youth group at
church. Almost every area of
our country is infested with
gangs.
"Do we allow this anti-social
culture to become the social
culture that we live by in the
Bahamas?"
But College of the Bahamas
professor Felix Bethel said it is
not just gangsters unlawfully
taking the lives of innocent
loved ones.
Mr Bethel called for regula-
tion of the police force and for
those officers who have wrong-
fully killed with Royal Bahamas
Police Force weapons to be
brought to justice.
Directing his question at
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest, Dr Bethel
asked: "Who is going to police
the police?
"Police control the coroner's


court, so I'm told, and I am call-
ing on you Minister to call on
the Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham in a manner of the
most urgent priority to investi-
gate the conduct of the coro-
ner's court, for a real mission of
inquiry into the deaths of our
brothers and sisters.
"Their names and their blood
cry out from the earth for jus-
tice."
Friends and relatives of
Brenton Smith, the 18-year-old
shot dead by police in Village
Road on July 9, stood around
the memorial wall with plac-
ards calling for justice.
And Diane Bethel, mother
of the late Deron "Sharkie"
Bethel, 20, said she is still wait-
ing for justice for her son shot
dead in Pinewood Gardens on
March 27, 2006, at age 20. A
police officer has been charged
with his murder.
She said: "I am still waiting
for justice, and this wall shows
that my son, and those who
have been murdered have not
been forgotten."
A symbolic release of seven
white doves by Rev Diana
Ranger and relatives of some
of the murdered named on the
memorial wall was followed by
prayers and music from the
church choir and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Band.
Bishop Hall organised the
building of the $6,000 memori-
al wall with a team of support-
ers to both comfort the fami-
lies of those who have been
killed, and to make a stand
against crime.
He told the crowd how losing
a loved one at the hand of a
murderer is the worst kind of
grief, and the memorial wall is
one way of commemorating
those whose lives were taken.
Bishop Hall said: "We want
to do it because we want to
stand with you. We feel your
pain and I pray that we will
learn to stand with one anoth-
er."
The socially conscious pas-
tor has called for churches in
Grand Bahama and across the
country to make similar efforts
to stand against crime with the
hope to deter criminals.
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest said the
murder rate is at an unaccept-
able level, and people must
report crime, teach their chil-


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dren right from wrong, and
place a greater value on moral-
ity, honesty, and integrity than
on material gain.
He added: "We can also
emphasise how wrong it is to
take the lives of others, and that
consequences, serious conse-
quences will follow."
However, the minister made
no mention of the possible re-
introduction of capital punish-
ment.
Mr Turnquest hopes the
unveiling of the memorial wall
will encourage anti-crime inter-
ventions in the community, and
inspire ongoing efforts to
address social tragedies and


other challenges in the coun-
try.
The minister said: "Regard-
less of whether it happened 60
years ago or six days ago, we
continue to share with you and
to assure you that we will do
all within the laws of the
Bahamas to bring justice to all."
Adding: "The law in the
Bahamas police the police, and
we as Bahamians want to be
careful how we denigrate our
police force because they were
the institution that we need to
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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
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PLP leader Perry Christie
and former Deputy Chair-
man of the Hotel Corpora-
tion George Smith have
slammed Government plans
to axe the Bahamas hotel
Corporation by the end of
the year, terminating the
jobs of an unconfirmed
number of staff.
Confirming the Govern-
ment's plan to wind up the
operations of the Corpora-
tion and repeal the Hotel
Corporation Act "no later
than December 31, 2009"
Tourism Minister Vincent
Vanderpool Wallace said
the Government feels some
of the HC's functions can be
"undertaken by other gov-
ernment entities and depart-
ments."
The Tribune understands
there are fewer than 20 peo-
ple working at the Corpora-
tion, and while some are on
secondment from other min-
istries to which they can
return, others will be termi-
nated and receive severance
packages.
While the Hotel Corpora-
tion has in the past owned
around 12 hotel properties,
thanks to successful sales
over the years, it now only
owns one - the Lighthouse
Beach Hotel in Andros -
along with some large and
valuable landholdings in
Andros and Eleuthera.
Mr Vanderpool said that
for a long time the Corpo-
ration was primarily "push-
ing" these government-
owned properties, rather
than emphasising the touris-
tic development of the


Bahamas as a whole, and
this does not chime well with
this Government's vision for
tourism.
Meanwhile, the FNM gov-
ernment, in contrast to the
PLP government, is philo-
sophically opposed to the
idea of government owner-
ship in the tourism industry,
seeing the promotion of pri-
vate rather than public
involvement as the key to
boosting the sector.
Currently in "very serious
negotiations" with a private
developer interested in buy-
ing the Lighthouse Beach
Hotel, Mr Vanderpool Wal-
lace said the Hotel Corpo-
ration expects to sell that
hotel by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the Govern-
ment is also "having con-
versations" with the I-Group
in Mayaguana about the
way forward there, where
the Hotel Corporation has
a 50 per cent stake in the
development.
"The principals in
Mayaguana know what we
want to do. It's difficult to be
a partner and a policeman
at same time," said Mr Van-


"It means that the current govern-
ment is philosophically moving away
from view that there is an advantage
to the government having some
involvement in the industry as now
provided by Hotel Corporation Act.


derpool Wallace. However,
he did not state what the
Government intends to do
with the land the corpora-
tion owns in Andros and
Eleuthera, the latter pur-
portedly worth more than
$100 million.
PLP leader Perry Christie
yesterday said "many ques-
tions are left unanswered"
and the Government owes
a full explanation of what it
intends to do and why.
He and Mr Smith charged
that the Corporation, "cre-
ated out of a perceived need
for government intervention
when things were very bad
in hotel industry" in the
1970s, still has a role to play
in tourism and can be devel-
oped.
"It means that the current
government is philosophi-
cally moving away from
view that there is an advan-
tange to the government
having some involvement in
the industry as now provid-
ed by Hotel Corporation
Act.
"On basis on my own
experience it'd be much to
the advantage of govern-
ment to have some govern-
ment-owned entity with a
focus on ensuring we are
always out there advancing
our country's interests


through some entity that
would have a focus on it.
The ministries of the gov-
ernment can't do it effi-
ciently."
Both Mr Christie and Mr
Smith suggested that the
Hotel Corporation or an
entity similar to it could help
advance tourism, particular-
ly in the out islands, by
building "tourism infra-
structure" such as small
hotels that private develop-
ers might not otherwise be
interested in setting up.
These can be used to stim-
ulate private sector interest
in a particular Bahamian
destination once they can
prove successful, they sug-
gested. "Why so quickly try-
ing to divest itself of an enti-
ty that's proven beneficially
proven to be to The
Bahamas without announc-
ing what they intend to
replace it with?" said Mr
Smith.
Mr Smith and Mr Christie
emphasised that were it not
for the Hotel Corporation
intervening in the past, the
jobs of many Bahamians
would have been lost at
properties which were clos-
ing down and a public entity
should continue to exist
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Change the failed anti-drugs strategy


BY RONALD SANDERS
(The writer is a Consultant and
former Caribbean Diplomat).

N MY commentary
last week I made the
point that the greatest
destabilising force con-
fronting the Caribbean and
Central America is drug traf-
ficking and its attendant crime,
including illegal arms smuggling
and distribution, robberies and
executions.
I called on the United States
to take the lead in organising
collaborative arrangements
with Europe and Latin Ameri-
ca and the Caribbean to estab-
lish a comprehensive anti-nar-
cotics programme that address-
es both supply and demand.
This week, I take the appeal
a step further by calling on the
governments of the Caribbean
Common Market and Commu-
nity (CARICOM) to collabo-
rate with Latin American gov-
ernments in engaging the US
government in a dialogue to
fundamentally change the failed
anti-drug trafficking policy that
has been pursued so far.
I am agreeing with Professor
Norman Girvan, former Secre-
tary-General of the Association
of Caribbean States, who
regards such an engagement as
crucial.
My commentary last week
was taken from an address I
delivered in London to military
officers from all over the world.
In the course of the address, I
had said that "the US, Canadi-
an and European governments
have concentrated on cutting
supply through eradication and
interdiction with limited suc-
cess, and it is clearly time to re-
think this strategy. But, in doing
so, the authorities in these
countries must collaborate ful-
ly with both the producing and
transit countries, both of whom
are as much the victims of the
trade as the countries in which
the huge markets reside."
The failure of a policy prin-
cipally based on interdiction
and eradication is now painful-
ly obvious.
The policy not only fails to
tackle effectively the problem
of demand in countries such as
the United States of America
and Canada, it also suffers from
its imposed character. It is
essentially a policy created by
the US and imposed on the rest
of the area.
This policy, along with the
criminalization of the posses-
sion of even small amounts of
heroin, cocaine and marijuana,
has filled the jails of the
Caribbean and Latin American
countries.
Even worse, a large number
of people in St Vincent and the
Grenadines and Jamaica are
criminalized because they grow
or pick marijuana for a living.
Largely, these people have no
other means of livelihood, and
are unqualified or untrained for


Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net


FOUR people were charged
with possession of firearms and SMR
ammunition at Freeport Mag-
istrates' Court on Friday.
Hartley Smith, 29, Romel A
Smith, 24, Tamisa Saunders, 30,
and Emilyann Johnson, 17,
appeared in Court One before
Magistrate Debbye Ferguson.
They were charged with four
counts of possession of unli- -
censed firearm and two counts
of ammunition possession.
It is alleged that on Septem-
ber 24 at Freeport, Grand
Bahama, the accused were
found in possession four unli-
censed firearms and ammuni-
tion.
Simeon Brown represented
the defendants. They all plead-
ed not guilty to the charges.
Magistrate Ferguson grant-
ed $36,000 bail to each of the
defendants. The matter was
adjourned to January 11, 2010,
for trial in Magistrate Court
Two.

Pair expected to face k
drug charges today
TWO men are expected to
be arraigned on drug posses-
sion charges in the Freeport
Magistrate's Court this week.
The charges are in relation
to a drug seizure in the Lunar
Boulevard area, where police
discovered more than 70 lbs of
suspected marijuana, with an
estimated street value of
$56,800.
The suspects, ages 29 and 40
years, will appear in Court
today to answer to the charge
of possession of dangerous
drugs with intent to supply.


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Banana
In both countries, hundreds
of banana farmers have been
put out of business by the loss
of preferential markets in the
European Union, and the argu-
ment has been made that they
should be allowed to produce
marijuana, under regulated and
supervised conditions, for the
medicinal market.
This is being done in some
States of the United States,
such as California, and is capa-
ble of replication in the
Caribbean where it would pro-
vide employment and con-
tribute to the economy.
The Caribbean alone will
hold little sway with the bigger
powers in the Hemisphere who,
so far, directed the way that the
problem of drugs is handled.
But, there is now a growing
effort in Latin America for a
new and different approach.
It started with the Latin-
American Commission on
Drugs and Democracy co-
chaired by former presidents,
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
(Brazil), Cesar Gaviria (Colom-
bia) and Ernesto Zedillo (Mex-
ico).
The Commission released a
report in February in which it
called for the decriminalization
of cannabis and criticised "the
criminalization of consump-
tion." Importantly, the report
concluded: "The deepening of
the debate concerning the poli-
cies on drug consumption must
be grounded on a rigorous eval-
uation of the impact of the
diverse alternatives to the pro-
hibitionist strategy that are


"The failure of a pol-
icy principally based
on interdiction and
eradication is now
painfully obvious."


being tested in different coun-
tries, focusing on the reduction
of individual and social harm."
When the report was pub-
lished, Ethan Nadelmann,
Executive Director of the Drug
Policy Alliance, observed that:
"An ever growing number of
Latin American leaders from
across the political spectrum
recognize that the prohibition-
ist approach to drug control has
wreaked havoc throughout the
region, generating crime, vio-
lence and corruption on a scale
that far exceeds what the Unit-
ed States experienced during
alcohol Prohibition in the
1920s.
"Many believe - and a hand-
ful have said publicly - that
the better solution would be to
abandon drug prohibition and
move in the direction of legally
regulating the global drug mar-
kets that are now illegal."
Now, the Mexican govern-
ment has announced that it will
be eliminating jail sentences for
possession of small amounts of
heroin, cocaine, and marijua-
na, freeing law enforcement
officers to focus on the king-
pins of the trade.
The governments of Brazil
and Uruguay have also
announced the elimination of
measures that penalize people
carrying small amounts of drugs
and Argentina is reported to
be planning the exemption of
drug users from the criminal
justice system.
The Latin countries have
taken bold first steps, but what
is needed is collaboration by all
Latin American and Caribbean
governments and the elabora-
tion of a strategy with the Unit-
ed States and Canada that is
jointly devised, and collectively
implemented.
As University of the West
Indies Professor Alston
Chevannes, who chaired a Task
Force on Drugs in Jamaica
some years ago, recently not-
ed: "Jamaica would like to
decriminalise personal use of
cannabis but is afraid of US
decertification. Other CARI-
COM countries would proba-
bly like to but can't for the
same reason. An international
movement that includes big
players like Mexico and Brazil
would prevent our small coun-
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US can be won, then I reckon
the UN would have to come to
its senses and reconsider the
Conventions."
Prime Minister Patrick Man-
ning of Trinidad and Tobago
has lead responsibility for secu-
rity issues in CARICOM.
He can initiate these discus-
sions within CARICOM and
with the Rio Group in time to
place the issue on the agenda of
the scheduled meeting later this
year between Caribbean Heads
of government and US Presi-
dent Barack Obama.
In conditions of economic
decline and increased unem-
ployment, drug trafficking and
its attendant other crimes esca-
late, as they are doing now
throughout the region.
(Responses and previous
commentaries at: www.sir-
ronalds anders. co rm
sanders.com/> )


PATRICK
MANNING, Prime
Minister of the
Republic of
Trinidad and
Tobago
addresses the
64th session of
the United
Nations General
Assembly at the
United Nations
headquarters
Saturday Sept.
26, 2009. Prime
Minister Patrick
Manning of
Trinidad and
Tobago has lead
responsibility for
security issues in
CARICOM.

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Transport Minister Neko
Grant told a young audi-
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al road safety youth sympo-
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Participants were junior
and senior high students
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road safety, including fac-
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dents; challenges facing the
disabled in relation to road
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to traffic accidents.
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ability Affairs Unit, Ministry
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opment; Sgt. Garland Rolle,
Traffic Division, Royal
Bahamas Police Force; Bod-
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teacher; and Keniesha
Adderley, Texaco youth
spokesman.
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cials in attendance included
Jack Thompson, Director of
Immigration; Colin Higgs,


"It is our desire to
reverse this trend.
And in this regard,
the Ministry of
Public Works and
Transport has
sought to achieve
this by advancing
various road safety
education initiatives
while encouraging
multi-sectoral part-
nerships in the
process."

Permanent Secretary, Min-
istry of Public Works and
Transport; Philip Turner,
Controller of Road Traffic;
and Brad Smith, Assistant


Controller of Road Traffic.
Mr Grant said according
to the World Health Orga-
nization, road traffic injuries
are the leading cause of
death globally among young
people between the ages of
10 and 14, 15 to 19 and 20 to
24 years.
He noted that 45 traffic
fatalities were recorded in
The Bahamas during 2008,
and 37 traffic fatalities have
been recorded so far for
2009.
"It is our desire to reverse
this trend," said Mr. Grant.
"And in this regard, the
Ministry of Public Works
and Transport has sought to
achieve this by advancing
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.ooming for


College of Bahamas faculty members


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
INDUSTRIAL action
may be on the horizon for
faculty members at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas who
remain dissatisfied with the
handling of negotiations
over a new industrial agree-
ment.
The emerging threat
comes as some teaching staff
say that much greater stu-
dent numbers this year have
already put a strain on the
ability of youngsters to get a
quality experience at the col-
lege.
And, some staff claim, the
strife between teaching staff
and College administrators
along with the extra demand
placed on teachers and the
College's resources by this
year's increased enrollment
is impeding COB's momen-
tum towards university sta-
tus. Jennifer Dotson, presi-
dent of the Union of Ter-
tiary Educators of the
Bahamas (UTEB) which
represents faculty at the col-
lege, told The Tribune that
the College is now expect-
ing more of teachers but try-
ing to take away benefits.
"The College needs to be
more open and receptive to
the needs of faculty. It is
asking us to take in more
students, to teach more, but
they are not negotiating a
new industrial agreement.
"They expect things of us
but us but is not willing to
give anything in return,"
claimed the UTEB Presi-
dent, who added that staff


Dissatisfaction remains over negotiations for new agreement


I.F


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JANYNE HODDER
were only made aware of a
major increase in student
numbers a week before the
fall semester began.
One of the major issues
for faculty in negotiations
over a new industrial agree-
ment is the proposal by the
College that they will be put
on contracts, something
which staff feel will lessen
their ability to get loans or
take on other personal
responsibilities.
Mrs Dotson said the
union does not feel prepared
to "sign away all of its terms
and agi cc nic ns that exist-
ed in its previous industrial
agreement, which expired in
mid-2008, and is now
"strategising" over the way
forward.
"If it means taking a strike
vote or withholding students
grades ... we will have to do
what we have to do to make


sure we have clear terms
and conditions. But those
are drastic steps and we
hope it won't get to that."
While dissatisfaction has
been growing for months, a
faculty meeting last week
with College president
Janyne Hodder "did not end
well" according to Ms Dot-
son and others who attend-
ed, leaving tensions height-
ened.

Proposals
Staff had been looking to
the President to "justify"
some of the proposals the
College is putting to faculty
in negotiations and some
new policies already being
imposed, but many left dis-
atisfied.
"The faculty were trying
to get answers to questions.
There's a lot of policies
going into place, a lot of
things happening and we
wanted rationale for whats
going on. In the end she had
to call a recess to the meet-
ing. All the faculty got up
and left," claimed one lec-
turer, who wished to remain
anonymous.
Yesterday Margot Black-
well, a lecturer who divides
her time between the School
of Education and the School
of Applied Sciences while
also participating on the
UTEB negotiating team,
described the situation as
"heartbreaking."
"We've been without an


Cm~m I


industrial agreement for 14
or 15 months," she said.
"We can't move forward
to develop as the University
of the Bahamas if we can't
agree on terms and condi-
tions under which this can
be done.
"For us to be frustrated at
this point when we should
have common purpose is
beyond me."
Michael Stevenson, head
of COB's LLB programme,
said he feels that Ms Hodder
"needs to be more person-


ally in the negotiating
process."
"What presently has tran-
spired is a feeling that when
UTEB negotiates with the
college they are not neces-
sarily negotiating with the
decision makers and that
needs to be addressed.
There's alot of misunder-
standing and a lack of real
negotiating."
As for industrial action,
Mr Stevenson said it's "not
something we want to do
but it's always an option."


When contacted about the
Union's broad-ranging con-
cerns as well as the outcome
of last week's faculty meet-
ing on Friday, the College
issued a short statement
which stated that in a "usual
faculty meeting" held last
Thursday during which the
"topic of ongoing union
negotiations did come up."
"There were cordial dis-
cussions held and it is not
the practice of the College
of The Bahamas to negoti-
ate outside of our normal
internal processes." A union
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Christian and Stefan Albury; sister-in-law, Valeria
Sands; nephews, John and Jimmy Sands; niece,
Sonia Springle and many other relatives and close
friends.

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Elaine Kelly Albury, at Trinity Methodist Church,
Trinity Place and Frederick Street, Nassau, on
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BY JOHN ISSA


THE time has come for us
to move towards less depen-
dence on foreign investment
and more on our own
resources for growth and
development in The
Bahamas. Not only will it be
beneficial to Bahamians in the
short run by speeding up our
recovery from the recession
but the long term benefits will
be profound and substantial.
The actions that I am
going to suggest have been
raised before; however the
urgency for their adoption has
been accelerated by the world
recession. Despite the fact
that technically the US reces-
sion may be coming to an end,
it will be some time before
employment accelerates in
the US to the point where we
will feel the benefits in
Bahamian tourism and invest-
ment. This column does not
think that we can wait that
long without severe damage
being done to the social fabric
of The Bahamas. We are
already seeing the start of this
damage in the rise of the lev-
el of violent crime.
The two actions that will
increase economic growth and
employment with all their
consequential benefits are the
freeing up of Bahamian capi-
tal and entrepreneurial ener-
gy. In order to free up
Bahamian capital which is
held overseas Bahamians
should be permitted to repa-
triate their foreign assets with
the same rights as a foreign
investor and with no penalty
for having breached the for-
eign exchange laws. I know
persons will worry that the
money will leave again but
once it is invested and earning
a return it will stay. We must
all remember that the Foreign
exchange restrictions didn't
stop the funds from leaving


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in the first place.
The second action is the
need to change the business
licensing legislation so that
any qualified Bahamian will
have the right to a business
licence without any consider-
ation being given to protect-
ing existing businesses. This
protectionism which is part of
our history in The Bahamas


I S S A


and at one time tried to pre-
serve the social status quo is
now trying to preserve the
economic status quo. Any
country that continues along
this road is condemning a
large number of its young
entrepreneurs to lives in
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By ADRIAN GIBSON
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comments by
the President of
the UK's new
Supreme Court, Lord
Nicholas Phillips, sent shock-
waves throughout the Com-
monwealth as this prominent
justice claimed that cases from
places such as The Bahamas
are burdensome and have
occupied too much of the
time and resources of the
Judicial Committee of the
Privy Council (JCPC).
In the case of The
Bahamas, which continues to
retain the Privy Council, Lord
Phillips' comments must have
shocked the judiciary/govern-
ment as this leading British
jurist seems to be clearly urg-
ing countries to develop final
courts of appeal or join
regional networks since the
London-based JCPC may no
longer hear appeals from for-
eign jurisdictions.
In April 2005, the
Caribbean Court of Justice
(CCJ) was established as a
final appellate court for juris-
dictions within the region;
however, although The
Bahamas helps to fund the
CCJ, like several other coun-
tries, it does not retain this
court as its final court of
appeal. Frankly, in the inter-
im, until we settle upon our
very own final court, it is in
the Bahamas' best interest to
continue to retain the Privy
Council.
At present, there is no
comity among the countries
that helped launch the CCJ
and were privy to the agree-
ment for its establishment.
Thus far, these countries have
shown a lack of political will
towards taking a unified
approach to making the nec-
essary Constitutional/legisla-
tive adjustments to give the
court the validity it needs to
operate as the final appellate
court in their respective juris-
dictions. At present, the juris-
diction of the Privy Council
is limited and focused on cer-
tain legal areas. If we are tru-
ly seeking to establish our
sovereignty, why go from
what is perceived in some
quarters as a form of imperi-
alism or hegemony to anoth-
er?
Today, the CCJ is the final


appellate court for Barbados
and Guyana, the latter hav-
ing abolished the JCPC as its
final court several years
before the establishment of
the CCJ.

Apex

The Privy Council stands
at the apex of our local judi-
cial system and, amidst some
controversy, has effectively
adjudicated on Bahamian,
and Caribbean, issues that
have come before it. Contrary
to a perception that has arisen
relative to the CCJ, the Privy
Council appears to be a truly
independent body that is not
subject to judicial meddling,
social forces and/or political
pressures. In recent times, in
an attempt to familiarize itself
with local circumstances, the
Privy Council has had repeat-
ed sittings in the Bahamas.
The Bahamas' Constitution
makes provisions for the Privy
Council, stating its purpose as
being "for the hearing and
determination of appeals
from decisions of any court
in the Bahamas by a panel of
judges." The JCPC is a safety
net that has protected the
rights of citizens in matters
where trials were seemingly
inequitable and/or set a poor
or disagreeable precedent.
Recent Privy Council deci-
sions, particularly regarding
death row inmates and their
execution, have been loathed
and have led to condemna-
tion of the council and calls
for its abolition as a final
appeals court. Today, many
Bahamians view the Privy
Council as an obstacle to
hanging death row inmates in
this era of rampant violent
crime.
In 1993, in their infamous


Pratt and Morgan decision,
the Privy Council decided that
the execution of a person
after five years on death row
amounted to inhumane treat-
ment. Locally, this meant that
many prisoners on death row
at that time had their sen-
tences converted to life
imprisonment. Moreover, lat-
est hullabaloo came after the
Lambert Wilson case, which
called for the discretionary
use of the death penalty and
stated that the mandatory
death sentence was unconsti-
tutional.
In these times, where orga-
nized and sadistic criminals
are openly challenging the
authority of the state, the
Privy Council has been sub-
ject to harsh criticism, partic-
ularly because certain deci-
sions do not reflect the local
circumstances of countries still
referring to it.
Noted jurists, such as Jus-
tice A Saunders of the
Caribbean Court of Justice,
have criticized the JCPC on
the basis of its perceived hin-
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Police death proe 'otched'


FROM page one


murder.
And they now have the backing of
retired Detective Sergeant Nathaniel
Santine III, who happened upon the
family's plight by reading our web-
site Tribune242.com last week.
After reviewing the family's evi-
dence, he criticised the police for
allowing vital DNA evidence, includ-
ing clothing and hair samples, to go
missing; and for failing to impound
the vehicle in which the body was
found and comb it for forensic evi-
dence and fingerprints.
"Incompetence played a role in
what looks like a botched investiga-
tion. This is not a petty crime where
the consequences are minimal, this
crime resulted in a death and beyond
the capture of the perpetrators, the
investigators failed to secure evi-
dence to protect the rights of the
victim," Det Santine said.
He said the authorities need to


explain why the investigation was
carried out in such an unprofession-
al manner, and punish those respon-
sible.
The detective noted a number of
holes in the police's theory that Mr
Ferguson died while driving alone
as a result of his head colliding with
a utility pole.


The official version of events sug-
gests he died while sitting on the dri-
ver's side, but the 40-year veteran,
who spent his career investigating
crimes in King's County, the Bronx,
Staten Island and New Jersey, said
the blood and glass evidence make
this impossible.
"It is obvious that the blood on
the floor of the vehicle was not from
a victim of an accident; but instead is
from a person bleeding and being
laid or slumped on that portion of
the vehicle.
"The velocity of the blood also
created a pattern that trickled onto
the driver's side. The carpet of the
floor after being sampled should
have been removed to reveal the
settling pattern of the blood on the
metal floor and shift gears.
"The glass evidence also cannot
be explained away. It is impossible
by the law of physics for a traffic
accident to occur, smashing a side
glass and leaving broken glass under


the victim - who was said to be sit-
ting on top of the glass and not hav-
ing any on his person, including frag-
ments in his wound.
"If a collision is violent enough to
cause a fatal injury, the wound must
be explained. This has not been
done, and the body would not be
found in an upright position; but
instead thrown from the vehicle or
tossed within the cab of the vehicle.

According to Det Santine, there is
"more than enough evidence" in the
family's photos of the crime scene to
suggest that an in-depth investiga-
tion should have been ordered.
"It is obvious that proper protocol
was not followed in investigating this
matter. It appears as if the respond-
ing officers in their haste to cate-
gorise a traffic accident, missed or
ignored some key steps.
"This level of incompetence as it
relates to inefficient police investi-
gations should not go unrecognised


or unpunished. The responsible offi-
cers and their superiors should be
held accountable," he said.
Detective Santine is from a law
enforcement family spanning sever-
al generations. His grandfather,
father and two brothers are all law
enforcement officers.
He worked for more than 25 years
in major crimes, including crime
analysis, community and problem-
oriented policing, beat/manpower
allocation, crime trend analysis, traf-
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risk-focused prevention/ juvenile
recreation.
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and Sociology from Columbia Uni-
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investigation of cold cases in his
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Govt employees may be relocated to hotel tower


FROM page one


the arrangement with Baha Mar to
accommodate the workers, which is "not
yet a done deal" but "under serious
consideration", could last for
"upwards of six months".
Potential site, hotel tower "J", is
one of two of five of the Wyndham
Nassau Resort's five towers which
have been closed to the public for
eight months, awaiting demolition as
Baha Mar moves ahead with its plans
to re-develop the Cable Beach strip.
Another possible site to put the
ministry staff is the Teachers and
Salaried Workers Cooperative Credit
Union on East Street, although it
appears the hotel is the favoured loca-
tion.
However, Mr Bethel noted that the
Government has been informed by
Baha Mar that they have an ". , - -_ , , -
sive schedule" to meet in terms of
their own development prospects,
meaning that the building will have
to be vacant and ready for demolition
sometime next year.
Robert Sands, senior vice president
of external affairs for Baha Mar said:
"We have been approached by the
Government and we're trying to coop-


rate and assist the Ministry of Edu-
cation and Youth in this venture.
"We have some space that can meet
their short term needs and we're trying
to match our space with those needs in
shortest possible time period."
The Government recently received


copies of floor plans of the vacant tow-
er and is now seeking to determine
whether it would suitably accommodate
the temporary relocation of the two
ministries' offices and staff. Mr Bethel
anticipates that "no less than 100
rooms" would probably be needed to
house them.
Neither Mr Bethel or Mr Sands
would say yesterday how much it is
likely to cost the government to rent
the space, and Mr Bethel would not
conjecture as to the cost to the goven-
rment to fix the problems at the
Thompson Boulevard building or to
physically move its operations to the
hotel tower.
However, Mr Sands said the hotel
accommodations are "certainly not
gratis (free)". He also noted that cur-
rently the disused tower does not
presently have the information tech-
nology or telecommunications facili-
ties that the ministries would require.
Asked whether the Government
had budgeted for the costs involved in
moving two ministries and fixing the
mould problem, Mr Bethel said "the
government has the capacity to
respond to many challenges."
"It's a question at the end of the
day of reordering priorities," he


added, noting that when it is no longer
using the NIB building it can use some
of the funds which currently go
towards paying rent there to pay Baha
Mar.
Mr Bethel also emphasised that
medical professionals say the mould is
not a threat to the health of workers
unless they have "some other condi-
tion which makes them more suscep-
tible."
"This is really more to do with com-
fort of the staff and their self-percep-
tion in terms of how they feel com-
ing into a building that does have chal-
lenges that building on Thompson
Boulevard has.
"I think it reflects the concern and
responsibleness of government to seek
to make the situation as comfortable
as possible for the working Bahamian.
"We're looking at floor plans right
now to detemrine availability of rooms
and sizes and whether all or part of
operations of ministry can be comfort
accomodated there.
"We'll make some determinations
early this week to make recommen-
dations to the Prime Minister or
requests in terms of him being Minis-
ter with responsibility for the public
service dealing with rentals."


John Travolta trial set to resume today


I AVULIA I AIVIILY attorney
Michael Ossi outside court.


FROM page one

called by the prosecution in
the case. Her testimony fol-
lows that of Mr Travolta on
Wednesday, and West End
and Bimini MP Obie Wilch-
combe on Friday.
Mr Wilchcombe appeared
in court walking with the aid
of a stick after his foot was
seriously injured in a freak
truck accident.
He testified that former
PLP senator Pleasant Bridge-
water told him she had a
client who had a document
that could be harmful to the
Travoltas. After viewing the
document he called the Tra-
volta family's doctor and an


attorney for the star, he said.
Mr Wilchcombe also
admitted that Bridgewater
had never told him that her
client was seeking to extract
money from Mr Travolta.
Attorney for John Travol-
ta, Michael Ossi, testified on
Friday that he spoke with Mr
Wilchcombe by telephone
around 5.30pm on January 12.
Following that conversation
he phone Michael McDer-
mott, another attorney for the
Travoltas.
Mr Ossi also told the court
that on Saturday, January 17,
he had a meeting with attor-
neys Allyson Maynard Gib-
son, Damian Gomez, Michael
McDermott, Howard Butler
and Michael Hamilton at the


firm of Gibson and Co.
Mr McDermott is expected
to testify this week as well as
Senator Maynard Gibson. It is
also expected Mr Travolta
will be recalled to the stand.
Superstar Mr Travolta told
the court last week how he
and others made efforts to
save the life of his 16-year-
old son Jett after he suffered a
seizure in Grand Bahama on
December 29 last year.
Bridgewater and former
ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne are accused of
attempting to extort $25 mil-
lion from Mr Travolta by
means of threats. Bridgewater
is also accused of abetment
to extort.
The case resumes today.


US ACTOR John Travolta, left,
and wife Kelly Preston leave the
court building iast week.


Man, 21, shot

outside his home

FROM page one

contradictory information
regarding the Bozene Town
shooting and more details will
be released today.
The man shot in Chipping-
ham, who has not yet been
identified by police, was in
front of his house when he
was approached by a man
known to him carrying a gun,
police say.
Several shots were fired
resulting in the victim being
wounded numerous times on
various parts of his body. The
gunman then fled.
Anyone with any informa-
tion should call police as a
matter of urgency on 911, 919
or call Crime Stoppers anony-
mously on 328-TIPS (8477).


Body found

on Rose Island

FROM page one

cause of his death.
Anyone with any informa-
tion which may assist police
investigations should call
police on 911, 919, or call
Crime Stoppers anonymously
on 328-TIPS (8477).


Man on $80,000

cocaine charge

FROM page one

thought to have a street value
of around $80,000.
Airport police were called
when the drugs were found
at around 6am on Saturday
and a man was arrested. He is
expected to be arraigned in
Magistrate's Court today.


THE ADRIAN GIBSON COLUMN


The notion we can govern - but not judge - ourselves is illogical!


FROM page 11

drance to the development of indige-
nous jurisprudence, saying:
"Unquestionably, the existence
of a right of appeal to the Judicial
Committee of the Privy Council
affects the confidence of our Courts.
At times, our Courts appear to be
always looking over their shoulders
across the vast ocean of sea towards
the Privy Council for applause and
approbation.
"This subjugation or subservience
of judicial thought and independence
cannot be justified in independent
and sovereign states."
While the Constitution must be
amended to accommodate our own
final court, and while Justice Saun-
ders' view holds true in some
respects, it is no reason to join the
CCJ. Frankly, at present, the funding
of the CCJ poses a problem for that
regional high court as it is quite cost-
ly, this being of particular note dur-
ing these economically gloomy times.
By contrast, the Privy Council is rel-
atively cheap and all the countries
using this appellate court share costs.


Furthermore, if more countries-
including the Bahamas-were to
adopt the CCJ as its final appellate
court, will the judges be chosen on
merit or quota? And if so, would
this leave some jurisdictions out?
In his book, 'An introduction to
law and legal systems of the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas", Dr
Dexter Johnson asserts that:
"The Privy Council does not com-
promise our sovereignty in the man-
ner that a regional court might do
since the latter comes with the shad-
ow of a political union hanging over
it. The regionalists in the Bahamas
might wish to merge us into a region-
al, political and economic entity
which would be subject to the central
final court of this political unit, the
Caribbean Court of Justice. Region-
al and local politics would dictate
the appointments to this court."
Before joining the CCJ, Guyana
had already established a precedent
by using its Court of Appeal as its
final court. Like New Zealand
(2003), Grenada and Guyana, it is
expected that in the Bahamas there
will be an eventual abolition of
appeals to an overseer court, in this


I WOULD like to wish the
greatest mom, the one queen in
this world - my grandmother
Lenora Gibson of Bunches, Long
Island - a happy birthday!
Tomorrow, my grandmother, who
raised me and is affectionately
called "mammy", will celebrate
her 77th birthday.
My grandmother and grandfa-
ther (Edward Gibson) are my
backbone, the pillars I rely on in
good times and times of distress.
Happy birthday mammy, I wish
you continued good health and I
love you both!


instance, the Privy Council.
In establishing the present Court
of Appeal (COA), the Bahamas'
constitution states that "there shall
be a Court of Appeal for the
Bahamas which shall have such juris-
diction and powers as may be con-
ferred upon it by this constitution


or any other law." In order to estab-
lish the COA as our final appellate
body, the scope of the court must
be broadened, even though it is
presently the final local court on
issues that may fall outside of the
jurisdictional purview of the JCPC.
The Bahamas needs to change its
approach to jurisprudence, as lower
court magistrates should be elected
and the use of a local final appel-
late court should foster greater inter-
pretation of the law in a manner suit-
able to the people.
However, while an indigenous
appellate court is desirable, espe-
cially as it is also familiar with local
lifestyles/customs, our population
size may hamper its establishment
as questions will arise about the pos-
sibility of a fair trial, the threat that
a judge could be openly partisan to
someone coming before him/her,
politically biased, incompetent
and/or crooked.
All must be done to ensure that
this court is insulated and that these
pitfalls must be avoided. Moreover,
there is a need for an independent
legal commission!
Bahamian court decisions have in


the past been praised by Privy Coun-
cil jurists for being erudite and cor-
rect.
Our eventual delinking with the
Privy Council will signal our thrust
towards building a nation without
limitations, signal a move towards
real constitutional reform and
enhance judicial creativity.
The notion that we can govern
ourselves but are not capable of
judging ourselves is a non sequitur
that is simply illogical!
Bahamians are so emotive and
ecstatic about our independence and
sovereignty- particularly around
July 10 every year when throngs of
Bahamians are brandishing flags,
shirts and other related parapher-
nalia-but the reality is that unless
we engage in major constitutional
reform and seriously modify our
legal system, our sovereignty in some
respects is merely theoretical.
The relevance of the law in local
circumstances is best achieved by
locals, not by regional or far distant
courts whose Law Lords' thinking
is not superior to that of the most
ethical and scrupulous Bahamian
jurists.


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By BRENT STUBBS
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_________.e Commodores are no show against
THE PineappleAirWild the Outlaws in men's opener
cats are clicking on all cylin th Outlaws in mens o ener
ders and that is creating hav-


oc in their quest to regain the
New Providence Softball
Association ladies' champi-
onship crown.
The pennant winning Wild-
cats posted a 13-9 triumph
over last year's runners-up
Proper Care Pool Lady
Sharks on Saturday night at
the Banker's Field at the Bail-
lou Hills Sporting Complex.
With the win, Pineapple
Air pushed their front-run-
ning record to 15-1, while
Proper Care Pool climbed
into second, a half-game
ahead of defending champi-
ons Sigma Brackettes at 10-
6.
It was the lone game played
as the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force Commodores
failed to show up to play the
Thompson Heavy Equipment
Outlaws in the men's opener.
With the loss, the Outlaws
are mathematically out of the
playoff race at 6-13 in seventh
place. The Outlaws are still
in the hunt in fifth place at
10-12, trailing last year's run-
ners-up Robin Hood Hitmen,
who are currently in fourth
place at 11-9.
Wildcats' manager Jack
Davis said his Wildcats are


playing like the true champi-
ons that they established
themselves to be over the
years and that is causing a lot
of problems for their oppo-
nents.
"When you look at the
team, we are gelling right
now," Davis said. "We're just
getting ready for the playoffs.
So tonight, we tried to use
some of the new players.
"The idea is to get them in
form so that they can step in if
we need them when we get
to the playoffs. So by the time
the playoffs are set, the Wild-
cats will be ready."
Davis said he's confident
that whenever the playoffs get
started, Pineapple Air will
take their game to the next
level as they've consistently
done so over the years.
With ace Mary Edge-
combe-Sweeting playing first
base, Marvelle Miller got the
starting nod. She went the dis-
tance throwing a six-hitter
with a strike out. She also
helped her cause with a 2-for-
4 night with two runs scored.
Sweeting-Edgecombe and


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shortstop Jeanette Hilton
were both 1-for-5 with a run
batted in. They scored three
and two runs respectively.
Catcher Donnette Edwards
was 1-for-4 with three runs
scored.
Pineapple Air rebounded
from a 5-3 deficit in the top of
the third by producing six
unearned runs on just one hit
to stake their claim to anoth-
er victory as they opened a 9-
5 lead.
They put three more on the
scoreboard in the sixth,
sparked by Miller's lead off
triple and ending with
Hilton's run-producing triple.
And for insurance,
Edwards got a one-out single
in the seventh and raced
home with their final run on
an error.
Proper Care Pool managed
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plate. But their effort was
thwarted after they left the
bases loaded.
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bie McClure reached safely
on a two-base fielding error
and eventually came home on
a wild pitch before shortstop
Vonetta Nairn got on with
another error and caught a
ride home on Jeannine Wal-
lace's RBI single.
With two out, Wallace
advanced all the way to third,
second sacker Raquel Cooper
got to second and center field-
er Keisha Pratt-Miller was on
base before relief pitcher
Alex Taylor grounded out to
end the game.
Shonel Symonette, the
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fourth.
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for-4 with two RBIs and two
runs scored. Thela Johnson
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Local swim

coaches attend

World Clinic

THE American Swimming
Coaches Association (ASCA)
World Clinic 2009 was held in
beautiful Ft Lauderdale Septem-
ber 7-13.
It hosted over 1,000 American
and international swim coaches
from around the world.
Several top coaches from the
US and Australia were speakers
at the clinic.
The local coaches who attend-
ed the clinic were Andy and Nan-
cy Knowles, Geoff Eneas, Mike
Stewart, Travano McPhee, Iva
Russell, Chikako Christoffersen,
Mancer Roberts, Sara Knowles,
and Ashley Sands.
This year was unique in that
they honoured the nine US
Olympic swim coaches who are
still alive. The coaches showed
videos and shared experiences
from different Olympic Games
over the last 50 years.
"This year's clinic comes on
the heels of the Roman Circus
that was the World champi-
onships a few weeks ago, and we
are all eagerly looking forward
to resolution from FINA on the
issues relating to the high-tech
swimsuits," said John Leonard,
executive director of the ASCA.
There was much discussion on
the swim suits, including com-
ments from the top Australian
swim coach Allan Thompson
who compared the problem with
the suits to the drug problem with
the German doping system in the
70's.
This year's clinic was also dif-
ferent in that Andy and Nancy
Knowles were speakers at the
clinic.
They spoke on the pilot pro-
gramme of teaching government
school children how to swim by
using the swimming pools from
private schools. There was posi-
tive feedback and much interest
from the other coaches.
ASCA is an independent pro-
fessional association based on a
central theme of leadership in
American swimming through
education, certification and co-
operation.
The swim coaches association
plays a leadership role in evalu-
ating past efforts, present con-
cerns and future planning and in
proposing solutions in both the
coaching and swimming commu-
nities.
The leadership function is pro-
vided by synthesizing ideas and
information from throughout the
swimming community into a
coherent direction for action.


By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
JERMAINE 'Choo Choo'
Mackey's bid for the World
Boxing Council's Interna-
tional super middleweight
title ended with a severe cut
over his right eye and now
his British Commonwealth
title defence could be in
jeopardy.
On Friday night at the Bell
Centre in Montreal, Canada,
Mackey was forced to stop
fighting 20 seconds into the
fifth round of their scheduled
12-round co-main event bout
against Adonis 'Superman'
Stevenson.
Back after a year's
absence, Stevenson scored a
knockdown at the end of the
fourth and he reportedly
pounced and pounded away
at Mackey at the start of the
fifth when referee Adrio
Zannoni stepped in and
stopped the fight.
"Things was going great. I
was in the fight, but after I
got cut in the fourth round,
the referee asked the doctor
to take a look at it and he
said I have to stop the fight,"
Mackey said.
"I told the doctor that I
didn't want the fight to stop
because I was fighting for a
WBC International title and
world ranking. I was in the
fight."
But Mackey said the doc-
tor warned him that because
the cut was so severe, if it got
any worse, he would have to
stop the fight.
"In the fifth round, Adonis
came right at me and the ref-
eree stepped in and stopped
the fight," Mackey said.
"They gave Adonis a 17th
ranking in the world, but I
knew that could have been
me if I didn't get the cut."
A disappointed Mackey,
who took on the fight just
before he is due to defend
his British Commonwealth
title next month, said had he


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bid for WBC title


VINCE FERGUSON
MEMORIAL
A MEMORIAL service
for the late Vincent Lloyd
Ferguson is scheduled to
be held 7:30pm Tuesday
at Loyola Hall, Gladstone
Road. The funeral service
is set for 2pm Thursday at
St Francis Cathedral.
Ferguson, 71, died at his
home on Wednesday
while eating breakfast. He
reportedly had a massive
heart attack. He was suf-
fering from prostate can-
cer.
He left behind his wife
Marie and two children,
Anne-Marie and Vincent
Alex.
VOLLEYBALL
TOM GRANT
RESULTS
THE annual Tom 'The
Bird' Grant High School
Invitational High School
Volleyball Tournament
concluded on Saturday at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymna-
sium.
In the senior girls divi-
sion, the C C Sweeting
Cobras knocked off Telios
Christian Academy 22-25,
25-20 and 15-9. Mt Carmel
defeated the CV Bethel
Stingrays 19-17 and 19-17.
Telios Christian Acade-
my, however, won the
senior boys division with
a 25-18 and 25-16 decision
over C V Bethel.
The tournament served
as a prelude to the Gov-
ernment Secondary
Schools Sports Associa-
tion's 2009 volleyball sea-
son that is expected to kick
off 4pm today.
The senior boys and
girls will play at the D W
Davis and C I Gibson
Gymnasiums, while the
junior boys and girls will
play at the R M Bailey and
Tom Grant outdoor vol-
leyball courts.
TRACK
BSC MEETING
THE Baptist Sports
Council is scheduled to
hold a meeting 7pm Fri-
day at McDonald's,
Thompson Blvd. The
meeting is to discuss the
BSC's 2009 Nicola Major
track and field meet that
has been postponed until
Saturday, October 24 at
the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium.
The BSC, in the mean-
time, will take a break on
Saturday from its 2009
Olympia Morris-Evans
Softball Classic at the Bail-
lou Hills Sports Complex
for the funeral service of
his brother, Rashad Lewis.
Lewis, who assisted the
BSC in the concession
stand, was killed recently
during an attempted rob-
bery.


Bahamas, Nautilus Water,
the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture and his new
sponsor Big Shot Sporting
Lounge, for the assistance
they all rendered in getting
him prepared for the fight.


JERMAINE MACKEY (shown) was forced to stop fighting 20 seconds into the fifth round of a scheduled
12-round co-main event bout against Adonis 'Superman' Stevenson...


not been cut, he was con-
vinced that the outcome
would have been a lot differ-
ent.
Not only did Mackey have
to get some stitches for the
cut, but he will also have to
sit out the next 45 days
before he can get back into
the ring to fight again.
"I wasn't focusing on the
British Commonwealth title.


I was focusing on getting the
WBC International title and
getting a world ranking," he
said. "I wanted to get the
Bahamas closer to getting a
world title shot."
After five days he will be
allowed to have the stitches
removed. Once they are out,
Mackey said he intends to
get right back in the gym to
continue his training for the


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next opportunity to fight.
His trainer Ray Minus Jr,
who accompanied Mackey to
the fight, said it's not antici-
pated that he will be pre-
pared to fight again until
December.
"He will more than likely
be able to defend his British
Commonwealth title then,"
Minus Jr stressed. "We are
addressing that matter now
to the Commonwealth Box-
ing Commission. We are pro-
viding them with a new date
and hope they will accept it."
Minus Jr, the former
British Commonwealth ban-
tamweight champion, said
Mackey fought well up until
the time that he suffered the
cut and was unable to con-
tinue.
With the win, Stevenson
remained undefeated at 13-0
with 10 KOs. Mackey
dropped to 18-4 with 14
KOs.
The fight was held under
the main event bout that saw
Montreal's Jean Pascal suc-
cessfully defend his WBC's
light heavyweight title with
a 10th round technical
knockout over Italian Silvio
(II Barbaro) Branco.
It was Pascal's first title
defence as he was matched
against the No.1 challenger
in the 175-pound division.
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
In his first appearance
at the Mr Olympia
bodybuilding cham-
pionships, Joel
Stubbs was looking
forward to at least cracking
the top 10.
But at Saturday's show at
the Orleans Arena & Las
Vegas Convention Center in
Las Vegas, Nevada, Stubbs
failed to make it out of the
preliminary rounds.
The Bahamasair pilot, who
had switched from playing
basketball to weight training
and then bodybuilding after
he had broken his leg, was
unavailable for comment up
to press time last night.
But prior to the start of the
weekend competition, he not-
ed that he was thrilled to have
been among the elite body-
builders in the world.
Out of the field of 23 com-
petitors who participated in
the two-day event over the
weekend, Stubbs finished tied
for the 16th and final spot
with seven others.
The list included Trinidad
& Tobago's Darren Charles.


JOEL STUBBS didn't make it out of preliminary rounds at Mr Olympia...


The others were Americans
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Tribune Business Editor

B ahamian businesses and
homeowners could have
properties that are 30-
50 per cent more energy
efficient by simply get-
ting the initial structure right, the
founder of a Bahamas-based con-
struction/consulting company has told
Tribune Business, thereby reducing
future alternative energy demand.
Kymenski Kemp, founder and pres-
ident of Caribbean Greensafe, a new-
ly-formed construction, consulting and
development company, said he had
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T H E
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retirement of
the Bahamas'
own 'Baby .
Boomers' will
have "an
enormous
impact on
economic
growth and
development" SMITH
because they
form 30 per cent of this
nation's workforce, a former
minister has warned, while the
effects of the global recession
on their US counterparts
could prove equally troubling.
James Smith, former minis-
ter of state for finance in the
Christie administration, said
that while some studies of the
US 'Baby Boom' generation -
those born between 1946 and
1964 - suggested economic
growth there could be retard-
ed through the loss of skills
associated with their retire-
ment, the impact on the
Bahamas could potentially be
even greater.
The CFAL chairman,
addressing a seminar organ-
ised by his own investment
advisory firm, said that while
it was estimated that Baby
Boomers accounted for 25 per
cent of the US labour force,
"in the Bahamas that contri-
bution is even higher".
"It represents 30 per cent
of the labour force," Mr
Smith said of the Bahamian
'Baby Boom' generation.
"That is because unemploy-
ment in the Bahamas is par-
ticularly high amongst the
young.
"The productive labour
force are the ones who belong
to the Baby Boomers genera-
tion. They represent a partic-
ular set of dynamics."
Mr Smith said that if this
generation were to retire
together, and forced early
retirements among older
workers were increasingly
becoming the norm as
employers sought to cut costs
during the recession, "the
vacancies created by the
retirees will be filled by the
pool of young people.
"These people coming in
might not have the same skill
set as those retiring," the ex-
minister added, warning that
this might have "an enormous
impact on economic growth
and development".
As for their US counter-
parts, Mr Smith said the main
concern for the Bahamas was
the impact the recession had
on their wealth levels and,
consequently, their spending
and travel habits. Surveys sug-
gested they had spending
power of some $3 trillion per
year, with a hefty chunk of
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Rivals tell regulator: Power firm's sales drop 12% in '09


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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
REGULATORS have
been urged to mandate that
Cable Bahamas "provide
unbundled, non-discriminato-
ry access to its network", rival
operators warning that the
BISX-listed company must
not be allowed to distort mar-
ket competition again, as it
did when it effectively forced
five rival Internet Service
Providers (ISPs) out of busi-
ness to achieve market domi-
nation.
Responding to the Govern-


Bank 'concern'
on BNP Paribas
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Business Editor
THE Bahamas Finan-
cial Services Board's
(BFSB) chairman has
described BNP Paribas's
decision to quit this juris-
diction by year-end 2010
as "regrettable" given that
this nation does "not need
any of its blue chip banks"
to depart, and expressed
concern about the pres-
sure G-20 nations could
be subjecting their head
offices to.
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rivals out of business

ment's consultation on
access/interconnection issues
in the Bahamian communica-
tions industry, Paul Hutton-
Ashkenny, Systems Resource
Group's (SRG) president,
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SEE page 7B


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
GRAND Bahama Power
Company's (GBPC) kilowatt
per hour (kWh) sales fell by
12 per cent year-over-year
during the 2009 first quarter,
the company's president and
chief executive has revealed,
continuing a trend that saw a
2 per cent decline in 2008.
Writing in the annual
report for ICD Utilities, the
BISX-listed holding vehicle
that owns a 50 per cent stake
in Grand Bahama Power
Company, E. 0. Ferrell
acknowledged that 2008 "was
a difficult year" for the
island's monopoly power sup-
plier, even with the benefit of
a 4.87 per cent rate increase
from April onwards.
He added that this rate rise
was "' ,. lively offset" by
Grand Bahama's continued
economic decline, both as a
result of the global recession
and the continued closure of
the Royal Oasis, "and unsea-
sonably cool weather during


the fourth quarter".
"Overall, 2008 kWh sales
were 2 per cent less than
2007," Mr Ferrell wrote.
"Unfortunately, that trend is
continuing into the first quar-
ter 2009, with kWh sales 12
per cent below the same peri-
od in 2008. There were, how-
ever, items of positive growth
that will be beneficial for
years to come."
For the 12 months to
December 31, 2008, Grand
Bahama Power Company's
net income rose by little over
$100,000 or 3 per cent, to
$3.621 million compared to
$3.516 million the year before.
This was despite a 23.2 per
cent rise in operating rev-
enues, from $94.076 million
to $116.036 million, as total
operating expenses - includ-
ing fuel costs, which peaked in
July last year - rose by a
greater amount, 24.7 per cent,
to $108.752 million compared
to $87.207 million the year
before.
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operating income grew by


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Bahamian investors traded in
10 out of the 24 listed securi-
ties, of which none advanced,
six declined and four
remained unchanged.
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A total of 196,878 shares
changed hands, representing a
growth of 131,023 shares com-
pared to the previous week's
trading volume of 65,855
shares.
AML Foods (AML) was
the volume leader, some
65,500 shares trading, its stock
declining by $0.08 to close the
week at $1.07.
Focol Oil Holdings (FCL)
was the lead decline, its share
price falling by $0.49 to a new
52-week low of $4.50, on a
volume of 42,425 shares.
Bank of the Bahamas
(BOB) share price also fell to
a new 52-week low of $5.90
on a volume of 42,200 shares
traded. First Caribbean Inter-
national Bank (Bahamas)
(CIB), too, experienced a new
52-week low on a volume of
25,000 shares traded to close
the week at $10.
BOND MARKET
There were no bonds trad-
ed on the market last week.
COMPANY NEWS
AML Foods (AML)
released its unaudited finan-
cial results for the quarter
ending July 31, 2009. For the


quarter, AML reported a net
profit of about $1.2 million,
compared to $162,000 in the
same period last year, an
increase of $1.015 million.
Gross profit of $7.4 million
increased by $1.3 million or
20 per cent quarter-over-quar-
ter. Overall, expenses
increased, but due to the sales
growth during the period its
impact on net profit was not
substantial.
AML's chairman indicated
that both sales and gross mar-
gin dollars had increased,
shrinkage in stores had
decreased and liquidity had
improved, resulting in a fur-
ther reduction in the compa-
ny's bank debt.
Total assets and liabilities
at July 31, 2009, were $29.5
million and $15 million
respectively, compared to
$30.6 million and $18.3 mil-
lion at fiscal year-end.
* First Caribbean Interna-
tional Bank (Bahamas) (CIB)
released its unaudited finan-
cial statement for the quarter
ended July 31, 2009. For the
quarter, CIB reported net
income of $19.4 million com-
pared to $26.7 million for the
same period in the prior year
, a decline of $7.3 million or
27 per cent.
Net interest income of $35.3
million declined by $3.3 mil-
lion or 8.5 per cent quarter-
over-quarter and, as stated by
the bank's chairman, this was
influenced by the decline in
international interest rates,
partially offset by higher loan
volumes during the quarter.
Loan loss expense in the
third quarter was $6.2 million


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the 2008 third quarter. How-
ever, year-to-date CIB has
recorded loan loss expenses
of $20.3 million, compared to
$15 million for the same peri-
od in the prior fiscal year.
Total assets decreased from
$4.2 billion to $3.9 billion, and
total liabilities also declined
from $3.7 billion to $3.2 bil-
lion from the bank's year-end.
However, management indi-
cated that the bank remains
well capitalised with a current
Tier 1 capital ratio of 17.7 per
cent, well in excess of the min-
imum requirement of 14 per
cent.
Dividend Notes
* Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) has declared a divi-
dend of $0.05 per share,
payable on September 30,
2009, to all ordinary share-
holders of record date Sep-
tember 15, 2009.
* Doctor's Hospital Health-
care Systems (DHS) has
declared a dividend of $0.02
per share, payable on Sep-
tember 30, 2009, to all ordi-
nary shareholders of record
date September 17, 2009.
* Cable Bahamas (CAB)
has declared a dividend of
$0.07 per share, payable on
September 30, 2009, to all
ordinary shareholders of
record date September 15,
2009.
* Consolidated Water
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A "yeoman's effort" will be
needed from all Bahamians
and economic sectors if the
Bahamas is to overcome the
challenges created by the cur-
rent global recession, the min-
ister of state for finance
acknowledging that the down-
turn had "exposed some of
the fundamental weaknesses
in our system".
Addressing a seminar
organised by CFAL, the
investment advisory firm,
Zhivargo Laing conceded that
the Bahamas' present unem-
ployment rate, estimated at
14 per cent for New Provi-
dence and 17 per cent for
Grand Bahama, was "high",
adding that an immediate
challenge was "job creating
economic growth" to provide
sustainable long-term employ-
ment.
"Clearly, it is a challenge
to have in excess of 15,000
persons unemployed, both
because of the personal hard-
ship it brings to them and as it
relates to the loss of income
and productivity to the
nation," Mr Laing said. "Cre-
ating jobs for people today is
important. Being able to cre-
ate jobs in a sustainable fash-
ion is even more important."
The two main drivers of the
Bahamian economy, tourism
and foreign direct investment,
had been heavily impacted by
the global recession, and Mr
Laing said the Government
was focused on maintaining a
sound fiscal position - deriv-
ing enough revenue to sustain
itself, and its capacity to main-
tain debt spending.
Arguing that successive


adminis-
trations
had gener-
a t e d
enough fis-
cal 'head
room' to
allow the
Ingraham
govern- ".
ment to
sustain a
burgeon-
ing fiscal
deficit and LAING
d e b t
spending
in the short-term, Mr Laing
acknowledged: "If this down-
turn endures for a long period
of time, it becomes a more
significant challenge. The rev-
enue shortfall against forecast
is more than $30 million
behind.......... It will not be
sustainable if this situation
continues much longer. The
greatest vigilance is being paid
by us."
Although the monetary sec-
tor, in the form of foreign
exchange reserves, and the
commercial banking system
were currently stable, Mr
Laing said: "We sometimes
miss the reality that this crisis
has left thousands of Bahami-
ans" unable to meet their reg-
ular obligations, such as mort-
gages and rent, electricity
bills, school fees and medical
expenses.
The Government had
expanded social services' bud-
get by some $12 million over
the last two budget periods,
Mr Laing said, and the extra
funding had been much need-
ed. The fact that some 6,000
customers had been discon-
nected for non-payment by
BEC "is just an indication of


the continuing saga of this
current economic crisis".
Calling on all Bahamians
and stakeholders to work
together, the minister added:
"Crime has implications for
economic growth, both now
and in the future. Citizens,
businesses and investors all
require an environment
deemed to be safe to flour-
ish. There has to be a reduc-
tion in the levels of crime we
are experiencing."
Mr Laing also identified
human capital, and the pro-
vision of after-hours training
to those already employed in
the workforce, as one area for
advancement. "We need to
improve our level of produc-
tivity to ensure we're putting
out a world-class product," he
added.
Domestic savings needed
to be increased, the minister
added, plus economic diversi-
fication achieved "with exist-
ing domestic dominant sec-
tors and expanded output in
other economic sectors. We
must look for opportunities
in all sectors.
"We need to expand our
global outreach by putting
Bahamian goods and services
into more markets abroad,"
Mr Laing said. "We need to
make it easier to do business
in this country for everyone
by removing bureaucratic
impediments to the establish-
ment and conduct of busi-
ness."
He also argued that the
Bahamas needed to formal-
ize trade arrangements with
other countries, in order to
provide its businesses and
entrepreneurs with a mecha-
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ula. coUTSCS and certification programmes based upon defined needs.

Applicants should pousss ..a doctoral degree n one of the dis.ciplines of
tourism,1 hl0pilality, maniagcment or a related ieIld, a minimum l' 1 ive (51
yLars ul' sucLcsslul I caJdellic lIadcrhllip at the level of deparlitilk chair or
;t ,v I er lten (10.1 yci r-\ xpcncricni. :;U a i n Itxt lisc I ,c l wilhini liit: huIpi-
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Intlresled caildidates Should sithinit a detailed resume and cover ILecrf ol
inlereoit to: The Dirctor,. human Resources., The College of The Bahamas.
I'.O.Box N-4912. Nassau, B1ahama.s or www.cnh.edu.bkhrappvl no laler
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that going on travel and vaca-
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He added that in one recent
survey, three-quarters of US
Baby Boomers spoken to said
they had "suffered much loss
of wealth" as a result of the
plunge US and global stock
markets sustained in late
2008, since most of their
investments were linked to
this. As a result, the survey
found many "had to adjust
their lifestyles, making fewer
purchases of big-ticket items
and taking fewer vacations".
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generation, the implications
for this nation are obvious.
"If the losses of wealth by this
group translate into a dra-
matic change in spending
behaviour, it could mean a
slower economic recovery in
the US, and an even slower
recovery in the Bahamas if
this most important group of
Americans decided to take
less vacations," Mr Smith
warned.
"The importance of this
group, and the outlook going
forward over the next few
years, should be of particular
concern to the Bahamas. Any
change in spending habits will
have an impact on the
Bahamian economy.
"The impact for the
Bahamas, if the Baby
Boomers change their spend-
ing habits, to begin with
would be a slowdown in eco-
nomic activity, persistently
high levels of unemployment
and more forced retirements.
Businesses would be likely to
see a slowdown in economic
activity this year, and the year
after, and be likely to contin-
ue downsizing staffing levels."
Many Bahamians forced
into early retirement as a
result of recession-related
downsizing in the workforce
had not prepared for this
eventuality, Mr Smith


warned, even though it was
generally agreed that retirees
on average needed 75 per
cent of their pre-retirement
income to live on.
To prepare for their retire-
ment needs, Mr Smith urged
Bahamians to develop a Bud-
get matching anticipated
income against likely spend-
ing. If spending appeared to
exceed income, one way to
bridge the gap was to stay in
the labour force beyond the
retirement age of 65.
While early planning was
recommended, he added: "It's
not a perfect world. Many
people are facing day to day
challenges, and do not have
the time or opportunity to
plan. Those persons forced
into retirement, especially
those in the Bahamas over the
past year or so, have been
forced to make adjustments
to their lifestyles."
To cope, the former minis-
ter suggested that those
Bahamians forced unexpect-
edly into early retirement
needed to "take a step back"
and perform a self-assessment
of where they were and where
they were going
He warned that it "could
be a mistake" for Bahamians
forced into early retirement
to dip into any retirement
funds they received upon


leaving the workforce,
explaining: "It would be bet-
ter to resist using that money
too soon. You'll regret it later.
By going into that account too
soon, you'll be giving up the
opportunity of having retire-
ment income and you're
worse off."
Mr Smith also urged forced
retirees to maintain their
health insurance coverage,
warning: "There are fewer
events that could devastate a
savings effort than a medical
tragedy. We hope it will not
happen to you, but if you're
unemployed really try and
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THE Bahamian economy
is unlikely to "hit bottom"
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"We expect the upcoming
holiday season to be very
slow, very challenging," he
added, with the Bahamian
economy unlikely to 'bottom
out' from the current reces-
sion until the 2010 first quar-
ter or summer next year.
The one potential bright
spot for the economy
remained Baha Mar, Mr
Stubbs added, which was
"hoping to get something
started in the second quarter
next year".
Meanwhile, Lynden Nairn,
Colinalmperial Insurance
Company's life division vice-
president, said that while
"only a handful of compa-
nies" in the Bahamas had
pension schemes for their
employees, many of these had
"policies and procedures that


were not very meaningful to
the long-term interest of the
employees".
"What does this portend for
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den on the society. It's going
to affect us in a big way with
taxation, and is going to
impact our standard of living
if certain things do not hap-
pen."
Mr Nairn said issues such
as portability, whether an
employee leaving one com-
pany could transfer their pen-
sion plan earnings to a new
employer's scheme, needed
consideration.
"There are issues relating
to accounting, transparency,
actuarial valuations of a fund,
risk, the return on investment
and the directors of the pen-
sion plan," Mr Nairn said.
"My experience has been that
not many persons consider-
ing employment at a company
give serious thought to the
pension benefits."


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Power firm's sales drop 12% in


'09


FROM page 1B

income increased by more
than $1 million, both these
rises were offset by an
increase in interest expense
to $5.154 million, compared


to $3.432 million in 2007.
Grand Bahama Power
Company's long-term debt
had risen by almost 50 per
cent at year-end, growing
from $66.288 million to
$99.512 million, a develop-


ment largely due to the $50
million bond financing it
placed in May and July 2008
to raise funds for capital
expansion projects and refi-
nance existing debt.

Financing

That financing appeared to
reduce the outstanding col-
lective balance on various
commercial bank loans from
$55.333 million to $38 million
at year-end 2008.
While Grand Bahama Pow-
er Company's results are
interesting, of more pressing
concern to the island's resi-
dents is likely to be the com-
pany's performance when it
comes to service and reliabil-
ity, not to mention the rela-
tively high cost of electricity.
Looking back at 2008, Mr
Ferrell acknowledged that the
three island-wide blackouts
suffered by Grand Bahama
Power Company during that
year were "totally unaccept-
able", and "extensive work is
underway to prevent future
occurrences", but the same
problems have persisted into
2009.
The monopoly power pro-


ducer/supplier has been hit by
vociferous protests from both
consumers and the business
community, with the latter
complaining that Freeport will
be unable to continue as a
sustainable, long-term manu-
facturing/industrial sector
with the relatively high power
rates companies are forced to
endure.
Several told Tribune Busi-
ness that electricity rates on
Grand Bahama were four to
six times' higher than else-
where in the world, with some
businesses losing valuable
equipment to power surges
and spikes.
The Japanese company,
Marubeni, which acquired a
majority 55 per cent interest
in Grand Bahama Power
Company several years ago,
subsequently selling 25 per
cent to Abu Dhabi power
producer Taqa, has come
under fire from Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham, who
criticised its performance to
date.
Many have come to view
Marubeni, and by extension,
Taqa, as absentee landlords
in effect, only concerned
about the company's profits


and not its power generation
problems. There is a school
of thought that Marubeni,
which acquired its Grand
Bahama Power Company
stake when it took over
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2008

IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/01038

COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION

BETWEEN

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate
in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence containing
8,194 square feet situate on the Southern Side of Kelly Lane, 395 feet
West of Johnson Road and bounded NORTHWARDLY by Kelly
Lane and running thereon Seventy and Twenty-six (70.26) feet and
EASTWARDLY by land now or formerly the property of Albertha
Pratt and running thereon One Hundred and Twenty and Twelve
hundredths (120.12) feet SOUTHWARDLY by land now or formerly
the property of Inez Munroe and running thereon Sixty-seven and
Ninety-two hundredths (67.92) feet and WESTWARDLY by land
now or formerly the property of Ida Ferguson and running thereon
One Hundred and Eighteen and Forty-seven hundredths (118.47) feet
which said piece parcel or lot of land has such position shape marks
boundaries and dimensions more particularly described by and
delineated on the said diagram or plan and thereon coloured YELLOW

AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE QUIETING TITLES ACT, 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF
GENEVIEVE STRACHAN


NOTICE

The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

The Petition of Genevieve Strachan of Johnson Estates in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of all that piece parcel or
lot of land situate in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence
containing 8,194 square feet situate on the Southern Side of Kelly
Lane, 395 feet West of Johnson Road and bounded NORTHWARDLY
by Kelly Lane and running thereon Seventy and Twenty-six (70.26)
feet and EASTWARDLY by land now or formerly the property of
Albertha Pratt and running thereon One Hundred and Twenty and
Twelve hundredths (120.12) feet SOUTHWARDLY by land now or
formerly the property of Inez Munroe and running thereon Sixty-
seven and Ninety-two hundredths (67.92) feet and WESTWARDLY
by land now or formerly the property of Ida Ferguson and running
thereon One Hundred and Eighteen and Forty-seven hundredths
(118.47) feet which said piece parcel or lot of land has such position
shape marks boundaries and dimensions more particularly described
by and delineated on the said diagram or plan and thereon coloured
YELLOW

Genevieve Strachan claims to be the owner of the fee simple estate
in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described free from
encumbrances and the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under section 3 of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have her title to the said tract of land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared
in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any persons having Dower or
a Right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in
the Petition shall on or before the 4th November, A.D. 2009 file in
the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a
statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit
to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve a
statement of his claim on or before the 4th November, AD. 2009 will
operate as a bar to such claim.

Copies of the filed Plan may be inspected at:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building, East
Street North, Nassau, Bahamas;

2. The Chambers of Hope Strachan & Co., attorneys for the
Petitioner, Equity House, Mount Royal Avenue North (Hawkins
Hill), Nassau, Bahamas

Dated this 31st day of August, A.D. 2009

HOPE STRACHAN & CO.
Chambers
Equity House
Mt. Royal Avenue North
(Hawkins Hill)
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


ingly take a real interest in
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany is Emera, the Canadian
power producer which
acquired its 25 per cent stake
in the firm by purchasing
Lady Henrietta St George's
50 per cent ICD Utilities
stake in September 2008.
Grand Bahama Power
Company's seven-strong
Board includes three repre-
sentatives from Emera, with
the other four acting on
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Division


THE PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY
BAHAMAS NATIONAL DRUG AGENCY


PUBLIC NOTICE
SUPPLEMENTARY TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY
OF DRUGS AND RELATED ITEMS

Tenders are invited for the Supply of Drugs and Related
Items for the Public Hospitals Authority and the Ministry
of Health, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Supplementary Tender Document, which includes
instruction to the Tenderers along with other relevant
information, can be collected from the Bahamas National
Drug Agency, Market & McPherson Streets, from
Thursday 24th, September 2009 from 9 am - 5 pm.

A Tender must be submitted in duplicated in a sealed
envelope or package identified as "Supplementary
Tender for the Supply of Drug and Related Items" and
addressed to:

Managing Director
Public Hospitals Authority
Third Terrace, West Centerville
P.O. Box N-8200
Nassau, The Bahamas

Electronic and hard copies must be received at the above
address on or before 5pm Friday, October 16th, 2009. A
copy of a valid business license and Nationals Insurance
Certificate must accompany all proposals.


The Public Hospitals Authority reserves the right to
reject any or all Tender(s).

Director


IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act of 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THOSE Three (3) parcels
of land totalling 162.177 acres being Grant C-39 and a
portion of Grant C-3 in an area known as Fort Pasture situate
immediately Eastward of Forbes Hill Settlement and about 5
miles West of Williams Town on the island of Little Exuma,
one of the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas.

AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Trevor Andrew Cooper

NOTICE OF PETITION

Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 2nd day
of September, A.D. 2009.

The Petition of Trevor Andrew Cooper, of Forbes Hill
Settlement on the Island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of
The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas, showeth in respect of:

ALL THOSE Three (3) parcels of land totalling 162.177
acres being Grant C-39 and a portion of Grant C-3 in an
area known as Fort Pasture situate immediately Eastward of
Forbes Hill Settlement and about 5 miles West of Williams
Town on the Island of Little Exuma, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth Of The Bahamas
The Petitioner, Trevor Andrew Cooper, herein claims to
be the owner in fee simple in possession of the said tracts
of land and has made application to The Supreme Court Of
The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas under Section 3 of
the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said
tracts of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate Of Title to be granted
by the Court in accordance with the provisions of that Act.

Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries shape
marks and dimensions of the said tracts of land may be
inspected during normal office hours at the following places:

(a) The Registry of The Supreme Court, East Street North,
Nassau, Bahamas.
(b) The Chambers of Charles Mackey & Co., BSB House,
West Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
(c) The Administrator's office at George Town, Exuma.

Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower
or right to Dower or an Adverse Claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents file at the Registry
of The Supreme Court in the City of Nassau, Bahamas, and
serve on the Petitioner or on his Attorney an Adverse Claim in
the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents shall operate as a
bar to such claim.

DATED THIS 9th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, A.D. 2009
CHARLES MACKEY & CO.
Chambers BSB House
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Petitioner
(S. 18, 0. 1, 16)


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2 88 274 Colna Holdings 2 74 2 74 000 0 249 0 040 11 0 1 46%
7 50 526 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 587 587 000 0419 0300 140 511%
3 85 1 27 Consolidated Water BDRs 334 343 009 0111 0052 309 1 52%
2 85 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 2 05 2 05 000 0 382 0 080 54 3 90%
8 20 6 60 Famguard 6 60 6 60 000 0 420 0 240 157 3 64%
1250 8 80 Finco 930 930 000 0322 0520 289 559%
1171 10 00 FrstCabbean Bank 10 00 10 00 000 0631 0350 158 350%
5 53 4 50 Focol (S) 4 50 4 50 000 0 332 0 150 136 3 33%
1 00 1 00 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 1 00 000 0000 0000 NM 000%
0 45 0 27 Freeport Concrete 0 27 0 27 000 0 035 0 000 77 0 00%
902 5 49 ICD Utilities, 550 550 000 0407 0500 135 909%
1200 998 J S Johnson 998 998 000 0952 0640 105 641%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 000 0180 0000 556 000%
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52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest Maturity
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100000 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100 0 00 7% 30 May 2013
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52 k-Hn 52 k-Lo9 Bhm S Smbolr tBid 8-sk 2 Las PrBce tf.eeklP Vol EPS i DI. i P E Yield
1460 792 Bahamas Supermarkets 792 842 1400 2 246 0000 NM 0 00%
8 00 6 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2 00 6 25 400 0 000 0 480 N/M 7 80%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
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52 k-H. 52 k-Lo Fund Nane NAV YTD LasI 12 * monthss Di. Y. eld NV Date
1 4038 1 3344 CFAL Bond Fund 1 4038 3 72 5 20 31-Aug-09
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36090 30941 Fdelty Bahamas G & I Fund 3 0941 -8 61 13 59 31 Aug 09
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BUSINESS I











Rivals tell regulator: Stop Cable



distorting market competition


FROM page 1B
not learn from recent history
in developing and imple-
menting future policy. The
mistakes of the past must not
be allowed to repeat them-
selves".
The SRG president, whose
company operates as IndiGo
Networks, said that if the Util-
ities Regulation and Compe-
tition Authority (URCA) was
to meet its competition man-
date, "then Cable Bahamas
as the Significant Market
Power (SMP) operator must
be required to provide unbun-
dled, non-discriminatory
access to its network".
Recalling recent history, Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny recalled
how Cable Bahamas was
issued with an interim ISP
licence on March 3, 2000,
allowing it to introduce Inter-
net services via the cable tele-
vision network infrastructure
it had already developed.
This licence, the SRG pres-
ident said, mandated that
Cable Bahamas establish an
interconnection policy for
rival ISPs to access its cable
television network.
The main terms, he added,
were that Cable Bahamas had
to provide interconnection at
"any technically feasible
point" for rival ISPs upon
request; that it "provided
interconnection services on
non-discriminatory and objec-
tive terms, and of a quality no
less favourable" than the
BISX-listed utility provided
for its own service; and that
interconnection charges be
"orientated to their cost of
provision and sufficiently
unbundled" to that rival ISPs
did not have to pay for com-
ponents they did not require.
"It was mandated that
Cable Bahamas not add any
new Internet customers or any
new Internet accounts until
the terms and rates for inter-
connection services, and the


technical standards and spec-
ifications for interconnection,
had been approved by the
regulator," Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny said.
However, he alleged that
this was never enforced by the
former regulator, the Public
Utilities Commission (PUC).
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said:
"At the time, five privately-
held ISPs, each of them offer-
ing dial-up Internet access,
indicated to the PUC their
concern that failure by Cable
Bahamas to implement [this]
would inevitably lead to com-
petitive distortion of the Inter-
net sector.
"Those ISPs, amongst them
a subsidiary of SRG, doing
business as Bahamas On-Line,
engaged a consultant from the
United States to advise on
how access to Cable
Bahamas' network could meet
the above principles and be
made fairly available."
The five ISPs submitted
their formal proposal to the
PUC on May 12, 2000, but the
then-regulator rejected the
industry's view and "instead
accepted an alternative put
forward by Cable Bahamas
that, in the view of the ISPs
and their consultant, was com-
mercially unworkable and
failed to meet the principles of
interconnection enshrined in
Cable Bahamas' licence.
"The ISPs' prediction for
the industry came to pass,"
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said.
"SRG is not aware of a sin-
gle ISP that was able to effa-
ciously connect to, or utilize,
Cable Bahamas' network. Not
one of the ISPs in question
was able to remain in busi-
ness, and the Internet market
today is dominated by Cable
Bahamas."
With Cable Bahamas hav-
ing been "able to leverage its
[cable TV] monopoly into an
entirely new market" via the
Internet, and now seeking to
use its fibre-optic infrastruc-


ture network to enter the
fixed-line voice and cellular
telecoms industries, Mr Hut-
ton-Ashkenny urged URCA
to guard against the compa-
ny abusing its SMP status.
Given that Cable Bahamas
was given a 15-year monop-
oly in return for constructing
and building a $240 million
fibre-optic cableTV network,
the SRG president said:
"Some might argue that the
Bahamian people helped pay
for construction of that net-
work" through foregoing
competition and the tax
breaks the BISX-listed utili-
ty was granted that allowed it
to escape customs duties on
network components.
He urged the regulator not
to allow Cable Bahamas "to
enter any other markets until
such time as the cable TV net-
work access remedies have
been fully implemented and
proven".
"Moreover, given the
potential for an SMP operator
to delay to its competitive
advantage, SRG considers
that a reasonable time peri-
od, perhaps a further 180
days, should be required to
elapse between satisfactory
demonstration of implemen-
tation and the SMP operator
being permitted to enter any
new market," Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny urged.
"Such a mechanism would
accommodate circumstances
where a new entrant might
need time to implement
equipment and make ready to
compete in the SMP opera-
tor's market, whilst readying
itself for competition by the
SMP operator in its own mar-
ket."
Cable Bahamas' private
placement memorandum for
its recent $40 million prefer-
ence share issue, in which the
company said it had 75 per
cent and 45 per cent penetra-
tion of the Bahamian cable
TV and Internet market


respectively, with its network
passing 94 per cent of all
homes in this nation had, Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny said,
demonstrated in the compa-
ny's own words why it should
deserve SMP status.
"Given the change in licens-
ing that will, at some point,
permit Cable Bahamas' lever-
age of their infrastructure in
fixed voice services, it is only
reasonable that unbundling of
their infrastructure by others
should at least permit the pro-
vision of Internet Protocol TV
so that some level of TV com-
petition can be contemplat-
ed," Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
said.
"Failure to do so will simply
mean that Cable Bahamas
gains a new market with no
practical improvement in
choice for the consumer in
their core TV market.
"It seems reasonable, there-
fore, that Cable Bahamas
would need to demonstrate
convincingly that their net-
work is ready for additional
providers to offer IPTV and
expected multiple HD video
access across their existing
hybrid fibre coaxial network."
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny also
questioned whether Freeport
would be treated differently,
when it came to the
unbundling of Cable
Bahamas' network, given that
the latter had claimed its
licence to operate in the sec-
ond city was -" p.ii..i from
that elsewhere in the
Bahamas".
The SRG president urged
that Cable Bahamas be
required "to become part of
an Internet exchange for the
Bahamas, through which all
Bahamian ISPs could
exchange local Internet traffic.
"Currently, Internet traffic
from one ISP in the Bahamas
to another traverses through
the United States, which is
time consuming, expensive
and a waste of resources."


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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009, PAGE 7B


THE TRIBUNE





PAGE 8B, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009


THE TRIBUNE


ENERGY, from 1B


Tribune Business.
"With energy efficiency,
you're spending a lot less
money to keep the interior
cool. You're going to need a
lot less solar energy to keep
that space cool; the amount
of energy used in proportion
to the size of the home."
These energy savings could
be achieved, he explained, by
focusing on a property's struc-
ture - its foundations, walls
and roof - as "your insulation
is the key". Apart from being
safe and structurally sound,
Mr Kemp explained that a
building's structure - its exte-
rior- was what formed the bar-
rier between its interior, and
those inside, and the environ-
ment outside.
Closed-cell polyurethane


foam provided the best heat
insulation possible, the
Caribbean Greensafe presi-
dent added, in addition to pro-
viding walls with a more rigid
structure. By establishing
these "radiant barriers"
between a property's exteri-
or and interior, Mr Kemp said:
"If you can cut the heat out,
it's going to reflect directly in
your electricity bill."
Caribbean Greensafe's
showroom, based in the Cable
Beach shopping mall that used
to be the former City Markets
supermarket, has already been
open for four weeks to pro-
vide Bahamians "with infor-
mation on building materials
and design concepts where
you can save money".
While the dollar value of
savings its designs, materials
and constructions could deliv-
er depended on the nature of


Legal Notice

NOTICE

WALLBURG INC.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of WALLBURG INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE
MEIJI FIRST GROUP CORPORATION



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Compa-
nies Act 2000, the dissolution of MEIJI FIRST
GROUP CORPORATION has been completed;
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

LA SARRAZ S.A.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of LA SARRAZ S.A. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

ORCHID GROUP INC.
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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ORCHID GROUP INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


the project "and how green
you want to go", Mr Kemp
said it "was very feasible" that
the company could build a
comparable home in the same
price range as a non-energy
efficient home. The savings
would then accrue rapidly
over time from a lower energy
bill and footprint.
"A home built with energy
efficient methods is going to
appraise higher in five to 10
years because people want
those qualities in the home.
They will appraise at a higher
rate than previously-built
homes," Mr Kemp told Tri-
bune Business.
He added that Caribbean
Greensafe's Emerald Breeze
Villas development, located
in Sea Breeze off Joe Farring-
ton Road, would employ
design plans and practices "to
make it affordable to the buy-
er, not just upfront but on a
continual basis".
Initial price points for the
three-bed, two bath units
would start at around
$215,000, and Mr Kemp said:
"We plan to commence pre-
sales within the next month.


We're definitely going to be
at a price point that will be
very attractive to buyers look-
ing for a private residence.
They will be very affordable.
"If all goes according to
plan, and we get the pre-sales,
we will start looking at the
approvals on the permits, so it
[the construction start] won't
be any time before January."
Mr Kemp added that
Caribbean Greensafe was also
looking to supply turnkey
homes, offering potential
clients a "complete package",
including a variety of floor
plans, plus energy-efficient
plumbing, tiling and even wall
trims.
Prior to starting construc-
tion at Emerald Breezes Vil-
las, Mr Kemp told Tribune
Business that Caribbean
Greensafe planned to make
an impact on the market,
v. h. i h r it be a promotion
we put on where we showcase
what these products can do
and how much energy and
money you can save.
"The goal of Caribbean
Greensafe is that, yes, we are
situated in the Bahamas, but


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Legal Notice

NOTICE

OPULENS HOLDINGS INC.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of OPULENS HOLDINGS INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

ITR SERVICES LIMITED





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ITR SERVICES LIMITED has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

WHITE COLUMBINE INC.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of WHITE COLUMBINE INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


we ae looking to expand. We
want to provide Bahamians
and people looking to build
in the Bahamas with the infor-
mation, the contacts and the
products to improve their
designs. There are a lot of
designs and materials out
there, but they're not really
known......
"I think there's a growing
demand, and I think it will
continue to grow as people
explore themselves, especially
with the cost of energy
increasing. Bahamians are
very conscious of what is out
there, and I just want to give
them the information to make
it more affordable, more
healthy and more green.
"It will become the industry
standard. Florida revised its
Building Code this year to
make new homes 15 per cent
more efficient than homes
built in 2001. It's putting the
industry standard where you
have to become more energy
efficient."
A former Queen's College
(QC) and College of the
Bahamas (COB) graduate, Mr
Kemp worked in posts rang-
ing from senior construction
manager to development/pro-
ject manager during more
than two decades in the Flori-
da construction industry,
developing gated communi-
ties featuring several thousand
homes.
He told Tribune Business
that it was while working as
the former development man-
ager for the Delray Beach
regeneration project that he
became interested in con-
structing homes that were not
only affordable on the initial
purchase, but also for the
long-term.
Having long wanted to own
his own construction firm, Mr
Kemp said he decided to bring
the concepts he had learned
in the US back to the


Bahamas, having started work
on the Caribbean Greensafe
project with his late father.
"It is a challenge to start a
development company at this
time, but there is still an
opportunity. People see the
value that it's going to bring,
and there's going to be a lot
more people looking to go
green," Mr Kemp said.
"The interest so far has
been good. A lot of people
have not known we're here
but the demand is growing.
Architects have called, come
in and sent clients here.
They're very interested. Peo-
ple building houses want to
go green and see the advan-
tages accruing over time.
"It's been very encourag-
ing. Even in the downturn,
with how it is now, when the
market turns around I want
to be established and have
numerous projects up and
running."
Among the products being
offered by Caribbean Green-
safe are wall systems; different
types of roof insulation; resin
products that provide the
same exotic look at less cost
and no maintenance, and
avoid cutting down trees; var-
ious floor and fencing meth-
ods; retro-fitted energy sys-
tems; and, eventually, alter-
native energy forms such as
solar and wind.
Mr Kemp added that
Caribbean Greensafe could
also supply solar tubular lights
which, when fitted in ware-
houses and food stores, would
never cost the property own-
ers any money once the ini-
tial installation costs were
paid.
The company, Mr Kemp
said, also planned to export
its systems and products to
other Caribbean countries,
thereby earning a valuable
source of foreign exchange for
the Bahamas.


Legal Notice

NOTICE

NEW BRIDGEPORT CORP.

- J-



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of NEW BRIDGEPORT CORP. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

SOUTHAVEN HOLDINGS LTD.


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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of SOUTHAVEN HOLDINGS LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

IBADAN LIMITED





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of IBADAN LIMITED has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


IODSCUSS STOIS ON THIS PAG LO NTSW.RIUE4.O


BUSINESS I






THE TIBUN MONAY, EPTEMER 2, 209,IPGESS


Bank 'concern'




on BNP Paribas




departure move


FROM page 1B
Craig A. 'Tony' Gomez,
speaking to Tribune Business
about BNP Paribas's Friday
announcement of its decision
to exit the Bahamas, a move
set to impact about 40 staff
and a client book of business
likely to consist of several bil-
lion dollars, said: "This is a
concern.
"Clearly, European banks
are sensitive, and G-20 mem-
ber countries that have banks
headquartered here are sen-
sitive, to all that is going on.
This is a regrettable situation
for the Bahamas."
Mr Gomez said the
Bahamian international finan-
cial services industry was
hopeful that the Governmen-
t's stated goal of meeting the
G-20/OECD minimum of 12
Tax Information Exchange


Agreements (TIEAs) by
year-end would "be a plus"
for the jurisdiction's standing,
among both global head
offices and current/prospec-
tive clients, and that it would
"have no more departures".
"The Bahamas as a juris-
diction does not need any of
its banks, particularly is blue
chip banks, to leave this juris-
diction," Mr Gomez told Tri-
bune Business. While some
might be compelled to leave,
the BFSB chairman said he
knew of no other institutions,
such as BNP Paribas, who
faced a timeline by which any
decision to pull-out or not
might be taken, but urged
those that did to make their
concerns known so they could
be addressed.
Although Mr Gomez did
not specifically address it, Tri-


NOTICE is hereby given that BEORAH BELINDA SMITH-
DAVIS of #7 AZURE PLACE, P.O. BOX F-42636, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 21st day of
SEPTEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Legal Notice
NOTICE
SUNNY GALLOP INC.
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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of SUNNY GALLOP INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


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THE TRIBUNE






MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2009


The stories behind the news


Can any of us tPt that


justice


i be done ?


Preston Ferguson
on a dark, lonely
stretch of road on
Great Exuma
should serve as a dire warning to
everyone who lives in or visits this
country.
Nearly two months have passed
since his body was found under
bizarre and gruesome circumstances,
yet it is not how he met his end
which should cause alarm, but rather
what followed.
Violence and criminality exist
everywhere and no one can guaran-
tee they will never become a victim.
Yet we all expect that if a crime can-
not be prevented, the authorities will
do their utmost to ensure that justice
is served in the aftermath.
Preston's family certainly felt this
way until that fateful night in
August, but now say they can't imag-
ine putting faith in an officer of the
law ever again.
And what their perseverance has
exposed about the astonishing
incompetence which can take place
during a routine police investigation
should make us all pause and ask
ourselves what manner of country
is this in which we live.
The family has no doubt that Pre-
ston met his death at the hands of a
murderer and feel they have a good
idea who is responsible, but the
police have insisted - in the face of
seeming mounting evidence to the
contrary - that he died as a result
of a freak accident.
The police's version of events is
that Preston, driving alone, either
stuck his head out of the vehicle to
spit, or that he ended up slumped
out the window after falling asleep.
At the same time, the company truck
he was driving swerved several feet
to the left, just far enough and at
precisely the right moment to make
glancing contact with a utility pole
before turning back onto the road
and somehow coming to a stop.
The impact was only forceful
enough to create shallow scrape
marks along the door and shatter
the driver's side window, leaving the
rest of the vehicle unaffected. Unfor-
tunately for Preston, his head hap-
pened to be out the window at the
time, and therefore struck the pole
full-on, a blow which fractured his
skull and killed him.
Upon hearing this explanation,
my first reaction was that any self-
respecting officer would be embar-
rassed to admit supporting so far-
fetched a scenario, and that the
police must therefore have been
forced by the facts to adopt it.
On the contrary, the family say,
all the evidence points in a very dif-
ferent direction, and according to
them there is nothing to support the
police's official stance beyond the
highly questionable guesswork of
the first few officers on the scene.
Preston's relatives, already


FERGUSON FAMILY members (shown) hold a picture of Preston...


offended by the officers' careless-
ness, nonchalance and seeming lack
of professionalism, were shocked to
hear one of them speculating loudly
only moments after arriving that,
"Yeah man, yeah man, this suspi-
cious. Something' ain't right here",
only to change his mind and decide,
"No man, see, you know what I
think? I think he was putting his
head out the window to spit and hit
his head on the lamp post." A col-
league then volunteered, "Maybe
what happened is, he fell asleep and
hung his head out the window."
This, it seems, was the extent of
the police investigation, as their the-
ory has not evolved beyond this
point.
A retired New York City Police
Department detective who hap-
pened upon the story on tri-
bune242.com bune242.com> became enraged after
reading the official version of the
investigation, and decided to offer
his expertise on how to handle a
crime scene (see story on INSIGHT,
page 3).
He says responding officers must
be alert, observant, and display rig-
orous attention to detail. They must
document, photograph and retain
every possible piece of evidence, and
do their utmost to preserve the crime
scene from contamination. They
must also observe and question
everyone on the scene, as well as
anyone who might have the slightest
possible connection to the case. This
must all be done before any conclu-
sions can be drawn by senior offi-


cers overseeing the case.
Compare this to the performance
of the police in Preston's case. Pre-
ston's family say the officers failed to
question anyone on the scene aside
from a single relative, disregarding
even the two persons who first
reported the discovery of the body.
They did not secure the scene
around the truck - or even the truck
itself, which rather than being pre-
served for forensic testing, was
returned to Preston's employer the
very same day. Likewise, the body
was dispatched to the hospital with-
out being tested in any way, and
without so much as a police escort.
The clothes Preston was wearing
at the time were not tested for DNA
or other samples, nor confiscated by
the officers.
As far as the taking of detailed
photographs, they may well have
done this - before forgetting their
camera on the seat of the truck. The
photos which accompany this arti-
cle were provided by the family.
This wholesale failure to conform
with even basic crime scene protocol
as outlined by the NYPD detective
may begin to explain the startling
logical inconsistencies in the police's
accident theory.
For example, the police version
posits that the window was shattered
when the truck scraped along the
utility pole. This would obviously
require the window to be up at the
time. How would this have been pos-
sible if the theory also requires Pre-
ston to hang his head out of the win-
dow, either because he was sleep-


ing or in an attempt to spit? If the
window was down, how did the glass
shards jump from within the door
and scatter across the cabin of the
truck? Then again, why would he
have been driving with the window
down if he had the air-conditioning
on, as it was when the body was
found?
The spitting attempt theory is
doubly ridiculous, as it would mean
the wound in the middle of Preston's
forehead must have been incurred
when he drove his own face into a
pole while perfectly alert, in an
attempt to spit directly into the wind.
The sleep theory is not much bet-
ter, as it would entail the car veering
off the road at just the right moment
for Preston's head to strike the pole
- avoiding the long stretches of bush
on either side; a near miraculous feat
of timing and coincidence.
Supposing either version is true,
how is it that he managed to be
found sitting upright, facing forward
in the driver's seat after absorbing a
blow to the head violent enough to
crack his skull? The momentum
would surely have flung him to the
other side of the truck, or perhaps
left his head slumped out the win-
dow, but gently reclining against the
headrest? It would seem to defy the
laws of physics.
How, for that matter, did the
truck manage to find its way back
onto the road after Preston fractured
his skull, drive along for 20 or so
yards, and come to a stop?
And supposing that window did
by some miracle shatter while Pre-


THE pile of glass on the front seat of
Preston Ferguson's car. His body was
found sitting on the glass but none
was on his person...

ston had his head out of the car, how
is it that no glass came to be found
on his body, or anywhere on the dri-
ver's side other than on the seat
below his buttocks? How did a pile
of glass manage to get underneath
him in the first place?
Then there is the question of
blood. The police version fails to
explain how it is possible that blood
came to be splattered across the pas-
senger's side of the truck, even
reaching around to the far side of
the protuberant middle console and
the space between the seat and the
far door, but there is no trace of it to
be found on the driver's side, and
little on Preston himself. No blood
was found on the steering wheel, the
windshield, the seat, and none on
either the inside or outside of the
driver's side door.
While we are at it, we might as
well ask why no glass or blood was
found at the base of the utility pole,
all of it managing to collect at the
spot down the road where the car
eventually came to a stop.
The death certificate does not
rule out the police's accident theory,
but that is about the most definite
thing which can be said about it.
The document notes that he died
of a "head injury with fracture of
skull bone" and that this is "not
inconsistent with the history of death
due to a road traffic accident." The
language does not suggest the
pathologists came up with the traffic
accident theory, but rather that the
police supplied it, and the doctors
acknowledged that the wound did
not rule it out.
In other words, the autopsy found
that he was struck in the head, and
died, and acknowledges that during
traffic accidents, it is possible for
one to be struck in the head, and
die.
Not exactly an earth shattering
analysis, but then those conducting
the examination were probably only
presented with the body and a pos-
sible cause of death. I wonder what
they would have said had they seen
the evidence detailed above. The
family immediately contacted the
morgue to request a more detailed
examination, but there has been no
reply.

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and have always had a great
time there - the weather, the
food, and the people. However,
we are now hesitant to make
another trip if crimes like these
are allowed to go unchecked
and unpunished. In the US,
rookie officers see promotions
for cracking clear cut cases like
this. From all accounts in the
article and from what people
close to the island are saying,
this was NO traffic accident.
To say that is an insult to the
family and officials should be
embarrassed to co-sign such
foolishness. I will be forwarding
this article to as many of my
yachting buddies and fellow
travellers to make them aware
of how crimes are "handled"
in that community and to give
them an overall heads up. The
Bahamas has always been good
to us, but I don't want to wind
up the victim of murder and
have my family told that I fell
overboard (bound and gagged)
in an "accident" or some other
crap. Get it together officials!
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Kudos to The Tribune and
their staff for having the balls
to tackle a ground breaking
news story like this one. It has
now come to seeking JUSTICE
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bune presses Tommy Turn-
quest and Reginald Ferguson
for an update in this matter!
The eyes of the world are upon
us and the Emperor is as naked
as a newborn....I am ashamed
as a Bahamian! Here we are
with some of the best and
brightest minds, and the actions
of a few lazy police make us
out to be no more than a bunch
of backward fishing vil-
lagers....Thanks a lot Tom-
my/Reginald!
- Ava

SHAME!!!
When will the elected and
appointed officials get it? Peo-
ple will no longer simply take
their feeble reports as gospel
when they can think for them-
selves....and in most cases, solve
matters better than them any-
way!
Was this a case of not want-
ing to interrupt their boiled fish
breakfast with REAL Police
work? Reginald/Tommy -
make them get off their butts
and police....they are Police
Officers, right?!
- Mag Rolle

Keep on pushing
Wait a minute; the centre
for the blind and a group of
kindergarten students could
have done a better investiga-
tion into this crime and pro-
duced better results; going on
evidence alone and proper pro-
tocol. Keep pushing for justice.
- George Munroe

Horrified
As a winter resident and
someone who enjoys living in
Exuma, it was hard to hear
about this tragedy, and more
unnerving to actually read the
story in the newspaper; and my
God the pictures tell the entire
story. My only contact with the
police in Exuma occurred some
years ago when a local guy
removed an inflated tube/boat
from our docking area and Lt.
Cunningham dealt with the
incident; which ended amica-
bly. They were quick to
respond. If only my small voice
could appeal to the police to


bring such a resolution to this
terrible tragedy. Prayers for the
family from Boston.
- John and Rebecca

Spread the word
Flood your e-mail contacts
to get the proper attention to
this and any other matters
where criminal acts are seem-
ingly going unpunished. This is
ridiculous! I am a college stu-
dent in Raleigh, NC and will
surely be sending this link to
everyone I know ... Bahamian
and American. Good luck Fer-
guson Family in your fight for
justice!
- D Jones

The fire has been lit!
A fire has been lit in this
here Bahamas today and it is
unfortunate that it took the loss
of life and subsequent mishan-
dling of a case to bring it all to
the forefront. Bahamians, by
and large, are fed up with crime
and lawlessness....even more
so, we are fed up with the lack-
luster performance of the
RBPF and the Minister of
National Security. It is true that
you can't please all of the peo-
ple ALL of the time - but
how can this many Bahamians
be sick and tired of burying
loved ones prematurely at the
hands of murderers while they
strut around like they are invin-
cible?! Everyone in this praying
nation needs to let the govern-
ment know that we are sick
and tired of this mess. They
may choose to ignore our cries
now, but come next election,
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and clear when they come
around pandering for votes!
Wear every memorial t-shirt,
display every obituary, shed
every tear for those you lost
and speak with ONE VOICE!
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
- D Roberts

Preston Ferguson
I have just finished reading
the article concerning Preston
Ferguson's death. It appears
from his family's evidence and
from the articles submitted
from the readers that this was
not an accident! I live in Balti-
more, Maryland and I have
been visiting the Bahamas for
the past 25 years. I have had
the pleasure of meeting a few


of Preston's family members.
This is a sad situation. When I
come to the Bahamas I would
want to feel safe; how can I feel
safe believing that the
Bahamas police force did not
do the right thing by their own?
Preston didn't deserve to die
this way. If someone gave our
police officers some informa-
tion about a murder here in
Baltimore, Maryland, you bet
someone would have been
arrested by now! Our police
department asks daily for infor-
mation to be given to them and
a person can give that infor-
mation anonymously. They
don't always have to give their
names! Sloppy, Sloppy work
on behalf of the police force.
Step up and do your job. I
admire the Ferguson Family
for not giving up the fight to
prove that this was no accident.
The persons responsible should
be brought to justice and held
accountable for Preston's mur-
der. Thank you for letting me
voice my opinion about this
unfortunate incident.
- Doll

Follow UP Needed!
I trust that the reporters at
The Tribune (and surely the
reporter responsible for this
story) will be reviewing the
comments here to shed further
light on what appears to be a
clear case of mishandling and
mislabelling an actual crime.
When you guys meet with
Reginald Ferguson for the fol-
low up, ask him if he is aware
(as many Exumians already
seem to be) that certain people
seem to have more than a casu-
al involvement in the overall
matter. When will those people
be picked up? Why haven't
they even been questioned? I
am new to tribune242.com but
was drawn to this story and the
comments posted from near
and far ... Too much is going
on in this country behind the
scenes and under the cover of
darkness! How many more
must die before the powers that
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crime?
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Patrol officers should be held


accountable for income


By NATHANIEL
SANTINE III
Ret. New York
Police detective


THE cause, manner, and
mechanism of a death is
important to the family, as
well as to law enforcement
and the courts, often for dif-
ferent reasons, yet equally
important. The proper identi-
fication of an accidental death
vs a homicide will profoundly
affect a family and in some
cases, it has the potential to
affect an entire community.
But, it is often the first
responder's first impressions
and interpretation of the evi-
dence or information at a
scene which can direct the ini-
tial course of an investigation.
Successful investigations often
depend on the initial actions
taken by patrol officers
responding to any given scene.
The scene must be secured
and cause is never determined
or categorised at first sight,
but only after careful investi-
gations have been completed;
the responding officer's duties
in the preliminary investiga-
tion may simply be to arrive at
the scene, observe enough to
know that assistance from
investigators is required, and
protect the scene so that evi-
dence is not destroyed,
changed or removed.

What should
have been done?

Responding officers at any
crime scene should:
* Secure the scene
* Cordon off the area
* Take witness statements
* Document the scene (both
written and photographic)
* Collect evidence - bag
everything
* Where a body is found,
photograph the entire area;
measure and document posi-
tioning; photograph wounds
* Once the body has been
removed, take photographs of
the surrounding area
* Photograph shrubs, trees,
tyre marks; the vehicle or
room
* Photograph clothing
* Photograph any sight of
blood (pool, spatter, droplets,
smears, et cetera)
* When a body is found in a
vehicle, once the body is
removed, seal the vehicle and
transport it on plastic tarp on
a flatbed towing truck to pre-
serve evidence.
* Record in writing what-
ever is being said or done at
the scene; be observant
* Convey findings to supe-
rior officers
* Dispatch a team to inform


THE BLOOD covers the passenger seat of the car but none was found on the driver's side where


the body was found...

next of kin
Any item can and may con-
stitute physical evidence;
therefore, it is imperative that
nothing be touched or moved
at the scene before the arrival
of the investigators. Officers
handling the evidence must
document its location, appear-
ance, condition, and any other
feature that might affect the
investigation, ensuring that it
does not lose its evidentiary
value. Good basic crime scene
procedures are to be followed,
especially when the cause of
death is not abundantly clear.
The investigation starts at
the point where the body is
originally found. The prima-
ry crime scene is where most
of the evidence will be
retrieved. In scenes that
appear staged, there may be
two or more crime scenes in
addition to the location where
the body is found. They
include:
* Where the body was
moved from
* Where the actual assault
leading to death took place
* Where any physical or
trace evidence connected with
the crime is discovered
* The vehicle used to trans-
port the body to where it is
eventually found (tyre tracks,
oil leaks, should be pho-
tographed).
* A point of forced entry or
where the vehicle was cut off


by another vehicle
* The escape route
* Suspect clothing
The police are usually called
to this location by the person
who discovers the body, a wit-
ness to the crime, in isolated
cases the victim, or even a
potential suspect.

What was done wrong
in the Preston Ferguson
case from an
investigators viewpoint?

The article claims that all
DNA evidence, including
clothing and hair samples,
were missing; this should nev-
er happen. Barring a collision
between two or more vehicles
- an obvious accident - the
evidence should remain intact
and available.






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The vehicle should have
been sealed and impounded
for the forensic team to comb
for any evidence. Obviously,
this was not done and the
authorities need to explain
why.
Proper procedures should
have been taken to determine
the number of prints found in
the vehicle, and to isolate
those which should not have
been in the vehicle.
The blood evidence is actu-
ally what is going to win this
case. It is obvious that the
blood on the floor of the vehi-


cle was not from a victim of
an accident, but instead is con-
clusive with a person bleed-
ing and being laid or slumped
on that portion of the vehicle.
The velocity of the blood also
created a pattern that trickled
onto the driver's side. The car-
pet of the floor after being
sampled should have been
removed to reveal the settling
pattern of the blood on the
metal floor and gear shift.
The glass evidence cannot
be explained away; it is impos-
sible by the law of physics for
a traffic accident to occur,
smashing a side glass and find-
ing broken glass under the vic-
tim, who was said to be sitting
on top of the glass and not
having any on his person,
including fragments in his
wound.
If a collision is violent
enough to cause a fatal injury,
the wound must be explained.
This has not been done. Fur-
thermore, the body would not
be found in an upright posi-
tion, but instead would be
found thrown from the vehicle
or tossed within the cab of the
vehicle.
The positioning of the dent
on the driver's door seems to
be the result of the vehicle
being struck from the side. It is
impossible for an accident to
occur on the side, unless the
vehicle was hit by an oncom-
ing force from the side of
impact.
There was more than
enough evidence from the
photos alone to suggest that
an in-depth investigation
should have been ordered fol-
lowing the preliminary scene
investigation. It is obvious that
proper protocol was not fol-
lowed in investigating this
matter. It appears as if the
responding officers, in their
haste to categorise a traffic


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accident, missed or ignored
some key steps.
Incompetence played a role
in what looks like a botched
investigation. This is not a pet-
ty crime where the conse-
quences are minimal; this
crime resulted in a death and
beyond the failure to capture
of the perpetrators, the inves-
tigators failed to secure evi-
dence to protect the rights of
the victim.
This is a level of incompe-
tence as it relates to inefficient
police investigations should
not go unrecognised or unpun-
ished; the responsible officers
and their superiors should be
held accountable. Obviously
a patrol officer cannot close
an investigation, it goes
beyond that officer.
The justice system of a
country, if proven to be out
of sync or imbalanced enough
to allow this kind of action to
go unchecked, will only serve
to erode the moral fiber of a
community. Indeed, it will
spread to affect an entire
nation and destroy the rule of
law established to cultivate a
standard for all citizens, resi-
dents and visitors to be law
abiding, and when they know-
ing and willingly fail to con-
form, be made aware of the
relevant punishment.
Clearly, the perpetrators of
such crimes are comfortable
in their actions and are confi-
dent that law enforcement
agencies/officers are not
equipped or knowledgeable
enough to detect their actions.
If this is allowed to go
unchecked, it leaves an open
door for hurting families to
refuse the help of crisis advo-
cates and resort to vigilantism
as their means of seeing justice
carried out. This will erode a
society like the plague. This
is a serious matter.


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FROM page 1C


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00560

Whereas CASTELLA MERCIANA BOWLEG, of No. 14 Richard's
Court, Oakes Field, in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
letters of administration of the Real and Personal Estate of EARLE
A BOWLEG late of No. 14 Richard's Court, Oakesfield, in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00562

Whereas KYLE ALBURY, of the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
ARLENE MARGARET ALBURY late of Trinity Way, Stapledon
Gardens in the Western District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar





COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00563

Whereas EMMA BRAYNEN (nee) FERGUSON, of Seven Hills
in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of MICHAEL MITCHELL, late of St Barts Road,
Golden Gates No. 2 in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

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

NICOYA NEILLY
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
1ST OCTOBER, 2009

No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00564

Whereas NEVILLE B. WILCHOMBE II, of Chancery House, The
Mall, in the City of Freeport in the Island of Grand Bahama, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
with the Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of ZBIGNIEW
EMILIAN MAZUREK late of 437 Golden Isles Drive in the City
of Hallandale, in the State of Florida, one of the States of the United
States of America, deceased.

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

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


Compared with the police
version, the family's answer
to the puzzle is startlingly sim-
ple: "When he got home, peo-
ple were waiting for him, they
accosted him and killed him,
and drove that truck out
there, then brushed it against
the lamp pole and smashed
the window to make it look
like it was an accident."
They believe Preston was
struck in the head with a blunt
object while sitting on the pas-
senger's side, or that his
already lifeless body was
transported to the scene in
the passenger's seat.
After purposely grazing
the truck against the pole and
smashing the window, the cul-
prits moved Preston's body
to the driver's side, to make it
seem as if he was driving
alone.
This theory fits neatly with
all the available evidence -
the glass beneath body on the
driver's seat, the pools of
blood on the passenger's side,
the vehicle having been found
stopped. What is more, the
family claim they know of
someone who would have had
both motive and opportunity
that night.
The victim and his cousin,
Merv Johnson who was visit-
ing from Nassau, went to
Rolleville that evening for a
night on the town.
The men took Mr John-
son's rented car, as Preston
rarely used his company vehi-
cle (the truck his body was
later found in) after work
hours. It was left parked in
front of his house.
After being out for a few
hours, Preston ran into a
woman who the family
believes he may have been
having an affair with, and told
his cousin that she would take
him home.
Driving past the front of
Preston's house some time
later, Mr Johnson noticed the
work truck was gone, a fact


that he found unusual.
The next morning, the
woman whom Preston went
home with and her husband
announced that Preston had
been found dead in his truck.
His relatives believe any
sound investigation of the
case must begin with the
questioning of these two per-
sons, as they may be able to
shed a great deal of light on
the matter. Two months on,
this has yet to be done, they
say.
The family are not alone
in their rejection of the
police's version of events. The
first story about the case to
appear on tribune242.com

attracted a flood of angry
comments from concerned
Bahamians, residents, tourists
and foreign law enforcement
officers. Before last week, the
highest number of comments
in response to any one arti-
cle on the two-month-old
website was 37. The story of
Preston Ferguson has attract-
ed 115 and counting. The day
it was published, the site
boasted a record 76,000 hits.
At this stage, no one can
say with complete certainty
that the family's version is
accurate, or whether the per-
son they suspect is guilty in
any way - simply because a
proper investigation has yet
to be conducted. At the same
time, a great many people
believe the family's theory to
be far more plausible than the
official one and consider the
police investigation to be
almost criminally negligent.
Personally, I would wager
there is more probability of
being struck by lightning
twice on successive days at
the very instant of winning
the lottery - both times - than
dying in the way the police
claim Preston Ferguson did.
The authorities, however,
seem to be sticking to their
guns. They claim the investi-


gation is ongoing, but rather
than trying to recover evi-
dence which has slipped
through their fingers - for
example the blood-spattered
truck - they have instead
promised the family a re-
enactment of the "accident"
conducted by "experts",
which they presumably hope
will demonstrate their theo-
ry to be correct.
I, for one, would love to
be present for this. The spe-
cial effects needed to repro-
duce the spitting-out-of-a-
closed-window trick alone
would make the trip to Exu-
ma worth the trouble.
The relatives of Preston
Ferguson are no doubt
becoming something of a nui-
sance to the Police Force and
the Ministry of National Secu-
rity. But I have a feeling they
will not let up until certain
questions are answered to
their satisfaction. We in the
press know that what they are
going through has been
endured in silence by count-
less others in this country -
but to paraphrase one com-
mentator, it seems they
messed with the wrong family
this time.
At the end of the day,
those who love and miss this
young man are not seeking
special treatment, but rather
something which is supposed
to be basic: that those man-
dated and paid to defend the
interests of justice - from
Minister of National Securi-
ty Tommy Turnquest down
to the lowliest rookie consta-
ble - to do their job to the
best of their ability.
Another commentator sug-
gested that perhaps the case
has been so mishandled that it
is time for the prime minister
to step in. The Tribune under-
stands Mr Ingraham has been
made aware of the facts of the
case, and we will be seeking
comment from his office in
the coming days.


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Readers have their say...


Re: The Abacos

Megan,
Read with interest your article in
"Insight" on The Abacos (Insight,
Sept. 21, 2009). I thoroughly enjoyed
the article and would wish Govern-
ment would hold a Town Meeting
on development in The Abacos.
I should firstly explain that I wear
two hats - I am a co-owner of IBD-
Reiss the largest Bahamian owned
Civil and Environmental Consul-
tancy in the country - my second
role is that I am vice president of
Lindroth Development Company
on the Schooner Bay project with
responsibilities for engineering and
environment.
In talking with a number of real-
tors they echo what you had in the
your article - they do not need more


insight
FEEDBACK


sales inventory - some say there is
enough for the next 15 years! Then
why is Government giving consid-
eration to the Valencia proposal with
hotels and golf courses on the border
of a National Park and home to the
now endemic Abaco Parrot already
threatened by feral cats.
I personally feel that South Aba-
co should be preserved for Eco
Tours that would also allow consid-
eration for land banking the south-
ern pine forests for carbon seques-
tering, something for Government
to consider for Grand Bahama as


well. The thought of it let the forests
stand idle and make money on the
carbon credit - maybe too easy!
Abaco is almost recession proof -
the addition of farming on previ-
ously human disturbed areas to
engage a number of the illegal aliens
and unemployed sounds great but
to introduce the mega projects
sounds like disaster other than
Atlantis what else large scale has
survived?
I am a great proponent of eco-
lodges - the birders would come and
this would also put the small lodges
within the reaches of a lot more
Bahamians.
Thanks for the article - I hope
that this and future articles will lend
to discussion of this very important
topic.
- Keith A. Bishop


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,2009 I-




INSIGHT

The stories behind the news

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FROM page 2C

have been following this story on a
daily basis. Thanks to The Tribune
for this opportunity to openly express
yourself. If this family has name, rank,
and serial numbers on these alleged
murderers, what are they waiting for?
Please, I am pleading to the Prime
Minister to get proper seasoned offi-
cers to investigate this. Not anyone
who has family in Exuma because it
will get swept under the carpet. Fam-
ily, you are brave and I encourage you
to keep up the good fight. Even
though it won't bring your baby broth-
er back, I want to see whoever has
done this walking across Bank Lane. I
don't know you all, but I love you and
feel your pain. KEEP FIGHTING!!
- Joel

Murder or accident???
I have read the story and all of the
comments surrounding Preston Fer-
guson's death. I live in Baltimore,
Maryland and even though I had nev-
er met Preston, I knew one of his sis-
ters - Diane Ferguson and two of his
brothers - Lynn (Maxwell) Fergu-
son and Freddie Ferguson. As all of
the comments from the readers have
indicated, no one deserves to die like
this young man or anyone for that
matter. It appears as though the police
department have not done a good job
of gathering all of the facts surround-
ing this case. My first question is how


was it that the female friend (who
allegedly was the last one to see him
alive) and her husband show up at the
family residence to deliver some bad
news? Here in the states, if someone
has some information surrounding a
death which appears suspicious, those
individuals would have been ques-
tioned.
By now, someone would have been
charged with this murder! and, yes, I
said murder! This was no accident!
Hopefully this comment and all of the
comments written so far will be
enough to bring these individuals to
justice. Thank you for letting me voice
my opinion.
- Anne Williams

Why the Delay?
When will the prime suspects be
detained for interrogation? Seems
pretty open and shut to me....and
apparently anyone who either lives in
Exuma or is close to the case - except
the backward police!
- A Moss

SAD....
Anyone who has ever lost a loved
one and had the police drag their feet
or issue some lame excuse of a police
report needs to unite and call for more
accountability! From the Minister to
the Commissioner to the rank and file
officers...they are all public servants! I
think they forget this...and as you are
appointed, you can also be removed
from office. Shame, shame, shame in


Bahamaland!
- Mary Higgins

The Fergusons in forest
I don't know Preston's parents or
older siblings but Preston and I went
to school together. He could not have
done something to be killed. He
always had a smile and was willing to
give you his last. We know who killed
Preston and knowing his family and
how good they are to people, my
grandmother says that Lord will repay
them 100 fold. Please lock up those
who killed him.
- Rachel

Mishandled or covered up? It hap-
pens often enough here. With crime in
this country if not mishandled or
(more correctly) covered up the police
will adopt either a dopey or severe
look then give the lame assurance that
they'll get the guy that did it...and they
never do. I no longer trust the police
to do their jobs and look forward to
the day when that trust can be
restored.
P Lucia E. Broughton

People in Exuma are not going to
rest until these murderers are brought
to justice. This was a decent young
man from a decent family here in Exu-
ma. And I know that his family will
not stop until justice is served. We are
praying for you all, especially his sis-
ters who I went to school with.
Pamela


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