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Volume: 105 No.257


Maynard-Gibson says she

approved secret recording

of phone conversations

with Opposition colleague

Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP SENATOR Allyson Maynard-Gibson testified yester-
day that she consented to police tapping her office telephone to
record any conversation she had with former Senator Pleasant


Mrs Maynard-Gibson, managing partner in
the law firm Gibson and Co, Shirley Street,
which represents Hollywood celebrity John
Travolta, 55, said yesterday that she went to
Freeport, Grand Bahama on January 14 to
speak with Bridgewater.
According to Mrs Maynard-Gibson during a
meeting in Bridgewater's law office, Bridge-
water told her that her client Tarino Light-
bourne was the first to arrive on the scene at
Old Bahama Bay on January 2 and was in
possession of the original document signed
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Murder trial jurors see blood-stained stone

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - A huge blood-stained stone,
found resting on the head of murdered police
officer Eddison Bain, was wheeled into the
Supreme Court on a trolley Tuesday as the
lead police investigator testified.
Jurors in the murder trial of Edwin Bauld Jr

and Wilfred McPhee Jr looked on in shock as
two police officers from the Scenes of Crime
Section brought the stone about 3ft x 3ft into
the courtroom.
Gasps could be heard as the heavy stone
made a loud thud as it was put on the court-
room floor. The mother of Corporal Bain wept
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Bahamas probe
into Cambridge
PLP treasurer
Sidney Cam-
tured) is now
under investi-
gation by Bahamian
authorities in connection
with the money laundering
allegations made against
him in the United States,
The Tribune has learned.
It has been suggested
that a subsidiary of Callen-
ders & Co, Mr Cam-
bridge's former law firm,
SEE page seven

Three missing
boaters found
THREE boaters
believed to be missing at
sea in the Bahamas were
found safe and well near
Abaco yesterday.
The United States Coast
Guard had been searching
for the missing men who
were on board the overdue
Flying Pig. And the
Bahamas Air and Sea Res-
cue Association (BASRA)
SEE page seven

McNeil application
hearing adjourned
A HEARING for an
application on behalf of
murder accused Troyniko
McNeil has been adjourned
for a date to be fixed, his
attorney Murrio Ducille
said yesterday.
Senior Justice Anita
Allen had set November 4
as the "tentative" date for
the start of the retrial of
Troyniko McNeil who is
accused of murdering
SEE page nine

PLP convention
schedule cut
THE Progressive Liberal
Party has cut its convention
schedule by two days due
to the current economic
conditions, The Tribune
The dates for the highly-
anticipated conference
were reduced from five
days to three, with the
meeting now being held on
October 21 to 23.
According to a party
SEE page nine





'Fix our ailing

justice system'

FAMILY AND FRIENDS of Brenton Hector Smith hold up pictures of
their loved one.




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MURIEL RAHMING, the mother of Mario Rahming, shows the Minister of
National Security the name of her son on the wall.

Tribune Staff Reporter
FAMILIES of murder vic-
tims are expected to demon-
strate outside of parliament this
morning to urge law makers to
fix the ailing justice system.
The group will be led by the
bereaved family of slain teenag-
er Brenton Smith, who are also
pushing for a speedy Coroner's
Inquest into the boy's death.
The protesters also want speed-
ier criminal trials and more
thorough police investigations
into homicide cases.
Relatives of Preston Fergu-
son - who believe he was mur-
dered and blame police for mis-
handling the investigation into
his death - will also be present
at today's demonstration.
Brenton's father Hector
Smith told The Tribune yester-
day: "Every month we plan to
keep Brenton in the forefront of
people's minds because some-
one needs to answer (for his
"So we decided to stand out-
side parliament and make our

"Every month we
plan to keep Brenton
in the forefront of
people's minds
because someone
needs to answer (for
his death)."

Hector Smith
It is believed that Brenton,
18, was shot by a police officer
shortly before 8pm on July 9 as
he and a friend walked through
a popular short-cut in the Kemp
Road area used by many to get
to the nearby foodstore on Vil-
lage Road. He died at the scene.
Moments before, police had
been chasing suspected armed
robbers who held up a cashier at
the supermarket.
Police have said that they do
not suspect that Brenton was in
the store at the time of the rob-
bery, while the family maintain
he was an innocent pedestrian
caught in the wrong place at the
wrong time.
A few weeks after his death,
the police released a statement
admitting that the teenager was

shot by a police-issued service
weapon. What happens next
will be determined by the out-
come of a coroner's inquiry,
however, a date for an inquest
has not yet been set.
Mr Smith said until then his
family, a close-knit clan that has
been torn apart with grief since
the boy was shot, cannot remain
silent. "Brenton really is our
catalyst - he has inspired us. We
know he is all well with the
Lord, but there are so many
things that need to happen in
our country. Instead of taking
$10 million to fix the roads, let's
take $10 million and fix the jus-
tice system," said Mr Smith, ref-
erencing the government's
recent spending on the national
road improvement project.
The Smith family plans to set
up a foundation in Brenton's
name to help troubled young
men to have a better future.
The family also wants to part-
ner with anyone who has lost a
loved one in a homicide. They
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Hotel union members go to polls

Tribune Staff Reporter
Many members of the 5,000
plus strong Bahamas Hotel
Catering and Allied Workers
Union who cast their vote for
a new executive team yester-
day said they hope the new
president will spend "less time
in court" and more time look-
ing after the membership.
Up to press time yesterday
it was not known which team
of would-be union executives
won yesterday's vote,
although all of the voters this
newspaper spoke with happi-
ly declared their support for
Nicole Martin's "A-Team" as
they waited in line to cast
their ballots.
Four teams were vying for
top positions in the country's
biggest union: the "A-Team"
led by Ms Martin, who were
victorious in the May 28, 2009
election but later ejected after
the results were declared null
and void based on irregulari-
ties in the nomination process;
"Team Deliverance" headed
by former first vice President
Kirk Wilson, whose court
action resulted in the ousting
of Ms Wilson; "Team
Redemption", led by Sidney
Rolle; and Tyrone Butler's
Incumbent President Roy
Colebrooke and Secretary
General Leo Douglas, who
temporarily regained the reins

WITH the possibility of gov-
ernment debt rising well beyond
50 per cent of the country's
GDP before the global eco-
nomic crisis ends, Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham told the
Conference of Americas yes-
terday that the Bahamas is com-
mitted to retreating with "all
deliberate haste" from high
debt as soon as the economy
begins to grow again.
Mr Ingraham said the
Bahamas will also move swiftly
to create "even more headroom
to see us through the next
inevitable downturn on the
assumption that no miracle eco-
nomic model will emerge to rel-
egate economic cycles to the
dustbin of history."
Addressing the annual con-
ference, held this year under the

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Plea for new president to spend more time looking after membership

of the union on July 31 after
Ms Martin's team were forced
to step down following a court
order by Justice Jon Isaacs,
declined to offer again for
leadership, likely given the
fact that they only received
270 votes in the May election.
The major traffic, rowdi-
ness and overcrowding prob-
lems that characterized the
May election were not repli-
cated as members of the
5,000-plus strong union were
spread between various loca-
tions: BHCAWU Headquar-
ters at Worker's House on
Harrold Road, Bahamas
Communication and Public
Officers Union (BCPOU)

Hall on Farrington Road and
the National Centre for Per-
forming Arts on Shirley

Polling stations were due
to close at 6pm yesterday,
with preliminary results
expected by around 9 or
10pm and a definitive out-
come by the early hours of
this morning.
Sandra, a 39-year-old food
and beverage worker at the
Sheraton Nassau Beach
Resort, said she would be vot-
ing for Ms Martin "because

Ingraham talks
to the Reuters
. news agency
about tax

theme "After the crisis: emerg-
ing challenges and political sta-
bility" in Coral Gables, Flori-
da, the prime minister said the
Bahamas' economic growth
went into negative territory in
2008, and there it remains.
Unemployment is again on
the rise and is now estimated to
be higher than 14 per cent.
"In the face of growing
unemployment, decelerating
private sector credit and falling
foreign direct investment, poli-
cy-makers in an extremely open
small economy have relatively
little room for manoeuvre.
"Fortunately for us, the fis-
cal discipline that we earlier
established as our principal
macro-economic strategy

afforded some small headroom
and we availed ourselves of it,"
he said.
Mr Ingraham said the gov-
ernment was able to ease the
economic hardship on the most
vulnerable while maintaining
the public sector's level of
employment and recurrent
"And we did this without
adding to the tax burden of the
private sector which was itself a
victim of the economic weak-
ness," he said.
Looking forward, the prime
minister said countries must
clearly learn from the lessons
of the present crisis.
"These lessons indicate the
following: We must make an

you've got to give a woman a
"There are a lot of single
mums in the union and she
can relate to us better," she
Stephen Douglas, a house-
keeping worker at the Wynd-
ham hotel, was equally enthu-
siastic in his support for Ms
"I feel right now we need a
change and Nicole is the
change. I voted before for her
and I'm voting again. Her
whole outlook is different.
She's for the people, the
underdog, everybody. I like
that," he told The Tribune.
Christopher Lamm, a Sher-
aton employee, said the team
he voted for in the May elec-
tion are not running this time,
and consequently he too
intended to vote for Ms Mar-
"I'm on vacation but I just
came down to do the right
thing. I'm voting for the A-
team. I want the union to stop
all this fighting and court
appearances - they've been
spending too much time in
court," he said.
Meanwhile, Phillip Rolle, a
landscaping employee at the
Lyford Cay Club, would not
reveal who he was voting for
but said he feels strongly that
the union has not been act-

honest assessment of the risks
posed to our global economic
and financial systems and avoid
placing blame where it is not
due; we must have a better
means of assessing and respond-
ing to systemic risk in the glob-
al financial architecture and one
that demonstrates equity in call-
ing all economies, those of the
developed and developing
world, into account.
"We must promote greater
equity in the international
development process so as to
make the prospects for sus-
tained growth of the world
economy more enduring and
wide-spread, and we must better
co-ordinate global resources in
order to maximise use. This is
especially true with respect to
those resources channelled by
the multilateral lending and aid
agencies," he said.








ing "in the best interest of the
"I would like to see the new
union team get together and
fight for the hotel people
rather than fighting with each
other," he said.
For more than two years,
the union has been rocked by
serious infighting and disputes
over funds - culminating

recently in calls for legal
action over the disbursement
of almost $700,000 allegedly
authorised by certain union
executives in August against
the wishes of others.
Incumbent union President
Mr Colebrooke said yester-
day that "bringing stability"
back to the organisation and
building the membership's
confidence in its representa-
tion should be a "very impor-
tant" focus for whichever
team is elected.


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Peering at the future

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A whoop went
up in the classroom and the teenagers
became giddy when they realized that the
man and woman being escorted to the front
of the room were Bill and Melinda Gates.
"Ohmigod!" shrieked one girl, her eyes
and mouth wide with astonishment.
"Are you the real Bill Gates?" asked
The Gateses were in the Algebra 1 class at
West Charlotte High School (a venerable,
mostly black institution that over the decades
has reached academic highs and touched
ignominious lows) to learn, not teach. They
have been travelling the country trying to see
for themselves what really works and what
has gone haywire in public education in the
United States.
Visiting classrooms is like peering into
the nation's future. Right now the view is
somewhat frightening. American youth drop
out of high school at an average of one every
26 seconds. Only about a third of those who
graduate are prepared to move on to a four-
year college. And in the savage economic
downturn that has gripped the United States
for the better part of the past two years,
retrenchment in public schools and colleges
is widespread.
For a country that once led the world in
educating its citizens, we are now moving
decidedly in the wrong direction. As Bill
Gates points out: "Our performance at every
level - primary and secondary school
achievement, high school graduation, col-
lege entry, college completion - is drop-
ping against the rest of the world."
This has consequences. As Melinda Gates
notes: "America's long history of upward
mobility is in danger."
The Gateses are co-chairs of the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's
largest philanthropic organisation. They are
investing billions of dollars and much of
their considerable energy in an effort to
spark not just change but a transformation in
the way American youngsters are educat-
It's an overwhelming challenge, and not all
of their early efforts have borne fruit. Edu-
cating children in the U.S. means engaging
issues like poverty and homelessness, racial
and ethnic transformations and entrenched,
outdated ways of doing things. But the Gate-
ses seem determined to master this issue
and do what they can to help reverse the
current dismal trends.
As they met over two days with students,
teachers, administrators and community col-
lege executives in Charlotte and Raleigh-
Durham, the intensity of their focus and
concentration was striking.

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"You can read about all of this stuff," Bill
Gates told me, "but it's important to come
out and see it, to spend time talking with
the people involved, and to visit the bad
schools as well as the good schools if you
really want to understand and make a dif-
The issues can be maddeningly complex.
There are school districts in which much of
the population is aging and predominantly
white and the taxpayers are less than enthu-
siastic about supporting a school population
that is largely poor and black or Hispanic.
There are schools trying desperately to raise
their test scores, an important measure of
accountability, while at the same time trying
to keep poor and struggling youngsters from
dropping out - the very youngsters who
are often a drag on overall test scores.
But the many challenges will have to be
met and overcome if the United States is to
maintain a successful society. The Ameri-
can work force is becoming increasingly
black and Hispanic, and a two-year or four-
year college credential has become a pre-
requisite to a middle-class standard of living.
With that in mind, it's not difficult to see
how disastrous it is to have nearly 50 per
cent of minority kids dropping out of school
before they even get a high school diploma.
"It is so important," said Melinda Gates,
"to get all of the children educated."
The Gateses are committed, but they need
so many more to follow their lead.
I'm not sure how or why so many Amer-
icans over the past few decades took their
eyes off the critical importance of educa-
tion as the pathway to personal and soci-
etal success. In their book, "The Race
Between Education and Technology," the
Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and
Lawrence F. Katz pointed out that educa-
tional attainment in the U.S. "was excep-
tionally rapid and continuous for the first
three-quarters of the 20th century." And
then, foolishly, we applied the brakes and
advancement "slowed considerably for
young adults beginning in the 1970s and for
the overall labour force by the early 1980s."
If you don't think we're paying a price
for this, just look around.
A student in the Algebra I class at West
Charlotte High summed up the matter
cogently when she said to the Gateses, in a
voice that was not the least amused: "People
seem to think it's cool to be stupid. But it's

Bahamians take note.

(This article was written by Bob Herbert -
c.2009 New York Times News Service).

Why are we


'our' ancient

casuarina trees?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I think it is safe to say that no
one alive today can remember
when the majestic casuarina
trees along Saunders Beach and
West Bay Street were planted.
These trees may not be indige-
nous to the Bahamas but they
have been there longer than all
of us. Does this not, of itself,
give them the right to remain?
I come to the defense of the
casuarina of West Bay Street
as an artist. I appreciate their
beauty and the height they add
to our landscapes and
seascapes. They have been the
subject and the background of
many of my paintings of Saun-
ders Beach and West Bay
Street. Imagine, for a moment,
that there were no casuarina
trees along our shoreline - not
a pretty picture since most of
our "indigenous" trees seldom
grow very tall. Furthermore at
this point in our history can we
really tell which trees are really
"indigenous" to the Bahamas?
What difference does it really
make since they all contribute
to our bio-diversity.
I have fond memories of
painting along Saunders Beach
and enjoying not only the shade
of these great trees but also
their melody as gentle breezes
whistled through their pine nee-
dles. Nevertheless, some
authorities claim that these 100-
plus-year-old trees are invasive.
Pray tell, what harm are they
really doing to our environ-
ment? It is so easy to destroy
these giants but what can we
replace them with? Might I
remind you that we have lost
many magnificent specimens of
the silk cotton trees in Nassau
and Grants Town because we
were insensitive to their histor-
ical, cultural and aesthetic val-
Trees are so significant to
human environment that even
the bible makes reference to
"the Big trees of Mamre" in
Abraham's time (Genesis
13:18) and the "Cedars of
Lebanon" (Isaiah 2:13).
Rather than trying to eradi-
cate the casuarina trees, would
it not be more constructive to
see how they can be utilised?
Casuarina hard wood is excel-
lent for construction and furni-
ture making. Island school in
Cape Eleuthera has some beau-
tiful examples of this. Roddy
Pinder of Spanish Wells has
made many fine ornamental
works with casuarina wood.
Why was the destruction of
our public heritage allowed?
Was there much debate of this
matter? These trees belong to
all of us.
I now live in Eleuthera
where I heard some mention
of it recently on the "Crissy

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Love Show." I was eager to see
for myself what all the "com-
bruction" was about. When I
visited Nassau last week, high
on my list of things to do was to
find out what had happened. I
couldn't believe my eyes. I was
shocked to see the western end
of Saunders Beach! It was as if
a hurricane had ravaged the
area. Then I noticed numbers
on the remaining casuarinas on
the eastern end...I hope after
seeing the folly and the disaster
to the west a moratorium was
placed on any further chopping
by our "Bahamian out-of-con-
trol buzz saw."
In the USA and many other
countries of the world, trees are
so valued that you need a spe-
cial permit to cut down a tree in
your own yard, much less ones
in public spaces.
Even if an argument could
be made that the casuarina
species is invasive, would it not
be the course of wisdom to con-
trol the ones that are "out of
place" and let remain the giants
that have for so long, made
such a valuable contribution to
our landscape? Remember
once destroyed they can never
be replaced,
Furthermore, it is costing a
great deal of money to cut
down and truck away the tons
of debris. Surely we can find
more creative ways to boost
It is of note that the casuari-
na are used extensively as
hedges along Current Road in
Eleuthera, where I live. I have a
beautiful casuarina hedge along
my driveway and two large
ones that provide welcome
shade during afternoon gather-

The Chinese know wi

ings, In 20 years I have not seen
the needles damage any of my
plants that grow under them
such as pomegranate, passion
fruit, adeanas just to mention
a few. As a matter of fact, I
would have lost much of my
soil to erosion during the many
hurricanes that have hit
Eleuthera since "Andrew" in
1992 were it not for the root
structure of my faithful casuar-
Rather than focus on any
negative feature of our casuar-
inas let us consider some of
their positive attributes.
1) Most beaches in the
Bahamas would be devoid of
shade without the sprawling
umbrella of the casuarina's
2) The artistic beauty and
the perspective in our land-
scapes would be lessened with-
out the casuarinas.
3) We want to enhance the
beauty of our tourism product
not mutilate it.
4) These fast growing trees
have many advantages - just
google "casuarinas" on the
internet and you will be
As a Bahamian artist I
appeal to whoever is the
authority behind the chain
saw....stop! Examine what has
been destroyed so far. Has any-
thing worthwhile been accom-
plished? It is so easy to destroy.
I am saddened by the wanton
destruction of those stately
ancient casuarinas along Saun-
ders Beach and West Bay
Street. Let us as Bahamians
preserve what is beautiful in
our country not just for our-
selves and our visitors but for
future generations as well.

September 25, 2009.

e are easily bought

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re: So how does China benefit from its relationship with
Bahamas. - Tribune September 23, 2009
The writer reminds us that "there's no such thing as a free
lunch." However, what China hopes to gain from The Bahamas
in return for all the love and friendship being lavished upon us,
is that we will stand by China geopolitically (eg at the UN and
other world fora) in years to come. The Chinese, like our
Cuban friends, are well aware that we are easily bought.

September 24, 2009.




'Sex abuse victims need more protection'

Appeal for end to

marital rape debate

Tribune Staff Reporter
TO MARK the third annual Day to End
Sexual Violence, advocates gathered to
take a stand against rape, sexual abuse and
violence, and to call for an end to the mar-
ital rape law debate still raging in the com-
Representatives of the Crisis Centre and
other advocates and supporters of the
movement stood in solidarity at a press
conference held in the Eastern Cemetery,
Dowdeswell Street, to demand greater pro-
tection for all victims of sexual abuse
throughout the Bahamas and the
Caribbean. This year, the event highlighted
the hot-button issue of marital rape and
Terry Miller, executive director of the
Bahamas Association for Social Health
(BASH), implored all Bahamians to con-
demn sexual violence in all its forms by
showing support for the amendment to the
Sexual Offences Act proposed by Minister
of Labour and Social Development Loret-
ta Butler-Turner in July.
The Bahamas Christian Council has
opposed the amendment - which would
make it illegal for a husband to rape his
wife - while the Roman Catholic church
expressed support of it.
Mr Miller said it is time for those on
both sides of the argument to bring delib-
erations to an end.
Just as Crisis Centre director Sandra
Dean-Patterson has agreed to look at
increasing penalties for false rape allega-
tions to protect men, those opposing the
law must recognize the need to condemn

sexual violence against all women, Mr
Miller said.
"Every individual, whether they are in a
marriage or not, has the right to say no,
and a man never has the right to physical-
ly violate his wife.
"I don't think we should spend another
month arguing on this issue; this is a non-
issue and we need to move on.
"As males we have no right to force our-
selves upon a lady, married or not," he
said. His sentiments were echoed by King-
dom Women in Business founding member
Charlene Paul, who emphasised the con-
nection between violence against women
and children and the degeneration of soci-
ety. She said: "If we have a large proportion
of our women being abused as victims of
sexual violence, how do we expect these
individuals to lead normal lives and rear
children in a confident way?
"A society that does not protect, pro-
vide, nurture and care for its women and
children is a breeding ground for a future
generation that is dysfunctional."

Their views were supported by Erica
Morris of The Bahamas Against Sexual
Violence and Abuse; musician Berkley
VanByrd; Miss Teen Bahamas Shamika
Rolle; PLP MP for Fort Charlotte Alfred
Sears and a team of advocates including
Bahamian singer Terneille 'TaDa' Bur-
rows. Those in attendance dressed in black
for the solemn event, which was held in a
cemetery to symbolise that acts of sexual
violence are akin to attempted murder of
the spirit, regardless of the relationship
between the victim and the perpetrator.
Ms Dean-Patterson said: "We know all
too well that sexual violence is a deadly
business. Sexual violence has nothing to
do with the sexual activity taking place
between consenting men and women inside
or outside of the marriage.
"This is just one example of the misin-
formation that has permeated the current
debate. Sexual violence has everything to
do with rage, violence, power and control.
It violates the dignity and humanity of
every individual it touches."

Crisis Centre calls for criminal justice system changes

Tribune Staff Reporter
A NUMBER of changes to
the criminal justice system were
called for by the Crisis Centre
yesterday as it commemorated
the Day to End Sexual Vio-
Director of the non-profit
counselling service centre Dr
Sandra Dean-Patterson high-
lighted the need for systematic
changes to help protect victims
of sexual abuse in a country
where the incidence of sexual
crime far exceeds the world-
wide average.
The United Nations recorded
133 rapes per 100,000 people
in the Bahamas in 2007, com-
pared to an average of 15 per
100,000 worldwide.
In the decade leading up to
1999 there were 3,000 individu-
als in the Bahamas who report-
ed crimes of a sexual nature,
Dr Patterson said. She com-
pared this to the number of sex
offenders convicted and serv-

ing prison time - a lowly 150.
And it seems sexual violence
is still hugely prevalent as there
have been 4,114 reported rapes
so far this decade, including 80
rapes reported this year, as well
as 26 attempted rapes, 174 inci-
dents of unlawful sex with
someone under 16, and 15 cas-
es of incest.
Dr Patterson said: "I am sure
if you went to the prison you
would find there is around the
same number of sex offenders.
"The reality is that persons
who are sexually violent do not
get convicted or go to prison, so
as long as you can walk around
and commit offences without
consequences there is no reason
to stop doing it. And it is the
women and children who are
predominantly victims in this."
Speaking out with support-
ers on the Day to End Sexual
Violence, the Crisis Centre
called for:
* A Voluntary Bill of Indict-
ment in sexual offence trials
* Establishment of a court
specifically for sexual offences

* The use of plea bargaining
in selected cases
* Implementation of a sexual
offender police registry and
supervision orders for released
* Legislation to incorporate
as offences sexual touching and
grooming to allow for special
protection for children
* Creation of sex offender
treatment programmes in
prison and in probation reha-
bilitation services.
The proposals won support
from Kingdom Women in Busi-
ness, the Bahamas Association
for Social Health (BASH), The
Bahamas Against Sexual Vio-
lence and Child Abuse, and

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PLP MP Alfred Sears. Mr Sears
explained how it is important
for people in the community to
do what they can to eliminate
sexual abuse by mentoring chil-
dren who are at risk. Dr Pat-
terson said that anyone who
wishes to volunteer in their
community should call the Cri-
sis Centre on 328-0922 or log
on to the Crisis Centre website

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papers, 2,400 photos, 2,000 pic-
tures and 36 drawings - includ-
ing a record of all known palm
Arthur's files date from the
1930s to his death in 1977.
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in a 1959 publication on Palms
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own book, Supplement to
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The files were donated to
Fairchild by Margaret in 1980.
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vation as a botanic garden,
although Margaret continued
to live there until her death 10
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BNT's acquisition, and the new
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narrow-stemmed thickets of
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Bahamian bromeliads, birds,
snakes, crabs and lizards.
Early settlers removed the

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remainder for agriculture.
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people, and help to prevent soil
The Retreat has a daily traf-
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the Christmas Jollification in
The Langlois' ramshackle
homestead now houses the
BNT executive offices, a
research library, a small shop
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they seek to determine if any anti-money laun-
dering laws or regulations were violated.
However, there is nothing to suggest this
subsidiary, its law firm parent or other staff
have done anything wrong in relation to the
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Murder trial jurors see blood-stained stone

FROM page one

Police Sergeant 1843 Dar-
rell Rolle pointed out his ini-
tials and the blood stains on
the stone, which he and
another officer lifted off their
dead colleague on the evening
of October 22, 2007.
Bauld and McPhee are
accused of the murder, kid-
napping, and robbery of
Police Corporal Bain. Bain's
body was found in a ditch
near the Casuarinas Bridge.
His hands and feet were
Sgt Rolle said he was
attached to the Serious
Crimes Section of the Central
Detective Unit on October 21
when he received certain
information and a Common-
wealth Bank bank book in the
name of Eddison Bain.
He told jurors that Edwin
Bauld Jr, a suspect in the mat-
ter, came to the Central
Detective Unit on October 22
in a burgundy coloured
Oldsmobile Olero.
Mr Rolle said he informed
Bauld that he was a suspect in
the kidnapping of Corporal
Bain and cautioned him.
Sgt Rolle conducted a
search of the vehicle and col-
lected a white NY Yankees
cap and white T-shirt and
handed them over to Corpo-
ral Ferguson.
He said sometime around
3.15am on October 22 offi-
cers discovered the green
Honda Accord car that was
driven by Bain in the parking
lot of Imperial Gardens.
Rolle said he interviewed
Bauld sometime around
8.45pm in the presence of

Chief Inspector Bonamy.
Sgt Rolle said Bauld told
him that he and his friend,
Wilfred McPhee, had robbed
Bain. He said his friend stran-
gled Bain and threw him in a
hole over the Bridge.
He said that he never
threatened, forced or induced
Bauld. Sgt Rolle said Bauld
had indicated to them that he
did not want a lawyer present.
Sgt Rolle said Bauld told
him that he wanted to show
them where the hole was
because Bain was his cousin
and that he was hurting.
Rolle said Bauld directed
them to a dirt road about
700ft off Casuarinas Drive,
where he pointed to a hole.
After instructing officers to
photograph the hole, Rolle
said he removed branches and
rocks from the hole.
He saw a male lying face
up in the hole. He and anoth-
er officer lifted a large stone
that was resting on the side
of the face.
Sgt Rolle said the hands of
the deceased were bound with
some wires and the legs were
bound with a black belt. The
body was removed by morti-
cians at Restview Memorial
Mortuary around 11.35pm
and taken to Rand Memorial
Sgt Rolle returned to the
Central Detective Unit
around midnight on October
23. He said Bauld agreed to
give a police statement. He
told the court that the process
started around 12.45am and
ended around 4am.
Rolle said he asked Bauld if
he wanted to take a break or
have something to eat, but he

said no.
In the 16-page statement,
Bauld gave details of how he
had persuaded his girlfriend,
Gahnise Campbell, to lure
Bain to an area near Island
Seas, where he and McPhee
waited for them.
In the statement, Bauld said
they asked Bain for money,
but he only had $15. He said
that McPhee threatened to
kill Bain who then told them
he had some money on his
account. They took Bain's
card, tied him up, and put him
the trunk.
Bauld told Rolle that they
went to Commonwealth Bank
and withdrew $1,500 from
Bain's ATM card. They then
went to an area over the
bridge, where McPhee took
a wire and strangled Bain.
Rolle said Bauld told them
that Bain had told them he
would not report the matter,
but McPhee did not believe
Testimony was also given
by DNA expert Kevin Nog-
ginger, of DNA Lab Interna-
tional. He said he had
received several items from
police, including a cutting
from a shirt and a hat, two
items they swabbed, and a ref-
erence standard form from
Bauld and McPhee.
He said he found the DNA
of two individuals on the shirt.
Most of the DNA matched
Bauld, he said. Bauld's DNA
was also found on a hat.
The trial resumes on
Wednesday. K Brian Hanna
represents Bauld and Mario
Gray represents McPhee.
Acting Justice Jethro Miller
presides over the case.

Three missing boaters found

FROM page one
issued a marine broadcast yes-
terday morning urging
boaters to lookout for the 46-
foot sailing vessel. However
crew members of The Flying
Pig heard the broadcast and
quickly responded by radio,
explaining how they were
anchored off Abaco because
of bad weather.
A friend of Skip Gundlach,
the 65-year-old owner of the

Flying Pig, reported the crew
missing around 4.30 pm on
Monday after he stopped
receiving location messages
from the vessel's satellite mes-
senger service, according to a
news report.
The boaters were on their
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Georgia and had briefly
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da, on Sunday before they
continued their sail to the
Bahamas, The Palm Beach
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by Mr Travolta which could
be detrimental to him.
According to Mrs Maynard-
Gibson, Bridgewater said that
her client wanted to give Mr
Travolta the first option to
purchase the document.
According to Mrs May-
nard-Gibson, Bridgewater
told her that she had warned
her client that what he was
doing was wrong and that it
would be detrimental to the
Bahamas. She said that
Bridgewater told her that her

client said that he had already
been suspended from work
for 30 days and had nothing to
According to Mrs May-
nard-Gibson, Bridgewater
said that her client claimed
that the document showed
that Mr Travolta either want-
ed his son dead, was negligent
in seeking supervision for his
son who was autistic, or was
negligent in seeking treatment
for his son.
According to Mrs May-
nard-Gibson, Bridgewater
told her that her client had
been in contact with a female

reporter from the US media
who had told him that the
document could be useful to
show that Mr Travolta had
denied his son Jett medical
treatment. Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son said that Bridgewater also
told her that her client had
been contacted by other
media persons such as, Ger-
aldo Rivera, Larry King, Gre-
ta Van Susteren, Inside Edi-
tion, Time Magazine, as well
as someone from the United
Lightbourne said that the
foreign media wanted to
know the nature of the docu-
ment so they could make an
assessment as to its value. Mrs
Maynard-Gibson testified that
Bridgewater told her that
Lightbourne felt that the doc-
ument was worth $25 million
and that Mr Travolta did not
want to have his name tar-
nished in the media. Bridge-
water told her that the docu-
ment was not on file at the
Rand Memorial Hospital and
that her client had kept it
because he realized that he
had a celebrity's signature.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
that she was shown copies of
the document which consisted
of two dispatcher's reports
and a refusal of treatment
According to Mrs May-
nard-Gibson, Lightbourne
had told Bridgewater that on
January 2, a code 15 had gone
out, indicating that the patient
had suffered from lacerations
and was bleeding. Light-
bourne had told Bridgewater
that when he arrived at Old
Bahama Bay, two police offi-
cers had escorted him to the
Travoltas' condo where he
met at least seven people,
including Dr Fernandez who
was tending to Jett. Jett, he
was told had suffered a
seizure, hit his head and fallen
unconscious. Dr Fernandez
had ordered that Jett be take
to the hospital. Travolta, how-
ever, wanted Jett to be taken
to the airport. Lightbourne
told Travolta about the docu-
ment which he signed and was

Ligthbourne leaves court yester-
satisfied that he understood
what it meant, Mrs Maynard-
Gibson told the court.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
she asked Bridgewater
whether she could have copies
of the documents and Bridge-
water responded by saying
that her client had not given
her consent to do so. She said
that Bridgewater gave her a
copy because she was a col-
league, but said that she could
not give them to her client,
Mr Travolta.
She told the court that
back in Nassau, she had a
meeting with lawyers in her
office, including attorney
Michael McDermott on Jan-
uary 17, informing them of
the situation. Mrs Maynard-
Gibson said that after that
meeting she phoned Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham,
then Attorney General and
Senator Michael Barnett as
well as Senior Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Marvin
Dames. Mrs Maynard-Gibson
said that the following day she
had a meeting with several
lawyers at her chambers as
well as Senior Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Dames
and ASP Ricardo Taylor. She
told the court that she gave
police a copy of the document
that Bridgewater had given
her and consented to having

any conversation she had with
Bridgewater taped. She told
the court that after she
phoned Bridgewater, she lis-
tened to the tape and signed
During cross-examination
by attorney Murrio Ducille
who represents Bridgewater,
she admitted that she was the
one who initiated the conver-
sation with Bridgewater and
did not inform her that it was
being taped. She also admit-
ted that up to January 17 she
had had no conversation with
Mr Travolta and that Bridge-
water had personally made no
demands for money from Mr
Travolta by threats and that
she did not inform Bridgewa-
ter that the conversation was
being taped. Mrs Maynard-
Gibson is expected to be
recalled this morning.
Also taking the witness
stand yesterday were Inspec-
tor Sean Saunders and
Sergeant Dale Strachan.
Inspector Saunders told the
court that on January 20, he
and three other officers went
to the hotel room of attorney
Michael McDermott at the
Sheraton, Cable Beach. Mr
McDermott, he said, gave
consent to having audio and
video recording devices set up
in his hotel room (328).
Inspector Saunders said that
he and the other officers mon-
itored the room from the
adjacent room. He said that
sometime around 9.20 am Mr
McDermott left the hotel
room and returned shortly
thereafter with a man he iden-
tified in court as Tarino Light-
bourne. Inspector Saunders
said that the meeting lasted
about 40 minutes after which
Lightbourne and Mr McDer-
mott left the hotel room.
During cross-examination
by Mr Ducille, he admitted
that Bridgewater had no
knowledge that she was being
taped. However, he did not
call it "deception" as Mr
Ducille had suggested. When
asked by Mr Ducille whether
he and the officers had autho-
risation by the Commissioner

of Police under Section 5 of
the Listening Devices Act to
conduct the covert operation,
Inspector Saunders replied,
Inspector Saunders also
admitted that he did not hear
Ms Bridgewater make any
demand for money, nor did
he recall hearing McDermott
say that he came to buy
silence. During cross-exami-
nation by attorney Carlson
Shurland, who represents
Lightbourne, Inspector Saun-
ders said that police conduct-
ed the covert operation under
Section 2 of the Listening
Devices Act after getting the
consent for Mr McDermott.
Detective Sergeant 1492
Dale Strachan, who heads
the technical section of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force,
said that on January 18 he and
two senior officers went to the
law office of PLP Senator
Allyson Maynard-Gibson. He
told the court that Mrs May-
nard-Gibson gave them per-
mission to attach an audio
recording device to her tele-
phone. He said that Mrs May-
nard-Gibson made a phone
call and a voice-mail came on,
prompting her to leave a
message. After that call, he
said that she made another
call and spoke to a female
who identified herself as
'Pleasant.' Sergeant Strachan
told the court that on Janu-
ary 24, he and ASP Ricardo
Taylor interviewed Light-
bourne in Freeport in the
presence of his attorney, Mr
Shurland. The interview was
video recorded he said. He
said that Lightbourne refused
to sign the interview and
video tape. Lightbourne
refused to answer the majori-
ty of the questions Sergeant
Strachan said. He recalled,
however, that one of the ques-
tions Lightbourne did answer
was whether he knew Mr
McDermott. Lightbourne, he
said, denied knowing Mr
The case resumes today at
10am before senior Justice
Anita Allen.

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Christopher Esfakis death: serious

public interest issues unresolved


THE serious public
interest issues raised
by the unexpected death of
42-year-old Christopher
Esfakis - the son of one of
Nassau's legendary GPs - at
Doctors Hospital seven years
ago remain unresolved,
despite multiple attempts to
have them addressed.
These matters relate to the
delivery of healthcare to all
Bahamians and are separate
and apart from the personal
liability issue surrounding the
death itself. That is tied up in
a civil suit filed by Esfakis'
widow, Lisa, against the hos-
pital and six doctors in 2003.
It is still before the court.
But before we look at what
the public interest is, here's a
brief summary of events to
date in this multifaceted case:
A few months after Esfakis
died in April 2002, his family
began questioning the med-
ical treatment he had received
(on the advice of concerned
doctors). Following a review
of the case by local and for-
eign experts, the family
launched several initiatives to
have the matter investigated.

Hospitals Board

In June 2004 a complaint
was filed with the Hospitals
and Healthcare Facilities
Board, which did not respond.
Although the board was later
directed to investigate by for-
mer health minister Dr Mar-
cus Bethel, it has so far
declined to do so - at one
point suggesting the com-
plaint should be dropped
because the patient was dead.
The Hospitals Board was
created in 1998 to license pri-
vate healthcare facilities.
Although the law requires
annual reporting to parlia-
ment, the board has done so
only twice in its 11-year his-
tory. Its second report was
tabled in December 2008 and
has a section dealing with the
Esfakis case, which complains
about the board being "bad-
gered" and "ridiculed" over
the matter. It also calls for the
introduction of extensive hos-
pital regulations "which do
not now exist."
This report noted that the
Attorney-General's office had
recommended an investiga-
tion of the Esfakis case, and
the board's own legal com-
mittee had called for the


"... any legal matter becomes auto-
matically weaker as time goes on -
not to mention more costly. And if a
relatively affluent family with exten-
sive legal and medical connections
finds it difficult to pursue a complaint
such as this, what can the average citi-
zen expect?"

appointment of an inspector
to determine whether or not
Doctors Hospital had "prop-
erly addressed" issues arising
from the death. The board
collected $238,000 in license
fees in 2007, proudly claim-
ing it was "almost self-sus-
taining. "

Coroner's Inquest

In August 2004 the
deceased's sister (who is a
lawyer) began asking the
coroner's office for an
inquest, which finally began
in January 2007 - more than
four years after the death. In
early 2008, the coroner ruled
that death was due to "natur-
al causes with a substantive
and significant contribution
of medical neglect", but a few
months later the principal
doctor involved sued for a
judicial review of the verdict.
Chief Justice Sir Burton
Hall then overturned the ver-
dict on a technicality (unre-
lated to the evidence) and
ordered a new inquest. But
since he did not sign or pro-
vide reasons for his order, one
could not be scheduled and
there were no grounds to
appeal. Shortly before leav-
ing to take up a foreign post-
ing, Sir Burton signed the
order and it is expected that a
new inquest will now be

Medical Council

In May 2008 a formal com-
plaint against the doctors
involved in the treatment of
Christopher Esfakis was made

to the Bahamas Medical
Council, which initially
refused to deal with the mat-
ter. But the council reconsid-
ered and eventually referred
the matter to a disciplinary
tribunal in accordance with
the Medical Act.
Although the council was
created 35 years ago to regu-
late and license doctors, it
appears this is the first time
such a tribunal has been
formed. But the disciplinary
proceeding was stalled earlier
this year when the principal
doctor involved in the com-
plaint filed for judicial review
of the council's decision to
refer the matter to a tribunal.
And he subsequently
obtained an injunction from
the chief justice barring the
Medical Council from pro-
ceeding "until a final judicial
determination has been
arrived at."
The injunction included a
gag order preventing the
council from "discussing the
facts and matters surround-
ing this action, and the com-
plaint, to third parties" on
pain of imprisonment and
confiscation of assets. This
leaves open the question of
when the judicial review
applied for by the doctor will
be scheduled by the new
attorney-general (Brent
Symonette) or chief justice
(Michael Barnett).
So that's where things
stand right now. The public
interest issues are best sum-
marised by a petition to the
prime minister that has been
floated on the Internet by

FROM page one

handbag designer Harl Tay-
lor. That date, however, has
been set pending the outcome
of the application by Mr
Ducille to have the judge
recuse herself from hearing
the retrial. The hearing of the
application had been set for
yesterday, however, Senior
Justice Allen is now presid-
ing over the trial of former
PLP Senator Pleasant Bridge-
water and former ambulance
driver Tarino Lightbourne.
McNeil, 22, remains on
remand at Her Majesty's

FROM page one
member, the decision to
shorten the convention was
voted on last week by the
PLP council.
"I think the decision was
made because to host it for
five days was more expensive
than three days, and in these
economic times people are
looking to cut back," said the
party member.
Recently, political
observers speculated that par-
ty leader Perry Christie would
have lobbied for the conven-
tion to be shortened, in order
to reduce the time would-be
opponents could canvass the
hundreds of PLP stalwarts in
town for the meeting. Paul
Moss, the only man who has
officially come forth to chal-
lenge the incumbent leader,
said the change was econom-
ically driven and not a politi-
cal ploy. He said he was not
worried about having less
time to rally support with vot-
ers, when contacted by The
Tribune yesterday.
"I'm not concerned about

Prison as he awaits the retrial.
He is accused of causing the
death of 37-year-old Harl
Taylor between Saturday,
November 17, and Sunday,
November 18, 2008, while
being concerned with another.
The well known designer was
found dead in his bedroom at
Mountbatten House on West
Hill Street with multiple stab
A broken knife was found
on his bed. McNeil has plead-
ed not guilty to the murder
charge and stated that he did
not kill Mr Taylor.
He has been denied bail
four times.

Schedule cut
it. I think that canvassing is
going on now," said the attor-
ney who has never been elect-
ed to public office. The
response has been phenome-
nal, I believe that we are
doing extremely well. People
have gravitated toward us.
They like our message and we
should see the rewards come
the end of October."
Aside from Mr Moss, it is
unclear who else will oppose
Mr Christie for the PLP's top
post. However, it is speculat-
ed that Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell, Bain and Grants
Town MP Dr Bernard Not-
tage and Fort Charlotte MP
Alfred Sears are all gunning
for the job. Meantime, the
position of deputy leader
within the PLP is shaping up
to be a hotly-contested race
among West End and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe, Cat
Island and San Salvador MP
Philip "Brave" Davis and
Senator Jerome Fitzgerald.

Bahamas Patient Advocacy,
a group formed by the
deceased's sister, Leandra
Esfakis. It calls for "account-
ability under the law for citi-
zens accessing the healthcare
sector", meaning the investi-
gation of complaints against
healthcare providers, togeth-
er with steps to address any
failings that may be uncov-
ered as a result.

Hospital Board Issues

It is pretty clear that only
continuous publicity and pres-
sure from the deceased's sis-
ter forced the Hospital Board
to produce the first two
"annual" reports in its 11-year
history - even though the
second report spends a lot of
time whining about how the
board should not have to
investigate or act on any com-
plaint, as it has a statutory
duty to do.
Experts also point out that
there is no proper legal defi-
nition for a hospital in the
Bahamas. Such facilities are
currently described as build-
ings "where beds are avail-
able" for sick people. But this
definition does not include a
central legal entity that is
responsible and accountable
for the medical services pro-
vided under its roof. In other
words, it should be the med-
ical services that are licensed
- and not just the building.
The board's most recent
annual report proposes
changes to the law that would
seriously weaken its authority
as an oversight body, by
removing the provision for
investigation of complaints,
eliminating the need for facil-
ities to provide notifications
of deaths, and reducing penal-
ties for failure to comply with
licensing requirements.
But the report also pro-
posed a new and extensive set
of hospital regulations, relat-
ing to governance, reporting,
planning, administration, end-
of-life policies, staffing and
record-keeping among others.
Therefore, the board is say-
ing it wants to give up its
oversight responsibility, while
at the same time asking for a
dramatic increase in the reg-
ulatory requirements for pri-
vate healthcare facilities.

Coroner's Inquest Issues

If a new inquest is ordered,
the matter will have to be

heard from scratch - despite
the fact that the last inquest
took 15 months to complete
and absorbed a good deal of
the court's time, apart from
the time of the 20 witnesses
involved. It is also possible
that the witnesses who were
available previously may not
be available for the next
inquest, for any number of
Also, at present the Coro-
ner has no power to direct a
statutory body such as the
Hospital Board or the Med-
ical Council to address issues
of medical competence or
public health and safety that
lie at the heart of this case (a
transcript of the original
inquest can be found at
www.bahamaspatientadvoca-> ).
The Bahamas Coroner's
Act was passed a century ago,
and no amendments or regu-
lations have been made since.
The equivalent British law
was last revised in 1988 and it
authorizes the coroner, at the
conclusion of an inquest, to
refer matters to the appropri-
ate statutory authority. At
present only the deceased's
family can make a complaint
to such authorities in the
Bahamas, and this exposes
them to a lengthy legal and
costly process as well as pos-
sible retaliation.
This means that few com-
plaints are made and the kind
of negligence that can lead to
the death of patients is unlike-
ly to ever be investigated or
remedied. There is currently a
backlog of unheard inquests,
and the long delays represent
a failure to meet the needs of
many bereaved families. The
former attorney-general
promised a review of the
Coroner's Act before resign-
ing to become chief justice,
but there has been no indica-
tion of what amendments are
being considered and in what
It seems clear to me that
the Coroner's Court should
be the citizen's watchdog
when it comes to investigating
abuse of power. That's
because we all have a right
not to be unlawfully deprived
of our life. This scrutiny is
even more critical when a cit-
izen dies in the custody of the
state or a hospital, where it is
likely that only the police offi-
cers or hospital staff are
aware of all the facts that led

to the death.
And in order to provide
this protection, an inquest
verdict of manslaughter
against a police officer, or
anyone else, needs to proceed
in the Supreme Court, and
not lie buried in the Attor-
ney-General's office. And sys-
tem failures at hospitals need
to be dealt with expeditiously.

Medical Council Issues

The question here is, when
will the judicial review appli-
cation from the principal doc-
tor involved in the complaint
be scheduled by the courts?
If there is substantial delay,
he will have won de fact
immunity from investigation
by the Medical Council.
With no hearing date, and
thus no determination of the
claim against the council, the
injunction could remain in
place indefinitely - an extra-
ordinary situation according
to legal experts from other
common law jurisdictions.
This means that a doctor
could be licensed without
evaluation, despite outstand-
ing complaints. Officially, the
council takes no position on
the matter, but says the com-
plaint is still alive. Accord-
ing to Dr Duane Sands, "the
council continues to respond
to the various issues that have
arisen as this meanders
through the labyrinth of our
judicial system. The matter
remains very much active."
But if a judge can shut
down the Medical Council by
order, and the Hospital Board
refuses to act, and the Coro-
ner has no power to direct
authorities to address issues
raised by an inquest or refer
matters to the Supreme
Court, then a potential bot-
tom line civil rights protec-
tion - that of criminal sanc-
tion - is effectively removed.
Finally, any legal matter
becomes automatically weak-
er as time goes on - not to
mention more costly. And if a
relatively affluent family with
extensive legal and medical
connections finds it difficult
to pursue a complaint such as
this, what can the average cit-
izen expect?

What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-
Or visit www.bahamapun->


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Vincent Lloyd Ferguson, 71

of Stapledon Gardens, will
be held on Thursday,
October 1,2009 at 2:00 pa.
at St. Francis Xavier
Cathedral on West Street.
Officiating will be Fr.
e .... s Kenneth Forbes, Monsignor
Preston Moss and other
clergy of the Archdiocese.
. KInterment will follow in the
A% Catholic Cemetery on Tyler
Street, Chippingham.
A Vigil service will be held
on Tuesday, September 29,
2009, at 7:30 p.m. at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road.
Officiating will be Deacon Jeffrey Lloyd.

He is survived by wife, Mary; daughter, Anne Marie;
son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Danielle;
grandchildren, Kylie and Caden; brothers, Rupert
Ferguson (Pamela), Claude Linden, Kermit and Anthony
Williams; sisters, Ena Deleveaux, Erma Williams, Parnell
Barker, Donna Williams and Lynn Wright; aunt, Louise
Thomas; cousins, Hazel Edgecombe, Robert Taylor,
Linell Reid, Pauline Petty and Angie Butler; in-laws,
Lorraine Blaylock, Lawrence Blaylock (Irene), Susan
Blaylock, Wally Blaylock (Bonnie), Nancy Liebert
(David), Jean Hockman (Don), David Blaylock (Karen),
Marnie Ebensperger (Marvin), Marcia Kwiecinski
(Steve), Daniel Blaylock (Jackie), Richard Blaylock
(Jeni). His extended family includes the many
descendants of David and Jestina Storr of San Salvador.

The list of persons for whom he was a surrogate father,
mentor, counsellor and friend would be too long to print.
His love for his country, his loyalty to his Catholic faith
and its mission of social justice, his courage in the face
of opposition and his respect for the sanctity of human
life inspired and affected the lives of numerous
individuals throughout the Bahamas who now mourn
his passing.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral
Home, Market Street, from 10am - 6pm on Wednesday
and on Thursday from 9am-12noon and at the church
from 1pm until service time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory
to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, P.O. Box SS
6539, Nassau, Bahamas.

Golden Gates, Macedonia

and Temple Fellowship are

victorious on opening day

THE Baptist Sports Coun-
cil kicked off its 2009 Olympia
Morris-Evans Softball Clas-
sic on the Wholesalers Field
Saturday at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.
Three games were played
with Ebenezer and Mt Carey
making their debut into the
league with completely dif-
ferent results on the losing
While Ebenezer got
blanked 10-0 by Golden
Gates in the co-ed match-up,
Mt Carey got nipped 11-10-
by Macedonia in the men's
The only other game
played saw defending cham-
pions Temple Fellowship pre-
vail with a 10-8 triumph over
runners-up Macedonia in a
rematch of last year's 17-and-
under finals. Here's a sum-
mary of the games played:
Golden Gates 10,
Ebenezer 0
Cardinal Gilbert gave up
two hits and allowed two oth-
er batters to get on base, but
each time Golden Gates came
up with the defence that did-
n't allow Ebenezer to score a
Batting around the clock in
the bottom of the first inning,
Golden Gates put eight runs
on the scoreboard and they
were never challenged.
Ramon Johnson had a two-
run home run and a RBI dou-
ble and Culbert 'Buster'
Evans had a two-run single in
the spurt before they got two
more runs in the second, high-
lighted by Nicola Major's RBI
single. Adrian Miller and
Shavaro Miller had the two
hits in the loss.





Here's the schedule of
games on tap for Satur-
Field One
10am - Temple Fel-
lowship vs Transfigura-
tion (17)
Noon - Calvary Bible
vs St Mark's (M)
1pm - Calvary Deliv-
erance vs Salem (M)
2pm - Transfiguration
vs Temple Fellowship
3pm - Temple Fellow-
ship vs Ebenezer (Co-ed)
Field Two
10am - Macedonia vs
Golden Gates (17)
11am St Paul's vs Salem
Noon - Golden Gates
vs Macedonia (Co-ed)
1pm - Mt Carey vs St
Paul's (M)
2pm - Macedonia vs
Golden Gates (M)

Macedonia 11,
Mt Carey 10
Tim Clarke opened the bot-
tom of the fifth with a triple
and scampered home on Ray
Johnson's run-producing RBI
single that stopped the game.
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and the score seesawed until it
was tied at 10-10 going into
the fifth.
Johnson finished with a 3-
for-4 day, including a three-
run home run. He had a total
of six RBI and scored two
runs. Clarke was 2-for-4 with
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Rev Delton Ellis helped out
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scored as many times to lead
Temple Fellowship. Ashton
Butler, Brashawn White and
Denzil Bethel all went 1-for-3
with a RBI, scoring twice.
Zach Rahming picked up
the win and Crandon Wallace
was tagged with the loss.
Wallace also helped his
own cause with a solo home
run, while Patrick Adderley
and Quinton Wallace had two
and one RBI respectively on a
triple each and they also
scored a run.

Liverpool falls,

Bara wins in the

Champions League

AP Sports Writer
TEENAGE forward Ste-
van Jovetic scored twice, lead-
ing Fiorentina over Liverpool
2-0 Tuesday night in the
European Champions
Defending champion
Barcelona rebounded from an
opening tie at Inter to win 2-0
over visiting Dynamo Kiev on
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Pedro Rodriguez.
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utes a man short following
Mario Balotelli's ejection in
a 1-1 tie at Russia's Rubin
Arsenal relied on late goals
from Robin van Persie and
Andrei Arshavin scored late
goals in a 2-0 victory over vis-
iting Olympakios.
At Florence, the 19-year-
old Jovetic took a pass from
Cristiano Zanetti and slid the
ball past goalkeeper Pepe
Reina in the 28th minute,
then redirected in a shot from
Juan Vargas nine minutes lat-
"Everyone is disappointed,
but at this level every team is
a good team," Liverpool man-
ager Rafa Benitez said.
"We were not the best in
any part of the pitch. We
knew that they were a good
team - very organised, good
on the counterattack - and
we were giving the ball away
all the time and giving them

to outstanding

'08 performers

THE New Providence Vol-
leyball Association (NPVA)
has presented awards to the
outstanding performers of the
2008 season. The list is as fol-

Championship Teams
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)

Championship Runners-Up
Johnson's Lady
Truckers (F)
Technicians (M)
Pennant Winners
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)
Pennant Runners-Up
Johnson's Lady
Truckers (F)
DaBasement (M)
Coach of the Year
Joseph "Joe Moe" Smith
DeVince Smith
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)
Championship MVP
Laval Sands
Ian "Wire" Pinder
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)
Pennant Winners MVP
Cheryse Rolle
Sherwaine Arthurs
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)
All Star MVP -
Scorers Select
Edrica McPhee
Ian "Wire" Pinder
Lady Truckers (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)
Best Scorer
Keneisha Thompson
Ian "Wire" Pinder
Lady Hornets (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)
Best Spiker
Cheryse Rolle
Ian "Wire" Pinder
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)
Best Blocker
Anastasia Moultrie
Glen Rolle
C.O.B. Caribs (F)
Intruders (M)
Best Server
Margaret Albury
DeVince Smith
Johnson's Lady
Truckers (F)
Scotia Defenders (M)
Jackie Conyers
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
Best Receiver
Rebecca Moss
Glen Rolle
Lady Truckers (F)
Intruders (M)
Best Setter
Shevaughn Woodside
Elvis Reckley
Lady Truckers (F)
Technicians (M)
Best Diggers
Rebecca Moss
Tony Simon
Lady Truckers (F)
DaBasement (M)
Best Libero
Rebecca Moss
Jamille Ferguson
Lady Truckers (F)
Open System
Crimestoppers (M)
Rookie of the Year
Ramond Farrington
To be announced (F)
College Of The Bahamas
Most Improved
Latondra Brown
Roni Lexidor
Scottsdale Vixens (F)
DaBasement (M)

THE New Providence
Volleyball Association
opened its 2009 season on
Sunday at the DW Davis
Action is expected to
resume tonight with the
following games on tap:
* 7:30pm - COB vs
Lady Hornets (L)
* 8:30pm Crimestoppers
vs Intruders (M)






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Miller, 'Fish' to represent Bahamas at Olympic congress

Senior Sports Reporter

When the International
Olympic Committee
hosts its 121st IOC
Session & XIII
Olympic Congress next month in
Copenhagen, the Bahamas will be
among the 200-plus countries par-
Part one of the session is slated
to run October 1-2, followed by the
Congress October 3-5, wrapping up
with part two October 7-9.
Bahamas Olympic Association
president Wellington Miller and sec-
retary general Rommel 'Fish'
Knowles are expected to make their
first representation to the congress
since they were elected to office.

They are scheduled to leave town
Among the topics to be discussed
and the decisions to be made is the
hosting of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Presentations will be made by the
organising committees from Chica-
go, USA, Tokyo, Japan, Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil and Madrid, Spain, all
of whom are bidding to host the
games held every four years.
"This one seemed to be keenly
contested, all four countries are mak-
ing a mad dash to get the nod,"
Miller said. "The United States is
going all out. The President of the
United States, Barack Obama, is fly-
ing to Copenhagen. I don't know if
he's going to be campaigning with
his wife, Michelle, or he's just going
to be there for moral support, but he
is going to show that the govern-

"We're going there with an
open mind because this is
our first time there in this
kind of atmosphere, so we
are eager to see exactly what
will happen over there."

- Wellington Miller

ment is behind the United States
Olympic Committee."
While the Bahamas will join all of
the other participating countries to
cast one vote each, Miller declined to
indicate which country they will be
backing for the hosting of the games.
"We are not leaning towards any

country. We're going there with an
open mind because this is our first
time there in this kind of atmos-
phere, so we are eager to see exact-
ly what will happen over there," he
"Everybody is clamping down,
sending us all kind of information
about their bid. So it's going to be
very interesting to see how the vote
comes out."
At the completion of the IOC
Congress, Miller is scheduled to
head to New Delhi, India, on Octo-
ber 6 for the hosting of the Com-
monwealth Games Congress. He is
expected to be joined by one of his
vice presidents, Roy Colebrooke, for
another seven days.
The XIX Commonwealth Games
is set to be held in New Delhi Sep-
tember 3-14, 2010, and at the Con-

gress, the representatives from all
of the countries will get a chance to
inspect all of the sporting facilities,
hotel accommodations, the trans-
portation and everything else per-
taining to the games.
"We are going to make sure that
they have everything on track,"
Miller said. "They were having some
problems, but they say they have
everything on track now."
Following the completion of the
two important sessions, Miller said
he will return home to start the
preparation for the two major inter-
national games that will be held over
the next three years.
While the XIX Commonwealth
Games are set for next year, the
Olympic Games is scheduled to take
place July 27 to August 12, 2012, in
London, England.

Coach Cleare says

IAAF seminar 'went

pretty good'

Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER imparting some of
his knowledge on the coaches
in St Kitts & Nevis, George
Cleare said he's eager to get
back into his elite coaching
programme here.
Earlier this month, Cleare
joined Craig Connor of St
Kitts in the International
Amateur Athletic Federa-
tion's (IAAF) Coaches Edu-
cation and Certification
(CECS) Level 1 course.
The course was organised
by the Nevis Amateur Ath-
letic Association (NAAA) in
conjunction with the Depart-
ment of Education, the Min-
istry of Sports, the St Kitts-
Nevis Amateur Athletic
Association and the St Kitts-
Nevis National Olympic
Cleare, an IAAF Level 1
lecturer, said the 10-day sem-
inar was quite informative.
"Everything went pretty
good. I was pleased with the
performance of myself and
my co-lecturer," Cleare said.
"We were able to focus basi-
cally on the education of the
coaches and the physical edu-
cation teachers.
"I think that was the most
important part of it. We were
not just working with active
coaches, but physical educa-
tion teachers within the
school system, so that itself
should strengthen their ath-
letic programme."
During their daily sessions
that took place on the cricket
pitch used for the track facil-
ity as well in Nevis, Cleare
said they talked a lot about
the methodology of the sport.
"The whole course encom-
passed the basic fundamen-
tals where we taught every
event that is down in athlet-
ics," he reflected. "But we
also went beyond that as we
also dealt with a number of
nutritional issues.
"We also dealt with the
physiological part of dealing
with athletes and we also
dealt with how to structure
training programmes proper-
ly. So it was very informative
and very educational."
From the sessions, Cleare
said he learnt a lot more
about the sport and he hopes
to implement this into his elite
programme that he currently
operates here at home.
"Scientifically, we informed
them that there are research-
es being done all the time
where we try to minimise
what the athletes are doing,
so that they end up having
less injuries," Cleare said.
The course, according to
Cleare, brought him back to
reality because "sometimes
you only concentrate on the
success of the athletes and
you don't take the time out
to reflect on what exactly it
is that you are doing.
"So this gives me an oppor-
tunity to impart my knowl-
edge to some of the local

coaches and regionally based
on this course, I have gotten
some really good reviews and
I'm looking forward to work-
ing with a few more countries
in terms of helping them to
further develop their pro-
grammes, their teachers and
their coaches."
Grateful for the exposure
and the pay cheque that he
received, Cleare said he's
even more motivated to
improve his coaching skills so


that he can become the best
coach he can be in the future.
"There are a number of
coaching seminars that I'm
looking forward to attend-
ing," Cleare said. "Plus there
are some personal seminars
that I attend myself.
"So I'm really looking at
ways that I can find other
avenues that I can help to
develop the country from a
national prospective and I'm
hoping that we can put on
some of these courses local-
One of the things that
Cleare said he hopes to see is
a similar training camp set up
here, similar to the one that is
staged in Jamaica where
Usain Bolt is the focal point.
"But that is something that
will have to take a combined
effort from the BAAA, the
Ministry of Sports and the
Olympic Association to make
sure that we make it attrac-
tive for the elite athletes to
want to come home and
train," he said.
Having trained a few of the
rising young stars like Sheni-
qua 'Q' Ferguson, who won
the World Junior Champi-
onships' 200 metre title and
got a bronze in the 100 before
she went on to make both the
Olympic Games and World
Championships teams, Cleare
said that's proof enough that
it can be done.
He said he will make it a
point to continue to develop
more of the elite athletes here
at home in the future. He not-
ed that he's presently working
with such athletes as hurdler
Ednol Rolle and the Rigby
twin sisters, Tamara and
Tavara, who are making their



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financial ser-
vices regulators
yesterday con-
firmed they are
investigating the
money launder-
ing allegations
made against
attorney Sidney
Cambridge to


whether this nation's laws
have been violated, warning
that the claims "pose a poten-
tial threat" to the financial
services industry's integrity
and reputation.
The Inspector of Financial
and Corporate Services
Providers, and the Compli-
ance Commission, issued a
statement affirming they had
started a review of the alle-
gations made against Mr
Cambridge, who resigned as a
Callenders & Co partner and
PLP treasurer, in the indict-
ment handed down against
him by the US Attorney's
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Tribune Business Editor
THERE "is no question"
that September, traditionally
the softest month of the
tourism season, was "' .. i. k. !
than expected" for the resort
industry, the Bahamas Hotel
Association's president said
yesterday, who has written to
banks and utility companies
urging them to work with
resort properties experienc-
ing increasing cash flow dif-
Robert Sands said that even
accounting for the impact of
the global recession, Septem-
ber had "not been as buoy-
ant as expected" by Bahami-
an resorts, and the softness
experienced by some hotel
properties during the first six
months of 2009 - the period
they rely on for profits to car-
ry them through to year-end -
meant "many of the cost sav-
ing measures which have been
put in place by businesses
may simply not be enough".
"There's no question that
it's been weaker than expect-
ed, taking into account closed
hotel room inventory that is
off line, weaker group book-
ings and the fact we've had
no threat of hurricanes per
se," Mr Sands told Tribune
"There's no question in my

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chief: 'We have to be
in a position to
enforce our laws'
* Review aims to
substantiate allegations
and see if Bahamian
anti- money laundering
laws broken
* Supervisors warn US
allegations 'pose a
potential threat' to
financial sector's
integrity and reputation

any Bahamian anti-money
laundering laws and regula-
tions have been violated, the
regulators' main interest
being to maintain the
Bahamas' reputation and
integrity as a blue chip cen-
tre for international and
financial business.
Tribune Business under-
stands that the review will
also centre on the Callenders
& Co subsidiary, licensed by
SEE page 6B

* Sector president warns
Bahamas hotels facing
'unprecedented period
of depleted cash flow'
* Urges banks and utilities
to be lenient on industry
to ensure properties
remain open, as some
cost-savings measures
'may simply not
be enough'

mind that it's been weaker
than expected from a
stopover visitor perspective.
There's certainly been some
growth on the cruise side, but
stopovers have not been as
buoyant as expected. That is
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday con-
firmed that while total visitor
arrivals to July 2009 were up
year-over-year by 4.2 per
cent, the higher spending
stopover segment, which gen-
erates the bulk of tourist
spending, was down by 13.7
per cent.
And, with many Bahamas-
based hotel properties having
failed to produce the profits

SEE page 6B

Airport costs

only 5-10%

above rivals

Business Reporter
den Pindling International
Airport (LPIA) will be one
of the most complicated ter-
minals in the Caribbean when
completed, , the Nassau Air-
port Development Company
(NAD) president and chief
executive said yesterday, but
will still be cost competitive
at only 5-10 per cent above

SEE page 2B

up to 40% claims rise

Tribune Business Editor

Bahamas-based health insur-
ers have seen up to a 40 per
cent increase in medical
claims over 2008 figures, Tri-
bune Business was told, with all carriers
said to have experienced rises described
as "substantial" and "notable".
Patricia Hermanns, president and chief
executive of FamGuard Corporation, the
BISX-listed parent of Family Guardian,
told Tribune Business: "We certainly
have seen an increase in our claims. That
is definite. There is an increase in claims,
both for us and the industry as well.
"It's a notable increase in our case.
We saw it actually start to peak in the
second quarter, and it's substantially up
for us. This is an across-the-board
increase in claims for the industry."
Ms Hermanns told Tribune Business

that while Family Guardian had expect-
ed an increase in claims due to the
growth of its BahamaHealth client base,
the company had "seen a slightly
stronger growth in our claims in the last
six months than portfolio growth.
"That indicates to us our volume of
claims has increased," she explained,
Family Guardian's policyholder benefits
having increased by 30 per cent during
the 2009 first quarter due to the rise in
health claims.
While Ms Hermanns said she was
unable to give a precise percentage figure
for the rise in medical claims, as the
expansion of the customer base would
also have to be factored in and stripped
out, "it's been a notable increase above
the growth experienced in premiums and
the customer base. It's higher than we
would normally expect to see, over and
above normal claims".
Another health insurance industry

source told Tribune Business that some
carriers had seen an increase of up to 40
per cent year-over-year in medical insur-
ance claims.
"Our claims are way up there," said
the source, requesting anonymity. "It's
substantial in this business. It's straight
across the board, and all companies are
experiencing it. We've never seen it like
this before."
The source and Ms Hermanns said it
was "hard to say" why Bahamas-based
health insurance carriers had experienced
such a substantial increase in medical
insurance claims in 2009, although insur-
ers were seeing clients take longer and
more frequent hospital stays.
"The longer they stay in hospital, the
bigger the bill is, and many of the claims
are local ones," one health insurance
industry source said.
SEE page 5B

Cable targets $0.6m from box rentals by year-end

Tribune Business Editor
CABLE Bahamas believes
its digital TV set-top box
rental initiative will generate
$0.6 million in annualised rev-
enues by year-end 2009, hav-
ing increased by more than
$250,000 in the 12 months to
June 30, 2009.
In his 2009 second quarter
letter to the company's share-
holders, chairman Brendan
Paddick said that for the first
half, the BISX-listed utility's
cable TV revenues had grown

by just 1 per cent to $22.3 mil-
lion, as hard-pressed con-
sumers sought to save mon-
ey by dropping some premi-
um services.
"Of this amount, the com-
pany's digital set-top box
rental initiative yielded
encouraging positive growth,
moving from $41,000 at the
end of the second quarter of
2008 to over $300,000 as at
June 30, 2009," Mr Paddick
"Based on this positive
trend, it is expected that
rental revenues, on an annu-

alised basis, will yield in
excess of $0.6 million by the
end of 2009."
While cable TV revenue
growth may have remained
essentially flat, there was bet-
ter news for Cable Bahamas
when it came to the broad-
band Internet top-line.
Subscribers to its Coral-
wave brand of products broke
through the 43,000 barrier by
the end of the 2009 second
quarter, with Internet rev-
enues increasing by 7.3 per
cent year-over-year - from
$12.2 million in 2008 to $13.1

million at June 30, 2009.
With Cable Bahamas hav-
ing upgraded its IP network
with new infrastructures, Mr
Paddick said: "It is anticipat-
ed that these programmes will
continue to assist manage-
ment in harvesting opera-
tional efficiency gains
throughout the entire organi-
sation, eventually translating
into improved profitability.
"The combined year-to-
date data and disaster recov-
ery services revenues from
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Airport costs only

5-10% above rivals

FROM page 1B

competing hubs.
Craig Richmond said with the US pre-clear-
ance facility, and the domestic and interna-
tional departures lounges interfaced with a
$26 million baggage system, LPIA will be on
of the most modern and complex airports with-
in a 2,500 mile circle.
He said the new airport was expected to
start seeing a return on investment as early
as 2013, following the opening of the new US
departure terminal and completion of the rede-
velopment of what will have been the old US
departure lounge.
The costly baggage system will have state-of-
the-art security features, which will be scruti-
nised and evaluated by the US-based Trans-
portation Safety Administration (TSA), the
body that has been providing screening and
security for airports across the US following
the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Speaking at the Rotary Club of Nassau's
weekly luncheon, Mr Richmond suggested the
new airport's design will allow for a more flu-
id transfer between US arrivals and domestic
departures, though the onus will be on local air
carriers to affix schedules convenient to incom-
ing international passengers.

In keeping with the Bahamas' commitment
to become more energy efficient, NAD has
incorporated an uber efficient air manage-
ment system using a subterranean cooling sys-
tem, which will use ground level air diffusers
throughout the airport terminal.
According to Mr Richmond, the airport will
also collect and store rainwater through a col-
lection system built into the structure's roof.
Water collected will be used for flushing toilets
and other non-potable applications.
He lamented that because of the enormous
power needs of an airport, alternative energy
sources will not be used to supply power. How-
ever, Mr Richmond is certain the high effi-
ciency cooling system will subsidise some ener-
gy costs in the long run.
NAD recently released several Requests
for Proposal (RFP) for food and beverage
vendors for the new US departure lounge.
Mr Richmond said the company has
received numerous responses to the RFPs,
which will be assessed by a panel. Vendors
could be chosen as early as next month.
He said that a main contractor has been
chosen for the development, who has since
released RFPs for sub-contractors for the pro-
ject. "I think Bahamians will be very proud
when we are done," said Mr Richmond.








ease targeted

Business Reporter
FLIGHT connections to
the Family Islands could
become a lot easier in the
near future for international
visitors, as well as the pur-
chase of tickets from Bahami-
an charter airlines, the Minis-
ter of Tourism and Aviation
said, as almost 400,000 more
airline seats will be added to
the country's airlift capacity
by next year.
Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace said it has traditionally
been difficult for visitors and
Bahamians alike to access the
Family Islands due to high
costs and inefficiencies at the
airport and at local airlines.
According to Mr Vander-
pool-Wallace, Bahamian car-
riers that supply direct airlift
to the wider Bahamas have
been relatively invisible to
would-be visitors interested
in bypassing New Providence
en route to the Family
He insisted that the tech-
nology is available to allow
visitors to purchase travel
straight through to the island
of their choice, via one Inter-
net portal and in a one-time
The Ministry of Tourism is
therefore working on a sys-
tem that will allow travellers
to purchase airlift online that
will include a connection


through the Lynden Pindling
International Airport (LPIA)
to the Family Islands.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
said this has always been a
technical quagmire for pas-
sengers wishing to commute
to the Family Islands through
LPIA, due to the arrange-
ment of inter-island flight
times. Visitors typically were

forced to overnight in Nas-
According to him and Nas-
sau Airport Development
Company (NAD) executives,
the redevelopment of the air-
port will make inter-island
connections through Nassau
more accessible and more
Though international trav-
ellers will have to claim their
luggage and clear Bahamas
Customs before boarding a
flight to the Family Islands,
check-in will become more
fluid through the new system
designed by the Ministry of
Tourism. The experience will
be more visually pleasing than
the current domestic depar-
ture lounge and Bahamian
airline check-in desks.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
said his ministry also hopes
to introduce packages to the
Family Islands that will allow
would-be visitors to book

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

flights, hotels and ground
transportation all on one web-
site, and through a one-time
payment process.
The Ministry of Tourism
has been successful in luring
WestJet to the Bahamas, tap-
ping one of the few global
markets that has not been
severely affected by the eco-
nomic downturn. Canadians
have been continuing to trav-
el in numbers throughout the
economic crisis.
American Eagle is sched-
uled to begin two daily flights
to Marsh Harbour, while Air-
tran and Condor out of Ger-
many are beginning new ser-
vice to New Providence by
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A major financial institution with both commercial and private banking
operations, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the position of:
Risk Manager
The Risk Manager is responsible for administering and managing the Bank's
risk management program. This encompasses designing processes, policies and
procedures to identify and manage threats to the achievement of the
organizational or business objectives. Risk Manager contributes to business
decisions through the measurement and comparison of risks.

Core Responsibilities:
* Develops and implements the organization's risk management program
in a manner that fulfills the mission and strategic goals of the
organization while complying with regulatory bodies standards and best
* Performing risk assessments which involves managing the process of
analyzing upside and downside risks as well as identifying, describing
and estimating the quantitative and qualitative risks affecting the
* Educates and trains the leadership, staff and business associates as to the
risk management program, and their respective responsibilities in
carrying out execution of such;
* Leads, facilitates and advises units and departments in designing risk
management programs;
* Collects, evaluates, and maintain data relative to fraud, irregularities and
operational errors;
* Investigates and analyzes root causes, patterns or trends that could result
in operational losses;
* Performing risk evaluations which involves developing and
implementing systems, policies, and procedures for the identification,
collection and analysis of risk related information, that is comparing
estimated risks with risk criteria established by the organization;
* Actively participates in or facilitates committees related to risk
* Serves as organization liaison with insurance companies and some
regulatory bodies.
Job Requirements:
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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


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


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,

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

(for) Registrar


No. 2009/PRO/NPR/00564

Whereas NEVILLE B. WILCHOMBE H, 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

Health insurers incur

up to 40% claims rise

Some insurance industry
executives spoken to by Tri-
bune Business questioned
whether the recession had
caused an increase in stress-
related illnesses, and whether
the prospect of lay-offs had
induced some employees fac-
ing termination to rapidly
seek medical treatment
before they lost their group
health insurance coverage.
"With companies that are
laying staff off, people given a
month's notice get everything

done that they need to do,"
one insurance industry source
said. "If they know they're
being laid off at the end of
the month, they'll do every-
thing they've got to do."
Ms Hermanns, meanwhile,
said that while it was difficult
to pinpoint a reason for the
increased medical claims, such
rises "tend to be cyclical in
any event".
She added that Family
Guardian was focused on pro-
viding a high quality of med-

NOTICE is hereby given that ANTHONY ALLONCE of #70
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 30th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.



(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
CAPITAL HOTELS LIMITED is in dissolution. Alrena
Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted at The Winter-
botham Trust Company Limited, Winterbotham Place, Marl-
borough & Queen Streets, P.O. Box N-3026, Nassau Bahamas.
All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the 28th October,

ical care to its clients, helping
them to manage costs and
strengthening the relationship
with its medical industry part-
ners, such as doctors and
The insurer was also set to
implement this year disease
management programmes to
deal with the likes of diabetes
and cancer, and is launching a
lifestyle management initia-
tive aimed at tackling obesity.

Cable targets

$0.6m from

box rentals

by year-end

Caribbean Crossings and
Maxil Communications
showed an impressive 13 per
cent increase, reaching $6.8
million, compared to $5.8 mil-
lion for the same period of
For the 2009 first half, Mr
Paddick said Cable Bahamas
had invested $9.2 million in
capital expenditures, most of
it spent on its new Freeport
office complex and HFC and
broadband network infra-
Confirming that Cable
Bahamas was in "the early
planning" of a video-on-
demand service, Mr Paddick
said the company's initiatives
"will result in a more robust
network, improved system
performance, increased band-
width, improved customer sat-
isfaction and new product
offerings and revenue
While the "economic skies
may have been grey", Mr
Paddick said total dividends
distributed to Cable
Bahamas' shareholders dur-
ing the first six months had
increased year-over-year by
16 per cent to $2.8 million,
representing 19 per cent of
total net income.

A major financial institution with both commercial and private banking
operations, seeks to identify suitable candidates for the position of:


Core Responsibilities:

* Provides support and maintenance of core applications and database
* Assist with application and reports development within the company as
* Assists with documentation and maintenance of technical standards and
* Troubleshoots system and application problems, including server related
* Reviews and tests technologies for potential purchase by researching
computer industry information.
* Interfaces with all staff and IT vendors in carrying out duties.
* Performs application installations and configurations, preventative
maintenance and repairs.
* Executes, coordinates and assists in the implementation of new

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

* Knowledge of the AS400 and Windows Operating systems required.
* Experience with ATM and POS hardware.
* Knowledge of credit card processing and experience working with
branded networks (VISA, Mastercard, AMEX etc) a plus.
* Ability to consult Management and developers regarding application
software performance and use.
* Analytical and problem-solving skills to assess issues and technical
information, examine alternatives, and use judgment to provide reasoned
* Must be a Team player and possess the ability to work in a demanding
* Ability to communicate and document clearly and effectively required.
* Must be open to new technology and ability to problem solve in support
of the network and central database systems.
* Bachelor of Science degree in a computer-related field, industry standard
network certifications required, plus two (2) or more years of proven
network systems experience.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifi-
cations; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and life insurance; pension
Interested persons should apply no later than October 6, 2009 to:

Institutional .leadership @ gmail .com






Regulators probe Cambridge claims

the Inspector of Financial and
Corporate Services Providers,
which handles the law firm's
corporate services business.
One source told Tribune
Business that this subsidiary
"will receive the brunt of reg-
ulators' attention", given that
the activities allegedly
engaged in by Mr Cambridge
supposedly took place under
its umbrella. There is nothing
to suggest this subsidiary, its
law firm parent or other staff
have done anything wrong in
relation to the allegations
against Mr Cambridge.
With the Compliance Com-
mission, which is responsible
for enforcing certain aspects
of the anti-money laundering
regime, the Inspector will first
seek to determine whether
the allegations against Mr
Cambridge can be substanti-
ated, sources said, before it
launches any full-blown inves-
Hillary Deveaux, the Secu-
rities Commission's executive
director, who acts as the
Inspector of Financial and
Corporate Services Providers,
declined to comment on the
specifics of the allegations
against Mr Cambridge or the

However, he did tell Tri-
bune Business: "We have to
be in a position to demon-
strate we can enforce our leg-
islation. It's extremely impor-
tant that we are seen to be
dealing with these matters.
"We have to be in a posi-
tion to enforce our laws, so
that if our laws have been vio-
lated, regardless of what's
happening outside the juris-
diction, who can bring to
account those who have
allegedly violated our laws."
The regulators, in their
statement yesterday, said:
"The implications of the alle-
gations against Mr Cambridge
pose a potential threat to that
good reputation, the conse-
quences of which are far-
The US District Attorney's
Office for south Florida has
charged Mr Cambridge with
knowingly laundering hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars
in proceeds from a fictitious
European-based investment
fraud, following a 'sting' oper-
ation perpetrated by the Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation
"On or about November

23, 2007, at Nassau, Bahamas,
defendant Cambridge was
told by an undercover agent
that the funds came from a
'Ponzi' scheme," the indict-
ment alleged.


"After acknowledging his
understanding of the pur-
ported source of the funds,
defendant Cambridge
instructed undercover agents
how to launder the proceeds
in the Bahamas."
Mr Cambridge is under-
stood to vehemently deny the
allegations against him, and
has hired attorneys both in
the US and the Bahamas to
defend himself against those

Tribune Business under-
stands, though, that the
review by Bahamian regula-
tors will seek to determine
whether Mr Cambridge filed
a suspicious transaction report
(STR) once the "source of
funds" from the fictitious
fraud was revealed to him,
something he is obligated to
do under the Financial Trans-
actions Reporting Act.
Since the charges against
Mr Cambridge were revealed,
several legal sources have told
Tribune Business that the
allegations against him appear
not "to stack up" or "pass the
smell test". Some have told
this newspaper that, based on
past experience, FBI agents
involved in such "sting" oper-
ations frequently either exag-

gerate or make things up.
In particular, several
sources questioned why, as
the indictment alleged, Mr
Cambridge only accepted
$2,000 as payment for sup-
posedly laundering the funds.
Given that he was allegedly
taking a huge risk that could
threaten his very career if
uncovered, they suggested he
would have demanded a
much higher fee.
The US attorney's office's
indictment alleged that on
November 23, 2007, Mr Cam-
bridge told the FBI agent he
received $2,000, not $1,000,
for laundering the money, and
the same day gave him a
$399,000 cheque to deposit
into a bank account at First-
Caribbean International Bank

Judging by the indictment,
at least, Mr Cambridge
appears to have played no
further significant part in the
alleged money laundering
scheme once told about the
source of the funds.
In the Bahamas, this
nation's anti-money launder-
ing regime includes the Pro-
ceeds of Crime Act, the
Financial Intelligence Unit
Act, the Financial Transac-
tions Reporting Act and the
Financial and Corporate Ser-
vices Providers Act. The
Compliance Commission is
the anti-money laundering
supervisor for financial insti-
tutions that are not part of
the banking, securities, insur-
ance and gaming industries.

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and cash flow during the first
half of the year that they tra-
ditionally rely on to carry
them through the softer lat-
ter half, Mr Sands confirmed
he had written on his mem-
bers' behalf to utility firms
and banks, urging them to
work with troubled proper-
ties to keep their doors open.
Calling on Bahamian hotels
to work out payment plans
with banks, utility companies
and their vendors, the BHA
president said: "Many of the
cost-savings measures which
have been put in place by
businesses may simply not be
enough. Typically, our hotels
and tourism-related business-
es rely on a healthy core six
months of stronger business
activity to carry them through
the lean months, particularly
September, October and
"Visitor arrivals, occupan-
cies and revenues during our
traditionally stronger months
was far below the normal. As
a consequence, many of our
members find themselves in
a position of significantly
reduced cash flow over these
coming months."
On average, room revenues
for the year-to-date have been
down 20 per cent on 2008
comparatives, and Mr Sands
said he had written to the
Bahamas Telecommunica-

tions Company (BTC),
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC), Water & Sew-
erage Corporation, Grand
Bahama Power Company,
Cable Bahamas and the banks
to appraise them of the situa-


In his September 22, 2008,
letter to Kevin Basden, BEC's
general manager, the BHA
president wrote: "While we
recognize fully the responsi-
bility which every business
has in meeting their financial
obligations, we recognize that
hard decisions must be made
by hotels and tourism-relat-
ed businesses through the end
of the year with regard to
expenditures and managing
operating costs.
"Concurrently, we know
that it is only good business
on your part to work with
businesses during these diffi-
cult times to help see them
Mr Sands asked BEC to
work with BHA members on
"payment plans and other
arrangements as many go
through an unprecedented
period of depleted cash flow.
Of course, this assumes a
good faith effort on the part
of the business in recognizing
their obligations to you".
And the BHA president

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX BELLOTTE of DUMPING
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 30th day of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau,

Legal Notice



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


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added that while the
Bahamas' competitive data
indicated that this nation was
"holding up well" compared
to many rivals in the world
and the Caribbean, "hotels
and tourism-related business-
es are in a highly vulnerable
"We are all in this together
and, by working together, we
will help to minimise business
closures and position our-
selves to take advantage of
the opportunities which the
future will certainly present,"
the BHA president wrote.
Mr Sands told Tribune
Business that the BHA had
been urged, especially by
some of its medium-sized and
small member properties, to
write to the utility companies,
government corporations and
banks to ensure these entities
were fully appraised of the
sector's concerns as it went
through "some distressing
He added that the utilities
and banks were prepared to
meet with BHA member
resorts on an individual,
"case-by-case" basis to work
out arrangements if they were

While the Bahamian
tourism industry's recovery,
and that of the wider econo-
my, depended on US eco-
nomic indicators such as
unemployment and consumer
confidence, Mr Sands said the
sector, in conjunction with the
Ministry of Tourism, had
embarked on "aggressive"
marketing strategies to ensure
"the Bahamas is still beating
the drum in the marketplace".
There had been "tremen-
dous growth" in tourism
arrivals from Canada, Mr
Sands added, the Bahamas'
main problem being that its
core market, the US, which
accounted for 85 per cent of
visitors, "is the one hurting
the most".
"This is cyclical, it will not
last for ever and we have to
weather the storm," Mr Sands
said, adding that the 2009
fourth quarter would be "a
challenge" with group book-
ings down anywhere between
25-30 per cent.
"I think the only thing we
can say is that we see the lev-
el of the decline diminishing,"
the BHA president added.

Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of EVERQUEST CORPORATION has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the



The Public is hereby advised that I, TENAJ VALENTINO
BAHAMAS, intend to change my name to TENAJ
VALENTINO WALLACE. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

Legal Notice



- 4-

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


Legal Notice



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


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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 PANEMA MOUNTAIN CORP. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice

- 0-

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


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4 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
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to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registraizat/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 23rd day
of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

- 4-

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


Legal Notice

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


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tofu mix, salsa and salt; cook for 2 min-
utes, stirring occasionally. Remove from
Warm tortillas according to package direc-
tions. Spoon about 3/4 cup tofu mix down
center of each tortilla. Top with 1 table-
spoon each of green onions, sour cream
and cheese; roll up. Serves four. (tofu-

5 green onions, minced
6 or 8 cloves garlic, minced
1 package firm tofu, well-drained, sliced
and marinated in soy sauce
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon crushed chili pepper sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
cooked brown rice
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water or stock or vinegar until tender. Add
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utes. Stir in basil, chili pepper sauce and soy
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rice. (

NOTICE is hereby given that ESACHAR CESAR of FOX HILL,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 23rd day of
September, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship,
P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

- 0-

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


Legal Notice

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



(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given in pursuance of Section 138 of the
International Business Companies Act, 2000 (as amended) that
the Directors of the above-named company by Resolution passed
on the 17th day of September 2009 resolved that the company be
wound up voluntarily forthwith and that the Liquidator is Mr. Bennet
R. Atkinson of Ronald Atkinson & Co., Chartered Accountants,
Marron House, Virginia and Augusta Streets, P.O. Box N-8326
Nassau, Bahamas.

All persons having claims against the above-named company are
requested to submit particulars of such claims and proofs thereof
in writing to the Liquidator, Mr. Bennet R. Atkinson, Marron House,
Virginia and Augusta Streets, PO. Box N-8326, Nassau, Bahamas,
no later than the 31st day of October 2009, after which date the
books will be closed and the assets of the company distributed.

Dated the 29th day of September 2009.

Bennet R. Atkinson




^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^H ~rx I^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^I I^^^^^^^^^^l I =^^^^


i rick Darling,
says that the NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
idea for his (a) GYROSCOPE LIMITED (SAC) is in dissolution under the provisions of
new business venture- the International Business Companies Act 200.
creating DVD post- (b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on August 11, 2009 when
....... .. cards was sparked its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
P O 5 T C A R D on a trip to San Sal- General.
0 *vador. (c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakelsha Collie of 2nd Terrace
S"The idea of putting the West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
"Bahamas on a disc came (d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
when I was coming back from on or before the 11th day of September 2009 to send their names and addresses
San Salvador in 2006. I over- and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
heard a couple on the plane. in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
The male visitor was telling made before such debts are proved.
the female that the Bahamas
was so beautiful that he Augustl2,2009
wished he could take it all
home on a disc, and surpris- ALISARICHARDSON
. ingly it was on the 7 o'clock
news. There was a report that LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY
tourists wanted to purchase
authentic souvenirs at an
affordable price" he said.
Mr Darling's interest was
peaked and he started making Legal Notice
,. the postcards which include NOTICE
the history, the government,
calendar of events, attractions, LA GLANESTRASS INC.
recreational activities and
photographs of the islands.
"I went to work almost
- immediately, creating the first
one of twenty-one volumes
and then adding the Bahamas
DVD booklet and discount Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
. " This allows tourists
.... . to take the Bahamas home (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
TY my a p1tIm 4 werg with them as a collection sou-
Swhen you e ti , venir," he said. dissolution of LA GLANESTRASS INC. has been
Pd I h The DVD postcard is
. you ' b d i accompanied by the DVD completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
- booklet, that gives other gen- the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
C! I T0 S 11Q N C Q ttTQ t ll 0INeral information about the
islands and gives the visitor
discounts that they can use on
their next visit to the coun-
FidUvA ONrA N "The best part of purchas-
.*4 f- - ing the DVD postcard is that ARGOSA CORP. INC.
*,-- a C ---'* ".visitors get discounts and
-.... . . - - ..J =,,. , ,(Liquidator)
... --9b_ coupons to come back to the
Bahamas on our all inclusive
.:Bahamas vacation ticket.
_ Ground transportation to and
7-_ - .k -7 |from the airport will be pro- Legal Notice
P vided, hotel reservations,
,'__ - food, and a gift certificate is NOTICE
- -" also included", he said.
aBecause most tourists KBOTO LIMITED
think that Nassau is the entire
the Bahamas, the DVD will -
1-show them the other beautiful
-,...islands and cays that make up
4- - this archipelago which will
-... hopefully encourage them to Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
visit the other islands.
SDL I I C T D S U I T 0 N CC I LCT OS r D I r I ON There are 19 DVD post- 138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
card volumes, with each vol-
ume depicting a different the dissolution of KBOTO LIMITED has been corn-
,-. ---, island. So far Mr Darling has
covered Grand Bahama, pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
. m=m=i Bimini, Eleuthera, Andros,
"*"h" , -' ."Abaco, San Salvador, Cat the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
S -..-P I U Island, and Exuma. Next on
.--.. .! his list are Acklins, Crooked
. . . Island, Mayaguana, Great
.I'... .. Inagua, and Little Inagua.
-. Apart from the DVD post-
cards, Mr Darling is also cre-OSA CORP. INC.
ating a Junkanoo DVD,
... . showing parades from previ- (Liquidator)
ous years.

D.V.D postcards capture the

Bahamas on a series of slide NOTICE The National Inurmmce Bur
attractions and ea GOLDEN CREST INVESTMENT of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

"I am also making a
Junkanoo DVD and a - j -
Junkanoo booklet, and this N otice to Vendors
will make Junkanoo very dif- Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
ferent. This however is a little
different from the DVD (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the The National Insurance Board (NIB) is preparing to make payments to vendors by direct
booklets, since the DVD
booklets are mainly targeted dissolution of GOLDEN CREST INVESTMENT bank deposits. To facilitate this, the NIB is requesting that vendors provide the necessary
to tourists. The Junkanoo banking information. Forms will be distributed to vendors for completion. If you do not
DVD is not only for tourists, completed; a Certificate of receive one, please contact us at one of the following to obtain a copy of the form:

but also for the die hard Dissolution has been issued and the Company has there-
Junkanoo fans." he said
He says that the Junkanoo fore been struck off the Register. 1.
DVD will display every aspect 2. Telephone No.: (242) 502-1838, or
of the Junkanoo parade, and 3. Collect a Form from any New Providence NIB Local Office
with the help of technology,
he will incorporate digital
effects to the graphics. The NIB requests the cooperation of all vendors as we seek to provide more efficient service.
The DVD's, volumes 1 -19, ARGOSA CORP. INC. All information will be treated as strictly confidential.
will be released on the (Liquidator)
November 1._____



1. The ladies of the Zonta
Club of New Providence will
host their first Hat Show
and Tea Party at Govern-
ment House on Sunday,
October 4 at 3 pm. Tickets
for the event are $30 with
part proceeds going toward
the Sister Sister Cancer
Support Group. Guests are
asked to park in the lower
grounds of Government

3TP. *iive

on Srid ay, II11 atthe
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C .u . Tr Plsveast he

a . La e . e ie

This highly a nticipated

event is being hosted by The
Ministry of Youth, Sports &
Culture and will serve as the
kick off event for National
Youth Month 2009 which is

year. Last year the Ministry

Gospel Jam.
Some of the country's top
nS S - Vc . o

gospel artists will be per-

forming including Christian
Counsellor, MrBeeds, Mr
Lynx, Manifest, Landlord,

Najie Dunn, Solo, Jay Arie

3. The Positive Vibe Youth Con-
cert is being held in con-
junction with Total Youth
Church (TYC) and 101.9 Joy
FM and is being co-spon-

sored by Faith Life Book and
Music Center. The concert
will begin at 7.30pm and is
free to all. For additional
information contact the
Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture at 502-0601.
year. Last year the Ministry
hosted a similar event called'

gospel artists will be per-
forming including Christian

Counsellor, Mr Beeds, Mrn
Najie Dunn, Solo, Jay Arie n
Avalanche, Mr J and Edi-

and two time Marlin Award
winner Nigel Lewis along
with his band Sound Mind.

cer is being held in con-
junction with Total Youth

Music Center. The concept
will begin at 7.30pm and ise
free to all. For additional

Ministry of Youth, Sports

7.30 pm. Artists include:

Heino Schmid as well as
Barbara Jesubatham with

her straw designer hand-
bags. Music is provided by
Adrian D'Aguilar and
friends. There is also food
sampling. Proceeds are
donated to various charities.
Tickets are $50 and can be
purchased at the 2 outlets of
Post Boxes Etc., downtown
and in the Westridge Shop-
ping Plaza, Cable Beach as
well as at the event.

Amaeleo 'Cortez' Carey

THE PRODUCERS of YMG promote 'Head Held High' on 'Bahama Hot Ones.'
(100 Jamz) with radio personality Randy C.

Tribune Features Reporter

LAST year, Tribune Enter-
tainment introduced young
Amaeleo 'Cortez' Carey- a
recent high school grad with
big dreams, and great ambi-
tion to fulfill them. At the
time, he had just made his
splash on the Bahamian
music scene with a three-song
demo album. In the inter-
view, he aspired to form a
record label someday, and
expressed a deep passion to
show the music world to what
the Bahamas has to offer.
Today, that dream has become a real-
ity. YoungStar Music Group has been
formed by Cortez and eleven young per-
sons between the ages of 17-24. YMG
has since debuted two singles on the air-
waves: 'I'm A Star' and most recently-
'Head Held High,' which is available on
iTunes to download. The songs lit up
the airwaves on More 94 FM, 106.5 Star
FM, and Cool 96 FM early this year.
Sherard 'Savio' Campbell, Colette
'Belle Parker', Stevaughn 'Acapella'
Hepburn, and Chavez 'Big Vezy' Parker,
Colette Parker, Sherard Campbell, Gia
and Jenna are the group's existing mem-
bers. Cortez is the ceo of YMG, and
has a passion to take music to another
level. To him, music isn't just lyrics
placed haphazardly to a beat, but the
reflection or expression of the everyday
human struggle.

Got clouds in the sky, with my head
held high
Ain't no looking down with my head

held high
Gotta swallow the mountain of pride
with my head held high
Gotta keep pushing my head held
I'm immune to the pain
Thick flesh my wounds deep
Things change, the looks seem bright
as if I used bleach

The group lays a feel-good track
about self motivation and ridding your-
self of negative people to achieve your
dreams sending positive vibes with
uplifting lyrics. Thinking higher seems
to be a recurring theme in their songs.
The single is a collaboration of the
two rappers - Calvin and Cortez. Both
came from musical families that
encouraged them to reach new heights
in the music arena. Cortez's uncle is
Pat Carey, lead guitarist of Bahamen,
and his cousin, highly acclaimed
recording artist 'Christopher Carey'
aka Sketch produced their most recent
single, which has unique, catchy words.
Both men advised Cortez and his group
that they can be among the greatest
Bahamian artists, regardless of their
Last September, the group released
their single 'I'm a Star' which lit up
the airwaves. The feel good anthem of
motivational words is an eclectic mix of
hip-hop and rap flavours.
Everyone in the group plays a musi-
cal instrument, Cortez said. Acoustic
guitar, piano, drum sets, tenor and alto
saxophone, and the tuba are all used
to relay their unique sound. The group
has high hopes to expand enterprise as
much as possible, performing at local
events, restaurants, and on local TV
They plan to release their first mix-
tape with 12 tracks, next year according
to the group's publicist Latoya Moncur.
She told Tribune Entertainment that
YMG has a lot more new music to
come which they hope will be hit sin-
gles. "Head Held High" is sure to be
reflective of that. Ms Moncur said they
have already set their sights on expos-
ing the world to what the Bahamas has
to offer.
And while people may see the
group's youth as a disadvantage, YMG
believes that it is actually a blessing. As
far as they're concerned, starting at
such a young age affords them more
time to develop as artists. So, when
they are well into their twenties, they
will already be accomplished artists,
rather than just beginning to make a
name for themselves.
In the mean time, music lovers will
be able to get a hold of YMG's debut
album by next year. If you keep your
ears tuned to local radio stations, you
may hear their name and sound long
before the album drops.


YoungStar Music Group




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The vegetarian

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piece by

by John Cox.

A PIECE by Heino Schmid featuring three life-like figures.

H eino 1
and John
Cox have collabo-
rated once again to produce a
striking exhibition, featured in
the lobby of the Central Bank
of The Bahamas on Frederick
St. 'Only the Strong Survive,'
'Story,' and 'Ruben's' are a
few of the works featured in
the exhibit.
Each painting is constructed on a
large scale canvas, and some are accent-
ed with bright red material that encour-
age the spectator to decode its meaning
and are designed to trigger an emotional
The paintings by Mr Schmid are
derived from life-like figures. He
described one of his pieces, which fea-
tures three vivid human-like figures side
by side. "In this particular instance, I
abstract them to present a particular
motion," Mr Schmid said. He added:
"They're not literal people, they are
highly metaphorical."
His counterpart, John Cox told Tri-
bune Art that it took him two months to
put his pieces together. "I hope my
work triggers an emotional response,
and causes viewers to think."
"African Symbol," is particularly
striking; it's an acryllic collage of pat-
terns stuck on it.
All of Mr Cox's paintings have power-
ful red-like fixtures juxtaposed next to
them. He explained that he "wanted to
have a visual device, a segue from the
conditions that are going on in the paint-
The exhibit is on display until Friday,
October 2.



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