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Dorselltt to run for
PLP chairmanship _
Tribune Staff Reporter ." * ' * .."__L i _ , 5 -- frl I1",

THE battle for the chair-
manship of the Progressive
Liberal Party got a jump start
yesterday when Kenred
Dorsett officially announced
his intent to run against
Glenys Hanna-Martin for the
coveted post.
Running on a
platform of
Now!", Mr
SDorsett said he
is committed to
bringing change
to the Opposi-
KENRED tion and
DORSETT unleashing the
party's "real
Due to his experience as a
branch member, national par-
ty vice-chairman and the cur-
rent PLP deputy chairman,
Mr Dorsett said he knows
what has worked for and
against the party recently.
"I am not offering myself
for the oppose
any man or woman within the
PLP. I seek the chairmanship
to move the party machinery
forward, to reconnect our par-
ty with supporters.. .And con-
nect the party to the people of
this our beloved Common-
wealth," Mr Dorsett said at a
press conference at his law
SEE page 11

Hotel union files
suit against bank
THE Bahamas Hotel
Catering and Allied Workers
Union has filed a suit against
Bank of the Bahamas (BOB)
for the return of nearly
$700,000 that was allegedly
transferred from the union's
accounts by unauthorizedd"
union executives.
The union claims BOB
failed to adhere to the man-
dated requirements of the
bank/customer relationship
between the two agencies in
respect to disbursements pur-
portedly effected on or about
August, 24 from the union's
account at BOB "without
lawful authority" of the union.
According to a writ filed in
the Supreme Court on Sep-
tember 3, during the time
period in question the only
persons legally entitled to
authorise disbursements from
the union's account at BOB
"were exclusively and at all
material times" any combina-
tion of three executives
including: Leo Douglas, Basil
SEE page 11

Placard-waving protliesters
Placard-waving protesters i

gather in Rawson Square

to sound call for justice .

PROSTESTING family and friends of victims of
violence shouted for the Minister of National Secu-
rity's resignation after they claimed he breezed past
them yesterday morning flanked by two uniformed
police officers.
Around 40 people had gathered in Rawson Square
yesterday to sound a call for "justice" to parlia-
mentarians who were returning to the House of
Assembly for the first time in a month.
Marching and waving placards, family and friends
of Preston Ferguson, Brenton Smith, Kristoff Coop-
er and Delroy Pratt came together to demand better
policing, improvements to the justice system and
more communication between police and victims'
Mr Ferguson's family claim that rather than dying
in an Exuma traffic accident, as police determined,
he was a victim of murder and police are not doing
what they should. Kristoff Cooper's brother and
SEE page two

FA ' Travolta tells of pressure to

Meet $25 million demand

-eiipe iviajor/i riune staTT
JOHN TRAVOLTA and his wife are
shown going to court yesterday.

Tribune Staff Reporter

HOLLYWOOD celebrity John Travolta
testified yesterday that he had been informed
that stories that would imply that he had inten-
tionally caused the death of his son would be
released to the media if he did not comply
with a demand for $25 million.
Jurors in the trial of ex-PLP Senator Pleas-
ant Bridgewater and former ambulance driver
Tarino Lightbourne yesterday also heard a

taped conversation between Bridgewater and
Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson regarding a
meeting set with an attorney for the 55-year-
old actor.
Bridgewater and Lightbourne are accused of
SEE page 12




Families call on

Minister to resign

FROM page one

father say they want to know
how the 21-year-old ended up
with a bullet in his head after
a police chase, while 18-year-
old Brenton Smith's family
say they still have not been
given a date for the holding of
an inquest into his death from
a bullet fired by a police offi-
When National Security
Minister Tommy Turnquest
appeared on the scene yes-
terday morning he did not to
stop to address the crowd,
only waving to one person
who shouted his name.

"^ Our
our youth
are in per-
il. Our son
is dead
and there
are more


PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham walks past protesters.

As he crossed the road
towards parliament, the
crowd started to shout in uni-
son, "We want justice!" and
"Tommy needs to go!"
Speaking to The Tribune,
Hector Smith, Brenton's
father said the grieving fami-
lies contacted each other and
are now unified in their call
for justice for their relatives
and other victims.
"We will never forget our
loved ones and the country
must stand behind us to make
sure it does not happen to
"They (politicians) need to

see that we the people want
change. Our nation, our youth
are in peril. Our son is dead
and there are more dying.
You need to show an exam-
ple. You need just to go
ahead and serve justice," he
Monique Smith, niece of
Preston Ferguson, who was
killed on August 2, said: "We
are trying to let the people
that we have elected to gov-
ern this country hear our unit-
ed voice saying that 'enough is
enough, justice has to be
"We speak for those peo-

PLACARD-WAVING PROTESTERS outside the House of Assembly yesterday.

ple who can no longer hear
for themselves. We are the
family members who have
been left hurting without
answers. The police are not
giving us answers, and we
want them to know we are
not going away."
Mervin Johnson, Preston's
uncle, said: "Exuma is in total
uprising right now. They
understand, it was obvious
and the message in Exuma is
something has to change.
Something has to happen."
Speaking with the media
briefly before heading into
parliament, Mr Turnquest

said The Bahamas is a "coun-
try of laws and we want to
ensure that the law is fol-
"When the law is not fol-
lowed, there are procedures
in place that will be carried
out," he added.
In relation to the Brenton
Smith case, which saw police
admit that an officer shot the
18 year old while in pursuit
of an armed robber, Mr Turn-
quest said the matter will be
"dealt with by the coroner's
"I don't want to second
guess the police officer who
was on duty responding to
that situation, but there are
procedures in place to deal
with that."
Meanwhile, referring to the
case of Preston Ferguson, Mr
Turnquest said he was "dis-
appointed" to hear the vic-

tim's family claim that he had
failed to contact them.
"I was away when that hap-
pened and I wasn't really
aware of the circumstances.
The family met with the com-
missioner of police, they indi-
cated they weren't satisfied,
they then came to meet with
me. Within two days of speak-
ing to me, I spoke back to a
family member, indicated to
them the situation with
regards to it, what the police
was doing with respect to that.
"So I was somewhat disap-
pointed to hear on Sunday in
the press that the family say-
ing they hadn't heard from
the commissioner or the min-
"Well they surely could-
n't say the minister because
it is a matter that is still under
investigation and we're deal-
ing with it."

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Court hears

about robbery

and killing plot
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Lead police
investigator Darrell Rolle told
the Supreme Court that mur-
der accused Wilfred McPhee
Jr told him that co-accused
Edwin Bauld Jr hatched a
plan to rob and kill his own
Sgt Rolle testified that
McPhee told him he only
wanted to rob Police Corporal
Eddison Bain, but Bauld
wanted to kill him. Bauld and
McPhee are on trial for the
murder, kidnapping and rob-
bery of Bain, whose body was
found in a shallow ditch near
the Casuarinas Bridge on
October 22, 2007. His hands
and feet were bound and a
large stone had been put on
top of his face.
Sgt Rolle took a statement
from McPhee on October 23.
He read the entire 13-page
document in court yesterday.
Before taking the statement,
Rolle said he asked if the
accused wanted a lawyer pre-
sent, but McPhee declined.
In the statement, McPhee
claimed Bauld told him they
were going to make some
money by robbing his cousin
after using his girlfriend, Gah-
nise Campbell, to set Bain up.
Bauld went over the plan
with his girlfriend in a hotel
room, but she was hesitant.
They argued and she finally
agreed to go through with it,
the statement said.

The statement claims Gah-
nise called the victim and told
him to pick her up, and that
he and Bauld waited in some
bushes near the Island Seas
armed with a fake gun
wrapped in a towel. When
Gahnise arrived with Bain,
the two men accosted the offi-
cer, robbed him of his ATM
card, got the pin number, put
him in the trunk of his car,
and went to Commonwealth
Bank in the Sea Horse Plaza,
the statement said.
McPhee said he covered his
face with a black shirt and
tried to withdraw money from
Bain's account, but was
Bauld then went in and
withdrew $1,000 cash from the
They went to Boulevard
Service Station with Bain still
in the trunk.
They put gas in the vehicle
and drove over the bridge.
McPhee said Bain pleaded
with them to let him go.
Bain told them that he
would not report the matter
because he was a police offi-
cer and was ashamed. McPhee
said he did not know Bain was
a police officer at the time.
He told Bauld to let Bain
go, but Bauld threatened to
also put him in the hole if he
did not assist him in killing
Sgt Rolle said McPhee told
him that Bain was still alive
when Bauld rolled a large
stone over the hole.

Lawyer Brian Hanna, who
is defending Bauld, asked Sgt
Rolle whether he actually saw
Bauld on a video taken at the
bank. Sgt Rolle said he did
not because the persons on
the video had covered their
faces with a shirt.
Mr Hanna also asked Rolle
if he slapped Bauld and
coerced him into signing a
statement so that the police
would not charge his girl-
friend. Rolle denied hitting or
coercing Bauld.
Mario Gray, who repre-
sents McPhee, suggested that
Sgt Rolle punched his client in
the head, and another officer
poked McPhee in the chest
with a baseball bat.
He further suggested that
Sgt Rolle promised his client
that he would give a deal for
his co-operation. Sgt Rolle
denied the assertions. Mr
Grey also asked Sgt Rolle
whether his client was made
aware of his constitutional
right to speak to an attorney
while in police custody, and

whether this information was
posted in the room where the
men were kept in custody.
Sgt Rolle said he was not
aware if any postings, but said
he had asked McPhee if he
wished to speak with a lawyer,
but the accused declined.
The trial resumes on Thurs-
day. Acting Justice Jethro
Miller is presiding. ca Kemp
and Vernal Collie are the


Two die after high-speed

police chase ends in crash

chase in the early hours of yes-
terday resulted in the death of
two suspects after they were
involved in a horrific crash.
The men died at the scene
on John F Kennedy Drive
around 3am after their car
crashed into a utility pole near
Lake Cunningham, "cutting the
vehicle in half," Asst Commis-
sioner Hulan Hanna told The
Tribune. Investigations into the
accident were still underway at
press time last night and the
identities of the men had not
been released. But police
believe the victims may have
been driving a stolen car.
Officers were on patrol on

Fire Trail Road just before 3am
when they spotted a car with
two men near the Texaco Ser-
vice Station. The vehicle
"aroused suspicion" as it did
not have the necessary inspec-
tion certificates, Mr Hanna said.
The officers attempted to
perform a routine "stop and
search" exercise on the 2003
Nissan Sentra, which was bear-
ing the licence plate number
118308. However, the Nissan
sped off down Fire Trail Road.
The police pursued and a high
speed chase led them first onto
Gladstone Road, then onto
John F Kennedy Drive, Asst
Supt Walter Evans said. Short-
ly after turning onto the road

leading to Lynden Pindling
International Airport, the dri-
ver of the Nissan lost control
of the vehicle and crashed into
a utility pole.

Police said the two passen-
gers were thrown from the car,
which was "completely man-
gled" in the crash.
Witnesses said the Nissan
"split the pole in two."
The two men are the coun-
try's 38th and 39th traffic fatal-
ities for the year so far. Just 10
days ago, one-year-old Randia
Dean and her 20-year-old aunt


'A-Team' leader Nicole Martin declared hotel union president

'A-TEAM' leader Nicole
Martin has again emerged vic-
torious, having been declared
president of the Bahamas
Hotel, Catering and Allied
Workers Union for the second
time this year.
Ms Martin was forced to give
up her seat when the elections
of May 28 were declared null
and void by a Supreme Court
order. However an over-
whelming number of the
Bahamas Hotel, Catering and
Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU) members who
cast their votes on Tuesday
again chose Ms Martin and the
Ms Martin was thrilled with
the result, and said she felt it
was a validation of her initial
victory 60 days before.
She has become the first
woman president in the history
of the union, established more
than 50 years ago, and she
approached the election with

Seaman dies after

diving accident
ROYAL Bahamas Defence
Force marine seaman Charles
Heastie died on Tuesday
night following a diving acci-
dent two weeks ago.
Mr Heastie, 21, fell into a
coma after a scuba diving
accident during a RBDF
training exercise on Wednes-
day, September 17. He was
swimming laps in one of the
community pools in South
Beach with several other offi-
cers when he failed to surface.
His comrades rushed to pull
him from the water and per-
form cardiopulmonary resus-
citation (CPR) while they
waited for an ambulance to
arrive. The marine was rushed
to Doctors Hospital where he
remained in a coma for nearly
two weeks.


HOTEL union members vote.
confidence under the slogan,
'Lets do it again'.
A total of four teams ran for
leadership of the 5,000-mem-
ber union, the largest union in
the country for hotel and cater-
ing industry employees.
Tyrone Butler, leader of the
"M Group", graciously accept-
ed defeat, while Team
Redemption leader Sidney
Rolle said he was disappoint-

ed by the loss as he had expect-
ed to win the election this time.
He thanked members in
Grand Bahama and Cat Island
who voted for him.
Kirk Wilson, head of Team
Deliverance, warned he may
take legal action as three mem-
bers of his team were not
allowed to be nominated.
Mr Wilson, former first vice-
president of the union, was
involved in the feud over the
May election dates which led
to Justice John Isaacs scrapping
the May 4 nominations and
May 28 elections by means of a
Supreme Court Order. Incum-
bent President Roy Colebrooke
and Secretary General Leo
Douglas, who temporarily
regained the reigns of the union
on July 31 after Ms Martin's
team were forced to step down,
declined to offer again for lead-
ership - likely because they
only received 270 votes in the
May election.


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Politics turned dangerous in US

I HATE TO write about this, but I have
actually been to this play before and it is
really disturbing.
I was in Israel interviewing Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin just before he was assassi-
nated in 1995. We had a beer in his office.
He needed one. I remember the ugly mood
in Israel then - a mood in which extreme
right-wing settlers and politicians were doing
all they could to delegitimize Rabin, who
was committed to trading land for peace as
part of the Oslo accords. They questioned his
authority. They accused him of treason. They
created pictures depicting him as a Nazi SS
officer, and they shouted death threats at
rallies. His political opponents winked at it
And in so doing they created a poisonous
political environment that was interpreted by
one right-wing Jewish settler as a license to
kill Rabin - he must have heard, "God will
be on your side" - and so he did so.
Others have already remarked on this
analogy, but I want to add my voice because
the parallels to Israel then and America
today turn my stomach: I have no problem
with any of the substantive criticism of Pres-
ident Barack Obama from the right or left.
But something very dangerous is happen-
ing. Criticism from the far right has begun
tipping over into delegitimation and creating
the same kind of climate here that existed in
Israel on the eve of the Rabin assassination.
What kind of madness is it that someone
would create a poll on Facebook asking
respondents, "Should Obama be killed?"
The choices were: "No, Maybe, Yes, and
Yes if he cuts my health care." The Secret
Service is now investigating. I hope they put
the jerk in jail and throw away the key
because this is exactly what was being done
to Rabin. Even if you are not worried that
someone might draw from these vitriolic
attacks a license to try to hurt the president,
you have to be worried about what is hap-
pening to American politics more broadly.
Our leaders, even the president, can no
longer utter the word "we" with a straight
face. There is no more "we" in American
politics at a time when "we" have these huge
problems - the deficit, the recession, health
care, climate change and wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan - that "we" can only manage,
let alone fix, if there is a collective "we" at
Sometimes I wonder whether George
H.W. Bush, president "41," will be remem-
bered as our last "legitimate" president. The
right impeached Bill Clinton and hounded
him from Day 1 with the bogus Whitewater
"scandal." George W. Bush was elected
under a cloud because of the Florida voting

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mess, and his critics on the left never let him
forget it.
And Obama is now having his legitimacy
attacked by a concerted campaign from the
right fringe. They are using everything from
smears that he is a closet "socialist" to call-
ing him a "liar" in the middle of a joint ses-
sion of Congress to fabricating doubts about
his birth in America and whether he is even
a citizen. And these attacks are not just com-
ing from the fringe. Now they come from
Lou Dobbs on CNN and from members of
the House of Representatives.
Again, hack away at the man's policies
and even his character all you want. I know
politics is a tough business. But if we destroy
the legitimacy of another president to lead or
to pull the country together for what most
Americans want most right now - nation-
building at home - we are in serious trou-
ble. We can't go 24 years without a legiti-
mate president - not without being
swamped by the problems that we will end
up postponing because we can't address
them rationally.
The American political system was, as the
saying goes, "designed by geniuses so it could
be run by idiots." But a cocktail of political
and technological trends have converged in
the last decade that are making it possible for
the idiots of all political stripes to overwhelm
and paralyze the genius of our system.
Those factors are: the wild excess of mon-
ey in politics; the gerrymandering of political
districts, making them permanently Repub-
lican or Democratic and erasing the political
middle; a 24/7 cable news cycle that makes
all politics a daily battle of tactics that over-
whelm strategic thinking; and a blogosphere
that at its best enriches our debates, adding
new checks on the establishment, and at its
worst coarsens our debates to a whole new
level, giving a new power to anonymous
slanderers to send lies around the world.
Finally, on top of it all, we now have a per-
manent presidential campaign that encour-
ages all partisanship, all the time among our
leading politicians. I would argue that togeth-
er these changes add up to a difference of
degree that is a difference in kind - a dif-
ferent kind of American political scene that
makes me wonder whether we can seriously
discuss serious issues any longer and make
decisions on the basis of the national interest.
We can't change this overnight, but what
we can change, and must change, is people
crossing the line between criticising the pres-
ident and tacitly encouraging the unthink-
able and the unforgivable.
(This article was written by Thomas L.
Friedman -
c.2009 New York Times News Service).















regarding the

'Straw Market'

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The following is a compi-
lation of ideas from business
operators between Bay
Street and Woodes Rogers
Walk with our observations
on the straw market:

Because of the nature of
most of the vendors and
their wares - and those
who are not vendors of
straw - and those who
greet and rip off tourists by
welcoming them with a
"free" gift which is taken
back after the tourists refuse
to pay for it, and push drugs,
fake cigars and arrange
assignments for the evening
- and those who do noth-
ing else but hang around the
straw market - and the way
they present themselves and
the image that they present
of the Bahamas, the "straw
market" will never by its
own nature be anything but
a third rate sideshow.
The only way to improve
the situation in town is to
have the "straw market"
moved and monitored.
Maybe Arawak Cay where
visitors can take a short cab
ride and have a total "cul-
tural" experience as in Mex-
ico and several other desti-
nations or in the old customs
building on Prince George
Dock where monitoring of
workers and goods is more
feasible. It would be the first
and the last place for ship
visitors to experience a real
straw market with real
Bahamian made goods -
rather than cheap imports
from everywhere else in the
world sold as Bahamian, and
illegal copies of name brand
bags, wallets, etc. Serious
businesses nearby the cur-
rent straw market are dis-
gusted with having to put up
with the attitudes, of the
slovenliness, the acceptance
of criminal behaviour as an
everyday "cultural" thing -
it should never have been
allowed to pervade our cul-
ture so thoroughly, and it is
time to eliminate it entirely
and thoroughly.
The towns people are
tired of it - the ones who
pay the property taxes, busi-
ness licences and all manner
of other fees are held back
by those who don't pay and
don't care - those who feel
that it is their right to ignore

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law and civility and the sen-
sibilities of others.
Before the fire that
destroyed the straw market,
Beaumont House and
Colony Place, the placement
of the straw market and the
annoyance given by the
market people discouraged
continuing foot traffic going
west beyond the market
itself, and as a result all busi-
nesses from Market Street
going west were severely
negatively affected by the
halt in the flow of pedestrian
tourist traffic. Should the
straw market return to mid-
downtown the same would
happen again. When the
shopping and commercial
extension is expanded going
east of Rawson Square and
the pedestrian flow pools
further in that direction, any
such blockage as a straw
market returning to mid-
town would isolate anything
west of it. This would be
another nail in the coffin for
businesses and further thin
out any potential business
that might make its way
through the straw market
gauntlet. As it is, our tourists
are a fickle and untrusting
of the unfamiliar, they dis-
like confrontation with loud,
aggressive people and will
return to the haven of their
ship at the first feeling of
discomfort. This suits the
ships nicely as they are guar-
anteed more on board
Putting this straw market
and these people who man it
and hang around it back in
the centre of prime business
area of the capital will again
lower our credibility of
being a serious business cen-
tre and show the world that
a few loud, rude people get
in the way of true progress
in providing and maintaining
our destination as a thing of
beauty and business. It will
show the world that our
town and our attitude
towards international com-
mercial acceptance and our
intentions for international
recognition and success is
hardly more than a fifth rate
joke. We will never progress
as other nations do and we
must look forward. We are
already way behind the
mark, the rest of the region
take serious positive and
competitive steps to get
ahead, we seem quite satis-
fied by happily ignoring the

shambles that currently exist
and allowing a slap-happy
attitude towards regional
competition. If it were not
for the proximity of the
USA little dirty Nassau
would have long been lost
in the dust. It is imperative
that the presentation of our
downtown showpiece be
alive, strong and purpose-
ful. Should we allow the
straw market to go back to
the centre of town we might
as well throw in the towel
and give up as the rats will
be running the city with
rudeness, carelessness, dis-
gusting attitudes with unpo-
liced lawlessness - and the
feeling that they can - and
they do - get away with
everything that only goes to
destroy rather than enhance
life. The beauty that exist-
ed here when we first
became a tourist destination
is sadly gone, and along with
that the attitudes of helpful-
ness, pride and honesty.
Please put something
worthwhile in the old straw
market space - to be com-
petitive we must show our
best. Commercial buildings
and a beautiful cool area to
offer respite is what is need-
ed there. We have a lot of
catching up to do, and the
straw market does not
belong there. Those who are
S\\ ,king- ' there and those
who hang around there
preying on tourists and near-
by businesses tend to
destroy any prospects of
improvement, and as much
as they are happy to live in
their filth, they are not hap-
py until they drag all sur-
rounding businesses down
to their level.
Progress nationally or
with individual businesses is
impossible with this type of
overwhelming negativity,
and should the market not
be removed from the down-
town area, our lack of plan-
ning and foresight will seal
our fate and we will deserve
to drown in the squalor and
results of our short sighted-
ness that I assure you will
come to pass. We should
look towards greater sub-
stance by improving our
tourist product perhaps we
can also improve our tourist
quality and regain some
pride in our attitudes and
surroundings. Thank you for
your space and time.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
AN estimated 32,000 chil-
dren, students and elderly peo-
ple burdened by the cost of
medication for chronic diseases
will soon be eligible to get them
for free from both government
and private pharmacies.
This was revealed as parlia-
mentarians yesterday began
debate on the Chronic Disease
Prescription Drug Plan, which is
set to entitle certain people to
get previously costly prescrip-
tion medications and medical
supplies at no cost.
Health Minister Dr Hubert
Minnis, stating that it is gov-
ernment's intent to ensure all
Bahamians have "full access to
quality and affordable health-
care," described the drug plan
as the first step by government
towards the introduction of a
comprehensive, universal health
care plan that covers the cost
of not only medication, but oth-
er key healthcare needs.
The drug plan - supported
yesterday by both government
and opposition MPs, despite
some reservations - is expected
to need $5.4 million in funding
per year in its first phase, to be
provided in part by contribu-
tions by employers and employ-

ees equivalent to one per cent
of their insurable wage.
Ninety-three medications
which treat 11 different Chron-
ic Non-Communicable Diseases
(CNCDs) - arthritis, asthma,
breast cancer, diabetes mellitus,
glaucoma, high cholesterol,
hypertension, ischaemic heart
disease, major depression,
prostate cancer and psychosis -
will be accessible through the
National Insurance Board
Pensioners, those on NIB retire-
ment benefits, those on Nation-
al Insurance invalidity benefits,
children under the age of 18 and
young people up to the age of
25 in full time education suffer-
ing from these diseases are eli-
gible under the first phase.
Highlighting the significance
of the legislation, Dr Minnis
noted that one in three people
in the Bahamas suffer from a
CNCD, 48.5 per cent of all hos-
pital beds are occupied by peo-
ple suffering from these diseases
or associated problems and 60
per cent of all deaths are direct-
ly linked to CNCDs.
At present, the financial bur-
den on those who have to buy
medications to treat these dis-
eases is huge, suggested Dr
Minnis, as is the strain placed
on healthcare services and the
economy when businesses see

employees fall sick and insur-
ance premiums rise in line with
greater demand for treatment
for such conditions.
Pineridge MP Kwasi Thomp-
son noted that the strips and
syringes alone required by a dia-
betes sufferer can amount to
$1,500 a year.
Which medications and con-
ditions will be covered in the
first instance under the initial
phase of the plan was deter-
mined "scientifically" by a
group of medical professionals,
not by the Minister of Health,
and will be reviewed at and
adjusted at various stages, Dr
Minnis said.
Dr Minnis said that while he
always fully supported the prin-
ciple of a comprehensive health-
care plan, the advice of experts
suggests such a plan would not
be "sustainable" at present.
"These same consultants rec-
ommended that the National
Health Insurance plan be intro-
duced in a phased approach
rather than comprehensively
and this is what we are tabling
with the drug plan," he said.
He added that under a future
phase of the plan, 48,000 people
are anticipated to benefit, as all
employed and self-employed
people, voluntary contributing
people, the indigent and public
service employees will join the
list of those able to access to
free medications.
Aside from treating the
symptoms of CNCDs, Dr Min-
nis said a key part of the Chron-
ic Disease Prescription Drug
Plan will be promotion efforts
aimed at raising awareness
about the need for healthy
lifestyles that can help reduce
the likelihood of a person suf-
fering from such a condition in
the first place and which can
help educate those who suffer
from CNCDs in how to best
manage their condition.

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tion Army soldiers march dur-
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anniversary military parade at a
military base in Beijing, China.
China's capital was wrapped in
tight security and thick fog
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, as
police blocked off Tiananmen
Square, the Forbidden City and
other popular tourist landmarks
ahead of a massive parade on
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Chinese Embassy

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THE Chinese Embassy held
a reception at the Sheraton
Hotel last night to celebrate the
60th anniversary of the Peo-
ple's Republic of China.
A massive celebration in
Tian'anmen Square, Beijing, at
which President Hu Jintao will
give a keynote speech, will also
be held on October 1 in com-
memoration of the landmark.
A military parade and mass
pageant will follow, according
to a spokesperson for the 60th
National Day celebration
preparation committee of the
Beijing municipal government.
The parade will highlight
China's achievements in the
defence sector over the past six
decades and showcase its reso-
lution to safeguard world and
regional peace and stability, the
spokesperson said.
The mass pageant will
involve about 200,000 citizens
and 60 floats, and will be held
under the theme: "Motherland
and I Marching Together".
The spokesperson said that
later that night, a gala event at
Tian'anmen Square will feature
colourfull performances and a
splendid fireworks display",
with senior party and govern-
ment leaders present.
On September 30 a huge
reception, hosted by the State
Council, will be held in the
Great Hall of the People.
From October 1 to 3, major
parks in Beijing are to host par-

"We will try our best
to create a festive
environment at an
economical cost.
Preparation is going
on smoothly, we will
make sure of a suc-
cessful celebration."

ties and functions to celebrate
National Day.
In addition, an exhibition
highlighting China's progress
during the past 60 years will be
held in the Beijing Exhibition
Centre near the city zoo over
the last two weeks in Septem-
Also during that time, a
grand musical, "Road to
Revival", with a cast of about
3,200, will be staged at the
Great Hall of the People. It will
depict the past 169 years of Chi-
nese history chronologically
from the Opium War to the
"We will try our best to cre-
ate a festive environment at an
economical cost," said the
spokesperson. "Preparation is
going on smoothly, we will
make sure of a successful cele-
The Chinese Embassy in
Nassau will be closed until
October 5.

held marking the
60th anniversary
of the founding
of the People's
Republic of
China on
Wednesday at
the Great Hall of
the People in
Beijing, China.

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leaks, Water and Sewerage
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technicians have been working
late into the night repairing and
stabilising the 83-year-old
underground pipes in New
The Corporation expects to
save millions of dollars a year in
water costs and significantly
increase its revenue intake fol-
lowing the system upgrade.
"The sewerage system was
built back in 1926, so the infra-
structure we are renewing is old
and fragile," said Phenton Ney-
mour, Minister of State in the
Ministry of the Environment.
"It's also time to repave
Shirley Street and this project
extends from Village Road to
Frederick Street and is expect-
ed to be completed in Decem-
ber 2009. So while the works
are being carried out, we will
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Since the project started on
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"By correcting the leaky
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daily of lost water - that is
equivalent to almost $3 Million
annually in additional cost for
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saved," said Mr Neymour.
"And if this one million gallons
daily of water is sold, the addi-
tional revenue would be more
than $5 million annually.

"Water and Sewerage has
faced a number of challenges
due to the age of the infra-
structure that translates to non-
revenue water.
"Water is produced and lost
before it reaches the customer
or is billed to customers,
through either leaks, theft, or
metering inaccuracies."
Leslie Hutchinson, senior
engineer of the Project Man-
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they are working with Bahamas
Hot Mix and Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation to complete
the government's plan to repair
the water system and resurface
the roadway.
"Our focus is on the water
service lines and the sewer lat-
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"Ninety per cent of our leaks
are on service lines.
"This project addresses
renewing the service saddles in
direct contact with the pipe and
the actual service lines that go
out to the various properties.
"We are also addressing the
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protection procedures are fol-
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"We also display signs that
tell the drivers to slow down
because there is road work
Mr Neymour said the Cor-
poration pays careful attention
to the choice of their materials
and to installing ducts around
the service lines so that when
the road paving takes place, it
eliminates the threat of dam-
age to those service lines.
"We have a coordination
committee that ties the project
together, where the utilities cor-
porations share plans with each
other about the project."
Minister Neymour said he is
pleased with the efforts of the
contractors so far.
"We received no complaints
in respect to any detrimental
effects to the environment.
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Chief Medical Officer receives award

Press Attache
Embassy of The Bahamas
HAILED for her foresight
and leadership skills, and for
positioning the Bahamas as a
voice to be heard internation-
ally on public health matters,
Chief Medical Officer Dr Mer-
celine Dahl-Regis accepted the
Pan American Health Organi-
sation Award (PAHO) for
Administration for 2009.
The PAHO award commit-
tee noted that Dr Dahl-Regis
was awarded for her contribu-
tion to healthcare management
and research, and to medical
education in primary health-
Made up of representatives

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from Argentina, Bolivia and
the United States, the commit-
tee also cited her leadership in
institutionalising public health
surveillance across all of the
Bahamas and in evaluating and
redefining the parameters for
Caribbean cooperation in
health. The award was given at
a special reception held in
Washington, DC, last week dur-
ing a meeting of the 49th
Directing Council of the
Dr Dahl-Regis said the
award was an honour not only
for her, but for those who work
in public health, "particularly
the women, and my country,
the Bahamas."
"I think it's very special to
be recognized in such an are-
na," she said.

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During her formal remarks,
she said that public service and
public health have been the
most rewarding experiences of
her medical career.
"As I accept this award, I do
so remembering that I did not
accomplish this on my own,"
Dr Dahl-Regis said, lauding her
parents, mentors, family and
"I envisage a public health-
care system where it is second
nature for practitioners to put
their clients first, where prac-
tice is based on evidence rather
than economics, where preven-
tative healthcare has become
the flagship of healthcare sys-
tems globally, providing equi-
table, culturally relevant care."
Also at the special ceremony
was Labour and Social Devel-
opment Minister Senator Dion
Foulkes. He described Dr
Dahl-Regis as a "daughter of
the soil," and spoke of her
"tremendous investment in
advancing the health and well-
being of the people of the
Bahamas, the Caribbean and
the world."
"Dr Dahl-Regis, because you
are at the helm as the Chief
Medical Officer of the Com-

MINISTER ol Labour and
Social Development Sena-
tor Dion Foulkes (right)
shares a light moment
with Chief Medical Officer
Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis
(centre) and Director Gen-
eral of the World Health
Organisation Dr Margaret
Chan. Dr Dahl-Regis won
the Pan American Health
Organisation/World Health
Organisation Award In
Administration for 2009.

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quality of life and overall well-
being," he said.
Dr Dahl-Regis' leadership
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play host to the premiere
of TaDa's new music
video "No One Else"
from her album "I'm
That Girl."
As with her previous
videos - the seminal
"TaDa" and "Keep
Moving" featuring Tia
Thomas and Saba - the
new release is a sleek,
quality production that
sets a new standard for
Bahamian music videos.
When TaDa's self-
titled music video first
appeared on local and
international airwaves it
sent a message to
Bahamian artists that not
only were they capable
of producing a quality
product, they had no
other choice but to do so.
With New York City
as her backdrop, TaDa's
new video offers a
sophisticated, soulful and
polished package.
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duced by another local
artist, "Sketch", whose
reputation for creating
sounds comparable to
any other international
producer is growing.
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A HOST of activities to
"highlight, recognize and
encourage the contributions of
young Bahamians" will be held
as the Bahamas celebrates
National Youth Month in Octo-
ber, Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture Desmond Bannis-
ter said.
"It is our objective to show-
case and celebrate the many
positive youth role models
within our communities, while
encouraging our unattached
young men and young women
to focus on getting involved in
meaningful programmes and
projects in our communities,"
Mr Bannister said.
"The month set aside for
youth will also provide an
avenue for young people to
express their views on national
issues that concern them."
Held under the theme 'Cele-
brating Youth - Our Pride, Our
Investment and Our Heritage',
this year's activities will also
seek to "motivate our youth to
focus on positive alternatives,"
the minister said.
"The youth of the Bahamas
are indeed our pride," he said
last week during a press con-
ference. We are investing in
them and we look for great
returns on our investment in
the future."
Mr Bannister said that the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture, through its Youth

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Bahamas Lionel Elliott; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Desmond
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Deon Ellis.

Division, is working with
Bahamian youth leaders to
facilitate and equip them to be
able to deliver character-build-
ing programmes throughout the
country. New initiatives will be
implemented this year, includ-
ing the highlighting of a
"unique" workshop hosted by
the Johnson and Wales Uni-
versity on October 21, he said.
"This event will allow all
interested young Bahamians
the opportunity to be exposed
to an institution that specialises
in hospitality and culinary ter-
tiary education," Minister Ban-
nister said. "My ministry
believes in providing this type
of exposure to as many young
Bahamians as possible. We

desire to see more youth to
begin now to maximise their
potential in order to be in a

position to take full advantage
of new careers as they become
available," he said. "As the
economy of the Bahamas
improves, so will new doors be
This year's Youth Band
Encounter will be held in Gov-
ernor's Harbour, Eleuthera on
October 24. "This is the first
time my ministry has embarked
upon a project such as this," Mr
Bannister said. "We look for-
ward to the fellowship and
camaraderie between New
Providence and Eleuthera
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life-long search for his biological father,
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AUTHOR Utah Taylor Rolle paid a courtesy on the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture
Desmond Bannister, on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Ministry's conference room.
From left are Author Utah Taylor Rolle; Minister Bannister; and Permanent Secretary, Archie Nairn.

THE WOMEN of Evangelistic Centre Ministries
made a donation of school supplies to the Oakes
Field Primary School. They presented the sup-
plies to the school's principal Beryl Gray and
described the donation as an act of community
service. Christopher Smith, Director for Security
for the Ministry of Education, was also on hand
for the photo along with the school's students.
PHOTO: Patrick Hanna

'Controversy TV' host Taylor-Rolle

presents Minister with his book








Ex-Chief Justice sworn in as judge on International Criminal Tribunal

oath of office during a ceremony
to mark his appointment to the
International Criminal Tribunal
for the former Yugoslavia.

President of the Interna-
tional Criminal Tribunal for
the former Yugoslavia,
Patrick Robinson, described
Judge Burton Hall's contri-
butions to the justice system
of the Bahamas as "invalu-
able" and said his election as
a permanent judge rewards
an "illustrious" career in the
public service.
"I have no doubt that he
will also contribute immea-
surably to the international
community as a judge of this
"I am indeed grateful for
his undertaking of this ser-
Judge Hall thanked the

government of the Bahamas
for its support and for "releas-
ing" him. He also thanked the
international community for
his appointment.
"I trust that the work that I
have done before would
indeed enable me to fulfill the
awesome responsibilities
attendant upon the work of
this tribunal," he said.

Sir Burton was one of three
permanent judges to take
their oath of office on Sep-
tember 2 at a special ceremo-
ny in The Hague, where the
International Criminal Tri-

It's official: Kenred Dorsett

to run for PLP chairmanship

bunal for the former
Yugoslavia (ICTY) is based.
Judges Guy Delvoie of Bel-
gium and Howard Morrison
of the United Kingdom were
also sworn in. They were
appointed by Secretary-Gen-
eral Ban Ki-Moon and have

replaced Judges Christine
Van Den Wyngaert, Lord
lain Bonomy and Mohamed
Established in 1993, the
ICTY was set up to try per-
sons for serious violations of
international humanitarian

law committed in the territo-
ry of the former Yugoslavia
since 1991.
Judge Hall served for eight
years as Chief Justice of the
Bahamas. He resigned as
head of the judiciary on
August 23, 2009.

FROM page one

office yesterday.
He added that his vision for the party "is
practical, results oriented and inclusive.
"The ethos of 'Progress Now' is teamwork.
We need all PLPs to recommit themselves to
our party and work together with a single pur-
pose of restoring the PLP as the government of
the Bahamas," said Mr Dorsett, who said he
supports incumbent party leader Perry
Former PLP chairman Bradley Roberts was
among the small group of supporters at yes-
terday's press conference and threw his sup-
port behind Mr Dorsett's bid.
"I think Mr Dorsett is a good man. He's an
outstanding young man, check his credentials
and history with the party," Mr Roberts told
The Tribune after the announcement.
But Mr Roberts, who recently said he had
not ruled out the chance of running for the
post again, remained vague when asked if he
had decided not to challenge Ms Hanna-Mar-
tin himself.
"A lot of people are asking me to do so
(run for PLP chairman). I am still praying over
the matter," he said.
Meantime Mr Dorsett said his team will ful-
ly unveil its platform for change on Sunday. He

said the plan
will focus on
ten areas:
Timely and
reviewing the
roles of leader
and chairman
and revitaliz-
ing our
education and
and candidate
financing and sustainable funding, empowering
of youth and women, recognizing and empow-
ering party supporters, family island develop-
ment and participation.
Several positions within the PLP will be
contested going in to its convention later this
month. So far only one person - lawyer Paul
Moss - has officially launched a campaign
against party leader Perry Christie.
The PLP convention is slated for October 21
to 23.

Hotel union files suit against Bank of the Bahamas

FROM page one

McKenzie, Kayla Bodie and
Ian Neely.
The union also argued that
the bank breached its man-
date by making "unauthorised
payments" from its bank
account and is calling for an
account and inquiry into its
account at the bank.
The writ also directs Bank
of the Bahamas to pay the
union whatever sum is found
due to the plaintiff after the
mentioned inquiry. The union
is also suing for interest, costs
and whatever relief deemed

just by the Supreme Court.
Back in August, around
$665,000 was transferred from
the union's bank account at
the Harrold Road branch of
Bank of the Bahamas.
The transfer requests were
reportedly made by union
assistant treasurer Samantha
Gray, trustee Ian Neely and
purported assistant secretary
general Raymond Wright
days after Nicole Martin was
ousted as the union's presi-
According to a newspaper
report, Mr Wright was to
receive $73,600 of the request-

ed money, while Ms Gray and
Ms Neely were to receive
$21,450 and $30,026 respec-
tively. The transfer also
included $140,000 in legal fees
intended to cover the chal-
lenge led by then first vice-
president Kirk Wilson, which
nullified the May election that
brought Ms Martin to power.
In August, Bank of the
Bahamas maintained it acted
"legally and in full accordance
with its fiduciary responsibil-
ity in executing disburse-
ments, following authorisa-
tion by and instructions from
the union."

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attempting to extort $25 mil-
lion from the 55-year-old
actor. Bridgewater is also
charged with abetment to
Mr Travolta testified yes-
terday that on January 16, he
was informed by his longtime
friend and employee Ronald
Zupancic that there was a
threat against him and a
demand for money. Accord-
ing to Mr Travolta, he was
told that the threat was
regarding the "release paper"
he had signed in the Bahamas
and that if $25 million was not
paid certain stories connected
to the document would be
sold to the media. When
asked by lead prosecutor and
Director of Public Prosecu-

LU les[ily.

tions Bernard Turner as to
what kind of stories he
referred to, Mr Travolta
"Stories that would imply
that the death of my son was
intentional and I was culpa-


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of the Supervisory Committee who did not meet
the requirements during the time of election.

ble in some way." Mr Travol-
ta said that he told Mr Zupan-
cic that he would speak to his
attorney about the matter and
that they needed to do what-
ever they needed to do to
investigate the situation. He
further testified that he later
spoke to Michael McDermott
- one of his attorneys - who
gave him certain instructions.
"I gave him permission to
go to the authorities based on
the information he told me,"
Mr Travolta said.
Under cross-examination
Mr Travolta admitted that he
did not know Bridgewater nor
Lightbourne, although he had
met Lightbourne before. Mr
Travolta also admitted that
no direct threats or demands
for money were made by
either of the accused although
Lightbourne's attorney Carl-
son Shurland pointed out that
his client had a telephone
number for Mr Travolta's
office in California, which he
had obtained from the
"release" document.
Mr Travolta also admitted
that he could not say "cate-
gorically" that what his rep-
resentatives had told him was
Following Mr Travolta's
testimony, PLP Senator
Allyson Maynard-Gibson was
recalled to the witness stand
as the brief taped conversa-
tion she had with Bridgewater
on January 17 was played in
court. During the telephone
conversation Mrs Maynard-
Gibson told Bridgewater that
she had spoken to Mr McDer-
mott who she said was flying
to Nassau to speak with her
(Bridgewater) specifically.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson asked
Ms Bridgewater if she could
give McDermott her cellular
phone number and Bridge-
water agreed to her giving Mr
McDermott both her cell and
office number.
"My people have been call-
ing me today and telling me
they have a deadline," Bridge-
water told Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son. Mrs Maynard-Gibson
told her that the fact that Mr
McDermott was coming
showed to Nassau that the
matter was being taken seri-


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"Stories that
would imply that
the death of my
son was
intentional and I
was culpable in
some way."

John Travolta
ously. Responding to a ques-
tion raised by the jury as to
whether Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son had ever told Bridgewater
that what she was doing was
illegal she responded: "I said
Pleasant you know what you
are doing is wrong." Mrs
Maynard-Gibson said that she
told Bridgewater this while
en route to the airport fol-
lowing a meeting with her in
Freeport. According to Mrs
Maynard-Gibson, Bridgewa-
ter said that her client's posi-
tion was that he could have
her or a "jungalist" lawyer.
When asked why she had not
mentioned this in her state-
ment to police Mrs Maynard-
Gibson responded by saying
that while making her state-
ment she was only speaking
specifically to her client's con-
Attorney Michael McDer-
mott also took the witness
stand yesterday. He told the
court that after receiving a
telephone call from attorney
Michael Ossi, he made a
phone call to West End and
Bimini MP Obie Wilch-
combe. Mr McDermott told
the court that he "initially
spoke to a male and subse-
quently a female." That con-
versation he said lasted for
about 18 minutes. Mr McDer-
mott further testified that
while in Nassau on January
18 around 9.17pm, he had a
taped telephone conversation
in his room (328) at the Sher-
aton Hotel, Cable Beach. Mr
McDermott said that he had
given police authorisation to
tap his telephone and that the
conversation lasted for about
15 or 20 minutes. Mr McDer-
mott further testified that on
January 19, he met with
Bridgewater in his hotel room
for about 40 minutes.
Mr McDermott is expect-
ed to be recalled this morning
when the trial continues
before Senior Justice Anita
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Bernard Turner, Neil
Brathwaite and Garvin
Gaskin are prosecuting the
case. Ms Bridgewater is rep-
resented by attorneys Murrio
Ducille and Krysta Smith. Mr
Lightbourne is represented by
attorney Carlson Shurland
and Mary Bain.

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It seems as if Boxing Commission has

Mackey's future hanging in the balance

ONE minor boxing title is
supposed to lead to a major
title as a boxer tries to
improve on his world rank-
In the case of Jermaine
'Choo Choo' Mackey, the
Commonwealth Boxing
Council has decided to strip
him after he fought and lost to
Haitian-born Canadian Ado-
nis 'Superman' Stevenson on
Saturday night.
The fifth-round technical
knockout forced the move by
the CBC as Mackey had a
mandatory defense of his
British Commonwealth title
fight lined up against Charles
Adamu of Ghana at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium at
the end of the month.
Mackey, 29, risked it all
when he journeyed to Mon-
treal, Canada, to face the

undefeated Stevenson in the
co-main event for the vacant
World Boxing Council's
International title.
Now his future is also in
jeopardy because of the loss.
Bahamas Boxing Commis-
sion's chairman Pat 'The Cen-
treville Assassin' Strachan, in
a press release yesterday, indi-
cated that after their meeting
on Tuesday, they unanimous-
ly decided to act on the rec-
ommendation of the medical
committee, headed by Dr
Munir Rashad, as to when
Mackey will be allowed to
fight again.
The release further indicat-
ed that a medical team will
meet with Mackey today for
the purpose of an examina-
tion. Rashad is then expected
to report the findings to the
commission and a decision



TBC will be made on how long
IDB S Mackey will be mandated to
refrain from engaging in a
boxing match.
It seems as if the commis-
sion has Mackey's future
hanging in the balance.
But is it fair to Mackey,
who should have the right to
choose to either hold onto a
title, relinquish it and go a
totally different route, if he
so desires.
The commission has a big
decision ahead of them. So
does Mackey and his han-
dlers, Ray Minus Jr and
Michelle Minus of First Class
Maybe, it might be in the
O N best interest of all concerned
[O N if everybody can come togeth-
er and sort out the dilemma
because whatever decision is
made, the future of one of the

country's most outstanding
professional fighters is on the
I can understand all of the
concern the commission has
had about Mackey taking the
fight with his British Com-
monwealth title defense on
the horizon.
He's the only Caribbean
who holds one of the titles in
the organisation and many
had him held in high esteem
because of his achievement.
By the same token, you
really couldn't fault Mackey
for taking a gamble and going
after a more prestigious title
that would have helped him
to climb up the ladder in the
WBC's rankings.
It's not that the British
Commonwealth title would
have weighed in more than
the WBC's International title,
when consideration would
have been given to Mackey
in the future for a possible
title shot.
Mackey would have had to
be seen by the WBC in order
to secure a ranking. So it
might have been a good move
by his camp. It was just unfor-
tunate that he was unable to
complete the fight after get-
ting cut over his right eye.
Over the years, Mackey is
not the first Bahamian to
have taken a chance to go
after a title fight and lost. I'm
sure he won't be the last
It's just that he had a little
more at stake at the time than

any of the others.
Hopefully it won't be a set-
back that will hinder him
from making a comeback, if
not this year, next year when
he's given the green light by
the commission to step back
into the ring.
THE Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture is prepar-
ing to bring Team Bahamas
members home for celebra-
tions following for their per-
formance at the 12th IAAF
World Championships in
The championships were
held in August in Berlin, Ger-
many, but the celebrations
have been delayed until this
month because some of the
athletes were still competing
on the international circuit.
The ministry, however, has
not yet disclosed the specific
plans for the celebrations,
which are not expected to be
as elaborate as those in the
past. Part of that is a result of
the current worldwide eco-
nomic crisis.
But whatever happens, the
athletes deserve a reception,
especially veteran sprinters
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
and Chandra Sturrup, who
helped the Bahamas secure
the two medals - silver and
We just have to wait and
see what type of celebrations
will be staged.

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HAVING been down the
same road before, Ray Minus
Jr said there's no concern
about Jermaine "Choo Choo"
Mackey getting stripped of
his British Commonwealth
super middleweight title.
On Tuesday, the Common-
wealth Boxing Council
stripped Mackey of the title
and has declared it vacant
after Mackey lost Saturday
night to Haitian-born Cana-
dian Adonis Stevenson in his
bid for the World Boxing
Council's International
Championships in Montreal,
Mackey, 29, was scheduled
to make a mandatory title
defense against Charles
Adamu of Ghana at the end
of the month at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.
It would have been Mack-
ey's first defense since win-
ning the title on July 19, 2008,
on points over Michael Gben-
ga at the KGLI Gymnasium.
But on Saturday night,
Mackey suffered a technical
knockout 20 seconds into the
fifth round after a cut he
received from the third round
by Stevenson was too severe
for him to continue.
It was the second time
Mackey has lost in Canada.
In fact, all four of his losses
since he turned pro on Feb-
ruary 28, 2004, with a second
round KO over Eugene
Williams have been on the
Minus Jr, who was in
Mackey's corner during the
fight, said it was an opportu-
nity for Mackey to improve
on his ranking in an attempt
to get closer to a world title

"We don't have no gripes.
We feel okay with the ruling.
We see the sense in it," Minus
Jr said. "We expected it. We
knew ahead of time that we
would have jeopardised the
title if he had lost.
"But we are excited, we are
moving forward and we are
looking at getting back at it as
soon as we can."
During his days as a ban-
tam weight and lightweight,
Minus Jr also held the British
Commonwealth titles, but he
relinquished them when he
took the opportunity to go
after a world title.
Minus fought and lost in
three attempts.
Mackey, who had to get
some stitches to close up the
cut after the fight, was given a
45-day suspension in which
he is not allowed to fight,
which ruined his chance to
defend his British Common-
wealth title against Charles
Adamu of Ghana at the end
of the month.
"He's going to take a cou-
ple of weeks off, then we will
get him back into the gym,"
Minus Jr said. "Hopefully he
will be ready to fight again in
"We're just going to keep
fighting and try to line up a
lot of matches as soon as pos-
sible and get him on a nice
win streak again."
As the manager of Mackey,
Minus Jr said they just wants
to box and whenever the
opportunity for another title
shot comes up, they want to
be in a position to go for it.
"We have our goals and we
hope that we can get the
opportunity," he said. "We
love boxing and we just want
to take advantage of every
opportunity to box."


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A NUMBER of sporting
and educational personalities
attended a memorial service
for the late Vincent Lloyd
Ferguson (portrait top ,;.,hli
at Loyola Hall on Tuesday
night. He was 72.
Ferguson reportedly died
at his home after a massive
heart attack. He was suffer-
ing from prostate cancer.
His funeral service is sched-
uled to be held 2pm today at
St Francis Xavier Cathedral,
West Street. Ferguson will be
buried in the Catholic Ceme-
tery on Tyler Street.
He is survived by his wife
Mary and two children, Anne-
Marie and Alex. Among
those who paid tribute to Fer-
guson during the memorial

service was Jackie Wright, a
member of the Former Past
& Present Professional Base-
ball Players Association that
was headed by Ferguson.
Others included Martin
Lundy, director of sports in
the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture, who worked
with Ferguson at St
Augustine's College, Keith
Thompson, who worked with
Ferguson at Aquinas College,
Ellen Adderley, who worked
with Ferguson in the
Bahamas Basketball Federa-
tion, and Val Maura, of Us
Too Cancer Support Group.
The service was conducted
by Deacon Jeffrey Lloyd, a
former educator who also
worked with Ferguson.

FAMILY MEMBERS of the late Vincent Lloyd Ferguson attend his
memorial service at Loyola Hall. Shown (1-r) are Ferguson's son
Alex, his wife Mary and daughter Anne-Marie. See photos on page 13...

Vincent Lloyd

Ferguson was a

mentor and

father figure

Senior Sports Reporter

WHILE many people
remember Vincent Lloyd
Ferguson as an extraordi-
nary sportsman and educa-
tor, members of the
Bahamas Association of
Basketball Officials
(BABO) think of him as a
Tony Williams, president
of the BABO, said the late
Ferguson was responsible
for grooming him and a
number of the persons who
are officiating basketball
Ferguson, 71, will be laid
to rest today in the Catholic
Cemetery on Tyler Street,
Chippingham, following his
2pm funeral service at St
Francis Xavier Cathedral,
West Hill Street.
According to Williams,
Ferguson was instrumental
in getting him certified as an
international referee.
"As the president of
BABO, Vince made sure
that I went to Jamaica to
take the course and I
obtained my license through
him," he said.
As vice president serving
under Ferguson during his
tenure as president,
Williams said if it wasn't for
his mentor and friend, he
probably would not have
still been involved in the
"I remember asking him
one question: 'Why can't
referees associate with play-
ers?' If you know him as a
disciplinary person, he asked
me 'no you tell me why.'
That was the beginning of
our relationship and through
his persistence and his disci-
pline, I am still involved in
the sport today as a refer-
Having Ferguson as a
mentor had its positive side
as Williams said he was not
just taught the game, but he
was given the opportunity to
go throughout the Bahamas
and even the Caribbean
lending his expertise.
"He took me under his
wings many days under the
tree at R M Bailey as he
made it a point to discipline
me," Williams said. "I
always remember one thing
he used to tell me and that is
you can't always be on top
of the fence.
"And every time he saw
me, he used to say: 'Oh,
you're still on top of the
fence, until I became the
president of BABO that I
really realized what he was
trying to say about what he


meant about being on top of
the fence."
Not only did he help to
groom him, but Williams
said he remembered how
Ferguson took him, Keith
Reid and Rodney Johnson
to his house and instructed
them on life.
"He encouraged me to go
back to school and further
my education and he also
encouraged me to get mar-
ried," said Williams, who
looked at Ferguson as a
father figure.
"He was just a tough char-
acter and I'm really sad that
he is gone. He also used to
say to me 'Little Tony, who
are going to inherit the land.
I guess what he meant is
now is my time to step up to
the plate and run the associ-
If there is any regret,
Williams said it's probably
the fact that members of
BABO and other officials
didn't spend more time
being instructed by Fergu-
son on the game.
"Just before his passing,
we were thinking about hav-
ing a Vince Ferguson Day,"
Williams pointed out. "But
when we went to see him, he
said he wasn't up to speed
and he wasn't feeling well."
Four or five days later,
Williams said they got the
sad news that Ferguson had
passed away.
"We should have done it
earlier. All we can do is say
thanks for all that you've
done for the association,"
said Williams, to Ferguson's
family that includes his wife,
Mary and children Anne-
Marie and Alex.
As a personal note,
Williams said he's grateful
for the manner in which Fer-
guson impacted his life so
that he is now able to make
a contribution to the sport.

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Business Editor

A MAJOR mixed-use
resort project is projected to
generate an annual economic
impact ranging from $54 mil-
lion to $90 million for the
Bahamian economy, its prin-
cipals told Tribune Business
yesterday, adding that the 291
lot sales they have closed have
brought "hundreds of visitors
to Long Island".
In a series of e-mailed
answers to Tribune Business's
questions, Ian Moorcroft, one
of the principals behind the
Port St George project, ear-
marked for a site next to Long
Island's existing Stella Maris
subdivision, said being debt
free had been "critical" to its
ability to weather the global
recession and credit crunch.
"Many projects have run
into difficulties because
bankers withdrew lines of
credit or, worse still, recalled
outstanding loans," Mr Moor-
croft told Tribune Business.
"Real estate development
is long term and capital inten-
sive. Consequently, most
developers are reliant upon
lines of credit, and many have

been heavily geared in recent
years. Because the Port St
George project is free of any
external debt we did not suf-
fer from the same difficul-
Mr Moorcroft added that
the economic impact analysis
conducted for Port St George
by Norton Consulting, and
submitted to the Bahamas
Investment Authority as part
of the project applications,
predicted that the develop-
ment would have an annual
economic impact of between
$54 million and $90 million.
Although unable to con-
tract any lot pre-sales at Port
St George until subdivision
approval was obtained, Mr
Moorcroft said the develop-
ers had instead been able to
sell real estate in the neigh-
bouring Stella Maris subdivi-
"Our original target was
300 sales and we have closed
291 to date, so we are very
pleased with the sales results.
These sales have resulted in
hundreds of visitors to Long
Island, most of whom stay at
the Stella Maris Resort Club,"
SEE page 7B

Sandals '110% committed'

to Emerald Bay's success

Business Editor
Sandals has "stayed
true" to its pro-
jected $12 million
investment in
upgrading the newly-
acquired Emerald Bay
resort, its chief executive
said yesterday, with 80 con-
struction workers now on
site and the chain "110 per
cent committed" to making
the development a success.
Adam Stewart, Sandals
International Resorts' chief
executive, told Tribune
Business in an interview
from London that Sandals
has "no doubt we can make
this resort a success", with
construction work having
already started on creating
the one-acre pool and deck
for Sandals Emerald Bay.
"We have about 80 peo-
ple on site," Mr Stewart
said. "It goes from a low of
about 70 to a high of about
220 [on the construction
side]. That is estimated.
"Construction has started
on the pool, which is the
largest infrastructure we are
doing. We are on target to
open on January 22."
Mr Stewart said the $12

ARTIST'S impression of the one-acre pool and deck at Sandals
Emerald Bay
* Resort chain 'staying true' to $12m upgrades
budget for newly-acquired Exuma property
* Renovations to include one-acre pool and
deck, and largest jacuzzi in Caribbean
* 80 construction workers already
on site to work on pool, with numbers
to range from 70 to 220 peak
* Sandals' operational team based at Emerald
Bay for past 12 days, analysing plans

million budget Sandals had
set for much-needed
upgrades and renovations
at Emerald Bay had
"stayed true", with the

pool, landscaping, interiors
and furnishings forming the
bulk of that investment.
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to stimulate demand

Business Editor
THE Sandals Royal
Bahamian resort's occupan-
cy levels are "holding" in the
70 per cent range, the resort
chain's chief executive told
Tribune Business yesterday,
adding that the whole com-
pany has "never worked hard-
er in our lives" to maintain
business levels in the face of
the global recession.
Speaking to Tribune Busi-
ness from London, Adam
Stewart, who is also the son of
Sandals Resorts Internation-
al's chairman, Gordon 'Butch'
Stewart, said the company's
Nassau-based resort was like-
SEE page 8B

90-day year end audit 'Captain of the ship must calm the passengers'

file reform is 'touchy'

Business Editor

THE Securities Commis-
sion yesterday said it would
"in very short order" send
what it hopes is the final draft
of the Securities Industry Act
and its accompanying regula-
tions off for ministerial
approval, the most "touchy"
reform proposal being the
requirement for public com-
panies to file audited finan-
cial statements within 90 days
of year-end.
Hillary Deveaux, the Com-
mission's executive director,
told Tribune Business that the
regulator was hoping the new
Act and regulations, which
are badly needed to mod-
ernise the sector, "will be
brought into force before the
end of the year".
The timing, though, will
depend on what happens
when the Ministry of Finance
and Attorney General's
Office review the final draft of
the legislation and regulations
that will be presented to them
by the Securities Commission.
Mr Deveaux told Tribune
Business that most of the
industry feedback on the pro-
posed reforms centred on the
Securities Commission's pow-
ers, enforcement, disclosure,

* Securities Commission
to send final Securities
Industry Act draft to
government 'in very
short order', and hoping
passed by Parliament
before 2009 is out

the "ongoing requirements of
public companies", and the
move to file the audited finan-
cial statements of Bahamian
public companies within 90
days of year-end, rather than
the current 120 days.
The reforms are also
proposing that Bahamian
public companies file their
unaudited quarterly manage-
ment accounts within 60 days
of period end, rather than the
current 90 days they are
"The touchy one really was
the requirement to have
audited financial statements
move from a 120-day filing to
a 90-day filing, and there's
going to have to be a major
discussion," Mr Deveaux told
Tribune Business.
"I think our approach to
dealing with the transition

SEE page 10B

Business Editor
PRIME Minister
Hubert Ingraham must . " , - ,
speak more frequently
about what his govern- -..., -.
ment is doing to arrest . " j'
the ailing economy, a for-
mer Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce president
said yesterday, warning
that business and
investor confidence could
be further damaged in DAGUILAR
the absence of clear
direction from the administration.
Arguing that the Bahamas "needs a captain
of the ship who can keep the passengers calm",
Dionisio D'Aguilar, who is also Superwash's

* Ex-Chamber chief says PM needs to
speak more frequently on economic
matters to bolster public, investor
and business confidence

president, told Tribune Business: "The full
effects of this recession are beginning to be
"It's beginning to flat line a little, and the
mood is very glum and gloomy," Mr D'Aguilar
said of the Bahamian business community.
"The mood in the country is really sour and
really gloomy."
Tribune Business previously revealed that
many businesses, especially those in the retail

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3. You must within 21 days from the
publication of this advertisement inclusive
of the day of such publication, acknowledge
service of the said Writ of Summons by
entering an Memorandum of Appearance
on the Attorneys whose name and address
appear below, otherwise judgment may be
entered against you.

Dated the 30th day of September A.D., 2009

Sassoon House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Plaintiff

LAST Sunday saw my daughter and I
at the launch of this year's Junior
Achievement Programme. I was pleas-
antly surprised to see the ballroom at
the British Colonial Hilton filled to
capacity with parents and students alike.
On a Sunday afternoon, to see that
many young people out and, most impor-
tantly, supported by their parents is crit-
ical to developing a successful Bahamas.
Investing in our future is good business
practice, as it ensures continuity of cul-
ture and nationhood. It, in my opinion,
instills the ethics, discipline and quality
assurance necessary to succeed in today's
global environment. Kudos to the numer-
ous corporate sponsors represented, who
have invested in young people, BTC,
BEC, Deloitte & Touche and the Police
Staff Association, just to name a few.
This 'standing room only' turn out was
a pleasant reminder that all is not lost.
Despite the bombardment of negative
news, we must be reminded that these
horrific stories that have filled the head-
lines over the last few years are, in the
first instance, being committed by a
handful of perpetrators. Good news,
however, does not sell, thus the poor
turnout of the media during this event.
Second, many of the crimes today are
being committed by repeat offenders.
Thus I can still comfortably say that it is
not as bad as it may seem, albeit there is
room for improvement.
You might be saying at this point:
What does this have to do with crime
and loss prevention? Where does youth
development and nurturing fit into crime
fighting? Simply put: 'Everything'. Invest-
ing in these young minds, via pro-
grammes such as Junior Achievement,
the Boys and Girls Brigade /Scouts and
your church's Sunday school programme,
begins the lifelong molding process nec-
essary to develop good character, ethics
and morals.
This does not mean that none of these
persons will become criminals tomor-
row. However, what we are saying is, as
mentioned, a small majority will fall to
the way side and there is no excuse for
criminal and deviant behavior. I will ven-
ture to say that there is no young person
in this Bahamas, past or present, who
has not been exposed to, or given an
opportunity, to benefit from some posi-
tive programme. Our claim to a Christian

ing to use punishment as a way to halt to
deviant behavior, as opposed to pre-
venting opportunities for the behaviour
to occur.
What, then, you may ask. Well, I will
not contradict myself. Let us continue
to pray, not for peace, but ways to create
peace. You see, peace and safety do not,
and will not, fall from the sky. We must
create this culture, a society of peace.
This begins with teaching our young peo-
ple structure and order, and demon-
strating the benefits of the same. They
need to understand that rules and regu-
lations lend to a civil society and direct-
ly affect the level of peace a nation expe-
Now, what about the young adults,
those who are no longer children? Are
we to toss them aside? Well, as the say-
ing goes: 'Bend the tree while it is young'.
If we have missed this opportunity, then
a more aggressive bending process needs
to take place. Boat builders who wish to
fashion wood for boats usually expose
the wood to heat/steam andpressure.
Similarly, our young adults who have
fallen by the wayside must be pressured
and exposed to heat that will attempt to
purge the negative tendency. Boot
Camps, which are geared to reintroduc-
ing social and problem-solving skills that
demand team work and group efforts.
We need not wait for them to break the
law, for I believe that by the time they
are actually caught breaking the law they
have gotten away at least ten times
before. Alas folks, as mentioned earli-
er, some will fall to the wayside as the
'Parable of the Sower' so clearly illus-
Remember and support, with your
time and money, the Junior Achievers,
Brigades and Scouts, the numerous pos-
itive youth groups that have proven suc-
cessful. All is not lost
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heritage has ensured that the great
majority have been exposed to church
in some form or the other.
Yet you will see by the statistics that
crime, especially violent crimes, are being
committed by our young people. So, what
has gone wrong? I say nothing!
I say we are experiencing the fact that
we cannot save them all. We live in a
world where some of us will come up
short and not meet the mark. Unfortu-
nately, we are focusing on the failure
and not the successes. I put it to you that
if you train up a child while they are
young, when they are old they shall not
depart from it. This, of course, means
directing their paths at an early stage to
avoid putting ourselves in a position of
trying to correct the decay years in the
We are allowing the fear of crime to
take us down a path of potential desper-
ation and panic, thus reducing our abili-
ty as a society to think of rational solu-
tions. For example, I am a proponent of
the death penalty. Not because of its
deterrent qualities, but because it is 'pun-
ishment', simple and straightforward. It is
not 'problem solving', ' a reduction' or
'deterrent', although if these residual
effects occur then that is an added bene-
Solutions to our crime problem are
multifaceted. I do not think there is a
magic bullet. Thus the argument that the
death penalty is not going to reduce
crime is very true, as the sentence is only
given after the crime of murder has
already been committed. The 'penalty'
can only be given after the 'foul'. To stop
the crime, we must make serious efforts
in assisting our youth ,especially young
men and women, to better manage their
anger and aggression. The cry for more
hanging is, in my opinion, bordering on a
lynch mob mentality, as it is a sign of
desperation and frustration - an emo-
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Slow season occupancies down

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resorts have suffered a lower
than average slow season,
down some 75 per cent com-
pared to last year's 30 per
cent occupancy levels, accord-
ing to the Abaco Beach
Resort's general manager.
Some properties have closed
altogether for the two-month
slow period.
Bob Kramm said business
was markedly down at many
resorts across the wider
Bahamas, adding that the
economy has everything to do
with it.
Mr Kramm operates the
largest marina in the
Bahamas, and one of Abaco's
foremost resorts. However,
he said the 25 to 30 per cent
occupancy range his property
has traditionally enjoyed year-
on-year during September
and October has been further
reduced by close to 75 per
When Tribune Business vis-
ited the property last week,
the marina, typically contain-

ing a mass of pleasure yachts
and sail boats, moored only
several boat spread across its
"Normally there are more
boats here," said Mr Kramm.
Like many resorts, the
Abaco Beach Resort has not
abandoned marketing cam-
paigns despite the financially
straining economic conditions.
According to Mr Kramm,
his resort continues to adver-
tise on the Internet and in
specialist boating magazines.
While some hotels have
been able to stabilise their vis-
itor inflows through targeting
niche markets, others have
used the traditional slow sea-
son to conduct infrastructural
upgrades and expand their
room portfolio.
The Coral Sands hotel in
Harbour Island, North
Eleuthera, is currently con-
structing four new cottages on
their property, which are
scheduled to be open by year-
General Manager, Pamela
Berry, told Tribune Business
that 2009 will be the first year
her resort will be open for the
annual North Eleuthera

Regatta. She said the town
council asked if the resort
could be opened, as the regat-
ta often demands much of the
island's available rooms, with
visitors pouring in from Nas-
sau and other Family Islands.
Ms Berry said Coral Sands'
occupancy levels have been
down like many other resorts
across the Bahamas, but said
the traditionally strong peri-
ods, such as Spring Break and
the August European vaca-
tion season, were marginally
In August, Coral Sands was
also host to a delegation of
Miss Universe contestants,
who dined for lunch and
posed for photos on the beach
adjacent to the resort.
Many resorts across the
Caribbean have resorted to
slashing rates, but many
Bahamian resorts have been
reluctant to do this because
of their high operating costs.
Minister of Tourism and
Aviation, Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace, recently said
most Bahamian resorts offer
discounts to residents in an
effort to boost domestic
Ms Berry said Coral Sands
will offer a special 20 per cent
off their room rates for this
year's regatta.
With stopover arrivals to
New Providence down some
14 per cent, Baha Mar recent-
ly had to shut down its Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort and
CrystPa Palace Casino in order
to reduce operational costs
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Sands, said it was still too ear-
ly to say if the closure had the
desired effect, but he revealed
that the resort and casino will
be reopening as planned on
October 5.
"Staff have been gradually
coming back with a larger
build up coming Thursday
and Friday," said Mr Sands.
According to him, bookings
for the month of October for
the property have been pick-
ing up, though he asserts that
the month will see very soft
occupancy levels.
"We anticipate some good
local business because of local
groups and two political party
conventions during the month
of October, and a number of
gaming events planned for the
week after opening, which will
also stimulate business as well
as local food and beverage
functions scheduled," said Mr
He said all but one of the
resort's vendors are scheduled
to return, and cab drivers who
were forced to join the Sher-
aton's queue will now be able
to return to the Wyndham.
Mr Sands contends that
closing the resort for two
months was one of the better
strategic decisions Baha Mar
has made.
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position internally to review
the full impact of the closing,"
he said.


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sales decreases of anywhere
between 15 per cent to 30 per
cent in August, the largest
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Nassau Beach Resort with ten years of
luxury resort experience and over 20
years of experience in the hospitality
For the past 10 years, he served as the
director of sales at Sandals' Royal
Bahamian Resort Spa & Offshore Island,
where he acted as the department head
for sales and marketing and weddings,

"September is always a par-
ticularly gloomy month, but
when you hear the Minister
of Tourism and there's noth-
ing positive coming out, and
group bookings are down it's
not a good sign," the former
Chamber president said.
He added that "for the life
of me, I don't understand why
they do not want to do what is
necessary" to enact the
reforms necessary to enable
the Bahamian financial ser-
vices industry to compete with
its offshore rivals, even though
Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, had been pk!.. iJ
screaming" for this to happen.
"I can't for the life of me
understand why they are not

jumping on that," Mr
D'Aguilar said of the Gov-
ernment and financial services
"I feel like we're on a ship
that, when you hit turbulence
and go through a rough peri-
od, the captain calms every-
one down. I feel it's impor-
tant that our leaders try and
calm everyone down and say
what's positive.
"We just don't hear from
the captain of the ship. You
don't hear anything, and
everyone's thinking what they
want to think. This blackout
on everything is not good."
The former Chamber pres-
ident added: "Hubert Ingra-
ham's approach of not saying
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operational issues. He also orchestrated
numerous domestic and international
events ranging from 100-1000 attendees.
Prior to that, Mr Newbold spent 10
years as director of sales and marketing
at the Sheraton British Colonial Beach
Resort, where he managed and super-
vised sales and marketing functions for
the 300-room hotel and supported the
general manager on operational issues.

something to say is not nec-
essarily a good thing. You
need the captain of the ship
to keep the passengers calm.
"But you're not hearing
anything. The Hubert Ingra-
ham of 2009 is not the Hubert
Ingraham of 2002..... I'm sure
he has a plan, knows what he's
doing, got a direction he's
going in, but no one knows.
That's why we got blindsided
in Abaco [on BEC's Wilson
City power plant], why we got
blindsided on the Arawak Cay
port, because no one is say-
ing anything."
Apart from keeping the
Bahamian public abreast of
developments, Mr D'Aguilar
said the information vacuum
was also hurting confidence
in the business and investment
community, often the most
critical factor in untying the
purse strings.
He added that, in the
absence of a clearly defined
policy and strategic direction
outlined by the Prime Minis-
ter, no information was being
given to the business commu-
nity since no other minister
was releasing pertinent details.
However, in an address to
the Conference of the Amer-
icas on Tuesday, the Prime
Minister said that while the
Bahamas' government debt to
gross domestic product
(GDP) ratio was likely to rise
above 50 per cent, his admin-
istration was committed to
retreating with "all deliberate
haste" from such a high debt
level as soon as possible.
Mr Ingraham said the
Bahamas will also move swift-
ly to create "even more head-
room to see us through the
next inevitable downturn on
the assumption that no mira-
cle economic model will
emerge to relegate economic
cycles to the dustbin of histo-
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indicate the following: We
must make an honest assess-
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global economic and financial
systems and avoid placing
blame where it is not due; we
must have a better means of
assessing and responding to
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AP Business Writer

pean Union finance ministers
will hammer out a new finan-
cial oversight framework for
Europe during a two-day
meeting a week after the
world's rich and developing
nations pledged that they
would not allow a return to
banking as usual.
At talks Thursday and Fri-
day in Goteborg, Sweden, EU
ministers will also start map-
ping out how they should start
withdrawing economic stim-
ulus packages that are helping
to pull Europe out of the
worst recession since the
Last week's Group of 20
summit in Pittsburgh called
on countries to make sure
their regulatory system for
banks "reins in the excesses
that led to the crisis."
Putting that into practice in
Europe means adding a new
EU layer to a patchwork of
financial supervision across
the bloc's 27 countries.
It could also see a new
energetic push for more coun-
tries to sign up to curbs on
bonuses that encouraged
banks to make risky invest-
ments. Sweden, which will
lead the talks as the current
holder of the EU presidency,
said EU guidelines on bonus-
es "need to be sharpened"
and possibly made binding
across Europe.
France, the Netherlands
and Germany have already
drafted new rules linking
banking pay to performance
but Britain - home to
Europe's biggest trading cen-
ter - has been slower to
move. Banks claim that bonus
curbs will make it harder for
them to attract top-drawer tal-
Governments will hold
their first talks on a new econ-
omy watchdog, the European
Systemic Risk Board, which
would be tasked with moni-
toring emerging risks to the
economy such as banks run-
ning up large exposure to loss-
es, swelling asset bubbles and
any worrying trends on finan-
cial markets.
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day that the board would be
far from toothless because it
would require governments
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run the new board and its
president will likely lead it.
This has triggered concern
among EU countries outside
the eurozone that this will
give the ECB a say over coun-
tries that don't use the euro.
To allay this, EU officials
have hinted that the governor
of the Bank of England,
Mervyn King, could become
the board's deputy. Britain is
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authorities gaining some pow-
er to rule against national
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EU ministers will also try
to set out principles for how
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grams that are stoking growth
this year and next year and
how they should start paying
off mounting public debt and
swelling deficits caused by res-
cuing banks and spending to

stave off the downturn.
The recession also high-
lights one of Europe's longer
term problems: people who
lose their jobs may never find
another one because rigid
labor conditions make com-
panies reluctant to hire peo-
ple they can't easily fire.
With unemployment at a
10-year high and still rising,
ministers will talk about dif-
ferent ways to reduce lasting
unemployment. Denmark has
promoted a model with more
flexible contracts where work-
ers get regular skills training

so they can shift between jobs
more easily.
Sweden is also keen for EU
nations to strike a deal on
how much Europe should
pledge to developing nations
to help them tackle climate
change - a package that the
EU wants in place to help
secure an ambitious deal to
curb global greenhouse gas
emissions at December talks
in Copenhagen.
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Mr Moorcroft told Tribune
This newspaper reported
last week that many of these
sales had been to European
buyers and international
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expected, as the price at
which right to buy holders are
entitled to purchase is
extremely attractive. This has
led to some right to buy
agreements changing hands
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the right to buy agreements
are expected to result in
approximately 25 per cent of
the plots at Port St George
being sold at a substantial dis-
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than cover the costs of infra-
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failed to match expectations,
stalling or going into hiber-
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became available, Mr Moor-
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has been fastidiously
researched, and we are work-
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every field. Whilst we are
keen to make progress as
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important to get things right.
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begun only to be halted after
a few months for one reason
or another. We are deter-
mined that Port St. George
will not become another
name on the list of such pro-
jects. By following the proper
procedures, without cutting
corners or making plans based
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little more time, they can be
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Mr Moorcroft told Tribune
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more importantly, its people,
would be what makes Port St
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FROM page one

ly to remain in the 70 per cent
occupancy range "for a little
while" - through the lean
months of September and
"We have had some service
issues within the hotel," Mr
Stewart said of Sandals Royal
Bahamian. "We have invested
quite a bit in the property
itself in renovations and

upgrades. We could always be
doing better as a property, as
a company."
He added that occupancy
levels were only one method
of gauging a resort property's
performance, implying that
Sandals was having to dis-
count heavily on rates and
sacrifice margins to drive busi-
ness to not only the Bahamas
but all its other properties.
"The business we're get-
ting, you have to look at the
cost of getting it in," Mr Stew-

art explained. "The dollars we
have spent in advertising, in
driving demand, in getting
customers to dial the 1-800
Sandals and call their travel
"This is a very rough year
for all of us. We have never
worked harder in our lives to
keep our hotels in the occu-
pancies we have, from the
chairman - my father - down
to the line staff. We've had to
do more work to drive
Sandals Royal Bahamian
laid-off some 150 of its then-
650 strong staff in late 2008
in response to the economic
downturn and sharply declin-
ing business levels, before ter-
minating a further 80 work-
ers this year just prior to the
start of the September slow
Despite this, Mr Stewart
said yesterday: "Our occu-
pancies in Nassau are strong
overall. We're in the 70 per
cents, and are going to hold
there for a little while. Sep-
tember and October are the
two roughest months.
"I don't think they'll [occu-
pancies] go below the 60 per
cents, which is not great but,

of course, we'd like to remain
in the 80s. It's very hard to
run Sandals with that kind of
Mr Stewart praised the
"strong leadership" at San-
dals Royal Bahamian, adding
that they were in contact with
the chain's head office almost
every day to suggest or work
on some type of initiative to
drive visitor demand.'
"We are not taking our eye
off the ball, and are trying to
drive sales in the UK," the
Sandals chief executive
added, explaining that as part
of its efforts to stimulate
excitement and demand it had
just signed an agreement to
make every wedding it hosted
a Martha Stewart Wedding.
Mr Stewart also told Tri-
bune Business that Sandals'
business from Canada was
"substantially better than in
the past", thanks to the work
done by its sales and market-
ing team in that nation.
However, the main issue
remained that "everyone
wants a deal" in the current
recessionary environment,
hence the pressure not just on
Sandals, but the entire resort
industry's, margins and rates.

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Common Law & Equity Division


To: Kelphine D. Johnson


1. An action has been commenced against you
by Scotiabank (Bahamas) Umited in the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas by Writ of Summons filed on
the 30th of January 2009 being Action No. 2009/CLE/
gen/00119, wherein the Plaintiff's claim is for the total
5um of $28,367.40 which represents the principal
sum of $15,047.39, accrued interest on the said
principal in the sum of $10,751.51, add-on charges
in the sum of $912.85, and interest on the said add-
on charges in the sum of $1,655.65 due under a loan
numbered 1579053 and the principal sum of $1,118.76
due under a Mastercard No. 5449 68501002 7759.

2. It has been ordered that service of the Writ of
Summons in the said action be effected on you by virtue of
this advertisement

3. You must within 21 days from the publication of this
advertisement inclusive of the day of such publication,
acknowledge service of the said Writ of Summons
by entering an Memorandum of Appearance on the
Attorneys whose name and address appear below,
otherwise judgment may be entered against you.

Dated the 22nd day of SeptemberA.D., 2009
Sassoon House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Plaintiff

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Apart from the pool and
deck area, Mr Stewart said
that when completed, Sandals
Emerald Bay would feature
the largest jacuzzi in the
Caribbean - bigger than the
existing record holder, which
was located at another of its
resorts. Other features includ-
ed an authentic British pub,
swim bar and barefoot
seafood restaurant.
"We feel strongly that we
can do it," Mr Stewart said,
when asked how Sandals
could make a success of
Emerald Bay, given that the
resort had endured a two-year
receivership after its initial
owners/developers had been
unable to meet debt repay-
"We gave our commitment
to give 110 per cent and do

our part. We will do our best.
We have no doubt that we
can make this resort a suc-
cess." Mr Stewart said the
'110 per cent effort' commit-
ment had been given to Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
and his ministers, likely to
include Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace, minister of tourism
and aviation.
Acknowledging that San-
dals had wanted to re-open
Emerald Bay earlier than Jan-
uary 22, 2010, Mr Stewart,
addressing concerns from
some Exumians that Sandals
had been less than frank
about its plans for the prop-
erty, said the chain "cannot
divulge information" before
it had been determined and
it knew what it was doing.
The Sandals chief executive
said the company was "no
more than a couple of weeks

away" from being able to pro-
vide Exumians with firm
details on its plans, including
the number of persons it
intended to hire for full-time
"As soon as we have firm
information, we will let the
community know exactly
what we are doing," Mr Stew-
art told Tribune Business.
"We will take into account
every member of the commu-
nity. We're on the brink of
disclosing what we feel" Exu-
mians want to know.
He added that Sandals

"entire operations team",
including the chain's director
of operations, general man-
ager and financial controller,
had been based at Emerald
Bay for the past 12 days,
assessing and analysing "every
single detail" of the chain's
plans for the property.
"This is going to be the first
hotel in Sandals history that
has a dedicated butler for
every room," Mr Stewart told
Tribune Business, explaining
that Emerald Bay would be
positioned near the peak of
the chain's resorts, alongside

Sandals Royal Bahamian and
Sandals Royal Plantation.
"This development is almost
like a big country club."
"We really try to focus on
investing as much as we can
afford back into the physical
plant of our resorts," he

added. Emerald Bay will be
the second Sandals property
to possess a golf course, after
Ocho Rios, and also the first
one with a marina. It is only
the second 500-acre property
to be included in Sandals



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Itis hereby notified pursuantto regulation 4(10)
(b) of the Airport Authority (Amendment)
Regulations, 2009 that the Airport
Authority at a meeting on the 30th day of
September, 2009 imposed and or varied
fees and charges at the Lynden Pindling
International Airport as follows:

Aeronautical Fees
a) Landing Fees increase 23.6%
b) Terminal Fees increase 6.1%
c) Aircraft Loading Bridge Fees increase 6.1%
d) Aircraft Parking Fees increase 6.1%

It is further notified that the said
imposition and or variation of Fees and
Charges shall take effect at the Lynden
Pindling International Airport ninety days
from the date of first publication of this notice.

Common Law & Equity Division


To: Kim M. Morley

1. An action has been commenced against you
by Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited in the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas by Writ of
Summons filed on the 6th of January 2009
being Action No. 2009/CLE/gen/00007,
wherein the Plaintiff's claim is for the total
sum of $15,760.63 due under a Visacard
No. 4539 3850 1006 0033.
2. It has been ordered that service of the Writ
of Summons in the said action be effected on
you by virtue of this advertisement.
3. You must within 21 days from the
publication of this advertisement inclusive of
the day of such publication, acknowledge
service of the said Writ of Summons by
entering an Memorandum of Appearance on
the Attorneys whose name and address appear
below, otherwise judgment may be entered
against you.

Dated the 30th day of September A.D., 2009

Sassoon House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Plaintiff





The Department of Environmental Services invites applications for suitably
qualified individuals for the position of Chief Public Analyst, Grand Bahama.
The Chief Public Analyst reports to the Director or Director.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

A Master degree in Chemistry plus a Diploma or Certificate in Microbioloy
and must have membership in a professional organization with (12) twelve
years post graduate experience. Experience with industrial and institutional
organizations would be an asset.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

* Responible for the management and administration of the
Environmental Monitoring and Risk assessment Division,Grand
* Plans andimplements programs designed to provide for monitoring
activities inGrand Bahama and the Northern Bahamas.
* Monitors the effect of industry and provides relevant reports
* Coordinates all Environmental Monitoring and Risk Assessment
* Serves as the Department of Environmental Services representative
at technical meetings, both local and international as requested.
* Provides proposals and recommendations for staff training.
* Submit monthly and annual reports on the activities of Environmental
Monitoring and Risk Assessment.
* Assist with staff training.
* Provides support for Family Island Officers
* Ensures the generation of reports of all evaluations and assessment
and provides recommendations for rectification of environmental
nuisances and risks.
* Serves as expert witness in court prosecutions.
* Evaluates development projects and novel industries.
* Provides active support for initiatives enhancing the quality of the
environment and awareness and preparedness for emergencies.
* Responds to complaints and issues of technology.
* Ensures that testing services are provided as requested.
* Fosters public and staff awareness of environmental issues
* Any other related duties

Applicants who meet the above requirements are invited to forward a resume
and a PSC 7 application by October 5, 2009 to

Department Of Environmental Health Services
P.O. Box SS19048
Farrington Road
Nassau, The Bahamas



Economy dips at 0.7 per cent pace in Q2

AP Economics Writer

economy shrank less than expected
in the second quarter as businesses
and consumers trimmed their spend-
ing at a slower pace, buttressing
beliefs that the economy is now
The 0.7 per cent dip in gross
domestic product for the April-June
quarter follows the 6.4 per cent
annualized drop in the first three
months of this year, the worst slide in
nearly three decades. In the final
quarter of last year, the economy
sank at a rate of 5.4 per cent
The new reading on second-quar-
ter GDP, reported by the Commerce
Department on Wednesday, shows
the economy shrinking less than the
one per cent pace previously esti-
mated. It also was better than the
annualized 1.1 per cent drop that
economists were predicting.
The final revision of second-quar-
ter GDP comes on the last day of
the third quarter, in which many ana-
lysts predict the economy started
growing again at a pace of about
three per cent.
"Growth should be solidly posi-
tive," said Mark Vitner, economist at
Wells Fargo Securities.

Gross domestic product measures
the value of all goods and services -
from machines to manicures - pro-
duced in the US. It is the best esti-
mate of the nation's economic
A main reason for the second-
quarter upgrade: businesses didn't
cut back spending on equipment and
software nearly as deeply as the gov-
ernment had thought. Consumers
also didn't trim their spending as
But on Wall Street, a surprise drop
in the Chicago Purchasing Managers
Index, considered a precursor to the
national Institute for Supply Man-
agement index to be released on
Thursday, sent stocks reeling. The
Dow Jones industrial average lost
more than 80 points in midday trad-
ing, and broader indices also fell.
Many analysts predict the econo-
my started growing again in the July-
September quarter, due partly to
President Barack Obama's $787 bil-
lion stimulus package and the gov-
ernment's now defunct Cash for
Clunkers programme, which had
ginned up auto sales. It offered peo-
ple rebates of up to $4,500 to buy
new cars and trade in less efficient
gas guzzlers.
Earlier this month, Federal
Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

said the recession, which started in
December 2007, is "very likely
But he warned that pain will per-
sist - especially for the nearly 15
million unemployed Americans.
Because the recovery is expected
to slow to a more plodding pace in
the coming months, the nation's
unemployment rate - now at a 26-
year high of 9.7 per cent - is expect-
ed top 10 per cent this year. Econo-
mists predict it will have nudged up
to 9.8 per cent for September when
the government releases that report
The economy has now contract-
ed for a record four straight quarters

for the first time on records dating to
1947, underscoring the toll the reces-
sion has taken on consumers and
businesses. Economic activity shrank
3.8 per cent since the second quarter
of last year, marking the worst reces-
sion since the 1930s.
In the second quarter, consumers
trimmed their spending at a rate of
0.9 per cent. That was slightly less
than the one per cent annualized
drop estimated a month ago, but
marked a reversal from the first
quarter when consumers boosted
spending 0.6 per cent.
Many analysts predict that con-
sumer spending will move back into
positive territory again in the third
quarter. But worries linger that rising
unemployment and still hard-to-get
credit could crimp such spending,
which accounts for about 70 per cent
of economic activity, and hobble the
Those potentially negative forces
- along with the troubled commer-
cial real-estate market - provide
reasons for caution, a Fed official
said Wednesday.
"We all ardently want to believe
the nation is on the economic come-
back trail," Dennis Lockhart, presi-
dent of the Federal Reserve Bank
of Atlanta, said in a speech in
Mobile, Ala. "I don't think we are

served by declaring prematurely that
we're in the clear. In thinking about
the recovery, I recommend for now
a mindset of measured optimism."
Meanwhile, less drastic cuts in
business spending contributed to the
second-quarter's improved showing.
Businesses trimmed spending on
equipment and software at a pace
of 4.9 per cent. That wasn't as deep
as the 8.4 per cent annualized drop
previously estimated for the second
quarter, and marked a big improve-
ment from an annualized plunge of
36.4 per cent in the first quarter.
A key area where businesses did
cut more deeply in the spring was
They slashed spending at a record
pace of $160.2 billion. But there's a
silver lining to that: With invento-
ries at rock-bottom, businesses have
started to boost production to satis-
fy customer demand, one of the
forces that should lift GDP in the
third quarter, analysts say.
The report also showed that after-
tax profits of US corporations rose
0.9 per cent in the spring, the second
straight quarterly gain.
Spending on housing projects fell
at a rate of 23.3 per cent in the sec-
ond quarter, also not as deep as the
annualized drop of 38.2 per cent in
the first quarter.

AUDIT, from 1B
period for that will be based
on how prepared the compa-
nies are - whether they have
the proper systems in place
for them to get the financial
statements, management
accounts to the auditor, along
with supporting documents,
to ensure this can be accom-
Mr Deveaux added that the
Securities Commission was
"overly concerned that we
don't put in into law a provi-
sion that can't be maintained
or sustained, and then have
people inferring that the juris-
diction is unable to adhere to
the legislation. It has some

serious implications for the
Mr Deveaux told Tribune
Business that the Securities
Industry Act was also being
reformed to ensure the
Bahamas complied with the
standards and practices
endorsed by the international
body for securities regulators,
IOSCO, especially when it
came to information sharing
with fellow supervisors.
"We're hoping this legis-
lation will be brought into
force before the end of the
year," the Commission's exec-
utive director said. "I think
we've done a thorough con-

sultation, and hopefully we
can get this final draft, as far
as we're concerned, to the
Ministry of Finance and the
Attorney General's Office as
soon as possible, and for
onward transmission to the
Cabinet and the various
Houses of Parliament for
sign-off and bringing into
Apart from meeting with
individual industry partici-
pants, the Securities Com-
mission also consulted with
the major industry represen-
tative bodies and focus
groups, such as the Bahamas
Financial Services Board,

Bahamas Institute of Char-
tered Accountants (BICA),
Bahamas Bar Association and
Bahamas Association of
Compliance Officers
Mr Deveaux said the regu-
lator was also reviewing the
feedback received, "and mak-
ing what adjustments need to
be made to the final draft".
All input and comments were
being documented, to ensure
that the Securities Commis-
sion could later explain why
some suggestions were even-
tually incorporated into the
legislation, while others were

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NOTICE is hereby given that WIDSON AZOR of BURIAL
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 1st day of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that JOSEPH ROGER JAMES
BOX SB-52414, 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 1st day of October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O.
Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


Ministry Of The Environment


The Government of The Bahamas is inviting
tenders for the following Contract Service for the
Port Department, Ministry of The Environment.

*Private Security Services for Royal Caribbean
Cruise Line Prince George Dock

Interested parties may obtain further information,
and may collect the bidding document as of 23rd
September, 2009 from:

The Port Department
Prince George Dock
Nassau, The Bahamas
Telephone No. (242) 356-5639

Between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday
through Friday.

Tenders are to be submitted in Triplicate (3) in a
sealed envelope(s) Marked Tender for Private
Security Services for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
-Prince George Dock addressed to:

The Chairman
Tenders Board
Ministry of Finance
Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Building
Cable Beach
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, The Bahamas

No later than 5:00pm on the 9th October, 2009.

Tenders will be opened at 10:00am on the 13th
October, 2009 at the Office of the Tenders Board,
Ministry of Finance.



Common Law & Equity Division

To: Barbara Deveuax


1. An action has been commenced against you by
Scotiabank (Bahamas) limited in the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas by Writ of Summons filed on the 15th of January
2009 being Action No. 2009/CLE/ gen/00040, wherein the
Plaintiff's claim is for the total sum of $34,279.08 which
represents the principal sum of $24,266.51, accrued
interest on the said principal in the sum of $9,316.57,
add-on charges in the sum of $616.00, interest on the said
add-on charges in the sum of $127.14 and late fees in the
sum of $80.00 due under a loan numbered 1746456.

2. It has been ordered that service of the Writ of
Summons in the said action be effected on you
by virtue of this advertisement

3. You must within 21 days from the publication of this
advertisement inclusive of the day of such publication,
acknowledge service of the said Writ of Summons
by entering an Memorandum of Appearance on the
Attorneys whose name and address appear below,
otherwise judgment may be entered against you.

Dated the 22nd day of September A.D., 2009

Sassoon House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Plaintiff


Ministry Finance

RE: Real property tax Surcharae Waiver Notice

The general public is here by advised of the
provisions of the Real Property Tax Act.The
principal Act is amended by the insertion
immediately after section 21 of the following
new section 21 A and 21 B respectfully;

Section 21 A Waiver of surcharge.

Notwithstanding section 21, any surcharge
which has accumulated in respect of

* (a) owner-occupies property with a market
value of up to two hundred and fifty
thousand dollars ($250,000.00) shall be
* (b) owner-occupied property which exceeds
two hundred and fifty thousand dollars,
shall be waived if the outstanding real
property tax is paid on or before
December 31,2009: and
* (c) other property, shall be waived by fifty
per cent if the outstanding real property
tax is paid before December 31,2009.

Section 21 B Revival of Surcharge
If after December 31,2009 any real property
tax remains outstanding in respect of

* (a) owner-occupied property with a market
with a market value of up to two hundred
and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00)
* (b) owner-occupied property which exceeds
two hundred and fifty thousand.
(c) other property

The owner of such property, shall be liable to
pay a new surcharge of five per centum (5%)
of such tax tax per annum.




THE CARNIVAL cruise ship Fantasy is lit up at the Port of New Orleans. Carnival Corp. Tuesday said
its third-quarter profit sank nearly 20 per cent, but the results were still better than expected.
(AP Photo: Andy Newman)

Carnival stops

calls on Antigua

MIAMI (AP) - Antigua
and Barbuda officials are
upset Carnival Corporation
is taking the island off a
ship's itinerary.
Beginning January 3, Car-
nival will substitute St
Maarten for Antigua on the
Carnival Victory's weekly
six-stop, seven-day trips out
of Puerto Rico.
Tourism minister John
Maginley says the island
nation will lose $40 million
in revenue.
He says local officials
weren't consulted, and the
change comes just after six
American tourists from the
ship were arrested.
The passengers were
charged with assault and

* Tourism minister says
island nation will lose
$40m in revenue
* Cruise line's Q3 profit
sinks nearly 20%

malicious damage after
refusing to pay a cab fare
they thought was excessive
and later scuffling with
Carnival says the change

had nothing to do with the
A spokeswoman says the
itinerary was four years old
and simply needed an

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EBENEZER Methodist Church
celebrates 207 years of
excellence, commitment,
and loyalty to Methodism.




EBENEZER Methodist Church will cel-
ebrate 207 years of excellence, com-
mitment, and loyalty to Methodism
with a commemoration service to be
held on Sunday, October 4 at 11am.
Before Emancipation, before blockade running,
and even before the Bahamas gained Independence,
Ebenezer Methodist Church was firmly established
since 1802 and is indeed one of the oldest churches in
the Bahamas and has a long history of ministry and
John Phillpot, Congregational Board Chairman at
Ebenezer Methodist Church, spoke to Tribune
Religion about the work Ebenezer has done over the
years. "From the early days, Ebenezer has been a
mainstay in the community along with St Matthew's
Church, the two oldest churches from 1802. The
church has a large focus on social outreach and help-
ing the local communities," he said.
"Over the years, our members have traveled to
other islands to help with home repairs after the
storms, taking food and clothing supplies along with
them, he said.
"They are also making sure the less fortunate per-
sons have food to eat and clothes to wear. The church
has a large social outreach with a soup kitchen that
serves over 100 people every Thursday. There is also
a clothing pantry for those in need," he said.
Their efforts in the past to improve the education in
the Bahamas did not go unnoticed either. According

to, "In 1870, a group of
laymen from Ebenezer and Trinity met to discuss the
feasibility of establishing an educational institution
which would provide secondary education for their
children, and these discussions eventually led to the
establishment of what is today known as Queen's
College", the website stated.
Closeness and Togetherness are principles that the
people of the church abide by. These principles have
allowed the church over the years to remain close
with neighboring churches and the community.
Ebenezer has worked with other churches in the
area giving assistance to the homeless and the poor.
The church is very people oriented providing several
different avenues for fellowship, he said. "We are
always welcoming visitors," he said.
Youth ministry, Sunday school, junior church choir,
men's group, women's fellowship, choir, prayer
groups, evangelism, and social outreach are just a few
of the ministries at Ebenezer that enforce and pro-
mote fellowship in Christ.
Over the years there have been many ministers at
Ebenezer, but now the church is happy to welcome
their new acting minister, Rev Godfrey Bethell from
Central Eleuthera. With years of education and expe-
rience, they anticipate he will be a great leader.
"Rev Godfrey Bethell has been in the church since
the early age at Coke Memorial and Rhodes
Memorial Methodist Church in Nassau and St Paul
Methodist Church in Freeport. He is joined in Nassau
with his wife Elmena Bethell, current Vice President
of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church.
We look forward to working with both Rev and Mrs
Bethell in all of our ministries," he said.

Blessing of

the animals

Tribune Features Reporter
ON a typical Sunday morning, church pews are filled
with worshippers praising and getting spiritual enrich-
ment from the Word of God. It's a unique occasion
planned at one church this Sunday, however. At 4.30
pm St Christopher Church in Lyford Cay will be hav-
ing their 'St Francis of Assisi Day and Blessing of the
Animals'. All animal lovers from across the island are
invited to bring their four legged, and feathered friends
to the afternoon service.
This is the third time the service will be held at St
Christopher Church, in observance of St Francis
Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The service is the
brainchild of the Bahamas Humane Society and
parishioners at St Christopher Church, to commemo-
rate World Animal Day. Last year, events were held in
66 countries in celebration of World Animal Day.
Officiating the service will be Father Keith
Cartwright, archdeacon of the Southern Bahamas and
The Turks and Caicos Islands. Father Cartwright is
also a member of the Bahamas Humane Society board.
Last year, 23 birds, dogs, cats, and turtles attended
and were prayed for at the service. They all behaved,
and nobody tried to bite or fight each other.
Organisers ensure good animal behavior by having the
service for no more than half an hour, to prevent the
animals from getting restless, Tribune Religion was told
"The service is a celebration of God's creation,"
Father Cartwright told Tribune Religion yesterday.
"God made the entire cosmos and a part of that creat-
ed animals and creatures, and we give God thanks for
the wonderful beauty of animals and pets."
"We want to highlight the importance and care of
God's creatures. There's a lot of cruelty to animals and
we believe that is a sin. We need to create a lot of
awareness about that."
"Animals were put here for different purposes. One
of those purposes happens to be where they are com-
panions of human beings," he said.
Father Cartwright's dog, 'Kay Kay' will be present at
Sunday's service.
Following the service, Father Cartwright will be
head down to the canine dog unit in Lyford Cay to pray
for and bless the security dogs, which are used to pro-

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The Ba

st Mov

in the 20th Centi

A LETTER in the Nassau Guardian
of 16th March 16, 1892 deplored the
dismissal of Rev Daniel Wilshire from
the Baptist Missionary Society calling
his treatment "uncourteous and there-
fore uncharitable." The letter was
signed by John James Kerr and mem-
bers of the New Zion Baptist Church,
Moses Rahming and all members of Mt
Carey Baptist Church, Joseph Smith
and the entire Gambier and Adelaide
Baptist Church, Hercules Rolle, Cat
Island and all churches under his pas-
toral care and Richard A Morrison of
Exuma with all members of the church
A special meeting of the Pastor and
committee was convened at Zion
Baptist Church Nassau on April 4 with
Rev J J Kerr as chairman. Attending
were representatives from Cat Island,
Exuma, Andros, Eleuthera, Grand
Bahama, Ragged Island and Long
Island. An agreement was reached to
form the Bahamas Baptist Union and
appointed Rev Daniel Wilshire as
It should be noted that not all
churches remained within the Union
and about 15 churches remained with
Wilshire. In 1893, a lot that previously
housed livery stables on Parliament
Street was purchased and Mrs Wilshire
laid the foundation stone of the Sunday
School Building which later became
Salem Union Baptist Church. The
building is now Magistrates Court #1.
The Wilshires lived behind the church
and were assisted by jeweler, Rev J
Demeritte and Rev J J Kerr was the
pastor of the Nassau churches in the
Baptist Union.
From Rev Wilshire's speech at the
laying of the stone, we can glean that
the formation of the Bahamas Baptist
Union caused the English Baptists to
send a deputation to investigate the sit-
uation in the Bahamas. As a result the
committee decided that 'steps will be
taken to make the churches in the
Bahamas self supporting, and help will
be offered through Calabar College
(Jamaica) toward providing them with
an efficient native ministry.' Wilshire's
reply was that the Baptist Union pre-
ferred to work out its own salvation as
God shall help, choosing its own native
Mrs Charlotte Wilshire died in 1894
and Rev Wilshire married again to his
widowed housekeeper, Mrs Rigby.
In 1901, Wilshire bought a sailboat

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Experience and used it to visit the out
island churches. He also pursued an
expansion of the Bahamas Baptist
Union into Florida, where many
Bahamians had migrated to work
there. Seven churches were built in
Florida which brought the total of 28
churches and 1500 members.
Wilshire died in 1932 and was suc-
ceeded by his assistant Rev Enoch
Backford, who became Pastor of Salem
Church in 1933 and Superintendent of
the Bahamas Baptist Union later that
same year.
Enoch Backford was born at
Deadman's Cay, Long Island in 1893.
He was educated in the USA at
Morehouse College and Florida
Memorial College. He served in the
trenches as an American soldier during
World War 1. Backford proved to be an
able administrator, organising the
Baptist Union into districts each with a
Convention of Woman's Auxilliary,
Sunday School and Training
Convention. His great emphasis was on
Baptist doctrine, democracy and stew-
ardship, church discipline and missions.
The Salem Church building became
inadequate for the growing member-
ship so another site was purchased on
Taylor Street. The corner stone was
laid in 1960 and dedicated in 1967.
Backford retired as pastor of Salem in
1974 and was succeeded by Rev
Charles Saunders. Rev Backford
remained as Superintendent of the
Bahamas Baptist Union until his death
at 83 in 1976.
Father Leopold Duncan Cox, born at
Fox Hill in 1900 , was elected as
Superintendent of the Bahamas Baptist
Union in 1976. He previously had been
Pastor at Mt Carey Union Baptist

Bahamas Baptist Missionary and
Educational Convention 1935 - 1970
In May 1925, Rev J R Evans and Mrs
Jamie Morris made two trips to the
Bahamas to make a general survey of
Baptist participation in the islands. As a
result they bought $50,000 of literature



from the National Baptist Convention
Inc and distributed freely to all Baptist
Churches in the Bahamas. Rev Evans
continued to visit annually and eventu-
ally succeeded in persuading both the St
John's Baptist Society Churches of
Particular Baptists and the Union
Baptists Association to agree to merge
into the Bahamas Baptist Missionary
and Educational Convention. After
many meetings and a temporary
arrangement in 1935, the first annual
session of the Bahamas Baptist
Missionary and Educational
Convention took place at St John's
Baptist Church on May 25,1936.
In 1943, at the invitation of President
Enoch Backford, the Foreign Missions
Board of the National Baptist
Convention started an elementary
school named in honour of Dr L G
Jordan of that society. The school was
housed in the Goodwill Centre in
Chippingham until it moved to Baillou
Hill Road in 1946. Rev William Albury
was the first headmaster from 1943 to

Southern Baptist Mission of the
Southern Baptist Convention
In the summer of 1949, students of the
Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas began
sending teams to hold Bible schools
throughout The Bahamas. In 1951, The
Southern Baptist Convention sent two
missionary couples, Dr and Mrs
McMillan and Dr and Mrs Main. Along
with local Baptist leaders the missionar-
ies decided that the greatest need was
theological training and toward that end
the Bahamas Baptist Institute was
opened in the house of the Mains and
moved to new quarters on Rosetta
Street in 1957.
The Central Baptist Church was
organised in the Institute building later
in 1957. It was also felt that there was a
great need for a high school and so in
1961 the Institute building was also used
to house the Prince Williams High
When problems severed the relation-
ship between the Bahamas Baptist
Missionary and Education Convention
and the Bahamas Southern Baptist
Mission, the Convention reorganised
Prince Williams High School on the
Jordan Memorial Campus. The Baptist
Southern Baptist Mission began operat-
ing the Bahamas Baptist College which
moved to Jean Street in 1968.

Thursday, October 1, 2009 * PG 25

Blessing of the animals

SEE page 24

tect the gated community.
This year, New Providence will be the
only observers of the unique service.
However, they're asking other parishes
in the family islands to join the band-
wagon. Last year, Grand Bahama
picked up the ball and had a service in
the garden in the Grove.
Bahamas Humane Society president
Kim Arahna said, "I took my 7 year old
freshwater turtle, Big Mama last year
and my 14 year old potcake who is a can-
cer survivor."
Mrs Arahna is a firm believer in pray-
ing for animals. She and Father
Cartwright witnessed the miraculous
healing of her dog who was not feeling
"Last year, Father Cartwright was
with me having dinner while my dog was
having a heart attack, and we rushed
downtown to the animal clinic. He
prayed for the animal and she survived.
I believe she survived because Father
Cartwright prayed for her," she said.
"We hope the kids will bring their
pets, she said. "We seem to forget that
animals are God's creatures too. We are
custodians of the planet and it is our
unbounded duty to treat animals as God
intended us to in a kind manner."
The only thing organizers of the serv-
ice ask of those who bring their dogs is
to ensure that they have access to water,
and bring a form of waste disposal in
case the animal has an accident.
"We've absolutely had no problems so
far with this however, but ask that you
bring it just in case they make a mess"
she said.
On Sunday's service, animals present
will be prayed for and blessed, and those
who behave during the service will be
sprinkled with holy water, Mrs Arahna
"He'll sprinkle holy water into the fish
tanks," Mrs Arahna added. According
to her, Father Cartwright makes house-
calls at the request of parishioners
request to pray for their animals.
With a drive to "bring more respect
and love to animals in other churches,"
Mrs Aranha recently met with
Christian Council president Reverend
Patrick Paul. "We would really like to
have as many of the other churches to
follow the lead," she said. She and
Reverend Paul are talking over intro-
ducing the service to congregations
under the Christian Council.
Mrs Arahna emphasised that anyone
on the island is more than welcomed to
"We're hoping for a great showing
from the public. The fact that we are
behind the gates shouldn't stop people
from coming in. We want as many per-
sons from New Providence to be

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Creating teams for ministry

"What, after all, is Apollos? And
what is Paul? Only servants,
through whom you came to
believe--as the Lord has assigned to
each his task. I planted the seed,
Apollos watered it, but God made
it grow. So neither he who plants
nor he who waters is anything, but
only God, who makes things grow.
The man who plants and the man
who waters have one purpose, and
each will be rewarded according to
his own labour" 1 Cor 3:5-8.


PIXL X( .I( )I -i

Qualities of A Good Team Player

1. Team Spirit (not a solo perform-
2. Committed and dedicated

3. Pulls own weight
4. Goes beyond the call of duty
5. A good communicator (listener
and speaker)
6. Willing to compromise (not
morals or principles)
7. Able to admit faults
8. Willing to negotiate
9. No superiority or inferiority
10. Honest and reliable
11. Pleasant, friendly even humor-
ous at times
12. Encourager (not overly critical)

13. Visionary yet also supportive of
that of others
14. Shares in triumphs and failures
of the team

Additional Qualities of a Ministry
Team Player
1. Prayerful
2. Student of the Scriptures
3. Regular worshipper
4. Enthusiastic witness
5. Faithful worker for the Lord
6. Filled with the Holy Spirit

Why Arawak, why ?

MATTH the people that I know we
are (Bahamians that loves drama, gos-
sip and anything that will appeal to
one's emotion); I knew that this topic
"Why Arawak, Why" would get your
attention seeing that Arawak Homes
and the church destruction is one of the
most talked about matters today.
As a religious nation I know that
most of us (in particular Christians)
have already settled in our hearts and
ruled on this matter thereby condemn-
ing Arawak Homes for demolishing
the church building.
Okay, that's your right; you're enti-
tled to think and conclude as you wish,
but can I say to you that Father
Yahweh is not tripping or freaking out
at what happened. Always remember
that "Nothing can ever catch God by
surprise or off guard" Here's some-
thing that I want you to also remember
or consider: Religious thinking mixed
with heated emotion at times will cause
one to totally overlook or ignore the
With that being said, before we (reli-
gious Christians) begin to demonise the
principles of Arawak Homes; let's stop
for a few minutes and look at some
facts and the law. Please understand
this, I don't know Franklin Wilson nor
have I ever met him. I just felt led of
the Spirit to bring some sobering
thoughts to the forefront of this
Arawak Homes / church saga. It is
obvious that folks' religious emotions
are overshadowing some key facts in
this matter.
The religious Christian community is
upset and venting its anger in the
wrong direction (at Arawak Homes)
when they should be angry at whoever
sold the church the land.
As you're reading this article, would

you ponder these few questions as I
supply what I believe to be some hon-
est answers.
Is it about the money? --- No, it's not
about money
Is Arawak Homes hurting financial-
ly? ---- No, they're not.
Is it that the principles of Arawak
Homes are bad people? No, by no
means are they bad people.
The destruction of this place of wor-
ship was nothing personal between the
pastor / members and the principles of
Arawak Homes, for had it been so this
act would have taken place a long time
ago. Rather this was a timely spiritual
message sent to the nation by the prin-
cipalities and powers that are
acclaimed over this nation.
Unfortunately, this anti-Christ spirit
saw an opportunity to make its pres-
ence felt.
The carnal minded and also some
religious minded Bahamians would
never see the spiritual connotation
that's attached to this saga. The only
winner in the destruction of this house
of worship is the anti-Christ spirit (not
Arawak Homes and its principles). For
I would want to believe that deep with-
in, Arawak Homes now regrets taking
such actions as a result of the negative
backlash and publicity that has and is
yet to come. Watch this! It's not as if
the principles of Arawak Homes don't
go to church themselves or believe in
God. That's right they're not anti-

church. I also believe that at any given
time the owner of Arawak Homes
would give generously to their home
church or any other as they would feel
led to.
Watch this ! How many families
throughout the history of the Bahamas
and to this present day have suffered
some kind of loss or injustice as a result
of unethical practice.
As I've stated before, so do I again.
The restoration of the country's spiritu-
al connection to Father Yahweh has to
come via the church of which Yeshuwa
Messiah died for. Therefore God will
use whatever means to expose ungodly,
unethical practices. So, again before
you self righteous, religious hypocrites,
demonise Arawak Homes; could it be
that God has allowed this act to happen
via the church to wake this nation from
its chosen position of sleep to corrup-
tion and unethical practices?
How many of us within and outside
the church know of, or may have taken
part in some form of ungodly, unethical
behavior and practices. But now that a
church building / a place of worship (a
sacred cow) is at the center of this saga;
religiously and ignorantly you're crying
foul. Listen, I'm not saying "let's tear
down church buildings, but what I am
saying is that; let's not wait until the

seeds of corruption and unethical
practices bears fruits and then cry out"
For those of you who are bent on
holding your religious position as it
relates to your places of worship or the
one in question; Yeshuwa Messiah also
encountered the religious spirit of
which has gotten hold of you. Watch
this! The Woman of Samaria John.4:
20. Our fathers worshipped in this
mountain; and ye say, that in
Jerusalem is the place where men
ought to worship. : 21. Jesus saith
unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour
cometh, when ye shall neither in this
mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, wor-
ship the Father. : 22. Ye worship ye
know not what: we know what we wor-
ship: for salvation is of the Jews. : 23.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when
the true worshippers shall worship the
Father in spirit and in truth: for the
Father seeketh such to worship him. :
24. God is a Spirit: and they that wor-
ship him must worship him in spirit
and in truth.

* For questions or comments contact us
via or
Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l.


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RELIGION Thursday, October 1, 2009 PG 27

Hurting people

healing words


"Hurting People, Healing
Words", is a monthly article writ-
ten to assist those persons who are
hurting and to share with them the
hurts of others and how they were
able to overcome them. It also
seeks to show, by way of scripture,
what God has to say to those who
are hurting and to encourage per-
sons to look beyond the temporary
hurt, to a God that covers us
through the ages. "Hurting
People, Healing Words", seeks to
heal the broken hearted and free
those who have been held captive
with the power of God.
I will never forget the day, some
thirty five years ago, that I heard
my mother scream. I was only a lit-
tle boy growing up on the island of
Andros, but I will never forget that
day because I discovered that a
man was using his fist to hit my
mother. Being only six years old,
my first instinct was to run to her. I
grabbed the man by his leg and bit
him. It got his attention; he
stopped hitting my mother and
turned his focus to me. The man
reacted by kicking me off and then
he stormed out in a rage. I didn't
know what the outcome would be,
but somehow I had to act, and as
was seen, the act proved fruitful;
the man stopped hitting my moth-
er and that is all I wanted.
I watched my mother on the
ground crying and as a little boy I
went to her and hugged her and
said to her, "I love you mommy,"
with great hopes to hear her say, "I
love you son," but she never did. I
often wondered why she didn't use
those words, but now I've come to
understand that her hurt was
deeper than I had realized.
You see, my name is Cleveland
Dwight Xavier Wells and my
namesake, my father, had left my
mother years ago with three chil-
dren never to return. It was my
father who made her promises that
he never kept and to hear my
name, triggered something in my
mother toward me. It wasn't really
for me, but for my father.
Nevertheless, he was gone and I
was still there.
You can put a spin on things
because 'What the devil meant for
bad, God will put a spin on it and
work it out for your good.
"Hurting People Healing

I've come to understand that
hurting one person actually hurts
many people. You see, my father
hurt my mother and my mother in
turn hurt me. However, I've decid-
ed to put a spin on things. I've
learned how to let go so that I can
grow. Since my mother had experi-
enced hurt, she decided to give me
to a family she believed could love
and care for me. It's with this fam-
ily that I accepted Jesus Christ as
my Lord and personal saviour and
the journey of healing started.
Now God has blessed me with two
beautiful girls and a gorgeous wife.
I longed to hear my mother and
father say, "I love you son", how-
ever my daughters have absolutely
no longing to hear these words. I
use them frequently, expressing
the love that I have for them and
for their mother.
You see, you don't have to carry
on where others left off. You can
literally stop and start your new
chapter. That's what I have done.
My healing words came from
God's Holy word that states, "I
will never leave you or forsake
you". To me, I am never alone and
once you have accepted him as
Lord and personal saviour. God
has a way of turning a bad situa-
tion into a good one. This hap-
pened with Joseph, who was
thrown in a pit, sold into slavery,
sold to Potifer, lied on by Potifer's
wife and thrown in jail.
Despite all of the events that
happened to him, when Joseph
saw his brothers again years later
he told them, "You intended to
harm me, but God intended it for
good to accomplish what is now
being done, the saving of many
lives" [Genesis 50 and 20]. I
believe Joseph wanted to hear
from his brothers, "You will be
alright, you can make it and I'm
here for you", but these words
would seem like a foreign lan-
guage to angry brothers. Because
Joseph was in God and God in
him, deep within his inner being he
knew that he would be alright, that
he'd make it and that God would
always be there for him.
So when you are hurting,
remember that you will be alright,
you can make it and that God will
always be there for you. Only you
can stop you from growing.
Remember when you allow
people to anger you, you give
them power over you, so take back
the power over your life. Hurting
people, = Healing words.

Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI)
Children's Fine Arts Conservatory (CFAC)
is auditioning for a 30 members children's conservatory chain
Children wil be performing music from various genres,
original works, musical dramas and wil be afforded national
and international travel ministry opportunities.

Succesufil applicants wiD also be a member of the
speduciued producdon team for the
2010 BFMI Culture-Up Kids Leadership Congress

Auditions will be held from I lam to 4pm on
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
for children ages 8 to 14 years old at BFMI Carmichael Road.

For audition appointments parents/gnardian should email the
name of the child, age and a telephone contact number to:
The Choral Director at cfac.bfm(

Walk-in auditions accepted.
Persons auditioning should prepare a song from
memory and bring along a copy of the song.
Past performance recordings can be submitted for review.


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Ebenezer Methodist
Church is this week's
church of the week.
Ebenezer was estab-
lished in 1802, and is
one of the oldest
churches in the
Bahamas. The
church will celebrate
its 207th anniversary
on Sunday, October
4. Over the years, the
church has made
meaningful contribu-
tions to the commu-
nity and the country
through its many
social outreach pro-


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