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Gunmen stage

daylight attack

at landmark

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are hunting two
vicious robbers who held a
group of terrified tourists at
gunpoint and made off with
their cash and possessions.
The victims, understood to
be Americans from a cruise
ship, feared for their lives as
they were held up.
And it is thought the attack
may have major repercussions
on Nassau's tourist trade, with
would-be visitors fearing for
their personal safety.
The 11-strong group of men
and women were attacked at

the top of the Queen's Stair-
case on Sunday morning.
They had arrived in Nassau
on a cruise ship and were on a
taxi cab tour of the capital's
historic sites when their pleas-
ant visit turned to terror as
they viewed the 66 steps.
Two masked men
approached on foot. One
threatened the group with a
handgun while the other stole
cash and personal items from
the visitors at around 11am.
It was the first robbery in
the area this year according to
Superintendent Elsworth
Moss, and taxi drivers say it
SEE page 11

PM denies Privy Council seeking to
withdraw services from the Bahamas
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham refuted suggestions that the
Privy Council was seeking to withdraw its services from the
Bahamas as previously reported.
"I find it difficult often times to comprehend how information
gets translated in the Bahamas. There has been no suggestion
whatsoever from the British government of its intent or desire to
SEE page 11

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Policewoman attacked trying

to stop looters after crash

WIFE OF the late Sir Clement Maynard Lady Zoe Maynard, accompanied by her grandson Justin,
leaves the House of Assembly after viewing her husband lying in State. Sir Clement was a former
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Public Service, Labour, Works and Gov-
ernment Leader in Parliament. He died on Friday, October 2 at the age of 81.

Turnquest: I have
exercised legal
right by moving
to hang killer
Tribune Staff ,,
Reporter 1.- o
National Security
Tommy Turnquest was TOMMY
not "swayed by emo- TOMMY
tionalism or the noise TURNQUEST
in the market" but has exercised his
constitutional responsibility and
legal right by moving to send a killer
SEE page six

Catholic Church
stands firm against
death penalty
THE Catholic Church remains res-
olute in its opposition to the death
penalty as the Government prepares
to read a death warrant - which could
lead to the country's first hanging in
almost ten years.
In the wake of reports that prepa-
rations are being made to read a death
warrant for an inmate at Her
Majesty's Prison, Head of the Catholic
Archdiocese Archbishop Patrick Pin-
der reaffirmed the Church's stance on
the controversial issue.
"Whether they read the death war-
rant or not, it will not change our point
of view," said the archbishop, when
SEE page five


THE Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Princess
Margaret Hospital moved one step closer to
breathing easier as NICU nurses received crucial
ventilator equipment training that will allow
them to care for struggling newborns.
Upon the arrival of the unit's first two venti-"
lators, which were purchased with funds raised by
the 'Breathe Easy' Campaign, two industry pro-
fessionals from manufacturer Covidien began a A
two-day training seminar with nurses yesterday.
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Tribune Staff Reporter
A WOMAN police officer was attacked as she tried to
stop scavenging thieves stealing shopping goods strewn
across a road after a three-car crash.
Police Constable Alexis Bain is one of seven people
recovering in hospital following the smash in Charles
Saunders Highway.
According to eye-witnesses PC Bain was trying to pre-
vent the looters from stealing various items when she was
beaten in the street.
Groceries, clothes and other new merchandise were
SEE page six




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A MIDNIGHT rescue by
the United States Coast
Guard saved two men as their
boat was sinking off the coast
of Andros early Monday
The American citizen and
another man, whose nation-
ality has not yet been con-
firmed by the US Embassy,
were stranded for several
hours before they were found
standing on the overturned
hull of their boat wearing life-
They had left Miami, Flori-
da on Sunday and were ship-
wrecked when their boat
started to sink on the Hurri-
cane Flats west of the south-
ern tip of Andros during the
Using a cell phone, the pair
were able to contact someone
in Miami and the US Coast
Guard was immediately alert-
But as total darkness cov-
ered the area and there were
no lights on the sinking vessel,
Coast Guard helicopter pilots
struggled to locate the men.
As the helicopter circled
the area the stranded boaters
used the cell phone to direct
the pilots in.
Commander Lieutenant
John Berry, press liaison offi-
cer for the US Coast Guard,
said: "It was lucky they had
communication because it was
difficult to find them out

US Coast Guard
in midnight

operation off

Andros coast

"We had a position that we
flew out to and when they saw
the helicopter they were able
to direct them in."
Rescuers found the two
men standing on top of the
overturned vessel, dehydrated
and suffering from hypother-
They were taken directly to
Nassau and transported by
ambulance to the Princess
Margaret Hospital where they
remained yesterday.
Lieutenant Berry said the
men have been identified but
their identities have not yet
been made public.
He added: "The US
Embassy will try to assist in
contacting their family mem-
bers and assist them with
obtaining their documents for
at least one of the men who is
a US citizen.
"The other man has some
US status but we are still try-
ing to confirm that with him."
The officer said he does not
know why the men were boat-
ing in the area.

Waiting period for a new
passport 'cut to four weeks'
THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has
announced that after diligently working to
reduce the backlog of passport applications
which has plagued the system for years, it
can now reduce the waiting period for a new
passport from six weeks to four.
With the addition of four new passport
machines that were recently purchased and
installed, Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette told The Tribune that the Pass-
port Office has gone from being able to pro- BRENT
duce 759 passports in the first week of Sep- SYMONETTE
tember to more than 2,000 a week now.
"So we have almost two and a half times the amount of
passports being produced. In Nassau alone for the month of
September we enrolled 2,142 people and we produced 6,042
"We are now in Nassau and in Grand Bahama entering on
the data side people who have applied for passports in October
and we have been able to reduce the waiting time to four
working weeks. And in short order we are hoping to have that
down to two weeks," the minister said.
In addition to this, Mr Symonette said that the ministry has
brought Atlanta and Miami online, allowing Bahamians to
apply for their e-passports in these US locations.
"We hope that by the end of the month to bring New York
and Washington online. We have also tested our mobile unit -
where we can go various places and do enrollment on a mobile
basis and we hope to introduce that in the Family Islands in ear-
ly January (2010), if not before. And we hope also to bring
Canada online before the end of the year," he said.
Mr Symonette also encouraged those persons in New Prov-
idence who have applied for passports and whose due dates
have passed to go down to the office on Thompson Boule-
vard and collect the documents as there are "hundreds" wait-
ing to be picked up.





Mario Miller

murder retrial

THE retrial of two brothers
accused of the murder of Mario
Miller, son of former MP and
Trade Minister Leslie Miller, has
been adjourned for a week.
The retrial of brothers Ricardo
Miller alias Tamar Lee and Ryan
Miller, had been scheduled to
begin yesterday before Senior
Justice Jon Isaacs however the
prosecution asked for an
adjournment. The retrial is
expected to begin next Tuesday.
Deputy Director of Public
Prosecutions Cheryl Grant-
Bethel is prosecuting the case.
Both brothers are on $30,000
bail. Mario Miller, 28, was found
stabbed to death in the area of
Super Value in Winton on June
22, 2002.
The first trial into his death
ended four weeks after it began
in January, 2006, when the court
learned that a juror sitting in the
case was closely connected to a
family member of the accused.
The second trial was declared
a mistrial on October 7, 2008,
when the jury failed to reach a
unanimous decision.
The date of the upcoming
ACCA meeting advertised in
Tuesday's Tribune was incorrect.
The meeting is actually taking
place on Tuesday, October 13.
The Tribune apologies for any
inconvenience this error may
have caused.

Attorneys for

alleged drug


back in court
ATTORNEYS for alleged
drug trafficker Melvin Maycock
Sr were back in court yester-
day, claiming prison officials
have failed to comply with a
court order regarding the con-
ditions of their client's deten-
Back in August, Senior Jus-
tice Jon Isaacs refused a bail
application by attorneys for
Maycock Sr, but agreed to an
application for an order to
improve the conditions of his
detention at Her Majesty's
Prison. Senior Justice Isaacs
suggested at the time that he
could free Maycock Sr on bail if
the conditions of his detention
were not improved.
Maycock had asked to be
placed in a cell with proper ven-
tilation, to be allowed to have
visits, and to be allowed to meet
with his family and friends in
the visitation room or another
appropriate area, rather than
in his cell.
He had also requested that
his meals be brought in a time-
ly manner.
Maycock's attorney Craig
Butler filed a new constitution-
al motion on behalf of Maycock
Sr on October 2 after prison
officials failed to comply with
the August 4 order. That hear-
ing has now been adjourned to
October 26. Maycock, 43, is
accused of escaping from a
holding cell at the Elizabeth
Estates Police Station in Feb-
ruary 2008 by switching places
with his son Melvin Maycock
Maycock Sr was captured
four months later following a
high speed chase. US prosecu-
tors requested Maycock's extra-
dition in June 2004 on allega-
tions that he is the mastermind
of the Caribbean arm of a mul-
ti-national drug gang.
Thirteen other men, includ-
ing Melvin Maycock Jr, are
charged in the same indictment
as Maycock Sr. They were freed
on bail in 2006.

Prime Minister among the 'hottest'

world leaders i

FEELING the heat over the
economy and rising crime, per-
haps it follows that Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham can
smile at his performance in one
regard - he has beaten 80 oth-
er men and women in a rank-
ing of the "hottest" world lead-
The allegedly ", i ! I Ic and
unbiased ranking of world lead-
ers in order of hotness", attract-
ed amused commentary on
cable TV news channels and
news sites like yes-
terday - primarily because US
President Barack Obama came
in at number 15.
Bahamians, however, might
be pleased to hear that their
own leader's winning smile
won him a slot ahead of politi-
cal heavy-weights Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez (97),
Hu Jintao of China (111), as
well as regional contemporaries
Dean Barrow of Belize (96),
David Thompson of Barbados
(124), Ralph Gonsalves of St

Vincent and the Grenadines
and Raul Castro of Cuba (169).
Coming in at 92 out of 172,
the 62 year-old Mr Ingraham
punches well above his political
weight in the global ", \ 1,, '
No news yet if this will boost
the country's sovereign credit
Meanwhile, Mr Ingraham
was beaten out of the top half
of the "Hottest Heads of State"
listing by glamourous leaders
like Ukraine's blonde bomb-
shell Prime Minister Yulia
Tymoshenko (1), pensive
Prime Minister of Norway, Jens
Stoltenberg (2), as well as more
surprising contenders such as
controversial Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (48).
Online fanatics and disillu-
sioned dissenters squabbled
busily online yesterday over
the ranking of the leaders.

Ingraham addresses members
of the media outside of the
House of Assembly yesterday.
Mr Ingraham came in at 92 out
of 172 in the ranking of the
'hottest' world leaders.

See to join in the debate.

JURORS in the attempted
extortion trial of former PLP Sen-
ator Pleasant Bridgewater and for-
mer ambulance driver Tarino
Lightbourne were released early
yesterday morning as attorneys
continued legal arguments in their
Bridgewater and Lightbourne i,
are accused of attempting to extort
$25 million from American actor
John Travolta, 55, after his 16-
year-old son Jett died from a * ,fli
seizure in Grand Bahama in Janu-
A 'refusal to transport' document signed
by Mr Travolta is at the centre of the
attempted extortion plot.

House announced yester-
day that Chief Justice
Michael Barnett has been
knighted for his contribu-
tions of the judicial sys-
The award was also
granted in recognition of
his contribution as presi-
dent of the Bahamas Bar
Association, chairman of
the Bar Council, acting
stipendiary and circuit
magistrate, acting justice
of the Supreme Court,
and attorney general and
minister of legal affairs.
Mr Barnett was sworn
in as chief justice on
August 24, 2009, in a cer-
emony at Government
Michael Lancelot Bar-
nett was born in Nassau
on August 21, 1954 to Mr
and Mrs Arthur Barnett.
He was educated at
Georgetown University in
Washington DC, where he
obtained a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Econom-
ics, and at Lincoln's Inn

The prosecution closed its case
on Thursday and attorneys began
their legal submissions in the
absence of the jury on Friday.
-" Senior Justice Anita Allen told
ji. |the jury that the legal submissions
b ' would continue yesterday.
SThe case is expected to resume
today at 10am.
Director of Public Prosecutions
Bernard Turner, Garvin Gaskin
and Neil Brathwaite are repre-
*N MEfl *I senting the Crown. Bridgewater is
being represented by attorneys
Murrio Ducille and Krysta Smith.
Lightbourne is being represented by attor-
neys Carlson Shurland and Mary Bain.
The trial is now in its fourth week.

Law School in London.
He was called to the
English and Bahamas
Bars in 1978, and served
as a partner in the law
firm of Graham, Thomp-
son and Co, before work-
ing with Deltec Banking
Corporation in Nassau.
Mr Barnett has served
in many professional and
public service capacities
including as an acting
magistrate, acting judge
of the Supreme Court,
president of the Bahamas
Bar Association, chair-
man of the Industrial
Relations Board, and
member of the Financial
Services Advisory Com-
He also served as chair-
man of the Water and
Sewerage Corporation
and chairman of the
Catholic Board of Educa-
A Roman Catholic, he
is married to the former
Camille Liverpool and the
couple has two daughters,
Michela and Viola.




Travolta trial jurors released early

as attorneys begin legal submissions

Chief Justice Michael

Barnett is knighted

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Nobel jury defends Obama prize

OSLO (AP) - One judge noted with sur-
prise that President Barack Obama "didn't
look particularly happy" at being named the
Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Another mar-
veled at how critics could be so patronizing.
In a rare public defense of a process nor-
mally shrouded in secrecy, four of the Nobel
jury's five judges spoke out Tuesday about a
selection they said was both merited and
To those who say a Nobel is too much
too soon in Obama's young presidency, "We
simply disagree ... He got the prize for what
he has done," committee chairman Thorb-
jorn Jagland told The Associated Press by
telephone from Strasbourg, France, where he
was attending meetings of the Council of
Jagland singled out Obama's efforts to
heal the divide between the West and the
Muslim world and scale down a Bush-era
proposal for an anti-missile shield in Europe.
"All these things have contributed to - I
wouldn't say a safer world - but a world
with less tension," he said.
For nine-year Nobel committee veteran
Inger-Marie Ytterhorn, Obama's demeanor
spoke volumes when he first acknowledged
the award during a news conference Friday
on the lawn of the White House Rose Gar-
"I looked at his face when he was on TV
and confirmed that he would receive the
prize and would come to Norway, and he
didn't look particularly happy," she told the
AP by telephone.
"Obama has a lot of problems internally in
the United States and they seem to be
increasing. Unemployment, health care
reform: They are a problem for him," she
She acknowledged there was a risk the
prize might backfire on Obama by raising
expectations even higher and giving ammu-
nition to his critics. "It might hamper him,"
Ytterhorn said, because it could distract
from domestic issues.
Still, she added: "Whenever we award the
peace prize, there is normally a big debate
about it" so the Obama controversy was not
It was unusual, however, for the Nobel
jury to speak out so candidly about their
Even the most seasoned Nobel watchers
were surprised by Obama's Nobel - they
hadn't expected the U.S. president, who
took office barely two weeks before the Feb.
1 nomination deadline, to be seriously con-
sidered until at least next year.
Jagland said that was never an issue for
the Nobel committee, which followed the
guidelines set forth by Alfred Nobel, the
Swedish industrialist and inventor of dyna-
mite who established the prize in his 1895
"Alfred Nobel wrote that the prize should


go to the person who has contributed most to
the development of peace in the previous
year," Jagland said.
"Who has done more for that than Barack
Aagot Valle, a left-wing Norwegian politi-
cian who joined the Nobel panel this year,
also dismissed suggestions that Obama was
undeserving of the honor.
"Don't you think that comments like that
patronize Obama? Where do these people
come from?" Valle said from the coastal
city of Bergen. "Well, of course, all argu-
ments have to be considered seriously. I'm
not afraid of a debate on the Peace Prize
decision. That's fine."
World leaders have reacted positively to
Obama's Nobel in most cases, the committee
said, with much of the criticism coming from
the media and Obama's political rivals.
"I take note of it. My response is only the
judgment of the committee, which was unan-
imous," Jagland said.
In announcing the award Friday, the com-
mittee, whose members are appointed by
the Norwegian Parliament, applauded the
change in global mood brought by Obama's
calls for peace and cooperation. They also
praised his pledges to reduce the world stock
of nuclear arms, ease U.S. conflicts with
Muslim nations and strengthen the U.S. role
in combating climate change.
The White House declined comment on
the Nobel judge's latest statements.
However, Obama expressed surprise and
humility at Friday's news conference, saying
the prize should be considered not a "recog-
nition of my own accomplishments, but
rather as an affirmation of American lead-
ership on behalf of aspirations held by peo-
ple in all nations."
Nobel Peace Prize selections have often
been surrounded by fierce debate. Contro-
versial awards include the 1994 prize shared
by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and
Israeli leaders Shimon Peres and Yitzhak
Rabin for Mideast peace efforts, as well as
the joint prize to Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger and North Vietnamese negotia-
tor Le Duc Tho for a 1973 cease-fire agree-
ment. The Vietnam War continued for two
more years. So the Nobel jury "expected
that there would be a discussion" about Oba-
ma's award, said Kaci Kullman Five, a for-
mer Conservative Party parliamentarian and
longtime Nobel committee member.
Valle said the criticism shouldn't over-
shadow important issues raised by Obama's
"Of course I expected disagreement and
debate on ... giving him the prize," she said.
"But what I want now is that we seriously
raise a discussion regarding nuclear disar-
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Karl Ritter of the Associated Press)

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Marital rape law

could increase

infidelity and


EDITOR, The Tribune. -- .**.. -- compromise within their

As it pertains to the new
marital rape law I am highly
against the decision in pass-
ing the law.
The proposed law is in
place and personally I feel
as if no changes are needed
to be made to it.
In my point of view cor-
rection of this law will not
be balanced and can cause a
huge amount of problems to
The passing of this law
can increase infidelity,
promiscuity and also to an
extent it will enhance homo-
As we know the majority
of Bahamian women in soci-
ety tend to be very spiteful.
So here it is her husband
comes home after a hard
day of work, and feels the
need to perform sexual
intercourse, but due to an
argument they might have
had the night before she
decides she will not engage
in such activity.
Bear in mind she is only
doing this to get back at him,
now if the law was to pass
and he insists on perform-
ing sex on her he can be

imprisoned. Therefore to
save himself from going to
jail he decides to go else-
where to another female
who is willing to satisfy him.
However, he is now com-
mitting adultery and the
wife wants a divorce, which
can be morally wrong
because the reason for him
cheating is because of her
displaying her spiteful char-
Also before this law is
passed I would suggest that
a statistic of the number of
married couples in the
Bahamas be taken, then
investigation as to how
many of those couples com-
plain about marital rape be
recorded and if the majority
of the couples have cases
where they have been vio-
lated then I see fit for the
law to be passed.
But if it's the minority of
them, I don't see why the
whole country should suffer
the law due to just a small
percentage of married cou-
ples not knowing how to

Let's stop the talking

Homosexuality can derive
from this law too because
being realistic about what's
going on in the Bahamian
society many men out there
are what we call "closet
As we pray as a nation to
reduce the number of homo-
sexuals out here this law will
add to them because if a
man is denied sex from his
wife he can be weak minded
and be persuaded by other
men out there depending on
the type of man he is
because there are some
weak-minded men in soci-
However, I do agree with
the law in a sense where it
can protect women who
have filed for legal separa-
tion and not yet divorced
and are in fear that their
husband can be bearing dis-
eases that they do not want
to catch.

September 16, 2009.

- and start

progressive effective governance

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Again we as a sovereign
country seem to be talking
the Queen or Sir Lynden off
the currency in unsubstan-
tive proposals a totally ludi-
crous conclusions.
A Talk Show host actual-
ly suggested we have to
write an Economic Platform
that will be accepted 'unan-
After this current crisis
has receded believe me only
very essential re-employ-
ment will occur as employ-
ers have all found cost-sav-
ings approaches to run their
businesses in a more effi-
cient way, so please politi-
cians and all those so verbal
commentators and chronic
Talk Show callers don't pre-
sume the lost jobs will be
available in the future as
they will not be.
Why is the process with
government so difficult and
why does government kill

on sight any private initia-
tive to cause development?
This has to change and
change essentially in the
basic governance approach
of government not only by
policy but by practice. What
is wrong with a private pro-
poser being able to seek an
unqualified intent or a posi-
tion where at the least they,
the proposer, will know
whether government would
support proposal 'A' or 'B'
subject all the known con-
ditions and requirement of
application? It certainly will
support the private initia-
tives and might put a pro-
posal that will actually hap-
pen and employ people.
The global economy
except for the US is coming
quicker out of the crisis than
expected, however, I do not
see that will have too much
effect on us as our economy
is dominated by our require-
ment to attract visitors from
the US. If Obama cannot

BOX N-8180, 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 7th day of October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that KERVEN FELIX of CARMICHAEL
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 7th day of October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that JUNIA FELIX of CARMICHAEL
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 7th day of October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

reverse the mess we are into
having to prepare for a long
haul which will be extreme-
ly serious and we will see
20+ per cent and more
I hope we will understand
that talk does not put grits
on anyone's table so let's
stop the talking and start the
progressive effective gover-
nance of The Bahamas.
Diversification is not going
to be easy as we seem to
oppose everything. Yes we
have to safeguard the God-
given assets but we should
not object when in the bal-
ance the benefits will out
measure the negatives -
environmentalists be

September 18, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please publish this open let-
ter to Labour Minister Dion
Dear Sir,
In regards to the current
number of Bahamians unem-
ployed at this time, in particular
Casino employees, it is inter-
esting that there are still expa-
triates with work permits
employed at the Atlantis Casi-
no as Table Games Pit Man-
agers (2) and Supervisors (4),
positions that have been held
by Bahamians for many years.
During Atlantis' downsizing
exercise in 2008, Bahamian Pit
Manager and Supervisors were
terminated while the expatri-
ates remained. Contrary to
what you may be told by our
management team, these expa-
triates bring no expertise to the
position and are no more reli-
able than the Bahamian work-
ers. In fact in my opinion they
have poor attitudes, use all of
their sick days and more every
year and do not have
favourable views of The
Bahamas or Bahamians.
Bahamian Casino workers
are shocked that this is hap-
pening in this country while
Bahamian Casino workers are
either unemployed or working
reduced days, and are relying
on you to rectify this situation.
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Catholic Church

stands firm against

the death penalty

FROM page one

by The Tri-
bune yes-
asked -
the Church
would d
oppose the
of hangings
when a
death war-
rant is ulti-
read, Mr PatrickPinder
Pinder said:
"I think the church obvi-
ously is and must always be
a petitioner in the public
corner so certainly at the
appropriate time we will
express our position".
Earlier this year, the
archbishop spoke out
against capital punishment.
"Throughout human his-
tory one of the thorns has
been the question of capital
punishment," he said at the
Catholic church's annual
Red Mass ceremony in Jan-
uary. "Should we or should
we not maintain or enforce
the death penalty? Judging
by recent local demonstra-
tions and pronouncements
on the part of those who
support capital punishment
and want to see hangings, I
would say that it is a matter
of importance and urgency
that calls for voices of rea-
son to rise up in opposi-
The archbishop's most
recent comments came
days after the Advisory
Committee of the Preroga-
tive of Mercy met last Fri-
day and recommended that
a hanging should com-
mence for one of four con-
victs whose death sentences
were upheld by the
Supreme Court.
"The Advisory commit-
tee on the Prerogative of
Mercy met and advised that
that particular case was not
one where the prerogative
of mercy ought to be exer-
cised and that the law
should take its course. I've
accepted that advice and
am so advising the Gover-
nor General," said National
Security Minister Tommy
Turnquest yesterday.
Mr Turnquest added that
the individual in question
was the only one of the
four re-sentenced convicts
whose case was eligible for
consideration by the com-
mittee, because he was the
only one who had not
appealed their sentence.
The other three, he noted,
all took steps to appeal
their sentences following
his public comments in
August regarding his sup-
port for capital punish-
He also noted that even
at this stage, the convict in
question can still appeal
his/her death sentence, thus
potentially preventing the
hanging from taking place
if that appeal is successful.
David Mitchell, who died
in 2000, was the last inmate
hanged in the Bahamas.
In 2006, the Privy Coun-
cil ruled that the mandato-
ry death sentence for per-
sons convicted of murder
was unconstitutional which
meant that all inmates serv-
ing death sentences had to
have their cases re-sen-
tenced before they could be

Those calling for hangings 'should

say prayer for the condemned man'

Tribune Staff Reporter ' - , I " ". -

THOSE who have been call-
ing for hangings to resume must
not "celebrate in the streets"
but should "say a silent prayer
for the condemned man," said
pro-hanging campaigner Rod-
ney Moncur.
While welcoming news that
the Advisory Committee of the
Prerogative of Mercy met last
week and recommended that a
convicted killer be sent to the
gallows, Mr Moncur, who on
Sunday led a two-and-a-half
hour march with relatives of
murder victims and other con-
cerned citizens calling for hang-
ings, said the decision is "noth-
ing to celebrate or boast".
However, the Worker's Par-
ty leader admitted he feels the
move appears to be a a "victo-
ry for those who have been call-
ing on the government to carry
out the law." Meanwhile, he
condemned the fact that the
convict can still appeal the
Committee's advice that he
hang, calling for the govern-
ment to "remove all obstacles"
to "a condemned man being
justly executed."
Yesterday Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest confirmed that the
Advisory Committee of the
Prerogative of Mercy met last
week and decided, based on
various considerations, that a
particular inmate who is now
legally eligible to go to the gal-
lows should not be spared that


He outlined several legal
steps which now have to take
place before a hanging can pro-
ceed, and revealed that an
opportunity still exists for the
convict to appeal the sentence,
despite having had his initial
death sentence reaffirmed by
the Supreme Court following
the Privy Council's 2006 ruling
that the mandatory death
penalty is unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, he denied that
the decision was in any way
influenced by a desire on the
government's part to capitalise
on public sentiment in favour of
executions as crime rates rise.
Mr Moncur said: "The exe-
cution of a condemned person
is never anything to celebrate
but I'm certain that for thou-
sands of Bahamians through-
out the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas it is a day in which
they hope the law would be car-
ried out."
"The reality of the matter is
this: there are just too many
murders taking place in the
Bahamas, and life has become
"It's good that the govern-
ment now intends to carry out
the law. We have to send a
message, to every citizen: If you
take life, yours will be taken.
The value of human life has to
have priority. The only way you
get some people to respect law
is if they are in fear of the law.
"This must be warning to all
in the Bahamas. If you commit
murder and are convicted you
will suffer death in manner pre-
scribed by law."
However, Mr Moncur added:
"I don't want persons who've
been advocating it to dance in

THE NOTICE of execution is posted before Thomas Reckley is brought to the gallows in front of a
large crowd in 1996.

the street. It is my personal
desire that every citizen would
say a prayer for peace in our
nation, a prayer for the enforce-
ment of the law, and a prayer
that the condemned prisoner
will make peace with his cre-
Sandra Seymour and
Chantelle Dummitt, the sister
and niece of Sherry Seymour,
who was murdered in 1992 by
Trevor Nixon, yesterday wel-
comed the news that hangings
could soon resume.
Mr Nixon was recently
released after 18 years in
prison, having had his death
sentence reviewed by the

Supreme Court. In mid-Sep-
tember 2009, Justice Jon Isaacs
ruled that he should now face
only a further two years of pro-
bation and a period of commu-
nity counselling.
Ms Seymour, 54, said she and
her family marched with Mr
Moncur on Monday as they are
in favour of hanging for mur-
derers and were shocked that
Sherry's killer has now been
freed rather than facing the gal-
lows or at the very least serving
out the remainder of his life in
"I would (support the
resumption of hanging) and I'm
sure my family would also. I

really feel they should hang
those who do these crimes.
"If you're wrong you should
"Their life should be taken
away, they should be put out
of society," said Ms Seymour.
Ms Dummitt, 38, said that
so long as "hanging is on the
books, they should carry it out,
or else they should take it off
the books."
She said that in the case of
her aunt's killer, his death sen-
tence "was like closure for us",
but his subsequent release was
a "kick in the face", particular-
ly as the family only found out
through media reports.

Privy Council ruling on the
mandatory death sentence
IN JANUARY of 2006 the
Privy Council determined that
the mandatory death sentence
for those convicted of murder
in the Bahamas was a violation
of the Constitution.
The ruling came following
an appeal brought by the pris-
oners Forrest Bowe Jr and
Tron Davis who at the time had
been on death row for six and
eight years respectively follow-
ing convictions for murder.
Previously, anyone found
guilty of murder in the
Bahamas was automatically
sentenced to death.
The mandatory death penal-
ty denies the accused the
opportunity of having the court
consider mitigating circum-
stances in his or her case. At
least 28 prisoners who were on
death row at the time had to
be resentenced.
In its judgment, the Privy
Council stated that the manda-
tory death penalty should have
been regarded as an inhuman
and degrading punishment as
early as 1973 when the Bahami-
an Constitution was redrafted
following the country's inde-
The ruling brought the
Bahamas into conformity with
evolving international standards
pertaining to the use of the
death penalty.
The United Nations Special
Rapporteur on extrajudicial,
summary or arbitrary execu-
tions has stated that the death
penalty should under no cir-
cumstances be mandatory by
law, regardless of the charges
involved and that "the manda-
tory death penalty which pre-
cludes the possibility of a lesser
sentence being imposed regard-
less of the circumstances, is
inconsistent with the prohibi-
tion of cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or pun-

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Tribune Staff Reporter

GOVERNMENT must reform its capi-
tal punishment laws and clearly define the
mitigating circumstances which would war-
rant the death penalty if it is serious about
executing death row inmates, argued a top
Wayne Munroe said government should
rewrite its capital punishment laws to out-
line the aggravating circumstances which
would earn a convicted murderer the death
penalty in order to limit the extensive liti-
gation and lengthy appeal process a death
row inmate can exhaust before he is
Mr Munroe, the former president of the
Bahamas Bar Association, said unless this
is done an inmate sentenced to death can
successfully appeal this sentence on the
basis that it is an "arbitrary" or irrational
"They need to legislate - like they've
done in other jurisdictions. You pass an
act, you say in this murder you're liable to
the death penalty if these aggravating fac-
tors are present. And you list them stating
(a convict) will not be liable to be sen-
tenced to death if these mitigating factors
are not present," Mr Munroe told The Tri-
bune yesterday.

"Our Parliament doesn't want to do that
because they don't have the balls to say
'This is who will die'. It's a simple thing
for Parliament to sit down and say someone
who kills (during) a sadistic rape should
be sentenced to death," he added.
Last Friday the Advisory Committee of
the Prerogative of Mercy recommended
that one of four convicts who have had
their death sentences reaffirmed by the
Supreme Court should be hanged.


National Security Minister Tommy Turn-
quest said that the individual in question
was the only one of the four re-sentenced
convicts whose case was eligible for con-
sideration by the committee, as the inmate
was the only member of the group who
had not appealed his sentence.
Still Mr Turnquest noted that even at
this stage, the convict in question can
appeal the death sentence, preventing the
hanging from taking place if that appeal
is successful.
According to Mr Munroe, most persons
sentenced to death do not appeal their sen-
tence until a death warrant is read.
He said at this point an inmate can file a
notice with the Court of Appeal with the
intent to appeal the case at the UK Privy

Council and bring the matter before the
country's final appellate court within 21
days of the notice of appeal.
If the death sentence is upheld at this
stage, a convict can apply to the Organisa-
tion of American States' Inter-American
Court of Human Rights, said Mr Munroe.
"They (government) know it...There's
a lot of litigation involved before they can
execute," said Mr Munroe.
When asked if he thought government's
announcement that it was preparing to
read a death warrant was simply pandering
to voters who have been calling for hang-
ings to resume in the face of a rising murder
count, Mr Munroe said: "It is insulting the
public - pandering is a nice word, calling
you an idiot isn't nice."
The country's last execution - the hang-
ing of David Mitchell - happened in 2000
under the former FNM administration in
After six years without any executions, a
2006 judgment by the Privy Council ruled
that the mandatory death sentence for the
crime of murder was unconstitutional. As a
result, the remaining persons serving death
sentences at Her Majesty's Prison had to be
re-sentenced, delaying future executions.
An earlier Privy Council ruling, by Pratt
and Morgan, found that it was inhumane to
execute a person who had been serving a
sentence for more than five years.

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Davis says the PLP must do

more than celebrate the past

PLP deputy leadership
hopeful Philip 'Brave' Davis
said the party must do more
than just celebrate the past if it
wants to be considered a
viable alternative to the FNM.
Speaking at the Foster B
Pestina Auditorium in
Freeport, Grand Bahama on
Friday night, Mr Davis said
the PLP must continue to
adapt to the challenges facing
the Bahamas today.
"We must ensure that our
conversation with the
Bahamian people is not sim-
ply a celebration of our his-
tory. We must use our history
to develop and communicate
a road map of policies and
programmes that assists them
in realising their hopes and
dreams; we must realise that
we are a party of the people
and as such we must adapt
and change and reconnect to
ensure that our policies and
our decisions as the dominant
political force throughout the
modern history of the
Bahamas, reflect the diversity,
feelings, beliefs, dreams, and
aspirations of our people."
The Cat Island, Rum Cay
and San Salvador MP told the
crowd he came to Freeport to
encourage Grand Bahamians
to "Be Brave" and join him
in his quest to change the
Bahamas and to restore the
party to its original philoso-
He said the PLP was born
"out of the need for change
in this country, and as we look
at the state of our country -17
per cent unemployment and
rising here on Grand Bahama
- there is a dire need for
change here, and in the PLP.
"Since 2007 pundits and
naysayers thought the PLP
would die and go quietly into
the night, relegated to a dust-
bin of history," said Mr Davis
as he told the audience that
PLPs must be the sober,
thoughtful alternative to the
FNM and promote ideas that
solve the problems of day.
According to Mr Davis, the
original philosophy of the PLP
- which he described as "wip-
ing every tear away, provid-
ing comfort for those in need
and recognizing it is the needs
of the people that is most
important" - is an old dream
which seems to have gone

"The time I speak of was
when it really took a commu-
nity to raise a child; when we
were our brothers' and sisters'
keepers; when a child was
educated, disciplined, fed and
loved by the people in the
community; when neighbours
knew each other by name and
looked out for each other; a
time when a 'D' average was
not the national grade aver-
age; a time when some peo-
ple held down two jobs; a time
when one could sleep at night
without having to worry about
being robbed or hurt; a time
when it didn't matter what
time we were on the road and
where we were going; a time
when people dared not raise a
hand and definitely not a gun
to a man for $10; a time when
young people joined Scouts,
Brownies, Pathfinders, Boys
Brigade and other clubs and
not gangs; a time when it was
not cool to be a 'gangsta',"
said the MP.
Also at the meeting was
Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell,
who spoke about the internal
democracy of the PLP,
describing it as good and
"The principle of internal
party democracy; the princi-
ple of the fight for new ideas
and for what I call an agenda
for change, those like Philip
Davis who support that agen-
da for change, have my sup-
port," Mr Mitchell said.

'Progress made' on loan

conditions to countries

with financial difficulties

Tribune Staff Reporter

FRESH from his trip to the
World Bank and the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund meet-
ing in Istanbul, Turkey, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
said progress has been made
on the conditions being
placed on loans to countries
which have financial difficul-
Speaking to the media on
the steps of the House of
Assembly after viewing the
body of Sir Clement May-
nard, Mr Ingraham said it was
too early to say if any of the
IMF reforms that were being
pushed for will have any
effect on the Bahamas.
However he did add that
the conditions placed on loans
from the IMF "seem to be
less severe nowadays than
they use to be in the past".
"That is particularly impor-
tant for some of us in the
region, like Jamaica, which
has had to go to the IMF for
support in these times and
normally in earlier times the
IMF would attach certain con-
ditions about reduction in
public sector employees and
all other policies, which raised
political questions and social
questions that impacted upon
the political climate and in
some cases the stability of a
"So the extent to which the
IMF is now going to be less
concerned about imposing its
own standards upon countries
from a point of view of their
policies is a wonderful thing
for us in the region. Also the
World Bank is going to,
together with ourselves in the
region, have some discussions
with the OECD in relation to
their evolving standards about
information exchange and
other matters to do with

financial services. And we
have selected David Thomp-
son, the Prime Minister of
Barbados to be our lead
spokesman in that regard,"
Mr Ingraham said.
The Prime Minister also
added that he had planned to
meet with executives from
Hutchinson Whampoa, the
company which is reportedly

seeking to purchase the
Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity while he was in Europe
but refuted the suggestion
that the intent of their talks
was to focused on the Port.
"I did intend to meet with
Hutchinson but we could not
get our schedule together. In
fact originally I had intended
to come back (to the

Bahamas) on the 11th and
changed my date to the 13th
hoping that Hutchinson
would be able make it on the
12th and then they couldn't
make it to the 15th. So then I
chose to come back home and
will meet with Hutchinson in
Hong Kong at some point in
time hopefully before the end
of this year," he said.

Policewoman attacked trying to stop looters after crash

FROM page one

sprawled across the road when a Honda
Accord, Honda Domani and GMC Envoy
collided near the junction with Seabreeze
Road at around 10.40pm on Monday.
Traffic police say a car heading east crossed
into the lane of traffic travelling in the oppo-
site direction and collided with two vehicles.
According to reports, the jaws of life had to
be used to remove a seriously injured woman
and two children from the wreckage.
The three drivers and three occupants of
the vehicles were treated by Emergency Med-
ical Services at the scene and rushed to hos-
pital by ambulance.
One person injured in the crash is receiving
treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of
Princess Margaret Hospital and remains in

serious condition.
The other five are said to be in stable con-
dition and recovering in hospital from various
PC Bain was taken to Doctors Hospital
where she remained last night in stable con-
Chief Superintendent Hulan Hanna said:
"The six people taken to hospital are suffering
from various injuries as a result of the acci-
"The police officer received injuries about
the body when she was apparently attacked by
people at the scene.
"Investigators are not clear about how the
accident happened."
Anyone with any information about the
incident should call police urgently on 911,
919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on
328-TIPS (8477).

Thrnquest: I have exercised legal

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to the gallows, he said yester-
Last Friday, the Advisory
Committee of the Prerogative
of Mercy met and recom-
mended that in the case of
one of four convicts who have
had their death sentences
reaffirmed by the Supreme
Court, leniency should not be
shown and a hanging should
Mr Turnquest is Chairman
of that body. Joining him are
the Attorney General, Brent
Symonette, and five other
people, Bishop Elgarnet Rah-
ming, Dr Nelson Clarke,
Jeanette Davis, Dr Mildred
Hall-Watson and Joanna
"The Advisory Committee
on the Prerogative of Mercy
met and advised that this par-
ticular case was not one
where the prerogative of mer-
cy ought to be exercised and
that the law should take its
course," said the Minister.
While he is not bound by
law to accept the Committee's
recommendation, Mr Turn-
quest indicated that he
"accepted their advice and am
so advising the Governor
He described the commit-
tee's meeting as having gone
The next step would be for
the Attorney General's office
to do certain preparatory
paperwork, and for the Gov-
ernor General to sign the con-
vict's death warrant, which
would then be read to
Mr Turnquest revealed that
the individual in question was
the only one of the four re-
sentenced convicts whose case
was eligible for consideration
by the committee, as he was
the only one to have not so
far lodged an appeal against
their sentence. The other
three, he noted, all took steps
to appeal their sentences fol-
lowing his own public com-

ments in August reiterating
that he is a proponent of cap-
ital punishment and would
like to see that the "law takes
its course" in relation to the
four convicts.
Even at this stage, and after
the warrant has been read,
the convict in question can
still appeal his/her death sen-
tence, thus potentially pre-
venting the hanging from tak-
ing place if that appeal is suc-
"There's always something
that can happen in terms of
the legal process. I don't want
to preempt or prejudice that
from happening," Mr Turn-
quest told the media when
asked whether any legal
options remain open to the
condemned person at this
The meeting of the com-
mittee comes after the Gov-
ernment and the Minister
became a target for criticism
for what some perceive to be
inadequate efforts to abate
rising crime levels, in particu-
lar, a murder rate which is up
more than 25 per cent on last
year's figures.
In a poll
asking readers which Cabinet
Minister they would "most
like to see shuffled", the
National Security minister
came in top.
Meanwhile, more than 100
people took to the streets on
Monday's Discovery Day hol-
iday for over two hours to call
for government to resume
hangings, an option seen by
many in the Bahamian public
as a potential deterrent to
crime and reasonable reac-
tion by the Government to
the brutality displayed by the
country's killers.
The last hanging - the exe-
cution of David Mitchell -
took place under the former
FNM administration in 2000.
After six years without any
executions, a 2006 ruling by
the Privy Council stemming
from an appeal by convicts
Forrester Bowe Junior and
Trono Davis meant all 28

people on death row at Her
Majesty's Prison had to go
through a re-sentencing
process, further delaying any
opportunity to execute con-
Yesterday Mr Turnquest
suggested that in considering
the case of the convict last
week rather than at any other
time, Government was sim-
ply "following the process"
after the rulings by the the
top appeal court threw legal
obstacles in the way of capital
He denied that boosting his
ratings formed any part of his
consideration as Chairman of
the Advisory Committee, say-
ing that his "constitutional
responsibility" as Chairman
of the grouping was first and
foremost in his mind.
The Minister remained
tight-lipped yesterday on the
potential implications of con-
ducting the first hanging in
almost ten years.
When asked whether he
expected or hoped that a
hanging would act as a deter-
rent to crime, Mr Turnquest
said he does not "deal in con-
jecture, but follows the law."
Meanwhile, as for how he
would respond to those who
might oppose the resumption
of hanging in The Bahamas -
Mr Turnquest said simply that
it's "fine" that they do.
He added that, as a politi-
cian, he would ".,!% .1,) expect
there to be people who are in
opposition to the position that
I am in."
"The one point that I really
want the Bahamian people to
understand and appreciate is
that the law of The Bahamas
is very clear. The procedures
in which capital punishment
takes place in The Bahamas is
very clear. We are following
the law and we will do noth-
ing that contravenes the law.
"I am a sworn public officer
and I take my constitutional
responsibility very seriously,"
he said.



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Art exhibition to
raise awareness
of terrorism is

THE Cuban Embassy in
Nassau yesterday inaugurat-
ed an exhibition of art
intended to raise awareness
of the terrorist acts commit-
ted against the communist
The exhibition, called
"Two Histories: Impunity
and Injustice", features
paintings on linen depicting
the faces of victims of a
Cuban passenger plane
which exploded over Barba-
dos on October 6, 1976, as a
result of a bomb placed
aboard by anti-Castro oper-
atives out of South Florida.

An embassy spokesperson
said the art is also dedicated
to the "Cuban Five" - a
group of men imprisoned in
the US since 1998 who had
been working to stop "the
Cuban American mafia
established in Miami and
protected by the govern-
ment of the USA" from
committing any more terror-
ist acts against Cuba.
The spokesperson said the
artist responsible for the
works, Bahamas resident
Silvia Irene Blanco Hidalgo,
wanted to express her repu-
diation of the terrorism
which has cost Cuba more
than 3,000 lives since 1959.

Port Authority
supports Mental
Health Day
World Mental Health Day
was celebrated on October
10 and the Grand Bahama
Port Authority showed its
support by purchasing com-
memorative mental health
bracelets for all its employ-
Recognising that mental
health is a field that is still
largely misunderstood and
neglected in the Bahamas,
the Mental Health Team of
the Grand Bahama Health
Services sought to raise pub-
lic awareness through the
distribution of office-green
hand bracelets.

Presenting a cheque for
the bracelets, Ginger Mox-
ey, vice president of the
GBPA, said: "Our 'Making
It Happen' initiative centres
on bettering the lives of the
Grand Bahama community
which includes all aspects of
the lives of our residents
including their mental wel-
"So, we are more than
happy to participate in this
annual observance, we wish
you much success and look
forward to next year."
Mycola Quant, co-chair-
person of the World Mental
Health Committee, said:
"We cannot underestimate
the magnitude of so many
GBPA employees wearing
our bracelets.
"It serves as a reminder of
the importance of the event
to all in the community and
raises public awareness by
drawing attention to our
"We're extremely grateful
for the continued support of
the Port Authority not only
for this commitment but for
many others."

LECTURE: US Embassy, College of Bahamas

Renowned National Geographic director

to talk about sustainable development

THE United States
Embassy and the College of
the Bahamas have organised a
lecture on sustainable devel-
opment planning by National
Geographic Society director
Jonathan B Tourtellot.
The talk will take place
today at 6pm at the Perform-
ing Arts Centre at the College
of the Bahamas.
Mr Tourtellot has served as
a National Geographic Society
senior editor since 1980 and
became the society's first
director of Sustainable Desti-
nations in 2001. He is also the
geotourism editor for Nation-
al Geographic Traveler mag-
azine. He is a writer, tourism
consultant, self-taught geog-
rapher, and sometimes pho-
tographer. Before his talk,
entitled "Sustainable Devel-
opment Planning", Mr
Tourtellot will address the
same topic at a 'green bag'
lunch with COB students.
During his two-day visit to

the Bahamas, he will also
meet with officials from the
Bahamas National Trust.
Mr Tourtellot is the origi-
nator of the concept of geot-
ourism, defined as "tourism
that sustains or enhances the
geographical character of a
place-its environment, cul-
ture, aesthetics, heritage, and
the well-being of its residents."

He is primary author of the
Geotourism Charter, a set of
principles now being adopted
by various countries and
regions around the world. He
also helped develop the study
'Geotourism: The New Trend
in Travel', the first major sur-
vey of US travel behavior and
attitudes about sustainability
and destination stewardship.
He initiated, supervises, and
reports on the Destination
Stewardship Surveys pub-
lished annually in National


Geographic Traveler maga-
In helping to expand Trav-
eler's coverage of tourism and
destination management, he
wrote the magazine's first two
feature stories on the topic,
"The Two Faces of Tourism"
and "The Tourism Wars",
both of which won awards. He
launched the column "Desti-
nation Watch" for Traveler,
as well as writing other arti-
cles on tourism impacts and
destination management.
Mr Tourtellot instituted
National Geographic's new
Geotourism MapGuide pro-

gramme, unique in its require-
ment for participation by the
communities involved. He
speaks at international and
national venues and contin-
ues to develop National Geo-
graphic's Sustainable Desti-
nations programme. He also
initiated the annual global
online "Geotourism Chal-
lenge" conducted by Ashoka
Changemakers. He represents
National Geographic in the
UN World Tourism Organi-
sation and the associated Cen-
tre of Excellence for Destina-
tions. Today's lecture is open
to the public.

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of Tyler Street,
Chippingham, will be held
at St. Joseph Catholic
Church, Boyd Road on
Thursday at 11:00 a.m.
Monsignor Preston A.
Moss, assisted by Deacon
Gregory Taylor will
officiate and interment will
S be made in St. Joseph's
Cemetery, Boyd Road.

Left to mourn her passing, but more importantly to cherish her
life, are her devoted children, daughters, Jewel Bain, Joan
Thurston, Betty Roberts, Nurse Lillian McNeil and Nurse
Stephanie Small; sons, Franklyn and Arthur Johnson;
grandchildren, Keith Thurston, Edris Lundy, Andrea Beharie,
Cpl. 1867 Kim Rolle, Aubynette Rolle, Allison Bain, Edison
Bain Jr., Phillip Roberts Jr., Sean, Beneby, Inger Johnson,
Sheena Rolle, Lisa Karageorgiou, Dr. Candice McNeil, Philece
Roberts, Dr. Robert McNeil, Brea Roberts, Kristina McNeil,
Jermaine Johnson, Krystle Bamberski, Tisah Small, Christine
Johnson, Shogi Jr. and Kristeff Small and Alayna Johnson;
great grandchildren, Wesley Munroe, Emerald Lundy, Clayton
Beharie Jr., Gabrielle Johnson, Charity Bain, Antonia Bain,
Janae Rolle, Janiece Rolle, Keithra Gibson, Johnathan Johnson,
Lashae Rolle, Lloyd Rolle Jr., Jafar Rolle, Jayden Rolle, Yorgos
and Yannis Karageorgiou, Edissa Bain and Elwood Lundy Jr.;
sons-in-law, Retired Inspector Edison Bain, Phillip Roberts
Sr., St. Aubyn Hall, Dr. Percival McNeil, Shogi Small;
grandsons-in-law, Cpl. E. Stephen Lundy, Clayton Beharie,,
Leading Mechanic Jeffrey Rolle, Inspector Lloyd Rolle, John
Johnson, Renaldo Karageorgiou and Stephen Bamberski; grand
daughters-in-law, Kaara Martinez-McNeil and Tawana Bain;
cousins, Sonny, Kendal, Martin and Kirkland Lightbourne,
Altamese Austin, Tonya and Rosetta Lightboume, Mizpah and
Livingston Pratt; caregivers, Ms. Colleen Allan of Jamaica,
Dr. Agreta Eneas Carey and staff, especially Nurse Phillipa,
the doctors and nurses of Female Medical I, Princess Margaret
Hospital; other relatives and friends, George Wegmann, Dr.
Dwight and Nancy Bowe, Paula Sands and family, Patricia
Lightbourne, Desmond Pyfrom, Barbara Darrell, Mr. Urban
Bostwick and family, Mrs. Turner and family, Mrs. Beverley
Smith and family, Mrs. Cooper and family, Mrs. Mildred
McNeil and family, Mrs. Albertha Roberts and family, Mr.
Noel Thompson and family, Cynthia Johnson and family, Terry
and Randy Rodgers, Jeanette Broadus, Mr. Bobby Glinton and
family, Ms. Elizabeth Williams, Ms. Jacinta Smith, Ms. Yvette
Robinson, Henry Thurston and family, Lydia Gordon and Leah
Thurston, Ms. Constance Gibson and family, Mr. Andrew Curry
and family, Mr. Albert Thomas, Brigitte Johnson, Cecile
Emmanuel, Uncle "Buck" Johnson of Gregory Town, Eleuthera,
Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Monsignor Preston Moss, Monsignor
Simeon Roberts, Fr. Michael Kelly, Fr. Martin Gomes, Deacon
George Taylor, Mr. Alfred Sears, MP, Fort Charlotte, Mrs.
Coralie Adderley, Ms. Katrina Burrows, Ms. Sonia Williamson,
St. Joseph's Parish Church family, Bahama Paed staff, St.
Francis Senior Choir, the Diocesan Choral, St. Agnes Lions
softball team, Mr. Basil "Barr" Davis, Masters Softball
Association, New Providence Softball Association, Pro's
Football team, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Friends may pay their last respects from Wednesday 1-6pm,
and on Thursday from 10am to service time at the church.

Sir Clement T. Maynard

Sir Clem was the heart and soul of The Bahamas Public Services
Association then the conscience of The Bahamas Public Services

Anyone who loves the BPSU should reflect on what his contributions
meant to the Trade Union movement and to the country as a whole.

Oh behalf of the Executive Boards (past and present) and the entire
Membership, we offer heartfelt condolence to his wife, Lady Maynard
and the Maynard family...

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'Lion-Heart' among 15 Hall of Famers

Senior Sports Reporter

In his heyday, Richard 'The
Lion-Heart' Johnson
achieved quite a number of
accomplishments, but none
has been as significant as his
induction into the Class of 2009
National Hall of Fame.
Johnson, the former mainstay for
the perennial kingpins Budweiser
Eagles, will be one of 15 persons
who are scheduled to be inducted
by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture's Hall of Fame during Sports
Heritage Week.
While the week of activities is slat-
ed to begin on October 25, the Hall
of Fame induction is set for 7pm
October 31 at the British Colonial
Hilton under the patronage of Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham.
"This is something that you don't
really play for. When you start play-
ing, you really don't think about
this," Johnson said.


Major sailing

events begin

on weekend

TWO major sailing competitions,
organised by the Nassau Yacht Club,
are scheduled to kick off this week-
end in Montagu Bay.
The junior national sailing cham-
pionships start 10am Friday and con-
tinue Saturday with the awards pre-
sentation at 7pm.
Then at 5:30pm Sunday, the offi-
cial opening ceremony for the World
Sunfish Sailing Championships is
slated to get underway at the yacht
"This will be the first time that the
Bahamas has hosted the event since
1988. More than 150 sailors from 15
different countries will be in town
to participate in the event," accord-
ing to a written statement.
Donnie Martinborough, the
Bahamas' top finisher this year in
the Bahamas Nationals, heads the
list of participants. He is a three-time
Sunfish World champion, having
secured the titles in 1983, 1985 and
Sailing competition is expected to
follow Monday to Friday, starting at
10am each day. An awards/dinner
ceremony is set for 6pm Saturday at
the club.

"But this is great. This is one of
the greatest things that has happened
to me in my career. To be honoured
this way by the people who you
played with and played for, it's no
greater honour."
The other members of the Class of
2009 are:
* Former prime minister Perry
Christie for track and field, softball
and baseball
* Bradley Cooper for track and
field and volleyball
* Florence 'Flo' Rolle for softball,
volleyball, basketball, track and field
and netball
* Cliff Wilson for bodybuilding
and baseball
* Doyle Burrows for track and
field, rugby and sports administra-
* Dr Timothy Barrett for track
and field, volleyball and soccer
* Glen Wells for bodybuilding
* Ed Smith for American football
* Errol Bodie for track and field,
squash/rugby and sports administra-


"But this is great.

This is one of the

greatest things that

has happened to

me in my career.

To be honoured

this way by the

people who you

played with and

played for, it's no

greater honour."

- Richard Johnson

* Bobby Isaacs for soccer, lawn
tennis, cricket and rugby

'Pain' off to training camp

Meacher Major to defend NABA lightweight title

Senior Sports Reporter

ONE month after being award-
ed the NABA lightweight title,
Meacher 'Pain' Major is heading
back to New York for his first
title defense.
Major, who turns 28 on Octo-
ber 28, will defend the title he
won although his fight with
Michael Clark on June 19 ended
in a "no contest."
His opponent will be 35-year-
old American veteran Dorin
Spivey, whom he will meet on
Friday, November 11, at the Con-
vention Center in Buffalo.
Today, Major is scheduled to
head to Hollywood, Florida, for a
training camp with his American
trainer Anthony 'Chills' Wilson.
He will work out there leading
up to his departure for New
Before he left, Major told The
Tribune that he was eagerly look-
ing forward to the match with
Spivey, who will have a lot of his-
tory in his corner.
"He's a slick fighter who is
being trained by a great former
world champion Pernell Whitak-
er," said Major of Whitaker, who
at one time was the undisputed
WBC, WBA and IBF lightweight
"I got a copy of his fight and
so I'm not worried about him.
He's a kind of slick fighter, so I
just have to go out there and be
physically and mentally ready to
fight. You can't just box a fighter.


You have to fight a fighter. So
that's what I'm going to be pre-
pared to do."
Just five pounds over his
weight limit, Major said when he
goes to training camp, he's confi-
dent that he will be able to shed
the pounds and be able to step
into the ring as the aggressor.
"I want to first of all give the
almighty God the thanks and
praise for this opportunity,"
Major stressed. "I had no injuries
and I was able to stay in tip-top
physical and mental shape for
any and all fights that come
"But as far as me being ready,
I think I have been able to do
that even when I came home. I
was able to train non stop, even
though I was able to open up an

amateur boxing club. I have been
able to train and run every morn-
ing with Gregory Storr, so I've
been able to stay in great physical
Taking a 16-3-1 win-loss-draw
record into the fight, Major
knows that he will have his work
cut out for him when he takes on
Spivey, who is 35-6 with 28
If there's any consolation for
Major, Spivey has not fought
since January 30 when he lost a
12- round decision to Antonin
Decarie at the Bell Centre in
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
But Major also knows that in
boxing, you can't take anything
for granted.
"If the fight comes out on the
bad end of the stick, I'm going
to be satisfied because I know I
would have done my best," he
said. "I go into all of my fights
and give it my all. I just look for-
ward to a positive outcome."
With the title on the line,
Major said he's also hoping to
continue to climb up the ladder in
the WBA. He is currently ranked
"This is a big fight for me. This
is a great opponent," Major
reflected. "He's only had six loss-
es in 40 fights. He's beaten a lot
of great names. But I'm going to
be prepared. I will start sparring
on Thursday so that I can be
ready to fight him. I have to be
more aggressive, so I know that I
will be in good condition when I
step in the ring so I can push hard
every round."

* Edwin 'Sir D' Davies (deceased)
for soccer and track and field
* Wentworth 'Wenty' Ford
(deceased) for baseball, basketball,
cricket, track and field and softball
* Leon 'Apache' Knowles
(deceased) for baseball, softball and
sports administration
* Anthony Carroll (deceased) for
"This is a serious class. I never
thought my name would have been
mentioned with a lot of those guys,"
Johnson pointed out.
"The people who have gone on
before me like Douggie Smith,
Churchill Tener Knowles and
Arthur Thompson, it would seem
like a joke to be mentioned with
these guys. But it's not something
that I take lightly."
Although he was by far the most
dominant pitcher in his era, John-
son said if he knew that eventually
he would be inducted, he probably
would have stepped his game up a
little more.
"It is what it is," he said. "When
you look at people like Perry
Christie or Bradley Cooper, I am
still in awe," Johnson said. "I didn't
know much about Perry Christie,
but Bradley, I thought Bradley was
the strongest man in the world.
"I didn't think that anyone in the
Caribbean or even in the world
could beat Bradley throwing the shot
put and discus. And Doyle Burrows,
I didn't think there was anybody
who knows more about sports
administration than him. I really did-
Just the other day, Johnson said he
stood on the side of Ed Armbrister,
who was best remembered for his
controversial bunt for the Cincin-
nati Reds in the 1975 World Series
with the Boston Red Sox, and they
had a chance to have an informal
talk about sports.
"I also remember Andre Rodgers.
He used to quiz me after every game
to see if I knew what I was doing,"
Johnson said. "He would ask me if I
knew why I would throw a riser on a
3-2 pitch in the fourth inning on such
and such a batter.
"I had to remember who the bat-
ter was and why I threw the riser. I
couldn't tell him no foolishness. That
too caused me to step up my game.
It told me that you had to think
through every single pitch and every
single inning. Other than that, you're
Also during the National Sports
Heritage Week, there are plans for a
Hall of Fame game that is to be
organised by the New Providence
Softball Association.
There has been some talk since
last year that the fans could see the
rematch of Johnson's Budweiser
Eagles and Hastings 'the Hurler'
Campbell's T-Bird Flyers.
But nothing has been confirmed.
As for Johnson, he could only chuck-
le about the idea.
"I don't know if I would be pre-
pared to put my body through that
kind of thing anymore," he said. "I
don't know if it will ever be the
One thing is for certain, Johnson
will be one of the newest inductees
into the National Hall of Fame.

Wildcats, Truckers and Lady Sharks hold commanding leads in playoffs

Sports Reporter

THE New Providence Softball
Association's best of seven champi-
onship series could begin this Fri-
day with a trio of teams on the brink
of closing out their semifinal rounds.
The PineappleAir Wildcats, Com-
mando Security Truckers and Prop-
er Care Pool Lady Sharks each hold
commanding leads in their playoff
series. Both the Wildcats and Truck-
ers had opportunities to clinch cham-
pionship berths last night. However,
the results of each game were
unavailable up to press time.
(Dorsey Park Boyz won series 3-0)

The Heavy Lift Dorsey Park Boyz
were the first team to advance to
the NPSA championships with a
complete dominating performance
over the division's fourth seed.
Edney "The J C Heat" Bethell
had another masterful performance
from the circle as he tossed a three
hitter in just five innings to clinch
the series sweeping game.
Bethell struckout 10, continuing
the blistering pace he had estab-
lished early in the season, leading
his team to the pennant.
Robinhood led off the game with
a double by shortstop Garfield
Bethell but he was not able to
advance as "The J C Heat" struck
out the remainder of the side.
In the home half of the first,
Dorsey Park plated four runs led by
second baseman Andy Ford's lead

off double. He eventually scored on
a throwing error by the pitcher.
Mario Ford walked and Dwayne
Pratt reached on a fielder's choice,
Ford scored on a Kevin Hinsey RBI
single, while a double by Dumont
Charlow scored Pratt and Hinsey
reached home on a wild pitch.
The Hitmen's only run of the
game came in the top of the second
inning as centerfielder Alcot Forbes
singled, stole second and eventually
scored on an error.
The pennant winners added a pair
of insurance runs in the second when
Bethell and Andy Ford added to
their run total.
Bethell retired the Robinhood
side in the third with a trio of strike-
outs, and retired the order, three up
and three down in the fourth and
fifth innings.

Dorsey Park scored the final two
runs of the game in the final inning
for the game's final margin.
Both Andy and Mario Ford
reached base after a single and a
walk and were driven home by a
two-RBI double from Dwayne Pratt.

(Sharks lead series 2-1)
The defending NPSA champions
now face elimination after dropping
game three of the semifinal series.
Leftfielder Dawn Forbes swung
the potent bat for the Lady Sharks as
she went 3-3, scored one run and
drove in one RBI.
Third baseman Thela Johnson
chipped in with a 2-3 night with one
RBI and right fielder Shornell

Symonette was 2-3 with one run
scored and one RBI.
The Brackettes scored the game's
opening run in the second inning.
Theota Williams singled, went to
second after Antonia SImmons was
hit by a pitch and eventually scored
on a fielder's choice.
Proper Care came up with all the
runs they needed to win the game in
the bottom of the third with a dom-
inant five-run inning.
Keisa Pratt led off and reached
on a second baseman error, Vornet-
ta Nairn followed with a base hit,
Cleo Symonette advanced the run-
ners on a sac fly and Shornell
Symonette drove home Pratt for the
first score of the inning.
Alex Taylor went the distance for
the win while Ernestine Butler was
tagged with the loss.



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Wildcat helps Dolphins beat Jets 31-27

AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) - When the
wildcat delivered a big play
for the Miami Dolphins,
coach Tony Sparano skipped
along the sideline with glee,
reached back and threw a
roundhouse punch.
That was just in the first
quarter. The knockout came
much later, again with the
Running back Ronnie
Brown took the snap with 10
seconds left and scored on a
2-yard keeper for the fifth
lead change of the final peri-
od, giving Miami a wild 31-27
victory over the New York
Jets on Monday night.
Newcomer Braylon
Edwards provided a big boost
for the Jets, and two fake
punts fooled the Dolphins.
But Miami gained 110 yards
with the wildcat, which was
instrumental in three touch-
down drives, including the last
"Like anything else, if you
execute, good things will hap-
pen," Brown said.
Jets coach Rex Ryan was
annoyed the wildcat kept
"I used to see all those gim-
micks when I was coaching
back in college," Ryan said.
"I've been a part of some bad
performances before on
defense, just not this bad."
The Dolphins started from
their own 30-yard line with
5:05 left, trailing 27-24, and
mounted a 13-play drive for
the winning score. The march

CHAD HENNE hands off to run-
ning back Ronnie Brown in the
third quarter of Monday's game
against the New York Jets in Mia-
(AP Photo: Lynne Sladky)

included four wildcat plays
for 25 yards, the last on third
down at the 2.
"We were in the huddle
and said, 'We've got to score a
touchdown. No settling for
field goals. We've got to finish
the game,"' Brown said.
He ran up the middle,
found a seam and crossed the
goal line with 6 seconds to go.
Even Brown's teammates on
the sideline were surprised by
the call.
"That's why we are players
and not coaches," Miami
defensive tackle Jason Fergu-
son said. "All of us were talk-
ing about, 'Why won't you
pass it?' Because we got a

touchdown, that's why."
The resilient Dolphins (2-
3) came from behind three
times in the fourth quarter,
and they're back in the AFC
East race after losing their
first three games. The Jets (3-
2) have lost two straight and
fell into a tie with New Eng-
land for first place.
The game became a
shootout reminiscent of the
Dolphins' Dan Marino days,
and filling that role just fine
was Chad Henne.
In only his second NFL
start, Henne completed 20 of
26 for 241 yards and two
touchdowns. He threw deep
to Ted Ginn Jr. for a 53-yard
score to give Miami a 24-20
lead with 10:10 left.
"We made him look like
Dan Marino," Jets linebacker
Calvin Pace said. "They did
what they want, and they did
it at will."
The Jets kept answering
with Edwards, acquired in a
trade with Cleveland a week
ago. He caught one scoring
pass and set up New York's
other two touchdowns. The
Jets' fake punts set up a TD
and a field goal.
The Dolphins' trickery
came via the wildcat, which
they ran 16 times. On the
game's opening drive, Miami
threw out of the formation for
the first time this season, and
Brown connected with tight
end Anthony Fasano for a 21-
yard gain. Ricky Williams
then ran for 18 yards from the
wildcat, and Brown scored on
a 1-yard plunge on third down
to cap a 7 1/2-minute drive.

Ghana, Brazil to face off in U20 WCup final

AP Sports Writer
CAIRO (AP) - Brazil and Ghana will play
in the final of the Under-20 world cup.
Brazil beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Tuesday in
the late semifinal after Ghana beat Hungary 3-
"Zooming to the finals is a big thing and
we've done that beautifully," Ghana coach
Sellas Tetteh said. "We are 90 minutes away
from lifting a trophy."
Ghana will try to become the tournament's
first African champion, against four-time win-
ner Brazil in Friday's final. The Black Satellites

lost to Brazil in 1993 and to Argentina in 2001.
Dominic Adiyiah scored two first-half goals
for Ghana before Marko Futacs scored for
Hungary in the 73rd minute. Abeiku Quansah
put Ghana ahead 3-1 in 81st before Adam
Balajti pulled Hungary within a goal in the
84th. "The first half we were really, really poor
and I don't know what the reason was," Hun-
gary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi said.
"When you concede three goals, of course
you're disappointed, but I think we had our
chances to equalize."
Adiyiah is the tournament's leading scorer
with eight goals, three behind Javier Savio-
la's record of 11 goals in 2001.

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Lying in state:



SIR CLEMENT MAYNARD'S daughter and son, Allyson Maynard
Gibson and David Maynard, view his body yesterday.

THE BODY of Sir Clement Maynard lies in state yesterday at the House of Assembly.

SENATOR Allyson Maynard Gibson introduces Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
to members of the Maynard family at the House of Assembly yesterday.
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fear for 2010

Q1 spending

* Recovery lag between
Christmas shopping and
renewed spending, already
becoming 'more severe'
and lasting until April-May,
set to be prolonged
further by recession
* Concerns of further New
Year lay-offs if Bahamian
retailers do not have
good Christmas
* Government, business
groups urged to conduct
campaign encouraging
Bahamians to shop
at home

Tribune Business Editor
MAJOR Bahamian retailers
yesterday expressed concern
about a likely significant fall-
off in trading conditions in the
2010 first quarter once the
Christmas shopping season
closed, one telling Tribune
Business that the consumer
spending 'recovery lag' would
be made "more severe" by the
Christopher Lowe, opera-
tions manager at Kelly's
(Freeport), told this newspaper
that while Bahamian consumer
spending traditionally "dried
up" after the holiday shopping
season to give disposable
incomes time to recover, he had
noticed an emerging trend
where, for the last two years,
purchasing power had taken a
month longer to rebound.
Now, Mr Lowe said, the
recession was likely to prolong
the consumer spending recov-
ery period even further into
2010, a potentially fatal devel-
opment for any Bahamian
retailer whose Christmas sea-
son - which can account for up
to 40-50 per cent of a retailer's
annual sales and profits - failed
to meet requirements.
Mr Lowe was backed by
Gavin Watchorn, president and
chief executive of AML Foods,
the BISX-listed owner of the
Solomon's SuperCentre and
Cost Right formats, who told
Tribune Business: "My concern
is for the first quarter next year,
rather than Christmas.
"If retailers don't have a
good Christmas, there's a fear
of job losses next year, although
not for us. A lot of businesses
rely on Christmas for sales and
profits, and if they don't have a
food Christmas there could be
real repercussions next year.
"Our concern is for the first
quarter next year. One reason
is in consumers making them-
selves out for Christmas, and
the other is the potential for
more job losses in the econo-
my if Christmas is not a suc-
Mr Lowe, at Kelly's
Freeport, added: "What is
going to be more severe is after
Christmas, which is when the
funds really dry up. Let's face it;
Bahamians spend without
thought, and go and blow out
all their money."
However, as a result of the
recession and rising unemploy-
ment, Mr Lowe told Tribune
Business: "There'll be a more
severe cash shortage now at the

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Tribune Business Editor

(Bahamas) liquidator
has received "multi-
ple offers", including
one from a major
international proper-
ty developer, for the
real estate project
that represents about
63 per cent of the
insolvent insurer's
assets, appraisal esti- GOMEZ
mates showing the
right sales price could possibly cover
the company's $29.707 million sol-
vency deficiency.
Craig A. 'Tony' Gomez, in his first
report to the Supreme Court as CLI-
CO (Bahamas) official liquidator,
said his "primary focus" had been
negotiations with the Hines Group
over the possible sale of Wellington
Preserve, the Florida-based real
estate project that is the Bahamian
insurer's main investment asset.
The Hines Group, which controls
assets valued at $25.8 billion, has 17
offices around the globe and is pre-
sent in more than 100 cities, over-
seeing a portfolio of more than 1,100
properties. It is described as an inter-
national real estate firm over 50
In his report for the period from
March 19, 2009, to July 7, 2009, Mr
Gomez said he planned to apply to
the Supreme Court for permission
to realisee this asset" - meaning to
sell Wellington Preserve - so that he
could attempt to meet CLICO
(Bahamas) obligations to its credi-
tors and policyholders.
While details of talks with prospec-
tive buyers were described in his
report as confidential, Mr Gomez
said his US-based attorneys and real

* Insolvent insurer's liquidator
receives 'multiple offers',
including from major global
property developer, for project
accounting for 63% of
company's assets
* Told $120m sales price could
be realized after one year, and
up to $69m in six-12 months
* 'Concerns' over 'enforceability'
of parent company's $58m
guarantee to CLICO (Bahamas)
* Liquidator alleged 'key
components omitted' in loan
agreement between insurer
and affiliate

estate agent had sent him "multiple
offers from bidders for the Welling-
ton property. I have made counter-
While a successful deal with the
Hines Group or any other bidder
cannot be guaranteed, Mr Gomez
said he had been presented with
three different sales price estimates
for Wellington Preserve, based on
various timelines and scenarios.
A sale within three to nine months
could realise an estimated sales price
of around $40 million, the liquida-
tor had been told, with a sale in six
months to one year generating pos-
sible proceeds of $69 million. And a
sale of Wellington Preserve one year
from now could generate up to $120
million, Mr Gomez said he had been

SEE page 5B

Retailer eyes 30 per cent

Christmas sales increase

Tribune Business Editor

A major Bahamian retailer is
"very optimistic" that its
December/Christmas sales
will finish 30-40 per cent
higher than 2008 comparatives, telling
Tribune Business yesterday that it was
anticipating a customer count in the
90,000 range for that month, after its
first month of like-for-like comparisons
showed 45 per cent sales growth.
Sandy Schaefer, Robin Hood's owner
and president, explained that the
Tonique Williams-Darling Highway
based retailer had just enjoyed its first
month of true like-for-like comparisons
year-over-year, having completed and
opened its 104,000 square foot expan-
sion in September 2008.
"We just finished the first month
where we had true comparatives, last
September compared to this September,
and we were up 45 per cent," Mr Schae-
fer told Tribune Business. "Customer
count was also up by almost 50 per cent."
While Robin Hood was "preparing
for it to be a little more difficult" in the
run-up to Christmas this year as a result
of the recession, Mr Schaefer said the
company was "very optimistic" about
its prospects for the holiday shopping
"We would expect sales this Decem-
ber to be up in the mid to high 30 per
cents, possibly the 40 per cents," he
added. "This year, we had over 80,000
customers in August alone. We're
already hitting the 80,000 range, so it's
realistic for us to look at being in the
90,000 range, possibly even in the
With October sales trending around
40 per cent ahead of 2008 levels, Mr
Schaefer said: "For whatever reason,
we've got some momentum."
He attributed a large part of this to
Robin Hood's decision to move into
food and grocery retailing, an area where

* Robin Hood 'very optimistic'
for holiday season after
September like-for-likes up 45%
* Anticipating 90,000-100,000
customers for December
* Food making up for 15%
hardware sales declines
* Company working on 90,000
square foot expansion and
new eastern New Providence
store for next year, moves
aiming to create 200 jobs

there is a relatively inelastic demand for
goods among consumers, making it a
relatively recession-proof form of retail-
Mr Schaefer said the trade being done
by Robin Hood's produce and meat
departments had increased "two-fold",
while the dairy department was ahead
The benefits of this move, he added,
were shown by the fact that sales of some
of Robin Hood's traditional products -
hard goods, electronics, appliances and
furniture - were "down a good 15 per
cent" year-over-year due to the declining
"It's less than for other people, but
we've never been used to being in the
negative on anything," Mr Schaefer
To keep consumers coming in, the
Robin Hood president said the retailer
had started a layaway programme, and
was set to launch a store credit card this
month in partnership with Fidelity Bank
The card, Mr Schaefer explained,
could only be used to make purchases at

SEE page 2B

CLICO policies PM to meet Hutchison Whampoa by year-end

decline 15-20%

after liquidation

1,807 policies, and $20m-
plus worth of insurance,
cancelled up to July 7

Tribune Business Editor

CLICO (Bahamas) policy
portfolio may have shrunk by
15-20 per cent since the insol-
vent insurer was placed under
Supreme Court supervision on
February 24, 2009, its liquidator
has revealed, with some 1,807
policies and $20.995 million
worth of insurance cancelled
up to July 7 this year.
Craig A. 'Tony' Gomez, in
his first report to the Supreme
Court on the CLICO
(Bahamas) liquidation, said
many health and medical poli-
cies had been cancelled because
the policyholders continued to
be rejected by Bahamian med-
ical practitioners and service
providers despite the fact claims
were still being settled.
He added that while a June
17, 2009, Supreme Court order
had allowed the liquidator to
pay claims up to $5,000 per
claim for emergency medical
expenses, and $10,000 per claim
for death benefits, "this limita-
tion was not well received by
medical policyholders with seri-
ous medical conditions" whose
policies were not covered by
CLICO (Bahamas) reinsurance
agreement with Bupa.
"There are approximately
four major medical policyhold-
ers terminally ill, whose poli-
cies are not covered under the
reinsurance agreement, with
pending claims for medical ser-
vices totalling approximately
$500,000," Mr Gomez dis-
closed, adding that he was dis-
cussing with attorneys the best
way to assist them.
"Medical policyholders con-
tinue to experience rejections
from medical service providers,
particularly local service
providers," the liquidator
added. "This has resulted in the
cancellation of many policies.
However, claims submitted to
the company's business offices
are being processed as
Mr Gomez said it appeared
as if the Government's $30 mil-
lion guarantee "has had little
to no impact" on those rejecting

Business Reporter

THE GOVERNMENT is ready to meet
with Hutchison Whampoa on issues regard-
ing Freeport, including the possible sale of
the Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) and the construction of a new
cruise port, the Prime Minister said yes-
Hubert Ingraham said scheduling issues
had kept Hutchison Whampoa and the
Government from discussing matters per-

Woodes Rodgers Wharf extension pegged at $24m

training to Grand Bahama recenlty, but he
hopes to fly to Hong Kong for a meeting
before year-end.
Mr Ingraham spoke to reporters outside
the House of Assembly yesterday, where he
also revealed that the sale of the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company (BTC) was
moving forward. The privatization com-
mittee was vetting short-listed companies
interested in purchasing a 51 per cent stake
in the company.

"Government approved a list of entities
permitted to bid, and I would expect the
privatization committee will be making
announcements in due course, which means
those persons will now put forward their
economic proposals and financial package
and the Government will then be in a posi-
tion to make a decision on which entity, if
any, the Government will sell 51 per cent of
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Retailer eyes 30% Christmas sales increase CLICO policies decline 15-20%

FROM page 1B
Robin Hood, and employed salary deduc-
tions for card payments. Yet he added that
it also provided benefits such as Money-
Back, and "we also worked with Fidelity to
make the interest rate a lot lower" than
rival cards.
Mr Schaefer said Robin Hood was also
"working on planning right now" for its
90,00 square foot expansion at the Sum-
merwinds Plaza, which is set to start next
year and involve the construction of a build-
ing adjacent to its existing property.
In addition, Robin Hood was in "very

serious negotiations now for opening up" a
second store in eastern New Providence
next year, as previously revealed by Tri-
bune Business, although Mr Schaefer
declined to provide further details.
He added, though, that the expansion
initiatives would likely each create employ-
ment for 100 extra full-time staff, promising
an additional 200 jobs.
Mr Schaefer said Robin Hood's existing
store was "not ideal" in shape, and did not

provide "an easy traffic flow" due to the
ramp between the food and hardware sec-
"We've had so much interest from ven-
dors in non-competing businesses wanting
to be a part of the location, that out of the
90,000 square feet we will take 30,000
square feet and sub-lease it to other ven-
dors, restaurants," he added.
Robin Hood's existing 18 check-outs
were also "not enough", so Mr Schaefer
said he planned to create a new entrance
with 28 check-outs to increase the sales per
hour rate and get the store "buzzing".

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and I assume the privatization
committee has taken that fur-
Mr Ingraham returned yes-
terday from a trip to Istanbul,
Turkey, where he attended the
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and World Bank meet-
He said the regular meeting
focused on the world economy
at large, where it was decided
that the Prime Minister of Bar-
bados, David Thompson, would
act as the lead spokesman for
these islands and others in the
region on issues related to the
Organisation for Economic Co-
operation and Development
Mr Ingraham said the IMF
had lost its foothold on eco-
nomic issues emerging from
myriad countries and "will be
less imposing on policies in the
As work continues on the
extension of Arawak Cay, Mr
Ingraham contends that noth-
ing has changed with regard to

the deal between shipping com-
panies and the government.
And while road works are
being completed to accommo-
date what is thought to he a
thoroughfare for trucks mov-
ing to and from the proposed
container port at Arawak Cay,
Mr Ingraham insist deals have
been made in principal on the
port move.
Continuing with the evasive
question and answer session on
the deal, he said: "We have a
proposal from some private sec-
tor people."
The Prime Minister said the
deal will permit the Govern-
ment to own 40 per cent of the
relocated port, while the ship-
ping companies share 40 per
cent and the general public 20
per cent.
Mr Ingraham also said the
proposed extension of Woodes
Rodgers Wharf has been
pegged at $24 million, but will
have to be put out to bid before
a final cost can be pinned down.
"The extension of Woodes
Rodgers to Armstrong Street
will cause our City of Nassau
to be what we will all would be
proud of," he said.

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CLICO (Bahamas) policies.
He added that the policy portfolio was also being impacted by
"misinformation" given to policyholders, while former CLICO
(Bahamas) agents now employed at other insurance carriers were
moving to entice their former clients to follow them.
"We estimate that there may be a decrease in the portfolio of
approximately 15-20 per cent," Mr Gomez warned. "However,
this cannot be confirmed until the accounting has been brought up
to date."
As at July 7, there were still some 28,215 CLICO (Bahamas) poli-
cies in force, covering a $4.09 billion sum assured. There were
some 10,297 medical and 15,892 life policies in force, accounting for
$2.088 billion and $1.992 billion in sums assured respectively.
But during the four-plus months since the insurer was peti-
tioned into liquidation, some 1,807 policies - 182 annuities, 843 pen-
sions, 676 life and 106 medical - had been cancelled.
Some $15.086 million of the $20.995 million sum cancelled relat-
ed to annuities, with pensions accounting for $5.466 million worth.
Mr Gomez said 31 death policy payments, totalling $150,249,
were made since CLICO (Bahamas) went into liquidation. Some
170 medical claims were awaiting adjudication, along with $588,120
worth of claims made through the insurer's overseas medical
claims clearing house, Olympus. Some four death claims, worth
$40,000, also awaited adjudication.
Elsewhere, Mr Gomez alleged that he was, as of the date of his
report, awaiting a report from SG Hambros Bank & Trust, the
administrator of CLICO (Bahamas) bonds, on the status of the
insurer's $4.5 million investment in government and BEC bonds.
The liquidator also said he had brought CLICO (Bahamas)
account with reinsurer Bupa current, having inherited a past due
premium balance of $930,750. Some $203,914 in past due pay-
ments to reinsurer Swiss Re had also been made, Mr Gomez
adding that while monthly billings from Bupa were settled when
received, the company had developed "an aggressive collection
campaign" against CLICO (Bahamas).


Commerce chief: Florida

economy must diversify

ORLANDO, Florida (AP)
- Floridians must accept that
the state's economy is evolving
from one centered on tourism,
construction and agriculture to
one driven by science and engi-
neering, global competition and
a stronger sense of place, the
head of the state's Chamber of
Commerce said yesterday.
Mark Wilson, the chamber's
president and CEO, told 400
people attending the chamber's
annual meeting that with unem-
ployment at 10.7 per cent,
600,000 jobs lost since October
2007 and one in five homes fac-
ing foreclosure that "the Flori-
da that we've known is in fact
"Don't get caught up in that
being a bad thing. (The ques-
tion is) how quickly can we get
to the next economy?" he said.
Today the state no longer
can bank on a growing popu-
lation lured by sunshine and a
low cost of living. The state now
is the 19th most expensive
nationwide. Its population still
will to grow but more slowly -
seven million new Floridians
are expected by 2030 - and
while tourism, construction and
agriculture will remain the
economy's foundation it will
need to diversify. Education

must be up to the challenge, he
"Companies and jobs are
going to go wherever in the
world the talent is," Wilson said
after the presentation. "So
Florida needs to make talent
our No. 1 priority."
For two years chamber lead-
ers have braced for this change,
and they have developed what
they call is the Florida Score-
card, which combines six new
drivers of the state economy
and measures of how well the
state is doing in each sector.
The drivers are education, inno-
vation, growth, business, gov-
ernment and quality of life.
For instance attendees
learned Tuesday that state per-
formance in measures of edu-
cation such as the number of
bachelor degrees earned or
Ph.D.s in science and engi-
neering earned lags behind
national rates. In quality of life
indicators Florida ranks 48th in
its number home foreclosures,
41st in its number of working
families in poverty and 47th in
its number of people lacking
health insurance.
The chamber's foundation

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help from other business orga-
nizations statewide as a way to
create a long-term plan for
Florida, which sometimes is
lacking when government terms
are limited to two or four years,
Wilson said. The scorecard also
is meant to be a plan that
diverse organizations can get
behind and pool diminishing
resources rather than compete
against one another's own pol-
icy interests.
Wilson also told attendees
that no longer do today's young
adults dream of jobs after col-
lege with certain companies.
Instead they dream of living in
particular places such as Den-
ver. They have a stronger sense
of place. Florida leaders need to
make sure the state is includ-
ed on lists of desirable places
to live by developing vibrant
and sustainable communities,
he said.
Today that competition is
global. Florida no longer com-
petes against other states for
college educated workers but
other countries, too.
The presentation was part of
three days of sessions at Dis-
ney's Yacht and Beach Club
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commercial and industrial projects
* Establish and maintain construction budgets and timelines
* Prepare and administer design and construction contracts
* Provide expertise and supervision on both horizontal and vertical construction
* Coordinate with government, regulating authorities, contractors and clients

Qualifications & Experience

* Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering
* Minimum 10-15 years experience in the land development industry
* Proven management & leadership skills with at least 5 years experience in a senior management
* Aptitude for writing proposals and preparing and managing financial schedules
* Experience in green development or LEED certification would be an asset
* Sound understanding of local and international building codes and construction practices
* Excellent communication skills - verbal and written
* Computer proficiency - including AutoCAD, Excel, Word, etc.
* Must have international experience and professional registration in the US or Canada


Salary and benefits will be based upon experience and qualifications.

Interested persons should submit their resume by email to
on or before Thursday,October 16, 2009.


In celebration of Statistics Day, the Director

and staff request the

Pleasure of your company to a Forum

Under the Theme:

"Better Statistics, Better Management,

Better Development Outcomes"

Thursday, October 15, 2009 at

10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Departaent ofStatstic

*Seaa a gaBallroomlgup HrcluB

Breezes Ho-6telm
Wes By tretCaleBech

You are also invited to view a display by

the Department of Statistics at

Centre Court at the Mall at Marathon on

Thursday and Friday October 15 and 16 2009.








FROM page 1B
consumer level."
Pointing to the downturn in
consumer spending in the
months immediately after
Christmas, as Bahamians paid
down debts incurred in the hol-
iday shopping season and wait-
ed for disposable incomes to
recover, Mr Lowe said that
from 2005 to 2007, this rebound
had taken place in February-
However, for "the last couple
of years", this recovery period
had increased by an extra
"month each year", taking it
into the April-May period for
"The recovery lag is becom-
ing very severe," Mr Lowe told

Retailers fear for 2010 Q1 spending

Tribune Business, "and this
economy is going to throw it
out even further. It has gradu-
ally declined over the last five
years. I think next year is going
to be a very tough year across
the board."
While January and February
represented "the slow months"
for AML Foods, as consumers
recovered from their Christmas
spending, Mr Watchorn
expressed hope that the likes
of Christmas Savings Clubs,
such as the one at this company,
would prove successful in help-
ing to underpin consumer
spending power.
Both Mr Lowe and Mr

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,



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Watchorn told Tribune Busi-
ness their respective companies
had not decreased stock and
inventory orders for the Christ-
mas season as a result of the
recession, keeping purchases
on par with last year.
"We've ordered in good
faith," Mr Lowe explained.
"We do our buying 11 months
prior. We go to the Christmas
buying shows in February, and
our orders are basically consis-
tent with last year."
Pointing out that the likes of
Kelly's Freeport needed to buy
a year in advance to be consis-
tent with other retailers, and
ensure availability of the
required product, Mr Lowe
added: "We can't leave that
stock until August, let's put it
that way. Anyone not in that
sort of arena is in a secondary
market. You order at the

Christmas shows, the buyers'
market, going up to New York
in February."
Acknowledging that AML
Foods had been ordering
Christmas stock since the first
quarter of its 2010 financial
year, Mr Watchorn said the
retail group was "still feeling
optimistic" that it could match
its 2008 Christmas numbers,
although there was little
prospect of "tremendous
AML Foods had been "very
sensible" in avoiding mass pur-
chases of new items, Mr
Watchorn said, conceding that
the eventual Christmas trading
performance was uncertain .
AML Foods had already wit-
nessed a "tightening up" in con-
sumer spending over the past
six weeks to two months.
"I think it's going to be very

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


challenging between now and
Christmas," Mr Watchorn said.
"I think a lot of businesses are
waiting and seeing, and pray-
ing Christmas will be good.
Christmas represents such a
large percentage of sales and
profits for businesses.
"It may not be as bad as we
fear, but if it is the first quarter
will be tough for a lot of busi-
AML Foods' sales "peak by
probably 30-40 per cent" during
December in comparison to
other months, although it now
accounted for a lesser percent-
age of the firm's annual sales
and profits than it once did.
Both Mr Watchorn and Mr
Lowe also touched on the
impact the Florida shopping
rush had on Bahamian busi-
nesses at Christmas.
Fears about the impact a
poor Christmas season would
have on Bahamian firms and,
in turn, employment was "why

Bahamians really need to sup-
port local business," Mr
Watchorn urged.
"The annual mass exodus to
Florida to support their salaries
and jobs needs to go towards
making sure Bahamians have
jobs. The Government needs
to get out and do a campaign
on it, and business groups need
to get out and do it. We need to
equate jobs with shopping at
Mr Lowe, for his part, added:
"If anything, we may get a
slight boost that offsets a drop
by fewer people going away, as
they have less money to spend
on rental cars and accommo-
dation, increasing the amount
of money spent in the
He warned, though, that eco-
nomic recovery may not be felt
even in 2011, predicting that
inflation would increase and
that government revenues
would dry up.


International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in that accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act, No. 45 of 2000, the Dissolution of Crossworld
Consulting Ltd. has been completed, a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and he Company has
therefore been struck off the Register. The date of
completion of the dissolution was the 8th day of
October, 2009.




(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
THE GEOMETRIC FUND LIMITED (registration number
129,840 B) is in dissolution. Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator
and can be contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company
Limited, Winterbotham Place, Marlborough & Queen Streets,
P.O. Box N-3026, Nassau Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their
names, addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator before the 13th November, 2009.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,





CLICO, from 1B
The purchase price and ulti-
mate sale of Wellington Pre-
serve is key to how successful
the outcome of CLICO
(Bahamas) liquidation will be,
and how much of their invest-
ments the company's life and
health insurance policyholders,
annuity depositors and pension
holders will recover.
CLICO (Bahamas) had
advanced about $73 million in
loans to its affiliate, CLICO
Enterprises, over a four-year
period beginning at end-2003.
In turn, the latter entity
advanced these funds to vari-
ous entities, but the lion's share
went into Wellington Preserve.
The likelihood that CLICO
(Bahamas) would recover that
loan at full value, given that
CLICO Enterprises' 2008 unau-
dited financial statements
showed it had a solvency defi-
ciency of $21 million, with
assets of $108 million and lia-
bilities of $129 million, was a
key factor behind why the
insurer was petitioned into
court-supervised liquidation.
Some $70 million had been
loaned by CLICO Enterprises
to Wellington Preserve, in addi-
tion to a $13 million direct
investment, taking its total
exposure to the Florida-based
real estate project to $83 mil-
lion. While valued at $127 mil-
lion in January 2009, Welling-
ton Preserve was said by Mr


Gomez's report to now have an
'as is' value of $62 million.
This illustrates why the pro-
ject's sale, and Mr Gomez's
ability to maximise its value -
especially if he can achieve
prices nearer to the two longer-
term valuations - are key to
CLICO (Bahamas) liquidation.
Currently, CLICO
(Bahamas) has some $124.484
million in assets and $154. 191
million in liabilities, rendering it
insolvent to the tune of an
$29.707 million solvency defi-
ciency. The greatest percent-
age of those assets are the loans
to CLICO Enterprises, so
achieving a purchase price for
Wellington Preserve above
what was invested in it will help
to close the solvency gap.
In his Supreme Court, Mr
Gomez said the 523-acre
Wellington Preserve site,
designed to incorporate 80 res-
idential lots and an equestrian
centre, had been acquired for
$55 million, a deal part-
financed by a $35 million mort-
gage. Only $1 million was out-
standing on the mortgage,
which was due to be paid off in
While a $42 million invest-
ment was supposedly required
to bring Wellington Preserve
into a condition suitable for
sale, Mr Gomez said the project
owed $150,000 to its suppliers.
It also owed some $1.3 million
in county and local taxes, and
$500,000 in taxes were past due

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on lot sales.
Wellington Preserve had also
settled litigation via a settle-
ment under which it was due
to pay $200,000 per year for
eight years, one-and-a-half
years remaining on the agree-
Meanwhile, Mr Gomez said
he had instructed attorneys to
proceed with a statutory
demand in Trinidad, in a bid to
force Lawrence Duprey, chair-
man of CL Financial, CLICO
(Bahamas) parent, to honour a
$58 million guarantee he had
given to cover any shortfall in
the Bahamian insurer's assets.
Mr Gomez said he had
"expressed my concerns...... on
the enforceability" of the $58
million guarantee given by Mr
Duprey/CL Financial, another
potential source of recovery for
CLICO (Bahamas) policyhold-
ers and creditors. The statutory
demand is the first step to
enforcing a debt recovery
And the liquidator added
that he had also reviewed the
loan agreement between CLI-
CO (Bahamas) and CLICO
Enterprises, which had been
executed at the office of the
former's registered agent,
Bahamian law firm Serville &
"Based on my review of the
loan agreement, I can conclude
that key components were
omitted," Mr Gomez alleged.
"Particularly, the agreement

does not state the initial
amount of the loan. Instead, it
purports to cover cash advances
and other credit facilities
extended by the company to
CLICO Enterprises, com-
mencing in 2005. My review of
the company's general ledger
gave more enlightening loan
details, as well as revealed that
the advances commenced in
December 2003."
CLICO Enterprises' other
assets include Freeport-based
Grand Bahama Millwork and
Building Supplies, the eight-
unit Golf View Apartments at
Rum Cay Drive in Freeport,
and Centreville Medical Cen-
tre, a facility at the corner of
Collins Avenue and Gibbs Cor-
ner which is currently being
leased by five medical service
Another asset is some 12.472
acres of real estate, divided into
12 lots, at Lake Point,
Westridge Estates, with a $3.43
million appraisal value. This
property was alleged by Mr
Gomez to be "a peninsula situ-
ated on the northwestern side
of Lake Cunningham protrud-
ing towards the centre".
The final CLICO Enterpris-
es asset listed by the liquidator
was Shabisco, a Haiti-based
bakery that has been closed and
inoperable for the past two
years". It had an appraised val-
ue of $1.45 million as at January
31, 2008, but is currently mort-
gaged to a Haitian bank.

Small Retail Store specializing in girls
accessories is seeking a dynamic,
energetic, and highly motivated Store
Manager (30-40 years) with prior
retail managerial experience only to
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Nassau Airport
Development Company

Nassau Airport Development Company Limited (NAD', is seeking Proponents individuals,
consortium or joint venture that must include an experienced retail operator) to finance,
design, developoperate and manage Bahamian Specialty Retail stores in the new U.5.
Departures Terminal currently under construction at the Lynde Pindling International
Airport.These storeswill beworld class in design and appearance with a distinctive'sewnof
place'and will offer uniquely 100% Bahamian manufactured/produced products at
competitive prices.

Four inline stores have been identified in the new terminal for these uniquely Bahamian
products; the categories are as follow

1, Jewelry, Arts and Crafts
2 Soaps, Candles, OilSr Etc.
3. Straw and related artices
4 Other Bahamian made products

There will be additional Requests for Proposals issued over the next few months covering
additional inline stores for general retail plus kiosks and carts.

i. Proponents must be Bahamian.and incorporated in The Bahamas.
ii. Proponents must have operated a retail facility within the last three (}' years.

(a) achieve a high standard of excellence and customer service;
(b) offer a mix of concepts that will help to enhance the image of the Nassau Airport as a
world class airport;
(c) offer retail choices to passengers at reasonable prices;
(d) offer a mixof local, regional and national and international brands
(e) develop and design retail facilities that complement the qualities of the new terminal
while recognizing the distinctive spirit, character and'senseof place'of The Bahamas; and
(f) optimize revenue toNAD.





Qua lifted and interested parties may pick-up the Request for Proposal package at NAD's

Aces at the reception desk on the second Ikior Domestic'1ntef national TefmiN I at Lynden
Pindling International Airport between the hours of 9:00am and 440pm, fro m October

I 3th to October 26th, 2M0, A mnandatory pre-proposal brefing for fthse 'viho hav picked

up packaqe� willI be held at the N~ew P vyklem eCommunty Cenitre, Blake ba~d on

Wedwsday October 28th atI OO0am.



Common Law and Equity Side

The Petition of Juanita Buter in respect of:-
ALL THOSE pieces parcels or lots of land
designated on the pFan laid out by Garden
Hill Estates No. 3 being Lot Numbers 842 and
843 situate in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence one of Ihe Islands
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
bounded NORTHWARDLY by land now or
formerly the property of Garden Hill Estates
and running themon EASTWVARDLY by a Thirty
(30) feet Road Reservation called and known
as Lily Lane and running thereon One
Hundredthsand Ninety-three and Thirty-seven
Hundredths and Ninety-three and Thirty-seven
Hudredths (193.37) feet and SOUTHWARDLY
]BY Lot Number 841 and running thereon andc
WESTWARDLY by a portion of Numbers 818.
817, 816, 815, 814 and running thereon.

Juanita Bitler claims to be the owner of the
fee simple estate inl possession of the said land and
has applied to the Supreme CouLr of The Bahamas
under S.3 of the Qui9ting Titles Act, 1969 in the
above action to have its title to 1he said land
investigated the nature and extent thereof determined
and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted
by the court in accordance with provisions of the
said Act. Copies of the said plan may be inspected
during normal office hours at the Registry of the
Supreme Court, East Street, N.P., and at the
Chambers of C.F. Butler & Associatas, Charles E.
Carey Building. Dowdeswell Street. Nassau.

having dower or a right to dower or any adverse
claim not recognized n the Petition shall before the
24th day of October A.D. 2009 3rd day of December
A.D. 2009 file in ihe said Registry of The Supreme
Court and serve the Petitioner or the above CF.
Butler & Associates a statement of such claim in the
prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed
herewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve
a statement of such claim by the above time will
operate as a bar to such claim.
No. 7 Dannings Manor
Alice Street
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner






fighting foods


WHILE medical researchers
have not yet found a cure for can-
cer, there is something simple that
people can do to decrease their
chances of contracting the dis-
ease - eating healthy.
According to Julia Lee, a dietitian at Doc-
tors Hospital, being overweight is a major
issue that often contributes to developing can-
"Being overweight is one of the most com-
mon risk factors of cancer. Foods that are high
in fats contribute to weight gain, so a person
must cut back on those foods," she told Tri-
bune Health.
Monitoring your daily calorie intake is very
important in decreasing your chances of getting
the disease, she added.
And while keeping an eye on calories is
important, she also emphasises the importance
of a diet that is rich in plant foods.

Get out the salad bowl
Just because you are cutting back and "going
green" doesn't mean that you will have to
force down unappetising food. There are
countless unique salad recipes that are tasty
and healthy at the same time. For a start, you
can probably try the scrumptious 'curly parsley,
parmesan cheese and walnut salad'.
Here is an easy recipe for a quick fix:

1. 2 to 3 bunches of parsley, curly
2. 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
3. 1/2 cup California walnuts, finely chopped

1. Using a medium bowl, separate parsley
leaves into sprigs, set aside.
2. In food processor or blender, blend, oil

and garlic cloves until combined. Add vine-
gar, salt and pepper, and blend.
3. Pour dressing over parsley sprigs and
sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and wal-
nuts, toss well to coat and serve.

While you should cut back on red meat, fish
is a healthy alternative to consider.
Fish, Ms Lee said, can play a vital role in pre-
venting cancer and decreasing the risk of con-
tracting the disease.
"Fish is a very good source of lean proteins
and people should also make this a primary
part of their diet," she said.
However, the usual preparation methods
must be slightly altered for fish to maintain
its healthy attributes.
"If people want to fry fish, they should not
use much fat. If they choose to use fats then
they should use either olive oil, or canola oil as
To satisfy the palette here is a heavenly
baked salmon and herbs recipe:

1. 600g of salmon fish
2. 2 tbsp of olive oil
3. 2 tbsp of dried oregano
4. salt to taste
5. ground pepper to taste

1. Pre-heat oven to 215/245 degrees Celsius
2. Cut the salmon into pieces of comparable
size, as per the number of servings required.
Put them on the oil baking sheet and brush
them with oil. Add salt and pepper, then
cover with oregano.
3. Place in the middle of the oven and bake
for about 10 min for a 2 to 2.5 cm thick fillet.
Since the cooking time depends on the fillet
thickness and the actual temperature of the
oven, it is important to check with the fork
to see if the fish is cooked through.

Tofu and other whole soy foods
These foods are good especially for
women, Ms Lee said, and while research is
still taking place on its effects on cancer,
doctors are recommending a daily intake.
"There is an ongoing research about how
soybean foods may affect cancer risk. There
is no evidence that soy foods increase the
risk for developing breast cancer or worsen
the prognosis of breast cancer patients. The
American Institute for Cancer Research
confirms that consuming one to two servings
of soy foods per day is probably safe for
most women, unless they are receiving anti-
estrogen treatment", she said.
You can incorporate tofu into your diet
with this explosive recipe:

1. 1 package firm or extra firm tofu, well
2. 2 tbsp olive oil
3. 1 onion, sliced
4. 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
5. 1 tbsp steak sauce
6. 1/3 cup of water
7. 1 tbsp of flour

1. Slice tofu into 5 or 6 strips about 1 inch
2. Saut6 onions in olive oil until they turn
brown and begin to caramelise, then add
tofu and allow to cook until lightly golden
3. Add balsamic vinegar and steak sauce,
and stir to combine. Next add the water
and flour and whisk to combine. Allow to
cook until the sauce thickens.

Stay away from the liquor or drink in
Alcohol is a big "no no" when it comes to
cancer prevention. This popular happy hour
liquid can make you more susceptible to
the disease, so either cut it out of your diet
completely or drink moderately.
"Drinking too much alcohol is not good
for the body when it comes to decreasing
your risk of preventing cancer. For those
who drink, they should only have five
ounces of wine , 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5
ounces (of another alcoholic beverage) per
day," Ms Lee said.

* Recipes from,

Celebrating the culinary prowess of Bahamian

Chefs at the 14th Annual International Festival

IF we compare world class
competitive feats achieved by
teams of Bahamians, there are
none who have received more
accolades than our local celebrity
chefs who have for decades been
quietly competing in their
starched whites on the world's

stage in the Culinary Olympics in
Germany, medalling every time.
They too, are golden guys and
Well-known and respected in
culinary circles abroad, they have
done the Bahamas proud on
countless occasions. They are the

unsung Bahamian heroes, toiling
in the trenches every day on the
tourism front.
However, through the generos-
ity of the Ministry of Tourism and
Aviation, these culinary masters
have the opportunity to present
their considerable talent and skills

at the cooking range this weekend
at the 14th Annual International
Members of the public are
asked to come out and show these
Bahamian ambassadors their
appreciation when they stage a
special demonstration on how to

prepare sumptuous conch dishes
at the Tourism and CBS Culinary
Interact with them, ask ques-
tions, coax them into sharing
secret techniques, taste the fine
Bahamian cuisine that they pre-
pare and take a recipe card away
with you.
Culinary demonstrations are
scheduled throughout the day at
10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
and 5pm on Saturday and Sun-
day on the north lawn of the
Botanical Gardens.
Admission to the culinary pre-
sentation only is $3 per person.





* THE 14th Annual Inter-
national Cultural Festival will
be held at the Botanical Gar-
dens this coming weekend,
October 17 and 18, from
10am to 6pm.
Entry fee is $5 for adults
and $2 for children. The $10
entry fee includes access to
the fashion show and the
wine tasting.
There will be booths from
27 nations from Europe,
Africa, South and Central
America, North America,
Asia and the Caribbean, and
of course, the Bahamas,
featuring delicious national
food dishes, beers and
Entertainment will be pro-
vided for the children with
rides. Also on the schedule
are a fashion show featuring
Bahamian designs created
for the 2009 Miss Universe
contestants; culinary
demonstrations; an interna-
tional art show, music and
cultural presentations.
There will be a grand raffle
where trips, hotel stays and
more can be won. (See
Pages B8 and B10 for
details on attractions)

* THIS Friday, October 16, is
World Food Day.
With an estimated increase
of 105 million hungry peo-
ple in 2009, there are now
1.02 billion malnourished
people in the world, mean-
ing that almost one sixth of
all humanity is suffering
from hunger.
To observe the day and do
your part to help those in
need here in the Bahamas
the public is asked to sup-
port local soup kitchens and
charities such as the Salva-
tion Army. Money or tin can
donations are welcome. For
Information contact tele-
phone number 393-2745 or
the Red Cross at 323-7370.
Also on Friday, the public is
invited to join Minister of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources Larry Cartwright
for a candlelight vigil at
6.30pm at the Arawak Cay
heritage site.
This year the focus will be
on highlighting world
hunger and the promotion
of food security.

* The Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC)
will hold its 'Starmaker
Model Casting Call' this Sat-
urday, October 17.
The casting call is for all
interested persons between
the ages of 12 and 35. Mod-
els of all shapes and sizes
are welcome. The event
takes place at the Mall at
Marathon from 12pm to
6pm. For more information
call 393-4043.

Nassau Music Society plans

exciting 2009/2010 season

THE Nassau Music Society is "ready,
willing, able and dying" to start its
new season so that all Bahamians
can enjoy special musical events.

Society president Patrick
Thomson, along with the
committee and Italia
Watkins-Jan, the new admin-
istrator, have organised a
number of events for the
months from November to
The programme is varied
and there is something for
The committee have the
kept the ticket prices at the
same level as the last few
years - $25 for members, $35
for non-members and $10 for
students (ages 12-18).
Some of the venues have
been changed this year and a
number of the performances

will be held once again at the
beautiful ballroom at Gov-
ernment House as the reno-
vations have been completed.
Concerts have also been
scheduled at the recently ren-
ovated College of the
Bahamas Performing Arts
Centre, which is state-of the-
art and very comfortable.
And, of course the Nassau
Music Society will not desert
St Paul's Church Hall.
Most concerts will start at
7.30pm this season instead of
the usual 8pm.
The Nassau Music Society
is looking forward to wel-
coming new and familiar
faces to the exciting perfor-

The Society has grown over
the years thanks to the gen-
erosity of its sponsors and the
interest of the Bahamian pub-
"We are very fortunate
that you recognize that we
are doing something good for
the community, and have
confidence in our ability to
provide an interesting, varied
and worth-while programme
season after season" said Mr
Thomson, the Society's pres-
ident, in a recent interview.
He went on to say that
"none of this would not have
been possible without our
special sponsors whom we
would like to thank and in
particular our lead sponsor,
Mr Dominique Lefevre, man-
aging director of SG Private
Banking (Bahamas) Limited;
our major corporate spon-
sors, Mr Yves Lourdin, Pictet
Bank & Trust Ltd; Mr Steve

Watson, RoyalStar Assur-
ance Ltd and our newcomer,
Mr Emmanuel Alexiou, Col-
inalmperial Assurance Ltd.
We would also like to thank
our other corporate sponsors,
Santander Bank and Trust
Ltd, Arner Bank and Trust
(BAH) Ltd and Common-
wealth Bank; our individual
Sponsors, Baroness Uschi
Von Diergardt, Mr and Mrs
Peter Graham, Ms Barbara
Thompson, Mrs Elodie Sand-
ford, Mr and Mrs William
Hunter, Mr and Mrs Alexan-
der Maillis and the many oth-
ers who also contributed as
sponsoring and supporting
Over the summer, the Nas-
sau Music Society has not
been idle. They have engaged
the services of a part-time
administrator, Italia Watkins-
Jan, to improve organisation
of concerts, have a perma-
nent office for people to

relate to, improve their abili-
ty to reach the public,
increase membership, and do
more in the educational field.
The Nassau Music Society
has also signed a Memoran-
dum of Understanding with
the College of the Bahamas
to finance an entry level
scholarship into the Music
Department and will reveal
details of this partnership
If you would like to
become a member or have
information on concerts,
please visit the Society. Their
office is located on West Bay
Street in the SG Private
Banking Building - ask the
concierge to show you where
to go - any weekday between
1.30pm and 5pm or call 302-
5146 for information.
The website www.nas- is always
available and provides
detailed information.

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in Germany. The Society's president Patrick
Thomson and his wife met her in Santander,
Spain, when she was competing in the San-
tander International Piano Competition last
summer - she came fifth and was named the
top female. The Thomsons were impressed
by her skill and asked if she would like to
come and play for the Nassau Music Soci-
ety. She agreed and we look forward to wel-
coming her in January.
Her programme will include a selection
of Scarlatti Sonatas and music by Albeniz
and Chopin.












Duo Albek - Piano and Violin
Saturday - November 7, 2009 - Government
House Ballroom - 7.30pm
Sunday - November 8, 2009 - St Paul's
Church Hall, Lyford Cay - 5.30pm
Fiona Albek (piano) and Ambra Albek
(violin) are recognized internationally as a
first class duo playing mainly in Europe.
They are twins and have played for the Nas-
sau Music Society on two occasions in the
past. Their concerts have been very well
received and they always give beautiful per-
formances. They also present their music in
a most entertaining way, explaining the
pieces in lovely accents that come from
translating the European tongues into Eng-
Their programme will include music by
Grieg, Luchetti, Kreisler, Dvorak and Alb-

Colleen Lee - Piano
Friday - January 15, 2010 - Government
House, Ballroom - 7.30pm
Saturday - January 16, 2010 - St Paul's
Church Hall, Lyford Cay - 7.30pm
Colleen Lee is from Hong Kong and lives

* Eric Stephenson - violin; Greg Patillo -
flute; Peter Seymour - cello;

Friday - February 12, 2010 - Performing Arts
Centre, College of the Bahamas - 7.30pm
Saturday - February 13, 2010 - St Paul's
Church Hall, Lyford Cay - 7.30pm
Project was introduced to the Nassau
Music Society by Christine Gangelhoff.
They are from Brooklyn, New York, and
have been playing together for four years.
As their website says - Greg plays the flute
"like a mad man"; Eric started on the violin
at two years old with a crackerjack box and
a ruler, and Peter was advised by his mother
in the sixth grade "if you play the bass, you
can always gig."
They will play a fabulous programme of
light classical music such as Peter and the
Wolf by Prokofiev, Nutcracker by
Tchaikovsky, Trifecta by Bach and also
lighter music such as French Gypsy Jazz by
Reinhardt, the Random Road Suite, Brook-
lyn and others.

Howard Fishman Quartet
* Howard Fishman - vocals and guitar;
Mazz Swift - violin and vocals; Etienne
Charles - trumpet and percussion; Nathan
Swift - bass.

Friday - March 5, 2010 - Performing Arts Cen-
tre, College of the Bahamas - 7.30pm
Saturday - March 6, 2010 - St Paul's Church
Hall, Lyford Cay - 7.30pm
Although primarily known as a song-
writer, Fishman
began his career
immersed in ear-
ly jazz, folk,
blues, and coun-
try music, creat-
ing a bedrock of
knowledge of A
American roots
forms that, when
applied to his
pop, classical and
leanings, helped
forge his distinc-
tive style.
The pro-
gramme will fea-
ture of mixture of Fishman's original music
with some of the more rustic, raw American
roots music that has inspired it.

Scottish Chamber Soloists
* Alison Mitchell - flute; Maximilliano
Martin - clarinet; Peter Whelan - bassoon;
Scott Mitchell - piano
Friday - March 26, 2010 - Government
House, - 7.30pm
Saturday - March 27, 2010 - St Paul's
Church Hall, Lyford Cay - 7.30pm
The Scottish Chamber Soloists will pre-
sent a programme entitled "Island Airs".
They will be performing music from
across Europe including Beethoven's
beautiful Trio for flute, bassoon and
piano, Glinka's Trio Pathetique for clar-
inet, bassoon and piano, and a new com-
mission for the SCS from
Scottish compose! R., i
Boyle*, an excitii ,
quartet which will
draw on Scottish hlno'
elements and the i ,,-
osity of the group
A woodwind con-
cert with a dif-
1 --

*Rory Boyle's
new work is
made possible
with the support
of the Scottish
Arts Council
and the Scottish

'Ugly Betty' comes to the Bahamas


VIEWERS tuning into the highly
anticipated fourth season of the hit
CBS show 'Ugly Betty' this week
will get an eyeful of the beautiful
beaches and waters of the Bahamas.
The show's stars, including Amer-
ica Ferrera and Vanessa Williams,
left their usual hectic Manhattan set
behind to enjoy shooting an episode
in Nassau and at Atlantis, Paradise
Last week, Tribune Entertainment
spoke with the cast of 'Ugly Betty' at
a special viewing of the season's
opener at the Atlantis Theatre.
The cast insisted they could not
reveal any plot details of the

Bahamas-shot episode, however,
after having viewed the season's
opening episode one can venture a
guess as to how the story arc which
brings the characters to the islands
will play out.
In the season opener, Vanessa
Williams' character, the forbidding
Wilhelmina Slater, meets with her
daughter, played by Ya Ya Dacosta,
who mysteriously shows up at her
New York apartment telling a tale of
murder on a sailboat - a possible
Bahamas foreshadowing?
As Grant Bowler, who plays Wil-
helmina's former boyfriend Connor
Owens, is also in the Bahamas shoot-
ing, it is fair to assume that his mys-
terious disappearance with a trunk-

load of money from his girlfriend's
place of employment last season may
have taken him to the islands of the
However, these two clues to the
new season could also turn out to
be red herrings.
While the 'Ugly Betty' cast was
hard at work in the Bahamas, some
of the actors still found time to enjoy
what the country has to offer.
Dacosta and Ana Ortiz, who plays
Ferrera's sister on the show, were
both looking forward to their visit to
Atlantis' Dolphin Cay. And Grant,
an Australian native, was looking
forward to spending his down-time
riding the waves behind the Atlantis
hotel on a jetski.

"I would love to swim with the
dolphins, that's one of the things
they do in the Atlantis, but I would
like to see where people hang out
in the Bahamas - you know like real
hang-out spots," said Dacosta. "Just
when it is getting freezing cold in
(New York) we get to come down to
the Bahamas," she said.
For one of the cast, however, com-
ing to the Bahamas was a bit like
returning home. Singer/actress
Vanessa Williams, who married
NBA basketball player Rick Fox
whose father is a renowned Bahami-
an businessman, has visited the
country many times.
The popular US show utilised the
talent of some locals after holding

two open casting calls. It is not
known what other locations outside
of Atlantis are being used, but Nas-
sau has been written into the script.
"For us it's sort of a way to expand
our show," said Ortiz. "We have
never gone anywhere and it is so
nice to get out and be in the sun and
have a whole new experience with
the show."
"It's a chance to break the setting
of the interior of Mode and it gives a
great juxtaposition between down-
town Manhattan and the Bahamas -
it's beautiful," said Bowler.
The hit show premieres this Friday
with a two-hour special from 8pm
to 10pm. After that, it moves to its
regular Friday slot at 9pm.



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Joe Jackson hosts

singing competition

Tribune Features Reporter

LOCAL artists gave their all at
an international singing competition
hosted by Joe Jackson, father of the
deceased King of Pop Michael Jack-
Mr Jackson visited Nassau last
Thursday with partners of his record
label in search of a new singing sen-
sation for his company Mar-Ance
The talent search was part of the
festivities celebrating the Wyndham
Nassau Beach Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino's reopening last week-
Summing up the local perfor-
mances, Mr Jackson told Tribune
Entertainment: "Tonight's talent was
pretty good. It's been a while since
I've been down here. I needed to
get away from all the stress I was
under with my son. All of the per-
formances were pretty good."
The event was held at the Rain-
forest Theatre last Friday evening,

and ten performers sang an array of
reggae, R&B, hip hop, and even
Bahamian hits for Mr Jackson and
his crew in hopes of capturing the
winning spot, which would secure
them a contract with Mar-Ance
The winning act also opened the
Blue Star Talent and Beauty Show-
case on Saturday night in the Rain-
forest Theater.
Awards were given by Mr Jackson
in the following categories: Island
or freestyle music, country, and pop.
But it was Latin sensation Yulee B
of Cuba, whose real name is Julie
Fernandez, who emerged as the win-
ner of the competition, beating out
top Bahamian performers like Sam-
mi Starr, Sketch, Puzzle, and emerg-
ing artists like Tessah Munroe, Sav-
age Bowe, and Bahamian Idol win-
ner Travis Clarke.
She was one of the first acts to
perform on Friday night, and wowed
the crowd with her distinctive tone
and flamenco dance moves in an
entertaining performance of "I will

always love you," a classic hit made
famous by both Dolly Parton and
Whitney Houston.
Later on in the competition, Sav-
age Bowe, a R&B and culture
singer, performed 'It's a jungle out
there,' which is number one on
'Bahama Hot Ones.' He gave an
energetic performance of the song
that talks about making it in the
country's rat race.
Travis Clarke, who is no stranger
to singing competitions, belted out
Toni Braxton's popular ballad
'Unbreak my heart', and wowed the
crowd with his vocal range.
Young Tessah Munroe, 18,
brought all she had to the competi-
tion in a sultry rendition of 'Sum-
mertime' by Fantasia Barrino, win-
ner of American Idol 3.
Tessah, who messed up the song in
a first attempt, graciously asked for
a second chance, and came back
even stronger.
Sammi Starr and Christopher
'Sketch' Carey performed together
in a pulsating collaboration. The

artists serenaded the ladies in the
auditorium, who swayed side to side
as the duo performed 'Pick Me,' a
song infused with Junkanoo and
R&B flavours. Both artists then per-
formed separately, singing their hits
'I'll Never Leave' and 'My Candi-
date', respectively.
Starr and Carey looked to be
favourites early on in the competi-
tion and hoped they would be signed
together as artists on Mr Jackson's
Sketch, who worried about "pass-
ing out " on-stage, morphed into
character for a commanding perfor-
Alas, the win was just out of the
duo's reach.
Along with a record deal, a host of
other opportunities will be afford-
ed winner Yulee B.
She will be live on the red carpet
at the advance screening and pre-
miere of Michael Jackson's film
"This Is It" later this month at the
Palms Hotel and Casino in Las

The Batik Experience - Indonesia gets spotlight

at the 14th Annual International Festival

WITH a relatively small presence
here in the Bahamas - limited to six
sushi chefs at the Nobu Restaurant,
Atlantis - Indonesia's spotlight will
shine bright at the 14th Annual Interna-
tional Cultural Festival this weekend.
This year, patrons will be treated to
an authentic experience, coordinated
through the Indonesian Embassy in
Cuba and former Honourary Consul Dr
Davidson Hepburn.
The Batik House Indonesia, a South
Sea company that hails from the capital
city of Jakarta, will hold a Batik exhibi-
tion featuring skilled artisans who will
be on hand to teach the intricate tradi-
tions of the world-famous Indonesian
design throughout the two-day festival.
Tradition bearer dancers are being
flown in from Jakarta as part of the
Money Centre/Western Union Enter-
tainment line-up on the Builders Mall
Stage over the weekend.
Indonesian cuisine will be available
for the public to enjoy with favourites
like spring rolls and satay from their
food booth alongside the exhibition.
The batik fashion collection by a spe-
cial guest, noted designer Ms Carmina-
ta, will also be shown by local models on
the catwalk at the UNESCO Designer's
Fashion Show.
Coordinated by Mode Ilse Ltd, organ-
isers of Islands of the World Fashion
Week, this parade - including Androsia

batik and Bahama Hand Print designs
from the Miss Universe Pageant Fash-
ion Show, together with national cos-
tumes donated to the festival by the
contestants - promises to be one of the
highlights of the event.
The show will take place at the
UNESCO Fashion Pavilion at 4pm on
Saturday and Sunday on the north lawn

of the Botanical Gardens. So reserve
your front row seats early.
Admission to the Batik exhibition is
$3 per person. A 'Cultural Package'
consisting of four tickets for $8 includes
entry to all UNESCO Pavilions show-
casing the Batik exhibit, culinary pre-
sentation, fashion show, and the interna-
tional art show.

Local singer and French band team up to bring a new'roots reggae' sound to the Bahamas

known for hit songs such as
'Not Settling', 'Road to Zion'
and 'No Minutes', has
teamed up with the band No
More Babylon (NMB) from
France for a compilation
entitled 'Uprising Special
All six tracks on the album
are written by Mr Clarke and
produced by NMB. The
release date is October 20
and the singles 'Rocky Road'

as well as 'Why Did You Go'
are already enjoying inter-
national airplay.
'Uprising Special Edition'
will be distributed by Upris-
ing Soundz and will be avail-
able worldwide on iTunes,
Amazon, Irribean Tunes,
Rhapsody as well as on and in
stores throughout the United
States in conjunction with
Avan Entertainment.
The album is strictly 'roots

reggae' and features the
skillful eight-piece band
NMB. NMB are a premier
reggae band from France
whose 14-year history has
seen them collaborating and
backing reggae's elite.
They also produced the
track 'Street Life' on Mr
Clarke's debut album 'Not
Because they enjoyed such
great chemistry, the Bahami-
an singer and the French

band decided to team up
again for this latest project.
Mr Clarke says that they
initially met through the
social networking site
"It was quite random, as I
was just surfing as I normal-
ly do. We linked up and
worked on 'Street Life', a
track from the debut album,"
Mr Clarke told Tribune
"Instantly I was drawn to

their sound - the horns, the
depth of the roots band flow.
Their passion came through
the music and I absolutely
loved it. It sounded like rebel
music to me, which matches
perfectly the Uprising brand
that I am pushing."
Speaking about his new
project 'Uprising Special
Edition', Mr Clarke said:
"What makes this special for
me is that the project is an
all-live band. It's special

because it's a first for me,
possibly the first for a
Bahamian artist in my genre.
The project is a compilation
of all the songs we worked
on, it was only supposed to
be one collaboration, how-
ever, it turned into multiple
songs. It was only natural to
put the project out."
'Rocky Road', 'Uprising'
and 'Why Did You Go" are
available for media and DJs
for promotional use.





'Destination Truth' comes back to the Bahamas

THE SyFy Channel's "Destina-
tion Truth" is back again. The first
of the Bahamas segments was
filmed in Andros and aired last
month. The second and final
Bahamas segment, investigating the
myth of the Bermuda Triangle, airs
tonight at 10pm on SyFy Channel.
'Destination Truth' is an unscript-
ed SyFy series in which Josh Gates
and his brave team of investigators
travel to remote destinations
around the world, exploring the
many myths and legends of crea-
tures and phenomenon of both land
and sea. Assisted by Bahamian pro-
duction coordinator Heather Carey,
Josh and his team spent a week in
Bimini talking to local experts in
various fields, to discover whether
the myth of the Bermuda Triangle
has any validity.
A wide range of experts were
interviewed including well-known
historian and school teacher Ashley
Saunders; Grant Johnson (scientist
and shark researcher now based at
Bimini Sands Resort and Marina);
Bill Keefe (dive shop owner and
expert diver), and Renee Robins
(Bahamas Tourist Office).
The crew also sampled Bimini
conch salad at Fabian Stuart's conch
stall, and enjoyed the renowned
singing voice of local Ebbie David
at his waterfront bar and restaurant
'Ebbie's Bonefish Bar'. According
to Ms Carey, "it would not have
been as fun or easy making this
episode without the support of all
the local Biminites who jumped in
feet first to ensure our filming went
"Ms Robins of the Tourist Office,
along with her husband Elsworth,
were invaluable in their resources,
and the support of Bimini Sands
Resort went above and beyond
expectation. Grant Johnson showed
great sportsmanship not only by
braving some rough seas with our
crew, but also by spending the
entire night isolated in the bush and

CREW pre-
pares for
the show

on a beach while our team did their
night investigations," she said.
"As media attention tends to
focus on the big feature films that
come to our islands, I don't think
most Bahamians realise the num-
ber of smaller yet
equally important projects that
highlight our wonderful island com-
munities. It's important that the
people and businesses who support
these efforts are recognized as it
would be difficult to make these
projects efficiently without them."
Does the Bermuda Triangle real-
ly exist? Watch tonight and
see. SyFy Channel (21 for cable
subscribers) at 10pm ET.


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Nassau Music Society plans
exciting 2009/2010 season
See page nine

EAL ceramicists and potters will get the opportunity to show
their artistry in the 'First All Ceramics Exhibition' which pays
mage to Denis Knight, who is considered by many to be the
other of Bahamian pottery.


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