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Defence closes its

case in Travolta trial
a s Tribune Staff Reporter
THE jury in the attempted extortion trial of
ex-PLP Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and for-
mer paramedic Tarino Lightbourne is expect-
ed to hear closing arguments when the trial
resumes on Monday.
The nine member jury was released early
yesterday after the defence closed its case. The
trial is now into its fourth week.
Marcus Garvey, manager of the Bahamas
SEE page 11

MP's shock move

in readiness for

leadership race

Tribune Staff
DOCTOR Bernard
Nottage officially
resigned from his
position as leader of
Opposition Business DR BE
in the House of NOT
Assembly, PLP
leader Perry Christie revealed
Mr Christie made the
shocking revelation - which
caught many MPs off guard
- about an hour after Dr
Nottage announced he
PM pokes fun
Tribune Staff Reporter


would contest Mr
Christie's position
before an enthusi-
astic crowd of sup-
porters at his con-
stituency office in
Bain and Grants
Until he appoints
a replacement to Dr
Nottage, Mr Christie
RNARD said he would
TAGE assume the duties of
the leader of Oppo-
sition Business in the House
effective immediately.
Mr Christie also wished his
competitor luck in his future
endeavours but warned omi-
SEE page eight

at Opposition

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham poked fun at the
Opposition party yesterday, ridiculing the PLP for being a
shadow of its former self.
Mr Ingraham also questioned whether PLP leader Perry
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff
. THE body of a pas-
J tor's wife was removed
from a makeshift mau-
Ssoleum at the Evangelis-
tic Pentecostal Church in
Garden Hills yesterday
following complaints
from local residents.
Bishop Stanley Sey-
mour had buried his wife
Agatha in an above-
ground cement tomb
behind his church in
Chenile Avenue with
approval from the
Department of Physical
Planning in March.
But the burial sparked
controversy in the com-
munity as neighbours
complained of an
unpleasant odour ema-
nating from the mau-
soleum and said children
were frightened by the
nearby presence of a
They petitioned the
SEE page two

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Edwin Bauld Jr and Wil-
fred McPhee Jr were found guilty by a unan-
imous vote of 12-0 for the murder Police Cor-
poral Eddison Bain by a Supreme Court jury
on Thursday.
The jury also found Bauld and McPhee
guilty by a vote of 12-0 of kidnapping, two
counts of robbery, and one count of stealing.
Bauld was also found guilty of two separate
SEE page 11

Appeal halts Maxo
THE Ministry of Nation- from the m
al Security has advised that lined that
the reading of the death October 13,
warrant for Maxo Tido will ister of Nat
not be carried out as had advised
planned, as attorneys for General tha
Tido have filed an appeal Maxo Tido
with the Judicial Commit- appropriate
tee of the Privy Council. Prerogative
In a statement issued exercised an

Three plead not guilty to
being on lottery premises
THREE people have pleaded not guilty to
being found on a premises where a lottery was
taking place.
Leona Davis, 55, of Martin Road, Frederick
Smith, 59, of Okra Hill, and Edward McPhee, 50,
of Garden View Estates, were arraigned before
Magistrate Subu Swain in Court 11, Nassau
Street yesterday on the charge.
It is alleged they were found in The Pond
Liquor Store on October 9. The accused were
granted $500 bail, and the case was adjourned to
March 26, 2010.
Arrest warrants were issued yesterday for
Randolph Scott, 56, and Elcin Morris, 45. The
two are accused of permitting a premises to pro-
mote, organise or conduct a lottery and permit-
ting a premises to being used for a lottery.

Tido death warrant

ministry, it out-
on Tuesday,
2009, the Min-
ional Security
the Governor
at the case of
was "not an
one" for the
of Mercy to be
nd that the law

should take its course.
However, yesterday the
ministry was advised by Mr
Tido's attorney that they
had been instructed to apply
to the Judicial Committee
of the Privy Council for spe-
cial leave to appeal "as a
SEE page 11






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DESIGNATE Nicole Avant
has arrived in Nassau, the US
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Ms Avant arrived on
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tainment, politics and phil-
Ms Avant has become
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mobilise and engage the
younger generation towards
greater charitable and politi-
cal involvement. "She is
committed to and passionate

about children and ensuring
that the less fortunate and
disabled are given every
opportunity for education
and equal access to mean-
ingful employment," the
statement said.
For a number of years, Ms
Avant served as a board
member for the following
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In her professional capaci-
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FROM page one

Department of Physical Plan-
ning to revoke the permission
and when nothing was done
they threatened to sue the gov-
Bishop Seymour was
ordered to have Mrs Seymour's
body removed in April and
again in August, but he refused
to give consent for the removal
carried out yesterday.
The pastor was not present
as Environmental Health staff
and gravediggers hacked at his
wife's mausoleum and
removed her casket in a five-
minute no-nonsense procedure
shortly after 10am.
Her shining white and silver
casket was transported to the
Southern Cemetery in an
undertaker's van and lowered
into the ground under the guid-
ance of Bishop Simeon Hall
who uttered prayers for her
soul's eternal peace.
No friends or relatives of
Mrs Seymour's attended the
second burial overseen by Rest
View Funeral Home, but two
women who knew her shed
tears at the anonymous
gravesite after a cement cov-
ering had sealed her new rest-
ing place.
Bishop Hall said: "I feel awk-
ward about doing this mainly
because many of our churches
have graveyards, or they will
have distinguished members of
the church buried at the
church, and many churches are
in residential neighborhoods.
"We believe the person's
sprit must be at rest, and we
trouble it when we move it
from place to place.
"So I sympathise with a fel-
low clergy, but also the law is
the law."
Police had been called to
Mrs Seymour's funeral on

THE COFFIN is lowered into the ground at the Southern Cemetery
under the guidance of Bishop Simeon Hall.

March 21 to prevent the mau-
soleum burial as Bishop Sey-
mour did not have the correct
documentation, but he went

ahead with the burial when he
had obtained official permis-
sion one week later, sparking
controversy in the community.
Southeastern Division
Superintendent Stephen Dean
said: "The residents didn't want
it there, they said there was an
odour and it really concerned
"I think after government
reviewed it they agreed it was-
n't a good place to put it. So I
think they should all rest now."
Garden Hills MP Brensil
Rolle added: "At every stage
we tried to ensure the body was
removed with dignity and to
ensure the law was followed."







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0 In brief

Govt may

adopt British

rules for filing

appeals to the

Privy Council

sidering adopting Britain's
rules for filing appeals to
the Privy Council in order
to deter "frivolous" cases
from being heard at the
country's highest court of
,, during a
debate in the
House of
Prime Minis-
ter Hubert
HUBERT said Lord
recent state-
ments on the cost of hear-
ing cases emanating from
former colonies did not
surprise him.
"The rules establishing
how you get to the Privy
Council were established a
long time ago... as a mat-
ter of principle I'd like to
say this we would seek in
the Bahamas to bench-
mark our rules for access
to the Privy Council
against the rules in the
United Kingdom from
their courts of appeal to
their highest court," he
Opposition MP for Fox
Hill Fred Mitchell said that
while the Privy Council is
used as one of the promo-
tional tools that the
Bahamas uses to prove
that its an attractive juris-
diction for investors, he
doubts there are many
cases before the Privy
Council emanating from
the Bahamas.
".. .if you have 10 cases
going to the Privy Council
a year, I would say that's
plenty, I don't think the
numbers are actually sig-
"The Privy Council is an
important policy court to
sort out matters, which
when the local jurisdiction
goes wrong, they get it
right. And we have a histo-
ry of the Court of Appeal
being corrected time and
time again by the Privy
Council, particularly on
matters which deal with
the rights of citizens. So I
think that is why people
have this concern about
access to this particular
court," Mr Mitchell said.
The Fox Hill MP also
questioned if Lord Phillips,
Britain's new Supreme
Court president, spoke on
behalf of the British gov-
ernment or was voicing a
personal opinion about the
cases coming from former
"I'm certain that the
British government and
the sector responsible for
the economy of the United
Kingdom would not be
joining in the sentiment to
do away with Privy Council
services to countries in the
region. Britain makes an
enormous amount of mon-
ey from cases which were
referred from this country
and other countries in the
region," he said.



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COB staff and students vote in

favour of new PLP

Tribune Staff Reporter

STUDENTS and faculty
at the College of the
Bahamas voted overwhelm-
ingly in favour of new lead-
ership for the Progressive
Liberal Party in a poll that
was conducted over the past
few days.
According to Jamaal
Knowles, president of the
College's Student Union,
the preliminary results after
more than 2,500 staff and
students were surveyed
show that a whopping 73 per
cent feel that if they were a
delegate at the upcoming
PLP convention, they would
vote in favour of new lead-
While this survey did not
differentiate which chal-
lenger for the leadership -
Paul Moss, Fred Mitchell, or
Dr Bernard Nottage - is
preferred, it did speak vol-
umes about what the stu-
dents and professors feel
about the PLP's current
leadership with only 11 per
cent saying they would vote
to keep former prime minis-
ter Perry Christie.
The survey also touched
on social and economic
issues, such as the country's
reliance on tourism and
whether or not there should

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be reform of the country's
current gaming laws.


The results were as fol-
* 63 per cent of COB stu-
dents and faculty do not sup-
port the Bahamas' level of
economic reliance on
tourism, while 20 per cent
support it
* 70 per cent of COB stu-
dents and faculty believe
that new leadership is need-
ed in government, while 13
per cent do not
* 43 per cent of COB stu-
dents and faculty are in sup-

port of the gaming law
reform to include Bahami-
ans, while 36 per cent
oppose it
* 82 two per cent of COB
students and faculty would
vote for a third party if it
seemed to be an attractive
* 77 per cent of COB stu-
dents and faculty believe the
government needs to try a
new approach to immigra-
* 55 per cent of COB stu-
dents and faculty don't
believe the police and gov-
ernment are doing an ade-
quate job addressing the
crime problem, while 31 per
cent do

as Nottage

party where you belong to a
party, you pay your dues reg-
ularly, you are on a list, and
when an election is held
everybody who is a member
can vote. And the election
will not be conducted by sit-
ting officers who are also chal-
lenging in the election," he
Dr Nottage hinted that he
has "some support" within the
PLP's parliamentary block -
but did not say if he thinks
the majority of PLP MPs are
backing him for leader.
He also assured PLP's near
and far that whatever the out-
come of the upcoming elec-
tion, he is a PLP and will
remain one.
"I want to say that without
equivocation. I am a member
in good standing with the
"I am loyal to its leader-
ship, I am loyal its to mem-
bership, I am loyal to my dear
constituency of Bain Town,
and there are no more diver-
sions for me. I am PLP," he
Dr Nottage said he is not
concerned about any political
attacks he or his family may
face in the coming week.
"I am like Teflon. It will
just flow off of me.
"While they focus on what-
ever the negatives are, I am
going to focus on the needs
of the people," he said.



isfied with their MP's per-
formance, while 28 per cent
"The genesis for this sur-
vey," Mr Knowles said, "was
to show the nation that we
at the college have a voice
.* and we need to be heard.
"I don't think there are
enough mediums for us to
voice our concerns to the
media and to the nation.
SAnd this will hopefully fos-
ter more initiatives from stu-
dents to get engaged with
what is happening around
This survey, Mr Knowles
PAUL MOSS said, was compiled and cre-
ated based on advice from
* 55 per cent of COB stu- both within and outside of
,nts and faculty are not sat- the college.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP MP Dr Bernard Not-
tage officially launched his
campaign to become leader
of the party amidst cheers and
applause from supporters at
his Bain and Grants Town
constituency headquarters
Under a banner embla-
zoned with the logo, 'Deci-
sive, Determined, and Dedi-
cated', Dr Nottage stressed to
his supporters that his desire
to serve his country is not in
any way a reflection on the
capabilities of the party's cur-
rent leader, Perry Christie.
The battle between these two,
which is considered by many
within the party to be the final
"clash of the titans", is already
being described as an all-out
In fact, it has already been
suggested by supporters of the
incumbent leader that Dr
Nottage would be seen as a
"traitor" if he were to chal-
lenge Mr Christie at the Octo-
ber 21 convention, as it was
Mr Christie who welcomed
Dr Nottage back into the par-
ty in 2005.
However, Dr Nottage
rejected any suggestion that
he is a traitor.
"I wasn't told when I came
back to the PLP that I can
only come back if I don't chal-
lenge for high office. I wasn't
told that. If I was told that
then I would have to consider
whether or not that is a party
I wanted to come back to. But
thank God Almighty that is
not the kind of party that the
PLP was or is.
"And so I am not a traitor.
I am just a Bahamian who is
patriotic, loyal, and passionate
about our country and its peo-
ple," he said.
Dr Nottage explained to
the packed room that he has
travelled throughout the
country and has been well
received at every turn by sup-
porters who want to see
change in the party and a
more "aggressive" style of
"The people I have met
want to know how we are
going to face the issues in
their communities. The peo-
ple in South Andros don't
have anything to do. If you
don't work for the govern-
ment you don't work. In
South Eleuthera people say
the economy is standing still.
So people are very concerned.

"I am like
Teflon. It will just
flow off of me.
While they focus
on whatever the
negatives are, I
am going to focus
on the needs of
the people."

Dr Bernard

Very concerned. And so yes,
the response has been very
positive. Now other people
have gotten positive respons-
es too and everybody can't
win," he quipped.

However the doctor did
stress concern over the level
of transparency there will be
at the party's upcoming con-
vention, stating that he would
like to see an amendment
added to the party's constitu-
tion ensuring that all mem-
bers of the party - not only
stalwarts or super delegates -
will be allowed to vote.
"I would like to see an open



Cheers and applause

launches leadership




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The price of inaction on the environment

NEW YORK - News comes fast and
furious, bringing new issues and con-
cerns daily or even hourly. Political
debates rage at home, troubling head-
lines come in from overseas - it's easy
to get caught up in all of it, especially if
the news is one's stock in trade.
And in a democracy, of course, it's
important for all of us to remain
informed about and involved in devel-
opments in domestic and international
events. But sometimes it's also important
to take a longer view.
"One generation passeth away, and
another generation cometh: but the
earth abideth forever," is what the Good
Book says.
In truth, a great deal of what we obsess
over today won't much be remembered
or matter in a few decades, much less a
hundred years. The damage we are
doing to this Earth, however, does have
the potential to reach far into the future
and greatly alter the lives of those gen-
erations to cometh. That's your grand-
children and mine, folks, and their kids
after them. Nevertheless, we hear pre-
cious little in the news these days about
the environment - except for global
climate change, about which we're doing
precious little.
One story that did seem to make an
impression this past summer concerned
a section of the Pacific Ocean - a patch
now twice the size of Texas - that is a
concentrated, toxic stew of plastics. Plas-
tics that, if the mere fact of this doesn't
concern you, are entering the food chain
on which we, humans, sit atop. There
was a week or so of concern and even
outrage about this, and people still bring
it up from time to time. But it's yet to
become a rallying cry for change in how
we treat the oceans from which life arose
and which sustain us still.
These would be the same oceans that,
according to National Geographic, have
been producing large blobs of disease-
carrying mucus: "marine nmcilLig -
clusters of dead and living organic mat-
ter that attract bacteria and viruses and

have been popping up in the Mediter-
ranean and Adriatic seas. They are
harmful to humans and fish and have
been increasing exponentially in recent
years. These would be the same oceans
that, according to report after report,
modern fishing techniques have cleaned
out to the point where all - all! - the
world's fisheries are in danger of col-
lapse by mid-century. The same oceans
where larger species such as tuna and
swordfish consumed so much mercury
that to eat them with regularity is to
openly court mercury poisoning.
Surely, you may be thinking, the
world's governments must be doing
something about all this. Well, they have.
In 2003, for example, 123 national sig-
natories to the U.N. Convention on Bio-
logical Diversity pledged to "achieve,
by 2010, a significant reduction of the
current rate of biodiversity loss at the
local, national and regional levels, as a
contribution to poverty alleviation and
to the benefit of all life on Earth." This
week, leading biodiversity experts meet-
ing in South Africa concluded that the
parties to this convention will fall far
short of the goals to which they com-
What is the price of inaction? The
answer, according to these same experts,
is that rates of extinction are dramati-
cally worse than even the most dire pre-
dictions of a few years ago.
We are gradually destroying the only
home we know, which is another way
of saying that we're gradually destroying
ourselves. The signs have become unmis-
takable, but our governments and our
other institutions, built to respond to
short-term needs to the practical exclu-
sion of all others, are doing little to noth-
The needs of the present are always
pressing, but it may be time to start
thinking and acting long term, before
it's too late to act at all.

(This article is by Dan Rather c.2009
Hearst Newspapers)

Where are the

watchmen for

the country?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

"If I shut up heaven that
there be no rain, or if I com-
mand the locusts to devour
the land, or if I send pesti-
lence among my people. If my
people, which are called by
my name, should humble
themselves and pray and seek
my face and turn from their
wicked ways, then will I hear
from heaven and forgive their
sins and will heal their land."
It sounds as though the
pestilence is among the peo-
ple and the heaven is shut up.
Are any pastors listening to
the voice of God."?
Where are the leaders of
these people, the leaders who
stand before the people every
Saturday and Sunday morn-
ing? Is their only concern
what they should eat and how
much tithes and offering and
how many anniversary gifts
they can receive or how many
politicians can come to church
on anniversary day or how
much Crown land they can
As I sat and watched the
news on TV recently I saw
where the prophet or the man
of God met with some of the
leaders of the land. According
to what I heard on the TV, it
was not what it should have
been. The men of God should
have been saying "thus said
the Lord", but instead they
were singing a different note.
This is why our country is
going the way it's going in a
tailspin. Everyday there is a
killing. Where are the lead-
ers of the churches? The
question is found in Haggai

2:3 "Who is left among you
that saw this country in her
first glory? And how do you
see it now? Is it not in our
eyes in comparison of it as
I am confident that the glo-
ry of this latter times shall be
greater than the former thus
said the Lord of Host and in
this place will I give peace.
Peace will come if the lead-
ers of the various denomina-
tions will come together and
call a massive prayer and fast-
If they really care, should
not the Christian Council call
an open-air prayer meeting at
least 10 nights that is, each
night on a different park in
the different areas. Do we
really want to pull down
strong holds? Let's look at
what's destroying our coun-
try. We have the sicknesses
of cancer, AIDS, sugar, high
blood pressure, bad stress and
now crime. These are things
that are affecting every man,
woman, boy and girl. Can't
the leaders of these churches
see what's going on or are you
waiting for the politician to
call the prayer meeting?
How do you think we got
this far? It's because of the
prayer warriors and interces-
sors in our land and the great
prophets such as R E Cooper
Sr, Rev H W Brown, Rev Dr
John E Cleare, Rev Dr A S
Colebrooke, just to name a

few. These men stood in the
rain and in the draft from
park to park helping to pull
down the strongholds of the
devil. It's time for us to get
out of our air conditioned
churches and call a solemn
fast and massive prayer meet-
ing just as Esther did in chap-
ter 4 :15-17.
I call on Baptist, Church Of
God, Anglicans, Catholics,
Adventist and every other
church denomination that
represents and believes in the
name of Christ to rise up and
join hands. Powerful things
happen when we are all on
one accord. Unity brings
I am for capital punish-
ment, but why cry and call for
that when we have a greater
weapon, which is not carnal. 2
Corinthian 10:4 states, "for
the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal but mighty
through God to the pulling
down of strongholds." There
are many good men and
women willing to help step up
to the plate and pray. Too
many families are getting
Pastors, let us stop the town
meetings and have some
prayer meetings on the parks
where everyone can come as
they are. The politicians call
the most rally when they want
to. Why can't we as children
of the Most High God call our
nights of prayer? Let's take
the church to where the peo-
ple live.

September 28, 2009.

Every Bahamian should support marital rape law

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Ever since the government
proposed an amendment to
the marital rape law I've
watched with incredulity the
range of discussion back and
forth on the issue and,
frankly, the ignorance por-
trayed by so many people
who stand against the amend-
ment is astounding. As a mar-
ried Bahamian man I am
embarrassed that so many of
my fellow citizens can be so
easily led down the path of
For religious leaders in this
country to publicly stand
against a law that protects a
woman from sexual abuse at
the hands of her husband is
unbelievable. In fact, it makes
one wonder whether many of
these men are running scared
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law is passed they'll no longer
be allowed to exercise their
misogynistic dominion over
their wives.
The fact of the matter is
that a wife claiming that her
husband raped her is no dif-
ferent than a girlfriend claim-
ing the same thing, or even a
woman accusing her male
friend. The man will not be
convicted without sufficient
evidence against him. An
accusation does not mean
instant imprisonment.
I've kept my mouth shut on
the issue thus far, but recent
letters published in the press
have forced me to respond.
Many of these letters
embody the rampant fallacies
surrounding this issue. The
various writers seem to
believe that the passing of this
law will increase promiscuity
and infidelity among Bahami-

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an men, and destroy the
"sanctity" of marriage.
According to many of the
letter writers, if a man comes
home from work and requires
sex and if his wife doesn't give
it to him, then the man will
immediately go out and find
somebody else to have sex
with. The blame, of course,
falls on the wife who was
spiteful and only refused sex
because the couple had an
argument. Apparently a wife
not being in the mood for
lovemaking isn't reason
enough to refuse sex. Is that
all it takes? Is it considered
the wife's fault that her hus-
band cheats on her because
she didn't want sex at the
same time he did (which,
apparently, is spiteful behav-
iour)? If a man really feels
this way then his marriage is
already in trouble, and no
marital rape law is going to
exacerbate the problem.
The country is already bat-
tling with issues of infidelity,
promiscuity and the decay of
marriage. "Sweethearting"
is rampant and, worst of all,
socially accepted. The num-
ber of children growing up
without fathers is increasing
year after year, and in turn is
helping to cause our crime
rate to spiral out of control
due to a lack of proper male
role models in their lives. No
amendment to a law is going
to cause an increase in these
problems - we've already
been facing them for years,
and our religious leadership
is mostly staying quiet.
Simply put, good men who
treat their wives with love and
respect needn't fear any mar-
ital rape law.
And those men who do not
treat their spouse respectfully
should fear this law because
what they are doing to the
person they are supposed to
love and cherish most in this
world is disgusting and should
not be tolerated in any mod-
ern society.
It comes down to a matter
of love and respect.
If men in this country truly
loved and respected their
wives, girlfriends and friends,
there would be no need for
this law.
Unfortunately, we do need
it, and nobody who considers
him or herself to be a moral
human being should oppose

October 14, 2009.



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Disappointment at the refusal to

release Detention Centre reports

Amnesty International hopes govt will reconsider decision


HUMAN rights activists,
organizations and members of
the public say they are disap-
pointed by Minister of State for
Immigration Branville McCart-
ney's refusal to release reports
on the Carmichael Road
Detention Centre.
Despite repeated allegations
of beatings, torture, squalid liv-
ing conditions and sexual abuse
- most of which surfaced before
Mr McCartney's tenure - the
truth about the facility contin-
ues to be veiled in secrecy with
Immigration authorities deny-
ing any malpractice.
Those who have been wait-
ing for more than six months
for the government to release
the report, compiled by a team
of psychologists and sociolo-
gists, say that although the min-
ister's decision did not come as
a surprise, they are saddened
by confirmation that the latest
inquiry into conditions at the
centre will not see the light of
An Amnesty International
representative said: "Amnesty
International continues to be
concerned about the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre and the incidents of
reported abuse and mistreat-
ment of detainees there. We
are likewise disappointed to
hear that the long awaited
report will not be forthcoming
for the public to read and see
what their government is doing.
"We hope the government
will reconsider this decision and

The stories behind thenews
Officer: detainees were
subjected to horrific abuse
Allegaton about
C imhael Ro
Det nfonCen

THE TRIBUNE has covered
allegations of abuse and poor
conditions at the centre.

release to the public the reports
so they can make up their own
mind as to how detainees are
being treated."
Attorney and aspiring PLP
leader Paul Moss believes Mr
McCartney's decision is indica-
tive of the mentality of the cur-
rent government, which he feels
has no interest in transparency
or accountability - two things
Mr McCartney pledged to the
public in his 2007 party mani-
"He is simply a regular politi-
cian who has been entrapped
in the old ways of doing busi-
ness," Mr Moss said. "He's only
interested in keeping a lid on
anything that is possibly explo-

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham encouraged persons consid-
ering entering the public service
to be honest and corruption free.
He made this statement yester-
day in the House of Assembly as
he welcomed members of Youth
Parliament who were present in
the gallery.
"Public service is a great endeav-
or to undertake. The leader of the
opposition and myself came here in
1977 and we are the two longest
serving members of the House hav-
ing been elected on seven consec- PRIME
utive occasions. Hubert
". It's not a place to become
rich, even though some people
here do become rich. Like in society, there
are good people and there are bad people.
There are honest people and there are dis-
honest people, ethical people and unethical
people. But what you've got to do is ensure
when you are in public service, do your job,
play honestly, ensure that no one can point a


sive to his government when in
fact his concern ought to be
that he does the best for his
The fact that the minister's
refusal to release the report
stems from his displeasure with
The Tribune's coverage of the
allegations of abuse and poor
conditions at the centre has left
concerned citizens feeling
cheated and dissatisfied with
the government, Mr Moss said.
He added: "Personalities
and personal vendettas have no
place in public life.
"Your job is supposed to be
for the benefit of all Bahamians
and you ought to recognize that
you are to be up front and
truthful with the access that is
requested and also needed.
"I think that we have prac-
ticed this kind of politics for
too long and I would have
thought that Branville McCart-
ney would have been someone
who is absolutely not interested
in that kind of politics existing
anymore in this country."
Meanwhile, president of the
United Association of Haitians
in the Bahamas Rev Dr
Antoine St Louis said that in
the face of the government's
unexplained refusal to release
the report, it can only be
deduced that the allegations
hold truth.
He told The Tribune: "If Mr
McCartney said he would pub-
licise it, he needs to publicise it
and let the public know what's
going on.
"Their refusal would simply
mean what was said is true."

finger in your face at any time
and say 'I bribed him or gave
him kick-back'.
"And you can say what you
like, you can be like me, tell any-
body what you like and they can
tell me what they like. But one
thing they cannot tell me is that
'You are a crook, you are dis-
honest," said Mr Ingraham.
During yesterday's session,
parliamentarians debated and
passed four bills: A Bill for an
Act to Amend the Registrar
nINISTER General Act; A Bill for an Act to
ngraham Amend the Magistrate's Act; A
Bill for an Act to Amend the
Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollu-
tion) Act so as to Implement the Interna-
tional Convention on Civil Liability for
Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 and for
connected purposes; and a Bill for an Act to
Amend the Criminal Justice (International
Co-Operation) Act.
The House resumes on October, 26.

Hands for Hunger marks World Food

Day with 100,000 meals and counting

a local non-profit food res-
cue programme committed
to eliminating unnecessary
hunger in our community is
marking World Food Day by
having provided 100,000-plus
"It is important to realise
that hunger in our commu-
nity existed before the glob-
al financial crisis, and
although some project the
economy is beginning to
show signs of promise, many
who were and have become
reliant on food assistance
continue to need our sup-
port," says Ashley Lepine,
executive director of Hands
For Hunger. "Hands for
Hunger is committed to stay-
ing focused on keeping the
organisation's goal direct,
simple and clear: eliminating
unnecessary hunger in the
Hands For Hunger picks
up food from a variety of
hotels, grocers, wholesalers
and farms that would have
otherwise gone to waste and
delivers this food to centres
across New Providence.
Since putting its first truck
on the road this March,
Hands For Hunger has been
able to redistribute more
than 100,000 lbs of food
which is the equivalent to
100,000 meals.
Recently, an increase in
food donor partnerships has
created the need for a sec-
ond route and now two
refrigerated trucks will be
delivering more food to

more of those who need it
Hands For Hunger was
founded by a group of
Bahamian student leaders in
early 2008, who are commit-
ted to making a difference
in the world. The organisa-
tion is a registered not for
profit charity that relies on
donations from community
groups, foundations, corpo-
rations and the general pub-
They are led by a volun-
teer board of directors and
supported by hundreds of
dedicated volunteers.
According to the Food and
Agriculture Organisation of
the United Nations (FAO),
"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."
FAO, the leading entity
representing international
efforts to aid and defeat
unnecessary hunger annual-
ly, declares October 16 Inter-
national Food Day.
To mark the occasion,
there will be a candlelight
vigil at Arawak Cay tonight
beginning at 6.30pm.

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Obama richly deserved Nobel Peace Prize


Barack Obama is
the outward mani-
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desire of the American elec-
torate to walk a different path
in world affairs ad return
America back to the realm of
civilised nations. Although his
presidential reign is young, Mr
Obama's selection as a Nobel
Peace Prize laureate is merit-
ed and well deserved.

Indeed, in accordance with
dictates of Alfred Nobel, the
Swede who established the
prize in 1895, the Nobel jury's
choice of Mr Obama is war-
ranted as he has, thus far, led
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the world and moving America
from the negative image it
acquired from the Bush admin-
istration's unilateralist approach
that thought of the UN as a rel-
ic of the past, showed contempt
for the orderly ways that civi-
lized governments approached
war and resorted to preemp-
tive "shock and awe" strikes
and essentially adopted a "my
way or the highway" approach
when dealing with other
In the short period of time
that he has been president, he
has already begun the conclu-
sion of the Iraq incursion with
the draw down of combat
troops, encouraged dialogue
with North Korea and Iran
about their nuclear arma-
ment/ambitions, has agreed to
send additional troops to
Afghanistan to crush the Tal-
iban and al-Qaeda in pursuit of
peace, reached out to Muslim
nations in order to reduce hos-
tilities and resolve conflicts,
demonstrated a new approach
by the US to addressing climate
change and has jump started
and renewed interest in devel-
oping international accords
aimed at reducing and eradi-
cating nuclear weapons.
Hopefully, this also speaks
to a reduction in America's
nuclear arms.
To be sure, Obama has tried
to advance the cause of peace.
His speech in Cairo in June
attempted to address the short-
comings of the Muslim world
and America, and was viewed
as a first step towards reconcil-
iation. Obama has committed
his administration to advanc-
ing Arab-Israeli peace from his
first days in office.
One can argue he has tried to
end a war, as he has begun to
draw down combat troops from
Iraq. And as the Nobel com-
mittee noted particularly, he
has attempted to reinvigorate
international agreements lim-
iting nuclear weapons.
It amazes me how everything
surrounding this man of late -
someone who has galvanized
the world towards greater coop-
eration and diplomacy and is
seen as an international pace-
setter - is being attacked and
criticised by political rivals, talk-
ing heads and persons whose
fervent wish is to see him fail!
Now, the peace prize has set
off a war of words between his
1 Committee and those detrac-
tors whose jealousy, obstruc-
tionist desires, inherent and/or
hardly disguised prejudices and
zeal to see him fail clouds any
form of objective thought and
hinders them from even being
able to congratulate him for
such an award or even offer
constructive criticism that does-
n't amount to hate-mongering.
Sadly, there are some critics
who have even latched on to
his efforts to bring the 2016


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unjustly and frivolously criti-
cised him for even this noble
gesture when the world body
that decides upon the site of
these games decided otherwise
(in favour of Brazil).


Since the Bush Administra-
tion, Obama has been a fresh
air on the landscape of Ameri-
can/World politics.
Some of his merits/accom-
plishments range from being a
young man who pulled himself
up by the bootstraps and
worked his way through school
while leading prominent school
organizations, refusing to take
the high paying jobs but instead
choosing to serve his commu-
nity; using a united message to
not only defeat forces within
his own party to become the
Democratic presidential nomi-
nee but also to inspire billions
and achieve what was once said
to be the impossible and
become the first black Ameri-
can president; galvanizing the
world community during his
campaign and today having
reduced tensions around the
globe via his diplomacy and
international outreach pro-
grammes, as well as having a
global mindset that has shown
respect for other people's cul-
tures; helping to restore the
once lost trust and respect in
the UN, an organization that
the reckless Bush administra-
tion rode roughshod over;
addressing the internal crisis in
the US by seeking to revamp
the economy, pass an all inclu-
sive health care bill that gives
all Americans some form of
healthcare , developing a new
approach to schools and edu-
cation in America, and so on.
The Obama Administration
has accepted the need for dia-
logue and for radical change in
American foreign policy; there-
fore, it appears that the Nobel
Prize committee is seeking to
recognize a trend in world
affairs that must be encouraged.
Although there is a danger
when such a prize is seen to be
given too early, that is, if a per-
son turns out to be a warmon-
ger, I doubt that Mr Obama
will take such a dark path.
Frankly, the peace prize is a
seal of approval of President
Obama's award highlights
the significance of his adminis-
tration's return to a much more
civilised way of conducting
international diplomacy.
Mr Obama is a young Presi-
dent, who has inspired the
world and shown men and
women of color that they too
can reach the pinnacle of public
office, particularly in a pre-
dominantly white country.
While some appear to think
that he can turn water into
wine, he has only been in office
since February and has been
confronted with a plethora of

freedom fighters and members
of the civil rights movement
who came before him and, in
some instances, died in their
pursuit of equality and peace.
Frankly, such an award
should be bestowed posthu-
mously on Rosa Parks, Mahat-
mi Gandhi and Marcus Garvey.
As he would have himself
noted in his acceptance speech
of the Nobel Peace Prize, Pres-
ident Obama is the material-
ization of the American elec-
torate's yearning to return
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Ivoine Ingraham (pictured), the social
activist and a contender for the FNM
chairmanship during the governing party's
upcoming convention, has spoken out about
the "cowardice" shown by sitting Members of
Parliament and others in the PLP hierarchy
who have thus far shied away from launching a
full-frontal challenge of former PM Perry Christie during their
next convention next week.
"Those persons running for deputy are only doing so because
they are afraid out of their wits of challenging Christie. They
seem to be pure cowards and this is a sampling of the kind of
men at the fore of local politics. They don't really want to be
deputy, but they will go for it while hoping that Mr Christie
walks away or dies - otherwise, he will lead forever," Mr
Ingraham said.
He went on: "The deputy leadership is a disguise - it appears
that they don't have the balls to say they want the leadership for
fear of being ostracized by Mr Christie. Anyone who openly
challenged the leadership was cut down and banished to Siberia
from the time of Pindling, with their families having t endure
great hardship. They are hiding behind the deputy moniker."
As it relates to Jerome Fitzgerald, a newcomer and PLP sen-
ator, Mr Ingraham said: "Mr Fitzgerald just saw an opening, an
opportunity while the PLP is in its weakest state." Frankly,
the outspoken challenger did not qualify Mr Fitzgerald as being
a worthy candidate. The challenger for the FNM chairman-
ship asserts that the "only real man" in the leadership race is
Paul Moss because he was "man enough" to respectfully write
Mr Christie and openly challenge him. When asked about the
downside of Mr Moss's campaign, such as his recent joining of
the PLP and his failure to have even secured a nomination
thus far, Mr Ingraham likened it to the arrival of current Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham's entry into the FNM, stating that
"Mr Ingraham came in, and he came as leader-he wasn't in for
five seconds before doing so, so there's no excuse why not."
However, contrary to the chairmanship candidate's asser-
tion, Paul Moss is rather disadvantaged and PM Ingraham's
ascension to leadership are hardly parallel. Moreover, the polit-
ical heavyweights within the FNM lured PM Ingraham in
because they knew that he was their only hope of electoral
victory in 1992 and that he was a seasoned politician who had
repeatedly won his seat and had previously served in leadership
positions - eg, PLP chairman and government minister.
"Christie's votes will be split up in many ways, in spite of the
fact that he has stacked the deck with stalwart councilors. He is
not hearing the rumblings as there is serious disquiet about his
leadership, plus he is getting old. And, what is his present med-
ical state? Mr Christie's belief that he's the best causes him to
be blinded and not to listen to the wise in his party, thinking that
he's better and smarter and that people would vote for him just
because he thinks that way," he said, laughingly.
Mr Ingraham continued: "Mr Christie is his own greatest
enemy. He will not listen to Michael Jackson who said and
showed that if he wanted to make the world a better place he,
like Mr Christie, had to look for the man in the mirror. However,
it seems that Mr Christie just doesn't get it, he's not seeing the
man in the mirror and hearing the calls."
With Mr Ingraham in the FNM's chairmanship race in
November, I have no doubt that the race will be quite colourful
and hotly contested.

problems since day one.
What more, pray tell, do the
naysayers expect from this man
in such a short period of time?
These days are truly the age of
political knuckleheads who take
every opportunity to criticize
merely for the sake of criticism
and perceived political mileage.
Indeed, Mr Obama being
bestowed with such an award
may be seen as premature in
the sense that he is a new pres-
ident and yet has a long way to
go in the first term of a poten-
tial two-term presidency-how-
ever, it is really a prize to be
shared with the electorate, an
award to be shared with the




Police rapped for excluding robbery

of tourists from daily crime report

READERS who took part in's Bahamas Police Force as effective. Never have, ** .
atest poll overwhelmingly criticised the police never will." According to Lady B however, while

for failing to notify the public of the robbery of 11
tourists earlier this week.
The robbery was excluded from the daily crime
report, but The Tribune learned of it from an
eye witness. Yesterday's poll asked whether the
police were right to keep the incident to them-
Of the 126 people who voted, only 18 agreed
that "This is a tourist destination and such things
should not be front page news".
The rest said that both tourists and the public
have a right to know what is going on.
Several readers also commented on the poll,
including "Foreign National", who wrote: "I was
appalled and deeply disturbed that this incident
occurred on a Sunday morning in broad daylight
in an area frequented by so many visitors to Nas-
sau. "It is even more appalling that the Royal
Bahamas Police Force somehow managed to
keep it out of the press for as long as they did.
"New York City had a major reduction in
crime when the city's police commissioner placed
hundreds and hundreds of 'beat cops' on street
corners and on bicycles in key areas throughout
the downtown core.
"I see far too many police officers in Nassau
cruising around in their cars with the windows
rolled up and the music blaring. They don't even
look like they are working. It looks more like a
Sunday drive to me. I don't view the Royal

the public and visitors need to know the state of
crime in any country, in order to "avoid a panic"
all crimes should not be made public.
"People would be afraid to go outside and
worse, people would be afraid to visit the
Bahamas. I am sure that when my friends and I
were held up during the thanksgiving weekend in
Fort Lauderdale, and everything down to our
passports were taken, it really did not make head-
lines or a spot in the daily news paper.
"While it was not eleven of us we still experi-
enced a loss and yet that did not and will stop
Bahamians for visiting Fort Lauderdale or force
us to check the crime status before we travel. I
went back just this summer and it was business as
usual but with caution.
"Crime is crime no matter where it happens
and we need to be responsible in how we put
the information out there; we cannot just report
every incident - soon we will not have any body
interested in coming here . . . then what?
"I am in no way suggesting that matters be
covered up and not addressed but incidents like
this should be addressed by the police depart-
ment and the Ministry of Tourism. In the area
where the incident occurred, they should increase
police presence and publish suggested sites and
scenes to visit while here in New Providence or
anywhere in the Bahamas that would be deemed

THE 11 TOURISTS were robbed
at the 66 steps (above) a popular
historical landmark in Nassau.

Inner Wheel to host breast

cancer awareness meeting
IN honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the
Inner Wheel Club of East Nassau is holding a special din-
ner meeting on Tuesday, October 27 at the Nassau Yacht
The 7pm mnLclinm. which is devoted to breast cancer
awareness and the findings of research conducted in the
Bahamas, will be open to the public.
Dr John Lunn will share the latest breast cancer
research findings and also speak about breast cancer
warning signs and prevention. Another guest speaker
will discuss the new vaccine for the prevention of cervi-
cal cancer.
"Unfortunately, the Bahamas has an unusually high
rate of breast cancer and our club is committed to con-
tinuing our efforts on creating awareness," said Heather
Peterson, president of the Inner Wheel Club of East
Nassau. "We are so pleased that Dr Lunn has agreed to
speak once again to our membership and guests about
this important topic and we encourage anyone interest-
ed to attend."
There will be a raffle with prizes devoted to breast
cancer awareness including two free mammograms spon-
sored by Doctor's Hospital.
Interested persons should RSVP with Heather Peter-
son by October 22 on 393-8630 or heather@coldwell-
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charitable organisation affiliated with Rotary.

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Legislators consider
proposal to charge
for beach access
can Republic
LEGISLATORS are consid-
ering charging for access to
beaches amid an ongoing debate
about who can use the country's
highly sought-after natural
resources, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Tourists older than 12 would
pay almost $1 - and residents
about half that - under a pro-
posal by legislator Eugenio
Cedeno, who says the money
would help keep beaches clean.
Those who refuse to pay
would be fined $150 or spend
anywhere from five days to two
years in prison. Foreigners also
could face deportation.Legisla-
tors ordered a committee to
review the proposal on Wednes-
day. The proposal comes days
after lawmakers approved a con-
stitutional amendment allowing
private property owners to block
access to their land along coasts
and rivers - despite protests
from Dominicans.
Before the amendment, there
was no law that protected the
rights of property owners, legis-
lators said.
The country's main attraction
is its white-sand beaches and
turquoise waters along the east
coast, where dozens of celebrities
homes and exclusive resorts have
claimed vast amounts of water-
front property.

Nottage resigns as

PLP battle heats up

FROM page one

nously "Obviously, I have to
take whatever steps I have to
On whether or not he will
be vying to retain his hold as
leader of the PLP, Mr Christie
said: "I will be offering for the
leadership of the Progressive
Liberal Party and there is no
doubt in my mind that I will
take the party to the next gen-
eral election."
Mr Christie said he was
informed "some time ago"
that the member for Bain and
Grants Town intended to
challenge him as leader of the
PLP at the party's convention
next week, and received writ-
ten confirmation of Dr Not-
tage's intent at 10.30 am yes-
terday - 30 minutes before Dr
Nottage was slated to publicly
announce his leadership bid.
He said under the circum-
stances "it was my desire he
would vacate the position".

PLP leader Christie
said: "I will be offering
for the leadership of the
Progressive Liberal Par-
ty and there is no doubt
in my mind that I will
take the party to the
next general election."

The Tribune understands
that Dr Nottage chose to
resign as leader of Opposition
Business because he was
appointed to the post by Mr
Christie - the man he is trying
to unseat.
"Mr Speaker. Effective
immediately I have taken
responsibility for Opposition
business in the House of
Assembly - pending my for-
mal notification of the person
who (I will) designate to take

that position - I have accepted
Dr Nottage's resignation from
that position," Mr Christie
told Parliament, eliciting an
audible reaction from gov-
ernment's side.
"Mr Speaker, as members
are aware the Progressive
Liberal Party will be going to
convention next week from
Wednesday ending on Friday.
It has some major constitu-
tional implications in so far
as the position that I hold as

the leader of this excellent
party, I'm advised, I was
advised some time ago that
the member had elected to
contest.. .But this morning at
10.30 I received the written
communication from the
member from Bain and
Grants Town indicating that
he intends to contest the posi-
tion of leader of the Progres-
sive Liberal Party.
"And in the circumstances
he indicated that it was my
desire he would vacate the
position, it is my desire, and I
have so indicated to the
House that effective immedi-
ately for the purposes of the
co-ordination of Opposition
business I would wish to
inform the House that I have
now assumed that responsi-
bility. And I would also con-
firm that at this time next
week, one week from this
moment, the elections will
take place.
( and of course in accor-
dance with all of those powers

that are vested in the leader
of the Progressive Liberal
"I would like to take this
opportunity to thank Dr Not-
tage, I beg your pardon the
member for Bain and Grants
Town, for his assiduous appli-
cation to the task of this
house and working effective-
ly and efficiently with the
leader of government busi-
"This is a decision he has
obviously made of major pro-
portions and I wish him well
in all his endeavours," said
Mr Christie, who remained
relatively composed through-
out this address.
"He served the opposition
party well, I'd like to thank
him as the leader of the
Opposition and have full con-
fidence in his leadership and
now accept. that he has decid-
ed on another course," said
Mr Christie.




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Prime Minister

pokes fun at

the Opposition

FROM page one

Christie will remain in his
post when the House meets
again, a week after the
PLP's convention. An epic
showdown is expected
between Mr Christie and
PLP MP for Bain and
Grants Town Dr Bernard
Nottage for the leadership
Newcomer Paul Moss, an
attorney who has never held
public office, also plans to
challenge Mr Christie for
the PLP's top post.
"Today I'm not going to
be certain that you are who
you are until after your con-
vention. And you are now
in (a) position where your
position is being threatened
and challenged from left,
right and centre," Mr Ingra-
ham joked.
The Prime Minister added
that the current Progressive
Liberal Party is not the well-
structured party it once was.
"The party that you and I
joined years ago, the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party, was a
party of order. In 56 years it
has only had three leaders.
The first leader H M Tay-
lor, when the party decided
it wanted to be rid of him, it
did say that (and) he went
along and joined the UBP.
And then it elected Sir Lyn-
den Pindling, he stayed until
his demise and before he left
he willed the party to you
(Perry Christie)."
He also suggested that
Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell
and West End and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchombe were
appointed to the Senate by
Mr Christie at the behest of
an ailing Sir Lynden Pin-
"You (referring to Mr
Christie) had no intention
of making either Fred
Mitchell or Obie Wilchombe
a senator.
"He (Sir Lynden) filled
those two seats when he got
you elected, so when you
became leader you only had
two appointments to make
because the other appoint-
ments had been dealt with
up at the hospital in Balti-
more, Maryland, where
West End and Bimini took
Fox Hill on that man's sick
bed and made an appeal
which you had to honour.
"Now having been given
this great request by the
leader it is your job to hold
on to it, not let it go - he
gave you all the tools. He
gave you an arsenal for
order over this country to
bring them together, crush

"Today I'm
not going to be
certain that you
are who you are
until after your
And you are
now in (a)
position where
your position
is being
threatened and
challenged from
left, right and

Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham

them. It's an insurrection,"
said the nation's chief.
Mr Ingraham also raised
questions regarding the lev-
el of transparency and
accountability in the PLP's
internal election process.
"Political parties some-
times have broad based par-
ticipation from members,
political parties, the FNM
being an exception - we're
not as bad as you are - has
fewer people who are not
"You have a substantial
number of people who are
not elected by party sup-
"So it will interesting to
see what the outcome of the
process is," he said.
As he officially
announced his intent to run
against Mr Christie for the
party's highest post, Dr Not-
tage also noted similar wor-
He said he would like to
see an amendment added to
the party's constitution
ensuring that all financial
members of the party - not
only the stalwarts or super
delegates - be allowed to
vote for the offices of the
"I would like to see an
open party where you
belong to a party, you pay
your dues regularly, you are
on a list, and when an elec-
tion is held everybody who
is a member can vote. And
the election not be conduct-
ed by sitting officers who are
also challenging in the elec-
tion," he said.






Knowles, Bhupathi advance to semis

Senior Sports Reporter

SO far so good with the reunion of
Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi.
The Bahamian-Indian combo, who
are playing together for the first time
since they lost in the final of the US
Open in August, won the two tie-
breakers in their first two matches at
the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000.
But the No.3 seeds are the highest
ranked team left in the semifinal. They
are slated to play the French team of
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Julien Ben-
neteau, who upset the top seeded
team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad
Zimonjic in the quarterfinal.
Yesterday, Knowles and Bhupathi
stayed alive as they won 4-6, 6-3 and

Vixens knock

off Cougars,


defeat Saints

THE New Providence Vol-
leyball Association (NPVA)
had a double header on
Wednesday night.
The Scottsdale Vixens
knocked off the young
Cougars 25-9, 25-8 and 25-15.
Jackie Conyers was the lead-
ing scorer with nine kills and
five aces for the win.
Terae Sweeting led the
Cougars with three kills and
two blocks.
And in the men's game, it
took the Intruders three
straight sets to win over the
youthful Saints, 25-9, 25-16
and 25-15. Glen Rolle was the
leading scorer for the Intrud-
ers with 10 points.
Gabi Laurent led the Saints
with seven points.


THE Anglican Dioce-
se's 4th Annual "Just
Bring It" Track & Field
Meet is scheduled to be
held 9am Saturday at the
Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium.


THE New Providence
Volleyball Association is
scheduled to continue its
regular season tonight at
the DW Davis Gymnasi-
um with a double header
on tap.
In the women's opener,
the Lady Truckers are slat-
ed to face the Lady Hor-
nets at 7:30 pm.
In the men's feature
contest, the Technicians
will battle the Champions.

THE College of the
Bahamas Caribs women's
volleyball team is sched-
uled to play a pair of
games this weekend in
Miami, Florida.
The Caribs, coached by
Jenny Isaacs-Dotson and
Core Hepburn, is slated to
play St Thomas University
at 7pm Friday. Then on
Saturday, the Caribs are
set to play Florida Memo-
rial University at noon.

THE 5k open water
swim race is set for 10am
Saturday, starting from
Old Fort Bay. The
entrance to the race site is
at the main gate off from
the round-a-bout.


10-5 over the No.8 seeded team of
Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Oliver
Marach of Austria.
"It felt good. We've playing good
tennis," said Knowles in an interview
with The Tribune yesterday from his
hotel room. "We had two good wins
so far. So it's good to be in the semis.
"We know it's going to be a tough
match against Benneteau and Tsonga,
but we're playing great and we're
looking forward to playing it."
The match was played earlier today
(China is 12 hours ahead), but the
results were not available up to press
time last night.
Going into the match, said Knowles
coming off last week's China Open

where he and American Andy Rod-
dick got to the final: "I'm playing well
and Mahesh has rebounded well from
his injury so far.
"So we're feeling very well and
we're playing very well. We just have
to go out and execute tomorrow
Knowles remembered how he and
Bhupathi lost to Benneteau and
Tsonga in a tough three-setter in Mia-
mi, Florida, earlier this year.
Hopefully there won't be an encore.
"It's going to be a tough match for
us, but one that we hope to win," he
Not taking anything away from their
opponents, Knowles said after they
knocked off the Nestor/Zimonjic com-
bo and the No.2 seeds American iden-
tical twin brothers Bob and Mike

Bryan were also ousted in the quarter-
finals, the door is left wide open for
him and Bhupathi.
"We just have to worry about our
next opponents," he pointed out.
"Everybody is tough at this point.
Obviously with the number one and
two teams not in there, it gives us a lot
of confidence to go out there and win
the tournament."
Coming off the groin injury that
prevented him from playing with
Knowles in the China Open last week
in Beijing, Knowles said Bhupathi
looks well-rested and ready to com-
"That's a great sign," he insisted.
But having been down this road
before, Knowles said there's not much
time for celebration until they emerge
as champions.




. ... "

'GOLDEN GIRLS' Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (left) and Chandra Sturrup share a special moment with Tommy Robinson...

'Golden girls' honour sports icon

Senior Sports Reporter

f Golden girls' Debbie Fergu-
son-McKenzie and Chandra
Sturrup, back home after their
whirlwind season on the inter-
national scene, took the time
out yesterday to honour the legendary
Tommy Robinson.
The duo joined Robinson as they
were hosted to a special assembly at St
Anne's School which held its annual
Cultural Day under the theme "Cele-
brating Our Heritage."
Vice president Curt Hollingsworth,
president of the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations
(BAAA), said he was pleased to have
the track and field contingent at St
"This is a historical moment for us
here at St Anne's School," said
Hollingsworth, who treated the con-
tingent to breakfast at the conclusion
of the assembly. "It's fitting to recog-
nise these heroes that we have here at
Bluewaves country."
The contingent also included Dean-
za Burrows, who was Robinson's
coach. Burrows brought a bronze
model of the pair of shoes that Robin-
son wore during his illustrious career
for the student body to see.
"We go back. We're family from St
Matthew's Anglican Church," said
Burrows, who coached Robinson
from 1954-1970 before he was kicked
out of the BAAA.
"He's my brother and that ain't just
today. Tommy and I always used to be
Robinson, the first Bahamian track
and field athlete to compete at the
Olympic Games, said he was delight-
ed to be able to share the moment
with the future generation of the
Battling cancer, Robinson said it's
always a pleasure of his to be around
the 'golden girls' because they "bring
a lot of vitality and enthusiasm and
youth to me."
"It's always good to have them
around and I'm always glad when they
can motivate the young people. I love

TOMMY ROBINSON speaks at the special
assembly. A bronze model of the shoes he
wore during his career can be seen...
Photos by Stanley Mitchell

Sturrup said she was honoured to
be in the presence of the legend,
whom she felt really hasn't gotten the
recognition that he so rightfully
"I've learnt a lot about him today,"
said Sturrup, who was in awe of his
achievements. "It's not everyday that
you get an athlete of his era and his
coach together at the same time. So I
was really honoured to be here at this
particular time."
Having lost her mother to cancer,
Sturrup said she knows how difficult it
must be on Robinson with his medical
expenses and she will be quite willing
to assist in whatever fund-raising
event is planned.
"People might think that because
you're such a person, you have all
that funds," she said. "But no one can
be ready for such an event as an ill-
ness. It's very expensive."
Ferguson-McKenzie, coming off her
best track and field season in quite
some time, hailed Robinson as the
"pioneer," who made it possible for
her, Sturrup and the rest of the
Bahamian athletes to enjoy their suc-
cess today.
"Giving the kids an appreciation of
whence we came, I think the whole
day here was amazing," Ferguson-
McKenzie said. "I would not have
missed this for anything in the world."
Listing him as her "godfather," who
has gone beyond the call of duty to
assist her, Ferguson-McKenzie said
Robinson has made a tremendous

impact in her life.
"At this point, I feel obligated to
help assist him," said Ferguson-
McKenzie, who will be sitting on a
committee that is planning a Winter
Track Classic in December at the
Thomas A Robinson Track and Field
"We always talk about this person
being a hero, but when they are in
need of us, what are we going to do?"
she asked. "This could have been any-
body, but this is Mr Robinson and we
have to be here and support him.
"I think a lot of people see Mr
Robinson and they are like 'ah, Tom-
my has everything laid out for him,'
but it's not. He needs our help. So
hopefully we can do some things to
help him out."
During the assembly, Ferguson pre-
sented four of the "all-around stu-
dent-athletes" from St Anne's with
T-shirts and bags that she and Sturrup
received during their recent interna-
tional tours.
The list comprised of Kristia and
Dominique Collie, both of grade six,
Olrica Turnquest of grade 11 and
Zhivargo Thompson of grade 12.
Kristia Collie, 10, said she was very
thrilled to have met Ferguson-
McKenzie and Sturrup and for the
gifts she got. But she said she hopes
that through their presence, she can
"go on and achieve my dream of
being an Olympic athlete."
Zhivargo Thompson said the two
athletes really "inspired me to con-
tinue to strive towards excellence."
"I just have to focus on my dream,
work on my academics and never give
up and I know I will succeed."
And Olrica Turnquest said this has
encouraged her because now she
knows that "my work has not gone
"So I'm really pleased that they
were here today. They have taught
me that if I dream it and if I believe it,
I can achieve it. So I'm going to con-
tinue to dream, I'm going to continue
to believe and I know that I will
achieve it."
Tomorrow, Sturrup and Ferguson-
McKenzie are expected to put their
2009 season into perspective.






to start



St Bede's

Crushers to

take on Xavier's

Green Giants

on opening day

Senior Sports Reporter

AS the Catholic Diocesan
Primary Schools launches its
21st basketball league, the
organizers have gone back to
the old format of an extended
season with teams playing in a
home-and-away series.
League coordinator Patri-
cia Coakley said they are
looking forward to the open-
ing day on Monday when
defending champions St
Bede's Crushers are sched-
uled to take on the Xavier's
Green Giants.
The game is to be played
immediately following the
opening ceremonies at
Lawrence Hepburn, presi-
dent of the Bahamas Basket-
ball Federation, is expected
to deliver the keynote
Coakley said they have
decided to extend the sched-
ule this year because of the
popularity of the league and
the competitiveness of the
"I think it's going to be very
competitive again this year,"
Coakley said. "I'm sure that
St Bede's would wish to
repeat and St Cecilia's will
want to do well this year.
"But I'm sure that all of the
teams this year will be very
strong, so it's going to be very
difficult to determine just who
could win it this year."
St Bede's will return with
coaches Donnie Culmer and
Ricardo Freemantle. Their
offense will once again be
centered around Kyle "Flash"
Turnquest, who will head a
team that is equipped with a
few other graduating students.
Xavier's is coached by Nel-
son "Mandella" Joseph,
whose Giants have always
been a formidable foe against
the Crushers, which should
make for an exciting opener.
Other schools participating
are St Francis/Joseph Shock-
ers, coached by Val
Demeritte, St Cecilia's Strik-
ers, coached by Leo Delaney,
Our Lady's Blue Flames,
coached by Rohan Parkes and
the St Thomas More Sparks,
coached by N'Kumo Fergu-
When the tournament ini-
tially got started, St Bede's
dominated the first few years.
But in between, St
Francis/Joseph and St
Thomas More reigned
supreme until St Bede's
returned to the top of the
Now the question is, as the
league heads into the start of
a new decade, will one of the
other teams emerge to the
forefront or will the previous
champions reclaim their right-
ful spots?
Coakley said it's still a little
too early to say, but based on
what they have seen in recent
times, it's going to be a tough
battle as they march towards
the sudden death playoffs and
the best-of-three champi-
onship series in December.


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umn five weeks into the season
and not get fired (I think). I
have very good reasons for this:
i. I refused to write anything until the
Dolphins won a game
ii. There isn't much time in life for any-
thing else when you manage six fantasy
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Clermina Eligene Saintilnor
Saintel-homme, 48

a resident of Washington
Street, formerly of St Louis
du Nord,Haiti,who died on
21st September, 2009, will
be held at St Cecilia's
Catholic Church, 3rd & 4th
Street, Coconut Grove on
Saturday at 11am.
Officiating will be Rev Fr
Roland Vilfort S.M.M.
S".I Interment follows in
Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier
. Road.

Left to cherish her fondest memories are her husband,
Jeancius Saintellhomme; her father, Saintcharles
Euligene; four daughters, Loma Saintelhomme, Rosena
and Roseline Saintelhomme, Jessica Saintelhomme; two
sons, Jonel and Guinmpchy Saintelhomme; three step
daughters, Loudie Saintelhomme, Rachel Saintelhomme
and Bianca Saintelhomme; two step sons, Kelly and
Kenson Saintelhomme; one sister, Mrs Phelicien
Michelien; two brothers, Saint Louius Euligene and
Lucien Euligene; three brothers-in-law,
Esperans,Phelicien, St-ilien; two sisters-in-law, Cixcel
and Nou Nou; three grandchildren, Mikeandy, Marverda
and Sherlanda; nieces and nephews, Rose-Marie
Michelien, Cassandra Michelien, Saintfonie
Euligene,Yolna Pierre-Louis, Marianne Cadet, Natasha
Rufin, Jessie Rufin, Mr and Mrs D Rufin, Louiseanna,
Ketly Louis-Jean, Merlande Louis, and Manoucha Bien-
aimer, Sainterese Saintcharles, Rosette Massillan, Rore-
lamie Massillon, Charlene, Lovanie, T-melee Saintcharles,
Sherlanda Joseph, Bernadette Rufin, Jenny Dorestin,
Phelinor, Phelimond, Saint-eme, Saint-Rinor Charles,
Mike Rufin, Dalet, Renold, Winston and Arnold Pierre-
Louis,Daniel and Rodnell Cadet, Alex Louis-Jean, Joseph;
cousins, Medilia Cadet, Doussou Saintilnor, Chase, Yvose,
Aliyah, Sainmelfor Mesidor, Gelisma and Germaine
Louis-Jean, Madelia Dieunou; other relatives and friends
including, Widelane Austell, Maulande Merizier, Marie-
Guerda Verius, the Brave family, the Sama family, the
Cassie family, the Dorestin family, Shawn, Marvin, Steven
Maxsette, Ernest Louissaint, Our Lady's Church family,
the Rufin family and Washington Street family.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral
Home, Market Street from 10-6pm on Friday and on
Saturday at the church from 10am until service time.



Bold Prediction. Ladanian
Tomlinson will wake up early
Sunday morning, look down
at his feet and force himself to
wiggle his big toe (see Uma
Thurman post hospital scene
in Kill Bill). His toe will move,
he will remember how to use
his feet. He will remember
how to run. He will remember
the before time, the long long
ago, when he was a top flight
back, the premier rusher in
the league when he was held
in such high regard that he
stared in various Campell's
Chunky Soup commercials.
Either this happens or the
entire international media
bombards newsrooms with
"Holy Crap Kyle Orton is 6-0
stories." Seriously, have you
ever seen anything more
incredible than Kyle Orton,
a rookie running back, and a
rookie head coach leading an
undefeated team five weeks
into a season? There were
three people in the world that
saw this coming - Josh
McDaniels' parents and Bill
Simmons. Simmonsness is
next to godliness, but LDT in
his prime was next to no one
(Maybe Barry Sanders, Eric
Dickerson, Walter Pay- get the idea).


Harold Augustus Adderley, 86
Past Master of St Anthanasius Lodge #19

of Deadman's Cay, Long Island,
will be held on Saturday, October
17th, 2009 at 10:30amat St John's
Anglican Church in Buckleys.
Officiating will be Rev'd Fr Ernest .
Pratt, assisted by Rev'd Paulette
Cartwright. Interment will follow ,
in Deadman's Cay Public

Left to cherish his everlasting
memories are his loving wife of
sixty one years: Lorene Adderley;
6 sons: Albert, Bernard Sr., Curtis,
Patrick, & Philip Adderley,
Harold Johnson; 4 daughters:
Gwendolyn Thompson, Rosenia
Adderley, Gail & Edith
Turnquest; 19 grandsons:
Bernard Jr., Ryan, Patrick Jr.,
Curtis Jr., Raymond, Mickael, Harold, Loren, Terrell, Philip Jr., &
AkeemAdderley, Cherad Carroll, Const. 1895 Leroy Rolle Jr., Travis
Johnson, Andrew, Noel, Jeffery, Salis Jr., & Caden Turnquest; 21
granddaughters: Deatrice, Rosemary, Kia Patrice, Samara, Shelly
Larissa, Rechea, Philippa, Sharina, Shian, Phede, & Dianna Adderley,
Cherell Carroll, Kastacia Thompson, Janene Johnson, Lagloria &
Carolyn Burrows, Charity McHardy, Pamela & Ovina Turnquest,
Anita Gibson & Kayla Rolle; 1 sister: Emma Wells: 1 brother: Allan
Cartwright; 3 sisters-in-law: Beatrice & Grace Cartwright, Edna
Wells; 1 brother-in-law: Erskine Wells; 3 daughters-in-law: Ethel
Johnson,Ann & Stephanie Adderley; 3 sons-in-law: Keith Thompson,
Rexville Adderley, & Salis Turnquest; nephews: Vernon & Vandyke
Adderley, The Hon. Tennyson Wells, Charlie, Richard, Guildford,
Wayne & Kevin Wells, Allan Cartwright Jr., Tony Cartwright, Leslie
& Lynden Burrows; nieces: Anita Cooper, Debra Claridge, Erma
Smith, Cecelia Collins, Yvonne Adderley, Rosenia Pyfrom, Iris Pinder,
Angie Cartwright, Maud Bridgewater, Dorothy Treco, Maxine Richie,
Patsy Harding, Zealy Knowles, Petetuia, Juanita Francis Burrows,
Fayretta Tumquest, Angelina Turnquest, Dellarese Adderley, Shirley
Turnquest, & Marina Wells; adopted children: Clarence, Forrester,
Norris Carroll, Linda Major, Dian, Carolyn & Val Carroll; special
friends including: Joseph & Virgie Carroll, Carl & Effie Cartwright,
Annie Turnquest, Errington Watkins, Vincent Burrows, Iris Farquharson
& Family, Ruth Watkins & Family, Sybil McHardy & Family, Wade
Smith, Gerona Adderley, Lynn Wells, Louise Fox, Gretal Ford, Nora
Cartwright, Elias, Noah, Okell, Theresa, Joy, & Dolly Cartwright,
Douglas & Martin Turnquest, Keith Carroll, Waylen & Marvin
McCardy, Sherwin & Sherlock Turnquest, Nurse Pearline & Glenroy
Burrows, Wendall Cartwright, Mr. & Mrs. Delbert Cartwright, Millie
& Percy Taylor, Mr. Lawrence Cartwright, M.P., Ian Knowles, Mia
Lady, Anthony & Gigi Darville, James & Maria Watkins, Albena
Harding, Wadrick Burrows and Antonio McHardy, Staff of Deadman's
Cay Clinic, Dr. Forte's Clinic & Staff, St. Anthanasius Lodge #19,
The National Insurance Board, Water & Sewerage Corp., BTC, Ministry
Of Agriculture, and the entire Long Island especially the community
of Deadman's Cay and many others too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held at the church on Friday from 3pm until service
time Saturday.
Instead of flowers the family request that donations be sent to St
Anthanasius Anglican Church Building Fund.
Arrangements by Mount Olive Funeral Chapel, Long Island.

Bengals would be undefeated.
More impressively than any-
thing else. They ended the
"Hard Knocks" curse. HBO
has never featured a team on
"Hard Knocks" and have that
team go on to have a success-
ful season. The Bengals are
poised to do it because of one
phrase..." Chal Please." If the
next generation remembers
Ochocinco for anything, let it
be for the fact that he has
made it acceptable for mid-
dle aged white men to say
"Chal Please" on national


The Jets lost twice in a row
and sanity has finally returned
to every writer, analyst and
pundit in the world. Thank
God. Three weeks into the
season, we all knew Mark
Sanchez was the rookie of the
year and the next Joe Mon-
tana, we all knew Rex Ryan
was the coach of the year and
the next Bill Walsh, we all
knew the Jets Defense was
the most remarkable since the
'85 Bears, and we knew the
Jets were on their way to the
SuperBowl.Two weeks later,
after the Saints Drew Brees'd
them into the ground and the
Dolphins embarrassed New
York with the Wildcat, all is
once normal again and as a
Dolphin fan I can bask in the
fact that the J-E-T-S suck!
suck! suck! Off Topic...despite
the fact the Wildcat offence
has nothing to do with the
University of Kentucky,
somehow I feel connected to
this whole thing and take spe-
cial pleasure that the catalyst
of the Dolphins success is also
the mascot of my alma mat-
ter. I'm directly responsible
for the Dolphins winning.


Is it Thanksgiving already?
No one told me about this.
The last thing I remember is
watching Meet the Browns
and I feel asleep. Was it that
unfunny that I slept for two
months? Yes. Yes it was.


Two very good teams. Two
similar styles. Possible Super-
Bowl matchup. Here's what
separates them...the differ-
ence between Jay-Z and Lil
Wayne. The Ravens are like
Jay-Z: with them on the
schedule you know what
you're getting. The method's
been tested, it's won a cham-
pionship, but now we just
spend most of our time won-
dering, after seeing them do it
for so long how much longer
can they function at the time.
The Ravens defence has lost
consecutive games within the
last two minutes, something
that seemed nearly impossi-
ble as few years ago. As for
Jay-Z, there's a reason most
of the featured artists on the
Blueprint made cameo
appearances just to make a
good chorus...we all know
what happened when he let
Eminem go in on Renegade.
The Vikings are more like LIl
Wayne because the have
much of the same skillset.
They're building a reputation
to a point where you expect
greatness in just about every
effort but they were still one
or two elements away from
the top. Insert Drake (In the
Vikings case, Brett Farve) and
you have the final motivating
piece to take the throne.

serious recognition.


I will watch this game for
one sole reason, my fantasy
livelihood depends on the
Tommy-John repaired arm of
Jake Delhomme. Having to
rely on Jake Delhomme is
one of the cardinal sins of fan-
tasy football. It's right up
there alongside "Never trust
Reggie Bush, start both Ron-
nie Brown and Ricy Williams,
and start any defense that's
playing against the Rams."
There's no way I can watch
what happens, it's too nerve
wrecking. I just got charged
with defusing a nuclear bomb
with 10 seconds left on the
timer. It's going to be a long
climb back to .500


Only the chiefs could have
found a way to lose that game
against the Cowboys. Well
that's not entirely true. The
Rams, Bucs, Lions, Raiders
and Bills all would have found
a way to lose that game...but
the Chiefs did it with a special
kid of putridity. Only that sec-
ondary could make Miles
Austin look like Jerry Rice.
The Redskins players took a
step forward speaking out in
favour of Head Coach Jim
Zorn which brought about
two thoughts? What in the
world did an awful coach like
Zorn do to earn their trust
and in what situation would
underlings vouch for some-
one so terrible at leading
them? Stephon Marbury did-
n't vouch for Isaiah Thomas,
Spiro T. Agnew didn't vouch
for Nixon, Silver and Adrian-
na didn't even vouch for Nao-
mi when she sent out the mas-
sive text message of Annie in
an uncompromising position,
I won't vouch for Dale.


Here's what would really
make the Rush Limbaugh sto-
ry interesting. Rather than
putting the brakes on his
minority ownership bid, the
NFL should encourage it. As
a matter of fact it should serve
as some sort of punishment
for the Rams players: You
keep playing like a pee wee
football team and losing these
lopsided games and we'll let
Rush Limbaugh sign the pay-
cheques. There is NOTHING
that would make Steven Jack-
son run harder, Donnie
Avery catch more passes and
Leonard Little get more
sacks. It could also force a
flurry of trade demands by
the entire roster. The Dol-
phins would have to capitalise
on that right.


The most consistently fluc-
tuating division in football will
once again have another team
at the end of the season.
Unfortunately for both these
teams...this year it'll be the


Is JaMarcus Russell play-
ing? Is Al Davis owning? Is
Darren McFadden hurting?
For these reasons and
Dale...I'll never pick the
Raiders to win.


In games like this, what's
the betting system going on
in the Manning household? If
Archie's old team beats Eli,
does Eli force him into a nurs-
ing home? If Eli wins does
Archie get so annoyed he
blurts out at family dinner
that Peyton is the favourite
son? Who does their mom
take in a fantasy draft? Will
someone pay attention to
Cooper Manning? Why don't
these people have a show


The Browns only win came
in a game where there were
no touchdowns scored. In one
year they traded away Bray-
lon Edwards and Kellen
Winslow. They do not deserve

Who didn't see this Titans
freefall coming after Albert
Haynesworth left for free
agency? I did. I think Chris
Johnson did. Haynesworth
definitely did. Just like every-
one heralded the Jets as the
next dynasty after three wins,
people were throwing the
Patriots under the bus faster
than the "Balloon Boy" story
developed legs yesterday.You
have to love it. Tom Brady
and Randy Moss are two
touchdown passes away from
a slew of "they've still got it,
its 2007 all over again!" col-
umn. By the way, do any of
you remember Vince Young?
How horrible must he be that
Jeff Fisher refuses to bring
him off the bench despite the
season being virtually over
and starting a 45-year-old at





With what's going on in
Denver, Jay Cutler has no
choice but to make the Bears
great. It's like when you force
an argument to break up with
a girl that's only average look-
ing, but then she somehow
ends up with some rich, Mer-
cedes Benz driving, Channing
Tatum look alike. Think Ted-
dy from 90210. Did you see
what happened to Navid and
Adriana when Teddy moved
back to West Beverly? When
your ex gets with Channing
Tatum, that's an incredible
amount of pressure. How do
you respond with anything
less than Scarlett Johansson?
Jay Cutler has to have a Scar-
lett Johansson or he'll regret
ever breaking up with the
Broncos. On top of it all, he
has to battle with the gargan-
tuan Jay CUtler than just won
another Mr. Olympia
title...there's nothing more
important to celebrities than a
battle for name recognition.


If not for that ridiculous tip
and catch from Kyle Orton to
Brandon Marshall to Bran-
don Stokely in week one, the

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poor person against the conviction
and sentence of murder".
"The Ministry was further advised
that Counsel had served a 'notice of
intended application' on the Director
of Public Prosecution of their inten-

Appeal halts Maxo Tido death warrant

tion to apply to Her Majesty in Coun-
cil (Privy Council), for special leave
to appeal against the judgment of the
Court of Appeal dated 14th October
2008, in the above mentioned case.
"No further action will be taken at

this time with respect to the matter,
pending the outcome of the appeal at
the Privy Council. The Ministry wish-
es to advise the public that the Laws
of The Bahamas will continue to be
followed," the statement read.

WILFRED MCPHEE JR (above) and Edwin Bauld Jr (below) outside
of court yesterday. Photos: Derek Carroll

Pair found guilty of

police officer's murder

FROM page one
counts of stealing.
The body of Corporal Bain
was discovered in a ditch near
the Casuarina Bridge on
October 22, 2007. A 500-
pound boulder was found
resting on the side of his face.
He was bound by the hands
and feet.
Bauld and McPhee had
plotted to rob Corporal Bain
of money. Bauld used his girl-
friend to lure the police offi-
cer to the Island Seas Beach,
where he and McPhee accost-
ed him and robbed him of his
ATM card and his 1999 Hon-
The men stole a total of
$4,500 from Corporal Bain's
Commonwealth bank account
using his ATM card.
Acting Justice Jethro
Miller dismissed the jury
around 2.30pm to deliberate
after delivering a very lengthy
The jury deliberated for
three hours before returning
with the guilty verdicts. How-
ever, they returned around
5.40pm requesting clarifica-
tion on the issue of
manslaughter and murder in
McPhee's case.
The mother of Corporal

Bain cried after hearing the
Bauld and McPhee, both
26, showed no reaction. They
remained silent as all seven
guilty verdicts were read by
the foreman.
Prosecutor Vernal Collie
indicated that the Crown
would be seeking the death
penalty in relation to the
count of murder.
He noted that psychiatric
evaluations and probation
reports are usually ordered
by the court before sentenc-
A tentative date of January
18 was set down for a sen-
tence hearing. Justice Miller
remanded Bauld and McPhee
to Fox Hill Prison.
Margaret Johnson, the
mother of Corporal Bain, said
that justice was served in her
son's death.
She thanked Prosecutor
Collie and all those persons
who had supported and
prayed for her.
"I am very happy and
pleased with the verdict. I
thank God for everything - I
put it in God's hands a long
time ago.
"Now my son could rest in
peace...his death could not
have gone in vain," she said.

Defence closes its

case in Travolta trial

FROM page one

Ambulance Services company, was back on the witness stand
briefly yesterday as a defence witness for Lightbourne.
Lightbourne and Bridgewater both chose to make unsworn
statements from outside the prisoner's dock on Wednesday.
They are accused of attempting to extort $25 million from
American actor John Travolta.
The jury yesterday questioned whether it was the policy of
the Emergency Medical Services department to destroy a
refusal of transport document after a patient had received
"Not to my knowledge," Mr Garvey said. The jury also ques-
tioned as to who had given him the refusal of transport docu-
ment to file. Mr Garvey said that EMT Derrex Rolle had giv-
en him the document.
On Wednesday, Mr Garvey told the court that on January 2,
he and EMS manager Selvin Strachan while in Eight Mile
Rock intercepted the ambulance which had been dispatched to
Old Bahama Bay that morning.
Mr Garvey said he switched places with Lightbourne who had
been driving the ambulance carrying Jett's body. He told the
court Jett was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital and dur-
ing a briefing that day Rolle had handed over documents to him
including a refusal of transport form.
Mr Garvey also told the court on Wednesday that on Jan-
uary 2, he received a telephone call from a man and informed
him he was not the person who had access to the refusal of
transport form and gave him Lightbourne's contact information.
Senior Justice Anita Allen is expected to give her summation
on Tuesday. The trial is expected to resume on Monday at

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JAMAICA defender Orane Simpson was with a man.
fatally stabbed in the violence-wracked There have been no arrests, but police
Kingston slum where he was raised, police are looking for the man he argued with and
said on Wednesday, according to Associated any witnesses to the stabbing in Tivoli Gar-
Press. dens, a sprawling neighborhood that was
A brief police statement said the 26-year- the country's first government housing pro-
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HAILED for her fore-
sight and leadership skills,
and for positioning the
Bahamas as a voice to be
heard on public health mat-
ters, Chief Medical Officer
Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis
has accepted the 2009 Pan
American Health Organi-
sation Award for Adminis-
The PAHO Award Com-
mittee noted that Dr Dahl-
Regis was recognized for
her contribution to health
care management, research,
and education about pri-
mary health care.
The committee - which is
made up of representatives
from Argentina, Bolivia
and the US - also cited her
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public health surveillance
across all of the Bahamas
and in evaluating and
redefining the parameters
of Caribbean Co-operation
in Health.
The award was given at a
special reception held in
Washington, DC on Sep-
tember 29, 2009, during a
meeting of the 49th Direct-
ing Council of the PAHO.
Dr Dahl-Regis said the
award was an honour for
not her alone, but also for
those who work in public
health, "particularly the
women, and my country,
the Bahamas."
"I think it's very special
to be recognized in such an
arena," she said.
During her remarks, she
said public service and pub-
lic health have been the
most rewarding parts of her
medical career.
"As I accept this award, I
do so remembering that I
did not accomplish this on
my own," Dr Dahl-Regis
said, commending her par-
ents, mentors, family and

"I envisage a public
health care system where it
is second nature for practi-
tioners to put their clients
first, where practice is based
on evidence rather than
economics, where preven-
tative health care has
become the flagship of
healthcare systems global-
ly, providing equitable, cul-
turally relevant care."
Also at the ceremony was
Labour and Social Devel-
opment Minister, Sen Dion
Foulkes. He described Dr
Dahl-Regis as a "daughter
of the soil," and spoke of
her "tremendous invest-
ment in advancing the
health and well-being of the
people of the Bahamas, the
Caribbean and the world."
"Dr Dahl-Regis, because
you are at the helm as the
chief medical officer of the

Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, and because of
your proven commitment
to preparedness, prevention
and people, we sleep at
night when the challenges
of hurricanes, malaria,
SARS, tuberculosis,
dengue, AHIN1 and other
diseases threaten to desta-
bilise our economy, quality
of life and overall well-
being," Senator Foulkes

Dr Dahl-Regis' leader-
ship has been recognized
throughout the region, as
recently as the Caucus of
CARICOM Ministers of
Health a week before,
where references were
made to her active engage-
ment in addressing the
health challenges faced by
the region.
At a private reception,
Bahamas Ambassador to
the US Cornelius Smith
noted that Dr Dahl-Regis
was a health ambassador,
and that the award recog-
nises her leadership in the
Ambassador Smith point-
ed out that Dr Dahl-Regis
was Bahamas and
Caribbean educated, and
that although she had the
option of staying in the US
after obtaining a degree in
public health from Johns
Hopkins University and lec-
turing at Howard Universi-
ty, she chose instead to
return to the Bahamas.
Dr Dahl-Regis began her
career at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital, and was
appointed chief medical
officer in 1997.
She established the Plan-
ning Unit in the Ministry of
Health, designed to predict
and map future develop-
ments in medicine and to
plan national programmes
for the public system while
considering the advances
being made in the private


MINISTER OF LABOUR and Social Development Dion Foulkes (right) shares a light moment with Chief
Medical Officer Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis (centre) and Director General of the World Health Organisa-
tion Dr Margaret Chan.

Chief Medical Officer

Dahl-Regis is hailed

by the PAHO/WHO

Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis accepts

2009 Award for Administration





PM slams 'some banks' who pay

'miniscule sums' to government

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday said
he is "angered" by the fact
that "some banks" with
operations in The Bahamas are able
to "repatriate huge profits" from the
country while paying "miniscule
sums" to the Bahamian government.
He said he would like to "begin to
look at" the issue, providing for The
Bahamas to get greater economic
benefits from the banking industry.
"I find it very distasteful, and I
am very annoyed by it ... quite
frankly, angered would be a better
word," said Mr Ingraham in the
House of Assembly yesterday.

"In principle, The Bahamas would
have no problem in entering into
double taxation agreements. Unfor-
tunately our taxation in The
Bahamas is not evolved like Barba-
dos to be able take advantage of the
various things that are normally
taxed in other countries.
"For instance, I find it very dis-
tasteful, and I am very annoyed by it
quite frankly, angered would be a
better word, that some of the banks
in The Bahamas are able to repatri-
ate huge profits from The Bahamas
and pay miniscule sums (to this
country's government), and that if
there was a tax on banks in The

Bahamas, a low tax of two per cent,
five per cent or whatever, that they
would be able to deduct that amount
from the tax they pay in Canada, or
wherever else.
"Banks in The Bahamas are able
to make profits here in this country,
send it to Barbados, to their opera-
tion in Barbados, Barbados gets its
share of taxes and then they pay
their home country and we get a pit-
"So I was seeking to get the leader
of the Opposition to say whether his
party was now prepared to begin to
look at these matters," said Mr

PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham (AP)

Maritime Authority

eyes 25-30 per cent

revenue growth in

'next few years'

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamas Maritime
Authority is looking to grow
its revenue by 25 to 30 per
cent in the "next few years"
by expanding its registry to
include mega yachts and air-
planes, according to Minister
of the Environment Earl
This is just one of "a num-
ber of new initiatives" being
pursued by The Bahamas
Maritime Authority's (BMA)
Board of Directors which
would require amendment to
the Maritime Authority Act,
Dr Deveaux said yesterday.
Given the number of high
value individuals residing in
The Bahamas and taking
advantage of our wealth man-
agement expertise, the Minis-
ter said the BMA Board sees
these types of registration as
an "area of great opportuni-
ty" for the country if sup-
ported by an "aggressive mar-
keting" campaign.
Presently, the BMA brings
in around $14 million a year
in gross revenue, of which it
returns about half to the trea-
In addition to this plan,
numerous new professional
jobs could be created in The
Bahamas if the BMA moves
what is anticipated to be
around "half of its functions"
that are currently abroad - in
London and New York City -
back to The Bahamas.
"In seeking to reduce costs
and increase opportunities for
Bahamians" the Board is
presently "working assidu-
ously" towards identifying
exactly which activities that
are currently undertaken
abroad by the BMA could
take place here instead.
"The signs are very encour-
aging," said the Minister.
"We can man an office
here, we have the communi-


cations in place, we have the
connecting flights in place and
the timezone is right for alot
of the world trade, so they
felt...there was a huge oppor-
tunity for the Bahamas to
increase employment and the
activities of the BMA."
Dr Deveaux said that this
intended evolution of the
BMA, expected to bring
enhancements in its efficiency
and levels of service, are in
large part a response to a
growing competitive threat
from the Marshall Islands
over the last five years.
"We need to do something
different to what we are doing
now to compete with the
Marshall Islands. We need to
be infinitely more flexible in
responding to requests," said
Dr Deveaux.
Meanwhile, the Minister
noted that a private shipping
company - the Campbell
Shipping Company - is also
progressing in its plans to
work in concert with the gov-
ernment to set up a maritime
training institute where
Bahamians and others from
the Caribbean and Latin
American region can come to
become certified crew mem-
"There's a huge opportuni-
ty in the area of seafarers.
Ship owners say they face
many challenges from
untrained labour at sea," said
Dr Deveaux.
Demand for qualified sea-
farers presently outstrips the
supply, and while most of the
world's seafarers presently
originate in India and the
Phillipines, a maritime instu-
titute in The Bahamas could
change that.
"The source of funding
would come from the flag
states of the world. They need
seafarers of every description
particularly engineers and
captains," said Dr Deveaux.
The Minister revealed these
developments in the Bahami-
an maritime industry in par-
liament yesterday in response
to a question from opposition
spokesperson on maritime
affairs, Englerston MP Glenys
Hanna Martin about what is
being done to make The
Bahamas a "more significant
player in the Maritime indus-

Bahamas should start signing off

on TIEAs by the end of October

Tribune Staff Reporter

IN addition to the three Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreements
already signed, The Bahamas has
concluded technical negotiations on
forging accords with eight further
countries, the Prime Minister
revealed yesterday.
He said The Bahamas should be
in a position to begin formally signing
off on those TIEAs by the end of
this month, with a view to concluding
all of them by the end of the year. So
far, each technical agreement has
been initialled "as evidence of our
having agreed them," added the
Prime Minister.
Once this is done, the Bahamas
would need to sign one more TIEA
to be in compliance with standards
set out by the Organisation for Eco-
nomic Cooperation and Develop-
ment (OECD) in April of this year in
order to be removed from the risky
"grey list" of countries who are
viewed as not fully compliant with
international tax standards. The

OECD is calling for each country to
conclude at least 12 TIEAs.
The Bahamas has concluded
TIEAs with the US, and more
recently, Monaco and San Marino.
Mr Ingraham made this disclosure
in Parliament yesterday following
comments by Opposition members,
Opposition leader Perry Christie and
MP for Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell.
Mr Christie said the public and the
financial services sector in particu-
lar needs to know where the Gov-
ernment stands in terms of taking
action to protect the country's second
"lifeline" industry.
Mr Mitchell noted that the recent
announcement by French bank BNP
Paribas that they would be pulling
out of The Bahamas "sent a chill"
through the industry, causing some
industry professionals to imagine
they may have to find alternative
employment within the next few
years, while Mr Christie said that
there is a concern that should The
Bahamas not conclude new TIEAs
promptly enough "more European
banks will follow" the French bank's
lead in deciding to withdraw from

The Bahamas over our "grey list"
They were speaking during yes-
terday's debate on a bill for an Act to
Amend the Criminal Justice and
International Cooperation Act,
which provides for The Bahamas to
render assistance in criminal matters
to countries with which it does not
have mutual legal assistance treaties.
Through the amendment - passed
in Parliament after receiving support
from both sides - the Government is
moving to also provide assistance to
foreign authorities in tax matters, "in
line with prevailing international
Mr Ingraham described the change
as evidence of a "substantial shift in
the policy of The Bahamas".
Although The Bahamas has been
committed to "strict bank secrecy"
since 1965, Mr Ingraham noted that
pressure from powerful nations has
"changed the rules of the game".
Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Belgium,
Andorra and other so-called "tax
havens" have all submitted to greater
tax transparency and The Bahamas is
"following suit", said Mr Ingraham.


Sandals Emerald Bay resort

to hold job fair next week

AN ARTIST'S IMPRESSION of Sandals Emerald Bay resort...

THE newly-acquired Sandals
Emerald Bay resort will hold a
three-day job fair in Great Exu-
ma next week to find staff to
service the soon-to-re-opened
luxury hotel.
Ahead of its January launch,
Sandals yesterday announced it
is hiring managerial, superviso-
ry and line staff, as well as
reviewing former Four Seasons'
employees for future employ-
ment with the resort.
Sandals Resorts Internation-
al's Director of Operations
Shawn DaCosta said: "We're
delighted to announce that we
are now in a position to invite
people to be part of this exciting
project and join our team. We'll
be looking for the very best can-
didates that share our philoso-
phy for giving guests more than
they expect and helping take
the travel industry by storm."
The job fair will be held in
the resort's conferencing facili-
ties between 9am and 5pm next
Tuesday, October 20, Wednes-
day and Thursday.
All candidates seeking man-

agerial and supervisory posi-
tions can attend on day one,
while day two will be for for-
mer Four Seasons employees
only and Thursday will be for
assessment of potential line staff
and "other positions."
"All attending candidates will
be interviewed by Sandals
Group directors and those suc-
cessful will be required to start
work at the end of December
in order to undergo the highly-
acclaimed Sandals training pro-
gram ahead of January's open-
ing," said a release from the
Those who attend the fair are
asked to dress appropriately and
should bring up-to-date resumes
and any relevant original docu-
Former Four Seasons
employees, almost 500 of whom
lost their jobs when the prop-
erty closed in May of this year,
are asked to bring identification
with them to the event.
Sandals Emerald Bay is set
to open 'The Marina at Emer-
ald Bay' on November 10.

Big draw in gas

supply sends energy

prices jumping

AP Energy Writer
DENVER (AP) - Refin-
ers that make gasoline and
other fuels swiftly cut back on
production last week, the gov-
ernment reported Thursday,
sending energy prices jump-
ing across the board.
Oil prices hit a new high for
the year. Heating oil and nat-
ural gas prices also rose.
The Energy Information
Administration reported
Thursday that gasoline in
storage fell by more than five
million barrels at a time when
most energy experts expect-
ed supplies to grow yet again.
For consumers, that may
mean a slight bump upward
in pump prices but not much,

experts believe.
The average national price
for retail gasoline has been
drifting lower for two months.
That price ticked up slightly
overnight, according to auto
club AAA, Wright Express
and Oil Price Information
Pump prices rose less than
a penny to $2.487 per gallon,
which is 7.6 cents less than
last month at this time and
well below the summer peak
of $2.69 reached in June. Last
year at this time, a gallon of
gas cost $3.12.
"This is probably enough
to drift up a little bit but it
should not be the first step on
the march back to $3," oil
analyst Tom Kloza said.
Refiners have been idling

Legal Notice


(a) MERLOT OVERSEAS LTD. is in dissolution under the provi-
sions of the International Business Companies Act 2000

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

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the day of November 27, 2009 to send their names
and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator
of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

October 16, 2009

Legal Notice


(a) CARAQUET HOLDING LTD. is in dissolution under the provi-
sions of the International Business Companies Act 2000

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

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the day of November 27, 2009 to send their names
and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator
of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

October 16, 2009

facilities because of a lack of
demand at the same time that
others have been shut down
for routine maintenance.
Besides the report on gaso-
line, the dollar hit a 52-week
low on Thursday, which may
have also contributed to the
run-up in energy prices.
"The ignition switch for a
rally got hit twice today,"
Kloza said.
Crude and gasoline prices
have remained relatively sta-
ble for months with no clear
signs of an economic rebound.
But prices began to rise late
last week when Alcoa, which
kicks off the U.S. earning sea-
son, reported that it had
returned to profitability after
three straight quarterly losses.
One day after jumping
above $75 per barrel for the
first time this year, bench-
mark crude prices rose anoth-
er $2.40 to settle at $77.58 on
Thursday. At one point,
prices were three cents shy of
$78 per barrel.
While the government
reported that crude placed
into storage grew again last
week, it wasn't as big of a
build up as many experts had
expected and that may have
helped push prices higher as
Natural gas inventories also
grew, the EIA reported
Thursday, and levels now sit
nearly 15 per cent above the
five-year average.
Despite an uptick in prices,
consumers should still be in
for a relatively cheap winter
as far as heating the home.
"The good news here is that
heating oil distributors and
natural gas distributors for
that matter, too, were build-
ing stocks this past summer
when prices were at their low-
est," said analyst Stephen
Schork. "They're sitting on
cheap inventory so you're not
going to see a major spike in
heating costs."
The EIA has forecast an
eight per cent drop in heat-
ing bills this winter. The gov-
ernment reported that heat-
ing oil prices rose three cents
last week to $2.53 per gallon.
Last year at this time, a gallon
of heating oil cost $3.39.
Heating oil futures rose
7.53 cents to settle at $2.0181
a gallon while natural gas for
November delivery rose 4.6
cents to settle at $4.482 per
1,000 cubic feet. Gasoline for
November delivery gained
8.74 cents to settle at $1.9449
a gallon.
In London, Brent crude
rose $1.35 to settle at $74.45
on the ICE Futures exchange.

* Associated Press writers
Alex Kennedy in Singapore
and George Jahn in Vienna
contributed to this report.


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In a bad economy, banks trade their way to profits

AP Business Writer

big banks are showing they
can still make money, even
as Main Street struggles -
though not from lending, refi-
nancing homes or other
bread-and-butter business.
Instead, they're doing what
Wall Street does best - bet-
ting big on stocks, bonds,
commodities and other assets.
Citigroup, the shakiest of
the major banks during the
financial crisis, reported
Thursday it eked out a quar-
terly profit from trading,
despite suffering more losses
on consumer loans. Trading
also drove big profits at Gold-
man Sachs and JPMorgan
That some banks are mak-
ing money now is a sign of
remarkable recovery from the
crisis a year ago. But the lop-
sided business model raises

questions about what happens
if trading profits fall off and
banks are left to rely on more
traditional operations.
After all, the economy is
still struggling to recover,
unemployment is approach-
ing 10 percent and Americans
are saving money and trying
to pay down debt, not taking
on more.
"The good news is that
banks are in better shape. The
bad news is that they're not
making loans to consumers
and businesses," said market
analyst Edward Yardeni.
"That could come back to
bite them because these trad-
ing gains will only last so
Mindful of the problems
banks still face, investors
reacted cautiously a day after
the Dow Jones industrials
powered back above 10,000
for the first time in a year.
Stocks zigzagged for most of
Thursday before ending mod-

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estly higher.
For now, trading is pretty
much the only way banks can
make money. And it's more
lucrative because there are
fewer competitors, interest
rates are near zero and gov-
ernment subsidies have
allowed banks to borrow
cheaply and invest in assets
that offer the highest returns.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
has benefited more than
most. Famed for its trading
prowess, the New York
investment bank said Thurs-
day that third-quarter earn-
ings swelled to $3.03 billion,
more than triple what it made
a year ago.
As in past quarters, Gold-
man leaned heavily on its
trading operation - buying
and selling stocks, bonds, for-
eign currencies and com-
modities like oil and gold -
to make money.
"They've been on the mark
on the trading side," said

Stephen Hagenbuckle, a prin-
ciple at private equity fund
TerraCap Partners.
Goldman's strong showing
came a day after JPMorgan
Chase & Co. reported its own
big profits - $3.59 billion for
the quarter. That was even
more impressive because,
unlike Goldman, JPMorgan
has suffered heavy losses on
consumer loans like credit
cards and mortgages.
But JPMorgan's strong
investment banking division
is "carrying the burden right
now," banking analyst Bert
Ely said. "If not for that, they
would've lost money."
Goldman's quick recovery
allowed it to repay the $10
billion it received in govern-
ment bailout money. That
freed the company from
restrictions on employee pay,
which is on track to reach
record levels.
The company said it set
aside $16.7 billion, or nearly



Notice is hereby given that the above named Company is in dis-
solution, commencing on the 8th day of October, 2009. Articles of
Dissolution have been duly registered by the Registrar. The Joint
Liquidators are Dermot S. L. Butler and David P. M. Blair.

All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required, on or before the 9th day of November, 2009 to send their
names and addresses, with particulars of their debts or claims, and
the names and addresses of their Attorneys (if any) to the Joint Liq-
uidators of the Company, c/o FT Consultants Ltd., One Montague
Place, 2nd Floor, East

Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3932, Nassau, Bahamas.
Dated this 16th day of October, A. D. 2009.
Dermot S. L. Butler
David P. M. Blair
Joint Liquidators


Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that: -

(a) BOLTDOWN INC. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 9th day of September, A.D., 2009 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308
East Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.

half its net revenue, through
the first nine months of the
year for compensation, which
includes salaries, bonuses and
related costs.
Citigroup Inc., meanwhile,
offered a grim reminder of
just how shaky the economy
Helped by trading gains,
Citi reported a $101 million
profit in the third quarter. But
including the $288 million the
bank paid out in preferred
stock dividends, plus the deal
that gave the government a
34 percent stake in the bank,
it lost $3.24 billion.
The bank, one of the hard-
est hit during the recession,
said loan losses during the
quarter came to $8 billion.
That's down from nearly $8.4
billion in the second quarter,
but a sign that people are still
defaulting in large numbers.
Banks have warned that
loan losses would continue
into next year. Citigroup
CEO Vikram Pandit said
improving the bad employ-
ment picture would be cru-
cial for turning things around.

"Ultimately it's going to
come down to how many jobs
are there in the country,"
Pandit told analysts. "And
that is probably the single
best driver of trying to figure
out what happens on a macro
Experts don't expect the
job market to pick up any-
time soon, meaning banks
could be relying on trading
gains for the foreseeable
future. While the economy
may be out of recession, the
unemployment rate isn't
expected to peak until the
middle of next year.
For now, most big banks
"are holding their breath to
see what 2010 will mean for
retail profits," said Brad
Hintz, investment banking
analyst at Sanford C. Bern-
stein & Co. "Will unemploy-
ment come down? Will the
consumer start spending? No
one knows."
* AP Business Writers
Stephen Bernard in New
York and leva M. Augstums
in Charlotte, N.C. contributed
to this report.

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

NOTICE is hereby given that GEORGY ALCITA of TALL
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 16th day of October, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that we, JOHN HENRY
of the Southern District the father and mother of STERLIN
SHAYNE BETHEL intends to change our son's name to
STERLIN SAMUEL SAUNDERS. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that URA BELLE CLARKE of P.O.
BOX SS-5612, 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 16th day of October, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that EDLYN PETIT-FRERE
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 9th day
of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an extraordinary general
meeting of the shareholders of STEINER SPA RESORTS
LIMITED is hereby called to be held at the Registered Office
of the Company on the 19th day of November, A.D., 2009 at
10.00 o'clock In the forenoon of that day.

The object and purpose of the said meeting is to have laid
before the shareholders of the Company the account of the
Liquidator thereof, Robert Lazar showing the manner in which
the winding up of the Company has been conducted and the debts
and obligations of the Company discharged, and also to hear any
explanation that may be given by the Liquidator.

Dated this 14th day of October, A.D., 2009.

Robert Lazar

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1180 990 Bahamas Property Fund 1075 1075 000 0992 0200 108 186%
930 590 Bank of Bahamas 590 590 000 0244 0260 242 441%
089 063 Benchmark 0 63 0 63 000 -0 877 0 000 N/M 0 00%
349 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 000 0125 0090 252 286%
237 214 Fidelity Bank 237 237 000 0055 0040 431 169%
1420 993 Cable Bahamas 993 993 000 1 406 0250 71 252%
288 272 Colina Holdings 272 272 000 0249 0040 109 147%
750 526 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 554 583 029 1,900 0419 0300 139 515%
385 1 27 Consolidated Water BDRs 3 00 2 93 -0 07 0111 0 052 26 4 1 77%
285 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 2 05 2 05 000 0 625 0 080 33 3 90%
820 628 Famguard 628 628 000 0420 0240 150 382%
1250 880 Finco 930 930 000 0322 0520 289 559%
1171 1000 FirstCaribbean Bank 1000 1000 000 0631 0350 158 350%
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1 00 1 00 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 1 00 0 00 0 000 0 000 N/M 0 00%
0 45 0 27 Freeport Concrete 0 27 0 27 000 0 035 0 000 77 0 00%
902 549 ICD Utilities 559 559 000 0407 0500 137 894%
1200 9 95 J S Johnson 9 95 9 95 000 0 952 0 640 105 6 43%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 000 0156 0000 641 0 00%
1 I_ I IT L, LIeI I _E. LIItITIE : - l6 IhJ . i1 I ,.r -. . ,.r i t1-. ,. f .l ..lj I -a -,. - '
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Dally Vol Interest Maturity
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 10000 000 7% 19 October 2017
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 10000 000 10 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 10000 000 7% 30 May 2013
..... . .... , . .. .. . . .. . ", ,I,, - I . .. . . .. . . .. .
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1460 7 92 Bahamas Supermarkets 7 92 842 1400 -2246 0 000 N/M 0 00%
800 6 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 200 625 400 0000 0480 N/M 780%

055 040 RND Holdings 045 055 055 0002 0000 261 90 000%
EI 1 ) L,-[, -J I .lutul l FI .H.J-
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield % NAV Date
1 4038 1 3344 CFAL Bond Fund 1 4038 372 520 31 Aug 09
30350 2 8952 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 28300 3 75 6 75 30-Sep-09
1 4946 1 4210 CFAL Money Market Fund 1 4946 425 518 9-Oct-09
36090 30941 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 30941 -861 -1359 31 -Aug-09
131751 123870 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13 1751 442 5 86 30-Sep-09
101 6693 100 0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 101 6693 1 10 1 67 30-Jun-09
1009600 931992 CFAL Global Equity Fund 967398 035 -418 30-Jun-09
1 0000 1 0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1 0000 000 000 31 -Dec-07
105884 90775 Fidelity International Investment Fund 10 5884 588 588 30-Sep-09
1 0757 1 0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1 0757 3 86 5 30 30-Sep-09
1 0364 1 0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1 0305 -0 24 0 22 30-Sep-09
1 0709 1 0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1 0709 3 24 4 54 30-Sep-09
I.l-ll- ET TEPr.I�
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000 00 YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing pnce
52wk HI Highest closing pnce in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Seling pnce of Coina and fidelity
Previous Close -Previous day's weighted pnce for dally volume Last Price - Last traded over the-counter pnce
Today's Close - Current day's weighted pnce for dally volume Weekly Vol - Trading volume of the pnorweek
Change - Change in closing pnce from day to day EPS $ -A company reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol - Number of total shares traded today NAV - Net Asset Value
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M - Not Meaningful
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) 4 for 1 Stock Split -Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S1) 3 for-1 Stock Spit - Effective Date 7/11/2007
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242.502-7010 I ROYALFIDELITY 242.356-7764 I FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 I COLONIAL 242-502.7525

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7,500 tax dodgers apply for

IRS amnesty programme

Associated Press Writer
Some 7,500 international tax
dodgers have applied for an
amnesty programme that
promises no jail time and
reduced penalties for tax
cheats who come forward, the
Internal Revenue Service
announced Wednesday.
The tax dodgers were hid-
ing money in more than 70
countries and on every conti-
nent except Antarctica.
Accounts ranged from just
over $10,000 to more than
$100 million.
Response to the pro-
gramme has been unprece-
dented, IRS Commissioner
Doug Shulman said.
"The whole idea of this
programme was to get peo-
ple in and get them on the
right side of the law," Shul-
man said.
The IRS long has had a
policy that certain tax evaders
who come forward before
they are contacted by the
agency usually can avoid jail
time as long as they agree to
pay back taxes, interest and
hefty penalties. Drug dealers
and money launderers need
not apply. But if the money
was earned legally, tax
evaders can usually avoid
criminal prosecution.
Fewer than 100 people
apply for the programme in
a typical year, in part because
the penalties can far exceed
the value of the hidden
account, depending on how
long the account holder has
evaded US taxes.
In March, the IRS began a
six-month amnesty pro-
gramme that sweetened the
offer with reduced penalties
for people with undeclared
assets. The programme was
extended once, until Thurs-

day. Shulman said it will not
be extended again.
The programme is part of a
larger effort by the Obama
administration to crack down
on Americans who evade US
taxes by hiding assets in over-
seas accounts. In August, the
US and Switzerland resolved
a court case in which Swiss
banking giant UBS AG
agreed to turn over details on
4,450 accounts suspected of
holding undeclared assets
from American customers.
Shulman said the IRS is
stepping up efforts to track
the flow of illicit money from
Europe to Asia, Central
America and the Caribbean.
The agency is also opening
new offices in Beijing, Pana-
ma City and Sydney to pursue
criminal cases. Staffing is
being increased at other
offices, he said.
Shulman said the IRS is still
processing applications for
the amnesty programme. It is
too early to know how much
money will be recovered, he
Shulman said accounts
included money from inheri-
tances, profits skimmed from
US companies and profits
earned overseas. Some of the
tax cheats had single accounts
while others had multiple
accounts in different coun-
tries. Some set up corpora-
tions to make it harder to
identify them, he said.
"These taxpayers are now
back in the US tax system,"
Shulman said.
Shulman said the IRS will
use information from the tax
cheats who have come for-
ward to go after bankers and
tax advisers who helped them
hide assets. The IRS is pro-
hibited by law from disclos-
ing the identities of the tax
cheats unless criminal charges
are filed.
Tax advisers have said the

programme, combined with
the high-profile UBS case,
has generated a lot of calls
from nervous tax dodgers.
Shulman said applications
steadily picked up as the lat-
est deadline approached.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.,
applauded the IRS pro-
gramme but said Congress
needs to do more to crack
down on international tax
dodgers. Levin has worked
on the issue as chairman of
the Senate Permanent Sub-
committee on Investigations.
He estimated the US loses
$100 billion a year in tax rev-
enue because of international
tax cheats.
At least one advocacy
group was unimpressed with
the results of the IRS pro-
"The IRS needs to put
away the celebratory fire-
crackers," said Dean Zerbe,


special counsel for the
National Whistleblowers
Center. "The amnesty pro-
gramme has gotten at best a
thimble of the offshore tax
The center is unhappy with
the way the IRS and the Jus-
tice Department handled the

case of UBS whistleblower
Bradley Birkenfeld.
In August, Birkenfeld was
sentenced to more than three
years in federal prison, even
though prosecutors said the
information he provided was
crucial to the UBS case.
Prosecutors gave the 44-

year-old US citizen credit for
voluntarily disclosing illegal
tactics by Swiss banking giant
UBS AG and others. But
they said Birkenfeld initially
refused to confess his own
misconduct and hoped to col-
lect a cash reward under US
whistleblower laws.

Nassau Airport
Development Company

Nassau Airport Development Company Limited (NAD) is seeking Proponents individuals,
consortium orjoint venture that must include an experienced retail operator) to finance,
design, develoR operate and manage Bahamian Specialty Retail stores in the new U.S.
Departures Terminal currently under construction at the lynden Pindling International
Airport.These tores wil be vorld class in design and appearance with a distinctive'snsene o
place'and will offer uniquely 100% Bahamian man ufactured/produced products at
competif i prices.

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

1. Jewelry, Arts and Crafts
2. Soaps, Candles Oils, Etc.
3, Straw and related articles
4C 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 (3' 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 'sense of place' ofThe Bahamas; and
(1f optimize revenue to NAD.





Qua Iifled and intereotd parties may pick-up the Request for Proposa package at NAD's
o15es at the reception desk on the second Mo~or Domestic.1 international TermirN I at Lynden
Pindling Initernational Ai report between the hours of 9:.00am and 4:00Rm. fro m October

I13th to Octobef 26th, =OS A nu~ ndatory pre-pr~oposaleWON for fthse who haw picked
up packages willI be held at he New PowlklemComiwtnhiy Ceww Blake haod on
Wednesday, Octobe 21th atI Offiam.




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