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The Bahamas

to get swine flu

vaccinations for

250,000 people


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE Bahamas is set to
receive enough swine flu
vaccinations to protect up
to a quarter of a million
people, according to Health
Minister Hubert Minnis.
Dr Minnis revealed that


the country is expecting its
batch of vaccines against
the potentially deadly
H1N1 flu virus by the end
of November.
Country-wide immu-
nization would then follow
on a controlled basis
according to world health
SEE page 15


Police bust counterfeit

money-making scam


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A SOPHISTICATED
counterfeit money-making
scam was busted and more
than $15,000 in fake notes was
seized during a police raid.
The raid success comes as
emails circulate warning
Bahamians to be wary of con
artists preying on unsuspect-
ing members of the public as
they try to trick them into
handing over real money for
fake bank notes.
According to Superinten-
dent Ellsworth Moss, a 29-
year-old man is expected to
be charged this week in con-
nection with the discovery of
$15,440 in Bahamian coun-
terfeit currency, and a com-
puter and printer used to cre-
ate the money
Police from the Central
Detective Unit executed a
search warrant on a home at
Victoria Boulevard, South
Beach, on Friday.
They are now completing
their investigations into the
matter.
This news comes at the end
of a week which saw email


warnings popping up in local
inboxes advising people to be
on guard for a man who asks
for change for a $100 bill that
later turns out to be fake.
"Marilyn" said in her email
advisory that she was hit by
the conman as she attempted
to leave the parking lot of the
Royal Bank of Canada's
Carmichael Road branch.
"A car drew up next to me
and a man asked if I had any
US to change $100. At my
negative response he then
asked if I would change the
$100 note into two fifties
which I did. After he drove
off and I pulled out I began to
have second thoughts and
went into a nearby store to
ask if they would run it
through their counterfeit
machine and of course it was
confirmed by the sales girl
that it was a counterfeit note.
"Please avoid this trap that
I fell into - share this experi-
ence to keep others safe," said
the woman.
Another young man said he
was inside a shop off Mackey
Street when he was
approached by a man who
SEE page 10


FNM: Bradley Roberts Three to be charged over
re-election 'setback
r e 'setba I, robbery of nine tourists
tn an-nv PLP reform


THE FNM yesterday
claimed the re-election of
Bradley Roberts as Chair- . .
man of the PLP is "a setback
to any reform in the PLP and
a setback for political .
progress in general."
In the latest statement
issued in an almost non-stop
back and forth of bitter
exchanges between Mr
Roberts and the Government
since he returned as PLP
SEE page 10 BADLEYBE


THREE people are to
appear in court today to be
charged in connection with
the robbery of nine tourists
at the Queen's Staircase.
A 20-year-old man, of
Eneas Jumper Corner, a
29-year-old man, of Soldier
Road, and a 37-year-old
woman, of Lewis Street,
are to be arraigned.
The tourists were held
up by two armed men on
Sunday, October 11, at
around 11am and robbed
of cash and jewellery.


They had been taken to
the steps on a tour by a
taxi driver who was
describing the history of
the attraction when the two
assailants approached and
threatened them.
The thieves left them
with their passports after
the group pleaded with
them, but took numerous
items of sentimental value
- such as wedding rings -
and around $1,000 ,
according to one of the
victims.


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BPSI president set to
make recommendations
over relocation of staff
PRE S I -


vice Union
John Pinder
says he
intends make
some recom-
mendations
regarding the ei
relocation of
employees of two govt
ernment ministries
affected by mould.
Mr Pinder told The
Tribune yesterday he has
reviewed two buildings
and intends to make rec
commendations to the
Education Permanent
Secretary in a meeting
sometime today.
Some 400 staff at the
ministries of Education
and Youth, Sports and
Cultur"I have upset over a
mould problem at their
Thompson Boulevard
headquarters, which
many believe is making
them sick.
They briefly walked
off the job in protest at
the situation at the end
of September.
"I have been trying to
assist with accommoda
tions, reviewed two
places and I am waiting
now just to have a meet
ing with the Permanent
Secretary to discuss the
way forward and make
mention of the two
places that I have
looked at that may
accommodate enough
people to get out of the
building at least to get
the work started," Mr
Pinder said.
While some light
appeared to be on the
horizon for the govern
meant and the staff in late
September when it was
revealed that a Wynd
ham hotel tower which
had been marked for
demolition next year
could potentially house
them until the mould
problem at their original
headquarters could be
addressed, the discovery
of a mould problem
there too has set back
those plans.
According to health
experts, although the
presence of mould in
indoor environments is
generally not harmful it
can lead to eye, nose or
throat irritation, a run
ny nose, sinus conges
tion or increased asthma
attacks or allergic reac-
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country's 42nd traffic fatali-
ty victim of the year when
the patrol car he was riding
in collided with a cement
truck on Carmichael Road
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white car has not been iden-
tified.
"We are looking for any-
one who can give us some
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Electronic tracking of swine flu


(AP) - State health officials are tracking
the spread of swine flu through electronic
prescription records, developing what they
believe is a model that could help doctors
more easily identify and respond to an out-
break of the illness.
Rhode Island is believed to be the first
state to use electronic pharmacy prescrip-
tion data to track swine flu among its entire
population, said Rob Cronin, a spokesman
for Surescripts, which operates the coun-
try's largest electronic prescriptions network.
The company says it believes the state is
also the first to have all of its pharmacies set
up to receive electronic prescriptions from
doctors.
Surescripts is using information supplied
by pharmacies to document how much Tam-
iflu and other antivirals are being dispensed
to patients. The company is giving the data
- categorized by zip codes of the pharma-
cies where the medicine is dispensed and
the age group of the patient receiving it - to
epidemiologists at the state health depart-
ment.
"This is a harbinger of capacities and abil-
ities to come," said Laura Adams, president
and chief executive of the Rhode Island
Quality Institute, which works to improve
health care in the state. "This is very impor-
tant for us in terms of being able to stop
something sooner rather than later."
The tracking initiative is being formally
announced Monday by Gov. Don Carcieri.
The data is intended to show which com-
munities are experiencing outbreaks or are
hardest hit. But it can also reveal cases in
which the medicine may be inappropriately
or overzealously prescribed if, for instance,
large numbers of prescriptions are dispensed
in places where no uptick in cases has been
reported.
President Barack Obama has declared the
swine flu outbreak a national emergency.
Health authorities say more than 1,000 peo-
ple in the United States have died from the
strain known as H1N1, and 46 states have
widespread flu activity.
Rhode Island health director David Gif-
ford has reviewed electronic prescription
data from recent months, and the company
says it now plans to give the state weekly
data.
"It's a new tool in the tool bag," Gifford
said. "This isn't a larger hammer or a larger
saw. This is like, 'I had a hammer and saw
and now I have a screwdriver."'
There have been some other efforts
beyond pharmacy prescriptions to track


swine flu. Health agencies in places including
New York City have used high-tech tools
called syndromic surveillance systems -
seen as especially useful after the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks to monitor for bioterror-
ism - to collect data from hospital emer-
gency rooms.
New York City health authorities have
also in recent years tracked over-the-counter
pharmacy sales to detect outbreaks of flulike
or gastrointestinal illnesses.
And after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, doc-
tors were able to tap into a specially created
Web site to access prescription histories for
displaced Gulf Coast residents on whom
they had no medical information.
But Cronin said he knew of no other
statewide effort to track swine flu through
electronic pharmacy prescriptions. The fact
that all of Rhode Island's pharmacies are
connected to an electronic prescribing net-
work made it a natural place for Surescripts
to roll out the initiative, which could be
expanded to other states if successful here.
"If you have 100 percent of pharmacies,
this system is going to be much, much more
valuable to you than if you have 60 (per-
cent)," Cronin said.
Surescripts currently receives swine flu
data from about 80 percent of Rhode
Island's pharmacy locations but expects to
boost that to 100 percent as soon as possible,
Cronin said.
Andrew Pekosz, an associate professor of
microbiology and immunology at the Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health, said it makes sense to give states
another vehicle for monitoring the illness,
but cautioned that there could be inherent
gaps in the data.
Assuming, for instance, that doctors are
following federal guidelines and being con-
servative in their distribution of Tamiflu,
the data could potentially underreport the
actual number of people sick with flu, Pekosz
said. Also, the numbers alone may not reflect
how long the person took the medication
or whether the patient it was prescribed for
is ill or merely lives in a house with someone
who has flu.
"You'll know that a physician felt strong
enough that that person had influenza to
give them a prescription," Pekosz said. "One
doesn't know if that person then followed
through in taking it appropriately and those
kinds of things."

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

Your publication dated the
August 28, 2009, reported the
Minister advising the public
that hangings would begin
again in the Bahamas and not
to mention another "Zero Tol-
erance" policy in relation to
crime. Now, almost 30 days lat-
er we have heard nothing more
on the issue and the murder
count continues to rise.
"Bloody Sunday": What a
headline on the September 21,
2009, so true and to take it one
step further, we have experi-
enced and continue to experi-
ence a bloody year.
In his letter to The Tribune
printed on the September 23,
Mr Marvin Gibson had it right,
the Bahamas does need a moral
facelift.
We need to stop running the
red lights, stop throwing trash
along the road and beaches,
stop stealing time, stop lying,
start having self pride, our elect-
ed leaders need to stop con-
demning one another, and the
list goes on...
There is no doubt this coun-
try needs change from the
ground up and each individual
must make their own con-
science decision in this regard.
However, with regards to the
issue of violent crime, time is
not on our side.
We are here and now, faced
with a problem that has spiraled
out of control. A problem that
does not allow us to stop and
change all the small things and
then tackle the escalating crime
problem.
The issue today, is not for
Government to prevent crime,
it is for the Government to
implement an effective system
of Justice and enforce our laws.
I couldn't care less whether
hangings are a prevention to
crime or not.
Hanging is a form of punish-
ment that matches the crime.
It disgust me to hear people say
that one can serve time for
murder or rape, and thereafter,
justice has been served.
What about the victim, after
a certain period of time does
that person come back to life?
How about the family, do they
wake up one day and like mag-
ic all the loss and pain are
gone?
What about the rape victim,
do they wake up one morning
and all of a sudden the rape
never happened?
What about the children,
does an automatic replacement
for mummy or daddy appear?
And for those who believe in
rehabilitation for someone who
can so carelessly take another
life, I have a proposal; you take
in and assume responsibility for
rehabilitating the murderer and


if they commit another crime
you accept joint responsibility
for the same!
I often wonder what it will
take to set fire under the gov-
ernment. We are seeing crime
spill over into the business com-
munity at a very high level, not
only with shootings, but also
with armed robberies and theft.
Yet, despite some talk, the gov-
ernment seems immune to what
is taking place. Are we going
to wait until the criminal ele-
ment begins to make a direct
attack on our tourist, on our
parliamentarians, on our cabi-
net, on our Prime Minister?? I
am no alarmist! Ten years ago
nobody would have believed
that we would be at 63 murders
and counting for the year. The
level of stress being placed on
our lives, especially business
owners, is beginning to spill
over into other aspects of every
day life.
In your paper on the Sep-
tember 9, in relation to the
murder of an employee of
Bertha's Go Go Ribs, I was sur-
prised that the Commissioner
of Police was hesitant to see a
need for alarm regarding the
"robbery-related murders." Do
you think the manager of Burg-
er King should have been in a
state of alarm? Do you think
the staff of 21st Century Weld-
ing should have been in a state
of alarm?
However, I do understand
his need to try and create some
sense of calm and normalcy,
although I don't see how any-
body who must open and close
a shop cannot be under a state
of alarm.
We have reached a trend of
only waiting on 'where and
when' for the next incident to
occur, while our government
worries about the criminal's
rights and we sit around while
our rights of protection under
the constitution are violated.
The people are demanding that
the government take action to
protect the citizens of this coun-
try. Just like the country needs
an effective commercial court
system to sustain ourselves as a
competitive financial jurisdic-
tion, the police need an effec-
tive criminal justice system to
support their tireless efforts on
the streets. Is the government
going to protect us or are they
going to amend the laws for us
to protect ourselves?
Stop sitting around and wor-
rying about yourself interest,
stand up and do something to
those that are destroying the
quality of life in this country.
While I strongly believe that
we are to support and pray for
our government, we also have a
right and duty to hold them
accountable. Bahamians from
all walks of life are demanding
a strong stance against crime.
Announcing another "Zero
Tolerance" strategy against
crime is not the answer. "Zero
Tolerance" should occur every-
day. Resources need to be
pumped into the justice system.
Good roads and infrastructure
are no good to any of us, if we


are going to have to continue to
live with constant fear and frus-
tration. The finest resorts will
not be able to overshadow a
country plagued with crime.
The best airport in the region
will not protect our image from
a travel advisory or warning
issued in foreign jurisdictions.
While the government is mak-
ing a valid effort on many
fronts despite the economic
challenges, failure to deal with
crime will cause their work to
be in vain.
The minister advised "that
no effort will be spared until
we get those hardened crimi-
nals off of our streets and
brought to justice." These are
good words, but useless unless
followed up with unprecedent-
ed action. And to date, useless
they are. Persons continue to
walk around free on bail, we
have not seen an improvement
in our justice system in years,
and based on the talk of the
town, we are unlikely to see this
government carry out capital
punishment. Surprise! Sur-
prise!
We have completely allowed
a roll reversal in this country,
where the criminal roams free
without fear or circumstance
while the innocent person bars
themselves behind a fortress of
security devices (sorry I forgot,
56% of murders are the result
of the drug trade, retaliation,
and conflict. So we can all take
down our bars, unplug are
alarms, and roll down the car
windows and pray we miss out
on the other 44%). Shame on
our leaders for allowing this.
The laws are protecting the
criminals as opposed to the law
abiding citizens, therefore, the
government and opposition
need to lock themselves in the
House of Assembly and correct
this now. This is not the time
for talk and press releases.
The challenge of dealing with
crime is now. It is not a chal-
lenge for tomorrow and it is not
a challenge for us to stick our
heads in the sand and allow it to
fall on the next generation. It is
a challenge that faces every
hard working, honest Bahami-
an today. The majority of
Bahamians continue to be law
abiding citizens and it is the
government's job to protect
them.
Whether the government has
heard them or not, the people
of this country have spoken and
it is clearly the majority's desire
for a line to be drawn in the
sand and no stone left unturned
in having Capital Punishment
carried out in this country.
History will not judge us or
the government well, if we sit
by and do nothing.
I have heard people say that
the Minister of National Secu-
rity should resign, quite frankly
the whole cabinet should resign
as they appear unable to ensure
that justice and the rule of law
is carried out in this country.
The truly sad part is neither
prominent political party has
been effective on this issue. Per-
haps the time has come for an
alternative to the status quo??

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US Ambassador seeks more


use of sustainable energy


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

NEW United States
Ambassador to the Bahamas,
Nicole Avant, would like to
see greater use of sustainable
energy in her new host coun-
try.
In her first meeting with the
media, Ms Avant revealed
that alternative and sustain-
able forms of producing ener-
gy is a particular interest of
hers.
"I believe we must lay the
groundwork to protect the
environment in order to
ensure future economic pros-
perity," said the 41-year-old
at her Cable Beach home,
Liberty Overlook.
She charged that The
Bahamas is "well situated to
take advantage of its abun-
dant renewable energy
sources; sun, wind, and ocean
currents to provide for its own
energy needs while developing
new technologies and indus-
tries to export to the
Caribbean region".
Moves in this direction are
particularly important for
island nations such as The
Bahamas which is prone to


being threatened by sea level
rises associated with climate
change, suggested the Ambas-
sador.
"You've got everything
here," said Ms Avant. "I think
it's very important to get as
much information as possible
and to focus on that."
She said she would seek to
facilitate greater linkages
between US companies and
The Bahamas to promote sus-
tainable energy use and
intends() to support sustain-
able energy and other
programs designed to raise
environmental awareness and
create new economic oppor-
tunities".

Credentials

Ms Avant, who has family
ties to The Bahamas, arrived
in the country just over a week
ago and presented her cre-
dentials to the Governor Gen-
eral at Government House on
Thursday.
A former Vice President of
two music publishing compa-
nies, Interior Music Publish-
ing and Avant Garde Music
Publishing, she also has well-
established background in


education and philanthropy.
She became the first
African-American female
Ambassador to The Bahamas
from the US after serving as
the Southern California
Finance Co-Chairwoman of
Barack Obama's presidential
campaign.
In a friendly and informal
meeting with the media, she
said she has been "honoured
and entrusted with carrying
out the President's (Barack
Obama) foreign policy agen-
da" and her "number one pri-
ority" is ensuring the excel-
lent relationship that has
endured between the US and
The Bahamas continues.
She noted that The
Bahamas and the US have a
long history of successful pro-
grammes that address the flow
of drugs, weapons and illegal
migrants into both countries.
Ms Avant plans to work
closely with the Government
to ensure the continued suc-
cess of these programmes,
whilst also enhancing joint
efforts against terrorism.
Building prosperity and
economity security for
Bahamians and Americans
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The Bahamas, she suggested.
The Ambassador added
that she hopes to play a part
in expanding educational
opportunities, development
and investment in her new
home.
In response to questions
from the press, the mother-
of-two told of how women's
issues are her "top priority",
while music is "in her blood",
piracy of intellectual proper-
ty rights is a "sore spot", and
she is a strong believer in lit-
eracy programmes.
Although she does not yet
know how, Ms Avant said she
would love to help develop
and promote Bahamian musi-
cal talent while she is here.


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MORE than 10 companies
are bidding for the contract to
provide electronic tagging for
offenders, National Security
Minister Tommy Turnquest
revealed yesterday.
In his address at Her
Majesty's Prison's annual
Prison Service Recognition
Week church service, Mr Turn-
quest said the bids are being
analysed before a recommen-
dation can be made to the gov-
ernment.
"We will shortly introduce
electronic monitoring of offend-
ers, and Her Majesty's Prison
will play a critical role in imple-
menting this system," Mr Turn-
quest said at the service held
at the Church of God of
Prophecy, East Street.
"We continue to seek to
broaden the option for employ-
ment for inmates on the extra-
mural and intra-mural work
schemes, and have improved
the quality of education and
training available to those
inmates through the provision
of security of tenure to prison
instructors."
Mr Turnquest also said that
to ensure prison reform is effec-
tive, "great emphasis is being


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placed on the professional and
personal development of prison
officers".
He said: "Training and re-
training and effective human
resource management has
become a top priority. I assure
all prison officers that merit is
the sole criterion for advance-
ment in Prison Service."
Noting the theme for the
prison service recognition week
- Understanding the mission,
embracing the vision - Minister
Turnquest told prison officers:
"We have to ensure that as you
reflect on your mission and
embrace your vision, that the
mission and vision are not just


words. They are objectives to
be accomplished. They require
us to treat offenders in our
charge in accordance with
national and international laws
and practice. They require
Prison Officers to demonstrate
by their actions that they are
true professionals who deeply
care about prison service."
Minister Turnquest said
understanding the mission and
embracing the vision means
that prison officers will at all
times work to prevent traffick-
ing of drugs, cell telephones,
money or any contraband.
He called on all prison offi-
cers to "uphold the rules,
polices and procedures of the
prison, and to admonish or
report those that do not".
"If we are to advance prison
reform, we must act decisively
against any and all manner of
wrongdoing, no matter who is
the perpetrator," he said.
Mr Turnquest also expressed
his confidence in the hard-
working committed prison offi-
cers and congratulated the hon-
orees.
"Let me emphasise that we
need your continuing support
in rationalising and mod-
ernising our prison system. We
need you to give your best in all
that you do," he said.
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stream political parties,
including the Justice Minister
Jack Straw.
Straw argued that he
appeared on the programme
to confront Griffin and not to
leave "an empty chair."
Outrage at the BBC invi-
tation to Griffin has been
widespread and the BBC's
Director-General, Mark
Thompson, has been heavily
criticized for the decision
which he defends by saying
that the BBC will not cave
into "censorship."
As the programme was
about to be recorded on
Thursday, October 22, hun-
dreds of anti-fascist demon-
strators crowded the BBC's
television studios to protest
Griffin's appearance.
Well, what are the facts
about electoral support for
the BNP?
The party is not represent-
ed in the British Parliament.
In the 2005 British elections,
the BNP received a meager
0.7 per cent of the popular
vote.
But, in addition to already
holding seats in several met-
ropolitan borough councils,
the BNP won its first county
council seats and two seats
in the European Parliament
in June this year.
While these numbers rep-
resent a modest increase in
votes for the BNP in local
government and European
Union elections over the last
four years, they do not trans-
late into significant support
for the party at the national
level in Britain. Traditional-
ly, turn out at local govern-
ment and European Union
elections is small, and seldom
does it reflect national con-
sensus except in a national
elections year.
The BNP is, beyond any
shadow of doubt, a racist
political organisation with a
very strong anti-foreigner
position. Its anti-foreigner
and racist views are not lim-
ited to Africans and Asians,
but to Jews as well.
In August this year, the
BNP was forced to change
its constitution after the
Equality and Human Rights
Commission issued County
Court proceedings against it,
expressing concern that its
membership criteria were
restricted to white people.


Prior to the change in its
constitution, the BNP stated
that it is "committed to stem-
ming and reversing the tide
of non-white immigration
and to restoring, by legal
changes, negotiation and
consent the overwhelmingly
white makeup of the British
population that existed in
Britain prior to 1948", and it
restricted membership to
"indigenous British ethnic
groups deriving from the
class of 'Indigenous Cau-
casian.'"
The change in its consti-
tution removing restrictions
on non-white people was
never real; it was done to sat-
isfy the Court and to avoid
being banned for violation
of Britain's race relations
laws. On October 15, a group
of non-white people was
barred from attending a BNP
meeting and the reason was
captured on video when one
of its members told the
group: "We don't want you.
You are not white British."
So, the BNP is a fully
racist, fully anti-foreigner
political grouping whose
main desire is a Britain of
exclusively white people
except for white Jews. It is
repugnant, repulsive and vile
without question.
But the BBC is right that
the BNP and its leader
should not be banned from
its programmes. Banning the
BNP or censoring it would
serve the BNP best.
The party would point to
such a ban as a policy by the
authorities to suffocate its
views, giving it ammunition
to wage its war against them,
and a cause around which to
rally its sympathizers. It
would be far better to bring
the BNP's racist and anti-for-
eigner views out into the
open where they can be
rejected and defeated.
London's former Mayor,
Ken Livingstone, argued
against Griffin's appearance
on the BBC TV programme
by predicting that the BNP
leader's appearance would
spark a rash of racist attacks
on blacks and Asians. I
believe the opposite to be
true. Racist attacks by BNP
supporters are more likely to
result from banning Griffin
from appearing. Griffin him-
self thanked all those who
opposed his appearing on the
programme because, as he


said, they were "so stupid"
that the massive publicity
resulted in big financial dona-
tions to the BNP which, up
to then, had been severely
cash deprived.
The truth is that the BNP
has miniscule support in
Britain at the present time. It
has begun to appeal to some
of the working class people
because they are under
severe economic pressure.
Living costs are rising and so
are taxes. There is also a
shortage of low income hous-
ing, and the traditional wel-
fare state that has been built
up since the Second World
War is being eroded. In such
conditions, it almost axiomat-
ic for the White working
class to identify people of a
different race as a contribut-
ing factor to their woes.
Significantly, it is not
Africans and Asians alone
who are the brunt of current
working class resentment.
The present financial crisis
has also led to job losses to
European immigrant work-
ers who are prepared to
work for the minimum wage
- a wage that the British
worker has long rejected.
But, at the end of the day, it
is easier to identify people of
a different colour in violent
protests. So, despite the fact
that European immigrants
are the greatest rivals for
British jobs, inevitably,
Africans and Asians will be
the targets of any violence
that may occur.
The solution to the prob-
lem does not lie in banning
the BNP from the BBC or
any other media. The party
and its leadership ought not
to be dignified by the idea
that they are feared; they
should be confronted - as
they ultimately were on the
BBC programme "Question
Time" - and their fascism
exposed and repudiated as
indecent, anachronistic and
unacceptable.
The real solution lies in
the British government and
British industry pulling the
economy out of the dol-
drums in which it now wal-
lows and allocating resources
to the improvement of the
lot of the working class, who,
incidentally are not only
white but African and Asian
as well.

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SAVP Secretary, Corporate Accounts

Commonwealth Bank is the premier Bahamian Bank with
branches located in New Providence, Abaco and Grand Bahama.
We are committed to delivering superior quality service, to
training and developing our employees, to creating value for our
shareholders and to promoting economic growth and stability in


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BREADTH & COMPLEXITY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Secretary to the Assistant Vice President, Corporate Accounts
should possess excellent office skills, carry out assigned job duties
with minimal direct supervision, exercise initiative and judgment,
and be able to make sound decisions within the scope of assigned


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Perform administrative duties for the AVP
* Perform various administrative duties for the Corporate
Accounts Department
* Under the supervision of the AVP, assist with preparation
of accounting records and financial reports for the Bank's
subsidiaries

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* Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field
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* Typing skills of 50 wpm
* Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office
* Working knowledge of Quick Books would be a plus
* Excellent Office Administrative skills are essential
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FNM: Bradley Roberts re-election


'setback to any PLP reform'


FROM page one

Chairman on Thursday, the
governing party said the 65-
year-old "proudly embodies
and represents" the "incom-
petent, scandal-ridden days of
the old PLP" which the coun-
try has made too much
progress since 1992 to return
to.
In response to allegations
made in his "rambling and
disjointed" speech to the con-
vention, the party further lam-
basted Mr Roberts for "a
triple play of amnesia, selec-
tive memory and gross dis-
tortion of the facts."
Speaking to delegates on
Friday, the newly-elected
Chairman of the party
attacked the Government,
which he said he "intends to
dismantle", for refusing to
accept any responsibility for
the "worst recession in The
Bahamas since the great
depression."
He said the FNM's reluc-
tance to admit its policies
have contributed to the coun-
try's economic woes is evi-
dence that the party is unfit
for governance.
The former cabinet minis-
ter claimed the "record clear-
ly shows that the policies of
the FNM brought a halt to
the economic momentum of
the country and the increased


prosperity of the Bahamian
people, resulting in an
increase in unemployment,
unsustainable borrowing, and
the misery index, while house-
hold income, government rev-
enue, and tourist arrivals
plummeted."
Meanwhile, he hit out at
the Government for heavy
borrowing and alleged that


FROM page one

eagerly asked if he could
break a $100 bill into small
notes.
"I told him I didn't have
that much money on me,
but he was very persistent
and had a strange


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ham as Prime Minister has
been "disastrous" for the
country.
In its statement, the FNM
said Roberts appears to now
1', ,*pl. . to lecture on good
governance" despite being a
"man who sat in a scandal-a-
month party for five years,
who was himself embroiled in
a shameful scandal and who
operates in a PLP culture
more comfortable with wheel-
ing and dealing than account-
ability and transparency."
In contrast to Robert's
accusations of fiscal irrespon-
sibility on the government's
part, the statement added that
the FNM Government's over-
draft is currently $63.6 mil-
lion.
This, it said, is "$27 million
dollars less than its maximum
limit. This is in contrast to the
$97 million overdraft left by
the Christie administration in
what they said were unprece-
dentedly good economic
times. This was $3 million less
than the limit."


The party added that Mr
Roberts had "failed to men-
tion various assistance pro-
grammes introduced by the
FNM as well as an extraordi-
nary public infrastructure pro-
gramme" and the "electricity
relief programme" initiated.
"He spoke about the new
unemployment benefits pro-
gramme introduced by the
FNM, a programme his party
failed to introduce, even
though between 2003 and
2005 an average of 18,300
people were out of work in
what they said was a healthy
economy," said the statement.
They accused Roberts of
offering no constructive ideas
but only "the same destruc-
tive and outdated politics."
Meanwhile, they said that
while Roberts "brags about
the plans the PLP left in
place" the problem is that
"the PLP had all kinds of
plans, but failed to get very
much done."
"The Bahamian people vot-
ed them out because they did
not execute," said the party.


demeanour about him," said
the man, who ultimately
escaped what he believes
was a scam waiting to hap-
pen.
Assistant Commissioner
Hulan Hanna told The Tri-
bune that police take coun-
terfeiting "very, very seri-
ously" and advised the pub-
lic to report any suspicious
activity, whether they are
conned or not, so police can
have a better chance at
catching the crooks.
"The advice I wish to give
to the public is to report
these people immediately if
they approach you and
seem insistent. Call police
because your hunch that it
may be someone trying to
slip counterfeit currency
into the general flow may
be correct," said ACP Han-
na.
He also suggested that if
someone has a "significant
amount of money in small
denominations" this too
could be a sign that they are
trying to benefit from sifting
fake cash into the economy.
"Another approach used
by these kind of people has
been to spend small curren-
cies, and by spending it in
that way they feel they'll be
able ot go unnoticed for a
longer time," said ACP
Hanna.
While anyone holding
large amounts of money in
small denominations may
be "above board and hon-
est", it is best to also alert
the police if you have any
suspicions so they can keep
tabs on the situation.
The senior officer said
police have had some suc-
cess in nabbing counterfeit-
ers and putting them before
the courts, but in other cas-
es where the conartist has
gotten wind of the fact that
they may be being targeted
by police they "become
afraid and back off", mak-
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T H E T R I I; Ii N E P A (, E 1 1


' COMMONWEALTH AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE


Jets soar







to 20-







win over


Pays


By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net


Last year's runners-up improved to 2-0 in the
Commonwealth American Football League
on the strength of a stifling defense which deliv-
ered its second consecutive shutout.
The John Bull Jets held the V-8 Fusion Stingrays scoreless
for a 20-0 win yesterday at the D.W Davis Field.
The game began in its typical tough-nosed fashion
between the two teams, with a scoreless first quarter.
On the opening moments, both teams failed to convert on
fourth down.
The Stingrays defense recovered a fumble on a botched
snap, however failed to capitalize, while the Jets reached the
scoreboard on the next possession on a short yardage run by
Valdez Bodie.
John Bull failed to convert but held a 6-0 lead early in the
second quarter.
After another stifling possession by the offense, the
SEE page 12


SAILING: SUNFISH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NASSAU



American David Loring wins


Sunfish in Bahamas again


The Bahamas has ended up being
somewhat of a good luck charm for
David Loring.
The Charleston, South Carolina native
won his third Sunfish World Champi-
onships in Nassau Friday with a net total
of 28.6 points.
He got his first championship title in
1995 in Abaco, the last time the event
was held in The Bahamas.
The gruelling championship came
down to the final moments of the last
regatta.
" Physically it was as tough as it got.
I've never been through a Worlds or any
regatta at this level where it's come down
to the last 200 yards," Loring said, "I
was actually losing the regatta as I round-
ed the last mark.
"As I made it into the home stretch, I
was sixth and I needed to be fourth in
order to win overall. I managed to pass
three boats in a fight to the finish and
ended up coming third in that race to
win overall."
His last minute rally put fellow Amer-
icans Paul-Jon Patin (30 points) in second
place and David Mendelblatt (32 points)
in third.
Three time Sunfish World Champion
Donnie Martinborough was the
Bahamas' top finisher, coming in 13th
overall (156 points). Charles Kelly was
the second best Bahamian finisher in
23rd place (224 points) and Bahamian
junior nationals champion Christopher
Sands finished 27th overall (234 points).
"The wind conditions were tough, it
blew in excess of 20 knots all week long
and it's ironic, but those kinds of wind
conditions aren't what Bahamian sailors
are used to," said Martinborough, "We
all trained really hard in the usual con-


THE JETS' running back Jason Davis.


WIND CONDITIONS were tough for the sailors this year in the Sunfish championship.


editions experienced here, so it was really
disappointing for us to be so prepared,
but end up with such different wind con-
ditions."
"These things happen, you can't pre-
dict the weather, and you have to be able
to sail in all conditions in order to be the
best and that proved to be more than
the case this week," he said, adding, "I
think another week it could have been a
whole different outcome because the lev-
el of sailing was that good."
Seventy-two sailors representing 14
countries competed in the event, which
was hosted by the Nassau Yacht Club.
"The level of the competition was real-
ly good. The top five competitors were


fighting until the very last race, which
made the regatta really exciting. The
hosts did a wonderful job of putting on
this event," said Andres Santana, Presi-
dent Sunfish Class.
The top 10 finishers as well as the first
female overall and top finishers in the
master divisions were all presented with
one of a kind driftwood with bronze sea
life sculpture trophies created by Pete
Johnston's Foundry in Abaco.
The Ministries of Tourism and Youth,
Sports and Culture and a number of cor-
porate sponsors including Pictet Bank
& Trust, Atlantis and Fun Foods Whole-
sale (Nestle Ice Cream) lent much need-
ed logistical and financial support.


SOCCER














The technical staff of the
Bahamas Women's U-17
National Soccer Team has
confirmed the names of the
18 young ladies that will trav-
el to Haiti October 31, 2009 to
compete in the CFU Wom-
en's U-17 Qualifying Tourna-
ment.
The team has been prepar-
ing for some time for this
competition which was origi-
nally scheduled to be con-
ducted in Trinidad and Toba-
go in August of this year.
That tournament which con-
tained 9 teams was then
divided into two groups with
Group A, containing the
Bahamas, relocated to Haiti
at this later date.
The team, which includes a
blend of players from New
Providence and Grand
Bahama, will be vying for the
opportunity to continue on in
the qualification for the FIFA
Women's U-17 World Cup in
2010, but will have to advance
out of the group in Haiti for a
chance.
Last year, the girls travelled
to Trinidad and performed in
tremendous fashion in the
CFU Girls Youth Cup, win-
ning two matches and losing
two.
The two losses were against
the hosts Trinidad and Toba-
go and in the semi-final
against Jamaica, the tourna-
ments two finalists.
The team looks to continue
their performance in the
upcoming tournament and
based on the training to date,
should fare well against their
opponents.
The delegation is scheduled
to leave Nassau on Saturday,
SEE page 13


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FROM page 11
Stingrays special teams gave up its second
touchdown of the season.
Backed up against their own endzone, the
Jets blasted through the Stingrays' offensive
line to block the punt, and recover in the end-
zone for their second score of the game.
Drameco Clarke connected with Ishmael
Sutherland for a successful conversion to give
the Jets a 14-0 lead.
Fumble
The Stingrays offence, which struggled for
much of the game failed to mount any consis-
tency all game turned the ball over on a fum-
ble, late in the half.
After a series of productive screens to the
tight ends and carving up the Stingrays zone
defense, the Jets scored on their second rush-
ing touchdown of the day when Jason Davis
ran in from 12 yards out.


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the Stingrays defence.
After a failed conversion, the Jets led 20-0 at
the half.
The second half was all Jets, as they con-
trolled the time of possession on the ground.
The lone score of the second half, a deep
pass from Clarke to Sutherland was called
back on a false start penalty.
A late flurry by the Stingrays as they drove
the ball downfield late in the fourth was halt-
ed when Jets cornerback Phillip Rahming
intercepted a pass down the sideline.
The Jets kept pace defensively after week
one's 58-0 blowout win over the Tripoint King-
dom Warriors.
The Stingrays fell to 0-2, after opening with
a loss to the Orry J. Sands Pros, 24-12.
Next week's schedule will feature the most
eagerly anticipated game of the season, a
rematch of last year's Boil Fish Bowl when
the Jets will take on the Pros, Saturday, Octo-
ber 31st.
Sunday, November 1st, the Stingrays will
face the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
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BFA inaugurates new field


and names in honour of past


president Roscow Davies


The Bahamas Football Asso-
ciation launched the 2009-2010
Soccer Season with a Charity
Shield Cup Match on Wednes-
day, October 21, 2009.
The Association also took
that occasion to inaugurate the
artificial turf field at the Baillou
Hills Complex, and honour one
of its own.
Past President Roscow A. L.
Davies was the man of the hour
and got the opportunity to see
his name in lights as BFA Pres-
ident Anton Sealey commed-
ed Davies for his longstanding
commitment to the growth of
the game and for the many sac-
rifices that he, and his family,
made for this.
The new field, now known
as the Roscow A. L. Davies
Soccer Field and confirmed by
the newly erected scoreboard
bearing the name, paid homage


to Davies, who has been
involved in the sport from the
early 1950's and was a member
of the Executive Committee for
an extended period, serving as
both Vice President and Presi-
dent.

Thanked
In accepting the honour,
Davies thanked the BFA for
their recognition and gracious-
ly thanked all of those who
worked along with him during
his tenure as President. Har-
court "Rip" Rolle, Leroy
Braithwaite, Leroy Archer and
Stanley Fulford were but a few
of the persons Davies thanked
in his acceptance speech, and
gave special recognition to his
wife, Mavis, and sons for their
understanding and acceptance


SPORTS
Rossi clinches his
7th Moto GP title
SEPANG, Malaysia - Valentino Rossi of
Italy has clinched a seventh Moto GP world
title by finishing third in the Malaysian Grand
Prix won by Casey Stoner of Australia.
Rossi retained his world title with one race
to spare and heads the championship standings
with 286 points. Stoner earned his second
straight win by taking the checkered flag on his
Ducati, with Honda rider Dani Pedrosa of
Spain second. Yamaha rider Rossi finished
third after Italian compatriot Andrea
Dovizioso lost control of his Honda with sev-
en laps to go in the 21-lap race.

Australia hold nerve to edge
four-run victory over India
Australia's bowlers held their nerve in a
tight finish to edge a four-run victory over
India in the first one-day international in
Vadodara. Ricky Ponting (74), opener Tim
Paine (50), Cameron White (51) and Michael
Hussey - with a fluent 73 off just 54 deliveries
- helped Australia post a commanding 292 for
eight.
Gautam Gambhir responded with a fine 68
and pieced together useful partnerships with
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli, but
India were still left with a mountain to climb.
Harbhajan Singh (49) and Praveen Kumar
(40no) then put on 83 in quick time for the sev-
enth wicket to bring India within range of
what had looked a highly unlikely victory -
but Australia's bowlers eventually prevailed as
the hosts fell just short on 288 for eight.

Blackmar wins first
Champions Tour tiUe
SAN ANTONIO - Phil Blackmar won his
first Champions Tour title Sunday, birdieing
five of his first six holes en route to a 7-under
64 and a one-stroke victory over Jay Haas,


of his passion for the game. On
hand during the presentation,
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Desmond Bannister
commended Davies, mention-
ing also that Davies' father will
be inducted into the Bahamas'
Sports Hall of Fame next
month.
He further commended the
BFA for their recognition of
Davies' effort and offered his
continued support to the
growth of the game in the
Bahamas.
The presentation and unveil-
ing of the new scoreboard took
place at halftime of the Charity
Shield match, eventually won
by Insurance Management
Bears FC 2-0 over Cavalier FC.
The night gave a star-stud-
ded opening to the new season
that looks to be very promis-
ing.


Tom Kite and Andy Bean in the AT&T
Championship. Blackmar, a three-time win-
ner on the PGA Tour who joined the Cham-
pions Tour late in 2007, had a 10-under 203
total on the Oak Hills course. The 6-foot-7
former University of Texas player earned
$255,000 in the final full-field event of the
year. He jumped 27 spots in the Charles
Schwab Cup standings to 30th to take the last
spot in the season-ending Schwab Cup in
Sonoma, Calif.
He admitted he's been thinking about get-
ting out of golf if he had to go through quali-
fying school and was unsuccessful getting his
card. "I got very nervous, but I was able to
hang in there," said Blackmar, who lives about
150 miles away in Corpus Christi. "This year
hasn't been very much fun, so I was comfort-
able with getting back into broadcasting, or
something else."
Haas (69) had a chance to win or force a
playoff, but bogeyed the 202-yard, par-3 18th.
He left his tee shot short, dumped a chip into
the front bunker, then watched his third shot
roll over the lip and stay out of the cup by
less than an inch.

Baghdatis wins Stockholm Open
by beating Rochus 0-1, 7-5
STOCKHOLM - Marcos Baghdatis of
Cyprus beat Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-1, 7-
5 on Sunday, winning the Stockholm Open
for his third career ATP Tour singles title just
a week after learning he had gained the even-
t's main draw. Baghdatis was playing a Chal-
lenger event in Tashkent when he got the
news.
"They told me I was in, so I got on a plane
right after the final (in Tashkent last week)
and here I am," he said. "I can't say I was
expecting this victory, but it feels great. I'm
really happy."
The 66th-ranked Cypriot advanced to the
final against his friend and training partner
with a walkover after top-seeded Robin Soder-
ling of Sweden withdrew because of an elbow
injury.
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FROM page 11

October 31, 2009 and return on Saturday,
November 7, 2009.
The team is as follows.


Courtney Treco
Sarah McClure
Karen Wert
Annisa Albury
Linnea Chisholm
Paige Armbrister
Giovanni Ferguson
Dena Ingraham
Detinee Mitchell
Holly Sands
Felicia Taylor
Courtney Moss
Kiana Baldwin
Kimberly Johnson
Shelby Carbin-Green
Lauren Haven
Shannon Hutton
Mia Whylly


Goalkeeper
Goalkeeper
Defender
Defender
Defender
Defender
Defender
Defender
Midfielder
Midfielder
Midfielder
Midfielder
Midfielder
Midfielder
Forward
Forward
Forward
Forward


The Administrative and Technical Staff
Travelling with the team includes:


Eula Rolle
Vandyke Bethel
Daria Adderley
Harvey Mullings


Team Manager
National Coach
Assistant Coach
Goalkeeping Coach


The 22 member delegation is scheduled
to depart Nassau on Saturday, October 31,
2009 for a trio of matches that will include:


Cayman Islands
4:00 pm
Haiti
6:15 pm


November 2, 2009
Stade Sylvio Cator
November 4, 2009
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Torres inspires Liverpool to



win against Manchester United


LIVERPOOL'S FERNANDO TORRES, front, scores a goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at
Anfield, Liverpool, England, Sunday Oct. 25, 2009.


Dempsey


stars for


Fulham
LONDON - Liverpool beat
Manchester United 2-0 to end
its four-game losing streak and
keep Chelsea at the top of the
Premier League on Sunday,
while Arsenal and Manchester
City threw away two-goal leads
and were held to draws, writes
Associated Press.
Arsenal tied West Ham 2-2
but still moved above Totten-
ham into third, while Clint
Dempsey's equalizer gave Ful-
ham a 2-2 tie with Man City.
Goals by Fernando Torres
and David Ngog earned Liver-
pool its third straight Premier
League victory over Manches-
ter United, which has become
its closest rival and last season
tied its record 18 league title
triumphs.
"The players have answered
a lot of questions and that's the
most important thing," said Liv-
erpool manager Rafa Benitez.
"We have to keep going. We
can't get too excited about
today."


AP rnoIO/TI Im Males
LIVERPOOL CO OWNER Tom Hicks before Liverpool's match
against Manchester United in the English Premier League soc-
cer at Anfield, Liverpool, England.
ROB HARRIS,AP Sports Writer
LIVERPOOL, England
Liverpool fans got good news on and off the field Sunday.
First managing director Christian Purslow said the team
will have new investors within six months and that manag-
er Rafa Benitez's job is secure. Then the gloom that had
been engulfing the club was further lifted by a 2-0 victory
over Manchester United.
A run of four straight losses before the win had intensified
the pressure on American co-owners Tom Hicks and George
Gillett Jr. to spend money to strengthen the squad.
Before the match, around 1,000 fans chanted "Yanks
out" as they protested outside Anfield against Hicks and
Gillett Jr., who were on a rare joint visit.
Hicks, who wildly celebrated Sunday's first goal by Fer-
nando Torres, and Gillett went public last month with their
search for new equity after a Saudi Arabian prince said he
wanted to buy a stake in the 18-time English champions.
And Purslow assured fans an injection of cash will be
arriving soon.


Interest
"There has been a huge amount of interest in the club
from some extremely wealthy and expert investors, but it will
take three to six months to pull that together," Purslow
said. "It means there will be new investment into the foot-
ball club. Mr. Hicks and Mr. Gillett have no plans to sell
their shares. We will be issuing new equity to new investors,
broadening our ownership."
Hicks also owns the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars.
Gillett recently sold the Montreal Canadiens but is still a
majority owner of NASCAR's Richard Petty Motorsports
team.
Despite the recent poor run of results in the Champions
League and Premier League, Benitez is still seen as the
manager to deliver the club's first English championship
since 1990.
Benitez signed a new five-year contract in March despite
winning only two major trophies since arriving in 2004 - the
Champions League in 2005 and 2006 FA Cup.
"Liverpool Football Club is on a long-term journey and
that journey is to be the most successful club, firstly in our
country and secondly in the world, and you don't do that by
worrying about short-term results," Purslow said. "You do
that by having long-term plans centering on the people and
the strategy. Rafa Benitez is absolutely central to that plan."
Purslow said neither of the team's pivotal players, Torres
and Steven Gerrard, were for sale at any price.


United's second defeat
means it is two points behind
Chelsea, which outplayed
Blackburn 5-0 on Saturday.
Liverpool moved up three spots
to fifth.
Dempsey headed home
Jonathan Greening's free kick
in the 68th minute to deny Man
City the win at City of Man-
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City appeared in control after
strikes by Joleon Lescott (53rd)
and Martin Petrov (60th). But
Damien Duff replied in the
62nd and Dempsey knotted the
score.
"At 2-0 up, we should see the
game off," Manchester City
manager Mark Hughes said.
"We acknowledged before the
game that Dempsey was a good
header of a ball and told the
guys but we allowed him to
score."
First-half goals by Robin van
Persie and William Gallas gave
Arsenal a comfortable lead at
next-to-last West Ham, but
Carlton Cole and Alessandro
Diamanti forced the tie.
Arsenal still moved to third
above Tottenham, which lost
1-0 at home to Stoke on Satur-
day. The Gunners also have a
game in hand on Tottenham
and Liverpool.
In Sunday's other game,
Bolton edged Everton 3-2.

FRANKFURT - Ten-man
Hamburger SV forced a 3-3 tie
at Schalke to move into a tie
with Bayer Leverkusen atop
the Bundesliga.
Unbeaten in the league, Lev-
erkusen drew 1-1 with Borussia
Dortmund on Friday and has


an edge on goal difference.
Both teams have 22 points. In
other games Sunday, Werder
Bremen rallied for a 4-1 win in
Bochum and last-place Hertha
Berlin ended an eight-game
skid by holding champion
Wolfsburg to a 0-0 draw.
Bremen moved above
Schalke into third place.

GLASGOW, Scotland - First-
half goals by Shaun Maloney
and Scott McDonald gave
Celtic a 2-1 victory at Hamil-
ton and helped the club move
back on top of the Scottish Pre-
mier League.
Defending champions
Rangers were held 1-1 at home
by Hibernian on Saturday and
the result opened the door for
Celtic to regain top spot.
Celtic's sixth victory in nine
games means Tony Mowbray's
team has 20 points. Rangers,
unbeaten with five wins and
four draws, have 19.

AMSTERDAM - FC Twente
beat FC Groningen 4-0 to stay
atop the Dutch league and
extend its unbeaten run to 11
games, while Ajax beat defend-
ing champion AZ Alkmaar 4-2
to move into second place in
the standings.


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chester United's Nemanja Vidic, left, during their English Premier
League soccer match at Anfield stadium.


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have been deliberate


POLICE suspect a fire which completely
destroyed a house on Harbour Island may
have been started deliberately.
According to Superintendent Ellsworth
Moss, head of the Central Detective Unit,


police on the island were alerted to the blaze
around 6.30pm on Saturday.
The two story winter home, which is owned
by a person from California, was not occu-
pied at the time. Investigations are continuing.


The Bahamas to get swine flu

vaccinations for 250,000 people


FROM page one
organisation (WHO) policies
and recommendations from the
local medical community, said
Dr Minnis.
The vaccine, which was
approved last week following
human trials, has recently start-
ed to be put to use in the Unit-
ed States. While the initial hys-
teria surrounding the new
strain of influenza has abated
somewhat, along with evidence
that in most cases the illness is
mild, the number of cases con-
tinues to grow worldwide and
the public is being urged to get
vaccinated to protect them-
selves and others.
Following a "rapid increase
in illness" in the US stemming
from the viral outbreak, Presi-
dent Barack Obama declared a
national state of emergency
over the H1N1 pandemic on
Saturday with the intention of
easing legal requirements to
help federal governments pro-
vide necessary medical treat-
ment.
Yesterday, Health Minister
Dr Minnis said The Bahamas
has yet to see a significant
increase in the number of swine
flu cases in line with what is
going on in our near neighbour
and major tourist market of
North America. It is not yet
known who The Bahamian
government will seek to see
immunised first when vaccines
become available, although it is
likely that similar policies to


those being pursued in the US
will be followed.
Dr Minnis said the medical
profession would certainly be
the first to receive the vaccine,
as they are at a higher risk of
being exposed to the virus and
their wellbeing is important to
that of society at large.
Worldwide, young people
have taken the brunt of the
impact of the H1N1 virus, and
in the US the Centre for Dis-
ease Control recommends that
those aged six months to 25
years should get vaccinated as a
matter of priority.
The CDC records that out
of the 5,000 people hospitalized
with swine flu in the US since
September 1 this year, more
than 53 per cent have been
under 25.
Other target groups which
should get vaccinated as soon
as possible, according to the
CDC, include pregnant
women, people who live with
or care for children younger
than six months of age, health-
care and emergency medical
services personnel, and people
between the ages of 25 through
64 who are at higher risk for
2009 HIN1 because of chronic
health disorders or compro-
mised immune systems.
Dr Minnis added that The
Bahamas is in a good position
to ensure citizens are vaccinat-
ed efficiently as we have many
community clinics which can
act as distribution centres for
the vaccine.


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BEC


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


Judicial Review proceed-
ings will "shortly" be
launched against the
Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration's (BEC) pro-
posed $105 million Abaco power
plant, an attorney for the plaintiffs
branding the Government's move
to obtain all the necessary permits
without further public participa-
tion/consultation as "an absolute
mockery of democracy" and "a slap
in the face".
Fred Smith, the Callender's & Co
attorney and partner, who is repre-
senting numerous Abaco residents


t faces Judicial Review


and landowners in their opposition
to the Wilson City plant, questioned
how the Bahamian people could
"have any faith in due process" as a
result of how the approvals/permit-
ting process for the project had been
handled.
He said he and his clients had
received no substantive response
from any government agency to their
September 16, 2009, letter seeking
information about the permitting
process for the Wilson City plant.
But now the Government,
through Phenton Neymour, minis-
ter of state for the environment, had
announced that all relevant per-
mits/approvals required for the pow-
er plant's construction to proceed


FRED SMITH


had been granted, despite no infor-
mation on this process having been
forthcoming.
"In the face of this announcement,
my clients have no alternative but
to launch Judicial Review proceed-
ings, which they will be doing short-
ly," Mr Smith told Tribune Business.
"Regrettably, Judicial Review pro-
ceedings will be launched very short-
ly. It will take some time to get all
the documents together, but they
will be drafted."
A Judicial Review would probably
be the last thing Abaco's power-
starved economy, businesses and
consumers would want, since it
would almost certainly involve
applying to the Supreme Court for


an injunction to halt all construction
work on Wilson City while the case
is before the courts.
That, in turn, would further delay
the plant's construction and the
enhancement of BEC's ability to
meet the island's electricity needs,
Tribune Business having previously
reported that Abaco's peak load had
risen by 64 per cent in five years.
Electricity demand on Abaco has
been steadily increasing, and failure
to install the generation capacity to
meet it will increasingly damage the
island's economy, especially tourist-
based businesses. Wilson City's con-
struction costs are also likely to

SEE page 4B


Oil facility in $545k

business licence deal


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


South Riding Point
revenues up 92% in


THE former owner of a 2009 first half, due to
Grand Bahama-based oil stor- extra storage capacity
age terminal paid $545,00o to extra storage capacity
settle outstanding business
licence fees claimed by the Gov-
ernment prior to the complex's just-closed $258 million sale, the
Norwegian purchaser taking control of a business that enjoyed
a 92 per cent revenue increase during the 2009 first half.
World Point Terminals, in its
half-yearly report to sharehold- SEE page 8B
ers, confirmed that the 2 per


Retailers see 'noticeable' shift in

consumers' spending patterns


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN retailers
have seen a "noticeable" shift
in consumer buying patterns,
with sales dropping markedly
during the Monday-Thursday
midweek period and increas-
ing at the weekend, some-
thing being interpreted as a
sign more persons are "living
from pay cheque to pay
cheque".
Dionisio D'Aguilar said he
had seen the buying pattern
shift at both his Superwash
laundromat chain, of which


'Severe liquidity' issues hit bank


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

"SEVERE liquidity issues"
have left the Bahamas Devel-
opment Bank (BDB) unable
to write any "meaningful size
loans", a government minister
has confirmed to Tribune
Business, with "50 per cent-
plus" of its $55 million loan
portfolio in the non-perform-
ing category.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, said the
Government was assessing


* Retailers see midweek
sales drops, then increases
at weekend, indicating
more living from pay
cheque to pay cheque

he is president, and at AML
Foods, the BISX-listed food
retail conglomerate that he
chairs.
"There's a shift in buying
patterns now," the former
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's president explained.
SEE page 2B


* Bahamas Development Bank unable to originate any 'meaningful
size loans' as '50%-plus' of existing portfolio non-performing
* Situation exacerbates 'credit crunch' facing many Bahamian firms
* Government assessing 'many, many issues' in moving BDB forward


"many, many issues" with
regard to how it reformed the
BDB and moved the institu-
tion forward, acknowledging
that the liquidity crunch
caused by the inability/failure
of many existing borrowers
to repay loans had left it
"highly constrained" when it
came to writing new business.
"There's no moratorium on
lending, but as I had indicated
during the Budget debate, the
bank does face severe liquid-
ity issues as, in many ways,
it's highly constrained in
terms of lending," Mr Laing
told Tribune Business.
While the BDB was still
able to write loans for rela-
tively small sums, Mr Laing
said the liquidity crunch it was
experiencing meant that in
the case of "any meaningful
size loans, it will be very dif-
ficult and hard pressed to do
so".
And the minister added:
"At the moment, the bank
really, really is having a diffi-
cult time finding the liquidity
to make loans.
"The bank has any number
of issues confronting it, but
the primary one is the perfor-


ZHIVARGO LAING

mance of the portfolio in
terms of people being able to
repay their obligations. That
has created huge challenges
for the bank."
The BDB's inability to orig-
inate "meaningful loans" will
further impair the ability of
many Bahamian start-ups,
entrepreneurs and small busi-
nesses, who would be unable
to obtain debt financing else-
where, to access capital.
And with the Government-


sponsored venture capital
fund also reassessing its lend-
ing/financing policies and con-
centrating on its existing port-
folio of start-up investments,
not to mention the increased
skittishness of many com-
mercial banks to small busi-
ness loans, it is clear many
Bahamian entrepreneurs are
experiencing this nation's own
version of the 'credit crunch'.
The inability to access debt
financing, from whatever
institution and form sought,
could spell doom for many
Bahamian businesses, espe-
cially during this recession
and the slump in consumer
demand.
While conceding that the
BDB's liquidity crisis would
impact those businesses in the
niche that it served, Mr Laing
told Tribune Business that it
held a relatively small share of
the commercial lending mar-
ket - meaning the impact
would not be systemic or
widespread.
"Over the years, BDB has
built a portfolio of some $40-
$50 million-plus, and if you
SEE page 7B


90% of entrepreneurs

lack skills for survival


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
SOME 90 per cent of
prospective Bahamian entre-
preneurs lack the skills,
knowledge and expertise to
survive in business, a consul-
tant to the sector has told Tri-
bune Business, urging that a
package of managerial,
accounting and other support
services be attached to any


Banks urged to tie small
business loans to support
packages, giving borrowers
best chance to meet
obligations

small business loans.
Mark Turnquest, of Mark

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Markets

LAST week, Bahamian investors
traded in 11 out of the 24 listed securi-
ties, of which two advanced, two
declined and seven remain unchanged.

EQUITY MARKET
A total of 28,461 shares changed
hands, representing a drop of 10,889
shares compared to the previous week's
trading volume of 39,350 shares.
Doctors Hospital Health Systems
(DHS) was the volume leader, trading
12,000 shares, with its stock advancing
by $0.20 to close the week at $2.25.
FamGuard Corporation (FAM) led


FROM page 1B

"We're finding it in my Super-
wash business and at AML
Foods, in that Monday to Fri-
day sales are significantly
slower, but at the weekend
they are robust. But the week-
end is not enough to com-
pensate for Monday to Fri-
day.
"There seems to be this
huge bulge at the weekend.
It's straining organizations, so
businesses are having to shift
staffing patterns, reducing
them during the week and
increasing them at the week-
end to accommodate this
great rush."
Mr D'Aguilar added: "It
shows more of the population
are limping from pay cheque
to pay cheque, and we are
noticing it in the changing
buying patterns.


the advance during the week, its share
price increasing by $0.22 on a volume of
1,000 shares traded to close the week at
$6.50.
The lead decline last week was First-
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas) (CIB), which dropped by
$0.13 on a volume of 1,500 shares, clos-
ing the week at $9.87.

BOND MARKET
A total of 22 bonds traded in the
Bahamian bond market last week.
Some 13 FBB22 Series B Notes traded,
valued at $13,000, while five FBB13
Series C Notes traded valued at $5,000.
A further four FBB15 Series D notes
traded valued at $4,000.


"Then you're shifting your
scheduling and ordering.
You've got to adjust busi-
nesses to deal with that - this
huge decrease during the
week, and the increase at the
weekend. But the increase at
the weekend is not compen-
sating for the decrease dur-
ing the week.
"It indicates more people
are living from pay cheque to
pay cheque, holding on, meet-
ing their needs when they get
paid, and then holding on
until the next pay cheque."
Gavin Watchorn, AML
Foods' president and chief
executive, described the shift
in buying patterns as "notice-
able" rather than significant,
but acknowledged the com-
pany had seen a slight
decrease in early week con-
sumer purchases and an


COMPANY NEWS

Earnings Releases:
There were no earnings released by
any of the publicly traded companies
during the week.

Dividend Notes:
* Consolidated Water BDRs declared
a dividend of $0.015 per share, payable
on November 6, 2009, to all ordinary
shareholders of record date October 1,
2009.
* FOCOL Holdings has declared a
dividend of $0.060 per share, payable on
November 10, 2009, to all ordinary
shareholders of record date October
30, 2009.


'noticeable'



nsumers'



patterns


increase at the weekend. six to eight weeks. We've
Mr Watchorn said the shift not seen any move in cus-
indicated two things - persons tomer counts - they're still
waiting for their pay cheque, anywhere from 6-12 per
and also for the 'Thursday cent above last year.
special' price promotion ads "I think the market is
carried in the newspapers. getting a lot smaller now
as the economy bites a lit-
Adverts tle more. There's quite a
concern over Christmas
"It's the weekend adverts because of the fact that
that come out on Thursday," Christmas business is huge
the AML Foods president for so many retailers in the
said. "I think people are get- Bahamas. Food retailers
ting accustomed to waiting for are a little different - our
that, and customers look for- sales peak at Christmas,
ward to the Thursday adver- but it doesn't make or
tisements. Now, more and break the year for us. The
more are waiting for them concern is that if there's a
and shopping around the var- bad Christmas, it will not
ious chains for their specials." be a good first quarter
Still, Mr Watchorn next year."
acknowledged: "We have Meanwhile, Mr
seen a decrease in the average D'Aguilar said he was
transaction value over the last "not optimistic" and "afraid"
about the short and medium-
term economic outlook for
the Bahamas.
"I don't have a good gut
f uu li1 b h 111y


Ieeli UU L Lng i o e economy,
he explained. "Sales are con-
tinuing to deteriorate, and in
my business of sales contin-
ue to slide and deteriorate,
it's an indication that people
are unemployed.
"Our sales [at Superwash]
are slipping, and they're con-
tinuing to slide. I just don't
have any good news. I'm pes-
simistic about the domestic
economy, and a little more
optimistic about the world
economy.
"I don't know if people are


The Bahamian Stock Market


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE


AML
BBL
BOB
BPF
BSL
BWL
CAB
CBL
CHL
CIB
DHS
FAM
FBB
FCC
FCL
FCLB
FIN
ICD
JSJ
PRE


$1.17
$0.63
$5.90
$10.75
$10.06
$3.15
$9.93
$5.74
$2.72
$9.87
$2.25
$6.50
$2.37
$0.27
$4.11
$1.00
$9.30
$5.59
$9.95
$10.00


CHANGE VOLUME


$-0.09
$-0.13
$-0
$-0
$-
$-
$-
$-0.09
$-
$-0.13
$0.20
$0.22
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$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
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$-


limping until they get paid
and do all their purchasing at
once, or are waiting until the
weekend to do all their pur-
chasing, but people are just
buying the basics - just the
basic foods, the basic luxury
goods."
Adding that consumers
were "definitely tightening"
when it came to purchasing
power and spending, Mr
D'Aguilar added: "I see
another six to eight months
of this, and that is a guess. We
need good news, a boost,
something to happen. We
need Baha Mar to close the
deal with the Chinese.
The former Chamber pres-
ident added that the Govern-
ment appeared to have "no


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grand Marshall Plan" to deal
with increasing crime levels,
even though businesses were
"getting hit left, right and cen-
tre over that".
Policymakers were also
"hoping and praying" over
the problems in the Bahamian
education system, which had
been more than 30 years in
the making.
"There's a fear of doing
anything outside the norm,"
Mr D'Aguilar said. "There's
nothing new and innovative,
nothing drastic and dramatic,
just same old, same old."
There was "nothing to chip
away at the problem", he
added, such as making Gov-
ernment High School a char-
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009, PAGE 3B


Bahamians not



equipped for



'New Normal'


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas is not
equipping its school gradu-
ates with the education and
skills to compete in the 'New
Normal' economic reality it
faces, a leading banking exec-
utive has warned, the "many
years of prosperity" having
masked deep-rooted ineffi-
ciencies within this nation's
economy.
Anwer Sunderji, chairman
and chief executive of Fideli-
ty Bank & Trust Internation-
al, addressing the bank's Sir
Gerald Cash National Distin-
guished Teachers' Awards
ceremony at Government
House on Friday, warned that
the Bahamas rapidly had to
"retool and reengineer" its
economy to cope with the
'New Normal' - an era when
economic and top-line sales
growth will no longer be dri-
ven by high consumption and
consumer demand levels.
Describing an uneducated
workforce as the g L..It ,
threat" to the Bahamas'
"i iiiii economic security and
social stability", Mr Sunderji
said: "If the Bahamas is to
compete, and win, in a rapid-
ly changing economic envi-
ronment - an environment
that is driven and dominated
by digitalisation, deregulation,
diversity and globalisation -
then we must develop a work-
force that is more highly
skilled and literate than ever
before.
"The forces that shape our
economy have changed dra-
matically in just a couple of
years. The twin engines of
our economy, financial ser-
vices and tourism, have to
quickly retool and reengineer


Comfort


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so the Bahamas can survive
and thrive in the 'New Nor-
mal'.
"What is the 'New Nor-
mal'? It is a time when the
high level of consumption in
the developed world is going
to be sharply curtailed. It is
America, particularly, switch-
ing from a culture of con-
sumption to a culture of sav-
ings. This switch in American
priorities will slow our eco-
nomic growth for the next
several years. If Americans
spend less and save more, we
will feel it in our pocket.
That's the 'New Normal',"
Mr Sunderji added.
Survive
"To survive these lean
times, we will need to work
longer, work harder and for
less money. We will have to
be more innovative, more
committed and more knowl-
edgeable."
Mr Sunderji warned that
the Internet's evolution had
"changed everything", with
workers, such as the two bil-
lion in China and India, for
example, able to do work/jobs
related to the Bahamas from
their home countries, with no
work permits required and at
a much cheaper cost than
Bahamian worker.
"Our children are compet-
ing in this new world, where
increasingly there are few
boundaries, and which
demands more from them
than learning just enough to
get by," Mr Sunderji added.
"We have a responsibility
to equip them to compete by
giving them a world-class edu-
cation. The Bahamas spends
millions of dollars each year
on education. But it is com-


Suites Paradise


mon knowledge that the stan-
dard of our high school is not
up to standard.
"We graduate students who
are ill-equipped to survive in
this highly competitive inter-
national economic environ-
ment. Only the educated and
skilled will thrive in the 'New
Normal', and we are not cur-
rently giving Bahamian chil-
dren those skills, or educa-
tion."
Mr Sunderji told Tribune
Business that the Bahamas,
and the rest of the world, had
enjoyed "an amazing period"
of 16-17 years of strong, con-
secutive economic growth
aside from the 'blip' caused
by the September 11, 2001,
terror attacks.
"We have had many, many
years of prosperity that have
masked some of these ineffi-
ciencies, and now we've got to
confront them and deal with
them," he explained.
"The world has prospered
and thrived, and we have a
new reality ahead of us where
economic growth is going to
be slow, where future pros-
perity is not going to come
from increased consumption,
and all of us have to be saving
more, spending less and deal-
ing with the new normal."
Adding that this applied to
government, businesses and
consumers, Mr Sunderji said:
"All of us need to reset our
economic activities to deal
with the new reality.
"The Americans are doing
it already, and doing it rapid-
ly, and have deep enough
pockets to reduce the pain.
And we don't have that.
"Intellectual capital is what
we need to be developing,
and we're not spending
enough time on that."


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BEC plant faces Judicial Review


FROM page 1B

increase with any delay.
Still, many observers are
likely to argue that the Gov-
ernment and BEC had effec-
tively 'shot themselves in the
foot', much as the former did
with the Baker's Bay project
on Great Guana Cay, by not
being transparent and con-
sulting early enough - and
widely enough - with local res-
idents and stakeholders that
would be impacted by Wilson
City.
Responding to the Gov-
ernment's assertion that all
necessary construction per-
mits had been obtained for
Wilson City, Mr Smith told
Tribune Business: "With all
due respect to Mr Neymour,
his statements make an
absolute mockery of democ-
racy in the Bahamas.
"The fact that this FNM
government would merely
rubber stamp ex-parte facto


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
COMMON LAW AND EQUITY


permit applications for the
BEC plant, in the face of
legitimate, civil requests by
my clients to be informed of
applications, to be consulted
and to be permitted to par-
ticipate in the process of con-
sidering these applications, is
nothing less than a disre-
spectful slap in the face to the
citizens of Abaco."
The Callender's & Co part-
ner reiterated that the only
response to his September 16,
2009, letter had come from
Benjamin Pinder, the admin-
istrator of the south Abaco
local government district. In
that letter, Mr Pinder wrote:
"Please be advised that the
appropriate authorities will
respond to all questions posed
in regard to the" Wilson City
power plant project.
This, Mr Smith said, raised
the likelihood that he and his
clients would receive the
information they had request-
ed. Yet, while waiting for
these responses, he argued


2007
CLE/qui/00109


ALL THOSE piece parcels or lots of land comprising 9,374 square
foot and being Lot Number One (I) and Lot Number Two (2) situate
in Block Number Forty Three (43) in a Subdivision called and known
as "Englerston Subdivision" situated at the South-Eastern Junction of
Homestead Avenue and Podeleo Street in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas which said piece parcel or lots of land are bounded on the
North by a Road Reservation called and known as Homestead Avenue
and running thereon approximately One hundred and Fourteen and
Sixty Eight hundredths (114.68) feet partially on an acre, on the East
by Lots Number 44 and 43 in the said Subdivision and running thereon
Ninety Eight and Twelve Hundredths (98.12) feet and on the West by
a Road Reservation called and known as Podeleo Street and running
thereon Eighty One and Three Hundredths (81.03) feet which said
piece parcels or lots of land have such position, boundaries, shape,
marks and dimensions as are more particularly delineated on the Plan
recorded in the Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan No.3914
N. P.

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles

Act 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of JANE MCPHEE

NOTICE

The Quieting Titles Act, 1959.

The Petition of JANE MCPHEE of Podoleo Street in the Southern
District of the Island of New Providence one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas in respect of:-

ALL THOSE piece parcels or lots of land comprising 9,374 square
feet and being Lot Number One (I) and Lot Number Two (2) situate
in Block Number Forty Three (43) in a Subdivision called and known
as "Englerston Subdivision" situated at the South-Eastern Junction of
Homestead Avenue and Podeleo Street in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas which said piece parcel or lots of land are bounded on
the North by a Road Reservation called and known as Homestead A
venue and running thereon approximately One Hundred and Fourteen
and Sixty Eight Hundredths (114.68) feet partially on an acre, on the
East by Lots Number 44 and 43 in the said Subdivision and running
thereon Ninety Eight and Twelve Hundredths (98.12) feet and on the
West by a Road Reservation called and known as Podeleo Street and
running thereon Eighty One and Three Hundredths (81.03) feet which
said piece parcels or lots of land have such position, boundaries,
shape, marks and dimensions as are more particularly delineated on
the Plan recorded in the Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan
NO.3914 N.P.

Jane Mcphee claims to be the owner of the fee simple estate
in possession of the said pieces or parcels of land free from
encumbrances. And the Petitioner has made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas under Section
3 of the Quieting Titles Act, 1999 to have title to the said pieces
parcels or tracts of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the
Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having a Dower or a right to
Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition
shall on before 26th November, A.D., 2009 file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioners or the undersigned a Statement of his
claim in the prescribed from verified by an Affidavit to be tiled therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of Claim on
or before the 26th November, A.D., 2009 will operate as a bar to such
claim.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected at:

I. The Registry of the Supreme Court.
2. The Chambers of Messrs ROLLE & ROLLE., Attorneys for the
Petitioner.

Dated the 28th day of September, A.D., 2009.
ROLLE & ROLLE
Chambers Seventh Terrace West, Centerville
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


that based on Mr Neymour's
announcement it appeared
that the Government/BEC
had pressed ahead to obtain
the permits they required, dis-
regarding the pleas for con-
sultation and due process.
Although he did not say
whether he regarded the sole
response to his September 16
letter as 'stonewalling' , Mr
Smith said: "My clients are
sitting here with a legitimate
expectation of receiving a
response to their inquiries in
the letter, and to have the
Government, through Mr
Neymour, proudly pronounce
they have obtained the per-
mits is just an affront to any
due process; to any serious
public administration of gov-
ernance.
"How can the people of the
Bahamas have any faith in
due process, or the right to
envision and participate in
their own future, when after
the Town Meeting they
obtain the permits secretly?"
The Callender's & Co part-
ner described as "shocking"
the fact that the south Abaco
administrator's letter had
advised his clients to wait, and
the main concern now was to
discover what permits BEC
had obtained, when these
were granted and the agen-
cies that gave them.
Mr Smith said his clients
had wanted to wait for the
Government' agencies


response to their letter before
contemplating a Judicial
Review action, as "you don't
declare war" without cause,
but he indicated events had
left them with little choice.
"It is clear that neither the
FNM nor PLP governments
have learnt any lessons from
the courts," Mr Smith added.
"We would have thought that
Guana Cay highlighted the
need for consultation and par-
ticipation in the planning
process.
"Otherwise, why bother
having authorities to consider
permitting applications? They
are not there to rubber stamp
anything a government or
developer wants."
In the Wilson City case, Mr
Smith argued that BEC and
the Government had been
able to go back to the permit-
ting authorities "after the
fact", construction on Wilson
City having already started,
and obtain what they need-
ed.
"This is a topsy-turvey
world which the FNM is per-
petuating," the attorney
argued. "This goes against all
of their manifesto promises
and the foundations of
democracy, which the FNM
has promised to undergird in
the Bahamas. We are not a
little Banana Republic where
the Government gets to do
what it wants.
"The citizens cannot be


PURPOSE 4 POWER


kept in such darkness when,
after the Town Meeting,
everyone's principal com-
plaint was the lack of consul-
tation."
Making the case for the
Wilson City power plant pro-
ject, its Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) said the
installed capacity at its Marsh
Harbour plant was "insuffi-
cient to meet current and near
future demand for power in
Abaco.
"Without additional capac-
ity, the need for load shed-
ding becomes likely in order
to maintain a balance
between demand and genera-
tion capacity. Therefore, the


proposed project is designed
to meet the current and future
needs, providing reliable addi-
tional electricity generation
capacity."
The KES report warned
that without the Wilson City
power plant, "greater reliance
would be placed upon the use
of small diesel generator sets
for residential, commercial
and industrial purposes.
"Those typically burn pre-
mium fuels such as high-speed
diesel, whilst their energy effi-
ciency and inherent emissions
means that their environ-
mental performance may
compare unfavourably with
larger scale generation."


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CFAL donates to teen rehabilitation


CFAL, the Bahamas-based
investment and financial advi-
sory firm, has made a finan-
cial donation to Teen Chal-
lenge Bahamas, a facility with
a 75 per cent rehabilitation
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direct beneficiary of the work
that non-profit youth organi-
sations carry out in society.
"We are all concerned with
the high profile that crime has
taken in our country in recent
times, but we are also aware


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pany has been fortunate to
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important to us to continue
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tive difference in our com-
munity," Mr Longley said.
Challenge
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IMF warning on tourism recovery


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


THE Bahamas is among the
Caribbean nations that have suffered
the highest declines in tourist arrivals
during 2009, a new International
Monetary Fund (IMF) report has
confirmed, warning that the indus-
try's recovery and that of the wider
Bahamian economy will not happen
before 2011.
The IMF, in its assessment of the
tourism outlook for the Caribbean,
entitled A less crowded Caribbean
next year?, said that for the year to
May tourism arrivals to the Bahamas
were down by 14.1 per cent, com-


pared to a 3.4 per cent increase for
Jamaica and falls of just 2.4 per cent
and 9.4 per cent for the Dominican
Republic and St Lucia respectively.
Also faring better than the
Bahamas, comparatively speaking,
were Barbados and Antigua & Bar-
buda, whose tourist arrivals to July
2009 were down by 10.7 per cent and
12.8 per cent respectively.
The only Caribbean nations faring
worse than the Bahamas were St
Vincent & the Grenadines and St
Kitts and Nevis, who were off by
17.4 per cent and 27 per cent respec-
tively for the year to June 2009.
And the IMF analysis warned that
tourist-dependent countries such as


the Bahamas were likely to experi-
ence a relatively long recession com-
pared to other nations, because the
consumer confidence and employ-
ment levels in developed countries,
upon which they depended, typical-
ly lagged behind output recoveries.
With US unemployment rates set
to enter double digits for the first
time in 60 years, and forecast to
remain in that territory until the 2010
fourth quarter, it seems reasonable
to assume that economic recovery
in the Bahamas may not commence
until the 2011 mid-point - the 2011
winter season or first quarter at the
earliest.
"The effects of the financial cri-


sis on the Caribbean will likely per-
sist into 2010 because tourism
depends on employment conditions
in advanced economies, which typi-
cally lag output recoveries," the IMF
said.
"In the 2001 recession, for exam-
ple, declines in tourist arrivals to
Mexico and the Caribbean followed
increases in unemployment rates
which did not improve until 2003,
despite an output recovery in 2002."
The outlook for Bahamian
tourism, the IMF suggested, could
be further impacted by the increas-
ing US openness towards Cuba and
a "potentially sharp recovery in
Mexico".


It pointed out that the US move to
lift travel restrictions on residents
with family in Cuba had boosted
their arrivals to the island nation by
11 per cent, and overall arrivals by 6
per cent.
"Although the impact on the
Caribbean of this change is likely to
be small, further near-term opening
of US travel to Cuba would increase
regional competition significantly,"
the IMF warned.
And while the Caribbean had ben-
efited from reduced tourist travel to
Mexico amid swine flu and security
concerns, "should Mexico recovery
quickly in 2010, this would put fur-
ther pressure on the Caribbean".


'Severe liquidity' issues hit bank


FROM page 1B

look at the size of commer-
cial lending in the country it's
a small percentage of the
total," Mr Laing explained.
"The commercial banks carry
the lion's share of commer-
cial lending.
"BDB specialises in loans
to a particular set of com-
mercial borrowers who would


otherwise not get a loan, and
if there are persons who need
such a loan, their opportuni-
ties will be stifled by that
fact."
Mr Laing said the BDB's
current woes, and those expe-
rienced by the Government-
guaranteed Education Loan
Programme and the Bahamas
Mortgage Corporation,
showed "there are no free


lunches in life".
All three government-spon-
sored initiatives had been
impacted by the failure, or
inability, of many borrowers
to meet their obligations to
repay their loans. This, Mr
Laing said, had deprived the
programmes of funding for
new loans, meaning that the
repayment failures of existing
borrowers were denying


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ers.
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BDB, it has repay it," Mr
Laing said. "The only way to
do it is to service it with funds
received from its borrowers.
The important lesson is a
portfolio has to be built up
and managed properly, so
there is viability."
And he added: "I think
there may be some funda-
mental issues in the size of
the BDB, because it needs a
certain size to carry its admin-
istrative and operational
expenses. That could be part
of the challenge."
Describing the BDB as fac-
ing "a very difficult situation",
and an "unfortunate" one that
had been building for
decades, Mr Laing said: "It
points to one big reality - that
the only way for a programme
founded on lending to others
to be viable is there ought to
be a realisation by the bor-


rowers that they need to
repay their loans."
When this did not happen,
it jeopardised the future sus-
tainability and continuity of
government-sponsored loan
programmes, for if "too many
people are unable to repay,
that particularly facility will
be hard-pressed to continue
or do the kind of lending that
it did before.
"That's where BDB is at
the moment," Mr Laing told
Tribune Business. "All of this
has to be taken together, but I
am hopeful that at the end of
the day we will be able to find
the best means for the Gov-
ernment to support small and
medium-sized businesses
without running into the kind
of challenges we're now see-
ing, and in a way that's more
appropriate to supporting
them.
"We have to look at the cir-
cumstances and see what is
the most appropriate thing to


do. That means looking at
many, many issues."
Anthony Woodside, BDB's
managing director, told Tri-
bune Business earlier this
year that its loan arrears had
reached $27 million or around
50 per cent of its $54-$55 mil-
lion portfolio.
It missed its per annum
loan target of $8-$9 million
by almost $5 million in 2008,
processing some $3.4 million
in credit advances then. For
the year to early April 2009,
the BDB had funded seven
projects in the farming, ser-
vices and transportation sec-
tors worth a collective
$622,764.
In 2007, the last year for
which the BDB's audited
financial statements were
made available, its net loss
quadrupled year-over-year to
$15.406 million - largely due
to a more-than $11 million
increase in bad loan provi-
sions.


90% of entrepreneurs


lack skills for survival


Turnquest Consulting, sug-
gested that before institutions
agreed loans to small busi-
nesses and entrepreneurs,
they needed to tie these to
"affordable" packages that
offered the borrower market-
ing, training and other sup-
port services for their first
year in business.
By doing this, they would
be assisting the borrower with
its financial survival and, in
doing so, giving it a greater
chance to meet its loan repay-
ment obligations.
"In doing this, an entrepre-
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and managerial consultative
advice on an affordable
basis," Mr Turnquest told Tri-
bune Business. "Before they
lend the money, they would
actually make sure the entre-
preneur had a sufficient
amount of advice to run their
business."
He added that this was one
of the issues he hoped to
address in discussions over
the crafting of a Small Busi-
ness Act of the Bahamas, and
said: "I would recommend
that every [commercial] bor-
rower have marketing and
performance support, so that
money is paid and obligations
are met going forward.
"There has to be a new
type of lending structure. You
can't stop lending, because
the market will not grow. The
new policy moving forward
would have to feature struc-
tures that include accounting,
management, marketing and
support systems.
"The Small Business Act is
going to protect the Govern-


ment, the banks and small
businesses throughout the
Bahamas under one roof, so
we can make a decision on
how we want to develop this
economy from a small busi-
ness perspective.
"There has to be a more
interactive relationship
between the banks and small
businesses if we're going to
survive the present recession
and the transition coming out
of that."
Mr Turnquest said this
would increase the Bahamas'
ability to develop the skill sets
of entrepreneurs, adding:
"Too many of them [new
entrepreneurs] are not pro-
fessional. Ninety per cent do
not have the expertise and
knowledge to run a business.
They take money from the
business to pay personal
debts, and do not reinvest
back in the business.
"All the players - the Gov-
ernment, the banks, the small
business owners - are at
fault."


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Oil facility in $545k





business licence deal


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Monday


Legal Notice

NOTICE

JARETH VENTURES LIMITED
- >-



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





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE

RIVERSIDE VALLEY CORP.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 23rd day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


expenses that it incurred dur-
ing the six months to June 30,
2009, from $17.042 million in
2008 to $17.365 million, was


largely due to the business
licence fee increase and set-
tlement it reached with the
Bahamian government.


Legal Notice
NOTICE

MILLAIS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 23rd day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

SAN NICOLAS TRADING S.A.
(Company number 109,424B)

An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

I, Renaud Anselin, Liquidator of SAN NICOLAS
TRADING S.A. hereby certify that the winding up
and dissolution of SAN NICOLAS TRADING S.A.
has been completed in accordance with the Articles
of Dissolution and that SAN NICOLAS TRADING
S.A. has been dissolved as of 11th day of Septem-
ber, 2009.


Dated this 22nd day of October, 2009

Renuad Anselin
Liquidator


FROM page 1B


cent increase in operating


"As previously disclosed,
in 2008, South Riding Point
was contacted by representa-
tives of the Bahamian gov-
ernment regarding the non-
payment of a local revenue-
based tax spanning previous
years' revenue," the World
Point Terminals report said.
"As a result, South Riding
Point incurred $545,000 relat-
ed to the business licence fees
imposed by the Bahamian
government."
The World Point Terminals
report indicates that Statoil-
Hydro, the Norwegian-head-
quartered company that last
week closed its $258 million
purchase of South Riding
Point, is taking over an oper-
ating business in pretty good
health.
For the 2009 first half,
South Riding Point's rev-
enues grew by 92 per cent or
$8.061 million as a result of
higher storage and marine
fees. Storage revenues grew
as a result of two new oil stor-
age tanks, with a combined
1.5 million barrels of extra
capacity, coming on line dur-
ing the 2008 third and fourth
quarters.
And the Freepoint tug busi-
ness, which Statoil has also
acquired, saw its revenues
grow by 9 per cent or
$125,000 compared to the
2008 first half due to rate
increases and fuel surcharges.
Freepoint handles an esti-
mated 90 per cent of the traf-
fic at the Freeport Container
Port.

Deal

However, the Statoil deal
does not completely end
World Point Terminals'
involvement in the Bahamas,
as it is still engaged in arbi-
tration over repairs to South
Riding Point's sea jetty result-
ing from damage inflicted in
the 2004 hurricane season.
The company warned that
legal fees relating to the arbi-
tration would impact income
from continuing operations
throughout 2009.
Detailing the arbitration,
World Point Terminals said
South Riding Point executed
a $7.853 million contract for
repairs to the offshore jetty,
some $3.574 million of which
was not to be covered by
insurance as the oil storage


Legal Notice

NOTICE

JAGUAR LTD.



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







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

FALABELLA HOLDINGS LTD.



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







ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


TODSCUS STOIS ON THI PAGE LOG ONTWRIUE4.O


terminal elected complete
additional projects while con-
tractors were mobilised.
"In June 2007, South Rid-
ing Point terminated the con-
tractor on the jetty repair con-
tract and hired a new con-
tractor," World Point Termi-
nals said. "In 2008, the new
contractor completed the hur-
ricane repairs to the offshore
jetty.

Riding

"South Riding Point is now
in an arbitration proceeding
with the original contractor it
hired to restore and repair the
offshore jetty. The contractor
has claimed damages of
approximately $2.7 million.
South Riding Point is vigor-
ously contesting this claim,
and has filed a counterclaim
in excess of $9.5 million."
Meanwhile, a Statoil
spokeswoman said that now
the South Riding Point acqui-
sition had been completed,
the terminal would become
part of the company's North
American operations and it
was "going to develop it fur-
ther going forward".
Statoil had leased storage
space at South Riding Point
for many years, and the
spokeswoman said owning
the facility would not only
enable the company to
expand its oil trading and pro-
duction activities in the
Americas, but also "to invest
in new facilities, such as
blending, if needed".
Confirming that Statoil
intended to invest $100-$150
million to upgrade and
expand South Riding Point,
the spokeswoman said: "It is
important for our trading
business. We have used it
[South Riding Point] for a
number of years, and it gives
us the ability to add more val-
ue to Statoil production.
"We know the terminal
fairly well, having used it for
several years. It's been an
important tool for our trad-
ing operations for a number
of years.
"Going forward, Statoil is
going to increased production
from Venezuela. This acqui-
sition gives us options, and
owning it is an advantage to
us as we can better develop it
to suit our needs than
before."


His. ROYALJFIDELITY
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FRIDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2009
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.480.85 I CHG -8.15 1I CHG -0.55 I YTD -231.51 I YTD -.1 -13.52
FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 I YTD -5.400. | 2008 -12.31%.
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 I FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1 71 1 03 AML Foods Limited 1 17 1 17 000 0 127 0000 92 000%
1180 990 Bahamas Property Fund 1075 1075 000 0992 0200 108 186%
930 590 Bank of Bahamas 590 590 000 0244 0260 242 441%
0 89 0 63 Benchmark 0 63 0 63 0 00 -0 877 0 000 N/M 0 00%
349 315 Bahamas Waste 3 15 3 15 000 0 125 0090 252 286%
237 2 14 Fidelity Bank 237 2 37 000 0055 0040 43 1 169%
1420 993 Cable Bahamas 993 993 000 1 406 0250 7 1 252%
288 272 Colina Holdings 272 272 000 0249 0040 109 147%
750 526 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 574 574 000 0419 0300 137 523%
385 127 Consolidated Water BDRs 304 293 -011 0111 0052 264 177%
2 85 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 2 25 2 25 0 00 0 625 0 080 36 3 56%
820 628 Famguard 650 650 000 0420 0240 155 369%
1250 880 Finco 930 930 000 0322 0520 289 559%
11 71 987 FirstCaribbean Bank 1000 987 -013 1,500 0631 0350 156 355%
553 411 Focol (S) 411 411 000 0332 0150 124 365%
1 00 1 00 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 1 00 0 00 9,000 0 000 0 000 N/M 0 00%
0 45 0 27 Freeport Concrete 0 27 0 27 0 00 0 035 0 000 7 7 0 00%
902 549 ICD Utilities 559 559 000 0407 0500 137 894%
1200 995 J S Johnson 995 995 000 0952 0640 105 643%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 000 0156 0000 64 1 000%
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest Maturity
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 10000 0 00 7% 19 October 2017
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 10000 000 13 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 10000 0 00 5 7% 30 May 2013
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 10000 0 00 4 Prime + 1 75% 29 May 2015
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1460 7 92 Bahamas Supermarkets 792 842 1400 -2246 0000 N/M 000%
8 00 6 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2 00 6 25 4 00 0 000 0 480 N/M 7 80%
0 54 0 20 RND Holdings 0 35 0 40 0 55 0 001 0 000 256 6 0 00%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
41 00 29 00 ABDAB 3013 31 59 2900 4540 0000 9 03 000%
055 0 40 RND Holdings 0 45 0 55 0 55 0 002 0 000 261 90 0 00%
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
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
3 0350 2 8952 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2 8300 -3 75 -6 75 30-Sep-09
1 4954 1 4217 CFAL Money Market Fund 1 4954 430 5 18 16-Oct-09
36090 30941 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 30941 -861 -1359 31-Aug-09
13 1751 12 3870 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13 1751 442 586 30-Sep-09
103 0956 100 0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 103 0956 3 10 252 30-Sep-09
1000000 994177 CFAL Global Equity Fund 994177 3 12 276 30-Sep-09
1 0000 1 0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1 0000 000 000 31-Dec-07
105884 90775 Fidelity International Investment Fund 105884 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
MARKET TERMS
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000 00 YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for dallyvolume Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week
Change - Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ -Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily 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
PIE - 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 81812007
(SI) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - 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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Sheraton appoints its 'Directors of Romance'


The Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort has appointed
Denise Ward and Horatio
Smith as catering sales man-
agers for the Bahamas.
Based in Nassau, Ms Ward
and Mr Smith will act as
'Directors of Romance',
responsible for selling desti-
nation wedding and reception
packages in domestic and
international markets.
The duo will also provide
consultation to couples plan-
ning their wedding at the
resort, guiding them through-
out the process, and coordi-
nating all aspects of their spe-
cial day.


Ms Ward comes to the
Sheraton Nassau Beach
Resort from My Brother's
Keeper Foundation in Nas-
sau, where she provided busi-
ness consulting services to
small business owners in
Rwanda.
She also planned and exe-
cuted all of the Foundation's
private fundraising events.
Prior to that, she was the hos-
pitality business consultant
for the Ku Itaba Prince Hotel
in Butare, Rwanda.
Ms Ward began her career
as a food and beverage assis-
tant at the Lyford Cay Club
in Nassau. She holds a Bach-


elor of Science in Food Ser-
vice Management from John-
son & Wales University, and
a Master of Science in Hos-
pitality Management from
Florida International Uni-
versity.
Mr Smith's background is
in event production and con-
ceptualisation. Most recent-
ly, he worked with the
Cacique International Group
of Companies in Nassau,
where he spearheaded the
events and design team, and
assisted clients with design
and implementation ideas for
weddings and corporate and
residential events.


Mr Smith was also the
event coordinator for Aarons
Catering of The Palm Beach-
es in Palm Beach, Florida. He


has worked with celebrity
wedding coordinator, plan-
ner and designer, Diane
Valentine.


Mr Smith is certified in
guest service training from
Johnson & Wales Universi-


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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26,2009, PAGE 9B


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PAGEBSIES IOMNAOTBR2,20 H RBN


Airport unveils its




screening upgrade


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SHOWN (1-r): Frank Watson, chairman, NAD and Airport Authority; Senator Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, minister of tourism and aviation;
Craig Richmond, president and chief executive, NAD; Deepak Bhatnagar, NAD Board member; and Andrew Bonaby, assistant director of
security, Airport Authority...


VINCENT Vanderpool-Wallace,
minister of tourism and aviation, joined
airport officials to celebrate renovations
to the International Departures Pre-
Board Screening area at the Lynden
Pindling International Airport.
Frank Watson, Airport Authority and
Nassau Airport Development Compa-
ny (NAD) chairman, said the facelift
to the area was part of an ongoing effort
to improve the passenger experience
and enhance safety and security at the
airport.


Changes include a new layout to
enhance overall security and passenger
traffic, and the addition of a private
search room for security inspections.
The project also included improved
lighting, new paint, restored concrete
floors and the addition of a wall wrap
depicting Cabbage Beach on Paradise
Island.
"This refurbishment exercise is a joint
venture between NAD and the Airport
Authority," Mr Watson said during the
recent ribbon cutting ceremony. "We


will continue to upgrade our current
facilities, for example the domestic sec-
tion and the taxi call-up area, even while
we are working on building new, mod-
ern terminals. Our top priority is the
safety and comfort of our passengers
during this transitional period."
In July 2009, NAD broke ground on
the $409.5 million airport redevelop-
ment project. Construction on stage one
- a new US Departures terminal - is
ongoing and scheduled for completion
in Spring 2011.


HAPPY SCHOLARS - Shown (1-r): Graham Clarke, chairman, WRAS
Board of Directors, Janyne Hodder, COB president; and George
Casey, president and chief executive, YVRAS...



Airport manager


presents four-year


COB scholarship


THE Canadian company
overseeing the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport's
(LPIA) $409.5 million rede-
velopment has presented the
College of the Bahamas
(COB) with a four-year schol-
arship for a Bahamian student
to study business manage-
ment.
Vancouver Airport Services
(YVRAS), which operates
the Nassau Airport Develop-
ment Company (NAD) under
a 10-year management agree-
ment, presented the scholar-
ship to COB president Janyne
Hodder while holding its
Board meetings in the
Bahamas.
George Casey, YVRAS's
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009


The stories behind the news


PLP convention 'was more





like a senior citizens Pally'


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnq uest@tribu nemedia.net


During last week's
National Conven-
tion, a senior PLP
stalwart was asked
who she was sup-
porting in the party's chairmanship
race. With a gleam in her eye, she
fixed her hat and exclaimed: "Perry
Christie!"
This answer perhaps says more
about what took place at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort than any politi-
cal observer will tell you.
With the majority of those who
voted well into the 60's, 70's, even
80's the PLP's convention was more
like a senior citizens rally than any-
thing else. These persons lined up
and voted for the names they have
always known - "Perry Christie,
Brave Davis, and Bradley Roberts."
It is hard to understand how such
a vibrant organization such as the
PLP can truly reconfigure and reor-
ganize itself in view of the change
that the country is demanding when
"Aunt Suzzie" - who can't even
remember if she took her pressure
pills that morning - is the one mak-
ing the decision.
Even if you pointed out to her
that Perry Christie is not in the run-
ning for the chairmanship of the par-
ty it wouldn't matter. She knows the
name Perry Christie and that is what
she is going to vote. He's still - in
her eyes - that young boy to whom
Pindling handed the party and that


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PLP LEADER PERRY CHRISTIE speaks during the convention...


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FROM page 1B

above all else must be remem- - . :
bered.
As Laura Williams, the ani-
mated and hard to miss PLP
supporter remarked, "Baby ii
doll they coming' in wheel
chair, walking with cane, to
vote for Perry Christie, Brave
Davis, and Bradley Roberts.
CDR!"
But in all of this one must
feel a sense of overwhelming :
sadness; not because Dr
Bernard Nottage or Paul
Moss lost their bid for the
leadership - but because it
means that young, or younger
people in this country must
once again "wait their turn."
As Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell put it, at 56 years of
age he is still reminded that
perhaps he is "too young" to ji ** ',
challenge the party's top post.
But the age of the candi-
dates in the race is not the
issue. Even the money spent,
which although reported to g
be significant, again is not the
issue; it is the whole undemo-
cratic convention that will
undoubtedly be the downfall
of the party in the years to .
come.
Not because the elections
were riddled with abuses of
fraud with persons telling .
each stalwart for whom to
cast their vote, but because it -
was not a reflection of the will ft
of the membership of the par-
ty as a whole, only the handful
of stalwarts who are voting
with the party's history in
mind.
But the excuses I am sure
will come fast from ever cor-
ner of the PLP - that some
of these stalwarts are the best
indicators; they are the hold-
ers of what is true and con-
stant in the party, and they 0'
are the elders who must be
consulted before "Sparta can
go to war."
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to pay homage to its past and
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cessful it ought to recognize
that and change it because
what we saw here today is an
outpouring of senior citizens
who came in to vote and it is
not reflective of the general
make up of those voters who
are elected delegates."
Recognizing this as well,
the FNM issued a statement
poking fun at how the "old
guard" of the PLP have fur-
ther entrenched itself and
"turned its back" on reform
and renewal by re-electing Mr
Christie to leader and Bradley
Roberts to the post of chair-
man.
Wasting little time to
respond to such criticism, Mr
Roberts said the FNM can
hardly talk about the PLP as
their equal in "failure to
implement reform" as it saw
the return of a retired leader
"who claimed he had no inter-
est in the job."
"The PLP further reminds
the FNM of their undemoc-
ratic practices when Sir
Arlington Butler, Maurice
Moore, Algernon Allen,
Pierre Dupuch, and Tennyson
Wells were unceremoniously
driven from the FNM gov-
ernment because they demon-
strated their democratic
rights. The record will show
that those who question the
Maximum Leader will be
ostracized and politically
destroyed. This is the FNM's
version of party democracy,"
Mr Roberts exclaimed.
However, it is hard to argue
with what the FNM has said.
"Not only is any reform of
the PLP highly unlikely, Mr
Christie and his supporters
have made the party even
more undemocratic by under-

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like a senior citizens rally'


cutting the power of the
branches in favour of Stalwart
Councillors who now make
up some two-thirds of the vot-
ing power of the party at con-
vention.
"The future of the once-
mighty PLP is bleak indeed
since Mr Christie knows that
most of his parliamentary col-
leagues have no confidence
in him and he has threatened
that there will be "conse-
quences" for them. Some may
find their continued presence
in the PLP very uncomfort-
able if not untenable."
Untenable. What would be


Ficus


the next move for Dr Not-
tage, Mr Moss, Obie Wilch-
combe, Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin, and Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald? Dr Nottage has
said that he will remain with
the party but will he be re-
appointed to his post as leader
of Opposition Business in the
House? If not, then you have
to ask the question why?
Would it be as a result of
what Mr Christie warned
would be the "consequences"
of him expressing and follow-
ing his desire to lead the par-
ty? What of Mr Wilchcombe
and Mrs Hanna-Martin who


Trees


had the rug pulled from under
them at the last minute by the
party leader who unceremo-
niously threw his one time
supporters and backers under
the bus to then realign himself
with Davis and Co (pun
intended).
And what of the support-
ers of these respective candi-
dates who would rightly feel
that a great injustice has
befallen their candidate? How
are they to be reintroduced
into the party to fight again
with the same vigour and
enthusiasm that is required to
defeat a Hubert Ingraham
who has the full machinery of
the government of the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas
behind him in 2012?
As a party insider told me
during the convention on
Thursday night, the PLP
could have very well given the
FNM the next election on a
silver platter. It is no secret
that the PLP's Parliamentary
block is now in shambles. The
majority of its members are
in outright support of a new
leader - any leader - other
than Mr Christie. They will
undoubtedly know that there
hangs over them as well the
threat of "consequences" for
their perceived disloyalty over
the past few months and
years. Will their nominations
be blocked in 2012 some of
them are asking. Will they be
given a ministerial post if by
some miracle the party were
to win?
Even before that, some are
now even concerned about
getting a nomination to run
on the party's ticket.
But again, PLP's will be led
to believe that all is well in
the party and that everyone
has come together as a whole
and are more determined
than ever to "fight the hard
fight." Nothing could be fur-
ther from the truth.
If defection and leaks were
the concern before, then that
problem has been magnified
ten times over. If the back-
stabbing and undermining


complained of in late 2007
was a cause for distress, then
the government clinics around
town had better stock up on
their pressure medication.
This battle is going to get
ugly, and ugly fast. Who will
be the last man standing is yet
to be seen, but one thing is
for sure, the PLP will survive,


but will its image be anything
that will invite young, unde-
cided voters to join its cause?
Because, as we all know,
the PLP needs no help in gar-
nering the votes of PLPs.
They will vote for the party
regardless of who is at its
helm. Independent voters,
and disenfranchised FNMs


are a whole other matter. Will
those persons be more
inclined today to vote for the
PLP under this 51st National
Convention? That is the ques-
tion that the party has to ask
itself, and as one delegate
plainly put it: "No manner of
shuffling will get around that
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NEW YORK (AP) - Activists
held events around the world Satur-
day to mark the number they say
the world needs to reach to prevent
disastrous climate change: 350.
The number represents 350 parts
per million of carbon dioxide emis-
sions in the atmosphere that some
scientists say is the safe upper limit.
The atmosphere currently reaches
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350.org.
Hundreds of events highlighted
the number in different ways.
In what 350.org founder Bill McK-
ibben called a global game of Scrab-
ble, groups in Australia, Ecuador,
India, the United Kingdom, the U.S.
and Denmark each spelled out one
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City's Times Square and watched
slideshows of the other events on
giant screens.
McKibben, an environmentalist
and author of "The End of Nature,"
said the day was unique because it
emphasized the science behind a
politically complicated topic.
"It was ordinary people rallying
around a scientific data point,"
McKibben said. "Nothing like that
has ever happened before."
In Venezuela, volunteers formed
a human chain marking the number
zero on the beach at Catia La Mar
north of Caracas to mark the spot
where they said the ocean would
reach if global warming is not
stopped.
McKibben said volunteers also
sent in photos of separate groups
forming the numbers 350 around the


SCHOOL CHILDREN make a formation that reads 5 on the International Day of Climate Action in New Delhi, India. This formation was the part of the Global 350 with 3 being
formed at Sydney Opera House and 0 being formed at Copenhagen. (AP Photo: BDar Yasin)


Dead Sea, in Jordan, Israel and
Palestinian territory.
Many of the events referred to
the Copenhagen conference sched-
uled in December that will seek to


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treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto
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generations.
McKibben said there are lessons
to be learned from the Kyoto Pro-
tocol, which the U.S. did not join.


"We saw what happened," he
said. "Everybody walked away once
it was done, and there was no real
progress. We need to pick up the
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Sunday SE at 10-20 Knots 4-7 Feet 6 Miles 840 F
NASSAU Today S at 10-20 Knots 2-4 Feet 5 Miles 820 F
Sunday SSE at 8-16 Knots 1-3 Feet 4 Miles 820 F
SAN SALVADOR Today SE at 6-12 Knots 1-2 Feet 10 Miles 83� F
Sunday SE at 8-16 Knots 1-3 Feet 5 Miles 83� F
RAGGED ISLAND Today SE at 10-20 Knots 2-4 Feet 10 Miles 820 F
Sunday SE at 10-20 Knots 2-4 Feet 10 Miles 820 F


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LOW MODERATE HIGH V HIGH EXT.
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High Ht.(ft.) Low Ht.(ft.)
Today 11 54 am 28 5 27 am 09
..---.6 30pm 10
Sunday 1221am 23 622am 12
__ 1248pm 27 725 p m 12
Monday 1 20 am 23 7 22 am 1 3
144pm 26 818pm 12
Tuesday 219am 24 824am 13
239pm 26 908pmo 10
Wednesday 14 a m 25 923am 1 2
330pmo 26 953pm 09
Thursday 403am 26 1016am 10
416pm 26 1034pm 07
Friday 4 47 am 28 11 05 am 07
501 pm 27 1113pm 04


Sunrise 713am Moonrise 1257pm
Sunset 635pm Moonset 1148pm


First Full Last New


Oct. 25 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 16
SAN SALVADOR
High: 86*�F/30* C
Low: 770 F/25� C





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High: 88�F/I31 � C
~ ~ Low: 740F/230C


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High: 88* F/31*C
RAGGED ISLAND Low:77F/250 C
High: 86� F/30� C
Low: 77� F/25� C


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