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Title: The Tribune
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Govt plans to

tackle illegal

selling of lots

Tribune Staff
THE Government
laid out its plans yes-
terday to remedy a
myriad of land use
problems including
the illegal sale of
unauthorised lots and
the lack of utilities
available in some

f it

developed neighborhoods.
The Planning and Subdivi-
sion Bill will also introduce
stricter zoning laws which will
address the "unplanned inva-
sion" of businesses into resi-
dential areas; the problem of
building permits granted in
unapproved subdivisions; the
issuance of building permits
before utility services have been
installed; and review subdivi-
sion fees.
The new laws will lay out
development guidelines in
order to avoid situations where

there is a lack of basic
infrastructure in
planned subdivisions;
a lack of develop-
ment and construc-
tion standards; and
the inefficiencies
relating to develop-
applications and the
approval process.
While leading the
debate on the legisla-
tion in the House yes-
terday, Environment
Minister Earl

Deveaux said the Bill would
provide for a land use planning
based development control sys-
tem led by policy, land use des-
ignations and zoning.
Mr Deveaux also said that,
among other things, the new
laws will prevent the indiscrim-
inate division and development
of land; promote sustainable
development in a healthy nat-
ural environment; and provide
for planning processes that are
fair by making them open,
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN accused of having
$15,500 in fake bank notes
and materials to produce con-
terfeit cash was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Jamal Sargent, 28, was
arrested in a police raid on
Friday and charged on two

He stood silently before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel in
Court Eight, Bank Lane,
wearing faded stonewashed
jeans and a bright red T-shirt
emblazoned with cartoon
designs, and simple white
Nike sneakers.
Sargent is charged with pos-
session of materials for forg-
ing notes and having in his
possession a quantity of
papers with impressions of

Man found

shot dead

in street

Tribune Staff
investigation has been
launched to find the
killers of a 33-year-old
man found dead in a
Pinewood Gardens
street early yesterday
Renard Denver
Miller/Mackey, of
Sugar Apple Street,
Pinewood Gardens,
was shot in the head
and left to die in
Jacaranda Street, just
four blocks from his
Police were called
at around 3.40am yes-
terday and received
reports of gunshots
being fired in Jacaran-
da Street.
When officers
arrived at the scene
they found the body
of Mr Miller, who also
goes by Mr Mackey,
lying in the road with
an apparent gunshot
to the head, accord-
ing to Superintendent
SEE page eight

hits back
at MP over
land claims

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Minister of Trade
and Industry Leslie Miller has
issued a scathing attack on
FNM MP Brensil Rolle who
suggested that the former Blue
Hills MP had been responsible
for illegally excavating land and
selling it back to the govern-
During his communication on
the Planning and Subdivision
Act, Mr Rolle stated that the
PLP dreaded the passing of the
Bill as one of their "former"
cabinet ministers had promised
to have the operators who ille-
gally excavated land charged
before the courts.
"But that was only talk," Mr
Rolle said in Parliament yester-
day. "In fact, I was informed
the reason why nothing was
done was because he was the
SEE page eight

currency notes.
The charge states Sargent
had nine Bahamian $10
notes,173 Bahamian $20
notes,109 Bahamian $50
notes, and 65 Bahamian $100
notes while knowing them to
be forged and puporting them
to be genuine currency.
The counterfeit cash said
to be in Sargent's possession
SEE page eight

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SCENES from the 19th
Annual Wine and Art
Festival which took
place at the weekend.
The event, held at The
Retreat on Village
Road, featured the
work of over 40
Bahamian artists.
Visitors were treated
to paintings and
sculptures on show
throughout the
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Fred Mitchell raises

questions over Bill

Tribune Staff Reporter
Mitchell questioned whether
government is capable of
enforcing the host of new
"complicated" guidelines out-
lined in the Town Planning
and Subdivision Bill.
Mr Mitchell also questioned
if government would commit
the resources necessary to
implement the provisions in
the Bill and whether the pub-
lic service is equipped to meet
the challenging demands cre-
ated by the new laws.
He said that neither Envi-
ronment Minister Earl
Deveaux or Parliamentary
Secretary in the Ministry of
Housing Brensil Rolle - who
both spoke before him on the
issue - touched on the ques-

MP says new Town
Planning and Subdivision
guidelines are 'complicated'

tion of whether the public ser-
vice has the capacity to deal
with the provisions set forth
in the Bill.
"Is there the capacity to
meet the demands this Bill
would impose on the public
service?" Mr Mitchell asked
while giving his contribution
to the debate in the House of
Assembly yesterday. "And
would the government com-
mit the resources, which are
necessary, or which would be
necessary to carry out the pro-
visions of this Bill? There's no
question that the provisions
are complicated... (they) will

impose new and strict stan-
dards and the public service
and the politicians will have
to comply with those stan-
According to Mr Rolle, the
Bill will protect the public's
interest because details of all
potential developments will
be posted so they can be
analysed for possible negative
He added that the new leg-
islation would "further
strengthen and empower" the
Town Planning Committee
and reduce the amount of red
tape that currently impedes

approval of subdivisions.
Mr Rolle explained that the
new Bill seeks to: restrict
indiscriminate land use; estab-
lish a comprehensive national
land use plan; focus on strate-
gic zoning requirements; and
place subdivision and town
planning under the portfolio
of one minister.
He added that the use of
land for practices other than
those allowed under zoning
restrictions continues to be a
common challenge facing the
Department of Physical Plan-
"While many of these
changes are related to eco-
nomic conditions, a substan-
tial number of them are out-
right abuse of system," he
said, referring to auto-body
shops popping up in residen-
tial areas and the proliferation
of bars next to churches.

nization representatives visited
some of the courses offered
under the National Empower-
-.ment Training Program at the
Bahamas Technical and Voca-
-. tional Institute on Monday.
/They are pictured speaking to
an instructor of the marine out-
., *. board engine class.

ILO representatives to review

National Empowerment

Training Programme

the International Labour
Organisation (ILO) are in the
Bahamas to meet with stake-
holders of the National
Empowerment Training Pro-
gramme, an initiative
launched by the government
to help displaced workers
learn new trades.
Luesette Howell and Has-
san Bata Ndahi, from the
ILO sub-regional office in the
Caribbean, are examining
whether the expectations of
students and employers will
be met at the completion of
the programme.
They also want to ensure
that after finishing the pro-
gramme, some of the students
will have the skills needed to
become self-employed.
Ms Howell, senior special-

ist in employers' activities,
said after they have complet-
ed their observations, they
will provide feedback and
offer recommendations to the
government on how to
improve the programme so
as to better fulfill its objec-
The representatives toured
the Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute on Mon-
day and reviewed several
courses offered under the
They also met with Charles
Hunt, a consultant for the
programme from the Ministry
of Labour; Deborah Bethel,
senior labour officer; Sean
Adderely, public relations
officer for the Bahamas Tech-
nical and Vocational Institute,
and Dr Pandora Johnson, VP

of research and development
at the College of the
They will also tour the Col-
lege of the Bahamas and
meet with the Minister of
Labour and Social Develop-
ment Senator Dion Foulkes
and other government offi-
cials, National Empowerment
Training Committee mem-
bers and the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce.
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Tourism chief

hits out at 'bait

and switch trick'
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Senior deputy
director-general of tourism
David Johnson believes Grand
Bahama must stop seeking to
fool tourists if the island's
tourism industry is ever to be
He noted that hotels have
been using the "bait and switch"
trick for years - offering low
room prices to lure visitors, who
are then slapped with excessive
taxes and other charges that
double the room price.
Mr Johnson said the Ministry
of Tourism has received a lot
negative feedback from visitors
who felt they were "tricked."
"The customer needs to
know what it costs without
being tricked. We got away with
this in the early 90s and beyond
when the US consumer protec-
tion laws were not as keen as
they are now.
"We invited customers here
at very low prices and then
when they are checking in or
checking out, presented a sur-
prise on the total.
"We had much negative feed-
back because they were not
even advised of those charges,"
he said.
Mr Johnson said visitors
expect their rooms to come with
certain services - and that any
additional charge would be 10
or 15 per cent, not 100 per cent.
Because hoteliers are now
required by law to disclose all
charges, he said, they are now
having a difficult time getting
"The customer today is fierce
in their commitment to seek val-
ue and it is very distasteful
whenever they encounter any
merchant or provider who is
seeking to pull the wool over
their eyes," Mr Johnson said.

Grand Bahama set for new

air services from Canada, US

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Tourist
arrivals on Grand Bahama are
expected to get a much-need-
ed boost this quarter with the
introduction of new air services
from Canada and the United
David Johnson, senior deputy
director-general of Tourism,
told The Tribune that new ser-
vices from Canada should begin
as early as next week.
He also reported that new
services from New York are
expected to start by December.
Mr Johnson said the Ministry
of Tourism and the Grand
Bahama Airport Company
have made much progress in the
last 12 months in terms of low-
ering turnaround costs for air-
lines flying to Grand Bahama
International Airport.
High airport fees and taxes
have been a major deterrent in
recent years for many airlines
wishing to fly to Grand



In an effort to attract more
airlines to the island, Ministry of
Tourism officials have been
working with airport officials to
lower the fees.
Mr Johnson said the Ministry
of Tourism is pleased with the
progress that has been made so
"We stepped up our market-
ing and as a result we have been
able to attract new services, and
we will see services coming from
Canada as early as next week,
from New York by December,
and additional air services from



"We are not where we want
to be, but we made a big dent in
the right direction of bringing
some relief to the airlines and
passengers. We are committed
to getting our cost lower, but of

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course more volume will help
get there as well," said Mr John-
The airline West Jet will
begin services from Canada to
Grand Bahama on November
The low-cost carrier will pro-
vide two weekly non-stop flights
from Toronto on a 737 aircraft.
This is expected to bring 12,000
visitors to the island this win-
Grand Bahama was the num-
ber one destination for Cana-
dian visitors 35 years ago, and
tourism officials are trying to
win back that market. They feel
the island's close proximity to
the eastern seaboard of Canada
was one of the main reasons

behind the earlier popularity.
Tourism Minister Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace believes
that Grand Bahama's proximity
to the biggest market in the
world should be reflected in
how much it costs to get to
"We cannot sit here and
believe it is fine every single day
that it is more expensive to
come to Grand Bahama than
to our competing destination,"
said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace in
The minister said it is impor-
tant that all partners in Grand
Bahama work together with the
Ministry of Tourism to exploit
the island's proximity advan-



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rairick Adderley.
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TRIBUNE readers are over-
whelmingly of the view that the
PLP's new "CDR" team is not
strong enough to win the next
general election.
In one of the most successful polls to date,
almost three times as many read-
ers said they think the opposi-
tion's new leadership team
would not attract enough sup-
port to unseat the FNM. Many
also called for the old guard of
both parties to be replaced by
younger politicians.
Readers were asked if Perry
Christie, Philip "Brave" Davis
and Bradley Roberts have what
it takes to lead the PLP to victo-
ry in the next general election.
Of the 299 people who voted,
218 said "no" while only 81
answered "yes".
Commenting on the matter,
Bertram Wsaid: "Christie, Davis
and Roberts are the old boys
and so are the three top leaders
in the government. Their days
are numbered. There is no new
thing that they can bring to the
table. All of them need to step
"We need to stop awarding
people with high positions just

Ingraham and Co. The 'Co' was
Davis. Do not let this country
be passed around, giving each
of them a turn to be prime min-
ister. Its about time that the peo-
ple take back the Bahamas from
the chosen few."
Real Talk added: "I only voted
'no' because 'HELL NO' was-
n't an option. I don't think these
people (PLP and FNM) under-
stand that despite what their
diehards are telling them, they're
going about this all wrong.
Excluding the "new blood" is a
recipe for disaster. But I guess as
long as we keep putting them
back in, they'll never get it."
Lady Bowe called for
"change we can believe in", say-
ing: "Mr Christie said that he
wanted to change things for the
party and head the party in a
new direction. Well from where
I am sitting it is the same and
nothing has changed. Instead we
heard whispers of people voting
who were not financial, and peo-
ple nominating who were not
financial, hence their positions
should be null and void. That is
certainly not change we can
believe in."
According to Jack, "Christie,
Brave and Roberts represent a
dramatic regression. They have
blocked the advance of younger
people in the PLP leadership and
indicated a trend that will not be
acceptable to Bahamians whose
support the PLP needs to win.
"The move might be popular
within the party, but these days

there is a growing community of
voters who are not bound to any
party, unimpressed by the big
bad bully tactics, unswayed by
emotion, and looking for sub-
stance. Every event in the con-
vention gave me more reasons to
reject the PLP and fear for the
future of the two-party system.
When it wasn't a wake for
Urban Renewal, the convention
seemed more like a circus. It
failed to promote itself as a par-
ty seeking to impress Bahami-
ans to choose them to be the
next government. It failed to
address the issues that caused it
to be rejected by the electorate
the last time."
George G asked what the
PLP's plan is. He said that he
was "totally lost" by party chair-
man-elect Bradley Roberts'
comment: "I have come to bite
and to bite hard." The reader
said it seems Mr Roberts' "semi-
retirement" left him angry and
"That was the message in the
whole convention, I didn't hear
anything else that made me go,
'Oh wow!' It was the same old
promises they made and didn't
deliver while they were in office.
I looked in the audience; there
were very few young people in
there, but they boast of being
the party for the youths.
"So if they call Bradley young,
they need to check their mem-
bers' date of birth again," he
However, Tony Cash said: "I
am a building contractor, I voted
FNM in 2007. At that time things
were good in the construction
"As it stands now, the reces-
sion is on and we do expect
things to stop, but contractors
who own heavy equipment see
how the foreign companies are
able to comewto to the Bahamas
and bring their own equipment,
while our equipment is parked
and for sale. I think anyone who
is in the construction industry or
who has relatives in the con-
struction industry should see by
now that the PLP government
cared more about Bahamian
"The FNM takes all of the
country's stimulus money and
pumps it into foreign companies.
I wish election was today to vote
them out."





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they must go. The Bahamas
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Roberts hits

back at FNM

Tribune Staff Reporters
NEWLY appointed chair-
man of the Progressive Liberal
Party Bradley Roberts has
wasted no time joining the fray
- launching a second scathing
attack on the FNM after the
governing party criticised
remarks he made during the
PLP's 51st national convention.
Stating that "truth" is on the
side of the PLP, Mr Roberts
said it is truth which will build
trust in the hearts and minds of
the Bahaman people.
"Scream as they will, the
FNM will do well to reflect on
the truth of what more and
more Bahamians feel every day
- that while Perry Christie was

, MI.

THE Montagu Fore-
shore Steering Committee
will host a public meeting
on Thursday to hear the
views of residents, vendors,
businesses and others with
an interest in the preserva-
tion and usage of the fore-
The area, which extends
east from the Nassau Yacht
Club to the Royal Nassau
Sailing Club and includes
Fort Montagu, has attract-
ed particular attention
because of the boat ramp at
its eastern end, which many
view as little more than a
traffic obstruction and a
"We have been working
to understand the uses of
Montagu foreshore, the
commerce on the ramp and
the recreational traffic and
uses since the committee
was formed under the aus-
pices of Montagu MP and
Minister of State for Social
Development Loretta But-
ler-Turner in July," said
Diane Phillips, chairman.
"Now we are most eager
to get public input as we
prepare to draft a report
for the minister's consider-
ation. When the minister
charged this committee
with its task, she empha-
sised that the future of
Montagu is not a political
issue, it is a community
issue. Public opinion is crit-
ical and toward that end,
we have prepared a ques-
tionnaire which will be dis-
tributed on Thursday at the
meeting. People may com-
plete it that evening."
According to Mrs
Phillips, the 14-member
committee has been
engaged in on-site reviews,
photography and inter-
"The first thing people
talk about is the traffic con-
gestion because it is a reali-
ty that persons who live in
the East face on a daily
basis, but there are other
serious issues about land
use, recreation, erosion fac-
tors," said Mrs Phillips.
"This is an opportunity to
be heard and we hope
there will be an excellent
Both Mrs Butler-Turner
and Minister of the Envi-
ronment Earl Deveaux are
scheduled to be at the
meeting, set for 6pm at the
Nassau Yacht Club, East
Bay Street.

prime minister there were more
jobs and less pain and suffer-
ings. As but one example, nev-
er were there 9,000 households
without electricity supply.
"Under Hubert Ingraham,
the standard of living of the
average Bahamian is declining,
through less and less real
income. Further, from what is
earned, a higher and higher
percentage of their income is
going to pay taxes," he said.
Mr Roberts also said the
FNM is now saddled with more
"scandals" than the PLP was
any time under Mr Christie's
"Scream as they will, the
FNM will do well to reflect
on the truth that the country's
finances are in worse shape
than at any time while Perry
Christie was prime minister.
. After all, more and more
persons who entered into con-

tract with the government are
reporting increasing delays in
being paid by the govern-
"It appears that the govern-
ment is broke or is increasingly
close to being broke.
"Another truth on the side
of the PLP is that technology
increasingly provides greater
and greater means for the par-
ty to get out to the public its
message of truth.
"It is this combination of the
truth being on the side of the
PLP and the availability of
more modern means of getting
out the facts that will result in
the public seeing stronger and
clearer evidence of the incom-
petence and mismanagement
of the FNM and the reality that
Hubert Ingraham is out of step
with the most widely accepted
principles for team leadership
in the 21st century," he said.

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St. Francis Cathedral

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Saturday, October 31

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sent to Ms Michelle Rassin (tel, 302-4707),
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can be sent to St. Martin's Conivent,
Nassau Street, P.O, Box 940,

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Man found

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in street

FROM page one

Elsworth Moss.
Mr Moss added: "At this stage we
don't have a motive for the shooting,
and we are appealling to the public to
assist police as we are continuing our
No witnesses have yet come forward
to help police form a profile of the
killer or killers.
Anyone with information which may
relate to the murder should call police
urgently on 919, 322-3333, or call
Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-
TIPS (8477).

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from his home.

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Man accused of

having fake bank notes

FROM page one

added to $15,500.
Sargent, of Victoria Gar-
den, off Gladstone Road,
western New Providence,
pleaded not guilty to both
counts and opted to have his
case heard in Magistrate's
Court rather than the
Supreme Court.

His attorney, Tamara Saun-
ders-Munnings, introduced
herself to the magistrate stat-
ing it was the first time she
was representing a defendant
in a criminal case.
Ms Bethel called for Sar-
gent and Mrs Saunders-
Munnings to appear in Court
Eight at 10am on Wednesday,
October 28, to fix a date for
the trial.

Bill to get tough on land issues

FROM page one

accessible and efficient.
Mr Deveaux pointed out examples of poor subdivision planning,
including the recently built Pride Estates government subdivision
which he said was built between a hill and a wetland.
He explained that about 100 new homes were built in rectangular
blocks "resembling a parking lot" without a school, limited access
to public open spaces - a prescription for congestion that frus-
trated homeowners.
"We lament the unplanned invasion of businesses and industry
into residential communities; we decry the absence of basic infra-
structure in what is supposed to be planned subdivisions; we com-
plain about the failure of too many to observe correct standards in
development and construction; we criticise the inefficiency and
delay in our development/construction applications and approval
processes; and we bemoan conflicting and competing legislation
which are meant to govern and regulate our development," said Mr
"This legislation is meant to address many of these concerns and
inefficiencies," he added.
The Bill will also establish a new structure within the Department
of Physical Planning creating two new areas: a Policy Planning Divi-
sion and a Development Review Division.
Provisions for the creation of a Subdivision and Development
Appeal Board are laid out in the Bill, which will hear complaints
based on appeal of decisions made by the Town Planninf Com-
The Bill will also address a number of subdivisions left unfin-
ished, which Mr Deveaux said was a common occurrence in Exu-
Under the Act, approvals for development will include: a land
use amendment approval; zoning by-law amendment approval;
minor variance approval; notice of zoning compliance; site plan
approval; architectural design approval; subdivision approval and
severance approval.
A key provision of the Bill is the creation of Land Use Plans for
each Bahamian island and it will also require an Environmental
Impact Assessment for future developments.
The Bill repeals the Private Roads and Subdivision Act, the
Town Planning Act and the Town Planning (Out Islands) Act.

Former minister

hits back at MP

over land claims

FROM page one
biggest violator and was him-
self excavating land illegally and
his company was selling the fill
to the government."
As a former Minister who
also had responsibility for Agri-
culture, Mr Miller took the
media on numerous tours
throughout New Providence
exposing incidents where
unscrupulous contractors had
excavated government owned
land and was in some instances
re-selling it to the government
via the city dump.
While seeking to have these
individuals arrested and charged
before the courts, the former
MP was frustrated in his efforts
as the police, who often were
called to the scenes with the
media, claimed that the issue
was beyond their control and
could do nothing "without
Moreover, as it pertains to
the issue of being implicit with
such actions himself, Mr Miller

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said that nothing could be fur-
ther from the truth.
"Normally I don't respond to
cowards like Brensil Rolle, who
is nothing but a two-bit MP for
the good people of Garden
Hills; and if he wants to know
what good representation is all
about he can ask any of his con-
stituents the type of represen-
tation they got from Leslie
"First of all, I sold no fill to
the government of the Bahamas
while I was the Minister respon-
sible. None whatsoever. I never
had a contract with them for my
five years as a Minister," Mr
Miller said.
In fact, the former Blue Hills
MP reminded Mr Rolle that he
was congratulated in Parliament
by the former FNM MP Pierre
Dupuch for selling fill from his
own property to the FNM gov-
ernment at below rock bottom
"From 1992 to 20021 I did sell
the FNM government some
500,000 yards of fill at a price of
$0.75 a yard whereas I could
have gotten $6 a yard for it but
I gave it to them at $0.75 a
yard. I gave them the fill
because they said they didn't
have any money in the budget
and there was a great fire at
the dump and I gave the gov-
ernment the fill at $0.75 a yard.
"But that was my gift to the
people of my country because
it was a national emergency
and the dump was raging for
days and days and they needed
all the fill they could have got-
ten. That was my contribu-
tion," Mr Miller exclaimed.
Highlighting that the fill was
taken from his own family's
land, Mr Miller cautioned Mr
Rolle for making such un-Par-
liamentary remarks when
addressing issues that are near
and dear to his heart.
"If he really wants to be
involved in assisting people
from destroying our land, why
does he sit on his - and allow
persons to rape the land on
Harrold Road right next to the
Seventh-Day Adventist
Church? There is a peak there
about 80 feet off the ground
and I have reported that to the
Ministry of Works over and
repeatedly that they should not
allow them to destroy the land
below the level of the church
"But I suppose because this
person is one of the FNM's
great white supporters he (Mr
Rolle) couldn't even mention
that. But that is the kind of
coward he is. But you wouldn't
expect anymore out of him,"
Mr Miller said.





Scottsdale Vixens beat Lady Caribs i

THE New Providence Volleyball
Association continued its 2009 regular
season on Sunday with another triple
header at the D W Davis Gymnasium.
In the first match, the Scottsdale
Vixens defeated the COB Lady
Caribs in three sets 25-22, 25-13 and
Krystal Rolle led the Vixens with
eight points and Kenisha Thompson
led all scorers with 10 points in a los-


ing effort.
The second game saw the Champi-
ons come from behind to beat the
Saints 19-25, 29-27, 25-19 and 25-20.
Muller Petit led the Champions
Club and all scorers with 24 points
for the win. William McKinney scored

NOVEMBER 13 & 14





* Champions defeat Saints
* Caribs upset Crimestoppers

14 points for the Saints.
In the final game, the COB Caribs
pulled off an exciting win and upset
the Police Crimestoppers in five sets
25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 18-25 and 15-8.

Rayon Brooks took charge for the
Caribs with 15 big points.
In a losing effort, Carl Rolle would
match a side high 15 points for the

DREW BREES is sacked by Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell during the
second quarter of Sunday's game in Miami...
(AP Photo: Jeffrey M Boan)

Saints outscore

Dolphins 22-0

in 4th for win

AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) - Drew
Brees angrily stomped to the
sideline, while behind him the
Miami Dolphins celebrated a
big defensive play.
The scene kept repeating,
and soon the New Orleans
Saints trailed by three touch-
"You're looking at the
scoreboard and it's 24-3, and
you say, 'How did this game
get out of hand like this?'"
Brees said.
For the NFL's highest-scor-
ing team, the deficit proved
surmountable. Unbeaten New
Orleans scored 43 points in
the final 30:02 to rally past the
Miami Dolphins 46-34 Sun-
The Saints topped 40 points
for the fourth time and
outscored the Dolphins 22-0
in the fourth quarter.
"There was no doubt on
our sideline we would come
back and win," Brees said.

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"They had given us their best
shot, and we had played
about as bad as we could play.
All we had to do was string
together a few drives and gain
the momentum back. We
knew it was going to happen,
and it did."
Brees had his roughest day
of the season, with three inter-
ceptions, a lost fumble, five
sacks and two cuts to the face.
But he led long touchdown
drives on three successive
possessions in the second half
to put New Orleans ahead.
Tracy Porter's 54-yard
interception return then
sealed the win for the Saints
(6-0), who are off to their best
start since 1991 and are the
only unbeaten team in the
"This was a test we hadn't
faced yet, and we couldn't be
happier with the way we
responded," linebacker Scott
Shanle said.

Ellis nominated
for ISF Hall of

Fame induction

said. "The enjoyment I know
is not there anymore like
when we played. We played
very competitively and we
had a goal to play.
"But now it seems like the
young people are playing
together just to get out of the
house and get on the field to
have fun and party. They are
not as serious as when we
Although she's still
employed at JBR Building
Supplies Limited, Ellis admits
that age has certainly caught
up with her and so she's not
as athletically inclined as she
was in the past.
But she noted that she's
grateful to God for having
been nominated and elected
to the Hall of Fame.
"I just give him thanks and
praise for it," she said. "I also
want to thank Bobby Baylor
Fernander who was the main-
stay behind it. He was the one
who was really pushing to get
me there."
Full details about Ellis'
induction have not been
released as BSF president
Burkett Dorsett, vice presi-
dent Ted Miller and immedi-
ate past president Rommel
Knowles are scheduled to
return home from the con-
gress today.
Also during the congress,
Knowles was voted in as vice
president of the Americas, a
region that is designated for
the US and the Caribbean.
Knowles is the first Bahamian
to hold such a post on the
international scene.


finally getting

his Heat banner
Associated Press
already has one banner cel-
ebrating his achievements
with the Miami Heat. He's
about to get another.
The Heat will retire Hard-
away's No. 10 jersey before
Wednesday night's season-
opener against the New
York Knicks. He'll be just
the second player to receive
that honor from the fran-
chise. Alonzo Mourning's
No. 33 was hoisted last sea-
son by Miami.
Hardaway's previous ban-
ner was one celebrating the
2000 Olympic gold medal he
won while with the Heat.

Tebow frustrated
with Florida's
offensive problems
Associated Press
FLORIDA quarterback
Tim Tebow is frustrated.
He's tired of the intercep-
tions, the sacks and the red-
zone struggles.
Although the top-ranked
Gators are still undefeated
heading into Saturday's
game against Georgia,
Tebow admits he would like
to have "prettier" wins. But
he adds that, "If they're all
ugly, that's OK. We'll be
Tebow also apologized
Monday for blowing off
postgame interviews follow-
ing Saturday's 29-19 victory
at Mississippi State. Tebow
says he wanted to hang out
with family and former posi-
tion coach, current MSU
coach Dan Mullen.
Tebow says Mullen told
him to go win another
national championship.
For that to happen,
though, the Gators probably
need perform better near the
goal line.

Dolphins CB

Allen out

for season
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -
Miami Dolphins cornerback
Will Allen is out for the sea-
son with a left knee injury.
Allen hurt his anterior
cruciate ligament in the third
quarter of the Dolphins' loss
to New Orleans and will
require surgery, coach Tony
Sparano said Monday.
Allen has missed only one
game since joining the Dol-
phins in 2006. He leads the
team with two interceptions
this year.
He'll be replaced by 2009
first-round draft pick Von-
tae Davis, which means the
Dolphins will start two rook-
ie cornerbacks Sunday at the
New York Jets.
Second-round pick Sean
Smith has been starting
opposite Allen.

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Ellis nominated for ISF Hall of Fame induction

Senior Sports Reporter

A after retiring
about a decade
ago, Naomi Ellis
is finally going
to get some international
recognition for her achieve-
ment in softball.

At the International Soft-
ball Federation's Congress
over the weekend in
Venezuela, Ellis' name was
submitted by the Bahamas
Softball Federation (BSF) for
nomination for the Hall of
Fame 2009 induction class.
Her nomination by BSF
president Burkett Dorsett was
accepted as Ellis will become

only the second Bahamian to
be inducted, following on the
heels of Grand Bahama's
Candice DeGregory-Culmer
in the 2007 class.
"I'm elated. It's been a long
time, but it's never too late,"
said Ellis, who began playing
softball at the age of 19 and
retired 10 years ago when she
was 49.
Ellis, who turns 60 on May
3, will bring the Bahamas'
total of inductees up to 12
since the ISF began the induc-
tion of administrators, man-
agers, coaches, players and
umpires in 1981.
The other Bahamians
inducted were as follows:
* Leon 'Apache' Knowles,
player/coach in 1987;
Churchill Tener-Knowles,
administrator/organiser in

Photo by Tim Clarke

1991; Neko Grant, adminis-
trator/organiser in 1997;
Arthur Thompson, umpire in
2001; Greg Christie, adminis-
trator; Sidney 'Bobby Baylor'
Fernander, coach and Dud-

ley 'Douggie' Smith, player,
all in 2003 and DeGregory-
Culmer, player; Richard 'the
Lion'Heart' Johnson, player;
Austin 'King Snake' Knowles,
meritorious service and God-
frey 'Gully' Pinder, coach, all
in 2007.
Like all of the above, Ellis
has made tremendous strides
on the international scene,
having represented the
Bahamas on just about every
national team with the excep-
tion of two during her tenure.
"The greatest highlight for
me was when we got third in
the world," said Ellis. "When
we did that, I was on top of
the world."
During her career, Ellis
suited up to play under the
management of Eddie Ford,
Bobby Fernander, Colin

'Troppy' Knowles, the late
Peter 'Pa-B' Bethell and God-
frey Pinder.
She also played with such
players as Carmetta Christie-
Lockhart, Ernestine Butler-
Stubbs, Vangy Bowleg, Mavis
Whymms, Judy Allan, Joanne
Thompson, Muriel Anderson,
Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt, Jean-
nie 'Bubbles' Mynez,
Hyacinth Farrington and
Ingrid Rose.
"I don't have any regrets
because I know I did my
best," she stated.
But looking at the sport
now compared to the days
when she participated, Ellis
said there is no comparison.
"The caliber of softball has
gone down very much," she
SEE page 10

Loring Sunfish

Worlds winner

2009 Sunfish Worlds winner David Loring receives his
award from Pierre Colle, senior vice president of Pictet
Bank & Trust.
Photo by Robert Dumkley


'is going great'

Senior Sports Reporter
MEACHER 'Pain' Major
knows that if he's going to be
successful next Friday night,
he will have to go through
some intense workout sessions
in Hollywood, Florida.
For the past two weeks,
Major has been back in Flori-
da with trainer Anthony
'Chills' Wilson as he prepares
for his NABO mandatory
lightweight title defense
against American Dorin
The two are scheduled to
clash on November 6 at the
Convention Center in Buffalo,
New York, as Major cele-
brates his 28th birthday
(Wednesday, October 28) and
his mother's on October 31 in
grand style.
"Everything is going great,"
said Major, who will be
defending the title he was
recently awarded after his
bout with American Michael
Clark ended in a no contest
June 19 in Buffalo. "Training
has been going great. Always
something new to work on."
Major, who is accommodat-
ing amateur boxer Valentino
Knowles for a few months, is
slated to leave November 4 for
"I just want to go out there
and be successful," said Major,
who will take a 16-3-1 win-
loss-draw record with 14
knockouts in the 12-round
bout against Spivey's 35-6
record with 28 KO.
"Thanks to my trainers,
Anthony Wilson, Nathaniel
Knowles and Gregory Storr
and everybody who has sup-
ported me, I feel I can go out
there and execute my talent,
perform to the best of my abil-
ity and I'm very confident that
I can come out victorious."
Wilson, who has been train-
ing Major extensively for the
fight, said they are looking for-
ward to returning to Buffalo.
"Since he came in, I was
working with his timing," Wil-
son stressed. "He came in here
in great shape, so I really did-
n't have to worry too much
about that.
"He's the type of fighter
that fights from his heart, so
regardless of who the oppo-
nent is, he is always ready. He
has all the skills, so I'm just
trying to keep him sharp so
that he can be ready."
At this point in his training,

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Major said he has already
reached his fight limit, which
he has never done before in
any of his previous fights.
"I came here in great shape
and I just had to work on get-
ting fine tuned," Major said.
"So I know I'm ready and I'm
going to go to New York and
make the best of the opportu-
"Whether I win or lose, I
will be very happy with myself
because I know that I would
have gone out and gave it my
best shot. But I'm not going
into the fight thinking that I'm
going to lose."
A confident Major said
despite the fact that Spivey is
36-years-old, he's not going to
let his age play a factor in
whether or not he is successful.
"I've already told my han-
dlers that this is my time to
shine and although this guy
has been around, what he
haven't achieve yet, it's not
my fault when I beat him,"
Major stressed. "This is my
Giving the credit to his
father, Anthony Major Sr,
Major said he has the belief
that he can beat anybody in
the world and he's hoping that
after this fight, he will get clos-
er to securing a world title
"My father is really the one
who pushes me so hard," he
pointed out. "He's not in the
gym when I'm training, but he
has sat me down and talked
to me like a father to a son
and he has installed the quali-
ties in me to go out there and
"So I really want to thank
him because he's the main rea-
son why I'm in the position
that I am today."
Whenever he gets a shot at
the world title, Major said he
will definitely dedicate it to his







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'Don't throw baby

out with bath water'

Tribune Business Editor

The Government has
been urged not to
"throw the baby out
with the bath water" and
delay moving the Plan-
ning and Subdivision Bill moving
through Parliament to allow for more
consultation, with realtors expressing
concern that its provisions could
"strangle the economic development
of the Bahamas".
William Wong, the Bahamas Real
Estate Association's (BREA) presi-
dent, last night told Tribune Business
that his 700-strong membership had
"some very serious concerns" over
the Planning and Subdivisions Bill,
having discussed the issue with devel-
opers and other impacted professions.
Mr Wong said the Bill, by outlining
a prescriptive approval process for all
commercial and residential real estate
developments in the Bahamas, with
specified timelines for all stages, would
"create another layer of bureaucracy
and red tape" that developers would
have to overcome.
Time and delays cost developers
money, the BREA president pointed
out, and this increase in development


costs would likely to be passed on to
the consumer or real estate purchaser,
raising the possibility that more
Bahamians could be priced out of the
Addressing BREA's specific con-
cerns, some of which were outlined
in a letter to Prime Minister Hubert

Ingraham, Mr Wong told Tribune
Business that the Government
appeared to be "putting the cart
before the horse" by moving to pass
the Planning and Subdivisions Bill
before it had completed its Land Use
Plans for all Bahamians islands.
These plans, addressed in Section 35
of the Planning and Subdivisions Bill,
were, according to Mr Wong, sched-
uled to be completed in six months
for New Providence and 12 months
for the Family Islands. They were
designed to address the zoning of land
for particular uses, such as commercial
and residential, utilities, land use pol-
icy, road corridors and the preserva-
tion of historical and cultural sites.
"They should get this Land Use
Plan finished first before the Planning
and Subdivisions Bill," Mr Wong told
Tribune Business. He added in his let-
ter to the Prime Minister: "This poli-
cy has been needed for decades and
can be the solution to what is profes-
sionally known as 'sprawl', and is reg-
ular throughout the length and
breadth of the country
"All Bahamian professionals that I
have consulted with are strongly in
favour of an organised and sustain-
able strategy for the growth of our
islands. This Bill, however, puts 'the



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cart before the horse' and releases the
Government of their responsibility to
provide the platform for Bahamians to
have the opportunity to be a major
stakeholder in the development of the
Arguing that the Planning and Sub-
divisions Bill appeared to have been
written more by someone experienced
in environmental matters, as opposed
to development, Mr Wong told Tri-
bune Business: "It doesn't in any way
consider these tough economic times.
"It's going to affect the Bahamian
man and woman who want to buy
property and will put it out of their
reach. It will strangle the economic
development of the Bahamas, partic-
ularly in these very difficult econom-
ic climate."
Mr Wong said the need for public
consultation and town meetings could
stymie foreign developers who, after
acquiring land for a development,
could find themselves blocked by the
complaints of nearby residents and
see the Town Planning Committee
refuse planning permission.
The BREA questioned what hap-
pened to land caught up in such dis-
putes, whether it would sit there and
SEE page 2B

BTC suffers 50.7% profit fall in '08

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC) suf-
fered a 50.7 per cent net income
reduction in 2008, as profits
were squeezed by a slight top-
line decline and $18.7 million
rise in operating expenses,
although that did not stop the
Government taking a $50 mil-
lion dividend from the compa-
ny post year-end.
Kirk Griffin, BTC's acting
president and chief executive,
writing in BTC's 2008 annual
report acknowledged that the
state-owned incumbent's net
income had fallen to $21.1 mil-
lion from $42.8 million the year
before, "resulting principally

* Government takes $50m
dividend from state-owned
incumbent in 2009, and
likely to extract some
$105m in 18-24
month period
* Privatisation talks likely
to include focus on
$25.387m pension liability
* Drop in 2008 performance
caused by 6% or $18.7m
rise in operating expenses,
and 1% revenue fall

SEE page 2B

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMAS Waste yester-
day said it expected to have its
cardboard recycling facility "up
and running" by the beginning
of December 2009, and is tar-
geting 500 tonnes of cardboard
per month for processing.
Francisco de Cardenas, the
BISX-listed company's manag-
ing director, also confirmed to
Tribune Business yesterday that
it hoped to "be making
biodiesel in the first quarter"
2010, once all necessary gov-
ernment permits and approvals
were received.
Adding that Bahamas Waste
had enjoyed "a nice third quar-
ter" this year from a financial
performance perspective, Mr
de Cardenas said that in rela-
tion to the company's card-
board recycling initiative,
"we're basically waiting on a
few more parts for the bailer.
"We then go through a peri-
od of testing on the machine,
and then we'll be good to go. I
would say that within the next
month, probably by the begin-
ning of December, we'll be up
and running. We're going to be
trying to get about 500 tonnes
of cardboard in a month."
Mr de Cardenas said
Bahamas Waste would be
recovering a product it nor-
mally dumped in the Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway

* BISX-listed firm targeting
500 tonnes of cardboard
per month for processing
* Hoping to get approvals to
start biodiesel production
in 2010 Q1, hoping to
produce 100,000 gallons
in year one and have
20-50% vehicle usage
landfill, processing and recy-
cling it, and then attempting to
sell it for export.
He added that the company
would be going through a
"learning curve" with the card-
board recycling facility, and it
would take time to reach the
500 tonnes per month level.
Hinting that Bahamas Waste
would eventually look at other
recycling efforts, said: "Card-
board is the beginning, and we
will see what else, but right now
we're focusing efforts on card-
As for Bahamas Waste's
biodiesel plans, Mr de Carde-
nas told Tribune Business:
"The equipment is being man-
ufactured, we are sourcing our
tankage and working with the
BEST Commission on the
Environmental Impact Assess-
ment and Environmental Man-
agement Plan.

SEE page 4B

Chamber plans

Institute to give

business support

* Chamber president says
development bank needed
to support start-ups
through growing pains,
painting out his business
lost $ 180k in first year
on $250k turnover
* Says bank's lending
constraints will kill some
entrepreneurs' ideas
and leave key void

Tribune Business Editor
Chamber of
Commerce is
pl an ning
"next month"
to launch a
designed to
provide a
technical sup- ROLLE
port package
to its members and Bahamian
businesses, its president yester-
day urging cash-strapped insti-
tutions such as the Bahamas
Development Bank (BDB) to
continue playing a role in small
business financing.
Khaalis Rolle explained that
the Chamber Institute would
play a facilitation/co-ordination
role in its plans to assist small
business development, creating
the curriculum and support
package before outsourcing the
delivery to members involved
in that line of work.
Confirming to Tribune Busi-
ness that the Chamber Institute
was set "to come next month",
Mr Rolle explained: "We will
be offering the type of support
that businesses need. We're try-
ing to move beyond the strong
advocacy role we've played in
the past to a more technical
support organisation."
The proposed support pack-
ages would involve the likes of
marketing, accounting and
leadership training, "all of the
things businesses need to
understand how to efficiently

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BTC, from page 1B

from a 1 per cent or $3.5 million
decline in revenues and a 6 per
cent or $18.7 million increase
in operating expenses".
On the revenue front, Mr
Griffin attributed the drop from
$356.915 million in 2007 to
$353.369 million to an 18 per
cent or $9.9 million drop in net
roaming revenues.
This provides a further indi-
cation of the wide-ranging
impact that the global econom-
ic crisis and decline in tourist
arrivals has had on all facets of
the Bahamian economy, since
BTC's roaming revenues are
largely derived from tourists
who, via agreements signed by
BTC and their own home coun-
try carriers, are able to use their
cell phones in the Bahamas.
Fewer tourists equates to lower
roaming revenues.
Mr Griffin said the decline
in roaming revenues had been

offset to some extent by a 12
per cent increase in broadband
Internet revenues to $16 mil-
lion in 2008.
Elsewhere, BTC's cellular
wireless revenues from post-
paid subscribers fell by 9.6 per
cent or $5.2 million, partly due
to the migration of former
TDMA postpaid customers to
the new GSM prepaid platform.
Revenues from the latter
increased by $7.2 million to
$143.1 million.
BTC's income statement
again showed that the company
is largely now a glorified cellu-
lar company, something that
was effectively admitted by
executive chairman Julian Fran-
cis in the 2008 annual report,
who said this business segment
now accounted for 70 per cent
of the company's total rev-
BTC's current monopoly in
cellular service provision in the
Bahamas, something that will

end two years after its privati-
sation, has been critical to the
company's profitability and per-
formance. It also indicates why
Digicel, a 100 per cent cellular
operator throughout the
Caribbean, is interested in
acquiring BTC - as it is, to all
intents and purposes, a cellu-
lar company - despite the state-
owned incumbent's interests in
fixed-line, Internet and, possi-
bly, Internet Protocol TV.
Elsewhere, Mr Griffin said
BTC's payroll and benefits
increased by 15 per cent to $83
million in 2008, largely due to
the finalisation and implemen-
tation of the new industrial
agreement for the period 2007-
While most other operating
expense categories remained
flat, what was termed as 'Plant
Expense' rose by more than $20
million - from $152.308 million
to $172.683 million. As a result,
total operating expenses
increased from $313.397 mil-
lion in 2007 to $332.052 million
a year later.

Unbundling plant expense,
it can be seen that payroll costs
rose by 8.6 per cent in 2008
from $42.976 million to $46.679
million. Also on the rise were
vendor discounts, which rose
by 23 per cent from $27.348 mil-
lion to $33.74 million.
Utilities costs, mainly the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC), rose by more than
$4 million from $7.567 million
to $11.915 million.
In his report, Mr Griffin said
BTC had paid a $25 million div-
idend to the Government, in
the form of the Public Trea-
sury, in June 2008. That same
year, some $16.4 million in cus-
toms duties and franchise fees
were also paid by the company,
along with $4 million in regula-
tory fees to the former Public
Utilities Commission (PUC).
However, the annual report's
notes also revealed that BTC's
Board of Directors, all of whom
are appointed by the Govern-
ment, declared a $50 million
dividend at their April 23, 2009,
meeting, which was subse-

BREA, from 1B

become "dead land" with
reduced value, and what would
happen to the investor and the
Bahamas' reputation/standing
in investment circles.
"All this is going to drive up
the cost of development," Mr
Wong argued. "You frustrate
the developer and drive up the
cost of development. Guess
who pays for it? The consumer.

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One way or another, this Bill
is going to drive up the cost of
land for Bahamians.
"The Government is putting
all these roadblocks and
bureaucracy in place, costing
the developer time and mon-
ey." Mr Wong expressed fears
that the Bill could act as a dis-
incentive to subdivision devel-
opment and, as a result, the
supply of homes/lots would be
unable to match demand as the
population grew, further push-
ing prices above the reach of
Bahamians via a
supply/demand mismatch.
Urging the Government to
"hold back" and "delay" the
Bill's passage for further con-
sultation, Mr Wong said the
provision that prevented
Bahamians from dividing prop-
erty in their will to their chil-
dren could lead to further prob-
lems with generational proper-
ty, leaving "tens of thousands of
acres you can't use".
"In this kind of environment,
we need a stimulus package to
help us, not the kind of stuff
that makes it more frustrating,"
Mr Wong added.

quently paid on April 27, 2009.
Taken with the previous $25
million dividend, and the Gov-
ernment's plans to take a fur-
ther $30 million dividend from
BTC prior to privatization, that
$50 million windfall means that
the Ingraham administration is
likely to extract a total $105
million from the state-owned
incumbent within a probable
18-month to two-year period.
Some might question
whether it is prudent to take
such a large dividend from a
company that suffered a more
than-50 per cent cut in net
income in 2008, but BTC still
had $118.6 million in cash on
the balance sheet as at Decem-
ber 31 of that year - albeit a
lower amount than the previ-
ous year's $135.351 million.
Added to that is the Gov-
ernment's desperate need for
every cent of revenue it can lay
its hands on to plug the growing
fiscal deficit and national debt,
and with BEC's problems, it is
clear BTC remains the 'crown
jewel' in its asset portfolio,


although all things are relative.
BTC also incurred some
$4.778 million in privatization
costs on behalf of the Govern-
ment in 2008, the annual report
revealed, which the directors
dealt with by issuing a dividend
And the report also high-
lighted another issue that will
have to be resolved between
the Government and any buyer
in BTC's privatization - namely
who deals with, and fills, the
$25.387 million pension liabili-
ty the company's defined ben-
efit pension plan is sitting on. It
is possible such an amount may
be deducted from the purchase
BTC's annual report showed
that its employee pension plan
was suffering from a $63.475
million deficit, with the value
of future obligations to pen-
sioners standing at $252.941
million, yet the fair value of
plan assets languishing at
$189.466 million. The value of
unrecognised actuarial losses
was pegged at $38.088 million.

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Tribune Business Editor
THE Government was yes-
terday urged to "divest itself" of
the Bahamas Development
Bank (BDB) and the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration (BAIC) and turn them
over to private sector manage-
ment, as a Bahamian small
business organisation said it had
"deep concerns" about the lim-
its placed on the former's lend-
ing capacity.
Arguing that there were "too
many separate organizations"
involved in small business
financing and support activities
from a government perspective,
Marvin Smith, the Bahamas
Business Association's chair-
man, told Tribune Business that
management of the likes of
BDB and BAIC should be
handed to the private sector,
with these entities replaced by a
Bahamas Development Cor-
"What we need in the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas is
for the Government of the
Bahamas to divest itself of
responsibilities that really
belong to the private sector,"
Mr Smith said.
"Going forward, the Gov-
ernment of the Bahamas can-
not be all things to all people,
and needs to turn things over to
the private sector. We suggest
the creation of a Bahamas
Development Corporation.
"The Governments of the
Bahamas, past and future, need
to really divest themselves of
the BDB and BAIC, and turn
that over to private sector
groupings or organizations."
Mr Smith said the Bahamas
Business Association had "a
deep concern" over the "severe

Organisation has 'deep concerns' over

Development Bank's 'severe liquidity issues'

liquidity issues" plaguing the
BDB, which minister of state
for finance, Zhivargo Laing,
said had left it unable to write
"any meaningful loans". Some
"50 per cent-plus" of its loan
portfolio was in default.
Speaking from the perspec-
tive of small business access to
credit and debt financing, espe-
cially during a recession, Mr
Smith told Tribune Business:
"This is a deep concern of ours,
because for many of the small
and medium-sized businesses
unable to get loans from com-
mercial banks, the only way to
get credit is from the BDB and
the venture capital fund.
"Since the Government has
taken a more conservative
stance on that, perhaps they
need to be more creative in
how businesses get funding
from outside the Bahamas. The
Government and the Central
Bank stand in the way of that
with the current legislation."
Yte Mr Smith added: "This
tunnel is not as dark as it
appears. The Government has
to come to the position that
they do not have all the answers
or solutions to these problems
we face together.
"Before they take the aggres-
sive stance to terminate funding
in this period where we need
to create jobs, they need to get
everyone together to discuss
solutions to the problems they
are having right now."
While thanking all BDB and
BAIC employees for their ser-
vices over the years, Mr Smith

said they needed to be "rede-
ployed in other areas of the
public service where they are
needed, so we can establish the
Bahamas Development Cor-
poration" and raise funding for
the economy's productive sec-
Arguing that this organisa-
tion needed to be completely
run, driven and managed by the
private sector, Mr Smith said:
"One of its primary objectives
is to see the creation of
Bahamians owning the majori-
ty or a large percentage of the
tourism industry, and the agri-
culture or food security part of
the economy."
Given that the Government
had previously given Crown
Land grants and other incen-
tives to encourage foreign
direct investment in the
Bahamas, Mr Smith said a
Bahamas Development Cor-
poration should receive similar
assets for the purpose of
empowering Bahamians in all
"Hopefully, the Bahamas
Development Corporation will
be listed and traded on the
Bahamas International Securi-
ties Exchange (BISX) for the
purpose of raising capital for
onward lending to small, medi-
um and larger-sized businesses
in the Bahamas," he added.
"The Bahamas Development
Corporation will have access to
secure funds locally and inter-
nationally, whether its bonds,
stocks or more creative forms
of financing."

Mr Smith said that while the
private sector understood the
need to encourage foreign
direct investment in the
Bahamas, any developer receiv-
ing a Heads of Agreement-type
of arrangements, plus incen-
tives and land grants, must be
required to do business with
Bahamian companies.
"This Bahamas Develop-
ment Corporation is to encour-
age legislation for the advance-
ment of the interests of the
Bahamian people and/or busi-
nesses," Mr Smith said, adding
that the Bahamas had "for too
long relied" on the two main
political parties to safeguard
their interests via policy, rather
than statute law.
He pointed to the fact that
the likes of Singapore, Barba-
dos and Trinidad & Tobago all
had Business Development or
Small and Medium-Sized Busi-
ness Acts to encourage devel-
opment in these sectors, argu-
ing that the Bahamas needed
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render its Decision in the subject matter on Wednesday
the 28th day of October, A.D., 2009 at 3:00 o'clock in the
afternoon at 3rd Floor British American House, George
Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the Respondent,
Kendall Knowles, is required to produce to the Bahamas
Bar Council within seven (7) days from the date hereof
an address to which the Decision may be sent by prepaid
Registered Post.

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Bahamas Bar Association
Elizabeth Avenue
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A vacancy exists in the Corporation for the position of Manager, Revenue

The job manages the billing of all customer accounts in New Providence and
the Family Islands and the reconciliation of all revenue accounts other than
miscellaneous receivables.

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

* Manages the meter reading and billing processes both in
New Providence and the Family Islands
* Assists with the disconnection process through the use of meter readers
* Prepares the Sales Budget
* Prepares the Revenue Accounting Department Budget
* Oversees the preparation of the Accounts Receivable Reconciliation
* Oversees the training of all Customer Services staff in the new billing
* Prepares monthly Board Reports
* Prepares monthly sales analysis and unbilled revenue reports
* Prepares quarterly reports for the Central Bank & Department of
* Provides statistical billing information for Family Island Managers
* Oversees the disconnection of services for non-payment of electricity in
the Family Islands
* Attends yearly community meetings as well as ad hoc meetings required
during acquisition of new locations
* Develops and implements rules, guidelines and procedures for the
efficient operation of the department

Job requirements include:

* A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Accounts or equivalent
* A minimum of 8+ years of experience in accounting practice and theory
* Certified Accountant (CPA) or equivalent qualifications
* Knowledge of the Electricity Act of the Bahamas
* Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
* Sound reasoning and good judgment skills
* Ability to interpret financial reports
* Good time management skills
* Project Management skills

Interested persons should apply by completing and returning an Application
Form to: The Manager-Human Resources & Training Department, Baha-
mas Electricity Corporation, Blue Hill & Tucker, P. 0. Box N-7509 Nassau
Bahamas on or before: Tuesday, November 3, 2009.






1. 1, 200sq.ft @ $2,500.00 per month
2. 1,100sq.ft @ $2,250.00 per month
3. 400sq.ft. @ $750.00 per month
4. 350 sq.ft @ $700.00 per month

1. 3,000 sq.ft @
2. 1,000 sq.ft. @

$5,000.00 per month
$1,700.00 per month


All Spaces are exclusive of utilities

All Inquires Call 326-4222





Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act
Chamber 393 Statute Law of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas


IN THE MATTER of ALL THOSE lots pieces or
parcels of land situate in the Southwestern portion of
the Island of South Bimini one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas and comprising a
portion of the Port Royal Subdivision being the Lot
Numbered Sixty-one (61) in Block Numbered Five
(5) a portion of the Lot Numbered Sixty-two (62)
in Block Numbered Five (5) and a portion of Tract
"A" in Block Numbered Five (5) and situate on the
Eastern Side of Ocean Drive and approximately Two
hundred and Seventy-two (272) feet Southwesterly
from North Road and being bounded as follows
towards the NORTH on the other portion of the
Lot Numbered Sixty-two (62) in Block Numbered
Five (5) and running thereon One hundred and ten
(110.00) feet towards the EAST on a portion of Tract
"A" in the Block Numbered Five (5) and running
thereon Ninety-two (92.00) feet towards the SOUTH
on the Lot Numbered Sixty (60) in Block Numbered
Five (5) and running thereon One hundred and ten
(110.00) feet towards the WEST on a Thirty (30)
feet wide road reservation known as Ocean Drive
and running thereon Ninety-two (92.00) feet.


IN THE MATTER of the Petition, of
William C. Northen and Valerie J. Northen


Take notice that by Petition filed in the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas on the 18th day of March, A. D.
2009 William C. Northen and Valerie J. Northen of
South Bimini one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas (hereinafter called "the Petitioners")
claim to be the owners in fee simple in possession
of the above captioned pieces parcels or lots of land
and have made application to the Supreme Court of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3
of the Quieting Titles Act 1959, to have their title to
the said piece parcel or lot 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.
A plan of the said land may be inspected during
normal office hours in the following places:-

1. The Registry of The Supreme Court,
Ansbacher House, East Street, Nassau,

2. The Chambers of Deyane E. Russell
Grove Avenue and Marine Drive,
The Grove, West Bay Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Take notice that any person having dower or
right of dower or any adverse claim or a claim not
recognized in the Petition must on or before the
expiry of Thirty (30) days following final publication
of this Notice file in the Supreme Court and serve
on the Petitioners and the undersigned a Statement
of his Claim in the prescribed form, verified by an
Affidavit to be filed therewith together with a plan
of the area claimed and an abstract of title to the said
area claimed by him. Failure of any such person to
file and serve a Statement of his claim on or before
the Thirtieth (30) day following final publication
of this notice will operate as a bar of such claim.

Grove Avenue and Marine Drive,
The Grove, West Bay Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Attorney for the Petitioners

Chamber plans Institute to give business support

manage a business".
"Hopefully, we can expand
that in the future by being a
broker for capital investment,"
Mr Rolle said, "being the go-
between between our members
and potential members and
lending institutions and venture
capital organizations."
When asked how the Cham-
ber would run its proposed
Institute programme, Mr Rolle
said: "We're going to outsource
that to the guys who offer those
services. We will offer that
through our existing members
with our brand on it. We will
develop the curriculum."
Meanwhile, Mr Rolle said
the "severe liquidity issues"
that had impacted the Bahamas
Development Bank's (BDB)
ability to originate "any mean-
ingful loans" was "symptomatic
of all the structural issues we're
facing" in both the private and
public sectors.
WASTE, from 1B -
"Our plans have been sub-

He argued, though, that the
economy needed institutions
such as the BDB "to continue
to assist in business develop-
ment", as they were critical to
providing debt financing to
start-ups that would otherwise
be starved of capital and never
get off the ground.
Many entrepreneurs, Mr
Rolle said, "invested everything
in it" in terms of capital, yet
had to endure a "ramp up peri-
od" before they made any mon-
ey, often sustaining a loss in
their first year of operation.
Taking his Nassau Water
Ferries venture as an example,
Mr Rolle said he suffered a
$180,000 loss during his first
year in operations on a
$250,000 turnover, before mak-
ing a $70,000 profit on $500,000
turnover in his second year.
"With a start-up, unless you
have lots of capital, you are
almost doomed from the outset

mitted, and we're hoping we
will not have any glitches and

NOTICE is hereby given that SHIRLEY SIFFORD of Toote
Shop Corner, Off East Street, P.O. BOX N-10326
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 20th day of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that WILSON EDOUARD of South
Beach, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
27th day of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible for
nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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

(a) Mushy Kiwis Ltd. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 25th day of September, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.







TAKE NOTICE that the Disciplinary Tribunal will
render its Decision in the subject matter on Wednesday
the 28th day of October, A.D., 2009 at 3:00 o'clock in the
afternoon at 3rd Floor British American House, George
Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the Respondent,
Kendall Knowles, is required to produce to the Bahamas
Bar Council within seven (7) days from the date hereof,
an address to which the Decision may be sent by prepaid
Registered Post.

Dated the 21st day of October, A.D., 2009

Bahamas Bar Council
Elizabeth Avenue
Nassau, The Bahamas

and most businesses lose mon-
ey in their first year of opera-
tions," the Chamber president
explained. "That's why we need
institutions like the Bahamas
Development Bank to continue
to assist in business develop-
Mr Rolle argued that while
the Government should not
waste money or throw it away,
it must not look at institutions
such as the BDB as 'a profit
centre". Rather, it was an insti-
tution designed to encourage
business development, innova-
tion and ideas, and the emer-
gence of a new generation of
The Chamber president also
questioned whether small busi-
nesses and start-ups were mak-
ing best use of the Govern-
ment's business support ser-
vices, and whether the agencies
involved were structured cor-
rectly to maximise delivery in

that everything will move for-
ward. We suspect we'll possi-
bly be making biodiesel in the
first quarter."
Mr de Cardenas said he
"wouldn't be surprised if we
make 100,000 gallons of
biodiesel in the first year", with
any product it produces entire-
ly for use in its own vehicle
Explaining that the biodiesel
facility was conceived partly in
response to the impact escalat-
ing global oil prices were having
on Bahamas Waste's cost base,
Mr de Cardenas said a key chal-
lenge would be to switch the
company's fleet to use

this area.
However, the "big question"
was where the BDB, the Gov-
ernment and private sector
went now, Mr Rolle suggesting
the latter had to step in if the
public sector entities were
unable to lend.
"It [the BDB] plays a criti-
cal role," he said. "It is the pre-
mier organisation that small
businesses go to for lending
outside the commercial banks,
and that process is designed to
encourage small business in this
"If the BDB is not able to
fulfill its mandate, and com-
mercial banks are not bullish,
you will have a decline in small
business growth in this coun-
try. There's no 'if's' and 'but's'
about it."
He added that some ideas
currently held by entrepreneurs
would "not be realized" due to
the BDB's lending constraints.

With there being relatively
little technical information pub-
lished on biodiesel and its use
by heavy duty vehicles, Mr de
Cardenas said: "We're doing a
lot of studying and investiga-
tion of what we can and can't
He suggested that Bahamas
Waste's vehicles could use
between 20-50 per cent
biodiesel, with the older vehi-
cles likely to be able to use a
higher percentage. "We're
going to try and use as much
as we can," Mr de Cardenas
said. "Some vehicles might be
able to use 100 per cent."

Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 16th day of October 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,




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In the Estate of GEORGES EMILE JEAN FRANKE late of
14 Woodland Road, off Village Road in the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Businessman, Deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claims or
demands against the above-named Estate are requested to
send the same duly certified in writing to the undersigned on
or before Friday, the 27th day of November, A.D. 2009 after
which the Executors will proceed to distribute the assets of the
deceased among the persons entitled thereto having regard
only to the claims of which the undersigned shall have notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or before
the date hereinbefore mentioned.

308 East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-8181
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Executors







Tribune Features Reporter

'RESILIENCE' has been the key-
word for 60-year-old Virginia
Sawyer in facing breast cancer.
Perhaps it's the reason why she
has had such a successful fight
against the disease; she is the perfect
example of what faith and focus can
do for someone in her condition.
Ms Sawyer, who is described by
others as a "poised, reserved and
private person", agreed to share her
story about her battle against breast
cancer with Tribune Health.
It's been 25 years since she had
her mastectomy, and today Ms
Sawyer continues to live life to its
Now in 'remission' (a term used to
classify cancer patients with no
recurrences for up to 12 to 15 years),
Ms Sawyer said breast cancer is no
longer something that she constant-
ly broods or frets about.
"Over the years so many people
have been diagnosed, so I realise
like many others that it's just anoth-
er challenge that I have to face," she
With an effective combination of
eating right, exercising, prayer, and
involvement in various activities, she
is determined to keep herself as
physically and spiritually healthy as
She's never viewed her breast can-

cer as a death sentence, and in fact
has developed more zest for life
because of the disease.
Ms Sawyer is involved in several
civic organizations, including the
Bahamas Communications and Pub-
lic Officers Retirees Association and
the Surgical Suite Breast Cancer
Support Group.
She is also a very active member
at Evangelistic Temple Church on
Collins Avenue.
But it hasn't always been that way
for this retiree, who has no reserva-
tions telling you she is a "sexy 60."
One of the most inspirational
things of her life has been her
involvement in the Surgical Suite
Breast Cancer Support Group for
20 plus years, she said.
Ms Sawyer said the group has
helped her deal with the disease over
the years and has given her the
opportunity to lend her support to
fellow cancer survivors.
The 60-year-old's experience with
breast cancer hasn't been as diffi-
cult as that of some women; she nev-
er underwent any chemotherapy or
"It was not until I joined the Sister
Sister Breast Cancer Support Group
that I found out how sick people
were. Because I didn't have to take
the treatments, people were saying I
didn't have breast cancer," she said.
Shortly after being diagnosed with
breast cancer in her 30s, Ms Sawyer

had her breast removed - a fairly
radical surgery for a disease that
was still in the early stages, but one
that has proved instrumental to her
Her physician, Dr Charles Diggiss
of the Surgical Suite, said the reason
she didn't have chemotherapy is
because treatment for the disease is
different in every case.
"One has to be careful to under-
stand how breast cancer has evolved
and treatment has evolved," he said.
"We need to be aware of the aggres-
siveness of breast cancer in the black
Bahamian community."
Speaking to Ms Sawyer's condi-
tion, Dr Diggiss said her recovery
story is remarkable.
"(In the) 25 years at my practice
there aren't many women who con-
tinue to survive. It is certainly com-
mendable and fortunate for her," he
Dr Diggiss said he believes Ms
Sawyer's religiously undergoing an
annual mammogram and discovering
the cancer at such an early stage was
"Early detection is the key in
order to avoid long rounds of chemo
and radiation treatment," Ms Sawyer
"Through God's grace I was able
to avoid a lot of what other cancer
patients go through."
"In early May of 1984, a young
man who worked with me said 'Ms
Sawyer, let's switch vacation, it
would be really good for me to use
that time'."
"Because of switching with him,
I went for my check-up," she said.
"The doctor found a small lump,
and he sent me to a surgeon who
told me to come back in a month or
more, because sometimes the lumps
appear and then disappear.
"When I went back to see him,

the lump was still
there. I had a biop-
sy, and after that,
that was the first
pain I ever felt."
Results of the
biopsy showed that
the lump was in
fact cancerous. Ms
Sawyer said she
was depressed at
first, but deter-
mined to fight the
"I had to have
surgery (a mastec-
tomy). Then I was
sent to Dr (John)
Lunn, who told
one of the nurses,
'come here let me
show you some-
thing, this woman
is healed'. Dr Lunn
said the doctors
did a wonderful ./
job on you. You
don't need any
chemotherapy or
radiation," she
She continued to see the doctor
for about six months, and afterwards
went for mammograms once a year.
To this day, she performs self breast
exams and continues to have her
annual check-up.
Ms Sawyer also continues to eat
healthy and is consistent with her
exercise regime. She tries to exer-
cise twice a day.
Her eating habits include small
portions of leafy green vegetables,
especially broccoli and carrots that
she tries to steam or eat raw some-
"I try to use sweeteners that the
doctors recommend, and I automat-
ically cut down on the salt to stay


away from hypertension.
"Now and then I eat rice and pota-
toes," she said, and jokes that from
time to time she does cut herself
some slack by treating herself to
food she wouldn't typically have.
Dr Diggiss had this to say about
Ms Sawyer's story of survival: "It
gives a message of hope that you
need not die from breast cancer. As
few as the numbers may be for per-
sons who survive, it certainly offers

Women helping women

By REUBEN SHEARER Zonta Club and Sister
Tribune Features Reporter Sister Breast Cancer

HATS off to the Zontaster Breast Cancer
Club of New Providence Support Group join forces
which paid tribute to cancer Group forces
survivors of the Surgical Suite
Sister Sister Breast Cancer
Support Group this weekend. .
Some 100 women turned and pinwheel sandwiches, devices. This will help defray
out to the Hat Show and Tea quiches, and a variety of the group's monthly expendi-
Party held on the upstairs deck herbal teas. tures of $1,500.
overlooking the garden at The ladies were also treated Part of the proceeds will
Government House on Sun- to a fashion show hosted by also go to assist members of
day afternoon. Pepper Johnson of LaRose the group with medication and
Andrea Sweeting, president Boutique, as members of var- other needs.
of the Surgical Suite Sister Sis- ious Zonta Club chapters on Officially formed in 2001,
ter Breast Cancer support the island modelled their hats. the Surgical Suite Sister Sister
group said: "It was a wonder- Part of the proceeds gener- Breast Cancer Support Group
ful venture between the two ated from the high tea event is made up of breast cancer
organizations. It was a way of were donated to the Surgical survivors young and old. For
women helping women, which Suite Sister Sister Support most of the members, thank-
is the motto of the Zonta group. fully, their cancer is in remis-
Club," she said. Each month, Sister Sister sion.
The Zonta Club is a group purchases three porth-a-caths Their youngest member is
of businesswomen that work to administer chemotherapy 28-years-old, proving that
together to advance the status in an easy and efficient way. breast cancer does not dis-
of women. The Sister Sister Port-a-cath's cost around criminate when it comes to
Breast Cancer support group $500 each, and the organisa- age.
is a subsidiary of the Surgical tion donates three of them a Nurse McPhee told Tribune
Suite, an oncology practice, month to the Cancer Society Health that the way women
presided over by local practi- of the Bahamas. respond to a breast cancer
tioner Dr Charles Diggiss. "We welcome any dona- diagnosis is very important.
Oralee's Fashions; the tions to the Sister Sister Sup- "Women who attend sup-
Amazing Fashions Centre; port Group because as it port groups tend to do much
Just Stunning; LaRose Bou- comes in, it goes back out," better than those who don't
tique; Judy's Hat Shop, and said Nurse Charlene McPhee, have support, so we know it's
other vendors presented their a spokesperson for the group. vital," she explained. "It helps
hat collections to the host of She explained that the dona- you to know that you can
attendees from different civic tions from the Zonta Club of make it too."
and church organizations. New Providence will be allo- Outlining what the Sister
Attendees enjoyed salmon cated toward purchasing these Sister group offers, she said:

Prayer vigil to conclude Breast

Cancer Awareness Month


TO bring the National
Breast Cancer Awareness
Month to a close, the Surgical
Suite Sister Sister Breast Can-
cer Support Group will par-
ticipate in a candle light walk
and prayer vigil this Saturday
at Rawson Square.
The members will be divid-
ed into two groups. One
group will begin the march on
Elizabeth Avenue and the
other group will begin on
George Street; they will meet
at Rawson Square.

At the centre of the square
the group's members will hold
a prayer vigil in honour of
women who have died from
the disease, perform musical
selections, and survivors will
share their inspirational sto-
Since it's conception in
2007, the walk has become an
annual event to say thanks to
the public for their support.
The Surgical Suite Sister
Sister Breast Cancer Support
Group has been in existence
since September 2000. It has
grown from approximately 15

members to over 150 active
They act as a support sys-
tem offering hope to women
who are diagnosed with breast
cancer. Their main goal has
always been to wage war
against the disease, and edu-
cate the public.
The walk is set to begin at
5pm and members of the pub-
lic are asked to come out in
support of the cause and to
bring a candle.
For more information call
376-0054 or contact Nurse
Charlene at 326-1929.

"There's a time of laughter,
crying, information, empow-
erment, spiritual help - they
take care of the whole woman.
It's more empowering for
everyone in the group to know
they can live with cancer and
know it doesn't have to kill
Breast cancer is one of the
causes avidly supported by the
Zonta Club.
Their motto, 'Women Help-
ing Women', is at the heart of
their programme and they

"live that out in every sense
of the way," a representative
of the organisation said.
Adena Minus of the Zonta
Club said that the whole pur-
pose of the tea party and hat
show was to create an event
where the women could
escape from their worries and
just enjoy themselves.
"We try to focus on uplifting
the ladies," Ms Minus said.
Zonta International is a
worldwide service organisa-
tion of executives in business

and the professions working
together to advance the status
of women.
The Surgical Suite Sister Sis-
ter support group meets every
second Wednesday at the
Southern Community Centre
on Soldier Road.
Meetings begin at 5.30pm
and end at 8pm.
"The ladies are an exciting
group," said Nurse McPhee.
"They talk, talk, and don't
stop talking," she said with a



The story of a breast cancer sun






Have you filed your Ex?

HOW is your relationship desk
these days? Do you have a lot of
working files that you look at fre-
quently and you add to on a regular
basis? Do you have a lot of unfinished
work that you just procrastinate over?
Or do you have many files that are
completed and filed away?
We hear over and over that we
need to put time and effort into our
relationships, but what happens when
they just do not work out and they
come to an end?
The end of a relationship is almost
always painful, but at times it can be
a relief.
Closing that particular file, how-
ever, may not be that easy. Depend-
ing if there is a particular 'dumper ',
'dumpee' or if it is a mutual agree-
ment will determine how you move
on in the future.
Ideally all questions, unresolved
problems, good times and things
learnt from the relationship will be
Of course this requires a great deal
of respect and consideration, both of

OSTEOPOROSIS can steal the
strength from your bones, leaving
you stooped-shouldered and prone
to fractures. But you can do some-
thing with your muscles to help low-
er your risk of a break - exercise.
Osteoporosis means "porous
bones". With this disease your bone
strength decreases and your bones
slowly lose mineral content and
their internal support structure.
Eventually, your bones can
become so weak they can easily
fracture. But research indicates that
exercise may not only help prevent

which are often missing when things
come to a close.
What happens when it all ends in a
big chaotic mess? You may be left out
to dry, or perhaps you are the one too
cowardly to face the music. If we do
not wrap things up, and feel every-
thing has been taken care of, then we
drag it around with us into the next
relationship. We punish or treat the
next person as if they were a shadow
of the last.
It is not surprising that we go
through life wondering why we can
not get it right. Are we always choos-
ing the wrong people, or is it us?
People assume that long relation-
ships are the hardest to get over. Cer-

osteoporosis, but may treat it as
Exercise can also help improve
your balance, reducing your risk of
falling. The key is to know which
exercises to do and how to do them
Bone is living and dynamic tis-
sue that responds to exercise by
becoming stronger. Each time you
put your bones to work they receive
a chemical message telling them
they need to be strong. Without
physical challenges to trigger that
bone-building message your bones

tainly there is more history, possibly
children and joint property. However,
all too often we see that their life
together has 'played out' and that it
has reached a natural conclusion.
Short relationships, however, may
have terminated before their time and
the expected course of things did not
take place.
The questions of 'what if' and
'might have been' remain floating in
the air unanswered. One thing we
know for sure is that no matter what
type of ending you have it is all emo-
tionally draining, and something we
would all like to avoid.
The work needed before we can
close that particular file can vary in
time depending on the individuals
involved and their circumstances. Ini-
tially you may feel sad, angry or you
may feel nothing. If you feel sad then
you more than likely are turning
events inwards and blaming yourself
for the loss. Or you may direct angry
feelings outwards and blame the oth-
er person. Feeling nothing may mean
you are just avoiding the whole deluge

with lose mass and strength.
Weight-bearing and strength
training (resistance) exercises put
the right kind of demands on your
bones to make them build density
and strength.
Weight-bearing exercises causes
your bones and muscles to work
against gravity. Every time you take
a step, land on your feet, hit a tennis
ball, dance, jump, and jog, chemical
messages rush to your legs and arms
warning them to get ready for the
next impact and stimulate your

of emotions.
Discovering why something hap-
pened, and the person that we emerge
as, allows the forgiveness to take place.
We can then step aside and release
ourselves from the pain. This is what is
meant to be and this is the direction
our life is meant to take.
The scenario of letting go and
accepting the loss of a relationship
would seem like the natural process of
things. For some people the course of
events is blocked by the other person.
This is often seen when children are
used as bargaining power. We may
feel as if we are held hostage in the
relationship and closure seems impos-
sible. Even if this takes place we need
to find a way to release ourselves as
individuals so that we can move on
with our lives.
Hopefully at some point this file
will be closed and filed away. You will
know by then if it will remain in the
back of the filing cabinet, never to be
On the other hand because of mutu-
al reasons, such as children, it may

bones to increase their strength.
Weight training or resistance
exercises use your muscular
strength to improve muscle mass
and strengthen bone. Your muscles
are attached to your bones by ten-
dons that tug against the bones
when the muscle contract. This tug-
ging stimulates the bones to grow.
The stronger your muscles, the
more stimulation they provide. The
stronger your bones and muscles,
the better your protection against
Strength training exercises can
employ dumbbells, and/or weight
or resistance type machines. You
should begin strength training slow-
ly and progressively, repeating exer-
cises over time until they are com-
Other protective measure to stop
osteoporosis is not to smoke and to
drink in moderation. Smokers show

have to be brought out every now and
then. When you do it is important to
remember to handle your children's
feelings with care because they will
be experiencing similar emotions.
Things may still be more compli-
cated and you may have a stagnant
relationship that keeps you in limbo.
Relationships like this are suffocating
and very unhealthy. It is essential that
we continue working at our relation-
ships, or close them and file them
away. The goal is always to remember
to surround ourselves with good qual-
ity relationships that enrich our lives,
and keep away from those that pull us

* Margaret Bain is an individual and cou-
ples relationship therapist. She is a regis-
tered nurse and a certified clinical sex
therapist. For appointments call 364-7230
or e-mail her at or She
is also available for speaking engage-

a higher incidence of fracture than
non-smokers do. Smoking interferes
with the body's production of estro-
Women who smoke are shown to
lose five to 10 per cent or their mass
prior to menopause. Heavy drinkers
also suffer more fractures than nor-
mal. This may be due to the fact
that alcohol is a diuretic, which
causes fluid loss.
Good nutrition, foods rich in cal-
cium, plus calcium supplements on
a daily basis are definitely an impor-
tant prevention in stopping osteo-
porosis. The recommended dosage
is 1,500 milligrams daily, especially
after menopause.
With these lifestyle changes, a
regular exercise programme and
regular chiropractic care, you
should be able to grow old with a
strong healthy spine and beautiful

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A variety of root crops

IT was root crops more than any-
thing else that kept Europeans and
early American settlers going dur-
ing the cold winter months when lit-
tle could be grown. Most root crops
could be stored, often underground
in barrows below the frost line, and
retrieved for use as food.
Perhaps it is because we do not
have a history of root crop storage in
the balmy Bahamas that we do not
favour potatoes, rutabagas, turnips,
carrots and such as much as Euro-
peans do.
Nevertheless, root crops deserve
a place in the garden and on our din-
ner plates.
The fastest growing root vegetable
is the radish. Radishes can be picked
within a month of sowing the seeds
and are often recommended as can-
didates for children to grow so they
can appreciate the beauty of planting
and growing.
Unfortunately, one of the great
joys of gardening is the consumption
of what we grow and few children
enjoy radishes. Come to think of it,
very few adults enjoy radishes.
If you have heavy soil you can sow
radish seeds along with carrot seeds.
The quick growing radishes will
break up the surface soil and make
life easier for the more tender carrot
seedlings. By the time the radishes
are pulled the carrots should be
The most popular carrot variety is
Chantenay, eight to ten inches long
and lightly tapered. Nantes is more
cylindrical and has excellent flavour.
Danvers is a broad-shouldered,
strongly tapered carrot that forces its
way into heavy soil. If you are
impressed by size and have deep soil
you should try Imperator as your
main crop.
Carrots are a long season crop and
take at least 120 days to mature,
though at the thinning-out stage you
can enjoy baby carrots lightly pre-
pared. (By the way, those 'baby car-
rots' that come in cellophane bags
in the supermarket are not baby car-

MOST root vegetables. are more tender and sweeter when pulled fairly early, like these carrots and beets.
MOST root vegetables are more tender and sweeter when pulled fairly early, like these carrots and beets.

rots at all but large carrots that have
been sculpted into cylindrical
Carrots enjoy fertile soil but
should not be sown where there has
been an application of fresh com-
post or manure in the past six
months. This over-rich condition
encourages the production of side
roots. Well-fertilised sandy soil is
perfect for carrots.
You save space by growing car-
rots, and most root vegetables, in
blocks rather than in rows.
What we call beet seeds are actu-
ally seed capsules that contain
several seeds. This means we have
to thin the seedlings once they are
three or four inches tall.
Pick enough and you have a deli-

cious side dish of baby greens; later
on the mature leaves give a more
robust flavour.
Beets (or beetroot as the English
call them) are a 90-day crop and
should be picked when approaching
maturity rather than left in the
ground to grow fibrous. The stan-
dard beet is Detroit Dark Red.
It grows readily in most soils and
has an excellent flavour.
Turnips are very popular in
Europe but a rarity in the Bahamas.
Those sold in markets are usually
over mature and coarse in flavour. If
you grow your own and pick them
early you may begin to appreciate
their buttery earthiness.
Rutabagas (or swedes) grow to
the size of a barked coconut and are

closely related to turnips, but milder.
As with most root crops, younger is
Peeled, cubed and boiled in salted
water, rutabagas are an interesting
potato substitute. In Europe they
are often cooked this way and
mashed with boiled potatoes, then
heavily buttered and liberally salt-
ed and peppered. Rutabagas are
very easy to grow and very hard to
give away.
Potatoes are the most popular root
crop world wide but are best grown
after Christmas. We will consider
them at a later date.

* For any questions or comments you
can e-mail

Exfoliation - how

much is too much?

EXFOLIATION delivers a
tighter, firmer, smoother look and
feel of skin. Because of this result,
many fall into the trap of over-exfo-
liation: An over-zealous approach
that can actually reduce skin's vital-
ity and make it more susceptible to
damage from UV light.
Over-exfoliation triggers an
inflammatory response, leading to a
compromised lipid barrier that
won't function properly, a sensi-
tised skin condition, and accelerat-
ed premature aging.

* Noticeable dehydration
* Patchy areas of dryness
* Skin tautness
* Redness and itchiness
* Increased sensitivity
* Inflammatory acne and irritation

If you're showing the signs of
over-exfoliation, speak with a pro-
fessional skin therapist, who will
most likely prescribe a calming
cleanser and toner, and a protec-
tive moisturiser to start the recovery
process. Sun protection is a must,
wear a sunscreen with physical UV
blockers titanium dioxide or zinc
oxide that won't irritate skin.
After skin recovery, begin exfoli-
ating with a gentle exfoliant
designed for daily use. If you desire
a more intense level of exfoliation,
look to non-abrasive exfoliants con-
taining chemicals like salicylic or
lactic acid. Pair a more gentle regi-
men with professional exfoliation
treatments from your professional
skin therapist to enjoy smoother
skin without the undesirable side

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Maintain strong

bones with exercise




A Bahamian woman in Japan


For one year and
three months I had
the opportunity to
live and work in Tokushi-
ma, Japan. I worked as
an English Language
Coordinator at Seiko
Gakuen for children ages
three to six.
Join me each week as I explore
the land of the rising sun from a
Bahamian's perspective.

IT was okay, but my goodness it
was long: Nassau to Miami, Miami to
Chicago, and Chicago to Osaka.
Every time I went to sleep and woke
up I was still on an airplane. I had a
neighbour who was a bit too friend-
ly even for my taste. He insisted on
conversation and while that is all
well and good, I don't want to talk to
anybody for 16 hours straight.
He was typically Japanese in that
he apologised for everything.
If I dropped my pen, he was sorry
that I dropped my pen and offered
to pick it up. If I had to go to the
bathroom, he was sorry that I had to
go to the bathroom and was sorry
that he didn't get up quick enough
for me to get out of my seat. I was
like, "its okay man." That was my
preferred sentence for most of the
After arriving at the airport it was-
n't too bad in terms of my luggage, (I
had two really heavy bags plus my
purse and my laptop). I then had to
take a two-hour bus ride to get to my
city. I was really exhausted but tried
to stay alert so I wouldn't miss my
stop; that was not easy.

I was really proud of myself. I fol-

lowed all the directions that they
gave me and got off the bus stop
expecting to see the person who was
supposed to pick me up, but I didn't.
So I told my self that maybe she was
just late. But then I said to myself,
"hold up Japanese people are never
One hour later - I didn't panic, I
just tried to dial the number that
they gave me to call. When I tried to
call the operator said something in
Japanese, but of course I didn't get
what she was saying. So I tried to
ask someone if I had the right area
code but no one spoke English,
French or Spanish. I had a few
phrases in Japanese but they are use-
less if you don't understand the
So the next step, I looked in the
phone book for the operator's num-
ber but of course everything was
written in Japanese. I saw a drawing
of a fireman so I called the fire sta-
tion to see if they could help, but
that was useless as well. He was nice
but the only thing he could say was
"I don't speak English can you
please speak Japanese." So I hung
Next step, the police station.
(They) understood me better, but
not really. Two minutes later two
police officers came riding on their
bikes with their guns. I was like,
"woah, I'm not a terrorist, all I want
to do is to dial a number."
Apparently a friend of the
boyfriend of the police officer spoke
English and tried to help me. But
surprise, the number I had didn't
work. However, thankfully they had
the numbers of all the teachers in
the city. And all this time (the per-
son I was supposed to meet) was
waiting for me on the other side of
the train station. I never got that
message that I had to wait on the
other side. I got in at the station at
9pm and I left almost at midnight
after two days of travelling. Needless
to say that I was beat.

It's not bad; not the shoeboxes
that Japan is known for. It is big-
ger than my Paris studio (Ms
McPhee used to live in France). I
have everything that I need. Dishes,
sheets, TV (even though I don't
know what they are saying) bed,
desk, chair, washing machine and a
balcony to hang out clothes. The
only thing I needed to buy was food
and washing powder.
All the foreign teachers live on
the same floor. So we form a little
community. They are from the
USA, Canada and Australia.

I have three classes of K3, K4 and
K, but I am not with them all the
time. K3 - 20 minutes, K4 - 30 min-
utes and K5 - 45 minutes. Between
classes I prepare my lessons (which
is not difficult). I also help in organ-
ising outside activities for the stu-
dents; out of town trips etc. The kids
are really cute and adorable and
well behaved.

I take Japanese classes on
Wednesday evenings, Saturday
afternoons and soon Sunday morn-
ings. I have a lot of opportunities
to practice because I am the only

English teacher on my campus and
the other teachers do not speak
English, so communicating is quite
entertaining. We draw, do actions,
and use fragmented words out of
the dictionary. It normally takes
about 15 minutes to get our point
across but some how we make do. I
am also learning a traditional Japan-
ese dance with a group. There is a
big music festival here in August
that lasts about one week and I will
be participating with them. I'll have
on the traditional dress, shoes and
hat. It should be fun.
I plan to take some cooking class-
es as well. Lord knows I need it.

I was afraid that I would find
myself in a village with only fields of
rice, but there is a night life. I am
not living in the swinging part of
town, however, the social scene
it is just a 25-minute bike ride across
the bridge and there you have all
the bars, restaurants, and caf6s. So I
am not bored on Saturday nights.

Not as bad as everyone said it
would be. It is expensive, but like
anywhere you just have to know
where to shop.
I can find pretty good deals. The

food is good, fresh and pretty cheap
if you buy Japanese items. It is when
you want exotic goods that things
become expensive (there is no way
that I am going to buy a $6 man-
go). But for the moment I don't
think that I'll starve. Going to the
movies is expensive though, almost
$15. So I will be streaming my

They do stare, but not in a mean
way. More like, 'wow I can't believe
what I am seeing'. They are not
mean, but quite polite and they like
when you try to speak their lan-
guage. Just like anywhere you have
prejudiced people and you have
really sweet ones.

The time over here will definitely
be a learning experience and I am
looking forward to it, especially
learning a new language. This job
definitely combines my passions:
Languages, education, culture and
tourism. And for the moment I
don't have any complaints.
"Travel is more than the seeing of
sights; it is a change that goes on,
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T I E I) A Y

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VO U puous


Tribune Features Reporter

CONTESTANTS at the beginning of the Ms Full Figured Bahamas competition 2008.

BEAUTY is often measured by the external, and if you believe today's
media, it's all right for a woman to have some curves, just as long as
they are in the right places and she is still skinny overall.

But for one woman, who is on a mission to
bring voluptuous back, this interpretation of
beauty is not acceptable.
Rayette McDonald, president and director
of the Ms Full Figured Bahamas Organisa-
tion, said her goal is to free full figured
women from these kinds of beauty stereo-
The full figured community is making an
impression the world over and the Ms Full
Figured Organisation has committed itself to
being a part of this revolution.
Speaking with Tribune Woman, Ms
McDonald said full-figured women often feel
pressured to compete with women who are
thinner than they are and this can affect their
perception of what true beauty is.

To help plus size women recognize their
true value and potential, Ms McDonald first
organised the Ms Full Figured Bahamas
Pageant in 2006.
"I've always wanted to enter a beauty
pageant. Looks and intelligence are not a
problem for me. I had everything else, but
because of my size I would never be able to
participate," she said.
Ms McDonald said it bothers her to see
that the type of women who win traditional
beauty pageants are celebrated as the female
But instead of letting bitterness about the
situation consume her, Ms McDonald decided
to let her dissatisfaction with the status quo
fuel a productive endeavour.

OUTGOING Ms Full Figured Bahamas and Ms Teen Bahamas 2009, with contestants of this year's Full
Figured competition.

MS Full Figured Bahamas 2008 Mona-Lisa Smith poses with other Bahamian beauty queens.

CONTESTANTS from Ms Full Figured Bahamas 200


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For the third year in a row now, Esteem
Productions will host the Ms Full Figured
Bahamas Pageant on Sunday, November 8.
"We are endeavoring to display the beauty,
elegance, talent and intelligence of the volup-
tuous woman in the Bahamas. This event is a
journey that these brave women embark
upon in hopes of gaining a better appreciation
for themselves, voicing their concerns
through their platform and making lasting
friendships," Ms McDonald said.
"This organisation can be branded as a cel-
ebration of who we are. The pageant,
although fun, is very serious about enhancing
the lives of the young women. They partici-
pate in six weeks of self-development classes,
20 hours of community service and 20 hours
of physical training."
This year, the emphasis is on cultivating
three qualities that define a woman's worth:
Serving, giving back and self-
esteem, Ms McDonald said.
While there is a $30,000-budget
for the event, she said that she has
always had a tough time garnering
financial support for the pageant.
Is it that sponsors just can't get
past the weight factor? Maybe so,
Ms McDonald said.
But the metamorphosis the
contestants go through during
the competition should be rea-
son enough for persons to sup-
port the pageant, she said.
"Every year we have girls
that come in a certain way and
leave the competition totally
different. We want to develop
and polish girls, but that's not
going to happen in a (short)
space of (time).
"What you're hoping is that
you embed something into
these ladies so that they will
continue to flourish in their
lives. We want to take them
on the journey of becoming a
better person," she said.
In six weeks ' f 1i,, n i
the contestants embark on a
journey which includes eti-
quette training and activities
that cater to the "whole
v. ini , Ms McDonald
This year, the ladies par-
ticipated in Toastmasters
._ speech classes in prepara-



tion for their spokesmodel competition next
Additionally, they took part in exercise
programmes and even experienced some mar-
tial arts during a few karate sessions.
A representative from Black Opal prod-
ucts, the makeup line that Michelle Obama
uses, showed them how to ensure they look
their best.
Next week, the contestants will participate
in an array of pre-pageant activities, including
a float parade this Saturday, in preparation
for the big finale.
The pageant has also reached out to the
Crisis Centre to assist in sensitising the public
to the child abuse issues we face in our coun-
try. In this vein an event is planned for Satur-
day, November 10, at the Marathon Mall.
Dubbed 'Every Child Counts', it will feature
a number of local acts and Dr Sandra Dean
Patterson, Director of the Crisis Centre, will
bring brief remarks.
Recently, a special cocktail reception was
held for the nine beautiful and voluptuous
contestants in this year's Ms Full Figured
Bahamas pageant.
Montague Gardens was the event's venue
and some -2i i 1 i, , watched as the contes-
tants arrived in stretch limousines.
They were not disappointed as the ladies
exited the vehicles gorgeously dressed in
apparel from La Chica Caliente.
The beauties were poised, elegant and
articulate as they greeted friends, family and
well-wishers who had the opportunity to mix
and mingle with them for the first time in
their new role as contestants.
The audience was also treated to a mini
fashion show sponsored by the Elegant
Women Boutique and featuring some former
The pageant's winner will go on to repre-
sent the Bahamas in the Miss Bold and Beau-
tiful pageant in Puerto Rico.
Last year, Mona-Lisa Smith was crowned
Ms Full Figured Bahamas. She became the
second runner-up overall in the Miss Bold
and Beautiful pageant and received a special
honour in the evening gown segment.
This position has afforded her an opportu-
nity to accompany the new Ms Full Figured
Bahamas and the first runner-up to Puerto
Rico for the 2010 pageant.
Ms McDonald promises that this year's
competition finale will be outstanding.
To view the gallery of the nine contestants
vying for the Miss Full Figured Bahamas title

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