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Heartache and stress

take toll on tragic

gun victim's father

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE stress and grief suf-
fered by shooting victim
Brenton Smith's family has
become too much for his
heartbroken father.
Unable to come to terms
with his son's death, 42-year-
old Hector Smith was admit-
ted to hospital ... just days
ahead of a coroner's inquest
into the tragedy.
From his hospital bed yes-
terday, Mr Smith told The
Tribune how he has been
overwhelmed with constant
grief and anxiety since Bren-
ton was killed, triggering his
chronic asthma and a bout of
Fearing his condition

Industrial action

edges closer at COB
SBy ALISON LOWE members of the Union of
Tribune Staff Reporter Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas showed up in

is now closer than ever at
the College of the
Bahamas after 40 mem-
bers of a union that rep-
resents more than 200
staff handed a letter call-
ing for a strike vote to the
Minister of Labour.
Vexed that the college
has allegedly failed to
negotiate in "good faith"
over their working condi-
tions, professors, librari-
ans, counsellors and other

torce outside the Churchill
Building at around 10am
to greet labour minister
Dion Foulkes.
Wearing orange
"UTEB"-emblazoned t-
shirts and singing songs of
t"' iIl.i ii) ', the educators
and other key staff said
they have had enough of
what they for months
termed a "dictatorial"
approach to negotiations
over their new industrial
SEE page six

0 Man dies in
hospital after

being shot
Tribune Freeport Reporter

would develop into life-
threatening pneumonia, his
physician ordered him to
check into hospital to avoid
further health complications.
SEE page six

Bahamas firm 'set for regional expansion'
insurer and financial services provider, is poised to expand
into the Caribbean through the acquisition of British American
(Cayman), sources told The Tribune last night.
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CLARENCE SMITH and the 17-year-old, who cannot be
named for legal reasons, outside of court.
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO teenagers charged with shooting two Atlantis
security guards were arraigned at Magistrate's Court yes-
terday on attempted murder charges.
Clarence Smith, 18, of Dolphin Drive, and a 17-year-old,
who cannot be named for legal reasons, both appeared
before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank
They are charged with the attempted murders of Dwayne
De Costa, 46, who is also a police reservist, and 33-year-old
Troy Feaste.
The accused were not required to enter a plea to the
A preliminary inquiry will be held to determine whether
there is sufficient evidence against the teenagers to have
them stand trial in the Supreme Court.
Smith's attorney Murrio Ducille told the magistrate his
client had been beaten by police who had also not sought
to contact him when they put Smith on an identification
SEE page five

FREEPORT - A Freeport
man died yesterday follow-
ing a shooting in the South
Bahamia area. His death
pushes the homicide count to
10 on Grand Bahama, and
the country's murder count
to 72.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey,
press liaison officer, said
police are withholding the
victim's identity pending noti-
fication of next of kin.
Police were alerted to the
shooting sometime around
11.20pm on Monday. Officers
and emergency medical per-
sonnel were dispatched to
Braemer Drive, South
Bahamia, where they found
a man suffering from a gun
shot wound to the upper part
of his body.
The victim was transported
to the Rand Memorial Hos-
pital, where he later died
around 3.15am yesterday.
ASP Mackey said a motive
for the shooting is not known.
She is appealing to anyone
with information concerning
SEE page eight

Listening Devices Act

arguments concluded
ARGUMENTS over the constitutionality of the country's
Listening Devices Act wrapped up in the Court of Appeal
The appellate court judges have now taken the matter
under advisement. President of the Court of Appeal Dame
Joan Sawyer along with Justices Hartman Longley and
Christopher Blackman heard the appeal on behalf of 14
men wanted for extradition to the United States.
Alleged drug lord Melvin Maycock Sr, Melvin Maycock Jr
Lynden Deal and Bryan Deal, Tory Lockhart, Laron Lock-
hart, Wilfred Ferguson, Carl Culmer, Derick Rigby, Trevor
Roberts and Devroy Moss, Sheldon Moore, Shanto Curry
and Gordon Newbold are all wanted for extradition to the
SEE page eight

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Remembrance Day to be observed on Sunday L

observed on Sunday, the Cabinet
Office has announced.
Two services will be held to mark
this occasion in commemoration of
those who have died in wars.
Members of various organisa-
tions, including the Bahamas Red
Cross Society, the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Cadets, the Scouts
Association of the Bahamas, the
Girls' Brigade and their bands,
along with uniformed branches of
the Government, including the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force and the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force are
expected to attend the services.
The first service will be held at
lam at Christ Church Cathedral fol-

lowed by a service at the Cenotaph
in the Garden of Remembrance, at
Dignitaries expected to attend
include the Governor-General
Arthur D Hanna, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, Chief Justice Sir

Michael Barnett, Speaker of Par-
liament Alvin Smith, President of
the Senate Lyn Holowesko, mem-
bers of the Cabinet, members of the
Judiciary and Government officials.
Following the church service, the
organizations and their bands will

march to the Garden of Remem-
brance, Parliament Street, for a
Wreath Laying Ceremony at the
The service will be led by Rev
Patrick Paul, President of The
Bahamas Christian Council. Other
representatives of the religious com-
munity participating in the service
are Bishop Laish Boyd, of the
Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas
and the Turks and Caicos Islands;
Rev Matthias Munroe, chaplain of
the Bahamas Branch of the British
Legion; Dr Leonard Johnson, pres-
ident of the Bahamas Conference
of the Seventh-Day Adventist; and
Bishop Elgarnet Rahming, Nation-
al Overseer of the Church of God of

Prophecy. Among those laying
wreaths will be the Governor-Gen-
eral, the Prime Minister, the Chief
Justice, Speaker of Parliament, Pres-
ident of the Senate, the Bahamas
Branch of the Royal British Legion,
the Royal Navy, the Army, the Roy-
al Air Force, members of the Diplo-
matic Corps and international
organizations, members of the Hon-
orary Consular Corps, local organ-
isations, lodges and service groups.



partnership on


Press Attache
Embassy of The Bahamas

THE Bahamas has pro-
posed that governments in the
region work with the private
sector to leverage its eco-
nomic and innovative power
for counter-terrorism efforts.
The Bahamas, which serves

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as vice chair of the Inter-
American Committee Against
Terrorism (CICTE), has been
elected to chair the working
group responsible for the
preparation of the 10th ses-
sion of the anti-terrorism
The Bahamas proposed as
the theme for the upcoming
CICTE meeting "public-pri-
vate partnerships in the fight
against terrorism", a theme
the country's spokesman said
would "engender lively and
productive discussion and fur-
ther the dialogue on this
potentially critical tool in our
hemispheric counter terror-
ism arsenal".
The election occurred at
the first of three scheduled
preparatory meetings

designed to smooth the path
to the CICTE meeting sched-
uled for March 17-19, 2010.
The Bahamas will serve as
vice chair of the CICTE until
March 2010, and then take
over chairmanship of the
Undersecretary in the Min-
istry of National Security
Peter Deveaux Isaacs, who is
The Bahamas' point of con-
tact for the CICTE, proposed
the topic of "Public-Private
Partnerships in The Fight
Against Terrorism" for the
committee session.
Mr Isaacs said terrorism
was among the greatest
threats to civilisation, destroy-
ing life, fostering conflict,
weakening economies and
undermining progress.


SECOND SECRETARY Charisse Rolle, CICTE Point of Concact Peter Deveaux Isaacs, Ambassador Cornelius
A Smith, and Shevaun Culmer, who will be The Bahamas' representative at the CICTE Secretariat.


"However it is defined,
there is global consensus that
acts of terrorism should not
be accepted under any cir-
cumstances," he said.
Mr Isaacs noted that the
traditional model of combat-
ing terrorism is based funda-
mentally, and almost exclu-
sively on the policies and
actions of states. He said this
was understandable since
security is fundamentally the
responsibility of the state.
"However, recent terrorist
events, including the bomb-
ing of commercial centres,
tourism facilities, and critical
transportation and utilities
infrastructures, have made it
clear that in order to reduce
both the threat of terrorism
and our vulnerability to it,
joint efforts between govern-
ments, businesses and civil
society should be advanced,"
he urged.
Mr Isaacs told the group
that a deliberate effort to
involve the business commu-
nity and civil actors in the for-
mulation of policy is under-
way in several countries
around the globe, including
countries in the western hemi-

PETER DEVEAUX ISAACS - Undersecretary in the Ministry of Nation-
al Security. Mr. Deveaux Isaacs is The Bahamas Point of Contact for
the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism. He proposed the
theme for the upcoming CICTE meeting on behalf of The Bahamas del-

sphere. He explained that the
idea is to encourage the pri-
vate sector and civil society
to assume, in partnership with
the government, ownership of
the fight against terrorism.
"Through mutual and effec-
tive sharing of information,
knowledge and experience
and through joint coordinated
actions, governments and

THE Downtown Nassau Partnership - the
public-private sector organisation charged with
the ambitious task of revitalizing historic Nas-
sau - has launched a website complete with a
newsletter that can be downloaded, a Face-
book link and an historic overview.
"Because we wanted the website to attract
people to downtown Nassau as well as to dis-
seminate information about the work the
Downtown Nassau Partnership is doing, we
needed the site to be broad and comprehen-
sive, or what I called 'a site for all seasons,'"
said Vaughn Roberts, DNP Managing Direc-
"Before we launched, we sent the link to
several people for review and the comments
we have gotten back so far have been very
encouraging, calling the site colourful, inviting,
easy to move around in. We're excited about it
because it is a way for us to connect with those

businesses can develop,
improve and implement mea-
sures to prevent and counter
terrorism," he said.
"Such voluntary partner-
ships, made in a spirit of coop-
eration and based on the
respective roles, responsibili-
ties and interests of the part-
ners, can be of great value in a
broad range of sectors."

who have a stake in the future of our capital
city and to inform visitors about what's hap-
pening - events, sidewalk art shows, openings.
So it is both a marketing tool and an informa-
tion site."
The website - -
will also serve as a way to attract and sign up
volunteers for particular projects.
DNP recently sponsored the East of East
Street art project, with volunteers and artists
filling vacant store windows with vibrant works
of art, posters and other colourful material.
In some cases, the effort gained enough
momentum to entice participants to paint
building fronts.
"We live in an Internet world so what better
way to demonstrate the activities we are
engaged in whether it is a clean-up campaign,
landscaping or long-term initiative," said



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* Student stabbed
in Grand Bahama
POLICE are investigat-
ing a shooting in New
Providence and a stabbing
in Grand Bahama, each of
which left a victim recover-
ing in hospital.
The Grand Bahama
stabbing occurred at St
George's High School on
Monday afternoon when a
fight reportedly broke out
on campus.
Assistant Superintendent
of Police Loretta Mackey
said that as a result of the
incident, a male student is
in serious but stable condi-
tion at Rand Memorial
She reported that two
young men, both 15 years
of age, are assisting the
police with their investiga-
According to reports, the
incident took place some
time around 1.30pm.

Police went to the school
to investigate, but the
injured student had
already been taken to hos-
The victim reportedly
told police that while he
was on campus on October
30, two of his fellow stu-
dents stole his Oakley eye-
He said that he confront-
ed one of the culprits on
Monday, and they started
The second culprit then
became involved in the
fight, the victim reportedly
told police.
Later that night in New
Providence, a Miami Street
man was rushed to hospital
after being shot a number
of times in the stomach.
According to police
press liaison officer Chris-
lyn Skippings, officers
responded to a call, and
discovered the man suffer-
ing from multiple gunshot
wounds to the abdomen.
The victim was reported-
ly cleaning a vehicle when
the attack took place.
He was taken to hospital
where he is said to be in a
stable condition.

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Harbour Island

fires spark fears of

anti-expat vendetta

Massive blazes which
destroyed two multi-million
dollar winter residences in
Harbour Island have left
some foreign home owners
fearing that a group of angry
'Brilanders might be on a
campaign to burn their
properties, it was claimed.
On Monday The Tribune
received an e-mail from an
international media organi-
sation asking whether this
newspaper had information
about Harbour Island locals
"burning down homes
belonging to rich Ameri-
The inquiring journalist
said a note had appeared on
her desk last week tipping
her off about the alleged
Meanwhile, calls to the
island yesterday revealed
that some winter residents
who were abroad in late
October when two valuable
properties were burned
down over a two-day peri-
od made phone calls to
friends in the area to find
out if they should be wor-
ried about their 'Briland
"They'd heard about the
fires and they were wonder-
ing what to make of it," said
a restaurant owner in Har-

Huge blazes destroy two

lavish winter properties

bour Island. Another resi-
dent said: "There were some
rumours going around.
"I think it was just a bit
of paranoia."

Yesterday police said that
investigations are continu-
ing into the fires at
Bougainvillea House - val-
ued by a local realtor at
between five and six million
dollars - and Sea Dream
house, said to be worth
around one to two million
At present, arson is sus-
pected in the case of the
Bougainvillea fire, which
began at around 4.45am on
October 24, after witnesses
reported seeing two people
running from the scene.
The investigation is more
complicated in the case of
the Sea Dream fire, howev-
er, according to fire chief
Superintendent Jeffrey
He said the damage done

to the house was so exten-
sive that police have been
unable to ascertain how it
was started.
Supt Deleveaux assured
the public that police have
no reason to suspect that
locals are pursuing a vendet-
ta against ex-patriates and
their homes.

"There were
some rumours
going around.
I think it was
just a bit of

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US dilemma as peace push stalls

MARRAKESH, Morocco - For the
last seven months, the Obama adminis-
tration has labored in vain to bring the
Israelis and Palestinians together, pushing
for a loose quid-pro-quo under which
Israel would freeze construction of Jewish
settlements while its Arab neighbors
undertook diplomatic steps to bolster
Israel's confidence in its security.
With that effort going nowhere, Secre-
tary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has
begun setting the stage for a new phase of
Middle East diplomacy with a more mod-
est goal: get the parties talking at any lev-
el to avoid a dangerous vacuum until Plan
B emerges.
Clinton began sketching out this
approach Tuesday in a speech and meet-
ings with Arab foreign ministers during
a conference of Arab and Western nations
in this city of pink sandstone buildings.
She flew to Cairo later to hold talks with
the Egyptian leader, Hosni Mubarak.
Making it clear that the Israeli govern-
ment will not agree to President Barack
Obama's call for a complete halt to set-
tlement construction, Clinton promoted
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
offer as a reasonable compromise that
could still form the basis for progress.
Netanyahu has proposed a moratorium
on new housing units in the West Bank,
but would allow the construction or com-
pletion of about 3,000 additional units and
would exclude East Jerusalem from any
building restrictions.
"It is not what we want; it is nowhere
near enough," Clinton said to the Al -
azeera television network.
"But I think when you keep your eye on
what we want to achieve, it is a better
place to be than the alternative.
"And therefore, I think we should be
trying to keep moving the parties."
It is not clear what contacts between
Israelis and Palestinians the administration
has in mind, though they would be at a
lower level than Netanyahu and Mah-
moud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority
Nor has the shape of an alternative
strategy to rekindle peace talks emerged,

according to senior officials, who spoke on
the condition of anonymity because the
deliberations were confidential.
In a meeting with Clinton in Abu Dhabi
Saturday, Abbas rejected Netanyahu's
proposal as a "nonstarter," in the words of
his chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat.
But the United States is not giving up.
The administration's special envoy for the
Middle East, George J. Mitchell, met
again with bbas in Jordan on Monday,
and with King Abdullah.
In Marrakesh, Clinton tried to persuade
skeptical Arab foreign ministers of the
value of Israel's proposal.
Administration officials are worried that
paralysis in the region is a recipe for insta-
bility and violence.
"We recognized coming into the region
that things have stalled," said a State
Department spokesman, Philip J. Crowley.
"If there's a vacuum, there are always lots
of spoilers looking to take advantage."
Clinton told the Arab ministers that
Netanyahu's proposal was better than
what any previous Israeli government had
Under the plan, she said, Israel would
issue no new building permits or approvals
and would not expropriate new land in
the West Bank for settlements.
She took pains to say that the adminis-
tration was not abandoning its push for a
total freeze.
But her effusive embrace of
Netanyahu's proposal in Jerusalem over
the weekend stirred up a tempest in the
Arab world, with diplomats asking
whether the United States had buckled.
"President Obama was absolutely
clear," Clinton said to Al-Jazeera.
"He wanted a halt to all settlement
"And perhaps those of us who work
with him and for him could have been
clearer in communicating that that is his
policy, that is what we're committed to
(This article is by Mark Landler c.2009
New York Times News Service)

The legacy of

Christie and


EDITOR, The Tribune.

It is now generally accept-
ed by most Bahamians that
there will be no fundamental
reform to the Bahamian
society until such time as
both Hubert Ingraham and
Perry Christie leave the
political scene altogether.
These two men have gov-
erned the Bahamian polity
in one way or another for
the past seventeen years.
Over this period very little
advance has occurred in
Bahamian national devel-
opment. So much so that the
Bahamas has fallen far
behind other Caribbean
nations in national develop-
mental goals. While each is
well versed in local political
intrigue, neither has exhib-
ited any long term vision to
move the Bahamian society
out of its social morass.
In my opinion Hubert
Ingraham's idea of develop-
ment is to remove any ves-
tige of previous PLP pro-
grammes. This mantra of his
was evident in his appoint-
ment of a useless and waste-
ful commission of inquiry,
in his repeal of the Immov-
able Property Act and the
Parliamentary Pensions Act
early in his first term as
prime minister. It was crys-
tallised in his stop, review
and cancel policy in his third
non consecutive term, a pol-
icy which, according to Stan-
dard and Poors, has exacer-
bated the pain of the reces-
Perry Christie demon-
strated while he was prime

minister that he is severely
constrained to bring about
any meaningful develop-
mental strategy.
His idea of managing the
national patrimony was lim-
ited to bench marking every-
thing he did to what Hubert
Ingraham did.
He defined his adminis-
tration by what Mr Ingra-
ham did, but he believed
that he could do it in a more
polished and sophisticated
manner. While Hubert
Ingraham characterises his
legacy by eradicating PLP
initiatives and by construct-
ing buildings, Perry
Christie's five years at the
helm were marked by com-
parisons to the FNM's mis-
management and by equiv-
ocation and disarray. This
tit-for-tat style of adminis-
tration has been going on
for the past seventeen years.
Sadly, Hubert Ingraham
and Perry Christie indicat-
ed recently that they both
will lead their respective
parties into the next general
election. This will indeed be
almost catastrophic for the
Bahamas. Five additional
years of Christie/Ingraham
political tribalism, political
intrigue, band aid approach
to governance, tunnel vision
and political hubris will send
the Bahamian society spi-
raling further down the

socio-economic abyss. Nei-
ther can see beyond the next
general election. Both men
have no answer for the larg-
er national issues such as: an
increasing culture of crime;
crumbling education and
healthcare systems; how to
broaden the base of the
economy; how to reverse the
Bahama's dwindling market
share of regional tourism;
how to strengthen the com-
petitiveness of the Bahami-
an labour while addressing
the degenerating work ethics
of Bahamians; and finding
the economic opportunities
to bring and keep Bahamian
professionals and graduates
from tertiary institutions at
Christie and Ingraham
have been on the political
landscape in front line poli-
tics for well over thirty
years. How much more do
they want? Do they really
believe that they are the
only ones capable of run-
ning the affairs of the coun-
try? We young Bahamians
have known no other Prime
Minister besides these two.
The presence of these two
long time leaders of their
party, particularly Perry
Christie, discourage young,
bright Bahamians of integri-
ty from offering for politi-
cal office, and this is a
We are not impressed! It
is time for a change.

September, 2009.

Postponement of the closed season

for grouper harvesting is welcome

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Thank you for the valuable space in your
newspaper to publish the following.
The Bahamas Commercial Fishers
Alliance wishes to formally thank the Prime
Minister and the Government of The
Bahamas for the postponement of the closed
season for the harvesting of the Nassau
Grouper to January 2010.
Given the status of the fisheries industry
and the drastic effects of the economic
downturn, this decision is the right course of
action and is welcomed and appreciated by
The Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance

and consumers alike. The Bahamas Com-
mercial Fishers Alliance comprises fisher-
men, fishing boat owners, vendors and con-
cerned persons, who have come together to
establish a formal lobby group for the fish-
ing industry.
Thank you for your continued support in
this and other matters of mutual interest.

Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance,
November 2, 2009.

I suggest Picewell Forbes be asked to fund retrial

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I could hardly believe my
eyes this morning when I
read about the Bridgewa-
ter/Lightbourne case.
Many people laugh at the
Bahamas for inefficiency,
incompetence and corrup-
tion but then we have
Picewell Forbes who tops
the bill - stupidity, igno-
rance, attention seeker -
what can you say? Having
endured five weeks plus of
nonsense in the papers

about the trial with lawyers
shouting at each other -
why Anita Allen does not
throw them out of court I
do not know - mind bog-
gling evidence on both sides
- we now have to go
through it all again and I
hope the papers boycott it.
I suggest that Picewell
Forbes be asked to fund the
retrial along with any
accomplices he might have
Why can't the Bahamas
leave politics alone for a

short time and concentrate
on actually doing something
to improve the country so
that people do not laugh at
Pleasant Bridgewater may
be a very nice lady but the
charge against her is very
serious and certainly does
not help the Bahamian
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about security at the college ii

Tribune Staff Reporter

HEAD of the 200 strong
union representing staff at the
College of the Bahamas yester-
day said she and her members
are "very concerned" about
security at the college, and called
on officials to maintain
increased levels of vigilance
this week.
Je nnifer
said that as
president of
the Union of
Tertiary Edu-
cators of the
(UTEB) she
wrote to col-
lege president
Janyne Hod-
der (pictured
right) "about
a month ago" expressing staff
concerns about certain crimes
that had taken place on campus
and calling for action on improv-
ing security in potential target
"There have been a number
of instances happening with stu-
dents and faculty, where people
are coming onto campus and
causing chaos, robbing and caus-
ing all kinds of mischief," said
the union boss yesterday, adding
that these incidents appear to
be on the increase.
Ms Isaacs-Dotson now hopes
the college maintains the policy
of identity checks at access
points initiated this week in the
wake of a classroom robbery

committed by a man posing as a
student. The matter was high-
lighted in Tuesday's Tribune.
"We are very concerned
about security and security pres-
ence and particularly ensuring
if all the entrances and exits are
properly manned and that per-
sons are being held accountable
to be students.
"They started something yes-
terday (Monday) where they
were manning the gates, check-
ing if they are students, I think
that is important but it needs to
be done on a sustained basis.
You can't just start and stop,"
said Ms Isaacs-Dotson.
The UTEB president said
there are numerous individuals
who hang out on campus "all
day" who have no business
being there.
"Those kind of things really
need to be addressed," she
The educator wrote to Ms
Hodder about a month ago not-
ing certain areas where she and
other staff felt that lighting was
poor in the evening - around
the T, G, and B blocks - leaving
students and staff at a greater
risk of falling victim to crimi-
"These isolated areas really
need to be manned by security
at all times, especially when
classes go on until 10pm," the
union head said yesterday, not-
ing an incident around two
weeks ago when a security offi-
cer had to be taken to hospital
after intervening when a student
was targeted by someone who
came onto campus.
Yesterday, Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Hulan Han-

na told The Tribune he was sur-
prised to see the article in Tues-
day's edition revealing that a
man posing as a student had
robbed COB students in the
classroom about two weeks ago.
"We had no knowledge of that,"
he said.
ACP Hanna said he had con-
tacted a "senior person" at COB
after reading the news to inquire
about the matter and was told
that it never occurred.
However, in a statement
issued to The Tribune in
response to the allegations that
were put to them on Monday,
COB administrators did not
deny the students' claims, admit-
ting that a "number of inci-
dents" have occurred on the col-
lege's campus, "which extends
throughout the community."
The college noted that it has a
57-member strong "fully staffed
security department of trained
professionals and former police
officers" who provide "24-hour
Last night, the college's office
of communication issued a state-
ment responding to The Tri-
bune's article, calling it "mis-
"To address concerns
expressed by members of the
general public and indeed mem-
bers of our own College com-
munity regarding an article
appearing on the front page of
the November 3, 2009 Tribune,
the College wishes to state that
allegations that 'a classroom
filled with students at The Col-
lege of The Bahamas has been
robbed at gunpoint...' are not
true," the statement read. "And
while there have been reported

incidents of thefts, the article's
further claims of 'sprees of rob-
beries all semester long' are
inaccurate and misleading.
"The safety and security of
College of The Bahamas stu-
dents, faculty, staff and guests
to our College campuses are a
priority. The College has and
continues to maintain a dedi-
cated security department of
trained personnel, a department
that works closely with and is
supported by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force."
The statement added: "There
have been incidents of thefts and
antisocial behaviour on College
of The Bahamas campuses, but
fortunately nothing unexpected
for a population of The Col-
lege's size. Given the openness
of our campus and that most
incidents have involved non-
College of The Bahamas stu-
dents much of The College's
efforts have involved contain-
ing access to College properties.
College security personnel have
been busy with enforcement of
College policy that restricts cam-
pus access to persons holding
College issued IDs, with
approved exceptions.
"Incidents involving crimes
and criminal activity are all duly
reported to the Police Force and
all such incidents are a matter of
public record. The Royal
Bahamas Police Force has and
continues to be an important
community partner of The Col-
lege of The Bahamas and their
timely assistance and support
has ensured that wherever nec-
essary criminal charges have
been filed and brought before
the courts," the statement read.

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parade and had forced him to
sign a document.
Mr Ducille told the court
that Smith, who suspected
that one of his ribs was bro-
ken, was in excruciating pain
and needed to see a doctor.
He said Smith had just
turned 18 in July and was
studying electrical engineer-
ing at BTVI. Mr Ducille also
argued that Smith had no
prior conviction and was
innocent until proven guilty.
Cheryl Bazard, the attor-
ney for the juvenile said her
client who is still in high
school was also beaten while
in police custody. She also
submitted that her client is
innocent until proven guilty.
Prosecutor Inspector Clif-
ford Daxon objected to bail
applications. He told the
court both victims are still in
hospital and their conditions
are listed in serious and crit-
ical condition.
The accused were both
granted bail in the sum of
$15,000 with two sureties.
They were ordered to report
to the nearest police station
every Monday, Wednesday
and Saturday before 6pm.
Chief Magistrate Gomez
also ordered that the
accused be taken to hospital
for treatment. The prosecu-
tion indicated to the court
that it will seek to have the
magistrate's decision to
grant the young men bail
The shootings took
place in the exterior part of
Marina Village near the
Dock Master's office on Sat-
urday night.
Mr De Costa and Mr
Feaste, who were attached
to the Atlantis security
department, were reportedly
making a routine patrol at
Marina Village shortly
before 10pm Saturday night
when they saw two young
men acting suspiciously and
asked them to leave.
It was then one of the
youths pulled out a gun and
fired at the officers. De Cos-
ta was shot in his face, chest
and arm while Feaste
received a single gunshot
wound to the left shoulder.
Reports state that earlier
that night, the same two
young men were approached
by security guards at Marina
Village after they received
complaints that they were
intimidating young girls.
The young men were
reportedly escorted off the
property only to return
sometime later. In the after-
math of the shooting,
Atlantis executives
announced on Monday that
unaccompanied teens are to
be barred from all areas of
Atlantis. The resort's bosses
also condemned irresponsi-
ble parents for using
Atlantis as a "teen sitting

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4. Limit one essay per child. All entries must be received by
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UTEB President and Asso-
ciate Professor at COB, Jen-
nifer Isaacs-Dotson, said the
union agreed in a meeting last

Thursday that it is willing to
strike if that is what it takes to
get the college to engage in
some "give and take" in the
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7 LO C AL N E*S .A

FATHER-OF-FOUR Hector Smith in his
hospital bed surrounded with photos of
his beloved son, Brenton, his wife and
other children. A note which reads 'I love
you Daddy' signed by his other children is
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Health fears for family of Brenton Smith

FROM page one

Though he has put on a brave face
for the sake of his loved ones, the rigour
of trying to resume a life of normality in
the wake of his oldest son's death cou-
pled with his family's well-publicised
fight for "justice" have simply worn him
and his wife, Rosetta, down.
"My wife and I tend to get three to
four hours of sleep a night, and after a
while it takes its toll," said Mr Smith,
who checked into Doctor's Hospital last
"When I'm around people I'm nor-
mally upbeat and take charge but when
you're alone you see the reality and
frailty of life and how not in control you
Surrounded by a huge bouquet from
co-workers and several family photos,
the father-of-four said despite his health
woes nothing will stop him from attend-
ing next Monday's inquest.

FROM page one

agreement on the part of their
employer, the college. Their
previous agreement expired

"Our son was killed July 9, the inquest
is November 9 - that's four months.
Those four months were spent wonder-
ing (what happened that night) and
wishing that Brenton was here and that
we never were involved in this. But we
just want the truth," he said, hours
before he was discharged.
Since the fateful July evening when
Brenton was shot, the family made sev-
eral public calls for a speedy and trans-
parent inquest into Brenton's death and
have started the groundwork for a foun-
dation in the boy's memory.
But the launch of the foundation has
been delayed due to Mr Smith's com-
promised health.
Through the foundation the family
plans to offer scholarships to at-risk
young men so that Brenton's death will
not be in vain.
"I'm not saying my son was an angel
but Brenton was a good person and if we
had more people out there like him we
would be a more positive nation.

"We just want Brenton's death to
mean something," the bereaved father
choked out, in between quiet sobs.
It is believed that Brenton, 18, was
mistakenly shot by a police officer short-
ly before 8pm on July 9 as he and a
friend walked through a popular short-
cut in the Kemp Road area used by
many to get to the nearby foodstore on
Village Road. The youngster died at the
Moments before, police had been
chasing suspected armed robbers who
held up a cashier at the supermarket.
Police have said they do not suspect
that Brenton was in the store at the time
of the robbery, while the family maintain
he was an innocent pedestrian caught
in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A few weeks after his death, the police
released a statement admitting that the
teenager was shot by a police-issued ser-
vice weapon.
A coroner's inquiry is scheduled to
begin on November 9.

began in February this year.
Staff members such as
Llewellyn Curling, a profes-
sor in the College's school of
technology, described the
conditions that COB is seek-
ing to put into the staff's new
agreement as "regressive" -
removing benefits which they
previously enjoyed.
"Really we have reached
an impasse in negotiations,
we are not getting anywhere.
The union has really made
every effort to move the
process along, but COB
seems to be very set in their
ways. It's like we aren't truly
negotiating, it's like this is
what we are saying, take it or
leave it," said Ms Isaac-Dot-
With the two sides failing
to come together, only one
clause - union dues - has
so far been agreed upon dur-
ing the 10-month talks out of
a total of around 100 expected
to be hammered out, accord-
ing to the educator.
Some staff suggested yes-
terday that if the College
changes working conditions
as proposed, progress towards
university status would be set
back as staff's professional
development would be hin-
dered, while their living stan-
dards would be placed at risk
through reduced job security.
"I told them you can't
expect us to give up benefits.
How could a president sign a
contract that did that?" said
the UTEB chief.
Catharine Archer, a librar-
ian, claimed she is concerned
that under the terms proposed
by the College, research leave
and grants presently available
to people like her will be no
"But yet they still expect us
to do research and things like
that as part of our job respon-
sibilities and make it a criteria
for promotion. Something's
not adding up," she said.
Stan Smith, a counsellor,
said the College is asking
more of staff in his position,
but trying to give less.
"We can't go backwards,"
he said.
Judith Blair, a chemistry
teacher, said if the situation
does not improve students
will undoubtedly suffer.
"Definitely if the faculty is
unhappy it's going to trans-
late into the classroom. If we
can't be heard then we can't
empower our students and if
we can't empower them then
this country is in trouble."
Messages left for COB
communications staff and Mr
Foulkes seeking comment
yesterday were not returned
up to press time.


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Industrial action closer

NOTICE is hereby given that FRANCHISE FENELON OF ST.
PROVIDENCE, THE 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 4TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, New Providence, The


Bamboo Boulevard (East St. to Buttonwood Dr.)

has been awarded a Contract by the Government of The
Bahamas for the Completion of the New Providence Road
Improvement Project (International Package).

Please be advised that effective November 9m 2009,
Traffic Management Schemes will be implemented at the
junction of East Street and Bamboo Boulevard.

What is this part of the project about?
Road improvements will be carried out on Bamboo Boulevard
between East Street and Buttonwood Avenue. These works
includes the improvement to the junction of Zion Boulevard/
East Street and Bamboo Boulevard. The works comprise the
installation of a new traffic signal at the junction, additional
traffic lanes, asphalt pavement, street lighting, sidewalks,
drainage facilities, traffic signs and road markings.

What to expect in the next few weeks?
The public should expect partial road/lane closures on East
Street and are encouraged to follow the temporary detour
signs. Motorists should avoid this area during peak hours when
possible and seek an alternative route to their destination.

Please contact us at (242) 322-8341 / (242) 322-2610 Mondays
to Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. or email us at

We do apologize for any inconvenience caused and we
look forward to the cooperation of the motoring public.







years ago, the
injection well at
Malcolm's Park
that disposes of the city's sew-
erage deep underground mal-
functioned, leading to the dis-
charge of hundreds of thou-
sands of gallons of raw waste
into the harbour just west of
the Potter's Cay fish market.
As a result, more than a
thousand people were hospi-
talized from eating conch
infected with a cholera-relat-
ed bacteria picked up from
the polluted waters around
Potters Cay. The market was
closed for months while
garbage and discarded conch
shells were cleared away, and
the vendors were temporarily
moved to the Symonette
Shipyard property on Bay
But some of them took
advantage of this relocation
to drift to the Montagu ramp,
where a few casual fishermen
had been hawking their catch
since the 1970s. Although the
plan was for them to return
to Potters Cay when the mar-
ket reopened, they never did.
Today, the Montagu ramp
has become a huge issue for
the 30-50,000 people living in
the eastern district of New
Providence. Unregulated
commerce disrupts traffic flow
and interferes with recreation
in the area's only green space,
while the lack of sanitation
poses health risks that could
be far more serious than the
1991 poisoning scare.
The Montagu shoreline is
one of the few open spaces
left on this island - and the
only one in the eastern dis-
trict. But despite its use by
inner city families, cookout
vendors, sailing enthusiasts,
pleasure boaters, joggers and
commuters it has been
allowed to degenerate into a
monstrous safety hazard.
It is no longer (if it ever
was) a case of Eastern Road
snobs being offended by the
smell and traffic delays on
their drive home. Today, the
ramp has become a chaotic
free-for-all leading to "ten-
sion among vendors, dissatis-
faction among residents and
constituents and risks for
recreational users", according
to a recent report by yet
another group formed to tack-
le the situation.
That group is known as the
Montagu Foreshore Steering
Committee, headed by pub-
lic relations consultant Diane
Phillips and sponsored by
Montagu MP and Minister of
Social Development Loretta
Butler-Turner. It was formed
in July and includes a dozen
or more professionals and
vendors who live or work in
the area. It seeks to reconcile
the various interests to
achieve workable solutions.
And according to Phillips,
the government is in full sup-
port of action to address the
issues, but doesn't want it to
become a political football:
"Sometimes things have to get
very bad before they get bet-
ter," she told a standing
room-only crowd of sceptics
at a town meeting in the Nas-
sau Yacht Club last week.
"But I can assure you that
something will happen this
To understand the scepti-
cism we have only to look at
the record. After the Mon-
tagu Beach Hotel closed in
1973 it was derelict from 1979
until it was finally demolished
in 1993. At about that time,
architects Jackson Burnside
and Pat Rahming were

We must end the

Montagu mess

already working on improve-
ments to the area as part of
their government-commis-
sioned Nassau Waterfront
Study, but the ideas were nev-
er implemented.
Meanwhile, the ramp that
had been built for recreation-
al boaters in the early 1960s
gradually became an unregu-
lated commercial site. It was
later designated as an official
market and is now a source
of livelihood for at least 30
families. The vendors and
their freelance fish cleaners
are augmented by fishermen
and jet ski operators, along
with vegetable and food ven-
dors, t-shirt and phone card
sellers, and others.
In 1999 the government
proposed major changes for
the area, including a bigger
market on reclaimed land east
of the Sailing Club and
expanded parking. But the
plan was later rescinded by
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, who famously declared
that "you don't clean fish in
the same place you expect me
to swim."
Suggestions were then
made to create a new market
at Malcolm's Park (west of
the new bridge) with proper
facilities, off-road access and
safe parking. Meanwhile,
studies were said to be under-
way to restore the beach at
Montagu Bay, citing the
improvements at Goodman's
Bay out west as a model. But
nothing ever came of these
So there the matter rested
until 2004, when the new
Christie administration
approved a parliamentary
committee to recommend
solutions to "the traffic,
health, environmental and
related problems" caused by
the Montagu ramp, under the
chairmanship of Independent
MP Pierre Dupuch. It was
another two years before that
committee's report was pub-
"Forty years ago there was
no traffic jam caused by peo-
ple buying fish or trailers
being backed across the
street," the report said. "And
the entrails from the catch of
a lone fisherman's family
were quickly swept away with
the tides. Today, there is a
different story...The commer-
cial area has expanded and in
a few years the eastern fore-
shore will be illegally com-
mercial. "
The House committee
pointed to the lack of toilet
and waste disposal facilities
in a popular recreational area,
and noted that the site was
too small to justify a major
investment in public facilities,
and that the commercial activ-
ities conflicted with the use
of the area as a park. It again
recommended moving the
fish market to Malcolm's
Park, while allowing boaters
to continue to use the ramp,
with access from the traffic
light intersection only.
But at the same time the


Christie government had
secretly agreed to lease Athol
Island to the Atlantis Resort
for a golf course. In return,
Kerzner's development team
(which included Jackson
Burnside) would restore the
Montagu Beach area as a
public park. Plans called for
dredging at the eastern end
of the harbour to replenish
the beach, improving the fort
itself, and adding picnic
tables, restrooms, jogging
trails and better parking, as
well as some commercial facil-
Unfortunately, neither of
these proposals gained any
traction, and now a new
group is looking at the issues.
While the House report and
the Kerzner proposal provid-
ed significant background
material and valuable insight
for the Montagu steering
committee, neither report
included on-site surveys or
interviews with foreshore and
ramp users, including vendors.


O ver the past several
weeks, the new
committee has determined
that despite heavy traffic and
the problems caused by indis-
criminate parking, congestion
is "directly and indisputably"
related to the amount and
volume of commerce on the
ramp, not merely the number
of vehicles, or problems at
intersections further east as
some people have believed.
The steering committee
has outlined four levels of
commerce at the ramp, rang-
ing from the fishermen to the
fish sellers, their freelance
helpers, and associated ven-
dors selling produce or other
goods, including single ciga-
rettes, and ice. "Earnings vary
greatly and while some days
there is barely enough take-
home to cover gas or ice or
what they spent to buy the
fish, other days are more prof-
itable," the committee's pre-
liminary report said.
"For most, it seemed more
of a way of life than a means
of significant livelihood. It
may not be the best of worlds
- and all had complaints - but
it is all most of them know.
Most expressed fear that they
would someday lose a finger,
hand or more to either catch-
ing or cleaning fish, and lived
with the concern that they
would have nowhere else to
turn. That's no way for people
to make a living in the mod-
ern Bahamas."
In determining how to
move forward, the steering
committee is considering

three options: allowing only
recreational use with a
restored beach, green space
and proper facilities; allowing
some commercial activity that
is better organised; and rec-
ommending alternate sites for

commercial activity. "For
years, we have watched in
silence as conditions changed
at Montagu. Once a popular
beach, recreational boat ramp
and a gathering spot to watch
a regatta or join in a fund-
raiser, we have seen erosion
eat away at the beach and
commercial activity expand-
ed. We have seen congestion
build, and tempers flare. We
turned a blind eye, and we are
all victims because we didn't
act when we had the chance,"
Dianne Phillips said at last

week's town meeting. And
according to Butler-Turner,
"we don't want to make deci-
sions behind closed doors in
isolation, but we do want to
get this done. My interest is in
a family-centred green space,
not permanent bars. We want
to make the area usable for
everyone from morning to
Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell
was also at the town meeting.
But it remains to be seen
whether a true bipartisan con-
sensus can be achieved that
will finally allow these issues
to be addressed to everyone's
satisfaction. Improved work-
ing conditions for vendors,
recreational opportunities for
residents, and access to the
sea for boaters. In short, an
environment where people
can get home safely, swim
safely, and sell fish safely.
Is that too much to ask in

What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribune-
Or visit www.bahamapun->





A vacancy exists within the Finance Department for a Chief Financial Offi-
cer. The Chief Financial Officer reports to the Managing Director. He/she is
responsible to assist in strategic planning, the development and pricing of
new products, services and determination of financial capital requirements.
Analyze and interpret financial information required by the Managing Direc-
tor and Executive Management in order to make sound business decisions and
to bring the financial organization, processes, policies and reporting practices
to a level of sophistication appropriate to a leading world-class company. The
Chief Financial Officer functions as part of the senior management at the busi-
ness unit level, interacting with various departments, provide financial leader-
ship, oversight for company-wide accounting policies, control and procedures,
and ensuring the consistent application of International Accounting and Finan-
cial Reporting Standards and corporate policies throughout the organization.

The successful candidate will be required to:
* Support the Managing Director in financial assessment of new business
development and implementation of internal controls.
* Conduct monthly business performance reviews.
* Supervises all accounting, treasury and financial matters including
general accounting financial reporting, budgeting, capital funding,
financial systems, and merger and consolidation accounting.
* Ensure that the financial organization is designed and staffed with the
appropriate skills in order to maintain the integrity, accuracy and the
timeliness of financial reporting.
* Provide independent and objective appraisals of the Company's business
and function to ensure that they are operating with effective internal ac
counting controls.

The Chief Financial Officer must have a strong technical and analytical back-
ground with an understanding of IAS or US GAAP accounting and reporting
standards. He/She must have the ability to set and manage priorities, meet dead-
lines within compressed timeframes and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
He/She must have a successful track record in partnering with line management
to develop strategic and operating business plans, effective systems of control
and metrics for a dynamic global business. Some travel required. Strong com-
munication and managerial skills are essential.

* Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance
* Master's degree in business, a plus

* CA or CPA a must

* 10 - 15 years of relevant accounting and reporting experience at a senior
* Experience with business planning and budget preparation
* Experience in treasury function activities: bank relationships, revolver
and cash management
* Experience in reporting to lenders under credit agreements
* Experience in developing and improving internal control systems
* Experience in external or internal auditing
* Supervisory experience of multiple tasked department
* Experience in partnering with line management
* External reporting experience
* Experience in the energy industry, preferred

Applications should be submitted to the:
Managing Director
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Dba Vopak Terminal Bahamas
P. 0. Box F-42435, Freeport, Grand Bahama
On or before November 6, 2009




Day two 'in the rough'

for golfers Rolle, Riley

Senior Sports Reporter

DAY two turned out to be
a little rougher for Georgette
Rolle and Raquel Riley at the
11th Duramed FUTURES
Tour 2010 Qualifying Tour-
nament in Winter Haven,
While Rolle dropped her
score from day one as she fell
from a 27-way tie for 109 to a
nine-way tie for nine-over-par
143 yesterday, Riley turned
in the same result to fall from
a 21-way tie for 196 into a 17-
way tie for a 12-over-par 185.
Both players admitted that
their performances were not
what they expected, but they
are still confident that they
can still play better over the
remainder of the tournament
this week.
Rolle, 24, turned in a 42 on
the front nine and finished the
back with 39. She said after
the "rough start," she tried to
pull it back together, but she
just simply "ran out of hole."
After the first two days of
competition, Rolle said she's
hitting the ball the way she
wants to, but her putting con-
tinues to be her downfall.


"I've been working on my
putting and I hope it will get
better because I will continue
to work on it during the rest
of the tournament," Rolle
Tiffany Joh of San Diego,
California, has moved into
sole possession in first place in
the standings with a 69. Add
to her 67 from day one and
she leads the field with a 8-
Riley, meanwhile, split the
18 holes with a 49 in the front
and 35 on the back for her
156. She admitted that her
downfall came on the third
hole when she blew up with
an eight after hitting two balls
in the water.
"I felt if I had someone
there like a caddie to help me
out, that would never have


happened," she pointed out.
"I lost my composure when I
hit the ball in the hole.
"But after I made that
eight, I played the golf course
at even par for the next 7-8
holes. But that third hole real-
ly put me in a serious hole."
Riley, who turned 28 on
October 26, said she's defi-
nitely not happy with her
results over the first two days,
but she's not going to let it
get her down either.
"I haven't played in a tour-
nament for six months, so I
know it's all mental for me
right now," she insisted. "I
have something to build on,
so I just have to wait and see
how I can pull it all togeth-
Danielle Mills, the co-
leader from day one, fell off

the pace with a 70 to join two
others in a three-way tie for
second place at six-under-par
Rolle, who is preparing to
graduate from the Universi-
ty of Louisville in December
with her PhD, said the impor-
tant aspect for all of the play-
ers is their short game or
putting and that has been one
of the major factors that has
hurt the Bahamian duo.
"Some of them putt very
well," she said. "So we just
have to step it up in that area.
But definitely, we both feel
we can play with these girls.
We hit the ball just as good or
even better. But I know I
have to work on my putting."
Riley, a 2003 graduate of
Tampa University, said once
she can improve her game
mentally, she can stand up
and compete with the women
on the tour.
"I just have to work on my
emotions, my mental game,"
she said. "I can't carry over
my frustration from one hole
to the next. That was what I
did today. After I made the
big hole, I decided that I was-
n't going to take it over to
another hole and I just con-
trolled my emotions."

Queen visits Olympic

Park to inspect the

Games preparations

Queen Elizabeth II visited
the Olympic Park on Tues-
day to inspect preparations
for the 2012 London
The queen toured the site
in east London for the sec-
ond time since the British
capital was awarded the
Olympics in 2005.
Elizabeth viewed the
main Olympic Stadium and
walked along a section of
the 100-meter track area.
She was accompanied by
Sebastian Coe, a two-time
Olympic 1,500-meter cham-
pion who heads London's
organizing committee.
"We are thrilled to wel-
come Her Majesty back to
show the progress we've
made," Coe said. "The sky-
line in this part of London is
being changed forever and
the Olympic Park will
become a home to world
class sport in 2012 and
home to a new community
The queen got a look at
where the royal box will be
located in the 80,000-capac-
ity stadium.
She also planted the first
of 4,000 trees to be put on

the park site.
"Planting the tree today
is the first step in the cre-
ation of a new green space
that will reflect the tradi-
tions of great British parks
and will create a fantastic
backdrop for the games,"
Olympic Delivery Authori-
ty chairman John Armitt
Elizabeth is expected to
open the Olympics in 2012
when she will be celebrating
her 60th year as queen.
The visit came three days
after London marked the
1,000-day countdown until
London's 2012 opening cer-
The 1-square-mile
Olympic Park also includes
the velodrome, aquatics
center, basketball arena and
main media center. It is
next to the athletes' village.
The visit comes amid
debate over whether the
site should be named Eliza-
beth Park after the queen.
The British Olympic Asso-
ciation wants to keep
Olympic in the name.
The queen first visited
the park site in Oct. 2005,
100 days after London won
the right to host the games.





The newly formed Insurance Commission
(a statutory corporation) is seeking analysts to
assist with the on-site and off-site examination of
insurance companies and intermediaries.

* Reports to the Chief Analyst/Superintendent
* Responsible for the supervision of other
analysts /directly responsible for the
examination of licensees to ensure that licensees
are compliant with prudential requirements
through on-site and off-site examinations
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* Prepare/vet/approve on-site/off-site financial
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* Supervision of other analysts/directly
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the wider public regarding complaints and
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Valencia Open: Andy Murray

returns, wins in first round

N0.4 ranked Andy Murray
(right), who had not played
since the US Open, came
back from a long-term
wrist injury Tuesday and
beat wild card Daniel
Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 6-1 in
the first round of the
Valencia Open...

(AP Photo)

- Andy Murray came back
from a long-term wrist injury
Tuesday by beating wild card
Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 6-
1 in the first round of the
Valencia Open.
The fourth-ranked Murray,
who had not played since the
U.S. Open, won 22 of 26 first-
serve points and broke
Gimeno-Traver five times.

The top-seeded Scot next
plays Leonardo Mayer, who
defeated Igor Andreev 6-3, 6-
Defending champion David
Ferrer broke Nicolas Alma-
gro six times on the hard
court in a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-2 win.
Almagro twice won the tour-
nament in Valencia when it
was played on clay.
Gilles Simon and Gael

Monfils also advanced. The
fifth-seeded Simon beat Igor
Kunitsyn 6-3, 6-2, and sixth
seed Monfils defeated Mar-
cel Granollers 6-4, 6-2.
Pablo Cuevas rallied from
5-2 down in the second set to
beat 2003 champion Juan
Carlos Ferrero 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-
3. Also, Juan Monaco beat
Martin Vassallo Arguello 6-
3, 6-2.

Man United,

Chelsea advance

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DIDIER DROGBA of the Ivory
Coast takes a shot on goal before
scoring on the rebound against
Atletico de Madrid during their
Group D Champions League
match at the Vicente Calderon
stadium in Madrid on Tuesday...
(AP Photo: Paul White)

Zurich 6-1 in Group C.
Lyon puts the tournament's
last perfect record on the line
Wednesday when it hosts a
Liverpool team desperate for
victory. Arsenal hosts AZ
Alkmaar and Inter Milan is
at Dynamo Kiev in another
of the day's eight games.
United manager Alex Fer-

guson rested several key play-
ers and watched his team
defend poorly before inserting
Wayne Rooney and Patrice
Evra for the last half hour.
The three-time European
champions gave CSKA to
much room to attack to suit
"We lost three goals at
home and you don't like
that," he said. "But I can't
believe how many chances we
did create."
Wolfsburg moved to seven
points, three fewer than Unit-
ed and three more than
CSKA after its win at Besik-
Chelsea looked to be head-
ing to a first defeat in Group
D when Atletico substitute
Aguero put his team ahead
with a volley in the 66th
But Drogba marked his
first Champions League
match this season with a
header in the 82nd and solo
goal six minutes later. The
Ivory Coast striker was back
with Chelsea following a
three-game suspension for his
postgame tantrum in last sea-
son's semifinal loss to
Atletico lost 4-0 to Chelsea
two weeks ago but Aguero
tied it with a curling free kick
beyond goalkeeper Petr Cech.
"It's really frustrating when
you concede a goal like this,"
Drogba said.

Biedennann's showdown

with Phelps in doubt

FRANKFURT (AP) - German swimmer Paul Biedermann
has a thigh injury that could prevent him from facing Michael
Phelps this month.
The short-course World Cup competition is November 14-15
in Berlin. Biedermann beat Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle at
the world championships in Rome in July.
Germany coach Dirk Lange says Biedermann is trying to get
in shape for the showdown with the Olympic great in Berlin.
Biedermann already has ruled himself out of next week's meet
in Stockholm.


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LONDON (AP) - Man-
chester United and Chelsea
scored late goals Tuesday to
reach the next round of the
Champions League with Bor-
deaux and FC Porto.
United trailed 3-1 at home
to CSKA Moscow with six
minutes left, but Paul Scholes
and Antonio Valencia scored
to make it 3-3 in the Group B
game to give last season's run-
ner-up the point needed to
Didier Drogba scored in
the 82nd and 88th to put
Chelsea 2-1 up at Atletico
Madrid in Group D. The 2008
finalist conceded an injury-
time goal to Sergio Aguero
and drew 2-2.
The two English clubs
moved into the next round
with Bordeaux, which won 2-
0 win at Bayern Munich in
Group A, and FC Porto.
Four-time European champi-
on Bayern is on the verge of
Porto's 1-0 win at APOEL
Nicosia means it advances
alongside Chelsea and elimi-
nates the other Group D
clubs. AC Milan and Real
Madrid still have to play fol-
lowing their 1-1 draw in Italy.
In other games, Juventus
won 1-0 at Maccabi Haifa in
Group A; Wolfsburg won 3-0
at Besiktas in Group B; and
Marseille routed visiting FC

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Sports Reporter

he Bahamas
men's and wom-
en's national

won their gold
softball teams

medal games in the English
Speaking Caribbean Amateur
Softball Tournament, the
Bahamas Softball Federa-
tion's (BSF) first internation-
al tourney since 1992.
They took first place in
their respective divisions
against four other nations. In
the men's gold medal game,
the Bahamas got a 20-0 victo-
ry against Jamaica. And in the
women's game, the Bahamas
beat Bermuda 11-3.
Burket Dorsett, president
of the BSF, said the organi-
sation was pleased with the
overall success of the tourna-
ment held at the Blue Bill
Sporting Complex. Other
executives called last week-
end's tournament a success
by all accounts.
"The tournament was well
played all around and each of
the participating teams were
pleased with the overall
course of action. Some of the
teams coming into it were not

National softball teams

beat Jamaica, Bermuda

in amateur softball


aware of the level of compe-
tition, but it turned out to be
excellent play throughout,"
said Dorsett.
"As the tournament pro-
gressed we saw some of the
teams that started a bit slow
improve their level of play
which made for outstanding
softball. Based on what we
saw, there is much potential
for the development of soft-
ball in English-speaking coun-
tries of the region."
Dorsett said the teams per-
formed as expected and it
gives the BSF a good base in
developing the national team
for future international play.
"The Bahamas played very
well, and they just outclassed
opponents from start to fin-
ish. The federation put
together a young cohesive
team which accomplished

what they set out to do. We
have many international
events, several tournaments
coming up in the next few
months, so these events give
us a good base to work with
going forward with our
national team programme,"
he said.
"It gave us a good oppor-
tunity to see what we have
thus far and we will revisit our
evaluation of players once
again in the upcoming Round
Robin National Tourna-

Men Gold Medal Game
Bahamas - 20
Jamaica - 0
Powerhouse pitcher Edney
"The Heat" Bethel led the
Bahamas to a championship
win with a dominating per-
formance at the mound.

POWERHOUSE pitcher Edney "The Heat" Bethel (in this file photo) led
the Bahamas to a championship win with a dominating performance
at the mound during the English Speaking Caribbean Amateur Soft-
ball Tournament at the Blue Bill Sporting Complex over the weekend...

Bethel delivered seven
strikeouts and was given
heavy run support by a potent
lineup en route to the win.
The Bahamas opened the
top half of the opening inning
with five runs and Bethel
responded by retiring the top
three hitters in the Jamaican
The Bahamas exploded in
the second inning for an addi-
tional eight runs, plating all
but one member of their line-
Bethel struck out the side

to preserve the shutout
through two innings.
In the third, the top half of
the Bahamian lineup scored
another four runs, while
Bethel struck out the side for
the second consecutive inning.
Sherman Ferguson led the
offensive charge for the
Bahamas as he finished 2-4,
with one home-run, two RBI
and four runs scored.
Hosea Hilton was also 2-4
with two runs scored and two
RBI, Lynden Richardson was
2-3 with three runs scored and

one RBI, Larry Russell was
2-4 with one run scored and
three RBI, Ken Wood Jr was
1-3 with three RBI and
Kieron Munroe was 1-4 with
three runs scored and two

Women Gold Medal Game
Bahamas -11
Bermuda -3
A dominant first inning was
the catalyst to propel the
Bahamas to a gold medal per-
formance, capping a domi-
nant tournament run.
The Bahamas scored seven
runs in the opening inning,
creating an insurmountable
advantage for the visiting
Mary Edgecombe-Sweeting
pitched five scoreless innings
for the Bahamas and left the
game with her team ahead 10-
Bermuda flirted with a late
game rally with three runs in
the final inning but fell short.
Offensively for the
Bahamas, Vesna Laing was
1-3 with one run and two
RBI, Lakira Russell was 1-4
with two runs, and Tasheena
Pinder was 1-3 with one run
scored and one RBI.
For Bermuda, Tiffany Swan
was 1-3 with one run, Rose
Sanders was 2-3 with one run
and Sophia Burch added a

Relay health run to help cover


Senior Sports Reporter

AS the legendary Tommy
Robinson continues to recu-
perate from stomach cancer,
another fund-raising effort is
being launched to help cover
his medical expenses.
This time, the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations (BAAA) is planning
to host the Tommy Robinson
20 Mile Fight Against Cancer
Relay Health Run.
It's scheduled for 7am Sat-
urday, December 12, starting
and ending at the Thomas A
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium after going through
some of the strategic streets of
New Providence.
Additionally, BAAA pres-
ident Curt Hollingsworth said
they intend to have a satellite
torch run in Grand Bahama,
but next year they will branch
out to include the Family
"The whole idea is to assist
Tommy Robinson, one of our
icons and the greatest track
athlete in the Bahamas with
his medical expenses,"
Hollingsworth said.
He said they have agreed
to partner with the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas in
their bid to get as many peo-
ple involved as possible.
Event director coach
George Cleare said the idea is
to encourage at least 20 com-
panies or businesses to donate
$50 per mile for a total of
$1,000 each to cover the 20
"It's all about having a
proactive approach," Cleare
said. "When we chose the
title, we picked the words
very carefully - Fight Against
Cancer. That's going to be the
war cry as we look at the com-
ing together of everybody, the
schools, the churches."
Cleare said they are also
looking to raise cancer aware-
ness as they also assist the
Cancer Society of the
For those companies inter-
ested in participating, Cleare
said they can include as many
people as they want as it's not
a race for the stiffest, but
rather for those who can
endure to the end.

medical expenses

LEFT to right are Curt Hollingsworth, Earle Bethel, Debbie Ferguson-

McKenzie and George Cleare...

He said they can either
have one person represent
their company or they can
have a multitude of persons
to suit up, but it is hoped that
they will all wear the compa-
ny's uniform and or logo dur-
ing the race.
"Golden girl" Debbie Fer-
guson-McKenzie, who sits on
the organising committee,
said this is an opportunity for
everybody to come out and
show their gratitude to Robin-
"It's nothing to be ashamed
of. Whatever the details are is
not necessary. He needs our
help," said Ferguson-McKen-
zie, who considers Robinson
to be the father-figure that
she didn't have growing up.
"We say sometimes that we
love a person, but at the end
of the day, what do we do.
This is a simple task where in
the process of doing, we are
asking corporate sponsors to
help out."
Already two companies
have come forward and are
expected to begin their pro-
motional drive to assist the
committee in their fund- rais-
ing starting this weekend.
revealed that both McDon-
ald's and Robin Hood will be
hosting a Tommy Robinson
Day this weekend at their var-
ious stores.
While McDonald's will be
making a financial donation,
they will also hold a raffle and
provide a portion of their
intake during the weekend to
the committee.
And Robin Hood, accord-
ing to Ferguson-McKenzie,
will be allowing its patrons to
come in and make donations

that will be earmarked for
Although they don't have
a particular target amount to
achieve, Cleare said the more
they receive the better
because they also want to
make a contribution to the
Cancer Society of the
Earle Bethel, president of
the Cancer Society of the
Bahamas, said they are
delighted that the BAAA has
decided to include them in
this venture.
"When we look at it, you're
going to touch many Bahami-
ans and that's what it's all
about," he said. "We're also
proud of your message today,
one of wellness, one of car-
ing for Bahamians."
Bethel said they will work
with the BAAA in letting the
public know that early detec-
tion of cancer is the key to
the cure and they will do their
best to continue to educate
the Bahamian people.
"Tommy Robinson is a
great icon," Bethel stated.
"You couldn't have done this
for a better person and we're
glad that you have come forth
and ask us to join in on this
Next year, Hollingsworth
said they also intend to put
on the first Tommy Robinson
Winter Track and Field Clas-
sic at the Thomas A Robin-
son Track and Field Stadium.
"We don't want to take on
the track meet this year
because it would require fur-
ther planning and time to get
the invitations out to some of
the elite athletes who Debbie
and Chandra (Sturrup) train
with," Hollingsworth said.

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Immigration off

SENIOR officers of the Immi-
gration Department received
special training in detecting
fraudulent passports and related
documents, by experts from the
International Organisation for
Migration (IOM).
The session, at the Immigra-
tion Department on Hawkins
Hill, also focused training on
passport fraud, tamper proof
documents, how to scan, and bar
code reading techniques.
Minister of State for Immi-
gration Branville McCartney
said he was delighted staff was
undergoing such special train-
"I am always thrilled and
excited by persons who seek to

't fraud 1
upgrade themselves through
education, whether higher learn-
ing, refresher courses or profes-
sional development courses," he
"I am a strong proponent that
in order for us to realise any sig-
nificant growth and development
in the Immigration Department
or any department for that mat-
ter, special emphasis must be
placed on training and retrain-
Regarding immigration offi-
cers as the "keepers of the gate",
Mr McCartney said their job is
unique, as it requires a special
breed of persons to carry out
that responsibility.
"Yours is an awesome respon-

icers get

sibility especially given our arch-
ipelagic make up of islands and
cays," Mr McCartney said.
The September 11 terrorist
attack on the United States, he
said, "has changed the world for-
"In addition to having to
guard against illegal persons,
human smuggling, persons seek-
ing to smuggle illegal contraband
and substances," he said, "we
must be on the lookout for ter-
rorists, as our country's main
industry is tourism.
"We depend on people visit-
ing our shores and it is you we
depend on to allow the right
types of persons to enter our

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International Organisation for
Migration conducts a training
seminar for senior immigra-
.tion officers at the Immigra-
Department, November 2.


Legacy of Bahamian pharmacist

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hosts ta part

to boost science in public schools w

FAMILY and supporters of the
late E. Pedro Roberts II held a recep-
tion to launch a foundation in the
late pharmacist's honour at the
National Art Gallery of The
Mr Roberts was lauded for efforts
to regulate the industry in The
Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Mr Roberts' passion for science,
and particularly pharmacology, in
The Bahamas is expected to boost
the science curriculum in three pub-
lic schools and assist students whose
desire is to become pharmacists
achieve their dream through schol-
arships and support to their schools'
science programmes.
At a ceremony, on what would
have been Mr Roberts' 73rd birth-
day, family, friends and former col-
leagues from around the world
assembled in a reception at the
National Art Gallery of The
Bahamas, to honour the great
Bahamian and establish a foundation
in his name.


Minister of Education, Carl Bethel
lauded Mr Roberts for his contribu-
tions to The Bahamas, specifically
those in the fields of education, mete-
orology and pharmacology.
He stated that Mr Roberts would
have been proud to know that the
bill to regulate the Pharmaceutical
industry in The Bahamas was passed
into law by Parliament earlier this
It was a cause the trailblazing phar-
macist lobbied for during his more
than 40-year career.

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PICTURED L-R ARE: E. Pedro Roberts III, son; Minister of Education, The Honourable Carl
W. Bethel; Ann Marie Roberts, daughter; Jacqueline Roberts III; wife; Rosamund
Williams; sister and Dr. Patrick Roberts, brother. Pictured at back is Rev. Philip Stubbs,
Pastor, St. Michael's Methodist Church and Foundation member.

Mr Bethel also expressed gratitude
to Mr Roberts', wife Jacqueline, son
E. Pedro Roberts III and daughter,
Ann Marie for the idea of honouring
their loved-one by aiding the science
programmes in public schools.
He pledged the Ministry of Edu-
cation's support and encouraged
more Bahamians to follow the exam-
ple that the Roberts' family has set
by creating a "living legacy" to keep
the memory of their outstanding rel-
atives alive rather than building a
statue or naming a structure in his
The three schools that will benefit
significantly from the Foundation's
generosity are the E. Roberts Pri-
mary School, which was named in

honour of the patron's father Enoch
Pedro Roberts I, a prominent figure
in education in a pre and post inde-
pendent Bahamas located in the
Englerston Community. C. H
Reeves Junior and R. M Bailey
Senior High Schools, the feeder
schools for E. P. Roberts Primary
will also be served by the foundation
to ensure that students who demon-
strate promise in the sciences at those
schools receive assistance through-
out their formative education.
The Foundation will also ensure
that the science programmes furnish
textbooks and other materials
required to teach the subject, and
that science instructors 1 also benefit
from training workshops.

GOVERNOR-GENERAL Arthur D Hanna hosted the Ministry of
Tourism's monthly tea party at Government House.

MISS BAHAMAS WORLD Joanna Brown is pictured perform-
ing on the steel pan during the Ministry of Tourism's tea par-
ty at Government House.

*. LEY, Chief Hospital
.... Administrator at
the Princess Mar-
, , garet Hospital
..- o(right) points to
.5 the site on which
rN the new operating
suite and support
services building
will be constructed
- on the grounds of
the Princess Mar-
. garet Hospital.
Also pictured from
. ' * left are Herbert
Brown, Managing
Director of the
Public Hospitals
Authority, and
Minister of Health,
Hubert Minnis.

New operating theatres to be constructed at PMH

new operating theatres at the
Princess Margaret Hospital
(PMH) will address some of the
"significant deficiencies" in the
surgical department there, Min-
ister of Health Hubert Minnis
Dr Minnis said the deficien-
cies are a result of undersized
theatres and failing infrastruc-
ture which were brought upon
by the "significant growth" in
the number of cases seen at the
PMH that require surgery, in
addition to growth in the
demand for general, specialty
and sub-specialty surgeries.
Construction of the new
operating theatres will signal
the largest capital investment
project at the PMH in the past
decade. Work is expected to
start in mid 2010, with comple-
tion scheduled for 12 to 15
months later.
The contract signing at the
PMH between the Public Hos-
pitals Authority (PHA) and the
Integrated Architect Lead
Design Team, a Bahamian con-
sortium, comes days after a sim-
ilar project was launched at the
Rand Memorial Hospital in
Freeport, Grand Bahama.

"These initiatives underscore
the Government's tangible
commitment to the Bahamian
people to improve, expand and
upgrade our ageing and under-
sized health facilities," Dr Min-
nis said.
"Obviously the need to
replace the Princess Margaret
Hospital is pressing and is dri-
ven by current and projected
issues such as population
growth, changes in the levels
and patterns of diseases, and
changing methods and tech-
niques in patient care.
"Recognizing that a new hos-
pital will take, at a minimum,
about six years to plan and con-
struct, we have determined that
key areas for improvements
and development in the existing
facility must be addressed in
the interim.
"This includes urgent devel-
opments in areas such as the
emergency room, eye wing,
dialysis unit and the operating
theatres," Dr Minnis said.
As a result, the decision was
taken to construct the new suite
and support services which will
comprise the three operating
theatres, day surgery clinics,
post surgery clinics, and a com-

bined central surgical supplies
department (CSSD) and med-
ical surgical supplies depart-
ment (MSSD)
"This new OR suite and
CSSD/MSSD upgrade project
is of the highest priority and
addresses urgent medical, nurs-
ing and administrative con-
cerns," Dr Minnis said.
The new theatre building will
be designed and constructed so
as to either serve as a day
surgery facility after the new
hospital is commissioned, or
incorporated into the new hos-
pital design, depending on the
directional master-planning
option selected, he explained.
"Aligned with this construc-
tion project is a parallel project
for ensuring that the business
processes, clinical and support
services throughout the theatre
department are of the highest
possible quality, while maxi-
mizing resources," Dr Minnis
"The overall objective is to
improve satisfaction amongst
patients and providers while
enhancing the overall perfor-
mance and effectiveness of the
Surgical Department at the
Princess Margaret Hospital."







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end-Novembe aids Cable's profit rise
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Tribune Business Editor
A $16 million Bahamian tele-
coms start-up yesterday con-
firmed that it extended the
deadline for its private place-
ment to end-November, having
"not quite reached our goals"
for capital raising by the initial
end-October close.
Edison Sumner, IP Solutions
International's president and
chief executive, said the 'multi-
ple play' communications ser-
vices start-up was "confident"
the deadline extension would
enable it to complete raising
the necessary $16 million in
Telling Tribune Business that
the private placement had gone
"pretty well", Mr Sumner said:
"We haven't quite reached our
goals, our projections, yet, but
the Board has made a decision
to extend the closing date for
investors still coming in....
"We decided to extend the
closing date to accommodate
those investors until the end of
November. We're confident
that will allow us to be able to
complete the funding require-
ments we're looking for, and
entertain proposals from new
investors who were not part of
the original grouping, yet have
come in and expressed an inter-
est in the company as well."
Mr Sumner said that
investors among the 100-plus
group initially targeted by IP
Solutions International for
financing had also requested
more time to get their invest-
ment capital together.
IP Solutions International,
which hopes to attract 5,000
subscribers to its 'multiple-play'
product during its first opera-
tional year, is aiming to raise
$16 million through a combi-
nation of $8 million in common
stock/equity capital, $4 million
in preference shares and $4 mil-
lion in bank debt financing.
"We have had investors com-
ing in so far to take both com-
mon and preferred stock," Mr
Sumner told Tribune Business.

SEE page 2B

Tribune Business Editor

able Bahamas has reduced
its electricity costs by
"about 15 per cent" year-
to-date through a combi-
nation of energy-saving
measures and lower fuel surcharges, Tri-
bune Business was told yesterday, while
revenues for its Internet and data ser-
vices businesses were up 6.5 per cent
and almost 10 per cent against 2008 com-
Speaking after the BISX-listed com-
pany unveiled a 22.2 per cent increase in
net income to $22.946 million for the
nine months to September 30, compared
to $18.777 million last year, Barry
Williams, Cable Bahamas' vice-presi-
dent of finance, said the decision to hold
staff levels current had "paid off for us
with the gains in operating expenses".
He added that the reduction in elec-
tricity costs had "helped quite a bit" in
reducing Cable Bahamas' operating
expenses for the first three quarters by
just over 3 per cent, from $29.895 million
to $28.989 million, a more dramatic
improvement coming through in the
third quarter with a 9.5 per cent decline
- from $10.602 million to $9.595 million.
Mr Williams explained that Cable
Bahamas had been able to generate "a
lot of efficiencies" when it came to ener-
gy consumption by closing one of the
three main buildings at its Robinson
Road headquarters during the weekend
and after-hours.

* Internet and Caribbean Crossings/Maxil revenues increase 6.5% and 10%

respectively for first nine months in 2009, with web subscribers rising 4.6%

* Cable TV revenues 'flat', although basic package up by less than 1%

* Energy efficiency gains help Cable increase net income 22.2% to $22.946m

"That has saved us a lot of money," he
explained of the decision to completely
shut down one building during those
"We've been able to reduce our elec-
tricity costs by about 15 per cent for the
year-to-date period this year compared
to last year. That's a bit of fuel, because
the rates have come down a bit, and a bit
of efficiency gains by us - how we've
utilised the administration buildings and
the energy efficiencies we've put in."
Meanwhile, despite the recession,
Cable Bahamas has continued to grow
its top-line revenues, which increased
by $2.4 million or 4 per cent for the nine
months to September 30, rising from
$60.903 million to $63.342 million. For
the third quarter, the three months to
September 30, revenues rose by 3.6 per
cent to $21.261 million, compared to
$20.515 million in 2008.
"The main driver has continued to be
on the Internet side of the business,"
Mr Williams said of Cable Bahamas'
revenues. "The Internet really has
become quite an important service for
many, many consumers. It's a service
that is not considered in the same light as

our discretionary premium services,
which have been relatively flat, but we
have gained in Internet this year. You
can almost call it recession-proof. It's
been really good for us."
Mr Williams said Cable Bahamas'
Internet subscriber base had continued
to expand beyond the 40,000 mark,
increasing by 4.6 per cent year-to-date in
2009 compared to last year. For the same
period, Internet revenues had risen year-
over-year by 6.5 per cent.
As for the data services side, repre-
sented by Caribbean Crossings and Max-
il Communications, Mr Williams said
revenues had grown year-over-year by
"just under 10 per cent" for 2009 to-
Maxil, the BISX-listed company's web
hosting and disaster recovery services
provider, had seen "additional pick-up"
and "more traction" for the latter prod-
uct among its corporate and commer-
cial clients.
"We picked up a bit of momentum
on Caribbean Crossings last year that
carried through to 2009," Mr Willams
told Tribune Business. "That's some of
the revenue growth we experienced in

the latter half of 2008 that we're experi-
encing now for the full nine months of
"We've helped and maintained most
of that subscriber base and revenues,
and that's helped to sustain that growth
in 2009."
As for Cable Bahamas' core cable TV
business, Mr Williams said it was "pret-
ty much holding" and was on budgeted
forecast for 2009, given that the com-
pany had anticipated some fall-off in
premium services - Oceans digital TV
and pay-per-view - as a result of the
"Overall, compared to 2008 for the
same period, basic cable is slightly up,
although be less than 1 per cent," Mr
Williams said. "It's up over the same
period, but not significantly. On the pre-
mium side, we're basically flat and hold-
ing compared to the same period last
"Pay-per-view is, as you'd imagine,
along with Ocean's Digital, where we
have had the most challenges as they
are discretionary products. But the

SEE page 2B

Solomon's Mines pays off many employees made redundant

Business Reporter
SOLOMON'S Mines has
brought most staff payrolls up
to date and paid-off many
employees made redundant,
Tribune Business has learned,
although a minority are claim-
ing not to have been paid.
Sources close to the strug-
gling luxury goods retailer yes-
terday confirmed that some
employees received the four to
five months of salaries they
were owed last week.
A telephone call made by

Tribune Business to the com-
pany's president and chief exec-
utive, Mark Finlayson, was not
returned before press time last
night, and Solomon's Mines'
chief operating officer, Chris-
tine Turnquest, declined to
However, some employees
confirmed they had received
their salaries and severance
pay. A former employee,
Cedric Smith, said that after
more than one year of waiting,
he received his severance pay
yesterday after having beeng
laid-off in May 2008.
"They finally sorted things

out with me today," said Mr
Smith. "A lot of staff were
thankful that I actually submit-
ted something to The Tribune,
but a lot of them are still afraid
to speak up."
Some Solomon's Mines
employees had been made to
work for months without pay
as executives sought to find a
way to fulfill payroll obligations
amid a decline in business. The
former retail giant has been
forced in recent years to shut
down numerous store locations
as it downsized to survive.
Solomon's Mines sources,
and others close to the com-

pany, yesterday suggested Mr
Finlayson has decided to step
back from running the day-to-
day operations and leave that to
Ms Turnquest once staff pay-
ment arrears have been take
care of. However, that could
not be independently verified.
It was also suggested that Mr
Finlayson and his father, Sir
Garet 'Tiger' Finlayson, had
financed payment of the sums
owed to staff through selling
part of their stake in Associ-
atied Bahamian Distillers and
Brewers (ABDAB), the over-
the-counter listed company that
holds their equity interests in

Burns House and Common-
wealth Brewery.
Several employees had pre-
viously taken Solomon's Mines
to the Labour Board in search
of their late payments.
The director of labour, Har-
court Brown, told this paper
recently that hisDepartment
had been aware of the unpaid
staff's claims since early this
year, and his team had revisited
the allegations.
"We have a number of meet-
ings already underway with

SEE page 3B

BTC says 1.472 per cent of

turnover fee too 'excessive'

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC) has
branded the various fees to be
levied on communications sec-
tor operators, especially the
1.472 per cent of annual
turnover it will have to pay in
regulatory fees, as "excessive",
warning that they will increase
business costs, "distort" com-
petition and act as barriers to
market entry.
Felicity Johnson, BTC's vice-
president of legal, regulatory
and interconnection services,
in an October 1, 2009, letter to
the Utilities Regulation and
Competition Authority
(URCA), said that under the
initial regulatory fee to be
levied by URCA, the state-
owned incumbent would pay
"more than double the
amount" it did under the pre-
vious legislation and regulatory

* Licence fee changes to
result in projected $ 1.7m
'revenue inflow loss' to URCA
* BTC alleges URCA licence fee
'double' what it previously paid
* Argues that planned fee
structure and charges are
'implicit risk', and could
'create barriers to entry
into the market and
distort competition'

Responding to URCA's con-
sultation on class licences and
types of fees to be levied on
Bahamas-based communica-
tions industry players, Ms John-
son said: "BTC is concerned
that the fees to be levied on an
individual operating licensee,
in particular under the Com-
munications Act, are excessive
and will impact the cost of
doing business."
URCA, she wrote, had
decided to base its annual
licence fee on a 'preliminary'
percentage of a licensee's per
annum turnover pending a final
In BTC's case, this was 1.472
per cent of annual turnover
and, based on the company's
2008 audited financial state-
ments, this would have seen it
pay $5.202 million of its
$353.369 million in per annum
revenues as an URCA licence
"This is more than double
the amount paid by BTC under
the Telecommunications Act
1999, and can be considered
excessive given that other indi-
vidual operating licences are to
be immediately granted," Ms

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results compared to 2008 are
relatively stable, and even
though there has been some
drop off, it has been significant.
Overall, on revenues, we're
quite a bit ahead of the same
period last year."
For the 2009 third quarter,
Cable Bahamas saw its operat-
ing income increase by 17.7 per
cent to $11.7 million, and for
the first nine months it was up
by 10.7 per cent at $34.4 mil-
Mr Williams said that with
the Bahamian communications
sector liberalising, Cable
Bahamas welcomed competi-
tion and the ability to enter new
markets in line with the new
regulatory regime, adding that
the company had "made no
secret of our desire to get into
the voice telecomss] market".

Royal Caribbean profit falls

44 per cent in third quarter

AP Retail Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Trav-
elers are still vacationing, but
they're spending less when they
do, Royal Caribbean Cruises
Ltd. said in reporting that its
third-quarter profit and rev-
enue tumbled because it deeply
discounted fares.
The cruise line said its tra-
ditionally slow fourth quarter
will be even worse than usual,
as last-minute travelers - par-
ticularly those from Florida
who account for one-fifth of
the vacationers on winter
Caribbean cruises - stay home
to wait out the economy.

"Like many other travel
companies, we saw more
strength than we expected dur-
ing our peak season but have
been experiencing more pricing
pressure on some of our tradi-
tionally softer fall season sail-
ings," Chairman and CEO
Richard D Fain said in a state-
ment when the results were
released Tuesday.
The operator of Royal
Caribbean International and
Celebrity Cruises said its prof-
it fell 44 per cent for the quar-
ter to $230.4 million, or $1.07
per share, as its revenue skid-
ded 17 per cent to $1.76 bil-
Executives tried to quell con-
cern that reservations for tours
on the company's newest flag-
ship - the world's largest
cruise ship called Oasis of the
Seas, which set sail to its home
port last week - have been
Fares on the Oasis, which is
five times the size of the Titan-
ic and can accommodate near-
ly 6,300 passengers, are high at
$1,299 to $4,829. But Royal
Caribbean, which has been cut-
ting ticket prices on other cruis-
es like others in the industry,
has not discounted voyages on
the Oasis - even if that means

ROYAL Caribbean's Majesty Of The Seas is shown docked in Key West, Florida...
(AP Photo)

sailing with empty berths.
"We're not prepared to
engage in some of the dis-
counting tactics that we see in
the cruise space these days,"
Royal Caribbean International
President & CEO Adam Gold-
stein told investors during a
conference call. "So it is possi-
ble that we will have a slightly
lower load factor in the end
than we might otherwise have
had if we were more aggres-
Royal Caribbean trumped
Wall Street expectations for its
third-quarter profit and said

reservations began picking up
in mid-September - at least
in comparison with the low lev-
els of last year as the recession
Analysts polled by Thomson
Reuters on average forecast
that Royal Caribbean, based
in Miami, would earn $1 per
share on revenue of $1.77 bil-
lion for the quarter.
Much of the stronger-than-
expected third-quarter results
came from an increase in reser-
vations for trips with weeks-
away departure dates.
For the rest of the year, Roy-

al Caribbean expects to earn
70 cents per share but it said it
will lose five cents per share in
the fourth quarter.
Analysts had expected the
company to forecast a profit of
four cents per share in the
fourth quarter and 74 cents per
share for the year.
Bernstein Research analyst
Janet Brashear said in a note to
investors that the company's
fourth-quarter guidance was
"surprisingly bad."
Royal Caribbean shares fell
$1.19, or 5.8 per cent, to $19.43
in midday trading Tuesday.

BTC says 1.472 per cent of turnover fee too 'excessive'

FROM page 1B
Johnson said.
She pointed out that apart
from the URCA annual licence
fee, other fees would also be
levied upon BTC and rival
cations operators, in particular
the Communications Licence
fee payable to the Government.
This, Ms Johnson said, was
equal to 3 per cent of a
licensee's relevant annual
turnover, meaning that in 2008
BTC, based on $353.369 mil-
lion in per annum revenue,

would have potentially paid
$10.601 million in Communica-
tions licence fees. Thus BTC
could have possibly paid more
than $15 million in licence fees
during 2008.
And this, according to BTC,
did not include the spectrum
licence fee which, along with
the Communications licence
fee, is to be collected by URCA
from operators and passed on
to the Treasury. Operators who
paid the annual URCA licence
fee were also expected to pay a
Utilities Appeal Tribunal fee.
"BTC is of the opinion that
the fees that are based on the
licensee's relevant turnover
(being both the Communica-
tions licence fee and the URCA
fee) represent a significant cost
and an implicit risk to BTC,"
Ms Johnson said.
Urging the sector regulator
to determine how annual
licence fees were to be calcu-
lated "as soon as possible", she
added: "BTC is of the opinion
that the multiple fees and their
percentages being levied are a
cause for concern.
"Given the full gamut of the
fees required to be paid by an
individual licensed operator,
BTC is concerned that a cap on
fees ought to have been con-
sidered and adopted, as the levy
of multiple fees may be pro-
hibitive to the investment in
new services.
"Furthermore, BTC is also
concerned that URCA's fees,
added to the fees associated
with doing business in the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas,
such as business licence fees
and real property taxes, as well
as the communications fee and
spectrum fee under the Com-
munications Act and the Utili-
ties Appeal Tribunal fees, could
create barriers to entry into the
market. Arguably, these levies
could also, in BTC's view, dis-
tort competition."
Responding to BTC's con-
cerns, URCA said the 1.472 per
cent of annual turnover licence
fee to be levied on the state-

owned incumbent was a 16-
month fee, not one for a single
year. It explained that it was
initially levying a 16-month fee
to take account of the fact that
it will have been in existence
for four months in 2009, from
September to December.
"If pro-rated, this would be
equivalent to an annual URCA
fee of 1.1 per cent," the regula-
tor said. "An annual URCA
fee of 1.1 per cent is not exces-
sive by international standards,
and is reasonable when bench-
marked to other like-jurisdic-


URCA said that within the
Caribbean, regulatory licence
fees ranged from 0.3 per cent of
annual turnover in Jamaica to 7
per cent in the Turks & Caicos
Islands. For ECTEL member
states such as Dominica, Grena-
da and St Vincent and the
Grenadines, regulatory licence
fees were set at 3 per cent of
The Bahamian regulatory
authority said fees in Jamaica
were relatively low due to the
size of the market and number
of operators, which helped to
share the burden of regulatory
costs, plus the fact that the
Jamaican supervisory body was
also funded by other utility sec-
Further strengthening its
argument on the fees issue,
URCA said other low-tax juris-
dictions, such as Guernsey and
Jersey, which also had interna-
tional financial centres, levied
fees at 1.4 per cent and 0.75 per
cent of turnover respectively.
Pledging the Bahamian
licensees may experience a
reduction in licence fees from
2010 onwards, URCA said the
increased fees "reflects the
increase in workload for
URCA", as it moved to carry
out its functions under the new
Act, ensure competition and
"implement a more robust reg-
ulatory regime to overcome

many legacy issues".
Implicitly criticising its reg-
ulatory predecessor, URCA
said it had increased its training
budget to enhance staff skills,
while the budget for advisors,
consultants and professional
services had been bolstered.
"The level of external advice
by consultants and the imple-
mentation of that advice were
significantly under-utilised by
the Public Utilities Commission
(PUC)," URCA said.
It added that spectrum fees
would now be transferred by
URCA to the Treasury, replac-
ing the previous arrangement
where the PUC received rev-
enues from spectrum fees and
radiocommunications equip-
ment licences from activities
carried out by the Bahamas
Maritime Authority.
Activities previously licensed
by the BMA were now either
licence exempt or not consid-
ered communications services
under the new legislation,
URCA said, while many
licences issued by the PUC had
also become exempt or non-
licensable, thus avoiding fees.
"Overall, the impact of these
changes on the inflow of funds
to URCA will be negative,
resulting in a projected funds
inflow loss of approximately
$1.7 million," the regulator said.
Responding to BTC's con-
cerns that the licence fees,
together with business licence
fees and real property taxes,
would be cost prohibitive,
URCA said the 3 per cent
Communications Licence fee
was not a 'new tax' but a "trans-
parent fee" to replace the "myr-
iad" fees paid under the previ-
ous supervisory regime.
"In URCA's view, the com-
bined 'tax' burden on licensees
is still likely to be relatively low-
er than in jurisdictions that have
a corporate tax regime, with
rates typically ranging between
20-35 per cent, and licensees
also pay the equivalent licence
or URCA fees," the regulator

$16m start-up extends fund raising until end-November

FROM page 1B
"We've been able to track capital coming in for
both common and preferred stock."
IP Solutions International, he explained, would
only seek out bank debt financing once the pri-
vate placement was completed, implying that the
company was hoping the private placement
would be oversubscribed - thus reducing the
amount of debt needed.
Declining to state how much IP Solutions
International had raised by its initial October 30
deadline, Mr Sumner told Tribune Business: "We
have been successful in raising some capital. We
are not quite at the stage we want to be, but we
have some capital in hand and are working
through the next several weeks to shore up the
balance outstanding."
Despite the need to extend the capital raising
deadline, Mr Sumner said IP Solutions Interna-
tional's plans to start deploying its services to
Bahamas-based clients by the 2010 first quarter
"have not changed".
"We still have the same projections in mind for
the roll-out," he explained. "We are still on tar-
get for that, on target to have the equipment
commissioned by year-end, and on target to have
services offered to the public by the first quarter
of next year."
IP Solutions International is targeting Bahami-
an consumers with a 'multiple play' proposition
of services delivered via a wireless Internet infra-

structure. Among the product offering will be
news, entertainment, movies, TV and video-type
games of a non-casino variety.
Apart from Bahamian businesses and house-
holds, the key markets for IP Solutions Interna-
tional will also be the nation's hotel industry and
private gated communities.
IP Solutions was looking at between $8 million
and $10-$12 million to finance its capital expen-
diture needs, which would go towards construc-
tion of its regional head-end and wireless infra-
The company had "got traction" in the wider
Caribbean, Mr Sumner previously told Tribune
Business, and "pretty much the entire region is
going to be our playground".
"We've been talking to people around the
region," he added, "and people are encouraged
that the Bahamas is finally catching up on its
communications legislation and liberalisation,
and we're glad to be the first ones out of the
gate to provide a triple-play package.
"We're thinking that once we get the Bahamas
deployed, we'll probably look at the Caribbean in
two years. It could be sooner, depending on how
quickly we get the Bahamas done."
IP Solutions International, Mr Sumner said,
was also set to appoint an ambassador/envoy to
develop its relationships around the Caribbean
while it was focused on deploying services in the

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A RESORT industry associ-
ation will this month hold its
largest-ever conference in the
Bahamas, in a bid to reverse
the lack of Bahamian partici-
pation and ownership in large,
branded hotel properties.
HILTON and Marriot hotels
are set to sponsor the summit at
the British Colonial Hilton that
is being organised by the
National Association of Black
Hotel Owners, Operators and
Developers (NABHOOD).
Andy Ingraham, the Associ-
ation's president and chief exec-
utive, said this will be the
largest conference his associa-
tion has organised in the
Bahamas. The first annual
Bahamas hotel ownership,
investment and hospitality sum-
mit and trade show is slated to
run for three days, beginning
on November 19.
Mr Ingraham said the
Bahamas has too little Bahami-
an interest in large branded
resort properties, and even less
ownership. He said the summit
was designed to give Bahami-
ans the opportunity to explore
their options through resort
ownership association steered
by globally prominent brands.
"This event will bring togeth-
er local and international
investors, along with manufac-
turers, suppliers and industry
representatives who are looking
to do business in the lodging
and hospitality sector in the
Bahamas," said a NABHOOD
"The summit is designed to
educate attendees on how to
become a hotel owner or
investor, how to provide goods
and services, share travel trends
and about opportunities avail-
able in the hospitality indus-
The summit is sponsored by
Hilton Worldwide, Marriott
International, Uptown Maga-
zine, Hotel Business and Lodg-
ing Hospitality Magazine.
"It will open with private
meetings between local busi-
ness people and industry rep-
resentatives, followed by the
opening reception," NAB-
HOOD said.
Managing Director of the
HVS Global Hospitality Ser-
vices (Caribbean), Parris Jor-
dan, said his company is a con-
tributing partner to the hotel
summit. HVS recently brought
its first Caribbean office to Nas-
sau, Bahamas.
Mr Jordan said his firm will
give an overview of the market
at the summit and speak to
interested Bahamian develop-
ers and government about
investment opportunities and
key indicators in those markets.
"We plan to have confer-
ences, along with the Bahamas
Hotel Association and NAB-
HOOD," he said.
Speakers from Hilton World-
wide, Marriot International,
NABHOOD and the US
department of energy are
expected to make presentations
to summit participants.
"This is a great opportunity
to learn about the industry and
meet potential partners," said
Mike Roberts, chairman of
NABHOOD and owner of 14
hotels in the US.
NABHOOD added: "Indus-
try professionals will lead work-
shops that will spark discussion
on hotel ownership, public/pri-
vate partnerships, financing,
franchising, investment oppor-
tunities, creating new tourism
attractions, joint-venture part-
nerships, developing new
restaurant concepts including
design & operations and
employment & supplier oppor-
Mr Ingraham said NAB-
HOOD will award Bahamian
hotelier Nettie Symonette, of
Casaurinas Resort, Cable
Beach, with its trialblazer

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lished w orki-. i. lI iii, ,iihi -. ,!..I
have partniWdd on t.~iial kt,
initiatives and events, includ-
ing the upcoming Annual Ener-
gy Show and the Business
Development Seminar and
Franchise Show.
Chamber president, Khaalis
Rolle, led discussions with
Ambassador Avant on key
areas of cooperation between
the business community and

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tion, and discussed the creation
of its Labour and Education
Committee. Having worked
closely with the University of
Southern California's high
school mentorship programme,
Ambassador Avant promised
to assist the Chamber in its
efforts to improve the standard
of education in The Bahamas.

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Rolle, Chamber president, Philip Simon, Chamber executive director. BACK ROW (1-r) are Odley Aritis, direc-
tor, Pedro Roberts, director, Merritt Storr, director, Felix Stubbs, director, Creswell Gardiner, director and
Tim Covington, director...
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Mines pays off

many employees

made redundant

FROM page 1B
lawyers and management at
Solomon's Mines," Mr Brown
said. "The ones that come in -
attention is firstly directed
toward those employees, and
as far as any other employees
are concerned.., inspectors have
gone down to speak to man-
Mr Brown said his depart-
ment has done a good job at
addressing the cases, as "a good
percentage of them" have been
looked at.
He said many of those cases
centre around the luxury goods
retailer's alleged failure to meet
payroll obligations, and insisted
the company has been extreme-
ly cooperative with the Depart-
ment of Labour.
Mr Finalyson had admitted
earlier this year that the com-
pany was facing financial diffi-
culties due to the bleak eco-
nomic conditions, and said staff
would be paid as soon as the
capital could be raised.


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Notice of Dissolution


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (8) of the International Business Companies Act,
LIMITED, has been dissolved and struck off the
Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution
issued by the Registrar General on the 2nd of October,
A.D., 2009.

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

A.J.K. Corporate Services (Bahamas) Limited

Cornmmn Law & ( general Division

d/kda 'Common Cause'

(d/blt 'Wine Bar Imports' Defendant

2nmd Defendlam


To: The Plaintiff, Godfrey Collie

Pursuamin t an Order orfhc Suiprcnic Court in this
nmattcr dated the I1th day of 0(ctobcr, A.ID., 2009
1. Applications haIe been mnde against you by way
of Summonses filed an Ihe 27th duy of April and
tIn I llh day o' Juin. A.D., 2009 by the 1 st and
2nd Dctcndants respectively and claiming the
fullowinLg relief':
a) Anr Order puriuant to Order 18 Rule 19 1Xa)(b)
and'or lconl'R.S.. 1978 and under the inherent
jurisdiction ofthe Cuurt that tLhc Indursement
on the Writ o'"Summons ilcd heroin on the
13th day o" l' A.D. .2000 be struck uut
as against the I DefendamnL mi Ihe groundA ilii:
I. It discloscs rn rca.nimahlc cause of action;
ii. ]t is fnvoluuu or vexatious: und
iii. It is otherwi..C an abuse of ihei process of
the Court-
b) An Order that this action be dismissed as aeaist
the _rtcndants.
L) An Order th ththe PlaintirTdu pay the
Defendants' copsrs of and occasioned by qhis
2. Publication of this Notic:e hereby c:ontilute service
of' he said Summnonses upon you.

he Pmlidff rrmiy uobLini the iaid Suninonsns and
supporting documents from the (.'hamberTs otf Cdric
L. Parker & Cio. andiur the Office of the Allnumey
(JGCIneral LuIing noni'al office houos

Adjourned Hearing upon ihe said Summonses shall
Lake place before His Lordiship Mr. Juslice Sirphen
}wna in ChatIbier. atl the Senale Building. PaRliiadien1
Strct Nasau., Heahamrn on the 16th day ofN wemher
A.D. 2009 at the bour of 12 o'clock in Ihe afternoon.

,I'Vs.ftl Corian
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Nassau. Bahamas
.4Atlrnes or the tit Deendant

3rd- 7th lors, Posti Office IBuilding
East fill Street
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1. Bids are invited for (2) two 2007 SUV 2400CC
Chery Tiggo Jeeps registration number 191304
serial no. LVVDB24BX7D007825 and registration
number 191305 serial no. LVVDB2B17D007826.
Inspection and viewing of vehicles may be done at the
Security Office (located in the former Police Station
at Lynden Pindling International Airport) between the
hours of 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday up to November 6, 2009.
2. Bids must be submitted in sealed envelopes addressed
to the undersigned and the envelope must specify
"BID FOR VEHICLES". The Airport Authority re
serves the right to reject and/or not specifying "BID
FOR VEHICLES" . Faxed bids will NOT be
3. The Airport Authority reserves the right to reject any
and all bids without stating and reasonss.
4. Bids should be received no later than 5:00p.m. on
Novemberl3, 2009. Bids received after deadline will
not be considered.
5. There will be an opening of bids at 10:00a.m.

Acting General Manager
The Airport Authority
Lynden Pindling International Airport
P.O. Box AP59222
Nassau, Bahamas




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Countdown on for the


REPARATIONS are in the final
stages for this year's Millenni-
um Countdown Concert, which
organizers promise will set new stan-
dards for entertainment in the
This Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-
tre, under the theme "The Recession Session",
DownSound Records and Sigma Management pre-
sent the Millennium Countdown Concert IX.
Event organizers said they can guarantee an expe-
rience of a lifetime.
"This is not a concert, but an event to keep nega-
tivity at bay and to uplift the senses," organizers
Iyvlyn Cassar, director at Experta Trust Com-
pany, said that the lineup for this year will "blow you
Performers will include Beenieman; Vybes Kartel
and the Portmore Empire (Black Ryno, Jah Vinchi,
Sean Storm and Lisa Hype); Queen Ifrika; I-Octane;
Harry Toddler; Tempricher; G Warren; El Padrino;
Rebirth; Bahama Boys; Billy Steels; Sammy Star,
Boboken and Smurf.
Frank Forbes of Sigma Management said: "The
most challenging group in our society are young
Bahamians. The youth do all the work, all the work-
ers will be in the challenged grassroot areas. Count-

This is it!

Derek Walcott

down is here to help our society, youth, bring some
economic prosperity."
Over the years, the Millennium Countdown has
consistently brought top Jamaican artists to the
Bahamas, many for the first time. Artists who per-
formed at past concerts include Buju Banton, Caple-
ton, Luciano, Yellow Man, Anthony B, Jah Cure,
Lady Saw, Tanya Stephenson, Morgan Heritage,
and many more.
Additionally, the Millennium Countdown has
sponsored various community projects such as donat-
ing computers to various high schools over the years
and conducting school seminars where performing ..
artists spoke to the students. This year, Queen Ifri-
ka visited two high schools to speak to students
about the absolute necessity of eradicating violence.
Organisers have also introduced the Millennium .t
Countdown Award for Excellence. Athletes are the
group to be honoured for 2009.
The winner of this award will receive a $5,000
cheque payable to the recipient's favourite charity.
Organisers said this year the production will intro-
duce a new concept to patrons who attend the plat-
inum section of the concert which will set new enter-
tainment standards.
For those who can't quite wait for Saturday, the
concert organizers are hosting a special pre-party at
Cocktails and Dreams on Friday. * - .,,
Call (242) 322-2474 for ticket reservations and _
more information, or visit millenniumcount- f o,,

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- Final curtain call for the King of Pop


THE King of Pop's reign
has come to an end, but he
has left us with one last gift - a
final and rare behind-the-
scenes look at Michael Jack-
son the artist, the perfection-
The documentary "This is
it" lets us see for the first time
in a very long while 'MJ' as
we knew before all the child
abuse allegations, court cases
and the weird tabloid tales
about "wacko jacko".
The film takes the audience
on a journey of the singing
sensation's final days as he
rehearsed for the 50 sold-out
concerts that were set to begin
in London in July of this year.
Jackson did not intend for
the documentary to be seen
by the general public, as it was
for his 'personal library' only.
Unfortunately, the enter-
tainer died before he was able
to return the stage and to his
millions of adoring fans.
But Kenny Ortega, direc-
tor of the film, never allows
the audience to dwell on the

fact the Jackson is no longer
alive - there was no text that
appeared on the screen say-
ing 'in loving memory', and
no footage from the media
circus that surrounded the
performer's death on June 29,
The documentary rather
aims to celebrate the life of
this legendary artist and give
the audience a very rare
glimpse of the man behind the
And indeed it was a cele-
bration at Galleria Cinemas
last weekend. The moment
MJ appeared on the screen
and begun singing, "You wan-
na be starting' something, gat
to be starting ,>1 .I h[Iio ', the
audience screamed "go
Michael, go!". It almost felt
as if we were watching an
actual live performance.
Not to mention, at age 50,
Jackson looked and sounded
better than ever, his signature
vocals were still as strong as
during his Motown years, and
he moved and grooved as if
he had all the energy in the

We also see Jackson the
director, as he directed the
musical melodies of "The
Way You Make Me Feel".
At this point in the film
there was a interesting
exchange between Jackson
and the pianist Michael Bear-
den. The exchange became
heated because of Bearden's
misinterpretation of what MJ
wanted. It wasn't that he did-
n't play the song well, but
Jackson simply wanted a little
"I want you to play it like
you are dragging yourself out
of bed," Jackson said. Then
Bearden replied, "I can't pre-
dict how you want songs to
sound." Jackson then snapped
back, "I want it played the
way I wrote it."
During practices Jackson
continued to reinvent himself,
incorporating new hip moves,
and adding them to the old
And not wanting to strain
his million-dollar vocal
chords, he would say at times,

"I am saving my voice."
His goal was to put on an
explosive concert that would
go down in history as a never-
before-seen musical extrava-
ganza. And viewing the docu-
mentary it is safe to say that
he was headed in the right
His legendary hit 'Thriller'
was remade into a 3D video
which was supposed to be
used as a backdrop for the
actual performance. And at
the end of "They don't care
about us" the backdrop
showed a large group of men
wearing futuristic costumes
marching in unison.
Although the film is rather
short at 112 minutes, overall it
was well put together and I
can recommend it to anyone,
fans and critics alike. No mat-
ter what they might have
called him - weird, crazy, child
molester - everyone would
probably agree after watch-
ing this film that he was one
of the greatest performers of
all time. From me "This Is It"
gets five stars.

COB hosts Caribbean's first Nobel Prize winner


A 'once-in-a-lifetime' expe-
rience - this is what two excit-
ing events featuring renowned
Caribbean Nobel Prize win-
ner Derek Walcott promise
to be.
When the 79-year-old liter-
ary giant addresses the Fourth
Annual Anatol Rodgers
Memorial Lecture Series and
the Construction Seminar
next week, the development
of the Caribbean region will

NOTICE is hereby given that JOHN PIERRE of Karl Rd.,Claridge
Dale, NASSAU, THE 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 4th day of November, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O.
Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NEW PROVIDENCE, THE 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 4TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, New Providence, The

be on top of the agenda.
The College of the
Bahamas, in conjunction with
the Construction Seminar
Group, will host the
Caribbean's first Nobel Prize
winner. This is also the first
time the Bahamas has ever
welcomed a Nobel Laureate.
During his lecture series,
Mr Walcott - a playwright,
poet, writer, visual artist and
theater critic - will speak on
the topics of art, politics, and
Caribbean culture.
He will further address the
critical issue of 'The Impact
of Foreign Direct Investment'
at the Construction Seminar
2009, also to be held at COB.
Mr Walcott will explore
whether or not foreign invest-
ment is a viable and sustain-
able strategy for the develop-
ment of the Caribbean.
President of the Engineer-
ing Group and member of the
Construction Seminar
Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
told Tribune Entertainment
she anticipates Mr Walcott's

address will be both enlight-
ening and thought-provoking.
"Nobel Prize winner Derek
Walcott is not only a literary
giant but also an advocate for
sustainable development. Mr
Walcott has strong views on
the development of the
Caribbean. I am sure his
keynote address will be infor-
mative, provocative and
unforgettable," she said.
The Bahamas hosting a
Noble Laureate is an honour
and 'a highly celebrated expe-
rience', said Dr Majorie
Brooks-Jones, chair of the
School of English Studies at
"It is truly an honour for
the College to have Noble
Laureate Derek Walcott as
our special guest for this
year's Anatol Rodgers
Memorial Lecture Series.
One of the most prolific writ-
ers of our time, Walcott rep-
resents the very best of the
Caribbean artistry, intellectu-
al achievement and culture.
His visit to the College of the

NOTICE is hereby given that KATY JEAN of RUSSELL TOWN,
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 26th day of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Bahamas is a once in a life-
time opportunity not to be
missed," she said.
Over the years as a literary
scholar, Mr Walcott has
recorded many achievements.
He was the winner of the 1992
Noble Prize in Literature, and
has also produced a number
of prize winning plays, poems
and essays, including his
Nobel Prize winning speech
'The Antilles: Fragments of
Epic Memory, Omeros,
Tiepolo's Hound, The Prodi-
gal, Dream on Monkey
Mountain, and Ti-Jean.' He
has had a significant influence
on literature in the Caribbean.
Born in St Lucia in 1930,
he went on to establish the
Trinidad Theatre Workshop
in 1959, which gave birth to
some of his earliest plays, and
the Boston Playwright's The-
atre at the Boston University
in 1981.
He retired from the Cre-
ative Writing Department at
Boston University in 2007,
and this year, will start in a
three-year distinguished
scholar-in-residence position
at the University of Alberta.
Mr Walcott has also been
honoured by the MacArthur
Foundation, the Royal Soci-
ety of Literature and by Her
Majesty the Queen.
The general public is invit-
ed to attend the Anatol
Rodgers Lecture Series and
the Construction Seminar
which will be held at COB on
Thursday, November 12 and
Friday, November 13, respec-

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including $3 beers, wine
and mulled drinks. Tickets
are $50 for adults, $15 for
children. All tickets must
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with reservations. Contact
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Artist 'Big Mo' to open

15th Annual Festival Noel

may not be feel-
ing the turning of
the season just yet, the
organizers of Festival Noel
2009 are gearing up to
make the event's 15-year
anniversary a success.
The event will be held on Decem-
ber 4 at the Rand Nature Centre
from 7pm to 10 pm and will mark a
milestone in the festival's existence.
Festival Noel is the event that offi-
cially marks the beginning of the
Christmas season and is an event
that many Grand Bahamians look
forward to every year. Serving as
the annual fundraiser for the Grand
Bahama branch of the Bahamas
National Trust (BNT), this year's
contributions will go towards the
redevelopment of the watchable
wildlife pond at the Rand Nature
Holding true to its cultural back-
bone, the event serves as a wine tast-
ing and art exhibition. Many excel-
lent artists have joined the event in
the past and this year, Anthony Mor-
ley, also known as "Big Mo", will
be the honorary guest artist.
Mr Morley discovered his passion
for art at the ripe age of nine while
attending primary school in Grand
As he continued through sec-
ondary school and high school, his
artistic talents progressed.
During his teenage age years, Mr
Morley also developed an admira-
tion for photography and became
his school's yearbook photograph-
er and lab technician at what was
then known as Freeport High

During Big Mo's senior year, he
won several distinct honours includ-
ing top honours in the Ministry of
Education National Arts and Crafts
Festival in Painting, Drawing and
Mr Morley, whose painting tech-
niques include fine art photo realism,
brush stroke impressionism and
knife painting, recently opened his
"Islands In Da' Sun" exhibition in
Nassau, where he currently resides.
He set out with his passion for
photography and painting on a jour-
ney to visit as many historic and
common places throughout Nassau
as he could and took various pic-
tures, which he then compiled into
paintings to make up the 25 pieces of
his exhibit.
Now, with over 35 years of cre-
ative experience, he is getting ready
to open Festival Noel 2009 with his
work, which depicts the culture and
natural, simplistic beauty of the
A true artist of his people, he said:
"I would love to see 'we Bahami-

ans' continue to support local artists
and hope that one day soon the
world will beat a path to our shores
for our art."
The festival's committee said it is
excited to have such a talented artist
participating in the event, and is cur-
rently contacting and seeking other
artists who would like to join the
festival to present their work.
The committee is also searching
for restaurants who want to lay their
cooks' talents on the line to battle it
out to win the title of 'Chef Noel
During last year's event, Agave
won the Chef Noel title and walked
away with several prizes including a
year's worth of advertising in the
Bahama Buy and Sell.
Organisers have kicked it up a
notch and plan many surprises
including a twist in the recipe of the
Chef Noel competition.
The culinary competition in which
restaurants whip up some of their
best and most exquisite dishes has
always drawn a crowd. In an effort
to connect with local up and coming

chefs, the restaurants this year will
be asked to sponsor a student from
the College of the Bahamas to com-
pete on their behalf with the assis-
tance of the restaurant's staff. The
guests, also known as the "official
tasters" of the event will then sample
and vote for the top chef in Grand
Several musicians have already
signed up and will entertain the
crowds with their smooth jazz
sounds and help bring the holiday
cheer. The musicians to date include
the Joe Fox Trio, soloist Erik Russell
and classical guitar musician Steve
Persaud. Door prizes and raffles will
replace the silent auction from past
years and assist the Bahamas
National Trust in obtaining further
contributions for this great cause.
As the date of the events draws
near, more information will be dis-
closed, including where to purchase
tickets and other surprises. Tickets
for Festival Noel will go on sale in
November but for more information
interested persons can contact the
Rand Nature Centre at 352-5438.


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Digital artist wins Central Bank
competition for third time

Tribune Features Reporter

BdE art work as been taken down,
e heat of the competition is over
kd one top-notch artist has
emerged victorious in the Central Bank
of the Bahamas (CBOB) Art Exhibition
and Competition's open category.

Lavar Munroe, a 26-year-
old Bahamian freelance illus-
trator who resides in North
Carolina and has been enter-
ing the competition since high
school, beat out more than 50
other artists to capture the
'The Central Bank Award'.
He has won the competition
three times, and also placed
second and third over the
The winning piece, a digital
collage which was submitted
for the theme 'Redefining the
Portrait', is far from the ordi-
But many of the contend-
ing pieces this year were
unusual, making the judges'
job of choosing the winner
quite a difficult task.
"It was a long deliberating
process," CBOB exhibit cura-
tor Heino Schmid said.
He told Tribune Art that the
three pieces which intrigued
the judges the most were done
by Dylan Rappillard, Kendall
Hannah, and the winner Lavar
Lavar is believed to cur-
rently be the only artist prac-
tising this unique form of dig-
ital art, and for the most part,
critics have responded
favourably to his work.
Some have described it as
"bright, fun, eerie (art) that
really makes you think."
Lavar's piece features ani-
mals being trampled on in the
background, and a frail
unclothed man riding a horse
wearing a coat of many
Although Lavar was unable
to make it to the awards cere-
mony, his father was excited
to accept the $7,000 award on
his behalf.
Speaking with Tribune Art
last week, Lavar said he is
grateful for the award.
He said that his piece is a
self-portrait (there is a vivid

depiction of his face in the
piece) that reflects "humans
bridging their past to a better
It speaks to "moving for-
ward in life and not stagnat-
ing," he said.
Addressing the issues of life,
death, family and culture,
Lavar explained that he
"wanted to tell a story and
force a controversial conver-
"Seeing that it's dominated
by animals, I put myself in that
same category. It's a question
to the audience, as to what
type of creature am I.
"It shows how humans and
animals interact in the same
space. The animals take on the
role of humans, and the
humans became more depen-
dent on the animals," he said.
Lavar's method of creating
the winning piece included
sketching an image and then
scanning it into the computer
programme Photoshop CS.
Using the photo editing soft-
ware, he made shapes and pat-
terns, and touched up the pic-
tures with several Photoshop
Curator Mr Schmid had this
to say of the winning artist:
"Lavar has been really prolif-
ic in the last few years. He
always makes a clean presen-
tation and makes sure that all
of the 'Ts' are crossed in his
Jay Kohmet, who spoke for
the judging panel, charged all
of the contenders to remember
the legacies of the late Amos
Ferguson and Max Taylor,
who both had a "solid work
The winning piece is now
property of the Central Bank
of the Bahamas, but you can
see 'You Must Be Wondering
What Type of Creature Am I'
for yourself at www.lavar-

BahamArts Festival promotes indigenous arts

Tribune Features
PROMOTING the indige-
nous arts while providing per-
sons with an enjoyable event,
that was the goal of the 12th
Annual BahamArts Festival
held last weekend at Arawak
Friday kicked off the week-
end festival with the opening
of 80 individual booths fea-
turing all Bahamian-made
products and souvenirs by big-
name artisans such as Helen
Adderley, Celestine Albury,
Johnny Martin and Ann Col-
Acklins; North Abaco;
North Andros; Black Point,
Exuma; Cat Island; Crooked
Island; Eleuthera, Grand
Bahama and Inagua were all

represented at the 15 Family
Island booths.
A contest for the best
booth, a plaiting demonstra-
tion, a coconut barking demo,
and a live performance by the
Falcon Band were only some
of the activities during the fes-
tival's first day. Interested per-
sons were taught how to plait
for free under the instruction
of Eloise Smith, owner of
Eloise Smith Crafts.
Students of CC Sweeting's
eXpressions of eXcellence
Club entertained the crowds
with a wonderful dramatisa-
On Saturday, a similar line-
up of activities followed,
including a workshop hosted
by Gertrude Gibson who
instructed participants on
weaving baskets from silver
top palms using the sail nee-

Pulsating beats were then
heard during the 'Victory of
the Bands' high school com-
petition, organised by ASP
Campbell of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Band.
Anita, Ancient Man, The
Falcons Band, and other
artists entertained the festi-
val-goers for two hours, this
was followed by a junkanoo
On the final day of festival,
the 6th Annual Gala Tea Par-
ty took place in honour of
Kathy Key. The event pro-
motes Bahamian food, and
was followed by a Gospel
Explosion, featuring top
Bahamian gospel groups.
The theme of the 12th
annual BahamArts festival,
"Tradition Made Modern" is
consistent with those of the

past 11 years.
This year's theme under-
scores the objectives of this
festival - highlighting authen-

tically Bahamian-made items
while emphasising the impor-
tance of the preservation of
indigenous arts and crafts.

STALLS selling authentical-
ly Bahamian-made arts and
crafts at the BahamArts




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