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Davis set to be named

Leader of Opposition

Business in the House

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
PLP DEPUTY LEADER Philip 'Brave'
Davis is set to be named as the Leader of
Opposition Business in the House of Assem-
bly today, The Tribune can reveal.
According to well-placed sources within
the party, former Prime Minister Perry
Christie has opted to not return the post to -
his long time friend and one-time rival Dr * I
Bernard Nottage who recently opposed him
during the party's 51st National Convention.
Having already lost his leadership bid in a landslide to the
SEE page 11


Incident one of five

robberies reported

over the weekend


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
FIVE men impersonating
police officers who were
attempting to rob a bar had to
flee after they were attacked
by its patrons, say police.
The incident was just one of
five armed robberies or
attempted armed robberies
reported over the weekend.
In one of them, a man was
shot in the left buttock after
being robbed of his wallet.
In another, a man and a
woman had cash and cell-
phones stolen from them at
Goodman's Bay beach, with the
man subsequently forced into
the trunk of his friend's car and
driven across the island.
Yesterday, it emerged that
police suspect three of the rob-
beries may have been commit-
ted by the same pair of armed,
masked men. They said they
are "developing information"
which they hope to release to
the public which may help them
capture the culprits.
The robbery spree comes
after former PLP cabinet min-
ister Leslie Miller was attacked
at his business, Sunburst Paint,
by two armed and masked man.


However, Superintendent
Elsworth Moss yesterday
declined to link this incident
with the other three involving
men going by similar descrip-
tions.
The incident in which the cul-
prits were pretending to be
police officers occurred just
after midnight on Saturday at a
bar on Armstrong and
Dowdeswell Street, in Nassau.
Recording the incident as an
armed robbery, police said:
"Five men entered the estab-
lishment, one clad in a police
jacket, another a bullet proof
vest, one in Dickies pants and
stripped shirt, armed with a
handgun entered the establish-
ment and began searching the
patrons.
"The patrons attacked the
men (verbally), who fled in a
white Altima, license plate
number 215959."
Yesterday, bar owner Walles
Francois said he thought the
robbers were policemen as they
started searching various parts
of his business.
"They went into the kitchen
and started opening up all of
the cupboards. I went in and
asked them what they were
SEE page 11


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PLP to roll out

new election

candidates at

end of month
By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
THE Progressive Liberal
Party is set to roll out its new
slate of candidates for the
next general election at the
end of this month, party
leader Perry Christie con-
firmed yesterday.
When the nominations are
ratified by the National Gen-
eral Council on the third
Thursday of this month, Mr
Christie says he fully expects
this new face of the PLP to
include a plethora of "young
men and women".
As the PLP moves to ready
itself for the next general elec-
tion, the party leader said they
will be moving to live up to
the tenants of being a viable
alternative to the present gov-
ernment.
"But there will be a signifi-
cant number of young men
and women who, after the
third Thursday of this month
when we have everything rat-
ified by the National General
Council, we will put to the
Bahamian public so the
Bahamian public could draw
the right conclusions as to
whether or not the PLP is pre-
pared for the future and
SEE page 11


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JUST weeks before the
Christmas holidays, more
Grand Bahamians have been
forced out of work.
The 50-room Royal Palm
Resorts and Suites located
on East Mall and Settler's
Way shut its doors last week,
The Tribune has learned,
although reports vary over
whether the closure is tem-


porary or permanent.
Grand Bahama MP Obie
Wilchcombe said he believed
almost 100 people had lost
their jobs. However, contrary
to reports from the Associ-
ated Press, he also claimed
his sources told him the hotel
is only shutting its doors tem-
porarily until tourism picks
up on the island.


Attempts to reach resort
representatives to confirm
the details were unsuccess-
ful up to press time yester-
day.
Suggesting that utilities
costs had placed extra pres-
sure on the resort, Mr Wilch-
combe called on the Gov-
ernment to ensure that assis-
tance with electricity bills


made available in New Prov-
idence extends to Grand
Bahama, which receives its
power from the Grand
Bahama Power Company.
"The Government has to
insist the Grand Bahama
Power Company do same
thing. While Government is
SEE page 11


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THE TRIBUNE


LOCAL NEWS I


Nurses union chief



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see attitude' on



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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE PRESIDENT of the
Bahamas Nurses Union is to
take a "wait and see attitude"
towards the Prime Minister's
announcement that the Gov-
ernment now has the money
to pay postponed salary
increases owed to nurses,
teachers and doctors and will
look to implement agreed
health insurance for nurses.
Cleola Hamilton, whose
membership staged a massive
sick-out earlier this year over
the Government's decision to


postpone health insurance for
nurses, said she personally
had not heard Hubert Ingra-
ham's comments during his
speech on the final night of
the FNM convention and
would rather not conclude
that the payments and health
coverage will go ahead until
she sees it happen.
"Based on experience I am
going to say that we will have
to wait and see. The Govern-
ment made promises before
that it did not fulfil," said Ms
Hamilton.
Speaking to FNM delegates
and the Bahamas via televi-
sion and radio on Friday


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ham said he was "pleased to
announce we are now in a
position to pay what we owe"
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es under contracts between
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lic sector unions which repre-
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"We gat the money!" Mr
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He said that an $800 lump
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Union of Teachers would now
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Meanwhile, a four per cent
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$844,000 annually, also would
be forthcoming.
"We will commence dis-
cussions to agree a way for-
ward for the implementation
of the agreed health insurance
coverage for nurses," said Mr
Ingraham.
All of these payments and
increases were postponed by
the Government mid-year
due to major shortfalls in gov-
ernment revenue. In his
speech, the Prime Minister
said the payments would be
back dated to July, so the
medics and educators could
expect some back pay.
The government will table a
supplementary Appropria-
tions bill for $26.5 million in
parliament on Wednesday to
cover the cost of the payouts
as well as the temporary jobs
programme planned.
"I wish to thank the teach-
ers, doctors and nurses of The
Bahamas for their forbear-
ance during these difficult
economic times," he added.
Calls to Bahamas Union of
Teachers President Belinda
Wilson and other officials, as
well as Doctor's Union Presi-
dent Norad Morgan, were not
answered yesterday.


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THE TRIBUNE


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009, PAGE 3


LOCALNEWS


Four killed in



two-car collision

Community shocked by tragic accident


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A COMMUNITY has been left reeling after a
horrific two-car collision killed four young men
and left another battling for his life in hospital.
Chief of the voluntary Abaco Crash Fire and
Rescue organisation, Colin Albury, said the scene
on Friday was one the most devastating he had
witnessed in 20 years, second only to the plane
crash that killed US popstar Aaliyah in Abaco
eight years ago.
He and a team of five volunteers were called
from their beds to help extract the young victims
from the carnage.
The incident came just hours after a 15-year-
old girl was killed in Nassau Village after being
flung from the Centre for the Deaf school mini-van
she was travelling in when the van was in a collision
with a car, bringing the number of traffic fatalities
for Friday alone to five.
Speaking of the Abaco crash, Mr Albury said:
"The impact when the cars collided was such that
everyone was crushed.
"The families are taking it really hard, naturally,
and where it's getting close to the holiday season
having to bury a child is going to be very difficult."
He added that the tight-knit local police force
had also been especially affected by the tragedy.


Man shot dead

by police in

Grand Bahama
By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT - A MAN
was fatally shot by police Fri-
day evening in the Fawcett
Lane area.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey
said the incident occurred
around 11.20pm when officers
were dispatched to investigate
a disturbance in the area.
When they arrived at the
scene, officers were confront-
ed by a 27-year-old masn
who, it is claimed, was acting
in a disorderly manner. There
was a scuffle between the
police and the man, who was
then shot.
The man's identification is
being withheld by police at
this time.


Pinder's Point

residents

expected to

demonstrate
RESIDENTS of Pinder's
Point are expected to demon-
strate at the BORCO/Vopak
Bahamas today. Community
activist Troy Garvey held a
town meeting on Friday
evening with residents in the
area concerning odour emis-
sions in the settlements and
its impact on the health of res-
idents
Many residents have com-
plained of respiratory and
breathing problems, skin rash-
es, and nausea. They are call-
ing on the executives to meet
with them
Vopak has denied that its
operations are responsible for
making residents sick.


Though reports are sketchy at this time, The
Tribune understands that all of the men who died
in the crash are in their twenties, and all from dif-
ferent families in the Blackwood Community of
only around 140 residents.
According to police, two cars - a grey volk-
swagon Jetta driven by police constable 3229
Valentino Burrows, of Cooper's Town, and a white
Plymouth Acclaim driven by Ricardo Reckley -
collided head on along S.C. Bootle Highway, south
of Andy's Service Station at around 10.20pm on Fri-
day.
Mr Burrows - who had only recently been
transferred to Abaco from Freeport - was trav-
elling solo, while Mr Reckley's car contained sev-
eral passengers. PC Burrows, Ricardo Reckley,
Romeo McIntosh and Tony Curry all died of their
injuries at the scene, while passenger Valentino
McIntosh survived and had to be transported to
New Providence for treatment.
Edison Cornish, a Blackwood resident said:
"Right now there's a very solemn feeling in the
town. Everything's pretty sombre. We're all one
family here."
"The families aren't holding up too good."
Another Abaco source said: "It's going to be a
horrible shock for the community."
A team of police investigators from Nassau have
been sent to the island to help assist with the inves-
tigation into the tragedy.


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Germany celebrates memory of wall falling


BERLIN (AP) - With concerts and
memorials on Monday, Germans will cele-
brate the day the Berlin Wall came crashing
down 20 years ago.
On that cold night, they danced atop the
wall, arms raised in victory, hands clasped in
friendship and giddy hope. Years of separa-
tion and anxiety melted into the unbeliev-
able reality of freedom and a future without
border guards, secret police, informers and
rigid communist control.
Germans are celebrating with concerts
boasting Beethoven and Bon Jovi; a memo-
rial service for the 136 people killed trying to
cross over from 1961 to 1989; candle lightings
and 1,000 towering plastic foam dominoes
to be placed along the wall's route and tipped
over.
On Nov. 9, 1989, East Germans came in
droves, riding their sputtering Trabants,
motorcycles and rickety bicycles. Hundreds,
then thousands, then hundreds of thousands
crossed over the following days.
Stores in West Berlin stayed open late and
banks gave out 100 Deutschemarks in "wel-
come money," then worth about $50, to each
East German visitor.
The party lasted four days and by Nov. 12
more than 3 million of East Germany's 16.6
million people had visited, nearly a third of
them to West Berlin, the rest through gates
opening up along the rest of the fenced,
mined frontier that cut their country in two.
Sections of the nearly 155 kilometers (100
miles) of wall were pulled down and knocked
over. Tourists chiseled off chunks to keep as
souvenirs. Tearful families reunited. Bars
gave out free drinks. Strangers kissed and
toasted each other with champagne.
Klaus-Hubert Fugger, a student at the Free
University in West Berlin, was having drinks
at a pub when people began coming "who
looked a bit different."
Customers bought the visitors round after
round. By midnight, instead of going home,
Fugger and three others took a taxi to the
Brandenburg Gate, long a no man's land,
and scaled the 12-foot (nearly four meter)
wall with hundreds of others.
"There were really like a lot of scenes, like
people crying, because they couldn't get the
situation," said Fugger, now 43. "A lot of
people came with bottles" of champagne and
sweet German sparkling wine.
Angela Merkel, Germany's first chancellor
from the former communist East, recalled
the euphoria in an address last week to the
U.S. Congress.
"Where there was once only a dark wall, a
door suddenly opened and we all walked
through it: onto the streets, into the church-
es, across the borders," Merkel said. "Every-
one was given the chance to build something


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beginning."
The wall the communists built at the height
of the Cold War and which stood for 28 years
is mostly gone. Some parts still stand, at an
outdoor art gallery or as part of an open-air
museum. Its route through the city is now
streets, shopping centers, apartment houses.
The only reminder of it are a series of inlaid
bricks that trace its path.
Checkpoint Charlie, the prefab that was
long the symbol of the Allied presence and of
Cold War tension, has been moved to a muse-
um in western Berlin.
Potsdamer Platz, the vibrant square that
was destroyed during World War II and
became a no man's land during the Cold
War, is full of upscale shops selling every-
thing from iPods to grilled bratwursts.
At a ceremony in Berlin Oct. 31, Helmut
Kohl, the German chancellor who presided
over the opening of the wall, stood side by
side with the superpower presidents of the
time, George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gor-
bachev.
After the decades of shame that followed
the Nazi era, Kohl suggested, the collapse of
the Berlin Wall and the reunification of their
country 11 months later gave Germans pride.
In an interview in Moscow with Associat-
ed Press Television News, Gorbachev said it
was a catalyst for peace.
"No matter how hard it was, we worked,
we found mutual understanding and we
moved forward. We started cutting down
nuclear weapons, scaling down the armed
forces in Europe and resolving other issues,"
he said.
It all began with a routine late afternoon
news conference.
On Nov. 9, 1989, Guenter Schabowski, a
member of East Germany's ruling Politburo,
casually declared that East Germans would
be free to travel to the West immediately.
Later, he tried to clarify his comments and
said the new rules would take hold at mid-
night, but events moved faster as the word
spread.
At a remote crossing in Berlin's south,
Annemarie Reffert and her 15-year-old
daughter made history by becoming the first
East Germans to cross the border.
Years later, Schabowski told a TV inter-
viewer that he had gotten mixed up. It was
not a decision but a draft law that the Polit-
buro was set to discuss.
He thought it was a decision that had
already been approved.
That night, around midnight, border guards
swung open the gates.
(This article is by Matt Moore of the
Associated Press)


EDITOR, The Tribune.

PLEASE permit me
some latitude to join the
parade of persons who wish
to vent on the present topic
of choice - the proposed
amendment to the rape
laws/act to include "marital
rape."
My simple questions are
really directed to Dr San-
dra Dean-Patterson and
Minister Loretta Butler-
Turner as they appear to be
the more visible proponents.
1) What is the statistics of
persons who are being
abused by their spouses who
do not report it. Let me
guess that it would be less
than 50 per cent...and would
you say that the main rea-
sons for not reporting are
fear and need for financial
assistance? Would these sit-
uations change with the pro-
posed amendment?
2) What is the success rate
for rape cases? Will this
amendment improve on this
considering in these cases
both persons will be expect-
ed to be in the home envi-
ronment unlike in many
rape cases?
3) What consideration is
being given to the Divorce
laws in this country? Will
refusal to have sex consti-
tute specific grounds for
divorce? Will refusal to
have sex on the night after
the marriage not make it
impossible to consummate
the marriage as such imme-
diate grounds for annul-
ment?
4) Our present laws con-
tain sufficient clauses to deal
with rape and abuse with-
out time constraints. Can a
spouse file for separation
and rape simultaneously
under present laws?
5) What is the present
divorce rate in our Christian
nation, say 60 - 70 per cent.
In your opinion will this
amendment improve this?
If not do you have any
regard for the "sanctity of

6) We may follow the
powerful UN, but I would
ask how many of the coun-
tries have complete freedom
of religion? Even our great
neighbour to the North has
taken religion out of their
schools and as such is in no
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on this subject. We should
also note that their divorce
laws are exceedingly more
liberal.
Finally, I think we all
agree that rape is rape and
is unacceptable, however,
there is a small percentage
of men who have married
spiteful and/or vindictive


spouses who will use this as
an opportunity to attempt
to embarrass them by
parading them in front of
the courts because of other
unrelated situations...who
will protect these good
men? In my opinion even if
one innocent man is caught
in this situation that would
be too many. Thank you for
allowing me to vent.
K L BRATHWAITE
Nassau,
August 24, 2009.


The painting of the


House of Assembly

EDITOR, The Tribune.
"Having dwelt and served for more than forty years..." in
Parliament, the Prime Minister said, "and having derived
very great pleasure and advantage therefrom, I, naturally,
would like to see it restored in all essentials to its old form,
convenience and dignity."
No, this wasn't Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham express-
ing his "disgust" over some "misguided" artisan changing the
colour of the House of Assembly's walls from the tradi-
tional green to a pale yellow.
British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, expressed
the sentiment in 1943 during a debate on rebuilding the
House of Commons, which had been destroyed by Ger-
man bombs in 1941 - two years after Britain declared war
on Germany.
While some members wanted to replace it with a roomi-
er building that could seat the burgeoning number of MPs,
Churchill and others wanted to recreate the original struc-
ture, which could only accommodate about two-thirds the
number of parliamentarians.
According to Ralph Keyes in The Quote Verifier,
"Churchill thought that being a bit overcrowded lent inten-
sity, drama and a sense of history to parliamentary pro-
ceedings."
"We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings
shape us," Churchill said.
His position carried the day and the House of Commons
was restored to its traditional form in 1950.
At this point it's still not known who is responsible for
causing taxpayers to have to foot the bill for a double
repainting of the august chambers of our House of Assem-
bly

SIMON ARTZI
Nassau,
September, 2009.


Issues with the

Montagu foreshore


EDITOR, The Tribune.

I WOULD like to con-
gratulate Ms Athena Dami-
anos for so eloquently stat-
ing the feelings of so many
of us that live off Eastern
Road and have to drive past
the Montagu foreshore. The
stench is appalling and we
have to endure it in order
to drive home.
The idea of a feeder road
is excellent and then we
would not have to stop while
somebody is making a pur-
chase, if not of fish then


from the fruit vendor and
now the phone card seller. It
certainly is rather surprising
that some Member of Par-
liament who happens to live
in the Eastern area is not
conscious of the situation.
Perhaps the only alterna-
tive is to get a petition start-
ed and that would very
quickly be signed by many
who must drive past the
area.

HELEN ASTARITA
Nassau,
August 17, 2009.


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009, PAGE 5


, Christie warns


PM on 'labelling'


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net


PLP Leader Perry Christie warned the
Prime Minister yesterday to avoid the
practice of labelling politicians, as there
were many opportunities for him to
return the favour.
As Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
poked fun at the fact that Mr Christie
would be close to 70 years of age when
the next general election is called in
2012, Mr Christie hit back stating that
the PM appears to be "so unfit as a per-
son" that "I labour watching him try to
walk."
"So from my point of view let me just
say this, the Prime Minister should real-
ly be careful in establishing a culture of


politicians describing each other.
Because you know there are many won-
derful opportunities I would have if I
wanted to say what his friends (call him)
as he said what my friends (call me).
But I don't want to go there because
that's not the kind of leadership that I
exemplify," he said.
PLP chairman Bradley Roberts also
chimed in, describing the Prime Minister
as a person incapable of working with
anyone who disagrees with his views.
"He ridiculed (William) Willy Wong.
Willy Wong represents the real estate
people (the Bahamas Real Estate Asso-
ciation).
"He wasn't just speaking for Willy
Wong. He also did the same thing when
John Rolle, the former Controller of
Customs disagreed with him and offered


his point of view. That is the type of
man Hubert Ingraham is. When you dis-
agree with him then he wants to ridicule
you. That isn't leadership my friend and
it certainly ain't trust," Mr Roberts said.
Speaking to his now rival on the gov-
ernment side, Mr Roberts said he
believes that FNM Chairman Carl
Bethel is a "fine young man" - but as to
his political acumen he has little to offer.
"He obviously is a strong supporter
of his party but I have not seen him per-
form at this level that he has been placed
at. I have been there and done that; 2002
the story is there.
"Bradley Roberts played a meaningful
role as chairman and also as a strong
advocate in the House of Assembly. I
intend to duplicate that whenever the
elections are called," he said.


PLP leader 'felt sorry'


for


FNM Senator Ferguson


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
FORMER Prime Minister
Perry Christie has said he
felt "sorry" for FNM Sena-
tor Johnley Ferguson who
lost his bid for re-election
to chairmanship of the party
after Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham personally nomi-
nated Carl Bethel for the
post.
Making light of the fact
that the nomination of Mr
Bethel had come as a sur-
prise to Mr Ferguson who
hours before had been cam-
paigning for the post, Mr
Christie said it was unfortu-
nate to see such an incident
take place to one of the par-
ty's most loyal of support-
ers.
During his address to the
media yesterday at Gambier
House, Mr Christie noted
that the Prime Minister him-
self said there were discus-
sions taking place "three
months" ago as to who
might best be suited to be
chairman of the party lead-
ing into the next general
election. As such, Mr
Christie said he found it
"amazing" that Mr Fergu-
son was not included in
these talks.
"Well clearly it seems to
me, the FNM and its leader,
planning three months ago
did not tell Johnley Fergu-


son or Ivoine Ingraham.
Clearly the ethical implica-
tions of that must be impor-
tant to the Bahamian peo-
ple. Key members of their
own organisation who were
campaigning hours before
the convention started for
the position of chairman.
"Yet the Prime Minister
said this decision was con-
templated and discussed and
presumably decided upon
months ago. This is more
interesting and intriguing for
us because this is the party
that questioned the level
and depth of democracy


within the PLP," Mr
Christie said.
The PLP leader added
that it should also be point-
ed out that Mr Ferguson
was not only just the chair-
man of the FNM, but also
the Vice President of the
Senate and as such a mem-
ber of the FNM's Parlia-
mentary caucus.
"He was a Senator, a part
of the Parliamentary caucus
of the FNM and therefore
privy to the affairs of the
FNM. It is astounding there-
fore in terms of the assump-
tions we can infer, that any
discussions on the chair-
manship that took place
excluded such a person -
the chairman, Vice Presi-
dent of the Senate and a
member of the Parliamen-
tary caucus from those dis-
cussions.
"We use this example sim-
ply to say that the Bahamian
people had had an opportu-
nity to see contested elec-
tions in the PLP, to see the
results fairly arrived at, and
to see the PLP come togeth-
er as a mature party in the
aftermath of those elections
to prepare itself for the next
general elections.
"I feel sorry for people
like Johnley. Here is a man
who believes in his party;
gets up there and goes to his
convention only to find,
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that the country is entitled
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THE TRIBUNE


Migration: A dirty word




or a global opportunity?


By SIR RONALD SANDERS
(The writer is a Consultant
and former Caribbean
Diplomat).
"MIGRATION not infre-
quently gets a bad press. Neg-


ative stereotypes, portraying
migrants as 'stealing our jobs'
or 'scrounging off the taxpay-
er', abound in sections of the
media and public opinion espe-
cially in time of recession."
That is the opening sentence
of the United Nations Human


Development Report 2009.
The report goes on to say
that "fears about migrants tak-
ing the jobs or lowering the
wages of local people, placing
an unwelcome burden on local
services, or costing the taxpay-
er money, are generally exag-


gerated." The Report asserts,
"when migrants' skills comple-
ment those of local people,
both groups benefit" and it
makes the point that "the pol-
icy response to migration can
be wanting. Many governments
institute increasingly repressive
entry regimes, turn a blind eye
to health and safety violations
by employers, or fail to take a
lead in educating the public on
the benefits of immigration."
Little wonder, then, that
immigration in most countries
has become a political prob-
lem. In the absence of factual
information on the benefits of
immigration to societies, the
view prevails that immigration
is harmful.
When some governments
release figures on the number
of migrants who have entered a
country, there is seldom, if
ever, a simultaneous release of
the number of people who
have left.
In many places, if the flow
of migrants was mostly out and
little in, the economies would
soon be in trouble as the pop-
ulation shrinks resulting in few-
er skills, a smaller labour force,
less demand for goods and ser-
vices and less money circulating
in the economy.
The global flow on migrants
is also vastly overestimated by
the majority of the world's peo-
ple particularly because accu-
rate information is not only
sparse; it is simply not made
available to the public. For
example, the UN Report
reveals that the global figure
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Canada and the United States.
Commonwealth Secretariat fig-
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CARICOM countries that
have lost more than 75 per cent
of their tertiary educated grad-
uates are Antigua and Barbu-
da, Belize, Dominica, Guyana,
Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad
and Tobago.
Unless these countries can
produce enough tertiary edu-
cated graduates to retain a suf-
ficient number for their own
development needs, not only
will the public and private sec-
tors suffer from a paucity of
knowledge-based skills and
entrepreneurial insights, but
their economies will become
uncompetitive and will decline.
The case for more investment
in education and human
resource development is there-
fore compelling.
It is a case that should be
developed by the CARICOM
Secretariat and jointly
advanced by CARICOM coun-
tries to the International Finan-
cial Institutions, such as the
World Bank, and the devel-
oped countries that benefit
from this migration, to make a
significant grant contribution
to education in the region.
There is, of course, another
side to the immigration story,
and that is remittances sent
back home from migrants
abroad.
In the 53-nation Common-
wealth, remittances have
become extremely important.
They are greater than official
development assistance and
second only to foreign direct
investment (FDI).
The Organisation for Eco-
nomic Cooperation and Devel-
opment (OECD) reckons that
total global remittances in 2008
were $328 billion as against
official development assistance
of $120 billion.
All CARICOM countries
benefit from remittances. The
leaders in 2008 in terms of
remittances per head of popu-
lation were Jamaica ($826), St
Kitts-Nevis ($760), Barbados
($659), Grenada ($603),
Dominica ($412), Guyana
($365) and Antigua and Bar-
buda ($305).
But, it is clear that in 2009,
the remittance figure declined
indicating that immigrants were
among the principal sufferers
in the countries to which they
had migrated.
Many of them lost jobs or
were constrained to accept low-
er wages and, thus, had less
money to send back home.
In this connection, while
remittances are important to
the economies of many
Caribbean countries, active
policies for attracting invest-
ment from the Caribbean Dias-
pora have to be developed for
the medium term.
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become a vexed one in the con-
text of the current global reces-
sion. As the 2009 UN Human
Development Report stated:
"The current recession has
made migrants particularly vul-
nerable. Some destination
country governments have
stepped up the enforcement of
migration laws in ways that can
infringe on migrants' rights."
It is a human reaction to try
to secure the interests of citi-
zens over migrants at a time of
crisis, particularly when the
migrant community is substan-
tial as in the cases in CARI-
COM of Antigua and Barbuda,
Barbados and Trinidad and
Tobago. Even though the
CARICOM Treaty acknowl-
edges "Freedom of movement
of People", it is impractical to
simply rely on that as a justifi-
cation for migration. CARI-
COM ought to be considering a
more practical and realistic
approach to the issue until such
time as a Single Market and
Economy is fully completed.
One way of doing this would
be to develop a regional mech-
anism under which there would
be a partnership between coun-
tries of origin and destination,
supervised by a Council of
appropriate officials, to man-
age migration based on labour
needs with full respect for the
rights of workers and their fam-
ilies by the destination coun-
tries.
In early November, the for-
mer Prime Minister of Jamaica,
P J Patterson, quietly began
the Chairmanship of a Com-
mission on Migration and
Development.
The Commission is an initia-
tive of the Ramphal Centre in
London, named after the
Caribbean's former Common-
wealth Secretary-General, Shri-
dath 'Sonny' Ramphal.
The Patterson Commission
is in its fledgling stage and it is
still to be funded fully, but the
meeting attended by represen-
tatives of the United Nations,
the Commonwealth Secretariat
and other multilateral organi-
sations displayed every sign of
new thinking on the issue.
The task before it is huge,
but Patterson has the gravitas
in the international community
to make the Commission's
report a seminal document in
the international discourse on
how the issue of migration
should be tackled to maximise
its benefits.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009, PAGE 7


Dr Hubert Minnis: My dream


of affordable medical care


"We have
commenced the
construction of
our health
bridge to the
future, a bridge
to connect all
Family Islands
and eventually
the world."

HEALTH MINISTER
Hubert Minnis delivered a pas-
sionate convention speech on
Thursday outlining his "dream"
of equal access to quality and
affordable medical care for all
Bahamians.
He told FNM members how
the government is using tech-
nological, infrastructural and
legal advances to "build a
health bridge" to this future.
And he reaffirmed his gov-
ernment's commitment to a
National Health Insurance
scheme, but criticised the PLP's
plan in 2006 as unsustainable.
Dr Minnis asserted that the
FNM would introduce a plan
in a phased manner, starting
with the Chronic Non-Com-
municable Disease Prescription
Drug Plan, for which legisla-
tion has already been passed.
The drug plan, which is close
to implementation, provides for
free medications for 11 com-
mon chronic non-communica-
ble diseases such as arthritis,
glaucoma and breast cancer.
Dr Minnis said: "I dream of a
Bahamas where there is no
poverty and no starvation, a
Bahamas where quality and
affordable medical care is given
to all . . . regardless of race,
colour, religious denomination,
political affiliation or econom-
ic status.
"A Bahamas not separated
by water, a Bahamas where
individuals in the southern
islands as far as Inagua, Acklins
and Mayaguana as well as those
in the north such as Walker's
Cay, Grand Cay and the Aba-
cos, receive the same medical
care and have access to spe-
cialist care without having to
travel to New Providence, plac-
ing extra financial burden upon
themselves and their families.
"A Bahamas where individ-
uals within Andros for exam-
ple, be they in the north, central
or south, have access to the
same quality care as those in
New Providence."
Dr Minnis said he also
dreams of a time when tech-
nology will allow Bahamians to
get expert medical opinions
from abroad, and when the
country will be in a position to
benefit from the revenue and
job creation that medical
tourism could bring. "This
dream," he said, "is becoming a
reality."
"We have commenced the
construction of our health
bridge to the future, a bridge
to connect all Family Islands
and eventually the world," said
the minister.
Among current and planned
advances in medical treatment,
Dr Minnis noted:
* A tele-medicine pro-
gramme in Abaco that allows
patients to be examined and
assessed by doctors in New
Providence without travelling
to the capital.
* A tele-radiology pro-


C


gramme that will allow for
CAT scans performed in Grand
Bahama to be viewed and inter-
preted by doctors in New Prov-
idence and vice versa.
* The 52 per cent completion
of the introduction of electron-
ic medical records at all gov-
ernment clinics, providing up
to date patient information that
can be accessed throughout the
islands eliminating the need for
patients to travel with their
medical records, x-rays, et
cetera.
"We will soon say good-bye
to the duplication of patient
records at various clinics . . .
We will create a paperless envi-
ronment, improving both effi-
ciency and accuracy of medical
information," said the minister.
Meanwhile, Dr Minnis added
that government has started
decentralising its clinics and
ambulance services in an effort
to improve "efficiency of treat-
ment" and provide faster
response times by dispatching
emergency teams from clinics
in the eastern, southern, and
western districts throughout
New Providence.
Contracts have been signed
for upgrades to the emergency
room at the Rand Memorial
Hospital and for three addi-
tional theatres at the Princess
Margaret Hospital to provide
for more out-patient and
orthopaedic surgery, while ren-
ovations to ease overcrowding
at the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital emergency room are
already underway," he said.

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with an unlicensed firearm
and ammunition.
The arrests came at
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on patrol in the Collin's
Avenue area said they
found one of the men in
possession of the .9mm
weapon and seven live
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by 51 countries around the
world.
As the successful business
people representing industries
ranging from construction to
agriculture, and tourism to
electrics, worked their way
through the fair they kept
their eyes peeled for new
products to further their busi-
ness and potential money-
making opportunities.

Inspired

The delegates were both
inspired and excited by the
prospects they found at the
27th Havana International
Trade Fair (FIHAV),
although the shrewdest
among them are holding their
cards close to their chest.
BCOC small businessman
of the year Marvin Stuart,
manager of Eagle Electrical
and Lighting on Harrold
Road, said he was impressed
by the enormity of the fair,
having attended dozens of
trade fairs around the world.
The four-day visit to Cuba
gave him the chance to evalu-
ate a range of new technolo-
gies in energy and electrics at
the fair, and he then stayed
on after the BCOC delega-
tion departed to visit manu-


facturers in Cuba.
Mr Stuart said: "It's good
to be aware of what's going
on in the market, especially
what's in our backyard, and I
identified some good quality
products that would be wel-
come in our community at
affordable prices.
"If others are benefiting
from new technology then I
would want to implement that
in the Bahamas also, but if we
are not exposed to it, then
how would we know to take
advantage of it?"
He added: "It's still too
early to conclude what possi-
bilities there may be in Cuba,
but I can say by all means,
this allows an opportunity to
consider the possibilities and
also the fact that we are
neighboring countries shar-
ing the same boundary, in
terms of logistics, it could
make trade very easy."
Top Builders International
president and BCOC director
Odley Aritis said: "The trade
fair was mind-boggling for me
but what stood out the most
was how we in the Bahamas
look north for opportunities
when opportunities are south,
east and west.
"We have become so
Americanised and some do
think that everything has to
come from Florida, but that
is not the case."
Mr Aritis, who was accom-
panied by his son Arsenio
Martin, 23, a site manager for
Top Builders, identified build-
ing materials and other goods
available in Cuba and other
Caribbean countries.
One of the products that
sparked his interest was
offered by a Trindadian com-
pany providing custom-made
clay tiles at half the price of
those available in the United
States.
And his son identified
products he may be interested
in distributing in the
Bahamas.


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Mr Martin said: "I saw dif-
ferent brands of packaged
foods we don't have, and
there is a market for it, and
these companies don't have
anyone to distribute their
products in the Bahamas.
"It's a good opportunity
and would be a good invest-
ment."
While Mr Martin was eval-
uating items for import, Cat
Island businessman Fritz
Stubbs, chairman and CEO of
the Orange Creek Develop-
ment Company Limited, was
looking for manufacturing
equipment to help mitigate
the Bahamas' dependence on
imports and create products
for export.
As labour and production
costs are high in the Bahamas,
Mr Stubbs hoped to find
equipment that would make
production economically
viable.
He said: "Cuba has one of
the largest and most diverse
trade shows encompassing a
lot of areas that you wouldn't
normally find."

Incentives

Mr Stubbs also found it
helpful to meet government
representatives from various
countries to learn about the
incentives they offer, a rare
opportunity at trade shows.
BCOC director and presi-
dent of Epic Battery Limited,
Aaron Brice, said he would
like more Bahamians to get
involved in trade fairs and
travel to explore opportuni-
ties and gain a better under-
standing of the global market.
He said: "We are so shal-
low when it comes to oppor-
tunities. The trade show had
so many products, it showed
me how much other countries
are producing, but as Bahami-
ans we just don't explore
these things. But we really
need exposure which will
broaden the basis of our
thinking."
Agricultural entrepreneurs
Carolyn Humes, 45, and her
husband, pastor Orthnel
Humes, of Humes and Co
surveyors, found that Cuba
may be a good place to pur-
chase a wide variety of seeds
for their New Providence
farm off Bacardi Road.
Mrs Humes was impressed
with the show, and the way
Cuba and other counties
came together to promote the
Caribbean.
She said: "I saw how we
can take our farm to a new
dimension, and perhaps make
some new investments. After
this trip I feel our farm will
grow."
The BCOC now intends to
work with other Caribbean
countries to form a Caribbean
exhibition area at the trade
fair next year, exhibiting
Bahamian products and ser-
vices for export for the first
time.
And Mr Aritis hopes the
Bahamas will then be able to
go one step further.
He said: "It is my dream
to see one day a trade fair like
that in the Bahamas.
"Being a tourist based des-
tination, it would bring a lot
of tourists to attend, and
because of our proximity
between the US and the
south, it would be an ideal
place for everyone to congre-
gate."


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Fake police
what right they have to come
in here and do this," said Fran-
cois.
Yesterday, Superintendent
Elsworth Moss said he was
unaware of claims that any of
the men involved may have
been police officers but said he
would investigate.
Meanwhile, it was around
three hours later at 3.15am that
a man and a woman who were
on Goodman's Bay beach were
approached by two men wear-
ing dark clothes and masks over
their faces.
Police said the men, armed
with handguns, ordered them


Davis set to be named Leader of
Opposition Business in the House

FROM page one

incumbent leader, many political observers have been waiting
with baited breath to see who would be appointed to the Leader of
Opposition post that Dr Nottage had enjoyed prior to the party's
convention.
While some observers expressed shock and disappointment
with Mr Christie over this new decision, they pointed out that
the former Prime Minister had always warned there would be
"consequences" for those who had opposed him for the leadership
of the party.
"It was always known that something had to give, either a nom-
ination, or the Leader of Opposition post, but we all were holding
out hope that he would make the more politically astute decision
and return the post to Dr Nottage.
"He performed adequately in the post before and has been a stel-
lar Opposition business leader. He is always in the chamber on time
and is a seasoned politician who can carry an argument with the
best of them.
"It's a shame that those skills and qualities would now be lost to
the party because he ventured too far beyond what the leadership
deemed an acceptable position," a source added.
When questioned directly by The Tribune yesterday during the
PLP's press conference at Gambier House, Mr Christie would
only remark that he had made his decision.
Reclining in his chair, the PLP leader said he will make the
announcement of who will be the new leader of Opposition Busi-
ness when the House reconvenes today. It should be noted that dur-
ing yesterday's press conference, Mr Davis was seated at the podi-
um with Mr Christie and PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts as Dr
Nottage sat with a group of other PLP supporters and Members of
Parliament in the crowd.
Attempts to contact Dr Nottage for comment after the press con-
ference were unsuccessful.


FROM page one

understands the need to have
access to the advice and views
of young people.
"Yes, this is the time not
for flowery speeches. This is
the time for real action and
we are going to show them
real action," Mr Christie
vowed.
Among the new candidates,
Mr Christie said, are expected
to be qualified professionals
such as the party's deputy
chairman Alex Storr and
attorney Ryan Pinder.
At the party's press confer-
ence at Gambier House yes-
terday, Mr Christie also added
that the party will be making
itself available through regu-
lar press briefings so that the
country can be made aware
of the position of the party
and that of its respective can-
didates.
"But certainly the next two


PLP to roll out new

election candidates

at end of month
years in the country will be
exciting years and the PLP
will work assiduously to
ensure that the people of the
Bahamas will have an excel-
lent choice to make, and that
is to see us as the right party
for the job leading into the
next general election. And we
are going to create a lot of
excitement in terms of the
things we do and I believe
people are going to be excited
to see the kind of people who
are prepared to engage in pol-
itics with the PLP," he said.
In 2007, the PLP ran a can-
didate in 39 constituencies,
winning 17 seats. As it stands,
the party is expected to run
41 candidates in the 2012 gen-
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doing, because they didn't show
any warrant. Then I said that I
was going to call Central Police
Station and they started row-
ing with me, saying 'Shut up,
shut up!'."
Unable to make contact with
police on 919, Mr Francois said
he left the bar to go to the
police station where he report-
ed the incident. He claims offi-
cers told him that they were not
aware of anyone authorising a
search of his bar.
Meanwhile, the men fled in
the Nissan after people drink-
ing in the bar began verbally
harassing them. "They kept
shouting at them, asking them


Resort

closure

FROM page one

offering assistance to resi-
dential consumers and busi-
nesses in New Providence,
here in Grand Bahama
there's nothing being done.
"Hundreds are living with-
out electricity and many busi-
nesses are in dire circum-
stances. People are really
feeling the pinch," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said the
extent to which the closure
of the resort further dimin-
ishes the number of hotel
rooms available in Grand
Bahama is another cause for


out of the woman's 1993 Toy-
ota Tercel, and robbed them of
their cell phones and cash.
The man was placed in the
trunk of the car by the
assailants, who then drove them
to Marshall Road at the rear of
Mt. Nebo Baptist, where they
were released. The suspects
sped off in the car belonging to
the woman.
The next strike of the sus-
pected serial robbers took place
at 3.41pm on Saturday after-
noon on Cowpen Road - the
first of two armed robberies
that would take place in that
area
A man who was at a carwash
reported being approached by
two men wearing makes and
dark clothing who robbed him
of his Silver Toyota Windom,
license plate number 902714, a
cellular phone and an undeter-
mined amount of cash. They
then fled in a westerly direc-
tion.
Again at 10.10pm on Satur-
day evening, a man walking
through a short cut between
Hutchinson and Eneas streets


concern at a time when the


island needs to draw as many visitors as it can, and offer a
range of rooms at varying prices.
He called on the "major players" in Grand Bahama, such
as Hutchinson Whampoa, which owns various assets in
Freeport including the Our Lucaya hotel, to invest more in
promoting the island to visitors.
"You're in a very slow period and there's no evidence
there'll be an early turnaround. Occupancy is very low at
major hotels in Freeport and elsewhere."
Although the recent introduction of twice-weekly direct
flights by West Jet from Canada to Freeport will boost
tourism, noted Mr Wilchcombe, the airline is set to review
whether it wants to continue with this schedule come April
2010, leaving the future uncertain.
Calls to Labour Minister Dion Foulkes and Tourism Min-
ister Vincent Vanderpool Wallace were not returned up
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TRIBUNE SPORTS


ROUND-UP

MADRID (AP) - Sport-
ing Gijon beat Espanyol 1-0
and Athletic Bilbao topped
Racing Santander 2-0 to
maintain their strong early
season form in the Spanish
league.
Sporting and Athletic are
tied for seventh in the stand-
ings with 16 points.
Almeria beat Osasuna 2-0
following an own-goal by Jose
"Josetxo" Romero in the sec-
ond minute and Kalu Uche's
90th-minute strike. Valladol-
id and Xerez drew 0-0.
Both Barcelona and Real
Madrid maintained their
strong starts to the season
with victories on Saturday.
FRANKFURT - Ham-
burger SV and Werder Bre-
men lost ground in the Bun-
desliga after draws.
Jiri Stajner earned and con-
verted a dubious late penalty
for Hannover to salvage a 2-2
draw with Hamburg, while
Borussia Dortmund's Lucas
Barrios scored an equalizer
for his sixth goal in six games
in a 1-1 draw with Bremen.
Milivoje Novakovic scored
to give Cologne a 1-0 win at
bottom-place Hertha Berlin.
Hamburg and Bremen
both have 23 points to be
three behind leader Bayer
Leverkusen.
PARIS - Yohan Cabaye
and Florent Balmont scored
in the second half to give Lille
a 2-0 victory over defending
champion Bordeaux in the
French league.
Bordeaux's third defeat of
the season means Lyon can
move one point clear at the
top if it beats Marseille at
Stade Gerland in Sunday's
late match.
GLASGOW, Scotland -
Celtic conceded a late equal-
izer in a 3-3 draw at bottom-
place Falkirk, squandering the
chance to build a bigger lead
over second-place Rangers in
the Scottish title race.
The draw left Celtic on 24
points, two points clear of
defending champion Rangers,
which has a game in hand.
Two goals from Kris Boyd
gave Rangers a 2-1 victory
against St. Mirren on Satur-
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SOCCER
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JOHN TERRY headed Chelsea to
a 1-0 victory over Manchester United -
on Sunday that extended his team's
Premier League lead to five points.
Chelsea had been frustrated by
United for 76 minutes, but then prof-
ited from a contentiously awarded
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fouled defender Ashley Cole.
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"It was a bad decision, but there's
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"The referee's position to make
the decision was absolutely ridicu-
lous, he can't see anything," Ferguson
said. "He's got a Chelsea player (Joe I
Cole) standing right in front of him
and he doesn't even move.
A third league loss for Ferguson's
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Results

Here's a look at the team
and individual results:
Under 10 girls Team title -
Temple Christian
1 - Danielle Rodgers,
Temple Christian School;
2 - Brinti Fountain,
Queen's College; 3 -
Aaylehya Nixon, Albury
Sayle Primary.
Under 10 Boys Team title
- Temple Christian, fol-
lowed by Albury Sayles.
1 - Godfrey Arthur, Tem-
ple Christian School; 2 -
Trent Deveaux, Kingsway
Academy; 3 - Ryan
Bethel, Xavier Primary
School.
Under 12 Girls Team title
- Temple Christian, fol-
lowed by Gerald Cash.
1 - Blayre Catalyn, Saint
Bede's; 2 - Dianea Noe,
Uriah McPhee; 3 - Andira
Ferguson, Temple Christ-
ian Schools.
Under 12 Boys Team title
- Temple Christian, fol-
lowed by St. John's
1 - Julius Nottage, Temple
Christian Schools; 2 -
Chavez Cooper, Gerald
Cash Primary; 3 - Vernon
Marshall, Jordan Prince
Williams.
Under 13 Girls Team title
- Queen's College, fol-
lowed by Anatol Rodgers
and CH Reeves.
1 - Dreshanae Rolle, Saint
Augustine's College; 2 -
Keithra Pickstock, Temple
Christian School; 3 -
Charis McPhee, Anatol
Rodgers.
Under 13 Boys Team title
- C.H. Reeves, followed by
Anatol Rodgers and SC
McPherson.
1 - Jackson Knowles, L.W.
Young; 2 - Kinard Rolle,
Saint Augustine's College;
3 - Gamildo Rolle, L.W.
Young.
Under 15 Girls Team title
- T.A. Thompson, fol-
lowed by CH Reeves and
LW Young.
1 - Talia Thompson,
Queen's College; 2 -
Johnique David, T.A.
Thompson; 3 - Vanillian
Walker, Queen's College.
Under 15 Boys Team title
- Queen's College, fol-
lowed by TA Thompson
and CH Reeves.
1 - Keric Rolle, Saint
Augustine's College; 2 -
Darron Young, T.A.
Thompson; 3 - D'Mitry
Charlton, Queen's Col-
lege.
Under 17 Girls Team title
- C.R. Walker, followed by
RM Bailey and Anatol
Rodgers.
1 - Katrina Seymour,
Queen's College; 2 - Ash-
ley Johnson, Saint
Augustine's College; 3 -
Angela Cherilus, Anatol
Rodgers.
Under 17 Boys Team title
- C.R. Walker, followed by
CC Sweeting and RM Bai-
ley.
1 - Desmond Major, Saint
John's College; 2 - Marvin
Minns, Saint John's Col-
lege ; 3 - Karon Pratt,
Mount Carmel.
Under 20 Girls Team title
- C.R. Walker, followed by
CC Sweeting and CI Gib-
son.
1 - Florazel Russell, C.R.
Walker; 2 - Kendra
Humes, C.R. Walker; 3 -
Oliver Braynen, Aquinas
College.
Under 20 Boys Team title
- C.R. Walker, followed by
CI Gibson and RM Bailey.
1 - Audley Carey, Saint
Augustine's College; 2 -
Leonardo Forbes, Zion
Christian School; 3 - O'Jay
Ferguson, C.R. Walker.


Suns shine as the primary school




champs for fifth consecutive year


By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
THE hill played a factor
in the performances of many
of the competitors who com-
peted in the CH Reeves'
llth annual High School
Invitational Cross Country
Championships on Saturday
at Fort Charlotte.
Hundreds of competitors
from a number of public and
private schools participated
in the event on the obstacle
course at Fort Charlotte, but
it appeared that it didn't
hamper the Temple Christ-
ian Academy Suns and the
CR Walker Knights.
While the Suns shined for
the fifth consecutive year as
the primary school champi-
ons, winning both the boys
and girls 10-and-under and
12-and-under divisions, the
Knights polished off their
trophy case to add the boys
and girls under-17 and
under-20 crowns.
The junior high division
saw the Queen's College
Comets capture the under-
13 girls and under-15 boys
titles. Host CH Reeves took
the under-13 boys and T.A.
Thompson carted off the
under-15 girls.
"I'm overwhelmed. I nev-
er anticipated in my wildest
dreams that we would have
this type of crowd. This is
the biggest Cross Country
that we've had," said meet
organiser Fritz Grant.
"God blessed us with
some great weather and the
performance of the athletes
was just outstanding. We
were able to control the
course and made it much
more managerial for the ath-
letes."
Grant said they are now
looking at further expanding
the championships to the
point where they are going
to invite the Family Islands
and possibly some schools
from the United States to
participate next year.
Trevor Grant, whose com-
pany Windshield House and
Glass Accessories Locator
have been sponsoring the
event for the past three
years, said they have been so
impressed with the consis-
tent growth that they will
definitely be back next year.
"It's much better than we
anticipated. Last year, we
had about 550 students. This
year we doubled those fig-
ures easily. So I'm just elat-
ed that as a corporate spon-
sor, we were able to give
something back," he said.
"Even in these tough
financial times, we are just
happy to make the effort.
Just to look in the faces of
these young kids and to see
the excitement, we just want
to see this continue."
A number of the competi-
tors interviewed were quite
excited about their perfor-
mances.
Godfrey Arthur Jr, the
repeat under-10 boys cham-
pion from Temple Christian,
said it was good.
"The hill was hard, but
there was like 20 people
running with me out front.
People were bumping into
each other," said the nine-


MEMBERS of the CR Walker Knights celebrate together. Head coach
Floyd Armbrister is at left and assistant coach Tyree Curry at right...


year-old fourth grader.
"When I went up the hill,
everybody started walking,
so that was where I got
away."'
Former Temple Christian
Academy versatile Talia
Thompson, now in the
eighth grade at Queen's Col-
lege, noted: "It was all right.
The start was hard because
everybody was together.
"The hills was hard. I
know it was crowded so it
was hard to go around so
many people."
The 13-year-old held off a
strong challenge from
Johnique David, a 13-year-
old ninth grader at TA
Thompson.
"At first it was okay, then
it started getting harder
around the hills. So we just
tried to finish it off," said
David, who added that she
tried to work with Thomp-
son, who passed her on the
hill to win.
The under-15 boys cham-
pion was Keric Rolle, who


won the first victory for his
family after his younger
brother Kinard had to settle
for second in the under-13
boys behind Jackson
Knowles from LW Young,
while bigger brother Cerio
Rolle took home the open
boys title.
Fast
"It was good. At first it
started off fast, but I had the
lead, so I had to maintain it.
I just ran my race," said
Keric, a 14-year-old 10th
grader at St. Augustine's
College. "On the first lap,
about 10 metres into it, I
took the lead. I feel good."
Big brother Cerio, an 18-
year-old second year student
at the College of the
Bahamas, held off SAC's
Audley Carey in a sprint to
claim the open men's title.
"The race was nice. We
took it out nice and slow and
then we picked it up," he
said. "I know I didn't have


THE Temple Christian Academy Suns dominated the CH Reeves
Cross Country primary schools division once again. Some of the
athletes pose above with their trophies. At left is coach Sherry Mur-
ray and at right is coach Keno Demeritte...


the fitness, so I just sat in
there and when we came
down to the last 150, I just
had to do my finish kick."
Carey, the 16-year-old
llth grader who was
crowned the under-20 cham-
pion, said: "It was good. I
felt good while I was run-
ning. I started off with an
even pace."
The under-17 divisions
were both keenly contested.
In the girls' race, Queen's
College llth grader Katrina
Seymour out-sprinted SAC's
middle distance runner Ash-
ley Johnson for the title.
"Going into the race, I
was a little scared. Then, I
just listened to my coach
when I was winning the race
and I just gave it all I had,"
said the 16-year-old Sey-
mour, who competed on the
women's 4 x 400 relay team
at the 12th IAAF world
Championships in Berlin,


Germany in August.
Johnson, however, noted
that she was not intimidated
at all by Seymour.
"It wasn't bad. I just felt
like I could have hung on a
little longer. It was a good
race. It was harder than I
expected," said the 16-year-
old llth grader.
And in the boys' under-17
division, Desmond Major
out distanced his St. John's
teammate Marvin Minns to
secure his win.
"That race was tough. The
hills killed me," said Bain, a
15-year-old 11th grader.
"Coming down on the last
lap, from the northeast cor-
ner straight to the hills, that
was where I saw Marvin."
Minns, a 16-year-old 11th
grader, said "It was a good
race. I paced myself and
took them off one by one.
But Desmond is a tough ath-
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Baseball elections see




Kemp, Sweeting returned
| *Sweet*


Meacher

Major loses

title defence
MEACHER 'Pain'
Major lost his bid to suc-
cessfully defend his
NABA lightweight title to
American Dorin Spivey
on Friday night in Buffa-
lo, New York.
Referee Charlie Fitch
stopped the fight 52 sec-
onds into the fourth
round after Spivey
unloaded a booming right
that hurt Major. The blow
came after Spivey
unloaded a flurry of unan-
swered punches.
Spivey, who improved
his record to 36-6 with 29
knockouts, dropped
Major (16-4-1) twice in
round two, the second
one just before the bell
sounded.
Both boxers fought a
spirited third round, trad-
ing bombs on each other
and taking turns shaking
the other one up before
Spivey went to work in
the fourth.
Spivey, 36, was working
with former world cham-
pion Pernell Whitaker in
the lead up to the fight
that was one of the many
exciting bouts on the card
promoted by Nick
Garone of X-Cel World-
wide at the Buffalo Nia-
gara Convention Center
in downtown, Buffalo,
New York.
It was Major's third
fight under his contract
with X-Cel Worldwide.
Major won his debut on
February 20 with a sixth
round TKO over Kevin
Carmody.
However, he ended up
with a "no contest"
against Michael Clark on
June 19 for the NABA
title on June 6 after the
fight was stopped in the
first round.
Major, 28, was eventu-
ally awarded the decision
and given the title that he
defended against Spivey.
Major was unavailable for
comments. He is due to
return home today.


CRAIG 'Salty' Kemp and The-
dore Sweeting were returned as the
two principal figures at the
Bahamas Baseball Federations his-
toric election of officers on Satur-
day.
The elections, held during the
Annual General Meeting, was
staged for the first time outside of
New Providence. But nothing
changed in the post for president
and secretary general as Kemp and
Sweeting were re-elected to those
positions respectively.
Both Kemp and Sweeting were
praised for the job they are doing.
Others elected are as follows:
Etienee Farquharson from Inagua
Baseball League as the first vice
president; Alonzo Pratt from the
Grand Bahama Amateur Baseball
Association as second vide presi-
dent; Bertram Murray from the
JBLN as third vice president and
Edward Claude, of the representa-
tive for the Grand Bahama Little
League District as fourth vice pres-
ident.
The assistant secretary general is
Jeannie Scavalla from Freedom
Farm. The treasurer is Marsha
Munnings from New Providence,
assisted by Stephen Adderley from
the Grand Bahama Little League.
The Major items coming out of
the AGM are as follows:
1) the National Baseball Cham-
pionship will take place from J3-6 in


FRONT ROW: Edward Claude, Marsha Munnings, Craig Kemp, Jeannie Scavella, Theodore Sweeting
Back Row: Stephen Adderley, Etienne Farquarson, Alonzo Pratt, Bertram Murray


Grand Bahama, the first time that
it's also done outside of New Prov-
idence.
2) the BBF Life Time Achieve-
ment Awards will be presented to
three honorees to be named at a
later date.
3) The Bahamas Government has


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Red Bays Rugrats
delivers a pitch to
the Pineapple Air
Wildcats.


given its approval for the BBF and
the Grand Bahama Little League
to host the 2010 Little League 11/12
Caribbean Zone Qualifying Tour-
nament.
The tournament will run from
July 10-17 in Grand Bahama and
the winner will represent the


Caribbean in Williamsport, Penn-
sylvania at the 11-12 Little League
World Series, carried live on ESPN.
The Membership of the BBF has
decided to do its part to assist the
economy of Grand Bahama with
the hosting of its two major events
in 2010 on the island.


FROM page 15
ons Commando Security Truck-
ers were nipped 6-5 by the Aba-
co's Green Turtle Cay Turtles.
In that game, Lyle Sawyer
picked up the win on the
mound over Freddie 'the Skip-
per' Cornish, who migrated
from Abaco as the ace pitcher
on the island to play in New
Providence.
The Truckers, however, came
back and took their frustration
out on the Panthers with an 11-
5 decision before Long Island
ran into their problems against
Grand Bahama.
Darren Mortimer came in
relief of starter Anton 'Bookie'
Gibson for the win over Pedro
Marcellus. Terran 'Pooh' Wood
and Jamal 'Sarge' Johnson both
homered in the game for the
Truckers.
In men's games played Fri-
day night, the Turtles blanked
the Panthers 3-0 and the Turtles
also knocked off the Savannah
Sound Boyz from Grand
Bahama 5-2, while the Truckers
nipped the Mariners 1-0.


COMMANDO SECURITY TRUCKERS' infielder Julian Collie tags a
Green Turtle Cay Turtles' player too late as he slides into third
base.


Stingrays beat Warriors


THE V8 Fusion Stingrays
came out with a strict game
plan, to establish the running
game en route to evening
their win loss total.
The Stingrays scored four
rushing touchdowns and
improved their record to .500
at 2-2 with a 36-12 win over
the Kingdom Warriors in
Commonwealth American
Football League play yester-
day at the D.W. Davis field.
Jamal Storr scored led the
way with three touchdowns,
two on the ground and from a
kick return on special teams.
The Stingrays came out on
the game's opening drive with
eight consecutive run calls,
taking advantage of an under-
sized Warriors defensive line.
Storr capped the opening
drive with a touchdown run
from 25 yards out.
The Stingrays failed to con-
vert but led 6-0 early.
After a turnover on downs,
the Stingrays offense again
hammered the Warriors
defensive line, marching the
ball up field for yet another
touchdown on the ground.
This time Jamal Coleby
would break several tackles
on his way to a 30 yard touch-
down run. The Stingrays con-
verted and led 14-0.
The front seven harassed
the Warriors passing attack
for much of the game and
turned that pressure into
points with the Warriors
backed against their own end
zone.
The Stingrays defence
forced a safety to take a 16-0
lead into the half. The War-
riors reached the end zone for
the first time all season on the
opening drive of the second
half. A nifty quarterback
scrambled gave the Warriors
their first touchdown and
trimmed the deficit to 10, 16-6.
The Stingrays would
respond, once again with
Storr capping a drive with a
touchdown run from 15 yards
out.
Without the conversion the
Stingrays led 22-6.


The Warriors' second score
of the game came on the
defensive side of the ball as
they recovered a botched
handoff and returned the
fumble for six.
With a tentative 22-12 lead,
the Stingrays defence would
again step up to force the
issue and create big plays
when the team needed it
most.
After the Stingrays failed
to convert on fourth down,
Carl Rolle intercepted a pass
from the safety position to
give the ball back into the
hands of his offence.
V8 Fusion quarterback
Nesley Lucien was then
picked off by the Warriors
defence swinging the momen-
tum back into his team's
favour.
The team continued to
trade turnovers when Anwar
Godet broke free to sack the
quarterback and force a fum-
ble, which the Stingrays
recovered and advanced into
Warriors territory..
Stingrays running back
Renaldo Dorsett ran in the
team's fourth rushing touch-
down three plays later, and
Lucien scrambled for the suc-
cessful two point conversion
to give the Stingrays a 30-12
lead with 20 seconds remain-
ing. Storr scored his third
touchdown and capped the
scoring flurry on the game's
final play.
He recovered the ball on a
squib kick and raced down
the right sideline for a touch-
down for the game's final
margin.
"We wanted to come out
here and get a win after start-
ing the season on a bad note,"
Storr said, "We knew this was
a team we should beat and we
just wanted to come out here
and do what we had to do.
We want to use this to get
ready for the better teams in
the league because we know
we have to face them again
later on in the season and we
plan to have a better result
next time."


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bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
VESSNA LAING came to
town and made history, but the
Pineapple Air Wildcats over-
shadowed the Grand Bahamian
slugger's home run feat by
regaining the Bahamas Softball
Federation Ladies Common-
wealth Championship title at
the Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
plex.
Back in the national round
robin after a year's absence, the
Wildcats avenged two straight
losses including game one of
the best of three championship
series against the Bahamasair
Flyers to take the remaining
two games for a 2-1 decision.
In the deciding game, the
Wildcats pulled off a 15-10 vic-
tory to go along with their 4-2
win in game two, both on Sun-
day as they dedicated the cham-
pionship victory to one of their
coaches, Alexander Bain, who
was recovering from a serious
injury.
Marvelle Miller, who got the
starting nod in the clincher, said
she was elated about the team's
performance, especially as it
was her first victory in the
national championships.
The Flyers who nipped the
Wildcats 1-0 in their round
robin match-up, came from a
12-3 deficit to pull off a come-
from-behind 15-14 decision in
the championship opener on
Saturday night.
In that game, Laing became
the first female player to hit a
home run over the fence at the
Bankers Field.
"My coach just told me to
pick my pitch and drive the ball.
That was what I did," said
Laing, who took a bow after the
game to the cheers of the
crowd.
"I was shocked that the ball
went out of the park. I thought
it actually bounced under the
fence, but they say 'the ball out
the park Vessna' so I just kept
running."
Laing said she came close to
hitting the ball out of the park in
Grand Bahama during their
slowpitch season, but she was
delighted that she came here
and made history.
"Hey it ain't nothing like
round robin and driving it out
the park here. It feels awesome.
It's unbelievable. My name is
in the history books."
Laing finished with a total of
three runs batted in and scored
twice for the Flyers. Latoya
Thomas had a triple with two


RBI, scoring three runs in the
victory.
Donette Edwards had a dou-
ble, drove in five runs and
scored three times, while Edge-
combe-Sweeting had a double
with an RBI and three runs
scored.
Nerissa Lockhart was the
winning pitcher and Edge-
combe-Sweeting suffered the
loss.
The men's version of the
championship took an interest-
ing twist Saturday night when
Long Island's PJC Panthers for-
feited their game against the


Grand Bahama Elnet Mariners.
Reportedly the Mariners
lodged a protest on one of the
Panthers' players who had
played in Grand Bahama dur-
ing the regular season and was
on Long Island's roster.
"They had a technical meet-
ing, they protest the guy, but
they allowed him to play," said
Panthers' third baseman Julian
Pratt. "If you come from a tech-
nical meeting and you say he
should not have been allowed
to play, then he should not have
been allowed to play."
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MONDAY,


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NOVEMBER 9, 2009


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Coli nalmperial.


Did power


firm suffer


$400k first


half loss?

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
GRAND Bahama Power
Company (GBPC) appears to
have suffered a $400,000 loss
during the 2009 first half on
an equity earnings basis,
according to figures published
by one of its major share-
holders, although a $2.2 mil-
lion third quarter profit put
it firmly back in the black.
Emera, the Canadian ener-
gy giant, which acquired a 25
per cent stake in Grand
Bahama Power Company in
late 2008 via the $41 million-
plus acquisition of Lady Hen-
rietta St George's 50 per cent
ICD Utilities stake, unveiled
the $2.2 million profit for the
three months to end-Septem-
ber 2009 in its own third quar-
ter results.
Yet for the nine months to
end-September 2009, Emera
reported that Grand Bahama
Power Company had gener-
ated just $1.8 million in net

SEE page 6B


Hilton shareholders in


dispute over $22m loan


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor


dispute has erupted
between the two share-
holders of downtown Nas-
sau's British Colonial
Hilton over a $22 million
loan that forms part of the resort's financ-
ing, Tribune Business can reveal, with one
of the parties thought to have moved to
take the matter to arbitration in a bid to
mediate a resolution.
Sources close to the situation, who
requested anonymity because of the mat-
ter's sensitivity, told this newspaper last
week that the dispute between the Canadi-
an Commercial Workers Industry Pension
Plan (CCWIPP) and Adurion, the
UK/Swiss boutique investment house and
private equity fund, revolved around an
unsecured loan that formed the foundation
of the latter's investment in the British
Colonial Hilton.
Adurion acquired a 71 per cent stake in
the entity that owns the hotel's immediate
holding company, the British Colonial
Development Company (BCDC), from
CCWIPP in December 2006, the Canadian
pension fund retaining a 29 per cent.
Tribune Business understands from its
sources close to developments that rather
than just purely invest its own equity into
the British Colonial Development Compa-
ny, Adurion originated a multi-million dol-
lar loan through its own Bahamas-domi-
ciled investment vehicle, Fort Nassau


A VIEW of the British Colonial Hilton...

Investments Ltd.
This made its way into the British Colo-
nial Development Company through the
resort's complex ownership structure, and
Tribune Business understands that Aduri-
on's differences with CCWIPP revolve
around the fact that the investment house
believes the loan - said to be for $22 million
- has matured and needs to either be repaid
or refinanced on terms more favourable to
Adurion.
The Canadian pension fund, though, is
understood to believe that this demand for
repayment could negatively impact both
its investment and position in the British
Colonial Development Company, as it fears
the latter is simply unable to repay the loan.
The two sides were said by sources to be
unable to resolve their differences. With
Adurion having Board and management
control at the British Colonial Develop-
SEE page 5B


Bahamians urged to


exploit, not compete,


on Cuba possibilities


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN companies
"should position themselves
to take advantage" of
trade/business opportunities
with Cuba, including joint ven-
ture partnerships, rather than
seek to compete head-on with
the island as it opens up, a
senior Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce official said.
Philip Simon, the Cham-
ber's executive director, told
Tribune Business that it would
sign a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with its
Cuban counterpart organisa-
tion within the next year,
adding that the Bahamas -
through the Freeport Con-
tainer Port (FCP) - could act
as a "facilitator" to connect
the Communist island's busi-
nesses and economy with the
world.
Mr Simon, speaking after he
and a Chamber delegation
returned from the 27th
Havana International Trade
Fair, during which they met
with the Cuban Chamber of
Commerce, suggested that the
two nations could also provide
a joint venture Bahamas/Cuba
travel package to entice visi-


tors from the likes of China
and India to visit both coun-
tries on one trip.
"When you think about
what Cuba has to offer, not
just from the agricultural point
of view, rum and the impor-
tation of foods, there's tremen-
dous opportunities for us to
export stuff to Cuba - niche
products and services," Mr
Simon said.
"We can export a lot of our
know how in different indus-
tries to Cuba, and partner for
travel."
Pointing out that both the
Bahamas and Cuba had both
been awarded 'approved des-
tination' status by the Chinese
government, as locations
where Chinese citizens could
go on vacation, Mr Simon said:
"There's no reason, when we
have visitors that travel from
that far away, why we can't
craft create Bahamas-Cuba
travel packages."
Given that the Bahamas'
expertise lay in tourism and
crafting such packages, Mr
Simon said it was "better for
us to partner than to try to
compete" with Cuba.

SEE page 3B


Loan defaults $1m

shy of $lbn mark


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian economy
will not return to "sustained
growth before late 2010", the
Central Bank of the Bahamas
has predicted, with private
sector loan defaults just $1
million shy of the psychologi-
cally significant $1 billion
mark at end-September and
hotel revenue receipts of 22
per cent for the first eight
months in 2008.
While the global economy
had shown signs of 'bottoming
out' during September 2009,
the Central Bank said there
were no such signs from the
Bahamian economy, as key
indicators worsened, includ-
ing a 61.6 per cent or $17.3
million increase in the Gov-
ernment's Budget deficit for
the first two months this year.
Due to the "double digit"
decline in stopover visitors
during the first three quarters
of 2009, the Central Bank
said, not surprisingly, that
tourism output contracted,
with hotel revenue receipts
off 22 per cent year-over-year
for the January-August 2009
period.
This, the Central Bank said,
reflected the "combined


* Central Bank: Bahamas
will not return to sustained
economic growth before
late 2010
* Hotel revenues down 22%,
and government budget
deficit up over 61% for
first two months
* Some comfort from sustained
equity-fuelled foreign
investment, while inflation
falling and external
reserves/liquid assets
ahead of 2008 comparatives

impact of a 7.4 percentage
point reduction in average
occupancy rates to 66.2 per
cent, and a 9.6 per cent
decrease in average daily
room rates to $234.55".
On the monetary front, by
end-September close to one
in six private sector loans
were in default, standing at a
cumulative value of $999 mil-
lion - just $1 million shy of $1
billion - a mark easily set to
have been passed within the
past two months.
During September, the

SEE page 4B


Regulator raises BTC and


Cable's capital cost ratios


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE communications sec-
tor regulator has increased
the capital cost ratios for all
the sectors in which Cable
Bahamas and the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) are deemed to have
Significant Market Power
(SMP), bringing its assess-
ments closer to the estimates
provided by both companies.
In its findings on the Cost of
Capital for Designated SMP


* Increases bring URCA's findings closer into line with
estimates of significant market power (SMP) players
* Cable blasts SMP designations as 'unjustified,
disproportionate and unfair'
* BTC says initial URCA findings 'unusually low' and
would have given it poor return on investments


Operators, the Utilities Reg-
ulation & Competition
Authority (URCA) effective-
ly said that the increases in
the weighted average cost of
capital (WACC) ratios for
Cable Bahamas and BTC


would ensure they made a
"reasonable rate of return"
whenever a regulatory mea-
sure impacting them was
being assessed.
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THE TRIBUNE


Dl ROYA FIDEITY]MAi RKET! A1


By RoyalFidelity Capital
Markets


IT was an active week of trading in
the Bahamian capital markets.
Investors traded in 17 out of the 24
listed securities last week, of which
four advanced, one declined and 12
remained unchanged.

EQUITY MARKET
A total of 1,506,160 shares changed
hands, representing an increase of
1,470,989 shares compared to the pre-
vious week's trading volume of 35,171
shares.
Commonwealth Bank (CBL) was
the volume leader, trading 401,090
shares, with its stock price increasing by


$0.17 to close the week at $5.74.
FOCOL Holdings (FCL) followed
CBL, trading 253,597 shares to close
the week unchanged at $4.34.
The lead advancer during the week
was Doctors Hospital Health Systems
(DHS), whose share price increased
by $0.26 on a volume of 87,107 shares
traded to close the week at $2.51.
The sole decline was Consolidated
Water BDRs (CWCB), which fell $0.07
on a volume of 27,673 shares traded
to close the week at $2.88.

BOND MARKET

15 FBB Series D Notes Due 2015
traded during the week at par value
of $1,000 for a total value of $15,000.


COMPANY NEWS

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

Dividend Notes:
FamGuard Corporation (FAM) has
declared a dividend of $0.06 per share,
payable on November 16, 2009, to all
ordinary shareholders of record date
November 9, 2009.

FOCOL Holdings Ltd (FCL) has
declared a dividend of $0.060 per share,
payable on November 10, 2009, to all
ordinary shareholders of record date
October 30, 2009.


The Bahamian Stock Market

BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE


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


$1.17
$0.63
$5.90
$10.75
$10.06
$3.15
$10.00
$5.74
$2.72
$9.87
$2.88
$2.51
$6.50
$2.37
$0.27
$4.34
$1.00
$9.30
$5.59
$9.95
$10.00


$+0.01
$-0
$-+
$-
$-
$-
$+0.08
$+0.17
$-
$-
$-0.07
$+0.26
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-


102,309
0
23,988
43,251
0
27,966
50,707
401,090
18,877
138,195
27,673
87,107
7,693
153,706
0
253,597
80,668
55,388
33,945
0
0


-31.58%
-4.55%
-22.77%
-8.90%
-1.28%
0.00%
-28.72%
-18.00%
-3.89%
-5.55%
28.00%
-1.57%
-16.67%
0.00%
-10.00%
-16.05%
0.00%
-21.65%
-8.81%
-10.36%
0.00%


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Real estate firms merge


Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty (CBLR) has
merged the boutique real
estate firm Bahamas Water-
front Properties into its real
estate portfolio.
"As one of the Bahamas'
leading real estate organiza-
tions, Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty will continue to
respond to changing demands
in the real estate industry.
With this merger, we will be
rolling out new and exciting
services to the Bahamas mar-
CUBA, from 1B -

"All of these things that go
into establishing a business
foundation, I believe, is where
the opportunity lies in Cuba,"
Mr Simon told Tribune Busi-
ness, citing logistics, construc-
tion and development services
as areas ripe for Bahamian
exports.
"Those with the wherewith-


ket that are offered through
the Coldwell Banker world-
wide network," said Mike
Lightbourn, president of Cold-
well Banker Lightbourn Real-
ty.
Owner
Colin Lightbourn, owner of
Bahamas Waterfront Proper-
ties and now managing direc-
tor of Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty, said: "It's excit-
ing to work with all the incred-

al in the Bahamas should posi-
tion themselves to take advan-
tage of it; we don't want to
compete with them."
The Chamber's executive
director said the Bahamas
should not only use the busi-
ness expertise, "savvy" and
global connections it had built
up for its own benefit, but also
for the benefit of others.
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come with the Coldwell
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very sophisticated real estate
market in the Bahamas and
the companies which can meet
the demands of the buyers and
sellers will stay ahead of the
competition."
The move will add four new
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ation licensed sales agents to
an existing team of 20 at Cold-
well Banker Lightbourn Real-
ty, as well as two property

between the Bahamas and
Cuba "can be as large" as the
two sides want, Mr Simon said,
and added: "We have over in
Grand Bahama a Container
Port that serves as a link to
not just Caribbean markets
but international markets.
"We can act as a facilitator,
because we have the expertise,
the wherewithal, the interna-
tional savvy that is not appar-
ent in Cuban operations,
because they've largely been
focused locally. Just as how
the Bahamas can be a gate-
way to Caribbean Markets,
Latin and North America, we
can be the same for Cuba."
Mr Simon acknowledged
that "the mechanics and how
we go about doing business
with each other" needed to
become clearer to facilitate
increased business between
the Bahamas and Cuba, telling
Tribune Business that this
issue was addressed in the
meeting with their Cuban
counterparts.
The Bahamian Chamber
had "very bluntly" asked the
necessary questions in this
area, including how liberal the
foreign investment process
was, access to human and
financial resources in Cuba,
and any impediments on ship-
ping too and from that nation.
In the past, many concerns
have focused on the lack of
investor protection in Cuba,
with many Spanish, Canadian
and other European-owned
entities said to be owed huge
sums of money by Cuba-state
owned agencies, and no indi-
cation of when this would be
paid. The Castro tendency to
arbitrarily nationalise indus-


managers.
The independently-owned
and operated Coldwell Banker
Lightbourn Realty is part of a
network of approximately
101,000 sales associates and
brokers, and 3,300 residential
offices on six continents, and
47 countries and territories.
It has offices and agents in
Nassau, the Abacos, Andros,
Berry Islands, Bimini,
Eleuthera (including Harbour
Island and Spanish Wells),
Exuma and Long Island.

tries and businesses has also
not been forgotten.
In addition, the Cuban gov-
ernment effectively treats all
workers as 'property of the
state', with staff salaries being
paid to the government -
which takes a cut - first before
going to the workers.
Still, Mr Simon said there
seemed to be a growing aware-
ness in Cuba of the need to
interact more with other
economies.
He added that the Chamber
was now working on creating a
Memorandum of Understand-
ing that it would sign with its
Cuban counterpart within the
next year, prior to the next
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ALICE VENTURES INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
Registration No. 105,841B
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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
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ALICE VENTURES INTERNATIONAL LIMITED is
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total value of loans in default
increased by $35.9 million or
3.7 per cent to hit $999 mil-
lion, with the ratio of loans
arrears to the total portfolio
outstanding rising by 0.5 per-
centage points to 16.4 per
cent.
Loans in the 31-90 days
past due segment increased
by $19.9 million or 4.7 per
cent to $447.5 million, taking
their total ratio to the out-
standing loan portfolio to 7.4
per cent.
And the Central Bank
added: "Likewise, non-per-
forming loans - those more
than 90 days in arrears and
on which banks ceased accru-
ing interest - advanced by
more than $16 million or 3
per cent to $551.5 million, for
a 26 basis point increase in
the loan arrears ratio to 9.1
per cent.
"[The] growth in monthly
arrears reflected a $25.6 mil-
lion or 5.9 per cent rise in
mortgage delinquencies to
$461.9 million and a $13.1 mil-
lion or 5.7 per cent firming in
the commercial segment to
$243.6 million.
"However, consumer loan
arrears fell modestly y $2.7
million or 0.9 per cent to
$293.5 million. Banks' loan
loss provisions remained rel-
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Due to the slowdown in pri-
vate sector and consumer
credit demand, as Bahamians
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meet existing obligations, the
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Private sector loan growth
decelerated by $242.5 million
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[ edcor is seeking contractors to assist in completion of Stage I of the LPIA Expansion

Project (US Departures Terminal). All contractors, particularly Bahamian contractors, are
encouraged to participate in this significant national project. Scopes to be tendered to

complete the fit out of the new terminal include:

SArchilcclural Millwork
-Interior Glazing & Mirrors



A quofination ackagE must be submitted pnor or at the bid dosing. Ony bMds from corrroctors deemed
qua1ifWd w~ be considered. Qualifcotons wN be based on the followmg riteia:
* A demonstration offinanda coapadty
* Experience
* ReferencHs
* Bohrnian Ownerhip/Content
The prqect covered by Conractors Defaulf Insurince in fJeu of bonding. NO BONDING WILL BE REQUIRED.

Qua~ficalon and teder packages wiA be avoiabn for pickup at the L*dcfr Construction rBahmas Limced Site
Office ot the Lynden Pindling lnfiemawtano Apor, Wrndsor Field Rodd. For qures caff the Site offt at
242-677-5417.
The dosing date for the tender and preuiafctnonr packadges wiA b dt 2:00pm Thursday Novem bar
27, 2009.


$45.3 million compared to the
same period in 2008.
The Central Bank said the
reduction in government
spending was "overshadowed
by the fall-off in revenue
receipts" due to declining pri-
vate sector demand, as spend-
ing fell by $12.1 million or 4.9
per cent to $232.6 million.
This reflected a 3.5 per cent
drop in current outlays, which
was linked to declines in sub-
sidies and transfers, and the
purchase of goods and ser-
vices.
Capital spending also fell
by 11.2 per cent to $16.9 mil-
lion, due to lower spending
on infrastructure projects.
"On the revenue side,
aggregate collections con-
tracted by $29.4 million or
13.6 per cent to $187.2 mil-
lion, mainly associated with a
19.7 per cent decline in tax
receipts to $137.9 million, as
lower intakes from property
and tourism-related taxes, as
well as business and profes-
sional fees, eclipsed a timing-
related increase in interna-
tional trade taxes," the Cen-


tral Bank said.
"In addition, non-tax rev-
enue was reduced by $1.1 mil-
lion or 6.5 per cent to $15.7
million, occasioned by lower
proceeds from fines, forfeits
and administrative fees."
Still, despite the 'doom and
gloom', there were some
crumbs of optimism. The
Bahamas was still receiving
"stable contributions" from
equity-financed foreign direct
investment projects, even
though construction industry
output was expected to
remain "moribund" due to
the absence of debt-financed
projects. Unemployment was
expected to remain high.
Inflation was easing, too,
down for the 12 month-period
to September by 0.83 per-
centage points at 3.07 per
cent. The foreign reserve lev-
els and excess liquidity in the
banking system also remained
above 2008 levels at end-Sep-
tember 2009, standing at
$752.86 million and $463.94
million, compared to $649.57
million and $337.01 million a
year ago.


NOTICE

THE CASINO AT OUR LUCAYA RESORT
In accordance with Section 34 of the Lotteries and
Gaming Act, 1969 of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
notice is hereby given that Treasure Bay G.B.I. Ltd. made
application on the 4th day of November, A.D. 2009 to the
Gaming Board of The Bahamas for a Licence to manage
the premises known as 'The Casino at Our Lucaya Resort'
situate in the City of Freeport in the Island of Grand
Bahama one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas.
Any person who desires to object to the grant of such
licence shall send to the Secretary of the Gaming Board of
The Bahamas, within seven (7) days from the date hereof,
two (2) copies of a brief statement in writing of the grounds
of his objection.
Dated the 9th day of November, A.D. 2009.
HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKYAND COMPANY
Attorneys for Treasure Bay G.B.I. Ltd.
Chambers
Shirley House
Fifty Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas



THE INSURANCE COMMISSION OF
THE BAHAMAS


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Analyst

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.

Responsibilities
* 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
* Prepare/vet the preparation of examination
reports
* Prepare/vet/approve on-site/off-site financial
analysis, letters and other correspondence as
necessary
* Ensure that licensees databases are maintained
* Supervision of other analysts/directly
responsible for the assessment of new
applications for licensees
* Contributes to the refining of supervisory
methodology, policy development and the
formulation of new/revised legislation and the
related guidelines
* Provide advice and information to licensees and
the wider public regarding complaints and
questions about licensees' performance

Oualifications/Skills
* Professional Accountant / MBA in accounting /
Certification in Insurance/ experience in the
insurance industry
* Financial analysis skills
* Excellent leadership, communications,
teamwork and organization skills
* Proficient in Microsoft office products to
intermediate level
* Ability to work independently and multi-task
* Excellent written and oral communications
skills
* Knowledge of insurance industry an asset

Compensation
* A competitive compensation package
commensurate with relevant experience and
qualifications.

Deadline
* 13 November 2009
* Application including comprehensive resume to
be submitted by e-mail addresses to:
oric@bahamas.gov.bs


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Realmstat
Rd, RIMIM64if if III[ I ;'j * r p k m i^ .- l


I


PKF BAHAMAS
Qualified and Trainee Accountants Required

The Nassau office of PFK, an International Accounting Firm, seeks to
recruit the following:

(1) Professional qualified persons with recognized accounting
qualifications. They must be eligible for membership in The Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accountants and must have at least two (2) or
three (3) years post qualification experience. Only Bahamains need
apply. Preference will be given to applicants with proven audit and
assurance experience.

(2) Trainees with an accounting degree and eligible to write a profes-
sional examination. Only Bahamians need to apply.

In all cases, salary and benefits subject to negotiation.

Apply in writing to Human Resources Partner, PKF.
P.O. Box N-8335, Nassau Bahamas.


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009, PAGE 5B


Hilton shareholders in dispute over $22m loan


FROM page 1B

ment Company and all levels in the
ownership structure, CCWIPP was
said by the same sources to have ini-
tiated some kind of legal proceedings
- believed to be arbitration - to safe-
guard its position.
Whether operations at the 291-
room British Colonial Hilton, which
has just undergone a $15 million ren-
ovation and sits on a 13-acre site,
will ultimately be impacted by the
shareholder dispute remains to be
seen, although Tribune Business was
told that no negative effects would
be seen.
"As far as the hotel and property
are concerned, this is a storm in a


teacup," one source close to the sit-
uation, who requested anonymity,
said. "It has absolutely no impact
on the financing, the operations and
the status of the operations. That's
totally self-contained. It has
absolutely nothing to do with the
British Colonial Development Com-
pany."

Argument

CCWIPP and Adurion were said
to be having "a fairly technical argu-
ment over a small part of the avail-
able financing", although the source
said the British Colonial Develop-
ment Company's financing - which is
backed by a mortgage held over the
property by FirstCaribbean Inter-


national Bank - is secure.
Both sides were said to be
"extremely frustrated", with Aduri-
on understood to feel that it has tak-
en all the risk/done all the work in
providing financing to the British
Colonial Development Company at
below-market terms, refinancing the
original Scotiabank loan with First-
Caribbean, and arranging financing
for the $15 million renovation.
CCWIPP, which invests in the
British Colonial Development Com-
pany through its IF Propco entities,
could not be contacted for comment
before press time. Messages passed
to Adurion also did not elicit com-
ment, although the investment house
indicated it might release a state-
ment on the matter this week.


CCWIPP sold the 71 per cent
stake to Adurion, said to be for $71.7
million, as part of its strategy to
reduce its exposure to the Bahamas,
and the Hilton and South Ocean in
particular, after running into regu-
latory troubles in Canada.

Pension

The pension fund came under
scrutiny from regulators in Ontario
over the size of its investments in
the Bahamas, and whether they
breached prudential and regulatory
guidelines and laws. CCWIPP effec-
tively took over the Hilton and
South Ocean after former Roman
Catholic priest Ron Kelly, whose
acquisitions of the properties it had


backed, defaulted on his loan repay-
ments.
CCWIPP is thought to have sunk
some $160 million into the two
Bahamas resort properties, and it
seems unlikely that it will recover
that sum of money any time soon.
The sale of the Hilton stake to
Adurion was designed to minimise
its Bahamas exposure, bring it back
into line with Canadian regulations
and laws, and also allow CCWIPP to
benefit from any upside Adurion
was able to create through its man-
agement, in a bid to recover at least
some of its investment. It is thought
that Canadian regulators are not
allowing CCWIPP to invest any
more equity in the Bahamas prop-
erties.


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THE TRIBUNE


ROAD TRAFFIC

DEPARTMENT.


I hereby advise that all
persons/companies who have
not registered their (OT), On
Trial plates for the year 2009/
2010 to come in and register
their plates by December 31,
2009.


Failure to have plates
regularize would result in a
recall of all delinquent plates,
in . accordance with the Road
Traffic Act Chapter 220 Section

33.



CONTROLLER


Did power firm suffer $400k first half loss?


Legal Notice



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)


MIRREN HOLDINGS LIMITED
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
MIRREN HOLDINGS LIMTED has been Dissolved and struck
off the Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by
the Registrar General on the 23rd day of October, 2009

Duncan Llowarch
6 Princes Gate
Knightsbridge
London
SW71QJ
United Kingdom
Liquidator


pany, with Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham criticising
the company for appearing to
focus on profit maximisation,
rather than investing in
upgrading the reliability/con-
sistency of its distribution and
generation system.
And Mr Ferrell himself was
forced to apologise to Grand
Bahama commercial and res-
idential customers for the
company's "unacceptable ser-
vice" during May and June.
Tribune Business revealed
two months ago how
GRAND Bahama Power
Company's (GBPC) kilowatt
per hour (kWh) sales fell by
12 per cent year-over-year
during the 2009 first quarter,
continuing a trend that saw a
2 per cent decline in 2008.
Writing in the annual


Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator




NOTICE



OF

WINDSOR GLOBAL LTD.

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 5th November, 2009.
Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Financial
Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O. Box N-3023,
Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of
the Company.


FROM page 1B


income on an equity earnings
basis, appearing to imply that
Grand Bahama's monopoly
electricity supplier suffered a
$400,000 first half net loss.
E. 0. Ferrell, Grand
Bahama Power Company's
president and chief executive,
did not return a phone mes-
sage left for him seeking com-
ment and an explanation of
the figures before press time.
However, any situation in
which a monopoly provider
is making a net loss is not
good, since they face no com-
petition.
It is no secret that 2009 has
been a difficult year for
Grand Bahama Power Com-


report for ICD Utilities, the
BISX-listed holding vehicle
that owns a 50 per cent stake
in Grand Bahama Power
Company, Mr Ferrell
acknowledged that 2008 "was
a difficult year" for the
island's monopoly power sup-
plier, even with the benefit of
a 4.87 per cent rate increase
from April onwards.
He added that this rate rise
was "negatively offset" by
Grand Bahama's continued
economic decline, both as a
result of the global recession
and the continued closure of
the Royal Oasis, "and unsea-
sonably cool weather during
the fourth quarter".
"Overall, 2008 kWh sales
were 2 per cent less than
2007," Mr Ferrell wrote.
"Unfortunately, that trend is
continuing into the first quar-
ter 2009, with kWh sales 12
per cent below the same peri-
od in 2008. There were, how-
ever, items of positive growth
that will be beneficial for
years to come."
For the 12 months to
December 31, 2008, Grand
Bahama Power Company's
net income rose by little over
$100,000 or 3 per cent, to
$3.621 million compared to
$3.516 million the year before.
This was despite a 23.2 per


A fund management firm operating from the Bahamas is
seeking to recruit an individual to market its investment
products globally. The successful candidate must be a senior
investment professional with ten to twenty years of experience
in the investment industry, primarily in sales, marketing and
client service roles with a highly successful track record of
soliciting investors.

The position requires extensive experience in marketing and
managing global investor relationships with sophisticated
institutional and high net worth clients. Significant travel will
be required to fulfill the responsibilities required by the position.

The successful candidate must hold the US Financial Industry
Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7 license and Uniform
Securities Agent State Law Exam Series 63 in order to be
permitted to conduct the required securities activities in the US.
The candidate mustbe extremely familiarwithUS Securities and
Exchange Commission and FINRA regulations in connection
with marketing, sales and placement of securities in the US.

The candidate must also have a general working knowledge
of the securities laws in other of the world's leading financial
centers to ensure that applicable regulations are adhered to
when visiting these markets.

Please send applications and r6sum6s to
HR Coordinator,
P.O. Box N-7776-78,
Nassau, Bahamas
or fax 362 6759.


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Harborside Resort at Atlantis is currently seeking
Sales Vacation Services Coordinators to join our
team. Your goal is to generate qualified tours
that would produce potential sales, while
maintaining a professional and positive image,
and to uphold company standards of integrity
and professionalism.

Our candidate must have the following
competencies and qualifications:

* Excellent communication skills;
* Strong customer service and sales ability;
* Proven success as a preview coordinator
(A Plus);
* Ability to determine guests' eligibility for
sales tours;
* Strong persuasion skills;
* Ability to work with diverse personalities in
a multicultural environment;
* Excellent computer skills, knowledge of
various programs.

For consideration please fax a current resume
along with references to:

Attention: Human Resources Manager
242 - 363 -6822
or
Deliver resume to:
Human Resources Department
3rd Floor Marina One Building
Marina Drive, Paradise Island


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cent rise in operating rev-
enues, from $94.076 million
to $116.036 million, as total
operating expenses - includ-
ing fuel costs, which peaked in
July last year - rose by a
greater amount, 24.7 per cent,
to $108.752 million compared
to $87.207 million the year
before.
As a consequence, net
operating income grew by
only 6 per cent, to $7.284 mil-
lion compared to $6.869 mil-
lion in 2007. While other
income increased by more
than $1 million, both these
rises were offset by an
increase in interest expense
to $5.154 million, compared
to $3.432 million in 2007.
Grand Bahama Power
Company's long-term debt
had risen by almost 50 per
cent at year-end, growing
from $66.288 million to
$99.512 million, a develop-
ment largely due to the $50
million bond financing it
placed in May and July 2008
to raise funds for capital
expansion projects and refi-
nance existing debt.
That financing appeared to
reduce the outstanding col-
lective balance on various
commercial bank loans from
$55.333 million to $38 million
at year-end 2008.


NOTICE



OF

PRISKA LTD.

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 5th November, 2009.
Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Financial
Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O. Box N-3023,
Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of
the Company.


Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator


FG CAPITAL MARKETS
-I ROYAL FIDELITY OERAEADI SERVES

C F A L �OCI.N I A I.
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FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2009
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WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM |I TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1 71 1 03 AML Foods Limited 1 17 1 17 000 0 127 0000 92 000%
1180 990 Bahamas Property Fund 1075 1075 000 0992 0200 108 186%
930 590 Bank of Bahamas 590 590 000 0244 0260 242 441 %
0 89 0 63 Benchmark 0 63 0 63 0 00 -0 877 0 000 N/M 0 00%
349 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 000 0125 0090 252 286%
2 37 214 Fidelity Bank 2 37 2 37 0 00 0 055 0 040 43 1 1 69%
1420 992 Cable Bahamas 1000 1000 000 1406 0250 71 250%
288 272 Colina Holdings 272 272 000 0249 0040 109 147%
750 526 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 574 574 000 0419 0300 137 523%
3 85 127 Consolidated Water BDRs 2 84 2 88 0 04 0111 0 052 25 9 1 81 o
285 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 251 251 000 0625 0080 40 3 19%
820 628 Famguard 650 650 000 0420 0240 155 369%
1250 880 Finco 930 930 000 0322 0520 289 559%
11 71 987 FirstCaribbean Bank 987 987 000 0631 0350 156 355%
553 411 Focol (S) 434 434 000 0326 0150 133 346%
1 00 1 00 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 1 00 0 00 0 000 0 000 N/M 0 00%
0 45 0 27 Freeport Concrete 0 27 0 27 0 00 0 035 0 000 77 0 00%
902 549 ICD Utilities 559 559 000 0407 0500 137 894%
1200 995 J S Johnson 995 995 000 0952 0640 105 643%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 000 0156 0000 641 0 00%
El- '. LI- TEED EEE.T ECiP'RITIE . - iE...rn.. ; r_1-, .:._ F r.ir _,; Fr,.irI . - I
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol Interest Maturity
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 10000 000 7% 19 October 2017
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 10000 000 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 10000 000 7% 30 May 2013
100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 10000 000 15 Prime + 1 75% 29 May 2015
F, 1-lIr, , r ,T,- i ,[ - ,- ,[, _
1460 7 92 Bahamas Supermarkets 1006 11 06 1400 -2246 0 000 N/M 000%
8 00 6 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2 00 625 400 0000 0480 N/M 7 80%
054 0 20 RND Holdings 035 040 035 0001 0000 2566 000%
I_ n ,, -r- TI ,,- I 2. .ur',r : .-_", ur
41 00 2900 ABDAB 30 13 31 59 2900 4540 0000 903 000%
055 040 RND Holdings 045 055 055 0002 0000 26190 000%
BlI �', L il_ -1 uluu-al Fu ,ilI
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield % NAV Date
1 4038 1 3344 CFAL Bond Fund 1 4038 3 72 5 20 31-Aug-09
3 0350 2 8952 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2 8300 -3 75 -6 75 30-Sep-09
1 4957 1 4226 CFAL Money Market Fund 1 4957 4 30 5 13 23-Oct-09
35399 29759 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 29759 -12 10 -1754 30-Sep-09
13 1751 123870 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13 1751 442 586 30-Sep-09
103 0956 100 0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 103 0956 3 10 252 30-Sep-09
1000000 994177 CFAL Global Equity Fund 994177 312 276 30-Sep-09
1 0000 1 0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1 0000 000 000 31-Dec-07
10 5884 10 0000 Fidelity International Investment Fund 10 5884 5 88 5 88 30-Sep-09
1 0757 1 0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1 0757 3 86 5 30 30-Sep-09
1 0364 1 0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1 0305 -0 24 0 22 30-Sep-09
1 0709 1 0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1 0709 3 24 4 54 30-Sep-09
r 1-PvET TEFr 1.-
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000 00 YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing pnce
52wk-Hi - Highest closing pnce in last 52 weeks Bid $ - Buying pnce of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low - Lowest closing pnce in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling pnce of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter pnce
Today's Close - Current day's weighted pnce for daily volume Weekly Vol - Trading volume of the prior week
Change - Change in closing pnce from day to day EPS $ -A company reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol - Number of total shares traded today NAV - Net Asset Value
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M - Not Meaningful
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index January 1, 1994 =100
(S) -4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S1) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242 502-7010 I ROYALFIDELITY 242 356-7764 I FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242 396-4000 I COLONIAL 242-502 7525


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009, PAGE 7B


Regulator raises BTC and Cable's capital cost ratios


FROM page 1B
In its final determination
on the issue, URCA increased
the WACC determination for
BTC's fixed-line voice busi-
ness from its initial 8.9 per
cent estimate to 10.29 per
cent. And for cellular and
mobile data services, a market
in which BTC currently has
the monopoly, URCA raised
the WACC threshold from 11
per cent to 11.71 per cent.
These increases brought the
regulator's findings closer into
line with BTC's own argu-
ments, the state-owned
incumbent, which is in the
midst of a privatization exer-
cise, having told URCA that
its WACC estimates for fixed-
line and cellular services were
11.9 and 12.1 per cent respec-
tively.
"BTC's WACC rates for
fixed and mobile are still sig-
nificantly higher when com-
pared to URCA's fixed and
mobile WACC rates of 8.9
per cent and 11 per cent
respectively," Felicity John-
son, BTC's vice-president for
legal, regulatory and inter-
connection, had written in an
October 16, 2009, letter to
URCA.
Meanwhile, URCA also
increased its initial WACC
estimates of 9.3 per cent and
9.6 per cent for its high speed
data services and cable TV
business, respectively, to 10.86
per cent for both.
Again, this brought the reg-
ulator closer into line with
Cable Bahamas' own WACC
estimates, Judith Smith, its in-
house legal counsel, informing
URCA on October 1 that
these should be 11.9 per cent
for data and 11.1 per cent for
pay-TV.
"URCA recognizes that
setting a rate of return that is
too low could make future
investment unattractive to
investors," the regulator con-
cluded. "Setting the rate of
return too high would allow
the regulated entity to earn
excessive returns at the
expense of its wholesale and
retail customers, while also
potentially distorting pricing
signals to investors."
URCA said it believed the
final WACC rates it had set-
tled on "strikes a reasonable


balance" between its deter-
minations, and those of the
companies, and still provided
"investment incentives" to
existing and new operators.
In its response to URCA's
consultation, Cable Bahamas
again objected to it being des-
ignated as an operator with
SMP in the cable TV and high


speed data services industries,
and urged the regulator to
reconsider and reverse its
decision.
"If it cannot reverse this
designation at this time, the
Authority [URCA] should
ensure that any price regula-
tion should be narrowly
focused and light-handed in


W arc looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking
ImIkI [t IXjXii ourHkillien lcmPTA


Must have a positive attitude. physically fit, high
school diplorn.t, co1TIp ilur literate, e .xcellcrtI
customer service skills essential.


Qualifications:

* Certificate in Culinary Arts

* Experience in atn industrial kitchen

* Special Nutrition knowledge a plus

* Excellent written/oral communication


* Food-Handlers health certificate


nature," Cable Bahamas
urged in its October 1, 2009,
letter.
"In either of the cases -
reversal of the SMP designa-
tion or light-touch regulation
- the relevance of the cost of
capital measure for the Pay
TV and high-speed services
at issue in this consultation is


greatly reduced, if not elimi-
nated."
And, in a follow-up Octo-
ber 13, 2009, letter to Usman
Saadat, URCA's director of
policy and regulation, Cable
Bahamas branded the SMP
designations placed on it and
accompanying responsibilities
as "unjustified, dispropor-


tionate and unfair".
Meanwhile, in its response,
BTC said the WACC ratios
that URCA initially deter-
mined for its fixed-line and
cellular business segments
were "unusually low" and
would "not reflect a fair
return on BTC's invest-
ments".


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$16m start-up


romotes


new deputy chairs


THE start-up IP Solutions
International (IPSI), which is
seeking to raise $16 million
to finance the build-out of its
'Multiple Play' infrastructure,
has announced the promotion
of two of its existing board
members.
Owen S-M Bethel, presi-
dent and managing director
of the Montaque Group, and
Brian Quinn, past director-
general of the International
Institute of Communications,
have taken on new roles as
co-deputy chairmen.
Already actively involved
as members of the firm's
board of directors under the
leadership of Sir Orville Turn-
quest, Mr Bethel will perform
administrative oversight at the
board level while Mr Quinn
directs the oversight of tech-
nology.
"The cable and telecom-
munications industries in the
Bahamas are about to under-
go what some may consider
the most significant change to
their overall landscape since


their inception," said IPSI
chairman Sir Orville Turn-
quest.
"Our recent adjustments
are in preparation for the
future, and elevating Mr
Quinn and Mr Bethel, who
take on additional responsi-
bilities, will help to position
IPSI as a formidable force."
With long experience of the
communications sector in
general, and television in par-
ticular, Mr Quinn has been
chairman of several interna-
tional companies, including
BrightStar, when it was the
world's largest wideband
satellite carrier.
Mr Bethel has held, and
currently serves in, director
and deputy chairman capaci-
ties for Doctors Hospital,
Finance Corporation of the
Bahamas, Historic Bahamas
Foundation and the Bahamas
Investment Authority among
others.
"Brian Quinn and Owen
Bethel bring unique and bold
strengths to their new roles,"


said Edison Sumner, presi-
dent and chief executive of
IPSI and director of The
Montaque Group.
"Mr Quinn, who was the
former chief executive of
what is now Reuters TV, is a
pioneer in the field of mass
information and entertain-
ment. Mr Bethel has been at
the forefront of financial ser-
vices in the Bahamas, from
the days he served as the first
executive director of the
Financial Services Secretariat
to helping to shape a capital
market and introducing the
first mutual fund in Bahamian
dollars.
"We are delighted that both
believe so strongly in the
potential of IPSI that despite
their diverse business obliga-
tions they accepted the invi-
tation to take on expanded
roles preparing for the launch
of a company that will change
the landscape of how this
country gets its news, movies,
music and telephone ser-
vices."


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Accounting firm set to


raise fraud awareness


A BAHAMIAN account-
ing firm has announced it will
be participating in Interna-
tional Fraud Awareness
Week, from November 8-15,
as an official supporter to pro-
mote anti-fraud awareness
and education.
HLB Galanis Bain said
Fraud Awareness Week
comes during a time when
intense financial pressures
caused by the economic cri-
sis have led to an increase of
fraud, according to a survey of
experts conducted by the
Association of Certified
Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
During Fraud Awareness
Week, HLB Galanis Bain, as
an official supporter joins the
anti-fraud activities in various
ways, including:
* Providing a free Fraud
Prevention Checkup docu-
ment for interested business-
es
* Providing a sample Inter-
nal Fraud Policy ratified by
the AFCE
* Providing free consulta-
tion to interested organisa-
tions during the week
* Providing a free copy of
the Occupational Fraud
Report


* Conducting employee
surveys to assess levels of
fraud awareness within their
organisation
* Posting articles on its web
site and in newsletters and
teaming with local media to
highlight the problem of
fraud.
HLB Galanis Bain foren-
sic partner John S. Bain, a
Certified Fraud Examiner
(CFE), said the support of
organizations around the
world helps make Fraud
Week an effective tool in rais-
ing anti-fraud awareness in
the Bahamas.
"Fraud continues to be a
serious problem, and our
practice has seen a dramatic
increase in Fraud Examina-
tion requests over the past
two years, from both the pub-
lic and private sectors. The
state of our economy requires
all organizations to be even
more vigilant," Mr Bain said.
"HLB Galanis Bain wants
to support the international
efforts in Fraud Awareness
Week by helping to shine a
spotlight on the urgent need
for fraud prevention and
detection, and to advise the
local business community on


the steps they can take to do
so."
In its 2009 report, Occupa-
tional Fraud: A Study of the
Impact of an Economic Reces-
sion, the ACFE found that:
* Employees pose the
greatest fraud threat in the
current economy. When
asked which, if any, of sever-
al categories of fraud
increased during the previous
12 months, the largest number
of survey respondents (48 per
cent) indicated that embez-
zlement was on the rise.
* Lay-offs are affecting
organizations' internal con-
trol systems. Nearly 60 per
cent of Certified Fraud Exam-
iners who work as in-house
fraud examiners reported that
their companies had experi-
enced lay-offs during the past
year. Among those who had
experienced lay-offs, almost
35 per cent said their compa-
ny had eliminated some anti-
fraud controls.
* Fraud levels are expected
to continue rising. Almost 90
per cent of respondents said
they expect fraud to contin-
ue to increase during the next
12 months.


Bahamas First sees



top rating renewed


A SECOND Bahamian
general insurer has had its top
financial strength and issuer
credit ratings confirmed by A.
M. Best, Bahamas First fol-
lowing RoyalStar Assurance's
lead from last week.
The leading international
credit rating agency has
affirmed the financial strength
rating of A- (Excellent) and
issuer credit rating of 'a-' for
Bahamas First General Insur-
ance Company, with a stable
outlook for both ratings.
Bahamas First General
Insurance Company is the pri-
mary subsidiary of its parent
company, Bahamas First
Holdings (BFH).
A. M. Best said: "The rat-
ings are based on Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany's continued solid capi-
talisation, favourable operat-


ing performance and estab-
lished presence in the
Bahamian market. These fac-
tors are supported by the
company's conservative cat-
astrophe programme, under-
writing controls, local market
expertise and enhanced risk
management.
"Historically, Bahamas
First Holdings has contributed
capital to Bahamas First Gen-
eral Insurance Company to
support growth initiatives and
to enhance its capital position.
"A.M. Best expects that
Bahamas First Holdings will
continue to support Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany with additional capital
contributions, allowing
Bahamas First General Insur-
ance Company to maintain
the level of risk-adjusted cap-
italisation necessary for its rat-


ing level."
A. M. Best added: "These
positive factors are somewhat
offset by Bahamas First Gen-
eral Insurance Company's
geographic concentration and
subsequent exposure to hur-
ricane activity. However, this
concern is mitigated by
Bahamas First General Insur-
ance Company's strong rein-
surance programme with
prominent reinsurance com-
panies. The programme
reduces Bahamas First Gen-
eral Insurance Company's net
probable maximum loss to a
manageable level, but sub-
stantially increases operating
costs. Furthermore, Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany faces increased compe-
tition from indigenous and
outside companies seeking
market share."


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Inugaham strikes ag ain!


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnguest@tribunemedia.net
Having criticised the
PLP for not dis-
playing true
democracy at its
Recent National
Convention, the FNM have done
themselves no favours with their
recent showing.
All the party has done is cement
the notion that nothing happens
within that organisation without
the blessing of the Prime Minis-
ter.
If Perry Christie were to nomi-
nate any candidate in the PLP's
national convention, the FNM
would have set upon him like a
pack of wild wolves, ripping him to
shreds for "manipulating those
poor old souls" who otherwise
could not make up their own
minds by themselves.
While manipulation will always
have a role to play in party politics,
the blatant interference, the utter
disregard for the process, and the
stifling of the dreams of those
potential candidates who would
have ventured for chairman of the
FNM was almost too painful to
watch.
As The Tribune reported from
the floor only moments after Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham nomi-
nated Carl Bethel, the former can-
didate Ivoine Ingraham could only
comfort himself in the bosom of a
party supporter who was fortu-
nately standing nearby.
His tears said it all.
Later he would appear on vari-
ous TV and radio programmes sta-
tioned at the convention explaining
how it would have been political
suicide to face any challenger who
had the outright blessing of the
Prime Minister. That was putting it
politely.
When Prime Minister Ingraham
informed the cheering delegates
that the immediate past chairman
Johnley Ferguson would not be
offering himself for re-election,
Johnley had already been cam-
paigning a few hours before for
the post. In fact, he told The Tri-
bune that he was confident of
being returned to the post.
However, as soon as the Prime
Minister stood and motioned that
Mr Ferguson would not be offering
again for the chairmanship, John-
ley fell right in line and seconded
Mr Bethel's appointment.
Therefore, with little options
left to him, Ivoine Ingraham
moved for the closing of the nom-
ination process and for Mr Bethel
to be elected unopposed "in the
interest of party unity."
Here is what he said in his own
words: "If the Prime Minister
stands up, the Prime Minister that
enjoys a great deal of support in
that convention, and nominates
someone I must be the greatest
fool there is to waste my time and
waste the convention's time to
have them vote for a position that
I really have absolutely no chance
in winning."
Although he put on a brave
front at first, the emotionally
drained candidate was later seen
being consoled by a supporter as
SEE page 2C


Is democracy being stifled



in the governing party?


PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham and his wife, Delores, at a Free National Movement (FNM) convention...


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Is democracy being stifled


he wept over the lost oppor-
tunity.
Later, the PLP's MP for
Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell,
would chime in on that
night's fiasco criticising the
FNM for their failure to dis-
play any semblance of inter-
nal democracy. As he quite
adequately put it, at least in
the PLP all seats were made
vacant and all positions were
challenged. Say what you will
about the process itself, at
least a fight was had and for
better or worse the public
witnessed men and women
of courage fight for their
right to represent them in a
greater capacity within their
own party.
Sadly, the same cannot be
said in the FNM.
Here is what Mr Mitchell
said: "One of the things we
were proud of showing the
country is that the PLP is
good at internal democracy.
At our convention all seats
were vacant and all positions
were challenged. We were
able to have a fight for those
positions internally and to
survive intact with people
still allies with one another
and not fighting one another.
"And that is what I think
the country expects to see.
It does not expect to see the
maximum leader come and
impose his choices on his
party and you can tell from
the faces of the people who
were the recipients of those
choices that it was not a hap-
py result. And I think the
Bahamian people should
take note."
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A FREE National Movement supporter at a convention...


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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2009, PAGE 3C


in the governing party?

Take note indeed.
The Ministry of Education
is once again thrown into tur-
moil, and one would have
thought with all of the .
reports of sexual misconduct
that abound within this min-
istry that this would have
been the one institution that
would have been free from
the political jockeying. .
For this ministry to lose its
minister two and a half years
into the government not
because he was performing c.
below par, but simply
because he is needed to act
as chairman of a political
party sends a very strong and
dangerous message.
Also, the FNM appears to
be suggesting that with
Bradley Roberts' return to
the PLP, they had no other
choice but to take a cabinet
minister out of his post and
make him chairman to com-
bat the "Big Bad Brad."
What does that say about
the FNM's bench? Is there
no one within the ranks of
the party who could act as
chairman? Although many
believe that Sidney Collie is a
lost cause, what about
Kendal Wright? Surely
someone could have been
found other than the Minis-
ter of Education.
But perhaps Bradley
Roberts is more of a threat
to the FNM than meets the
eye. The often rambunctious
and flamboyant FNM Sena-
tor Frederick McAlpine took
the time to berate Mr
Roberts in his convention
speech questioning, "Who's
afraid of the Big Bad wolf?"
"They now have a Chair-
man (respectfully, I don't
know if to call him the old-
new Chairman or the new-
old Chairman) who said he
came back to bark and bite
hard - sounds like a French
poodle spirit to me.
"This new-old Chairman L


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Is democracy


being stifled in


the governing


party?



or old-new Chairman says that his sole
mission in politics in his twilight years is to
dismantle the FNM. Bring it on my broth-
er!" said Senator McAlpine.
"Dismantle the FNM? We're together.
We have one leader who knows what he
is doing. You don't have to ever ask who
the leader is on this side. We're united
and we're not pretending to be. We're
not flaming the public. What you see is
what you get!"
Not to be outdone, Mr Roberts was
quick to fire back with his own brand of
vitriol.
"The only serious response to
McAlpine, who really deserves no
response at all, is to warn the Senator
that times have changed since his crude
and embarrassing performance during
the 2007 General Election rallies. Times
have grown serious and serious times
require serious leadership. He was award-
ed for his abandonment of his Christian
vows during that campaign by being
appointed to the Senate. The deep feel-
ings of rejection which fueled his unchris-
tian-like behaviour during the elections,
we had hoped would have been quelled
by time, spiritual reflection, responsibili-
ties to nation building and his many chal-
lenges in a new marriage.
"We hoped for a moment, that as a
Senator, who doubles as a 'man of the
cloth,' McAlpine might have used this
opportunity to inspire convention dele-
gates and the Bahamian population at
large, in a different, more meaningful

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