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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 10, 2009
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Tribune Staff "
MP Lester Turn-
quest was arrested
yesterday by police
and up until press time last
night was still in their custody
assisting them with their
investigations into charges of
tax fraud that were filed in
According to sources with-
in the police force, Mr Turn-
quest was asked to appear at
the Central Detective Unit
for questioning yesterday
when he was later placed
under arrest and interrogat-
ed by officers. With his attor-
ney present during the pro-
ceedings, it is not known if
Mr Turnquest was again ques-
tioned by police over his
involvement with a Canadian
company that is being inves-
tigated for borrowing money
to make charitable donations
- putting up minimal equity
themselves - and in turn
receiving substantial tax cred-

its, or a criminal
complaint that had
been filed by his for-
�_, mer business associ-
ate Hywel Jones
.� before his murder
* - earlier this year.
At this time the
police maintain that
there is nothing to
connect Mr Turn-
quest with their other investi-
gation into the death of Mr
Jones who died in hospital on
May 11 after being shot in the
head twice earlier that month.
Mr Turnquest, police
sources claim, could remain
in their custody once they
have been satisfied with their
investigations. However, it is
unknown at this time if or
when any formal charges will
be made against the former
Last year, officials from
Canada arrived in the
Bahamas to investigate the
Britannia investment compa-
ny for a "fraudulent tax
scheme" that totalled over
$100 million. While the case is
chiefly one involving Canadi-
an tax law, and is not a crimi-
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armed robbers, his grieving family finally
came face-to-face with the officer who
allegedly pulled the trigger.
The Coroner's Inquest into the 18-year-
old's death began yesterday, adjourning
shortly after Magistrate William Camp-
bell selected a seven-member jury to hear
the matter.

Keva Major attorney:

Magistrate Virgill was

protecting her court

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE attorney representing Keva Major in a case involving
$850,000 suspected to be the proceeds of crime told The
Tribune yesterday that Magistrate Linda Virgill was simply
protecting the process of her court when she hit out at a fel-
low magistrate for issuing an order to seize the funds.
"You can't condemn her from that, every court has a duty
to protect its process from abuse. The only people to blame
are the Crown. The Crown put them in this position," Mr
Kemp said yesterday.
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the courtroom for
nearly an hour and a half just to catch a
glimpse of Detective Corporal 1476
Kelsie Munroe, the police officer who is
SEE page two

FREEPORT - Residents of
the Pinder's Point settlement
held a demonstration at the
Bahamas Oil Refining Com-
pany/Vopak Bahamas plant
site yesterday.
Community activist Troy
Garvey and a number of resi-
dents gathered outside the oil
storage facility demanding
answers from executives con-
cerning chemical emissions.
Residents claim an odour
emanating from the plant is
making them ill. They com-
plain of respiratory problems,
skin and eye irritation,
headaches, coughing, burning
of the nose, nausea, and vom-
SEE page five

Central Bank
outlines response
to the global
financial crisis
THE Governor of the Cen-
tral Bank yesterday outlined
steps taken by the institution
to "promote greater resilience
and uphold confidence" in the
country's banking system in
response to new risks identified
by the global financial crisis.
Following steps taken in oth-
er countries whose financial
institutions have been more sig-
nificantly hit by the financial
fallout that began in 2008, Gov-
ernor Wendy Craigg said the
Central Bank has "enhanced
its efforts to support the
resiliency and ongoing safety,
soundness and stability of the
domestic financial sector."
She was giving the opening
remarks at the opening of the
Bahamas Institute Chartered
Accountants' "Accountants
Week" yesterday.
Mrs Craigg said: "The Bank's
work programme for 2009 and
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flanked by two police officers. Appearing
stoic, the officer was followed by several
members of the Smith family, including
grandmother Shirley Smith, as he made
the short walk from the court in Royal Vic-
toria Gardens to the post office car park.
As Mr Munroe walked away, Brenton's
father Hector Smith clutched his sobbing
Magistrate Campbell selected the six
women and one man panel from a pool of
about 25 potential jurors.
Several times throughout the proceed-
ings, Mr Campbell advised the panel to put
aside all information they may have heard
about the case through the media and sim-
ply focus on the evidence to be presented in
the courtroom.
After the jurors were sworn in, the mag-
istrate stressed that the inquest was sim-
ply an avenue to determine the circum-
stances surrounding Brenton's death and
was not meant to establish criminal liabili-
ty. He explained that if, for example, a ver-
dict of murder or manslaughter is deter-
mined at the end of the inquest the person

in question would have to answer that
charge in another court and would be pre-
sumed innocent until found otherwise. He
also explained that Mr Munroe, as an inter-
ested party in the case, had a right to ask
questions throughout the proceedings and
make submissions to the court.
During the hearing, attorney Damien
Gomez - who represents the Smith estate
-was granted a brief adjournment on the
grounds that he had only received witness
statements from the Attorney General's
Office yesterday morning. Mr Gomez told
the court that he would be able to begin
proceedings the next day once he had the
opportunity to study the statements.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions
in the Office of the Attorney General
Cheryl Grant-Bethel said an autopsy report
and photographic evidence pertaining to
the case would be made available to the
interested parties - attorneys for the Smith

family and the officer who is reported to
have shot the boy - yesterday afternoon.
Attorney Joseph Darceuil represented
Mr Munroe yesterday.
Assisting Magistrate Campbell are Ms
Grant-Bethel, along with Stephanie Pin-
tard, Anthony Delaney and Inspector
Cephas Rolle. Mr Gomez is assisted by
Harvey Tynes and Roger Gomez.
Brenton, a graduate of St Augustine's
College, was accidentally shot and killed
shortly before 8pm, on July 9, as he walked
through a popular shortcut in the Village
Road area. Police had been chasing two
suspected armed robbers who held up the
nearby City Market food store shortly
before Brenton was killed. After the shoot-
ing, the RBPF said it did not suspect that
Brenton was in the store during the rob-
Ten witnesses are expected to be called
to testify today.

Bahamas Public Service Union to hold strike talks

Tribune Staff Reporter
The Bahamas Public Service
Union will hold an emergency
meeting on Wednesday to
gauge whether the membership
of the country's largest trade
union is in favour of holding a
strike, its president said.
John Pinder made these
comments after going public
with his great "disappointment"
at Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham for committing to pay
the money the government
owes to nurses, teachers and
doctors - but failing to consider
outstanding sums due to
numerous other civil servants.
The BPSU chief warned the
prime minister not to "take my
humbleness for weakness or to
think because I respect him I
am not strong," adding that

while the union would like to
continue to have cordial rela-
tions with the government, it is
prepared to take industrial
action "if this is the only lan-
guage the government under-
"I call on all of our members
to saddle up their horses and
to circle the wagons!" said Mr
Pinder at a press conference at
BPSU headquarters on Wulff
Road. The unionist's position
was backed up by opposition
spokesman on the Public Ser-
vice, Fred Mitchell, who
accused the prime minister of
"cherry picking when it comes
to fulfilling the government's
obligations to the public ser-
Mr Mitchell further charged
that Mr Ingraham owes the
country an explanation as to
"what has materially changed
with respect to the financial cir-

cumstances of the country that
would allow him to do today
what he said he could not do
six months ago."
"Is he now engaged in pure
politics seeking to fool people
that he cares for them when all
that he is doing is playing cyni-
cal political games with the lives
of the Bahamian workers?"
asked Mr Mitchell.
Calls to Mr Ingraham and
minister of state with respon-
sibility for the public service,
Zhivargo Laing, were not
returned up to press time yes-
terday. Both were off the island
on official business.
Speaking on Friday on the
final night of his party's political
convention at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort, Mr Ingraham
announced that his government
is now able to pay outstanding
salary increases and other lump
sums owed to teachers, nurses


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and doctors under their indus-
trial agreements with the gov-
ernment. He added that the
government would also seek to
begin discussions with the
Bahamas Nurses Union over
implementation of its members'
health insurance, postponed by
the government in May in light
of revenue shortfalls, prompting
a massive sick-out by nurses.
"We gat the money!" Mr
Ingraham exclaimed, noting
that the public purse had
recently benefitted from the
receipt of $66.6 million as a
result of the acquisition of the
South Riding Point Holdings
oil storage facility in Grand
Bahama by Statoil Hydro.
In his press statement, Mr
Pinder said: "While we cele-
brate with those unions in hav-
ing their matters resolved we
are very disappointed that the
prime minister being the min-
ister responsible for public ser-
vice, completely disregarded
the fact that there are financial
items in our industrial agree-
ment dating back as far as 2007
that have still not been
Mr Pinder pointed to several
articles of the industrial agree-
ment that have not been hon-
oured, among them the require-
ment that civil servants be reim-
bursed if they take educational
courses that are "relevant to
their duties and responsibili-
And he said that the prime
minister should adjust Immi-
gration and Customs officers'
salaries upwards, in light of
plans to implement a shift sys-
tem for them which would elim-
inate overtime payments.
"We will now ask him to
please make the necessary
adjustments," said Mr Pinder.


Death sentence

for 'worst of

worst' murder

Tribune Staff Reporter

* Man convicted

of killing Qualitv

SENIOR Justice Anita . .
Allen yesterday sentenced a Discount Store
man to death for the murder t
of a Quality Discount Store 1 r
employee four years ago, employee four
stating that the murder was
among the "worst of the years ago
worst" and warranted the
death penalty.
Godfrey Sawyer, 29, was
convicted on June 16, this year of the armed robbery of
Quality Discount Store and the murder of Sterling Eugene.
According to evidence produced at the trial, Sawyer went
to the store in the middle of the day armed with a handgun
and robbed the female employees there, taking the cash
trays with him.
Eugene, along with another male employee who had
been at the back of the store during the robbery, attempted
to stop Sawyer from leaving.
There was a struggle between them outside and Sawyer
was able to free himself.
Before running away, however, he shot Eugene in the
back and buttocks as the employee tried to get up off the
ground. The wounds would prove fatal.


Senior Justice Allen noted that in his
confession to police, the convict admitted
. - that he had planned and executed the
armed robbery to pay his rent.
"His actions clearly show that he
planned the armed robbery and took the
firearm with him to prevent any resis-
..JE- tance to the armed robbery and to kill if
Si necessary to achieve his aim," the judge
stated in her ruling.
The prosecution sought the death
penalty for Sawyer and submitted that
the crime was not only senseless, but brutal, heinous and cold
Sawyer's attorney Gina Morley, however, had asked the
court to find that the murder was not the "worst of the
worst" or "the rarest of the rare."
In her sentence, handed down yesterday, Senior Justice
Allen stated, "There is no doubt that this case falls into
the class of case which the Court of Appeal says is a worse
case and for which the most serious punishment may be
"There is no doubt that this was a cold blooded and sav-
age attack on an unarmed victim and the actions of the
convict showed a callous disregard for human life when he
shot his victim while he was on the ground."
She noted further that Sawyer has expressed no remorse
for the murder.
Senior Justice Allen also noted that this kind of case is too
prevalent in the Bahamas today and that the "objectives of
sentencing in this case must be firstly punishment and sec-
ondly deterrence."
In her judgment, Senior Justice Allen also stated, "I am of
the view that this offence is the 'worst of the worst', in that
it was committed with a firearm and was committed in fur-
therance of armed robbery in the circumstances ... I am sat-
isfied beyond a reasonable doubt that in this case the impo-
sition of the most severe penalty for murder, namely death,
is deserved."
Lorna Longley-Rolle and Eucal Bonaby appeared for
the Crown.

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Police say man and woman robbed separately at gunpoint

Straw market
tendering process
is set to close
THE government is set to
close the tendering process
for the new straw market, it
was announced yesterday.
This comes about four
months after the architec-
tural drawings for the pro-
posed multi-million dollar
reconstruction job were
unveiled. Minister of Public
Works and Transport Neko
Grant told the House of
Assembly in July that the
architectural design work
had been completed and that
the tendering process was
expected to begin in August,
with construction to follow
immediately in September.
However, acting director
in the Ministry of Public
Works Gordon Major
explained that after the
designs were complete, the
plan had to be reviewed by
the ministry. The govern-
ment began the tendering
process on October 26 and
all bids are due back on
November 24. The market is
still expected to be complet-
ed over a 16 to 18-month

broken into. When the police responded they
observed that a fence had been cut and that
someone had attempted to steal two small motor-
cycles. "A search of the property conducted by
officers discovered a 2007 Kia Sportage ... with
another mini-motor bike in the trunk," the state-
ment read. Four juveniles are currently assist-
ing police with their investigations into this inci-
dent. In another matter, at around 9pm on Sun-
day police responded to reports of a shooting in
the Union Village area.
Arriving at the scene, officers discovered that
a man had been shot in the back.
The victim claimed that while walking in the
area near a dead end, a dark vehicle with three
male occupants approached him. He said one of
the men produced a shotgun and shot him in the
back. The victim was taken to hospital by ambu-
lance. He is said to be in stable condition.
In yet another incident, at around 1.30pm yes-
terday, police reported that a man was stabbed in
the head and back while in the Elizabeth Estates
area. The man is said to have been involved in an
altercation with another man when the attack
occurred. Police say they are investigating all
these incidents.

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CENTRE for the Deaf stu-
dents and teachers held a day of
mourning yesterday for the
popular and caring student
crushed to death in a traffic
accident on Friday.
Charlise Bain, 15, was killed
when the bus taking her and
seven other students home
from school collided with a
white 1995 Dodge van in
Spruce Street, Nassau Village
at around 1.30pm.
Seven students escaped the
crash with minor cuts and bruis-
es and were treated and dis-
charged from hospital on Fri-
day night.
School principal Tessa Not-
tage remained with the students
and their families at the hospi-
tal and has been in daily contact
with Charlise's family.
She has known Charlise since
she was a toddler and described
Charlise as warm, caring, lov-
ing, compassionate, and
extremely popular among the
35 pupils at the specialist school
in Gregory Street, Oakes Field.
Charlise had been outgoing
and vocal when she joined the
school at age three and devel-
oped her potential after receiv-
ing a cochlear implant at a
Florida hospital soon after.
The bright and friendly child
remained in Florida with her
family for 10 years before
returning to Nassau and the
Centre for the Deaf in 2006.
Mrs Nottage said: "When she
returned from Florida her
speech was excellent. She could
have been in a regular class, but
because our school is so small
her mother wanted to keep her
here. And she was very popu-
lar. She would always give you
a word of encouragement if you
were down, she was very cheer-
ful and positive.
"She loved home economics,
and she really enjoyed pastry
making - she could easily have
been a pastry chef."
Several students were

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first time yesterday in two
assembles attended by local
pastors, police officers, and offi-
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Ministry of Education coun-
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work with those traumatised by
the tragedy and held a group
therapy session for the crash
survivors. Children who have
suffered from nightmares since
Friday's crash and Charlise's
family have also been visited
by counsellors at home.
Mrs Nottage said the first day
back at school yesterday was
difficult for everyone.
She said: "Some students
heard about it for the first time
so they were crying and we
were holding them and making
sure they were all right.
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Around midnight on Sunday, November 8, a
man was walking on Hamster Road in the
Carmichael Road area when he was approached
by two men who had just got out of a cham-
pagne Nissan Maxima.
Both men were wearing masks and produced
handguns. They robbed the man of a Cartier
watch, the keys to his home and the keys to his
Honda Accord.
As the robbers fled the scene, they fired a shot
which grazed their victim's left foot.
In another incident, a female resident of John
Street was held up at gunpoint around 3.50 yes-
terday morning in her own home.
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was awakened by a man who was armed with a
handgun. He robbed her of an undetermined
amount of cash and her cell phone.
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Bahamians say: Enough is enough

THERE COMES a time in the life of a
people - and a nation - when the line
must be drawn and a declaration made that
enough is enough. For Bahamians that time
is now.
Bahamians are more concerned about
the loss of their jobs, about crime, about
their security and future, than they are about
who or what party is to blame for the sudden
upheaval in their lives.
They are more interested in hearing about
government's plan to introduce a temporary
jobs creation programme to employ 2,500
persons; a student career experience pro-
gramme; a work study programme for those
students in need of financial assistance; of
consideration now being given to allocating
about $53,500 to each MP to generate about
10 jobs in each constituency - a total of
410 jobs if implemented. Doctors, nurses
and teachers were glad to hear that govern-
ment, although still in a precarious finan-
cial position, can pay what is owed them.
As for nurses the Prime Minister has
promised to start discussions to agree a way
forward for the implementation of their
health insurance coverage - a commitment
that had to be suspended because of insuffi-
cient funds.
"As with most governments throughout
the world," said Prime Minister Ingraham,
"the government of the Bahamas has had to
increase its borrowings and rely on deficit
spending to partially sustain living standards:
an unsustainable practice in the long run.
"Thankfully, prudence, practised by the
FNM government in two terms in office
between 1992 and 2002, and discipline now,
have given the country some cushion, and
will help the path to recovery as the global
economic situation improves."
There is now a spurious argument making
the rounds that the only reason the PLP
administration, under the late Prime Minis-
ter Sir Lynden Pindling, lost the government
in 1992 was because the 1991 Gulf War dried
up visitor travel.
This is partially true. However, the reason
this country's tourism industry suffered so
badly - compared to the Caribbean islands
south of us -during this period was because
the PLP government allowed the infra-
structure of New Providence, in particular, to
deteriorate to such a low standard that we
were no longer a desirable destination. Oth-
er islands in the area benefitted from our
carelessness. Downtown Bay Street had
become a dirty, drug-infested shanty town,
which visitors shunned.
The Gulf War lasted only six weeks. It
was credited with having "the greatest
impact on the tourism industry of any inter-

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national incident in the last few decades,"
according to an ILO report. The report said
that "international tourism, which had been
growing at an average rate of 7.7 per cent in
the five years prior to 1991, stalled that year
and, though it did not actually decline,
showed growth of only 1.2 per cent."
However, although other Caribbean
islands held their own during this period,
the Bahamas lost and lost badly, not solely
because of the Gulf War, but mainly because
of the neglect of the country's infrastruc-
ture by the PLP government, crime and
drugs. In 1992 the PLP lost the government.
Again there is a world crisis - a financial
crisis triggered by greed, overspending, cor-
ruption and over confident financial
"experts" who believed they could fill the
ever-expanding debt balloon and it would
never burst. But, burst it did. And in bursting
it brought the world's financial markets
crashing - banks closed, mortgages were
foreclosed, homes and jobs were lost - the
world was in chaos.
Of course, the Bahamas was hard hit.
Not through the fault of any person or gov-
ernment. We are a tourist economy and the
simple truth was that with our potential
tourists deprived of extra cash, they could
not travel. The story of cause and effect is a
simple story, a story over which no one has
any control. It is a matter of patience, belt
tightening, managing what finances we have
sensibly, lowering our private expectations
and waiting out the market.
One only has to look at the problems US
President Barack Obama is having - despite
his government's $787 billion stimulus pack-
et - to revive his country's job market.
This will show Bahamians that politicians
who are blaming Prime Minister Ingraham
for not doing enough to stimulate our job
market, are just making mischief and playing
fast and loose with the truth.
The difference between the Gulf War
when tourists were lost because of the
neglect of our tourist industry, and our pre-
sent situation is that the FNM government is
trying to create jobs by improving our roads
and tourism infrastructure so that when the
travelling market does snap back, the
Bahamas will be ready to welcome its guests.
It will be money well invested.
And that is the difference between the
present Government and the Opposition.
Instead of wasting time with truth-twisting,
Government and Opposition - in the inter-
est of the people of this country - would be
advised to work towards a common goal to
keep the Bahamas on an even keel.
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Which was the

better exercise

of democracy?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

We seem never to be sat-
isfied in what to do - I refer
to the number of nomina-
tions in the PLP Convention
to the zero nominations in
the FNM Convention -
was it much to do about
nothing OR...?
The contrast was immedi-
ate and obvious, but which
was the better exercise of
We are now in 2009 - if
conventions are held every
two years then the next ones
are in 2011, early 2012, but
the General Election has to
occur before May, 2012.
Did the Rt. Hon. Hubert

A. Ingraham not wish to
face a vote, where the results
would be immediately com-
pared with the majority that
Rt. Hon. Perry Christie
achieved - was it that silly?
As to the Chairman's
position, it seems Mr. Ivoine
Ingraham suffers from
amnesia, as he was taped
where he indicated he had
been threatened, but now
denies anything of the sort
happened and seemingly

goes along with the Ingra-
ham, as in Rt. Hon. Hubert,
nomination and appoint-
ment by acclamation with-
out any other challengers
and quickly closed (by none
other than Ivoine Ingraham)
the floor to nominate any-
one to challenge Rt. Hon.
Ingraham's nomination.
Was democracy blind-
sided this week? Was
democracy set-back? Was
democracy diverted for the
personal agenda of one,

November 6, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Did the advent of satellite and cable tele-
vision add to the unsocial behaviour?
It certainly would be interesting if the
police would complete a study to see
whether since the advent of satellite televi-
sion and cable if there is a correlation that
would indicate that unsocial behaviour and
violent crime increased as I personally feel it
Today our children are exposed to so
many electronic games that are violent, zap-
ping the good fella to win and succeed and
highly exposing the mind to the negative
and embracing violence as a means to win.
Videos are full of violence and tell a sub-
liminal very strong negative story and we
wonder with the combination of all of the
above why we have such a high crime rate?
Sovereign development to The Bahamas
came fast and furious - we moved from
colonial status to full Independence in a
very short time-frame, just six-years but

EDITOR, The Tribune.

On the heels of the recent town meeting
held to discuss the controversial ramp, I am
calling on the relevant authorities to ban
the use of the public area at Fort Mon-
tagu, by groups such as the junkanoo
organisation that held practice there
So enraptured and intoxicated were
they by their "musical and cultural" out-
pouring that they continued their thump-

were we prepared socially - were our peo-
ple prepared?
I fully endorse the freedoms of opinion-
press, etc, however today regrettably many
elements that had so much good potential
influences, such as television, were corrupt-
ed and more recently we saw the same with
access to computers and that electronic
world of no barriers.
Capital punishment - a simple comment
- within 48-hours of the last double execu-
tion/hangings there were at least two fur-
ther murders.
If you understand the why our people kill
you would never propose hanging but then
it is all politics.
What do you do if after we hang 10 or
more if we have in the meantime a further
20 new murders? Think, Minister, please

August 30, 2009.

ing, prancing and brass band farting, to
the considerable annoyance and sleep-
lessness of the nearby residents, until
2.30am before finally being made to dis-
Just a further glaring example of the
"ain no law fa me" culture which now per-
vades our society.

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Developers closer to

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and recreation centre

Tribune Staff

proposed multi-million
dollar education and
recreation centre for
local youths are inching
closer to fulfilling their
dream, having been
included by the govern-
ment in a master plan
for the re-development
of the area surrounding THE PROJECT is
the new national stadi- being spearheaded
um. by the Butch Kerzner
The Summit Centre, Summit Foundation.
brainchild of Vanessa
Kerzner, widow of late
Atlantis CEO Butch Kerzner, is intended to
be a multi-purpose site where children can
benefit from a myriad of positive experi-
ences, such as school tutoring, access to
computers and the Internet, as well as vari-
ous fitness, music and martial arts lessons.
It is being spearheaded by the Butch
Kerzner Summit Foundation, set up by Mrs
Kerzner in memory of her 42-year-old hus-
band after his death in a helicopter accident
in 2006.
Nick Sagar, one of the co-ordinators of
the Summit Centre project, said yesterday
that he feels "very positive" about the
progress made so far, despite an initial end
of year ground breaking schedule having to
be set back and formal approval by Cabinet
yet to be forthcoming.
The developers anticipate that the centre
will be at the heart of what will eventually
be Nassau's sporting Mecca - the site of the
new national stadium and other sporting
complexes off Thompson Boulevard.
"The major development since (February
of this year) is that over the summer we had
a very positive meeting with the governmen-
t's planners and the stakeholders in the cen-
tre and we've since been given a conceptual
drawing which does include the Summit
Centre within the Queen Elizabeth Sporting
Complex's renovation," said Mr Sagar.
The foundation, which was represented by
J Barrie Farrington and architect Jackson
Burnside at the July meeting, was forwarded
a copy of the master-plan by the govern-
ment around two weeks ago.
"On it there's the new stadium, a spot for
the special Olympics, tennis, athletic village,
baseball soccer and golf. All the sporting
federations of the Bahamas are represented.
It also has a spot for the 'Kerzner Founda-
tion' which would be our Summit Centre.
It's actually in a slightly different location to
where they had proposed to us, but it's very
exciting," said Mr Sagar.
While the foundation expected to have
benefitted from a "donation" of public land
on which to construct the centre by now, Mr
Sagar said the group have not so far
received the deeds to the land, having been
disadvantaged by their lack of "federation
"The big stumbling block for us is that we
are not a federation of sport... so its been
hard for (government) to say 'yes you have
the land' because really federations that are
recognized by the government are more eas-
ily granted land.
"We're pushing forward towards getting
the deed, then we can make adjustments to
our plans based on the actual site itself and
then we can go ahead with construction
once certain infrastructural work is complet-
The rock-climbing enthusiast said the
foundation is trying to speed up the process
of accessing the land "by becoming our own
federation of climbing so (government) can
more easily work with us."
He added: "If we just went to look for
(private) land elsewhere realistically we
could've been much further ahead in the
process but I just think it's so advantageous
when we look at all the other facilities that
are in and around the Summit Centre within
that location.
"It's also important to take into consider-
ation that there's all of these schools within
walking distance, so we can expect thou-
sands of school age kids that we're trying to
reach out to, to be able to easily get to the

Vopak official denies operation Plant site is

responsible for any illnesses evacuated
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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - A senior executive at Vopak Bahamas
has denied the operation is responsible for any illnesses
experienced by residents of Pinder's Point.
Maxwell Sweeting, executive vice president of Bor-
co/Vopak Terminal Bahamas, said both internal and
external operations have been examined at the industrial
plant in Freeport, in an effort to disprove allegations that
emissions at the refinery are making people ill.
"In regards to the most recent televised statements, we
find the claims most unfortunate," Mr Sweeting said.
"While we are genuinely concerned and sympathise
with the residents of the Pinder's Point and Lewis Yard
communities, to date, our investigation ... has produced
no evidence that holds our operation responsible for any
illness and/or circumstances experienced or expressed."

Pinder's Point residents claim fumes from the oil stor-
age facility at the terminal have made them ill. They have
sought the assistance and representation of local com-
munity activist Troy Garvey.
Mr Garvey said several residents are complaining of
respiratory problems, nausea, vomiting, fainting, and
skin irritation.
He said families are afraid to drink water from the tap

FROM page one

Vopak executive Maxwell
Sweeting last week denied their
operations were responsible for
making residents ill.
However, Mr Garvey said he
was very disappointed at the com-
pany's response to the matter.
"It is a slap in the face to the res-
idents for the company to deny
that this odour problem is not
affecting the residents of Pinder's
Point," he said.
"This has been an ongoing prob-
lem in this settlement for over 40
years, and residents are fed up
about the situation and want their
health concerns addressed."
Mr Garvey said residents have
requested on a number of occa-
sions to meet with executives to
discuss their concerns and the pos-
sibility of relocation from the area.
"There have been no responses
from executives concerning their
requests, which have fallen on deaf
"Today, residents felt it was nec-
essary to bring attention to their
plight by demonstrating here this
morning," he said.

Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace delved into the untapped eco-
nomic potential of the Bahamas
during a courtesy call from the new
US Ambassador to the Bahamas
Nicole Avant.
After introducing Ms Avant to
the senior executive team, Minister
Vanderpool-Wallace explained that
the Bahamas was fortunate to have
the third highest per capital income
in the western hemisphere after
substantially developing only one
island of the 700-island chain.
He said the islands have great
potential, and the main marketing
focus of the Ministry of Tourism
and Aviation was to ensure that
the world begins to distinguish
between Nassau and the rest of the
"We are extremely optimistic
about the future," he said. "We
have the greatest gap between what

because they suspect it has been contaminated, and
that some have reported dust-like particles settling on
their vehicles and property.
Mr Sweeting said Vopak has installed a number of
emission monitors around the facility and along the
fence line to detect emissions.
"We will continue to work at improving our moni-
toring of emissions and take proactive steps to have no
impact on the community. We do undertake detailed
investigations in the event there is an incident at our
facility," he said.
Mr Sweeting stressed that the company looks for-
ward to having discussions with the residents and
remains committed to helping improve quality of life for
He noted that in the coming weeks, the company will
be consulting with community groups, private agencies
and the government in an effort to improve public rela-
tions and address any concerns.
Pinder's Point residents say they have been com-
plaining of strong odours coming from the plant for the
better part of 40 years.
Chemical fumes from other plants in Freeport have
been blamed for students fainting, and several years
ago such allegations led to the relocation of two high
The Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO)
began oil storage and refinery operations in 1965. The
company was acquired a year ago by Vopak.
The new owners demolished the old refinery, and
are currently expanding the plant's storage capacity.

The Tribune attempted to reach
executives of Vopak, but a
spokesman said the company was
planning to hold a press confer-
ence on the issue later.
Mr Garvey believes the offend-
ing odour is Hydrohgen sulfide
(H2S), an extremely toxic and dan-
gerous chemical gas.
He noted that the gas is colour-
less and readily dispersed by wind
"It is flammable and highly cor-
rosive, and there are serious health
consequences as a result of expo-
sure to the gas," he claims.
He noted that in addition to the
many physical symptoms experi-
enced by residents, H2S can also
result in loss of consciousness and
Many people claim the smell is
more prevalent during the evening
and when it rains.
Resident Carol Pinder com-
plained that the smell is unbear-
"The scent is always in the
house; it is so bad it makes you
sick. Two of my children became so

ill that they had to be taken to the
hospital," she said
Tanya Allen, a former resident,
is calling on the relevant authorities
to step in.
"I was a resident of Pinder Point
for 28 years, but my mother still
live there and I am very concerned
about her because she has been
having chest problems.
"I definitely believe that some-
thing is wrong, and I am pleading
to all relevant persons to look into
the complaints of residents and to
not let their cries go unheard.
Ms Allen believes Vopak should
consider purchasing land from res-
idents who are willing to relocate
Resident Laverne Williams said
residents need a resolution to this
ongoing problem.
"It seems like no one cares about
us down here. We have been
enduring this for 40 long years, we
do not want our children to con-
tinue living in this type of environ-
ment," she said.
"We need some answers and at
least the company should hear our
concerns and give us some feed-
back," Ms Williams said.

PICTURED (FROM LEFT) are Deputy Chief of Mission in the US Embassy Tim Zuni-
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Ambassador to the Bahamas. She
said that she looks forward to

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and to building on the healthy rap-
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occurred at Vopak
Bahamas yesterday which
resulted in the brief evac-
uation of the plant site on
West Sunrise Highway.
Although no one was
hurt and the company's
fire team was able to
quickly extinguish the
flames, officials at the
Royal Bahamas Police
Force's fire branch were
not initially notified
about the incident.
The fire occurred short-
ly after 10am when work
was being carried out on a
pipe, according to a state-
ment issued by the com-
"Our terminal opera-
tions/fire and safety team
responded quickly, suc-
cessfully extinguishing the
flame and suppressing the
small fire within minutes.
The fire was not substan-
tial and there were no
injuries," the company
Vopak said its terminal
team executed the stan-
dard safety and emer-
gency procedures
required for any incident
at the terminal.
The company noted
that staff members also
followed the required
safety protocols and the
incident never presented
any threat to nearby com-
"We remain very sensi-
tive to the safety and
well-being of our employ-
ees and residents and are
committed to alert and
inform them should any
emergency occur," the
statement said.




Politicians must be able to take criticism


SOME time ago, former
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall
judiciously advised public office
holders that criticism "is an
inevitable incident of holding
public office in the information
Today, there are still many
thin-skinned politicians who
appear to conveniently forget
that politics is a service, not a
bootlicking affair.
As I have said previously,
we live in an age of political
knuckleheads who use theatrics
and yak about problems and
issues from which they are com-
pletely detached and can pro-
pose no solutions. The politi-
cal culture is darkened and pol-
luted by political tribalists in
both of the major political orga-
nizations, many of whom, in my
opinion, are no more than polit-
ical pickpockets, outright jokers
who are seen as political busy-
bodies prepared to say anything
to be elected.
Bahamians are tired of polit-
ical braggarts who they see as
intellectually paralysed and
who expect credit for nothing.
One of the hallmarks of our
democracy is the right to free
speech as guaranteed by Article
15 (b) of the Bahamas Consti-
tution. As a columnist, I see the
merits and downfalls of both
sides of the political divide.
Therefore, any politician read-
ing an unfavourable article
should heed constructive criti-
cism and improve in areas
where they are found wanting
by the public. There is no place
in local politics for power freaks
and I, and many other intelli-
gent Bahamians, are not mem-
bers of the frightened society
of the era of the old PLP.
Since starting to write this
column in 2005, I have been

approached by many Bahami-
ans who have been attacked by
individuals who do not appear
to accept or respect divergent
points of view. I have heard sto-
ries about persons even having
pom-poms shaken in their faces
at political events, being
referred to in derogatory terms
and of having their evaluations
and observations trampled
merely because they weren't
marching in lock-step with one
party or another. It seems that
there are some political hacks
who fail to understand that
being FNM or PLP does not
mean that they are always right.
It always amazes me how some
politicians perceive themselves
to be sitting atop thrones and
smiling down upon the rest of
The FNM-the party of Sir
Cecil Wallace-Whitfield, Sir
Arthur Foulkes, Sir Kendal
Isaacs, Hubert Ingraham, and
so many other political lumi-
naries-has, over time, become
known as the party that opened
up the airwaves, that promotes
discourse and dialogue and
freedom of thought and expres-
After attending a family
event last Friday, my father and
a neighbour friend convinced
me to attend the FNM conven-
tion's after party at the Wynd-
ham Crystal Palace hotel.
There, I met a few friends, who
invited me up to the PM's suite
where I briefly mingled with
and spoke to members of the
current government, including
the PM.
Shortly afterwards, I accom-

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panied my friend to a suite
reportedly rented by former
DPM Frank Watson and met
quite a crowd, which featured
recognizable faces such as Min-
isters of State Charles Maynard
and Phenton Neymour.
At this juncture, Charles
Maynard's wife, who I had met
several months earlier at the
Ministry of Housing, intro-
duced me to her husband. Mr
Maynard proceeded - loudly
and in the presence of a sea of
red-wearing spectators who
soon surrounded me - to grill
me as to why I had given him a
D-minus grade for his ministe-
rial performance and an F for
his performance as an MP dur-
ing my annual ministerial
report card in this column last
May. Of course, I referred him
to the column but, as he per-
sisted on an answer, I began to
outline why he had received
such a grade-subject to much
disruption from the crowd of
onlookers - and told him that
I stood by my grades. Mr May-
nard suggested that my grade
on his performance in culture
was "informed from elsewhere
as he had done more for cul-
ture than anyone serving in that
capacity before him." The
junior minister was also
annoyed that I had said in that
column that substantive Minis-
ter of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture Desmond Bannister had
not done well with his mentor-
ship of him as he (Maynard)
had performed dismally. The
Culture minister then suggested
that he was an outright minister
of equal footing as Mr Bannis-
ter and could not be mentored
as they were ministerial equals.
While I do intend to repro-
duce parts of that three-part
column here today, let me note
that Mr Maynard was not the
only minister to receive low
This occasion can be likened
to being in the twilight zone as
certain hecklers and members
of the rent-a-mob enclosing me
were clearly "wet" and asserted
that I was either a PLP (which I
suppose can be taken as a com-
pliment as it means that mem-
bers of the FNM, when deserv-
ing, are getting their fair share
of criticism) or absolutely crazy
to give any FNM a D! One
even called me an "ass-hole."
In fact, the experience only
became more surreal as one of
Mr Maynard's associates bom-
barded me with foolish barbs,
engaged in puerile behaviour
and proceeded at a point to
assault me by infringing upon
my personal space and gestur-
ing with a finger (before being
sternly cautioned), and out-
rightly sought to mislead per-

sons nearby. This became a dis-
tasteful public spectacle, all
transpiring in the presence of
the State Minister. There was
even a lie floated that Michael
Halkitis, the former MP, had
once received an A for his per-
formance in Golden Isles.
What's more, although I voted
in Golden Isles and lived there
from 2006 to July 2009, my
views as a former constituent
went unheard. The experience
illustrates the adoption of cer-
tain patrician aims by certain
FNMs and their mercenaries,
many of whom the FNM lead-
ership is known to reject.
In such an environment it is
this kind of myopic thinking
and belligerent behaviour by
political cronies-with the
apparent approval of their
political masters-that has hin-
dered the progress of this coun-
try. The FNM is purported to
be the party of the intelligentsia
and those who can express their
thoughts freely. However, such
displays as I encountered is
illustrative of how tetchy local
politicians, and their followers,
are about criticism.
Frankly, such persons could
not survive in UK politics
where press criticism comes
with the office. Every Bahami-
an should be able to attend any
function without being harassed
or belittled for their views. The
atmosphere of a convention
after party is one where power
brokers appear, where people
of varying political opinions
(even those within the same
party) must always be treated
with a manner of respect-it is
a place where politicians must
realise that they are under the
spotlight at all times.
In Britain, there are numer-
ous ministers of state and par-
liamentary secretaries. None of
them sits in the Cabinet. Today,
only the British Prime Minis-
ter and 22 ministers/secretaries
of state sit in the British Cabi-
Only in the Bahamas would
junior ministers, such as Mr
Maynard, sit in the Cabinet-
presumably because the PM is
hoping to furnish them with
genuine Cabinet experience. In
many other jurisdictions fol-

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A D R I N IB S 0 N^M

lowing the Westminster model
this does not happen and junior
ministers, who in the Bahamas
believe themselves to be sub-
stantive ministers, would not
even be allowed to drive
around with special "CM"
license plates. While local min-
isters of state are designated to
have oversight of a particular
department-much like Parlia-
mentary Secretaries-several
of them fancy themselves as
substantive ministers.
In May, I said the following:
"Charles Maynard, the
chubby Minister of State for
Culture, earns a D-minus. It is a
disgrace to hear informed cul-
tural icons suggest that the
Bahamas may once again not
host Carifesta, particularly
when the country appears to be
in a slump in terms of the arts.
"In 2005, the late Winston
Saunders was dispatched to
receive the instruments signi-
fying that the Bahamas was
prepared to host Carifesta.
However, as was felt when the
Bahamas withdrew from its
hosting duties in 2008, the cul-
tural community seems set for
another devastating blow and
if it is entirely true that the
Bahamas will not host the
upcoming event, it will leave
the country with a black eye
and the impression that it is a
culturally impotent state unfit
to host international events. At
present, there are various sites
such as gymnasiums, large
church halls/Loyola Hall, hotel
ballrooms, performing arts cen-
tres, such as the National Cen-
tre for the Performing Arts,
Fort Charlotte and open spaces
and facilities throughout the
Family Islands that could make
the hosting of this event possi-
ble. Surely Mr Maynard and
the Cabinet must know that
with the Bahamas being a
tourism-based economy, in
addition to the exposure this
event could bring to the Family
Islands, there would not be any
problems with accommodation
because of the availability of
adequate hotel rooms and our
proximity to the US would also
possibly attract visitors inter-
ested in seeing the event who
would not have otherwise trav-
elled to South America or to
an eastern Caribbean country.
Hosting this cultural event
would be a needed economic
boost for the islands!"
"It appears that Mr May-
nard is stuck on the idea that
culture begins and ends with
junkanoo. It is great that the
minister likes junkanoo, but
why hasn't there been any
moves to develop it into a year-
round, cultural industry that
could be a cultural export taken
worldwide with persons who
could legitimately describe their
occupation as being a
"The culture minister inher-
ited a lot of good projects for
which credit should go to Dr
Keith Tinker and the Antiqui-
ties, Monuments and Museums
Corporation. While Mr May-
nard is enjoying his travels to
various events and creating the
illusion of hard work, it appears
that local playwrights, folk-
lorists/storytellers, artists, writ-
ers, poets and painters are
receiving little by way of sup-
port. There is a need to focus
on developing the stories of the
Bahamas that form our identity
and have yet to be properly
appreciated or recorded. Why
isn't locally created art placed
in all Bahamian embassies and
government offices?"
Truthfully, there has been
no cultural renaissance under
Charles Maynard. The infan-
tile adulation of those boorish
liabilities around him, who
appear to be utterly bereft of
the qualities required to draw
rational conclusions and are
seemingly ready to sing hosan-
nas at the mention of Mr May-
nard's name, cannot assist the
junior minister in making ratio-
nal decisions about the state of
In my column in May, I also


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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act

2000, the dissolution of SOLAR GALAXIES INC. has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-

sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the



said that:
"Minister Maynard has not
demonstrated his ability to
bring new ideas or be responsi-
ble for the contribution of new
policies to the overall cultural
development of the Bahamas. I
do credit Mr Maynard with the
opening of Clifton-for which I
was proud to see that he
engaged former Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie who was once
at the forefront of the move-
ment to save the site-and for
the movement to develop
Collins House into a national
museum. As a resident of Mr
Maynard's constituency, he
earns an F for his performance
as an MP."
I stand by those comments,
and as I survey residents of the
Golden Isles constituency, I
must note that Mr Maynard
must seek greater oversight of
the constituency-particularly
on Cowpen Road.
Charles Maynard and all
other politicians are not beyond
reproach and should not
become caught up in the wild-
eyed adoration of those around
them who sometimes appear to
live in bubbles themselves. All
politicians should have a sup-
port system that is critical so
that they can avoid political
ditches. However, most
Bahamian politicians have fos-
tered an environment of yes-
men and developed a support
system of some of the dumbest
and most inward-looking sup-
Culture is much more than
attending an event and giving a
drawn-out speech, promoting
and shuffling at junkanoo
events and/or appearing at
every regatta. Young Bahami-
ans are increasingly becoming
susceptible to foreign cultures
and know little about their own,
yet Mr Maynard appears to be
riding high on the belief that
he has accomplished much in
the ministry/department of cul-
As stated so eloquently by
Patricia Glinton-Miercholas in
an article, there is a fear that
the Bahamas will not be recog-
nized for its people but rather
for sun and sand. She asserted
that using junkanoo as the fore-
most expression of Bahamian
cultural identity is as confining
and confusing as it is an incom-
prehensible medium to relay
Bahamian culture. Mrs Glin-
ton-Miercholas also highlighted
the erroneous notion by
Bahamians that culture is mere-
ly festivals and the performing
arts. She notes that culture is
rather an accumulation of the
historical and physical experi-
ences of a people as well as
their attitudes and behaviour,
whether it's good or bad, and
states that culture is always
I have long urged certain
politicians to heed the advice
of movie star Robin Williams,
who espouses the most credi-
ble view that many of today's
politicians are "a lot like dia-
pers and should be changed fre-
quently and for the same rea-
son." As noted by a media per-
sonality for whom I have great
respect-those in politics
should be held accountable,
and if they wish not to be, then
they should adhere to the max-
im that "if you can't stand the
heat, get out of the kitchen."


I have been reliably informed
that the Bahamas Democratic
Movement and the Bahamas
National Party will merge on
Tuesday. A high-level source
with the parties told me that
the purpose of the move is to
field 41 candidates in the next
election and to provide a viable
third-party force for the elec-
torate. I am also told that until
a planned convention in 2010,
where the leadership of the par-
ty will be contested, BDM
leader Cassius Stuart will
remain at the helm of the new




Tribune poll: voters not inspired

to switch camps after conventions

BOTH major political par-
ties pulled out all the stops to
try and win over the public at
their respective national con-
ventions - but if The Tribune's
latest poll is anything to go by,
they had little success in affect-
ing voting habits.
Readers of
were asked if they saw or heard
anything in either convention
that would tempt them to vote
differently in 2012. Of the 134
people who voted, only 31 said
they had been inspired to
change camps while an over-
whelming 103 said they had
In addition, the comments
left by readers revealed that
many of them are tired of the
local political scene altogeth-
Not Voting wrote: "After
watching the sickening
debauchery and scandalous
behavior of these old men, as
an 18-year-old Bahamian (born
and raised), I can safely say not
one of these parties will ever
make me vote. I won't waste
my voting rights on these sad

Readers' comments suggest they

are tired of local political scene

excuses for politicians. And if
you have not learned your les-
son after the disgrace that they
have caused to be visited upon
our nation, then shame on
Two Peas in a Pod said "I
honestly don't see much differ-
ence between PLP and FNM. I
don't get the point of these con-
ventions, except as a waste of
money that is desperately need-
ed to help during these very
rough times. Sure, they have a
lot of supporters, but they are
still the same. Until they actu-
ally work together in parlia-
ment to actually help the coun-
try without pulling one another
down, my view of these politi-
cal parties won't change."
According to Derek Dean,
there is absolutely no differ-
ence between the two parties.
He said: "They get the best

Bahamas hosts Swimsuit USA International Model Search

FIFTY gorgeous ladies from all over
the world have travelled to the Bahamas
this month to compete in the Swimsuit
USA International Model Search.
Presented by the Wyndham Hotel and
Crystal Palace Casino, Swimsuit USA
and Elite Productions, the model search
starts today and continues until Mon-
The top five models will be taking
home over $30,000 in cash and prizes,
with the winner receiving over $10,000
and appearing on the cover of the 2010
Swimsuit USA calendar.
All contestants will appear in the cal-
endar, with the top 16 finalists to be fea-
tured on their own individual pages. All
photos for the calendar will be shot in the
Bahamas and a film crew will be on hand
to record the week's festivities, behind

the scenes action and interviews with all
50 models, sponsors and judges for
release as an event DVD. Upon release,
the DVD is targeted for distribution by
Wal-Mart and other select retailers
During their stay, all contestants will
take part in a week of rehearsals, photo
shoots and enjoy all the Bahamas has to
It's not just all work and no play, as the
models, along with their family mem-
bers, friends, judges and sponsors will
have plenty of fun in the sun aboard an
80ft Hatteras and a 74ft Viking Yacht
set to cruise the spectacular waters of
the Bahamas. Everyone will enjoy a day
of swimming, snorkelling and a memo-
rable visit to the exclusive Nygard Cay.
Exciting events taking place at the

Wyndham Hotel and Crystal Palace Casi-
no in association with the event include:
* The "James Bond" theme party on
the beach on Thursday, November 12
at 7.30pm
* The "Parade of Contestant's" pool-
side press party on Friday, November 13
at 2pm at the Wyndham Nassau Resort.
The events culminate with the Swim-
suit USA International Model Search
Finals to take place on Saturday, Novem-
ber 14 at 8pm in the Rainforest The-
Afterwards, the celebration continues
as the winners and all other contestants
will appear for an after party at 22 Above
located within the Crystal Place Casino
where they will enjoy a night of music
and dancing.
All events will be open to the public.

advice in the world and always
ignore it because they know
better, but more so because the
results cannot help them to be
elected and re-elected. It's a
shame. Examples from me as a
50-year-old include but are not
limited to:
* Electricity goes off more
now than 40 years ago.
* Water pressure, especially
out east, is worse than 40 years
* Telephones still go off
when it rains.
* Now that the Internet is
available, it is also always down.
"Between incompetent and
power drunk politicians, awful
technical people, declining
tourism and rising debt, the

Bahamas is headed for disas-
Candece said she feels that
"not voting" is the best option.
"I haven't heard enough on
issues that we have at hand.
Why not emulate the Ameri-
can political system and have
debates on important issues
and town hall meetings with
candidates? You get to see how
candidates react under pres-
sure and you hear their views
on important issues."
A few party stalwarts also
joined in on the debate, Larry
charging that the FNM has
"failed the Bahamian people
miserably", while Woodside
insisted that the governing par-
ty is "simply the best."

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The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority 4URCA} recently published
several documents on its website and these indude:

* A Preliminary Determination issued on 19 August, 2009 on the cost of capital
associated with the actities of Cable Sahamas Ltd, and Bahamas
Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC).

* A Preliminary Determination on 1 October, 2009 on the Class Licences,
Exemptions & Types of Fees for the electronic communications sector in The

* On 30 September, 2009 Preliminary Determinations set out the types of
obligations that in URCA's view would satisfy the obligations to be imposed on
those licensees presumed to have SMP, in accordance with s,16(21 of the
Communications Act, 2009 (the "Commsn Act"). Following initial workshops with
the SMP operators, and requests for extension of te dead line from one operator,
URCA has extended the timetable set out In the Preliminary Determinations, to
allow the operators to respond fully and to submit alternative revised proposals, A
revised timetable can be found on the Publications page of U RC's website,

The full text of the submissions received, a summary of responses to the
consultation and the Final Determinatiorns can be downloaded under Publications
on urcabahamasbs

Visit the website for more information

From the earliest days of the The Four-Way Test
organization, Rotarians were "Of the things we think,
concerned with promoting high say or do
ethical standards in their .
professional lives. One of the
world's most widely printed and 2. Is it fair to all
quoted statements of business concerned?
ethics is The Four-Way Test, 3. Will it build goodwill
which was created in 1932 by and better friendships?
Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. This 4. Will it be beneficial to
24-word Test has been
translated into more than a
hundred languages and
published in thousands of ways.
It asks the following four

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age categories: 10-13 years and 14-16 years for a first
and second place winner in each category.
2. Write a essay answering the following subject:
"What does the Four-Way Test mean to me." Explain
your understanding of the 4-Way Test as it relates to
your life, experiences, and/or society in general."
Your essay must include the four principles.
3. The body of the essay must not exceed 1,000 words.
Adults may assist the child in filling out the entry form,
but not in writing the letter.
4. Limit one essay per child. All entries must be received by
the Rotary Club of East Nassau before Nov 30, 2009.
5. Only essays accompanied by original entry forms clipped
from the newspaper will be accepted. Photocopy, fax,
carbon or other copies will not be accepted.
6. One winner will be chosen from each age category. The
decision of the judges is final.
7. Winner must agree to a photo presentation which will
be published in the newspaper.
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Ex-MP held in

tax fraud probe
FROM page one
nal matter, no charges were filed against
Mr Jones, his colleagues, Britannia and
However, Mr Jones was also embroiled
in a heated legal dispute with Mr Turn- HYWEL JONES
quest - who was once an associate of (above) was a for-
Britannia Limited - before his untimely mer business client
death. of Lester Turnquest

Arrests after $638,000

of marijuana found
THREE MEN were arrested yesterday after 21 bales of
marijuana with a street value of $638,000 were discovered in
the Exuma Cays.
The men, two Jamaicans and one Bahamian, are expected
to appear in court later this week.

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tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of SAN MARTIN S.A. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


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


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


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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of TEKLANIKA INC. has been completed;

Man shot by police is identified
By DENISE MAYCOCK According to reports, the shooting THEFT OF COPPER WIRE
Tribune Freeport Reporter occurred around 11.20pm Friday when Police are appealing to persons with police responded to a disturbance at any information on the theft of copper
Fawcett Lane. wire to call 350-3107/8 or 352-9774/5.
FREEPORT- The man fatally shot When officers arrived at the A reward is being offered to persons
by police has been identified as Antho- scene, they were approached by a with information concerning the theft
ny Burrows, 27, of Nansen Avenue. man who was acting in a disorderly of copper wiring from ZNS on Novem-
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said manner. ber 8. Persons with information are
police investigations are continuing There was a scuffle between police asked to call 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or

into Friday's shooting at Fawcett Lane.

and the man.

FROM page one Central Bank

beyond incorporates a number
of the themes that have been
identified as important risk
mitigants by the international
regulatory community.
"A key initiative was to put
in place enhanced oversight
mechanisms for commercial
banks, our systemically impor-
tant institutions. In July of this
year, we established a Com-
mercial Banking Unit (CBU),
staffed by seven technicians,
to focus on sectoral risk
themes affecting these firms."
Additionally, Mrs Craigg
said the extent to which the
Central Bank is able to moni-
tor the level of financial risk a
financial institution is exposed
to and the quality of their loan
portfolio, the Central Bank has
made adjustments to the data
reporting requirements for
commercial banks.
Meanwhile, she said that the
Central Bank has taken steps
to push banks to focus on
improving their own risk iden-
tification practices, so that they
would know further in advance
if they may be in trouble finan-
"Since the beginning of
2009, all banks have been
requested to conduct stress
tests on credit, liquidity, and
other related areas of risk, on a
regular basis, as part of their
risk management processes.

We intend to closely evaluate
the adequacy of these stress
tests during our on-site exam-
ination exercises," said Mrs
The Governor remarked
that the Central Bank has also
"made considerable progress"
in developing the necessary
tools to conduct its own inde-
pendent "stress tests" on banks
so as to test their individual
resilience and that of the bank-
ing system at large.
Given that global firms that
have struggled to survive dur-
ing the financial crisis were

FROM page one


found to be deficient with
respect to their risk manage-
ment practices, Mrs Craigg
said the Central Bank has
placed "renewed emphasis" on
the importance of such prac-
tices, saying they "cannot be
over emphasized."
Mrs Craigg added that the
bank initiated a redesign of its
risk assessment process for
public banks and trust compa-
nies, first created in 2001, to
further enhance his efforts in
the area of risk. In its next
stage, the project will be
extended to commercial banks
and perhaps international off-
shore banks and trust compa-
nies in the second quarter of

"I think the Crown has placed the judiciary in
a very compromising position."
Magistrate Virgill ordered that the money be
returned to Keva Major after the prosecution
entered a nolle prosequi (no prosecution) which
was dated September 23.
The prosecution, however, also presented an
order issued by Magistrate Carolita Bethel dated
September 22. This was the date the matter was
last heard before Magistrate Virgill, and stated
that the $850,000 be held when the matter was
withdrawn. Magistrate Virgill, however, ques-
tioned how her fellow magistrate knew that the
matter was going to be withdrawn and said she
would disregard the order as they both have equal
Mr Kemp said: "It does not lend credence to
the principals to be associated with the separation
of powers. It doesn't lend credence to the per-
ception of justice. It appears to bring the admin-

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ZEMATT S.A. has been completed; a Cer-
tificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register.


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


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


next year.
Mrs Craigg revealed that the
Central Bank is further looking
at enhancing the capital and
liquidity standards it demands
of banks in light of recent
She thanked the accountants
for their work that assists the
Central Bank in its responsi-
"Our collective objective is
to identify any shortcomings
in our framework and set pri-
orities for addressing them
ahead of a future Financial
Sector Assessment Programme
- a joint IMF and World
Bank review - for The
Bahamas," said Mrs Craigg.

Keva Major attorney
istration of justice into disrepute. How would the
magistrate possibly know that the Attorney Gen-
eral will issue a nolle prosequi before he issues it."
Mr Kemp said he did not know why the Crown
sought to have the money held. But he added:
"That is something the Crown is going to have to
justify doing in court if it comes to that."
The proceeds of crime case was still pending
against Keva Major, 40, when she was extradited
to face drug charges in the United States last
April. She pleaded guilty to the charges against
her in August 2008 and was placed on three years
probation meaning she cannot leave the United
Magistrate Bethel declined to comment on the
matter yesterday. While officials at the Attorney
General's Office said that a response was forth-
coming, none was issued up to press time yester-

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138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.


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


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



a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Com-
pany has therefore been struck off the Register.





Softball tourney

set for this


THE Bahamas Sunshine
Fall Classic committee is
scheduled to host its fifth
annual Modified Pitch Soft-
ball Tournament this week-
end at the Baillou Hills Sport-
ing Complex.
Teams from the New Prov-
idence Softball Association,
the Oldtimers Softball Asso-
ciation, the United States and
the Dominican Republic are
expected to participate. There
will also be a women's slow-
pitch division with teams com-
ing in from the United States.
The tournament is set to
start 7pm Friday with the first
three games being played at
the Banker's Field and con-
tinues Saturday. The tourna-
ment is slated to wrap up on
Last year, the Truckers and
the New Breed shared the top
prizes after the championship
game was called off because
of rain. The Corner Boyz won
the third place prize.
This year, first place will be
awarded $2,000, second place
will earn $1,500 and third
place will receive $1,000.
Fourth place finishers will cart
home $500.
There is an entry fee for the
tournament. Interested per-
sons are urged to contact Fos-
ter Dorsett at 427-3883 or
502-8209, Robert Coakley at
565-8833 or Larry Thompson
at 427-5717.

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SAC lead off man Lucious Fox lays down a bunt...

ANFERNIE SEYMOUR is hit by a pitch...

Sports Reporter
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inated the Queen's College
Comets 13-6 yesterday at the
Freedom Farm Field of
Dreams in the first of two
The strength of the Big Red
Machine lineup accounted for
the bulk of the run support,
giving pitcher Blair Seymour
the cushion he needed to con-
trol the game from the mound.
The scoring flurry began
early in the bottom half of the
opening inning, when Anfer-
nie Seymour blasted a two run
home run to centerfield.
After a Byron Murray sin-
gle, Arien Seymour drove in
an RBI single for a 3-0 lead at
the end of the first.
A stingy SAC defense that
has been one of the best all
season long retired six of the
first seven hitters they faced
in route to an early lead.
In the second, lead off man
Lucious Fox singled to begin
the inning, followed by an

COMETS pitcher
Cartwright in action...


Isaacs single, and Anfernie
Seymour was hit by a pitch to
load the bases.
The Comets opted to walk
Murray, SAC's power hitting
catcher, bringing home Fox to
make the score 4-0.
The move proved to back-
fire when Arien Seymour cap-
italized on the bases loaded
opportunity with a three-RBI
triple to clear the infield.
SAC lead 7-0 heading into
the top of the third.
The Comets appeared to
rally with a possible scoring
opportunity in the third, how-
ever the Big Red Machine
defense would again close the
The Comets were able to
get runners in scoring position,
with no outs in the inning, but
failed to capitalize.

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first margin of double figures.
Anfernie Seymour again
drove in an RBI with a double,
and for the second time, the
Comets coaching staff opted
to walk Murray which loaded
the bases.
Arien Seymour again capi-
talized with runners in scoring
position with a two RBI dou-
ble to give his team an 11-0
lead heading into the fourth
The Comets finally reached
the scoreboard in the fourth
with three runs, avoiding the
mercy run rule an extending
a comeback opportunity, how-
ever their pitching and defen-
sive effort was unable to slow
down the Big Red Machine.
Isaacs finished 4-4 with four
runs and two RBI, Arien Sey-
mour was 4-4 with two runs
and five RBI, Anfernie Sey-
mour was 4-4 with three runs
and four RBI, Blair Seymour
was 3-4 with two runs and
Murray was 4-4 with three
runs and one RBI.

Crushers hold off Strikers,

improve record to 4-0

Senior Sports Reporter

KYLE 'Flash' Turnquest had
an off day, but forward Malik
Jones stepped up and took
charge of the St Bede's Crushers
offense against the St Cecilia's
In the battle of the only two
undefeated teams left in the
Catholic Diocesan Primary
Schools basketball league, the
Crushers held off the Strikers 39-
29 as the defending champions
improved to 4-0.
Jones produced a game-high
16 points, including 14 in the sec-
ond half as the Crushers surged
from a 15-10 deficit at the half to
drop the Strikers to 3-1.
"It was good to win again,"
said Jones, who refused to take
any credit for his individual per-
formance. "It was a tough game,
but we came back hard to win."
Coach Donnie Culmer, how-
ever, said he knew this was going
to be their early test and he was
happy that they passed it with
flying colours.
"My best player didn't have a
good game today and we lacked
some practice coming into this
game," Culmer said. "We basi-
cally had to play from raw tal-
Turnquest, undoubtedly the
most talented player in the
league, was held to his season
low production of nine, including
3-of-3 from the foul line.
But in his game high honours,
Jones was 4-for-12 from the char-
ity stripe. He got the majority of
his points either on the fast break
or from the extra effort on the
"This was Malik's game. I told
Malik I didn't want the Malik
from this year. I wanted the
Malik from last year when he
played a key factor in our victo-
ry," Culmer said.
"He stepped up big today,
which showed that this team is
not just Flash. We just want
everybody to know that if they
come to hold Flash, we still have
Adrian (Mackey), Malik (Jones)
and Gregory (Cooper)."
Mackey also helped out
tremendously, scoring 10 points
and Cooper contributed four
before fouling out late in the
fourth quarter.
The Strikers, on the other
hand, were led by Ingraham with
a side high 14 points and Tyreke
Colebrooke chipped in with 10.
But in the fourth quarter, they
lost both Steven Humes and
Dikimbe Etienne when they

needed them the most.
"I can't complain. My boys did
a good job," said Strikers' coach
Leo Delaney. "We just have to
go back to the drawing board
and get ready for when we play
them again."
With the league playing two
rounds instead of one this year,
Delaney said they will definitely
make the necessary adjustments
for their rematch.
"We have a lot of things to
work on. We have to make sure
that we get back because that
was where they scored a lot of
their points when we didn't get
back on defense," Delaney
Although they opened an 8-3
lead after the first quarter, St
Bede's went into a scoring
drought for the first time this
season when they were held to
just two points in the second
quarter and ended up trailing 15-
10 at the half.
St Bede's continued to trail
throughout the third quarter as
St Cecilia's, behind the 1-2 punch
of Ingraham and Colebrooke,
held on for a 19-16 advantage at
the final break.
But in the fourth quarter,
when the Crushers struck to take
a 21-20 lead on a 5-2 run,
sparked by two consecutive bas-
kets from Jones, they never
looked back.

GREGORY COOPER puts the clamp on a St Cecilia's player...

In fact, they went on another
6-2 spurt, highlighted by back-
to-back baskets from Jones and
Turnquest before Cooper end-
ed it with a power move inside
for a 27-22 margin.
The Strikers made one last gal-
lant effort when Ingraham
canned two consecutive baskets

to trim the deficit to 28-26, the
closest they came the rest of the
After that, Jones responded
with two baskets of his own and
when he attempted his third
straight, he got blocked by
Rayshano Spence. But St Bede's
was still ahead 32-28.

On one of the biggest plays in
the game, Mackey scored a lay-
up over Spence. However, he
missed the free throw on a three-
point attempt as St Bede's
surged ahead 36-28.
A final 3-1 run enabled the
Crushers to secure a 10-point vic-






Final softball


THE Bahamas Softball Federation
released the final statistics for the
National Championship series that
concluded on Sunday night at the
Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
Women's Division
Champions - Pineapple Air Wild-
Runners-up - Bahamasair Flyers
Bronze medalists - Red Bay
Championship MVP - Jeanette
Hilton - Pineapple Air Wildcats
All-Tournament team
Pitcher - Nerissa Lockhart -
Bahamasair Flyers
Catcher - Donette Edwards -
Pineapple Air Wildcats
First base - Shental Russell - Red
Bay Rugrats
Second base - Raschel Smith -
Bahamasair Flyers
Third base - Quatrenda Sears -
Bahamasair Flyers
Shortstop - Christine Edmonds-
Cooper - Pineapple Air Wildcats
Leftfield - Sophia Smith - Bahama-
sair Flyers
Centerfield - Kelda Russell - Red
Bay Rugrats
Rightfield - Latoya Johnson - Red
Bay Rugrats
Round Robin
Batting champion - Latoya Thomas
- Bahamasair
Most hits - Movastic Russell - Red
Bays Rugrats
Most runs - Vessna Laing -
Bahamasair Flyers
Most RBI - Kelda Russell - Red
Bays Rugrats
Most wins - Nerissa Lockhart -
Bahamasair Flyers
Best ERA - Nerissa Lockhart -
Bahamasair Flyers
Men's Division
Champions - commando Security
Runners-up - Elnet Mariners
Bronze medalists - Abaco Turtles
Championship MVP - Anton
'Bookie' Gibson - Commando Secu-
rity Truckers
All-Tournament team
Pitcher - William Weatherford -
Abaco Turtles
Catcher - Jamal Johnson - Com-
mando Security Truckers
First base - Winston Seymour -
Commando Security Truckers
Second base - Orlando McPhee -
Commando Security Truckers
Third base - Lyle Sawyer - Abaco
Shortstop - Marvin Wood - Com-
mando Security Truckers
Leftfield - Van Johnson - Com-
mando Security Truckers
Centerfield - Terran Wood - Com-
mando Security Truckers
Rightfield - Ivan Saunders - Elnet
Round Robin
Batting champion - Lyle Sawyer -
Abaco Turtles
Most hits - Lyle Sawyer - Abaco
Most runs - Julian Collie - Com-
mando Security Truckers
Most RBI - Orlando McPhee -
Commando Security Truckers
Most wins - Thomas Sawyer - Aba-
co Turtles
Best ERA - William Weatherford -
Abaco Turtles

PINEAPPLE AIR WILDCATS have regained the Commonwealth national title...

Wildcats regain title

Senior Sports Reporter

THE Pineapple Air Wildcats put a
stranglehold on their dominance of
women's softball in the country when
they edged the Grand Bahama
Bahamasair Flyers 2-1 in their best-
of-three championship series.
In the clincher on Sunday night,
the Wildcats routed the Flyers 15-
10 to regain the Commonwealth
national title they relinquished last
year after a dismal season ended
without them representing New
Providence in this year's round robin
The Wildcats dedicated the title
to coach Alexander 'Zander' Bain,
who is recuperating from a serious
injury. Bain, confined to a wheel-
chair, was in attendance to watch his
team capture the title.
"It's been a long season, so I'm
very happy for them," Bain said. "I
didn't have any doubts that they
would have been able to do it. It was
just a matter as to when."
Bain said although he's slowly
recovering, the team's victory has

certainly boosted his morale.
The Wildcats, who lost their only
match-up to the Flyers in the round
robin as well as game one in the
championship series, were simply
sensational throughout their line-up.
Jeanette Hilton, voted the most
valuable player, led the attack by
going 3-for-5 with two RBI and four
runs scored. Candice Smith was 2-
for-4 with three RBI and two runs
scored. Mary 'Cruise' Edgecombe-
Sweeting was 2-for-5 with three RBI
and a run. Marvelle Miller was 3-
for-5 with two runs. Hyacinth Far-
rington was 2-for-4 with two runs.
Christine Edmonds-Cooper was 2-
for-4 with two runs and Vernie Cur-
ry 2-for-6 with two runs.
Marvelle Miller pitched through
the seventh inning for the win before
Edgecombe-Sweeting came from
first base to close the door on the
Shanek Pinder went 3-for-4 with
four RBI and two runs scored to
pace the Flyers. Nerissa Lockhart
suffered the loss.
"Right now I feel good. I'm excit-
ed. This is the first national title for
me. I've been waiting on this for a

long time," Miller said. "I'm excited,
glad that we pulled it off."
The rest of the Wildcats players
were just as elated about the victory.
"It's just a great feeling to know
that we are the champions again,"
catcher Donette Edwards said. "Last
year, they took the trophy away from
us, but it's a pleasure for us to bring
it back to the Wildcats territory. It's
all about the Wildcats."
And veteran outfielder Vernie
Curry said they couldn't have done it
in a better fashion.
"Bahamasair came here and sent a
statement to us that they are here to
beat us," Curry said.
"How could you beat a team like
the Wildcats? I've been playing on
this team for 18 years and I have 14
titles under my belt. So you can't just
come here and take it away from me.
You have to ask me if I'm ready to
give it up like we did last year."
The Wildcats say they will be back
to regain their title next year with a
few younger additions to their line-
Finishing third in the three-team
field in the women's division was the
Andros Red Bays Rugrats.

Safin extends career by winning at Paris Masters

AP Sports Writer

PARIS (AP) - Marat Safin
extended his career by at least one
more round, saving three match
points Monday to beat French quali-
fier Thierry Ascione 6-4, 4-6,7-6 (3) at
the Paris Masters.
The 29-year-old Russian, a three-
time winner in Paris, plans to retire
after this tournament. He will face

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"The way he is playing right now, I
don't think I have a chance," Safin
said. "I'm going to fight 100 percent.
But to win it? I'm not sure."
Safin saved the match points by
serving three aces when trailing 5-4 in
the third set. He closed the match
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improve to 24-4 at the Paris Masters,
where he won in 2000, '02 and '04.
"It's probably the best way to save
the match points," said Safin, who
had 24 aces. "It's not as painful, and I
don't have to run around on the court
and just hope for the guy to miss."
He broke in the fifth game when
Ascione double-faulted and took the
first set with a backhand drop volley.
After trading breaks in the second
set, Safin saved three break points in
the sixth game before hitting a
forehand long to ultimately
force a decider.
Safin, a former No. 1, cap-
G tured the 2000 U.S. Open and
2005 Australian Open among
15 singles titles. In his best
result this year, he reached the
semifinals at St. Petersburg 10
days ago.
. "The way I'm moving right
now is not really the best in
my career," Safin said. "It's
tough to pick up the bags, to
ire go to the airport, to stay in the
i ike traffic, flight, passport control,
"ra wait for the bags again. It's
malc very heavy. So I'm happy this
m 17 is over."
i,'oM Tomas Berdych, the 2005
.plus champ, beat French qualifier
durs. Vincent Millot 6-3, 7-6 (4)
side after serving 10 aces and
nrust breaking three times.
sand The 247th-ranked Millot
,firsa wasted a 5-2 lead in the second
i6ces set and his Czech opponent
finished the match with an ace
on his first match point.
Berdych, ranked 20th, will
next face 14th-seeded Tommy
I Robredo of Spain.
Viktor Troicki of Serbia
benefited from Paul-Henri
Mathieu's calf injury to
advance and will face 13th-
seeded Radek Stepanek.
h Mathieu, who reached the
it Hamburg final this year, failed
5, to convert a set point and
s retired when trailing 7-6 (4), 3-

"It's a shame because it was
very close and I had some
good opportunities to break
him," Mathieu said. "But I
suddenly felt a pain in my calf
after a run and it was difficult
for me to keep going."
Andreas Seppi of Italy beat
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Ger-
many 6-3, 6-3, and Ivo
Karlovic of Croatia served 21
aces in a 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory
over Pablo Cuevas of


THE New Providence
Volleyball Association
continued its action Sun-
day at the DW Davis
Gymnasium with three
games played.
In the women's match,
the Scottsdale Vixens eas-
ily defeated the Cougars
25-6, 25-20 and 25-4.
Cheryse Rolle led all scor-
ers in the win with 16
points. Tarea Sweeting fin-
ished with six for the
In the second match, the
Del Sol Saints defeated
the COB Caribs in three
straight sets 25-23, 25-13
and 26-24. Gabi Laurent
led the Saints and all scor-
ers with 10 points. Anwar
Johnson led the Caribs
with 22 points in a losing
In the final game, the
National Fence Intruders
took four sets to defeat the
Champions Club 25-18,
22-25 25-14 and 25-23.
Prince Wilson scored 15
points in the win. Muller
Petit finished with a game
high 16 points for the los-
ing Champions.
Games are slated to
continue Wednesday.


THE College of the
Bahamas Caribs women's
basketball team split their
double header, while their
men's team suffered a
double defeat as they
opened their collegiate
season over the weekend
in Florida.
On Friday night, junior
guard Deandra Williams
hit a three-point shot with
seven seconds left on the
clock as the Lady Caribs
beat Johns & Wales Uni-
versity 49-48 in dramatic
The Lady Caribs, how-
ever, lost its second game
to the three-time NAIA
Sun Conference champs
Northwood University 81-
30 on Saturday afternoon.
For the Lady Caribs,
Williams and freshman
guard Gabrielle McKinney
were the leading scorers
in the two games.
As for the Caribs men's
team, they lost to Florida
College 88-75 and on Sat-
urday they lost to Ave
Marie University 71-49.
Senior guard Garvin
Lightbourne and freshman
guard Devon Clarke led
the team in scoring.
Both teams are sched-
uled to play again Novem-
ber 20-22 in Florida. The
women will play Ave
Marie University on
November 20 and St
Thomas University on
November 21, while the
men will play Northwood
University on November
21 and Johnson & Wales
University on November
Both of COB's teams
are set to begin play in the
New Providence Basket-
ball Association and the
New Providence Women's
Basketball Association
this week and will use
those games as a tune up
for its series of intercolle-
giate games.


THE Bahamas AAU
Primary Schools is set to
hold their Cross Country
Championships on 10am
November 14 at Fort
Competitors will get the
chance to compete in the
primary boys and girls
(born 2001 and after), ban-
tam boys and girls (born
2000 and 1999) and midget
boys and girls (born 1998
and 1997).
Unlimited entries per
school is $5 per child.
Awards will be presented
to the first three finishers
in each group.
Additionally, the first
place winner will be flown
to the 2009 AAU Youth
Cross Country National
Championships on
December 5 in Orlando,


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Crushers hold

off the Strikers,

improve their

record to 4-0...
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We are still the champions!

Senior Sports Reporter
Once the Com-
mando Secu-
rity Truckers
got rolling,
the Grand
Bahama Elnet Mariners
couldn't find a pitcher to con-
tain their offensive attack.
Sunday night at the Bail-
lou Hills Sporting Complex,
the Truckers went on a ram-
page as they blasted the
Mariners 11-3 to clinch anoth-
er Bahamas Softball Federa-
tion men's Commonwealth
championship title.
Unlike the women, the
men only played one game to
determine the champions.
The Truckers joined the
Pineapple Air Wildcats, who
regained their the women's
title after a year's absence,
with a 2-1 decision over the
Grand Bahama's Bahamasair
Flyers in their best-of-three
series that also concluded
"This one was sweet," said
Truckers' manager Perry Sey-
mour during the team's cele-
"We had some problems
on and off the field with the
association and some people
talking. But we just showed
everybody that don't care
what you do, the Truckers are
still going o be champions.
They only made us play bet-
ter ball."
Seymour said his Truckers
were even more prepared to


Truckers roll over Mariners 11-3

COMMANDO SECURITY TRUCKERS (shown) have clinched another Bahamas Softball Federation men's Commonwealth championship title...

play the Mariners because
"they bring out the best in us
and we just get hungrier and
hungrier whenever we play
Case in point. The Truck-
ers forced the Mariners to
pull ace Brian 'The Ninja'
Neely in the first inning as

they got their offensive attack
In fact, the Mariners used
three pitchers, but neither
was able to slow down the
Truckers, who had at least
five players producing some
big numbers.
Marvin 'Tougie' Wood

Swift swimmer

sets three new

national records

AT the Barracuda Swim Meet this weekend at the
Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Center, Simone Sturrup set
three new national (Bahamian) records.
Sturrup, representing Swift Swimming, set the records
in the 50 meter freestyle in 30.44 seconds, the 100 meter
freestyle in 1:06.72 and the 50 meter butterfly in 34.07.
Sturrup is expected to travel to the Florida Winter
Swimming Championships in two weeks to represent

went 2-for-3 with a run batted
in and two runs scored, Julian
Collie was 2-for-2 with three
RBI and scored a run, Martin
Burrows was 1-for-2 with two
RBI and a run scored, Win-
ston Seymour 1-for-2 with a
RBI and a run and Stephen
'Slugger' Brown 1-for-3 with
a RBI and run scored.
However it was Anton
'Bookie' Gibson who was
named the most valuable
player of the championship.
He rebounded from a slow
start to go the distance for

the win on the mound.
In a losing effort, Ricardo
Rolle was 1-for-2 with two
RBI and two runs scored,
while Ivan Saunders was 2-
for-3 with a RBI.
Talented outfielder Terran
Wood said that their practice
and hard work paid off in the
long run and they are going to
cherish this for a while
because a lot of people count-
ed them out all season long.
Marvin Wood, who
anchored the team on the
field at shortstop, said after

they lost their opening game
in the round robin to Abaco,
they got refocused on the
mission and they achieved
their goal to repeat as cham-
But he took it a bit further.
"We just had to show the
association and the federa-
tion that the team that prays
together, stays together," he
said. "All they need to do is
take this team and a couple
other players on the national
team and we can bring back
some sort of medal."

American Larsen wins

23rd Conchman Triathlon

Larsen emerged as the over-
all champion of the 23rd
annual Conchman Triathlon
held Saturday at Taino
Beach, Grand Bahama.
Larsen, 39, topped the
field of 64 individual com-
petitors with an accumulat-
ed time of one hour, 10 min-
utes and 18 seconds in the
one kilometre swim, 25K
bike and 5K run that cov-
ered a total of 31K.
Following Larsen was the
first Bahamian Mark
Davies, 49, who clocked
1:16:41. Coming in third and
the second Bahamian finish-
er was Simon Lowe, 26. He
did it in 1:17:32.
The first female finisher
was Kadesha Culmer. The
17-year-old was 13th overall
in 1:29:45. The second
female finisher was Vicki
Stafford, 43, in 1:37:57. She
was 21st. The third female
finisher was Lisa De Lusig-
nan, 46, in 1:40.35 for 23rd.
The first male finisher in
the swim was Grand
Bahamian Michael McIn-
tosh in 12:34. Larsen was the
first to complete the bike in
37:47 and he also crossed the
line first in the run in 19:50.
Culmer came out of the
water as the first female in

13:31. But Stafford edged
her out in the bike in 48:56.
De Lusignan did the same in
clocking the fastest time in
the run in 25:20.
Winning the male under-
16 category was Grand
Bahamian John Silvera in
1:39.46. American Vanja
Sikirica clocked 1:19:45 to
take the 17-29 division,
while Dale Winner won the
40-49 in 1:22:50. Mario
Carey won the 50-59 in
1:22:17; Chris Baker took
the 60-69 in 1:41:43 and
American John B. Mayer
won the 70-99 in 1:50:52.
Grand Bahamian Ash-
leigh Akehurst won the
female 17-29 division in
2:05.51; American Kristen
Welsh took the 30-39 in
1:50:49; Grand Bahamian
Elizabeth Risch took the 40-
49 in 1:49:31; Laurie Tuchel
of Grand Bahamian won the
50-59 in 1:58:13 and Ameri-
can Harriet Hoskyns-Abra-
hal won the 60-99 in 2:10:50.
In the team competition,
the winning combo hailed
from Grand Bahama. They
were Brendan Carrol,
Wayne Archer and Delroy
Boothe, who did 1:14.00.

Another Grand Bahamian
team of Mark Rawlings,
Rowshan Jones and Kevin
Morris were second in
1:18.25 and the New Provi-
dence team of Christy Win-
ner, Dale Winner and Harry
Winner in 1:23.28.
A total of 27 teams com-
The team of Andrew
Hindley, Alex Sutherland
and Adam Bethel won the
16-and-under category in
1:50:15 and the male open
division was won by the
team of Brendan Carrol,
Wayne Archer and Delroy
Boothe in 1:14:00.
Winning the female 16-
and-under division were
Alichierre Kemp,
Geordinell Thurston and
Rachael Brown in 1:44:55
and Joanna Evans, Cath
Hindley and Cath Hindley
took the open division title
in 1:30:18.
In the open mixed catego-
ry, the team of Raevan Rah-
ming, Glenward Baillou and
Don Laing won the title in
1:34:08. The first family was
Christy, Dale and Harry
Winner in 1:23:28 and in the
135+ combined ages, the
winners were Mario Carey,
Mark Davies and Gregory









NOVEMBER 10, 2009

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Yacht registry launch

'before end of year'

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Maritime
Authority (BMA) is hoping
to launch its mega yacht reg-
istry "before the end of the
year", its chairman told Tri-
bune Business yesterday,
believing the facility will
"round off" this nation's pri-
vate wealth management ser-
vice/product offering.
Speaking to this newspaper
from London, Ian Fair said:
"The mega yacht registry is
very actively under way, and
there are a lot of moving parts
to it. It's a very high priority,
and we're hopeful of having it
before the end of the year.
"We want to do it; the Gov-
ernment wants to do it; and
all are very supportive of the
idea. It's just a matter of
putting it all together. There's
great progress being made,
and we're hopeful of being
able to launch it by the end of
the year."
The mega yacht registry is
also being viewed as a natur-
al extension to the Bahamas'
existing 1700-strong bulk ship-
ping registry, the world's third
largest, and a tool to attract
mega yacht owners, managers
and charterers to register their
vessels in this nation.
In addition, a mega yacht

World's largest
cruise vessel
lists on Bahamas'
1,700-strong bulk
shipping registry

registry has obvious links to
the Bahamas' high-end sec-
ond home market, given that
these property owners are
also likely to own this class of
The links to the Bahamas'
financial services industry,
with its private wealth man-
agement specialisation, are
even more obvious, as the
owners of mega yachts are its
target client market. A mega
yacht registry in the Bahamas
could also encourage them-
selves to domicile in this
nation, and follow their assets
"The key reason behind it
is that it rounds off the
Bahamas' offering from a
wealth management point of
view," Mr Fair told Tribune
Business. "It's one area of the
market that we do not have a
big slice of, because they've
been going elsewhere. We
need to be able to offer that

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sic accountant
yesterday said he
had seen a "100
per cent" increase in requests
for him to carry out fraud
examinations over the past
two years, attributing this rise
in part to the tighter controls
and vigilance being exercised
by employers to conserve cash
in a recession.
John Bain, forensic partner
at HLB Galanis Bain, told
Tribune Business that over
the past two years he had
been summoned by both pri-
vate and public sector entities
to examine "case after case"
of suspected fraud, resulting
in the doubling of request lev-
He explained that the
alleged cases he was sum-
moned to investigate not only
involved the theft of cash by
employees, for example, but
also the inappropriate use and
misappropriation of company
However, Mr Bain said he
was unable to say whether the
rise in suspected fraud cases
was due solely to the reces-
sion and contracting econo-

my, as ,m i of the frauds I'm
looking at are from five years
ago and more".
"The companies now are
more careful, and because the
money is tight companies are
implementing tighter con-
trols," Mr Bain told Tribune
Business, implying that
improved detection and vigi-
lance were at least partly
"Companies are bringing in
experts, implementing tighter
controls. It's an increase in
detection, new methods and
new technologies. Frauds are
ongoing by nature. People get
bold and some have been
going on for a very long time."
Still, Mr Bain acknowl-
edged that the economy could
be playing its part in increas-
ing internal and employee
theft/fraud, due to the needs
of some to maintain a certain
"I think the economy in
itself may cause people used
to a certain lifestyle and
income to do it more," he
added. "You have a guy used
to taking care of his wife or
girlfriend at a certain level,
and they'll find creative ways
to get the money."
The intense financial pres-
sures caused by the economic

crisis have led to an increase
of fraud, according to a sur-
vey of experts conducted by
the Association of Certified
Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
In its 2009 report, Occupa-
tional Fraud: A Study of the
Impact of an Economic Reces-
sion, the ACFE found that:
* Employees pose the great-
est fraud threat in the current
economy. When asked which,
if any, of several categories of
fraud increased during the
previous 12 months, the
largest number of survey
respondents (48 per cent) indi-
cated that embezzlement was
on the rise.
* Lay-offs are affecting
organizations' internal control
systems. Nearly 60 per cent of
Certified Fraud Examiners
who work as in-house fraud
examiners reported that their
companies had experienced
lay-offs during the past year.
Among those who had expe-
rienced lay-offs, almost 35 per
cent said their company had
eliminated some anti-fraud
* Fraud levels are expected
to continue rising. Almost 90
per cent of respondents said
they expect fraud to continue
to increase during the next 12

Business Reporter

associated with white-collar
crime in the Bahamas appears
to have increased 160 per cent
year-over-year, according to
Royal Bahamas Police Force
statistics, with the value of
such reported crimes reach-
ing a possible $16 million by
year-end 2009.
However, the data showed
occurrences of white collar
crime seemed to have sseen
a marginal decrease in the
first six months of 2009.
Speaking at the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered
Accountants' (BICA)
Accountant's Week, Bank of
the Bahamas International's
credit risk specialist, Anthony
Johnson, revealed the statis-
tics, which suggest a continu-
al rise in white collar crime.
Mr Johnson also revealed
through past and recent news-
paper articles that police were
aware of - and actively inves-
tigating - white collar crime
in this country.

SEE page 3B

Tour operators hit at cruise

lines' 'failed commitments'

Tribune Business Editor
THE cruise industry's main
representative body has "not
lived up to any commitment"
that it gave to Bahamian tour
operators and the Govern-
ment at an October 2008
meeting, a body speaking for
Bahamian businesses said yes-
terday, asserting that the Min-
ister of Tourism was already
fully aware of the issue con-
fronting the sector.
Responding to Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace's criti-
cisms of their "bizarre behav-
iour", the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Shore Excursionists
(BASE), in a statement sent
to Tribune Business on behalf
of its Bahamian tour opera-
tor/excursion provider mem-
bers, said there were enough
written communications,
meetings and discussions
involving the industry, the
cruise lines and the Ministry
of Tourism to "create a vol-
"We strongly believe that
besides the obvious frustra-
tion with this process that far
too much damage has been
done to legitimate Bahamian
businesses that employ hun-
dreds of Bahamians, payout
millions in annual payroll and

Reply to minister's
comments on
'bizarre behaviour'

other expenses for us to be
bantering around about
details that have been before
us for so long," BASE said.
"It is time that our elected
or appointed Bahamian lead-
ers understand that their pri-
mary duty is serve not to be
served. If there is nothing on
the table for us as Bahamians
then tell us that up front, and
stop giving us reason to have
hope when all we do is go to
meeting after meeting, write
note after note, while the oth-
er side gets everything they
have asked for.
"We have been very sup-
portive of the Ministry's
efforts over the years and will
continue to be, but as long as
the playing field continues to
tilt away from hard-working
Bahamians, any right-think-
ing Bahamian should have a
problem with policy decisions
that are taken that do not
take into effect the devasta-
tion or benefit to the local
BASE quickly added that

SEE page 4B

Water & Sewerage's debt to

BISX firm up $1.5m to $6.2m

Tribune Business Editor
THE Water & Sewerage
Corporation's accounts
payables owed to its main
BISX-listed water supplier
increased by $1.5 million to
$6.2 million during the 2009
third quarter, the Govern-
ment-owed entity having indi-
cated it will be in arrears and
unable to pay down the out-
standing balance for the
remainder of the year.
Consolidated Water, in yes-
terday's 10-Q filing with the

Consolidated Water again warns about potential Nassau
water supply cut-off, as Government-owned entity indicates
unable to pay down on arrears for remainder of 2009

Securities & Exchange Com-
mission (SEC), warned that if
the Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration did not maintain
timely payments to it or
increase the sums involved,
its Bahamian subsidiary
would lack the liquidity/cash
flow needed to finance its
If such a scenario came to

pass, although Consolidated
Water gave no indication that
it would, then the company's
Blue Hills reverse osmosis
plant - which supplies the bulk
of New Providence's daily
water with some seven mil-
lion gallons per day - might
have to reduce its output or

SEE page 6B


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SEASONED business leaders and
speakers will address the 2009 Vision-
ary Business Leaders and Entrepre-
neurs Awards Conference on Decem-
ber 2, 2009, which aims to help busi-
nesses survive the recession and pre-
pare for economic recovery.
Among the speakers at the confer-
ence, which is being held at the Sher-
aton Nassau Beach Resort, are
Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for
finance; Jerome Gomez, fund admin-
istrator of the Bahamas Entrepre-
neurial Venture Fund and a principal
in the chartered accounting firm Bak-
er Tilly Gomez; Dionisio D'Aguilar,
immediate past president of the

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce,
president of Superwash Laundromat
and chairman of AML Holdings; and
Tennyson Wells, president of Sanctu-
ary Investments (the owners of Yuma
Estates, Lyford Hills and South Seas
land developments).
Other major speakers will include
Dr Myles Munroe, president of
Bahamas Faith Ministries Interna-
tional; Sandy Schaefer, president of
Robin Hood; and personal branding
and professional communications
expert, Stacia Williams, president of

Total Image Management.
Various government organizations
responsible for the development and
promotion of Bahamian businesses,
entrepreneurship and tourism have
also been invited to participate.
The business conference is being
organised by Visionaire Marketing, a
marketing and public relations firm,
and sponsored by the Bahamas Entre-
preneurial Venture Fund, which was
established by the Government in
2005 as the vehicle to manage the
Government-funded Venture Capital
Other major sponsors include Sanc-
tuary Investments; Super Wash Laun-

dromat; and Milo B. Butler & Sons,
with special gift donations by Atlantis,
Robin Hood and Bahamasair.
"Such a conference is needed at
such a crucial time in our nation, when
many business owners continue to
struggle to keep their doors open and
unemployment continues to be a
major concern," said Visionaire Mar-
keting in a press release.
A major highlight of the 2009
Visionary Business Leaders & Entre-
preneurs Awards Conference will
include the Visionary Awards lun-
cheon, in which various business per-
sons will be recognized for business

Ex-bank inspector to unveil 'offshore' findings in Nassau

The Central Bank of the
Bahamas' former inspector of
banks and trust companies,
whose newly-authored Final


Report of the Independent
Review of British Offshore
Centres has just been released,
will be commenting on the

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report's implications for the
Bahamas when he speaks at
The Nassau Conference 2009.
"I will be identifying the
key changes from the events
of the last two years as they
have affected all off-shore
jurisdictions," said Michael
Foot, now chairman of
Promontory Financial Group
UK. "I will then pick out
those aspects of public poli-
cy and regulation that will
help ensure that a jurisdiction
like the Bahamas remains
competitive in the decade to
Mr Foot was asked by the
UK Chancellor of the Exche-
quer to conduct a review of
the long-term opportunities
and challenges facing the
British Crown Dependencies
(CDs) and Overseas Territo-
ries (OTs) as financial cen-
His report covers a number
of important areas that impact
on the future sustainability of
these jurisdictions, and sets
out a series of standards that
Crown Dependencies and
Overseas Territories will be
expected to meet.
The report said British off-
shore financial centres must
ensure they meet interna-
tional standards on tax infor-
mation exchange, financial
regulation, anti-money laun-

during and countering the
financing of terrorism, as well
as ensuring, they put their
public finances on a firmer
footing by diversifying their
tax bases.
Mr Foot's presentation, The
Rapidly Changing World of
Offshore Centres, is one of six
presentations and panel dis-
cussions at the Conference,
which is being held on
Wednesday, November 18, at
the British Colonial Hilton.
The discussions include:
* A panel discussion on the
Bahamas' status and strategy
towards Tax Information
Agreements, led by Zhivar-
go Laing, minister of state for
finance, with follow-up com-
mentary by John Delaney,
Higgs & Johnson, and Arthur
Strommer, Credit Suisse Nas-
sau Branch.
* A panel discussion on Tax
Amnesties covering the US,
Brazil and Italy, and featuring
Robert F. Hudson Jr, Baker
& McKenzie LLP; Humberto
de Haro Sanches,
Ulh6a Canto, Rezende e
Guerra Advogados, and Fran-
co Polloni, BSI Bank.
* The benefits of Econom-
ic Permanent Residency with
Stephen Wall from the Scor-

pio Partnership.
* A presentation entitled
Private Wealth Management:
What does the Bahamas need
to do to get better and
smarter? featuring consultant
Bruce Weatherill, who has
previously been involved in
strategy development for the
* And a panel discussion
on the next generation of
Bahamian Entrepreneurs in
Financial Services, featuring
Wendy Craigg, governor of
Central Bank of the Bahamas,
and Hilary Deveaux, execu-
tive director, Securities Com-
mission of the Bahamas.
The registration fee for the
Conference is $500. Persons
can register online at
or by calling AIBT at 356-
Under the theme Private
Wealth Management: The
Changing Dynamics, this
year's conference represents
the Association of Interna-
tional Banks and Trust Com-
panies in The Bahamas'
(AIBT) fifth year of lead
sponsorship for the event.
AIBT, which is the found-
ing partner for the confer-
ence, has been joined by
Pictet Bank and Trust, SG

to firms

THE Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC)
has expanded its Voice over
Internet Protocol (VoIP)
offering from residential to
business customers, unveiling
its Business Vibe product.
Business Vibe is a VoIP
solution, which is voice trans-
mission over a broadband
Internet connection instead
of a standard phone line
designed for use by all busi-
nesses. BTC is arguing that
the product will increase busi-
ness efficiency and reduce
Business Vibe is an exten-
sion of the Vibe Unite resi-
dential and VoIP product,
and BTC said it offers
improved network perfor-
mance, lower overhead costs,
enhanced worker productivi-
ty and a competitive advan-
tage for all businesses.
"It will provide businesses
with immediate savings on
their long distance calling
costs," said Marlon Johnson,
BTC's vice-president of mar-
keting. "Switching to BTC's
Business Vibe VoIP product
can help businesses lower
their monthly expenditure on
telephone services while
increasing both the flexibili-
ty and reliability of their com-
munications systems."
BTC said VoIP systems
were especially helpful to
start-ups and small to medi-
um-sized businesses, as they
allowed them to compete
more effectively with com-
petitors regardless of their

Private Banking, Cable
Bahamas and Bloomberg as
sponsors for The Nassau Con-
ference 2009.
The Conference steering
committee includes confer-
ence chairman Andrew Law
from International Protector
Group; Arthur Strommer,
Credit Suisse Nassau Branch;
Clifford Johnson, Pricewater-
houseCoopers; Dominique
Lefevre, SG Hambros; Jan
Mezulanik, Pictet Bank and
Trust; Wendy Warren,
Bahamas Financial Services
Board; and Anastacia John-
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have a more prominent role
in guiding financial institu-
tions in the post -recession
environment, the Governor
of the Central Bank said yes-
terday, taking on a renewed
and more robust position in
regulatory standards in the
Bahamas and abroad.
Wendy Craigg, speaking at
the opening of Accountant's
Week, held by the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered
Accountants (BICA), said the
economic crisis has "cata-
pulted the profession on to
centre stage once again".
Ms Craigg said that in the
aftermath of the financial cri-
sis, the need for accountants
and better accounting stan-
dards was more crucial than
ever, as large institutions -
such as those that collapsed
during the credit crisis -
required tougher supervision.
"To say the least, these
developments have raised

questions about the adequacy
of risk management models,
exposed gaps in regulatory
frameworks, and cast doubts
on the adequacy of regulato-
ry capital to sustain losses,"
the Central Bank governor
"In addition, weakness in
corporate governance, espe-
cially in relation to risk assess-
ment and management and
business ethics, has emerged
as a contributory factor in the
loss of confidence in the
financial services industry."
Ms Craigg said the Finan-
cial Stability Board (FSB) and
G-20 have developed a list of
financial system reforms,
which include: Strengthening
the global capital framework
by building stronger buffers
into the financial system,
including capital, liquidity and
provisioning; making global
liquidity more robust, and
increasing bank resilience to
system-wide liquidity shocks;
strengthening accounting
standards; and improving
compensation practices.
BICA will begin its peer

review programme in Janu-
ary 2010 in an attempt to
adhere to those international
accountancy practices.
In the peer review pro-
gramme, Bahamian account-
ing firms will be subject to a
quality assurance check every
six years, which will also allow
those firms in public practice
access to material that would
help them engage in best
All accounting firms
engaged in public practice
and licensed by BICA will be
subject to a peer review by
members of the Association
of Chartered Certified
Accountants (ACCA), a
globally recognized body.
The ACCA will scrutinise
all firms, including large inter-
national firms, such as
Deloitte & Touche, and will
report their findings to a body
selected by BICA.
Ms Craigg said the Central
Bank had formed the Com-
mercial Banking Unit (CBU)
to enhance monitoring of
large exposures and the qual-
ity of the loan portfolios.

"We have made adjust-
ments to the data reporting
requirements for commercial
banks, and have introduced
quarterly credit meetings,
geared towards maintaining
close surveillance of develop-
ments in their credit and trea-
sury risks," she said.
"Importantly, we have
expanded our efforts to
require that banks focus on
and improve their risk identi-
fication practices.
"Since the beginning of
2009, all banks have been
requested to conduct stress
tests on credit, liquidity, and
other related areas of risk, on
a regular basis, as part of their
risk management processes.
"We intend to closely eval-
uate the adequacy of these
stress tests during our on-site
examination exercises."
Ms Craigg said a recent col-
laboration between BICA
and the Group of Financial
Sector Regulators will ensure
auditing and accounting stan-
dards/practices will be more
closely scrutinised, and pos-
sibly reformed.

White collar crime value

rises 160 per cent

"White collar crime is a
major issue in the communi-
ty," he said. "White collar
crime is alive and well."
According to Mr Johnson,
reporting this type of crime
and securing a conviction in
such cases depends on the
moral fabric of a community,
but they are rarely brought to
light due to the veil of secrecy
that shrouds many corpora-
tions in the interest of share-
holders and investors.
Police statistics cite "Fraud
by false pretenses" as the
leading offense investigated
by their Business and Tech-
nology Crime Unit. There
were 166 instances of this kind
of crime investigated by
police in 2008, while there
have been only 79 in the first
half of 2009.
Other white prominent
white collar crimes include:
Counterfeit arrests - 13 in
2008 /11 in 2009
Stealing by reason of
employment - 121 in 2008 /
47 in 2009
Stealing by reason of ser-
vice - 145 in 2008 /72 in 2009
Forgery - 26 in 2008 /10 in
Possession of false docu-
ments - 28 in 2008 /11 in 2009
Mr Johnson added that
white collar crimes cost the
US $300 billion annually,
recalling cases such as the

Bernard Madoff Ponzi
scheme and Martha Stuart's
insider trading conviction as
those types of crime.
He suggested that though
these types of offenses may
not be covered by the media,
they do occur within big
Bahamian businesses and
financial institutions.
Mr Johnson said many of
these crimes were settled
internally within institutions,
so as to retain their integrity.
Some were never uncovered,
having been concealed
through complex transactions
or never coming to a convic-
tion because the accused have
enough money to hire the
best legal counsel.
However, he said both
Senior Assistant Commis-
sioner, Marvin Dames, and
former Minister for Public
Safety and Immigration,
Arlington Butler, at different
times revealed that white col-
lar crimes in this country were
on the rise.
Mr Johnson said Mr Dames
alluded to real estate fraud
being one of the main types of
white collar crimes in the
He added that this kind of
crime can also cause the mis-
use of scarce resources,
undermine a country's com-
petitive position and cause a
contagion effect leading to
more white collar crimes.
"The moral fabric of society
is threatened by the reluc-
tance of individuals to disclose
white collar crimes," said Mr

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Tour operators hit at cruise

lines' 'failed commitments'

members had failed to supply
him with a letter setting out
all their issues and concerns,
something he had requested,
so that he could then "address
head-on" the matter with the
cruise lines.
Yet BASE argued that the
minister already had all the
necessary information "at his
finger tips", making the let-
ter unnecessary. It said Mr
Vanderpool-Wallace's con-

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


Legal Notice



- 1-

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


Legal Notice



- 6-

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of MAXX PAINE INC. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of PARAGON RIVER CORP. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


cern about the number of
Bahamian-owned tour opera-
tors/excursion providers who
were being dropped from
cruise line itineraries showed
he was fully aware of the

And, in addition, BASE
said that numerous meetings,
e-mails, phone calls and let-

ters had been held and
exchanged with various Min-
istry of Tourism staff, leading
them to question how Mr
Vanderpool-Wallace was
unaware of their concerns.
Referring to an October
2008 meeting involving the
Florida-Caribbean Cruise
Association (FCCA), its
member lines (Carnival and
Royal Caribbean), the Min-
istry of Tourism, other gov-

Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



- t

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


Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice



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


ernment ministries and
Bahamian tour operators,
BASE said a similar meeting
had been hosted six weeks
before in Nassau, hosted by
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace.
"Both meetings were born
out of a meeting organised by
the Ministry of Tourism's
director of cruise develop-
ment after she was advised of
our growing concerns regard-
ing relations with cruise
lines," BASE said.
"Those attending that
meeting ranged from the-then
new permanent secretary in
the Ministry of Tourism, to
several senior Ministry of
Tourism managers, and rep-
resentatives from the Attor-
ney General's office, Immi-
gration, Port Department,
Customs and several other
government agencies that
deal with cruise lines.
"Out of the Trinidad meet-
ing, in which the minister was
an extremely active partici-
pant, came a commitment
from the FCCA leadership,
who at this point appear to
get unfettered support from
the Ministry of Tourism, and
BASE to set up follow up
meetings with individual lines
to address and find solutions
for these concerns. The Min-
istry of Tourism is fully aware
of the fact that the FCCA has
not lived up to any commit-
ment made as of today; nei-
ther have they been made to

come to the table."
BASE said that every time
it had requested to meet with
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace,
another member of the Min-
istry of Tourism had been
sent to speak with them.
"As for the letter that out-
lines the concerns we echoed
for the past four years, dat-
ing back to the previous
administration - which, inci-
dentally, did the very same
thing, promised dialogue and
open, honest and thorough
discussion, but never did any-
thing - it deifies logic that the
minister would say this, espe-
cially as that letter complete
with suggestions and recom-
mendations has been in his
office for quite some time
now," BASE said.
"We met with one of the
minister's appointed staff, got
clarification and then submit-
ted the information. BASE
will reserve further comment
on the content of that sub-
mission pending what we
hope to be a reasonable
response from the minister as
to our meeting date........
"And for us to have been
echoing our concerns for as
long as we have to our leaders
without reasonable response
is simply undemocratic, and
does not reflect the values
that should be driving our
country, openness, trans-
parency and trusted leader-

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


Legal Notice




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


Legal Notice



- J-

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ABBI VOLCANY INC. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the



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it did not want to start a pub-
lic row with Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace, and was hoping that
he would come through for
the organisation and its mem-
bers and meet with them, as
he had done on numerous
occasions before.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
had previously told Tribune
Business that BASE and its




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FROM page 1B
service as well."
In addition, a Bahamas reg-
istry could also generate
increased business for mari-
nas and service suppliers to
mega yachts, in addition to
boosting government rev-
Dr Earl Deveaux, minister
of the environment, said the
BMA was looking to increase
its current $14 million rev-
enues by 25-30 per cent in the
next few years, the mega
yacht registry forming a key
plank in this strategy.
Mr Fair told Tribune Busi-
ness that the BMA was also
intending to assist in the cre-
ation of a Bahamian aircraft
registry, another product that
linked into the provision of
wealth management services,
although its current focus was
on the mega yacht registry.

He added that the Bahamas
had not yet maximised its
potential in the maritime
industry, yet there were
"tremendous opportunities"
to grow what was already the
third-largest contributor to
this nation's gross domestic
product (GDP).
Mr Fair said increasing
employment for Bahamians
was central to the mega yacht
registry plan, adding: "What
we're looking to do is any-
thing we can to increase
employment opportunities."
Pointing to the Cadet
Corps, which the BMA sup-
ports, Mr Fair said the organ-
isation was attempting to get
more Bahamians involved
and employed in the global
maritime industry, given that
the International Maritime
Organisation had identified
"a great shortage" of quali-

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Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ANHIN ANNIS INC. has been completed;
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Com-
pany has therefore been struck off the Register.


fied marine officers and
mariners - both now and in
the immediate future.
The BMA chairman said
the Bahamas' maritime her-
itage, its existing industry and
having the world's third
largest shipping industry all
"points to encouraging more
Bahamians to taking up

employment in this area",
helping the current unem-
ployment problems in this
Mr Fair said that once
appointed, among the "key
roles" for the BMA's new
director will be "to further
raise the profile of the indus-
try". Despite the global reces-
sion, new ships were still
being built and launched, and
"we're obviously keen to get

Legal Notice



- 6-

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


Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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


our fair share of that".
Despite the Bahamas'
emphasis on quality over
quantity, Mr Fair said the
BMA was still keen to grow
the bulk shipping registry.
Among its latest additions is
Royal Caribbean Cruise
Lines' Oasis of the Sea, "the
biggest cruise ship in the
world" and a "highly innova-
tive vessel".
"The cruise ship industry is

a vitally important part of our
portfolio," Mr Fair explained.
"It's only 15 per cent of our
full registry, but we're the
world's largest cruise ship reg-
istry and it gives us profile."
Mr Fair and three other
executives will be attending
the upcoming Cruise Line
International Association
Forum to further cement the
BMA's position in this sec-

Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



- -

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


Legal Notice




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of LONE TIMBER INC. has been completed;
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Com-
pany has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice



- #-

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






Water & Sewerage':

debt to BISX firm up $1.5m to $6.2m

FROM page 1B

cease production altogether.
Consolidated Water said:
"Consolidated Water
(Bahamas) accounts receiv-
ables from the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation were
approximately $6.2 million as
of September 30, 2009.
"We believe that the
accounts receivable from the
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion are fully collectible, and
therefore have not provided
any allowance for possible
non-payment of these receiv-
ables as of September 30,
Yet the BISX-listed reverse
osmosis supplier added: "We
have been informed by these

representatives that while the
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion expects to pay us approx-
imately $1.2 million each
month, which approximates
Consolidated Water
(Bahamas) monthly billings
to Water & Sewerage Corpo-
ration, the Water & Sewer-
age Corporation will continue
to be in arrears on its pay-
ments to Consolidated Water
(Bahamas) for the remainder
of 2009.
"Consolidated Water
(Bahamas) derives substan-
tially all of its revenues from
its contract with the Water &
Sewerage Corporation and is
dependent upon timely col-
lection of its accounts receiv-

able to fund its operations.
"If the Water & Sewerage
Corporation does not main-
tain the timeliness and/or
increase the amounts of its
payments to Consolidated
Water (Bahamas), this sub-
sidiary may not have suffi-
cient liquidity to adequately
fund its operations.
"If this occurs, Consolidat-
ed Water (Bahamas) may be
required to decrease the
amount of water it supplies
the Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration to the minimum
required amount under the
contract or, if liquidity prob-
lems become too severe,
cease its production of water
altogether. Such develop-
ments could have a material
adverse effect on our results
of operation and financial
Consolidated Water's prob-
lems with accounts receiv-
ables owed by the Water &
Sewerage Corporation are
nothing new, the issue having
been an ongoing one since
The Government was

forced to increase its 2008-
2009 Budget subsidy to the
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion from $19 million to $30
million during its mid-term
report, with most of the addi-
tional $11 million earmarked
to pay debt owed to Consoli-
dated Water and other
reverse osmosis suppliers.
Yet accounts receivables
owed by the Water & Sewer-
age Corporation are starting
to rise again, providing fur-
ther evidence of a cash-
strapped government agency
that is in a financially precar-
ious position. As at June 30,
2009, the Water & Sewerage
Corporation's receivables
were $4.7 million, indicating
that they had increased by
$1.5 million during the 2009
third quarter. And this despite
an $8.7 million payment made
to Consolidated Water by the
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion in the second quarter,
representing the infusion of
additional taxpayer monies to
pay down debt.
However, there was better
news for Consolidated Water

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

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This is an adorable pair of armshairs made rom solid
beech wood at the end ofl he 19tti century.

Each fealuing an elegantly simple frame adorned
withtwisted ribbon patterns and supported by a lovely set
of 4 nice turned fluled leqs

Circa date 10 D
Price:$55500.00 pair

elsewhere in its Bahamas
operations. Its bulk water
operations, which include the
Nassau-based Blue Hills and
Windsor reverse osmosis
plants, saw their gross profits
increase by 41.5 per cent for
the nine months to Septem-
ber 30, 2009, rising from
$3.028 million last year to
$4.287 million.
As a percentage of rev-
enues, gross profit margins
increased from 13 per cent for
the first nine months in 2008
to 22 per cent for the three
quarters to September 30,
Apart from improvements
in its Cayman operations,
Consolidated Water said:
"The higher gross profits for
our Bahamas operations
reflect improved operating
efficiencies for our Windsor
operations located in Nassau,
New Providence.
"We constructed and com-
missioned new feed water
wells and replaced the reverse
osmosis membranes on 50 per
cent of our production trains
at our Windsor plant, effec-
tive September 2008, and
replaced the reverse osmosis
membranes on the remaining
production trains at the Wind-
sor plant during the quarter
ended June 30, 2009.
"These capital expenditures
have improved the energy
efficiency of the Windsor
plant. In addition, last year

we implemented an improved
feed water pre-treatment
regime at our Blue Hills plant
in Nassau, which has reduced
electrical power consumption
at that plant. Our bulk seg-
ment gross profit percentage
for 2009 also benefited from a
reduction in diesel and elec-
tricity prices."
Rick McTaggart, Consoli-
dated Water's chief executive,
said: "We are pleased with
the improvements in operat-
ing efficiencies that we have
been able to achieve in our
Bahamas operations and with
the operating performance of
the company in general."
However, a $164,000
increase in bank charges,
resulting from the conversion
of Bahamian dollars into US
currency, impacted Consoli-
dated Water's general and
administrative expenses.
Those costs in the third quar-
ter alone amounted to
Meanwhile, Consolidated
Water confirmed that its
Bahamian subsidiary had
replaced a previous Royal
Bank of Canada with one
offered by Scotiabank, again
for the same $500,000
Although no borrowings
had yet been made under the
facility, it was secured on the
company's assets and had an
interest rate of Bahamian
Prime plus 1.5 per cent.

New Providence


TOW late of Winton Highway in the Eastern District of
the Island.of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any
claims or demands against the above-named Estate
are requested to send the same duly certified to the
undersigned on or before the 30th day of November,
2009 after which the Personal Representatives will
proceed to distribute the assets of the Deceased among
the persons entitled thereto having regard only to the
claims of which the Personal Representatives shall then
have had notice.

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




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

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

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

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

Sales Jobs

A New Jewellery Store
is OPENING on Bay Street

and we are looking for some energetic and outgoing
individuals to join the sales team immediately.

Experience with jewellery is a plus but we are willing
to train non-experienced people who have the right
attitude and personality.

Salary plus generous commission plan.
Fax resume to 393-5102
for immediate consideration.



(No.45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of CAPITAL HOTELS LIMITED has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register. The date
of completion of the dissolution was the 28th day of October,

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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 0.00 0.127 0.000 9.2 0.00%
11.80 9.90 Bahamas Property Fund 10.75 10.75 0.00 0.992 0.200 10.8 1.86%
9.30 5.90 Bank of Bahamas 5.90 5.90 0.00 0.244 0.260 24.2 4.41%
0.89 0.63 Benchmark 0.63 0.63 0.00 -0.877 0.000 N/M 0.00%
3.49 3.15 Bahamas Waste 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.125 0.090 25.2 2.86%
2.37 2.14 Fidelity Bank 2.37 2.37 0.00 0.055 0.040 43.1 1.69%
14.20 9.92 Cable Bahamas 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.406 0.250 7.1 2.50%
2.88 2.72 Colina Holdings 2.72 2.72 0.00 0.249 0.040 10.9 1.47%/
7.50 5.26 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 5.74 5.65 -0.09 10,000 0.419 0.300 13.5 5.31%
3.85 1.27 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.88 2.90 0.02 0.111 0.052 26.1 1.79%
2.85 1.32 Doctor's Hospital 2.51 2.55 0.04 10,000 0.625 0.080 4.1 3.14%/
8.20 6.28 Famguard 6.50 6.50 0.00 0.420 0.240 15.5 3.69%/
12.50 8.80 Finco 9.30 9.30 0.00 0.322 0.520 28.9 5.59%/
11.71 9.87 FirstCaribbean Bank 9.87 9.87 0.00 300 0.631 0.350 15.6 3.55%*
5.53 4.11 Focol (S) 4.34 4.34 0.00 0.326 0.150 13.3 3.46%
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 7.7 0.00%
9.02 5.49 ICD Utilities 5.59 5.59 0.00 800 0.407 0.500 13.7 8.94%
12.00 9.95 J.S. Johnson 9.95 9.95 0.00 0.952 0.640 10.5 6.43%*
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.156 0.000 64.1 0.00%
E.1i.; LIETE I D[EEi.T .SEC-UjRITIEIS � I , i',.J . aJ ,_', a i -'.-, . r.�,; Pri:ing r. a-ez-
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest Maturity
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100.00 0.00 7% 19 October 2017
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 19 October 2022
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.00 0.00 7% 30 May 2013
1000.00 1000.00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 100.00 0.00 Prime + 1.75% 29 May 2015
F,.Jler, C-, _r T ', -1.,', r ,b r 5E ,urar.=:,.
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14.60 7.92 Bahamas Supermarkets 10.06 11.06 14.00 -2.246 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2.00 6.25 4.00 0.000 0.480 N/M 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.35 0.001 0.000 256.6 0.00%
41.00 29.00 ABDAB 30.13 31.59 29.00 4.540 0.000 9.03 0.00%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdinas 0.45 0.55 0.55 0.002 0.000 261.90 0.00%
615,., L. reL J uI. FuI..J-._
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield % NAV Date
1.4038 1.3344 CFAL Bond Fund 1.4038 3.72 5.20 31-Aug-09
3.0350 2.8266 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2.8266 -3.86 -4.88 31-Oct-09
1.4957 1.4226 CFAL Money Market Fund 1.4957 4.30 5.13 23-Oct-09
3.5399 2.9343 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9343 -13.33 -17.11 31-Oct-09
13.2400 12.3870 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13.2400 4.93 5.90 31-Oct-09
103.0956 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 103.0956 3.10 2.52 30-Sep-09
100.0000 99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund 99.4177 3.12 2.76 30-Sep-09
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.0000 0.00 0.00 31-Dec-07
10.5884 9.4740 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9.4740 4.17 4.18 31-Oct-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
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 Lowowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling pnce of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close - Previous day's weighted pnce for daily volume Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter pnce
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol - Trading volume of the pnorweek
Change - Change in closing pnce from day to day EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol - Number of total shares traded today NAV - Net Asset Value
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M - Not Meaningful
P/E - Closing pnce 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






Hitting the right


Bahamian musicians raise funds for the Cancer Society


IT seems that the
artists of the
Bahamas, whether
they are portrait
painters, sculptors, or
musicians, are all on
a mission to 'give
This time around, three tal-
ented Bahamian musicians
will hold a recital titled "A
Pristine Affair" to raise funds
for the Cancer Society of the
The event is presented by
the Cancer Society with Nau-
tilus Water as a major sponsor
and under the patronage of
Governor General Arthur
This benefit concert, which
aims to also raise more aware-
ness of cancer, will feature Dr
Cleveland Williams (baritone)
and Nikita Thompson- Wells
(soprano), both highly trained
Bahamian opera singers, and
pianist Audrey Dean-Wright.
It will be held this Thursday
at 7pm at Christ Church
The show will include high-
lights from the opera 'La
traviata' by Guiseppe Verdi
- based on the novel 'The
Lady of the Camellias' by
Alexandre Dumas (the
younger) published in 1848 -
and from Porgy and Bess, the
1935 American folk opera by
George Gerswhin.
The musicians will also per-
form old-time Negro spirituals.
Organisers hope the concert
will become an annual event
which will continue to aid the
Cancer Society as well as oth-
er charitable organizations in

the Bahamas.
Dr Williams told Tribune
Health that he chose the Can-
cer Society as the beneficiary
of the concert because of his
admiration of the organisa-
tion's "fathomless contribu-
tions" to the Bahamas.
"The Cancer Society was
chosen because I admire the
work they have done over the
years. They have done count-
less things for people of all
age brackets, and for that rea-
son they were chosen," he
Dr Williams said the con-
cert has also given birth to the
first opera company in the
Bahamas which will be
launched early next year.
"The Nassau City Opera
will be launched in February
2010 and will continue to put
on shows and donate to char-
ity," he said.
The public is encouraged
to attend the event which
promises to be a fulfilling and
entertaining night.
"I want to encourage the
public to come out and sup-
port the event because it will
be an entertaining show for a
very good cause," he said.
The concert was put on for
the first time last year. It was
a huge success, but Dr
Williams said the audience
wanted more. For that reason
organizers have added a few
more performances to this
year's lineup.
He anticipates that this
year's concert will be even
more successful than last
Tickets are available at
Logos Book Store, the Juke
Box at the Mall at Marathon
and at the Cancer Society of
the Bahamas. Or visit

A healthy heart sounds better than ever



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... . .

EACH year, the Heart Ball Committee hosts two fundraising
events, the Heart Ball and the Annual Tea Party/Fashion Show.
These events generate funds that aid in the repair of hearts of

Annual Heart Ball Committee

Tea Party and Fashion Show

to raise funds for children

with heart defects

UNDER the theme "Tea
Around The Universe", the
2009/10 Heart Ball Commit-
tee kicks off its fundraising
events and is inviting the
public to participate in the
Fourth Annual Tea Party and
Fashion Show.
The event, which will be
held at 2.30pm on Sunday,
November 22 at Government
House, seeks to raise funds
to help treat children with
heart problems.
A donation of $25 per per-
son is requested. Teas will be
provided by Beth Stuart of
Beth's Kitchen and Island
Rose Teas Ltd. In addition to
the fashion show, there will
be a hat parade, a table deco-
rating competition and an in-
house raffle, with lots of
prizes and surprises.
The event will commence
with a greeting from one of
the co-chairwoman followed
by an exciting fashion show
moderated and coordinated
by Phyllis Albury-Garraway.
Seasonal trends from vari-
ous designer houses such as
the Seventeen Shop, Bahama
Hand Prints, Envy Me Fash-
ions, and Anita's Place will
be on display. Casual wear,
church, evening, and formal

attire will be shown by models
of varying sizes. Hats will be
modelled from Judy's Hat
Shop, and jewellery will be
displayed by Master Jewellers
and Nadia Campbell Jew-
Each year, the Heart Ball
Committee hosts two
fundraising events, the Heart
Ball and the Annual Tea Par-
ty/Fashion Show. These
events generate funds that aid
in the repair of hearts of chil-
dren. This year's team, like
that of the Miss Universe
pageant, seeks to represent
countries from around the
globe, since heart disease is
the number one killer
throughout the world.
The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
was established in 1961 to
assist the children of the
Bahamas who are medically
challenged, specifically those
who are born with heart
Being a non-profit organi-
sation, the Foundation relies
heavily on the generosity of
others to meet its goals.
For additional information,
please contact Linda Lafleur
at telephone number (242)

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ling and Azaleta Ishmael-Newry, marketing director, Bahamas Supermarkets Limited/City Market.

ALTHOUGH Omega-3 fatty acids have
been known as essential to normal growth
and health since the 1930s, awareness of
their health benefits has dramatically
increased in the past few years. The heart
health benefits of the long-chain Omega-3
fatty acids - DHA and EPA Omega-3 -
are the best known.
These benefits were discovered in the
1970s by researchers studying the Green-
land Eskimos. The Eskimos consumed
large amounts of fat from seafood, but dis-

played virtually no cardiovascular disease.
The high level of Omega-3 fatty acids con-
sumed by the Eskimos reduced triglyc-
erides, heart rate, blood pressure, and ath-
Closer to home, a City Market customer,
Mr Bethell, was advised to take Omega-3 to
improve his heart health and, following a
recommendation, chose the soft gel manu-
factured by Natrol. Mr Bethell was also
the winner of Natrol's 'win an iPod Touch'


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"Black Crabitis"

DIFFERENT cultures
refer to the "black
crab" syndrome in
different ways. Some call it
"crabs in a bucket", others
call it "crabs in a barrel".
No matter what it is called,
the definition of the term is
When you observe a large number
of crabs in an upright receptacle, typ-
ically none of them can escape.
The reason is that each crab tries to
escape the bucket by doing whatever
it can to elevate itself out of the buck-
et. This includes using other crabs
that are closer to the top as leverage.
The trouble with this approach is that
if all the crabs are using the same tac-
tic, none of them can escape.
In researching this phenomenon,
one writer asserted that when the
Africans were taken from Africa to
North America, the Caribbean and
South America, various tribes were
thrust together and slowly the dis-
placed Africans stopped working as a
family or part of a group. It was
asserted that their mindset was even-
tually influenced by their captors who
forced survival of the fittest versus
collective survival.
Eventually the old values of lifting
each other up or "standing on the
shoulders of ancestors" were replaced
by divisive philosophies that lead peo-
ple to depend on the "dog eat dog"

� nff GEEN CEN

"We all want to become successful in
our lives, to grow and become self-actu-
alised; but, most of us do not use or
improve our natural potential."
~ Unknown ~

ALTHOUGH personal growth is
an essential component of successful
living, it is not a popular concept
across the wide spectrum of our soci-
ety. So much so that many individuals,
even at the senior management level
enjoy very little success in the execu-
tion of their duties due to the miss-
ing element of personal development.
And while we brag of being a high-
ly developed society, the degree of
low productivity and lack of personal
fulfillment is evidence that we have
completely missed the memo that we
are growth-seeking beings and are not
designed to just survive but to create
and thrive; all of which tie directly to
The same way you upkeep your
home, maintain your car and update
your wardrobe you must also allocate
resources towards your inner devel-
opment. What's the point of wearing
the finest clothes, driving the nicest
vehicle or living in the luxurious home
if you are inwardly unaware and unde-
More importantly, do not leave your
personal growth solely in the hands
of your employer, do it for yourself. It
will keep you in touch with your
ideals, making you more creative and

way of being, or activities that dimin-
ish some so that others can raise them-
selves up.
As a result of these philosophies in
our present-day cultural context we
adopt an approach in business where
we never let the "left hand know what
the right hand is doing."
This is an obvious trait that perpet-
uates mistrust, caution and individ-
ual survival as opposed to support,
trust, openness and collaboration.
One way the "black crab" syn-
drome manifests itself in business is
through the lack of mentoring and
coaching. Managers and supervisors
constantly complain about employ-
ees being too dependent and not mak-
ing decisions. These managers do not
realise that they are creating the situ-
For instance, a manager has a dead-
line and an employee is taking longer
than appropriate, so instead of using
this as a developmental opportunity,
the manager takes the work and com-
pletes it himself.
The manager then gets over-
whelmed with the added responsibil-


NOW is the perfect time to start
growing those vegetables that need
cool conditions in which to perform at
their best. These include spinach, gar-
den peas, lettuce - and strawberries.
Leaf spinach grows quickly if grown
in well-manured soil but is very sus-
ceptible to attacks from gnawing
insects that ravage the leaves.
Use a soap solution to deter the
insects and then give the spinach
leaves a good wash before using.
Remember to sow the whole package
because you need lots of spinach,
especially if you are going to cook it.
Spinach can be bitter if it does not
have enough organic content in the
soil. It also needs plenty of water to
maintain rapid growth. Once cut it
will re-leaf readily. You may have to
cut spinach every day even if you do
not use it every day. Store the leaves in
a paper bag in the refrigerator for up
to three days.
Garden peas are also call sweet peas

or English peas. They were the first
vegetables ever to be canned and the
first to be commercially frozen. The
plants are vinous with tendrils that
grasp for support. The most produc-
tive peas are grown on trellises or net-
Besides the regular garden peas
there are snow peas and mangetout
peas, both of which allow you to eat
the pod. Strange to say, snow peas
grow better in the Bahamas than reg-
ular or edible-podded peas.
Peas benefit from being picked the
day they are ready and your crop will
last much longer if you pick regularly.
If you inadvertently leave any pods
on the vine and they dry, the vine will
begin to die.
Heading lettuce is successfully
grown in the Bahamas when the
weather is really cool. Too much
warmth makes the leaves bitter. Head-
ing varieties are best grown from the
seeds of tropical cultivars. Boston or


more marketable.
It is said that if you are teachable,
trainable, learnable and coachable you
can become unstoppable, the prob-
lem is that people want unstoppable
living but they don't want to endure
the process.
It is this idea of getting something
for nothing that hinders personal
growth. Authentically successful peo-
ple know the value in developing
themselves and do it as often as they
take a bath.
Take a look at the Bahamian work
force; if you analysed the amount of
time persons have been on their jobs,
the positions they have held and
assessed the depth of their personal
growth over the time period, you will
find that very few have moved in a
northern direction.

No Goals = No Growth
Without goals there can be no real
growth; personal growth is a process
that produces positive, personal
change from the inside out.

ity of work that was originally dele-
gated and appears to be unproduc-
tive, always complaining about
employees and the volume of work.
In these circumstances, employees
are not developed because they are
not given the opportunity to try or
even understand the delegated work
When this happens, no one wins.
Other "black crab" situations are
clearly evident where employees point
out the errors of other employees or
they complain about each other to
their bosses. If they all do this to each
other, no one wins unless you have
discerning leaders.
In both of these examples, individ-
ual survival outweighs the need for
the survival of the collective.

Building a System of Support
Building a system of support can
start at an individual level. If you
perceive someone to be in a better
position than you and this evokes an
unproductive emotion within you, it
is time to make a paradigm shift so
that other people's success won't neg-
atively affect you.
If you fall within this category, you
perceive things from a place of limi-
tation and lack and these thoughts
lead to unproductive thoughts of
impossibility, hopelessness, resent-
ment of yourself and jealousy of oth-
On the other end of the spectrum,
there are some of you who witness

bibb lettuce can be readily grown but
cos or romaine lettuce are usually a
failure, producing coarse and bitter
Non-heading or loose-leaf lettuce
varieties are the most reliable per-
formers. It used to be that only
romaine and iceberg lettuce were
available in stores but these days you
can buy packages of loose-leaf lettuce
with leaves that are green, bronze and
red, a pretty presentation.
My favourite loose-leaf lettuce is
Black-Seeded Simpson. The leaves
are green and mild-flavoured and the
plants are cut-and-come-again. Grow
Ruby as well if you like a coloured
salad mixture.
Lettuces need compost-enriched
soil, and because their roots are not
large they should be watered regular-
Strawberry plants can be obtained
from your local nursery and should
be set out six to eight inches apart in
rich, well-manured soil. By the end of
the season (after Easter) the plants
will have established runners that pro-
duce new plants. These can be pre-
served through the summer and will

Assess yourself:
* How much of your income do you
spend developing inner-self?
* What books have you read in the
last month?
* What new concept have you
* What are you really good at?

It is important to appreciate that
you can only express what you actually
possess. Learning and growing is a
wonderful thing that most adults are
particularly good at telling children
to do while they themselves are not
growing, instead they remain stuck
doing the same thing in the same way.
You cannot effectively teach or help
another if you are not learning any-
thing new, it is a disservice to others
and to yourself.
Make up your mind to map out
smart goals for your growth and com-
mit to the process.
Final thought - Life, it is said must
be invested in before it can give any
returns. It's just like getting on board
a flight, you can't just show up, you
must also check-in, otherwise you will
not get the boarding pass to pursue
your dreams.
My life has certainly had its fair
share of setbacks, many of which
seemed bigger than I could bear, but
through my continuous development I
found ways to face my growing pains.
Investing in my growth provided
the leadership and articulation exper-

success in others and this inspires
you, teaching you that you can
achieve your goals.
Emotional intelligence skills of
emotional literacy, navigating your
emotions and optimism can help you
to make your internal adjustment.
Emotional literacy helps you to
identify your emotions and emo-
tional navigation helps you to move
around these emotions so that you
can respond in a way that helps build
Optimism is a skill that moves you
from a place of powerlessness to
empowerment with the ability to per-
ceive opportunities.
From a team building perspective,
"black crab" work environments
tend to be devoid of trust and mutu-
al support and rife with office politics.
In these environments, leaders are
not effective at picking up the lead-
ership mantle so the "every man for
himself" value system pervades the
work place.
Another one of the first steps in
building collaboration is to identify if
the leaders are the right people to
take the team forward. If so, they
should be developed, if not, the right
team leaders should be appointed.
In addition to performance, one
of the leaders' primary objectives
should be to hold members of the
team accountable to supportive
behaviour through coaching, aligned
reward and recognition, and if nec-
essary, corrective action which could

give good fruits next year. Thirc
subsequent generations will, howe
tend to be low in productivity and f
size. For the home gardener it is I
to use new plants every season, al
with last years' runner product
Strawberries benefit from regu
watering and side dressings of fert
The economics of homegro
strawberries is impressive. A str
berry plant costs about as much
supermarket punnet but will give f
for about six months. Your ho
strawberries may be smaller than c
mercial varieties grown near the G
coast in Florida but will be far taste
One of the distinct joys of home
dening is being able to munch on fr
strawberries during your early mo
ing inspection of the garden.
Once our cool weather crops h
been established we can truly say 1
our winter garden is complete. Ho
fully we will spend more time pick
harvests than weeding.

* For more information e-mail gare

f touch?

tise that allowed me to embr
incredible opportunities, against
Too often, we find ourselves siti
and waiting for our 'ship' to come
and even though it's right on the h
zon, we are either unprepared
unwilling to swim out to meet it.
Personal growth is not for a se
few, anyone, from anywhere,
become whatever they will to be
you feel stuck or stagnant in your tr
sition, connect with your inner-
and find ways to move forward.
No doubt, it will take more than
same old - same old to thrive
today's global market. If you are nc
the habit of improving your inner-
you will surely find yourself ou
touch and eventually out of time.
To make the most of yourself, m
it your priority to regularly ass
whether or not you are getting bette
life. Remember, at any point you
make the decision to become be
and make something better happe
Now is the time, don't just sit th
do something!

* Michelle M Miller is a certified
coach and stress management con
tant. She is the principal coach of
Coaching Studio, located in the Jo
Plaza, Madeira Street. Questions or c
ments can be sent to PO Box CB-1306
e-mail or i
phone 429-6770.

lead to termination or reassignment.
One of the underlying assumptions
in creating a high performing, mutu-
ally supportive team environment is
that the decision makers are not
afraid to make the tough calls.
Many decision makers are very
aware of who is obstructing the flow
of collaboration but they are unwill-
ing to make the tough decision, ratio-
nalising their hesitance by putting
significant weight on the positive con-
tributions of the persons creating
This decision making process
focuses on individual, short-term
results as opposed to collective, syn-
ergistic, long-term results and
The "black crab" phenomenon can
be transformed through the right
leadership competencies.
Most leaders already know the
"Black Crab" way when they see it
so they need to take a stand by devel-
oping a focus on collective perfor-
mance enhancement, introducing the
right accountabilities, facing resis-
tance to change and making tough
decisions designed to consciously
transform the culture of the work

* Yvette Bethel is CEO of Organisation-
al Soul, a human resources consulting
and leadership development company.
For further questions you can contact
her at www.orasouLcom.

Health Care vs

Sickness Care
I believe people confuse
health care with sickness care.
These two are not the same.
M The sickness care is the idea
that if I feel fine, I must be
fine. This may be true or not.
What about the guy who has
never been sick, but drops
# dead of a heart attack at the
age of 40? Was he really
healthy? I don't think so. To
make matters worse, let's con-
J or sider the individual who
ver, knows he has poor health, but
ruit believes he is too busy to take
best the proper steps to correct it.
ong Another sign of sickness care
on. is the masking of symptoms
lar with medication. The problem
ilis- with this approach is it rarely
looks to the actual cause of
)wn the problem. If the root cause
aw- is not removed, the problem
as a will persist and continue to
ruit deteriorate your health even if
)me you don't feel it.
om- This concept is absolutely
3ulf true when it comes to spinal
tier. conditions. Most spinal prob-
gar- lems begin early in life with
resh minor injuries that were nev-
)rn- er properly treated. Treat-
ment is usually neglected
ave because the symptoms or pain
that disappears after a short peri-
)pe- od of time. Unfortunately,
ing pain is a poor indicator as to
whether or not there is a
problem in the spine. You
don't feel a cavity in your
den- tooth until it grows and com-
pletely destroys your tooth,
then is becomes painful. But
* the majority of you see a den-
tist twice a year so that won't
happen. That is what you
should do with your spine.
Get it checked a least twice
a year. That is what health
care is.
You don't know haw many
ace time people come to the
all office with intense pain some-
where in their spine. After
ting questioning, it becomes clear
Sin, that they have had similar
ori- pain, but not as intense or
Sor after reviewing the x-ray I
realise that it is a neglected
lect old injury.
can This is seen all too often
. If because most people believe
-an- that if it doesn't hurt, it does-
self n't exist. It's a classic case of
sickness care.
the At some point we must be
Sin pro-active when it comes to
)t in our health. We need to realise
self that our current state of
t of health is a reflection of our
past decisions, and actions.
ake When we fail to maintain our
ess spine you should not be sur-
r at prised when our spine shows
can failure, and begins to break
tter down. Your spine is an impor-
n. tant part of your life, don't
ere, take it for granted, choose
health care for it.
It is the best decision for a

flexible and pain free life.
the * For more information con-
van tact Dr Susan Donald at Life Chi-
om- ropractic Centre on Village Road,
o0 or telephone number 393-2774 or
tele- e-mail her at sdonald@coral-


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