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Publication Date: November 12, 2009
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Fire Pips throughP resort

Tribune Staff Reporter
FIRE ripped through the
luxury adult playground of
Nygard Cay yesterday caus-
ing millions of dollars in dam-
As firefighters worked to
dampen down the embers and
clear the wreckage, investiga-
tors would not divulge how
the huge blaze was started.
Arson and electrical problems
are not being considered at
this time.
The fire is believed to have
started shortly before 4am in
the northeast section of the
private resort. It quickly
spread to the southwest area
of the property.

Police last night could not
say which areas were damaged
in the fire, however it is sus-
pected that the 22-bedroom
treehouse style living area was
untouched while the resort's
disco and restaurant were
Director of Fire Services
Jeffrey Deleveaux could not
put a dollar value on the
wreckage except to estimate
that "it would be millions of
dollars in damage."
By yesterday afternoon fire-
fighters had wrestled the blaze
down to smouldering embers
but one unit was expected to
remain at the site until this
morning extinguishing remain-
ing "hot spots".
SEE page two

ATANobel laureate gives hint at what
P Nto expect in upcoming speeches

NOBEL laureate Derek
Walcott met with the press
at the College of the
Bahamas campus bookstore
yesterday along with event
coordinators, giving the
small crowd present a hint
of what to expect at his two
speaking engagements, the
Anatol Rodgers Memorial
Lecture Series and the Con-
struction Seminar Group's

Construction Seminar 2009.
The press conference was
split in half to allow both
events' coordinators an
opportunity to address the
press and offer their appre-
ciation to Mr Walcott for
accepting their invitation.
This is the writer's first
visit to the Bahamas and he
commented fondly of its
beauty, which he'd previ-
ously only enjoyed in pho-
tographs and paintings.

"It is a great pleasure,"
said Mr Walcott, "any invi-
tation of this kind from any-
where in the Caribbean is
always acceptable to me and
"The Caribbean, as it
develops, becomes more
complicated, a lot of ques-
tions arise. Questions of
race, questions of economy,
and I've seen it change con-
SEE page 11

Department of
stages raid on
Paradise Island
THE Department of
Immigration conducted
another successful raid on
Paradise Island yesterday
netting 20 suspected illegal
According to Immigration
Director Jack Thompson,
officers received certain
information through their
Immigration "hot line" and
as a result conducted search-
es throughout the island.
While unable to pinpoint
exactly where the operations
were conducted, he revealed
that 15 Haitian men, four
Haitian women, and one
Mexican were taken in for
questioning by Immigration
Mr Thompson: "We do
these things every day. The
enforcement unit of the
Immigration Department is
on a continual basis visiting
job sites, construction sites,
restaurants seeking to find
these persons who are here
Noting how there is a
SEE page 14

'Looming holiday
season could be
reason for spate of
armed robberies

POLICE suspect that the
looming holiday season is the
reason for the rash of armed
robberies committed in the
capital since Saturday.
With 532 reported armed
robberies in the country up
to August of this year - and
the number climbing daily -
a top cop in RBPF yesterday
warned the public to be on
the lookout for possible dan-
ger and to take steps to min-
imise their vulnerability.
Three armed robberies
were reported in the capital
on Tuesday night within a
time span of less than two
hours added to the spate of
similar crimes reported over
the last few days.
Around 10.46 pm Tuesday,
three masked men entered
Chicos Bar and Night Club
SEE page 14

IN Wednesday's issue
of The Tribune in the
article 'Friend of Bren-
ton Smith told police:
you just shot an innocent
man' it was incorrectly
reported that Chairman
of the Police Staff Asso-
ciation Inspector Bradley
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Huge blaze at Nygard Cay


FROM page one
Property owner and Cana-
dian fashion mogul Peter
Nygard was said to be out of
the country. However a source
close to his family said the
multi-millionaire was expected
to return to New Providence
sometime yesterday.
This week, Mr Nygard was
in the United States celebrat-
ing the opening of his flagship
store in New York's Times
The source added that his
daughter, Bianca, was at
Nygard Cay yesterday, how-
ever attempts to reach both
of them for comment proved
Up to press time, firefight-
ers had not gained access to
certain areas to properly
assess the damage because
they were still barred by
Police received word of the
fire at 3.56am yesterday. The
raging flames were visible to
boaters and residents near
Jaws Beach yesterday morn-
ing and lept higher than the
nearby palm trees.
A unit from the Lyford
Cay fire station was the first to
respond to the blaze at the six-
acre property located in the
exclusive gated community
and followed by public fire-
"We responded with three
units and a crew of 11 officers.
On arrival we met the north-
east and the southwest section
fully engulfed in flames. We
proceeded to attack the fire
and we brought it under con-
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trol. The fire is not extin-
guished as yet - it's under
control - we are mopping up
some hot spots," Mr Dele-
veaux said yesterday.
"Because of the material
used in the construction it
really prevented the fire from
spreading quickly. The mix of
concrete, mesh wire and steel
prevent the fire from spread-
ing rapidly throughout the
entire area," he said, adding
that firefighters were still
being assisted by personnel
from the Lyford Cay fire sta-
As for the cause of the fire,
Mr Deleveaux remained
tightlipped: "We have an idea
(of the cause of the fire) but
we won't like to say now
because the investigation is
still in its preliminary stage."
When pressed on whether
the fire was set intentionally or
started because of faulty elec-
trical wiring, he said: "We
have ruled out electrical
(problems) at this
time.. .From our investigations
now at this point we're not
considering arson."
Access in and out of the gat-
ed community was more
restricted yesterday as officers
battled the fire, The Tribune
Mr Nygard built the private
luxury "Robinson Crusoe
playground" in 1987, accord-
ing to This
lush property sports replicas
of Mayan Temples, private
tennis and volleyball courts,
beaches, pools, a nightclub,
state-of-the-art home theatre,
and more than 20 themed
cabanas for Mr Nygard and
his guests, the website adds.
Recently it was revealed
that Mr Nygard had plans to
expand the resort to include a
suspended cable bedroom that
lowers into the ocean, swim-
ming with the dolphins or
allow guests to visit the prop-
erty's $2 million shark tank.


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puts video of

robbers online

Tribune Staff Reporter

A LOCAL businessman
is using the internet as a tool
in his quest to catch two
young thieves who robbed
his store - with a close-up
and clear video of the per-
petrators spreading like
wildfire through cyberspace.
On the video, captured by
a high-quality security cam-
era that was trained on the
front door of the store, two
men - both appearing to be
in their late teens or early
20s - are seen about to com-
mit the robbery that would
later net them between $600
and $1,000 in cell phones
from the Mobile Cell Phone
store on Village Road, oppo-
site Master Technicians.
The incident occurred on
Sunday morning, November
8, at around 2am.
One young man seen in
the footage is wearing a grey
hooded sweatshirt pulled
over his head, baggy below
knee-length camouflage car-
go pants and white socks
with flip-flop sandals over
The other is wearing what
appears to be a grey or
green long sleeved sweat-
shirt, jeans and black sneak-
ers. He has a shaved head
and what looks to be several
scars on his scalp.
Totally unaware that they
are being captured on cam-
era, one of the two
unmasked men - wearing
the sweatshirt and jeans -
works vigorously with a
crowbar to pry open the
security door on the front of
the store while the other
keeps watch, sitting behind a
pillar nearby as cars whizz
Although not seen on the
video, The Tribune under-
stands that once they
removed the barred security
door, the pair set off the
alarm, and raided the store
for just a few minutes before
Since it was uploaded to
the internet two days ago
and posted and re-posted on
the social networking site
Facebook, the video of the
robbery has been viewed
almost 400 times.
Tony Hosey, who has
operated from that location
for around a year, said he
got the idea to put the video
on the internet - via
videosharing site - when he
realized this would ensure
rapid circulation, increasing
the chances that the culprits
would be identified.
"A lot of times businesses
will print a picture and put it
up in the back room, not get
it out there. Sometimes the
images are as clear as day
but they're not being circu-
lated. ZNS can only put it
on for a short period of time,
but over the internet you can
get it out there a lot more,"
said Mr Hosey.
His efforts via email and
Facebook represent the first
time that the incident was
brought to public attention,
as police did not report the
matter to the media.
Yesterday crime scene
officer Paul Adderley admit-
ted that he has yet to pick
up a copy of the video,
although Mr Hosey has
offered it to police.
However, Mr Adderley
added that once he obtains
the footage, the police plan
to make still shots which
they can circulate to the
The burglary comes as the
number of crimes in the cap-
ital continues to escalate.
While robberies that did not
involve weapons have not
been reported to the press,
police reported six armed
robberies from Friday to
Sunday, six more on Mon-
day alone and three on
Officer Adderley said
police have no leads in the
Mobile Cell Phone store
robbery as yet. Those with
relevant information can
reach Officer Adderley at
the Fox Hill Police Station at

Family of Bahamian soldier killed in

Iraq moved to tears by medals gesture

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE WIDOW and daugh-
ter of a Bahamian soldier who
lost his life in Iraq received a
display of military medals
earned by Private First Class
Norman Darling at a ceremony
held by the Our Fallen Heroes
Foundation in the United
States this week.
Amy Prince, and her daugh-
ter Camryn, nine, were moved
to tears by the gesture made
by Our Fallen Heroes Founda-
tion at an informal ceremony in
Winter Haven, Florida, on
Pfc Darling, 29, had spent
just three months in Iraq, serv-
ing as a medic with the US mil-
itary in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom, when he was
killed by a suicide bomber out-
side Baghdad on April 29,
The brave soldier was one
of eight soldiers from the
Army's Fourth Battalion, 27th
Field Artillery Regiment,
First Armoured Division,
based in Baumholder, Ger-
many - all killed in the car
The troop had been on a dis-
mounted improvised explosive
devise sweep patrol when a
vehicle driven by a suicide

INGRAHAM and his wife
Delores at Government House
yesterday paying their
respects to the late Beryl Han-
na, wife of Governor General
Arthur Hanna. Her funeral will
be held on Friday.

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bomber approached and deto-
nated a bomb.
Pfc Darling's family have
received a number of honours
since his untimely death and is
credited with saving the lives
of two soldiers during his short
As Our Fallen Heroes Foun-
dation vice president Ted Rus-
sell presented a display of mil-
itary medals to Camryn, who
was three when her father died,
he explained the meaning of
his honours.
Pfc Darling has been award-
ed the Bronze Star for valour,
the Purple Heart for sacrific-

ing his life, the National
Defence Service Medal, the
Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal and two
ribbons - the Army Service
Ribbon and the Overseas Ser-
vice Ribbon.
He also posthumously
received a certificate of US cit-
Mr Russell told Pfc Darling's
only child: "We're very proud
of your dad's service. This is
our way of telling you we are
"The medals symbolise the
fact that he served honorably
and the fact he received the
two medals at the top (Bronze
Star and Purple Heart) recog-
nise his valour and his sacrifice
- the fact that he died for what
he believed in."
Camryn was also given the
flag that had draped her
father's casket before his full
military burial at Bourne
National Cemetery in Cape
Cod, Massachusetts.
Her mother said: "This all
being in his honour, I can't
even explain it.
"It's amazing how many peo-
ple do care and they don't for-
Ms Prince and Camryn, who
live in Davenport, Florida,
were residents of Middleboro,
Massachusetts at the time of
Pfc Darling's death.

His parents Sidney and Mad-
lyn Darling live in the
Bahamas. They were present-
ed with a Scroll of Valour at a
memorial service for their son
at Loyola Hall on Gladstone
Road on Remembrance Day
in November 2004.
The Our Fallen Heroes
Foundation is a non-profit

organisation founded in 2004
to provide support to families
of those who lost their lives
serving in military operations
since September 11, 2001.
Support comes in the form
of gift cards for gasoline and
food, school supplies, Christ-
mas presents, emergency home
repairs and outings.

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The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, PO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., PO. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

WEBSITE - updated daily at 2pm

A new day has dawned in the Bahamas

DURING his speech at the FNM's ban-
quet that closed his party's convention on
Saturday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
made it clear that his government "governed
for the benefit" of all Bahamians and that,
although he understood their cries, the idea
of taking contracts from PLPs to give to
FNMs ran "counter to our own beliefs and
cannot be accommodated."
Speaking in Gun Point, Ragged Island,
this weekend Mr Ingraham returned to this
theme. He said that political influence would
be removed from the process of tendered
contracts as too much of the public's money
had been wasted over the years on contrac-
tors who failed to perform.
He admitted that during his party's recent-
ly ended convention he "caught a lot of hell
from some of my delegates, who felt that
they should have been given the jobs because
the PLPs got the jobs while they were in
He replied that he was trying to change
the way things were done in the Bahamas,
explaining that that was why this year most of
the country's school busing contracts were
advertised and persons were invited to come
forward and bid on the contract.
There was scandal after scandal during
the PLP's tenure of office, particularly as
regards school busing.
Persons, mainly on some of the Family
Islands, who had invested heavily in their
buses, found their businesses pulled from
under them when the PLP came to power.
Obviously, these little businessmen belonged
to the wrong political party and so -
although no fault could be found with their
performance - their contacts were trans-
ferred to a PLP supporter. Many FNM's suf-
fered financial ruin because of this. And,
although Mr Ingraham understood how their
"concerns originated" and acknowledged
that the PLP frequently discriminated against
FNMs in the award of contracts or in their
hiring practices, he made it clear that he was
different. He said he could not give his sup-
porters "a commitment to only hire FNMs or
to only grant contracts to FNMs when we
are in charge."
"Still," he said, "I fully appreciate that in
our effort to be fair we cannot dispropor-
tionately hire PLPs to fill vacancies or to win
contracts if and when new opportunities arise
on our watch.
"And, it cannot be right that advantages
gained by supporters of our opponents during
their terms in office should be used to block
opportunities for our own supporters to ben-
efit from opportunities for employment or
for award of contracts when such opportuni-
ties arise on our watch.
"And so I commit that to the extent
possible we will seek to make adjustments to
past and present practice."

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This is an albatross that has hung around
Mr Ingraham's neck from the day he assumed
the leadership of the FNM.
Having been nurtured in the PLP, there
were those in the FNM who persisted in the
suspicion that Mr Ingraham, when he became
FNM prime minister, was protecting his
"PLP" buddies by not removing them and
making way for an FNM supporter. They
gave no consideration to the competence of
the proposed FNM replacement. Their atti-
tude was the attitude of Junior Rolle who
told the 1984 Commission of Inquiry into
drugs that in his view "membership in a polit-
ical party only made sense when it provided
financial or material benefit."
Rolle saw nothing immoral in political
patronage. Said the Commissioners: "In his
(Rolle's) opinion membership in the ruling
party (PLP) gave him and other PLP mem-
bers entitlement to financial and other con-
Some of the FNM did not understand that
the practice of the Pindling administration
had cost this country millions upon millions of
Cronyism, and persons occupying posi-
tions and receiving contracts for which they
had no qualifications has kept this country
classified as Third World.
This debate goes way back. In an interview
Al Burt of The Miami Herald in January,
1974, Mr Pindling (as he then was) said that
if "two bids came in (on a government job or
project) of more or less comparable size,
they didn't necessarily have to be equal, and
the one was from a PLP who hadn't had the
opportunity before, he would have gotten
that opportunity."
There was no question as to whether that
PLP had the qualifications, experience, or
even tools to do the job - all he had to be
was Bahamian, black and PLP.
Many jobs were either never completed,
poorly executed, or tripled in contract over-
This country suffered and suffered badly -
and we are still suffering today from badly
paved roads and poorly executed projects.
All that is to change. From now on gov-
ernment projects will be put out to tender,
qualifications required will be listed and only
those who meet those qualifications will be
considered. In future neither party member-
ship, nor a letter from a person's "represen-
ter" -member of parliament - will get past
the door.
"We have wasted too much money in this
country over the years giving contracts out to
persons who messed up on the job," said the
Prime Minister.
At last a new day of responsibility in han-
dling the public finances in the Bahamas has
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I read with interest the
comments made by Mr
Adrian Gibson, "Young
Man's View" - Tuesday,
November 10.
First, let me commend Mr
Gibson for exemplifying the
kind of young man that I've
worked tirelessly to support
and proud to see emerge in
our country - educated,
intelligent and intrepid
enough to hold elected and
public officials accountable.
However, I must respond
to the comments and accu-
sations made in his column.
Mr Gibson and I con-
versed at the Free National
Movement convention, at
which time we discussed his
grading of my performance
as a minister and as a mem-
ber of parliament.
My only intention then
was to determine the
grounds upon which such
grades were based.
Onlookers sought to
defend me against Mr Gib-
son, yet in no way did the
situation escalate as I sought
to ensure that order was
I applaud Mr Gibson and
others for their annual
assessments of my parlia-
mentary colleagues and I. It
keeps us on our toes.
No one is able to please
all persons all the time.
Yet, my record as a cabi-
net minister and member of
parliament (on which I
stand), speaks for itself, as
outlined in my contributions
to the 2009/2010 Budget
Debate and posted on the
Free National Movement's
At the constituency level,
I continue to work on behalf
of those who elected me to
office. Recently, during the
debate on the Town Plan-
ning and Subdivision Bill, I
agitated for a private devel-
oper - who dug up Bacardi
Road in order to connect
their private subdivision to a
sewer system in the area - to
make the necessary repairs.
Unfortunately, stories like
these (which directly impact

our constituents) are all too
often overlooked by the
mainstream media.
This particular story was
not carried by either The
Tribune or The Nassau
Guardian, giving the impres-
sion that ministers like
myself are not in tune with

our constituents' needs. I
remain steadfastly commit-
ted to serving the people of
Golden Isles now and
beyond the next general
Thank you for affording
me this space in your paper.

Member of Parliament
for Golden Isles
November 10, 2009.





A figment of the imagination

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The race for chairmanship of the Free National Move-
ment must have caused quite a stir.
Apart from the PLP salivating at the thought of a
"wrecking showdown" for the position of chairman,
many have dishonestly tried to create a picture that was
only a figment in their own warped imagination.
The events leading up to the nomination of chairman
was nothing unusual other than "politics at its best".
The details of the events is not important, other than to
say that after consulting with my God, my wife and a
trusted friend and advisor, I decided to remove ego and
selfishness from the equation and to make the decision
that was in the best interest of the FNM and the country.
Therefore I did not have to consult any other human
I am "extremely comfortable" with the decision, and
no amount of strange scenario played out in anyone's
mind could change what in fact did happen.
I would like to apologize to the PLP for disappointing
them. I knew that they were praying for something neg-
ative from this convention.
What is most interesting is that immediately after
the nomination for chairman was closed, two female
reporters came to me requesting an interview of which I
quickly agreed. I followed them to the foyer, while stop-
ping briefly to greet friends and supporters along the
way. When we got to the foyer I was then surrounded by
other reporters and photographers, one being a Cable
Bahamas videographer. The interview lasted for five
Interestingly, I read in The Tribune that I had to be
consoled. The Insight column of Monday even elabo-
rated. Well Cable Bahamas had a camera rolling all dur-
ing the interview, how come they did not show that insa-
tiable clip in their news cast.
I am flabbergasted how any reporter who was not
present could print a story and was not there to in fact see
it for themselves, especially if it was to save face. This can-
not be right and I am surprised.

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charged over major

Tribune Staff Reporter

A BAHAMIAN man and two
Jamaican men charged in connection
with a major drug seizure on a cay
in the Exumas were arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Andre Perez Kikivarakis, 35, of
Mayfield Park, Grand Bahama; Jef-
frey Howna McIntyre, 25, of Duke
Street, Kingston, Jamaica; and
Antony Louis Gouie, 30, of Spanish
Town, Jamaica, appeared before
Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita
Bethel in Court Eight, Bank Lane
yesterday on drug charges.
The men are accused of conspir-
ing to import marijuana, conspiracy
to possess marijuana, importation of
marijuana and possession of 20 bales
of marijuana with intent to supply.
The drugs, which were reported to
weigh 711 pounds and have a street
value of $638,000, were seized on Lit-

tle Cistern Cay on November 9.
Kikivarakis is also accused of
deceiving two police officers by
telling them that his name is Alexan-
der Perez Rolle. Kikivarakis initially
pleaded guilty to the deceit charge,
but after consulting with his attorney
Roger Gomez Jr, decided to change
his plea.
Kikivarakis and McIntyre pleaded
not guilty to the drug charges while
Gouie pleaded guilty, informing the
court that he had an explanation.

The prosecutor Inspector Ercell
Dorsette told the court that around
8.30am on November 9, a team of
officers travelled to Little Cistern
Cay where they saw Gouie.
He said the officers told the
accused that he was suspected of
being in possession of illegal drugs. A
short distance away, they discovered

20 bales of marijuana.
Gouie, according to the prosecu-
tor, told police that he had been left
on the cay to watch the drugs by
some Bahamians. He told police that
in three weeks prior, while in
Jamaica, he had been approached by
a man named Jeff who told him about
the plan to ship the drugs to the

Gouie also allegedly told police
that Jeff and some other persons left
him on the cay after claiming they
were going to get food, and that he
was looking for shellfish to eat when
the officers arrested him.
Gouie told Magistrate Bethel yes-
terday that he knew that the drugs
were on the boat when he left
Jamaica and that the plan was to take
the drugs to Freeport.
Magistrate Bethel expressed con-


cern that Gouie had pleaded guilty to
the conspiracy charges as he had
admitted that although he knew the
drugs were on the boat, he had simply
been catching a ride to the Bahamas.
The magistrate asked Gouie to
consult with attorney Wallace Rolle,
who appeared as a friend of the court.
After speaking with Gouie, Mr
Rolle indicated to the court that
based on what he had been told, he
wanted another opportunity to speak
with the accused.
McIntyre told the court yesterday
that he had been beaten while in
police custody.
Magistrate Bethel ordered that he
be seen by a doctor at Her Majesty's
The case has been adjourned to
November 18 at 2pm for a bail hear-
ing. As the men were about to be
escorted out of the courtroom, Kiki-
varakis asked the magistrate if he
could be remanded to Sandilands as
he was tired of jail.

Bahamian and two Jamaicans

New Sandals resort could employ 400

Hubert Ingraham said he
expects the new Sandals
Resort in Exuma to be very
successful, adding that more
than 400 persons are expect-
ed to be employed at the
property once construction is
Mr Ingraham, with a dele-
gation of Cabinet ministers,
visited the former Four Sea-
sons Resort following his vis-
it to Acklins and Ragged
Island on Monday.
The Prime Minister said:
"We expect the hotel to be
ready for January 22 or there-
abouts; they've got over 100
or 150 men working on the
job on the construction side.
When the place is finished,
we expect more than 400 peo-
ple to be employed.
"They have been inter-
viewed and they will be
selected," he said. "We
expect this to be a very suc-
cessful operation; we are very
pleased that Sandals has
decided to come here to buy
the property. We know (San-
dals owner) Mr Butch Stew-
art. He is also doing a devel-
opment at Fowl Cay in the
Exumas, which is going to be
a very upscale, boutique facil-
Mr Ingraham pointed out
that there will be additional
airlift coming into Exuma,
through the support of the
Ministry of Tourism, to
ensure that the property has a
"reasonable level of occu-
pancy at all times."

PICTURED FROM LEFT ARE Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant and
Environment Minister Earl Deveaux on Monday as they observe work on the largest pool in the Caribbean.

Regarding Sandals, the
prime minister indicated that
the new owners are likely to
have better control over costs
compared to the previous
operators, because they both
own and manage the Exuma
"It is not a question of hav-
ing a management contract
and someone else owning it,"
Mr Ingraham explained. "So
everything is theirs ... it
speaks to the stability of their
operation, it speaks to San-
dals' worldwide network of
advertising and promotion.
"They are going to eventu-
ally have the marina open
(and) they have got the golf

Hotel manager Teresa
Alfonzo noted that the
Caribbean's largest pool, the
Infinity Pool, is currently
under construction at the

property. Three restaurants
are also being added.
The 183-room Sandals
resort will offer all-butler ser-
vice, and has good bookings
so far, Ms Alfonzo noted.


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available to
vary wildly in both standard
and cost between Nassau and
the United States, but many
of those in need of surgery
and scans have yet to take
advantage of services offered
by the country's closest neigh-
Cuba is renowned for its
excellent medical training and
high standards of healthcare
services, and just as cutting
edge technology and biotech-
nology is emerging from the
communist island nation,
some of the world's best doc-
tors are also based in Cuba.
Specialist hospitals
sprawled throughout Havana
and subsequent Cuban towns
and cities are designed to
meet the healthcare needs of
the 11 million strong popula-
tion which boasts one of the
world's longest life expectan-
And the top consultants
providing services at these
hospitals also work with for-
eigners in search of treatment
from Cuban experts.
The Clinica Central Cira
Garcia, a friendly 43 room
hospital in a quiet-tree lined
street of suburban Havana,
opened to patients from
around the world in the 1980s
and is now solely dedicated
to the service of international
patients. Its staff of around
60 specialist doctors based at
the hospital are assisted by
around 100 collaborators
from Cuba's specialist clinics.
All are required to have at
least 10 years experience in
their specialty before work-

Many Bahamians don't take advantage of

the excellent healthcare services offered

by the country's closest neighbour

CIRA GARCIA HOSPITAL orthpaedic surgeon Dr Ernesto Fleites Mar- BAHAMIAN PATIENT Nehemiah
rero, medical director Maria Antonieta Gonzalez Piloto, and public rela- Rolle, 82, of Nassau, went to Cira
tions officer Leyanis Garay Hurtado. Garcia Hospital for a brain scan.

ing among the hospital's per-
manent staff, which include
three of the country's top doc-
tors in neurosurgery, aesthet-
ic surgery and maxillofacial
The three are so accom-
plished in their fields they
have been made presidents of
national scientific organisa-
tions by virtue of their knowl-
edge and skill in brain
surgery, cosmetic surgery and
surgery to correct a spectrum
of injuries and diseases caus-
ing defects in the head, neck,
face and jaw, respectively.
They also work among
Cuba's leading specialists in
urology and orthopaedics,
said Cira Garcia's orthopaedic
and traumatology specialist
Dr Ernesto Fleites Marrero.

Dr Fleites studied medicine
for six years at university lev-
el before specialising in the
study of orthopaedics and
traumatology for a further
four years, and then going on
to take a special surgery
course at a Havana hospital,
and training at a hospital in
He then went on to spe-
cialise in spinal surgery on a
fellowship in Mexico in 2003,
while another member of his
team specialised in hand
surgery. Dr Fleites said: "This
is not a university hospital.
All surgery and surgical pro-
cedures done here are done
by specialists and not by stu-
"All of our doctors have
worked in Europe, Mexico
and Argentina to gain experi-
ence just to work here, and
some of the doctors based
here are professors from the
clinic teaching at other hos-
pitals. They are some of
Cuba's finest doctors."
Orthopaedic surgery is one
of the chief electives Bahami-
ans receive at Cira Garcia, in
addition to neurosurgery, cos-
metic surgery, dental surgery,
CAT scans and medical
There were three Bahami-
an patients receiving treat-
ment when The Tribune visit-
ed the hospital last week, and
two had spinal surgery, while
another was there for a med-
ical check-up as part of a
rehabilitation programme.
Hospital medical director
Maria Antonieta Gonzalez
Piloto said the majority of
Bahamian patients are drawn

to Cira Garcia on the recom-
mendation of friends and rel-
atives who have received
treatment at the hospital, as
well as by the competitive
Although the number of
Bahamian patients going to
Cuba for treatment has fallen
since the Cuban government
imposed a 20 per cent tax on
the conversion of the US dol-
lar to the Cuban peso, Ms
Gonzalez said Cuban prices
are still favourable in com-
parison with private health-
care services in the Bahamas
and the United States.
She said: "It is very easy for
Bahamian patients to be
assisted by medical specialists
in our clinic in the fields they
require, so despite the fact
that the US currency has been
taxed in our country, our
prices are still very competi-
tive in relation to the Ameri-
can health service which is the
alternative most Bahamians
will have used in the past."
Hospital staff say the
homey atmosphere and high
level of personal attention
provided at Cira Garcia also
encourages Bahamian
patients to return and recom-
mend the hospital to their
friends. The hospital's public
relations officer Leyanis
Garay Hurtado said:
"Bahamian and Caribbean
people are very close in our
way of life, and it has been
said usually by Bahamian
patients that they find it easy
to communicate with Cuban
doctors at the clinic, and we
are open to communication
with them to meet their
SEE page seven

DR ERNESTO FLEITES MARRERO in the orthopaedic doctors office
at Cira Garcia Hospital.

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FROM page six
Patient Nehemiah Rolle, 82, from Nassau, returned to Cira
Garcia last week for a brain scan and rehabilitation treatment
following a serious car accident in May last year.
He said: "My health means more to me than anything else,
and I love Cuba. I have been here about 18 times to visit, and
so it made sense for me to have medical treatment here too."
Dr Fleites performed spinal surgery on Georgetown, Exuma
resident Nelson Burrows, 57, last week.
Mr Burrows chose Cira Garcia after spending four months in
Florida, paying high prices to see consultants he did not trust to
perform surgery on his two herniated discs.
He made his first trip to Cuba three weeks before his surgery
to devise a medical plan with doctors and vacationed in the area
for four days prior to his surgery last Tuesday.
Mr Burrows said: "There are a lot of people from Exuma who
have had surgery here, and I heard a lot of stories about Cuba,
the US and the Bahamas, but I got the recommendation to
come here."
Dr Fleites added: "Bahamian patients are very well treated
here, they are very friendly and get very close to the Cuban
staff, and then it becomes something familiar, so after the
patient is satisfied he brings his friends and his family and his

"Even those who could afford treatment in the United States
sometimes prefer to be assisted at the clinic arguing that the
treatment is better and the atmosphere is more friendly."
Patients from all over Latin America and the Caribbean
also go to Cira Garcia for elective surgery, and it is the prima-
ry hospital for Cuba's high volume of tourists from Europe and
Canada who find themselves in need of emergency treatment.
While the range of services on offer is broad, space is limit-
ed to just 37 private rooms, three rooms in the Intensive Care
Unit and three in Intermediate Care, as well as four operating
theatres, and two rooms for minor surgeries.
Patients and visitors can arrange to have a private room, or
a suite complete with a bathroom, sitting room and fridge,
when agreeing their medical programme with hospital staff.
And those with medical insurance plans can arrange to have
the cost of their treatment paid for by informing their insurance
company and having them contact the Cuban agency Asistur.
Patients can then take advantage of hospital services without
having to pay, depending on their coverage, although some
insurance companies with US capital prefer for the patient to
pay by cash or credit card, and then claim the expenses from
the company, because of the trade embargo imposed on
Cuba by the United States.
Havanatur, in East Bay Street, Nassau, arranges medical
tourism visits to Cira Garcia in Havana and will arrange accom-
modation and transportation to assist patients' needs.
Head of Havanatur in Nassau, Pedro Vilches, is planning a
medical exhibition later this month to be attended by Dr Fleites
and another Cuban specialist, however the date has yet to be
confirmed. He invited Bahamians interested in pursuing the
option of medical treatment in Havana to visit the Havanatur
office where they can speak to a medical expert every Tuesday
and Thursday. Bahamian medical professionals warn patients
to always get a second opinion when considering surgery and to
ensure both doctors and hospitals meet international stan-
dards before committing to treatment.

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W Tribune readers are split
on whether the government
is justified in borrowing mil-
lions to create temporary
minimum wage jobs for
about 2,500 people.
In one of the closest tri-
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announced the temporary job
creation project at the FNM's
convention this month

even stop to lend a helping
hand to people bc22in2. on
the streets, or help the single
mother to pay her light bills
or put food on the table for
her and her children."
She said: "With the holi-
days coming up people need
to feel that they would have
empowered themselves in
some small way to provide
food and shelter for their
family. While the govern-
ment cannot help every-
body, at least 10 families in
each constituency would feel
some sort of empowerment.
I know what it is to have a
child and not know where
the food is coming from to
feed her, or how I would
buy her pampers and clothes
for her to wear and some-
one gave me a hand up. I
got a job paying me $75, I
went to BTVI, then got a
better job. I then took night
classes and finally was able
to join the police force and
then went to COB and now
I have my BSC. All people
need is a chance - no, not
everyone will change, but if

this proposal could change
the life of one family then it
would have been a success.
People who have never been
there - I mean really down
and out - would disagree,
but live long enough and
you might just know what it
means to get a helping hand

John Abrahams agreed,
adding: "I'd bet that most
persons that voted 'no' all
have nice cushy jobs, and
are thinking that those in
need are not doing enough
or not trying hard enough
to secure work, when in fact
the downtrodden are trying,
but simply can't find work
because there are no jobs
for which they are skilled.
How would fortunate peo-
ple feel if they had no mon-
ey to care for their fami-
However, Dexter Johnson
said he feels that: "Bor-
rowed money should be

invested in projects that
yield a return that con-
tributes to survivability of
the nation, eg training in
farming which would direct-
ly assist the individual to
feed himself, and reduce the
need for imported food that
we cannot afford since our
dollar earnings are down.
When the temporary work
now proposed is over, what
will that person do? He still
will need to eat - the answer
is not another unsustainable
and minimal contributing
temporary job."
Theodore Cooper said:
"This and every government
I have seen seems to keep
coming up with these tem-
porary solutions. I would
like to see some long time
goals for my country. Yes,
it takes time to achieve cer-
tain things, but educate the
people about the benefits in
the long run. If we teach our
people the importance of an
education I think we would
have more productivity."
Meanwhile, Kristopher
said he suspects the plan is
politically motivated. "The
programme was announced
at a convention to drum up
support and distract from
the fact that the government
has no solution, no plan for
the way forward," he said.
According to Education
Advocate, the money should
be spent on students, espe-
cially in light of the discon-
tinuation of the Student
Loan Programme.
"How is it that we have
money to spend on only
2,500 unemployed people
and we don't have it to
spend on the vast number
of children moving hope-
lessly through our dilapidat-
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Gaming reform group

wants meeting with govt

THE Bahamas Gaming
Reform Committee is
seeking a meeting with
government to present a
specific action plan for the
reform of gaming laws
across the country.
BGR said it has taken
the initiative of contacting
lawmakers, academics, and
lottery and gaming tech-
nology developers in
Canada and the United
States to determine their
willingness to work with
the government to facili-
tate the establishment of
a regulated gaming net-
work - which would,
among other things, allow
Bahamians to gamble.


Committee chairperson
Sidney Strachan said: "The
government is doing little
to nothing about this issue
and part of the problem is
"Essentially, they don't
seem to know what to do.
We see their pathetic
efforts as a dismal fail-
BGR said it had antici-
pated that by now, some
comprehensive plan to
advance and modernise

the "backwards gaming
laws" would have been
Mr Strachan noted that
Minister of Tourism Vin-
cent Vanderpool-Wallace
stated publicly that a
review was underway and
a public statement of the
results would be made.
He said this was months
ago, yet this statement has
not materialised.
BGR has estimated that

a national gaming network
would gross between $60
and $100 million annual-
ly, create more than a
1,000 jobs for Bahamians
and bolster the govern-
ment's treasury by as
much as $30 million a
Government is missing
out on this much needed
revenue while illegal local
gaming is not only flourish-
ing but expanding, the

group pointed out.
"We are extremely
embarrassed by regular
calls from residents, includ-
ing second home owners,
as to the status of the pro-
posed amendment to the
Gaming Act" said Mr Stra-
chan. "To delay further is
irresponsible and serves
only to thrust the Bahamas,
as a tourist based economy,
further behind the compe-
tition and more advanced
gaming jurisdictions like
BGR said it hopes the
government finds the will
to resolve this situation
immediately to avoid fur-
ther national and interna-
tional embarrassment over
"hypocritical, discriminato-
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FEDERAL health officials now say that 4,000
or more Americans likely have died from swine
flu - about four times the estimate they've been
using, according to Associated Press.
The new, higher figure was first reported by
The New York Times.

It includes deaths caused by complications
related to swine flu, including pneumonia and
bacterial infections.
Until now, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention had conservatively put the U.S.
swine flu death count at more than 1,000. Officials
said this week they're working on an even more
accurate calculation.

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Nobel laureate gives hint at what

to expect in upcoming speeches

FROM page one

siderably from when I began
as a young writer, but I think
I've seen it change for the
The writer spoke candidly
to the small gathering,
repeatedly filling the book-
store with spontaneous
bursts of laughter from his
audience, a pleasant surprise
against such an esteemed
Born in St. Lucia, Wind-
ward Islands, in the West
Indies in 1930, Derek Wal-
cott's work has accumulat-
ed a wealth of international
credit both before and after
his Nobel Prize in Literature
in 1992.
Slavery is a common
theme in Mr Walcott's work,
and it can be assumed that
this is largely due to Mr Wal-
cott's family having descend-
ed from slaves in the West
Indies. At the press confer-
ence when asked of his long-
term inspiration he respond-
ed candidly "women."
Though met with immedi-
ate laughter, Mr Walcott
continued his point by illus-
trating for his audience, the
constant role of N, iUic nI 'in
writers of not only his back-
ground and era.
"The old thing about the
muse being a woman is very
understandable. Whether
you're a man or a boy I think
the female principle in poet-
ry is undeniable. The influ-
ence of mothers on writers is
well known. So I'm kidding
but I'm also not kidding.
This is not one of the rea-
sons why I write at all but
when I say women I really
mean it in terms of the muse.
"The black beauty - the
muse of the Caribbean is
something that took my gen-
eration a long, long time to
acknowledge. Take the aver-
age black girl who was beau-
tiful in the 40s, when I began
to write seriously, and the
self-contempt that was
taught to a girl like that, that
developed and encouraged
inferiority was something
that a writer would be fight-
ing for. Not only a woman
writer, I mean the recogni-
tion not only of physical
beauty but the validity of the
prescience of the being. The
woman is a principle that I
think is universal for poetry

anywhere in the Caribbean.
This struggle of self-recog-
nition is something that I
have always had at the back
of my head I guess when I'm
"Somebody once asked
me who do I write for, in the
case of my plays I write for a
very big fat woman sitting in
the back of the theatre
laughing like hell. That is my
Chair of the School of
English Studies at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas and
coordinator of the lecture
series Dr Majorie Brooks-
Jones said: "It is truly an
honour for the College to
have Nobel Laureate Derek
Walcott as our special guest
for this year's Anatol
Rodgers Memorial Lecture
"One of the most prolific

writers of our time, Walcott
represents the very best of
Caribbean artistry, intellec-
tual achievement and cul-
The college promises that
tonight's lecture on 'Art,
Politics and Caribbean Cul-
ture' will take those attend-
ing on a "cultural journey,"
attracting "literary and cul-
tural enthusiasts from the
college and the wider com-
The Anatol Rodgers
Memorial Lecture Series will
be held at the College of the
Bahamas tonight at 7
o'clock. There will be a book
signing immediately follow-
ing. The College of the
Bahamas encourages the
public to attend this free

The CSG Construction
Seminar 2009 will focus on
"The Impact of Foreign
Direct Investment on the
Development of the
Caribbean" at which Mr
Walcott will deliver the
keynote address.
The seminar seeks to
explore the constant issue of
whether or not "foreign
direct investment is a viable
and sustainable strategy for
the development of the
The organization was rep-
resented by Mrs Lelawattee
Manoo-Rahming, who
immediately answered the

obvious question: "What
does a Nobel prize winner
for Literature have to do
with Construction?"
"Nobel Prize winner
Derek Walcott is not only a
literary giant but also an
advocate for the Caribbean's
economic, political and social
development," explained
Mrs Manoo-Rahming.
"As an advocate for sus-
tainable development, Mr
Walcott has strong views on
the effects of foreign direct
investment on the develop-
ment of the Caribbean."
Construction Seminar
2009 will be held at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas Culi-
nary and Hospitality Man-
agement Lecture Theatre
tomorrow from 8.30 am to

5.30 pm. For more informa-
tion contact the College of
the Bahamas at 302-4304 or
the Construction Seminar
Group at 362-1717 or 327-
This is the first time the
Bahamas has ever hosted a
Nobel laureate.

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AN IRISH Catholic priest kidnapped in the Philippines a
month ago has been freed unharmed and neither country
paid any ransom, Irish and Filipino authorities announced
Wednesday night, according to Associated Press.
Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said the Rev. Michael
Sinnott "displayed great forbearance ... in spite of his age and
difficult health."
"He is clearly a man of great resilience, strength and
courage and we wish him well as he seeks to recover from
such a trying ordeal," said Irish President Mary McAleese,
who called Sinnott's freedom the answer to the shared
prayers of millions in both countries.
And Prime Minister Brian Cowen said the government
would help the 79-year-old priest enjoy "a speedy reunion
with his family and friends."
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hospitals and clinics
consume a quarter
billion dollars a year'

'Bahamian health

ToH |I outcomes are worse
than those in either
the US or the UK.'

1920s, people
didn't give
much thought
to healthcare. You could die
from infectious diseases like
cholera or from "natural"
causes, and medical technol-
ogy was so poor that most
patients were treated at home.
In fact, the chief cost asso-
ciated with illness in earlier
times was the lack of pay
when sick people couldn't
work. But all that changed
after the Second World War,
when two sharply different
approaches were taken in
Britain and the United States
to deal with the rapid growth
of medical technology and
The British set up a
National Health Service in
1948, in the belief that uni-
versal access to healthcare

was part of the structure of a
civilized society. Prior to this,
hospitals were operated by
local governments or chari-
ties and many people could
not afford care. The publicly-

owned NHS is financed by
taxes, with services free to
everyone at the point of use.
In America, doctors and
hospitals had set up pre-paid
health plans called Blue Cross

and Blue Shield well before
the war, and their success
encouraged commercial insur-
ers to move into the market.
Since wartime controls pre-
vented employers from using
wages to compete for labour,
companies began offering
insurance plans as benefits.
After the war this employ-
er-based system of health cov-
erage was promoted by gov-
ernment tax exemptions. And
today about 84 per cent of
Americans are covered by
some kind of company plan.
The poor and elderly are cov-
ered by public plans (Medic-
aid and Medicare) that were
introduced in 1965.


Our system resembles
the American
approach. Historically, gov-
ernment was the main health-
care provider, with the
Princess Margaret Hospital
starting out as a poorhouse in
the 19th century. But with
rapid private sector expansion
after the war, half the popu-
lation is now covered by
health insurance while the
other half relies on tax-funded
Government-run hospitals
and clinics consume a quar-
ter billion dollars a year, and
hundreds of millions more are
needed to build new hospitals
and make other capital
improvements as the popula-
tion grows and demand for
new medical technology
This funding dilemma has
led successive governments
(going back to the 1970s when
National Insurance was
launched) to dream about a
universal health system fund-
ed by payroll taxes. A plan
was introduced in 1989 but
never implemented, and a
new plan was formulated dur-
ing the Christie administra-
tion, with enabling legislation
passed just before the last
election in the face of serious
doubts about sustainability.
The present government
has balked at implementing
such a comprehensive plan at
a single stroke- pointing out
that free medical care is
already available to school-
children, civil servants, the
indigent and pensioners.
According to Health Minis-
ter Dr Hubert Minnis, the pri-
ority must be to strengthen
the existing system, while
placing much more emphasis
on preventive care and edu-
It may be helpful to view
our health reforms in the con-

text of the debate that has
been raging in the US ever
since Barack Obama was
elected a year ago. The goal
of reform in the US is to
ensure coverage for the 40
million Americans without
insurance, to prevent insurers
from denying coverage
because of pre-existing con-
ditions, to cap out-of-pocket
expenses and to help low-
income earners buy insurance.
Soaring healthcare costs
are also cited as a key reason
why reform is being pursued,
as well as why it is being
opposed so vociferously. And
we should not lightly brush
these concerns aside. Health
costs in the US (the only rich
country without universal cov-
erage) were 16 per cent of
GDP in 2007, compared to 10
per cent in Canada and 8.4
per cent in Britain. Yet
despite this heavy spending,
health outcomes in the US are
below OECD averages.
A recent article in the
Economist magazine reported
that: "On the most basic met-
ric of life expectancy at birth,
Britain (79.1 years) outscores
America (77.8). A similar sto-
ry emerged from a study in
2006 that used direct mea-
sures to compare the health
of middle-aged people: the
Americans were sicker than
the English...A 2008 study
that compared death-rates for
treatable illnesses among the
under-75s, placed Britain sixth
among 19 advanced countries,
with America coming last."
The Economist concluded
that, while America offers
very good clinical care, too
many people lack cover or
fret about losing it. And while
the British cover everyone at
a much lower total cost,
patients have less clout and
wait longer for treatment. In
short, both countries need
reforms to bring about better
and cheaper care.


gBahamian health out-
comes are worse
than those in either the US
or the UK. The CIA's projec-
tions for 2009 infant mortality
tions/the -world-
html) rank the Bahamas as
93rd in the world - behind
most Caribbean countries, as
well as a whole host of much
poorer countries. And the
estimate for life expectancy
at birth is only 66 years.
Despite these results, the
Bahamas spends about 7 per
cent of GDP on healthcare.

How should we treat the

nation's health system ills?

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Clearly, we need better val-
ue for our healthcare dollars,
and at the same time we must
be careful not to dig ourselves
into a financial hole we can't
get out of. A massive expan-
sion of our grossly inefficient
public sector combined with
decisions that are driven by
politics are the quickest way
to fall into that trap.
This was borne out in a
2007 study by Health Cana-
da of our proposed NHI plan.
That report said costs had
been underestimated and the
plan would likely be unsus-
tainable because it promised
universal access to a broad
range of benefits with no
point of service charges in the
public sector - a more ambi-
tious programme than any
OECD country had attempt-


There are lessons to be
learned in this regard
from the introduction of
Medicare and Medicaid in the
US in the face of bitter oppo-
sition from doctors, drug com-
panies and the insurance
industry during the 1960s.
President Lyndon Johnson's
point man at the time was
health secretary Joseph Cali-
fano, who had some interest-
ing things to say recently
about the current healthcare
Califano acknowledged
that policymakers in the 1960s
had vastly underestimated the
rising cost of medical tech-
nology, as well as the extra-
ordinary leap in life expectan-
cy. And he concluded that the
best way to curb costs today
"is to put as much profit in
prevention as there is in
acute care, and to put finan-
cial gain and pain into how
individuals take (or don't
take) care of themselves."
That seems to be the track
we are on now in the
Bahamas. According to Dr
Minnis, the goal is to realign
medical spending and priori-
ties to promote healthy
lifestyles. The fact is that most
of our healthcare challenges
are lifestyle diseases. Cancer,
AIDS, diabetes, stroke, heart
attack and kidney failure top
the list of modern medical
problems in the Bahamas -
and they all are largely pre-
ventable with education, diet
and medication.
In his address to parlia-
ment on the drug plan, Dr
Minnis described the impact
of these chronic diseases on
the public health system:
"Today, 60 per cent of our
population dies from chronic
diseases, 48.5 per cent of our
medical wards are occupied
by patients with chronic dis-
eases, our emergency rooms
are bombarded by patients
suffering from chronic dis-
eases. All this will be
addressed with our soon-to-
be-introduced national drug
Initially, this plan will cov-
er senior citizens for pre-
scription drugs to treat arthri-
tis, asthma, breast cancer, dia-
betes, glaucoma, high choles-
terol, hypertension, heart dis-
ease, major depression,
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stages raid on PI
FROM page one
process by which non-Bahamians can obtain the req-
uisite permits to work and live in the Bahamas, Mr
Thompson petitioned these individuals to go about the
process in the proper fashion.
"This is a country of laws. Every week we meet to
review applications for work permits. There is no need
for persons to go about it illegally. The laws are there
and we want the employers to also follow the correct
procedures," he said.
Currently these 20 individuals who have been appre-
hended by Immigration will be interviewed and
processed to determine if any work permits have ever
been granted to them.
"The way the system works," Mr Thompson said,
"is that we are going to check our records and find out
if they were issued permits to work.
"And if they were not issued permits to work and
they were not authorised to work then they will be
detained and we will have to see them out of the coun-
try," he said.




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'Looming holiday season'

could be reason for

spate of armed robberies

FROM page one
on Baillou Road and Vesey
Street. The thieves bran-
dished handguns, demanded
cash and left the bar with an
undermined amount of cash
from the establishment and
the money of two patrons.
The bandits escaped in an
unknown direction.
Minutes later, around 11.15
pm, an anonymous caller con-
tacted the police and reported
an armed robbery at Blue
Berry Hill, Fox Hill. Police
responded and spoke with a
male resident who reported
that while driving up to his
residence, two masked men

armed with handguns,
approached him and took his
silver Honda Accord license
plate number 215216.
The men fled in an
unknown direction. Police are
Sometime around 11.51 pm
Tuesday, police received
information that the Pitt
Restaurant and Lounge,
Augusta Street was robbed.
An employee of the restau-
rant told police that two
masked males, armed with
handguns entered the estab-
lishment demanding cash.
"The employee gave the
men an undetermined
amount of cash. Additionally
the men took an undeter-

mined amount of cash from
a patron. The men fled the
area on foot, in an unknown
direction," said Sergeant
Chrislyn Skippings.
In an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Assistant
Commissioner Raymond Gib-
son revealed that this trend
may be directly linked to the
material-fueled season.
Though it is too early to tell
whether or not the resurgence
of "petty crime" will dictate
the holiday season, ACP Gib-
son said that the police have
definitely taken note of the
apparent trend and preventa-
tive measures such as
increased police visibility are
in place.

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"There has been a history
of increased criminal activity
during the holiday season,
particularly armed robberies,"
said Asst Commissioner Gib-
"This is a pattern of behav-
iour that we are aware of, and
we are taking every step nec-
essary to reduce occurrences."
The spree started on Sat-
urday with a total of four
armed robberies, one of
which involved shooting.
Since then reported armed
theft has averaged two to
three robberies per day, with
assailants targeting solitary
individuals and small stores
regardless of the hour.
Mr Gibson warned the pub-
lic to take heed of their sur-
roundings and not to make
themselves susceptible to
what they term "opportunistic
crime" at the hands of des-
perate bandits.
"Most of the robberies are
considered to be petty street
robberies which are essen-
tially crimes of opportunity.
"Whenever somebody with
bad intentions is in an area,
if he sees someone whom he
thinks he can rob and get
away - he will take the
chance," Mr Gibson said.
"The public needs to be
aware especially if they're
going home in the evenings
to always take note of their
surroundings and to call the
police at the first sign of sus-
picious activity."
Just after midnight on Sat-
urday, culprits armed with
handguns pretending to be
police officers entered a bar
on Armstrong and
Dowdeswell Street, in Nas-

Correction to story

FROM page one
Sands was the other officer
on the scene with Detective
Corporal Kelsie Munroe the
night Brenton Smith was
The Tribune would like to
clarify that the although the
other officer mentioned was
identified in the courtroom

as officer Sands, the staff
association head is in no way
involved in the shooting.
Yesterday Inspector
Sands told The Tribune he
remained at Det Munroe's
side at the inquest proceed-
ings in his capacity as Staff
Association President and
not because he is an inter-
ested party in the case.

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Big Red Machine

take game one

A BIG RED MACHINE player pitches the ball...

Sports Reporter
Behind the bats
of arguably one
of the most
potent junior
boys lineups in
recent memory, the St
Augustine's Big Red Machine
exploded late to take game
one of the BAISS junior boys'
softball championship series.
The Big Red Machine won
10-2 over the St Andrew's
Hurricanes yesterday at Free-
dom Farm Field in the first
game of the best of three
Clinging to a slim 4-2 mar-
gin heading into the bottom
of the fourth inning, SAC pro-
duced a game-high six run
inning to take a commanding
lead and hold on for the win.
Anthony Romer, Blair Sey-
mour, and lead off man
Lucious Fox each singled in
the fourth to load the bases

Defeat St Andrew's

Hurricanes 10-2

for power hitting shortstop
Anfernie Seymour.
Seymour did not disappoint
with runners in scoring posi-
tion as he belted a double
down the right field line which
plated Romer and B Sey-
Byron Murray extended
the Big Red Machine lead to
seven on the very next pitch
with a mammoth three run
home run to straight-away
centerfield which gave his
team a 9-2 lead.
Shannon Johnson scored
the team's final run of the
game with his RBI double
which scored pitcher Arien
The Hurricanes rally fell

short in the top of the fifth at
just a single run, an RBI dou-
ble by Joe Lockhart.
Anfernie Seymour, the
league's most consistent hitter
of the course of the season,
placed SAC on the score-
board first in the bottom of
the opening inning.
He hit an RBI double
which plated Isaacs and came
back in the third inning to
blast a solo home run.
SAC led 3-0 after two
innings before the Hurricanes
came alive at the plate.
Pitcher Ashton Butler pro-
vided his own run support
with a home-run to center-
field to place his team on the
scoreboard in the top of the

third inning.
Butler finished 2-3 with two
runs and at the mound deliv-
ered four strikeouts.
Hurricanes' first baseman
Jamie Lavin followed short-
ly with a double to left field
that turned into an eventual in
the park home run after a pair
of fielding errors by the Big
Red Machine.
Seymour finished 3-3 with
two runs and four RBI, Mur-
ray was 1-3 with the one run
and three RBI, Isaacs was 2-3
with two runs, while Arien
Seymour was 2-3 with two
runs and at the mound deliv-
ered four strikeouts. Game
two is scheduled for 4pm

Knowles, Bhupathi lose in

2nd round of Paris Masters

BAHAMIAN tennis ace
Mark Knowles and his Indian
doubles partner Mahesh Bhu-
pathi have lost their second-
round match on the ATP
World Tour in France.
On the hard, indoor surface
yesterday at the Paris Mas-
ters, the No.3 seeds were
defeated by Simon Aspelin of
Sweden and Paul Hanley of
Australia 6-4, 6-7 (6), 10-7
Also, top-ranked Roger
Federer was beaten by
Frenchman Julien Benneteau.
Federer lost 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-
4. The 15-time Grand Slam
champion has never been fur-
ther than the quarterfinals at
the Paris Masters.
Benneteau aced his first
match point and fell to the
floor in tears. He is next
scheduled to play countryman
Gael Monfils.
Knowles and Bhupathi
have clinched the No.3 spot
in the Masters Tournament
in London, England, which is
slated to begin on November
Going into the year-ending
tournament, the duo trail



Knowles' former Canadian
partner Daniel Nestor and his
new partner Nenad Zimonjic
as the top seeds, followed by
American identical twin
brothers Bob and Mike
Last week as Bhupathi took
a much-needed break,
Knowles teamed up with
Michael Llodra of France
where they reached the quar-
ter-final at the Valencia Open

500 in Spain.
And in February, Knowles
also teamed up with Ameri-
can Mardy Fish to win in
Memphis, Tennessee, and he
and American Andy Roddick
got into the final of the
Shanghai Open in Beijing,
China, in October.
In 2007, before he and
Nestor split up, they teamed
up to win their only World
doubles title.

SAC junior girls get

victory over Saints

Sports Reporter
IN a five-inning game that
stretched more than two and
a half hours, the St
Augustine's College junior
girls joined their male coun-
terparts in taking game one
of their respective BAISS
Championship series.
The Big Red Machine ran
away with a high score to take
game one 25-15 over the
Kingsway Academy Saints.
SAC's scoring flurry began
at the game's outset with sev-
en runs in the top half of the
first inning, courtesy of a

grand slam in the park home-
run, and a string of singles
which gave them a seven run
The defending champions
improved on that effort with
14 runs in the second.
Each member of the Big
Red Machine lineup crossed
the plate in a game filled with
errors and miscues.
Ciara Bonamy, Tiara Dele-
veaux and Rena Mortimer
each finished with four runs
apiece, while Dominique Bur-
rows and Jada Saunders fin-
ished with three each.
The Saints put up a valiant
effort after facing a seeming-
ly insurmountable 21-4 deficit

after two innings.
A two RBI double by
Racheal Albury highlighted
an eight run inning for her
team which brought the Saints
within 10 runs, 21-12.
Despite control problems
from Bonamy at the mound,
the Big Red Machine's lead
proved to be a big enough
cushion with a few added runs
late in the game.
Santish Brown led the
Saints with four runs and two
RBI, Megan Russell finished
with three runs while Kiwana
Rolle and Albury each added
three. Game two is set for
today with the Saints facing

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Kudos to Major for being a role model in our society


I HAD an interesting inter-
view with Meacher 'Pain'
Major on his return home
from Buffalo, New York,
where he lost his NABA
lightweight title on Saturday
Major, 28, came home to
recuperate and he was just as
upbeat as he was before he
left for the 10-round bout
against American Dorin
The crafty veteran Spivey
stopped Major in the fourth
round at the Convention Cen-
ter after he unleashed a flurry
of punches to secure the win.
In his interview, Major
could have come up with all
kinds of excuses. But he just
indicated that he was faced
with a big test and he was
taught a valuable lesson.
Although he admitted that
he was slightly hampered by
the flu, Major noted that he
will not allow his performance
to keep him down.
He has vowed to return big-
ger and better next year as he
continues his quest for a shot
at a world boxing title in the

One of the things he's look-
ing at is dropping down to the
super featherweight division
where the weight limit is 130
Sounds like torture. It's not
considering that Major
weighed in at 131 for Satur-
day's bout. He was right on
the borderline.
Despite his age, Major still
has a bright future ahead of
him. He's under contract with
the American based X-Cel
Worldwide and his training
base is in Hollywood, Flori-
He's in the right environ-
ment where he can get all of
the support he needs to pro-
pel him to the next level. It's
just unfortunate that he suf-
fered a setback on Saturday.
But Major is one of those
level headed individuals who
I'm sure will rebound from
his ordeal. He's focused, but
he's also committed and ded-
icated to the cause.
On top of that, Major is one
of those individuals who has
not just concentrated on him-
self. He's deeply rooted in his
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Not only has he started an
amateur boxing programme
where he's teaching some of
the youngsters about the
sport, but he holds an annual
Back-to-School drive and a
Christmas party.
All of the events are a part
of Major's bid to give back to
the people who have been
there for him in the good and
bad times in his profession.
Not bad for a competitor who
is still looking for that big pay-
day and a possible world title
Major may have learnt a
boxing lesson on Saturday.
But he has been doing more
than he can to teach others
about the rules of life. Kudos
to Major for being the role
model that he is in our soci-


THE New Providence
Women's Basketball Associ-
ation should be commended
for taking the time out to hon-
our some of the legends of
the game.
On Saturday as the associ-

ation is slated to open its new
season, a number of the pio-
neers are expected to recog-
nised by the newly elected
board for the role they all
played in the growth and
development of the sport.
It's good to see some of our
organizations take the time to
bridge the gap between the
old and the new players who
have played in their particular
Too many times, our young
players may have only heard
of some of the legends, but
may not have seen them in
person because they are no
longer a part of the organisa-
So taking the time out just
before the start of the season
is a good opportunity to say to
some of the stewards who are
still alive, we haven't forgot-
ten you and we appreciate
what you've done for the
Not everybody will get a
chance to have their names
inked on a national stadium
or a street sign. Only a select
few will. Not all of them will
even get to be inducted into a

Hall of Fame. That's also set
aside for a select few.
But inviting them out to
receive a small recognition
when you have the new young
and future stars on display is
priceless. The NPWBA
should be commended for the


THE Bahamas Softball
Federation hosted another
National Round Robin
Championships over the
weekend at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.
While the tournament did-
n't attract all of the affiliated
island associations, some of
whom didn't have a league
this year because of the eco-
nomic problems facing the
country, those who shared up
made it one of the most com-
petitive round robin tourneys.
With only three teams
entered in the women's divi-
sion, the tournament came
down to a showdown between
Grand Bahama and New
And in the end, the Pineap-
ple Air Wildcats proved to be
just a little stronger than the
Bahamasair Flyers from
Grand Bahama when it
counted the most, winning 2-
1 in the best-of-three cham-
pionship series.
But in the final stats pro-
duced by the team headed by
Rozina Taylor, the Flyers
dominated the majority of the
individual categories.
As for the men, the Com-
mando Security Truckers
came around at the right time
to secure the title in the one-
game championship over the
Grand Bahama Elnet
However, the individual
categories were almost even-
ly matched between the
Truckers, Mariners and the
surprising Abaco's Turtles.
If those performances are
any indication, the BSF
should be able to field two
versatile teams made up of
players across the Bahamas
for the national teams that are
heading to the CAC Cham-
pionships next year. We will



have to wait and see the out-

WHILE the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations (BAAA) is
embroiled in a heated elec-
tion campaign, there's a sign
that there are a number of
athletes who are eager to
On Saturday at Fort Char-
lotte, hundreds of athletes,
whether they are going to
remain in the sport or just use
it as a workout session for
other sports, turned out to
participate in the CH Reeves
Cross Country Champi-
The good thing is candi-
dates for both sides of the
election campaign were in
attendance. So no one had to
tell them how important it is
for the electorate to come up
with the best possible team to
represent the association for
the next three years.
With the elections sched-
uled for next Saturday, it's
hoped that whoever is elected
will take note and ensure that
the trend continues because
there are many aspiring ath-
letes who need to benefit
from good representation.







How should we treat the nation's health ills?

FROM page 12
prostate cancer and psychosis.
It is unclear whether all
seniors will be covered or only
NIB pensioners (about 70 per
cent of the total), but the
drugs will be available from
private pharmacies as well as
from government dispen-
saries. Patients will be regis-
tered, educated and tracked
to ensure that they are man-
aging their diseases properly.
According to Etoile Pin-
der, a Bahamian health econ-
omist who was a technical
advisor to the NHI Commis-
sion, the proposed drug plan
is not a bad idea "if it is the
first step towards a broader
plan. We know there is a large
under-consumption of phar-
maceuticals in the Bahamas,
which probably leads to some
of our very bad indicators
with regards to diabetes,
hypertension, etc. But giving
chronic disease patients drugs,
without paying for medical
tests or doctor's exams or
lifestyle advice, will have very
little effect in most cases."
Most doctors agree that
there is a critical need for pre-
ventive care in the Bahamas.
Regular checkups and seeing
a doctor early can mean the
difference between stage 1 or
stage 3 breast cancer, or help
those suffering from cardio-
vascular diseases to avoid
strokes and heart attacks.
Acute care patients require
more expensive treatments
and have lower survival rates.
There has been a lot of talk
about prevention and educa-
tion, and the original NHI
plan allocated well over $5
million to such programmes,
but we have yet to hear the
hard details of Dr Minnis'
proposals, and it is unclear
where the money is coming
from to finance them. Some
argue that we should sharply
tax alcohol and tobacco and
make excessive drinking and
obesity as socially out-of-step
as smoking is today.
And then there is the
whole issue of accountability
within both the public and pri-
vate health systems. No gov-
ernment has had the gump-
tion to deal with this difficult
issue, but it should form a key

part of any health reform
package. In the public sector,
the Ministry of Health gets
the financing, provides the
services and regulates itself.
In the private sector, both
doctors and hospitals are
largely unregulated and
accountable only to them-
In the 1950s there was no
alternative to the govern-
ment's redevelopment and
operation of the Princess
Margaret Hospital. But today
the situation is markedly dif-
ferent, and we have to ask
why the government should
be spending hundreds of mil-
lions of scarce public funds to
build and operate hospitals.
The Ministry of Health should
be a regulatory body that
manages the private sector
and provides public services
only where necessary.
Both public and private
systems have their virtues and
their faults, but the choice
does not have to lie between
the British National Health

Service or the American
employer-based system.
There are insurance-based
systems in Europe that also
provide universal coverage.
In Switzerland and the
Netherlands, for example,
everyone has to have health
insurance and every patient
is guaranteed cover by the
state if they cannot afford it.
The French model of com-
pulsory insurance for all, with
both public and private
providers, is ranked by the
World Health Organisation
as the most efficient health
service in the world. France
spends 11 per cent of its GDP
on health; yet its infant mor-
tality rate, life expectancy and
mortality rate for cardio-vas-
cular illness are all better than
either the United States or
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Tribune Business Editor
the BISX-listed reverse osmo-
sis supplier, has indicated it
believes the Water & Sewer-
age Corporation will be
unable to pay down the $6.2
million debt it owes to the
company until the Govern-
ment passes its 2010-2011
Budget - something that will
not happen for at least anoth-
er six to seven months.
In a conference call with
Wall Street analysts to discuss
the company's third quarter
results, David Sasnett, Con-
solidated Water's chief finan-
cial officer, said the debt owed
by the Water & Sewerage
Corporation was largely
responsible for the $11.575
million in accounts receiv-
ables contained on its balance
sheet as at September 30,
This nevertheless repre-
sented a 16.8 per cent decline
in the $13.911 million in
accounts receivables con-
tained on Consolidated
Water's balance sheet at 2008
year-end, and Mr Sasnett con-
firmed that the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation was now

paying the company $1.2 mil-
lion per month for water sup-
plied by it - roughly match-
ing the monthly billing
This, Mr Sasnett said, was
an effort to keep the Water
& Sewerage Corporation's
accounts receivables in check,
although it would not make
a dent in the $6.2 million bal-
ance owed to Consolidated
Water as at September 30,
2009, a balance that increased
by $1.5 million in the third
Indicating that Consolidat-
ed Water was holding out lit-
tle hope that the $6.2 million
balance would be paid down
any time soon, Mr Sasnett
told Wall Street analysts: "We
would hope that in 2010,
when they pass the Budget,
that they [the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation] will be
able to pay the additional
monies and keep the receiv-
ables balance current."
As revealed by Tribune
Business, Consolidated Water
warned this week in its 10-Q
filing with the Securities &
Exchange Commission (SEC)
that if the Water & Sewerage
SEE page 4B

capital by year-end

Tribune Business Editor

General Insur-
ance Company
will pass the
milestone" of $50 million in
capital by year-end, its presi-
dent and chief executive said
yesterday, adding that the
general insurer now had a
"much superior balance sheet
capital position".
Patrick Ward told Tribune
Business that Bahamas First
General Insurance Company,
the main subsidiary of
Bahamas First Holdings, was
"tracking better than 2008"
when it came to its bottom
line net income for 2009,
although the swing in the
unrealised value of its invest-
ment portfolio remained a
concern largely due to its sub-
stantial holdings of Com-
monwealth Bank stock.
Referring to comments by
A. M. Best, the international
insurance credit rating agency,
about the general insurer's
"superior capitalisation", Mr
Ward said: "By the end of

* Bahamas First in 'much superior balance sheet
capital position' by hitting 'important milestone'
* Firm's bottom line profitability and operational
results 'tracking better' than 2008
* In line with expectations of 5% gross premium drop

2009, the capital of Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany will be in excess of $50
million, and the risk profile
we have on the books will not
be significantly different from
the year before.
"We will have a much more
superior balance sheet capi-
tal position that we had the
year before. That's an impor-
tant milestone for us to have,
$50 million in capital.
"We have followed a strat-
egy in the last two to three
years of increasing Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany's capital by not sending
any monies to the parent via
dividends. That, with good
results, has allowed us to build
up the capital of Bahamas
First General to the level we
enjoy today."

Bahamas First General
Insurance Company's 2008
year-end balance sheet
showed it had total share-
holder equity capital of
$47.572 million, implying that
this is likely to increase by at
least $2.5 million this finan-
cial year.
And Mr Ward said the
company's financial perfor-
mance for year-to-date was
ahead of 2008, when Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany sustained an 86.4 per
cent decline in net income to
$1.656 million, almost entire-
ly due to a $12 million swing
into the red on the unrealised
losses suffered on its equity
"We're tracking better than
2008 in terms of bottom line
profitability," Mr Ward told

Tribune Business. "The core
operational results are ahead
of where we were last year."
He added, though, that
while the company was
" .,ih, ino very carefully" the
performance of its investment
portfolio, "even that is not
overshadowing the core
results on underwriting".
Mr Ward said Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
pany was also "probably
tracking very close to" the
expected 5 per cent decline
in gross premiums written in
2009, adding: "If we're lucky,
we could be a little bit ahead,
but we expect we're tracking
in line with expectations."
As for 2010, the Bahamas
First General Insurance Com-
SEE page 10B

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Tribune Business Editor
THE merger of two
Bahamian real estate firms
will enable them to target the
"high-end market more so
than before" and enable the
company to "rise to the top
of the pile", the president of
the enlarged entity told Tri-
bune Business yesterday.
Mike Lightbourn, president
of Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty, said the merger
with Bahamas Waterfront
Properties had from a work-
ing perspective reunited him
and his son, Colin, and togeth-
er they planned to launch a
number of initiatives that
were real estate-related.
Although declining to state
what their plans were, Mr
Lightbourn said Coldwell
Banker Lightbourn Realty,
with his son returning as man-
aging director, would seek to
leverage the brand, support
and tools provided by the
Coldwell Banker franchise to
expand into "other areas" of
the Bahamian real estate mar-
"We felt it was the right
time; the timing was right to
merge," Mr Lightbourn told
Tribune Business. "He's [Col-
in] great at doing projects. He

Coldwell Banker Lightbourn
Realty to target high end
market 'more so than
before', after deal
reunites father and son

put together the South Ocean
Estates project out west, and
other things like that he
enjoys doing.
"We're physically together
now, but there are a bunch of
other things we are putting
into place as we speak.
There'll be other areas that
we'll be headed into that are
real estate related."
He added: "We're going to
use the tools available to us
through Coldwell banker.
We're going to pick out what
we think works best in our
market, and offer new oppor-
tunities. We hope to rise to
the top of the pile."
The merger has added four
new Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA) licensed
sales agents to the existing
team of 20 at Coldwell
Banker Lightbourn Realty, as
well as two property man-
agers, and Mr Lightbourn said
"a lot of physical work in the
office" was being carried out

SEE page 14B



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Banking 'surprise' at consumer

loan arrears reduction

Tribune Business Editor

BANKING executives yes-
terday expressed surprise at
the $2.7 million reduction in
consumer loan arrears during
September 2009, while all oth-
er lending categories moved
in the opposite direction, one
suggesting that the improve-
ment may be related to the
fact personal credit is rela-
tively easier to restructure.
Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) chief execu-
tive, said there had been no
change in the Bahamian econ-

* Ease of restructuring consumer loans cited as one reason
for $2.7m fall in arrears value in September 2009
* Loan deterioration set to 'bottom out' in 2010

omy's basic fundamentals to
support the 0.9 per cent
reduction in the cumulative
value of consumer loan
arrears to $293.5 million dur-
ing September, and suggested
this possibly highlighted why
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas wanted "consistent
reporting" on restructured
"I have no idea. I'm just
surprised," said Mr Sunderji,

when asked by Tribune Busi-
ness why consumer loan
arrears had seen a modest fall,
." 'i'!ch is one reason why the
Central Bank wants consis-
tent reporting.
"I don't think fundamen-
tally that the state of the
Bahamian economy has actu-
ally improved. What we might
be seeing in there is that con-

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Clifton's heritage is

no stroll in the park

l ea .wORGANIC Hiil IIllolifir

A FEW days' recent
strolling through the Clifton
Heritage National Park pro-
vided a sharp antidote to the
grand opening ceremony last
April, and revealed a dis-
tressing truth: the Park is one
of those well-meaning but
fuzzy ideas that without ratio-
nal planning have a hard time
surviving in our tough com-
petitive world.
I recall the stormy public
meeting nearly 10 years ago
that caused the withdrawal of
a foreign development group
planning a typical gated resort
community on the Point. Per-
ry Christie's government then
bought the land and created
the Clifton Heritage Author-
ity, embodying the principle
of "Bahamian land for
That's a fine principle,
deserving full respect. The
only trouble is: Where are the
Bahamians? In the course of
checking out the Park over
several sunny weekends and
weekdays, here's what I
found. On the busiest holiday
about 50 cars jammed the
road down to Jaws Beach,
with families enjoying the
short sandy strip. But the
Authority has done nothing
to make it nice for them - just
a few rotting piles remain of
the dock destroyed in a long-
past hurricane, the concrete
boat ramp is incomplete, the
beach is unswept and no pic-
nic tables or benches are pro-
vided. I saw no beach warden
and found the door to the toi-
let facilities always locked.
Just down the highway, the
vast asphalt North parking lot
one day held a single car, oth-
er days none. Bulldozed from
the bush, it was designed to
serve Jaws Beach, but lack-
ing a direct path to the shore
nobody uses it.






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Further down the road,
hard work has been done to
excavate and expose the
Great House of the Wylly
Plantation and the stone cot-
tages of the slave settlement,
but the restoration has been
minimal and the buildings sat
forlornly without any visitors
visible all the days I passed
by. The former Carriage
House has been converted
into an attractive Gift Shop,
with a few interesting displays
and local items for sale, but
it is shut on weekends - sure-
ly a perverse policy for a pub-
lic park whose citizens are at
work or school every week
These facilities plus the
Park office and wardens'
quarters, together with trail
entrances, are served by the
pristine South parking lot,
which was slightly better pop-
ulated - as many as five cars.
As for interest in local ecol-
ogy, when I often walked the
few yards from Jaws Beach
to the lovely pond in the pre-
served wetland zone, with
three observatory boardwalks
and handsome illustrations of
herons, egrets and coots, I was
the solitary observer. Cover-
ing the two-mile Arawak Trail
that fringes the entire Point
on a beautiful Sunday, I met
exactly three Bahamian hik-
ers - plus a friendly Park war-
den, who told me that guided
tours are only given only
Monday-Friday because
they're " intended mainly for
tourists" (!). Fact is, it's a pret-
ty boring bush path, with few
sea views. Neither it nor the
Coppice Trail cutting diago-
nally through the forest dis-
play any signs to identify the
surrounding trees, vines and
shrubs. A billboard near Flip-
per Beach illustrates a
Lucayan village, but there's
no physical evidence or arti-
facts to hold one's interest.
Strangely, the Park does
not take advantage of its high-
est elevation by creating what
could be a spectacular out-
look over the sea-side cliffs.
The legendary Stone Steps,
descending to the rocky shore
under an arch, are so steep
and narrow that, lacking any
hand rails, they can be navi-
gated only by the foolhardy.
Worse, the Authority's own
publicity creates historical fic-
tion. Both the sign at the site
and the guidebook designed
for Bahamian school children
relate the myths that "during
the plantation era, these Steps
served as a gateway between
Clifton and the rest of the
world... across them passed
the first slaves from Africa
and the last cotton exported
to Europe". These undocu-
mented fables ignore the hard
evidence that the Steps were,
in fact, dug in connection with
a film production in 1916, an
adaptation of "20,000 Leagues
under the Sea."
Clearly, Bahamians
find the most popular attrac-
tions of the whole Park to be
the swimming, snorkeling and
boating activities available at
the still unimproved Jaws
Beach. In the present state of
development, it's a good ques-
tion how large a fraction of
our population, outside the
occasional organised school
groups and National Trust
expeditions, will make the
long drive west to appreciate
the cultural and ecological
offerings of the Park.
The Great House and slave
quarters alone are hardly
worth a lengthy tour. There's
no food or drink offered any-
where (except sodas and can-
dy at the Gift Shop); no play-
grounds for children; no



tables with umbrellas; no
music to be heard; no films,
performances or pageants by
natives in period costumes;
no advertised festivals or lec-
tures. There's no sign of the
promised tramway, and no
tour schedules are displayed.
Much of the Park is "under
construction" like its website,
whose "N N." ' section alertly
displays a September 2005
press release as its latest item,
and is blank under "Tours
dates for 2009".
I raised some of these issues
with the pleasant people who
staff the Park office. Many
improvements, I was told, are
"in development" and, under-
standably, "depend on fund-
ing". Aye, "funding" - there's
the rub! Where's it to come
from? The Authority is a cor-
porate body created by
statute in 2004 after the Gov-
ernment agreed to pay $19
million to the late Nancy
Oakes to acquire 208 acres of
Clifton Point, and probably a
few million more was need-
ed for the subsequent ameni-
ties, including the parking lots
and clean-up of unsightly
garbage along the shore-line.
These capital costs were
funded with a $24 million
issue of "Clifton Heritage
Authority" bonds. With a
Government guarantee, prin-
cipal and interest are a direct
burden on the Treasury, since
the Authority has no earnings
of its own. All its require-
ments are met by Govern-
ment subsidies and occasion-
al gifts such as the recent
$10,000 donation from BTC.
Eventually, the Authority
should earn enough to pay at
least part of its running costs.
But how, in the absence of
entrance fees? A possible
source would be parking
charges at the two big lots,
where toll booths are already
built. But Bahamians won't
start using the lots unless the
expensive improvements are
already in place - the usual
financial dilemma.
One doubts that there was
any careful planning about
continuing expenses, particu-
larly the big new budget items
needed to make the Park an
attractive going concern. It
was simply another project
with a political agenda,
backed by our well-inten-
tioned but unrealistic culture
mavens, including the do-
gooder foreign organizations
that give us advice but don't
understand Bahamian reali-
ties. Now, with Government
expenditures stretched to the
limit in the face of growing
deficits, hard-headed Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
may decide that the worthy
but non-essential Park impos-
es drains on the Treasury that
the state simply cannot
afford. He won't close it
down, but may quietly tell the
visionary chairperson, Sena-
tor Dr Jacinta Higgs, that
funding for all the hoped-for
improvements must be put off
to the distant future, if ever.
To become viable, the Park
needs to have a publicity cam-
paign (it's not listed with tour
operators) and a vigorous
membership drive to provide
consistent donations. Since its
activities overlap with the
Bahamas National Trust, per-
haps the best solution would
be to merge with the Trust,
whose energetic leadership
and long list of loyal mem-
bers might find a way to pay
for the Park's aspirations and
bring its dreams to reality.
Even New York's famous
Central Park had serious
problems until the privately-
funded Central Parks Con-
servancy took over the Park's
management from the city
government, now financing
most of the operating budget.
Without some similar answer,
Bahamians will continue to
swim at Jaws Beach but the
Clifton parking lots will
sprout more weeds than cars.
A national park that can nei-
ther pay its own way nor win
popularity with its citizens
does not have a bright future.
NB: (I was unable to inter-
view Senator Higgs, who can-
celled a scheduled meeting).

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$1.5m investment's

expanding 'Patch'

Business Reporter
THE Prickle Patch has
expanded after eight years in
business with a $1.5 million
investment in the construc-
tion of a new building, open-
ing the door to additional ser-
vices and offerings, the own-
ers told Tribune Business yes-
Agnes Kemp said she fig-
ured it was time to expand
her home decor business,
which took off in 2001 at a
2,000 square foot store in the
Summer Winds Plaza off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway. She and her hus-
band, Barry Kemp, seven
years after opening, then bid
on a plot of land where they
would later expand the busi-
Now, with 6,500 more
square feet to stock, Mrs
Kemp takes yearly trips to
China, Indonesia and the US
to purchase the rarities The
Prickle Patch offers.
The business, which
employs six full-time workers
(and is hiring), is the sub-
sidiary of Mr Kemp's busi-
ness, Quick Welding.
According to the Kemps,

The Prickle Patch's parent
company began under a pine
tree in Abaco through odd
welding jobs, and has grown
into a petroleum construction
business with clients across
the Caribbean.
And with the parent com-
pany in the construction busi-
ness, the Prickle Patch's new
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway location was erected
with in-house labour.
Mr and Mrs Kemp's chil-
dren have also moved into the
business and have spun off
businesses at the new site.
One daughter is opening a
beauty salon and spa only feet
from the Prickle Patch, and
the family hopes to open a
deli and rent out several office
spaces to complete the com-
plex, all under the umbrella
of Kemps Company of Invest-

With two fully stocked
floors, the Prickle Patch has
expanded its range of items
which, according to Mrs
Kemp, has been well received
by the public since the store's
opening three weeks ago. She
touts her store as the most
unique home decor store on
the island, with many coun-
tries represented in the prod-
ucts she sells.
While her clientele is pre-
dominantly women, about 85
per cent, the store carries
myriad articles that would
appeal to men, with displays
arranged just for them.
"Women keep the econo-
my going," said Mr Kemp.
Mrs Kemp said she would
like to begin selling some
local artwork, but feels there
is a lack of interest in Bahami-

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an products.
According to Mrs Kemp,
the economic downturn had
no real effect on store sales
and did not slow construction
of the building.
Mr and Mrs Kemp now
work side by side in an office
that houses both the Prickle
Patch and Quick Welding.
Their new building is slated
to be dedicated to their par-
ents in a ceremony this Sat-
urday. "We want this to be a
legacy for our kids," said Mrs

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Water Corp unlikely to pay

$6.2m debt until the Budget

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"The Bahamas First Agribusiness Organization"


in preparation for the upcoming

annual general meeting
bahamas agricultural p



of the

for november 2009, we take this
opportunity to encourage all
our members and those persons
wishing to become members to
come into the office, 8th terrace,
collins avenue and renew, or

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tions to become financial in order
to participate fully in the meeting.

the association is now develop-
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FROM page 1B
Corporation 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
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
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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.

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cient liquidity to adequately
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"If this occurs, Consolidat-
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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,
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gart, Consolidated Water's
chief executive, told analysts
that the company felt there
was "room for further mar-
gin improvements" in its bulk
water operations, due to effi-
ciency upgrades at its Blue
Hills and Windsor reverse
osmosis plants in Nassau.
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ments, he said, had already
resulted in lower operating
costs in Consolidated Water's
Bahamian operations.

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Role reversal for Germany's fiscal prudence stance

c.2009 New York Times
News Service
IT HAS come to this: Ger-
many will almost certainly
have a bigger budget deficit
next year than Italy will.
Traditionally, Germany is
the Continent's keeper of fis-
cal rectitude, perpetually fret-
ting that the Italians and oth-
er free-spending southern
Europeans are about to
undermine the euro and
rekindle inflation by not
reducing their red ink.
But in 2010, the Germany
deficit is expected to total 6.5
per cent of its gross domestic
product, while the Italian
budget gap is forecast at 6.2
per cent of GDP, according
to Deutsche Bank.
"There is something really
odd going on here, with Italy
being more prudent, Spain
getting more serious and
even the French talking
about pension cuts," said
Gilles Moec of Deutsche
Bank. "Germany is the odd
one out."
It is more than a matter of
role reversal.
The German shift under-
scores just how profoundly
the economic and political
situation has changed in
Berlin, as well as how des-
perate Chancellor Angela
Merkel is to restore growth in
Europe's largest economy as
she begins her second term.
Given the long-standing
aversion to borrowing and
spending that has shaped
German fiscal policy since
the great hyperinflation of
the Weimar era during the
1920s, Merkel and her new
finance minister, Wolfgang
Schaeuble, have set off a
fierce debate by proposing to
cut taxes by 24 billion euro,
or $35.9 billion, in 2010 and
2011, rather than immediate-
ly attack the country's pro-
jected budget gap.
"I want us to do everything
we can to create te condi-
tions for new, stronger

growth," Merkel said Tues-
day, laying out her agenda in
a speech before the Bun-
destag in Berlin. "Without
growth, there will be no
investment. Without growth,
no jobs. Without growth, no
money for education. With-
out growth, no help for the
Cutting taxes now and bal-
ancing budgets later is a high-
wire act for all politicians, of
course, and the new German
government is divided even
within its own ranks over the
wisdom of lowering taxes to
stimulate the economy.

But it is a sign of just how
painful the recession has
been across the Continent,
especially Germany, that offi-
cials in Berlin and elsewhere
in Europe are so reluctant to
reduce borrowing anytime
soon because of the risk of
harming the incipient recov-
Like Germany, much of
Europe is struggling with
how to gradually withdraw
economic stimulus efforts
without compounding still-
rising unemployment or
throwing their economies
back into recession.
The terms of the treaty
that created the euro curren-

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cy are supposed to limit each
country's deficit to no more
than three per cent of its
GDP. None of the 16 coun-
tries that use the euro are
expected to meet that goal
soon, however, with the typ-
ical budget deficit projected
to reach a record 6.9 per cent
of GDP next year, according
to the European Commis-
On Wednesday, the com-
mission is expected to give
Germany, France and Spain
until 2013 to return their bud-
get gaps to below three per
But it is not clear whether
any of them can achieve that
goal. For Merkel, who stren-
uously opposed a Europe-
wide stimulus package dur-
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side arguments propounded
by former President Ronald
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scholars who have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse or child
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A YEAR after an unruly
crowd trampled a worker to
death at a Wal-Mart store,
America's retailers are
preparing for another Black
Friday, the blockbuster shop-
ping day after Thanksgiving.
Along with offering $300 lap-
tops and $99 navigation
devices, stores are planning
new safety measures to make
sure the festive day does not
take another deadly turn.
Last year, frenzied shop-
pers at a Wal-Mart in Valley
Stream, N.Y., trampled
Jdimytai Damour, a tempo-
rary store employee who died
soon afterward. To prevent
any repeat, Wal-Mart has
sharply changed how it
intends to manage the crowds.
That new plan, developed
by experts who have wran-
gled throngs at events like the
Super Bowl and the
Olympics, will affect how cus-
tomers approach and enter
the stores, shop, check out
and exit. Each store will have
its own customized plan. The
hope is for an orderly Black
Friday, a seemingly incongru-
ous notion.
The most significant change
at Wal-Mart is that the major-
ity of its discount stores (as
opposed to its Supercenters)
will open Thanksgiving morn-
ing at 6 a.m. and stay open
through Friday evening. Last
year, those stores closed on
Thanksgiving evening and
reopened early Friday morn-
ing. By keeping the stores
open for 24 hours, Wal-Mart
is hoping for a steady flow of
shoppers instead of mammoth
crowds swelling outside its
stores in the wee hours of Fri-
In another new twist this
year, shoppers at Wal-Mart
will not have to sprint toward
a pile of flat-screen televisions
and scuffle with one another

to get one. Rather, customers
will be able to enter the store
at any time and line up at
merchandise displays for the
must-have items on their lists.
When the products go on sale
Friday at 5 a.m., employees
will supervise the lines, giv-
ing shoppers the merchandise
in the order in which they
joined the line - until the
goods are out of stock.
(Only a small percentage
of stores will not be open 24
hours; most Wal-Mart Super-
centers are already open 24
Another problem in the
past was the bottleneck at
store entrances. Like many
big-box retailers, Wal-Mart
does not have multiple
entrances and exits to spread
around customer traffic. So
this year it will put workers
in front of its stores to direct
customers and keep them
"We are committed to
looking for ways to make our
stores even safer for our cus-
tomers and associates this hol-
iday season," said David
Tovar, a spokesman for Wal-
Mart, adding that the retailer
was "confident our customers
can look forward to a safe and
enjoyable shopping experi-
ence at Wal-Mart."
Aggressive shoppers are
common the day after
Thanksgiving. So crowd con-
trol plans, which vary by
retailer, are critical. And they
are especially important now,
given the economy. Newly
frugal consumers want more
for less, and stores plan to
drum up sales with stunning
This year, for the first time,
the National Retail Federa-
tion created a comprehensive
set of guidelines for crowd
control at stores. The guide-
lines note that special mark-
downs and historically low
discounts have led to larger
crowds. "Retailers are very
much trying to make them-
selves stand out in an envi-

ronment like this," Ellen
Davis, a spokeswoman for the
industry group, said in a con-
ference call this week. But she
added that "retailers need to
understand that many of these
sales and promotional peri-
ods might draw customers
who are more insistent about
getting a good deal."
The federation said retail-
ers were performing dress
rehearsals with their employ-
ees. Some stores plan to serve
drinks to shoppers, or offer
entertainment while they are
in line, to maintain calm.
Also, the stores say that cre-
ating a rapport with cus-
tomers makes news of sell-
outs and long lines more
Peter Conway, general
manager of a Best Buy in
Westbury, N.Y., has made a
habit of arriving at his store at
7 p.m. Thanksgiving night to
chat with shoppers lined up
"I'm outside talking with
my customers, just getting to
know them, seeing what
they're there for," he said.
"I'm very clear with them:
'There's not going to be any
For years, Best Buy has
controlled crowds by sending
teams of workers into the
parking lots to distribute tick-
ets for its so-called door-
busters - popular items like
digital cameras and laptops at
exceedingly low prices. Tick-
ets are given out about 3 a.m.
and each customer is allowed
one ticket for each door-
buster item they intend to
"They know if they have a
ticket, they're guaranteed
they have that product," Con-
way said. "It creates ease of
To keep shoppers from
running aimlessly around its
stores, Best Buy employees
hand out maps, and they
mark popular items with col-
ored balloons that can be seen
from anywhere in the store.

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summer loans are smaller, they
are much easier to restruc-
ture, and if restructured banks
can categorise them as cur-
rent. You reduce non-accrual
loans in that category."
In contrast, the total value
of mortgage loan arrears

increased by $25.6 million or
5.9 per cent to $461.9 million
during September 2009,
according to the Central
Bank, while commercial loans
past due rose by $13.1 million
or 5.7 per cent to $243.6 mil-
"Mortgage loans are much

more difficult to restructure.
You can't refinance it; it's too
expensive," Mr Sunderji
explained. "They are work-
outs. Mortgage loans stay in
the same category for many,
many months." This is usual-
ly until the borrowers find
new jobs, and their income
levels and ability to meet
obligations recovers.
Consumer loans could be
restructured in "a heartbeat",
via refinancing and the charg-
ing of a bank fee.
"I don't think fundamen-
tally those are good loans
because they got restruc-
tured," Mr Sunderji told Tri-
bune Business, "and I think
the Central Bank may have a
view on this, with regard to
how banks report restruc-
tured loans."
T. B. Donaldson, Com-
monwealth Bank's chairman,
also told this newspaper yes-
terday that he was unable to
explain definitively why con-
sumer loan arrears had fall-
en slightly in September.

He added that one possi-
bility was that, with lay-offs
and redundancies, especially
in the hotel sector, having lev-
elled-off since late 2008, per-
sonal loan defaults and their
restructuring may have "bot-
tomed out".
"In a sense, it's a very good
sign, because if that is hap-
pening the worst could soon
be over," Mr Donaldson told
Tribune Business.
However, Mr Sunderji took
a slightly more pessimistic
view, saying that loan arrears
numbers for the Bahamian
commercial banking sector as
a whole would continue to
"deteriorate" until the wider
economy started to recover,
something not expected to
occur until late 2010 at the
While the loan arrears fig-
ures "should become stable
at some point", the Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) chief execu-

tive said this was also not like-
ly to happen until late 2010.
"We are all very focused on
keeping non-performing loans
as low as possible, assisting
clients as best we can, restruc-
turing loans and waiting for
the economy to recover.
There is nothing much we can
do, as jobs won't be created
overnight," he added.
"The economy is still trou-
bled, people are still under-
employed, incomes are down,
so nothing has materially
changed in the economy.
[Loan arrears] stability is
going to be driven by recov-
ery, which depends on the US
"I think 20910 will see us
bottom out, and hopefully we
will see some recovery. I don't
think there's going to be as
large and dramatic lay-offs as
we had in 2008 and 2009. I
can't see another 1,000 people
being laid-off.
"That's not to say incomes
aren't being squeezed, and we
will remain a troubled econo-
my until such time as a sus-
tained recovery takes place in
the US. Baha Mar will help
us, of course. Economic
recovery will take place at
some point in time; the ques-

tion is: When? In the mean-
time, we have to do the best
we can."
A key concern is whether
any more major economic
shocks, either external or
internal, will impact the
Bahamian economy. Mr Sun-
derji identified one potential
problem as the continued
pressure the G-20/OECD and
their individual member states
were exerting on the
Bahamas' international finan-
cial centre, and on financial
institutions to exit this juris-
He questioned whether, in
the face of such pressure,
some institutions would
decide to scale down their
presence in the Bahamas or
follow BNP Paribas's exam-
ple and exit altogether.
While US gross domestic
product (GDP) had grown
during the third quarter, Mr
Sunderji and others have
questioned whether this
recovery will be sustained,
since it largely appears to
have been driven by the Oba-
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(AP) - The Florida Public
Service Commission on Tues-
day rejected proposed ener-
gy conservation goals that
environmentalists had called
too weak.
Commissioners said a pro-
posal drawn by their own staff
fell short of what's needed to
prod Floridians into saving
more energy. The panel asked
staffers to return with a new
recommendation December
The rejected proposal
would have let major electric
utilities keep most current
standards while expanding
education programs for con-
sumers. It also would have
required utilities to spend
$12.2 million on rebates for
customers who purchase solar
water heaters.
Staffers recommended
against stronger requirements
because that could lead to
higher rates. Environmental-
ists argue such rate increases
would be relatively small but
bills would be lower because
consumers would be using less

"We're all very conscious
of the financial burdens that
are on the consumers but if
we don't move forward and
instead keep the status quo,
we'll just never get there,"
said Commissioner Nancy
The commission is required
to review the energy conser-
vation goals for the state's
major utilities every five
Staffers argued it would be
wrong to force utilities to
spend money on incentives to
convince consumers to do
things like buy energy effi-
cient light bulbs or appliances
because they'd likely do that
on their own.
Commissioner Nathan
Skop criticized that, saying
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and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 5th day of November, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Freeport, Bahamas.

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The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public
of the decisions taken by the Government with regard to
In accordance with section 4 (a) of the Public Holiday's

an Order designating Monday, 28th December, 2009 as

the Boxing Day Holiday. Consequently, Saturday, 26th

December, DAY2009 will be observed as a normal day for
The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public
of the decisions taken by the Government with regard to
the Boxing Day 2009 and New Year's Day 2010 Holidays.

In accordance with section 4 (a) of the Public Holiday's
Act, Hiops Excellency the Governor General has signed
an Order designating Monday, 28th December, 2009 as
the Boxing Day Holiday. Consequently, Saturday, 26th
December, 2009 will be observed as a normal day for
those businesses and agencies that usually open during
this time.

Further, shops wishing to do so, may open for business
on Monday, 28th December, 2009, the day observed as
Boxing Day, and Friday, 1st January, 2010, New Year's
Day, during normal operating hours.

As a result, businesses arc reminded of the provisions
of section 10 of the Employment Act as it relates to the
payment of wages for those employees who are normally
not required to work on a public holiday.

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All persons/companies are invited to collect the Tender
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Telephone Nos.: 324-13751324-3809

All Tenders are to be submitted in triplicate (3 copies) in
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Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre (3rd Floor)
P.O. Box N 3017
Nassau, N.P.,
The Bahamas
Telephone No.: 327-1530

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November, 2009, at 5:00pm.

Persons/companies submitting Tenders are invited to be
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FROM page 1B
pany chief executive added that the
company was anticipating a year "that
resembles elements of what we expe-
rienced this year".
He explained: "I think economic
activity will be flat in the first half of
the year, and if we see any improve-
ment it will be in the second half of
the year."
Commenting on A. M. Best's deci-
sion to renew its top financial strength
and issuer credit rating, Mr Ward told
Tribune Business: "It's extremely
important, because we regard it as an
independent assessment by an estab-
lished entity in the insurance com-
munity of the financial strength and
claims paying ability of Bahamas First
General Insurance Company."
He added that it was also "a valu-
able indicator" for clients to show that
Bahamas First General Insurance
Company would be around for the
short and long-term.
In its analysis, A. M. Best said: "The
ratings are based on Bahamas First
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ings has contributed capital to
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Company to support growth initia-
tives and to enhance its capital posi-
"A.M. Best expects that Bahamas
First Holdings will continue to sup-
port Bahamas First General Insur-
ance Company with additional capital
contributions, allowing Bahamas First
General Insurance Company to main-
tain the level of risk-adjusted capital-
isation necessary for its rating level."
A. M. Best added: "These positive
factors are somewhat offset by
Bahamas First General Insurance
Company's geographic concentration
and subsequent exposure to hurricane
activity. However, this concern is mit-
igated by Bahamas First General
Insurance Company's strong reinsur-
ance programme with prominent rein-
surance companies. The programme
reduces Bahamas First General Insur-
ance Company's net probable maxi-
mum loss to a manageable level, but
substantially increases operating costs.
Furthermore, Bahamas First General
Insurance Company faces increased
competition from indigenous and out-
side companies seeking market

Auditors 'obliged' to report

directly adverse findings

Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMIAN auditors will have
a "statutory obligation" to directly
report findings of material defi-
ciencies and qualified audit opin-
ions/statements to the Securities
Commission, overriding their duty
of confidentiality to their clients.
Addressing a Bahamas Institute
of Chartered Accountants (BICA)
seminar, Mechelle Martinborough,
the Securities Commission's in-
house legal counsel and secretary,
said that under the proposed
reforms to the Securities Industry
Act and its accompanying regula-
tions, auditors would "have an
obligation under the legislation to
come to the Commission directly" if

they saw material deficiencies in
the financial statements of one of its
licensees, or qualified an audit opin-
BICA had argued that its mem-
bers had an obligation of confiden-
tiality to their audit clients, but Ms
Martinborough said: "The Com-
mission's position is that this is a
contractual standard, and one that
the Commission can legislate you
out of if the present draft is accept-
ed as is."
She added that the capital mar-
kets and investment funds regulator
"feels very strongly" about the need
to impose a statutory obligation on
Bahamian auditors to report direct-
ly to it, to "ensure we're kept
abreast of problems in the indus-

Elsewhere, Ms Martinborough
said the Securities Commission had
moved to amend requirements that
BICA members also conduct annu-
al compliance audits of its licensees,
as well as verifying their financial


Now, compliance audits would
"only be required on an 'as needed'
basis", Ms Martinborough said,
acknowledging that the Securities
Commission would have to craft
rules and guidelines to govern this
BICA, she acknowledged, had
argued for this amendment because
it felt the cost of conducting both
compliance and financial state-

ments audits would be "prohibitive
for most industry participants and
public companies".
Ms Martinborough also moved
to allay concerns BICA members
had about allowing foreign audi-
tors in to audit Bahamian compa-
nies, telling the seminar that provi-
sions allowing overseas auditors to
come in related only to foreign
issuers who came to the Bahamas
to issue shares.
While International Financial
Reporting Standards (IFRS) had
been prescribed as the accounting
standards to be used for audits, the
Securities Commission had not
come to a final decision on this, and
it ". ,. i~ca,., ," that other recog-
nised accounting standards could
be used in some circumstances.

Government told to quit TIEA 'skylarking'

Business Reporter

THE OPPOSITION PLP yesterday urged the
Government to quit "skylarking" over the sign-
ing of more Tax Information Exchange Agree-
ments (TIEA) needed to get the Bahamas off
the Organisation for Economic Co-Operaiton
and Development's (OECD) 'grey list'.
Member of Parliament for Fox Hill and Oppo-
sition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Fred Mitchell, said the FNM government should
settle the 12 TIEAs it needs to escape the
OECD list, arguing that it should stop accusing
the PLP of failing to safeguard the financial ser-
vices industry because these demands were not
made of the Bahamas when it was in office.
While the Government has moved on sign-
ing TIEAs, one having recently been signed
with the UK, the PLP accused it of "dithering
and skylarking" on the signing of more.
"The Bahamas Government needs to act with
dispatch to settle the remaining agreements for
tax information exchange that appear to be vital
to the survival of the financial services sector

in the Bahamas," said Mr Mitchell.
In the latest bout of political mudslinging, Mr
Mitchell berated the FNM for implying that it
was his party's responsibility to begin the signing
process. However, as he revealed, the urgency of
signing on to 12 TIEAs was made strictly clear
by the OCED only this year.


"We reject unequivocally the attempt by the
FNM at its recent convention, through its min-
ister of state, to blame the PLP for TIEAs not
being signed or for not initiating further agree-
ments. The minister knows better," Mr Mitchell
"The fact is that the sector did not require
TIEAs as the standard while the PLP was in
"It was the position of the sector and the Gov-
ernment and the previous FNM administration
that there would only be one TIEA signed, and
that was with the United States, because our
failure to sign at that time threatened our tourist
"The standard for a well-regulated jurisdiction

changed within the last year and on the FNM's
watch. Once the standard changed, it was there-
fore the FNM administration's obligation to get
on with it and not dither and skylark in settling
the agreements, and not try to fool the Bahami-
an people about their dithering over it."
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said recent-
ly that the Bahamas should be in a position to
begin formally signing off on those TIEAs by the
end of this month, with a view to concluding all
of them by the end of the year. So far, each
technical agreement has been initialed "as evi-
dence of our having agreed them," added the
Prime Minister.
The Bahamas has concluded TIEAs with the
US and, more recently, Monaco and San Mari-
However, Mr Mitchell suggested the Gov-
ernment move much faster, as countries in the
Caribbean have.
"Other countries in the region, such as Bermu-
da and Cayman, have concluded with dispatch
the agreements," he said.
"The Bahamas Government must stop trying
to excuse their skylarking behavior and get on
with it."

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Women hotel

workers injured

more than men

c.2009 New York Times
News Service
A NEW study of workers
at 50 hotels in the United
States found that women
were 50 per cent more likely
to be injured than men, and
that Hispanic women had an
injury rate two-thirds higher
than their white female coun-
The study, which will be
published in January in The
American Journal of Indus-
trial Medicine, said the injury
rate was higher for female
hotel employees because
they worked disproportion-
ately as housekeepers, which
is the most injury-prone hotel
According to the study,
housekeepers have a 7.9 per
cent injury rate each year, 50
per cent higher than for all
hotel workers and twice the
rate for all workers in the
United States.
Other academic studies
have concluded that house-
keepers have a high injury

rate because they do repeti-
tive tasks, lift heavy mat-
tresses and work rapidly to
clean a dozen or more
The study found that His-
panic housekeepers had the
highest injury rate -10.6 per
cent a year - compared with
6.3 per cent for white house-
keepers, 5.5 for black house-
keepers and 7.3 per cent for
Asian housekeepers.
The study did not specu-
late why the injury rate was
so much higher for Hispanic
housekeepers, but several
experts said the reasons
could include their smaller
stature or that managers
gave them heavier work-
Hispanic and Asian men
were 1.5 times more likely to
be injured than white men,
the study found. Men dis-
proportionately hold hotel
jobs as banquet servers,
cooks and dishwashers.
"These alarming results
raise many questions as to
why injury rates are so high
for women, and Hispanic and
Asian workers in the hotel


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

(a) VERNAL INC. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 29th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.


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

(a) LAQUINTON LIMITED. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 16th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.

sector," said, Dr. Susan
Buchanan, lead author of the
article and a professor at the
University of Illinois at
Chicago School of Public
The study, "Occupational
Injury Disparities in the US
Hotel Industry," was first
presented on Monday at the
annual meeting of the Amer-
ican Public Health Associa-
tion in Philadelphia. The
study focused on 50 union-
ized properties and examined
2,865 injuries over a three-
year span.
The study found the high-

est injury rate for house-
keepers was at the Hyatt
chain, at 10.4 per cent, and
lowest at the Hilton chain, at
5.47 per cent, for house-
keepers. Hyatt did not
respond to inquiries about
its injury rate.
"This study is stunning evi-
dence of the unequal impact
of injuries in the hotel indus-
try, and it calls into question
whether discriminatory
workplace practices play a
role," said John W Wilhelm,
president of Unite Here, the
union representing hotel

NOTICE is hereby given that ERNEST KNOWLES JR. of
MARATHON ESTATES, P.O.BOX FH-14127 is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 12th day
of NOVEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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


(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 29th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.


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


(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 27th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.


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

(a) YONGFEI INC. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 21ST day of October, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.


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

(a) NUCLEOTIDE LIMITED is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 29th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.


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

(a) CUTCHEON LTD. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 15th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.


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

(a) BOCCATADARIA LTD. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 27th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.


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

(a) ZORBRATEC INC. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 16th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.



Qualified and Trainee Accountants Required

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

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

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

In all cases, salary and benefits subject to negotiation.

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


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

(a) SQUARE MARQUIS LTD. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 27th day of October, A.D., 2009 and

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

C.B. Strategy Ltd.




Senators propose sweeping

Federal Reserve reforms

Associated Press Writer
Senate Democrats on Tues-
day proposed stripping the
Federal Reserve of its super-
visory powers and creating
instead three new federal
agencies to police banks, pro-
tect consumers and disman-
tle failing institutions.
The 1,136-page bill,
released by Senate Banking
Committee Chairman Chris
Dodd, would represent a sig-

nificant shift in power in fed-
eral oversight of the U.S. mar-
ket. The Fed has been a dom-
inant figure in managing the
economy, although many law-
makers blame the central
bank for not doing enough to
prevent last year's crisis.
"We saw over the last num-
ber of years when (the Fed)
took on consumer protection
responsibilities and the regu-
lation of bank holding com-
panies, it was an abysmal fail-
ure," said Dodd, a Connecti-
cut Democrat.

Dodd's proposal prompted
cheers from consumer advo-
cates and other Democrats,
including Sen. Mark Warner,
D-Va., an influential moder-
ate who said swift action was
necessary to prevent future
government bailouts of big
"Never again should the
American taxpayers have to
hear about 'too big to fail,'
where the American taxpayer
has to pick up the slack,"
Warner said.
But the financial industry
quickly pushed back.
The bill "would produce
conflicts among regulators,
undermine the state-char-
tered banking system and
impose extensive new regu-
latory burdens on those banks
that had nothing to do with
creating the financial crisis,"
said Edward Yingling, presi-
dent of the American
Bankers Association.
While Republicans were
expected to oppose much of
the bill, Sen. Bob Corker, a
Tennessee Republican on
Dodd's committee, issued a

statement setting an opti-
mistic tone.
"I'm more hopeful than I
was a few weeks ago that we
will be able to come up with a
bipartisan bill," said Corker,
who has worked closely with
Warner on banking issues.
Among the top points of
contention is Dodd's desire
to create a Consumer Finan-
cial Protection Agency to pro-
tect consumers taking out
home loans or using credit
cards against predatory lend-
ing and surprise interest rate
Republicans and industry
officials say that creating
another bureaucracy will
make it harder for banks to
do business and would limit
the availability of credit.
Other provisions in Dod-
d's bill would:
- Consolidate federal
supervision of banks under a
"Financial Institutions Regu-
latory Administration."
- Abolish the Office of the

Comptroller of the Currency
and the Office of Thrift
Supervision, and strip the
Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation and the Fed of
their bank supervision duties.
- Create an "Agency for
Financial Stability" that
would enforce new rules and
dismantle complex financial
firms if they threaten the
broader economy.
- Regulate privately trad-
ed derivatives, hedge funds
and other private pools of
capital so that regulators have
a sense of how much risk is
being assumed by financial
- Impose new rules on
investment rating agencies.
- Limit the Fed's ability
to provide emergency loans
to mostly healthy institutions,
instead of failing firms.
The Senate Banking Com-
mittee was expected to take
up the legislation next week
and vote by early December.
Dodd said he expects to need
Republican support to get the
bill through Congress and
that he remains optimistic

consensus could be reached.
The bill will also have to be
reconciled with the House
Rep. Barney Frank, chair-
man of the House Financial
Services Committee, said he
expects a floor vote in
December on his proposal.
Like Dodd, Frank wants to
strip the Fed of its consumer
protection powers and create
a separate agency dedicated
to the mission.
Both House and Senate
bills also would limit the Fed's
ability to provide emergency
loans and create a council of
regulators to monitor the
risks posed by large financial
But the House bill wouldn't
consolidate federal banking
supervision and would ulti-
mately put the Fed in charge
of enforcing new require-
ments for large and influential
Frank said Dodd's
announcement on Tuesday
confirmed that "we are mov-
ing in the same direction" and
will enact legislation soon.

Merged realty firm targets 'top of pile'

FROM page 1B

to accommodate them.
Adding that the merger
would also help Coldwell
Banker Lightbourn Realty in
the Family Islands, Mr Light-
bourn said: "We're heading
for the high end of the mar-
ket, more so than before. Col-
in's going to be really spear-
heading that.

"My son has been in real
estate since the mid-1990s. He
started out with me, and then
went to work to at Ocean
Club Estates. When he was
ready to come back to me, we
did not have any physical
space, so he went on his
Meanwhile, while real
estate activity measured by
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were down due to the global
recession, Mr Lightbourn the
Bahamian market for prop-
erties valued up to $500,000-
$600,000 had held up pretty
"There are less people able
to buy, but the supply is not
that great, and that's what is
keeping prices up," he added.
"Supply and demand are the
two most important things,
and then there's location,
location, location.
"The best island right now
is this island [New Provi-
dence]. More Bahamians live
here, more non-Bahamians
live here, so there are more
potential customers on this
island than any other."
Although the Bahamian
real estate market was in its
traditional lull prior to the
Thanksgiving Holiday period,
which usually marked the
start of a returning influx of
potential wealthy US real
estate buyers, Mr Lightbourn
said the stock market crash
and credit crunch meant they
would be fewer in number.
"We've got to fight a little
harder to get them," Mr
Lightbourn told Tribune
Business. "These situations
create opportunities, and
there are opportunities out
there for people who can buy
with their own funds or get
the banks to lend to them."
However, he said some in
the Bahamian real estate
industry were unused to fight-
ing for business, having
become steeped in "the easy
way", resulting in the loss of
some realtors from the sec-
However, the Bahamas'
marinas and businesses that
relied on the boating/yacht-
ing market were not faring
well, Mr Lightbourn telling
Tribune Business that a Flori-
da-based friend of his, who
worked in the boating fore-
closure business, had
informed him he was running
out of space to store all the
vessels he had seized in fore-
closure proceedings. This
means the Bahamas' boating
market is unlikely to return
any time soon.
"We need the US to pick
up, tourism to pick up. All of
those things," Mr Lightbourn
said. "Everyone's pointing to
next year, so we'll have to
wait and see."


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-The Leper'

comes to the Bahamas

Tribune Features Reporter

T'S not often that you
hear of a big name in
show business following
a special calling in the
But after his lucrative career in
theatre, Edward Danylo Evanko
did just that. He entered the
Pontifical Beda College in Rome,
where he completed his academic
and spiritual formation, and was
ordained a priest in 2005.
And now he is bringing his
famous play 'Damien - The Leper'
- chronicling the life of Father
Jozef De Veuster who was recently
made a saint by the Pope - to the
The Canadian actor of Ukrainian
descent, famous for captivating
audiences in Canada, Rome,
London, the United States and
Australia, is the star of the one-
man performance which will debut
in the Bahamas on November 19.
Father Evanko has had recurring
roles in the television show 'Ryan's
Hope' and starred in Sweeney
Todd with Jean Stapleton in 1989.
His debut on Broadway earned
him a Theatre World Award and a
host of other accolades. Over the
years, he has recorded Broadway
albums for Capitol, RCA, Decca
and Destiny Records.
He also appeared in performanc-
es at the Rainbow Stage, the
Stratford Festival and the English
and Welsh National Operas.
But after more than 40 years of
acting, Father Evanko had a
change of heart and decided to fol-
low a calling to the ministry, start-
ing with his post-secondary educa-
tion at the University of Manitoba,
followed by his attendance at the
Pontifical Beda College in Rome.
"You don't just decide to become
a priest," Father Evanko told
Tribune Religion. "It is something
that happens, and you either
respond to it or decide not to
respond to it."
He said he can't count the num-
ber of times that persons have
asked him "why".
'Damien - The Leper' has
toured all around the world, and
was most recently staged in Rome
at St Peter's Priscilla on the last day
of the Canonisation of Blessed
Damien by Pope Benedict XVI on
October 11, 2009.
The staging of the one-person

A TAPESTRY depicting Father Damien, born
St Peter Basilica facade during a canonisatio
Vatican on October 11, 2009. Pope Benedict
five new saints, with Rafael Arnaiz Baron, Fra
Szczesny Felinski, Father Damien, born as Jo
(Jeanne) Jugan.

play, depicting the life-story of St
Damien, the most recent canonised
saint of the Roman Catholic
Church, will be shown in Long
Island and New Providence as part
of the culminating activities of the
year-long 75th anniversary celebra-
tion of St Joseph's Church.
The play chronicles the life of the
19th century Belgian Roman
Catholic priest Jozef De Veuster,
who took the religious name of
Damien and left his native land of
Belgium to work among the lepers
in Molokai, Hawaii.
The play opens with Father

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XVI gave the Roman Catholic church
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Damien relating his own funeral on
the Island of Molokai, "the most
useless piece of land imaginable" -
the place that had become the
dumping ground for the "living
dead" as lepers were referred to in
past centuries.
Father Damien lived among the
lepers for 16 years and built
churches, homes and coffins as well
as dug graves for the lepers.
Eventually becoming a vital figure
in the colony, he contracted leprosy
in 1892 and died there on April 15,
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Having done all

"Wherefore take
unto you the
whole amour of
God, that ye may .-
be able to with- ALLISON
stand in the d MILLER
day, and having
done all, to stand. "
- Ephesians 6:13
THE days that we currently live in are profoundly evil and
oppressive. I heard a preacher use a scripture that I hadn't
heard anyone preach in a long time. It is good to revisit rele-
vant scriptures when there is a desperate need for
them. While listening to this preacher's sermon he repeat-
ed the word "all" to make a point.
The final time he said it, it was said with much intensity and
it made me think what is the "all" that he was talking about
that we need to do in order to stand in the evil of the present
days that we live in. In the scriptures that follow Ephesians
6:13, it tells of the tools that we would need in order to stand.
I thought, "we have the tools, so what accompanies the
tools that God has given us to stand with?"
What is the, "all" that this preacher was talking about?
After much pondering, this is the "all" that I came up with:
First and foremost we are to love God with all our might and
serve Him and live.
We have to love others when we want to hate. Not only
love, but love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
We have to forgive when our flesh wants stay angry and
doesn't want to forgive. We have to build up people when
there are only thoughts of tearing them down.
We have to speak life rather than death. The Bible tells us
that life and death is in the power of the tongue.
We have to be our brother's keeper. Which means we have
to look out for others as we do for ourselves.
We have to walk away when your flesh wants to stay and
fight. We have to show God when we want to act on our emo-
tions in a manner that will not glorify God.
Wives have to submit to their husbands. Husbands have to
love their wives as Christ loves the church and gave himself
for it.
Parents have to raise their children in the fear and admis-
sion of the Lord. Children have obey their parents
in the Lord, it is the righteous thing to do.
We have to pray without ceasing and fast that we obtain the
power of God.
We have to do the "all" that we were righteously taught to
After we have done that and whatever else God has
instructed us in our individual lives to do, then we are able
to stand in these dark and evil days after having done "all".
I am so grateful to God that He is a merciful and an under-
standing God. I say that because He won't ask us to do any-
thing that He Himself has not given us the
power to do. The word of God tells us that we can do all
things through Christ who strengthens us.
So whatever He asks us to do we can to do it because He
has made it possible for us to do. I know it is not always easy
to stand and follow God in every situation, circumstance and
in every relationship that we have.
Nevertheless, it is not impossible if we do it in God's
strength and not our own strength.
Let's do the "all" that God requires of us so that we may
able to stand in these last and evil days.

RELIGION Thursiday Nnvpmhpr 12. 2009 * PG 25

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THE gospel music group, The
Rahming Brothers, paid a cour-
tesy call on Governor Arthur
Hanna at Government House in
2007. From left are Bennett
Rahming, Prince Rahming, Rev
William Rahming, the Governor
General, James Rahming,
Christopher Rahming and
Clarence Rahming Jr. The group
presented the Governor General
with copies of their CDs "What
Will I Leave Behind" and "Keep
on Walking".


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THE Gospel singing sensation, The
Rahming Brothers, will pay a musical
tribute to the first ladies of the Bahamas
at an elegant dinner party to be held at
the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on
November 27.
The a capella gospel group, consisting
of six talented brothers, said they want
to give tribute to the women who have
been behind the scenes all these years.
They are especially honouring
Delores Ingraham, wife of Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham; Bernadette
Christie, wife of former Prime Minister
Perry Christie, and Beryl Hanna, the
late wife of Governor General Arthur
James Rahming, president of the
group, explained that their desire is to
not only give appreciation to these
women for their contributions they
have made to the Bahamas at large, but
also to be the first to put on a show of
this magnitude.
"The whole idea of a musical tribute
and dinner was born from a desire to go
beyond just a musical concert, which we
have hosted for the past four years. Our
vision is to offer a gift of singing in a
more meaningful way while also giving
God all honour, glory, and praise," he
said. The event will also serve the pur-
pose of commemorating their fifth
anniversary as a singing group.
Prior to the actual concert and dinner
party, the group will also host a musical
extravaganza where they will collabo-
rate with a number of gifted Bahamian
artists to perform a selection of folk
Mr Rahming said there has been sig-
nificant support for the event from all
corners of the community.
"We have already received over-
whelming support for the event and we

envision large outpouring numbers as
the event nears," he said.
In addition to entertaining the guests,
the tribute concert will also give back to
the community, as part of the proceeds
from ticket sales will go towards charity.
"Not only are we proud to host this
event, but we are also excited as this
will be the first for us on such a large
scale. Part of the proceeds of this event
will aid a charity group of the first
ladies' choice. Each lady has selected
her choice of charity which are the
Salvation Army and the Centre for the
Deaf," he said.
The Rahming Brothers began
singing together has a group five years
They officially became a group when
they were asked by a friend to perform
at a family member's funeral service.
Ever since that day they have been
entertaining crowds both at home and
abroad. They have travelled through-
out the Bahamas and the United
In 2008, they entered a gospel quar-
tet competition in Nashville,
Tennessee, and emerged second over-
all out of 28 contestants.
They were also the 2008 recipient of
the Caribbean Gospel Marlin Awards
for Traditional Vocal Performance of
the Year for their song "Bring Them
The brothers have released three
albums so far, entitled "What Will I
Leave Behind" - which is dedicated in
loving memory to their parents Bishop
Clarence and Rosalee Rahming;
"Keep On Walking" and "God
Specialises", which encourages listen-
ers to increase their faith.
The members of the group are Rev
William Rahming, Christopher
Rahming, Bennett Rahming, Clarence
Rahming Jr and Prince Rahming.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009 * PG 27

(L-R) BISHOP Laish Boyd; Roscow Davies; Jewel Pierre; Governor General Arthur Hanna; Corinne
Fountain; Elaine Deveaux; Basil Sands, and Father G Kingsley Knowles, rector of St George's Church.

St George's holds

60th Anniversary Ball
A YEAR of activities surrounding the celebrations of the
60th Anniversary of the Dedication of St George's Anglican
Church came to a glittering end recently when the parish held
its 60th Anniversary Ball.
Among those attending the formal event were Governor
General Arthur Hanna, Bishop of the Diocese Rev Laish Boyd
and Mrs Boyd, and Assistant Bishops of the Diocese
Archbishop Drexel Gomez and Bishop Gilbert Thompson with
their wives.
The parish used this occasion to honour six long-serving
members including Brenda Robinson-Archer, Jewel Pierre,
Elaine Deveaux, Corinne Fountain, Roscow Davies and Basil
Music for the occasion was provided by the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force Pop Band.





18-20 November, 2009
Nassau, Bahamas
East Street Tabernacle


"A Feerful, Fearless And Fa thful Leadersh p Force
In The 21 st Century Church"
* 7:OO pm
Meage / Prmesntuon by Bishop Dr. Elgarnet Rahming
National Overseer, Conimaminalih of rhe Bahamas
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 1
* 9-00 rrn - 3:00 pm
Workshop Seasiona

"Vision, Mission
& Objective"
- Bshop Shfton L. Beneby

"Your Call
& Assignment"
- MIn. Dr. Barbare Wilmar

"Church Growth &
- Pastor Andrew Brown

Evening Session
"Needed: God Called And God Anointed Leaders
In The 21st Century Church"
* 7.00 pmn
M age I/ Presenation byBishop Clarence Williams
National Overseer, Turks & Caicos Islands
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
* 9.00 a3m - 3:00 pM
Worksthop Seuions

"Finance "Chrch Reporting
& Stewardship" & Acmiintabilily*
- Min. Nathaniel Benaby - Bishop Frankin Ferguson

This Gcncraminbr"
- Min. Timothy Johrnson

Evening Session
"The Importance Of An Educated, Developed And Trained Ministry
In The 21 st Century Church"
* 7-00 pm
Message Preentation by Bishop Dr. Hector Ortiz
Director, Center for Biblical Leadership, Cleveland, Ten nessee, USA

"The 21st Century Church: A Strategic Plan For The Way Forward"

PG 28 * Thursday, November 12, 2009


The Tribune

The Letters of Anglican Bishop

John Dauglish 1879

- 1952

The Rev R C Streatfield asks the
question, "How has the war affected
His letter of September 1941
describes the changes:

During the winter of 1940-41, there
has been little on the surface to mark
the change that has really taken place.
The sun has continued to illuminate the
vivid colours of the land and sea, and to
shine on the thronging visitors whose
presence has brought unusual prosper-
ity to the colony. Nevertheless,
although in this remote spot growth of
war-consciousness began slowly, it
increased apace, accelerated not a little
by the arrival of many English mothers
and children last September. The Red
Cross is enthusiastically supported and
numerous committees have worked
tirelessly both in Nassau and Out
Islands to raise funds for the war effort
from amongst all sections of the com-
munity. Now that many families have
sent their sons to help England and
elsewhere, the war news is followed
with renewed and personal interest
A 'call to prayer' was issued in 1940
and all denominations conducted daily
prayers at 12 noon on the Library
Green under the Tamarind tree - but
attendance has now shrunk to the faith-
ful few.
The four National Days of Prayer
were marked by special services in the
Cathedral, attended by the Governor
and officials, the Volunteer Defence
Force, Police and large congregations
of citizens and visitors.
On ordinary Sundays, too, there has
been a considerable increase in atten-
dance and collections, which include
218 pounds for war charities.
It is true that during the last season
the hope that HRH the Duke and the

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Duchess of Windsor might be present
attracted many number of visitors, but
church-going has also improved
amongst Nassauvians.
The Duke and the Duchess of
Windsor are very popular. Frequently
American visitors inspecting the
Cathedral would ask the Verger,
"Where do the Duke and the Duchess
of Windsor sit?" On being shown the
Governor's pew, they would proudly sit
themselves in it for a few minutes and
then go happily away. I used to think
that this was a kind of souvenir hunting
but two women called me after seeing
the Cathedral told me that they had
offered a special prayer for the Duke
and Duchess. After that I felt that I had
misjudged our American friends, for
others may have done the same.
The Cathedral Choir has been great-
ly strengthened by eight trebles recruit-
ed from Belmont School.
The renovations planned for the
Cathedral have been postponed
because of the war.
I am glad that the Cathedral is shoul-
dering part of the responsibility for Out
Island work, especially as we cannot
get support from England on its previ-
ous generous scale because of the war.

October 6, 1941 - Letter from the
Bishop (John Dauglish, Nassau)
This is the first hurricane that has
hit Nassau since I have been here, and
the first I have experienced. It is an
awesome business, as the house

shakes, and the wind screams around
and about it. Addington House still
stands but the garden is a sad
state...trees terribly battered.

December 1941 - Letter from the
Bishop (John Dauglish, Nassau)
Though we have had plenty rain
during the summer in Nassau, the
colony as a whole has suffered from
serious drought, and much of the
maize crop was lost.

Grand Bahama and Abaco by G H
Both Grand Bahama and Abaco are
covered by pine forests, and what land
there is for farming is of poor quality.
Population of Grand Bahama is less
than 1,500 and Abaco less than 3,500.
Up to three years ago only occupa-
tion for Grand Bahama was sponging.
Abaco has shipbuilding, smack fish-
ing, sponging and farming, also a lum-
ber mill was in production, lately
crawfishing has taken the place of
sponging for some.
The Grand Bahama Packing
Company has built a canning factory
at West End, Grand Bahama and this
winter from October to March will be
the second season.
At Grand Bahama all the people
are coloured except a few white peo-
ple at West End connected with the
factory. At Abaco most are white.
The people of both parishes are
intensely interested in the war, and
praying and working for victory in any
way they can. The people are most
lovable and are on the whole very
loyal and faithful to the church. They
are always ready to give their labour
free when the church needs scrubbing,
whitewashing or weeding. Even when
times are hard they support and give

'Damien -The Leper' comes to the Bahamas

FROM page 24

The play is set up very simply, it's
just Father Evanko and a chair.
"It's a memory play," he said,
"that goes back and forth in time.

You just have to imagine.
"I'm bringing you out of yourself
and taking you to a new place imag-
inatively. It should be uplifting and
moving, because the life of St
Damien is something wonderful to
behold," Father Evanko said.

"Here is someone who has given
his life for the church, and you don't
get to be a saint by sitting in your
parlor. You have to make a differ-
ence in the world."
Screenings of the play will begin
in Long Island on Thursday,

collection. Times are hard for those
who cannot crawfish. Often adults as
well as children have no clothes to
come to church or attend school in;
and all the homes are bare. Most of
the children are undernourished and
often there is very little for them to
eat except what they can get from the
We are grateful to Duchess of
Windsor for gifts of milk and cod liver
oil, and to friends in Nassau for chil-
dren's clothing.

March 1942 - Letter from the Bishop
(John Dauglish, Nassau)
Three miles from Rock Sound, Mr
(Arthur Vining) Davis has 600 acres
of land being developed - experimen-
tal farming with modern scientific
methods and equipment. These farms
employ between 300 and 400
Bahamians, chiefly from Rock Sound
and Tarpum Bay and quite a few from
Nassau and other Out Islands. Mr
Davis plans to build a modern school
at Rock Sound and converting a pres-
ent residence into a hospital.

September 1942 - Bishop of Nassau
Right Rev Spence Burton will
replace Dauglish after 10 years out-
standing influence in the Colony.
Burton was born in Cincinnati 1881.
He is a man of great personal charm
as well as great devotion. This will
provide a happy link with the
Episcopalian Church of America,
whose Bishop was enthusiastic that
Burton might be a liaison officer
between English and American
Diocese in the West Indies.

December 1942: Bishop Burton was
enthroned as 9th Bishop of Nassau.

November 19 at 7pm, and in New
Providence on Friday, November 20
in the newly completed parish cen-
tre at St Joseph's Church at 7pm.
In Long Island, tickets may be
obtained by contacting Father
Patrick Fanning at Sts Peter and
Paul Catholic Church at telephone
number 337-3802. In New
Providence, tickets are available at
St Joseph's Rectory or call 323-5993.

The Tribune


Thursday, November 12, 2009 * PG 29

It's that time again!

IT'S that time of the year, the
approaching Christmas season and New
Year's is when Bahamians are most vul-
nerable, especially the gullible political
and religious ones.
Here's a difficult pill for me to swal-
low, but I've got to accept the facts for
what they are, which is that Bahamians
are suckers for bad treatment,
With that being the case, the leaders
of our country's two most influential
systems (politics and religion), despite
all of their rhetoric, will never seek to
truly empowerment the masses.
Why is this? It's because the empow-
erment of a people by their leaders will
result in the severing of a dependen-
cy/hand-out relationship.
This distorted relationship is one of
control and manipulation which both
today's politicians and religious leaders
have come to master.
From the political perspective:
The politicians knows exactly which
buttons to push in order to prime the
pumps of their political junkies. Both
prime ministers, former and present,
have done an excellent job in selling
their supposedly bitter rivalry to the
naive Bahamian public, whereas noth-
ing could be further from the truth.
The absence of wisdom and a frac-
tured common sense by the politically
driven Bahamian public prohibits them
from understanding that the leaders of
both major political parties are the left
and right wing of the same bird and
Sir Lynden enjoyed his 25 years rule
as prime minister and now his two polit-
ical sons, the rabbit and the farmer, or
better still, Old Sitting Bull and the
Rock of Gibraltar, have also share 25
years - as one will take 15 years and the
other 10 years.
The old bait and hook tactic never
fails, and rest assured that Sir Lynden
was proficient at using this tactic.
Whenever governance and accountabil-
ity was being questioned or there was a
cry of the people leading up to a gener-
al election, like clockwork one could
expect to see an African slave movie
like "Roots" or "Sounder" showing on
ZNS, that would bait and hook the
grassroots, and in a matter of days the
people were at ease and lured back to
Say what you wish about Sir Lynden,
whether you liked him or not, this man
was strategist who knew his people.
I'm led to believe that Sir Lynden
truly understood the spirit of Ronnie
Butler's song, "I know them long time,
them people are mine."
Unfortunately the people-to-people
skills of Sir Lynden seem to have evad-
ed his two political sons, whose primary

focus and goal is the securing of their 25
years, which requires the assistance of
their die-hard supporters, but yet has
nothing to do with the empowerment of
The Bahamas is at least three to four
generations away from seeing the kind
of governance that would truly seek to
empower its people, thereby giving
truth to the slogan "It's Better in the
The religious perspective :
Today's church can't speak with an
effective, authoritative voice on the
above mentioned national issues due to
the fact that the church leadership is so
contaminated by two strongholds - one,
compromised, politically motivated
religious leaders, and two, fame and
fortune -seeking religious leaders who
have perfected their craft of merchan-
dising the gospel.
These are but a few reasons why our
wayward young men and women on the
streets stay away from the church and
find more comfort in gangs. These
young people are no fools as they're
able to see phoniness from miles away.
Today's church offers religion and
uses the Bible to convey its religious
beliefs that ultimately promote the
bishop, apostle, doctor, pastor,
etceteras, which the young people see
as pimps in the pulpit. Whereas the
gangs offer these same young men and
women a bonding relationship which
they accept and are committed to.
As we embark upon the Christmas
season and crossing over into a New
Year, the financial fleecing/raping of
church congregations will be at an all-
time high.
I'm convinced that not only have
today's religious leaders missed the
bulls-eye, but are not even close to the
dart board when it comes to the concept
and principles of Shepherd and
Erroneous religious teachings via the
misappropriation of God's word has
resulted in today's shepherds (religious
leaders) prospering and living high on
the hill, while the sheepfold (church
members) live a life of poverty in the
One need not be a spiritual guru to
understand that something is drastically
wrong with today's shepherd-sheep
relationship. For even in nature the

sheep is a shepherd's most pride posses-
sion of which he cares for at all cost.
Here are some characteristics of a
good shepherd:
1. A good shepherd (pastor) is one
that would go without or deny himself
for the sake of the sheepfold.
2. A good shepherd (pastor) is known
by the condition of his sheep and not by
his bank accounts, the size house he
lives in or the type vehicle he drives.
3. A good shepherd (pastor) is one
that would not fleece (financially rape)
the sheep for he knows that rough
weather (difficult times) are ahead, and
its during these times that the sheep's
wool (money) is of the utmost impor-
tance to them.
King David paints a clear picture of a
shepherd's provisional care for the

sheepfold in the 23rd Psalm:
Watch this!
Psalm 23:1: The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want. 23:2: He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: he leadeth
me beside the still waters. 23:3: He
restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for his name's
Then here's what Yeshuwa said: John
10:11: I am the good shepherd: the good
shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

* For questions or comments contact us
via e-mail at or
telephone number 1-242-441-2021
Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center

PG 30 * Thursday, November 12, 2009


The Tribune

Abaco Joe

Recollections of a devout man


DURING the past
week, Joseph
Sawyer, who goes
by the name "Abaco Joe",
sat down to gather his
thoughts and reflect on his
life in North Abaco.
It's been a long road for this devout
man, who has ties to St John's Anglican
Church and Full Gospel Assembly.
Different denominations altogether,
yes, but all connected to the same God.
He makes his living as a taxi driver.
As a diabetic, one of his legs was recent-
ly amputated, but that has not slowed
him down. In fact, he seems more ener-
gised than ever.
Mr Sawyer was born on March 26,
1941. It was the same year as the attack
on Pearl Harbour, but as he pointed
out, that's another story. His place of
birth was Cooper's Town, a settlement
in North Abaco, which is just 42 miles
north of the traffic light in Marsh
Harbour. His parents are Wilton and
Marion Sawyer of Cooper's Town and
South Side, Abaco, respectively.
"And I thank God for mama, who
taught me how to pray, and Papa
Wilton, who taught me how to fish. He
said to me 'follow me and I will show
you how to live.' And he did. But now
I'm listening to the man who said 'fol-
low me, and I will make you a fisher of
men, and He is no other than Jesus
Christ, the son of the true and living
God'," Mr Sawyer said.
Mr Sawyer said his maternal grandfa-
ther was Albert Bootle Sr. He described
Albert Bootle as a great man of the sea.
Mr Bootle operated a mail boat in
Nassau and then Green Turtle Cay. He
was also a fisherman and a farmer on
High Cay and Spanish Cay.
"This is just part one on Papa Al," Mr
Sawyer promised. "Albert Bootle - a
great man!"
With that said, he switched his focus
to Joseph Sawyer, his paternal grandfa-
"My grandfather was a great man and
a good father from South Side, Abaco.
From the settlements of Rocky
Harbour to Cornish Town to Bluff
Point, and then after the 1929 and 1932
hurricanes, Par Joe played an important
role in helping to move people to high-
er ground. This was how Murphy Town

and Dundas Town were established,"
he explained.
"Par Joe, as he was known in the
community, was a good fisherman and
also a farmer. There was fishing back
then and sponging - what I call the good
old days. He also was a good Methodist,
and he was a lay minister. He was a
lover - that is because God is love. And
now abideth faith, hope and love, but
the greatest of these is love. Read the
entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13."
Mr Sawyer also reflected on the his-
tory of Cooper's Town.
"Why was the settlement called
Cooper's Town? The first name that
comes to my remembrance is the old
man Sammy or Samuel Cooper, and
the one that I can remember and
worked with during my time as Board
of Works member for many years," he
Mr Sawyer said the Board of Works
is equivalent to our modern-day local
government system.
He also served as PTA president for
many years, assisting with the building
of the community library with help
from Dr Courtney Brown of Treasure
Cay, who is now deceased.
"God bless him (Dr Brown) and his
family, especially one of his daughters
(Roxanne M Warren), who was the
architect. She still lives in New York
and is a mutual friend of mine," Mr
Sawyer said.
"Then I reasoned that Cooper's
Town should have electricity and light,
and that was when Sunrise Power Co
Ltd was born. Three of us owned the
company - I, Mr Joseph Swain, Mr
Ronald Bootleand Mr Alvin Sawyer,
who was the operator of the power sta-
Mr (Alvin) Sawyer is now deceased;
may his soul rest in peace. The master
says well done thy good and faithful
Mr Sawyer and Alvin Sawyer organ-
ised the collection of garbage in
Cooper's Town, and Alvin's son Mario
still performs that service in the com-
munity today.
"Keep up the good work Mario. God
bless you as you serve the Lord and
your community," Mr Sawyer said
"Now for the northern end of
Cooper's Town, which is called Bootle
Town, home to the Albert Bootle gen-
"Let me leave something else with
you, Cooper's Town. The following

family names are prominent in
Cooper's Town: Bootle, Cooper,
Sawyer, William, Rolle, Russell,
Cornish and Cox. Most of the people
who live in Fire Road carry the name
McIntosh. The name should be
changed to 'McIntosh Village'. I sup-
pose some day we will be able to put
things in the true perspective," Mr
Sawyer said.
"Bishop Wright and family. He is a
great man of God, and doing a good
work along with Pastor Bullard and
family. Let's visit the McIntosh family
again, and the name that comes to
mind is Rev Jackson McIntosh, the
administrator who is striving for excel-
lence. Also Rev Leslie Cornish and
family. In Fire Road and Cooper's

Town, you have Rev George Rolle and
"Let's go back to Crown Haven
where the family names are Russell,
Rolle, Burrows, Thomas and Butler -
common names found in this little
Abaco settlement. Heading south
toward Fox Town are the Parkers, the
Russells, the Wells, the McIntoshes, and
the Thompsons - Uncle Reg's family.
"In Mount Hope, there are the
Currys, McIntoshs and Rolles. In Wood
Cay, the name McIntosh dominates the
area. Then there are the Currys, the
Mills, whom Uncle Charles is related to,
and the Saunders - Uncle Willie's crew.
In Cedar Harbour, there are Dr Allen
Mills' family and the family of Pastor
Samuel Mills," Mr Sawyer concluded.

R F L I Cm" I Q N

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Asset or Liability


AS believers' in the body of Christ,
we were chosen by God to become dis-
ciples of truth and integrity, whose pri-
mary purpose is to go forth into the
world to win the souls of the lost as
well as teach the good news of the
Our lives should reflect God so
much so that people looking in from
the outside should want to know more
about the God we serve.
We should show love and display a
peaceful attitude. In the midst of every
situation God should be glorified, we
should be of a calm spirit and always
surround ourselves with positive things
and people, we should be people of the
word, strong in faith not wavering in
our beliefs, with a firm foundation
which is Jesus the Christ.
We have done such a great job at
faking Christianity that we almost
believe we can out-smart God, as well
as non-believers.
We have become liars in church as
well as people of double standards, liv-
ing one life on Sunday and for the rest
of the week we fit in with the most
popular crowd, group or persons who
tend to have the strongest influence
over our lives.
We have become so anointed and
spiritual we don't want to submit to the
leadership God has placed over our
We are arrogant and believe that
there is not fault in us, but we deceive
ourselves. See 1 John 1:8: "If we say we

have not sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us." For we have all
sinned and fallen short of God's glory.
Many of us in the body of Christ
have become a liability to the kingdom
of God rather than an asset.
We have destroyed what little
chance many have had to become fol-
lowers of Christ based on our lifestyles
and lack of good Christian conduct.
Our attitudes, the gossiping, our
back-biting spirits, our unfaithfulness
and our inability to stay on the right
track has crippled many.
Others have not even considered
God because of some of us.
When as believers we should have
contact with the ungodly and not be
However, their influence over us
appears to be stronger than our influ-
ence over them.
We ourselves are not pure or holy,
but want to preach it.
We say one thing with our mouths
but our hearts are far from God, our
lives should line up to the word of God
and we should practice what we
Some of the most popular questions
asked in today's society are:
Why are all the night clubs full as
well as the bars and street corners and
the churches empty? And why is there
a lack of respect for the house of God
and His people? Where is the fear of
God in man?
Have non-believers become so
immune to God and the church as a
result of what they see being birthed

on the inside. Have we contributed to
this outbreak?
Like any typical person if you see a
Christian doing the things that are con-
trary to the word of God on a daily
basis, but on Sunday they are in church
speaking in tongues and going through
the motions, you will tell yourself that
it's cheaper to stay where you are even
though staying in sin will cause you
your salvation.
We have to be very careful who we
reflect and what we allow to come out
of our mouths, it may cost us some-
one's life.
The Bible says in Proverbs 11:30,
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of
life and he that winneth souls is wise."

But who really cares about winning
souls anymore, many of us are con-
sumed with self and could careless
about anyone else.
We point fingers and blame it on the
pastors or evangelists, when in all actu-
ality we were all called at one point or
another to do the work of an evangel-
This can be put into effect while we
are on our jobs, in the food store, on
the bus or the line at the bank, we
should always have a word in our spir-
its to share with someone.
Some believers claim to have a dis-
cerning spirit, it's amazing though
because as well as they say they can
discern the times they have trouble
knowing when someone is on the verge
of suicide, murder, adultery, in desper-
ate need of a hot meal, a word of hope

or a hug with the assurance that God is
still in control. What a selfish genera-
Jehovah is concerned about all of us,
He does not put us in groups or church
cliques, and He does not love us or do
more for us based on how we look or
what we have, God looks on the inside,
He looks at our heart.
God is calling his church back to a
place where we are more concerned
about His agenda and not our own.
God requires a people who will
stand in the gap for one another, for
the nation, a people who will see
wrong being done and not just turn the
other way but will stand up for what is
right, stand up for holiness and right-
eousness with our fear and doubt even
if it costs us our lives.
A people who are willing to win the
lost at any cost; people who are not
worried about being cursed at or
embarrassed; people who just love him
enough to step up with the God kind of
faith to speak life in the midst of some-
one's dead situation.
I admonish you today saints, to sur-
render to God, surrender your hearts
and not your garments, to put your all
at the altar of sacrifice and let Him
have His way.
You see there is safety in the house
of the Lord, there is love, and sanity
there is hope and joy beyond all meas-
ure. God wants to take care of us and
prove to us how sweet it is to trust in
Him. God wants to change us and
make us whole because if we do it we
will mess it up and do it half way, but
God wants to complete us. When you
hear the voice of God calling you soft-
ly harden not your hearts and invite
Him in, He will change you for the bet-
Until next time, may the peace of the
Lord be with you.

Cat Island cultural icon laid to rest

LAST Saturday morning one of the
country's cultural greats was eulogised
and interred in Woodlawn Gardens,
Soldier Road.
Avis Armbrister, a Cat Islander by
birth and more particularly, an
'Arthurstownian', was saluted for her
greatness and yeoman service she per-
formed for the Anglican Church in Cat
Island and St Andrew's, as well as for the
talents she displayed in the wider com-
munity with her cultural skits and musical
talents which led her and best friend
Almeda Campbell to the Smithsonian
Festival in Washington, DC, some years
Mrs Armbrister was the widow of
Catechist John Armbrister who died in
August 2008. In a home-going service fit
for a head of state, Anglicans and mem-
bers of the Armbrister family turned out
in droves at St Gregory's Church on

Carmichael Road.
Father Julian Campbell, godson of the
deceased and a Cat Island native who is
now serving in the Diocese of North
Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, was the
chief celebrant, and his older brother,
Father Sebastian Campbell, in his sermon
said those who are now left behind must
reflect on the life and the legacy of Mama
Avis in offering their untiring service to
God, country and man.
Father Chester Burton, Father
Timothy Eldon, Father Hugh Bartlett,
Father Bradley Miller, Father Kingsley
Knowles and Canon Warren Rolle also
assisted in the service.
Mama Avis was described as a woman
who displayed many strong attributes and
exemplified what every member should
offer their God, priest and church in
terms of true laudable service, not seek-
ing any personal fame or remuneration.

PICTURED is the coffin of Mrs. Avis Armbrister at her funeral service at St Gregory's
Church on Carmichael Road.

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