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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: November 13, 2009
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Lester Turnquest hits

out at 'campaign of

jealousy and spite'

Tribune Staff
MP Lester Turnquest
yesterday denied any
involvement in the
murder of his former
business partner
Hywel Jones.
At a press confer-
ence at his attorney Andrew
McKinney's chambers, Mr
Turnquest said he was offended
by an assertion by Mr Jones'
brother, Illtyd, that he was
somehow connected with the
brutal slaying.
Mr Turnquest said: "Iltyd
knows me. It was me who got
him out of jail when he came
here and in the usual disregard
for Bahamian laws got locked
up. I got him out.
"I am 52 years of age and if I
have gone through all my life
without hurting anyone I am
not going to start now. And
there was no benefit. What
would I gain?"
Describing the late Mr
Hywel as a drinker amongst
other things who had an affilia-
tion for taking "risks", Mr
Turnquest said that on many
occasions he had to bail out his


one time business
* associate from danger
as he often found
himself in situations
where he seemed to
literally fear for his
In one instance, Mr
Turnquest said, he
was visited by a rep-
resentative of Ans-
bacher Bank who
. complained that Mr
Jones had established
an account for the
son of a convicted narcotics
trafficker and murderer. Here
Mr Turnquest said that he
unwound the structure return-
ing the many millions of dol-
lars to the originating banks
along the Texas/Mexican bor-
der along with whatever extra
funds had been depleted
through banking fees and the
In another instance Mr Turn-
quest said that Mr Jones had
come to him seeking another
"bailout" as he was afraid of
someone to whom he owed
$300,000 Canadian dollars.
And yet another example
included some $5,000 which Mr
Jones was given for a client who
was visiting the Bahamas for
the weekend.
"He took the money home
SEE page seven

Tourist dies in
fall from 10th
floor of hotel
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN AMERICAN man is assist-
ing police in their investigations
into the suspicious death of a
tourist who is believed to have fall-
en from the tenth floor of a Par-
adise Island hotel.
Wearing only a bathrobe, the
41-year-old woman of West
SEE page seven

ISLAND OF THE SUN, a new book showing the natural beauty of the Northern Exuma Cays, will be officially unveiled tonight at the Doon-
galik Studios, Marina Village, Paradise Island. The landmark publication features informative text, stunning photographs and painted illus-
trations of the central Bahamas. * SEE PAGE TWO

Dramatic 21% fall
in hotel income
Tribune Staff Reporter
IN THE nine months leading up to Sep-
tember 2009, major hotels have seen their
income fall by a dramatic 21 per cent com-
pared with last year, causing 12 out of 14 in
New Providence and Paradise Island to
record losses for that period.
At the same time, hotel occupancy aver-
aged a depressed 63.5 per cent and room
rates are down $25 per night at $254.42, as
opposed to 68.9 per cent and $230.35 during
the same nine months in 2008.
In the face of this dire turn of events, the
industry this week welcomed improved per-
formance seen in September 2009 over Sep-
tember of 2008, as revealed in the results of
the September 2009 Nassau Paradise Island
Major Hotel Performance Survey.
SEE page seven

Tribune Staff Reporter
THERE were emotional scenes out-
side a court yesterday after the coro-
ner's inquest into the shooting death
of 18-year-old Brenton Smith was
adjourned to January.
Members of the teenager's family
huddled together for support, visibly
upset at not getting the "closure" they
were seeking from the inquest as quick-
ly as they would have liked.
Anthony Delaney, who appeared for
the Attorney General's office, request-
ed the adjournment because several
SEE page seven

Airport redevelopment
project right on track
Tribune Staff Reporter
RAPID progress in construction of the
United States Terminal has put the $409
million Nassau Airport Development
Company (NAD) redevelopment project
right on track.
The first public tour of the site since
ground was broken in July showed how
an initially slow start to build the new US
Terminal quickly gathered pace to bring
development up to speed while keeping it
within budget.
With the $11.7 million investment in
capital improvements at the current facil-
ity marking the near completion of phase
one, the second phase of redevelopment
has started with the first stage set for com-
SEE page two






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New book shows natural beauty
A FANTASTIC new book documenting in relative isolation, based at the Bahamas
the natural beauty of the Northern Exuma National Trust headquarters in Warderick
Cays takes the reader on an exciting journey, Wells, Exuma.
and according to author John Thompson, From being ambushed in the middle of one
making the book was just as much of an of their first night dives by a curious but rather
adventure. large nurse shark accustomed to hand feeding,
"Island of the Sun", a book offering a spec- to discovering their food had been pecked
tacularly illustrated tour through the eco-sys- mercilessly in their kitchen by bananaquit
items of the central Bahamas, will be officially birds, to finding themselves wondering if they
unveiled tonight at the Doongalik Studios, would ever get the necessary funds to print the
Marina Village, Paradise Island from 5pm to book after putting two and a half years work
9pm. into it, Shiel-Rolle and Thompson came up
The book is a landmark publication from against a myriad of quirky challenges during
both a scientific and artistic point of view for their time together.

the Bahamas, with informative text, beautiful
photographs and painted illustrations bringing
to life the unique and diverse plants and ani-
mals of the Exuma Cays. John Thompson,
who wrote the book, told The Tribune days
blurred into one another as he and photogra-
pher for the project Nikita Shiel-Rolle went
out day after day across the turquoise waters
of the Exuma Chain in their "chariot", a 15
foot Boston Whaler.
The pair had never met before they were
asked to produce the work but went on to
spend many hours, days and months together

While you might think that spending so
much time in paradise that you forget what
day it is sounds like a fine occupation, Thomp-
son recalls one day that the two travelled 20
miles to re-fuel "forgetting that it was a public
holiday" and the gas station was closed."We'd
burned too much fuel to get home," he said.
Other happenings could better be filed
under "surreal", such as a chance encounter

of Exuma Cays
one day after trying to capture a glimpse of the
majestic osprey in the Exuma Land and Sea
According to Thompson, the pair were
intrigued enough to introduce themselves to a
man they spotted with a "tremendous camera
on a tripod on a tiny, barren cay."
Thinking they had come across a fellow
naturalist, the young Bahamian were amused
and surprised to discover that the photogra-
pher was hunting for glimpse of another rare
species - a celebrity.
"It turned out that he was paparazzi trying
to catch an image of Johnny Depp, who
owned the neighboring cay," joked Thomp-
All of the proceeds from "Islands of the
Sun" will directly support the environmental
and educational programmes of the non-prof-
it Danguillecourt Project, such as Young
Bahamian Marine Scientists' after-school
clubs, workshops, and summer camps.
If you want to be one of the first to see the
book, head to Marina Village tonight.
The book will be officially presented to
Minister of the Environment Earl Deveaux at

Airport redevelopment

project right on track

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pletion in Spring 2011.
Around 150 construction workers, 80 per
cent of whom are Bahamian, have laid 90
per cent of the foundations for the 247,000
sq ft US Terminal and pier, and concrete
is being poured for the ground slabs on the
second floor.
Vice president of airport development
Stewart Stevens explained how the new air-
port will make the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport one of the most complex
airports in the region as it comprises three
airports in one with separate terminals for
domestic, international and US-bound
The check-in area of the new US terminal
is sprawled across the ground floor of the
two-storey terminal building and a con-
necting moment frame steel building,
designed to withstand 150 mph winds.
Passengers will hand their checked lug-
gage to airline staff at the counter to be
transported on a $22 million system for pro-
cessing baggage through security systems
and out to the aircraft on a network of con-
veyor belts leading in various directions.
Mr Stevens said: "It will be complicated.
The Bahamas is unique in that we have pre-
clearance for US customs which is a great
advantage, but to have that and not have
to take your baggage with you is a new con-
"Most airports in the Caribbean are inter-
national airports through and through, so
we have a much more complicated airport."
The new airport will have a capacity for
5.5 million passengers when it opens in the
Fall of 2013.
As their bags are transported to the gates,
they will be filed into a large single-entrance
customs hall to be cleared by US Immigra-
tion, and then glide up escalators over a
garden feature to a range of retail stores
and eateries on the second floor.
Travellers will then be able to walk down
the "pier" to their gate where they can wait
to board their aircraft.
The $198 million construction of stage
one, phase two, will also include a 1,000,000
sq ft asphalt apron, parking facilities and
Mr Stevens said environmental concerns
raised at the outset of development regard-
ing ground oil on the airport site have not
yet been cause for concern as they are cur-

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS prepare the ground
for the future US Customs hall and second-storey
US Terminal departures lounge
rently building on virgin territory.
And staff will work to repair areas of envi-
ronmental concern as and when they
encounter them, as well as working to pre-
vent pollution and meet international envi-
ronmental standards.
The new US departure terminal building
will be fully energy efficient, using systems
such as the extraction of cool water from a
series of holes 400 ft deep to fuel a high
efficiency cooling system, Mr Stevens
Upon the completion of the US Termi-
nal, NAD will embark on stage two, phase
two, and demolish areas of the current US
departures terminal, construct a new inter-
national arrivals terminal, and lay down
parking facilities, by Fall 2012.
The new Domestic/International Depar-
tures, and Domestic Arrivals Terminals and
associated groundwork will be then devel-
oped in time for the airport to open in the
Fall of 2013.

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Man stabbed

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girlfriend's son

A man is in hospital
after being stabbed follow-
ing an argument with his
girlfriend's son, police said.
The attack took place
in the Pinewood Gardens
According to police, a
report was received at
around 6.30pm on
Wednesday that a man vis-
iting his girlfriend got into
an argument with her son.
He was stabbed and
had to be taken to hospital.
Attempts to seek an
update on his condition
were unsuccessful.
The suspect fled the
area before police arrived.
Investigations continue.

Pair rob man

of cash and

'beat him

about body'

ONE man is in police
custody after another was
beaten and robbed of cash
on Baillou Hill Road,
police reported.
An anonymous individ-
ual contacted police at
around 2.25pm to report
that a man had been
robbed in the area of Cam-
bridge Street off Baillou
Hill Road.
When police reached the
scene, they spoke with the
alleged robbery victim who
said he had been "beaten
about the body and
robbed" of an unknown
amount of cash by two
The incident has been
classified as an armed rob-
bery and one man is being
questioned in connection
with the incident.
Investigations continue.



on conflict


The St George's Parish
Youth Department will be
hosting a youth symposium
on conflict resolution with
the speakers Reverend
Diana Francis, Pastor Car-
los Reid and Sgt 2091
The event is to be held
today at 7pm at St
George's Anglican Church,
Montrose Avenue.
The organizers said:
"Bring your note pads,
pens, pencils and most of
all, your youth groups,
family and friends to
engage in this wonderful

Cayman police


claims of vote


man Islands - Cayman
Islands police are probing
claims that partisans ille-
gally campaigned outside
voting centers in a May
vote that ousted the sitting
government, according to
Associated Press.
Police spokeswoman
Fiona Gallegos said Thurs-
day that "several voters"
have complained that
backers of the United
Democratic Party distrib-
uted campaign materials
too close to polling booths.
Detectives are looking
for evidence of any elec-
tion irregularities.
The UDP won nine spots
in the 15-seat Legislative
Assembly to defeat the

People's Progressive
The PPM has not con-
tested the results.

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But ex-FNM MP says ambitions depend on legal issue resolution

FORMER FNM MP Lester Turnquest
said he still hopes to one day re-enter the
political arena, but that his ambitions will
have to be tempered by the conclusion of
his present legal predicament.
Admitting that anyone who offers them-
selves for high office should be able to
explain to the Bahamian people their cur-
rent circumstances and be "unsmirched",
Mr Turnquest said that his political future
will depend on the resolution of "this pre-
sent dark cloud" (see page 1).
"I think the Bahamian people at the very
least deserve that. So the extent to which
this fiasco besmirches me will be the extent
to which it limits any political aspirations
that I have."
As he is currently embroiled in a legal
battle surrounding allegations of forgery
dating back to 2007, Mr Turnquest and his
attorney Andrew McKinney are in con-
stant talks with police, who are once again
investigating the matter.

Having been arrested on Monday and
later released, Mr Turnquest maintains his
innocence in the case.
"We haven't done anything wrong and
the one thing I have learned is that when
you are in litigation people would say any-
"There are certain things I just can't
bring myself to do - as my former partner
Hywel Jones denied his signature; I can't do
that. It is just amazing but in litigation peo-
ple say things to bolster their case," he said.

Mr Turnquest also took a jab -presum-
ably at individuals in his former party -
when he said that he was asked upon leav-
ing politics how he was going to pay his
"Well I paid my mortgage," Mr Turn-
quest thundered, "and then some! And I
thank God for that.
"The credo I always follow is that there
is always someone better than me. So no

matter how large a contribution I think I
can make there is a young Bahamian who
can do more, and do better. So if I never go
back someone else will and hopefully they
will do more and do better. It is still a win-
win situation for the country in my view,"
he said. Mr Turnquest said the forgery case
will probably continue for some time as
there are a large number of documents that
need to be reviewed.


Unnatural sex trial: Witness 'heard friend screaming

over the telephone' while at accused's apartment

Tribune Staff Reporter
A WITNESS in the unnat-
ural sex trial of a 48-year-old
man told a jury yesterday that
he heard his friend screaming
over the telephone while at the
apartment of the accused.
Joseph Sweeting, 48, stands
accused of having sex with a
16-year-old boy in February,
Delvin Pratt testified yester-
day that the complainant, who
was his friend, accompanied
him to Sweeting's apartment to
collect a phone card he had
promised to give the witness
two weeks earlier.
He told the court that when
he arrived at the apartment,
Sweeting, who he only knew as
"Joe", asked if he "came to give
him some."
"I told Joe, don't play with
me," Pratt told the court.
Pratt said Sweeting asked the
complainant to help him move
a table to another unit.
The witness said that Sweet-
ing told him to stay in the apart-
ment and if anyone knocked on
the door, not to answer it.
Pratt said that some 10 min-
utes later, when he went out-
side and called his friend's cel-
lular phone, he heard his friend
screaming over the telephone.
He told the court that he
went back inside the apartment

and tried calling his friend again
but got no answer.
Pratt told the court that when
he went back outside he heard
glass breaking and went into
the adjacent unit.
The witness said he found
the complainant with his shirt
off, and his pants and under-
wear at his knees. He said that
he asked the accused what had
According to Pratt, Sweeting
said that the complainant "was
joking" and told him to get his
friend some water.

Pratt said that after he and
the complainant left the apart-
ment, they went to the police
station to file a report but were
ridiculed by police.
He said they left, and the
alleged victim and another
friend later went to the police
station and then to the Criminal
Investigation Department.
Attorney V Alfred Gray,
who represents Sweeting, asked
Pratt why he didn't tell police
that Sweeting had asked his
friend to move a table.
The witness told the court
that that was in another state-
ment he gave police and not
the one before him in court. He
said that he had no reason for
not mentioning it in the state-
Mr Gray asked him why,

when he heard the screaming,
he didn't go to help his friend.
Pratt said that when he went
outside he didn't know what
unit the accused and the com-
plainant were in and didn't hear
any screams outside.
Mr Gray suggested to the
witness that he was lying and
trying to help his friend to mis-
lead the court. The witness said
that he was telling the truth.
Another witness, Zennerman
Sherman, told the court that
when he arrived home on the
afternoon of February 4, 2005,
the complainant, who he lived
with, was not there.
He said that he became con-
cerned and contacted one of
the complainant's friends to
find out where he was. He said
that he went to the friend's
house where he found the com-
plainant with a busted lip.
The witness said that he and
the complainant went to police
to file a complaint. He also told
the court that he, the com-
plainant, and police officers
went to Sweeting's apartment
where police conducted a
search. Sherman said that he
was also present when the com-
plainant was examined by a
doctor at the Princess Margaret
Attorneys Sandra Dee Gar-
diner and Terry Archer are
prosecuting the case, which is
being heard before Senior Jus-
tice Anita Allen.

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A MAN was convict-
ed yesterday of having
sex with a nine year-old
boy in 2003.
The nine member jury
found Andrew Lincoln
Brown, 48, guilty of the
charge by a vote of six to
three. Bain was accused
of accosting the young
victim as he walked from
school on September 19,


The victim told the
court that Brown, alias
"Spoon", grabbed him as
he walked past his home,
took him into the house
and sodomised him.
Brown maintained that
he never touched the
boy, who is now 15.
The case was heard
before Justice Vera
Watkins. Brown was rep-
resented by attorney
Dorsey McPhee. Lennox
Coleby, Basil Cumber-
batch and Linda Evans
prosecuted the case.
Brown is set to be sen-
tenced on December 14.
Mr McPhee requested a
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A new ball game has come to town

ON A weekend tour of Acklins and
Crooked Island to inspect development pro-
jects, needed road work and a proposed
dock at Gun Point, Ragged Island, Prime
Minister Ingraham spelled out the system
to be followed in future when putting gov-
ernment projects to public tender.
Undoubtedly, influenced by the demands
of the European Union to account to its
member states on how their money is being
spent, Mr Ingraham has applied those stan-
dards across the board for tenders in the
Bahamas. In the 1990's the European Union
(EU) contributed to the paving of the road
in Acklins and continues to make grants to
various public works. Contracts, for example,
for infrastructural projects in Acklins and
Ragged Island, partially funded by a $9.4
million grant from the EU, will be signed
by the end of November.
Speaking at the Gun Point dock site
where a multi-million dollar docking facility
is to be constructed, Mr Ingraham
announced that in future politics will be
eliminated from the granting of public con-
tracts. The new Gun Point dock will not
only improve national security by provid-
ing facilities for the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, but will also service BEC fuel tankers
and mail boats.
Mr Ingraham told his audience that the
Bahamas has wasted too much from the
Public Treasury on contracts awarded to
persons who failed to perform.
"We have not had good experience with
publicly tendering jobs," the Prime Minister
"We are seeking to get out of the business
of politicians merely selecting who can bid
on jobs. That is why this year, we caused to
be advertised most of the school busing con-
tracts in the country and invited people to
come forward and put in a bid."
Interestingly, he revealed that several
Bahamian firms had bid for the Family
Island projects, but most failed to comply
with the rules and requirements established.
We have no idea to which companies he
referred, nor do we know which companies
bid or failed to bid, but the attitude of non-
compliance is symptomatic of what goes on
in the Bahamas. No one had to comply to
any standards before, and obviously many do
not understand why they have to be both-
ered with such humbug now ... after all one
telephone call to a friend used to fix it all. If
this is in fact the attitude then it is a perfect
example of the old boy network in operation
- it's not what you know, but who you
know that has let too much mediocrity slip

under the standards bar in this country.
Mr Ingraham said that this year's con-
tracts were tendered and have met "Euro-
pean Union standards in terms of tenders ...
They (the EU) have been involved in the
evaluation of the tenders and hence the
selection of the contractors. One of our great
regrets is, not enough Bahamian firms com-
plied with the terms of bids.
"They were publicly advertised in the
newspapers, contractors were invited to bid;
the list of things they had to produce in order
to qualify for the bid was all stated in writing.
They were also invited to attend a meeting at
which the matters were discussed and agreed
upon as to what you had to do in order to
"Notwithstanding that, only one of the
contractors who tendered on the work in
Acklins, had his bid fully compliant with the
terms, and so that was the only bid that was
able to be considered due to European
Union requirements and standards."
As for the tendered work for resurfacing
at the Ragged Island airport, said Mr Ingra-
ham, the contractor who appears to have
the winning bid is not in full compliance,
but the European Union has waived a spe-
cific requirement provided he produces it
in a very short period of time.
M Ingraham regretted that insufficient
Bahamian firms have come forward to bid
on projects when put out to tender. He
stressed the importance of these firms under-
standing the need for compliance in the ten-
dering process.
"We (must) continue to drill in people's
heads that in order to bid you ought to qual-
ify, in order to qualify, you ought to do
'A,B,C.' If you cannot do those things, then
your bid should not be accepted. That
includes a bond to ensure the job gets done;
if you fall down on the job, that there is an
insurance company or a bank that is going to
guarantee the performance of the job.
"That you are going to have an adequate
number of people with skills and training
to be able to carry the job out," he said
emphasising that "we are not giving these
projects out to people just because they hap-
pen to be supporters or because they happen
to be Bahamian, we are seeking to save the
public money.
"We have wasted too much money in
this country over the years giving contracts
out to persons who messed up on the job."
At last a new ball game has come to town
- Bahamians will now have to pull up their
socks and sharpen their wits if they want to
enter the game.

The way

forward for

the nation

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Now that the national con-
ventions of both parties have
been, mercifully, concluded, the
task ahead for all Bahamians
and residents within our bound-
aries of good will is to figure
out just where the nation is
going and how to get there col-
lectively. A simple enough task,
but one inherently fraught with
uncertainties; lack of resolve
and coloured with far too many
partisans in politics.
There are any number of
societal and economic problems
which confront the nation and
which could and must be solved
by a massive across the board
approach. Any other way could
and would lead to even further
political polarisation.
I suggest that a multi-party
conclave be convened by my
good friend the Rt Hon Hubert
Alexander Ingraham, MP, PC,
Prime Minister of our beloved
country, to debate and flesh out
the real issues such as crime
and punishment; chronic unem-

NOTICE is hereby given that NARENDRA EKANAYAKE
of Little Blair, Nassau, Bahamas, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eightdaysfromthel13thday of November 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.





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ployment; under employment;
badly broken and maintained
infrastructure; a new electrical
power plant for New Provi-
dence; improved delivery of
health care and, of course, pub-
lic corruption and executive
excesses. The ball is in the
Prime Minister's court, so to
speak and only he has the legal;
constitutional and moral forti-
tude to lead such a call for a
national forum to do the above.
It is my sincere belief that more
agape love must be demon-
strated and played out in public
life. After all, we are all in this
boat called 'The Bahamas' and
either we sail serenely together
or we will all sink and perish.
Some have long wondered
whether or not Ortland H Bod-
ie Jr is a PLP; an FNM or an
Independent. For the record,


please allow me to state, with-
out fear of sensible contradic-
tion, that I am a partisan of the
Rt Hon Prime Minister. No, not
an FNM or PLP. Yes, I do not
always agree with him or his
behaviour, but he, like the Rt
Hon Perry Gladstone Christie,
MP, PC, Honourable Leader
of the Opposition, is a patriot
who wants only what is good
for the country.
In conclusion then, what we
need more of here in our
beloved nation is more agape
love in all spheres of our per-
sonal lives and that of the
nation. These are, indeed, "the
times that try men's souls" and
we need all hands on deck.
Both conventions were well
attended and the majority of
speakers in both camps made
much sense. We, collectively,
will overcome. To God then, in
all of these things, be the glory!
November 10, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I was not a friend of Mr Car-
ron - at best an acquaintance.
I would say hello to him when I
saw him about town, often at
The Harbour Bay Shopping
Centre having lunch or grocery
shopping. (A digression - it
always impressed me that a
man of Mr Carron "standing"
would still consistently shop for
his own groceries).
These superficial interactions
were pleasant and brief, but
underneath them I had a bond
and sense of gratitude towards
Mr Carron (and Mrs Eileen
Carron), because of a gesture
they made towards my family
18 years ago. When I was about
12 years old, my parents
divorced and coinciding with
the loss of our family business,
my relatively comfortable and
stable upbringing was tested.
My mother, brother and I were
put into a transition period -
both personally and financially.
At this time, we attended the
same church as Mr and Mrs
Carron. They knew of our tem-
porary circumstances and had
supportive words and made a
small, unsolicited and anony-
mous contribution to our fami-
ly that helped us through this
period. Our lives would have
carried on with or without this
contribution and moral support
- but the quality of the ges-
ture, the helping hand and the
show of their character was
huge. My interactions were
always with Mr Carron, and he
never said anything more
regarding this during the past
18 years, but my family always
had a strong sense of gratitude
and respect for him and Mrs
Carron. He was a gentleman
and will be missed.
November 2, 2009.

+ I

More food,

not guns

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Your editorial (10/30/09) entitled "More schools, not
troops', comprising an article by Nicholas D Kristof (of the
NY Times), is excellent and could be paraphrased to "More
food, not guns" in view of your recent articles on world
food shortages, especially the statement from a UN food
agency that the present crisis "has pushed the ranks of the
hungry to a record of 1 billion."
The UN International Action Network on Small Arms
(IANSA) has published information on armaments for
many years, and states that armaments comprise the world's
major industry, making tremendous profits in our world
where food and schools are in short supply.
Some years ago, IANSA, Amnesty International and
Oxfam stated in a press release: "From 1998-2001, USA, UK
and France earned more income from arms sales to devel-
oping countries than they gave in aid. The arms industry is
unlike any other. It operates without regulation. It suffers
from widespread corruption and bribes. And it makes its
profits on the back of machines designed to kill and maim
human beings."
The release concluded: "So who profits most from this
murderous trade? The five Permanent Members of the UN
Security Council - USA, UK, France, Russia and China.
Together they are responsible for 88 per cent of reported
arms exports."
The US Congressional Research Service recorded the
2001 top military exporters: USA 9.7 billion; UK 4 billion;
USSR 3.6 billion; France:1 billion; China 500 million; and
Israel 200 million. Since then sales figures have increased
Your editorial could be subtitled: "More food, not guns."

October 30, 2009.



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appearaigandNottagea Meeting on COB crime concerns
resolution hearing 0
TribnFreprt attracts only a handful of students
Tribune Freeport
Reporter " ,A MEETING called to dis- dents are aware of crimes that
dmaycock@ cuss dissatisfaction with Col- occur on campus and said this lege of the Bahamas campus lack of communication has put
security failed to attract a them at even greater risk.
FREEPORT - Min- large number of students yes- The officials maintained
ister of State for terday. that they report all criminal
Finance Zhivargo "The COB students' union activity to the Office of Com-
Laing and Dr Bernard hosted the general student munications, which is empow-
Nottage met with the meeting and safety forum in ered to disseminate the infor-
Supreme Court Regis- -. . an effort to allow students the mation at its discretion.
trar yesterday for a opportunity to voice their con- They also told students that
dispute resolution - cerns about campus crime and it is their responsibility to seek
hearing in connection their issues with COB security out information and keep
with a defamation law- - following reports of a string abreast of the notices that are
suit filed by Mr Laing. of robberies on campus. regularly distributed by the
Mr Laing is suing Dr college.
Nottage, PLP MP for Questions Many of the students admit-
Bain and Grants ted that they rarely check the
Town; Frank Smith,_ Special guests included bulletin boards, online forums
PLP MP for St director of security Welling- set up by the college, or their
Thomas More; and -- ton Francis and campus inves- student emails.
John Rolle, the former - tigator Ricardo Miller, who Although attendance was
Comptroller of Cus- fielded questions from stu- fairly low, student union pres-
toms, for defamation dents on various issues, includ- ident Jamaal Knowles said he
over their statements ing criminal activity on cam- is confident about the forum's
concerning Customs pus and changes in student ID positive impact on student-
duties applied on the regulations. administration relations and
Mona Vie drink dur- . Students claimed that cam- feels that increased commu-
ing the minister's pus security has not worked nication will benefit both par-
tenure. : I a a. - hard enough to ensure stu- ties.
The dispute resolu-
tion hearing was held
in closed chambers
with the Registrar to
see whether or not the
matter could be set-
tled between the par-
ties without going to
Fred Mitchell, MP
for Fox Hill, accompa-
nied Dr Nottage to
Freeport for the hear-
ing. a
Mr Mitchell told The
Tribune that all the
respondents have filed
defences denying that
anything they said wasW ILLIA S
defamatory. VVILLIA VJ
"The Registrar tries
to speak to the parties
to see if there is any
common ground or
any meeting of the
minds. It is supposed
to be a confidential
process so nothing
that happens within By TANEKA THOMPSON is believed to have changed
the process is to be Tribune Staff Reporter his travel plans because of the
disclosed," Mr incident.
Mitchell explained. The fire is believed to have
He said if no settle- FIREFIGHTERS were started shortly before 4am on
ment is reached yesterday still battling smok- Wednesday in the northeast
between the parties at ing embers from the fire section of the private resort. It
thehean the neat which destroyed portions of quickly spread to the south-
the hearing, the next
luxury adult playground west area of the property.
stage is case manage- Nygard Cay. Police have not said exactly
ment and the matter One fire engine was at the which areas were damaged in
will go to trial before a scene yesterday morning and the fire, however it is sus-
judge. was expected to remain until pected that the resort's disco
oThere are a number this afternoon as firemen and restaurant were
of issues which will be work to ensure the blaze is destroyed.
important for journal- completely extinguished. The fire came days after Mr
ists because there is "We still have the embers Nygard celebrated the open-
something which is in that are still burning and we ing of his flagship store in
the pleading called the are trying to put those out," New York's Times Square.
Reynolds Privilege by Director of Fire Services Jef- Police received word of the
which the Privy Coun- frey Deleveaux said, speak- fire at 3.56am.
cil and House of ing to The Tribune while en The raging flames were vis-
Lords, as it then was route to New Providence ible to boaters and residents
in the UK, made a from Eleuthera yesterday. near Jaws Beach on Wednes-
decision that there is a He declined to speak about day morning and leapt higher
certain privilege of the suspected cause of the than the nearby palm trees.
sorts which it attaches blaze which is estimated to Mr Nygard built the private
to journalists under have caused millions of dol- luxury "Robinson Crusoe
ct jounaists lars in damage to the resort. playground" in 1987, accord-
certain conditions. On Wednesday he told The ing to The S T
oAnd so, if in fact it Tribune that investigators lush property sports replicas
comes to trial, journal have a clue as to what started of Mayan Temples, private
ists should be interest- the fire but could not divulge tennis and volleyball courts,
ed in this case as a this information as investiga- beaches, pools, a nightclub, a
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The lack of beach

access in Bahamas


22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas


of Blair Estates, Nassau,
N.P., The Bahamas, will be
held at Trinity Methodist
Church, Frederick Street
and Trinity Place, Nassau
s i on Saturday, 14th
a November, 2009 at 3:00

Rev. Bill Higgs, President
of The Bahamas
Conference of The Methodist Church and Minister
of Trinity Methodist Church, will officiate and
interment will follow in Ebenezer Methodist
Cemetery, East Shirley Street, Nassau.

Mrs. Cadman is survived by her husband, Mr.
Charles Frederick (Fred) Cadman; one son, F. Neil
Cadman; two daughters, Sharon E. Wilson and
Crystal A. Graham; one daughter-in-law, Katherine
A. Cadman; two sons-in-law, Alan Wilson and
Paul Graham; one sister, Cynthia Albury; seven
grandchildren, Ashley ByA. and James A. Cadman,
Heather E. Wilson Huh, Christopher A.E. Wilson,
George and Jessica Abrahams and Emily Graham;
a grandson-in-law, Jae Huh; a great-grandson,
Dylan E. Huh; two nieces, Janet Pinder and Yvonne
Davies; four nephews, Richard Roberts, Peter,
Tony and David Cadman; many other relatives
and friends, including the Ladies of Trinity Ladies
Class, the Inner Wheel Club of East Nassau, Dr.
Dean Tseretopoulos, Joan Albury, Sandra Grattan,
Sidney and Thiry Sweeting, David Higgs, Jean
Thomas, Roy and Barbara Smith and her caregiver,
Maisie Knowles.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the Cancer Society of The Bahamas. P.O.Box
S.S. 6539, Nassau or The Bahamas Humane
Society, P.O.Box N.242, Nassau in Memory of
Mrs. E. Yvonne Cadman.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited,
22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, NP., The Bahamas.

IN the Bahamas, particu-
larly on New Provi-
dence, locals continue to be
prohibited from accessing
public beaches by over zealous
property owners who illegally
obstruct public access points
by using guard dogs, erecting
walls/large seawalls, fences,
constructing artificial lagoons
and using shrub borders or
It is likely that a reason for
the skyrocketing crime rate is
the lack of beach access and
unavailability of other cultur-
al and recreational activities
that can foster an interaction
with nature and undoubtedly
contribute to the socialization
of many of the armed and/or
anti-social misfits roaming the
streets. On public holidays,
the dwindling number of
beaches stands out even more
as thousands of locals are con-
fined to Goodman's Bay,
Montagu Beach, Arawak Cay
and, to a much lesser extent,
Cabbage Beach and the
secluded but rocky beach at
Orange Hill (one I frequent).
The overcrowding on these
days is evident.
The lack of access to beach-
es in the Bahamas is so objec-
tionable that former Prime
Minister Perry Christie's
administration actually repur-
chased twelve acres of beach-
front property on Harbour
Island. At that time, Mr
Christie asserted that access
to beaches by Bahamians
should not be sacrificed in the
name of development. While I
could point to some obvious

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hypocrisy between that
administration's dealings with
certain developers and in that
statement, today I won't.
However, beaches should also
not be lawlessly annexed by
selfish, rather bold land grab-
Beaches are a part of the
Bahamian way of life. Any-
one who has seen Bahamian
children playing in the clear
water, or experienced the
excitement of a regatta, or
enjoyed Bahamian music and
food at a seaside festival,
knows that beaches and coast-
lines have a social value that
cannot be counted in dollars
and cents. They are priceless
national treasures, endow-
ments that belong to every
Bahamian, whatever his or her
age or social condition.
In New Providence, the
most obvious examples of
where access onto and along
beaches have been restricted
are at Delaporte and Cable
Beach, particularly by the
Sandy Port canal and after the
construction of the Crystal
Palace hotel. Other beaches
in Nassau and on Paradise
Island have also been blocked
off to the public due to devel-
In southwestern New Prov-
idence, although the develop-
ers of Adelaide claim that
their project would create
more beach access for locals,
official documents showing
the marina channel cutting
through the beach reveal that
access will be restricted and
be minimal at best. The public
will no longer have full access
along the beach by the marina
While consecutive govern-
ments give environmental pro-
tection as a priority for the
protection of beaches and the
preservation of the Bahamas'
natural resources, more than
40 beach access points contin-
ue to be restricted. There must
be stiffer penalties for illegal
dumping and excavation and
for those persons who illegal-
ly encroach upon and blatant-
ly impede public access points
to beaches. It is unacceptable
when foreign/local developers
and homeowners deny the
community access to the
entire length of public beach-
Aisha Martin, daughter of
Englerston MP Glenys Han-
na-Martin, and a student in a
geography class I lecture at
the College of the Bahamas
eloquently and thoughtfully
addressed the question of

access to all beaches. The
Government of the Bahamas
should be enhancing beaches
and protecting public access
so that Bahamians can enjoy a
cost free and healthy experi-
ence of nature's beauty
because is it not what we have
been blessed with in abun-
Beach access is the
birthright of every Bahamian,
allowing beaches to be
blocked illegally by property
owners is a violation of this
basic birthright. We should
not allow foreigners or any-
one else to bar our people
from accessing the beaches in
New Providence. Rather than
turning this island of New
Providence into an exclusive
island resort for the sole
enjoyment of foreigners, we
should invest in preserving
and enhancing the quality of
life of our Bahamian people.
A concerned COB student,
Aisha Martin.

I am always impressed
when I have students, or meet
people, who are serious about
the future of their country and
who are willing to demand
that we protect and preserve
our resources-within rea-
son-for future generations.
Ensuring that local beaches
are accessible to the public is a


As most of my readers
already know, I am presently
enrolled in law school. The
study of law is quite tedious,
time-consuming and has a
high threshold for attainment
of good grades. I have literal-
ly been reading almost non-
Law is a jealous mistress,
and since I don't intend to fail
in my courtship of lady law, I
will totally direct my attention
on studying and preparing for
fast approaching examina-
tions. In that vein, I will put
down the pen until after
exams, and thereafter resume
writing my column where I
will unquestionably return
with many "Christmas gifts"
as I'm sure that much will
transpire during my sabbati-
cal. I shall be watching from
the sidelines and making men-
tal notes.



beach access in a letter she
wrote in completing an assign-
ment, which, with her permis-
sion, will be featured below.
Ms Martin writes:
Dear Madam Editor,
In the course of preparing a
paper I have become suffi-
ciently outraged and feel it
necessary to raise this issue
publicly through your news-
We are an island nation
with limited natural resources
but what we do have are beau-
tiful beaches which are the
selling point for the main sec-
tion of our economy, tourism.
I am very disappointed that it
seems to have been over-
looked that Bahamians wish
to enjoy the beauty and tran-
quility of our country as well
as the tourists. In the recent
past we have engaged in a
frenzy of sales and giveaways
of our beautiful beachfront
properties to foreign nationals.
Some of these people have
become so presumptuous in
the enjoyment of their prop-
erty that they seek to prohib-
it people from accessing
The situation has become
so vexing that it is difficult in
New Providence to even
glimpse the sea as our coast
is now marked by high walls.
This reflects unfavourably on
policy makers in successive
governments who have
through their short sighted-
ness, negatively impacted the
quality of life for our people.
We can certainly take a page
out of the experience of Bar-
bados where it is not permit-
ted for the beach to be pri-
vately owned past the high
water mark. In Barbados
many of the beachfront prop-
erties must allow a public
access point across their land
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Brenton Smith's

family upset after

Coroner's inquest

FROM page one

documents pertaining to
the case had not yet been
served to the interested
He said a forensic report
and the account from the
investigating officer were
turned over to the Court
on Wednesday and only
served on counsel yester-
day morning.
He told the hearing that
that there were "some
issues" with the officer's
report and added that the
AG's office also did not
have possession of the
firearms examiner's report
into the shooting.
Coroner William Camp-
bell admonished counsel
present and said he hoped
future requests for
adjournments would only
be made when there were
"real problems."
"I am a little uneasy
about how this inquest has
not been able to proceed
smoothly," said the coro-
ner, who added that the
case has "limped along this
He said that in his expe-
rience, inquests "can flow
very smoothly" and that a
lack of documents was not
considered a problem.
In an unexpected move
yesterday, attorney Joseph
Darceuil stepped down as
counsel for Detective Cor-
poral 1476 Kelsie Munroe,
the officer who is alleged
to have accidentally shot
Brenton, and was replaced
by Ramona Farquharson.
As the court attempted
to schedule another inquest
date, Ms Farquharson said
December was not possi-
ble because her client will
be taking exams.
Mr Delaney also told the
court an application will
likely be made for the
court to visit the scene
where the youngster died.
Brenton was accidental-
ly shot as police chased
armed robbers in the
Kemp Road area on July 9.
He died at the scene.
The inquest resumes on
January 14.



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FROM page one

on a Friday to give to the client
on the weekend. He called me
later in a sweat because a 'girl'
that he picked up had taken the
money and he wondered if we
had $5,000 in petty cash.
"He lived for that adrenaline
rush. When he travelled and
because of his lifestyle and the
places he would go we had to
replace his credit cards about
three or four times a year
because they would either be
stolen or out and out taken
from him. He lived in a world
that I didn't want to live in,"
he said.
In fact, Mr Turnquest started
to expound on a strip club that
Mr Jones was a shareholder in
and the fact that one of the girls
at the club was murdered -
but stopped from venturing any
further at the suggestion of his
Having been arrested on
Monday by police and ques-
tioned in connection with a
criminal complaint of forgery
dating back to 2007, Mr Turn-
quest said he feels that there is
a concerted "campaign" that is

Ex-MP denies link to Hywel Jones murder

being mounted against him, dri-
ven by jealousy and spite.
"In 2007 I commenced sev-
eral legal proceedings against
Mr Jones and his company,
including one for tortuous inter-
ference. As a counter move, Mr
Jones made a criminal com-
plaint alleging that I forged his

FROM page one
Greenfield, Milwaukee, was found dead out-
side the Paradise Island Harbour Resort short-
ly after 11.30pm Wednesday.
Having arrived in The Bahamas on Tuesday,
November 10, she had been scheduled to leave
yesterday, The Tribune understands.
According to a police report, officers
received information that a "'-i n.,m had
jumped from the 10th floor of the Paradise
Island Harbour Resort" at around 11.30pm
No motive was given as to why the vaca-
tioning American would have leapt to her
death, which has been classified as "suspi-
cious" until police are able to complete their
investigations into the matter.
Supt Elsworth Moss yesterday confirmed it

signature on a share certificate
effecting its transfer to a pres-
tigious Swiss trust company as
trustee as this was always the
client's wish and also Mr Jones'
"The originating documents
show that Mr Jones and anoth-
er associate, Mr Eveleigh, had
arranged that scenario. Twenty-
nine months after his com-
plaint, the police have come a-
calling. I firmly believe that
there are forces committed to
the destruction of me and my
family and I want them to know
I shall resist those forces and
their minions," the former MP
Mr Turnquest thanked the
many persons and friends who
have offered their support to
him during this difficult time,
noting that some of these very
same friends have even offered
some insight on the "origins"
of this alleged campaign against
Having formed the Britan-
nia Group with Mr Jones in
2000, Mr Turnquest said that

Tourist dies in fall

was the victim's boyfriend, the 57-year-old
man who is now assisting them with their inves-
tigation, who made the emergency call. Up to
press time yesterday the man was still said to
be speaking with police.
While initial police reports stated that the
visitor was taken "into custody" by officers in
connection with the incident, Supt Moss yes-
terday downplayed any sinister connection to
the woman's death.
"He's_someone we're talking to because
we need to have clarity on this before he is
released. He is not really under arrest."
The Paradise Island Harbour Resort
declined to issue a statement on the incident.

FROM page one . el income

However, a summary of the
findings of that survey, con-
ducted by the Ministry of
Tourism and the Bahamas
Hotel Association, warned that
"one month is not a trend" and
stakeholders must remain cau-
tiously on the look out for how
things turn out in the coming
It noted that September
2008 was historically harsh for
business as The Bahamas
"experienced a high level of
cancellations and lost bookings
as a result of a major hurricane
"This was followed immedi-
ately by the precipitous collapse
of the US financial markets,
cancellations of group business
and a halt in impulse travel,"
said the report, suggesting that
for business to have improved
slightly this year, given that
there have been no hurricanes
and much promotional activi-
ty, is to be expected.
Speaking of the upswing, the
summary tells of major hotels in
the islands reporting an
increase in room revenue in
September 2009 along with an
average occupancy rate that
was almost nine per cent higher
than they experienced at the
same time last year.
Preliminary statistics show
that of the 14 major hotels in
New Providence, occupancy
averaged 38.9 per cent for the
month - up on September

2008's 31 per cent occupancy
"The resulting 4.8 per cent
increase in hotel room nights
sold combined with an increase
in average daily room rates of
almost five dollars, generated
a 7.9 per cent room revenue
gain," said the report.
"Ten of the 12 reporting
properties recorded a modest
September increase in room
revenue. However, September's
positive performance did little
to reverse the third quarter per-
formance and reflects primari-
ly a year over year comparison
with September 2008, the start-
ing point for the worst tourism
cycle since 1991 and the first
Iraq War," noted the report.
Meanwhile, September's
positive performance also failed
to lift average occupancy lev-
els for the broader third quarter
of 2009 -July, August and
September - beyond those for
the same period in 2008, leaving
them standing at slightly dimin-
ished 60.1 per cent compared
to 61.9 per cent.
Another sign that celebra-
tion may not yet be in order is
evidenced in the fact that room
nights sold and room revenue
were 11.8 per cent and 20.6 per
cent below last year's third
quarter levels - meaning that
the length of visitors' stays are
down as well as the money they
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experienced occupancy growth
in September also experienced
shorter stays by guests. This
may add to the overall visitor
arrivals numbers for Septem-
ber," the report added.
The Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism and Bahamas Hotel
Association summary said that
"while the average daily rate
for September inched up and
revenue per available room has
increased, they remain consid-
erably below pre-recession lev-
els and point to the continued
vulnerability of the industry."
"The year to date revenue
picture continues to concern
hoteliers with the cumulative
effect continuing to force man-
agement to remain prudent
operationally and place similar
constraints on Government."
The latest preliminary air
arrivals to the end of August,
released by the Department of
Statistics and the Ministry of
Tourism for New Providence,
showed a 9.3 per cent decrease
or 71,812 fewer foreign air
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the most lucrative clients of the
company approached him to
leave the business in 2003 after
having lost confidence in Mr
As such, Mr Turnquest said
he parted ways with Mr Jones
in late 2006.
Mr Turnquest was arrested
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local acts


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sonator from Jamaica entertains
the crowd.
Tribune Features

teed an experience of a life-
time that would "blow you
away", and they pulled it off
in style.
This year's Millennium
Countdown concert also
promised to keep negativity
at bay and "uplift the sens-
The event, held over the
weekend, aimed to encour-
age young Bahamians to
renounce the violence and
anti-social behaviour that
plague society today.
Organisers went so far as
to offer youngsters from
"challenged grassroots
ai, ' a stake in the event
preparations - including hir-
ing them to help construct
the performance stages and
skyboxes for the big night.
The actual concert start-
ed at midnight, an hour and
a half behind schedule, but
all 20 advertised acts hit the
stage in smooth running
order with no glitches and
fast band changes.

The Bahamian acts
included Billy Steels; Bobo
Ken; Bahama Boyz; Smurf;
El Padrino, a popular
Bahamian producer and
artist; Sammi Star and
It should be noted that
this was the first time that
an event of this type held in
the Bahamas included so
many local acts in the line-


G Warren and Temprich-
er added Jamaican flavour
to the show with fast-paced
beats and hard-hitting lyrics.
Then came the Portmore
While some said that the
Empire performance did not
live up to the hype, others

said it was a clear show-stop-
per, especially Black Ryno.
But all concert-goers
agreed, Lisa Hype was "the
bomb", even though she
sang off-key at times.
Beenie Man also wowed
the Queen Elizabeth Sports
Centre crowd. After per-
forming a string of hits, he
introduced a young girl on
stage, an up and coming
child star who fired out
lyrics like a pro.
But concert-goers said the
star of the event was Vybes
Kartel, who came on stage
just as dawn was breaking.
Fans were screaming like
there was no tomorrow as
he delivered one hit after
Organisers said having
these artists perform was the
best way to promote peace
because they represent the
music to which the youth lis-
And in that spirit, it can
be reported that there were
no fights or violent outbursts
among concert-goers.
Josef Bogdanovich, chief
organiser of the event and
president of Downsound
Records, said: "Security pro-
vided by IBG and Hardcore
was tight and overall service
for patrons was immaculate
as usual."

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Sports Reporter
FACED in an unfamiliar
position in game two of the
Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary
School (BAISS) junior
boys softball championship
series, the St Augustine's
College Big Red Machine
mounted a comeback effort
that fell short.
The St Andrew's Hurri-
canes extended the series
and forced a third and
deciding game with a 12-8
win yesterday at Freedom
Farm Field.
The Hurricanes, inspired
after a game one loss, took
advantage of control issues
from SAC pitcher Todd
Isaacs and racked up nine
runs in the bottom half of
the top inning.
The Big Red Machine
would trim the deficit

Defeat SAC's Big

Red Machine 12-8

throughout the course of
the game but would never
legitimately threaten.
Ashton Butler on the
mound, backed by a stingy
infield defense, held the
Big Red Machine scoreless
in the second inning while
adding an insurance run on
an RBI double by Joe
Trailing 10-2 heading into
the top of the third, the Big
Red Machine bats finally
came alive at the plate .
After Lucious Fox and
Isaacs singled, Anfernie
Seymour drove in a two
RBI triple.
Byron Murray followed

with a two run home run
and Anthony Romer hit a
sacrifice fly to score an
additional runner.
After their best scoring
output, the Hurricanes lead
had been trimmed to three.
With the momentum
seemingly in their favour,
the Big Red Machine
retired the side in order
and mounted another run
in the top of the fourth.
With two outs, Seymour
tripled and scored three
pitches later on a wild pitch
for the 12-8 score.
The Hurricanes threat-

SEE page 10

Frank Rutherford Sr dies at 63

Senior Sports Reporter
TAXI driver Frank Rutherford Sr,
father of Bahamian Olympic and World
Championships bronze medallist Frank
Rutherford Jr, passed away at his home in
Colony Village yesterday. He was 63.
Rutherford Jr, who is now based in
Houston, Texas, where he operates his
Rutherford Foundation camp, said it was
a big loss for their entire family that includ-
ed his mother, Yvonne, sister Juliette
Rutherford-Moss and his brother Chad.
Among the rest of his family are
Olympic quarter-miler turned collegiate
coach Dennis and his brother, injured NFL
wide receiver Devard Darling.
In reflecting on the life of his father,
Rutherford Jr said he played a pivotal role
in his success as an athlete.
"That's the part that always brings me to
tears and causes me to break down,"
Rutherford Jr said. "When I think of the
man that I am today and the things that

I've been able to accomplish, it's because
of my father.
"My father was a serious disciplinarian
that put the discipline in us very early in
our lives. But he was the type of father
that I wished every young man could have
because he was fair, but he was also brutal
when it comes to the discipline of life."
Although triple jumping was the high-
light of his life, Rutherford Jr, who won the
Bahamas' first medal at both the World
Indoor Championships and the Olympic
Games (track), said he enjoyed fishing
and a lot of skills he developed was passed
on from his father.
"That was is favourite thing that he
passed on to me and my brother," Ruther-
ford Jr said. "He was a Cat Island man
and that was all he knew.
Despite the fact that he ran track and
played basketball growing up, Rutherford
Jr said his father made sure that they
learned to master the art of fishing.
The funeral service for Rutherford Sr,
who drove taxi No. 987, has been tenta-
tively set for Saturday, November 21.




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Lady Truckers

defeat Lady

Techs in three

straight sets


THE New Providence
Volleyball Association
(NPVA) continued its
regular season action
Wednesday night at the
DW Davis Gymnasium
with a double header on
In the women's opener,
the Johnson's Lady
Truckers, behind Mar-
garet 'Muggy' Albury's
nine points, defeated the
Lady Techs in three
straight sets 25-13, 25-13
and 25-6. Roberta Hud-
son scored six points in a
losing effort.
In men's action, the
Scotiabank Defenders
remained undefeated as
they quickly disposed of
the Police Crimestoppers
in three sets 29-27, 25-13
and 25-20.
Ian 'Wire' Pinder and
Shedrick Forbes led the
charge for the Defenders,
whilst John Rolle led the
Crimestoppers in an los-
ing effort. NPVA action
is slated to continue

force game 3

FROM page nine

ened to add to their run
total in the bottom of the
fourth with the bases
loaded, however Isaacs
struck out the final bat-
ter to keep his team with-
in reach.
Butler forced the Big
Red Machine into a trio
of harmless groundouts to
end the game.
A balanced Hurricanes
lineup keyed the win, led
by Lockhart who was 4-4
with two runs and three
Richie Munroe was 3-4
with two runs, Butler was
3-4 with two runs while
Danny DeCardenas was
2-3 with two runs.
Jamie Lavin, Michael
Treco and Michael
Robinson each added
runs in the winning effort.
For the Big Red
Machine, Seymour was 2-
3 with two runs and two
RBI, Murray was 2-3 with
one run and three RBI
and Arien Seymour
added two runs.

Bullard and Diplomats

to play b-ball in Cuba

Senior Sports Reporter

COACH Geno Bullard will
get a chance to see just how
prepared his basketball team
is for the defense of their
Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary
Schools' (BAISS) senior boys
With the BAISS season
expected to start next
Wednesday, Bullard and 11
of his players are in Havana,
Cuba, where they are sched-
uled to participate in a series
of pre-season exhibition
games this weekend.

The Diplomats were given
an invitation to take part in
the tournament by Luis
Ponte, the Ambassador of
Cuba, who indicated that he
was impressed with West-
minster's performance in the
summer pre-season training.
Bullard, on his arrival in
Havana yesterday, said the
team is in good spirits and are
looking forward to compet-
ing in the tournament.
"It's going to be something
that we look forward to as we
bridge the gap between our
two countries," Bullard said.
"This is probably the begin-
ning of something new. It's a
good gesture by the Cuban

Although the Diplomats
are the defending champions,
they will virtually have a new
team as the majority of their
key players from last year
have graduated.
But Bullard said it will be
good for his team to get a
chance to play in the tourna-
ment as it will provide him
with an opportunity to see
exactly what he has to work
with this year.
The players traveling with
Bullard are Dwayne Miller,
Thomas Mackey, Adrian
Sherman, Brian Rose, Mar-
co Lundy, Daniel Bullard,
John Kemp, Shaquille Bain,

Travis Rolle and Krissoff Stu-
"This will definitely get us
ready for our season. We
would like to win, but this is
just a high quality of play that
should help us once we come
back home," he said.
"This will give us a gauge
of what we need to improve
on before we get ready to
start our season. But we are
confident that we will be able
to do very well."
The Cubans have also
invited Westminster to com-
pete in their International
Tournament slated for
November 24-26. Bullard said
they will make a decision on

whether or not they will com-
pete at the end of this tour-
Larry Smith and Rashad
'Gonzo' Morley, two of the
key players from the Diplo-
mats, have graduated and are
now enrolled at Niagara Col-
lege in Canada along with
Calvin White.
Stuart, who also graduat-
ed, stayed in the Bahamas
and is now enrolled in West-
minster College's prep-col-
lege programme that was just
initiated this year.
Bullard's son, Geno Jr, has
also left Westminster and is
now enrolled in another
school in Canada.

NoBull Basketball Club trio's 'will to succeed' a plus for the Knights

Niagara News Staff Writer

IT has been a long road to
Niagara College from Nassau,
Bahamas, for Larry Smith,
Calvin White and Rashad
Morley. These guys live the
game of basketball.
It's their breakfast, lunch,
dinner and everything in
between. They all have simi-
lar backgrounds, not much
support from home and not
many positive male influences
in their lives.
They then turned to the
only guy who cared about
them and wanted to help -
Geno Bullard and his pro-
gramme, the NoBull Basket-
ball Club, which he founded in
"This organisation strives
to positively influence the
youth of the Bahamas. Lead-
ership skills and team-build-
ing techniques are essential in
intellectual growth and devel-
opment. It is through the pos-
itive experience of sports that
they strive to teach young ath-
letes the values of hard work,
dedication, team work and
goal-setting. Giving young
people in the Bahamas an
opportunity for positive
expression helps them grow
into well-rounded successful
adults," he said.
Bullard has known these
guys for a combined seven
years and has helped them
with their game and school
"I have worked with Larry
and Rashad going on five
years," Bullard says. "Rashad
has come a long way from the
person (he was) five years ago,
(from) not being able to play
to become the No. 1 ranked

centre in high school for the
last years.
"Larry has also risen from
the street ball park of Yellow
Elder Gardens to become one
of the best combo guards in
high school in the Bahamas,
and Calvin, after graduating
high school drifted around the
local parks and never played
organised basketball until he
became a member of the
NoBull programme two years
All it took was for Bullard
and his basketball organisa-
tion to come and play against
some of Canada's top colleges
- Humber College of Toronto,
Sheridan College of Oakville
and Niagara College.
The assistant coaches for
the Knights basketball team,
Steve Atkin and Mike Hur-
ley, were very impressed with
their ability at the high school
level, so they were invited to
play for the college on a par-
tial sports scholarship.
"Passion, dedication and
determination is what we are
bringing to the Knights' bas-
ketball team," White says.
White, 23, is in the Busi-
ness-General programme
here. Basketball is his life call-
ing but one thing he really
wants to succeed in, he says, is
his academics.
He graduated in June 2003
from C C Sweeting High
School in Nassau, Bahamas.
He wants to have his own
physiotherapy centre when he
gets older.
White is a 6'2" guard who
will suit up for the Knights.
His favourite team to watch
is the Los Angeles Lakers and
he is a huge fan of Kobe
Bryant. He enjoys eating Chi-
nese food.

PICTURED are the 2009-2010 Niagara College Knights basketball team with three Bahamian players Lar-
ry Smith, Calvin White and Rashad Morley.

"We have to adjust to (a
new) style of play," says Mor-
ley. "In the Bahamas we are
really physical and there is not
that much play calling."
Morley, a 6'6" forward for
the Knights, is 19 years old
and graduated in June 2008
from Westminster College in
Nassau, Bahamas. He is study-
ing Electronics Engineering
If he doesn't make it to the
pros, his goal is to become a
computer engineer.
He enjoys watching the Los
Angeles Lakers play and he
too admires the game of Kobe
Bryant. His favourite food is
"It means discipline, that's
what basketball means to me,"
Smith says. "After all my ups

and downs in life, I am glad
that I have a chance here at
Niagara to not only prove
myself as a basketball indi-
vidual but also to do well in
Smith, 19, a graduate of
Westminster College in Nas-
sau, Bahamas, is taking Gen-
eral Arts and Science.
He says if basketball doesn't
take him anywhere he would
just love to be a police offi-
cer. Smith, a 5'9" guard for
the Knights, loves the Phoenix
Suns and his favourite player
is Steve Nash. He enjoys eat-
ing chicken.
The Knights basketball team
has improved for this season.
The acquisition of these guys
makes them an even better
team than last year. "The work

ethic that these guys have and
their will to succeed will defi-
nitely be a plus for the
Knights," says Bullard.
"Once able to be cultivated
and guided properly in a struc-
tured programme, they will be
a tremendous asset," he added.
The guys said they want to
change the face of the team.
They want to help take the
Knights to the Ontario Col-
leges Athletic Association
(OCAA) Championships.
People in the Bahamas sit
and wait to see what their fel-
low Bahamians do here at Nia-
gara. Knights fans can get a
look at these guys and the rest
of the men's basketball team at
the season opener on Novem-
ber 19 against the Sheridan
College Bruins.

Mitchell's soccer

star is shining

Mitchell just finished his third
year with the Hofstra Pride
men's soccer team. He
helped the team to an 8-7-2
final record, including a 6-3-2
record in Colonial Athletic
Association play, good for
fourth place.
Mitchell had two goals in
the 2009 season, both of
which came in a 2-0 win over
Georgia State on September
26 in Hofstra's CAA opener
in Atlanta after he missed the
first four games of the year
with a dislocated elbow.
Mitchell now has five
career goals at Hofstra,
including three last season, D M
one of which came in a road
game against national pow-
er Virginia.
Mitchell became the first Hofstra player to score a goal in
World Cup qualifying last year, when he tallied a goal in a
2-2 with the British Virgin Islands, enabling the Bahamas to
reach the second round of qualifying.

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NOVEMBER 13, 2009

IFCIO obsiescrbueedane

Firms urged to exit

BEC power use

Business Reporter
who took his property off
BEC's electricity grid by
setting up a solar-powered
system yesterday urged
more companies and
households to follow suit,
as private power generation
was not illegal, according
to the Bahamas Electricity
Graham Weatherford,
speaking as a panellist at
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's 2009 Energy
Conference, also decried
the Government's decision
to import 100,000 fluores-
cent light bulbs because
they contain mercury,
which he fears could cause

contamination when dis-
carded after use.
Instead, Mr Weatherford
suggested the Government
consider the use of Light
Emitting Diode (LED)
light bulbs, which demand
far less energy to power
and last a lot longer. "They
last longer than me," he
Several weeks ago, Mr
Weatherford took his alarm
business off the grid, main-
ly because power fluctua-
tions were destroying - and
had destroyed - several
computer systems and air
conditioning units he uses.
He added that he almost
lost his entire store to a fire
after a brownout sparked a

SEE page 8B

Benchmark 'teetering

around' negative worth

Tribune Business Editor
company has
"put in place
strategies" to
ensure it does
not end 2009 in a negative net
equity position, its president
and chief executive told Tri-
bune Business yesterday,
acknowledging that the firm
was "teetering around" that
position depending on the day
it was valued.
Julian Brown, Benchmark
(Bahamas) head, conceded
that the net $932,716 loss for
the first nine months in 2009
had left the company close to
dropping into a negative net

* BISX-listed firm has 'put in place' strategies to ensure
it does not end 2009 in negative net equity position,
following $932,716 loss in first nine months
* Carmichael Road complex '75% finished' and 60%
leased, expecting it to be filled by end-2010
* Benchmark invested $1.4m of own money into
project, and drawing down $lm of Bank of the
Bahamas facility, expecting to leave $ lm unused

worth position, given that net
shareholder equity at year-
end 2008 was just $494,525,
but pledged that action would
be taken to ensure the firm
had a positive net worth - with

assets exceeding liabilities -
at year-end.
"We're teetering around
that number," Mr Brown said,
when asked by Tribune Busi-
ness whether the firm had

either dropped, or was in dan-
ger of falling, into a negative
net equity position.
"Depending on what day
SEE page 8B

Improved hotel numbers Insurer targeting niche 'severely
below recession levels . 1 ,

THE Bahamian hotel industry yesterday warned that the
year-over-year 7.9 per cent room revenue and occupancy gains
achieved in September were still "considerably below pre-
recession levels", with 12 of 14 properties included in the sur-
vey reporting net losses for the year-to-date.
A joint Ministry of Tourism and Bahamas Hotel Association
(BHA) statement said the 14 major New Providence resorts
generated a 38.9 per cent occupancy rate for September, com-
pared to 31 per cent in 2008.
They said the resulting 4.8 per cent increase in hotel room
nights sold, combined with an increase in average daily room
rate (ADR) of almost $5, generated a 7.9 per cent room rev-
enue gain.
The Ministry of Tourism and BHA said that for September
2009, the ADR was $164.44 compared to $159.75 last year.
Available room nights decreased by 16.5 per cent, reflecting the
closure of rooms at Baha Mar's Wyndham property on August
17 and the RIU property in September.
While 10 of the 12 reporting properties recorded a modest
September increase in room revenue, the Ministry of Tourism
and BHA said: "However, September's positive performance
did little to reverse the third quarter performance, and reflects
primarily a year-over-year comparison with September 2008, the
starting point for the worst tourism cycle since 1991 and the first
Iraq War.
"The third quarter occupancy was 60.1 per cent compared to
61.9 per cent in 2008. Room
nights sold and room revenue
were 11.8 per cent and 20.6 per SEE page 8B

Single parent family costs

'why there's so much poverty'

Tribune Business Editor
CHILD-rearing costs and
the rise of single parent fami-
lies are a key factor behind
why "we have so much pover-
ty in the Bahamas", a lead-
ing banking executive sug-
gested yesterday, adding that
Bahamians "may not" see the
pre-recession "good old days"
economically for another 10
Gregory Bethel, president
of Fidelity Bank (Bahamas),
also told a Bahamas Institute
of Chartered Accountants
(BICA) seminar that they and
their clients needed to "-p--
pare to pay more taxes", start-
ing with the Bahamian gov-
ernment's 2010-2011 Budget,
as the Ingraham administra-
tion moved to narrow the fis-

Banking executive warns
Bahamian households and
companies to prepare for
new and increased taxes
from 2010 onwards

cal deficit and reduce the
national debt to a position
more in line with a 30-35 per
cent of GDP ratio. Currently,
the national debt is moving
closer to a 50 per cent of
GDP ratio.
Mr Bethel suggested that
the increasing number of sin-
gle parent families in the
Bahamas, where there was
only one income supporting
numerous children, was a
structural socio-economic
weakness that had been fur-
ther exposed by rising unem-
ployment and reduced
incomes resulting from the
He told Bahamian accoun-
tants that they would "be sur-
prised" at what was happen-
ing in many families, where
the sole source of income had
either been eliminated or
reduced. And the large size
of many single parent fami-
lies, where a mother support-
ed multiple children, further
exacerbated the situation.
"The reason we have so
much poverty in the Bahamas
is that children are very
expensive, and in most homes
we do not have two incomes
supporting the children," Mr
Bethel said.
Further evidence of the
immense strain the recession
had imposed on Bahamian
SEE page 4B

unaerservea via nealthn re-entry

Tribune Business Editor
BRITISH American Finan-
cial last night "came full cir-
cle" with its re-entrance into
the Bahamian health insur-
ance market, telling Tribune
Business it was initially tar-
geting the "severely under-
served" individual and small
business categories with an
operation it expects to be
profitable "in the first year to
Chester Cooper, British
American Financial's presi-
dent and chief executive, said
the company would seek to
leverage its alliance with
BUPA Insurance Company
to gain access to a worldwide
network of providers and
physicians for its MedSafe
product clients, in addition to
"discounts and savings" on
treatment costs.

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Fresh from British Ameri-
can Financial's acquisition of
British American Insurance
Company's Cayman branch,
Mr Cooper said the compa-
ny "going full steam" back
into the health insurance busi-
ness, planning initially to
cross-sell the MedSafe prod-
ucts to its existing 90,000-
strong Bahamian client base.
British American Finan-
cial's re-entry into the
Bahamian health insurance
market comes just three years
after it sold its then-medical
portfolio to Generali World-
wide, a deal that Mr Cooper

indicated had not worked out
as expected.
He told Tribune Business
that British American Finan-
cial had "attempted to out-
source the [health insurance]
business, but it did not go as
smoothly as we wished", a ref-
erence to the uproar -
revealed by this newspaper -
that was caused when Gener-
ali increased premium rates
dramatically on the individ-
ual policies it acquired in a
bid, some observers felt, to
shed those clients. General

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Connecting key needs with climate change

By Audrey Ingram Roberts
Executive director, Source Devel-
opment Consultants
Ltd and Enigin partner
TOURISM and financial

services, our economy's twin
engines, are greatly stressed
by the impact of the global
economic recession. Cold
comfort may be found in the

fact that all our regional com-
petitors, who also rely on one
or both of these sectors to
keep their GDP looking fair-
ly good and the Internation-
al Monetary Fund (IMF) at
bay, are in the same boat.
Actually, indeed ironically,
the recession has strength-
ened the IMF and so, once
again, the Fund, which was
never designed to benefit
developing states (far less
small developing states), is
likely to bare its sharp teeth
when it comes to structural
adjustment programmes in
our region. The more things
change.. .but that's a topic for
another time.
Yvette Sands, chair of the
Chamber of Commerce's
energy and environment com-
mittee, is quite right to
admonish industrialized coun-
tries to eliminate pollutants
and reduce energy use in
manufacturing industries.
Even her inference in last
Monday's Tribune article,
entitled Reduced meat con-
sumption 'can stave off global
warming', that the industri-
alised north carries the big-
ger share of the blame for

global warming than the
developing south is right, but
so what? The whole world is
caught on the horns of a com-
mon dilemma - acceptance of,
and compliance with, a single
model of development based
on unsustainable consump-
tion. By underestimating the
importance of the diet issue
in global warming, Ms Sands's
advice, taken in the context
of think global, act local, is
far off the mark. The
Bahamas would be well
advised to put diet high on
the energy and climate change


Our basic need for water,
food and energy is unchang-
ing and everlasting. Howev-
er, in the last few years, these
needs have become a lot more
complicated. In the Bahamas,
as like any other country, we
seek to improve out diet and
even our food exports, as evi-
denced by The Tribune's Sep-
tember 11th article headlined
30 crops to reduce the $580m
food import bill.
The announcement raises
agriculture's traditionally low
profile. It shows that the
changing economic climate is
driving the overdue need to
diversify the economy, and
signals inter-sector planning.
But the gap left by a lack of
integrated planning is evident
in the article. The energy and
climate change linkage that
should cut across all sectors
is missing. This should factor
into policy and planning
processes, so that the changes
required in our systems of
production and service, as
well as in our consumption
patterns and diet, are com-
municated to the country.
We use more energy in our
lifestyle today, and consume
more water, than we did 20
or more years ago. The
Bahamas is not primarily an
agricultural economy, yet the
crops we grow need more fer-
tilizer and are produced with
huge amounts of fossil fuel
energy. The same is true of

our lawns, and the green land-
scapes of the hotel properties
and the golf courses that have
been designed into our
tourism product. Huge
amounts of water are required
to produce the necessary
Traditionally, we import
foods for our consumption
and for our hotel guests. Pro-
duction and transportation in
the Bahamas uses a lot of fos-
sil fuel-based energy. Reduc-
ing our food import bill by
growing more livestock and
crops may increase employ-
ment, reduce distribution
costs and bring fresher pro-
duce to our dinner tables, but
will not reduce carbon emis-
sions or energy usage if our
production methods are fossil-
fuel based like everywhere
else. There is no escaping the
triangle of water, food and
energy. The factor that locks
this triangle together is envi-
ronment, and our environ-
ment is water-stressed and riv-
The common way of under-
standing linkages by adding
two complementary terms -
say food and water, or energy
and climate change - is limited
and unsatisfactory, but it does
provide a starting place for
analysis, which hopefully will
lead to better correlations
among all the elements that
converge into massively com-
plex topics such as climate
change and our changing eco-
nomic climate. So let us take
food and water together.
It takes 11 gallons of water
to produce a slice of bread;
13 gallons to produce an
orange; 35 gallons to produce
a cup of coffee; 36 gallons to
produce an egg and 630 gal-
lons to produce a hamburg-
er. According to the Wall
Street Journal, it takes rough-
ly 20 gallons of water to make
a pint of beer. We are rightly
concerned about the pumps,
motors and energy used to
manufacture the foods we
love to eat, even though we
are not a manufacturing econ-
Harvard researcher John

Briscoe says 80 per cent of
the world's fresh water is used
for agriculture. Coca-Cola
says it takes about a gallon of
water to make a two-liter bot-
tle of soda. That's not count-
ing the 132 gallons of water
used to grow ingredients such
as sugar cane. Calories are a
measure of energy, and every
calorie you consume while
dining takes 10 calories to get
it to the dining table.
Let us connect food and the
environment. Consider our
meat-based diet. To produce
just 16 ounces of beef requires
one-third of a gallon of oil, 16
pounds of grain and 5,214 gal-
lons of water. A person uses
up that much water taking a
shower every day of a year.
Think of what that means in
our water-challenged envi-


Leading environmentalist
Vandana Shiva, writing about
industrial agriculture in her
book, Stolen Harvest, has this
to say: "Industrial agriculture
has not produced more food.
It has destroyed diverse
sources of food and it has
stolen from other species to
bring large quantities of spe-
cific commodities to the mar-
ket, using huge quantities of
fossil fuels, water and toxic
chemicals in the process."
Changing what you eat can
have more effect on the envi-
ronment than changing the
car you drive. One third of
what we throw away is food
waste, which adds to our land-
fill gases on Harold Road.
Here I'm talking only about
New Providence, where the
population is greatest.
Methane is 23 times' worse
than carbon dioxide, so if we
can harvest food waste before
it reaches the landfill we can
do something positive for our
environment. Composting
food waste is something we
each can do. It is free, it saves
money and the environment.
Fact is, everything about the
way we eat today is energy
and water intensive.

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energy studies

'until 2016'

Business Reporter
THE Government could
continue research on finding
the best alternative energy
sources for the Bahamas' into
2016, the director of the
Bahamas Environment, Sci-
ence and Technology (BEST)
Commission said yesterday,
while six of this country's first
possible alternative energy
providers have now been
selected from a list of 13.
Philip Weech, speaking at
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's 2009 Energy
Conference, said financing
will be the largest impediment
to exploring the renewable
energy possibilities for the
Family Islands.
While waste-to-energy like-
ly to be the alternative energy
source used in New Provi-
dence and Abaco, with four
of the six shortlisted compa-
nies offering this method of
power generation, other
options must be explored for
the Family Islands.
Traditionally, the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation
(BEC) has never been prof-
itable in its attempt to supply
energy to the Family Islands.
The minister responsible for
BEC, Phenton Neymour, and

its director, Kevin Basden,
have stated several times that
New Providence has always
subsidized power production
on the other islands.
The Government has
acquired more than $1.6 mil-
lion from the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) to
explore alternative energy
sources and evaluate BEC, as
the newly-drafted National
Energy Policy (NEP) drives
this country towards the
implementation of renewable
The Government his given
itself a target of five to 10
years to move its power pro-
duction to 10 per cent from
renewable energy.
The German company
Fichtner, hired to evaluate
BEC in order for it to be
streamlined and possibly put
on the market to be priva-
tised, will be finished with its
study by early second quar-
ter 2010. And the findings of
that study will leading to ener-
gy policy development and
amendments to the Electrici-
ty Act.
Mr Neymour said recently
that as part of the IDB grant
project, the Government
would look into BEC's finan-
cial position and research
ways to improve this by look-
ing at its internal structure

and rates it charges cus-
Moving forward with the
production of biodiesel, the
government recently award-
ed four licences and "are very
pleased in the initiatives tak-
"We expect within the next
year to see the fruits of our
labour over the past two
years," said Mr Neymour.
Despite the Government's
haste in reviewing alternative
energies, Mr Neymour said
implementation could take
some time.
According to him, from
award of the contract to com-
pletion of the project, inte-
gration of a renewable source
such as waste-to-energy could
take up to five years.
"The implementation of
these programmes takes con-
siderable time," said Mr Ney-
mour. "More time than we
like, but they do."
He said implementation of
renewable energy takes time
and research, and he cited
lack of data as a prime hurdle.
"We are fighting feverishly to
try to catch up to where the
Bahamas ought to be," Mr
Neymour added.

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Single parent family costs 'why

there's so much poverty'

FROM page 1B



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families came from the
"incredible number" of cus-
tomers - more than 6,000 -
who had been disconnected
for non-payment by the
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC).
"Why? Because we live
from pay cheque to pay
cheque, we don't plan for
emergencies, and we run to
the Government" whenever
there is a crisis," Mr Bethel
said, "yet we all dream about
travel, home ownership and
And, in a further warning
to Bahamians that difficult
economic times may be with
them for some years to come,
he added: "The good old days
of 2006, 2007 and the early
part of 2008, we may not see
them again for, maybe, 10
years. It's going to be very
different in our country. My
boss calls it 'the new nor-
Mr Bethel drew on a 2008
study conducted for the US-

based Centre of Nutrition
Policy Promotion, which vis-
ited 5,000 homes where a
baby was born in 2008 to cal-
culate how expensive it was
to raise a child on a per
annum basis.
The study's findings, Mr
Bethel said, showed that it
cost a lower income Ameri-
can family $9,000 per year to
raise a child, a middle income
family $12,000 per year, and
$20,000 for a high income
American family.
Taking a child from birth
to 17 years-old, the study
found that the costs for a low-
er income family would total
$160,0000, for a middle class
family it would total $205,000,
and $320,000 for an upper
class family.
These costs, Mr Bethel sug-
gested, would be higher for
Bahamian families at all levels
of the social spectrum, given
the relatively high living costs
in this nation, and the exis-
tence of high customs tariffs

on many imported goods.
"Family planning is really
financial planning," Mr
Bethel said. "You've got to
get money for it, work hard
for it, borrow it or get it
through some other means."
And these costs, he added,
ignored the sums involved in
paying for children to get
through higher education, tra-
ditionally college or universi-
ty. The Centre of Nutrition
Policy Promotion study had
found that in 2008, the cost
of education at a state-funded
university was $105,000, and
for a private university it was
Therefore, it would cost a
lower income family in the
US some $265,000 to raise a
child to the age of 17, then
pay for their college educa-
tion, while for a middle class
family it would cost either
$310,000 or $430,000 depend-
ing on whether the child went
to a state-funded or private
university. For upper class
families, the cost would be
Meanwhile, Mr Bethel
warned Bahamian accoun-
tants to warn their clients of
new and increased taxes
"beginning next year", and to
watch the 2010-2011 Budget
He pointed out that gov-
ernments throughout the
world, not just the Bahamas,
had "borrowed their way
through the recession", incur-
ring expanded fiscal deficits
and a rising national debt in
the process.
Given that the Bahamas
could not print money
because it is unable to print
US dollars, the Government
had to resort to borrowing,
and Mr Bethel effectively
implied that both the Ingra-
ham administration and its
counterparts worldwide had
little option to either raise tax-

es or cut spending to bring
public finances back into line.
In the Bahamas' case, Mr
Bethel said the Government's
expanding welfare and social
safety net programmes had to
be funded. He pointed to the
unemployment benefit, health
initiatives such as the Nation-
al Prescription Drug Pro-
gramme, and actuarial pro-
jections that contribution
rates/wage ceilings for the
National Insurance Board
(NIB) contributions needed
to be raised, as examples of
forthcoming tax increases.
The Government has
already indicated that there
is likely to be a total 2 per
cent increase in NIB contri-
bution rates to finance the
unemployment benefit and
prescription drug programme,
with this set to take effect in
"There will be more taxes,
increased taxes, new fees and
as government determined to
collect revenues. Get your
clients ready for it. That's
going to be the new normal,"
Mr Bethel said. The burden
would be shared by both indi-
viduals and companies.
And he suggested that
among the new tax options
for the Government could
potentially be a payroll tax,
sales tax or value-added Tax
(VAT), plus increased prop-
erty-based taxes.
Illustrating why foreign
direct investment (FDI) and
tourism had been so badly hit
by the global recession, Mr
Bethel said some $11.2 tril-
lion in wealth had been lost as
a result of the US stock mar-
ket crash between October
2007 and March 2009.
Since the latter month,
some $4.6 trillion of this figure
had been recovered for a net
$6.6 trillion loss, but Mr
Bethel said this had not been
enough to induce wealthy

Americans to buy property in
the Bahamas, construct
homes or visit this nation.
Foreign direct investment
flows were down by one-third,
he acknowledged, and the
increase in the global price of
an ounce of gold from $855.40
last October to $1,114.60 this
year showed that internation-
al investors had lost confi-
dence in the US dollar and its
economy, and were seeking
safer havens.
"That's us. That's our
future, that's our economy,"
Mr Bethel said of the US dol-
lar flight. "It's a signal for us
that we're in this new normal.
It's not going to be done the
way it used to be, and that's
what experts are saying
around the world."
The rise in the US unem-
ployment rate from 6.2 per
cent to 10.2 per cent in the
past year again showed why
Bahamian resorts were suf-
fering from lower occupan-
cies and room rates, Mr
Bethel said.
And, while the US person-
al savings rate was a negative
0.5 per cent in 2005, as people
spent more than they owned
through cheap borrowing
against the equity in their
homes, it was now a positive
6.9 per cent.
"That's not good for us,
because they're not coming
to the Bahamas on vacation,
they're saving their money,"
Mr Bethel said. Credit card
spending was especially
important for the Bahamian
tourism industry, but Ameri-
can credit card debt had fallen
by 8 per cent between Sep-
tember 2008 and August
2009, dropping from $975 bil-
lion to $899 billion.
And median US house
prices had fallen from
$245,000 in 2006, a record
high, to $195,000 in August


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CHICAGO (AP) - Burg-
er King franchisees sued the
hamburger company this
week over its $1 double
cheeseburger promotion, say-
ing they're losing money on
the deal and the company
can't set maximum menu
The National Franchise
Association, a group that rep-
resents more than 80 per cent
of Burger King's US franchise
owners, said the $1 promo-
tion forces restaurant owners
to sell the quarter-pound
burger at a loss.
After testing the $1 deal in
markets across the country,
the discounted burger went
on sale nationwide last month
even though franchise own-

ers, who operate 90 per cent
of the company's 12,000 loca-
tions, twice rejected the prod-
uct because of its expense.
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woman for the nation's No. 2
hamburger chain, said the
Miami restaurant company
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energies trends

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global energy consultant said yes-
terday that the Bahamas could set
the trend in the Caribbean for
renewable energy production
because of the diversity of its
islands, and the wide variety of
energy sources that could be imple-
Dr Albert Binger, speaking at
the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's 2009 Energy Conference,
said controlling greenhouse gas
emissions in this region and setting
an example for nearby countries
was important to conserving nat-
ural resources and, consequently,
the economy.
Dr Binger said if ocean temper-
atures were allowed to rise two

degrees, all marine life could cease
to exist in these waters, thereby
causing the collapse of the tourism
industry and the breakdown of the
He said this was a key reason to
quickly find alternative energy solu-
tions, despite the Caribbean region
collectively contributing less than
0.5 per cent of global carbon diox-
ide emissions. He also said that 43
islands states alone in this region
sequester about half of the emis-
sions outputted.
Dr Binger revealed that the
Bahamas consumes 26,000 barrels
of oil per day, and asserted that
much of that oil is wasted through
power consumption. He cited water
heaters as one of the most ineffi-
cient appliances in a common
house. According to him, in terms
of one barrel of oil, only 15 per cent
is used in the heating of water while

85 per cent is wasted throughout
the production and transmission
process. "We don't use energy effi-
ciently," he said. "There is nothing
more inefficient than to convert
electricity to heat. We waste 90 mil-
lion barrels (of oil) in heat waste."


Recognising the benefits of Solar
Water heaters, the government has
written this into its National Ener-
gy Policy (NEP). Experiments with
the sun-powered heaters are
expected to begin shortly as a part
of the construction of government
Dr Binger said the Bahamas also
has great potential for developing
biofuel for diesel engines through
the farming of elephant grass,
which he said yields a 1 to 14 out-

"Power is the easiest thing to pro-
duce, but we like liquid fuel, so we
continue to use it," he said.
He suggested several alternative
energy options for islands across
the Bahamas, including solid waste,
landfill gas and fats energy for New
Providence, and biomass, fuels
from grasses, used oil and the ocean
as sources for Grand Bahama. On
the Out Islands, mainly wind and
solar energy were suggested.
Dr Binger said though these
alternative energy sources were
expensive to implement, they were
absolutely necessary for the sur-
vival of the islands in the region,
as global warming affects sea level
rise, and even more important for
the Bahamas as the highest per
capital user of energy in the region.
"What we do about climate
change matters and it matters a
lot," said Dr Binger.

Firms urged to exit BEC power use

FROM page 1B

fire in his air conditioning unit.
Mr Weatherford's original posi-
tion on private power generation
was that it was quite legal, until he
read a newspaper article in which
the minister in charge of the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
(BEC), Phenton Neymour, warned
citizens not to interfere with the
electricity grid if they decided to
produce their own energy.
He said the Government's policy
on alternative energy and the lan-
guage of the Bahamas Electricity
Act were too ambiguous to risk the
$3,000 fine that could be imposed
on him for generating his own
"clean" power.
The Bahamas Electricity Act,
with regard to private power gen-

eration, reads: "Except with the
approval of the Minister and in con-
formity with any conditions to
which any such approval may be
made subject, no person other than
the Corporation shall install or
operate in New Providence any
generating station with a generating
capacity exceeding 250 kilowatts.
This was "provided that the pro-
hibition imposed by this section
shall not apply to any standby gen-
erating plant, which is used only
for the supply of energy in case of
the failure of the energy supply by
the Corporation or other emer-
gency. The Minister shall not refuse
his approval under this section for
the installation or operation of any
generating station by any person
in any case in which the energy
required by such person cannot be

supplied or cannot be supplied
within a reasonable time by the
"Any person who installs or
operates or permits the operation
of any generating station in con-
travention of the provisions of this
section shall be guilty of an offense
and shall be liable on summary con-
viction to a fine of $3,000 and, in
the case of a continuing offense, to
a further penalty of one $150 for
each day that the offense contin-
After studying the Act, Mr
Weatherford argued that generat-
ing 250 Kilowatts of power was
largely unnecessary for a typical
private residence, but that that
amount of output could run "four
small hotels".
He also maintained that imple-

meeting private power generation
through solar systems can create a
niche market that would employ a
number of Bahamians.
According to Mr Weatherford,
the Government, through Mr Ney-
mour, should tout his solar power
generating facility as the way for-
ward for energy production.
The Government, in its National
Energy Policy, (NEP) are studying
the potential for private power gen-
eration through various sources,
including solar power.
On a national level, it has been
determined thus far that waste-to-
energy could be the best option for
renewable energy in New Provi-
dence, while options for solar and
wind energy are being explored for
implementation in the Family

Improved hotel

numbers below

recession levels

cent below last year's third quarter
levels. The ADR recorded was
$200.51 compared to $222.94 in
For the first nine months to end-
September 2009, the Ministry of
Tourism and BHA said hotel occu-
pancy stood at 63.5 per cent com-
pared to 68.9 per cent last year.
The ADR was $230.35, while Jan-
uary to September last year was
$254.42. Hotel revenue fell 21 per
cent, with 12 of the 14 hotels report-
ing losses for the year so far. Hotel
room nights sold decreased by 12.8
per cent.
The latest preliminary air arrivals
to the end of August for New Provi-
dence showed a 9.3 per cent decrease
or 71,812 fewer foreign air arrivals
than in 2008.
The Ministry of Tourism and BHA
said: "While the hotel industry wel-
comed the improved performance in
September, the Bahamas Hotel
Association advises that it must be
taken in context. The Bahamas expe-
rienced a high level of cancellations
and lost bookings last year as a result
of a major hurricane threat. This was
followed immediately by the precip-
itous collapse of the US financial
markets, cancellations of group busi-
ness and a halt in impulse travel.
"While the average daily rate for
September inched up and revenue
per available room has increased,
they remain considerably below pre-
recession levels and point to the con-
tinued vulnerability of the industry.
"The year-to-date revenue picture
continues to concern hoteliers, with
the cumulative effect continuing to
force management to remain pru-
dent operationally and placing simi-
lar constraints on Government. Most
of the hotels which experienced occu-
pancy growth in September also
experienced shorter stays by guests.
This may add to the overall visitor
arrivals numbers for September."
The statement added: "The out-
look for the industry remains cau-
tious. One month's performance is
not a trend, and the next several
months should determine the extent
to which optimism may be return-
"The industry continues to moni-
tor US economic performance indi-
cators, a number which are begin-
ning to show signs of improvement,
the latest being an announcement
that US GDP should be higher than
previously anticipated. As US con-
sumer confidence rebounds and
unemployment levels drop, the
Bahamas will see an acceleration of
its tourism industry's recovery."

Benchmark 'teetering around' negative worth

FROM page 1B

you value it, we're teetering
around that number, but we
are very aware of it and have
put in place strategies to deal
with it, so that if share values
don't improve we will not
close out the year with net
negative equity."
Mr Brown said he was
"waiting to see how things
pan out in the fourth quar-
ter" before deciding whether
to execute any of the strate-
gies conceived by Benchmark
(Bahamas) management and
Board, although he did not
divulge what these were.
However, most companies
that fall into this position usu-
ally require an injection of
equity capital, usually from
their shareholders either pri-
vately, or in the case of public
companies, via a rights issue.
Mr Brown alluded to this
being one of the options
Benchmark (Bahamas) was
considering, telling Tribune

Business: "There are certain
things we would commit to
do, which would be to raise
additional capital in some
form if we get into that posi-
"We have our eye on the
situation, have done tests on
our part, and have strategies
to deal with a net deficit posi-
tion should it occur at year-
However, Mr Brown said
Benchmark (Bahamas) would
have no difficulty in paying
its bills or meeting its liabili-
ties, as it had no debt on its
books apart from the $1 mil-
lion - in two $500,000 tranch-
es - it had drawn down from
Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national to finance its
Carmichael Road office/retail
complex. The debt financing
was, as a result of the projec-
t's nature, fully collateralised.
Benchmark (Bahamas)
cash flow was also up, stand-
ing at $384,000 according to

Mr Brown, compared to
$154,000 last year, and this
would increase further once
the Carmichael Road com-
plex was finished.
The complex, he added,
would generate "further cash
flow", as the real estate value
would have increased from
the time construction work
started. There was future
earnings value in that build-
ing, but Benchmark
(Bahamas) was waiting until
construction was completed
to obtain a real estate
Mr Brown said "excellent"
progress was being made on
the Carmichael Road project,
whose construction was "75
per cent" complete.
"We're about three-quar-
ters of the way complete, and
we are getting a lot of interest
in the real estate down there,"
he added. "We're very confi-
dent we're not going to have
any difficulty in filling spots

there. The interest threshold
from people calling is up
three-fold since the June
report was made.
"They're respectable and
good-sized businesses making
these inquiries, so we're very
confident that we'll have that
complex fully leased before
the end of next year."
Mr Brown said some 60 per
cent of the 18,000 square foot
complex had been leased to
date, with Bank of the
Bahamas International acting
as the anchor tenant with an
8,000 square foot branch tak-
ing up two levels.
The Carmichael Road com-
plex was scheduled to be com-
pleted by year-end, Mr Brown
said, and any schedule over-
run would be a maximum of
two to three weeks into the
New Year, he had been
assured by the project's archi-
tect and engineers. Construc-
tion was still on schedule, he
added, to be completed with-

in the 52-week schedule set
by Benchmark (Bahamas).
Mr Brown said the BISX-
listed firm had invested about
$1.4 million of its own capi-
tal into the Carmichael Road
complex, having spent
$650,000 in acquiring the land
and another $800,000 on the
"We've made the first draw
down against the facility we
have with Bank of the
Bahamas International for
$0.5 million, and are working
with that," he added. "We
have roughly $900,000 left to
complete the project, and it
does not appear that we will
have to draw down 100 per
cent of that facility.
"We will probably draw
down another $0.5 million in
the next 30 days or so, that
will be all we need to finance
the project. It will leave
another $1 million at Bank of
the Bahamas International.
Maybe we'll look at other

opportunities. We'll see."
For the nine months to Sep-
tember 30, 2009, Benchmark
(Bahamas) lost $0.19 per
share as opposed to a $0.12
per share loss the previous
The realized and unrealised
losses on its investment port-
folio continued to drag the
company down, amounting to
a $1.594 million loss for the
period to September 30, 2009,
even though assets from new
business grew and Bench-
mark (Bahamas) consolidated
net investment income rose
to $386,427, compared to
$153,174 in 2008.
For the nine months,
Benchmark's investment port-
folio produced an unrealised
depreciation of $698,162. In
its other segments, Bench-
mark Advisors suffered a loss
of $17,072, Benchmark Prop-
erties a loss of $350,000, and
Alliance Investment Man-
agement a loss of $217,049.

Insurer targeting niche 'severely underserved via health re-entry

FROM page 1B

is primarily a group health insurer.
"In a nutshell, we're re-entering
the health insurance market," Mr
Cooper said, hinting that this would
round-out its product offering, which
already features life insurance, pen-
sions, mortgages, annuities and oth-
er financial services products.
Touting the benefits of the BUPA
alliance, given that the company gen-
erated $10 billion in net income last
year, and has more than 10 million
clients in 192 countries, Mr Cooper
said: "We're doing it with one of the
largest health insurance companies
in the world.
"Certainly, BUPA is the largest
in Latin America and the Caribbean
in terms of offering health insur-
ance...... I think it's, for all intents
and purposes, a win-win combina-

tion for us in terms of re-entering
the market and providing clients
with the full menu of services we
had before. Our clients have again
been asking us to offer this product
for quite some time, and we are
delighted to be able to do so."
Mr Cooper said British American
Financial would look to expand its
new medical insurance product port-
folio into the Caribbean "in due
course", in line with its plans to
expand internationally - started by
the Cayman acquisition.
He added that while British
American Financial would eventu-
ally target all sectors of the Bahami-
an health insurance market, the "ini-
tial focus" would be on the individ-
ual and small groups categories, on
the grounds that these segments wee
"severely underserved".
"We believe the individual mar-
ket, as well as the market for small

businesses in the Bahamas, is severe-
ly underserved," Mr Cooper told
Tribune Business. "This sector of
the market is generally underserved
by health insurers in the Bahamas.
The products are available to con-
sumers, but from the insurance per-
spective they don't see this market as
being profitable.
"We're leveraging the strength of
BUPA's 10 million members, and
all the benefits from their sheer size
to be able to offer improved prod-
ucts at competitive prices in this mar-
"When we're looking at that part
of the business, we're looking to off-
set the initial volatility of our busi-
ness because we're relying on their
infrastructure to a great extent."
Other potential markets include
CLICO (Bahamas) policyholders,
whose health insurance cards are
still being refused by many doctors,

pharmacies and other medical
providers, and former Generali
clients who were "mutual" cus-
tomers of British American Finan-
Mr Cooper added: "We believe
this business and our approach to it
can be profitable for us in the first
year, year-and-a-half. We expect to
achieve our sales targets."
The start-up investment in the
new health insurance products, Mr
Cooper said, was "not as large one"
due to both British American Finan-
cial and BUPA's existing infrastruc-
ture, although customer support and
management/administration had
been upgraded.
"We have a very significant part-
nership with BUPA, where they
have got the experience, they have
the global reach, and they are essen-
tially supporting us in this venture,"
Mr Cooper said.

"BUPA is going to be effectively
providing their network interna-
tionally, their worldwide network of
physicians and providers, and ability
to get discounts for us abroad. We
needed a big partner in this side of
the business to give us global reach,
and give us access to discounts, sav-
ings and products to make this busi-
ness a success, without duplicating
ourselves the costs in a small mar-
Mr Cooper said British American
Financial was not the only company
to exit the health insurance business
in the Caribbean when it did, Swiss
Re having adopted a similar course
of action at the same time. He added
that the move had given his compa-
ny to restructure and assess its prod-
uct offering.
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Stocks open lower on employment, retail sales

AP Business Writer
STOCKS drifted lower in early trading as
news of an improving job market failed to off-
set the market's disappointment over sales at
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The Labour Department
said new claims for unemployment insurance
fell to a seasonally adjusted 502,000 from an
upwardly revised 514,000 the previous week.
That's the fewest claims since the week ending

January 3, and below economists' estimates.
The news is evidence the job market is slow-
ly healing. But investors are more concerned
by Wal-Mart's lower than expected third-quar-
ter sales, a sign of weak consumer spending.
The Dow Jones industrial average is down
10.43, or 0.1 per cent, at 10,280.83.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index is off 1.69,
or 0.2 per cent, at 1,096.82, while the Nasdaq
composite index is down 1.16, or 0.1 per cent,
at 2,165.74.

AN Advance Micro Devices (AMD) logo is shown on a computer at Best Buy in California... (AP Photo)

Intel to pay AMD

$1.25bn in legal


NEW YORK (AP) - Intel
Corp. is paying $1.25 billion to
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.,
its largest rival in the market
for computer processors, to
settle all antitrust and patent
suits, the companies said
Intel said it has agreed to
abide by a set of "business
practice provisions." In
return, AMD is dropping suits
in the US and Japan, and
withdrawing complaints to
antitrust regulators world-
AMD shares soared $1.19,
or 22 per cent, to $6.51 in
morning trading. Intel shares
edged up 13 cents to $19.97.
AMD has been complain-
ing to regulators for five years

that Intel has broken antitrust
laws to limit AMD's market
In May, the European
Union fined Intel a record
$1.45 billion, and last year,
Korea's Fair Trade Commis-
sion fined Intel $18.6 million.
Intel is appealing both rulings.
EU spokesman Jonathan
Todd said the European
Commission "takes note" of
Intel's settlement with AMD
but that it does not change
Intel's duty to comply with
European antitrust law.
In 2005, Japan's Fair Trade
Commission found that Intel
violated antitrust rules there.
Intel accepted that ruling
without admitting wrongdo-

The US Federal Trade
Commission also is investi-
Intel has previously defend-
ed its sales practices - which
include rebates to big Intel
customers - as legitimate
and good for customers
because it can lead to lower
Intel said that the $1.25 bil-
lion settlement means its
spending in the current quar-
ter will now be $4.2 billion
rather than the $2.9 billion it
had previously forecast.
Intel, based in Santa Clara,
Calif., owns about 80 per cent
of the worldwide micro-
processor market, while
AMD in nearby Sunnyvale
has most of the rest.

The newly formed Insurance Commission of The Bahamas (a statutory
corporation) is seeking proposals for the provision of external audit services in
respect of its financial statements prepared in accordance with International
Financial Reporting Standards for the period ended December 31, 2009.

For further information and to request the supplemental information, please
Superintendent of Insurance
The Insurance Commission of The Bahamas
Phone 328-1068

Proposal Submission:
TENDER DOCUMENTS - External Audit Services
The Insurance Commission of The Bahamas
3rd Floor Charlotte House
Charlotte & Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Deadline: Friday - 20 November 2009 at 12:00 Noon

The Commission reserves the right to accept or reject all tenders
(Issue Date - 11 November 2009)

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1. Children ages 10-16 may enter. Judging will be in two
age categories: 10 - 13 years and 14-16 years for a first
and second place winner in each category.
2. Write a essay answering the following subject:
"What does the Four-Way Test mean to me." Explain
your understanding of the 4-Way Test as it relates to
your life, experiences, and/or society in general."
Your essay must include the four principles.
3. The body of the essay must not exceed 1,000 words.
Adults may assist the child in filling out the entry form,
but not in writing the letter.
4. Limit one essay per child. All entries must be received by
the Rotary Club of East Nassau before Nov 30, 2009.
5. Only essays accompanied by original entry forms clipped
from the newspaper will be accepted. Photocopy, fax,
carbon or other copies will not be accepted.
6. One winner will be chosen from each age category. The
decision of the judges is final.
7. Winner must agree to a photo presentation which will
be published in the newspaper.
8. Mail essay and completed newspaper clipping to
The Four-Way Test Essay Competition,
Attn: Michele Rassin, The Rotary Club of East Nassau,
P.O. Box SS-6320, Nassau, Bahamas
The Tribune
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Child's Name:

P.O. Box:
Email Address:
Parent's Name:
Parent's Signature:
Telephone contact: (H) (W)
All entries become property of the Rotary Club of East Nassau and can be used
and reproduced for any purpose without compensation.




Caribbean Bottling Co. (Bahamas) Ltd.



* An Associate's Degree in a Science based filed
* Laboratory experience a must
* Good organization and analytical skills

Salary commensurate with experience and

If interested, please email or hand deliver a copy of your
Resume on or before November 20th 2009 to:

Lab Supervisor

Caribbean Bottling Co. (Bah.) Ltd.

P.O. Box N-1123

Nassau, Bahamas.


by Email to:




Realtor to gain

top designation

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BAHAMIAN realtor Carlyle A
Campbell, of Bahamas Realty, is expect-
ed to be awarded the Certified Interna-
tional Property Specialist (CIPS) desig-
nation and join a worldwide referral net-
work of elite global real estate practi-
tioners on Saturday.
The CIPS designation is awarded by
the National Association of REALTORS
(NAR), which represents more than 1.2
million realtors in the US.
Mr Campbell is scheduled to be for-
mally recognized at NAR's 2009 REAL-
TORS Conference & Trade Expo in San
"The nature of our business affords us
the opportunity to interact with interna-
tional clients on an ongoing basis," said
Mr Campbell.
"The CIPS designation demonstrates


proven international expertise. To be
one of only 1,600 real estate profession-
als worldwide to receive this designation
is a significant honour professionally and
"This is a highly prestigious award in
our industry," said Barbara Schmerzler,
CIPS, NAR international operations
committee chair. "Mr Campbell is now
established as an expert in international
real estate."
"We're very proud of Carlyle's accom-
plishments," said Larry Roberts of
Bahamas Realty.
"He has a wealth of knowledge in real
estate, having been in the sales and
appraisal division for several years, and
the extra steps agents like Carlyle are
taking on behalf of their clients continues
to bolster the industry."



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in ends December 18, 2009

6The dAlbenas Agency Ltd.
Palmdale, 677-1441

w to enter:
any 4 of the 6 participating KRAFT products:
AFT Macaroni & Cheese 7.25oz
AFT Singles, 8oz or larger, any variety
LADELPHIA Cream Cheese 8oz or larger, any variety
\NTERS Nuts 6.50oz or larger, any variety
Z Crackers, 12oz or larger any variety
IPS AHOY! Chocolate Chip Cookies, 6oz or larger,
le the 4 items on your Original Store Receipt.
OUT the Official Entry Form, ANSWER the Skill
stion correctly and attach your Original Store
OSIT Official Entry Form into the Official Ballot Box
ted at participating stores,The d'Albenas Agency Ltd.,
dale, and Purity Bakery, Market & McPherson Street.
RIES MUST BE RECEIVED by December 18,2009.

Market & McPherson Sts.


aims to boost


THE Bahamas
Chamber of Com-
merce and the
Bahamas Employers
(BECon) will
attempt to arm the
Bahamian business
community with
low-cost guerrilla
marketing tools dur-
ing an interactive
workshop on Thurs-


day, November 19.
The workshop, scheduled
to take place at the British
Colonial Hilton from 9am to
3.30pm, is expected to feature
world-renowned guerrilla
marketing guru Ed Tate.
"Regardless of the state of
the economy, marketing your
business effectively is vital
and directly related to your
business's success," said Philip
Simon, executive director of
the Bahamas Chamber of
"This workshop will offer

the essential tools to
craft a sound mar-
keting strategy that
works for your par-
ticular business.
"Small and large
businesses alike
have applied the
principles of guerril-
la marketing
because of its sim-
plicity, common
sense and proven

record in action,"
said Mr Tate. "One of the
main reasons that businesses
fail is lack of marketing
insight; guerrilla marketing
provides that insight."
There is a general admis-
sion fee for the workshop and
seating is limited to about 100
For additional information
or registration, contact Shan-
da Lightbourne at 322-2145
or visit

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or one of 50 $200 GROCERY CERTIFICATES


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