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Title: The Tribune
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 1, 2009
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1 Prosecutors seeking to
l have investor Viktor Kozeny
committed into custody
Tribune Staff Reporter
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MP hits out at former

permanent secretary

for questioning 'leaks'
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN EXPLOSIVE session of
the House of Assembly's Select
Committee on Crown land yes-
terday saw the former Perma-
nent Secretary in the Depart-
ment of Lands and Surveys
being chastised by FNM MP
Kenyatta Gibson for question-
ing if any secrecy laws were bro-
ken by The Tribune in their
investigations into the scandal.
After already giving a dam-
aging testimony admitting he
was directly involved in the
application and granting process
of 15 acres of Crown land for his
brother and son, Ronald
Thompson also sought to sug-
gest that his family's applica-
tions was not fast-tracked,
although it spent less than four
months in the system from
application to final approval.
While Mr Thompson's fami-

FNM MP Kenyatta Gibson (above)
took the former Permanent Sec-
retary in the Department of Lands
and Surveys Ronald Thompson to
task yesterday during the House
of Assembly's Select Committee
on Crown Land meeting.
ly had applied for 25 acres, Mr
Thompson revealed they were
only awarded 15 by the under
secretary Audley Greaves as he
SEE page three

Tim Clarke Tribune staff
MEMBERS OF ROOTS junkanoo group celebrated with students of St Andrew's after the school's 'three-peat' victory in the Bahamas
Association of Independent Secondary Schools senior boys softball championships.

Teen held in connection with
fatal stabbing of deaf man

POLICE are confident of
catching the shotgun-toting
thugs who robbed 18 cruise
ship passengers on an eco-
tour of Earth Village.
Officers working the case
believe they will solve the
case before the Christmas
Last Wednesday, a man
was arrested and questioned
in connection with the rob-
bery. He was later released
without charge.
In the meantime, investi-
gators are following strong
leads on the case, said
Superintendent Elsworth

Moss, Head of the Central
Detective Unit.
"We have no one arrested
at this time, but we plan to
make arrests soon as we get
the information we need.
We are still able to follow
up some leads we hope we
can solve," he told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
Supt Moss said police do
not have a composite sketch
of the two suspects because
most of the victims left the
country the same day they
were robbed. He added that
SEE page 10

Tribune Staff Reporter
A TEENAGER is helping
police with their inquiries into
the fatal stabbing of a deaf
The youth, whose exact age
has not been released but he
is under 18, was being ques-
tioned yesterday over the
attack which left 23-year-old
Rauol Bullard dead.
Police suspect the killing
may have been an act of retal-
Supt Elsworth Moss, Head
of the Central Detective Unit,

said: "There was an alterca-
tion, a fight, in front of the
victim's residence. I'm told
that his mother had run the
chaps, told them to stop mis-
behaving and to get from in
the front of her house.
"They moved on and short-
ly after that Mr Bullard left
to go to the store. The guys
must have known him or
recognized him, and they
attacked him."
According to police reports,
it was around 3.30pm last Fri-
day when Mr Bullard was
accosted by a gang of teen
SEE page 10


INVESTOR Viktor Kozeny was back in the Court of
Appeal yesterday as prosecutors seek to reverse a judge's
decision and have the financier committed into custody.
Kozeny, 46, had been held at Her Majesty's Prison
since his arrest at his Lyford Cay residence on October
5, 2005, but was released in April, 2007, on $300,000
bail by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.
Czech-born Kozeny is wanted by US authorities to
face charges of bribery and money laundering. Prose-
cutors claim he is the driving force behind a multi-million
bribery scheme which sought to corrupt Azerbaijan offi-
cials as well as conspiring to violate the US Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act.
SEE page 10


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service station
AN armed man robbed the Texaco Service Station on Faith
Avenue and Firetrail Road on Sunday, fleeing with an unde-
termined amount of cash.
According to police, the robbery took place at around
An employee of the service station reported seeing a man
wearing "light coloured clothing with a black scarf over his face"
entering the establishment armed with a gun.
"The man took an undetermined amount of cash and fled on
foot in an unknown direction. Police are investigating," Sergeant
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POLICE are investigat-
ing the theft of a computer
from the Supreme Court's
Law Library which contains
information about the
court's cases and files.
Officers told The Tribune
they suspect the theft may
have been an inside job.
An employee of the
library noticed that the com-
puter was missing when she
arrived at work shortly after
9am yesterday and report-
ed the matter to police.
According to officer-in-
charge of the Central Police
Station, Chief Superinten-
dent Glenn Miller, there
were no signs of forced
entry at the two main
entrances to the library in
Saffrey Square on Bank
Lane. However, police say
they found evidence which
suggests that the door of the
library assistant's office -
where the computer was
stored - may have been
tampered with.
Said CSP Miller: "There
was no sign of a break-in at
the main entrance doors,
both downstairs and
"The main entrance, the
door was locked. They used
the key to get in and when
they got inside they discov-
ered that the computer was
missing. There seemed to be
some signs that someone
might have picked the lock
to get into the library assis-
tant's office where the com-
puter was allegedly taken
from," he said.
Mr Miller said nothing
else appeared to be missing
from the premises.
No suspects were being
held by police up to press
time last night, but Mr
Miller said investigators
believe the culprit may be
an employee or someone
else with access to the
library's keys.
Despite the theft, the Law
Library remained open yes-
terday, according to an











Former official and wife made

separate applications for land

By PAUL G TURNQUESTTiClre------_ ,1
Tribune Staff Reporter Tim Clarke TiLune 'l[ff A

FROM page one

"must have" felt that 25 acres
was "too much" - despite the
fact that Mr Thompson had
brought the matter to the
attention of the former
Prime Minister Perry
While the applications of
other persons have been left
to wallow in the DLS, Mr
Thompson maintained the
only reason his brother and
son's file was handled so
quickly was because they
had "all the necessary infor-
mation" required in it when
the application was first sub-
However, when pressed
by the chairman of the
Committee Fred Mitchell on
the controversial sale of
Crown land in Forbes Hill,
Exuma, Mr Thompson had
no details to offer as he had
no recollection of the trans-
action and brought no doc-
umentation with him to
bring any clarity to the dis-
With Mr Thompson hav-
ing been appointed as the
Permanent Secretary in the
Department of Lands and
surveys in mid- 2002, and
the application for his
brother and son's land being
granted in June 2002, FNM
MP Charles Maynard said
the perception appears to
be that one of Mr Thomp-
son's first acts was to secure
land for his family.
Having done little to
exonerate himself from the
day's proceedings, Mr
Thompson opened a ques-
tion to the floor as to how
The Tribune was able to
gain access to its informa-
tion for its series of exclu-
sive stories on Crown land.
"When I joined the ser-
vice you had to sign a secre-
cy clause," Mr Thompson
"Someone leaked the
information. Is that being
looked at?"
Somewhat taken aback,
Mr Maynard said all the
information revealed in The
Tribune's articles was public

Mr Thompson said, how-
ever. that there may have
been some information
included in The Tribune's
stories relating to his broth-
er and son's deal that was
not in the public domain. In
an effort to clarify, a copy
of the articles was provided
to him during the session
and yet the Permanent Sec-
retary could not identify
exactly to which portion of
the story he was referring.
"But you are asking for
action on matters that
should have been confiden-
tial in your eyes and you are
saying they were exposed,"
Mr Gibson inquired. "You
must know what that infor-
mation is. Tell us what it is."
Mr Thompson: "I seem to
recall that there had to be
a leak from the files."
However, Mr Gibson
interrupted Mr Thompson
and continued with his com-
"For my part I don't
believe there should be any
information regarding some-
one trying to obtain Crown
land by way of lease or by
way of grant that should be
secret and held from the
general public.
"It is the people's land.
They are entitled to know
whatever is involved in that
application process in my
mind's eye. I really would
not be interested in any
punitive action in that
regard," he said.
Mr Thompson: "My only
objection is that it might set
a precedent."
"If it sets the precedent
that the entire system is now
exposed and open and
transparent that is the
precedent that I want," Mr
Gibson thundered.
"But with all due respect,
I do not understand how
anybody could suggest that
any information with regard
to a Crown land application
should be a secret. That's
the problem! That is proba-
bly one of the reasons why
we are here today. I am just
amazed that the suggestion
was made with all due
respect, sir."

The Town Centre Mall denies

shooting took place on premises

THE TOWNE CENTRE MALL yesterday denied that the
shooting of an off duty police officer and his friend on Saturday
took place on their premises.
The mall claims that "according to mall security and con-
firmed police reports this misfortune did not happen on our
However, in a police report on the matter it was stated that
the off duty officer, who has been unofficially identified as
Corporal Andrews of the police's Internal Security Division,
was shot along with another man as they stood next to a vehi-
cle in the parking lot of the Towne Centre Mall.
The report read: "Some time around 8.15pm on Saturday,
November 28, 2009 police received information of gun shots in
the area of Towne Centre Mall.
"Police responded and information revealed, two men, one
of whom was an off duty police officer, while standing near their
vehicle, in the parking lot of Towne Centre Mall, were
approached by two males in a 2004, Nissan Maxima.
"One of the males who was wearing a ski mask and dark
clothing, alleged to be armed with a firearm, came out of the
vehicle and opened fire on the two males.
"One male was shot in the left foot, the other, an off duty
police officer, was shot to the right leg, left knee, and right arm.
"Both men were taken to hospital via private vehicle. The
male shot in the left foot was discharged from hospital, the oth-
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housing officer in the
Department of Lands and
Surveys suggested yesterday
that he had no idea his wife
had applied for an acre of
Crown land on the island for
which he had sole responsi-
bility during his time at the
Continuing hearings at
Police Headquarters yester-
day, the House of Assem-
bly's Select Committee on
Crown Land heard from for-
mer permanent secretary
Ronald Thompson, former
housing officer Christopher
Russell, realtor Andre Lee
and tax attorney Ryan Pin-
Addressing the committee
after Mr Thompson, Mr
Russell said that during his
time at the DLS, he too had
applied for an acre of Crown
land separate and apart from
the acre his wife had applied
for in Blackwood, Abaco.
However, unlike his wife
Christine's, his application
has not been approved as
yet. In fact, when questioned
by FNM MP Charles May-
nard, he said he could not
recall whether or not the two
applications were made
around the same time.
"So your wife did it pri-
vately and you did yours pri-
"She went and applied
almost behind your back?"
Mr Maynard asked.
Repeatedly pushing for
clarity on the matter, Mr
Maynard asked the former
housing officer when exactly
he was made aware that his
wife had applied for a piece
of Crown land.
"Well, she applied like
everybody else and the
application was processed
and it was submitted to the
office of the PM. At the time
I was responsible for the
island of Abaco," Mr Rus-
sell answered.
Mr Maynard: "So you saw
it as you were doing your
regular cross work, you saw
your wife's name on an
Mr Russell: "That is
Perhaps the most interest-
ing revelation came when
Mr Maynard asked the for-
mer DLS employee about
the intended use of the land
for which his wife had
Mr Russell: "Her applica-
tion was for a retirement
Mr Maynard: "And the
purpose of your application?

CER Christopher Russell gives
testimony before the land's com-
mittee at the Paul Farquharson
Conference Centre yesterday.

Mr Russell: "The same
Mr Maynard: "So ya'll
didn't discuss this prior to
that? So if ya'll had gotten
two grants ya'll would have
built two separate retire-
ment homes?"
Mr Russell: "Why not?"
When asked, Mr Russell
confirmed that he and his
wife are still together.
Addressing the committee
next was the realtor Andre
Lee who handled the listing
for the sale of four beach
front lots on the island of
Exuma for relatives of the
former DLS director Tex
Turnquest - which had been
granted outright for less than
$2,500 each, and each sold
for more than $550,000 to
While admitting that these
were perhaps the quickest
sales he ever made in his 22-
year career, Mr Lee said he
believes this was the only
Crown land that he has ever
had a hand in selling.
He also revealed that he
was paid a commission of
five per cent, or some
$25,000 per lot for each of
the sales, which were bro-
kered through Dilly Crab
Reality in Exuma.

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Bahamas Handbook celebrates 50 years

IT IS NOT OFTEN - if ever- that we
have recommended a Christmas gift in this
column. However, Christmas is near and a
book has just arrived on our desk that we
would highly recommend for Santa's stock-
It is the beautifully printed and designed
fiftieth anniversary edition of Bahamas
One hundred of its 736 pages includes
highlights of the last five decades of the
Bahamian story in words and in pictures.
Started 50 years ago by Etienne Dupuch,
Jr, and his late wife, Sylvia Perfetti Dupuch
of Connecticut, the book - always a must
on the reading list of any official being trans-
ferred to the Bahamas - has grown and
changed in many ways.
As the books says, the young publishers,
then in their twenties "wanted to produce a
first class publication of interest to anyone
who lives, works, does business, invests,
vacations or retires in the Bahamas. It is
designed as well to support the twin pillars of
the Bahamian economy: tourism and finan-
cial services. But beyond that the Dupuches
wanted to help Bahamians and non-Bahami-
ans alike appreciate the rich tapestry of the
islands' culture and its tumultuous 500-year
history. It's a fascinating story: the creation
of a vibrant and independent nation from a
string of low-lying islands scattered across
the turquoise waters of the Great Bahama
Of course, the book has its usual and use-
ful detailed information section on almost
any topic that one would want to know
about the Bahamas, whether it be a tourist
looking for accommodation or an investor
wanting to know more about the island's
investment policy, how to form a company,
or enter property transactions - in other
words good solid advice from health to set-
tling down in the Bahamas. It is also an
excellent information guide for Bahamians
on almost anything one would want to know
- 189 pages of information devoted to New
Providence and the Out Islands, and anoth-
er 59 pages exclusively on Freeport and
There's an article on the unforgettable
1960s when the Bahamas enjoyed a golden
age of tourism and witnessed 10 years of
political turmoil. It was in 1962 that US Pres-
ident John F Kennedy, Britain's Harold
Macmillan and Canada's John Diefenbaker
of Canada held their summit meeting at

Lyford Cay in what became known as the
Nassau Talks.
The 1970s was the decade of indepen-
dence, followed by the '80s referred to as
the "best and worst of times" - it was a
period when an economic recovery was over-
shadowed by a drug scandal and political
And then comes the 1990s, described as
the decade of high-tech progress. Also it
marked the end of the 25-year reign of the
PLP under the late Sir Lynden Pindling and
the ushering in of the Ingraham era and the
There are many feature stories inter-
spersed with interesting vignettes of people
and events throughout Bahamian history.
It is not generally known that Woodes
Rogers, the Bahamas' first Royal governor,
who was noted for suppressing the pirates -
conducting a public hanging to press his
point - was himself foisted high by an angry
governor's wife who grabbed him by his coat
lapels and lifted him from the floor.
According to late historian, Dr Paul
Albury - "The Story of the Bahamas" -
Governor George Phenney's wife was a mill-
stone around his neck. Dr Albury describes
her as a "hard-mouthed, ambitious woman,
who dominated and abused everyone she
encountered. She monopolized both the
export trade, charging the inhabitants exor-
bitant prices for what she sold and often
neglecting to pay for what she bought."
The Handbook takes the Phenney story
of the 1700s a step further. Describing the
madam as a "holy terror", it tells the story of
when Rogers returned to the Bahamas for a
second tour of duty to replace Phenney, the
latter pleaded with him to detain his wife
so that he could escape to England and with-
out her knowledge start divorce proceed-
ings. When she found out, she confronted
Rogers at Government House. As he
descended the stairs, Rogers "found Mrs
Phenney's distorted face suddenly inches
from his own as she seized the lapels of his
coat and screamed her frenzied wrath at
him. 'You gaol bird! I swear to you Rogers,
if you dare to order my arrest I'll have you
hauled back to England to face another term
in prison' ...She gave the governor's shoul-
ders a powerful push so that Rogers had to
grasp the bannister to prevent himself from
This edition has something for everyone
- all in all it is interesting reading.


by number

of excluded


EDITOR, The Tribune.

I am a concerned citizen
of the Bahamas, who is dis-
turbed by the number of
excluded beaches.
Investors from all over the
world have bought land near
beaches and also decided to
block off the access to the
On top of just small
investors buying land near
beaches there are over 47
main hotels and resorts in
the Bahamas.
That considers the miles
of sea view making excluded
I can understand them
putting up walls or fences to
protect their property but
not closing off more of the
land around them than paid
When since did the gov-
ernment start selling beach-
es? Need I remind you, that
the Bahamas is yes a nation
of freedom however also a

nation of rule and regula-
The law does not retain a
person's rights to the beach.
However the existing high
water mark law protects the
lives of the people.
Director of Parks and Sci-
ence Liaison at the Bahamas
National Trust emphasized
that beach access for
Bahamians is essential. I
came across a newspaper
article dated November 24,
2005 when the Hon. Perry
Christie noticed and had a
concern for dwindling beach
I raised this issue over
Sunday dinner all of my rel-
atives and family members
agree that there are too
many beaches that Bahami-
ans don't have access too.
They expressed concern

over what would happen
during public holidays when
Bahamians traditionally
flock to the beach.
On behalf of the con-
cerned citizens of the
Bahamas I request that
there be full access to all
beaches in the Bahamas.
I request that there be a
law in place that can help
the birthright of the
Bahamian people.
It is fair enough to say that
the private developments,
especially in Nassau, are eat-
ing up access to what little
beaches are left.
Mr Ingraham for the safe-
ty of the generations to
come, the 60 persons with
whom I have come in con-
tact with on this matter,
request that the people
regain full access to the
beaches of the Bahamas.

November, 2009

Here is my solution to

the criminal madness

EDITOR, The Tribune.

We, peace-loving Bahamians; are mad.
We have to stop this criminal madness in
our country.
Here is the solution. Times like this
require harsh measures:
1) Hang 'em high. We have to eliminate
these punks and hoodlums from society.
Do whatever it takes to enforce the law
relative to hanging, but it must be done.
2) Flog 'em without mercy - all those
convicted of serious crimes...Having
received the cat-o-nine tail once they will
never, ever want it again.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
One must wonder whether Government really feels
we are stupid or the public has no means to research -
I ask this because of the tabling of the Amendments to
the Arbitration Act of 1888 and the flowery statements
from both sides of Parliament as to this proposal.
The Bahamas is so late on this that it is laughable - in
2009 there were some 109 other national jurisdictions
which had Arbitration Laws and Arbitration facilities
Historically the International Court based in The
Hague was the place where parties sought appropriate
judgments, this I believe was established in 1899.
Here we are proposing this new aspect of our Judicial
infrastructure and we can't adequately deal with petty
crime at the Magistrate's Court level.
A lot of mention of the importance in the tabling in the
House yesterday was related to the importance of this
new Bill and Maritime Law - if a ship is registered
under the Bahamian flag but insured at Lloyd's of Lon-
don where do you think a disputing party will go for
arbitration? Certainly I suggest not The Bahamas?

November, 2009.

3) Automatic jail sentence plus heavy
fine for all those found with an unlicensed
The sellers and dealers of these illegal
firearms will be subjected to flogging along
with jail time and flogging.
These are serious times we face and if
the crime situation does not improve this
government is sure to lose the next elec-

November 23, 2009.


by Passport


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I would like to say that I
was very impressed today
when I visited the Passport
Office to apply for a new e-
The office was very organ-
ised and the employees were
very polite and efficient and
the service was very quick.
I arrived at the office at
9am and was leaving at
9.30am having completed
with my application.
I think the minister in
charge of the passport office
should be praised for his
efforts to up-grade the ser-
vice of the passport office
considering all the negative
criticism he previously
November 23, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
News reports out of the
US are suggesting that
women should take a mam-
mogram every other year
rather than annually.
I plead with any woman
whose family has past expe-
rience with breast cancer to
continue your annual mam-
mogram regime because it
will save your life even if
you have to do without
something to afford it.
Now we read that the civ-
il service is to recruit per-

sons with criminal records.
What a negative message
this is going to send when
the last thing we need is to
rationalise, seemingly, that
we don't need checks and
balance when the govern-
ment employs people.
What next? Why don't
you give the criminals the
key to the safe?
And as for the
Afghanistan swearing- in of
the president.....
Well it seems the leaders
of the west do not under-
stand how to send messages

to corrupt leaders.
For the sake of any sense
just why did the Western
Ambassadors line-up and
give credence to the corrupt
Afghanistan President at his
inaugural recently?
If they did not attend
surely they would have sent
the right message?
Boy this soft-socialism
approach to resolving prob-
lems is catching! What next?
November, 2009.


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Ragged Islanders' joy

at $14m investment

Tribune Staff Reporter _ r

RAGGED Islanders cele-
brated a $14 million investment
to link the isolated south west-
ern island to the rest of the
Bahamas and the world by air,
land and sea.
Cabinet ministers travelled
to the island as contracts were
signed to resurface the runway
at Duncan Town airport and
the five mile stretch of rocky
road from the airport to Gun
Point where a new dock will be
Ragged Islanders have been
calling out for development
since booming trade with Cuba
and Haiti dried up in the 1960s.
Mailboats and commercial ves-
sels can no longer venture
down the shallow and narrow
canal dredged in the early 1960s
to Duncan Town and the air-
port runaway has fallen into
such disrepair since its con-
struction in the late 1990s that
many pilots now refuse to fly
there. But the development,
paid for with a $4,851,000 grant
from the European Union and
the Bahamas government pay-
ing the remaining $9,430,515.78,
promises a brighter future for
Ragged Island and its 60 inhab-
Knowles Construction and
Development Company will
carry out all works within the
next 12 months.
The 3,850 ft airport runway
will be resurfaced, damaged
areas replaced, new shoulders
and swales established by July,
according to the contract fund-
ed with $735,000 from the
European Union's ninth Euro-
pean Development Fund and
$994,259.58 from the Bahamas
government. The $9,212,916.10
construction of Gun Point dock,
pier, ramp and breakwater will
be paid for with $3,675,000
from the European Union and
$5,537,916.10 from the
Bahamas government.
And the $3,339,340.10 recon-
struction of Gun Point Road
along the length of the island
from the airport to the dock
will be completed at a
$2,898,340.10 cost to govern-
ment and $441,000 cost to the
European Union.
Reconstruction of the large-
ly unsurfaced road will also
entail the upgrade of water dis-
tribution in Duncan Town as a
reverse osmosis system will be
installed to supply drinking
water. And Emile Knowles of
Knowles Construction and
Development Company said he
aims to finish the work ahead of
time. Minister of Public Works
Neko Grant said: "These pro-
jects all complement each other
and will further strengthen
internal and external trans-
portation and communication

Long Island and Ragged Island Larry Cartwright speaks in Gun Point.

links, thereby increasing the
potential for enhanced eco-
nomic activity on this island."
The project will provide 50
jobs to Bahamians, including
Ragged Island residents, over
the next year and open up the
economy for Ragged Island by
facilitating trade.
Docking facilities will allow
mailboats, trade ships and Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) vessels to stop at the
island and provide safe harbour
for those fishing in the abun-
dant waters.

Ragged Island native Senator
David Thompson said the
investment in infrastructure
marks the dawning of a new
golden age for the Ragged
Island chain.
He added: "Although we are
small in numbers here on the
island there are thousands of
us across the country who will
be looking at this transforma-
tion and coming back home to
be a part of the new golden age
for Ragged Island."
Minister of Tourism and Avi-
ation Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, whose roots are also in
Ragged Island, said the devel-
opment helps maximise the
potential of the entire Bahamas
where there are more airports
per capital than in any other
He said: "So much time and
energy and effort have been
focused on the development of
Nassau and Paradise Island as
opposed to the rest of the
Bahamas and this is a commit-
ment for us to develop the
totality of what the Bahamas
has to offer.
"There is no country any-
where in this region that has
the kind of assets we have for
development, and we are just
beginning to recognize it, but
it's crucial to have the infra-

structure for air transportation
in place for people who want
to take advantage of what we
have to offer here."
In addition to aiding tourism
and the fishing industry, Minis-
ter of National Security Tommy
Turnquest said the investment
in the new dock will greatly
assist the Defence Force as it
works to protect the Bahamas'
aquatic borders by decentralis-
ing its 26 vessels.
The RBDF will soon be able
to expand its presence already
established in Inagua, Abaco,
Grand Bahama and Exuma to
guard the Great Bahama Bank
from a dock at Gun Point.
Mr Turnquest said: "Much
of the crime we see starts on
our seas; illegal drugs, arms
trafficking, human trafficking
or poaching marine resources.
"This docking facility will be
a critical aspect of the Defence
Force's mission moving for-
Ragged Island residents told
The Tribune they had hoped
for the existing canal to be
dredged in order to bring trade
directly to Duncan Town, but
Minister of the Environment
Earl Deveaux said such a move
would greatly harm the local
eco-system as it would disturb
the vast network of mangroves
housing nurseries for fish and
crawfish. The development will
link Ragged Island with other
islands and still protect its abun-
dant fishing grounds, Mr
Deveaux said.
He added: "This is the least
impact we could make on the
environment to do what is
needed in Ragged Island."
Ragged Island resident Ver-
va Vernica Wallace, 81, said: "I
have lived here all my life and I
have seen a lot of changes, now
I'm proud to hear what can
And Anglican church minis-
ter Daniel Wallace added:
"This is long overdue and we
are very grateful."

Car Behe
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FLUSHED with pride from
their "three-peat" victory in the
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools
senior boys softball champi-
onships, St Andrews honoured
student athletes in a special
assembly complete with a
junkanoo rush out by the Roots
The assembly, attended by
Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture Permanent Secretary
Archie Nairn and Minister of
Education Carl Bethel, cele-
brated the athletic achieve-
ments of all softball teams and
members of the under 17 girls
national soccer team.
Mr Nairn commended the
athletes, saying they have dis-
proved critics who claim that
the International Baccalaure-
ate accredited school has only
one sport - soccer.
He challenged the athletes
to exhibit the same level of
sportsmanship required on the
field in their academic and
social endeavours, maintaining
character at all times.
Education Minister Carl
Bethel, who also spoke briefly
at the assembly, noted that his
alma mater has made great
strides in athletics since he
attended the school.
He encouraged the students
to remain focused on their stud-
ies and seek to explore and

enjoy every opportunity afford-
ed them at an institution with a
history of producing outstand-
ing alumni. St Andrews has
won 15 of the 36 league cham-
pionships in softball, basket-
ball, volleyball, and soccer in
the 2008/2009 season and the
beginning of the 2009/2010 sea-
son - competing in 24 champi-
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Minister hits back at

Bradley Roberts over BEC

takeover of power plant

Earl Deveaux

replies to 'gross


Tribune Staff Reporter
ister Earl Deveaux has hit
back at a political attack
over the BEC takeover of
the Morton Salt power plant
in Inagua.
In response to Progressive
Liberal Party (PLP) chair-
man Bradley Roberts's
claims that Mr Deveaux and
Minister of State Phenton
Neymour exhibited gross
incompetence in managing
the changeover of the power
plant from Morton Salt to
BEC, Mr Deveaux sought
to clarify the facts.
He said Mr Roberts was
wrong to say government
had incurred millions of dol-
lars in losses for BEC since
last December as BEC did
not take over the running of
the plant until October of
this year.
Mr Roberts alleged
Inagua residents had not
received electricity bills for
nearly a year and could not
be expected to pay them
now, meaning a huge loss
for BEC.
But Mr Deveaux said
billing by BEC did not begin
until October, and up until
then, the plant remained the
responsibility of Morton
The minister was unable
to respond to Mr Roberts'
claims before they appeared


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in The Tribune yesterday as
he only returned from the
Commonwealth Heads of
Government meeting in
Trinidad late Sunday night.
Mr Deveaux said the PLP
administration approved the
takeover of the Morton Salt
plant when Mr Roberts was
chairman of the PLP in
2004, nearly three years
before the Free National
Movement (FNM) returned
to power.
Infrastructure on the
island was then destroyed

by Hurricane Ike in Sep-
tember last year and BEC
had to repair and replace
damaged areas of the plant.
However, Morton Salt
retained responsibility for
the monitoring of the plant
and billing until BEC offi-
cially took the reigns in
October this year, the min-
ister said.
He said: "Prior to that
Morton Salt was responsi-
ble and Morton Salt should
have been paid up until
Having now put in meters
and reconciled the accounts,
BEC is now responsible for
bill payment in Inagua."







Family of seven-year-old

girl seeks public assistance

Tribune Features Reporter

THE family of seven-year-old Tenia Cash is
pleading with the public to assist them in raising
$80,000 to finance medical bills that they expect
to incur in a matter of weeks.
Speaking with The Tribune, the girl's mother,
Chariene Cash, said the seven-year-old has been
diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a malignant
cancer of the bone.
On the children's ward north at the Princess
Margaret Hospital, Tenia is undergoing the rec-
ommended treatment by local doctors which
includes rounds of chemotherapy and an opera-
tion to amputate her leg.
"It makes me feel helpless as a parent consid-
ering the options I have right now," Ms Cash
said. "She'll be confined to a wheel chair or
crutches for the rest of her life."
The family is reviewing alternative options,
leaving amputation as their last resort.
Doctors in Miami have reviewed Tenia's case,
and have said they can save Tenia's leg with a
limb-sparing procedure.
Limb-sparing involves cutting out the tumour,
taking out the bone and replacing it with a pros-
thesis. Unlike many surgical procedures for
malignant bone tumours, it gives the child a
chance to keep the limb in which a tumour is
However, financing such an alternative oper-
ation is costly. Doctors have quoted the proce-
dure to cost between the ball-park figure of
$65,000 to $80,000.
Medical bills are accumulating, and Ms Cash is
requesting the general public to make donations
to the 'Tenia Cash medical fund', at the Royal
Bank of Canada; account number: 7205628.
Tenia's health woes began when her mother
started noticing swelling and pain symptoms in
the upper thigh.
The pain from the tumour comes on strong in
the night, and unlike cancer at other sites, pain is
the symptom most noticeable in bone cancer
because of the rigidity of bony tissues which can-
not expand when pressed on by
an invading tumour.
Tenia's leg is visibly swollen.
According to her mother, they
dismissed the aches as a sprain
or growing pains, which is the
typical resolve in most parents'
minds who have children affect-
ed by bone cancer. Tenia bore
these early symptoms of pain in
her leg for a couple of months.
"We didn't feel there was
something to worry about,"
Chariene Cash said.
Soon Tenia developed a limp
in her walk, and the gymnast
wasn't "jumping the way she
used to and moving around nor-
mally." Swelling and fever
accompanied the ache which
was affecting the lower limbs,
causing unexplained stumbling. 1
"I looked at the leg and one
was noticeably bigger above the
knee," Ms Cash said.
This was the turning point and
enough reason to arrange a doc-
tor's visit.
After a series of X-rays and
other tests, doctors discovered
that Tenia had cancer cells in
the area of her knee.
Without treatment, the can-

TENIA CASH performs a
gymnastics routine.

cer will spread to other areas of
her body, but with chemothera-
py and surgery, her chances of
survival look good.
Research shows that present-
day amputees usually return to
normal ability very quickly, but
Ms Cash prefers to wait out for
a second opinion from Canadian
doctors. However, financing
such an alternative operation is
The third grade student of
Sadie Curtis Primary School is
described as "very outgoing and
friendly" by friends and family.
"It would mean the world to see
Tenia back to normal," Ms Cash
said. "I feel helpless, like some-
how I have failed her."
"But there's nothing God
can't do," she explained. "We
look forward to seeing her being
healthy again."
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collaboration in

'War on Terror9

INTERNATIONAL co-operation in criminal
matters and the sharing of intelligence and special
investigative techniques are critical to the war
on national, regional and global terrorism, Min-
ister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said.
Addressing regional national security officials
attending a major anti-terror workshop which
opened last week Tuesday in New Providence,
Mr Turnquest said international co-operation is
the only way to stamp out terrorism.
Sponsored by the United Nations Office on
Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Inter-
American Committee on Terrorism (CICTE),
the four-day workshop examined the legal frame-
work and mechanisms for international co-oper-
ation in the fight against terrorism.
The Bahamas currently serves as vice-chair of
CICTE and will assume the role of chair in March
2010. Mr Turnquest said Bahamian officials are
"deeply concerned" about the indiscriminate
nature of terrorism, even though the country has
not been directly impacted.
"We only need to reflect on the disastrous
9/11 terror attacks on the United States to appre-
ciate how such acts can reverberate around the
world and throw the economies of neighboring
countries into crisis," Mr Turnquest said.
He said the country's proactive approach to the
fighting terrorism is exemplified by the fact that

officials from three key national security and law
enforcement branches - the Police, Defence
Force and the Department of Customs, are in
attendance. The minister said their participation
is a reflection of the "network" local national
security and law enforcement officials are seek-
ing to develop to combat terrorism.

Mr Turnquest said the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force, the country's maritime law
enforcement agency charged with policing its
seas and protecting its porous borders, has had an
Anti-Terrorism Unit since 2007.
"The mandate of this unit is to suppress and
combat terrorism acts within the Bahamas terri-
tory," he said. The Royal Bahamas Police Force,
through its Financial Intelligence Unit, is charged
with receiving, analysing, obtaining and dissem-
ination of information on proceeds derived from
offences under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Other
counter-terrorism measures have been put in
place by the police force.
"The Department of Customs implements rec-
ommendations of the World Customs Organi-
sation to counter terrorism," Mr Turnquest


In keynote address, Ingraham

speaks of global economic woes

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham (pictured
above) delivered the keynote address at the
Commonwealth Business Forum dinner in
Trinidad last week Wednesday, ahead of the
Caribbean Heads of Government Meeting.
Taking place a few days ahead of CHOGM,
the meetings provide an opportunity for this
attending to contribute on key policies and rec-
ommendations which will be presented to the
heads of government meeting.
With this year's focus on "Partnering for a
More Equitable and Sustainable Future" being
a timely topic in any set of circumstances, Prime
Minister Ingraham said it is especially so at this
time as the world confronts the effects of a
global economic meltdown.
"While the immediate challenge facing the
global community is to secure a meaningful
recovery from what has been one of the worst
international economic and financial crises of
our time, the longer term challenge is to ensure
sustainable growth that aids in the eradication
of global poverty and conserves the planet's
resources for future generation. This is a tall
order in any circumstance but particularly
daunting in the face of current events," the
prime minister said.

Adding that there is little doubt that emerg-
ing out of this global economic crisis, the world
will have to come to experience a "new nor-
mal" including a new level of sustained unem-
ployment, Mr Ingraham said that by changing
economic behaviour and altered institutions
will produce a different environment in which
we must all operate.
"Our task was not made easier by the fact
that in the midst of the global economic and
financial meltdown, the second pillar of our
economy, the international financial services
sector, came under renewed attack from the
OECD and G20 developed countries who
tagged, wrongly we believe, international finan-
cial services centres as responsible, in whole
or in part, for the global economic and financial
"If we are to accept that it is 'the responsi-
bility of all economies, rich and poor, as part-
ners in building a sustainable and balanced
global economy in which the benefits of eco-
nomic growth are broadly and equitably
shared', then the lessons taught by the present
crisis must lead inter alia to the following:
"An honest assessment of the risks posed to
our global economic and financial systems and
avoid placing blame where it is not due; A bet-
ter means of assessing and responding to sys-
temic risk in the global financial architecture -
one that demonstrates equity in calling all

"There is no longer any
credible debate about the
reality of global warming."

economies, those of the developed and devel-
oping world, into account; Promote greater
equity in the international development process
so as to make the prospects for sustained growth
of the world economy more enduring and wide-
spread; and better coordinate global resources
in order to maximize use; this is especially true
with respect to those resources channeled by the
multilateral lending and aid agencies."
However, the Prime Minister said that no
useful consideration of a sustainable future can
occur without the recognition that one of the
issues bearing most profoundly upon that future
is the matter of global warming or climate
"There is no longer any credible debate about
the reality of global warming. The United
Nations' International Panel on Climate change
has concluded that 'global warming is a reality
and has almost certainly been caused by recent
human activity.' Climate Change is fundamen-
tally a sustainable development challenge which
goes well beyond the matter of environmental
protection to embrace both economic and social
"The point I wish to make here is that glob-
al warming has already begun to take its toll.
Even as I speak, a basic agreement still has to be
reached. Options for climate change financing
still have to be determined. The final round of
preparatory talks in Barcelona for the upcom-
ing Copenhagen Conference in December
intended to agree a new international frame-
work has revealed deep divisions and has indi-
cated that a basic agreement is unlikely to be
achieved in Copenhagen.
"While there appears to be broad recognition
of the urgent necessity for strong action, still the
level of commitment to such action varies con-
siderably between the key participants and con-
tinues to be elusive. But as it is recognized as so
essential to a sustainable future, it seems that
every cooperative effort should be taken to
press forward on the initiatives for action.
"I do not pretend that the issues confronting
us are simple or easy to resolve. I hope, how-
ever, that the Special Session on Climate
Change which our Chairman will convene on
Friday of this week will permit us to hear the
perspective of a number of our non-Common-
wealth colleagues before reviewing and seeking
to arrive at a consensus on at least some of the
most critical issues we must deal with on the Cli-
mate Change front," he said.


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emissions by 40 to 45 per cent .

CHINA'S State Council
announced Thursday that Chi-
na is going to reduce the inten-
sity of carbon dioxide emissions
per unit of GDP in 2020 by 40
to 45 per cent compared to the
level of 2005.
This is "a voluntary action"
taken by the Chinese govern-
ment "based on our own
national conditions" and "is a
major contribution to the glob-
al effort in tackling climate
change," the State Council said.
In a meeting presided over
by Premier Wen Jiabao
Wednesday, the State Council
reviewed a national task plan
addressing climate change.
A press statement released
Thursday said the index of car-
bon dioxide emissions cuts,
announced for the first time by
China, would be "a binding
goal" to be incorporated into
China's medium and long-term
national social and economic
development plans.
New measures would be for-
mulated to audit, monitor and
assess its implementation, said
the statement.
Qi Jianguo, an economic
and environmental policy
researcher at the Chinese
Academy of Social Sciences,
told Xinhua that the targets
would put "great pressure" on
China's development.
"In 2020, the country's GDP
will at least double that of now,
so will the emissions of green-
house gases (GHG). But the
required reduction of emissions
intensity by 40 to 45 per cent
in 2020 compared with the lev-
el of 2005 means the emissions
of GHG in 2020 has to be
roughly the same as emissions
now," he said.
Qi, a quantitative economist
who studies links between the
economy and climate change,
said as the world's largest devel-
oping country, China would
face a great challenge.
In order to achieve the tar-
get, more effort must be made
besides strictly abiding by the
principle of "energy-saving and
emissions reductions," he said.
The government would
devote major efforts to devel-
oping renewable and nuclear
energies to ensure the con-
sumption of non-fossil-fuel
power accounted for 15 per
cent of the country's total pri-
mary energy consumption by
2020, said the State Council
More trees would be planted
and the country's forest area
would increase by 40 million
hectares and forest volume by
1.3 billion cubic meters from
the levels of 2005.
The State Council said that
as a responsible developing
nation, China advocated global
concerted efforts in addressing
climate change "through prag-
matic and effective interna-
tional cooperation."
The Chinese cabinet reiter-
ated the principled stand for

implementation of the United
Nations Framework Conven-
tion on Climate Change
(UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Pro-
Both the UNFCCC principle
of "common but differentiated
responsibilities" and the Bali
Roadmap should be observed,
the State Council said.
The UNFCCC and the
Kyoto Protocol should be car-
ried out in a comprehensive,
effective and lasting way, and
emissions alleviation, adapta-
tion, technological transfer and
financial support should be
coordinated in a comprehen-
sive way to help bring about
positive results for the upcom-
ing UN Climate Change Con-
ference in December in Copen-
hagen, the State Council said.
"Appropriate handling of
the climate change issue is of
vital interest to China's social
and economic development and
people's fundamental interests,
as well as the welfare of all the
people in the world and the
world's long-term develop-
ment," the State Council said
in the statement.
China faced mounting pres-
sure and difficulties in devel-
oping its national economy and
improving people's living stan-
dards as the country's industri-
alization and urbanization
accelerated, said the statement.
Given the country's huge
population, prominent eco-
nomic structural problems,
coal-dominated energy con-
sumption structure, and increas-
ing demand for energy, the gov-
ernment needed to make stren-
uous efforts to realise those tar-
gets, said the statement.
The government was
required to take into account
both immediate and long-term
interests while achieving coor-
dinated development of its
economy and the cause of envi-
ronmental protection, said the
Coping with climate change
should be a major strategy for
the national economic and
social development, said the
More funding would be
invested into the research,
development and industrializa-
tion of technologies for energy
saving, and into energy effi-
ciency, clean coal development,
renewable energies, advanced
nuclear energies, and carbon
capture and storage.
Laws, regulations and stan-
dards would be formulated and
fiscal, taxation, pricing and
financial measures would be
introduced to manage and
monitor the implementation of
those laws and regulations, said
the statement.
The State Council also said
China would expand coopera-
tion with foreign countries in
raising its capacity to cope with
climate change and import low-
carbon and environment-
friendly technologies.

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THE group of cruise passengers were on a Segway tour of BASH's Earth Village (above) wl

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many of them did not get a good
look at the bandits because they were
ordered to lay on the ground.
The attack took place at about
12.15pm on November 16. A group
of cruise passengers were on a Seg-
way tour of BASH's Earth Village
when two armed gunmen
The thugs tied up the Bahamian
tour guide with the first group and

ordered the passengers to the ground
before robbing them of money, pass-
ports, cell phones, credit cards and
personal items. A second group of
visitors approached and were also
robbed at gunpoint.
Police said a Bahamian woman
was gun-butted to the head during
the attack, adding that no shots were
However, this was disputed by

hen two armed gunmen approached.

many of the disgruntled victims, who
claimed a shot had been fired into
the ground by one of the thugs about
two feet away from one of the vic-
The passengers were part of two
separate tour groups from Disney
Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean.
The cruise lines have suspended
their tours with Caribbean Segway
BASH's Executive Director Terry
Miller has plans to beef up security of
the 170-acre property.

Prosecutors seeking to have investor

Viktor Kozeny committed into custody

FROM page one

The Act makes it an
offence to offer to pay, or to
pay, foreign government offi-
cials to gain or retain busi-
ness. Since its 1998 amend-
ment, the act also applies to
foreign establishments and
persons who intend to do the
same while in the US. If
extradited to the US, he
could face a jail sentence of
up to 25 years.
Alan Jones, QC, who
appeared with Assistant
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Franklyn Williams and
attorney Loren Klein, sub-
mitted to the appellate court
yesterday that Senior Justice
Isaacs had erred when he
discharged Kozeny, and that
the order of Magistrate Car-
olita Bethel should be
Magistrate Bethel had
approved Kozeny's extradi-
tion, however his attorneys
had brought a habeas corpus
application before Senior
Justice Isaacs who subse-
quently ruled against the
extradition request. The
judge had cited that the

offences for which US
authorities sought his extra-
dition were not extradition
offences and found that
there had been an abuse of
process because US authori-
ties had failed to disclose cer-
tain material information.
Mr Jones noted yesterday
that Kozeny is accused of
bribing senior government
officials of the former Soviet
republic of Azerbaijan with
vast sums of money in an
effort to gain an unfair
advantage during the priva-
tization of the state-owned
oil company SOCAR in the
early 1990s.
He also told the court that
Kozeny had directed others
to purchase privatization
vouchers on behalf of his
companies Oily Rock and
Minaret. These vouchers, he
said, were purchased using
vast sums of cash that were
flown into Azerbaijan on
Kozeny's private jet and
chartered planes. Mr Jones
noted that Kozeny, who has
resided in the Bahamas since
1995, has several passports
as well as a pilot's license.
Mr Jones argued that the
offences for which Kozeny

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is being sought for extradi-
tion to the US do amount to
offences under Bahamian
law. Mr Jones contended
that although Kozeny's
defence had alleged "bad
faith" and an abuse of
process by US authorities,
the allegations amounted to
Clive Nicholls, QC, who,
with attorney Philip Davis,
appeared for Kozeny, yes-
terday argued it was imper-

missile for US authorities
to seek to justify Kozeny's
detention on grounds other
than those already deter-
mined by Magistrate Bethel.
Mr Nicholls also argued that
the request for Kozeny's
extradition should fail as the
offences he is accused of
amount to trans-national
bribery which is not an
offence in the Bahamas. The
appeal hearing continues

Teen held in connection with

fatal stabbing of deaf man

FROM page one
thugs, one of whom stabbed him in his neck.
A short time earlier, the same group of boys was embroiled
in an altercation outside the victim's home on Peach Street.
The victim's mother scolded the boys for their behaviour and
asked them to leave her property. Police believe Mr Bullard
was not a part of the first altercation.
The group left and the victim's mother sent him to a near-
by shop, however Mr Bullard was attacked before he could get
more than 100 yards away from his home.
Despite his injury, Mr Bullard was able to return home
where he collapsed. He was taken to hospital by ambulance
and died about three hours later.

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Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


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A chance to showcase the

good citizens of the Bahamas

THEY are the mainstay
of the community, those
special people who give up
their precious time to help
those in need ... yet seek
no reward.
Caring only for the well-
being of others, they don't
ask for money or favours.
Neither do they go out of
their way for celebrity.
Theirs is a total selfless act
of kindness.
We at The Tribune
think it's about time we
celebrated the fact that
there are so many ordi-
nary people who do their
bit to make someone else's
life a little easier. They are
our Unsung Heroes.
That person may be a
carer, looking after the
young, the elderly or the
Your unsung hero might
be a role model. For

MAYBE YOUR UNSUNG HERO is a teacher, neighbour or a doctor. Write to let us know.


example, someone who
gives up their time to
coach young people in
The unsung hero may
be someone, young or
elderly, who is coura-
geously fighting an illness



or disability.
It may be a good friend
or neighbour who has
helped you out in times of
Someone who has a kind
heart or a good ear for lis-

It may be a teacher who
goes that extra mile for a
pupil, or a nurse who puts
the welfare of her patients
above all else.
Your unsung hero
might even be a group of
people who put their com-
munity first.
Tribune managing edi-
tor John Fleet said: "All
too often we read about
the bad things which go on
around us, and the good
for one reason or another
gets put to one side.
"Now is the time to

showcase the good citizens
of The Bahamas.
"Tell us, and the nation,
who your unsung heroes
To nominate your
unsung hero, either write,

or email, saying why he or
she is deserving of praise.
In your nomination put
your name and contact
telephone number, and
also details of where we
can contact your hero.




ham (left) with Prime Minister of India Dr Man-
mohan Singh at the 2009 Commonwealth Heads
of Government Meeting, held in Port of Spain,
Trinidad from November 27 - 29 in Port of
Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, David
Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados, and
Stephenson Kind, Prime Minister of St Lucia at

ister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, left, and
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham share a joke at
chats with Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma
and his wife Babli.

Photos: Commonwealth Secretariat



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Senior Sports Reporter
There's a saying
that all good
things must come
to an end. Yester-
day, the defending Catholic
Diocesan Primary Schools

basketball champions St
Bede's Crushers found that
out the painful way against
the St Cecilia's Strikers.
Heading into St Cecilia's
with an unblemished record,
the Crushers left with a
heartbreaking 37-36 loss as
the Strikers took advantage
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avenge their only defeat of
the season. They are now
tied with identical 7-1 win-
loss records, splitting their
head-to-head match-up, as
the regular season starts to
wind down.
"This team is gradually
maturing," said St Cecilia's
coach Leo Delaney.
"They're not exactly where I
want them to be, but gradu-
ally they're getting there.
"But with the home court
advantage, I just knew that
we had an opportunity to
pull it off. Once we kept it
close, anything was possible."
The difference in the game
came when St Bede's lost
center Gregory Cooper to
five fouls early in the fourth
quarter with the Crushers
holding a commanding 23-15
Once he left, the Crushers
didn't have anybody to con-
tain Steven Humes. Then
late in the period, Delaney
inserted Lenford Powell,
who provided a double
threat as the twin towers
went to work.
"I felt really good. Now I
know we have a chance to
win the championship," said
Powell, who was more con-
cerned about the rest of the
season than this victory.
But Powell admitted that
once Cooper went out, he
knew that when he got into
the game, he would have
been able to make an impact.
After going scoreless when
he started in the first quarter,
Powell came back into the
game in the fourth and he
contributed eight points to
help spark their come-from-
behind win.
Humes, who added five
points in the period, finished
with seven, while Ivoine
Ingraham managed to break
loose for 11 before he fouled
out with the Strikers trailing
28-20. Tyreke Colebrooke
chipped in with five.
Kyle 'Flash' Turnquest
canned a game high 16
points, Malik Jones had 10,
Cooper helped out with four
and Cooper contributed
three in a losing effort.
"We missed a couple of
lay-ups," said a disappoint-
ed Turnquest, who noted
that they intend to come

DEFENDING Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools basketball champions St Bede's Crushers can be seen
in action against the St Cecilia's Strikers yesterday...
SEE photo spread on page 14

back and avenge the loss
whenever they meet again.
More than likely that
won't come until the best-of-
three championship series as
the two teams are poised to
end up in the top two spots
when the regular season is
completed on December 9.
St Bede's head coach Don-
nie Culmer said they will
take the loss in stride and
rebound because they knew
exactly what went wrong.
"They can't beat us. We will
be back. Gregory fouled out.
But I should have checked
the book when he had the
four fouls," Culmer said.
"I should have sat him
down and bring him back.
That was the problem. This
was his day because Kyle
was having an off day again.

He missed too many lay-
When Cooper fouled out,
Culmer said it took away a
lot of their momentum.
"We're going to be shaken
up by this loss," he said. "We
will be back."
Although they trailed 5-0
at the end of the first quarter
and 12-9 at the half, the
Strikers made a gallant
comeback to cut the deficit
to 17-13 at the end of the
Both teams increased the
tempo of the game in the
fourth and made it an excit-
ing contest the rest of the
way. At one point, the
Crushers queried the score
when they felt they should
have gone up 36-35, but the
scorebook had them behind

35-34. That may have been
the difference in the score as
the Strikers never relin-
quished the lead again.
St Bede's will get a chance
to redeem themselves when
they travel to Xaviers on
Monday to face the Giants
before they close out at
home against the St Fran-
cis/Joseph Shockers.
St Cecilia's, on the other
hand, will travel to play Our
Lady's Blue Flames on
Wednesday and then con-
clude at home on Monday
against the St Thomas More
The sudden death playoff
is set for December 11 at
Loyola Hall and the best-of-
three final is slated to begin
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Celebrity tennis

exhibition has

new 'hit with

the pros' twist

ninth annual Mark Knowles
Celebrity Tennis Invitational
have added an additional
interactive experience for
junior tennis players during
the weekend of fun-filled
And two of many tennis
stars - German Anna-Lena
Groenefeld and American
Jared Palmer (former No.1
doubles player and Wimble-
don doubles champion) - slat-
ed to take part are scheduled
to arrive in the Bahamas
today. The event starts Fri-
day with a Pro-Am at Atlantis
and exhibition at the Nation-
al Tennis Center at 3pm Sat-
Groenefeld partnered with
Knowles to win the Wimble-
don mixed doubles champi-
onship title this year. The duo
will face off with Martin
Damm & Olga Savchuk as
part of the exhibition.
The Bahamas Lawn Ten-
nis Association (BLTA) and
the organizers have selected
several of the Bahamas'
promising young juniors to
hit a few tennis balls with the
professional players during a
"hit with the pros" session
immediately following Satur-
day's exhibition at National
Tennis Centre.
The BLTA has announced
that juniors Phillip Major of
Andros, Julio Valdz of Grand
Bahama and Dylan Walker
of Eleuthera will be coming
to New Providence to watch
the exhibition and play with
the pros.
BLTA president Stephen
Turnquest said they wanted
to include some representa-
tion from islands other than
New Providence because so
often they get neglected due
to travel expenses and other
Said Walker, a 12-year-old
student of Central Eleuthera
High School who has been
playing tennis since he was
five years old.
"Thank you for the invita-
tion to participate in the Mark
Knowles Kids Tennis Day
Camp. I am very excited to
have been given the oppor-
tunity to attend," said Walk-
"I feel that this is an oppor-
tunity for me to improve my
performance in tennis and
sharpen my skills. I am excit-
ed to meet Mark Knowles
and his exciting group of
world class pros. It means a
lot to me to be given the
opportunity to come to Nas-
"On the island of Eleuthera
I receive very limited play
here as there is no one to hit
with except for my mom and
recently with Mr Wesley
Rolle. I rarely get the oppor-
tunity to play in a lot of tour-
naments because of the
expense. I feel this camp will
motivate me to achieve one
of my goals of playing tennis
Thirteen-year-old Philip
Major had this to say: "I am
really excited to attend this
year's camp. It will help me to
improve and get better in
footwork and technique to
better my game. I am very
grateful that I was chosen,"
said Major, who attends
North Andros High School.
"I get to see Mark and
these pros up close and
maybe get a tip or two to
improve my own serve and
forearm. I will be motivated
to play better tennis."
Julio Valdz, a 13-year-old
student of St George's High
School, has been playing ten-
nis for nine years.
"It will be a great experi-

DYLAN WALKER is thrilled about
the opportunity to take part in
the hit with the pros session...

ence seeing tennis pros play
and it will give me incentive
to do better," he said. "Mark
Knowles is like the best dou-
bles player in the world and
it's like a dream come true
for me to be face-to-face with
ATP top single and doubles
In Nassau, the selection
process is underway with the
most promising juniors from
various tennis professionals,
such as Kim O'Kelley and
Robbie Isaacs.
The "Hit with the Pros"
session is scheduled to start
at 4:30pm for about 30 min-
utes and will give the juniors a
taste of sharing the tennis
court with these legends of
the game.
Knowles said that he thinks
it is extremely important to
encourage junior players and
to let them see close up the
techniques that are common
to all the best players in the
He said that he was fortu-
nate as a young child to be
able to see Bjorn Borg, Vitas
Geruliatis, Fred Stolle and
Rod Laver and many others
when they played in tourna-
ments held at the Nassau
Beach Hotel. Knowles said
that this certainly inspired
him to try and emulate them.
Tickets are now on sale at
the National Tennis Centre,
the Atlantis Tennis Centre,
the Village Squash Club, the
Lyford Cay School and H G
The proceeds of the event
will go to aid local children's
charities such as the Cancer
Society, the Sassoon
(Bahamas) Foundation for
Pediatric Heart Care, Special
Olympics, the Association for
the Physically Disabled, the
Chance Foundation and the
Mark Knowles Tennis Schol-
arship Fund.
To date, over $400,000 has
been distributed to various
charities. The aim this year is
to increase total donations to
The major sponsors to date
include Atlantis Resort &
Casino, Lombard Odier Dari-
er Hentsch Private Bank &
Trust, Pictet Bank & Trust
Ltd, Serenity Point, Abaco,
The Balmoral, the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism, Ameri-
can Airlines, the Bank of the
Bahamas, Everkey Global
Fund, Templeton Global
Advisors, Odyssey Aviation,
H 3 0 and
the Ministry of Youth Sports
& Culture.
The Mark Knowles
Celebrity Tennis Invitational
is a charity event that has
been hosted by Knowles since
2001. The event is held in
December at the National
Tennis Centre in Nassau
(New Providence), Bahamas.
For further details, visit:

GROENEFELD partnered with Knowles to win the Wimbledon mixed
doubles championship title this year...

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DESMOND BANNISTER, minister of youth, sports and culture, speaks during the commissioning ceremony...

Track stadium named

in Olympian's honour

THE track and field facility
at North Andros High School,
which reportedly has a strong
athletic programme, has been
named in honour of Carl
Oliver - the island's only
In 1996, Oliver was a two-
time member of the Bahamas
men's 4x400m relay team that
competed in Atlanta, Geor-
gia, and finished seventh in
the final. And in 2000 in Sid-
ney, Australia, the team won
Desmond Bannister, min-
ister of youth, sports and cul-
ture, attended the commis-
sioning service in Nicholls
Town last Friday. He said the
facility will be consistent with
the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium.
The new mondo surface of
the track is being built by
Emile Knowles of Knowles
Construction Services and it is
expected to be completed
within the next six weeks.
The Grand Bahama Sports
Complex is also being re-con-
structed with a new mondo
surface and is expected to be
ready when the track and
field season kicks off in Janu-

Grand Bahama Sports Complex

also getting new mondo surface

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champions St Bede's Crushers can be seen in action against the
St Cecilia's Strikers. The Crushers had a heartbreaking 37-36
loss as the Strikers took advantage of their home court to
avenge their only defeat of the season. They are tied with
identical 7-1 win-loss records, splitting their head-to-head
match-up, as the regular season starts to wind down...


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WITH a relatively new
cast of characters, the reign-
ing BAISS senior boys cham-
pions racked up another ear-
ly season win on their quest
for an elusive three-peat.
The Westminster College
Diplomats overpowered the
Queen's College Comets for
an effortless 75-47 win on the
road yesterday.
With five scorers in dou-
ble figures, led by Adrian
Sherman who came off the
bench to finish with 16
points, the Diplomats' bal-
anced scoring attack and
consistent activity on defence
were too much for the
Comets to handle as the
Diplomats remained unde-
feated on the year.
Early foul trouble was
prevalent in the opening
quarter as both teams were
in the bonus just five min-
utes into the game.
Trips to the foul line and a
slow pace to the game paid
dividends for the Comets as
they kept in striking distance
early on.
A layup by Eleazor John-
son trimmed it to 11-8 with
less than two minutes left to
play in the quarter.
With the starters in foul
trouble and the Diplomats'
reserves having to carry the
load, the defending champi-
ons led 18-10 after the first
In the second, the Diplo-
mats' advantage doubled due
to a stifling defence which
allowed just one field goal in
the quarter.
Shaquille Bain gave West-
minster its first double fig-
ure lead with a driving layup
to make the score 21-10 on
the opening possession. His
basket sparked a 14-1 run for
the Diplomats which put the
game all but out of reach.
Bain, who finished with 12
points, was forced to sit with
four early fouls but reserve
guard Buscar Panza was able
to fill the void and lead the
team on both ends of the
With nearly four minutes
elapsed in the quarter, Devin
Carey scored the Comets'
first point in the quarter with
one of two from the free
throw line.
Sherman dominated the
interior on both ends of the
floor as the Comets strug-
gled to match his physical
He came up with what
seemed like every other
loose ball or rebound and
lived at the free throw line,
forcing the Comets' bigmen
into foul trouble. He scored
eight of his 16 points in the
quarter and gave the Diplo-
mats a number of second
shot opportunities.
Panza gave the Diplomats
a 34-11 lead on a drive to the
lane just before Johnson,
who finished with 21 points,
scored the Comets only bas-
ket of the quarter with 33
seconds remaining.
Westminster led 34-15 at
the half.
Sherman opened the third
with much of the same, dom-
inance in the point as his ear-
ly basket sparked an 8-2 run
for the Diplomats.
The lead ballooned to as
much as 23 when a layup by
Thomas Mackey made it 43-
20 with 5:03 left to play in
the quarter.
The Comets enjoyed their
highest scoring quarter of the
game with 18 points, but also
gave up 18 points and failed
to decrease the deficit as the
Diplomats led 52-23 heading
into the final period.
The fourth quarter was all
Diplomats as they outscored
the Comets by nine in the
quarter and led by as much
as 30.
Mackey and Shaquille Fer-
nander also reached double
figures for the Diplomats as
each finished with 15 points,
while Brian Rose added 13.
Diplomats head coach
Geno Bullard said he expects
his team to reclaim their
throne atop the BAISS
standings at year's end,
despite the new cast of char-







DECEMBER 1, 2009

S B o c b I

'Holed up' for 24 hours in my firm

Business Reporter

The owner of
MAC Consul-
tants could spend
$5,000 fortifying
his business after
he was forced to 'hole up' in
his office for almost 24 hours
over the weekend until police
responded to his 919 emergency
call following a break-in.
John Laramore told Tribune
Business that after discovering
his store had been broken into,
he called police in the area to
investigate the robbery, and
decided to stay overnight at his
business to await police and
protect his investment.
However, no police came,
and during the course of the
night he had to watch a man
hurl a rock through the window
of his vehicle, which was parked
outside, in an attempt to steal
the battery. Still, no officers
came to the scene of his already
reported robbery or this latest
It was not until Mr Laramore
made a call to a friend, who
promptly e-mailed officers in
the upper echelons of the police
force, that help arrived after
what bordered on two days.
According to Mr Laramore,
a swarm of police arrived at
Clarawill House on Carmichael
Road, presumably after the e-
mail was received, and prompt-
ly dealt with his matter. He said
the high-ranking officer also

* Businessman forced to endure 24-hour wait for police
help after break-in that cost business $1,300
* Now faced with having to spend $5,000 on new alarm system
and other upgrades, after watching criminal break into van
* Police only respond after friend sends e-mail to senior officer
* 'I don't know if we (business people) have any other
choice' except to by guns for protection

came to the scene to apologise
for the lack of police response.
The robbery cost Mr
Laramore more than $1,300 in
lost merchandise, and the dam-
age to his vehicle will result in
so-far undetermined repairs.
And, due to what he considers
a substandard alarm system, he
is now forced to spend another
$1,600 dollars out-of-pocket for
a new alarm company.
According to Mr Laramore,
he has also been forced to
insure his stock in case of future
break-ins, which could drive the
total spend to secure his prop-
erty up to almost $5,000.
He said the thieves that hit
his store around 1.30am last Fri-
day morning got away with sev-
eral iPods, leaving the more
expensive Mac computers
"It could have been worse,"
said Mr Laramore. He said he
may have lost his car battery to
the second thief had it not been
bolted down.
According to him, he was sat-
isfied with the effort from the

police when they finally arrived,
but lamented that it should
have never taken the time it
did, nor the e-mail to a senior
officer, for them to respond.
Now, Mr Laramore is con-
cerned that he also needs to
purchase a gun to protect his
business, something he said he
has never wanted to do.
"I don't know if we [business
people] have any other choice,"
he said.
Businessmen and women
have raised concerns about the
rising crime rate they believe
is connected with the contract-
ing economy.
President of the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce,
Khaalis Rolle, said recently that
crime remains a serious con-
cern for businesses in the
Bahamas, "particularly when it
extends beyond the normal
armed robbery".
Mr Rolle has spoken on the
issue of crime in the Bahamas
in several forums, and remains
desperate to find a solution.
"I don't know where to start

with this," he said. "I have said
my piece a million times. From
the business community, the
best thing we can do in the
short term is to secure our busi-
nesses and properties as best
we can while we look for a long
term solution.
"It is something that has to
be addressed and the solution
isn't an easy one."
Mr Rolle said he is not con-
vinced that the typical alarm
system provides the robust
security that most businesses
need. However, he said they
are not to be discounted as an
immediate deterrent.
According to him, the crimi-
nal mind is often just as sharp
as the mind that dreamt up the
security system, which is its
major flaw.
"The development of crimi-
nal behavior takes on a new life
almost on a daily basis," Mr
Rolle said. "They manage their
activities around systems that
are limited in scope and limited
in their ability to change to
meet the criminal behavior."

Court of Appeal 'failure' is

criticised by Privy Council

Tribune Business Editor

THE Privy Council has criti-
cised the Court of Appeal for
"a failure of the judicial
process" in not providing writ-
ten reasons for its decision in
a case related to a long-running
dispute over a 92-acre tract of
land off Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling Highway, finding one of
the parties was "justifiably
aggrieved" to be lift in the dark
over his possessory title claim.
The UK-based court, the
highest authority in the
Bahamian judicial system, said
the Court of Appeal's failure
to provide written reasons for
its decision in a case brought
by Kenneth Higgs Snr, against
Leshelmaryas Investment Com-
pany and Annamae Woodside,
had "raised questions" as to its
intentions and left several issues
relating to legal matters sur-
rounding the land dispute unre-
The Privy Council, in its
judgment, noted that when its
Judicial Committee gave Mr
Higgs special leave to appeal
the appellate court's ruling on
December 2, 2008, "a direction
was given that written reasons
be provided by the Court of
Appeal for its September 4,
2007, ruling".
"The Board [Privy Council]
regret to say that there has
been no response by the Court

of Appeal to that direction,"
the judgment said, adding that
the Privy Council had been pro-
vided with a note of the court's
oral judgment by the attorney
for Mr Higgs.
However, this did not answer
several questions raised, and
the Privy Council said: "The
Board regret that they find it
necessary to repeat that it is the
duty of every court, and partic-
ularly every appellate court, to
give reasons for their decisions
unless relieved by the parties
from that obligation.
"To leave parties in doubt as
to why their contentions have
not been accepted is a failure of
the judicial process. Mr Higgs
was entitled to be told whether
his evidence about possessory
acts in relation to [the disputed
land] from 1970 to 2002 was
accepted and, if it was, why his
possessory title claim was
In the initial Supreme Court
action, then-Justice Jeanne
Thompson had rejected Mr
Higgs's claim to possessory title
of the land, which the judgment
called 'Tract A', due to a Sep-
tember 16, 1987, "incident" and
"confrontations on the land"
between Mr Higgs and a Mr
Leslie Miller. It is not known
whether the Mr Miller referred
to is the former PLP MP,
although he owns substantial

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LESS than one-third, or just
over 28 per cent, of the
Bahamas International Securi-
ties Exchange's (BISX) total
market capitalisation is in 'tru-
ly public' hands, Tribune Busi-
ness confirmed yesterday, with
analysts expressing concern that
the extent of majority share-
holder control was retarding
"ownership diversity" in the
Bahamian capital markets and
wider economy.
Keith Davies, BISX's chief
executive, yesterday confirmed
to Tribune Business that as at
September 30, 2009, some $810
million out of BISX's total
$2.89 billion market capitalisa-

Concern that majority control retarding 'ownership
diversity' in Bahamian capital markets and economy

tion was in the hands of
Bahamian retail and institu-
tional investors, as opposed to
just one controlling sharehold-
er or group of shareholders.
As a percentage, that works
out to just 28.04 per cent of
BISX-traded stocks being
owned by ordinary Bahamians,
or institutions such as pension
funds and insurance companies.
In short, it indicates that the
capital markets and BISX's
launch in 2000 have only
achieved limited wealth cre-
ation and diversity to date in
the Bahamian economy's own-
ership, even though this repre-

sents a significant advance on
what was there before.
Kenwood Kerr, chief execu-
tive at Providence Advisors,
said it would be "good" if
future initial public offerings
(IPOs) resulted in controlling
shareholders retaining a less
than 50 per cent stake after
coming to market.
He explained that a major
factor behind the lack of own-
ership diversity in BISX-listed
stocks was that, prior to the
exchange's creation, "those
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Business Reporter

A BAHAMIAN jewellery vendor turned around an-
almost $60,000 outlay on her own store in only two months,
and is celebrating a one-year anniversary in mid-December
in the midst of one of the deepest global recessions ever
Chelsie Maura, owner of A Divine Design, said despite a
slow summer this year, sales have been good, and with the
Christmas season here, she expects them to get better.
A young entrepreneur, Ms Maura began selling European
jewellery door-to-door when she left her job as a Spanish
teacher at St Augustine's College, after being diagnosed with
Myasthenia Gravis, a debilitating muscle disease.
According to her, she was always involved in art and
decided she would produce jewellery from precious and
semi-precious stones, selling them door-to-door at banks and
insurance companies.
After months of selling the jewellery, Ms Maura had
obtained so much inventory and had such a high demand for
her products that she was forced to open a store.
In December 2008, she renovated a small store on Bay
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own business.
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By RoyalFidelity Capital

IT WAS a moderate week
of trading in the Bahamian
stock market. Investors trad-
ed in six out of the 24 listed
securities, of which three

declined and three remained

A total of 78,765 shares
changed hands, representing
an increase of 73,265 shares,
compared to the previous

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week's trading volume of
Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) was the volume leader
and the lead decline, trading
70,515 shares and declining
by $0.12 to see its stock close
the week at $5.62.
FamGuard Corporation
(FAM) also declined dur-
ing the week, with its share
price dropping $0.10 on a
volume of 1,200 to close
the week at $6.40.

Investors traded $70,000
(par value), worth of
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
Series D Notes Due in
2015 (FBB15).

Commodities COMPANY NEWS
Weekly %Change Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) (FBB) released
Crude Oil $76.05 -2.16 its unaudited financial
Gold $1,175.50 2.16 statements for the quarter
ended September 30, 2009.
FBB reported net income
International Stock Market Indexes: of $1.1 million, compared
to $832,000 for the same
Weekly %Change nine-month period last
year, representing an
DJIA 10,309.92 -0.08 increase of $281,000 or 34
S & P 500 1,087.27 -0.38 per cent.
Net interest income
NASDAQ 2,138.44 -0.35 reported in the quarter was
Nikkei 9,081.52 -4.38 $6.6 million, up $456,000
or 7.4 per cent, compared

to the 2008 third quarter,
while non-interest income
of $4.1 million declined by
about $125,000 or 3 per
cent quarter-over-quarter.
FBB 's total expenses
for the quarter were $9.6
million, a slight increase
of $50,000 or 0.5 per cent
compared to the same
period in the previous
The expense category
with the highest percent-
age change was FBB's
provision for loan losses,
which totalled $773,000,
increasing by $344,000 or
45 per cent quarter-over-
Total assets and liabili-
ties as at September 30,
2009, were $279 million
and $244 million respec-
tively, compared to $272
million and $240 million
at year-end December 31,
The movement in assets
and liabilities was due pri-
marily to higher mort-
gages and loans, plus cus-
tomer deposits, being record-
ed by the bank.
Earnings per share (EPS)
increased by $0.01 quarter-
over-quarter to stand at $0.04
at September 30, 2009.

The Bahamian Stock Market







Dividend Notes:
Bank of the Bahamas
(BOB) declared a dividend
of $0.16 per share, payable on
December 15 to all ordinary
shareholders of record date
December 8, 2009.




Bahamas Supermarkets
announced that its AGM
meeting will be held on
December 3, 2009, at 6pm at
the Hilton Hotel.

Just 28% of BISX's $2.89b market cap in public's hands

FROM page 1B
to come to market and retain a
controlling interest - control of
management and shareholder
voting rights. The whole market
is concentrated through the
"Certainly, for its [the capital
markets] future development,
it needs to have a broad base
for its ownership and, by exten-
sion, the economy."
With such a substantial
amount of BISX's market cap-
italisation controlled by major-

ity or controlling investor
groups, Mr Kerr said one con-
sequence of this ownership con-
centration was liquidity - the
willingness of buyers and sellers
to interact and trade.
BISX has been plagued by
liquidity issues since inception,
and Mr Kerr conceded that one
consequence of ownership con-
centration was that "it leaves
you thinly traded". With major
institutional investors unable
to acquire the stock they want-
ed because majority investors

were staying put, the market
was frequently being left to the
smaller retail players, with
trades of only several hundred
"The institutional traders are
unable to change, control or
accumulate large chunks of
companies in rapid fashion.
That has to be accomplished
over a significant period of
time. It's obvious a limit.
There's not enough in float at
the time the value is right, and
the attractive price may soon

go," Mr Kerr told Tribune
He acknowledged that this
"inhibits the market", and left
major institutional investors
unable to "influence what goes
on in these companies in terms
of management and decision-
making, because they have lim-
ited shareholding percentages".
As Tribune Business report-
ed last week, perhaps the most
egregious example of this in the
Bahamian capital markets is
FirstCaribbean International

Bank (Bahamas), which is the
largest stock on BISX by mar-
ket capitalisation and accounts
for over 40 per cent of the mar-
ket, yet less than 5 per cent is in
the hands of Bahamian public
The remainder is owned by
its FirstCaribbean parent in
Barbados which, in turn, is con-
trolled by Canadian-based
Other companies where
there is a large majority share-
holder, or controlling group of
investors, are (non-BISX list-
ed) Bahamas Supermarkets (78
per cent in the hands of BSL
Holdings), and Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas), with some 75 per
cent in the parent's hands. In
the case of FINCO, 75 per cent
also remains in the hands of
Royal Bank of Canada, while
over 50 per cent of ICD Utili-
ties is controlled by Emera.
Among those with a more
diversified shareholder base are
AML Foods, Commonwealth
Bank and Cable Bahamas
(once Columbus Communica-
tions is bought out).
Capital markets in most
developed countries tend to
frown on public companies
where one large shareholder,
or group of controlling
investors, control the majority
of the stock, with investors shy-
ing away from them.
Mr Kerr said the Bahamas
was no different, adding: "Ana-
lysts and smart money would
want to be concerned about
shareholdings that are concen-

treated in a small group of share-
holders. That's a universal con-
As the Bahamian capital
markets matured, and investors
became more sophisticated, Mr
Kerr said majority control of a
public company by a small
investor group would become
"a significant issue" when com-
ing to market.
"In the past, it was not such
an issue, but going forward, yes.
We all mature as investors, and
the public will want to see less
of a controlling interest after
the issuance of shares, and
more in the marketplace," Mr
Kerr told Tribune Business.
Mr Davies last week said he
had long argued that BISX-list-
ed companies, and any plan-
ning to float via a future IPO,
should make a greater percent-
age of their shares available to
Bahamian institutional and
retail investors, fostering
greater wealth creation and a
more diverse ownership of this
nation's economy.
"It is my view and opinion
that a larger percentage of com-
panies should be made avail-
able, and sold when they are
able," Mr Davies told Tribune
Business. "I said that many
years ago, and I hold to that.
"I find it difficult to believe
that anyone going public now
will find it easy to sell such a
small percentage, as there is a
much more knowledgeable
investing public and they are
unwilling to accept such a large
percentage of control."

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By NEILHARTNEL * Leading attorney says Labour Board lacks authority
Tribune Business Editor

A LEADING leading
labour attorney yesterday
welcomed the approach of
Morton Salt's new German
owner to resolve all labour
disputes "in-house", telling
Tribune Business the current
Labour Board-Industrial Tri-
bunal route for solving such
matters was fraught with
Obie Ferguson, president
of the Trades Union Congress
(TUC) and head of his own
law firm, told this newspaper
that while the Labour Board
was billed as a "conciliation"
forum that attempted to rec-
oncile employer and employ-
ee, it was really acting as a
"mediator", yet lacked the
authority to force the parties
into a settlement.
"In the Bahamas, what we
call conciliation is really medi-
ation, and if you start off
wrong on anything, you won't
end up right," Mr Ferguson
"The Labour Board is
viewed as a conciliator, when
it is a mediator. The Labour
Board, as a conciliator, does
not have the authority to
cause parties to make agree-
ments when it is really acting
as a mediator. When you sit
there, the person covering the
issue does not have the
authority to deal with it."
Mr Ferguson said that if
employers and employees
were going to resolve their
disputes, they would do so
without having to go to the
Labour Board. He described
the current "conciliation"
process as "a waste of money"
for both employer and

to act as mediator and impose settlements

* Tribunal problems also cited in call for 'system upgrade'

* Morton Salt deal completed, and new

German owner's approach welcomed

employee if no resolution was
forthcoming, adding that he
had urged the Government
repeatedly to "upgrade the
Elsewhere, Mr Ferguson
told Tribune Business that the
Bahamas needed a process
that placed labour disputes,
which were in danger of
degenerating into strike
action, on the "fast track"
before the Industrial Tribunal.
Such a process existed in
the UK, where industrial dis-
putes were given "priority",
and Mr Ferguson said one
problem stemmed from the
fact that the Bahamas "mim-
ics UK rules, but not the
whole of it, and consequent-
ly we have all these industrial
"It seems to me that if we
want to find ways to effi-
ciently deal with matters we
should look to the mother
country. You make the nec-
essary adjustments on the
basis that the foundation is
"What we have here is a
Tribunal, by definition, that
is not able to deal with dis-
putes. It takes several months
to file, and then takes one to

four years before you get a
hearing. That's not produc-
tive, and that's why I welcome
the Morton Salt approach to
solving it in-house."
The Inagua-based salt pro-
duction facility's takeover by
German-based K + S was
completed on October 1,
2009, and the new owners had
informed Mr Ferguson of
their desire to work with the
union representing the major-
ity of the company's line
workers, and their approach
to doing so, in writing.
The TUC president said
another weakness in the
Bahamian system was that the
Industrial Tribunal was not a
court of law, but a quasi-judi-
cial body, and it was unable to
adjudicate on criminal mat-
ters. Industrial issues fell into
the criminal preserve if there
was "a failure to treat it as a
The end-result, Mr Fergu-
son said, was that the "system
gets cl' . -. ,"', to the frustra-
tion of employer, union and
He added: "We have out-
grown the system, and have
called on the Minister of
Labour to deal with it. The

Store achieves sparkling

$60k outlay returns

FROM page 1B
stones from a distributor in Europe, often pur-
chasing boulders and having them custom-cut
and shaped, then shipped, to her store. She is
one of the few local distributors of Venetian
Glass, an elaborate and skillfully made glass
object blown in Italy.
Ms Maura spends as much on her merchandise

as she does on marketing, and with two television
advertisements and several newspaper adver-
tisements to precede her store-wide sale begin-
ning this Thursday, she expects a better than
average holiday season.
"God has truly blessed me," she said.
Ms Maura said word-of-mouth has thus far
been her largest traffic driver, and she expects
much more of the same into the New Year.

system is not where it ought
to be. The way it's structured
now, it can take anywhere
from 12 months to three-four
years to get a matter heard
and adjudicated at the Indus-
trial Tribunal."
Mr Ferguson cited as a case
in point the dispute involving
the Port Authority union
workers in Grand Bahama,
who had voted in favour of
industrial action, and the min-
ister had refused to issue a
certificate to acknowledge the
vote had been taken.
Mr Ferguson said the Min-
ister had referred the matter
to the Industrial Tribunal, but
the latter did not have the
power to deal with the matter
because the certification of
the strike vote had not been
The TUC president added
that these situations were
causing "uncertainty" on the
labour side of the equation,
and resolving them would
reduce industrial disputes to a
level that was "marginal".


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Court of Appeal 'failure' is criticized by Privy Council

FROM page 1B

landholdings in the same area
off Tonique Williams-Darling
The September incident
referred to the Higgs family's
opposition to surveyors con-
ducting a boundary survey of
Tract A, in response to an
application for the land's parti-
The Privy Council judgment
recalled: "This opposition
resulted in a considerable dis-
turbance on or near Tract A
taking place. Police were sum-
moned. A tractor, brought on
to the site by the surveyors in
order to clear the Tract A

boundaries of scrub vegetation,
was allegedly overturned by
bulldozers and then surrounded
by or buried beneath (descrip-
tions differ) mounds of earth."
Yet the Privy Council noted
that the land confrontations
between Mr Higgs and Mr
Miller took place in the early
1990s, more than 20 years after
a Certificate of Title to the land
was granted, while the Septem-
ber 1987 "incident" could, if Mr
Higgs was able to sustain a pos-
sessory title claim, have been
construed as a re-entry or
resumption of documentary
title rights by the owner.
These issues were not
explored, and the Privy Council

said Mr Higgs's first ground of
appeal - that the Supreme
Court had made no findings of
fact with regard to his posses-
sory title claim - were also not
explored by the Court of
The Privy Council found: "It
may reasonably be thought that
the Court of Appeal, by remit-
ting the case to the Supreme
Court for Leshel's partition
application to be re-examined,
impliedly dismissed Mr Higgs'
appeal on the possessory title
issue. After all, if that part of
the appeal were allowed, there
would be nothing to remit.
"But parties are entitled to
have their appeals dealt with in
express terms and, if dismissed,
to know the reasons for that
dismissal. The Court of
Appeal's treatment of the
appeal has left Mr Higgs justi-
fiably aggrieved."
Tracing the origins of the dis-
pute, in which Mr Higgs is rep-
resenting the estate of his late
mother Clotilda Higgs, the
Privy Council said they lay in
the division of the 92.33 acre
tract of land between the chil-
dren and grandchildren of All-
iday Adderley.
A Bahamian company, Nas-
sauvian Ltd, ultimately
acquired a 25 per cent share in
the land on January 6, 1964,
obtaining a Certificate of Title
in February 1970 following a
protracted court battle with the

adverse possessory title claims
of Clotilda Higgs and one of
her brothers.
Nassauvian Ltd ultimately
sold its 1/4 share in the land to
an entity called Group Three
Ltd on June 28, 1990, which
then sold this to Leshelmaryas
Investment Company on Jan-
uary 14, 2002.
It was Nassauvian Ltd who
had attempted to survey the
boundaries of Tract A, in a bid
to agree a division of it with the
other owners, leading to the
September 1987 incident and a
subsequent court action in
which the Higgs family were
prevented by injunction from
interfering with the surveying.
The Supreme Court also reaf-
firmed Nassauvian Ltd's title
to a 1/4 share in Tract A.
Then, Leshelmaryas Invest-
ment Company, applied on July
19, 2002, under the Partition
Act for a Supreme Court Order
that Tract A be partitioned
among its various owners. It
also sought an Order granting it
28.85 acres, or a 1/4 share in
Tract A, or, in the alternative
an order for Tract A's sale and
the distribution of the proceeds
of the sale among the owners.
Mr Higgs and his mother,
Clotilda's, estate, filed and
defence and counterclaim
asserting that they had posses-
sory title over the whole of
Tract A, denying Leshelmaryas
Investment Company's claim

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to any title interest.
Mr Higgs appealed to the
Privy Council on the grounds
that no reasons for his action's
dismissal had been given by the
Court of Appeal, and "that no
sufficient findings of fact" were
made by the Supreme Court.
However, the Privy Council
said his appeal on these
grounds was "bound to fail",
due to the 1987 court action
confirming Nassauvian Ltd's
Certificate of Title. To obtain
good adverse possessory title,
a party needs to have an unin-
terrupted 20-year period in
adverse possession, and the
1987 date splits both the 1970
court ruling and the 2002
Leshelmaryas Investment Com-
pany action.
Ultimately, the Court of
Appeal ruled that Mr Higgs's
possessory title appeal was dis-
missed, but that the Court of
Appeal was correct in setting
aside the award of specific
parcels to Leshelmaryas Invest-
ment Company, Annamae
Woodside and Clotilda's estate.
The Privy Council ruled that
the partition action should be
remitted to the Supreme Court
for a re-hearing, during which

Mr Higgs could argue that he
and the estate had established
possessory title to the other
parcels of Tract A other than
that owned by Leshelmaryas
Investment Company.
"Unless the tenants in com-
mon entitled to shares in Tract
A can agree upon a partition
of the land, it seems to the
Board, as at present advised,
that a sale of Tract A and a
division of the proceeds of sale
is likely to be inevitable," the
Privy Council ruled.
"If Clotilda's executors can
succeed in satisfying the judge
before whom the remitted
action is heard that they have
acquired by their possessory
acts over Tract A the rights of
their co-tenants in common
other than Leshel, their indi-
vidual share will have increased
from 1/12 to 3/4.
"It would be reasonable to
expect that they and Leshel
could agree upon a division of
the land. If they cannot agree, it
appears to the Board -
although this does not of course
bind the judge - the sensible
course would be to direct a sale
by auction with both parties at
liberty to bid."

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ROLLE late of the Eastern District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estate are required to send their
names, addresses and particulars of the same certified
in writing to the undersigned on or before the 11th day
December A. D., 2009, and if required, prove such debts
or claims, or in default be excluded from any distribution;
after the above date the assets will be distributed having
regard only to the proved debts or claims of which the
Administrator shall have had Notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or
before the aforementioned date.

Attorneys for the Executrix
Alvernia Court, 94 Dowdeswell Street
P.O. Box N-3114
Nassau, The Bahamas

NO. 45 OF 2000


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 of
The International Business Companies Act, 2000 No. 45
of 2000, TEENE ESTABLISHMENT LTD is in dissolution.
The date of commencement of dissolution was the 27th
day of November, 2009. M. Laverne Nixon of Nassau,
Bahamas is the Liquidator of TEENE ESTABLISHMENT

M. Laverne Nixon

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Continuing the fight against

TODAY, under the theme
"Universal Access and
Human Rights", countries
all over the world will
observe World AIDS Day.
And the AIDS Foundation of the
Bahamas in conjunction with the
Resource Committee at the AIDS
Centre and the Ministry of Educa-
tion have organised a number of
events to commemorate the day.
A human red ribbon, in the shape
of the well-known symbol for the
fight against AIDS, will be formed
on Rawson Square today by vol-
unteers and students from a num-
ber of schools including Temple
Christian School; H 0 Nash School;
R M Bailey High School; C W
Sawyer Primary School; Oakes
Field Primary School; Albury Sayle
Primary School; Christian Heritage
School, and Woodcock Primary
This has been an annual event
for a number of years, and its pri-
mary goal is to assist in increasing
awareness of HIV/AIDS.
The AIDS Foundation also host-
ed a fun-run-walk last Saturday.
Participants started at Arawak Cay
and completed three different
Additionally, the "Know Your
Status" photo exhibition at Doon-
galik Studios, as well as an art com-
petition dealing with the topic of
HIV/AIDS was held last week.
And as has become tradition,
Colinalmperial hosted the 16th
annual Red Ribbon Ball last week-

All proceeds were donated to the
AIDS Foundation to assist in fund-
ing the Outreach Centre for ado-
lescents who are living with HIV
and AIDS, education and aware-
ness projects, lab equipment, and
assisting patients from the Family
This comes at a time when the
number of new HIV cases in the
Bahamas is set to increase.
From January to April 2009, 57
more people were added to the list
of people infected with the virus in
the Bahamas.
Meanwhile, during the same peri-
od, 42 people with HIV saw their
disease progress to the critical
AIDS stage of the illness, resulting
in 22 deaths during those four
"If we multiply 57 times four, we
get 228. That would be more than
we had last year. We'll have to see
how things pan out," said Dr Perry
Gomez, director of the National
AIDS Programme.
World AIDS Day is observed on
December 1 each year and serves
the purpose of bringing to light the
AIDS pandemic. Governments,
communities and foundations all
over world have been dedicated to
waging war against the disease by
encouraging individuals who are
sexual active to get tested.
There have also been extensive
efforts made to remove the stigma
associated with HIV/AIDS.
For more information go to

Lee Jin-man/AP Photo
AN AID worker carries a red ribbon, the international symbol for AIDS awareness, during an AIDS awareness cam-
paign in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. World AIDS day will be marked on Tuesday, Dec. 1, to increase
awareness of the sexually-transmitted fatal disease.

Rise in flu vaccinations due to Swine flu scare

Tribune Features Reporter

SWINE flu has made head-
lines around the world, and
while the Bahamas hasn't
experienced any severe out-
breaks, the HIN1 virus has led
to locals getting seasonal flu
shots like never before.
"Bahamians generally wait
for disasters, and very few of
them have gotten the flu shot
over the years. But the swine
flu has truly opened the eyes
of Bahamians to health risks
and healthcare," said Health
Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.
"(The virus) has brought
negativity in the amount of
deaths that have happened as
a result of complications, but it
has brought some positives as
Bahamians are becoming a
lot more hygienic and cog-
nisant of health risks as a result
of the virus, Dr Minnis told
Tribune Health.
In the Bahamas, persons can
receive the yearly seasonal flu
shots at government clinics at
no charge to them.
In Dr Minnis' constituency
of Killarney, over 100 persons
were recently injected with the
vaccine, administered by the
Health Minister himself.
"We would recommend that
all Bahamians as much as pos-
sible receive the regular flu
shot because it's a seasonal
thing," he said.
"The flu shot would
decrease the chances of you
receiving the flu."
There is a misconception
that the seasonal flu vaccine
gives you the flu virus. But the
vaccine cannot give persons
the flu because it does not con-
tain the live virus.
Sometimes there can be side
effects that are flu-like, but
they are usually gone within
24 to 48 hours.
While there have been no
deaths caused by the flu local-
ly, Dr Minnis advises that it is
best to be prepared at all
times. Around the world,
between 250,000 and 500,000
people die annually as a result
of flu complications.

The older population is
more prone to complications
from the regular flu, while the
H1N1 strain of the influenza
virus has caused the deaths of
many young people.
There also seems to be a
greater mortality rate in preg-
nant women who are infected
with the swine flu, but doctors
are still stumped as to why this
is the case.
As it concerns swine flu
shots, it is anticipated that the
Bahamas will receive vaccina-
tions to protect up to a quarter
of a million people.
The swine flu shots come
through the World Health
Organisation (WHO), which
will ensure the safety of the
"We were hoping the swine
flu shot would've been avail-
able this month," Dr Minnis
told Tribune Health. "We are
in constant communication
with the WHO because we are
dealing with the worldwide
"In the meantime, we would
still be very vigilant of the
swine flu HIN1 virus and be
sure that our population takes
the necessary precautions. We
recommend that all Bahami-
ans be protected," said Dr
"When (the vaccine) is
available we will make the
announcements so that
Bahamians can come into gov-
ernment clinics to get the vac-
cination," he said.
But Dr Minnis emphasised
that it is still important to get
the regular flu shots.
"Not only does the flu make
you feel bad, but the flu forces
you to be off from work for at
least a week. That has a
greater impact on the eco-
nomic situation within the
workplace. On some jobs
there may be only two indi-
viduals employed. Imagine if
both have the flu, and realise
the kind of implications that
has on that business," he said.
General practitioners said
that because of the swine flu,
they expect that the seasonal
flu may be worse this year
than in previous years.
And due to the focus on

swine flu, there has been a
decrease in supply of regular
flu vaccines.
An insider at Nassau Agen-
cies told Tribune Health that
they would like to order more
face masks, which would help
protect people from the flu,
but government has not
reduced or removed the high
duty fee of 45 per cent on the
"If there is an epidemic of
swine flu this year, we're
screwed and we will be caught
with our pants down," said
Barbara Donathan of Nassau
Agencies Ltd.
"We brought a few in, but
have not ordered any others
because government has not
removed the duty. By the time
it is shipped, and duty is added,
it's more than double," she
Lowe's Wholesale Drug
Agency normally gets their flu
medication on time, but this
year they were unable to order
their regular quantity of the
GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine.
"We haven't been able to
get the quantity that we've
been trying to get," Caroll
Sands, director of pharmaceu-
tical sales at Lowe's Whole-
sale, told Tribune Health.
"I know (suppliers) are con-
centrating a lot on the swine
flu vaccine."
According to Mr Sands, the
company he orders the vac-
cines from is temporarily out
of the vaccine.
Flu season starts in October
and begins to peak in Novem-
ber, continuing on through
April. There are only three
drug companies that manu-
facture the flu vaccine -
Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline and
Children in general are at
risk. Anyone over the age of
50 is encouraged to get the
injection. And people who
work in nursing homes and in
the health care profession are
also urged to get vaccinated.
"People over 50 and diabet-
ics tend to be more keen on
getting it because they realise
they are in that group who are
susceptible," Ms Donathan

Miguel Tovar/AP Photo
A NURSE receives a swine flu vaccine at a hospital in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. Mexico
City started Thursday with the vaccination program for health workers.






The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award - A call for nominations

THE Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
is one of the most respected
charitable organizations in the
Bahamas. Since its formation
in 1961, the Foundation has
seen many changes in the
treatment and prevention of
heart disease and heart con-
As an organisation, the
Foundation seeks to recognize
and honour those who have
sought to touch the lives of
Each year, the Sir Victor
Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart
Foundation offers the Lady
Sassoon "Golden Heart
Award" at the Annual Heart
Ball. This award was initiat-
ed by the Foundation in 1968
to applaud and give recogni-
tion to individuals who have
selflessly given of themselves
to promote human welfare
and dignity, thus making life
better for their fellow men.
The Golden Heart Award
for 2008 will be presented at
the 46th annual Heart Ball,
scheduled to be held on Feb-
ruary 13, 2010 at the Shera-
ton Nassau Beach Resort.
Interested persons are invit-
ed to submit a nomination, to


THE FOUNDATION last week jump-started its fundraising activities with the 4th Annual Heart Ball Committee Tea Party and Fashion Show under
the theme "Tea Around The Universe" at Government House.

be accompanied by a letter or
statement explaining why the
person recommended should
receive the award.
Nominations are to be sub-

mitted to:
The Golden Heart Award
Committee; PO Box N-8189
Nassau, the Bahamas.
Alternatively, submissions

can be hand-delivered to
Grosham Property, Cable
Beach. This is the office site
for the Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation.

The deadline for nomina-
tions is January 15, 2010.
For more details call 327-
The Foundation last week

jump-started its fundraising
activities with the 4th Annual
Heart Ball Committee Tea
Party and Fashion Show
under the theme "Tea
Around The Universe" at
Government House.
This fun-filled afternoon of
elegance consisted of a fashion
show, a hat parade and a table
decorating contest. Teas were
provided by the Mikerlene
Munroe of Island Rose and
Beth Stuart of Beth's Kitchen.
The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
is a non-profit organisation
that assists children with the
treatment of heart disease and
educates Bahamians about
heart care. The Foundation
runs primarily on a voluntary
and contributory basis. As
such, 97 per cent of the funds
received go directly to the
treatment of heart disease in
children and the remaining
three per cent or less cover
the cost of administration. The
Foundation has two major
arms to help it fulfill its goals:
The Bahamas Heart Associa-
tion (the educational arm) and
the Heart Ball Committee
(the fundraising arm).


What does soul searching mean?

MANY of us have lazy, less pro-
ductive or in fact totally wasted days.
Days where the clock ticks by and
seconds of our life just slip away.
We tell ourselves that we deserve it
because our bodies and minds need
to rest and recharge. Modern day
life can be exhausting and many of
us have difficulty keeping on top of
For others, however, life may
seem meaningless and without direc-
tion. For them, the days seem long
and empty. Not recognizing that
those moments can never be
retrieved means that we lose sight
of the significance of living.
It is often only after facing death
or dying, that we come to appreciate
the value and inevitability of death.
Sayings such as, 'we are only here
once' and 'we only have one life to
live' become more poignant.
People who live to recount near
death experiences often talk about

'an awakening' or 'seeing the light'.
There has been a great deal of dis-
cussion on the meaning of the light
and each survivor defends their
However, all usually talk about
the peace, calm and recognizing a
familiar part of our true self.
But does that mean that we all
have to wait for that cliff-hanging
moment to uncover the very core of
who we are?
One interpretation of this 'awak-
ening' is seeing our soul. Perhaps
unveiled for the first time and
detached from past experiences,

thoughts and emotions. Our soul is
the very essence of who we are and
in fact it is our true identity. It
remains unchanged from birth and
waits for us to reconnect. It is sad
to think that many of us will com-
plete our lives without fully knowing
this part of ourselves.
All too often today we are con-
sumed by reacting to our thoughts,
instincts and emotions.
As a result, our living conscious-
ness forms a protective shell around
our soul and a divide takes place.
This is because we spend so much
time analysing and basing our lives
on past experience.
How many times have we been
ashamed of something we have done
and explain it away by saying 'well
you know that really isn't me ...' or
'that's really not like him...'.
Surely this means that we are
aware of our true self, but just not
intimately in tune with it. Experi-

ence and wisdom are important but
by placing too much emphasis on
them we fail to fully immerse our-
selves in life.
Knowing these things, we can con-
tinue on our self-discovery and soul
searching. Individuals who work
hard, evolve and uncover their true
selves. They find meaning and pur-
pose in life and this in turn helps
them to overcome painful and trau-
matic situations. The road to your
soul is in your growing knowledge of
Ways to accomplish this is by
looking inward and spending quali-
ty time meditating, praying or doing
yoga. This will take time to learn as
we have to shut off all conscious
thoughts and move inward.
Alternatively, we can discover our
natural self through doing selfless
acts of kindness.
Whatever you choose you will be
amazed to find that you have an infi-

nite capacity for giving and receiving
love. It will shine and glow from you
and people will be drawn to you.
Souls will touch souls and you will
discover a whole new dimension to
your relationships.
Since none of us know the time
of our death, it is vital that we appre-
ciate every moment of our lives.
Learning to stretch our hearts by
loving ourselves and others makes
for a very fulfilling life. Keep your
eyes on the big picture and remem-
ber that the most important things in
life are love, health and happiness.

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Wonderful December

DECEMBER is a wonder-
ful month for home garden-
ers. There is no mowing to do,
except maybe a little trim so
the lawn looks good for
The earliest tomatoes
should be turning ripe and
other vegetables such as string
beans, beets, chard and
spinach are at their initial
The weather allows for
comfortable conditions when
working in the garden and the
poinsettias are coming into
colour. A wonderful month
We must not allow the
pleasure of reaping ripe toma-
toes to blind us to the fact this
will be our only tomato har-
vest unless we plant more
seeds. I like to plant more
tomato seeds in a different
area when the first set have
flowered. You should get
about four crops from succes-
sive sowing and this will keep
you in tomatoes quite hand-
Sweet peppers should last
through the year but egg-
plants often need one extra
sowing to ensure good-sized
fruits. Snap beans should be
sown at monthly intervals
while green peas have a max-
imum of two productive har-
If we grow a second crop of

tomatoes, peppers, eggplants
or potatoes in the same place
we are inviting nematodes to
share our produce with us.
Nematodes, or eelworms,
are microscopic organisms
that are attracted to certain
plants. When their numbers
are sufficient they block the
tissue of the root system and
the plant dies of starvation
and lack of water.
The best solution is pre-
Instead of tomatoes fol-
lowing tomatoes, plant mem-
bers of the cabbage family or
the cucumber family. The
nematodes that attack toma-
toes do not attack other veg-
If you no option but to
grow two sets of tomatoes in
the same ground, ensure that
you cover the garden with
clear plastic in June or July
and keep it there until Sep-
tember. This helps kill nema-
todes and is very effective.
There are no nematode
killers on sale to the public so
we must be very careful and
rotate our crops assiduously.
If your Christmas
flowerbeds are not up to stan-
dard you may have to
visit the nursery and buy
sets of established plants.
New Guinea impatiens
takes more sun than regular
impatiens and lasts longer.

Even when not flowering, the
variegated ones look colour-
December is the beginning
of the kalanchoe flowering
Kalanchoe comes in an
amazing array of colours and
can be grown in part shade or
full sun. It will flower until
well after Easter when, being
a perennial, it will lose its
flowers but retain its fleshy
leaves. Next November or
December it will flower again.
Even those gardeners who
have poinsettias are likely to
pick up one or two potted
poinsettias for indoor deco-
Choose a plant that is
upright and healthy. The per-
fect plant will be two and a
half times taller than it is
wide; there should be no
green edges to the colourful
bracts, there should be no fall-
en leaves or evidence that
lower leaves have been picked
off, and the real flowers,
which are yellow, should be
green or red tipped.
If there are signs of pollen it
means the plant is heading
towards maturity and unlike-
ly to last long in a pristine
Time for dessert, and what
better than strawberries. The
strawberry season in Florida
was late this year due to

NEW Guinea
have the
appeal of

unseasonably warm weather
in early autumn. Nurseries
have plants now and they will
produce almost instantly.
Freshly picked strawberries
are far better flavoured than
those that have travelled, and
strawberries grown in the gar-

den rarely make it back to the
There is a quickening of
excitement throughout the
month of December, climax-
ing at Christmas. If you plant-
ed at the right time there
should be several vegetables

on your Christmas season
menus that came from your
own garden.

* For more information or
questions e-mail Gardener Jack






Bahamian woman elected Master of

the Bench at Middle Temple in London

BERTHA Cooper-
Rousseau, a Bahami-
an attorney-at-law
called to the Bar of
England and Wales
and the Bahamas
Bar, had already had
a long and very suc-
cessful career in the
legal profession
when she was highly
honoured once more.
Last month, Ms Cooper-
Rousseau was called as Mas-
ter of the Bench last month
at the Honourable Society of
the Middle Temple in United
Middle Temple is one of the
four Inns of Court in England
and Wales that have the right
to call men and women to the
Bar. The position of Bencher
or Master of the Bench con-
ferred on Ms Cooper-
Rousseau by Middle Temple
is granted to persons elected
in recognition of the contri-
bution they have made as a
barrister to the life of the Inn
or to the law.
Speaking before other Mas-
ters of the Bench and the
High Commissioner of the
Bahamas Paul Farquharson
following acceptance of her
Bench Call by the Master
Treasurer of Middle Temple
Sir George Newman, Ms
Cooper-Rousseau shared her

vision of the Bahamas as, "a
competitive international arbi-
tration centre" and a country
that she hopes will develop "a
vibrant and feasible renew-
able energy sector."
Members of the Royal
Family, distinguished jurists
from other countries and non-
members of the legal profes-
sion that have distinguished
themselves in their careers
may also be elected as
Benchers. For example, in
July 2009, Prince William was
appointed a Royal Bencher.
Having been called to the
Bench, Ms Cooper-Rousseau
will be recognized as a senior
member of an Inn of court in
England and Wales, and is a
position she will hold for life.
Ms Cooper-Rousseau was
among a distinguished group
elected as Benchers, which
included Professor Carol Har-
low QC, Bailiff of Jersey;
Michael Birt; Professor Stu-
art Bridge; the Lord Guthrie;
the Commonwealth Deputy-
Secretary General Masekgoa
Masire-Mwamba; Dame Pro-
fessor Jean Thompson, and
Professor Kate Malleson.
Ms Cooper-Rousseau came
to a career in the law follow-
ing education and training in
France. In Paris, she studied
French at the Sorbonne and
obtained Bachelor and Mas-
ters Degrees in International
Relations at L'Institut d'E-
tude des Relations Interna-

She also undertook studies
in Maritime Law at L'Univer-
site de Bretagne Occidentale
in Brest, France. An engage-
ment at as maritime officer in
the Maritime Division of the
Bahamas High Commission
in London, followed.
In 1991, Ms Cooper-
Rousseau obtained an LLB
Degree from the University
of London, following which
she successfully completed the
She obtained a pupilage
with James Dingemans, QC,
at I Crown Row, now 3 Hare
Court, where she is today a
Door Tenant. As a Door Ten-
ant, she is a barrister granted
permission to join the Cham-
bers of James Guthrie QC,
and work with them from
premises outside the cham-
bers themselves.
In the Bahamas, Ms Coop-
er-Rousseau established the
Chambers of Rousseau and
Cooper in 1999. The firm's
primary concentration is in
commercial and business Law.
Ms Cooper-Rousseau's prac-
tice frequently requires her to
work with lawyers in other
jurisdictions on multi-juris-
dictional matters ranging from
trusts, tracing and fraud to
corporate governance and reg-
ulatory issues.
To help prepare her for
aspects of the legal services
she renders, Ms Cooper-
Rousseau successfully com-
pleted the Financial Industry

Regulatory Authority (FIN-
RA) 7.
Ms Cooper-Rousseau is a
member of the Bahamas
Association of Securities
Dealers, and served as the
Association's vice-president
in 2009.
She is also an associate
member of The Chartered
Institute of Arbitrators; chair
and founding member of the
Chartered Institute of Arbi-
trators Caribbean Branch -
the Bahamas Chapter; mem-
ber of the Bahamas Middle
Temple Society (BMTS); the
Connecticut Maritime Asso-
ciation and the US-Azerbai-
jan Chamber of Commerce.
Fully committed to the Bar,
Ms Cooper-Rousseau is keen
to work with BMTS and the
Bahamas Bar Association on
the implementation of manda-
tory continuing education for
members of the Bahamas Bar.
Ms Cooper-Rousseau said
that she was particularly
pleased that her call was by
Sir George Newman, who is
presently Justice Newman of
the Bahamas Court of
She accepted her call on
behalf of her fellow Bahami-
ans who are Members of Mid-
dle Temple. Ms Cooper-
Rousseau said that she con-
siders her achievement an
indication of what Bahamians
can achieve and the depth of
talent in the law and other
areas in her country.

Ms Cooper-Rousseau is the
daughter of the Rev Dr
Reuben E Cooper, Sr, and
Florence Edgecombe Coop-
er, both deceased. She is the
mother of two daughters,
Alexandra and Veronique.
The Honourable Society of

Middle Temple extended best
wishes to Ms Cooper-
Rousseau on her Bench Call,
and for continued success, and
in the contribution she is mak-
ing to the further develop-
ment of the legal profession
in the Bahamas.

Sweet, sweet



FASHION conscious
moms-to-be can often be
heard complaining about how
frustrating they find the task
of searching for stylish cloth-
ing and accessories for them-
selves and their baby.
But that's all about to
change. A new store on
Rosetta Street named "Lul-
laby" is seeking to bring the
newest in baby fashions and
other items to Bahamians.
'Lullaby' is the brain child
of co-owners Earla and
Eugene Rahming and Cara
Seymour, all family members
who have embarked on this
business venture with high
The store opened is doors
last Friday, and the owners
are preparing for the grand
opening this coming Saturday.

Earla Rahming spoke with
Tribune Woman about what
sparked the idea behind 'Lul-
"I have been a buyer for
several years, and before I
had my baby I would go out
shopping for baby clothing
but couldn't find anything. I
said, 'I must not be the only
person who feels this way.'
"Basically my family and I
just wanted something to call
our own, so we opened the
store" she said.
With her eye for detail,
fashion trends and value for
money, she went on a mission
to bring "stylish back" for the
modern mother and her baby.
"We focus more on the
classical children clothing like
smock and christening dresses
for girls and rompers for boys.
We also have a diva diaper
bag. This is for the more styl-

ish mother because she can
carry it around and it doesn't
look at all like a diaper bag,"
she said.
According to Mrs Rah-
ming, the baby clothes they
sell are unique, yet simple,
reasonably priced and of a
good quality.
The decision to open the
store took a leap of faith on
part of the Rahming family,
especially in the midst of an
economic downturn. But
these entrepreneurs have no
"People said to us on many
occasions, 'You guys think it
is a good idea to open a cloth-
ing store in the middle of a
"It was something that we
prayed about and up to this
day we have no regrets. We
have seen doors open for us,
and the truth about the situa-
tion is you will never know
what something is like until
you try it," she said.
As they usher in the
Christmas season, the three
store owners expect to greet
even more customers who
are looking for that special
gift for their newest family

Standing tall

FROM page 10
she said she couldn't exist without it.
After the accident, Ms Adderley
admits she was "angry with God"
and went through some serious
struggles with her faith.
"I figured I had always been a
pretty nice person. And because I
had everything, the kind of job I
wanted, my own beautiful home, we
were travelling the world and plan-

ning on having children, but then
here was this change when my hus-
band left.
"I was hideous, all my hair was
shaved off. I had a scar on my neck.
I had wires wound in my head, and
through all this pain I kept thinking
how could this happen to me?"
Attempting to battle her situation
by praying for a miracle didn't help.
"I didn't want anything to do with
God," she said, "because I thought
this isn't the kind of God I would
want to be in a relationship with."
However, over time, she was able

to forgive her ex-husband for leav-
"I came to the realisation that for-
giveness wasn't about my ex-hus-
band. It was about healing me," she
"In forgiving my husband, I began
to focus my wholeness internally.
My work and my purpose is to do
God's will."
Now at the age of 60, Ms Adder-
ley is still open to the idea of mar-
riage. But she believes that it takes a
very strong and competent man to
"come up to someone like me and

ask me out."
She said her independence may
discourage some men from asking
her out. Men may see her assertive-
ness, self-assuredness, and may ques-
tion why they should talk to her, she
Still, Ms Adderley said she under-
stands that it is not easy for a man to
show interest in her.
"I think I'm a gift to a man," said
Ms Adderley. "I'm independent and
not needy, I have my own home, I
drive, and I'm great at making deci-

"Men need to understand that dis-
abled women are extremely inde-
pendent because if they don't take
care of themselves, no one will do it
for them," she said.
Ms Adderley said she wouldn't
marry a man who has a disability.
"I like to travel and do things, and
both of us can't be handicapped for
that to happen as often as I would
To any interested persons who
encounter her and may feel reluc-
tant to approach her, Ms Adderley
says, "just come up and talk."








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Tribune Features Reporter

ALK into Iris Adderley's office at
the Disability Affairs Division in
Centreville and you may easily miss
the fact that she's in an electric wheelchair.

Competence, intelligence,
and beauty radiated from her
during Tribune Woman's
introduction to Ms Adderley.
And that's exactly what she
wants persons to notice when
they meet her - her personal-
ity and professionalism, not
her wheelchair.
She is a psychologist and a
consultant for the Disability
Affairs Division in the Social
Services Office.
Early on in our interview
she corrects my language,
requesting that I use the term
'persons with disabilities'
instead of 'disabled persons.'
I adhered to that request in
this piece.
Twenty-seven years ago,
when she was in her thirties,
Ms Adderley was involved in
a life-altering car accident.
The most serious injury was
to her spinal cord which made
her a quadriplegic. (Quadri-
plegia is paralysis caused by
illness or injury that results in
the partial or total loss of use
of all of a person's limbs.)
After spending a month in
the acute intensive care unit,

two months in regular inten-
sive care and 18 months in a
rehabilitation centre, she
slowly recuperated from the
She had also sustained
extensive injuries to her face,
and plastic surgeons had to
do reconstructive surgery on
her face, implanting several
medical plates to restore her
Ms Adderley said after the
accident she was no longer a
"showpiece" in her own or
her husband's eyes.
Her husband could not deal
with the challenges and left
her two years after the acci-
It's not unusual that cou-
ples divorce after one partner
suffers a disabling condition.
"Statistically, about 80 per
cent of marriages fail," Ms
Adderley said.
"Women have a tendency
to stay in the relationship,
men have a tendency to exit
the marriage."
Before the accident, Ms
Adderley did a lot of model-
ling, as well as television and

radio work.
"I was 5'8" and with heels I
was 6'1". When I walked into
a room I automatically got
"Coming home in 24-hour
nursing care, all (my husband)
saw was probably having to
take care of a wife for the rest
of his life. What disappointed
me was that he should've
known what type of person I
was, that if anyone was going
to beat this, it would've been
At this point in the inter-
view, she cleared her throat
and used her stiffened fingers
to pick up a cup of coffee,
mocha flavour. It's one of her
"But (my husband's) leav-
ing was a blessing in disguise,"

she continued.
Ms Adderley's husband left
her while they were living in
the United States.
"I had no choice but to
fight. I'm convinced that I
wouldn't be where I am today
if he had stayed," she said.
Soon after she began her
psychology studies, while
working full-time.
Nevertheless, the divorce
was still a difficult to process
to go through.
As part of her studies, Ms
Adderley had to conduct a
survey in which she used
questions regarding able-bod-
ied men dating women with
disabilities. She said she did it
because she couldn't believe
she would have difficulty dat-

"What amazed me was to
see that respondees thought
women with disabilities
wouldn't be interested in sex."
The other question she
asked was whether the survey
participants would date some-
one who has a physical dis-
ability - the response was
overwhelmingly 'no'.
But despite what the sur-
vey said, getting dates was
never a huge problem for Ms
Adderley, that is while she
still lived in the US.
Professionally she also suc-
ceeded, quickly soaring to the
top and becoming a member
of the Mayor's Council for
Multiculturalism in Carroll-
ton, Texas.
"I was able to buy a house
in the US, and it was all about
what I brought to the table.
When I wanted to go to
places it was never about my
In 2000, she returned to
Nassau, and things changed.
Back in the Bahamas, she
soon realized that she couldn't
access buildings as easily as
in the US.
"I come home and I see
that I'm not respected for my
brains, that bothers me."
Sometimes a simple activity
like shopping can be daunt-
ing to persons with a disabili-
ty like Ms Adderley's.
"You don't want to be the
centre of everybody's atten-
tion," she said. "There are
many buildings that we can't
And adults with disabilities
don't want to be forced to
have to ask for help. It's
"demeaning" and takes their
away dignity, she said.
While there are now new
ramps at certain buildings and
other small provisions being
made, Ms Adderley said that
the government simply isn't
doing enough.
Ms Adderley and the
Bahamas National Council
for the Disabled have been
petitioning the government to
pass legislation to protect
their rights and privileges for
a long time now.
Most women in the
Bahamas fight for equal treat-
ment in their jobs and equal

pay, but women with a dis-
ability, Ms Adderley said, find
themselves fighting to even
get hired.
"My hands may not work,
my body may not look like
everyone else's, and I may
walk with a limp."
Even though she is fully
qualified, Ms Adderley said
employers may not consider
her for a position, discrimi-
nating against her because she
has a disability.
"On the phone, you are
going to talk to the 'real Iris',"
she said. "But when you see
me, you may think that's not
what I was expecting, or ask
"how do I handle this?"
She tells persons who find
themselves in such a situation
to simply ask what they can
do to help.
Ms Adderley has a presen-
tation next week and she
showed me how she folds the
document pages in different
ways so that once she is talk-
ing to the audience, she does-
n't have to look down. She
uses felt-tip pens as are much
easier for her to write with.
Little things like this are all
part of creating effective ways
to make things simpler.
Whenever Social Services
Minister Loretta Butler-Turn-
er has a speaking engagement
on the topic of disability, Ms
Adderley reviews her speech.
Before coming to work in
the mornings, Ms Adderley
said it takes her two hours to
get dressed.
To demonstrate how she
manages to dress herself, she
showed Tribune Woman a
metallic contraption that she
calls a "button holder."
The device is used to but-
ton and zip her clothing.
"I always tell persons I have
a disability but I want to be
able to compete equally," she
Being a person who was
used to being active and inde-
pendent, it was hard to face
the challenges that her dis-
ability brought with it. But
while she struggled physically,
her faith grew stronger, and

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