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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 2, 2009
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Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTRY of Tourism offi-
cials have increased their dam-
age control efforts in order to
minimise the fallout to the coun-
try's number one industry after
the recent robbery of 18 cruise
passengers in Nassau.
Tourism Minister Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace said min-
istry staff are scouring internet
websites to identify negative
reports and counter them with
positive messages about the
The ministry is also main-
taining that although the recent
incident was a horrifying ordeal,
it was not a wider reflection on

visitor experience in the country.
He added that local authori-
ties have been meeting with offi-
cials from the cruise liners in an
attempt to restore confidence in
Nassau as a safe destination in
the wake of the incident.
Shortly after noon on Friday,
November 20, two thugs armed
with shotguns held up two sep-
arate group of cruise passengers
on an onshore eco-tour of
BASH's Earth Village in the
Chippingham area.
Shortly after the attack,
unflattering reports of the coun-
try and the incident spread like
wildfire on the internet, with
one of the victims posting a
video on YouTube outlining his
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Commonage property 'stifling
Family Islands' development'
TAX attorney Ryan Pinder pushed for the House of Assembly's
Select Committee on Crown Land to focus some of its energies on
commonage property as it is stifling the development of many of
the country's Family Islands.
During his presentation to the committee at the Paul Far-
quharson Conference Centre on East Street on Monday, Mr Pin-
der said commonage property was, at one point, of great benefit to
the Bahamas. However, today this has become more of a hin-
drance than anything else, he said.
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its National Tree Lighting Ceremony under the theme 'The Good Ole Days of Christmas'.
Armed r be rie s'oserik et m usn ss s

Tribune Staff Reporter
BUSINESSES are at risk of crumbling at
the hands of ruthless gunmen as armed rob-
beries rise across the capital, fears chairman
of the Carmichael Business League Ethric

Inadequate resources at the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Carmichael Division are driving
business owners to arm themselves and invest in
expensive alarm systems to protect their assets.
There has been a steady increase in armed
robberies in the last month with gunmen tar-
getting businesses to steal deposit bags loaded
SEE page 10

I officers set to
be questioned
over Jamaican
man's claims

Tribune Staff Reporter
tee will soon begin ques-
tioning all immigration
officers who were on duty
at the time when a
Jamaican visitor claimed
he and a group of fellow
travellers were subjected
to a degrading search,
detention and deporta-
tion experience last
Director of Immigra-
tion Jack Thompson said
the "impartial" commit-
tee was appointed to
review the facts relating
to Jamaican Andrew Dil-
lion's allegations, and the
officers involved have
been "put on notice" that
SEE page two

The Bahamas is first
nation to sign tax
information exchange
agreement with China
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas became the
first country to sign a tax infor-
mation exchange agreement
with the People's Republic of
China yesterday, moving a step
closer to meeting its commit-
ment to be in compliance with
new international standards of
transparency and information
exchange in tax matters.
The signing was the sixth tax
information exchange agreement
(TIEA) concluded by the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas and the
third with a member of the G-20
group of nations.
It took place at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Goodman's
Bay. Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette signed on
behalf of the government of The
Bahamas, and the Chinese
Ambassador to The Bahamas,
Dingxian Hu, signed for the Peo-
ple's Republic of China (PRC).
The Ambassador said the
signing was "requested by the
Bahamian government" and he
said he "hopes the signing will
help the Bahamian government
to meet its commitments to
evolving international standards
of transparency and information
The Ambassador added:
"This is a wonderful day in
Bahamas-China relations. I
believe that with the signing of
the TIEA between China and
The Bahamas the friendly bilat-
eral cooperation in the area of
trade, economy and investment
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FROM page one

will be further enhanced and
Admitting that there are few
Chinese people currently
bringing their money to the
Bahamas, he said he hopes and
expects that within the next
"ten to twenty years more and
more companies and people
will come to invest here."
He said that the signing rep-
resents yet another step for-
ward in China-Bahamas rela-
tions in a year which has
already seen eight "important
agreements" signed, including
the agreement on the Promo-
tion and Protection of Invest-
ments by Bahamians and Chi-
nese in each other's countries,
forged during the state visit of
Chairman Wu Bangguo of the
Standing Committee of the
National People's Congress of
the PRC to The Bahamas in
The Ambassador said China
"gets a lot" from its relations
with this country, including our
government's support for its
One China policy versus Tai-
wanese independence, and
expects many benefits "in
developing trade and eco-
nomic cooperation in the
Mr Symonette reiterated
that the government antici-
pates to have signed the 12
TIEAs demanded by the G-
20 and Organisation for Eco-
nomic Cooperation and Devel-
opment in order to be
removed from that organisa-
tion's "grey list" by March
The Government has now
concluded TIEAS with the
US, Monaco, San Marino, UK,
New Zealand and China.
The signing of TIEAs is
intended to move us to the
safer "white list" of countries
deemed fully compliant with
evolved standards of trans-
parency and information
exchange in tax matters, which
have become a major priority
for governments worldwide
left cash-strapped since the
global financial crisis took

Section of Shirley Street should be

repaired by Christmas holidays

THE Ministry of Public Works
hopes to complete extensive repairs
of Shirley Street between Armstrong
Street and Frederick Street by the
Christmas holidays, Works Minister
Neko Grant said.
After the holidays, the ministry will
commence work from Armstrong
Street to Village Road, he added.
"We have been working on it for
some time now in conjunction with
Water and Sewage as well as the other
utility companies so we are so pleased
to present a wonderful Christmas pre-
sent to the road users of New Provi-
"We seek to pave and have com-
pleted in short order between Arm-
strong Street and Frederick Street.
Following the holidays we will be look-
ing at doing from Armstrong straight
up to Village Road," Mr Grant said

He added that as the street is being
repaved, underground utility repairs
are also being carried out.
"There will always be a need for
emergency works to be done but we

FROM page one Commonage property

"I propose that the com-
monage land be regularised,
that current occupiers be giv-
en the opportunity to acquire
title to the property, either by
grant or for a nominal amount.
This would give Bahamians the
economic ability to develop the
Family Islands and be self-sus-
taining. Bahamians would be
able to utilise the asset in order
to develop more modern ways
of farming, promote entrepre-
neurship, and empower
Bahamians," Mr Pinder said.
Admitting that there is the
concern that if the commonage
land were regularized Bahami-
ans might just sell the land off
to foreigners, Mr Pinder said
that there ought to be adequate
safeguards to prevent this and
preserve the land to the benefit
of Bahamians.
"We can formulate policies
or restrictions that would
address these issues, but we
must recognize, that the exist-
ing framework for commonage
land is a penalty in the devel-
opment of our greatest
resource, our family islands.
"I would ask the Committee
to consider presenting ideas for
a future vision for public owned
land, and in doing so make a

recommendation that com-
monage land be regularized. If
the Committee feels certain
restraints need to be put in
place I invite it to explore fea-
sible options, however, those
restrictions should not hand-
cuff Bahamians from economic
expansion through the use of
the land," he said.
With commonage property
originated in the early 1800's
as a way of providing slave
communities, and freed slave
communities with land to live
and farm on Mr Pinder
explained how this early prac-
tice can be seen in the island
of Exuma with the Rolle
"Another origin of common-
age in the Bahamas originates
from the English. In Family
Islands, such as Eleuthera, sys-
tems of common use of land
were established, with regula-
tions, for the common rights
held by common tenants based
on English custom and law.
This was the predicate for the
Commonage Act of 1896.
"The Commonage Act of
1896 provides general rules as
to who is entitled to occupy and
use common land, and set up

seek to improve the co-ordination of
the communications between our-
selves, the Ministry of Works and the
utility companies. We went to great
lengths to have a number of meetings

the framework for its manage-
ment. Each local community
likewise has rules and a repre-
sentative board to oversee the
commonage property. There
are significant islands in the
Bahamas that have expansive
acres of commonage. For exam-
ple, North Eleuthera has in
excess of 2,000 acres of com-
monage land," he said.
However, Mr Pinder said
that the need to diversify the
use of this land is required for
economic expansion of the
Family Islands.
"The viability of economic
expansion depends on capital
infusion into respective busi-
nesses. Unless Family Island
Bahamians can pledge or
secure their funding with the
property they possess, they will
be forever limited in their abil-
ity to participate in the expan-
sion of the national economy.
"If a farmer of commonage
land would like to expand into
modern era farming with tech-
nologies such as hydroponics,
and needs to secure a loan to
capitalize his business venture,
he has no land to secure the
funding, and he is also taking a
business risk in putting infra-
structure on land he does not
own. Likewise, if a Family
Island Bahamian would like to
develop land he is currently
farming, he cannot solicit
investors for capital, as they
will not own anything. These
inherent restrictions on com-
monage property are hinder-
ing economic development and
success in the Family Islands."
As the Family Islands have
seen an exodus of persons to
New Providence in the hopes
of finding jobs and earnings,
Mr Pinder reminded the com-
mittee that this population
influx has put tremendous
pressure on the local society.



prior to the commencement of the
work and so we should see hopefully
not necessarily an elimination, but a
reduction in the destruction of the
newly paved roads throughout New
Speaking on the issue, Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux said senior
officials at the Ministry of Public
Works will hold weekly meetings on
the subject of how to minimise over-
laps between the road paving schedule
and necessary underground utility
"We have done what we hoped to
do which is put the Ministry of Public
Works in charge of all road paving
whereby all the utility companies
would be required to appoint a spe-
cific person to get permission from
the director of Public Works for any
digging up of any public road," Mr
Deveaux explained.

I Immigrastion officersI

FROM page one

they "have been summoned
to appear before the commit-
In November, Andrew Dil-
lion wrote a letter to the
Jamaican Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, which he forwarded
to The Tribune, describing the
"horrible ordeal" he suffered
when he attempted to enter
the country to visit friends in
The businessman, who owns
a hair salon in Jamaica, claims
he was stopped at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
and subjected to a degrading
search experience at the air-
port, held at the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre for
almost two days without ade-
quate food or water and then
sent back to Jamaica without
knowing why.
A senior immigration offi-
cer, speaking on condition of
anonymity, told The Tribune
that Mr Dillion was turned
back because he "did not meet
pre-screening requirements."
However, the Jamaican said
he and the group with which
he was travelling "are not
refugees but decent law-abid-
ing citizens who just wanted
to have a vacation in Nassau,
Once in the Carmichael
Detention Centre, where he
was held until the next flight
back to Jamaica, Mr Dillion
said he underwent an "inhu-
mane" experience, being given
little food or water in the
"over-crowded" and smelly
facility where he and others,
including a baby, were forced
to sleep outside on a concrete
He allegedly witnessed an
officer openly take a bribe for
releasing a female detainee
and claimed that having hand-
ed over all of their personal
items to officers upon entry,
found that a confiscated $350
cellphone was not returned.
In his letter, Mr Dillion

asked for the relevant author-
ities to do something to
improve matters for future vis-
itors. He suggested that if left
unaddressed, these "embar-
rassing" circumstances could
cause much damage for The
Bahamas' reputation.
Days later, the Department
of Immigration released a
statement saying that it takes
such allegations "very seri-
ously" and intends to investi-
"We do not condone in any
way unprofessional, unethical
or inappropriate conduct by
staff to any person of any
nationality. We respect per-
sons who visit The Bahamas
and believe they ought to be
treated in a professional and
humane manner," said Mr
Yesterday the Director said
the department is "moving
aggressively" to have the mat-
ter heard by the committee
this week.
He would not reveal who is
on the committee but said he
is satisfied that it would be
"The committee is going to
make its recommendation and
findings known to me and we
will take the appropriate
action where possible. If at the
end of the day a person or per-
sons acted inappropriately
we're going to have to do what
we have to do and allow the
chips to fall where they may
if we find support to Mr Dil-
lion's claims.
"We have a statement from
him, we entered that into evi-
Earlier this year, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
ordered immigration officers
at their first annual public ser-
vice conference not to treat all
Jamaicans entering the coun-
try "as if they were known
He suggested this behaviour
of "far too many Bahamian
immigration officers" is
"offensive" and "unaccept-
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Kozeny attorney argues against extradition

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE appeal hearing over the
US government's extradition
request for investor Viktor
Kozeny continued in the appel-
late court yesterday as his attor-
ney gave reasons why the
request should not be granted.
Submissions on the matter
wrapped up yesterday after-
noon and the Court of Appeal
judges have now taken the mat-
ter under advisement.
Czech born Kozeny, 46, is
wanted by US authorities to
face charges of bribery and
money laundering. He is
accused of being the driving
force behind a multi-million dol-
lar bribery scheme which sought
to corrupt Azerbaijan officials
in the early 90s as well as of
conspiring to violate the US
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
(FCPA) which makes it an
offence to offer to pay, or to
pay, foreign government offi-
cials in order to gain or retain
Since its 1998 amendment,
the act also applies to foreign
establishments and persons who
intend to do the same while in
the US.
Kozeny's attorney Clive
Nicholls QC argued that the
request for Kozeny's extradi-
tion should fail as the offences
he is accused of amount to
transnational bribery which is

not a crime under Bahamian
He argued that as it relates
to transnational bribery, it is not
where the bribery take place
but the nationality of the offi-
cials, as the offence is not
defined by location. He pointed
out that if a person in the
Bahamas bribes a French judge
who is in the Bahamas, he com-
mits no offence.
Mr Nicholls also argued that
Kozeny was not a US resident
or national at the time the
alleged offences were commit-
ted and therefore is not subject
to the US jurisdiction.
He further submitted that

when the alleged offences were
committed, the Bahamas had
not signed onto the Organisa-
tion for Economic Co-opera-
tion and Development (OECD)
anti-bribery convention and also
that the alleged offences
occurred before the Interna-
tional Anti-Corruption Confer-
ence (IACC) came into force.
Mr Nicholls submitted that
Senior Justice Isaacs' ruling
against the extradition request
should be upheld.
Kozeny was held at Her
Majesty's Prison following his
arrest at his Lyford Cay home
on October 5, 2005, but was
released on $300,000 bail in

April 2007 by Senior Justice Jon
Magistrate Carolita Bethel
had approved the request by
US authorities for Kozeny's
extradition in September 2006,
however his attorneys brought a
habeas corpus application
before Senior Justice Isaacs,
who ruled against the US gov-
ernment's request, noting that
the offences in question were
not subject to extradition.
Mr Nicholls also argued that
an abuse of the process had tak-
en place, because US authorities
failed to disclose certain infor-
He said the US's non-disclo-
sure - particularly as it related
to a US judge's decision in the
case of Swiss lawyer Hans Bod-
mer, a co-defendant of Kozeny
- was in bad faith.
Mr Nicholls did however sup-
port Magistrate Bethel's deci-
sion to dismiss the money laun-
dering charges against Kozeny.
In coming to this decision in
June 2006, Magistrate Bethel
said she was not satisfied that
the acts for which US authori-
ties had indicted Kozeny con-
stituted an offence under
Bahamian law.
Alan Jones QC, who
appeared for the Crown, argued
that there was no real failure to
disclose information on the part
of US authorities.
He said Kozeny had not been
taken by surprise by the Bod-
mer case, as he knew what was

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Tribune Staff Reporter

ENTHUSIASM oozed from
new Minister of Education
Desmond Bannister and new
Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Charles Maynard as
they headed into the first Cabi-
net meeting under their new
portfolios yesterday.
Mr Maynard moves up to the
leadership post with more than
two years of experience as min-
ister of state for the department,
and Mr Bannister takes a step
up to one of the largest govern-
ment ministries after serving as
minister of youth, sports and cul-
Mr Bannister will fill the desk
left vacant by Carl Bethel who
resigned from the post on Mon-
day after he was elected chair-
man of the Free National Move-
ment at the FNM convention
last month. The resignation pro-
voked a minor re-shuffle of the
Cabinet effective as of yester-
As Minister of Education Mr
Bannister will be forced to grap-
ple with a number of issues, from
the national 'D' grade average
for BGCSE students to the fre-
quent occurrence of violent stab-
bings in school this term.
On his way into the Cabinet
meeting yesterday the new min-
ister of education said he will
address all issues in depth and
intends to take on professional
advice as he determines his strat-
egy and carves a way forward
for the department.
He takes up the post mindful
of his parents who have both
served as educators for nearly
50 years, which has given him a
good understanding of the issues

facing teachers,
staff and stu-
dents, Mr Ban-
nister said.
"I know the
teachers are
going to appre-
ciate and
that the son of
a teacher is
their minister,
as I have seen
the struggles DESMOND
my parents BANNISTER
faced in their
lives and I understand the strug-
gles teachers go through," Mr
Bannister added.
"One of the great concerns I
have is parental involvement in
schools and I think teachers are
also very concerned about
parental involvement.
"Some children come to
school with nothing in their
stomachs so it's very difficult for
them to learn.
"We have too many students
not doing homework, and not
even receiving high school diplo-
mas. That affects every aspect
of our society.
"They are the children who
are going to cause problems in
our society and are not going to
be able to get jobs, and as a
result we have all kinds of social

"They are
real issues we
have to address
. in Bahamian
..... society now.
S"We cannot
sweep them
under the rug
because teach-
ers are not
there to baby-
sit; teachers are
CHARLES there to help
MAYNARD children learn,"
he said.
Safety in schools and a system
for the early detection of learn-
ing difficulties will also receive
the new minister's attention, as
he stated his whole-hearted com-
mitment to the full-time post.
Mr Bannister said also looks
forward to working with the ded-
icated, committed and hard-
working Mr Maynard as the
minister of his former depart-
And Mr Maynard is keen to
rise to the challenges of his new
leadership post having been
actively involved in the ministry's
existing programmes.
Mr Maynard said: "We often
have senior officers' meetings
and I give my input, so it will be
a continuation of the things
already in place, expanding on

some programmes, and intro-
ducing some new programmes
as the budget allows.
"As junior minister I brought
to the table years of business
experience, community involve-
ment and networking with peo-
ple from all walks of life so I
believe I can handle the new job.
"It's a challenge and I'm up
for the challenge and willing to
work with the hardworking staff
at the ministry to carry us to
higher heights in youth, sports
and culture."
The Cabinet Office advised
that there has been no adjust-
ment to the portfolio responsi-
bilities of either ministry.

happening with his co-accused.
Mr Jones also argued that a
person's conduct is punishable
where it takes place or where
it will have effect. In this case,
he argued, the conduct in ques-
tion took place in the United
States as well as in Azerbaijan.
US officials allege that
Kozeny bribed senior govern-

ment officials of the former
Soviet republic of Azerbaijan
in an effort to gain an unfair
advantage during the privatisa-
tion of the state-owned oil com-
pany SOCAR in the early
1990s. If extradited to the Unit-
ed States, Kozeny could face a
jail sentence of up to 25 years.



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His supposed friends in the Democratic
Party are going to throw up fiscal obstacles
to increasing the number of troops in
Afghanistan by more than 30,000, and
Republicans who have been pushing Obama
to up the ante - and therefore should be
friendly now - can't be relied upon to match
their bellicosity with action.
Action is much more expensive than
rhetoric, and Republicans will be loath to
spend - especially if there's the slightest
chance that spending money will make Oba-
ma somehow look good.
But they all support the troops, of course.
They just don't spend any money on them.
It's going to take money, though - and lots of
it - to support an increase in troop strength.
Estimates are $1 million per soldier per year.
The money is going to have to come from
If Republicans and Democrats don't hold
Obama's ambitious domestic program
hostage, then something is wrong.
In politics, as in nature, the smell of blood
draws a crowd.
It would be against a politician's nature
not to strike at a political rival's throat under
the circumstances, even if he had been a
Obama took office less than a year ago
with sky-high approval ratings.
Those approval ratings are sinking as dis-
approval of the war in Afghanistan grows.
Further chipping away at the president's rat-
ings is the long and bloody fight over his
signature health care reform initiative.
Between the two issues, congressional
Democrats in swing states are going to have
to look out for themselves as the 2010 elec-
tions near.
Some whose Democratic constituents are
disillusioned with Obama for whatever rea-
son are putting distance between the presi-
dent and themselves in the primaries.
Wars have always been fueled by politics,
and these hyperpartisan days that's espe-
cially true. The threats posed by Taliban
insurgents are daunting, but not any less so
than the war effort getting caught up and

taken hostage in the 2010 Democrat-Repub-
lican fight for political dominance.
Is it really asking too much for power-
hungry partisans to focus on something
beyond bragging rights and chairmanships?
So the public is stuck; the GIs caught in
the middle are stuck; and the president is
really stuck.
Obama had just been elected to the Illi-
nois Senate when the war in Afghanistan
was launched eight years ago, but now he has
to find a way to accomplish something that
looks like a win.
A real win would be preferable, but first
somebody has to come up with a definition
of what a real win would be. That could be
Job 1 for Obama.
Staying in Afghanistan until its democra-
cy matures would keep us there until Oba-
ma's grandchildren are old enough to vote.
The country has no history of a strong cen-
tral government, and Hamid Karzai, the
president, doesn't appear to be in any hurry
to attack the corruption that has marked his
We should all be relieved to know that
the president appears to be headed down a
more pragmatic road.
It appears that the Obama White House
harbors no illusions that Jeffersonian democ-
racy will be taking root in Afghanistan any-
time soon.
Nor is there a false expectation that the
president's soaring oratory alone will carry
the day.
"No one has any illusion that this is the
campaign, that you can just turn this thing
around with a speech," a senior administra-
tion official told The Washington Post last
That's a good start - or at least a realistic
one. Now here's comes the part that should
make you wince.
"A lot of this strategy depends on things
we can't control - the Afghan government,
the Taliban, the role of Pakistan.
"This is one of those issues that defines the
extent and the limits of the president's pow-
The president and his people say that the
speech is going to outline clear goals and
objectives and "off ramps" - whatever that
Let's hope that the president, his advi-
sors and members of Congress looking for
political advantage remember in the midst of
their scheming that they are playing poker
not with chips but with lives.
When politicians play war, that seems to
be the first thing they forget.
(This article is by Arnold Garcia Jr.
c.2009 Cox Newspapers)

Huge population

increases tell a

raw, factual story

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Are we simply overpopu-
I was surprised but not
shocked looking up some
relevant Population Statis-
tics for The Bahamas and
compared some between
1980 -1990 to 2009.

1980 the population was
1990 the population
2009 the population
Simply between 1980-2009
an increase of 56.87 per cent.

1980 the population
1990 the population
2009 the population
Simply between 1980-2009
an increase of 51.87 per cent.

1990 the population
2009 the population
Simply between 1990-2009
an increase of 62.84 per cent.

1990 the population

2009 the population
Simply between 1990-2009
an increase of 6.25 per cent.

How many NEW job
employment positions were
created between 1980-2009
to satisfy this enormous
increase in population?
We know that some 3,000
students leave school annu-
ally and hit the street look-
ing for a job - jobs which
are new jobs not jobs that
have become available due
to retirement, death or sick-
We seem during the
Goombay Festival to have
babies out of style and now
we are faced with the raw
reality that we don't have a
chance to employ even 1 per
cent of those we created and
are citizens of this fair
What is the relative cost
to create 6.000 new jobs?
Take what Kerzner invested
which I believe now tops
US$2.3 billion, so we need at
the minimum a completion
of a Kerzner "Atlantis" pro-
ject every two years for the
next 10 years to provide

Culture is the voice of
EDITOR, The Tribune. piracy to region
perity and tech
A single shot rings out in the dead of night, dis- Now, do we
rupting the tranquility near one of our prime our destiny is sc
resort destinations; a motorcycle roars away dis- woven to clothe
appearing with its ghostly assailant into a mist of ous to the poin
mystery, leaving us to pick up the shattered excessive burde
pieces. the custodians
This scenario and others defy sense and reason strength.
in our beloved land; but with our trust planted in When did th
the immortal God we know that here on earth Bahamas confr
"culture is true and all others subordinate." and greed or wi
However, in our Bahamas today, the deafening ous, inbred disc
echo of silence drowns the solitary voices in var- We need to
ious pockets of concern declaring enlightenment not content to b
to the masses., tions and not ju
How in our wildest dreams do we expect to the promise
wholesale success of our nation when society youth, not justI
calls into question the retail value of one voice We are caug
crying out in the wilderness. Yours. nation's history
In this great rejuvenation of our land, we must ture that we mi
be guided by noble motives bearing the hall- letter speaks t
marks of tolerance and inclusion. We pray for the letter as th
day of our restoration to true-self, but we must tence astly, let us
first acknowledge that culture is a covenant Lastly, let us
between soul and spirit, time and eternity, and polemics) that t
God and man. of change - un
If our desire be a future of peace, we must and artifice in
not wage war with the past; how can our legacy instigation in th
be seasoned with honour when we distastefully but noble hun
malign our heritage, generations, in
How aware are we of our cultural surround- Now, let us
ings; do we embrace with passion the memory of unbounded rig]
times slowly slipping from the grasp of our minds; es culture in ou
do we hold reverent our stewardship of protect- Remember tl
ing the inheritance for children yet to come. time, Thank yo
We know culture to be a compass to guide us;
a looking-glass to reflect the beauty of a diverse, GREGORY
strong yet humble people; and a measure to trace Nassau,
"character" from a simple fishing village through November 24

those babies we brought into
the world, some chance to
be real men and real women
- employed.
Do you understand now
why we have such a messed
up so-called Bahamian soci-
ety? These Population Sta-
tistics certainly tells a raw
and factual story.
Forget Task Forces and
all those hair-brained con-
cepts we hear on the Talk
Shows - declare a National
Emergency and use the
powers to disrupt all the
criminal activities, even the
small ones which have cor-
rupted the whole or the
majority of our so-called
Christian society which is a
total farce anyway.
Tourism cannot rely on
cruise ship arrivals and the
spin that we have a good
increase - that's the bread
and butter we need air
arrivals, staying at the hotels.
I have concluded that nei-
ther party or us generally
have any interest or intent
to change the usual - we
live off numbers, Asue, tief-
ing and bribery/favours,
remove them and you will
collapse the economy. The
IMF might not know this,
but thinking people do.

November 28, 2009.

the people
al leader exerting economic pros-
nological insight.
dare break the thread with which
ewn; or do we blemish the fabric
e our history; if our laws be tenu-
t of frivolity: how be it we place
ens on the shoulders of our police,
s of order and last bastion of

is madness erupt; when will the
ont its ugly demons of hypocrisy
ill we be consumed by this insidi-
ease of all-for-me-baby.
become a nation of discoverers,
be just finders; we must seek solu-
st arrive at answers; we are bound
of developing a future for our
point the way.
ht in an inglorious moment in our
y; it is only with God-given cul-
ay salvage our souls; this seventh
o the seventh hour of our exis-
ndle swiftly burns.
concede (though challenged with
this country is ripe for the harvest
like that which was pure illusion
the deceptive aura of political
[e sixties - to feed the desperate
ger of a people spanning three
their quest for freedom.
s ordain democracy with the
ht to speak, for without our voic-
r Bahamas will wither and die.
he proverbial Fig Tree. Until next


4, 2009.

The Tribune.

I am a student of the
College of the Bahamas
in Mr Gibson's Geogra-
phy class and I am writ-
ing this letter requesting
that the government
allow access to the
beaches be restored.
Beach access points
should be restored
because I believe that it
is in the best interest of
the country's people. It
is these people's
birthright to be able to
freely use these beaches
whenever they want to.
The beaches are ours
and I feel that no one
should be able to try and
take it away from us
proud Bahamian citi-
The beach access
points and the beach
areas should be devel-
oped and beautified, for
example putting play-
grounds and parking
lots, etc... to attract the
public and tourists for

their fun and enjoyment.
This can be done by the
government purchasing
land for parking and
other purposes by the
beaches, etc... Also the
government would bet-
ter enhance the beaches
by buying several more
pieces of land from the
property owners to
make pathways between
properties to make the
beaches accessible, eg
Yamacraw Beach by
Stokes House. This can
be done through the
same process they use to
widen roads.
I also believe that
beach front property
owners have every right
to their privacy and to
build on their property.
For this reason security
should be placed on the
beaches so that they can
ensure the safety of the
public and the private
property owners.

November, 2009.


Thank you for

your kind words

EDITOR, The Tribune.

In response to "Islands of the Sun"
letter from M Jackson (Ms) printed
in your November 20th edition.

Dear Ms Jackson,
I hope this letter finds you well
and indeed gets through to you by
way of The Tribune.
It was a pleasure to read your let-
ter to the Tribune Editor of Novem-
ber 20th regarding my son's book
"Islands of the Sun". Obviously,
being 'the mother', I am biased about
the publication, however I saw the
three years of hard work and dedi-
cation, not to mention the two very
hot and sweaty summers in da bush
that John and Nikita spent to pro-
duce it!
I am grateful that you felt inclined
to put pen to paper and share your
thoughts with our fellow newspaper
readers. If more people wrote about
the positive side of our culture, per-
haps there would be less negative in
our daily lives (but that is a story for
another day!)
So, on behalf of the entire Dan-
guillecourt Project team, I thank you
again for your kind words.

November 20, 2009.

Restore access

I to the beaches I




More seats than ever

for this year's junkanoo
Tribune Staff Reporter ' - �.-. * '' /t 4

MORE seats than ever
before will be available for this
year's junkanoo parades and all
will be within the same reduced
pricing range offered last year
of between $5 and $45, the min-
ister of culture revealed yester-
A total of 10,000 seats will
be on offer - of which a greater
number will be in the "premi-
um" range due to demand -
compared to last year's 9,100.
Minister Charles Maynard
said that tickets for the three
Junkanoo parades - the first of
which, the Esso Junior
Junkanoo Parade, takes place
next Thursday, December 10 -
will be on sale "later this week"
at the Kendal Isaacs Gym and
online at
Mr Maynard and other
stakeholders in this junkanoo
season made their comments
on Monday evening in Rawson
Square just ahead of an on-foot
tour of the Bay Street parade
route and its environs to assess
preparedness ahead of the first
Assistant Commissioner of
police Shannondor Evans said
that given some security con-
cerns during the parades last
year, police will be trying out
some new initiatives to improve
spectator safety.
The area around the Char-
lotte Street entrance to Bay
Street presented some chal-
lenges during previous parades,
said ACP Evans, and police will
now be taking a "no nonsense"
approach to policing this par-
ticular area.
"We're providing you with
this information Bahamas
because we want your co-oper-
ation. We believe it may have
gotten out of hand last year and
we wish to avoid that this year."
Douglas Hanna, chairman of
the Parade Management Com-
mittee, said they are commit-
ted to the objective of having
the various parades start and
finish on time this year.
"We are aware that
junkanoo on Boxing Day in
particular is occurring on a Sat-
urday (with the public holiday
being reserved until Monday,

December 28), so we have to
account for what we do because
we are expected to finish
junkanoo and have Bay Street
ready for other business to car-
ry on and that is what we intend
to do this year," said Mr Han-
Crispin Cleare of the C-Cube
seating company, which pro-
vides and has responsibility for
the bleachers, gave an update
on the schedule for the erec-
tion and dismantling of the
seating stands.
"As many of you may have
noticed on Shirley Street we
have begun erecting the bleach-
ers. Shirley Street at this point

is completed, we just have num-
bering to do.
"Bay Street will start the
evening of this Friday, Decem-
ber 4, after which we'll work
straight up to Junior Junkanoo
(December 10) and dismantle
after Junior Junkanoo
between Frederick Street and
Parliament Street on both
sides of the street, re-erecting
again a few days prior to the
Boxing Day parade," said Mr
The honoree for this year's
Esso Junior Junkanoo parade is
Verdell T Williams, who was
instrumental in the creation of
Junior Junkanoo.

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Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes told The Tribune that the
hotel rehired around 260 of an estimated 300 former employees.
"There is a possibility that they may re-engage more," he added.
The property reopened its doors on November 26. Mr Foulkes
could not confirm if staff were paid during the closure.
Last August, the hotel closed for three months - during the
traditional slow period for tourism - to undergo a $25 million
makeover. The resort's rooms were scheduled for upgrades and
new facilities were expected to be added during this period.
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Treasure, the pink

THREE interesting books
landed on my desk this past
week. Two recently pub-
lished, the other a reprint that
is also available online as a
free download.
Pieces of EI, i was famil-
iar to many Bahamians in the
first half of the 20th century.
It was written by Richard Le
Gallienne - an English
"man of letters" who died in
1947 at the age of 80. Le Gal-
lienne was a minor romantic
writer who lived in London,
New York and Paris, where
he dabbled in journalism and
Pieces of E,I,, i, a work of
fiction that was published in
1918 and purports to be "the
authentic narrative of a trea-
sure discovered in the
Bahama Islands in 1903."
According to one early
reviewer, it is "a polite trea-
sure hunt which, compared
to R L Stevenson's handling
of the same plot lacks the
thrills of real buccaneering,
but which is romantic and
beautifully descriptive of the
tropic Bahamas."
The book became a hot
political issue under the old
UBP regime (when it was a
prescribed school text) for its
generally disdainful refer-
ences to black Bahamians
and use of racially insulting
language. However, it fea-
tures some interesting
descriptions of contemporary
Bahamian life, and is perhaps
best known today for one of
the earliest references to that
great Bahamian folk song, the
John B .,,,
Actually, Le Gallienne
made an even earlier refer-
ence to this famous song in
an article he wrote for

Harper's Magazine in 1916.
This was an account of a vis-
it to the Bahamas when he
spent a week on a schooner
sailing from Nassau to the
Exuma Cays and Harbour
Island - his journalistic
cruise leading to production
of the romantic novel.
The John B is supposed to
have been a sponge boat that
sank at Governor's Harbour,
Eleuthera around 1900. The
song has been recorded many
times over the years and is
on Rolling Stones' list of the
500 Greatest Songs of All
Times. The earliest recording
of it was by Library of Con-
gress researcher Alan Lomax
in 1935, when it was sung by
David Pryor, a sponge fish-
erman from Andros.
In his Harper's Magazine
article Le Gallienne refers to
conch pearls.
"In these conchs, buried in
the flesh of them, is found a
pink pearl - of some, if no
great value - for which the
natives, as they cut up their
bait, are constantly on the
watch, as half a dozen of
them would seem like a small
fortune to them."

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This brings us to my sec-
ond volume, The Pink Pearl:
A Natural Treasure of the
Caribbean. This full-colour,
coffee-table book was pub-
lished in 2007 by Skira edi-
tore of Milan, Italy to docu-
ment the history of conch
pearl jewellery around the
world. It is written by David
Federmen, a journalist spe-
cialising in gemmology, and
Dr Hubert Bari of the
National Museum of Natural
History in Paris. Photograph-
er Christian Creutz "spent
weeks following the daily
activities of the conch fisher-
men" around the Caribbean.
The book opens with a
16th century still life by the
Dutch painter de Heem,
which prominently features a
Queen conch shell. And we
quickly learn that millions of
these shells reached Euro-
pean ports as ballast on sail-
ing ships during their return
voyages from the Caribbean
in the early years of explo-
The Queen conch pro-
duces the only natural pearls
not produced by an oyster or
mussel that can claim signifi-
cant commercial impact,
although the odds of finding
an acceptable conch pearl are
in the order of one in every
10,000 shells collected. The
odds of a conch's survival are
much worse - about two
million to one, in fact.
And such odds combined
with heavy overfishing, now
threaten the conch with
"As late as the 1970s one
could walk down to the beach
of any Caribbean island and
scoop conchs out of the ocean
shallows by hand," the
authors say.
"Acres and acres of seabed
were covered by huge herds
of fully grown conchs, grazing
on sea grass....This edible
bounty must have seemed
like an endless gift from the
gods." But today, conch fish-
ing is less romantic, with
divers round the region using
scuba gear or hookah rigs
connected to air compressors
on the boat to allow them to
stay underwater for long peri-
"To return the conch
merely to sustainable levels
- forget plentiful ones -
will most likely involve mora-
toria on the industry, not
solely in the countries that
produce conch, but also in
those countries where the
molluscs are processed and
exported," the authors say.
And replenishment may take
decades. Conch harvesting
was banned in Florida 20-odd
years ago and is just begin-
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Jerome L. Knowles , :

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through my several operations during April to
August 2009, to join with my family and friends in
a Service of Thanksgiving for the marvelous
works of the Lord! .

St. George's Anglican Church
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pearl and a doctor's autobiography


FROM page six
ning to show results.
But this book is not about
conservation - it is about
In the 19th century scien-
tists determined that conch
pearls were produced when
the conch enclosed a frag-
ment of organic tissue - bac-
terial micro-porganisms, tiny
crustaceans or worms - with
shell material to avoid irrita-
tion or infection. Eventually
this protective process forms
a pearl with a shimmering
porcelain-like appearance.
This book is richly illus-
trated with photos of individ-
ual pearls as well as pre-
columbian artifacts featuring
conch shell mosaics, and
modern jewellery creations.
Archaeologists have not
found any ancient conch
pearl jewellery, although they
have found plenty of shell
beads - some over 2,000
years old. Conch artistry did
not reach its zenith until
shells began arriving in
Europe in the 16th century,
when they were discovered
by Italian cameo makers.
Shell cameos have been in
and out of fashion for hun-
dreds of years, but the conch
pearl was largely overlooked
until the second half of the
9th century (although there
is a brief mention of one in
Columbus' logbook). The
Philadelphia exposition in
1876 displayed conch pearl
jewellery by Tiffany, and
Queen Victoria was an early
collector. An 1855 account
referred to a conch pearl
necklace in stock at Tiffany
for $4,000 - equivalent to
$83,000 today.
Contemporary travel writ-
ing and fiction describes var-
ious aspects of the Bahami-
an and Florida conch trades.
In 1844, the Nassau Guardian
reported that the sum of �85
was paid for "a beautiful
conch pearl of large size"
found by a boy breaking
shells in the harbour. And in
1886 it was said that the annu-
al yield of Bahamian conch
pearls was the equivalent of a
million dollars in today's
However, conch pearls
eventually went out of fash-
ion, and by 1918 (around the
time of Richard Le Gallien-
ne's visit) the Bahamas
marine Products Board noted
that conch pearls had "passed
as an object of commercial
interest". By 1923 demand
had collapsed and the sole
remaining exporter was going
out of business.
In fact, by the 1970s no-
one seemed to know that

conch pearls had once been a
prized jewel. They were
regarded as curios with no
commercial value. But grad-
ually - through the efforts
of an American marine
archaeologist named Sue
Hendrickson, interest among
jewellers and celebrities
began to rise. Henrickson's
hobby turned into an occu-
pation, and as she began to
corner the market, her activ-
ities attracted the attention
of others.
In 1985, a gem dealer sold
an assortment of conch pearls
to one of the world's top jew-
ellers, who made them into a
necklace that was famously
worn by Liz Taylor and pho-
tographed for the September
1990 edition of Ladies Home
Journal. It sold for $160,000,
and the head of the famous
Japanese firm, Mikimoto, was
moved to describe conch
pearls as "the best new thing
I have seen in years". Over
the next decade Mikimoto
invested millions to begin a
revival of the industry.
Today, the authors say,
conch pearls fetch record
amounts and Tiffany, which
spearheaded conch pearl jew-
ellery in the 19th century, is
once again featuring these
items in its stores around the
In 2004 Tiffany unveiled a
26-piece collection of conch
pearl jewellery with prices as
high as $275,000.
And since Strombus gigas
is now a vanishing species, it's
a fair bet that the conch pearl
will become rarer and pricier

The third book is unrelat-
ed to any of the foregoing.
It's a very readable, self-pub-
lished autobiography by a
youngish Bahamian doctor
named Harold Munnings Jr.
The title - Westward: the
Walk of a Bahamian Doctor -
might refer to Munnings'
journey from his humble
beginnings in a little clap-
board house on Mackey
Street (which later became
the first Checker's Restau-
rant), to a triplex on Lumum-
ba Lane built on land that
was once part of his grandf-
father's farm, to a plush home
at Westward Villas, and final-
ly to the exclusive gated com-
munity of Old Fort, where he
lives today with his wife Mon-
eira and their children.
But it actually refers to our
halting progress through life
towards the eternal sunset -
an eventuality which hope-
fully is many years away in
Dr Munnings' case.

The book recounts the
familiar trivia of childhood,
interspersed with descriptions
of his family's antecedents -
the Munnings from Delancey
Town in Nassau and the
Careys from Tarpum Bay on
Eleuthera. And the stories of
his medical education and
subsequent career as a lead-
ing gastroenterologist are
accompanied by interesting
snippets of history together
with accounts of contempo-
rary life in the Bahamas and
These stories range from
the origin of the Rand
Memorial Hospital in
Freeport (James Rand was a
noted American philan-
thropist who invented the
defibrillator and retired to the
Bahamas in 1960), to an
account of Kevin Hanna's
gruesome murder of his
entire family in Dannotage
Estates 25 years ago, near the
home of Harold Munnings Sr
- the author's distinguished
civil servant father.
And there is an amusing
account of how his mother's
cooking helped frame the
1964 Bahamian constitution.
It seems that the former
Gweneth Carey laid on a
huge repast of Bahamian
dishes for the PLP delegation
to the constitutional talks in
London when they (Paul
Adderley, Lynden Pindling,
Orville Turnquest and Arthur
Hanna) made a sidetrip to
Brighton to visit Harold
Senior, who was studying
engineering. The author was
three years old at the time.
Harold Junior's medical
career was sparked in 1975,
when he volunteered at the
Princess Margaret Hospital
blood bank, trailing a blood-
drawing doctor through the
wards and becoming a
"voyeur to patients on the
mend - or not."
At 15 his collection of
blood smears from the PMH
lab numbered among his
most prized possessions -
right alongside his Fisher
stereo system.
He recalls pleading with
his boss at the PMH -
pathologist Dr Joan Reed -
to be allowed to observe an
autopsy. Eventually, an atten-
dant named Monkey Man
snuck him into the mortuary,
and it seemed to Munnings
at the time that medical train-
ing was going to be a big
problem. But later - at med-
ical school - he wrote that
"cutting up dead people
proved to be no trouble at all,
although it could get spooky
if you were alone with the
bodies laid out on dissecting
During the 1980s, after fin-
ishing his medical training (at
McGill University in Cana-
da, UWI in Jamaica and the
Bristol Royal Infirmary in
England), Munnings interned
at the PMH, where he joined
the ranks of young doctors

who set out to transform
healthcare in the Bahamas.
They faced a daily grind
against a backdrop of poor
facilities and a lack of vital
In 1986 the Bahamas was
in the throes of a massive
drug epidemic that had
sparked a surge of violent
crime and was accompanied
by an explosion of HIV dis-
Munnings was on the fir-
ing line at the PMH where he
was able to observe some
interesting correlations.
With a colleague, he wrote
a paper on the occurrence of
a severe muscle wasting dis-
order thought to be caused
by freebasing cocaine that
had never been reported
But overwork caused him
to delay finalising the paper,
and the report of this med-
ical first was made by an
American team two years lat-
Fast forward to 2004 when
Munnings met an old friend
from Bristol at a medical con-
ference in New Orleans who
reminded him of events long
It was this chance
encounter that prompted him
to write his memoir at a rela-
tively young age: "I wondered
how many other events in my
life had become submerged
to near the point of no
recall," he says in the final
pages of the book.
"I don't say 'been there,
done that' anymore without a
measure of awe and gratitude
because I believe that safe
passage on our westward
walk takes more than sound
planning, and luck, upon
which many too heavily
depend, has a funny way of
running out when you need it
most...I believe that my moth-
er was right from the very
beginning, that I am blessed."

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Founder and Vice
Patron of the
Royal Society of
St. George,
S NNassau, Bahamas
who died in
Nassau, Bahamas
9 i , on Saturday, 7th
November, 2009
(Armistice Day
8th November,
2009 1:00 a.m.
GMT), will be
held in Nassau at
St. Francis Xavier
Cathedral, West
Street, Nassau on Thursday, 3rd December, 2009
at 3:00 p.m.

Rev. Kendrick Forbes will officiate and interment
will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John
F. Kennedy Drive, Nassau.

He is survived by his wife, Chieko Sadler, their
daughter Gloria and their granddaughters Monique
Thomson and Tanya Webber.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Police Dependent Fund, P.O. Box N.458, Nassau
or The Bahamas Cricket Association, P.O. Box
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FROM page one Ar

with cash and raid shop regis-
ters by terrorising employees.
And more than 1,000 small ]
businesses in the Carmichael
area are at great risk, Mr Bowe
said. nearly
An employee of New Orien- failed to
tal Cleaners, in the Golden that cost
Gates shopping centre, was in lost m
robbed at gunpoint while taking er $1,600
a deposit bag to the car at tem top
11.30am on Monday morning. Police
An armed robber with a black Laramo:
scarf covering his face threat- he sent a
ened the employee with a hand- contact
gun and took the cash before to take
escaping in a sky-blue Honda Mr La
Accord, registration number bune he
218188, driving south on Bail- ing a gu
lou Hill Road. ness; sor
The robbery is the latest in a ed to do
string of attacks on businesses Mr 1
across New Providence in business
recent weeks. area, in,
It follows the traumatising licensed
experience endured by owner themsel
of MAC Consultants John protection
Laramore who was holed up in He sai
his Carmichael Road shop for the Gov

FROM page one

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said: "We spent
a great deal of time tracking where these
stories are and what is being said and mak-
ing sure we get the facts regarding the situ-
ation and what we are doing about it into
that medium."
He added that it is important that tourism
employees pinpoint the negative press and
ensure that the Ministry of Tourism injects
a counter argument addressing the facts of
the situation and future plans to address
visitor safety in the Bahamas.
"This is one incident in one place and we
want to make sure that we convey to the
world that despite the numbers that we see
in this one incident, that the number of
crimes and attacks against visitors in the
Bahamas is very, very low," he said, speak-
ing to The Tribune outside the Cabinet
Office yesterday.
He added that tourism officials remain
in ongoing meetings with police to strategise
on ways to ensure the safety of visitors to the

med robberies 'pose

risk' to businesses

24 hours when police
o respond to a break-in
t him more than $1,300
merchandise, and anoth-
0 for a new alarm sys-
protect his property.
did not respond to Mr
re's 919 call until after
an email to a friend who
d a senior police officer
aramore told The Tri-
is now considering buy-
un to protect his busi-
mething he never want-
Bowe said a number of
men in the Carmichael
eluding himself, have
firearms to empower
ves as there is no other
on provided.
id the problems lie with
vernment and the law-

less criminals who carry out
their attacks in broad daylight
to be chased by an under-
resourced police force.
The Carmichael division of
police is the largest in New
Providence but the 40 officers
based there only make up a
tenth of the 400 needed to
patrol the streets, Mr Bowe
He called on government
leaders to put maximum efforts
into stopping crime and elimi-
nating corruption to make peo-
ple safe.
Mr Bowe said: "This is pret-
ty much terrorism we are exist-
ing under because people are
frightened going in and out of
their houses or going to work;
we have trouble sleeping at
night, and they don't seem to
have any kind of feel for what's

Tourism chiefs
country's shores.
The robbery came a little over a
month after 11 cruise ship passen-
gers on a taxi tour of the 66 Steps
were held up by armed men and in
the wake of a spate of armed rob-
beries of locals.
Despite the rash of negative
reports, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
sees the robbery as a minor obsta-
cle in his ministry's marketing


"I don't see it as a roadblock,
obviously it's a speedbump in terms of some
of the things that we want to accomplish
but I am confident that from everything that
I see with the police and the other depart-
ments that are involved in this they take it
very seriously in moving aggressively to
make sure that we restore the Bahamas'
good name everywhere," he said.
It was around 12.15 pm when a group of
cruise passengers were on a Segway tour of

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going on.
"Carmichael is growing in
terms of both the number of
people and businesses here so
the misery index is going up.
"This did not come upon us
suddenly, we have watched this
grow and grow and grow.
Everybody knows it's getting
worse and the thing is we can
fix these problems.
"The Government needs to
show the Bahamas and the
world that we are serious about
"If we make it safe for the
people that live here we will
make it safe for the tourists."
But without any forceful
reaction from government, Mr
Bowe said the prospect is dis-
mal for Bahamian businesses.
"I wouldn't advise anyone to
go into business right now," he
said. "Crime kills commerce,
it's as simple as that and our
country is riddled with crime
and corruption.
"The crime destroys the
economy the declining econo-
my causes more crime."

BASH's Earth Village when two
armed gunmen approached. The
thugs tied up the Bahamian tour
guide with the first group and
ordered the passengers to the
ground before robbing them of
money, passports, cell phones, cred-
it cards and personal items.
A second group of visitors
approached and were also robbed
at gunpoint.
i Police said a Bahamian woman
ENT was gun-butted to the head during
POOL- the attack, adding that no shots
ACE were fired.
This was refuted by many of the
disgruntled victims, who claimed a
shot had been fired into the ground by one
of the thugs near one of the victims.
The passengers were part of two sepa-
rate tour groups from Disney Cruise Lines
and Royal Caribbean.
Several cruise lines have suspended their
tours at the site following the robbery how-
ever BASH's Executive Director Terry
Miller has plans to beef up security of the
170-acre property.

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Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 1st day of December 2009. The Liquidator
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the 1st day of December 2009. The Liquidator
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lege Big Red Machine
junior boys appear to be . "
in rare form early in the
season and have
emerged as the team to beat following --
their second consecutive lopsided vic-
tory by more than 60 points. k W
After an 86-20 victory on opening I
day over the Bahamas Academy Stars '- ,. ,
last week, the Big Red Machine
trumped that performance with a 106-
14 win over the Aquinas College Aces .
yesterday at the SAC campus. .
The Big Red Machine featured a " " .
different five player squad each quar-
ter with the starters acting as the cat-
alyst for the blowout, and returning
in the fourth to cap the win and push
for the century mark.
SAC reached the coveted 100-point
mark when starting point guard
Yorick Sands came up with a steal .
with 32 seconds left and raced down
court to give his team a 100-12 advan-
A balanced scoring attack from the
Big Red Machine saw 12 players reach
the scorebook, with three in double
Nikita Higgins led the way with a
game high 24 points, dominating the
point as most of his baskets came on
offensive rebounds and tip ins.
The Aces struggled with the speed
of the Big Red Machine guard and
the size of the massive front-line which
controlled the boards on both ends of
the floor, sparking fast breaks with
defensive rebounds on one end and
creating second shot opportunities on "
the other.
The remainder of the Big Red -
Machine starting five were as efficient
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the 100 butterfly in 58.73, the
100 backstroke in 1:02.16, the
200 IM in 2:12.11, 50 breas-
troke in 30.95, 100 IM in
1:01.99, 100 freestyle in 54.16
and 50 yard butterfly in 26.29.
In the end, Carey accumu-
lated a total of 180 points for
the High Point Trophy. His
nearest rival was American
Tobias Faucher with 115. A
J Reid came in third with 104.
"There was one event I had
to fight for," said Carey about
the 100 freestyle as he went
head-to-head right to the wall
with American Jonathan
Rodriquez before he pulled
it off.
Clement Bowe, another
member of the Barracudas,
also made it to nine finals, but
he wasn't as successful as
Carey in winning a medal.
The meet was sanctioned
by the Florida Gold Swim-
ming and the USA Swim-
ming. It also served as a qual-
ifier for the Junior Olympic
Carey's parents, Omar and
Elva, said they were both
pleased with their son's per-
formance and they are look-
ing forward to him producing
even better results as he heads
to the Carifta Games and the
CCCAN next year.
Stewart said Carey's per-
formance is just the tip of the
"We're definitely looking
at 2012 when he will be a
young kid. At age 15, the goal
is to get him to qualify for the
Olympics," Stewart said.
"But definitely in 2016, we
expect that he will be a sig-
nificant figure. If we make the
2012 Olympics, he will go
there as an observer, but in
2016, if he continues to
progress, he can definitely do
some damage."


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THE Barracudas Swim
Club may have found the next
Bahamian swimming phe-
Twelve-year-old Dionisio
Carey had a spectacular
splash last month at the 2009
Speedo Winter Champi-
onships in Plantation, Flori-
Traveling with the 20-plus
members of the Barracudas,
headed by coaches Sue Cole-
by and Michael Stewart,
Carey made the cut for nine
finals and he captured the
gold medal in each event.
Coleby, who spoke briefly
while conducting a team prac-
tice session yesterday, said it
was a tremendous feat, some-
thing that has never been
accomplished by a Bahamian
"He did a wonderful job. I
don't think anybody from the
Bahamas has ever done that,"
Coleby stated.
Stewart took it a bit further.
"For an 11-12 year old, it's
quite outstanding," he said.
"To go into Florida where a
number of the top swimmers
are there and to win every
event and to win them by at
least 6-8 seconds, it was quite
a feat.
"It's an abnormal feat, but
he's an incredible swimmer.
He works extremely hard and
he's hungry to swim fast, so
he has all of the ingredients to
make him an incredible swim-
He helped the Barracudas
boys team finish ninth and
they were 19th overall out of
a field of 59 teams that com-
peted. More than 1,200 com-
petitors participated in the
four-day meet.
Carey, a seventh grade stu-
dent at Queen's College, said
he went to Plantation with a
goal in mind to not just make
the final, but to at least win a
medal in each event.
Winning the nine gold
medals were a little more than
he had anticipated. He ended
up bringing home the boys
11-12 High Point Trophy in
the process.
"I felt good. The perfor-
mance was very good over
there in Plantation," he stat-
ed. "The performances were
exactly what I expected."
Carey won the 50-yard
backstroke in 28.69 seconds,
the 100 breastroke in 1:06.64,

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THE Bahamas Hotrod
Association is scheduled
to hold a general meeting
at Motorsport Park,
Queen Elizabeth Sports
Center, 6:30pm Thursday.
All racing fans are urged
to attend as important
matters will be discussed.
Feel free to contact the
BHRA through "Safety
First," P 0 Box CR-55929
and telephone (242) 394-
6364 for further informa-
SPECIAL Olympics
Bahamas is slated to hold
the annual Caribbean Spe-
cial Olympics Basketball
Invitational at Loyola Hall
5pm Friday and continue
9am Saturday. The official
opening ceremony is set
for 1pm.
Two teams each from
New Providence and
Grand Bahama will repre-
sent the Bahamas along
with a team from Abaco.
Visiting teams will come
from Guadeloupe and the
Cayman Islands.
Last year, Grand
Bahama clinched the gold
with the silver going to
Barbados. Abaco had to
settle for the bronze while
New Providence got shut
out of a medal.
THE New Providence
Basketball Association is
set to continue its regular
season tonight at the C I
Gibson Gymnasium with
the 1-0 Y-Care Wreckers
taking on the 0-1 Reddies.
Two exciting games
were played Monday with
the following results post-
Crimestoppers 93,
Outdoor Lighting
Falcons 91
The Falcons missed two
free throws in the winding
seconds that could have
forced a possible overtime
The Police, however,
went on to win the game
as Valentino Richardson
canned 22 points, shoot-
ing 7-for-11 from the field
and 7-for-9 from the free
throw line.
Kevin Davis and Jack-
son Jacob both scored 19
in a losing effort.
Electro Telecom
Cybots 72,
Johnson's Trucking
Jumpers 68
Brian Tucker Bain
pumped in a game high 29
points on 9-of-15 from the
field and 8-of-10 from the
foul line for the Cybots.
He also had 18 of his game
high 29 in the fourth quar-
Tyrell Griffith scored a
game high 20 in the loss.

JENERO KNOWLES, co-winner of Dominique Higgins award... ABIAH MISSICK, co-winner of Dominique Higgins award...

BASIL NEYMOUR presents under-13 award to Phaline Sergeant...

OJAY FERGUSON receives most outstanding open male award...

BASIL NEYMOUR presents under-15 award to Charleze Dean...

KRISTIN BLACK receives her under-20 award...

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FATHYE MILLER receives her under-15 award...

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SARA MACKEY receives her under-17 award...

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ABIAH Missick and
Jenero Knowles were
once again awarded the
Dominique Higgins
Awards as the most out-
standing student-athletes
at the Roadrunners Track
Club's 10th annual awards
and presentation banquet.
Higgins' father, David,
made the presentation.
The awards were among
more than 60 presented
Saturday night at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort
& Crystal Palace Casino
as the track club honoured
the athletes for their per-
formances during the past
track and field season.
* Among the other
awards presented were
the Athletes of the Year.
They went to the follow-
Girls - Carliyah Sanders
(Under-9); Carnesha
Nixon (Under-11); Felici-
ty Dorsett (Under-13);
Sara Mackey (under-17)
and Krysten Black (open).
Boys - Stephon Bowe
(under-9); Branson Rolle
(Under-11); Malik Francis
and Recarno Nixon
(under-13); Xavier Coak-
ley and Jenero Knowles
(under-15); Ojay Fergu-
son (under-17) and Phillip
Stubbs (open).
* Most outstanding
Girls - Alexicia
Williams (U-9); Ashley
Williams and Shakara
Whymms (U-11); Philiane
Sargent (U-13); Charlize
Dean (U-15); Edvania
Missick (U-17) and
Stephanie Stubbs (open).
Boys - Miguel Bethel
(U-11); Dominic Nairn
and Ulrick McIntosh (U-
13); Rayford Rigby, Ben-
nett Hall and Demitir
Forbes (U-15); Javon
Rolle (U-17) and Derick
Ferguson and Navante
Lamm (open)








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'Higher investment' for $16m start-up Casino's loss expands

Tribune Business Editor

Despite its $16
million private
being "under-
subscribed" by
Bahamian investors, a
Bahamas-based telecoms start-
up yesterday said its launch
might have "more strength in
depth" than initially envisaged
with a potential strategic/finan-
cial partner willing to invest
capital that would take it
beyond the target sum.
Edison Sumner, IP Solutions
International's president and
chief executive, declined to con-
firm to Tribune Business how
much the start-up's private
offering raised, but acknowl-
edged that the failure to gen-
erate the required $16 million
from the Bahamian market
"may delay our launch for a
couple of months".
This, though, depended on
the outcome of talks with IP
Solutions' prospective interna-
tional partner, coupled with the
due diligence process and
required Government
approvals for a foreign entity's
investment in a Bahamian com-
Mr Sumner said the company
was also looking at an alterna-
tive smaller scale launch than
initially planned, having tar-
geted the 2009 fourth quarter
end/2010 first quarter to bring

* Multiple-play telecoms provider says potential foreign financial/strategic
partner looking at investing more than required to raise target
* Acknowledges that failure to obtain capital from Bahamian
market 'may delay launch by a couple of months'
* But says 'very likely' able to meet 2010 first quarter launch
date with at least some of planned services

its 'Multiple Play'
bundle of products to
He added that
there was "a very
likely chance we will
be able to meet first
quarter projections
for the launch" of at
least some its services.
While IP Solutions
was still looking at
raising $16 million to SU
fulfill its business plan
and launch strategy, Mr Sumn-
er said the company's potential
strategic/financing partner -
who he declined to name, citing
a non-disclosure agreement -
had raised the possibility of
investing more than the
required sum.
"There's been some
advances made to is that have
higher investments coming in.
We're still talking $16 million,
but higher figures have been
presented to us, and we're cer-
tainly flexible enough to con-
sider these new proposals from
them," Mr Sumner told Tri-

bune Business.
"If they're pre-
pared to put in more
than required, do we
have the capacity to
absorb this, and the
internal capacity to
generate a rate of
return on this invest-
"We feel we can
put the additional
MNER capital to use and
generate a reasonable
rate of return, and this perhaps
gives us a chance to accelerate
plans for regional and
Caribbean growth, as we will
have the capital to do more."
Referring to IP Solutions'
private placement, which was
extended by a month to end-
November in the hope of rais-
ing $8 million in common
stock/equity capital, $4 million
in preference shares and $4 mil-
lion in bank debt financing, Mr
Sumner said: "We unfortu-
nately did not raise all the cap-
ital we expected to raise.
"We had a tremendous

amount of interest from the
Bahamian investing public, but
not as many that expressed
interest in the company came
through as investors at the end
of the day. We have been suc-
cessful in raising some capital,
but have been undersubscribed
by the local Bahamian econo-
Adding that he was "disap-
pointed" that interest levels did
not equate to actual investment
in IP Solutions, Mr Sumner told
Tribune Business: "When we
saw the trend that was happen-
ing coming to the closing, we
started attending to interna-
tional investors and other
strategic alliances.
"We've been working on that
end and have done some initial
arrangements with an interna-
tional investor/strategic part-
ner. We have been approached
and are having discussions with
a partner who has expressed
keen interest in acquiring a sub-
stantial part of the company to
SEE page 2B

Tribune Business Editor
ISLE of Capri signed off on
its troubled management of
Our Lucaya's casino with a 5.4
per cent year-over-year
increase in its second quarter
loss to $968,000, upon an
almost-32 per cent fall in rev-
enues to $1.418 million.
Revealing the losses sus-
tained by Isle-Our Lucaya in
the run-up to the end of its
extended lease, the US gam-
ing company said revenues for
the three months to October
25, 2009, had fallen by almost
one-third from the $2.072 mil-
lion generated in the compa-
rable period in 20o8.
For the half-year, Isle of
Capri's Our Lucaya casino saw
its top-line revenues fall from
$5.645 million in 2008 to $3.552
million this year, a fall of 37.1
per cent.
When it came to the impact
on operating income, or earn-
ings before interest, taxation,
depreciation and amortisation
(EBITDA), it appears as if Isle
of Capri's cost containment ini-
tiatives proved somewhat suc-
cessful, as the increase in oper-
ating losses was less than the
revenue decline.
Apart from the 5.4 per cent
increase in 2010 second quarter

operating losses, Isle of Capri's
Grand Bahama operation saw
half-year operating losses rise
by 27.5 per cent to $1.369 mil-
lion, compared to $1.074 mil-
lion in 2008.
Operations at Our Lucaya's
casino have just undergone a
transition between Isle of
Capri and Treasure Bay, the
new manager, following the
latter's withdrawal from the
Grand Bahama gaming mar-
Treasure Bay, though, was
very much the Government's
'second choice' to
operate/manage the Our
Lucaya casino, the Ingraham
administration having hoped
that Foxwoods Development
Company could work out a
deal with the resort's owner,
Hutchison Whampoa, that
would have seen it take over
the integrated management of
the resort and casino opera-
However, the two parties
were unable to conclude an
agreement prior to Isle of
Capri's exit from Grand
Bahama last week, leaving the
Government with no option
but to go with Treasure Bay.
Without a replacement oper-
ator, that would have left some

SEE page 4B

'Rehabilitating' $50k investment 'Solve Port ownership dispute by 2010's Q1'

Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia. net

PROVIDENCE Rehabilitation Centre has invested $50,000
into a Pilates and Yoga studio, in a bid to expand services offerings
not yet available in the heart of Nassau at an affordable pricing
point, its facility director said yesterday.
Christina Messarra said Pilates was a form of exercise that has
grown around the world, and is its most efficient and injury-miti-
gating form of exercise.
She said Pilates has traditionally been out of reach of most of the
working class because it requires significant investment in human
capital, making it a very expensive exercise regimen. "It can pre-
vent the onset of back pain and it is also used to manage injuries,"
she said.
Ms Messarra took advantage of recently-vacated office space just
upstairs from Providence Rehabilitation Centre, and began the ren-
ovations that would turn the space into an exercise room and
reception area.
After shopping around for a Pilates instructor, she discovered
Phillisa Beneby, a certified Pilates
instructor, and is slated to begin SEE page 6B

Mail Boxes expands

franchise to Cayman

Business Reporter
crobards@tribunemedia. net
to open its franchise in the Cay-
man Islands this month, its chief
executive told Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday, as e-business
and the companies that facili-
tate it survived 2009 year with
only marginal drops in revenue,
while continuing to expand to
meet consumer needs into 2010.
Gershan Major said Mail
Boxes' Cayman location could
open by mid-December, with
another coming on-line in
Trinidad by the 2010 first quar-
Mr Major said the Bahamian
Mail Boxes location, and its
companion in Antigua and Bar-
buda, were expecting an uptick
in business as the holiday sea-
son comes around.
However, he said a drop in

holiday season revenues was
expected this year compared to
"Certainly, the business itself
is beginning to go into its peak
period relative to the e-com-
merce side," said Mr Major.
"We expect some softening
this holiday season giving the
current economic condition.
However, we believe there are
more persons less inclined to
go on a plane and do shop-
Mr Major said the e-com-
merce market was beginning to
take root in the Bahamas, as
people found it more conve-
nient to shop from the comfort
of home or office desk, rather
than go to the traditional brick
and mortar depot.
"Persons are looking for the
opportunity the Internet pro-
vides," he said. "There they can
find tremendous deals and
often free ground shipping [in
the US]."
Mr Major added that most
online shoppers are looking for
the bundled deals offered by
many online stores and large
physical retailers, who sell their
products online.
One Bahamian cyber shop-
ping entity,, is
expecting to expand its busi-
ness in 2010 by adding much
more stores to its inventory and
targeting markets in Europe,
Asia, Latin America and
"We are creating more expo-
sure in the international land-
scape for Bahamian vendors,"
ShopBVM directors told Tri-
bune Business recently.
"We're doing fine and there
are some great days ahead. We
have a lot of stuff rolling out in
the new year."

Tribune Business Editor
THE newly-elected Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce's president yester-
day urged that the long-running Port
Authority ownership dispute be resolved
"by the end of the first quarter 2010, if not
before", and warned that the continuing
uncertainty meant potential businesses and
investors were likely to give Freeport a
wide berth.
K. Peter Turnquest, of Telecom Trad-
ing & Consulting, told Tribune Business
that during his term in office he also want-
ed to obtain "a better understanding" of
Hutchison Whampoa's plans for Our
Lucaya, Grand Bahama's premier resort
property, and see the development of a
master plan for Grand Bahama that
emphasised the development of the Sea
Air Business Centre.
Turning to the three-year Grand Bahama

* New Chamber president in plea for resolution
* Wants to obtain 'better understanding' of Hutchison's
Our Lucaya plans and see island development
plan emphasising Sea, Air Business Centre

Port Authority (GBPA) ownership dispute
between the Hayward and St George fam-
ilies, Mr Turnquest told Tribune Business:
"With respect to that, we hope the owner-
ship issue is settled very shortly, hopefully
by the end of the first quarter, if not before.
"No business will come into Grand
Bahama if they're not sure who they're
dealing with, and do not know what the
landscape will look like. It's very impor-
tant that we resolve that issue, so we can
speak to investors with one voice and one
As previously revealed by Tribune Busi-
ness, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has

been pushing behind the scenes for a reso-
lution to the Port ownership dispute, and
taken steps to bring this about by refusing
to renew the work permit of its chairman,
Hannes Babak, beyond December 31, 2009.
The Prime Minister has viewed this as
increasing the pressure on Sir Jack Hay-
ward and the Hayward family trust to set-
tle with the late Edward St George's estate,
but Sir Jack has shown no signs of bowing
to the Prime Minister's wishes when it
comes to a resolution and a possible sale to
Hutchison Whampoa.
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Bahamian society and economy at crossroads

AS we start the final month
of 2009, we find ourselves
perched at the crossroads of a
most untenable position in
Bahamian history. The author-
ities appear to be 'burying their
heads in the sand' during a
crime wave of epic proportions,
while concurrently struggling
to maintain the Bahamas
through what is worldwide
being referred to as the 'great
While crime is not a matter
for political gain, it is a fact that
governments take credit for low
crime rates, yet refuse to accept
any blame when crime is out of
While it is accepted that
there is a high level of personal
rage in our society, resulting in
homicides perpetrated by per-
sons known to the victim, some-
thing still has to be done. A
greater focus on conflict reso-
lution on a national scale must
be undertaken. This can take
the form of lectures, seminars,
community workshops and the
like. However, such an effort
must involve schools, church-
es, civic organizations, cultural
organizations, and lodges - in
other words, the broadest pos-
sible spectrum of society.
From my vantage point,
these are the two greatest
impediments to the rebuilding
of a prosperous future for the
Bahamas, and thus represent
my focus today.

As I talk to Bahamians and
residents of the Bahamas from
all walks of life, it is amazing
that every conversation some-
how reverts to the issue of
crime. People simply do not
feel safe in our country any
more. The Government is per-
ceived as being totally ineffec-
tive in the fight against crime,
and for some reason is unpre-
pared to make the necessary
changes to correct the situation.
I do not pretend to understand
political strategy, but I do know
that if something is not done,
there will be fall-out at the
Last week we hit another low
when two groups of tourists
were targeted at an 'eco-
tourism' facility in the Chip-
pingham area. A Travel Advi-
sory from the US State Depart-
ment is probably not too far
off. I say to the current Admin-
istration: "You are not being
perceived as having a handle
on the crime situation, nor are
you being perceived as having a
real plan to combat it." The ball
is squarely in your court.

Fair question
It is one thing to be critical,
but it is also fair to ask: "What
would you do?" We can begin
by considering the following:
* The implementation of a
'Gun Court', where persons
found with unlicensed guns are

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quickly brought before this
court and their cases dispensed
with quickly. This can be
expanded to a 'Dangerous
Weapons Court' to include

* We could do what it takes
to ensure that persons charged
with murder are not out on the
streets 'on bail'. If we need to
change the law to do this, then
so be it.
The current situation, where
persons charged with one, and
sometimes multiple murders,
are arrested for additional
offences while on bail is sheer
and utter nonsense.
* We could implement a cur-
few for persons under the age
of 20 years. If you are caught
breaking the curfew you are
remanded for a minimum of 48
hours before being released. If
you have three violations you
will be automatically sentenced
to a six-month period of incar-
ceration or structured commu-
nity service. Further, I deputise
members of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force to
assist in enforcing the curfew.

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* We need to confront the
issue of 'gang violence'. This is
an extremely complex social
issue, and while I do not have
any concrete recommendations,
there are many in the commu-
nity who have expertise in this
area, whose voices and exper-
tise must be galvanised into a
cogent national plan.

Despite the outward appear-
ance of 'business as usual', from
all accounts the Bahamian
economy is truly at a cross-
roads. The economy has slowed
considerably. For the first time
in memory, I have never expe-
rienced such a wide swathe of
Bahamian professionals com-
plaining about how tough the
economy is, and this reality is
not confined to a particular sec-
tor. Lawyers, doctors, accoun-
tants, small business owners are
all complaining about the tough
economic environment that we
currently face.

Plight of small business
In the retail sector, for exam-
ple, I am told that sales are gen-
erally down by 35 per cent to 45
per cent. Many small business-
es have managed to keep their
doors open thus far by running
down inventories and running
up accounts payables as much
as possible. However, it is
inventories that drive sales. So,
if you are unable to finance new

inventories, you will ultimately
have no choice but to close
your doors, even when the
economy recovers.
The great irony is that when
all the major economies have
implemented policies to sup-
port the small business sector,
we have actually done the
opposite in the Bahamas. The
banks have tightened credit and
interest rates have remained
artificially high, thus effectively
putting many small businesses
into liquidation mode.

Interest Rates
Exactly one year ago at a
luncheon attended by a group
of business leaders, there was a
robust debate on the issue of
the level of interest rates in the
Bahamas. I did not support a
reduction of interest rates at
that time, based on my greater
concern for maintaining an ade-
quate level of foreign reserves
and, ultimately, the country'd
ability to maintain parity of the
Bahamian dollar. I felt strongly
that we should not act prema-
turely and potentially jeopar-
dise our reserve position in the
face of an uncertain global eco-
nomic slowdown.

What has changed?
Last week (November 19)
the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Develop-
ment (OECD), whose mem-
bership consists of the 30 largest
economies in the world, revised
its economic growth forecast to
1.9 per cent and 2.5 per cent,
respectively, for 2010 and 2011.
This compares to a projected
contraction of 3.5 per cent for
Also, just last week, the min-
ister of state for finance recon-
firmed that our foreign reserve

position is strong, and adequate
to sustain the economy.

Tangible stimulus
In light of both factors, there
is absolutely no reason why
interest rates cannot now be
reduced in the Bahamas. This
would provide a real and tangi-
ble stimulus to the small busi-
ness sector, to the average
Bahamian consumer, and to the
Government. Most of the Gov-
ernment's debt is in Bahamian
dollars, so any reduction in
local interest rates will produce
millions of dollars in savings.
Thus far, the road improvement
programme is not trickling
down to the average consumer
in a tangible or particularly
noticeable way.
Lower interest rates would
touch every single Bahamian
by providing financial relief via
lower mortgage payments, low-
er interest rates on credit card
debt and lower rates on bank
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst, is
vice-president - pensions, Colo-
nial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies.
Please direct any questions
or comments to

'Higher investment' for $16m start-up

the tune of actually completing
the funding that was required.
"We have been nurturing
that relationship, because we
want to get it right first time.
Financing has been discussed,
and we are doing the due dili-
gence work that has to be
When asked whether to raise
the full $16 million in the
Bahamas might delay imple-
mentation of IP Solutions' busi-
ness model and plan, Mr Sum-
ner acknowledged: "It might.
"It depends on how quickly
we get through the due dili-
gence process and approvals
process for large foreign
investors coming in. Our launch
will be contingent on how long
that process takes to complete.
"We do have another plan in
place to look at doing a launch
on a smaller scale until the
process with a new partner is
completed. There is a very like-
ly chance we will be able to
meet the first quarter projec-
tions for a launch of some of
this process. It may delay us for
a couple of months, possibly,
depending on due diligence
When asked why IP Solu-
tions' offering had not gener-
ated a stronger response from
Bahamian investors, Mr Sumn-
er said: "The overarching rea-
son we're hearing is that it was
based on the economy. A lot
of people want to safeguard the
cash, capital they do have.
"There was also an issue with
coming into a start-up. Despite
the fact that we have a lot of
experience and expertise
behind the company, it's still a
start-up." Such companies have
added risk attached to them,
and Mr Sumner said some
investors had indicated they
wanted to see IP Solutions
establish an operational track
record before parting with their
Tribune Business had also
been told by prospective
investors, who wished to
remain anonymous, that the
risk/reward profile of IP Solu-

tions' private placement was
not right to attract investors.
For instance, they said the
9.25 per cent interest rate on
the preference shares should
have been much higher, in the
double digits at around 15 per
cent. As an example, they said
Cable Bahamas, an established
company, had offered 8 per
cent on its $40 million prefer-
ence share issue, whereas IP
Solutions - a much riskier start-
up - was only priced 1.25 per
cent higher.
In response, Mr Sumner told
Tribune Business that the com-
pany had twice adjusted the
yield on its $4 million prefer-
ence shares from an initial 7.75
per cent, adding that the 9.25
per cent was "far above any
offering made in the country"
and "an extremely generous
offer in the current economic
Despite the disappointment
with Bahamian investors, Mr
Sumner said IP Solutions would
be "better off" and its investors
benefit more from the presence
of its potential financial/strate-
gic partner.
"I think we will bring this
company to market in a slight-
ly stronger way," Mr Sumner
said. "Based on what we have
been dealing with thus far, I
think it's going to add a lot
more strength and strength in
depth to the company than
what we initially envisioned"
IP Solutions International
was hoping to attract 5,000 sub-
scribers to its 'multiple-play'
product during its first opera-
tional year. It is targeting
Bahamian consumers with a
proposition of services deliv-
ered via a wireless Internet
infrastructure. Among the
product offering will be news,
entertainment, movies, TV and
video-type games of a non-casi-
no variety.
Apart from Bahamian busi-
nesses and households, the key
markets for IP Solutions Inter-
national will also be the nation's
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SIX Bahamian attorneys
have been named among the
Caribbean's top private wealth
management lawyers by City-
wealth Leaders, a publication
that rates attorneys engaged in
that market.
The six include three part-
ners at Higgs & Johnson, one
partner at Lennox Paton, and
two from Graham, Thompson
& Co.
They are Philip Dunkley,
Higgs & Johnson's senior and
managing partner, and fellow
partners Earl Cash and Heather
Thompson; Lennox Paton part-
ner Michael Paton; and Sean
McWeeney and Tanya Hanna
at Graham, Thompson & Co.
Of the other major

Caribbean international finan-
cial centres, the Cayman Islands
had the largest representation
on the Citywealth list with sev-
The Bahamas was next with
six, and then came Bermuda
with five and the British Vir-
gin Islands with four.
Citywealth's leading lawyers
- international list is compiled
from the recommendations of
their peers, ultra high net-worth
individuals and charitable
organizations. It says it deals
only with the top 1 per cent of
the wealthiest individuals in
each country, and their advisers

and managers.
Citywealth said inclusion on
the list meant an attorney had
been "endorsed by more than
2,000 elite, global peers in fam-
ily offices, accountancy and law
practices, and FDA regulated
financial institutions, and by
ultra high net-worth rich list
clients and charitable organisa-
It also meant an attorney
"should be chosen first for any
ultra high net worth rich list
clients reviewing an adviser or
manager for wealth manage-
ment, tax, estate, trust or phil-
anthropy advice", and that their
"individual technical expertise,
trusted status, integrity and rep-
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In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act, 2003,

The date of commencement of dissolution was November 30th, 2009

Continental Liquidators Inc of 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906,
Belize City, Belize is the Liquidator of VALLUM ASSET


In accordance with section 226 of the
Companies Act, 1992, notice is hereby given that
the members of Santander Merchant Bank
Limited have, on November 27, 2009, passed
a resolution for the voluntary winding up of
the company.

Pablo Rodriquez Miuller of Goodman's Bay
Corporate Centre, 3'rd H, West Bay Street &
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In accordance with Section 226 of the
Companies Act, 1992, notice is hereby given
that the members of Pan American Bank
Limited have, on November 27, 2009, passed
a resolution for the voluntary winding up of
the company.

Pablo Rodriquez Miuller of Goodman's Bay
Corporate Centre, 3'rd H, West Bay Street &
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'Solve Port ownership

dispute by 2010's Q1'

Instead, he has been making
overtures of his own regarding
a possible sale to Lord Ashcroft
of Belize and a US group
whose Grand Bahama-based
point man is Ben Bell.
On the issue of Hutchison,
Mr Turnquest told Tribune
Business that he and the new
Chamber Board wanted to
obtain "a better understanding
of the intentions of Hutchison
with respect to Our Lucaya.
Our premier property contin-
ues to suffer".
He added that Grand
Bahama residents had held out
"high hopes" that Hutchison
might sign an agreement allow-
ing Foxwoods Development
Company to take over as Our
Lucaya's operator/manager for
both the resort and casino, since
its world-renowned brand could

immediately place Freeport and
the entire island on the world
gaming/tourism map.
It now seemed that an agree-
ment with Foxwoods cannot
happen, and Mr Turnquest told
Tribune Business: "The Radis-
son group [the current opera-
tors] are showing some signs of
life and bringing some energy
to the product, because right
now it seems to be dormant and
waiting for others to do it for
"The operator and owner
need to put more work into
promoting the market to get
the best out of it."
The Chamber president
added: "We'd also like to see
the development plans for the
island include the revitalisation
of the Air, Land and Sea Park
[Sea Air Business Centre],

which would provide excellent
opportunities to create quality
jobs in supply chain manage-
"The infrastructure we have
here is unsurpassed in the
Bahamas and the Caribbean,
so we'd like to see more focus
on that."
Freeport's infrastructure,
including its planned roads,
deep-water harbour, the
Freeport Container Port,
Grand Bahama International
Airport and Grand Bahama
Shipyard, together with its tax-
advantageous status and geo-
graphical location, made the
island perfect for industries
such as logistics, shipping and
duty-free warehouses.
"Our goal is to see the recov-
ery of the economy in Grand
Bahama for the benefit of the

CASINO, from 1B
235 casino employees jobless, a
scenario unthinkable to the
Government with unemploy-
ment nationwide - and in
Grand Bahama especially -
already running at around a
likely 20 per cent rate.
However, Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace, minister of
tourism and aviation, told Tri-
bune Business at the time that
the Government was still
focusing on a "Foxwoods-type
deal", where the resort and
casino were managed by the
same sole operator, as the ulti-
mate solution for Our Lucaya.
"We have always said from
the beginning that Treasure
Bay would be more successful,
and any casino operator would
be more successful, to the
degree that we have integrated
management of the resort and
casino [at Our Lucaya]," Mr
Vanderpool-Wallace told Tri-
bune Business.
"We are already working
closely with Treasure Bay to

members," Mr Turnquest told
Tribune Business. "We're going
to do our part to correct the
impression that doing business
in Grand Bahama is difficult.
"Grand Bahama is an excel-
lent place to do business. The
quality of life is unmatched, and
we have the technical and
labour skills to do the job. We
think it's a wonderful place to
do business, and will do all that
is necessary to make business
Mr Turnquest said the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce intended to "meet with
all the relevant government
agencies" come January 2010
to obtain an update on their
commerce-related agendas.
The Chamber also intended
to "give some input" on what it
wanted to see happen.

effect that........That is our ulti-
mate goal, integrated manage-
ment of the resort and casino
as one."
When asked why the Fox-
woods deal had seemingly
been taken off the table, the
Government deciding to go
with its second option of Trea-
sure Bay, Mr Vanderpool-Wal-
lace said: "It was very clear
that some of the other options
being considered would take a
much longer time that allowed
by the need of Isle of Capri" to
exit its Our Lucaya operation
by end-October, as its Board of
Directors had committed to.
"Treasure Bay was better
able to accommodate what we
needed to do in a shorter peri-
od of time," the minister told
Tribune Business. "That's not
to suggest in any way that we
do not have the utmost confi-
dence in the capacity of Trea-
sure Bay to do an outstanding
"We're already talking to
them about what we want to



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scction 1 38(4) of the IntiznationaI fluginess
Companies Act. -240), BEMARO GLOBAL S.A.
is in dis.9tu0ion as (if Novrnibcr 27, 1-00.

Luidw~ig W Vriesinga of Spririgdalt. T~he Ridps,
Finchanipstead, Bcrkshirc RG40 !SU, United
Kingdom nIS Lht Liquidator.




In Voluntary Liquidation~

Nnticc is~ hcrcbv givcri that in =.von~a=ewit~h Sj~iofl
1 384 of the Inliemational Business~ Compa~nies Act.
dissolution as of November 27, 2009.

Ludwig W, Vriesinga of Springd~ale,Tlle Ridges,
Finchamp~tead. Berkshire RG40 3SU. IUnited
Kingdan i i the Liquidator-



(No. 45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
GATIK INVESTMENTS LIMITED., is in dissolution.

Enrique Koch la Rosa is the Liqudator and can be contacted at
Avenida Carninos del Inca 1404, Las Gardenias, Santiago de
Surco, Lima, Peru.

All persons having claims against the above-named are required
to sen their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or
claims to the Liquidator before December 30, 2009.


Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 27th day of November , 2009.
Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre,
Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O.Box N-3023, Nassau, The
Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of the Company.

Credit Suisse Trust Limited

(Company number 147,546 B)

An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the
voluntary winding-up and dissolution of the Company
commenced on the 27th day of November, 2009 and
that Pine Limited of Devonshire House, Queen Street,
P.O. Box N-8176 Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed

Dated this 27th day of November, 2009

Pine Limited

New Era Communications Fund Ltd.
An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000 the following notices are hereby given:-

1) That the voluntary winding-up and dissolution of the
Company commenced on the 30th day of November, 2009

2) That Vanessa Z. Coleby and J. Eleanor Bain both of
Devonshire House, Queen Street, P.O. Box N-8176 Nassau,
Bahamas have been appointed Liquidators

3) That all persons having any outstanding claims against the
above-named Company are required on or before the 8th day
of December, 2009 to send their names and addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidators of the
Company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from
the benefit of any distributions made before such debts are

Dated this 30th day of November, 2009
Vanessa Z. Coleby/ J. Eleanor Bain


I.. - . _, -




Entrepreneur's 'Movi' award

BURTON Wallace, vice-
president of The Movi Group,
will be presented with the
Visionary Award at this
Wednesday's Visionary Busi-
ness Leaders & Entrepreneur
Awards Conference.
The Movi Group, along with
The Ministry of Tourism and
Bahamas, a new
search engine and directory,
were each selected for the sep-
arate roles they played in assist-
ing local business or the country

during the reces-
"I am indeed
humbled and con-
sider it a great
honour to be
recognized before
my peers and WALLACE
business leaders WALLACE
at the upcoming
Visionary Conference," said Mr
He has worked in the audio-
visual industry since 1991 as a

photographer, camera opera-
tor and audio technician. In
1998, he forged ahead and
opened an audio visual and
advertising company, known
today as Movi Company.
Mr Wallace has assembled a
team of multimedia profes-
sionals with a proven track
record in delivering superior
quality video, radio production
and graphic design services.
SEE next page

Join Us for

Proposed Southwest New

Providence Marine Park

Community Meeting

Your Input is Important -
Please Join Us!
Wednesday, 2 December, 2009
St. Paul's Church, Lyford Cay

The area off the Southwest Coast of New Providence is impor-
tant due to its proximity to the island of New Providence. As
an important Dive Site, it has value for the tourism industry
and has recreational value to New Providence Fishermen. The
Bahamas National Trust is in the process of developing a
proposal for a National Park to be developed off the Southwest
coast of New Providence Island. The creation of a marine park
in this area has the potential to serve multiple purposes of
protecting resources, providing non-destructive economic
benefits, and providing both recreational and educational
opportunities for Bahamians.

The Bahamas National Trust firmly believes that engaging both
stakeholders and resource users during the project's develop-
ment phase is essential for its success. All users of the South-
west Marine Area off of New Providence should try and attend
this important meeting.

For additional meeting information call 393-1317
or email

As a privately-owned, mid-sized Bahamian Company
and the authorized Caterpillar dealer in the Bahamas,
we are seeking candidates for the position of Field
Service Technicians, and candidate for the position
of Electrical Technician. The individuals must be
able to support Caterpillar Tractors, Excavators, Wheel
Loaders, Backhoe Loaders and other machines in the
Bahamas. Applicants must have proven experience in
diagnosing, troubleshooting, repairing of Hydraulics,
Engines and Vehicular Electricity. Computer skills are
also required for this position. Applicants with formal
education in mechanics are preferred.

Send complete resume with education and work
experience to: M & E Limited, P. 0. Box N-3238,
Nassau Bahamas, Attention: Human Resources
Department, or email

Only persons being interviewed for this position
will be contacted.

IBank of The Bahmas



In collaboration with The Education Guaranteed Fund Loan
ProgrTam of the Ministry of Education, the Bank of The
Bahamas Limited is pleased to advise that the cheque
disbursement for ALL students in the Loan Program will take
place at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapledon Gardens,
New Prnvidence, beginning Monday, Dccmber 7 to Friday,
December 11, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as follows,


A-C Monday, December 7, 2009
D-1 Tuesday. December 8, 2009
J-M Wednesday, December 9, 2009
N-Smith Thursday, December 10,2009
Spence-Z Fdday, December 11,2009

TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.n.
PLACE: Holy Trinity Activity Centre
Stapledon Gardens

* All Students and/or Guarantors should be present
and must bring relevant identification, (valid Passport
and National Insurance Card).

* All accounts must be current and all necessary
documentation completed before cheques are




Has opening's in the following areas:

Warehouse Management
Warehouse Supervisors
Truck Drivers/Helpers

Salaries are commensurate with ability and
experience, and are WELL above industry
standards for exemplary personnel.

Application forms are available at the Receptionist
desk, you may also send resumes (where
applicable) to the following postal, or email

The Manager Lightboum Trading Co. Ltd.
P.O. Box N-7124
#118 Mackey Street



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MOVI, from 5B
Key speakers for the Decem-
ber 2 event at the Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort will
include Dionisio D'Aguilar,
immediate past president of the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce, and president of Super-
wash and chairman of AML
Holdings; Stacia Williams, pres-
ident of Total Image Manage-
ment; and Sandy Schaefer,
president of Robin Hood.

The minister of state for
finance, Zhivargo Laing, will
deliver the keynote address.
Also addressing the conference
will be Dr Myles Munroe, pres-
ident of Bahamas Faith Min-
istries International.
Other event sponsors include
Superwash, Milo B. Butler &
Sons, Sanctuary Investments,
with prize and special donations
by Robin Hood, Atlantis,
Bahamasair and Switcha.


Mail Boxes


investmentt to Cayman

Legal Notice


(a) SOPHEN HOLDING LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.




Legal Notice


(a) GRADUATORIA LIMITED. is in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.




Legal Notice


(a) PUT INTERNATIONAL LIMITED. is in dissolution under the provi-
sions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.




FROM page 1B

offering classes by mid-Decem-
According to Ms Messarra,
obtaining certification to
instruct Pilates is an intensive
one-year programme. She has
also secured a Yoga instructor
for her company's expanded
In addition to constructing
an exercise studio, Ms Messar-
ra also recently expanded Prov-
idence Rehabilitation Centre,
turning bathrooms and a stor-
age room into an area where
patients undergo spinal decom-
pression, to assist with things
such as herniated and degen-
erative discs.
She also added home care
services to her offerings this
year, though demand for the
service has been fairly low.
"We began our home care
services in March, but it hasn't
necessarily been successful,"

said Ms Messarra.
She added that there was a
market for home physiotherapy
sessions, and she hired one of
the best Bahamian therapists
to render the service. She
argues that people are discour-
aged by the prices, but do not
know that he service can be
covered by their insurance.


Ms Messarra said her centre
had extremely competitive pric-
ing for individuals without
insurance. "I wanted to make
physio sessions available to as
many Bahamians as possible,"
she said.
Providence Rehabilitation
Centre also has a full service
paediatric centre, equipped
with a special centre for chil-
dren with Cerebral Palsy. Ms
Messarra said, however, that
parents often choose therapy
in the US for their children
over local treatment, so the

Legal Notice


(a) NISIO LIMITED. is in dissolution under the provisions of the Interna-
tional Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 1, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 13th day of January, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.




6 Local Business Executive Seeks

Experience, qualifications and duties....

* Personal Secretary experience preferred
* Highly proficient in Microsoft Office
* Ability to work independently with limited direction
* Some college preferred and transportation required
* Software Helpdesk/Customer Service
* Preparation of documents and presentations
* Occasional weekend / evening hours
* Assisting with the organization and preparation of

The successful applicant will be required to
Provide personal and employment references.

Please send resume with photograph to

paediatric centre has been
grossly underused.
The centre also boasts the
only licensed hand therapist in
the Bahamas, Ratish Karna,
who deals with traumatic hand
injury, such as gun shot trau-
ma, deep abrasions and shat-
tered bones.
According to Ms Messarra,
she is cautiously optimistic
about her expansion, adding
that they were necessary addi-
tions to her service offerings.



The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

FROM page 1B

They are also set to hold
their second e-commerce ven-
dors fair in the New Year,
where businesses who have
moved their firms online will
be able to interact with their
customer face to face and
reveal new offers.
One of's
most successful sellers is phone
cards. "They love having access
to phone cards that they use for
roaming to keep the communi-
cation lines open," said the
They, like Mr Major, argue
that e-commerce is an emerging
market that will not decline in
the near future.
Xpress-it Courier service
expanded its business this year
to include two Marathon Mall
locations, where customers can
order items online, pay for and
receive them all at the same
President of the company,
Heather Saunders, is also
mulling the launch of gift cards
for the holiday season, which
can be charged with up to
$1,000 for purchase.
Customers are also able to
independently track their pack-
age's progress at the business's
Ms Saunders said the second
store, which proceeded the mall
kiosk by only several months,
greatly relieved X-press It's cus-
tomer traffic.
"Good times are ahead for
people who want to utilise e-
commerce," said a ShopBVM


(No 46 of 2000)
IBC No. 49,015 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that as follows:

(a) That J.WALLACE LTD. is in Dissolution under the provisions of The
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 17th day
of November, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the Company is Sterling (Bahamas) Limited of 2nd
Floor, Saffrey Square, Bank Lane and Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) Any person having Claim against the above name Company are
required on or before the 17th day of December, 2009 to send their
name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the
Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution of any made before such claim is approved.

Sterling (Bahamas) Limited


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11 80 990 Bahamas Property Fund 1075 1075 000 0992 0200 108 1 86%
930 590 Bank of Bahamas 590 590 0 00 0244 0260 242 441%
089 0 63 Benchnark 063 063 000 O877 0 000 N/M 000%
349 315 Bahanas Waste 315 315 0 00 0125 0090 252 286%
2 37 214 Fidehlty Bank 237 237 0 O0 0055 0040 43 1 1 69%
14 04 992 Cable Baharas 10 00 10 O0 0 O0 1 406 0250 71 250%
2 88 272 Colna Holdings 272 272 0 O0 0249 0040 109 1 47%
719 526 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 562 562 0 O0 0419 0300 134 534%
385 127 Consohdated Water BDIRs 262 263 001 0111 0052 237 198%
2 85 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 255 255 0 O0 0625 0080 41 314%
820 628 Famguard 640 640 0 0 0420 0240 152 375%
S1187 880 Flnco 929 929 0 00 0322 0520 289 560%
11 71 9 86 FirstCarbbean Bank 987 986 -0 01 8,459 0631 0350 156 355%
553 411 Focol (S) 475 475 0 00 0326 0150 146 316%
1 o 0 Focol Class B Preference 1o0 1 0 00 0 000 0 000 N/M 000%
045 027 Freeport Concrete 027 027 0 0 0035 0000 77 000%
902 549 ICD Utilhtes 559 559 000 0407 0500 137 894%
1200 995 J S Johnson 995 995 000 0952 0640 105 643%
10 00 10 O0 Premier Real Estate 10 O0 10 O0 0 O0 0156 0000 641 0 00%
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing b cases)
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Security Synmbol Last Sale Change Dally Vol Interest Maturity
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100 000 0O0 7% 19 October 2017
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100 00 0 O0 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100 00 0 O0 7% 30 May 2013
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 100 O0 0 00 Prime + 1 75% 29 May 2015

14 60 7 92 Bahamas Supermarkets 10 06 1 61400 -2 246 0000 N/M o 000%
8 00 6 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 200 625 4 00 0000 0480 N/M 780%
054 020 RND Holdings 035 040 035 0001 0000 2566 000%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
41 00 29 00 ABAB 3013 31 59 2900 4540 000 90 3 00%
055 040 RND Holdings 045 055 055 0002 0000 26190 000%

1 4160 1 3419 CFAL Bond Fund 1 4160 462 553 31 -Oct-09
30350 28266 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 28266 386 488 31 Oct-09
15033 14258 CFAL Money Market Fund 15033 485 524 27-Nov-09
35399 29343 Fideity Bahanas G & I Fund 29343 1333 1711 31 Oct-09
132400 123870 Fidelity Prmne Income Fund 132400 493 59031 -Oct09
1030956 1000000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 1030956 310 252 30-Sep-09
100 0000 994177 CFAL Global Equity Fund 994177 312 276 30-Sep-09
105884 94740 Fidelity International Investment Fund 94740 417 418 31-Oct-09
10804 10000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 10804 432 526 31-Oct-09
10364 10000 FG Financial Growth Fund 10269 059 019 31-Oct-09
10742 10000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 10742 356 442 31-Oct-09
106301 100000 Royal Fidelity Bah In Investment Fund 106301 630 630 31-Oct-09
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SHOWN (1-r): Lennox McCartney, insurance commissioner; David Maltby, managing director, BUPA; Dr Hubert Minnis, minister of health; Chester
Cooper, president, BAF, and other guests pose for a photo before the reception celebrating the alliance formed between BUPA and British American
Financial at British Colonial Hilton Hotel...

Insurer alliance to tackle

access to healthcare

BRITISH American Finan-
cial's alliance with BUPA
Insurance Company has led the
Bahamian company to intro-
duce its MedSafe line of health
insurance products, supported
by the latter's network of
health care providers world-
"We are truly excited about
our alliance with BUPA," said
I. Chester Cooper, British
American Financial's president
and chief executive.
"Having the support of
BUPA affords us the opportu-
nity to offer our clients world
class health care services that
extend far beyond our borders.
BAF MedSafe will offer four
comprehensive health insur-
ance options that will guarantee

access to the widest range of
providers, physicians, special-
ists and the very best health
care services worldwide."
With inadequate health care
coverage a serious concern in
the Bahamas, Mr Cooper said:
"It's important that people
have affordable and accessible
healthcare when they need it
most, and the comfort that
should the worst happen, your
insurance carrier is with you
for life.
"For this reason, certain
products in the MedSafe range
offer no annual maximums, no
reductions at any age and guar-
anteed renewal. With our
strong local brand and BUPA's
global reach, this is unques-
tionably a win-win combination

The Public is hereby advised that I, Sean Zhivargo
Thompson of the 669 Major Rd., Yellow Elder Gardens #3
on the Island of New Providence, Bahamas intend to change
my name from Sean Zhivargo Thompson to Sean
Zhivargo Roker. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-792, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th day of November, 2009. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.

Equity Side

(In Liquidation)

(Chapter 279)

Rule 68 of the Companies (Winding-Up) Rules, 1975
NOTICE is hereby given that a second dividend is intended
to be declared in the above matter.

If you do prove you claim to the satisfaction of the Official
Liquidator on or before the 4th day of January, A.D., 2010,
your claim will be expunged, and the Official Liqudator shall
proceed to pay a second dividend with out regard to such

The Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
has ordered that the publication of this notice shall constitute
compliance with the said rule 68 of the Companies
(Winding-Up) Rules, 1975.

Dated this 23rd day of November, A.D., 2009
Mareva House
#4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Official Liquidator

for our client."
BUPA has been in operation
since 1947, and currently has
over 10 million members from
192 countries around the world.
BAF MedSafe clients can

choose from four health insur-
ance options - MedSafe Dia-
mond Care; MedSafe Advan-
tage Care; MedSafe Critical
Care; and MedSafe Secure

NOTICE is hereby given that APPLYS ALBERTA of
Wellington Road #29, P.O. BOX N-356, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 2thday of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th day of November, 2009. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.

CHESTER COOPER, president and chief executive of British American
Financial, talks to Dr Hubert Minnis, minister of health

NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID HUGHES, P.O. BOX N-7777,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 2nd day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 30th day of November, 2009. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas

BdS Corporate Services Ltd.

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Tribune Features Reporter

CARIBBEAN flavours run through the
menu of the Tasty Caribbean Delights
restaurant which has Nassuvians in the
southern part of the island talking of delicious
regional cuisine.

And now persons in the rest
of New Providence are catch-
ing on, too.
"It's different, and that's
what people are looking for,"
restaurant owner Donovan
Gilbert told Tribune Taste.
"You're going to be blown
away because you're not going
to expect what we serve here
to be found at a restaurant on
Faith Avenue on Carmichael
Road. You'd expect to find it
on Bay Street or Paradise
Jamaican, Haitian and
Bahamian dishes are served up
on a daily basis.
The restaurant's lunch menu
has become very popular,
boasting okra snapper, baked
turkey wings and oxtail, which
are the customer favourites.
Baked chicken, turkey
wings, pork, stew fish, roast
stuffed chicken, curry mutton,
curry chicken and grilled bar-
becue ribs are among the array
of tasty options.
But these aren't the only
dishes that Tasty Caribbean
Delights serves. Cassava, sweet
potato and other cooked veg-
etables are on offer for the
more health conscious patrons

price," he said.
"Customers are blown away,
because you don't expect to
find what they found at a
restaurant in a location that is
considered to be 'over the hill'."
But it seems that the loca-
tion is working to Tasty
Caribbean Delights' advan-
Carmichael Road is a hub
for businesses which seem to
be popping up everywhere,
and that means more hungry
people at lunch time.
At 12.30pm, an onslaught of
customers come rushing in to
put in their take-out orders
which are then prepared by the
Jamaican and Bahamian chefs.
But Tasty Caribbean
Delights delivery is also popu-
lar among business people out
at Lyford Cay and Robinson
A popular item on the
restaurant's menu is shrimp
scampi which is served on a
bed of fettuccine pasta. It's
simmered in herb butter and
a coconut sauce.
The coconut grouper and
curry fish are also scrumptious
And continuing in the

"Customers are blown away,
because you don't expect to find
what they found at a restaurant
in a location that is considered to
be 'over the hill'." - Donovan Gilbert

who are tired of having peas
n' rice all the time.
When it comes to tradition-
al dishes, the restaurant's man-
agers swear that they have the
best jerk chicken on the island,
which is an option on Fridays
and Saturdays.
We don't know if it lives up
to the hype, as Tribune Taste
did not get to sample it, but
customers attested to the truth
of this claim.
None of the items on the
menu are fried in oil, as the
restaurant tries to adhere to
healthy cooking techniques.
Most of the meats are grilled
at Tasty Caribbean Delights.
"If we need oil, we'll use
olive oil as an alternative," said
Mr Gilbert. "We use very light
salt, and a lot of natural sea-
sonings and herbs. We started
doing some catering a few
years back. As you listen to
people talk everybody wants
to be healthier.
"We pride ourselves because
you go into a hotel setting and
order an Italian herb chicken
or pineapple chicken and pay
more. But you come here and
get the same service and same
quality for a much cheaper

seafood vein, Tribune Taste
recommends the Escoveitch
fish, which is a Jamaican dish
in a sauce made with vinegar,
lime juice, black pepper and a
dash of salt. Finally, this grilled
fish is topped with onions,
potatoes and carrot slices.
A taste of Cajun and Cre-
ole food is a highlight on
Wednesday at the restaurant.
Grel, black rice and Sichuan
are a few of the Creole dishes
which are especially popular
among customers of Haitian
All-natural Irish moss juice
is available everyday. This rare
seaweed blend is said to
increase sperm count, accord-
ing to some research.
The Irish moss is boiled,
strained and then sweetened
with milk, nutmeg and vanilla.
Or you could try the natural
fruit juices, which come in
three flavours made from
papaya and beets. Another
knockout is the homemade
To satisfy your sweet tooth,
the restaurant offers the usual
Bahamian desserts of carrot
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Tribune Features Reporter

MANY Bahamians have
grown accustomed to ring-
ing in the Christmas holiday
season with the Nassau
Renaissance Singers.
And the group, which has been prac-
ticing for months, is eager to perform
their first concert event of the year.
They've been on hiatus for a while
now following the passing of their last
director Pauline Glasby in 2008 - their
last concert was held during an event
they held in her honour last year.
This year, rehearsals began Sep-
tember in preparation for the 'The
Music for Christmas' concert, and
choir members promise the public can
expect to experience something very
The group's new multi-talented
director, Audrey Dean-Wright, will
lead the singers in "stellar perfor-
mances" at the two-night Christmas
concert event on December 12 and
"Expect a lot of uplifting holiday
cheer," said Barbara Thompson, a
senior member of the choir.
Contemporary, spiritual, tradition-
al, French, jazz and a gorgeous Latin
piece will be all a part of the music
The concert aims to invoke the
Christmas spirit and will feature four
new musical numbers written by Mrs
Dean-Wright, as well as old-time
Christmas favourites.
Featured in the performers lineup is
a 12th grade student named Ashley
Myron Morley, who received nation-
al recognition for his musical talents.
The classical guitarist is a national
winner in the E Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival 2008/2009 in
the category of 'Solo Guitar'.
Classically trained, well-known
soprano JoAnn Louise Deveaux-Cal-
lender will also be performing. She
will be accompanied by concert pianist

Dr Christy Lee.
Mrs. Deveaux-Callender's sound is
described as "infectious," singing jazz
in a low husky voice, then moving to a
high lyrical voice, and rounding it off
in a powerful soprano.
Mrs Dean- Wright has been accom-
panying the Nassau Renaissance
Singers on the piano since she was 16
years old. At the time, Clement Bethel
was the choir director, and served as
her mentor.
Mr Bethel conducted an in-depth
study of music and piano skills with
Mrs Dean-Wright in her young years.
Members said it sends a message of
inspiration and lends credence to the
choir's legacy to have Mrs Dean-
Wright, who started as a pianist with
the group all those years ago, now
directing the Nassau Renaissance
Beyond her work with the group,
Mrs Dean-Wright has also made sig-

nificant contributions to the musical
development of youth, and has even
authored three books that are in use in
the public schools of the Bahamas,
one of which is a collection of piano
Mrs Dean-Wright's passion for
helping in youth development through
music stems from her early years.
As the wife of a diplomat, she has
had the opportunity to extend her
community work beyond the bound-
aries of the Bahamas, ministering in
places such as Jamaica, Miami, New
York, Haiti and Cuba.
In each country she has lived in, she
founded a choir and assisted in other
areas, such as in the running of an
orphanage in Haiti and serving on the
fundraising committee of the Consular
Corps for the Miami Children's Hos-
Mrs Dean-Wright took over the
Nassau Renaissance Singers last year

after the death of Mrs Glasby.
The upcoming event will be the first
time the new director has led the
singers in their annual Christmas con-
The Nassau Renaissance Singers are
a group of volunteers who give very
professional performances.
"A lot of that is to the direction of
our leader," said senior group member
Mrs Thompson.
Choir members described Mrs
Dean-Wright as a "special, talented
and an overall fantastic person."
"Her transition as the newest choir
director is going well," they said.
Concert dates and venues for 'A
Concert of Music for Christmas' are:
* Saturday, December 12 at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas Performing Arts
Centre at 8pm.
* Sunday, December 13 at the St
Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk at 6pm.
Tickets are $25.

Gavin McKinney to receive first Bahamian Tribute Award

THE 2009 Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival (BIFF)
will honour world renowned
director of
photographer Gavin McK-
inney with the first Bahamian
Tribute Award at this
year's festival, taking place
December 10-17 in Nassau.
The announcement was
made by BIFF founder and
executive director Leslie Van-
Mr McKinney, who has
been in the industry for over
30 years and worked on sev-
eral James Bond movies, will
be on hand for the special
tribute and presentation on
Tuesday, December 15 at the
College of the Bahamas.
"We are so thrilled to
recognize one of our very own
Bahamian filmmakers,


Tribune Features Reporter

AT sunset on December 19,
a spotlight will illuminate the
sky over Nassau which will
mark the place of the exclu-
sive 'CLICK' year-end event
to showcase the single best in
Bahamian social, fashion, net-
working, artistic, musical and
culinary arts.
Some will see the light and
think that it's something out
of a movie. But there's more
to it.
Local photographer
Scharad Lightbourne and
friends will be hosting
'Rotate' - a fusion of six
events in six separate desig-
nated areas on one night, at
the same time.

Gavin McKinney, for a
remarkable career as a pio-
neer in the film industry," Ms
Vanderpool said.
"His work continues to
wow audiences around the
globe and impress colleagues
above and below the line
within the film industry."
Mr McKinney has been
involved in underwater film
making since 1973 when he
worked as a diver on the
movie 'Day of the Dolphin'
and has spent over 20,000
hours underwater making
He has worked on over 50
feature films and television
including five James Bond
movies, 'The Spy Who Loved
Me', 'For Your Eyes Only',
'Moonraker', 'Never Say Nev-

And guests won't receive
instructions about how to
reach the venues until right
before the event. They will
receive a text message with
driving directions to the secret
On arrival at the venue,
guests will be greeted by
undercover police officers in
black tuxedos, 50 feet of red
carpet, a media wall featuring
pictures and interviews, live
entertainment, complimenta-
ry drinks and appetisers.
Hosts from a popular BET
show will keep the show going
throughout the night.
In one of the six designated
areas, local music sensation
Sammi Starr will perform
tracks from his first ever
album set for release early
An international celebrity
(to be announced at the
event) will be whipping up
some gourmet dishes with the
assistance of Chef Jamal Pet-

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er Again', and 'The World Is
Not Enough'.
And in addition to working
behind the scenes with logis-
tics and planning he was the
Bond underwater double in
'For Your Eyes Only', and
'The World Is Not Enough'.
Mr McKinney thinks he is
the only person in the history
of the film industry to have
been run over by a car under-
water in 'The Spy Who Loved
He also spent four months
working on 'The Abyss' in
Since 2001 he has also co-
produced and filmed three
highly successful three-dimen-
sional underwater films for
the IMAX theatres, produced
and distributed 3D Enter-

ty of the 'Island Flare Celebri-
ty Cooking Show' on JCN.
242 People Clothing Com-
pany will debut their new
designs and put on a fashion
show, with 50 models showing
off their sport line, smart
casual, Winter and urban
lines, featuring live perfor-
mances from artists like Novie
and Tim "Shiraz" Rodland.
Dynasty Productions will
also host 'Visage', a live Soca
and Rake n' Scrape concert,
at one of the venues.
Finally, in another of the
six designated areas, Rotate
will feature the year end net-
working event for the
Bahamas Dinner Network a
local business fraternity.
The collaboration of the six
local enterprises is expected
to draw a combined audience
of over 1,000 persons to the
In an effort to make the
event one of a kind, the
organizers will release a web

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'Ocean Wonderland 3D',
'Sharks 3D' and 'Dolphins
and Whales 3D'. These films
have been seen by over 11
million people worldwide to
Mr McKinney has over 35
years of experience filming
underwater and has provided
full production services for
underwater shoots,
including personnel, logis-
tics, locations and marine ser-
vices, though now his ener-
gies are directed towards con-
servation and education about
the oceans of the world.
His current project is
'Ocean World 3D' (working
title), directed
and produced by Jean-
Jacques and Francois Man-
tello. A full-length 3D docu-
mentary which premiered at

page for guests to RSVP,
leaving their names, guests,
cell phone contacts and e-mail
During the week of the

the 2009
Cannes Film Festival in
May, is a fictitious story of a
voyage around the world.
Entering its sixth year,
BIFF has established itself as
a marquee international fes-
tival in the Caribbean region,
discovering and promoting
independent voices and tal-
ent from around the world
and showcasing a diverse
array of international films.
BIFF is a non-profit organ-
isation committed to provid-
ing the local community and
international festival-goers
with a diverse presentation of
films from the Bahamas and
around the world.
For more information visit

event, guests will receive texts
and e-mail messages inform-
ing them of the dress code,
the sponsors, the date and
time of the event.

The National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas Music Series presents
a Christmas Concert with the
Scotia Bank Bahamas Debut
The concert will be held this
coming Sunday at 3pm at NAGB.
Under the direction of musical
director JoAnne Connaughton,
the talented musicians of the
orchestra will perform at the
NAGB, celebrating the uplifting
sounds of the Yuletide season.
Ms Connaughton first fell in
love with the Bahamas when she
spent some time here as a child,
attending Queen's College, and
then when she returned to
become a faculty member at the
College of the Bahamas, she
came across such wonderful
musical talent in the students
there that she wanted to expand
the opportunities available to
young musicians in the country.
With the sponsorship of Sco-
tia Bank and the support of the
Bahamas Music Conservatory,
the orchestra was born.
Tickets to Sunday's event are
$10 at NAGB, please call 328-
5800/1 or e-mail

The Adventist Men's Chorale
presents the 'Mission of Hope'
concert at the St Andrew's
Presbyterian Kirk this Saturday.
Under the patronage of the Dr
and Mrs Leonard Johnson,
president of the Bahamas Con-
ference of Seventh-day Adven-
tists, and accompanied by the
Bahamas National Orchestra,
the all-male chorus performs
works by composers George F
Handel, Harry Simeone, Nor-
man Luboff and Peter J Wil-
housky and more.
A part of the proceeds will go
towards funding the New
Bahamas Academy Building
Fund and the Scholarship Fund
for At-Risk Young Men.
The concert starts at 7.30 pm
on Saturday.
Tickets are available at the
Bahamas Conference at SDA
Offices on Tonique Williams
Darling Highway. Call 341-
4022/21 or e-mail

The Rotary Club of West Nas-
sau holds its 36th Night of
Christmas Music this Sunday at
8pm at the Rainforest Theatre,
Crystal Palace Casino and Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort.
The concert, entitled 'A Child is
Born' and held under the
patronage Governor-General
Arthur Hanna, features perfor-
mances by Joann Callender; the
National Youth Choir; the
Revere Dance Ensemble; the
Bel Canto Singers; the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Band;
Julien Thompson; Danielle
Dean; Allyson Mason-Rolle,
Simone Beneby; the Rotary
Glee Club, and Nehemiah Hield.
General admission is $10 for
section B seating and $25 for
section A; VIP tables start from
$600 for a party of six; a table
for eight is $800 and one for a
group of 10 is $1,000.
Tickets can be purchased at the
Esso service station on Baillou
Hill and Harrold Roads; the
Juke Box at the Mall at
Marathon; La Rose on West
Bay Street, and at all Bamboo
Shacks. Call 324-4507 or 225-
0781, or e-mail ewlopez@wsi-





Lyford Cay Foundation scholar to hold solo art exhibition in Atlanta


WHEN you come across a
piece of art by Lyford Cay
Foundation scholar Lillian
Blades you don't just look
over the work, you engage in
a rich emotional exchange.
Lillian's assemblages -
large sculptures made up of
any combination of picture
frames, fabric from clothing,
magazine images, buttons and
found or sought-after objects
- present complex landscapes
of texture and colour.
This visual language weaves
personal narratives that speak
to universal subjects of frag-
mentation, memory, loss, and
"It's a visual version of
emotional experiences," Lil-
lian said.
"There are bits and pieces
of so many things that I like
and that I pull from. They're
like fragments. I try to break
everything down into its most
common denominator and
then put it together in a way
that makes sense."
Lillian has established her-
self as a Bahamian artist,
exhibiting at solo shows at the
Central Bank and the College
of the Bahamas.
Her work has also been fea-
tured in group shows at the
National Art Gallery of the
Bahamas and in the pivotal
'Funky Nassau - Recovering
an Identity' exhibition that
travelled to Wiesbaden, Ger-
many in 2006.
In addition, she has made a
name for herself abroad. Her
pieces have appeared in
group and solo exhibitions in
several US states, Trinidad
and South Africa, and are
included in international per-
manent collections.
On the occasion of her

upcoming show at the highly
regarded Hammonds House
Museum in Atlanta, Georgia
- 'Eye Sea Reflections' ,
which opened last week and
runs until January 31, 2010 -
we take the opportunity to
revisit the accomplishments
of this exceptionally talented
Bahamian artist.
After graduating from Saint
Augustine's College in 1991,
Lillian attended COB, where
she received an Associate's
degree in Art. She then head-
ed off to Georgia to study for
a BFA in Textiles and Paint-
ing at Savannah College of
Art and Design scadD).
While a Lyford Cay Foun-
dation scholarship helped lift
some of the financial weight
off her shoulders, Lillian still
had to work virtually non-stop
during her summer breaks in
order to raise sufficient funds
to complete her degree.
Every year, with the assis-
tance of noted Bahamian
artists Brent Malone and
Antonius Roberts, she would
present an auction of her
"Brent and Antonius
would be the auctioneers, and
it was fun," she remembers.
"I'd have my friends dress up
like Vanna White and bring
the art out. Antonius was just
always so lively and he knows
everyone, so he'd be calling
all the names of people hold-
ing the paddles."
After graduating from
SCAD, Lillian went on to
earn an MFA from Georgia
State University, and she has
since taken residencies at the
Skowhegan School of Paint-
ing and Sculpture in Maine
and the Caversham Centre
for Artists and Writers in
South Africa.
When she first embarked

on her studies, Lillian
planned to focus on textiles,
with the aim of one day cre-
ating a textile company in the
Bahamas. However, finding
the business side of textiles
limiting, she started to con-
centrate on painting, though
she never entirely left behind
her attraction to fabrics and
frequently incorporated them
into her work. With an
increasing awareness of 'craft'
or objects made by African
or African Diaspora cultures
for spiritual and functional
reasons, she has chosen to
pay homage to and build
upon this ancestral tradition
in her assemblages.
Lillian once described her
work as "the visual equiva-
lent of jazz."
The eye, like the ear in an
impromptu jazz session,
becomes captured again and
again at every new turn.
"The effort in putting these
things together for me, the
process, is very important,"
she explained. "You can see
that when you look at my
work. What you're seeing is a
portrait of the process. The
richer it is, the better."
The beautiful resulting
objects seem to be a form of
sculptural quilting, and
indeed this practice is close
to Lillian's heart.
The social history of quilt
making, such as quilting bees,
where women would get
together and share their fab-
rics and stories, connects the
act of piecing fabric together
to the act of conserving com-
munity narratives. It is no sur-
prise that when Lillian
embarks on community
installations, she draws upon
the quilt form.
Take, for example, the
AIDS Awareness Junkanoo

Quilt Project, completed in
2006. With support from the
US Embassy and the AIDS
Foundation, Lillian inspired
200 kids, aged six to 14, from
several Bahamian islands to
create swatches for a com-
munity quilt. The kids
responded visually to a South
African story about a boy
who finds out his friend has
AIDS, and the social impli-
cations that follow. The result
was a massive, semi-sculptur-
al mesh of voices coming
together to raise awareness
about HIV/AIDS.
By living and working in
Atlanta, Lillian has had an
opportunity to connect her art
to African-American and
West African experiences and
histories. Indeed, her meth-
ods of creation draw from
several geographical and
social spaces, and her work is
not easy to pin down. In spite
of this, however, it remains
easily accessible to observers
from all walks of life.
"She really speaks about
universal ideas. Even though
she is a Bahamian woman
artist rooted in this place, the
work itself just takes on a
whole different dimension,"
said Erica James, director of
the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas, where she has
selected Lillian's work for
group exhibitions.
Among the recurring
themes in Lillian's work are
those of motherhood and
childbirth, and how they
relate to passages of time.
Disconnected from her moth-
er at the moment of her birth
and now a mother of a nine-
year-old girl, Lillian's assem-
blages often represent a battle
between separation and
"Because I didn't even

know my mom and her side
of the family, I lost a lot of
understanding about myself,"
Lillian explained. "I'm not
mourning it, I just find it
interesting. Right now I'm
dissecting all these clothes
and I feel like I'm going back
in time because my mom was
a seamstress. I feel like I'm
doing the same thing, like I'm
looking back by dissecting
clothes and putting them
back together in a quilt, but
it's almost like I'm making
visual medicine for my own
comfort. It makes sense to
For her show at the Ham-
monds House Museum, Lil-
lian explored another theme
in her work, blurring the line
between the observer and the
"I wanted to have a human
element in there. I wanted
you to feel like you were
being observed, so I added
eyes, images of eyes from
many people. I cut them out
of magazines," she said. "And
then there are mirrors where

you see yourself as well from
different angles. It's hard to
focus. You're fragmented,
you see your eyes repeated
in several places as well, so
you become a part of the
In her current work, Lillian
has returned to the personal
narrative. As a tribute to her
father, who is a plumber, she
is experimenting with differ-
ent sizes of PVC pipe pieces,
incorporating them into her
assemblages. She is also revis-
iting past works, claiming she
is only finished "when I can-
not add or take anything
Artists who are familiar
with her work know that she
will always be true to herself,
no matter the theme.
For more about Lillian and
her artwork, please visit To
learn more about the schol-
arships offered by Lyford
Cay Foundation and the
Canadian Lyford Cay Foun-
dation, visit www.lyfordcay-


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Born with Down syndrome
Andrew's motor and cognitive skill
are impaired.
But he has never let his disability\
slow him down. Now at age 36 he' ,
experiencing success in producin-
marketable merchandise.
Early in our introduction t.,
Andrew last week, he identified hirr -
self as "the boss."
"The success has definitely gonL
to his head," his mother, Betty-Jan,
Dean, told Tribune Art.
In a workshop above the 'Jewels
by the Sea' store on West Bay Street
you can find him, his co-worker
Sheree, and three other disabled
workers designing and making jew-
ellery for the 'Andeana Collection'
sold in the shop below.
The company was formed by the
Dean family to keep Andrew and
other disabled persons like him stim-
ulated and occupied.
"We find that the people loved
the idea of buying things that some-
body with a disability was helping
to produce," said Mrs Dean.
Andrew was never able to learn
how to read and write. But his par-
ents strongly believed that disabled
persons can contribute to their own
well-being and not be completely
dependent on others.
His mother came up with the idea
that Andrew could help create mer-
chandise for the jewellery store.
"Often times we get e-mails that
people liked the gift, and especially
the story behind it," said Mrs Dean.
Eighteen years ago, Andrew had
outgrown attending Hopedale Cen-
tre, a school for children with dis-
abilities, when he discovered his joy
and ability in the jewellery making
His parents also soon realized that
the constant repetition of stringing
beads for necklaces was improving
Andrew's motor skills.
Developmentally disabled persons
perform best at repetitive tasks,
where they know exactly what to
expect, his parents explained.
"It's ingrained in most handi-
capped persons," Mrs Dean said.


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Diane, the workshop overseer, who
goes over the things that she and
Andrew are to do.
Sheree is a tremendous help to
Andrew and works very fast.
While Tribune Art was visiting the
workshop, Sheree was giving
Andrew about 20 beads for him to
put on a string.
When Andrew was through with
stringing the beads, she took his final
product and measured it to see if it
was the right length.
Sheree then closed the necklace
off with a 14-karat gold clasp.
Andrew can only work with the big-
ger beads, as his impaired motor
skills make it difficult for him to han-
dle the smaller ones.
Sheree's specialty is making ear-
rings for the company, which she
makes from shells and other natural
materials from the sea.
"My one problem with Sheree is
that she works too fast," said Mrs
Sheree and Andrew are dedicated
workers and have never even taken
a full lunch hour.
"If they have a list of things to do,
they want to get it done," Mrs Dean
As to the materials the store uses,
Mrs Dean that they use materials
that tourists expect to see in island
"We use a lot of conch shells and
the mother-of-pearl which is the
shell of the oyster, and a lot of gen-
uine pearls."
One particular piece that stood
out to us was the 'Y' necklace, which
is made from crystal and fresh water
pearls in many colours, white, peach,

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and plum.
While the products are usually pur-
chased by tourists, Mrs Dean said
that the store does have a small
Bahamian clientele.
"(Bahamian) women who are get-
ting married would bring in their
bridesmaids dresses and we'll match
them up," she said.
The store's most popular piece is
the inter-changeable pearl necklace,
and can be worn long, or as a twist.
"It's a big look, and it sells very
well," Mrs Dean said.
"In this economic situation people
are still willing to pay a moderate
amount of money for jewellery
whereas they're not buying $3,000 or
$5,000 pieces of jewellery."
Jewellery at the store starts at $8
and can go as high as $100.
Andeana's designs are selling well
because the pieces are authentically
Bahamian made.
The Andeana pieces are retailed at
kiosks in the airport, local hotels and
at Festival Place on Prince George

Central Bank hosts Art and craft after-school programme exhibition

A SPECIAL art exhibition
consisting of over 25 pieces of
work will showcase the cre-
ativeness of high school stu-
dents enrolled in the Nation-
al Art and Craft After-School
Enrichment Programme.
The work of these talented
students will be on display at
the Central Bank, allowing
the public to view the prod-
ucts of diligence, imagination

and true artistry.
The exhibition officially
opens this Friday from 5pm
to 8pm, and will run all
December long.
Work from the students
dating back to 2005 will
make up the exhibition.
Genevieve Richard,
National Art and Craft Cen-
tre manager, told Tribune
Art that this event is a "lib-
erating experience" for the
"There is no particular

theme that the students have
to stick to. Whatever it is
they want to paint they can,
because in this exhibition it is
all about freedom," she said.
"People will see Biblical
pieces, cultural pieces,
abstract pieces, as well as a
few sports figures."
In past exhibitions, the stu-
dents reaped the fruits of
their labour as a large num-
ber of the paintings were
sold, two were even pur-
chased right on opening

night last year.
And even though the pro-
gramme is an initiative of the
Department of Education,
any earnings the students
receive from their artwork is
theirs to keep.
"The Department of Edu-
cation takes nothing from
the students, all of the profits
go to them. I have had par-
ents come to me and say that
the money that they have
earned helped with their
child's school fee," Ms

Richard said.
One of the pieces from the
exhibition last year was
bought by the Ministry of
Education to present to out-
going United States Ambas-
sador John Rood, and a few
other pieces were purchased
by the US Embassy in Nas-
"These students have been
doing very well, and the pro-
gramme has left an impact
on them. Their skills have
been enhanced richly and we

have definitely been seeing
a lot of growth," she said.
The National Art and
Craft After-School Pro-
gramme began in 2005, and
ever since it started students
have been receptive to what
the programme has to offer.
Students of both indepen-
dent and government schools
are part of the initiative. And
skilled art students who have
a passion for telling a story
with a blank canvas and some
paint are always welcome.



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