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Turnquest says number
too high, but killings
not necessarily random


By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter
pturnquest@
tribunemedia.net
WITH 78 murders
so far recorded for the
year, Minister of
National Security
Tommy Turnquest TO
advised the public that TU RN
although this number
remains too high, these
killings are not necessarily
random acts.
Therefore, he said, there is
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murder statistics by
themselves.
*. In an exclusive
interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Mr
Turnquest dissected
the year's murder sta-
tistics thus far, high-
lighting how of the 78,
MMY 28 have been as the
NIQUEST result of arguments,
conflicts or retaliation.
Nine homicides for the year
have been the result of
domestic violence, and 14 of
the total have been drug
SEE page seven


Turnquest 'has great confidence'
in senior police appointments
By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
NATIONAL Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said he has
great confidence in the appointments of Elliston Greenslade and
Marvin Dames to their posts of Commissioner of Police and
Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Having both had additional training in Canada costing more than
$200,000 to the public purse, Mr Turnquest said these two men,
along with a cadre of other well-trained officers are expected to


SEE page seven


THE BAHAMAS NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR performs at the Rotary Club of West Nassau's 36th Night of Christmas Music on Sunday.
The event featured a host of festive performances and was held at the Rainforest Theatre, Crystal Palace on Cable Beach.


JONES Communica-
tions CEO Wendall Jones
said yesterday that he has
now supplied the details
of his existing licenses in
compliance with the Utili-
ties Regulation and Com-
petition Authority
(URCA).
Mr Jones' media com-
pany Jones Communica-
tions Limited was listed in
a notice published by
URCA of more than 100
businesses whose existing
licenses in accordance with
Section 113(2) of the Com-
munications Act 2009 had
expired and had been
SEE page 11


PLP Chairman denies animosity with police
commissioner over rape claims investigation
PLP Chairman Bradley FNM is totally wrong in its believe that it was his state-
Roberts denied a suggestion suggestion that somehow, I ment on the appointment of
that he has animosity for the Bradley Roberts, hold per- Elliston Greenslade to the
outgoing commissioner of sonal animosity towards the post of Acting Commission-
police because of the investi- outgoing Commissioner of er of Police "which caused the
gation into rape allegations Police. The allegation of rape ire of Prime Minister Hubert
made against him a few years made against me was after all, Ingraham and FNM Chair-
ago. The allegations were lat- unequivocally and uncondi- man Carl Bethel."
er dropped. tionally withdrawn by the vir- A portion of Mr Robert's
In a statement released last tual complainant."
night Mr Roberts said, "The Mr Roberts said he did not SEE page 12


PM gives warning to INSIDE
trainee customs officers FIRE IN THE


By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mrevnolds@tribunemedia.net


TRAINEE customs officers were welcomed to their posts by
the Prime Minister yesterday with a stern warning to resist
corruption and maintain integrity in the public service.
SEE page 11


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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
NATIONAL Insurance Board Director Algernon
Cargill yesterday confirmed that radio host, attorney and
deacon Jeffrey Lloyd was the person hired by NIB to
provide training sessions for its staff, which PLP MP Shane
Gibson alleged constituted an abuse of public funds.
Mr Cargill declined to reveal how much Mr Lloyd -
host of the talk show "Jeffrey" on Star 106.5fm and Exec-
utive Director of the Youth Empowerment and Skills
Training Institute (YEAST) - was paid for his services
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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
A CANADIAN father
robbed at gunpoint while on a
Segway tour with his wife and
16 other cruise ship passengers
told of his terror on the front
page of an Ontario newspaper.
Davie Laitinen told the
Windsor Star how he feared for
his life and prayed to see his
children again as an armed ban-
dit pressed a shotgun barrel
against the base of his skull
while forcing him to lie face
down in the dirt.
Mr Laitinen and his wife
Cindy were among the 18 cruise
ship passengers touring the
Bahamas Association for Social
Health's (BASH) Earth Village
on Friday, November 20, when
they were robbed at gunpoint
by two armed men.
The robberies have been
reported extensively in the
international press building a
negative impression of the
islands which the Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation is
attempting to mitigate.
But Mr Laitinen and his wife
have been so tainted by the rob-
bery he said he would not even
look at Nassau if he returned
to the cruise ship port.
Mr Laitinen and his wife


were among a group of nine
Disney Cruise Line passengers
held up on the Segway eco-tour
just 20 minutes before a group
of nine Royal Caribbean pas-
sengers were robbed metres
away.
At first Mr Laitinen thought
the robbery was part of a
pirate themed play, but the
reality of the armed robbery
soon set in.
His tour guide dropped to the
ground and the father-of-two
then saw the men's shotguns.
He too dropped to the ground
between his wife and the armed
robbers as panic set in.
Mr Laitinen feared he would
never again see his daughters,
Brianna, 10, and Naomi, 8, as a
shotgun was pressed against the
base of his skull and $400 was
taken from his wallet.
The family man, who works
in the Windsor Star newspaper's
advertising services department,
told his newspaper: "I did feel
the gun on the back of my head.
I just wanted them to leave.
"I wanted to see my kids. I
remember trying to breathe
properly, because I was getting
all the different emotions tied
up.
"I didn't want to lose my cool
and get somebody hurt. I con-
stantly tried to count down from
five, just trying to keep my


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breathing in check."
While lying on the ground
Mr Laitinen heard the second
tour group approaching and
stayed still while they endured
the same experience. However,
he said, their robbery was even
more violent as their tour guide
was kicked and gun butted into
a ditch and a shot was fired.
The gunmen then fled and
the Royal Caribbean group's
tour guide called for help while
the Disney group untied their
tour guide's arms from a stick
behind his back.
Disney Cruise Lines have
tried to compensate Mr Laiti-
nen and his wife by giving them
free fine dining upgrades on
the boat, returning their excur-
sion money and offering them
a free excursion on a different
island in addition to other
perks.
Mr Laitinen will also only be
charged half price of his next
cruise with Disney, but he said
he will not return to Nassau.
"If I did I would stay on the
boat and look at the other
side," Mr Laitinen told the
Windsor Star.
"I would look at the ocean. I
wouldn't even look at the
island itself. That's how tainted
I am with that island."
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THE governing FNM party
has hailed the repaving of
Shirley Street by the Ministry
of Works as an "extraordi-
nary road-building achieve-
ment".
The party congratulated
Minister of Works Neko
Grant, his staff and contrac-
tors who worked on the pro-
ject for completing the
repaving of a large section of
one of Nassau's main traffic
arteries - between Mackey
and Frederick Streets - so
swiftly.
"In previous years it would
have taken many weeks and
much inconvenience to the
public to complete this
repaving," said the FNM in a
statement.
"All through the five-year
term of the PLP administra-
tion, little attention was paid
to the deteriorating condition
of roads in New Providence,
including roads in the City of
Nassau and the Family
Islands.
"Now, in spite of the eco-
nomic crisis, the FNM gov-
ernment is pressing ahead
with new road-building as
well as repaving of existing
roads such as the long-
neglected Shirley Street," it
said.
The FNM said the Shirley
Street project is only a por-
tion of the "massive" repaving
of city roads being carried out
by government.
Already paved are: West
Bay Street from Blake Road
to Navy Lion Road (except


those portions where utility
works are continuing), Bay
Street from Fox Hill Road to
Yamacraw, and Fox Hill
Road to the roundabout.
"In the new year, repaving
will be carried out on Shirley
Street from Mackey Street to
Village Road, Bay Street
from Navy Lion Road to
Mackey Street, and Woodes
Rogers Wharf. In short all of
the city's streets, including
side streets, will be repaved
in this term of the FNM gov-
ernment," the statement said.
Meanwhile road works are
being carried out or will soon
begin in Abaco, Eleuthera,
Harbour Island, Current
Island, Acklins and Ragged
Island - all to be completed
within the political term end-
ing in 2012, according to the
FNM.
The statement continued:
"We are witnessing what will
amount to an extraordinary
achievement by the govern-
ment.
"With more building and
development in the city it is
inevitable that there will be
some digging up of roads to
lay utility lines, but Bahami-
ans will be glad that the min-
istry and the utility corpora-
tions very sensibly carried out
major refurbishing of their
lines to minimise this in the
future.
"It is hoped that the motor-
ing public will not be tempted
to abuse the newly-paved
road by speeding."


Search for men who

robbed service station
POLICE are searching for three men who robbed a Shell
Service Station on Saturday night.
Some time around 9.50pm, police received notification of an
armed robbery at Shell Service Station on the corner of Kemp
Road and Parkgate Road.
Officers responded to the scene and were informed that
three dark men, all dressed in dark clothing and armed with
handguns, had rushed into the establishment demanding cash.
They took an undetermined amount of cash and fled the
area headed east on Parkgate Road in a black Nissan Maxima.
* THE search of an abandoned house by police led to the
discovery of a firearm, ammunition and a small quantity of
marijuana.
The find occurred at around 11.30am on Sunday, when offi-
cers from the mobile division were on patrol in the Malcolm
Road area and decided to search the house in question.
They found: a black 9mm pistol, six live rounds of ammuni-
tion and a small plastic bag containing marijuana.


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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 3


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Police initiative will




tackle illegal weapons


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
THE Royal Bahamas
Police Force will be intro-
ducing a new initiative to
tackle the tide of illegal
weapons flooding the streets
of New Providence, Minister
of National Security Tom-
my Turnquest revealed yes-
terday.
Noting that a greater
emphasis on gun control is


the key to fighting crime, Mr
Turnquest said a number of
new techniques will be
employed, including, but not
be limited to, an increase in
vehicle stop-and-search
exercises, a greater police
presence on the streets,
more patrols, and the
enhancement of police intel-
ligence operations.
The minister declined to
provide further details of the
strategy, for fear of tipping
off would-be criminals.


Mr Turnquest said that
the police are working to
ensure that traffic cases are
dealt with more expedi-
tiously than in the past.
He said the force has
hired 25 employees to
update the warrants data-
base in an effort to get rid of
the backlog of traffic cases
crippling the system.
The minister spoke about
other possible changes to
policing policy, including a
reduction in the penalties


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attached to certain traffic
infractions.
He said: "We have a fixed
penalty system, where if you
are stopped for running a
read light or for a traffic
infraction, you get a ticket
right there and all you have
to do is pay and avoid going
to court.
"There are two things we
have to look at: There is a
school of thought that the
penalties are too high and
so as a result of them being
too high persons take the
option of going through the
system with the hope that
their case gets lost or
delayed in such a way that
by the time it comes up, the
witnesses are no longer com-
ing to court.
"And so that is something
we obviously have to look
at and assess if there is any
measure to that school of
thought.
"The opposing school of
thought is that if we reduce
the penalties too low, per-
sons would feel as if it isn't a
big deal and then keep
doing it. So there has to be a
balance," Mr Turnquest
said.


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shock when their hotel transfer bus col- backed up along Shirley Street and West
lided with a limousine in downtown Bay Street as police officers redirected
Nassau yesterday afternoon, vehicles around the scene of the crash.
The back end of the Dan Knowles A tourist from Pennsylvania who was
tour bus, number 145, smacked the rear on the bus when it crashed said his expe-
of the dark green limousine tour car, rience in the Bahamas has been "not
number 145, just east of the straw mar- so good."
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Tribune readers: too much


leniency shown to tourists


TRIBUNE READERS feel
the police show too much lenien-
cy to tourists who break the law
- and say being a foreigner is a
"get out of jail free" card in the
Bahamas.
In the latest tribune242.com
poll, more than 80 per cent of
voters said visitors who commit
crimes get off too easily.
Joe Blow noted that if a
Bahamian is even suspected of
being involved in a crime in the
US, he or she will feel the full
brunt of the law.
"What sort of message does
this send to young Bahamians?
Once again, if ya foreign, ya bet-
ter than us," he said.
Rashad Amahad said: "We
are so very hospitable, they


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The theme for this
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Fr Don Chambers of the
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All are invited to attend.


could come here and do any-
thing; and this goes for every
facet of our community - bank-
ing, insurance, hotel.
"Could it be that we need to
starting thinking that 'we the
people' really matter? Where is
our pride? The mindset has to
change, we need to look out for
our commonwealth and the
future of our children. Some of
us think that only the foreigners
now how to do it."
According to Bethshevaw,
"That's why some of them come
here - funny deaths, buying
drugs, doing whatever they want,
because tourism is our number
one industry."
The reader added that skin
colour and social status are also
determining factors - as can be
seen in the way Haitians sus-
pected of breaking the law are
treated.
Common Sense said the police
need a public relations officer
who can explain the nature of
investigations involving tourists
before the suspects have a
chance to "cry their sour story to
every international agency."
Sigmund Willis agreed, saying
the involvement of international
human rights organizations is the
reason our police force and judi-
cial system "do not work."
He said: "Deal with each
crime in a timely manner and
we will reduce the amount of
persons who want to take part in


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these activities. It looks as
though crime pays - you commit
a crime, and the rights of the
victim go out the window and
the rights of the criminal come
in."
One reader maintained that
although there is an obvious
pro-visitor bias in law enforce-
ment, Bahamians should not
become distracted by this, and
should instead focus on "the
crime that is really killing our
nation - Bahamian-on-Bahami-
an crime"
"If we figure out that," Eras-
mus Folly said, "then we can
solve tourist-on-Bahamian and
Bahamian-on-tourist and every-
thing else much more easily.
Our problem is us, not them."


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Praised for repaving Shirley Street


GOVERNMENT has given Works
Minister Neko Grant, his ministry's staff
and contractors an extra pat on the back
for having completed the repaving of
Shirley Street in so short a time.
Tribune staff, who have had to daily
travel this pot-holed road for so long, are
also grateful for the smooth ride they will
enjoy on their way to the office. They are
now looking forward to the completion
of this road further east, the repaving of
the side roads and the repaving of Bay
Street.
Of course, this is only a small portion of
the $130 million to be spent on relaunch-
ing New Providence's road programme,
one of the many programmes providing
jobs and assisting Bahamians in weather-
ing the current jobless economy.
This does not include the millions being
spent in Grand Bahama, Abaco,
Eleuthera and other Family Islands where
roads are also being refurbished, docks
and boat ramps built, and many other
public works undertaken, which will not
only provide employment, but also
improve the deteriorating infrastructure in
many of the islands.
Although the Ingraham government is
being criticised in some quarters for not
doing enough to stimulate the economy, it
appears that it is doing as much as it can
considering the prudent limitations that
must be put on the Treasury to avoid
bankruptcy.
At the beginning of the year the Prime
Minister announced that his government
would introduce a stimulus packet that
would assist in softening the impact of the
tightening money market without endan-
gering the country's national economic
welfare and passing on an unsustainable
debt burden to future generations.
For the first time in the Bahamas' his-
tory a benefit programme was launched to
assist jobless Bahamians. While advising
Bahamians to tighten their belts, to live
within their means, and "not hang their
hats higher than they can reach," his gov-
ernment outlined programmes to assist
them.
By July of this year the National Insur-
ance Board had paid out about $9.1 mil-
lion under the unemployment benefit
scheme - an average of about $1.1 mil-
lion a week.
At that time the Board had approved
8,785 claims. The benefit provides a max-
imum of $200 a week for a maximum peri-
od of 13 weeks.
So far an average of $130 a week has
been paid out of the fund to each recipi-
ent. By July half of the $20 million ear-


marked for this programme had already
been spent.
Unfortunately, no programme is free of
fraudsters. In July, National Insurance
Board Chairman Algernon Cargill said
that since the programme's launch about
50 people had tried to defraud it by col-
lecting unemployment benefits by false
pretences. After investigations these per-
sons were turned over to the police.
Apparently many of the applicants were
unemployed when they applied for the
benefit, but continued to collect the ben-
efit after they had found employment.
However, there were others who had jobs,
but still applied for the benefit.
In the House of Assembly in Septem-
ber Mr Ingraham instructed BEC to
reconnect all residents whose electricity
was cut off because they could not pay
their electricity bills in full. He said that
about 5,000 Bahamians had had their sup-
ply disconnected even though their out-
standing bills were less than $1,000.
The scholarship funding at the College
of the Bahamas was increased by $1 mil-
lion for Bahamian children who could not
afford tuition. Government scholarship
funding was increased from $400,000 to $6
million.
A $4.1 million budget was provided for
each MP to spend $100,000 to create pro-
jects in each of their constituencies to pro-
vide employment. The MPs are yet to
report as to how this money has been
spent, or how it is planned to be spent
and how many have benefitted from it.
Government has also reacted to the
movement of students from private to
public schools because many parents can
no longer afford to pay the private tuition.
It was announced last week that govern-
ment will soon hire 45 new teachers to
cope with extra classes as children are
transferred to government schools by
struggling parents.
These are only a few of the social assis-
tance programmes that government has
undertaken to alleviate the sudden change
in the average Bahamian's way of life.
And so it is unfair for the Opposition to
accuse Government of doing nothing. We
are satisfied that if today's Opposition
were the government it could not have
done better. In fact we have grave doubts
that it would have done as well.
We agree with what Prime Minister
Ingraham said a year ago: "What is clear is
that we are in uncharted waters. There is
no quick answer to this crisis, and not
even the most knowledgeable and gifted
financial analysts are willing to gamble on
its eventual outcome."


An open letter to




the Minister of




National Security


EDITOR, The Tribune.

Dear Minister Turnquest:
I wanted to write and thank
you for calming my state of
alarm on Friday past, when I
heard of the brazen robbery
against 18 of our valued
tourists.
I suppose I should not have
been alarmed, as it was only a
matter of time before such an
event occurred with the way
crime is spiraling out of con-
trol in this country. It is
almost as if we are in a toilet
bowl and somebody has
pulled the leaver.
Despite this incident, I
began to relax on Saturday
after reading the paper and
learning that you now have
"grave concern" over the sit-
uation. I suppose the cabinet
had an emergency meeting
over the weekend and we will
hear from the government
this week on new efforts to
address crime and perhaps
another "Zero Tolerance"
strategy. This will make us
feel real jolly for Thanksgiv-
ing. God help us leading into
Christmas. Business persons
have had an uphill battle over
the last 12 to 18 months in
keeping the doors open. Now
on top of this, they have to
spend each day worrying over
a gun being held to their
head!
Dear Minister, I was also
saddened to see in today's
Tribune (November 23, 2009)
that the Chairman of the PLP
was calling for your resigna-
tion. You are now gravely
concerned, why should you
resign now. The country can-
not afford to have a new Min-
ister of National Security
appointed and wait two more
years for that individual to
become concerned. It is better
to stick with you now and


allow your "grave concern"
to be turned into action.
I must admit I was a little
surprised when you said "the
last thing that we want to hap-
pen is to have our tourist des-
tination marred by these
thugs." Myself and others
have warned about this in let-
ters to the press for months.
And rest assured dear sir, if
critical action is not taken
now it will only get worse.
Minister Turnquest, I do
not expect you or your gov-
ernment to prevent crime.
The prevention of crime is
our problem, it is a massive
social problem. I agree that
every effort must be made to
keep young people in this
country from turning towards
a life of crime and, yes, I
agree, as you have said, "each
of us ought to look into the
mirror." However, your Gov-
ernment has the responsibili-
ty to ensure that effective,
swift justice is carried out!
Your government is respon-
sible for ensuring that the
court system is
improved! Your government
is responsible for amending
the Bail Act as necessary and
to ensure that capital punish-
ment is carried out!
You do not deserve to be
the scapegoat.
But if your government
fails to deal with these thugs
that are destroying our way
of life and now our Tourism
industry, then you and your
cabinet colleagues will all be
the scapegoats. Quite frankly,
Mr Minister, if people feel
that you should resign, then


the whole cabinet should
resign!
I also noted your comments
that government is working
to fix the ailing legal system
and upgrade the courts
beyond the capacity of only
two jury trials at a time. While
it appears the government is
going to expand the capacity
with the creation of new
courts, isn't there property all
over town that could have
been rented to increase the
capacity by now, in light of
this grave situation? Could-
n't the government have
amended the necessary legis-
lation to prevent all these
criminals from roaming the
streets on bail? Do we need a
referendum? As it stands
now, your government
appears not to have the polit-
ical will to take on this chal-
lenge. Stop crying that you
cannot prevent crime and
start ensuring that criminals
are dealt with effectively and
harshly. Remember, sir, "jus-
tice delayed is justice denied."
Again, dear Minister, thank
you.
As I sat at home on the
weekend behind my bars in a
neighbourhood that has expe-
rienced the worst of crime, I
felt better knowing that you
are now gravely concerned. I
await in anticipation, the
imminent actions of govern-
ment to ensure that at the
very minimum those that are
and have destroyed our way
of life, will be punished
severely.
May God give you the
strength and wisdom needed
to carry out your duty as Min-
ister. My prayers will remain
with you.

JEROME R PINDER
Nassau,
November, 2009.


Let's have open debate about idea


of merging Clifton park with Trust


EDITOR, The Tribune.

I have had many
favourable responses to my
recent column about Clifton
Heritage National Park.
All accepted my basic
premise that this lovely and
dramatic piece of property is
not being successfully
exploited under the Clifton
Heritage Authority and is
wasting the Government's
money.
However, I have had no
response from the Chair-
person of the Authority's
Board, Sen. Dr. Jacinta Hig-


gs, the responsible Minister,
or any other Board member
or executive involved in
overseeing or administering
the Park's activities.
Dr. Higgs (whom I tried
to meet) is doubtless a well-
meaning, energetic person,
and her staff do the best
they can with limited
resources and guidance.
That being said, after
more than two years of
operation under the present
Government, the Park is far
from fulfilling its function of
bringing local history, cul-
ture and ecology to Bahami-
ans and tourists.
I certainly do not have all
the answers for making the
Park come alive, but I did
make one suggestion - that


it be merged with The
Bahamas National Trust, so
that the Trust, with its imag-
inative and experienced
leadership and its long list
of devoted members, would
take over all responsibility
for the Park.
This would relieve a Gov-
ernment body of an expen-
sive task which it should
never have undertaken in
the first place and which it is
ill-equipped to carry for-
ward.
I would very much hope
that an open debate could
be held about the feasibility
of this suggestion.

RICHARD COULSON
Nassau,
November 30, 2009.


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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 5


FROM A GRAND BAHAMA CHILDREN'S HOME TO THE

BRITISH ROYAL NAVY ... DAVONNE BETHEL'S EVENTFUL JOURNEY



Bahamian graduates from navy training school


Cornwall, England -
Davonne Bethel of Freeport
has graduated with full honours
from the Royal British Navy's
lead military training school,
HMS Raleigh.
Mr Bethel, now 23, was
raised in a Grand Bahama chil-
dren's home for a period of
time before joining the family
of Richard and Patricia Hobbs.
Mr and Mrs Hobbs, residents
of the Bahamas since 1990, said:
"Davonne has always had a
sense of structure in his life,
from the respected reinforce-
ment of the children's home, to
the supporting strength of our
entire family, and now with the
ongoing discipline of the Royal
Navy."
The family attended the
induction ceremonies and were
proud to note that "Davonne
was elected as head of the unit
by his commanding officers and
fellow recruits. He was also giv-
en the Ganges Award as leader
of the class that excelled in all
phases of training."
Mr Bethel originally joined
the Royal Marines a year ago
but injured his back in training.
Rather than quitting, he under-
went extensive rehabilitation in
England and re-entered basic
training two months ago in the


fR --
FULL HONOURS:
Davonne Bethel


Fisgard Division of the Royal
Navy.
"Joining the Royal Navy is a
big step," according to Warrant
Officer First Class, Alphie
Hines, Mr Bethel's senior train-
ing officer.
"Naturally, you will feel ner-
vous as the time approaches
and your head will be full of
questions about what your new
life will mean to you, and how
you will cope with the
changes."
Mr Bethel confirmed the
demands placed upon each
recruit during the transition.
"Despite the initial strangeness,
I adapted quickly and really
enjoyed the experience, the
camaraderie, and the unique
challenges ... the Navy gives
you as much support as they
can to help you reach your goal,


House ol Assembly suspended, sitting adjourned
The House of Assembly was suspended yesterday and further
steps towards the passing of three pieces of legislation post-
poned after details of proposed amendments to one of those
/ ^ Bills were not delivered to the opposition PLP for review until
just over a day before debate was scheduled to take place.
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S ,-- . Foreign Arbitral Awards Act yesterday.

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"This is where all recruits join-
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According to Mr Bethel,
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recruits do not pass the first
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demanding, and simply not for
everyone."
Asked what division of the
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THE TRIBUNE


Taxi driver who left


scene of fatal accident


has yet to be found


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A TAXI driver who left
the scene of a Cable Beach
traffic accident that killed a
young Bahamian athlete on
Saturday has not been locat-
ed, police said yesterday.
Christopher Bethel, 25, a
member of the Bahamas
national hurdling team, was
pronounced dead shortly
after the car he was travel-
ling in on West Bay Street
lost control and hit a tree.
According to police, Mr
Bethel and Bahamian
Olympian sprinter Adrian
Griffith were travelling east
on West Bay Street in the
early hours of the morning
when a bus-type, grey
coloured taxi reversed down
the ramp leading to the
Breezes resort and into the
main street.
Mr Griffith, the driver of
the car, told police he avoid-
ed the taxi but in doing so,
lost control and crashed into
a tree. He suffered minor
hand and knee injuries.
The taxi, licence plate
number 1040, was then
reported to have driven off,


according to an eyewitness
who was driving behind the
two athletes.
Police sergeant Chrislyn
Skippings said: "The taxi dri-
ver has not been located and
he has not turned himself in.
We are still hoping to speak
with him."
Sgt Skippings added that it
is too early for police to
determine if alcohol or speed
were factors in the fatal crash.
She appealed for anyone
with information as to the


taxi driver's whereabouts or
that of the vehicle involved
to contact police at 919 or
328-TIPS.
Prior to his death, Christo-
pher, a 2003 graduate of St
Augustine's College and a
2008 graduate of Illinois-
based McKendree Universi-
ty, was in the process of
readying himself for the 2010
track season when he hoped
to qualify for the Bahamas'
Commonwealth Games
team.


Police 'still investigating'


allegations of teacher's


relationship with pupil


By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT - Senior
Assistant Commissioner
of Police Marvin Dames


said police are still inves-
tigating allegations of a
male teacher having a sex-
ual relationship with a
student who is a minor.
Mr Dames also defend-
ed the police force in


response to claims that
certain officers are "drag-
ging their feet" with
regard to the matter -
perhaps intentionally.
He noted that such sug-
gestions insult the integri-
ty of the organisation.
"We will carry out our
investigations and at the
end of the day if it is
proven that someone is
responsible then they will
account," he said.
The aunt of the female
student who was allegedly
involved with the teacher
criticised the police after
learning that the suspect
may have fled the coun-
try with his family.
She claims the police
were notified about the
matter and given evidence
in October.
The aunt also said she
believes information
about the investigation
was leaked by officers,
prompting the suspect to
flee.
She pointed out that the
teacher was also a reserve
police officer.

Courts
In response, Mr Dames
noted that career police
officers are placed before
the courts every year.
"Why would we take
sides for any police offi-
cer?
"If you are a police offi-
cer and you commit a
criminal act then you suf-
fer the consequences," he
said.
ACP Dames said how-
ever that the police will
not investigate the matter
in the press.
"An investigation of
this nature is a very intri-
cate matter. This matter
allegedly happened in
2007, this is 2009 and it
has just come to the atten-
tion of the police," he
added.
Another Grand Bahama
teacher, Andre Birbal,
fled the country in Febru-
ary after police investiga-
tions were launched into
complaints that he molest-
ed two male students at
the Eight Mile Rock High
School.
Birbal was apprehend-
ed in May by US authori-
ties in New York.
He is presently awaiting
extradition to the
Bahamas.


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Nassau, on Wednesday,
9th December, 2009 at
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He is survived by his wife, Marsil Kerr; sons, George,
Dennis & Dwight; daughter, Carolyn Azikiwe; stepsons
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 7


Turnquest 'has great confidence' in appointments


FROM page one

bring some real management and leader-
ship to the police force.
"So when you look at the force come
January, the new command structure will
have a cadre of well trained energetic
police officers who are able to get the job
done. I have immense confidence in Mr
Greenslade and Mr Dame's ability as I
do with a number of other senior police
officers.
"They are technologically savvy, they
write well, they speak well, and they
understand policing on the ground. And
so when you look at their training, Mr
Greenslade joined the police force in
1979, and Mr Dames joined in 1988. Mr
Greenslade is 48. Mr Dames is 45. And so
both of them have a wonderful opportu-
nity to truly make an impact in the
Bahamas," he said.
Turning to the outgoing Commissioner
of Police Reginald Ferguson, Mr Turn-


FROM page one

related.
With these figures in mind,
Mr Turnquest said that in
most cases it is very difficult
for the police to have avoid-
ed them.
"The police are not in per-
sons' bedrooms. A few of
them (murders) have been
from love triangles. A fella
would say 'man you bring
your baby daddy for me.' So
how do you stop that?" he
asked.
The key to making an
impact on this plague, he
said, is to have reasonable
policies and programmes in
place to deal with it.
"The police have been try-
ing to institute crime watch
groups for example you look
at some of the divisions in
New Providence or Grand
Bahama who have effective
crime watch groups working
in partnership with the
police. You tend to find that
those areas have less rob-
beries and housebreakings.
"And so you find in those
cases where businesses take
reasonable security initia-
tives we find that they are


quest lauded him for his per-
formance and took grave excep-
tion to the attacks launched
against him by PLP chairman
Bradley Roberts. _
"They were most unfortu-
nate," Mr Turnquest said. "He
had no problem congratulating
Mr Greenslade. He deserves
that. He has worked hard since
1979. He has done the rounds so
to speak, you know he use to
be a traffic cop, he has been at
Central Police station, he has
commanded Grand Bahama,
he's done a stint at SIB, he's
been down to CDU, and had an
opportunity on the top team.
And so that's fine.
"But I thought that the parting shots
to Reginald Ferguson was most unfortu-
nate. So I thought why would he (Mr
Roberts) make such an unnecessary com-
ment like that, and the only conclusion I
could draw was Mr Ferguson's involve-


Minister
less susceptible to being
robbed or other crimes. And
I'm sure you would have
seen the fellow with the
crowbar trying to pry open
the (cell phone) business -
he was caught last week," he
said.
Mr Turnquest added, how-
ever, that he gets far too
many complaints from the
public of officers not being
responsive enough to the
needs of the people.
"The mandate on the
senior officers in the force
are that they have to be
more proactive in managing.
Someone calls the police sta-
tion and the response is
surly, or rude, or slothful.
There has to be greater
empathy or greater response
to members of the public.
"The other aspect of which
I get far too many com-
plaints is that someone
would report something to
police and then they don't
hear back from the police at
all. And so the confidence
level falls. And so we want to
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that the police have been
successful in a case and the
victim doesn't know.
"So again we want to
ensure that this doesn't hap-
pen. But the one thing I do
want to emphasize is that
these are a minority of cases.
I am satisfied that the vast
majority of police officers


ment in (some allegations
against Mr Roberts which were
later dropped)."
Mr Turnquest said that Mr
Ferguson also allowed the
police force an opportunity to
heal and settle after its massive
promotion exercise just prior
to the 2007 general election.
"So I thought that the Prime
S Minister's decision to wait until
now was the right decision.
"It was not politically moti-
vated.
"It was taking all into con-
sideration at that time to do so.
� So I found Bradley's comments
most unfortunate," he said.
Mr Greenslade and Mr Dames will be
substantively promoted to Commissioner
and Deputy Commissioner respectively
on January 4, 2010. It is at this time that
the current Commissioner, Reginald Fer-
guson, who has gone on pre-retirement
leave, will officially demit office.


are hard working officers.
But there are a number who
continue to not do all they
should do, or be where they
should be," he said.
Mr Turnquest said he also
expects over the course of
this Christmas season that
there will be an increased
police presence at the senior
level in "hot spots" or the
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SiT ii CRUSHERS BOUNCE BACK FROM DISAPPOINTMENT WITH 51-9 VICTORY


VOLLEYBALL
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THE New Provi-
dence Volleyball Asso-
ciation continued its
regular season action
on Sunday at the D W
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the following results
posted:
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took the Johnson's
Lady Truckers three
sets to put away the
College of the
Bahamas Lady Caribs.
The second match
saw the Champions
Club defeating the
Saints in four sets 25-
21, 25-6, 21-25 and 25-
23. Caanon Ferguson
secured 13 points in
the win. Gabi Laurent
finished with nine for
the Saints.
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the National Fence
Intruders won over
DaBasement 25-14, 23-
25, 25-14 and 25-13.
Prince Wilson scored
a game high 22 points
for the Intruders.
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secured 11 points in a
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St. Bede's







pout Giants


By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net


AFTER suffering
their first defeat
for the season in
a close encounter
against St. Cecilia's Strikers last
week, the defending champions
St. Bede's Crushers took their
frustration out on the hapless
Xavier's Giants.
Yesterday, St. Bede's travelled
to Xavier's where they crushed
the Giants 51-9 to improve to 8-1
with one more game left in the
Catholic Diocesan Primary
Schools basketball regular sea-
son.
"We played good defence and
after the first quarter, we played
very good basketball," said for-
ward Malik Jones, just before
they headed off to the Kendal
Isacs Gymnasium to participate
in the 25th Father Marcian Peters


Invitational Basketball Tourna-
ment.
Jones, who contributed 12
points in the win, said they went
back to the drawing board after
losing by one to St. Cecilia's and
they are more committed to
defending their title.
Point guard Kyle 'Flash' Turn-
quest lid up the nets for a game
high 22 points. He too was con-
vinced that the Crushers are going
to get back to the brand of bas-
ketball that has helped them to
be labeled as the best team in pri-
vate primary school basketball
last year.
"It was a good win for us
today," he said. "We came here
and played like we are capable
of doing. We missed a few lay-
ups, but our defense was superb."
Turnquest said they intend to
keep up their intensity as they
play their final regular season
SEE page nine


KYLE 'FLASH' TURNQUEST grabs a rebound for the St. Bede's Crushers against the Xavier's Giants in their
51-9 rout yesterday.


FATHER MARCIAN PETERS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Rattlers pull off


double victory
By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net
With the 25th edition of the Father Marcian Peters Bas-
ketball tournament in full swing, competition in the inter-
mediate division is beginning to intensify with a top con-
tender pulling off two wins on day four.
The C.I Gibson Rattlers pulled off a pair of wins in con-
trasting fashion yesterday at the Kendal Isaacs gym as they
continued on what they hope is a trek to toward champi-
onship contention.
In the opening game of the afternoon, the Rattlers strug-
gled woefully on the offensive end but came away with a 15-
5 win over the C.W. Saunders Cougars and a thrilling 33-31
come from behind win over the Zion Christian Eagles.
Without lead guard Alcott Fox for much of the contest
against C.W Saunders, the Rattlers struggled in the half
court offensive set, but survived with stifling interior defense
against the poor shooting Cougars.
Rhemar Lewis was the only member of the Cougars to
reach the scoreboard, as he accounted for the team's five
points and also finished with six steals and three assists.

Size
Without much output from the guard position without
Fox, the Rattlers relied on their size advantage on both
ends of the floor to key the victory.
Avens Valcin finished with eight points and five rebounds,
while Renaldo Archer added four points, six rebounds two
steals and two blocks.
The Rattlers returned to the court after a one game layoff
and which contributed to a slow start against the Eagles.
Zion Christian took and early 7-0 lead in the opening
quarter and led 14-6 after the first quarter.
Joeseph Roberts carved up the Rattler defense early with
six points and two assists in the first quarter alone.
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2009, PAGE 9


DECEMBER 27: SANDALS ROYAL BAHAMIAN HOTEL



Preparations under way




for BAAA awards banquet


By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

NOW that the elections are
over, Mike Sands said he and
his executive team are com-
mitted to making the mani-
festo that they campaigned on
a vibrant component in the
way forward.
Sands, re-elected as presi-
dent of on he most pro-
lific sporting bodies in the
country after he was ousted
by a vote of no confidence a
year ago, said the main goal
right now is the preparation of
the annual awards banquet.
"Unfortunately, no ground
work was done by the previ-
ous administration and we've
committed that despite the
short time before us, we
intend to still put it on," Sands
said.
The banquet is scheduled
for Friday, December 27 at
Sandals Royal Bahamian
Hotel when the BAAA will
honour the most outstanding
male and female athletes,
coaches and officials.
"The event will have a dif-
ferent format, but we feel it's
still ou obligation to show our
appreciation to the athletes
with the banquet, which we
started," Sands said. "So we
intend to continue with it."
Sands has indicated that the
BAAA intend to select a core
of sports media to once again
nominate and choose the
recipients for the award so
as to make sure that their
officers remain impartial to
the voting process.
Additionally, Sands said
they had a very productive
meeting on Friday with the
local coaches. There were
more than 20 of them in
attendance as they started to
chart the course for the 2010
season.


OUTGOING PRESIDENT Curt Hollingsworth gets set to shake hands
with the new president Mike Sands following the BAAA election
recently. Looking on is former Olympics sprinter Iram Lewis. Seated
left is defeated second-vice president Anita Doherty, from Grand
Bahama.


"It was a very good meet-
ing," Sands said. "It was very,
very interactive. We talked
about some things and we got
some feed back from them. It
was more wanting to hear
what they wanted to see hap-
pen as we move forward."
At the meeting, Sands said
they selected a standards
committee inclusive of statis-
tician Bernard Newbold,
coaches David Charlton and
David Jennings from Grand
Bahama as well as technical
director Frank 'Pancho' Rah-
ming to
"This will review all of the
standards for our national
teams and national meets
where qualifying standards
are necessary," Sands pointed
out. "We don't really want to
make it strengent, but we
want to make sure that it is
attainable for the athletes."
Sands said the BAA have
also spoken with Dr. Cyriann
Strachan, one of their 12
directors, in respect to putting
together a medical commit-
tee that will ensure that the
athletes are kept up to breast


with all of the medical aspects
of the sport.
And he noted that they are
also looking at the possibility
of having insurance coverage
for all of the athletes, both
locally and internationally.
"There are a number of
proposals that we are working
on simultaneously," Sands
said. "i'm sure that by the
general meeting on Decem-
ber 18, we will be able to give
the body an indication of the
progress we have made so
far."
But as we move on, Sands
said each member of the
BAAA will be able to judge
and grade his executive team
by the manifesto that they
have presented in their cam-
paign.
While the awards banquet
will close out the 2009 season,
the BAAA intend to kick of
the 2010 season with the Odd
Distance Track and Field
Meet at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium on Saturday, Janu-
ary 9.
The following day on Sun-


day, January 10, they will be
attending their year-opening
Church Service. The Church,
however, has not yet been
confirmed.
The first full fledge meet
will be the T-Bird Flyers
Track Classic on Saturday,
January 16.
Over the weekend of Feb-
ruary 12-13, the first meet out-
side of New Providence will
take place on the new sur-
faced Carl Oliver Track Sta-
dium in Nicholls Town,
Andros.
The first major interna-
tional meet will be the IAAF
World Indoor Championships
that will take place in Doha,
Qatar from March 12-14.
The Carifta Games will fol-
low over the weekend of
April 3-5 in the Cayman
Islands.
Three major meets will take
place at the TAR Stadium in
June. They are the Age
Group Nationals from June
4-5, the Junior Nationals,
June 11-12 and the Open
Nationals, June 25-26.
Three major international
meets will take place in July.
They are the Junior Central
American and Caribbean
Championships in Santo
Domingo from July 2-4; the
Sr. CAC Games in Ponce,
uerto Rico from June 14-29
and the World Junior Cham-
pionships in Moncton from
July 20-25.
The World Youth
Olympics will take place in
Singapore, China from
August 14-28, the World Cup
is in Split, Croatia from
September 4-5 and the World
Athletics Finals is in Rabat,
Morocco from September 11-
12. The highlight for the year,
however, will be bthe Com-
monwealth Games that will
be held in Delhi, India from
October 6-12.


FROM page eight

A layup by Nashad Mackey gave the Eagles a 22-11
lead with 3:43 left to play in the the half before Fox led
the Rattlers on a run.
His layup sparked a 9-2 run for the Rattlers, capped
by a pair of freee throws from Valcin which brought the
Rattlers within striking distance at the half, 24-20.
After a terrible shooting third quarter for both teams,
the fourth went right down to the gam6's final posses-
sion before it was decided.
Leading 24-23, Roberts scored a pair of baskets on a
top of the key jumper and a drive to the lane which
gave the Eagles a 28-23 lead and breathing room with
just over two minutes remaining.

Fouled

The Eagles maintained a 31-29 lead with 40 seconds
remaining when Valcin was fouled and sent to the line
with an opportunity to tie.
Valcin missed both free throws, but the Rattlers
were afforded another scoring opportunity when Phillip
Hanna missed a pair for the Eagles at the opposite
end.
Fox scored the game tying bucket with 8 seconds
remaining and a relentless Rattlers full court press
came up with an inbounds steal almost automatically
and Teashaean Gibson scored on a layup to give C.I
Gibson their first lead of the game and the win.
Fox finished with a game high 21 points to go along
with four rebounds and three assists.
Roberts led the Eagles with 11 points while Shakeil
Hepburn added seven pints and five rebounds.



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ADRIAN MACKEY shoots a basket for St. Bede's Crushers over a Xavier's Giants' defender.


St. Bede's Crushers rout Giants


FROM page eight

game on Wednesday at home against the St.
Francis/Joseph Shockers.
The sudden death playoffs are set for Friday
at Loyola Hall with the best-of-three champi-
onship scheduled to start on Monday. The
way the Crushers bounced back yesterday,
Turnquest said it will definitely be tough for
anybody, including the Strikers to beat them -
again.
St. Bede's got off to a pretty good start, tak-
ing a commanding 10-0 lead behind Malik
Jones' six points before Xavier's finally got
on the scoreboard when Liam Francis grabbed
an offensive rebound and got the put back
just before the end of the period.

Momentum
The Giants would carry their momentum
over to the second quarter with Tajh Moss
hitting a jumper for a 10-4 as the Crushers
had difficulty getting a shot off, even though
they had numerous opportunities to score on
the fast break.
But when in trouble, coach Donnie Culmer
and Ricardo Freemantle turned to their leader,
Kyle Turnquest and he didn't disappoint them
as he directed their show.
When he wasn't darting inside, canning 12
points in the period, he was dashing off a pass
to either Lynden Gibson or Stevejay Whylly as
the Crushers went on to hold the Giants score-


less, posting a 21-4 lead at the half.
Nothing changed in the third quarter as St.
Bede's tightened up on their defense and with
Gregory Cooper and Malik Jones going inside,
they managed to surge to a 41-4 advantage at
the end of the period.
Cooper and Jones both joined Turnquest
in scoring six points apiece in the spurt and
Christopher Oliver and Adrian Mackey helped
in their defensive stance.
Although the game was already out of reach,
St. Bede's continued to build on their margin,
posting a 51-4 lead before Xavier's made one
last run.
After Gervaise Elliott got an offensive
rebound and put back for a 51-6 deficit, Tajh
Moss added another basket for the Giants,
who played against the Crushers' reserve play-
ers. Moss had a final chance before the buzzer
to at least put Xavier's in double figures, but he
hit the first of two free throws and missed the
other as time expired.
That also brought an end to the Giants sea-
son that saw them finish at the bottom of the
standings at 0-10. Despite their dismal showing,
coach Nelson 'Mandella' Joseph was still
pleased.
"The guys played hard. They improved each
game, but we just couldn't get a win," he said.
"But I must congratulate them for playing
hard.
"Hopefully we will be able to see better
results next year. But we have to give credit to
St. Bede's. The first time I saw them when we
scored about four or five points, I knew they
were going to be good."


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rally past Lakers beat Suns


Patriots for 9th straight


By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer


MIAMI (AP) - With
another lousy fourth quarter
on the road, the New England
Patriots let the Miami Dol-
phins back into the AFC East
race.
Tom Brady threw two inter-
ceptions in the final 10 min-
utes, and the desperate Dol-
phins drove 51 yards for the
winning field goal with 1:02
left to beat the Patriots 22-21
Sunday.
Division leader New Eng-
land (7-5) lost after leading in
the fourth quarter for the third
time on the road, while Miami
(6-6) overcame an early 14-
point deficit in a must-win
game.
"It puts us right back in the
thick of things," Dolphins
coach Tony Sparano said.
The Patriots still lead the
Jets and Dolphins by one
game. But they've lost consec-
utive games for the first time
since November 2006.
"We're searching for the
answers," Brady said. "When
you lose, it's an awful feeling."
The Dolphins started the
season 0-3, and to make the
playoffs they likely still need a
sweep of their final four
games, starting Sunday at
Jacksonville. But signs of life in
the passing game were cause
for encouragement: Chad
Henne threw for a career-high
335 yards and two touch-
downs.
"He's real poised," said
Davone Bess, who made 10
catches for 117 yards. "Every
time they throw us a fastball,
he is willing to hit a home
run."
Henne went 29 for 52 - the
most passes thrown by the run-
oriented Dolphins since 2006.
He endorsed Sparano's sur-
prising game plan.
"If he wants to, we can
throw all day," Henne said. "I
love it. Put it in my hands in
pressure situations."
At crunch time, the Dol-
phins had the better quarter-
back. Leading 21-19 with 10
minutes left, the Patriots had
first-and-goal at the 4, but
Brady was intercepted in the
end zone by rookie Vontae
Davis, who stepped in front of
Randy Moss.
"The guy made a good
play," Brady said with a shrug.
New England subsequently
forced Miami to punt twice,
but each time Brady and the
Patriots went three and out.
The Dolphins' winning drive
started from their 26 with 3:44
to go. On fourth-and-6, Henne
kept the march alive by hitting
Greg Camarillo for 13 yards
to the Patriots 28. Miami fin-
ished 12 for 22 on third and
fourth down.
Brady couldn't match Hen-
ne's comeback. Channing
Crowder made his first career
interception, picking off Brady
at the Patriots 40 with 35 sec-
onds left.
As a result, New England
remained winless in five games
in opponents' stadiums
"If things don't go your way,
you've got to fight back,"
Brady said. "At times we do,
and at other times I don't think
we fight very hard."
Brady went to the locker
room early in the game for
treatment of an arm injury, but
he returned without missing a
play. New England scored only
once in the final 44 minutes,
but Brady declined to blame
his health, even though he
came in with right shoulder
and finger injuries.
"There are a lot of guys who
are banged up," he said. "I
don't think many guys are 100
percent. It's late in the year.
It's a physical game. You've
still got to go out and get the
job done."
Brady finished 19 for 29 for
352 yards and two long touch-
downs, but in the fourth quar-
ter he went 3 for 9 for 41 yards.
In the past nine games, Brady
has thrown only one fourth-
quarter touchdown pass.
Earlier, Brady appeared
headed for one of the best
games of his career. He threw
touchdown passes of 58 yards
to Moss and 81 yards to Sam
Aiken. He also had a 58-yard
completion to Wes Welker,
who made 10 receptions for
167 yards.
They weren't enough.
"It's really frustrating,"
Welker said. "A lot of us need
to look in the mirror, including
myself."


KOBE BRYANT takes a shot over Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire (left) in the second half of Sunday's game in Los Angeles...


108-88





victory


LOS ANGELES (AP) -
Kobe Bryant scored 26 points,
and Ron Artest added 15 points
and five steals as the Los Angeles
Lakers raced away from the
Phoenix Suns in the second half
of their ninth straight victory, 108-
88 Sunday.
Pau Gasol scored 14 points for
the well-rested Lakers, who
improved to an NBA-best 16-3
with their second home win in 24
days over road-weary Phoenix.
Two nights after Bryant
banked in a 3-pointer at the
buzzer in a one-point win over
Miami, the Lakers didn't need
another lucky shot. They made
a 15-1 run late in the third quar-
ter, holding Phoenix without a
field goal for 3? minutes.
Amare Stoudemire had 18
points and eight rebounds for the
Suns, who scored their fewest
points of the season while playing
in their sixth city in 10 days.

Cavaliers 101, Bucks 86
At Milwaukee, Delonte West
scored 14 of his season-high 21
points in a 29-0 first-half run to
lead Cleveland over Milwaukee.
LeBron James had 14 points
and 10 assists for his fourth
straight double-double. After
opening the season 3-3, the Cav-
aliers have gone 12-2 to improve
to 15-5. Former Bucks guard Mo
Williams scored 13 points for the
Cavs, Shaquille O'Neal adlOpont
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ebunds. Bucks rookie Brandon
Jennings scored 15 of his 24
points in the second half.

Knicks 106, Nets 97
At New York, Larry Hughes
scored 16 of his 25 points in the
third quarter as New York sent
New Jersey back to its losing
ways. Al Harrington had 26
points and 14 rebounds for the
Knicks in their third victory in
four games. Chris Douglas-
Roberts scored 26 points for New
Jersey. The Nets beat Charlotte
on Friday night for their first vic-
tory after NBA-record 18 straight
losses to begin the season.

Pistons 98, Wizards 94
At Auburn Hills, Michigan,
Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points
and Charlie Villanueva added 18
as Detroit beat Washington in
coach Flip Saunders' first game at
the Palace since being fired by
the Pistons after the 2007-08 sea-
son. Caron Butler had 20 points
and 10 rebounds, and Earl
Boykins scored 18 for the Wiz-
ards.

Heat 115, Kings 102
At Sacramento, California,
Dwyane Wade had 34 points and
10 assists as Miami never trailed
against Sacramento.
Michael Beasley had 20 points,
helping the Heat beat Sacramen-
to for the 11th time in 12 games.
Quentin Richardson made five
3-pointers and also had 20 points.
Dorell Wright added a season-
high 19 points and Udonis
Haslem had 25.Rookie Tyreke
Evans scored 30 points for the
Kings.


Nadal closes '09 season with another title


By PAUL LOGOTHETIS
BARCELONA, SPAIN

Rafael Nadal closed out his
most challenging season with
another title, ending a four-
match losing streak by earn-
ing two points for Spain in the
Davis Cup final, according to
Associated Press.
Nadal opened the best-of-
five series on indoor clay with
a victory over Tomas
Berdych. He then beat Jan
Hajek 6-3, 6-4 Sunday at
Palau Sant Jordi to help Spain
close out its 5-0 win over the
Czech Republic.
"To finish the second half
of the season with this end-
ing is very important and nice,
especially after all of the prob-
lems I had over those two
months," the Australian
Open champion said about
the knee injuries that side-
lined him for the middle part
of the year. "You have to be
sure to enjoy these moments
when they happen because
you don't know when the
next victory will come."
Nadal started the season as
the world's top-ranked player,
but is now No. 2 after as his


RAFAEL NADAL (centre) with the rest of the Spanish team (1-r) Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer, captain Albert
Costa and Fernando Verdasco with the Davis Cup trophy in Barcelona, Spain. David Ferrer beat Jan Hajek
to win the Davis Cup Final 5-0 aganist Cezch Republic. Spain clinched its fourth title Saturday with the
doubles victory...
(AP Photo: David Ramos)


grueling style of play
appeared to catch up with his
body this season. His last
ATP Tour win came in Rome
in May.


It was at the Madrid Mas-
ters that everything seemed
to unravel, with a four-hour
semifinal win over Novak
Djokovic taking its toll on his


bothersome knees.
Nadal also had an abdomi-
nal injury this year, and said
the busy schedule played a
part in his struggles but there


wasn't much he could do
about that.
"I don't think I've made
any errors with my planning.
I'm playing the calendar I
need to so that I get to the
tournaments in good shape,"
said Nadal, who added that
the only tournament he could
consider dropping next year
was in Madrid, but that he
wouldn't.
"Could you imagine the
reaction?" he said.
"It was a tournament that
didn't help my knee. It was
the only mistake on my cal-
endar."
Nadal lost the Madrid final
to Roger Federer and then
was eliminated by Robin
Soderling in the fourth round
of the French Open, a tour-
nament he had won the pre-
vious four years.
Although Nadal only
reached one more tour final
in 2009 - in Shanghai - a
second Davis Cup win left
him content.
"I feel great," said Nadal,
who finished the season with
a 66-14 record and $5.5 mil-
lion in winnings. "I don't have
any problems."


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A FIRE ERUPTED in the female dormitory of Her Majesty's Prison last evening, according to
reports reaching The Tribune newsdesk. Details of the incident were sketchy up to press time last
night, however, according to sources close to The Tribune, fire fighters were called to the scene
and were successful in quickly extinguishing the blaze.



PM gives warning to trainees


Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham asked the 155 men
and women, ages 19 to 33,
to uphold the law at every
opportunity and avoid inher-
iting others bad habits as he
spoke during a ceremony at
the Bahamas Communica-
tions Public Officers Union
(BCPOU) on Farrington
Road yesterday morning.
The group is the largest to
enter the Bahamas Customs
Service together when they
graduate at the end of their
11 week training course on
Thursday and will make the
force around 800 officers
strong.
They are joining the Cus-
toms Service as government
works to improve the pub-
lic service through both ser-
vice delivery and procedure
and Comptroller of Customs
Glen Gomez vowed to
increase monitoring of offi-
cers to clamp down on mis-
conduct.
Mr Ingraham said corrup-
tion and nepotism will not
be tolerated in the progres-
sive Customs Service and he
vowed to remove anyone
who fails to serve the gov-
ernment in their positions.
The Prime Minister said:
"This is not the place for dis-
honesty. This is not the job
in which you are able to do
favours for anyone regard-
less of who they are. You
must determine that you will
not permit anyone to com-
promise your integrity and
your honour.
"You are subject to the
law without exception.
"There is no circumstance
where you may release
goods without collecting the
government revenue, or
where a senior customs offi-
cer can instruct you to do so.
"You are posted to uphold
the law, not break it."
He asked the officers to
be thorough, polite and
respectful in their work
whether they are based at
the headquarters in New
Providence, Grand Bahama
or the Family Islands where
they may already be resi-


dent.
And he warned of the
dangers of working in one's
own community.
He said: "Familiarity
breeds contempt. Sometimes
a posting in a small home
town brings difficulties. My
instructions for the customs
officers is that we are not
the law, we are subject to
the law. Nothing must com-
promise your integrity, not
your friends or your family.
"The people who are most
likely to cause you to do
wrong are your friends and
family. There is no friend-
ship in this business, you
work for the government."
Misconduct will lead to
dismissal, the Prime Minister
warned.
He said the 16 customs
officers charged and dis-
missed for misconduct have
had their cases heard by the
public service and the results
will be announced soon,
while Mr Gomez said any
allegations of corruption will
be thoroughly investigated.
The Comptroller of Cus-
toms is also working to
clamp down on misconduct
through closer monitoring of
officers.
He said: "Long before I
came into customs I knew
about these things but they
were allowed to lie dormant.
There are still some officers
who need to get their act in
order. There are a lot of
good officers in customs
being tainted by bad people.
We need to eliminate that."
Mr Gomez said part of the
officers training involves
sensitising them to the
importance of their duties.
He said: "Morale has been
low, and there has been a
lackluster approach to dis-
cipline.
"We are trying to get peo-
ple to understand there's a
cause and a consequence to
whatever you do, right or
wrong."
The trainees will start on a
salary of $18,000 for the first
probationary year before
joining the permanent staff,
and will be the first trainee
group to start on a new shift
system that will see Customs


Jones licence issues 'taken care of'
FROM page one
revoked.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday Mr Jones said that the
matter had been taken care of Monday morning.
"It had nothing to do with the payment of any fees. We
had an administrative problem and some documents were sup-
posed to be submitted," Mr Jones said.
"The deadline for the submission of those documents was
November 30 and we missed the deadline. Everything is taken
care of now. It's not as big a deal as some people are making it
out to be," he said.
According to a public notice by URSA, some 120 companies
had their private land base, broadcasting, trunking, ISP or
satellite license revoked in accordance with Section 113(2) of the
Communications Act. The Communications Act 2009 gives
URCA full powers of regulation and of oversight of the elec-
tronic communications sector in The Bahamas. URCA replaced
the Public Utilities Commission and the Television Regulato-
ry Authority. According to the notice by URSA all persons
granted a license under the Telecommunications Act 1999 and
or the Broadcasting Act were given a period of three months
with effect from September 1, 2009, to supply URSA with full
details of their existing licenses. The notice stated that the
licenses of those companies listed had expired and revoked
with immediate effect.
The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA)
was created to serve as the primary governing body of the new
regulatory regime for electronic communications in The
Bahamas. Companies whose private land base licenses had
expired included the Central Bank of the Bahamas, CR Walk-
er Senior High School, Bahamas Food Services, British Colo-
nial Hilton, Commonwealth Bank, Ginn Development Com-
pany Limited and Nassau Beach Hotel.
Pursuant to Section 16(1) of the Communications Act 2009,
it is an offence for any person to establish, maintain and oper-
ate a network or provide a carriage service, including by use of
any radio spectrum. Any person found guilty of an offense
under Section 16 is subject to a fine not exceeding $500,000.


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Jeffrey Lloyd named as person

Uat centre of MP's NIB claims


FROM page one

but asserted that the $7,000
daily alleged by Mr Gibson was
"grossly exaggerated."
Meanwhile, Mr Lloyd
described Mr Gibson's claims
of malfeasance as they related
to the NIB's conduct in bring-
ing in external trainers and the
amount he was paid as "asi-
nine" and "ridiculous."
"Whoever his sources hap-
pen to be I think they're being
mischievous and just flat out
wrong," he told The Tribune.
"If that's all the PLP have
to say then I think they are
clutching at straws and have
nothing meaningful to con-
tribute to the dialogue of ongo-
ing national development in
this country," said the talk
show host.
He too would not reveal
what he was paid for the 22
"inspirational" customer ser-
vice sessions but stated that it
was "less than a tenth" of what
Mr Gibson claimed.
The Tribune understands
that Mr Lloyd was also con-
tracted to provide the same or
similar services during the most
recent PLP administration, for
staff at government corpora-
tions, including the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation.
During last Wednesday's ses-
sion of Parliament, PLP MP
for Golden Gates, Shane Gib-
son, alleged that NIB is
"spending money like it's drop-
ping from the sky."
Among a number of allega-
tions of abuse of funds, crony-
ism and corruption at NIB, the
MP charged that executives
needlessly hired an unidenti-
fied external trainer to provide
training for its staff which could
have been conducted by their
in-house training personnel.
There were 23 of these ses-
sions at a daily cost of $7,000,
alleged Mr Gibson. "This is the
greatest abuse of funds," said
the MP, referring to this and
several other instances of
allegedly unnecessary and
unfairly disbursed expenditures
by the board.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, who also has minis-
terial responsibility for Nation-
al Insurance, stated afterwards
that while he was not going to
"take (the MP's) bait" on the
matter, he expected and
"directed" NIB executives to
"publicly respond" to the alle-
gations.
Mr Ingraham said he would
speak on the matter after this
happened.
Hours later, Mr Cargill
issued a lengthy eight-point
rebuttal of Mr Gibson's claims
of malfeasance, in some cases
denying his claims and in oth-
ers, clarifying and justifying
what occurred.
However, asked prior to yes-
terday's brief parliamentary
session whether he was now
prepared to speak on the alle-
gations made by Mr Gibson,
Mr Ingraham said he has "not
got all the facts yet."
"They responded very quick-
ly. I want a detailed response,"
said the Prime Minister of the
NIB's statement.
Yesterday, Mr Cargill and
Mr Lloyd both defended the
work he did for the board and
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corporations despite the exis-
tence of in-house training
departments.
"It's important to under-
stand that organizations will
hire external trainers some-
times because certain expertise
may not reside in-house. They
may bring some extra perspec-
tive. We historically hire exter-
nal trainers," said Mr Cargill.
Mr Cargill said that all NIB
employees participated in the
sessions, which took place in
June, July, August and the ear-
ly part of September of this
year.
Echoing comments included
in last Wednesday's rebuttal,
he said that as a result of Mr
Lloyd's consultancy the NIB
"yielded significant benefits"
as it moves to implement new
ways to gauge customer satis-
faction - including a new
online and offline customer sat-
isfaction survey, presently in
its "final stages of develop-
ment."
"It is my expectation that
NIB will continue to improve
its customer service delivery
and the training initiative was
the first step in aligning all per-
sonnel on the same page,"
added the Director.
Asked about his eligibility
to administer such coaching,
Mr Lloyd outlined his "exten-
sive training in all forms of
business" practice, including
customer service, as a commu-
nications consultant and
account executive at South-
Central Bell Telephone Com-
pany, part of AT&T, from 1979
to 1983 and as a brand manag-
er for Colgate Palmolive in
New York from 1986 to 1995.


PLP Chairman
denies animosity with
police commissioner
over rape claims
investigation
FROM page one

statement, which was issued
Sunday read:
"We remain disappointed
over the initial 'political'
appointment of outgoing
Commissioner of Police Regi-
nald Ferguson. This was a
human example of the FNM's
policy of 'stop, cancel and
review' in what would have
been the most appropriate
appointment of Mr.
Greenslade. This decision we
feel contributed to the disin-
tegration of trust on the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force as
well as very regressive crime
fighting strategies during one
of the most socially chaotic
periods in the history of our
country."
Mr Roberts claimed in his
statement that it was the fact
that he had brought to the
attention of the Bahamian
public "a serious matter which
was dealt with by a Senior
Justice of the Supreme Court
which involved Commission-
er Ferguson. I am being so
viciously attacked because of
this matter of national interest
which I revealed at a meet-
ing of the PLP Fox Hill
Branch held on January 23,
2009 which was not at that
time of interest to the press."
In a statement issued ear-
lier yesterday the FNM in
response to Mr Robert's
statement on the outgoing
Commissioner of Police said:
"It is unfortunate that PLP
Chairman Bradley Roberts
should continuously seek to
politicize the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and, in particu-
lar, Reginald Ferguson, the
outgoing Commissioner of
Police.
"While commending the
government on the announce-
ment of the appointment of
Elliston Greenslade as Act-
ing Commissioner of Police,
Roberts was unable to resist,
once again making nasty per-
sonal attacks upon the outgo-
ing Commissioner of Police
Reginald Ferguson."


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ROYAL Bank of Canada's
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terday said that while the
Government "might not
meet" its 2012 target for
reducing this nation's debt-
to-GDP ratio, the Bahamas'
track record of relative "fiscal
prudence" was to be com-
mended, since it had given the
Ingraham administration the
fiscal headroom to respond
to the recession.
Craig Wright, Royal Bank's
senior vice-president and
chief economist, told Tribune
Business that the deteriora-
tion in the Bahamian public
finances was "much less than
in other countries", but reit-
erated that this nation and
others faced a "new normal"
where consumer demand
would potentially take years
to recover to pre-recession
levels.
He also suggested that the
Bahamas look to diversify its
tourism base, some 80-85 per
cent of which is American,
given that it would be devel-
oping and emerging
economies - especially China
and others in the Asia-Pacific
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faster than their


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nation's 'fiscal prudence'
* Says Bahamas much better
positioned than most, and
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from its stimulus through
infrastructure focus
* Suggests tourism diversification
* Warns that global recovery
will be 'shallow', and all
will have to confront 'new
normal', but recovery 'a
question of when and
robustness, not if'

developed/industrialised
counterparts.
Mr Wright, who was visit-
ing Nassau to give a series of
presentations to Royal Bank's
Bahamian and international
clients, told Tribune Business
that this nation and the world
would see "a shallow recov-
ery" from the travails of the
past 18 months, with it being
"pretty much written in the
books" that 2010 would be
another tough economic year.
"We'll eventually get back
to where we were, but it will
SEE page 4B


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
SOME 30 per cent of all
residences will be 'smart
homes' within a decade, a
Bahamas-based technology
company's head has revealed,
as he described Bahamian
homes where functions and
facilities were all controlled
by computer.
Theodore P. Tsavoussis,
president of Prometheus Sys-
tems, detailed to the BYTE
Technology Conference how
he had developed 'smart
home' features for Bahamian
clients than ranged from secu-
rity issues to getting children
up in time for school.
Describing 'smart homes'
as properties where features
such as the air conditioning,
lighting, music, video and
pool were all computer-con-
trolled, Mr Tsavoussis said:
"Smart homes are lifestyle
enhancing, and they allow you
to do things that most people
don't realise are a pain.
"We've had clients who had
never lived in a smart home
who, after moving in, a year
or two later said they could
never live in a smart home
again."
Recalling Bahamas-based
projects he had worked on,
Mr Tsavoussis said: "One of


my clients in Lyford Cay had
a huge property, most of
which was facing the ocean.
What we set up was security
beams to protect the outside.
"The system had ways to
tell if it was a bird, animal or
branch, but if anyone crossed
those beams, the first thing
that would happen would be a
camera training on the area.
Secondly, lights would come
on and light up the beach."
The camera would then
record who had breached the
security system, and Mr
Tsavoussis said the final act
would be a voice coming on
over the loud speaker system,
warning an intruder that they
were being monitored and
must leave the property.
"Another example, and this
happened a year after we'd
done the home, was a couple
with young children," he
recalled. "It was a huge chal-
lenge to get the kids up,
dressed, have breakfast and
out to school every day.
"They called up in desper-
ation: 'Is there something,
anything you can do'. We pro-
grammed into the computer
system every school day in the
year, and at 6.30 am every
morning the music in the bed-
room would start to play.
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
'' Poor environ-
mental practices
would continue
unabated" at the
Lynden Pindling
International Airport
(LPIA) if its $409.5 million
redevelopment and man-
agement transformation did
not take place, the project's
Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) confirm-
ing that construction activi-
ties were likely to encounter
fuel pollution around the
international terminal.
The EIA, a copy of which
has been seen by Tribune
Business, highlighted over
deficiencies at LPIA that are
in the process of being cor-
rected by the Nassau Devel-
opment Company (NAD)
and the redevelopment pro-
gramme, including lighting
for the airport terminal's air-
craft taxi apron that was
"below levels for safe work-
ing conditions".
In addition, the EIA not-
ed that "hazardous waste
material use and waste dis-
posal are handled poorly.
This is compounded by a
lack of facilities to take


* $409.5m LPIA redevelopment EIA reveals
aircraft terminal apron's lighting 'below safe
levels, and hazardous waste disposal 'poor'
* Document confirms that construction activities
to enter area impacted by major fuel spills
* Aircraft gates 'not optimal', and to increase
in number to 30 by 2015 and 33 by 2020


waste".
The EIA, prepared by
Canada-based Patrick Envi-
ronmental, said that if the
LPIA redevelopment did
not occur, the Bahamas'
main airport gateway would
be unable to handle the pro-
jected increase in passenger
numbers, which were fore-
cast to increase from 3.3 mil-
lion currently to 4.6 million
by 2015 and 5.3 million by
2020.
Warning that this would
lead to "adverse environ-
mental and socio-economic
impacts", the EIA laid out
the consequences of not pro-
ceeding as thus: "No
improvement in the man-
agement of environmental
matters (poor environmen-
tal practices would contin-
ue unabated)."


It also said there would
be a failure to realisee
potential increased income
for the Bahamas from
tourism and general indus-
try, by providing the facili-
ties required to facilitate
growth in these sectors".
The EIA also confirmed
Tribune Business's revela-
tions on June 23, 2009,
about how two major oil
spills had left LPIA sitting
on a potential environmen-
tal 'timebomb' involving
thousands of gallons of fuel-
based pollutants. This news-
paper disclosed at the time
that some 180,000 gallons of
jet fuel mixed with water
had been recovered to date,
although hundreds of thou-
sands of gallons are said to
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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A $16 million Bahamian
telecoms start-up has revised
its financial projections, tar-
geting $41.726 million in its
fifth year as opposed to the
previous $69 million forecast,
yet is still projecting that it
will be profitable in its first
year in business.
IP Solutions International,
in financial projections
attached to its recently-com-
pleted private placement
memorandum, published last
month, projected that it would
generate net income of
$91,374 in its 2010 financial
year, on total revenues of
$12.249 million.
Net income was then pro-
jected to grow to $6.778 mil-
lion in the year to December
31, 2011, upon top line rev-
enues of $24.463 million.
Thereafter, IP Solutions Inter-
national is forecasting a
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SEE page 5B


Government 'well advanced'


on critical IBC amendments


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE newly-appointed
Attorney General yesterday
said his office was "very
advanced" in drafting the nec-
essary amendments to the
International Business Com-
panies (IBCs) Act 2000 to
address a Supreme Court rul-
ing, which found the Regis-
trar General had no power to
restore IBCs previously
struck-off for non-payment of
fees.
John Delaney said the Gov-


'Expects to address' implications of judge's ruling -
that IBCs struck-off for non-payment cannot be
restored - within four-month window allowed


ernment ". \p,. c'i to address"
Justice Neville Adderley's
findings within the four-
month window allowed by the
judge, who had stayed his rul-
ing after realising its implica-
tions for the Bahamian finan-
cial services industry and busi-
ness community.
"We have studied the rul-
ing, and are preparing to
move in a timely fashion with


the required amendments,"
Mr Delaney told Tribune
Business. "The Office of the
Attorney General is very
advanced as far as that's con-
cerned. We expect to address
it within the time allowed."
The implications of Justice
Adderley's ruling, if left unad-
dressed, would be potential
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THE TRIBUNE


Crime undermining economic stability


THIS weekend past, I trav-
elled to Exuma to attend a
funeral. Funerals, in the
Bahamas, take on a special
significance, as they tend to
bring multiple branches of
families together, albeit for a
brief period of time. When
you add to this the friends of
the deceased and immediate
family members, you quickly
get a unique microcosm of
Bahamian society.
I was quite surprised by the
number of persons, who lived
on New Providence and
approached me on last week's
article, expressing their con-
cern about the crime situation
in the nation. Crime is a huge
problem affecting every level
of our society in one form or
another.

International press
While many people are
'explaining away' the situa-







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tion by pointing out that
much crime is domestic
and/or family related, my
greatest fear is that the global
press will not capture these
subtleties in their stories,
which are produced for inter-
national consumption.
Whether we like it or not,
on a per capital basis, our mur-
der rate thus far puts us
squarely in the company of
the most dangerous places in
the world. In the upcoming
year, when international sur-
veys are published citing sta-
tistics such as 'murders per
capital , the Bahamas will
begin to feature more promi-
nently than it has ever done in
the past.
Lest we forget, the
Bahamas' economy is totally
dependent on tourism and
financial services. If it
becomes widely accepted that
we are an unsafe destination,
what becomes of our tourism
industry? If tourism suffers,
it is not long before the finan-
cial services sector also suf-
fers. Remember, the wealthy
could transfer their trusts,
foundations, mutual funds,
managed companies to other
'welcoming' jurisdictions,
where the real or perceived
crime rate is lower - much
lower. In fact, as our main


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competitors embark upon
their marketing trips, what do
you think they are quietly say-
ing to potential or existing
clients and investors who do
business in the Bahamas?

Travel Advisory
We should be reminded
that the bulk of our tourists
come from 'next door', the
United States. I was also sur-
prised to learn that the US
Embassy in the Bahamas
ranks in the top 10 of all US
Embassies in the world, in
terms of the number of agen-
cies and personnel attached
to it. Therefore, the US has a
vested interest in the crime
situation here in the Bahamas,
as many of its citizens are
potentially exposed to it. The
last thing we want or need is a
'travel advisory' issued by
Washington.

Message for the new
Commissioner
In the midst of the current
'crime wave', we recently had


the announcement about the
retirement of the Commis-
sioner of Police and the immi-
nent announcement of a new
acting Commissioner. It is not
necessary to read anything
special into that move per se,
as police officers are entitled
to retire after qualifying
through age and/or completed
years of service.
The new Police Commis-
sioner will undoubtedly have
his hands full. If I had the
opportunity to meet with the
new Commissioner, I would
tell him that the public at
large is totally displeased with
the level of crime, especially
assaults against the person
and robberies in the country
today. These are serious
times, and bold and innova-
tive approaches must be tak-
en.
I would also tell him that
the public have serious con-
cerns about their personal
safety, or really the general
lack thereof. I would further
tell him that the fact that a
suspect who is out on double
bail for murder could still be
causing trouble on the streets
is absolutely ludicrous. (In
fairness to the Commission-
er, he would need the Attor-
ney General to step up to the
plate, with proposed legal


reforms, especially as it relates
to bail). I would also tell the
Commissioner that when he
has his first briefing with the
Prime Minister, you must pre-
sent him with a comprehen-
sive list of requirements need-
ed to support your new 'anti-
crime' plan.
Why would I say these
things to the Commissioner? I
would say these things
because this is what the public
is saying to me each and every
day.
As soon as the new Com-
missioner is announced, he
must immediately give an
address to the nation, outlin-
ing his plans and strategies to
combat crime. In fact, it
would be nice if his national
address were to follow on the
heels of the new Attorney
General's address to the
nation, as both offices must
be part of an integrated plan
to fight this national scourge.

Tipping point
I write primarily about eco-
nomic matters. However, the
threat emanating from uncon-
trolled crime, coupled with an
anaemic Bahamian economy,
will threaten investor confi-
dence and inward investment
due to the perception of high
levels of criminality and law-


lessness.
The Bahamas is currently
at a juncture where our very
next turn could have a long-
term effect on the sustain-
ability of our economy. In the
short term, fighting crime
must become our number one
priority. This steady diet of
shooting, stabbings and rob-
bery must come to an end
immediately, if not sooner. It
is almost like this message is
falling on deaf ears. However,
the authorities better get it
before it is too late.
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president - pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company 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 sub-
sidiary and/or affiliated com-
panies. Please direct any
questions or comments to
rlgibson@atlantichouse.com.b
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NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) BACCARAT INTERNATIONAL CORP. is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 7, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.

(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 19th 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.

DECEMBER 8, 2009

ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD.

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY




Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 7, 2009
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.

(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 19th 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.

DECEMBER 8, 2009

ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD.

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY




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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on October 30, 2009 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

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on or before the 30th day of Novemeber, 2009 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
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ha Telecoms executive attends




exclusive industry summit


BAHAMIAN account-
ing firm BDO Mann Judd
will be known as just
'BDO' from January 1,
2010, onwards due to
changes announced at the
global level.
BDO, the world's fifth
largest accountancy net-
work, has decided that all
its member firms - locat-
ed in 110 countries world-
wide - will be adopting the
single global trading name
of 'BDO'.
Jeremy Newman,
BDO's chief executive,
said: "This is a very excit-
ing change for BDO, and
is the culmination of many
years of strategic and oper-
ational investment and
engagement.
"It demonstrates our
member firms' commit-
ment to provide a seam-
less, integrated service
delivering the highest
quality advice to allof our
clients across the world. It
confirms our position as a
competitor to not only the
largest, but all other busi-
nesses operating in our
marketplace."
Clifford Culmer, BDO's
senior partner in the
Bahamas, said he "wel-
comes the implementation
of a global single trading
name, as it demonstrates
a global cohesive brand
and synchronises the
entire organisation".
The change will also see
BDO entering into
arrangements to enable all
its member firms to use
common IT software,
which will facilitate the
deployment of new net-
work-wide tools and appli-
cations. This will benefit
clients, as it will enable
easier document and
knowledge sharing.
BDO has also strength-
ened its brand, visual iden-
tity, messaging and posi-
tioning.
Mr Newman added:
"What matters to our
clients matters to us. Our
clients expect the best pos-
sible professional advice
and the highest quality ser-
vice, and the transition to a
single global trading name
underlines our commit-
ment to deliver this to our
clients nationally and
internationally."


THE deputy chairman of "
$16 million triple-play broad- .
band start-up, IP Solutions
International (IPSI), has
returned from an invitation-
only meeting of 60 senior
executives from the world's
top telecommunications and
broadcasting companies, say-
ing the forum re-affirmed the
company's positioning and
products.
"It was not only an honour
to be among the invited lead-
ers in the industry, but it was
also interesting, because
meeting with executives from
companies like Vodafone and
Verizon reaffirmed that IPSI
is moving in precisely the
right direction, positioning
our products and offerings for
where a very vibrant and
dynamic market is headed," BRIAN QUINN, deputy chairman of Nassau-based IP Solutior
said Brian Quinn, who previ- Jaquelynn Ruff, vice-president, international public policy, Veri
ously headed up what became icy, Vodafone Group



'Poor environmental


practices' uncovered


be unaccounted for.
"Contaminated soil and
groundwater has occurred
from past spills from the oper-
ation of fuel systems at the
airport," the EIA acknowl-
edged, adding that the exist-
ing fuel hydrant system was
the responsibility of the oil
company consortium - Texa-
co, Shell (FOCOL) and Esso.
"A plume of jet fuel conta-
mination is known to exist
around the international pier,
and potentially extending
under the international
arrivals building," the report
added. "The international
pier will be demolished in the
third stage of the project. The
international arrivals build-
ing will be demolished and
re-built in the third stage.
Contamination is also antici-
pated to exist under the US
Terminal in the location of
the former tank farm."
The EIA said numerous
"mitigation and control" mea-
sures would be required to
prevent construction activity
during the $409.5 million
redevelopment from spread-
ing already contaminated soil
and groundwater.
"NAD will attempt to iden-


tify the responsible party for
any unexpected contamina-
tion discovered," the EIA
added. "In the event a
responsible party is not found
or is not performing at a sat-
isfactory level, NAD will be
prepared to take over the
investigation and any
required remediation and
seek cost recovery."
In addition, drawing on evi-
dence from NAD's director
of maintenance, IT and engi-
neering, the EIA said the
existing flushing water sup-
ply system serving LPIA's
Terminal 2 had been "conta-
minated with hydrocarbons
from previous oil or fuel spills
in the vicinity".
Elsewhere, the EIA said of
LPIA's 25 current aircraft


is International (IPSI) (left), is pictured with
zon, and Richard Feasey, director public pol-


Reuters TV News before join-
ing IPSI.
IPSI plans to launch the
Bahamas' first triple-play tele-
com-entertainment offering
with video on demand, tele-
phone service and high speed
internet in a single-price pack-
age next year. It has already
cleared the first regulatory
hurdles by becoming the first
provider to be licensed by
URCA, the regulatory body,
to provide triple-play service
for the Bahamas.
The closed session for exec-
utives at the DC Verizon
headquarters was held under
the auspices of the Interna-
tional Institute of Communi-
cations.
Its aim was to examine
major shifts in mobile tele-
phones, high speed broad-
band and TV usage in busi-
ness and the home.


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gates: "Neither the quality
nor layout of these existing
gates is optimal. The gating
requirements forecasts indi-
cate a growing requirement
for gating to at least 30 gates
by 2015, and 33 gates by
2020."
Some 30 gates would be
available following comple-
tion of the $199 million US
departures terminal by 2010-
2011, and 33 gates at the end
of 2015.
The EIA added that LPI-
A's retail and restaurant ten-
ants might also be required
to incorporate solar panels
into their business for pre-
heating water, with NAD also
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Top economist:


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' 2012 debt slash target


FROM page 1B

be years rather than quar-
ters," he added. "Our view is
it's a new normal, so we're
not going back to the envi-



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ronment we had in a short
while."
Still, Mr Wright said the
global economic outlook was
continuing to improve and
forecasts were starting to be
revised upwards, yet this was
counterbalanced by the fact
that risks to the recovery were
weighted towards the down-
side.
And "uncertainty is very
high" among both businesses
and consumers, the Royal
Bank of Canada economist
adding: "Right now, there's a
confidence issue. We crept
pretty close to the edge in fall
last year."
Both the Bahamian and US


economies were heavily
dependent on the US con-
sumer, who traditionally
accounted for three-quarters
of American growth, but Mr
Wright said they were likely
to become a "moderate"
rather than strong driver of
global growth.
Reiterating the concerns of
many Bahamian economists
and businessmen, Mr Wright
said many US consumers
would be increasingly focused
on servicing their debt bur-
den and raising their savings
levels, even as incomes rose.
This, in turn, means less dis-
posable income, and less
money to spend on Bahamian


vacations.
He added that Bahamian
economic growth had shown a
"more volatile environment"
when measured against US
gross domestic product
(GDP) growth over the years.
While the Bahamian econo-
my had lagged slightly behind
the US, "the highs are higher
and the lows are lower".
Mr Wright said the
Bahamas' two main industries
- tourism and financial ser-
vices - were well-established
and well-regulated, the coun-
try also having benefited from
its political stability.
"The relatively prudent fis-
cal stance puts you in a good
position," Mr Wright said of
the Bahamas, comparing it to
both regional neighbours and
the likes of the UK and US,
all of which were in much
tighter positions with their
public finances. As a result,
they lacked the policy flexi-


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ability to respond to the eco-
nomic crisis, something the
Bahamas had no problem
with.
"The fact you have a rela-
tively stable fiscal position, a
lower debt burden, is a good
position of strength," Mr
Wright said, although some
Bahamians have expressed
alarm at the debt-to-GDP
ratio creeping towards 50 per
cent.
"The 2012 target on the
debt-to-GDP ratio might not
be met; it will have to be
delayed, but you're in good
company. This was an extra-
ordinary crisis, and govern-
ments met it with extraordi-
nary policy responses.....
"The deteriorating fiscal sit-
uation here is something seen
around the world, and is
much less than in other coun-
tries. You have the fiscal flex-
ibility to do it, rather than fis-
cal constraints, where spend-
ing has to be cut and taxes
raised, hurting the economy
rather than helping it."
Mr Wright said interna-
tional credit rating agencies
and the likes of the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF)
had "well received the
Bahamas' for its fiscal pru-
dence over the years.
He also commended the
Ingraham administration for
focusing its fiscal stimulus on
infrastructure programmes,
such as the $409.5 million
Lynden Pindling Internation-
al Airport (LPIA) redevelop-
ment; the New Providence
Road Improvement project
and the construction of gov-
ernment office complexes.
Such projects generated
"the biggest bang for the
buck", enhancing a country's
capital stock and long-term
infrastructure capacity.
However, Mr Wright
added: "Diversification has
been a lesson learned through
this crisis, so on the tourism


side you probably need to
diversify sources."
Noting that neither the
recession, nor the recovery,
were made in the Bahamas,
Mr Wright said a critical issue
confronting governments
around the world was the tim-
ing of the 'exit strategy' from
their various stimulus pro-
grammes.
Pull them too early, and a
"double dip" recession could
be forthcoming, but waiting
too long carried inflation
risks, the Royal Bank of
Canada economist warned,
adding: "It's a delicate bal-
ance."
He added that the policy
tools now in use globally - low
interest rates, mass liquidity
and unsustainable fiscal poli-
cies - were the same ones that
had led to the financial cri-
sis/credit crunch, then the
recession.
Mr Wright said the low
interest rate and loosened fis-
cal policies were unsustain-
able in the long-term and
would have to be tightened,
adding that the current crisis
had shown the need for gov-
ernments to link spending to
the economy's health.
He suggested tying govern-
ment spending to inflation
and population growth, since
this would keep per capital
spending flat. While there
were inflation risks, some-
thing that would not be
helped by higher oil prices,
Mr Wright expressed confi-
dence that governments
would be able to contain this,
especially since there was
much excess capacity on the
supply side in the US as a
result of high unemployment.
The Royal Bank economist
added that countries also
needed to get the regulatory
balance right, warning that
getting too tough would both
raise the price, and choke the
availability, of credit.


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$16m start-up targets $20m profits by '14


FROM page 1B

to $10.454 million in 2012,
$16.107 million in 2013, and
$20.507 million in 2014.
Elsewhere, though, IP Solu-
tions International has also
revised downwards its oper-
ating margin projections,
dropping these to a range
between 63.2 per cent in its
first year and 71.32 per cent in
the fifth year (2014). This
compares to previous fore-
casts of an operating margin
range between 85.33 per cent
in the first year and 83.49 per
cent in the fifth year.
And returns on total rev-
enues have also been revised,
to 0.75 per cent for IP Solu-
tions International's first year
in business and 49.14 per cent
in its fifth year.
IP Solutions International
is targeting Bahamian con-
sumers, chiefly hotels and gat-
ed communities in the first
instance, with its 'Multiple


FROM page 1B

"If, within 10 minutes, the
motion detector in the bath-
room did not detect motion,
the music changed to rock
and roll, blasting at full vol-
ume. You have to get up
because you can't turn the
music off. The only way to
turn it off is to go to the bath-
room."
Mr Tsavoussis also devised
a solution where a home's
computer system was pro-
grammed to recognize who
was in the house, dealing with
a situation where the parents'
tastes were not the same as
their visiting children.


Play' bundle of services deliv-
ered via a wireless Internet
infrastructure.
The company, in its projec-
tions, expects revenues
derived from delivering Inter-
net, Voice over Internet Pro-
tocol (VoIP) and Video On
Demand (VOD) services to
Bahamas-based hotels to
grow 288 per cent year-over-
year in 2011. Thereafter, top-
line growth in this segment is
anticipated to be more muted,
with revenues growing year-
over-year by 56 per cent in
2012, 23 per cent in 2013, and
8 per cent in 2014.
"Once regulatory approvals
have been received, IP Solu-
tions expects to penetrate the
residential market," the com-
pany said in its financial pro-
jections. "In 2010, the Multi-
Play residential subscriber
rate will be $119 per month,
with an expected 10,000 sub-
scriber base.
"In 2011, we assume a sub-


"I've got clients who, when
flying in, over the i-phone
turn on the jacuzzi," he
added. "The entire house is
controlled by i-phone."
Acknowledging the current
limits on rolling out the 'smart
home' concept, Mr Tsavoussis
said the costs of installing such
technology currently amount-
ed to about 10 per cent of
total construction costs.
"In its present form, it's not
feasible to do it with a home
less than 500,000 square feet,"
he said. Several penthouses
Mr Tsavoussis had fitted with
'smart home' technology, at
3,000 square feet, had
incurred costs worth 20 per


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CORNER, P.O. BOX N-7070, 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 811 day of December, 2009 to
the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas,




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NOTICE

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International Business Companies Act, (No. 45
of 2000), NOTICE is hereby given that CABO
MAYOR LTD. is in dissolution and the date of
commencement of the dissolution is December
1st, 2009


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LIQUIDATORS
c/o EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd
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subscriber base change. We
anticipate a year-on-year Mul-
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per cent in years 2012 through
2014.

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"In 2010, in excess of 50,000
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age rate of $4 per rental. We
project year-on-year growth
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through 2014."
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"If you really go full-out, it
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Tsavoussis said. "Presently,
only 3 per cent of new homes
are smart homes. This is going
to change in the next decade.
We're looking at hardware
costs dropping to one-tenth
of what they are now, and
then we can start to go mass
market.
"Industry projections indi-
cate that in a decade, 30 per
cent of homes will be smart."
Among the applications
that would come into use
then, Mr Tsavoussis suggest-
ed, would be communications
between homes. In addition,
when moving between rooms,
the TV in the area vacated


bandwidth required, and the
purchase of spectrum licence.
"It is anticipated that in
2010 bandwidth costs will
approximate $41,667 per
month or $500,000." These
costs were expected to
increase by 51 per cent in
2011, rising by a further 17
per cent in 2012 and 14 per
cent and 25 per cent in 2013
and 2014 respectively, to hit
$1.3 million in the latter year.
IP Solutions International
added that gaming content
would be "provided at $2 per
day per subscriber", produc-
ing 90-plus per cent margins,
with new VOD releases based
on a 10 per cent profit margin.
Elsewhere, IP Solutions
International estimated that
staff salaries would increase
by 60 per cent in 2011, com-
pared to 2010. Further rises
of 12.5 per cent, 22 per cent
and 59 per cent would be
experienced in 2012, 2013 and
2014 respectively, as the com-


would switch off, and the one
in the room entered turn on.
"Whatever you are doing
in the previous room will fol-
low you into the next room,
so you become more energy
efficient," Mr Tsavoussis said.
"With a smart home you can
monitor alternative energy
services, keep track of local
power and monitor what you
sell back to the grid. All of
this is seamless."
Technology, using RFID,
could be used to track and
locate almost any object in
the home, he added, while
mood detectors could detect a
person's mood and deliver
music and other entertain-
ment to either pick them up
or calm them down.


pany's operations expanded.
The company is also under-
stood not to have signed a
Letter of Intent with Colum-
bus Networks to sub-lease
fibre optic bandwidth and
gain access to the ARCOS
cable network, despite stat-
ing this had occurred in its
Business Plan.
As previously revealed by
Tribune Business yesterday,
IP Solutions International is
in the process of adjusting its
business plans after its $16
million offering - seeking $8
million in equity capital, $4
million in preference shares
and $4 million in bank debt -
was "undersubscribed" by
Bahamian investors.
The company is now in
talks with a potential interna-
tional strategic/financing part-
ner, which has indicated its
willingness to invest capital in


IP Solutions International to
take it beyond the initial $16
million target.
However, Edison Sumner,
IP Solutions International's
president and chief executive,
told this newspaper that the
company's launch may be
delayed by several months,
although it still hoped to
launch some of its Multi-Play
services by the 2010 first quar-
ter.
Out of the initial $16 mil-
lion capital that IP Solutions
International targeted, the
company's private placement
memorandum said some $10
million would be used for cap-
ital expenses such as infra-
structure, head-end and wire-
less tower construction, with
another $5 million earmarked
for operating expenses such
as salaries, rents and licence
fees.


NOTICE


Pursuant to Section 228 of the Companies Act, 1992
notice is given that:-

(a) Farrem Investments Limited is in dissolution.

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution is the
9th day of November, A.D. 2009.

(c) The name of the Liquidator is Ch6 Toussaint Erad
Campbell Chase of Campbell Chase Law, Rosetta Street
and Mount Royal Avenue, P.O. Box N-4447, Nassau,
Bahamas.



Ch6 Toussaint Erad Campbell Chase
Liquidator





NOTICE



OF

GREENSTAR LIMITED


Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 7th day of December, 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.


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Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 7th day of December, 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.


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11 80 990 Bahamas Property Fund 1075 10 75 0 00 0992 0200 108 1 86%
9 30 590 Bank of Bahamas 590 590 000 100 0244 0260 242 441%
0 89 063 Benchmark 063 063 0 00 0877 0000 N/M 000%
349 315 Baha.as Waste 315 315 000 0125 0090 252 286%
237 214 Fdelty Bank 237 237 000 0055 0040 431 169%
14 04 9 92 Cablle Bahamas 10 00 1000 0 00 1 406 0 250 71 2 50%
2 88 2 72 Colna Holdings 2 72 272 0 00 0 249 0 040 109 1 47%
719 5 26 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 5 73 573 0 00 0 419 0 300 137 5 24%
3 85 1 27 Consoidated Water BDRs 261 263 002 0111 0052 237 1 98%
2 85 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 2 55 255 0 00 1,500 0 625 0 080 41 3 14%
820 628 Famguard 649 649 0 00 0420 0240 155 370%
1187 880 Finco 929 929 000 400 0322 0520 289 560%
11 71 986 FirstCabbean Bank 986 986 000 0631 0350 156 355%
553 411 Focol (S) 475 475 000 0326 0150 146 316%
1 O0 1 0 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 1 00 0 00 51,000 0 000 0 000 N/M 0 00%
0 45 0 27 Freeport Concrete O 27 0 27 0 00 0 035 0 000 77 0 00%
902 549 ICD Utilities 559 559 000 672 0407 0500 137 894%
1200 995 J S Johnson 995 995 000 0952 0640 105 643%
1000 1000 Pre aEtat 1000 1000 0 00 0156 0000 641 000%
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100000 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 10000 000 219 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
100000 100000 Fdelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 10000 000 5 7% 30 May 2013
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800 600 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 200 625 400 0000 0480 N/M 7 80%
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1 4160 1 3419 CFAL Bond Fund 1 4160 462 553 31 Oct-09
30351 28266 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 28552 288 -392 30 Nov09
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35399 29343 Fdelity Bahamas G & I Fund 29343 -1333 -1711 31-Oct-09
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100 0000 994177 CFAL Global Equity Fund 994177 312 276 30-Sep-09
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 7B


[@1 'l II] IBUSiNESiBY
ByROYalielt CapitalARKTRA


By RoyalFidelity Capital
Markets

IT was a moderate week of


trading in the Bahamian stock
market. Investors last week
traded in 13 out of the 24 list-


ed se


International


FOREX Rates


CAD$
GBP
EUR


Commodities

Crude Oil
Gold


International Stock Market Index


DJIA
S & P 500
NASDAQ
Nikkei


declined, two advanced and
10 remained unchanged.


securities, of which one EQUITY MARKET
A total of 98,077 shares
changed hands, represent-
1 MI f'arkets ing an increase of 19,312
SM markets shares, compared to last
week's trading volume of
78,765 shares.
Weekly % Change Focol Holdings Class B
Preferred shares (FCLB)
0.9455 0.54 was the volume leader,
1.6452 -0.07 trading 51,000 shares, with
1.4851 -0.76 the stock closing at par
value of $1.
Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) was the lead
Weeky % Ch advancer, trading 30,846
Weekly % Change shares and seeing its share
^$7574 041 price increase by $0.11 to
$75.74 -0.41 close the week at $5.73.
$1,163.00 -1.06 FamGuard Corporation
(FAM) also saw its stock
increase last week, its
es: stock advancing $0.09 on a
volume of 1,000 to close
Weekly % Change the week at $6.49.
First Caribbean Inter-
10,388.90 0.77 national Bank Bahamas
1,105.98 1.72 (CIB) traded 8,459 shares,
2,194.35 2.61 its stock declining by $0.01
10,022.59 10.36 to close the week at a new
52-week low of $9.86.


BOND MARKET
Investors traded
$574,000 (par value) worth
of Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) Notes.
Series C Notes Due
2013 (FBB13) traded five,
Series D Due 2015
(FBB15) traded 254,
Series A Due 2017
(FBB17) traded 96 and
Series B Due 2022
(FBB22) traded 219.

COMPANY NEWS
There was no company
news released last week.

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

Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) has declared a div-
idend of $0.05 per share,
payable on December 31,
2009, to all ordinary share-
holders of record date
December 15, 2009.


The Bahamian Stock Market


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE


AML
BBL
BOB
BPF
BSL
BWL
CAB
CBL
CHL
CIB
CWCB
DHS
FAM
FBB
FCC
FCL
FCLB
FIN
ICD
JSJ
PRE


$1.17
$0.63
$5.90
$10.75
$10.06
$3.15
$10.00
$5.73
$2.72
$9.86
$2.64
$2.55
$6.49
$2.37
$0.27
$4.75
$1.00
$9.29
$5.59
$9.95
$10.00


CHANGE VOLUME


$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$0.11
$-
$-0.01
$-0.02
$-
$0.09
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-


0
0
800
0
0
0
0
30,846
0
8,459
0
1,500
1,000
0
0
3,400
51,000
400
672
0
0


Government 'well advanced'



on critical IBC amendments


chaos, especially for the
Bahamian financial services
industry and a number of its
clients.
His ruling effectively means
that all IBCs reinstated since
the IBCs Act 2000 was
passed, after being struck off
for non-payment of fees,
should not now be incorpo-
rated. Such restorations have
been going on for nine years,
and potentially might not only
impact the Bahamas' interna-
tional clients, but domestic
businesses, too, given that
Bahamians can now incorpo-
rate companies as IBCs.
However, Mr Delaney said:
"I see no cause for alarm or
panic. We intend to be very
responsive to this issue that
has arisen, and are already
actioning our response. We're
well on the way."


The Attorney General
declined to estimate how
many IBCs might potentially
be impacted by Justice
Adderley's ruling, telling Tri-
bune Business that the statis-
tics were not available to him,
and "it's not a question of a
numbers game".
"If there is an issue that
requires remediation, repair
by legislation, as long as it
requires repair it's going to
be addressed," Mr Delaney
added. "If there is something
in need of remediation, it
would be in the interests of
the Office of the Attorney
General to ensure these
things are addressed. As they
come to our attention, we will
do so."
When asked whether Jus-
tice Adderley's ruling showed
that the IBCs Act 2000, which


amended the 1989 version,
was drafted poorly and in
haste, Mr Delaney replied
that it did not, since it only
highlighted one area of con-
cern.
"I think it simply indicates
that there is an issue that
needs to be addressed, and
that's not uncommon with
legislation, whatever the
statute might be," Mr
Delaney told Tribune Busi-
ness.
As previously revealed by
this newspaper, Justice
Adderley reached his decision
in ruling that a writ and state-
ment of claim filed against
BDO Mann Judd, its senior
partner and accountant Clif-
ford Culmer, and Callender's
& Co attorney and partner,
Michael Scott, be struck out.
A $208,850 default judgment


against Mr Culmer and BDO
Mann Judd was also set aside.
The action had been
brought by the Tenesheles
trust and the Hawthorne Ster-
ling Family of Funds, the for-
mer having owned the latter,
which was a group of 35
underlying mutual funds.
"The primary claim is that
the defendants wrongfully
induced the Securities Com-
mission of the Bahamas to
place the underlying 35 com-
panies which comprise the
Hawthorne Sterling Family of
Funds into a 'protective liq-
uidation'," Justice Adderley
recalled.
"This liquidation, accord-
ing to the plaintiffs, was car-
ried out by the defendants in
such a way that it stripped the
Fund Companies of their
monetary assets, which pri-


marily went by way of pay-
ment fees to the defendants,
their servants and agents."
Justice Adderley noted that
the Hawthorne Sterling Fam-
ily of Funds was struck off the
IBCs register for non-pay-
ment of fees on August 31,
2002. The company com-
menced its action on April 7,
2004, three months before it
was returned to the register
on June 7, 2004.
"However, the IBC Act
2000 contained no express
provision, nor does it contain
one now, for the Registrar to
restore a company to the reg-
ister if struck-off for non-pay-
ment of fees," Justice Adder-
ley recalled.
While agreeing that Parlia-
ment had amended several
"absurdities" in the IBC Act
2000 over the years, Justice


Adderley said there was noth-
ing "implied" in that legisla-
tion that allowed the Regis-
trar General, acting as the
Registrar of Companies, to
restore an IBC after it was
struck-off for non-payment of
fees.
As a result, Justice Adder-
ley said Hawthorne Sterling's
restoration was "a nullity", as
the Registrar had no power
to do so. This meant
Hawthorne Sterling had no
power to sue or bring the
action. "I find that since the
repeal of the 1989 IBC Act,
the Registrar ceased to have
the power to restore a com-
pany that had been struck-off
the Register for non-payment
of prescribed fees and any
such purported restorations
by him are null and void,"
Justice Adderley ruled.


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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 9B


*OMAN


By JEFFARAH GIBSON


E VEN though
HIV/AIDS is the dead-
liest of all venereal
diseases, other sexually
transmitted infections includ-
ing chlamydia, gonorrhea,
syphilis, genital herpes and
genital warts are more wide-
spread and pose dire health
risks if they are not detected,
diagnosed, and treated in a
timely manner.
Health organizations around the
world have been doing everything
they can to ensure awareness of sex-
ually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Family life and health science
classes have been implemented in
schools. There are even signs on the
side of the road advocating absti-
nence and the use of condoms, yet
there is still a high incidence of
STDs.
Could it be that there a lot of per-
sons who lack knowledge of venere-
al diseases, or do they simply dis-
play irresponsible behaviours?
Dr Philippa Pratt at the Compre-
hensive Clinic in Nassau spoke with
Tribune Health about the topic.
She said there are a number of
reasons for the high incidence of


STDs in the Bahamas, with chlamy-
dia leading the way.
"I have had people who were
diagnosed with gonorrhea say that
they have never even heard about
that disease. There are programmes
in schools like family life that are
meant to teach students about these
diseases and I find it very interesting
when they say they don't know what
the disease is," she said.
And people's lack of knowledge
can have serious consequences.
"There are some people out there
who may not know about the dis-
ease and some who don't think any-
thing can happen to them, so they go
out and have sex without protecting
themselves and end up contracting a
disease," she said.
Out all of the diseases, Dr Pratt
said the most common ones that
Bahamians are treated for are
chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts,
genital herpes and syphilis.
According to statistics from the
Comprehensive Clinic there were
510 cases of chlamydia, 104 cases of
gonococcal infection, 26 cases of gen-
ital herpes, 17 cases of genital warts,
37 cases of non-specific urethritis,
and nine cases of trichomonas
reported in the year 2006.
However, these statistics only
account for the reported cases at
public clinics on the island.
"Chlamydia is one of the more


EVEN though HIV/AIDS is the deadliest of all venereal diseases, other sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia,
gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes and genital warts are more widespread and pose dire health risks if they are not detected,
diagnosed, and treated in a timely manner.


common STDs. When this disease
is contracted most people have no
signs at all, while on the other hand
some people have signs. It can be
characterized by a burning sensation
when urinating, a discharge from the
penis and the vagina, frequent uri-
nation, and worst case scenario, they
can pass blood in the urine, and men
can have a swollen scrotum" she
said.
Chlamydia is one of those diseases
that can be cured with antibiotics
prescribed by a physician. Persons
can either take tablets or get an
injection.
Another common STD is gonor-
rhea.
"Gonorrhea symptoms differ in
men and women, and it is a very
painful disease. Women who have
gonorrhea might have a thick, heavy
discharge with a very bad odour. But
it is important for every woman to
know what is normal for her, since
all women have a discharge during
the cycle," she said.


Abnormal bleeding is also an indi-
cation that something could be
wrong.
Genital warts is another very con-
tagious disease that is caused by the
human papillomavirus (HPV). It
spreads through direct skin contact
during oral, anal, or vaginal sex.
"People often recognize some-
thing is wrong when they begin to
see a cluster of abrasions on their
genitals. In women they occur on
the outside and inside of the vagina,
on the opening of the cervix, or
around the anus. When the virus is
present in men cluster of abrasions is
usually found on the tip of the penis
glanss), on the scrotum or around
the anus," Dr Pratt said.
If a person has oral sex with an
infected partner there is a very good
chance they will contract the virus.
And although it is very rare for warts
to appear on the mouth, in this case
it can.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for
genital warts.


However, the disease can be treat-
ed which will reduce infectivity and
the visibility of warts.
If one is sexually active it is impor-
tant to get annual checkups for
STDs, because if a disease is left
undetected then it will lead to other
serious illnesses.
"For instance syphilis is a very
painful disease, and people often
don't realise that they have it. When
a disease like syphilis is left unde-
tected or treated it can damage the
heart, brain, eyes and the bones,"
Dr Pratt said.
"I want to encourage persons,
especially the group under the age of
25, to get tested at least once a year.
Here at the clinic we do blood tests
and we test for everything. Also
treatment is free of charge."
Knowing your status when it
comes to syphilis, gonorrhea,
chlamydia, genital warts, or any oth-
er STD is vital, because if not detect-
ed it can increase susceptibility in
contracting the HIV virus.


,0 LOVING RELATIONSHIPS 7


Have we fallen out of love?


HOW many of you have had that
scary, unnerving feeling when you
feel as if your whole world has come
crashing down?
The rug that you had planted
both feet on is whipped out from
under you. You start to second
guess yourself and faith in your
internal radar does not seem so
dependable.
You know from past experience
that you cannot listen to other peo-
ple or do what they want you to do.
But here you are again feeling
those same emotions. Does every-
one feel the same highs and lows
when in love?
As bad as it feels at the time could
it mean greater passion, therefore a
deeper love? Is it an indicator that it
is 'the real thing'?
Weeks, months and even years
may go by before that awakening
moment.
That split second when you
realise the person you thought you
loved is not the same person in front


of you.
How could that have happened?
You see the outgoing, friendly per-
son as an unrelenting flirt and even
obnoxious. Or, the gentle, unas-
suming intellectual lover suddenly
appears antisocial and depressive.
Things that in the past seemed
adorable now just seem irritating.
Is it true when they say, 'there is a
fine line between love and hate'?
Is there any way to select a partner
so that we can bypass all of that
unpleasant stuff?
Love is made up of a swirling pot
of emotions and you are likely to
experience the full range of feelings


the longer you are together.
As we get more comfortable with
each other, it is inevitable that our
true colours start to shine through.
The signs of how a relationship is
going to survive depend on how
both parties react to change. It is
the inflexibility and illusion that love
has to remain in the initial euphor-
ic high that derails many dating cou-
ples. It is unrealistic because we
know that real love can remain con-
stant even with the ebb and flow of
life.
As we go through life, either tip-
toeing or throwing our selves into
love, we discover that there are
many types of love.
First encounters with love may
be an infatuation, without commit-
ment or intimacy, and all too often
is one sided. Ideally, marriage is
considered a consummate love
because it includes passion, com-
mitment and intimacy.
As we age, we may be happy with
a companion love which may lack


passion but is filled with commit-
ment and intimacy.
Then, there is empty love which is
without passion or intimacy, and is
held together by commitment.
Feelings of having 'fallen out of
love' can happen at any stage
because it is all to do with the illu-
sion and expectations of the love.
When respect, commitment, trust
and love are tested then it makes
us question the status of the love.
For many it is a revelation that
the elevator will reach different
floors of trust throughout the span
of the partnership. Life is continu-
ously changing and people change.
It is crushing to feel the elevator of
trust dropping from the top floor
to the basement. But with mainte-
nance you can be reassured the ele-
vator will move up again.
It is at these times that we all
question our love.
It is a challenge, but believing that
people can change if they are truly
remorseful helps you not to lose
sight of the big picture.
Remember what you are feeling
may well be what your partner is
feeling. Take time and talk to each
other. It may be just the mundane


routine of life that has pushed the
romance out of your lives. Think
back to the high passion days and
reintroduce those things which used
to give you both so much pleasure.
Then, introduce new and riskier
things to add excitement and a new
passion. Know that you will see your
partner with new eyes and a fresh
energy will enter your relationship.
The challenge is to adapt and not to
give up. Do not let toxic thoughts
consume your relationship. If you
have a sense that your love is slip-
ping away then get professional
help. Do not let all those years and
history go up in a puff of smoke.



"As we age, we may
be happy with a
companion love
which may lack
passion but is filled
with commitment
and intimacy."


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cream facials while outfit-
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the 'Kids Pamper Suite'
hosted by Spa La La Party
for Girls in the Hair Spray
Salon.
As part of the 'Little
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ine' event held last week,
the girls received their spa
treatments and goodies by
Motions kids products at
the pamper suite.
They were also treated
to an individual photo
shoot and cutting of Spa
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The wonder of Heirloom tomatoes


W HEN you buy
a package of
hybrid tomato
seeds you purchase the
end product of a remark-
able process by which two
different varieties of toma-
to that have distinctive
qualities are married to
produce offspring that reli-
ably carry on the main
traits of the parents.
Perhaps the main traits are size
and disease resistance. Maybe shape
and colour. Maybe firmness to resist
packaging problems like bruising.
Maybe high yield. But rarely flavour.
Don't get me wrong. At this very
moment I have hybrid tomatoes
growing in my garden that will be
far superior to imported tomatoes
because I grew them. They will be
prolific - I'm talking about Early
Girl and Big Boy and such - and all
you need from a tomato.
Until you taste an heirloom toma-
to.
Do you like chocolate? There is
chocolate and good chocolate, with
varying degrees of cacao content and
sometimes some flavouring like gin-
ger or raspberry. All are delicious.
Then you taste Mozartenkugeln
from Salzburg and realise you have
never experienced the best until
now.
That is the way with heirloom
tomatoes, well-established open-pol-
linated tomatoes that open your eyes
- sorry, taste buds - to real tomato
flavour.
Heirloom tomatoes do not have
a definition, but anything called a
recent heirloom should be regard-
ed with suspicion.
Generally an heirloom tomato is
one that has been established for at
least 50 years.
They are open-pollinated and
have proved themselves to be reli-
able. The progeny of hybrid seeds
are unreliable but you can plant the
seeds of open-pollinated heirloom
seeds for generations.
I have already mentioned that I
have hybrid plants growing in my





Jealous


I had several conversations during
the past week and jealousy seemed
to be a unifying theme in each con-
versation.
One person described a situation
where she was being left out of the
communication loop so that infor-
mation critical to her performance
was being withheld by her manager.
There was another person who
described a situation where he felt a
project wasn't rewarded because of
a past experience with the decision
maker which was based on gossip.
Interestingly enough, the decision
maker never even bothered to find
out the facts; she accepted the state-
ments at face value.
There are others who use gossip
and attack others, some use exag-
geration or minimisation as mali-
cious tools.
There are numerous ways that
jealousy raises its unwelcome head
and when it infiltrates the work-
place, it impedes teamwork and pro-
ductivity because working relation-
ships are impaired and trust levels
are low to non-existent.
Here are a few situations that can
typically attract a jealous reaction:
When someone achieves some-
thing you have been wanting. When
someone you dislike succeeds.
When someone gets something you
don't think they deserve. When
someone seems to be favoured by a
decision maker.


garden.
I should also mention that I have
seedbeds of heirloom tomatoes
ready for my third crop of the sea-
son. Hybrid tomatoes are reliable
and I find them best for the first crop
of the season. I have some Cuban
tomatoes I want to try out so they
are in the second crop. I really
obtained them to see how well they
went into summer but I need to keep
the stock viable.
Last year I grew Pink Brandywine
as my first crop of tomatoes and then
realized it was not a good choice.
Pink Brandywine may very well be
the finest tasting tomato of them all
but it produces lightly and late. I
have heard that Red Brandywine
has similar flavour and produces a
larger crop but I have never come
across any seeds.
What are the differences between
heirloom and hybrid tomatoes?
There is no doubt that flavour
goes onto the side of heirlooms oth-
erwise they would not have been
around so long. Then you have the
fact that you can save the seeds for
next years' crop.
Heirloom tomatoes only have nat-
ural disease resistance, not promot-
ed resistance. That does not mean
that heirloom tomatoes lie down and
die at the first sign of attack. Roma
and Rutgers are open-pollinated
heirloom tomatoes that are sold
commercially without letting you
know you do not have to buy seeds
again next year, yet they are remark-
ably disease resistant.
Many heirloom tomatoes, like
Pink Brandywine, are low yielders
but that is not the case for all heir-
loom tomatoes. Many are prolific.
But there is another problem:
Shape.
Heirloom tomatoes tend to be
what they are - I am what I am and
I don't give a damn - and often the
delicious flavour is offset by cracked
shoulders, strange protrusions as
with Giant Pink Ruffled, and shapes
that are more banana than tomato.
And then the colours - far deeper
than commercial varieties. Black
Krim and Paul Robeson really do
border on their definition.
Many heirloom tomatoes are
orange and yellow, a far greater per-


centage than with hybrid tomatoes
that cater to the public conception of
a tomato being round and red.
If you have never grown heirloom
tomatoes, give them a try.
I say that because I know they will
start off by being 'you little orphans'
and become your princes or
princesses. Sow their seeds every
year and make then your own.
To end, the best sandwich in the
world: Two slices of firm bread, a
half-inch slice of Cherokee Purple,
Pink Brandywine or Mr Stripey (or
Boxcar Willie, Giant Pink Ruffled,
Jefferson Giant and a multitude
more), a brief lick of mayonnaise on
each slice of bread and - gourmet
slam bam!


* For questions or comments you can
contact Gardener Jack atj.hardy@coral-
wave.com


PINK Brandywine is accepted by many people as being the most balanced in taste
of all tomatoes. It sets the standard for all other heirlooms tomatoes.


:An ugly reality


Jealousy in any situation is unde-
sirable and destructive but the inten-
sity of jealousy tends to vary
depending on how the jealous per-
son feels about the target of their
jealousy.
At times jealousy is open and
detectable so persons targeted are
very clear that they are not liked.
Then there are the undercover
forms of jealousy that you cannot
prove and they tend to be more
damaging.
Here are a few examples:
Persons planting seeds of doubt
about you, twisting the facts behind
your back. Persons surreptitiously
"bad mouthing" your accomplish-
ments or not acknowledging them at
all so they can appear to be better
than you in some way. Gossip

What Causes Jealousy?
Sometimes jealousy is centered on
financial status, other times it is
based on physical traits or style. For
some it is sparked by academic


achievements and for others it is
caused by lifestyle and possessions.
Jealousy is the result of a person-
's view of themselves. It surfaces
when someone perceives you as hav-
ing something they don't have and
because they see the world in terms
of lack and not abundance, this
makes them angry or fearful.
Some jealous people will fake it
and overextend themselves so that
they can appear to be your friend,
others will not try to be congenial
at all, their mission is to bully or sab-
otage you.
Fear is another cause of jealousy.
For instance, when new, skilled
persons start working in a depart-
ment, the fear of the unknown
change in team dynamics causes jeal-
ousy because there is the risk that
the new person will drive up the
standards within the department.
This is frightening to the keepers
of the status quo. Employees who
are targets of jealousy are often dis-
credited, sabotaged and left out of
communication loops. Non-jealous
members of the team are sometimes
forced to take the side of the jealous
ones because they don't want the
hateful behaviour to be directed at
them.

What can you do if you are the tar-
get of jealousy?
The root cause of jealousy is low
self-esteem so there is virtually


Have you been sugared as yet?


OF course you're curious as to
what sugar I am alluding to.
Its called body sugaring, have
you heard about it? Well not many
persons have.
Body sugaring is an ancient
Egyptian method of removing
unwanted hair using a paste made
with sugar as its main ingredient,
along with lime and water for con-
sistency.
This paste is then molded on to
the skin a number of times, each
time it is being molded it allows
the sugar to seep down into the hair
follicle, catching hair growth at a
very early stage. This technique is
absolutely amazing, at the same
time very difficult to learn.
If not done properly, one can
experience bruising, ingrown hair
and unnecessary pain. That is why


one must be properly trained
before attempting to sugar anyone.
When last did your skin felt baby
soft and smooth? Well no need to
wait any longer, you can experi-
ence it with body sugaring, you'll
love it. If you're being waxed and
want to know what's the difference,
there isn't any comparison, it is far
superior.
Why not consider advantages of
body sugaring. They are as follows:


1. Pure and natural ingredients
The paste is so natural, you can
eat it! That is far from true with
wax.
2. It is not hot
Sugar paste is applied at body
temperature, it will not burn you.
Your own body temperature melts
the sugar paste. Hot wax can cause
burning and scarring. Overtime
abuse to the underlying connective
tissues can cause wrinkling, espe-
cially in the lip and brow areas.
3. It will not stick to the skin
Waxing damages the skin by
adhering not only to dead skin cells,
but also to live skin cells, but sugar
can not. While removing the hair,
the sugar exfoliates the dead skin
cells, allowing ingrown hair to sur-
face. This treatment again, unlike
waxing is safe to perform on per-


nothing you can do to change the
jealous people around you.
Self-esteem building and empow-
erment are personal responsibili-
ties so your attempts to help the
jealous person can backfire.
Instead, here are five options that
are within your control:
Be selective with the information
you share about yourself; it can be
distorted by malicious intent.
Refuse to stoop to the same lev-
el as the jealous people around you.
Know that you have a right to
choose healthy relationships and
healthy work environments. Don't
see yourself as stuck.
Jealousy can sometimes present
itself as bullying so make a choice if
you must.
Many people dumb down to min-
imise jealous attacks. This nega-
tively affects you, your profession-
al growth and your ability to enjoy
your job because you are playing
small.
Be who you are, jealous onlook-
ers will see your light no matter
what you do.
Don't be seduced by friendliness.
Robert Green, author of "The 48
Laws of Power" states that one of
the laws of power is to "pose as a
friend and work as a spy", so
beware of this type.
Another law is, "do not build
fortresses to protect or isolate your-
self- isolation is dangerous."


sons with dry skin disorders, like
eczema, and psoriasis. It can be
applied over the same area several
times without damage to the skin.
Wax cannot be applied several
times in the same area.
4. It is easier to clean up
Sugar is water soluble; it can eas-
ily be cleaned off your skin with
water. Unlike wax, you will never
feel sticky after treatment.
5. It never dries
The sugar paste can be used over
an entire area without ever having
to get more.
6. It will not break as many hairs
The sugar paste as it is molded
on to the skin, it wraps around the
hair shaft making it pliable, seeping
below the hair follicle and lubri-
cating the hair to make the extrac-
tion easier with less discomfort.
7. It is more sanitary
Sugar does not cause bacteria; it
is unable to breed in the jar. Sugar
was used to heal wounds during the
American Civil War to prevent


By falling into the isolation trap
you will not be able to access useful
information and consequently you
can become an easy target.

What can you do if you feel jeal-
ous?
If you are typically negatively
affected by other people's perceived
success, understand that you are
experiencing emotions somewhere
on the spectrum of fear and anger.
Once you identify your emotions,
identify what your emotions are
teaching you. Ask yourself why you
are jealous or why you feel threat-
ened by another person's talents or
achievements.
Find your talents; you definitely
have unique abilities, so cultivate
your strengths by focusing on your
goals.
When you identify the personal
belief systems that are causing you to
feel jealous, take conscious steps to
improve in the areas you feel are
underdeveloped, and if this doesn't
work for you, focus on your
strengths.
Learn to see yourself as empow-
ered and choose to reframe your
thoughts so that you can see your
personal potential clearly.
We all have different talents and
proclivities, so focus on becoming
the best at what you do and under-
stand that everyone is different.


* Yvette Bethel is CEO of Organisation-
al Soul, an human resources consult-
ing and leadership development com-
pany. You can contact her at
www.orgsoul.com.


infection and promote healing.
8. Can extract very short hairs
With advanced sugaring tech-
nique, hair can be extracted as soon
as one to two days after shaving.
However, it is recommended for
optimum results to wait up to days
after shaving.
Wax products requires at least
two to three weeks of growth
before treatment when a client is
shaving.
9. It leads to permanency
Hair growth lessens after a num-
ber of treatments. The hair texture
is more refined as it grows. When
sugaring, hair is removed at a very
early anagen phase of hair growth,
which can lead to permanency. The
results are far superior to waxing.


* For further information please con-
tact Kenya Mortimer-McKenzie, body
sugaring expert at the Baha-Retreat Anti-
Aging Spa at 323-6711 or 323-6715, e-
mail www.baharetreat.com.


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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009, PAGE 11B


WOMAN


A Bahamian Woman in Japan


PART 4

For one year and three months I had
the opportunity to live and work in
Tokushima, Japan. I worked as an
English Language Coordinator at Seiko
Gakuen
for children ages three to six. Join me
each week as I explore the land of the
rising sun from a Bahamian's perspec-
tive.

Dancehall Party in Tokushima!
Who would have thought that Ele-
phant Man would reach this side of
the world?
To be honest, I wasn't excepting
much when my friend told me about
the reggae party. But it was one of
the best parties that I've been to in a
I'v bee- tF.i


It was really funny. I was automati-
cally respected as I was one of the
only black people there at the reggae
party. It was as if Bob Marley him-
self had entered the building.
At one point at the party they had
the dancers come on stage to dance.
Apparently these girls go to
Jamaica to learn the dance
come back to-y\ every^ti
get mewr,.
theyw~ej


with a large chuck missing behind, it
doesn't have the same effect. How-
ever, there was one who did whine
on her head!
Lord knows that I can't do that.

I am sorry, Miss Coffi
There are fifth and sixth graders
that every time they see me they
would point, giggle and stare.
I forgave them the first time
because apparently I am the first
black person to work at Seiko in its
50-year existence. However, by the
fourth time it got a little old because
they are old enough to know better.
So I approached them when they
were deing it after school and told
T1hjm la on i� because it is not


I was not at home but they left
me a note which said:
"I am sorry. After this don't again
the laughing and the surprised eye.
Really sorry"
Maybe I had been a bit harsh, but
it was Friday and I was tired, how-
ever, they got the point. I just hope
after this they won't be afraid to
look at black people again. They
might be afraid to turn into stone.


steal anything.
That woman looked at me as if I
had two heads. She wanted to know
if what I brought was ok, was I bring-
ing it back for some reason, yada
yada. The thought of me reusing the
bag to steal something else never
even occurred to her.

"Travel is more than the seeing of
sights; it is a change that goes on,
deep and permanent, in the ideas of


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restaurant one day and as is the cus-
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