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Publication Date: December 16, 2009
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Bosses want access to

weapons amid spate

of armed robberies

Tribune Staff Reporter

BUSINESS owners are call-
ing for greater access to hand-
gun licenses to protect them-
selves against armed robbers.
Under current laws, shotguns
and rifles are issued by the
firearms licensing department
of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force for hunting. The condi-
tions of the permit suggest
these weapons are to be used
for shooting birds and similar
sporting activities, not personal
The handgun, however, is
considered to be the weapon

of choice for personal protec-
tion. But the process for obtain-
ing this weapon is more rigor-
ous and political, making it
almost impossible.
"The Government's current
policy is not to provide private
licenses for handguns and that
has not changed. In fact, for
anyone other than a police offi-
cer to be issued a handgun
requires approval by the Prime
Minister. This procedure has
been in place for many admin-
istrations," said Minister of
National Security Tommy
Wesley Willie, owner and
SEE page 10

Senior immigration officer voices
fears after news of salaries cut
Tribune Staff Reporter
A SENIOR immigration officer has raised fears of customs and
immigration officers being left in default of their financial obligations
and more prone to corruption in the wake of news that their salaries
are to take a hit of tens of thousands of dollars in the new year.
His comments come after Bahamas Public Service Union President
John Pinder said the majority of officers had accepted the government's
proposal to increase their base salaries by between $4,000 - $8,000
SEE page 11

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Contract is signed for new
Straw Market construction
STRAW MARKET vendors are one step clos-
er to a permanent new home after Minister of
Public Works and Transport Neko Grant signed
the contract for the construction of the new Bay
Street building yesterday.
Cavalier Construction Company won the con-
tract at a base amount of $11.3 million after the
work was tendered to four firms last month and
bids were evaluated by Ministry of Work's tech-
SEE page 15

Tribune Staff Reporter
LAND acquired by the government for con-
struction of a road around the Albany devel-
opment could be returned to former landowners
following a Supreme Court ruling in their favour.
Justice Cheryl Albury found the government
unlawfully acquired land from six property own-
SEE page 11

Sir Jack Hayward
signs agreement
to sell GBPA stake
Tribune Business
WARD has signed an
agreement to sell his
stake in the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) and its Port
Group Ltd affiliate, he
has told the Prime Min-
ister, describing the deal
as being "as significant
and prosperous" as the
Hawksbill Creek Agree-
ment's signing in 1955.
In a December 14,
2009, letter to Mr Ingra-
ham, Sir Jack said he
had signed an agree-
ment last Friday to sell
his GBPA shares,
although the identity of
the purchaser(s) was
blacked out on the doc-
uments seen by The Tri-
SEE page 15

Deputy PM
responds to
Fred Smith's
over lawsuit
RESPONDING to allega-
tions made in an affidavit by
prominent attorney Fred Smith
that FNM officials told him to
drop a controversial lawsuit or
lose his political dreams,
Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette said he does not
recall Mr Smith's version of the
As reported by The Tribune
earlier this week, Mr Smith,
QC, a senior partner with Cal-
lender's and Co in Grand
Bahama filed an affidavit on
SEE page 11
Laing uncertain
whether Bahamas
will meet 'grey list'
removal deadline
Tribune Staff Reporter
STATE Minister for Finance
Zhivargo Laing is uncertain
whether The Bahamas will
meet the end of year deadline it
set for itself to be removed
from the OECD/G20 "grey
He said that while The
Bahamas has done all it needs
to do to be in a position to sign
the last two Tax Information
Exchange Agreements that will
bring it to the minimum
demanded 12 TIEAs necessary
to be deemed fully compliant
with newly-evolved tax trans-
parency and information
SEE page 10








Sandals Foundation

brings Christmas cheer

to Bahamas' children

Despite the obvious
absence of snow and rein-
deers, there was still an
abundance of festivity in
the air as the Sandals Foun-
dation paid a visit to some
of the nation's children
bearing gifts and leaving
The foundation's Christ-
mas Crew, including Santa
Claus himself, called in at
the Bilney Lane Children's
Home, Princess Margaret
Hospital and the All Saints
Camp armed with hundreds
of presents to leave the
young patients, students
and residents beaming.
Following a plea from
Sandals CEO Adam Stew-
art, hundreds of toys were
donated to the foundation,
the philanthropic arm of
Sandals Resorts Interna-
tional, by the resorts' man-
agement teams and travel
agents from the United
States, United Kingdom

and Canada during the
recent MEGAfam trips
held at Sandals Royal
Heidi Clarke, senior co-
ordinator at the Sandals
Foundation said: "There's
no doubt, it has been an
extremely challenging time
for many communities right
across the Caribbean and,
for many, a year to forget.


"However, we are
pleased to say that there is
certainly no shortage in fes-
tive spirit and we were
delighted to be able to bring
smiles to the faces of so
many children this Christ-
"It's times like these
when organizations such as
the Sandals Foundation
really come into their own.
The thought of any child

spending Christmas without
a toy to open is awful but
thanks to our team mem-
bers, guests and travel
partners, we are able to
Since its inception earlier
this year, the Sandals Foun-
dation has gone from
strength to strength and has
been responsible for a wide
range of community, edu-
cational and environmental
initiatives, including the cre-
ation of marine sanctuaries
in Jamaica, the rebuilding
of schools and farms in the
Turks and Caicos and high-
ly acclaimed literacy pro-
grammes in St Lucia.
The Sandals Foundation
Christmas Crew also visited
the Exuma Foundation and
the Department of Social
Services in George Town,
Great Exuma and has plans
for trips to Gambier Prima-
ry School and the Salvation
Army in the pipeline.

FREEPORT- The Garden
of the Groves came alive with
the spirit of Christmas this
past weekend as more than
30 local arts and crafts ven-
dors showcased their prod-
ucts, enticing the public to get
a head-start on Christmas
On display were items of
jewellery, cakes, cookies, fine
chocolates, soaps and lotions,
paintings, metal sculptures
and much more.
The Garden's own New
England style shopping com-
plex also displayed the finest
in straw and wood crafts, fra-
grances, books, candles,
coconut jewellery and high
quality logo-wear.
It was an especially festive
occasion for the children, who
even sat still for Tiffany Den-

nison's ever so popular face-
painting. The little ones could
hardly wait to see Santa Claus
pull up in his electrically pow-
ered "sleigh".
Santa then sat in his elabo-
rate peacock chair to receive
the children and listen to their
wishes for Christmas which
also included a couple of com-
plaints about gifts they had
received last year!
All proceeds of
pictures taken with Santa ben-
efitted the Grand Bahama
Humane Society.

Another highlight of the
day was a special performance
by the Grand Bahama Bat-
talion of the Boys and Girls
Brigade under Captains
Joseph Robinson and Martin
Munroe. Onlookers were
thrilled with the music, songs
and marching.
Captain Robinson con-
ducted the countdown to the
lighting of the Christmas tree
in the centre of the Labyrinth
which ended a wonderful day
for the whole family in the
Garden of the Groves.

TWO OF THE more than 40 children who wanted to share their
Christmas wishes with Santa.

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Man facing

murder charge to

undergo second

mental evaluation
A 25-YEAR-OLD man
facing a murder charge has
been ordered to undergo
a second mental evalua-
Kevin Dawkins is
accused of the November
24 murder of 39-year-old
Fitzroy McDonald, who
police believe was killed in
an argument with another
man in Gregory Town,
Dawkins is also facing
charges of burglary and
causing damage.
During his initial
appearance before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel two
weeks ago, Dawkins
appeared confused and
Magistrate Bethel
ordered that he undergo a
mental evaluation.
Dawkins, who appeared
before Magistrate Der-
rence Rolle in Court 5,
Bank Lane on Monday,
was ordered to undergo a
further evaluation.
He is expected back in
court on January 11, 2010.

Tickets for


go on sale
JUNKANOO tickets
went on sale yesterday
and Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture
Charles Maynard said
the parades will run
more smoothly this year
than ever before.
There will be shorter
gaps between groups
which will be spaced
only one block apart,
rather than the four
block gaps that left
spectators waiting for up
to 45 minutes between
groups last year.
Mr Maynard said it
also will be easier for
spectators to manoeuvre
in and out of their seats
on the bleachers in Bay
Street and Shirley Street
and there will be more
seating in Rawson
Square than ever
The better organised
Boxing Day parade
should allow Bay Street
businesses to open
downtown on the Satur-
day morning after
Christmas, Mr Maynard
He added: "We want
to improve the whole
experience for those
who come to spectate,
from buying your ticket
to getting to your seat
and leaving your seat,
we want to make it as
easy as possible.
"This year should be
the smoothest we have
ever seen."
Junkanoo tickets
range from $5 for stand-
ing areas to $45 for seats
in Rawson Square.
Tickets go on sale on
Wednesday and can be
purchased from the
Kendal Isaacs Gym in
Yellow Elder Gardens
or online at

Bahamian film

that opened

festival to

show tonight
BAHAMIAN filmmak-
er Kareem Mortimer's first
feature film premiered at
the opening of the
Bahamas International
Film Festival on Friday
and will play again tonight
at Galleria Cinemas.
Children of God, a story
exploring the struggle to

live freely in a homopho-
bic society, is told through
rich cinematography por-
traying the dramatic land-
scape of Eleuthera, with
the harmonious accompa-
niment of Bahamian
The film will be shown
at 10pm at Galleria Cine-
mas on JFK Drive, and
again at the same theatre
tomorrow at 3pm.

Minister: customer satisfaction

with the public service is up

By ALISON LOWE bers of the public as having "Early next year we're public consultations on the
Tribune Staff Reporter improved the least in the lev- going to have another round issue before moving forward els of service it offered, of discussions on that then hopefully with some legisla-
although its ratings also went we expect to be able to move tive changes," said the min-
THE government's pilot up by just over 20 per cent. forward with some broader ister.

public service improvement
projects have gone "extreme-
ly well" with customer satis-
faction up - in some cases by
as much as 89 per cent - in
the six key agencies involved,
according to a top official.
Zhivargo Laing, minister
with responsibility for the
public service, suggested yes-
terday that short term pro-
grammes implemented as part
of the government's long-
term goal of reforming the
public service into a more effi-
cient, customer-friendly and
accountable entity, have been
successful and can now inform
similar efforts throughout the
public service.
"We had a scientific bench-
mark of where the six pilot
agencies were in terms of how
the public viewed their service
and how the employees
viewed their service through
surveys that were conducted
by the College of the
"A year later we had the
College of the Bahamas do a
follow-up survey programme
following a number of things
that had been done in those
agencies to help correct some
of the problems that had been
identified - the focus of the
agency, their responsiveness
to the public, their presenta-
tion generally as people enter,
et cetera.
"The results we got from the
follow-up agencies (showed
that) all of them made
improvements, and some
made remarkable improve-
ments," said Mr Laing.

The prime minister
announced in May 2008 that
the government was launch-
ing pilot public service
improvement programmes in
six agencies - the Department
of Public Service, the Regis-
trar General's office, the
Building Control Division, the
Road Traffic Department, the
Department of Physical Plan-
ning and the Passport Office -
"to correct deficiencies in
urgent need of action."
Mr Laing said yesterday
that the Department of Phys-
ical Planning made the most
drastic improvement in its ser-
vice levels, with surveys
revealing that there was an 89
per cent improvement in how
the department was rated in
this regard by those accessing
its services.
This allowed it to win a
competition associated with
the service improvement pro-
gramme which provided
financial incentives for better
The Department of Public
Service was rated by mem-

"We had installed com-
ment boxes in these agencies
and just reading the com-
ments (showed that) those
reflected what we'd seen in
the survey, so from that point
of view we're very satisfied
that we had some lessons
learnt that can be broadly
extended across the service,"
said Mr Laing.
He described the public
service improvement pro-
grammes as one branch of the
government's ongoing cam-
paign to improve the effi-
ciency, effectiveness and
accountability of the public
Another component
involves changes to the legal
framework that governs the
Mr Laing said that feed-
back to a draft public service
Bill circulated internally with-
in the service has now been
received. It is "possible" the
legislation itself could come
before parliament next year,
although this is not certain.
"The Act itself has not
been updated for quite some
time. The world has changed.
We know some best practices
exist in public service opera-
tions in the region and out-
side and there are some
lessons that can be adopted
and embraced, essentially to
make the service more
accountable, more transpar-
ent, to be more reflective of
the kind of incentives that
you want in place for people
to work efficiently and effec-
tively. "

Anger over decision not to hang

Jewish decorations on Bay Street

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government's decision
not to hang Jewish decorations
on Bay Street along with tra-
ditional Christmas ornaments
this holiday season has angered
one local entrepreneur.
Last December, decorations
featuring the nine-pronged
menorah - a symbol of the Jew-
ish Hanukkah celebration -
were hung in Rawson Square.
Opposition to these images
due to their "unchristian"
nature emerged shortly after
and they were quickly removed
by the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC), which is
responsible for downtown
Christmas decorations.
It appears that the ornaments
will not be hung this year, to
the chagrin of 55-year-old
Christian realtor Joshua Hae-
"I felt really sad about the
absence of the Jewish menorah
from downtown. We have a
very rich Jewish history in the
Bahamas," he said. "The Jews
are fully integrated into
Bahamian society - financial-
ly, spiritually, politically and in
every other which way."
Mr Haeward noted that
Christianity and Judaism are
deeply connected and said he
was offended by the backlash
that emerged last year over the
"Without the God of Abra-
ham, Isaac and Jacob - the
Jews - this Bahamas would be
of little worth. We must
remember through Abraham,
God blessed the whole world,"
he said.
BEC chairman Frederick
Gottlieb told The Tribune yes-
terday he has no problem with
the menorah as a religious sym-

bol but said the decision not to
display it on Bay Street was in
the hands of government.
"As I've said before, I
believe this is a time for good-
will not just between individu-
als, but religions. I am not
opposed to the menorah being
put up but that's not my deci-
sion," he said.
Last year, Environment Min-
ister Earl Deveaux said the dec-
orations were removed as an
act of regulation. He added that
it was not an act of anti-Semi-
tism, or a case of government
buckling under public pressure.
He said that a specific direc-
tive had been given to BEC to
replace some of the existing
stock of Christmas decorations
which displayed the word
"Xmas", with new decorations
featuring the word "Christ-
However, a junior officer at
BEC unknowingly selected the
nine-candle candelabra known
as the menorah for its aesthetic
qualities - without recognizing
its connection to the Jewish fes-
tival of Hanukkah.
Mr Deveaux said he asked
for these decorations to be tak-
en down as they did not fit with
the directive from the govern-
As The Tribune pointed out
at the time of the dispute, the
menorah is as much a Christ-
ian symbol as it is Jewish. The
first five books of the Chris-
tian's Old Testament -or the
Pentateuch - are the holiest
books of the Jewish Torah in

Deveaux said last year the deco-
rations were removed as an act of
which is found the description
of the menorah, or the golden
candlestick. The golden can-
dlestick is mentioned in Exo-
dus, Leviticus and Numbers -
texts included in both the Jew-
ish Torah and the Christian
Bible. In Exodus 25:31 the Lord
instructed Moses how he want-
ed the candlestick of pure gold
to be made. The Tribune
argued that the golden candle-
stick - the menorah to the
Jews - had as much right on
Bay Street as a Christian sym-
bol, whether it be called a can-
dlestick or a menorah.

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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Let's get serious about education

TWO thirds of Tribune readers voting
on the newspaper's online poll believe that
the resignation of College of the Bahamas
president Janyne Hodder will hurt the col-
lege's transformation into a college.
However, among those voting that Mrs
Hodder's return to her native Canada would
not damage the College's future, one felt
that from the beginning her appointment as
president was a slap in the face "to the many
well qualified Bahamians who are well suit-
ed for the task at hand."
Even Mrs Hodder when asked if she saw
anyone presently at the College who could
fill her shoes, replied: "Dozens ... we have a
fabulous team here."
This might be so - we certainly hope that
it is so - however, where were they when
nominations were invited at the time of Mrs
Hodder's appointment?
If they in fact applied and were stepped
over in favour of Mrs Hodder might that
suggest that the selection committee believed
that Mrs Hodder had certain attributes that
better suited her to turn COB into a uni-
Commenting on a recent article by Pastor
Myles Munroe in which he said "there is a
lack of good leadership capabilities among
our people," a writer observed that "just
because you are qualified does not make
you a good leader."
Over the years we have had to deal with
many cases in which people have felt they
were better qualified for positions that oth-
er persons were holding. "After all I am a
Bahamian, and they are not," has been the
bitter complaint.
However, on closer examination we have
often discovered that although the com-
plainant looked good on paper - with all
the academic degrees in place - there were
other aspects about him or her that made the
person holding the job a better choice. This
could be because of their attitude, physical
appearance, lack of personality, lack of expe-
rience despite the degrees, indifferent work
ethic. In other words employers are looking
for more than degrees.
We have had applicants with degrees in
communication who did not even know how
to write a lead paragraph. Yet they expected
to be employed and paid a higher salary
than reporters, without degrees, who we had
trained ourselves and who were far better
qualified than they.
Mrs Hodder, who started her career in
the Bahamas as a primary school teacher at
Queen's College (1971-'73), moving to the
Bahamas Teachers' College, then the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, before returning to
Canada in 1979 and joining the faculty of
education at McGill University in Montreal,

was a vice principal at McGill University
when she was invited to return to the
Bahamas to head COB. She had an out-
standing educational background, obviously
with extensive administrative and leadership
experience. She had her Bachelor of Arts
and Masters degrees from McGill and had
completed coursework towards her Ph.D.
On being nomination for the post of COB
president the question arose among certain
faculty members as to whether she in fact
had her Ph.D. It was claimed that there were
others who were better qualified because
they had their doctorate. We never knew
who these persons were, but did they have
her outstanding experience both in her pro-
fessional activities and the various positions
that she held at the university? Did they
have her work ethic? Did they have her
vision, planning expertise, strength of char-
acter and a personality that would inspire
others to financially support the College in
its struggle to become a university? Did they
have her international contacts that would be
particularly essential to get to university lev-
Jayne Hodder's experience would be hard
to match. It was little wonder then that the
Council chose her - especially with her ear-
ly Bahamian background - to head the Col-
There are those who want a Bahamian
head regardless - no foreigner for them.
Prime Minister Ingraham answered this
question when faced with a similar question
on the appointment of foreign judges and
prosecutors. Said Mr Ingraham: "I will use
the best talents available to me, I will not
concern myself with whether it is a Bahami-
an or Trinidadian or Jamaican - I will not
box myself into that nonsense. I will do the
best I can for the Bahamas."
Mr Baswell Donaldson, current presi-
dent of the COB Council, said very much the
same thing when asked about Mrs Hodder's
replacement. He too will get the best for
the College - regardless of nationality.
It is claimed that a COB staff member
commented that they did not want a second
McGill University in the Bahamas. They
wanted a Bahamian university with a
Bahamian flavour. Pray tell what flavour is
that - Junkanoo? It is time that Bahamians
got serious about education in this country
and aspired to the highest standards - yes,
even McGill. There might be many oldsters
who want to remain in time's backwaters,
but today young Bahamians should be reach-
ing for the stars. Encourage them to aim
high. Although they might not make the
stars, with effort they could hit the tree tops.
That certainly will take them farther in life
than the ker-lick of a cow bell.

The Minister of

National Security

is living in the

Land of Oz!

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Just hold Dorothy's hand
and skip along the Yellow
Brick Road to the Land of
Oz, the Fairy Country, there
you will find our Minister of
National Security.
On Tuesday, December
8th, you reported on an exclu-
sive interview with the Minis-
ter of National Security:
"Turnquest says number too
high, but killings not neces-
sarily random." So if I am
understanding the Minister,
then all I have to do is:
1) Make sure I do not have
an argument with anybody,
as I may be like one of the 28
that have been murdered as a
result of arguments.
2) Don't argue with my
wife she may kill me and I
may be like one of the nine
murdered in domestic vio-
3) Don't accidentally stum-
ble on a drug deal, as I may
be like one of 14 killed in a
drug related murder.
Wow, I am sure this exclu-
sive interview made the fam-
ily of the Burger King Man-
ager feel better, I am sure it
brought closure to the family
of Wendy Bullard shot in a
robbery, or peace of mind to
the family of Mrs Cates who
was brutally murdered in
Eleuthera. What explanation
does the Minister have for
these crimes. And how will
the Minister explain the
explosive rate of armed rob-
beries. We even had a
Supreme Court Judge held at
gun point. I guess it is the
fault of the hard working busi-
nessperson why they have a

gun held to their head, while
their material possessions are
taken and their lives threat-
Again Minister, we do not
expect you to be in every-
body's bedroom or prevent
every drug deal, but we do
expect you and your Govern-
ment to move forward with
legislation to get these thugs
off the streets and carry out
capital punishment. Do we
have to say it in Spanish to
get the People's voice across.
I was going to leave the
December 8th, report alone,
but then I read The Tribune
on December 9th. There on
page five: "Turnquest: Tri-
bune headlines focusing too
much on crime." This made
me realise what I had been
missing all along, I live in the
Bahamas and the Minster
lives in the Land of Oz. So
let's skip down the yellow
brick road and stop reporting
the crime, then maybe it will
go away. Is the Minister seri-
ous? As a matter of fact, I
have people tell me about
crimes all the time that don't
make The Tribune. What
would the Minister think if
The Tribune got the oppor-
tunity to report all the crimes?
I suppose us innocent people
would not leave our homes,
if this were the case. Trust me
minister, some crimes are
being suppressed because
they are not reaching the

A question about the wasteful costs of

repatriating illegal Haitian immigrants

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re: Melang6 (sic) - A
weekly look at Haitian
The Tribune,
November 21, 2009

In the above-captioned
article, the writer poses over
50 questions for the Minister
of State for Immigration,
and suggests that approxi-
mately $6.4 million was
spent on repatriation of
44,614 illegal Haitian immi-
grants between 2000 and

NOTICE is hereby given that DUROSIER WILBERT of ST.
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 9th day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
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2008. Incredibly, the writer
manages to avoid the use of
the words "illegal" or
"unlawful" in this full page
However, I too have a
question: How much mon-
ey is the Haitian illegal
immigrant community will-
ing to contribute, in order
to help Bahamian citizens
with the burdensome and
wasteful costs of repatria-
BTW, shouldn't there be
an acute accent over thefirst
'e' in the title word melange

November 23, 2009.

Well I ask the minister,
what about word of mouth,
what about e-mail, what
about text messages, what
about blogs, etc, etc, etc. I
often hear about crimes by
word of mouth the same day
they are committed, hours
before they are reported in
The Tribune. I don't need
The Tribune to put the fear of
God in me. It's happening by
just talking to people and liv-
ing in this country.
Why didn't the minister use
the exclusive interview to
report to us what the govern-
ment is doing to amend the
Bail Act?
What are they doing to
expand the capacity of the
What are they doing with
signing death warrants? When
will the Committee on the
Prerogative of Mercy hold
their next meeting? I guess
he does not have an update. I
should not be surprised, since
I am advised that the Com-
missioner of Police meets with
the PM on a weekly basis, not
the Minister of National Secu-
rity. So will the PM please
answer these questions.
The minister should stop
worrying about the headlines
and start worrying about his
government punishing the
criminals and keeping the
thugs off the streets. Listen at
the people man!
If we could only all hold
hands and skip off to the
Land of Oz, maybe there
would be no murders.

December 9, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
A recent letter in one of
the dailies over the name
of Richard Coulson sug-
gested that the Clifton
Heritage National Park be
merged with and managed
by the Bahamas National
Our suggestion to Mr.
Coulson and others in this
same frame of mind is to
not even start down that
road. Were it left to the
Bahamas National Trust,
the Clifton site would now
be a private gated housing
development for wealthy
foreigners, off limits to the
Bahamian masses. This
baby should be put to sleep
and never awakened.
Coalition to Save Clifton,
December 8, 2009.

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two stabbings,

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armed robbery

POLICE reported
that around 11am yes-
terday, a 33-year-old
man was stabbed in
the back during an
armed robbery in the
Podoleo Street area.
According to police
press liaison officer
Chrislyn Skippings,
the man was walking
when he was
approached by a man
who stabbed him in
the upper back and
robbed him of his jew-
The suspect report-
edly fled on foot
heading north and the
victim was taken to
Police also reported
that around two hours
earlier, they received
word of a stabbing on
Fleming Street.
"Police responded
and the information
received is that a 31-
year-old male while
walking through
Fleming Street got
into an altercation
with another male
that resulted in him
being stabbed to the
chest area," Ms Skip-
pings said.
The victim was tak-
en to hospital where
he is listed in stable
Both matters are
being investigated by



Acting Commissioner on walkabout,

promises greater police presence

Tribune Staff Reporter
PROMISING a greater
police presence not only on Bay
Street but throughout the coun-
try, the new Acting Commis-
sioner of Police Elliston
Greenslade conducted his first
walkabout of the downtown
area yesterday.
Escorted by a host of senior
officers, Mr Greenslade paused
to speak with business owners,
security guards, police officers,
regular Bahamians and tourists
as he made his way from East
Street down to the straw mar-
ket and back.
Noting that he has made a
vow not to engage in "armchair
policing", Mr Greenslade said
yesterday's tour was intended
to demonstrate to his officers
that the leadership of the force
will be at the front lines in the
fight against crime.
"So this is simply a fulfill-
ment of that commitment, to
have a look to see how things
are progressing on our main
streets and certainly to assure
the young officers that they
have our full support."
Mr Greenslade added that
he was extremely pleased to see
so many officers not only going
about their duty, but doing so in
a professional and friendly
"They are doing it with
smiles on their faces, and that
speaks volumes.
"And so it is a pleasure for
me to stop and to shake hands
with a young officer and to say
how much I appreciate the
work that is being done; to
affirm that they are very spe-
cial people, that they have
always been special people, and
that we are going to continue to
get good things from them and
will deliver good results as a
result of that."
The acting commissioner said
the police have already
increased their presence on Bay
Street in response to the
increase in armed robberies of

tourists in the capital.
"Tourism is our life-blood.
This is not an industry that we
can trifle with. So no sooner
have we experienced what is
referred to as a pinch point, and
we knew that there were some
challenges, we moved resolute-
ly to increase numbers.

"And so we went from 48
officers assigned to a Tourism
Policing Unit to in excess of
100. That is a fact. We went
from four bicycles to 10, and
you can see them active and
about. Our traffic response has
been improved.
"We have detectives and

people who are paying atten-
tion to drug interdiction efforts
in the mix. Those people we
will just speak in general terms
about but I want to assure you
that they are here, they are
active and I am very satisfied
along with the executive team
that very good work is being

done," he said.
The Acting Commissioner
added that the Bahamas
remains a very safe country to
visit and police officers will con-
tinue "on a daily basis" to
ensure that this country
remains a safe place for both
tourists and Bahamians.

Police Force performance is defended

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ACTING COMMISSIONER Greenslade talks to a Bahamian vendor during his
tour of the Downtown area.

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ACTING COMMISSIONER Elliston Greenslade speaks with a security guard
during his tour of Bay Street.

Tribune Staff Reporter
ACTING Commissioner of Police Elliston
Greenslade defended the performance of the police
force in the face of mounting levels of violent crime,
stating that the force has historically been "very effec-
"Our results are astonishing, given the resources
that we have to compare to many other jurisdictions the
world over.
"People that have far more technological reach than
we do today are not getting or seeing the kind of results
that we see.
"Let me also tell you that we are required to do
everything. We do everything here in the Bahamas. We
do not screen out crimes - we are not offering any
disrespect to anyone - but I speak from an expert posi-
tion. We take every single report.
"And you know Bahamians are a people who wish to
see service. And so when they ring you to say my vehi-
cle has been stolen, the car is no longer where it was
parked, but they would wish you to come and see the
spot. Do you see?
"But you can't say to the average Bahamian, 'I am
sorry why don't you just come into the station and tell
me about it, the car is not there, there is no purpose in
coming'. So we are required to respond. We do our
share and we do more," he said.
Mr Greenslade reiterated that the police force has
over the years done an "excellent job" and while the
force has some challenges, they will meet these head on.
"Yes we have some challenges. We are not perfect.
There will be, in any organisation, challenges and you
will have some people who will disappoint you. But I
will tell you very proudly that where we have found it
in the Royal Bahamas Police Force, we have dealt
effectively with it.
"And I say that from a position of strength. We have
done it firmly, resolutely, but we have done it fairly.
And you will see that happening again. If someone
were to breech the laws of this country, we'll move to
deal with that," he said.




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Town (which was laid out in
1835 for freed slaves by an offi-
cial named Donald McClean)
owes its existence to this com-
plicated marine environment.
Before the construction of
Freeport, this area had the only
sheltered harbour on Grand
Bahama. And today, this is
where the ferries are based that
make the 45-minute trip to
Crown Haven on Abaco.
Travelling west along the
highway towards Freeport, I met
70-year-old Bishop Roberts in
the sprawling settlement of High
Rock. He was disappointed that
business at his slightly more
downmarket bonefish lodge is
slow these days. And he remains
bitter about the lack of trade he
and others got from one of the
biggest things to ever hit the
island - the filming of Disney's
Pirates *l(d. Caribbean.
"You know, Johnny Depp
and his boys would sometimes
come by for drinks, but the pro-
ducers wouldn't give us a thing
- it was all handled at the polit-
ical level."
A short drive from Bishop's
beachfront motel brought me to
the now deserted Gold Rock
studio where the second and
third versions of Pirates were
filmed in 2005. The studio took
over the derelict facilities of the
US Air Force base that had
tracked Cape Canaveral rocket
launches from 1954 to 1987. The
new leaseholders (a Canadian
company) dredged and bulk-
headed a huge open-water film-
ing enclosure next to the base's
old docking facility for the Dis-
ney project.
At the time, then prime min-
ister Perry Christie called this
"the most exciting endeavour on
Bahamian soil," and predicted
the birth of a new industry in
glowing terms. But today, all
that remains of this vision are
the rusting hulks of half-sub-
merged barges and other mis-
cellaneous junk, along with a bit-
ter aftertaste in the mouths of
nearby second homers who say
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through the shoreline - dam-
aged the spectacular beach that
runs for miles along this part of
Grand Bahama's southern coast.
Arguably, the most lasting
benefit from this ill-fated ven-
ture (which collapsed after the
death of the principal investor)
was the dredge spoil. Much of
it was used for the foundations
of the huge new College of the
Bahamas campus that is near-
ing completion a bit further up
the highway towards Freeport.
And there is an even more inter-
esting link between the tracking
station and the college.
In Freeport I ran into Roger
Brown, who was the COB's reg-
istrar for many years. He
recalled that, in the expectation
it would become the northern
campus, he and college presi-
dent Keva Bethel toured the
base just after the US handed it
back 22 years ago.
"Everything was left in place
- even the sheets on the beds,"
he told me. "We could have just
walked in and started up almost
immediately, but the govern-
ment never gave the go-ahead.
Soon after our visit the entire
base was stripped of everything
that could be moved and the
facility was just left to rot."
I can confirm from my visit
this past weekend that the for-
mer tracking station, erstwhile
college campus, and one-time
film studio is as deserted and
derelict today as it has been for
most of the past 30 years. And
once again, the place has been
stripped - right down to the
windows on the otherwise pris-
tine guard house.
The film studio took its name
from a tidal creek that mean-
ders along the coast through the
Lucayan National Park in the
direction of Freeport, some 22
miles away. The 40-acre park
was leased to the Bahamas
National Trust by the Grand
Bahama Development Compa-
ny. It is bisected by the highway,
but contains most of the island's
ecosystem zones in a relatively
compact and accessible area.
And archaeologists have deter-
mined that the Gold Rock creek
system and its associated cav-
erns was a major settlement area
for the original Lucayan inhabi-
tants of the Bahamas.
According to Prescott Gay,
the young BNT warden who
escorted me around, the park
receives a few hundred paying
visitors a week, as well as local
school groups. The chief attrac-
tions are the caves up in the
pineland, which connect to miles
of underwater tunnels; the cop-
pice and mangroves of the
coastal creek; and the spectacu-
lar beach. As you can imagine,
the cave system is a favourite
haunt of divers and scientists. In
addition to being a Lucayan
cemetery, more than one new
marine species has been discov-
ered here over the years.
Peter Barratt, the retired
architect who was Freeport's
original town planner, was the

guiding force behind the cre-
ation of the park years ago. He
designed all the pathways,
boardwalks and signage, and
identified the location of the
bridge over Gold Rock Creek
(which was recently replaced by
a new structure). The creek itself
is used for kayaking trips and
"I have been trying for years
to get Devco to declare the
whole creek delta a conserva-
tion area," Barratt told me. "It is
an important wetland area that
simply must be in the public
The BNT also wants to
expand the park, but land has
been a sensitive issue here ever
since the Grand Bahama Port
Authority was formed in 1955
and acquired 80 square miles for
next to nothing. The GBPA
developed a deepwater harbour
at Hawksbill Creek and carved
Freeport out of the pine barren.
And as the city expanded,
beachfront property naturally
became much more valuable
than it had hitherto been.
An area of settlement along
the broad sandy beach between
Gold Rock Creek and Peterson
Cay is perhaps the best exam-
ple of the controversy over his-
torical land rights. This area is
now known as Old Freetown
and is distinguished today only
by the remnants of rock walls
and a few scattered house foun-
dations just off an old footpath
behind the dunes that some have
dubbed the heritage trail.
Freetown was one of a num-
ber of black subsistence settle-
ments that sprang up along
Grand Bahama's southern coast-
line after emancipation. The
island was virtually uninhabited
until well after the loyalist influx
of the late 18th century, with the
earliest recorded land grant dat-
ed to 1806 at West End. By the
mid-1800s there were still only a
few hundred people on the
island, most of whom were ex-
slaves and liberated Africans.
Many bought plots of land
along the shore carved out of
their former owner's estates. But
despite short bursts of econom-
ic activity during the American
Civil War, the Prohibition years
and the 1940s when the island's
pine forests were logged, most
people on Grand Bahama
remained poor and poorly edu-
cated. By 1962, the area known
as Freetown had dwindled to a
20-acre tract that had been
granted to one Jacob Nesbitt in
According to local history
buff Darius Williams, this beach-
front property was eventually
acquired by Freeport founder
Wallace Groves and the inhabi-
tants were forced to move to
another location, more inland,
that became New Freetown.
An engineer by trade,
Williams has lived on Grand
Bahama for some 30 years, but
his wife (Joyanne) descends
from the original settlers of
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Freeport. The current inhabi-
tants all derive from 20 slaves
who were transported from Exu-
ma to Grand Bahama in 1829
by Lord John Rolle, around the
time of the Pompey rebellion.
Among this group was a slave
named Ambrose Rolle, whose
grandson, Hector, was Joyan-
ne's grandfather.
Williams Town is a similar
emancipated slave village, just
outside of Freeport. Some five
years ago this small coastal set-
tlement was chosen as the site
for a new $20 million cruise port
that was supposed to have been
built as a joint venture between
the government and Carnival
Cruise Lines. The goal was to
separate the tourism and indus-
trial functions of the port, which
are currently intermingled in
Freeport harbour, and spur new
commercial development.
The basic plan was to build a
finger pier extending into the
ocean, connected to a shore
facility. In September, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
the government was acquiring
55 acres of land at Williams
Town for the onshore facilities.
Acknowledging the sensitivity
of land acquisition in Freeport,
he promised that owners would
get a fair price for their proper-
ty and could contest the valua-
tion in court if they chose.
"We will abide by whatever
decisions are made in such a
process. In the meantime, we
propose to conclude an acquisi-
tion and cause a cruise port at
Williams Town that will have
significant economic benefits for
Grand Bahama," he said.
Part of the problem with land
development around Freeport
is the unreliability or lack of his-
torical records. The other prob-
lem is the continued vitriolic
infighting among the GBPA's
owners - Sir Jack Hayward and
the heirs of his former partner,
Edward St George, who died in
2004. Their holdings are distrib-
uted in a clutch of offshore com-
panies, which are subject to no
public oversight. They derive a
significant income from land
sales, license fees and service
charges, and they are reportedly
opposed to any attempt by the
government or other parties to
build a new cruise port.
Meanwhile, the Chinese con-
glomerate Hutchison Whampoa
acquired some of the GBPA's
assets a decade ago for $80 mil-
lion and now operates a major
container hub at Freeport as well
as the Our Lucaya resort com-
plex. And In fact, Hutchison
remains a potential buyer of the
Port Authority and its remaining
Insiders say all this creates a
huge dilemma for the govern-
ment, which does not want to
be seen as intervening heavy-
handedly in private enterprise,
abrogating the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement or pre-empting the
courts. Yet Freeport's franchise
is so important to the welfare of
Grand Bahama and the country
as a whole that it is difficult to
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HASH HOUSE HARRIERS representatives present a cash donation to Hands for Hunger executives. Pic-
tured left to right: H4H Driver, Francis Burrows; H4H Executive Director, Ashley Lepine; Hash Master David
Wilkins; Haser House Harrier Representative; H4H Founder, Alanna Rodgers.

Hands for Hunger eases the

Tribune Staff Reporter
LOCAL food rescue or,
station Hands for Hunger is
ing the burden on the gov
ment coffers by assisting f
ing centres and food ba
across the island.
Hands for Hunger curry
services 14 food distribu
agencies, and is gearing u
expand its operations to 2
mid 2010.
This will represent the la
expansion since the orgaI
tion was founded by a group
university students in the s
mer of 2008.
"Hands for Hunger
allowed organizations who
on subsidies from the gov
ment, to be able to use
resources in other produce
ways, not having to inve
much on purchasing
preparing food, especially
ishable food items. That
really been an asset to t
organizations that feed
house people, and gene
help those in need. Indir
that is a great help to the
ernment," said Loretta Bu
Turner, Minister of State
Social Development.
"These are very diffi
times and we're seeing r
people relying on the safety
programmes that the gov
ment offers. Hands for Hu
has certainly been abl
expand the capacity of f
kitchens so they can pro
more food to people visiting
any given day. The deman
the government could h
been greater without their
tance," she said.
Hands for Hunger col
unused food from 30 do
agencies in New Provide
including Starbucks, San
Resort, Lucayan Tropical
duce, and Robin Hood En
prises Ltd. Cooked food,
as rice, vegetables, bread
meat, represents about 85
cent of the food collected.
other food is primarily f
produce and dairy prod
The organisation's relations
are strongest with local res
who contributed significant
to the 150,000 pounds of
rescued since March 2009.
Rescued food is transpo
to feeding centres across
island, including: the Salva
Army Drop-in Meal
gramme, the Food Bank
Women's Shelter, the All S
Aids Camp Shelter, the
Cross Meals on Wheels
reach Programme, and the

on govt social services
sUp Summer Camp and After in decision making. We have
School Programme. an online database and record
There is currently a waiting keeping process that requires
list of more than 40 agencies the driver to do data entry and
gani- seeking the services of Hands calculations. The process of
s eas- for Hunger. finding someone to fit that role
vern- Working on the basis of one has been more arduous than
feed- pound equalling a meal for one expected," said Ms Rodgers.
anks person, Hands for Hunger esti-
mates they cater to 600 to 1,000
gently people daily through the work
nation of their distribution centres.
up to "The basic premise of food
24 by rescue is that there is enough
food for people not to have to
rgest go hungry, but there is an
nisa- inequitable and inefficient dis-
up of tribution of food. The market
sum- does not compensate for the
lack of access people have to
has those who have an over-supply
rely of food. Hands for Hunger is a
vern- bridge organisation to collect
their the surplus and redistribute it to
active those who have the need," said
st as Alanna Rodgers, founder and
and programme co-ordinator.
per- Hands for Hunger was on
has the receiving end of some
hose Christmas cheer yesterday, with
and a donation of $500 from the
rally Sands Bahamian Brewery-
ectly sponsored running group, Nas-
gov- sau Hash House Harriers.
[tler- The running group collected
e for donations at their annual
Christmas party to support the
icult charity. This is the most recent
more in a series of donations and
y net partnerships that have helped /
vern- the organisation to achieve
singer financial stability.
e to "Hands for Hunger is a very
food worthwhile charity. We are con-
)vide fident the majority of the funds
ng on donated will go directly to those
id on in need rather than to cover
have administration expenses," said
assis- David Wilkins, Hash Master.
This is the second contribution
lects made by the running group to
honor Hands for Hunger.
;nce, In February, donations from
idals Sanpin Motors, the Bahamas
Pro- Motor Vehicle Association,
nter- Summit Insurance, and Insur-
such ance Management allowed
and Hands for Hunger to acquire
per two refrigerated trucks to facil-
The itate their food collection.
resh For the past year, Hand for
ucts. Hunger has rotated their two
ships trucks on one distribution
sorts, route, headed by full-time dri-
antly ver, Francis Burrows. As a part
food of their expansion the organi-
sation is actively searching for a
)rted new full-time driver to add an
s the additional route.
nation "We have had a few inter-
Pro- views and screenings, but found
and no candidates yet. Our truck
;aints driver is not just a driver, he is
Red an ambassador for the organi-
Out- station, a customer service rep-
Kid- resentative, and he is involved

WINNERS of the Bahamas
International Film Festival's
Filmmaker Residency Pro-
gramme were announced at the
Balmoral Club over the week-
end following the festival's trib-
ute to Johnny Depp and the
BIFF film awards presentation.
The announcements were
made by festival founder and
executive director Leslie Van-
derpool and filmmaker resi-
dency advisors Kelly Moore,
Steven Beer, Nathaniel Kohn,
George Heller and Marisa -
BIFF's Filmmaker Residency
Programme will award a total .Id .'I
of $10,000 to local Bahamian . ,
filmmakers Vashti Anderson, .
Miguel Drayton and Ithalia I
Vashti Anderson's screenplay and film project is titled 'Cold
Calypso' and she will receive $5,000 for its development and
production. Michael Drayton will receive $3,000 for his film
'Granny Vs The Undead', while Ithalia Johnson was awarded
$2,000 for her screenplay 'Play Me a Life.'
BIFF's Filmmaker Residency Programme was established to
award a significant cash prize to a deserving independent
Bahamian and Caribbean filmmaker vying for funding on his
or her project. The prize money will go directly towards the
development and production of their films.







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Dominicans demand
government solve
plane mystery
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
migrant workers who boarded
a small plane that vanished
over the Atlantic Ocean a
year ago are demanding that
the Dominican government
investigate what happened,
according to Associated Press.
"We've had 365 days of
pain, despair and helplessness.
No one can express the feel-
ing, because you can't mea-
sure pain," Angela Amparo,
the mother of one of those
aboard the chartered plane,
said Tuesday at a news con-
ference in Santo Domingo.
Marina Herrera, whose
brother is among those miss-
ing, said the twin-engine Brit-
ten Norman left Santiago on
the afternoon of Dec. 15,
2008, heading northwest
toward the Bahamas to later
depart for the U.S.
About 35 minutes after
takeoff, pilot Adriano
Jimenez sent an emergency
signal to Providenciales Inter-
national Airport in the Turks
and Caicos Islands, according
to a report from the U.S.
National Transportation Safe-
ty Board.
The plane then disappeared
from radar.
U.S. federal officials
believe it plunged into the
ocean about 12 nautical miles
south of West Caicos island,
but no debris or bodies were
ever found.
In a telephone interview,
Herrera said the families need
answers from the Dominican
"We have knocked on dif-
ferent doors and have
obtained no answer, no clue,"
she said. "We are devastat-

Governor General praises the

dedication of Sandilands staff


GOVERNOR General Arthur
Hanna recognized the dedication
of Sandilands Rehabilitation Cen-
tre employees, who he said have
given hope and help to those who
have been forgotten and are in
"Sandilands Rehabilitation Cen-
tre is seeking to give comfort to
those who are very much in need of
comfort," the governor general said
during a visit to the facility last
week. "It is not only a hospital but
it is a home and a safe haven for
many of the less fortunate and
challenged among us.
"For many of them the centre is
the beating Christmas heart of the
Bahamas, and it is here they are
provided for and shown love and
indeed we have to congratulate
those who work here."
He explained that when he was a
minister, there were many Bahami-
ans who wanted their parents com-
mitted to the Sandilands geriatric
"There was such a pressure on
Sandilands and they were lining up
as to who should bring their par-
ents here," he said.
"It was quite a disgrace because
some of these sons and daughters
were healthy enough to care for
their parents."
"That is why Sandilands is so
important in our country," he said.
"They are making sure to give the
care and love that the patients did-
n't get at home."

GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna greets Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis with a Christmas handshake at Sandilands Reha-
bilitative Centre in Fox Hill.

The governor general also
acknowledged the contributions of
the Ministry of Health, which is
now led by Minister Dr Hubert
"The growth of the Ministry of

Health, the special attention that
has been given to it, and the train-
ing of the nurses, doctors and the
medical facilities has been
ingrained in our hearts already
over the last few years," he said.

"There has been a tremendous
trial in the development of health-
care in our country, and those of us
who take interest in our country
will note the trials that have been
made to benefit so many people."

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FROM page one Business chiefs

manager of Quality Conve-
nience Store, is a strong advo-
cate of gun ownership.
He said: "People have
licensed handguns. It is not
easily accessible, but I know
of people who have them. I've
seen their permits. It is just so
political, because if you are a
heavy contributor to a politi-
cal party you can get one eas-
ily, but for an average Joe like
me, nothing happening."
In his business, Mr Willie
also uses the services of a
security guard and a surveil-
lance system, but he feels the
gun is the ultimate weapon
against criminals.
Mr Turnquest said no pri-
vate handgun licenses have
been issued since May 2007.
Under the former administra-
tion, he said no more than two
or three were issued in the
five-year tenure. In light of

these facts, he said there is no
favouritism in the process.
Atwell Ferguson, manager
and part owner of Fergie's
Meat Mart, located in South
Beach, said: "Business people
with a clean record, a good
relationship with the police
and a level head should be
able to have a concealed
weapon, even if they have to
go through special training.
Times have changed. One
time ago police never used to
be armed. Criminals have no
respect for law and order; now
they are shooting police, rob-
bing judges and tourists.
Times have changed drasti-
Fergie's was the scene of an
attempted armed robbery sev-
eral years ago. A licensed
shotgun was used in the inci-
dent to abort the robbery. The

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the posd
in handgun plea praised "
assailant was apprehended, Police H
tried and convicted. Since ing indi
then Ferguson said there was quantiti
another incident, where he care wh
was not as lucky. When the securing
suspect entered the store, Mr ness ow
Ferguson was not in the loca- the divis
tion where his shotgun was in their
stored, which made him the police
unable to respond. within tl
Another vulnerable time He says
for business owners, accord- engage
ing to Mr Ferguson, is when armored
they conduct cash drop-offs. As fai
"Business people who have cerned,
money are always a target. I have n
have to leave my shotgun in licensin
the car when I am making a son need
deposit. The criminals know ernmen
this, so they know when to police
wait and when to jump you. rifles."
They have an edge over you Licen
because they know this. The came un
business person is always in after the

FROM page one

exchange standards, its fate is now in the
hands of the countries with which it hopes
to sign on the dotted line.
Asked on Tuesday about the status of
The Bahamas' efforts to get off the inter-
national watch list of offshore "tax havens",
Mr Laing said: "If you treat March as a
deadline, we believe we will certainly have
the (TIEA) numbers for March. It really
doesn't matter if you have two more than
you thought you would have but you have
to have 12 to get off the list, and we think
we're on track to do that."
He said the government "had hoped to
have the 12 signed by the end of this year."
"That was what we were aiming for. We
certainly have negotiated and initialled with
sufficient countries to do so but we have to
wait for them to do what they have to do to
be in a position to sign and that's what
we're waiting on," said Mr Laing.
The Government has on numerous occa-
sions expressed its commitment to signing
12 TIEAS by the end of this year, moving
away from its unfavourable "grey list" sta-
tus that has been blamed for the pull out of
French bank BNP Paribas.
Yesterday, the Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board issued a press release on the

sition of being sur-
he said.
tant Commissioner of
lulan Hanna is advis-
viduals handling large
ies of money to take
ien transporting and
g money. He said busi-
ners should speak to
sional police command
area to seek any help
ce are able to provide
he confines of the law.
businesses should also
the services of
d vehicles.
r as handguns are con-
he said: "The police
nothing to do with
g handguns. The per-
ds to speak to the gov-
t for handguns. The
issues shotguns and
nsed firearm owners
under scrutiny this week
e fatal shooting of an

armed robber by an East
Street South proprietor, who
used his shotgun.
Police are investigating the
shooting in which one of the
two armed robbers died on
the scene at Island Wide Pro-
duce and Meat Mart. Police
have yet to classify the shoot-
ing, although they suspect it
was lawful. Atwell is the
brother of Preston Ferguson,
who owns Island Wide Pro-
duce and Meat Mart.
Mr Willie, formerly a police
officer of ten years, said he is
disappointed lawmakers have
not engaged the business com-
munity more to develop laws
to give honest citizens the
upper hand against criminals.
Making handguns more acces-
sible is just one of many laws,
politicians could consider. He
recalled there being discus-
sion about a law that would
apply to an automatic four-

'Grey list'
status of efforts to meet G20/OECD tax
transparency and information exchange
standards in which it said that with ten
agreements signed and "another two of the
already initialed agreements scheduled to
be signed in the coming weeks, The
Bahamas aims to meet the OECD Stan-
dard well in advance of the G20 deadline of
March 2010."
"The BFSB believes the decision to
endorse the OECD Standard reinforces
The Bahamas' unwavering commitment to
be a trusted jurisdiction for clients and to be
a responsible member of the international
community," added the statement.
Ryan Pinder, an international tax attor-
ney, told The Tribune yesterday that while
it is three months ahead of the official dead-
line set by the OECD to avoid further sanc-
tions, meeting the end of year deadline
The Bahamas set for itself to get on the
"white list" may still be critical to protect-
ing the country's reputation as a preferred
financial services centre.
"The perception is that when The
Bahamas promises 12 TIEAs by year end
and is only able to deliver 10 that they
again have not lived up to promises. That's
the risk we face. We don't necessarily face

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year sentence for anyone
caught with an illegal hand-
gun, and another sentence if
caught with illegal ammuni-
"Whatever happened to
that legislation? I thought that
was what the politicians were
there for," he said.
He suggested lawmakers
could also work on a form of
blacklist, so business owners
could access records of mis-
conduct when vetting employ-
"If I had a staff member
who was a cashier and I fired
that person for stealing and
reported it to the Central
Detective Unit, and then I
drove down the road and saw
that former employee was a
cashier in another store:
Shouldn't there be a law, even
a labour law, to prevent that
person from being employed
in that position?" he asked.

the OECD coming down on us, but the
risk is our perception in the market place.
We have already seen BNP Paribas pull
out because we didn't act fast enough."
"It's easy enough to move capital around
and our financial services competitors in
the region - The British Virgin Islands,
Bermuda, Cayman, Barbados all seem to
be able to be well ahead of curve even
entering into numerous TIEAS surpassing
12 months and months ago."
The Bahamas has so far signed TIEAs
with the UK, US, San Marino, Monaco,
Netherlands, Argentina, China, New
Zealand, Belgium and France. Of these,
San Marino, Monaco, Argentina and Chi-
na are non-OECD member states.
Mr Laing said The Bahamas has chosen
to sign TIEAs with "countries who repre-
sent strategic trade partners, countries with
whom we share diplomatic ties and with
countries that matter in the world and will
matter in the future."
He added that while the OECD requires
that the 12 TIEAs are with OECD coun-
tries, the G20 only requires that countries
sign 12 agreements, and since the list is a
"joint" one, the signing achieved by The
Bahamas will suffice despite not all being
with OECD member countries.

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Deputy PM

FROM page one (

December, 7 which alleges that 1
the FNM's Candidates Commit- -.
tee told him he would not receive
their endorsement for the Pine
Ridge constituency in the 2007
general election - unless he
dropped lawsuit against a foreign *
At the time, Mr Smith represented the litigants
against the Baker's Bay resort development in Guana
Cay, Abaco.
Said Mr Symonette when contacted by The Tribune
for a reaction to the allegations: "If Mr Smith has made
those allegations in an affidavit form - I don't think the
party, the FNM party, is a member of the action in
court and so we don't have a forum to deal with it.
And if that's what he wishes to put in his affidavit -
(it's) a democratic country he can put it there.
"It's not my recollection of what happened but that's
obviously his recollection."
Mr Smith represented the Save Guana Cay Reef
Association in a four-year-long legal battle against the
$500 million Baker's Bay development. The case was
recently rejected by the Privy Council.
The lawyer alleges that money outweighed democ-
racy in the selection of the FNM candidate for the Pine
Ridge seat in 2007 - claiming that the committee was
worried that his part in the Guana Cay case would
offend the FNM's "powerful financial backers."
Ultimately, another Grand Bahama attorney -
Kwasi Thompson - was officially nominated for the
constituency and was elected as MP for the area.
The affidavit was filed in connection with the argu-
ment over who should pay the legal costs in the unsuc-
cessful appeal to the Privy Council launched by Mr
Smith on behalf of the SGCRA seeking to have the ini-
tial ruling that gave the development the go-ahead in the
face of the SGCRA's concerns overturned.
In the affidavit, Mr Smith stated: "My political aspi-
rations and the wishes of the voters in the Pine Ridge
Constituency Association were dashed as a result of this
"I was elected by the members of the (Pine Ridge
Constituency) Association, prior to the last general
election in 2007, to be the FNM candidate for the Pine
Ridge Constituency. The next stage was for the FNM
party candidates' committee to nominate me as the
FNM party candidate for the election.
"Despite overwhelming local support I was told at
one of the meetings with the committee members that
unless I dropped the Guana Cay case, or unless I per-
suaded my clients to drop the case, I would not be cho-
sen by the committee as the candidate for the next
general election."

FROM page one Immig

ahead of the implementation of a for many
shift system on January 1, 2010 that charged ti
will see them lose lucrative overtime ic circums
opportunities worth in some cases seven hun
up to around $40,000 a year. most office
Talk of introducing such a system increased
- which will substantially reduced fair deal. ]
the government's costs as well as officers wi
those paid by airlines and others "to spend
using this country's ports - first studying"
formed part of discussions between salary qu
the government and the BPSU in year.
2006, but was never implemented. On Sur
Nonetheless, President of the toms offi
Bahamas Public Service Union and while on
the former minister of public ser- of around
vice, Fred Mitchell, yesterday sug- levels wei
gested that officers have had a long immigrati
time to prepare for the day that they allegedly
would be placed onto a shift system made by 1
rather than the current system. day ahead
"It's going to mean a significant time syst(
drop in come, and it's going to be the offer r
difficult to adjust," said Mr Mitchell, around $3
"but it's been coming for a long salaries ol
time." They w
BPSU President John Pinder day after
described the potentially huge mon- Hubert Ii
etary benefits that officers have been State for t
able to get from working overtime go Laing,

FROM page one

ers when it took possession of their properties to
reconstruct the South Ocean Road around the
new Albany development in March 2007.
In an exclusive interview with The Tribune
attorneys for the plaintiffs Cedric and Kahlil
Parker, of Cedric L Parker and Co, said they
argued that government had disregarded the
Constitution when it failed to provide prompt
and adequate compensation to landowners.
They further submitted that government went
outside its powers under the Acquisition of Land
Act when it agreed Albany's developers Park
Ridge Securities Corporation would cover the
cost of the land acquisition in their Heads of
Agreement signed in November 2006.
Justice Albury found the arrangement between
government and Park Ridge Development was
contrary to Section 6 (1) of the Act, which allows
acquisition of land for a public purpose providing
payment is made from public revenue or a statu-
tory corporation.
She also found the government's actions went
against Article 27 of the Constitution protect-

ration officer
years as "a privilege" and
hat in the current econom-
stances the average "six to
ndred dollar a month" that
1ers will see their base pay
by should be considered a
The union chief added that
ll now have more free time
d with their families or
and can expect to see the
estion re-addressed next
iday night, only three cus-
cers showed up for work
Monday a "skeleton crew"
40 per cent of normal staff
re at work as customs and
ion officers protested an
unsatisfactory salary offer
the Government in Satur-
of plans to scrap the over-
em. It is understood that
may have proposed adding
3,000 a year to the base
f officers.
ent back to work on Mon-
ioon after Prime Minister
graham and Minister of
the public service, Zhivar-
agreed in a meeting with

Mr Pinder that morning to increase
base salaries for officers by between
$4,000 and $9,000 a year.
Junior officers will see their
salaries increased from $14,000 a
year to $18,000 while a grade four
officer will go from $19,000 to
$28,000 a year, said Mr Pinder.
However, the senior immigration
officer, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said the move will leave
most officers "hurting" in a hard
economy. He noted that last year
he made around $30,000 in over-
"It's in poor taste when the econ-
omy is in such a bad state to even
consider entering into these that will
leave people hurting. They should
abandon this until the economy gets
The officer noted that officers are
given a letter when they are con-
tracted by the government saying
that they can reasonably expect to
make at least $16,000 per year in
overtime - letters which they then
use to get credit and other financial
"To suggest they can get less when
people have already gone and got
loans on those letters is a crazy thing

Ruling on land
ing citizens from deprivation of property, Jus-
tice Albury said.
The judge therefore declared the acquisition of
land notice null and void and without legal effect.
Kahlil Parker said the ruling marks a victory
for landowners who lost their properties nearly
two years ago and have yet to be compensated.
He added: "There is a pernicious fear of taking
the government to task for its blatant disregard of
the Constitutional rights of Bahamians.
"While some would have you believe 'you
can't fight the government', it has again been
shown that you can fight the government, and
more importantly you can win."
Landowners and plaintiffs Patricia Bethel,
Kenderlyn and Omar Theophilus, Levaughn
Copper, Maxwell Wells, Ava Munnings and
Wendell Munnings will now await an assessment
of the value of their land by order of the court.
Senior partner Cedric Parker said: "It is impor-
tant to the growth and health of our democracy
for the people to be aware of their right to redress
against autocratic and abusive use of power by

to do. If you take that away and give
them less how will they maintain
their houses, how will they keep their
kids in school?"
"To allow us to get at least the
minimum that we were previously
promised in overtime would not be
doing us a favour, but would simply
be doing what is reasonable."
"You can't begin to say what tak-
ing that away will mean in terms of
people doing what they have to do to
survive. I don't think the govern-
ment wants to encourage that and I
don't think the union wants to
encourage that," said the officer,
hinting at a possible increase in cor-
ruption among officers as a conse-
quence of the change.
In response to suggestions that
corruption may result from the drop
in income, Mr Pinder said: "If they
want to go and be corrupt they will
be dismissed if they're caught. They
will be dismissed and then they will
have no job at all."
He also denied suggestions that
Immigration officers, who make up
a smaller proportion of all officers in
the customs and immigration depart-
ments, were not adequately con-
sulted on the proposals.

successive governments.
"Our system cannot work towards the gener-
al welfare of the people, when successive gov-
ernments appear firstly, not to understand the law
with the administration of which they are
charged, and secondly, when they appear to be
overly willing to employ their misunderstanding
of the law to the detriment of the citizen."
Realignment of the road was agreed prior to
construction of the $1.4 billion luxury develop-
ment of private homes, a marina, golf course
and hotel on 565 acres of land as the new devel-
opment would obstruct the existing road.
And although the agreements were made and
land acquired under Perry Christie's PLP admin-
istration, Justice Albury found the current FNM
government failed to reconcile discrepancies
upon coming to power in May 2007.
A formal written judgment is expected to be
issued this week and government will have six
weeks to appeal the ruling.
Acting Prime Minister Brent Symonette said
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham will decide
what action to take upon his return from the Cli-
mate Change Conference in Copenhagen on

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m Nautilus Water is one of the
major sponsors for the 2009
Georgette Rolle Junior Golf Camp
that will take place from today
through Friday at the Bahamas
Golf Federation's Training Facili-
ties at the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex. During a press release
on Tuesday in reference to the
camp, Nautilus's name was not
included in the list of sponsors.
Nautilus, however, was inadvert-
edly omitted from the list.


* The Bahamas Golf Federa-
tion will close out the year with
the hosting of the Golden Cup
Challenge on Saturday at the
Training Facilities at the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex.
The tournament, sponsored
by Johnny Walker, will feature
five club teams, inclusive of the
Pistol Leros out of Lyford Cay,
the Poop Deck Eagles, the Hertz
Strikers, the Synturions and
Each team will comprise of 16
players, but only the scores of
12 players will count.
As this is the last tournament
for the year, it will also bring the
presidency of Glenn Archer to an
end. James Gomez, the presi-
dent elect, will officially take over
on January 1.


*THE Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations is advising
all athletes, coaches and officials
that the funeral service for the
late Chris 'Nipples' Bethel will be
held on Saturday December 19th
2009 at 1 p.m. at the Holy Cross
Anglican Church Soldier Road.
All those persons attending
the service are requested to wear
their club uniform top and a dark
coloured bottom. All senior ath-
letes are asked to be fully regaled
in the Bahamas national team
uniform I respect of Bethel, who
has represented the Bahamas on
numerous national teams.
The BAAA further advised all
concerned that a memorial ser-
vice will be held on Thursday at 7
p.m. at the Holy Cross Anglican

Maynard 'committed' to

new role as Sports Minister
S.0 0 i.

Senior Sports Reporter

ALTHOUGH he's not like his pre-
decessors, Charles Maynard said he's
confident that his management skills
will overshadow his lack of athletic
background that he brings to the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
In an interview with The Tribune
on Monday after he was ascended
from the position of Minister of State
for Culture to Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture, Maynard said he's
committed to making an impartial con-
tribution to the new portfolio.
Since taking over from Desmond
Bannister, who has moved on to
replace Carl Bethel as Minister of
Education, Maynard said he's been
busy speaking with his personnel to
ascertain exactly where they are in
reference to all aspects of sports.
"The master plan for the Queen
Elizabeth Sports Center is a priority
and so we were able to allow the Chi-
nese people to make a presentation
to cabinet and so we're moving full
speed ahead with the target date for us
to complete the new Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field Stadium,
the first phrase of the project, by next

Gerard Moxey
presents Michael
Bethel of the Can-
cer Society with a
cheque. At right
are treasurer Lor-
rie Lightfoot and
vice commodore
Craig Miller.

year," Maynard said.
"That has huge implications and the
time line has been set, so that is taking
up a lot of time because we want to
make sure that it's done in a timely
Also early next year, Maynard said
he intend to have a meeting with all of
the local federations and associations
so as to get their input on the new pol-
icy that will take effect.
"We will be discussing how athletes
are dealt with and how federations
and associations will be dealt with,"
he said. "Because of all of the impli-
cations, we expect to modernise the
relationship between the ministry, the
federations/associations and the sport-
ing body in general."
As a fully fledged minister, May-
nard said he's very humble that Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham saw fit to
appoint him, considering the fact that
he's the youngest member of cabinet at
age 39.
"For the last two and a half years as
the Minister of State for Culture, I've
been fully involved in all of the senior
managers of the ministry, so that part
of the transition was rather easy," he
"I think we have developed a very
good relationship so we can only build

on that as we move forward. So I'm
very pleased with the move from cul-
ture directly to youth, sports and cul-
In moving ahead, Maynard said
once he met with the movers and shak-
ers of the sporting community, then
he will try to bring an amicable agree-
ment to ensure that the best is pro-
vided for the
"Right out of the gate, there was
the impression that the ministers of
sports pay too much attention to track
and field and not enough to the other
disciplines," Maynard said. "But with
not having a track and field back-
ground, I don't have a favourite.
"All of the sporting disciplines, I
could treat the same way. Now I know
we have had much success in track
and field and I want to do my best to
keep it going. But I also know that we
have a lot of world class athletes in
just about every sport and I want to
make sure that everybody is given
equal opportunity to succeed."
While the completion of the new
stadium is the number one priority for
his ministry, Maynard said there's also
been considerable discussion on the
return of the Bahamas Games.
"I believe that many of the islands
have been crying out for the return of

the Bahamas Games and we're look-
ing at the possibility of bringing that
back," he said.
SEE page 14


Sailing Association

aids local charities

Senior Sports Reporter

THE Commonwealth Sail-
ing Association took an unusu-
al step and provided some
cheer to at least three local
charities for the Yuletide sea-
Treasurer Lorrie Lightfoot
said while the association does-
n't have an abundance of fund-
ing, they just simply wanted to
make Christmas a little more
cheerful to those in need.
Commodore Gerard Moxey
said their plan was to make the
contribution to ease the bur-
den of the charities as they
head into the festive season.
While cheques were pre-
sented to the Cancer Society
of the Bahamas and Unity
House, the Bilney Lane for
Children were presented with
a stove.
As he made the presenta-
tion to Janet Brown, the
administrator of Bilney Lane
for Children, Moxey said hope-
fully "this will go a long way in
helping you guys continue
doing what you are doing for
the less fortunate children at
the home."
Brown, in accepting the
donation, said words can't
express her gratitude on behalf
of all of the staff and residents
of the home for the gift.
"Just the other day, our
stove went bad and when Mrs
Lightfoot called and asked if

there was anything that we
needed, I told her about the
stove," Brown sad.
"And lo and behold here it
is. So there are no words to tell
you how much we appreciate
this. Thank you very, very
In making the presentation
to Earl Bethel, president of the
Cancer Society of the
Bahamas, Moxey said it was
their intention to "make it an
easy time for the association
as they continue to make their
contribution to such a worthy
organization in our country."
Bethel said the society is
greatly appreciative of the ges-
ture by the association and
they hope that this will be the
start of a long working rela-
tionship between the two enti-
"Sailing is very big in our
islands and to note that you
have selected us as a benefac-
tor, we really appreciate it,"
Bethel said. "We know that
you are in all of the islands and
so we hope to get into all of
the islands as well."
Bethel said the society need-
ed to have their presence felt
on the islands as they speard
the word about the work they
are doing with the prevention
and care of cancer patients.
And he noted that there's
no better way than to tag along
with sailing.
Joining Moxey and Light-
foot at the presentations was
vice commodore Craig Miller.


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JKA Bahamas holds first grading

JKA Bahamas, formerly
Shotokan Karate Bahamas,
held its first grading on Mon-
day, November 23, 2009, at
the Dojo, located West Bay
Street in Nassau.
The grading was conducted
by Sensei Mikami, 8-Dan,
and Chief Instructor of the
Japan Karate
Association/American Fed-
eration (JKA/AF) which is
affiliated with the Japan
Karate Association (JKA)
with its headquarters in
Tokyo, Japan, arguably the
largest and most prestigious
Karate organisation in the
Sensei Mikami was the first
graduate of the famed JKA
Instructors Training Course
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to the JKA.
The successful students, 18
of whom were graded for
Kyu Ranks (Color Belts) and
2 graded for Dan Ranks
(Black belts) displayed an
impressive performance to
which Sensei Mikami was
very pleased; one exceptional
student skipped two ranks
taking him from white belt to
green belt.
Sensei Mikami also conduct-
ed two clinics mainly focused
on developing basic tech-
niques which is the founda-
tion and key point of empha-
sis for JKA Karate.
Founder of Shotokan
Karate and first Chief
Instructor of the JKA, Sen-
sei Funakoshi, once said:

"The ultimate aim of the art
of Karate lies not in victory or
defeat but in the perfection
of the character of its partici-
"We at JKA Bahamas are
following in this tradition.
Our students are taught that
Karate should only be used
as a last resort and for self-
defense purposes."
The other benefits of
Karate training such as
healthy exercise, discipline,
awareness and self-control
are emphasised. Each class
ends with the students recit-
ing the Dojo Kun which
stresses the importance of
character, sincerity, effort, eti-
quette and self-control.
Karate is an excellent activ-
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Nassau 'Nastics

hosts free classes

for young boys

NASSAU 'Nastics, the
oldest gymnastics club in The
Bahamas, proved its com-
mitment to community last
week by hosting several
young boys from the
Nazareth Centre to free
gymnastics classes.
The boys, whose ages
ranged from 10 to 13 got to
show off their flips, learn
athletic tricks and get away
from the family situations
that some of them were in
the midst of.
"Many people have a mis-
conception of these children
and think they are troubled,"
said Head Coach Trevor
Ramsey who gave the boys a
pep talk to boost their confi-
dence. "They are actually
very mannerly, articulate and
"The only difference is
they live in a group home
instead of with what society
deems as a normal family.
We at Nassau 'Nastics were
delighted to have them join
us for the class and hope that
we get to see them soon
because some of them have
raw talent and could go a
very long way."
According to Lavatte
Saunders, the social worker
who made the event possi-
ble in part to her role as a
competitive coach at the
gym's Oakes Field location,
some of the boys don't have
parents and are less likely to
be adopted since most
prospective parents prefer
babies or toddlers. The
remainder who do have par-
ents are waiting for their
family structures to fall in
place so that they can return
"We always try to provide
children who come through
social services with a chance
to live as normal as possible
despite the problems they
left behind," said Saunders.
"It's working in part
because so many persons
have opened their hearts to
assist in some way especially
during the holidays. From
what I've seen here, the boys
truly enjoyed themselves and
they are looking forward to
their next Nassau 'Nastics





First Caribbean Law Enforcement

Basketball Tournament set for February


ALL in benefit of underprivi-
leged school children, Bahamian
and Jamaican squads will clash in
the 1st Caribbean Law Enforce-
ment Basketball Tournament set
for February 1-7 at the Sir Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.
A week of activities is planned
during the week of the Tourney.
Youth and local police and defense
force bands are expected to per-
form at the games set for Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday nights of
that week.
Also the Jamaican force will be
going into several schools to explain
how adversely influential some rap,
reggae and dance music can be.
Pledging full support towards this
end at the press conference was
National Security Minister, Tom-
my Turnquest.
"When Paul Smith approached
me about this tournament I thought
it was a great idea. It is about bring-
ing law enforcement together in a
spirit of fun and competition.
Smith is a community minded
person and I commend him for that.
"It is difficult to say who I want
to win this tournament. It has been
a wonderful rivalry between the
police and defense forces. I am
going to try and convince the prison
to also get involved. I also want to
assist in getting the bands out to
perform. We look forward to an
exciting tournament," said Turn-
Having Turnquest's full support
meant volumes to Smith.
"I appreciate you Minister (Tom-
my Turnquest) for taking an oppor-
tunity to pledge your support. Nei-

Dahalia Smith/Photo
FROM LEFT (back row): BBF Public Relations-Sean Bastian; Electro Telecom CEO - Paul Smith; RBDF Sr. Lieutenant -
Sonia Miller, RBDF Lieutenant - Judy McDonald; Tourney Organizing Committee member - Wayde Watson, Tourney Orga-
nizing Committee member -Mario Bowleg; front row: Royal Bahamas Community Affairs Officer - Anthony "Cops" Rolle,
National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest ;BBF President - Lawrence Hepburn; Jamaican Honorary Consul Patrick Han-
lan and RBDF Acting Commander - Clyde Sawyer.

their will I or Electro Telecom ben-
efit from this tourney," he said.
"This tournament will be used to
assist the underprivileged children
or children who are on welfare in
the junior schools. In this light, I
ask the general public to support
this event."
Jamaican Honorary Consul
Patrick Hanlan will do his part.

"Over the years The Bahamas
and Jamaica has had great rivalry
when it comes to sports," he point-
ed out. "As a representative of
Jamaica I will do my best to get the
Jamaican community in The
Bahamas involved. At this point I
know who I would like to see win
but because of the type of event
and how it brings people together,

there won't be any losers."
Speaking on behalf of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force team Offi-
cer in charge of Community Affairs
Anthony "Cops" Rolle noted: "We
are so accustomed to winning
against the Defense Force Team;
this Tournament gives us a chance
to defeat some other squad and
make this event a success."

Maynard 'committed' to new
role as Sports Minister
FROM page 12
"So what better way to christen
the new stadium than to have the
official opening ceremonies for the
Bahamas Games in 2011."
One of the other issue that May-
nard said his ministry will be having a
lot of discussion with the sports lead-
ers is the Government subvention to
the elite and collegiate athletes.
"That is something that we are try-
ing to finalise so it will take away all
that grey area that exist today," May-
nard said. "But my understanding as
far as track and field is concerned is
the former interim BAAA executives
took some interest in the way the
moneys were dispersed.
"Now the new administration have
some different views, so what will
prevail we hope, will be in the best
interest of all of the athletes con-
Maynard said the ministry will be
losing its Director, Martin Lundy,
and assistant director, Frank 'Pan-
cho' Rahming, both of whom have
reached the retirement age.
As a result, Maynard said they are
looking at having their replacements
selected in short order because "we
don't have a shortage of Bahamians
who can fill their positions.
"They may not be living in the
Bahamas, but they exist. We know
that for a fact. They are out there.
So we are excited about who will
apply and who we will eventually get
to replace those who are retiring."
To those who have doubts about
whether or not he's the right man for
the job as the new minister, Maynard
stated: "I've heard the rumbling
around by some who feel that I don't
have a sports background.
"But I believe that my people's
skills will carry me through. I believe
that I have an ability to listen and so
I assure them that my management
background will more than make up
for what I lack in a sporting back-

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Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 15th day of December 2009. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,



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Straw Market

FROM page one

Tim Clarke Ti ibt.iri ll:,11

nical officers, Patrick Rahming
and Associates' Quantity Sur-
veyors and Construction Cost
Engineering (Bahamas).
Although the Government
originally allocated $10 million
towards the project, Mr Grant
explained that surveyor's analy-
sis proved subsequent increases
in material, mechanical and
electrical costs.
The new market will encom-
pass approximately 34,000
square feet at ground floor lev-
el and includes a 4,500 square
feet mezzanine level. The
ground floor will be open and
the upper level closed to
include air-condition, elevator
service and space for after-
school children's activities. The
building will also boast solar
panels that will sustain the
building's daytime electrical
needs and retractable hurricane
Mr Grant said: "The Bay
Street Straw Market has for
many years offered tourists a
unique experience with a vivid
display of Bahamian straw and
wood craft in the downtown
area. We feel that this world
renowned tourist attraction
should remain as a major fea-
ture of Bay Street."
More than 120 straw vendors
attended the ceremony, many
of whom expressed their excite-
ment and confidence with Gov-
ernment's plan, especially its
78-week construction timeline.
The ceremony also included
remarks from Minister of
Tourism and Aviation Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, the site's

MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest looks on as Min-
ister of Public Works and Transport Neko Grant unveils a model of

the new Straw Market.

consulting architect, construc-
tion developer and musical
selections from the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Pop
Minister of National Securi-
ty Tommy Turnquest was also
present. He told vendors that
he felt personally attached to
the project that began under
his tenure as Minister of
Tourism and confirmed to
those present the Govern-
ment's move to settle out-
standing claims with the site's
previous contractor, project
architect and professional con-
The former government had
originally awarded a contract
with Woseley Development
Company to build a $24 mil-
lion straw market.
"We hope that the satisfac-
tory resolution of these claims
will remove any controversy
from this project, which is so

critical to our vendors and our
country," said Mr Turnquest.
He said that tourism is of
critical importance to the
national economy and out-
lined several initiatives taken
by the police force such as
close circuit television moni-
toring and increased presence
of both uniformed and plain
clothed officers.
However, the new market
is not without some contro-
versy, Ministry of Works' First
assistant secretary William
Munnings pointed out that the
building will only be able to
house around 450 vendors, a
notable contrast from the 604
registered vendors.
Another challenge, Mr
Munnings said the ministry is
likely to face will be booth
allocation as a decision has not
yet been made as to what
methods will be used to orga-
nize vendors.

Sir Jack Hayward signs agreement to sell GBPA stake

FROM page one

"I hope that you will agree with me, and many
others, that this could be to the Bahamas as sig-
nificant and prosperous a happening as that in
1955, when the Hawksbill Creek Agreement was
enacted," Sir Jack wrote.
He described Edison Key, the South Abaco
MP and Bahamas and Agricultural and Industrial
Corporation's (BAIC) chairman, as "instrumen-
tal" in attracting the buyer to Freeport, with
GBPA chair Hannes Babak and attorney Andre
Feldman then responsible for "bringing the par-
ties together and negotiating an agreement
extremely satisfactory to everyone involved."
Sir Jack suggested that Mr Key receive a
knighthood for his efforts, and that Mr Babak at
least obtain permanent residency, as he had

"more than fulfilled the mandate you gave him to
resolve the Freeport situation before Christmas."
In a clear reference to Fred Smith, the attorney
for the late Edward St George's estate, which
has been engaged in a three-year legal battle
with Sir Jack over his claim to own 75 per cent of
the GBPA, the seemingly outgoing GBPA co-
owner said Mr Babak was doing "tremendous
work... despite destructive demons in the shape of
a local lawyer."
Sir Jack added that the purchasers did not
want to alter the existing GBPA management
team, adding that they were "particularly
impressed" with Mr Babak, president Ian Rolle,
and vice-president Ginger Moxey.


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A holiday story of two

ducks and a bittern

Article and photographs

I want to write about three
birds that have featured in this
holiday period. Two are ducks
- the American Wigeon (Anas
americana) and the Ring-
necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
- and the third is a wader, the
American Bittern (Botaurus
lentiginosus). All are winter
migrants from North America.
I had not thought about it
before but there are some late
migrants that seem to time
their arrival by mid-December
with the holiday season in
mind. Ducks seem to feature
in these later arrivals.
The previous Saturday Paul
Dean, Lee Hanna and I went
out and it seemed there was lit-
tle of interest to be seen. The
day was also a disaster for me
as a photographer. It was over-
cast with low light and although
certain remedial steps can be
taken, ultimately that meant
slow shutter speeds, slow focus-
ing and blurred bird images
The only bird of interest
seen was an American Bittern.
I had only seen one before, six
years ago. It is a relatively large
bird for a wader and its interest
is its stance with long out-
stretched neck outlined by a
black line carrying long thick
black stripes on a lighter feath-
ering from its neck to its under-
side. It also has large brown
wings with black tips.
The books say is an uncom-
mon bird in the Bahamas and
most frequently seen when
unexpectedly flushed when you
stumble across it hiding in
undergrowth in a swampy area.
That is precisely what hap-
pened last week. In our des-
peration over the absence of
birds, Paul took us to a remote
spot in the back of beyond
between Carmichael Road and
the south shore that only he
knew about or could find. The
area was not only remote but
so rocky with occasional
swampy patches that not even
squatters seemed to have a pos-
sible use for the land.
Just as we concluded that
despite its remoteness from

human disturbance the area
was devoid of bird life, out flew
an American Bittern from
behind a low bush marking the
edge of a marshy area. The
bird only revealed itself
because we were almost step-
ping on it. It rose up and few
away from us with slow mea-
sured beats of its long wings.
It was flying low and flying
faster than I assumed and the
bird was quickly lost to sight.
In the time available to me I
was able to release the camera
shutter twice without proper-
ly refocusing. I knew that both
images of the receding flapping
wings were so rushed they were
out of focus and fit for the dele-
tion button on the computer.
It put me in a bad mood. In
New Providence the American
Bittern is more than uncom-
mon. It is a rare sighting and I
had fluffed it. Irrespective of
the circumstances I blamed
myself for not reacting faster
and I was going to have to wait
another six years for another
In the intervening week the
holiday partying had begun and
when Steve Hoffer left a party
on Friday night for an early
start in a Wahoo Fishing tour-
nament the next morning, he
warned me that the forecast
called for strong winds out of
the north east. I did not know
that fish cared about strong
winds but birds certainly do. In
fact they disappear off the face
of the earth and no one knows
were they go.

When we met the next
morning the winds were blow-
ing and I was expecting anoth-
er disappointing day. Paul can
find a spot to avoid the worst of
the wind and avoid the rain for
that matter. He decided it was
a day for ducks. I knew he had
a plan.
We started at Wilson's Pond
in the National Park and from
the start our luck was in. It
seemed that additional Blue-
winged Teal had joined those
previously there but definite
new arrivals for the Holidays
were a male American Wigeon
and a male Ring-necked Duck.
Almost certainly their arrival
can be connected to the recent
storms on the eastern United
States coast. Their arrival
seemed timed for the holidays.


This duck has declined in
numbers over the years. John-
nie Bethel tells me that when
he was young the duck was
common in Andros and they
used to shoot it, but now it is
uncommon there. In New
Providence regrettably, it
seems to be rare and I have
only see it once before.
This was a male still almost
in breeding plumage display-
ing all the appropriate distin-
guishing features bar one. The
bird has a whitish buff head
which is somewhat round
shaped, with a broad dark band
starting in front of the eye and
sweeping over the eye to the
back of the head. The bill has a
blue tinge to it. The bird has a
distinguishing black pointed
tail. In front of the tail there is
a white band and a sliver of
white along the folded wing. In
flight the bird displays much
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more white which is under the
body and in the wings
As seen the bird lacked only
the dark green around the eyes
usual for a male still in breed-
ing plumage but it might have
been the effect of light and dis-
tance that made the green
merge into the dark back-
ground. The bird is quite dis-
tinctive. For most of the time
we watched the bird it was
moving back and forward feed-
ing on the surface.


The other new arrival is a
male Ring-necked Duck. This
is not an uncommon bird here
in the winter but it is very rare
to have it put in an appearance
at Wilson Pond.
The bird is somewhat small-
er than the Wigeon and has a
dark distinctive pointed head
and a dark back. The bird gives
the appearance of having small
beady red eyes. It has buff sides
ending with a white spur at the
Confusingly, a distinctive
feature of the bird is the white
ring, not on the neck, but near
the tip of the bill and the white
outline also where the bill joins
the bird's face.
The neck ring referred to in
the name of the duck can only
be seen when the bird has its
neck extended in flight. This
duck dives when feeding.


Last Saturday morning held
other surprises. We were stand-
ing on the boardwalk near the
platform when Paul said:
"There is something moving in
that bush". I glanced to see

the Sora, which had stuck its
head out of the bush, believ-
ing, like the Sora, it was unob-
served. On second thoughts,
was it only a Tricoloured
That makes it my third Hol-
iday bird. The possibility that it
was a Bittern came as a gift to
put me into the Holiday spirit.
I only had to wait a week to
see my third American Bittern,
not six years. However the nag-
ging doubts remain...
If you get up early and feel
like a walk you could go to Wil-
son Pond in the National Park
to see the Ducks I write about.
The gates off Fire Trail Road
are always open.
There are no hides so the
birds, particularly the duck, see
you coming and stay at a dis-
tance from the boardwalk so
take a pair of binoculars.
You should still see the rarer
ducks I have written about as
well as the other species in the
Don't be too hopeful about
seeing the Sora or the Bittern
but you should see the Tri-
coloured Heron and will under-
stand my agony.
The commonest species, all
black with a white forehead,
swimming closest to the board-
walk, is not strictly a duck at
all. It is a Coot and it is not the
Caribbean Coot which the Park
includes in its bird identifica-
tion display.
All the Coot you see are
American Coot (Fulica Amer-
If you doubt my word and
are determined to stay in the
Park until you identify at least
one of the Coot as being of the
Caribbean species then you will
miss the joyous Christmas I
wish you, and miss many
Christmases to come. The
Caribbean Coot stays in the
Caribbean and does not come
to the Bahamas.


where he was looking and
scanned the bush he referred
to using the long lens on my
camera as a telescope. I saw a
small heron-like bird presum-
ably standing on a branch
because only its body and its
extended neck were visible.
Instinctively, I took a couple
of shots of the bird but it
became apparent this was not
the bird Paul was referring to.
"Yes" he said, "It is a Sora
coming into view at the water's
I lowered the eyepiece of the
camera to the waterline and
coming into view was one of
the most secretive birds in the
wader group. It was one of the
Soras we often hear at a dis-
tance at Wilson's Pond but nev-
er see, coming into full view
quite unaware that from across
the pond he was being
After getting wonderful
views and photos of the Sora,
my mind went back to the
heron-like bird that I had pho-
tographed shortly before. It
was gone but I was excited.
The only heron it might have
been was the prevalent Tri-
coloured Heron (Egretta tri-
color) but this bird had been
smaller and the neck - was it
not striped over a pear shaped
Now one of the faults of my
otherwise excellent Canon
Camera is that the LED Mon-
itor on which you can review
the images taken is not up to
the standards otherwise of the
camera. Accordingly I did not
chance "calling" the bird that I
had seen fleetingly in the eye-
piece of the camera on my way
to finding the Sora.
However back home when I
transferred my images for the
day on to my computer with its
17-inch screen, I knew the bird
was indeed an American Bit-
tern, every bit as secretive as







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two years, and aiming
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Business Reporter
MARCO'S Pizza will
expand to its second New
Providnece location with the
first two months of the New
Year, its owner told Tribune
Business yesterday, while a
move into the Caribbean
also on the drawing board.
Terry Tsavoussis, who
owns the franchise along
with brother Chris Tsavous-
sis, said the restaurant's first
location on Prince Charles
has done so well, a new loca-
tion is now needed to relieve
the foot traffic.
According to Mr Tsavous-
sis, the lease for their sec-
ond Marco's location has
not yet been signed, but will
likely be in the Village Road
Shopping Plaza, which once
housed Papa Johns.
"We've been very busy,"
he said. "I do worry about
service times and we will
have another location soon-
er than later."
Mr Tsavoussis added that
the customer response to the
newest pizza chain in the
Bahamas had exceeded his
The brothers have shown
themselves to be moguls in
the quick serve restaurant
(QSR) business in the
Bahamas and, after owning
and running the Domino's
Pizza franchise in the
Bahamas for several years
before selling it to AML
Foods, they decided to get
back into the business of piz-
Mr Tsavoussis said his dis-
covery of the Marco's brand
was by chance. However,
when he finally visited the
restaurant in Tampa, Flori-
da, he knew it would be a
good fit in the Bahamas.
"They are very different,"
he said. "They make their
dough fresh every day, and
their sauce is a secret recipe
of the founding fathers all
the way from Italy."
Mr Tsavoussis said fresh
cheese and other ingredients
also sets Marco's apart from
the competition. He said the
brothers' other QSR fran-
chise in Nassau, Wendy's,
also boasts fresher ingredi-
ents than any competitor.
Marco's, which is head-
quartered in Toledo, Ohio,
operates more than 190
stores in 17 states and the
The Tsavoussis brother
intend to expand the fran-
chise into the Caribbean via
Puerto Rico and the
Dominican Republic, two
markets which they scouted
and found to be suitable
breakout locations. It touts
itself as the fastest-growing
pizza chain in the US.
Though the brothers have
not set a date for the
Caribbean expansion, they
SEE page 4B

Sir Jack: Deal is 'as

big as Sol Kerzner's'
By NEIL HARTNELL Bahamas Agricultural and former Bahamas Financial Ser
Tribune Business Editor Industrial Corporation (BAIC), vices Board (BFSB) chairman

Sir Jack Hayward last night
described the investors who he
has agreed to sell his Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA)/Port Group Ltd stake
to as having "a real zeal for
investment and bringing loads
of money into Freeport",
branding the deal "as impor-
tant as Sol Kerzner's" for the
Although declining to name
the investors he had sold his 50
per cent GBPA/Port Group
Ltd stake to, citing confiden-
tiality reasons, Sir Jack
described the purchasers as
"terrific for the Bahamas, and I
could not have better people
to take up my shares. I hope
the Government will accept it".
Sir Jack, who has been
locked in a long-running three-
year legal battle with the estate
of his late business partner,
Edward St George, over claims
that he owned 75 per cent of
the GBPA/Port Group Ltd,
said he had signed the sales
agreement and initialled all the
pages on Friday."
He told Tribune Business
that Edison Key, the South
Abaco MP and chairman of the


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Business Reporter
The NATIONAL Insurance
Board's (NIB) unemployment
benefit fund is effectively
exhausted, with $20.185 of the
$20 million already allocated.
although almost $500,000 worth
of payments have not been col-
Algernon Cargill, NIB's
director, said the unacquired
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though, that NIB will continue
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had informed the Prime Minis-
ter during last weekend's tour
of BEC's Wilson City power
plant of the transaction. He was
uncertain, though, whether a
December 14, 2009, letter sent
to Mr Ingraham informing him
of the transaction personally
had been delivered prior to his
departure for the United
Nations Climate Summit in
"It is the best thing to have
happened," Sir Jack told Tri-
bune Business. "It is not the
highest price. I was not asking
the highest price, as I was keen
on getting the right successor,
and not the right people for
Freeport and Grand Bahama."
He added that the purchasers
were the right investors "to car-
ry on what I've done for 60
years", and said he had
received approaches from oth-
er parties, who were "not
acceptable", to acquire his
GBPA stake.
Asked whether the Prime
Minister and the Government
were likely to approve the pur-
chase, Sir Jack said Mr Ingra-
ham had "made a very prophet-
ic statement" - which he had
recorded - after Ian Fair, the


and a trustee of the Hayward
family trust, had approached
him over Lord Ashcroft of
Belize potentially acquiring Sir
Jack's stake.
Sir Jack told Tribune Busi-
ness that Lord Ashcroft ulti-
mately withdrew his interest
after receiving bad publicity in
relation to his Belizean inter-
ests, but alleged that the Prime
Minister had said at the time: "I
will not stand in the way of any
"The Prime Minister has
been pressing everyone, includ-
ing Hannes Babak, to resolve
the Freeport situation and gave
him the mandate to do that. He
pressed the St Georges and
myself to resolve the dispute,
and I have done. I have sold
out," Sir Jack said.
"These people should be
very acceptable to the Prime
Minister. It's probably one of
the most exciting investments
in the Bahamas' history, as
exciting as Wallace Groves, Sir
Charles Hayward and the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.
It's as important as Sol Kerzner.
I feel we've handed over to
SEE page 3B

The Downtown Nassau Part-
nership (DNP) is "anxious" to
finalise legislation that would
empower/create an authority to
run the city of Nassau, and
establish a Business Improve-
ment District (BID), during the
2010 first half, its manager say-
ing yesterday that the first revi-
talisation phase would cost
"tens of millions of dollars".
Vaughn Roberts said the sit-
uation "definitely has the
potential for some serious
progress in the New Year",
with discussions between the
public and private sector rep-
resentatives on the DNP, plus

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Tribune Business Editor
The Government was yesterday urged to impose
a 25 per cent tax on the profits Bahamian commer-
cial banks repatriated to their Caribbean parents, a
former Chamber of Commerce president arguing
that they should also be required to divest a portion
of their shares to Bahamian investors.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, a long-standing critic of what
he yesterday described as the "severe under-taxa-
tion" of the Bahamian banking industry, the coun-
try's most profitable economic sector even during a
recession, argued that the licence fees banks cur-
rently paid were relatively minuscule, as a percent-
age of net income, when compared to the likes of
supermarket chains.
However, Paul McWeeney, Bank of the Bahamas
International's managing director, urged the Gov-
ernment to take a "holistic and multi-fiaccicd
approach to increasing bank taxation, calling for it to
work with the industry on developing a business
model that worked for both sides.
Telling Tribune Business that the Prime Minister's
Monday comments, indicating the Government was
considering further tax increases on the banking
sector, came as no surprise, Mr McWeeney said:
"My views still hold firm in that we clearly under-
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'Anxious' for Downtown

legislation in 2010 first half
By NEIL HARTNELL * First phase revitalization of Nassau city's core to
Tribune Business Editor

cost 'tens of millions of dollars
* Downtown Nassau Partnership head says situation
'definitely has potential for serious progress in New
* Potential revenue sources from parking
management, sidewalk use and special events

the Government, "ongoing
around the scope of services
[an authority will offer] and the
revenues to be paid.
"The discussions are ongo-
ing, and we're progressing
them. It's not at the point

where we've got any finalisa-
tion of thinking between the
private sector and the public

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experienced some economic
advantages from the arrival of
the world's largest cruise ship,
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Some vendors told Tribune
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hopes for the massive vessel,
which can sail with almost 6,000
Supervisor of Delucci Jewel-
ry store, Kevin Rathmani, said
they saw a sales increase with
the arrival of the ship last Fri-
day. He said he was optimistic
about the arrival of the ship and
was not disappointed by the
Owner of The Perfume
Shop, Tim Lightbourne, said
his expectations for increased
sales were not overlyu opti-
mistic. So, when sales were rel-
atively good, he was pleasantly
The store tracked the foot
traffic through its doors and
made note of the Oasis of the
Seas passengers who caused a
sale. "I never expected much
business from her, and consid-
ering the torrential rainfall we
did better than expected," he
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worthy successors."
Sir Jack said he would stay
on at the GBPA to provide the
purchasers with his input, and
said of them: "I know from
talking to them how keen they
are to bring in investment, get
the LNG plant here, the LNG
transhipment terminal here to
reduce power costs, to get a
new hospital here and medical
tourism, and they generally
have a real zeal for investment
and bringing in lots of invest-
ment and monies. Their plans
are all gung-ho, and they're
going to go for it."
Sir Jack said Freeport had "a
fantastic future", due to its rel-
ative abundance of fresh water,
land and proximity to Florida.
As to the prospects of the
new investors being able to
work with their joint venture
partners, Sir Jack suggested
that Tribune Business ask the
St Georges, "not Fred Smith".
He suggested of the estate's
counsel: "I think Fred Smith is
off to the Himalayas on Thurs-
day to do some deep thinking
on Mount Everest."
FROM page 1B
to use the $500,000 in undis-
tributed cheques to pay unem-
ployment benefits. According
to him, the money is injected
back into the fund after the
claimant has not collected it
within one month. "What we've
seen is a decreasing number of
unemployment claims," he said.
"We see positive trends for
employment, and there won't
be a significant increase in the
New Year for the unemploy-
ment budget."
Despite the unemployment
benefit being almost exhaust-
ed, and the Government unsure
of when the increase will come
into effect, Mr Cargill said
every unemployment benefit
claim will continue to be
processed and paid.
However, he pled for indi-
viduals who may have found
jobs before their benefit pay-
ments expire to inform NIB, so
that those funds can be can-
celled and reinstated into the
fund. NIB has been processing
and prosecuting individuals
who have made false unem-
ployment claims, and have sev-
eral matters before the courts
regarding the same.
The Department has also be
busy recouping general bene-
fit payments, by taking busi-

Sir Jack

Adding that Hannes Babak,
the GBPA chairman, could run
the companies from the Cay-
man Islands if the Government
refused to renew his work per-
mit, Sir Jack again praised him
as "incredible".
He added that the purchaser
was not a group connected to
Ben Bell, who had been
involved in "a previous" bid-
der. Meanwhile, Tribune Busi-
ness had been told Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham may
take "unilateral" action in the
New Year to end the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) ownership dispute
once and for all, with Hutchison
Whampoa having produced a
"blueprint" for how Freeport's
future could evolve.
And the Prime Minister's
assertion that both Sir Jack
Hayward, whose family trust is
one of the GBPA/Port Group
Ltd co-owners, and chairman
Hannes Babak had "been
aware for months" that the lat-

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ter's work permit would not be
renewed come year-end was
also backed by this newspaper's
contacts, who disputed the Aus-
trian's version that the renewal
hinged on him fulfilling a series
of conditions.
Tribune Business was told
that when Mr Babak met the
Prime Minister, a meeting at
which Sir Albert Miller was also
said to be present, Mr Ingra-
ham told him bluntly that he
did not consider him the "right
person" to chair the
GBPA/Port Group Ltd.
While the Prime Minister
was said to have told Mr Babak
that he was free to run his own
business interests, which
include BISX-listed Freeport
Concrete, the firm he chairs
and has a 43 per cent stake in,
Mr Ingraham was adamant that
he could not stay in his posi-
tion at the GBPA past year-
end. "He was not given a list
of conditions to fulfill, and had
no reason to hope," one source
said of the meeting's outcome
as far as Mr Babak was con-
Mr Ingraham's frustration at
the inability of the Hayward

quent benefit payments, includ-
ing Wendall Jones of Jones
Communications, Jackson
Ritchie of Global United, Mark
Finlayson of Solomon's Mines
and Galen and Henry Saunders
of More 94 FM and Spirit (92.5

and St George families to
resolve their ownership dispute
seemed to be evident in the
nature of his replies to ques-
tions on the GBPA situation,
which were posed to him at his
press conference prior to his
departure for the United
Nations (UN) summit on cli-
mate change in Copenhagen.
When asked whether the
GBPA ownership was happy
about the non-renewal of Mr
Babak's work permit, Mr Ingra-
ham replied: "Their happiness
has nothing to do with the Gov-
ernment's decision. They are
aware of the Government's
decision and have been aware
for months now. Mr Babak per-
sonally is aware and so are the
owners of the Port."
Tribune Business had previ-
ously reported that the Prime
Minister had wanted the GBPA
ownership dispute to be
resolved by year-end, viewing it
as the major obstacle to his
plans to revive Grand Bahama
and its economy. The Govern-
ment is already moving on a
new cruise port for the island at
Williams Town, with Mr Ingra-
ham now wanting to turn his

full attention to Grand Bahama
- believing he has set in train
all he can for New Providence
in the circumstances.
The Prime Minister's pre-
ferred solution, as previously

detailed by this newspaper, was
for both sides to settle their dis-
pute and then sell to Hutchi-
son Whampoa. It will be inter-
esting to see what he does now.


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stand where he's coming from, and
there needs to be a meeting of the
minds between the Clearing Banks
Association and the Government.
"My view would be to take a proac-
tive approach, and design a fee and
tax structure acceptable to both sides.
Make it holistic, and don't just do it
for the sake of increasing taxes on
Bahamian banks because there are
making a profit. It must be an initiative
in the best interests of the country for
the long-term."
Mr McWeeney said that unlike
banks in other countries which, in the
case of the UK, were being hit with
taxes on banker bonuses worth more
than �25,000 amid government and
public outcry over the excesses that
led to the financial crisis, Bahamian
banks were both well-run and well-
regulated. Urging the Government to
take a "multi-faceted approach", Mr
McWeeney said any move to increases
taxes and fees imposed on the banking
sector had to ensure this country still
"attracts and sustains financial institu-
"We need to take the bull by the
horns and develop a comprehensive,
long-term solution to this," Mr
McWeeney said. "What is the Gov-
ernment trying to achieve at the end of
the day? It must be more than taxation.
There must be a broader national
Responding to questions about
whether the Government was likely to

increase banking sector taxation, Mr
Ingraham said: "Possibly. The bank-
ing sector in the Bahamas is under-
taxed, we have made that point before.
We began last year in increasing the
licensing fees for banks in the
Bahamas. That is inadequate. The
banking sector should pay more. In
due course they will be required to pay
Mr D'Aguilar said the Government
could aMiil ' extract another $10-$15
million in taxes and licence fees from
the Bahamian commercial banking sec-
tor, adding: "It's no secret that the
banking industry is severely under-
taxed, and that the bank licence fees
they pay are a minimal part of their
profits. "When we compare the
amount of tax they pay - and don't
include Stamp Tax, because they pass
that on to the consumer for 100 per
cent recovery - as a percentage of net
income, to a food store that has sales of
$100 million, profits of $5 million and
pays a business licence fee of $1 mil-
lion, that entity is paying 20 per cent of
their net income in tax.
"The banks' licence fees, under no
circumstances, presently exceed $2 mil-
lion, and even in this depressed econ-
omy they are making $60-$70 million in
profits. They are really getting away
with paying nothing."
Mr D'Aguilar said that "what many
people find offensive" is that the Cana-
dian-owned banks, chiefly Scotiabank,
Royal Bank of Canada and First-
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas), all repatriated their
Bahamian profits to their regional




N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) LA VIEILLE POULE LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
14th December, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is CST Administration
(Bahamas) Limited, The Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley
& Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas
Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2009

CST Administration (Bahamas) Limited




N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) VILLA HELGA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
14th December, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is CST Administration
(Bahamas) Limited, The Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley
& Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas
Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2009

CST Administration (Bahamas) Limited




N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) CYTRA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
14th December, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidators of the said company are Manex Limited
and Blue Seas Administration Ltd, The Bahamas Financial
Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas
Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2009

Manex Limited and Blue Seas Administration Ltd.

headquarters in Barbados or Trinidad.
The regional parent thus paid taxes
on Bahamian profits in Barbados or
Trinidad, before repatriating them to
Canada, something the former Cham-
ber president described as "uncon-
scionable" because "the Government is
doing itself out of tax revenues.
Mr D'Aguilar argued that none of
the commercial banks was likely to
leave the Bahamas if the Government
increased their taxation, as this juris-
diction was their most profitable in the
Caribbean. He urged the Government
to impose a 25 per cent tax on the prof-
its/dividends Bahamian banks repatri-
ated to their regional parent, arguing
that compared to Bahamian-owned
firms, the amount of taxes and fees
paid was "unfairly low".
"The three Canadian banks probably
made between them, in the good old
days of 2007, probably $360 million in
profits," Mr D'Aguilar said. "Now,
they may be down by $100 million, but
they're still paying an usually low per-
centage of their net income in taxa-
The banking industry, he added, was
the largest industry in the Bahamas
"by leaps and bounds". He added:
"There isn't even a sector remotely
close to them."
Mr D'Aguilar also called for the
Canadian-owned banks to be required
to divest shares, or more of their
shares, to the Bahamian public. He
told Tribune Business a banker con-
tact of his had told him that the banks
had never been pressured by the Gov-
ernment to do this.




N O T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) FEBO LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 14th December, 2009 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is CST Administration
(Bahamas) Limited, The Bahamas Financial Centre,
Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas
Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2009.

CST Administration (Bahamas) Limited




N O T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) BARLEY ASSETS LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
14th December, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is CST Administration
(Bahamas) Limited, The Bahamas Financial Centre,
Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas
Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2009

CST Administration (Bahamas) Limited

have been sourcing fellow franchisees who may be interested
in taking on the pizza chain in their country.
With the success of their first location, Mr Tsavoussis
said they could see a return on the investment within two
According to him, because the restaurant is only weeks
old, processes and staff training are still being fine-tuned. He
said they have made customer service a priority, and with
this first restaurant often packed with patrons, are doing
their best to roll out their product.
"We're having our challenges, but we will correct them
with the expansion of more stores," said Mr Tsavoussis.



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) of The International
Business Companies Act, 2000, Notice is hereby given that :-

(b) the date of commencement of the dissolution is 4th December,
(c) the name of the Liquidator is Donald W. Tomlinson of Oak Hill
Road, Nassau, Bahamas

FURTHER NOTICE is hereby given that the Creditors of the above-
named Company are required, on or before the 3rd day of January, 2010
to send their names and addresses, with particulars of their debts or
claims, and the names and addresses of their Attorneys (if any), to the
Liquidator, Donald W. Tomlinson, c/o FT Consultants Ltd., P.O. Box N-
3932, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated this 11th day of December, A. D. 2009

Donald W. Tomlinson

Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 2nd day of December, 2009. The Liquidator is BdS
Corporate Services Limited, George House, George Street,
P.O.Box N-8159, Nassau, Bahamas




N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) CYTRA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
14th December, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidators of the said company are Manex Limited
and Blue Seas Administration Ltd, The Bahamas Financial
Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas
Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2009

Manex Limited and Blue Seas Administration Ltd.




N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) CUTTER LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
14th December, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is CST Administration
(Bahamas) Limited, The Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley
& Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas
Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2009

CST Administration (Bahamas) Limited


BdS Corporate Services Ltd.




N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) WIONA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
14th December, 2009 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro Associated
Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI
Dated this 16th day of December, A. D. 2009

Verduro Associated Ltd.




'Anxious' for Downtown legislation in 2010 first half

FROM page 1B

sector representatives on the
revenue side," Mr Roberts told
Tribune Business.
Once there was "a meeting
of the minds" between the
DNP and the Government, and
there was support from the
public sector and legislative
process, Mr Roberts told Tri-
bune Business that the revitali-
sation could move rapidly.
"We're anxious to get this
finalised in the first half of
2010," he added of the author-
ity/BID legislation, "and the
Government is minded to move
the revitalisation forward in an
aggressive way."
Mr Roberts pointed out that

efforts to revitalise Bay Street
and downtown Nassau were
proceeding despite the ongo-
ing DNP/government discus-
sions about the legal framework
required for an authority to
manage the city of Nassau, plus
the BID.
The Government, Mr
Roberts said, had already com-
pleted the $44 million Nassau
harbour dredge, awarded the
$11.295 million contract for the
Straw Market reconstruction to
Cavalier Construction, and was
looking to initiate further
enhancements through the road
improvement programme and
efforts to reclaim the waterfront
via a boardwalk between
Woodes Rogers Wharf and
East Street.

NOTICE is hereby given that RICHIE ELYSEE of BLUE
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 9th day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MARC ARTHUR PIERRE of P.O.
BOX GT-2627, 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 9th day of December, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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The DNP and the Govern-
ment are spending much time
and effort on getting the BID
and Downtown authority leg-
islation, and the funding for
these bodies, right first time,
recognizing that these are the
essential building blocks for the
rebirth of Nassau's city centre.
"It's not as easy as it looks
from the outside," Mr Roberts
told Tribune Business. As well
as establishing both entities,
they each needed funding and
"recurrent revenue sources.

"There's some consensus as
to where the monies should
come from. The idea of equity
participation from private and
public sources is overarching as
well," he told Tribune Business.
Apart from levying the tra-
ditional real property taxes and
business licence fees on real
estate owners and businesses,
respectively, in downtown Nas-
sau, Mr Roberts suggested that

"there's a fair amount that
could come from parking man-
agement", both the manage-
ment of on-street parking and
parking in off-street garages
that could be constructed in the
Other potential revenue
sources identified by the DNP,
Mr Roberts said, came from
vendors and special events that
might be held in downtown
Nassau. He explained that one
revenue stream might come
from restaurants and other
eateries that set up dining facil-
ities on the sidewalk, noting
that this was used a funding
source by many cities around
the world.
Mr Roberts said festivals and
special events staged in down-
town Nassau would provide fur-
ther opportunities for the
authority/BID to generate rev-
"There's probably the need
to do special assessments," he
added. "From the early plan-
ning we've been doing, we're
looking at doing private fund

The Public is herby advised that I, JOCELYN DECIUS of
the Western District of the Island of New Providence one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas intend
to change my name to JUSTICE BOB DECIUS. If there
are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.
Box N-742, Nassau Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days
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One such opportunity could
come from a development com-
pany or other entity owned by
the Downtown authority
acquiring or leasing real estate
from other parties, developing
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"The idea is that all stake-
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contribute to the progress and
maintenance of the city," Mr
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that every stakeholder should
pay for improvements, and
ongoing maintenance will come
from taxes and special assess-
ments. I think the Government

is looking for us to come up
with our own programme for
running the area."
Aside from the talks on leg-
islation and revenue sources,
Mr Roberts said the DNP was
"getting some good progress on
the details of the master plan-
ning and what is needed for the
core of the city for phase one".
He added that the initial
improvements being considered
would cost "tens of millions of
dollars", and suggested that the
DNP needed "to show physi-
cal improvements to drive the
Mr Roberts suggested that
the DNP may focus on getting
"one or two streets" to the lev-
el it wanted, as a way to encour-
age property owners, business-
es and other stakeholders that
revitalisation was more than a
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'BUCHE de Noel' or
'Yule log', the traditional
European Christmas
dessert made with sponge
cake and chocolate butter
cream has made its way to
the Bahamas, and will be
the highlight among the
pastries served at the Patis-
serie Tea Room on Char-
lotte Street this season.
This delicacy is usually served dur-
ing the Christmas holidays in coun-
tries such as France, Belgium, French
Canada and Lebanon, just to name a
And now, thanks to the Patisserie
Tea Room, the chocolate frosted log
will officially be introduced to
Bahamians for the first time.
As the name indicates, the cake is
prepared and garnished to look like a
wooden log.
Ronnie Deryckere of Belgium,
Chief Chef at the Patisserie, spoke
with Tribune Taste and explained the
process of how the cake is made and
molded into a log.
"The Christmas log is made with
sponge cake, frosted and filled with
chocolate butter cream. The cake is
then formed into a log. But to get
that shape the cake is constantly
rolled so that it is shaped like a cylin-
der," he said.
The cake takes approximately
three and a half hours to complete,
and when it's done it can be deco-
rated for the season.
Besides vanilla, the cake can be
made in chocolate, coffee, or straw-
berry flavours.
And what sets this French Christ-
mas staple apart from other pastries
is its unique taste.
"The cake can be made in just
about any flavour and it is delicious.
It doesn't taste like other cakes
because it has its own original
flavour," Mr Deryckere said.
To make it look like a real wooden
log, the cake is served with one end
cut off, that end is then placed on
top of the log. This gives the illusion
that the top portion is actually pro-
truding out of the cake like a
chopped off tree branch.
In addition to the extraordinary
log cake, the Patisserie will be making
Christmas bread for the holiday sea-
son as well.
"The bread can be made any time
of the year. You don't have to wait

until Christmas. But it is at this time
we chose to add a little something
extra to the ingredients. So instead of
making the regular bread, we add
things like mixed fruit, raisins, orange
peal, and pearl sugar. This is tasty
and it is something new to give a try,"
he said.
Also among the delicious treats
now baking in the oven at the Patis-
serie are of course cookies, Christ-
mas must-haves that most people
never tire of eating.
The Patisserie's cookies will be
decorated to suit the season, and will
taste like no other, said Mr
Ever since the Patisserie's open-
ing six months ago, they have made it
their ultimate goal to offer a deli-
cious culinary experience.
As you step inside the doors of the
bakery you are greeted by a cozy,
dining area, a pantry of pastries, and
the aroma of freshly baked croissants
and other goodies.
"We don't only serve pastries, but
we serve breakfast and lunch," Mr
Deryckere said.
And the Patisserie's menu is ever-
"Each day we serve something dif-
ferent because we want to give our
customers variety," he said.
Some mornings patrons can help
themselves to sausage, bacon, and
cheese croissants or omelettes. If they
prefer something a little lighter then
the better choice would be a Danish
side with an espresso, cappuccino or
"We have three different break-
fast croissants, they are chicken ori-
ental, turkey or broccoli and cheese.
Other sandwiches include bagels and
French toast. We also serve an assort-
ment of Danishes," Mr Deryckere
"On the lunch menu we serve a
variety of quiches and club sand-
wiches. And for the Italian food
lovers we also serve pizza."
The great thing about the Patis-
serie is that you can actually see your
food being made.
"We designed the restaurant in this
way so our patrons don't have to
worry about what is being done. They
can see for themselves how every-
thing is made, and by doing this we
ensure them that our food is always
made fresh," Mr Deryckere said.
Everything at the Patisserie is
made fresh. The pastries are all made
from scratch, and all of the dishes
and sauces are made at the bakery.
The Patisserie also specialises in
catering for meeting and events.



Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves: 8

* 2 Eggs
* 3oz of sugar
* 3oz of Flour or self-raising filling
* warmed jam

* 8oz of chestnuts - peeled
* 3oz of sugar
* 4 tablespoons of water
* 1 tablespoon of unsweetened
cocoa powder.

Grease a 12" by 8" baking tray and
then line with baking parchment.
Pre-heat the oven to 400F or 200C.
Mix eggs and sugar with an electric
mixer until white, stiff and foamy.
Stir in sifted flour and combine
Pour batter on to baking tray and
bake for 7-10 minutes.
Turn out straight away on to a
piece of grease-proof paper,
spread with warmed jam, and roll
up firmly.
Tidy up the ends by cutting a small
piece of each end.
For the icing, place the chestnuts in
a saucepan and boil until soft,
about 7-10 minutes.
Boil the sugar and water together
until a drop sets instantly in cold
Puree the chestnuts and the syrup
together, and add the cocoa pow-
Tip mixture over the cake and
rough up the back with a fork this
will create the bark look.
Sprinkle with icing sugar to look
like Snow.
Add holly if needed.

In oven - 10 min.
On hob - 10 min.
Preparation time - 10 min.

Serve with double cream or cus-






* Bahamas Dance Theatre
presents 'Shake 2' - The next
The musical production by
Leroy "Tinkle" Hanna, revised
by Michelle Hudson, will be
shown three times - tomor-
row, Friday and Saturday
night at the College of the
Bahamas Performing Arts
Centre on Poinciana Drive and
Thompson Boulevard.
The show kicks off at 8pm
each night. There is also a
special Sunday matinee per-
formance at 4pm.
Tickets for Thursday and
Sunday are $15; general
admission on Friday and Sat-
urday is $20, and tickets for
the dress circle seats (ear-
marked for the Cultural
Exchange Programme) are
For ticket information con-
tact 361-4462, 10am to 3pm
on Monday, Wednesday or
Friday; or 356-5547.
The show is staged and
directed by Michelle Hudson
and Gillian Springer.

* 'Christmas Magic' pre-
sented by Dance Bahamas
The official school of the
National Dance Company of
the Bahamas presents 'Christ-
mas Magic' - an evening with
students of Dance Bahamas
School tomorrow and on Fri-
The event takes place at the
National Centre for the Per-
forming Arts at 7pm on both
Tickes for adults are $15,
children under the age of 12
pay $10.
Contact 328-7588 for more

* Blackout 5 - Christmas
KO Productions presents
the ultimate party of the holi-
day season, Black Out 5, held
under the theme, "Once Upon
A Dark Night".
The event takes place at
Fort Charlotte this Friday
starting at 9pm. Then comes
"The Dawn", the official after-
party for Black Out 5 on Sat-
urday, admission is free with
a Black Out band.
Call 225-4314 or e-mail for tick-
ets and information.

*'It Could Happen To You'
Book Signing
Singer and songwriter
Paulette Stubbs will be sign-
ing copies of her book 'It
Could Happen To You'.
In the book she explores
her experiences with abuse
and domestic violence, and
how God and her faith ulti-
mately helped her through it.
The book signing takes
place this Saturday at Nassau
Stationers in Palmdale.



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'PRECIOUS', the criti-
cally acclaimed and
controversial Harlem
drama which just
picked up three Golden
Globe nods will be
debuting in the
Bahamas tomorrow
night as the closing
night film of the
Bahamas International
Film Festival (BIFF).
Starring newcomer
Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe
alongside entertainment vet-
erans such as Mo'Nique,
Mariah Carey and Lenny
Kravitz, 'Precious' has also
been named the best picture
of 2009 by the African-Amer-
ican Film Critics Association.
Lee Daniels' movie is
based on the novel 'Push' by
Sapphire and is an honest and
raw look at the struggles of a
16-year-old African-Ameri-
can girl born into a life no
one would want in 1987's
She's pregnant for the sec-
ond time by her absent father.
At home, she is forced to wait
hand and foot on her abusive
mother (Mo'Nique). School
is a place of chaos, and Pre-
cious has reached the ninth
grade with good marks and
an awful secret - she can nei-
ther read nor write. But while
Precious may sometimes be
down, she is never out.
Ever since it premiered at
the Sundance Film Festival
in January, 'Precious' has

IN THIS film publicity image released by Lionsgate films, Gabourey Sidibe is shown in a scene from "Precious." The film was nominat-
ed for a Golden Globe award for best motion picture drama, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. The Golden Globe awards will be held Jan. 17 in
Beverly Hills, Calif.

stirred up controversy.
Armond White of the NY
Press made this now famous
statement about 'Precious':
"Not since 'The Birth of a
Nation' has a mainstream
movie demeaned the idea of
black American life as much
as 'Precious,'. Full of brazen-
ly racist cliches (Precious
steals and eats an entire buck-
et of fried chicken), it is a

sociological horror show."
However, for many the
film is not a demeaning one,
but rather one that paints a
true picture of what life is like
for disadvantaged young per-
sons growing up modern
And the Hollywood For-
eign Press Association cer-
tainly seems to agree with
those heaping praise on this

movie, nominating 'Precious'
in three categories for the
67th annual Golden Globes.
'Precious' is nominated in
the best drama category, and
Gabourey Sidibe and
Mo'Nique are among the best
actress and best supporting
actress in a drama nominees,
'Precious' is showing
tomorrow night at the Galle-

ria Cinemas on John F
Kennedy Drive at 7.30pm.
Tickets are $50 and can be
purchased from the BIFF
Box Office on 4th Terrace
East and Collins Avenue,
Building #10, 2nd Floor, or
at Galleria Cinemas JFK,
RND Plaza.
Call 356-5939 for more
information or visit

Bahamas International Film Festival names 2000 award i

- 'La Soga', 'Morenita',
1 .., iof the Trade' and
'Gaining Ground' take home
top prizes

for the 6th Bahamas Interna-
tional Film Festival (BIFF)
were announced on Sunday
night at the Balmoral Club
following the special career
achievement event honouring
Johnny Depp.
The festival showcased 86
films from 26 different coun-
tries, including 38 features, of
which several were world or
international premieres and
nearly all Bahamian pre-
mieres. The four competition
categories at BIFF are Spirit
of Freedom: Narrative; Spirit
of Freedom: Documentary;

New Vision; and Short Film.
Below are the official com-
petition winners at this year's

New Vision
The New Vision Award
was awarded to "Morenita",
written and directed by Alan
Jonsson Gavica.
In this Mexican drama,
Mateo Cruz, desperate to
save his family from death
threats by a notorious drug
dealer, steals the venerated
image of the Virgin of
Guadalupe causing pande-
monium throughout the coun-

Spirit of Freedom: Narrative
The Spirit of Freedom:
Narrative Award was pre-

sented to "La Soga", a
Dominican Republic film
from Director Josh Crook.
In his first solo directorial
effort, Josh Crook has worked
cheek-by-jowl with writer-
actor-producer Manny Perez
to create a work of such poet-
ic ferocity that much of its
imagery will be stamped on
the viewer forever.
The film starts in a poor
neighbourhood in Santiago,
Dominican Republic, where
the streets are run by
"boomerang" drug dealers
and a modest butcher strug-
gles to raise his ten-year-old
boy. After witnessing the
murder of his father by a
vicious New York criminal
named Rafa, Luisito meets
General Colon, head of the

Rhythm of the Drums

Tribune Features Reporter

THE Chipmans are a family who
have a passion for entertainment. And
this Christmas season they promise to
bring thrills, chills, adventure, mystery
and magic to Nassau.
In their latest production, 'Rhythms
of Drums', which will be staged at the
Rainforest Theatre this coming Sun-
day, Bahamian culture will meet the
glamour of a Las Vegas cabaret and
the spectacle of a New York Broad-
way show.
John 'Chippie" Chipman, Metellus
Chipman, Fontella Chipman-Rolle,
Kyla Rolle, John Chipman-Burrows,
Maurienne Duvalier and Mitzie Chip-
man are all a part of the four genera-
tions of Chipmans in the show.
It's been in the making for years
now, and last February Mitzie Chip-
man pitched the idea of this latest pro-
duction to her talented family.
With the full support of her family
behind her, Mitzie staged two shows,
one in May of this year, the other in
August. And audience members were
dazzled, giving the show rave reviews.
Mitzie told Tribune Entertainment
that people couldn't believe that
Bahamians had produced something
so "worthy to be shown on the inter-
national scene."
"You can expect a fully Bahami-
anised show, not just the typical (Chip-
man style) fire and limbo," she said.

That's only a small spectacle of the
"It's a real burden when you do all of
this on your own," said Mitzie, who is
noted for her riveting fire-dancing and
junkanoo skills.
Mitzie and her family have come a
long way in this industry and have
often faced criticism. She said she was
called "unladylike" because of her
dancing when she was younger.
"We were never on drugs, we're not
alcoholics, we're Christians, but we
dance. David danced his clothes off for
the Lord, but when we danced it was
wrong," she recalled.
Mitzie said it has been a continuous
fight for her family to establish them-
selves as entertainers in the Bahamas.
She remembers producers often con-
sidering her for a performance but
when an international artist was
brought in they were chosen over her;
"they're seen as the best in the world,"
she said.
Mitzie said in her view the local
entertainment scene is the least sup-
ported sector by government.
In the 1990s, Bahamian entertain-
ment was said to have died.
"It was not respected by the people,
the government, so it had to die," she
"I want to bring it to another level
where people see that they shouldn't
forget these people (Bahamian per-
formers of the past)."
It was because struggles like these
that Mitzie was pushed hard to create a
"world-class" show.

Dominican secret police.
Colon preys on the boy's
desire for revenge, trans-
forming him into a heartless
killer. Twenty years later,
Luisito has risen to become
Colon's top assassin, kept in
control by the general's
promise to deliver his father's

Spirit of Freedom: Docu-
The Spirit of Freedom:
Documentary Award was
awarded to Katrina Browne's
"Traces of the Trade: A Story
From the Deep North".
In this American docu-
mentary, filmmaker Katrina
Browne discovers her New
England ancestors were the
largest slave traders in US his-

Now, all her hard work seems to be
paying off, and she is currently negoti-
ating with cruise lines to have
'Rhythms of Drums' performed on
their ships, particularly on the world's
largest cruise ship, the Oasis of the
Seas, which docked in Nassau last
'Rhythms of the Drums' has been
done twice before, but the show didn't
garner the amount of support the fam-
ily were hoping for.
"Getting funding right now is really
impossible from a sponsor's point of
view," Mitzie said.
And when it comes to criticism, she
said Bahamians are some of the harsh-
est critics out there.
"If you can perform for the Bahami-
an people, you can perform anywhere
in the world," she said.
The show starts with Eloise Louis, a
great Bahamian singer who will be
dancing to her music in the opening
This is followed by a Goombay-style
segment with breath-taking costumes.
"The Goombay scene depicts where
we came up with the fire, dance, limbo.
The African scene is layered with a
Tony McKay and George Symonette
song that is really on a fast level. The
junkanoo scene is the finale, where
Veronica Bishop, Tony Seymour, and
Ronnie Butler will perform," Mitzie
"When (the performers) come out,
it's not a moment that you sit down
for five minutes until the other scene
comes on," she said.
"We do not waste a second. Every
second something is being done, for
an hour and a half straight through."
The show is something Mitzie has
been working on for 15 years now, and

tory. 'Traces of the Trade' fol-
lows Browne and nine fellow
DeWolf descendants as they
travel from Rhode Island, to
Ghana and Cuba on a trip
that brings them face-to-face
with the history and legacy of
New England's hidden enter-

Short Film
The award for Best Short
Film went to the German film
"Gaining Ground", directed
by Marc Brummund.
The short film tells the sto-
ry of a young illegal immi-
grant couple who spend their
time furtively avoiding the
German authorities, until the
well-being of their young son
dictates that they resolve their
untenable situation.

BAHAMIAN dancers transform into Las
Vegas showgirls in a cabaret perfor-

she's been sewing the costumes her-
self for the past five.
Every bead that you see on the cos-
tumes was sewed on by hand.
People who have already seen the
show said it was a uniquely Bahamian
"I have not seen a show like that,
like a native review, since the Cat and
Fiddle days at my father's club," said
former senator Cyprianna McWeeney.
Her father, Freddie Munnings Sr,
was the owner of Cat and Fiddle, and a
leading figure in the Bahamas music
and entertainment industry.
'Rhythms of Drums' will be shown
twice at the Rainforest Theatre at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort this week-
Tickets are $25 for children, $50 for
adults and are available at the door.
For further information call 393 4069
or 544-6991.


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natural paper to print cutom colour photos

Tribune Features Reporter

'GREEN' is the theme of
a unique method a famed
photographer in the
Bahamas is using to pro-
duce his art.
Working with natural papers to
print custom colour photos affords
photographers the convenience of no
longer needing a frame with a glass to
showcase their work, Richard Hoke-
meir, owner of Your Photographer
Ltd, told Tribune Art.
In keeping with the 'green' theme,
Mr Hokemeir prints all of his scenic
photos on museum etching, torchon,
bamboo and sugar cane paper. And
crumpling and folding will not harm
the pictures on these natural photo
papers, he said.
The question on most people's
minds who saw his latest exhibition
was whether the pieces in the collec-
tion were photos or paintings. The
papers' luminescent qualities made it
hard to tell.
A resident of the Bahamas for the
past 40 years, Mr Hokemeir is a pho-
tographer with an eye for shooting
"the little things."

Last month, he held his seventh
exhibition for the year in a private
room at the Poop Deck Restaurant
Mr Hokemeir and his wife Odette
scout out different areas of New
Providence, travelling from the east-
ern end of the island to the west to
capture unique scenes.
Each of his photos are printed on
exotic papers made from natural
resources which give the pieces a
glossy finish.
One of Mr Hokemeir's most
esteemed photographs is of a royal
staff member at Buckingham Palace.
Brigadier John Smedley, private
secretary to the Earl and Countess of
Wessex, asked Mr Hokemeir to take
a picture of him many years ago while
he was in Nassau on assignment.
The photo now hangs in Bucking-
ham Palace in Brigadier Smedley's
office. Graycliff and Humidor
Restaurants also have copies of the
Extensive research goes into
importing the special exotic papers
Mr Hokemeir uses.
The photographer and his wife
order the special papers from coun-
tries around the world, and especial-
ly from Asia.
In the near future, they hope to
start printing on rice paper, made in

Xuancheng, China.
Rice paper is said to be rot-proof
and moth-proof; and is the reason
why art pieces painted on this paper
centuries ago still look almost new.
Each type of paper, be it rice, bam-
boo or sugar cane paper, absorbs
colour differently.
Noticeably, the sugar cane paper
makes certain colours in a piece real-
ly 'pop'.
Odyssey Airlines is a big client of
Hokemeir products. And if you fre-
quent the VIP room downstairs at
the Lynden Pindling Airport, you will
see his photography hanging on the
"It took me about five months of
shooting to capture the flamingos at
the side of the pool looking at their
reflection," he said about the piece on
display at the airport.
"Some figures take years, going to
the same spot just to get the right

shot," Mr Hokemeir said.
"Some things can't come, so I'm
up early in the morning at five to get
the right spots and I look for some-
thing spectacular."
He highly recommends a photo
he took of graceful flamingos get-
ting their feet wet in a pool in water.
"It looks like ladies in a ballet," he
"I get so much more leeway to
express creativity. Everything has to
have a reason. I just don't want to
take pictures," he said. " I like tak-
ing it up a little."
All of Mr Hokemeir's photos were
shot in Nassau. And his photos of
Haitian dinghies and boats in the
harbour are the most popular.

A good number of the shots fea-
ture sights uncommon to the
For example, Mr Hokemeir was
able to capture a pelican which was
way off its course as it made a stop at
a local beach.
He has also taken photos of Sean
Connery's 'Out of Bounds' boat.
Mr Hokemeir has taken photos
of major court cases, like the John
Travolta trial, and has done some
work for the Bahamas Handbook.
There are some photographers
that have a passion for where they
live, want to capture the essence of
it, and they want to share it with
everybody. Richard Hokemeir says
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spread , among _IIthe !generl 'pub1 liciithati

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comn" by llustrainghe iner aspect
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been sold inc h fic Iia Iopening.1 f

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Ms Maycocri 's pictures enttled'h

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togral-pher spoke about the overll pur-I

the exhi ]ib ition ithat c Iap Iture nture, but'
Ithphtographs are not streotypTI~lfl I mical
imags tat re 'lwas sen.I i~'try lto cap

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