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Publication Date: December 22, 2009
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Forensics expert testifies
in Bishop Fraser trial
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE unlawful sex trial of Bishop Earl
Randy Fraser continued in Magistrate's
Court yesterday with a forensics expert again
taking the witness stand.
Fraser, who is on $10,000 bail, is accused of
having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-
old girl between July 2005 and February
Forensic scientist, Detective Corporal She-
ria King was back on the witness stand for
King said she performed tests on three
pieces of carpet taken from a maroon rug in
the bishop's church office. The samples were
handed to her in April 2006, and all three
SEE page 10

* Foot patrols beefed up

* Manpower increased

* More cars on streets

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE have launched a
"multi-pronged assault" on
the violent crime which is
plaguing the streets of New
They're hoping to send the
"strongest possible message"
to criminals by beefing up foot
patrols, increasing manpower


REPORTS reached The
Tribune late last night of a
homicide in the Fox Hill
Police found the body of
a man with a gunshot to the
head in a light grey Chero-
kee which had crashed in
Hanna Road West.
Eye witnesses claimed
they saw someone running
in the same area.
This brings the murder
total of the year to 83.

and putting more police cars
on the streets.
A special selective enforce-
ment team was formed specif-
ically to deal with these issues,
said Commissioner of Police
(acting) Ellison Greenslade.
Mr Greenslade was talking
after meeting with the heads
of the Central Detective Unit
(CDU), Drug Enforcement
Unit (DEU), Strike Force,
Criminal Intelligence Bureau
and other specialist areas yes-
terday to get a first-hand
account of the crime fighting
challenges plaguing each sec-
After ascertaining the issues
confronting the units, Mr
Greenslade told the Press he
is committed to providing "all
of the resources - both human
and capital - to the officers
here so that they might exe-
cute their duties in a more effi-
cient and effective fashion
beginning immediately."
The move came after a
weekend filled with violence
that propelled the country's
death count to a record 83
SEE page eight

ACTING COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Ellison Greenslade, flanked by senior officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, briefs the media on
beefed up crime fighting strategies outside of the Central Detective Unit yesterday.

Murder victim
'was wanted in
connection with
two killings'
POLICE investigations into
two murders this weekend
have found the 82nd victim
of the year was wanted in con-
nection with two murders in
addition to other crimes.
Nairro Peterson, known as
Pearl Eye, had been charged
with murder, attempted mur-
der and possession of danger-
ous drugs in July 2007, and is
one of three men police
believed was responsible for
the shooting death of Marvin
Lightbourne near his home in
Sunlight Village, New Provi-
dence, on June 11, 2007.
He was also charged with
the attempted murder of
Quincy Glinton-Cartwright
on the same date.
In addition, Peterson was
charged with possession of a
SEE page eight

Boxing Day Junkanoo parade
'set for highest attendance ever'
MINISTER of State for Culture
Charles Maynard predicts this year's
Boxing Day Junkanoo parade will boast
its highest attendance rate ever.
Tickets were made available last
week, with this year split in half
between walk-up and online sales. Min-
ister Maynard confirmed that as of Sat-
urday, online ticketing has nearly sold
out and walk-up sales are unprece-
SEE page eight
Tiger Woods reportedly heading for Bahamas
edly heading for the Bahamas with some
friends on board his luxury yacht.
According to People magazine, a
source claimed Tiger's boat Privacy,
which had been docked in North Palm
Beach, Florida, left on Saturday morning. W
Another source told the publication that
the golfer is going to cruise the Bahamas
for a few days.
Woods is taking an indefinite break
from professional golf following news-
paper reports about his private life.

Tribune Freeport
Sergeant Juan Carlos Pratt
denied having sex with two
minors who were placed
in the care of his wife in
May, 2007.
Sgt Pratt, who is on trial
in the Freeport Magis-
trate's Court, gave an
unsworn statement from
the dock in his defence on
December 3.
Pratt is charged with
two counts of unlawful
sexual intercourse. It is
alleged that sometime
between May 5 and 6,
2007, he had sex with two
SEE page 10


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though that "with faith,
hope and charity, I shall
FastFreddy said: "Who
can celebrate when the
country is led by incompe-
tent people?
"Next year is going to be
tough, like we have never
seen, and we have no plan."
Rashad Amahad said he
is not surprised that so many
readers are not feeling the
Christmas spirit this year, as
"the spiritual significance of
the date has been lost."

He said: "Christ-mas has
nothing to do with money
and crime; it should be
about the Saviour of the
world and the peace and
love exhibited.
"And the anniversary is
celebrated by the world's
standard as opposed to the
people of God."
Lx Gil.'qn, agreed, saying:
"Because the real meaning
of Christmas for me is
Christ, it makes no differ-
ence to me what the state of
the economy is, whether or
not there is crime, or
whether or not people are
caught up in the commer-
cialisaton of this time of
Alex said Christmas is not
about "putting myself and
family in debt, it is not pur-
chasing unnecessary gifts for
persons that you have not
spoken to for more than half

Tribune readers are split
on the question of whether
unpleasant circumstances
are putting a damper on
Christmas spirit this year.
In the latest poll on tri-, readers were
asked if crime, the economy
and - up until last week Fri-
day - the hot weather, are
making it difficult to get into
the spirit of the season.
While 65 readers admit-
ted they are finding holiday
cheer hard to come by, 45
said they haven't let the neg-
atives affect their mood.
Average Joe said that
while he tries to keep in the
Christmas spirit every day
of the year, this is becoming
harder and harder with
crime and corruption run-

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tors receive their gift bag are,
from left: Debbie Hyler, manager,
for ports of entry, Ministry of
Tourism (MOT); Keren Seymour,
director for Grand Bahama, MOT;
Don Cornish, administrator, Offi-
cer of the Prime Minister; and
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Fortuna Resort; and Old
Bahama Bay Resort and
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when the
country is led
by incompe-
tent people?
Next year is
going to be
tough, like we
have never
seen, and we
have no


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were offered to Christ not
to Mary, Joseph or the wise
men. We are so out of focus,
we need to go back to the
core to the very foundation
of Christmas - which is
everything else in our coun-
try except its actual intent."

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Officers not supportive of new

commissioner 'should retire'

Police official
says Ellison
will have full
support of
Tribune Staff Reporter
OFFICERS who are not
fully supportive of the newly
appointed commissioner of
police should retire from the
force in the interest of unity,
said Assistant Commissioner
Hulan Hanna.
Former Acting Deputy
Commissioner of Police Elli-
son Greenslade was appointed
Acting Commissioner of
Police earlier this month.
Mr Greenslade - who is
expected to be sworn in as the
RBPF's top cop in January -
succeeds former Police Com-
missioner Reginald Ferguson,
who is scheduled to retire on
January 4, 2010.
Mr Ferguson has taken pre-
retirement leave until then.
Mr Hanna stressed that
when Mr Greenslade is for-
mally sworn in, he will have
the full support of his subor-
dinate officers.
"The members of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force will
give 100 per cent support to
the commissioner of police.
Our mandate is to serve this
country and to work in adher-
ence to the person that has
been so appointed by the gov-
ernment to commissioner of

police. And so I want to make
that abundantly clear - come
January, 5, every police officer
will support the commissioner
of police," said Mr Hanna,
speaking to the media on the
sidelines of a press conference
held on the grounds of the
Central Detective Unit on
Thompson Boulevard yester-
He said unwavering support
is essential in maintaining uni-
ty on the force and anyone
with dissenting views should
"We are one force, one per-
son serves as commissioner of
police at a time and that per-
son will get 100 per cent sup-
port of every single officer.
Who has a problem with that.
. write to the commissioner
of police and tender your res-
ignation. Say, I don't want to
be a policeman anymore -
the country doesn't need a
divided force. The country
needs a united team because
the criminals, I hope you've

THE Downtown Nassau Partner- I M
ship has applauded government's
efforts to increase police presence on
Bay Street.
The organisation's praise follows a
decision by the Ministry of National r-
Security and the Royal Bahamas
Police Force to heighten security on
the island's most heavily trafficked
commercial thoroughfare.
"The police force has visibly
stepped up efforts on Bay Street," said
Vaughn Roberts, managing director
of the DNP, the public-private sector
organisation tasked with the revitali-
sation of historic Nassau.
"We've already spoken with store
staff who noticed the difference immediately and
felt that the added police presence was very reas-
suring for themselves and for visitors. Govern-
ment has a lot on its plate, but we truly appreci-
ate the heightened security from officers assigned
to the Tourism Police Unit."
Escorted by a host of senior officers, newly-


noticed, have combined their
Mr Hanna, who oversees
the Family Island division,
also warned the public to be
vigilant for opportunistic thugs
this holiday season. As for
business owners - many of
whom have been the target of
armed robbers recently - Mr
Hanna suggested they contact
their neighbourhood police
stations if they feel threatened.
"If at the end of the work-
ing day you have some con-
cerns, call your nearest police
station, or be pre-emptive, go
to your (district) commander
and say that you are operating
and you are likely to be mov-
ing whatever it is you are mov-
ing, to come in, and they have
the resources there to come
to your establishment to pro-
vide you the necessary assis-
"If you're looking for more
sustained police presence you
may have to write the com-
missioner formally and ask for

. I. appointed Acting Commissioner of
Police Ellison Greenslade conducted
his first walkabout on Bay Street last
During the tour, he noted that he
was impressed with the number of
, officers on duty - and with their
" demeanour.
While police step up their efforts,
eral of tourism Vernice Walkine and
Nassau Tourism Development Board
chairman Charles Klonaris, are work-
ing to "bring back the magic." Many
once-bare shop fronts are now cov-
ered with art, the results of a holiday
decorating contest are due to be
announced, and last Thursday there was a Christ-
mas street party organised by merchants and
restaurants on Charlotte Street south between
Bay and Shirley Streets.
The DNP is guided by an 11-member board of
leading corporate citizens and high-ranking pub-
lic officials.

private engagement," he said.
Mr Hanna also suggested
that vulnerable street vendors
open and close up shop at a
reasonable hour to avoid
becoming "sitting targets" for
would-be thieves.

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Western Esplanade, Bay
Street, at around 5pm yes-
The two girls, thought to
be around 16, chased the
man dressed in a khaki hat
and jacket, as he ran from
the beachfront area near the
junction with Nassau Street
clutching two backpacks.
An eye-witness who saw
the commotion from her car
stopped at the traffic light
in Nassau Street said: "He

was running like he was try-
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thing. He was trying to
dodge things and get out of
the way, and a few seconds
later the girls came out after
him. They were shouting
'Stop! Stop!' and trying not
to get run over, and they fol-
lowed him into Nassau
"By the time I realized
what was going on the light
had changed and I had to
go. I just really feel bad I
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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Return to appearance of law and order

FOR A fleeting moment on Sunday we
felt a page had turned and we were back in
a Nassau in which police foot patrols were a
part of daily life. As we drove east past the
Eastern Parade two smartly dressed police
officers - complete with white pith hel-
mets, stiffly starched white tunics and navy
coloured trousers - walked briskly west-
ward. It was a scene from our childhood. It
gave the impression of order and discipline.
It was picture postcard perfect, a scene that
tourists and their cameras would never miss.
Yesterday we were talking with some-
one who said he had just returned from a
walk down Bay Street where he had seen a
wonderful sight.
He described a scene of helmeted police
officers walking two by two at strategic dis-
tances apart on Bay Street. He was delight-
ed at the sight. "I felt safe," he enthused. "I
felt secure, besides it looks good!"
We called a police officer to find out what
they were up to. "We are going back to what
it used to be!" he said excitedly. He drew our
attention to the return of Bay Street's traffic
policeman under his once familiar umbrella.
The policeman under his umbrella was a
favourite photo shoot for visitors, who
always wanted their picture taken with him.
A popular postcard that sold by the hun-
dreds, possibly thousands, and was mailed all
over the world was of one of these traffic
policemen, under his umbrella, looking down
and chatting with a cute little blonde double
of Shirley Temple. This was Moira Kennedy,
who couldn't have been more than five years
old at the time. She was the daughter of Mr
and Mrs Alan Kennedy. Mr Kennedy head-
ed the Bahamas Electricity Department
when it was located in Vendue House on
Bay Street. The Kennedys were our only
neighbours in Camperdown when Camper-
down ended at our home on the hill and
stretched in a jungle of bush south to the
sea. This was more than a half century ago.
The Tourism Police Unit, said our infor-
mant, consisted only of about 30 to 40 offi-
cers. That number has been increased to
100, which includes plainclothed officers.
Added to these is a bicycle unit, consisting of
about 30 cyclists. These officers will satu-
rate tourist sites - not only on Bay Street
and its environs, but the forts, such as Forts
Charlotte and Fincastle, and other areas that
attract visitors.
On Wednesday we understand Ministry
of National Security Tommy Turnquest will
inspect the CCTV cameras that have been
put up in areas that come under the South
Eastern Division of the police. It has been

described as the island's fastest growing busi-
ness area. As such it has a growing crime
problem. These cameras have been located
in strategic positions throughout the area
with a wide arc of detection. A policeman,
delighted with the cameras, described them
as a policeman's dream to help solve crime.
"Bahamians don't like being caught," he
remarked, "but this will surely catch them!"
The Tribune has advocated the installa-
tion of the CCTVs ever since a camera in the
UK caught two 10-year-old boys walking
off with two-year-old James Bulger.
The camera also picked up their conver-
sation and the details of their plot to kidnap
him. The only thing that it did not pick up
was his killing and this only because his
young killers had walked him a distance to a
railway track - out of camera range.
This was in February, 1993. These cameras
were also showing how important they were
becoming in crime detection in the US.
But no, Bahamians didn't want to hear
about them.
"Invasion of privacy!" they screamed. If
they had nothing to hide in a public place,
then what privacy was anyone invading? It
just suggested that maybe there was some-
thing to hid - possibly too many clandestine
rendezvouses? Whatever it was, we are
hearing no more about privacy, as fear for
their security is now the force driving them
to embrace the CCTV. The police certainly
want them. They think the criminal will have
second thoughts about risking his identity
if he knows that one-eyed Cyclops is watch-
On the front page of today's Tribune there
is a report of a murderer being shot and
killed. Out on bail was a man, who according
to police, was connected with two murders in
addition to other crimes. The police say that
in 2007 he was charged with murder,
attempted murder and possession of dan-
gerous drugs. He was also suspected of being
involved in the shooting death of Marvin
Lightbourne in 2007.
What magistrate would consider letting
such a person out on the streets to add to our
daily rising murder count?
Today in this fight against crime it is our
opinion that the decision of the courts to
return criminals to the streets to terrorise a
community is one of our major problems. It
would be good to know the reasoning behind
this particular case - and please don't use as
an excuse the Privy Council's time con-
straints or lack of court facilities. The com-
munity also has rights - the right to be pro-
tected against the criminal.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

A letter writer going by the
pseudonym of Galileo resorts
to calling The Nassau Insti-
tute names in a recent mis-
sive to your newspaper.
Our Bahamian Galileo
seems like the scientists at
East Anglia, in the UK, who,
even though they "know
they're right", "they're going
to hide dissenting opinion and
differing results."
As Russell Roberts said
"When you have the facts,
no need to yell and insult your
opponent. Just show them the
facts. It's about protesting too
much. "
With regard to the imper-
ative that Mr. Hubert Ingra-
ham, Prime Minister to The
Bahamas attend the Copen-
hagen summit, we pay taxes
for CARICOM to represent
us at these meetings, so why
does The Bahamas need to
send a delegation? The coun-
try simply can't afford it.
If that's not enough,
maybe our Bahamian Galileo
can confirm if the decision to
install a Bunker C - one of
the most polluting of all fossil
fuels - power plant in Aba-
co, is not an embarrassing
hypocrisy for the Prime Min-
ister in Copenhagen?

Bjorn Lomborg of fixthe-
climate corn> brings some
logic to this discussion when
he says:
"The solution is not to
make fossil fuels more expen-
sive; the solution is to make
alternative energy cheaper."
But some proponents see
the solution as making fossil
fuels obsolete before there
are effective alternatives.
It's curious that our
Bahamian Galileo so easily
dismisses other controversies
like those Clive Crook high-
lights in the Financial Times
"As one Climategate e-
mailer noted, we do not
understand why global warm-
ing has paused lately: the
models cannot account for it.
But this is not for public con-
sumption. It is best never
mentioned, think govern-
ments and their scientific
advisers. Just keep saying
"flat-earthers" or, as the
White House spokesman said
the other day, "the notion

Is it really any wonder the

national grade average is D?
EDITOR, The Tribune.

I have just returned from grocery shopping at the top of the
hill Mackey Street and feel compelled to write this letter.
I was in the grocery store Monday morning between 8am and
9am when students should be in school. As I passed through the
cashier line and had a young school aged packing boy pack my
groceries, it dawned on me that these boys were not in school
on a Monday morning. When I asked why they weren't in
school, the response was that they were out for the Christmas
break. The young boy who pushed my trolley load of gro-
ceries to my vehicle was very pleasant and when I asked him
when he has to go back to school his response was "June". This
boy didn't even know that the month that follows December is
I am sorry, but a three week Christmas break, in my opinion,
is one of the reasons why our school aged children lack a basic
education and the nation is in peril.
Most of the private schools are in session full days until Fri-
day, December 18th, and will more than likely be in session until
the end of June, so it is no wonder that the private schools out-
perform the public schools in the national exams.
If you take a closer look at the academic calendar, it seems
that the public schools have a two and a half month summer
vacation, a three week Christmas vacation, and usually a week
and a half Easter vacation.
Allowing for mid-term breaks and other days out of school,
most of the children in this country attend school for only
eight and half months or the equivalent of roughly only 36
weeks. How can anybody really expect more than the average
grade of D in the national exams when students aren't in
school long enough to gain the knowledge needed to sit the
exams? I feel sorry for the future of this country and for the
thousands of school children who are being unfairly disadvan-

December 14, 2009.

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that there is some kind of
debate ... is kind of silly."
(Read the entire piece by
Crook here...
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heck=1> )
Would the real Galileo,
after all he went through, be
proud of what his fellow sci-
entists did at East Anglia?
Mr. Crook also points out
that many of the opponents
of this drastic action are
demonised as "either stupid
or evil"; "flat-earthers" or
"deniers" (akin, that is, to
Holocaust "deniers". Surely
this does not make people
want to buy into their solu-
The Nassau Institute does
not deny climate change as
our Bahamian Galileo would
have people believe. The Nas-
sau Institute does question
the source and what to do
about it. Not to mention the
recent cooling trend that
seems to be ignored by some
IPCC scientists who might see
it as an inconvenient truth.

December 19, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I have just read the arti-
cle in today's Tribune,
where Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police, Hulan
Hanna is warning the gen-
eral public that if they take
matters into their own
hands during an armed
robbery attempt, there will
be consequences for their
actions. Are you kidding
me? What would you like
us to do? I am in no way
blaming our police force as
I realise that the crime in
this country is out of con-
trol and out of their con-
trol, but we are left with no
choices but to arm our-
selves and just pray for the
best outcome and that the
"bad guy" will be the one
lying on the ground instead
of the innocent victims that
are the targets of the day
or night.
I implore our Prime
Minister and also Tommy
Turnquest (who by the way
I feel is living in la-la land
or some other country) to
acknowledge and admit
defeat in their fight against
crime and to bring in out-
side forces to aid us in this
horrific fight. We have
friends from Cayman and
they have often told us of
the story of them having to
bring in outside help for a
few months when crime
was on the rise on their
island and it helped
Are we too proud of a
nation to admit that we
need help? Our young 17-
year-old policemen
(because that's the only
legitimate employment
they can find if they are
even looking for employ-
ment!) are ill-equipped to
handle such violent "out of
control" crimes happening
in our country.
It is a sad day when I
have to tell my 24-year-old
child when she comes back
to Nassau for a visit that
she cannot go to the gas
station after dark, or go to
the movies at night, or go
to Dairy Queen for ice-
cream, or go to a friend's
house after 9pm, or not to
drive down Shirley Street
after 8pm - what has hap-
pened to this country?
I implore our govern-
ment to swallow their pride
and admit that crime is out
of control here and bring in
outside help for however
long it takes.

December 15, 2009.


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* Area managers - The
intermediaries between
the field supervisors and
the main Census Office.
They will execute the
delivery of supplies to sub
offices under their portfo-
lio and likewise ensure the
delivery of returns to the
main office. They will have
the overall responsibility
for several supervisory dis-
* Supervisors - Will
have the responsibility of
supervising and monitor-
ing the work of a supervi-
sory district, which could
comprise of as much as 24
enumeration districts.
They will have to train the
enumerators, manage a
sub office, check and sign
the returns of the enumer-
ators and forward them to
the area manager.
* Assistant Supervisors
- Will assist the supervi-
sors with their duties and
will canvass the field with
the enumerators, being
directly responsible for a
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* Enumerators - Will
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views. They will be respon-
sible for an enumeration
district of 60 to 120 house-
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Department of Statistics

set to conduct Census 2010

THE Department of Statistics has
announced that from May through
July next year, it will carry out "Cen-
sus 2010" - a massive exercise to
collect socio-demographic data on
the entire population of the
A group of trained enumerators
will canvass households throughout
the country to collect comprehen-
sive household and individual sta-
The department said this infor-
mation will be used to support

"informed decision making" by gov-
ernment planners, policy makers,
the private sector, researchers, stu-
dents and the general public.
A population census is conducted
every 10 years in the Bahamas. The
last census in 2000 cost the public
about $3 million, and an estimated
$5 million has been earmarked for
Census 2010. The country's popu-
lation is said to be about 350,000.
The exercise will actually begin in
February with the training of the
department's staff. In March, the

training of field supervisors and
assistant supervisors will take place,
and the enumerators will be trained
in April.
"Every household, subdivision,
cay, island, marina will be canvassed.
The fieldwork in New Providence
and Grand Bahama will have the
Census Office of the Department of
Statistics as the umbrella office with
temporary satellite offices in all con-
stituencies/supervisory districts.
"In the Family Islands, the
umbrella office will be that of the

administrator," said director of sta-
tistics Kelsie Dorsett.
A pre-census test was conducted
August 17 to 30 in New Providence
and Grand Bahama by six trained
enumerators. The main purpose was
to test the questionnaire for Census
2010 in terms of relevancy, design,
and average length of time it takes
to complete.
A new component of the ques-
tionnaire is a section on crime - to
determine trends and possible solu-
tions to the growing problem.

Murder accused tells of

'attack while in prison'

Tribune Staff Reporter
A 41-YEAR-OLD McCul-
lough Corner man who was
arraigned on murder and
attempted murder charges
yesterday told Chief Magis-
trate Roger Gomez he want-
ed to avoid an area of the
prison where he was
attacked on a previous occa-
Franklyn Edgecombe
asked Chief Magistrate
Gomez to order that he not
be placed in the western sec-
tion of Her Majesty's Prison
while on remand, explaining
that he had served time
before and that while in that
area of the facility one day
he was mobbed by a gang of
men and stabbed several
Chief Magistrate Gomez
said that he would seek to
have the accused held in a
different part of the prison.
Edgecombe has been
charged with the December

15 murder of Daron Far-
rington, 38, of Somerset
Estates off Carmichael
Road, who was reportedly
with a group of men standing
outside a home on Strachan's
Corner off East Street when
two armed men emerged
from a nearby track road and
opened fire at around
8.30pm on December 15.
Farrington was fatally shot
in the chest, becoming the
country's 80th murder victim
for the year.
Edgecombe was not

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required to enter a plea to
the murder charge. He was
not represented by an attor-
He was also charged with
the attempted murder of
Lavardo Bethel, who was
reportedly shot in the right
leg. Edgecombe was not
required to enter a plea to
the attempted murder charge
The case has been
adjourned to January 18 and
transferred to Court 10, Nas-
sau Street.

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Two women in court on

attempted murder charge

Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO young women were
arraigned in a Magistrate's
Court yesterday on an
attempted murder charge.
Tierra Williams, 21, of
South Beach and a 17-year-
old girl of Rupert Dean
Lane were arraigned before
Chief Magistrate Roger

Gomez in Court 1, Bank
Lane, charged with the
December 10 attempted
murder of Willard Rolle.
It was alleged that the
accused, being concerned
together and with Marvin
Beneby, intentionally
attempted to cause Rolle's
Beneby, 38, of Laird
Street was arraigned on the
attempted murder charge
last Friday.

Williams was represented
by attorney Cheryl Bazzard
and the juvenile, who can-
not be identified for legal
reasons, was represented by
attorney Tai Pinder.
They were also charged
with possession of an shot-
gun and handgun.
Williams and the juvenile
were not required to enter
pleas to the charges.
According to initial
reports, Rolle, 38, was shot

multiple times by the driver
of a car that pulled up next
to him as he was walking in
the Windsor Lane area.
The accused were grant-
ed $15,000 bail with two
sureties and ordered to
report to their nearest police
station every Wednesday
and Saturday.
Their co-accused, Bene-
by, was denied bail last Fri-
Prosecutors claimed that
he had previously served
time in prison after being
convicted on attempted
murder and armed robbery

Brent Symnet clsIorgeae
co-op ratio fromforein dip omats

DEPUTY Prime Minister
and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette has called for
a greater involvement in the
development of the Bahamas
from members of the diplo-
matic and the honorary con-
sular corps.
Mr Symonette told ambas-
sadors that the Bahamas needs
their help, "as we seek to over-
come the challenges that keep
emerging in the face of the
existing crisis."
"I therefore call on you all to
increase your contact and co-
operation with my ministry and
me in a dynamic, result-orient-
ed, and sustained manner," he
Mr Symonette was address-
ing the Honorary Consular
Corps' annual Christmas lun-
cheon at the Lyford Cay Club.
He used the opportunity to give
an overview of the year in for-
eign relations and outline plans
for 2010.
The minister noted that the
International Office for Migra-
tion (IOM) was granted legal
authority this year to establish a
presence in the Bahamas, "evi-
dence of our continuing and
deepened relationship on
migration matters."
The appointment of Kather-
ine Forbes-Smith as Consul
General for the Bahamas in
Atlanta - with responsibility for
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia,
Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri,
North Carolina, Oklahoma,
South Carolina and Tennessee


- took place this year.
In addition, staff of the Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs attend-
ed a number of high-level meet-
ings on human rights, the glob-
al financial crisis, climate
change, food and energy secu-
rity, the United Nations' Mil-
lennium Goals, poverty,
hunger, international terrorism
and other issues.
Bilaterally, the country host-
ed the Vice Premier of the
State Council of the People's
Republic of China, Chairman
Wu of the Standing Commit-
tee of the National People's
Congress, and the Foreign Min-
ister of Haiti.
"These international and
bilateral meetings also provide
opportunities for exposure and
training. Some of the training
opportunities taken advantage
of this year by my ministry were
offered by China, Germany,
Japan, the Caribbean Commu-
nity and the World Trade

Organisation," Mr Symonette
He added that with the use of
technology and applied man-
power and procedures, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
expanded its passport services
domestically and in some over-
seas missions, namely, Miami,
New York and Atlanta.
"My ministry is continuing
to overcome the challenges in
implementing the intricate sys-
tem in Nassau, Freeport and in
other Family Island centres.
The Bahamian public has wit-
nessed major improvements in
the delivery of their docu-
ments," he said.
In the area of free trade, Mr
Symonette said the Bahamas is
continuing efforts "in earnest"
to become a full member of the
World Trade Organisation.
Additionally, the first round
of negotiations to conclude the
new CARICOM/ Canada
Trade and Development
Agreement were held in Bar-
bados in November, 2009.
With regard to the Econom-
ic Partnership Agreement with
the European Commission, he
said the Bahamas' services offer
has been accepted by the com-
mission. This means that the
country can move to the next
stage of implementation of the
In financial services, the
Bahamas has signed 10 Tax
Information Exchange Agree-
ments (TIEA) in pursuit of the
government's commitment to
have the country removed from
the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Develop-
ment's (OECD) "grey list" of
countries deemed not fully
compliant with international
standards, Mr Symonette said.
Agreements have been
signed with Argentina, Bel-
gium, China, France, Monaco,
the Netherlands, New Zealand,
San Marino, the United King-
dom and the United States.
"We are pleased that six of
these countries are OECD
members and that we are the
first country to sign an agree-
ment of this type with China,"
he said.
"The Bahamas is presently
negotiating TIEAs with other
countries and will have signed
her quota of these agreements
by the first quarter of 2010."




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Proposed official career path for

social workers close to approval

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT - Public Ser-
vice Minister Zhivargo
Laing has announced the
proposed official career path
for government social work-
ers is one step away from
being approved.
He explained that there
have been some delays in

the approval process due to
a lack of certain necessary
information, but said this
has now been rectified.
"It is now before the Pub-
lic Service Commission
(PSC) and we are working
together with the Ministry
of Social Services to try and
bring the matter to a head,"
Mr Laing said.
He said the PSC has the
power to approve the pro-

New QCs are

admitted to

the Inner Bar

Tribune Staff Reporter
FOUR new Queen's Counsels -
were admitted to the Inner Bar
yesterday in a special sitting of
the Supreme Court, continuing a
centuries old tradition in the
legal fraternity.
Former governor general Sir
Orville Turnquest, QC, said the
community of lawyers - almost
1,000 members in the Outer Bar
- would benefit from the
"strong, active, dynamic and
exemplary leadership" of the
new QCs.
Senior lawyers joining the dis-
tinguished fraternity are deemed
to have demonstrated a com-
mendable level of professional
expertise and excellence. ATTORNEY GENERAL
Appointed yesterday in a for- John Delaney
mal ceremony were Brian
Simms, Sean McWeeney, Brian Moree and Attorney
General John Delaney. Last week, Colin Callender, Fred
Smith, Philip Dunkley, and Emerick Knowles were also
called to the Inner Bar.

The recent appointments were a first in the Bahamas
in more than 10 years, bringing the total number of QCs
to 12.
Henry Bostwick, QC, delivered congratulatory remarks
at the ceremony. He said the failure to keep appoint-
ments current over the past decade was a disservice to the
legal community. He acknowledged the process as an
ongoing one, but highlighted the fact that the new "silks",
as they are informally known, are not the only candidates
qualified for the designation.
Mr Simms said he previously kept his views on the
matter quiet, but on the occasion of his call he felt com-
pelled to state his regret that Chief Justice Sir Michael
Barnett, who presided over the ceremony, was not a QC
although highly qualified.
At last week's ceremony, Mr Bostwick called on the
government to reform the Legal Profession Act to create
a fairer and more transparent selection process. Presi-
dent of the Bar Association Ruth Bowe-Darville sec-
onded his call. She said the association fully endorses the
effort, although no recommendations have been put to
the Attorney General's office as yet.

One of her expectations for the new QCs is that they
will provide leadership to junior attorneys in firms exter-
nal to their own: firms that do not have the benefit of
senior leadership from the likes of QCs. The traditional
practice is for QCs to provide mentorship to junior attor-
neys, allowing them to accompany them to court and
work with them on cases.
Mr McWeeney said he is up to the challenge and sees
mentorship as a core responsibility of his new designa-
tion. As an attorney general in a former PLP govern-
ment, Mr McWeeney added that he is particularly happy
his call to the Inner Bar came under the FNM.
Expectations are high for the new QCs, and Mr Bost-
wick highlighted the traditional saying in his presentation,
"To whom much is given much is required."
He said the new QCs need to commit themselves to
playing an active leadership role in the profession.
Mr Moree said the leadership of the new QCs will
have a global impact, since the title is internationally
He said the appointment of QCs sends a signal that
legal services at the highest standard are available in
the Bahamas.

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This comes after social
workers on Grand Bahama
staged a two day sick-out,
calling on the government
to address several ongoing
problems at the Department
of Social Services.
Employees complained
about inadequate office
space, staff shortages and a
lack of promotions. They
also requested a risk
allowance for social work-
ers to be implemented.
John Curtis, area vice
president for the Bahamas
Public Services Union
(BPSU), said the lack of a
clear career path for
employees must be
"There are persons who
have been working there for
25 years and who have not
gotten a promotion and are
still working as case aides,"
he said.
"There is no clear job
description for employees
and these are persons who
are temporary workers,

"It is now
before the
Public Service
(PSC) and we
are working
together with the
Ministry of Social
Services to try
and bring the
matter to a head."

Zhivargo Laing

some are contracted and
some are welfare officers,
and all of them are doing
the same thing," he said.
Mr Laing noted that the
problem of staff shortages
is also going to be
"The hiring was also sub-
ject to some delay because

of some information that
was needed to be delivered.
The complaints by social
workers have been recog-
nised by Social Services and
the government is working
to address them," the minis-
ter said.

Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic say
they have uncovered a
plot to kill six prison
inmates and the president
of the National Drug Con-
trol agency, according to
Associated Press.
The agency released a
statement Monday saying
it had transferred the
inmates to other prisons
as a precaution. It is
unclear if security for
agency president Maj.
General Rolando Rosado
Mateo also was increased.
The agency accuses
fugitive drug-trafficking
suspect Ramon del
Rosario Puente of mas-
terminding the plan.
Officials said the
inmates targeted were
involved in a failed drug-
trafficking attempt last
month in which a load of
cocaine was thrown from
a small plane before it

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Junkanoo attendance
will produce favourable conditions.
Chairman of the Junkanoo Parade Man-
agement team Douglas Hanna said the team
will meet again on Thursday to continue
weather discussions, however at this time the
parade is still scheduled for 12:01am Satur-
Junkanoo tickets range from $5 for standing
areas to $45 for seats in Rawson Square, and
can be purchased from the Kendal Isaacs Gym
in Yellow Elder Gardens or online at

FROM page one
"This year, in accordance to the agreement
with the Junkanoo Corporation of New Prov-
idence, we have 10,000 sellable seats," said
Mr Maynard. "With the additional seating in
Rawson Square, this year is going to be bigger
and better than ever."
This is the third season the Government has
been in joint partnership with JCNP, and the
first year the corporation has successfully
secured and paid for a ticketing agent.
The parade management team believes the
weather for this year's Boxing Day parade
FROM page one Po

homicides for the year. cide squad A,
On Sunday night three peo- tendent Leon
ple were taken to hospital fol- "These peo
lowing a triple shooting near hit the street'
Market Street. evening and t
On Saturday, 29-year-old execute so tha
Mario "Pearl Eye" Peterson those persons
was shot to death in a drive- have been sho
by shooting on Milton Street. communities
Earlier, a man and a woman fact maimed
were attacked and stabbed by people in our
an assailant who accosted them that activity w
outside a home on Palm Beach ately," Mr Gr
Street. media at a pre
The male victim was beaten the CDU's gro
to death. son Boulevar
In response to these violent Superinter
incidents and rising gun crimes, Moss, officer-
Mr Greenslade promised that CDU, explain
as of yesterday there would be police intellig
increased police patrols with ving force be
new RBPF cars on the streets launched sche
that are all a part of the selec- towards elimi
tive enforcement team, headed "We wish
by head of the CDU's homi- strongest pos:

FROM page one

large quantity of Indian hemp, to which he
pleaded not guilty.
Peterson, of Milton Street, was released on
The 29-year-old was gunned down near the
Brand B Tyre shop, in Milton Street, at around
5.45pm on Saturday.
Police said he was standing near the tyre
shop with a group of people when a black
Honda Accord pulled up and shots were fired.
He was shot in the pelvis and left leg, was
transported to hospital in a private vehicle
and later died of his injuries.
Detectives have not yet determined a
motive for the killing.
The second man killed this weekend has not
yet been identified by police. He and a woman
were attacked by a man in Palm Beach Street
at around 2am on Sunday.
Neighbours came out of their homes when
they heard the man and woman screaming
and found a man had been hit on the head
and stabbed several times. He was lying in a

the criminal underclass that
effective immediately you will
hear from and feel the full
brunt of the assets of the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force, as
we move resolutely to reduce
the number of crimes involv-
ing guns, violence, loss of life,
property and illegal drug
activities," Mr Moss said,
while discouraging persons
from harbouring fugitives
from justice.
Also present at the press
conference were ASP Bethel,
head of the CDU Superin-
tendent Elsworth Moss, assis-
tant commissioner of police
Raymond Gibson, head of the
DEU Superintendent Antho-
ny Ferguson, Assistant Com-
missioner Hulan Hanna,
Chief Superintendent John
Ferguson and Superintendent
Elbert Ferguson.


Murder victim
pool of blood on the side of the road while the
attacker continued to beat and stab the
Police fired shots at the man to drive him
away from the couple, and witnesses said he
jumped into his car in a getaway attempt.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene
and the woman, stabbed in the back and upper
right leg, was rushed to hospital by ambulance.
Police press liaison officer Sgt Chrislyn
Skippings said the woman s in hospital in sta-
ble condition, and improving.
Her identity has not yet been released by
A man has been arrested in connection
with the Palm Beach Street attack, however no
arrests have been made in connection with
Peterson's death.
Anyone with any information which may
assist investigations should call police urgent-
ly on 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymous-
ly on 328-TIPS (8477).






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BDM leader:

party support


Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Bahamas
Democratic Movement leader
Cassius Stuart believes his
organisation is gaining strong
support in Grand Bahama and
some of the Family Islands.
The fledgling party has estab-
lished its first political branch
in Grand Bahama and officially
launched a women's branch at a
gala ball held on Sunday
evening in Freeport.
Mr Stuart said: "This shows
that our organisation is grow-
ing and that we have strong
females in the party who give us
an avenue to be able to spread
the message of our organisa- CS
The party leader said the BDM is very
concerned about the economic hardship that
is being experienced by many residents of
Grand Bahama.
On Saturday Mr Stuart and several party
members distributed $10,000 worth of gro-
ceries to needy persons, and he said they
plan to return in January to continue with the
food distribution programme.
"Grand Bahama has been going through
an economic hurricane for the last six to sev-
en years and we don't see an end," he said.
Mr Stuart said young women on the island
are resorting to prostitution and young men
are getting involved in crime in an effort to
support themselves.
"It is breaking the spirit of the community
and people are depressed and hurting, and
they need new leadership and that is why
we are here.
"We believe we can be the organisation
that can provide new leadership for our
country at this critical time," he said.


"The people of Grand
| Bahama are saying to us that
they are ready for change and
the sentiments that we are feel-
ing, we are feeling in Abaco,
Eleuthera, in Nassau, and
" Mr Stuart claims that both
S- the PLP and the FNM have
failed Grand Bahama.
"We believe Grand Bahama
is very critical to the success of
the formation of any govern-
"The six seats here are the
treasured six seats and the cov-
etous six seats of any political
organisation, but we believe
Grand Bahama is being treated
like the step-child of these polit-
ical parties.
STEWR "The PLP won a significant
number of seats in Grand
Bahama the last time and they rejected and
neglected Grand Bahama. And now the
FNM won has five of the six, and Grand
Bahama is still being neglected," claimed
Mr Stuart.
He believes that the BDM can provide
the kind of the leadership that Grand
Bahama needs.
Mr Stuart noted that the party supports
alternative energy, 'edu-tourism', and the
creation of duty exemptions on goods for
small businesses in the outlying settlements
of Grand Bahama.
"Grand Bahama needs new leadership
that is not afraid to haggle with the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, which is the regu-
latory body for Freeport," he added.
"Grand Bahama needs new leadership
that can bring new life into Eight Mile Rock,
Grand Bahama needs new leadership to
spur growth in West End, and tackle the
issue of air contamination in Pinder's Point,"
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Forensics expert

testifies in Bishop

Fraser trial

FROM page one

samples tested positive for
Fraser's attorney, Wayne
Munroe, highlighted the fact
that during the initial trial in
2007, King had given a differ-
ent opinion regarding the
semen samples.
He pointed out that at that
time she claimed the semen
had been "recently" deposit-
King, however, admitted
she had made an error in say-
ing so and further pointed out
that it was a part of protocol
for her to use the term
"recently" when a semen
sample was found.
She pointed out that due to
new developments in the field
of forensic science, local
police have changed their
standard operating procedure.
King said numerous vari-
ables such as heat, lighting
and coolness could affect an
exposed semen sample. She
noted that because of so many
different variables, it would
be difficult to say when a sam-
ple is deposited. Mr Munroe
pointed out to her that it was
her change of opinion that

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had created some contro-
versy in the case.
Dorothy Lynn Gibson, a
former youth director at Pil-
grim Baptist Temple, St
James Road, was also called
to testify yesterday.
She said she was present
at the church on Palm Sun-
day, 2007, when the com-
plainant's relatives con-
fronted Fraser in his office.
Ms Gibson told the court
there was a lot of shouting
going on, particularly from
the complainant's relatives.
One of the complainant's
aunts accused Fraser of hav-
ing sex with the girl for $35
a week.
Ms Gibson said explicit
voice messages said to be
from Fraser to the young
girl were played.

She said that his wife,
who was also present,
agreed that it was her hus-
band's voice. Ms Gibson
also recalled that an aunt of
the complainant had
slapped Fraser. She said
order was finally brought to
the situation when the
police arrived. She testified
that later that day, Fraser
called her at home and
asked why she had not giv-
en him a "heads up" about
the situation.
Ms Gibson also testified
that on September 6, 2006,
she was removed as youth
director and that she left the
church in early 2007.
The case before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel in
Court 8, Bank Lane, con-
tinues today.

Police Sergeant denies

having sex with minors

FROM page one

teens, ages 14 and 15, at his residence.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones is presiding over the
matter in Court 3. Valeria Pyfrom and Lorna Longley-Rolle of
the Attorney General's Office are prosecuting the case.
Lawyer Murrio Ducille is representing Sgt Pratt.
On August 17, Mr Ducille made a no case submission on
behalf of Sgt Pratt, saying the prosecution had failed to estab-
lish a prima facie case against his client.
However, after reviewing evidence presented by the prose-
cution Magistrate Jones ruled on December 3 that the defence's
"no case" submission had failed, and that aprimafacie case was
established against Pratt.
Pratt elected to make an unsworn statement from the dock.
He did not call any witnesses in his defence.
He told the court that on the day in question his wife went
away for the weekend. He had asked his wife if she wanted him
to take the girls back to the Home.
"She said, 'No, just drop them back to school.' She had them
for the weekend," Pratt said.
Pratt then said that one of the girls went in the kitchen for
something to drink. He said she came back with what looked
like milk.
"She said this is Vodka and milk. So I tell them I don't want
them drinking my liquor what out there; so they asked me if I
could take them to the Bowling Alley to some of their friends,
so I said okay," he testified.
Pratt said he took the girls to the Bowling Alley, but they left
after the girls did not see their friends there. One of the girls, he
said, then asked if he could take her to see her mother in Pin-
der's Point.
He said from there they went to Les Fountain, where he
bought some conch salad. He then headed back to the Bowling
Alley with the girls to see if their friends had arrived.
Pratt said he left the girls with their friends and gave them $20
each and told them to be careful.
Pratt said he went home and fell sleep. "I don't know how
long it was, but eventually they woke me up so I opened the
door and went back to my room," he in his unsworn state-
Sgt Pratt said one of the girls came into the room and turned
the light on. "I told her turn the light off, I trying to sleep," he
He said one of the girls was sitting on the bed.
"I told them they needed to go to their room because I
needed to get some sleep. I wasn't aware that they were still in
the room," he said.
Pratt said that the girls came in the bed.
"At no point in time did I have sex with them or touch them
in anyway. This only came about the next day when I row
them out because they almost burn the house down," he claims.
According to the prosecution's evidence, the girls told a
social worker that Pratt had sex with them in his bedroom on
May 5.
Pratt's wife had applied to be a foster parent to one of the
minors in April, 2007. On May 2, 2007, Pratt's wife picked up
the girls for a weekend stay at their home until May 6.
Mrs Pratt left the island with her son on May 5, 2007, leaving
the girls with her husband.
According to the prosecution, Pratt got the girls drunk. It is
alleged that he bought the girls alcoholic drinks at the Bowling
Alley and later at a local bar.
Ms Pyfrom noted that the girls were examined by doctors at
the Rand Memorial Hospital on May 6, 2007. According to the
doctor's report, the 15-year-old suffered redness of the rectum,
anus and vagina.
The doctor said the 14-year-old had already taken a bath and
changed her clothes by the time of the examination. Her gen-
ital exam was normal, there was no sign of injury, but doctors
noted that the girl was very emotional and wanted to cry.
The prosecution had not presented any DNA evidence in the
trial. The trial was adjourned to January 26, 2010 for continu-


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Senior Sports Reporter
JUSTIN Lunn is not your
ordinary tennis player. But if
you watch him play, you real-
ly wouldn't think that he's
During the pregnancy of his
mother, June Lunn, Justin
was diagnosed with Erb's Pal-
sy, a paralysis of the arm
caused by injury to the upper
group of the arm's main
Despite the lack of mobili-
ty in his right arm, which is
much shorter than his left,
Lunn has made a remarkable
showing on the court.
In fact, his mother put it
best when she noted: "A left
hander has an advantage in
tennis. What the devil meant
for evil, God has turned it
around for good."
Over the weekend at the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Asso-
ciation's December Invita-
tional, Lunn turned in an
impressive performance, win-
ning two stunning matches in
come-from-back efforts.
In the pool play on Satur-
day, Lunn rallied from a 5-1
deficit in the second set to sur-
prise H'Cone Thompson by
wrapping up an identical 7-6,
7-6 sweep over the former
Davis Cup team member.
Then on Sunday, Lunn
trailed 4-1 in the third set
when he came back to defeat
Grand Bahamian Rodney
Carey 6-4 to seal his playoff
The performance enabled
the 17-year-old Lunn to end
up with the fifth place ranking

Lunn overcomes

Erb's Palsy disease

in the standings out of a field
of 14 players.
"I felt good about the way I
played," he said.
Both his mom and dad, for-
mer powerlifter Keith Lunn,
were on hand to watch him
play and June noted that it
was all in the power of her
son's left hand.
"He's come a long way,"
said the proud mother, who
noted that they got their son
started under the tutelage of
Roger Smith before he left
for the United States.
Although he's been
coached by others here in the
Bahamas, Lunn is now in the
United States as well where
he is trained at the Greg Rus-
sell Tennis Academy in Pem-
broke Pines, Florida for the
past three years and is
enrolled in the Keystone
National High School in
"He's come a long way in
those three years," June Lunn
said. "He's been doing thera-
py since he was in primary
school and he's still doing
therapy with a chiropractor
in Plantation, Florida."
Rather than having to deal
with his less developed arm,
Justin Lunn said he has to go
through the constant scrutiny
of questions such as: "How
can you play like that?" and
"Does it really hurt?"
"It's really tough and so

when people ask me about it,
I tend to tell them that I real-
ly don't want to talk about it,"
he said. "But there are times
when I just have to talk about
it. But it's not something I like
to dwell on."
While he noted that he
doesn't let his handicap ham-
per his spirit, Lunn said he's
committed to focussing on his
game more than anything
"I try to use the right arm
because the doctors have told
me that if I don't use it, then it
will get worse," said Lunn,
who uses the right to toss the
ball when he's serving and to
hold his racket.
"When I'm on the run, I get
off balance because I don't
have any power in my right
side. But I'm trying to get into
more weight lifting so when
I get off-balance I will have
the strength to stand up."
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body, Lunn said he would
definitely like to pursue a
career on the ATP Tour as
early as next year. But for
now, he's content with playing
on the Satilitte Tour and
working out at the Tennis
Currently ranked at No.42
in the men's singles in Florida,
Lunn said he's dedicated to
going out and performing as
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Senior Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas Association
of Athletic Associations has
released the names of the
nominees for the most out-
standing athletes, coaches and
officials to be honoured on
Instead of its usual awards
dinner, the BAAA has decid-
ed to stage an awards lun-
cheon at the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort & Crystal Palace
Casino, starting at 3 p.m.
BAAA's first vice president
Sherwin Stuart said it's so easy
to focus on the senior and elite
athletes because they normal-
ly dominate the sport.
But he said for the first time
this year, they have decided
to broadened their horizon by
putting some of the spotlight
on the youth, junior, collegiate
and cross country athletes as
"When you consider the
scope of our programme at the
various levels that we should
include a number of other cat-
egories," Stuart said.

Male and females will be
recognized during the lun-
cheon as the most outstand-
ing performers in the youth,
junior, collegiate, cross country
and senior athletes.
The collegiate categories
will comprise of both the male
and female track athletes and
field athletes.
Athletes will also cart home
the Youth, Junior and Colle-
giate Male and Female Ath-
lete of the Year awards.
And there will also be the
Family Island Athlete of the
Year award.
Those categories will be
decided along with the usual
Henry Crawford Coach of the
Year, the Roderick Simms
Official of the Year, the
Senior Male and Female Ath-
letes of the Year and the
Charlie Major Award for the
most outstanding athlete of
the year.
Joined by public relations
officer Alpheus 'Hawk' Fin-
layson, Special Projects Offi-
cer Linda Thompson, statisti-
cian Bernard Newbold and
Council Member Harrison
Petty, Stuart said the awards
luncheon will be keeping with

their mandate of focusing on
the athletes in their platform,
which concentrates on
"putting the athletes first."
"This has been a relatively
well research initiative done
by Bernard Newbold, our new
statistician, who deserves the
accolades for the time that he
has put into this," Stuart said.
"At the eleventh hour, we
recognized that we didn't
include one or two athletes
who have now been included
in the list."
Newbold said the nomina-
tion of the athletes were based
on their performances
throughout the year at both
the local and international
meets and their rankings accu-
mulated in the IAAF.
The selection of the even-
tual winners, according to Stu-
art, will be left up to a panel of
judges that will be headed by
former president Dr. Bernard
Members of the panel are
expected to come from the
sports journalist fraternity,
including Ricardo Lightbourn
from Grand Bahama, Gerino
Saunders, Sheldon Longley
and Brent Stubbs.

Finlayson said the BAAA
will also take the time out to
honor three of the pioneers of
the sport in Leonard 'Skeeter'
Dames, Cyril 'Peepsight' John-
son and the deceased Irringr-
ton 'Rinky; Isaacs.
"We talked in our platform
about current and former ath-
letes," Finlayson said. "So we
will take the time out to hon-
our these men for their con-
Johnson will turn 76 on Sat-
Thompson said the
BAAA's is excited once again
to honor the athletes or their
celebrities in the form of a
luncheon this year.
Tickets are priced at
$535.00 for athletes and $50.00
for the general public. They
are available at Colony Club,
St. Alban's Drive West, the
Prescription Parlor Pharma-
cy, East Street South and the
BAAA's office at the Henry
Crawford building.
"You don't have to know
the athletes. Just come out
and support our athletes,"
Thompson said. "We are
looking forward to seeing all
of you."


THE Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations has released
the names of the following nomi-
nated for the awards during the
Awards luncheon, scheduled for
Sunday, December 26 at 3 p.m. at
the Wyndham Crystal Palace Resort
and Casino:

Charlie Major Senior Athlete of
the Year
* Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie -
2009 IAAF World Championship
200m bronze medallist; 2009
IAAF World 100 metre finalist
(6th); 2009 IAAF World Athletics
Final 100m (6th); 2009 IAAF
World Athletics Final 200m (4th);
Ranked 6th in the World 100m
based on Time 10.97; Ranked
2nd in the World 200m based on
Time 22.23.
* Ramon Miller- 2009 IAAF
World Championship 400m semi-
finalist; 2009 NAIA 400m Cham-
pion; 2009 NAIA Indoor 200m
Champion 20.98; 2009 NAIA
Indoor 400m Champion 46.98;
Ranked 16th in the World based
on Time 44.99.
* Chandra Sturrup - 2009 IAAF
World 100 metre finalist (7th);
Ranked 7th in the World 100m
based on Time 10.99; 2009
World Athletics Final 100m (4th).
* Leevan Sands - 2009 IAAF
World Championships Triple
Jump Finalist (4th); Ranked 10th
in the World by Mark 17.32m;
2009 IAAF World Athletics Final
Triple Jump (2nd).
* Chris Brown - 2009 IAAF World
Championships 400m finalist
(5th); 2009 IAAF World Athletics
Final 400m (2nd); Ranked 10th in
the World based on Time 44.81.
* Shamar Sands - broke national
record in 110 metre hurdles.

Female Athlete of the Year
* Chandra Sturrup - 2009 IAAF
World 100 meter finalist (7th);
Ranked 7th in the World 100m
based on Time 10.99; 2009

World Athletics Final 100m (4th).
* Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie -
2009 IAAF World Championship
200m bronze medallist; 2009
IAAF World 100 metre finalist
(6th); Ranked 6th in the World
100m based on Time 10.97; 2009
IAAF World Athletics Final 100m
(6th); 2009 IAAF World Athletics
Final 200m (4th); Ranked 2nd in
the World 200m based on Time
* Christine Amertil - 2009 IAAF
World Championships 400m
(round 1); Ranked 36th in the
400m by Time 51.43; National
Record Holder 4x400m.
* Sheniqua Ferguson - 2009
IAAF World Championships
100m quarter finalist; 2009 IAAF
World Championships 200m
semifinalist; 2009 NJCAA 100m
Champion; 2009 NJCAA 200m

Male Athlete of the Year
* Leevan Sands - 2009 IAAF
World Championships Triple
Jump Finalist (4th); Ranked
10th in the World by Mark
17.32m; 2009 IAAF World Athlet-
ics Final Triple Jump (2nd).
* Ramon Miller- 2009 IAAF
World Championship 400m semi-
finalist; 2009 NAIA Indoor 200m
Champion; 2009 NAIA Indoor
400m Champion; Ranked 16th in
the World based on Time 44.99.
* Chris Brown - 2009 IAAF World
Championships 400m finalist
(5th); 2009 IAAF World Athletics
Final 400m (2nd); Ranked 10th in
the World based on Time 44.81.
* Latoy Williams - 2009 NJCAA
400m Champion; 2009 NJCAA
Indoor 400m bronze medalist;
Ranked 4th in the World based
on Time 44.73.
* Adrian Griffith - 2009 IAAF
World Championships 100m
quarter finalist; CAC Champi-
onships 100m finalist.
* Shamar Sands - broke national
record in 110 metre hurdles.

Junior Male Athlete of The Year
* Raymond Higgs - 2009 Carifta
Games Gold Medal High Jump;
Equaled National Junior Record
High Jump; Ranked 11th in the
World by Mark on Junior List;
CAC Championships High Jump
(round 1); Pan Am Junior High
Jump (round 1).
* Warren Fraser - 2009 Carifta
Games silver medallist 100
metres; 2009 Pan Am Junior
100m Finalist.
* Dennis Bain -2009 Carifta
Games 110m Hurdles silver
* J'Vente Deveaux - 2009 Carifta
Games Triple Jump silver medal-
list; 2009 Pan Am Junior Triple
Jump finalist (4th).
* Karlton Rolle - 2009 Pan Am
Junior 200m finalist; 2009 CAC
Championships 200m finalist.

Junior Female Athlete of The
* V'Alonee Robinson - 2009 IAAF
World Youth 100m semifinalist;
IAAF World Youth Medley Relay
finalist (4th); 2009 Carifta Games
100m finalist (5th); 2009 Carifta
Games Long Jump finalist (4th).
* Hughnique Rolle - 2009 IAAF
World Youth 800m rounddl;
2009 Carifta Games 1500m silver
medallist; National Junior Record
1500m; National Record 1500m;
Carifta Games 800m finalist.
* Rashan Brown - 2009 Carifta
Games 400m silver medallist;
IAAF World Youth 400m semifi-
nalist; IAAF World Youth Medley
Relay finalist (4th); IAAF World
Championships 4x400m
* Katrina Seymour - 2009 Carifta
Games 400m finalist; IAAF World
Youth 400m semifinalist; IAAF
World Youth Medley Relay finalist
(4th); IAAF World Championships
* Keythra Richards - NJCAA
Long Jump finalist (4th); NJCAA
Triple Jump finalist qualifier;
Bahamas Junior National Triple

record holder; Pan Am Junior
finalist triple jump.
* Kenya Culmer - Carifta Games
High Jump finalist; National Best
women's high jump 1.77m.

Most Outstanding Junior Male
Track Athlete
* Warren Fraser - 2009 Carifta
Games silver medallist 100
metres; 2009 Pan Am Junior
100m Finalist.
* Dennis Bain - 2009 Carifta
Games 110m Hurdles silver
* Karlton Rolle - 2009 Pan Am
Junior 200m finalist; 2009 CAC
Championships 200m finalist.

Most Outstanding Junior Male
Field Athlete
* J'Vente Deveaux - 2009 Carifta
Games Triple Jump silver medal-
list; 2009 Pan Am Junior Triple
Jump finalist (4th).
* Raymond Higgs - 2009 Carifta
Games Gold Medal High Jump;
Equaled National Junior Record
High Jump; Ranked 11th in the
World by Mark on Junior List;
CAC Championships High Jump
(round 1); Pan Am Junior High
Jump (round 1).
* Darion Duncombe - 2009 Carif-
ta Games Heptathlon Gold medal-

Most Outstanding Junior Female
Track Athlete
* V'Alonee Robinson - 2009 IAAF
World Youth 100m semifinalist;
IAAF World Youth Medley Relay
finalist (4th); 2009 Carifta Games
100m finalist (5th); 2009 Carifta
Games Long Jump finalist (4th).
* Hughnique Rolle - 2009 IAAF
World Youth 800m rounddl;
2009 Carifta Games 1500m silver
medallist; National Junior Record
1500m; National Record 1500m;
Carifta Games 800m finalist.
* Rashan Brown - 2009 Carifta
Games 400m silver medallist;
IAAF World Youth 400m semifi-
nalist; IAAF World Youth
Medley Relay finalist (4th); IAAF
World Championships 4x400m.
* Katrina Seymour - 2009 Carifta
Games 400m finalist; IAAF World
Youth 400m semifinalist; IAAF
World Youth Medley Relay finalist
(4th); IAAF World Championships

Most Outstanding Junior
Female Field Athlete
* Keythra Richards - NJCAA
Long Jump finalist (4th); NJCAA
Triple Jump finalist qualifier;
Bahamas Junior National Triple
record holder; Pan Am Junior
finalist triple jump.
* Kenya Culmer - Carifta Games
High Jump finalist; National Best
women's high jump 1.77m.
* Racquel Williams - 2009
Carifta Games shot put gold
medallist; 2009 Carifta Games
discus finalist.

Youth Female Athlete of the
* Dannielle Gibson - CAC Age
Group Championship 13-14 Girls
* Pedrya Seymour - CAC Age
Group Championship 13-14 Girls

Youth Male Athlete of the Year
* Delano Davis - CAC Age Group
Championship 13-14 Boys (3rd).
* Gerrio Rahming - CAC Age
Group Championship 13-14 Boys

Most Outstanding Cross Country
Female Athlete 2008-2009
* Hughnique Rolle - 1st C.H.
Reeves Cross Country Invitation-
al; 1st BAAA High Nationals
Cross Country; 1st Striders All
Age Classic; Top Junior Female
in Road Racing; 18th NACAC
Cross Country Championships.
* Ramona Nichols - 2009 MCAC
Runner of the Year; 2009 top
Cross Country Female at Park

University; 16th Kansas Universi-
ty Invitational; 34th Southern
Stampede Cross Country in
18.49; 7th team best at ESU Invi-
tational in 18.55.

Most Outstanding Cross Country
Male Athlete 2008 -2009
* LaQuardo Newbold - 1st C.H.
Reeves Cross Country Invitation-
al; 2nd BAAA High School Cross
Country; 1st Striders All Age
Classic; Top Junior Male in Road
Racing; 27th NACAC Cross
Country Championships.

Collegiate Male Athlete of the
* Ramon Miller- 2009 IAAF
World Championship 400m
semifinalist; 2009 NAIA 400m
Champion; 2009 NAIA Indoor
200m Champion; Ranked In Top
50 Indoor 200m; 2009 NAIA
Indoor 400m Champion; Ranked
Top 50 Indoor 400m; Ranked
16th in the World based on Time
44.99; Bahamas Nationals 2nd
400 meters.
* Latoy Williams - 2009 NJCAA
400m Champion; 2009 NJCAA
Indoor 400m bronze medalist;
Ranked 4th in the World based
on Time 44.73.
* Cameron Parker - NJCAA
Indoor Triple Jump Champion;
NJCAA Outdoor Triple jump
Qualifier; NJCAA Regional IV
Triple Jump Champion.

Collegiate Female Athlete of the
* Sheniqua Ferguson - 2009
IAAF World Championships
100m quarter finalist; 2009 IAAF
World Championships 200m
semifinalist; 2009 NJCAA 100m
Champion; 2009 NJCAA 200m
Champion; Bahamas Nationals
3rd 100 meters; Bahamas
Nationals 2nd 200 metres.
* Bianca Stuart - 2009 NCAA
Long Jump finalist Outdoor;
2009 NCAA Long Jump finalist
Indoor; Bahamas National Cham-
pion Long Jump; Senior CAC 4th
Long Jump; 2009 Missouri Val-
ley Conference indoor 1st Long
Jump; 2009 Missouri Valley Con-
ference outdoor 1st Long Jump;
4 Time MVC indoor champion
Long Jump (1st ever in MVC).
* Keythra Richards - NJCAA
Long Jump finalist (4th); NJCAA
Triple Jump finalist qualifier;
Bahamas Junior National Triple
record holder; Pan Am Junior
finalist triple jump.

Collegiate Track Male Athlete of
the Year
* Ramon Miller- 2009 IAAF
World Championship 400m
semifinalist; 2009 NAIA 400m
Champion; 2009 NAIA Indoor
200m Champion; Ranked In Top
50 Indoor 200m; 2009 NAIA
Indoor 400m Champion; Ranked
Top 50 Indoor 400m; Ranked
16th in the World based on Time
44.99; Bahamas Nationals 2nd
400 metres.
* Latoy Williams - 2009 NJCAA
400m Champion; 2009 NJCAA
Indoor 400m bronze medalist;
Ranked 4th in the World based
on Time 44.73.

Collegiate Field Male Athlete of
the Year
* Rudon Bastian - Big East Triple
Jump Finalist; Big East Long
Jump Finalist; Bahamas Nation-
als 2nd Long Jump.
* Jamal Wilson - 2009 NJCAA
High Jump Champion; Bahamas
Nationals 4th High Jump.
* Cameron Parker - NJCAA
Indoor Triple Jump Champion;
NJCAA Outdoor Triple jump
Qualifier; NJCAA Regional IV
Triple Jump Champion.

Collegiate Track Female Athlete
of the Year
* Sheniqua Ferguson - 2009
IAAF World Championships
100m quarter finalist; 2009 IAAF

World Championships 200m
semifinalist; 2009 NJCAA 100m
Champion; 2009 NJCAA 200m
Champion; Bahamas Nationals
3rd 100 metres; Bahamas
Nationals 2nd 200 metres.

Collegiate Field Female Athlete
of the Year
* Bianca Stuart - 2009 NCAA
Long Jump finalist Outdoor;
2009 NCAA Long Jump finalist
Indoor; Bahamas National Cham-
pion Long Jump; Senior CAC 4th
Long Jump; 2009 Missouri Val-
ley Conference indoor 1st Long
Jump; 2009 Missouri Valley Con-
ference outdoor 1st Long Jump;
4 Time MVC indoor champion
Long Jump (1st ever in MVC).
* Keythra Richards - NJCAA
Long Jump finalist (4th); NJCAA
Triple Jump finalist qualifier;
Bahamas Junior National Triple
record holder; Pan Am Junior
finalist triple jump.

Family Island Athlete of the
* Rashad Armbrister- Exuma -
2009 Carifta Games 100m finalist;
2009 Carifta Games 4 x 100m sil-
* Tamara Myers - Andros - 2009
Carifta Games Triple jump silver.
* Gortia Ferguson - Exuma - 2009
Carifta Games 4 x 100m silver.

Coach of The Year
* David Charlton - 2009 Carifta
Games athletes coached - Ken-
neth Wallace Whitfield, Devin
Cartwright, Nejmi Burnside,
Patrick Bodie, Ashley Johnson,
J'Vente Deveaux and James
Audley Carey; 2009 CAC Senior -
Karlton Rolle and Carlyle Thomp-
son; 2009 Pan Am Juniors -
Karlton Rolle and Nathan Arnett;
2009 IAAF World Youth - Patrick
Bodie and 2009 NACAC Cross
Country - James Audley Carey
* Fritz Grant - 2009 Carifta
Games - Warren Fraser, Marcus
Thompson, Brandon Miller,
Delano Deveaux, Devanique
Dean and Katrina Seymour; 2009
IAAF World Youth - Aaron
Wilmore and Katrina Seymour;
2009 Pan Am Juniors - Warren
Fraser and Katrina Seymour;
2009 CAC Senior - Andretti Bain;
2009 CAC Age Group - Dannielle
Gibson and 2009 IAAF World
Championship - Andretti Bain.
* Dianne Woodside - 2009
Carifta Games- Ivanique Kemp,
V'Alonee Robinson and Shaunae
Miller; 2009 Pan Am Juniors -
Ivanique Kemp and Shaunae
Miller; 2009 IAAF World Youth -
V'Alonee Robinson
* Audrick Lightbourne - 2009
Carifta Games - Rashan Brown,
Jonathan Farquharson, Blake
Bartlett, Demetri Knowles and
Dennis Bain; 2009 IAAF World
Youth - Rashan Brown,
Jonathan Farquharson, Geno
Jones and Demetri Knowles;
2009 Pan Am Juniors - Rashan
Brown, Jonathan Farquharson,
Geno Jones and Demetri
* Henry Rolle - 2009 IAAF
World Championship - Shamar
Sands and Leevan Sands and
2009 Carifta Games - Nivea
* Stephen Murray - 2009 Carifta
Games - Kenya Culmer; 2009
CAC Age Group - Julius Nottage,
Timothy Wilson, Jeorgette Wil-
iams and lesha Taylor.
* George Cleare - 2009 Carifta
Games - Deshana Burnside, Trae
Adderley, Pedrya Seymour and
Shauntae Miller; 2009 CAC Age
Group - Pedrya Seymour; 2009
IAAF World Championships -
Sheniqua Ferguson.
* Peter Pratt - 2009 Carifta
Games - De'Andra Deveauz,
Lathone Minns and Lathario
Minns; 2009 Pan Am Junior-
Keythra Richards and 2009 CAC
Championships- Osbourne Mox-





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Cup Challenge

THE FINAL golf tourna-
ment for the year under the
auspices of the Bahamas Golf
Federation- the Golden Cup
Challenge - took place on
Two teams - the Hertz
Strikers and the Synturions
- finished in a tie for first
place each with a score of
393. Second place winners
were The Palmdale Club
with a score of 369. Third and
fourth place winners were the
Poop Deck Eagles and the
Pistoleros with 367 and 348,
Achieving highest individ-
ual scores were Bruce Lafleur
of the Synturions with 39,
Sidney McKenzie of the
Strikers with 39, Paul Fox of
the Poop Deck Eagles with
36, Keith Knox of the Pis-

80 golfers compete in
year's final golf tourney

toleros 33 and Christopher
Lowe of Palmdale with 24.
The tournament, with a
field of 80 golfers represent-
ing the five New Providence
clubs under the BGF umbrel-
la, got an 8:00am start at the
Cable Beach Golf course.
The presentation, fete and
fellowship followed at the
Blue Hill Driving range.
Here, Kelssey Rolle of the
Synturions won the longest
drive contest.
The Cup Challenge, an
annual event for 1h1i ,i21n1'.
rights," according to BGF in-

coming president James
Gomez, started in 2000 as a
fun way to end the year.
Last year's bhi ''in' . rights
also went to the Synturions.
The BGF changes admin-
istration at the end of the
month when James Gomez
takes over from Glen Archer
as president.
Gomez, an accountant,
foreshadows a brisk golf year
in 2010, despite the potential
challenges of course access.
One of his concentrations
would be a revitalization of
the juniors programme.

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MIAMI Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes up for a shot against
Orlando Magic forward Mickael Pietrus during the first quarter
of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, in Miami.

Wade trying to

make season

bright for others

Associated Press

clearly had easier off-the-court
years than 2009, when his fam-
ily life and some business deci-
sions were dissected in court-
rooms and by attorneys.
Given that, th e star Miami
Heat guard says he's appreci-
ating being involved in holi-
day giving perhaps more than
ever this year.
"One thing I learned is that
you have to learn a lesson
through everything you go
through, and I think I've
learned a lot as a basketball
player and as a professional,"
Wade said. "But also, as a
human being. I think I'm a
better person in 2009 and I'll
be a better person in 2010
than I was in 2006, 2007, 2008.
That's the only thing in life I
can ask for, that every year I
learn something and I grow."
Wade is still involved in
lengthy divorce proceedings
with his high school sweet-
heart. Lawsuits were also filed
against him by some former
business partners, alleging he
cost them millions of dollars
from potential revenue lost
when Wade left deals involv-

ing a chain of sports memo-
rabilia restaurants and char-
ter schools for kids at risk of
dropping out.
To dozens of kids bundled
against an unseasonable chill
Monday, none of that mat-
Wade donated an outdoor
basketball court to the Com-
munity Partnership for Home-
less in downtown Miami. Chil-
dren - even adults in some
cases - shrieked and
screamed for Wade then took
shots at the new outdoor bas-
ket with him.
It was part of several holi-
day-giving events Wade's
foundation orchestrated this
season, continuing an annual
tradition he started shortly
after beginning his NBA
career with Miami in 2003.
"People here today came
here, in this freezing cold, to
say 'Thank you' to Dwyane
Wade," said Madeline
Thomas, whose granddaugh-
ter was one of the children at
Monday's event, held in
unseasonably cool tempera-
tures for South Florida. "All
the other stuff, it doesn't mat-
ter to these kids. He's here
and that's what people should
be talking about when they
talk about D-Wade."

MIAMI Dolphins running back Ricky Williams (34) dives over the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run against the Tennessee Titans
in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 27-24 in overtime.

Dolphins on brink of

elimination from race

Associated Press

THE MIAMI Dolphins
may have finally dug them-
selves a hole too deep.
The Dolphins have been
coming from behind all sea-
son, and they did it again
Sunday before losing in over-
time at Tennessee. Now their
7-7 record may be too much
to overcome, with Miami
mired in the middle of the
AFC pack pursuing the play-
Six teams have a better
record - six make the post-
season - and five other
teams are 7-7. That includes
the Dolphins' final oppo-
nents, Houston on Sunday
and Pittsburgh on Jan. 3.
"We're still in this race,"
coach Tony Sparano said
Monday. "The best chance
we have is we have to win
two games. We still have a
pulse. We'll prepare that
While the Dolphins' wild-
card prospects are slim, their
chances of repeating as AFC
East champions are dimmer,
with New England (9-5) hold-

ing a two-game lead.
"Even though things
haven't gone how we want
them to go, we still can con-
trol the next two weeks," line-
backer Reggie Torbor said.
"We can go out and win
those games. Whatever hap-
pens from there we can't con-

Miami repeatedly squandered
early scoring chances and
trailed 24-6 before rallying
with three late scores.
In overtime, Chad Henne's
third interception gave the
Titans a chance to kick a field
goal for a 27-24 win.
With a victory, the Dol-

"We can go out and win those
games. Whatever happens from
there we can't control, so there's
no need in worrying about it."

Reggie Torbor

trol, so there's no need in
worrying about it."
The Dolphins have faced
an uphill battle since starting
0-3. They knew they probably
needed to sweep their final
five games to make the play-
offs, but that was too high a
hurdle for a team whose
longest winning streak this
season has been two in a row.
Compounding the frustra-
tion about the situation was
the close call at Tennessee.

phins would have controlled
their destiny. Now they need
wins in the final two games
and lots of help.
"Losing control of our fate
by our own hands is the
worst," receiver Brian Hart-
line said.
But the Dolphins aren't
real sure-handed, which has
been a big part of their prob-
lem. After tying an NFL
record with only 13 turnovers
last year, they have 25 this

Pavlik trying to prove he'

They're a minus-seven in
turnover margin, eighth-worst
in the league.
"It's ridiculous," Sparano
said. "That's not good foot-
ball. That's not winning foot-
Turnovers are the reason
Miami lost Sunday despite
gaining a season-high 468
yards and enjoying a five-
minute advantage in time of
Ricky Williams ran for 80
yards to reach the 1,000 mile-
stone for the first time since
2003. But he also lost a fum-
ble and has fumbled four
times in the past two games.
Henne passed for a career-
high 349 yards, but he threw
two interceptions in Ten-
nessee territory and another
on Miami's final play.
"Chad had a couple of balls
that certainly were ill-advised
balls, and then the ball at the
end of the game just got away
from him," Sparano said.
In his first year as an NFL
starter, Henne has been
prone to costly turnovers, and
eight of his 12 interceptions
have come after the third


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more than a victory when his
long road back to the ring
concludes with his defense of
the WBC and WBO mid-
dleweight titles against Miguel
Espino on Saturday.
"He needs a knockout,"
Pavlik's trainer, Jack Loew
said. "We have to go in there
and dominate this kid and let
everyone know we're back."
Pavlik's (35-1, 31 KOs) last
14 months have been littered
with disappointing perfor-
mances, two cancellations and
a severe staph infection in his
hand that left him hospital-
The fighter known as "The
Ghost" has been nearly invis-
ible since losing to Bernard
Hopkins on Oct. 18, 2008. His
only other fight was a win
against Marco Antonio Rubio
in February. Even his pro-
moter, Top Rank CEO Bob
Arum, said Pavlik didn't look
good in the victory.
Now that Pavlik is finally
healthy, Espino (20-2-1, 9
KOs) represents a chance for
Pavlik to re-establish himself
as an explosive puncher.
"You hate to put that kind
of pressure on him, but a
knockout would help," Arum
said. "He's had a terrible year.
People really are wondering
how good he still is. Hopeful-
ly this fight will answer it."
Pavlik twice tried to post-
pone fights with Paul
Williams because of the staph
infection in a finger on his left
hand. After postponing it
once, he wanted to push it
back again from Dec. 5 until
January or February.
Williams walked away, leav-

ing Pavlik to continue training
for a return to the ring in ear-
ly 2010.
But faced with either fight-
ing or possibly being stripped
of his belts, Pavlik hurriedly
plucked the little-known
Espino and dropped him into
this title defense last month.
He crammed a typical eight-
week training schedule into
five weeks and will face
Espino two weeks after he
was supposed to fight
The 10-month layoff is the
longest of Pavlik's career. His
return will come against a
boxer best known for his brief
stint on the first season of the
television reality show "The
Contender." Espino's loss on
the show, a first-round knock-
out in 2004, is still his last.
Pavlik holds a decided
physical advantage. At 6-foot-
3 and 160 pounds (1.91
meters, 72? kilograms), he
measured in Friday four inch-
es (10 centimeters) taller and
one pound (half a kilo) heav-
ier than Espino. His 78-inch
(two-meter) reach is also eight
inches (20 centimeters)


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Claims regulations to
be imposed upon it
are 'completely out of
line with international
best practices'
Tribune Business Editor
Cable Bahamas has accused
the newly-created communica-
tions sector regulator of
"proposing to impose.... an
extraordinary, complex and
onerous set of regulatory
requirements" on it, which are
"completely out of line with
international best practices".
Responding to the proposed
obligations that the Utilities
Regulation & Competition
Authority (URCA) proposes to
impose on it, as a remedy for
the Significant Market Power
(SMP) the regulator believes it
has in certain product areas, the
BISX-listed company argued
that the supervisory body had
SEE page 2B

Property tax receipts

grow 'just over $4m'

* Government believes increase, despite recession, shows
surcharge amnesty had some impact
* Reform to 'optimise revenue collection and better serve

taxpayers' pledged
* Government revenues behind forecast

Tribune Business Editor
Real property tax pay-
ments are up "a little over
$4 million" year-over-year
for the 2009-2010 Budget
year to-date, Tribune Busi-
ness was told yesterday, with
the Government interpret-
ing that as a sign that its sur-
charge waiver initiative had
made some impact in
encouraging delinquent tax-
payers to settle outstanding
Promising further real
property tax reforms to
enhance both revenue col-
lection and simplify the
process for Bahamas-based
property owners, Zhivargo
Laing, minister of state for
finance, said: "There has

been a positive response to
what we have done.
"For the comparative
period, July 1 to December,

$17m year-to-date

compared to the previous
year, we've seen a little over
$4 million more in receipts
for the period. I think we've
certainly had a positive
response to it for sure, and
that was the intent."
Given a contracting econ-
omy, the increase in real
property tax receipts for
almost the first six months
of the 2009-2010 fiscal year
is a sign that the Govern-
ment's Budget amendments
to the Real Property Tax
Act have encouraged some
previously delinquent tax-
payers to come forward and
On average, the Govern-
ment has collected 62 per
cent of the real property tax
SEE page 3B

BTC warns value

undermined for


* Incumbent carrier says obligations regulatory
seeking to impose will have 'significant impact on
profitability and commercial value'
* Estimates that rival SRG has 13%, or $13m,
fixed-line market share
* Warns that regulatory audit will cost 4% of
BTC's annual profits
Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)
has warned the newly-created sector regulator that the
obligations it is seeking to impose on the incumbent car-
rier could "significantly" undermine its privatization val-
ue, with the regulatory audit requirement costing it a sum
equivalent to 4 per cent of per annum profits.
The 100 per cent state-owned carrier, in its response to
the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority's
(URCA) consultation on its Significant Market Power
(SMP) obligations, said the regulator had not accounted
for the impact its proposed remedies might have on BTC's
value to a potential buyer in the current privatization
"In particular, the imposition of cost-oriented prices
while BTC is still providing some services significantly
below cost, will significantly impact BTC's profitability and
reduce the value of the company," BTC said in its response
to URCA.
SEE page 2B

New health plan to benefit

5,000 public workers

Business Reporter
ALMOST 5,000 public
service workers will receive
close-to immediate access to
primary health care via a
National Worker's Health
Plan that will be unveiled
within the 2010 first quar-
ter, WeCare's managing
director said yesterday, after
claims made upon a previ-
ous plan exceeded premium
revenue by 25 per cent.
Philip Kemp said
WeCare's primary health
plan, which uses the many
Walk-in Medical Clinics
throughout New Providence
for primary health care ser-
vices, had signed a letter of
intent with the Bahamas
Public Service Union
(BPSU) and trustees of the
National Worker's Health
Plan, to forge the proposed
National Worker's Health
The comprehensive health
care programme, which will
be available to anyone in
need of an affordable health
care solution, was developed
through a partnership

Previous programme
undermined after
claims exceeded
premiums by 2 5%
BPSU president, John
Pinder, said this health care
deal may be one of the most
important public/private col-
laborations for the
"For much of the last 60
years labour and the private
sector met as opponents
pursuing their respective
interests on the economic
battlefield; labour in pursuit
of economic justice, social
equality and human digni-
ty," said Mr Pinder.
"Very shortly, it is our
hope to announce a fully
comprehensive programme,
which has now been devel-
oped between WeCare, the
National Workers Health
Plan, and the BPSU to be
able to provide coverage to
all persons in the public ser-
Mr Kemp said the plan
SEE page 4B

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Tribune Business Editor

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ship" of the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC) and Cable
Bahamas could "potentially distort a com-
petitive market" in this nation's telecom-
munications industry, a rival has warned,
adding that the situation would have trig-
gered the Communications Act's merger
control provisions had the law been in
force at the time.
Systems Resource Group (SRG), the
parent of IndiGo Networks, BTC's only
legal rival in the fixed-line telecoms mar-
SEE page 4B

* Rival says 'significant stakes' in Cable
Bahamas and BTC could 'potentially
distort competitive market'
* Argues situation would have triggered
Communications Act's merger provisions
had it been in force
* Calls for greater regulation, and points
out common fibre optic infrastructure
ownership that does not end with
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BTC warns value undermined for privatization

FROM page 1B

Among the issues impacting BTC in this
area were its Universal Service Obligation
(USO), the need for tariff rebalancing and
the access deficit.
"While BTC hopes to propose a rebal-
ancing plan in the near future, which would
partly address the access deficit issue,
URCA should recognize that a rebalancing
plan is a major exercise, which will have
major commercial implications for BTC,"
the company said.
"Therefore, BTC should be allowed suf-
ficient time to discuss its plans with the
new strategic partner, when it is selected."
Telecoms industry observers have sug-
gested that URCA's regulatory review, and
the type of obligations it will impose on
BTC and Cable Bahamas, both of which
are deemed to have SMP in specific prod-
uct areas, have caused a temporary hiatus in
the BTC privatization process.
This is because, these observers have
suggested to Tribune Business, any
prospective purchaser would want to know
how the regulatory/supervisory landscape
facing BTC and its rivals will look post-
privatisation, since they will have to con-
tend with it.
If it ends up being more onerous than
expected, prospective bidders will have to
adjust their financial projections, includ-
ing their expected return on investment,
and probably offer a lower price to the
Government for a 51 per cent, or higher,
BTC stake.
It has been suggested to Tribune Busi-
ness that this might stall serious talks
between the Government-appointed pri-
vatisation committee; its advisors, who
include Citibank and KPMG; and any pre-
ferred bidder, since the latter will be unwill-

ing to offer a firm price for BTC until the
outcome of any regulatory review is known.
Tribune Business understands, as it had
previously predicted, that the privatization
committee favours the combination of
Vodafone and JP Morgan's private equity
arm as the preferred bidder.
Its rivals include Digicel, Atlantic Tele-
Network and Trilogy International Part-
Any recommendations made by the pri-
vatisation committee have to be vetted by
a supervisory committee, headed by
Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for
When contacted on the matter yester-
day, Mr Laing would only say: "Those dis-
cussions are progressing."

In its response to URCA, BTC also
questioned the need for a regulatory audit,
urging that should it be required for the
2009 accounts it be taken after its accounts
were submitted.
The carrier suggested that a regulatory
audit would take 12-14 weeks, meaning
that an opinion on this would be submitted
by August 31, 2010.
"Initial estimates by BTC are that the
regulatory audit could cost over $850,000 in
the first year, falling to nearer $600,000 in
subsequent years, based upon a 'properly
prepared in accordance with' opinion,"
BTC told URCA.
"This equates to 4 per cent of BTC's
profits, and could potentially have an
adverse valuation impact on BTC due to
unnecessarily stringent regulatory require-
"Should BTC pass this cost through to
consumers, then this would equate to an

additional $6.40 per year on each fixed-
line/mobile subscriber."
BTC urged the sector regulator that, if
determined that it undergo a regulatory
audit, it settle for a 'properly prepared in
accordance with' accounting opinion, rather
than a 'fairly presents' opinion/
"A fairly presents opinion is overly oner-
ous and would lead to a level of assurance
that is higher than required in most other
jurisdictions, where a regulatory audit is
required," BTC said.
"Furthermore, it will substantially
increase the cost of the regulatory audit. It
is estimated that the regulatory audit cost
could increase by 25 per cent due to the
increased level of assurance, with no addi-
tional gain to consumers or the industry
from this increased assurance."
BTC also urged URCA to treat the
Bahamian business and residential mar-
kets as separate, so as to prevent the "cher-
ry-picking of the business market by new
The state-owned carrier added that it
had estimated internally that Systems
Resource Group (SRG) and its subsidiary,
IndiGo Networks, had gained 13 per cent of
the fixed-line market through its Voice
over Internet product.
And, tracking the impact of tariff rebal-
ancing and competition on its internation-
al long distance and intra-island long dis-
tance revenues, BTC said the former had
decreased by 64.3 per cent between 2004-
2005; 21.7 per cent between 2005 and 2006;
17.3 per cent between 2006 and 2007; and
16.6 per cent between 2007 and 2008.
As for intra-island fixed line revenues,
BTC said these had fallen by 5 per cent
between 2004 and 2005; 4.3 per cent
between 2005 and 2006; 4.8 per cent in 2006
and 2007; and 12.2 per cent between 2007
and 2008.

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Cable Bahamas blasts regulator
FROM page 1B
deviated from its promised 'light touch' approach.
"It is hard to imagine how a more onerous set of obligations
could be developed, now or in the future," Cable Bahamas said in
its response to URCA. "Even a cursory review of the proposals
contained in the consultation document and the accompanying
guidelines (some 150 pages in total) makes clear that they are
anything but 'light touch'. Without question, URCA is proposing
to impose on the companies [Cable Bahamas and its 100 per cent
wholly-owned subsidiary, Caribbean Crossings] an extraordinary,
complex and onerous set of regulatory requirements that are com-
pletely out of line with international best practices."
Cable Bahamas' consultants, Analysys Mason, who it had hired
to assess URCA's proposals and their impact on the company, had
benchmarked eight other countries on their regulation of cable tele-
vision operators, including the likes of the US, China, Singapore
and Denmark. Given that these countries generally had a larger
population and subscriber base, plus greater GDP per capital,
Cable Bahamas argued that the level of regulation imposed on it
should be less, not greater. However, it said that unlike URCA's
proposal, none of the other eight countries regulated Internet
broadband retail pricing. In addition, only three of the other eight
countries regulated cable TV wholesale access, and only one had
cable TV wholesale price regulation. URCA, according to Cable
Bahamas, is proposing to regulate both areas, plus cable wholesale
access /interconection offers, an area where none of the other
eight countries have regulation. In addition, none of the other
eight countries regulated wholesale international infrastructure
access, and only one had accounting separation for a standalone
cable operator such as the BISX-listed operator.
URCA is again proposing to regulate both areas, in addition to
digital TV retail prices and access to digital TV content. Again,
Cable Bahamas alleged that the Analysys Mason benchmarking
showed these areas were not regulated in any of the other eight
countries. Cable Bahamas argued that the study "demonstrated that
the obligations URCA wishes to impose on [Cable Bahamas and
Caribbean Crossings] are not in line with best practices. Most of the
proposed obligations have rarely been applied to cable television
operators, and where they have been imposed, the circumstances
have been very different.
"Moreover, some of the obligations proposed by URCA are
unprecedented in the case of standalone cable television operators,
[such as] cable wholesale reference offer, wholesale international
backhaul, access to analogue and digital content."
Describing the proposed regulations as "extraordinary obliga-
tions", Cable Bahamas said URCA had not attempted to assess
their impact on the company's cost structure or its consumers, or
accounted for the recession's impact.
"A major gap, therefore, separates URCA's characterisation of
its proposed remedies as 'light touch' and 'proportionate' from
actual practice around the world, including in countries with high-
ly successful cable television operators," Cable Bahamas argued.
"URCA's proposals would impose a highly experimental and
draconian form of regulation on one player in the market that is dri-
ving innovation, efficiency and value at the present time. If
URCA's proposals are a trial balloon, they are a very expensive
It added: "The total cost of the regulatory package that URCA
proposes to apply to the companies is prohibitive and cannot be jus-
tified... If forced to absorb these costs, [Cable Bahamas and
Caribbean Crossings] will need to extract savings from other areas
of the business, and this will impair their ability to expand and
upgrade their networks, improve customer service and retain staff.
"URCA's proposed regulatory regime would encourage [Cable
Bahamas and Caribbean Crossings] to sweat their existing assets
instead of upgrading, expanding or replacing their existing net-
"In summary, URCA's proposal to impose an unprecedented set
of heavy-handed regulations on [Cable Bahamas and Caribbean
Crossings] will neither encourage nor promote sustainable com-
petition at any level of the value chain, and is contrary to the
express objectives of the Communications Act and the Govern-
ment's policy."


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Bay Street sees

mixed holiday

sales numbers

Business Reporter
WITH Christmas only
three days away, Bay Street
stores yesterday reporting
declines in Christmas sales
year-over-year, though
some, thanks to new sales
strategies, are seeing their
numbers increase.
Owner of the Perfume
Shop, Tim Lightbourne, said
this Christmas he was forced
to reinvent some of his gift
packages to match the
declining average spend
stores are ccin1,2. due to a
depressed economy.
According to Mr Light-
bourne, his Christmas sales
are not ahead of last year's,
due to a totally different
selection of gift items.
"We are trying to keep
those people happy, as the
buck does not stretch as
far," he said.
"You have to look for dif-
ferent ways.
"You have to reinvent
The owners of the Linen
Shop said they have seen an
increase in cruise ship pas-
senger spending since last
year, but have not seen an
increase in Bahamian holi-
day shopping
Shannon Chappell said
the Linen Shop could even
out in terms of revenues

"We find that
there have been
quite a few differ-
ent shoppers
with the ships.
We have had
some really bad
months, but it,
(Christmas sea-
son) really does
balance you out."

Shannon Chappell

because of the typically busy
shopping season, but the
store has been essentially
down year-over-year.
"We find that there have
been quite a few different
shoppers with the ships," she
"We have had some real-
ly bad months, but it,
(Christmas season) really
does balance you out."


Like many stores last Sat-
urday and Sunday, the last
weekend before Christmas
Day saw heavy foot traffic,
but this did not translate
into many sales.

However, owner of Unit-
ed Colors of Benetton, Mary
Jane Lotmore, reported
heavy sales over the week-
end, and has also seen an
upswing in business over the
same time last year.
Another clothing store,
Tempo Parris, saw sales
Manager at Fendi, June
Hall, said sales have not
been as brisk as last season,
but she was hopeful that the
traditional last-minute shop-
ping frenzy will raise sales
"We're still hopeful," she
Many stores hoped the
Oasis of the Seas cruise ship
would bring large sales num-
However, Mr Light-
bourne lamented spending
in his store from passengers
on its second visit to Nassau
was not as good as its inau-
gural voyage.
He told Tribune Business
shortly after the ship's first
arrival that the real test of its
ability to bring more rev-
enue to the downtown area
would be subsequent voy-
"It was worst than the
first," he said.
He estimated that only
around 10 per cent of the
guests aboard the Oasis of
the Seass came ashore.

Property tax receipts

grow 'just over $4m'

FROM page 1B
it has billed per annum, but the amend-
ments allowed owners of property worth
more than $250,000 to escape the surcharge
on outstanding taxes if they were paid before
December 31, 2009. If they fail to come for-
ward, delinquent taxpayers will have to pay
a 5 per cent per annum surcharge on their
outstanding real property tax.
Going forward, Mr Laing pledged: "We
expect to make some adjustments in the
whole administration of real property tax,
both for the benefit of revenue compliance
and the benefit of customers that would like
to have the process made clearer to them,
more staging in terms of bills and meeting
their payments and so forth, and in ratio-
nalising the appraisal of property and the tax
bill they get.
"You can expect, going forward, general
reform in that area, both to optimise com-
pliance on revenue paid and better service
for taxpayers."
On the wider public finances, Mr Laing

said the Government was "doing much bet-
ter" on the revenue side compared to last
year. Revenues were on a par with what
was collected during the first half of the
2008-2009 Budget year, although income
was "about $17 million behind forecast year-
"Relative to where we were last year,
that's a better position," Mr Laing said,
acknowledging that the Government had
received a significant one-off boost from
the $60-million plus generated by Statoil-
Hydro's purchase of the South Riding Point
oil storage terminal in Grand Bahama.
The Government was \\ I ,,.expected
to be" on the fiscal deficit, Mr Laing said,
and it was "spending in the normal Budget
"We have not had to take any extraordi-
nary measures in terms of spending, which is
good news for the economy," Mr Laing said,
explaining that the Government had not
been forced to cut expenditure, something
that would have hurt the economy further.



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requesting departments. Supervises the activities of employees and maintain safe and efficient Warehouse
conditions along with overseeing, organizing, maintaining and controlling materials in the Warehouse.
Nature of Job/Job Functions and Responsibilities:
Essential Functions
* Organize all activities & assign jobs accordingly for Warehouse personnel
* Coordinate and monitor distribution of goods within the Warehouse
* Takes precaution to protect warehouse contents from loss
* Manages inventory of materials to maintain required supply.
* Daily documentation of inbound and outbound movement of material
* Prepares or reviews distribution documents
* Ensure receiving reports are completed and sent to Accounts Payable within a timely manner
* Ensure that all appropriate safety regulations are being followed both with regards to personal
safety and safety of inventory.
* Enters data on received purchase orders and reports shortages, backorders, and damages to
ensure proper invoicing
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addressing any problems with inventory control.
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mechanized equipment such as forklifts
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o Ability to wear PPE for emergencies
o Stand on hard surfaces for extended periods of time
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while on the job
* A drug test and medical examination relative to the job will be required, where allowed by law
* Vision must be correctable with glasses and hearing must be correctable with hearing aid
* Ability to remain calm in a crisis
* Willingness to work in all elements of weather
* Ability to handle the stress of working with hazardous chemicals and in confined spaces

* Contribute to terminal efficiency by:
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o Providing adequate inventory levels
o Taking accountability for material distribution
o Deal with customer queries and complaints
o Receive all materials in a timely fashion (within 24 hours)
o Providing an organized and safe work environment in the warehouse
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stacked and stored in the correct area, utilizing warehouse space to a maximum,
within BORCO's standards and according to occupational health and safety act, as
well as company procedures and standards and quality system
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Govt's 'common telecoms ownership' in anti-competitive worries

FROM page 1B

ket, also told the industry's
newly-created regulator that
the two major sub-sea fibre
optic communications cables
connecting the Bahamas with
the world were under com-
mon ownership/control via
Cable Bahamas' controlling
shareholder, Columbus Com-
munications, which would still
be heavily involved with the
BISX-listed company after
selling its 30.2 per cent con-
trolling interest.

Paul-Hutton-Ashkenny, in
a December 18, 2009, letter
to the Utilities Regulation &
Competition Authority
(URCA), said the Govern-
ment's major equity stakes in
BTC and Cable Bahamas,
plus Columbus Communica-
tions' planned continuing
involvement with the latter,
required the regulation of
leased telecoms lines at both
the wholesale and retail lev-
Responding to URCA's
consultation on the types of
obligations that should be

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imposed on Cable Bahamas,
as an operator with significant
market power (SMP), Mr
Hutton-Ashkenny said
URCA had failed to consider
the Government's ownership
interests in both it and BTC
when it came to "national
leased lines".
Pointing out that the Gov-
ernment would still retain 49
per cent of BTC's equity post-
privatisation, "with significant
input into the direction and
operation of BTC", Mr Hut-
ton-Ashkenny added that, via
the National Insurance Board
(NIB) and Public Treasury, it
also owned 20.5 per cent of
Cable Bahamas' issued ordi-
nary shares.
With Cable Bahamas only
awaiting Federal Communi-
cations Commission (FCC)
approval to complete the buy

back and retirement of
Columbus Communications'
controlling 30.2 per cent inter-
est, Mr Hutton-Ashkenny
said that upon the deal's clos-
ing, "the Government will
become by far Cable
Bahamas' largest shareholder
with close to 30 per cent of
the issues shares in Cable


This, the SRG president
said, would give the Govern-
ment - via NIB and the Trea-
sury - "significant input into
the direction and operation
of Cable Bahamas.
"Moreover, in the event
that the National Insurance
Board becomes an investor in
the convertible preference

shares that form part of the
buy back transaction, the
interest of the Government
in Cable Bahamas would
become greater still."
It is entirely possible that
NIB invested in the $40 mil-
lion preference share issue
that financed the Columbus
Communications buy-out,
Tribune Business having
reported this summer that the
issue's closing was extended
for one month, chiefly to give
NIB time to decide whether it
would invest.
Regardless, Mr Hutton-
Ashkenny concluded: "SRG
believes that the common
ownership of BTC and Cable
Bahamas, with significant
shareholdings in each compa-
ny, creates the potential for
distortion of a competitive
"SRG notes that were such
common ownership to have
been engineered after the
coming into force of the Act,
it would have triggered the
merger control requirements
of the competition provisions
in part XI of the Act."
When it came to leasing
international lines, Mr Hut-
ton-Ashkenny again raised
the potential for anti-com-
petitive actions via the com-
mon ownership interests.
Of the three fibre optic
cables connecting the
Bahamas internationally, the
SRG president said the
Bahama II fibre, from West
Palm Beach to Eight Mile
Rock, which was owned by
BTC and an international
consortium, was "believed to
suffer from high operating

costs and limited spare capac-
ity" due to its age and tech-
The other options were the
Bahamas International Cable
Systems (BICS), 100 per cent
owned by Cable Bahamas'
subsidiary, Caribbean Cross-
ings, and the ARCOS-i fibre
that rings the Caribbean,
including the Bahamas.
The latter was 88.51 per
cent owned by Columbus
Networks, a subsidiary of
Cable Bahamas' exiting con-
trolling shareholder, Colum-
bus Communications. The
remaining equity owners of
ARCOS included BTC,
which has around a 1 per cent
"Columbus therefore con-
trols both ARCOS-1 and
BICS, the latter through its
control of Cable Bahamas,"
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny wrote.
He added that even if the
Columbus Communications
buy-out closed, "Columbus
would continue to exert sig-
nificant day-to-day manage-
ment influence and control
over Cable Bahamas through
a management agreement
that, SRG understands, would
provide, among other things,
for continued Columbus-
appointed directors on Cable
Bahamas' Board and a
Columbus-appointed chief
executive of Cable Bahamas".
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny con-
cluded: "For all such critical
international connectivity to
be subject to common own-
ership, control, direction,
operation and/or influence
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5,000 public workers

FROM page 1B

will provide coverage to thousands of workers who are part
of one of the country's largest unions, amnd will focus on
wellness and prevention.
He said the union's existing health care plan had been
undermined by claim amounts that were 25 per cent more
than premiums. This, in the past, had led to members of the
BPSU's previous healthcare programme being unable to use
their insurance for care at facilities such as Doctors Hospi-
tal, due to the plan's build-up of accounts receivables owed
to medical providers.
Mr Kemp said that without a comprehensive, preventative
health care plan, the union's current health programme
could have foundered due to the heavy level of claims.
"Union members will have access to all the services of the
clinics with a staff that numbers nearly 90," said Mr Kemp.
"That means EKGs, Lab work, x-rays, minor procedures,
even medication, as well as access to physicians seven days
a week on Collins Avenue and six days a week at Sandy
He jested that it was said to him: "We are going to beat
Obama on Health Care."
Mr Kemp said 90 per cent of health care dollars are being
spent on catastrophic illnesses, so we want to give "them
access to quality primary health care".
"One year ago, if you told me I would be sitting here
this morning announcing that WeCare, the trustees of the
National Worker's Health Plan and the Bahamas Public
Services Union were joining forces to provide comprehen-
sive health care for up to 5,000 public service workers, I
would not have believed it," he added.

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(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

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PMH set to undergo first major renovation in 20 years

healthcare to the forefront is
a dream about to be par-
tially realized by the staff at
the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital (PMH) thanks to a
team of world-renowned
and local architects collabo-
rating to create the hospi-
tal's new surgical wards.
PMH is slated to receive
three operation theaters and
support services; day surgery
clinics; a surgical supplies
department; central supplies
department, and a post
surgery clinic through this
government-funded project.
Estimated at roughly $6
million for both design and
construction aspects of the
project, it will be the first
major renovation of the coun-
try's primary hospital in more
than 20 years.
Dozens of PMH surgeons,
nurses and administrative staff
took turns actively participat-
ing in exploratory discussions
surrounding the proposed new
facilities for the hospital last
Leading these sessions were
the local team of architects
and architectural consultants
headed by Michael Diggiss
and Associates (MDA) and
the international mega-archi-
tecture firm Beck, headed by
one of its principals, Bahami-
an Fred Perpall.
"The true development of a
country is reflected in its basic
ability to care for its citizens,"
said Mr Perpall.
"I am proud for Beck,
MDA, and our entire team to
be a part of this progression."
The teams are comprised of
The Design Group (TDG) as
the architect; Beck as the
healthcare planner; Veritas as
the cost consultant; Brown
and Associates as the MEP
consultant, and CSB as the
structural/civil consultant.
Every facet of the new
structures for the PMH were
reviewed from its size, to aes-
thetics to emotional charac-
"I am very pleased with the

participation of the clinicians,
both nursing and medical staff
and support staff," said
Coralee Adderley, chief hos-
pital administrator for the
Public Hospital's Authority
"I think persons are very
much engaged in the process
and feel a sense of ownership
in the end product. MDA,
Beck and the entire consul-
tant team, bring a fresh set of
eyes to what we do and have
asked questions that help us to
reexamine out thought
processes. I am looking for-
ward to their final design with
greater definition of the build-
But the upgrades are more
than just a random project. Its
uniqueness lies in the fact that
it's the first collaborative pro-
ject on an international level
that is completely headed by
Bahamian architects.
"Collaboration is not easy
to do because that's the
approach I really believe
ought to be used and most
professionals, particularly in
this environment, I find, aren't
very good at it," said Michael
Diggiss, lead consultant on the
"A lot of us are trained to
work in isolation and have
been trained to believe that
the architect is, in traditional
sense, the lead consultant.
"But I look at the lead con-
sultant in a slightly different
way. I may be the lead con-
sultant in the project but I
need to rely or link up with
other special consultants and
get them integrated in the
whole process in a more
meaningful way.
"What tends to happen is
that the architect traditionally
will do something and then
they will tell the other consul-
tants what to do as opposed to
bringing them in to the whole
process itself of deciding how
best the work should be done.
I am honoured and feel a
sense of pride to be working
at a place where I was born,
but also where my father
(Charles Diggiss Sr), partici-

pated in the construction of
the Eye Wing," Mr Diggiss
Beck, a leading design,
development and construction
firm in he United States, spe-
cialises in healthcare design
as one of it four "vertical"
markets. Beck's healthcare
team assigned to the PMH
project, Sean Wilson and
Todd Lehmann, said they are
excited to be a part of the pro-
ject and history in the mak-
"We've really enjoyed it
here so far," said Sean Wil-
son, lead healthcare planner
for PHA.
"We've been very well
received and I'm invigorated
by the opportunity and new
theatres. We want to impact
and improve the lives of oth-
ers and that's really what
we're doing here."
Mr Lehmann, the design
project manager, hopes the
new facilities will be a posi-
tive example for the potential
of future public healthcare
facilities in the Bahamas.
"I feel the patient and staff
needs have been addressed,"
he said. "The effect of quality
design extends patient care
and we're designing with the
staff, allowing them to take
the journey with us. At the
end of the day they'll be the
ones in the new facilities and
we want these buildings to be
an effective tool for them to
deliver first class healthcare."
The project also has senti-
mental value for Mr Perpall.
Like many Bahamians, he
was born at PMH and it's a
fact that helped drive his deci-
sion to participate in the new
During the kick-off meet-
ing with the teams, Mr Per-
pall reiterated that Bahami-
ans who are successful abroad
have the responsibility to
bring their experiences back
to their home country.
"It occurred to me that our
firm was helping serve many
hospitals around the United
States and Mexico, and that
we had a opportunity to con-


ADMINISTRATIVE and medical staff of PHA give input on the new surgical wing to be constructed for

the Princess Margaret Hospital.

tribute some of this knowl-
edge, and experience back to
the my country," Mr Perpall
"I am proud to be involved
in this project, not only
because it will be a good
example of 'brain gain', bring-
ing Bahamian experts back
home to work in the
Bahamas, but also because
this project will have tangible
benefit to the quality of
healthcare services in he
"After all," he added, "in
additions to being born at
PMH, I have many family
members that receive their
healthcare services here, and
this motivates our entire team
to insure we provide patient
driven solutions that will serve
the New Providence well into
the future.
As for the surgeons and
nurses, it was a first-hand look
into their new facilities and
created a peace of mind that
the final outcome will be in
their best interest.
"I think the fact that they
met with us and sought our
opinions is a good thing," said
Dr Mark Weech. "We were
able to discuss what our pri-
orities were. We changed a

few things in the design and
the MDA and Beck team
were very patient and helpful.
We got some concepts from
the architects of what we
would like the building to be
emotionally for us and now

we're at a point where we
can't complain because we've
agreed to it on consensus and
it wasn't one or two people
making the assessment. The
whole idea was great. I can't
wait to see what it looks like."




N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) LURETTA 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
18th 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 22nd day of December, A. D. 2009

CST Administration (Bahamas) Limited




N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) CREOLA 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
18th 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 22nd day of December, A. D. 2009

Verduro Associated Ltd.



N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

VENTURES) LIMITED is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 18th day of December,2009 when its Articles
of Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Carol G.
Gray of 16825 Northchase Drive, Houston, Texas 77060.

Dated the 18th day of December, 2009.

Attorneys for the above-named Company



Creditors having debts or claims against the
above-named Company are required to send particulars thereof to
the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or before
13th day of January, A.D., 2010. In default thereof they will be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made bythe Liquidator.

Dated the 18th day of December, A.D., 2009.

Carol G. Gray
16825 Northchase Drive
Houston, TEXAS 77060





(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 17th day
of December, 2009.

Jennifer Louise Cannan
1st Floor, Viking House.
St. Pauls Square, Ramsey, Isle of Man


N O T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

VENTURES) LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 18th day of December,2009 when its
Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Carol G.
Gray of 16825 Northchase Drive, Houston, Texas

Dated the 18th day of December, 2009.

Attorneys for the above-named Company



Creditors having debts or claims against the
above-named Company are required to send particulars
thereof to the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-624,
Nassau, Bahamas on or before 13th day of January,
A.D., 2010.In default thereof they will be excluded from
the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 18th day of December, A.D.,
Carol G. Gray
16825 Northchase Drive
Houston, TEXAS 77060




Bahamian Roadmasters triumph in Florida marathon

Tribune Features Reporter

TEN Bahamian runners
positioned themselves at the
starting line at the Broward
Convention Centre in Florida
on a cool morning just after
6am last month.
It was an energy-charged morn-
ing. The music was loud and excite-
ment was building for the sound of
the pistol which would signal the start
of the Fort Lauderdale 13.1 half-mile
marathon in cool 62-degree weather.
The 1960's hit 'Surfin USA' by the
Beach Boys kicked off the race, set-
ting the mood for the five-hour long
Along the marathon route, music
bands played and people cheered the
runners on.
The Roadmasters Running Club
of Nassau aimed for eight-minute
miles, which was appropriate for
their physical condition.
Before the race, they had set them-
selves the goal to finish the marathon
no matter what, an achievement that
would earn them a medal of com-
The runners met for four months
of training and conditioning, start-
ing at 4.30am every weekday.
"We started talking to each other
about who would win, and made
bragging rights," said 64-year-old
Bernard Hannah, leader of the
'Sting' junkanoo group.
In a marathon, placing first, sec-
ond, or third is not the aim. Because
of the long distance, completing the
run in a decent time is the main goal.

And for some of the participants it
was a joint effort.
Married couples, Theodore and
Dr Ebbie Jackson, and Carl and
Shavonne Blades participated in the
half-marathon. They trained along-
side the Bahamian group led by
Judith Smith for nearly five months
to get into a shape for the run.
Training is crucial in order to com-
plete a marathon like the Fort Laud-
erdale 13.1 half mile one.
"Our goal was to achieve 20 to 24
miles before the marathon," said Dr
Ebbie Jackson, a member of Road-
It was her first time competing in a
race like this, and she came 40th in
the category of persons aged 45 and
It was a mile away from the finish
line when she felt a burst of energy
and charged toward the finish line
at full speed.
Perhaps the most noteworthy part
of the marathon was to see athletes
with disabilities compete.
A few of them were in wheel-
chairs, others raced on skateboards,
using their hands to pedal along the
A man on crutches with a pros-
thetic leg participated as well.
At some points, the disabled par-
ticipants were far ahead of the pack,
and it encouraged the able-bodied
runners to keep going.
George Smith, 68, was the oldest
person to compete from the Bahami-
an group. He placed fourth in his
Mr Smith is a "major source of
inspiration for the runners," the
Roadmasters said.
To help them prepare and with-

stand the rigorous physical require-
ments, the runners took supple-
Lots of potassium and vitamins,
and Osteo Bi-Flex for lubrication of
the knee joints were all part of their
The runners spoke to Tribune
Health about the many benefits they
experienced thanks to training for
and running the marathon.
Whether it was weight loss or cre-
ating a better attitude towards exer-
cise, running the marathon has ben-
efitted the Roadmasters physically,

spiritually and emotionally, they
Some of them said they were sore
for up to two days after the
Just a few weeks after the Florida
run, a number of the runners com-
peted in the five-hour long Las
Vegas Rock n' Roll marathon.
When the Bahamian Roadmas-
ters contingent returned to Nassau
on Sunday, December 6, they were
exhausted but elated about what
they had achieved.
Still, on Monday everybody was

team: (bottom
row-from left to
right) George
Smith, Carl
Blades; (standing-
from left to right
top row) Glen
Bain, Shavonne
i fBlades, Philip
Moss, Kimley
I s Theodore Jack-
Sson, Ebbie Jack-
son, and Bernard

back at Goodman's Bay training for
their next project, the ING Miami
Marathon on January 31, 2010.
One thing the runners said they
have learned from this experience
is that a marathon is not about who
is fastest, but about who endures
until the end.
"I can't describe the feeling of how
it feels to complete something like
this," said Dr Ebbie Jackson.
"It's exciting and happy just to
know what you accomplished. That
feeling inside, no one can take that
away from you."


Kissing under the mistletoe

HEARING the words 'kissing
under the mistletoe' may bring back
images of sprigs of mistletoe over
doorways, or playful people forcing a
shy couple to kiss.
Real or imitation, a small branch
of mistletoe, with its white berries,
holds much significance and a great
deal of history.
You may not be familiar with it
but it is thought to be an aphrodisiac
and fertility plant.
Is our imagination and the magical
mystery of something, such as a
mistletoe, enough to trigger
Or do we always need scientific
proof in order to believe that some-
thing is real?
Have we moved so far away from
those days of early idealism when a
first kiss was precious and meaning-
ful? Have our children become so
precocious that the magic of such a
kiss is almost insignificant?
In Bahamian culture, we believe

conch and cou-cou soup to be aphro-
In others, mistletoe has been con-
sidered a special plant full of healing
and magical powers.
If we look back, we can trace the
history of 'kissing under the mistle-
toe' to Norse mythology.
Ancient Scandinavian tradition
tells the story of Frigga, a Norse god-
dess, and the birth of her son Bal-
dur. At his birth, she instructed all
plants and animals not to harm her
child, but omitted mistletoe. Know-
ing this, the mischievous god of
myths, Loki, made a spear from

mistletoe and killed Baldur.
Later, he was brought back to life
and in celebration his mother
ordered the plant to become sacred.
From then on mistletoe would only
bring love. If two people passed
under a branch of mistletoe they
would have to kiss in order to pay
tribute to his resurrection.
Romantics let out a unanimous
sigh in favour of love.
We live life in pursuit of love and
happiness, knowing that death may
meet us at any time.
Yearning to be kissed and touched
is as basic as oxygen to breathe.
A kiss reconfirms that we are alive
by involving all our senses, increases
sexual excitement and enhances
emotional closeness. It is almost as if
it is the elixir of youth and life.
Take ourselves back to that
moment, face to face, with a potential
love partner. The electric chemistry
of first attraction moves us quickly to
the kiss. For women, in particular, it

is the test to make or break the
If it is a deal breaker then all sex-
ual attraction can evaporate at that
very moment. A kiss transfers so
much information about health, sex-
ual compatibility, and can serve as a
barometer of the future quality of
the relationship.
Do we take kissing for granted and
a staple in our love diet?
What does it mean then when we
hear that only 90 per cent of cultures
engage in kissing between romantic
and sexual partners?
Do they know they are missing out
on the joy of kissing and the trans-
ference of emotions without words?
Perhaps they have other ways to
convey such feelings that we have
yet to learn.
To touch and kiss any part of your
lover's body holds so much healing
power. We know it reduces stress,
anxiety and this is seen by reduced
cortisol levels.

Passionate kissing, involving the
tongue, which may range from gentle
to hungry is known to produce deep-
er sexual arousal.
This is important to remember in
foreplay and orgasmic arousal of
women. Women will crescendo more
quickly if you include the type and
level of passionate kissing that they
In relationship therapy it is not
uncommon to hear people say they
do not enjoy kissing and it is there-
fore completely withdrawn from the
If this is the case, try and talk
about your feelings with your part-
ner. Make them aware of your feel-
ings and try not to criticise. Start with
a form of kissing that you do like
and continue that for several weeks.
Slowly add to the repertoire until
you both find a common ground of
satisfaction. The aim is not to pres-
sure one another but to make each
other happy and fulfilled.

f GREEN0SCENE By Gardener JackI-

Christmas plants

THE poinsettia now domi-
nates the Christmas plant
scene so extensively that
often - except maybe for a
Christmas tree - it is the only
seasonal plant that many buy.
It is ideal for the purpose,
most poinsettias being red
and giving the traditional
green and red associated with
Christmas since the adoption
of holly as a noel symbol.
These days there are many
other colours to choose from
besides red, and poinsettias
of all hues are now used for
Christmas decoration.
Holly was an obvious
choice for several reasons: In
Europe it produced red
berries in time for the sea-
son; and the spiked leaves
were reminders of the cruci-
fixion during the celebration
of birth.
Some Bahamians use
Brazilian pepper as a holly
substitute but one has to be
careful not to spread seeds
by so doing.
Mistletoe was used by the
druids and was presumed to
have magical properties. In
common usage it was hung
over front doors to ward off
evil spirits.
As the front door is the
place of greeting, mistletoe
quickly became associated
with hugs and kisses and
moved away from the front
door at Christmastime to a
convenient place where
favours could be stolen or
It was Queen Victoria, of
German descent, who popu-
larised the use of a conifer at

The British public began to
follow in her steps and the
tradition quickly reached the
Americans of non-German
descent began to employ
Christmas trees, though I am
sure the Pennsylvania Dutch
were already using decora-
tive conifers.
Nowadays it seems that
artificial Christmas trees are
more prevalent than natural
Christmas cactus (Schlum-
bergera bridgesii) is becom-
ing popular in the Bahamas
as a change from poinsettia.
The flowers come in an
extraordinary range of
colours but the most relevant
for Christmas is red.
Red Christmas cactus flow-
ers closely resemble juvenile
pomegranate flowers.
Christmas cactus comes to
us from Brazil originally and
is an epiphyte.
The plant should be kept
in evenly moist soil but never
allowed to sit in wet soil. It
can be grown in a conven-
tional pot or in a hanging bas-
ket. If you use a convention-
al put, raise it up so the
foliage can tumble all around
The Christmas cactus plant
comprises jointed segments
that much resemble crab flip-
pers. Where each segment
joins is very fragile so you
must treat your Christmas
cactus with great care when
handling or re-potting.
The plant responds to
shortening days and cooler
weather so is a reliable per-
former for the Christmas sea-

Propagation of Christmas
cactus is very easy. Plant indi-
vidual segments to a depth of
about one-quarter of the
length and keep moist with-
out being too wet, in a loca-
tion without direct sunlight.
In about three weeks you
should see signs of growth.
My final Christmas plant is
a palm.
The Manila palm - often
called Christmas Palm - is
very common in the islands
and a mature tree adds to the
seasonal spirit by putting out
two or more bunches of ovoid
nuts a little more than an inch
in length.
One bunch on the tree
ripens rapidly to a brilliant
red while the next one
remains green.
At Christmastide the Mani-
la palm exhibits the tradi-
tional green and red season-
al colours.
When Christmas is over,
remember to keep caring for
your poinsettias.
Always remove the pots
from their Christmas wrap-
ping before watering or you
may lose them to water-log-
ging. When they begin to
look somewhat ragged you
can transplant them to a larg-
er pot or into the garden.
Poinsettias must be grown
away from any nighttime light
source such as a street lamp.
Prune them radically a month
or so after transplanting them
and fertilise them along with
your other shrubs.
In August at the latest, give
you poinsettias another light
pruning to encourage bushy

growth, then leave them. Any
pruning after August may cut
away flowering growth mate-
This time next year you will

have poinsettias in your gar-
den that are clearly larger and
more beautiful than the your * For any comments or ques-
new potted ones from the tions please e-mail gardener-







Bahamian woman in


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

My First Earthquake!
Before I knew it, it was
over. I was talking to one
of my c-workers in the day-
care room when all of a
sudden all of the children
stopped playing and
dropped to the ground.
I did what they did and I
felt it.
It was quite cool, kind of
a cross between a roller
coaster and when you have
a hangover and the room
feels like it has been spin-
It lasted all of two sec-
onds. It's amazing how
conditioned the kids are. I
mean they all stopped play-
ing and dropped to the
ground. These are three-
to five-year olds. I guess
it's like when we learn to
stop, drop and roll when
you are on fire as kids in

You can drink and drive
They have a two-taxi sys-
tem where if you have
been drinking and can't
drive you can hire two
taxis. One of the taxis will
follow you and the other
one will drive your car for
you and drop you home
with you in it. Where else
in the world would you get
in the car with a perfect
stranger, let him drive your
car with you drunk and still
expect to be alive the next
day with your car not in
pieces? Only in Japan.

We recently had a slum-
ber party (which to me is a
little creepy) at school with
54 five-year-olds.
It was fun, we went to a
park, we put on a play for
them, game segment (musi-
cal chairs), dinner and then
it was time for a bath. The
Japanese teachers wanted
me to help them dry off 54
Before I understood
what they were asking me
to do all the kids had

already stripped down and
were running around
It was quite organised,
girls first and then the boys.
The Japanese teachers
worked like an assembly
line, one rinsed, one soaped
them up and one re-rinsed.
The kids then all jumped in
a big tub (onsen).
After they came out I
helped to dry them off.

My new classroom
As this was going to be
my headquarters for the
next year and more, I
decided to give it a person-
alised touch. I added flags
from the Caribbean with of
course the Bahamian flag
front row centre. I also
decided to put up popular
characters that I liked such
as the ones from South
Park and Family Guy.
In addition, I also added
little black cartoon faces
around the room. I felt as
though the kids should
know from early that non-
Japanese people don't only
include Caucasians.

"Travel is more than the see-
ing of sights; it is a change
that goes on, deep and per-
manent, in the ideas of the

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I)E( E M I1ER 2 2



Christmas wishes for the man in her life


SOME women this Christ-
mas are wishing for that spe-
cial piece of jewellery, that
designer handbag, or for
enough money to go on a
Florida shopping spree with-
out having to check price
But instead of asking Santa to fill
their stockings with material goods,
three women, Ebony Wright, Tame-
ka Grant, and Dahlia Sherman, are
wishing for their men to change in
one small way for Christmas this
Ebony Wright told Tribune
Woman that she and her husband
have been married for eight years
now. And even though changes with-
in a relationship are inevitable, she
wants them to return to the honey-
moon stage.

"Don't get me wrong, my husband
is a great guy, and I understand that
things are not always going to remain
the same in any relationship. But I
don't expect it to change so drasti-
cally either. I wish he would do the
things he used to do," she said.
The simple things like her husband
calling her from work, or sending
cute text messages throughout the
day were one of the many facets of
their love life she enjoyed the most.
"He doesn't even do that anymore,
and that is what I wish for. I just want
him to pay attention, and show me
how much he cares through the little
things," Mrs Wright said.
"I want him to send me text mes-
sages throughout the day, so I send
him messages. I want him to call me
at home from work, so I give him
calls when he's home and I am at
work. But he doesn't seem to get the
(message) at all."
Most women desire a man who is
imaginative and spontaneous, a man

who surprises her with gestures of
affection, non-sexual in nature, and a
man who always stands beside her
instead of in front of her.
And Tameka Grant's wishes are
no different.
"When we go out, even if it is just
to go grocery shopping, I want him to
hold my hand like he used to do.
This kind of thing made me feel
good," she said.
In the past, after she came home
from a long day at work, Mrs Grant
said she would meet the house clean
and the food cooked.
"The only thing I had to do was
take a shower and head to the dining
room table. The kids would be in
their room watching television or fin-
ishing homework while we had our
one-on-one time. We would tell each
other every single detail of our day,
who we met, who we saw, what hap-
pened at work, you know things like
that," Mrs Grant said.
But now all of that has changed.

And as much as she wants her hus-
band to be the guy he once was, Mrs
Grant said if she had a wish free for
Christmas, she would wish for him to
spend more time with their children.
"Everything is work. He can't
spend time with our kids because he
is always working. When he is not
working, he's too tired and the kids
want their dad to pay attention. It's
hard getting them to understand that
you are tired because they are kids,
and I don't want them to feel as
though he doesn't care about them,"
she said.
For 46-year-old Dahlia Sherman,
having a guy who never allows the
fire to die in a relationship is very
important, but having a man who is
in good health is the only thing that
concerns her presently.
"No, my relationship is not where
I want it to be, and that's fine
because the only thing I care about is
my husband's health," she said.
Ms Sherman and her common law

husband have been together for nine
years now, and for large part of that
time he has been a slave to cigarettes.
She said she is afraid that if he
doesn't stop smoking he will develop
serious health issues.
"He is 65 years old, and could you
believe he smokes almost two packs
of cigarettes within a day? I have
talked to him about it and tried to get
him to stop," she said.
Ms Sherman said that she wants
him to also stop smoking for the sake
of their five-year-old daughter.
"We have a daughter together,
and she loves her father so much,
and she knows what he does isn't
good for his health. I do not want
his life to be cut short because of cig-
arettes. That is really the only wish I
have for him to change," she said.
These three women told Tribune
Woman that if their one wish for the
men in their lives comes true, they
will be smiling until the end of next

Johnson named

'Zontian of the Year'

(L-R) DIRECTORS Joanne Bowe and club treasurer Brynda Knowles, president Patricia Francis; president elect and Zontian of the Year
Janet Johnson; director and charter member Stephanie Unwala; Kenris Longley, newest member along with Tanya Hunt-Major and Tame-
ka Cash (not shown).

JANET Johnson, director
of communications (in-coun-
try) with the Ministry of
Tourism, was named 'Zon-
tian of the Year' at a recent
fashion show and Christmas
lunch fundraiser held by the
Zonta Club in Nassau.
The official presentation
of a special plaque to Ms
Johnson, who is also the
club's president-elect, was
made at the Marley Resort
and Spa on West Bay Street.
Zontians feasted on a
sumptuous traditional Christ-
mas lunch while they went
about the business of the
club, raising funds and
installing three new members.
Pledging were Kenris Lon-
gley, Tanya Hunt-Major and
Tameka Cash.
"We are on a recruitment
exercise to attract energetic,
enthusiastic, young individ-
uals who are interested in ini-
tiatives that empower women
and are willing to get
involved and give of them-

selves for the benefit of oth-
ers who are less fortunate,"
said Pat Francis, president of
the Zonta Club of Nassau.
Brynda Knowles of Bryn-
da's Houte Couture showed
off her fabulous fashions to a
packed house at the event.
Bahamians are engaged at
the international level of
Zonta. Yvette Ingraham
serves as the area director
and Cherry Lee Pinder as
vice area director of District
11 of South East Florida, and
both ladies hail from the
Zonta Club of New Provi-
Zonta International main-
tains a seat at the United
Nations through its United
Nations Committee and its
presence is also marked with
seats at UN sites in Vienna,
Paris, New York and Geneva.
Zonta's consultative status
is evident in noteworthy pro-
grammes developed through




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