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PLP by-election win 'would
be indicator of party's
strength and support'

Tribune Staff Reporter

A PLP win in a likely by-election in the Elizabeth
constituency would prove a good indicator of the
party's strength and support with the voting public, it
was claimed last night.
Attorney Philip Galanis, a former PLP senator,
believes that in order to nab a possible by-election
victory, the party must quickly determine the best
possible candidate to outweigh the heavy resources
SEE page six

Men appear before

Chief Magistrate

Roger Gomez

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE took six men
before a local magistrate yes-
terday to face murder charges
dating back to January last
Police have charged
Valentino Yustare, 20, of Mil-
lar's Heights and Kenser Lex-
idor, 20, of Carmichael Road
with the murder of Tamar
Raymond Morley. Morley, 31,
was shot and killed by rob-
bers at the Golden Gates
Shopping Plaza while waiting
to collect his wife from work
on the night of December 23.
According to police, Morley
resisted and attempted to
fight off the robbers, who shot

him multiple times about the
body. Morley's murder was
the country's eighty-fifth for
Yustare and Lexidor, who
were arraigned before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez in
Court 1, Bank Lane, were not
required to enter a plea to the
murder charge. They were
also not required to plead to
an armed robbery charge,
which stated that they robbed
$1,943.75 from Aquapure.
Yustare asked the Magis-
trate to make an order that
he get medical attention. He
told the magistrate that
police had beaten him with a
baseball bat. He said he was
SEE page 11

Draft of contract to transfer CLICO
health policies is 'under review'
Tribune Staff Reporter
A DRAFT of a contract that would seal the transfer of all cur-
rent CLICO (Bahamas) health policies to another major insurer is
currently under "review", bringing an end to ten months of uncer-
tainty for former clients.
In a bit of good news for the new year for about 10,000 Bahami-
SEE page six

Tribune Staff
Greenslade officially
became Commissioner
of Police during a
hand-over ceremony
held at the police head-
quarters on East Street
Replacing retired
commissioner Reginald
Ferguson, Mr
Greenslade vowed to
continue the Royal
Bahamas Police
Force's fight against
crime, noting that vio-
lent crime remains at
an unacceptably high
rate in the country.
While pledging to
SEE page two

PM reveals new crime fighting strategies

Tribune Staff Reporter

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham
revealed a number of crime fighting
strategies that will be implemented
this calendar year to deal with the
unacceptably high level of crime that
is gripping the country.
During the official swearing in of
the new Commissioner of Police Ellis-
ton Greenslade, Prime Minister Ingra-

ham said that crime and its causes are
complex issues, and as such its
response must be multifaceted, involv-
ing long-term strategies and timely
measures in the medium and short
"In this regard, a critical area in
which my government is taking urgent
action is in the criminal justice sys-
tem. In particular we are responding
to the increase in crime following deci-
SEE page six

US claims police 'complicit in fake goods trade'

Tribune Business Editor
THE US government has accused Bahamian
police officers of being "complicit" in the pirat-
ed/counterfeit goods trade, and branded this
nation's enforcement of intellectual property
rights laws as "lax".
The US Trade Representative's Office, in its
newly-released report on the Caribbean Basin
Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), from which
the Bahamas benefits, said Bahamian laws did
provide for the protection and enforcement of

intellectual property rights.
"However, enforcement is lax and anecdotal
evidence suggests that the police are complicit in
the buying and selling of pirated movies, songs
and fabricated high-end purses to residents and
tourists," the US Trade Representative's Office
wrote in the report.
No substantive evidence was provided to sup-
port the allegation, which is likely to anger both
the Government and the hierarchy of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
SEE page 11

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Volume: 106 No.34




Governor General appoints three

new assistant police commissioners

THE Cabinet Office has
announced that following the rec-
ommendation of the prime minis-
ter, Governor General Arthur
Hanna has appointed three new
assistant commissioners of police:
Glen Miller, John Ferguson and
Willard Cunningham.
This comes after the retirement
of two assistant commissioners,
Raymond Gibson (crime) and
Shannondor Evans (New Provi-
dence District) who have served
on the Royal Bahamas Police
Force for 40 years.
The new assistant commissioners
have all served as chief superin-
tendents of police. They join Hulan
Hanna, who was appointed assis-
tant commissioner in 2008.
Glenn Miller joined the Police
Force in 1973. He has worked in
uniform and plainclothes divisions,
and has 23 years of experience in
the Crime Division, including with

the Central Detective Unit and the
Drug Enforcement Unit.
Mr Miller has trained at the
West Yorkshire Police Training
College in the United Kingdom

and in the US with the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He
has received the Police Meritorious
Award and the Long Service and
Good Conduct awards.

John Ferguson joined the Police
Force in 1973 and has received
training in the US at the FBI
He has served as commanding

officer in the Berry Islands and
Andros and in a number of capac-
ities in New Providence, including
firearms investigations, criminal
investigations, police prosecutions
and complaints and corruption.
Willard Cunningham joined the
Police Force in 1971 and has
worked in several Family Island
communities, most recently in
Exuma. Before this promotion he
was chief superintendent for the
Family Islands.
Mr Cunningham has completed
a post-graduate certificate in crim-
inal justice and police management
and attended the Senior Police
Traffic Management Course at the
Constabulary Staff College in
He was awarded the Police Long
Service and Good Conduct awards
as well as the Meritorious Award.
He also received the Queen's
Police Medal in 2008.

FROM page one
continue the battle, Commissioner
Greenslade cautioned the public from
characterising the police force as corrupt,
stating the majority of police officers are
hard-working men and women who sacri-
fice much to protect the country.
"If you have never walked that road, if
you are in your bed at 4am in the morning,
our people, our children, I beg you, tread
carefully. We are not corrupt people. We
are your people. We are your children.
We are citizens of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas; and I repeat the vast major-
ity of us are hard working, dedicated, and
committed," he said.
Mr Greenslade did note, however, that
the force has had its fair share of chal-
lenges with "some" officers.

"And I believe that is fair to say, that we
have spared no efforts in making our best
interventions to deal with those who have
gone afoul of the law, discipline, and with
order. Our record in this regard speaks
volumes. We recognize that we have much
work to do to restore the public's confi-
dence in us, and we intend to stay the
course," he said.
With Mr Greenslade being the sixth
Commissioner of Police in an indepen-
dent Bahamas, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said the passage of the baton
yesterday represents not only the passage
of authority of the force from one com-
missioner to another, but also from one
generation to the next.
"There is continuity with the rich lega-
cy and fine traditions of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, dedicated to
courage, integrity and loyalty, values
demonstrated by Commissioner of Police
(Retired) Reginald Ferguson and, I am
pleased to officially say for the first time,
Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, as well
as Deputy Commissioner Marvin Dames
and Senior Assistant Commissioner Quinn

NEWLY APPOINTED Commissioner of Police
Elliston Greenslade and retiring Commis-
sioner Reginald Ferguson.
"These three career police officers,
along with Assistant Commissioner Hulan
Hanna and newly-appointed Assistant
Commissioners Glen Miller, John Fergu-
son and Willard Cunningham, will com-
prise the new Executive Management
Team of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
In this group there is continuity and

change, but foremost there is a vast
amount of policing experience," Mr Ingra-
ham said. Having joined the Police Force
in 1979 at the age of 18, Commissioner
Greenslade rose quickly through the ranks
serving at almost every level.
Described as the proverbial "self-made
man" by Prime Minister Ingraham, the
country's leader reminded the public that
Commissioner Greenslade is an extraor-
dinary example not only for his junior
officers but for young Bahamians alike.
"When he advises our youth to 'be no
fool and stay in school', he speaks with
authority. Commissioner, we are proud
of you and your accomplishments. You
are suited by temperament and experi-
ence to assume the command of Her
Majesty's Royal Bahamas Police Force
during this stage of our national develop-
ment. It was my honour to advise the Gov-
ernor General to appoint you as the sixth
Commissioner of Police since indepen-

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Man sentenced

to 80 years

is granted

leave to appeal
A MAN who was sen-
tenced to serve more than
80 years in prison back in
2005 was granted leave to
appeal the sentence yester-
Five years ago, Keith
Nixon, 35, of Garden Hills
pleaded guilty to more than
30 counts of house and shop
breaking, as well as stealing
and drug possession.
In the Court of Appeal
yesterday, Nixon told Jus-
tice John Newton that he
had pleaded guilty to the
charges at his initial trial and
had admitted that he had
been on drugs when he
committed the offences.
Justice Newton said he
was very troubled about the
length of the sentence,
adding that it raised suffi-
cient concern to suggest that
the case ought to be consid-
ered by the full panel of
judges in the Court of
He said the panel will
consider the circumstances
and provide some guidelines
to magistrates as to how sen-
tencing should be
approached in such cases.
Justice Newton granted
Nixon leave to appeal
although he was out of time.
He also ordered that he
receive legal aid.
Appearing before Magis-
trate Linda Virgill in 2005,
Nixon admitted to having
stolen from various church-
es, beauty supply stores,
nurseries and pre-schools.
He was sentenced to an
18-month prison term for
each of the 35 counts of
shop and home breaking.
Some of those sentences
were to run concurrently
and some consecutively.
Magistrate Virgill had
also ordered Nixon to pay
a $1,000 fine for each count
or serve an additional 12
months for each. It was
revealed yesterday that
Nixon's prison sentence had
stretched to a total of 81
During the break-ins,
Nixon stole various items,
including cash, electronics,
food and church equipment.
Court records indicate
that the cash stolen from
these establishments ranged
from $50 to $3,000. Nixon
said in court that he sold the
goods to unknown persons
for little money.

Man jailed after

pleading guilty

to ammunition


A MAN was sentenced to
serve 40 months in prison
yesterday after pleading
guilty to charges stemming
from a large ammunition
Ravello Lightbourne, 24;
Domonic Moss, 23; Zerlene
Jolly, 43; and a 15-year-old
boy appeared before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel in
Court Eight, Bank Lane,
charged with possession of
972 live rounds of 9mm
According to police, the
ammunition was seized on
January 2 from the front
yard of a Washington Street
home early Saturday morn-
Moss pleaded guilty to the
charge. Jolly and the juve-
nile were granted $15,000
Lightbourne is expected
back in Court on January 6
for a bail hearing.



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Future of marital rape

amendments uncertain

Tribune Staff Reporter

PROPOSED amendments to the
Sexual Offences Act banning mari-
tal rape have an uncertain future
following the decision to prorogue
Parliament in a few weeks. Minister
of State for Social Development
Loretta Butler-Turner revealed that
as the break approaches, no formal
decision has been made about the
fate of the proposed amendments,
and no debate in parliament has
been scheduled to take the process
Mrs Butler-Turner tabled the
amendments to the Sexual Offences
and Domestic Violence Act of 1991
for first reading in the House of
Assembly in July 2009.
The amendments propose to
remove a clause in the current Act
which prohibits a person from being
charged with the rape of their
Wednesday's sitting of the House
is expected to be one of a few left
before the government proceeds
with plans to prorogue parliament.
When this happens, all legislative
business not concluded will be dis-
continued. At the discretion of the

government, legislation
could be reintroduced at
the opening of the new
In September, Minis-
ter Butler-Turner said V
further public dialogue
was needed before the
legislation could be k.
raised again in the .
House of Assembly.
Four months later, the
fate of the amendments .3
is still tentative. Wednes-
day's published agenda
of the House of Assem-
bly does not include dis-
cussion about the pro-
posed Act. 6
"It will be a grave dis-
appointment if the proposed amend-
ments do not go through. This is not
something we put forward without
thought. This is a step forward for
equality for women, to strengthen
our families. It is an opportunity for
us to defend all of our citizens equal-
ly. It is a progressive agenda. If it is
defeated I will obviously be
extremely disappointed," said Mrs
Butler-Turner, who added that she
regrets how the Bill has been mis-
represented by its detractors.
Public debate on the issue has

been contentious, with
opponents crying out
over what they believe
to be a threat to the insti-
tution of marriage, sug-
gesting there will be an
,- increase in false reports
by wives, and a general
confusion of standards.
The Bahamas Christ-
ian Council is a vocal
opponent of the Bill.
The Catholic Archdio-
cese, the Bahamas Con-
ference of the Methodist
Church and the Seventh-
Day Adventist Church
have all expressed their
support, as have several
local advocacy groups.
According to a 2007 joint report of
the United Nations and the World
Bank, the Bahamas has the highest
per capital rate of rape in the world.
Advocates of the Bill say it will pro-
vide sorely needed legal recourse
for spouses who fall victim to the
violent act of rape.
They point to the lack of evidence
globally of any increase in false
reports due to comparable changes
in legislation.
"I truly, truly hope the New Year
will bring a bipartisan approach to

this issue. It speaks to justice for all
persons in the community. It must
not be that the two parties that make
up our government deny this oppor-
tunity for all persons to be free of
violence and that they use the insti-
tution of marriage to cover up vio-
lence," said Crisis Centre director
Sandra Dean-Patterson, who noted
the lengthy process and lack of a
clear position from the government
is unusual.
"It is such a subject that goes to
the heart of so many people's beliefs
about marriage.
"It calls for more awareness and
understanding of the issues. I still
think dialogue is important. The Cri-
sis Centre will take advantage of
and initiate as many opportunities as
possible to continue the dialogue,"
she said.
But some local human rights
activists fear the government might
be dragging its feet out of fear of a
potential political backlash.
Maurice Tynes, Chief Clerk of
parliament, said it is not unprece-
dented for a bill to die as a result of
prorogation only to be reintroduced
at the opening of the new session
of parliament. This, he said, depends
on what the government determines
its priorities to be.

THE new guidelines for
passengers travelling from
the Bahamas to destinations
in the US are still in force,
according to a representative
of the Nassau Airport Devel-
opment company.
NAD's communications
manager Shonalee Johnson
said airport officials will not
ease the enhanced security
measures put in place fol-
lowing the attempted suicide
bombing of a passenger air-
craft over Detroit, Michigan
on December 25 until they
are requested to do so by the
US's Transportation Securi-
ty Administration (TSA).
Airport officials have
admitted that the new mea-
sures have posed a challenge,
but Mrs Johnson said that
aside from certain peak
times, the new system has
been running relatively
But, according to one trav-
eller who visited New York
over the weekend, those who
do not adhere to the new
rules run the risk of missing
the plane.
He said that in particular,
passengers should respect the
recommendation that they
turn up to the airport a full

three hours before their
"There is no question that
security has been turned up a
notch at the airport," said the
traveller. "The enhanced
screenings and body search-
es just before you board cre-
ate some long lines.
"To be honest though, it
wasn't as bad as I expected. I
was there three hours before

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CAYMAN ISLANDS police have identified a cruise ship
passenger from Utah who died after going on a diving
excursion, according to Associated Press.
Police spokeswoman Janet Dougall said Monday that
the victim was 52-year-old Cindy Neilsen of Sandy, a suburb
of Salt Lake City.
Detectives say Neilsen became unconscious during a dive
off Grand Cayman and died before arriving at George
Town hospital on Wednesday.
Dougall has said she was an experienced diver who was
visiting the British Caribbean territory with her family.

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my flight and had absolutely
no problems making it.
"Having said that, I could
see how being just a little late
could put you way off sched-
ule - and you know, the pilot
will only wait for so long,"
the traveller said.
The new passenger instruc-
tions and security measures
are part of NAD's interim
plan to comply with new

travel regulations put in place
by the TSA after a Nigerian
man attempted to set off an
explosive device on board
Northwest Airlines Flight
The airport's plan includes
additional security screeners
to minimise delays and con-
gestion in the terminal, how-
ever even after they are
cleared to board, passengers

will have to do without sev-
eral in-flight conveniences.
The stricter controls pro-
hibit passengers from using
the bathrooms during the last
hour of a flight, and ban the
use of televisions during
flights. Airline travellers have
also been limited to only one
piece of carry-on luggage.
Passengers have reported
being advised to use the
bathrooms before boarding
the flights, as in-flight use of
the lavatories was banned.
They could not use the
airplane's tray table and were
not allowed to watch the
television sets located behind
the head rests on Jet Blue's
It is unclear how long the
new security measures will
be in place, but Mrs Johnson
said they could change at any
time depending on the rec-
ommendation of the TSA.

Pet onro



New airport security guidelines

still in force in the Bahamas

Officials say new measures have posed a challenge






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Crime fighting strategies outlined

DURING THE swearing-in ceremonies
yesterday afternoon of the nation's sixth
Police Commissioner since Independence,
Prime Minister Ingraham outlined several
crime fighting strategies that his government
plans to implement.
"In this regard, a critical area in which my
government is taking urgent action is in the
criminal justice system," Mr Ingraham told
his listeners. "In particular we are respond-
ing to the increase in crime following deci-
sions of the courts as to the maximum time
an accused may spend on remand before
being granted bail.
"A criminal out on bail committing new
and often vicious crimes is unacceptable to
law-abiding citizens. It frustrates the police.
It mocks the criminal justice system and our
way of life. In response, my government will
facilitate increasing as quickly as possible
the number of judges, magistrates, court-
rooms, legal officers and support staff to sur-
mount a lengthy backlog of cases," he said.
This is indeed good news. Now maybe
we shall see persons accused of murder and
gun-toting robbers being denied bail, while
their cases are put on the front burner for
early trial.
Yesterday the prison bus arrived in Bank
Lane with six men accused of murder - the
crime of one of them was allegedly commit-
ted on January 21 last year.
The last two accused were alleged to have
committed their crimes on December 23,
just two weeks ago. Already they were
before the court with a hearing date set for
January 15. Two others, accused of murder,
on December 21 -just a few days earlier -
also have a trial date for January 25 - this
Among them was a prisoner who is
accused of a September 20 murder. His court
hearing was set down for January 25. The
one man, who has been awaiting trial since
January 21 last year has spent almost a full
year in prison. Yesterday he was told that his
day in court will be on January 15.
If crimes committed just a few days ago
can be ready for trial in a few weeks, why did
a public outcry have to be made for someone
to realise that murder trials, and gun cases
should take priority over all other offences?
Also that no one accused of murder or car-
rying a gun illegally should be set lose on
society to await bail.
It is true that an accused person has rights
and those rights should be jealously guarded.
However, what the courts seemed to have
forgotten - and for which there is rising

resentment in the community - is that citi-
zens also have rights and those rights should
also be protected. For some time now, the
scales have been tipped in favour of the
No murder accused should be released on
bail. He should not be permitted to leave
that court room until a magistrate fixes a
trial date, and then he should be locked up
until that date.
Also special consideration should be giv-
en to the accused who threatens the life of a
witness. We have heard of too many wit-
nesses recanting, or denying that they saw
anything just to avoid the witness box. We
know of at least one case where it is alleged
the accused got off scot-free because a wit-
ness was terrorised into a state of amnesia. In
our opinion an accused person making such
threats should get a life sentence. And life
should mean a natural life- not 25 years
and even more time off for good behaviour.
Crime has flourished because society - as
reflected by the courts - has gone soft on
the criminal.
Mr Ingraham has also said that the long
overdue electronic bracelets and monitor-
ing of serious offenders who are out on bail
will be introduced this year.
"In fairly short order my government will
announce expanded measures to confront
the number of armed and dangerous offend-
ers on bail. To those criminals who believe
that the courts' decision was a get-out-of-
jail card and a licence to continue their nefar-
ious careers I say: You are sadly mistaken."
Also in urgent need is the replacement of
one who has become known as a "walking
library" in the Attorney General's office.
With the elevation of Director of Public
Prosecutions Bernard Turner to the High
Court Bench, the criminal side of the court
has been rudderless since October 31. Mr
Turner has been in the Attorney General's
Office for over 20 years and DPP for about
10 of those years. It is understood that his
absence is sorely missed.
There are those who claim that the vacan-
cy should be filled before the promised
March date.
If the government can introduce legisla-
tion to guide the judiciary, then we are cer-
tain that the newly-appointed Police Com-
missioner with his new team of officers will
be able to take care of the criminals. The
only other ingredient to form the perfect tri-
angle would be full community cooperation
with no one offering solace or a place to
hide to the criminal.

A new message is

needed from the

Prime Minister!

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Regrettably, the Prime
Minister offered us nothing
new in his Christmas address
to the nation, besides wishing
us a Merry Christmas for
2009. Based on The Tribune's
report (29th December 2009)
of the PM's address, we are
frankly well aware of all he
Surprisingly, he offered no
hope with regards to the fight
against crime and sees fit to
postpone this discussion until
the New Year. The Prime
Minister should have had a
national address months ago
to inform us of his govern-
ment's initiatives on this mat-
While I thank the govern-
ment for their many initiatives
since taking office, such as the
road project, LPIA, harbour
dredging, etc; these projects
were all overshadowed by
crime. Any right thinking gov-
ernment would have placed
crime first on the agenda, giv-
en the mood of the country
and the voices of the majority.
We have ended a bloody year
with 80+ murders and too
numerous armed robberies to
mention, topped off with a
government that seems hope-
less in dealing with this men-
ace. They could pave
the streets with gold and this
would not outweigh the crime
reports being seen worldwide
on the internet.
After being in office for
over two years, the current
administration has proven
useless in their ability to deal
with the backlog of cases,
harshly punishing criminals,
signing death warrants, and
capital punishment. And
please don't give us the UN or
Amnesty International's

excuse, because we seem to
blow them off when
ready. Any new legislation
could have been introduced
months ago, as the Govern-
ment has proven to whip up
new laws as needed in the
past. Has the PM sat down to
consider how many cases
have been tried out of 80+
murders for the year, not to
mention the backlog of cas-
es? Are all of the thugs going
to be released on bail, when
their cases are not heard in a
timely manner? If so, the out-
look for 2010 is not great. In
addition, many of those
charged with current murders
seem to be out on bail for pre-
vious offences. The total sys-
tem is in melt down!
Again, we do not expect
the government to prevent
crime (the regular cry from
the Minister of National Secu-
rity), but we do expect for
those who are creating tur-
moil in this country to be pun-
ished accordingly. I trust his
New Year's message will be
one that boldly addresses the
reintroduction of capital pun-
ishment, expansion of the
court system, and denial of
bail for those charged with a
capital offence.
The acting Commissioner
of Police recently commented
on his concern regarding
assault weapons on the
streets. Given this, the PM
may wish to include harsh
penalties for those caught
with assault weapons. The
solutions do not involve rock-
et science, change the law so

that any person caught with
an assault weapon is sent to
jail for 20 years with no bail.
The message will get out very
I am advised that Mr
Greenslade is a good man for
the job if allowed to Police
without political interference.
I trust as Commissioner, the
government will put in place
the necessary legislation and
Court System to support his
efforts and that of his Force.
While on the subject of Mr
Greenslade, I wish to com-
mend him for the Police pres-
ence seen on Bay Street over
the Christmas holiday. It
makes you wonder why this
was not happening all along.
Although better late than
never, if the Prime Minister
is not prepared to introduce
bold new legislation and
enhance the justice system to
tackle the current crime wave,
then he is better off saving us
the time and cancelling his
New Year's address.
Like it or not, the ineffec-
tive handling of Justice, the
delay in updating laws, the
inadequate staffing in the
AG's Office, and the appar-
ent unwillingness to carry out
capital punishment lies at the
feet of this administration.
The PM may wish to ignore
the cries of the people, and
therefore, the people will
have the right to speak at the
Take back the streets,
before the streets take us!
I wish the PM and his fam-
ily a prosperous, safe and
healthy New Year.

December 31, 2009.

A direct assault on a private and personal affair

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The recent proposed amendment to make
it a crime so that a husband could be charged
for the rape of his wife while living together
is a direct assault on a private and personal
affair. If a wife could entertain such a
thought against her husband, it would be a
marriage that should have never taken place.
We have already seen a crack in the foun-
dation of marriage, look at the number of
children being born out of wedlock! And
those who are there because of divorce.
There is no need for additional legislation
everyone is protected under the Penal Code.
This writer will be celebrating fifty years of
marriage in a few months time. He believed
that the government should have no role in
this private affair other than to verify its
legality and record the same. Government
should never be in the business of super-
vising married couples; they are capable of
managing their affairs.
The murder count is at an all time high.
Murderers are being released on bail; the
prison has become a revolving door, while
law-abiding citizens live in fear. The police
are doing an excellent job fighting and
detecting crime, but the penal system are
moving too slowly. Until there is an enforce-
ment of capital crime, the murder rate will
continue to climb.
It seems there is a hidden agenda in this
proposal; maybe it is sponsored by an out-
side source. This is nothing new, if we go
back to antiquity, we would find Adam and

Eve living in perfect harmony this continued
until Eve began taking instructions from an
outside source. At a certain point, Eve was
giving Adam orders, for this God was not
pleased. He asked Adam a very important
question: "Adam where art thou?" Adam
knowing that he was out of position in the
home, replied, "Hiding behind this tree."
"Why are you hiding, Adam?" "Because I
am naked! This woman you have given me
has stripped me of my authority in the home,
she was taking instructions from outsiders
and now she is giving me orders. I am
ashamed, that's why I'm hiding."
Some men are hiding from their respon-
sibility even to this day. It is not in their
nature to hide, but when they are stripped of
their position in the home, they become
ashamed, and then go into hiding. A cer-
tain insecure ruler once sent out a decree for
all male children under a certain age to be
killed; his fear was that a certain male was
born within that time who may threaten his
This kind of thinking continues even to
our time, it's no longer two years old and
under; but all male. The male remained an
endangered species; they are being killed
physically, spiritually, socially and psycho-
logically. Wicked rulers knew that once you
kill the male, the female could easily be led
in the wrong direction.

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New drug plan will be

completely electronic


DIRECTOR of the National
Insurance Board Algernon Cargill
revealed yesterday that the new
Chronic Disease Prescription
Drug Plan will be completely
electronic, allowing participating
pharmacies to process claims
He said this feature will elimi-
nate the long lines and frustra-
tion experienced by patients who
are limited to receiving their med-
ication from the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital. Participating phar-
macies will be able to access a

server that will verify approval
for card members automatically.
The first phase of the Chronic
Disease Prescription Drug Plan
is set to be launched in April 2010
and aims to provide publicly-
funded medication to an estimat-
ed 32,000 people.

The plan will allow NIB pen-
sioners, invalids, and Bahamians
pursuing full-time education
under 25-years-old, to access free
or discounted medication for up
to 11 different chronic diseases.
Ailments chosen were identified

as those most prevalent in the
Bahamas and include high cho-
lesterol, diabetes, and glaucoma.
Mr Cargill said that the board is
confident the plan will meet its
launch deadline and operate suc-
"With any new implementation
there can be bugs in the process,"
Mr Cargill said, "that is why
before we enroll the entire
Bahamas we want to ensure that
it is fully operational."
Expected difficulties include
the timely receipt of drugs and
possible delays in the resolution
of settlements with pharmacies.
This programme follows the

passing into law of the National
Insurance (Chronic Disease Pre-
scription Drug Fund) Bill several
months ago and is being billed by
the government as the first step
towards a more comprehensive
national health insurance plan.


There will be no National
Insurance contribution increases
for the first phase, for which the
government has budgeted $5.4
million, however when imple-
mented nationally, employer and
employee contributions are set to
increase by 0.5 per cent.

COB officials remain tight-lipped on president search

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE last time the College
of the Bahamas Council was
charged with the responsibil-
ity of selecting a president
the process was dubbed a
The church community
criticised the process, with
Bishop Simeon Hall calling
it a confused show of disuni-
ty affecting public confidence.
Protests were staged by the
Union of Tertiary Educators
(UTEB) and the Student
Union (COBUS).
At one point, the then
Minister of Education, Alfred
Sears, was summoned to
With the decision of COB
President Janyne Hodder to

step down, the Council is
mobilising once again to find
a replacement. Ms Hodder's
initial three-year contract
expired in July 2009. At that
time she agreed to a two-year

extension contract, retaining
the right to opt out at any
point with six-months' notice.
The announcement came late
December that Ms Hodder
was opting for personal rea-
The intense scrutiny over
the 2006 selection process will
likely characterise the new
selection process.
So far council members
and senior administrators are
being tight-lipped.
Repeated attempts to
obtain comments from the
associate vice president of
communications Gabriella
Fraser and Council chairman
T Baswell Donaldson failed.
President Janyne Hodder
was in meetings all day and
also unavailable.
Executive vice president in
charge of academic affairs,

Dr Rhonda Chipman John-
son, was a candidate short-
listed in the previous process.
She said she was unable to
comment on whether the
position would be advertised
or whether the Council
planned to recruit a candi-
date in a similar fashion to
Ms Hodder.
She said she had no com-
ment when asked whether
she would apply for the posi-
tion were it to be advertised.
She said that only the com-
munications office could
make statements on the
selection process.
Much of the 2006 contro-
versy surrounded the
appointment of a non-
Bahamian, as well as the
decision of Council to recruit
rather than openly advertise
the position.

Former deputy council
chairman, Jerome Fitzgerald,
said at the time that recruit-
ment was the standard mod-
el for selection, because qual-
ified individuals were often
employed at other institu-
tions and had to be persuad-
ed. He also said the appoint-
ment of a non-Bahamian
president would be a tempo-
rary measure for the transi-
tion period from college to
university status. He said that
during that time, a Bahamian
successor would be trained
to take over.
Some in the college com-
munity believed Dr Linda
Davis, vice president of
research, graduate pro-
grammes and international
relations (RGPIR), was a
likely candidate. Dr Davis
has been on sabbatical leave

since August 2009.
During her time abroad,
she participated in transat-
lantic semester-at-sea pro-
grammes in more than six
countries across three conti-
She also paid scholarly vis-
its to partner institutions in
Africa and North America.
In late December, Dr
Davis announced her deci-
sion to step down from her
VP position in July 2010 and
take one year's unpaid leave.
With Ms Hodder opting
out and Dr Davis stepping
down, the mystery of who
will be the next president has
only deepened.
All eyes are on the Council
and the approach it will take
in finding a new college pres-

The Cancer Centre, Bahamas

receives coveted accreditation

Conville Brown in front of the accred-
itation certificate from the American
College of Radiation Oncology.

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THE Cancer Centre,
Bahamas has announced
that it has received a further
three years of full accredita-
tion from the American Col-
lege of Radiation Oncology.
The centre received its
first accreditation in 2006
when it became the first cen-
tre in the western hemi-
sphere outside the United
States and Canada to receive
full unconditional accredita-
In 2009, the centre reap-
plied for accreditation and
was recently informed that,
again, it had received an
unconditional three year
term - the longest duration
Dr Arthur Porter, manag-
ing director of the centre,
noted that this accomplish-
ment was achieved after a
grueling examination by
ACRO, of the quality and
clinical performance of the
He reflected on the
importance of having stan-
dards recognized interna-
tionally especially in the field
of cancer where new knowl-
edge develops every day.
Dr Conville Brown, presi-
dent of the Cancer Centre
said: "This is a particularly
proud moment for us and

the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas as it clearly
demonstrates that the Can-
cer Centre, Bahamas stands
amongst a select group of
cancer centres formally
recognized for their ability
to deliver outstanding clini-
cal service.
"Furthermore, I must
express my appreciation to
Dr Arthur Porter for his
visionary leadership in pro-
viding oncology services of
an international calibre."
Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis commended
the Cancer Centre for
achieving this award. He
expressed a desire for all
other medical institutions in
the Bahamas to pursue and
obtain similar international
accreditation as this will sig-
nal an improvement in the
standard of care available
Minister of Tourism, Sen-
ator Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace, congratulated the
Cancer Centre on its reac-
creditation and for the dis-
tinction of being the only
such recognized organisation
outside of North America.
He noted that the centre
provides an opportunity for
residents and cancer patients
who visit our islands to

receive world class treat-
Dr Gregory Cotter,
chairman of the ACRO
standards committee noted
that the award "symbolis-
es the essence of ACRO's
mission to strengthen,
acknowledge and accredit
institutions that meet the
highest standards in the
provision of radiation ther-
apy to the cancer patient.
It is with a great deal of
pleasure that I so recognize
the Cancer Centre,
Dr Porter, himself a past
president of the American
College of Radiation
Oncologists, commended
the dedicated team of
oncologists, nurses, physi-
cists, therapists and support
staff at the centre.
The Cancer Centre,
Bahamas opened in 2004
and provides comprehen-
sive oncology services. It is
equipped with a High
Energy Linear Accelerator
capable of delivering IMRT
and Conformal Radiation.
The centre is also
equipped with HDR
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The social activist group Civil
Society Bahamas has used its inau-
gural 'annual state of civil society
address' to urge Bahamians to "exer-
cise their political and social rights".
President of Civil Society
Bahamas Terry Miller said: "When
the political game becomes more
important than the welfare of our
constituents, when law overshadows
justice, when residents live in fear,
when youth terrorise their elders, it
is time to recognize that where sin
did abound, grace did more abound.
"As we seek solutions together,

let us remember that all hardship,
all challenges have a purpose; if we
find the answer to the question
'why', then we will have the tools to
identify the basic framework for
designing the solution," he said.
The CSB resolved that the new
year will herald increased efforts to
secure the maintenance and stabili-
ty of a peaceable and healthy society.
Major initiatives include: electoral
reform workshops; a tri-partite sum-
mit between businesses, government
and unions; a civil society/judiciary
symposium and a "national vision"
The initiatives seek to target com-
mon concerns experienced by

Bahamians for which there have
been no prior forum. The organisa-
tion feels that this will empower
Bahamians and revitalise democracy.

"We recognize that our problems
are complex," said Mr Miller, "there-
fore our solutions must be well-
designed; we cannot solve a calculus
problem using arithmetic formulaes.
And so in the coming year, Civil
Society Bahamas has planned ini-
tiatives that we believe will motivate
our people to bring about the kinds
of change necessary to create a

healthy civil society." In addition to
its own initiatives, the CSB has also
written the prime minister with sug-
gestions it feels will create positive
change in terms of crime and vio-
lence. Suggestions involve estab-
lishing a team to design a national
youth service; and creating an Office
of Public Safety under a Public Safe-
ty Officer. This team, ideally com-
prised of civil servants and workers
from non-governmental organisa-
tions, would review social structures
available and draft a Youth Civic
Index, allowing them to identify
weaknesses in the social landscape
and ultimately tailor a national youth


The Office of Public Safety would
serve as a liaison between govern-
ment, private sector and non-gov-
ernmental agencies for the purpose
of encouraging and fostering social
development initiatives. One of its
many mandates would be to oversee
the transformation of reform insti-
tutions such as the Simpson Penn
Boys School from "germinating
grounds for criminal development"
into centres of rehabilitation. They
are currently awaiting government's
response. Civil Society Bahamas is
made up of persons and organisa-
tions that work to secure the social,
economic, spiritual and mental wel-
fare of Bahamian citizens.

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It will be first come, first served on Saturday,
January 16 with a strict limit on the number of
seats available at the Church of the Ascension in
East Beach Drive, Freeport. And it is sure to be
popular because what is being staged - Carnival
of the Animals - is a favourite with children and
music teachers round the globe.
What makes it so special is that the music will
be played by three world-class musicians. They
will be on the island to perform a weekend of
concerts and it will be a real treat for local music
lovers since the members of TrioCollage are in
demand on concert stages in North and South
America, Europe and Asia as well as on CDs.
Carnival of the Animals, which begins at 4pm,
is sandwiched between Friday night classical and
Sunday afternoon lighter "pops" programmes.
All are at the same venue.
The weekend has been arranged by the Grand
Bahama Performing Arts Society which is cele-
brating its first anniversary this month and has
established a remarkable reputation in a short
time for the variety and quality of fare it offers.

Pianist Tannis Gibson, whose outstanding solo
concert and master classes last January marked
the debut of the GBPAS, will form one part of
the trio.
Tannis, who has just returned from a Christmas
concert tour of China, had a friend arrange the
piece which was originally composed for an
orchestra for three musicians. She said: "It's the
kind of work that kids adore. The entire work is
great fun."
The composer Saint Saens wrote the work
while on vacation 123 years ago and apart from
two performances would not allow it to be played
publicly in his lifetime because he thought it
would detract from his reputation as a serious
composer. Since then parts of the piece have
regularly been featured in ballet, ice skating, the
movies, TV and theatre.
The piece is divided into 14 parts, each mim-
icking the sound or movement of animals, birds
and fish, including a lion, an elephant, kanga-
roos, tortoises and chickens. Each part is linked
by poems by Ogden Nash which will be read to
the children next week by narrator Dr Marcus
Canadian-born Tannis Gibson's day job is to
be Assistant Professor of Music and Professor of
Piano at the University of Arizona. Live radio
shows, concert hall appearances as a soloist or in


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groups, and recording studio sessions have been
fitted round her academic life.
She is joined in TrioCollage by a husband and
wife team- cellist Mark Tanner and violinist
Janna Lower. Mark has played on four conti-
nents and was described as "a commanding cel-
list" by the Los Angeles Times.

He is a frequent performer in California - as
well as South America these days - and is a prin-
cipal with the New West Symphony Orchestra in
Santa Monica.
Janna is Professor of Violin and Head of
Strings at the University of Florida. She originally
learned her craft at The Juilliard School at the
Lincoln Centre, New York City, one of the
world's leading schools. Her globe-trotting has
included 13 visits to Chile where she did a five-
city tour in 2009 and found time to include mas-
ter classes for young people.
The Friday, January 15, concert starts at 8pm
and features works by a wide range Head offers
including Mendelssohn, Manuel De Falla, and
Debussy. Sunday, January 17, at 4pm sees music
by classical composers such as Bach mixed with
lighter pieces such as Irving Berlins Puttin' on the
Ritz and Somewhere Over e sthe Rainbow from
the Wizard of Oz. The GBPAS was formed to
encourage young performers on Grand Bahama
and all proceeds go to that mission.

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Knowles prepares for Australia

Senior Sports Reporter

AFTER a two-year partnership
that yielded a pair of year-ending
third place ATP computer rankings
with Mahesh Bhupathi, Mark
Knowles is preparing for a new
campaign with American Mardy
After splitting up with Indian
Bhupathi at the end of the World
Championships in November,
Knowles will leave Memphis, Ten-
nessee on Thursday where he will
join Fish at the Medibank Interna-
tional in Sydney, Australia.
The tournament, which gets start-
ed on Monday, will be a tune-up
for the first Grand Slam of the year,
the Australian Open in Melbourne
from Monday, January 18.
Out of action for about five
months, Fish is currently playing
singles at the Brisbane Internation-
al in Brisbane, while Knowles said
he's relaxing at home with his fam-
ily and practising in anticipation of
another successful trip "Down

Last year with Bhupathi, Knowles
and Bhupathi got to the semifinal
where they were ousted by the
American identical twin brothers,
Bob and Mike Bryan, who went on
to win the title.
The two teams met again in the
final of the Australian Open and
the Bryans prevailed as well as they
picked up the Grand Slam title to
start the year on a high note.
"I'm excited, although me and
Mardy haven't played since Mem-
phis," said Knowles about their tri-
umph at the Regions Morgan Kee-
gan Championships where Fish sub-
stituted for Bhupathi.
"Obviously, there's a little bit of
apprehension because we haven't
played in a while. But we both know
we have what it takes to be one of
the best teams in the world. We just
have to go out and prove it."
Knowles, 38, said if he and Fish,
28, can get their chemistry together
from the get-go, they should really
be a force to reckon with this year.
"It will probably be expected for
us to get a few matches to get to
know each other again and find out
what makes each other tick,"

Knowles said.
"But I think it's a great chance
for me. It's something new. It's a
great chance to do well and possibly
win a lot of big tournaments this
Looking back at the two-year
partnership with Bhupathi, which
came at the end of an 11-year stint
with Canadian Daniel Nestor,
Knowles said he felt they played
well, finishing at No.3 in the world
on both occasions.
"But we both felt we needed a
change," said Knowles of Bhupathi,
who is playing this week with Indi-
an Rohan Bopanna at the Aircel
Chennai Open in India.
"The good thing is Mardy is
young and he's hungry. Mahesh and
I were the older guys. But he has
youth on his side, so the only thing
is with a new partnership is you
don't know what to expect. But I'm
looking forward to the opportunity
to play with Mardy because it's
going to be a challenge."
Having had a great deal of suc-
cess with both Nestor and Bhupathi,
Knowles said he's confident of the
same with Fish, but only time will

tell as they
get set to
play through
their first
month in
on their per-
formances in
Australia will
wh e r e
Knowles and
Fish will play
in the United
States as they
head towards the BNP Paribas
Open in Indian Wells, California,
starting on March 11.
"A lot will depend on how we do
in Australia. That will depict our
schedule," he said. "But the big
tournaments are our main focus.
We hope to do well at those."
And eventually at the end of the
year, they will again be one of the
top doubles teams in the world, a
feat he hope will earn him another
Bahamian Male Athlete of the
Year, as voted by the media houses
in 2009.


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Kennedy has high hopes for coaching career

Senior Sports Reporter

HE was once regarded as
one the top high school bas-
ketball players. Now Serone
Kennedy is hoping to carry
that distinction over to his
coaching career.
The former RM Bailey Pac-
ers' forward who starred for
coach Charles 'Chuck' Mack-
ey up until his graduation in
2003, is now an assistant
coach with the Milwaukee
Area Technical College
Stormers men's basketball
MATC is a member of the
National Junior College Ath-
letic Association (Division
III) and the Region IV of the
NJCAA. They currently play
in the North Central Com-
munity College Conference.
Thanking the Lord for giv-
ing him the ability to move
from playing to college,
Kennedy said he's realized
that it's not an easy road, but
he's embraced the challenge.
Posting an 11-4 win-loss
record up to the Christmas
break, the Stormers will

return to action today, but
Kennedy will not be back in
Milwaukee until January 10
as he takes advantage of an
extended vacation.
As a DIII JC, Kennedy said
there are a lot of restrictions
that are imposed on their pro-
gramme, such as the awarding
of athletic scholarships, so it's
difficult for him to do any
recruiting while he's at home.
"But if an opportunity
opens up where my network
would allow me to interact
with other coaches to get a
Bahamian in school, then I
will do that," he said.
"Bahamian kids have tal-
ent, so I'm trying to network
with them while I'm at home
so I can put them in a better
position to get scholarships
and even make some money."
While attending JC in Min-
nesota, Kennedy said when-
ever he came home for the
summer, he would take the
time out to do some coach-
"So when my playing days
were over, I got a chance to
get into coaching," Kennedy
said. "But sometimes I look
out there, I feel that there are

some things that I could do
that some of the players are
not doing.
"But it takes patience to
coach and I feel being a for-
mer player, it has helped me
to relate to the players. When
I was playing, I was able to
see through the eyes of the
coach and that has helped me
now that I am coaching."
Last year, Kennedy was
afforded the opportunity to
participate as a coach at three
major college summer bas-
ketball programmes.
The first was at Duke Uni-
versity with legendary coach
Mike Krzyzewski, Marquette
University with coach Buzz
Williams and the University
of Memphis with coach Josh
"Duke had the most expen-
sive camp in the country with
about a 1,000 students paying
about $1,000 a head,"
Kennedy recalled. "What
they did was they selected the
best up and coming coaches
from around the country
"At that camp and in Mar-
quette, I was able to win a
championship, so I had some
success coaching. It at last

gave me a resume for basket-
ball. I got a chance to meet
coach K. Duke is Duke. Mar-
quette was pretty much the
same with about 300-350 kids
and I also met coach
Kennedy said his goal is get
back to Milwaukee to finish
off his season with MATC
and then weigh out whatever
options that may come his
way in the future.
"To God be the glory. I'm
doing something that I love
to do," he said.
In the meantime, Kennedy
has also launched his
Caribbean Basketball Net-
work and his SportsMe-
diaOne Internet websites that
enable him to post informa-
tion on both Bahamian and
Caribbean athletes in basket-
ball, athletics, soccer and
The former one-time sports
journalist said being Internet
savvy, he decided to launch
the websites because he was
always searching for the per-
formances of Bahamian ath-
"Finding everybody and
knowing where everybody is

was a passion of mine and it
just snowballed from there,"
Kennedy said. "Now coaches
and people are logging on to
the sites to keep up with some
of their athletes."

As much as he can,
Kennedy said he will continue
to make his contribution to
Bahamian sports, whether as
a player, coach, journalist or
Internet surfer.


* THE Tribune Sports Depart-
ment erroneously reported that
Justin Lunn won the boys 14's
singles title at the Bahamas Lawn
Tennis Association's Junior
December Invitational on Mon-
day. The winner of the title was
actually Justin Roberts. We apol-
ogise to both Justin Lunn and
Justin Roberts for the mistake.

*THE Senior Moments Softball
Cruise Organization from Orlan-
do, Florida
brings senior softball players and
their wives are currently in the
Bahamas for two fun and exciting
Yesterday, the players were
entertained in Grand Bahama and
today, they will be in New Prov-
idence where they will play at the
Archdeacon William Thompson
Softball Park at the Southern
Recreation Grounds, starting at
10 a.m.
Master's Softball Association
president Anthony 'Boots' Weech
and Tourism's Director of Sports
Development Tyrone Sawyer are
hosting the visitors.
Weech has announced the
names of the following players
who are expected to participate in
the game:
Sonny Haven, Bertie Murray,
Anthony Bowe, Gary 'Super'
Johnson, Adli Moss, Audley
Williams, Ray Johnson, Anthony
Richardson, Arthur Johnson,
Harold 'Banker' Fritzgerald,
Anthony 'Skeebo' Rroberts, Lau-

rence 'Buddy' Smith and Antho-
ny 'Polka' Hyler.

* THE New Providence Volley-
ball Association resumed its
2009/2010 season Sunday at the
DW Davis Gymnasium after taking
a break for the Christmas holiday
and two teams came closer to
securing the ladies and men's pen-
In the first match, the Vixens
won in four sets over the Lady
Hornets 25-17, 25-15, 18-23 and
Aniska Rolle and Tamaz
Thompson led with 13 and 10
points respectively. Samantha
Forbes had 10 points for the Hor-
nets. In a highly contested men's
match, the game would put either
the defending Champions, Sco-
tiabank Defenders or the National
Fence Intruders one game closer
to winning the pennant as both
teams with one loss on the sea-
The youthful National Fencing
Intruders would win the first two
tough sets 25-23 and 25-23. How-
ever, the Defending Champions
with their back against the wall
would regroup and win the next
two sets in a convincing 25-13
and 25-22.
In the 5th and deciding set, the
versatile Scotiabank Defenders,
behind Tony Simon's 5 blocks,
would easily dispose of the Intrud-
ers 15-9 and move one game
closer to securing their second
consecutive pennant.
The Scotiabank Defenders were
led by Shedrick Forbes, Tony
Simon and Hector Rolle's 16, 15

and 14 points respectively. In a
losing effort, Prince Wilson
secured 15 points for the Intrud-
ers. Action continue with a men's
double header on Wednesday with
the Defenders facing the College of
the Bahamas in the opener and
the Crimestoppers taking on the
Technicians in the feature contest.

*THE Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations has
announced that it will officially
begin its 2010 season on Satur-
day at the Thomas A. Robinson
Track and Field Stadium.
That is when the BAAA will hold
its annual Odd Distance Track and
Field Meet. The meet will begin
at 1 p.m. and will allow athletes to
compete in track events from a
shorter or longer distance and
field events from a standing posi-
tion or fewer run-ups.

*THE Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations will com-
plete its first weekend on Sunday
by attending Church. The BAAA
is encouraging all of its coaches,
athletes, parents and supporters
to join the executives as they
attend the 11 a.m. worship ser-
vice at the South Beach Union
Baptist Church.
The church is located East
Street South. Once you pass the
second corner on the right after
the Police Station, go over the
second speed bump and the
Church is located on the left. The
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Vixens defeat Lady Hornets in four sets

THE N.P.V.A. 2009-2010
resumed last evening over at the D
W Davis gymnasium and two
teams are now closer to securing
the Pennant.
In the first match, the Vixens
won in four sets over the Lady
Hornets 25-17, 25-15, 18-23 and
Aniska Rolle and Tamaz
Thompson led with 13 and 10
points respectively.

Defenders rally

to top Intruders

Samantha Forbes had 10 points
for the Hornets.
In a highly contested men's
match, the game would put either
the defending Champions, Scotia-
bank Defenders or the National
Fence Intruders one game closer

to winning the Pennant, both
teams with one loss on the sea-
The youthful National Fencing
Intruders would win the first two
tough sets 25-23 and 25-23.
However, the Defending Cham-
pions with their back against the
wall would regroup and win the
next two sets in a convincing 25-13
and 25-22.
In the 5th and deciding set, the

versatile Scotiabank Defenders,
behind Tony Simon's five
blocks, would easily dispose of the
Intruders 15-9 and move one game
closer to securing their second
consecutive Pennant 15-9.
The Scotiabank Defenders were
led by Shedrick Forbes, Tony
Simon and Hector Rolle's 16, 15
and 14 points respectively.
In a losing effort, Prince Wilson
secured 15 points for the Intruders.

Henin returns

with win

at Brisbane


Associated Press

as if she never left. She didn't
even make it to her first post-
match news conference since
coming out of retirement
before talk began about when
she'll win an eighth Grand
Slam singles title.
Henin beat second-seeded
Nadia Petrova of Russia 7-5,7-

5 in the first round of the Bris-
bane International on Mon-
day, the former No. l's first
official tour match since
announcing her comeback in
"I feel better today than
when I retired, that's for sure,"
Henin said. "Better emotion-
ally, mentally. Better with
myself, and that makes a big
She is preparing to make
her return to Grand Slam
action at the Australian Open,

which starts Jan. 18.
Henin abruptly left the tour
in May 2008 after spending a
total of 117 weeks at No. 1,
winning seven major champi-
onships, an Olympic gold
medal and 41 WTA titles over-
all. Now she is back, perhaps
inspired by another Belgian,
Kim Clijsters, who returned to
the tour after about two years
away and promptly won last
year's U.S. Open.
The 27-year-old Henin said
she might be in stronger phys-
ical shape than she was 20
months ago. She certainly felt
better psychologically after
Monday's victory, which fol-
lowed exhibition wins last
month, including one over
"I've been waiting for this
moment for so long," Henin
said. "At the beginning, every-
thing seemed very big: the sta-
dium, all the people. I'm not
used to it anymore."
Henin said it only took three
or four games to settle into a
"Mentally, I was able to play
my best when the score was
tight at the end of both sets,"
she said. "I really enjoyed
being out there. That's what
I'm going to remember
Being more aggressive on
her serve has been a priority
for the diminutive Belgian,
who knows she needs to earn
more easy points against the
bigger women on the tour to
be competitive.
"I worked very hard and
changed a few things in my
game," she said. "If I want to
stay on tour for a few more
years I have no choice (but)
to be more aggressive."
Grand Slam champions and
former No. 1 players Venus
Williams and Maria Sharapo-
va - taking part in an exhibi-
tion event in Hong Kong -
both predicted Henin will once
again be a force.
"She was a great champion
before," Williams said. "She
can keep on playing great ten-
Sharapova called Henin's
return good for the women's
"It adds to the great story
line of comebacks we've had,
with Kim as well coming back
and winning a Grand Slam,"
Sharapova said. "When you're

Arenas' practical

joke backfiring

on him and NBA

WHAT apparently began
as a practical joke would
have turned out a lot fun-
nier if only Gilbert Arenas
brought a squirt gun to
work instead of the real
Now there's no laughing
it off.
The Wizards star is
scheduled to meet Monday
with law-enforcement
authorities to present his
side of the story about a
locker-room dispute with
teammate Javaris Critten-
ton nearly two weeks ago.
Not only does Washington,
D.C., have some of the
strictest handgun laws in
the nation, but federal
authorities are investigat-
ing as well.
Yet even if Arenas' legal
headaches end there, he
still could face a lengthy
suspension from NBA com-
missioner David Stern and
tempt the Wizards to
invoke a morals clause in
the standard NBA player
contract and seek to void
the remainder of a six-year,
$111 million deal signed in
"I know Gilbert is a good
guy," Pacers guard T.J.
Ford said. "I don't think,
like he said in his statement,
that he was trying to hurt
Probably not.
But Arenas has already
tarnished his image as one
of pro basketball's more
entertaining and eccentric
personalities, and put the
league on the spot. The
NBA's gun culture is no
more prevalent than that of
other leagues, nor the pop-
ulation in general, yet every
time an athlete gets caught
with a weapon, the publici-
ty feeds the public notion
that officials are incapable
of policing their players.
That perception, in part,
led to the NBA's tough-
ened antigun stance in the
collective bargaining agree-
ment, which bars league
personnel from bringing
weapons to league proper-
ty, sites or charitable events.
Arenas has already
admitted bringing three
unloaded firearms to the
Verizon Center - to get
them out of the house and
away from his kids - and
storing them in a locked
container. According to
Yahoo! Sports, he took
them out of the container
before a Dec. 21 practice
and laid the guns on a chair,
then told Crittenton to
choose one and make good
on a threat that stemmed
from a card game on a late-
night flight from Phoenix
back to Washington two
days earlier.
As the game got more
expensive, Crittenton joked
about what could happen
to people who didn't honor
their debts. Arenas has a
well-deserved reputation as
a prankster and laying out
the guns apparently was his
way of trying to diffuse any
lingering tension between
the two.
Instead, the gesture
enraged Crittenton.
According to a New York
Post report, Arenas and
Crittenton wound up draw-
ing guns on each other.
"I can't speak on that,"
Arenas said Saturday. "But
if you know me, you've
been here, I've never did
anything (involving) vio-
lence. Anything I do is fun-
ny - well, it's funny to


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having problems breathing.
Magistrate Gomez ordered
that he receive medical
attention at the prison.
The case was adjourned to
January 15. A preliminary
inquiry will be held into the
matter. Both men were
remanded to Her Majesty's
Adrian Cleare, 21, and
Garfield Rolle, 31, both of
Price Street, Nassau Village,
were arraigned before Chief
Magistrate Gomez, charged
with the December 21 mur-
der of Terry Daxon. Daxon,
the eighty-fourth homicide
victim for 2008, was found
slumped over the steering
wheel of a light grey coloured
Jeep Cherokee, which had
crashed into a wall on Hanna
Road west around 8pm. Dax-
on had been shot in the right
side of his head and the two
passenger doors on the right
side of the car were open as if
persons had escaped from the
vehicle. Witnesses reported
seeing persons running from
the jeep.
Cleare, who was represent-
ed by attorney Ian Cargill,
and Rolle, who was not rep-
resented by counsel, were not
required to plead to the
charge. Mr Cargill told the
court that Cleare had been
severely beaten by police. He
pointed out that Cleare had
suffered a broken tooth, abra-
sion on his hands and a rup-
tured spleen. Cargill claimed
that even doctors had been
outraged at Cleare's condi-
tion. According to Mr Cargill,
his client had been in police
custody for about three days.
Chief Magistrate Gomez
noted the complaints. The
men were not required to
plead to the murder charge.
They were remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison. The matter
was adjourned to January 25
for mention in Court 11, Nas-
sau Street.
Also appearing on a mur-
der charge yesterday was
Simeon Ezekiel Bain, 38, of
Joe Farrington Road.
He was charged with the
murder of former Burger
King Manager Rashard Mor-
ris. Morris, 22, was reported-
ly kidnapped from the Char-
lotte Street branch of Burger
King in the early morning
hours of September 20 and
taken to Burger King on
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway where he had been
the manager. The reports
state that he was ordered to
open the safe. When he was
unable to do so, he was beat-
en, stabbed and left to die in
the restaurant's parking lot.
Morris was the sixty-first mur-
der victim for 2009.
Bain is also charged with
the kidnapping and attempted
armed robbery of Morris. He
is also accused of shopbreak-
ing and deceiving a police
officer by making a false
statement on September 20,
2009. Bain told the court that
he had been beaten while in
police custody. Bain alleged

that officers had stomped on
his back and chest. He also
alleged that officers had
placed a plastic bag over his
head. Bain told the court that
he had not been taken to see
a doctor. The magistrate
ordered that he receive med-
ical treatment at Her
Majesty's Prison where he has
been remanded. The case was
adjourned to January 25 and
transferred to Court 10, Nas-
sau Street.
Also facing a murder
charge yesterday was Eric
Stuart, 20. He has been
charged with the January 21,
2009, murder of Fitzgerald
Seymour. Seymour, 41, a res-
ident of Pinewood Gardens
was the country's third mur-
der victim for 2009. He was
found dead in the Thatch
Palm Avenue and Guinep
Street area with multiple gun-
shot wounds to his body. Stu-
art was not required to plead
to the murder charge. Stuart
told the Magistrate that he
was beaten and electrocuted
by police and that he had
received death threats from
the victim's imprisoned broth-
er. He asked the magistrate
not to remand him to the pris-
on's western wing.
Stuart is also charged with
Quinton Russell, 31, and
Duran Thompson, 23, with
gun and ammunition posses-
sion. It is alleged that on
December 31, 2009, the three
men were found in possession
of a Ruger .45 pistol and eight
live rounds of .45 ammuni-
tion. The accused all pleaded
not guilty to the charges.
Inspector Clifford Daxon
told the court that Stuart and
Russell had no antecedents,
however Thompson was
already on bail for similar
offences. Thompson's attor-
ney Alex Morley argued,
however, that his client did
not have any matters pend-
ing of a similar nature.
He asked that the magis-
trate exercise his discretion in
granting bail, noting that
Thompson is a self employed
auto mechanic and father of
four children.
The men were remanded
to Her Majesty's Prison and
the case was adjourned to
January 15.

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THE NEWLY-appoint-
ed Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) chair-
man told Tribune Business
yesterday that he was "sad-
dened" by its current
financial position, and
pledged to assist in moving
it to better financial posi-
Michael Moss said he
believes BEC can be
restored to its glory days,
but acknowledged it will be
an extremely challenging
process to undertake.
"It is a bit saddening for
me to see what it is today,"
said Mr Moss, with BEC
having suffered a $16 mil-
lion net loss in its 2008
financial year, after falling
more than $21 million into
the red in 2007.
Mr Moss said he would
have a feel for the direc-
tion he wants to take BEC
in when he meets with its
executive management
team this month.
He added that BEC was
once a well-managed
organisation, and hopes to
bring the Corporation back
to a similar standing.
Though Mr Moss has
been chairman of BEC for
three months, he admitted
he has not yet had the
opportunity to delve into
the position. However, he
gave this paper an idea of
where he stands on issues
regarding BEC.
According to him, the
Wilson City power plant
controversy has dwarfed
other important BEC
issues, and he asserted that
the new plant is necessary
for Abaco's development.
Mr Moss said, however,
that the needs of the soci-
ety should be balanced
with the needs of the envi-
ronment, and that "if there
is anything that was a little
unfortunate, there should
have been a little more
upfront dialogue".
Mr Moss said the Town
Meeting approach has
been adopted to consulta-
tion on government pro-
jects, and it has become a
posture that government
should adhere to.
Renewable energy has
also been a major theme in
the battle between envi-
ronmental groups and gov-
ernment regarding the new
Abaco power plant, and
Mr Moss is "all in favour of
renewable energy".
However, he believes
individuals need to know
the extent to which renew-
able sources can be inte-
grated into the existing
grid. Mr Moss said renew-
SEE page 3B

Bank obtains $52 5m

Ginn foreclose order

Move to pave way for joint venture between developer

and lender for development of $4.9 billion project

Tribune Business Editor
A US court has approved
Credit Suisse's $525 million
foreclosure on a $4.9 billion
Bahamas-based mixed-use
resort project, Tribune Busi-
ness can reveal, a key step in
the plan that will see Ginn
enter into a joint venture
with the Swiss bank to
develop the property.
Documents from the New
York State Supreme Court,
which have been obtained
by this newspaper, reveal
that Justice Barbara Kap-
nick entered the foreclosure
and sale order, whereby the
Ginn sur mer project in
Grand Bahama's West End
will effectively be sold at a
public auction, on Decem-
ber 23, 2009.
The order stated that
Ginn and its financing part-
ner, Lubert Adler, and their
relevant subsidiaries had
waived their right to defend
the action brought by Cred-
it Suisse's Cayman Islands

branch, and consented to
both the foreclosure and the
fact they had defaulted on
the loan repayments.
According to the New
York court's order, Ginn
and Lubert Adler owe Cred-
it Suisse $430.487 million in
principal, and $52.634 mil-
lion in interest till August
20, 2009. From that day on,
the interest bill was some
$91,404 per day, totalling
some $11.974 million as at
December 23, 2009.
The order, stating that
Credit Suisse had a "good
and valid first lien" on the
West End, Grand Bahama
interests pledged as collat-
eral by Ginn for the origi-
nal loan, authorised the pro-
ject's assets to be sold at a
public auction.
However, the foreclosure
and court order is not as
alarming as it sounds, as it is
part of the joint venture
agreement between Ginn
and Lubert Adler on one
side, and Credit Suisse on
the other, that will see the

two work together to devel-
op the Ginn sur mer project.
"What is expected to hap-
pen is that Credit Suisse will
be the only bidder," a source
close to developments con-
firmed to Tribune Business
yesterday. "That's the plan,
and Ginn has a joint venture
agreement with them."
Once the foreclosure goes
through, Credit Suisse will
control some 1,600 acres at
the West End site, includ-
ing most of the real estate
earmarked to be sold as lots.
Ginn will be left with
about 350 acres, Tribune
Business understands, most
of it in the centre of the pro-
ject where the largest assets,
namely the hotels and casi-
no, are supposed to be locat-
ed. The development firm
will also retain the Old
Bahama Bay resort and
most of the land around it,
plus the airport and golf
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Tribune Business Editor
Ex-John S George and
Freeport Concrete chief, Ken
Hutton, is now running the day-
to-day operations at the busi-
ness established by two PLP
political colleagues at the for-
mer Associated Grocers ware-
house in Grand Bahama, Tri-
bune Business can reveal.
Sources familiar with the sit-
uation confirmed to this news-
paper that Mr Hutton, whose
last business venture was run-
ning/owning the former Cost
Right (Turks & Caicos) busi-
ness he acquired from AML
Foods, had taken over man-
agement at the business estab-
lished by Obie Wilchcombe, the
PLP MP for West End and
Bimini, and former PLP MP,
Pleasant Bridgewater.
Tribune Business was told
Mr Hutton's appointment at
Universal Distributors had
been arranged by "mutual
arrangement" between Ms
Bridgewater and Mr Wilch-
combe on one side, and a
Bahamian-owned commercial
bank on the other, suggesting
the bank may have become
concerned about the security
of any loan it may have
While some suggested Mr
Hutton's appointment was
made at the bank's behest,
sources close to Universal Dis-
tributors last night denied this
was the case, or that the com-
pany had taken on any debt
financing - a bank loan or oth-
erwise - to get started.
Tribune Business was told
that the institution in question
was Bank of the Bahamas
International, but its managing
director, Paul McWeeney, last
night denied that the bank was
involved with Universal Dis-
tributors, saying he had "no
knowledge" of the situation.
Yet one source said of Mr
Hutton's involvement: "Ken
has been there for two months.
He told the landlords, Associ-
ated Grocers, that he had been
hired by Bank of the Bahamas
to take over day-to-day man-
agement and come up with a
business plan."
When contacted by Tribune
Business, Mr Hutton declined
to comment, saying: "I really
can't say anything about that."
While confirming Mr Hut-
ton's appointment to run Uni-
versal Distributors' day-to-day
operations and management,
Mr Wilchcombe said that while
still a shareholder and officer
of the company, he could not
speak on its behalf after step-
ping back from its affairs last
"I've not been involved since

July last year," he added. "I'm
an officer, but most of the
responsibility rests with Pleas-
ant Bridgewater and Mr Hut-
Mr Wilchcombe directed Tri-
bune Business to speak with Ms
Bridgewater, but she could not
be reached before press time.
Mr Hutton, though, would
have been a fairly obvious
choice to take over Universal
Distributors, given his Freeport
connections and the fact he
knew Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
SEE page 3B

US: Police


in pirated

goods trade

* Arm of Obama administration brands
Bahamas' enforcement of copyright laws as
'lax', and indicates Washington pressing on
* US exports to the Bahamas fell almost 19%
in eight months to end-August 2008
* Some 13% or $62m of Bahamas exports to
US entered duty-free under Caribbean Basin
tariff-free preferences

Tribune Business Editor
The US government has accused Bahamian police
officers of being "complicit" in the pirated/counterfeit
goods trade, and branded this nation's enforcement of
intellectual property rights laws as "lax".
The US Trade Representative's Office, in its newly-
released report on the Caribbean Basin Economic
Recovery Act (CBERA), which the Bahamas benefits
from, said Bahamian laws did provide for the protection
SEE page 3B

Bahamas project lender cost

buyers 'millions of dollars'

Tribune Business Editor
A real estate purchaser at the
$4.9 billion Ginn sur mer pro-
ject in Grand Bahama's West
End has alleged she lost $1 mil-
lion as a result of "predatory
lending practices" employed by
the project's main financial
backer, which are now the sub-
ject of a $24 billion US-based
class action lawsuit.
L. J. Gibson, one of the lead
plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed
against Credit Suisse in the US
district court in Idaho, alleged
SEE page 2B

* Purchaser alleges she
lost $1m through
reduction in value of land
at Ginn sur mer in $24bn
lawsuit against Credit
* Claims Swiss bank's
'predatory lending
practices' cost her and
another 195 lot buyers,
and failed to follow
through on Ginn and
Bahamian government
* Infrastructure 'not
finished' despite $160m
placed into escrow


EX-JSG chief takes over at

PLP partners' Freeport firm




Business Outlook speakers revealed

The speakers for the 19th
Bahamas Business Outlook,
scheduled for January 14 at
the Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Cable Beach, have been
Speakers who have con-
firmed their participation
are:Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-


lace, minister of tourism and
aviation; Khaalis Rolle, pres-
ident, Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce; Dr Jonathan
Rodgers, ophthalmologist and
businessman; Simon Tow-
nend, partner, KPMG; Alger-
non Cargill, director, Nation-
al Insurance Board; Dr Nel-



IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or
lot of land situate in Sandilands Village in the Eastern
District of the said Island of New Providence and
being within the Fox Hill Constituency aforesaid
which said piece parcel or lot of land by recent survey
comprises Twenty-four thousand Four hundred and
Sixteen (24,416) square feet and is bounded on the
NORTHEAST by the Public Road called and known
as "Cox Street" and running thereon One hundred and
Thirty-seven and Eighty-four hundredths (137.84) feet
on the SOUTHEAST by land formerly the property
of the Estate of one Dundee Johnson and now or
formerly the property of Mary Symonette and running
thereon One hundred and Seventy and Two hundredths
(170.02) feet on the SOUTHWEST by land formerly
the property ofHezekiah Demeritte but now or formerly
the property of the Estate of Peter Davis and running
thereon One hundred and Forty-nine and Forty-nine
hundredths (149.49) feet and on the NORTHWEST
by another Public Road called and known as "Cockburn
Sti. t ' and running thereon One hundred and Seventy
and Five hundredths (170.05) feet and which said piece
parcel or lot of land has such position shape boundaries
marks and dimensions as are shown on the diagram
or plan attached hereto and is thereon coloured Pink.

AND IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act,

AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of William
A. Pinder


The Ouieting Titles Act 1959
The Petition of William A. Pinder of the
Eastern District in the Island of New Providence one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
in respect of: -

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate in
Sandilands Village in the Eastern District of the said
Island of New Providence and being within the Fox
Hill Constituency aforesaid which said piece parcel
or lot of land by recent survey comprises Twenty-
four thousand Four hundred and Sixteen (24,416)
square feet and is bounded on the NORTHEAST by
the Public Road called and known as "Cox Sti.1t'
and running thereon One hundred and Thirty-seven
and Eighty-four hundredths (137.84) feet on the
SOUTHEAST by land formerly the property of the
Estate of one Dundee Johnson and now or formerly the
property of Mary Symonette and running thereon One
hundred and Seventy and Two hundredths (170.02) feet
on the SOUTHWEST by land formerly the property of
Hezekiah Demeritte but now or formerly the property
of the Estate of Peter Davis and running thereon One
hundred and Forty-nine and Forty-nine hundredths
(149.49) feet and on the NORTHWEST by another
Public Road called and known as "Cockbum Sti.t '
and running thereon One hundred and Seventy and
Five hundredths (170.05) feet and which said piece
parcel or lot of land has such position shape boundaries
marks and dimensions as are shown on the diagram or
plan attached hereto and is thereon coloured Pink.

William A. Pinder claims to be the owner of the
fee simple estate in possession of the tracts of land
hereinbefore described free from encumbrances.
AND the Petitioner has made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act 1959 to
have their title to the said tracts of land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the
Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any persons
having Dower or a Right to Dower or an Adverse
Claim or a claim not recognized in the petition shall
on or before the 25th of February A.D., 2010 file in
the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a statement of his claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve a statement
of his claim on or before the 25th of February A.D.,
2010 will operate as a bar to such claim.

Copies of the Filed Plan may be inspected at:

The Registry of the Supreme Court;

The Chambers of Graham, Thompson & Co. attorneys
for the Petitioner, Sassoon House, Shirley Street &
Victoria Avenue, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas;

Dated the 16th day of December A.D., 2009

Sassoon House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner

son Clarke, psychiatrist;
Wendy Warren, chief execu-
tive and executive director,
Bahamas Financial Services
Board (BFSB); Usman Saa-
dat, director of policy and reg-
ulation, URCA; Dr Ian Stra-
chan, associate professor of
English, College of the
Bahamas; and a panel dis-
cussion on the sustainability
of the arts and entertainment
sector with Scharad Light-
bourne, photographer; Allan
P. Wallace, artist, and
Terneille Burrows, recording
Joan Albury, president or
organizers TCL Group, said:
"Senator Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, as leader in Bahamas
tourism, will discuss the prin-
cipal revenue earner of the
country. "The financial sec-
tor will be covered by Simon
Townend and Wendy War-
ren, both noted experts in
their field.
"As to be expected, the
Chamber of Commerce pres-
ident will represent the inter-
ests of the commercial sector
"Dr Jonathan Rodgers is
back by popular demand.
"He really made a hit last
year with an interesting and
very daring presentation on
economic and social condi-
tions and related causes.
"As a highly-respected psy-
chiatrist, Dr Nelson Clarke is

always in demand as a speak-
er. Never before has there
been a greater need for his
input, given the great psycho-
logical impact the recession
has had on Bahamians, given
the increasing rate of job and
business losses."
Mrs Albury added: "We
are expecting a really excit-
ing presentation from Dr Ian
Strachan, who is an academic

\ , .- " ..

and an author, playwright,
poet who is the "My
Bahamas" presenter this year.
As his radio show and public
appearances have shown, he
is fearless in confronting
national issues.
"We will also receive an
update from the National
Insurance Board's managing
director, Algernon Cargill,
who will inform us about

NIB's plans to introduce a
Chronic Disease Prescription
Drug Plan, among other ini-
tiatives. Also, for the first time
we will hear from Usman Saa-
dat, URCA's director of pol-
icy and regulation. Mr Saa-
dat possesses a wealth of con-
sulting experience in global
telecoms regulation and com-
petitive strategy, and with the
imminent privatization of
BTC he will provide insight
into what we should expect
in an increasingly liberalized
communications environ-
As for the panel on the
economic potential of the arts
and entertainment sector, Mrs
Albury said: "We're truly
pleased to introduce the new
panel on arts and entertain-
ment. We are convinced that
the cultural sector is the new
growth sector, and has an
enormous potential to employ
thousands of Bahamians and
spawn valuable and much-
needed entrepreneurship. The
panelists are growing from
strength to strength, as artists
with growing businesses and
recognition in their respective
Registration for Bahamas
Business Outlook may be
made on-line at, or by call-
ing Eileen Fielder at 322-7505,

Bahamas project lender cost buyers 'millions of dollars'

FROM page 1B

she and other members of the
'class action', who had pur-
chased 195 lots at Ginn sur mer,
had suffered a major financial
loss as a result of the Swiss
bank's purported lending poli-
cies, which had resulted in it
taking over the project.
In its most basic form, the
lawsuit is alleging that Credit
Suisse developed a 'loan to
own' scheme in relation to
Ginn sur mer and three other
mixed-use resort projects in the
US, where it inflated the value
of each development and
imposed loans that, in terms of
both size and condition, bur-
dened them and their real
estate investors with too much
Once the developers default-
ed on these loans, Credit Suisse
was able to foreclose on Ginn
and the other properties, taking
control allegedly well below
market value and with the abil-
ity to 'flip' them to another buy-
er for massive profits. The law-
suit is seeking $8 billion in actu-
al, and $16 billion in punitive,
In relation to Ginn sur mer,
the class action lawsuit alleges
that the $4.9 billion project was
marketed as "a first-class luxu-
ry resort development", with
most of the real estate pur-
chasers coming the from the
US. Mortgage financing was
largely obtained from Ginn

Financial Corporation, with
closing transactions usually
occurring at Ginn's Hammock
Beach Resort in Florida.
The development, at full
build-out, was set to feature 870
single family residential units,
two 18-hole golf courses and
clubhouses, 4,400 condomini-
um units, two marinas, a
130,000 square foot casino,
swimming park, water facilities,
tennis courts, private airport
and beach clubs and spa.
The lawsuit alleged that $160
million generated from real
estate sales to Gibson and oth-
er purchaser plaintiffs, as well
as Ginn's own equity, was
deposited into an escrow
account to use for completing
all project infrastructure -
including canals, water and
electrical systems, roads, club-
houses and entry gate house.
"During 2006 and 2008, and
especially on or about January
26-27, 2007, plaintiff Gibson
and members of plaintiff class
purchased approximately 195
ocean front and canal front lots
at the West End resort," the
lawsuit alleged.
"A 'Founder's Weekend Cel-
ebration' was held at the devel-
opment site between January
26-27, 2007, at which plaintiff
Gibson and other class mem-
bers personally spoke to the
Bahamian Prime Minister [Per-
ry Christie] and developer Bob-
by Ginn about the develop-
ment, and plaintiff and mem-
bers of the plaintiff class were

Wholesaler/Retailer located in Nassau seeks

The candidate wits work alongside the senior management
team at oof bvdf offk~, c ~is.,rri in a voerety of ares such
as public andcuastomer relations, ma.creting, advertising.
HR. bam bookkeeping, and vwiovs administrative duries
such s5 fqir1 ad orl ,zo . Much of the obove ,tir be
o 'hC -' C.Iri compCaUetrbaled.

The candidate should have the following skills:
General comrnputer skill- (Microsoft XP, internet, social
netwrrkin web 5itqeb.,.)
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word. Excel,
Familiarity with basic bookkeeping concepts'
(particularly Accounts Payable and Recoei,,obe)

The candidate should have experience of office
adn-,inistration. Specific retail, wholesale, HR or
bookkeeping not essential but beneficial. Addition lI
the candidate e must be well-spokeri, highlyorganised
and professional and have a current driver' license and
their wn :iansip-rTailon

Applications are to include: Recent police record
passport photo, iwo references. resume, covering letter
stating 'where.'how specific experience was gained in
!i; Microsoft Office 'Word.. Excel) (i) Any bookkeeping
concepts (iiij other software programs you are
experienced / familiar with,

assured that Ginn would go for-
ward with the Ginn sur mer
development, as promised, with
the total support and co-opera-
tion of the Bahamian govern-
The lawsuit alleged that the
real estate purchasers relied
upon assurances the develop-
ment would be completed in
full when they chose to "pur-
chase millions of dollars of pre-
viously undeveloped land" at
Ginn sur mer.
They claimed that had they
known Credit Suisse would
take over via its "predatory
lending practices", which
caused Ginn and its financial
backer, Lubert Adler, to
default, and only the basic
infrastructure be completed,
they would never have invested
in the Bahamas.
"In June 2008, as a result of
the defendant Credit Suisse's
predatory loan practices, the
Ginn sur mer land development
project was forced into default
status," the lawsuit alleged.
"Credit Suisse forced the
developer, Ginn-LA (Lubert
Adler), to enter into an agree-
ment in which only the infra-
structure and golf course at

Ginn sur mer would be com-
pleted from the money paid
into an escrow account and
trust by the developer, Gibson
and members of the plaintiff
Alleging that Credit Suisse
"wrongfully acquired owner-
ship control" at Ginn sur mer,
and became the "de facto suc-
cessor developer", the lawsuit
claimed: "Credit Suisse has con-
tinuously failed and refused to
honour the aforesaid promises
and covenants made by Ginn
and the Prime Minister of the
Bahamas to plaintiff Gibson,
members of the plaintiff class,
and refused to complete the
construction of the aforesaid
amenities and improvements to
the land, apart from the infra-
structure, in violation of its duty
to the plaintiffs."
As a result, the real estate
purchasers alleged that had suf-
fered "substantial economic
damages, in the millions of dol-
lars, by the resulting depreca-
tion and diminution in value of
their land at the Ginn sur mer
land development, and the
denial of plaintiffs' lawful use
and enjoyment of their land".

Due to the construction of the new Straw

Market, effective 4th January 2010, the

bus lay-by/bus stop on Bay Street in the vi-

cinity of the Straw Market, will no longer be

used as a lay-by/bus stop. All bus drivers

and passengers are encouraged to use

other bus stops along Bay and Frederick


We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

The Controller Road Traffic


International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
MAIDA LTD. is in dissolution. CARDINTE INTERNA-
TIONAL LIMITED is the Liquidator and can be contacted at
1st Floor Charlotte House, Shirley and Charlotte Streets, P.O.
Box CB-13323, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their
names addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator before January 14th, 2010.

1^f ^ .f3e *i-





US: Police 'complicit'

in pirated goods trade

FROM page 1B

and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
"However, enforcement is lax and anecdotal evidence sug-
gests that the police are complicit in the buying and selling of
pirated movies, songs and fabricated high-end purses to resi-
dents and tourists," the US Trade Representative's Office
wrote in the report.
No substantive evidence was provided to support the alle-
gation, which is likely to anger both the Government and the
hierarchy of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
Yet since the US Trade Representative's Office is part of the
US government, the report represents the official view of the
Obama administration. The US Embassy in Nassau is also
likely to have provided its input into the report, and possibly
reviewed drafts before it was officially released on New Year's
Intellectual property rights, or copyright, are designed to
guard the 'fruits of the mind', protecting creators such as artists,
musicians and designers from having their works exploited
and sold by others for their gain, without them enjoying any
economic benefit/compensation.
Intellectual property rights are also key components in free
trade agreements, such as the Economic Partnership (EPA) the
Bahamas has already signed up to, and full membership in
the World Trade Organisation (WTO) - something this nation
hopes to achieve within the next three to four years.


It thus appears highly likely that the Bahamas will have to fur-
ther tighten its intellectual property rights legislation and
enforcement, the US Trade Representative's report saying:
"The Bahamian government has taken some steps to strength-
en intellectual property rights protection as part of its WTO
accession, and in response to requests from the United States."
On the WTO front, the US Trade Representative's Office
said the Bahamas' Memorandum of Trade Regime had been
circulated among WTO members in April 2009. They "were
asked to review it and submit questions and comments on the
Bahamas' trade regime".
The report said that of the $465.823 million worth of goods
exported to the US by the Bahamas in the period January-
August 2009, some 13.3 per cent or $62.16 million entered tar-
iff-free under the preferences provided by the CBERA and its
subsidiary agreement, the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI).
These figures represented a drop on the 2008 comparative
period, when $93.472 million or 27.9 per cent of a total $334.497
million worth of goods exported to the US by the Bahamas
entered under the CBERA.
For the eight-month period January-August 2009, some 41
per cent or $190.832 million worth of Bahamian exports also
entered the US duty-free, compared to $197.476 million or 59
per cent of exports for the same period in 2008.
The US Trade Representative's Office's report also noted
that US exports to the Bahamas for the eight months to Janu-
ary 2009 had fallen by 18.6 per cent, from $1.895 billion the year
before to $1.542.2 billion, the more than $300 million drop
likely to have been induced by the recession.
Overall, for the 2008 full year, the Bahamas exported some
$603.935 million worth of products to the US, of which $141.048
million or 23.4 per cent entered the US duty-free under the
CBERA. The main beneficiaries from the Act's trade prefer-
ences were Bahamian crawfish, Polymers' plastic products,
salt, fruits and vegetables.
In that same year, the US exported some $2.76 billion worth
of goods and services to the Bahamas.
Elsewhere, the US Trade Representative's Office said it
would "continue to monitor" the Bahamas' implementation of
its 2004 amendment to the Copyright Act, which took effect on
October 1, 2009. This amendment narrowed this nation's com-
pulsory licensing system for television when it came to the re-
transmission of copyrighted works, preventing Cable Bahamas
from distributing such programmes without having commercial
agreements in place with the copyright owners.
The US Trade Representative's Office's report also said "a
high level of child labour continues to be a concern" in the
Bahamas, while workers had "no legal right to remove them-
selves from hazardous work situations without penalty".

Legal Notice


(a) PARGOLO OVERSEAS S.A. is in dissolution under the provisions of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on January 4, 2010
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 16th day of February, 2010 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.

JANUARY 5,2010



No. 2 of 1990

In Voluntary Liquidation

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

Mr. Marcos A. Munoz is the Liqudator and can be contacted

Bank obtains $525m

Ginn foreclose order

FROM page 1B

"Ginn is hoping to do
something with those 350
acres on the vertical con-
struction," the source added,
indicating the company,
which is headed by Bobby
Ginn, is seeking to long-
term find investors willing
to buy-out Credit Suisse.
Tribune Business also
understands that the 18-hole
golf course has been com-
pleted, and that Ginn is "on
schedule" with the project,
having completed Phase I.
The first three years, this
newspaper was told, were
all about putting in infra-
The New York court
order also required the suc-
cessful bidder for the West
End assets to seek the
required regulatory
approvals from the Govern-
ment, especially the Invest-
ments Board (Cabinet) and
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, for the purchase.
The required documents are

to be submitted to the Gov-
ernment 10 days after the
If approval from the
Bahamian government is
not received within 90 days
from the date of application,
the court order says the auc-
tion winner will be rejected
and a new sale will have to
take place.
A 100 per cent equity
interest in Ginn-West End
will be auctioned, court doc-
uments stating that 80 per
cent is collectively owned by
three of Lubert Adler's real
estate investment funds,
with the remaining 20 per
cent held by a Ginn-owned
In the original lawsuit that
gave rise to the foreclosure
action, Credit Suisse alleged
that the Ginn and Lubert
Adler-controlled entities
defaulted on their loan
repayments on June 30,
2008, and the sums involved
"remain owing and unpaid".
Ultimately, Ginn and
Lubert Adler, and the Cred-

EX-JSG chief takes over at

PLP partners' Freeport firm

FROM page 1B
He also has experience of running businesses involved in the
shipping, retail, wholesale and logistics fields, all areas Universal
Distributors is involved with. He previously owned United Shipping
before selling it to Global United.
However, Mr Hutton's business ventures after he left the post of
Freeport Concrete's chief executive have not enjoyed huge success,
with himself and investor partners exiting both John S George and,
latterly, the Turks & Caicos business.
Universal Distributors has also not enjoyed a totally smooth ride,
having in September 2009 avoided being locked-out of its premis-
es by Associated Grocers for alleged non-payment of rent.
Sources with knowledge of the situation told Tribune Business
then that the venture, which had planned to duplicate the distrib-
ution business model originally developed for the 86,000 square
foot warehouse by Associated Grocers, owed their Florida landlord
close to $200,000. Included in this sum, the sources said, was two
months' rent at $65,000 per month, plus penalties for late payment,
taking this amount to around a $140,000 total.
Yet the potential lock-out and eviction was quickly resolved, with
the company disputing the amount it was claiming. Universal Dis-
tributors has continued operating ever since, and Tribune Business
understands that no redundancies have resulted from Mr Hutton
taking over management.
Associated Grocers had been attempting to sell its Freeport
warehouse, which cost $8 million to construct, for a price under-
stood to be around $12 million. In the absence of buyers, though,
it eventually did the lease deal with Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater, who told Tribune Business last year that some 30 per-
sons had been hired to operate it.

The Public is hereby advised that I, GENIESHA SUSAN
NICOLA SAGESSE of Oxford Street, Mt. Royal Ave.,
intend to change my name to GENIESHA SUSAN NICOLA
MCDONALD. If there are any objections to this change of
name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

it Suisse-controlled lending
consortium, entered into a
Master Restructuring
Agreement on December
19, 2008, to deal with the
loans and set up the joint
"Pursuant to the Restruc-
turing Agreement, the [Ginn

and Lubert Adler entities]
agreed that the loans were in
default, that the lenders
were entitled to foreclose on
the West End interests, and
that the [Ginn and Lubert
Adler entities] have no
defence to such foreclo-
sure," the lawsuit alleged.

BEC chair 'saddened'

by finance weakness

FROM page 1B

able energy often ends up costing more than fossil fuels,
and there should be a gentle push toward green power.
Mr Moss also agreed that the privatization of BEC will
open up more opportunities for accessing capital, improving
customer service, and enhancing technology.
"The sale of BEC is the direction that most governments
are moving in order to put more of a business look on
things, and that are better left in the hands of a business per-
son," he said.
Mr Moss was employed by the corporation almost 30
years ago and was chief generating engineer when he left. He
now owns his own energy management consultancy business.

Wholesaler/Retailer located in Nassau seeks

77Pe c.cniridcft willJoin our Hedd Offrr frearn orid
take responsibility for various administrative dunes
to ensure the effcien r functioning of the Head Office.
These du 6e6 wtM inWude overseeing and orqanising
afl filing, competing wholesale orders, lanr)aging
inventory of oMfice and store supplies,
correspondence with customers, petty cash as well
as asssting with the accounts department.

The candidate should demonstrate the following:

* Computer Uteracy
(Including Microsoft XP, MS Word, Excel and
Outlook, the Ii ternet, social inetwoitkl t sites
0 Good Written Communication Skills
(letters, e-mail s, internal (.onIIrr l i di, d t 1)
* Competancy In Bask Math
*Customer Focus
* Motivated and Willing To Learn New Skills

*Tearm Player
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10 75 9 90 Bahamas Property Fund 10 74 10 74 0 O0 0 992 0 200 108 1 86%
700 577 Bank of Bahamas 590 590 0 00 0244 0260 242 441%
063 063 Benchmark 063 063 0 00 0877 0000 N/M 000%
349 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 0 00 0125 0090 252 286%
215 2 14 Fidelity Bank 2 37 2 37 0 0 0055 0 040 431 1 69%
13 95 9 63 Cable Bahamas 9 98 9 99 0 01 1,100 1 406 0 250 71 2 50%
2 88 2 72 Colina Holdings 2 72 2 72 0 0 0249 0 040 109 1 47%
700 5 00 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7 00 7 00 0 O0 0 419 0 300 167 4 29%
365 221 Consolidated Water BDRs 285 288 003 0111 0052 259 181%
255 1 32 Doctors Hospital 2 55 2 55 0 00 900 0625 0 080 41 3 14%
780 5 94 Famguard 6 49 6 49 0 0 0420 0 240 155 3 70%
1 180 875 Finco 928 928 0 00 0322 0520 28 5 60%
10 45 9 80 FirstCanbbean Bank 999 999 0 00 0631 0350 158 350%
553 375 Focol (S) 477 477 000 0326 0150 146 314%
1 00 1 00 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 1 O0 0 0 0 000 0000 N/M 000%
030 0 27 Freeport Concrete O 27 0 27 0 00 0 035 0 000 77 0 00%
613 500 ICD Utilities 559 559 000 0407 0500 137 894%
1050 995 J S Johnson 995 995 000 0952 0640 105 643%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 10 00 000 0156 0000 641 000%
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a PPercentage Pricing b ases)
52wk-HI 52wk- Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol Interest Maturity
1000 00 1000 O0 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100 00 00 7% 19 October 2017
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 10000 000 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 10000 00 00 7% 30 May 2013
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 10000 000 Prime + 1 75% 29 May 2015
1460 792 Bahamas Supermarkets 1006 11 06 1400 2 246 0000 N/M 0 00%
800 600 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2 00 625 400 0 000 0 480 N/M 7 80%

14160 1 3419 CFAL Bond Fund 1 4160 462 553 31-Oct-09
30351 28266 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 28552 2 88 3 92 30 Nov-09
15071 1 4326 CFAL Money Market Fund 1 5071 512 520 25-Dec-09
33856 2 9343 Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2 9618 12 52 1521 31- Oct09
13 2400 12 5597 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13 2400 4 93 5 90 31- Oct-09
103 0956 100 0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 103 0956 310 2 52 30-Sep-09
100 0000 99 4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund 99 4177 312 2 76 30 Sep-09
1 0804 1 0000 FG Financial Preferred Incoe Fund 10804 432 5 26 31 Oct09
1 0364 1 0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1 0269 -0 59 019 31Oct09
1 0742 1 0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1 0742 3 56 4 42 31Oct09
9 4740 90775 Royal Fidelity Bah Inl investment Fund 94740 417 418 31 Oct09
106301 100000 Royal Fidelity Bah Infl investment Fund 106301 630 630 31-Oct-09
74613 48105 Royal Fidelity Inl Fund - Equities Sub Fund 74613 3540 2964 31- Oct-09
i' i - E T TE� ' N N

P - Clo ng pi ce di eidd by te last 2 theanngs DE he de Bahamas Stock Index Januay 1 , 1994 =100
Pre- -ou-Close Pre u.dy'. ghl-- - ..ted prie0f0 rdafy lneat re t traded oerthe... r. i

(Sl) - 3-for1 Stok Spit -Effetve Date 7/11/2007
_TO TKAE; CA..L - FA. 242-502 0-0 | ROYALF OLt 242-2SA764 1 F CA-AL IIaw S 242- 96-4000 | COLOMN.L 242-502-521

at Calle 4A #1836, Ciudad Radial, Juan Diaz, City of Panama,
Republic of Panama.

All persons having claims against the above-named are required
to sen their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or
claims to the Liquidator before January 31st, 2010.

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