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Court of Appeal President
Dame Joan Sawyer to retire
Tribune Staff Reporter .,i
AFTER serving as Court of
Appeal President for nearly a
decade, Dame Joan Sawyer
announced her retirement yes-
During her address at a cer-
emony at the Court of Appeal
to mark the opening of the
appellate court's legal year,
Dame Joan stated: "All of you
are aware that this is the last sitting over which I will
preside, since God willing I will demit office by
November 26, 2010.
"Some of you may be wondering why I did the
things that I did and caused the Registrar and her
staff to do the things they have done. All I will say is
SEE page 11

Deputy calls for

candidate to stand

in by-election

Tribune Staff
THE Progressive
Liberal Party should
nominate a by-elec-
tion candidate in the
Elizabeth con-
stituency to fulfil the
Opposition's man-
date as a viable alter-
native to the FNM,
urged PLP Deputy
Leader Philip
"Brave" Davis.
His comments came amid
reports that the party is split on
the by-election argument with
several top PLPs said to be
against entering the race.
It is reported that some
senior members want to con-
serve the party's resources for
the next general election, how-
ever Mr Davis feels that unless
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham intends to call a national
election this year the PLP
should vie for the Elizabeth
"(The PLP) as a major polit-
ical party, its existence is

premised on the fact
that it is existing for
the purpose of con-
testing elections.
Unless there are
some exceptional cir-
cumstances existing,
you start off on the
premise that you will
contest and you may
be persuaded to not
contest but only in
exceptional circum-
stances," he said
ahead of last night's
public PLP meeting
in the Elizabeth con-
stituency to rally its

"If we are aware that Mr
Ingraham will call a general
election in the next two to three
months, that will be a factor that
we will take into account, that
will be a compelling factor not
to participate," Mr Davis said
on the sidelines of yesterday's
House Select Committee on
Crown Land hearing.
Meanwhile the party has yet
to officially select a potential
by-election candidate but its
National General Council is

SEE page 12

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Tribune Staff Reporter
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V AIRLINE passengers
travelling from Nassau to
Abaco yesterday received
Sa shock when the Sky
SBahamas plane they were
. about to board dropped
to the ground as the land-
'CD ing gear collapsed.
�= Around 33 passengers
U- scheduled to fly from
Nassau to Marsh Har-
bour at noon had been
called to the gate 15 min-
utes before departure
when the SAAB 340 air-
craft suddenly collapsed
with a bang.
Only the captain and
flight attendant were on
board and Flight Stan-
dards Inspectorate acci-
dent investigator Delvin
Major said no one was
But the aircraft was
damaged in the accident
and passengers were
SEE page 12

BDM leader to
run in by-election
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Democratic Movement
announced yesterday that party president, Cas-
sius Stuart, will contest the Elizabeth seat in the
upcoming by-election.
Mr Stuart borrowed the popular campaign
phrase from US President Barack Obama saying
the party is "fired up and ready to go."
"Today, the BDM draws the line in the polit-
ical sand, and offer ourselves to be an innovative
part of the new direction that our country needs.
We are offering ourselves because we believe in
what this country can be," Mr Stuart told a press
When former MP for Elizabeth, Malcolm
Adderley, resigned his seat on Wednesday and
severed ties with the Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP), the door opened for candidates to vie for
SEE page 12

Shooting and stabbing are
first two murders of year
Tribune Staff Reporter
A WEEK into the new year and the coun-
try has recorded its first murders of 2010
after a man who attempted to escape a gun-
man was killed by a single bullet and anoth-
er man was stabbed.
Police were not releasing the 39-year-old
shooting victim's identity yesterday after-
noon, as his next of kin had yet to be notified.
The motive for the shooting is not yet
known, and police are seeking assistance
from anyone who may have any information
in connection with the crime.
The killing occurred shortly before 8pm
on Wednesday evening in the vicinity of
Wulff Road and Mackey Street.
Police press officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skip-
pings said: "Police received information that
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Armed robbers

shoot woman

A WOMAN is in hospital
after being shot twice by
armed robbers who were flee-
ing the scene of a crime.
The woman was fired on by
the men as she descended a
staircase near the entrance to
the Corner Mart Convenience
Store on Gladstone Road and
Hall's Close, unaware that a
robbery had just occurred
inside. According to police,
the two men had just robbed
the store with a shotgun at
around 11.30am and were
fleeing the building with a
tray of cash from the cashier's
register when they shot the
woman, hitting her in the
right leg and upper right arm.


"The men fled the scene in
a silver coloured Toyota Cam-
ry, license plate number
unknown, heading north on
Gladstone Road. Police are
appealing to members of the
public who may have seen or
heard anything to contact
police on 328-TIPS, 919 or the
Central Detective Unit on 502
9991," said Police Sergeant
Chrislyn Skippings.
Later that evening, a man
was stabbed in the Pinewood
Gardens area after he alleged-
ly told two men who were
attempting to rob him that he
had no cash. The Yellow
Elder Gardens resident was
walking on Sapodilla Boule-
vard shortly after 8pm,
according to police, when the
assailants approached him.
The victim was stabbed in
his abdomen with what he
told police appeared to be a
switchblade knife. He was
taken to hospital in an ambu-
lance and remains listed in
serious but stable condition.
Police are following signifi-
cant leads in connection with
this incident.

MP sounds warning over

'aging radar'

PM says steps being taken to get new system

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE former aviation minis-
ter has warned that the urgent
need for a new air traffic radar
is among a "very critical set of
circumstances" developing at
the Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport which she con-
siders cause for "grave con-
Speaking after MP Glenys
Hanna-Martin described the
continued use of an "aging
radar" at the country's main
airport as a potentially "very
serious issue" affecting aviation
safety, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham revealed in parlia-
ment that steps are being taken
to acquire a new radar system.
Mrs Hanna-Martin told the
House of Assembly on
Wednesday: "I think the coun-
try spent about $11 million on a
new radar (but) it's never
worked. It was a waste of mon-
ey and we're still depending on
an aged ASR-8 radar.
"That radar has been more
or less faithful even though it's
aging, but I want to urge the
acceleration of the acquisition
of a new radar because this is
going to be a very serious issue.
"When I served (until May,
2006), the ASR-8 radar ceased
operation during a critical high
peak time for tourism and it
was disastrous," said Mrs Han-
na-Martin, MP for Englerston,
who had responsibility for the
transport and aviation portfolio
during the previous Christie
An assessment in the wake
of this crisis found that one of

the precipitating factors, "apart
from the need for a new radar",
was a shortage of personnel
with the requisite technical

"I am understanding now
that's it's more of an issue than
ever before because since that
time there have been no
recruitments but there have
been two or three people
who've left the services, so you
have less specialist trained man-
power to repair the radar or
technical equipment, including
the VOR (VHF omni-direc-
tional range)."
Mrs Hanna-Martin told par-
liament that the VOR, a "criti-
cal navigation aid" was recent-
ly out of service, along with its
"back-up", for six months and

is now "described as limping
An Instrument Landing Sys-
tem that "provides assistance
with altitude" for planes com-
ing in to land at the LPIA has
been "down for years" and
remains inoperable, she added.
The former minister noted
that outstanding staff promo-
tion issues, which have the
potential to reduce the "effi-
ciency and effectiveness" of the
work done in this field at the
airport, are also among the clus-
ter of issues in need of "keen,
immediate" attention from the
government. "Air navigation
is a service that I'm not sure
we've come to full appreciation
of in our country," she said,
adding that it is critical and cen-
tral to the concept of air safety.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said she
was prompted to raise these
issues by the results of an audit
recently undertaken by IKO of
the Bahamas' air navigation
services, which pointed out that
these services have I. . ' for
a long period of time.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said the government
"takes full account" of what the
former minister had to say.
"We are aware of the need to
have a new radar system in
place at the LPIA and steps are
being taken to acquire one.
They are not sitting on a shelf
that we can go and purchase;
they have to be made to order.
"All of the other matters that
you referred to at the LPIA are
being dealt with so that we can
have the best airport outside of
the US in this region situated
here in Nassau," said the prime

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A public relations firm has
been contracted to manage the
dissemination of information
concerning the National Insur-
ance Board's newest initiative,
it was revealed yesterday.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, National Insurance Board
(NIB) director Algernon
Cargill announced that The
Counsellors Limited will have
the responsibility of marketing
the Chronic Disease Prescrip-
tion Drug Plan to the Bahami-
an public. In the following
weeks the public can expect a
number of outreach seminars
aimed at educating Bahamians
about the plan and how it will
affect them as well as the phar-
macies, doctors and clinics.
Mr Cargill said candidates
will be able to register at any
National Insurance Board
office, with their private physi-
cians and at public clinics.
"We want to give people a
wide avenue so that we can cap-
ture everyone in this first
phase," he said.
Discussing one of the major
concerns raised by the private
sector - reimbursement - Mr
Cargill explained that because
the plan will be completely
automated, pharmacies can
expect reimbursement on
claims in one week.
The National Insurance
Board will seek to negotiate
medication prices through the
Bahamas National Drug
Agency, and pharmacies will
therefore be able to purchase
the drugs covered by the plan at
reduced prices.
Mr Cargill explained that the
level of discount available to
pharmacies will depend upon
the projected demand for the
plan after the first month of
operation. This topic and others
will be discussed in greater
depth at a Bahamas Pharma-
ceutical Association (BPA)
meeting next Thursday.
The BPA has revealed that it
has agreed in principle to part-
ner with the government on this
Philip Gray, president of the
Bahamas Pharmaceutical Asso-
ciation, said the government
and related officials have kept
the association abreast of the
status of the plan and his asso-
ciation feels comfortable with

the current level of communi-
cation despite concerns raised
by various local pharmacies
contacted by The Tribune last
week. Mr Gray added: "The
members of the Bahamas Phar-
maceutical Association are
hopeful that this will be a pro-
ductive and fruitful programme
that will prove mutually bene-
ficial to the general public, the
government, pharmacists and
pharmacy owners."
The National Insurance
Board is slated to make a pre-
sentation on the Chronic Dis-
ease Prescription Drug Plan
and other initiatives at the
annual Bahamas Business Out-
look (BBO) Seminar, hosted
by The Counsellors Limited, on
January 14 at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort.

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PLP floats general election trial balloon

THIS WEEKEND is decision time for
the badly crippled PLP. The party goes into
conclave this weekend to decide whether to
contest the Elizabeth by-election, or leave it
alone because, win or lose, it will not change
the balance of power in the House.
However, a recurring comment in this
verbal ping-pong game is the remark: The
PLP, to conserve what little funds it has,
will not contest a by-election at this time
should Mr Ingraham decide to call a gener-
al election this year.
It is a mystery why - especially consid-
ering the delicate balancing act it is now try-
ing to perform to stabilise the nation's econ-
omy - the government would allow itself to
become distracted by a general election. It
isn't as if the FNM's election coffers are any
more blessed than the PLP's, nor will busi-
ness people who underwrite many an elec-
tion have any funds to support their party -
on either side - at this time. Of course, an
election now would catch the squabbling
PLP at its lowest ebb and almost ensure an
FNM victory. Election strategists might find
such an idea tempting, but considering that
the FNM has another two years to bring its
administrative efforts to fruition, it would
seem short-sighted to further destabilise the
country with a general election.
All many Bahamians have been doing
since the 2007 election has been fighting the
2012 election. PLP members have yet to
accept that they were truly beaten at the
polls in 2007. They have such an inbred
notion of entitlement that many of them are
still reeling from the shock of that loss.
It is time to stop the foolishness and turn
all efforts into the rescue of the Bahamas and
its people - not in saving some MP's House
of Assembly seat.
And so, let the PLP get on with whatev-
er decision it has to make for its party this
weekend, and let Mr Ingraham and his gov-
ernment continue governing the country and
introduce legislation to help curb crime.
While PLP diehards were castigating Mr
Malcolm Adderley for his failed steward-
ship as MP for Elizabeth, his attitude to
political colleagues, and lack of party loyal-
ty - of course, forgetting all the vicious
mud-slinging by party members to force him
out - there was one voice of sanity in their
In reply to a PLP stalwart, who had writ-
ten Mr Adderley off many months ago and
did not think history would be kind "to him

because of what he has done," lawyer Con-
stance McDonald, a PLP council executive,
did not think anyone should be written off
before their story had been heard.
"Too often," she said, "we rush to judg-
ment without hearing what the person has to
say." She had a problem with people, who
before hearing a story, jump to conclusions,
she told her colleagues.
"In fairness to people, no matter what the
story is we should wait. I find that we are too
uncharitable and too quick to criticise peo-
ple, and I think that is wrong."
She was not surprised to learn of Mr
Adderley's resignation. She accepted his
decision. She felt Mr Adderley did what he
had to do, and she didn't think that "anyone
should be surprised or disappointed because
leadership is a very hard thing."
When asked about Mr Adderley's claim
that he was undermined by the PLP leader-
ship, Ms McDonald did not think Mr Adder-
ley meant Mr Christie as such. She thought
he was talking about elements in the PLP to
which Mr Christie had also alluded.
"Both (Mr Christie) and the MP for
Englerston Glenys Hanna-Martin fought
hard to stop that," said Ms McDonald.
Mr Christie and Mrs Hanna-Martin per-
sonally felt the sharp darts of the cowardly
snakes in their own party who hide behind a
face-less web-site to spew their venom.
These persons think the public don't know
who they are, but many Bahamians have
already unmasked them and are aware of
their identity. They hide in dark corners,
cackling to themselves and letting their fin-
gers run over a harmless keyboard. Here
they relieve their fevered brains of baseless
innuendoes against their colleagues. They
are too ignorant and emotionally deprived to
indulge in anything better than gutter poli-
This is what drove Mr Adderley out.
"In order for a group to survive," Mr
Adderley told the House in his farewell
speech on Wednesday, "there must be
respect, honesty, transparency and decency
towards one another. In order for progress to
be achieved, there must be some real fun-
damental bonding with each other - and a
vision as to what that group needs to achieve
in order to capture the dream to which peo-
ple aspire."
He did not find this in his party, and so
after eight years of struggle, he told his sto-
ry and left.

The Entrance

EDITOR, The Tribune.

For the second time in
two years or so, we have a
new Commissioner of -
While not debating the justice i
effectiveness, or lack there- be a co
of, of the now-departed plan tha
Commissioner, I believe the tions.
time has come for a serious merely I
analysis of our crime situa- with m
tion to be carried out and increase
solutions proffered. The commis
Government must take an Sucha
aggressive lead in this mat- the foll
ter. being gi
It is generally accepted power
that the causes of crime are port; tl
multifaceted. bipartisan
If one is to believe that groups t
crime control and increas- society
ing public safety are the pri- expand
mary objectives of any crim- trates ai
inal justice system and that At the
this system is built around another
the police (law enforce- centre
ment), courts and the cor- and the
rectional facilities, then it is gies an(
the Government that has examine
overall responsibility for improve
these areas that have failed confine
us. process
This failure on the part of back in
government has arisen Most
because of its inability to with th
devise or implement a plan keep o
that addresses these areas thing, y(
as a whole and not just sep- ferent r
arately. In going forward, We al
the government must put alone is
forward a credible crime- bling tt
control plan that involves all and we
three areas of the criminal force wi

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Perry Christie promised
the nation at his party's last
convention that he had
learned his lesson and will
not make the same mistakes
Well, Malcolm Adderley
was appointed to chair the
Gaming Board by Mr.
Christie when he was prime
Mr. Ingraham when he
became prime minister for
his third non-consecutive
term, sensing a further
opportunity to split the PLP
offered Mr. Adderley to
continue as chairman dur-
ing the FNM's administra-
Mr. Adderley accepted
the offer and refused to give
up the post despite Mr.
Christie's insistence.
Instead of Mr .Christie
dealing with Mr. Adderley
at that time when the party
had nothing to lose he, as is


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problem. Having Defence
Force Officers on every
street corner will not have
any lasting effect, as long as
there are people among us
who think it all right to take
stem. There must the lives of other human
esive and cogent beings.
inks all three func- Folks, it is time for a radi-
his is more than cal approach to crime and
oviding the police violence. We need to do
)re vehicles, an things we have never done
n salary or a new before. We will not find a
oner. model to copy. We will have
plan should include to think for ourselves. We
wing: The police have the capacity to do this.
en additional man- Do we have the will? Do we
id legislative sup- really want things to
convening of a change?
crime council with We cannot continue to
at reflect the wider have a society where mur-
the courts being ders and armed robbers
I and more magis- walk the streets as free per-
] judges appointed. sons.
correctional level, No one is safe until the
prison and remand thought of taking the life of
ust be expedited another human being
,habilitation strate- becomes reprehensible to
practices must be more Bahamians. Peace and
d with a view of prosperity will continue to
and managing the elude us if we ignore the
rent and re-entry bloodletting in our land and
convicted persons continue with business as
society. usual.
f us are familiar Congratulations are in
maxim, "If you order for Commissioner
doing the same Greenslade and his execu-
cannot expect dif- tive team. I have every con-
ults." fidence that they are up to
know that policing the challenge.
not enough. Dou-
number of men JERRY ROKER
ien in the police Nassau,
not solve the crime January 6, 2010.

his penchant, did nothing
hoping that it would all just
go away. Now it is being
claimed - but not con-
firmed - that Mr. Adder-
ley has determined that it
would be to his personal
benefit to accept the induce-
ment by Mr. Ingraham to
resign from the PLP and
perhaps even to accept an
appointment to the judicial
To accept the appoint-
ment Mr. Adderley would
have to resign his PLP held
Elizabeth seat.
A by election will have to
be held.
With all the PLP talk of
the FNM mismanagement
of the nation's economy and
with the hundreds of lost
jobs as a result of the down-
turn in the economy, you
would have thought that the
PLP would be anxious and
happy to test their strength
in the by-election.
Now there is seeming seri-
ous discussion within the
hierarchy of the PLP not to
contest a by-election if Mr.
Adderley's seat becomes
vacant. The argument is that
a loss in a by-election would
further undermine Mr.
Christie's leadership in the
It is so typical of the PLP;
never mind what is best for
the party and the country,
protect Mr. Christie's lead-

ership at all cost seems to
be what is being suggested.
Why would a party give
the slightest thought of giv-
ing up a seat that it now
Why concede the seat to
the FNM for illogical rea-
sons? The PLP won the
Elizabeth seat in spite of Mr.
Adderley's candidacy; the
FNM even putting the full
resources of the government
behind their candidate (as
they surely will do) will be
hard pressed to win the seat.
So why is Mr. Christie so
afraid to contest a by-elec-
tion in Elizabeth?
Could it be reasons relat-
ed to self preservation?
Could it be that he has not
learnt a thing since his failed
tenure as prime minister?
Is he showing the same
traits that caused his admin-
istration to fall after one
term despite a buoyant
economy? Can a leopard
change his stripes?

January, 2010
(Mr Gardner says that
the PLP won the Elizabeth
seat despite the candidacy
of Mr Malcolm Adderley.
Isn't it also possible that Mr
Adderley won Elizabeth
despite the PLP? Maybe, for
once Mr Christie is being a
realist. -Ed).


Helen Millicent Rose Davidson

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The service will begin on
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Cursillistas are urged to attend.
A Cursillo couple, Justice
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members are encouraged to
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On Saturday, from 9am to
3pm, the annual general meet-
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HAITI'S democratic and
economic development hinge
on a pair of legislative and pres-
idential elections planned for
this year, the top U.N. repre-
sentative to the Caribbean
nation said Thursday, according
to Associated Press.
In a year-opening speech,
peacekeeping chief Hedi
Annabi said Haiti's security and
economy improved in 2009 as
the country avoided political
deadlock despite the ouster of
yet another prime minister. But
Annabi warned that relative
progress depends on success-
fully holding two elections in a
country where casting ballots
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FNM chairman accuses PLP

chiefs of 'great immai

AS THE latest round in
the war of words between
the government and the
opposition continues, FNM
chairman Carl Bethel is
accusing PLP leader Perry
Christie and party chairman
Bradley Roberts of display-
ing "great immaturity and
desperation" in their politi-
cal pronouncements.
Over the past few weeks
the FNM and PLP have
traded frequent verbal
blows over the rumours that
PLP MP Malcolm Adder-
ley was due to resign his
seat in the House of Assem-
bly - allegedly as a result of
incentives offered by Prime
Minister and FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham.
Mr Christie and Mr
Roberts have led the way in
suggesting that Mr Ingra-
ham has manipulated the
constitution by offering Mr
Adderley a Supreme Court
judgeship in return for his
However, in his resigna-
tion speech in the House on
Wednesday, Mr Adderley
himself rejected these claims
- pointing out that he had
been offered such a post
before he even took up pol-
itics and turned it down.
When the FNM respond-
ed to the claims by referring
to PLP supporters who had
been named judges by Mr
Christie's administration,
the PLP reacted with anger,
accusing the government of
engaging in "personal
Yesterday, the chairman
of the governing party
accused the opposition
leader and chairman of act-
ing "as if they believe that
they can say whatever they


FNM CHAIRMAN Carl Bethel (left) criticised PLP chairman Bradley Roberts (right) and PLP Leader Perry Christie

want, about whomever they
want to malign, whenever
they want.
"When others respond
they cry foul, as if they want
to deny others the right to
defend themselves, or the
right to challenge their nasty
personal attacks."
In a statement issued yes-
terday, Mr Bethel said the
FNM "will not be deterred
from pointing out to the
Bahamian people the
hypocrisy or forgetfulness
of the PLP leadership".
He said: "What greater
attack can there be on the
judiciary than for Perry
Christie and Bradley
Roberts to allege that they
are being 'manipulated'?
Yet when the FNM reminds
Bahamians of former PLP

politicians and others with a
PLP association being
appointed to the judiciary
under the PLP, we are
accused of attacking the
judiciary. This is rubbish.
"It is indicative of the self-
contempt afflicting the PLP
that they regard our refer-
ence to judges having had a
PLP association as "person-
al attacks" and that they
have therefore to assure the
public that they are honest
people. By contrast, we are
more than willing to accept
that having a PLP associa-
tion does not make one dis-
Mr Bethel said the FNM
respects all Bahamians who
have served their country
honestly in the political are-
na - PLP or FNM - and

indeed commends them.
"We likewise do not deny
any Bahamian their consti-
tutional right of free asso-
ciation with the political
party of their choice. Nei-
ther have we ever attempt-
ed to impugn the integrity
of a judge because he or she
happened to have had a
political connection other
than our own," he said.
"Messrs Christie and
Roberts express grave con-
cern that too many former
politicians have been
appointed to the judiciary.
They even named them in
their rambling and hysteri-
cal press statement of Janu-
ary 3, 2010. As far as they
are concerned they can call
the names of sitting judges
in this manner and that is

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tions of some appointees to
the judiciary on their watch,
then we are 'attacking the
judiciary'. This too is rub-
Mr Bethel said the FNM
would like to remind the
"forgetful PLP leadership"
that not only was a former
two-time PLP candidate
appointed on their watch,
but they also sought to
appoint a then sitting PLP
Senator - Damian Gomez
- as a judge in 2006.
He added: "The fact is
that for many years, there
has been a cry for Bahami-
anisation of the judiciary.
Many times on New Year's
Day (PLP MP) Fred
Mitchell would stand under
the tree in front of the
Supreme Court to call for
more Bahamians to serve in
the judiciary.
"Thankfully, more and
more senior attorneys are
today answering the call to
judicial service. Many of
them are persons who have
also served in public life.
Public service in the political
arena cannot reasonably be
a ground for disqualification
for service as a judge. That
would amount to cutting off
our national nose to spite
our face.
"What is important is not
the previous public service
of a judge, but that when in
office they display appro-
priate judicial tempera-
ment, observe all ethical
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Malcolm Adderley's resignation from PLP


TODAY, PLP leader Per-
ry Christie truly understands
the Bahamian adage "bush
crack, man gone" as the bush
has cracked and former Eliz-
abeth MP Malcolm Adderley,
in the words of Republican
Sarah Palin, has "gone
rogue." This week, Mr
Christie has had no reason to
shuffle, a dance that at times
showed his appreciation for
junkanoo and at other times
made him look comical.
The PLP currently finds
itself in a parlous and denud-
ed state. It has already been
an unhappy new year for the
former PM, even though he
was not completely blindsided
by Mr Adderley's resignation
from the party and the House
of Assembly. Here again, Mr
Christie's indefinite idling has
raised questions about his
ability to hold his apparently
fractured and steadily disin-
tegrating party together.
While the balance of pow-
er in the House could again
shift, it appears that the PLP
is heading for an all-out
mutiny, as two of its parlia-
mentary representatives have
departed in three years and
Malcolm Adderley's depar-
ture is the latest in a balloon-
ing, undeniable insurgency
within the ranks of the party.
Clearly, Mr Christie is caught
in the midst of a tempest and
frankly, for him, Rome is
Mr Adderley, who
divorced the PLP and left the
party like a jilted lover, was
the first President of the
Industrial Tribunal and has
also served as an acting
Supreme Court Justice. Dur-
ing his tenure as an MP, Mr
Adderley reminded me of the
movie 'The Invisible Man.'
He was a nowhere man and
performed abysmally. Quite
frankly, his poor representa-
tion made Elizabeth an
almost forgettable con-
stituency. For several months
following the May 2, 2007
elections, it was speculated

Mr Adderley would cross the
floor and join the FNM, par-
ticularly as he had recused
himself from several key PLP
parliamentary events-e.g. his
absence during the PLP's vote
of no confidence in the
Mr Adderley's withering
final address in the House of
Assembly expressed his dis-
pleasure with his former par-
ty saying that he was
S\p. \,,p I to forces of his own
party", was the subject of
insults and noted that the par-
ty's "careful and calculated
undermining was a hallmark
of (his) political journey."
While the former MP
undoubtedly burnt political
bridges, his speech highlight-
ed the level of polarization
and the lack of consensus
within the PLP. Frankly, the
onslaught of dissenting voices
in the PLP's upper echelons
regarding its leadership has
led the general public to con-
clude that the strong party of
Pindling has, to use the words
of English-born American
political commentator
Andrew Sullivan, now
"degenerated into a rhetorical
septic system."
During the PLP govern-
ment, Mr Adderley merely
appointed to a post-the
Gaming Board-after PLP-
turned-FNM MP Kenyatta
Gibson and former MP Keod
Smith were combatants in the
infamous Cabinet Room
brawl. After the FNM's vic-
tory, PM Hubert Ingraham
expressed confidence in Mr
Adderley by retaining his ser-
vicesand as a result seeming-
ly gently massaged Mr Adder-
ley's wounded ego that was
apparently damaged during
the PLP regime when he-
and all his experience-was
essentially relegated to play-
ing the role of a political-
extra. Although Mr Adder-

ley's departure had left the
PLP up the creek without a
paddle, it is the latest in a pro-
cession of bad news for that
Malcolm Adderley's almost
predictable resignation has
led to countless episodes of
windbaggery and shameful
political tribalism. The canni-
balism has commenced as
there is a battalion of political
assassins who have started to
savage the former MP, and
critics, such as Raynard Rig-
by, who place all blame
squarely at the doorsteps of
Mr Christie.
Why is there such fervor
when the writing was clearly
on the wall and Mr Adderley
purportedly did not attend
parliamentary caucus meet-
ings and appeared withdrawn
in his interaction and support
of his PLP colleagues?
Since Mr Adderley's resig-
nation, PLP chairman
Bradley Roberts has been
practically lactating at the
mouth with classically caustic
Of Mr Robert's comments,
former FNM chairmanship
contender Ivoine Ingraham
"What Mr Roberts is doing
to Mr Adderley is what he
would do to any PLP. They
should be mindful of that. It
does not bode well for unity
in the party or the country.
And, if Perry Christie thinks
that Bradley Roberts won't
savage him in route to taking
over the PLP-which, I
believe is his real reason for
returning-then he should
just standby and his party and
the country be damned."
In his departure speech, Mr
Adderley stated that he has
"deep concern about the lack
of vision of the leadership and
that has not changed."
The PLP is facing a political
catastrophe, appearing to be a

lily-livered cabal where
although the leader was
recently re-elected, there is
apparently a lack of confi-
dence in his leadership.
Indeed, there is disquiet with-
in the PLP and the voting
public is watching. At a recent
convention, while it was
thought by some that it was
time for a much needed
extreme makeover, the party
retained its leadership.
The public, and indeed the
party itself, has lost confi-
dence in the PLP, primarily
due to the perception of a
leadership vacuum, allega-
tions of corruption and mis-
management and the over-
inflated, self-serving egos of
certain politicians.
In a posting on his face-
book page last Saturday, for-
mer PLP chairman Raynard
Rigby, in addressing "Mal-
colm Adderley and Act (two)
of the PLP's weakness" said:
"For me, the PLP's stance
and its response were both
indicative of political weak-
ness and 'soapish' politics.
"This event along with the
continued silence of the
Leader gives the obvious
impression that the PLP is
clueless and has no answer,
no approach and no political
will to address the internal
issues facing the Party. I
would love to know what

steps were taken by the "find-
Malcolm" Committee," Mr
Rigby said.
He went on to say:
"The Bahamian people
want to know whether the
Leader is now fast asleep at
the wheel. After all it was the
Leader who said publicly that
he ought to have been noti-
fied of any possible challenge
to his position prior to the
October 2009 convention so
that he was not caught sleep-
ing at the wheel! Has he fallen
back to sleep? All signs lead
to a resounding Yes. Wake
up Mr. Leader, Wake up!"
Indeed, the leadership of
the PLP must accept another
loss and take corrective mea-
sures with the aim of winning
the by-election. Mr Adderley
could have dealt a more dis-
astrous blow than merely
resigning his seat purportedly
in pursuit of a judgeship. As
the former MP did not
become a floating politician
and switched parties, the PLP
still has a chance to recapture
the seat. In the wake of his
recent coronation, Mr
Christie can ill-afford to lead
his party to defeat in Eliza-
beth. The by-election in Eliz-
abeth is Mr Christie's first
electoral test since 2007 and
will undoubtedly depict him
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to fanciful dreams or show-
case his redemption, casting
him once again as "the
man"-strong, Prime Minis-
Mr Christie-though
reportedly a nice and affable
man-needs to assert himself
and quash the circus-like,
internal tug-of-war that has
made his recent terms as
Prime Minister and Opposi-
tion Leader comparable to a
tired yawn. The former PM
must adopt Sir Lynden's polit-
ical approach and admonish
his subordinates to "fish or cut
bait" or simply to "get the hell
out of (a) boat" that, so far,
has taken on too much water.
A by-election would also
serve as a general election test
run for PM Ingraham, an
astute political luminary, who
will no doubt view this as a
litmus test for future happen-
ings and possibly readjust his
government's plans depend-
ing upon the outcome.
Apparently, Dr Duane
Sands has been deemed the
FNM's banner bearer in what
is expected to be a hotly con-
tested race against possible
PLP contender Ryan Pinder.
It has also been advanced
that, in an absurd act of des-
peration, Bradley Roberts
could be resurrected from the
parliamentary graveyard and
That said, local electoral
history dictates that by-elec-
tions are usually won by the
governing party, so the PLP
has an uphill battle.
Frankly, the government
must be wary of the now fre-
quent appointment of politi-
cians and public officers to
the judiciary and the percep-
tion of politicization that it
It appears that the PLP has
yet to hold some in-depth and
introspective discussion as to
why the party lost the gov-
ernment in 2007 (with a buoy-
ant economy) and now, why
two members have left the
party. Is Malcolm Adderley's
departure another vote of no
confidence against the PLP's







Passengers' seven hour journey

after Bo Hengy II runs aground

Tribune Staff Reporter

TOURISTS and Bahami-
ans travelling to Nassau on
the Bahamas Ferries Bo
Hengy II endured an epic
seven hour journey when
the boat ran aground near
Spanish Wells on Tuesday
Around 75 passengers
who set off from Spanish
Wells just after 4pm with
the expectation of arriving
in Nassau less than two
hours later, were startled
when the 134.5 ft vessel
made a scraping sound as it
hit bottom on the way out
of the Spanish Wells har-
Nervous passengers were
told to keep calm as pass-
ing boaters assessed the sit-
uation and tried to assist,
but when they determined
the Bo Hengy II would not
budge, they had no choice
but to wait for the tide to
recede and rise again.
The 50 tourists and 25
Bahamians on board were
treated to the rare sighting
of a sea turtle and three dol-
phins alongside the boat,
but the peaceful moment
was short-lived as soon
after, the vessel was freed.
A tug-boat aided by two
other boats pushed and
pulled at the 394 passenger
capacity vessel when the
tide rose, and staff
announced at around
7.30pm they would make
the crossing to Nassau at
night despite the windy
weather and rough seas.
A British tourist and his
family of six, who had
already accepted the fact
they would miss their flight
back to England that night,
expressed concern about the
safety of the boat after the
And passengers said two
of the boat's four engines
were not operating, further
delaying the journey over
rough seas.
Frequent Fast Ferries pas-
senger Holly Peel said: "The
scariest part was when we
hit the ground, and kept hit-
ting, and they were trying
to get off. That was the
worst part because we were
just stuck.
"I didn't think we would
get off the bank that night
and I can't believe we still
went after it happened. I
would love to know how
they made the decision to
"I am sure there was no
risk, but it seemed strange
because it was so dark and

so rough."
As the ship rocked and
rolled dramatically in the
dark for the first two hours
of the crossing, some of the
passengers became seasick
Mrs Peel said: "People
were throwing up every-
where. They were running
to the bathrooms and to the
garbage cans, holding plastic
bags in their hands; friends
were helping friends.
"They gave us free food,
and it didn't smell too bad
because the staff were
spraying stuff everywhere."
It was not until around
10pm that the seas became
calmer as the Bo Hengy II
approached New Provi-
dence to arrive at Potters
Cay dock around 11.15pm.
Tourists were greeted by
a senior representative of
the company who took their

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE attorney representing a company at
the centre of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority dispute yesterday withdrew an
application that sought a stay of Senior Jus-
tice Anita Allen's ruling over the owner-
ship of the port group of companies.
Attorney Alfred Sears, who represents
Fiduciary Management Services (FMS) a
Cayman based company central to the port
dispute, was granted leave by Court of
Appeal Justice George Newman to with-
draw an application that sought to stay a
ruling by Senior Justice Anita Allen.
In August 2007, Senior Justice Allen made
a ruling in favour of the estate of the late
Edward St George, finding that Sir Jack
Hayward and the St Georges have a 50-50
business relationship, and Sir Jack does not
own 75 per cent of the companies as he had
"I am abandoning that application
because since the filing of the notice of
motion, my client has complied with the
order and has done whatever it had to do to
transfer the $1.7 million issued shares of
IDC (the Port's parent company) which was
in the name of my client," Mr Sears said.
The shares were ordered to be transferred
to the estate of the late Edward St George.
"It would be useless to pursue an appli-
cation to stay an order against my client of

names and offered compen-
sation, while Bahamians
were left to inquire about
how they might be reim-
Bahamas Ferries Chief
Marketing Officer Khaalis
Rolle said he is not sure
how the boat ran aground
and an investigation should
produce conclusive findings
He said: "I am still going
through the investigation
process and will determine
exactly what happened.
"There was some very
minor damage, but we
would like to go through the
proper investigation just to
make sure of the safety of
the vessel for passengers."
The Bo Hengy II did not
sail to the North Eleuthera
islands of Spanish Wells and
Harbour Island on Wednes-

which my client is in full compliance," Mr
Sears told the judge yesterday.
An appeal by Sir Jack against Senior Jus-
tice Allen's ruling is pending in the appellate
The other appeal pending is an appeal
against a decision by Senior Justice Neville
Adderley who had ruled against the St
Georges' estate over an oppression claim.
The St Georges' estate had claimed that it
was being oppressed by Sir Jack and Hannes


Mr Sears noted yesterday that Justice
Adderley had found that Lady Henrietta St
George and the trustees lacked the requisite
standing to advance an oppression claim.
Justice Newman adjourned the matter to
Monday when the attorneys will indicate
how they intend to proceed with the appeal
matters that had been set down for late Feb-
Mr Sears was granted extension of time to
serve a notice of appeal in relation to the
equal ownership dispute.
Also appearing yesterday was attorney
Damian Gomez who held brief for attor-
ney Fred Smith.
Mr Smith represents Lady Henrietta St
George and the trustees of the estate -
James Fitzroy, Christopher Cafferata and
Caroline St George.

day or Thursday. Mr Rolle
said he expects it will be
back on course today.

Deputy Commissioner of

Police to introduce possible

successor to Grand Bahama

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Commissioner of Police Mar-
vin Dames is expected back in
Grand Bahama for the last
time to introduce his possible
successor for the Grand
Bahama District.
Senior Asst Commissioner
of Police Hulan Hanna told
The Tribune yesterday that
senior Assistant Commission-
er Quinn McCartney will
accompany Mr Dames to
Freeport next Monday.
"Mr Dames will hold an
informal meeting to introduce
Mr McCartney to the press
down there," Mr Hanna said.
For the last year, Mr Dames
has been the officer-in-charge
of Grand Bahama. During his
tenure, he implemented new
crime fighting initiatives and
neighbourhood community
policing programmes through-
out the four police districts on
the island.
Among the initiatives Mr
Dames introduced was the
Anti-Violence Intervention
Programme (AVIP), which
included the creation of an
anti-violence rapid response
team that targeted areas of
high criminal activity.
His crime fighting efforts
were successful in Freeport's
inner city areas, particularly
in Garden Villas, also known
as "the Ghetto", and in Coral
Raids were conducted on
several alleged illegal gam-
bling houses in Freeport,
resulting in the seizure of sev-
eral slot machines.
Mr Dames held town meet-
ings throughout the island,
meeting with residents to hear
their concerns on crime and
to inform them of his initia-
tives and strategies for Grand
He also launched neigh-
bourhood community policing
programmes that involved
officers mentoring and spend-
ing time with youngsters in
various communities.
Mr Dames will now serve
as second in command to Elli-
son Greenslade, who has been

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Police Marvin Dames
named the sixth Commission-
er of Police to head the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said the passage of
the baton to Mr Greenslade
by former commissioner Regi-
nald Ferguson represents not
only the passage of authority
from one commissioner to
another, but also from one
generation to the next.
"There is continuity with
the rich legacy and fine tradi-
tions of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force, dedicated to
courage, integrity and loyalty,
values demonstrated by Com-
missioner of Police (retired)
Reginald Ferguson, and I am
pleased to officially say for the
first time, Commissioner Elli-
son Greenslade, as well as
Deputy Commissioner Mar-
vin Dames and Senior Assis-
tant Commissioner Quinn
"These three career police
officers, along with Assistant
Commissioner Hulan Hanna
and newly-appointed Assis-
tant Commissioners Glen
Miller, John Ferguson and
Willard Cunningham, will
comprise the new executive
management team of the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force. In
this group there is continuity
and change, but foremost
there is a vast amount of polic-
ing experience," Mr Ingraham




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How to deal with

Islamic terrorism


THE Christmas Day airline
bombing incident over Detroit
and the current new focus on
Yemen are likely to fill most
people with a mix of dread and
despair - dread that Al-Quae-
da, which has claimed respon-
sibility, has been able to mount
another serious attack on the
West and despair that our lead-
ers seem intent on continuing
to pursue anti-terrorism poli-
cies which are not preventing
the growing threat.
Consider, briefly, the recent
history. The Taliban dominated
Afghanistan in the late 1990s
following the USSR's with-
drawal and provided a safe
haven for Al-Qaeda to attack
Western targets - for exam-
ple, the USS Cole and the
American embassies in Kenya
and Tanzania. Then came 9/11
and President Bush's aggres-
sive response in going after
Osama Bin Laden, an action
widely considered to be justi-
fied and proportionate.
In 2003, the US, backed by
Britain, launched an invasion
of Iraq. The questionable pur-
pose, legality and justness of
such action provoked wide-
spread controversy, not least
in the Arab world which was
outraged by the foreign occu-
pation and by the death, maim-
ing and displacement of hun-
dreds of thousands of Iraqis.
Five years later, while Iraq
remained in turmoil despite
progress in developing democ-
ratic institutions, the emphasis
switched to Afghanistan and
the fight against the Taliban;

and now attention is turned to
Yemen which is said to be har-
bouring Al-Qaeda.
Commentators agree that
Al-Qaeda can no longer be
characterized purely as an
Afghan-based terrorist group.
A global Islamist terrorist net-
work now exists - note, for
example, the Jordanian con-
nection in the recent suicide
bombing of a CIA outpost in
There are two schools of
thought about how to deal with
The first argues that mili-
tant Islamic fundamentalists
are determined to establish
across the region - and per-
haps further afield - theo-
cratic regimes, with Sharia law
and subjugation of women,
whose aim is also to restore the
Caliphate. If Pakistan is includ-
ed, and Iran also develops a
nuclear capability, this could
place nuclear weapons in the
hands of fanatics. The 9/11
attacks were proof of militant
Islam's murderous intent.
Therefore, Al-Qaeda and
jihadists everywhere need to
be tackled and defeated at
source in whichever country
they are operating from in
order to prevent further attacks
on the US itself.
The second dismisses the
notion of a "war on terror" and
maintains that Islamic terror-
ism is a direct consequence of
the West's foreign policy. This
includes, crucially, its failure to

bring adequate pressure on
Israel to settle its dispute with
the Palestinians.
But it also holds that run-
ning sores like the Abu Ghraib
torture abuses, so-called extra-
ordinary rendition and Guan-
tanamo Bay are recruiting tools
for terrorists. Thus, the argu-
ment goes, change the policy
and stop the provocative activ-
ity and the threat of terrorism
will subside.
The first approach has suc-
ceeded insofar as partial dis-
ruption of Al-Qaeda's network,
together with tighter homeland
security (including tougher
screening at airports) has, by
inference, prevented any fur-
ther serious incidents - until
Detroit and, earlier, the Fort
Hood outrage. But the price
has been an interminable,
expensive and probably
unwinnable military struggle
on several fronts simultane-
ously together with consider-
able loss of life and an uncer-
tain long term outcome.
The second approach, while
accurate and justifiable to an
extent, is flawed because it
ignores the strength of the rad-
ical extremists who are bent on
destroying the West for ideo-
logical reasons and as a conse-
quence of their visceral hatred
of America.
Has the time now come to
reassess the options and per-
haps pursue a path some way
between these two approach-
Policy-makers know that ter-
rorism in some form will always
exist and that the radical
extremism of Islamic funda-

mentalists cannot be stamped
out entirely.
The impetus for terrorism is
ideological and a skewed inter-
pretation of religion; but pover-
ty, lack of education and
opportunity in every day life
also create vulnerability - and
reaction to perceived injustice
remains a powerful ingredient.
Ways have to be found to
counter and contain it because
Western countries self-evi-
dently want to protect their
homeland and their democrat-
ic way of life. Most accept the
need to improve the systems
and controls in relation to air-
line security and, for example,
to introduce profiling; and
intelligence procedures, which
apparently failed to connect
the dots before the Detroit
incident, also need to be over-
However, the question now
being asked is whether it is
really more effective to take
on the extremists on their own
territory by means of force
when, by their very nature, mil-
itary occupation of the Middle
East by foreign countries and
the killing of civilians by missile
strikes fuel extremism and the
terrorist movement?
Military force followed by

terrorist counter action creates
a self-perpetuating cycle which
is endless because at the same
time more and more young
men become radicalized and
take up arms. Moreover, in
Afghanistan, for example,
these are not necessarily so-
called insurgents from outside
trying to destabilize the country
and the Karzai government but
ordinary Afghans who resent
the occupying foreign forces
and become willing recruits for
the Taliban.
So perhaps there should be
greater emphasis on helping
failed states - Yemen, Soma-
lia, the Afghan/Pakistani bor-
der region and others - where
lawful authority breaks down
and terrorists move in unhin-
While the concept of democ-
racy may be largely irrelevant
locally, generous financial aid
and technical assistance, includ-
ing the bolstering of local
police forces, is likely to be
more effective in turning peo-
ple away from extremism and
winning hearts and minds.
For, as one commentator
remarked recently, "if you
improve the economics of the
people the politics will follow".
At the same time, it remains


vital in face of the continuing
threat from outside not to
neglect the growth of extrem-
ism in Western countries them-
It is worth recalling that the
7/7 bombers in London in 2005
were "homegrown" Muslims
who claimed to have become
radicalized partly because of
the involvement of British
forces in the war in Iraq.
Many in Britain believe that
the government should com-
bat, more rigorously, Islamic
extremism at home before
attempting to deal with per-
ceived threats from overseas.
In particular, extremists in
Britain who incite terrorism or
racial hatred and civil disorder
should be prosecuted and,
where practicable, deported.
At the same time, policy on
immigration should be re-
examined and tightened up.
What will it take for the UK
authorities to get tough with
such people despite the con-
straints of "political correct-
ness" and the Human Rights
Act? Will public dread and
despair convince them?
Perhaps not. But one can
only pray that it will not
require another London bomb-
ing to induce firmer action.

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Odd Distance Track and Field

Meet set to begin this Saturday

Senior Sports Reporter

BAHAMAS Association of
Athletic Associations' execu-
tives, coaches and athletes are
excited about the 2010 season
that will get started on Saturday
at the Thomas A. Robinson
Track and Field Stadium with
the Odd Distance Track and
Field Meet.
Originated back in the 1970s,
BAAA's public relations offi-
cer Alpheus 'Hawk' Finlayson
said the athletes have been
training since August in prepa-
ration for the meet that will
begin at 3 p.m.
"We remember Foster
Dorsett running with Chris
Clarke in the 600 metres, we
remember Mike Sands running
against Austin 'Speedy'
Albury," Finlayson said. "But
now we have a new crop of ath-
letes, who want to make their
name on the local and world
"Two of the athletes we have
competing are Ramon Miller,

Event to kick off

2010 BAAA season

who was the college athlete of
the year in 2009 and LaSean
Pickstock. They will be running
the 600. We have a number of
other match-ups that you
would want to come out and
BAAA's president Mike
Sands said that the Odd Dis-
tance meet is one that provides
the athletes to compete in
events like the 75, 150, 300 and
600 metres," said Sands. "It
also gives the coaches the
opportunity to measure where
the athletes are in their training,
so they can determine their
training and how they can
adjust their programme."
During the press setting at
the stadium on Wednesday
night, Finlayson conducted the
question and answer period for
the media as he interacted with
the athletes and coaches on

their views for the weekend
and the upcoming season.
Sprinter Pantesia Johnson
said she's eager to get started
this weekend.
When asked by Finlayson
who she will bet at the meet,
the Queen's College standout
noted: "The clock" because she
it doesn't matter who she com-
pete against."
St. Augustine's College quar-
ter-miler Shanae Miller, who
will contest the 150 and 300 this
weekend, said she too is not
concerned about her competi-
tors because her goal as well is
to "run well".
Tess Mullings, a hurdler, will
be running the 250 as she make
a comeback after a year's
break. The St. Augustine's Col-
lege standout said she's "anix-
ious" to get back on the track
and she hope to "do my best."

St. Augustine's College
sprinter/long jumper V'Alonee
Robinson will skip the Odd
Distance meet because of a
commitment to a wedding at
the same time. But she said
she's looking forward to the
next meet.
"This year, I'm just trying to
go as far as I can and make as
many national teams as I can,"
Robinson said. "I want to do
the best that I can."
Patrick Bodie, a
sprinter/hurdler from Queen's
College, is coming off an
appearance at the Carifta and
the World Youth Games. But
he said he's looking forward to
"putting in some good times
and making the Carifta and
World Junior Championship
teams this year."
As for Saturday, the Queen's
College standout said he will
be looking for competing at his
Hurdler Nmeji Burnside
from St. Andrew's High School
said he intend to run the 250

SEE page 10

VAlon obiso

Sports Reporter

guard continues to chase his
hoop dreams, and after a year
off from the sport, found him-
self a way to a full athletic
scholarship to his second
NAIA University.
Jay Phillipe recently signed
a letter of intent to continue
his collegiate basketball
career with the Weber Inter-
national University Warriors
of the NAIA's Sun Confer-
The 5'10" guard will begin
his tenure at WIU in the fall
semester, with three years of
eligibility remaining.
Phillipe made his mark dur-
ing his high school career with
the C.C. Sweeting Cobras and
transferred to the Sunland
Baptist Stingers just before
his senior season.
He began his collegiate
career in 2007 with the Vir-
ginia Intermount College
where he averaged eight
points and three assists in his
lone season with the Cobras.
After sitting out nearly an
entire season due to transfer
complications, Phillipe played
at a collegiate showcase in
Orlando, FL where he was
noticed by Weber Head
Coach John Schoffner.
Phillipe called his second
chance at a collegiate career a
blessing and said he would
make the most of this latest
"It is a humbling experi-
ence having a chance to con-
tinue my career at this level. I

am just thankful for the
opportunity and I am defi-
nitely going to do the most I
can with my time here to
make it worthwhile, both on
the court and in the class-
room," he said, "I understand
that being in this position is a
privilege, not a right and I'm

"I think having to
watch the game
from the sidelines
during that time off
possibly made me
better. I worked
alot on my court
awareness, my
conditioning and
my jumper."

Jay Phillipe

going to approach every game
that way."
Already enrolled in courses
at WIU, Phillipe has been in
close contact with the team
and coaching staff who eager-
ly anticipate when he can suit
up and make his first appear-
ance on the floor.
"I think I can bring leader-
ship, and be an extension of
the coach on the floor to help
settle the team in high pres-
sure situations" he said, "In
our game last night, although
we won, it was sort of a back
and forth shelter skelter kind
of game and I think in situa-

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Knights outlast Marlins in double OT thriller

Sports Reporter

C.R Walker withstood two
extra periods, a flurry of late
ties and lead changes and
proved themselves still a force
to be reckoned with in the
GSSSA Senior Boys division.
The Knights outlasted the
Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins
for a nail biting 80-79 win in a
double overtime thriller on
Wednesday night at the D.W
Davis Gymnasium.

Prince Braynen placed the
Knights on his back and car-
ried them to the win, with six
of his game high 22 points in
the second overtime to clinch
the win.
Tied at 74, Braynen opened
the final period with a pair of
baskets on two of his many
effortless drives to the hoop
through the Mystic Marlins'
interior defence.
Trailing 78-74, the Mystic
Marlins finally broke a brief
scoring drought 1:45 into over-
time when Barry Ferguson

made one of two at the free
throw line and Najee Light-
bourne scored in the post to
trim the deficit to one.
Braynen scored his sixth
point of overtime to keep the
Marlins at bay with a three
point lead.
Rashad Swain responded to
trim the deficit to a single
point, 80-79, but the Mystic
Marlins failed at several
opportunities to take control.
Christopher Gaitor missed
a pair of free throws at the line
with less than a minute

remaining and Swain missed
a go-ahead lay-up with 14 sec-
onds left to play as the Knights
grabbed the rebound and con-
trolled possession until time
In a closely played contest
throughout, the Knights led
37-35 at the half and 54-53
headed into the fourth quarter.
The Knights opened the
fourth on a 6-0 run and led 64-
58 with 4:28 left to play.
Swain responded with a
three point play to keep the
Mystic Marlins within a single

The Knights maintained a
single possession lead for the
duration of the quarter and
held a 70-67 advantage with
18 seconds remaining.
After missing on several
attempts to tie the game,
Gaitor nailed a three pointer
from the right wing to tie the
game at 70 with 4.5 seconds
left and force overtime.
The Knights began overtime
on a 3-0 run while the Mystic
Marlins struggled to get into
any offensive flow as they
started 0-4 from the field.
Swain broke the scoring
drought when he scored on a
lay-up with 1:13 left to play,
but Alexio Newman made one

Kemp reflects

on mentor

Stephen Wray

Senior Sports Reporter

NATIONAL high jumper
Troy Kemp has reflected on
the legacy of his former men-
tor and idol Stephen Wray,
who went missing with a
friend while on a fishing trip
last month.
"Stephen Wray is the first
great high jumper I have ever
met and I'm proud to say our
first Bahamian to establish
himself a landmark in the
high jump when he cleared
7'7" at the 1982 Common-
wealth Games," Kemp said.
"The jump alone was less
than an inch off the world's
best marks in 1981 and 1982
and less than two inches off
the world record and would
have ranked Stephen as one
of the very best during that
It was in 1980 at the Carif-
ta trials when Kemp said he
first met Wray.
"I first met Stephen dur-
ing the 1980 Carifta trials and
was astonished by his talent
as a high jumper. I was so
intrigued by his strength and
his speed when he cleared 7ft
that I was left dumbfound-
ed," Kemp said.
"Over the years I got to
know Stephen very well and
soon became a student of the
man himself. Stephen taught
me a great deal about high
jumping and training for the
high jump."
One of the things that
impressed Kemp was in a
practice session how Wray
taught him to do the back
"I couldn't believe my eyes
on how easily he had done
it. I begged Stephen to teach
me how and so we spent the
rest of the afternoon work-
ing on it," Kemp recalled.
"I didn't learn it quickly as
fear got the best of me. But I
do remember the words he
said: 'Troy as a high jumper
you should be able to do this
That evening when he
went home, Kemp said he
tried to put everything that
Wray taught him into per-
spective as he went through
the motion.
"One of my track buddies
and training partner Colin
O'Brien who lived just down
the street from me came over
and asked me what I was
doing. I told him I'm trying to
back flip because Stephen
Wray said that I should be
able to do it," Kemp said.
"Though it took me one try
to successfully complete a
flip, I must have accumulated
over thirty minutes to rally
the thought of even trying. It
was a great day and I could-
n't wait to get back to prac-
tise the next day to show
While he went on to mas-
ter the flip, Kemp said some-
time later when he was play-
ing a basketball game of 21
points on his neighbourhood
basketball court in Stapledon
Gardens, Wray came and
amazed him again with his
basketball skills.
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of two free throws from the
line to give the Knights a 74-72
Lightbourne scored the
game tying basket and was
fouled on his way to the hoop,
but missed a possible game
winning free throw when he
failed to convert the three
point play at the line.
Braynen led all scorers with
22 points, Charae LaFleuer
added 20, Tavari Dorsette
added 11 while Bryan Francis
chipped in with eight and
Alexio Newman with seven.
Swain led the Mystic Mar-
lins with 19 points, Light-
bourne finished with 11, while
Gaitor and Frederick Clarke
finished with 10 apiece.




Phillipe back

on the court

after a year off





'The Captain'

Bahamas Basketball Federation

IT WAS with bated breath
that the Bahamas Basket-
ball Federation (BBF)
received word of the untimely
passing of Francis Albert Far-
rington; one of the young stew-
ards of the game of basketball,
a fine leader and a young man
that literally live out the full
concept of what is meant to be
a student - athlete.
Walking into a gymnasium to
bounce a basketball was only a shad-
ow of what Francis would represent.
He brought an air of confidence and
dignity that earn the respect and

admiration of spectators, teammates,
coaches and administrators alike.
Although mockingly called
'The Captain' by those that sur-
round the Bahamas Basketball
National Junior Program; he was just
that the undisputed spokesman and
Earlier documented accounts dur-
ing this time of bereavement, has
admiringly heralded the various char-
acter traits and virtues of Francis
Albert Farrington; however, the BBF
feels that full justice would not be
served if it was not to note that Fran-
cis plainly changed the mindset of
basketball in the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas.
He brought an uncommon combi-
nation of an exceptionally skilled
athlete combined with excellence in
academia. This was a shining exam-
ple that brought on a thrust whereby
the Federation could put its case to

parents and teachers that involve-
ment in athletics did not necessarily
interfere or prohibit success in the
classroom; and conversely, that only
'dumb jocks' achieved on the bas-
ketball court. Francis was the para-
digm of a true student-athlete.
Having been elevated to the posi-
tion of Deputy Head Boy at St.
Andrews High School earmarked
him to take on the responsibility of
leadership in the national basketball
program; especially, as at the point
that when he came aboard, the team
was at the crossroads.
Francis lent a great ear, gently
scold those who were out of line, in
the meanwhile reinforce the efforts
of those who did positive things on
and off the court. He simply was the
ultimate teammate.
It must be emphasized that there
is no question that he was an integral
part of the revival of junior basket-

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VETERAN coach Keith
Parker will be one of 11 leg-
ends from six countries that
will be inducted into the
Central American and
Caribbean Athletics Hall of
Fame with ceremonies to be
held throughout 2010, start-
ing on Saturday in Havana,
Parker joins Blas Beato
and Jose Godoy (posthu-
mously), Hermes Riveri and
Leandro Pefialver from
Cuba, Silvio Cator (Haiti),
Raul Gonzalez and Daniel
Bautista (Mexico), Arnoldo
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Parker will be also recog-

Phillipe back

on the court
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tions like that I can be a big
help in leading the players on
the floor."
Phillipe said his advice to
any young player looking to
follow the career path - learn
as much as you can about the
game when you are not on
the floor playing and become
committed to hard work.
"I think having to watch the
game from the sidelines dur-
ing that time off possibly
made me better. I worked
alot on my court awareness,
my conditioning and my
jumper," he said. "Getting to
this point in any career takes
a whole lot of hard work. You
have to be committed to
working at it morning and
night and have a love for the
game that will continue to
push you."

nised for introducing athlet-
ics to the Bahamas in the
early 1960's. As a master
coach, he led many interna-
tional medallists from his
country. He has and contin-
ues to serve the region in
many capacities.
NACAC president Neville
McCook, IAAF Member
Services Dept director Elio
Locatelli and CACAC chair-
man Victor Lopez will attend
the ceremony on Saturday.
The induction of these
outstanding figures was
decided during the 2009
Central American and
Caribbean Athletics Con-
federation (CACAC) Con-
gress held in Havana, Cuba,
in July 2009. CACAC select-

ball which then and presently expe-
riences monumental international
The Bahamas Basketball Federa-
tion still mourns his death for the
brilliant flicker of his life will not be
extinguished easily.
Francis promised that once he had
fully mapped his career path that he
would become actively involved in
the administration of basketball in
some capacity. He never revealed
any details but we were anxious and
looking forward to his contributions.
The role he played and the respect
that he garnered as 'The Captain'
could have only lead to dynamic
management and guidance for the
sport of basketball. We all lost this
chance with his premature demise.
To his parents: Randolph and Ros-
alie Farrington, family and love ones;
the Federation once again expresses
its deepest sympathies.
You gave this country one of the
finest young men that have graced
the hardwood and most definitely
one of the finest student - athlete
ever. He has touched us all, impact-
ing many basketballers of his gener-
May His Soul Rest In Peace. Live
On Francis Live On!

ed eleven individuals who
brought fame and glory to
the region either by winning
prestigious medals in World
Championships and /or
Olympic Games and by serv-
ing the region in an excep-
tional way for more than two
decades. With these new
names, there will be 43
inductees from 10 countries
since the first induction cer-
emony was held in Novem-
ber 2003.
During the last ceremony,
five Bahamians were induct-
ed. They were Dr. Bernard
Nottage and Livingstone
Bostwick for administration
and athletes Pauline Davis-
Thompson, Frank Ruther-
ford and Roy Kemp.

Kemp reflects on

Stephen Wray

FROM page nine
"The game immediately came to a halt when Stephen
grabbed a ball and started dunking. I was blown away with
his amazing reversed and double pumped dunks that left
everyone on the court bewildered," Kemp said.
"I had never seen the likes of it except when watching the
NBA on TV. The guy was just amazing. The amount of
energy and power he had was amazing. It may have taken me
sometime to realise just what type of athlete he was, but it
was evident that Stephen was just amazing athlete."
Kemp, the first Bahamian to win a gold medal at the
IAAF World Championships, said he's assured that if Wray
had not sustained a series of knee injuries, he could have
gone on to set the standard for everybody else in the world
to be chasing.
Wray, the second Bahamian to clear 7-feet in the high
jump, represented the Bahamas at a number of interna-
tional meets from the Carifta Games to the Olympic Games
in Los Angeles in 1984.
Kemp, who competed at the 1988 Seoul, the 1992
Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics and was the champi-
on of the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg, Swe-
den, said he hoped that wherever his friend and mentor was
right now, he wanted him to know that he was truly missed.

Odd Distance track
meet begins Saturday
FROM page nine
and 600 on Saturday to "see
where I am. I expect to do
well. I've been working hard.
Whatever God has in store
for me, I will take it."
James Audley Carey III,
the new distance running
sensation from St.
Augustine's College, said he
will be 600 and 1,000 on Sat-
urday and he intend to give
it his best.
"I've been training, so I'm
ready to compete," he said.
Sprinter Navardo Smith,
back after a year's absence
because of his training to
become a Royal Bahamas
Defense Force Marine, said
he will be running the 250
and 350 to determine exact-
ly where he's at.
"I expect only my best.
I'm going to run against the
clock, but I'm just going to
go out there and do what I
have to do," said the Gov-
ernment High and Wayland
Baptist College graduate.
"I'm just going to run against
the clock and whoever
Queen's College quarter-
miler Katrina Seymour, who
went all the way to the
IAAF World Champi-
onships in Berlin, Germany
as a member of the historic
women's 4 x 400 relay team,
said this will be her first year
under-20, so she's looking
forward to making her pres-
ence felt again.
"It don't matter," said she
when asked who she expect
her competition to come
from. I expect to run a 51
this year. I did a 54.2 last
Queen's College hurdler
Davinn Cartwright said she
intends to step down and run
the 150 and 250 said she
hope to "medal in both of
my races because I've been
training hard all year. This
is my first Odd Distance, so
I hope to do my best."
Quarter-miler Brandon
Miller, still home on the
Christmas break, said his
goal this year is to run at
least a 45.5 this year as he
attempt to make both the
NACAC and CAC teams.
CV Bethel's sprinter
A hu1 I y Farrington said he
will compete in both the 150
and 300 and he hope to
improve on what he's done
in the off-season. He said his
goal is to make the Carifta
Church of God Academy
standout J'Vante Deveaux,
the reigning junior national
triple jump champion said
because the triple jump will
be from a shorter approach,
"I intend to work on my
technique and for the 250, I
will be running just for
St. Augustine's College
middle distance runner
Deshan Burnside said she
will compete in the 600 on
Saturday and while she
know swho her "competi-
tion" is she intends to "beat"
Coach Dianne Woodside
from St. Augustine's College
and Club Monica Track
Club said the meet will defi-
nitely be an event for them
to monitor the progress their
athletes have been making
through the off season.
"We hope to do well
because the kids have been
training hard," Woodside
Coach George Cleare of
Speed Dynamics said he's
looking forward to Saturday
because he has "a number
of new athletes, who are
basically trying to find their
way" and he also has some
athletes who are returning
to make the national team.
So he's expecting a very
exciting meet.
The session closed out
with the executives and the
members of the Star Track-
ers Track Club singing Hap-
py Birthday to their coach
David ( lierhimi
When it was all done,
Charlton said "the Odd Dis-
tance is a great event by the
BAAA that is designed spe-
cially for the coaches. Why I
say that is because the dis-
tances they will run are the
distances they do in practice.

So we can gather a lot of
information on what they
James Audley Carey III,
the father of James Audley
Carey, said as a parent, he's
there to "cheer for his son"
and he encouraged as many
parents and family members
to come out and support
their relatives as they com-


Parker to be inducted into Central American

and Caribbean Athletics Hall of Fame

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FROM page one First two murders of year

the 39-year-old man was seat-
ed at the junction when he
was approached by a man
allegedly armed with a hand-
"It was reported that on
seeing the firearm the victim
attempted to flee the scene.
The suspect then fired a single
shot hitting the victim to the
upper right side of his body.
"The victim collapsed as he
was running. Emergency
Medical Services responded
and pronounced him dead at

the scene."
Last night, a man was
stabbed to death at the
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway roundabout near the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-
tre. His identity is not known.
The killings are the first in
10 days. The last recorded was
on December 28, when Ter-
ron Albury, 21, of Gregory
Town, Eleuthera, became the
country's 87th homicide vic-
tim for 2009 after being
stabbed in the neck while

Dame Joan Sawyer

FROM page one

this, if I have done anything good give God the glory. If I have done
anything wrong, blame me."
Dame Joan was appointed President of the Court of Appeal on
September 5, 2001. She is the first woman to serve as Chief Justice
and President of the Bahamas Court of Appeal. The constitution-
al age of retirement for a justice of appeal is 68; however Dame Joan
will turn 70 in November, and complete the two-year granted
Dame Joan noted yesterday that despite numerous challenges, the
Court of Appeal continues to meet its commitment to hearing and
disposing of appeals in a timely manner.
"A quick review of the court's annual report for 2008-2009 shows
that the court continued to meets its commitment to hearing and dis-
posing of appeals in six months of filing, not always successfully
because some matters are more complex than others; sometimes the
record from the court below is not available on time, sometimes
counsel find the fixed date or dates inconvenient; where for exam-
ple, leading counsel from oversees is retained to present argu-
ments on one side and another; sometimes because a judge or two
may be unable to sit for ethical reasons - to list a few of the reasons
why appeals have not been heard when first fixed."
She also stated that the appellate court is not a warehouse for
paper but to a court to hear appeals, noting that in some instances
appeals are filed with no steps taken to move the matter forward.
Dame Joan also acknowledged the work of the Court of Appeal's
Registrar Inderia Demeritte Francis.
"Without a capable, determined, hardworking and loyal person
in that office, nothing worthwhile would be accomplished in mod-
ernizing and reforming the court's processes," Dame Joan said.
"The number of man hours and late nights that the Registrar and
I spent brainstorming over visit by various distinguished jurists
and agonising over how to even start the computerisation process
and giving an annual report to the nation as well as regular audits
of the court's accounts cannot be calculated, indeed they are still
ongoing for that process is not yet complete."
"Perhaps most, if not all of us are aware of the impact of tech-
nological advances on our day to day lives. In the court, if you
read the Annual Report, you will appreciate how much technolo-
gy has helped to expedite the process and has compelled even
more attention to detail and the processes by which appeals are
guided through the system," Dame Joan said.
Yesterday's special sitting marked the eighth such sitting of the
Court of Appeal.

CHARIENE CASH (left) receives a donation on behalf of Tenia
Cash from Nevine Rolle.

Local business


and donations in

Black Out event

local Bahamian Company,
aided local businesses and
made charitable donations
in December through its
fifth annual Black Out event
which was held on Friday
December 18th, 2009 at Fort
Charlotte. Black Out is an
annual social event that
requires patrons to wear --
some form of black attire.
KO made a donation of
$1,000 to Tenia Cash's med-
ical needs. Other partner-
ships include one of the
country's premier water
companies, Nautilus Water,
where a portion of all sales
will be donated to the Can- GEOFFIRE
cer Society.
KO encouraged patrons
to shop locally for clothing
for the Black Out event -
partnering with Urban
Nation, Gorgeous Clothing
Store and Obsessions.
KO also partnered with
Cable Bahamas - select
patrons were given coupons
that will make them eligible J VE3S & CO
for a free Cable box along
with a chance to win an
Entertainment Centre Pack-
age inclusive of a HD DVR
and a Flat screen TV.

attempting to stop a fight
between two men in a night-
club on the island.
Janaldo Farrington, 20, has
been charged with Mr
Albury's murder.
Wednesday night's shoot-
ing is also the first murder
since Police Commissioner
Ellison Greenslade took
At the new Commissioner's
swearing-in ceremony, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
said his government was tak-
ing a number of steps to deal
with the rise in crime, in par-
ticular crime by people out
on bail for previous offences.

Additional judges, magis-
trates, courtrooms and legal
support staff will be brought
on stream in the criminal jus-
tice system to help reduce the
incidence of accused crimi-
nals being released on bail
due to an inability to get a
swift trial in a backlogged sys-
tem, said Mr Ingraham.
And for those who are
released on bail, the govern-
ment intends to track them
using electronic monitoring
bracelets, which will be imple-
mented this year.
Police invite anyone with
information about these most
recent killings to contact
police on 328-TIPS, 919 or the
Central Detective Unit on 502





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22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

Roslyn Valeria Sands Best, 60
of Claire RlnuL, Nu.x,u. The
PBah:ma, Aill he lid ni Sr
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nid (l1urLch SLrcL IS. NJssju. ion
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f ollicialle and interrnil will hi in
. wnnllawn (lardccn; Cenm.4'Ty

kSlit. v,%. preduLec!.Csd h1 her
I H . pares-N, lHenry ;min M;anr Maree
knd i |.r husatniwW, UIni B Ek-i ,And
'.ilJ L" liu . iiL) uL-iik'n iln c d b hci sonm: Se4iJ Sandii ail La L"'
&%I., ltepmpms: MuLleI a und t'Irui,.% Bika. uklpted yam: Bn.'duin
Dixnn. daughters: Tara iTiciel Armbri.ler and NaiLia Sand.,
sipdaughiitr Hape uand Ckinn B'li. wramdeo Cniii Jr..4d.vr,
A.4 '1l 13nibrifteru ki Khnljh CaCampbtll. grwakddlaui(er: T'Luj Lr -nuid Krn~l. i CuniplA-l., bruher;: Eric Muniru. -i.terv:
(.i humyrws.. PuiLlinei Pavon aind Rnlmrn'ar KniTwL, ,mii-in-w:
CnU Arrnmhnirmer.dauihlter-ini-law: Suencll Iinrd;. brothers-in-
law: A-.nlo Paoni Sr and Basil Burrc ' . sistrs-in-law: Glnria
More ulid JuIIJLL ul . ilhlcr rdiaive rid rriiend% inicludinK: She1lly & SI',I:in Schmid.
R.-I &. unlim . Eliia Rurnek & fI'tnmi. Angelo Pawui Jr. & fuini'l. Erin
Murtc Jr l& lJIunIly. BranII Kn il .i:,nd NurL (.'ltri Murtin &
lairniL. lliin,'r Lhrnid & "u.nil. IHoinn & Arnand.i Schmid. Jin
S'hrrit Gire-n' Burrow, Ten-Tnce' & C(nyrhin. .'Ahlyn Anrihnuer
& frdmiln L,. mNh Hollvrt & family . Lr. Puul Rufnphil. Nurf"
All'u;:. iD. Jw;ie Suziih. Di. clhla u�i , K.lvi C U'hipniui
tlamin. IIane Dixon& l'umily. IIlenl'r'linxipii. Mr & Mr- Flim d
More" DTL' hin.1 A I;inimlyv, Flen.iinor DlariIlL & fnniil. n;iwn PirnI.-r
& family, Pinrkie& rfrnily. Di'nin. & fnimily. Mell & f.inil Lxrjer
& !iii lk. .Ma;icnia~iicin & Silaif o TLaL . MakLLL- Sctr-cl.
MunaruvemnL : u3 l a (iSlT"nl'lln 1;lya ]i'matrrnu Ly. "lb xlinre Bumvw%
& I'.iril', S.h.,ron A ' Pail. Cary.iroll SheLwia rille & r.iknil
Gtor IJW..itkin . & finilv. Miheil KWI. & fmnilv. EdJJlkc Bumr.w,
& LI.InL. udeL SuiWk & fainily. Tuin ySmidRn. & 'fui.~.RIL'iuniaId
SnusAl& ,& Ijajnil.KuJiLe.ii Kiiowll &. f&amiuly. S"Lhquell &A lunul .
C~lir ReRil fiJ.mily, .'h MuinlgernenLiL & SlalT fir rirl & iiachh
LaNi'r BT. Allanti Paradiiv 1slund. Marj.n ,xon, Paulelre Br'wn.
Pjulenwl CampbecJ. The Hoouiable Carl Belihel. M.1.I. Inhc U .rli. i.uLlLr- luntir, MJP., M SL. "lInrI Mm ur.' -.N.M
*'%.,oauia ndi a)icxher f;irn;ly anrl FrietL Io nurnermus l mi rnitinn
Instead of flowers the ramiy request Ihat dcnatoins be sn t to
RoIyven ialri a iincai. e1r M4edki IL'Liud at LC'ounaiB ieallI
Bunk. Nummiuu. cLralI 7011117.14-
Reljui., ard ri'nend nuay pa> thitr esprc 1.'t ut Kemp's Funeral
HiMie l.iiited, I lMidal A.4MtAte Nhaai Mwi h ida). Xih Juariu.
20110 I mrnm :(H) Il 6.(Hip.11 urid -il Kcinpli Funer-l llionie on
R;;iiralrd.ia rnm fl:fl. A rn :f 1?'-fl \iinai .nd il rhie "chnirrh fromr
2 l ip n11 unCil rF icLl iiinm
.trrangemensr by Kemp' iencaraii I miare .imilcd.

Friend may p.i iheir ]alst spelct s ai the fu' ral honmi fon
Fridy. January kih. 210 ) from u10-nl am tlo 6;m) p.m. iand
on Suurdliv from 9:30 a n. until rmice time at the church.





t " a reisdcnt of South Beach
Drive will be held o Tuesday,
121h January, 210 t 11l aint
at Central Church of the
Nazarene an East Street South:
OrfiLiitingl will be Rrv. Dr.
Antoine St. Louis: assisted by:
NUn.EEv iRolleh&AMin. Derek
Gardiner and imniermet will
follow in Old Trail Cemetery,
Old Trail Road. Services
C , tiu&tc iLd to Gatceway Memowrial
I-,unr-l C('hapvl, Moutnl Royal
Avenue and Kenwood Street.
eftl 10 cherish her memories ate: ,Milher & Step-father:
Margue Tilte M onur-Small and Lester Small;
Children: Pdmr Clarke, Jbush Colebrooke, Moon Wilma
Thurcnm.; Siters: Prcs Rosclita Rcckley. Min. Vinla
lhepblrn, Lorraine MsscStrahcia. Ruiih SmiIll Browii.
D.'Sgt, 1743 Esther Milkr. Rebecca. Bethsheba & Hanwnah
Small, and Adopted Sister: Michelle Tyrnes Sistersin-
la%: Rnse D, c;i, DauRhter-In-law: Patricia Clarke;
Brmthers: Rev. Daniel 4iTnd Shiidwell Sniall, Adopted
Brothers: Rufus Dian and Robert Mackey, Brothcrs-in-
Law: Bernard Hepburn Sr. Allanr Sctachnr, Insp. James
Miller aid lan Tyrn% Gra ndhildren: Podroniqcn Clarke.
Antomeisha Thurston. Matthew Thuniton-Stuart: Aunts:
Valamac Knowles of Tarpum Bay Elcuthera and Alice
Moncwur, 1Lrde ShLerbin Mit,,>-: Grand Undle: I,&~.ui1
Moinur of Mmrni I:kwid. G rand AunBts: Forekne iMWd Jom
Moncur of Miami, Florida and Monette King; Nephews:
Amiw. Murvin, Jnnuine. Jakiro. Bemard, BL'ent, Er.'niard,
Vii r, Jinulrhan, D;3 id, \licd;l,l DlO. Ws]ey, D;�nl
[I, L ijah, DArinl 11, lJuaisoni Jan Jr., Joshua. Christopher and
Chrisien: Neices: Ldia. Jenrme, Everaka, Bermeka, Evcrk l,
Beridera, Dliaane, Kesia, Tanathe, Azariah, hu-. Rachel,
Christmin and Devunia Numerous Cousins including;
Chaquita Montue of Tampa Floridu. L.inda Wallac. Carmel
Major of Idaho. Marpuyet .ad Rnobi Moccur of Miami
Flrida. [Kvn. [);avid k.owVL,' & Fam1iy and Niecee &
Family; A hA o other RchIivrs and frrinds including:
The Moncur's, Smal's, King's, Scymour's. Prn's, Harris's
of Miami, Flt-ida, Paila Dean & F.am1ily,.Yonne Gardiner
& Family, Ms. Margaret Major & I ,mily. Sis Franwila
Nicholls. Ml. Derek Gardiner & Fundl). M irn. Evelyn Rollc
& Family and The Central Church of ihe Nazarene Family,
T FI Rshlinri. district Church of the Nearne, P'JMor Aeal
McFaull and The Living Wcod Ministries Int' I Inc family.
Prophetess Marina Fowler, Marguerice Sands, Staff of
katioalJ mermecy Medical -'ScniL.PHA)Aitr Amhulane
Serv i', I-.miilv. Min. Irene Rulle & the Unii. 'tFellowship
Prayer Band. the Bay Stiret Straw Vermdori. Sgt. 1634
Barbara Wright, Insp. Magdelinc, Meadows, Sgi. Stacey
Bowe, TIh Slaiff iflCrinrnrial SL'rILy lnmvesi liiirns, RBPF
and the Downtown Proecsi.onal Hair Braiders.
Friends may pay iheir last aspects at the funeral home on
Monday, January 11thll.h 2lO frum I0);l:l a.m,
to 6:00 p.m. and on Tuetday from 9:3'1 a.m. until service
time at the church.


" reisdent of Palm Brach and
.4.. formerly of Ridgcland Park West
will be held on Saturday, 91h
SJanuary, 2010 atu I1:00 an. at
Holy Ghost and Fire
S Deliverance Church, Sumamer
Hevan Dr., South Beach:
Sillicialing v.ill be PILor Mark
Knowles; assisted by: Other
SMlkiters and interment ill
f " follow in Soulhern Ctmilrry.
S** Cowpen & Spikenard Road.
Services entriusted to Gale way
Memorvi Funer"l Chapil, Maint
Royal Avene and Kenwood Street

David % ill f1e1ver be renwmbed in ihei life of his Mother:
Marie Rolk., I S4AVtr; Shamell RIk.leS brothersM Jiiko.
Christopher, Kenrico. Navado and Jamaal Rolk. 1 nephew:
Ramon Bullard. 13aunIs: B.eitnmac Rnlle, Elaw Ramirez,
BRelah, Brfnda, F.lrMnor, PaIuIrhle Arngla im Irene
Woodside, Caroline Crum Sandra and kiJun Rollc. Charlen
Hinsey 12 uncles: Benjamin. George. Godfrey, Rodney,
Bir,1l, Aiuthlyn iinld Gary WXmILIi'dL-, William Frav and
C(hrlnopieT Rolle. Alvin Crum and Dun I Iiney.Grand
Aunts: Shllia Thomas. Melvmern and Duoren Bairn, Ruthnel]
Delancy, Prcsiola Roberts, Annamnac Moriimer. Idell,
.,ln-,.'. lovise, Ida, Esic, .ladI} Sherlamae and Eaomae
Mclnts,Marol]lEriGla. Hlilary and Biliica IXmeritk-.
Glendamuc and Margo Rollc. Randnd LUncms: Hlton. L'ral,
I .jreincez, FimnL, MLfi in. Basil, CIuiekt Md Rnov MLTlish,
Jimmy. Benjamin, Romeo aimnd Glfrvy Rolle; A htlI of
other RdatiMs and FriEkndiis including:
Mnl mquLMckinrcy. Detek Gins. Ezrde.Cryaal, Lakesha,
Clinron. J1ffry , Mi;liei1. X'iiruo, Kii3dri. Kim. Lee,
Tcsha, Wade, Crystal.Oirnie, Ann. Mich lhc. DoraJlyn, Jeiilyn,
Samuel Ja d, Caille, Crl..itInd, Cajmi fik, D1lliq, Nike,

Stephen. Stcplhanie uind Stepivano. ns Pder, MiDcra O]l'Tr.
Bishnp WadltLer and Elder Minalec Hancell ~and the entire
sfl'f And vOIlumIeTS hf Gret COIll li niln Miisitries itll.
Pastor Revy and BeIrmice Francis and the familm]]y of New
Vktoi y Temple Church.Adale and Michael WsiLah, Louise
Sirauthnil and faini .e Glcnda Clhar aand Fanily, Saiidra
Rolle and I'amily. hnistal Smith anid "amil',, Ihe "nlre
Ridgeland Park West Community. Bains Eleclric, The
Engkerston Community, D'metri Clare, Michael Martin,
Trm.'rl I Wililams, Cnl-m, R.In in, Fraink, W (MIl, Chi;nl. ;irl
many more to numerous Io mention









Malcolm Adderley resignation 'no

surprise' for PLPs on Grand Bahama

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - The resigna-
tion of former Elizabeth MP
Malcolm Adderley came as no
surprise to PLPs here on
Grand Bahama.
Forrester Carroll, an execu-
tive of the PLP Council in
Freeport, said that "drastic
action" should have been taken
by the party earlier to expel
Mr Adderley.
"Mr Adderley's deportment
from last year was such that
the party should have dealt
with him long before now," he
told The Tribune in an inter-
view on Thursday.
"I think the (Elizabeth) con-
stituency for the most part will
be saying good riddance. I
don't want to be as harsh as
that, but I believe this ought to
have come to a head many
months before now. It should
have been dealt with by the
Mr Carroll believes that Mr
Adderley's deportment was
He noted that in 2003 the
people were not satisfied with
Mr Adderley's representation
and the convention delegation
had requested the party to

remove him.
"We do not have the recall
system so he had to remain in
place," Mr Carroll recalled.
"He had a responsibility to
represent his constituents to
the end and I don't think he
has been a good representa-
"I understand also that
Melanie Griffith whose con-
stituency borders Elizabeth was
more of a representative of
people there than he was. And
I think for the most part they
used to call on her and she
attended a lot of things that he
should have attended."


In his resignation speech, Mr
Adderley blamed PLP party
leader Perry Christie for
"undermining" him as a politi-
cal representative days after
notifying the PLP that he was
leaving the party.
According to Mr Adderley,
the last seven and a half years
as MP for Elizabeth was "the
worst personal experience" for
him and his family as his rela-
tionship with the leadership of
the PLP went from bad to
Mr Carroll stated that Mr
Adderley's accusation of polit-

ical undermining on the part
of the PLP leadership is non-
He noted that PLP leader
Perry Christie personally went
to bat for him to be nominated
again to run as a PLP candi-
date in the 2007 General Elec-
"The onus is on him to per-
form as a PLP MP. He can only
claim that if he did his very best
and attended all caucus meet-
ing and he deported himself
properly, but his conduct is
such that we ought to have tak-
en action before now, drastic
action because he never really
attended any caucus meetings.
We should have expelled him
before now.
"I had written him off many
months ago. There is no sur-
prise there and I think his his-
torical record will not be kind
to him because of what he has
done," said Mr Carroll.
Lawyer Constance McDon-
ald, an executive of the PLP
Council, was not surprised
either to learn of Mr Adder-
ley's resignation, but she
accepted his decision.
"I think Mr Adderley did
what he had to do. I don't think
anyone should be surprised or
disappointed because leader-
ship is a very hard thing. Peo-

ple think leadership is easy, but
it is not easy.
"I feel he has to act in his
best interest. I have a problem
with people before they hear
the story jumping to conclu-
sions. Too often we rush to
judgment without hearing what
the person has to say," she said.
"In fairness to people, no
matter what the story is we
should wait. I find that we are
too uncharitable and too quick
to criticise people, and I think
that is wrong," said Ms


When asked about Adder-
ley's assertion about political
undermining by the PLP lead-
ership, Ms McDonald said:
"I don't think that Mr
Adderley meant Mr Christie
per say, but I think he was talk-
ing about elements in the party
and I think Mr Christie alluded
to it too. Both (Mr Christie)
and the MP for Englerston
Glenys Hanna Martin fought
hard to stop that," she said.
Ms McDonald said the situ-
ation is one that occurs in both
parties. "In order to get loyalty
from anybody you have to be
loyal to people, it is a two-way

d Felipd Major/Tribune staff - _

Plane landing

gear collapses

FROM page one

shocked to see the landing gear
give way so easily on a plane
they had been told was a new
addition to the Sky Bahamas
They crowded around the
plane that had been parked at
the gate in apron five of the
Lynden Pindling International
Airport after it fell with a bang,
and around 60 people watched
as fire engines, police and an
ambulance rushed to the scene.
The flight attendant and
captain were assessed by
Emergency Medical Services
while passengers counted their
A 23-year-old frequent fli-
er who was due to board the 45

minute flight to Marsh Har-
bour said: "It would have been
a tragic disaster if we had been
on the airplane.
"How can something like
that be overlooked? For a
plane to be standing up and
just collapse?
"We thought 'This can't be
the new plane they were brag-
ging about'.
"If that's one of their new
planes then I am not going to
trust another one."
In keeping with the require-
ments of the Bahamas Avia-
tion Society Safety Regula-
tions, the Civil Aviation
Department has started an
investigation into the landing
gear collapse on the Sky
Bahamas aircraft registration

BDM leader to run in by-election
FROM page one
the constituency.
Last night BDM officials met to finalise campaign tactics and bud-
getary matters. Mr Stuart said he anticipated the BDM would
spend about $500,000 on the election.
Of speculation about the election costing political parties $1
million or more, Mr Stuart said the BDM was not trying to pay
mortgages for community members, but only to organise a fair
campaign, knocking on doors, interacting with the community.
He said the plan was to solicit small donations from a broad
base, noting that this approach, popularised by Mr Obama, has nev-
er been tried in the Bahamas before.
Stakes are high for the BDM who are banking on the election to
act as a catalyst for future wins in the next general election. They
currently have no representatives in the House of Assembly after
bids in two general elections.
Referring to what was dubbed the 'Ohio Syndrome' in the last US
presidential elections, when momentum coalesced in favour of
then candidate Obama's campaign, Mr Stuart said the Elizabeth
constituency could pave the way for a new political culture in the
Bahamas. The thinking of party executives is, if Elizabeth votes for
a third party bringing change to the political landscape, it will indi-
cate the potential for more widespread change in the future.
"The politics of yesterday must be done away with and a new
political must be awakened. Elizabeth, you can pave the way for that
new political culture. You can be the ones to who show the entire
Bahamas that it is possible to change. People of Elizabeth, you can
be the lighthouse for a nation who is adrift with no clear direction,"
said Mr Stuart.
In the 2007 election, Mr Stuart ran in the Garden Hills con-
stituency, securing 3.5 per cent of the votes cast. He lost to Brensil
Rolle of the Free National Movement (FNM). The BDM candidate
for Elizabeth in the last election was Bernard Rolle. He acquired just
over 70 votes in a constituency of 4,000 voters, or less than two per
cent. Mr Rolle said despite the conservative numbers, evidence of
his impact was the fact that FNM candidate, Elma Chase Campbell,
blamed the BDM for the PLP win. Mr Adderley won by a margin
of 42 votes over the FNM candidate.
"I feel like the people were very receptive of our platform, but
some people were reluctant. This time around the people will be
more free to do what their heart leads them to do and that is vote
for a third party. They know that they have tried both parties and
everything continues to remain the same," said Mr Rolle.
Campaign chairman, Dr Dexter Grant, said the BDM is seeking
to bring innovative ideas and strong leadership into the political mix.
The plan is to campaign under the slogan: "A new voice in parlia-
ment, a new voice for Elizabeth, a new direction for the country."
"In the face of economic turmoil, we believe there can be pros-
perity. In the face of crime and violence, we believe there can be
peace. In the face of illiteracy, we believe there can be knowledge.
In the face of politics that has torn our country in two, there can be
unity. In the face of hopelessness, we believe there can be hope and
in the face of sorrow there can be gladness," said Mr Stuart.

One second of distraction can

end in disaster.

Be-Smart, buckle up, keep your eyes on the

road and your hands on the wheel at all times.

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FROM page one

expected to meet over the next
few days to weigh out its
Attorneys Ryan Pinder,
Craig Butler and Ken Dorsett
have expressed interest in the
seat but it is unclear if any of
these men will be chosen to rep-
resent the party. PLP Chairman
Bradley Roberts has also been
rumoured to join the fray, but
Mr Roberts denied these
Said to be the FNM's pick for
the by-election is noted surgeon
Dr Duane Sands.
The stage for a by-election
was set when former MP Mal-
colm Adderley resigned from
the House on Wednesday, days
after delivering a one-line res-
ignation letter to the PLP last
weekend. The election is sched-
uled for February.
In an emotional speech, Mr
Adderley told the House that
the last seven and a half years as
MP for Elizabeth were "the
worst personal experience" for
him. He claimed that party
leader Perry Christie "under-
mined" him as an MP.
Disappointed by Mr Adder-
ley's actions, Mr Davis said he
expected more from his former
He added that Mr Adderley
did not handle his departure
from the Progressive Liberal
Party with the respect and dig-
nity his former party colleagues
gave him.

"I do not share Mr Adder-
ley's views on the leadership of
the party. I'm disappointed that
he was driven to that view and
perhaps if he had time to exam-
ine, not just Mr Christie's con-
duct but his own, he may have
had a different point of view
going forward.
"I would have expected him
to have conducted himself dif-
ferently. I would have expected
that because there is no doubt
that the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty, as a party, quite apart from
the individuals that make it up
treated Mr Adderley with the
respect and dignity that was
deserving of a member of Par-
liament that was elected on a
PLP ticket and he ought to have
returned the same favour to us."
Despite the loss of Mr
Adderley - compounded with
the departure of Kennedy MP
Kenyatta Gibson a year earlier
- Mr Davis said the party
remains as strong as ever.
It is rumoured that Mr
Adderley will be appointed as a
Supreme Court judge by Prime
Minister Ingraham in the near
He has previously worked as
a public prosecutor, acting mag-
istrate and a supreme court
judge for one year.
He is the second MP in
almost 13 years to resign as an
MP - the last being Sir Lynden
Pindling when he retired from
front-line politics in 1997.








5 4 CI ON B o b ui ne sC? . e ed a ne

* Leading accountant
says private sector not
large enough, and too
weak, to generate tax
revenues to sustain
ever-expanding public
* Too many Bahamians
believe 'government
can solve all our ills
and problems without it
costing money'


Tribune Business Editor
Reducing the size of govern-
ment is "the only way" to set
the Bahamas' public finances
back on the road to fiscal sus-
tainability, a leading accoun-
tant said yesterday, arguing that
the private sector was not large
enough to generate the tax rev-
enues needed to pay for ever-
expanding public services.
Raymond Winder, Deloitte
& Touche (Bahamas) manag-
ing partner, also criticised the
"average Bahamian" for
putting pressure on politicians
to continually increase public
spending through the mistak-
en belief that "government can
solve all our ills and problems
without it costing money".
Acknowledging that Bahami-
an political, religious and other
community leaders "in teach-
ing the average Bahamian that
there is nothing free", Mr
Winder told Tribune Business
that people needed to take
more personal responsibility
and realise that the country and
economy, not just the Govern-
ment, needed to grow.
"We're not educating people
to let them know you can't con-
tinually increase the size of gov-
ernment, or have the govern-
ment continually provide new
services, without having that
money come from some-
where," he explained.
Raising taxes or introducing
new ones was not the long-term
answer, Mr Winder added,
because the Bahamas - given
its relatively small size and pop-
ulation - could only bear this
rising burden to a certain point.
SEE page 5B

Rival backs $300m

'out of box'

Tribune Business Editor
A leading competitor yester-
day backed the potential merg-
er of BISX-listed FamGuard
Corporation and Bahamas First
Holdings, a deal that would cre-
ate an entity with over $305
million in assets, arguing that
it would benefit both compa-
nies' shareholders, the capital
markets and the wider econo-
Franklyn Wilson, chairman
and largest investor in Royal-
Star Assurance, arguably
Bahamas First's chief compe-
tition in the general insurance
market, praised both compa-
nies for "out of the box think-
ing that you don't see too often
in this market", adding that he
did not view the potential hold-
ing company merger as anti-
"I commend all concerned
for what seems to me to be a
bold, very significant move,"
Mr Wilson told Tribune Busi-
ness. "On the surface, I see
benefits for investors on both
sides. These are two quality
Based on their 2008 year-end
balance sheets, a merger
between FamGuard Corpora-
tion and Bahamas First Hold-
ings, the parent firms for Fam-
ily Guardian and Bahamas First
Insurance Company, would cre-

ate a firm with just under $305
million in assets and $178.723
million in gross written premi-
ums. Net income for 2008, if
they had been combined then,
would have been $8.364 mil-
lion. Given that Family
Guardian's total assets stood at
just over $176 million at year-
end 2008, and Bahamas First's
at $128 million, this would seem
to indicate a potential merger
weighted 60:40 in FamGuard's
favour if based on asset size.
Shareholders on both sides
will now be anxiously awaiting
the final terms and conditions
of any merger, wanting to see
what their stake in a combined
entity will be, and whether
there has been any dilution of
their interest.
Capital markets sources yes-
terday suggested that the sim-
plest merger method, should
the deal go ahead, would be for
Bahamas First shareholders to
be issued with a certain amount
of FamGuard shares based on
their current holdings, espe-
cially since the combined entity
would be listed on BISX.
FamGuard is listed and trad-
ed on BISX, whereas Bahamas
First, though a public compa-
ny, is not. Mr Wilson said
Bahamas First investors would
benefit from becoming
investors in an entity that was
listed and traded on a for-
malised exchange, as this would

give their stock liquidity and
better price discovery.
"In terms of the overall
group, this deal would also dra-
matically expand the capital
base, and in the insurance busi-
ness, capital is king," Mr Wilson
told Tribune Business. The
more capital an insurance car-
rier has, the more risk it is able
to take on to its own books, and
the less it has to share with rein-
surers, potentially aiding prof-
In their joint statement, Fam-
Guard and Bahamas First said
they hoped to complete nego-
tiations, and obtain sharehold-
er and regulatory approval for
the holding firm merger, by
end-June 2010.
Both sets of shareholders will
have to approve the merger and
its structure at an Extraordi-
nary General Meeting (EGM),
with the deal's terms having to
be justified to investors and
explained in papers sent to
them prior to the meeting. The
composition of the Board of
Directors, and whether Fam-
Guard or Bahamas First exec-
utives are in the majority, will
also be viewed keenly.
Ian Fair, Bahamas First's
chairman, said both companies
had decided not to comment in
public beyond what was in yes-
SEE page 2B


Tribune Business Editor
The business community is
concerned the Central Bank
of the Bahamas is "too laid
back" in its approach to the
development of electronic
payments systems in this
nation, Tribune Business was
told yesterday, the private
sector wanting the regulator
to take a more 'hands on'
stance and create something
of a first-world status that
"-.1.*ilii.ii. the conduct of
Dionisio D'Aguilar, the for-
mer Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president, speak-
ing after some 30-40 private
sector representatives met
Central Bank officials on
Wednesday to discuss the pro-
posed legislation/regulations
for electronic payments sys-
tems, told this newspaper
there was "a general sense of
frustration that the Central
Bank is not leading the
charge" in developing the
Automated Clearing House
(ACH) and similar systems.
Mr D'Aguilar, who is also
Superwash's president, said
Central Bank officials told the
meeting that while they could
"encourage" the commercial
banks to develop the ACH
and other electronic payments
systems, the regulator would
not become involved in their
design, construction and
This did not go down too
well with the private sector
representatives, Mr D'Aguilar
telling Tribune Business:
"The business community felt
extremely strongly that the
Central Bank should take a
much more active role in
shaping and framing every
aspect of the payments sys-
tem, rather than sitting back
and letting the banks deter-
mine how it looks.
"There was a feeling the
Central Bank was being too
laid back, and not helping to
craft what it's going to look
like. They've definitely left it
in the hands of the banks.
There were a lot of com-
plaints that the Central Bank
was too laid back. The Cen-
tral Bank is not leading the
charge. The charge is being
led by the banks."
Mr D'Aguilar said the busi-
ness community was con-
cerned that the ACH, when it
finally went live, would be far
more focused on the settling
of transactions between banks

SEE page 4B

* Ex-Chamber chief says
private sector wants
regulator to take more
'hands on' role in
developing 'first world'
ACH/electronic payments
* Central Bank urged to
'lead the charge', and not
leave 'standard setting'
and system design/imple-
mentation to the banks

Inventor 'Eyes'

rewards from

going distance

Business Reporter
A BAHAMIAN inventor has spent thousands of dollars
patenting, producing and packaging a product she hopes to
market and sell worldwide.
Violet Miller-Weech has
launched a security product
called Extra Eyes, a mirrored
wrist band for joggers that gives
"them a clear view of what's
behind at all times".
Mrs Miller-Weech told Tribune
Business yesterday that she spent
two years securing legal counsel, a
production company and graphic
art for the packaging, and despite
her inventing a product with "glob-
al appeal" has decided to first SECURITY
launch at home in the Bahamas. PRODUCT:
She said it helps individuals Extra Eyes
remain aware of their surroundings "by
simply raising your hand to eye level".
The product, which requires no assembly, simply slips
around the wrist and is ready for use. It was used by two
avid Bahamian runners who recently ran the 2009 Las
Vegas Marathon.
"Your product is a fantastic idea for persons who walk or
run alone, and for others who want to see what is going on
behind them without having to twist around in mid-stride,"
marathoner Shavaughn Blades said in a testimonial.
SEE page 5B

Insurance tie-up will not

violate 'composite' bar

Tribune Business Editor
The proposed merger of
Family Guardian's and
Bahamas First's parent compa-
nies will not violate the Insur-
ance Act's prohibition on
"composite" insurers that offer
both life/health and general
insurance underwriting, the
industry's lead regulator said
Lennox McCartney, the
Insurance Commissioner, told
Tribune Business that the
planned holding company
merger would not violate the
law because Family Guardian
and Bahamas First Insurance
Company would continue to be
SEE page 2B

* The combined
FamGuard/Bahamas First
entity would be listed on
* Regulator says proposed
merger would not breach
Act's bar on life and general
carriers joining up, as two
subsidiaries will be separate
* Review of any deal will not
involve assessment of com-
petition issues



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terday's announcement, as
there was "much to do on this
"We're moving forward on
our planning and watch this
space," he added. Patricia Her-
manns, FamGuard's president
and chief executive, did not
return this newspaper's call
seeking comment.
While FamGuard's share-
holder base is much more nar-
row, being dominated by Bar-
bados-headquartered financial
services conglomerate Sagicor
with 20 per cent, chairman Nor-
bert Boissiere and the Knowles
and Pyfrom family trusts, the


Bahamas First investor roll is
more diversified, with only two
shareholders owning more than
10 per cent. Financial services
and capital markets sources
yesterday added to Tribune
Business's suspicions that Sagi-
cor may have played a key role
in initiating talks between
Bahamas First and FamGuard,
this newspaper having reported
pre-Christmas that the Barba-
dian firm was in talks to sell its
Cayman-based general insur-
ance firm to the former.
That deal seems to have
stalled, indicating that Sagicor

may have nudged Bahamas
First into initiating talks on the
bigger FamGuard merger. Sev-
eral capital markets sources
suggested yesterday that if the
merger went ahead, Sagicor
might end up as the largest
shareholder in the combined
entity, especially given the
unconfirmed speculation that
Mr Boissiere was looking for
an exit route and might be
looking to sell his shares.
Sagicor's acquisition of a 20
per cent FamGuard stake in
2006 was always seen as a first
step in obtaining a larger
foothold in the Bahamian mar-
ket and the BISX-listed insurer,
and a holding merger might fur-
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The Economical Insurance
Group, the Canadian insurer
that has a 20 per cent stake in
Bahamas First. The holding
company merger also appears
designed to give the combined
FamGuard/Bahamas First
Holdings the scale, size and
economies of scale to expand
and compete regionally and
internationally. Bahamas First,
in particular, has made no
secret of its intentions in this
area, and would now be able
to do this backed by more cap-
ital and diversified revenue
streams from both life/health
and general insurance earnings.
One insurance industry
source suggested that Bahamas
FROM page 1B
run as separate life/health and
general insurance carriers
respectively. Each would be a
subsidiary of the newly-creat-
ed holding company.
"Our new Insurance Act
specifically prohibits a com-
posite insurance company, but
that's not what is being pro-
posed," Mr McCartney told
Tribune Business. "It's a merg-
er of the holding companies.
"There will be a separation
of the insurance companies.
There will be a separate com-

First was looking for new
growth areas, having possibly
expanded as much as it could in
this nation's general insurance
market. He added that gaining
further market share in this
area could attract regulatory
"It's creating another
Bahamian conglomerate with
multiple revenue streams," one
capital markets source told Tri-
bune Business. "It's the new
era of consolidation, where
from the financial services
industry point of view, bigger
is better, larger is safer, and
we'll see that continue for a
But another added: "It's an
odd combination, an odd mar-

Insurance tie-up
pany for general insurance, and
a separate company for life and
health insurance."
Several of Family Guardian
and Bahamas First's competi-
tors had yesterday questioned
to Tribune Business whether
the first proposed merger of
life/health and general insur-
ance holding companies in this
nation's history could violate
the bar on "composite" insur-
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riage." Mr Wilson said syner-
gies and product cross-selling
opportunities would be creat-
ed by the FamGuard/Bahamas
First tie-up, and added: "It may
have some impact for the Coli-
na Group, as it reduces their
competitive advantage in terms
of size and scale, that they
enjoyed over Family
While the deal, if it went
ahead, would create a "strong
competitor" for RoyalStar, Mr
Wilson said he was not con-
cerned about competition
issues, as a combined Bahamas
First/FamGuard would further
strengthen the general insur-
ance market and benefit all
posed to be a 'no no' as far as
the Government is concerned
and not supposed to happen,"
said one high-level insurance
industry source. "That's been
the case for quite a long time.
Life and general are supposed
to be two separate entities."
The source described the
potential Family
Guardian/Bahamas First hold-
ing company merger as having
"far-reaching ramifications", as
both they and the rest of the
Bahamian insurance industry
attempted to digest the negoti-
ations announced jointly by
both companies yesterday.
Confirming that the Insur-
ance Commission had met with
both companies to be briefed
on the holding company merg-
er talks prior to yesterday's
announcement, Mr McCartney
said the industry regulator was
now awaiting their "final pro-
posal" once talks were con-
cluded. Regulatory approvals
will also be required from oth-
er supervisors, including the
Securities Commission of the
Bahamas and the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX).
Although tight-lipped on the
likely details of the proposed
merger should it go ahead, Ian
Fair, Bahamas First Holdings'
chairman, confirmed to Tribune
Business yesterday that "com-
posite" holding company would
be listed on BISX, taking over
Family Guardian's current list-
ing. Keith Davies, BISX's chief
executive, yesterday said that
while the exchange had also
been briefed on the merger
plan it, too, was waiting to see
the final outcome of the nego-
tiations. He pointed out that
"there's a whole slew of things"
for both companies to complete
before their merger plan was
finalised, but added: "I'm very
happy there's movement in the
markets, and one of this size.
"It's always good when com-
panies try to take an initiative
that they believe is positive."
Meanwhile, Mr McCartney
told Tribune Business that the
Insurance Commission's review
of any proposed holding com-
pany merger would not assess
whether it was potentially anti-
competitive by consolidating a
large chunk of the Bahamian
insurance market under one
roof. Explaining that this was
because the Domestic Insur-
ance Act and, indeed, no other
legislation or regulations under
Bahamian law addressed com-
petition issues, Mr McCartney
said: "Our legislation does not
address competition issues.
"We are constrained to look
at issues in our legislation, and
that is not in any of our legisla-




The Road Traffic Department is pleased to remind the general public of the
established protocols for the Inspection and Licensing of Company Vehicles.

The month of March is traditionally companies' registration month at the
Road Traffic Department. In an effort to expedite and ensure a smooth
registration process the department advises that registration will commence
February 1, 2010. All companies with a fleet of five (5) or more vehicles are
encouraged to prepare and submit the required documents on the second (2nd)
floor to the Controller's Office in the Clarence A. Bain building to ensure an
appointment for Inspection. The department further wishes to advise that
applications will be processed on first on first come, first serve basis.

The following documentation are required:-
(1) Cover note stating the make, model, year, and chassis number
(2) Total number of all vehicles to be licensed
(3) A copy of the current disc for each vehicle
(4) Original certificate of insurance (no copies will be accepted)
(5) Special Permit Letter (Ministry of Works) for all miscellaneous

Please note that payments can be made in the form of:
* Certified Cheque - made payable to Public Treasury
(absolutely no personal/company cheques)
* Visa/Master Card
* Suncard
* Cash

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Nassau. Bahamas





The winners and

losers from 2009


From many pos-
sible candidates,
we have picked
just a few sto-
ries of the past year that
record success or failure -
winners meeting their objec-
tives, losers still far off their
targets. There's nothing
inevitable in the losers' fail-
ings - no acts of God or
intractable conditions - sim-
ply misguided human deci-
sions. With effort, goodwill
and imagination, these deci-
sions are all correctible, so
that the losers of 2009 could
well become the success sto-
ries of 2010.

Winner: Robin Hood.
What started as a bare-
bones purveyor of appli-
ances in cramped premises
on Soldier Road has grown,
in less than a dozen years,
into a mega-store of more
than 100,000 square feet that
dominates a once-sleepy
shopping centre way down
Harrold Road. Our closest
thing to Wal-Mart, Robin
Hood now has 25 depart-
ments stocking hundreds of
thousands of items. Its
founder and hands-on boss,
transplanted American
Sandy Schaefer, follows the
tradition of its name "take
from the rich, give to the
poor" by trying to post the
lowest prices for everything
he sells, and usually suc-
Based on years of experi-
ence buying remainders and
odd-lots at fire-sale bargains,
and backed up by a whole-
saler in Florida, he has
become a favourite of econ-
omy-focused shoppers,
drawn by an aggressive
advertising campaign that
includes the recent full-page
announcement of equity
share grants to key employ-
As a private company,
Robin Hood does not
release figures. All Schaefer
says is that he has enjoyed
"good growth" in 2009 and
is confident of "profitability
into the next year". His sin-
gle location does not pro-
vide the sales volume of his
multi-store supermarket
competitors, SuperValue
and City Markets, but he's
made clear that he plans to
extend the Robin Hood
brand with new units east
and/or west. Can he over-
come the still suffering
Bahamian economy to sup-
port this optimism?

Winner: Kelly's Home
Centre. This mainstay of
Nassau shopping might be
likened to Home Depot
with a touch of Blooming-
dales. Founded in 1927 by
the Kelly family as a basic
hardware outlet, it took its
present form in the 1980s by
becoming the anchor store
at the strategically located
Mall at Marathon, where
this pre-Christmas not a slot
was to be found in the vast
parking lots.
Kelly's check-out lanes
were once again jammed
with Bahamians who rely on
its 16 departments for every
category of home furnish-
ings - from mundane paint
to elegant table settings.
Another private concern
that does not release earn-
ings, there's little doubt that
its tightly-concentrated

premises, with an alert staff
of over 300 (often long-time
employees), produce a prof-
it for its owners, the second
and third-generation Kellys.
2009 was not an easy year,
as the recession hit even this
retail stalwart just as it
absorbed the untimely death
of its long-time boss, David
Kelly. Fortunately, David's
dynamic wife Nancy had
been side-by-side with him
in running the operation,
showing a particular flair in
buying from international
brands, and could slip into
the role of president -
although in the company
website she is described
modestly as 'Buyer, China,
Crystal, Glassware', with
one son named as general
manager and two others as
departmental buyers.
With Nancy in charge and
her sons behind her, the suc-
cessful formula may be
revised, but cautiously and
incrementally. New sites are

considered, perhaps in the
growing western districts,
but to date rejected in
favour of the control that
can be exercised over one
central operation. By the
usual metrics, sales per
square foot and sales per
employee, we guess results
are pretty rosy, so why rush
into change?

Loser: Bahamas Super-
markets (City Markets.)
Sadly for its shareholders,
2009 gave no hard evidence
of improvement since the
controversial change of con-
trolling ownership from
Florida's Winn-Dixie in
2006. The acquiring compa-
ny, BS Holdings, which
bought 78 per cent of the
shares for $54 million and
immediately loaded itself
with $26 million of debt, was
a special-purpose Bahami-
an vehicle created more
from financial opportunism
than from operational com-
The abrupt termination of
Winn-Dixie's products and
its know-how in financial
controls, the frequent
changes at the general man-
ager level, the failure to pub-
lish timely reports to share-
holders, the disappearance
of the previously regular div-
idend stream, the change of
auditing firm - all these
have been well reported.
The hard news late in
2009 included confirmation
of a $13.4 million loss for fis-
cal 2008 (to June), and a
possible loss of maybe half
that for fiscal 2009. The

No. 45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
OSPREY HOLDINGS LTD. is in dissolution. Continental
Liquidators Inc. is the Liquidator and can be contacted at 60
Market Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize. 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 6th day of February, 2010.

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No. 45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
KAYAK OVERSEAS LTD. is in dissolution. Continental
Liquidators Inc. is the Liquidator and can be contacted at 60
Market Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize. 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 6th day of February, 2010.

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Trinidad conglomerate,
Neal & Massy, has now
become the de facto con-
trolling party, with a major-
ity of the Supermarkets
directors and apparently the
largest single stake in BSL
In one sense, that may be
good news for the future:
the Trinidad group, major
retailers in the Caribbean,
have announced they will
plow their financial and
managerial resources into
engineering a turn-around,
and we wish them every suc-
cess in this effort, so that the
long-suffering Supermarkets
minority shareholders will
eventually see value
restored to their holdings.
But the strategic result of
the last few years has been
merely to change control of
an iconic Bahamian business
from an American owner to
one from Trinidad. Can this
be considered progress?

Winner: Public Service at
the Passport Office and
Elsewhere. From the sweaty
chaos of last summer, when
workers and housewives
spent long, wasted hours in
disorganised queues to sub-
mit their passport applica-
tions and then, after several
weeks, await final delivery
of the shiny new document,
calm and efficiency have
been restored.
The mid-year confusion
was caused by the 'perfect
storm' collision of thousands
of vacation-bound travelers
SEE page 7B


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 2,1it1,, INTER-
the Liquidator and can be contacted at Marlborough & Queen Streets,
P.O. Box N-10429, 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 February 6, 2010.


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Reducing the government 'Only way' to long-term flScal Security
FROM page 1B managing partner said. "The "For the size of our country, ment, was unlikely to find $12,000perresident.Datafrom centofGDPin2008-2009.
majority of the private sector the Government is too bi and themselves a politician for too th o

And given the recession,
which had caused business
activity and international trade
to contract, and a subsequent
decline in government rev-
enues, Mr Winder said compa-
nies and households were in no
position to absorb new and/or
increased taxes and fees.
"We don't have a private sec-
tor that is big enough to pay
for all these services," the
Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas)

is unable to meet their obliga-
tions, so how do you expect to
get all this without paying for
these services. It's just not
"We need to tighten our
belts and take personal respon-
sibility for some of the things
we ought to."
Backing the position adopted
by Rick Lowe, an executive
with the hawkish Nassau Insti-
tute economic think-tank, Mr
Winder told Tribune Business:

FROM page 1B
"My husband and I are both marathoners. I have ran seven
and he two, and we both used Extra Eyes at the RNR Las Vegas
Marathon. We had a clear view of all of the other marathoners
behind us and were not hindered by wearing the product, which is
light weight and fashionable."
Mrs Miller-Weech said she envisioned Extra Eyes while on a run,
and went directly home to begin turning the idea into a product.
Though the patent is still pending, and could take another year
to finalise, Extra Eyes is already available at the Dermal Clinic in
Sandyport and Windermere East and West Day Spa.
Mrs Miller-Weech expects to market the product via the Inter-
net as she takes it international in the near future.
According to her, the product could appeal more to a female
clientele, but comes in two sizes. She also hopes to sell Extra Eyes
to law enforcement.
Mrs Miller-Weech could not say exactly how much the product
cost to produce but, added that the process of patenting and bring-
ing a product to market could be thousands of dollars.
She said of Extra Eyes: "This invention was created to give
you a little extra security while outdoors. Being aware of your sur-
roundings is imperative to all of us and should be a priority on our
list at all times."
A first-time inventor, Mrs Miller-Weech said she is interested in
helping hesitant inventors drive their ideas to fruition.
Extra Eyes is produced and packaged in China, while the pack-
aging's graphics were produced locally by artist Chris Carey.
"Extra Eyes has broad appeal. It can be used while walking, jog-
ging, going to the parking lot or any isolated area. Kids can also use
it while walking home alone," Mrs Miller-Weech said.

Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GAITOR COUNTRY INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of TRILOGY WORLDWIDE OFF-
SHORE LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dis-
solution has been issued and the Company has therefore
been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice

- t-

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of FLASH VENTURES LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


has to be reduced. That's the
only way to right our fiscal
responsibility [position]."
Bahamians had been led to
believe that growing the Gov-
ernment could fix all this
nation's problems and social
ills, without realising that the
economy and country as a
whole needed to grow to.
"The reality is our problems
will not be solved if govern-
ment continues to grow with-
out the wider country growing
with it," he added.
Yet Mr Winder said any
politician who preached the
message of personal and fiscal
responsibility, and that the
Bahamas should not keep
increasing the size of govern-

much long because it was not
something the majority of vot-
ers were attuned to or accus-
tomed to hearing.
"I blame the average
Bahamian, who believes the
Government can solve all our
problems and ills without it
costing money," Mr Winder
He added that "ministers of
the Gospel also need to do a
better job", as many were "con-
tinually pushing" for the Gov-
ernment to provide new ser-
vices and cure all the Bahamas'
Tribune Business revealed
yesterday how the Bahamas'
national debt stands at almost
$3.8 billion, between $11,000-

Legal Notice

- J#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of WEBERTON HOLDINGS LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.


Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of COOLEY PLAINES LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Bahamas' latest statistical digest
showed that at the 2009 third
quarter end on September 30,
2009, this nation's national debt
stood at $3.675 billion. Some
$3.236 billion of that was direct-
ly owed to creditors by the
Bahamian government, along
with a further $438.486 million
worth of borrowings it had
guaranteed on behalf of public
sector corporations and agen-
In downgrading the
Bahamas' long-term sovereign
credit rating, Standard & Poor's
(S&P) had warned: "Overall,
the general government deficit
is projected at 4.8 per cent of
GDP in 2009-2010 (ending June
2010) from an estimated 4.1 per

ject general government deficits
on the order of 3.5 per cent of
GDP, compared with deficits
of 1.5 per cent of GDP in 2003-
The Wall Street credit rating
agency said the Bahamas' net
general government debt had
risen to 30 per cent of GDP,
compared to 22 per cent in
2008, and it added: "We pro-
ject that it will continue rising to
35-39 per cent of GDP in 2010-
2012. "Gross general govern-
ment debt is higher at 46 per
cent of GDP in 2009, up from
37 per cent in 2008. The Com-
monwealth's share of external
to locally issued debt is 20 per
cent, which is relatively low but
up from 10 per cent in 2007."

Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.


Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ROBSON VENTURES LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice

- t

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of FEONA HOLDINGS LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.










FROM page 3B

and seekers of foreign education, against
the need to take their fingerprints and issue
the new machine-readable passports with
embedded chip, combined with a severe
space shortage at the Thompson Boulevard
building and lack of computerised equip-
ment and trained operators. This required
the emergency hiring of COB tech students.
Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette
reports that these deficiencies have now
been dealt with.
He and the head of the office, Franklyn
Dames, together with his staff, should be
congratulated for making passport applica-
tions no longer an experience to be dreaded,
but simply a normal requirement of travel.
Elsewhere, whatever high-level financial or
managerial problems plague NIB, BEC,
BTC or Road Traffic, the people (usually
pert ladies) at the cutting edge of dealing
with the public over details of licenses, bills
and other paperwork have become, in our
experience, uniformly helpful and friendly.

Losers: Downtown and Arawak Cay. We
link them because they are closely related.
Downtown Nassau cannot be fully revi-
talised until commercial shipping is moved

The winners and losers from 2009

to new container port facilities on Arawak
Cay, and development of the Cay as a whole
depends on how downtown is restructured.
Accomplishments in 2009 included dredg-
ing of the harbour to accept the huge Oasis
cruise ships and, at last, a contract for
rebuilding the Straw Market, as well as form-
ing The Downtown Nassau Partnership, an
optimistic public-private joint venture.
But despite a distinguished Board and an
energetic full-time chief executive, the Part-
nership is still making excruciatingly slow
progress towards becoming a statutory Busi-
ness Improvement District (BID) that would
have real powers to create downtown ameni-
ties and encourage rebuilding of the derelict
Bay Street stretch east of Elizabeth Avenue.
Enabling legislation has not even reached
the drafting stage.
Meanwhile, the new port is in the hands
of the Arawak Cay Port Development
Company, a consortium of private compa-
nies whose Board is eager to start construc-
tion but is hamstrung by continued delays in
reaching agreement with the Prime Minister
over key issues of financing and governance

- although it was he himself who, in January
2008, decreed Arawak Cay as the official
choice over the much-studied southwest
We recall Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette, shortly after his election in June
2007, confidently declaring: "We'll have the
trucks off Bay Street in 90 days." Now the
cry is "ships to Arawak by June (or is it
August?) 2010". How time passes!

Loser: The Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity. This long-running reality show now
broadcasts another dramatic episode, fea-
turing the ageing patriarch Sir Jack Hay-
ward and his suave acolyte, Hannes Babak,
launching a new battle over the bones of
the GBPA against the patrician St. George
heirs and their bulldog lawyer, Fred Smith.
The waning weeks of 2009 have seen an
impressive display of Sir Jack's imaginative
business tactics. First he announces that he
will sell his 50 per cent (or 75 per cent)
stake in the enterprise to an undisclosed
buyer, then reveals that party is named Mid-
Atlantic Projects, unknown to normal

research but led by one Joe Rosetti, who
expansively declaims he would really like
to buy 100 per cent, although he's not clear
whether our Government approves the deal.
Sir Jack says this is irrelevant because all
he's selling is shares in a Cayman holding
company. Rosetti appears to be Joseph R.
Rosetti, once security and intelligence expert
for IBM, and now a consultancy partner
with Howard Safir, former New York City
Police Commissioner. Clearly a man of
many connections, but whom precisely?
More or less simultaneously, Sir Jack
demonises Hutchison Whampoa, founder
of the Container Port and the biggest con-
tributor to the Freeport economy, and antag-
onises his entire family into litigating against
Perversely, he fights City Hall by backing
Mr Babak as continuing boss of GBPA,
whom Mr Ingraham has made crystal clear
he wants "out". Sir Jack and Hannes retort
with perhaps the weirdist idea yet, that
Hannes can run Freeport from an office in
the Cayman Islands. The plot evolves daily,
so we can only say "watch these pagc, .
Unfortunately, any immediate news is not
likely to lift Freeport and the GBPA out of
the loser column.


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