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Ingraham speaks out over
move to grant temporary
status to detainees

Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham cried shame on critics
of the government's move to
grant temporary status to Hait-
ian detainees following the dev-
astation of their home country
by the magnitude 7.0 earth-
quake last week.
Speaking with members of
the media over the weekend,
Mr Ingraham said he was
deeply disappointed by the mis-
information, prejudice and

hard-heartedness spewed espe-
cially over the airwaves in the
past few days.
"In this Christian society of
ours where most households
have televisions, everyone
should be able to see what is
happening in Haiti," the Prime
Minister said.
"I can't imagine hypocrites
going to church on Sunday
morning and then saying on the
radio, and in the newspapers,
and in their hearts that we are
to detain and keep these people
SEE page 10

PM to attend international
emergency meeting over Haiti
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham will attend an international emer-
gency meeting in the Dominican Republic today to coordinate assistance
for Haiti following Tuesday's catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake.
In a press conference to address the nation about the Bahamian con-
tribution to the massive relief effort Mr Ingraham said the situation
SEE page 10

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I US citizens feared

dead in plane crash


THREE American citizens are feared dead today after their
plane crashed in waters off Bimini yesterday.
According to police press Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings, police
in Alice Town, Bimini, received a report of a plane crash some-
time around 3.45pm about 500 yards north east of the Bimini Bay
Police responded with local residents and members of the
US Coast Guard and conducted a search of the area. They
found the tangled debris of an aircraft.
However, according to Sergeant Skippings, the wreckage was
so badly mangled that officers were unable to determine what
type of plane it was.
The flight is believed to have left New Providence for Ft
Lauderdale's Executive Airport with three American citizens
onboard. While the rescue teams were unable to locate any of the
persons on the aircraft yesterday, their search efforts will continue

Man is found
" stabbed to death
THE country recorded its
sixth murder last night when
the body of a man was found
stabbed to death in a vehicle
in Montell Heights.
- According to police press
S Sergeant Chrisyln Skippings,
officers received information
around 4.45pm that a male
was suffering from stab
wounds at a garage on Hill
Flower Road.
Officers responded and
found the lifeless body of a
man in an old Bronco jeep
with an apparent stab wound
S in his abdomen.
Sergeant Skippings said
that it is unclear at this time
SEE page 15

PM: FNM will
not cash in
Elizabeth seat
Tribune Staff Reporter

Haitian-Bahamian heads to Haiti in search of family
NOELLE NICOLLS has been anxious for days, television. I don't know what
Tribune Staff Reporter wanting to jump on an airplane. has happened to my family yet. Since the 7.0 magnitude I can't get any contact with any
earthquake hit Haiti's capital member of my family. I don't
AS A last ditch effort to find on Tuesday he has been unable know who is alive, who is dead.
his family, Prosper Bazard, a to contact his son, daughter, I'll keep praying until I find
Haitian living in the Bahamas, brothers, sisters and other what is going on," said Mr
is hitching a ride to Port-au- extended family members. Bazard.
Prince, Haiti. Uncertain about "I feel hurt very bad. I even He planned to leave Sunday

what he will find or where he
will sleep, Mr Bazard said he

got sick. I can't sleep. I stay up
almost the whole night on the

SEE page 15

FNM Leader Hubert Ingra-
ham promised the voters of
Elizabeth over the weekend
that if they were to support his
party in the upcoming by-elec-
tion, their representative will
not be "cashing in" their seat
as the PLP did earlier this
Addressing a crowd of sup-
porters just moments before the
FNM's candidate Dr Duane
Sands took to the streets to
speak with voters in the area,
Mr Ingraham reminded the
people of Elizabeth that they
had trusted the PLP with their
seat in the last election.
"The PLP cashed in; threw
their hands in and said they
don't want the seat. The man
that they put in the House of
Assembly has decided he wants
SEE page 10

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Freeport men 'el

charged with

gun possession

THREE men have been
charged in the Freeport
Magistrate's court with
possession of a firearm.
David Poitier, a 41-year-
old resident of Holy Burn h
Circle; Alton Bastian, 53,
of Essex Road; and Allen
Demeritte, 48, of Inagua
Place, Hawksbill, appeared
before Magistrate Andrew

It is alleged that on Jan- ANDREW Curry, 73, we
uary 7, the accused were known organist and choir m
found in possession of a ter at St Francis Xavier Catt
firearm with several dral, died shortly after 7am y
rounds of ammunition. Mr Curry was a fixture at 1
They all pleaded not Catholic church's cathedral a
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to June 22, 2010 for trial.

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Grand Bahama police investigate stabbing

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama Police are investi-
gating a stabbing incident
that occurred early Satur-
day morning in the Pio-


neer's Way area.
The victim, a 19-year-
old-year male resident of
Freeport, reported that at
about 1.20am he was
stabbed in his back during
a fight.
He was taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital, where
he is reported to be in sta-
ble condition.
Police are continuing
their investigations into the

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A security officer who
was shot last week during
an armed robbery at the
City Market Foodstore in
Eight Mile Rock has been
released from hospital.
ASP Mackey said police
are continuing investiga-
tions into the matter and
are appealing to anyone
with information to call
A firearm was taken off
the streets last week when
Grand Bahama police
searched a young man in the
area of Explorer's Way.
Asst Supt Loretta Mack-

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mobile patrol arrested the
31-year-old resident of
Freeport on Thursday some-
time around 7.20pm at
Explorer's Way and Kent
Street. During a search of
the man officers discovered
a .40 calibre Smith and Wes-
son pistol with one maga-
zine and seven live rounds
of .40 ammunition.
The suspect was taken
into police custody and will
appear in the Magistrate's
Court in Freeport on Mon-
day morning to face charges
of possession of an unli-
censed firearm and posses-
sion of ammunition.
A 23-year-old man was
charged with possession of
ammunition in Freeport
Magistrate's Court on Fri-
day. Galen Forbes, a resi-
dent of Gladstone Terrace,
pleaded not guilty to the
charge. It is alleged that on
January 13, the accused
was found in possession of
several live rounds of
ammunition at Freeport,
Grand Bahama.
Forbes was not repre-
sented by counsel. He was
granted bail and the matter
was adjourned for trial.
Two men were arrested
and taken into custody in
connection with an attempt-
ed housebreaking in the
Lucaya area.
ASP Mackey said the two
men, ages 31 and 35, are
assisting police with their
investigations. According to
reports, police received a
call around 10.45am on Jan-
uary 14 from a resident of
Bennington Lane, Acacia
Groves. The caller reported
that sometime around
10.15am some attempted to
break into his residence but
fled the scene when the
alarm was activated.
When police arrived at
the residence, the com-
plainant said there were two
males: one was tall, wearing
black clothing and a tam,
and the second was short
with a dreadlocks hairstyle
and also wearing black
clothing. The culprits
attempted to break into the
house, but fled into nearby
bushes when the alarm was
activated. During a check of
the area and on receiving
additional information, offi-
cers arrested two men. The
accused men are expected to
be arraigned in the Freeport
Magistrates' Court today.





Families of murder

victims take to the .'

streets in protest

ON SATURDAY scores of
Bahamian families of murder
victims, once again took to
the streets of Nassau, on foot
and in cars, to protest the
wave of murder, violence and
fear that has gripped this
country for several years with-
out any sign of abating.

POLICE conducted
three firearm arrests
over the weekend.
According to Sgt Skip-
pings, sometime around
1.10 am on Saturday,
January 16, officers of
the Mobile Division,
while on routine patrol
in the area of Market
Street and Robinson
Road, saw a man in a
dark coloured hooded
jacket acting suspicious-
"On seeing the offi-
cers, the male fled; how-
ever, officers gave chase
and caught up with the
suspect a short distance
away. Officer's made a
search of the suspect and
retrieved a 9mm pistol
with three live rounds of
ammunition. The 20-
year-old resident of
Montel Heights was tak-
en into custody," she
Secondly, sometime
around 2.10 am on Satur-
day, January 16, police,
acting on information,
intercepted a gold
coloured Chevy Impala
occupied by a man and
woman at the junction of
Market Street and
Cordeaux Avenue. Offi-
cers conducted a search
of the vehicle, but noth-
ing was found. However,
when officers conducted
a search of the man's res-
idence they recovered a
shotgun with 14 shotgun
shells. The male, a 32-
year-old resident of
Kemp Road was taken
into custody.
And finally, sometime
around 12.20 pm on Sat-
urday officers of the
Mobile Division execut-
ed a search warrant on
an Apartment upstairs at
Big Ten on Farrington
Officers recovered a
black .40 pistol with two
live rounds of .40 ammu-
nition. Two men, one 29,
the other 31, both resi-
dents of Farrington
Road, were taken into
custody. Police investi-
gations into these and
other matters continue.

Pes Coto

(,?ial E6r miTOSHIB

This march and motorcade,
the first for the year 2010, was
led by Rodney Moncur,
Leader of the Workers Party
and the just-announced can-
didate in the up-coming bye-
election in Elizabeth.
As he spoke to the protest-
ers at the beginning of the
march, he pointed out to
them that their action of
marching peacefully through
the streets to voice their con-
cerns about crime, was the
most powerful means for
achieving their demand that
murderers not be given bail
but be hanged promptly upon
He specifically urged the
number of young men and
boys participating in the
march, to stay away from bad
company and learn to walk
away from conflict situations.
As the procession moved
from RM Bailey Park at

about 11am and headed west
on Robinson Road to Blue
Hill Road, onlookers, pedes-
trians and motorists alike,
loudly shouted their support
and honked their horns.
The protesters proceeded
north on Blue Hill Road to
Bay Street through the
throngs of Bahamians and
cruise ship tourists who also
voiced their support.
The march and motorcade
then continued on East Street
to Wulff Road; then east to
Marathon and back to RM
Bailey Park.
At the end of the protest,
representatives from each of
the families of murdered vic-
tims spoke briefly about their
specific situation; of the pain
that has been felt following
their tragedy; and committed
to continuing to protest until
the laws are changed to pre-
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The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, PO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
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Haitians have to be treated with compassion

FOR A few hours last week Bahamians
were transfixed by fear when news spread
of a devastating earthquake in Haiti that
threatened to turn into a tsunami for the
Bahamas and wipe these islands off the face
of the Earth.
The first thought of many Bahamians who
phoned us for information was how to escape
these islands - America was the obvious
port of call. No sooner had the threat passed
than many Bahamians settled back in their
old smug, selfish ways, gathered their coun-
try unto themselves and locked its doors.
Most residents today have television sets.
They daily see a dying country in our region
- thousands of its citizens buried under piles
of rubble, dead bodies, covered with flies,
lying in the streets, hospitals demolished,
many Haitian medics dead, members of the
police force dead, all infrastructure deci-
mated - no functioning government, all
ports closed to commercial traffic ... total
chaos. Bahamians say they sympathise, they
will send in rescue teams, even money, but
when the Haitian asks the same question as
did the Bahamian when he thought he was
under tsunami watch- "Where can we find
safe haven?" - Bahamians have put up the
sign: "No room in this Inn. We feel sorry for
you, but put your knapsack on your back
and keep moving."
That's what you call Bahamian Chris-
tianity in practise.
No wonder Prime Minister Ingraham told
the media yesterday that he could not imag-
ine "hypocrites going to church on Sunday
morning and then saying on the radio, and in
the newspapers, and in their hearts that we
are to detain and keep these people and send
them back to Haiti."
Mr Ingraham was referring to his govern-
ment's decision to release all Haitians
presently held in the Carmichael Detention
Centre, document them and stipulate that
within a given time they report back to Immi-
He had hoped that until Haiti had
returned to some semblance of a functioning
government, the released Haitians could find
homes in the Bahamas with family and
friends. The intention was that they would
not work.
The first plan to release them is practical,
the second is not. There is no Haitian in this
country today who can afford to feed an
extra mouth without that mouth singing for

its supper in some tangible way. To believe
otherwise is not practical. If these persons are
not allowed to work, they will be forced to
break the law just to be able to purchase a
crust of bread and get a roof over their heads.
They have two choices - break the law by
working illegally, or break the law by stealing.
It makes no sense for government to con-
tinue having the taxpayer feed and house
these immigrants indefinitely when there is
nowhere to send them. Government would
just be footing a bill that would be growing
daily with no end in sight.
However, if these Haitians were permitted
to work until the major crisis in their native
land had passed, then by finding a job, no
matter how temporary, they would be con-
tributing to the economy if only by paying
National Insurance, paying their rent and
purchasing their groceries.
Bahamians say that Haitians will be taking
jobs from Bahamians, because they will work
for next to nothing. Today that is an old,
tired story. We know Bahamian employers
who pay good wages to their Haitian gar-
dener/handyman - the same as they would
pay a Bahamian who had the same dedica-
tion to hard work. But the Bahamian doesn't
want the job. We have heard contractors
complain that a Bahamian will work for a
couple of days, get some money in his pock-
et and decide not to show up the next day.
Not so the average Haitian. This does not
mean that there are not some very good -
indeed excellent - Bahamian handymen
and artisans. But there are not enough of
them. Nor does it mean that there are no
lazy Haitians. They do exist, but because
they don't stand a chance of getting a job, and
as they have to eat, the lazy ones are few
and far between.
We agree with Mr Ingraham. In the name
of humanity, the Haitians now in the Deten-
tion Centre have to be freed. And again in
the name of practical humanity they will
have to be allowed to work to keep them on
the right side of the law.
In the meantime Bahamians should go
back to the Bible that they are so found of
quoting and discover what it has to say about
loving ones neighbour as oneself. The
Bahamas would be a better place if Bahami-
ans would practise their Christianity instead
of talking so much about it and putting on
"holier than thou airs" as though they were
practising it.


really needs a

wake-up call

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Mr McCartney's views as
Insurance Commissioner on
the "composite" insurer pro-
hibition rule and the compe-
tition issues as they relate to
the proposed business com-
bination of Bahamas First and
Family Guardian are in my
opinion woefully misguided
at best and, at worse, a sad
capitulation to the wishes of
influential special interests
pushing for the transaction.
The "composite" insurer
prohibition rule was never
intended to be easily defeated
by a simple three-company
structure where one compa-
ny acts as the holding compa-
ny of the other two compa-
nies, one a licensed general
insurer and the other a
licensed life and health insur-
er. The statutorily imposed
rule was borne out of public
policy concerns about the
issues associated with the
common ownership and com-

mon management control (in
this case by the directors of a
common holding entity) of
the business activities of both
a general insurer and a life
and health insurer.
As for Mr McCartney's
view on the competition
issues, he needs to be remind-
ed that by definition (and by
licensing requirements) both
general insurers and life and
health insurers are public
interest entities and, as such,
warrant important public pol-
icy considerations on the part
of their regulators which nec-
essarily encompass competi-
tion issues that may threaten
to harm the public interest.
Like Mr McCartney, too
many of our regulators of
public interest entities are of

the misguided view that they
can turn a blind eye to com-
petition issues simply because
our legislators have thus far
failed to address such issues
by way of an anti-trust statute.
It is my opinion that Mr
McCartney weakens his
Office by not understanding
the extent of his duties and
the powers available to him
under existing legislation. This
apparent leadership weakness
in the Office of the Insurance
Commissioner reminds me of
the leadership weakness
demonstrated by the Securi-
ties Commission at the time
the Colina Group acquired
Imperial Life...... and we all
know only too well how that
earlier tragic "marriage" of
two insurance giants played
out, including the devastating
toll taken on the limited
resources of our judiciary.

January 9, 2010.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would like to take this
opportunity to express
my heartfelt thanks to all
those establishments that
make it a point of provid-
ing musical entertain-
ment for their neigh-
bours. Hereit is, 1.30am
and the generous man-
agement team at Mon-
tague Gardens Restau-
rant is once again sere-
nading me as I lay in my
bed waiting for sleep. Just
think not only are they
eager to please their cus-
tomers but as a public
service they ensure that
everyone in a one mile
radius of their establish-
ment can join in the party
without even having to
leave their home. I must
say that it makes my
heart beat a little faster to
see that at least someone
in this country is willing
to give just a little bit
back to the community.
As the late great musical
group ABBA phrased it,
"Thank You for the

December, 2009.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I wish to express my disap-
pointment with the Uganda
priests who have formed the
group called the Catholic
Apostolic National Church
which does not require celiba-
This group is outside the
Catholic Church and should
not use the name "Catholic".
True Believers should stay
clear of this heretical sect of
priests. It's members are like-
ly to be excommunicated as
was their leader Rev Luciano
Anzanga Mbewe.
Celibacy has an eminent
spiritual dimension that great-
ly transcends the question of
discipline. Stefan Heid, pro-
fessor of Liturgy and Hagiog-
raphy at the Pontifical Insti-
tute of Christian Archeology
stated that "according to the
judgment of the early Church,
ecclesiastical celibacy has dog-
matic relevance."
Celibacy is a time honoured
tradition that has been
embraced and guarded by the
Catholic Church for centuries
as a brilliant jewel.
The Second Vatican Coun-
cil confirmed that the Christ-
ian priesthood can be under-
stood only in the light of the
newness of Christ, the
Supreme Pontiff and eternal
Priest, who instituted the
priesthood of the ministry as a

real participation in His own
unique priesthood.
To share authentically in
the ministerial priesthood of
Christ means to devote one's
entire life to the faith while
sharing with Christ his very
condition of living. Indeed
Jesus promised a more abun-
dant recompense to anyone
who should leave home, fam-
ily, wife, and children for the
sake of the Kingdom of God.
(Luke 18:29-30).
There is ample evidence in
the words of Jesus and St Paul
(Matt. xix 12; Cor., vii, 7-8 and
32-35.) for looking upon vir-
ginity as the higher call, and
by inference, as the condition
befitting those who are set
apart for the work of the min-
In the words of Pope John
Paul II: "The value of celiba-
cy as a complete gift of self
to the Lord and his church
must be carefully safeguard-
ed...The life of chastity, pover-
ty, and obedience willingly
embraced and faithfully lived
confutes the conventional wis-
dom of the world and chal-
lenges the commonly accept-
ed vision of life."

Hamilton, Ontario,
January 9, 2010.

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not be able to afford surgery'

Tribune Staff Reporter

A BEC employee fired with-
out warning just months after he
was diagnosed with a stomach
tumour may no longer be able to
afford the surgery he needs.
Clint Seymour, 36, lost his pay
and medical insurance when the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC) terminated his
employment contract in Decem-
The popular BEC messenger
had fallen ill just nine months
before and his medical bills had
mounted to $27,000 during that
He feels his illness is the rea-
son he lost his job as he main-
tains he had been a valued
employee for four and a half
But in April last year he was
admitted to hospital with dan-
gerously low iron levels in his
blood, found to be caused by
internal bleeding from a gastric
Mr Seymour was admitted to
hospital for nearly a week, took
18 days sick leave and extended

his recovery period with annual
But when he returned to
work, Mr Seymour said he
received little sympathy from his
On his first day back he was
ordered to return the company
car keys he had held through-
out his employment and his
duties were reduced, Mr Sey-
mour claims.
"I think they were trying to
make me look incompetent," he
said. "I saw it as a control tactic
and an act of humiliation. I
thought they were trying to force
me into resigning or pressuring
me to resign."
He said he was not given his
annual pay increment in June;
and the victimisation he felt
increased when he returned
from another two weeks' sick
leave in July following medical
examinations and blood trans-
In August he was prescribed
medication to shrink the tumour
in preparation for surgery, at a
cost of $3,500 for 30 tablets.
And side-effects meant he was
exhausted and unable to lift
heavy boxes.

He was sent out on the road
less and less and one month
before he was fired his superi-
ors informed him he would be
permanently based in the filing
department, Mr Seymour said.
But on December 14 he was
called into a meeting with BEC
executives and told his employ-
ment had been terminated with
immediate effect and in January
he learned his medical insurance
coverage ceased on the same
Mr Seymour now requires
another internal scan at a cost
of $1,000 as well as continuing
treatment before surgery.
He said: "It seems so cruel. I
have no job and no income.
"I am not scared, I am just
disappointed and shocked to
know that someone could be so
violently victimised in his own
"I think it's a striking coinci-
dence that the same day my ser-
vices were terminated is the
same day my insurance pay-
ments were mandated as well.
"I have to get the surgery one
way or another, I don't have a
choice. It's just that it's so dis-
appointing that it turned out the

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THE FIRST traffic fatality of
the year was recorded in Abaco
over the weekend when the dri-
ver of a 2002 Lincoln Navigator
died of his injuries after colliding
with a 1999 Chevy truck.
According to police press offi-
cer Sergeant 2026 Chrislyn Skip-
pings the incident occurred
sometime around 3pm near the
Long Bay School in Dundas
The driver of the Lincoln
Navigator, licence plate 152000,
was reportedly travelling east
on Forest Drive when he collid-
ed with a 1999 Chevy truck L/P
4876 travelling west on Forest
Drive, driven by a 34-year-old
resident of Central Pines, Dun-
das Town.
The driver of the Navigator
died of his injuries. Police inves-
tigations into this matter con-
Also over the weekend, the
police reported two stabbing
The first occurring after
4.50pm on Saturday evening
when a 17-year-old girl got into
an argument with a group of
women in the Robinson Road
area near Market Street.
According to Officer Skip-
pings, one of the women was
stabbed in the back of her head
with an unknown object.
She had to be taken to hospi-
tal by ambulance, where she was
treated and discharged. Police
are currently following signifi-
cant leads into this matter.
The second stabbing report-

ed to police occurred shortly
after 9.20pm the same day.
According to information
received by police, a 17-year-
old male resident of Elizabeth
Street got into an argument
with another male on Lyon
As a result, the 17 year old
was stabbed multiple times
about his body.
He was taken to hospital by
private vehicle, where he is list-
ed in serious, but stable condi-
tion. The police are questioning
an 18-year-old male of St Mar-
garet's Road, in connection
with this matter.
Over the weekend the police
also reported two armed rob-
The first occurring sometime
around 12.35am on Friday Jan-
uary, 15th.
According to Officer Skip-
pings, police received informa-
tion of an armed robbery on
Bacardi Road.
Upon their arrival at the
scene they discovered a man at
his residence who reported that
he had been held up by anoth-
er man dressed in dark clothing,

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allegedly armed with a hand-
gun, demanding cash.
The culprit robbed the vic-
tim of his black 2000 Honda
Accord licence plate number
unknown along with an unde-
termined amount of cash and
fled the area in an unknown
In the second reported
armed robbery, police report
that a man was robbed as he
got into his vehicle in the park-
ing lot of the Comfort Zone
Restaurant and Bar on Wulff
Road shortly after 3am on Sun-
According to information
received by police, the man was
held up by another man dressed
in a light blue linen suit,
allegedly armed with a hand-
gun, who was demanding cash.
The culprit robbed the man
of an undetermined amount of
money and fled the area head-
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way it did; that people would go
this far just to prove a point.
"Kicking men of integrity out
of the public service is not the
prescribed method for building a
better Bahamas."
His union maintains it is usual
for medical insurance and all
benefits to be cancelled on the
date employment ceased, how-
ever it was unusual to not
explain to Mr Seymour why his
employment was terminated.
BEWU secretary general
Stephano Greene said the union
will support Mr Seymour in a
grievance meeting requested
with BEC, which he hopes will
take place early this week. If the
meetings cannot reinstate Mr
Seymour in his job, the matter
will be reported to the Depart-
ment of Labour, Mr Greene
He added: "Unfortunately the

grievance procedure isn't some-
thing that happens right away,
it's a timely process. The corpo-
ration don't like to admit when
they are in the wrong - they
usually fight and fight without
taking into consideration how
their actions, whether right or
wrong affect employees and
their families. But I cannot say
today whether they were justi-
fied or not until I have all the
"These things happen
whether justified or unjustified.
The union is here and we try to
make sure everyone is treated
fairly in justice and where there
is injustice we act on it and cor-
rect it."
BEC assistant general man-
ager for human resources and
training Antoinette Turnquest
said: "We are not allowed to dis-
cuss with third parties the reason

behind any termination as it's a
confidential relationship
between employer and employ-
"Under the group insurance
policy, in order to be covered by
benefits you have to be
employed or retired, and ceases
with immediate effect when
employment ceases.
"Any action that we have tak-
en would be justified and in line
with the industrial agreement in
place and the Employment Act."

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DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Brent Symonette discusses the importance of the Animal Protection Bill which
is about to come up in the Senate with members of a large lunch held at Graycliff to garner support host-
ed by Frances Singer-Hayward, Honorary Chairman, The Humane Society of Grand Bahama, left, and Kim
Arenhas, second from right, President The Bahamas Humane Society.

Lunch held in aid of

Animal Protection Bill

Bahamas Humane Society
in Nassau Kim Aranha, and
Frances Singer-Hayward,
Honorary Chairman of the
Humane Society of Grand
Bahama hosted a lunch at
Graycliff in aid of the forth-
coming "Animal Protection
and Control Bill", which it
was hoped would be passed
within the next several
Among those present
were Deputy Prime Minis-
ter, Brent Symonette, and
Lawrence Cartwright, Min-
ister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources under
whose Ministry the Bill falls.
Members of the Senate
and House from "both sides
of the political isle" attended
including Senator Allyson
Maynard-Gibson, Kenneth

Russell, Minister of Hous-
ing and Senator Anthony
Frances Singer-Hayward
made an impassioned plea
on the importance of Ani-
mal Protection laws, which
are now being passed all
over the world, emphasizing
that with so many animal
loving tourists visiting our
country, the Bahamas can-
not afford to be left behind
as thanks to the work of
organizations such as the
Humane Society of the
United States, the issue of
Animal Protection is grow-
ing into a powerful political
Mrs Aranha, in her intro-
duction of DVM Dr Peter
Bizzell, who was instrumen-
tal in drafting the legislation,
spoke of the tragic plight of

neglected and abused ani-
mals which knows no bor-
ders as it is a battle being
waged throughout the
Bahamas and one in which
all persons equally share the
Dr Bizzel explained
the various components and
issues covered by
the Bill and everyone
present was given a copy,
which is now online
There followed lively and
spirited discussion on the
various aspects and subjects
covered, including the
licensing of all owned ani-
mals, the importance of
spay/neuter, which has
become mandatory in many
parts of the United States as
well as stiffer penalties for
animal abuse.

RBC has announced a $100,000 donation
to the Red Cross to support relief and
humanitarian efforts in Haiti. In addition RBC
has made its entire network of branches in The
Bahamas, Caribbean and Canada available to
receive donations on behalf of the
international Red Cross.

"The international Red Cross is on the
ground in Haiti and responding to the needs of
the Haitian people as quickly as possible," said
Caroline TUrnquest, Director General of the
Bahamas Red Cross. "Support of this effort will
require massive resources so we urge you to
give with the assurance that the strength and
reach of the international Red Cross will make
a difference in Haiti immediately during this
difficult time."

"The Bahamas has very close ties with
Haiti and as our neighbors we must support
them. I appeal to the public to exercise the
generosity that Bahamians are known for and
help our brothers and sisters in Haiti," said
Nathaniel Beneby, Vice President and Country
Head, RBC Bahamas.

The public Is Invited to visit any RBC Bahamas
branch and donate to the Red Cross Haitian
Relief Fund via account # 2893865 or to the
Embassy of Haiti, Haitian Relief Fund at
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Restore Haiti's stature now


(The writer is a Consultant
and former Caribbean
THE massive 7.0 earth-
quake on January 12th in
Haiti, which killed tens of
thousands of people, evoked
remarkable responses from
all over the world; most of
them were spontaneous out-
pourings of human compas-
sion and care, except infa-
mously for the most vulgar
and outrageous racist
remarks from an American
Evangelist and a rabid anti-
Obama Conservative radio
The people in Haiti's
neighboring countries in
the Caribbean watched the
horror unfold with particular
poignancy because there but
for the grace of God could
have been any of them.
They well know that, just as
Haiti could not have been
prepared to cope with a cat-
astrophe of such magnitude,
neither could they. This was
not only a disaster that was
emotionally upsetting in the
scale of its human carnage
and destruction; it was also
very close to home.
The reaction of the gov-
ernment of the second poor-
est country of the Caribbean
Community and Common
Market (CARICOM) was
exemplary and heart-warm-
ing. Guyana's President
Bharat Jagdeo summoned a
meeting of leaders of vari-
ous groups, including the
leader of the main Opposi-
tion political party, Robert
Corbin, and announced that
Guyana would provide
US$1 million in immediate
This figure is impressive
not only because Guyana is
rated after Haiti as the poor-
est country in CARICOM,
but also because it is the
same sum that the govern-
ment of oil-rich Trinidad
and Tobago announced that
it would be contributing.
This comment is not in any
way to denigrate the contri-
bution of the Trinidad and
Tobago government, it is
simply to underscore the
magnanimity of Guyana.

All CARICOM countries
are today confronted with
serious financial challenges.
Their unemployment levels
have risen; their debt has
increased; prices for many
of their commodities on the
world market have declined;
receipts from tourism have
fallen; and their terms of
trade have worsened. The
sums they have offered are
therefore proportionate to
their means in some cases,
and very generous in others.
The sums pledged by
Guyana and Trinidad and
Tobago matched the US$1
million amount assured by
the Caribbean Development
Bank. Other governments,
including the governments
of Barbados and Jamaica,
under the leadership of their
Prime Ministers David
Thompson and Bruce Gold-
ing respectively, indicated
their readiness to provide
help in needed ways. Prime
Minister Thompson himself
chaired a lengthy meeting
the day after the earthquake
to determine how best Bar-
bados could respond.
In Jamaica, Milton Samu-
da, the president of the
Chamber of Commerce
appealed to the private sec-
tor and all Jamaicans to
help, saying: "We urge the
Government and people of
Jamaica to respond with a
level of human concern
which will encourage them
to urgently transmit to the
government and people of
Haiti whatever assistance is
possible." And in Barbados
and other parts of the
Caribbean, Starcom Net-
work launched a radiothon
appeal entitled, "Help Haiti
Now" under the personal
supervision of its CEO, Vic
What all this says is that

people in CARICOM coun-
tries have recognized that
Haiti is fully a CARICOM
country, no longer a distant



poor cousin whose poverty
is to be disdained. Haiti is
no longer an inconvenient
Caribbean tragedy that can
be expediently pushed to the
back of regional thinking.
Haiti led the way for the
freedom for all of Latin
America and the Caribbean
- that debt has never been
This awful human
tragedy in Haiti may now
have the benefit of bringing
the country Haiti fully into
the CARICOM fold, and
advancing its developmen-
tal needs higher up the agen-
da of regional governments.
If CARICOM countries
do nothing else in the period
after the immediate devas-
tation is over, they should
take a meaningful lead in
securing for Haiti the assis-
tance it requires, not only to
rebuild the country but also
to create a better Haiti
where every child can expect
to be educated, and none
should go to bed hungry;
where forests can be
replanted and sustained;
where investment can cre-
ate employment and where
the weight of oppressive
poverty is lifted from the
backs of the Haitian people.
The global community
has shown that it has a con-

science about Haiti by their
remarkable and instant
response with help. Far
away nations such as Fin-
land and Iceland are two
countries in point. But the
two nations that should have
the greatest sense of guilt
are France and the United
States which, in the past,
have contributed to crip-
pling Haiti.

France kept it in a finan-
cially pecuniary state, forc-
ing it to pay retribution to
French plantation owners in
the aftermath of Haiti's
revolt against slavery. The
United States brutally occu-
pied it as a service to US
banks to whom Haiti was
indebted, and did little, dur-
ing that period, to help the
country to develop.
Persistent poverty became
a way of life, and the coun-
try had little resilience to
cope with the many cata-
strophes that have befallen
It is therefore all the
more reprehensible that,
after President Barack Oba-
ma's announcement that the
United States government
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lion to Haiti immediately,
the conservative right wing
personified by Rush Lim-
baugh, attacked him for it.
In overtly racist remarks,
Limbaugh said: "They'll use
this to burnish their, shall
we say, 'credibility' with the
black community - in the
both light-skinned and dark-
skinned black community in
this country. It's made-to-
order for them (meaning the
Obama White House team).
And, if Limbaugh was
not bad enough, the Evan-
gelist Pat Robertson showed
both his ignorance of Haiti's
history and his innate racism
when he claimed: "They
(Haitians) were under the
heel of the French... and
they got together and swore
a pact to the devil. They said
'We will serve you'.. .and so,

the devil said 'Okay, it's a
deal' and kicked the French
out". The man did both
Christianity and America a
grave disservice.
As this commentary is
being written the full loss of
human life has not been
But it will be huge. So too
will be the destruction of
physical plant, particularly
hospitals and schools.
A country already impov-
erished and without the
capacity to cope is now
worse off in terms that most
countries in the Western
Hemisphere cannot com-
It is shocking that the
International Monetary
Fund (IMF) announced that
its executive board "could
consider" support for Haiti
of US$100 million.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn,
Managing Director of IMF
said that the money would
be "subject to the approval
of the executive board".
But, this is not a time for
weasel words and phrases,
Haiti needs help now both
to alleviate its urgent needs
today and create a better
and sustainable tomorrow.
The IMF should move faster
and more comprehensively.
Similarly, the Inter-
American Development
Bank (IDB) announced that

it was providing the sum of
US$200,000 to help with
immediate needs. This sum
is the regulation amount
allowed at times of disaster,
but this was no ordinary cat-
astrophe - it was extraordi-
nary in its scale and required
an extraordinary response,
particularly as the IDB has
had US$330 million in
undisbursed funds in its
Haiti portfolio. It was a
relief to hear that it subse-
quently said that US$90 mil-
lion of that money would be
re-directed to helping
rebuild infrastructure.
The time for all the talk
on Haiti should now be
over. If International Finan-
cial Institutions (IFIs) have
determined that Haiti does
not have the technical
capacity to write project
documents or to implement
projects, the IFIs should
provide the expertise they
need. Every way should be
found to overcome the
obstacles to building a better
and stronger Haiti.
In this way, countries like
the Bahamas and the United
States which has borne the
brunt of Haitian economic
refugees would rest easy
that there would be far few-
er of them.
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Devastated Haiti in the

aftermath of earthquake


IN THE wake of a cata-
strophic 7.0 earthquake, the
Haitian capital Port-au-Prince
has been left in a state of utter
devastation. The mangled heap
of collapsed blocks, with rein-
forcement rods piercing
through gapping holes and pro-
truding through collapsed roof-
tops, has left the capital looking
more like a village of rubble
coated in unworldly grey dust.
Today, Port-au-Prince is a
chaotic, deconstructed field of
death whose blasted landscape,
obliterated landmarks and
hordes of hungry potential
refugees are enraptured in an
inconsolable pool of grief that
has undoubtedly been shared

with thousands of Haitians liv-
ing here in the Bahamas who
have themselves suffered the
loss of family members.
The capital city has devolved
into a national graveyard, with
bodies lining the streets and the
stench of death oozing through
the cracks of the rubble. Thou-
sands were crushed at the fatal
moment when the tragic earth-
quake struck.
Following the Haitian disas-
ter, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham-in what appears to

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have been his zeal to put people
first and cultures second-
decided to temporarily grant
status to the Haitian migrants
housed at the Detention Cen-
tre. The United States took a
similar approach a day later,
leading some to assume that
backroom talks with American
diplomats may have impressed
upon Mr Ingraham's decision.
Last Friday, the PM's deci-
sion to release the Haitians-
even with temporary status-
was met with a chorus of dis-
sent and questions about its
legality as local radio talk shows
were bombarded by livid
callers. Indeed, there is a para-

right cynicism being expressed
in some quarters about the
Prime Minister's decision.
Following the historic slave

lyzing fog of disbelief and out-

revolt and its declaration of
independence in 1804, there has
hardly been an episode of
utopianism in Haiti as the coun-
try has been overwhelmed by
abject and systemic poverty,
desolation, a wretched econo-
my and unsavoury regimes.
Haiti-the oldest black repub-
lic and the second oldest west-
ern republic-was once
France's most prosperous
colony. Nowadays, this land of
mountains is one of the poorest
countries in the western hemi-
sphere, with the recent natural
disaster further inflicting
immense suffering on Haiti's
already impoverished people.
Haiti's history has been
marked by violence and tur-
moil. After a disheveled band
of rebels defeated Napoleon's
army and became the first
nation established by slaves, the
French contributed to Haiti's
underdevelopment by demand-
ing a large, unjust indemnity
for the loss of slaves.
In 2004, former Haitian Pres-
ident Jean Bertrand Aristide
demanded, through the French
courts, that France repay Haiti
US $21 billion that is equal to
the 90 million gold francs that
was required by a French ordi-
nance against Haiti that was

SOME OF THE earthquake-devas-
tated areas of Port-au-Prince, Haiti
are seen in an aerial photo. (AP)

finally paid off in 1947. Com-
plete payment was attained 122
years after the Haitian Revo-
lution. According to Debra
Miller, of the Inter Press Ser-
vice News Agency, historians
generally accept that Haiti-
having been forced to pay
"unjust and oppressive" repa-
rations to France in what
amounts to an absurd
hypocrisy-was severely set-
back, particularly as these pay-
ments played heavily upon its
current state of poverty and
Moreover, the United States
refused to recognize the sover-
eignty of the Haitian nation for
more than 50 years following
the revolution, even occupying
Haiti for self-serving interests in
1915 and, for more humanitar-
ian causes, in 1994. After the
Haitian revolution, the US
imposed trade sanctions on the
island nation.
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A D R I A N G I B S 0 N




Devastated Haiti
in the aftermath
of earthquake

FROM page eight
many Bahamians unapprecia-
tive of their own African her-
itage, right wing American
pastor Pat Robertson has
espoused the view that Haiti is
cursed because of the reten-
tion of elements of its African
culture by some citizens,
asserting that the nation has
made a pact with the devil
because of voodoo practices-
which, frankly, are shunned by
conservative and Christian
Western societies.
Before last Tuesday's earth-
quake, Haiti was facing a myri-
ad of social, economic and envi-
ronmental woes. The country
is plagued by mass unemploy-
ment and social unrest In the
wake of the earthquake, Haiti is
on the brink of anarchy, falling
deeper into the abyss of impov-
erishment that many have tried
so desperately to elude. With
that in mind, we must take a
cue from the Dominican
Republic and secure our bor-
The uproar by Bahamians
to the Prime Minister's recent
decision is also evident of a
xenophobia and fear that a
mass exodus of Haitians could
result in Bahamians becoming
minorities in our own home-
land. Bahamians are appre-
hensive about an invasion of
Haitians, as there is little
doubt among the general pop-
ulace that rickety sloops-with
countless Haitians wedged in
their bellies in scenes reminis-
cent of the slave trade-will
be making the trek to the
Bahamas from this ravaged
Countries and donors across
the globe have seen the Hait-
ian struggle with compassion
and have responded with a
massive foreign aid campaign.
It is heartwarming to watch
the interconnectedness of the
world in this humanitarian
effort as there has been an
influx of volunteers and no
indications that we, citizens of
the world, reacted with leaden-
feet. The American response
has been extraordinary. That
said, the foreign aid must be
properly managed and it must
be ensured that it reaches the
people, rather than lining the

pockets of corrupt politicians
or being misused to foster fur-
ther instability.
The plight of the Haitian
people has unquestionably led
to a rise in the murky under-
world of scammers and con
artists who will attempt to cap-
italize on their misfortune and
hoodwink donors. Bahamians
must be wary of these nefari-
ous individuals and their so-
called charitable organizations.
In the Bahamas, the crux
of the matter regarding undoc-
umented Haitians is the num-
bers, particularly as the inner
city and some family island
settlements are swollen with
migrants-many of whom are
here illegally. Today, they
comprise a sizeable percent-
age of the work force, working
many low-end jobs that
Bahamians reject and/or work-
ing for lower wages (e.g. con-
struction, agriculture, cooks,
house cleaners/maids, yard
work, etc). Indeed, the gov-
ernment must enforce the law
and revoke the business licens-
es of persons hiring all illegal
immigrants, as well as fine
landlords who rent to these
individuals. While many
Bahamians view the local
Haitian population as a drain
on the public coffers, many of
these individuals greatly bol-
ster the country's economy.
Frankly, the contributions of
these immigrants have
advanced the financial, edu-
cational and social develop-
ment of the Bahamas.
As I watch the images of
the mass burials in shallow
graves, I am saddened and
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and the National Emergency Man-
agement Agency (NEMA) is
coordinating its response with
Caricom's regional Caribbean Dis-
aster Emergency Management
Agency (CDEMA). It is current-
ly on standby for regional direc-
CDEMA has sent damage
assessment teams into Port-au-
Prince and the southwest region of
Haiti devastated by the earth-
quake to determine how best the
Caribbean can help.
As the Bahamas is the only
Caribbean country with an
embassy in Haiti, the Bahamas'
embassy will be the headquarters
for Caricom efforts on the ground.
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Commodore ( 1. 11 --. I , vella will

retire from the defence force on
Thursday and be made the Prime
Minister's special envoy to Haiti.
He will also travel to the region
this week to undertake an assess-
ment of the situation and draw up
a report to advise the Prime Min-
ister on the country's directive. Mr
Ingraham said he also intends to
appoint Commodore Scavella as
the Bahamian ambassador in
Mr Ingraham and his delega-
tion will discuss medium and long
term plans for aid in a meeting
held in Santo Domingo today with
Haitian President Rene Preval,
the Prime Ministers of Jamaica,
Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados,
and the Dominican Prime Minis-
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Canada and France will also
attend as well as National Secu-
rity Minister Tommy Turnquest
and Director of NEMA Captain
Stephen Russell.
The Prime Minister empha-
sised how Haiti is one of the two
most important countries to the
Bahamas and it is crucial to assist.
"The two most important
countries to the Bahamas are the
US and Haiti," the Prime Minis-
ter said.
"The US for one reason and
Haiti for the other, so there is no

FROM page one

and send them back to Haiti.
"We call ourselves an enlightened Chris-
tian society, so on behalf of the majority of
Bahamians, I feel good that we are in a
position to take such a humane and com-
passionate decision on behalf of humanity
and on behalf of the Bahamian communi-
A total of 102 Haitian detainees held for
repatriation were released from the
Carmichael Road Detention Centre on Sat-
urday, and the 84 men, 15 women and three
children were given the right to reside in
the Bahamas for the next six months.
Although they were not given the right to
work, Mr Ingraham said he is of the view
they should be allowed to seek gainful
employment and he vowed to address the
matter in a meeting on Tuesday.
Critics of the move to accommodate
Haitian migrants have said the release of
detainees will increase crime and put addi-
tional pressure on already stressed Bahami-
an infrastructure. And 131 of 249 respon-
dents to an online Tribune poll called for
the detainees to be repatriated as normal.
But Mr Ingraham said the granting of
temporary status to detainees falls in line
with policy decisions in the United States
and other countries with large numbers of

greater priority we can have in
terms of an external event that
transpires in Haiti as a direct
impact is on the Bahamas."
Mr Ingraham encouraged peo-
ple to give generously to assist
the cause, stressing the desper-
ate need for funds over goods to
provide people with what they
need through the Haitian gov-
ernment and international relief
agencies operating in Haiti.
The government has estab-
lished a Haiti Relief Fund at the
Royal Bank of Canada and a
number or churches and organi-
sations are also accepting dona-
tions for the cause.

Mr Ingraham said: "I want to
encourage Bahamians to be gen-
erous in their donations to our
near neighbour. Natural disas-
ters impact all of us at one time or
the other and it is important that
we give when we are able.
"We will seek to ensure the
donated funds reach the agency
best able to assist the large num-
ber of Haitian victims of the
"In due course I will advise of
the government's direct contri-
bution to Haitian emergency
assistance and relief."
The Prime Minister does not
plan to visit the region himself

PM blasts critics
undocumented Haitians.
Detainees granted temporary status in
the Bahamas will be required to check-in
with the Department of Immigration in
three months time and their status will be
reviewed when it ends in six months.
Meanwhile apprehension exercises will
continue and illegal Haitian migrants will
be detained as normal under Bahamian
However, repatriation must be suspend-
ed until Haiti becomes functional once
The Prime Minister said: "You can only
send people back to a country if the coun-
try accepts them. If there's no operational
governmental structure in Haiti that can't
"The Haitian government has had to
turnover the operational function of its air-
port at Port-au-Prince, its capital, to the
Americans because they are unable in their
view to manage it at this time."
In a press conference at the National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
headquarters broadcast live on ZNS yes-
terday he explained how the sea port in
Port-au-Prince is closed and flights into the
capital's airport are being managed by the

as he said he is not convinced
such a visit would serve any pur-
pose and would interfere with
relief efforts. He declined an invi-
tation to travel to Port-au-Prince
with the Prime Ministers of Bar-
bados and Dominica last week
and announced at the NEMA
headquarters in the Churchill
Building, Bay Street, yesterday
how the mission was aborted.
He emphasised how the
Bahamas currently contributes
to the maintenance of law and
order in Haiti by making regu-
lar contributions to the United
Nations peacekeeping forces in

US military and arere restricted to those
involved in the relief and recovery effort.
Bahamian aircraft flying undocumented
Haitians to Port-au-Prince or Cape Haitian
in northern Haiti would not only be turned
away, it would earn the Bahamas the scorn
and condemnation of the civilised world.
Mr Ingraham said: "The circumstances
are that the Haitian homeland and espe-
cially their capital city has been devastated
by the worst catastrophe in 200 years, with
tens of thousands dead and more dying
every day, with people starving, with infra-
structure destroyed and with governmental
agencies rendered impotent.
"It should be obvious that in these cir-
cumstances it is simply impossible to send
undocumented Haitians back to their
"No one knows how long it will be before
Haiti is restored to some semblance of nor-
malcy and when repatriation flights from
the Bahamas and other places will again
be able to land and be processed in Port-au-
"So it makes sense and it is compassion-
ate not to keep them incarcerated indefi-
The Department of Immigration remains
ready for the possible arrival of Haitian
migrants in Inagua, just 70 miles northwest
of Haiti, but Mr Ingraham said food and
shelter will not be sent there at this time.

PM: FNM will not 'cash in'

FROM page one
to resign, which has put Eliza-
beth now back in the election
place. The FNM has come
along and said 'let us have it
please, we know what to do
with it, you can trust us with
your seat'.
"We will not be cashing in
our seat, we will not be throw-
ing our hands in. We will hold
it, we will defend you, we will
promote you, we will represent
you and we will govern in your
best interest. And so we are
delighted that the PLP gave it
up, so that we can pick it up,"
the FNM leader said.
With there currently being
some 290 additional persons
registered in the Elizabeth con-
stituency to date, Mr Ingraham
said he is not particularly con-
cerned by the narrow margin
of victory that the PLP had in
the seat in the 2007 election as
there are not nearly six per cent
more voters in the area.

"I do not know what the net
result is going to be at the end
of the day.
"We think it is a competitive
seat, and we are going into it
hopeful that the people of Eliz-
abeth will join the FNM's Trust
"We have selected a first-
class candidate, we think that
we have provided good gover-
nance for the Bahamas, and we
think that we have the pro-
grammes and the vision for the
Bahamas and that we are the
better of the two major parties
to represent Elizabeth and to
govern the Bahamas at this
time," he said.
Currently the Prime Minis-
ter said he does not know how
much the FNM intends to
spend in the constituency in the
race up to the by-election only
adding that the party has "very
little money" at this time.
"We have to buy posters -
we are not like the PLP, as you
see they have posters left over
from the last election because
their posters came in late. And
so they can plaster Mr (Perry)
Christie all over the place
telling the Bahamian people
that he is still the right choice
for the Bahamas. They are
arrogant. They couldn't care

less about how the people felt -
they say they are still the right
choice. Well they will find out
whether they are still the right
choice. The people told them
already [that] they are not the
right choice for the Bahamas.
He is not the right man for the
Bahamas. He might be the right
man for the PLP, but not for
the Bahamas," Mr Ingraham
Along with Dr Duane Sands
who represents the FNM in the
constituency, the PLP has
selected attorney Ryan Pinder
to carry their banner into the
In addition to Mr Pinder and
Dr Sands, political activist and

Workers Party leader Rodney
Moncur will be challenging the
seat along with Bahamas
Democratic Movement leader
Cassius Stuart, and attorney
Godfrey "Pro" Pinder who rep-
resents the newly formed Unit-
ed Christian Love Revolution
The National Development
Party (NDP) has also
announced plans to run a can-
didate in the by-election, but
to date that candidate has yet to
be named. The NDP has vowed
to canvas the people of Eliza-
beth first to allow them to
determine who they would like
to see represent them from the
NDP in Parliament.

75th Anniversar

St. Anselm's Parish will be having three nights

of reflections to mark the beginning of its

75th Anniversary as a Parish

The reflections will be held at St. Anselm's

church on Bernard Road from Monday January

18th to the Wednesday January 20th beginning

at 7pm.

These reflection will be conducted by Fr. Philip

Chircop a Jesuit priest born on the island of

Malta, presently


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Williams qualifies

for Car!if a Gam es RACQUEL WILLIAMS

17-year-old joins Julianna Duncanson as automatic qualifier

Senior Sports Reporter

A LTHOUGH this is just her first
year in the under-20 girls divi-
sion, Racquel Williams wasted very little
time in qualifying for the Carifta Games.
Williams, last year's gold medallist in
her final appearance in the under-17 divi-
sion, joined her arch-rival Julianna Dun-
canson as the first two automatic qualif-
They both did it over the weekend at
the T-Bird Flyers Track Classic, the first
official meet for the Bahamas Association
of Athletic Associations' 2010 calendar.
While Williams did her feat in the shot
put when her winning toss of 12.71 metres
or 41-feet, 8 1/2-inches surpassed the qual-
ifying mark of 12.00m (39-4 1/2), Duncan-
son won the discus with 38.17m (125-2 1/2)
to go well beyond the qualifying mark of
33.80m (110-11 1/2.
Williams, a 17-year-old 12th grader at
CV Bethel, said she was really surprised
by her performance, which came on her
third attempt.
"This is my off-season right now, but I
know I could do better because I've been
doing better in practice," she admitted.
"When I came out here, I wasn't concen-
trating at all, so I knew I could do better."
Her coach Ronald Cartwright said it was

ON THE CHARGE: Athletes put on a sharp
turn of speed.
good that Williams has gotten the monkey
off her back early in qualifying, but he was
disappointed in her performance.
"We've been having very good practices.
She's been consistent around 13 metres,
so I think she's capable of getting at least 14
in the shot this year."
Coming in second behind Williams was
Jennie Jacques, a graduate of CC Sweeting,
who is now attending the College of the
Bahamas. Jacques did 11.81m or 38-9.
In the discus, which was delayed for quite
some time as it was not originally on the
meet schedule, Duncanson beat out
Williams in the only other Carifta qualify-
ing event.
Three other athletes came close to qual-
ifying, including Elvardo Carey in the boys
under-20 shot put. He won with 14.07m
(46-2), but fell shy of the mark of 14.20m

On the track, Trevor Mackey out-classed
the field in the open men's 200 metres in
21.68 seconds to just fall shy of the quali-
fying mark of 21.65.
"I got out hard because I knew I had to
come out strong and bring it home because
the guy in lane five was going to give me
some combo," said Mackey of Lavardo
Smith, who did 21.85 for second.
Also, Stephen Newbold ran 50.25 in win-
ning the under-17 boys 400 on Friday, but
he just missed going under the qualifying
mark of 50.00.
On Saturday, a number of athletes tried
to complete the double winning feat on the
Leading the assault was Antonique Stra-
chan, who took the under-20 girls' 100 on
Friday in 12.22 over Katrina Seymour
(12.52) before she came back for the 200 in
24.56 over Yanique Clarke (24.56) and
V'Alonee Robinson (25.37).
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Strachan, the Club Monica representative
about the half-lapper. "But I'm trying to
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hard and on the home stretch, I just had to
push hard."
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Caribs men's volleyball team trav-
eled to Lake Wales, Florida where
they played their first three inter-
collegiate games. They played
against the Warner University Roy-
The Caribs lost all three games.
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the season. Ricardo Demeritte
added 11 assists and three digs
in the losing effort.
In their second game played on
Friday night, the Caribs lost 30-
15, 30-21 and 30-20 as Brooks
once again led the attack with just
six kills and Demeritte turned in
another 11 assists game. And in
their opener on Thursday night,
the Caribs lost 30-18, 30-13 and
30-20. Daryl Dorsett had a side
high three kills and Demeritte came
up with seven assists.
THE Baptist Sports Council held
its election of officers on Saturday
at the Bahamas Baptist College.
While Brent Stubbs was returned
as the director, Joanne 'Mother'
Webb elected as the new assistant
director. Olympia Morris-Evans has
also been returned as treasurer
with Hyacinth Farrington as her
new assistant. Jonique Webb and
Lauriette Hinsey are the new sec-
retary and assistant secretary
Also elected were the Rev. Har-
rison Thompson as Chaplin and
the Rev. Elliston Smith as the pub-
lic relations officer. Kendal Rolle
is the chairman of basketball and
Colin 'Troppy' Knowles is the chair-
man of softball. The BSC is expect-
ed to appoint the Chairmen of vol-
leyball, track and field and cycling
in short order. The new executive
board is now preparing for the
staging of the 2010 Joanne 'Moth-
er' Webb Family Fun Run/Walk
Race on Saturday, January 30,
starting from the Bahamas Baptist
College, Jean Street at 7 a.m. That
will be followed by the 2010 Kendal
Rolle Basketball Classic that will
begin on Saturday, February 6 at
the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
Interested persons can contact
the Bahamas Baptist Missionary
and Educational Convention on
Baillou Hills Road, or director
Stubbs at 502-2363 or email or stub- for further infor-

Wellington Miller returned as Amateur Boxing Association president

Senior Sports Reporter
returned as president of the
Amateur Boxing Association
of the Bahamas with a landslide
victory over his unexpected
challenger Ray Minus Jr.
In the elections held on Sat-
urday at the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture, Miller
knocked out coach Ray Minus
Jr. 11-1 in the only contested
While he was surprised that
Minus Jr. had issued his chal-
lenge just a few days before the
election, Miller said he was con-
fident that he would have been
returned to office for the next
four years. "The majority of the
members respect my leader-
ship," said Miller, who is also
serving as the president of the
Bahamas Olympic Association.
"Together, we had a very
good plan. We still have a good
plan to go on and promote
amateur boxing and boxing on
the whole. So I'm pleased that I
was re-elected."
Miller's entire slate of offi-
cers were also elected to office.
They include Alvin Sargent
as first vice president; Dr. Fran-
cis Saunders is the second vice
president. George Turner was
returned as secretary with Ike-
na Johnson as his assistant. The
treasurer is Terry Goldsmith
from Grand Bahama.
"We will look forward to
another great term in office,"
Miller pointed out. "We have
two or three good elite athletes
or senior boxers and we have a
good junior programme, so the
programme is going well. We
have it all together."
Minus Jr., in offering himself
for president, said he was dis-
appointed that the elections
were low-keyed. But Miller
refuted that charge, indicating
that they had informed their
members in sufficient time.
"It was open and it got some
publicity. He came in and he
got a chance to run," Miller
said. "But we were confident
that we would have returned
to power. Boxing has always
been doing well and we are
looking forward to that contin-
uing. We are a small fraternity,
but we are doing very well."
Miller said the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture has
promised the ABAB their own

building to host their amateur
boxing programme and so they
are looking forward to the pro-
gramme becoming even
stronger. One of the things
coming out of their AGM,
according to Miller, is their
decision to name their elite pro-
gramme - the Reno Johnson
Elite Programme.
Miller said the programme is
designed to recognize the two
elite boxers - Carl Hield and

Valentino Knowles - who are
training in Cuba and the other
outstanding boxers whom they
hope to submit their names to
the Ministry to be included on
the subvention programme so
that they can also train in Cuba.
Johnson, in the meantime, is
said to be in the United States
where he's training. It's not
known, however, whether or
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the amateur ranks, or he will

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came a sluggish offensive effort and nar-
rowly escaped an upset loss and earned
another berth to the league's title game.
The Orry J. Sands Pros outlasted the
V8 Fusion Stingrays in a tightly contest-
ed and hard fought 14-6 win Saturday at
the D.W Davis field.
The Pros received two goal line touch-
down passes from Michael Foster, and a
defence which forced four turnovers in
route to the playoff win.
The Stingrays defense was able to con-
tain reigning league MVP Charles
Edwards for much of the afternoon, but
failed to capitalize on several scoring
opportunities, including a trip to redzone
where they advanced the ball within the
five yard line but failed to score.
Miscues on special teams gave the Pros
prime field position and dug the Stingrays
into an early deficit in the first quarter.
With their regular starting punter not
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champions earn another berth to the league's title game

relied on replacements in the kicking
game. The Pros capitalized with back to
back blocked punts, one of which was
recovered on the Stingrays goal line and
was converted to the game's first touch-
down two plays later on the first of two
Foster scoring passes.
The extra point was converted and the
Pros went ahead 7-0 with 1:48 left to play
in the first quarter.

The Stingrays offence struggled to
move the ball up field until running back
Jamal Storr broke a series of tackles for
an electrifying 60 yard run to place the
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teams, the Pros scored the clinching
touchdown on another two yard touch-
down pass from Foster to take a 14-6
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little harder to win the 200. He did in 22.54 over Anthon Farring-
ton (23.02).
"The fellow who was in front of me was a little stronger, so I
knew I had to do my best," Newbold said.
Shaunae Miller, whom many believe is a much better quarter-
miller, took the 100 in 12.41 on Friday over Pedrya Seymour. The
Club Monica standout came back and won the 200 in 25.08 over her
Bahamas Speed Dynamics rival (25.08).
"It was pretty good. I just wanted to get out and run my curve,"
reflected Miller of her dominating performance in the deuce. "I
always good out hard, even if I don't have the competition."
Other double winners were Demetri Charlton of Spirit of Excel-
lence in the under-15 boys; Makeya White of Club Monica and
Talia Thompson in the under-15 girls; Striders' Anthony Rolle and
Julius Nottage in the under-13 boys; Dreshanae Rolle of the Sun-
blazers in the under-13 girls; Ryan Bethel of the Sunblazers in the
under-11 boys; Striders' Nathan Moss in the under-9 boys and
Club monica's Makayla White in the under-9 girls; Road Runners'
Malcolm Williams in the under-7 boys and Striders' Tamia Moss in
the under-9 girls.
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the new national coach and Seymour would be the director of
the amateur programme. After soundly defeated at the polls,
Minus Jr. said he will continue to lend his support to the amateur
programme with his Champion Boxing Club. But he said he will
still agitate for some of the changes that he had stated in his pre-
election campaign, including the inclusion of more people being
recognized like Leonard 'Boston Blackie' Miller, who has made a
valuable contribution to the sport and is currently ailing.
"I want to congratulate Wellington Miller for being re-elected as
the president," Minus Jr. said. "But I also want to thank the mem-
bers for allowing me to run. I think I have gotten a better insight
about the association and I will continue to push forth my ideas
because I still think that a lot more could be done with the sport
that is being done."

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on a chartered plane sponsored
by the Van Meurs Corporation.
Van Meurs, an energy consult-
ing firm, is mobilising its clients
and international friends and
partners to gather medical sup-
plies, clothes and relief items
to send to Haiti. Mr Bazard will
assist in the distribution of these
supplies as he assesses the situ-
ation with his family.
The Toussaint Louverture
International Airport in Port-
au-Prince opened Wednesday
for emergency aid flights,
although it has been challenged
by air traffic control issues.
Some flights had to circle for
hours before gaining clearance
for landing, according to the
Associated Press. Military
flights received priority clear-
ance. Commercial airlines are
not flying.
"My son called me to tell me
Happy New Year. That was the
last time I spoke to him. He
was asking me to think about
him. This is something I always
do," said Mr Bazard, who was
planning to call his son this
week to arrange sending a
package. The last time he saw
his daughter was June 2009
when he went to Haiti for his
mother's funeral.
Mr Bazard is bracing himself
for arrival in Haiti. Of all the
natural disasters striking Haiti
in the past few decades, pri-
marily floods and hurricanes,

he said this is the worst disaster
he has ever seen.
"I have no idea how my
heart is going to be, how I am
going to feel when I get there. It
is going to be completely dif-
ferent when I arrive in Haiti.
Things are different looking on
television than being on the
"It is something that really
hurts me, when I look at so
much dead. All the houses, all
the businesses, all the places
like the (presidential) palace,
the police department, every-
thing is down," he said.
Mr Bazard came to the
Bahamas as a visitors in 1986.
This was the same year that a
populist insurrection forced mil-
itary dictator Jean-Claude
'Baby Doc' Duvalier to flee the
Because of the political insta-
bility of the time and wide-
spread killings, Mr Bazard said
his father advised him not to
return home. He was granted
a work permit, originally to
work as a tailor, and has main-
tained steady employment in
the Bahamas ever since. In 2001
he applied for permanent resi-

Man is found stabbed to death

FROM page one
what happened or who might have killed him.
However, police have issued an appeal to residents in the area
who might have heard or seen a disturbance or altercation to
come forward with their information and assist them in this case.
They are asked to call their nearest police station or 911/919.

dence, and is waiting on his
application to be processed.
Mr Bazard said it devastated
him to think how his country
would be set back by the
tragedy. According to United
Nations reports, more than half
of Haitians live on less than a
dollar a day, unemployment is
over 80 per cent, illiteracy is
high and infrastructure is weak.
Despite the poverty and eco-
nomic hardship that charac-
terised Haiti prior to the earth-
quake, many Haitians and
international observers believed
the nation was on the path to
recovery, with fledgling signs
of growth. Haitian Ambassador
Louis Harold Joseph said much
of the news coming out of Haiti
over the past few months was
positive news about develop-
ment gains.
"For the past six years, we
have a lot of efforts going on
in Haiti to rebuild the coun-
try to put everything on track.
The government with the
assistance of the international
community was doing its best.
It is like we are going two
steps forward and then now
five steps backward. It is a pity
that all the time we have to
deal with such situations," said
Ambassador Joseph.
Construction on a series of
international hotel brands was
set to begin this month in
Jacmel, Haiti, a seaside town
known as Haiti's arts capital.
The Miami Herald reported
earlier this month that Choic-
es Hotels International, own-
ers of Comfort Inn, franchised
its brand to two hotels in
Jacmel. Best Western and
Hilton hotels were also report-
ed to be in negotiations with
local hoteliers in Port-au-
According to Ambassador
Joseph, Haiti recently con-
structed a new wharf at a cost
of $50 million to facilitate the
docking of the mega cruise
ship, the Oasis of the Sea in
Labadee, Haiti. That wharf
was damaged in the earth-
Understanding the impact
of the quake, for many
Haitians a tempting sense of
hopelessness lingers in the air.
Ambassador Joseph said

Haitians were nonetheless
resilient, a condition rooted in
a strong and proud history.
Haiti was once considered
the Pearl of the Caribbean. It
was the first black republic
formed from free Africans,
enslaved under French rule.
This is a great source of
national pride for Haitians and
the African Diaspora.
"We got independence just
like with our hands, fighting
with our hands against the big
French army who have big
machine guns and material.
We did not have anything we
just fought them with our
intelligence and our strength
until we killed them," said Mr
Over the past two centuries,
Haiti survived a few dozen
coups d'etats, many resulting
in rule by brutal military dic-
tators. Haiti survived several
military interventions by the
United States, including the
1915 US invasion.
When US troops withdrew
from Haiti just under 20 years
later, they maintained fiscal
control of the country until
Rich in natural resources,
Haiti was of great economic
interests to foreign investors.
For much of Haiti's history,
the only stable institutions
were military institutions.
With the latest tragedy to
strike, the international com-
munity has rallied behind the
Caribbean nation to assist with
the recovery effort. Of Haiti,
Puerto Rican writer and blog-
ger Mayra Santos Febres wrote
on Global Voices online: "I
have an old debt with Haiti.
We all have. Haiti is the first
womb, the place where the
Caribbean was born, it's the
Africa from within, the unnam-
able pain, the scar.
"It was the first country in
America where a black person
dared think of himself as free,
to think of himself as a leader
of the people (Toussaint L'ou-
verture). Haiti has paid heavi-
ly for this impertinence. They
are still paying... Haiti is falling
again. And we are also falling.
We cannot keep on walking.
Not without Haiti. Without
Haiti we all fall."

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Turnquest tells new officers

expectations are very high

BOTH THE BATON OF HONOUR and the Commandant's Award
went to No. 3444 Lynette Leadon. She accepted the top recruit
honours from National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest.

Graduation for

29 officers on

Grand Bahama

Bahamas Information
FREEPORT- National
Security Minister Tommy
Turnquest told the latest
group of Police Officers that
they were selected in keep-
ing with the Force's for-
ward-looking policy of
recruiting progressive young
people with skills, compe-
tence, capability and talent.
During the graduation
ceremony for the 29 new
officers on Thursday, Mr
Turnquest added that the
training over the past six
months was holistic and
reflective of the broad range
of matters that will challenge
them as Bahamian law
enforcement officers.
The vast majority of the
new officers of C-Squad
were recruited and trained
in Grand Bahama.
"Having come through
both the recruitment and
training processes, let me
say that expectations of your
Squad is very high," Mr
Turnquest said.
"You are coming into a
dynamic Police Force that
has gone through a genera-
tional change, particularly
within its leadership. New
policing strategies are being
put in place, which you will
be required to implement,
and to which you will have
the opportunity to con-
tribute your ideas and pro-
Mr Turnquest told the
group that as they begin
their career in policing, he
expects them to be flexible
and adaptable, capable of
performing the multiple
roles they may be required
to play during their career
as law enforcement officers.
"I expect you to be
responsible and accountable,
courteous and professional.
The uniform of Police Offi-
cer does not give you licence
to treat people with rude-
ness and contempt. Rather
your uniform is a statement
that you are at their ser-
vice," he said.
"I expect you to be men
and women of discipline and
of integrity. I expect you to
meet your obligations to
counter crime and criminal-
ity, no matter who perpe-

trates it, and no matter
where it occurs. I expect
assertive and energetic
policing. Above all, I expect
you to avoid corruption, and
do nothing that would bring
you or the Police Force into
disrepute or disgrace."
Mr Turnquest challenged
the officers to develop effec-
tive partnerships, particu-
larly in the context of Neigh-
bourhood Community Polic-
ing, which will aid in doing
their job effectively.
"I know that policing
brings danger and risk," he
"But those risks can be
limited by taking the appro-
priate precautions.
"I, therefore, expect you
to take the necessary pre-
cautions, in the interest of
protecting the people you
serve and for your own pro-
He told the graduates that
he made the points about
his expectation having taken
into account the crime situ-
ation in The Bahamas.
"I have said repeatedly
that the level of crime in our
society is unacceptable, and
that the Police have a sig-
nificant role to play in coun-
tering this crime," he said.
Again he cautioned the
new officers saying, "Only
you can determine the kind
of Police Officer you will be.
Only you can organise your-
self to ensure that you attain
your goals.
"You do, however, have
a context in which to work.
In this regard, I urge you to
hold firmly to the time-hon-
oured tradition of the Police
Force, and its commitment
to serve the people of The
Bahamas with courage,
integrity and loyalty."
Over the past six months a
considerable amount of
time, effort and resources
went into training the 29
young men and women.
Their training was described
as being very comprehen-
sive, which encompassed a
myriad of disciplines.
The most outstanding
recruit was No. 3444 Lynette
Leadon who captured the
Commandant's Award for
outstanding academic
achievements, and the
Baton of Honour for her
over-all accomplishments.

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Tribune Business Editor
A Bahamian bank's liq-
uidator has told Tribune
Business he may appeal to
the Privy Council a ruling
requiring that he admit an
alleged $313.648 million
claim against the institu-
tion's assets from plaintiffs
in a US-based class action
Craig A. 'Tony' Gomez,
the Baker Tilly Gomez
accountant and partner, told
Tribune Business he was
now discussing with his
attorneys the course of
action that was "in the best
interests of all creditors"
after the Court of Appeal
dismissed his appeal against
admitting a claim against
Leadenhall Bank & Trust's
The claim had been sub-
mitted by investors in the
Cash 4 Titles Ponzi scheme,
who are seeking to enforce a
$313.648 million default
judgment they obtained
against Leadenhall in the
US district court for south-
ern Florida.
Mr Gomez had initially
rejected the Cash 4 Titles
investors proof of debt, but
attorneys Peter and Jason
Maynard, acting for the class
action plaintiffs, have now
obtained rulings from both
the Supreme Court and
Court of Appeal requiring
him to accept their claim.
"I'm taking counsel from
my legal advisers and we are
evaluating our options as to
this verdict on the appeal,"
Mr Gomez told Tribune
Business. "In addition to
seeking advice from my
counsel, and looking for
their guidance as to how to
proceed, it is noteworthy the
Appeal Court left it open to
me to move on to the Privy
"This is an option I would
have to consider, as it may
be in the best interests of all
A statement issued on
behalf of the Cash 4 Titles
class action plaintiffs, by the
Miami-based law firm Tew
Cardenas, claimed the Mr
Gomez, as Leadenhall's liq-
uidator, was in possession of
some $21 million of cash and
faced $27 million in liabili-
The statement alleged
that as a result of being
forced to accept their claim
by the Supreme Court and
Court of Appeal, creditors
of Leadenhall's estate would
receive only $0.06 of every
$1 owed to them, instead of
the $0.77 payout they had
been looking at previously.
It was claimed that the Cash
4 Titles' investors total share
of Leadenhall's assets would
amount to $19.75 million.
This, though, would appear
to be premature. The court
rulings, as they stand today,
SEE page 7B

'We must turn

the fiscal tide'

* Government takes $100m from BTC in 17 months, but minister denies
latest $25m payout used solely to pay down on $60m BEC fuel bill
* Confirms 2010-2011 Budget will 'take measures' to get public
finances back on track, implying stimulus phase coming to end
* Revenues improve to be only $15m down year-over-year, as minister
confirms debt-to-GDP ratio above 50%
* But Bahamas to 'continue deficit spending for some time to come',

due to inherent capital deft
Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas must "turn the
tide" on its public finances
starting with the upcoming
2010-2011 Budget, a govern-
ment minister has told Tribune
Business, confirming that the
administration recently
received a $25 million dividend
from the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company (BTC).
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, told this news-
paper that he "expected mea-
sures to be taken" to rein in
both the fiscal deficit and
expanding national debt when
the Budget for the Govern-
ment's upcoming financial year
was announced in May.
Declining to detail what
"measures" may be taken to
bring the Government's


finances back into line, and set
this nation's debt-to-GDP ratio
back on course towards the 30-
35 per cent range, Mr Laing
said revenue intake had
improved in recent weeks, with
the administration now only
$15 million behind year-over-
year comparatives.

Acknowledging that the
Bahamas' total debt-to-GDP
ratio was now likely to have
breached the 50 per cent mark,
the minister told Tribune Busi-
ness that despite increased debt
servicing costs the Government
was having no trouble in meet-
ing its financial obligations.
Meanwhile, Mr Laing
described as "nonsense" sug-
gestions that the Government
took the November 2009 BTC
dividend specifically to help its
fellow 100 per cent state-owned
corporation, the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC),
meet its obligations.
Tribune Business had been
told by sources close to the sit-
uation that the Government
had used the proceeds from the
$25 million BTC declaration
SEE page 5B

St Georges:

No talks with

Hayward buyer

* Estate opposed to selling 50% Port
Authority stake to Mid-Atlantic Projects
* Port Board considers legal action against
government over Babak work permit
* Estate's attorney claims Sir Jack views
ownership dispute as 'Battle of Britain or
Custer's Last Stand'

Tribune Business Editor
The late Edward St George's estate is not involved in any
"ongoing negotiations" to sell its 50 per cent Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA) stake to Mid-Atlantic Projects,
Tribune Business has been told, and is opposed to legal
action against the Government over the renewal of chair-
man Hannes Babak's work permit.
Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co partner and attor-
ney for the estate, said his clients had no intention of fol-
lowing Sir Jack Hayward's lead in selling his family trust's
stake to Mid-Atlantic Projects, and questioned why the
latter would seek to become embroiled in a pre-existing
ownership dispute.
"I can confirm that the estate has no ongoing negotiations
with Mid-Atlantic Projects, and any suggestion to the con-
trary is flaming by Sir Jack, Mr Babak and/or Mid-Atlantic,"
Mr Smith told Tribune Business.
"A legitimate, bona fide investor is not going to enter the
fray, taking sides and trying to slide in through the back door
by purchasing litigation. Applications for work permits,
the acquisition of shares in the Port Authority - these are
matters of diplomatic, subtle, private negotiations between
SEE page 6B

Port chair's firm avoids Bahamians 'losing' $1-$817m
per year on bank interest
ega tive net worth drop ByNEILHATNELL
nea tie nt worth dr Tribune Business Editor

Tribune Business Editor
The BISX-listed company
whose major shareholder is the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty's (GBPA) chairman did not
end fiscal 2009 in a negative net
equity position, Tribune Busi-
ness was told, after trading in its
shares was suspended to allow
for completion of its audit.
Hannes Babak, the
GBPA/Port Group Ltd chair-
man, who owns 43 per cent of
Freeport Concrete, told Tri-
bune Business in a brief Friday
night phone interview that the
company's chief executive had
told him the anticipated $1.2
million net loss for the year to
August 31, 2009, had not left
the BISX-listed entity with neg-
ative net worth. "He told me
that is not the case," Mr Babak
said of conversations with Ray
Simpson, Freeport Concrete's
chief executive, on the question
of whether the company had
slipped into negative net equity
territory. Freeport Concrete's
last audited financial, pub-
lished for the financial year
ended on August 31, 2008,
showed the company had net
assets of $1.467 million - some
$6.724 million in total assets,
and $5.216 million in total lia-
bilities. That position, though,
was largely aided by a $1.434
million revaluation surplus,
stemming from the fair value
of land owned by the compa-
ny compared to the sum spent
on acquiring it.
Without that revaluation sur-
plus, Freeport Concrete would
have been close to a negative
net worth position at year-end
2008, and the $1.2 million net
loss incurred for 2009 will take
the company to a net equity
position of around just
$267,000. The loss will also take
Freeport Concrete's accumu-
lated deficit, $5.788 million at
year-end 2008, to above $7 mil-
lion. The company's fate may
explain why there has been so
little appetite of late for going
public. Freeport Concrete was
the last company to conduct an
initial public offering (IPO) in
the Bahamas, back in 2001, but
investors have seen the stock
slide from a $3 per share IPO
price to just $0.27 as of Thurs-
day's close, a more than 90 per
cent decline that has left the
value of their investment at less
than 1/10 of what it initially was
following a succession of annu-
al losses. In last week's state-
ment to shareholders, Mr Simp-
son said the company's unau-
dited total sales for the year to
end-August 2009 fell by almost

* But BISX-listed Freeport Concrete likely to have just over Bahamians are losing a collective $16-$17 million in interest
on their savings accounts per annum as a result of how commer-
$200k in net equity at year-end 2009, with accumulated cial banks calculate these payments, a businessman has argued,
urging reforms to the school curriculum so its products graduate
losses hitting $7m with "black belts in financial self-defence".
* Shares suspended to allow time for audit completion, Dr Jonathan Rodgers, the well-known 'eye doctor', told Tribune
Business that if the Bahamas was forced to eventually devalue its
after $1.2m 2009 l0ss currency there were not enough US dollars in the foreign reserves
Sr for conversion to take place, as he again urged the Government and
In talks with investor group for new funding Central Bank of the Bahamas to cut interest rates and bring relief
to hard pressed household and consumer borrowers.
25 per cent from $13.6 million over-year, leaving the business He also argued that living costs in the Bahamas could be reduced
to $10.2 million. Sales at its with an unaudited loss of more by "at least 50 per cent" if the tax system was reformed to one
Home Centre retail format
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FROM page 1B
reliant on a Sales or Value-
Added (VAT) tax, doing away
with the huge sums tied-up up
front by the import duties struc-
ture. Bahamian companies, Dr
Rodgers said, had no choice but
to recoup these substantial
advance tax outlays by increas-
ing prices to the end consumer.
Recapping the central theme
of his address to the Bahamas
Business Outlook Conference,
Dr Rodgers said it was vital for
Bahamians to be financially lit-
erate "because we need to pro-
tect ourselves as individuals"
due to the sheer volume of
financial-related transactions
persons engaged in on a daily
basis. "Who comes out on top
of these transactions is the per-
son who has the most financial
literacy," he added, advocating
that there was a direct correla-
tion between a country's gross
domestic product (GDP) and
quality of its "human capital
For the Bahamas to compete,
Dr Rodgers said its education
system graduates needed to be
literate, numerate, have finan-
cial literacy and technical liter-
acy, and be able to speak two
foreign languages. "If we are
not financially literate it puts
us at a tremendous disadvan-
tage, with corporate and nation-
al implications," he added.
Arguing that there were
three key financial indicators -
inflation, interest rates and the
risk/reward analysis - Dr
Rodgers said that if a Bahami-
an had $100 in a bank account,
and the bank paid 3 per cent
interest on the account, the
year-end balance would not be
$103 "because of the way the
banks calculate and apply inter-
Dr Rodgers claimed Bahami-
an commercial banks often cal-
culated interest payments based
on a savings account's mini-
mum balance, and applied the
interest quarterly or bi-annual-
ly. This, he alleged, contrasted
with the likes of Canada-based
banks, which calculated cus-
tomer interest based on the
average daily balance and
applied it to accounts month-
ly. Based on Bahamians hav-
ing a collective $1 billion in sav-
ings accounts, Dr Rodgers told
Tribune Business: "If they cal-
culated it like they should,
Bahamians would collectively
earn an extra $16-$17 million
on their savings accounts at the
end of the year."
If Bahamians were financial-


Bahamians 'losing' $16-8$17m

per year on bank interest

ly literate they could challenge
such practices, Dr Rodgers said,
further criticizing this nation
for putting "sophisticated" leg-
islation ahead of simple con-
sumer protection laws such as
'Truth in Lending'. This, he
added, would safeguard con-
sumers against "predatory
banking practices", much like
similar laws did in the US, UK
and Canada.
Dr Rodgers also resumed his
call for a 1 per cent cut in the
Bahamian PRIME interest
rate, telling this newspaper that
it would "put an extra $60 mil-
lion into the economy every
year, or $5 million per month".
This was some 40 per cent of
the $135 million that the
National Insurance Board
(NIB) injected into the econo-
my annually, and represented
"a lot of money that will help us
at this time".
Central Bank and govern-
ment inflation estimates, peg-
ging this at between 2-4 per
cent, underestimated the level
of sustained rises in the weight-
ed average of prices in this
economy, Dr Rodgers said.
He called for a Consumer
Price Index (CPI) spread over
different baskets of goods that
would compare Bahamian
prices with their US counter-
parts. "If we had a sales tax or
VAT the cost of living would
come down dramatically by at
least 50 per cent, and the Gov-
ernment would still make its
money," Dr Rodgers said.
Businesses would now pay
their taxes at the back door of
the production chain, not the
front door, and it would also
encourage "more people to
shop at home" because the
price differentials between the
Bahamas and the US would
either be eliminated or sub-
stantially reduced.
As for devaluation, Dr
Rodgers argued that were it to
happen the Bahamian dollar
would effectively be equivalent
to $0.10 US dollars. "If there
was thrust to devaluation, the
$6.5 billion Bahamian dollars
in the system don't convert into
$850 million US dollars [cur-
rently in the Central Bank's
reserves]", he added. "If we
were to rush to convert, there's
not enough US dollars to con-
vert to."
Looking ahead, Dr Rodgers

said: "We need to introduce a
financial literacy programme in
the schools for kids in high
school, so that when they grad-
uate they do so with a black
belt in financial self-defence
and are able to make rational
financial decisions.
"We now have to make sure
our policymakers are financial-
ly literate and knowledgeable,
and those people advising them
are the same, because those
people are responsible for the
financial affairs of the country.
They have to be responsible
and rational in their decision-
Dr Rodgers said a key inter-
est of his was 'Futurnomics' -
"looking at the impact of non-
economic events or decisions
on the economy down the
road". One example of this was
Janyne Hodder's resignation as
College of the Bahamas (COB)
president, something he took
to mean that COB would not
progress to university status - at
least not as quickly as first
thought. With just 15 per cent
of Bahamians going on to ter-
tiary education, and university
costs some $25,000-$50,000 in
the US and $15,000 in Canada
per year, Dr Rodgers said not
having a University of the
Bahamas had "tremendous
implications for us".
"The Government now has
to reapply its attention and
show a real commitment to ter-
tiary education in this country,
otherwise the economic future
is very dim for us,' Dr Rodgers
told Tribune Business.
Another of his passions, he
added, was 'Prohumonics' -
making economics and finance
"more meaningful and under-
stood" for the average Bahami-
an. This, Dr Rodgers said, was
based on the 'Dream Index' -
the amount of money needed
every year to live the 'Bahami-
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home and car ownership,
healthcare and paying for the
children to go to school.
Rather than use statistics
such as GDP and income per
capital, which were relatively
meaningless, Dr Rodgers said
determining the amount of
money needed to achieve the
'Bahamian Dream' showed
whether Bahamians were "cut-
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By NEIL HARTNELL were having to safeguard their "Scores of mutual funds
Tribune Business Editor financial industries from the migrated from the Bahamas to
"competing threats" of inter- the Cayman Islands, the num-
Partisan politics prevents national crime and the G- ber of banks registered in the
Caribbean parliaments from 20/OECD regulatory initiatives. Bahamas decreased from over
devising the necessary response Acknowledging that failing 700 to 270. The Bahamas again
to G-20/OECD initiatives to implement the evolving anti- suffered significant reputation-
aimed at their financial services money laundering, terror al loss and economic costs when
industries, a former Bahamian financing and tax co-operation it was characterized as a juris-
attorney-general revealing that standards was "not an option", diction engaged in unfair tax
this nation's response to its 2000 iMr Sears said the 2000 Finan- practices and placed on the
is nation e cal Action Task Force (FATF) 'grey list' by the OECD in
blacklisting' cost the Govern- 'blacklisting' had created "sig- April 2009, resulting so far in a
meant $40 million and more- nificant reputational loss and major French bank, BNP
than-halved its number of reg- economic costs" for the Paribas, leaving the jurisdic-
istered banks and trust compa- Bahamas that were "still being tion."
nies. felt to this day". Apart from their role in leg-
Addressing the Caribbean "The Bahamian Government islating laws relating to the
Financial Action Task Force's expended or lost revenue esti- financial services industry, Mr
(CFATF) sixth annual compli- mated to be between $38 to $40 Sears said Caribbean parlia-
ance conference in Trinidad & million," Mr Sears said. "Thou- ments also have to ensure their
Tobago on Friday, Alfred sands of international business regulatory agencies were ade-
Sears, who was this nation's companies migrated from the quately funded to implement
chief legal officer under the for- Bahamas to the British Virgin and monitor the evolving super-
mer Christie administration, Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore visory regimes.
said Caribbean legislatures and other jurisdictions. Yet he added that this role

Electronic payments system set to launch

The long-anticipated Bahamas Automated
Clearing House (BACH) is set to go live on Jan-
uary 22.
"The advent of the Bahamas Automated
Clearing House will affect every single person
who deposits money to a
.. chequing account, writes a
cheque or wishes to pay a
bill online," said Brian
. .Smith, BACH's business
, manager.
"By speeding up the time
- -v it takes for deposits to clear,
it will provide a boost to
S.. Businesses, particularly
those that depend for much
of their revenue on cheques
BRIAN SMITH from customers. Individu-
als will benefit as well
because they will have access to the B$ cheques
they deposit on Monday as early as Tuesday. No
longer will anyone - businesses, institutions or
individuals - have to wait for up to five days to use
the money that is rightfully theirs."
But speedy clearance of deposits means those
who write cheques must have funds in their
account to cover them, or be prepared to pay
fees to their banks for returned cheques.
"For years, as long as anyone can remember,
because it took so long for a cheque to clear in
the Bahamas, individuals 'perfected' the habit
of writing a cheque based on funds they expect-
ed to deposit later," said Mr Smith.
"That practice, in fact, was illegal and those
days are gone. With the introduction of system-
wide electronic imaging, banks will no longer
transport physical pieces of paper back and forth.
Once the deposit is made by 3pm, the cheque will

clear overnight and be available the following
business day."
In addition to slicing deposit clearance time
from up to five days down to one, the BACH will
expand online bill payment and commerce.
"Before the ACH, you and your employer
had to bank at the same bank or your employer
had to maintain accounts at various banks if that
employer wanted to pay you by direct deposit,"
said Mr Smith.
"Within three months of the ACH going into
effect, banks will be to accommodate interbank
transfers as easily as they do intra-bank transfers
now, meaning direct deposits may be made to any
account in the system, even if the employer and
employee bank at different institutions. The same
principle will apply to any bill you want to pay.
You do not have to go to the paint store or the
doctor's office to pay a bill or call your plumber
back to collect a cheque. You can have it deposit-
ed right into their account while you are sitting at
home on your laptop handling your online bank-
ing, watching the Heat play the Lakers."
Converting to electronic clearance also
improves security, eliminating the need for
cheques to be physically transported between
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satchels. All seven clearing banks are participat-
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was "compromised by a num-
ber of factors", especially the
"intense partisan rivalry"
between different political fac-
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often did not share research

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"Therefore, the parliamen-
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FROM page 1B
than $550,000. Freeport Con-
crete's other business unit, its
concrete division, saw a 30 per
cent decline in sales revenues
that turned into a $660,000 loss.
And, in contrast to optimism
expressed in an interview with
Tribune Business on August 20,
2009, in which he predicted
Freeport Concrete would
achieve profitability in the first
quarter of its 2010 financial
year, Mr Simpson told share-
holders the company's poor
performance had continued
with total sales revenues down
53 per cent year-over-year for
the period. Despite reducing
expenses by 42 per cent in the
past two years, this had not
been enough to offset the sales
decline's impact on the bottom
line. At the risk of sounding
like a 'broken record', having
oft repeated this line to Tribune
Business in the past, Mr Simp-
son reiterated that Freeport
Concrete needed an equity cap-
ital injection to provide it with
the necessary financing top pur-
chase the necessary additional
inventory for the Home Cen-
tre - high-margin inventory
such as TVs and appliances,

which are expected to enhance
sales and profits.
Mr Simpson previously told
Tribune Business that some
$500,000 in additional funding
was required, but debt financ-
ing - such as bank debt, over-
drafts or preference shares -
was not attractive as it would
add to Freeport Concrete's
debt burden. As at year-end
2008, Freeport Concrete had
breached certain debt
covenants, and its combined
bank loan and overdraft debt
stood at $2.029 million.
As a result, the BISX-listed
firm was seeking additional
equity funding, many observers
believing that the best method
would be a rights issue under-
written/guaranteed by Mr
Babak. This would give all
shareholders the opportunity
to take up new shares in pro-
portion to their existing hold-
ings, ensuring they were not
diluted. However, according to
Mr Simpson's statement,
Freeport Concrete is in talks
with an unnamed investment
group for additional financing.
While sources close to the com-

pany said the talks appeared
"promising", no deal has been
reached and it is unclear what
form their interest would take.
If it was equity - either buying
part of Mr Babak's stake or
being issued new shares from
Treasury - the concern for
shareholders would be the dilu-
tion of their existing holdings.
Mr Babak has recused him-
self from any involvement in
Freeport Concrete's manage-
ment and day-to-day operations
to avoid the perception of any
potential conflict of interest
with his GBPA job.
He did, though, confirm to
Tribune Business that Freeport
Concrete had sought - and
been granted - a suspension of
trading in its shares until the
audit for the 12 months to
August 31, 2009, had been com-
pleted. "There was a delay in
the audit, and until it was com-
pleted it was felt it was better
that there was no trading," Mr
Babak told Tribune Business,
indicating that BISX had expe-
rienced difficulties in recent
times with companies failing to
file their audited financial
within 120 days (four months)
of year-end. Given that
Freeport Concrete has materi-
al information to release, and is
in talks with new investors, the
share trading suspension makes
sense to prevent insider infor-
mation seeping out and creating
a 'false market' in the compa-
ny's shares. Should some
investors obtain more details
on what is happening, they will
benefit at the expense of other
investors who have not.
Keith Davies, BISX's chief
executive, confirmed to Tri-
bune Business that the
exchange had decided to sus-
pend trading in Freeport Con-
crete's shares following the
company's request and subse-
quent discussions. 'They were
having some issues relevant to
their audit, and a delay with
respect to publishing their
audit," Mr Davies said, con-
firming that Freeport Concrete
had been given until March 15,
2010, to publish them. "The
company wanted time to pro-
vide up-to-date information rel-
evant to its financials" Mr
Davies added. "We thought it
was reasonable that the com-
pany provide material infor-
mation to its shareholders and
the public. We afforded them
time and the opportunity to do


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FROM page 1B
exclusively to pay down on the
$60 million fuel bill that BEC
owes to Shell, but Mr Laing
said there was no direct transfer
of funds between the two enti-
ties. "The only corporation we
would have got a dividend from
was BTC, and it was $25 mil-
lion," the minister confirmed
to Tribune Business. "The div-
idend went to the Governmen-
t's Consolidated Fund to pay
bills. One of the bills that was to
be paid were some fees for
BEC, but we paid any number
of other things.
"The BTC dividend went to
the Consolidated Fund. No div-
idend payment went to BEC.
It's all government revenue, to
which it is entitled to, and
which it can use to make pay-
ments on its bills."
Pointing out that it was all
government revenue, and it
made no difference whether
funds came from either the
Consolidated Fund or the BTC
dividend directly, Mr Laing said
the timing of the latest dividend
declaration was not unusual
from the Government's per-
spective. He told Tribune Busi-
ness that BTC's dividend pay-
ments had "been useful in the
past eight years", providing a
source of much-needed revenue
for both the Ingraham and
Christie-led PLP administra-
tion, and helping to reduce the
fiscal deficit and level of
required borrowing.
"The Bahamian people have
corporations that suffer peren-
nial losses. They pay for those,"
Mr Laing said. "It only makes
sense that when they have cor-
porations that are profitable we
use that to offset some of the
losses taxpayers incur."
The International Monetary
Fund's (IMF) Article IV con-
sultation last year disclosed that
the Government planned to
take a $30 million dividend
from BTC prior to its privati-
zation. This newspaper has cal-
culated that, together with the
$25 million and $50 million div-
idends declared in June 2008
and April 2009, the latest BTC
payout means the Government
- as 100 per cent owner - has
taken some $100 million out of
the telecommunications
provider within a 17-month
period. Mr Laing, though, said
it was incorrect to tie the divi-
dend payments to the Govern-
ment's deteriorated fiscal posi-
tion, adding: "Between $15-$25
million was derived by the Gov-
ernment from BTC for the last
seven years or so......
"The Government of the
Bahamas has been in the deficit
spending business for decades
now. In recent times, with the
former administration there
was deficit spending every year,
and with the current adminis-
tration there has been deficit
spending. The BTC dividend
has been a source of revenue
for the past several years,
through a couple of adminis-
Addressing the impression
that the Government could be
suffering a cash flow/liquidity
crunch, as a result of the sug-
gestion that the BTC dividend
directly paid down on BEC's
obligations, Mr Laing added:
"If one was to suggest we were
strapped for funds, and used
the BTC dividend for pay-
ments, and among those pay-
ments were some for BEC,
what will explain the declara-
tion of dividends under the pre-
vious administration, when
things were supposed to have
been extraordinarily good?"
It is uncertain whether BTC
will continue to be the reliable

'We must turn the fiscal tide'

revenue source that it now is
for the Government. If it is pri-
vatized and a 51 per cent stake
sold, control over dividend pay-
ments will pass to the strategic
partner/purchaser, given that
they will have Board control.
Dividend decisions will then be
dictated more by BTC's profit
performance and underlying
capital needs, as opposed to the
state of the Government's
finances and political consider-
ations. But whatever BTC's
future holds, Mr Laing indicat-
ed to Tribune Business that this
year's Budget will mark the end
to the main phase of the Ingra-
ham administration's economic
stimulus programme, as it
attempts to set the public
finances back on a more even
keel. He told Tribune Business
that the 2010-2011 Budget
would be the first step in the
Government's medium and
long-term strategy to reduce
the fiscal deficit to more man-
ageable levels and reduce the
national debt's rate of growth.
"It's my expectation that
measures will be taken towards
that end," Mr Laing replied,
when asked by this newspaper
whether the upcoming Budget
would seek to tilt the scales
away from supporting the
Bahamian economy and back
towards fiscal retrenchment.
"The Bahamas will continue
to have deficit spending for
some time to come, as it has
had for decades past," he
acknowledged. "What we can't
do, as we've indicated before, is
do in any sustainable way what
we had to do in the last couple
of years in light of extraordi-
nary demands.
"That rate of borrowing and
deficit spending is not sustain-
able, but it was necessary in
extraordinary circumstances.
We have to turn the tide, given
that things seem to have stabi-
lized, and there is a recovery -
tenuous as it is - in place.
"We are meeting our obliga-
tions and have seen some
improvement in revenues com-
pared to the same period last
year. We believe we may now
be around $15 million below
the actual performance last
year [for 2009-2010 to date],"
the minister added.
"This same time last year, we
were looking at the prospect of
being, year-on-year, almost
$100 million behind. I call that
a notable improvement on the
situation. It's not where we
want to be, it's not where we
need to be, but it is what it is,
and there are clear signs the
economy is not as bad now,
although it is still sluggish."
Still, without the BTC divi-
dend and the one-off $60 mil-
lion-plus payment resulting
from the South Riding Point
sale, revenues might indeed be
close to $100 million down
The pace of the Ingraham
administration's fiscal retrench-
ment, Mr Laing added, would
depend on several factors,
namely the rate of recovery in
government revenues and the
global/national economy.
Whether the plans will involve
further public spending cuts,
and possibly even a public sec-
tor pay freeze, remain to be
The minister told Tribune
Business that the Bahamas'
total national debt-to-GDP
ratio - the Government's direct
debt plus contingencies such as
borrowings it had guaranteed
on behalf of the public corpo-
rations - was "hovering around,

or a little over, 50 per cent".
Some commentators have
placed it as high as 53 per cent
or 55 per cent, compared to the
ideal level of a 40 per cent ratio
or below. But while the Gov-
ernment has come under fire
for borrowing $872 million dur-
ing its first two-and-a-half years
in office, as it sought to support
the economy in the midst of the
worst global recession seen for
a lifetime, and those affected
by it, Mr Laing said the key
indicators were the Govern-
ment's debt servicing ability
and net debt.
He told Tribune Business
that the Government repaid a
certain amount of principal
annually, and added: "We are
in a position to service our debt.
The Government of the
Bahamas has no challenge in
servicing its debt. Debt servic-
ing costs have increased, but as
it stands we have no difficulty
servicing our debt. Our credi-
tors are able to get the money
they borrowed from us on
The Government's likely
move to emphasise fiscal pru-
dence as opposed to fiscal stim-
ulus is likely to be welcomed
by the likes of Standard &
Poor's (S&P), which down-
graded the Bahamas' long-term
sovereign credit rating pre-
Christmas. However, Mr Laing
said the decision was the Gov-
ernment's, and was not being
driven by S&P. The Minister
told Tribune Business that due
to the Government's minimal
capital revenue earnings, and
the country's per annum $200
million-plus needs for infra-
structure upgrades and main-
tenance, any administration
would be faced with a signifi-
cant capital budget deficit.
Therefore, the term 'bal-
anced Budget' in the Bahamian
context referred to the recur-
rent side - taxes and fees meet-
ing the Government's fixed
costs, chiefly salaries and rents.
"We will have capital expen-
diture needs for some time
now, and to the extent we have
little capital revenue, we're
always going to have capital
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attract private capital invest-
ment into major Bahamian
infrastructure projects all the
more urgent. Simon Townend,
KPMG Corporate Finance's
managing director, told last
week's Business Outlook Con-
ference that the Bahamas'
social and infrastructure needs
amounted to $2.1 billion over
the next five years - the equiv-
alent of at least 10 Budget cap-
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FROM page 1B
the Government and the own-
ers of the Port Authority.
"Instead, Sir Jack, Mr Babak
and Joe Rosetti [Mid-Atlantic
Projects senior managing direc-
tor] are slapping the Govern-
ment, the public and the St
Georges in the face with all
these confrontational newspa-
per articles. That's just not how
business is conducted."
On the face of it, Mid-
Atlantic Projects' hopes of
acquiring the St George estate's
GBPA/Port Group Ltd stake,
as well as the Hayward Family
Trust's equity, appear to be
going nowhere fast - and are
possibly non-existent.
Tribune Business under-

stands that while Mr Rosetti
met Sarah St George in New
York pre-Christmas, the St
George estate has taken the
position of not responding to
any further correspondence
sent to them by Mid-Atlantic
Projects, at least for the time
It appears that the St George
Estate's attitude towards Mid-
Atlantic Projects is the same as
the one employed towards UK
merchant banker Roddie Flem-
ing, who also struck an agree-
ment to purchase Sir Jack's
GBPA stake before the deal
fell through. In that episode,
the St Georges regarded Mr
Fleming as an 'interloper' who
had no place intervening in the
ownership dispute with Sir



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000,
notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution
issued by The Registrar General on the 30th day
of November, A.D., 2009.

Dated the 13th day of January, A.D., 2010.

Carol G. Gray
Liquidator of

late of Key West in the Southern District
of the Island of New Providence,
Bahamas, deceased.


NOTICE is hereby given that all
persons having any claim or demand against
the said estate are required to send the same
duly certified in writing to the undersigned on
or before the 1st day of February, A.D. 2010,
after which date the Executrix will proceed to
distribute the estate having regard only to the
claims of which she shall have had notice.
AND notice is hereby given that all
persons indebted to the estate are required
to make full settlement on or before the date
hereinabove mentioned.

Dated the 15th day of January, A.D. 2010


Attorneys for the Executrix

9 Rusty Bethel Drive

Nassau, Bahamas

'No talks with Hayward buyer'

Jack. Still, in the business world
no door is completely shut if
the right offer comes along. But
it seems as if Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham is also keep-
ing Mid-Atlantic Projects at
arm's length for the moment,
having delegated David Davis,
permanent secretary in his
office, to meet Mr Rosetti until
more about the group is known.
Indeed, many in Freeport are
refusing to give Mid-Atlantic
Projects full credibility until
more is known about its plans,
principals and financial back-
Meanwhile, Mr Smith reiter-
ated that the St George Estate
still wanted to resolve the own-
ership dispute amicably, and
accused Sir Jack and Mr Babak
of treating the situation as
"Custer's Last Stand or the Bat-
tle of Britain" by refusing to
set their own interests and aside
and negotiate a settlement for
the benefit of Freeport.
And, in a January 15, 2010,
letter to Ian Rolle, the GBPA's
president, Mr Smith said the St
George Estate was opposed to
initiating litigation against the
Government by the Port over
the former's refusal to renew
Mr Babak's work permit.
In the letter, which was
copied to the Immigration
Department and the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd Boards of
Directors, Mr Smith wrote: "It

is our client's understanding
that the Board has been con-
sidering litigation against the
Government challenging its
refusal to issue and/or renew
Mr Babak's permit.
"I am instructed to state for
the record that my client is
opposed to any such litigation
effort and, as a 50 per cent ben-
eficial owner, instructs you [Mr
Rolle], as president, not to
engage in any further initiative
to obtain a work permit for Mr
Mr Babak last week told Tri-
bune Business that while he
was still GBPA/Port Group Ltd
chairman, he was at home and
not at the companies' offices
because the work permit had
not been renewed. While able
to meet with potential investors
in Freeport outside the
Bahamas, he could "not dis-
charge my duties in the
In his letter to Mr Rolle, Mr
Smith urged: "We understand
that notwithstanding the fact
that Mr Babak has no permit,
he continues to attempt to act
as chairman and to be gainfully
employed in such capacity by
conducting business from his
home. We understand that you
and other executives and/or
employees attend at his home
in furtherance of such activity.
"We are instructed to
demand that you and any and

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced on

the 24th day of September 2009. The Liquidator

is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,



all other executives and
employees of our client's com-
panies desist in any such fur-
ther activities and refrain,
henceforth, from communicat-
ing or dealing with Mr Babak.
"Further, we request that you
and all officers, directors and
employees forthwith desist in
dealing with Mr Babak in
regard to the business affairs
of the Port Group of compa-
nies. He should no longer
receive any information or be
apprised of the Port Group's
business dealings."
Stating that the St George
Estate opposed any further
attempt to renew Mr Babak's
work permit, Mr Smith said
that according to section 29(1)
of the Immigration Act, no for-
eigner could be employed in
the Bahamas without a valid
work permit.
He added: "We do not agree
with the opinion of Thomas
Evans QC that past practice
somehow overrides the clear
and unambiguous letter of the
law here. Any directors who
support the continued gainful
employment of Mr Babak will
be held responsible for any loss
suffered by the companies as a
Meanwhile, Mr Smith told
Tribune Business last week: "It
is regrettable that such a sensi-
tive position as chairman of the
Port Authority Group of Com-
panies should be at the epicen-
ter of such controversy.
"The estate of Edward St

George, as you are aware, is
opposed to Mr Babak being or
acting as chairman. It has
always been the estate's posi-
tion that there never was a con-
cluded contract, and that he
was never accepted by the
estate as having been properly
appointed or contractually
Mr Smith said the Court of
Appeal was due to hear the
estate's appeal against the deci-
sion of Justice Neville Adderley
to throw out its 'oppression'
argument and case against Mr
Babak and Sir Jack next month.
He added that "it does not
augur well" for investors to be
meeting with Mr Babak when
his position as GBPA chairman
was opposed by both the St
George estate and the Govern-
ment. "The estate echoes the
pleas by so many in Grand
Bahama, begging Sir Jack and
Mr Babak to end this debacle
that is so bad for Freeport and
employment and investment
opportunities," Mr Smith said.
"I would like to emphasise
that the St George Estate
remains willing, ready and able
to resolve this dispute. Unfor-
tunately, Sir Jack, in alliance
with Mr Babak, has a vision of
this being Custer's Last Stand
or the Battle of Britain. It
seems that both Sir Jack and
Mr Babak would prefer to see
Freeport destroyed before
putting their personal interests
aside in this dispute."

NOTICE is hereby given that ERLINE FERTILE of #258 JOHN
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 11th
day of JANUARY, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice


(a) SP ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUND LTD. is in dissolution under
the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on January 15, 2010 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 1st day of March, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

JANUARY 18, 2010



Legal Notice


(a) ALMA INTERNATIONAL FUND LTD. is in dissolution under the pro-
visions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on January 15, 2010 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 1st day of March, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

JANUARY 18, 2010




Legal Notice


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

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on January 15, 2010 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

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

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 1st day of March, 2010 to send their names and addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or, in
default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such debts are proved.

JANUARY 18, 2010



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appeal on $313m verdict

FROM page 1B

merely require Mr Gomez to
accept - rather than reject -
their claim. The Cash 4 Titles
investors now have to stand
in line with Leadenhall's oth-
er creditors, and they are not
guaranteed preferential treat-
There are also questions
over whether the liquidator,
and the Bahamian courts,
would accept the 'treble dam-
ages' awarded by the US
courts, as these are not recog-
nised in Bahamian law. The
Cash 4 Titles investors won
$94 million initially, but these
were trebled by the US court
and the RICO statute.
Therefore, the Cash 4 Titles
investors' claims about the
$0.77 to $0.06 payout reduc-
tion are by no means correct,
and the court rulings to date
are just the initial stages in
what could be a protracted
legal battle.
However, Mr Gomez's last
report to the Supreme Court
on the Leadenhall liquidation,
which took the proceedings
up to November 30, 2008,
showed that apart from
$20.062 million in cash, he had
some $24.303 million in his
possession. Creditors at that
stage only faced a collective
$2.471 million loss, as liabili-
ties were measured at $26.774
million, but it is unclear what

has happened in the past 15
months as no judge currently
has carriage of the case fol-
lowing Senior Justice John
Lyons' departure.
In their statement, the Cash
4 Titles investors said Lead-
enhall's liquidator had
stopped participating in the
US court proceedings, lead-
ing to them obtaining a
$313.648 million default judg-
ment on September 10, 2007.
Mr Gomez and his attor-
neys believed that the US rul-
ing would have no standing
in the Bahamas, relying on a
section of the law implying
that the Cash 4 Titles should
have first sought the Bahami-
an courts permission to con-
tinue with their action.
Yet this was rejected by
two Bahamian courts. The
investors statement said: "In
dismissing the appeal the
Court of Appeal found that:
"The stay of all proceed-
ings involving Leadenhall as
set out in the winding-up
order had no extra-territorial
effect, and therefore the US
proceedings were not affected
by the stay.
"The liquidator failed to
follow the procedure set out
in the UNCITRAL (United
Nations Commission on Inter-
national Trade Law) model
law on insolvency (and adopt-
ed in Chapter 15 of the US
Bankruptcy Code and in
many other countries around

the world) in which he should
have applied to the US Bank-
ruptcy Court in Miami to be
recognized, which would have
led to all proceedings involv-
ing Leadenhall in the United
States being automatically
"That the Liquidator
should have sought the direc-
tions of the Bahamian Court
as to what steps he should
have taken with regard to the
US proceedings."
Cash 4 Titles was a Geor-
gia-based investment scheme,
in which investor monies were
solicited for a financing
scheme whereby low income
applicants pawned the title to
their motor vehicles as collat-
eral for a loan. Pawning
received favourable tax treat-
ment in Georgia, but Cash 4
Titles ultimately became a
fraudulent Ponzi scheme,
attracting some $120-$130
million in investor funds.
Leadenhall was sued on the
alleged grounds that it pro-
vided financial services to
Cash 4 Titles knowing the
scheme was a fraud.
Another institution, Bank
of the Bermuda, settled with
investors for $0.50 on the $1
or $61.644 million, and this
high payout seems to have
encouraged the investors and
their attorneys to come after
Leadenhall's estate.

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Bush and Clinton call for

long-term help for Haiti

ately poor Haiti, not just in
the coming weeks, but for
its long-term recovery after
a devastating earthquake,
according to Associated
The two presidents

Temple Christian High School

Temple Christian High School will hold
its Entrance Examination on SATURDAY,
FEBRUARY 6th, 2010 at the school on
Shirley Street from 8:00a.m. - 12noon for
students wishing to enter grades, 7,8,9 and

Application forms are available at the High
School Office. The application fee is twenty
five dollars ($25.00). Application forms
should be completed and returned to the
school by Friday, February 5th, 2010.

For further information please
394-4481 or 394-4484

sketched out their vision for
a more prosperous and
healthy Haitian future than
the poor Caribbean nation
has ever known.
"We have a chance to do
things better than we once
did; be a better neighbor
than we once were; and
help the Haitian people
realize their dream for a
stronger, more secure
nation. But we need more
than just support from gov-
ernments," the presidents
wrote in an op-ed that
appeared Saturday on The
New York Times Web site.
They noted that 30 per-
cent of Haiti's population-

about three million peo-
ple- have been affected by
the 7.0 magnitude earth-
quake on Tuesday.
In the first two weeks,
private money will be
directed to meet the needs
of those who are "hurt,
homeless and hungry." But
their effort will also focus
on the long-term: new and
better schools and buildings
able to withstand future
earthquakes; getting health
care and education to the
poorest residents, attract-
ing new industries to create
jobs and foster economic
growth, and the develop-
ment of clean energy.

FORMER PRESIDENTS Bill Clinton and George W Bush. (AP)

"At our best, we can help
Haiti become its best," they
While the earthquake is
a tragedy for Haiti, it has
focused the world's atten-
tion on the impoverished
nation, they wrote. The
Haitian government,
Haitians living abroad and
countless non-governmen-

tal organizations, and many
donor nations have a
chance to help make the
long-term improvements,
they added.
Both presidents attended
a White House news con-
ference Saturday where
President Barack Obama
asked them to head private-
sector fundraising efforts.


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TELEPHONE: 302-4587 or 4563 or 4584

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FORMER Presidents
George W. Bush and Bill
Clinton called on Ameri-
cans Saturday to dig deep
in their pockets for desper-

Position Announcement
General Manager
Airport Authority

The Airport Authority at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA)
seeks a full-time General Manager to support the activities of the
Airport Authority's Board and to manage and direct the safety and
security operations of LPIA.
All Candidates must possess:
A college degree and a minimum of five years successful
experience in a senior management level position.
* Experience with airport aviation and security matters is
desirable but not essential.
The General Manager will serve as Secretary to the Board and will
be responsible to the Board for:
Liaisons with Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), for
planning, development and maintenance of LPIA in accordance
with contractual matters.
Planning, organizing and managing the affairs of the Airport
Oversight for safety, security and maintaining security at accepted
international standards.
Working in concert with the CEO of NAD, securing and
maintaining a high level of cooperation and coordination
between all airport stakeholders, including Bahamas
Customs and Immigration officials, the Royal Bahamas Police
Force, United States officials, airline operators and others.
Ensuring that disaster preparedness and crisis management
plans are in place and appropriate training is provided.
Competitive salary and benefits offered. Applications are to
be received no later than Friday 17th February, 2010. Interested
applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to:

General Manager's Position
Attention: Office of the Chairman
Airport Authority
Lynden Pindling International Airport
P.O. Box, AP-59222
Nassau, Bahamas
Or Hand Deliver To:
General Manager's Position
Attention: Office of the Chairman
Airport Authority
Lynden Pindling International Airport
Nassau, Bahamas

* Implement and help to manage and uphold a maintenance program
for the property and all of the equipment in compliance with corporate
standards and regulations to ensure the safety, convenience and
satisfaction of all guests, managers and employees to protect the assets
and maintain the property in first-class condition.
* Ensure compliance with safety and sanitation standard.
* Communicate, respond and attend to guest repair requests.
* Fix minor plumbing problems and perform miscellaneous minor
* Maintain daily logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activities
as well as follow all company and safety and security policies and
* Report when engineering/maintenance work orders are completed and
ensure that all departments are advised of completion.
* Fill in for staff where necessary.
* Assist with department to attract, retain and motivate the staff; hire,
train, develop, empower, coach and counsel, conduct performance and
salary reviews and resolve problems.
* Administrative functions such as assigning staff to specific duties
and tasks, scheduling, reports, disciplinary issues and implementing
engineering operations policies and procedures.
* Create a courteous friendly, professional, work environment through
open line of communication.
* Other duties as required

Job Qualifications:
* Minimum 4 years of experience in a similar position.
* Electrical and/or plumbing and/or carpentry certified.
* Superior leadership and management capabilities including a proven
ability to work in a dynamic and challenging work environment.
* Attention to detail and personal integrity.
* Attributes include strong interpersonal skills, organization,
self-motivated, assured, persuasive and positive personal image.
* Effective communication skills with individuals at all levels of the
* Excellent computer skills including MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint &
* Excel as well as time-keeping.
* Union experience helpful.

For consideration please fax a current resume along with references to:
Attention: - Human Resources Manager - 242-363-6822 or
e-mail to





US charges more with terrorism than any year since 2001


charged more suspects with
terrorism in 2009 than in any
year since the attacks of Sept.
11, 2001, providing evidence
of what experts call a rise in
plots spurred by Internet
recruitment, the spread of al-
Qaida overseas and ever-shift-
ing tactics of terror chiefs,
according to Associated Press.
A review of major national
security cases by The Associ-
ated Press found 54 defen-
dants had federal terrorism-
related charges filed or
unsealed against them in the
past 12 months.
The Justice Department
would not confirm the figure
or provide its own. But an
agency spokesman said 2009
had more defendants charged
with terrorism than any year
since the 2001 attacks. The
year that came closest was
2002, said the spokesman,
Dean Boyd.
Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism
expert at Georgetown Uni-

versity, called it "an extraor-
dinary year, across the board,"
adding that the wide range of
cases show al-Qaida "is in it
for the long haul and we need
to be as well."
The rate of terrorism
charges accelerated in Sep-
tember, when authorities dis-

rupted what they said was a
burgeoning plot to detonate
bombs aboard New York
commuter trains. The quick
pace of cases continued until
the end of the year, with an
attempted Christmas bombing
aboard a Detroit-bound air-
One day alone was particu-
larly heavy: On Sept. 24, fed-
eral prosecutors announced
charges in five separate ter-
rorism cases in Illinois, New
York, North Carolina and
David Kris, the top terror-
ism official in the Obama
administration's Justice
Department, marveled at the
volume of terrorism cases
when he spoke at a conference
of lawyers in November.
"The last several weeks or
months have been kind of a
crucible experience for us,"
Kris said.
What truly constitutes a ter-
rorism case can be a matter of
legal and political debate.
In counting major terrorism
cases, the AP used a rigorous

standard that produced a con-
servative count. The various
charges that made the list
include conspiring to provide
material support to terrorists,
conspiring to murder people
abroad and conspiracy to use a
weapon of mass destruction.
The list also includes some cas-
es that did not involve Islamic
terrorists, such as the kidnap-
ping of a U.S. citizen in Pana-
But the 54 defendants do
not include, for example, those
charged only with lying to
agents in a terrorism investi-
gation, or the Army psychia-
trist in the Fort Hood military
base shooting who faces non-
terrorism murder charges
brought by military prosecu-
tors instead of civilian charges.
Nor do the 54 include the five
Washington, D.C.-area youths
charged in Pakistan.
If all those cases were also
added - and some commen-
tators do count them - the
total number of defendants
would be 63.
David Burnham of the

Transactional Records Access
Clearinghouse, a private group
at Syracuse University that
analyzes government prosecu-
tion data, urged caution in
counting terrorism charges.
"You have to be careful
because everyone's got a dif-
ferent way of doing it," Burn-
ham said.
Public charges don't reflect
other law enforcement activity,
such as investigations that
don't lead to terrorism charges
or sealed indictments that have
yet to be revealed.
For example, in 2002 in the
immediate aftermath of the
Sept. 11 attacks, there were a
tremendous number of active
investigations, and in some
cases suspected terrorists were
not actually charged with ter-
rorism, but faced lesser accu-
sations such as credit card
fraud or immigration viola-
As hectic as 2009 was, coun-
terterrorism officials will only
be busier this year as the
administration prepares to
bring some detainees from the

prison at the U.S. Navy base at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to
trial in the U.S., predicted
Patrick Rowan, who was Pres-
ident George W. Bush's top
Justice Department countert-
errorism official and now
works at the private law firm
McGuire Woods.
"It is going to be an
extremely busy and challeng-
ing year because of these Git-
mo cases coming in that are
going to place tremendous
stress on the prosecutors, the
judicial system, and the FBI,"
said Rowan.
As for what's behind the
current increase, Rowan said
it's too soon to tell whether
it's a temporary rise or will
Anti-terrorism agents and
prosecutors are more experi-
enced and better at building
criminal cases, Rowan said,
but the terrorists have also
adapted, using the Internet to
recruit or in some cases just
motivate so-called lone-wolf
attackers who take action on
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Tribune Staff Reporter

FOR several months
now, The Tribune has led
an investigation into the
Department of Lands and
Surveys looking particular-
ly into the disposition of
Crown land over the years.
As a result of this inves-
tigation a Select Commit-
tee was formed by the
House of Assembly which
on Monday of last week
completed its public hear-
ings. At the next sitting of
Parliament on Wednesday,
January 20, the Committee
is expected to make public
its findings and put forward
its recommendations.
Among some of the last
persons to testify were the
newly appointed Perma-
nent Secretary David
Davis, the newly appointed
Director Alexander Flow-
ers, and the current under-
secretary in the Office of
the Prime Minister Audley
When questioned at
length on matters pertain-
ing to the Department, one
can forgive Mr Flowers and
Mr Davis for not being
acutely aware of every
matter or minute detail as
they both have been at the
job for less than a year.
However, Mr Greaves it
appears falls into another
category. Having had car-
riage of this ministry in
some form or another since
the first PLP administra-
tion, one would have
expected pearls of wisdom
during his testimony - or
at the very least, clarity on
government policy and
what measures could be
put in place to mitigate any
possible abuse.
Instead the impression
given was that the Com-
mittee was faced with
apparent arrogance. In
fact, when The Tribune
tried to speak with Mr
Greaves following his tes-
timony on Monday evening
of last week, his response
was: "You are Mr Turn-
quest? I do not want to
speak to you. On or off the
record, I will not speak to
you. You? Not you!"
Any questions, Mr
Greaves said, that I might
have should for now on be
directed to the Director of
Investments at the Prime
Minister's Office.
Turning to say his good-

THE SELECT COMMITTEE on Crown Land includes Fred Mitchell, Philip 'Brave' Davis, Branville McCartney, Kenyatta Gibson and Charles Maynard. The committee was formed
by the House of Assembly and is expected to make public its findings on Wednesday.

byes to Mr Flowers, who
was present for this
exchange, Mr Greaves then
got into his government
issued car (red license
plate) and sped off.
While this behavior
might appear rude to most,
it is one that is too often
endured by members of the
media. We in the Fourth
Estate have to endure this
type of treatment by these
so-called 'little gods' who
seem to believe that they
are not only above us as
professionals, but above
the public that we, the
press, represent. They also
seem to be oblivious of the
public's right to know how
its business is being admin-

To Mr Greaves, I would
remind him that he, like all
g o v e r n m e n t
officials/employees are
exactly that - employees.
He is paid like any other
secretary, janitor, or Min-
ister by the Bahamian peo-
ple, and when the Bahami-
an people seek an answer
from him, it should be
But as in this case, and
with countless others, it
appears that Mr Greaves
thinks he is above being
questioned - that his
poN\\ c" gets him a free
I guess it must have been
a very rude awakening for
him to be questioned by
the Committee - ques-

tioned about a Ministry
that he has been in charge
of for all these years. But
instead of embarrassment,
there seemed to be an air
of indifference.
When the PLP's MP for
Cat Island and San Sal-
vador Philip Davis pressed
Mr Greaves about his
wife's application for
Crown land in Abaco, the
undersecretary admitted
that in hindsight maybe the
application should not have
been made considering his
placement in the Ministry.
But he stopped short of
offering to return the land.
In fact he outright
accused the PLP MP for
Cat Island for being wrong
in his assessment that his
wife's application was dealt
with more favourably than
However, after being
pressed by the FNM MP
for Kennedy Kenyatta Gib-
son on the point, Mr
Greaves was forced to
withdraw his remarks in
the most embarrassing of
And yet this is the same
undersecretary who told
this reporter and by exten-
sion this newspaper, and
thus by extension you, the
Bahamian people, that he
does not care to speak to
People in his position, it
was implied, should not be
expected to speak to those
who, it seems, they mis-
guidedly view, as of a low-
er rank than themselves.
But when last I checked
Mr Greaves was still a pub-

lic official and paid by you
and me - the Bahamian
One would have thought
that there would have been
an ounce of embarrass-
ment, but it appears that
just with transparency and
accountability, embarrass-
ment has also abandoned
the Department of Lands
and Surveys.
But in all of this we have
to ask ourselves the ques-
tion, what can be done?
What can we, the Bahami-
an people, do with people
like this who seem to feel
they are above us - their
Should there not be a
recourse for us to take
them to task, to even ask
them simple questions?
Questions like, why is it
that the agricultural indus-
try in this country has been
allowed to fall to its knees
and the senior officials
remain in place for 10 to
20 years earning good
salaries? What ever hap-
pened to cause and effect?
What happened to perfor-
Performance, it appears,
like customer service has
taken a hiatus.
But to you the general
public I say, do not burden
yourselves with concern for
these persons. Every year
they will received their
mandatory pay increases,
and yes every year they
will receive their hefty
Christmas bonuses. And
yes, in some instances some
of these senior officials will
drive home tonight in their

government cars and even
pull up to the pumps and
get their cars filled on the
public purse.
In many of these
instances these senior offi-
cials often make more
money than a Cabinet Min-
ister and yet it appears are
not called to answer to the
public like a Minister is
So where is the account-
ability? Where is the jus-
tice? Ordinarily if an
employee does not perform
up to the level that their
employer requires they are
asked to see the door. But
alas, it appears we do not
have that authority.

And through The Tri-
bune's investigations it
appears that Mr Greaves
has had the full confidence
of both Prime Ministers
Perry Christie and Hubert
Ingraham. This individual,
it appears has the best job
security in this country,
although it is still to be
seen whether he has always
done his job. How can it
be that one person after
the next appears before the
Committee to complain of
writing to him and not get-
ting even a response for
five or eight years? What
was he doing that was so
important? It could not be
keeping an account of the
people's land, because it
appears to be painfully
obvious that if that were
his job he has failed. How-

ever, this is not for me to
say, it is a decision left to
the Committee.
But it appears that the
point to be learned
throughout this entire fias-
co seems to be that it is the
Bahamian people who
must be kept in their place,
because what right do we
really have to question per-
sons like Mr Greaves?
What right do we have to
ask him how it is that
things have got so bad
under his watch?
So let us forget about Mr
Greaves, because he will
remain in his post until he
decides that he is ready to
retire in comfort and col-
lect his full pension.
But government officials,
like elected politicians are
public servants - and that
is all they are. They are not
here to pick and choose
when and who they will
speak to.
They must learn what
their place is in the grander
scheme of things and if
necessary be reminded of
it when they are tempted
to take on airs of superior-
I only hope that we as
Bahamians wake up and
see what is happening
around us. We truly are a
blessed nation and deserve
better than what we are
getting. We deserve more.
We deserve better.

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